Do Canadians know enough about food safety Federal survey says No

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian are becoming less aware of how to safely handle and prepare food to avoid food-borne illness and food poisoning, according to government-backed research.The findings from the report, which cost the government $126,449, point to an overall deterioration over the past eight years in Canadians’ confidence that they can protect themselves and their families from food-borne illness and food poisoning.A majority of seniors and pregnant women in the survey didn’t consider themselves to be at any greater risk from food poisoning, even though they are.The pollsters recommend the government gently target public awareness campaigns at those groups, among others, about how to properly handle food “without undermining the public’s confidence in agriculture or the agri-food industry, or Canada’s food safety system, which is reasonably good.”The results of the survey are based on responses from 1,201 respondents through telephone interviews, and 1,613 people through an online panel. All work was done between Dec. 14, 2017 and Jan. 18, 2018.A spokesman for Health Canada said the department will update its safe food handling advertising campaign based on the research report, as well as information from other sources.The Liberals introduced new food safety rules last month, just a few weeks after the research report was delivered to Health Canada. The regulations will come into force early next year, and will require companies to keep detailed records about the path food takes from producer to consumer.Federal officials believe that being able to trace food to its source could speed up the pace of recalls.Consultations on the regulations are open until Sept. 7.The survey provided to Health Canada in early May will now become the benchmark by which the government can measure the effects of public awareness efforts in the coming years, but also provide insight into how attitudes have changed since 2010.Each year, about one in eight Canadians — or four million people — are affected by a food-borne illness like norovirus, salmonella or listeria, leading to about 11,500 hospitalizations and some 240 deaths.Many small things can be done to avoid problems, but the survey found a broad lack of knowledge about washing reusable shopping bags, rinsing poultry before cooking, as well as properly storing, defrosting and cooking meat and seafood.More pregnant women and parents of young children in 2018 than in 2010 defrost meat or poultry at room temperature rather than in the fridge.And seniors are more likely to view food as safe to consume past the best-before date, aren’t aware of the proper temperature to leave a fridge — between 2 C and 4 C — and tend to believe frozen, breaded chicken products just need to be reheated rather than cooked through.“The results of this survey also suggest an ‘out of sight … out-of-mind’ tendency among the public with regards to safe food handling in general, food-borne illness and listeria in particular,” the report says.“In the absence of sustained messaging related to food safety, it is likely that consumer vigilance may lapse, especially with respect to specific food safety practices that have not yet become normalized or habitualized.”If the federal government wanted to increase food safety awareness with seniors — defined in the survey as anyone 60 and over — it should focus on consequences, said Wanda Morris, vice-president of advocacy with CARP, formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. She pointed to campaigns about falls that focus on the likelihood that not preventing them could lead seniors to live in long-term care homes.She suggested food safety authorities should try “tying in an awareness campaign of ‘do you want to save a few pennies and risk long-term care or death’. And the bigger fear is long-term care. In my experience people are more concerned with long-term care than they are about dying.”last_img read more

Why didnt police take her to the hospital despite charges Debra Chrisjohns

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Debra Chrisjohn says they still have a number of questions about her death that the police have never answered.In a statement following the announcement that two police officers have been charged with Chrisjohn’s death by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the family said many things are still a mystery.“Why didn’t the police take her to the hospital sooner when they knew she was sick and needed help? Asked Debra Chrisjohn’s father Robert Chrisjohn. “The police arrested her and were responsible for making sure she was okay. This happens way too often in our community.“This happens all the time. The police don’t seem to care.”On Thursday, the SIU announced that Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering are each facing one charge of criminal negligence causing death, and failing to provide the necessities of life.According to the SIU and the release sent out by Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) that is representing the Chrisjohn family, Debra Chrisjohn was in contact with police on Sept. 7, 2016 after it was reported that she was obstructing traffic.She was arrested by Doering who learned that she had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting – but in another jurisdiction. Doering handed Debra Chrisjohn over to Mckillop at an OPP detachment.Less than three hours after being taken into custody – Debra Chrisjohn was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.“Aboriginal Legal Services has long been concerned with the relationship between Indigenous communities and the police,” ALST Lawyer Caitlyn Kasper said in the statement. “This is an important issue not just for Debra’s family, but for all Indigenous people across Ontario.”Mckillop and Doering are scheduled to appear in court on July read more

North American stock indexes stumble as loonie hits 6week high

first_imgTORONTO – Mining stocks and financials weighed on Canada’s main stock index Tuesday as U.S. markets also fell into the red, while the Canadian dollar gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 53.35 points to 15,915.68 in a broad-based decline that included the materials, gold and base metals sectors.In commodities, the February gold contract fell US$12.80 to US$1,264.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 14 cents to US$2.95 a pound.It was also a negative day for financial institutions, as the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) wrapped up the big banks’ earnings season Tuesday with a drop in profits, which were hit by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey during the quarter ended Oct. 31. The Canadian lender’s net income slipped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.35 billion during the same period a year earlier.Canada’s other big banks also saw losses, including Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), which was down 1.32 per cent, and Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), which was down 0.59 per cent.“The banks are all a little weak today but if you look at the operating results the banks have reported we have seen fairly strong results from the vast majority of the banks,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management Inc.“And despite some concerns people have had about the Canadian economy and about housing and the effect that would have on the Canadian banks, we’ve seen fairly good results out of their underlying businesses so we continue to be encouraged by the results that we see being reported.”The energy sector was the lone bright spot among major sectors on the TSX, as the price of oil recovered modestly after a sharp drop on Monday. The January crude contract advanced 15 cents to US$57.62 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract retreated seven cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.“There is a bit of a divergence in the energy space,” McKinley noted. “There continues to be a near-term challenge on getting gas to markets effectively and concerns about growing oversupply. And so we’re likely to see that weigh on these stocks in the coming months and quarters.”South of the border, Wall Street fell into the red after a recovery for technology stocks lost ground. Telecom stocks, utilities and industrial companies had the market’s sharpest losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 109.41 points to 24,180.64. The S&P 500 index edged down 9.87 points to 2,629.57 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 13.16 points to 6,762.21.Tech stocks began stumbling last week as expectations ramped up for Washington to push through an overhaul of the tax system. Technology companies already pay some of the lowest effective tax rates of companies in the S&P 500, so they have less to gain from the proposal.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.86 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent, ahead of Wednesday’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.That’s the highest level for the loonie in six weeks when it closed at an average trading price of $78.95 cents US on Oct. 24.– With a file from The Associated Press.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX closing numberslast_img read more

Japan penalizes several cryptocurrency exchanges after hack

first_imgTOKYO – The Japanese government is slapping penalties on several cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, after 58 billion yen ($530 million) of virtual coins were lost earlier this year from hacking.The Financial Services Agency, which has been checking the exchanges, said Thursday that FSHO and Bit Station exchanges were ordered to halt operations for a month.It said FSHO was not properly monitoring trades and had not carried out employee training. The agency said it found that a Bit Station employee had taken bitcoins for personal use.Five other exchanges, including Coincheck, targeted in the massive hacking, were ordered to improve their operations.Coincheck had received a similar order earlier to beef up security measures.Japan is unusual in the world for embracing cryptocurrencies and setting up a licensing system to oversee their use.The exchanges ordered to improve their operations must file a plan to the agency by March 22.The theft at Coincheck of the NEM currency was the second major hacking assault on a Japanese crypto exchange after the Mt. Gox debacle in 2014.But Japan has chosen to seize the opportunity and regulate exchanges, setting up a licensing system last year, although experts say such measures are no guarantee against hacking and cybercrime.Japan has officially licensed 16 virtual-currency exchanges, and more, including Coincheck, are applying for licenses. As much as half of the world’s bitcoin trading is estimated to be in yen.Some countries like China are cracking down on virtual currencies, while other countries like the U.S. have been cautious, encouraging their use in limited ways.Japan has been far more accommodating to cryptocurrencies, attracting new businesses in the technology called blockchain.TV ads and billboard posters sing the praise of bitcoin, although they come with warnings, in fine print, to invest at your own risk.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at work can be found at read more

Munich officials want train station to have air taxi parking

first_imgBERLIN – A group of city counsellors in Munich say they want the southern German city’s main train station to have a landing pad for flying taxis.Five city council members from the Christian Social Union party submitted a motion Wednesday calling on rail company Deutsche Bahn to consider the space needed for the small, drone-like passenger aircraft in its plans for a future redesign of the station.In their motion, they write that “it is to be expected that within a few years technology will have advanced so far that flying taxis can be used to transport people.”The party, which has a majority across Bavaria but is in opposition in the state capital’s assembly, has recently been championing the idea of flying taxis as a future means of travel.last_img read more

Hydro One Avista say Washington State regulator erred request rehearing

first_imgTORONTO — Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. have formally requested that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission reconsider its order denying approval of the $6.7-billion takeover of the U.S.-based energy utility.In a 34-page filing on Monday, the two companies say the commission erred in reaching its decision because it “misapprehended” the political risks that Ontario’s ownership stake in Hydro One poses to Avista, understated the value of the transaction’s benefits to ratepayers, and incorrectly based its conclusion about possible provincial interference with Avista upon perceived harm to Hydro One shareholders.Hydro One and Avista requested that the commission rehear the order to accept additional evidence, including a letter from Ontario’s deputy minister of energy and testimony from Hydro One’s new president and CEO.If a rehearing is granted, Hydro One and Avista requested expedited proceedings that conclude by the end of January, two months before the March 29 closing deadline in the merger agreement and subsequent expiration of Hydro One’s funding for the transaction.Washington state regulators had said they would not allow Ontario’s largest utility to buy Avista for fear the provincial government, which owns 47 per cent of Hydro One’s shares, might meddle in Avista’s operations.The U.S. regulator cited Premier Doug Ford’s move to force former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt to retire, which was followed by the resignation of the entire 14-member board, as evidence that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders, including those that own a majority of the Ontario utility’s stock. Companies in this story: (TSX:H)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Temporary and extreme weather response shelters open in BC

first_imgVICTORIA B.C. – The Government of B.C. is opening additional shelter spaces across the province for people experiencing homelessness so they have a safe and warm place to stay.Partnering with municipalities and non-profits in approx 65 communities, the Province is providing more than 1,400 temporary shelter spaces which will be open every night and offering meals.Fort St. John is the only community in Northeast B.C. that will receive part of this funding. A total of 26 spaces will be available a the Fort St. John Salvation Army building on 99 avenue. 750 extreme weather response shelters are available from Nov. 1, 2018, to March 31st, 2019. These shelters only open at the discretion of the community depending on weather conditions and how many spaces to make available depending on the capacity of the existing shelters and need.Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says “Temporary and extreme weather shelters are crucial to ensuring the health and safety of people living on the street and getting them out of the cold and wet weather,”. She goes on to say, “These shelters not only have the potential to save lives – they also assist people in accessing the support and services they need to achieve housing stability.”Both the temporary and extreme weather shelter spaces add to the almost 2,000 permanent year-round spaces throughout B.C. There is room to add more of these shelters if needed.Learn More:To learn more about the Province’s emergency shelter program, visit: see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., visit: read more

Moroccan, Bahraini human rights institutions agree to consolidate cooperation

first_imgManama – Morocco’s national human rights council (CNDH) and Bahrain’s national foundation for human rights signed on Wednesday in Manama a memorandum of understanding for coordination and cooperation in deepening human rights respect.The two institutions pledge to cooperate in reinforcing their capacities in deepening and spreading human rights values.The agreement provides for trading visits, sharing publications and studies, holding training sessions and workshops and organizing joint conferences on Arab issues during international and regional events. The two institutions’ secretaries general held on the occasion a meeting over preparations for next May’s international conference on the Arab Human rights court to be held in Bahrain in the presence of several international organizations, including the High commissioner for human rights and Amnesty International.last_img read more

Heres What Adam Silver Thinks About Our Proposal To Fix The NBA

Powered by Genius By Jody Avirgan Adam Silver Responds To FiveThirtyEight’s Letter About The NBA Lottery Adam Silver NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAdam SilverCommissionerMay 28, 2015Dear Jody, Chadwick, Neil and Kate:Thanks for your letter and for devoting FiveThirtyEight’s considerable resources (and those of your readers/listeners) to addressing the NBA Draft Lottery.I was impressed with the detail and sophistication on display in many of the proposals — though I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon. From the Tombstone Date to the Tweaked Wheel, I am grateful for the hard work of all 7,000 passionate basketball fans who took the time to examine our Draft Lottery from every conceivable angle.Of course, there can only be one winning proposal, and the work of the Futures Draft Planning Committee is a worthy champion. It is thorough, well researched and addresses many of the questions we are currently facing with the Draft Lottery; in fact, our internal Draft Lottery working team looked at models very similar to the one proposed by Samuel and Cody. While we continue to study this concept, we believe that “NBA Futures” runs into some of the same problems as other proposals we have considered — namely, by solving one potential problem, it creates a host of new ones.To elaborate, we believe the proposed system would represent a change in two major areas:First, it creates more variability; it is difficult to predict exactly where a team will finish in a particular year, so there is not a guaranteed reward for getting the first selection of a surrogate” team. However, we believe there would be a strong correlation between the selection order of surrogate teams and their actual performance (based on the high correlation of teams’ year-over-year performance). This suggests that there would indeed still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams in any given year.Second, “NBA Futures” delays the allocation of high draft picks to poor performing teams; for example, Team X finishes with the worst record in year 1 and gets the right to select its surrogate team first – Team . As described above, we would expect Team Y to perform poorly in year 2 more often than not, thus resulting in a high draft pick for Team X after year 2. Under our current system, Team X would get a high draft pick after year 1.It is debatable whether the goals of increased variability and delayed allocation of high draft picks to poor-performing teams are the right ones. If we were in fact seeking to accomplish these two goals, there are several approaches that might be more straightforward. For example:– To add variability, level out the odds for the worst performing teams– To delay pick allocation, tie lottery odds to performance from one year priorThe proposed system could also create strange incentives around surrogate team selection: Will teams be inclined to select a surrogate in their division or conference for competitive purposes? Will teams try to sign their surrogates top free agent simply to make them worse? There could also be situations in which a team would have incentive to contribute to its non-surrogates improvement.And even though it sounds like Samuel and Cody have thought of contingencies like no trade clauses between surrogate teams, the proposal would likely add a significant layer of complexity to the trading of draft picks.Finally, its worth noting that the timing of surrogate selection would be very important. Wherever set, it could become subject to gamesmanship by teams sequencing transactions or disclosing (or not disclosing) information, like injuries, on either side of the deadline.As you can see, while there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery, finding the right balance of competing interests, especially one that will gain the support of three-quarters of NBA teams (the vote required to make the change), is a work in-progress. Regardless of the outcome, all of us at the NBA thank you for your contributions to a lively debate. Please keep the ideas coming!Sincerely,(Adam Signature) Over the last month, our sports podcast “Hot Takedown” asked listeners to submit their ideas for how to fix the NBA Lottery and end tanking. We got almost 7,000 responses, some silly, most very thoughtful. We picked one — a proposal in which teams would place bets on how other teams will perform, divorcing one’s own record from one’s own lottery pick (read about it here) — and sent it off to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.And then we waited. Most of us (all of us) figured that was it. Usually letters to powerful sports bureaucrats go into the ether.Well, on Friday an envelope arrived in the mail from Commissioner Silver’s office. Someone had clearly read our letter and taken the time to draft a three-page response. (But, for what it’s worth, that someone had not listened to the podcast, or seen my bio page — it was addressed to “Ms.” Jody Avirgan.)The letter lauded our project, offered a detailed response to our plan, and acknowledged a “growing consensus” that the lottery needs fixing. Ultimately, though, it said the equivalent of “thanks, but no thanks.” But over three pages!Watch the video above for instant reaction from “Hot Takedown” host Chadwick Matlin and me. We’ve also posted the full text of the letter at the bottom of this post, and invite you to annotate it on Genius.We’ll dig into the details of Silver’s response soon, but here are a few quick notes.“I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon,” Silver writes. Bummer. But the vision lives on.The word “tanking” does not appear in this letter.Nevertheless, in responding to the “futures” plan, Silver does say he thinks “there would still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams.” Not to get too Talmudic, but is his use of “still” a tacit acknowledgment that there is currently an incentive to perform poorly?It’s signed only “Adam.” Neat.It’s tough to say whether this letter, along with the other statements Silver has made about lottery reform, indicates that the NBA is truly considering or merely entertaining more creative ideas. And Silver points out that three-quarters of owners will have to approve any changes. Is mentioning that the lottery’s fate is in owners’ hands an excuse not to take bold action, or just realism?Toward the end of the letter, Silver writes that “there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery.” In the past, Silver has flat-out denied that players are trying to lose, but he’s also acknowledged that the Competition Committee is looking at lottery reform. Part of me appreciates his candor, and part of me is surprised that Silver is still using cautious language like “appears to be … growing.”We’ve already re-extended our invitation for Commissioner Silver to come on “Hot Takedown” to further discuss the proposals and NBA tanking. Again, you can annotate his response for yourself and listen to our original podcast discussing all the proposals below (tanking conversation starts at 17:30): Silver’s full letter, plus your annotations: Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Columbus police officer doubles as Clippers bullpen catcher

Jason Kulp, an officer for Columbus Division of Police, has added a new uniform to his wardrobe for the summer. Kulp has been named the Columbus Clippers’ bullpen catcher and will be in right field this season. With the position comes the opportunity to catch for the pitchers of the Cleveland Indians’ minor league affiliate and have one of the best seats in the house for all of the home games. His main responsibilities include warming pitchers up in the bullpen and catching for pitchers on their off days. Kulp, who grew up in Columbus, played baseball for four years and majored in criminal justice at Tiffin University before graduating in 2010. He then chose to return to Columbus to join the police department. Kulp’s favorite part of his new job for the Clippers is being able to call himself part of the team. “Just being out here and seeing these guys play. I mean, I’ve been playing for so long … it’s just good to be back out on the dirt,” he said. But Kulp is no stranger to the Columbus Clippers. He can remember going to Clippers games when the team played at Cooper Stadium before switching to the Huntington Park in 2009. The opportunity to become the bullpen catcher was presented by fellow officer and teammate on the Columbus Police Department’s baseball team, Scott Polgar. Kulp jumped at the opportunity and within a day had tried out and gotten the job. Having two jobs could be overwhelming, but Kulp seems unfazed by the busy summer ahead of him. He described it as a “pre-work activity” and admitted it will time-consuming, but was sure it would be well worth it. George Robinson, director of clubhouse operations for the Clippers, said Kulp is adjusting well to the new job. “He’s fitting in very well. He’s a very polite young man, pretty cordial and that’s the kind of people we need. And he wants to be here,” Robinson said. Columbus Clippers pitcher Scott Barnes threw to Kulp and was happy with what he saw. “Sometimes you can tell (from) throwing a few pitches to them whether or not they’ve had some experience,” Barnes said. “He seemed like he handled himself well and I look forward to throwing to him this year.” read more

Messi admitted that it would be terrible to see Neymar playing

first_imgLionel Messi used to form a star duo with Neymar back in his days at Barcelona – and now, the Brazilian attacker can possibly join Real Madrid and Messi would hate to see that…The Argentinian star claimed that it would be terrible to see Neymar playing for their biggest rival as he had a huge success at Barcelona and he shouldn’t forget all the trophies that he won there.The Barca star striker spoke about this possible transfer as he said, according to Goal:“It would be terrible because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Although [Neymar’s time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.”“If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona.”“And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are.”last_img read more

Craig Levein expects Naismith to return this month

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein has revealed he expects Steven Naismith to return to action before the end of December.The former Norwich City striker picked up an injury during the early stages of the Scottish League Cup semifinal on October 28.Levein has marked the game against Aberdeen on December 22 as a potential return date for Naismith and the former Rangers forward remains on target in his recovery from a cartilage operation.News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“The recovery has gone well,” said Naismith, according to Sports Mole.“I’m at the late stage of the rehab and I feel good. We have hit every target along the way and it’s more a case of finishing that off and having some good training and then I’ll be available.”“I know we spoke about the Aberdeen game but I’ll not tempt fate, I’ll just get my head down and work hard.”last_img read more

Messis Argentina return depends on coach says AFA head

first_imgHead of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio Tapia says Barcelona forward Lionel Messi never left the national team and will be ready when coach Lionel Scaloni calls upon himMessi has not featured for his national team since his team crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 4-3 defeat to France on June 30“Leo Messi never left the national team,” AFA president Claudio Tapia said in an interview published on the association’s website via Xinhua.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I think the love he has for the shirt is so great that when he is called upon he’ll be there, I have no doubt about that. It will depend on the coach and not on him.”Tapia said Messi had been in a positive mood when the pair met in Madrid earlier this month after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.“He looked happy, very happy,” he said. “I hope that he will be a part of Argentina’s upcoming squads because it makes people happy watching him play. He represents our country and is a standard-bearer for world football. He is the best player in the world, without doubt”last_img read more

Kenai Chamber Pens Resolution Supporting Nikiski As LNG Site

first_imgThe resolution states: “It is the mission of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (KCCVC) to promote economic development, stimulate job growth, provide initiatives to promote local businesses and foster positive relations between business and community for the benefit of Kenai.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula is all hands on deck as another organization announced their support for Nikiski as the prefered site for the proposed LNG plant and marine terminal. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and the City of Kenai passed similar resolutions. The City of Soldotna also joined by passing one at their meeting on Wednesday. The Kenai Chamber of Commerce signed a resolution on Wednesday supporting Nikiski as the site location. The resolution was signed by Board Chairman Karl Heinz and Board Secretary Penny Furnish. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commision is preparing the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) which will consider alternatives for multiple aspects of the project, including the location of the LNG plant and marine terminal.last_img read more

Galaxy S10 camera gets Instagram Mode for your selfie sharing

first_imgSamsung announced Instagram Mode on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET Samsung wants to make it easier to share your photos and videos to Instagram. The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday announced Instagram Mode, a feature for the new Galaxy S10’s camera that has direct integration with the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. The feature lets you use Instagram’s camera filters and access Instagram Stories and stickers. You can also upload your photo or video without leaving the camera app. 1:22 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with new Instagram mode Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Instagram Mode is only available on the Galaxy S10, though, if you already have Instagram downloaded on your phone. “We’ve worked together to rethink the Instagram experience on the S10,” Instagram head Adam Mosseri said at Samsung’s Unpacked event Wednesday in San Francisco. He added that Samsung’s new phone will be “the best way to express yourself on Instagram.” To introduce the feature, Mosseri took a selfie on stage with DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business. Share your voicecenter_img “Instagram’s mission is to bring you closer to the people and things you love, and we’re always working on new ways for people to express themselves and connect with their friends,” an Instagram spokeswoman said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing what people will share.”Earlier in the presentation, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, a phone with a large screen that folds in half to make it more portable. Wednesday’s event marks an important moment for Samsung as it tries to drive more excitement for its products. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, but even so prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered.First published Feb. 20 at 11:53 a.m. PT.Update 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment Mobile Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Samsung’s DJ Koh test out the S10’s new “Instagram mode” on stage at #Unpacked2019— Kaya Yurieff (@kyurieff) February 20, 2019 0 Instagram Samsunglast_img read more

Prince Harry poking the bear with his shocking comments about parenthood and

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry seems to be enjoying fatherhood so much that he confessed that he wouldn’t mind having a second child.However, the Duke of Sussex is in “dangerous territory” after declaring he and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are “hoping” to have another child at some point in the future, a TV presenter has claimed.Prince Harry made the revelation that he hopes to have another baby with Meghan Markle at some point in the future during an interview with world-famous ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall. Speaking on Sky News, presenter Jayne Secker, claimed Prince Harry was in “dangerous territory” after his comment.She said: “We were talking earlier in the week about Meghan and how she is guest-editing Vogue.””As part of that, there is an interview with Prince Harry, he is talking to Jane Goodall, the well-known environmentalist, and the subject of children came up…..She said – ‘Not too many I hope’, and he said, ‘oh we are hoping for two.’ Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt was already noted that having two children could be construed as a disagreement against his brother Prince William who has three children. “It is interesting because for one his brother has had three so I think it’s dangerous territory stating how many children you are going to have I think for lots of reasons.”The presenter went on to detail the reasons by saying that it is not a guarantee that the couple Sussex may be able to have more children, and if they do, they won’t know how they feel, they might even go for a third one.It was during a candid interview, the Duke of Sussex dropped a huge hint over whether he and his wife, Meghan, would seek to have another child.The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry replied: “Two, maximum!”He added: “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed.Well, we have to say that Prince Harry does seem environmentally conscious at the very least.last_img read more

Syria force evacuates women children from IS holdout

first_imgA member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carries a baby followed by the mother who cries and asks for help after leaving the Islamic State (IS) group`s last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria`s northern Deir Ezzor province, on 22 February. Photo: AFPUS-backed fighters trucked out civilians from the last speck of the Islamic State group’s dying “caliphate” in Syria on Friday, eager to press on with the battle to crush the jihadists.More than four years after IS overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, and declared a “caliphate”, they have lost all of it but a tiny patch in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border.More than 40 trucks carrying men, women and children left the enclave on Friday, AFP correspondents at a position of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces outside the village reported.Most were women and children, their clothes caked in dust, but the passengers also included men with their faces wrapped in chequered scarves.Women clung to the railings of the trucks, while the hair of younger girls blew in the wind, as they left the enclave in the second such large-scale evacuation in three days.On the back of one of the trucks, three men covered their faces with their hands, apparently not to be caught on camera.Asked what the situation was like inside IS’s last scrap of territory, a young man replied: “Not good”.On the roof of one of the trucks, an old man with a thick white beard wearing a red and white checkered scarf on his head yelled down: “There is an ill man with us.”SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin said more than 2,000 people were estimated to still be inside the pocket, and more trucks were expected to bring them out.War or surrenderOnce the evacuations have ended, the jihadists will have to decide whether to continue defending the less than half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile) they still hold, he said.”They will be faced with a choice: war or surrender,” Afrin said.Earlier on Friday, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali said he hoped civilian evacuations could be completed by Saturday.The Kurdish-led SDF evacuated 3,000 people on Wednesday — mostly women and children — but trucks left near empty on Thursday.Bali said that screenings had determined most of those evacuated on Wednesday were foreigners.”The majority are Iraqi and from countries of the former Soviet Union, but there are also Europeans,” he said.David Eubank, the leader of the Free Burma Rangers aid group, said they included “many French women”, as well as others from Australia, Austria, Germany and Russia, and one woman from Britain.Human Rights Watch urged the SDF and the US-led coalition supporting it to make protecting civilians a priority.”Witnesses described harrowing conditions in the last months, with lack of food and aid forcing them to eat grass and weeds to survive,” it said.Around 44,000 people — mostly civilians — have streamed out of IS’s shrinking patch territory since early December, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Once the SDF have weeded out potential jihadists from each batch of new arrivals, civilians are trucked further north to Kurdish-run camps for the displaced.They arrive “extremely hungry and dehydrated” and many of them require urgent medical care, the International Rescue Committee said.The IRC said 69 people, mostly children, had died on the way to the Al-Hol camp or shortly after arriving in the past few weeks.”Two thirds of the deaths are of babies under one year old,” it said, including one who died Friday during the six-hour drive.- US ‘peacekeepers’ -The battle for Baghouz is now the only live front in Syria’s war, which has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions since 2011.Any SDF victory would accelerate a planned withdrawal of American troops from Syria announced in December by US President Donald Trump.Syria’s Kurds have expressed fear that a full pullout would leave them exposed to a long threatened attack by neighbouring Turkey.But the White House said Thursday the US military will keep “a small peacekeeping group of about 200” in Syria after the withdrawal.The Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria welcomed the move.It is “very important to maintain stability and protect our region from the Turkish threats, and ensure that terrorism will not be back,” foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omar said.IS once imposed its brutal ideology on an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom, attracting thousands from abroad.But some of those foreigners have been killed, while the SDF holds hundreds more.The Kurds have repeatedly urged their governments to take them back, largely without success.Syria’s Kurds have requested their repatriation, but foreign governments have been reluctant.On Thursday, the father of Hoda Muthana, 24, sued to bring her home after the Trump administration declared she was not a US citizen.Shamima Begum, 19, faced being left stateless after Britain revoked her citizenship, and Bangladesh, where her parents are from, said it not want her.Beyond Baghouz, IS retains a presence in the vast Syrian desert, and continues to claim deadly attacks in SDF-held territory.last_img

Grim battle for acceptance

first_imgLand where life is good, a theatrical offering by final year students of National School of Drama (NSD) raised similar questions. The play talked about the various identities that are enmeshed in the blanket of a single identity called ‘Indian’. It tried to look at the confusion that this exercise of assimilation has created in the minds of the present generation, especially in the context of Nagaland. Bhaskar Boruah, essays the role of Tako, a young Naga boy grappling with his identity. The play revolves around his life journey and his attempt to find his lost identity. It conveyed a palpable sense of people as living, breathing creatures who are far more complex than their words might seem to suggest. The conflict between old and the new has been told in countless movies and plays, but the treatment here was gentle and humane.Director, Temjenzungba attempted to rediscover the true meaning of ‘Indian-ness’ and expressed his concern over the inability of cultural participation in the so called mainstream culture which leads to the seclusion of certain groups. Naga tribes being the classic example of such behaviour, face racial discrimination.The show may have lacked epic grandeur but by the end the audience understood the travails of these people to fit in. The show, in all, was a delightful combination of dance (showcasing dance of different states), drama, humor and emotions which managed to strike the right chords with the audience.last_img read more

Savings for Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica set to open May 1

first_img MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma, a luxury beachfront property with premium suites, Gourmet Inclusive restaurants and bars, will be Karisma’s first property in Jamaica when it opens this spring. Reservations are now open for stays starting May 1.The all-suite beachfront property has 285 suites with views of the Caribbean Sea and contemporary decor. The resort will offer 10 room categories, all of which are ocean view. Many offer private swim-ups. Couples can enjoy romantic Honeymoon Suites while those with children can stay in the Family Suites. A Presidential offering will also be available. All accommodations will feature luxury furnishings, amenities and private balconies or terraces.Guests will have access to 10 Gourmet Inclusive restaurants and Gourmet Corners as well as eight Gourmet Inclusive bars and lounges. Highlights include Mahogany Restaurant & Kitchen, Hua Hin, Thai Cuisine and the West End Gourmet Corner and Terrace. Indigo Denim Bar, Amber Oceanfront Bar and West End Swim Up Bar & Lounge serve premium drinks and have live music.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America Travelweek Group Posted by Share “The opening of Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma represents a new era for Karisma Hotels & Resorts,” said Armando Chomat, Executive Vice President of Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive worldwide representatives for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “This is Karisma’s first opportunity to welcome the U.S. and Canadian markets to Jamaica and we are eager for our valued agents and their guests to enjoy the Gourmet Inclusive Experience complete with unmatched service, contemporary design and exquisite luxury amenities only steps from Negril’s famed Seven Mile Beach.”Entertainment and activities include yoga, tai chi, rum tastings, Jamaican cooking classes, Caribbean dance class and more. Additionally, guests can relax at the resort’s Vassa Spa with an offering of assorted treatments, including outdoor massages overlooking the ocean. Families staying at the resort can enjoy a wide variety of amenities for kids and teens including the My Gym Children’s Fitness Centre Program, Azulitos Playhouse for day and evening activities and Azulitos Spa Services.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaNearby attractions include the Negril Cliffs, the ecotourism destination Royal Palms Reserve, Negril Hills Golf Club, Blue Hole Mineral Spring and the Negril Lighthouse. The hotel is one hour and 20 minutes from the Montego Bay airport.In celebration of the resort’s debut, Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma is now offering 57% savings on Gourmet Inclusive vacation bookings. The grand opening promotion is available for bookings now through Feb. 28 for travel May 1 – Dec. 22.All-inclusive rates start at US$198 per adult, per night. See Tuesday, February 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Savings for Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica, set to open May 1 Tags: Jamaica, Karisma Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

European Commissioner for digital Mariya Gabriel h

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for digital Mariya Gabriel has called for the creation of a searchable pan-European directory of films that are available online to be set up by the end of this year as part of the EC’s #Digital4Culture initiative.Mariya Ivanova GabrielSpeaking at the Berlinale 2018 European Film Forum, Gabriel said that the catalogue would initially be set up as a tool for professionals to identify the countries in which films are accessible and available for commercial exploitation.A second phase will see it opened to the public with a view to facilitating access to European movies online, irrespective of their country of origin.She said she would organise a series of meetings of interested parties, beginning yesterday in Berlin, to take the project further.Gabriel also used her speech in Berlin to call for a reform of copyright that would match the evolution of technology platforms. She said that the EC’s proposals for reform called for stronger protection of rights-holders through a set of measures that would enable them to decide if and under what conditions their works would be distributed by digital platforms.Gabriel said that she was also hopeful of a rapid conclusion of inter-institutional negotiations on the proposed reform of the Audiovisual Media Services directive, which includes measures to force video-on-demand providers to respect quota requirements for works of European origin and to make a financial contribution to the production of European works.Gabriel’s comments come after EC vice-president Andrus Ansip last week called for bolder moves to create a digital single market for audiovisual content, with an extension of the ‘country of origin’ principle “ to make it easier for broadcasters to license material and promote their programmes around the EU”.EU institutions are currently in the process of beginning negotiations on new rules for cross-border online trading.The EC has proposed wide-ranging changes to make online TV services available across borders without restriction. However, the EU’s other institutions – the European Parliament and the European Council – have taken a more cautious stance. The parliament voted to water down the EC’s proposals, supporting instead measures that only provide for portability of news and current affairs content, while the Council has supported a limited application of the ‘country of origin’ principle, excluding all sports events and all works co-produced by the broadcaster in question as well as content licensed to broadcasters by third parties.last_img read more