Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Talk about a rural advantage. When Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures and LA’s Cloudco Entertainment first approached US streamer Hulu and DHX TV’s Canadian net Family Channel with a live-action Holly Hobbie series for tweens and teens that’s set in a small country town, the broadcasters weren’t specifically looking for a rural-set show.But according to Aircraft producer Anthony Leo, Holly Hobbie‘s setting became a differentiator that helped the show stand out from others in the pitching process, and led to commissions from both broadcasters. Now, after the series’ US launch last November and its Canadian premiere in January, Hulu and Family Channel have ordered a second 10 x 22-minute season. “Although music is involved quite heavily, the series is not about a girl trying to be a huge star,” says Leo. “It shows kids that they don’t have to aspire to leave town and go to the big city to achieve their dreams.”Produced by Aircraft (The Breadwinner) in association with Cloudco (formerly American Greetings Entertainment) and Wexworks Media (D.N.Ace), Holly Hobbie follows a tween singer-songwriter (Ruby Jay) who saves her grandmother’s small-town café by launching open mic nights and performing original songs. The series is inspired by American Greetings’ classic girls’ character brand from the ’70s and ’80s. Twitter Ruby Jay ~ Holly Hobbie ~Hulu Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
“Together we represent over 355 million citizens from around the world. As lawmakers, we are all examining ways to protect our citizens from threats to our democracies in the digital age. That is why it is important that we continue to come together as a group to share our knowledge and best practices for tackling these global issues.”Some of the witnesses that have confirmed their participation in the International Grand Committee include former CEO/founder of Blackberry, Jim Balsillie, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien, and Chair of the United States Federal Election Commission, Ellen Weintraub.Invitations were also sent out to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey.Zimmer says he finds it quite encouraging to see that Zuckerberg and Dorsey have been talking about improving the safety of social media platforms.“It has been encouraging to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly acknowledging that more needs to be done to stop the spread of harmful content on their platforms, as well as to protect their users’ privacy and data.”Zimmer hopes that Zuckerberg and Dorsey, along with other platform executives, take advantage of this important conversation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Bob Zimmer, has announced that at least nine countries, including Canada, will be taking part in the second gathering of the International Grand Committee.According to Zimmer, on May 28, representatives from Argentina, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine will be joining Canada to discuss how they can protect citizen rights in the age of big data.Zimmer says having these countries on board will represent 355 million citizens, and will contribute to better protection of citizens in this digital age. “I hope that they, and other platform executives, will take advantage of this unique opportunity and come to Ottawa to be a part of this important conversation.”The International Grand Committee of Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is co-chaired by Zimmer and Damian Collins, Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Migiro spotlights improvements in UN’s response to global emergenciesIn 2005, the world body launched a reform process to ensure that all victims’ needs were met for all emergencies and to bolster accountability.“Two years on, I think we have made considerable progress in improving the way we work,” Ms. Migiro said in an address in Washington, DC, to InterAction, a coalition of 165 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“In the past, whenever an emergency occurred, the humanitarian community would scramble to find the resources to respond,” she said. “These came too little, too late.”However, this has been changing, largely due to the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which was approved by the General Assembly in 2005 to speed up relief operations for emergencies, make funds available quickly after disasters and finance underfunded emergencies. CERF funds are made available to address the existing imbalance in global aid distribution which results in millions of people in so-called neglected or forgotten crises remaining in need.“The CERF exemplifies the UN at its most effective, delivering real results on the ground, where and whenever it matters most,” Ms. Migiro stated.She also cited the Cluster Approach utilized by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee – a partnership between the UN and its humanitarian partners – as bolstering the UN’s ability to respond to emergencies.The Approach assigns lead agencies to 11 areas of humanitarian activity, including early recovery, health, logistics and protection.“It helps avoid gaps and duplication in our assistance efforts and promotes a more integrated response,” the Deputy Secretary-General said in her remarks. “And it makes the international humanitarian community a better partner for host Governments.”However, she urged ongoing efforts to improve the capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies.“The demands for more timely effective and equitable emergency assistance will only continue to grow due to a combination of factors – the increasingly visible effects of climate change, rapid population growth in vulnerable areas, increasing competition for scarce resources, and the threat of pandemic diseases,” she said. 14 December 2007The United Nations has made significant strides in the way it responds to emergencies, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.
Ariyaratne said that of those arrested most of them had paid the fine while a few promised to pay the fine the next day. Meanwhile five of the passengers were produced in court and remanded, the Sri Lanka Railways General Manager said.He also said that the fine imposed on train passengers who travel without tickets or switch between train compartments without upgrading the tickets will be charged a higher fine from the near future. (Colombo Gazette) He said that some unruly passengers had damaged the property of the railway station when they were asked to pay a fine. Over 40 train passengers were arrested today for travelling without tickets or switching from a lower class to a higher class train compartment without upgrading the ticket.Sri Lanka Railways General Manager B.A.P. Ariyaratne said that all those who were arrested were questioned at the Fort railway station.
In a press release, UNSMIL noted that the talks, the previous two rounds of which were hosted by the UN Office at Geneva, brought “all invited participants” together for the first time and were conducted in “a constructive and positive atmosphere.”“Discussions focused on the points that were agreed upon in the agenda of the dialogue, including proposals for organizing the work ahead and agreement on a clear timetable that takes into consideration the wishes of the parties to reach a speedy political solution to prevent further security and political deterioration and end the institutional division that threatens the country’s unity,” UNSMIL explained, adding that participants had agreed to continue the dialogue in the coming days. In addition, the Mission noted, participants at the meeting also called on all parties to work towards a “military de-escalation on all fronts” to allow continued dialogue amid a “positive environment.” Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies along with mounting numbers of casualties.A recent burst of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.In the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October 2014 as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced.
Junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team dropped four singles matches in straight sets, losing to Virginia 4-2. A rain delay halted three matches late, and the No. 3 Buckeyes (33-4) were unable to keep their momentum rolling after the delay, dropping one last singles match and falling to the No. 2 Cavaliers (33-1).The match began with the Buckeyes earning the doubles point by taking two out of three matches, including a narrow 7-6 (6-3) victory for junior Mikael Torpegaard and senior Herkko Pollanen over UVA freshman Carl Soderlund and senior Luca Corinteli.The Buckeyes fell behind early in the score with Pollanen, freshman J.J. Wolf and sophomore Martin Joyce all going down in straight sets. Needing wins from Torpegaard, senior Hugo Di Feo and redshirt freshman Kyle Seelig, the Buckeyes were on the brink of elimination. But Seelig won a break on deuce to stay alive and tie his second set at five games a piece. Di Feo won his second set to force a third set and Torpegaard was headed towards a 6-6 tiebreaker in his third set. With Seelig seeking a break point in his second set down 30-40 in his second set (trailing in games 5-6) and Torpegaard seeking one more point to win his tiebreaker, the match was halted due to rain. When the matches resumed, Torpegaard was able to edge out his opponent and win his match, but Seelig lost the final point of the second set and fell 7-5 to lose his match. Prior to their match against the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes had lost just six points in their run to the NCAA semifinals, including 4-0 sweeps of Butler and Louisville in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Buckeyes end the season as both Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, and went an undefeated 11-0 in conference play.
“If a school is too permissive, allowing too many exceptions, it risks creating helplessness, selfishness or dependence in its pupils rather than responsibility, consideration and agency. If a school reduces its standards for poorer pupils because of their poverty or difficult home life, it does them a disservice; frankly, it doesn’t believe in them enough. ” Children get their results at Michaela Community School Britain’s strictest school has received its first ever GCSE results after opening five years ago – and they are four times better than the national average.At Michaela school in Brent, North London, 18 per cent of exams were graded a 9, compared to 4.5 per cent nationwide. 54 per cent of all exams were graded a 7-9, which is an A or A* under the old system.Headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh has come under criticism in the past for her “strict” methods at the free school, which aim to instill private school-esque order in state school children.The school has a number of unusual rules, including silence in the corridor and it has a strict “no excuses” policy where pupils are given detention for coming to school one minute late.They are also penalised for not completing homework or if the work is scruffy, for not having the correct stationery , or for tutting, rolling eyes, or “persistently turning around in class”.Its policy is based on “tough love”, and the school rules state: “We expect every pupil to move swiftly and in single file lines between lessons, so that children are hardly ever late to lessons. We expect every pupil to greet teachers and guests with eye contact and a polite, cheerful, ‘morning, sir!’ ‘afternoon, miss!’ The teenagers were pleased with their resultsCredit: Eddie Mulholland Tom Bennett, the founder of researchED, added: “I’ve been to this school several times and I’m not surprised by this. It’s a beacon of routine, consistency and professionalism- but what many people don’t see is its commitment to kindness, manners and altruism. There’s a lot to be gained by reflecting on their example” Daniel Hannan MEP, who has supported her free school since its inception, said: “Take a moment to think of what Katharine Birbalsingh has achieved.”She fought the bureaucracy to establish a free school. Many of her intake came from disadvantaged backgrounds. She put her trust in old-fashioned teaching methods. Now, five years on, this is the result.”The headteacher had previously vowed never to teach in the state sector again and said at the Conservative Party Conference in 2010 that working in the state sector had turned her into a conservative.She said at the time: “In schools and in society, we need high expectations, of everyone, even if you’re black, or live on a council estate – Why can’t they sit exams at the end of the year?”We need to rid the classrooms of chaos by unshackling heads and setting our schools free.” Ms Birbalsingh named the school after her former colleague Michaela Emanus, who died of cancer in 2011.She said after getting her school’s first set of results: “Michaela was my old-school colleague for many years. She believed in rigour, old-fashioned values, in kids being allowed to be kids abd in adults leading the way.”Sadly she died of cancer in 2011. She would have been so proud of our school and what we have achieved.”She posted a video on Twitter of herself celebrating with parents, writing: “Nothing nicer than parents saying, ‘We trusted you and we you did it!’ ‘TOGETHER! I say! We did it TOGETHER!’ Parents matter!!”Suella Braverman MP said: “Huge congratulations to all staff & pupils for AMAZING GCSE results today. We need more schools like Michaela Community School & more teachers like Ms Birbalsingh. Very proud of all you today. We can create more free schools.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation Ministry commissions Mobile Counselling Unit for studentsNovember 5, 2018In “latest news”‘Keep pushing forward, working hard’-Top awardee Aadilah AliOctober 27, 2018In “latest news”Teachers’ strike: Education Ministry seeking support of retired teachers, CPCE students in interimAugust 28, 2018In “latest news” Minister, Nicolette Henry and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson with relativesEducation Minister, Nicolette Henry accompanied by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and other Senior Education officials of Region Four (Demerara Mahaica) visited the grieving relatives of Carlotta James who died in an accident involving a truck on Saturday morning.James, of Buxton, at the time of her demise was the Headteacher of Dorcas Nursery School, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara.In her engagement with the grieving family Minister Henry offered her condolences on behalf of the MoE and the Government of Guyana and pledged her Ministry’s support during this difficult period for the family.James, called Abigail, of Lot 27, Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara reportedly died after the car she was driving slammed into the back of a lorry along the Good Hope Public Road, ECD in the wee hours of Saturday.Dead, Carlotta JamesThe driver of motor lorry GPP 143, a 31-year-old resident of Mahaicony, ECD, reportedly told investigators that he had slowed down the vehicle and had indicated he was about to turn south across the Good Hope public road when the car being driven by the 45-year-old James ran into his rear.Initially pinned in her vehicle, James was subsequently removed therefrom, placed in a Police pickup, and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
UTS Energy Corporation has released preliminary development plans for the new Frontier oil sands mine, which includes Leases 311, 468, 470, 477 and 610 along with the new Equinox oil sands mine, previously referred to as Lease 14. The projects are jointly owned by UTS and Teck Cominco.The first phase of the Frontier project will have an estimated production capacity of between 100,000-160,000 b/d of de-asphalted bitumen. This may be followed by an additional phase as the full extent of the bitumen resources are delineated through additional exploration drilling programs.The Equinox project will be a single phase development with an estimated production capacity of 50,000 b/d of de-asphalted bitumen. The Equinox project could proceed either as a stand-alone mine with dedicated bitumen production and extraction facilities or as one where bitumen froth is exported to either the Frontier Project or another neighbouring project.UTS President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Will Roach: “This is an important development for both of our companies. Extensive exploration programs over the last three years have identified the presence of significant quantities of mineable oil sands in both project areas.The Public Disclosure Document outlines our preliminary development plans and schedules for the development of the resources. We also have a very clear commitment to environmental, health and safety considerations and have spelled out a number of details of our commitments in the document.”The Frontier Project Phase 1 includes development of Leases 311, 468, 470, 477 and 610, west of the Athabasca River in Townships 100 and 101, Range 11. The proposed mining area of the Frontier project is about 10-20 km northwest of the Fort Hills project and is bordered to the south and east by the Shell Canada’s proposed Pierre River project.The Equinox project is west of the Athabasca River, directly across from the Fort Hills Project and 10 km south of the Frontier project in Township 98, Ranges 10 and 11, approximately 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.“We are excited about advancing these two projects to the regulatory phase,” Roach said. “Our partner, Teck Cominco, brings a wealth of mining, mineral processing and engineering experience that will provide a significant benefit as we jointly plan out the operational phases of these projects in more detail in the coming year.”
Donaldson Company, a worldwide manufacturer of filtration solutions and products, has opened its expanded facility in Leuven, Belgium. The facility houses the company’s European administrative and engineering operations. An open house is scheduled for October 3. Donaldson opened the Belgium-based Technical Center in 1976 to support sales and operations in the European, Middle East and North African markets. Additionally, the facility provides engineering and testing expertise for the company’s industrial and engine product lines. The new 3,700 m2 addition more than doubles capacity of the existing test facility. In doing so, it broadens testing capabilities to support Donaldson engine filtration technologies for liquid, crankcase and air filtration – plus noise vibration and exhaust after treatment.“Donaldson is committed to making investments in filtration technologies that support our Customers globally and within local and regional markets,” said Tod Carpenter, Vice President, Europe and Middle East. “As our Customers’ equipment and technology advances, Donaldson continues to develop filtration solutions that anticipate and exceed their evolving requirements. The expansion of our state-of-the-art facility in Belgium provides increased global testing capacity while upgrading our capability to design new and innovative filtration technologies.”
The Italian Lega Serie A club signed Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek, and during his presentation, the team’s CEO spoke what it means for the club.Italian Lega Serie A team AC Milan signed Polish forward Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa.And during his presentation today, the club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis spoke what it is to have him at the club.“His signing is another long-term investment made by the club, always abiding by the FFP regulations,” Gazidis told the club’s official website.“Krzysztof is exactly the player we wanted, young and talented. Piatek meets our parameters, having already lots of young players in our squad. It’s an exciting moment for me”.Gazidis also talked about the present and the future of the club.“We have to build a long-term plan, based on a disciplined team, with a mix of young and more experienced players,” he said.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Our fans are going to love the Rossoneri project. It’s really special for me to be here at Milanello, a magical place where you breathe football.”“AC Milan is special, a club that sets an example throughout the world. The past few years have not been easy but we have to take the club back to the top,” he added.“We are all deeply involved in this project and have important objectives: we want Champions League football”.“We have to understand and respect the rules imposed by UEFA,” Gazidis explained.“I spend a lot of time with the football governing bodies and these are people I have related with over a long period of time.”“We are not able to define the restrictions until we know the outcome of our appeal, only then can we know our limitations,” the CEO commented.“I was present when the Financial Fair Play was established: the intention was not to punish teams but instead to help them return to a more sustainable path. A clear path to follow is needed to help not only AC Milan thrive.”
Sgt. Adam Weber, a crew chief with A Co., 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, looks onto the McHugh Creek Fire during operations in support of wildfire suppression efforts near Anchorage, July 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel) The McHugh Fire as of about 6 pm on July 20, 2016. (Courtesy of Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team)UPDATE – July 21 – Light rain in Anchorage this morning is helping stop the spread of the nearly 850 acre McHugh Fire. Crews are able to get close to the blaze and start building a fireline near the Seward Highway. The fire is considered five percent contained.Listen nowUPDATE – July 21, 10 AM – It’s raining in Anchorage, and fire officials say prospects are looking good for the 842-acre McHugh Fire in Chugach State Park.The five days of predicted rain are improving the situation and the current perimeter likely won’t change much, said Alaska Wildland Fire Program Manager Tom Kurth during a morning press briefing.“Five days is a good amount… We’re gonna see some radical diminishing of the fire behavior that we’ve had here. I’m going to say, again, that the picture here is pretty positive.”The forecast also allows the five hotshot crews from Tahoe and the crews from Alaska to take offensive measures against the fire, he said. Until now they were focused on defending structures. With the rain, they can start fighting the blaze directly. The fire is still over a mile away, across multiple ridges, from both the Rainbow Valley and Potter Creek subdivisions. A “Bambi Bucket” hanging from an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is filled in the Cook Inlet and used to release more than 700 gallons of water at a time onto the McHugh Creek fire near Anchorage, July 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel) Though the rain is good for the fire, Kurth said the loose soil could cause rocks and other debris to fall onto the Seward Highway.“Temporary road closures are a possibility. [Department of Transportation] is ready to deal with that. We find that the traffic backs up there pretty quickly while they’re trying to do that.”The winds are blowing smoke into Anchorage, and there is a moderate air quality warning in effect for Anchorage and Eagle River. The weather will likely prevent any over-flights and helicopter drops on the fire area today.ORIGINAL STORY – As of Wednesday evening, the McHugh Fire was estimated at 842 acres, and 250 crew members from Alaska and the Lower 48 were working on stopping its growth.Local meteorologists told a crowd of nearly 200 community members gathered at South Anchorage High School that the good news is the weather is improving. By early Thursday the warm, dry spell should give way to light rain. Though they only expect 0.02 to 0.05 inches of precipitation Thursday, even that amount will help dampen fuels. Forecasts call for heavier rains all day Friday and more on Saturday.The shifting winds, from NW to SE, will also help dampen the fire, though smoke will likely blow over the Anchorage Bowl.Alaska Wildland Fire Program Manager Tom Kurth said he’s confident that given the favorable conditions, the fire will not get worse. It needs to go up and down about two more mountain ridges before either Potter Creek or Rainbow Valley subdivisions will be evacuated.Resident Jason Hipszer attended the meeting. He has lived in Alaska for 37 years and moved to Potter Creek seven years ago. He said he’s not too concerned about the fire.“I feel pretty good. I’ve lived up here a long time and seen a few fires,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys up there right now [in Potter Creek]. Lots of crew up there. And I’m ready to go. I know the way out, and we’ve got our passports and our wallets, so I guess we’re okay.”He and his family have made their house defensible by surrounding it with gravel and keeping the lawns green. But he still wanted to know what government agencies had in mind in case the fire did hit the neighborhood. After listening to an hour-long presentation by city and state officials, he felt confident.“It’s good to see they’re working together. They’re communicating. For us living there, I feel seeing that is a bit comforting.” Representatives from at least six agencies presented during the meeting.But if it comes down to it, what is the evacuation plan?Anchorage Police Department Acting Deputy Chief Bill Miller said if it’s necessary, the Seward Highway will be closed, and police will go from house to house, asking people to leave. Residents can shelter in place but must inform fire personnel that they are staying.He said the entirety of APD will be called into action and will work 12-hour shifts. Half of the staff will focus on the evacuation while the other focuses on citywide safety. The plan involves emergency shelters and animal evacuations. Residents piped up during the meeting to assure each other even horses will have a place to go.Cheri Lipps of Bear Valley knows the evacuation plans well; she participated in a drill in her neighborhood and keeps in touch with the fire department. Bear Valley isn’t under threat from the McHugh Fire, but Lipps wanted to be able to spread useful information to her community.“Most importantly is to be prepared, not panic,” she said after the meeting “It’s too easy for people to get excited and some of the questions and concerns are based on fear. Just reach out, pay attention and be prepared.”That’s what Anchorage Fire Department Forester John See wants the entire community to do. He said it’s not too late to make sure your home is clear of potential fire fuels.“You go home and you look at your wooden fence and you’re gonna find some dead grass and some leaves that didn’t get raked up last fall next to your fence, and these are great receptors for these embers that land.”See said it’s the embers that cause most houses to burn and help spread the fire past its current boundaries.“These gusty winds could cause these trees to torch and generate some embers that land half a mile from the main fire. That’s going to be one of the main things to watch for,” he explained.“But as the air mass moistens up, the humidity goes up, cloud cover increases, all of that’s going to help mitigate that probability that the ember is going to start a new fire.”McHugh is one of more than 180 fires burning around the state. Thirteen of them are staffed. An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and a State of Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter dump several thousand gallons of water onto the McHugh Creek fire near Anchorage, July 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
Vijayawada: Lakkamraju Srikrishna of Sarada Educational Institutions secured second place at the national-level Yoga Sports Championship in under 17 year category held at Jawaharlal indoor stadium in Chennai on June 30. The institutions director, Y Saradha Devi said that Srikrishna was studying junior MPC and made the institute proud by winning the national level event. She wished that he would secure first place in the championships to come. She said that by playing sports and practicing Yoga students will be good at studies and can concentrate on the subjects. GM GV Rao, staff and others congratulated Srikrishna on winning the championship.
Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D. B. Weiss attend the 17th annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesHBO is moving full steam ahead with its post Game of Thrones plans. And it looks like Star Wars isn’t the only thing on plate for showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.Reportedly, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are looking to the future and that future may be with Netflix. Netflix is said to be in the running as part of deal talks with the duo who are rumored to be looking for as much as a $200 million score. The fact that Netflix is trying to snatch Weiss and Benioff would certainly make sense, as the streamer has increasingly locked up big names and creators like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. There is no denying that the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones were stellar. And it looks like David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are resting on those laurels. Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeHowever, fans are still not over the disappointing eighth and final season of the hit HBO show. There was even a petition that asked the creators of the show to re-do the final season. Which of course was promptly ignored much to the displeasure of the fans. But the final stumble doesn’t seem to be slowing down Benioff and Weiss, since they are reportedly also in talks with Amazon and Disney.Whether the final season delivered or not is not a priority for the big names in Hollywood as everyone wants a piece of Weiss and Benioff. The strongest name in the mix is that of Disney which has already tapped the duo for a bunch of Star Wars films. Some would say their commitment to Disney was what prompted a hurried, shortened and dissatisfying final season of Game of Thrones.
Viacom’s acquisition of Rock Band developer Harmonix seemed like a big win for everyone — raking in millions while the latter company was able to do its best work in the music game space to date — but Viacom’s recent decision to put Harmonix up to sale seems to have lead to some bad blood: Harmonix is now suing.According to a lawsuit filed by Harmonix, Viacom “diverted opportunities” from the developer for its own benefit so that it wouldn’t have to fork out millions of dollars in performance-related bonuses earned from the Rock Band series’ extraordinary financial success.An ex-shareholders group including Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy are asserting that Viacom consistently manipulated costs to avoid performance-related payouts after the latter company bought Harmonix in 2006 for $175 million. According to Harmonix, they were due to receive 3.5 times any gross profit in excess of $32 million in 2007, with no upwards cap. The 2008 payment had similar terms, but the gross profit had to be more than $45 million. Instead, though, Viacom seems to have realized that for every buck in distrubution fees that Harmonix saved in 2008, they’d have to pay out $3.50 to the ex-shareholders. That’s a lot of money, but Viacom made it: to date, the Rock Band series has pulled in over a billion dollars in North America alone. Pretty scummy of Viacom, if these allegations are true.Resd more at Eurogamer
Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Trick-or-treaters become the ultimate superheroes in Costume Quest, a new animated series that’s coming to Amazon Prime Video next month.The series, which is based on the characters of the Costume Quest Double Fine Productions games, follows a group of kids, Everett, Lucy, Reynold, and Wren, who have to use their imaginations to wear powerful costumes and save their tiny town from monsters on Halloween, Polygon reported. Costume Quest, which is a quirky animated adventure, will hit Amazon Prime Video on March 8.In the official Costume Quest YouTube trailer, the four children are tasked to use their creative minds and cool costumes to fight nougat-powered monsters. The young group, which transitions from normal kiddos to superheroes, will have to combat these terrifying creatures that won’t quit their evil plans. What’s cute is that these kids will also overcome their personal struggles when they fight these otherworldly critters on Halloween night.In 2010, Double Fine Productions introduced the Costume Quest adventure RPG game series. Frederator Studios, the production company behind other animated series including Adventure Time and The Fairly OddParents, has been working on the new Costume Quest show since 2015. Fans will finally be able to see the animated series on Amazon Prime Video in a few weeks.Visit Costume Quest’s Amazon Prime Video Website for more details on the show’s synopsis and bonus footage.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in February 2019Amazon Teases ‘Middle-earth Map’ for Its New ‘Lord of the Rings’ SeriesNeil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Fantasy Series Is Coming to Amazon on May 31 Stay on target
The long road aheadAll I am, not being “ill enough”, is walking barefoot down a long graveled path. In the throes of my worst, I can only take things day-by-day. To look ahead would throw me off the path, through the jagged rocks and into the void below. Because it’s just more of the same path. I’ve been there before. Seeing the massive rise in teenage self-harm statistics released by the NHS struck me because, in the worst depths of my despair at university, I took the sadness out on my own arms. I used to write poetry about it and get firsts. Return and repeat. I’d open the page for the university’s counselling service and stare at the glowing page. Unable to answer the first question: ‘Why do you feel sad?’ The question rattled around a numb shell. But now I’m out of that void. My arm hair grew over the scars. I’m on the graveled path.Every so often, along the path, there’s grass. Sometimes a patch, sometimes a field that stretches for months. Color returns to the world and the midday sun makes all shadows feel small. Eventually you run out of grass. Gravel returns.But sometimes I stare at blank walls. I think I have to face the possibility that I’m never going to get fully better. There’s no system to help. People are bored of hearing about it. Sharing a problem doesn’t halve it for me. There aren’t enough sad songs on Spotify. I knew what I was supposed to do when I was really bad. How do you act when you’re not ill enough? Just man up?The only thing you can do is take it day after day. One step in front of the other, sometimes good, occasionally bad. Feet crunching against the graveled path but not flinching away. Listen to the words of your favorite artists. The Smith Street Band have a lyric that sticks out.‘Things get better, but they never get good.’At this point, I’ll settle for that.Need support? LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceMore from Gay Star News:I self-harmed because I was a lesbian – we need to help other girls like meUK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are strugglingGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/depressed-nhs-services-help/ Much like the tides in the sea, or one of your faves becoming problematic, my brain catches itself. The world slows down. The air becomes tar. I know it’s not the same as being sad. Sad is when your friends get a boyfriend or girlfriend and suddenly your binge drinking sessions are sidelined for date nights. Sad is your favorite show ending. Sad is people dying.Depressed is different. Depressed is letting message after message pile up in your apps, not having the strength to give a courtesy reply. The weight of the shadow pressing down on your shoulders and sinking you away from the buoy of being worthy of any friendship. Depressed is getting blind drunk at your friend’s wake because feeling anything is like swallowing razor wire. Depressed is knowing in your soul that you are the arbiter of your own destruction; that it’s you that strains, and breaks, your relationships.Where are you supposed to turn?And yet it starts to bore everyone as much as it bores me. Because I’m one of the lucky ones – I’m not ill enough. When I’m depressed, I can still get to work. I still attend social events, but I use booze like a wrench to ply the shadow’s claws from around my brain. I don’t feel like I want to die. This is the problem we face with mental health. We’re a generation of anxious people. We all have our problems. We, rightly, acknowledge that some people need help more than others. The NHS is a source of pride for our country but its wheezing, stretched body can barely contain the weight of the people who need help. Suicidal people left for hours. Waiting lists for therapy that spans years. Desperate people given printed out web pages of the site they visited, with the number of the helpline they already rung. Trained psychologists ask people about to kill themselves if they’ve tried yoga. One person wrote that a doctor told her depressed 11-year-old to get herself together, because depression is for life. Staff are under-trained and sometimes unsympathetic; the lack of sympathy coming from seeing lives wasted that could be saved, were it not for a heartless government cutting away at the system’s fabric. You see these stories pile up and it puts your constant, nagging grey into perspective. I can still have fun. I’m naturally an extroverted person, so sometimes it even helps to go out in big groups. To shout and be loud. To be seen. The greyness eases. I’m not in a state that these people are in. But the system that’s designed for these emergencies cannot even help people in emergencies. When you’re “not ill enough”, you step aside so other people who desperately need it are given help, and there’s still no help for them to be found. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… I spend a lot of time staring at blank walls. But then I break away, one mammoth effort later to move my lumbering body from a mattress that, despite the springs slowly breaking free from their clothy prison and into my back, feels like it could suck me into it forever. I sigh. This again. By now, I’m bored of myself. I’m depressed again.
Rhett AllainNow I just need the distance. That’s where that nice top view from the blimp becomes useful. Looking at that and Google Maps, I can find the distance traveled while sliding. By approximating the starting and ending spot of that first car, I get a distance of about 468 meters. This gives an acceleration of -7.53 m/s2 with a coefficient of kinetic friction at 0.769.Oh, you don’t like my values? Fine. You can use your own values. Here, I will make it even easier for you. This is the Python code I used to calculate this stuff. Remember that Python makes an awesome calculator.One more very important point: Notice that the stopping distance is proportional to the square of the velocity? Yes, if you are driving twice as fast, you’ll need a stopping distance four times longer. Be careful when driving fast.Method 2: Using timeWhat if I use the starting velocity and the time it takes the car to stop to calculate the acceleration? In this case, I can calculate the acceleration using the definition of acceleration (in one dimension).Rhett AllainSo that’s pretty straightforward. I can approximate this change in time by looking at the start of the collision and the time the car stops. From this, I get a slightly lower acceleration of 6.13 m/s2 and a coefficient of 0.625. This value is close enough to the other method to keep me fairly happy. Also, a value of 0.6 to 0.7 for the coefficient of friction seems to agree with other sources. Again, that’s good. [embedded content]I don’t normally watch many NASCAR races, but I do come across some NASCAR videos online. Sometimes these clips become the basis of a great physics problem. In this case, it’s a 21-car crash at the Daytona 500 earlier this week. There are two things I find amazing about it: First, that a tiny collision between two cars can lead to a bunch of cars getting knocked out of the race. Second, that the cars have so much technology that none of the drivers was seriously injured.But what about the physics? It’s that bird’s-eye view of the race, as seen from the blimp, that gets me thinking about physics. That top view essentially gives us a very expensive physics homework question. You can see the position of each car in different frames of the video. This will allow for a measurement of both velocity and acceleration.Before the crash, there’s nothing much to analyze. After the crash, the cars are sliding along the track and slowing down due to friction. When a car is moving sideways on the track, the wheels don’t really roll. This means the tires are sliding along the track and creating a frictional force that slows the car down. Sure, there are other forces (like air resistance and other car parts rubbing on the ground)—but for now, let’s just assume it’s only sliding rubber.Here is a force diagram for a sideways-sliding car: Rhett AllainOf course there is a downward gravitational force on the car—we already knew that. Since the car doesn’t leave the surface of the road, there must be another upward force to balance the gravitational force. This force is from the road and it is perpendicular (normal, in geometry-speak) to the surface such that we call it the normal force. The last force is the kinetic friction force—it’s parallel to the surface. It is this frictional force that slows down the car (since there is no other horizontal force).The magnitude of this frictional force depends on the magnitude of the normal force. The harder the car is pushed against the track, the greater the frictional force. This force also depends on the two types of materials interacting. In this case, it is the track and the rubber on the tires. We call this factor the coefficient of kinetic friction and use the Greek symbol μ. This gives the following equation:Rhett AllainSince this is the only horizontal force (and because the normal force depends on the gravitational force), we can get the following relationship between the acceleration and the coefficient of friction. Remember that the net force in the x-direction is equal to the product of the mass and the x-acceleration. More Great WIRED StoriesThe devastating allure of medical miraclesATM hacking has gotten so easy, the malware’s a gameWould you pay $6,000 for vision-quality VR?WIRED Guide to your personal data (and who’s using it)Will AI achieve consciousness? Wrong question👀 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 Rhett AllainBoom. That’s it. All I need is to determine the acceleration of a sliding car and I can get a value for the coefficient of kinetic friction between the tire and the road. It will be fun.Actually, I am going to find the acceleration of a sliding car two different ways. That means I will get two values for the coefficient of kinetic friction. If all goes well, they will be close to each other.Method 1: Using distanceSuppose the cars are traveling at 84 meters per second (I roughly measured this from the video), and then one starts to slow down because of the frictional force. If I can find the acceleration, I can find the coefficient of friction. This can be figured out by knowing three things: the starting velocity, the final velocity, and the distance traveled. I know the starting velocity and the final velocity will be zero. That means I just need to measure the distance traveled until it stops. If I call this distance “x,” then I can use the following kinematic equation:
But going over these initiatives were mostly a symbolic gesture as Facebook’s board, once again, easily voted down all shareholder proposals. As Bloomberg pointed out earlier this week, such proposals are all essentially dead on arrival, since Zuckerberg controls the vast majority of the company’s most powerful shares.Zuckerberg seemed mostly unfazed by all this. He said addressing the “social issues” facing the company is one of his top priorities.“This is an important period for the company…we’re fighting to do the right thing every day,” he said.Still, shareholders in attendance made it clear they want to see Facebook change.During the meeting’s Q&A period, one questioner asked Facebook’s lead independent director, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, if she was willing to exercise her authority to call a board meeting without Zuckerberg in order to oust the CEO.She said no. “That’s not the direction we want to take the company or the board,” she said. A proposal calling for an independent board chair (not Zuck) Calls for Mark Zuckerberg’s power to be reined in continue to grow louder – not that it matters. That much was clear during Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, where Zuckerberg faced numerous calls for his power to be checked. On the agenda were four shareholder proposals that called for new checks on Zuckerberg’s power: Mark Zuckerberg holds all the cards.Image: justin sullivan / Getty ImagesBy Karissa Bell2019-05-30 22:22:01 UTC A proposal calling for more shareholder a power A proposal to explore “strategic alternatives,” including breaking up Facebook into separate companies A proposal which compared Zuckerberg’s control of the company to a “dictatorship,” for shareholder input in elections to the board of directors Zuck asked to respond directly to calls for him to give up power. He repeats his calls for regulation: “If people were re-writing the rules for how they wanted the internet to work…I don’t think that people overall would want companies to have so much unilateral authority” $FB— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) May 30, 2019 Another attendee posed a similar question to Zuckerberg, asking if he would respond to people who want him to give up some of his power. Facebook’s founder sidestepped the question by repeating his calls for increased regulation. “I do acknowledge there are limits to what an individual company should deciding,” he said.That wasn’t really an answer to the question that was asked, but it was a deft move that allowed the CEO to avoid addressing calls for him to step down or relinquish his control directly. Most of all, it was a powerful reminder to Zuckerberg’s critics that he’s not going away any time soon.
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