first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement We all knew that Koerner Hall was beautiful and that its acoustics were amazing from the moment we first set foot in the 1,135-seat auditorium nine years ago. But it took a few years to see how successful it would be as a musical draw for Torontonians.It turns out there was no cause to worry. In fact, Koerner Hall may be Toronto’s must successful music venue in terms of not discriminating between any sort or style of music. Jazz, world music and pop musicians are just as happy playing the room as people from the classical world. The story is the same for their audiences.The visible proof of how well this melting-pot of a music box has succeeded is on display in Koerner Hall’s 10th anniversary season, unveiled at a big Royal Conservatory of Music party on Monday evening. There is literally something for everyone on the bill. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There will be a little cluster of opening and closing concerts packaged as festivals to bookend the 2018-19 season. The openers include Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ban urges Sudan to cooperate with prosecutors probing Darfur war crimes

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “deeply concerned about the reported lack of cooperation” of the Sudanese Government with prosecutors at the ICC, which is based in The Hague.“There can be no sustainable peace without justice,” the statement said. “Peace and justice go hand in hand. Impunity for the serious crimes committed in Darfur cannot be accepted.”A Security Council resolution from 2005 requires Sudan to fully cooperate with the ICC and obliges the country to arrest and surrender those indicted by the Court.In his address to the Council earlier today, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo issued a strong warning that without increased assistance from the international community people in Darfur will be “eliminated.”Addressing an open meeting of the 15-member body, he said that “citizens from the Sudan are being deliberately attacked by Sudanese officials…. The entire Darfur region is a crime scene. Despite promises and denials, over the last five years, millions of civilians have been targeted by officials who vowed to protect them. Impunity reigns.”Despite arrest warrants being issued last April for Ahmad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior and now the Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a leader of a pro-Government Janjaweed militia, the two men – accused of committing war crimes – have yet to be apprehended. “The Sudanese Government tolerates the firefighters and promotes the arsonists at the same time,” the Prosecutor said, calling on both the international community and the Council to widen efforts to bring the two men to justice.“The Council must make publicly clear that the two fugitive indictees and those who protect them will not benefit from any lenience, any support from the international committee,” he told the debate, which included more than one dozen speakers.This year alone, the Janjaweed, who are “integrated into the Sudanese security apparatus and stationed in the vicinity of camps,” have forced over 100,000 people from their homes using “systematic” attacks – including rapes and land usurpation.He also voiced concern over attacks against peacekeepers and aid workers in Darfur, where more than 2.7 million people have become displaced since 2003 because of the fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen and another 300,000 people are estimated to have died through combat, disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy. The Prosecutor informed the Council that he will present a second case to the Court next month. It will concern “the use of the entire state apparatus for the past five years to attack the civilian population in Darfur,” he told journalists after the Council meeting. 5 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Sudan to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure justice for the victims of crimes committed in the war-torn Darfur region after the Court’s Prosecutor reported that the country is “deliberately” attacking civilians. read more

AIMCo investing US500M in Howard Midstream for more US oil and gas

AIMCo investing US$500M in Howard Midstream for more U.S. oil and gas exposure by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2016 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Alberta Investment Management Corp. says it is investing US$500 million in Howard Midstream Energy Partners to expand its exposure to the U.S. energy sector.The provincially-owned investment corporation said Monday it had already bought US$300 million worth of Howard Energy Partners preferred units and has committed to buy US$200 million more.AIMCo said the deal gives it exposure to an attractive infrastructure portfolio that will produce stable, fee-based cash flows.Texas-based Howard Energy Partners owns and operates a network of pipelines, processing plants, storage facilities and other midstream infrastructure that service natural gas fields in Texas and Pennsylvania.AIMCo is an arms-length agency of the Alberta government that manages more than $90 billion in investments on behalf of 31 public sector pension, endowment and government funds. read more

In a condolence message UN chief hopes Thailand will continue to honour

“[King Bhumibol] was revered by the people of Thailand and highly respected internationally,” said Mr. Ban according to a statement issued by his Office. King Bhumibol, who passed away earlier today, had been the world’s longest reigning monarch. In 2006, he was presented the UN’s first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in Thailand as an example to the world. In the statement today, Secretary-General Ban also acknowledged King Bhumibol’s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader.Mr. Ban also expressed his hope that Thailand will continue to honour King Bhumibol’s legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights. read more

Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize

first_imgMo Yan has published novels, short stories and essays on various topics, and despite his social criticism is seen in his homeland as one of the foremost contemporary authors, the Nobel committee noted.In his writing Mo Yan draws on his youthful experiences and on settings in the province of his birth.Last year, the literature prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer.The literature prize is the fourth and one of the most watched announcements this Nobel season, following the prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry earlier this week.The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, with the field of possible winners wide open, followed by the Economics Prize on Monday, wrapping up the Nobel season.As tradition dictates, the laureates will receive their prizes at formal ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo on 10 December, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel in 1896.Because of the economic crisis, the Nobel Foundation has slashed the prize sum to eight million Swedish kronor (€930,000) per award, down from the 10 million kronor awarded since 2001.APRead more: French and American scientists win Nobel Physics Prize > CHINESE AUTHOR MO Yan has won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced.“Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.Yan, whose real name is Guan Moye and was born in 1955, “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary,” the jury said.last_img read more

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100000 years earlier than previously thought

first_img Image: San Diego Natural History Museum via Screengrab 16,389 Views Apr 26th 2017, 10:51 PM HIGH-TECH DATING of mastodon remains found in southern California has shattered the timeline of human migration to America, pushing the presence of hominins back to 130,000 years ago rather than just 15,000 years, researchers have said.Teeth and bones of the elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands, along with stone hammers and anvils, leave no doubt that some species of early human feasted on its carcass, they reported in the journal Nature.Discovered in 1992 during construction work to expand an expressway, the bone fragments “show clear signs of having been deliberately broken by humans with manual dexterity,” said lead author Steve Holen, director of research at the Center for American Paleolithic Research.Up to now, the earliest confirmed passage of our ancestors into North America took place about 15,000 years ago. These were modern humans – Homo sapiens – that probably crossed from Siberia into what is today Alaska, by land or along the coast.There have been several other claims of an even earlier bipedal footprint on the continent, but none would take that timeline back further than 50,000 years, and all remain sharply contested.The absence of human remains at the California site throws wide open the question of who these mysterious hunters were, as well as when – and how – they arrived on American shores.A genetic linkOne possibility that can be excluded with high confidence is that they were like us. Homo sapiens, experts say, did not exit Africa until about 80,000 to 100,000 years ago.But that still leaves a wide range of candidates, including several other hominin species that roamed Eurasia 130,000 years ago, the authors said.They include Homo erectus, whose earliest traces date back nearly two million years; Neanderthals, who fought and co-mingled with modern humans across Europe before dying out some 40,000 years ago; and an enigmatic species called Denisovans, whose DNA survives today in Australian aboriginals.In a companion analysis, Holen and his team argue that – despite rising seas 130,000 years ago due to an inter-glacial period of warming – the overseas distances to the Americas were within the capacity of human populations at the time.Intriguingly, in light of the new find, recent studies have also shown a genetic link between present-day Amazonian native Americans and some Asian and Australian peoples.The picture that emerges “indicates a diverse set of founding populations of the Americas,” said Erella Hovers, an anthropologist at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who did not take part in the new study.As for the early humans who carved up the bones at the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego, named for the paleontologist who discovered it, they likely died out, leaving no genetic trace in modern North Americans, the authors conjectured.Previous attempts to accurately date artefacts at the site fell short.Then, in 2014, co-author James Paces, a researcher with the US Geological Survey, used state-of-the-art radiometric methods to measure traces of natural uranium and its decaying by-products in the mastodon bones, which were still fresh when broken by precise blows from stone hammers.– © AFP 2017 Read: Five thousand years of death: The secrets uncovered at Hellfire Club siteRead: Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online library Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 10:51 PM No human remains were actually found at the site in California. Image: San Diego Natural History Museum via Screengrabcenter_img 24 Comments No human remains were actually found at the site in California. Share150 Tweet Email1 Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were discovered. Short URL By AFPlast_img read more

Google veut concurrencer Apple en lançant son One Pass

first_imgGoogle veut concurrencer Apple en lançant son One PassLe moteur de recherche vient de lancer une plateforme en ligne que les éditeurs peuvent utiliser pour vendre leurs publications. Google emboîte le pas à Apple. En début de semaine, la firme à la pomme annonçait qu’elle venait de lancer un service d’abonnement à la presse via l’App Store. A présent, c’est au tour du moteur de recherche de lancer son propre système, baptisé One Pass (lien non disponible). Celui-ci est également destiné aux éditeurs de presse, et pourra leur permettre de vendre leurs contenus (abonnement, vente au numéro, article à l’unité…). Les éditeurs pourront fixer leurs prix eux-mêmes. Et à la différence d’Apple, Google ne va percevoir que 10% de ces revenus, contre 30% pour la firme de Cupertino.”Notre objectif est de fournir une plate-forme ouverte et flexible qui renforce notre engagement à soutenir les éditeurs, le journalisme et l’accès à un contenu de qualité”, a déclaré Google, cité par plateforme est déjà disponible en France, en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Espagne, en Italie, aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. Le 18 février 2011 à 10:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush say officials

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years.Two police officials told The Associated Press that the exchange of fire began late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza province, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) southwest of Cairo.They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.The firefight began when security forces acting on intelligence moved against a militants’ hideout in the area. Backed by armored personnel carriers and led by senior counterterrorism officers, the police contingent drew fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the officials.The officials said what happened next is not clear, but added that the force likely ran out of ammunition and that the militants captured several policemen and later killed them.The officials said the police force appeared to have fallen into a carefully planned ambush set up by the militants. The death toll could increase, they added.last_img read more

Arctic Standards Wont Be Ready For Shells Return

first_imgDownload AudioAfter Shell’s troubled 2012 drilling season in the far north, the Interior Department began working on Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling. But those new standards aren’t done yet. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says they won’t be in place to guide Shell’s planned return to the Chukchi Sea this year.“As Shell indicated just recently that they were going to go forward with their exploration plan this summer, we’ll be holding them to the standards that we’ve held them to before, with upgrades and proof that they can do what they say they do before they’re allowed to go up there,” Jewell told reporters in a press call today, primarily talking about the president’s budget for her department.Jewell didn’t say when the Arctic standards would be released for public review but indicated it would not be in the coming weeks.“We’ve been working closely with industry and learning from the lessons Shell experienced in 2012 in formulating those,” she said.The standards are expected to require things like well containment systems and rigs on hand to drill relief wells and also limit the season.The five-year budget President Obama sent to Congress today has nothing to bolster long-held Alaskan hopes of winning a share of federal revenues from offshore oil and gas. In fact, Jewell says the administration is trying to undo offshore revenue sharing with Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama.“The outer continental shelf is owned by all Americans,” Jewell said. “There is a small portion of the Gulf (of Mexico) where there is revenue sharing proposed for certain Gulf states. We believe that needs to be re-examined to look at what is a fair return to the taxpayers across the whole United States.”The Interior Department budget includes full support costs for Alaska Native health care contracts. It also has more than a million dollars for 3-d mapping of Alaska and nearly $3 million to clean up the Red Devil mine on the Kuskokwim River, in southwest Alaska.The president’s budget, though, is essentially just a request, because spending decisions are up to Congress.last_img read more

Apple iPhone Amazon Echo production moving from China to India

first_imgOn a steamy summer morning, dozens of buses pull up outside a cluster of low-slung, blue buildings in Andhra Pradesh. Women dressed in colorful salwar kameezes disembark, their dupatta body scarves billowing as they make their way past hibiscus bushes and posters proclaiming, “Our aim, no accident.” The night shift at Foxconn Technology Group’s mobile phone plant in Sri City is ending, and thousands of young women are punching out as others stream in to replace them. One of the arrivals is Jennifer Jayadas, a tall, slim 21-year-old who lives several miles away in a two-room hut with no running water. Also Read – Car sales may decline 4-7% in FY20: ICRA Advertise With Us After gobbling down a free breakfast of chapatti flatbreads with a potato-and-pea curry, she dons a checked white hat, apron-shirt, static-resistant footwear and tiny finger gloves. Then Jayadas takes her place at a testing station where she will spend the next eight hours making sure the volume, vibration and other phone features work properly. “Smartphones used to be all made in China,” she says. “Now, we make them here.” Also Read – Stimulus steps ‘too little, too late’: Fitch Advertise With Us Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, opened its first India factory four years ago. It now operates two assembly plants, with plans to expand those and open two more. India has become an important manufacturing base as the Taipei-based company looks to diversify its operations beyond China. Succeeding in India has become all the more urgent since US President Donald Trump launched a trade war last year and announced tariffs on thousands of products manufactured in China, including the gadgetry Foxconn makes for Apple, Amazon and others. Advertise With Us In late August, Trump ratcheted up the rhetoric, ordering American companies to start pulling out of China and citing a national security law as justification. He backed off two days later, but many companies have resigned themselves to an inevitable and costly rethinking of their global supply chains. “It’s a good business principle not to put all your eggs in a single basket,” says Josh Foulger, who runs Foxconn’s India operations. “We have to find viable and reliable alternatives. Obviously the alternative location has to be competitive. We can’t put a factory in Mexico for manufacturing mobiles. It might have worked 10 years ago, it just won’t work today.” Foulger, 48, grew up in Chennai and attended the University of Texas in Arlington, before returning to India in the mid-aughts to set up manufacturing for Nokia. He joined Foxconn four years ago to help founder Terry Gou establish assembly plants in India, now the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Foxconn’s first India facility started in 2015 in Sri City, a special economic zone where goods can be imported and exported with limited red tape and foreign companies make everything from diapers to train carriages. Foxconn’s plant employs almost 15,000 workers — about 90% of them women — and assembles phones for various manufacturers, including local best-seller Xiaomi. In recent months, workers began testing and assembling Apple’s iPhone X, which will be sold in India first and eventually exported. A second mobile phone factory opened in 2017 in Sriperumbudur, about two hours by road from the first facility. It employs 12,000 and is partially automated. “By 2023,” Foulger says, “both factories will be much larger and we’ll add two more locations.” Foxconn currently ships parts in from China, but hopes one day to manufacture displays and printed circuit boards locally. Foulger is angling to capture a third of the domestic smartphone market and 10% of the global one (up from a 2.5% share today). Eventually, he plans to add other products, including Amazon Echo speakers, to the mix. “Until now, India has made for India,” he says. “Soon India will make for the world.” Seated in an office overlooking the hubbub of the Sriperumbudur plant, the strapping, bearded executive ticks off India’s pluses: labor costs that are half that of China’s, a vast pool of workers including talented engineers, a government eager to help. They have a staunch partner in Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is under pressure to bring down a jobless rate that currently exceeds 6%. His government’s four-year-old “Make in India” policy seeks to turn the country into a manufacturing power by offering incentives to foreign companies to open factories. “The plan is to expand India’s $25 billion phone manufacturing to $400 billion by 2024,” says Pankaj Mahindroo, who heads the Indian Cellular & Electronics Assn. “A substantial portion of it will be for the export market. There’s a long way to go: A mere 700,000 electronics manufacturing jobs have been created since Make in India started, according to Mahindroo’s industry group. Skilled workers such as industrial designers are in short supply, and there isn’t yet much of a supplier network providing crucial components such as batteries, semiconductors and processors. “India is not there yet,” says Anshul Gupta, a senior research director at Gartner India. “But things are beginning to fall in place. India can bolster its manufacturing capacity and help the world cut its reliance on China.” Foxconn was integral to China’s transformation into a manufacturing colossus, and Gou has told Modi that Foxconn could help India do the same. But it took China 30 years to get there. “China’s advantage was its massive labor pool that could produce quite cheaply, and they built on that by investing heavily in logistics and transportation,” says Andrew Polk, a founding partner with Trivium China, a Beijing-based research firm. “Even as their labor pool advantage is dissipating, they have invested in processes and systems so they can produce efficiently at scale and get the goods to the market.” Catching up will require the Indian government and private sector to invest heavily in roads, rails, ports and other infrastructure. “When China did it, global supply chains were fragmented and there wasn’t another China,” Polk says. “India will not only have to get it right but they have to get it right in a way to better China, and trade wars can only help at the margins.” China also had the benefit of being able to grow without worrying too much about the environmental impact. With concern about climate change growing, “that’s not going to fly these days,” he says. As a two-decade veteran of supply chains in India and elsewhere, Foulger is painfully aware of the challenges. “I can twirl my mustache and say, ‘India can replicate China,'” he says. “The reality is that we have shortcomings.” While the state government provided land, water and power connections for the Sriperumbudur facility, Foxconn, Dell, Flextronics and other companies banded together to build the industrial park for their factories. Even so, Foulger still needs to ferry in water for his thousands of workers because Chennai city and nearby areas have a severe water shortage. It was Foulger’s mother who planted the idea and persuaded him to give women the opportunity. A teacher whose students often hailed from underprivileged backgrounds, she told him girls are curious, hard working and committed but family circumstances prevent them from going to college. Many are forced to start work early or are pushed into marriage and child rearing at a young age. Foulger says that because most Indian manufacturers prefer to hire men, it was easy to hit his hiring targets. But he’s had to make accommodations. For instance, the air conditioning had to be turned up to 26 degrees because the woman have never experienced it before. A line manager brought up the issue of sanitary hygiene, and Foulger was initially hesitant. What would be the reaction in their villages, he wondered? Still, he listened and had sanitary pad dispensers installed in the washroom. Foulger also has to pay for extra security for his female recruits and provide buses and dormitory accommodation for those who live far from the factories. But he says it’s well worth the extra cost because “women work hard and appreciate the chances given to them.” Over the years, Foxconn has been criticized for grueling working conditions at its China factories. A string of suicides of young migrant workers earlier this decade shocked the world and prompted the company to create a help hotline, boost pay and install safety netting to discourage jumpers. In August, Foxconn fired two executives at a Chinese plant that assembles devices for Amazon after a labor group alleged it slashed wages and flouted laws to help deal with rising US tariffs. During visits to Foxconn’s two India factories, there was no visible sign of sweat-shop conditions. Workers there mostly complain about the monotony. From the minute they enter the shop floor to the end of an eight-hour shift, work repeats in a relentless cycle. The daily production target has to be met at all costs. Row upon row of women put together each phone part by part, inspecting each handset for visible defects. Shivaparvati Kallivettu, 24, spends her days testing the phone’s audio and examining batteries and SIM card trays, explaining that her main respite comes every morning in the factory canteen when she has breakfast with four close friends. Most women take the jobs with specific goals in mind, such as sending their kids to better schools or clearing family debt. The pay hoists them over the poverty line. Jayadas gets about 9,000 rupees monthly ($130, which is about a third of the average Chinese factory wage), free bus rides and two wholesome meals. To help avoid tedium, the company teaches workers at least 10 skills in the testing, packing and assembly sections of the line so they can be rotated to different jobs. Still, many of the workers treat the job as a stop-gap. Recently, 400 women failed to show up for their daily shift. Managers discovered they were all taking the government’s teacher recruitment exam—a job that pays a third of what they make at Foxconn but provides less tangible compensations. After her shift, Jayadas boards the bus, reaching her home a little before 4 p.m. She helps with the cooking, then fetches 12 buckets of water from a street tap for the family’s daily needs. Her father’s income repairing radios and DVD players is meager and erratic, and her entire paycheck goes to her parents. “First, the house has to be fixed,” Jayadas says gesturing toward the flimsy roof and decrepit walls. “Then, I want to save up for a beautician’s course.”last_img read more

Dishonored 2 Puts a Unique Twist on VictorianEra Fashion

first_img Fashion is often something of an afterthought in video games. Most developers focus on a game’s mechanics or story but often fail to realize how fashion can help shape the in-game world and help make it feel more real and lived-in. This isn’t the case with the upcoming Dishonored 2. This is a title whose developers understand how fashion can be used as a tool for storytelling and player immersion.Though Dishonored 2 is at its core an open-ended stealth action title, it is also a game set within a very specific type of world; one that is heavily influenced by the Victorian-era industrial revolution. As such, every person in the game — from main characters to random NPCs — dresses in a manner that is befitting not only the style of the time period but also what their stations are in life.“Before creating the fashion itself, we think about the characters: their age, their origins, their background, their functions,” says Jean-Luc Monnet, Assistant Art Director on Dishonored 2. “We still stay true to the design we created for the original Dishonored – retaining that Victorian flavor, although adapted to a southern country, with lighter fabrics and colors – but a character’s origin, background, position in society, position within a faction… that’s what we have in mind when we start a new concept.Part of the style in Dishonored’s world is the result of the junction between two distant periods, both of which carry their own expertise, tools, and materials. There are signs of an industrial revolution that hasn’t been fully realized. Everything is at a prototype stage, and that allows us to experiment with unique clothing designs regarding techniques and looks. As a result, we have the chance to explore and craft things we never expected.”Pop culture was also a big influence on the game. The works of acclaimed illustrator J.C. Leyendecker helped the team with how to make clothing that gives characters a unique silhouette. The clothing reacts differently depending on the type of person wearing them. In a sense, the designers had to think like real-world dressmakers and take into account how clothing folds and other such factors.Old movies were used for reference as well. If you were to watch a scene from any old film, it would be easy to discern what a person does for a living just based on the clothes they wear. Art Director Sébastien Mitton (who is descended from a line of Italian tailors and dressmakers) wanted to show people’s functions through their clothing just like those movies of yore.The characters under the costumes mattered as much as their clothing. “That’s why their anatomy and body language are just as important to telling their stories, and that adds a lot of granularity to the game,” says Monnet. “We put as much energy on the fashion as detailing the world. Fashion merges with the look and feel of the game. Whether it’s the rich or the poor district, or guards versus a gang of Howlers; based on where and how they live, we make sure our characters’ costumes fit the environment.”Dishonored 2 has more factions and social classes than the previous game. This gave the art team the opportunity to create a wider variety of looks. The team also spent time studying anatomy. For example, an aristocrat and a worker wouldn’t have the same type of body or body language. Even if both wore the same clothing, it would be easy to recognize which one was a worker and which grew up privileged.Though the art team looks at everything, they were careful not to be too influenced by outside fashion trends. They stuck to what makes the world of Dishonored 2 unique and built upon the pillars they had set up in the original game. Above anything, characters are at the forefront. This results in a line-up of fashion that the team hopes is interesting and will stand the test of time.Below are in-depth looks at three of Dishonored 2‘s main characters. The descriptions below them are from Jean-Luc Monnet.DelilahIt’s always a challenge to bring a character back years later. The goal is to stay true to the original concept, but also to bring freshness to him/her while reflecting the intentions of the narration.In the case of Delilah, she looks sinister with a bit of mystery. And the trick, costume wise, has been to play with the shapes; opposing triangular forms to feminine waves of vegetation. We reached a good balance, then adjusted the silhouette while remaining loyal to the old design, which is a big win visually speaking.Emily KaldwinEmily’s costume was a great challenge. People were attached to the small ten years old girl from Dishonored. She’s now a young, impatient Empress, 25 years old, ruling the Empire of the Isles. However, she is also a thrill-seeker at night who runs through alleys and over rooftops. With all of this in mind, she needed a specific costume that reflected her authority but also gave her the mobility she needed.While browsing Vogue magazine, Sébastien Mitton found a photograph of Ruby Aldridge from the Céline Fall 2011 fashion show. He said, ”Boom! We have the direction!” Her beauty and her unsettling gaze drove the first concept art for Emily. Also, the work of Jona on InAisce inspired him on the technical side of crafting jackets, while also paying attention to the distinctive line and harmony when different materials are married together.Corvo AttanoCorvo’s original costume was designed while Dishonored was still planned to be set in London 1666. It was greatly inspired by the long coat of the highwaymen. Now that the world design has matured, it’s been a good opportunity to make Corvo’s costume fit better with the style of the other characters.And like Emily, we immediately talked about form and function (father of the Empress, Spymaster, assassin…). Shape, silhouette, agility, stature, maturity: these were our bullet points for Corvo.We tried to make him cooler and even more bad-ass, the bad-ass father that Sébastien Mitton wants to be! As he’s satisfied, we can say that’s a kind of achievement.Dishonored two will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this Friday. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.View as: One Page Slides1. Aristocrats hands research2. Arms research3. Thin workers arms research4. Civilian portraits5. Civilian study6. Guard & Witch7. Guard Study8. Outsider, Jindosh, Stilton study9. Black Sparrow study10. Witch study Stay on target The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesLeaked screenshot suggests Dishonored II “full reveal” at E3 last_img read more

VIDEO Marquise Goodwin dropped to his knees after scoring an 83yard TD

first_img Advertisement Niners wide receiver Marquise Goodwin revealed after Sunday’s win over the Giants that he and his wife suffered the unimaginable loss of their newborn son in the early hours of Sunday morning.Incredibly, Goodwin not only managed to suit up against the Giants in San Francisco’s first win of the season, but hauled in an 83-yard bomb from C.J. Beathard. When he reached the endzone, he dropped to his knees, pointed to the sky, and collapsed from the emotion of the moment while he teammates rushed to comfort him.This is about as authentic a moment as you can see in sports, under terrible circumstances. Prayers for the Goodwin family.Marquise Goodwin lost his newborn son just hours before Sunday’s game and broke down after his touchdown against the Giants.Thoughts & prayers to @flashg88dwin— Fake Teams (@faketeams) November 13, 2017last_img read more

Kuri the adorable home robot starts shipping to preorder customers

first_imgKuri, the home robot that wants to be more companion and less Roomba, has begun shipping out to customers. Kuri creator Mayfield Robotics, a Bosch-owned startup, revealed that its initial shipments have gone out via FedEx – which means it technically met its goal of beginning to ship the photogenic little friend bots prior to the end of 2017, if only just.Kuri was originally unveiled almost a year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it’s been steadily getting smarter and closer to production-ready status since then, with regular updates from the roboticists at Mayfield, who wanted to create a domestic robot that wasn’t just functional, but that would be welcomed in as a virtual member of the family.The little robot features touch sensors, expressive eyes with a built-in camera and live-streaming capabilities, the ability to communicate via onboard speakers, microphones and gestural motion actuators, obstacle avoidance smarts and wheels that can handle room crossing from one room into another, as well as multiple types of floors and carpets.Kuri’s designed to autonomously navigate the house, learn over time, automatically capture special moments, play back music, audiobooks and podcasts, and generally be a pal around the house. It’s a novel and daring approach to bringing robotics into the domestic sphere – especially given its $700 price tag. Mayfield seems to be enjoying healthy interest, however; the queue is currently set to deliver sometime next spring for reservations made today.last_img read more

ADO bus leaving Cancun for Veracruz crashes killing one

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An ADO passenger bus that left Cancun bound for Veracruz has crashed, leaving one dead.The bus accident was recorded at 5:35 a.m. along the Bacalar highway between an ADO bus and a company vehicle.Photo: PGRAccording to the police reports, the Quintana Roo-plated truck was parked along the highway due to mechanical failure. The ADO bus, which was traveling with 40 passengers from Cancun, happened upon the parked vehicle but did not realize it was immobile.The ADO bus driver hit the truck, tearing away a large section of the front right of the bus. The result of the impact killed one ADO passenger.Police say both the driver of the transport truck and the driver of the ADO bus ran from the scene.The accident caused a massive suspension in traffic for hours forming long queues in both directions of the highway while police and ambulances arrived to tend to the crash and its victims.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Top Trends at RSNA 2017

first_imgContributing editor and radiology industry expert Greg Freiherr offers insights about the key trends and technologies at RSNA in the following content:• Value in Radiology Takes on Added Depth at RSNA 2017• RSNA 2017: Often Real Systems (Were) Not Available Dave Fornell, ITN Editor at RSNA Dave Fornell is the editor of Imaging Technology News magazine and Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine. RSNA is radiology’s premier conference of the year and is used to launch hundreds of new products and to show work-in-progress technologies. Take a tour of some of these technologies in the VIDEO “Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Imaging Technology at RSNA 2017.”One of the big issues facing radiology is the potential safety regarding MRI gadolinium contrast retention. The takeaway message from attending numerous sessions and interviews on this topic is that more data is needed from large-scale, long-term patient studies. So far none of these have been established. Additionally, radiology has done a poor job of recording in the patient record what the contrast doses were or even what contrast agent was used. It is hard to conclude if there are any safety issues from incomplete or missing data and only relying on patients complaining of symptoms that may or may not be related to their MRIs. I met with two of the top RSNA MRI experts and you can watch the video interviews with Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.You can read an additional overview blog about the the current state of the gadolinium safety question, “Radiology Has Failed to Properly Assess or Track MRI Gadolinium Contrast Safety.”Here is a link to all the key RSNA 2017 study presentations, trends and and videos. See what products vendors displayed at RSNA 2017 with listings by modality on the ITN FastPass microsite at • Why AI By Any Name Is Sweet For Radiology • VIDEO: Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017• VIDEO: How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology• VIDEO: Examples of How Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Imaging News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor at RSNA | RSNA 2017| January 18, 2018 | Dave Fornell The Top Trends at RSNA 2017 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Radiological Association of North America’s (RSNA) 2017 conference will be remembered as the year artificial intelligence (AI) exploded in radiology. It was by far the biggest news and overall trend in sessions and throughout the expo floor. The key message was AI is here to help and augment radiologists, not replace them. The majority of the AI examples on the show floor run in the background of radiology IT systems to aid workflow, not offer its own clinical findings. Here are links to ITN’s coverage of AI at RSNA 2017:• VIDEO: Technology Report: Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

Publisher of Franzen Eugenides is stepping back

first_imgPublisher of Franzen, Eugenides is stepping back by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 11:22 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The longtime publisher of such prize-winning authors as Jonathan Franzen and Marilynne Robinson is stepping back.Farrar, Straus & Giroux president and publisher Jonathan Galassi has chosen Mitzi Angel to succeed him as publisher later this year. Angel currently heads Faber and Faber in London and has worked with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rachel Cusk and numerous other authors. The publisher says in a Thursday statement that the 43-year-old will oversee editing and marketing at FSG. Galassi says in a statement that Angel is a gifted publisher “meant to work with us.”Galassi will remain as president and continue to acquire and edit books. The 68-year-old joined FSG, one of the world’s premier literary houses, in 1986. His notable projects include Franzen’s “The Corrections,” Robinson’s “Gilead” and Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex.”last_img read more

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