Only fit and slim singers will be showcased in boutique performances in

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement A Toronto orchestra group is facing criticism and accusations of body shaming after an email went out to members saying performers who are “physically fit and slim” will only be showcased with its boutique orchestras.“Although almost all of our vocalists are fit and slim – the way our boutique orchestra would like our front line performing artists to be … two of our featured singers were not,” a Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras management email shared with Global News read.“We hope that they would, as such, refrain from using tight-fitting dresses and use loose (less physically-revealing, less physically-accentuating) dresses instead.” The email goes on to set out expectations for musicians and asks “all key personnel” to “take note.”“While our orchestra do not require our instrumental musicians to look physically fit and slim since they are essentially background wallpaper, kindly be reminded that we have a different expectation from the singers that we selectively choose to feature in our live shows, for our own purposes and at our discretion,” it said.“As per our highly selective casting requirements for vocal artists taking on a prominent leading role on stage, only singers who are physically fit and slim (or at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras.”Victoria Leone, who did one performance under the orchestra, is one of the vocalists Global News spoke with who received the email on Monday.“I just thought it was ridiculous and the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Are you addressing me specifically?’” she said.“I actually reached out to another girl and said, ‘Did you get this email? Because I can’t believe these are words that I’m reading from this organization.”Leone said she believes in having a positive body image and said the email crossed the line.“This is highly inappropriate and I don’t want to be a part of this,” Leone said.“Regardless of what we look like, if someone is going to donate because of how you make them feel and if they’re making me feel self-conscious about something that shouldn’t even concern them, then I don’t want to be a part of that.”She said she raised her concerns with the orchestra and quit the organization, adding they thanked her for being part of the group.“They continue to tell me to re-read certain parts that they highlighted in their e-mail, which was that if you’re unfit you should be dressing according to your body type that can hide certain aspects of those ‘dietary indulgences’ that they had mentioned,” Leone said.“I thought that was at least an opportunity for them to apologize or at least say, ‘Oh you know this was not something we meant to come across’ … They’re a charitable organization, they’re trying to do good and be a part of the community, it’s the last thing you thing something like that would be a part of.”According to its website, Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras has more than 100 vocalists and instrumentalists and provides entertainment at weddings, corporate events and other functions.Global News received a brief statement Wednesday night from an unnamed representative in response to written questions asking about the email sent to members and accusations of body shaming.“This is to acknowledge that your email has been with much regret. We hope that you will accept our sincere apologies,” the statement said.By Nick WestollWith files from Alana Macleod Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Dartmouth Oscar winner Shane Vieau makes a splash with his onstage attire

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Paul D. Austerberry, from left, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin arrive at the Oscars on Sunday. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Login/Register With: Canadian Oscar winner Shane Vieau made a splash not just by getting his trophy on Sunday — but also with his attire.As Vieau accepted his Oscar alongside fellow Canadians Paul Austerberry and Jeffrey A. Melvin for best production design on The Shape of Water, he had Twitter abuzz with comments on his outfit.The set decorator, who hails from Dartmouth, N.S., was wearing sunglasses, a tuxedo jacket with sleeves that barely covered his elbows, and Adidas sneakers. Advertisementcenter_img “I had the suit built from Harry Rosen as a custom-built and anyone who knows me [knows] I’m an Adidas guy, I always wear Adidas head to toe,” Vieau said in a phone interview after the show.“I live in a baseball cap but they wouldn’t let me wear a baseball cap, so I wore the sneakers as my homage to Adidas.”Jeffrey A. Melvin, left, Paul Denham Austerberry, centre, and Shane Vieau, left, won the Oscar for Best Production Design for their work on The Shape of Water. (Mike Blake/Reuters)The Shape of Water won four Oscars in total, including best picture for director Guillermo del Toro and Toronto producer J. Miles Dale.Sally Hawkins stars as a mute janitor who falls for a captive and abused amphibian creature, played by Doug Jones.Austerberry is credited for production design on the merman drama while Melvin and Vieau did the set decoration. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BCs Chief Electoral Officer recommends allowing teens to preregister to vote

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has submitted a report to the Legislative Assembly recommending changes to the Election Act.Archer says his recommendations are aimed at increasing the accessibility and efficiency of the electoral process in the province. The most prominent of the main recommendations in the report are to allow 16- and 17-year-olds who will become eligible to vote to pre-register, so that they will be added to the voters list automatically when they turn 18.Archer is also recommending that Elections BC be provided with greater access to information held by public bodies to help maintain the provincial voters list, and using technology to modernize voting and counting administration while maintaining paper ballots. In addition, he suggests making the election period longer during a snap general election to allow more time for candidate nominations, material distribution, staffing, and communicating with voters. Archer’s report also proposes a new administrative model for counting votes, which he says could be implemented under any form of electoral system. The model would maintain most facets of the current administrative model while eliminating the need for the final count of absentee ballots, which under current legislation takes place 13 days after General Voting Day.Finally, Archer recommends establishing a legislative committee to work towards implementing the proposed administrative model over the next three to six years.Archer’s full report can be read here: read more

The Latest Iran says it test fires new missile

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):11:10 a.m.The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says it has successfully test-fired a “new missile” amid growing tensions with the United States and the unraveling of the nuclear deal with world powers.The semi-official Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guard, said Gen. Hossein Salami told a group of clerics Saturday about the missile test a day earlier.He called it “one of the successful days of the nation,” but did not give any further details on the weapon or the test itself.On Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani officially debuted an Iran-made air-defence missile system, the Bavar-373.Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defence industry.The U.S. re-imposed sanctions on Iran after it pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement over concerns about Iran’s missile program and regional influence. The Trump Administration argued the accord did not do enough to limit Iran’s ballistic missile program.___7:30 a.m.An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington now lists its destination as a port in Turkey.The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, early Saturday.However, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination.The ship-tracking website showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.The Adrian Darya was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions on Syria.The U.S. has a warrant in federal court to seize the ship and has been warning nations not to accept it.The Associated Press read more

Boater identified as Hamilton man

Police have identified the body of a boater who went missing on Aug. 22 as a 48-year-old Hamilton man.Police say David Doyle went out into Lake Erie to go fishing in a small vessel at about 11 a.m. on Aug. 22 off the shoreline near Featherstone Point.When a friend checked the lake from shore through a telescope about an hour later they noticed the boat was empty and contacted police.The Haldimand County OPP Marine Unit, Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, and an OPP helicopter searched the area and located the boat. A search of the area was conducted until dusk.The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit resumed a search of the area on Aug. 23. Doyle’s body was found at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 25.Victim Services of Haldimand-Norfolk have been involved and are assisting the family.Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. read more

UN refugee agency urges Côte dIvoires Government to minimize displacement

“We understand the Government’s security concerns, but are appealing to the authorities to minimize displacement and identify alternative and secure sites for those made homeless by the destruction,” said Delphine Marie, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Earlier this month, President Laurent Gbagbo announced that the ongoing razing of shantytowns in Abidjan would be restricted to areas surrounding military installations, but with the practice – and general instability – persisting, UNHCR is making contingency plans for widespread regional displacement. Ms. Marie said the agency would establish a regional stockpile in Accra, Ghana with supplies for up to 20,000 people. “We are mainly concerned about the possibility of Ivorians seeking asylum in neighbouring countries,” she said. “We’re also worried that large numbers of Liberian refugees could spontaneously return to areas of Liberia which are largely inaccessible, or that they might seek asylum in a third country.” There are presently more than 72,000 registered refugees in Côte d’Ivoire, most of them from Liberia and about 2,000 from Sierra Leone. UNHCR is organizing the repatriation by airlift of 40 Sierra Leonean refugees who became homeless during recent the turmoil in Abidjan. read more

Senators defy Trudeau propose amendments to federal budget bill

Senators defy Trudeau, propose amendments to federal budget bill OTTAWA – The Senate voted Tuesday to delete a so-called escalator tax on booze from the federal government’s budget, defying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that only the elected House of Commons has authority over budgetary matters.Senators voted 46-32 late Tuesday to accept the report of the Senate’s national finance committee, which earlier in the day passed a series of amendments aimed at removing the government’s plan to increase the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits automatically by the rate of inflation each year.The amendments came one day after the Senate narrowly defeated a motion that would have carved out provisions dealing with the creation of a new infrastructure bank into a separate bill.The committee — whose membership includes independent Sen. Andre Pratte, author of the motion to split the bill — did not propose any changes to the infrastructure bank provisions.The bill will now go Wednesday to third reading debate in the upper house, during which individual senators could opt to propose additional changes, followed by a final vote.The House of Commons would have to concur with any changes approved by the Senate, something Trudeau has made clear is not in the cards.But the prime minister’s warning that unelected senators have no business re-writing a budget doesn’t hold water for some senators. Although the Senate can’t initiate a money bill, it does have the right to amend one — or even defeat it outright, as happened in 1993, they note.“I believe that the Senate does have the right to amend finance bills, not to raise taxes but to otherwise amend them,” independent Liberal Sen. Joan Fraser said Tuesday on her way into the committee meeting.Pratte said he may yet support some amendments to the bill, but won’t propose any more himself on the infrastructure bank. The debate and vote on his motion Monday convinced him that a majority of senators have no appetite for changing the bill.“There’s no use working on amendments when you know the majority of the Senate will reject those amendments.”In any event, since Trudeau has been clear that any changes approved by the Senate would be rejected by the Liberal majority in the Commons, Pratte predicted most senators will eventually wind up bowing to the will of the elected chamber.“It’s obvious that this is not one of those special circumstances where the Senate would insist on its amendments,” he said. “It’s pretty obvious that the Senate would defer to the government’s will.”The government maintains the $35-billion infrastructure bank is an integral part of its economic plan. It is to be launched with $15 billion in direct federal investments and another $20 billion in repayable contributions, loans and loan guarantees. The government hopes to leverage up to $5 in private investment for every $1 in government funding to finance what it calls “transformational” infrastructure projects.Pratte and other senators fear the bank’s governance structure could allow political interference in the choice of projects that get funded. They’ve also expressed concern that taxpayers will wind up on the hook for projects that go over-budget or flop.The amendments to delete the escalator tax on alcohol were proposed by Conservative Sen. Elizabeth Marshall.At a Senate committee meeting last week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau appealed to senators to stop referring to the provision as an “escalator.” He argued that it would actually result in the tax remaining constant, “in real terms,” once inflation is taken into account.However, a number of senators expressed concern that the automatic yearly tax hikes would potentially devastate many small Canadian breweries and wineries. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 1:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Monster Pitch finalist LifePoints

This is the first in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Monday, Jan. 8.Ethan Foy checks over the mobile application his team developed called LifePoints.The rewards are starting to add up for Ethan Foy.The fifth-year neuroscience student from Oakville, is working on his business idea called LifePoints.The mobile application rewards users for time spent at a fitness facility with points they can later cash in at local businesses. The application is now live on the App Store for iPhones, with a version soon to follow for Android users.Foy will be presenting LifePoints on the stage at the upcoming Monster Pitch competition Monday, Jan. 8 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.It’s a moment he’s had his eye on for more than a year.LifePoints had been percolating in Foy’s mind since before last year’s Monster Pitch and his goal was to one day join the finalists on the stage to share his vision with the judges.Having previously worked as a student ambassador with BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, he was familiar with the resources that would benefit him when it came time to launch his own business.Foy began to work on his idea for LifePoints and it paid off at the end of last year’s event, when BioLinc announced that he was one of two recipients of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award, which provided him with mentorship and funding over the summer while he worked full time on his business.“The Monster Pitch funds would be much more beneficial to me now than they would have a year ago because I’ve benefitted from the mentorship that came with the award and I’ve been able to develop and build the product further, which I don’t think would have happened without the award,” said Foy.Foy is passionate about the idea of having customers receive monetary rewards, and has designed his mobile application as an experience-driven reward platform, breaking away from the conventional loyalty model companies use to reward customers for their purchases through accumulated points and product discounts.“I fell in love with the idea of being able to provide a monetary reward for every other aspect of life, outside of work life,” said Foy.The business currently focuses on the fitness industry, but Foy has plans that stretch beyond that.“The model we are using allows us to pivot into any market with relative ease. We’re starting in the fitness industry, but it would be very easy for us to transition into other areas. That’s really where the end goal of LifePoints lies — to be able to reward individuals for living their life.”Monster Pitch will see four shortlisted student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win a funding and startup services package worth $14,000.The event is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.The judging panel includes David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber series, and returning judges Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13, Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.Tickets for the event are on sale for $5 through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office. read more

How Liz Cambage Broke The WNBAs Scoring Record

Scoring is up across the board in the WNBA this year, and one player, Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage, aimed to keep it that way Tuesday when she scored 53 points — the highest individual total in league history — during a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty.And given the other elements of her game, which included 10 rebounds, five blocks and two assists, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Cambage’s display in 37 minutes of playing time was one of the finer all-around showings the league has ever seen. It’s worth keeping in mind that the WNBA plays 40-minute games as opposed to the NBA’s 48-minute ones. That difference is a key reason that the NBA, which has experienced a spike in triple-doubles in recent years, sees that statistical rarity so much more often than does the WNBA, where it has happened only seven times in league history.Cambage, 26, shot 17-of-22 from the field and 15-of-16 at the free-throw line, all while outscoring New York’s starting five by 10 points. She torched nearly every look the Liberty threw at her, alternating between either side of the floor, and made mincemeat out of double-teams as if she were still being covered by a single defender. She logged 11 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second and five in the third before going off for 20 in the final period to seal the game.Yet a handful of her buckets in the first half came with no one near her at all — largely because she doesn’t hold the reputation of a sharpshooter and had only made five triples in 74 career WNBA games heading into Tuesday’s contest. So one can only imagine the initial shock New York players felt when Cambage calmly drained four threes on five attempts.The 6-foot-8 Cambage isn’t known as a jump shooter. More generally, she isn’t widely known in this country at all despite having long been a basketball star in Australia, where she grew up — perhaps because of her disjointed time in the league. She was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 WNBA draft but made it clear upon being selected by the Tulsa Shock that she didn’t want to play there. As such, she has never played two consecutive seasons in the U.S., and she spent the past four years playing overseas, where many of the best players routinely sign to earn higher salaries.In any case, Cambage — who entered Tuesday averaging nearly 20 points and more than nine boards — has pieced together an impressive season, having been named an all-star for a second time. She ranks in the league’s 95th percentile in post-up situations this year, according to Synergy Sports Technology.1She is tied for the WNBA lead in technical fouls. In games like Tuesday’s, in which Cambage is fully in sync with point guard and fellow all-star Skylar Diggins-Smith, there aren’t a ton of good options defensively to contain her. (New York wasn’t all that successful in denying Cambage during the first meeting between the teams, either, when Cambage scored 28 points on just 17 shots in that game, albeit in a Liberty win)Just minutes into Tuesday’s game, the Liberty tried forcing the ball out of her hands with a double-team, and Cambage simply kicked the ball out to the arc, where Allisha Gray was prepared to knock down an open triple. Then, on her next scoring chance, Cambage — having just illustrated the risk in sending a double-team her way — aggressively sealed her defender inside the restricted area, allowing Diggins-Smith to loft a pass from the arc into her for an easy lay-in. Beyond that, she kept defenders off balance by occasionally putting the ball on the floor and inviting contact, like she did against Amanda Zahui B a pair of times during the final period.Cambage surpassed the WNBA record of 51 points, set in 2013 by Riquna Williams. Cambage’s game Tuesday, with those 10 rebounds and five blocks, was far more complete than that of Williams, who finished hers with just one rebound and three assists. (Williams and Cambage were teammates during that 2013 season.) The next-highest showings are held by names that are far more well known throughout the sport: Maya Moore (48 points in 2014), Diana Taurasi (47 in 2006) and Lauren Jackson (47 in 2007), an Australian ex-player with whom Cambage has drawn comparisons.But a performance like this one only figures to boost her profile. “I’ve had big numbers in China, I’ve had big numbers in Australia, and I’ve heard a lot of people say I could never have big numbers here in the WNBA,” she told reporters afterward. “So I guess this game is for y’all.”CORRECTION (July 18, 2018, 12:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article included an incorrect quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the 53 points that Liz Cambage scored in Tuesday’s game between the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty. Cambage scored 11 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second, five in the third and 20 in the fourth. (The WNBA originally reported Cambage as having scored 13 points in the first and 15 in the second.) read more

Senior medic sent junior doctor 900 WhatsApp messages and naked videos from

first_imgProctor, of Henley-upon-Thames, admits sending sexually explicit messages but denies asking Dr B to engage in a sexual relationship saying it was “a consensual flirtatious relationship”. He also faces unrelated misconduct charges over his care of two patients. The hearing continues. In other encounters, Proctor allegedly tried to embrace the woman in a lift outside the Acute Medical Unit before slapping her bottom and then pretending to kiss her in a side room asking her: “How much do you fancy me?” A senior doctor pestered a junior colleague with up to 900 WhatsApp messages, including explicit images and videos of himself, from her first day in the job, a medical tribunal heard.Dr Julian Proctor, 36, sent more than 100 messages a day to the young woman in a “relentless pursuit” over a week-long period saying they should have a “secret love affair” to ensure they had a “good rotation”, it was alleged.The woman in her 20s, and known as Dr B, continually told Proctor she had a boyfriend – but he is said to have continued to make sexual advances towards her, sending her videos or still images of himself taking a shower or posing in his underwear.Some explicit images were sent to the junior doctor by Proctor while both were in a staff meeting with colleagues at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, where he was a senior registrar, the hearing was told.One of the messages read: “Hey sexy… have you looked at my video yet, naughty huh?” Another said: “I love squeezing your bum it’s a nice shape… I still want to get you naked. You do like the idea.” When she asked him to stop, he is alleged to have said: “But I like you, I can’t help it.” He also attempted to squeeze the woman’s bottom and inner thigh as well as making grabs for her waist and shoulder, it was claimed.At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the woman said: “I knew about his reputation before I met him – my friend and partner warned me. But I thought at first what Dr Proctor said was a prank – it was too outrageous to be real.”The Manchester hearing was told Proctor targeted the woman in April last year on the day she started her very first shift at the hospital. Peter Atherton, lawyer for the General Medical Council, said: “A breakdown of the 800 to 900 messages that Dr Proctor sent to her show that he was intent and relentless in his pursuit of Dr B for sex.”Dr B was junior to Dr Proctor so he was in effect her boss as registrar. She attempted to have a good and humorous relationship with him making it clear that she didn’t want a sexual relationship with him.”center_img 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. Julian Proctor, in a picture posted on social media, denies asking Dr B to engage in a sexual relationshipCredit:Cavendish Messages that Dr Proctor sent to her show that he was intent and relentless in his pursuit of Dr B for sexPeter Atherton, GMC lawyer Julian Proctorlast_img read more

Mens WCH 2019 Scandinavians withdrew and support DanishGerman candidature

← Previous Story SURPRISE IN HUNGARY: Mindegia-show and Pick victory! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 11): GWD Minden still winless, RN Loewen confident at home While the Junior and Youth World Championships for the upcoming years will be awarded by the Congress on 27 October, the second day of the XXXIV Ordinary IHF Congress, the awarding of the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 2019 will be awarded by the new Council at their first meeting in Doha on Monday 28 October.Tension is rising among the candidates. And the hopes to win the election are rising too. Japan and Norway are the candidates for the women’s tournament – both have prepared their presentations up to the last minute. But the Norwegians and their Scandinavian opponent Sweden are no longer among the group of applicants for the Men’s tournament. The host of the 2011 Men’s World Championship withdrew its bidding one day prior to the Congress in Doha. And Karl-Arne Johannessen, President of the Norwegian Handball Federation, declared: “We find the cooperation between Denmark and Germany to be a highly interesting project. […] To underline this statement and to simplify the awarding process for IHF, we will withdraw our application for Men’s WC 2019 and strongly support the Danish-German project.” So there are no Scandinavians in the field of candidates. The joint applicants Denmark/Germany and Hungary/Slovakia as well as Poland are fully optimistic about the Council’s decision on Monday, 28 October. read more

Asus launches a tiny graphics card for miniITX gamers

first_imgI am a big fan of the mini-ITX form factor. You can pack just about any combination of CPU, RAM, and storage onto a mini-ITX motherboard and into a case that’s small enough to sit out of sight behind a monitor.There’s just one problem with opting for the small board, though. If you want to use your tiny PC for gaming, you’re very limited on the graphics cards that will fit inside a mini-ITX case. The majority of the boards are too long, and forget about running a high-end card in one. But thankfully, Asus decided to come to the rescue and has created a smaller, gaming-grade graphics card for use in such space-limited systems.The Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini is only 17cm in length (a standard GTX 670 card is at least 24.13cm long), and yet it manages to squeeze in 2GB of 6GHz GDDR5 RAM and cooling that allows the GPU to run at 928MHz as standard, or boosted up to 1006MHz. The only downside of the Mini design being that it is a little wider than most cards to accommodate the chubby copper vapor chamber heatsink and fan configuration. The overall dimensions of the card are 17.01 x 12.19 x 4.06cm.However, that cooling does see the card run up to 7.5 degrees cooler than a reference GTX 670. Even the PCB is up to 15 percent cooler, which is important if you have a really cramped case to fit it in. Connectors aren’t compromised, though. You get a DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, and Display Port to choose from.The Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini doesn’t seem to be available just yet, and Asus hasn’t announced pricing. But based on the cost of existing GTX 670 cards, you can expect to pay between $350-$430.last_img read more

Calling Melbourne Cephalonian youth

first_imgA dinner dance held by the Cephalonian Society of Victoria is set to rock West Melbourne next Saturday night. The night will include stand-up comedian Jim Liamatos, the Manasis dancing group entertaining the crowds with traditional dance, the Greek band Xrises Notes will be providing the dancing tunes and there will be raffle prizes, catering by Meraklis and the night will be filmed for Channel 31 for a new Greek show called ‘Peter, are you serious?’ Peter Diakrousis – assistant treasurer of the Cephalonian Society – says this dinner dance is a great opportunity for the youth to get involved once again and explore their cultural heritage. “I am trying to create a young group,” he told Neos Kosmos, “teach the young all about Cephalonia – the island and its culture; its food and wine; its sweets sold around the world.” He says by involving the youth, he can teach them about Cephalonian traditions and dancing but also they can help keep the club alive. By getting involved in the Cephalonian Society of Victoria, youth will be able to network with other members, stay in touch with Cephalonians in Greece for easy travel advice, as well as network with members in Victoria in a professional capacity too. As it stands, there are only about four young members of the society and through getting the youth involved, Peter says the club will stay stronger than ever. The Cephalonian Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 23 June at the Cephalonian Society of Victoria, 16-20 Stawell Street, West Melbourne. Tickets are $55 and include music and food. For tickets and for more information on joining the Cephalonian Society of Victoria, contact Peter on 0411 230 675. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

High tech Greece in Aus

first_imgIn a bid to change perceptions of Greece, a high tech company based in Athens is set to open a facility in Melbourne, Victoria, with the hope that other Greek high tech firms will follow suit. “Australia may be far away from Greece, but it’s very close in terms of the Greek community and we want to change the perception that tourism and the food industry are the only exports from Greece; this could be the beginning for other Greek high tech companies to come here,” says Christian Hadjiminas, THEON Sensors, president.Established in 1997, THEON Sensors is an international supplier of night vision technology. While THEON Sensors is the main supplier of night vision equipment to the Greek Army, an international network of customers and partners has been established. It supplies systems to armed forces and police in 12 countries all around the world, out of which 6 countries are NATO members. “We have two sensors; one is the night vision which is mostly for defence used by security forces and defence forces to conduct night operations,” Mr Hadjiminas explains.“The other division is micro-mechanical sensors that have medial, aerospace and many other applications.”He says with the engineering expertise they have in Greece at the moment and the good rates of a recovering economy it’s easier to export and promote the products around the world. “We always operated out of Athens but always with an export orientation,” Mr Hadjiminas tells Neos Kosmos. Since 2004, the company has been exporting their products outside of Greece.“We are almost 100 per cent export orientated,” he says. THEON Sensors have a big contract in Sweden, they export to France, Germany, Belgium, Chile and have contracts in the Middle East in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and in Australia and Indonesia. But he says that Europe is their biggest market because they are “sophisticated” clients.“We are not on the low end of the market, but we are not expensive, because this is important for the safety of the soldier, for their systems to be properly manufactured, and we are mostly geared towards the most advanced armed forces in the world,” he says. Mr Hadjiminas explains that THEON Sensors has become one of the top three companies in the world for night vision, with offices in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and the intended manufacturing facility – that will enable the company to maintain their products off-shore – that they wish to set up in the next 4-6 months to cover here and the far east region. “It’s just the beginning phase and we hope that we will able to send the necessary equipment to set up the manufacturing facility in the next 4-6 months; we have a very good Australian partner here with Aquaterro,” he says. For more information on THEON Sensors, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Novel approach used by doctors to rid girl of tumour

first_imgA 12-year-old girl facing a life-threatening skull tumour led doctors at the Monash Children’s Hospital to employ leading-edge techniques to save her life. Mackenzie Fort was diagnosed with a epithelioid ­hemangioendothelioma (a rare malignant tumour) after experiencing headaches. Scans discovered a tumour so large it was putting pressure on her skull. However, doctors were faced with a harrowing situation, with the tumour close to vital blood vessels that could have resulted in a fatal haemorrhage if interfered with. According to the lead surgeon on Mackenzie’s case, neurosurgeon Chris Xenos, epithelioid hemangioendothelioma tumours are uncommon, especially the size found in her head. “This tumour is huge, it is the biggest skull tumour I have done, but it is also a rare type of tumour that we don’t see often,” he said. “At a certain point, the brain starts suffering and I suspect the headaches were the start of that, and that causes unwellness, but it can also cause certain deficits such as paralysis. If it continued to increase in size, it would have put her life at risk.” This prompted Mr Xenos and his team to try a ground-breaking approach, opting to block the blood cells around the tumour by injecting glue into the surrounding area, which they monitored for a week to ensure she did not experience a stroke. “With this pre-op embolisation, the advantage we have is the conditions are in my favour and I can chip away and spend all day operating knowing I am not going to cause too much blood loss and can get the job done,” Mr Xenos said. The surgery was deemed a success, with Mackenzie making a full recovery and keen to join her friends again on the sporting field. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un sondage montre lintérêt des Français pour larchéologie

first_imgUn sondage montre l’intérêt des Français pour l’archéologieCommandé par l’Inrap et réalisé en décembre 2010 par l’Institut Ipsos, un sondage montre l’attachement de beaucoup de Français à l’archéologie, particulièrement sur leur propre lieu de vie, mais aussi la nécessité d’améliorer encore l’information du public en la matière.En complément des Journées de l’archéologie 2011, l’Institut national de recherche archéologique préventive (Inrap) a mandaté l’Institut de sondages Ipsos pour interroger à domicile 1.000 personnes de plus de 15 ans constituant un échantillon représentatif de la population française. Le but : mieux comprendre la perception que le public a de cette discipline.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitRésultats, en quelques points clés : 43% des personnes sondées s’intéressent globalement à l’histoire et à l’archéologie (en hausse de 5% par rapport à une estimation faite en 2005), et la majorité de celles-ci pensent que l’archéologie préventive, sur des sites où des travaux d’aménagement sont prévus, est l’aspect le plus important. 62% estiment la recherche archéologique “plutôt utile”, et 24% la jugent même “très utile”. 70% disent avoir visité au moins un site archéologique en France dans leur vie, mais seulement 15% l’on fait au cours de l’année  écoulée. Enfin, 77% s’estiment encore insuffisamment informés, notamment des recherches effectuées près de chez eux.”La médiation de l’archéologie est donc un important levier de démocratisation culturelle. L’évolution favorable d’un certain nombre d’indicateurs démontre en particulier l’intérêt de la présentation des vestiges in situ(…). Cependant, le pourcentage très important des sondés s’estimant insuffisamment informés rappelle que les efforts d’ouverture au public doivent être maintenus”, conclut l’Inrap.Le 15 mai 2011 à 14:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Emery NeymarPSG partnership is going to continue

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has insisted that Neymar’s future remains tied to the French capital, despite reports linking the star with a move to Real Madrid in the summerThe Brazil international had enjoyed a successful debut campaign at the Parc Des Princes this season with a total of 28 goals and 16 assists in 30 appearances, before getting injured on the 25 February in a derby against local rivals Marseille.Last summer Neymar completed a world record €222m transfer from Barcelona in a bid to escape the shadow of Lionel of Messi and to win that elusive Balon d’Or prize.Yet reports have emerged over the past few months that the forward has grown unsettled with life in Paris and is reportedly eyeing up a return to La Liga with Real for the start of next season with PSG’s elimination in the Champions League against the Spanish giants having increased Neymar’s desire to leave.But Emery, who’s own future is in doubt, is confident that the former Santos star will remain with PSG for the foreseeable future.“I see Neymar in Paris next season, the Neymar-PSG partnership is going to continue,” Emery told Cadena COPE.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…“He’s happy here, it’s normal for other teams to be interested in him.“I spoke with Neymar two or three weeks ago. The players talk between them and have direct communication with the club, there are specific moments to talk with him. He is recovering and could play a game before the end of the season.”Despite having delivered PSG their seventh Ligue 1 title at the weekend with an impressive 7-1 win over AS Monaco, Emery’s future continues to be in doubt with the PSG chairman having hinted at a possible change in management for next season.But the Spaniard refused to discuss any potential exit: “I do not see myself outside, nor do I see myself within the PSG project. We have not yet sat down to prepare for next season.“You have to analyse everything in a more global way, the Champions League is the zenith, the football sky. PSG has the desire to reach that, but you have to create a history and strength first in France.”last_img read more

55 do not receive a reward at Christmas

first_imgMore than half (55%) of respondents do not receive a reward or gift from their employer at Christmas, according to research by Red Letter Days for Business.Its survey of 2,004 UK employees found that 40% of highly engaged respondents receive a gift to mark the festive season, dropping to 8% of those with very low engagement levels.The research also found:Around a third (32%) of respondents receive a reward at Christmas, and 13% are sometimes given a gift.88% of respondents earning more than £100,000 a year receive a Christmas gift from their employer, compared to 26% of those on a salary of less than £40,000 a year.One in five respondents at large organisations receive a reward at Christmas, whereas more than a third (38%) of respondents working for organisations with fewer than 250 staff are given a gift.Almost a quarter (24%) of part-time employees receive a treat from their employer at Christmas, compared to 34% of full-time workers.60% of respondents prefer their reward to come in the form of an individual cash bonus, followed by vouchers (30%) and a meal or night out funded by their employer (18%).Half (50%) of respondents say that their manager personally hands over their Christmas gift to them, while 15% say the reward is distributed with their payslip with no prior warning, and 9% of respondents say Christmas rewards are announced in a mass internal email.Bill Alexander, chief executive officer at Red Letter Days for Business, said: “It’s vital employers say thank you at the end of the year.“[They] want staff to leave for the festive break on a positive and motivated note.“Gaining drive and momentum in January is hard for any business after a break of festivities, but end the year with staff on an upbeat note and they’ll be more likely to return ready to achieve great things.”last_img read more

Periodic Over Hauling BJP blames TRS govt for its failure

first_imgWarangal: With the unconfirmed news doing rounds that the proposed periodic over-hauling (POH) workshop at Kazipet is likely to be shifted to some other location in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Warangal Urban district unit has come down heavily on the TRS government for its lackadaisical approach in acquiring land for the POH.Speaking to the media persons here on Wednesday, BJP Urban District President Rao Padma Reddy squarely blamed the State government for not taking measures to earmark the required land for the POH. “It’s been more than two years since the South-Central Railway (SCR) Zone had decided to set up a POH unit at Kazipet with an estimated cost of Rs 269 crore, however, the government is yet to clear the hurdles for establishing the POH,” Padma said. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The people’s representatives of the TRS are more interested in settlements and land encroachments than focusing on issues that were holding up the development, she alleged. “With an intention to provide jobs to locals, the Central government led by the BJP had sanctioned the POH unit at Kazipet. The TRS government will have to take the responsibility if the Railways scraps or shifts the unit to somewhere else,” she said. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Even though the Centre had included Warangal city in Smart City Project, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the State Government failed to spur developmental activity, Padma said. The state of internal roads in Warangal city is awful, she said, accusing the people’s representatives of the TRS of being insensitive towards the problems faced by the denizens. Advertise With Us It’s high time that the State government focus on POH and ensure that work on it commence quickly, Rao Padma Reddy said. Former MLA Vannala Sriramulu demanded the TRS Working President KT Rama Rao to take back his remarks against BJP national working president JP Nadda. Referring to KTR’s comments that he has no idea who Nadda is, Sriramulu advised KTR to be prudent while criticising others. “Nadda has been in politics even before KTR was born. The BJP will not stoop to his level to hit back,” he said, demanding apology from KTR. Senior leaders Kondeti Sridhar, Chada Srinivas Reddy, gandrati Yadagiri, Sangani Jagadeeshwar, Pasikanti Rajendra Prasad, Manthene Ramesh, Mamidala Narender, P rajender, Madasi Raju, Gadipally rajeshwar, G Koteshwar, Maheshwar Goud, Sidam Naresh, Ravinder, Bhaskar, Ajay, Pradeep Kumar, Raju, Kamal and Shivasai were among others present.last_img read more