When he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, four-year-old Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and his imagination to create internationally recognized abstract artwork.The preschooler is already selling his paintings for thousands of dollars and has had his art featured in three exhibits.His mother Shruti said in an interview Sunday that Advait first picked up the paintbrush when he was less than a year old and displayed a prowess for painting right away.“He was creating something, not just playing with colours,” she said. “He had a sense of composition and colour.”Kolarkar said her son began creating “amazing compositions” by the age of one, and attracted the attention of a gallery curator in his hometown of Pune, India.After observing the toddler for six months, the Art2Day gallery hosted Advait’s first exhibition when the boy was just two years old, shortly before the family migrated to Saint John, N.B., in 2016.Earlier this month Advait shared his paintings at Artexpo New York, which is touted as the world’s largest fine art marketplace.According to the Artexpo website, the exhibition draws tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and industry insiders each year.In the past, the event has hosted the likes of pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, multimedia artist Robert Rauschenberg, and expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman.More than 400 exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers showcased their work at the exhibition this year.“They are really renowned artists, and when you see your son’s work among those artists, it feels really proud,” said Kolarkar, noting that Advait’s booth drew big crowds.American artist Howard Schoor, who was at Artexpo to display his work at an exhibition for the first time, said that when he met Advait at the event, he felt a kinship with the young boy despite a 75-year age difference.“What Advait and myself have in common is that we both started painting two years ago,” he said. “The difference is I’m 79 years old and he’s four years old.”Schoor spent decades collecting art before he took up painting, and said his sharp eye for quality work made him recognize Advait’s potential right away.“I think there’s just something where when you look at a lot of art over a period of time, you can sort of sense what will be acceptable, and collectible, and valuable,” he said.“I think this young man has a unique talent that he’s been able to express at a very early age.”Kolarkar said she’s proud that her son’s work is gaining recognition.To date, she said Advait has earned around $23,000 from selling his paintings.Other than starting elementary school next year, Kolarkar isn’t sure what’s in her son’s future — but she said the family will support him if he chooses to pursue art as a full-time career when he’s older.“His happiness is very important to us,” she said. “We want him to enjoy art the way he’s enjoying now throughout his life.”
Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s “This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradicationStar of many advertising campaigns, high fashion reference, Victoria Secret angel, and new face of L’Oreal for Latin America, Fontana has also an important role as mother of Zion, 10, and Lucas, 7. Attuned to the importance of vaccination, she supported the national immunization campaign in Brazil for the first time when she took her youngest son to get the oral polio vaccine drops directly from the Brazilian Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha at an event launching the 2011 national immunization campaign. Her interest in impacting the world and lives of children has continued to grow.“I accepted the invitation to participate in Rotary’s global campaign because polio has to be ended. It is an achievable goal,” said Fontana. “Our generation has already helped get the world 99 percent polio-free and we could make polio the second disease ever eradicated after smallpox. Without eradication, every nation remains at risk for infections “imported” from the endemic countries. As a mother and Brazilian, I believe I cannot be indifferent to problems, especially the ones that have a solution. The disease has no cure, but can be prevented with vaccination,” she explained.In the past, Fontana has worked with the Brazilian Foundation Abrinq designing clothing lines in conjunction with the brands Morena Rosa and Un.i Lingerie where part of each purchase was donated to projects for children. She also supported blood drives for the Pro-sangue Foundation in Sao Paulo. But the charitable work with polio and Rotary is her first in a global scale.Fontana is the first global “This Close” ambassador from Brazil. And she is applying the same work ethic for which she is known in the fashion business, where she started at 13 years old and created a career that put her name on the list of more successful models in the world. Her first gesture to help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world was her participation in their print campaign, raising her thumb and forefinger in the “this close” gesture in the ad with the tagline “we’re this close to ending polio.”The Rotary awareness campaign also features public figures and celebrities including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, Psy, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.In addition to the ad campaign, Isabelli Fontana has also joined Rotary’s innovative digital campaign to develop the World’s Biggest Commercial to raise public awareness about polio eradication. Participants simply upload photos of themselves making the “this close” gesture with their fingers – as in, “We are this close to ending polio” – to the ever-expanding promotional spot at Rotary’s End Polio Now website. Since the beginning of August 2012, more than 33,000 participants from 152 countries collaborated with the effort. Brazil alone got more than 3,500 insertions, including the ambassador Isabelli Fontana, singer Michel Telo and actor Thiago Lacerda.Along with helping Rotary set a new Guinness World Record, every person who joins the commercial can choose to add their name to a petition urging the world’s governments to provide the US $5.5 billion needed to finish the job and end polio forever. Four billion of these funds were pledged in April 2013, at the Global Vaccine Summit.Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.Why 99 percent?Rotary club members worldwide have contributed $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort. Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths. Only three countries remain polio-endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.Rotary donated US$ 6 million to end polio in Brazil, as well as US$38.5 million to PAHO countries. To date, Brazilian Rotary club members have contributed more than US$12.37 million for the eradication campaign around the world.
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Rabat – David Beckham had nothing but words of praise for Anthony Martial, Manchester United’s newly-signed player.Beckham is reportedly impressed with Martial’s outstanding performance on the pitch and believes the French emerging star is worth the large sum of money that Manchester United paid for his transfer.In a statement to Sky Sports, the former English captain expressed his support for the French teenager’s game saying, “It’s a great start for him”. Anthony Martial has made his debut with the Red Devils leaving everyone in awe after scoring 4 goals in since he joined his new team.The former United star went on to add that “[Martial] is 19 years old and so far he is succeeding”.David Beckham can be added to the list of those who have seen Anthony’s skilled-game and made statements in his defense following the harsh critics and difficulties Martial has endured.“I’m a follower of Manchester United, so I hope they continue this way. I want to see them score more goals and have success”, said Beckham to Sky Sports.The football world was shocked over the “hallucinating offer” of 80 million euros, inclusive of bonus, that the British club paid to sign the Monaco player. Many critics said Martial was not worth the price and doubted his talent.Despite the pressure and negative comments, the 19-year-old player has silenced his critics and proven to his new home team that he can deliver.Following his top-level start at the Premier League, Martial has earned the respect of his teammates at Old Trafford, including Juan Mata who said, “He’s given us a lot of things, not just the goals – his way of playing is helping the team a lot.Even United’s manager Louis Van Gaal who at first said Anthony’s transfer amount was “ridiculous” has changed his mind and been quoted as saying, “He is an open guy, he is listening, watching and he is focusing on the matches…. A very coachable player and that is also why I like him and I bought him”.According to the same source, David Beckham concluded his statement defending his former club and Martial saying, “This type of players are the ones who make Man United one of the best clubs in the world”.
Rabat – Morocco’s State Secretary for Water, Charafat Afilal, underlined on Tuesday in Brasilia the need to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa, noting that water-related issues should be a primary concern for the international community.“The kingdom of Morocco believes that this edition of the World Water Forum should be an opportunity to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa,” Afilal said at a ministerial conference held as part of the 8th World Water Forum, which opened on Monday in Brasilia.In this regard, the “Water for Africa” (WfA) initiative launched by Morocco at the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC (COP 22) held in Marrakech should serve as a framework to support the continent in its efforts to address water-related issues, she pointed out. Read Also:Morocco among Countries Facing Water ScarcityAfilal also underlined, in an address on behalf of Morocco, the need for international solidarity with Africa, noting that the Kingdom will spare no effort to ensure that water-related issues remain a primary concern.“Since the COP22 held in Marrakech, water has become a key topic of the global climate action agenda,” she pointed out, adding that Morocco will make every effort to fulfil its commitments in the field of water.The meeting was attended by several African senior officials and representatives of internationals NGOs.The World Water Forum is held from the 18th – 23rd March 2018 under the theme of “Sharing Water”.Read Also:El Othmani: Morocco’s National Water Plan Extended for 30 yearThe forum was marked by the awarding of the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Founded by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum represents an international meeting point to discuss water-related problems and find solutions for the world’s most pressing water issues.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it will not endorse the protest to be staged on Thursday by supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The joint opposition is to stage the protest in Colombo against the Government and in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However SLFP treasurer S.B. Dissanayake said that the party will not back the protest and warned that any member going against a policy decision taken by the SLFP could face disciplinary action. (Colombo Gazette)
Suncor says it plans to spend $850 million less than expected this year by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2012 11:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says its capital spending in 2012 will be $850 million lower than previously planned.Canada’s largest energy company (TSX:SU) says now expects to spend $6.65 billion this year, down from $7.5 billion as it earlier predicted.Suncor owes the lower spending to its new Firebag Stage 4 oilsands project, which came in 10 per cent under budget, as well as slowing the pace of developments it jointly owns with French energy giant Total SA.“At the start of the year, we said that cost and quality metrics would be Suncor’s priorities when executing growth projects,” said CEO Steve Williams in a release.“We’re delivering on these goals by spending capital efficiently and maintaining a disciplined approach to pre-sanction spending on our operated growth projects.”Suncor isn’t the only oilpatch name to signal a more frugal approach these days. Talisman Energy Inc.’s new CEO, Hal Kvisle, said on a conference call earlier this week that 2013 spending will be about 25 per cent lower than this year, with much less of a focus on risky international exploration.Late Wednesday, Suncor also announced third-quarter net earnings of $1.56 billion, or $1.01 per share, compared to $1.29 billion, or 82 cents per share, during the same 2011 period. The upswing was mainly due to exchange rate fluctuations.Operating earnings, a better gauge of the company’s underlying performance, fell to $1.3 billion, or 85 cents per share, compared to $1.790 billion, or $1.14 per share, a year earlier.The earnings beat the average estimate of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Suncor said the drop in operating earnings was due to higher share-based compensation expense, lower production volumes from offshore assets undergoing planned maintenance work and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization charges.Revenues were $9.6 billion, down from $10.4 billion in the corresponding 2011 quarter.Suncor is the largest operator in the oilsands, with huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, a 12 per cent interest in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine, a 41 per cent stake in the yet-to-be-developed Fort Hills mine and steam-driven operations at Firebag and Mackay River.In December 2010, Suncor inked a $1.75-billion deal with Total to work together in the oilsands.On the company’s second-quarter conference call in July, CEO Williams said Suncor and Total are reviewing their plans for the Fort Hills and Joslyn mines and the Voyageur upgrader in an effort to drive down costs.That means that the partners’ expansion plans may take longer than previously thought — a sacrifice Suncor is willing to make if it means avoiding major cost overruns the sector experienced before the recession.The three projects involved in that joint venture are being weighed on their individual merits, and could theoretically be scrapped if they’re not found to be economically viable.A decision had been expected to come toward the middle of next year, but the process is now expected to take longer.Williams became CEO of Suncor in May, when Rick George retired after more than two decades at the helm. Williams had been Suncor’s chief operating officer prior to his promotion to the top job.Through its merger with Petro-Canada in 2009, Suncor inherited oil assets in Libya and Syria. As conflict broke out in Libya in February 2011, Suncor pulled its employees out of the North African country. Production has since been resuming there.In December, Suncor pulled its employees out of Syria in order to comply with sanctions aimed at isolating the regime of President Bashar Assad. During the second quarter Suncor took a $694 million charge against its second-quarter results related to Syria, where violence continues to rage.Suncor also has assets in the U.K. North Sea, off Canada’s East Coast, four refineries and a chain of Petro-Canada-branded gas stations.
Lack of funds forces UN to close Yemen aid programmes The UN announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close several humanitarian programmes in Yemen, because money committed by Member States has “failed to materialise”.The announcement was made by Lise Grandi, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, who said that “when money doesn’t come, people die.”At a pledging event for Yemen held in February, $2.6 billion was promised to meet the urgent needs of some 20 million Yemenis. To date, less than half of that amount has been received.Of the 34 major UN humanitarian programmes in Yemen, only three are funded for the entire year. Several have closed in recent weeks, and many large-scale projects designed to help destitute, hungry families, are on hold.Another 22 life-saving programmes will close in the next two months unless funding is received.Find out more here.UN chief expresses concern at ‘new wave of human suffering’ in last Syrian rebel-held city The UN warmly-welcomed the nominations on Wednesday by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and main opposition group, the Forces for Freedom and Change, for the new Sovereign Council as well as its subsequent formation and swearing in. Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists that “we take note of the inclusion of two women in the Sovereign Council and strongly further encourage the inclusion of women in all transitional bodies in Sudan, including in, but not limited to the Transitional Legislative Assembly.” He noted that Prime Minister designate, Abdalla Hamdok, was set to arrive in Khartoum to be sworn in, and wished him “all the best in leading the new transitional government” while hoping that cabinet members would also be appointed speedily.“As the Secretary-General said in his statement after the signing ceremony this weekend, the UN looks forward to engaging with and supporting the transitional governing institutions. We also reiterate our commitment to assisting the transition process as it seeks to achieve the long-standing aspiration of the people of Sudan for democracy and peace”, Mr. Dujarric said.Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council The prospect of a fresh offensive in Idlib, Syria, the last opposition-held stronghold in the country, could unleash a “new wave of human suffering”, UN chief António Guterres declared on Wednesday.The Secretary-General said in a statement that he is “deeply troubled’ by the continued escalation in northwest Syria, which could impact up to three million civilians. Mr. Guterres strongly condemned ongoing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including healthcare and educational facilities, and urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law. The heightened threat of conflict in Idlib follows the collapse of a truce between warring parties earlier this month.UN ‘warmly welcomes’ swearing-in of new Sudanese Sovereign Council Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office.Mr. Swan noted the effectiveness of the collaboration between the UN and international partners, and the Somali Security Forces working with the African Union Mission in Somalia, which has seen areas near the capital Mogadishu taken back from terror group al-Shabab, and stabilized.However, he noted that terrorism remains a threat to progress, citing the deadly al-Shabab attack on the offices of the mayor of Mogadishu in July, which killed and injured several Government officials. Looking ahead to the crucial 2020 election cycle, Mr. Swan called for the empowerment of women to be a central feature of the political process and encouraged the Federal Government to establish a task force, to ensure election security.Read the full story here.Scars of terrorism ‘run deep’, UN chief says, paying tribute to victims The scars of terrorism “run deep”, and while they may fade with time, “they never disappear”, the United Nations chief said on Wednesday, in his message for the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a global challenge”, according to Secretary-General António Guterres. “It causes lasting damage to individuals, families and communities”. The General Assembly established 21 August as the International Day to honour and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law to prevent and combat terrorism.Victims and survivors throughout the world show “great resilience, courage and spirit”, forging global alliances, addressing and countering false narratives spread by terrorists, and raising their voices against “the threat of terrorism and the absence of justice”, Mr. Guterres maintained. Find out more here.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 21 August on Soundcloud:
Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAlong with several topics pertaining to the on-field performance of Ohio State’s football team, head coach Urban Meyer also addressed several off-field topics and locker room issues that are important to his team during Monday’s press conference. Here are our takeaways.Big Ten away locker roomsFootball teams know when traveling for away games that the accommodations in the locker room will not quite live up to the standards set by those at home. However, teams expect not only at least respectable locker rooms, but also believe they should be met with air conditioning and proper care when it comes to medical treatment.During Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference Monday, the outspoken coach said his team was met with poor facilities at Purdue and that the poor conditions tend to be more of a reflection on the rest of the conference rather than just the Boilermakers.“We had to open the doors to get ventilation going in a small area and people are walking by watching you dress. The number of urinals or bathrooms for the players and staff, I think there was two,” Harbaugh said. “Injured players can’t get an X-ray. Taken to a student health care center in a van. We needed a brace for a player and there wasn’t one at the facility we were taken to. A lot of things need to be addressed.”Harbaugh is not the only coach to express displeasure with away locker rooms in the conference. Meyer said he has had a “couple” of difficulties with the locker rooms in opposing stadiums and said that he has expressed his opinions to the commissioner, Jim Delaney.“All due respect, this is the Big Ten Conference,” Meyer said. “I’ve shared it with our athletic director and the commissioner should handle that.”Kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFLFollowing tweets from President Donald Trump condemning the actions of players in the NFL who knelt during the national anthem, athletes from around the league demonstrated a large display of solidarity Sunday, kneeling during the anthem in large groups or remaining in the locker room. As the players did this, debates raged between those who viewed the demonstration as players expressing their First Amendment rights to protest racial injustice in the United States and others who viewed it as a protest against the country as a whole and as disrespectful to military members.Topics such as this have divided the nation, but Meyer said the mutual respect teammates show for one another has helped maintain decorum in Ohio State’s locker room.“It’s the ‘r-word,’ the respect. Respect all,” Meyer said. “I personally have very strong beliefs and thoughts about things like that. And I share them with my friends and obviously very close with my family about our thoughts.”Religion in sportsThe “r-word” appeared again in Meyer’s vocabulary when the head coach was asked about religion. He talked about how important it is for the players in the locker room to all have mutual respect for everyone as many of the players have different views on religion as well. Meyer said the players are all allowed to hold their own views on religion, and that in the Ohio State locker room, all views are not only welcome, but also encouraged given how important religion is in Meyer’s life.“Our players, you look at their schedules, so we want everything to be user-friendly,” Meyer said, “Whether it be nutrition, whether it be real-life Wednesdays, those type of things, and also your spiritual life, so we have everything available to them. And I’m proud to say we have multi religious players, denominational people in our program.”
The Queensland Government is facilitating a trial of a sophisticated new technology which will enable local mining companies to maximise their chances of exploration success in the resource rich Northwest Minerals Province.The six-month trial is due to commence in the next month, giving explorers operating in Mount Isa access to the latest hyperspectral scanning technology and all its applications. This exciting and innovative Australian-developed technology provides a more precise and detailed analysis of the mineral content of rock samples, the government says.As part of the trial, Australian firm Corescan has brought its expertise and portable hyperspectral core-logging equipment to Mount Isa for Queensland explorers to test.Unlike established geoscientific technology, Corescan’s advanced exploration technology produces much higher resolution mineral imaging and maps of the entire core rock face rather than just sections of the core. This means faster and more precise data to inform decision making on resource targets which can ultimately make all the difference in reaching a new investment decision from both a commercial and geoscientific perspective.Corescan Managing Director, Neil Goodey said Corescan’s in-house scientific engineering group had developed and manufactured the technology. “Hyperspectral imaging is a very specialised area with only a handful of groups globally having the optical expertise to design and build spectrometers,” he said.“Corescan is considered a world leader in this field, offering spatial and spectral resolutions beyond that of competing technologies. A key advantage of this technology is that stored historic core can be re-analysed and value added to deliver new geological knowledge to a project from a company’s existing investment in drilling.”Glencore will be the first mineral explorer to road test the technology, with their initial scanning program expected to commence within the next month. In addition to providing faster and more precise data, accessing the technology locally from Mount Isa, in close proximity to their operations, will save Glencore on the cost of transporting core samples for analysis.The Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ (DNRM) Geological Survey of Queensland scoped the trial in response to requests for increased geoscience support for the Northwest Minerals Province. Consultation with industry through the Northwest Minerals Province Taskforce in 2016 identified a need to examine advanced exploration technologies to improve the acquisition and use of data from core samples.Corescan is operating its technology out of DNRM’s John Campbell Miles Core Storage facility in Mount Isa on an agreed fee for service basis.
THE PUBLISHER OF Britain’s Sunday Mirror newspaper said that it is being investigated for alleged phone-hacking by former staff.Trinity Mirror said police were examining whether its subsidiary MGN Limited, which publishes its five national newspapers, could be held criminally liable over allegations that Sunday Mirror journalists illegally accessed celebrities’ voicemail messages.“The group does not accept wrongdoing within its business and takes these allegations seriously,” a Trinity Mirror spokesman said.The police investigation is at a “very early stage”, he added.With a circulation of over one million, the celebrity-heavy Sunday Mirror is the weekly sister newspaper of the left-leaning Daily Mirror tabloid.News of the World hackingThe Sunday Mirror’s rival the News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, was engulfed in 2011 by revelations that its journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl as well as hundreds of celebrities and public figures.Murdoch was forced to close down the 168-year-old newspaper in July 2011 following a huge public outcry.Dan Evans, a former journalist with both the Sunday Mirror and the News of the World, is among 16 people who have been charged over alleged phone-hacking.Four Trinity Mirror journalists were arrested over suspected phone-hacking in March, including former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver. All four were released on bail.Trinity Mirror publishes more than a hundred regional titles in Britain and two Scottish newspapers as well as the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.ArrestsMore than a hundred people have been arrested under three police probes launched in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.The scandal also sparked a judicial inquiry into the ethics of the famously raucous British press, which recommended an overhaul of the newspapers’ system of self-regulation.- © AFP 2013.Read: Rupert Murdoch has changed News International’s name… to News UK>Read: Sun reporter, prison officer charged in British bribery probe>Read: Former NHS employee arrested in media conduct probe>
Performing the simple act of watching a movie is a complete and total mess. The constant struggle to force users to watch videos in a way that maintains the existing revenue model but attempt to offer competitive features is maddening. Advances in technology and distribution means there’s no need for there to be a nine month wait between when a movie hits the theater to when it is released onto DVD and Blu-Ray. On the digital side, services like Hulu offer subscribers an episode the day after it airs, but they restrict access to certain devices out of fear that the videos will be pirated. Many different companies offer some kind of digital video service, and each one is severely restricted in some way.No one seems to get the point: the company that takes all of the content they can get, charges for it, at makes it available on everything with a screen will be the winner. I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon, but last night I experienced what I think is the best step in that direction.God Bless America, by Magnolia Pictures, was really not a very good movie. I’m far from being a film critic, but the whole movie was little more than a revenge fantasy with the correct amount of gun violence and swearing little girls to get people interested. The movie, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, will probably do fairly well in the box office for what it is. It’s being released to theaters this week, but if you have been following the movie via their website, you were in for a true surprise — it became available on Google Movies and Amazon Instant Video for pre-theatrical rental before hitting theaters. It will continue to be available in that format until it is available for digital purchase on April 6th, by which time the movie will be exiting theaters in the USA.In essence, for right around the same price as I would have paid to go watch it in the theater, I was able to rent and watch this movie from the comfort of my living room. I have the rental for 48 hours, and then it is gone. I can watch the movie on anything that Amazon allows video to be streamed to, or I can download their DRM-riddled copy and play it on something that supports the security format.If I were able to do this with every movie that hit the box office, Hollywood would have a lot more of my money. Think about the movie experience: you see previews, the hype builds, you find a time that works for you, try to get tickets, drive to the theater, wait in line for candy… By the time you have gotten home from the theater, most people have spent the duration of their movie time planning, driving, and waiting.Personally, I enjoy the theater for movies where I feel like that insanely large screen and amazing sound system really enhance the movie, but for everything else, however, this pre-theatrical rental system is without a doubt the way to go. In this case I spent $10 on renting a movie that I wouldn’t have gone to the theater to see, it’s as simple as that.Pre-release rentals aren’t new, a quick search will reveal that this experience has been attempted several times in the past. What makes this unique, in my opinion, is the completeness of the execution. You can rent the movie now, as an added bonus catch it before the movie even hits the box office, watch it on almost anything, and be able to purchase the video right as it is leaving the theaters. The box office loses nothing, and the user is put in a position to purchase the movie at the height of the hype for the film, instead of nine months later. With any luck, this experience will go on to show that this method actually works, and we see more of this behavior from movie studios.
Alcoolisme : vers des traitements personnalisés ?France – Les origines de la dépendance à l’alcool sont diverses. De nombreux participants au congrès mondial de l’Isbra (International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism), qui se tient actuellement à Paris jusqu’au 16 septembre, pensent de fait que les traitements contre l’alcoolisme devraient être personnalisés en fonction du patient.De nombreux spécialistes discutent actuellement de l’efficacité des différents traitements qui répriment l’envie de boire. Il semblerait que celle-ci diffère selon le patient. Ainsi, en fonction de leurs profils génétique et clinique, les patients répondraient mieux à certains médicaments qu’à d’autres. Par exemple, les personnes porteuses d’un gène particulier réagissent mieux à la naltrexone. Il en va de même pour ceux qui rechutent dans un contexte festif par rapport à ceux qui retombent dans l’alcoolisme suite à un état dépressif. Ces pistes thérapeutiques n’en sont qu’au stade de l’étude, tout particulièrement en ce qui concerne la pharmacogénétique. L’élaboration d’un traitement personnalisé, démarche souvent longue et coûteuse, pourrait bientôt reposer sur des techniques simples, comme des questionnaires. Dans tous les cas, le traitement médicamenteux est moins important dans le processus de guérison que l’accompagnement du patient. Le 15 septembre 2010 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
Il y a 60 ans, Watson et Crick perçaient les mystères de la structure de l’ADNIl y a aujourd’hui tout juste 60 ans, les chercheurs Francis Crick et James Watson décrivaient pour la première fois la structure de l’acide désoxyribonucléique (ADN), le constituant essentiel de notre code génétique.C’est le 25 avril 1953 que sont parus dans la revue scientifique britannique Nature les résultats de l’étude de Francis Crick et James Watson. Les deux jeunes chercheurs de respectivement 36 et 25 ans à l’époque, y décrivaient pour la première fois l’ADN, le fameux “acide désoxyribonucléique. Leur article d’une seule page évoquait la molécule en forme de double hélice renfermant le patrimoine génétique des êtres vivants. Une découverte qui allait révolutionner le monde de la biologie et de la génétique.En effet, à l’époque, l’ADN était déjà connu, de même que sa nature chimique qui avait été mise en évidence par plusieurs chercheurs au cours de différents travaux. On savait ainsi que l’ADN était constitué d’une association de nucléotides : phosphate – désoxyribose – base azotée (A, T, C et G) assemblés en longues chaînes. On savait également qu’il était le support de l’hérédité. Néanmoins, on ignorait encore comment l’ADN était relié et la façon dont les briques qui le composent étaient assemblées dans l’espace. Une structure qui leur vaut le prix Nobel En somme, on disposait des pièces sans savoir comment elles s’attachaient entre elles. Watson et Crick furent ainsi les premiers à comprendre cet agencement et à proposer un modèle en trois dimensions de l’ADN grâce à la technique de diffraction des rayons X appliquée sur des cristaux d’ADN. Une “structure à deux chaînes hélicoïdales enroulées chacune autour du même axe”, écrivaient les chercheurs, imaginant du même coup “un possible mécanisme de copie du matériel génétique”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette découverte leur vaudra, en 1962, le prix Nobel de physiologie et de médecine, prix qu’ils partageront avec Maurice Wilkins dont les travaux ont permis la confirmation et la compréhension de cette structure hélicoïdale. Une découverte rendue possible par Rosalind Franklin Néanmoins, il ne faut pas oublier dans cette découverte l’intervention précieuse d’une autre scientifique, Rosalind Elsie Franklin. Ce sont les travaux de cette physicienne, combinés à ceux d’autres chercheurs, qui ont permis à Watson et Crick d’aboutir au fameux modèle. Grâce à la diffraction aux rayons X, elle avait obtenu un cliché de l’ADN mettant en évidence une structure en double hélice ainsi qu’une distance entre les bases azotées. Malheureusement, Rosalind Elsie Franklin mourut avant l’attribution du prix Nobel, en 1958 d’un cancer des ovaires.Francis Crick, lui est décédé en juillet 2004, quelques mois avant Wilkins. Quant à James Watson, il vient tout juste de fêter son 85e anniversaire.Le 25 avril 2013 à 11:37 • Maxime Lambert
Is Truth or Dare good?Nope.What’s it about?A teen horror film about a group of friends who end up playing a game of Truth or Dare while on Spring Break in Mexico. And because they opted to play (for overly convoluted reasons) in a haunted set of ruins, are now being stalked by a demonic entity that’s forcing them to continue playing with lethal consequences. The questions are all deeply damaging secrets, the dares are all mortally dangerous and if you refuse your turn, lie or try to cheat the dare it possesses you and makes you kill yourself.I can’t decide if that’s clever or stupid.Stupid, but it has the potential to create clever scenarios in theory.Does that end up happening?It does not.How long does it make you wait before doing the “I dare you to tell the truth” thing that breaks and/or renders pointless every game of Truth or Dare in real life?Beginning of Act 3, but it can’t even be bothered to draw things out with that minimal amount of tension, so it also contrives a dumb situationally-specific reason for this particular game to have a “no more than two Truth turns in a row” handicap imposed on it.So they can’t think of anything interesting to do with this?You can kind of see where they thought this might be an actual movie. There’s a dynamic with the main two girls/one guy trio of characters whereby there’s a thing two of them could be dared to do that two of them might actually want to do but would make the other one upset enough to screw up the dynamic when they should be pulling closer together to find a way out but it’s preferable to a Dark Secret that one of them will take any dare rather than risk revealing even though it’s painfully obvious the minute they start laying the foundation for it… but none of this has payoff anywhere near worth what it takes to set up.Who’s responsible for this?It’s a Blumhouse horror release, which usually has a strong track record, so this is a rare miss. But the film itself comes courtesy Jeff Wadlow, whose last straight-up horror movie was Cry_Wolf (which was awful) and was also guilty of Never Back Down, Kick Ass 2 and at least one straight-to-Netflix Kevin James action-comedy. He’s also currently slated to script the reboot of Masters of The Universe, because the masters of this Universe are punishing me for something.Who’s in it?I honestly didn’t recognize a single one of these actors, but they’re all pretty young, so I was assuming one or all of them must be huge stars on some Disney or Teen Nick thing I’ve never heard of. And, sure enough, apparently one of them is on the new version of Teen Wolf.They did Teen Wolf again?Yeah, I was surprised too. Apparently, it ran for like six years? No idea.But you don’t recommend this at all.Not even a little. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
LONDON — Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city’s government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism.With the driver in custody, counterterror detectives were working to uncover the motive behind what they suspect is the fourth vehicle attack in Britain — and the second on Parliament — in 18 months.“Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Britain’s top counterterrorism officer, told reporters.A rooftop camera recorded the silver Ford Fiesta driving past Parliament and suddenly veering sharply to the left, striking cyclists waiting at a set of lights before crossing the road and crashing into a barrier outside Parliament. Armed police surrounded the car within seconds, pulling a man from the vehicle. Police said the driver was alone and no weapons were found in the car.Three people were hurt, none critically.Police arrested the 29-year-old driver, a resident of England’s Midlands region who was not previously known to counterterrorism police or the intelligence services. Basu said the suspect was not cooperating with police.
Clark County continues growing, albeit at a slower clip than recent years. Between 2017 and 2018, the county’s population grew to 481,857 people — a 1.55 percent increase, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.Clark County was still the fastest growing among the seven counties comprising the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore. metropolitan area. It still had the largest numeric increase, gaining 7,365 people. Most of that increase was still primarily from people moving here. The natural increase, which is births minus deaths, still hovered around 2,100.The one-year estimates, though, should be taken with a grain of salt, said demographer Charles Rynerson with Portland State University’s Population Research Center.“It’s hard to pin down year-to-year growth,” he said.An estimate could be too high one year and too low the next. In 2017 the Census estimates were higher than the university’s own population estimates. For 2018, the two estimates drew closer together. (Soon, we’ll find out which one was more accurate. The 2020 census, where the federal government attempts to count every living person in the country, is less than a year away.)It’s more accurate to look at population change over a multiyear period. Rynerson suggested looking at how the population has grown since the last official census in 2010. Since that time the Portland metro area grew 11.4 percent, added 252,814 residents and became the 25th most-populous metro area.
In an effort to gain subscribers, Fortune has relaunched its iPad app with a mix of free and paid content.Fortune.com managing editor Megan Barnett says the previous version of the app-which offered single-copy or subscription options for the magazine but no free content or access to the website-was frequently downloaded, but left many users wanting. The immediate goal is to bring those people back.”We had quite a lot of people who downloaded our app and didn’t buy a magazine,” she says. “So we want to start with getting those people back into our app.””With magazine apps, Apple makes us say that they’re free to download, but then if you downloaded the Fortune magazine app, you’d have to pay for a magazine,” she adds. “We wanted to create this dashboard so that when people download an app for free, they actually do get something for free.” See Also: More Time, Inc. Subscribers Get App Version for Free The new eye-pleasing dashboard built around a clean, non-intrusive user-interface intersperses stories found on Fortune.com alongside subscriber-only content from the magazine. The difference between the two is clearly marked and users can easily navigate between free and paid options.Barnett says the ratio of free to paid content will vary, but as of Thursday, each of the 12 dashboard pages featured three free and two paid stories. Likewise, she says, placement of the free and paid content will change.”That’s something that we’re going to be flexible with,” she says. “It’s something that we’re going to play with going forward based on how we see users interacting with the content.”Barnett characterizes the effort as a “first step” in a multiplatform strategy that Fortune plans to revamp in the near future. Bringing the app to Android systems is on their radar, as is adding customization and recommendation options to the existing platform.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAccording to recently released court documents, in 2005 comedian Bill Cosby admitted under oath that he drugged young women he wanted to have sex with. Dozens of women who have accused the comedy icon of sexual abuse argue the revelation affirms their claims. We’ll discuss the latest chapter in the Cosby saga with our guests. Plus, a round table discussion about Baltimore’s 2016 race for mayor. Who are the possible candidates, who’s got the most money and what are the major issues the next mayor of Baltimore will have to grapple with? It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Christian Concern are urging people to turn up to Vue for a cancelled screening of a gay cure documentary hosted at the cinema after they have faced “a campaign of intimidation and intolerance”.The Evangelical Christian group, who are partnered with Core Issues Trust, intended to screen a gay conversion therapy documentary, named Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies at Vue Piccadilly Circus cinema in London on Thursday. The film claims to have spoken to 15 people who have “come out of homosexual practices” thanks to therapy or religion with the intention of challenging the “myth… that people are born gay”.Literature from the group hosting the event“This is fundamentally a free speech issue,” the group said to BBC News.“As usual a minority of gay activists use threats and intimidation to shut down opposing views. Tragically, they can’t tolerate the truth that there are significant numbers of men and women who have no wish to remain in a gay lifestyle and seek help with it.”Vue International have released a statement that they “do not want to censor content” but believe that film is “in direct contradiction to Vue’s values”.“Vue review all private screening bookings once content and full details have been received in full and will revise its policies again in this respect. While it is not our intention to censor content, in some instances where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue’s values a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead,” said a spokesperson for the cinema group to PinkNews.Vue has therefore cancelled the private event request by Core Issues Trust and Christian Concern due to the event endorsing and promoting a ‘cure’ to being gay,” they added.Core Issues Trust leader Mike Davidson describes himself as “an ex-gay”.Davidson also appeared on Good Morning Britain to debate the virtues of gay cure therapy with Piers Morgan.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Vue pays ‘gay cure’ Christian group after refusing to show their filmProtesters at cancelled gay ‘cure’ screening call homosexuality ‘unnatural, abnormal and sinful’Exclusive: Vue cinema to screen documentary advocating gay ‘cure’ therapyPINK NEWS- And after speaking to Vue International – who later confirmed that they had not cancelled the screening prior to PinkNews’ investigation – Core Issues Trust and its allied group, Christian Concern, have confirmed that they intend to show up at the cinema for the scrapped screening tomorrow evening.“You’ve started a campaign of intimidation and intolerance. You are seeking to make people fearful, and we won’t be intimidated,” said the Head of Christian Concern, Andrea Williams to PinkNews.“We intend to come as is our right and watch the film. there’s still 24 hours to go, and we’re looking at our legal recourse. we haven’t given up yet and were certainly not advising Mike Davidson (CEO of Core Issues Trust, responsible for the screening) to stand down. Yes, we do expect the film to be shown,” she added. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)