Brady Sues To Stop Suspension

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and Federal Court July 29, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.”Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship.“It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,” the Patriots owner said. “I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just.”Just before the courts closed in Minnesota, the NFL Players Association asked the court to overturn Brady’s four-game suspension — or at least put it on hold until the case can be heard. The union asked the court to throw out the suspension before Sept. 4; that would keep Brady from missing any practices before the Patriots’ Sept. 10 season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.“We need to free him up for that first week,” union attorney Jeffrey Kessler told The Associated Press. “We don’t believe this discipline can ever be sustained.”The lawsuit argues that the NFL made up its rules as it went along and misapplied the ones that were already on the books. In an interview with the AP, Kessler called it “offensive” that the league accused Brady of destroying his cellphone to obstruct the investigation, a claim NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made in upholding the suspension on July 28.“We believe they highlighted this issue solely to inflame the public, to suggest there is some secret information being withheld, and that’s wrong,” Kessler told the AP. “It’s an unfair character assassination of a player who has done nothing but be a model citizen for this league.”Brady defended the cellphone swap on Facebook.“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” he said. “There is no ‘smoking gun’ and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.”Brady was suspended four games and the Patriots were docked $1 million and two draft picks in May for what the league found was a scheme to provide improperly inflated footballs for the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.Investigator Ted Wells zeroed in on two equipment managers — one who called himself “The Deflator” — and said Brady was “at least generally aware” of the illegal deflation scheme.Kraft said the Patriots did nothing wrong, but the team fired the two equipment managers. He said he didn’t fight the team’s penalty because he thought the league would go easy on the star quarterback.Now, he said, he regrets his decision.“I truly believe that what I did in May … would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong,” Kraft said, apologizing to the team’s fans and to Brady.“Six months removed from the AFC championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the PSI levels of footballs.”Kraft said the team turned over every cellphone not belonging to a player — including the one belonging to coach Bill Belichick.The powerful owner, who had been one of Goodell’s most loyal allies, said the league’s claim that Brady trashed his phone to obstruct the investigation was just the latest in a series of statements and leaks that “intentionally implied nefarious behavior” where there was none.“Tom Brady is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game, both on and off the field,” Kraft said.Brady, who had earlier denied cheating accusations with the tepid “I don’t think so,” more forcefully defended himself in the Facebook post, claiming he cooperated with the investigation except where doing so would have set a bad precedent for his union brethren.Brady said he replaced his broken phone only after his lawyers told league investigators they couldn’t have it. “Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at any time, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January,” he wrote.The post was liked by 51,000 people — including his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen — in the first 30 minutes after it was posted on Facebook. By the time the lawsuit was filed at 6 p.m. Boston time, the number was 250,000.Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said Brady’s teammates support him. “The guys in this locker room, we feel we are part of a family,” he said. “Good or bad things happen in life, you stick with your family.”Belichick had been scheduled to speak to the media first on July 29, but Kraft took the podium instead. The coach, as is his practice, declined to comment on the scandal.“Nothing really to talk about there,” he said. “We’re going to take it day to day, just like we always do.”___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer.AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Associated Press writer Amy Forliti contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Women Taekwondo players move HC for direction to include them in Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) Two women Taekwondo players have approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Union Ministry of Sports and other authorities to include their names in the list of players who would represent India in the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two players sought direction to the Sports Authority of India to conduct selection trials for selecting Taekwondo players and to the Sports Ministry to allow selected players to participate and represent the country in the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2. According to advocate Saurabh Jain, appearing for players Purva Dattatray Dixit and Kashish Malik, Justice Vibhu Bakhru today asked the counsel for Centre to take instructions from Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to act as a single person committee to decide on the issue as to how India can be properly represented at the Asian Games, 2018 for Taekwondo Sport since the Indian Olympic Association has not cleared the names of eligible players to represent the country at such a major event. The court has listed the matter for tomorrow for further hearing. According to the petition, 24-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for under 49 Kg in senior category female and has participated in various national and international events since 2010 and has secured several medals, including four gold medals in international events. Eighteen-year-old Dixit is a Kyorugi Taekwondo player for under 57 Kg in senior category female and has participated in various national and international events since 2015 and bagged several medals, including two gold and a silver in international events, it said.advertisement Jain said there is was representation from India for Taekwondo (Kyurogi) in all categories and since the two women are the top ranking players in their respective category, they should be sent to represent the country in the Asian Games.”Admittedly selection trials were not conducted by anyone, neither the Taekwondo Federation of India nor Indian Olympic Association or Sports Authority of India,” he claimed. “The petitioners (players) are aggrieved by the arbitrary action on the part of the respondents (authorities) resulting in a shameful situation where in-spite of having qualified to participate in Taekwondo sport in the 18th Asian Games… being organised by Olympic Council of Asia, they and the other c0mpetent and deserving players of Taekwondo sport have not been selected for participating in the Asian Games,” the plea said. It alleged that the action was completely “arbitrary and malafide”, resulting in the chances to score medals for India at such a big international event to be “virtually miniscule”. PTI SKV HMP SKV AQSAQSlast_img read more

TIFF brings Blair Witch sequel to Toronto Did the original make movies

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Good:It inspired a new generation of filmmakers to just do it:After Blair Witch, nobody could say they needed a pile of money, studio backing or famous actors to make a movie people would clamour to see.First-time feature filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez used unknown actors who were required to carry cameras and film themselves, shooting mainly on black-and-white 16 mm celluloid supplemented with some colour videotape. They blazed a trail that many followed. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img The “found footage” conceit of furtive filmmaking is such a cliché of modern moviemaking, it’s hard to think of a time when the idea was fresh.Yet there was just such a time — 1999 — and also a movie: The Blair Witch Project. This independently made horror flick, shot in eight days on consumer-grade cameras with a reported budget of $30,000, terrified midnight revellers at the Sundance Film Festival that January.A simple tale of three young documentary filmmakers who vanish in the woods of Burkittsville, Md. while investigating a cackling legend, The Blair Witch Project went on to set box office records with its wide release that summer, earning nearly $250 million in worldwide ticket sales. It became a blockbuster after the fact, appropriate for a movie that claimed to have been assembled from tapes abandoned by the missing witch hunters. The film inspired a host of copycats, including the horror franchise Paranormal Activity and the sanctioned sequel Blair Witch that has its world premiere Sunday night in TIFF’s Midnight Madness program.But beyond mere imitation, The Blair Witch Project also changed cinema in ways both good and bad: Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Language barrier Why some of Canadas diverse filmmakers are shut out of

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Ava has been nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards including best actress for Mahour Jabbari, right. But the Farsi-language film didn’t qualify for funding from Telefilm Canada, which only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages. (Sweet Delight Pictures) But Ava was not eligible for Telefilm funding.That’s because writer-director Sadaf Foroughi is a Canadian citizen but decided to make Ava in Farsi, her native language, and film it in Iran.The co-production with Iran and Qatar qualified as a Canadian film under the federal government’s rules, since key creative roles are filled by Canadians. But Telefilm only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages. A small film called Ava — the story of a teenage Iranian girl facing pressures from family and society — is the biggest movie at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. It has eight nominations and one special win already: it was announced in late January that Ava had won the Best First Feature Award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada.Telefilm is the country’s main film funding agency, helping Canadian filmmakers get their movies made. Last fiscal year, Telefilm allocated more than $100 million to the production and promotion of Canadian films. Login/Register With:last_img read more

V K Singh files his nomination paper from Ghaziabad LS seat

first_imgGhaziabad: With the last date for filing nominations for the lok Sabha polls in Ghaziabad, Minister of States for External Affairs, Retired General V K Singh, on Monday filed, his nomination as a candidate of Bhartiya Janta Party for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad constituency. Other that Singh, candidates of Samajwadi and Congress party also filed their nominations.On Monday morning, Singh was accompanied by four MLAs, Nand Kishor Gujjar-MLA Loni, Ajeet Pal Singh-MLA Muradnagar, Sunil Sharma-MLA Sahibabad and Atul Garg-MLA Ghaziabad. Ghaziabad Mayor Asha sharma also joined hands with Singh during his nominations along with hundreds of supporters and party members. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter filing his nominations, Singh said that his biggest competitor is he himself while his agenda for upcoming elections will be development. “I am thankful to the government for believing in me once again. We will carry on with the same agenda of development and growth as we had put up in 2014,” said Singh. Apart from Singh, Samajwadi Party candidate Sanjay Bansal also filed his nomination on Monday along with several party members. Speaking on the occasion, Bansal said that employment and farmer’s issues will be kept on priority while those poor families who are not receiving benefits of government run scheme will be given priority and will help them receive the benefits. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDolly sharma, lok sabha candidate from congress party also filed her nominations on Monday. Sharma highlighted that her focus will be on better education and health facilities in the district. While the last date for the filing of nominations was on March 25, scrutiny will take place on March 26 and the last date of withdrawal of nominations has been fixed on March 28. Polls for lok sabha elections in Ghaziabad district are scheduled in the first phase to be held on April 11.last_img read more

Evidence of cooling Canadian housing market mounts in October industry data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Evidence of cooling Canadian housing market mounts in October industry data by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2012 2:31 pm MDT TORONTO – There’s mounting evidence October was a weak month for sales of Canadian housing.A new monthly analysis by Teranet shows Canadian housing prices declined last month compared with September — only the third time in 13 years of data that there was a month-to-month decline in October.The Teranet-National Bank National composite house price index, released Wednesday, said house prices were up an average of 3.4 per cent across Canada in October compared with a year ago.However, the index also showed an 11th consecutive month of deceleration in year-to-year price increases and a 0.2 per cent drop in average prices from September levels.The index also declined between September and October 2008, just before a major recession was sparked by a crisis in the U.S. financial industry.Several industry groups have noted a moderation in housing sales since the federal government began tightening mortgage eligibility rules. The most recent change, in July, reduced amortization periods to 25 years from 30.A national association representing Canadian mortgage brokers recently suggested the changes have gone too far and the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that sales of existing homes slowed since the new rules.The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), representing builders in Toronto and the surrounding area, said Wednesday that last month had the second-lowest sales of any October in the past 13 years.“In an attempt to cool down the market, the federal government has severely affected the building and development industry in the GTA,” said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey.“The introduction of stricter mortgage regulations has triggered a decline in new home sales, and if this trend continues, it will affect job creation in the coming years, restricting economic growth.”BILD says RealNet Canada, the association’s source of market intelligence, showed 2,792 new homes were sold in October — the third month in a row of low sales in the Greater Toronto Area.It said year-to-date sales of 29,322 new homes in the GTA were 14 per cent below the long-term average.Teranet said in its national report that Canadian housing prices were down from the month before in seven of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed.It was the third consecutive month of decline for Quebec City, off 0.9 per cent and Victoria, 0.6 per cent and the second consecutive drop for Ottawa-Gatineau, down 0.4 per cent, and Montreal, off 0.3 per cent.Toronto was down 0.6 per cent on the month, as was Calgary (-0.2 per cent) and Halifax (-0.1 per cent), while Winnipeg was flat.Prices were up 0.1 per cent in Vancouver, 0.3 per cent in Edmonton and 0.4 per cent in Hamilton.In Montreal, 12-month inflation has decelerated in 10 of the last 11 months, in Toronto in each of the last six months and in Winnipeg in each of the last four months.Twelve-month price changes continue to vary widely.In October, the 12-month gain exceeded the national average by a wide margin in four metropolitan areas: Halifax (8.9 per cent), Hamilton (7.2 per cent), Toronto (6.4 per cent) and Winnipeg (5.9 per cent).Montreal, with a gain of 3.6 per cent and Calgary, at 3.5 per cent, were close to the national average, while price increases of 2.6 per cent in Quebec City and Edmonton and 2.5 per cent in Ottawa-Gatineau were below the national average.Vancouver and Victoria both saw price deflation of 1.0 and 1.7 per cent respectively.The Teranet index is estimated by tracking observed or registered home prices over time using data collected from public land registries. All dwellings that have been sold at least twice are considered in the calculation. read more

New Encana CEO says company will be leaner less drygas focused

New Encana CEO says company will be leaner, less dry-gas focused AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The new CEO of Encana Corp. said Thursday that the energy giant’s portfolio is far too big and has far too much weakly-priced natural gas in it, suggesting more asset sales are on the way.Doug Suttles, sharing his initial impressions of Encana’s strengths and weaknesses at an investor conference in New York, also said his company’s organizational structure needs an update.One of Suttles’ first moves when he became CEO of the beleaguered company in June was to take a thorough look at what it was doing right, and what needed improvement, based on both internal and external feedback.The “building blocks” are now in place to chart a new strategy for the company, he said.“I found some things that are very impressive and give you a lot of confidence and I’ve also found some things which absolutely must change to be successful going forward,” he added.On the positive side, Suttles said Encana (TSX:ECA) has a big presence in some attractive regions, such as the Duvernay in Alberta and the Tuscaloosa Marine in the southeastern United States.The company also has a solid understanding of market fundamentals and is a strong and efficient operator in technically challenging areas.On the negative side — Encana has too much on its plate.“Our capital allocation process is broken. We’re funding way too many plays. We’re not prioritizing. We’re not focusing our efforts.”To put it in perspective, Suttles said it would take Encana 75 years — possibly more — to tap the potential of its portfolio. Put differently, Suttles said the company could single-handedly meet American natural gas demand for the next three years as its portfolio stands right now.And the portfolio is too weighted toward dry natural gas, which Suttles sees being “rangebound” at prices between US$3.50 and $4.50 per thousand cubic feet for the next several years. Those prices are a lot better than what the commodity has seen in recent years, but still make it tough to eke out a good profit in some regions.Another weakness Suttles found was with Encana’s organizational structure.“Our existing organization — both its structure and its size — is aligned with the past and not the future,” he said.“It’s built around a bigger capital program and higher cash flow than we have today and we need to get that realigned.”A greater focus will be placed on profitability than on production growth, said Suttles, echoing what his counterpart at Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM), Hal Kvisle, has said of that company. Talisman, too, has recently changed CEOs and shifted strategy in order to bring more value to shareholders.In the coming weeks, Encana will be finalizing its strategy and working on how to implement it.Investors in Encana have been anxious to see a turnaround at the company, which has been struggling with low commodity prices for years. It has made a string of strategic moves to cope — some more successful than others — such as forming partnerships with deep-pocketed Asian players and chasing after more lucrative liquids-rich natural gas.John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Investment Management, said what he heard from Suttles was “all extremely positive.”But “I hope they don’t reduce the dividend because they are slower growth,” he added.The company currently pays a quarterly dividend of 20 cents US, representing a current annual yield of 4.6 per cent.Former CEO Randy Eresman parted ways with the company in January.Encana shares were up 4.1 per cent at $18.67 in late-afternoon trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 10:58 am MDT read more

Surge in keyless crime as thieves take advantage of new technology

The statistics, which show an 11 per cent increase in claims settled over the period, suggest a higher number of high-value vehicles being stolen. Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer at Thatcham Research, told The Telegraph that relay attacks require a certain level of knowledge and are likely to be carried out by gangs who use the technology to target more expensive vehicles. “Some level of knowledge is required. Where we’re seeing this is with organised crime groups. It’s not so much opportunistic thefts,” he said.”This is not off-the-shelf kit – this is specialist and bespoke, made from readily available equipment.”Mr Billyeald advised car owners to keep their keys away from the front of their houses – and doors and windows in particular – in order to reduce the likelihood of relay attacks. “A vehicle is a high-value item and owners need to be sure they’re being careful with it. Like all security, there are many layers you can apply. It’s about what you do and don’t do,” he said.  Keyless car crime surged last year as industry experts warned that criminals are embracing new technology to break into vehicles. Insurers paid out a record £271m in theft claims in the first nine months of this year – a 32 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to the Association for British Insurers. Malcolm Tarling, of the ABI, said keyless car theft was the ‘main driver’ of the increase in thefts.The advent of keyless technology, which requires drivers to use digital fobs instead of keys to unlock a car’s door and start its engine, has created security problems for car manufacturers. Thieves are now using readily available technology to launch so-called ‘relay attacks’, in which handheld electronic devices are used to amplify the signal being given off by a digital fob from within a victim’s house in order to fool a car parked outside into opening its door. Mr Tarling said car manufacturers were in a constant battle to stay ahead of criminals as they employ increasingly sophisticated technology to break into vehicles.”The industry recognises that car criminals don’t stand still. As cars become better protected, criminals see a challenge to break into them. The sector is always working out how it can ahead.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Bluejay Mining Metallurgical work produces two high specification ilmenite products

first_imgMgO0.78% FeO39.2% TiO246.5% SiO20.71% CaO0.15% Bluejay Mining, the AIM and FSE listed company with projects in Greenland and Finland, is delighted to provide an update on metallurgical process developments and product specifications for its ilmenite products from its flagship Pituffik project in Greenland, the highest grade ilmenite mineral sand project globally.Further optimisation of wet gravity and dry magnetic circuits has led to a step change in anticipated process efficiency.  Due to the unique mineralogical characteristics and high heavy mineral grade the metallurgical flow sheet is now both simple and flexible.Production of two homogeneous and consistent grade ilmenite ores suitable for sulphate pigment as well as for sulphate and chloride slag production can now be demonstrated at large scale:1. A Standard Ilmenite product with composition that compares favourably with other similar high iron(II) oxide (‘FeO’) ilmenite products:Typical titanium dioxide (‘TiO2’) content of 46% and FeO content >38% that is readily soluble in low strength sulphuric acid at high process efficiencyLow levels of key impurity chromium(III) oxide (‘Cr2O3’) at 0.06% and Vanadium(V) oxide V2O5 at 0.35%Radioactive elements below detection limits2. A Premium Ilmenite product that has all the attributes of the Standard Ilmenite Product plus favourable low alkali (magnesium oxide (‘MgO’) and calcium oxide (‘CaO’)) content that ensures suitability for chloride slag production. Typical key composition shown below: U<10ppm Th<10ppm Run-of-Mine (ROM), Heavy Mineral Concentrates (HMC), Standard Ilmenite and Premium Ilmenite samples and specifications have now been shipped to potential customers. Further samples will be made available for interested customers in Q4 in addition to the bulk samples being collected and shipped from the current programmes underway in Greenland.Bluejay CEO Roderick McIllree said, “This project continues to surprise me by its continued upside. We have proven Pituffik’s ability to produce a premium, but more importantly homogenous product derived by a very efficient, simple and cost-effective process. I would like to commend our metallurgical team on the identification and design of what is an elegantly simple and very cost-effective flow sheet, which strongly positions us for commercial production.“We can now definitively design and cost the project with these essential items in place and with the continued advancement of the environmental and social work programs we can expect an exploitation licence application placed in the next few months. Such a simple process will reduce the required capital expenditure while keeping operating costs low. Furthermore, this process plant is easily expandable due to the modular nature of the process.”The objectives of the test program were to develop and improve on a conceptual process methodology and to confirm the ability to efficiently produce an ilmenite product with <1.0% SiO2 and low levels of CaO and MgO at larger scale.All the process components; spirals, up current classifier, and dry magnetic separators use existing off-the-shelf technology and consist of well recognised equipment currently in operation in the mineral sands industry. This process is modular and is expandable as required on short time scales.Process design is now confirmed and will be optimised to suit the mining plan once fully defined. Completion test work will include confirmatory process trials of larger batches of ROM ore to give more Premium Ilmenite and Standard Ilmenite. These will be used for customer acceptance tests. This signals the end of test work and process design and now enables the completion of design engineering that will determine capital expenditure and subsequent operating costs.last_img read more

Sorry To Bother You And Other Black Animal Analogies

first_imgStay on target Sorry to Bother You is such a cool movie. MovieBob already told you that, I’m telling you that, and as more and more people discover this cult classic in the making all of your cool film friends will want to tell you that. And it’s cool for a lot of reasons, from its Oakland music video energy from musician-turned-director Boots Riley, to its willingness to tackle contemporary progressive issues ranging from racial code-switching to labor organization, to its Afro Samurai reference with Lakeith Stanfield’s bloodied bandana.When you spend years making a sincere sci-fi satire that’s “Black Cheech and Chong advocate for communism” you’re going to be left with a bit of a mess but a brilliant and beautifully bizarre, prescient mess chocked full of thought-provoking stuff engaged audiences will be eager to talk about for years after watching. However, one aspect of Sorry To Bother You we’re most excited to talk about right now is also the closest thing the movie has to a major spoiler and plot twist. So first, GO SEE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU! Then come back here and keep reading. Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… center_img Okay so as you now know arguably the biggest idea in Sorry to Bother You, a movie filled to the brim with big ideas, is that Armie Hammer’s labor start-up/rebranded slavery company WorryFree is plotting to turn its lifelong workers into “Equisapiens” or human-horse hybrids. We learn this after hero(?) Cassius Green accidentally stumbles across a nude, coked-out, well-hung man-horse (played by Forest Whitaker) writhing in horrifying pain inside a bathroom stall. Yes, the movie introduces this concept and then keeps going. You have to roll with the fact that this movie has horse people in it. It’s awesome, but what does it mean?To me the horse people are the bluntest metaphor of the labor themes Sorry To Bother You primarily revolves around. WorryFree’s CEO Steve Lift says he’s about helping everyday people rise above their needs for dependency in an unstable capitalist marketplace, but really he’s about crushing them even more by trapping them for life in exploitative work they contractually can’t escape from, work that power caller telemarketers like white-voiced Cassius then sell to the highest bidder. Turning workers into horse people, creatures that are only valuable because of the extra labor they can produce, is literal dehumanization. You figure WorryFree is only doing this because robots aren’t as efficient.And it’s not even like Sorry To Bother You invented this horse=labor analogy. Think of all the work horses do on farms or messing up traffic on New York streets. Think about how casually you use the term “workhorse” to describe someone who puts in a lot of raw effort on something. The most tragic character in George Orwell’s classic political parable Animal Farm is Boxer, a humble horse who tirelessly and dutifully works so hard for the revolution until he is physically unable to. The corrupt pigs sell him for whiskey. Orwell was drawing a direct connection between horses and the common exploited working class of early corrupt Soviet Russia, and Sorry To Bother You is in that same leftist tradition.I also think it’s interesting how the movie’s end gag has Cassius unexpectedly turning into a horse-man and leading an assault on Steve Lift, after the reveal of the Equisapien science actually caused WorryFree’s stock to rise. Steve’s original $100 million offer to Cassius was to turn him into a temporary horse-man equivalent to Martin Luther King, Jr. in order to control their culture and stifle revolutions. So is Cassius just unwittingly feeding into that plan like Neo in The Matrix sequels? It feels like paranoia, but Cassius himself was paranoid he’d transform after snorting from Lift’s gene powder horse plate, and that paranoid was ultimately validated.Like Sorry To Bother You itself, I didn’t go into this essay with too tight of a structure in mind. But thinking about the way the film uses animal analogies also got me looking back on the ways animal analogies are used in other socially conscious movies, particularly ones with Black people.Unfortunately, and obviously, the history of equating Black people and animals in fiction is going to end up pretty racist a lot of the time. Shudder as you think about those crows from Dumbo or why it was so tone-deaf to frame LeBron James like King Kong on that magazine cover. Look at all the work that had to be done in Black Panther rehabilitating “Man-Ape” into M’Baku. God. Let’s not even get into all the stuff with Black guys and bulls in famous cucking Nickelodeon sitcom Bella and the Bulldogs. Even the “magical negro” trope and its association with voodoo magic or whatever plays on this idea that Black people are closer aligned to some primitive animal nature of the earth as compared to “evolved” white human beings.Then you get into more nebulous animal race analogy territory like orcs in Warcraft and predators in Zootopia. Both try to be progressive by painting the minority race as intelligent and worthy of sympathy and dignity in a world that hates and discriminates against them. But in both cases the metaphor breaks down because orcs for the most part really are this bestial villainous race driven by dark magic and predators in nature really do slaughter and eat prey to survive. X-Men has a similar issue in that it totally makes logical sense to fear people who shoot uncontrollable eye lasers. Actual People of Color don’t have these inherently negative/dangerous traits, which is what makes prejudice and racism and white supremacy ultimately so nonsensical, in addition to shameful and violent.That’s why the best recent Black animal analogy prior to Sorry To Bother You (which doesn’t limit its labor observations to race but understands how American capitalism was by stolen Black slave labor specifically) also comes from a brilliant Black filmmaker: Jordan Peele with Get Out. Think of the ways animals are used in that movie to accentuate its Black horror. “Run, Rabbit, Run” plays when Lakeith Stanfield (heh) is first abducted. Chris sees a dead deer on the road and thinks of his dead mother. The Armitages see deer as vermin that need to be exterminated and keep a hunted stag’s head mounted on the wall.The typical analogy of Black people as dangerous predator animals is subverted with this more accurate analogy of Black people are vulnerable oppressed prey for sneaky white predators. It’s that much more powerful then when Chris reclaims the stag horns to symbolically (and literally) kill the white patriarch because you’re rooting for the underdog, or under-deer as it were. Plus the term “buck” can apply to a male deer or strapping male slave. And as a bonus Rose’s villainous final outfit is a horse-riding outfit, signifying her wealthy mastery over horses performing labor for her.But honestly this horseplay is just some of my immediate, surface-level observations after seeing Sorry To Bother You. Expect the discussion surrounding this film to get even deeper and crazier as we have more time to really think about, soak in all it has to say. I could’ve written a whole other essay on Cassius’s and Mr. Blank’s stylish external wounds signifying their inner soul suicide, or how David Cross as a Black man’s white voice is a hilarious meta joke given Tobias Onyango Fünke’s racial ambiguity on Arrested Development. But in the meantime, if you haven’t seen Sorry To Bother You (but you still read this?) GO SEE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU! And if you have seen Sorry To Bother You, GO SEE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU AGAIN!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Brooklyn Brawler among additional releases by WWE following last weeks talent cuts

first_img Steve Lombardi, who is best known for his role as The Brooklyn Brawler, was among the cuts by WWE last week according to multiple wrestling media reports this week. WWE did not publicly acknowledge the release of Lombardi and attempts to contact the company about it were not returned. Lombardi, who was signed with WWE for over 30 years, was largely used as an enhancement talent for the company working with new talent and spent a brief period as the Doink the Clown character in the early 90s when the company ran an angle with multiple Doink characters. He would later go on to work behind the scenes with WWE as a producer, a role he had up until now.Another star released from his talent contract with WWE was Christian (Jay Reso) according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Christian, who quietly retired from wrestling over a year ago after battling a series of concussions, remains under a deal with WWE to take part in “The Edge & Christian Show” series on the WWE Network.Sources: PWInsider.com, Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining 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 David Wells Google+ There is no set criteria to be a WWE Hall of Famer other than Vince himself approving of their induction and also probably some calculating as to how much of an audience they can draw as an individual and as a class. Videos Articles so are there any wrestlers left now? between releases, suspendees and people on sick leave i think there must be 4 people left on the active roster ffs. May 17, 2016 at 8:17 am the only way to be in the hof is u cant be under a wwe contract or be an active wrestler so he probably will be inducted next year depending on what he does from now till then May 13, 2016 at 12:26 am No wonder The Edge and Christian Show ended. IKILLU Now Playing Up Next so far every superstar wwe released is good for business & money choices Santino Marella he retired from being a wrestler last year so RELEASED hornswaggle & el torito the only 2 small wrestlers in the compyne they can’t do anything with them because of their size so RELEASEDbrooklyn brawler thought he was RELEASED ages ago Camaron is a shit diva boring fighter & im glad wwe RELEASED her Damien Sandow didn’t had a good gimmick working for him so since they couldn’t find a gimmick that actually worked they decided to RELEASE him BNB wade barrett decided not to re-sign his contract last year & left the company on his own free willZeb Colter good wwe RELEASED him he’s like the donald trump of managers Alex Riley shit at being a commentator on NXT so RELEASED probably next is adam rose since wwe suspended him indefinitely I WANT WWE TO RELEASE EVA MARIE NEXT SHE’S A SHIT FIGHTER & SHE’S ONLY IN THE COMPANY BECAUSE SHE’S ON MAGAZINES Comments are closed. Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 wwe needed him to retire as a fighter not a loser so they had him compete in career threatening matches from november to march 29 HOF 2008 then had him have his last match at WM24 against HBKwwe had him fight & win againstRANDY ORTONMVPHHHUMAGAWILLIAM REGALMRRRR. KENNEDY……………………..KENNEDYVINCE MCMAHON May 15, 2016 at 8:53 am IKILLU Now Playing Up Next I WONDER HOW MUCH VIEWERS WILL WATCH THE HOF WHEN THE UNDERTAKER IS INDUCTED Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems May 13, 2016 at 10:52 am Now Playing Up Next Report: Injured WWE star scheduled for Memorial Day RAW, Spoilers on Edge and Christian show both retired plus they only put sting in the HOF because it would be stupid not to & i don’t know why they inducted michael hayes in the HOF if he’s the one who tried to sue wwe for past events for his injuries but have u seen sting or michael hayes since WM32 Glenn Wolf May 17, 2016 at 9:19 am IKILLU David Wells Roman Reigns is in Remission IKILLU Pinterest Brawler should be in HOF already! Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next May 15, 2016 at 8:59 am b d Now Playing Up Next he was inducted in the the HOF as a four horsemen member not separate i think thats their new tradition induct a team each year this year was the Fabulous Freebirds TheCyberZon May 17, 2016 at 8:34 am WhatsApp May 13, 2016 at 7:38 am Cameron Huff IKILLU May 13, 2016 at 7:12 am christian is still under a network contracthis (active performer’s contract was terminated)(aka wrestler contract) because of his bad luck with concussionsall the people that wwe realised is either shit at entertainment or hast’nt been on wwe live shows in ages Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions May 13, 2016 at 5:35 am IKILLU Under the Ultimate Warrior’s REAL idea for the HOF Warrior award, he should’ve been the first guy in. Except WWE doesn’t give a sh*t about the backstage workers who really make the company go. May 13, 2016 at 7:59 am Videos Articles over 30 years… damn. Mike Tedesco Cesaro Twitter IKILLU Michael Hayes and Sting this year are under contract! TheCyberZon May 13, 2016 at 1:31 am May 13, 2016 at 1:20 am TheCyberZon Former WWE World Champion Christian to host new upcoming series on History Channel Videos Articles Ric Flair 2008? Facebook And Arn Anderson in 2012 who’s been a trainer there forever. IKILLU Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR May 13, 2016 at 12:38 am May 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm May 17, 2016 at 9:13 am May 13, 2016 at 9:38 am Video: Countdown of the Top 5 WWE stars with the most championship reigns 17 COMMENTS Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It vince mcmahon had a interview talking about injured & sick wrestlers but confirmed thatseth rollinsbray wyattrandy ortonwill be back either this month or next monthwe already know john cena will return this month so i didn’t put him up there he also said in the next 30 days wwe will have the biggest roster they ever hadlast_img read more

Public comments sought for oil terminal draft air permit

first_imgVancouver – The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council plans to hear public comment on the draft Notice of Construction Air Permit or the Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail oil terminal, which is proposed for the Port of Vancouver.The public is invited to bring written or oral comments during the hearing from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.The permit’s goal is to make sure the sources of air pollution are established in a way that conforms with state air-quality regulations. A permit must be acquired before the facility can be built.If built, the terminal would be capable of handling an average of 360,000 barrels of crude oil a day, making it the largest rail-to-marine transfer terminal in the U.S.last_img read more

Woman Stabs Man in Bar Tussle

first_img Related Items:cheshire hall hospital, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, stab, woman, zodiac bar Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Sept 2015 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating a weekend stabbing that left a man in the hospital early Saturday morning.A female who police say he knew, stabbed the man twice, in his neck and leg. The incident occurred sometime after 1:30 Saturday morning at the Zodiac Bar on Aviation Drive. The man was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center for treatment, luckily, the injuries were non-life threatening. Sources tell Magnetic Media that the attack may have been a domestic violence situation. Recommended for you Police read for kindergarten children as part of school programlast_img read more

Update Hockinson High closes after heating system malfunctions

first_imgHockinson High School’s 668 students were sent home Tuesday morning due to a malfunction in the school’s electronic heating system. The evacuation was a precautionary move, Hockinson Superintendent Michael Grubbs said. No students reported illness due to the gas smell that permeated through portions of the school. Classes are expected to resume today. The natural-gas odor resulted when one unit of the school’s heating system failed to electronically ignite, Grubbs said. The malfunction caused the gas to return to the system, creating an odor that was reportedly strongest in the school’s gym.“As the smell increased, we evacuated the kids around 10 this morning,” Grubbs said, noting the decision was made to “make sure the kids were safe.”Such an evacuation is rare at Hockinson High, 16819 N.E. 159th St.“This is the only time it’s happened here in the eight years I’ve been here,” Hockinson High Principal Brian Lehner said.Students attended classes for around two hours before the evacuation. For that reason, Grubbs said he did not believe they would have to make up the school day.Administrators were able to ventilate the front office and commons area before the school day began, but were unable to do the same with the school’s classrooms. The classroom windows are kept closed due to safety concerns.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Schroders creates global strategy to tackle employee health

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2019: Multinational asset management organisation Schroders has launched a global wellbeing strategy in order to be more proactive in supporting employee health and wellbeing.Speaking at Employee Benefits Connect 2019 on Wednesday 27 February, as part of the recognition and motivation conference stream, Charlotte Frost (pictured), benefits and wellbeing manager, HR at Schroders, explained how an externally conducted health and wellbeing review in 2015 revealed that, although the organisation’s benefits provision was good for ill or disabled staff, its approach was very reactive.“We were very reactive in our activities around health and wellbeing and what we decided was that we needed to move towards a more proactive approach and look at how we could benefit the wider population, because our people who were ill were actually the smaller population at Schroders,” Frost continues.Alongside the review results, Schroders used gap analysis, benefits claims statistics and sickness absence data to create a wellbeing dashboard; this identified the organisation’s three main health risks as musculoskeletal conditions, cancer and mental health.To address these with a mix of education and events, Schroders launched its wellbeing strategy in early 2016, taking a holistic approach across five key pillars: mind, body, finance, work-life balance and workplace. The latter linked to a concurrent office move and new working environment.The strategy, simply titled Wellbeing, was communicated to employees via emails that promoted a wellbeing calendar of events. This calendar was also printed out and used in desk drops to ensure all employees had seen a copy.The global wellbeing strategy saw Schroders introduce a number of new measures under each of its new wellbeing pillars. This included introducing wellbeing training, which was incorporated into the firm’s learning and development platform, qualifying HR staff as mental health first aiders, hosting seminars on subjects such as nutrition, sleep and stress, promoting financial education and having a physiotherapy rapid-access service.Specifically around mental health, Schroders has held awareness events, committed to activity around World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week, both in October annually, and offered support around children’s mental health to help employees’ home lives. The business has also launched new employee networks, such as its Mental Health First Aider network, which was implemented last year, and Diversity and Inclusion network.With regards to physical health, the business offers on-site physiotherapy three days a week, smoking cessation support, cancer coaching for managers, desk assessments conducted by a physiotherapist, and has upgraded its health assessments and introduced stress assessments.Schroders gathered feedback on its new wellbeing approach after each event, using a five-question survey that collected both quantitative and qualitative information from staff. Frost notes that this is a useful way to gauge the effectiveness of the strategy.The feedback found that 97% of respondents thought the wellbeing seminars were good, very good or excellent, while there was also a 100% increase in the take-up for face-to-face counselling.During the session, Frost also shared her lessons from implementing this strategy on a global scale: “There’s no shortage of wellbeing programmes and there’s various approaches employers can take. In my opinion, having a global, themed campaign is extremely valuable as it provides a shared focus across the organisation and gives a sense of global alignment and collaboration.“Global campaigns, however, should have the flexibility for individual locations to take the campaigns and position them in the right way for their people, so they can make sure that events are relevant to their audience and can get the engagement and impact they want.”An example used was the experience of rolling out Schroder’s mental health activities in Asia; this was largely frowned upon by staff based there, due to cultural context and the terminology used. Schroders overcame this by changing the emphasis and language to resilience and mental fitness.“We had to approach it in that area very differently to the way we would approach it in the UK,” Frost explained. “We had to approach it from a resilience standpoint; they saw that as a positive and [that] allowed us to have an avenue. That was a huge learning curve.”Frost’s other practical tips included showing how a digital focus could prove cost-effective, as well as more engaging, if used with an interactive or gamified element. However, she warned that this should not be used alone, but alongside face-to-face interventions.“In reality, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to wellbeing,” Frost concluded. “So, one of the biggest challenges I’ve had is in getting employees engaged. A key factor to this is the communications. It’s also worth being mindful that when [employers are] putting out a global campaign of the challenges that culture, stigma or language can provide.”last_img read more

Ad Agencies Ready for Growth in 2015

first_imgThe majority of ad agencies expect their businesses to grow in 2015, according to a recent study from STRATA. However, don’t expect that growth to be fueled by print. While more than half (53%) of those surveyed plan for growth this year, two-thirds said they are less interested in print than they were a year ago. That ties a low-water mark for agency confidence for print. Not surprisingly, digital will fuel much of the growth. A staggering 81% of respondents said they are more interested in digital advertising than they were a year ago, and 41% say they expect ad spend increases. Video and social media continue to be points of interest. Nearly everyone (96%) said they plan to integrate Facebook into their programs this year, while 72% said the same about YouTube.center_img More than one-third (37%) said 10-20% of ad buys will be made with programmatic technology. That marks a 30% increase form the previous quarter, which suggests adoption rates are increasing rapidly. Still, only 24% of those surveyed said they trust that method of buying.last_img read more

Stop screaming at your cable box 5G is on the way

first_imgThe HTC 5G Hub is designed to replace your home broadband with Sprint’s 5G network. Sarah Tew/CNET Sitting in my apartment in New York’s Upper West Side, I’m browsing the web, checking emails and watching YouTube and Netflix the same as I normally do. Things are loading quickly, even with multiple devices hooked up. But this isn’t my normal Spectrum cable connection. All of that data is riding over a Wi-Fi network powered by a hotspot running on Sprint’s 5G network. Yes, that Sprint. Its network isn’t officially live in the city, but I’m getting well over 100 Mbps, faster than Ookla’s 2018 average internet speed in the US.More important: I didn’t have to install any wires or special equipment into my apartment. I just fired up the HTC 5G Hub and plugged in my existing router. For a US market that frequently bemoans the lack of competition in home broadband, the idea of cellphone carriers entering the industry with 5G brings plenty of promise.Consumers often see prices rise in areas where there’s only one provider, yet many Americans continue to lack competitive home internet options. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have all hyped up home broadband as one of the many uses of 5G to solve this problem by offering a viable and speedy alternative.Verizon’s first 5G network rollout focused on the home, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere railed against “big cable” while pitching regulators on his company’s $26.5 billion merger with Sprint.Whether this is just more 5G hype, however, remains to be seen.At home with Verizon’s first 5G userLast October, Clayton Harris had Verizon technicians and executives, including CEO Hans Vestberg, descend on his home. The Houston-based mechanical engineer was the first person in the country to get Verizon’s 5G home broadband network, which the carrier touted as the first 5G network in the US.Originally launched in Houston, Indianapolis and Sacramento, this 5G service wasn’t designed to connect phones or tablets, but rather provide Verizon with a new home broadband option beyond its traditional high-speed Fios fiber home internet service.Clayton Harris, right, and his wife, Emily, were the first customers of Verizon's 5G Home service last October.Clayton Harris, right, and his wife, Emily, were the first customers of Verizon’s 5G Home service last October. Clayton Harris Powered by a form of millimeter-wave signals — a technology the carrier is using to offer 5G in cities around the country — the service offers super-fast internet speeds directly into homes and is also known as “fixed wireless.”While technically different from the mobile network, the high speeds that are attained are similar, ranging from several hundred to over 1Gbps. (The two networks are currently incompatible, though Verizon plans to merge them over time and switch the home network technology to the same one the mobile version is using.)”I typically see, on the lower end, 500-600Mbps. And I think the highest I’ve seen is 1.8Gbps,” said Harris, 34. Typical speeds are between “1.1Gbps and 1.2Gbps.”img-20190808-164045Verizon’s 5G Home antenna is attached to the side of the Harris’ Houston home. Clayton Harris A small antenna, roughly the “size of a Bible,” as Harris puts it, is mounted on the side of his house and connects to a nearby cell tower. The antenna runs into Harris’ home and connects to his modem.A self-described “power user,” Harris streams video over YouTube TV, plays games on Xbox Live and works out of a home that’s filled with smart devices. (As the first Verizon 5G user in the country, Harris said, the company gave him and his wife Pixel 3 phones and some Nest smart home equipment.)Prior to 5G, Harris had Comcast, which, while reliable, he wasn’t happy with. “The bill creeped the crap out of me,” Harris said, noting how his bill was constantly “creeping up and up,” requiring a “constant battle” where he had to repeatedly threaten to cancel his service to keep his rates down.Breaking free from the cable oligopoly Share your voice Here’s everything that 5G can do for you Comments Cable companies have long been a pain for consumers.In a survey regarding internet service providers, the American Customer Satisfaction Index gave Comcast a score of 61 out of 100, while Cox had a score of 60 and Spectrum (the combination of Time Warner Cable and Charter) received a 59.All four major wireless carriers faired better, with T-Mobile (76), Verizon (74) and AT&T (73) beating the cable guys by at least 12 points.Sprint, which has faced a number of struggles in recent years, was a distant fourth in wireless but, with a score of 65, was several points better than Comcast.As 5G networks expand across the US and in a market that often limits people to one or two options, the question hanging over the industry is whether the new technology will finally open the door for real change.”In general, consumers are dissatisfied with the amount of choice they have for broadband service,” said Dan Hays, a principal for PwC’s consulting business. “And they don’t always view that they are receiving significant enough value for the money they’re paying.”A 2018 survey by the firm found that 51% of polled consumers thought they were paying too much for their home internet (compared to 36% on mobile internet), with 21% of respondents saying they chose their current provider because it was “the only option available where [they] live.”In addition to providing alternatives for those in areas with a single provider, Hays noted that the expansion of 5G and similar wireless technologies could also help communities still struggling to get a reliable broadband connection “without having to dig up hundreds of yards, or even miles, of ground or hang fiber on [telephone] poles to reach their homes.”This offers a lot of opportunities to connect the unconnected.”Growing pains aplentySimilar to the issues facing its mobile sibling, home 5G is in its very “early days,” said Ian Fogg, head of analysis at wireless tracking firm OpenSignal. “Everyone is still learning.”In the near future, Fogg anticipates a lot of experimentation from carriers to see what makes sense in practice from a business perspective. But “as far as affecting the experience of millions of Americans, I think that’s some way off.”So far, only Verizon and Sprint sell working 5G mobile hotspots to consumers. (AT&T was the first to offer a 5G hotspot, but it still doesn’t allow consumers onto its 5G network). Verizon’s offering, which works with its mobile 5G network, is more of a traditional portable hotspot compared to Sprint’s hub, and at a retail price of $650 it isn’t cheap.Sprint’s HTC 5G Hub is designed for use in the home or on the go, but at $25 per month for 24 months ($600 total), it too is pricey. And as with Verizon, this is just the retail price of the modem.Data plans for hotspots aren’t only expensive, they also have data caps. On Verizon, 50GB of 5G data (with an extra 15GB of 4G LTE data) will run you $90 per month, while 100GB of high-speed data on Sprint costs $60 per month.While neither carrier will charge an overage fee if you use more, Verizon will throttle your 5G speeds down to a pedestrian 3Mbps and Sprint will bring you down to brutally slow “2G speeds.”01-htc-5g-hubSprint’s HTC 5G Hub. Sarah Tew/CNET How likely are you to hit that cap? Playing a full game of Madden 20 online over Xbox Live used less than half a gigabyte of data, but streaming a 16-minute episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee from Netflix to a 4K Samsung TV took up over 2.2GB.Streaming the just under two-hour film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in HD from Netflix to a MacBook Pro (with some simultaneous web browsing) used nearly 5GB.There were also a handful of issues connecting devices to the Hub, which has a “Private DNS” mode enabled by default. Turning that off allowed me to connect the Xbox and Samsung TV to the Hub, but the Xbox still had some issues and was unable to host games or stream Netflix to the console. (I could, however, join games being hosted by others.) Also, a Roku TV failed to connect entirely even with the Private DNS mode turned off.I was, however, able to stream Netflix to a Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick without issues.With minimal user customization options, it was unclear what exactly was causing my problems. Sprint said it was working with HTC to try to figure out the issue.Reasons to remain excitedEven with the early growing pains, the idea of 5G in the home is still an exciting one.Beyond bringing an alternative to areas that lack strong connections or other options, adding fresh competitors puts pressure on cable providers to up their games.And their nervousness shows. In a bid to head off the 5G hype, cable companies united earlier this year around a “10G” campaign, or the idea of pushing data speeds to 10Gbps, or 10 times faster than the gigabit internet being offered to consumers today. To be clear, though, it’s not the 10th generation of anything, and since the January announcement no provider has touted 10G publicly.The goal, of course, is to keep people connected to their cable company and not switch to a wireless provider.”The introduction of wireless broadband really poses some threat in the long term to the incumbent providers,” said Hays. “This is going to be a question of ‘keep up’ or you don’t survive.”When we look at this, in the long run, we see that there is increased competition that quite frankly benefits the consumer.” Tags Now playing: Watch this: 4:09 16 Photos Mobile Internet Services 69 5G means more than just fast downloads to your phone 5G 4G LTE Amazon AT&T Google HTC Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizonlast_img read more

Shiv Sena welcomes PM Modis push for population control

first_imgMUMBAI: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for smaller families to combat population explosion, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Friday welcomed his remarks saying that late Bal Thackeray always advocated it. In his Independence Day address on Thursday, Modi voiced concern over “population explosion”, stating that it leads to many difficulties. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us He also said that keeping one’s families small is an act of patriotism. Talking to reporters here, Sena MP and party spokesman Sanjay Raut said, “We are happy that the Modi government is taking forward the policies of the Shiv Sena…Late Bal Thackeray always advocated the need for population control.” “The NDA government under Modi is espousing the policies of the Shiv Sena. This is in the national interest,” he added. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Raut added that the triple talaq legislation is a step towards enacting the Uniform Civil Code. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who was also present there, said there was no need to bring religion into the issues of national interest. “How can a state have separate powers than the Centre? The Modi government has removed it,” he said referring to the abrogation of Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, Dhanraj Mahale, former Shiv Sena MLA, who had contested the Dindori Lok Sabha seat on NCP ticket earlier this year, returned to the saffron party on Friday in the presence of Thackeray and other leaders.last_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more June 16, 2015 – Four studies evaluating effectiveness, trends and other considerations for active surveillance in managing prostate cancer were presented during the 110th annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). Stacy Loeb, M.D., assistant professor of urology at New York University, moderated the session.Active surveillance has become a viable option for many men with low-risk prostate cancer who choose not to undergo active treatment – including surgery or radiotherapy. During active surveillance, prostate cancer is carefully monitored for signs of progression through regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, prostate exams, imaging and sometimes repeat biopsies. If symptoms develop, or if tests indicate the cancer is more aggressive, active treatment may be warranted.The four studies included:A Prospective, Longitudinal Active Surveillance Program for Favorable-Risk Prostate Cancer: Long Term Outcomes: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, found active surveillance appears to be a safer management strategy for men with “favorable risk” prostate cancer. “Favorable risk” patients are defined as patients with a Gleason score of six or less and a PSA level of 10 ng/mL or less. A long-term study evaluated data from 1,298 men diagnosed since 1995, for primary outcomes including overall survival (OS), cancer-specific survival (CSS) and metastasis-free survival (MFS). At 10- and 15-year follow-up, OS was 93.2 percent and 68.7 percent, CSS was 99.9 percent and 99.9 percent and MFS was 99.4 percent and 99.4 percent, respectively. These data suggest for men with an extended life expectancy of more than 15 years, active surveillance may be the safest management strategy for men with very low risk disease.Active Surveillance: When Can Patients Stop Worrying?: A new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University suggests men on active surveillance with low-risk prostate cancer can expect the likelihood of disease reclassification (increase in grade or volume) to decline with each additional stable biopsy after two years. “Low risk” prostate cancer can be defined as category T1 or T2a with a Gleason score less than or equal to six. Patients with “low risk” prostate cancer have standard PSA levels of less than 10 ng/mL. The subcategory of “very low risk” prostate cancer has the most favorable results. These men have clinical stage T1c with a Gleason score of six or less. Patients with “very low risk” prostate cancer a PSA density less than 0.15. Upon biopsy, these patients have no more than two cores with cancer, and the positive cores have no more than 50 percent cancer.Among 808 men identified on active surveillance (557 with very-low-risk disease and 251 with low-risk disease), researchers found similar reclassification rates within the first two years. After this period, however, men in the low-risk group were twice as likely to be diagnosed with progressing disease (Gleason score >6) compared to those in the very-low-risk group. For both, risk of lifetime reclassification beyond two years decreased by 30 percent and 35 percent, respectively, after each non-reclassifying biopsy.Contemporary Active Surveillance Rates for Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients in Community Urology Practices: Across the country, the adoption of active surveillance as a treatment option for men with low-risk prostate cancer is on the rise, according to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles; Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio; Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Torrance, California; and Carolina Urologic Research Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Of the 1,401 men identified in the study as meeting study inclusion criteria (a minimum of six months of documented follow-up from initial diagnosis), the average age was 63.6 years. Additionally, based on data from community-based urology practices in California, Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina, 17.3 percent had “very low”-, 36.1 percent had “low”- and 42.7 percent had “intermediate risk” prostate cancer. Across all risk groups, the primary therapy choice was active surveillance (70.2 percent of men with very low-, 39.2 percent of low, and 7.7 percent of intermediate risk of progression). Risk level, age and urology practice predicted choice of active surveillance, while race did not.Patterns of Care for Men with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Active Surveillance as Initial Management: Despite a global increase in active surveillance as a treatment strategy for men with low-risk prostate cancer, there is no consensus on the protocol to use when following men during surveillance, and practice patterns vary widely, according to a retroactive study by researchers at New York University. Reviewing records for 5,192 men from the SEER-Medicare linked dataset, researchers found that although most men receive at least one PSA test per year, rates of imaging and biopsies declined over time, as did the number of patients adhering to active surveillance protocols. Younger men and those diagnosed in more recent years had a higher frequency of surveillance biopsies.”Active surveillance should be encouraged for men with low-risk prostate cancer that can delay or avoid the need for treatment,” said Loeb. “However, the surveillance is meant to be an active process so men on active surveillance should continue to follow up with their doctor regularly.”For more information: www.auanet.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 16, 2015 Studies Evaluate Effectiveness of Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer Patients Strategy appears effective, but protocols vary greatly News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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first_img ORLANDO — Universal Orlando has added 25 new attractions in 7 years. In the words of Universal Creative’s Senior VP Thierry Coup, it’s been an “epic transformation”.Epic is a word that gets used a lot around here. And with good reason, given the size and scale of Universal’s ambitions. In less than 10 years Universal Orlando has gone from a 1-park operation in 1990, Universal Studios Florida – where guests were invited to “Ride the Movies” – to a two-park, multi-day theme park with the addition of Islands of Adventure in 1999. That same year Universal opened its dining and shopping venue Universal CityWalk Orlando along with the first of its on-site hotels, Loews Portofino Bay. More would follow.Now Universal is getting ready to open a new water theme park, Volcano Bay, on May 25. After just 27 years Universal Orlando now has three theme parks, five on-site hotels (with construction well underway on a sixth property, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, right next to Loews Sapphire Falls) and many more plans for new attractions including a Fast and the Furious ride in 2018, along with a new partnership with Nintendo. Universal is also said to be eyeing the addition of thousands more on-site hotel rooms. There’s never a dull moment around here, and with all the competition, there can’t be. “I would say we’re fanatics when it comes to reinventing the theme park,” says Coup.Coup was on hand yesterday at Universal Studios to show off the theme park’s newest attraction, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Media from around the world, in town for the opening of Volcano Bay, got a chance to speed with Jimmy through the streets of New York City and the subway tunnels, down into the depths of the East River and all the way up to the moon. The motion simulator ride, open since April 2017, takes over Twister’s spot at Universal Studios, in a replica of New York’s 30 Rockefeller where The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is taped.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico“Not everyone is going to get to go to New York City or attend a live taping for The Tonight Show,” says Jason Surrell, part of the Universal Creative team. “We wanted to bring that experience to life for people.” Race Through New York uses Universal’s Virtual Line technology, allowing guests to check out all the Tonight Show memorabilia – dating back to first host Steve Allen in 1954, through to Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and now Jimmy Fallon – while waiting line-free for their turn on the ride. Everyone gets a colour-coded card – one colour for each of the feathers in the NBC peacock – and that determines boarding order. The whole process starts with a tap on the Universal Studios app. It sounds confusing but it’s easy to do, and with the way theme parks are going – doing everything in their power to get rid of the interminable lineups, the number one source of guest dissatisfaction – it seems like it’s the way of the future.Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal StudiosHashtag the Panda gets to channel King Kong hanging from the Empire State Building in Race Through New York Starring Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show’s hosts through the years at Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal StudiosLoews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal OrlandoCoup admits that the Universal team gave itself high expectations to live up to with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010 and Diagon Alley in 2014. With their immersive storytelling these two attractions “set the bar even higher,” he said. “They completely redefined the theme park experience.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemVolcano Bay opens for a media preview May 24 and to the general public on May 25. Share Posted by About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Racing through NYC on the way to Volcano Bay: the latest from Universal Orlando Tags: Orlando, Theme Parks & Attractions, Universal Studios Kathryn Folliott Wednesday, May 24, 2017 last_img read more