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  • Cinema 4D: Movie Poster Design

    first_imgDiscover how one digital artist uses Cinema 4D to create stunning movie posters.For most film buffs, movie posters are a treat – a glimpse into what’s to come. The poster is typically the first form of marketing for a film, as it is often generated before the principle photography has finished or even started. Poster artists many times have to generate the look of the film from assets culled together in the pre-production process.One of these artists is Tomasz Opasinski. He has had a solid career over the last 15 years, developing over 450 commercial posters and art for the film industry during that time.During Siggraph 2014, he gave a Cinema 4D presentation covering his process for crafting the posters for Oblivion (2013), as well as Resident Evil: Extinction and the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Rage.Looking at these posters it would be logical to assume Tomasz spends most of his time in Photoshop, but his workflow surprised me. In many cases he will generate quick 3D assets in Cinema 4D and then import them into Photoshop for compositing work.Below are the timecodes for the different sections of the presentation.03:06 Oblivion Poster11:26 Resident Evil: Extinction12:09 Paris, je t’aime16:15 Batman: Arkham Asylum23:12 Rage25:52 Transatlantyk Film Festival 201130:53 Transatlantyk Film Festival 201234:07 Plus Camerimage35:43 Non-commercial Posters42:46 Experimental ArtworkHave you used Cinema 4D in a similar way? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

  • 5 Maoists held for tribal’s murder

    first_imgFive Maoists involved in the murder of a tribal on October 23 were arrested by the personnel of Mathili police station in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Sunday.In another incident, the Malkangiri police also arrested two persons involved in threat and extortion in the name of Maoists. The mastermind of this racket was a junior clerk posted at Khairput tahsil office.As investigation still continued, Malkangiri police did not reveal the identity of the five Maoists arrested in the murder case. It is alleged that on October 23 night, these five had attacked and killed Anant Ram Bhumiya of Dhakadrasi village under the Mathili police station limits, while he was watching a traditional opera show.Following the murder, the police had intensified anti-Maoist operations in the Tulasi reserve forest area to nab the accused. The axes and knives used as murder weapon were also seized.Extortion racketIn the other case, Keshab Khilla, the junior clerk, and his associate Ram Chandra Majhi were arrested early on Sunday morning while they were allegedly collecting extortion money from a person. According to the Malkangiri district police headquarters, on October 10, supervisor of Motu tahsil office K. Chinan Rao had filed a complaint with the police that he and his family were being threatened on phone by some persons who claimed to be Maoists. The accused were demanding ₹5 lakh as ransom.A special police team was formed and a trap was set. On Sunday early morning, Mr. Rao reached a deserted spot near a hill between Korukonda and Kambeda to pay the ransom. The police officers hiding nearby managed to nab the two accused while they came out to accept the money. According to Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena, the arrested junior clerk was the mastermind and had engaged Majhi to make the threat calls using a newly procured mobile phone SIM card.last_img read more

  • Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold

    first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Tournament MVP Risa Shinnabe put up a game-high 19 points, going on 17-of-33 in spike attempts, to lead Japan while Mami Uchiseto added 18. Japan captain Nana Iwasaka and Yurie Nabeya also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThailand had three players lead the team in scoring with Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, and Chatchu-on Moksri each tallying 17 points. Read Next LATEST STORIES Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan overcame a two-set deficit and humbled Thailand, 26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-7, to take the gold medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. Koyomi Tominaga dealt the title-winning blow as it glanced off the block of Thailand and ended Japan’s 10-year championship drought. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

  • nVent expands its PXI Express systems portfolio

    first_imgnVent is expanding its SCHROFF product range for PXI systems by adding an 18-slot SCHROFF PXI Express system with a modular structure which is used in complex measuring and simulation applications. SCHROFF’s PXI Express is the successor to its PXI offerings and is based on the high-speed PCIe bus. The SCHROFF PXI Express systems, a modular system made up of standard assemblies ensures high flexibility and allows the system solution to be economically adapted to customer requirements.The new 18-slot PXIe system is based on a modular SCHROFF RatiopacPRO enclosure with an intelligent ventilation concept and integrated fan control. The system features a system slot, a system timing slot for feeding in very precise clock signals, and 16 hybrid slots for PXI Express or PXI cards laid out over a width of 84 HP (19“ wide). The hybrid slots make the system completely backward-compatible and make it easier to change over from PXI to PXI Express in phases.The backplane of the 18-slot PXIe system has been given a predominantly passive design. The necessary PCI bridge, PCIe switch, and clock functions are implemented with the same separate modules that are used for the smaller 8-slot PXIe system. There are more of them integrated here: 2 PCI bridge modules for 2 x 8 PCI connector positions to ensure the ability to communicate with all 16 hybrid slots using the PCI bus, 4 PCIe switches and one trigger bridge linking the bus segments to each other individually and uni-directionally.A high-performance PSU designed for industrial use supplies the system with the conventional PC voltages (3.3 V, 5 V, ±12 V and 5 V standby). If the main switch is enabled, the system can be started or shut down by means of the push button. The button is equipped with an LED ring that can be used to display various system states, e.g. “Proper function” (LED lights up green) or “Temperature critical” (LED flashes red). This is implemented using an additional microcontroller on the backplane. This function has been retrofitted for the smaller 8-slot PXIe system, which means that the users have useful system information easily accessible.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous congatec and Basler: technology partnership makes embedded vision easyNext Exploring the interplay between smart manufacturing and big datalast_img read more

  • Amendments to the Education Act

    first_imgThe province is clarifying the process for teacher certification and giving school boards more independence to deal with the conduct of members. Education Minister Ramona Jennex will introduce amendments to the Education Act today, Nov. 14. One of the changes will move authority for teacher certification to a department administrator while leaving the minister responsible to hear appeals. This will ensure a clear and reasonable separation of responsibilities. The act now gives the minister the authority to issue teacher certificates and permits as well as the responsibility to hear appeals. This change will remove the requirement for the minister to hear appeals of her own decisions. “This amendment ensures all teachers understand the process to obtain a teaching certificate and ensures they also have access to a fair and balanced appeal process if there is an issue with their certification,” said Ms. Jennex. Another amendment will give school boards more independence to discipline members for minor infractions without having to involve the minister. Any member who now receives a reprimand has the ability to appeal to the minister. These minor infractions are best handled at the board level and do not require ministerial involvement. Any school board member who is suspended, has their seat vacated, or who temporarily has their right to sit revoked will still be able to appeal to the minister. A member who feels a reprimand violates their individual rights can pursue a remedy through the legal system. “School boards have the ability to manage themselves and their conduct independently, especially when it comes to minor infractions,” said Ms. Jennex. “The minister should only intercede when the penalties have the potential to impact the operations of a board, such as a suspension.” A further amendment will update the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act to reflect recent operational changes, such as the move of a resource centre to a new facility on South Street in Halifax.last_img read more

  • First Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature

    first_imgFirst Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature Speech from the Throne The following is the Speech from the Throne read today, Sept. 21, 2017, by Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc at the opening of the first session of the 63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia: Before I begin I would like to honour those who have passed since our last Speech from the Throne. Those who contributed to the strength and prosperity of our great province. We remember remarkable Nova Scotians like Dr. Cora Greenaway, a founding member of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Rudy Haase, conservationist and humanitarian, and Donald Reid, who was instrumental in Joggins becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. All three of these individuals are also Order of Nova Scotia recipients. We also recognize the contributions of Nova Scotians including Ethel Garnier, who served for 50 years as Executive Housekeeper at Government House, and Wayne Smith, CFL star and two-time Grey Cup winner, and Phil Pacey, a champion for heritage in our province. We lost community leaders like Joan Eisner, former Director of Volunteer Services with South Shore Health, and Wade Smith, beloved educator and coach. John Nichols, retired Provincial Court Judge, and Dianne Tompkins Brushett, former Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, and Joe Feeney, former Mayor of Mahone Bay, proudly served Nova Scotians in their respective public institutions. Just last week, our country said goodbye to the Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, a former Member of Parliament, cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister. His accomplishments as a parliamentarian leave behind a legacy felt by all Canadians. Finally, we pay our respects to three former members of this House of Assembly – the Hounourable Paul MacEwan, the Honourable Ralph Fiske, and John Archie MacKenzie. Our sincere condolences to their friends, families, neighbours, and to all those carrying on their memory. Open to the World I am honoured to deliver this address, and I thank former lieutenant governor J. J. Grant for his years of service. I am humbled to hold the same office as him — he served our province in a way that makes us proud. À titre de premier lieutenant-gouverneur de la province d’origine acadienne, je suis fier d’avoir cette occasion d’être au service de ma province et de représenter ma communauté. As our province’s first lieutenant governor of Acadian descent, I am proud to have this opportunity to serve my province and represent my community. Congratulations to all those elected, who sit in this chamber, as they earned the confidence of their constituents. And we are here today not focused on celebrating victory, but focused on what needs to be done to make our province stronger. We owe all those who voted our thanks for their support and for their continued participation in our democracy. To those who worked and volunteered to ensure we could hold free and fair elections, we thank you for your service and commitment. Government has made much progress, but we know there is more work to do. It is clear that challenges exist. This spring, Nova Scotians voiced concerns about challenges in healthcare. We know that more mental health supports are needed, access to primary care must improve, and wait times are too long. Government heard these concerns, and will respond. This is the second term for Premier McNeil and his government, but the world and our province is different now than it was in October 2013. In four years, Nova Scotia moved from a deficit to a surplus. Our finances are stronger. Our seafood exports are soaring. Our wine sector is growing and is internationally recognized. Our tourism sector is booming. And our population is on the rise. Without a spirit of openness, these achievements would not be possible. Our province accomplished these feats because citizens stood up and pursued an optimistic plan, government stood with them, and we are stronger now because we worked together. Government’s plan focused — and will continue to focus — on opening our province and communities, welcoming newcomers, and breaking down trade barriers wherever possible. Now is not the time to give into fears arising from global uncertainty. Now is the time to press on. Our government is leading by example. Just recently, Syrian-refugee-turned-entrepreneur Tareq Hadhad was appointed to the board of Invest Nova Scotia. He’s helped grow Nova Scotia’s Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, received mentions from the Prime Minister at the United Nations, and plans to keep growing his family’s business. He now gets to help as Nova Scotia continues to become more open and welcoming. His experience is invaluable. Through will and determination, he and his family pulled together to create a business — they created something great. By continuing to embrace a spirit of openness, we will discover new ideas, welcome new people, and create new businesses. Government wanted to position itself to capitalize on opportunities when they arise. That is why such a focus was placed on controlling spending and making smart strategic investments over the last four years. Entamons cette séance de l’Assemblée législative en faisant de notre province un exemple, non seulement au Canada atlantique, non seulement dans cette fédération, mais à l’échelle internationale. Même si nous sommes une petite province, nous pouvons avoir un grand impact. Let us begin this sitting of the legislature focused on making our province an example — not just in Atlantic Canada, not just in this federation, but internationally. We may be small, but we can make a big impact. A Healthier, Stronger Nova Scotia A stronger Nova Scotia shares the benefits of economic growth by investing in the services we need most. If we want a stronger Nova Scotia, we need to have a healthier Nova Scotia. Government is ready to keep investing in healthcare to ensure better access to the services people need. Providing better access to healthcare involves hiring and retaining health professionals: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, and mental health clinicians. We know we can do that by providing more flexibility and by further investing in efforts to educate and attract doctors. Our doctors are not just healthcare providers, they are a source of information and insight into the healthcare system. That’s why our government will provide flexibility to doctors so they can choose where and how to practice. It’s why input and advice of doctors, including working with Doctors Nova Scotia, will be sought out when developing recommendations or changes to primary care. Further funding will be provided to attract and educate new doctors by adding more spaces to the family residency program, adding more spaces for internationally trained doctors, and providing more tuition relief to doctors who want to practice here. The focus on collaborative healthcare will continue as we hire more nurse practitioners and family practice nurses. These nurses will further improve Nova Scotians’ ability to access healthcare services where and when they need it. We are also supporting the recruitment of young doctors, because they have told us this is the type of team they want to be a part of. Most importantly, the evidence demonstrates that this approach to providing primary health care will improve services and ultimately the health of Nova Scotians. Cutting wait times for surgical procedures is also a priority. To help, government will add 15 new specialist residency positions. Five of these positions will be in Cape Breton. This will support efforts already taken to reduce wait times. Those efforts were made possible by an $8.1 million investment that made 2,200 additional surgeries possible. Going forward, we will continue to invest more money to further reduce wait times. More doctors and more surgeries will help many Nova Scotians, but our province also needs more mental health supports and faster access to care. Government will make investments to hire more clinicians and support workers, improve community-based supports, and expand crisis services. Helping our children and youth in their schools will be made possible by expanding the SchoolsPlus Program and developing new Youth Health Centres. Nova Scotians are clear — they want investments in healthcare, and those investments will be forthcoming. More Opportunity for All Nova Scotians Using our resources to create more opportunities for all Nova Scotians doesn’t happen accidentally. It requires careful planning, determination, and strategic investments in our people. For starters, government will cut income taxes for those in the middle class and those who need it most. This tax break will benefit 500,000 Nova Scotians. It will increase the amount going back into the pockets of Nova Scotians who need it the most. The benefit will increase to $1000, and it means more than 60,000 people will no longer pay provincial income tax. This is the largest income tax cut in our province’s recent history. Many Nova Scotian families are caring for loved ones with health needs. Our government will support them, too. Wait lists for home care services have almost been eliminated. People deserve to stay in their homes as long as possible. Government will ensure more people can receive the caregiver benefit, a program that provides $400 per month in support and allows seniors to stay at home, around loved ones, longer. With this change, more than 1,600 people will become eligible. Government has listened to Nova Scotians who say they want to be able to stay in their own homes and communities. Supporting people at home and supporting their caregivers has meant that fewer Nova Scotians have had to rely on nursing homes; and when it is needed, access to nursing home care has improved – with more than a 50 per cent reduction in the waitlist for nursing homes. This September brought a game-changing investment to the education system in our province. Government launched pre-primary sites around the province. This investment is crucial because we know the early years of a child’s life are critical for their development. The facts show that four year olds who have access to such a program perform better in school. That is the strong start our children deserve. Not only does this program help our children, it helps families too. This program is free for families enrolled in it. That means it will save those families thousands of dollars. That savings means more support and opportunity for middle class Nova Scotians. Education for Prosperity Our government has always believed that a strong education is the foundation for a stronger Nova Scotia. Over the last four years, education funding increased by $65 million. I am proud to say funding for education will continue to increase. Government created the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions so it could work with teachers to build stronger classrooms. This council empowers teachers to make a real difference in education policy, and change has already happened. Government funded the hiring of more teachers to implement class caps from grades primary to 12. There are more teachers to provide even more help with math and literacy skills. Student assessments and data entry are being streamlined so classroom teachers can focus more on teaching. These changes will help our young people as they grow and develop. They will also help them be more prepared to enter the workforce when they eventually graduate. We know that it is as important to educate and train our children as it is to bring new people to our province. Opportunity and Jobs for Young Nova Scotians Already government has helped more than 2,500 young Nova Scotians stay and work here through programs like Graduate to Opportunity and the co-op program. In addition, more than 2,100 young Nova Scotians were hired into the civil service since 2013. While progress was made, there is more work to do. The Graduate to Opportunity Program will see its budget doubled so we can help even more Nova Scotians. Over the next four years, this expansion could create as many as 1,200 new jobs. The number of research and innovation based jobs in Nova Scotia will increase through Innovate to Opportunity, a new program that will help employers who hire Masters and PhD graduates. While government also eliminates tuition for apprentices when they leave work to complete their training, the apprenticeship START program that focuses on hiring apprentices will grow and support 700 new opportunities. Keeping young people here also means making life more affordable for them. Government is taking steps that collectively will mean, along with other changes to student assistance, university students can receive over $40,000 in non-repayment support over five years. That is more than five years of average tuition. Our government wants to make accessing university more affordable, and it wants to make it easier for young Nova Scotians to buy their first home. To do this, households earning up to $75,000 per year are eligible for a down payment assistance program. With more jobs, less debt, and a down payment, more young Nova Scotians will be living and staying here. Helping Those Who Need It Most A stronger Nova Scotia is only possible when we help those who need it most – a more inclusive and accessible Nova Scotia, a Nova Scotia that provides more support to at-risk women and works to bring an end to the cycle of poverty that holds so many Nova Scotians down. Around one in five Nova Scotians identifies as having a disability. Our government wants to create a more inclusive and accessible Nova Scotia. The first step was to work with community leaders to create and pass the province’s first ever Accessibility Act. To support this legislation and accelerate the spread of accessible spaces and buildings, government will create a $1 million Small Business ACCESS-ability Program and increase the Community ACCESS-ability Program to $1 million per year. Becoming more inclusive and accessible will also help families caring for people with disabilities. Government will create a respite care program, expand the independent living program, and improve the existing Independent Living Support Program. These changes will help families, help people with disabilities gain more independence, and create stronger communities. While working to make our province more inclusive and accessible, government will take concrete steps to address violence against women. We cannot create more opportunity for everyone until people feel safe and secure in the province. A safer province will come from an annual investment of $1 million to fight sexual violence. This will fund things like Prevention Innovation Grants that help organizations support victims and help prevent sexual violence. A safer province will also come from an action plan to address domestic violence. We will start by working with existing groups who help at-risk women by funding new facilities. This action plan will also lay out several programs to address domestic violence. Finally, we will add a domestic violence court in Halifax and maintain the current domestic violence court in Sydney. A safe and secure province is one that also focuses on improving economic security. That is why government will create Advance Nova Scotia. This plan promotes six actions to boost the income of low-and middle-income Nova Scotians. In addition to the income tax cut previously mentioned, government will take steps to increase support and make it easier for people to get back to work. Together these efforts will give more Nova Scotians a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives proposed introducing a standard household rate for income assistance clients. We will do that and increase rates for all types of households. Our government will make it easier for people to transition off income assistance and back into the workforce. This will be accomplished by creating a work incentive to allow clients to earn more without seeing a reduction in their payments. This does away with an old, antiquated system that actually made it hard to get off income assistance by putting up barriers to people who wanted to re-enter the workforce. A four-year Blueprint to End Poverty will be funded, and $20 million will help form partnerships between the province, other levels of government, and non-profits. It will focus on working with community groups that have new ideas, focus on employment and skills development, and find ways to tackle barriers that prevent people from improving their standard of living. In addition to these steps, more maintenance enforcement workers will be hired to collect the millions owed to children. Government will work to ensure no one can hide behind provincial borders. This sends a clear signal that parents are expected to meet their financial obligations to their children. Because of our government’s changes, the Heating Assistance Rebate Program will help 5,000 more Nova Scotians with the cost of energy. This means we can now help more than 42,000 people across the province. These steps are the culmination of a once-in-a-generation effort to transform our system that helps those who need it most. It is going to produce real results that will make meaningful changes in the lives of thousands. Economic security, personal security, and fewer barriers will create a stronger province and a healthier Nova Scotia. The Power of New People and New Ideas Whether it is investing in healthcare, strengthening our classrooms, or helping those who need it most, we need a stronger economy. A stronger economy provides the resources necessary to make these investments. We cannot build a stronger economy without embracing new people and new ideas. Over the last four years Nova Scotia has continued to welcome more immigrants, more international students, and more refugees to our shores. This effort led to our population growing, and it is adding to our province’s diversity. This success was not accidental — it was planned, supported, and invested in. Our government repeatedly made it a priority to attract new people, launching new immigration streams for international graduates, aggressively recruiting immigrants from around the world, and making it easier for people to move here and start new businesses. Last year, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 5,000 newcomers to our province – the highest number of arrivals since the end of the Second World War. The federal government has recognized our immigration success and believes in our ability to attract immigrants. They have signaled their support for our population growth by working with our province to develop a multi-year plan for immigration levels, addressing ongoing labour market demands faced by provinces and territories. Now, under the Provincial Nominee Program, Nova Scotia received 1,350 nominations in 2017. The province also has a further 800 nominations through the new federal Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. Combined, this totals a record 2,150 potential nominations. We will continue to work with the federal government to keep growing our population. Welcoming new people to our province is the right thing to do. Immigration strengthens the economy by increasing the labour force, finding people with skills we need, and improving our productivity. Bringing new people with new perspectives and ideas will also see more businesses get started and more Nova Scotians employed. Helping our traditional industries thrive means investing to help them hire more people, help them find the skilled workers they need, and help them create new products to sell around the world. We are on track to post the best tourism season in our province’s history. This follows last year’s record-breaking season that brought $2.6 billion in revenue to the province. Government created Tourism Nova Scotia, and put the leadership of the organization in the hands of people with business experience. They have developed a new strategy which emphasizes bringing new first-time visitors to the province and developing unique experiences for tourists. Our success is possible because we are working with businesses to take risks and try new things. We want to keep building on this success. That’s why government will create a $2 million annual fund, partnering with the federal government and the tourism sector, to invest in some of our iconic tourism sites that attract first time visitors. Our fisheries sector is booming. Seafood exports nearly doubled to $1.8 billion annually. We want to keep finding ways for the fisheries and aquaculture sector to keep growing so we can meet international demand. That is why we will continue with our Aquaculture Development Program. This will fund important research to help the industry improve productivity, support strong regulations, and ensure the public is engaged while we responsibly develop this sector. Our Building Tomorrow Fund will invest $3 million per year to build on the success of the Honeycrisp Orchard Renewal Program. This fund will help farmers and fishers create new products and capitalize on new ideas to ensure their businesses are around for generations. This is just one more way to focus on helping to bring new ideas to our traditional industries. The Building Tomorrow Fund will help our agriculture sector, and so will the Wine Development Program. The investments supported by this important program will help Nova Scotian producers double grape production by 2020. While we work with our businesses to increase grape production, government will also direct the Department of Finance and Treasury Board to adopt policies that encourage further growth in our local wine, distilling, and craft beer industries. These changes will ensure better marketing and promotion of our made-in-Nova Scotia products. We know Nova Scotians have a taste for locally made products. For proof, we only need to look at the most recent NSLC annual sales results. Nova Scotia–made wine saw growth of nearly four per cent. Craft beer grew by 34 per cent — that’s $10.6 million in craft beer sales alone. The Building Tomorrow Fund and the Wine Development Program will build on the recent success of our agriculture sector, which generated $350 million in exports last year. While we work with traditional industries, we want to support new high-potential, high-growth industries. Our government is placing a focus on ocean industries and technology where economic potential is very strong. With partners like the federal government, the private sector and other universities in the Atlantic region, Dalhousie University has created the Ocean Frontier Institute. As well, the province, the federal government and the private sector have all been at the table for the creation of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE). Government will keep working with partners to build an innovation infrastructure in this province so future inventors and entrepreneurs have the support they need. We will do this by continuing to invest in sandboxes around the province. Government worked with universities and our community college to launch these innovation hubs around Nova Scotia. Through this initiative, over 4,600 students worked with 130 mentors to turn their ideas into reality. In addition to the seven sandboxes currently operating in Nova Scotia, we will add another sandbox focused on our ocean sector. While continuing to support tech companies, government will invest in and support small business here in Nova Scotia. We will also cut small business taxes so they can invest, expand, and hire. We will increase the income threshold for the 3 per cent small business tax rate from $350,000 to $500,000. This means small business can earn an extra $150,000 and their tax rate is reduced. Our government knows that cutting red tape helps small businesses grow. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has recognized Nova Scotia for the work we’re doing to cut red tape. They’ve said we have made the most progress, in the shortest period of time, of any province in the country. We will build on this success and further reduce red tape by $25 million. Government will provide better internet access by taking concrete steps. We have already partnered with municipalities, private service providers and community groups to improve service. We are developing a longer-term plan which will use fibre optic cable to build a backbone for service in rural areas of the province backed up by satellite service to reach areas with challenging geography. And we are working with the federal government to leverage our investments, to reach more rural homes and businesses with improved service. New Markets While our government works to bring more people to Nova Scotia, we want to sell more of our products abroad. The Export Growth Program produces success stories every year. We are growing the size of this program so more businesses can find customers in other markets. This support will help with the cost of trade shows and conferences, travel to markets, and partnering on trade missions. An Export Accelerator Program will also be established to help get Nova Scotian products to market. This program will connect businesses with international experts. It will be led by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and it will provide direct support and service to important exporters. Our resources are in demand around the world. We are supporting our traditional sectors to find new ideas for new products so they can create even more value when sold in other markets. These efforts, combined with increased support for export programs, will help create more jobs. These efforts will build on past government successes. Just one example is the China strategy government launched in 2016. Exports to China have grown to $420 million per year. This strategy combined with new export programming will continue to see exports to China climb. We want to grow the economy, not just for the sake of growth itself, but because of how that growth will empower so many Nova Scotians. Focusing on these priorities is how government will build a stronger Nova Scotia. To ensure the successful implementation of the priority objectives highlighted here today, beginning October 1st, the mandate of the Premier’s Delivery Unit will evolve to become the Office of Strategy Management. The office will be led by a deputy minister, and have a broader focus on government’s overall strategic objectives. The office will establish clear measures, track and report performance, and will work across government departments to focus on achieving results while advancing government’s policy agenda. Opportunity and Optimism Providing more opportunity for all Nova Scotians and creating a healthier Nova Scotia will only be possible when we open ourselves, our communities, and our province to new people, new ideas, and new approaches. To see the benefits of this kind of openness, we don’t have to look far. We can look to a chocolatier in Antigonish. The growing prosperity of our Mi’kmaw communities is being recognized nationally and internationally. Our African Nova Scotian community helped establish the province’s human rights commission. Notre communauté acadienne travaille sans relâche dans nos secteurs traditionnels importants, soit la pêche, la foresterie et le tourisme. Elle joue aussi un rôle important dans notre secteur culturel, à la fois par les arts et par les expériences touristiques culturelles. Our Acadian community works tirelessly in our important traditional sectors — fisheries, forestry, and tourism. And it plays an important role in our cultural sector, both through art and through cultural tourism experiences. European immigrants traveled here and powered our coal mines and steel mills. The impact of our province’s Lebanese community can be felt throughout our province. Our government has appointed more women to the bench, and we are approaching gender parity. Our province’s diverse culture shines through in our art, and our creative economy is growing. For cultural inspiration, we can look to the work of Alan Syliboy, an accomplished Mi’kmaq artist from the First Nations community of Millbrook. Or Shauntay Grant, whose storytelling is inspired by the traditions of her ancestors in Nova Scotia’s historic black communities. We want to celebrate our culture, hold tight to optimism, and remain open to new ideas, because that is the foundation of a plan that will make our province stronger. Openness and understanding come from education and experience. The more we learn about one another and the more we interact with one another, the more we understand. Our province’s future and our children and grandchildren’s prosperity depends on this very interaction. Prosperity will come as new ideas are turned into new businesses and traditional businesses create new products. La croissance dont nous avons besoin découlera de notre volonté d’agir pour miser sur des possibilités. Ces possibilités font que je vois l’avenir de notre province avec optimisme. The growth we need will come from a willingness to reach out and capitalize on opportunities. These opportunities make me optimistic about our province’s future. From openness and opportunity comes optimism. And I know no problem exists that we as a province cannot tackle together. When we stand together, we are stronger together. -30-last_img read more

  • Ed Sheeran Performs At StarStudded Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

    first_imgThe 22nd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.1 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Elton John, Ed Sheeran and David FurnishCredit/Copyright: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAFThe gala, which took place on Sunday, March 2, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was co-sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo.Attendees included Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Alex Pettyfer, Angela Lindvall, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Asher Monroe, Ashley Greene, Austin Butler, Bernie Taupin, Britney Spears, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Cheryl Burke, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Colton Haynes, Dave Franco, David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris, Donatella Versace, Dwight Yoakam, Ed Sheeran, Ellen Pompeo, Eric McCormack, Gordon Ramsay, Heidi Klum, Irina Shayk, Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour, JC Chasez, Jessica White, Joe Jonas, John Waters, Johnny Weir, Jonathan Groff, Josh Groban, Karina Smirnoff, Karolina Kurkova, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Rowland, Kelsey Scott, Kenny “Babyface” Edmond, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kristin Cavallari, Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Laura Prepon, Laura Vandervoort, Mel B, Nikki Reed, Ozzy Osbourne & Sharon Osbourne, Paz Vega, Paulina Rubio, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rob Minkoff, Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower, Robert Kraft, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Sandra Lee, Sarah Hyland, Sheryl Crow, Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Tara Lipinski, Taylor Swift, Tim & Jane Allen, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Tony Goldwyn, Vanessa Hudgens, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 86th Academy Awards telecast. For a second consecutive year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests.The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included tickets to the Broadway performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with a backstage tour and drinks with the show’s star Neil Patrick Harris, a print of Elton John and John Lennon taken in 1974 and signed by the photographer Bob Gruen, a portrait sitting with photographer Catherine Opie, five days at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat, tickets to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, and a piano signed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Following the auction, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took the stage to perform several songs, including “The A Team,” “Lego House” and a special duet with Elton John of “Candle in the Wind,” much to the crowd’s delight.In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in the evening’s new audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to the Foundation on the spot using their cell phones. Throughout the evening, video messages from long-time EJAF supporters Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper, as well as live messages from EJAF friends Heidi Klum and Eric McCormack encouraged guests to text in pledges in support of the Foundation’s urgent mission.“This is the kind of generosity that will help us change the course of this epidemic,” said Sir Elton. “We begin to end AIDS when we get homeless teens off the streets and into shelters and job training and healthcare. We begin to end AIDS when we offer addicts a clean needle and a helping hand into drug rehabilitation. We begin to end AIDS when we help HIV-positive ex-prisoners find housing and jobs and a way to stay on their medications. We begin to end AIDS when we make sure EVERY person living with HIV has a ride to the doctor and access to healthcare and treatment.”Audi and MAC Viva Glam supported the event as Co-Sponsors. American Airlines continued to serve as the Foundation’s official sponsoring airline.Find out more here.Source:EJAF.orglast_img read more

  • Massive Tribute Paid to Thai Diver Who Died in Rescue Attempt

    Rabat – Saman Kunan, a former Navy SEAL diver, died yesterday as he attempted to rescue a group of 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave with their 25-year-old football coach.The 38-year-old former Navy SEAL was part of the rescue team that had been battling a race against the clock and worsening environmental conditions, working day in and day out to find an exit from the cave where twelve boys and their coach have been trapped for twelve days.Kunan was given tributes from around the world. The diver’s body is set to “receive a royal-sponsored funeral in coming days,” according to the Guardian. Kunan has been  hailed a “national hero” with Thai authorities and SEAL members applauding his bravery.Kuman volunteered to supply the trapped boys with oxygen by diving deep inside the cave to place air tanks along the cave. On his way back, however, he fell short of air supply and became unconscious.“His job was to deliver oxygen. He did not have enough on his way back,” said Chiang Rai region Deputy Governor Northern Thailand region where the rescue mission took  place.“He always participated in SEAL activities until the last step of his life. Saman left us while working as a diver and in a time where all divers are joining forces to complete the mission. His efforts and determination will always remain in the heart of all divers. May you rest in a peace and we will accomplish this mission as you had wished,” read a statement by Thai navy SEALs.Offering condolences to the deceased’s family, the Thai armed forces wrote: “Cave diving is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.”Emotional footage has emerged of Kunan’s involvement with the rescue, showing an optimistic and driven man embarking on a risky task with composure and an unfailing sense of responsibility. The footage reinforced the tributes paid to Kunan.In the video, Kunan said, “I am at Suvarnabhuni airport waiting to board the plane to join the mission in Chiang Rai… See you this evening. We will bring the kids home.”Clinging to hopeWhen the trapped boys were discovered on July 2 by a team of British divers, the news was widely celebrated both in Thailand and around the world, with people sending prayers and good wishes. They expected a successful rescue mission in the following hours.“More than 130 million liters of water has been pumped from the cave this week,” the Guardian reported earlier today, hinting at the enormous efforts that rescue teams have invested in saving the boys.Bill Whitehouse, a veteran British diver, told the Associated Press that Kuman’s death is “awful news.” Whitehouse added that the tragedy “illustrates the dangers in the operation that is being undertaken, it isn’t a walk in the park… It is a very unforgiving environment.”While the joy of the boys’ discovery has been dampened by Kuman’s death and the dire environmental conditions around the cave, rescuers from Thailand and several other countries are still working day and night to find an exit for the trapped boys.Apakorn Yookongkaew, one of the commanding officers of the rescue mission, said: “Even if we lost one of our men, we cannot lose hope in the mission. We will rescue the boys.” Yookongkaew further noted that environmental conditions in the cave are expected to worsen in coming days. “We can’t wait. There is no time,” one of the divers said. read more

  • Ban voices deep concern over continuing violence in Egypt

    More than 30 people have been reported killed by security forces during clashes involving demonstrators in many cities and towns calling for a return to civilian rule. The first phase of parliamentary elections are slated to begin in Egypt on Monday.Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the Chair of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces.The Secretary-General deplored the loss of life and the high number of injured, according to information released by his spokesperson.He reiterated his earlier calls for transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties for all Egyptians, and for an inclusive and peaceful transition that meets Egyptians’ legitimate aspirations through transparent and credible elections that lead to the establishment of civilian life.Egypt’s long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February after weeks of protests over his rule, echoing the popular movement across the Middle East and North Africa that has also led to the downfall of regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, and to protracted violence in Syria. 26 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing deadly violence in Egypt in recent days and urged the country’s transitional authorities to ensure that all citizens can enjoy basic human rights. read more

  • Intraparty conflict fears

    This is the second violent election related incident after nominations were called for and the most serious reported incident so far. Pramitha Tennakoon is the son of Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and Thilak Bandara is a close associate of MP Lakshman Wasantha Perera. CaFFE also stresses that clashes between UPFA candidates might be the biggest challenge for a peaceful election in Matale. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) believes that the violent clash which occurred between supporters of politicians Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon and Thilak Bandara in Naula, Matale yesterday (July 28,) is only the beginning of intra-party conflict between UPFA candidates in the district ahead of the provincial council elections in September.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon identified Matale, Kurunegala and Puttalam as areas where intra party rivalries may occur, a CaFFE statement said. Meanwhile, it also said that journalist Rasika Dharshana Wijethilake, attached to the Independent Television Network (ITN,) who was undergoing treatment at Matale hospital due to injuries sustained during the clash, has left the hospital in the face of political intimidation. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • Opposition wants referendum on hybrid court

    Weerawansa also said that Sri Lanka is not legally bound to implement the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month.The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) however commended the Government for cosponsoring the resolution and urged the Government to fully implement it.ITAK Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah said that the resolution does not mention a hybrid court but a judicial system with international assistance. The opposition yesterday called for a referendum on the hybrid court proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that the Government cannot blindly agree to setup a hybrid court. Weerawansa was speaking in Parliament during the debate on the report as well as two other human rights reports today. He also accused the Government of submitting to international pressure on the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).He said that the Government must not abolish the PTA but make suitable amendments if required. He said that since the Government was elected by the public the public should be allowed to decide if they want a hybrid court to look into accountability issues. Senathirajah also warned that if people push Sri Lanka to be a “Sinhalese, Buddhist” country it will eventually lead to Tamils pushing for a separate State. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • Passengers on Southwest flight get Nintendo Switch

    DALLAS — Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight got more than a small bottle of water when they boarded their plane.They received a Nintendo Switch system and a download code for the digital version of the “Super Mario Maker 2” game to enjoy as Flight 2246 travelled from Dallas to San Diego on Wednesday. Many of the passengers were headed to Comic Con in the California city.Mario was on hand to greet the passengers when the flight arrived.The gaming-themed flight highlighted Southwest’s partnership with Nintendo in the Let’s Play Getaway sweepstakes that awards a daily winner a Nintendo Switch system and a download code for the digital version.The sweepstakes ends Aug. 31 with a grand prize winner and three guests receiving roundtrip air travel.The Associated Press read more

  • Somehow There Are Still People Who Have A Perfect Bracket

    Oof.After Thursday’s four NCAA tournament upsets, your bracket is probably looking pretty haggard. You’re not alone, of course. But how many others got totally busted by the madness?Since we don’t have access to the personal or office-pool brackets of everyone in the country, the 11.6 million ESPN Tournament Challenge brackets will have to suffice. A whole lot of them made at least one wrong call yesterday.It’s probably not a huge surprise, but the UAB Blazers’ upset of Iowa State was devastating to America’s pursuit of a perfect bracket. Our model showed a 9 percent chance of that upset happening, and when it did, it broke the brackets of 10.7 million Tournament Challenge players.The following upset — Georgia State’s defeat of Baylor — wasn’t as dramatic in terms of bracket carnage, but it still had a significant winnowing effect: Only 22 percent of the remaining perfect brackets made it through the end of that game unscathed.By the end of the day, only 273 perfect brackets were left. Kudos to the select few who made it. But, as we’ve discussed before, the odds of them making it much further are slim to say the least.CORRECTION (March 20, 12:35 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article mislabeled the seeds of North Carolina, Harvard, Cincinnati, and Purdue. They are the No. 4, No. 13, No. 8, and No. 9 seeds, respectively. read more

  • Mother and expartner jailed for brutal murder of threeweek old baby treated

    Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A mother who treated her baby as a “fashion accessory” has been jailed with her ex-partner for 10 years each for being responsible for the “brutal” death of her three-week-old son.Roxanne Davis, 30, of Gosport, Hampshire, and ex-partner Samuel Davies, 24, of Southampton, were convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of causing or allowing the death of Stanley Davis.The trial heard that the baby died of a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage at just 24-days-old on March 28, 2017.He had also suffered 32 fractures to his ribs and nine fractures to his arms and legs sustained during at least three separate occasions.Sentencing the pair, judge Jane Miller QC said that the baby suffered a “brutal” attack in which he was violently shaken and could have been thrown across a room.She said: “Stanley was in pain for much of his short life.”The medical evidence is he would have cried inconsolably for 10 to 30 minutes, which means both of you would have been aware of his distress because the flat was so tiny. One of you may have been absent when one of the sets of injuries was inflicted, but not all.”Davis sobbed during the hearing and as she was taken down to the cells, she shouted out: “He’s a murderer.” The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark   She added: “You were delighted to show him off to family and friends, but when you were back at home and he wasn’t a fashion accessory, you were happy to hand him over to your partner.”The court heard that the former couple, who are not married but share similar surnames, had a fractious relationship, with the police being called to the property on March 11 by neighbours who reported shouting coming from the one-bedroom flat they shared in Gosport.Both defendants were tested positive for taking cocaine and cannabis after they were arrested following Stanley’s hospitalisation.The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark.James Newton-Price QC, prosecuting, said: “They were very clearly warned about the risk of harm to the baby by the police and the social worker when they warned them they couldn’t behave in an argumentative or volatile way.”Katie Thorne QC, defending Davis, said that she suffered from depression and added: “Miss Davis’ case has always been that she didn’t cause the injuries. Miss Davis did accept her strong feelings of guilt in failing to protect Stanley.” The first sign that Stanley had suffered any harm was when a health visitor found a bruise behind his right ear on March 16 which the couple had tried to conceal but which was later misdiagnosed by a paediatrician as a birthmark The judge told her: “Much of your upset is self-serving crocodile tears. Your upset was more about you rather than Stanley.” Sally Howes QC, defending Davies, who was not the biological father, said he had “a great sadness and a great feeling of guilt”.She added: “He is clearly a very immature man and his diagnoses of ADHD and emotionally unstable personality disorder are recent and will have to be addressed at a later stage.”Derek Benson, chairman of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, has confirmed that a review is being carried out of the handling of the child’s care by the authorities. read more

  • iOS 43 for iPhone iPod touch and iPad coming March 11th Personal

    first_imgBack in February, we reported a rumor that AT&T’s iPhone would get the same mobile hotspot functionality as Verizon’s iPhone through the release iOS 4.3. It was believed that the iOS would be available for download in conjunction with AT&T’s launch of the HTC Inspire 4G which also featured the AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. Unfortunately, we soon learned that was only a rumor leaving AT&T iPhone users without their mobile hotspot functionality. Now it seems we may have more specific information thanks to some leaked insider info.The iOS 4.3 update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad will be available for download from iTunes beginning March 11th. With it comes the missing mobile hotspot functionality, or Personal Hotspot as Apple calls it, for AT&T iPhone owners which allows connections for up to five devices. Three of the devices will be supported through Wi-Fi while the other two are supported through a Bluetooth or USB connection. To conserve battery, if your Personal Hotspot is no longer being used the iPhone will turn it off.Besides the Personal Hotspot, users can also look forward to:Airplay enhancements – Now streams video from your Photos appImproved Safari performance – Runs JavaScript twice as fast as iOS 4.2iTunes Home Sharing – Your iTunes library, including music and video, can be accessed from your PC or Mac via Wi-Fi using your iPhone, iPad and iPod touchCustomize iPad side switch – Users can now use the iPad’s side switch to mute the device or lock screen rotationAccording to the leaked AT&T document, the update will also include Facetime (which supports other devices including the Mac), Photobooth and iMovie for the iPad 2. Those with the original iPhone and iPhone 3G will have to watch others get the update from the sidelines since iOS 4.3 is not compatible with them.Read more at Apple and Engadget.last_img read more

  • GameFly launches Steam competitor with free games for members

    first_imgGames-by-mail rental service GameFly has launched an open beta of its own digital distribution service for PC games that features a roster of free downloads for members of the service.The service is at its core a game download store where players can digitally acquire new releases. GameFly acquired digital distributor Direct2Drive in 2011, and this is effectively the relaunch of that service. Top releases like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim can each be had for $59.99, while GameFly members get a 10% discount.Unlimited PC Play is a feature exclusive to GameFly customers with subscription plans and for now offers free downloads of some 200 titles from PC gaming’s backbench including older Ubisoft releases, unknown children’s titles, and short-lived episodic games. Right now, the library generally reflects that of the defunct subscription service GameTap circa 2007 or 2008, but is expected to grow as more publishers sign on.Mac games are a planned feature, but for now the open beta only covers PC games. Access to the retail purchases via a Steam-like client download are free, while Unlimited PC Play begins at $15.95 per month with a standard GameFly subscription.GameFly has gradually expanded upon its core rental business since 2008 when it entered the Web business by acquiring game news blog Shacknews. When considering that GameFly loses money on postal shipping, the digital distribution business may be seen as a gradual, Netflix-esque move away from rentals by mail and toward a cloud-based business. At one point, it even tried a Redbox-like physical kiosk, but that appears to not have panned out. Meanwhile, Redbox has moved into the gaming space to great success.Download the client at Gameflylast_img read more

  • She dragged womens football from the dark ages into the twentyfirst century

    first_img Mar 17th 2019, 8:00 AM File photo of Emma Byrne. 9 Comments 22,542 Views Emma Byrne and her teammates address the media at Liberty Hall. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOIt was anything but swift for Byrne. She had been agitating for better treatment for the women’s team for years, giving an interview in March 2014 in which she threatened to quit over the FAI’s failure to compensate players, along with the Association’s withdrawal of a daily €30 allowance.Byrne was then criticised publicly by her own manager Sue Ronan, who responded by saying she was “disappointed” by the “timing” and “inaccuracies” of Byrne’s comments, citing the fact that the daily allowances had been withdrawn for all international teams bar the senior men’s as proof that the women’s team had been “treated equally” by the FAI.Byrne, along with Aine O’Gorman, refused to let the issue drop. Eventually, the battle led to Liberty Hall, and Byrne’s retirement four months later. “Thank you to the PFAI, SIPTU, the FAI and the Irish media for making my last battle a successful one.”, wrote Byrne in her farewell social media statement.Buckley said the most important element of the squad’s success was their unity; their determination evident in the image of 14 players standing together before the media.“The togetherness was a massive part of why it sent such a strong message”, remembers O’Gorman.“Emma was the captain and she kept us all together. She had to lead by example and she showed great leadership.“When push came to shove, she kept us all together.“She kept the team together. It was tough, what we had to do, but it has bettered women’s football and women’s sport in this country. She had a lot to do with it, and she can be very proud of that.”PFAI solicitor Stuart Gilhooley sat alongside the squad at Liberty Hall.“You can’t understate the role Emma Byrne played. She was the biggest and best name in the history of Irish women’s football, and will be for some time to come.“Herself and Aine O’Gorman were regarded as the two leaders of the progress. They had been trying for two years to work with the FAI and bring about an improvement in conditions. They realised they were going nowhere and contacted the PFAI through [General Secretary] Stephen McGuinness.“He could see that they were being treated as not second-class citizens, but fifth-class citizens.“He said to Emma that they needed to be a united squad and that there was no room for weakness. If they wanted to get what they wanted, it was necessary that they were all together.“Emma was 100% on board with that. Once she spoke, everyone was going to listen.”Thus it came to pass.The first qualification campaign after the players’ stance showed some encouraging signs, most notably a 0-0 draw away to European champions Holland which was achieved in spite of a spate of injuries.“When Ireland do finally qualify for a major championships”, says Gilhooley, “people will look back at what Emma, Aine O’Gorman and all the players did, but particularly Emma, and say ‘She may not be here, and she may not be involved at all, but a large part of the credit for this goes to her in the same way as Roy Keane is given credit for professionalising the FAI after Saipan.She is very different to Roy in so many ways, but in terms of her presence and her importance and how she was viewed by the players at that time, she had the presence of Roy Keane or Robbie Keane. “She was the one who said, ‘This needs to improve for future generations.’“It’s important that everyone recognises that she wasn’t going to gain much for herself out of that. In fact, she gained almost nothing for herself out of that.“I think she deserves similar, if not more credit, as she dragged women’s football from the dark ages into the twenty-first century.”Byrne’s first job after school was actually with the FAI, working in the ticket office of the Association’s old headquarters on Merrion Square.O’Gorman hopes Byrne is employed by the FAI again soon.“It would be great to see her getting back involved in Irish football as she’s a huge loss. She could probably still be playing if she wanted to, and get to 200 caps!“Her experience would be so valuable to anyone coming through.” Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM https://the42.ie/4547129 By Gavin Cooney EMMA BYRNE WILL tonight create history when she becomes the first female inductee to the FAI’s Hall of Fame.It is a fitting tribute to Ireland’s most successful footballer. To start with the easy measurables: in 16 years with Arsenal Byrne won 28 major honours, including 11 league titles, 10 FA Cups and the 2007 Champions League.Only Robbie Keane has played more often for Ireland at senior level, and Byrne’s 134 games makes her the most-capped women’s player of all time.So, entirely appropriate that her sparkling achievements are enshrined. By their nature, these recognitions tend to fossilise careers, but Byrne’s will stubbornly evade such a fate. For whatever successes await women’s football in Ireland in the future, they will bear a lineage from Byrne’s career.“She has left a legacy”, says her long-time international teammate Aine O’Gorman. “It’s a tough one for her, but she will be proud that she has left a legacy.”Before Byrne walked away from international football, she took the time to make a final stand.What we are fighting for here is equality”, she told the media assembled at Liberty Hall in April 2017. “We are fighting for the future of women’s football.”The country was rapt to attention by the united front of 14 international players that day, standing together with representatives of SIPTU and the PFAI as they laid out their demands for better treatment from the FAI.The players’ demands were modest and their burdens, to that point, considerable, having been forced to change out of tracksuits in airport toilets so as they could be returned to underage men’s teams.The players asked to be compensated for a loss of earnings when on international duty, access to a gym membership, a €300 match fee and to be represented in discussions by the PFAI. Were their demands not met, the squad threatened not to fulfill the upcoming fixture against Slovakia.The press conference took place on 4 April, and the players’ demands were met by the FAI in less than 48 hours.SIPTU’s Deputy General Secretary Ethel Buckley was involved that day, and remarked at a public meeting in Dublin last month at how swiftly an agreement was reached once a mediation process began. ‘She dragged women’s football from the dark ages into the twenty-first century’ Emma Byrne will tonight make history as the first ever female inductee to the FAI’s Hall of Fame. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO File photo of Emma Byrne. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Short URL Share79 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Une greffe innovante de trachée artificielle recouverte de cellules souches

    first_imgUne greffe innovante de trachée artificielle recouverte de cellules souchesUne équipe de chirurgiens vient d’effectuer avec succès la première greffe mondiale d’une trachée-artère artificielle recouverte de cellules souches, a indiqué hier l’hôpital suédois où a eu lieu l’intervention.Le 9 juin, un patient de 36 ans atteint d’un cancer a reçu une trachée-artère synthétique recouverte de ses propres cellules souches, a indiqué dans un communiqué l’hôpital universitaire Karolinska de Huddinge, dans la banlieue de Stockholm en Suède. Réalisée avec succès, cette première mondiale pourrait, selon l’hôpital, révolutionner le champ des greffes de trachées, les rendant nettement plus accessibles.À lire aussiUne militaire blessée dans un accident se voit greffer une oreille cultivée… dans son bras”Les greffes de trachées-artères conçues avec une structure synthétique combinée aux cellules souches du patient, élevées au rang de procédé standard, signifient que les patients n’auront plus à attendre un donneur d’organe compatible”, précise le communiqué. Cette médecine régénérative pourrait profiter tout particulièrement aux enfants “étant donné que les trachées de donneurs sont moins nombreuses que pour les patients adultes”. De plus, une intervention rapide offrirait aux patients de meilleures chances de guérison, comme le précise l’AFP. L’équipe internationale de chirurgiens était menée par les professeurs Paolo Macciarini de Karolinska et Alexander Seifalian, de l’University College de Londres. C’est ce dernier qui a conçu et fabriqué la trachée-artère artificielle. En parallèle, des chercheurs de Harvard ont mis au point un bioréacteur destiné à implanter les cellules souches du patient sur la structure. Les cellules se sont ainsi développées sur la trachée-artère synthétique pendant deux jours avant que celle-ci ne soit greffée au patient.Moins de risques de rejet “Comme les cellules utilisées pour régénérer la trachée étaient celles du patient, il n’y a pas eu de rejet du greffon et le patient ne prend pas de médicaments immunosuppresseurs”, a indiqué l’hôpital, ajoutant que l’homme allait “bien, sur le chemin d’une guérison totale, et qu’il serait autorisé à quitter l’hôpital” dès aujourd’hui. L’équipe précise toutefois que la trachée synthétique n’a été utilisée qu’en dernier recours étant donné que, malgré une radiothérapie, la tumeur du patient était devenue si grosse qu’elle menaçait d’obstruer totalement la trachée-artère, et qu’il n’y avait pas de donneur compatible.Le 8 juillet 2011 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Doom Marine 16 scale action figure is expensive but totally worth it

    first_imgDoom is one of the best games of 2016. It successfully resurrects the classic franchise by keeping the elements everyone loved while still being a thoroughly modern title. Having and playing the game may be good enough for most, but for those who want more, there is something extremely cool on the horizon. Bethesda is partnering with ThreeA to produce one hell of a collectible for the most hardcore Doom fans.The Doom Marine figure is a 1/6 scale replica of the game’s bloodthirsty protagonist. The figure stands over 13 inches tall and features 27 points of articulation, three sets of interchangeable hands, and of course, comes with a nice assortment of weapons. These tools of destruction include the chainsaw, plasma gun, shotgun, and super shotgun. The figure’s Praetor suit is also meticulously detailed and looks like it came straight out of the game. <> This figure is available to pre-order now for a whopping $260. That’s certainly a pretty penny, but seeing as how you’d be getting such a high quality product, it’s worth putting a small dent into your bank account. You’ll be charged the full amount upon purchase, but can always get a refund if the order is cancelled before the figure ships sometime in the second quarter of 2017. The ship date is subject to change but you will be notified if that happens.Spring 2017 won’t be here any time soon, so if you want to bring a piece of Doom home, you have plenty of time to save up for this expensive but awesome figure.last_img read more

  • Watch Baby Wallaby Pokes Head Out of Moms Pouch for First Time

    first_img Animal keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently witnessed an adorable sight when a baby wallaby peeked out of its mom’s pouch for the first time.The joey, which has been inside its mom’s pouch for weeks, decided to poke its head out on March 11. Keepers were expecting the joey to make an appearance for many weeks, because they noticed a lot of moving and kicking inside the mom’s pouch before the big day. This is the first joey for the mom, Victoria, and the dad, Sydney, and the zoo’s first baby Bennett’s wallaby since 1989, said a zoo press release.The joey was born many months ago, and the zoo said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact date. According to the zoo, wallaby pregnancies are typically 29 days in length. Wallaby pups are born blind and hairless, and they weigh less than an ounce. They climb into their mother’s pouch using their arms and they stay there for nursing. Joeys finish developing inside their mom’s pouch and spend time outside the cozy area by the time they’re nine-months-old.The zoo says it’s possible that Victoria could be already expecting another pup: Wallabies can have up to three babies at a time, one in the uterus, one in the pouch, and one outside of the pouch. Following the surprise appearance, the keepers are monitoring the joey and mom to make sure they’re healthy. The joey is expected to start spending time outside the pouch in one to two months.More on Geek.com:Watch: Angry Kangaroo Punches Paraglider After He Lands on Its TurfRipped Kangaroo and Internet Star, Roger, Dies at Age 12Scientists Use Robots to Get Bees and Fish to ‘Talk’ to Each Other Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more