Daycare workers in Montreal and Laval set to begin indefinite strike

first_imgMONTREAL – Workers at 57 public daycare centres in Montreal and Laval are expected to begin an indefinite strike this morning.The employers’ association asked the union representing the workers to delay the strike since it made an offer on Monday night and was still waiting for a response.Employers’ spokeswoman Chantal Bellavance says several concessions have been made and calls the planned walkout “a little hasty.”But Nathalie Fontaine, a negotiator with the CSN-affiliated union, argues there has been no significant progress in the negotiations so the strike will proceed.Fontaine says both sides remain far apart on key issues and the strike would begin even if negotiations were to continue.Bellavance says the wage issue has been settled but working conditions and seniority remain unresolved.Quebec has 993 public daycare centres.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets in the red at latemorning loonie edges

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower amid losses in the key materials sector and the health-care sector, which includes many of the country’s big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 15.32 points at 15,116.46.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 51.80 points at 25,234.69. The S&P 500 index was down 3.13 points at 2,719.05, while the Nasdaq composite was down 19.01 points at 7,181.87.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.52 on Tuesday.The December crude contract was up US$1.30 at US$56.99 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 44.5 cents at US$4.55 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 20 cents at US$1,201.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Immigration in France: Right of Soil Targeted Once Again

first_imgBordeaux – Immigration is back on the French political scene. Jean François Copé, president of right wing party UMP, has announced his formation will propose a bill aiming at redefining the French right of soil.Currently, under the jus soli, every child born in France of foreign parents automatically acquires the French nationality when he turns 18 if he has lived in France for at least five years between the age of 8 and 18. However, Guillaume Larrivé, a UMP MP, wants things to change and will present a potential reform before the National Assembly today.“Children born in France to foreign parents are destined to become French, but that right to French nationality must not be open to those who ignore the republican pact,” said Larrivé about the four articles he plans to present. One of them “Subordinate the benefit from the jus soli to the demonstration of the child’s will to acquire the French citizenship.” In other words, the state will be able to make a selection of individuals who deserve to become French or not.The text also mentions the possibility to deny citizenship to women wearing a veil, illegal immigrants and people having been to jail for at least six months.The initiative is supported by former President Sarkozy’s most fervent followers, even though Sarkozy has himself always defended this right. During the 2012 presidential campaign, he had declared “The right of soil is part of the French tradition.”Indeed, the jus soli was first introduced in the French law on February 23, 1515. With local elections less than 5 months away and France’s long tradition as a host country for immigrants, immigration is definitely on the agenda and remains a burning topic. On October 9th, Roma teenager Leonarda was arrested during a school field trip and deported to Kosovo with her family, sparking national anger and indignation.last_img read more

Bosnian Serb commander to serve out UNpassed sentence in Germany

16 January 2009The United Nations tribunal set up to try those responsible for atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has transferred a former senior Bosnian Serb army commander to Germany to serve his life sentence for war crimes committed in Sarajevo from 1992 to 1994. Stanislav Galić, who was transferred yesterday, was initially sentenced by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to 20 years in prison in December 2003 for murder, inhumane acts and acts of violence on Sarajevo’s civilian population. Then in November 2006, after both the prosecution and defense appealed the verdict, the appeals judges serving with the ICTY – located in The Hague, Netherlands – found that the sentence rendered by the Trial Chamber had underestimated the severity of Mr. Galić’s criminal conduct and sentenced him to life imprisonment.It was the first time that the ICTY’s appeal chamber imposed the maximum penalty.The Tribunal indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 116 persons have been concluded. Germany is one of several European countries that have signed an agreement with the ICTY to enforce sentences imposed by the Tribunal on convicted individuals. read more

To tackle poverty empower women and educate girls Annan says

“When it comes to solving the problems of this world, I believe in girl power,” Mr. Annan said in his keynote address to the International Women’s Health Coalition Annual Gala in New York.He said “study after study” has proved that helping women and girls will serve to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality and improve health. “When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and investment go up,” he said. “And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole countries.”Despite this fact, women and girls suffer disproportionately from the world’s ills, Mr. Annan said, citing the example of HIV/AIDS. “It is a shocking fact – and one of which I, as an African man, feel ashamed – that a girl in sub-Saharan Africa is six times more likely to be infected than a boy,” he said.Women also indirectly bear the brunt of the pandemic, since girls, who are more likely to care for sick family members, often miss school as a result. Without an education, they tend to engage in early sexual relations and become exposed to HIV. “Thus they pay, many times over, the deadly price of not getting an education.”Offering an example of “the kind of leadership we need,” the Secretary-General related an anecdote about a young girl he had met in Ethiopia who was living with HIV but had made it her mission to tell others about prevention. The Secretary-General’s wife, Nane, who was along at the time, “told her that young people would probably listen to her more than me,” he said. “She immediately agreed.””It is among young people like these that the heroes and heroines of our age are to be found,” he told the gathering. “It is our job to furnish them with hope.” read more

The NFLs HomeField Advantage Is Real But Why

As the NFL playoffs approach, teams will be competing hard down the stretch to secure home-field advantage for at least one postseason game. It’s also the reason teams like the Rams and Saints, who have comfortably locked up a playoff spot and even home field for their first playoff game, will risk injury to their starters as they chase home field for a potential conference championship game. This all makes good sense: Over 57 percent of games are won by home teams in the NFL, putting the road team at a distinct disadvantage.The benefits of playing at home in the NFL are clear. Statistician and FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Lopez, along with Gregory J. Matthews and Benjamin S. Baumer, found that the effect of home field-advantage in American football is second only to the NBA among the major sports. But what is less clear is why.Michael Lombardi, NFL analyst and former front-office executive, believes that much of the disadvantage stems from players being unable to hear the snap count. According to Lombardi, losing the ability to hear the count takes away the offensive line’s inherent advantage of knowing when the play will start. This allows linemen and skill players to burst off the line and get a small early advantage on the defense. This loss of first-mover advantage on the offensive line — I’ll call it the Lombardi hypothesis — then manifests itself as road teams being less effective running the ball.The Lombardi hypothesis is intuitive. Most fans who have watched an NFL game in Denver or Seattle have seen the effects crowd noise can have on an offensive line’s ability to communicate. It’s not a huge leap to think that lower rushing efficiency might be the natural result of a loud crowd. But is it true? Are teams less effective running on the road? And if teams are less effective rushing on the road, how confident can we be that crowd noise is the cause?To find out, I took play-by-play data generated by Elias Sports Bureau from 2009 through Week 15 of 2018 and broke out all rushing plays by home and away team. I then plotted the distributions of yards gained per rushing play for both groups to see if there was a difference between rushing effectiveness for home and away teams.It turns out that road teams are indeed slightly less efficient rushing. Home teams average 4.37 yards per carry while road teams average 4.27, a tenth of a yard less. The distributions of yardage gained on rushing plays are extremely similar, however, and the disadvantage road teams face when rushing the ball is quite small. Assuming both teams ran 30 times in a game, we would expect the road team to rush for just 3 less yards than the home team.The relative benefits to the home team are magnified if we look at rushing expected points added, which account for game context like down, distance and field position. EPA per rush play is negative for both home and away teams, -.073 away vs. -.058 for home teams, but it is slightly less negative of a proposition for the home team. Over those same 30 rushing plays, we would expect the home team to lose 1.7 points, while the away team would be expected to lose 2.2 points, good for a half-point differential.So the first part of the Lombardi hypothesis appears to be correct: It is slightly harder to run on the road than at home. But is crowd noise the most likely cause? As a first approximation for a loud crowd, I broke out the rate at which both home and road teams were penalized for false starts1Using the same Elias data from 2009-2018.. We might expect more false start penalties to be called on the away team in a hostile, loud environment than the home team. Yet this not what we find. From 2009 through Week 15 of 2018, false start penalties were called on 1.4 percent of all home team plays and 1.34 percent of road team plays.This is a strange result if crowd noise is the driver of road teams’ lower rushing efficiency. To validate the finding, I drilled down into situations where teams were either backed up inside their own 10 yard line or in their opponent’s red zone. We’d expect the home crowd to be especially boisterous in those high-leverage situations, leading to more false starts for the road teams. But again that isn’t the case. Road teams were penalized for a false start on 1.44 percent of such plays, while home teams were penalized at a nearly identical — but still higher — rate of 1.47 percent. There’s other research that suggests crowd noise is not a factor in NFL team performance as well. Economist Tobias Moskowitz and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim were also unable to find evidence that crowd noise affects player performance. In the NFL specifically, they found that kickers and punters appear to be unaffected by crowd noise — undermining another common perception.But if crowd noise can’t explain home-field advantage, then what does? Unfortunately, the answer to this rather fundamental question remains elusive. Probably the best evidence for a true home-field advantage comes in the form of the sports teams in Denver. It may be the case that Denver’s high win percentage at home, especially early in the season, is dragging up the home league-wide home-field advantage. Each mile-high team in the major sports enjoys a home-field advantage far above those of their peers. The reason for it can be traced back to temperature and altitude. Playing at a high altitude without properly acclimating to it, especially in warmer temperatures, is a legitimate physiological disadvantage.I asked Lopez, who is now director of analytics for the NFL, his opinion on what drives home-field advantage, and he was circumspect. “It really is unclear,” he said. Lopez identified a few areas that might account for at least some of advantage, including referee bias in high-leverage situations.“If you look at the 15 most impactful, controversial calls in games over the past few years I think you’d find that maybe 14 of the calls went for the home team,” Lopez said. Next Gen Stats data might hold promise in this regard, however. “Using the ball-tracking data we have available, there are probably incremental ways we can help make official’s lives easier while increasing fairness in the game,” Lopez said.Lopez also noted that some recent studies have shown a drop in the size of the effect of home-field advantage. The drop could perhaps be explained by more comfortable travel, or better institutional controls on referee bias. How much these factors explain the 57 percent win rate home teams enjoy is difficult to say. Blaming crowd noise and its hypothesized effect on home-team rushing efficiency, however, appears to be unfounded. read more

Liz Taylors beloved Rolls Royce made in green to complement her wedding

Arlan Ettinger, the founding head of Guernsey’s, told The Telegraph: “It was the most glamorous car one could acquire at the time. It was beautiful, but edgy in that it was a convertible. It was not a stately Rolls Royce. It was a Rolls Royce with flare. She had this colour uniquely created just for her…“The combination of this being a beautiful Rolls Royce and Liz Taylor’s car makes it doubly special. It has a fascinating history. Unlike many celebrities who own a car for a short while and then pass it on, she became identified with this car. She owned it for 20 years.”He noted that the green colour was a particular favourite, that she was photographed in “many other outfits of this colour throughout her career”. She was the Oscar-winning screen goddess with a beloved Rolls Royce nicknamed the Green Goddess. Now Elizabeth Taylor’s 1960s car, a convertible that epitomes her style and glamour, is coming up for sale.The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II has had only two owners in 58 years, clocking up a mere 40,644 miles. Without its link to an iconic star, this rare automobile might be worth around $700,000. Such is Taylor’s enduring fame that it could change hands for as much as $7 million at its auction in August.This is no ordinary car. It was custom-made for the star of classic films such as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, whose director, Mike Nichols, described her as “one of the greatest cinema actresses”.Beyond a personalised number plate – LIZSC2 – Taylor had its “smoke green” colour specially created for her. She wanted it to match the shade of the wedding-dress that she had worn in marrying crooner Eddie Fisher in 1959. The following year, she ordered her Rolls Royce and had it shipped to New York. It came with an American left-hand drive and a green shade that extends to its leather interior. In 1962, she took it to Rome, ahead of shooting her landmark film, Cleopatra, which made her the then highest-paid performer for a single film in the history of Hollywood. She said: “If someone’s dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I’m certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.” The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II has clocked up a mere 40,644 milesCredit:Rolls Press/Popperfoto  The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II has clocked up a mere 40,644 miles She gave one of her most iconic performances, but she also fell in love with her married co-star Richard Burton, the finest classical actor of his generation.  Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) arriving for the ceremony of her wedding to fourth husband, singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher (1928-2010) Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) arriving for the ceremony of her wedding to fourth husband, singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher (1928-2010)Credit:Rolls Press/Popperfoto  In 1964, having left Fisher, she married Burton, who regularly drove the Green Goddess.She owned the car for almost 20 years, before taking out a newspaper advertisement to sell it in the late 1970s. A long-standing Taylor fan from California could not resist it, even when his attempt to reduce the price was rejected.Having owned it for some 40 years, he has now decided to sell it through Guernsey’s auction house in New York. The sale will take place on August 6 at the city’s Pierre Hotel, the very location where Taylor was living with Fisher when she ordered the car.   Taylor, died in 2011 aged 79, was famed for her extraordinary beauty and her eight marriages, two of them to Burton, who once said of her: “That girl has true glamour.”The car will be displayed at the Pierre Hotel from July 23. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The 7 saddest moments from your childhood

first_img‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American TailFievel the mouse gets lost as his family emigrates from Russia to escape from an army of cruel cats. Hold me.YouTube/WarrenMark“MOTHER” from BambiOne staffer was removed from a packed cinema at the age of four because of excessive wailing during this part of the film. Understandable.YouTube/MightyMouse8D” Say goodbye Charlie” from All Dogs go to HeavenThey do you know? Or else they go to a lovely farmYouTube/CharlieBarkinThe start of Up from UpThis is going to make it into lists of ‘saddest things ever’ for hundreds of years, nay, thousands.YouTube/CornerChurchThe death of Littlefoot’s mother from The Land Before Time This is almost too much. Too much.Greyfriar’s BobbyThe true story of a dog who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his master.YouTube/Helen1434“He can’t see without his glasses” from My Girl Poor Thomas JYouTube/JackyMovieClips057625 years of Irish Film – through Film Ireland covers>VIDEO: Kids REALLY aren’t happy with ending of Disney movie>last_img read more

Dictatorship to democracy Syrian opposition wants Assad to leave power

first_imgSYRIAN PEACE TALKS in Geneva are expected to intensify today as talks turn to political questions and the opposition presses for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.The regime has ruled out discussions of Assad leaving power and the first two days of the UN-sponsored talks focused on humanitarian issues.In the first tangible promise to emerge from the talks, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Sunday the regime had agreed to allow women and children safe passage from besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Homs.But opposition spokesman Louay Safi said the time had come “to start talking about transition from dictatorship to democracy”.SolutionsToday he said, “we start to see if the regime is willing to go to a political solution or stick to a military one.”Brought together by the United Nations, Russia and the United States, the two sides have been meeting in the biggest diplomatic push yet to stem Syria’s bloodshed after nearly three years of civil war.Erupting after the regime cracked down on protests inspired by the Arab Spring, the conflict has claimed more than 130,000 lives and forced millions from their homes.Brahimi, who has been acting as a go-between for the two sides, has said he is “happy” with the mood and that the parties are acting with “mutual respect”.ProgressBut he has admitted that progress has been difficult and the two sides are moving very slowly.The regime’s promise on Sunday to allow women and children to leave the besieged parts of Homs raised some hopes of humanitarian relief, but was greeted by scepticism on the ground.Activists in rebel areas of Homs said residents had “no trust” in the regime and first wanted aid supplies and guarantees that those leaving would not be arrested.The Old City of Homs has been under siege since June 2012 after rising against the regime, with an estimated 500 families living with near-daily shelling and the barest of supplies.Brahimi repeated his hope on Sunday that a convoy of humanitarian aid could enter the besieged area today, saying rebel forces had already agreed and the local governor was considering the issue.Women and children Sunday’s talks also touched on possible prisoner exchanges, with the opposition saying it had a preliminary list of 47,000 people held by the government, including 2,300 women and children whose names it had submitted.Regime officials said it also wanted lists of prisoners in rebel hands, insisting that the issue be discussed “without discrimination”.With little hope of major political breakthroughs at the talks, mediators have been focusing on short-term deals to keep the process moving forward, including on localised ceasefires, freer humanitarian access and prisoner exchanges.But the opposition has insisted from the start that talks must move on today to the core issue of a political transition.It says Assad must leave power and a transitional government be formed based on an agreement reached during a first peace conference in Geneva in 2012.The regime says Assad’s role is not up for debate at this conference — dubbed Geneva II — and denies that the initial Geneva deal requires him to go.Pitting Assad’s regime, dominated by the Alawite offshoot of Shiite Islam, against largely Sunni Muslim rebels, the war has unsettled large parts of the Middle East.- © AFP, 2014Related: No longer under siege: Women and children to be allowed leave Homs>last_img read more

A gulls eye view Paddling 1600km around Ireland with a tent a

first_imgJourney’s start… Old Kinsale Head A PAIR OF charity fundraisers in the middle of a 1,600km trek around the coast of Ireland say they feel in a “privileged” position to have such an unusual view of the country.John Bolton and Diane Cooper — who run the Laois-based ‘True Fitness’ — began their journey in Kinsale on 22 June, and say they’ve benefited from the recent spell of fine weather in the early stages of their journey.However, they’ve been stuck ashore just south of Westport for the last few days due to poor weather conditions — and with 3 metre swells forecast for the area over the next few days John says their journey, which had initially been expected to take 40 days, may now take a little longer.“Progress has been good. We’re covering around 50 to 60km per day. It takes us anything between 12 and 17 hours,” John told Since Wednesday we’ve been stuck on shore though — weather conditions are too severe. The Blaskets.Carna, Co Galway. [All images via their Facebook]Read: IKEA is donating furniture to the Simon Communities across IrelandRead: Garth Brooks debacle: The international coverage John and Diane.The pair are raising funds for Laois and Offaly hospice charities:  ”something that has touched everyone’s lives and people respond very well to it”.You can find ways to donate via their Facebook page.The add to the challenge, they’re camping along the route — with friends and family occasionally turning out to restock supplies.They’ve also run into a few “very generous” people who’ve fed them and provided showers and beds for the night.“We’ve had a great opportunity to take photos along the way too. You’re in a very unusual — very privileged position — along the way, because you can get into spots that even small craft can’t.At the moment though we’re just very anxious to get back on the water. When the weather was good we pushed hard so we’re just disappointed we can’t keep pushing.center_img An unusual view of the famous bridge at Mizen Head.They began their journey in the south-west, John says, because they knew they’d have a fair few arduous treks to undertake in the first few days of the journey.We haven’t really been hugging the coast — so we’ve been crossing from peninsula to peninsula along between Cork and Kerry, for instance.“We crossed from Mizen to Dursey Island in about six hours,” he says, adding that their trip across Donegal Bay is expected to take even longer — up to ten hours.last_img read more

Nissan Unveils Twoseater Electric Concept

first_imgWhile the Leaf may be Nissan’s current EV priority, that hasn’t stopped the company from looking towards the future. The automotive giant recently unveiled a brand new concept that resembles a golf cart and could be the future of electric vehicles.Called the Nissan New Mobility Concept, the tiny car has a range of 100 kilometers and a maximum speed of around 75 kilometers per hour. The two-seater is all part of Nissan’s plan to make EVs a much larger part of the automotive landscape. “We don’t want EVs to be a niche product,” corporate vice-president Hideaki Watanabe said.In addition to creating new cars, Nissan is also hoping to improve the infrastructure, making the use of EVs much easier. This includes installing charging stations at each one of its dealerships across Japan, with the goal of having two million chargers set-up by 2020.Via CBC.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Share2 Tweet Email Mar 24th 2019, 8:46 AM Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 8:45 AM By Cónal Thomas 10,361 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/zjuzjaka Image: Shutterstock/zjuzjaka No Comments The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day. EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #JOHN DELANEY: The FAI chief executive has stepped down from his role to take up a new role as Executive Vice-President.2. #FIRST-TIME BUYERS: A loan scheme for first-time home buyers needs another €600 million if it is to continue for the next three years.3. #BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged to step down and is facing a cabinet coup today, according to the British press. 4. #NORWAY: Passengers on a cruise ship off the coast of Norway are still being rescued and airlifted to safety, according to emergency services. 5. #LOOPHOLES: Any tax loopholes identified as being used by vulture funds will not be closed down until at least the autumn. 6. #DUBLIN DRUGS: Locals in Phibsborough have said they are shocked and frustrated at the level of street crime, as drug dealers openly trade in crack cocaine at the North Dublin area’s main shopping centre. 7. #SUPERPUB: The owner of a so-called ‘superpub’ that fought Dublin council and won is battling city planners once again to win approval for its latest expansion.8. #INCOME TAX: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has used his closing speech of the Fine Gael National Conference to state that income taxes must be reduced further.9. #SUNNY: It’s set to be a cold start to the day but will remain sunny and dry for the most part, according to Met Éireann.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Genting Malaysia updating theme park development plans after settling with Fox Disney

first_img RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia shares plummet almost 12% following news of Empire Resorts acquisition plan Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Load More RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline Genting Malaysia has reached a settlement with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and Walt Disney Co in relation to the development of a Fox theme park at its Malaysia integrated resort, Resorts World Genting.The settlement comes after Genting Malaysia filed a US$1 billion lawsuit last November claiming the two iconic US firms had reneged on a contract to build the theme park. Fox subsequently filing a counter-claim alleging breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by Genting Malaysia. In an announcement this week, Genting Malaysia said it has now entered into a settlement agreement with both Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and Walt Disney Co fully resolving their disputes against each other and agreeing to dismiss all claims and counterclaims between the parties.It added that, as part of the settlement terms, the parties have entered into a Restated Memorandum of Agreement granting Genting Malaysia a license to use certain Fox intellectual properties.“Genting Malaysia is currently updating its development and construction plans to complete the outdoor theme park utilizing both Fox and non-Fox intellectual properties. The outdoor theme park shall also be renamed,” it said.Genting stated last November that it has already invested around US$750 million into the theme park before the litigation saw the project put on hold.last_img read more

NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson reflects on his newfound fame

first_imgNPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson performs with Nick Carpenter on “Juneau Afternon” on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO) When asked to introduce himself, Christopherson hesitated before offering an understated response: “I’m Quinn and … this is tough. I’m just an Alaskan who worked for a living and put my name in a hat, and I got chosen, I guess.” “We’ve been learning this new set for about a month,” Carpenter said. “Anchorage hasn’t even seen this yet!” “It’s what you make of it,” Christopherson said. “It was a really special opportunity that we got to be a part of, and we learned a lot.” He added that he had never toured anywhere outside of Anchorage before, and that even though he was born and raised in Alaska, it was his first time visiting Juneau. The Alaska musicians played three songs live on Thursday’s show, two of which were brand new. Christopherson was the winner of this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest, and both he and Carpenter traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer to perform at the famous Tiny Desk. Overnight celebrity status was a side effect of winning the high-profile contest that the musicians have taken in stride. NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson performs with Nick Carpenter on “Juneau Afternon” on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO) “That was a real debut of everything!” said Carpenter, after they finished the first song, titled “Grow Up.” “Juneau Afternoon” host Sheli DeLaney interviewed Quinn Christopherson and Nick Carpenter ahead of their sold-out concert Thursday night in Juneau. Despite the subdued tone of Christopherson’s music, humor is a big part of his persona. The banter between bandmates and the lyrics in his songs lighten up the heavy themes contained throughout his music. Christopherson’s merchandise includes pink erasers branded with “Erase Me,” the title of his winning song, and T-shirts sporting the slogan, “Quinn Christopherson Bums Me Out.” Listen to the full interview with Quinn Christopherson and Nick Carpenter below, which includes the final track “Crybaby” in its entirety.last_img read more

New York Artist Brings Houston Rap to Life with Street Signs

first_img Share Aymann IsmailA street sign with Drake lyrics hangs outside of the Hotel Derek on Westheimer. The sign is part of “The Rap Quotes,” a traveling street art project by artist Jay Shells.Purple street signs with bold lettering popped up around the Bayou City this past weekend. The signs resemble regular traffic signs, but display lyrics from iconic Houston rappers such as Bun B and Travis Scott. They’re part of a traveling street art project called “The Rap Quotes” by New York based artist Jay Shells.“It’s sort of like a gift for people who pay attention to their surroundings,” Shells said. “Like if you spot it, you sort of do a double take like—‘Wait a minute. What is that?’ You think it’s a ‘No Parking’ sign, but upon close inspection you see what it really is, and that’s kind of the fun of it.”The signs were placed in the locations referenced by the lyrics they display, such as the Astrodome, cited by Big Hawk in Trae’s “Swang” and Willowridge High School, referenced by Z-Ro in a remix of Slim Thug’s “I Run.”Shells said his favorite location he visited over the weekend was Mason’s Pawn Shop on Cullen Boulevard, which Houston rapper Scarface references in “Geto Boys and Girls” by the Geto Boys.If a lyric on one of his signs is referencing a particular business, Shells said that he’ll make a second copy of the sign as a gift to the business owner. Most of the time, he said, they have no idea their store was mentioned in a rap song. However, at Mason’s, the owner was familiar with the lyrics, Shells said.“I put the sign on the counter and [the owner] read it and he started smiling and he said, ‘Oh yeah!’ I said, ‘Do you know this song? Do you know who Scarface is?’ and he said ‘Of course! Matter of fact, this really happened. I was here working that day… He really did come in here and buy a gun!’” Shells said. “That was just so cool. It really made my weekend.”Many locals reached out via social media and expressed their appreciation of his project, according to Shells.“The reaction has been so overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “People are excited and appreciative and just seem to be feeling it, so there’s a real… a very obvious sense of pride for Houston’s hip-hop scene and its contributions.”Nearly all the street signs, which were posted on Saturday and Sunday, have since been stolen as souvenirs. Shells plans to take “The Rap Quotes” to Chicago next.last_img read more

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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Technology | April 29, 2015 Brainlab Introduces New VMAT Planning Tools for Brain and Spine at ESTRO Extension of “Elements” strategy completes portfolio of automated, indication-specific planning tools for radiosurgery/SBRT News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more April 29, 2015 — Brainlab expanded on its “Elements” strategy for treatment of brain and spine tumors with the introduction of automated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) planning tools. Announced at the third European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) Forum in Barcelona, Spain, the SRS tools enable on-the-fly generation of consistent treatment plans for volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) delivery.Introduced in 2013, the Elements strategy uses indication-specific focused software applications aimed at enhancing the workflow for difficult to treat indications in the brain and spine.Previously introduced Elements for cranial radiosurgery have focused on enhancing image fusion, distortion correction of various magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences, interactive segmentation of tumors and vascular structures, fibertracking, dose review and automatic segmentation of critical structures. Adaptive Hybrid Surgery tools have helped to simulate and evaluate the feasibility of radiosurgery treatments at different resection levels during surgery.Radiosurgery treatment planning for cranial indications, however, remains a manual iterative process that is highly user-dependent. One of the new Elements tools Brainlab introduced automatically generates highly conformal treatment plans for a variety of indications, locations, sizes, shapes and fractionation schemes, all with the click of a button. Instead of choosing between different delivery techniques, the Element algorithm produces a Meaningful Use (MU)-optimized plan for delivery as volumetric, intensity modulated arc. For treatment of spherical targets, such as singular metastases, or small functional targets, such as trigeminal neuralgia, another new Element has been designed around the challenges of these specific treatments.Spinal radiosurgery represents another challenging treatment with multiple complex and manual steps. In addition to streamlining the fusion and segmentation steps, another VMAT-based automatic planning Element for spinal SRS can generate complex yet highly conformal plans. 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the Congress fears no investigation because it has not used any such means to get any result." Wang said. what do I do in the morning and what do I do in the evening, dividing Muslims between Sunnis and Shias. read more