Stones postpone North American tour as Jagger receives medical treatment

first_imgNEW YORK — The Rolling Stones are postponing their latest tour, including a show north of Toronto, so Mick Jagger can get medical treatment.The band announced Saturday that Jagger was told by doctors he cannot go on tour at this time.It gave no further details about the 75-year-old Jagger’s condition.However, the band did say the singer is expected to recover completely and will get back on stage as soon as possible.The Stones’ No Filter Tour was expected to start April 20 in Miami.The only Canadian date was June 29 at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 100 kilometres north of Toronto.Jagger tweeted on Saturday that he was “devastated” at having to postpone the tour,” but would be “working very hard to be back on stage.”“I really hate letting you down like this,” the singer said.Other planned stops were to include Jacksonville, Fla., Houston; the New Orleans Jazz Festival; Pasadena and Santa Clara in California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Foxborough, Mass., East Rutherford, N.J., and Chicago.The scheduled Canadian date was the last stop on the tour’s North American leg.Neither the Burl’s Creek venue nor the Canadian promoter, Republic Live, immediately responded to requests for comment. U.S. tour promoters AEG Presents and Concerts West advised ticketholders to hold on to their tickets because they would be valid for the rescheduled dates.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadians invited to fill out a survey on WHY they watch and

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement This past December, the CRTC published a reference document to help guide the consultation. It includes information and data on how and where Canadians consume content. The survey will help the CRTC understand the reasons behind these choices, such as:Why do many Canadians still watch traditional TV and listen to traditional radio?Why do some Canadians watch and listen online only?How important is programming made in Canada to Canadians?Canadians can participate by filling out the survey before January 31, 2018.They can also submit their comments using the reference document or on any other issues related to this process before February 13, 2018 by:filling out the online form;writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2; orsending a fax to (819) 994-0218.Report on future distribution modelsThis consultation arises from the Government’s request that the CRTC submit a report on future distribution models for Canadian programming, as well as its continued creation, production and distribution. The report is due by no later than June 1, 2018. From Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications CommissionOttawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)The CRTC has launched a survey to better understand why Canadians are consuming content in different ways. This survey is part of the CRTC’s consultation on the future of programming distribution in Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisement Quick FactsAs directed by the Governor-in-Council, the CRTC is seeking comments on:What programming distribution model(s) are likely to exist in the future?How and through whom will Canadians access their programming?To what extent these models will ensure a vibrant domestic market? Twitter Interested parties are also invited to submit studies or relevant research on these or related issues that could inform the CRTC. Advertisementlast_img read more

APTN makes Federal Court argument in human rights tribunal camera access fight

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN lawyer Bob Sokalski spoke about Tuesday about our efforts to take a camera into the hearing room for a federal Human Rights Tribunal.The case was filed two years ago by the First Nations Child Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.It alleges that First Nations Child Welfare organizations are being underfunded compared to child welfare organizations elsewhere.last_img

Security Council urges open elections in Africa to restore constitutional order

“The Security Council stresses the importance of expeditiously restoring constitutional order including through open and transparent elections,” according to a statement read by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for May. The Council also welcomed the preventive measures taken by the African Union (AU) and subregional organizations against unconstitutional changes of Government.In addition, it welcomed the efforts of the AU and subregional organizations to promote human rights, democracy and rule of law in Africa. 5 May 2009The Security Council today expressed its concern over the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government in some parts of Africa, and its negative impact on the economic and social welfare of the people and the development of affected countries. read more

Musician Bob Geldof visits Ethiopia on new UNfacilitated mercy mission

“What we have here is a much more complex emergency than the drought crisis of 20 years ago,” said Bjorn Ljungqvuist, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Representative in Ethiopia. “This time it is compounded by HIV/AIDS, which has weakened medical systems and coping ability at the family level. UNICEF is grateful for Bob Geldof’s visit right now because it will help draw global attention to the new mix of challenges we must overcome to build a more peaceful, stable world – a world that is truly fit for children.”Ethiopia is in the midst of a severe humanitarian emergency threatening some 14 million people, most of them children. Drought, flood, malnutrition, disease among children and HIV/AIDS are all part of the complex crisis. Ethiopia is also one of the five poorest countries in the world, with an estimated gross national income of just $100 a year per person.During his five-day visit, which began today in the capital of Addis Ababa, Mr. Geldof will see first-hand the challenges facing the country. The visit will enable him to witness the current humanitarian crisis and explore the longer-term development challenges that are compounded by debt and trade disadvantages. He will visit UNICEF relief projects for children, speak with government officials and members of the diplomatic community, and meet with other key humanitarian players.One out of two children in Ethiopia suffers from chronic stunting, and many children die from preventable diseases, according to UNICEF. The visit will include stops at UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding centres in the south of the country and water projects and AIDS counselling centres for youth, where he will meet with the young Ethiopians at the forefront of tackling HIV. read more

Security Council West African leaders pledge full backing for Liberian peace process

Following a ministerial-level open briefing by senior officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Security Council welcomed the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement reached on 18 August by Liberia’s Government, rebel groups, political parties and civil society leaders, and urged the parties to fully respect the ceasefire and to fully implement all of their commitments under that accord.In a statement read by the Council’s President, Deputy Permanent Representative Fayssal Mekdad of Syria, the 15-nation body highlighted the establishment of a Joint Monitoring Committee – one of the main objectives under the Accra Agreement – as “a critical aspect of the peace process.” The statement reaffirmed the Council’s readiness to launch a follow-on stabilization force to support Liberia’s transitional government and guide implementation of the peace agreement.Expressing its ongoing concern over the situation, particularly the continuing dire humanitarian situation of much of the Liberian population, the Council also called on all parties to allow full, secure and unimpeded access for humanitarian agencies and personnel.The Council stressed the need to create a secure environment, which enabled respect for human rights, including the well-being and rehabilitation of children, especially child combatants, protected the well-being of civilians, and supported the humanitarian workers.Before reading the statement, Mr. Mekdad praised the high-level participation of the West African leadership and said today’s meeting was an “an exceptional and extraordinary event” in the lives of the Liberian people, who deserved the utmost attention to help bring their years of suffering to an end.The briefing was led by Nana Akufo Addo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana and current ECOWAS Chairman, and Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. Those officials were joined by Bamba Mamadou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cote d’Ivoire, Francois Fall, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea, Oluyemi Adeniji Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations, Papa Louis Fall.Mr. Akufu Addo said ECOWAS was determined to ensure stability, not only in Liberia itself, but also in the whole Mano River Union, and that the signing of the Peace Agreement was a significant step. A successful ceasefire was critical for the deployment of the international stabilization force, return of humanitarian agencies and refugees.Consequently, he said, every effort should be made to assist ECOWAS’s vanguard force in Liberia until the international stabilization force was deployed. A follow-up resolution of the Council should give effect to the 1 October deadline for the start-up of the UN operation.For his part, Mr. Chambas stressed the issues requiring special attention now that the peace agreement was in place and the hostilities had cooled. He said there was the urgent need to curb the small arms proliferation in West Africa, including through the establishment of a formal register of arms brokers.A related issue was the ongoing presence and activities of armed groups thought the region. Such groups were a constant threat to peace, particularly in Sierra Leone, and there must be a conscious and deliberate effort directed at their disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. He also appealed to the Council to lift all of the sanctions against Liberia, except the arms embargo. Listen to UN Radio report read more

UN human rights office calls on Sudan to investigate attack on convoy

“We strongly condemn Wednesday’s armed attack in North Darfur on a UN convoy comprised of military, police and civilian staff, including two human rights officers,” said the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, during a press briefing in Geneva. “We remind the Government of the Sudan that it is responsible for the protection of mission staff as they fulfil their mandate to protect civilians and monitor human rights violations,” she added. “The Government must promptly launch a serious investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.” According to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), one of its convoys came under a combination of automatic and mortar fire from unidentified assailants while on its way from the town of Kutum to the town of Hashaba North, 56 kilometres northeast of Kutum, to assess the situation following recent reports of violence in that area. The convoy returned fire. The attack brings to five the number of peacekeepers killed in Darfur this month alone. Forty-three peacekeepers have been killed since the establishment of UNAMID in December 2007. “There is an urgent need to end the climate of impunity in Darfur, which encourages such attacks,” Ms. Shamdasani added. Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have condemned the attack and expressed their condolences to the Government of South Africa, UNAMID and the family of the fallen peacekeeper. read more

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Mens basketball Why Tom Izzo believes Mattas criticism isnt valid

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talks to the media following Ohio State’s 72-67 win over the Spartans on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOver the past three seasons of Ohio State basketball, coach Thad Matta has taken his fair share of criticism. And 2016-17 has been no different.From a near Final Four berth in 2013, to a No. 6 seed, No. 10, an NIT berth and this season starting 0-4 in the Big Ten, several people around Columbus are calling for a change of guard inside the Buckeye program. Tenured Michigan State future-Hall-of-Fame coach Tom Izzo doesn’t see the merit to the claim.“I don’t care what people in Columbus say, (Ohio State’s) a good team,” Izzo said.Izzo, the man behind turning Michigan State basketball into a national powerhouse, has been battling Matta for 13 years on the court and in recruiting. In his 22nd season as head coach of the Spartans, Izzo has led the Green and White to seven Final Fours, one national championship, one runner-up finish, seven Big Ten regular-season championships and five Big Ten tournament championships. In several of those years, Matta’s Buckeyes have been right there in March, battling Izzo’s Spartans for the crown.Matta, too, has built OSU to be a nationally recognized program. In recent years, the program hasn’t had the same momentum it had from 2006-2013 when Matta made two Final Fours, a national championship game, won five regular-season conference titles and four conference tournament titles, but nonetheless, it’s the same program and coach.Izzo has dealt with criticism over the years as well, but none like Matta has been given this season. Izzo spoke freely following OSU’s 72-67 win over Michigan State on Sunday saying that he gets ticked off when proven coaches take what he views as unnecessary criticism. He added that “nobody is satisfied with anything anymore.”Izzo noted the Buckeyes schedule to date, which is certainly a contributing factor to the 11-7, 1-4 Big Ten record OSU currently has. But sometimes that seems to skip over the assessments of those outside of the program. Izzo continued by saying not many teams go to Minnesota and Wisconsin and win. He also said that any game at Illinois is a “dogfight game,” and OSU had the game won at Virginia on Nov. 30, which is notoriously difficult to accomplish. The Cavaliers have lost just three home games since 2014.“But hey, (Matta) did a better job than I did, so if they’re complaining here, they should be complaining in East Lansing,” Izzo said.“I shouldn’t say this, but hell, I’m happy for him. From the standpoint of the way people treat him around here, I’m happy for him. He’s won a lot of games here … He doesn’t have to answer to anybody and he probably doesn’t need my support, but I’ll probably need his.”There’s no argument to be made that Matta is one of the greatest coaches in school history. He has the most wins in school history (331), 12 consecutive 12-win seasons and a streak of four-straight Sweet 16 berths. He took OSU into the NCAA tournament in 2011 as the No. 1 overall seed for the first time in school history.Whether or not there is validity in the denunciation he has received in the recent past and present from the fanbase isn’t the question being raised, rather having a fierce competitor, world-class coach and loyal friend like Izzo supporting him amid a tough stretch is nothing less than significant.“My dad told me that you can count your real friends on one hand and coach (Izzo) is definitely one of those guys. When I first came here, I looked at Michigan State and said, ‘I would love to build what Tom Izzo has built at Michigan State,’” Matta said. “When I got in this league, I was the young guy and he wanted me to do well because I was young … To me, he is a mentor. He is a great friend and I think he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen in this business, hands down.” read more

Tony Blair Syrian war to blame for Iraq violence not 2003 invasion

first_imgTONY BLAIR HAS HIT out at critics who linked the 2003 invasion of Iraq with the current violence in the country, blaming instead the West’s failure to act in Syria.The former prime minister, who led Britain into the US-led war to remove Saddam Hussein and is now a diplomatic envoy in the Middle East, also criticised the sectarianism of the government in Baghdad.In a long article published on his website, Blair said arguments that there would be no crisis in the region if the Iraqi dictator had remained in power were “bizarre”.He condemned the sectarianism of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government, who he said had “snuffed out what was a genuine opportunity to build a cohesive Iraq”.But he said the Syrian conflict had provided the Islamic militants seizing swathes of territory in northern Iraq with battle experience and a base from which to launch their attacks across the border.Blair said action in Syria needed not be another invasion, but said moderate rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad should be “given the support they need”.Meanwhile extremist groups, whether in Syria or Iraq, “should be targeted, in coordination and with the agreement of the Arab countries”, he said, saying the United States should be considering military strikes in Iraq.“By all means argue about the wisdom of earlier decisions. But it is the decisions now that will matter,” he wrote.“The choices are all pretty ugly, it is true. But for three years we have watched Syria descend into the abyss and as it is going down, it is slowly but surely wrapping its cords around us pulling us down with it.“We have to put aside the differences of the past and act now to save the future. Where the extremists are fighting, they have to be countered hard, with force.”Blair was prime minister between 1997 and 2007 and is now representative for the Middle East Quartet, comprised of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia.© – AFP 2014Read: Iran offers help against militants in Iraq… but only if the US makes the first move >Read: Obama says he will not send troops to Iraq but he’s examining other options >last_img read more

Our brains forget information at a rate of 1 bit per second

first_imgActivity pattern showing which neurons are activeThe human brain is incredibly complex and something we are nowhere near close to simulating with nerual networks using the computing power on offer today. While we can’t simulate how the brain deals with information, we can continue to experiment and learn more about how it functions.What we do know is that the brain stores information in neurons. Research being carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization at the University of Gottingen and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience has discovered some surprising things about how we both activate those neurons and how quickly they, and therefore we, forget information.Neurons are electrically excitable and in order for a neuron to be activated an electrical pulse has to enter a neuron. According to Fred Wolf, head of the Theoretical Neurophysics research group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization:The brain codes information in the form of electrical pulses, known as spikes. Each of the brain’s approximately 100 billion interconnected neurons acts as both a receiver and transmitter: these bundle all incoming electrical pulses and, under certain circumstances, forward a pulse of their own to their neighbours. In this way, each piece of information processed by the brain generates its own activity pattern. But the researchers found in their latest realistic model of neurons that a second electrical potential forms on the membrane of the cell. Unless that potential increases past a certain point the neuron won’t become active.Before now this electrical potential was not know about, making it difficult to understand how neurons functioned within the cerebral cortex. But now it is understood to exist the researchers were able to better track information across the brain as an activity pattern. This in turn led them to discover how quickly neurons forget information.You’ll be surprised to discover it is incredibly fast. Our brains forget information at a rate of 1 bit per second per active neuron.Even the researchers were caught off guard with Dr. Wolf commenting:This extraordinarily high deletion rate came as a huge surprise to us. Although there is still a lot of research to do, the high rate of data loss in the brain suggests we are wired to quickly process information and act on it before moving to the next batch of data to begin processing again.Read more at EurekAlert, via Kurweil (additional information sourced from Wikipedia)last_img read more

Rallies against Trump administration continue into third day

first_imgLast Thursday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered county officials to comply with President Trump’s strict immigration orders. One of these executive orders included ending all funding to sanctuary cities, like Miami, that decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.In fear of losing federal funding, Gimenez ordered the director of his corrections department to begin honoring all requests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold immigration suspects in Miami-Dade jails.Gimenez explained the order, earlier this week. “It concerns prisoners that are in the custody of Miami-Dade County,” Gimenez said, “that are later identified by the federal government as being illegal and somehow in their system, and they want us to detain them for 48 hours max.”At the rally, Joe Garcia, a former U.S. representative from Florida, said Gimenez, who was born in Cuba, turned his back on immigrants. “From the very origins of this community, people came here to find refuge,” Garcia said. “Carlos Gimenez is a friend of mine, but what Gimenez is, first and foremost, is a refugee.”Now, undocumented immigrants, such as FIU student Julio Calderon, fear that if for some reason they were to get arrested and jailed, they could get deported.“I have never been afraid to be out here for my life,” Calderon said as he took the podium at the Stephen P. Clark Center, Tuesday evening. “This is affecting me in a real way, and this is personal for me.”Calderon has plans to graduate with a degree in economics within the next year. Other students at FIU gathered at the Modesto Maidique campus with signs to protest about the travel ban. “I think that this ban is, first of all, unconstitutional, besides being morally wrong,” said FIU student Francesca Riccio-Ackerman.The executive order bans citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries to enter the United States for 90 days. It also suspends admission of refugees for 120 days.Students at FIU expressed fear of the travel ban, and the university encouraged those who may be affected to refrain from leaving the country.The university released a statement that read in part, “As a community, we must come together to support those among us who may be feeling particularly vulnerable during this uncertain time.”“The xenophobic rhetoric, it didn’t just come under Trump,” said FIU student Isra Ibrahim. “It’s been building on, but Trump just basically came on and enflamed it.”Protesters who are expected to rally together in Fort Lauderdale said Gorsuch has a record of extreme conservatism. They told 7News they hope for a more moderate pick who they believe could help unite the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – From a rally at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami to a rally outside of Pembroke Pines City Hall in Pembroke Pines, Wednesday marked the third consecutive day of protests in South Florida against President Donald Trump’s administration.Protesters in South Florida have been fighting back against President Trump’s cabinet picks, a travel ban from seven Middle Eastern countries and multiple policies, ranging from healthcare and education to immigration and environmental issues.Demonstrators sounded off against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A rally is scheduled to take place in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wednesday, at around 5 p.m., near the Federal Courthouse.Dozens rallied outside of the office of Senator Marco Rubio, Wednesday morning, to protest against President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.The protest outside of Rubio’s office was planned by Progress For All, a grassroots political and community action group.“We find he can be very detrimental to our environment,” said Farbod Tehranian with Progress For All, “and he’s very against the administration he’s looking to lead.”However, Tuesday evening, activists and members of the community were especially enraged about what they said directly impacts South Florida’s immigrant community. last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of June 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of June 17, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, June 18Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, June 19Meatball Sub on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Appleslices with CinnamonWednesday, June 20Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Fresh Veggies; Fresh FruitThursday, June 21Early ReleaseFriday, June 22No School — First Day Of Summer VacationLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, June 18Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, June 19Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Brown Rice, Lettuce & Tomato, Salsa, Refried Beans; PineappleWednesday, June 20Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Fresh Veggies; Fresh FruitThursday, June 21Early ReleaseFriday, June 22No School — First Day Of Summer VacationLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, June 18Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Jones Light Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, June 19Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Brown Rice, Lettuce & Tomato, Salsa, Refried Beans; PineappleWednesday, June 20Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Fresh Veggies; Fresh FruitThursday, June 21Early ReleaseFriday, June 22No School — First Day Of Summer VacationLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

Here comes free 4K TV with an antenna

first_img 31 Read more ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast TV How HDR works What is wide color gamut (WCG)? How to cut the cord for $10: installing an indoor antenna Given the competition broadcasters have with cable, streaming and so on, 3.0 could be a way to stabilize or even increase their income by offering better picture quality, better coverage and, most importantly, targeted ads.Ah yes, targeted ads…Broadcast TV will know what you’re watchingOne of 3.0’s more controversial features is a “return data path,” which is a way for the station you’re watching to know you’re watching. Not only does this allow a more accurate count of who’s watching what shows, but it creates the opportunity for every marketer’s dream: targeted advertising. Ads specific to your viewing habits, income level and even ethnicity (presumed by your neighborhood, for example) could get slotted in by your local station. This is something brand-new for broadcast TV. Today, over-the-air broadcasts are pretty much the only way to watch television that doesn’t track your viewing habits. Sure, the return data path could also allow “alternative audio tracks and interactive elements,” but it’s the targeted ads and tracking many observers are worried about. The finer details are all still being worked out, but here’s the thing: If your TV is connected to the internet, it’s already tracking you. Pretty much every app, streaming service, smart TV and cable or satellite box all track your usage to a greater or lesser extent. Return data path is still in the planning stages, even as the other aspects of 3.0 are already going live. If we take a step back and look at how the physics of how it could work, there’s a silver lining: it almost certainly would still require internet access. Most likely there will be an opt-out or opt-in option, but if this type of thing bothers you, just don’t connect your TV to the internet. There’s no way any TV could broadcast a signal with enough power for your local TV station to receive it. I mean, I suppose there’s a darker timeline where the TVs have a 4G or 5G transmitter built in and talk to the network without any other connection from you — but that seems pretty far-fetched. That would be costly to build and costly to run.It’s likely if the hoped-for mobile adoption of ATSC 3.0 happens, this return path would be far easier. However, that part of 3.0 is also further in the distance than the rest.That said, we’ll keep an eye on this for any further developments.   Free TV on your phoneAnother point of potential contention is getting ATSC 3.0 tuners into phones. At a most basic level, carriers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are in the business of selling you data. If suddenly you can get lots of high-quality content for free on your phone, they potentially lose money. Ever wonder why your phone doesn’t have an FM radio tuner? Same reason. T-Mobile made a preemptive strike along those lines in September 2017, writing a white paper (PDF) that, among other things, claims, “In light of the detrimental effects that inclusion of ATSC 3.0 can have on the cost and size of a device, the technology trade-offs required to accommodate competing technologies, and the reduced performance and spectral efficiency that it will have for other mobile bands and services, the decision as to whether to include ATSC 3.0 in a device must be left to the market to decide.””The market” determined you didn’t need an FM tuner in your phone, and in the few phones that had an FM tuner, if you bought it through an American provider, it was almost always disabled.TV broadcasters, on the other hand, are huge fans of ATSC 3.0 on mobile phones. It means more potential eyeballs and, incidentally, a guarantee of active internet access for that return data path. Hane feels that tuners in phones is “inevitable,” and feels that international adoption of ATSC 3.0 will help push it forward. Wharton says that the focus now is getting TVs to work, but mobile is in the plan.It’s highly unlikely the FCC, current or future, would make any sort of tuner mandate for mobile phones. There is talk of “gateways” that would receive the ATSC signals, and then send them over your home network via Wi-Fi for you to watch on any smartphone or tablet. A sort of Wi-Fi-enabled external tuner. In all likelihood these same “gateways” would also let your current TV see ATSC 3.0 signals. It’s also possible we’ll see tablets, perhaps inexpensive off-brand Android tablets, with built-in tuners. But there’s almost no chance of an ATSC tuner showing up in an iPhone.Then there’s portable TVs, of which there are HD versions on the market, and have been for years. The next-generation ATSC 3.0 versions of these will likely get better reception in addition to the higher resolution offered by the new standard.antennas-09.jpg Sarah Tew/CNET Cost (for you)ATSC 3.0 is not compatible with any tuner on the market now, nor is it in any way backward compatible. To get it, you’ll eventually need either a new TV or an external tuner, neither of which are currently available. We should start seeing tuners, and perhaps TVs, in 2020. Most likely these early models will be expensive, but that isn’t an issue, since:ATSC 3.0 isn’t mandatory, and it doesn’t affect cable, satellite or streaming TV.Standard HD broadcasts will continue for at least another five years.HD tuners cost as little as $30 to $40 now, and ATSC 3.0 tuners will eventually be cheap as well.For those that do get TV over the air, point 2 is key. Broadcasters have to broadcast regular old HD for five years after the launch of 3.0. In those five years you’ll probably get a new TV, or worst case, have to eventually buy an external tuner. Here’s the actual language:”The programming aired on the ATSC 1.0 simulcast channel must be ‘substantially similar’ to the programming aired on the 3.0 channel. This means that the programming must be the same, except for programming features that are based on the enhanced capabilities of ATSC 3.0, advertisements and promotions for upcoming programs. The substantially similar requirement will sunset in five years from its effective date absent further action by the Commission to extend it.”In other words, the HD broadcast has to be essentially the same as the new 3.0 broadcast for five years, perhaps longer depending on future FCC actions.Which brings us to point 3. HD tuners were inexpensive when they first came out, and are even more so now. The HD tuner I use is currently $26 on Amazon. Even if ATSC 3.0 tuners are more expensive when they first come out, by the time anyone actually requires one, they’ll almost certainly be affordable. Which is good, because there aren’t any planned subsidies this time around for people to get a tuner for cheap. I’m sure this is at least partly due to how few people actually still use OTA as their sole form of TV reception. Maybe this will change as more stations convert, but we’re a ways away from that. atsc-upgrade-pathAs you can see, there are lots of parts that need to get upgraded all along the chain before you can get 3.0 in your home. ATSC/ Here’s another way to think about it: The first HD broadcasts began in the mid-90s, but when did you buy your first HDTV? As far as the 3.0 transition is concerned, we’re in the mid-90s now. Things seem like they’re moving at a much more rapid pace than the transition from analog to DTV/HDTV, but even so, it will be a long time before ATSC 3.0 completely replaces the current standard. Comments Get ready for some changes to good old broadcast TV. Bettmann/Getty Images After years of planning and study, ATSC 3.0, also known as Next Gen TV, is nearly here. Several US stations have already started broadcasting. But that doesn’t mean you need to rush out and buy a new ATSC 3.0-ready TV — in fact, right now you can’t. Next Gen TV has the capability to broadcast high-quality Ultra HD 4K video, HDR and wide color gamut, high frame rates up to 120Hz, and more. Like current over-the-air TV broadcasts — and unlike cable, satellite or live TV streaming — it will be free. You’ll just need an antenna and a TV or separate tuner that can decode it. ATSC 3.0 proponents also claim better reception indoors and on the go, perhaps on your phone or even to your car.One potential downside for consumers? ATSC 3.0 will also let broadcasters track your viewing habits, information that can be used for targeted advertising, just like websites and companies like Facebook and Google use today. Here’s the top-line info:If you get your TV from streaming, cable or satellite, ATSC 3.0 won’t affect you at all. The transition is voluntary. Stations don’t have to switch. Many will, however, for reasons we’ll explain below.It is not backwards compatible with the current HD (ATSC 1.0) standard, so your current TV won’t be able to receive it. Your current antenna should work fine though.Stations that switch to ATSC 3.0 will still have to keep broadcasting ATSC 1.0 for 5 years.You can’t buy ATSC 3.0 hardware (TVs or external tuners) yet, though expect that to change in 2020. Stations across the country are already receiving 3.0 licenses, and several are already broadcasting.Stations in the largest 40 TV markets in the US have committed to broadcasting ATSC 3.0 by the end of 2020. Tags TVs Tech Industry Home Entertainment Best 4K Blu-rayscenter_img 31 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 4K TVs FCC ATSC 3.0 is free 4K over the airFor a deeper dive into the features of ATSC 3.0, check out our original article. Though many of the features are listed as possibilities, most are being implemented according to the latest specification.The short version? Higher quality 4K video, for free, over the air. Ultra HD resolutions, high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut and frame rates up to 120 frames per second are all in the mix. ATSC 3.0 will also support current HD and older, lower resolutions, so there’s no need to convert them at the station (your TV will do it, and it typically does a good job). The use of OFDM broadcast technology instead of 8VSB used in the current system means that potentially there will be better reception indoors and near tall buildings. The HEVC “H.265” codec means higher quality and higher resolution signals can be broadcast without a massive increase in bandwidth. This is good, because there’s no increase in bandwidth. Each TV station keeps its current 6MHz band.Keeping an eye down the road, there’s the possibility to add 8K resolutions in the future.Beyond the image quality aspect, there are also other interesting features, like the ability to turn on your TV remotely to broadcast emergency signals (so that’s sure to wake you up), have web-enabled interactive features and a way to include targeted ads. We’ll get to that last one in a minute.atsc-3-0-demoA demonstration of a Next Gen TV Olympic broadcast, co-hosted by WRAL-TV, NBC Universal and NAB in February 2018. National Association of Broadcasters ‘Voluntary’In November of 2017, the FCC approved ATSC 3.0 as the next generation of broadcast standard, on a “voluntary, market-driven basis” (PDF). It also required stations to continue broadcasting ATSC 1.0 (i.e. “HD”). This is actually part of the issue as to why it’s voluntary. During the mandatory DTV transition in the early 2000s, stations in a city were given a new frequency (channel, in other words), to broadcast digital TV, while they still broadcast analog on their old channel. These older channels were eventually reclaimed by the FCC for other uses when the proverbial switch was flipped to turn off analog broadcasts. Since that’s not happening this time, stations and markets are left to themselves how best to share or use the over-the-air spectrum in their areas. atsc-transmitter-sharingBecause there’s no new bandwidth, broadcasters will temporarily share transmitters. Two or more stations will use one tower for ATSC 1.0 (HD) broadcasts and those stations will use another tower for ATSC 3.0 (UHD) broadcasts. This will mean a temporary reduction in bandwidth for each channel, but potentially a limited impact on picture quality due to the better modern HD encoders. More info here. ATSC/ Without a mandate, stations might not bother spending the money upgrading to 3.0. It’s easy to see the end result of this being no stations, or not enough stations, agree to the costly upgrades in equipment that ATSC 3.0 entails. If that happens, ATSC 3.0 is dead before it starts, or at best, languishes for years until a less regulation-averse FCC makes the transition mandatory. People involved with the transition now, however, are optimistic. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of communications at the National Association of Broadcasters, pointed out to CNET that the improvement in quality, overall coverage and the built-in safety features mean that most stations would be enthusiastic to offer ATSC 3.0. John Hane, president of the Spectrum Consortium (an industry group with broadcasters Sinclair, Nexstar and Univision as members), was equally confident: “The FCC had to make it voluntary because the FCC couldn’t provide transition channels. [The industry] asked the FCC to make it voluntary. We want the market to manage it. We knew the market would demand it, and broadcasters and hardware makers in fact are embracing it.”So far, this seems to be the case. Stations in 40 markets across the country have promised to start broadcasting 3.0 before the end of 2020. Some early stations have already gone live, though even if you live in their areas you won’t be able to see anything without hardware that, as yet, isn’t available. 2:03 Cord Cutters (OTT) Seeing the futureThe transition from analog broadcasting to HD, if you count from the formation of the Grand Alliance to the final analog broadcast, took 16 years. Though many aspects of technology move rapidly, getting dozens of companies, plus the governments of the US and many other countries, all to agree to specific standards, takes time. So does the testing of the new tech. There are a lot of cogs and sprockets that have to align for this to work, and it would be a lot harder to fix once it’s all live.But technology moves faster and faster. It’s highly doubtful it will take 16 years to implement 3.0. As we mentioned at the top, multiple stations are already broadcasting, with many more scheduled to do so throughout 2019 and 2020. It seems that NAB’s Wharton is going to be on the money with his prediction last year:”The progress made on Next Gen TV has been remarkable. Lots of work remains, but we’re cautiously optimistic that consumers will see Next Gen sets in stores by Christmas 2020.”   Will every station in your city switch to 3.0? Probably not, but the bigger ones likely will. This is especially true if there are other 3.0 stations in your area. There’s a potential here for stations to make additional money in the long run with 3.0, and that’s obviously a big motivator.There’s also the question of how much content there will be. If it follows the HDTV transition model, big sporting events in 4K HDR will come first, followed by lots and lots of shows featuring nature scenes and closeups of bugs. Seriously — this was totally a thing. Then we’ll see a handful of scripted prime-time shows. My guess would be the popular, solidly profitable ones that are produced (not just aired) by networks. Series like Law & Order: SVU or Grey’s Anatomy, and probably the late-night talk shows, are likely candidates, but that’s speculation at this point.So should you hold off buying a new TV? Nope, not unless you only get your shows over the air. And even if you do, by the time there’s enough content to be interesting, there will be cheap tuner boxes you can connect to whatever TV you have. For now, ATSC 3.0, aka Next Gen TV, seems to be right around the corner. I think it’s safe to say we’ll have even more to talk about at CES 2020. Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why you shouldn’t buy expensive HDMI cables, TV resolutions explained, how HDR works and more.Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel. last_img read more

100 years later Canal to make history again

first_imgEventually the canal was too small to accommodate larger Post-Panamax and Super-Panamax ships, and it needed to be expanded. The new ships span more than 400 meters in length and 50 meters in width, the equivalent of four soccer fields. These larger ships can transport 12,000 containers, nearly triple the size of the largest ships that traverse the canal today. They represent 30 percent of the world’s current cargo fleet, and that number is increasing. “The influence of the Panama Canal expansion will be felt in various market segments, which will generate economies of scale in maritime transport,” Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán said.“Those segments include grains, iron and coal. Plus, vessels can triple their capacity through the new locks,” he added. At a cost of $3.2 billion, the new locks – which act like elevators for ships – are a centerpiece of the expansion. When finished, the waterway’s annual capacity will be double, from 300 million tons to 600 million tons. “The influence of the Panama Canal expansion will be felt in various market segments, which will generate economies of scale in maritime transport”   –Panama Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán The plan also includes raising the level of Gatún Lake, widening access channels and deepening the canal itself at a section known as “Corte Culebra,” or Gaillard Cut, a 13-kilometer artificial valley cut through the continental divide.Coinciding with the canal’s expansion, U.S. ports in the Gulf of Mexico and along the eastern coast are adapting to receive the giant ships. The United States is the canal’s principal client, transporting 144 million tons through the canal in the last year, followed by China (53 million tons), Chile (28 million) and Japan (22 million).The expansion project has suffered setbacks – its inauguration will be delayed six months due to a dispute with contractor UPC, a Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian consortium, over quality of cement used to build the new locks. UPC said the modification could cost an additional $573 million. The U.S. built the canal after Panama’s independence from Colombia in 1903, a move orchestrated in Washington, D.C.“To build the Panama Canal, a plot was devised to promote Panama’s independence. So, the creation of the Republic of Panama was linked to construction of the canal,” historian Luis Navas told AFP.Panama finally took control of the canal from the U.S. at noon on Dec. 31, 1999, in compliance with an agreement signed in 1977 by Panamanian de facto leader Omar Torrijos (1986-1981) and U.S. President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981).During the presidency of Martín Torrijos (2004-2009), son of Omar Torrijos, the decision was made to expand the canal to guarantee its viability for another century. Since Panama took control of the canal, the country’s treasury has received more than $6.1 billion in revenue. But many complain that the descendants of the thousands of people who lost their lives during the canal’s construction – mostly Afro-Antilleans – do not share in the benefits.Said sociologist Gerardo Maloney: “The role that workers played, as well as their descendants, has not been taken into consideration, even today,” and many continue living in poverty, despite the millions of dollars generated by the canal they helped build. Facebook Comments No related posts. Construction of new locks moves forward. An expanded canal will be inaugurated in 2015 at a cost of more than $5.25 billion. José Rodríguez | AFPs By Juan José Rodríguez| AFPPANAMA CITY – The Panama Canal is set to revolutionize world trade yet again, this time in 2015, when it will open transit to Post-Panamax and Super-Panamax ships with nearly triple the cargo size of previous cargo vessels. The multi-billion-dollar expansion of the canal will change history, as it did when it was inaugurated 98 years ago. Today, some 5 percent of the world’s commerce passes through the canal.“We are going to make history as the country that revolutionized maritime industry,” Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli said Monday, during a visit to the mammoth canal expansion site, expected to cost $5.25 billion when finished. The project started in 2007. “[The canal] is going to be of great value not only for Panama, but also for all the world’s residents,” Martinelli said. Since it’s opening in 1914, more than a million ships have used the interoceanic route, avoiding a 14,000 kilometer journey around Cape Horn – the southernmost headland in South America – thanks to the engineering marvel, which elevates ships 27 meters to allow them to pass over the continental divide. last_img read more

British Airways Twitter blunder

first_imgBritish Airways has come under fire after what has been deemed as an offensive tweet was re-posted on the airline’s official Twitter feed.Twitter user @JaeLadd sent the blasphemous text to British Airways on Saturday and received a response to his remarks from now-defunct Twitter user @GordonQiu9.British Airways then re-tweeted the offensive material, catching the attention of its 210,000 followers.The airline has launched an investigation into the matter, claiming their Twitter account was compromised.“Apologies for the last RT. We are sorry for any offence caused and are investigating how this may have happened,” British Airways tweeted after the incident received immense interest.The airline has been gaining approximately 70 followers per hour since the event, according to Digital Journal.British Airways was recently applauded by Mashable for its social media presence.Click here to see a screenshot of the offensive tweet. A profanity-filled remark was re-tweeted by British Airways over the weekend. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

The Islands of Tahiti receives first UNESCO World Heritage listing

first_imgThe Islands of Tahiti receives first UNESCO World Heritage listingThe Islands of Tahiti receives first UNESCO World Heritage listingJust when you think The Islands of Tahiti couldn’t possibly get any more special, that’s precisely what happens. After a long and committed campaign, the Taputapuatea marae (sacred site) on the island of Raiatea was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site earlier this month*.World Heritage Sites are those places deemed to be of special cultural or physical significance, and the Taputapuatea marae is most certainly both. An ancient sacred site where traditional ceremonies were performed, the site features hundreds of stones arranged by Polynesian ancestors – stones that are believed to hold Mana, a source of power and spiritual strength. The marae also marks the first cultural site to be recognized by UNESCO within French Polynesia.The home of the marae, Raiatea, is just a 45-minute flight from Papeete, Raiatea is the second largest economic centre of The Islands of Tahiti and an important nautical base. The island is expected to benefit from the World Heritage listing through attracting additional visitors looking for travel opportunities that offer authentic historical and cultural experiences. A destination known for its idyllic landscapes, warm and welcoming people, and a vibrant culture, Raiatea is also already a favoured destination for hikers in particular. With a rugged coastline and mountains reaching as high as 1000 metres, the island’s scenic hiking trails offer an abundance of opportunity to discover the island’s incredible ancient civilization – which now includes a site of recognized international significance.Source = Islands of Tahitilast_img read more

Bay State Home Sales Down in April

first_img Home Prices Home Sales The Warren Group 2014-06-02 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April sales of Massachusetts single-family homes dropped 2.3 percent compared with the same month last year, according to the latest from the Warren Group.The percentage decline represents a decrease from 3,508 last year to 3,427 in April.According to the group’s study, April is the third consecutive month in which sales decreased compared with the same month in 2013, contributing to a year-to-date decrease of 2.4 percent.Only 10,984 homes have been sold so far in 2014 versus 11,253 during the same period last year.Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of the Warren Group, said, “[I]t is a bit of a surprise that we are not seeing more forward momentum,” but also noted while these sales might have “closed in April … the buyers were shopping and negotiating back in February, the middle of a brutal winter,” meaning the latest figures are “not a reflection of the strength of the spring market.”As sales fell, the median price for single-family homes continued to rise, marking the 19th consecutive month it has increased statewide. As the Warren Group’s data shows, while the median price only rose 0.6 percent to $315,000 from $313,000 last April, year-to-date, prices were up 5.2 percent from $294,000 in 2013 to $309,350 this year.In contrast to home sales, April condominium sales in Massachusetts increased 7.0 percent to 1,596 from 1,493 last April.  This, according to the Warren Group, is the 10th consecutive month of increasing condo sales with a 10.5 percent gain year-to-date.The median sales price increase for condos was more impressive, posting a 10.7 percent increase to $310,000 for April compared to $280,000 a year prior. As Warren explained, “Condos are proving to be a very popular segment of the market and the high demand is driving up the prices. For April, the median price of a condo is just $5,000 below the median price of a single-family home. Ten years ago the difference was $72,000.” June 2, 2014 499 Views center_img Bay State Home Sales Down in April Sharelast_img read more

Cyprus and Canada sign MoU in health sector

first_imgCyprus and Canada signed have a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the wider health sector, the health ministry announced.The ministry said that the agreement is “a significant development for Cyprus and its relations with Canada”.“This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to foster cooperation between the participants in the fields of health, medicine, research and education,” it said.  To this end, the ministry said, it provides for continuous discussions between the two parties for the purpose of developing projects of mutual benefit.The memorandum, signed recently in Ottawa between the Republic of Cyprus and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) -a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada- establishes a framework for developing, promoting, reviewing and implementing selected projects.“More specifically, the CCC, through qualified Canadian companies, can assist in the development and implementation of projects that enhance performance in healthcare and, more broadly, in the health and medical education sector, thereby providing an optimal contribution to Cyprus’ social development as a whole, in accordance with its national legislation,” the ministry said.To achieve that, it said, the CCC could also identify appropriate sources of funding from official export credit agencies, commercial banks and private sources of funding.Other areas of cooperation between the two parties concerns the development of common projects, the establishment of government-to-government transactions for the acquisition of goods and services through ministries, departments, agencies or academic institutions under government oversight. Where possible, common projects will encompass the promotion of long-term sustainability principles such as research, training and education.As regards higher education, the CCC will work in collaboration with the University of Cyprus and the Cypriot health ministry “to develop a world-class university teaching hospital, an advanced learning institute and a medical education hub in Cyprus”. Such institutions, it said, would inter alia, serve the healthcare and medical education needs of both communities of Cyprus, the academic/training needs of the UCy’s Medical School, the proposed National Health Scheme and complement its strategic objectives, and the medical education needs of institutions both on the island and in the wider region.It added that it could also cater to healthcare needs of the wider geographical area and promote medical tourism.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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