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Barcelona sign Arsenal youngster

first_imgTransfers Barcelona sign Arsenal youngster McGuane Joe Wright 01:45 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) marcus mcguane - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Arsenal Premier League Primera División The Gunners have snapped up young talent from the Blaugrana in recent years but the 18-year-old has decided to move in the other direction Marcus McGuane has joined Barcelona from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 18-year-old has completed a medical in Spain and signed a five-year contract that includes a release clause of €25 million.McGuane’s deal will keep him in Catalonia for three seasons, plus two option years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The midfielder, who had been at Arsenal since the age of six, made his first two senior appearances under manager Arsene Wenger in Europa League group-stage matches against BATE and Red Star Belgrade this season.McGuane, an England youth international, will join Barca’s B team with a view to earning a spot in the first-team squad in future.”We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution and wish him well at Barcelona,” Arsenal said in a statement.”The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”last_img read more

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Warners Bay and Chancellor taste Schools Cup glory

first_imgEden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.last_img read more

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Need to improve a lot with the bat: Harmanpreet after bowlers help India beat South Africa

first_imgNeed to improve a lot with the bat: Harmanpreet after bowlers help India beat South AfricaIndia escaped with a narrow victory as the bowlers led by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (3 for 8) secured an 11-run win after the batters flopped as they managed just 130 runs.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SuratSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 11:47 IST Harmanpreet Kaur said that she had confidence in her bowlers after the batting flopped ( Courtesy by BCCI )HIGHLIGHTSHarmanpreet Kaur said that she had confidence in her bowlers after the batting floppedDeepti Sharma called her effort as the best bowling performance of her careerSouth African captain Sune Luus conceded that lack of execution from the batsmen led to the defeatThe Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said the team’s below-par batting show in the first T20 International against South Africa here had left her nervous before the bowlers rose to the challenge with a stellar effort.Harmanpreet was the only Indian batswoman to play an impactful knock, scoring 43, while the rest of her colleagues failed to chip in with any notable contributions. India posted 130 after being put in to bat on Tuesday.The bowlers, led by player of the match Deepti Sharma(3/8), produced an impressive show to dismiss South Africa for 119 in 19.5 overs.”I was nervous at the halfway stage but we knew that we’d have something for the bowlers. They did a great job,” Harmanpreet said after the match.She said the players have been working hard on their fitness.”We were doing a lot of fitness (regimens) before coming here and we got the result on the field. The way we fielded and bowled, I was happy,” she said.She also said her side still needs improvement in several areas, especially batting.”Lot of areas to improve. Need to improve a lot with the bat. We are playing with an extra batter, so if batters do well, we can do even better,” said the 30-year-old.She said she had trusted Radha Yadav to do well in the final over of the South African run chase and eventually the left-armer took two wickets to end the visiting side’s innings.Star of the match Deepti said her effort was the “best bowling performance” of her career.advertisement”We bowled how I had planned. Got help from the wicket too. The plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and it was turning, so I pitched it up too,” she said.”The mindset was to bowl in front. We were confident at the halfway mark. And we wanted to enjoy. If you enjoy, you automatically do well,” the 22-year-old off-spinner said.South Africa captain Sune Luus said 130 was a chaseable total though her side could not make it in the end.”The way our new-ball bowlers bowled, they gave us a good platform to work on. We thought 130 was a total we could chase. Chasing 130 is about when you go for the charge,” she said.”Lizelle Lee gave a good platform. The batsmen who then came in just couldn’t execute. The way Deepti and the spinners bowled, you could definitely see there was more spin as the evening progressed.”Also Read | 1st T20I: Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma help India women beat SA womenAlso Read | Korea Open Super 500: World champion PV Sindhu knocked out in 1st round, Sai Praneeth retires hurtFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Deepti SharmaFollow Radha Yadavlast_img read more

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SWIMS Fall and Winter lineup will keep you warm and classy

first_img The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 What to Wear to an Interview: 6 Tips for Men to Pick Out the Perfect Outfit What Is the Best Jean Style for You? While some of us are desperately clinging to the final days of summer, SWIMS is already amping up for colder days with a fall and winter collection that are sure to keep you moving when everything else is frozen.For the wetter, harsher months, SWIMS is all about boots, but with a more stylish twist than we usually see on winter footwear. The Mobster galosh makes a triumphant return to form with new seasonal colors, as well as a version with spikes on the bottom if you live somewhere it gets icy. There’s an understated professionalism across the new line, one that balances well with the playful and modern design.There are new additions to the footwear line for the fall and winter as well, including two new sneakers, the Anton Runner and the George Sport, for a more casual, but still professional look. The Barry line brings with it a set of new footwear options too, such as a nubuck workboot and brogue and Chelsea boot options.It’s not just footwear either, SWIMS is expanding into new markets like luggage, and loungewear. These new categories will supplement existing categories, like outerwear, that have defined SWIMS appeal. From down jackets to duffels and satchels, Norwegian brand SWIMS designs and produces everything you need to make it through the Scandinavian winter – or really winter anywhere.SWIMS is really showing off the brand’s flexibility heading into the colder part of the year, and doing so in a way that’s functional, but unique and professional too. The whole line is already in stores and on the SWIMS site, so you’ll be set up well before winter comes. Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Editors’ Recommendations A Beginner’s Guide to Road Bikinglast_img read more

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Second Cup franchisees file lawsuit against coffee chain over debt ad fund

first_imgMONTREAL — A group of current and past Second Cup Ltd. franchisees has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian coffee chain.The suit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of Quebec alleges the company misused a franchisee-funded advertising reserve and forced franchisees to acquire debt to fund equipment that failed to boost sales — among other things.None of the claims have been proven in court.The suit stems from an original claim by one Second Cup franchisee against the company that eight other franchisees later asked to join.Second Cup filed a document last week arguing the additional plaintiffs should be treated separately from the first claim as “each claim is extremely fact-specific.”The coffee chain and its lawyer declined to comment.A company spokesperson said the company does not comment on active court matters, particularly if they are at a very early stage of the proceedings. Companies in this story: (TSX:SCU)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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North American markets mixed

The Toronto stock market was slightly higher after two days of losses amid worries about the knock-on effects from the U.S. economy going over the so-called fiscal cliff.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 21.79 points to 12,212.84 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 3.01 points to 1,301.69.The fiscal cliff label refers to a string of tax increases and steep spending cuts to the tune of US$600 billion set to go into effect Jan. 1 unless Democrats and Republicans can come together and arrange a deficit-cutting compromise. Failure to do so would likely tip the U.S. back into recession and drag down other economies with it.Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says the fiscal cliff is the most imminent threat facing the Canadian economy.The Canadian dollar was off the lows of the morning, up 0.03 of a cent at 99.99 cents US. The loonie has lost almost nine tenths of a cent over the past two sessions as worries about the fiscal cliff pushed investors to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries.The U.S. dollar also depressed commodity prices. A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals which are dollar-denominated.New York indexes have registered their worst declines of the year over the last two sessions as investors worry that taxes on capital gains and dividends could rise substantially after the first of the year. But indexes came off the lows of the morning after a strong reading on the mood of the American consumer.The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey index came in at 84.9 in November, the highest reading since July 2007, from a final October reading of 82.6, reflecting lower gasoline prices and the improvement in housing and labour market data. Economists had expected a decline to 81.5 because of concerns over the fiscal cliff and the effects of superstorm Sandy.“At some point, the negative impact from further decline in equity prices will trump the positive from lower gasoline prices and weigh on consumer moods,” said Capital Economics economist Amna Asaf. “We suspect that the fiscal cliff negotiations will also begin to have more of an impact now they are getting 24/7 coverage in the media.”The Dow Jones industrials were up 15.61 points to 12,826.93. The Nasdaq rose 17.46 points to 2,913.05 and the S&P 500 index gained 5.4 points to 1,382.91.U.S. President Barack Obama was set to make some remarks on dealing with the fiscal cliff at 1 p.m. EST.Positive economic data from China seemed to have little effect on sentiment. Auto sales, consumer spending and factory output in the world’s second-largest economy all improved in October.Also in October, inflation eased further, giving Beijing more room to cut interest rates or launch new stimulus measures to speed a recovery with less danger of igniting politically dangerous price rises.Financials led TSX advancers late in the morning as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) rose 45 cents to $53.96 while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) climbed 39 cents to $12.21.The TSX telecom sector was also positive as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) reported its net profit rose eight per cent to $351 million or $1.08 per share. Overall revenue was up 5.8 per cent to nearly $2.8 billion, up about $200 million from just over $2.6 billion in the third quarter of 2011. Overall wireless revenue was up seven per cent from a year ago, rising by $104 million to $1.5 billion and its shares were up $1.32 to $64.85.The energy sector was up 0.1 per cent as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved into positive territory, up 38 cents to US$85.47 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) gained 27 cents to C$11.11 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CNQ) advanced 41 cents to $33.55.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer as the metal is used in so many applications, dropped four cents to US$3.43 a pound but the base metals sector moved ahead 0.35 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 47 cents to C$33.30 while Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) fell 10 cents to $2.88.The gold sector was the major weight after two days of gains eve as December bullion rose $3.70 to US$1,729.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 44 cents to C$44.47.The European debt crisis also kept traders on edge as cash-strapped Greece said it would issue unusually short-term debt on Tuesday in the hope of raising enough money to make a key bond repayment days later.It will issue C2.1 billion in four-week treasury bills and C1 billion in 13-week bills. Greece is not expected to get its next batch of international rescue loans by Nov. 16, when it has to roll over C5 billion in three-month treasury bills.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Robert Dutton, the top executive at home improvement retailer Rona (TSX:RON) is leaving the company after 20 years as president and chief executive. It also comes just months after the company fended off a takeover by American rival Lowe’s. Rona shares ran ahead 65 cents or 6.95 per cent to $10.TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X), the owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange, has issued its first financial report since undergoing a strategic reorganization that included the acquisition of the Alpha Trading and CDS businesses and a new ownership structure led by the Maple Group. It posted $15.3 million of net income, or 53 cents per share and $113.4 million of revenue over the two months following the reorganization. Its shares gave back 91 cents to $47.75.European bourses turned mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.08 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX dropped 0.63 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.7 per cent. read more

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One Record That Federers Chasing Doesnt Really Count

Roger Federer has a good chance later this year to pass Pete Sampras for most aces in his career. Ivo Karlovic, in turn, is hot on Federer’s heels for No. 4 on the all-time men’s tennis aces list and could pass him at the U.S. Open this week.You may start hearing more about this leaderboard as Federer and Karlovic keep overtaking former greats and each other. If you do, it’s worth keeping in mind that among trivial sports records, the all-time aces title is a particularly meaningless accomplishment:The ace counts only go back to 1991, when umpires at ATP World Tour and Grand Slam events started recording point-by-point data, including aces (serves that land in and which the returner can’t touch with his racket). All-time leader Goran Ivanisevic and Sampras (No. 3 in aces) debuted three years before the match stats did. Sampras probably would have a much wider lead over Federer and No. 5 Karlovic if his 125 matches from his first three years on tour counted toward his ace total. And Ivanisevic would have a more secure grip on No. 1 if he got credit for his 136 matches between 1988 and 1990; as it stands now, his countryman Karlovic could pass him as soon as late next year. No. 11 Marc Rosset — who also debuted in 1988, a banner year for big servers — might have held the lead among Swiss players over Federer for longer if his 62 matches through 1990 counted. Even more of the careers of big servers Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Roscoe Tanner are shrouded by the sport’s statistical blind spot.The Davis Cup, the sport’s international team competition, counts toward players’ official match records. But merely for administrative reasons — “with all the ties all over the world we don’t have a system to get the data,” ATP stats overseer Greg Sharko said in an email — Davis Cup stats don’t count toward ATP totals. That means Karlovic doesn’t get credit for his 78 aces in a Davis Cup loss in 2009. On the other hand, Karlovic has played only 17 Davis Cup singles matches, while Federer has played 42 — more than Ivanisevic and Sampras, though three fewer than the 45 played by Andy Roddick, who is second on the all-time aces list. No aces from those matches count toward these players’ totals.All counting stats are crude ways to estimate athletes’ ability. Some quarterbacks amass more yards because they play for pass-happy offensive coordinators. Baseball players can get more runs batted in by batting often with teammates on base. Raw ace counts in a single match face the same problem: Karlovic got those 78 aces in the 2009 Davis Cup match because it went to 16-14 in the fifth set. That’s less impressive than his 44 aces in a three-set match earlier this year. It’s all the less meaningful, then, to compare ace counts over a season or career. Federer has a narrow lead over Karlovic mainly because he has played more than twice as many matches. That’s a credit to Federer’s overall superiority as a tennis player compared to Karlovic, and to just about everyone else who ever has lifted a racket. The better you are at the sport, the more you win, the more matches you play, and the more chances you have to rack up aces. It’s hard for Karlovic to keep up with Federer while losing in the first or second round of many tournaments and watching his rival get to keep serving for four to six matches into the final. But if the point of ace counts is to say who’s the best player, there are plenty of better ways to measure it. And if it’s to measure who has the best serve — ignoring returns and everything else in tennis — then a rate stat would do much better. Karlovic has aced opponents on nearly 23 percent of his service points since 2010, or more than double Federer’s 10 percent. Appropriately, Karlovic hit 24 aces in his U.S. Open debut Tuesday, while Federer hit 10. Both men won.Karlovic has started catching up — by playing more matches. The hard way to do that is to win more matches at big tournaments. The easier way to do it is to sign up for lots of the lower-level tournaments called 250s, which are the weakest ATP World Tour events that count toward ace counts. Karlovic has played in 23 250-level tournaments over the past two years. Federer has played in four. Those events have helped Karlovic make up ground on Federer, both because he’s getting more matches and because he’s playing weaker opponents. By median and mean ranking of opponents, Karlovic’s schedule this year and last has been roughly twice as easy as Federer’s. Weaker opponents are, on average, easier to ace. For instance, the last time Federer and Karlovic played each other, Federer’s ace percentage was higher than usual, at 11.5 percent, while Karlovic’s was lower, at 19.1 percent. read more

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Woman who stole over €40000 from former GP she was caring for

first_imgWoman who stole over €40,000 from former GP she was caring for jailed for two years The victim, now aged 90, said she felt an “immense sense of betrayal”. A WOMAN WHO stole the proceeds of the sale of a retired GP’s surgery when she was working as the victim’s carer has been jailed for two years.Nermana Gojak (44) worked as both a carer and a housekeeper for a couple of days a week for the 90-year-old woman for 10 years.Both the woman and her late husband had worked as GPs in Dublin and the victim had opened up a deposit account with the funds from the sale of her husband’s GP surgery when he passed away.Gojak stole €41,380 over five years by making ATM withdrawals, using the woman’s laser card to purchase items and getting cash back at points of sale. She regularly transferred funds from this deposit account to the woman’s current account to allow her easy access to the money.Gojak, of Pineview Avenue, Aylesbury, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the theft from Ulster Bank in Dundrum on dates between 8 September 2012 and 8 August 2017. Gojak has no previous convictions and is unemployed.Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, read the woman’s victim impact statement into the record at the original sentence hearing last December, in which she stated: “I cried when I thought of how hard my husband had to work to get that money.”She said the crime was deceitful, cruel and callous. She said she has not been able to secure a new carer since Gojak’s theft came to light and she has had to move into a nursing home.The woman said she became fearful and worried about living in her home on her own and felt financially vulnerable.“I embraced her like a daughter,” she said while outlining that she went to Gojak’s children’s plays, dancing competitions and “celebrated all their achievements”. She said she didn’t forget the children’s birthdays.“It was such an upheaval at this stage of my life. It will stay with me to the end of my days,” the woman concluded her statement.Judge Melanie Greally had previously remanded Gojak on continuing bail and adjourned sentencing having heard evidence last December.‘Betrayal’Today she noted from the victim impact report that the “most significant element” for the woman was “the immense sense of betrayal which she has experienced”.“It is clear from the report that she regarded the accused as one of her family and embraced her as one of her family, introducing her to her wider family and celebrating family events with her,” Judge Greally said.She said the victim had raised those funds from “a lifetime of hard work” and the sale of a GP practice and noted that “she was left in financial insecurity as a result of what was taken from her”.Greally said the case “necessitated a custodial sentence” before she sentenced Gojak to three years in prison but suspended the final 12 months on strict conditions including that she engages with the Probation Service for 12 months.She said she had taken into account Gojak’s lack of previous convictions, her guilty plea, cooperation, remorse, and the fact that she had €2,000 in court to offer as a token of that remorse.Greally also acknowledged that Gojak had experienced difficulties in her past, noting that she had come to Ireland from war-torn Bosnia and accepted that some mental health issues were identified in a probation report before the court.Gojak’s defence counsel, Marc Murphy BL, accepted it was an extremely serious offence that had a serious impact on the victim. He acknowledged that the money has not been repaid and said there was no reality to her ever paying it back in full.Counsel suggested that if Gojak was given some time she may be able to gather together “a token amount as a symbol of her remorse”.Murphy said Gojak played “a central role in her family life” and is a devoted mother to her three children aged between 12 and 17 years old. “She has an expectation of a custodial sentence”, counsel said. Image: Shutterstock/Grzejnik https://jrnl.ie/4549927 Mar 19th 2019, 2:17 PM By Sonya McClean File photo Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 2:16 PMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 34,116 Views 11 Comments Share131 Tweet Email1 File photo Image: Shutterstock/Grzejniklast_img read more

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Un plan durgence réclamé par les pharmaciens

first_imgUn plan d’urgence réclamé par les pharmaciensFace à l’augmentation de leurs charges et la baisse de leurs marges, près de 25% des pharmacies françaises seraient en mauvaise posture financièrement et la profession réclame aujourd’hui un plan d’urgence.Les pharmacies en voie de disparition ? C’est en tout cas ce que dénonce la profession qui explique aujourd’hui que 25% des établissements se trouveraient dans le rouge financièrement. Une situation qui serait prise très au sérieux par le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand qui aurait demandé une enquête à l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales sur le sujet, rapporte Le Parisien. Ainsi, le quotidien explique qu’entre 2006 et 2010, le nombre de dépôts de bilan des pharmacies aurait été multiplié par trois, la faute à la hausse des charges et de la baisse des marges, mais également aux politiques d’économies sur les dépenses de santé.Ainsi, la Coface (assurance crédit et information des entreprises) a déclaré que selon elle, 24% des pharmacies sur le territoire français risqueraient de faire faillite en cette année 2011 et cela alors que plus de 120 officines ont déjà mis la clé sous la porte en 2010. Face à cette situation, les pharmaciens réclament aujourd’hui un plan d’urgence de la part du gouvernement. Le secteur de la pharmacie de détail serait le seul secteur en France à voir le nombre d’ouvertures en baisse en 2010. Le 21 février 2011 à 14:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Watch the Fastest Nerf Gun Ever in Super Slow Motion

first_imgThe Nerf Hyperfire is the fastest Nerf gun yet, at least according to Hasbro. And at $50, it better be. It’s a motorized Nerf assault rifle, similar to the Stampede and Rapidstrike. It uses a flywheel, so you need to spin it up by holding the secondary trigger for a few seconds, but after that just hold down the trigger and it will keep firing until the magazine is empty (and it comes with a 25-round drum magazine).Hasbro says the Hyperfire can launch 25 darts in five seconds, or five darts a second. We decided to put that to the test with science and video technology. We used a GoPro Hero5 Black to film the Hyperfire at 240 frames per second (recorded in 720p, with some graininess because we shot it indoors using a narrow field of view mode to support the high-speed recording) to find out just how fast the Hyperfire can fire. We also slowed the footage down to 1/8th speed, because it looks cool seeing every dart fly out of the gun in slow motion at 30 frames per second.The verdict? Yeah, it emptied its magazine in 00:05:15. That’s close enough to five seconds to count in our book. This Nerf gun is a beast. Of course, it’s a beast that uses six D batteries and weighs 3.5 pounds unloaded. But yes, this is the new fastest Nerf gun yet, and it’s tiny compared to the tripod-mounted beasts Hasbro has put out in the past, like the double-barreled Rhinofire and the belt-fed Vulcan (which remains a personal favorite, because it’s a freaking belt-fed Nerf gun on a tripod).Hasbro might have reached peak Nerf speed at this point since there’s only so much force you can put behind a foam dart before it just explodes. That’s probably why Hasbro’s next line of guns emphasizes accuracy over speed. And we’ll check out those in their final versions this spring when the Accustrike Alphahawk, Falconfire, Focusfire, and sharpstrike come out.last_img read more

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Herrera Beutler flier asks residents to weighin on light rail

first_imgCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has frequently called for a local vote on light rail, has spent $31,500 of taxpayer money to ask Clark County taxpayers what they think about it.In a flier mailed to residents all over the county this week, Herrera Beutler outlines her take on the controversial $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing, including her belief that the Interstate 5 bridge must be replaced.“Our current bridge is not adequate the question is, what kind of bridge do we need to replace it?” she writes.She promises that if the Republican-backed American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act passes, it will include no increase in the federal gas tax and federal money to replace the I-5 Bridge.Then, Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, turns to the subject of a sales tax increase to pay for light rail as part of the project. Repeating a message she’s delivered often over the past year, she called on the C-Tran Board of Directors to hold a vote on the matter as soon as possible.Larry Smith, the C-Tran board chairman and a Vancouver City Council member, said the vote will be discussed at the board’s March 20 meeting. But, echoing the words of Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, this year may not be the best time for a vote if ever.last_img read more

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World Marathon Challenge ends in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Participants in the World Marathon Challenge finally finished the grueling challenge in South Florida.The worldwide marathon, which ended Monday, required participants to run seven marathons on seven continents — all in seven days.The first part of the challenge began in Antarctica. From there, runners traveled around the globe before they finished in Miami.By the time runners crossed the finish line, participants ran 183 miles for the week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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ARREST LOG A Quiet Week For Wilmington Police

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 16, 2018 and August 22, 2018:Thursday, August 16NoneFriday, August 17NoneSaturday, August 18NoneSunday, August 19Moises Tulio DeOliveira (26, North Andover — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Summons)Monday, August 20NoneTuesday, August 21NoneWednesday, August 22None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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ReIntroduced Wood Bison Faring Well

first_imgWood Bison in Portage game facility.Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and GameWood bison transplanted by the state to the western interior this spring appear to be adapting to the wild. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game flew a group of Canadian stock bison cows and young animals to the village of Shageluk in March. To date, most of the animals have fared well.Download Audio:For the first time since Wood bison went extinct in Alaska over a century ago, the big furry animals are back. The herd of 100 bison flown into Shageluk and released into the surrounding Yukon and Innoko River country are being closely monitored by state biologists.Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says that means breaking into smaller groups and spreading out, eating wild grasses and giving birth to calves.Meanwhile, 14 other bison have died including 9 that fell through rotting river ice in recent weeks. The animals were transplanted prior to calving, as way to anchor the species to the area, and Harms says some ice casualties were expected.Harms says another five bison perished due to unknown causes.The state is preparing to move a group of full grown bull bison to the Shageluk area this summer.Wood bison are the largest land mammals in the western hemisphere and Harms says moving the 2 thousand pound bulls may require anesticizing or otherwise drugging the animals. The move is scheduled for later this month or early June, just prior to the summer breeding season. The Wood Bison reintroduction in the Shageluk area is the culmination of a long running effort to restore the animals to Interior Alaska.last_img read more

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Another day another Alienware M14x M18x leak

first_imgIf you weren’t convinced by yesterday’s near-confirmation of the Alienware M14x and Alienware M18x gaming laptops, then you might never be convinced those laptops are coming out. But just in case, here is further evidence.Over at Dell.com a page was found (and reported to us) that helps potential buyers choose the color of their Alienware computers. This page not only lists the currently available M11x, M15x, and M17x R3 (oddly listed as the M17X) but it also has the M14x and the M18x.The page says the M14x will be available in Stealth Black with Soft Touch Finish and Nebula Red with Soft Touch Finish, confirming previous rumors. The M18x will be Stealth Black with Anodized Aluminum and Nedula Red (no texture mentioned with that one).With some digging it was found that the M17x listed was the M17x R3 (the newest revision) but the M15x is simply the M15x. The M11x is the MLK (Medialess License Kit) and finally there is the M14x “Specter”, which prior rumors have noted to be its codename.So what’s happening over at Dell? Are these legitimate leaks or just efforts to get the word out early? We might never know, but it’s looking like when these systems are announced there won’t be anything near the hype the M17x “All Powerful”. Oh wait, that one leaked early as well… Anyway, at least these look like they’ll be solid options for computer gamers.See the page for yourself at Dell.com.last_img read more

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Get This A Smart Toilet That Aims to Correct Poor Posture and

first_img The porcelain throne is the latest household workhorse to be reinvented as a flashy new smart device, joining the ranks of refrigerators, toasters, thermostats and a growing number of other and otherwise dull appliances getting in on the Internet of Things.  In other words, the toilet of the future will be flush with information. Maybe too much information — the kind that exists in your waste matter and speaks volumes about your overall health.Based on input from your, er, output, it’ll know if you lack certain nutrients or have diabetes or kidney disease. And, ladies, it’ll even know if you’re pregnant. Weird, yes, we know.Enter Wellbeing, an ergonomically-correct toilet prototype designed by three industrial design graduates at the University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins College. The main objective of the Wellbeing throne — which we have to admit is pretty aesthetically attractive as toilets go — is to encourage users to squat, not sit, when they do their business. The designers claim its shape — which is a marriage of the common chair-shaped toilet and the squat toilet commonly used throughout Japan — is more conducive to healthfully answering nature’s call.  Sure, it’s all good and fine that the Wellbeing makes you assume a better, more natural elimination posture. And, true, doing so could potentially reduce constipation and colon cancer, but we’re much more intrigued about Wellbeing’s ability to deliver some seriously cool biometric feedback. The inventors told NBC News that the toilet’s biometric feedback sensors could eventually analyze urine and solid waste for biomarkers of pregnancy and nutritional deficiencies, and for various illnesses. Will it also test for drug and alcohol levels, we wonder?But don’t freak out just yet. The all-knowing commode we’re talking about is still just a concept. For now.Unfortunately there isn’t much more information available on precisely how the can’s biosensors would work, where they would be positioned or how much the toilet could cost. That’s because it’s still in the prototype phase. “It would need to be discussed with engineers and manufacturers to be viable,” co-designer Pierre Papet told NBC News, “but the basics are there.”Tech-enhanced toilets in various outlandish iterations aren’t a new concept. Who could forget last year’s CTA Digital’s much-lampooned iPotty, a potty-training “activity seat” and iPad holder hybrid for spoiled toddlers. For adults, there’s a surprisingly wide range of smart toilet options. Perhaps the most lavish so far is the Kohler’s $4,500 Numi model, which is decked out with a touchscreen remote control panel, motion-activated cover and heated toilet seat, charcoal-filter deodorizer, foot warmer, and Bluetooth music streaming.But can it tell you if you’re sick or pregnant? Nope. No such luck.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 11, 2014center_img Enroll Now for Free 3 min readlast_img read more

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How to Build TensorFlow Models for Mobile and Embedded devices

first_imgTensorFlow models can be used in applications running on mobile and embedded platforms. TensorFlow Lite and TensorFlow Mobile are two flavors of TensorFlow for resource-constrained mobile devices. TensorFlow Lite supports a subset of the functionality compared to TensorFlow Mobile. It results in better performance due to smaller binary size with fewer dependencies. The article covers topics for training a model to integrate TensorFlow into an application. The model can then be saved and used for inference and prediction in the mobile application. This article is an excerpt from the book Mastering TensorFlow 1.x written by Armando Fandango. This book will help you leverage the power of TensorFlow and Keras to build deep learning models, using concepts such as transfer learning, generative adversarial networks, and deep reinforcement learning. To learn how to use TensorFlow models on mobile devices, following topics are covered: TensorFlow on mobile platforms TF Mobile in Android apps TF Mobile demo on Android TF Mobile demo on iOS TensorFlow Lite TF Lite demo on Android TF Lite demo on iOS TensorFlow on mobile platforms TensorFlow can be integrated into mobile apps for many use cases that involve one or more of the following machine learning tasks: Speech recognition Image recognition Gesture recognition Optical character recognition Image or text classification Image, text, or speech synthesis Object identification To run TensorFlow on mobile apps, we need two major ingredients: A trained and saved model that can be used for predictions A TensorFlow binary that can receive the inputs, apply the model, produce the predictions, and send the predictions as output The high-level architecture looks like the following figure: The mobile application code sends the inputs to the TensorFlow binary, which uses the trained model to compute predictions and send the predictions back. TF Mobile in Android apps The TensorFlow ecosystem enables it to be used in Android apps through the interface class  TensorFlowInferenceInterface, and the TensorFlow Java API in the jar file libandroid_tensorflow_inference_java.jar. You can either use the jar file from the JCenter, download a precompiled jar from ci.tensorflow.org, or build it yourself. The inference interface has been made available as a JCenter package and can be included in the Android project by adding the following code to the build.gradle file: allprojects  {repositories  {jcenter()}}dependencies  {compile  ‘org.tensorflow:tensorflow-android:+’} Note : Instead of using the pre-built binaries from the JCenter, you can also build them yourself using Bazel or Cmake by following the instructions at this link: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/blob/r1.4/ tensorflow/contrib/android/README.md Once the TF library is configured in your Android project, you can call the TF model with the following four steps:  Load the model: TensorFlowInferenceInterface  inferenceInterface  =new  TensorFlowInferenceInterface(assetManager,  modelFilename);  Send the input data to the TensorFlow binary: inferenceInterface.feed(inputName, floatValues,  1,  inputSize,  inputSize,  3);  Run the prediction or inference: inferenceInterface.run(outputNames,  logStats);  Receive the output from the TensorFlow binary: inferenceInterface.fetch(outputName,  outputs); TF Mobile demo on Android In this section, we shall learn about recreating the Android demo app provided by the TensorFlow team in their official repo. The Android demo will install the following four apps on your Android device: TF  Classify: This is an object identification app that identifies the images in the input from the device camera and classifies them in one of the pre-defined classes. It does not learn new types of pictures but tries to classify them into one of the categories that it has already learned. The app is built using the inception model pre-trained by Google. TF  Detect: This is an object detection app that detects multiple objects in the input from the device camera. It continues to identify the objects as you move the camera around in continuous picture feed mode. TF  Stylize: This is a style transfer app that transfers one of the selected predefined styles to the input from the device camera. TF  Speech: This is a speech recognition app that identifies your speech and if it matches one of the predefined commands in the app, then it highlights that specific command on the device screen. Note: The sample demo only works for Android devices with an API level greater than 21 and the device must have a modern camera that supports FOCUS_MODE_CONTINUOUS_PICTURE. If your device camera does not have this feature supported, then you have to add the path submitted to TensorFlow by the author: https://github.com/ tensorflow/tensorflow/pull/15489/files. The easiest way to build and deploy the demo app on your device is using Android Studio. To build it this way, follow these steps:  Install Android Studio. We installed Android Studio on Ubuntu 16.04 from the instructions at the following link: https://developer.android.com/studio/ install.html  Check out the TensorFlow repository, and apply the patch mentioned in the previous tip. Let’s assume you checked out the code in the tensorflow folder in your home directory.  Using Android Studio, open the Android project in the path ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/examples/Android. Your screen will look similar to this:  Expand the Gradle Scripts option from the left bar and then open the  build.gradle file.  In the build.gradle file, locate the def  nativeBuildSystem definition and set it to ‘none’. In the version of  the code we checked out, this definition is at line 43: def  nativeBuildSystem  =  ‘none’  Build the demo and run it on either a real or simulated device. We tested the app on these devices: 7.  You can also build the apk and install the apk file on the virtual or actual connected device. Once the app installs on the device, you will see the four apps we discussed earlier: You can also build the whole demo app from the source using Bazel or Cmake by following the instructions at this link: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/tree/r1.4/tensorflow/examples/android TF Mobile in iOS apps TensorFlow enables support for iOS apps by following these steps:  Include TF Mobile in your app by adding a file named Profile in the root directory of your project. Add the following content to the Profile: target  ‘Name-Of-Your-Project’pod  ‘TensorFlow-experimental’  Run the pod  install command to download and install the TensorFlow Experimental pod.  Run the myproject.xcworkspace command to open the workspace so you can add the      prediction code to your application logic. Note: To create your own TensorFlow binaries for iOS projects, follow the instructions at this link: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/ tree/master/tensorflow/examples/ios Once the TF library is configured in your iOS project, you can call the TF model with the following four steps:  Load the model: PortableReadFileToProto(file_path,  &tensorflow_graph);  Create a session: tensorflow::Status  s  =  session->Create(tensorflow_graph);  Run the prediction or inference and get the outputs: std::string  input_layer  =  “input”; std::string  output_layer  =  “output”; std::vector  outputs; tensorflow::Status  run_status  =  session->Run({{input_layer,  image_tensor}},{output_layer},  {},  &outputs);  Fetch the output data: tensorflow::Tensor*  output  =  &outputs[0]; TF Mobile demo on iOS In order to build the demo on iOS, you need Xcode 7.3 or later. Follow these steps to build the iOS demo apps:  Check out the TensorFlow code in a tensorflow folder in your home directory.  Open a terminal window and execute the following commands from your home folder to download the Inception V1 model, extract the label and graph files, and move these files into the data folders inside the sample app code: $ mkdir -p ~/Downloads$ curl -o ~/Downloads/inception5h.zip https://storage.googleapis.com/download.tensorflow.org/models/incep tion5h.zip && unzip ~/Downloads/inception5h.zip -d ~/Downloads/inception5h$ cp ~/Downloads/inception5h/* ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/examples/ios/benchmark/data/$ cp ~/Downloads/inception5h/* ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/examples/ios/camera/data/$ cp ~/Downloads/inception5h/* ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/examples/ios/simple/data/  Navigate to one of the sample folders and download the experimental pod: $ cd ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/examples/ios/camera$ pod install  Open the Xcode workspace: $ open tf_simple_example.xcworkspace  Run the sample app in the device simulator. The sample app will appear with a Run Model button. The camera app requires an Apple device to be connected, while the other two can run in a simulator too. TensorFlow Lite TF Lite is the new kid on the block and still in the developer view at the time of writing this book. TF Lite is a very small subset of TensorFlow Mobile and TensorFlow, so the binaries compiled with TF Lite are very small in size and deliver superior performance. Apart from reducing the size of binaries, TensorFlow employs various other techniques, such as: The kernels are optimized for various device and mobile architectures The values used in the computations are quantized The activation functions are pre-fused It leverages specialized machine learning software or hardware available on the device, such as the Android NN API The workflow for using the models in TF Lite is as follows: Get the model: You can train your own model or pick a pre-trained model available from different sources, and use the pre-trained as is or retrain it with your own data, or retrain after modifying some parts of the model. As long as you have a trained model in the file with an extension .pb or .pbtxt, you are good to proceed to the next step. We learned how to save the models in the previous chapters. Checkpoint the model: The model file only contains the structure of the graph, so you need to save the checkpoint file. The checkpoint file contains the serialized variables of the model, such as weights and biases. We learned how to save a checkpoint in the previous chapters. Freeze the model: The checkpoint and the model files are merged, also known as freezing the graph. TensorFlow provides the freeze_graph tool for this step, which can be executed as follows: $ freeze_graph–input_graph=mymodel.pb–input_checkpoint=mycheckpoint.ckpt–input_binary=true–output_graph=frozen_model.pb–output_node_name=mymodel_nodes Convert the model: The frozen model from step 3 needs to be converted to TF Lite format with the toco tool provided by TensorFlow: $ toco–input_file=frozen_model.pb–input_format=TENSORFLOW_GRAPHDEF–output_format=TFLITE–input_type=FLOAT–input_arrays=input_nodes–output_arrays=mymodel_nodes–input_shapes=n,h,w,c  The .tflite model saved in step 4 can now be used inside an Android or iOS app that employs the TFLite binary for inference. The process of including the TFLite binary in your app is continuously evolving, so we recommend the reader follows the information at this link to include the TFLite binary in your Android or iOS app: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/tree/master/ tensorflow/contrib/lite/g3doc Generally, you would use the graph_transforms:summarize_graph tool to prune the model obtained in step 1. The pruned model will only have the paths that lead from input to output at the time of inference or prediction. Any other nodes and paths that are required only for training or for debugging purposes, such as saving checkpoints, are removed, thus making the size of the final model very small. The official TensorFlow repository comes with a TF Lite demo that uses a pre-trained mobilenet to classify the input from the device camera in the 1001 categories. The demo app displays the probabilities of the top three categories. TF Lite Demo on Android To build a TF Lite demo on Android, follow these steps: Install Android Studio. We installed Android Studio on Ubuntu 16.04 from the instructions at the following link: https://developer.android.com/studio/ install.html Check out the TensorFlow repository, and apply the patch mentioned in the previous tip. Let’s assume you checked out the code in the tensorflow folder in your home directory. Using Android Studio, open the Android project from the path ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/contrib/lite/ java/demo. If it complains about a missing SDK or Gradle components, please install those components and sync Gradle. Build the project and run it on a virtual device with API > 21. We received the following warnings, but the build succeeded. You may want to resolve the warnings if the build fails: Warning:The  Jack  toolchain  is  deprecated  and  will  not run.  To  enable  support  for  Java  8 language  features  built into  the  plugin,  remove  ‘jackOptions  {  …  }’  from  your build.gradle  file, and  add android.compileOptions.sourceCompatibility  1.8 android.compileOptions.targetCompatibility  1.8 Note:  Future  versions  of  the  plugin  will  not  support  usage ‘jackOptions’  in  build.gradle. To learn  more,  go  to https://d.android.com/r/tools/java-8-support-message.html Warning:The  specified  Android  SDK  Build  Tools  version (26.0.1)  is  ignored,  as  it  is  below  the minimum  supported version  (26.0.2)  for  Android  Gradle  Plugin  3.0.1. Android  SDK  Build  Tools 26.0.2  will  be  used. To  suppress  this  warning,  remove  “buildToolsVersion ‘26.0.1’”  from  your  build.gradle  file,  as  each  version  of the  Android  Gradle  Plugin  now  has  a  default  version  of the  build  tools. TF Lite demo on iOS In order to build the demo on iOS, you need Xcode 7.3 or later. Follow these steps to build the iOS demo apps:  Check out the TensorFlow code in a tensorflow folder in your home directory.  Build the TF Lite binary for iOS from the instructions at this link: https://github.com/tensorflow/tensorflow/tree/master/tensorflow/contrib/lite  Navigate to the sample folder and download the pod: $ cd ~/tensorflow/tensorflow/contrib/lite/examples/ios/camera$ pod install  Open the Xcode workspace: $ open tflite_camera_example.xcworkspace  Run the sample app in the device simulator. We learned about using TensorFlow models on mobile applications and devices. TensorFlow provides two ways to run on mobile devices: TF Mobile and TF Lite. We learned how to build TF Mobile and TF Lite apps for iOs and Android. We used TensorFlow demo apps as an example. If you found this post useful, do check out the book Mastering TensorFlow 1.x  to skill up for building smarter, faster, and efficient machine learning and deep learning systems. Read Next: The 5 biggest announcements from TensorFlow Developer Summit 2018 Getting started with Q-learning using TensorFlow Implement Long-short Term Memory (LSTM) with TensorFlowlast_img read more

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Success from ACCOR dynamic link

first_imgQantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays are reporting a strong trade uptake since the introduction of the Accor dynamic link into Qantas Holidays and Viva! Holidays in May this year.There has been a strong acceptance of the dynamic link with general manager global product, Lindy Christian, saying it has allowed them to offer multiple rate options to the industry.“This dynamic link allows us to offer multiple rate options to our trade partners for participating ACCOR hotels by providing a selection of BAR rates alongside our pre- negotiated rates on allotment,” Ms Christian said.The innovative product guarantees agents the opportunity to connect with available inventory without having to wait for product on request to be turned around.Ms Christian went on to say there will be more dynamic links going live in the near future.“This is just the first of a number of dynamic links we will be introducing to our traditional wholesale brands.”The ACCOR dynamic link, delivered by Helloworld Services Pty Ltd, was supported by WEX as the provider of the Virtual Credit Card (VCC) required to facilitate supplier payments to ACCOR.The partnership with WEX has allowed helloworld businesses for the first time to access a range of business payment benefits, including precise control and payment reconciliation efficiencies to support the delivery of contemporary inventory solutions moving forward.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Transgender Hollywood seeks recognition and not j

first_imgTransgender Hollywood seeks recognition, and not just roles FILE – In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Sebastian Lelio, foreground center, and Juan de Dios Larrain, background from left, transgender actress Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, and Pablo Larrain accept the award for best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman” at the Oscars in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2018 6:17 am PDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and cancelled plans to play a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug,” transgender actors like Scott Turner Schofield were gratified — and pleasantly surprised. After years of watching non-trans stars win accolades — including Oscars — for what was seen as bravery in playing transgender characters, finally it seemed that somebody got it.“To have someone with any amount of power be reflective, and say, ‘I did something wrong, I learned something and I’m sorry’ — that absolutely feels like change,” says Schofield, a veteran trans performer who stars in the upcoming European film “The Conductor.”Now, Schofield and others hope Hollywood will understand an even bigger point — that the “authentic casting” debate stoked by the Johansson episode isn’t just about who gets acting roles. The real goal, he says, is access for the transgender community at every level of the Hollywood storytelling process, from the first idea pitch to the final product. “We need to take the reins here,” Schofield says. “We need to be a substantive part of this conversation.”Advocates are hoping that the current focus on transgender Hollywood will help. “Hollywood right now is being very introspective about the stories it’s telling and how it’s telling them,” says Nick Adams, director of the transgender media program at GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy group. “We’re having a cultural moment where the trans community is speaking up and saying, ‘We want to be part of that.’”To that end, GLAAD and the equality organization 50/50BY2020 on Tuesday issued an “open letter to Hollywood,” signed by a large array of organizations and companies — from the American Civil Liberties Union to Time’s Up, from producers including Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Ava DuVernay and Judd Apatow, to the major talent agencies.“Trans people are fighting every day to be seen and accepted as human beings,” says the letter. “We believe we are at an unprecedented cultural moment,” it says, “where we can ask Hollywood to use its power to improve the lives of trans people by changing America’s understanding about who trans people are.”Not long ago, says Schofield and others, transgender people felt they had to be grateful for the mere fact that Hollywood was willing to tell their stories — albeit with non-trans stars, like Hilary Swank in the 1999 “Boys Don’t Cry,” Felicity Huffman in the 2005 “Transamerica,” or Jared Leto in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club” (Swank and Leto won Oscars, and Huffman was nominated.)“I don’t begrudge ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ anything,” says Schofield, “but times have changed. We have trans people who are professionally trained artists.”An even deeper problem, says Adams of GLAAD, is the impression given the public when an actor who is not transgender appears on the red carpet in a beard and tuxedo after playing a trans woman in a wig and a dress. “It reinforces in some people’s minds that trans people’s identities are not real — that it’s a costume, a show, a performance,” says Adams, who is a trans man. “That fundamental misunderstanding about who trans people are is toxic, and it can lead to violence.”GLAAD also advocates, of course, for better representation of gays and lesbians in Hollywood. But the difference, says Adams, is that trans people are fighting for their very identity to be recognized: “Often we’re told our gender identity is not real, that it’s all in our heads.”Some directors who’ve hired trans actors note that they bring a perspective that non-trans actors can’t. Dutch director Maria Peters, who hired Schofield for “The Conductor,” says the pivotal role he plays required an innate understanding of both genders. “I told Scott I would hire him again to play a man OR a woman,” she says. She adds that in an ideal world, anybody could play anything. But, she says, “Transgender actors are fed up with not having been taken seriously for so many years.”The trans community was buoyed last year when “A Fantastic Woman” won the Oscar for best foreign language film, starring trans actress Daniela Vega as a transgender character. Adams says that victory was significant for the struggle for more prominent trans representation in movies.Backlash was swift when Johansson announced plans last month to play the real-life character of Dante “Tex” Gill, a trans man. She initially responded that criticism “can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor (of TV’s “Transparent”), Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps.”Johansson later switched course, saying her earlier statement was insensitive. “I understand why many feel (the character) should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film,” she said.” It’s not clear if “Rub & Tug,” which Johansson was producing, will go forward.A different casting controversy arose last year when a British broadcaster cancelled a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes, who is white, as Michael Jackson, in light of concerns from Jackson’s family. Fiennes said he fully supported that decision.In an interview, he explained that he, too, had learned from the incident. “It’s about listening, and making the playing ground level and fair and the opportunities level and fair,” he said. He added that he came from the world of theatre, where experimenting with age, gender and other things was part of the creative process. But, he, said, “One also has to respect that when you tread on the toes of the lives that are you’re inhabiting, of people that should also have that availability to play the parts that are THEM, I think we have to absolutely acknowledge that.”Despite what feels like a growing attention to diversity, Hollywood films remain as white, male-dominated and non-diverse in other ways as ever, according to a recent report from the University of Southern California, which found that the representation of LBGT people, minorities, women and disabled people remained largely unchanged from the previous year.Toward the very bottom of the list, in terms of representation in movie characters, were disabled people, notes Lauren Appelbaum of RespectAbility, which advocates for the disabled and signed GLAAD’s open letter. “You’d think with all the conversations going on right now, you would see an increase,” she says, pointing out that roughly one in five Americans — close to 20 per cent — has some sort of disability. Like GLAAD, her group seeks more than just acting roles for disabled actors, rather representation at all levels of the industry in a way that reflects society at large.Just as transgender roles are compelling to actors of all orientations, so are parts involving disability, says talent agent Gail Williamson, who represents disabled actors.“Hollywood loves a good disability story,” says Williamson, “but they like to cast it with a big star. They know that dollars come with the name — and the name wants to play it because they know awards and recognition come with it.”But what, Williamson asks, would have happened if they hadn’t let Marlee Matlin audition for “Children of a Lesser God” 30 years ago? The actress won an Oscar. “We wouldn’t have a big star who is deaf.”Beyond leading roles, there’s also a battle for the scores of background roles in every film or show that are peripheral to the story — like the person who asks, as Williamson says, “Do you want fries with that?”“Why can’t the attorney be in a wheelchair?” she asks. “Why can’t the teacher have a prosthetic arm?” Schofield, the trans actor, asks the same question.“Every show wants an episode with a trans character in it,” he says — usually a trans woman. “But that’s just one character. What about the others? I could be the teacher. I could be the barista.”“We’re a part of the tapestry of the world,” he says. “We should be onscreen.”last_img read more

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Car bursts into flames

first_imgA car burst into flames after a collision in the village of Pera Orini in the Nicosia district on Friday morning but the driver, who was slightly injured, managed to abandon the vehicle.The Lakatamia fire station, which was notified of the fire at 5.20am, responded with a rescue team and managed to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes.The driver was treated at the scene before he was taken to Nicosia general hospital. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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