Shaw Festivals Sweeney Todd presents a Sondheim score at a high level

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook While the production features fabulous musical direction and ensemble singing, and some fine performances in featured roles, the central characterizations and voices are not sufficiently strong, and the conceptualization and staging can be unclear, with sometimes troubling results.The nature of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer Hugh Wheeler’s achievement with this show has always been paradoxical. On the one hand, it contains some of the most beautiful songs in the musical theatre canon (“Johanna,” “Pretty Women,” “Not While I’m Around”) and some of the deftest, funniest lyrics, but its subject matter is revenge, obsession, murder and eventually (I don’t consider this a spoiler, given how well-known this material is following the 2007 Johnny Depp film) cannibalism.Over the years it has been much interpreted: Hal Prince’s original 1979 Broadway production played the material as a critique of capitalist class politics, while John Doyle’s stripped-back 2004 London/New York revival (which toured to Toronto in 2007) located the whole thing inside an asylum, underlining that the title character loses his sanity.Maxwell sets it in what seems like the present day, inside an abandoned London warehouse inhabited by the spirit of the show; when some taggers break into the building, the company emerges to perform the story, “a Victorian penny dreadful that erupts when it needs to be told, again and again and again” (as she writes in a program note). Maxwell makes further brief mention in the program of class inequality and a corrupt justice system, but because exact references are not clear (class and justice in Canada? The U.S.? The U.K.?), what she’s trying to say never comes into focus.The vagueness of the socio-political commentary complicates the material’s inherently melodramatic nature, making it hard to know how seriously we are meant take the increasingly pulpy and violent action, and some ambiguous bits of staging. Is there significance intended in the fact that not all the slit throats bleed? Is the fact that the spatial geography of Mrs. Lovett’s horrific basement changes supposed to tell us something about the reality — or not — of this situation or is it just inconsistent blocking? Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, music directed by Jackie Maxwell. Until Oct. 19 at the Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. or 800-511-7429As the last production in its 55th season — and the final one in Jackie Maxwell’s tenure as artistic director — the Shaw Festival goes grandiose and gory, in the form of the celebrated musical thriller Sweeney Todd, the story of a barber-turned-murderer originally set in Victorian London.center_img Login/Register With: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

New Avengers film nabs 4th biggest preview gross ever

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The superhero-stuffed “Avengers: Infinity War” is off to a super start, nabbing the fourth biggest preview gross ever and earning $95 million in 43 countries ahead of what could be a record-breaking debut in North America.Marvel Studios reported Friday that the crossover event “Infinity War” scooped up $39 million domestically from Thursday-night previews, the highest preview title for a Marvel film and the fourth biggest preview gross ever.The film earned more on a Thursday than “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($27.6 million) and “Black Panther” ($25.2 million), but was behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($57 million), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ($45 million) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2” ($43 million).It also has so far earned $11.4 million in South Korea, $10 million in Australia and $9 million in the United Kingdom, as well as scoring the highest movie opening in countries including Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Chile. It opened in 21 countries on Wednesday and added 22 on Thursday.Hollywood is watching to see if the film — featuring the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy — can smash the opening domestic weekend box-office record currently held by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That film opened to $248 million in sales in its opening weekend in December 2015.“Infinity War” is a two-part culmination of 10 years of story lines that began with Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man” in 2008. The second installment is due to be released in May 2019.“Infinity War” reunites the Avengers gang and friends, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as they join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew — including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper — to stop an evil intergalactic despot played by Josh Brolin.___Mark Kennedy is at read more

Tesla buys battery technology company

NEW YORK — Tesla is buying the battery company Maxwell Technologies Inc. about $218 million in stock.The deal gives Tesla a boost in battery technology as it tries to cut costs and mass produce electric cars. Those improvements involve improving battery capacity and cutting down on recharging time.David Lyle, the chief financial officer at Maxwell Technologies Inc. told analysts last month that because of recent technological developments, the San Diego company expected to form new partnerships within six months.Tesla Inc. expects to deliver 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles this year, a growth rate of 45 per cent to 65 per cent compared with 2018. The company recently announced a 7 per cent cut to its workforce.The Associated Press read more

Weather Forecast: Snowfall and Thunderstorms to Start Monday

Rabat – Orange-level (severe) snowfalls are forecasted from Monday at 6 p.m. through Wednesday at 6 a.m. in the provinces of Al Haouz, Asilal, Chichaoua, Ouarzazate, and Taroudant.Thunderstorms with 20 to 30 millimeters of rain are forecasted starting Monday at 12 p.m. through Tuesday at 6 a.m. in the provinces of Safi, El Jadida, Chichaoua, Marrakech, Essaouira, Youssoufia, Rhamna, and Al Haouz.

Probe finds Kotadeniyawa girl was molested

The police said that a search operation had then been launched to locate the child and her body was found yesterday. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police a complaint was received that the child had gone missing early Saturday morning while she was sleeping with her parents. Investigations into the death of a 4 1/2 year old girl in Kotadeniyawa found that the girl had been molested and murdered.The child who went missing in Kotadeniyawa had been found dead last morning from a paddy field in close proximity to her house. The police were on Saturday investigating the disappearance of the 4 1/2 year old child in Kotadeniyawa. read more

Keeping Users Happy Productive When Migrating to a Video Cloud Service

See All in User Adoption & Training » It’s finally time. You’ve evaluated the costs and benefits of moving from legacy video conferencing infrastructure to a cloud-based video collaboration service, and you’re convinced. You’re ready to wave goodbye to those hefty maintenance costs and support needs that come with owned infrastructure and embrace a cloud video conferencing service. videomeeting_774.png It’s no surprise that video meetings can improve productivity, build trust, and reduce email clutter. Video can also keep remote workers engaged and connected, building stronger camaraderie among distributed teams. While you already know the answer to this, it’s imperative to communicate “the why” to end-users at your company. Explain the added benefits of video conferencing and how it will help them do their jobs better. For starters, a cloud-based solution can provide: While the transition to a new video conferencing solution can be unsettling for some end users, the right planning and communication can help keep teams happy every step of the way. You can help everyone in your organization see the benefits of cloud video collaboration firsthand and, ultimately, discover a better way to work.Tags:Best Practicescloudvideo collaboration serviceend usersvideo systemsremote workersUser Adoption & TrainingDeployment ModelsIndustry NewsVendor PerspectiveVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like Sales/Marketing — Product demos, training sessions, live webinarsHR — All-hands meetings, remote interviewing, learning seminarsEngineering/Development — Daily stand-up meetings, customer support calls, direct calling with a quick questionManagement — Investor calls, board meetingsCustomer Support – Account review meetings, support tickets, training sessions 1. Why Are We Changing? On a tactical level, make sure your end users understand the power of their new collaboration tool and how their daily workflows will change, if at all. For instance, how do they schedule and invite guests to a meeting? Will they need to re-issue recurring calendar invitations with a new meeting link? How many participants can they have in meeting? How can those participants join the meeting? What are the in-meeting tools they can use to manage and have the best experience? A simpler way to communicate with external companies — Employees are no longer bound to the confines of their own video conferencing platform. With the right solution, they can invite anyone outside their organization to join meetings using technologies and systems they already know; nothing to install, nothing to change.Easier collaboration from anywhere — In today’s mobile workforce, your employees are probably used to working from home, airports, hotels, and cars. The right tools work where they need to, so there’s no need to be in the office to join (or even run) a meeting.High-quality, reliable video meetings and calls — Employees should not expect any degradation in service if their company moves from an on-premises installation to the cloud. While not all service providers are the same, choose one who can provide a secure, high-quality, reliable service and is supported by an SLA that won’t let your user community down.Also consider answering the question of “why now?” Often, employees do not realize what they’re missing until they’re introduced to what’s possible! Help them understand where your organization is going and how the right collaboration tools will help you get there. Explain how you want to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s workers, and how your new video conferencing service provides flexibility, scalability, and a platform for enhancements into the future. 2. How Can This Tool Make My Life Easier? 6 Reasons Why End Users Are Crucial to Needs Analyses Melissa Swartz September 25, 2019 End user adoption starts with end user involvement. A needs analysis is critical if you want to avoid spending money on extraneous technology. User Adoption: The Importance of a Good Plan Blair Pleasant March 12, 2019 Getting the most out of your UCC investment requires more than simply making the technology work. Log in or register to post comments Consider having a shared site where employees can find answers to their questions and where to go for help. Sharing resources such as FAQ documents and “how to” guides are a great first step to drive adoption, especially when paired with live or on-demand training sessions. Consider holding “office hours” where a trained customer success champion is available in a virtual meeting room for anyone to join and speak with a knowledgeable expert in real time. First impressions are lasting impressions, so an effective on-boarding journey is just as important as your decision to move to a cloud service. That said, how is your new service going to help your users work better and more effectively? In all likelihood, your new service will open up many use cases that your previous way of working couldn’t support. You can help users see these opportunities through the eyes of a service champion or “customer success champion” to get users smartly on-boarded and open their eyes to the new possibilities. For instance, encourage users to think beyond simple status update meetings and consider the following use cases when rolling out a new video conferencing tool to various departments: The good news is that your user community will still be able to leverage technology that is already familiar, such as Cisco/Tandberg or Polycom systems. These video systems can – and should – natively work with your newly adopted cloud solution, and you can easily register these endpoints to a cloud service with no impact on user workflows. In addition, users will experience even more freedoms, such as self-managed scheduling and hosting and joining video meetings from any device. Supporting mobility, flexibility, and engagement will allow you to achieve the real measurement of success: increased productivity. 3. How Will This Impact My Day-to-Day Job? And you’re in good company, too. According to a recent study by Nemertes Research, roughly 45% percent of respondents are already using the cloud for video conferencing. And those who aren’t, are thinking about how to better leverage the cloud going forward. Looking for a Few Good Adopters Blair Pleasant October 30, 2018 Have you undertaken a successful user adoption program? We want to know all about it! Before you flip the switch, though, consider the impact on your end users and how you will get them on board with the change. After all, user adoption is the critical factor in measuring the success of a video conferencing implementation and will help drive improved ROI of your investment. The key to driving adoption and improving the ROI of your investment? Keeping end-users happy and helping them understand the benefits of the service. To do this, make sure you answer these three key questions: read more

Prison for man with multiple weapons

The 50-year-old Six Nations man who sparked a large community protest and a week-long manhunt has been sent to prison for three years after he ended a court case with a guilty plea on weapons charges.Brett Elgin Elliott originally faced 42 charges from 2005, 2006 and 2007 and almost 60 charges from last year when Six Nations police spent two days searching a large Cayuga Road property and recovering guns and stolen vehicles.Elliott, who lived openly at his mother’s home despite several warrants for his arrest, had hidden weapons around the property and was considered “violent and anti-police,” according to a statement from Six Nations police.On March 4, 2018, about 100 members of the Six Nations community gathered in the driveway of Elliott’s home, which is across from I.L. Thomas Elementary School, to voice concerns about alleged drug activity, including drug paraphernalia found on the school grounds.The crowd, which included Six Nations band councillors Melba Thomas and Mark Hill, were met by Elliott, holding a black pump-action Norinco sawed-off shotgun, and other armed men.Cayuga Road and the elementary school were closed for several days while police got a warrant to search the house.Elliott wasn’t found on the property but police got another search warrant for a Sixth Line Road home where community members said Elliott was hiding. Again, Elliott  wasn’t located but police seized a cache of firearms.On March 13, 2018, responding to a tip, Six Nations police and an OPP emergency response team converged on a Tuscarora Road property. Elliott ran out of the house into the nearby bush.He surrendered after being tracked down by an OPP canine unit.The search of Elliott’s house turned up guns, crossbows and ammunition in the kitchen, his bedroom and other rooms and scattered outdoors throughout the property. Of 27 firearms recovered, four were prohibited sawed-off shotguns, said assistant Crown attorney Brett Moodie.No one in the Elliott home had a gun licence.Elliott’s mother, wife and three other family members also were charged.With dozens of charges spread over many years and several jurisdictions, the court was looking at a trial that could have lasted more than a month, said Justice Joseph Nadel.The defence noted that Elliott, in addition to pleading guilty, also gave up his right to have his case heard in the Indigenous person’s court and to get a Gladue pre-sentence report that considers an offender’s Indigenous background. In return, Elliott got a lighter prison sentence. “This was fulsomely debated and heavily discussed,” said Moodie. “It was a massive case with a number of police forces involved.“A pen sentence is absolutely necessary in a case like this. Obviously the sheer number of weapons is aggravating, along with the fact he was on bail at the time with conditions to refrain from possessing the weapons.”The Crown noted that recklessly stored guns and readily accessible ammunition easily could have fallen into other hands.On the other hand, the defence presented Elliott as a successful soapstone carver and the father of six children, who hunts to sustain himself and his family.During his time in custody before sentencing, Elliott was subjected to lockdowns in jail that hindered his access to showers, lawyers and family and forced him to eat his meals by the toilet, court was told.The judge agreed with the joint submission of three years in prison for Elliott, noting he was getting a break.“In the past, young men with semi-automatic weapons have received a sentence of four years for one weapon, ” said Nadal, who gave Elliott credit for time served of two years.Elliott also was ordered to have no weapons for the rest of his life.All the firearms seized in 2018 are to be forfeited but Nadel agreed they will not be destroyed until Elliott can apply to save some with an argument that they are needed so he can hunt to sustain himself.All charges against others involved in the house were withdrawn with one exception. Bradley Elliott, 22, failed to show up for the court appearance so one firearm charge against him still stands and a bench warrant was issued for his read more

Brazil to host annual allstar UN charity soccer match featuring Ronaldo and

As Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Ronaldo and Zidane will each captain a team for this friendly match aimed at mobilizing the public in the fight against poverty.“The struggle against poverty is not a game,” said Ronaldo, who launched the Match Against Poverty with Mr. Zidane and UNDP 10 years ago. “But we use this match to raise both funds and awareness that the solution is in everyone’s hands. Working together we will all be winners in the Match Against Poverty.”Zidane, who will play in Brazil for the first time, said that after 10 years of playing with Ronaldo he is excited to play against him and his friends at the Match Against Poverty. “Although it will be a friendly match, I very much look forward to playing against my old friend in Porto Alegre,” he said. The match, which will be held at the Gremio Arena, follows nine successful contests held in Basel, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Málaga, Fez, Lisboa, Athens and Hamburg. Proceeds from previous matches have benefited projects in more than 27 developing countries, including recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and last year’s devastating floods in Pakistan.“At the tenth match we will use the proceeds to support solutions in my own country, as well as another programme in Africa in which Brazil is actively engaged in,” said Ronaldo. UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said the match is one of the highest profile and far-reaching events for UNDP and its partners. “As football is the world’s most popular sport and poverty is a global challenge, the match is a wonderful instrument to mobilize people around the world to support all efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, can lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives.”This year’s match is being organized with 9INE Sports & Entertainment of Brazil. The annual event, which is televised globally, is supported by both football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). In addition to Ronaldo and Zidane, other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors include football stars Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and Marta Vieira de Silva, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Japanese actress Misako Konno, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. read more

Ban commends Colombian Government and FARCEP for concluding modified peace agreement

The Secretary-General also acknowledged the many groups and individuals in Colombian society who came forth with proposals to modify the texts and who took part constructively in the dialogue process, the spokesperson said in a statement. “Throughout this exercise, Colombians have listened to one another and have reaffirmed their collective desire for peace. They now have a new opportunity to go forward on this road to peace more unified than before,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also commended the parties for maintaining their firm commitment to the cease-fire and cessation of hostilities, and reaffirmed the support of the United Nations for the peace process and hopes that the focus of efforts can turn as soon as possible to the implementation of a final peace agreement, the statement added. read more

Jameis Winston Leads FSU to National Championship Over Auburn

Photo by Getty Images.Jameis Winston, whose season included accusations of sexual assault and winning the Heisman Trophy, added to his year to remember by spearheading Florida State’s historic comeback in the Rose Bowl Monday night. Needing a touchdown to secure the national championship, Winston calmly engineered the game-winning, 80-yard drive in the waning seconds, giving the Seminoles a thumping 34-14 victory for NCAA supremacy while simultaneously ending the SEC’s seven-year run on top.“It was the best football game he’s played all year,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said, “and I’ll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought. And to pull it out in the atmosphere and environment and with what was on the line tonight, to me if that’s not a great player, I don’t know who is.”Winston was less-than-sharp much of the night, as the Tigers built a 21-3 lead and looked to be en route to college football supremacy. But with the help from its defense and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Levonte Whitfield, Florida State rallied. Still, it needed a touchdown trailing 31-27 with 1:19 to play.Suddenly, that unsteadiness he showed all game eased. Winston was sharp, completing 6 of 7 passes for 77 yards on the game-winning assault. He had a 49-yard run-and-catch when he fit the ball into a tight window and receiver Rashad Greene, who snagged it, eluded two defenders and sprinted up the sideline for the big gain.From there, with 13 seconds to play Winston lofted a pass for the conquering score from 2 yards to Kelvin Benjamin. “Once the ball is in the air on that post route, I’ve got to go get it, and I did,” Benjamin said. “Simple as that.”Winston, on his 20th birthday, finished the game 20 of 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. He was investigated for a year-old sexual assault complaint in November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney’s office determined it did not have enough evidence to charge him.The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) went out with an instant classic, one of the best title games in its 16-year history. It will be replaced by a four-team playoff next season. And the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year winning streak in college football’s biggest game was snapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference school that played in the first three BCS title games but hadn’t been back since. read more

Art Faire to fill Camas streets with vintage charm

first_imgThere’s no better place for a celebration of arts and antiques than downtown Camas, which is simply brimming with leafy charm and quaint little shops to explore.On Saturday, many of those shops and artisans will bring their wares outside, so you can enjoy the whole scene at once: the leafy charm, the antiques and artworks, and some live entertainment and live community, too.It’s the 10th annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Street Faire. (That additional “E” adds to the charm, see?)Sixty-plus artists and vendors will set up shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fourth Avenue and Birch Street, near the storefront of sponsor Camas Antiques at 305 N.E. Fourth Ave.Vintage offerings on the sidewalk will include nearly everything you can think of: indoor and outdoor furniture and decor, home and garden items, toys and books, clothing and accessories. Meanwhile, local artists will be showing off their creativity in painting, glass and paper art, metal and woodwork, handmade jewelry, fiber art, repurposed and found art, photography and much more.Jazz guitarist Bret Malmquist plays from 10 a.m. until noon and the Carol Rossio Jazz Trio shares its French flavor from 12:30 until 3 p.m. Plenty of fresh food will be for sale, as well.last_img read more

WalMart to shutter Juneau store Feb 5

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Bo Nielsen)Wal-Mart announced today that it’s closing its Juneau location, along with 154 other stores across the country. The location will operate with limited hours for the rest of the month and shutdown Feb. 5.Download AudioThe Juneau Wal-Mart employs about 180 people full- and part-time. Delia Garcia, a Wal-Mart corporate rep, said the company decided to close the stores based on financial performance, the cost of doing business and plans for strategic growth.“That’s really, as we look at all of the stores, the criteria that we assigned. Juneau just resulted on the list of closures,” said Garcia.Garcia said Wal-Mart associates who have been employed for at least a year could qualify for a 60-day severance package. First, the company will try to find transfer opportunities.“Juneau is in a unique circumstance in that there aren’t other Wal-Marts relatively close by as you might find in other locations that are being closed,” Garcia said. “That’s why we want to make sure our employees are prepared for potential opportunities elsewhere in working with them on preparing for that and being aware what options are available for them.”There are 12 Wal-Marts in Alaska that will remain open. Nationally, the closings could affect about 10,000 employees.Despite the potential layoffs, Wal-Mart plans to open around 240 new stores in the U.S.last_img read more

Disney Plus First Global Markets Get Launch Dates Pricing

first_imgDisney will begin its international roll-out of Disney Plus on the same day – Nov. 12 – that the direct-to-consumer service launches in the U.S., with a push into Canada and the Netherlands, followed a week later by Australia and New Zealand.In addition, Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group announced Monday that it had reached global agreements with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, and Sony to distribute the Disney Plus app across partner mobile and connected-TV devices.In the U.S., access to Disney Plus will cost $6.99 per month. Pricing plans in the first four international markets will be roughly comparable. In Canada, the service will cost $8.99 (Canadian) per month (or $89.99 per year), and in the Netherlands, the price will be €6.99 per month (or €69.99 per year). Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety On Nov. 19, Disney Plus will launch in Australia and New Zealand, priced at A$8.99 (US$6.09) per month or A$89.99 (US$61) per year, and NZ$9.99 (US$6.41) per month, or NZ$99.99 (US$64.1) per year, respectively. Related Beyond the initial five countries, the company expects Disney Plus to be available in all major markets within the first two years.Also Monday, the company launched a Disney Plus social-media campaign involving the accounts for the major Disney brands featured in the service — Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Disney Plus has handles for the U.S. and Canada on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; the Netherlands (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter); Australia (Facebook, Instagram); and New Zealand (Facebook, Instagram).Separately, earlier this month Disney announced plans to introduce a bundled offering (also on Nov. 12) that combines Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99 per month. That’s a 28% monthly discount compared with buying each of the services separately.Disney Plus will be the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, “Star Wars,” National Geographic and other Mouse House brands.Original content set for the service includes series “The Mandalorian” — the first “Star Wars” live-action TV show — “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” and “Encore!”, as well as films including “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Disney Plus will provide access to selections from the Disney-owned catalog of film and TV shows, including 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”It will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”At launch, consumers in each market will be able to subscribe to Disney Plus directly or via in-app purchase on the following platforms (with some variations depending on country):Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app (customers can subscribe to Disney Plus via in-app purchase);Google’s Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices;Microsoft Xbox One;Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 and all of Sony’s Android-based TVs; andRoku streaming players and Roku TV models.last_img read more

Class IX students of staterun sponsored aided schools get bicycles under Sabuj

first_imgKolkata: The state government has started distributing bicycles under Sabuj Sathi project among the students of class IX of state-run, sponsored and aided schools.Around 12.38 cycles will be distributed and the deadline for clearing the stock is September.Sabuj Sathi, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is a major success and has reduced the number of drop outs from schools.In his budget speech, state Finance minister Amit Mitra had announced the scheme in 2015. The first batch of cycles were distributed by Mamata Banerjee at Gopiballavpur Block I on September 29, 2015. Tender was floated and cycles were procured from three well known manufacturers in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe project was severely criticised by the opposition alleging that poor quality cycles had been distributed. But their allegations were later proved wrong. The cycles have been distributed by the Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department. Around 70 lakh cycles have been distributed. It was decided that the cycles will be distributed among the students of classes IX to XII.The manufacturers had sent the cycle spares in 4,500 trucks, which were then distributed in the districts. The fitters came from different parts of the country to assemble the cycles. The cycles are given one year guarantee and are fitted Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPwith reflectors.The BCW has given training to unemployed youth to assemble and maintain the cycles with a view of making them self-reliant.The youth have also been given kits free of cost.The Sabuj sathi project has reduced the number of drop outs in schools. Also, it has reduced the number of early marriages of girls.Earlier, because of lack of communication, the girls took half an hour to one hour to reach homes from school.As they grow old, the parents felt insecure and arranged their marriage. But now as they have cycles, they can reach home on time. Also, it has helped the students to build confidence.last_img read more

Reviving the lost culture of telling tales

first_imgMany old timers today recall fond memories of being drawn to the streets by snake charmers and madaaris (conjurers) and being told stories, what is now a lost practice. But for renowned theatre artist Kamal Pruthi, “a storytelling movement (of the kind he has started) was necessary to fight the advent of technology, which has been dumbing the children down.”Clad in a green kurta-pajama with a pagdi (turban), this 33-year old ‘Kabuliwala’ is a favourite with children across the country every time they see him with his vibrant jhola (cloth bag), which they know is full of stories. Previously an IT professional, Pruthi is also arguably one of the few storytellers who perform in German, Hindi and Urdu and has been bringing back the culture of storytelling in many households and schools across the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“With mobile phones and other devices taking over, dadajis and nanajis (grandparents) don’t get to tell stories to their grandchildren any more. A family getting together over stories seems like in a long-gone era,” Pruthi told a media person.The monkey shows and the acrobats, who performed while telling their tales were experiential mediums which are now banned, he said, adding that children of the 21st century generation have not heard as many stories as their parents would have. The hunger for knowledge can only be satiated through stories, he maintained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“I’m a modern day madaari (conjurer). My job is to intellectually entertain the humble souls of kids  — many of whom have never heard stories before,” Pruthi said.“Kids of this generation are energetic and need something to keep them engaged. The 90-year-old Santa Claus who entertains them comes only once a year, but kids know Kabuliwala is always there,” he added.Being a professional theatre artist for over a decade now, he believes the medium is not experiential enough for the audience, and thus he had to take a step ahead through his storytelling. There have been some challenges, though. Retelling the story of Sadat Hasan Manto’s Toba Tek Singh, in which after partition in 1947, a man has to decide whether India or Pakistan is his home, Pruthi recalled the challenge he had faced while representing 18 characters in the story.“The real challenge is when a storyteller has to perform so many characters and tell their stories,” he said.“A story can be called a strong one only when it can travel,” Pruthi explained, adding—“Not all actors can be storytellers, and also not all storytellers can be good actors. Unlike a theatre show which requires investment, storytelling can be quite economical and can be done on a terrace, a garden, or even below the staircase.”last_img read more

Leisurely strolls are safer than walking to work

first_imgPeople tend to choose riskier routes when they walk to work compared to when they head out for a leisurely stroll, say scientists who suggest that wandering without a purpose may be safer.Researchers used Global Positioning System (GPS), accelerometers and travel logs from a 2008-2009 survey in Washington to measure the path and purpose of 537 pedestrians.The data was then compared to maps on the probability of pedestrian collision risk.Researchers from the Drexel University in the US found that pedestrians on recreational walks were 8 per cent less likely to be in areas where car collision risks were higher than those walking somewhere with a purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”On recreational walks, people likely want a more relaxing path than someone on a utilitarian walk,” Alex Quistberg, an assistant research professor at Drexel.The study also found that people who took longer walks, both in distance and time, were less likely to stray into dangerous areas where car-collision risk is high. The study also found that people who lived in single- family homes, owned homes or owned a car were all less likely to walk in more dangerous areas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePeople who had children were around 2 per cent less likely to walk in areas with high collision risk.”This could be due to people with children living in single-family homes, which are usually in neighbourhoods that have a low risk of pedestrians collisions because of low traffic and slow speeds,” Quistberg said.”It is also possible that people with children at home are walking more cautiously, perhaps with their children,” he said. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… read more August 21, 2008 – Varian Medical Systems will feature at ASTRO 2008 its comprehensive treatment planning system, Eclipse, a solution designed to simplify modern radiation therapy planning for all kinds of treatment, including 3D conformal, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), RapidArc volumetric modulated arc, electron, proton and brachytherapy treatments.Powerful 3D conformal planning tools in Eclipse are combined with interactive dose-volume optimization for fast, flexible, and accurate intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) planning. Automatic optimization of beam geometry simplifies the task of selecting the best beam angles for fixed-beam IMRT. And Eclipse incorporates a Smart Segmentation™ automatic contouring feature, the first fully automatic tool that uses intelligent software to identify and outline, within diagnostic images, organs and other structures to be irradiated or protected during treatment. Eclipse is tightly integrated with Varian’s ARIA Oncology Information System, so that treatment plans from Eclipse are immediately accessible on ARIA workstations throughout the department as part of the patient’s electronic medical record, with no need for importing or exporting data. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more Video Player is loading.Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more December 1, 2010 – One of the world’s first whole-body MR/PET systems was introduced at the RSNA 2010 meeting. The Biograph mMR, by Siemens, combines an magnetic resonance (MR) imaging scanner with an integrated positron emission tomography (PET) detection system to simultaneously capture both MR and PET data.The 3-Tesla hybrid system has been installed at the University Hospital “Klinikum rechts der Isar” of the Munich Technical University in Germany.“Together with our partner Siemens, we are entering a new dimension in diagnostic imaging today,” said Markus Schwaiger, professor, director of the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital. “We’ve initiated clinical use testing of Biograph mMR in an effort to diagnose diseases at a very early stage to see the progression of disease and to use that information to develop a therapy plan precisely focused on the respective patient. Furthermore, we plan to use the system for cancer follow-up in the long run, by reducing radiation exposure by the use of the system.“With the simultaneous acquisition of MR/PET data, this system is designed to provide new opportunities for imaging. While MR provides morphological and functional details in human tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism. The system has the potential to be a particularly valuable tool for identifying neurological, oncological and cardiac conditions of disease and in supporting the planning of appropriate therapies. Since MRI does not emit ionizing radiation, it may provide an added benefit with lower-dose imaging. It also opens new opportunities for research, such as the development of new biomarkers or new therapeutic approaches.The Biograph mMR is designed to simultaneously acquire morphology, function and metabolism for the entire body.Initial research suggests that with this system, molecular MR can scan the entire body in as little as 30 minutes for the combined exams, compared to one hour or more for sequential MR and PET examinations.Until now, it was nearly impossible to integrate MR and PET technologies. The conventional PET detectors, which use photomultiplier tubes, could not be used in the strong magnetic field generated by an MR system. Integration was further limited by the lack of space inside the MR device.The system has not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Siemens is seeking European CE mark approval for the system, which it hope to gain in 2011.Philips Healthcare also unveiled its PET/MR scanner at RSNA 2010. The company said it has already filed for FDA 510(k) review and hopes the system might gain market clearance in 2011.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. 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This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | December 01, 2010 Scanner Simultaneously Acquires MR, PET Data last_img read more

Female keeper at Czech zoo injured by pygmy hippo

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Hospital spokesman Zdenek Tusl said the woman had lost a lot of blood due to right-leg injuries and doctors were battling to save her leg.Pygmy hippos weigh up to 275 kilograms (600 pounds) and are native to western Africa.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Top Stories PRAGUE (AP) – An official says a zookeeper in the Czech Republic has been rushed to the hospital by helicopter after being seriously injured by a pygmy hippopotamus.Jana Mysliveckova, the spokeswoman for the zoo in Dvur Kralove, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Prague, says the incident took place Wednesday afternoon. She said the female keeper, who was experienced, was being treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital in the nearby city of Hradec Kralove. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more