In its first iteration, Google’s Android Wear software for computerised wristwatches isn’t so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification.The Samsung Gear Live is an Android Wear smartwatch.Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year’s smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can’t.But the new software should help rein in a marketplace of confusion and encourage app developers to extend smartwatch functionality, the way they have made smartphones even smarter.In previous watches, each manufacturer modified Android in a different way, so software developers have had to spend a lot of time customizing their apps. It’s typically not worth the bother because no single watch has enough users. To confound the problem, Samsung’s second-generation smartwatch, out in April, doesn’t use Android at all, but rather a fledging system called Tizen.A man wears a Moto 360, an Android Wear smartwatch, on the demo floor at Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco.With Android Wear, software developers won’t have to rewrite apps every time a new watch from Samsung, Sony or another manufacturer comes out. And collectively, there might be enough smartwatch users to lure developers.In fact, developers should have an easier time with Android Wear than Android phones. Phone manufacturers had customized Android so much that apps sometimes didn’t work. Android on phones felt like dozens of different operating systems. With smartwatches, manufacturers will pretty much take the software Google gives them and limit customization to hardware, choices of watch face and apps that come pre-installed.advertisementI’ll have more to say on the first two watches, Samsung’s $199 Gear Live and LG’s $229 G Watch, in a separate review later. I used both to test Android Wear, and this review is about that.Android Wear requires a companion smartphone running Android 4.3 or later. That covers Kit Kat and the later versions of Jelly Bean, but according to Google’s own stats, only about a quarter of Android devices have either. For a variety of reasons, many recent phones can’t be upgraded. And of course, no iPhones.The companion phone doesn’t have to be from the same manufacturer as the watch. With both watches, I was able to use Motorola’s Moto G phone from November, Samsung’s Galaxy S III phone from 2012 and LG’s G3, which is coming to the U.S. this summer.After getting or updating some free apps on your phone, you need to link the watch and the phone wirelessly using Bluetooth.Most of your interactions with the watch are by voice, similar to using Google Now on Android phones and Siri on iPhones. You can scroll through a short menu of functions, but it’s primarily there as suggestions and isn’t comprehensive. To activate the voice function, just tap on the watch face or say “OK, Google.” You can ask the watch to set an alarm, check your calendar or send a reminder.You can’t use the watch as a speakerphone for calls, the way previous Samsung smartwatches allowed. But you can make calls or answer ones that come in. The call still goes through the phone, but that’s not a problem if you have a Bluetooth headset.You can send texts by dictating a message or using canned ones such as “Yes,” ”No,” or “On my way.” You can’t add your own prewritten response, the way you can on Samsung’s previous watches. Android Wear also lets you send and receive emails and read Facebook notifications. I sent myself a draft of this story and was able to read all of it on the watch. If you prefer using the phone, there’s a button you can tap to have the message automatically open there.The watches can also keep track of your daily steps, and Samsung’s has a heart rate monitor. These tasks and the clock functions are about all you can do without the phone nearby.Where Android Wear advances smartwatch technology is in navigation. As long as the phone is nearby, you can get turn-by-turn directions on the watch. While walking down the street, you can look at your wrist and avoid having to constantly pull the phone out of your pocket. Sony’s SmartWatch 2 has a maps app, but it doesn’t work as well as Google’s.Beyond that, the watch offers the types of notifications you’d get through Google Now on the phone, if you’ve turned that feature on. That includes local weather, birthday reminders and scores for your favorite sports teams. While jogging to work Tuesday morning, Android Wear even offered nearby bus stops in case I wanted to cheat.advertisementOf course, I can simply pull out my phone for all that. Android Wear is supposed to make your life better by displaying relevant information on your wrist, rather than in your pocket.But you still need the phone nearby, and the voice recognition feature doesn’t always hear me correctly.Android Wear isn’t quite there yet as a must-have product, but I can only imagine what it will evolve into in the months and years ahead. It helps that there’s now a unified system that software developers can focus on improving.
AdvertisementGuard C.J. Williams is expected to be waived by the Los Angeles Clippers, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.He averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 38 games for the Clippers. Williams appeared in 16 games for the team’s G League affiliate in Ontario, California, averaging 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.The 28-year-old ended up playing a quality supporting role in Los Angeles next season, averaging 5.5 points per game off the bench, and he should be able to latch onto another franchise before the start of training camp.Sources: Clippers are expecting to waive forward CJ Williams soon. He joined the Clippers on 2-way contract last season. He played in 38 games, 18 starts. He should be able to find NBA job. Clippers roster will be at 17 after this move, but just 16 contracts are guaranteed— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 26, 2018C.J. Williams, who went unselected in the 2012 NBA Draft, played abroad before finally seeing his dream of stepping on an NBA court come true when he signed a two-way contract with the Clippers last year.Williams played in France, Greece and Italy and in the G League before signing with the Clippers last October. The 28-year-old guard played four years at North Carolina State.The NBA training camps won’t start until September, so there’s still plenty of time for Williams to find work in the league. Advertisement
an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) Inshorts Bags Best Innovative Mobile App Award at IAMAI 6th India Digital Awards NEW DELHI, February 15, 2016/PRNewswire/ — Inshorts [http://www.inshorts.com ] – Indias highest rated news app has achieved yet another feat by being recognized as the Best Innovative Mobile App in India by Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) at the recently held 6th India Digital Awards in New Delhi. More than 500 Internet, mobile and digital marketing companies participated in this years India Digital Awards. Inshorts app was launched in November 2014 by the trio of IITians – Azhar Iqubal, Anunay Arunav and Deepit Purkayastha. The app summarizes news stories into 60 words letting you to know the crux of the news without reading through the entire piece. The stories are carefully selected into important categories like national, politics, sports, international, business and entertainment by an efficient editorial team, to ensure readers do not miss anything important and significant to know. It also allows readers to scan through their preferred section and pick the story of their choice to read. Needless to say, the synopsis offers a link leading to the entire story if desired. Know more: http://bit.ly/1KdrPzn. Celebrating the proud moment, Azhar Iqubal, Co-Founder & CEO, Inshorts said, “We are delighted to have won this prestigious IAMAI award. Our focus has been on providing a holistic experience in relevant news reading and sharing. The award will surely strengthen our endeavour to better the experience of the users and create a more engaging environment for our patrons.” The 10th India Digital Summit was held on 9th and 10th February 2016. Organized by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the summit is the largest annual gathering of the digital industry in India where stakeholders meet to discuss measures and solutions to the challenges. more PRNewswire GSVadvertisement
NEW YORK – They don’t look like the lowly losers of last month. The New York Knicks are playing as if it’s last season — when they even had mighty Miami’s number.Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the Knicks beat the Heat 102-92 on Jan. 9 for their season-high third straight victory. “You can tell it’s different than one month ago,” Bargnani said. “Our faces are different, our body language is different.”Raymond Felton had 13 points and 14 assists for the Knicks, who seized control with a 16-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and beat the Heat for the fourth time in five meetings over the last two seasons.New York was second to Miami in the Eastern Conference last season when it won the series 3-1, but there was little reason to suggest until recently the Knicks were ready to compete with the NBA champions this season. New York is 13-22 but has won four of five in 2014, with victories over San Antonio and Miami — last season’s NBA finalists.“It wasn’t going to last all season like that,” Felton said. “We were just going through a slump, now I feel like we’re out of it.”With Tyson Chandler out sick and J.R. Smith stuck on the bench as an apparent punishment, Amare Stoudemire had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.LeBron James scored 32 points for the Heat, who played without injured starters Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier and didn’t get much from Chris Bosh, who was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting.“All I know about this game is they outplayed us and they earned that win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Dwyane Wade scored 23 points but missed all six free throws after sitting out the morning shootaround as Miami had its three-game winning streak snapped. “I only missed six,” Wade said. “I didn’t miss 20. It wasn’t that damn bad.”Smith didn’t play after the reigning Sixth Man of the Year’s latest trouble, a $50,000 fine when he attempted to untie an opponent’s sneaker for the second straight game, after he’d been warned by the NBA not to do it again.Knicks coach Mike Woodson criticized Smith’s behavior during a radio interview but said before the game he wouldn’t discuss Smith any longer.But the benching did the speaking for him. Smith often stood far away from the huddle during timeouts, but his teammates sure didn’t miss him on the court.Woodson again wouldn’t comment after the game, but no Knicks player, not even Smith, seemed to know he wouldn’t play.“I didn’t know anything about it,” Smith said. “I expected to do the same thing I always do. I did my same routine and it didn’t happen.”Though the roster is different and the results are way worse, Woodson said before the game he believed the things that worked so well against the Heat last season could still do so, and for this night he was right as New York shot 54 percent from the field.“We’re moving forward,” Anthony said. “We’re taking strides. We’re getting better. We’re learning from our mistakes we’ve made in the past and we’re going to continue to build on this and see what happens.”The Knicks surged into the lead late in the third. Bargnani answered back quickly after James blew by him for a dunk, converting a three-point play to tie it and ignite a 9-0 spurt that helped New York lead 75-71 entering the final 12 minutes.New York ran off seven in a row to open the fourth, making it 82-71 on Stoudemire’s basket, and there was never really a run for the Heat, who couldn’t get closer than five from there.“They played a great game,” James said. “They made some timely shots.”The Heat were opening a six-game trip, but the start of it couldn’t be more convenient. They are just a few miles away Friday to visit Brooklyn in a game in which players from both teams will wear nicknames on their jerseys.But the best they can do is salvage a New York split, even after shooting 54 percent in this one.Miami scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 27-21 lead. The Knicks scored 11 in a row early in the second, but Rashard Lewis made two 3-pointers from the corner in the final 1:11 to help the Heat grab a 48-43 halftime edge.Notes: James played in his 800th career game. … The Heat return to New York on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl just across the river in New Jersey.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Dipa Karmakar on Wednesday pulled out of the artistic team finals after a career-threatening knee injury flared up again at the 2018 Asian Games being held in Jakatara.Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisweswar Nandi clarified that the move was a cautionary one keeping her chances in the beam finals in mind.”…there was risk of a dangerous injury, so she could not be her best. We will give her rest from the team event but she will definitely do well in (balancing) beam finals,” Bisweswar Nandi told PTI.Asked if competing in beam finals will affect the knee adversely, Nandi said, “No, the landing is not hard on balancing beam.”A sobbing Dipa blamed it on a jerk felt during the ‘podium practice’ and insisted she will strive to make up for the lost opportunity by shining in the balancing beam finals.READ – Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts make progress at Asian Games @DipaKarmakar first vault from @asiangames2018 Women’s Gymnastics Qualifications. .#IndianGymnastics #Gymnastics pic.twitter.com/MGdev8sGPCIndian Gymnastics (@IndianGymnastic) August 21, 2018Dipa, who attained global fame attempting the death-defying ‘Produnova’ vault at a stage no less than Olympics for a fourth-place finish in 2016, could not even qualify for her pet event at the Asian Games.”I felt jerk during podium training. I could not do my best. I had trained hard for this,” Dipa said.After the high of Rio, Dipa remained out of action due to a knee injury and had made a comeback only recently at the World Challenge Cup in Mersin Turkey, where she won a gold in vault.advertisementIt was her first event after undergoing an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai, last year in July. She was forced to skip the Commonwealth Games too.Nandi said Dipa was inconsolable after failing to qualify.”She said, vault is my identity, what will people say? I told her that it was not her fault but she was very upset. She did not have dinner last night and now she is refusing to breakfast too,” Nandi said.Explaining how the injury flared up, Nandi said, “On Monday she started feeling a jerk in her knee while landing. The surface here is hard and the one in Delhi was soft (foam) which would absorb the jerk.”We consulted the IOA doctor here and he advised that she should not push, otherwise it will aggravate.”Despite the heartbreak, Dipa can take solace from the fact that she is the first Indian gymnast to qualify for beam finals at the Asian Games.Nandi said she will consult Dr Anant Joshi, who is conducted her ACL surgery, after returning to India but he is confident that Dipa will make a comeback soon.”It’s a jerk and a two-week rest would be enough. We just did not want to aggravate the injury, so speed had to be compromised. She will be back and soon.(With inputs from PTI)
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley’s college football career has been marred by injury. The talented senior missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL, and missed most of last season with an ankle injury. According to reports, Scott-Wesley went down at practice again with what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury. That’s never a good sign.Hard to tell on severity, minor or major, but WR Justin Scott-Wesley hurt his right knee during media viewing of practice.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmersonAJC) August 17, 2015While media was just viewing, Justin Scott-Wesley went down with whats looks like it COULD BE (key words) a serious knee injury. #UGA— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) August 17, 2015The Athens Banner-Herald caught the play on which Scott-Wesley was injured on video. Scott-Wesley underwent a knee surgery back in early July, and Georgia had excitedly posted a picture of his return to practice on Instagram earlier this month. We really hope this latest issue isn’t serious.[SDS]
Press Release, October 2, 2014 zoom Two Passing Containerships on the ElbeGerman Federal Administrative Court has decided to postpone decision on expansion of Elbe river that would allow the port of Hamburg to welcome bigger ships. Port of Hamburg Marketing Executive Board Members Axel Mattern and Ingo Egloff issued the following statements on the ocassion:“We respect the decision announced today by the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) in Leipzig on the deepening and widening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe. A final decision can only be taken when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has clarified questions still outstanding on the so-called prohibition of deterioration and desirability of improvement embodied in the European Water Framework Directive. These questions will be resolved by spring 2015 in connection with complaints against a deepening of the River Weser.The FAC also emphasized, however, that while the environmental compatibility assessments in respect of the fauna/flora done for the planning approval for the deepening of the navigation channel of the Lower and Outer Elbe exhibit various shortcomings, in its opinion these can be overcome and should not lead to a lifting of the said approval.We regret that once again time will be lost and that no decisive relaxation of the restrictions of ship draft and breadth currently in force can yet be implemented.More than ten years of planning and authorization procedures have been a difficult time for the port’s customers, shipping companies and firms operating in the port.The primary objective remains the rapid and carefully implementation of expansion measures. With seaborne cargo throughput of more than 140 million tons and annual container handling of over 9,000,000 TEU, Hamburg is the Northern European hub optimally located for handling worldwide cargo flows and transport chains in seaborne foreign trade.Against the background of an increasing number of calls by mega-ships, access from the sea via the Elbe is of vital importance for the Port of Hamburg and the companies based there and in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. More than 150,000 jobs are linked with the port. Distinctly improved accessibility is also urgently needed for all those industrial and trading concerns engaged in worldwide foreign trade that use Germany’s largest universal port for their exports and imports.”
zoom The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has granted Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for Wärtsilä’s Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System (BWMS).This allows all U.S. and foreign flag ships fitted with this system to operate in U.S. territorial waters and to discharge treated ballast water for an interim period of up to five years from the ship specific implementation date. AMS acceptance is the first stage towards obtaining full USCG type approval. Wärtsilä anticipates having all activities necessary to gain full U.S. type approval completed within the five year interim period.When ratified, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention will require the owners of up to 40,000 vessels worldwide to install a BWMS. However, the USCG has already implemented legislation requiring compliance with the regulations covering discharges from ships when sailing in U.S. coastal waters. The intention of the legislation is to address the issue of invasive aquatic species being carried in the ballast water of ships and then discharged to the sea where they could possibly harm local species.The IMO ratification requires support from 35% of the world’s merchant shipping tonnage. Japan and Turkey recently ratified the ballast water convention, meaning that contracting countries now represent 32.54%, just 2.5% short of the necessary tonnage. Ratification is, therefore, expected within the near future.Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV BWMS was earlier granted USCG AMS acceptance. Orders were recently received for 12 Aquarius UV systems to be installed in six new bulk carriers currently under construction in Japan. The AMS approval process for the Aquarius EC has taken longer than that of the UV system as it uses an active substance to treat the ballast water. The testing procedures are, therefore, more stringent.The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS uses a two-stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination (EC). During uptake, seawater is first passed through a 40 micron backwashing screen filter to remove particulate, sediment, zooplankton and phytoplankton. Disinfection of the filtered sea water is then carried out using hypochlorite generated from the side stream EC process, and controlled by the BWMS control system. Upon discharge, the ballast water by-passes the filter and any residual active substance is neutralised using sodium bisulphite, to ensure that the ballast water is safe to discharge back to the sea in full compliance with MARPOL requirements.Press Release
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has confirmed its options for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for Norwegian Cruise Line.Scheduled for delivery in 2026 and 2027, the 140,000 gross ton newbuildings will be able to accommodate 3,300 passengers and will have a length of around 300 meters.The ships are part of a contract Norwegian Cruise Line signed with Fincantieri in 2017 for the construction of 4+2 cruise vessels.“These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild program and strong growth trajectory well into the future,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.This next-generation class of ships will build upon the brand’s most recent Breakaway Plus Class ships. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. The smaller footprint will also broaden deployment opportunities around the world, as explained by the company.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands which have a combined fleet of 26 ships.With today’s announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for a total of eight vessels for delivery through 2027. The company will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.
EDMONTON — Carbon-tax-fighting governments in Alberta and Saskatchewan say they have no plans to follow Ontario’s lead and force gas stations to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has set Aug. 30 as a deadline for stations to have the stickers posted or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.The stickers say the federal carbon tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline, which will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney’s office says his government is focused on a court challenge of the federal tax.A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the government has no plan to make the stickers mandatory.The federal government has imposed a carbon tax on Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because they opted not to bring in their own carbon pricing, and plans to do so in Alberta in the new year.Ottawa has promised to rebate much of the money collected directly to taxpayers in each of those provinces.In a statement, Kenney’s office said Alberta drivers already know the effects of a carbon tax on gasoline prices, because the previous NDP government had one that Kenney’s government repealed.“We are challenging the federal government’s constitutional authority to impose Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, and are confident in our case. That is our focus at this time,” the statement said.A statement from Moe’s spokesman was brief.“Saskatchewan has no plans to mandate operators to display stickers showing the cost of the carbon tax on gas prices,” said Jim Billington.Legislation making the stickers mandatory in Ontario was included in the budget bill. The cost of printing 25,000 decals was pegged at about $5,000 and does not include the price of distributing them to the province’s 3,200 gas stations.The plan has been criticized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has said its members have expressed concerns regarding the political nature of the stickers.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna blasted the stickers in a Facebook post Wednesday.“This is just par for the course for a government wasting taxpayers’ dollars to fight climate action instead of climate change,” she wrote.“And now they are impeding the free speech of small-business owners.”The Canadian Press
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, April 26, 2017 – CTV along with producing partners Big Light Productions and Blue Ice Pictures announced today that production has wrapped on THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, following international production in Cape Town, South Africa and Mumbai, India earlier this year. The four-part, one-hour, comedic drama, starring international comedy sensation Russell Peters in his first scripted TV series, is set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2017/18 schedule.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father, Stanley (Anupam Kher), in Mumbai. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where despite his heritage, he is an outsider.“Russell Peters is a comedic superstar,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “Following a series of successful international shoots in Cape Town and Mumbai, Russell returns home as production wraps in Toronto. We are thrilled to be working with such an exceptionally talented group of cast and producers to bring this fish-out-of-water police drama, mixed with Russell’s comedic voice, to life.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “I am thrilled to be working with the amazing Russell Peters and this incredible team,” said Frank Spotnitz, Big Light Productions. “This is a show with a huge heart that looks at different cultures with the kind of wit and insight that audiences around the world have come to expect from Russell.”“It is an honour to have developed and produced this international series with such renowned collaborators as Russell Peters, Frank Spotnitz and director Sandy Johnson,” said Executive Producers Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron of Blue Ice Pictures. “We are also thrilled to be making the show with our great partners at Bell Media. Beyond being a showcase for the inestimable talents and reach of Russell Peters, we are blessed with a wonderful international cast for this unique and wildly entertaining series.”“This production was truly representative of Russell’s commitment to diversity and the embracing of all cultures and orientations,” said Clayton Peters, Executive Producer, CPI Pictures. “I have never seen a crew and production team as reflective of those values as I have on THE INDIAN DETECTIVE.”As THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Peters is a charming, smart, ambitious Toronto cop of Indian heritage whose dreams of becoming a homicide detective are put on hold when he is unjustly suspended.Additional cast members also confirmed today include Canadian icon William Shatner (STAR TREK), who wrapped filming in Cape Town earlier this year playing a billionaire property developer from Toronto who may have ties to the criminal underworld.Additionally, award-winning actor and Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) stars as Stanley D’Mello, Doug’s father, a retired airline pilot who moved back to India after the death of his wife. He’s a lovable rascal, trying to reconnect with his son in his golden years. Christina Cole (Casino Royale. SUITS) plays Constable Robyn Gerner, Doug’s tough, beautiful all-Canadian partner. Mishqah Parthiepal (Snake Park) stars as Priya Sehgal, an earnest and dedicated lawyer, born into an upper-middle class family in Mumbai; Priya has chosen to dedicate herself to serving the legal needs of the poor of the Annapuri Slum.Equal doses comedy and high-stakes drama, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated Frank Spotnitz (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE X-FILES) of Big Light Productions and Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES) of Blue Ice Pictures.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is a co-production between Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, Wonder Films, and Bell Media. The series was created, executive produced, and written for Russell Peters by Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (HUNTED, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES). The series is directed by BAFTA award-winner Sandy Johnson (BENIDORM, JONATHAN CREEK) and produced by Trevor Hopkins (FORTITUDE, CUFFS). It is executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES), Wonder Films’ Mark Burton (Water, Tallulah), Russell Peters (HIP-HOP EVOLUTION), CPI Pictures’ Clayton Peters (Breakaway, RUSSELL PETERS VERSUS THE WORLD), and Paul Canterna. Co-executive producer is Sharon Remmer (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE).Production Executives for Bell Media are: Sarah Fowlie, who is Director, Original Programming, Comedy; Chris Kelley, Production Executive, Original Programming; and Corrie Coe, who is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. The project is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC).SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_TelevisionRussell Peters – @therealrussellpFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTVInstagram:@ctv_televisionAbout Big Light ProductionsAward-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz founded Big Light Productions in 2013 to create and oversee a diverse slate of international television series including drama, comedy, and documentaries, and has since become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe. The London and Paris-based production company’s projects include the acclaimed drama series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; RANSOM; MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE with Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, which set viewing records on Rai1 in Italy; CROSSING LINES (Season 3), and TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES (Season 2) for the U.S., Canada, and international markets. Spotnitz’s credits also include eight seasons of the hit series THE X-FILES and its two feature films, as well as HUNTED, STRIKE BACK, NIGHT STALKER, ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION, THE LONE GUNMEN, HARSH REALM, and MILLENNIUM. For more information, visit www.biglight.com.About Blue Ice PicturesBlue Ice Pictures is an international film production, development, and finance company based in Toronto with offices in London and South Africa. The company acquired Foundry Films to bolster its Canadian division and bought Out of Africa Entertainment to establish a production base in South Africa. Blue Ice Pictures is responsible for more than 60 hours of international television including MADIBA, which is currently in production starring Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, and David Harewood, the internationally acclaimed miniseries, THE BOOK OF NEGROES, starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., SINGLE LADIES, and feature films including The Bang Bang Club, Cairo Time, Inescapable, Lucky, October Gale and the multi-award winning documentary, Watermark, by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, as well as South Africa’s highest grossing film of all time, Schuks Shabalala’s Survival.About Wonder FilmsIndependent film Producer Mark Burton founded Wonder Films in 1995 to create and produce international independent film, and has made award-nominated, critically-praised features films all over the world. The company got its start helping to produce a number of Bollywood productions, working with international stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, and Sri Devi. The company’s acclaimed feature Water was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film; The Terrorist was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film; and Asoka, which was the first Hindi language film to be released through major U.S. theater circuits. Most recently, Burton executive produced The Young Messiah with Ocean Blue/1492 and the Sundance 2016 hit Talullah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney.About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Frank’s new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Twitter Advertisement
NEW YORK- UN is trying to push through a resolution to force the Syrian goverment to stop blocking aid getting to the more than nine million Syrians who urgently need it.A draft resolution by the UN Human Rights Committee demanding the Syrian government deliver aid to needy areas and waive bureaucratic impediments was accepted in the assembly’s committee by a vote of 123 – 13 with 46 abstentions – Russia and China voted against it .The resolution also mentioned the chemical attack in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus under rebel control which killed nearly 1800 people in August. The UN stress the attack was carried out “professionally from the regime-ruling area to the opponent’s area.” The resolution included lots of warning against human rights violation and also “condemns all violence, irrespective of where it comes from, and calls upon all parties to immediately put an end to all forms of violence, including terrorist acts and acts of violence or intimidation that may foment sectarian tensions, and to comply strictly with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law.”The resolution is expected to be in General Assembly as well but GA resolutions do not have binding like United Nations Security Council.Nearly 40 percent of the population are in need of urgent humanitarian aid says the UN Human Rights Committee.
16 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the people of Côte d’Ivoire to avoid any action that could cause renewed violence in the divided West African country after the Government and independent electoral authority were dissolved ahead of repeatedly delayed elections. The elections, intended to reunify a country split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002, were originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, have been continually postponed since, most recently from 29 November, and were slated for next month.“The Secretary-General urges the Ivorian people to remain calm and avoid resorting to any action that could cause renewed violence,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman last night.“He also calls on the Ivorian political leaders and other national stakeholders to exercise restraint, avoid measures that could return the country to instability, and resolve the current challenges related to the already repeatedly delayed elections through dialogue, within the framework of the Ouagadougou Peace Agreements,” it added, referring to a 2007 blueprint for political reconciliation forged in the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso.Mr. Ban and his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire Y. J. Choi are consulting with stakeholders, and Mr. Choi yesterday met with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro to stress the need to resolve mounting political tensions after voter registration was suspended and President Laurent Gbagbo dissolved the Government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).“I’m confident that with their refined sense of politics and culture of non-violence, Ivorians will be able to find a solution calmly and quickly,” Mr. Choi said.The UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which Mr. Choi also leads, was set up in 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections. Reauthorized repeatedly since then, most recently until 31 May, it currently comprises over 8,500 uniformed personnel, as well as 400 international civilian staff.
President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa will convene in conjunction with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High-Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a High-Level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism.The two-day High-Level meeting will offer a platform for Member States and faith leaders from around the world, along with other stakeholders, to discuss means of promoting tolerance and reconciliation, as well as to address challenges of countering radicalization and extremism.Day one of the meeting, 21 April, will consist of an opening session, a high-level plenary and an interactive panel discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss practical strategies to foster peaceful, inclusive societies and to counter the threat of radicalization and violent extremism.Day two, on 22 April, will be centred on interfaith dialogue, featuring high-level statements and an interactive panel discussion on the role of faith leaders in promoting tolerance for diversity, freedom of expression and human rights.Religious communities have followers across race, class, and gender. This meeting will be a powerful demonstration of how diverse communities can address common challenges.The outcome of the meeting will be a President’s summary highlighting salient points and key messages arising from the thematic debate.Staff members from across the UN system and representatives of Member States will be able to follow the proceedings of this exceptional High-Level event online.
Nearly 50 people were killed in the attack which António Guterres has condemned in the strongest terms, according to a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesman.Most were teenagers studying for university entrance exams.“Those responsible for this heinous attack must be held accountable. The targeting of civilians, in particular children, is unacceptable,” the statement said.Those responsible for this heinous attack must be held accountable. The targeting of civilians, in particular children, is unacceptable – UN Secretary-GeneralThe Security Council has joined Mr. Guterres in expressing sympathy to the families of the victims of what they described as “the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack.”The 15 ambassadors reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of motivation.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General is also urging warring parties in Afghanistan to step up efforts towards achieving peace following deadly fighting in Ghazni.António Guterres conveyed his condolences to families who have suffered from attacks by the Taliban, which launched an assault on the eastern city on Friday.At least 400 people have been killed in the siege, around a quarter of them civilians, according to media reports. The UN chief stated that the targeting of civilians and of civilian facilities are clear violations of international humanitarian law.He stressed the “urgent need” for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of talks between the sides to negotiate a sustainable peace. “The warring parties must do everything feasible to ensure that no civilians are further killed or injured by the fighting, and must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance so that it can reach Ghazni,” he added, according to a statement issued late on Wednesday by his spokesman.The Secretary-General also underlined that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, and called for a peaceful settlement to the fighting “in the interest of building a more stable and prosperous future for all Afghans.”
Leo travels to London to discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland The new Taoiseach will meet Theresa May at Downing Street today. 12,910 Views Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Jun 19th 2017, 11:00 AM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Share75 Tweet Email1 Such an arrangement is the best way of meeting the whole gamut of challenges posed to Ireland from by Brexit. He must also tell the British Prime Minister that her government cannot drag the North of Ireland out of the European Union against the democratically expressed wishes of the people. Sinn Féin’s leader in the North Michelle O’Neill meets Varadkar on Friday. Source: Sam BoalRegarding the Stormont talks, he insisted it was the DUP which is causing the impasse.“This process could be sorted today if firm time-framed commitments to implement existing agreements were given,” Adams said.The issues causing this impasse are not Sinn Féin issues. They are DUP issues, British government issues, and they are Irish government issues.Sinn Féin and the DUP both met Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Friday.Speaking to the media afterwards, DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was down to Sinn Féin whether an agreement could be reached to restore power-sharing.“It takes two to tango and we’re ready to dance,” Foster said.- With reporting from Daragh Brophy Read: UK seeks deal ‘like no other in history’ as Brexit talks kick offRead: Fianna Fáil accuses government of ‘ramming through’ Court of Appeal appointment As the representative of the Irish Government at the talks, I will do my utmost to support the parties in reaching an agreement which ensures that the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement is fully protected, that all of its institutions function effectively and fairly and that previous agreements are honourably implemented. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images 64 Comments I will spare no effort to fulfil the Government’s duty as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. Updated at 11amLEO VARADKAR IS set to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street today.Speaking in advance of his visit to London, the Taoiseach said he was “looking forward” to the meeting.“I want to renew the close bond and strong relations that exist between Ireland and the United Kingdom.“Among other things, we will discuss Northern Ireland and the need to re-establish devolved government, and Brexit, focusing on how we can avoid any adverse impact on the rights and freedoms of our citizens, on trade and the economy,” Varadkar said.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party are reopening talks aimed at restoring power sharing in Northern Ireland.New Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is also set to meet with Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire and all of the main political parties in Belfast.Formal talks between Britain and the European Union about the UK leaving the bloc will also begin today.The NorthA deadline of 29 June (next Thursday) has been set for the successful conclusion of the talks, and the restoration of power-sharing in the North.“There [are] 10 days within the lifetime of the current Assembly to secure the necessary agreement,” Coveney said in a statement this morning.If we needed any reminder of the urgency of having power-sharing institutions in Stormont, it is the coincidence of the Brexit negotiations beginning in Brussels today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 19 Jun 2017, 11:00 AM DUP leader Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds at Stormont. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesBrexitThe Brexit negotiations will first focus on three key issues, namely Britain’s exit bill (estimated by Brussels to cost around €100 billion); the rights of three million EU nationals living in Britain and one million Britons on the continent; and the status of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the talks taking place in Belfast, London and Brussels were all crucial to Ireland’s future.Varadkar’s London meeting, he said, “presents the new Taoiseach with the ideal opportunity to follow-through on his previous statements by standing up for all the people of the island of Ireland”.The Taoiseach must strongly make the case for the North to be designated special status with the European Union. http://jrnl.ie/3451393 By Órla Ryan Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The organisers of the Enosi Festival, that was held in Melbourne last weekend, have condemned the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC), and supporters of, for boycotting and advising the members of the Greek community to also boycott the festival. In a press release sent to Neos Kosmos this week, the organisers of Enosi have openly declared their disappointment in AMAC and supporters of, including the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis who they said has let himself “be used by … personal agendas”. The Enosi organisers said they were “disappointed” with AMAC for making this statement and said that they should be support “events that foster understanding through interaction”. Last week, Neos Kosmos published a letter by AMAC asking members of the Greek community of Melbourne to “avoid this event” as they objected to the idea of using tax-payer’s money to fund a “Greek-Turkish event”. However, the organisers of Enosi said AMAC’s open denouncement of the festival as a “Greek-Turkish event” revealed three things: “those that are behind the boycott, the real purpose of AMAC’s boycott call and AMAC’s ignorance at who Alawites are”. Alawites are a persecuted religious minority in Turkey whose form of Islam is heavily influenced by Orthodoxy and because of this, are treated as heretics by the Turkish state. “Enosi brought together Hellenes, Alawites and Lebanese” and festival organisers added that “annually, other nationalities will be invited all under the Hellenic banner.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – From a welcome reception at Kalooki’s in Blue Hills last night to this morning preparing for an all-day Trade show; the inaugural visit of a group of Jamaican-based companies and manufacturers, which arrived in the TCI yesterday is progressing well and the Trade Mission delegation is excited about a chance to dialogue with local stakeholders. During the InterCaribbean Airways hosted cocktail we spoke to Trevor Sadler, General Manager of InterCaribbean who shared this connection is a part of the company’s vision to link the northern Caribbean for pleasure and business.Trevor Sadler, GM, InterCaribbean Airways: “In order for trade to develop across the Caribbean, there has to be air service links to make these things happen for business to be able to do business with their neighboring country. In some cases I can get to the neighboring country if there was a flight but I didn’t have a Visa to go via the United States; so beginning to create air service links that allowed the countries to connect with one another without having to go through the United States was an enabler for many to begin to do business. In the case of the Jamaica’s Exporters Association, we worked with them to help identify what products or the possibilities, how we can then help them come to the market and so the dialogue with the Chamber began in order to establish opening those doors and today this culminated in this first trade mission between Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands.”A welcome to the TCI by the Chamber of Commerce President, E Jay Saunders and the country’s Finance and Investment Minister, Washington Missick came as guests savored the seafood cuisine and fine hospitality at Kalooki’s. Tonight a farewell gathering is set for Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Recommended for you Related Items:chamber of commerce, Intercaribbean Airways, jamaica trade mission, trevor sadler, washington missick Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In response to American Airline’s (AA) decision to back down, Travelport has announced it has removed the AA Booking Source Premium surcharge effective midnight 17 February 2011. “We welcome AA’s decision to remove its surcharges on bookings made through the Travelport GDS in markets outside of the US and Caribbean,” Travelport chief commercial officer Kurt Ekert said in a statement to e-Travel Blackboard. “This is good news for the travel industry and consumers alike.” Earlier this week AA managing director Theo Panagiotoulias said in a statement that the surcharge was proposed by the airline as a way to redeem “steep” fees imposed by Travelport. In the same statement the carried announced it has decided to revoke the proposal for the Booking Source Premium. “No bookings of American Airlines/American Eagle flight segments made using the Travelport GDSs will attract the Booking Source Premium, and no ADMs for the Booking Source Premium will be issued.”