HEARTBREAKING SASK FILM INDUSTRYS OPERATING REVENUE SLASHED IN HALF OVER LAST DECADE

first_imgSaskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC) Saskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave.“Everyone had to make the choice to relearn something else and stay in the province or move away and do the thing that they love, which is working on film,” said longtime set builder Danny Scavuzzo.“Most of the people just packed up and left and it was kind of heartbreaking to watch some of the hardest working, smartest Saskatchewan people pick up and leave the province.” Advertisement A recent report from Statistics Canada paints a picture of a dying film industry in Saskatchewan, with annual revenue falling to just over half of what it was in its heyday about a decade ago.The operating revenue generated by film, television and video productions in Saskatchewan in 2017 was $21 million, compared to $42.2 million generated in 2007.Meanwhile, Manitoba’s film industry generated a comparable $39.7 million in 2007 and has grown to bring in more than $100 million in 2017.Life after the film tax credit Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Switzerland and Sri Lanka plan closer cooperation

She added that the migration partnership set conditions for increased involvement for strengthening human rights and creating better prospects for young people in Sri Lanka through vocational training projects. Sommaruga said Switzerland planned to increase its support to Sri Lanka to promote democratic reform, a ministry statement said. Switzerland offered shelter to thousands of refugees. Currently there are about 51,000 Sri Lankans in Switzerland. Around half of them are have acquired Swiss citizenship, according to the justice ministry. Sommaruga met the president, Maithripala Sirisena, as well as government ministers and representatives of the national human rights commission and several civil society organisations, including members of the strongest political party, the Tamil National Alliance.During her four-day trip to the southeast Asian country, she will pay a visit to labour migration programme in the country led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperationexternal link. The Swiss justice minister, Simonetta Sommaruga, has agreed an extended migration partnership accord with Sri Lanka, Swiss info reported.On Monday, Sommaruga signed a memorandum of understanding in the capital Colombo with the Sri Lankan interior minister, Seneviratne Bandara Nawinne, reaffirming their intention to facilitate and extend cooperation, according to the justice ministry. They said the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka was not sufficiently advanced and the human rights situation in the country was too problematic for closer cooperation. The aim of the visit is to gain first-hand information on the reconciliation process following the end of the 30-year civil war in 2009 and the rule of law in the country, notably the labour migration to Gulf States and Asian countries.In 2016, Switzerland and Sri Lanka signed a bilateral immigration treaty covering the repatriation of Sri Lankans who no longer fulfil the conditions for continued residence in Switzerland.The non-governmental Swiss Refugee Councilexternal link and the Swiss branch of Amnesty Internationalexternal link have criticised the planned cooperation accord with Sri Lanka. read more

Future grad credits donors for helping her to pursue dreams

Brock University has brought Caitlin Muhl one step closer to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a physician.The next milestone in her career quest is just on the horizon for the Niagara Falls resident, who will receive an Honours Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences at Convocation next month.Muhl will return to Brock in September to complete her Master’s of Public Health.She shared with a crowd at the recent Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception the impact the University has had on her life.Muhl spoke about her decision to pursue her post-secondary education at Brock, knowing the experience and opportunities would help put her on the path to becoming a pediatrician.It was the one-of-a-kind Med Plus program that drew her attention and seemed to be a perfect fit, she said. Emily Van Haren, Caitlyn Gallant and Caitlin Muhl spoke at the recent Student Awards and Donor Recognition Reception.Muhl thanked Brock’s donors for their contributions, which support various awards and initiatives that help students across campus continue to pursue their dreams.“Donor awards greatly reduce the burden of post-secondary expenses,” she said, adding it makes it more manageable for students to balance education and community involvement.More than $2 million in the form of thousands of awards are distributed annually to support students in their quest for excellence.The awards event, co-hosted by Development and Alumni Relations and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, is intended to celebrate the success of Brock undergraduate and graduate students and to thank donors for supporting students.During the event, guests also heard from graduate students Emily Van Haren and Brock’s 2017 3MT winner Caitlyn Gallant.Brock’s graduate students continue to be a vital part of our academic and research success and continue to receive external funding to help support their endeavours to build knowledge and lead discovery and innovation. read more

Running Backs Are Finally Getting Paid What Theyre Worth

Relative to other positions, top running backs are slated to make around half as much in 2017 as they did at the start of the 2000s.So why is this happening? Perhaps NFL teams have consciously devalued the running back, or perhaps it’s just a multitude of decisions in many different circumstances that have happened to lead us here. But while the RBs’ new situation almost certainly results directly from the league’s shift toward pass-centric offenses, it may also stem from the league ever so slowly wising up to the fundamental math of its own game. Much like with the 3-point shot in the NBA, passing the football in the NFL has virtually always looked better on paper. And, like the midrange jumper, the NFL seems to be (perhaps more slowly) creeping in the direction of running just about as rarely as the situation and game theory require. Indeed, the history of offense in the NFL is largely a story of running less and getting more efficient: In 20172Note that the 2017 RB figure will likely go up a bit after rookie contracts are signed, since Leonard Fournette, the no. 4 pick, will likely count just under 5 million against the cap because of the rookie salary scale, making him the new 12th-highest paid RB in the NFL. The top 16 RBs are projected to have an average cap value of (just over) $6 million – up slightly from last year’s $5.9 million. Any remaining signings during free agency also may move 2017’s number, though most of the big names are off the market. the top 16 running backs (the league’s above-average starters, give or take a few) are slated to make less than any offensive or defensive positions — even tight ends and safeties, who were the bottom-feeders of the nonkicking game in 2000.3ESPN’s salary data isn’t guaranteed to be complete — particularly the further back you go – though it should be most accurate for top players whose contracts are widely reported. Additionally, running backs and six other positions – WR, DE, CB, LB, DT and OL — averaged between $3 and $4 million in 2000. In 2017, top RBs will average around $6 million — the other six positions will each average more than $10 million. And even this picture may be slightly rosier than it appears, because for several years Peterson bent the RB curve upward.4For example, in 2015 the top 16 averaged $6.1 million, while spots 2 through 16 averaged just 5.4 million.If we look at each figure as a percentage of all money spent on the top 16 players at each position, things look even worse for running backs: Over time teams have been passing more and more, and they have been picking up more and more yards as a result. Part of that is that teams are getting better at passing, but it’s also that they have gotten better at knowing when to pass. And, of course, those two trends play well together: As teams have gotten better at short, high-percentage passes, the rationale for running in situations where you need less-explosive but high-percentage plays has declined.That said, the NFL still has a long and easily demonstrable history of running way, way too much — even recently. We can tell because we know how every play in the NFL since 2000 has affected a team’s likely win percentage. The stat is called WPA, or Win Percentage Added. WPA allows us to look at the results of plays beyond just yards gained5As always, you shouldn’t take my use of this model as a suggestion that it’s perfect. No model is. But it does the job in this case perfectly well., which is helpful since a successful run should positively impact a team’s chances of winning even if it picks up fewer average yards, etc. Indeed, if every team played perfectly and everything was in game-theoretical balance, we wouldn’t expect to see much difference between runs and passes at all. This is not the case.For starters, let’s cut out a bunch of special circumstances and look at the most vanilla run/pass decisions possible: first and second downs, with 5-10 yards to go, outside the Red Zone, outside the last two minutes of either half — giving us about 278,000 plays to work with. This is where the traditional, workhorse, MVP-type running back butters his bread. Now, since the decision to run or pass is largely a function of how far ahead or behind a team is and how late it is in the game, let’s break our results down by quarter and score margin before the play: Basically, there is pretty much no ordinary situation in which running produces better results than passing. If a team is more than 10 points ahead in the second quarter, running has seemed to do OK. And that’s about it. Even situations where running a lot is pretty standard — like up fewer than 10 points in the third or fourth quarters — passing has done substantially better. Of course, some amount of run/pass balance is necessary, or defenses would completely tee off on the pass every time. But this issue is likely overblown: As a pretty straightforward application of introductory game theory, if one option keeps producing substantially better results than the other, you should do it more often.6Technically, you should keep doing it more until the two options have equal marginal expectations.Of course, running the football has ancillary benefits, such as burning time off the clock, avoiding turnovers, gaining positive yards more consistently, picking up shorter yardage a higher percentage of the time, keeping the defenses honest, and so on. (There may even be situations in which teams pass too often, such as with 2-point attempts.) That sounds like a lot of good uses for the run! But note that, when it comes to these things, the quality of your running back — at least by conventional measures like how many yards they gain — is of secondary importance.This is because even a great rushing attack is still worse at picking up yards than even a mediocre passing attack. The all-pro running back may gain a lot of yards as his team funnels its offense through him, but many (or even most) of those yards are picked up in spots — like when a team is slightly up or down in the third quarter — where passing would have been better (or at the very least, where teams should be passing more often). Indeed, much like with having a good punter, there’s a danger that a great running back could hurt his team, if he entices them to run too often. (Conversely, a potential problem with having a great run defense is that opponents may be bullied into passing!)None of which is to say that the running back position will die out, or that the league’s unwillingness to pay a lot for them will continue indefinitely. Running backs and rushing may still be an important part of the game, so long as you aren’t trying to use it to pick up a bunch of yards on the ground. There are better ways to do that, and better things you could be doing with that slot.For example, running backs who excel in short-yardage situations — such as Marshawn Lynch, Jerome Bettis or Marcus Allen7Super Bowl winners, all. — or “third down” or pass-catching RBs who can be legitimate multiway threats in a spread offense — may actually be more valuable than they seem. As the athletes who play “running back” get better at things like opening up the passing game and helping pick up first downs, the position may be leveraged more efficiently and see its value increase commensurately. Note the sole runner scheduled to make eight figures this year is Pittsburgh’s extremely versatile LeVeon Bell (whose one-year franchise player contract will earn him a little over $12 million in 2017).But committing money to “workhorse” running backs who provide little outside of their ability to grind out a large number of yards inefficiently — a description that arguably fits Peterson as well as any great RB — is like doubling down on buggy whips when everyone else is scrambling to make flying cars.CORRECTION (May 16, 1:32 p.m.): The “Why running sucks” chart in an earlier version of this article misattributed the source of its data. It was from Pro-Football-Reference.com, not ESPN Stats & Information Group. Being a productive rusher in the NFL takes a rare mix of skills and talents, such as speed, elusiveness, vision and anticipation. Those who have excelled at it have historically been rewarded with team-defining roles, league accolades, furious media attention and nice contracts to boot.Of late, however, top rushers have seen their roles diminished and their pay stagnate. In the modern NFL, teams appear reluctant to commit resources to ball carriers like they used to.Perhaps this reflects the new offensive landscape in the NFL, in which teams pass more and better than ever before. But it may also reflect a growing recognition that, for all their talent, traditionally great running backs probably don’t actually contribute that much to their teams’ chances of winning.Consider the case of Adrian Peterson — the 2012 NFL MVP and the only running back to win that award in the past 10 years. Peterson has made by far the most money for a RB in NFL history after the Vikings paid him more than $12 million each year for the past six years — during which the Vikings averaged just over seven wins per season. He’s 32 years old and spent much of 2016 injured but led the league in rushing as recently as 2015. As an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Peterson signed with the New Orleans Saints for a modest $7 million over two years, with only $3.5 million guaranteed. In 2017, he’s slated to cost less than Bengals backup RB Giovani Bernard (who will cost $3.7 million against the cap) — not to mention 10 different kickers.1Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Morstead, Bryan Anger, Matt Prater, Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Janikowski, Justin Tucker, Graham Gano, Dan Bailey and Mason Crosby! (Have I mentioned kickers are awesome?)While Peterson’s situation has its own contours and meniscus tears, it’s something of an emblem for the NFL’s approach to RB talent right now. With top players at most positions getting paid more and more as the league’s revenues and salary cap have grown (and in some cases, exploded), the average pay for top running backs has stalled and even declined in recent years: read more

Elderly sisters found murdered in Xanthi home

first_imgTwo elderly sisters were found murdered in their home in the village of Komnina, near Xanthi in northeastern Greece, on Thursday. Police said the women, aged 72 and 80, were beaten with a heavy object, possibly an axe or a hammer. Officers said a window had been broken and that the assailant or assailants appeared to have been looking for cash or valuables. The sisters had moved back to the village from Athens seven years ago, locals said. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Analyse médicolégale pourraiton démasquer les coupables dun attentat nucléaire terroriste

first_imgAnalyse “médico-légale” : pourrait-on démasquer les coupables d’un attentat nucléaire terroriste ?Publiée récemment dans la revue scientifique PNAS, une étude américaine cherche à montrer qu’en cas d’attaque nucléaire terroriste, l’examen du site de l’explosion pourrait fournir des indices concernant la provenance de l’engin, et donc l’identité de l’assaillant.Leur matériel d’étude ? Un échantillon – acheté via Internet à un collectionneur – de “trinitite”, ce dépôt lisse couvrant la terre du site d’Alamogordo (Nouveau-Mexique), où fut testée en 1945 la toute première bombe atomique, prototype de celle d’Hiroshima. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylAlbert Fahey, du National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist) à Gaithersburg, dit avoir réussi, avec son équipe, à déduire une foule d’informations sur les composants secondaires de la bombe, grâce à une micro-analyse de cet échantillon.Selon lui, si les produits de fission et le plutonium d’une bombe terroriste seraient probablement “anonymes”, issus du marché noir international, les matériaux de l’enveloppe, en revanche, seraient plutôt de provenance locale, désignant potentiellement le pays agresseur. Incrustés dans le décor au moment de la déflagration, ils peuvent laisser de précieux indices : microtraces de plomb dont la composition isotopique trahirait la mine d’où il a été extrait, ou encore poussière des briques de l’entrepôt où l’engin a été stocké.         Le 14 novembre 2010 à 18:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

200 millions de tweets publiés chaque jour

first_img200 millions de tweets publiés chaque jourLe site de micro-blogging a annoncé avoir franchi la barre symbolique des 200 millions de messages par jour. En un an, Twitter a vu le nombre des messages échangés quotidiennement être multiplié par trois. Alors que 65 millions de tweets circulaient tous les jours il y a un an, ce chiffre a atteint la barre symbolique des 200 millions, a ainsi annoncé Twitter, relayé par Zdnet. A titre de comparaison, Twitter a indiqué que ces 200 millions de tweets étaient équivalents à 8.163 exemplaires de “Guerre et Paix” de Tolstoï.Cette année, les sujets les plus populaires ont été la grippe porcine AH1N1, suivie du président égyptien Hosni Moubarak et de la fête de Pâques. Conscient que ses contenus sont devenus des outils journalistiques à part entière, Twitter cherche à séduire les organes de presse, comme le prouve le lancement de Twitter for Newsrooms, un guide de bonnes pratiques destiné à faciliter la vérification des sources.Le 1 juillet 2011 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Certains poissons reconnaissent dinstinct leurs parents et sassocient avec eux

first_imgCertains poissons reconnaissent d’instinct leurs parents et s’associent avec euxDes chercheurs autrichiens ont montré expérimentalement que l’épinoche, un petit poisson, reconnaît parmi ses congénères ceux qui lui sont apparentés, même sans les avoir jamais rencontrés et forme par préférence des bancs avec eux.De nombreux animaux savent identifier, parmi leurs congénères, ceux qui leur sont apparentés. Si cela n’est guère surprenant chez les espèces qui vivent en communautés familiales, où les individus se côtoient tous les jours, cela reste plus énigmatique pour certaines autres. Chez celles-ci, les individus s’appuient-ils pour ce faire sur des similarités (apparence, odeur…) avec eux-mêmes ? Les gènes communs induisant souvent des phénotypes communs.C’est en travaillant sur cette problématique que l’équipe de Joachim Frommen, de l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Vienne, a mis en évidence chez un poisson, l’épinoche à trois épines (Gasterosteus aculeatus) d’étonnantes dispositions à identifier et s’assembler avec ses parents (au sens large). En laboratoire, les chercheurs ont offert à chaque individu qu’ils ont testé, la possibilité de rejoindre un banc de congénères parmi deux au choix. Le premier banc se composait d’individus inconnus du spécimen testé et non apparentés à lui. Le second se composait de ses frères et sœurs, lesquels lui étaient soit familiers (dans une première série de tests) soit parfaitement inconnus (dans une seconde expérience). Des parents inconnus très bien reconnus   À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les résultats montrent que chaque épinoche testé choisit spontanément de se joindre à sa propre fratrie. Indépendamment du fait d’avoir déjà ou non côtoyé ses membres, souligne l’étude publiée dans la revue Ethology.”Il semble que les poissons apprennent très tôt, durant leur vie à reconnaître les indices désignant les membres du groupe qui leur sont étroitement liés – tels que des signaux olfactifs – et à en déduire des liens de parenté quand ils rencontrent leurs congénères. Le fait d’avoir déjà rencontré ces congénères avant ou non n’a qu’un rôle mineur”, conclut Joachim Frommen, auteur principal de l’étude.Le 15 juin 2013 à 18:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Crash kills two in east Vancouver

first_imgTwo motorcycles crashed into a sport-utility vehicle in east Vancouver, killing two people and injuring two others Friday night.The motorcycles were traveling westbound on Northeast 18th Street at about 11:45 p.m. when they struck a 2005 BMW X5 going southbound on Northeast 187th Avenue as it made a left turn, according to a press release from the Vancouver Police Department.The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. An 8-year-old child, who was in the SUV, suffered minor injuries. An ambulance took the child to a hospital for evaluation.A 23-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The second motorcyclist, also 23, went to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit, which is investigating, indicated that speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.last_img read more

Insitu chief seeks places to land

first_imgBINGEN — As Insitu Inc.’s new CEO searches for a place to live, he is also in charge of looking for a home for the fledgling Boeing Co. subsidiary and maker of unmanned aircraft. It’s likely that both the company base and its leader’s private residence will be located somewhere within the Columbia River Gorge, Steve Morrow, Insitu’s president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday during his first press conference at the company’s Bingen headquarters. Morrow was hired in late April to replace Insitu’s former executive Steve Silwa, who retired April 1. In October, Insitu announced it was seeking a 20- to 25-acre campus in the Gorge area to consolidate most of its other sites and serve as company headquarters. Morrow said Insitu is looking at 30 potential sites, including a 20-acre parcel at the Port of Klickitat, where the company already has some operations. The company hasn’t secured a site but it is still moving forward with efforts to consolidate, going from 27 buildings to 22 buildings in Bingen, he said.Today, the unmanned aircraft maker employs 800 people in Bingen, White Salmon, Stevenson, Vancouver, and Oregon’s Hood River and The Dalles, all towns Morrow and his wife Connie visited during their recent house hunt, he said.last_img read more

OU faculty recruitment notification by July 25

first_imgHyderabad: Ending a two-decade-old logjam, Osmania University is all set to issue a faculty recruitment notification before July 25. All other universities in the state are also likely to issue similar notifications by the end of this month. According to sources, the notification for about 400 vacancies across various departments in Osmania University will be issued. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official of the Higher Education department said, “The government has already given its nod for the recruitment of 1,061 vacant positions across state universities. There is no need for any fresh approval from the government and the universities can go ahead issuing notifications,” he added. It may be mentioned here that Vice-Chancellor posts of nine out of 11 universities are falling vacant by the end of July 2019. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us When asked will the recruitment process will be hit again on account of vacancies of the VCs, the official said, “There is no bar in issuing recruitment notifications. It will be done as per the guidelines recently issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), along with the timelines.” he said. TSCHE sources said the appointment of VCs is expected to be completed by the second or third week of August 2019. Advertise With Us Letters have already been sent to the UGC and universities concerned to nominate members for the panel. The notification for the recruitment of faculty and the selection of VCs can go parallelly. “All the nine universities will have new VCs by the time the faculty recruitment process reaches the stage where the presence of VC is considered a must as VC is the chairman of the faculty recruitment committee,” the sources said. However, the government does not want the recruitment process to go on under in charge VCs as it might turn into a controversy. An out-going VC of a university said: “Shortly, we are issuing notification as the process of fixing reservations is in the final stage. If possible, it will be issued in the first week of August itself.”last_img read more

Students protest over revoking Article 370 in Guntur

first_imgGuntur: Students under the banner of Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) on Friday protested against abolishing Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir at railway station here on Friday. They demanded that the Centre withdraw the army from Jammu & Kashmir and cancel the decisions taken without the involvement of people of Kashmir. They also raised slogans against the Centre. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Speaking on this occasion, PDSU state general secretary Gani Raju said that the Centre had taken leaders of political parties into custody, stopped telecast of news channels and internet and sent huge security forces and forcefully abolished autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir and announced creation of two Union Territories. They condemned the act of the Central government and protested.last_img read more

Pollstime govt next month Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderAn election-time government will probably be formed in the middle of next month, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday.The size of the government will be similar to the one formed during the previous national polls, he said while speaking at a press briefing at his secretariat office.”I’ve spoken to the prime minister. There will be no tecnocrats in the election-time government, which will be small in size,” said the minister.”The Jatiya Party has requested that two of their leaders be included. The prime minister will give it a thought,” he added.Finance minister AMA Muhith’s recent disclosure that the national elections would be held on 27 December and that a poll-time government would be formed in October, created controversies.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, himself was one of the critics of Muhith’s remarks.The AL general secretary on Tuesday mentioned that the nominations of the party’s member of parliament candidtes will be finalised next month and 60-70 leaders have been given hints to this end.When asked about the rumours of a 100-strong list, he said, “Even if a list is there, only the prime minister knows about it and nobody else.”In reply to another questions, the AL leader said the allies will be given 65-70 seats in the polls.He alleged that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is trying to play a political game. “Why won’t she go to the best hospital? She is trying to make it an issue.”last_img read more

Edmondson Village Town Hall Meeting and Resource Fair

first_imgThe Greater Southwest District Council is hosting a town hall meeting and resource fair, 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 1, at St. Bernadine’s Catholic Church, 614 Mt. Holly Street in Baltimore. Goals are to:*Improve the condition of the Edmondson Village Shopping Center*Revisit the 2007 Edmondson Village Master Plan*Connect residents with resources need to uplift the community*Work collectively to address neighborhood issues.For more information, please contact Kristerfer Burnett at 443-985-6476 or Kristerferburnett@gmail.comlast_img read more

Heres When to Catch the Upcoming Nintendo Switch Presentation

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch We’re still months out before we can finally get our hands on the Nintendo Switch since it made its proper debut via Nintendo in October. But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re not going to see more of it ahead of its official launch in March. Nintendo has been keeping much of the information about the Switch under wraps over the last few months, but come January 12th at 8 PM PT/ 11 PM ET we’re going to see a whole lot more of it. At long last!Yes, the time has been revealed at long last, with the event taking place later in the day for those of us on the east coast. It’s going to be something that you’ll definitely want to stay up for though if that’s past your bedtime, especially if you’re looking forward to seeing what the Nintendo Switch has to offer.The presentation is going to be a pretty big deal, especially since Nintendo has been quiet about what all it’s going to show off during the event. We know a staggeringly little amount about the Switch so far other than what we’ve been able to surmise from the announcement trailer. It will be a console/portable hybrid that utilizes various control schemes, features detachable controllers, and there are a number of games arriving for the console from notable developers and publishers.This event should be a pretty satisfying deluge of information, especially if buyers will be expected to make a purchasing decision in the coming months, so let’s see if we’ll finally get some information on the system’s pricing, launch titles, and various other bits of info we’re currently missing. It’s been a long time coming, and even though we now have to wait until after the major part of the holiday season to hear more, it’s going to feel so good to finally be in the know. Hopefully. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Your work emails can affect your health relationships

first_imgDoes your boss expects you to be ever-connected on emails and work without boundaries? If so, besides causing harm to your health and well-being, it could also lead to conflict in family relationships, a new study has revealed.Stress due to employers’ expectations of work during non-working hours brings strain in the family ties as the employee is unable to fulfil non-work roles at home.Such expectations are “an insidious stressor that not only increases employee anxiety, decreases their relationship satisfaction and has detrimental effects on employee health, but it also negatively affects their partner’s health and marital satisfaction perceptions,” said Liuba Belkin, Associate Professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEmployees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects. The mere expectations of availability increase strain for employees and their significant others – even when employees do not engage in actual work during non-work time.”The competing demands of work and non-work lives present a dilemma for employees, which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives,” added William Becker, Associate Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings were presented at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Chicago.According to Becker, policies that reduce expectations to monitor electronic communication outside of work should be ideal to mitigate the adverse effects of negative health outcomes.When that is not an option, the solution may be to establish boundaries on when electronic communication is acceptable during off-hours by setting up off-hour email windows or schedules when employees are available to respond. Importantly, organisational expectations should be communicated clearly, Becker noted.”If the nature of a job requires email availability, such expectations should be stated formally as a part of job responsibilities.”Knowing these expectations upfront may reduce anxiety in employees and increase understanding from their family members, he said.As for employees, they could consider practising mindfulness, which may help them to “be present” in family interactions, and help reduce conflict and improve relationship satisfaction, said Becker.However, while mindfulness is within the employees’ control, email expectations are not, he added.last_img read more

Man Arrested for Attacking and Trying to Steal the Magna Carta

first_imgA 45-year-old man wielding a hammer was arrested after he attempted to break the glass box protecting the Magna Carta on display at Salisbury Cathedral in England. Following silent alarms going off as the would-be thief tried to break through the glass box, staff members identified him, wrestled the man to the ground, and struggled with him for at least 10 minutes.He was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal damage. Police told the media on October 26, 2018 that he remained in custody.Salisbury Cathedral in fall.The 1215 document that established basic tenets of the rule of law in England was not damaged in the incident.“The Magna Carta has not been damaged and nobody was injured in the incident,” Wiltshire Police said.The damaged Magna Carta display case. Photo by Wiltshire PoliceThe Very Reverend Nick Papadopoulos told the BBC: “There were people around so the cry went up, it was pretty thick glass so it hadn’t yielded easily despite having a hammer hit it.”“It was a great shock but everyone responded magnificently, both our staff and volunteers and members of the public. They raised a cry and he did not get away.”The shocking attack took place just before Evensong, which is near to closing time at the visitor center.A 1297 copy of Magna Carta, owned by the Australian Government and on display in the Members’ Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. Photo by Wongm CC BY SA 4.0Dean Papadopoulos said: “He had been carrying a hammer so our guys were very courageous.”The edition at Salisbury Cathedral is one of only four copies of the original charter still in existence and is considered the best preserved of the four.Salisbury Cathedral said in a statement: “We can confirm that at the end of the afternoon yesterday, a man attempted to break into the case which houses the Magna Carta in the cathedral’s chapter house. He was arrested by police shortly afterwards and taken into custody.”An original version of Magna Carta, agreed by King John and the barons in 1215.“We are very relieved that no one was hurt during the incident and that the Magna Carta itself is undamaged. We are very grateful to all who dealt with the situation so swiftly and effectively. We are very sorry that, for the time being, our copy of Magna Carta will not be available to visitors and will have it back on display as soon as we can.”Wiltshire police have not yet disclosed the man’s identity. Authorities did release a photo showing three holes had been punched into the glass, and they asked anyone who witnessed the crime to get in touch.The charter has been removed for safe-keeping while the double-layer glass case is refurbished, Dean Papadopoulos said.Magna Carta (1297 version).“The layer that is closest to the document itself was completely untouched by the individual concerned, but his hammer did do some damage to the initial glass screen,” he told the media.A facsimile copy of the charter will be displayed, and the visitor center will re-open soon.Magna Carta is a charter of rights agreed by King John in 1215. Several versions were sent around the country “as evidence of the King’s decision,” according to Salisbury Cathedral’s website.King John in Worcester Cathedral.Magna Carta outlined basic rights with the principle that no one was above the law, including the king of the land. It established the right to a fair trial, as well as limits on taxation without representation.It inspired the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“Only three clauses are still valid — the one guaranteeing the liberties of the English Church; the clause confirming the privileges of the city of London and other towns; and the clause that states that no free man shall be imprisoned without the lawful judgement of his equals,” according to the BBC.Read another story from us: 8,000-year-old Dishes Reveal Surprisingly Varied Neolithic Eating HabitsThe British Library has two of the other copies of the Magna Carta, as well as the key original documents which tell the Magna Carta story in 1215 including: the Articles of the Barons, the unique copy of the list of the barons’ demands which were reflected in Magna Carta; the papal document which declared Magna Carta null and void in August 1215, and a sealed copy of Henry III’s 1225 Magna Carta.last_img read more

Daily Crunch Final Oculus cofounder departs Facebook

first_imgThe Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.1. Facebook is losing its last Oculus co-founderNate Mitchell, the final Oculus co-founder remaining at Facebook, announced in an internal memo that he’s leaving the company and “taking time to travel, be with family, and recharge.” His role within the company has shifted several times since Oculus was acquired, but his current title is head of product management for virtual reality.This follows the departures of former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe and co-founder Palmer Luckey.2. Twitter tests ways for users to follow and snooze specific topicsThe company isn’t getting rid of the ability to follow other users, but it announced yesterday that it will start pushing users to start following topics as well, which will feature highly engaged tweets from a variety of accounts.3. WeWork’s S-1 misses these three key pointsWeWork just released its S-1 ahead of going public, but Danny Crichton argues we still don’t know the health of the core of the company’s business model or fully understand the risks it is undertaking. (Extra Crunch membership required.)4. CBS and Viacom are merging into a combined company called ViacomCBSThe move is, in some ways, a concession to a turbulent media environment driving large-scale M&A, with AT&T buying Time Warner and Disney acquiring most of Fox — both deals are seen as consolidation in preparation for a streaming-centric future.5. Nvidia breaks records in training and inference for real-time conversational AINvidia’s GPU-powered platform for developing and running conversational AI that understands and responds to natural language requests has achieved some key milestones and broken some records, with big implications for anyone building on their tech.6. Corporate carpooling startup Scoop raises $60 millionScoop, which launched back in 2015, is a corporate carpooling service that works with the likes of LinkedIn, Workday, T-Mobile and more than 50 other companies to help their employees get to and from work.7. Domino’s launches e-bike delivery to compete with UberEats, DoorDashDomino’s will start using custom electric bikes for pizza delivery through a partnership with Rad Power Bikes.last_img read more

How to do a breast selfexam what every woman should know

first_imgAlternatively, watch the video below: “I feel so fortunate and grateful to be a survivor of breast cancer. I see it as a gift”.                                                                                                                       ~ Olivia Newton-John~As we celebrate National Cancer Awareness month, it also important that we take a look at how to do a breast self-examination (BSE), as this is the best method for early detection. Although 80% of lumps aren’t cancerous, you simply can’t take the chance and a doctor should be promptly seen for further evaluation.If you haven’t done a BSE before, then do so immediately by having a look at our infographic, explaining step-by-step how you can examine yourself in the comfort of your home. You do not need any fancy equipment or any extensive knowledge. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more