October 16, 2019
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first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement As runners-up, Maison du bonheur director Sofia Bohdanowicz (who won last year’s Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist) and Ava director Sadaf Foroughi each received $5,000 from Rogers Communications.Hosted by TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey, the ceremony took place at a gala dinner held January 8, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto with a cocktail reception sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.“All of the films honoured by the TFCA this year prompt us to think about the human condition and to reflect on the footprint we leave upon the planet,” said TFCA president Peter Howell. “But ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch does so with life-changing authority. It’s a clarion call to action, one that I hope leaves these awards to find a global reach and response.”“This year’s three nominated films speak to the extraordinary range and international outlook of Canadian cinema,” said Rogers Vice-Chair, Philip B. Lind. “ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch presents a vision of environmental ruin on an unprecedented scale, with a profound and disturbing beauty. It’s a literal landmark and we are thrilled to celebrate its unique achievement.”At the gala, Grace Lynn Kung (Frankie Drake Mysteries) and Jess Salgueiro (Mouthpiece) introduced a series of video acceptance speeches from winners, including Best Director Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Best Actor Ethan Hawke (First Reformed), Best Supporting Actress Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Best Supporting Actor Steven Yeun (Burning).Rick Mercer presented the $5,000 RBC Allan King Documentary Film Award for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Morgan Neville’s affectionate look at the legacy reaching beyond the small screen neighbourhood created by TV’s Mr. Rogers.Canadian television personality Traci Melchor presented writer-director Molly McGlynn with the $10,000 Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.In its mission to recognize new voices in film criticism, the TFCA gave Genevieve Citron the inaugural TFCA Emerging Critic Award. Citron is the creator and lead editor of The Film Atlas website.Prolific actor Tantoo Cardinal was presented with the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award by actress Tanaya Beatty (Through Black Spruce). Under the pay-it-forward terms of the award, Technicolor donated $50,000 in services to a filmmaker of Cardinal’s choosing — writer-director and video artist Darlene Naponse, whose film Falls Around Her, starring Cardinal, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018.Richard Crouse, host of the CTV talk show Pop Life, welcomed prominent members of the film industry, civic and culture community on the red carpet, including producer J. Miles Dale, whose The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year, producer-director Miranda de Pencier, producer-director Charles Officer, producer-director Barry Avrich, actors Tanaya Beatty, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Clark Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, Grace Lynn Kung and Jess Salgueiro, Telefilm executive director Christa Dickenson, TIFF co-head Joana Vicente, Beth Janson, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Hussain Amarshi, founder and CEO of Mongrel Media and Toronto Mayor John Tory.The TFCA is extremely grateful to founding sponsor Rogers Communications for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, to returning sponsors Labatt’s for the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, to Technicolor for the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, to Cineplex Entertainment for the awards cocktail reception. The TFCA welcomes new sponsors Air Canada as the official airline and RBC for the RBC Allan King Documentary Award. The TFCA also welcomes new sponsors the Four Seasons Hotel and Champagne Perrier-Jouët. The TFCA salutes stalwart supporters The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Zoomer Magazine, and TAXI Toronto.(Under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in Canada in 2018 plus films that qualify for the 2018 Oscars and have Canadian distribution scheduled by the end of February 2019.)The Toronto Film Critics Association was established in 1997 and is comprised of Toronto based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.  All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print, electronic and web outlets are represented. Members of the TFCA also participate in the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI).  As such, they have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Palm Springs, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, Amsterdam, London and Vienna, among others.Website: www.torontofilmcritics.comTwitter: @TFCAHashtag: #TFCA2019 TORONTO – ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a dramatic exploration of humankind’s devastating impact on environmental change, has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2018 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.The award, the richest annual film prize in Canada, was presented to Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier by writer-director Don McKellar, whose Last Night was named the TFCA’s Best Canadian Film in 1998.It was Baichwal’s third trip to the TFCA podium, previously winning Best Canadian Film forManufactured Landscapes in 2006 and the 2013 Rogers Best Canadian Film prize (with Burtynsky) for Watermark.last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – A financial analyst says prices being paid for Western Canadian oilsands bitumen have fallen so far that many producers are losing money on every barrel sold into the spot market.Analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says recent headlines have been focused on the falling value of the Western Canada Select price, but that measure is for a blend of heavy, sticky bitumen and light oil needed to dilute it so it can flow in a pipeline.The price of WCS fell to about US$19 per barrel on Thursday, about US$52 per barrel below the benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate price.“Those are the headlines but the reality is actually quite a bit worse than what those headline WCS differentials would suggest,” said Murphy.“It’s not the actual realizations these producers are getting … you’re losing money before you even produce that barrel at current differential levels.”Condensate, a type of light oil often used to dilute bitumen, was selling for about US$63 per barrel in Edmonton on Thursday, which means the bitumen part of a WCS barrel composed of 30 to 40 per cent diluent was actually fetching between negative 11 cents US and negative 28 cents US per barrel, he said.It’s the first time that has happened, Murphy said, adding bitumen prices have always previously been in positive territory. In early 2016, when U.S. oil prices fell below US$30 per barrel, bitumen was still worth about US$8 per barrel, he said.The negative pricing is expected to be short-lived, however. Demand for heavy oil will increase when U.S. refineries complete fall maintenance programs, he said, and growing crude-by-rail capacity will help bring barrels to market that can’t fit into Canada’s full pipelines.Murphy said he expects railway exports of crude to climb to about 300,000 barrels per day by year-end from recent record levels of more than 200,000 bpd.Cenovus Energy Inc., which slowed bitumen production earlier this year because of poor prices, recently signed contracts with Canada’s two major railways to move 100,000 bpd of heavy crude oil from northern Alberta to various destinations on the U.S. Gulf Coast.“There’s no question that these differentials are challenging and that they underscore the critical need for immediate action on market access,” said Cenovus spokesman Brett Harris in an email. He declined to comment specifically on the company’s price netbacks.Different types of bitumen require differing amounts of diluent to flow in a pipeline.The newest mining projects such as Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine need 20 to 25 per cent diluent but steam-driven projects that produce from wells need 30 to 40 per cent diluent, Murphy said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: In the aftermath of the devastation caused by severe cyclone ‘Fani’, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation effort in Odisha. Two Maritime Recce sorties were undertaken by the Dornier aircraft of the Navy revealing widespread destruction localised around the temple town of Puri.The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook aerial survey of the cyclone affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, it said. The ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Indian Air Force sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said. The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani. Based on the aerial surveys, the Eastern Naval Command is undertaking a three-pronged rescue and rehabilitation effort centred around Puri and its suburbs.last_img read more

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MOSCOW — Russian officials say a passenger jet has made an emergency landing in a field outside of one of Moscow’s airports, injuring at least 23 people.The Ural Airlines A321 carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven collided with a flock of birds while taking off Thursday from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport.The plane’s engines malfunctioned after the collision and the pilot made an emergency landing in a cornfield about 1 kilometre (half a mile) from the airport.Russian health authorities said that 23 people, including five children, have been hospitalized with injuries.The Associated Press

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first_imgAfter all 43 sandwiches were finished and sitting at my table I got to work putting the McEverything together. I originally anticipated it only being a couple of feet high, but as you can see from the pictures it ended up MUCH taller than that.He held the thing together with bamboo skewers. And that wasn’t even the biggest challenge: Nick writes that the toughest part was “not eating any of the sandwiches until it was complete.”We salute you, Nick, for your commitment to this giant burger. But we can’t quite forgive you this:… with all the leftovers I have I’ve got all my breakfasts, lunches and dinners covered for the next week or so!You can read Nick’s full account at Dude Foods.McDonalds threatens to kick teenagers out over formal dinner>Sorry, this eye-popping McNugget Rampage footage is a brilliant fake> Source: DudefoodsConsiderable planning went into this feat. In order to include all the available burgers, Nick had to arrive at the franchise (in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) just as breakfast service was crossing over with normal daytime service.The full McEverything cost just over $140, or roughly €100.Nick writes on his site Dude Foods: EVER GONE TO McDonalds and wished your burger could be a little more… you know… varied?You’re not alone. So food blogger Nick Chipman went to the Golden Arches, ordered every single one of the 43 bread-and-protein combinations on the menu, and put them all into one superburger he dubbed the ‘McEverything’.Here’s what it looked like:last_img read more

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first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#UNEMPLOYMENT: Launching a new economic strategy today, the Government says they want unemployment down to 10 per cent by 2016 and under 6 per cent by 2020.2.#REHAB: Victory Outreach, which offers recovery services to drug addicts has defended itself after an investigation by RTÉ found clients were selling raffle tickets during shifts of up to 18 hours. RTE will air the programme tonight.3.#CONSENT: The Rape Crisis Network Ireland said they disagree with lowering the age of sexual consent stating it would only “compound State failures to protect the older child”.4. #NAMA: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said allegations of illegality at NAMA was a matter the Government was taking “very seriously indeed” adding that two investigations are currently underway.5. #SHOOTING: A shot was fired by gardaí during a standoff with a man in Coolock in which he pointed a fake gun at officers.last_img read more

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first_imgContraceptif : les femmes apprécient la piluleLes femmes sont plus de six sur dix à opter pour la pilule comme méthode de contraception, et cela devant le stérilet, l’implant ou encore l’anneau.D’après un sondage Opinionway en collaboration avec le laboratoire EFFIK, les femmes seraient 61% à préférer la pilule comme moyen de contraception tandis que 22% des femmes en 2011 ont opté pour le stérilet. Ces deux moyens de contraception restent loin devant les autres dispositifs proposés comme l’implant par exemple.La pilule est particulièrement populaire chez les 16/24 ans, rapporte Le Parisien, période à laquelle les jeunes femmes sont à la recherche de leur premier contraceptif et sont 88% à opter pour la pilule. La stérilet est davantage utilisé par les femmes de 35 à 45 ans. Les critères de choix qui entrent en compte : la fiabilité, l’absence d’effets secondaires et le prix sont souvent cités bien que les jeunes femmes prennent souvent la pilule prescrite par leur gynécologue. Et le sondage de préciser que parmi les personnes interrogées utilisant la pilule, plus de 50% ont déjà oublié leur contraceptif ces trois derniers mois. Il s’agit bien là de la contrainte de la pilule : il faut la prendre tous les jours, sans l’oublier, au risque de fausser son efficacité.Le 14 février 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Our solar system has some company: More than 4,000 exoplanets are known to exist outside of our cosmic borders, and now, a new animated video from NASA highlights these bizarre worlds in light and sound.The video, which was shared by NASA on July 10, shows these exoplanets in chronological order, starting from the first confirmed exoplanet detection in 1992, said a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) blog post. From 1992 to 2019, you can spot each exoplanet discovery and see the total number of exoplanets discovered by that year in an easy format.First, the entire night sky is shown compressed with the Milky Way Galaxy’s central band making a giant “U” shape across it. From there, the exoplanets are color-coded around this landscape with light music as a background soundtrack.Exoplanets found by slight jiggles in their parent stars’ hues (radial velocity) are shown in pink, while exoplanets discovered by small dips in their parent stars’ brightness (transit) appear in purple. Exoplanets that were directly imaged are represented in orange and those detected by gravitationally magnifying the light of a background star (microlensing) are detailed in green. Music plays an important role in the video, too: The faster a planet circles its parent star, the higher the accompanying tone is played.We’ve discovered thousands of planets beyond our solar system (exoplanets!). What have we found so far? Winds blowing rubies and sapphires? Global oceans of lava Perpetual darkness Everlasting lightThey’re weird, wonderful and we love all 4,009 of them! pic.twitter.com/7v4OejlCpz— NASA Planetquest (@PlanetQuest) July 11, 2019The Kepler Space Telescope, which is now retired, has spotted roughly half of these exoplanets, while the new TESS Mission aims to find more exoplanets in space. By studying exoplanets, we can better understand how our planet and the solar system developed years ago.More on Geek.com:ESO’s Very Large Telescope Upgrade Aids Hunt for Habitable ExoplanetsGrowing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy ImageSeries of Exoplanets Could Harbor Extraterrestrial Life Stay on target NASA Gives Rare Look at Rocky Exoplanet’s Bizarre SurfaceHubble Detects Scorching ‘Heavy Metal’ Exoplanet in Space last_img read more

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first_img August 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home August has stopped selling its View Doorbell Camera until it can fix some “key issues.” Chris Monroe/CNET August has temporarily halted sales of its new $230 View Doorbell Camera. The company cites performance issues with the camera in a blog post published Friday. Here’s what August founder and CEO, Jason Johnson, had to say in the post:”We recently began shipping the August View, our first battery-powered doorbell camera. While we remain excited to bring this product to more customers, we are aware of some performance challenges in specific user environments. When you purchase an August product, you trust us with the most important parts of your life: your home and your family. We value your trust greatly and it is our top priority. In order to fully evaluate the user feedback, implement critical improvements, run further testing, and keep our commitment to you, we are pausing shipping of the August View.”If you are an August View customer and would like to keep your product and help us improve the performance, you may receive a full refund by applying here within the next seven days (ends 5/3/2019). If you have not activated your unit or would not like to provide feedback, please contact the retail location you purchased from to initiate a return.”August View will be on sale again in the near future and when we have a date to share, you’ll be the first to know.”augustviewapp2The app regularly says: “Connecting to your August View, please be patient, this takes about 15 seconds,” which is frustrating when you want to see your live feed ASAP. Screenshot by CNET The View is August’s next-gen doorbell. Unlike the company’s previous hardwired, square buzzers, the View is battery powered and rectangular. I didn’t like that I had to wait 15 seconds to see the live video feed after clicking the “watch live” button in the August app, but found the doorbell easy to install and use. And while I prefer the battery-powered Ring Video Doorbell 2 to August’s View, it worked decently well for me. When I asked for more details on the specific issues, an August spokesperson told me they’re related to the boot up time that bothered me during testing.August has removed the View from stores “until these key issues are resolved” and will issue refunds through May 3. We’ll provide updates as we learn more. In the meantime, read about some of the other smart doorbells available today.  Now playing: Watch this: View your visitors with August’s redesigned buzzer Security Cameras Security 0 Read more • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected August View vs. Ring Video Doorbell 2 The best video doorbells you can buy today The smartest video doorbell around 13 Photos Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 1:41 CNET Smart Home reading • August halts sales of its View doorbell due to performance issues Share your voice Post a comment See All Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Tagslast_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad : The Nanakramguda residence of veteran Actor-director Vijaya Nirmala is being thronged by her fans and well-wishers to pay last respects. Many from the Telugu film industry were seen at their residence including actress Jayasudha and comedian Brahmanandam who gave their condolences to her son Naresh and the entire family.last_img

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first_imgAll the major tourist spots in the country will soon have Wi-Fi facilities as part of Modi government’s Digital India initiative.”Taj Mahal, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya are some of the places that will get a Wi-Fi facility soon. We have already started providing free Wi-Fi service at Varanasi ghats. The government has also started the facility of providing e-visa to tourists,” Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told The Economic Times.The government is currently providing e-tourist visa facility to 76 countries and plans to extend the scheme to 150 countries by the end of this financial year.The ministry has outlined a new policy to develop tier II and III cities as IT hubs, said the minister.”We are setting up call centres and BPOs at small towns and creating 48,000 jobs in the first phase. We will give subsidy to take IT revolution to smaller towns,” he added.The minister has also emphasised the potential opportunities of fast growing e-commerce sector in the country.”E-commerce is a big opportunity and we are roping in the Department of Posts to deliver goods to small towns and villages. Postal department has become a reliable partner for big e-commerce companies to deliver their goods,” the minister added.Taking about Modi’s $18 billion Digital India initiative, Prasad said that mobile subscribers in the country will soon reach the 100 crore mark and Internet connections to go up to 50 crore from the current 30 crore in the next two years.Under the initiative, the Modi government plans to lay 7,00,000km (434,960 miles) of broadband cable connecting 2,50,000 village clusters in the next three years and constructing 100 new “Smart Cities” by 2020.”We are connecting 2.5 lakh village panchayats with broadband and opening common service centres at remote locations to provide services and government facilities at the doorsteps of citizens,” Prasad said.Rural population in India is the largest non-Internet user population globally, with about 1.1 billion remaining offline, Bloomberg reported quoting a report by McKinsey and Co.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s packaged food business has grown manifold, and it is estimated to grow to $50 billion by 2017 from $32 billion at present, a survey said on Sunday.”There has been a major shift in food habits in metropolitan cities. About 79 percent of households prefer to have instant food due to steep rise in double incomes, standard of living and convenience,” said an Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) survey.It found that 76 percent of parents in big cities, mostly both working and with children under the age of five, are serving easy-to-make meals at least 10-12 times every month in some form or the other.”The consumption of packaged food is much higher in the urban areas, especially metros, where life is fastpaced, attracting a lot more companies to launch new types of products and variants,” Assocham secretary general D.S. Rawat said in a statement.India’s packaged food market is characterised by a large divide between urban, semi-urban and rural consumers.Urban areas account for 80 percent of the demand for all packaged food, the report said.The main packaged food include bakery and dairy products, canned and frozen processed food, ready-to-eat meals, diet snacks, processed meat, health products and drinks.last_img read more

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first_imgSun Pharma, India’s biggest drug-maker, on Saturday said that the US drug regulator has issued a warning letter to the company regarding violation of manufacturing norms at its Halol plant in Gujarat.The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had conducted inspections at the Sun Pharma’s Halol facility in September 2014.”Sun Pharma will respond to this Warning Letter with a detailed plan within the stipulated timeframe,” the company said in a statement.The letter by the USFDA indicated the company is “still months away” from receiving an approval for the plant by the agency. The regulator may impose a ban on all the drugs exported by the plant to the US if it fails to resolve the issues at the plant, Reuters reported.The US drug watchdog has withheld approvals for products manufactured at the facility since the inspection in September 2014, which has affected Sun Pharma’s sales in its largest market, the US.”Post the September 2014 inspection, the USFDA has withheld future product approvals from the Halol facility. This situation may continue until all issues are resolved,” it said.Sun Pharma said that it would request for a re-inspection by USFDA after fulfilling its “remediation commitments.””While our team is working hard to ensure that the commitments made to the USFDA in September 2014 are fully completed, we will continue to cooperate with the USFDA and undertake any additional steps necessary to ensure that the US agency is completely satisfied with our remediation of the Halol facility,” PTI quoted Sun Pharma Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi as saying.Over the past year, the US regulator has issued warning letters to a significant number of Indian pharma companies, as it increasingly monitored the manufacturing plants located in other countries.last_img read more

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first_imgA future in which your hamburger is grown from animal cells in a lab is rapidly approaching. The idea is that by culturing meat in a vat, you not only cut down on animal slaughter but greatly reduce emissions, on account of cattle taking a lot of energy to raise and butcher and ship. That’s not to mention their digestive systems venting a significant amount of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere.That’s the idea, anyway. The problem is that there’s very little data to back up the assumption that in vitro or cultured meat, as it’s also known, would be better for the environment than cattle. Scientists know the impact of that cattle; in the US, animal agriculture is responsible for around 4 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. But we hit a snag with quantifying the impact of wide-scale production of in vitro meat, because it, um, doesn’t exist yet.But that’s not stopping scientists from modeling the potential emissions of an eventually mature lab-grown meat industry. Today in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, researchers explore an interesting wrinkle: Not all greenhouse gases are created equal.Raising cattle involves CO2 and methane (along with lots of grain and water), whereas cultured meat wouldn’t traffic in much methane. Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, so on the surface that sounds like a win for cultured meat. But it disappears from the atmosphere far faster than CO2—in 12 years versus thousands of years for CO2. So if large-scale cultured meat production starts pumping out a whole lot of CO2, that’s going to be particularly problematic on large timescales. “Energy-intensive forms of cultured production could be quite an extreme case, where you’re basically swapping methane—because cattle emit a lot of methane—for potentially fossil fuel carbon dioxide,” says study lead author John Lynch, an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford.To build their models, the researchers looked at prior quantifications of greenhouse gas emissions from meat production, specifically cattle. (They chose cows because the animals are particularly emissions-happy among livestock.) They then asked: Looking forward 1,000 years, what might the emissions of cultured meat look like compared with traditional cattle raising?Like any model, this came with assumptions. For one, researchers assumed humanity wouldn’t decarbonize energy production in that time period—meaning we’d still be burning fossil fuels to power the plants that produce in vitro meat. Also, the lab-grown meat industry doesn’t really exist yet, beyond a few largely experimental labs. That’d be companies like Just, which is working on chorizo, and Finless Foods, which is working on fish. “There’s a lot of uncertainty in what real-life cultured meat production looks like, so we put a range of the currently proposed footprints in the climate model,” says Lynch. More Great WIRED StoriesWhat happens when techno-utopians run a countryHow measles hacks the body—and harms victims for years10 ways to stay active (and sane) if it’s horrible outsideThink twice before getting an internet-connected sex toyMonkeys with super-eyes could help cure color blindness👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter Looking ahead dozens or even hundreds of years, it’s unlikely that lab-grown meat will totally replace traditional meat. In the developing world in particular, cows are so much more than food—they’re laborers and they’re currency. In the industrialized world, you’ll still have consumers who want that premium steak. Plus, these cultured meat companies still have work to do: They need to replicate not only the taste and mouthfeel and smell of beef, but the protein-packed nutrition of the stuff as well.What science will need is a so-called “life cycle analysis” of cultured meat to show just how efficient it really is. “The trouble is you can’t do one until you’ve got a system running,” according to Van Eenennaam. “So it’s this chicken and egg kind of scenario, in terms of ‘This is what we estimate.’”Nevertheless, researchers can still begin to probe what the industry might look like. Sure, environmental impact estimates come with a whole lot of uncertainty. “Yet these estimates help us understand what could be in terms of a range of possible future scenarios,” says Arizona State University engineer Carolyn Mattick, who has studied the industry. “From there, we can decide what should be in terms of both meat production and carbon intensity of energy sources.”What’s more, the promises of lab-grown meat go beyond emissions. It’s estimated the technology would use 82 percent to 98 percent less water and 90 percent less land, according to David Welch, director of science and technology at the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit that promotes lab-grown meat. “If you imagine that significant a reduction in land use, you can focus on CO2 sequestration, but also the species loss reversal and reforestation,” says Welch. “Clean meat provides very significant improvements in other areas of the environment besides emissions.”Again, those figures have yet to be borne out, because the clean-meat industry doesn’t so much exist yet. That data will come in due time, but for now, your burger will be grown on the ground, not in a vat.center_img What they found was a major discrepancy in the effects of CO2 and methane. In the short term, lab-grown meat could lead to less warming, because it doesn’t spew that extremely potent methane like real cows. But in the long term, the trend flips—lab-grown meat could result in more warming than cows because it’s using up energy and spewing CO2. (Part of the reason the researchers used a huge timescale of 1,000 years in their modeling was to observe the differences in CO2 versus methane emissions over time.) If you suddenly stopped raising cattle, the methane emissions would dissipate rather quickly. But if you scaled up cultured meat production and then suddenly stopped, the CO2 would persist for millennia.This, though, is loaded with caveats. The cattle industry emits its fair share of CO2 in addition to methane. And theoretically, instead of having to ship meat great distances from feedlots and processing facilities to consumers, you could just build in vitro meat facilities where the people are, which would cut down on transportation emissions. The study didn’t consider that. Also, the researchers are assuming meat consumption remains steady, and that we don’t switch to renewable energy production. But it’s safe to assume that these cultured meat companies, whose pitch to consumers is that their product cuts emissions, will power their facilities with renewable energy like solar. That and, again, the researchers are using estimates of emissions from an industry that hasn’t yet figured out how to culture meat at scale.“It’s modeling systems that don’t yet exist,” says Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal geneticist at the University of California at Davis. “The thing that it still misses to me is that cows make more than hamburgers.”Like, a lot more. Various parts of a cow make leather, gelatin, and pet food. Manufacturers use fat to make candles, lubricants, and even explosives. And of course, there’s the milk. “So I think it’s too simplistic of a modeling to say cows just produce hamburgers,” adds Van Eenennaam. The cultured meat industry may take a share of the hamburger market, but it can’t touch the spectrum of other products that come from cows.last_img read more

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first_imgWith Tesla test drives scaled back, your options to check out a Model 3 or Model S sedan are limited enough that you may need to turn to virtual reality to see the car before you buy it. Oculus’s new VR headset could become the next best way to check out cars without going to a dealership or car lot — or in Tesla’s case, without buying the car sight unseen.The Oculus Quest was officially announced this week at Facebook’s F8 conference and when it arrives on May 21 for $399 most of the attention will be on how it performs for gaming apps. For the non-gamers out there, however, the headset can give you a glimpse at what thousands of cars look like. It’s one of the many non-gaming uses for VR that’s getting a boost with the new device.RelayCars has a vast library of car imagery that lets you take a look at each one from all angles and while sitting in the driver seat. With images of 13,000 vehicles and counting, you can take a peek at the Tesla Model 3, a Mini Cooper, or even a Prius. During a demo, COO Gina Callari compared the app to a “virtual auto show” where you can hop from car to car, getting a feel for the vehicle without driving it. The library is stocked with luxury vehicles, big trucks, and everyday options like a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.You can barely tell this is a simulated version.Image: relaycarsIt’s available for free on Oculus Go, Samsung’s Gear VR, HTC Vive, and other VR platforms (there’s also a mobile and tablet app with 360-degree images available for perusing for the VR-disinclined among us), but with the new Quest, the viewing experience will greatly improve.Currently you can explore the front seat of a Tesla, or any of the available cars, from a fixed point of view in VR. You can look all over, but you can’t see what the car is like from the back seat or from other positions. With the Quest the RelayCars VR app will give what’s known as 6DOF, or six degrees of freedom, instead of the usual 3DOF: pitch, roll, and yaw. The additional three are forward/backward, left/right, and up/down. This means you can move around the space, kneel down, get closer to the steering wheel, check out a decal on the trunk — much like you’d do when walking around a real car. It gets you that much closer to a realistic experience.So instead of trudging to a litany of different dealerships when looking for a new car, you can browse through various options the same way you shop for everything else: online. A Tesla Model 3 appears before you.Image: relaycarsBy Sasha Lekach2019-05-02 01:38:01 UTClast_img read more

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first_img November 14, 2013 — Philips Healthcare and Sectra announced an agreement to extend the term of their existing picture archiving and communication system (PACS) support partnership agreement. This agreement allows Philips to provide continued support for Sectra PACS installations through 2020 and can be extended on a yearly basis thereafter. 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 Related Content “As medical imaging technology continues to advance, PACS remains a vital part of our customers’ healthcare informatics infrastructure,” said Mike Mancuso, CEO, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare. “At Philips, we are committed to working alongside Sectra, to maintain this foundation and to allow for the best possible service for our shared customers in selected countries.” Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Philips and Sectra have maintained a nonexclusive partnership agreement since 1997. Under the current agreement, Philips provides service, upgrades and extensions to Sectra PACS solutions, which were sold and installed by Philips in selected countries. Philips provides support to approximately 200 customers that use the Sectra PACS solution. 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more “Our customers are busy helping patients to survive an accident or illness, and the imaging IT solutions are of vital importance in their work,” said Marie Ekström, executive vice president, Sectra AB and president, Sectra Imaging IT solutions. “Through the long-term support and partnership agreement between Philips and Sectra, our shared customers will maintain access to technology advancements through upgrades, as well as good quality service and support, allowing them to focus on helping as many patients as possible in the best way.” Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more For more information: www.philips.com, www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | November 14, 2013 Philips, Sectra Renew PACS Support Agreement News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more last_img read more

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first_imgAt the first re:MARS event early this month Amazon proposed its plans to further digitize its delivery services by making the AI-powered drones deliver orders. Amazon was recently granted a US patent on June 4 for these ‘unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones’ to provide “surveillance as a service.” The patent which was filed on June 12, 2015, mentions how Amazon’s UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy. “The property may be defined by a geo-fence, which may be a virtual perimeter or boundary around a real-world geographic area. The UAV may image the property to generate surveillance images, and the surveillance images may include image data of objects inside the geo-fence and image data of objects outside the geo-fence,” the patent states. A diagram from the patent shows how delivery drones could be diverted to survey a location. Source: USPTO According to The Telegraph, “The drones would look for signs of break-ins, such as smashed windows, doors left open, and intruders lurking on people’s property. Anything unusual could then be photographed and passed on to the customer and the police”. “Drones have long been used for surveillance, particularly by the military, but companies are now beginning to explore how they might be used for home security”, The Verge reports. Amazon’s competitor, Alphabet Inc.’s Wing, became the first drone to win an FAA approval to operate as a small airline, in April. However, Amazon received an approval to start making drone deliveries only in remote parts of the United States. Amazon says it hopes to launch a commercial service “in a matter of months.” The drones could be programmed to trigger automated text or phone alerts if the system’s computer-vision algorithms spot something that could be a concern. Those alerts might go to the subscriber, or directly to the authorities. “For example, if the surveillance event is the determination that a garage door was left open, an alert may be a text message to a user, while if the surveillance event is a fire, an alert may be a text message or telephone call to a security provider or fire department,” the inventors write. But this raises a lot of data privacy concerns as this may allow drones to peep into people’s houses and collect information they are not supposed to. However, Amazon’s patent stating that, “Geo-clipped surveillance images may be generated by physically constraining a sensor of the UAV, by performing pre-image capture processing, or post-image capture processing. Geo-clipped surveillance images may be limited to authorized property, so privacy is ensured for private persons and property.” Amazon has been curating a lot of user data using various products including the smart doorbell made by Ring, which Amazon bought for more than $1 billion in February last year. This smart doorbell sends a video feed customers can check and answer from their smartphone. Amazon launched Neighbors, a crime-reporting social network that encourages users to upload videos straight from their Ring security cameras and tag posts with labels like “Crime,” “Safety,” and “Suspicious.” Over 50 local US police departments have partnered with Ring to gain access to its owners’ security footage. Amazon’s Key allows Prime members to have packages delivered straight into their homes—if they install its smart lock on their door and Amazon security cameras inside their homes. Last month, the US House Oversight and Reform Committee held its first hearing on examining the use of ‘Facial Recognition Technology’. The hearing included discussion on the use of facial recognition by government and commercial entities, flaws in the technology, lack of regulation and its impact on citizen’s civil rights and liberties. Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League highlighted one of the major pressing points for the failure of this technology as ‘misidentification’, that can lead to false arrests and accusations, a risk especially for marginalized communities. Earlier this year in January, activist shareholders proposed a resolution to limit the sale of Amazon’s facial recognition tech called Rekognition to law enforcement and government agencies. Rekognition was found to be biased and inaccurate and is regarded as an enabler of racial discrimination of minorities. Rekognition, runs image and video analysis of faces, has been sold to two states; Amazon has also pitched it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Last month, Amazon shareholders rejected the proposal on ban of selling its facial recognition tech to governments. Amazon pushed back the claims that the technology is inaccurate, and called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to block the shareholder proposal prior to its annual shareholder meeting. While ACLU blocked Amazon’s efforts to stop the vote, amid growing scrutiny of its product. According to an Amazon spokeswoman, the resolutions failed by a wide margin. Amazon has defended its work and said all users must follow the law. It also added a web portal for people to report any abuse of the service. The votes were non-binding, thus, allowing the company to reject the outcome of the vote. In April, Bloomberg reported that Amazon workers “listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands”. Also, this month, two lawsuits were filed in Seattle alleging that Amazon is recording voiceprints of children using its Alexa devices without their consent. This shows Amazon may be secretly collecting user’s data and now, with the surveillance drones they can gain access to user’s home on the whole. What more can a company driven on user data ask for? We’ll have to see if Amazon stays true to what they have stated in their patent. While drones hovering over for surveillance seems interesting, it is actually collecting large volumes of user data, and a lot of private information. Black hat hackers who use their skills to break into systems and access data and programs without the permission of the owners may gain access to this data, which is a risk. They can further sell the data to 3rd party buyers including advertisement companies who may further use it to forward advertisements on particular products they use. Amazon employees managing the data from these drones may also have certain access to this data. As a network administrator or security professional, the rights and privileges allow them access most of the data on the systems of user’s network. Also, one can easily decrypt the data if they have access to the recovery agent account. This creates an alarming state whether this extra private is data safe or not? On what level can intruders misuse this? According to The Verge, “Amazon has patented some pretty eccentric drone technologies over the years that have never made it to market; including a floating airship that could act as a warehouse for delivery drones, a parachute shipping label, and a system that lets a drone understand when you shout or wave at it”. To know more about ‘surveillance as a service’ read the patent. Read Next Amazon announces general availability of Amazon Personalize, an AI-based recommendation service US regulators plan to probe Google on anti-trust issues; Facebook, Amazon & Apple also under legal scrutiny Amazon shareholders reject proposals to ban sale of facial recognition tech to govt and to conduct independent review of its human and civil rights impactlast_img read more

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first_imgPacific Islands Centre and Palau Visitors Authority’s Japan Office jointly hosted the Palau Tourism and Business Seminar on November 1 at Shikonkan of Meiji University. Pacific Islands Centre is based in Tokyo and is part of the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) office network.The seminar was held in preparation for the forthcoming fourth government and private sector joint economic mission to the Republic of Palau in December. The seminar provided a valuable opportunity to tell participants more about Palau, from from the point of view of expanding business opportunities and promoting tourism.Primarily targeted at companies that will join the economic mission in December, it was also aimed at people who are planning to develop business in Palau, parties and individuals who are interested in Palau or involved in the travel industry that promote tourism especially to exotic locales.The seminar was well attended with more than 120 people including His Excellency Francis Matsutaro, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of The Republic of Palau to Japan, as an honorable guest.Though the presentation and the panel session mainly focused on “current status” of Palau, the attendees could get general information about Palau, including the Government’s eco-friendly and sustainable approach as a tourism-oriented country, trend of tourists from all over the world, current status of hotels in Palau, and accessibility from Japan.Importantly, it highlighted the fact that Palau still retains some remnants of the Japanese reign during World WarⅡby displaying comparisons between the map of Koror Island at that time and its photo of today. Also, airports, bridges and facilities developed by Japanese Official Development Assistance were shown, which tells a great deal about Palau’s growth through infrastructure improvement with Japan’s contribution. It was intriguing content that highlighted the reason why people of Palau feel strong affinity toward Japan.The Republic of Palau attracts many tourists as the most beautiful diving sanctuary and for its heritage listed Rock Island.Meanwhile, the country also is looking at promotion of its fisheries andAgriculture sectors, especially for the further expansion of business growth with Japan.PIC urged attendees to consider putting Palau on their travel plans as the exotic island had a lot of historical connection with Japan, its relative proximity, favourable climate and the fact that there is no time difference between Palau and Japan.For more information email Pacific Islands Centre’s Promotions Coordinator Yukie at info@pic.or.jpThe post PIC hosts Palau Tourism and Business Seminar appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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