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How Many Women Has Apple Put On The WWDC Keynote Stage Since 2007?

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#diversity#Google#Minorities#women in tech#WWDC#WWDC 2014 Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Taking Steps To ChangeThe race and gender disparity in technology is not going to change overnight. But there are steps companies can take to highlight diversity in their own organizations to begin to change the perception of the technological workforce. See also: Google’s Diversity Transparency Is Great—But It’s Still Just A StartGoogle, for instance, recently released information on the gender and race imbalance at its own company—Google is 70% male, and in the U.S., 60% white. By acknowledging this disparity, Google is in a better position do something about it, and to encourage both startups and larger companies to do the same. There’s no bigger stage for Apple than its annual developers conference. People come from all over the world to see what the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has planned for the rest of the year. Apple should use this opportunity not only to show off the importance of its new tech that will change how people build products and services, but also show off the importance of an all-inclusive work environment. This year, Apple’s WWDC slogan was “Write the code, change the world.” The company needs to recognize the world is a very, very big place, in which different genders and races all use its products.Maybe next year, Apple’s slogan could be: Write the code, change the ratio.Update 5:28 PM:Here’s a photo from the WWDC women-in-tech get together, posted by Mashable writer Christina Warren. Three female engineering leads from Apple speak to the audience. Maybe they can get on stage next year! Screenshot image of Apple’s 2014 WWDC keynote by Stephanie Chan for ReadWriteUpdate: It has come to our attention that another woman has appeared on the WWDC stage in 2010, Zynga’s Jen Herman. Apologies for the omission, Jen. (And thanks, Amanda Wixted, for letting us know!) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In the seven years since Apple released the iPhone and changed what it meant to own a mobile device, it has trotted out one male executive after another at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference to showcase new software, apps, and operating systems. Conspicuously missing on stage during the excitement and announcements: Women and minorities.Bay Area-based writer Joe Kukura recently scanned through 16 hours of WWDC keynote address video. His findings: 57 men have spoken during a WWDC keynote since 2007, but just one woman. In 2009, Stephanie Morgan and her male business partner made a very brief appearance to tout their iPhone app. The other developer speakers who took the stage in 2009 were all male, and all went on solo. [Update: Turns out, one other woman has appeared at a WWDC keynote: Jen Herman from Zynga. See update at the bottom for more info.]See also: Why The iPhone’s Success Has Women To ThankAfter reviewing the keynotes myself, I noticed women or minorities have appeared a handful of times in photos while white male executives demonstrate the capabilities of the smartphone’s camera or editing software. They just weren’t on stage themselves. Siri, the iPhone equivalent of a personal secretary who Apple identifies as female, briefly made an appearance in 2012—though voice-command systems hardly count as representatives for gender diversity.Apple: Recognize Your AudienceWomen make up half the population, account for 60 percent of online purchases, and were a major factor in the iPhone’s success, preferring the small, slender phones to Android devices. And smartphones are more popular among blacks and Hispanics in the U.S. than among whites.So why has Apple all but omitted them in WWDC keynotes? See also: At Last, Women In Technology Are Making Themselves HeardIt’s indicative of a much broader diversity problem within the technology industry—especially in roles that are highly technical, where—to put it plainly—women and minorities are vastly outnumbered by white males. But let’s be clear: Even if there are relatively few women and minorities in the upper echelons of the tech industry, Apple clearly has both the resources and the cachet to attract them as employees and speakers.Instead, it looks like no one at Apple has even thought about it. And by overwhelmingly favoring white men as speakers at its biggest event of the year, Apple basically tells people in the audience and those watching around the world: This is what a successful technologist looks like.Those disparities are mirrored in the WWDC audience—obviously not in a directly causal fashion, but one that’s striking nonetheless:Apple’s stage presence might not accurately represent the people using their products, but it’s a fair reflection of its leadership. In October of last year, Apple hired former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts for the role of senior vice president of retail and online stores, effectively bringing its female leadership count to two, including Andrea Jung who sits on the company’s board of directors. Apple’s company leadership resembles its stage presence—although the leadership does come off slightly better, given its 9-to-1 male-female ratio, compared to 57-to-1 prevailing at the WWDC keynote. selena larson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Jinnah a ‘mahapurush’, says Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule

first_imgAmid a row over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait at the Aligarh Muslim University, local BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule has termed the founder of Pakistan a ‘mahapurush’ (great personality).Ms. Phule alleged that the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues such as ensuring equal rights to Dalits. “All the ‘mahapurush’ who had contributed to the freedom struggle, irrespective of their caste or community, need to be respected,” the MP, who has been vocally critical of the State government over Dalit issues, told newspersons here on Thursday night. Asked if Jinnah was a ‘mahapurush’, she replied, “He was, is, and will always remain a great person.” “The portrait of such a ‘mahapurush’, wherever it is required, should be installed with respect… Jinnah is respected from the times of freedom struggle… His name should be taken with respect,” she said. The BJP MP said the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues of ‘bahujan samaj’ of poverty, starvation, etc. Her own party colleague and MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, had earlier written a letter to AMU vice-chancellor seeking explanation as to why Jinnah’s portrait continues to adorn the walls of the university, triggering a massive controversy. To a question on Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar’s statements that backward people were being neglected, Ms. Phule said she too had felt the same way.Ms. Phule had earlier raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits. She had, in March, held a “save Constitution” rally in Lucknow in which BJP flags and symbols were missing.last_img read more

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Cong., SAD tussle for ‘Panth’ support

first_imgTo garner the support of the ‘Panth’ (Sikh community) ahead of the parliamentary polls due next year, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership on Sunday tried to project themselves as ‘pro-Panth’ at their respective rallies. The exercise comes in the backdrop of the sacrilege case of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in 2015.As Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accused the Badals of lying on the Bargari sacrilege case and the subsequent incidents of police firing in 2015, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal hit back saying that the Congress was hatching a conspiracy to grab Sikh institutions.At Lambi’s Killianwali, the stronghold of the Akali Dal, Capt. Amarinder said that Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has been giving false statements on the ‘Bargari sacrilege’ case and the police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.“How could the Chief Minister of the State not know about such an important development (police firing incidents),” said Capt. Amarinder, pointing out that the DGP had spoken to Mr. Badal at 2 a.m. and had also spoken with the IG several times. “If, despite this, Mr. Badal did not know about the incident, he should be ashamed,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder blamed the Badals for the drug-related deaths in the State, and for failing to save the farmers from debt, which was left to his government to waive despite the economic crisis.“Mr. Badal failed to implement the report of their own Zora Commission formed to probe the sacrilege and firing cases,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that anyone found guilty by the SIT would be punished as per the law and nobody would be spared.On the other hand in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder’s home town, Mr. Badal while addressing the party’s ‘protest rally’, said he had always maintained that all these false allegations against his party on the issue of the sacrilege were part of the deep-rooted Congress conspiracy to grab control of ‘Sikh gurdhams’.“From now on, the fight is between ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Congress Panth’,” he said, alleging that the government has betrayed the people of Punjab by going back on every promise it had made during the Assembly poll campaign in 2017.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those who committed sacrilege at Bargari did it to destroy peace and communal harmony in Punjab. “If anyone was mortified at this development it was the SAD. The Congress used this incident to launch a defamation campaign against us and is still teaming up with elements who are using the name of the Panth to earn money.” Meanwhile, the AAP rebels, led by former Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira, held a ‘protest march’ from Kotkapura to Bargari, demanding action against those responsible for the police firing at Bargari and sacrilege incidents.last_img read more

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Dutee Chand puts past behind to focus on Olympics

first_imgLife has been full of struggle for Dutee Chand in recent times; more off the track than on it. In fact, she has had to fight just to do what she was born to do: run.After winning her battle against the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism clause, which denied her a spot at the last year’s Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the Odisha athlete is gearing up for qualification for the Rio Olympics, and judging by her three gold medals at the recent Nationals, Dutee is on the right track.The 19-year-old won the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay gold events in Kolkata, and believes had it not been for the unsavoury controversy over her gender, she would have booked a ticket to Rio by now. “I would have also won a medal at the Commonwealth Games. Due to the ban, I could not train properly. My stamina has taken a beating and I have lost some pace as well. But my coach (N. Ramesh) told me not to worry. He has a lot of faith in me,” Dutee told MAILTODAY. Dutee clocked 23.69s in the 200m in Kolkata, while the Olympic qualification mark stands at 23.20s.”I feel ecstatic and relieved. Going into the meet, I was a bit apprehensive, as I had not done that well in some recent meets. But it’s a wonderful feeling to complete a treble,” she said.One of five siblings born to weaver parents, who earn less than Rs 100 a day, Dutee was inspired to take up sprinting by her elder sister Saraswati Chand.advertisementSaraswati’s expectations from Dutee have been very high. So much so that she was not very impressed by Dutee’s recent medal haul at the Nationals.”My sister is not that happy with my performance. She wanted me qualify for the Olympics,” Dutee said.Now, she is preparing for a training stint in the United States in a bid to improve her timing and qualify for the Olympics. Dutee is expected to head to the Chula Vista High Performance Training Centre in California for three months.The ban was a trying period for Dutee, but it made her a more mature person.”There were a lot of people who turned their back on me. But I also found support from a lot of quarters. I couldn’t have come so far if it hadn’t been for the support of my well-wishers,” she said.”I knew I had not done anything wrong, so there was nothing I had to fear. I did not have much to do, to be honest. Anglian Medal Hunt (a sports management company) took care of my expenses, even though I was banned, while the case was handled by Payoshini Mitra (activist and writer working on gender issues).”last_img read more

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia shifts into the next gear as the tournament progresses…

first_imgAdvertisement~ Argentina vs France most watched match with 22 million viewers ~The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia continues its strong run for football viewership in India in itsfourth week. The tournament that is being telecast live on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3 and SONYESPN channels and live streamed on SonyLIV app & website, garnered over 192 million viewersacross 58 matches played until Week 4 of the tournament.Key Viewership Highlights for 58 matches of the tournament (SPN Sports Channels + SonyLIV) The total cumulative reach of the tournament on our network is 192.7 million viewers.o (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches + wraparound shows + highlights + repeats + surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network, SonyLIV) 150.7 million viewers watched the World Cup on TV and over 42 million viewers livestreamed it on SonyLIV app and website.Key Viewership Highlights for 58 matches of the tournament (only SPN Sports Channels) The 58 LIVE matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has been watched by 96.7million viewers across India on the sports channels of Sony Pictures Networks. The 8-pre-quarter final and 2 quarter final matches telecast in Week 4 have been watched by57.1 million viewerso (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches, SPN Sports Network) 63.1 million viewers in rural markets across India have sampled our television coverageof 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – 42% of the overall TV reacho (BARC, All India Rural, CS2+, LIVE matches+wraparound shows+highlights+repeats+surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network) Top markets in terms of highest reach for LIVE matcheso West Bengal – 20.4 mno Kerala – 16.9 mno Maharashtra/ Goa – 10.5 mno North East – 10.1 mn The France vs Argentina pre-quarter final has been the most watched game in thetournament till date with 22.2 million viewers tuning in to watch the gameo There were three other matches which were sampled by more than 20 millionviewers – Brazil vs Mexico, Uruguay vs France and Spain vs Russia (BARC, All India, CS2+, SPN Sports Network) Local language feeds (Hindi+Malayalam+Bengali+Tamil+Telugu) have contributed to 47%of the overall viewership.(BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches with local language feed, SPN Sports Network) Our regional commentary has been well received, with 9.0 million viewers in Keralasampling Malayalam commentary and 9.2 million viewers in West Bengal samplingBengali commentaryo 36.3 million viewers across India have sampled our regional commentary feed(BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches, Sony ESPN)Advertisementlast_img read more

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Keep calm, HTC 10 is coming to India

first_imgSo, it’s official. HTC will bring its much-awaited HTC 10 flagship phone to India. Controversy began when the India website of the company listed the Snapdragon 652/3GB RAM toting Lifestyle variant the day the HTC 10 officially went live. The company has finally cleared the air on all the fiasco.”We are pleased to announce that global flagship HTC 10 is coming soon to India. Stay tuned for the announcement and the availability date,” Faisal Siddiqui, president HTC South Asia said in a statement to IndiaToday.in.Also Read: HTC 10 with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and BoomSound audio launchedAlthough the company failed to mention a clear cut timeline (and possible pricing) for the HTC 10 India launch, it’s good that the company has finally put to rest long-standing rumours regarding its next-generation flagship. As for the Lifestyle variant, it has now been removed from the HTC India website and replaced with the HTC 10. Whether or not it would be coming to India at all is yet to be seen. The company has accepted the fact that the HTC 10 Lifestyle is real, but declined to comment about its future for now.Launched on April 12, the HTC 10 is the Taiwanese company’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) and LG’s G5. The phone boasts of a new metal design, better camera, improved performance and possibly better battery life over its predecessor phone, the One M9 (M9+). The phone has been launched at a starting price of $699 (which roughly translates to Rs 46,413).The HTC 10 comes with a full-metal unibody with distinct chamfers. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is pretty reminiscent of the HTC One A9, a phone that drew quite a controversy for resembling a certain iPhone.advertisementThe phone comes with a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes. It boasts of a 5.2-inch QuadHD super LCD 5 display with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution and is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Sense 7 UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity.Also Read: 10 features that stand out in HTC 10The HTC 10 sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dualLED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and a screen flash.The phone supports BoomSound Hi-Fi with Dolby Audio. It has a dual speaker layout boasting of a separate tweeter and woofer design along with a dedicated amplifier for each.The HTC 10 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable.last_img read more

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to debut this year in India

first_imgAccording to our sources, Mercedes-Benz India is planning to introduce the C-Class Cabriolet in India by end of this year. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will be one among the 12 cars slated for launch this year. The German car-makers had unveiled the new C-Class Cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 in March. Mercedes Benz C-Class is the first of the C-Class to come in a convertible version.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz launches Sport Edition of A-Class, CLA and GLA in IndiaThe upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has a strong resemblance to the C-Class sedan, but the design is based on the C-Class Coupe.The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will most likely come with a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, petrol engine churning out maximum power output of 245bhp and maximum torque of 370Nm, mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, reports say. Moreover, the upcoming C-Class Cabriolet will accelerate from 0-100kmph in under 6.2 seconds.ALSO READ:New generation Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV spotted testingThe upcoming Mercedes Benz C-Class cabriolet will use a folding fabric roof rather than a hard top seen in the BMW 4 series. The canvas top will stow underneath a body panel behind the passenger seat.Although, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet will not have any direct rivals in the market, it will compete with another German car brand, the Audi A3 cabriolet, which comes for a price of Rs 44.75 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spotted testingHowever, we expect the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to come for a price of Rs 61 lakh – Rs 66 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). advertisementlast_img read more

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Champions Trophy Hockey: India draw vs Netherlands but reach final

first_imgIndia advanced to the final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Breda following a 1-1 draw against hosts Netherlands on Saturday.India will take on Australia in the summit clash on Sunday after finishing with 8 points from five matches at the tournament.Mandeep Singh scored for India in the fourth quarter but his goal was cancelled minutes later. Both sides continued to attack but failed to change the scoreline.But the result was enough for India to earn a place in the final of the Champions Trophy for the second time in a row.India finished on second place in the standings with 8 points from two wins, one loss and two draws. Defending and world champions Australia finished top of the table with 10 points.As per the rules of the six-nation tournament, the top two teams from the round robin stage will play in the final.For Netherlands, it was a must-win match as only a victory could have ensured their place in the final. The hosts will play Argentina in the third-place playoff on Sunday.In the other inconsequential match of the day, Australia were beaten 3-2 by Olympic champions Argentina.Under new chief coach Harendra Singh, India could not have asked for a better start to their campaign here. The Indians mauled arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 before stunning Argentina 2-1.But thereafter, India lost to Australia 3-2 after a valiant fight before conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 against Belgium earlier this week.But the results of the opening two games held India in good stead as they needed just a draw against Netherlands to secure their final berth.advertisementEven though Ramandeep Singh’s injury hurt India badly, but the strikers have been in good form in the tournament. The likes of Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhayay have lived up to expectations but SV Sunil looked a pale shadow of himself.The defenders too did a decent job but in the last two games against Australia and Belgium, they crumbled when put under immense pressure.Experienced PR Sreejesh has been phenomenal under the goal for India and it solely because of his heroics, India managed to garner a point against Belgium on Thursday.But the major cause of concern for India has been their penalty corner conversion rate. Despite earning a handful of penalty corners in the last four games, India converted just three through Harmanpreet Singh.And Harendra would need to address these issues if India want to win their maiden Champions Trophy title in the last edition of the tournament.Harendra and his team would definitely go for the kill against the the mighty Australians on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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COA to Supreme Court: ‘We need to take decisions on policy’

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has filed its ninth status report before the apex court, ahead of the hearing scheduled on Thursday.In its concluding observations in the report, the COA requests the court “to replace the existing BCCI constitution with one that is more responsive with the primary stakeholders of the game.”The committee argues throughout the report that the existing office bearers have been hampering their effective functioning on the strength of pre-judgement BCCI constitution.The COA makes the disputed June 22 SGM as a case in point where it accuses “the office bearers in collusion with various other persons who attended the meeting of attempting to subvert and frustrate orders passed by the Court by inserting limitations on powers and duties of COA.”Addressing the oft repeated argument by the BCCI old guard of the COA exceeding it’s brief beyond implementation of reforms, the COA writes in its report, “the task of supervising the management and administration of BCCI as well as ensuring that the directions contained in the judgement are implemented will necessarily require the COA to take decisions on matter of ‘policy’.”In its ninth status report, the COA also urges the court the need to have state units’ constitutions amended and their elections be held as per the same after inducting former international players from respective states as voting members.The apex court will resume proceedings in the case on Thursday, now coming close to two years since it passed a landmark judgement, upholding overhaul of BCCI as per Lodha reforms.advertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – as it happened

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Iowa Freshman Jayden McDonald Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_imgA general view of Iowa's football stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lions face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Back in 2018, the Iowa Hawkeyes were able to ward off stiff opposition to get three-star linebacker Jayden McDonald to commit. But after a year in Iowa City, it appears McDonald may already be on his way out.According to Sean Bock of 247Sports, McDonald has entered the NCAA transfer portal. As of writing, no teams have been named as a potential landing spot.Coming out of high school in 2018, McDonald was the No. 779 overall recruit in the country. He was the No. 49 outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 78 prospect from the state of Georgia.Injuries kept McDonald off the field for the bulk of the 2018 season. Iowa redshirt freshman linebacker Jayden McDonald has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source tells @247Sports. #Hawkeyes— Sean Bock (@SBock247) August 14, 2019The timing of McDonald’s impending departure is certainly curious. Just a few days ago he did an interview with Rivals, where he expressed his optimism for the start of the season.McDonald initially committed to Rutgers in 2017 before decommitting six months later. Iowa was one of four Power Five schools he visited afterwards, along with Kansas State, Purdue, and Ole Miss.He ultimately committed to Iowa exactly one month after decommitting from Rutgers.Could McDonald be eyeing a move to one of the teams he visited before?last_img read more

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ABS Classes Worlds Largest Ethane Carrier

first_imgzoom Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has classed Navigator Aurora, the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier.Earlier this month, the vessel was delivered to its owner, liquefied gas shipping company Navigator Gas, from the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shangai, China.The Navigator Aurora is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels to be delivered with ABS Class during 2016 and early 2017.It has a cargo capacity of 37,000 cubic meters and is fitted with dual fuel engines that enable the ship to operate on either diesel fuel or LNG.“Development of the vessel focused on opportunities arising from shale gas plays in the United States,” the classification society said.In the coming years, we expect to see many more projects being developed to service the expanding gas export market from the United States,” Patrick Janssens, ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions, said.The Navigator Aurora has been long-term chartered to export ethane from the United States to Borealis in Sweden.The ship’s commercial operations are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016, when it will start sailing between the Marcus Hook refinery in Pennsylvania, US, and Stenungsund in Sweden.last_img read more

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How to hide a celebrity at the Toronto International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Red carpets, after-parties and onstage screening appearances are when the famous are working at the festival. Otherwise, they’re off the clock and, at least for some, trying to stay out of sight.1. The ‘other’ Pearson airport The game of hide-and-seek begins as soon as they land in Toronto. Big stars tend to arrive via private plane.You may have noticed the huge Skyservice Business Aviation building across from the main terminals as your plane taxis at Pearson International Airport. The other half ends up here if they’re coming or going by charter jet.The 31-year-old Canadian company has what’s known as a fixed base operation, or FBO, at Pearson. It includes a sizable “luxury” private lounge with a wall of windows overlooking the runways.This private mini-terminal is open 24/7 for guests to shower, nap, or have a pre-arranged meal, from a fast-food burger to a gourmet feast. A 24-hour concierge is available to look after requests.“TIFF is our Christmas,” says Catherine Vettese, Skyservice manager of marketing and communications. “It is absolutely by far our busiest time of the year in Toronto. At any time of day you will see row after row of private jets parked.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement They’re the centre of attention at the Toronto International Film Festival — unless they don’t want to be.So just how do you hide a movie star?It’s a challenge, a bit like smuggling an elephant into a room underneath a washcloth. But there are ways. A limo to the stairs of a private jet, a brisk hustle through a hotel kitchen or ducking in through an inconspicuous entrance can be a celebrity’s best friend. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Nova Scotia rocket launch site hopes to eventually reach 12 launches per

first_imgHALIFAX – The developers of Canada’s only commercial spaceport are shooting for as many as a dozen rockets to blast off per year from a proposed site near a small community on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore.Proponents of the project gathered in a Halifax boardroom on Monday to plan the next steps, which will rely first on the province approving an environmental assessment plan early next year.Stephen Matier, president of Maritime Launch Services Ltd., was in an upbeat mood following the meeting, saying the group is expecting to be building in May 2018.“With a launch date of 2020, and 18 months of construction and six months of commissioning, you can see where we’ve got to get to groundbreaking. So this is an important and key time for us,” said the executive, who represents a consortium of three U.S.-based space firms.He presented rocket designers and executives from Ukrainian-based Yuzhnoye Design with a case of Rocket Lager craft beer — recently created in Guysborough County by a craft brewer and featuring an astronaut on its label.The project doesn’t plan to put humans into space, but is rather squarely aimed at attracting consortiums of firms that want to put satellites into orbit for commercial purposes such as near-Earth imaging and global Internet broadband services.“Why are we doing this? There’s a huge market out there for satellites to get put into space and there’s a real lack of launch capability to be able to do that,” said Matier.He said the first round of satellite launches his firm is aiming for begins in 2021 and 2022, and the initial goal for the company would be one to three launches a year, with a near-term goal of eight launches annually.Maksym Degtiarov, a rocket design executive with Yuzhnoye State Design Office, was on hand for the news conference to say the Ukrainian firm is prepared to ramp up its production of Cyclone-4M medium-lift rockets to supply the site.“We expect it to happen up to 12 times a year. From six to 12 times a year,” he said. Matier added the firm is capable of producing about one of the rockets every 29 days.Degtiarov said each launch would take up to two minutes and from three kilometres away would sound no louder than a commercial aircraft.It’s estimated the rocket will move over 20,000 metres through the sky within 105 seconds, with the public able to view the spectacle from vantage points at Little Dover, N.S., about eight kilometres south of Canso, said Matier.Yuzhnoye State Design Office is the rocket design company that works under the State Space Agency of Ukraine but operates commercially. A second firm, Yuzhmash, is a manufacturing company and operates the same way and builds what Yuzhnoye designs.Overall, the project is a private-sector venture, but will require the province’s environmental approvals and further regulatory approvals for launching procedures.Matier said his firm will want satellite launch customers to begin putting forward downpayments by the beginning of next year for the preparation of their rockets and the launching costs.“There’s an 18-month schedule ahead of the launch date where they need to start making some of these downpayments and that will accrue in an escrow (account) as we’re moving forward,” explained.“Financing continues. It’s that kind of project. You’re always building your financial structure,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Council welcomes new RCMP Inspector to Fort St John

first_imgHanson who is originally from New Brunswick attended the University of New Brunswick where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English.Joining the RCMP in October 2000, he was posted to Invermere, BC out of training.During his career, he has served, aside from Invermere, in Ottawa, Tumbler Ridge, Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the regular Council Meeting on Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council welcomed a new RCMP Inspector to the city of Fort St. John.Anthony Hanson has moved to the community with his wife, a Professional Engineer and their three children.Hanson has held Detachment Operations and Command positions in Tumbler Ridge, Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Prince George.last_img read more

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Scheer unveils plane in Ottawa starts campaign with SNCLavalin reminder

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has formally launched his election campaign today in Ottawa, reviving attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Scheer went on the offensive in Ottawa after a report in the Globe and Mail that said the RCMP has been examining potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group, but has been limited by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses.Scheer reiterated past criticism that Trudeau has lied to the public, and called on him to waive that confidentiality. While emphasizing the Tories’ main campaign slogan of being a party that will help Canadians get ahead, Scheer made clear that attacks on Trudeau’s credibility over his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair will be central.“We made the case that he has lost the moral authority to govern. So over the next five weeks or so we’re going to be outlining our vision for the country to put more money back into the pockets of Canadians and let them get ahead,” Scheer said.Scheer was speaking in Ottawa before setting out for Quebec for a mid-day event ahead of an evening rally in Toronto.(The Quebec event is scheduled for Trois-Rivieres, between Montreal and Quebec City, but bad weather could force a change of plans.)Scheer was asked about Bill 21, Quebec’s new secularism legislation, which forbids some public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.“I’ve made my views of Bill 21 known. It’s not something that our party would ever consider at the federal level. We will always stand up for the rights of Canadians, and the rights for expression and the rights of freedom of religion,” Scheer said. Scheer begins the 40-day campaign with polls suggesting the Conservatives are essentially tied with the Liberals and the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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To support Timorese economy UN mission aims to increase local purchasing

The Mission is supporting the Buy Local: Build Timor-Leste campaign by encouraging its staff members to spend their money locally in support of businesses in their communities. The campaign is an initiative of the Peace Dividend Trust, following a study by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in 2005 that found that increasing peacekeeping and partners’ expenditure in post-conflict States has a positive effect on local economies by creating employment and building the private sector capacity.The Mission itself is also purchasing locally where possible and is working to assist local businesses meet the standards and procedures required to bid for UNMIT contracts. Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Timor-Leste and head of UNMIT, urged everyone at the Mission to buy locally and increase support to local businesses.“The stimulation of the private sector is essential for the socio-economic growth of Timor-Leste and we support the initiatives of the Peace Dividend Trust,” he said. The Peace Dividend Trust is now working in two countries – Timor-Leste and Afghanistan – and is looking to increase its presence in other countries where there are UN peacekeeping operations. 12 June 2008The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) is aiming to increase its support for long-term economic recovery in the fledgling nation by increasing purchasing of goods and services available in the country. read more

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Trinidad Tobago and Sri Lanka sign counter terrorism deal

The agreements allow T&T’s FIU to exchange information securely and enhance networking and co-operation with foreign FIUs in the fight against money launderers, financiers of terrorism and other criminal organisations. (Colombo Gazette) Al-Rawi was in Argentina when that country mourned the deaths of five of its citizens in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York.While in Argentina, Al-Rawi signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) of Sri Lanka and Cuba. Trinidad & Tobago and Sri Lanka have signed a counter terrorism deal, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online reported.The Trinidad & Tobago Government’s push with international partners against financiers of terrorism and its bid to combat violent extremism are assuming front burner status. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, whose ministry houses Trinidad & Tobago Counter-Terrorism Desk, was involved in both activities and was due back last night following a recent counter-terrorism conference in Argentina where the agreements with Cuba and Sri Lanka were signed. Trinidad & Tobago signed agreements with Cuba and Sri Lanka to exchange information to track financiers of terrorism. read more

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Big wheels for kids to explore

Rudy Hogg of Waterford watched his daughter, Charlie Anne Hogg “test drive” a small tractor at Saturday’s annual Kid’s Day in Waterford where the Lions Club brought in big trucks and rescue vehicles for children to touch, climb on, and activate horns and sirens. Farm vehicles included a mini excavator and a giant tractor with tires almost two metres tall. The Tim Hortons Foundation provided coffee for grownups and chocolate milk and cookies for the children.“It’s a lovely day for the kids and they’re trying everything,” said mom Natasha Farrell, who brought her three children and her mother, Cheryl Harrington, to the event.“This is our first time coming out but we’re be back,” said Harrington.Varao estimated about 300 children attended the Kids DaySGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble Susan Gamble A Kids Day event in Waterford is just a way of saying ‘Thanks!’ to the community, said one of the organizers of the Saturday fun day.“This community has been very good in donating to our projects and helping out the food cupboard here so this is a way we say thank you back to the community,” said John Varao, a director with the Waterford Lions and co-organizer of the event.Rather than games and vendors, Kids Day features stuff with wheels – a school bus, ambulance, firetruck, police cruiser and various farm vehicles – that kids can touch, climb and sit in.“It’s a good learning experience,” Varao said, “especially for the preschoolers who can get on a school bus and check it out.”Randy Godelie, acting commander of Norfolk County Ambulance services agreed, saying the act of exploring an ambulance reduces a child’s fear in case a situation arises where they have to ride in one.“It helps them see what we’re all about and that we’re approachable,” said Godelie. “Hopefully this helps them be calmer if they are a passenger one day and the older ones are full of questions.”The lights, sirens and horns of the vehicles were of particular interest to many of the several hundred kids who visited. Various wails, beeps and deep blasts of noise caused some of the little ones to jump as they explored. read more

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Liberia UN envoy hails youth participants in cleanup campaign

Alan Doss made his comments at a ceremony in the capital which marked the culmination of a 10-day exercise called “Youth in Action,” involving nearly 4,000 young volunteers who helped beautify the city through a massive clean-up effort. “Several years ago you might have carried guns, but you put them down and you picked up spades” Mr. Doss told participants. “It is these spades which will rebuild this country. It is you that will rebuild this country.” Over the past ten days, the young volunteers removed more than 250 truckloads of garbage, brushed and painted roadsides, patched potholes and repainted many buildings, bridges and road signs throughout the capital, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMIL), which provided logistical support. In its own efforts to help clean-up Monrovia, UNMIL has removed over 100 wrecked vehicles from the roadsides, repaired potholes, removed nearly 200 truckloads of trash, and made repairs to Roberts International Airport and other vital infrastructure.Among those attending today’s ceremony was President-elect Johnson-Sirleaf, who Mr. Doss held up as a role model for the youth volunteers. He said that throughout her career, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf had always showed determination and lived by the motto “never give up, never give in.” Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf herself thanked the youth. “You are the future of Liberia; you are the ones who are going to stand up and take this country forward,” she said. read more

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