Designated Survivor to Get New Showrunner Ahead of Season 2 PickUp

first_img Facebook Designated Survivor is the third freshman drama in recent months to seek a change in leadership. Fox’s Star lost showrunner Chuck Pratt back in March, while Bull announced that it was replacing Mark Goffman with TV veteran Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting). Both series have already been renewed for the 2017-18 season.Are you psyched to hear that Designated Survivor is likely to return for Season 2? Worried that the series is in search of its fourth showrunner in just under a year?by Ryan Schwartz – TVLINE Advertisement Advertisement ABC isn’t looking to impeach President Tom Kirkman anytime soon — but it is looking to replace the man in charge of Designated Survivor.With a Season 2 renewal expected but not yet confirmed, the Alphabet network is on the search for a new showrunner, who would replace current series boss Jeff Melvoin at the end of Season 1, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Melvoin, however, is expected to stay on board as an executive producer.Melvoin was the third showrunner brought in to helm Designated Survivor. Initially, Sex and the City scribe Amy B. Harris was set to spearhead the Kiefer Sutherland drama ahead of its series pick-up last May. After ABC officially greenlit the political thriller, she was replaced by Jon Harmon Feldman (Blood & Oil), who exited the series in December. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

School District 60 receives Regional Performance Award for Youth Apprentices

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent School District 60 Board Meeting, the School District received recognition for excellence in Youth Apprentices.Pam Eales, of Industry Training Authority B.C., was on hand to present the Award to the School District for their continued support in trades training.“I’d like to recognize School District 60 for their great support, encouragement, and all of the work that they do with youth working in trades.” Ida Campbell, School District Chair, accepted the Award on behalf of the School District.The ITA Regional Performance Award recognizes apprentices, employers and training providers for excellent performance in providing youth apprenticeships.last_img read more

Committee undertakes project on children and youth with special needs

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – A project on children and youth with neuro-diverse (e.g., ASD, FASD, developmental delay) special needs, is being undertaken by the all-party Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth focusing on improving assessment and eligibility processes.The committee invites British Columbians to share their input and experiences by speaking with the committee at a public hearing, or by making a written submission by 5 p.m., June 7, 2019. The committee will release a report with recommendations to the legislative assembly by the early fall.“Families of children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs may navigate a number of pathways, services and providers over the course of a child’s journey,” said Nicholas Simons, committee chair and MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “The committee is looking to better understand those experiences and explore opportunities to improve assessment and eligibility processes.” “We are interested in hearing directly from parents, caregivers and other stakeholders about barriers and challenges, and how processes and supports can be simplified,” said Michelle Stilwell, deputy chair and MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “The committee wants to find solutions that better serve children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs and their families.”The consultation, including registration for public hearings, is available; CLICK HEREPublic hearings will be held in eight communities; teleconference options are also available: Terrace (May 21) Fort St. John (May 22) Prince George (May 22) Kelowna (May 23) Castlegar (May 23) Nanaimo (May 24) Victoria (June 3) Surrey (June 4)The members of the committee are: Nicholas Simons, MLA Powell River-Sunshine Coast (chair) Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-Qualicum (deputy chair) Sonia Furstenau, MLA Cowichan Valley Rick Glumac, MLA Port Moody-Coquitlam Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA Courtenay-Comox Ellis Ross, MLA Skeena Rachna Singh, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers Laurie Throness, MLA Chilliwack Kent Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond North CentreFor further information on the meetings, contact;Jennifer ArrilCommittee ClerkRoom 224, Parliament BuildingsVictoria, B.C., V8V 1X4Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)Toll-free: 1 877 428-8337Fax: 250 356-8172E-mail: ChildrenandYouthCommittee@leg.bc.calast_img read more

Sri Lanka bombed hospital now empty UN says

4 February 2009A hospital in the zone of fighting between the Government and rebel forces in north-eastern Sri Lanka, which has been the scene of heavy shelling and aerial bombardment for several days, was empty this morning, the United Nations reported. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN staff said that bombings took place for several hours yesterday, and the hospital was empty this morning after intense military operations overnight. The hospital was shelled numerous times on Sunday, resulting in the killing of 11 people altogether, including one nurse, Gordon Weiss of OCHA said on Monday. The hospital has around 600 patients, with new people arriving all the time of which hundreds are critically injured and cannot be treated. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing its negotiations to allow a food convoy into the Vanni region. With the last batch of supplies having reached the area on 29 January, the agency has been told that the earliest this can happen is Friday. An estimated 250,000 civilians are trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

Four UN staff and two pilots killed in plane crash in Bolivia

Two Bolivian military pilots also died, said Robert Brockmann, the head of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in La Paz, citing information provided by the Bolivian Air Force. The UN victims were staff from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The next of kin have been informed, and the bodies of three of those killed are due to arrive in La Paz today, while the other three are expected in the capital tomorrow. The UN staff, – two men and two women – are all Bolivian nationals. UNODC gave their names as Leonardo Ivan Alfaro Santiago, Stephan Javier Campos Ruiz, Mariela Cinthia Moreno Torreblanco, and Patricia Olga Delgado Rua. Rescuers reportedly trekked for hours in thick rainforest to reach the burnt wreckage, which lay on a steep hillside deep in the jungle. UNODC operates in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of field offices. The agency tackles drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and organized crime, among other issues. 7 May 2011All four United Nations staff in Bolivia whose plane disappeared during a flight to monitor coca production northeast of the capital, La Paz, were killed when the aircraft crashed on Thursday, a UN official said today. read more

Column Transgender people should have the right to change their birth certificate

first_imgTHIS WEEK I published a Gender Recognition Bill in the Dáil. It is a simple piece of legislation but one that is absolutely necessary in order to uphold and vindicate the human rights of transgender people in this State. It would, if passed, provide a mechanism that would allow transgender people to receive new birth certs and be recognised in their preferred gender.They won’t need surgery, or a diagnosis of a mental illness or disorder. This is a human rights issue and one that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.Ireland is no stranger to the European Court of Human Rights, and certainly no stranger to losing cases in that venue. While this Government may portray the state as a bastion of human rights, there are many areas in which Ireland is an abysmal failure. One of these many areas the lack of provision for legal recognition for transgender persons’ preferred gender in this state.Transgender people face awkward questions getting routine documentsMost people take for granted that their essential identification documents all have the same name; that applying for visas won’t be problematic; that there will be no awkward questions regarding names etc. But people in Ireland face all of this as they cannot change their birth certificates – it is a product of a State that refuses to recognise a person’s identity at its most basic level.It is not too much to ask that people have documentation that accurately reflects their identity. We must accept people for who they are and it is not for another person, or the State for that matter, to dictate the identity of another.The State let the decision by the European Court of Human Rights go unchallenged when the Strasbourg Court said in 2007 that not allowing transgender people legal recognition was a breach of human rights. This Government and the last Government subsequently promised to amend the law, but five years down the line, nothing has changed and recently, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton announced that it would be another year at least before any Bill would be introduced.Forced to take legal actionDr Lydia Foy, a transgender woman, first sought in 1993 a new birth certificate that recognised her female gender and after years of trying began legal action in 1997 but she eventually lost her case in the High Court. Two days after this ruling was handed down, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK had violated the rights of transgender women who had also been refused birth certificates based on the same legal framework that Ireland had. Lydia took her case to the European Courts of Human Rights.The High Court granted a declaration in 2007 that Dr Foy had no remedy under Irish law and that Irish law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights because it failed to provide recognition for transgender persons. The High Court declaration also expressed concern that the Government had failed to assist transgender persons since the European Court of Human Rights ruled against the UK in 2002.It looked like there might be some movement during 2010 when the Government established a Gender Recognition Advisory Group whose role was to advise the Minister on mechanisms to provide legal recognition for transgender people. Sadly, this group didn’t include any transgender persons and was assembled from a collection of representatives from various government departments who reported in 2011.Documenting people with a psychiatric conditionFor many the report they issued was a massive disappointment, and while they didn’t call for gender reassignment surgery as pre-requisite for having your preferred gender recognised, they did ask that a person be diagnosed with a psychiatric condition of “Gender Identity Disorder” instead. The notion that someone should have to be officially documented as mentally ill or disordered when they are not in order to access a human right, is as bizarre as it is offensive.The GRAG report also proposed that married trans people should have to divorce before they can have their preferred gender legally recognised so the State could avoid the possibility of inadvertent recognition of same-sex marriages. So much for the protection of marriage in Ireland!Anyone who has gone through a divorce, or knows people who have will be able to tell you the difficulties that this poses; it takes a very long time and you have to show that your marriage has broken down with no prospect of being mended and have lived separate lives for over four years. Why should people have to leave the person they love in order to have their gender acknowledged by the State?A breach of human rightsThere is no need to be conservative on this issue, in fact to be anything less than progressive is a fundamental breach of human rights. Transgender people have suffered from ignorance and prejudice for far too long. Ireland is virtually alone in Europe, where almost every other state recognises that transgender people deserve to have their rights upheld.It is twenty years since Lydia Foy first made an application for a birth certificate in her female gender and still she hasn’t received this. Yet, we are still expected to believe that this Government is committed to human rights? It is an insult to Ireland but the Gender Recognition Bill 2013 is an opportunity to change that.(Via YouTube/sinnfeinireland)Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh is the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection and is TD for Dublin South Central. He tweets at @aosnodaighRead: Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish>Column: Every love story deserves a ‘happily ever after’>Buttimer: Health professionals must be trained in transgender issues>last_img read more

President Higgins Conlons work an inspiration to all who stand up for

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has paid tribute to the late Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly imprisoned for an IRA bombing.In a statement this morning, the President praised the “integrity and determination which Gerry brought to his fight for truth”.Conlon, along Paul Hill, Carole Richardson and Paddy Armstrong, was jailed for life in 1975 for an IRA bomb that killed five people including four off-duty soldiers, and injured 65, but had their convictions quashed in 1989.He passed away on Saturday morning aged 60.President Higgins described Conlon as “the victim of a grave miscarriage of justice”, and said that he and his family “paid an enormous price for that injustice through the long years he and [his father] Giuseppe spent in prison”.He also highlighted the work of those who supported not just the Guildford Four, but also the Birmingham Six and Maguire Seven campaigns, and it stands as “an inspiration to all who stand up for justice”.His loss will be felt not only in Ireland but also amongst all those who struggle against injustice.Hill, who was imprisoned with Conlon, said yesterday that the four had suffered a “greater miscarriage of justice than those who died in the Guildford, Woolwich and Birmingham bombings”, and critised some of those eulogising Conlon for not having any time for the Guildford Four while they were in prison.Read: Gerry Conlon, one of the Guilford Four, dies aged 60 >More: People eulogising Gerry Conlon had ‘no time for him’ when he was in prison >last_img read more

Statsheet technology makes sports writing obsolete

first_imgJust when you thought only manufacturing workers had to worry about their jobs being eliminated by computers and robots, apparently sports writers have something to be worried about as well. A new project to create a sports website for all 347 NCAA Division I college basketball teams has broken new ground on how content is created for news sites. The biggest change is that the content won’t be created by humans.The obvious content provided by a computer are stats and scores posted on the websites. Incredibly the automation doesn’t stop there. North Carolina-based startup Statsheet has proprietary software which can not only display information from its database of over 500 million statistics, but place them in full sentences. Here’s an example using the website created for Purdue.AdChoices广告Purdue basketball gets the 2010-2011 season underway on November 14 in West Lafayette against Howard. From game one, the Boilermakers will attempt to prove that they’re even better than last season’s great team. They keep 72% of last season’s player minutes and add in the efforts of a Top 100 recruit and 2 other incoming freshmen. The largest gap to fill for Purdue will be on defense, as they lost 36.2% of their steals. That’s followed by assists, where they lost 31% of last season’s numbers.Each team website will include articles from over 20 categories in addition to photo and video highlights. Statsheet will accompany each basketball team website with a Twitter account, Facebook fan page and a mobile application.Read more at Singularity Hub and the Statsheet press releaselast_img read more

Ajer over the moon following dramatic Celtic victory

first_imgThe Norwegian footballer was happy his side defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 at Rugby Park, on Sunday’s Scottish Premier League fixture.A single goal by Scott Brown in the last minute of the match gave Celtic the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock today in the Scottish Premier League.The game was played over at Rugby Park as Kristoffer Ajer replaced Jozo Simunovic to play his 29th match with the Hoops this season.“To be honest, there is no better feeling in football to win a game with a goal in the last minute,” said Ajer to the club’s official website.“That was an absolutely great feeling and Kilmarnock made it very difficult for us, as we expected. They’re a really strong side, and coming here is always difficult. To get three points away from home is always good.”“When you’re pushing for the win and get it in the last minute, that makes it even better. To get another clean sheet is great, to win 1-0 is a good feeling,” he added.“When you play that many games in the league, you have to focus on yourself, but it was a great opportunity for us to get another three points. We’re delighted to get that.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.After the victory, Celtic is in the first position of the Scottish Premier League table with 60 points.The team has won 19 out of 26 matches, drawing three times and losing four games.“We’ve not been happy with the performances in the last games here at Rugby Park, but you have to really respect Kilmarnock, too. They’ve been fantastic in the last two seasons, and it’s one of the toughest places to come to,” the Norwegian added.“There’s a long way to go, but it’s games like this that are so important. To get three points is really good, but we’ve got a big game on Thursday, and then a tough game against Motherwell on Sunday after that.”BIG win! ➕3️⃣💪 pic.twitter.com/KqjcsVgLRn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 17, 2019last_img read more

FTSE 350 defined benefit pension deficit falls to £131bn

first_imgThe accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s largest 350 organisations fell from £134 billion at the end of May 2017 to £131 billion at 30 June 2017, according to research by Mercer.Its Pensions risk survey, which is based on projections and analysis of FTSE 350 organisations’ financial statements adjusted from their financial year end, also found that asset values fell by £11 billion to reach £738 billion at 30 June 2017, compared to £749 billion at the end of May 2017.Liability values fell by £14 billion from £883 billion at the end of May 2017 to £869 billion at the end of June 2017.Le Roy van Zyl (pictured), partner at Mercer, said: “The drivers affecting pension fund finances are still volatile. For example, towards the end of the month funding levels were supported significantly by improving long term interest rates. Given that we have had such improvements before, only for rates to subsequently deteriorate again, trustees and sponsors need to decide whether to lock in some of this good news. Some may have programmes in place already to de-risk as soon as conditions improve, but these are quite possibly out of date.“With changes in economic outlook, developments in a sponsor’s financial position, and the fluctuating attractiveness of other sources of risk, a different de-risking action may be appropriate. Indeed, it may be appropriate to replace a scheduled action with another that better fits the current circumstances and views. Under an integrated risk management framework it is important that regular review takes place across the range of areas being pursued.”last_img read more

Reno man gets 39 life sentences on 39 child sexual abuse charges

first_imgRENO, Nev. (WSVN) — A Nevada judge sentenced a Reno man to 39 life sentences, one for each count of child sexual abuse he was accused of, prosecutors said.Forty-five-year-old Valentin Corrales was found guilty of 39 counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14, sexual assault of a child, and sexual assault in December 2016.According to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, Corrales sexually abused four children over a 25-year span.At sentencing, Judge Elliott Sattler imposed 39 life sentences against Corrales, ordering that they all be served consecutively. He is not eligible for parole.In February 2015, a 19-year-old victim reported to police that she had been a victim of sexual abuse by Corrales for the last 13 years.An investigation followed revealing additional victims whose years of abuse went back to 1994. All victims reported the sexual abuse started when they were approximately 6 or 7 years old.During closing arguments, prosecutor Nicole Hicks argued that Corrales’ motivation in life was to create “unrestricted, unfettered and unlimited access to child victims.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UHaul truck stolen from North Miami business

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who were caught on camera literally breaking into a U-Haul store in North Miami and taking off with a pickup truck.Surveillance video captured the burglars as they used a sledgehammer to break through a wall at the business, located along Northwest Seventh Avenue and 128th Street, Monday morning.Investigators said the duo then stole the truck.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Indias lowcaste workers create Mumbai chaos

first_imgMany businesses in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai closed on Wednesday as protesters from a low-caste community blocked traffic and shopping malls and staged sit-ins on railway lines after clashes with right-wing Hindus.The call for a general strike across the western state of Maharashtra led to largely peaceful protests, but life in many parts of Mumbai was disrupted with Dalits pelting buses with stones and deflating tires in some areas. Railway lines and some major roads leading into the city were blocked.The Dalits, who rank at the bottom in India’s ancient caste hierarchy, called the strike in protest against attacks from right-wing groups in the city of Pune on Monday. The strike shut businesses and schools in Mumbai and other cities across the state.“The government didn’t arrest the perpetrators of violence in Pune. Hindu group members were beating Dalits and the police were just watching from afar,” said protester Sandeep Kamble. “We are demanding the arrest of the culprits.”The protest came a day after thousands of Dalits hurled stones and caused traffic disruption across Mumbai. Dalits have been ostracized by upper-caste Hindus for centuries for jobs they deemed as impure, such as garbage pickers and tannery workers.Those protests followed celebrations by Dalits in Pune, 150 km (95 miles) from Mumbai, on the 200th anniversary of a battle they won, fighting alongside British colonial forces, against an upper-caste ruler. Those celebrations were disrupted by right wing Hindu groups and a 28-year-old man was killed in the clashes, according to the state government.In parts of the Mumbai suburb of Thane, officials banned the assembly of crowds, small or large, to control protesters, who disrupted road and rail services during the morning rush hour.Schools were closed in some cities and internet service was down in places to restrict social media access and the spread of rumors.Fleet taxis, along with cab hailing services like Uber and Ola, were also largely off the roads in Mumbai on Wednesday. Several offices asked employees to work from home.last_img read more

Mayor Announces Inaugural Forum on Reducing African American Homicides

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for a community dialogue on reducing African-American homicides and increasing the number of mentors available to young Black males in Baltimore City. “My goal is to convene community leaders and experts and let us all work together to discuss what’s working, what we need to improve, and hopefully have a conversation about new ideas and approaches that will be helpful,” Rawlings-Blake said during a March 16 press conference at City Hall.The conversation the mayor referenced will begin Tuesday, March 24 at the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant’s Empowerment Temple. The forum’s speakers include Bryant; Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts; Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd Council District); Selwyn Ray, senior vice president of community engagement for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake; and Munir Bahar, founder of COR Community and the 300 Men March Movement.The mayor also announced that the city will be recruiting men to serve as mentors, tutors, and job training coaches in order to connect them with existing organizations looking for additional help. “We want to have some large conversations and some small ones at homes and community meetings all throughout Baltimore’s neighborhoods,” said Rawlings-Blake. “Individually, none of us have all the answers, but I believe that, working together, we can make a real difference in our community. This issue is too important for us to fall short.”During the press conference, the mayor avoided references to ‘Black on Black crime’ contained in her mention of this effort during last week’s State of the City address. Rawlings-Blake received some criticism for characterizing the problem of violence in Baltimore in those terms, with some arguing that language blames Black people and ignores broader, structural issues that contribute to or drive violence.Batts, joining the mayor at the press conference, said, “There are [violent crimes] over disrespect. When you don’t have a lot to hold onto in the world, and those little things are taken away from you, you hold onto them tight and it results in violence. And I think those outcries, or those acts of violence are outcries of pain, and there’s pain in different parts of our community, so how we address that becomes critical.”Scott also spoke at the press conference, directly addressing criticism of the mayor, saying, “We know there are lots of other issues, of course. I’m a young Black man in America, I know that racism still exists. I know that every day when I wake up I have to be 10 times better than my White counterparts in the same age group. But, with that being said, it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. We can work on both issues, and this issue is just as important as the other.”Speaking to reporters after the announcement, Scott said part of the reason mentorship initiatives geared towards Black males are so important is because structural racism has made Whites the principal and problematic source of depictions of Black masculinity for many Black youth. “What we have to realize, and this is something that folks don’t like to talk about – especially with these young Black men – the images of Black men in America have not changed since Birth of a Nation, right?” said Scott. “And Black men aren’t in control of those images. Folks believe that Black folks are in charge of Hip Hop, but they’re not. Folks believe that Blacks are in charge of the images that they see on TV or hear on radio but they’re not. And the question has to be asked, why is it that those images haven’t changed, they’ve just been modified? . . . It’s the same image just redone overtime and systematically it keeps the belief to these young Black men, they grow up thinking that that’s all they can be.”The Mayor’s forum begins at 6 p.m. March 24 at Empowerment Temple, 4217 Primrose Ave., Baltimore, Md.last_img read more

Petition to get GTA V released on PC reaches over 65000 supporters

first_imgWith all the crazy mods that are available for GTA IV (see above), you’d think that Rockstar would know by now that PC gamers are big fans of Grand Theft Auto. Even so, the company is not planning on releasing the upcoming GTA V on PC.As a response to Rockstar’s spurning of computer gamers there is now a petition to get GTA V released on the PC. The petition, set up by Mike Julliard, aims to get 100,000 signatures and it’s already over halfway there, with over 65,000 supporters (at the time this post went live). The main reason for the petition is to show Rockstar just how many people want to see GTA V on PC.Rockstar hasn’t entirely ruled out GTA V getting a PC or Wii U release in the future, in fact Dan Houser, a vice president at Rockstar games, said that everything was up for consideration and a port could be on the cards. PC fans might not be happy with just a port though, as reflected in some of the comments on the petition.Many people would agree that it doesn’t make sense for Rockstar to skip a PC release — it would make them a lot of money as well as keep fans happy. Plus everyone wants to see what the modders come up with next. Of course the company will have to balance those two factors with the additional development costs, tradeoffs (would this delay DLC on the primary releases?), the quality of the final product (presumably they would need to rush it out the door), and any concerns the might have about piracy.There’s no official release date for GTA V on PS3/Xbox 360 yet so it’s too early to rule out a PC version, but a petition with a serious amount of backers never did any harm. Once the petition reaches 100,000 signatures it’s going to be pretty tough for Rockstar to ignore it, especially considering that those 100,000 people could be seen as the vocal minority.Petition at Change.org, via CVGlast_img read more

Laptop juices smartphone in Intel demo at Computex w Video

first_img(Phys.org) — Intel sees a future where you simply, wirelessly, use your laptop to charge your phone. To prove its point, Intel pulled off a proof-of-concept charging feat this week at Computex where a laptop wirelessly powered a smartphone positioned alongside the computer. To demonstrate its action, Intel used an Acer Aspire laptop with a Samsung smartphone. The computer was shown as having a plug-in transmitter module on its right side, for the charging. The compatible phone, with its receiver placed alongside the laptop transmitter, started charging. A ping sound and notification confirm the connection has been made and the process is in effect. Explore further Citation: Laptop juices smartphone in Intel demo at Computex (w/ Video) (2012, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-laptop-juices-smartphone-intel-demo.html 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. Power instantly begins to flow from the laptop to the phone. How long would the exercise take to get a phone working? The demo rep was heard in the video saying “Bring it into your meeting, and by the end of the meeting, you have enough to go for the rest of the day.”Intel claims to be able to deliver up to three watts of power via the system, which is considered as more than enough to charge most mobile devices.While a knee-jerk reaction may be one of high hopes that this will be commercialized soon so that you need not lug around a phone charger when mobile, some tech watchers say to think twice. They are raising interesting questions about how useful this proof of concept may be. In fact, they suggest that possible power downsides could render the inconvenience of carrying around a phone charger trivial. Questions are raised about how much battery life might be sapped from the laptop to power the phone. As Technology Review comments, one may be put in a zero sum game if the phone is drawing down battery power from the laptop. Intel at Computex had earlier drawn visitors toward another charging demo, this time showing an easy charging option for a wireless keyboard. All one would need to do is place the keyboard on the base of the computer and it would begin charging. The user touches the base of the PC to activate the ability of the keyboard. There was no word on production versions. An Intel spokesperson said that the company has considered porting the technology over to other accessories.center_img More information: via The Verge NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

Taking society by its horn

first_imgWhile the world waits for apocalypse to strike on 21 December, Sundeep Sharma wants to make each person muqaddar ka sikander. How? As the song lyrics suggest, the one who dies laughing is the king of his destiny.Under Banana Republican Comedy Party for Mango people, Sharma is all set to present his first solo comedy stand-up. He plans to take on everyone from international politicians to the drama unfolding in India and how in the recent few years the character of Delhi men have stooped lower than the floorboards of the DTC buses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘To begin with, this show is not about boyfriend-girlfriend, sex, period stereotypes. It is a show with a deep insight into our social and political system,’ said Sundeep.The show will be hosted by two other known comedians in the Delhi circuit — Nishant Joke Singh and desi Jatt Yadvinder Singh Brar. Both will steer the show in English and Hinglish.‘The show is about the insights of a small town guy who has spent 12 years in Delhi and now divides his time between Delhi and Mumbai. After working for more than a decade as a voiceover artiste, I started performing at different pubs in Delhi and Mumbai and this show is my first brave attempt at performing in an auditorium full of people and cracking a few laughs,’ he added optimistically. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf the catastrophe is not enough, the man will face direct competition from the superstar of Bollywood with Dabangg 2 releasing the same day. Is he optimistic about footfalls? ‘Well, all the best to bhaijaan. I know I will surpass him easily and as a mark of respect will watch the film after my show,’ he joked.Sharma also wants to bring in the recent gangrape element to strike a chord. ‘To pay homage to the recent heinous gangrape, I will cover my mic with a black cloth and perform my act, which has both laughable moments and some introspective analysis of human nature,’ Sharma said.DETAILAt: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, near Mandi House When: 21 December Timings: 7.50 pm onwards Tickets: Available on bookmyshow.comlast_img read more

Hospital opens dental clinic offers free implant surgeries

first_imgKolkata: Dental patients, who need implants, will now get free of cost treatment at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital as a new dental implant clinic has started functioning on the hospital campus.Doctors from the department of Prosthodontia, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the department of Periodontia will treat the patients at the new dental clinic at the hospital. Since March 2, when the clinic was officially inaugurated, senior doctors from all the three departments conducted dental implant surgeries on 12 patients. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataArtificial teeth would be implanted replacing those which have been damaged owing to various causes. There may be a single implant or multiple implants as determined by the expert doctors of the hospital. Dr Tirthankar Debnath, assistant professor, department of Periodontia and Public Health dentistry said the whole process of dental implant might take about four months and the process would be conducted in various phases. According to Dr Debnath, there are two aspects of dental implant — mechanical and biological. A titanium base would be implanted as a Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateroot on jawbone and an artificial teeth made of ceramic would be fitted on the titanium base. “The teeth would be implanted a couple of months after the titanium base is fitted on the patients’ jaw so that the base becomes a permanent part of the jaw through Osseointegration. It is a process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of the jaw. I t maintains the structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. When the titanium base is cemented with the jaw, it is desirable to implant the metal ceramic teeth,” Dr Debnath said. Using dental implant the patients will be able to use the teeth almost like an original one. The patients can make the use implanted teeth up to 95 per cent naturally, an expert said. According to sources, a patient would have to pay anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 for a single implant at private establishments depending on the quality of the implants. While Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is conducting the surgeries free of cost. The Mamata Banerjee government has carried out major infrastructure reforms in the state-run hospitals where the patients are availing best treatment free of cost. Dr Raju Biswas, a member of Dental council of India, said: “We are thankful to the Chief Minister for her support and motivation towards the newly inaugurated implant clinic at the hospital. In an era of scientific advancement, implants are essentials for all the patients undergoing dental extraction.”last_img read more

Chrome performance optimizations on Windows

first_imgChrome performance optimizations on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on October 31, 2016 in Google Chrome – 7 commentsGoogle announced today that the company’s Chrome 53 web browser is up to 15% faster on Windows thanks to a technique called Profile Guided Optimizations.The improvement comes from making use of Microsoft’s Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) technology that Google implemented in Chrome 53 and 54.Profile Guided Optimization uses results of profiling test runs of a program to optimize source code before final compilation and distribution.Chrome is not the first web browser to support Profile Guided Optimization. An entry on the Mozilla Developer Network indicates that Firefox has been supporting PGO for builds since 2013.Chrome performance optimizations on WindowsGoogle’s use of Profile Guided Optimization on Windows builds of Chrome has the following effect on the browser:Startup time of Google Chrome: 16.8% faster.Page load time: 5.9% faster.New tab page load time: 14.8% faster.Google explains how PGO helped its developers create a faster browser on Windows:Chrome is a huge software project with more than a million functions in its source code. Not all functions are equal – some are called frequently, while others are rarely used. PGO uses data from runtime execution that track which functions are most common to guide optimization.To gather this data, the nightly build process now produces a special version of Chrome that tracks how often functions are used. PGO then optimizes those high-use functions for speed, in some cases increasing the binary size of those functions. To balance out that increase, PGO also optimizes less-used functions with smaller, though slightly slower code. These trade-offs result in higher overall performance, and a smaller overall code footprint.PGO also optimizes the memory location of the code, moving rarely-used functions away from frequently-used ones in memory.  This results in more optimal use of the CPU instruction cache by avoiding caching of less-used code, increasing overall performance. There are many other tricks that PGO uses to make Chrome faster, and they add up to great results.To explain it in simple terms: PGO analyzes how a test version of Chrome performs and tracks various functions to find out which functions are of high importance and which are not. It then provides those information to the actual build process of the Chrome browser that uses the information to optimize it.The 64-bit version of Google Chrome for Windows utilizes PGO since version 53, the 32-bit version of Chrome for Windows since version 54.While the improvement is significant from a statistical point of view, it is unclear if users will notice the improvements  unless Chrome’s startup, page load time or new tab page load time was significantly slower than the average to begin with.Now You: Did you notice performance improvements when running Chrome?SummaryArticle NameChrome performance optimizations on WindowsDescriptionGoogle announced today that the company’s Chrome 53 web browser is up to 15% faster on Windows thanks to a technique called Profile Guided Optimizations.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more