Philly 360° Playlist – R&B Crooner Jeremy Isaac Drops New Single “Clouds (So High)”

first_img Just last week, the smooth and incredibly talented R&B crooner Jeremy Isaac released a new single “Clouds (So High)” from his forthcoming EP. And, this hot mid-tempo landed just in time to provide the Philly 360° Playlist with a little sizzle before summer comes to a close.   As usual, Isaac’s vocals are on point for this track. The Philly native sings about a woman that might be impairing his vision and clarity — yet he just doesn’t want to come down from the feeling. The track, produced by E. Banga and Scott Stallone, is easy going and provides a great backdrop for Isaac to showcase his unstoppable vocals. Some of the track’s most intricate and impressive parts lie in the song’s vamp, where Isaac’s adlib and vocal precision are unmatched. Like many Philly talents, past and present, Isaac began honing his talent as a singer in church. And, from the young age of seven he knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. Jeremy also studied musical theater at the historic Freedom Theater here in Philadelphia, which prepared him for his break-out role in the stageplay “Baby Mama Drama.” Now, as a seasoned performer and vocalist, Jeremy Isaac is exploring his voice as a solo artist. From performing on stages with the likes of Celine Dion, Charlie Wilson and Carl Thomas to slaying his own shows in venues across the country, Isaac knows how to entertain a crowd. His shows are full of sultry soul, yet still energetic, relevant and captivating — and his band is always on point. It’s definitely no surprise that Isaac would be a part of  thelatest edition of the hit music showcase, The Winners Circle. Check out our video recap below.  Isaac is showing the world that real singers still exist and are making great, timeless records. With Jeremy’s signature lyricism and the track’s fine-tuned production, “Clouds (So High)” will certainly resonate with feel-good music lovers everywhere. Stay tuned, because Jeremy is working on his upcoming album, but in the meantime take a listen to his latest single below. Listen to Jeremy Isaac’s latest single “Clouds (So High)” and check out our recap from The Winners Circle II. The Winners Circle(D. alfaro for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia)last_img read more

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Shinhan Bank Projects 524% ROI in 6 Years and 43% Reduction in ATM Downtime via Embedded Intel® vPro™ Technology

first_imgThis ROI Analysis paper focuses on Shinhan Bank, headquartered in South Korea. They implemented Intel vPro technology as an embedded controller in their ATMs, allowing for better remote updates, patching, reimaging, and problem resolution of the machines. The bank’s IT techs can now remotely maintain, update, diagnose, and repair ATMs for issues that used to require a site visit. Shinhan has already reduced ATM downtime by 1,014 hours (1.4 hours per ATM) within the first year of implementation of Intel vPro technology in its ATMs. The Shinhan ROI study projects a 43% reduction in ATM downtime, and a 33% reduction in the site visits historically required for maintenance and problem resolution. Results of the study showed a projected break-even point in year 2, savings of over $608,000 across 6 years, and a positive ROI of 524% in year 6.last_img read more

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India drop to 172nd, Belgium top FIFA rankings

first_imgIndia’s slide in the global football rankings continued as they dropped five places to be 172nd in the latest FIFA charts released on Thursday, while Belgium created history by grabbing the top spot for the first time.India were 167th last month. The dip follows poor performances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers where India have lost all three group matches played so far. Recently, they lost to Turkmenistan on October 8.India are at the bottom of Group D in the World Cup qualifiers and now have virtually no chance to even qualify for the Asian Cup by finishing third.Also read: Chhetri asks for patience after poor World Cup qualifier campaignThe Stephen Constantine-coached side will face Guam, who won in the first leg, on November 12.Meanwhile, Belgium replaced World Cup 2014 runners-up Argentina, who are now third, from the top of the table. Reigning world champions Germany stay at the second place.The ‘Red Devils’, one of the teams with a hopeful future given the young age of most of its players, improved its place by two places.However, the greatest progress comes from Copa America 2015 champions Chile as they stand at the fifth place.Portugal and World Cup 2010 holders Spain remained at fourth and sixth spots respectively.Colombia dropped two places to be seventh, while five-time world champions Brazil slipped a place to be eighth.World Cup 1966 winners England and Austria moved up one position and are placed ninth and 10th, respectively, while Uruguay are at 12th place after a jump of eight places.advertisementFour-time world champions Italy jumped four places to seize 13th spot, while Ecuador advanced eight places to 21st and Mexico 10 positions to 24th.Wales dropped seven places to be 15th, while Turkey made a jump of 19 places to be 18th.last_img read more

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MPs sent 11 grievances daily this year: MoS Personnel

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) At least 11 letters on an average were received every day from Members of Parliament and VIPs by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today. As per Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP),each communication received from a MP or VIP shall be acknowledged within 15 days, followed by a reply within next 15 days of acknowledgment sent. The number of communications received from members of public by the office of Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is around 2,300 from January 1, 2016 to July 15, 2016, he said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. All such communications were forwarded to officer in charge of different departments under the charge of the Minister of State for appropriate action, he said. “It is expected that action on all those 2,300 communications have been taken in the departments concerned based on their internal instructions,” said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. PTI AKV RTlast_img read more

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Online games not as addictive as gambling: Study

first_imgLondon, Nov 4 (PTI) You may easily be able to quit your favourite online game as playing internet games is not as addictive as gambling, a new Oxford study suggests.Researchers asked nationally representative samples of men and women in four countries how they felt after gaming using the American Psychiatric Association (APA) checklist of health symptoms.They surveyed 19,000 men and women from the UK, the US, Canada and Germany. Over half of the people said they had played internet games recently.Of these, between 2 per cent and 3 per cent reported they had experienced five or more of the symptoms on the list, with between 1 per cent and 0.5 per cent saying they also had feelings of significant distress in being unable to curb their play.These rates are less than half those reported recently for gambling by the British Gambling Prevalence Survey, researchers said.In that survey, 2.6 per cent of those aged 18-24 and 1 per cent of adults in the general population said they had experienced symptoms linked by the researchers with a gambling disorder.Two years ago, the APA outlined the potential problem as internet gaming disorder and proposed nine standard symptoms that might characterise possible diagnoses.They gave each symptom equal weight, and specified there had be an over-riding feeling of significant distress.The study by University of Oxford in the UK noted that while many gamers may feel preoccupied and distracted from other responsibilities in a similar way to a sports fan whose team has reached the finals, they are not likely to have a pathological condition unless there are feelings of significant distress.advertisementAll the study participants, recruited through YouGov and Google Surveys, completed symptom and health checklists.To be identified as a possible gaming addict, they had to report five of the nine symptoms from the APA list and also feel significant distress.Symptoms included preoccupation with internet gaming, anxiety and other withdrawal symptoms (if the game was taken away), increasing amounts of time spent gaming, loss of control, reduced interests, social withdrawal and losing opportunities as a result of gaming.”To our knowledge, these are the first findings from a large-scale project to produce robust evidence on the potential new problem of “internet gaming disorder,” said study lead author Dr Andrew Przybylski, from the Oxford Internet Institute.”Contrary to what was predicted, the study did not find a clear link between potential addiction and negative effects on health, however, more research grounded in open and robust scientific practices is needed to learn if games are truly as addictive as many fear,” Przybylski said.The study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. PTI SAR SARlast_img read more

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Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

first_imgThis post originally appeared on IPS News.Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn’t know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn’t know when or what amount would be required to cover them. Worse, what if you discovered that money was being siphoned from your retirement account to cover the shortfall in your checking account? How confident would you feel about your financial stability?This situation plays out every day when it comes to freshwater. We don’t know how much water we are withdrawing and consuming. In many places, we don’t even know how much groundwater and surface water we have.But we do know this unequivocally: People, ecosystems, food, energy and cities can’t exist without water. Already, water resources are being strained to the breaking point – in Sao Paulo, northern China, the western United States, northwestern India and many other places. And the world’s water needs are rising inexorably.Yet this World Water Day, we also find ourselves at a watershed moment. There is a powerful opportunity that may help countries move toward better water management: the United Nations’ proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Walking the Talk through Targets, MeasurementThe SDGs will replace the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015, and set the international development agenda for the next 15 years. For the first time ever, the goals could offer new transparency and accountability in how the world uses its water resources. Goal 6 of the proposed SDGs has specific targets related to sustainable and efficient water use, water and sanitation, water quality and protection of critical natural infrastructure.Beyond a dedicated goal on water, the issue is also mainstreamed across the 17 goals – in goal 3 on health, goal 11 on cities, goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production and goal 15 on terrestrial ecosystems. These targets will focus political attention, resources and stakeholders on water management more than ever before.This fall, the international community will finalize the SDGs and the metrics to measure and track water use at a country level. These targets could help hold countries accountable for better water management. Importantly, the SDGs would apply to both developed and developing countries, forcing all countries to “walk the talk.”Where Companies Lead, Others FollowMany companies already understand that the world is on an unsustainable path. They’re experiencing it in their bottom lines, and investors are asking tough questions. The 2015 World Economic Forum listed “water supply crises” as the top global risks affecting businesses.Industry leaders are taking steps to reduce their risk exposure and making investments to lessen watershed-level stress, devoting resources to urban water efficiency, aquifer recharge and reforestation and other strategies. For example, Heineken committed this year to create source water protection plans for all of its production units located in water-stressed areas, while MillerCoors has a five-part water stewardship strategy in place.The private sector and civil society will be useful allies in raising awareness in countries facing particularly high competition for water resources. Hopefully this, combined with the SDGs, will motivate governments to take positive action to reduce water stress – from more rational water pricing, to regulating groundwater withdrawal rates to incentivizing efficient irrigation and reducing water intensity in energy extraction and production.It Starts with Good DataThis first-of-its-kind SDG system will depend on strong metrics and data. A first step will be establishing a baseline to track sustainable water use against the target.This challenge will require the best efforts of experts on global water data systems. These discussions are already underway across the world’s professional water communities.WRI’s Aqueduct tool is a good place to start. The open-source platform provides the most up-to-date, globally consistent water supply and demand data publicly available today. Many companies, investors, governments and others are already using Aqueduct. Forthcoming water stress projection maps will also provide scenarios for future demand and supply for 2020, 2030 and 2040, helping the private sector and government create forward-looking water management policies.An Unprecedented OpportunityWe can move from a picture of frightening scarcity, uncertainty and competition to one of abundance. Strategies to reduce water stress and use water more efficiently have been successfully applied by countries on virtually every continent. Awareness drives action, and transparency drives accountability.The international consensus embedded in the new SDGs could be a game-changer. While challenging to implement, the new SDGs could bring unprecedented action to mitigate the world’s water demand and supply crises. And done well, they will foster growth, reduce poverty and build resilient ecosystems – delivering a more sustainable future.last_img read more

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Shooting Sports: 6 Pro Tips to Make You a Better Shot

first_img 1 of 2 1 of 3 Previous We aren’t much of a hunting bunch here at The Manual, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a clay shoot. We spent the day at Brays Island Plantation and got to know the laid-back (this guy really loves his job) yet skilled director of shooting sports and NSCA Level II instructor Justin Rhoten.Justin Rhoten Cator Sparks/The ManualRhoten met us at the Island’s shooting clubhouse and gave us a basic introduction to shooting sports. First off, there are four disciplines when shooting clays:Skeet shooting: This is a specific type of shooting, not a catch-all for any type of clay shooting. For the record, it is a recreational and competitive activity where participants, using shotguns, attempt to break clay targets mechanically flung into the air from two fixed stations at high speed from a variety of angles.Trap shooting: The targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter.Sporting clays: Often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain.5-stand: There are five stations, or stands, and six to 18 strategically placed clay target throwers called traps. You shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds.While we have shot before, it was great to get some pro tips from Rhoten. As he explained, “From novice to advanced shooters, our goal is to emphasize friendly competition centered around fun and safety. By utilizing these tips, we typically see our owners hit more targets while developing a lifelong passion for the sport.” Next Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker 1) Pack a BagEssentials include a towel, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and even a snack to keep the blood sugar up during your round. Don’t be afraid to leave the scorecard out and just work on a few troubling targets when out shooting with friends.2) Dress Comfortably“As I try to emphasize with all new shooters, getting comfortable is critical to success. Just being comfortable while carrying the gun, loading and unloading, mounting, and calling for the target will allow the shooter to see better results. The same can be said to some extent with attire. Being comfortable with what you wear when shooting can help you shoot better, if for no other reason than its just one less thing to worry about. Numerous companies in the shooting sports industry produce attire specifically for shooters. Shirts, gloves, hats, jackets, and even pants are made for the casual to avid shooter. Probably, the most important piece of attire a shooter needs is a shooting vest that fits well. With pockets designed to hold shells, accessories, and a shooters towel, a vest that fits properly (enough room to move freely but not baggy) is essential. You can spend all the money you want on shooting apparel and accessories, but at the end of the day I believe the most important thing is comfort.  If you are comfortable with the fit of your clothing and it’s appropriate for the weather, it is really just one less thing to worry about. And when you don’t have to worry about your attire, you spend that energy focusing harder on targets!” Cator Sparks/The Manual 3) Develop a Pre-Shot Routine.Practice a ritual every time you shoot, not just when keeping score or during a registered shoot. Consistency before you say “pull” will lead to greater consistency after you say “pull.”4) Vary Your GlassesTwo colors of shooting glasses can help increase your score. With some stations at Brays Island in open fields and others in hardwood bottoms, the light changes drastically. To see all the presentations, have sunglasses for the bright stations and a light amber, orange, or yellow pair for those with lots of shadows.Cator Sparks/The Manual5) Change Your ChokesWhen shooting, ensure you have the right equipment to be successful on the challenging targets at distance. While not all shooters change chokes frequently, it can help your results at end of the day.6) BreatheThis is one of our most frequently used phrases during a lesson. Shooters usually improve their scores by simply taking a deep breath, relaxing, and having fun.Article originally published August 4, 2017. Last updated July 27, 2018. Cator Sparks/The Manual center_img Cator Sparks/The Manual Brays Island Plantation. Cator Sparks/The Manual Previous Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Next Why Are All These Celebrities Shotgunning Beers? 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Brays Island Plantation. Cator Sparks/The Manual last_img read more

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Le Dr Strang anime une webémission sur la grippe H1N1

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais auront la chance de poser leurs questions au sujet de la grippe H1N1 et du vaccin lors d’une webémission publique qui sera diffusée le jeudi 28 octobre de 19 h à 20 h. Le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse, sera accompagné de Dennis Cochrane, sous-ministre de l’Éducation, du Dr Ken Buchholz, médecin-conseil principal du ministère de la Santé, de la spécialiste en vaccins Dre Joanne Langley, professeure en pédiatrie à l’Université Dalhousie, ainsi que des représentants du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre Bill Grant, directeur de la Division des normes du travail, et Dianne Jay-MacLeod, hygiéniste du travail à la Division de la santé et de la sécurité au travail. « Je sais que de nombreuses personnes ont des questions au sujet de la grippe H1N1, y compris les vaccins et la sécurité, a dit le Dr Strang. La situation peut être particulièrement complexe et difficile. Cette webémission sera une occasion pour tous les Néo-Écossais de poser leurs questions et de faire connaître leurs préoccupations. » Les questions peuvent être soumises à l’avance par téléphone au numéro sans frais 1-888-451-4222 jusqu’à 16 h le jeudi 29 octobre. Les questions peuvent également être soumises par courriel pendant la journée ou pendant la webémission, à l’adresse H1N1webcast@gov.ns.ca . La webémission sera diffusée à partir du site www.gov.ns.ca/H1N1 et affichée sur le site Web du ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. « J’encourage tout le monde à poser leurs questions, a dit le Dr Strang. Une façon de se protéger est d’être bien informé. » EastLink TV rediffusera la webémission partout en Nouvelle-Écosse le vendredi 30 octobre à 22 h 30, le dimanche 1er novembre à 20 h 30 et le lundi 2 novembre à 18 h.last_img read more

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Shoppers workers return to Toronto mall where shooting took place

first_imgTORONTO – Shoppers and employees returned Friday to a popular Toronto mall where a shooting triggered a frantic evacuation a day earlier, while police continued to search for multiple suspects in the incident.No one was injured in the gunfire at Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Thursday afternoon, but the sprawling facility was shut down as officers combed the area for evidence.Police said an altercation between two groups of men in the mall led to one man firing a gun at least twice. The shooting caused panicked shoppers and store employees to scramble for cover, with hundreds eventually rushing out of the large building.Lime Pinga, a manager at clothing retailer Maje, said operations appeared to have returned to normal by Friday morning.“We are pretty OK,” he said, noting that his supervisor had told workers they could access counselling services through a third-party company if they needed to.Pinga, who was not at the mall at the time of the shooting, said the team of workers who had been at the store during Thursday’s incident were not working Friday morning.Several shoppers who had been at the mall at the time of the shooting took to social media to express their gratitude to store workers who had helped them seek shelter.“A huge shoutout and thanks to the staff of #ladurée at #Yorkdalemall,” Nilab Ferozan tweeted. “Thanks for making us feel calm and safe.”“Thanks to the employees at @Bose #yorkdalemall for allowing us to hide in their store, keeping calm, sharing information,” Jenna Keane wrote.Police said Friday evening that they had identified a suspect in the incidnet and a warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old Toronto man on a charge of discharging a firearm with intent.Thursday’s incident was the latest in a string of high-profile shootings in the city this year.In July two people were killed in a rampage in Toronto’s Greektown, a month earlier two young girls were wounded in a shooting at a playground, and days later a woman on her way home from a funeral died in a drive by-shooting police called indicative of a “street gang subculture.”last_img read more

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Pete Wicks And Peter Egan Deliver 635944 Petition Signatures Calling On South

first_imgThe Only Way is Essex star Pete Wicks, Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan and Good Morning Britain presenter Philippa Tomson helped animal charity Humane Society International UK and 5 very special dog meat trade survivors, deliver a petition to the South Korean Embassy calling for an end to the country’s brutal dog meat trade.Peter Egan Helps Save DogsThe hand in of nearly 700,000 signatures collected from around the world coincides with the start of Bok Nal, the hottest days of summer when dog meat soup is eaten in South Korea to combat the heat. The petition will remain open until the close of Bok Nal in August when HSI and partner group Korean Animal Rights Advocates will deliver the final total to The Blue House in Seoul, the residence of President Moon Jae-In.The stars’ canine companions for the day were all saved from death row on dog meat farms by Humane Society International, as part of the charity’s ongoing effort to assist dog meat farmers to close down their dying businesses and switch to alternative livelihoods. Bindi, Charlie Brown, Roxy, Elsa, Faith, George and Sophie were rescued by HSI on two separate farm closures, and Pete, Pip and Peter joined the charity on these rescue missions to see first-hand the horrors of the trade.For Pete Wicks, helping HSI close down a dog meat farm in Namyangju last year, at which more than 170 dogs and puppies were rescued, was an emotional experience.Pete Wicks said “It is wonderful to be reunited with some of the dogs who I first met on a dog meat farm in South Korea and to see them so happy with their new families. It is almost unbelievable to think that these dogs were once destined to be eaten. I am still haunted by the horrors of the dog meat trade, the week I spent closing a South Korean dog meat farm with HSI was one of the most intense weeks of my life. The dogs here today are the lucky few, there are still millions of dogs languishing on dog meat farms across South Korea, but there is real hope that this terrible trade could soon come to an end. As this petition showcases, there is huge opposition to the dog meat trade both within South Korea and across the world, we now need the Government to act and put the vital legalisation in place to ensure that no more dogs are killed for human consumption.”More than 2 million dogs are raised for human consumption on thousands of farms across South Korea, but attitudes in the country are changing, and HSI’s farm closures are part of the charity’s strategy to encourage the government to initiate a nationwide phase-out of the trade. It’s an initiative that has so far seen HSI close twelve farms and rescue more than 1,300 dogs who have been flown to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to find loving homes.HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass, who rescued her own dog Henry, a golden retriever, from a dog meat farm said “The dog meat trade is a grim, shocking and largely hidden side of South Korea and one that a growing number of South Koreans believe has no place in their modern, progressive society. Most young people in South Korea are appalled by the idea of dog meat, and the country’s President, who himself adopted a dog rescued from a dog farm, recently proposed amending the constitution to recognise animal protection. Most recently, a Korean court judgement last month saw a dog farmer fined because killing a dog for eating was declared unjustified. So although the scale of the suffering remains high, there is reason to be optimistic about the opportunities for change, and we hope our petition will send a strong message of global support for an end to the dog meat trade.”Peter Egan has also visited a dog meat farm closed by HSI, in 2017 the actor travelled to a farm in Gangwon province where HSI was working to save the lives of 200 dogs.At the petition hand in Pete and Peter were reunited with some of the dogs they helped to rescue and had a chance to meet the dog’s new families.Peter Egan said “My visit to a dog meat farm was a truly shocking and harrowing experience, so it is a heart-stopping moment to see these beautiful dogs away from the horrors of these meat farms and allowed to be what they truly are – our greatest companions. Around the world and in South Korea itself there is huge and growing public support for an end to the cruel dog meat trade, this gives me immense hope that soon no dog will have to suffer as the dogs here today did.”Pete Wicks and Pip Tomspon are doing the Great North Run in September to raise money to help HSI shut down its 13th dog meat farm, their JustGiving page can be seen here.The petition is being delivered in South Korea in August, there is still time to sign to help the petition reach 750,000, the petition link can be seen here.last_img read more

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Fate of heart wrenching residential school abuse stories hangs in balance

first_imgThe Canadian PressTORONTO – The question of what to do with records of deeply personal, often heart-wrenching testimony from thousands of survivors of Indian residential schools who sought compensation for sexual and other abuse lands on the doorstep of Ontario’s top court Tuesday. On one side of the two-day hearing are those who argue a lower court judge was right to order the material destroyed in due course. On the other are those who believe it should be kept in perpetuity under appropriate lock and key. Justice Murray Sinclair, who headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said his concern is that the stories of what went on in the schools will be lost forever if the “rich trove” of documents is destroyed as ordered. “In a few generations, that will allow people to be able to deny the validity of the stories we have heard,” Sinclair told The Canadian Press from Vancouver. “Right now there are deniers of those facts.” The records in question come from compensation hearings that arose out of the settlement of a class-action suit against the government and others related to the notorious church-run residential schools. Their accounts under the independent assessment process – separate from thousands of others who spoke publicly to Sinclair’s judicial commission – were intended to be confidential but the signatories to the class-action settlement never specified what would happen to records of the accounts. Claimants were supposed to have been given a choice at the start of their hearings but weren’t. The claims process turned up the “most significant” stories of the abuse that occurred and they may not have been heard elsewhere, Sinclair said. “That the survivors testified in front of adjudicators and the adjudicators believed them and awarded compensation is an important part of Canada’s national memory.” The head of the claims-adjudication process, Dan Shapiro, with backing from a privacy expert, argued the only way to ensure confidentiality and avoid revictimizing survivors was to destroy the documents once their claims had been finalized. “All parties agree that the records…contain the most highly sensitive personal information of claimants, alleged perpetrators, witnesses and others,” Shapiro’s lawyers say in their appeal factum. “The uncontradicted evidence of claimants and church participants is that they agreed to participate in the (adjudication process) based on the understanding that, with limited exceptions, records produced and prepared…were to be used and disclosed for that purpose alone.” The competing claims and counter-claims left Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell with an almost impossible task. In August last year, Perell ruled the testimony should be kept for 15 years then destroyed. The intervening years should be used to see whether those involved might agree to have their records transferred to a new national archive, he said. If they did, the material would have to be redacted to protect the abusers or others. The commission calls the ruling “unworkable” on the grounds that there would be no way to ask the more than 30,000 claimant survivors what they would want to see happen to their information _ especially given a lack of resources to do so. For its part, Ottawa argues Perell was wrong to conclude the records were not “government records.” The federal government argues it should keep any material deemed to be of historical significance under regular archiving laws, which include proper privacy safeguards. In all, the Court of Appeal will have to sort out three appeals and four cross-appeals stemming from Perell’s ruling.last_img read more

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Toys R Us president opens up about recent troubles and plans to

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – Toys “R” Us Canada’s president says most of the people she has met with over the past tumultuous year have asked her the same question: “have you found another job?”The query has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues as many mistakenly believe the toy chain’s Canadian business is following in the footsteps of its American and U.K. counterparts by liquidating stores amid headline-making reports of the company’s financial woes in a changing retail environment.“People are absolutely confused…There is a huge misconception from Canadians that our stores are closing and there is going to be a massive clearance,” president Melanie Teed-Murch told The Canadian Press.“We have been here for 34 years and are going to be here for 30 plus more. Toys “R” Us Canada is here to play and here to stay.”And so is Teed-Murch, a 22-year veteran of the company, who got her start at Toys “R” Us when she saw an advertisement seeking a store manager for the chain’s Kitchener, Ont., location.She rose through the ranks as the toy industry faced a wave of competitive developments — the growing popularity of video and online games, the expansion of rival brand Mastermind Toys stores and the dawn of e-commerce that saw the company contending with online giants Amazon and eBay.While each has proved challenging, none compared to the “turmoil” Teed-Murch and fellow executives faced when Toys “R” Us Canada sought creditor protection last September to cope with financial repercussions stemming from troubles in its U.S. business.Toys “R” Us Canada had long been the company’s “jewel in the crown” and was far stronger than its American counterpart — even though the separately run entity always had less money — because it was much smaller and more nimble, she said.But the U.S. ordeal still placed the Canadian operations in jeopardy.Teed-Murch started to feel the toll. She was putting in 70-hour weeks and saw so little of her family that she sat down her two children to explain the “overwhelming” task the company was facing.They told her they supported her fight for the toy store.She and other executives started pitching investors on how they could rescue the business. They eventually hooked up with Prem Watsa, a billionaire often called the Canadian Warren Buffett, whose investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has also bet on other struggling businesses like Torstar Corp. and BlackBerry.He snatched up the Canadian business, and its 82 locations, for $300 million.Toys “R” Us started emblazoning flyers with “we are open” messaging, using social media influencers and bringing mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, celebrities and play fairs to stores in a campaign to fend off customer loss amid the news coming out of the U.S. and U.K.Teed-Murch doesn’t anticipate such efforts will disappear. In fact, she’s already eyeing other measures the company can take to keep customers in stores because their experience is the “secret sauce.” It’s also one of the few differentiators traditional retailers have left as customers increasingly embrace the convenience of online shopping.The brand is adding benches to play areas where children can test new products or take part in crafts and games. It’s toying with allowing families to throw birthday parties at stores and opening smaller format locations.“Is food and beverage in our future? I can’t say definitively, but in the suite of Fairfax families there is a lot of restaurants,” Teed-Murch hinted.The brand is also looking to millennials, now embarking on parenthood, and who Teed-Much is seeing “revolt” against kids constantly playing with gaming devices, phones and computers.They’re gravitating towards buying physical toys, especially ones with a connection to nostalgia of their youth, she said.Harry Potter, for example, is seeing a surge in popularity more than 20 years after the first book was originally published, Teed-Murch pointed out. Traditional plush toys and the soon-to-be 60-year-old Barbie are also re-emerging as favourites.Teed-Murch is hoping to capitalize on that love of nostalgia by adding “Fan Vault” departments to stores. They are stocked with collectible apparel and products, merchandise connected to online video games and even items that would sell for about $500 at Fan Expo, a travelling convention geared towards fans of major TV and film series.In other aisles, Teed-Murch said shoppers will find an abundance of toys proving to be hits this season, including slime, do-it-yourself kits, animatronic nurturing pets and products that are covered in glitter or unicorns.The company is already planning items it will roll out at Christmas, but Teed-Murch said it’s equally focused on rebuilding after an “emotional” year.“We have lots of ideas for the future, but right now we are really just trying to re-establish and stabilize the business,” she said.“As a Canadian company, we need to recraft our mission.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps at The Canadian Press.last_img read more

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Alan Rickman Wants to Shoot a Movie in Marrakech

Marrakech –  The famous English actor and director Alan Rickman, a member of the jury of the Marrakech Festival, said Thursday he was fascinated by the secular and modern character of Marrakech where he would like to shoot one of his movies.“Obviously, I’d love to shoot in Morocco. I want to make a film in this great place, Marrakech, a secular and modern city, where every door, every entry tells a story. All this together makes it fascinating and can only be a source of inspiration”, he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the festival.Rickman, who owes his international renown notably to his role of the enigmatic Professor Snape in “Harry Potter” saga, from 2001 to 2011, also expressed his joy to be present in “an extremely well organized festival in an exotic and universal framework”.Related to his mission as a jury member, he admitted that the task will not be easy especially that “it is difficult to judge one film over the other, because each movie is different with its own visions. Asked about his evaluation criteria, the filmmaker said that the script is important, but he prefers to “get carried away like a child” when he watches a movie.“When the light goes out, you immerse yourself in the story, you go in the movie or not,” said Rickman who refuses to be swayed by objective criteria because “it would be a bad sign.”“The more I learn, the more I realize that as an actor and director, we need to preserve innocence,” he added.Referring to his role in Harry Potter, he remembers “a unique experience” that structured his life during ten years, the filming being concentrated on short periods, which has given him the opportunity to do n theater, his first passion, and then he “witnessed the emergence of young actors, wonderful people.”In this respect, he encouraged all people to listen to their “inner voice”, while there is a tendency today to encourage children to make important decisions.“At 18, I heard this voice saying to me to enroll in an art school. Giving would have been a denial to myself,” said the director, who seven years later followed the same inner voice that drove him to make a career on the stage before discovering the world of cinema. read more

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Pepsico and Nvidia rise, while Mattel and Newell Brands slip

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Arista Networks Inc., up $23.17 to $263.95The cloud-computing company beat fourth-quarter forecasts on a surge in revenue and issued a strong first-quarter outlook.Nvidia Corp., up $2.81 to $157.34The chipmaker’s reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and forecast for the current year.XPO Logistics Inc., down $7.58 to $51.97The logistics company cut its profit forecast for the year citing the loss of a key customer.TrueCar Inc., down $2.54 to $7.70The provider of information on car costs fell short of profit and revenue forecasts for the quarter, while giving a weak outlook.LogMeIn Inc., down $13.07 to $82.87The cloud-computing company gave investors a weak first-quarter profit forecast and announced a restructuring plan.Newell Brands Inc., down $4.53 to $17.16The consumer products company fell short of revenue forecasts and expects weak sales going forward as it deals with the loss of key retailer Babies ‘R’ Us.Mattel Inc., down $3.09 to $13.82The toy maker issued a weaker-than-expected 2019 revenue outlook.Pepsico Inc., up $3.32 to $115.91The beverage maker reported sales growth in North America and plans to buy back about $8 billion in stock in 2019.The Associated Press read more

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Creating a world fit for children focus of General Assembly highlevel event

Participants have gathered in New York for an Assembly session to review progress towards “A World Fit for Children” – a landmark plan of action agreed by world leaders in 2002 to improve the well-being of children.Five years ago governments committed to a set of time-bound and specific goals in four priority areas concerning children: promoting healthy lives; providing quality education; protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence; and combating HIV/AIDS.The Assembly’s two-day high-level meeting, known as “A World Fit for Children+5” will examine advances and setbacks in child well-being, and is expected to conclude with the adoption of a declaration reaffirming global and national commitments to the goals set in 2002. Highlighting some of the progress that has been achieved in recent years, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim noted that fewer children under five are dying each year and more children are in school than ever before. However, “we still have a long way to go,” Mr. Kerim told reporters as the session got under way. The challenges that remain include diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, which continue to be a hindrance to a healthy life for millions of children. A large number of children are also still subject to violence, exploitation and abuse, as well as to inequity and discrimination, in particular against girls.To coincide with the Assembly session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented a new report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight targets to slash poverty and other ills by 2015 – as they specifically relate to children. The report provides new information on how far the world has come in making a world fit for children, said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who noted the mixed progress towards achieving the goals agreed in 2002. “If we are to have any chance of meeting these critical goals, we must invest in every child, in every community, everywhere – to give each child a healthy start in life, a good basic education, protection from exploitation, and a chance to develop to his or her full capacity,” Ms. Migiro said. The Secretary-General’s report draws on data published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its report, entitled “Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review,” which was released yesterday.The UNICEF report provides “an excellent reference tool,” stated the agency’s Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, as it shows “where efforts should be scaled up, where more needs to be done.” Highlighting some of the special events taking place in conjunction with the Assembly’s session, she noted that over 90 children and young people from 51 countries – ranging in age from 11 to 17 – are participating in a parallel Youth Forum. They will present their own “outcome document” to the Assembly at the end of the session. Also, last Saturday, some of the youth participants spoke via satellite to members of the new “Elders” group – which includes a number of prominent personalities such as Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson – gathered in South Africa. 11 December 2007As efforts over recent years to improve the lives of children show both considerable progress and the need for further action, the General Assembly today kicked off a special event at United Nations Headquarters focusing on building a world that is truly fit for every child. read more

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Kenilworth stairs under repair

The Kenilworth stairs in Hamilton will soon be closed for repairs…Hamilton’s Public Works Department says it will close the stairs starting next Tuesday. The work is expected to be finished by Friday, June 7th, so the repairs should take a little more than a week, weather permitting.Safety fencing and signage will be installed to restrict access to the stairs until the work is completed.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Number of Africans being fed by UN World Food Programme doubles in

WFP said it aims to provide food assistance this year to some 43 million people across Africa, including some 35 million in need of emergency food aid, for a total of over $1.8 billion.“These statistics do not augur well for Africa’s future – and they cannot be ignored, especially since the world has produced enough food for everyone on the planet for decades,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said.“A combination of poverty, conflict, HIV/AIDS, drought and a weakened capacity for government has caused record levels of hunger stretching across the continent, from north to south and from west to east,” he added.The needy include refugees, returnees and internally displaced people, children of all ages, malnourished women and children requiring therapeutic feeding, pregnant and nursing mothers at risk of malnutrition, communities in need of infrastructure and training, and families affected by HIV/AIDS, WFP said.“Each region in Africa has its own problems and suffering and the need for humanitarian assistance is almost overwhelming,” Mr. Morris said.The highest numbers are some 18 million hungry people in 11 East African countries. An emerging food crisis caused by drought is threatening the lives of about 5.4 million people in four of those countries: Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, WFP said.In Southern Africa, where HIV/AIDS has hit hardest, WFP seeks to assist 9.2 million people in seven countries. And in West Africa, where war and poverty are the main scourges, WFP anticipates that at least 8.5 million people require urgent food aid in 14 countries across the Sahelian region.“While our donors were exceptionally generous last year, providing us with some $2 billion to run operations in 40 African countries, we were approximately $550 million short of our requirements for that period,” Mr. Morris said. “We need aid pledges now. As we’ve learned repeatedly in the past, delivering late costs far more than delivering now – and it costs lives.” read more

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Apple loses key music executive who joined company after 3 billion acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.Ian Rogers, part of a team acquired last year, is leaving Apple to take a job at an unidentified company in Europe. Apple confirmed Rogers’ departure Friday without providing additional details.Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats last year was driven in large part by the iPhone maker’s desire to draw upon the musical chops of Rogers, longtime recording executive Jimmy Iovine and hip hop artist Dr. Dre. Both Iovine and Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, remain with Apple.Rogers got his start running a fan website for the Beastie Boys in the 1990s and later became involved in various musical endeavours that tried to blend tunes with the latest in technology. He had been CEO of Beats Music at the time of the Apple acquisition.After working with the Beats team, Apple launched its music streaming service in late June to compete with more established rivals such as Spotify and Pandora. Rogers had been overseeing Apple’s online radio stations, including Beats 1, that will remain free even after people have to start paying to use most of the company’s music service.Apple Inc. says 11 million people have tried its music service during its trial period. In contrast, Spotify boasts 75 million users, including 20 million subscribers to a more sophisticated, ad-free version of its service.Music streaming services that charge monthly fees or play ads are becoming increasingly popular as people gravitate away from digital stores, such as Apple’s iTunes, that sell entire albums or individual songs that can be stored on devices. The shift is the main reason that Apple decided to build its own streaming service with a library of more than 30 million songs.Since its debut, Apple’s music service has been criticized for being too complicated to use and for having trouble customizing suitable song recommendations for the individual tastes of different listeners. Analysts believe the true test of the service’s staying power will come after listeners’ free trial period ends.That expiration will occur in October for people who activated the service within the first few days that it was available. After the trial period ends, Apple will charge $10 per month for individuals and $15 per month for a family plan that gives up to six people unlimited access to the music library. Apple loses key music executive who joined company after $3 billion acquisition of Beats by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Flags to be lowered in honour of firstyear student

The Brock community is mourning the loss of one of its students.Corey Mijac, 18, was one of three young men killed in a tragic plane crash in Pennsylvania last week.Mijac graduated from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in the spring and was a first-year Bachelor of Arts student in Geography here at Brock.The funeral service will be Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at George Darte Funeral Home in St. Catharines. Out of respect for the family, the flags at Brock will be lowered to half mast at that time.The University would like to express its condolences to the Mijac family, as well as the families of 19-year-old Ben Jeffries and 25-year-old Rifat Tawfig, the two other Niagara men who died in the crash Sunday night.More here: www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/10/18/niagaras-plane-crash-victims-remembered read more

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Dramatic Arts students improving gender representation one webpage at a time

First year Dramatic Arts students will take to their laptops on Sunday in the name of gender equity in the theatre industry.Led by a team of student leaders from DART 1F93: Introduction to Drama, Dramatic Arts students will participate in the Equity in Theatre Hackathon by creating and updating the wiki pages of diverse Canadian women in the theatre industry. The event, held on International Women’s Day, aims to improve the online representation of women in theatre.“Only 22 per cent of the plays produced in Canada in the last theatre season were written by women, and more than 70 per cent of the country’s not-for-profit theatres are run by men,” says Karen Fricker, assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock. “While these numbers are improving slowly, we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equity. Getting responsible information into the public sphere is something concrete we can do to raise awareness about the contributions of women to Canadian theatre — and to give students a sense of ownership and agency over that history and current activity.”Brock’s efforts will focus on women within Niagara. Students are currently researching local theatre companies and practitioners, as well as faculty and staff within the Dramatic Arts department.Brock will be one of a number of locations across Canada participating in the Hackathon. The main location is at the Playwrights Guild of Canada in Toronto.In September 2014, the guild established Equity in Theatre, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Leadership for Change program, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.Equity in Theatre’s purpose is to “foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre, all the while drawing attention to the systemic discrimination that permeates the industry still.”Brock’s Hackathon happens Sunday, March 8, 2 to 5 p.m., in Plaza 409. There will be live entertainment and refreshments, and all are welcome (bring a laptop or tablet if you can). For more information, please contact kgottli@brocku.ca.Learn more about Hackathon read more

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