Death of man on Toronto subway tracks puts platform barriers in spotlight

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s subway operator has reiterated its long-standing desire to build platform barriers that could prevent deaths such as one this week where a 73-year-old man was killed after allegedly being pushed in front of a moving train.But implementing platform edge doors, as they’re known, would cost well over a billion dollars for the city’s entire subway system and the funds are currently lacking, said Stuart Green, a spokesman for the Toronto Transit Commission.“This would be a massive undertaking for the TTC, not just from a financial standpoint, but also from an engineering standpoint,” Green said. “We see benefits to having them, but it’s not a simple matter of let’s go ahead and do that.”Toronto’s mayor discussed the barriers with reporters this week, but raised questions about the cost.“I don’t mean to bring this back to money when you’re dealing with trying to save lives, but in the end, this is a huge undertaking for us to do if we did it retroactively to all the existing subways,” John Tory said. “The question would arise as to how you would pay for it.”Homicides are rare on the city’s subway system. A man has been charged with first-degree murder after police say 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara was pushed onto the tracks at a busy station on Monday. The city’s transit agency said the last similar incident took place in 1997.But suicides and attempted suicides are more common. Six people have killed themselves on the subway system this year, according to the TTC’s data. Last year, 19 people killed themselves and in total there have been 730 suicides and 728 attempts on the subway lines since 1954.The platform barrier system — which Toronto Public Health recommended in 2014 in a larger report on suicide prevention — would save lives, Green said.The TTC has already commissioned a study on the installation of platform barriers, with the report expected in 2020. It will outline the cost, logistics, timelines and a slew of other issues to retrofit the system, Green said.The project, however, would be “extremely complex,” he said.First, the system needs “automated train control” — a computer-controlled system that would allow subways to stop at the precise locations of the platform doors.That system is currently in place on a recently opened extension of one of the city’s subway lines and is being implemented on the rest of the line, with completion expected by 2020, Green said. The TTC has designed the six new stations on the extended portion of the line in a way that would allow quick installation of platform doors, Green noted.The automated system is also on the TTC’s wish list for the city’s other two subway lines, but there is no timeline for that implementation, Green said.There is also the issue of ventilation. Most stations do not have heating or cooling systems and only have air coming in from street level. Platform barriers would affect air flow, Green said, which is something that will be examined in the study.The logistics of constructing the barriers also have to be considered, Green said. Many platforms would have to be rebuilt and cabling installed, he said. And all that work means stations would likely be left without subway service for extended periods of time.But the barriers, if installed, would bring multiple benefits.In addition to saving lives, they would also stop debris from falling on tracks and causing small fires, Green said. They would also stop people from going down to the tracks, which is a common occurrence, Green said.“We have many delays by people jumping down to retrieve cell phones and also others who want to run across to the other side rather than going back up to take the stairs,” he said.But one expert observer said the city isn’t likely to see platform barriers any time soon, if ever.“Even the (TTC’s) report will take two years,” said Matti Siemiatycki, an associate professor in geography and planning at the University of Toronto.Siemiatycki said he doesn’t know of a subway that has retrofitted its entire system to install barriers — they’re all brought in on new builds.“It’s on the list,” he said. “But the TTC has an extremely long list of what it needs.”last_img read more

Trial begins for woman accused of killing her two young daughters

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — When her two daughters were found dead in the family playroom on March 31, 2009, dressed in their school uniforms, Adele Sorella was going through a difficult time, a jury heard Monday.Her husband Giuseppe De Vito was “on the run” following a 2006 police operation targeting organized crime, and she had tried to end her own life more than once, Crown prosecutor Nektarios Tzortzinas said in his opening statement at Sorella’s murder trial.“Even though the exact cause of their deaths remains undetermined, the simultaneous and unexpected death of two sisters in good health rules out any evidence of a death from natural causes,” Tzortzinas said.“Our theory is that the accused Adele Sorella had the exclusive opportunity to commit the murder of her daughters, Amanda and Sabrina De Vito.”The prosecutor said Sorella’s mother had moved in with her after the first suicide attempt to help care for the two girls.The day the girls died, Sorella’s mother left the house at around 9 a.m. after looking after the dog, making breakfast and getting the girls ready for school. She was supposed to meet her daughter later in the morning, but Sorella never showed up, Tzortzinas said.Instead, Sorella’s brother got a call from his sister that made him worried enough to go to the home, where he found the lifeless bodies of his nieces. “Ms. Sorella was nowhere to be found,” Tzortzinas said. She was arrested that night following a car accident.The opening statement is not evidence at the trial but an outline of what the prosecution intends to prove during the trial, which is scheduled to last three months.Sorella, 52, had drawn features as she sat next to her lawyers in the courtroom. In a soft voice, she pleaded not guilty as the charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8 were read out.Justice Sophie Bourque of Quebec Superior Court advised the jury of six men and six women they must consider all the evidence before reaching a verdict.“You have to keep an open mind and listen to the evidence without prejudice and without sympathy,” she said.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prostate Cancer Foundation Launches Jerry Weintraub PCF Young Investigator Award

first_imgThe Prostate Cancer Foundation has established the 2015 Jerry Weintraub – PCF Young Investigator Award.This prestigious 3-year award will be bestowed upon an early career scientist whose work embodies Jerry’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit, his willingness to take risks, and his “never say no” approach to accomplishing the unimaginable.The Prostate Cancer Foundation wishes to celebrate the life and legacy of their dear friend and honorary board member Jerry Weintraub, who passed away on July 6, 2015. His larger than life persona was always evident in his considerable accomplishments as a producer, manager and leader in the arts and entertainment industry.This award perpetuates Jerry’s passion for prostate cancer cures into the next generation of the very best scientific minds across the globe. Jerry Weintraub was a genius in spotting talent in music, movies and production. His genius is reflected in PCF’s ability to spot the most innovative research projects with the greatest potential to save lives.As an honorary member of the PCF Board of Directors, Jerry was a beloved attendee at many PCF events over the years. He was an avid participant in tennis events, annually opening up his award winning home for amateur and professional players, donors, guests and board members during the Indian Wells Tournament. His generous efforts helped create a platform that has resulted in more than $2 million raised for prostate cancer research.last_img read more

Calgary Airport growth continues to take off

Calgary Airport growth continues to take off by News Staff Posted Feb 12, 2014 1:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Calgary International Airport continues to break its own records in usage and according to last year’s numbers YYC is also the fastest growing airport in the country.Jody Moseley, spokesperson with the Calgary Airport Authority, said the airport is bustling with activity due to the demand to fly to different destinations, quality service, a good economy and success in the business community.She said a number of expansion projects have been completed or are underway to help meet the growth including more warehouse space and a new runway.“When the runway opens in June it will really just help alleviate the congestion we have now, but it opens the door to even more services coming to Calgary,” said Moseley.The runway and a new international concourse would be the largest expansion ever at YYC.Moseley said, in 2013 the airport also increased on-site parking by about 11-htousand stalls. read more

13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India riots

NEW DELHI – A court in northern India has sentenced 13 factory workers to life imprisonment for taking part in violence at the country’s largest automobile factory that led to the death of a manager nearly five years ago.Four other workers were sentenced to five years in prison for the rioting that broke out at the Maruti Suzuki manufacturing unit in Manesar in Haryana state in July 2012 following a dispute between workers and management at the factory.The subsidiary of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. operates two factories in India.A day after the violence erupted, the body of human resources manager Awanish Kumar Dev was found badly charred in a conference room. Dozens of managers and executives were also injured with several suffering broken bones, the company had said at the time.According to the company, the unrest erupted when a worker beat up a supervisor and the workers union prevented management from disciplining the worker and blocked exit gates.The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union said a supervisor had abused and made discriminatory comments to a low-caste worker, leading to the violence.The court on Saturday also fined 14 other workers accused of rioting and vandalism at the factory.Defence and prosecution lawyers said they would appeal the verdict in a higher court.“There is no evidence to link these workers to the murder. We hope for justice in the superior court,” Vrinda Grover, a defence lawyer, told the Indian Express newspaper. 13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India riots by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2017 2:12 am MDT Last Updated Mar 19, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Knowledge saves lives UN stresses on International Day for Disaster Reduction

“Traditional and indigenous knowledge is the indispensable information base for many societies seeking to live in harmony with nature and adapt to disruptive weather events, a warming globe and rising seas,” Mr. Ban said in his message on the International Day. The Secretary-General recalled a conversation he had earlier in the year with the President of Vanuatu at the opening of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. Vanuatu was at that time being hit hard by Cyclone Pam.“The force of the storm led to expectations that there would be great loss of life. Thankfully, this was not the case. One reason was that cyclone shelters built in the traditional style from local materials saved many lives,” explained Mr. Ban.“Resilience is the sum of many such acts of disaster risk reduction at the local level,” said the UN chief, noting in another example that the low-tech local knowledge in Cameroon passed down from generation to generation, helped farmers to cope with drought and protect their crop from pests.Based on the impacts of climate changes in Arctic, which can expand to all humanity, the Secretary-General said: “Local knowledge of the impacts of urbanization, population growth, eco-system decline and greenhouse gas emissions is especially important in an era when more and more disasters are climate- and weather-related.”The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, said the Secretary-General, underlines how traditional knowledge can complement scientific knowledge in disaster risk management.” He also said that building resilience to disasters is also a key feature of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the framework that will guide our efforts to end poverty and promote shared prosperity on a healthy planet by 2030.”Meanwhile, in her remarks, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also mentioned that the Sendai Framework “campaigns for greater cooperation between governments, local authorities, communities and indigenous peoples in the formulation and implementation of policies and standards for natural disaster prevention.”Ms. Bokova said the agency is committed to the widest possible dissemination of indigenous knowledge to meet the challenges of climate change and natural hazards, especially in remote areas.The local shelters in Vanuatu had not only protected its people, according to UNESCO, “this traditional and indigenous knowledge also helps to protect the cultural heritage against natural hazards.”She concluded her statement with calls for expanding on and integrating knowledge and expertise wherever they may be found. “It is the key to building societies that are all the more resilient when they are inclusive.” read more

Endemic sexual violence surging in South Sudan UN human rights office

Large numbers of armed young men, a ‘toxic mix’But one of the main reasons is the large number of fighters in the area, who have yet to be reintegrated into the national army, according to the peace deal.Most of the attacks are reported to have been carried out by youth militia groups and elements of the pro-Taban Deng Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, SPLA-IO (TD), as well as South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF). In a few cases, attacks were perpetrated by members of the group affiliated with reinstated Vice President and peace deal participant, Riek Machar, Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO (RM), the UN report says.“Particularly in this area, there are essentially three main groups who…are involved in these rapes, including the National Government force,” said Mr. Colville. “And a lot of these young men who are heavily armed, are just waiting around…This is a very toxic mix, and there are also youth militia which some of these official groups ally with and you don’t know exactly who they are; they’ve been heavily involved as well.”Rule of law ‘just not applied’A key challenge is tackling the prevailing impunity throughout Unity state, which is linked to the volatility of the situation across the country, OHCHR maintains.“There’s been very little accountability in South Sudan for what is chronic, endemic problem of sexual violence against women and girls,” Mr. Colville said. “Virtually complete impunity over the years, as a result, very little disincentive for these men not to do what they’re doing. The rule of law has just not been applied.”Mobile courts provide glimmer of hope for victimsAmong the practical measures taken to a bid to help vulnerable communities in Unity state, UNMISS has cleared roadsides to prevent attackers from hiding from potential victims.A mobile court system is also operational in towns, including Bentiu, which has had “some success” in bringing perpetrators to trial, OHCHR’s Mr. Colville said, noting nonetheless that “this is just a drop in the ocean”.“There are thousands and thousands of perpetrators, there are officers involved, there are commanders who’ve got command responsibility who instead of being investigated and brought to book…have been promoted, and are still in charge of groups operating in this area who are still raping women,” he concluded. Despite the signing of a peace deal between belligerents last September, UN investigators found that at least 175 women and girls have been raped or suffered other sexual and physical violence between September and December 2018.If we go by the main road we are raped, if we go by the bush, we are raped. I was raped among others in the same area repeatedly – testimony to UN investigatorsThe actual level of violence is likely to be considerably higher, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva on Friday.“Obviously (it is) not the whole picture, but they found 175, women and girls who had been either raped, gang-raped or sexually assaulted or physically harmed in other ways,” he said. “And 49 of those girls who were raped, were children.”According to a joint report by OHCHR and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), attacks against women have decreased significantly since the peace accord was signed on 12 September.Nonetheless, it warns that such incidents are “endemic” in northern Unity state, on the border with Sudan, creating a sense among communities that it is normal to be a victim of sexual violence.Victim’s testimony recalls recurring attacks Citing the testimony of one victim, Mr. Colville explained that many women are raped while fetching firewood, food or water – often more than once – as they lack any protection.“She said, ‘If we go by the main road we are raped, if we go by the bush, we are raped. I was raped among others in the same area repeatedly on three separate occasions.”The surge in conflict-related sexual violence is attributed to many factors including the breakdown in the rule of law, the destruction of livelihoods, forced displacement and food insecurity, after years of civil war. read more

Victims could sue child sex abuse inquiry over trauma

first_imgLabour MP Chuka Umunna has said the public would welcome Dame Lowell speaking to the select commiteeCredit:Will Wintercorss Known only as Phil, the man, who is a member of the Forde Park Survivors Group, told BBC Radio 5 Live that every time the inquiry had a false start he was forced to relive the horror of the abuse he suffered as a child.Last week further damaging revelations emerged about the inquiry’s former chairman, Dame Justice Lowell Goddard. She was accused of making inappropriate remarks, including some of a racist nature, during her time in post.She has strenuously denied the claims but MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee have said they wish her to appear before them either in person or via videolink from her home in New Zealand to explain her position.Dame Lowell became the third chairman of the independent inquiry to step down when she resigned in August. Victims of child sex abuse are threatening to sue the independent inquiry set up to help them after complaining that it has increased their suffering.One man, who was abused at an approved school in Devon in the 1970s, said he was considering seeking damages for the trauma he has endured as the inquiry lurches from one crisis to another.It could lead to similar claims or the withdrawal of many of those who were due to give evidence. Chuka Umunna center_img Tim Loughton, the acting chairman of the select committee, said there were “question marks about the veracity” of the reasons she had put forward.His Labour colleague on the committee, Chuka Umunna, said the public would welcome hearing directly from Dame Lowell.He said: “Not only would this help with the smooth running of the inquiry going forward but I believe she owes it to the survivors and their families.”Theresa May, the Prime Minister, could also be called before the committee after questions were raised about what Home Office officials knew about the allegations against Dame Lowell at the time. 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.last_img read more

Positive results from feasibility study for the Idaho Cobalt Project

first_imgLOM Average Net Cash Cobalt Production Cost $186.7M 39,241 2.9 years 25.1% eCobalt Solutions is announcing positive economics from the FS of its Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP), the only environmentally permitted, primary cobalt project located in the USA. The FS is based on an underground mine with a target production rate of 800 short t/d and a weighted average annual production of 2.4 Mlb of cobalt, 3.3 Mlb of copper and 3,000 oz of gold over a 12.5 year mine life with an estimated pre-production period of 24 months utilizing a 0.25% Co cutoff grade. The economic model uses a 34% corporate tax rate and a 7.5% discount rate, resulting in an after-tax NPV of $135.8 million and an IRR of 21.3% using an average base case price of $26.65/lb for contained cobalt in cobalt sulphate.The ICP is 100% owned by the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Formation Capital Corp, U.S. The FS was prepared by Micon International in conjunction with SNC Lavalin. The ICP is expected to be an underground mine and mill, exploiting the company’s Ram deposit, located within the Idaho cobalt belt outside the town of Salmon, Idaho. Additionally, the Cobalt Production Facility (CPF), a hydrometallurgical refining operation located on a railhead in Blackfoot, Idaho, is expected to be built. The ICP would be a vertically integrated project designed to produce cobalt chemicals for the rechargeable batteries market in addition to by-products of copper concentrate, copper sulphate, magnesium sulphate and gold.Paul Farquharson, President and CEO stated: “After years of dedicated work, our team is gratified the project is validated on a feasibility level enabling us the opportunity to strategically advance to the next stage and pursue project financing, construction and production. Pre-construction activities are underway in preparation for project construction and mine development contingent upon successful project financing. The project’s main competitive strengths are having a primary cobalt deposit located in the United States and a high reserve grade when compared to other existing sources of cobalt located globally. The feasibility study highlights multiple opportunities to enhance the economics of the project and these include expansion of the resource, optimization of the mine plan to process higher grade material and detailed engineering at the CPF to further reduce risk and improve capital and operating costs. Pre-Tax NPV7.5%   $5.05/lb $135.8M Pre-Tax Initial Capital Payback    LOM Gold Production (oz) Initial Capital Costs  34% $1.129B Corporate Tax Rate 31,767,000 $176.9M LOM Gross Revenue    21.3% LOM Total Net After Tax Cash Flow 42,819,000 Post-Tax NPV7.5%  LOM Cobalt Production (lbs) Post-Tax IRR  12.5 years LOM Copper Production (lbs) Life of Mine (LOM)  $26.65/lb $331.4M Pre-Tax IRR   LOM Average Co Sulphate Price (contained Co)last_img read more

Lino Cervar Vive Kielce is the best Polish club there must be

bunticcervarcupicKielcelosertmetalurgmojsovskiPlockstrlek HC Metalurg held press-conference today ahead of the game Sunday (18:00) against Vive Kielce, which will be played in sold-out hall. At the press-conference spoke Lino Cervar and pivot Vanco Dimovski.“Kielce is the best Polish club, team with many internationals and many good home players. They don’t hide it that they are ambitious and that they desire to play at the F4 in Koln. They have five Croatian internationals as well, goalkeeper Losert, back Buntic, pivot Musa and wings Strlek and Cupic. Their defeat against Wisla Plock can be no measure for their strength, and can be considered small relaxation ahead of the Skopje trip. Their strongest play is the transition through the wings Strlek and Cupic, which means that they are ready to punish every our error. We have to be very patient in the attack, with least possible technical errors, and naive are not allowed at all in game of this rank. The opponent is strong and we’ll surely need support from the stands in order to defeat them” – concluded Cervar at the press-conference.“Rarely some team has players in their team that have won so many trophies with their clubs and national teams. They won all games so far this season, except the last one, the defeat against Wisla Plock. We know Kielce’s strong points and we’ll try to stop them. As hosts, we are the slight favorites in this match, and we’ll try to play our best. We want to continue the winning streak.” – added Dimovski.Naumce Mojsovski questionableAt the press-conference was revealed that Naumce Mojsovski will definitely not be 100% fit for the game on Sunday. This means, according to the club, that he will either miss the game fully, or if he plays – his playing time will be limited, which means a great blow to Metalurg’s chances in this match. ← Previous Story Hungary: Pick Szeged loses a point against Tatabanya Next Story → Iker’s show-time for a win over Zagreb – Minsk smashed Schaffhausen! read more

Irish people just cant switch off from their gadgets

first_imgA NEW SURVEY has found that Irish people have developed a need to be constantly connected, as digital device ownership continues to rise allowing round the clock online access.The Eircom Household Sentiment Survey has indicated that 1.3 million people wish to stay connected 24.7 and the average Irish home now has four potential online devices. Since the last survey, smartphone ownership has also increased; from 39 per cent to 50 per cent.  This equates to 1.6 million smartphone users in Ireland.Tablet ownership has doubled in the last six years and it is now forecast that 1.2 million people will have access to one by the end of 2013.One in four people access email first thing in the morning and a quarter of a million of us can’t resist checking our emails while on holidays. The nation’s need to be constantly connected also extends to evenings and weekends, with over half of those surveyed revealing that they won’t and can’t switch off.Half the population believe that as a nation we have lost of the art of conversation. However, the younger generation in the 16-24 age bracket believe that the conversation is continuing but in a different way. The survey found that 70 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds now prefer to text than call.Mobile and smartphone etiquette continues to divide the nation with males and under 35’s have a higher acceptability for late evening and weekend texting and emailing, leading to the breakdown of traditional boundaries between home and work life. 62 per cent of those in the 25-34 age group believe it is acceptable to text a colleague after work or at the weekend.Worryingly, 19 per cent of respondents admitted to having agreed to something without realising it while using a digital device.63 per cent of the nation uses the internet to diagnose symptoms when they’re sick and 37 per cent of adults admitted to searching online for DIY tips.Eircom said social media fatigue is also on the rise with 28 per cent of those surveyed claiming that they are getting tired of social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.Do you take ‘technology breaks’? Tell us in today’s poll…last_img read more

The Old Republic players have already logged 60 million ingame hours

first_imgReleasing an MMO that requires players to sign up for a subscription should be seen as a gamble for game developers and publishers alike. You only have to look at the number of existing MMOs that have made the switch to a free-to-play model, to see how much of a struggle it can be. They aren’t little-known games, either. Lord of the Rings, Warhammer Online, Star Trek, Champions Online, and DC Universe–they are all either free-to-play or will be soon.So it should come as some relief to EA and BioWare to discover the launch of their latest MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has been a great success just 8 days after launching. The stats certainly prove that.The Old Republic has already broken one record by becoming the fastest MMO in history to reach 1 million subscribers. But the game’s stats after little over a week on general release read even better.Those 1 million+ players have already managed to log 60 million in-game hours. During that time 260 million quests have been completed, 44 million PvP battles have taken place, and 3 billion NPCs have been killed. BioWare’s game has also managed to create 850,000 Sith Warriors and 810,000 Jedi Knights, suggesting the dark side may be winning.When you consider the game costs $60 to purchase, and then a further $15 a month to play, the revenue soon adds up. Even if we assume only 1 million people are playing, that’s still $60 million is sales, and a further $15 million every month from the subscription charges. Of course, the aim now is to keep those million+ early adopters playing while attracting more Star Wars fans in the coming months. That can only be achieved with regular content updates that stop the game from becoming just another MMO with a level cap as a target.via Business Wirelast_img read more

Diablo III launch day is May 15

first_imgAll the rumors and speculation ends today. Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo III will launch on May 15 around the world.May 15 will be the day you can head to a store, and most likely queue to purchase your copy. However, Blizzard is allowing you to bypass the hassle of doing that by offering a pre-purchase option via Battle.net. That will translate into a digital download on release day.Alternatively, Diablo III is currently free if you sign up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, which commits you to a year of subscription for the MMO, but still allows you to pay monthly. That offer will end on May 1st, giving you some time to consider it instead of just purchasing Diablo III.After many delays that saw the game’s release slip from 2011 into early 2012, and then mid-2012, the latest guess was an April 17 launch. However, Blizzard required a bit more time to get rid of the bugs and has settled on a mid-May release.The fact it’s a worldwide release shows the confidence Blizzard has in its Battle.net back end as thousands of gamers will be installing the game and attempting to login on May 15. Usually a staggered launch is implemented so as not to overload the servers, but it looks like Blizzard believes it can cope.With the release date now known gamers have one more decision to make: standard or collector’s edition. The standard copy will cost $60, where as the collector’s edition is $100. For that extra $40 you do get an art book, soundtrack CD, behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD, and a copy of Diablo II along with its expansion pack. Tempted?via Kotakulast_img read more

J.D. Salinger Works Finally Released as E-Books

first_imgStay on target Dive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-Books3D gesture-aware interface only requires one camera J.D. Salinger’s small-but-influential oeuvre is now available as a digital download.Little, Brown this week published e-book editions of the influential author’s four texts: “The Catcher In the Rye,” “Nine Stories,” “Franny and Zooey,” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”A recluse famous for his obsessively private life, Salinger’s aversion to technology kept his work offline for decades.Nearly 10 years after his death, though, son Matt—an actor and producer who helps run the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust—is changing all that.In hopes of making his father’s work accessible to new generations, the younger Salinger has finally brought these famous tales to digital readers worldwide.“This is the last chip to fall in terms of the classic works,” Terry Adams, vice president, digital and paperback publisher of Little, Brown, told The New York Times. “All of the other estates of major 20th century writers have made the move to e-books, but Matt has been very cautious.”J.D. Salinger (Photo Credit:Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images)“I hear his voice really clearly in my head,” the Salinger heir said, “and there’s no doubt in my mind about 96 percent of the decisions I have to make, because I know what he would have wanted.”Hence why you’ll probably never seen a big-screen adaptation of Holden Caulfield, or a tote bag emblazoned with the “Nine Stories” logo.“Things like e-books and audiobooks are tough, because he clearly didn’t want them,” Matt added.He began to reconsider the idea, though, about five years ago, when a woman wrote to him about a disability that makes it difficult for her to read printed books.Then, on a recent trip to China, Matt realized that many young people overseas read exclusively on digital services, and e-books may be his best chance to introduce his father’s writing to them.J.D. Salinger “was leery of many things,” Matt said, “but he had a profound love for his readers. He wouldn’t want people to not be able to read his stuff.”This fall, fans can visit the New York Public Library to see the first public exhibition of Salinger’s personal archives, including letters, family photographs, and the typescript for “The Catcher In the Rye”—complete with the author’s handwritten edits.Matt, only five when Salinger published his final story, “Hapworth 16, 1924,” is also working to release his father’s unprinted writing—a project estimated to take another five to seven years.“I wanted people to know that yes, he did keep writing, there’s a lot of material, and yes, it will be published,” he told the Times.Watch: Amazon Kindle ReviewMore on Geek.com:Dive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-BooksMarvel Comics to Get Audiobook TreatmentGeek Pick: Amazon Kindle Oasis Is a Relaxing eReaderlast_img read more

Donnarumma on Milan derby Effectively a Champions League playoff

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma believes that the upcoming Derby Della Madonnina against arch-rivals Inter Milan will be effectively a play-off between the sides for Champions League footballThe famous derby will take place on Wednesday, after being originally postponed due to Davide Astori’s tragic death, with both teams chasing Champions League football for next season.Currently Milan are seven points behind fourth-place Inter Milan after their 3-1 defeat to Serie A leaders Juventus over the weekend. But Donnarumma is still upbeat about his side’s chances and was positive about their performance.“We are disappointed with that result, but we fought Juve on level terms until the final minutes,” Donnarumma, according to Live Soccer TV. “We take home a great performance, but not a result, despite the many scoring opportunities. They won it on a physical level, not a technical one, punishing us in a situation where we should’ve done better.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…The Milan number 1 is now looking forward to the highly-anticipated derby and has promised the fans that they will give it 100%.“Now we look forward to what is effectively a Champions League play-off with Inter. I hope there is a great deal of enthusiasm at San Siro.“We’ll give our all and need our fans to win the game.”While AC Milan enters the match at the back of a 3-1 defeat to Juventus, Inter will be boosted by their 3-0 win over Hellas Verona.last_img read more

Businessweek Drops Biggest Issue Since 1999

first_imgMore on this topic Hugh Wiley Businessweek Sees First Quarter Upswing in Ad Pages Bloomberg Shuts Down BusinessWeek SmallBiz People on the Move | 06.17.10 A View Into Integrated Sales McGraw-Hill Sells BusinessWeek to BloombergJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Bloomberg Businessweek is set to drop its biggest issue since 1999 on newsstands next week. The magazine’s latest issue, hitting newsstands Nov. 18, will have 212 total pages, 111 pages of which feature ads.The issue is part of parent company Bloomberg’s “The Year Ahead” global media franchise, which includes an interactive digital leaderboard, new content for the magazine, Web and Bloomberg TV, as well as an international conference of CEOs in Chicago hosted in conjunction with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.“This from the start was a multimedia franchise anchored in Bloomberg Businessweek,” says the magazine’s publisher Hugh Wiley. “Businessweek has always been about preparing the reader for the week ahead, so taking an issue that looks at the year ahead in an industry format was very much on brand for us.”The issue, scheduled for an extended run of seven weeks, is targeted at CEOs and provides reference guides for the annual planning season with various sections dissecting and foreshadowing popular trends and topics including finance, energy, technology, retail, health care, transportation and defense. “This is a franchise that covers 600 companies in 55 industries, which really encapsulates the worldwide economy,” says Wiley. “You can talk about the issue from the vantage point of industry verticals [and] across industry themes.”It is that wide cross-section of content that helped boost ad sales for the issue, as well. Wiley notes that Businessweek “gave a lot of our advertisers the ability to come in and own different segments of the issue,” developing sponsorship packages around print, digital, mobile, TV and events.“Forty-five percent of the advertisers are new to the magazine, which shows the power of a new franchise,” contends Wiley. “Many of those advertisers have bought schedules in addition to the issue itself, so they’re not one-off buys.”Businessweek plans to publish the perfect bound special edition on a yearly basis moving forward.“This will be an annual franchise which we plan to build on,” says Wiley. “It is here to stay.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 5 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Holmes implicates new assailant during day 1 of FBX Four hearingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA hearing re-examining long questioned murder convictions opened in state court in Fairbanks today.Obama announced global fishing enforcement, new sanctuariesLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchoragePresident Obama this morning unveiled a package of global initiatives aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing.Theology school calls off Native Art sale amid investigationElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauA Massachusetts college that planned to liquidate its Native art collection has called it off. The pieces are from 52 tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items that might be sacred. Now the country’s oldest theology school could get dinged with penalties as feds investigate.Candlelight vigil honors those who died on streets of AnchorageAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageSunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor those who died while living outside on the streets this summer.‘I thought he was safe,’ brother says of man found dead in wetlandsLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAt least eight people in Juneau have died in the elements in the past three years. These are just the ones we know about based on the 2012 Juneau Homeless Coalition survey.Denali Commission-funded diesel plants planned in Togiak, KoliganekHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamNew diesel power plants in two Bristol Bay communities were on a list of Denali Commission projects announced alongside President Obama’s visit a month ago.Volcano farts: Scientists look to gas for clues on atmosphere, geothermal resourceLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageIn September, a team of scientists crawled around the summit of seven volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. They updated seismic sensors, replaced 8,000 pounds of batteries and visited one summit that geologists hadn’t been to since the 1940s.last_img read more

Who is backing whom in Venezuela turmoil

first_imgThis combination of pictures shows National Assembly chief Juan Guaido and socialist president Nicolas Maduro. Photo: AFPVenezuela has been receiving massive attention from the international community since National Assembly chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting interim president of Venezuela.With socialist president Nicolas Maduro hanging on to power, these are their respective key supports, inside and outside the OPEC member:MaduroMilitary: The Venezuela armed forces are considered the backbone of the government, and on Thursday senior military officers reaffirmed support for Maduro, claiming that there was an effective “coup” under way.Of 32 cabinet ministers, nine are from the military and run portfolios such as Defense, Interior, Agriculture and the intelligence service, as well as state oil giant PDVSA, which contributes 96 percent of the country’s income.They also control a television station, a bank and a vehicle assembly plant, among other companies.But their support has come under some threat. The military attache of Venezuela in Washington, Colonel Jose Luis Silva, announced Saturday that he no longer recognizes Maduro as legitimate president, and urged his “military brothers” to back Guaido.International creditors and allies: China, Venezuela’s biggest creditor with some $20 billion dollars owed, said Thursday it opposed “external interference” after the United States and some allies recognized Guaido as interim leader.Venezuela’s number two creditor, Russia, also backs it militarily: in December it sent two bombers and some 100 officers to Caracas for joint exercises. President Vladimir Putin called Maduro to express his “support.”Countries such as Turkey, Cuba, Bolivia, Uruguay and Mexico—as well as Iran and North Korea—continue to recognize the 56 year-old Maduro.Justice: Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) supports the Maduro regime. Court justices were chosen by the pro-government National Assembly in December 2015, just days before the opposition took control of the legislature.Since 2016 the top court has declared the opposition controlled legislature in contempt and voided all of its actions. The court on Thursday reiterated its support for Maduro regime.Venezuela’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Tarek William Saab, also is a Maduro loyalist.National Constituent Assembly: Maduro convened the staunchly pro-government assembly after four months of opposition protests that left about 125 dead in 2017. It has absolute powers, and serves as the de facto legislature. the opposition says it was created illegally.Electoral authority: The National Electoral Council (CNE), in charge of running elections, is chaired by the openly pro-government Tibisay Lucena. Under her management several opposition parties have been disqualified, and on Thursday it issued a statement endorsing Maduro.Rulings by pro-government judges and the CNE thwarted opposition efforts to hold a referendum to revoke Maduro’s presidency in 2016, a vote allowed under the constitution.Opposition parties refused participate in the last elections, including the May 2018 presidential vote in which Maduro was reelected, saying there were no guarantees of impartiality. They say Maduro was elected through fraud.GuaidoInternational support: The United States, along with several Latin America and European Union countries, refused to recognize Maduro’s reelection.When Guaido proclaimed himself acting interim president US President Donald Trump quickly recognized him. Other countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Australia, quickly followed. On Sunday Israel said it would recognize Guaido as president.Six European countries—Spain, France, Germany, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands—on Saturday demanded that either Venezuela call elections within eight days or they would recognize Guaido as interim leader.Some European countries such as Greece still support Maduro.The head of the Washington-based Organization of American States, Uruguayan Luis Almagro, also gave his support to Guaido.National Assembly: The opposition-controlled National Assembly was elected in 2015, when a coalition of opposition parties handed the leftist regime its biggest electoral defeat ever.After taking office on 5 January, Guaido, 35, began to press for a “transitional government” and new elections, calling on the military to break with the government in exchange for an amnesty.Justice in exile: A Venezuelan Supreme Court in exile, with members appointed by the National Assembly, on Wednesday welcomed Guaido’s “will” to take over as acting leader pending new elections.last_img read more

No Eid vacation for DNCC DSCC officials

first_imgDNCC-DSCCThe government on Saturday cancelled the Eid vacation and weekly holidays of the officials of Dhaka north and south city corporations until further notice.In a circular, local government ministry said the move was aimed at successfully carrying out anti-mosquito drives.The order took immediate effect and it will remain in place until further notice.Dhaka, the overcrowded Bangladeshi capital, is at the centre of dengue outbreak. The situation has worsened this year with hundreds of cases being reported every day.In 24 hours till Friday morning, 1,687 new dengue patients were hospitalised.Official data showed that 21,235 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January. Of them, 18,842 patients were admitted to hospitals since 2 July.Currently, 6,582 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals. Although the government says 14 dengue patients have so far died, unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is higher.last_img read more

Texas Oil Industry Ready to Deal with What May Come from Khashoggi

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:48 Share Even after Saudi Arabia acknowledged Jamal Khashoggi’s death inside its consulate in Istanbul, many questions remain.President Donald Trump has most recently said he is not satisfied with the Saudis’ response and lawmakers are pushing for sanctions.There are concerns Saudi Arabia could retaliate by cutting off oil supplies to the United States, which would drive up prices.Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, doesn’t sound worried, saying there is not much the industry can do about international politics.“We know that if we can build the pipelines we need, we can expand our port capacity, that no matter what really happens around the world, we’ll be well positioned as an industry to continue to meet the needs of our citizens right here at home and continue to play a more stabilizing role in the national landscape,” he said in an interview at TXOGA’s Lone Star Energy Forum in Houston Monday.Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has now said that there is no intention to cut off oil supplies, giving the industry some breathing room – at least for now.Courtesy of TXOGATodd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, says the industry will be alright no matter what Saudi Arabia does.last_img read more