Netflix deal doesnt solve real cultural issues

first_imgAs the fury over a sweetheart deal for Netflix rages, one thing it has exposed is how unwilling the Liberals are to address the hard issues affecting Canadian cultural policies – apparently as unwilling as their Conservative predecessors.When Quebec vowed this week to go it alone in an attempt to get Netflix to collect provincial sales tax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his commitment to let the American streaming service continue to escape the GST – because to do otherwise would raise taxes on the middle class. That kind of populist if nonsensical position – if middle-class Canadians chose to buy new services, why should we not pay existing taxes on them? – was the hallmark of Stephen Harper’s refusal to engage on the issue.Another tricky question that Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly never even raises in the 38-page report, titled Creative Canada, is that of foreign ownership. Canada has a series of laws and policies that prevent foreign control in a wide range of cultural activities from broadcasting television programming to selling books and distributing movies. (Canada is not alone in thinking like this; many countries, including the United States, have traditionally kept foreigners from buying their broadcasting networks.) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The notion has always been that Canadian control promotes Canadian content, although the relationship is not always that direct and depends more on a producers’ economic interests than patriotism: Foreign-owned companies can make money publishing Canadian books, for example, while the business model for Canadian broadcasters relies heavily on U.S. shows.Still, the scandalous Netflix deal does support one argument often made in favour of national ownership: It’s easier to get Canadian companies to play by Canadian rules. (Apparently in exchange for escaping any taxes, Netflix made a commitment to spend $500-million in production in Canada over five years, a sum that seems to represent what it would have been spending already and can include U.S. productions that are merely shooting in Canada.)READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

first_img“In terms of the Canadian economy, it is fair to say that the data released since our October (monetary policy report) have been on the disappointing side,” said Poloz.Poloz added that he remains hopeful that business investment will rebound now that much of the uncertainty surrounding the North American free trade has been eased following the signing of a new agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. OTTAWA – The negative impacts of low oil prices that have struck Western Canada will reverberate across the entire national economy, the head of the Bank of Canada said Thursday.But governor Stephen Poloz estimates the latest drop in crude prices will likely have less bite across the country than the 2015 oil-price crisis, which contributed at the time to a slight, technical recession.In prepared notes for a speech in Toronto, Poloz said oil and gas production now makes up just 3.5 percent of Canada’s economy, compared with six percent in 2014. “It is already clear that a painful adjustment is developing for Western Canada and there will be a meaningful impact on the Canadian macroeconomy,” Poloz said in an address to be delivered at a breakfast event hosted by CFA Toronto.“That said, given the consolidation that has taken place in the energy sector since 2014, the net effects of lower oil prices on the Canadian economy as a whole, dollar for dollar, should be smaller than they were in 2015.”Looking at the positive side, Poloz said the ongoing “oil-price shock” has also arrived at a time when Canada’s economy is running close to full tilt and the unemployment rate is at a 40-year low.The stronger economy has put the central bank on a rate-hiking path, to keep inflation from running too hot, for more than a year. It raised its trend-setting interest rate at its October meeting for the fifth time since the summer of 2017.But on Wednesday, the bank left the rate unchanged as it underlined fresh negatives, such as the recent drop in oil prices and an unexpected decline in business investment.Market watchers, many of whom had expected the bank to increase the rate in January, now believe the recent economic developments will delay the timing of future rate hikes.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John launches a new website

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City has launched a new website to improve usability, functionality and transparency for users of the site.The City shared there was an identified need for an updated redeveloped website wanting it easier for people to find what they are looking for and the new website will provide this.The redeveloped website has new features and improvements that provide information to users in an easier to understand format such as; Fully responsive design compatible with all major browsersUpdated design and improved navigation systemAbility to view active development applicationsSite-wide search and improve accessibility functionsCommunity event calendar“The new website is much more visually appealing and user-friendly. In addition to improving transparency, the new site will help ensure our citizens receive the best service possible,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman.Ryan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shares, “It was quite a process, this is a completely brand new backend, we completely moved away from the other website and redeveloped from the ground up.” He goes on to share that the City changed the architecture of the website and the placement of the pages on the site to help residents look for information.The Budget for the new website was $75,000 which was set in 2017 and all the images seen on the site are local content.Residents who currently subscribe for newsletters and updates will receive an email asking to confirm their subscription on the redeveloped site.last_img read more

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Alberta court ruling says pharmacist regulator can ban reward points for drugs

EDMONTON — A court ruling means Albertans will not be able to collect reward points for drug purchases or pharmacy services.The Alberta Court of Appeal on Friday overturned a 2016 ruling that said the body that regulates the province’s pharmacists did not have the legal power to impose a ban on consumer loyalty programs.The Alberta College of Pharmacists wanted the ban on pharmacists and pharmacies in 2014, but the Sobeys grocery chain challenged the plan.The college’s appeal argued that pharmacists are a key part of the health-care system and that it had the authority to ensure high ethical standards.A panel of Appeal Court judges, citing a similar case in British Columbia, ruled the Alberta college’s ban was reasonable.Greg Eberhart, registrar of the college, said consumer loyalty programs could disrupt professional relationships that should be focused on health care.He said some consumers were moving between different pharmacies to cash in on inducements.“In Alberta, pharmacists have what is among the broadest scopes of practice anywhere in the world,” he said. “They have the ability to assess and adapt prescriptions, prescribe medications, create care plans and administer vaccines by injection.“What’s most important to pharmacy professionals is the health of the individuals they serve.”Eberhart said the ban on loyalty programs in Alberta begins immediately.The college governs about 5,500 pharmacists in the province and 1,400 pharmacy technicians.Sobeys said it was disappointed with the ruling.“In addition to the professional services and trusted advice provided by Safeway, Sobeys and IGA pharmacists, we believe that we contribute to better patient care by offering rewards that help increase loyalty, adherence and ultimately improved health outcomes,” said Jedd Wood, vice-president of Sobeys National Pharmacy Group.“While this ruling has now taken away loyalty rewards from all Albertans, our pharmacists will continue to offer trusted professional advice and the best possible care to our patients.”The grocery giant said it continues to offer pharmacy pharmacy rewards in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The Alberta judgment follows a unanimous British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling in January 2016 in favour of bylaws passed by B.C.’s pharmacist regulator that banned incentives for prescriptions or pharmacy services.An earlier B.C. court decision had struck down the ban.The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia said it considered incentives such as redeemable points to be unethical, unsafe and unprofessional.Sobeys Inc. has 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper, Thrifty Foods and Lawtons Drugs.It is a subsidiary of Nova-Scotia-based Empire Company Ltd (TSX:EMP.A). read more

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International students meet with mayor about reflectors

Mayor Brian McMullan, third from left, met with student Shuaa Mutawally, Ana Haljkevic from Custodial Services and student Jing Luo about Brock’s reflector campaign.A group of international students met with the mayor of St. Catharines this week to encourage reflector use in Niagara, which ties in with a current fundraiser for East African famine relief.Brock, Niagara College and the African Association of Niagara are raising money for the Humanitarian Coalition. To help, Brock’s International Services and Programs Abroad, ESL Services and Custodial Services have launched “Save a Life at Home: Save a Life Abroad,” selling reflectors for $3 each.Reflectors are used widely in countries such as Finland, where the reflectors are manufactured, the students from International Services and Programs Abroad said in a letter to Mayor Brian McMullan this week.“As Christmas is coming, we truly believe these reflectors will be a great gift to show the genuine care of family, children, friends and the community,” they wrote.The reflectors can be purchased for $3 each at the International Centre (GLNB 210), Sub-cetera and the Campus Store, or by emailing isa@brocku.ca read more

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World not meeting pledge to slash hunger failure would be shameful UN

Although the proportion of people suffering from hunger in developing countries has gone down as the overall population has gone up, there are now more hungry people – 820 million – than there were 10 years ago when the World Food Summit (WFS) pledged to cut the number in half by 2015, the United Nations warned today. “Far from decreasing, the number of hungry people in the world is currently increasing at the rate of 4 million a year,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said, stressing that meeting the pledge would require cutting the number of undernourished by 31 million every year until 2015. “Today, I am deeply sorry to report that the situation remains intolerable and unacceptable, all the more so because 10 years have passed,” he added at the launch in Rome of his agency’s annual report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI), using the terms employed to describe world hunger by the leaders of the 185 countries who took part in the WFS.“Business as usual will not do” and failure to achieve the objective would be “shameful,” Mr. Diouf declared. The target of slashing the number of malnourished to 412 million is still attainable if concrete and concerted action is taken, such as focussing on poverty hotspots, enhancing the productivity of smallholder agriculture, and creating conditions for private investment, including transparency and good governance, SOFI said.Such measures would also include making world trade work for the poor, with safety nets put in place for vulnerable groups, and a rapid increase in the level of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) as promised. “We must step up dramatically our efforts to reach the WFS hunger reduction target. If the political will is there we can reach it,” the report concluded.According to SOFI, today’s estimated 820 million undernourished people represent a marginal reduction of 3 million as against the 1990-1992 WFS baseline of 823 million, but a 20-million increase when measured against the 1996 world total of 800 million.One in five people in developing countries were undernourished in 1990-92, and this has gone down to 17 percent. Projections suggest there could be a further drop to 10 percent in the next nine years.“This means that the world is on a path towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on hunger reduction,” the report said, referring to targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000. But the total number in 2015 is projected at 582 million, 170 million short of the WFS target. More than half of these hungry people would be concentrated in South and East Asia, with 203 million and 123 million respectively. Sub-Saharan Africa would be home to 179 million hungry – more than double the WFS target. In sub-Saharan Africa, “the task facing the region remains daunting,” SOFI said. There are currently 206 million hungry – nearly 40 million up from the 1990-92 baseline.The report was released within the framework of a week-long session of FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is being attended by ministers from some of the world’s poorest and richest countries. read more

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Boy drowns on hottest day of the year despite efforts of air

first_imgFriends visited the park yesterday to lay flowers at the scene where Robbie was pulled from the water.They told how the teenager got into difficulty while trying to swim to an island in the middle of the North Metropolitan Lake at the Lee Valley Park.Ryan Soltwell, 18, said: “I woke up and saw it all over social media and I asked a friend what happened.”She said he had come river-jumping and swimming and he drowned. One of Prince William’s final assignments as an air ambulance pilot has ended in tragedy, after he could not save a drowning 17-year-old boy. The teenager, named by friends as Robbie Lea, got into trouble in a lake at the Lee Valley Park in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire on the hottest day of the year. The Duke of Cambridge was scrambled to pilot an Air Ambulance helicopter to the country park after the emergency services were alerted.The Duke of Cambridge was scrambled to pilot an Air Ambulance helicopter to the country park after the emergency services were alerted.After an hour long search the body of a boy was pulled from the water. Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene, the first person this year to drown while out swimming in the recent spell of hot weather. “We’ve all done it before but nothing’s ever come out like this.”Morgan Harrison, 17, who also went to the scene, said: “He was just going out and having fun. I think it’s just really horrible.”Stuff like this happens, he wasn’t doing anything stupid I think he was just having a good time, it was a hot day and he obviously wanted to cool down he has not realised the danger.”I first heard last night.”I was in bed and I about to go to sleep and I got a text message saying people keep saying Robbie’s missing and he’s passed away and I couldn’t believe it and it was all over social media.”I was just really sad, distraught to be honest.”I didn’t really get to sleep I was just worrying about his family, my boyfriend and his friends, the people he was with.”I’ve just seen lots and lots of people posting pictures saying I can’t believe you’re gone.”I would like to say he’s got a lot of people missing him, he’s got a lot of support and that we all love him.”Robbie, who attended Goffs School in Cheshunt, had recently started studying engineering at Hertford Regional College. Think carefully before swimming in unsupervised areas and look out for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the location where you are swimming.Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen An eye witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We knew something was up when a helicopter was flying extremely low just over the Lee Valley Park.”We could see it was landing so ran over to see what was going on.”Little did we expect to see Prince William himself flying the helicopter.”It was a very surreal moment when he left the helicopter to help with the search and rescue, for he had no visible guards or protection.”He arrived in an East Anglia Air Ambulance with one other co-pilot.”The man said he did not see a body being retrieved from the river, but that a group of people nearby had to be ushered away from the scene. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that Robbie was found following an extensive bankside and water search.Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen said: “We were called yesterday evening to reports of a boy who had got into difficulties while swimming at Lea Valley Park in Cheshunt.”Following a search we recovered the boy from the water. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”Now that the weather is so warm it’s very tempting to cool off with a swim. Eyewitness Dave Samuels said: “There were two helicopters, one police and one air ambulance, there were emergency services everywhere including water rescue with people getting boats ready.”Whatever had actually happened, you couldn’t say the emergency services hadn’t tried, I have never seen so many.”A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: “A search led by the fire service was carried out.”The boy was recovered from the water but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.”There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner of Hertfordshire.”Lee Valley Regional Park is a 10,000-acre 26 miles long linear park which runs through the northeast of Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire.The area includes a network of rivers, canals and lakes.  Swimming and paddling is not permitted in the park. He wasn’t doing anything stupid I think he was just having a good time, it was a hot day and he obviously wanted to cool down he has not realised the danger.Morgan Harrison Prince William in the air ambulance at the lake at Lee Valley Park Videos taken at the scene show the Duke of Cambridge landing his helicopter, and then walking towards the scene at around 8.00pm on Thursday. Prince William at the lake at Lee Valley ParkCredit:Herts Mercury / SWNS.com Prince William in the air ambulance at the lake at Lee Valley ParkCredit:Herts Mercury / SWNS.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “However, even the strongest swimmer can get into difficulties and we would advise people to think carefully before swimming in unsupervised areas and look out for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the location where you are swimming.”The Duke of Cambridge, who is a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, landed the helicopter on the river bank at approximately 7.45pm.Paramedics and a water rescue team from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene. Prince William at the lake at Lee Valley Parklast_img read more

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Amazon Black Friday Deals

first_imgLG 42LD450 42-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV $478 ($749)AdChoices广告JBuds J3 Micro Atomic In-Ear Earphones $19.95 (Down from $79.95)Nikon Coolpix S1000pj 12.1MP Digital Camera with Built-in Projector $149 ($349)Joby Gorillatorch Adjustable and Flexible Tripod Flashlight $19.95 ($34.95)It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Seasons 1 & 2 $9.99 (Down from $39.98) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot… $1.99 Canon PowerShot SX210 plus Free Memory Card $199.00 (Down from $349)center_img As Amazon puts its, “You shouldn’t have to stand in a long line to get a great deal.” Fair enough. It’s sure to be a bit of a nightmare out there in local shopping malls, so Amazon is offering up some sweet deals online.After the jump, we’ve rounded up some great Black Friday deals from the site on products like HDTVs, cameras, headphones, and more.last_img read more

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Victorias Supreme Court in a twitter

first_imgVictoria’s Supreme Court is set to deliver all judgements via twitter in a bid to stop skewed information going to the public due to sensationalised headlines.Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren told ABC radio that “the courts are getting to a stage where they have had enough of the inappropriate criticism, the skewing of information in the media, and we really need to try and seize the day ourselves and give some information to the community”.“I’ve had a conversation about how we can have an anonymous judge blogging to reach out to the community, how we can use Twitter and how we can use our website in a much more effective way,” she said.“We may have someone tweeting from the Supreme Court. It will need to be done, probably, on an anonymous basis.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Report Milinkovic set for new Lazio deal

first_imgLazio have rejected bids for Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from top European clubs all summer and are now reportedly working out a new contract with a €150m release clause.According to Football Italia, Milinkovic has also decided to stay at Lazio after he was promised an improved deal.The Serbian’s current salary is believed to be €1.8m per year, will be improved to €3m plus performance-related bonuses in the new contract.It’s also reported that his agents want to add a release clause, but Lazio want nothing less than €150m.The 23-year-old was linked with the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Milan, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.It was reported today that Lazio rejected a €95m Real Madrid offer for Milinkovic before the Italian transfer window closed.Lazio signed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from KRC Genk in 2015 for €18m plus bonuses. His impressive performances have caused his value to sky-rocket.He has scored 24 goals and 20 assists in 123 competitive games for Lazio.last_img read more

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Arnautovic is happy at West Ham Pellegrini

first_imgThe Hammers manager says the 29-year-old does not want to leave the team as many rumors have appeared this weekThere has been much news about how West Ham United footballer Marko Arnautovic could leave the English Premier League team.But according to the Hammers manager, he’s happy to stay.“He has a contract, he is a West Ham player,” Pellegrini told the BBC.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He is happy here. Every player wants to play for the biggest team, but I don’t think he is thinking about that, but only about West Ham.”“We will see about [Samir] Nasri,” Pellegrini said about his other players.“He is working with us after a long time with his ban. We are giving him a hand to return to football.”“I hope he will be fit between now and the end of the year and if he is we will try to sign him,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Man arrested in University City area accused of stabbing another man

first_img Posted: January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 4, 2019 Man arrested in University City area, accused of stabbing another man SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 27-year-old man accused of stabbing and strangling another man in the University City area of San Diego was arrested tonight on suspicion of attempted murder.The suspect got into a fight with a 20-year-old woman about 7 p.m. inside of a home in the 7400 block of Charmant Drive and a 53-year-old man who was also at the home tried to break up the fight, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.The suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed the older man in the head by an ear, then punched him several times and choked him with both hands, Heims said. The victim did not lose consciousness, Heims said.The suspect ran from the home before officers arrived, but later returned and was arrested, Heims said.The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Heims said.Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call San Diego Police Department detectives at (858) 552-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Impression launches table tennis coaching programme

first_imgDigital marketing agency Impression has launched a table tennis coaching programme for its 30 Nottingham-based employees.The table tennis coaching programme, which was introduced in October 2017, forms part of the organisation’s employee wellbeing strategy, which emphasises that sustaining a healthy work-life balance and taking regular breaks during the day is essential in forming an effective working environment. The coaching programme has therefore been designed to encourage employees to take breaks during the day by partaking in table tennis games, as well as to build a friendly rivalry between employees that helps staff maintain a competitive attitude that they can bring to their work.Employees who are experienced players lead the training sessions, which gives five employees the chance to receive training during each quarterly coaching semester. The structured coaching programme begins at entry level and offers skills training on areas such as serves, backhands and rallies. Bespoke and ad-hoc lessons can be arranged if an employee wishes to improve a particular skill.The coaching programme is running alongside Impression’s in-house table tennis league, which started on 15 September 2017. The league currently has 18 active members, and is half-way through its first season.Impression also offers its staff benefits such as a beer fridge and table football.Edd Wilson (pictured), account manager and table tennis head coach at Impression, said: “Since we’ve launched the first semester, it’s been a real honour seeing the members of the team progress through the programme with the dedicated support from the more experienced players. We know that [employees] putting themselves under excess levels of work are less likely to work well within a team, as the pressure can mean less clarity of creative thought. The programme has therefore nurtured a collaborative environment within the team, as well [as] providing the coaches with many new skills in mentoring that directly lend themselves to business management.”last_img read more

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Teen found shot in leg after cop responds to speeding SUV

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen was taken to the hospital after a police officer responding to a speeding SUV in Sunny Isles Beach found him with a gunshot injury, Friday night.According to Sunny Isles Beach Police, the law enforcer found the teen shot in the leg in the garage of a high-rise along the 19300 block of Collins Avenue, just before 7:15 p.m.The officer had seen a beige, older model Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed, but when the car was located, everyone had fled.In addition to the shooting victim, police found two other occupants who were taken into custody. A fourth person remains at large.It remains unknown whether the shooting was an accident or a criminal act.If you have any information on the missing subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Doc Bs Fresh Kitchen opens shop in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgOne of the specialties is Tennessee Hot Chicken. Covered in a Cajun buttermilk marinade and dredged in seasoned flour, it hits the deep fryer for a few minutes. Then it’s topped with a honey-habanero sauce and served with cole slaw and some cornbread croutons.If you’re looking for some Chicago-based chow, check these out…Dustin Durrenberger: “Our corned beef sandwich, which is super popular; the corned beef from the corned beef factory out of Chicago. Our gelato cookie sandwiches, and we’re the only place outside of Chicago where you can get them anywhere.”Polenta fries with two different sauces. Guacamole with sweet potato chips. Build-it-yourself wok bowls. Double-decker chocolate cake. Choosing from all these temptations can cause you to work up a mean thirst.Doc’s has you covered there, too.Dustin Durrenberger: “We’re fresh, right? Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, so we use that in our cocktails. We use fresh juices, whether it’s our beet juice used in ‘Beetlejuice.’”The folks at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen hope to see you soon — and often… The doctor will see you now — if you’re looking to cure your appetite. Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen is open in the 954, and the Chicago-based restaurant is bringing along some of the Second City’s tastiest treats.Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen has blown into Fort Lauderdale straight from the Windy City. This Chicago mainstay fits right in to the SoFlo scene.Dustin Durrenberger, manager, Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen: “You know, it’s sleek, sexy. It’s clean. When you walk in, you’re just like, ‘Wow, this place is very modern and beautiful,’ right?”The open kitchen is a big part of Doc’s visual appeal.Dustin Durrenberger: “When you can’t see what’s going on in the kitchen, you’re wondering what’s going on back there. We wanted to show you. We wanted to put ourselves on stage. Our food is essentially the star of the show.”The place not only looks good. What’s put on the plate will please the palate.Dustin Durrenberger: “It’s a little bit of everything for everybody. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, very special entrées.” Dustin Durrenberger: “‘Cause the food and the atmosphere and everything is very approachable.”Customer: “Best place in town!”FOR MORE INFO:Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen452 N. Federal Hwy.Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301(754) 900-2401https://docbsfreshkitchen.com/Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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New dock at Jewel Lake makes area accessible to everyone

first_imgAnchorage’s Parks and Recreation Department opened a new dock on Jewel Lake yesterday. Unlike the previous, weather-damaged facility that loomed 15 feet over the water, this one makes the lake accessible — to everyone.Jewel lake dockProject proponents speak as Ira Edwards tests out the new accessible dock on Jewel Lake.Traffic on Diamond roars by as Ira Edwards tosses a kayak into the water then raises himself out of his wheelchair. He’s testing out the new accessible dock at Jewel Lake in south Anchorage. The kayak sits in a metal cage affixed to the edge of the low wooden dock.“As a paralyzed person, I don’t have quite the torso control that you might,” Edwards explains.  “And it allows me to have a more stable platform to get into the boat. So once I’m in the water the boats are naturally stable enough to try to avoid tipping over, unless I do something really dumb.”Edwards was paralyzed when a tree landed on him in 2010. He was clearing trails in a state park after a massive wind storm. But he says he hasn’t let his injury slow him down; he still skis, hunts, fishes, and paddles.“You have to make the choice to get out and do things. You can sit at home and mope about things, but if you want to do it, you have to go for it.”Edwards says projects like the new dock help make that possible.Maeve Nevins managed the $60,000 project for the municipality. She says some features that make the dock accessible are simple.“As you come down, you notice the wood four by four bumpers?” she says she she walks down the low grade ramp. “That’s so that a wheelchair or a person who is blind or whatnot can navigate. They can find their way, and their not going to fall off.”The bumpers line the entire custom-built dock, which is low enough on the water for anyone to fish from it. It also sports a two-tiered bench to help someone move from a wheelchair into a boat. It’s the first accessible public dock in Anchorage. Nevins says the municipality is also installing accessible playgrounds all over the city. They have $100,000 to upgrade Jewel Lake Park.Beth Edmands Merritt is the CEO of Challenge Alaska, an organization that’s been working with people with disabilities for 30 years. She says projects like this help people overcome both mental and physical barriers to being active. She says they help the community, too.“The more people see people with disabilities out and about, they realize what can be achieved.”Down on the water, Edwards paddles about a bit then pulls up to the dock to a handful of people.“Wa-la! I floated, I launched. I loaded it back up.”“Perfect!” his friend says, as he helps Edwards load up the kayak and the dock is now available for the next person seeking an adventure.last_img read more

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DSP BlackRock Liquidity Fund assets reach Rs 10895 crore by September

first_imgDSP BlackRock Investment Managers Private Limited, a joint venture between India’s DSP Group and American investment corporation BlackRock, said that its assets under management (AUMs) under liquid funds stood at Rs. 10,895 crore as of Sept. 30, 2016, with an average AUM of Rs.10,463 crore for the month. “We now manage/ advise Rs. 67,645 crore of assets across debt, equity and alternate investment products,” it said in an update on Oct. 5, 2016.DSP BlackRock Investment Managers, headed by Hemendra Kothari, is one of the 44 mutual fund houses in India and had Rs. 49,421 crore worth of assets under management (AUMs) across 31 schemes as of August 31, 2016.Investments into equity schemes and equity-linked savings schemes (ELSS) of mutual funds more than almost tripled to a year-high of Rs. 6,505 crore in August, the fifth straight month of growth.Total assets under management (AUMs) of 44 mutual funds of India stood at Rs. 15.63 lakh crore as of August 31, 2016.Statistics released by the industry body Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) showed that inflows into equity and ELSS have remained positive in the past 28 months, except March 2016.”Consistent inflows over the past 28 months (except for a small outflow in March 2016) clubbed with mark-to-market gains pushed up the category’s assets to a new high of Rs 4.67 trillion (Rs.4,67,000 crore) up 3.7 percent, in August,” CRISIL Research had said in a note.last_img read more

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Trump Says He Has A Responsibility To End Korean Conflict

first_imgPhoto by Kevin Lamarque/ReutersU.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque – HP1EE4R1FXWGZPresident Donald Trump claimed credit Friday for a historic inter-Korean summit, but now faces a burden in helping turn the Korean leaders’ bold but vague vision for peace into reality after more than six decades of hostility.Trump must contend with two nagging suspicions: first about his own suitability to conduct that kind of war-and-peace negotiation and succeed where his predecessors have failed; secondly, whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really is willing to give up the nuclear weapons his nation took decades acquiring.“It is still unclear whether North Korea still believes that it can have its cake and eat it too,” said Victor Cha, who until January had been in the running to become Trump’s choice for ambassador to South Korea. Cha said that while the atmospherics of the inter-Korean summit got an “A” grade, the meeting had failed to clarify whether Kim is willing to give up his nukes or is interested in just freezing his programs in return for sanctions relief and economic and energy assistance.At a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump basked in the afterglow of the feel-good meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and said he has a responsibility to try to achieve peace and denuclearization.“And if I can’t do it, it’ll be a very tough time for a lot of countries, and a lot of people. It’s certainly something that I hope I can do for the world,” he said.While Moon and Kim pledged to seek a formal end to the Korean War by year’s end and to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons, they didn’t specify how it would be achieved. And now the pressure to deliver results, at least on the allies’ side, has shifted to Trump.“There will be a suggestion that the South Koreans have teed it up very well for him and he’s not going to have the option of walking away in a huff,” said Christopher Hill, who was the lead U.S. negotiator with North Korea under the George W. Bush administration.Trump left little doubt the unprecedented U.S.-North summit, tentatively scheduled for May or early June, would go ahead. He said he was looking forward to the meeting and that it “should be quite something.” The U.S. had narrowed down the choice of summit venue to two locations he didn’t name.The president pushed back against critics that say he’s being manipulated by Kim, who has abruptly shifted to diplomacy after last year’s full-scale push to become a nuclear power that could threaten the U.S. mainland.“I don’t think he’s ever had this enthusiasm for somebody, for them wanting to make a deal,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “We’re not going to be played, OK. We’re going to hopefully make a deal. The United States in the past has been played like a fiddle.”New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who as then-CIA director met Kim four weeks ago in North Korea, told reporters in Brussels that he got the impression that Kim was “serious” about negotiating on denuclearization because of the Trump-led economic pressure campaign.But Pompeo added a word of caution: “I am always careful. There is a lot of history here. Promises have been made, hopes have been raised and then dashed.”North Korea has already called a halt to nuclear and long-range missile tests, which has helped dial down tensions significantly. But Mark Fitzpatrick, the Washington-based executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the promise of denuclearization must now be backed by tangible actions, like an end of North Korean production of fissile material that can be used for bombs and the dismantling of nuclear facilities.Hill, the former U.S. negotiator, said the key hurdles for the Trump administration would be to set a timetable for denuclearization and overcome North Korean reluctance to allow a verification process — a failing of past aid-for-disarmament deals.“I’m guided by my experience which was they said all the right things but they gave us a declaration that was not complete and not entirely accurate, and they also failed to give us any kind of verification protocol,” he said.Despite the optimism, Trump reiterated Friday that the U.S.-led pressure campaign could continue “until denuclearization occurs.”North Korea was hit with unprecedented economic restrictions during a feverish 2017, when the U.S. and North Korean leaders traded threats while Kim pushed his nation to the verge of being able to fire a nuclear-tipped missile at the U.S. mainland.The diplomatic climate has changed dramatically this year, as Kim has ended his international seclusion, reaching out to South Korea, the U.S., and China.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. is “optimistic right now that there’s opportunity here that we have never enjoyed since 1950” and any progress will be up to the diplomats. He was referring to the year the Korean War broke out.The fighting, which also involved China, halted three years later after hundreds of thousands of lives had been lost, through the declaration of an armistice, not a peace treaty. That has left the peninsula in a technical state of war for more than six decades.Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington and Matthew Lee in Brussels contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

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The New Laptops

first_img Laptop computer screens that flip around to become tablet PCs could be an increasingly common sight near future. Convertibles, as they are called, are the newest and hottest – but not the only – offering in the increasingly diverse laptop market.A convertible is more than just a laptop with a swiveling screen. The screen also accepts input from a pen just like a PDA – Personal Digital Assistant – or dedicated tablet PC.Convertibles have given laptops a dual personality – use it normally or flip the screen around and snap it down on top of the keyboard to make a full-fledged table PC. Another cool feature: if you’re trying to show somebody what’s on the screen, you simply swivel it towards them – great for presentations. With all these cool features, why doesn’t everyone own a convertible? Price mostly – they can cost several hundred dollars more than a standard laptop. Experts predict this will change as more people buy them – economy of scale. On top of that, laptop prices have literally crashed in the last 5 years making them affordable replacements for desktops.Slate-style tablet laptops – the screen is fixed on top of the unit – are less popular, but widely praised by a select group of die hard scribblers. These units are akin to a PDA, only larger – the dimensions of a standard pad letter-sized of paper – and work in much the same manner. Table PCs have been around for about 15 years, but sales have always been just a few percent of the total laptop market. To type, you need an external keyboard. Most people prefer typing to writing and – even today – handwriting recognition software leaves something to be desired. Most require a new writing style or a “learning” process. Unlike underpowered PDAs, tablet PCs are full-fledged computers capable of running any Windows program. They also cost several hundred dollars less than convertibles and have been on the market longer. Lack of a swiveling screen makes them more robust and lighter, as well, according to proponents.Another segment in growth is that of the ruggedized laptops. They are attractive to anybody who’s ever dropped or banged an expensive laptop causing permanent damage. Ouch, and get out that wallet: just the screen alone could cost $1000 to replace. Explore further Full sized tablet PC – Motion Computing LE1600 8.5” x 11”, 3.13 lbs. Multi-mobile (M2) computing system makes Android, iOS apps sharable on multiple devices Terralogic Toughnote Series 3. It’s not your parent’s laptop: new models offer a wide range of different configurations for every need and taste.center_img Citation: The New Laptops (2006, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-01-laptops.html Rugged models tend to run a couple pounds heavier than normal laptops, but you can leave that protective carrying case at home. They resist shocks, water and dust and offer all the features a normal user would need. In fact, they are practically indestructible: Depending on the make & model, think 30 minutes of heavy rain, 40,000 feet of altitude, 40G shocks, dust storms, saltwater mist, 70 degrees centigrade, 95% condensing humidity and enough vibration to shake a truck apart. They even have nuclear battlefield models for the military designed to withstand the EMP – ElectroMagnetic Pulse – created by nuclear explosions. This pulse destroys unprotected electronics. IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet – a popular, light (3.5 lbs.) 12″ convertible. The SUV of notebooks is as heavy in the hands as on your pocketbook, however – models start around $3,000. Also, you should be prepared to accept last year’s technology at least – many still come standard with Pentium III processors and Windows 98SE.Manufacturing prices are dropping, however, and shipments of convertible, ruggedized and slate PCs may hit over 9 million units by 2008. That’s up 700 percent from the 1.2 million units expected to ship this year, according to a forecast by market researchers. Convertible notebooks are expected to make up the majority of those shipments. The projected number of convertibles and tablets is small compared with the overall number of notebooks – 62.5 million notebooks ship yearly, a number that is forecast by market analysts IDC to climb to 100.3 million in 2008. Microsoft, a major backer of tablets, is making the rounds with educators and developers to promote the benefits of tablet-based computing. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is currently available with the purchase of a tablet-style PC. Users can also get free upgrades at the Microsoft’s web site. The next Tablet OS version is slated to be part of the upcoming Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. The Premium version, which is based on Vista Home Basic, is similar to the Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP MCE) but adds features designed for tablet PCs such as improved handwriting recognition and ability to use a tablet’s stylus to pan through documents.Only time will tell if these new laptops will flourish like wireless networking or fade away like floppy disks. But in an increasingly tight high-tech market were margins are low and profits are down, expect PC makers to pull out all the stops. They will introduce new and interesting additions to their offerings in a bid to rise above the competition. Who knows? Maybe one day we will all own a rugged, convertible notebook.Before tossing your desktop to get a sexy, new convertible, remember: you will have to make some sacrifices: Greater expense, shorter useful life – the technology tends to be several months behind the most advanced desktops, virtually no upgrade path apart from more memory and lower overall performance – especially when it comes to games.But, hey, everyone loves a convertible, right?By Philip Dunn, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Study suggests black hole jets get their power from spin

first_img Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: The power of relativistic jets is larger than the luminosity of their accretion disks, Nature 515, 376–378 (20 November 2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13856AbstractTheoretical models for the production of relativistic jets from active galactic nuclei predict that jet power arises from the spin and mass of the central supermassive black hole, as well as from the magnetic field near the event horizon. The physical mechanism underlying the contribution from the magnetic field is the torque exerted on the rotating black hole by the field amplified by the accreting material. If the squared magnetic field is proportional to the accretion rate, then there will be a correlation between jet power and accretion luminosity. There is evidence for such a correlation, but inadequate knowledge of the accretion luminosity of the limited and inhomogeneous samples used prevented a firm conclusion. Here we report an analysis of archival observations of a sample of blazars (quasars whose jets point towards Earth) that overcomes previous limitations. We find a clear correlation between jet power, as measured through the γ-ray luminosity, and accretion luminosity, as measured by the broad emission lines, with the jet power dominating the disk luminosity, in agreement with numerical simulations9. This implies that the magnetic field threading the black hole horizon reaches the maximum value sustainable by the accreting matter. This artist’s concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Scientists know that some supermassive black holes, the kind that typically exist at the center of galaxies, shoot out particles at near the speed of light in a constant stream (aka as jets)—such black holes have accretion disks and because the black hole spins, the jets as viewed from Earth tend to blink—they are generically known as quasars (or blazars if their jets are aligned with us.) What’s not been clear is where the energy comes from to support such jets. The general theory is that it most likely comes from the gravitational effect of material in an accretion disk being pulled in. But calculations have suggested that might not be enough to account for the amount of energy needed to produce the jets. In this new effort, the researchers looked at data from NASA’s telescope to see if more information could be found to better explain the true source.The team looked specifically at two types of data. The first was measurements of gamma rays, which showed how bright the jets were. The second was optical observations that showed how luminous the accretion disks were. Plotting them together showed a clear correlation between the two, the team reports, noting that the brighter the disks were, the stronger the jets were. But, the data also showed that the jets were producing more energy than could be accounted for by the accretion disks, which indicates that some other energy source must be involved. That source, the team suggests, is most likely energy from the spinning of the black hole itself.Unfortunately, it’s not yet possible to measure the spin of supermassive black holes, which would add another factor to the equation and perhaps answer the question of where the jets get their energy once and for all. But that should change in 2028 when a European project, the Athena x-ray observatory goes aloft. Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of space scientists working in Italy has found more evidence that suggests the energy needed to emit jets from supermassive black holes comes from the spin of the black hole itself. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how their survey of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope allowed for comparing two types of emissions from the black holes, which showed a correlation. © 2014 Phys.org Computer model shows strong magnetic fields may alter alignment of black hole accretion disks and plasma jets Citation: Study suggests black hole jets get their power from spin (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-black-hole-jets-power.htmllast_img read more

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