Your Chance To Meet The Script

first_imgHere’s your chance to meet The Script at an upcoming US show of your choice.A new charity auction benefiting Musicians on Call is giving you the chance to meet the three Irishmen who are as direct – as impassioned – as their songs.The Script’s fourth album, No Sound Without Silence, is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders and channeling the momentum of their last, rocket-powered campaign. They finished touring #3 at the end of last year, took a scant couple of weeks off, then quickly re-entered their studios in London and Dublin.Musicians on Call brings ive and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.To make a bid, click here.last_img read more

Syria UN sparks hope among Iraqi refugee schoolchildren

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is reaching out to Iraqi schoolchildren in the Syrian capital Damascus by distributing school supplies before the start of the school year next month. The agency – working in concert with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) – hopes to reach 30,000 children by the time the new school year kicks off on 7 September in Syria, where education is both free and compulsory until the age of 15. Last year, some 20,000 children received supplies from the UNHCR distribution, and this year, the agency expects that number to grow to 30,000. “The Syrian Government has been very accommodating towards refugee children, but there are obstacles to their attendance, and additional costs, such as buying school materials, are a major problem,” said Carole Rigaud, UNCHR Education Officer in Damascus. Iraqi families taking refuge in the country who hope to see their children attend school face such barriers as not having the proper documents or being unable to afford transportation costs. Meanwhile, some Iraqi refugee children also have trouble adjusting to the Syrian curriculum which is different from that in their home country. Through the programme, UNHCR hopes to encourage Iraqi refugees to send their children to school by curbing their financial burden and providing information on the available education options. “Without education, a person is ignorant, and even though the schooling of some of my children was interrupted, it is essential that they continue their studies,” said Abu Zaidoon, whose family arrived in Syria in 2005. His four sons and one daughter are all enrolled in school, but he said the increasingly high cost of living is making this difficult. “At least this distribution is sparing us some of the expenses,” he said. Each school kit – worth between $46 and $79 depending on the school grade – being handed out includes a school bag containing dozens of stationary items, a uniform, shoes and sports clothes. UNCHR estimates that over 2 million Iraqis have fled the country, with most of them currently living in Syria and Jordan. More than 33,000 Iraqi children were in school in the 2006-2007 school year, according to the Syrian Ministry of Education, which also said that the number surged to nearly 50,000 last year. 5 August 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is reaching out to Iraqi schoolchildren in the Syrian capital Damascus by distributing school supplies before the start of the school year next month. read more

Trudeau announces twoway investment deal with India worth 1 billion

MUMBAI, India — Some of India’s biggest companies say they will invest more than $250 million in Canada, in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals and the IT sector.Canadian companies, meanwhile, plan to invest $750 million in India.The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third morning in India meeting six of the country’s most influential business tycoons, making deals that he says will create more than 5,800 new jobs in Canada.“This was really a win-win morning, a win-win day for all of us and I’m excited for the opportunities in the Canada-India friendship,” Trudeau said during an armchair conversation with Chanda Kochhar, CEO of the Industrial Credit and Investment Corp. of India, in front of 550 Indian business people.Trudeau initially said the entire $1 billion was money coming into Canada but his officials later corrected that it was a two-way trade number, with one-quarter coming from India into Canada, and the rest going the other way.More than half the $750 million Canadian investment in India comes from Toronto’s Brookfield Asset Management, which is spending $480 million to buy a 1.25 million-square foot office complex in Mumbai.Another $200 million comes from Fairfax India Holdings Corp. of Canada, which acquired a 51 per cent stake in the Catholic Syrian Bank in Kerala, India.The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a number of economic reforms in the last few years that have helped open the Indian economy to international investment opportunities. Kochhar said these “huge” structural reforms — including a new goods and services tax to simply the tax system, a bankruptcy court and more transparency — have had a big impact on making it easier to do business in India.The investments from India include a new operation in Canada from telecom equipment manufacturer Valiant Communications, a Canadian manufacturing facility to produce natural health products by Clarion Pharmaceutical and an Ontario operation for Vision Controls, which works on automation.As well, Jubilant Life Sciences will spend $100 million to expand its existing facility in Kirkland, Que., which manufactures medical devices.Later this week, digital transformation company Tech Mahindra, will announce a new partnership with Canada’s superclusters initiative.Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, said he had recently joined the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council but he said he can’t find anything to “advise” Trudeau about other than “do more of the same.”“I think the rest of the world is learning about leadership from you,” Mahindra told Trudeau in a brief, public portion of their meeting Tuesday.“So, please continue to do what you’re doing. With good leadership, business follows and as you learn from my team we have big plans for Canada.”Kumar Birla, chairman of the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group and, according to Forbes, the country’s eighth-wealthiest person, told Trudeau he finds both the federal and provincial governments in Canada to be very friendly for business.“We are very happy investors,” he said at the start of his meeting with Trudeau. “I think just the ease of doing business, the business friendliness of the Canadian government across the country I think is something that is a true delight for an investor. Someone who’s tasted that will always want to come back for more.”The Birla Group — which already owns pulp mills in Ontario and New Brunswick– has plans to expand in three areas in Canada, in fibre, carbon black and aluminum products.The investment deals are the first tangible delivery from Trudeau’s trip and come despite the fact Canada and India trade is not growing as quickly as some had hoped. In 2012, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Indian government set a goal to reach $15 billion in trade between the two countries by 2015.In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, it was at $8.4 billion. While that was double what it was in 2010, it was far shy of the $15 billion goal.Kasi Rao, chair of the Canada-India Business Council, which hosted the Trudeau armchair chat Tuesday, said the slow growth between Canada and India comes from a lethargy on Canada’s part and a lack of knowledge of Canada within India.However, he said Canadians seem increasingly aware of the rise of Asia and India’s importance and the Canada brand in India is growing. Rao said to prove that one need only look at the fact more than 550 people signed up to attend the Tuesday discussion with Trudeau and Kochhar.“That would have been a hard sell a few years ago,” said Rao.Trudeau is also trying to push some of his domestic political priorities in India, including women’s empowerment and human rights. To that end he hosted a round table with women business leaders on Tuesday, saying he wanted hear about their experiences and challenges.— follow @mrabson on Twitter. read more

Gnanasara arrested and remanded till February 9

Later outside court the monk had slammed the Government for arresting soldiers in relation to the case.This is the third arrest warrant issued against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera over the past several months. The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. In October last year he surrendered to the Fort Magistrate after a warrant was issued for his arrest on the charge of contempt of court.The Fort Magistrate later withdrew the arrest warrant after Gnanasara Thera surrendered to court.In May last year the police arrested Gnanasara Thera after a warrant was issued against him after he failed to appear before Court over his alleged participation at a protest in front of the Bribery and Corruption Commission in violation of a Court order. He was freed on bail. (Colombo Gazette) The venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested today after he surrendered to the police in Homagama.The Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant yesterday on the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was produced before the Homagama Magistrate today and remanded till February 9. read more

The snowy season is upon us… what you need to know

Last week’s early blast of cold and snow is a reminder that it’s time to be ready for winter conditions. No heavy snowfall is forecast for St. Catharines this week.However, the Brock community should nonetheless get into the habit of checking the University’s website ( and social media channels for updates about the University’s operating status.When winter storms do strike, Brock officials monitor forecasts and road conditions, and determine by 7 a.m. (for the day) or 3 p.m. (afternoons/evenings) whether or not the conditions will impact campus operations, including classes or scheduled events.The Brock community is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s Inclement Weather Policy and Departmental Procedures document available at:, staff, faculty and guests are also reminded to drive safely this winter. Keep an eye on weather conditions and to allow extra time for reaching the University’s campuses in St. Catharines and Hamilton. read more

Plan in works to clean oil spill polluting Lebanese and Syrian coastline

The plan has been put together by experts under the supervision of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea – which is partly administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). A high level meeting to finalize the Action Plan will take place in Athens tomorrow, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.On 8 August, two UN experts arrived in Syria to evaluate the consequences of the oil spill that has already polluted over 140 kilometres of Lebanese and Syrian coastline.UNEP said the quantity of oil spilled in Lebanon is already comparable to the disaster caused in 1999 off the coast of France when the Erika tanker spilled an estimated 13,000 metric tonnes of oil into the Atlantic Ocean. read more

Simon Hick column Ireland were right to gamble all on black even

first_imgSUNDAY’S GAME WAS like a movie that makes you think long after the final credits.Anyone who was at the Aviva or watched it on television will have been replaying incidents in their head all week.There was the brutal end game, the Sexton miss, the McGrath penalty, but also telepathic offloads, intricate counter attacks, front-rowers executing delicate switch moves.Painful as it was, this, finally, was an Irish performance that answered a few questions.The game was constantly on a knife edge, there was a sense that either team could score at any moment. There were more finger-tip catches and last ditch super hero tackles in one game than most players pack into a season.Sean O’Brien’s basketball style finger-roll offload to keep the ball airborne for a fraction longer so that Conor Murray could stoop to catch it, typified the theme of this game – the courageous plays were rewarded, the percentage plays were doomed.This wasn’t Ireland’s best ever performance, it was full of flaws, but it was arguably our most ambitious ever display, containing the greatest phases of play in our history.Jamie Heaslip missed his first tackle on Aaron Cruden, on Paul O’Connell’s second carry of the game he got turned over, Brian O’Driscoll’s first pass was wild, Devin Toner knocked on twice from restarts, Conor Murray kicked the ball away too much. This was far from perfection, but the difference was, when Ireland were good, they made it count.When they attacked they were genuinely world class in their handling, their passing, the speed at which they took the ball, the way they absorbed contact. The build-up to the Rory Best try is arguably the most efficiently brilliant rugby this country has ever produced.In defence too, Ireland were ambitious. They didn’t seek to absorb and contain their opponent, they went for broke. Think of Tommy Bowe’s wrap around tackles, the way D’Arcy burst through rucks when New Zealand had the ball, or Heaslip perfectly timing his defensive runs in the final 10 minutes.The way teams win rugby games now is not by playing percentages, its by ruthlessly going for the jugular when they have the chance. To beat New Zealand or South Africa, to make a World Cup semi-final, to beat France in Paris, you need your hooker throwing dummies, your centres forcing turnovers out of nothing, your fullback running in tries from 60 metres.It is now clear, as admitted by Joe Schmidt, that Ireland targeted the New Zealand game. They gambled all on black. They were right to do that, even though it didn’t work. If we are to win big tournaments again, we have to take risks with selection, with targeting the big games and we must gamble when playing the best teams.Gordon D’Arcy, Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe tackle Ma’a Nonu. Credit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneIn 2009, the Grand Slam year, Declan Kidney took perhaps the biggest risk of his career by rotating selection for the game against Scotland. It worked.Padraig Harrington says consistency is over-rated. Win two tournaments a year, stink up the rest of them, and you have yourself a very successful golfer. He believes you don’t even need to play well for all four rounds to win a major, you just need to produce excellence on the final day. Well, international rugby now also rewards the high roller, the team that can turn it on in for brief periods, at key moments in a game. Wales are either world beaters or flops, but every other European side would love to have their last decade of highs and lows.Ireland certainly can’t be accused of being a consistent rugby team. In the last seven years we have been destroyed by Georgia, and destroyed New Zealand. We laugh at France, but we are equally schizophrenic.It is clear after Sunday, however, that it suits our mentality to go all out, to commit 100% to the difficult moves, to be big game players. The winner of the 2014 Six Nations championship won’t play well every week. Its all about choosing your moment.SLIDESHOW: Leinster welcome Ireland internationals backAnalysis: What does Jamie Heaslip do for Ireland?last_img read more

Fully suspended sentences for teens guilty of defilement of child with autism

first_imgFully suspended sentences for teens guilty of defilement of child with autism The victim, who was 14 at the time of the incident, said it made her feel worthless. TWO DUBLIN TEENAGERS found guilty of defilement of a child with autism have received fully suspended sentences. The two men (19), who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to defilement of a child under the age of 15 on January 25, 2016.Mr Justice Paul McDermott sentenced both men to 18 months imprisonment, but suspended the entirety of the sentences for two years on a number of strict conditions including that they not directly or indirectly contact the victim in this case.A local garda told Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, that the two men, who were aged 16 and 15 on the date in question, were playing a video game along with a younger boy who arranged to meet with the victim, who was aged 14 years at the time.The two accused met with the victim along with the younger boy and three other teenage boys. The group went to a nearby field where the younger boy and the victim went into a bush and engaged in sexual activity.After the younger boy emerged from the bush, the two accused were goaded by the other three teenage boys. Both accused were called a “faggot” and were encouraged to go into the bush themselves.Both accused went separately into the bush and had sex with the victim. She was wearing her school uniform and neither accused wore a condom.‘Unsafe’The two accused were interviewed by gardaí the following day after voluntarily presenting themselves at the station. The older of the two accused men told gardaí that the victim did not say anything during the intercourse and that he stopped as it did not feel right.The older accused man said after the encounter the victim referred to herself as a prostitute and said she was going to hang herself. He thought that the victim might suffer from mental difficulties as a result of these comments.The local garda said that the victim had been diagnosed with autism, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder. He accepted that there was no evidence that either accused were aware of this prior to the encounter or that they were aware of her age.He said that there was no evidence that force was used during the incident.In her victim impact statement, which was read out in court, the girl said that she had taken a lot of hot showers as she felt dirty and that the incident made her feel worthless. She said she felt unsafe and that everyone was against her and going to hurt her.She said she had learned to get past her trauma and that she no longer had much social anxiety.Neither accused had any convictions prior to the incident, but in the intervening period since the incident, the older man has been convicted for possession of cannabis and the younger man has been convicted for theft and road traffic offences.Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, defending the older man, said his client’s understanding of the word “faggot” was that it was like being called a coward. He said his client had difficulty leaving the house for a period of time after the incident and he was ashamed of what he had done.Caroline Biggs, SC, defending the younger man, said both her client’s parents had struggled with addiction issues and that he himself had a history of misusing drugs. The court heard that the man is now a parent himself.‘Disturbing’Mr Justice McDermott said the offence was aggravated by the then teenage boys being satisfied to engage in sexual intercourse with a young girl in a public area, that neither accused thought about her humiliation and that neither thought the unusual nature of three boys going “back to back” was wrong.He said the offence took place in the “disturbing context” that the other three teenagers in the group of six boys were happy to goad the others into engaging in sexual activity rather than intervene.Mr Justice McDermott said the offence was mitigated by both accused making pleas of guilty at the first opportunity, that both promptly made admissions to gardaí within 24 hours of the incident and that both were young teenagers at the time.He said that the youth of both men was clearly accompanied by recklessness and an inability to understand the full effect on the young girl or how young girls should be treated. He said he was not satisfied the two men fully understood the gravity of their behaviour.Mr Justice McDermott said the considerable progress the victim had made since the incident was a testimony to her strength of her character and described her as being “a very impressive young lady”. 40,362 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: William Murphy via Flickr May 3rd 2019, 4:54 PM Image: William Murphy via Flickr Share183 Tweet Email1 No Comments By Brion Hoban Short URL Friday 3 May 2019, 4:54 PMlast_img read more

Advanced Life Is Older Than We Thought And Thats Terrifying

first_img Your thoughts, may at times wonder to considering how long life has been around. On earth, there’s compelling evidence to say that very basic life started 3.8 billion years ago. When I say basic, though, I mean far, far simpler than even modern bacteria. This was stuff that could barely be called life. So… when did life that we might recognize get its start?Until this week, the consensus in the scientific community would have placed it around 1.2 billion years ago. But, Swedish researchers claim that they’ve found algae preserved in rock that predates the previous estimate by 400 million years. The algae are plant-like and multicellular, making it the oldest evidence of complex life yet.Stefan Bengtson and his research team published their findings in PLOS Biology. Their paper describes two fossils that the team analyzed. Both are from central India, and several scans suggest that these algae used an early version of photosynthesis.If these results are confirmed, then it could have major implications for life beyond Earth. The fact that life started so early and has endured for so long suggests that life is “easy” to make in the cosmic scheme of things.Complex life, which is to say life that has all the parts we tend to see in modern cells, however, is obviously much harder for young planets to brew. But if we can push the date that complex life started on Earth, then we’d expect it to be more common on other worlds.That in itself is a mixed blessing. If even complex life is easy to make, then we have to wonder why we haven’t seen more evidence of it. And, at the end of the day, there aren’t too many possibilities left after that. If complex organisms are common, then either our planet is among the first to evolve life, or mass extinction is just as common. Both scenarios kind of fly in the face of the futurist optimism we try to foster here at Geek. How awful would it be if it turns out that we’re the oldest and wisest beings in the galaxy? Or, if we can expect the apocalypse sometime in the near future? Right?So, it’s cool that we can now say complex organisms are really old… but it also could mean there’s no real-world Star Trek-style Federation in our future. Stay on target This Bird Came Back From the Dead—TwiceScientists Add Human Genes to Monkeys’ Brains in New Study last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting October 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive a presentation from Wilmington High School and Wilmington Middle School officials on both school’s improvement plans.Superintendent Brand will discuss the district’s 2018-2019 priorities and strategic planning process.The School Committee will receive an update on the district’s enrollment numbers.The School Committee will vote on resolutions associated with the Massachusetts Association of School Committee’s Annual Meeting.Superintendent Brand will award two Wilmington High seniors with the M.A.S.S. (Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents) Academic Excellence Award.The School Committee will vote on its updated operating protocols.The School Committee will receive a report from its student representative, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.(NOTE: The article’s cover photo is courtesy of Jamie Boudreau from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Fully electric Aston Martin Rapide E debuts in Shanghai

first_img 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Tags Electric Cars Sports Cars Sedans 11:44 27 Photos 0 Aston Martin Production Aston Martin Rapide E debuts at 2019 Shanghai Motor Show The 800-volt lithium-ion battery system encased in a carbon fiber and kevlar shell to keep weight down, strength up and because, well, what else would you expect from Aston? With a 65 kWh capacity, the Rapide E should boast a range of “over 200 miles” under the WLTP standard according to Aston Martin itself, though more concrete mileage estimates have yet to be specified.The battery pack is split between the front and rear ends of the vehicle — taking up residence where the combustion engine, transmission and gas tank used to live — and is quite fast in its own way. The high-voltage cells can accept charge at a rate of 185 miles of range per hour when connected to a 400-volt, 50 kW charger or rapide-ly (heh) charged at a rate of 310 miles of range per hour at an 800-volt, 100 kW charging station. With only about 200 miles of expected capacity, I reckon that means an hour or a 30-minute charge time, respectively.rapide-e-8The Rapide E’s cabin is highlighted by a digital instrument cluster… and carbon fiber. Lots of carbon fiber. Aston Martin Cabin tech upgrades include a 10-inch digital instrument cluster to compliment the 8-inch infotainment system from the standard Rapide. From these dashboard displays, the driver can monitor the battery’s state of charge, performance data, braking regeneration info and real-time energy consumption. The Rapide E will also integrate with a remote monitoring app for checking the battery’s level and scheduling recharging when the owner is away from the vehicle.Aston Martin’s first electric car will also be fairly exclusive. The production Rapide E will be a special edition limited to just 155 examples, which lines up nicely with that 155 mph top speed. Aimed at well-heeled EV enthusiasts who can apply today for the right to order at a yet undisclosed price, the Aston Martin Rapide E will compete with Porsche’s Taycan, the upcoming Audi E-Tron GT and other high-performance electric grand tourers when it arrives later this year. More From Roadshow Share your voice After giving us a tease last year, Aston Martin’s first electric car is finally ready for prime time. Meet the production-ready Aston Martin Rapide E which debuts this week at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive: Sweet, sweet overkill Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Aston Martin 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance The Aston Martin Rapide E ditches the V12 for an all-electric… Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment The Rapide E’s design looks ready to roll out of Aston’s new UK production facility in St. Athan, building on the design of the combustion-powered Rapide with unique details that indicate its electrified nature. Up front, rather than the traditional horizontal slats, the Rapide E’s grille is a dark honeycomb. Aston’s classic wing-shaped intake silhouette and fascia design have also been reshaped around the unique cooling and aerodynamic needs of an electric car. Other changes include adjustments to the suspension’s springs and dampers to compensate for the Rapide E’s increased weight. Aston Martin Speaking of aerodynamics, without the need to accommodate exhaust piping, the Rapide E’s entire undertray has been optimized to reduce drag. The lack of exhaust tips also makes room for a larger rear diffuser that is “now wholly dedicated to aero efficiency.”  Meanwhile, the forged aluminum wheels have been redesigned for reduced turbulence and even the bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tires reduce rolling resistance. All in, the electric Rapide E cuts through the air with 8-percent less drag than the gasoline model.The fully electric Rapide E is motivated by twin electric motors. However, rather than driving the rear wheels independently, the motors send their combined 601 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque through a single-speed transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle. My guess is that configuration has a lot to do with the Rapide’s platform not being originally designed for an electric powertrain and there just not being room on the rear axle for two e-motors. Whatever the case, that’s an impressive 235 more pound-feet of torque than the V12-powered Rapide S and 50 more ponies. Even with the increased weight of its batteries, the EV is able to launch from stopped-to-sixty in under 4 seconds and onward to a max speed of 155 mph.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves back as Neo for Matrix 4 with Lana Wachowski directing

first_imgNeo will rise once again.  Warner Bros. Pictures Time to choose the red pill all over again. Matrix 4 will begin production in 2020 and will bring back Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, with Lana Wachowski producing and directing the film, reports Variety.  Wachowski will also co-write the script with authors Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, who wrote the book Cloud Atlas that the Wachowskis adapted into a movie in 2012. John Toll — who won back-to-back Oscars for cinematography in Braveheart and Legends of the Fall — has also joined the production according to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday. Twenty years have passed since The Matrix opened in the US on March 31, 1999. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) was revolutionizing special effects, video tapes were giving way to DVDs and mobile phones were fast becoming a must-have. The Matrix captured all that. It’s a movie everyone remembers — even if they haven’t seen it.  In the first film, directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Reeves played a computer programmer and cybercriminal. Neo comes across Trinity, who brings him to see Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). In a fateful choosing of the red pill over the blue pill, Neo learns his reality is a program called The Matrix. He wakes up to the grim actuality of humans being farmed as power sources by robots. By the end of the film, he comes to realize his destiny of being “The One” who will save humanity.   The Matrix grossed $463 million in ticket sales worldwide and kickstarted the Matrix franchise, which included video games, an animated feature and two more films. More Matrix The Matrix remembered Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, the follow-ups to the first film, both came out in 2003. The Wachowskis filmed both simultaneously, with the principal actors returning. Matrix Reloaded takes places six months after the events of The Matrix. Neo is still getting used to being The One and tries to change the future he sees of Trinity falling to her death. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who was defeated by Neo in the first movie, returns as a different entity that spreads across the Matrix like a virus. While Neo is able to save Trinity, the movie ends with Agent Smith making his way out of the program and infecting the real world. The film took in $742 million worldwide at the box office. In Matrix Revolutions, Neo makes an agreement with the robots: He’ll defeat Agent Smith if they let humanity survive. In a final fight between the two, Neo sacrifices himself to destroy Smith and create peace between humans and the robots. The third film brought in $427 million in ticket sales. Warner Bros. Pictures didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Originally published Aug. 20, 1:27 p.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m.: Adds details about the earlier Matrix films. Aug. 21: Adds more production details. Aug. 23: Adds cinematographer details.  2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies 1:32 Commentscenter_img Tags Share your voice 10 77 Photos The Matrix remembered at 20: Keanu classic or cyberpunk snooze? Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Outlines New Privacy Strategy for Facebook Including Messages That Expire

first_imgIn his blog post, Zuckerberg acknowledged that there will be skeptics about Facebook’s pledge to strengthen user privacy.“I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” he wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.” It’s another instance of Facebook copying Snapchat, which was founded as an app for self-destructing messaging. Previously, after Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp adopted the “Stories” format pioneered by Snap. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook also plans to limit how long the company retains metadata for messages once that info is no longer needed for spam or safety controls.Zuckerberg said the company’s messaging apps also will employ end-to-end encryption, while monitoring for illegal use like child exploitation, terrorism and extortion; Zuckerberg noted that WhatsApp already encrypts messages.On another front, Facebook will allow users to opt in to send or receive messages across any of its services — Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram — and then to extend that to wireless SMS messaging as well. On Android devices, Messenger users can currently send and receive SMS texts.In addition, according to Zuckerberg, Facebook will no longer retain data in countries with “weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression,” even if that means the company will have to shut down or postpone operations in a country.The new promises from Zuckerberg come after a series of damaging disclosures in the past year involving significant user-information breaches and revelations about Facebook’s questionable business practices. Lawmakers around the world made a show of demanding answers from Facebook about the lapses and how the company will rectify the issues.Meanwhile, Facebook plans to release a “clear history” feature sometime in 2019, CFO David Wehner said at an investment conference last week. He added that new privacy controls will hamper Facebook’s ability to serve targeted ads and put pressure on ad sales.“Privacy is a headwind for us in 2019,” Wehner said, speaking at Morgan Stanley’s 2019 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. “It’s one of the factors that’s contributing to our expected deceleration of revenue growth throughout the year.” Popular on Variety Mark Zuckerberg, in a revamp to Facebook’s approach to privacy after a series of scandals, is pledging that the company will take new steps to protect the privacy of its more than 2 billion monthly users.The Facebook CEO and co-founder posted a nearly 3,300-word manifesto Wednesday, outlining a new vision for privacy on the world’s biggest social platform.“I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won’t all stick around forever,” he wrote. “If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we’ve made.”Among the points of Facebook’s new privacy plan: Zuckerberg said Facebook will introduce a way to make messages time-out, so that they will vanish by default after a preset time limit — for example, one month or within just a few seconds — with users able to control when their messages disappear.center_img Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers as US News Source

first_img Twitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies FeatureSenator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Functions And now, in Least Surprising News of the Day: Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a source of information for Americans.About 20 percent of U.S. adults often get news from social media platforms, a recent Pew Research Center survey revealed—versus the 16 percent who read the paper.Just two years ago, those numbers were reversed: 20 percent relied on newspapers while 18 percent turned to social networks.After years of steady declines in circulation, it’s no surprise that virtual communities have overtaken periodicals. I just always assumed it would happen sooner.An impressive 39 percent of folks 65 and older are still holding on to a piece of the inky past—when broadsheets covered the kitchen table and circulation figures topped six digits.Eventually, 24-hour news channels and online journalism introduced younger generations to new, less messy ways of learning about the world. According to Pew, only 2 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds regularly read newspapers.News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans (via Pew Research Center)With 49 percent of the vote—mostly among respondents aged 50 and older—television remains king for news consumption (despite its 8 percent drop-off since 2016).Local TV is the most popular; 37 percent get news there often, compared with 30 percent watching cable TV news and 25 percent who view national evening network news shows.Websites, favored by 30- to 49-year-olds, are the next most common source (33 percent), followed by radio (26 percent), and finally social media and print newspapers.“News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans,” Elisa Shearer, a research associate focusing on journalism at Pew, wrote in a blog post.Specifically, those between the ages of 18 and 49 don’t rely on one particular platform, in the way the majority of their elders clearly prefer television. Instead, they spread consumption across all five services.More on in Photos: Best News, Science, and Tech Images of 2018AI as Fact Checker: Algorithm Identifies Fake NewsNewspaper Endorses Congressional Candidate ‘Abducted by Aliens’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Freddie Dont Expect Fuel Prices to Kill Recovery

first_img Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Processing 2012-09-12 Tory Barringer Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing While Americans may be feeling pain at the pumps, “”Freddie Mac””: doesn’t believe the recent increase in gas prices will have a huge impact on the economy.[IMAGE]In the GSE’s most recent U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook, Freddie Mac VP and chief economist “”Frank Nothaft””: looked at energy costs and their potential effects on the economic recovery.The “”Energy Department””: reported that gas prices averaged $3.84 per gallon on September 3, up about $0.50 over the past two months. [COLUMN_BREAK]While rising energy costs can divert spending away from consumer goods, Nothaft said he isn’t worried.””A fuel-price spike doesn’t pack the same punch it once used to in part because of more efficient use of energy,”” Nothaft said.Nothaft pointed to the country’s increased energy efficiency efforts in the last 50 years, which have led to fuel efficiency in passenger cars nearly doubling. In addition, homes built in the last decade are proven to have fuel costs about 30 percent lower than homes built before 1960.Furthermore, Nothaft said he believes the fuel-price spike is unlikely to have an effect on monetary policy, allowing for an extended period of low interest rates, which should in turn help energize the housing market.””Low mortgage rates and a high degree of affordability have helped to energize the housing market recovery,”” Nothaft said. “”Through the first seven months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, home sales are up 8 percent, housing starts have rebounded by 19 percent, and national house-price indexes have recorded a gain on a year-over-year basis. “”We anticipate this favorable interest-rate environment will remain at least through the end of this year,”” he added.center_img September 12, 2012 442 Views Freddie,Freddie: Don’t Expect Fuel Prices to Kill Recoverylast_img read more

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation SPTO and

first_imgThe South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Pacific Trade Invest, Australia recently hosted over 65 travel agents in Maroochydore in Queensland, and 85 agents in Brisbane, providing ongoing education and insights from tourism office representatives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and the Hidden Treasures of the Pacific.Save the date for the next Treasures of the South Pacific events:• Sydney, Tuesday 16 October, 2018• Wollongong, Wednesday 17 October, 2018Travel agents can also sign up and complete the South Pacific Specialist online training platform to become a South Pacific Specialist.For more details visit . eventstrainingTreasures of the South Pacificlast_img read more

Lindley who threw seven interceptions in six game

first_imgLindley, who threw seven interceptions in six games last season, completed 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.“I thought Ryan looked extremely sharp,” Arians told Arizona Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi. “He could have probably had a higher rating if a couple of guys would have ran the right routes. I thought he handled himself with great poise and confidence and made a great showing for himself.”The 24-year-old’s first touchdown pass of the night came on a beautiful 55-yard throw to Jaron Brown in the third quarter, which tied the score at 17.In the fourth quarter, Lindley put the Cardinals ahead for good with a 13-yard touchdown pass to veteran wideout Mike Thomas over the middle and a nice connection in the flat to rookie running back Andre Ellington for a two-point conversion.The two touchdown passes were the first two of his NFL career.Whether three-plus quarters of quality quarterbacking are enough to keep Lindley on a roster behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton remains to be seen. But after Thursday night’s performance, he has enough tape to potentially attract other NFL teams should he fail to make Arizona’s Week 1 roster. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img To start the 2013 regular season with two quarterbacks or three, that is the question.If you’re asking Ryan Lindley, he hopes the Arizona Cardinals choose the latter option.And outside of Arizona’s first offensive series Thursday night, the second-year quarterback was given every opportunity to make that decision an easy one for Bruce Arians and his coaching staff.Although he was going up against the Denver Broncos’ second and third-team defensive units, the former San Diego State standout ran with his chance in the Cardinals’ preseason finale. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Paphos police arrest child pornography suspect

first_imgPolice in Paphos have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.The man was arrested on Friday lunchtime after officers searched his home and seized two computers, two external hard drives, two memory cards, and a mobile phone.A preliminary examination of the equipment found a number of archives containing child pornography, police said.The equipment was undergoing further examination by the cyber-crime unit. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Four people fined €647m for market manipulation in 2007

first_imgCyprus securities and exchange commission (Cysec) fined four people a total of €6.47m on Wednesday for violating the law on market manipulation in 2007.Ioannis Vardinogiannis bore the brunt of the fine and is now legally required to pay €6.4m for obtaining almost 20 million shares from Sea Star Capital Plc (formerly Megabet) using Amalia Vardinogianni.Though the nature of their relation is not specified, the decision outlined that Ioannis was aware of confidential information relating to the company over how they were to be changing their activities to gear it to the shipping sector.He was also involved in the company’s share capital.Consequently, with this information at hand, Amalia Vadinogianni purchased 19,358,487 in company shares at a price of €0.09 each, with a total sum of €1.7m on March 29 in 2007.On June 29 in the same year, she sold all the shares at €0.42 per share on the Cyprus stock exchange, making €8.1m.The total profit was €6.4m.Though the shares were purchased and sold by Amalia, Cysec ruled the purchase was really for Ioannis but had been done in a disguised way.As part of the investigation, she was found to have lied to Cysec employees looking into the wrongdoings and was consequently fined €50,000.Christodoulos Ellinas and Filippos Larkos were fined €20,000 each for also providing misleading and false information to Cysec as part of its investigation. You May LikeHealthZapHe Was A School Janitor, Who Served His Nation In The Army Uniform As WellHealthZapUndoMoney VersedPeople Are Now Putting Cinder Blocks In Their Living Rooms And It’s Making Everyone JealousMoney VersedUndoInspireNeed9 Things You Must Do Even If You Love Your PartnerInspireNeedUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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