Brian De Palma Zhang Ziyi MahamatSaleh Haroun named to TIFF Platform jury

first_imgA dozen films are competing for the prize, including the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic “Jackie,” directed by Pablo Larrain, and Canadian Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s “Maliglutit” (“Searchers”) a kidnapping-murder tale set in Nunavut, circa 1913. Twitter Login/Register With: The festival begins on Sept. 8, with the winning selection to be announced at the TIFF awards ceremony on Sept. 18. Advertisement Advertisement Brian De Palma is among the jurors who will help award a $25,000 prize during the Toronto International Film Festival.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Also in contention are the Canadian drama “Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves” by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, the American coming-of-age story “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, and the Australian crime thriller “Goldstone” helmed by Ivan Sen. Facebook The legendary American filmmaker has been named to the three-person international jury — along with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Chadian-born, France-based director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun — for the second annual Platform prize.last_img read more

Why CBC is featuring 150 black women in HERstory in Black

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “There are women in this city who may not have titles, who may not work at a corporation, who may not lead up an organization that is widely recognized, but yet they are incredible influencers,” she said.“They are making things happen in the city that I see, but I’m not sure everyone else sees.” Advertisement Emily Mills gathered 150 black women for a massive photo shoot in Toronto that not only captured the women but their “range of professions, life experiences and perspectives.”HERstory in Black is a digital photo series spearheaded by Mills, a senior communications officer at the CBC as well as the founder of How She Hustles, a network of 5,000 diverse women. Over the course of the week, CBC will profile several women who took part in the photo shoot online, on CBC Radio as well as on CBC News Network. You can also explore their stories in this interactive mosaic.Mills said the contributions of black women in the Greater Toronto Area may not be widely visible and represented so she wanted to celebrate and reflect their stories in an eye-catching and impactful way. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

William F White Intl Reinforces Commitment to Northern Ontario Film Industry with

first_img Facebook TORONTO – William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced that its Sudbury location will be expanding with a new office and warehouse.  Whites Sudbury originally opened its doors in 2014 to share space with Northern Ontario Film Studios, a former ice rink transformed into a soundstage by local producer, Hideaway Pictures.The new location will be housed in downtown Sudbury and will encompass a total of 4,691 square footage, complete with a dock level bay and drive-in bay.  The increased warehouse space, parking lot and increased accessibility will allow Whites Sudbury to service clients more efficiently.William F. White International’s future Sudbury location at 922 Cambrian Heights Drive (CNW Group/William F. White International Inc)“Sudbury is easily one of the fastest-growing regions in the Canadian film and television industry and our upcoming expansion is the perfect complement to that success,” says Whites’ Chairman/CEO, Paul Bronfman. “Since opening our office in 2014, we’ve provided Northern Ontario filmmakers with access to equipment and services they previously never had, and now we want to reaffirm that we’re here to stay.” Twitter This news comes following William F. White’s reception held in Sudbury last fall, where representatives from New Metric Media, Hideaway Pictures, JoBro Productions and others came to toast and celebrate Northern Ontario’s growing industry.  While Sudbury is experiencing an impressive increase in production, it’s also causing a chain reaction that is influencing North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and others.“With unparalleled access to beautiful landscapes, it’s no wonder some productions are choosing to shoot here,” adds Whites Sudbury’s Josh Desormeaux. “There’s a certain something here you can’t find down south and the forthcoming expanded space will hopefully draw even more clients.”Whites Sudbury has recently provided productions including “Cardinal,” “Letterkenny” and “Pyewacket” with lighting and grip, camera, specialty equipment, location services and more.                                           William F. White International Inc. (Whites) (www.whites.com) is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, Whites is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, live event, digital media, and theatrical production equipment with offices across the country. The company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and has the most extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment in the industry, including the very latest in technological advances. Whites has established a reputation for excellence and is recognized by Canadian and international producers as one of the best production rental and sales firms in the world. Whites is also partners with Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European producers.  Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with the late Oscar Award-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond. The Whites Group of companies include Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc. (Whites LES) (www.locationequipmentsupply.com)Comweb Corporation (www.comwebgroup.com) is the parent company of William F. White International Inc.  Founded by Paul Bronfman in 1988, the company has grown to encompass horizontally integrated firms dedicated to providing expert production services, studio facilities and equipment to the Canadian and International film and television industry.  Comweb Corporation is a major shareholder in Toronto’s largest film and television studio complex, Pinewood Toronto Studios (www.pinewoodtorontostudios.com).  In addition to Comweb’s first class production equipment and studio facilities, Comweb Corporation includes Comweb Aviation Inc. which is the first company of its kind to specialize in private jet charter services to the film, television and broadcast industries. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

NETFLIX SAYS LACMÉGANTIC FOOTAGE WILL BE REMOVED FROM BIRD BOX MOVIE

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The removal of the images was “long awaited” by the Quebec population, Roy said Thursday in a statement.She said the people from Lac-Mégantic who were “hit hard by this whole affair” were in her thoughts.At the federal level, a motion was passed in the House of Commons that asked Netflix to remove the images and pay compensation to the community.Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodríguez said in a statement Thursday the company made the right decision by removing the images.The version of Bird Box without the Lac-Mégantic images will be released within two weeks, according to the Canadian Press. After initially refusing, Netflix has agreed to remove images of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster from the film Bird Box.A spokesperson said in an email to The Canadian Press that the streaming company is sorry for any pain it caused to the residents of Lac-Mégantic, Que.People in the town and across the province were shocked after learning in January that footage from the derailment and explosion that killed 47 people was used in the psychological thriller starring Sandra Bullock.center_img Facebook With files from Presse Canadienne, CBC Demands that the brief scene be removed came from politicians at all levels, including Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin.Morin said she’s satisfied with this outcome.“Yes, there was a delay, but in the end, the most important thing is that people came to the conclusion that the situation was significant enough to settle,” she said.Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy wrote to the company in January calling for it to remove the footage of the burning town.The company apologized and promised to do better, but until now had refused to edit the film to remove the images. Images of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Que., rail disaster will be removed from the film Bird Box, Netflix said in an email to The Canadian Press. (Netflix/CBC Montreal) Twitterlast_img read more

PM Trudeau meeting with Indigenous leaders premiers in March

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers in Vancouver early next month to discuss climate change, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement posted on its website.Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Indigenous leaders representing Inuit, Metis and First Nations, in Vancouver on March 2.The prime minister is then scheduled to meet with provincial and territorial premiers the next day in the city.“Canada’s Indigenous peoples have a sacred relationship with the Earth. Their unique perspective will help guide us in developing policies that ensure our land, air and water are protected for future generations,” said Trudeau, in the statement.The PMO release stated that the planned meetings are a “follow up to the commitments made on climate change” during the Paris conference which finalized a global deal on curbing greenhouse gasses in hopes of slowing down the planet’s warming.The meetings will discuss developing a “pan-Canadian framework” to grow the economy while meeting emission reduction targets.last_img read more

No more delays 60s Scoop settlement moves forward

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn agreement has been reached by lawyers that will no longer delay the national ‘60s Scoop class-action settlement agreement, APTN News has learned.This means there will be no more appeals or attempts to appeal the court-approved agreement, says a letter obtained by APTN.That means the $875-million settlement will have an implementation date of Dec. 1, 2018, say the letter signed by Catharine Moore, the lawyer for Canada.Moore says the deal was reached after Canada and other respondents agreed not to sue opposing lawyers for legal costs.The agreement was signed by Moore and 15 other lawyers over the past few days.“Counsel executing this letter have discussed this agreement with their respective clients,” says the letter that was sent to the court Monday.“Their respective clients agree to its terms and have confirmed that they will not take any further steps of any kind whatsoever to delay implementation of the settlement.”The amount of the costs was not disclosed.“We wrote to three different judges (Monday),” added Kirk Baert, a partner with Koskie Minsky – one of the legal firms that brokered the settlement agreement.“Telling them of the agreement and that implementation would happen on December 1.”This ends the attempts by a small group of adult adoptees to alter or halt the agreement, including questions about $75 million in legal fees.The fees are going to four legal firms separately from the compensation to the Scoop survivors and had been a sticking point in the negotiations.Survivors will share $750 million in individual compensation payments of between $25,000 and $50,000.Ottawa has set aside another $50 million for a foundation dedicated to reconciliation initiatives.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Liberals seek to tighten workplace harassment rules for businesses Parliament

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is embarking on a regulatory overhaul to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces, from Parliament Hill to local bank branches.New legislation unveiled Tuesday is aimed at giving workers and their employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment, exerting more pressure on companies to combat unacceptable behaviour and punish those who don’t take it seriously.The changes will merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence and subject them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could include having an outside investigator brought in to review allegations.The proposed rules would also enforce strict privacy rules to protect the victims of harassment or violence.Once passed, the legislation would also allow anyone unhappy with how their dispute is being handled to complain to the federal labour minister, who could step in to investigate and order sanctions for employers.“Smart employers already take action. They already have comprehensive regulations and policies. They already protect their employees from harassment and sexual violence,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told a news conference.“What this (legislation) will compel is those other employers that are not taking it as seriously and not putting forward the protections that every person has the right to in the workplace.”The rules would, once they come into force, apply to all federally regulated workplaces, such as banks, telecommunications and transport industries, representing about eight per cent of the national labour force.The Liberals want the rules to apply to politicians, their staff and other Parliament Hill employees, warning of dire repercussions for any MP or senator who flouts the rules.Department officials say it could take a year or more before the rules come into effect, since regulations would have to be crafted once the bill receives parliamentary approval. Hajdu said her officials wouldn’t wait that long to help businesses who want to craft their own policies in the interim.The government launched consultations on dealing with workplace violence in the summer of 2016 to review the existing laws and regulations under the Canada Labour Code.Last week, a federal survey showed that while three-quarters of respondents said they recently reported harassment, sexual harassment or violence, two-fifths of those complaints were never addressed. The results of the online survey are not representative of the population because it was not a random sampling, officials warned.But Hajdu said the government wanted to give people confidence that inappropriate office behaviour would not swept under the rug.“That’s an important piece about this legislation that we do combat that very real perception where people say they have come forward, they have taken the chance to speak about their experience, and nothing is done.”Government officials must still consult anew with labour and employer groups to more clearly define what constitutes harassment under the new regime, create a list of third-party investigators who could be recommended to review complaints of harassment or violence, and help workplaces track incidents to better allow federal workplace inspectors to plan spot inspections.Hajdu said the government would launch an awareness campaign, but wouldn’t say how much it would cost.The government’s bill doesn’t outline sanctions for employees found guilty of harassment. The sanctions are on employers who are ultimately responsible for protecting their workers, Hajdu said.last_img read more

Cenovus agrees to sell Saskatchewan enhanced oil recovery assets to Whitecap

first_imgCALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says it is selling its majority stake in a Saskatchewan enhanced-oil recovery project to Calgary-based Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP) for $940 million.The deal is the last on a list of four asset sales the major oilsands producer vowed to complete to help pay for its $17.7-billion acquisition of most of the Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips earlier this year.It has previously agreed to sell its Palliser assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3 billion, its Suffield operations in southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation for $512 million and its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta for $975 million to Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).Incoming Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix says in a statement that the sale will allow the Calgary company to retire the entire $3.6-billion bridge facility associated with the ConocoPhillips purchase before year-end.Cenovus has said it will identify other assets for sale this year to take the total raised to between $4 billion and $5 billion.In a separate release, Whitecap says the purchase of Cenovus’s 62 per cent interest in the Weyburn, Sask., project will boost its overall production in 2018 by about 25 per cent to about 74,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The Weyburn project has been in operation since 1954. Cenovus began injecting carbon dioxide into its oil-producing underground formations in 2000 to enhance oil production and extend the life of the field.last_img read more

Take this job and shiver it Chilly offices plague workers

first_imgTwo long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks.That has been Karen Ericson’s go-to outfit in her office in Des Moines, Iowa, in recent weeks.“I am still shivering,” the 39-year-old graphic designer said last week, estimating the temperature in the office was in the mid-60s while outside, the city hit 19 below zero at one point. “Living in the Midwest, I’m well-trained to dress warmly and in layers, but this deep freeze has been difficult to endure, especially when I expect to be comfortable — or at least not shivering — inside.”As much of the nation muddled through bitter weather in recent weeks, office dwellers found they still had to brave the cold even when indoors. Many relied on winter parkas, gloves, blankets and space heaters just to keep working.“Today I’ve got two sweaters, a scarf, ear coverings, gloves and a blanket over my lap,” Rebecca Miller, a 27-year-old academic adviser at Tennessee State University in Nashville, said last week as temperatures barely ticked above 50 degrees in her office while outside it was 20 degrees or lower in the daytime. “But I’m still having a hard time working. I’m shaking cold, and it’s hard to focus. The gloves make it hard to type, and the bulky layers make it difficult to move around.”Like thousands of other chilly Americans, she snapped selfies of herself at her desk in attire usually reserved for the ski slopes and shared them on social media.Office developments are built with centralized heating systems that make the buildings suitable for a range of uses over many years. The down side is that they provide little climate control to individual tenants — sometimes purposely, said Khee Poh Lam, architecture professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.Thermostats are often tucked into hard-to-reach spaces like false ceilings and air ducts so office tenants can’t mess with them, Lam said. Other buildings have dummy units out in the open that don’t actually do anything except give desperate workers the illusion of control.Finding the right temperature to please everyone has been an elusive goal for office designers and builders, said Stefano Schiavon, architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who co-wrote a 2012 study that found roughly 40 per cent of U.S. workers were satisfied with their office’s temperature. Design standards call for an acceptability rate closer to 80 per cent, he said.The challenge isn’t just confined to the winter, of course. Chilly offices have long been the bane of women who complain air conditioning is cranked up in the summer to appease their male, suit-wearing counterparts. And there are certainly many offices with overzealous furnaces that prompt workers to crack open windows even on the coldest days.Optimal temperature for office work is 72 to 79 degrees — or nearly 10 degrees more than what many buildings typically set their thermostats, said Alan Hedge, a design professor at Cornell University in New York who has researched how temperature affects productivity.Schiavon suggested that companies, even those based in the draftiest old offices, can invest in safe, relatively inexpensive technology to keep workers warm and productive, like heated chairs, electric blankets and heated floor mats.“The bottom line is that central heating won’t work for everyone, even if designed right,” he said. “We’re very different people and need some sort of personalization of our environment.”Ericson, the Iowa resident, said the key to getting through the work day has been reminding herself the cold is only temporary.“Every day that passes,” she said, “is a day closer to spring.”___Follow Philip Marcelo at twitter.com/philmarcelo. His work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/philip_marcelo.last_img read more

Lundin Mining launches 14billion hostile takeover bid for Nevsun Resources

first_imgTORONTO – Lundin Mining Corp. is carrying through on its vow to take a $1.4-billion cash takeover offer directly to the shareholders of Nevsun Resources Ltd. after the target company rejected previous proposals.The Toronto-based miner says it has formally requested the Nevsun securityholder list and will directly offer $4.75 in cash for each share.Nevsun, in response, advises shareholders to do nothing until it makes a formal recommendation, noting the offer is open until Nov. 9 and repeating its contention that it ignores “the fundamental value of Nevsun.”Lundin announced it intended to make the hostile takeover offer for its Vancouver-based rival on July 16.Since then, Nevsun’s stock price has jumped nearly 15 per cent, from $4.21 to $4.83.Lundin says the offer represents a premium of 82 per cent to the closing price of $2.61 on Feb. 6, the date of its first proposal to Nevsun, and 33 per cent to the closing price of $3.58 on April 30, when it made a public offer.Companies in this article include: (TSX:NSU, TSX:LUN)last_img read more

Luxury home sales drop 35 in Toronto and Vancouver highend condo sales

first_imgTORONTO – Sales of luxury homes in two of Canada’s most expensive cities fell this year, as the high-end real estate market continued to feel the impact of foreign buyers taxes.Realty brokerage Re/Max says sales of single-detached homes priced from $1 million to $2 million fell 35 per cent from a year ago in both Toronto and Vancouver.According to the annual report, released Tuesday, sales of single-detached homes in the $2-million-to-$3-million range were down 50 per cent in Toronto and 22 per cent in Vancouver.Meanwhile, homes that were sold for more than $3 million dropped 44 per cent in Toronto and 45 per cent in Vancouver.Re/Max says homebuyers have been grappling with the introduction of foreign buyers taxes in Ontario and B.C., along with increased property transfer taxes and school taxes on B.C. homes over $3 million.“All the new rules that the government implemented, along with the foreign buyers tax and the new lending regulations, it all just put a crunch on the most expensive part of the market,” said Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director of Re/Max Integra’s Ontario-Atlantic business.He says luxury homeowners may have also been hesitant to list this year amid signs that the country’s housing market may be cooling, choosing instead to “wait it out.”Although luxury home sales are weakening, sales in the low-end of the luxury condo market saw increases driven mainly by millennials who are using their inheritances and baby boomers looking to downsize, the report said.Alexander says condos appeal to baby boomers because they can get more value for their money, especially in the major cities.“Most of them have put all their kids in school. They don’t need so much space anymore. Their single-detached home is worth a fortune and now they can buy a really nice luxury condo that is not as big in a really great urban area where they have access to a more urbanized lifestyle, more action,” he said.“Luxury is not just about price. A lot of it has to do with pedigree. If you buy with a million in Toronto or Vancouver, it doesn’t get you a luxury home but if you get a suite in the Four Seasons or the Shangri-La or the Ritz-Carlton. You’re going to get a small condo in a luxury building with all the luxury amenities. You’ve got that pedigree piece that is appealing to the higher end of the market.”The report says condo sales in the $1-million-to-$2-million range were up two per cent year over year in Toronto and six per cent in Vancouver. Calgary saw their condo sales in this price range jump by three per cent, while Victoria sales climbed 19 per cent.The most expensive condominium sold in Toronto in 2018 so far was priced at $11.5 million, topping the $8 million that was paid for the most expensive condo sold in 2017. The priciest condo sold in Vancouver so far this year was $11.7 million, up 34 per cent from the top price of $8.7 million paid last year.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Manulife Q3 earnings get Asia boost while region weighs on Sun Life

first_imgTORONTO – Two of Canada’s biggest insurers delivered third-quarter earnings that beat expectations but while Manulife Financial Corp. got a boost from its Asia business, the region weighed down results for Sun Life Financial Corp.Manulife’s profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30 surged 42 per cent to $1.57 billion compared to the earlier-year period, helped by a roughly 22 per cent increase in core earnings in Asia that helped offset a drop in net income at home.Sun Life reported net income of $567 million to mark a 30 per cent drop year over year, but beat analyst expectations with its underlying net income of $730 million for the quarter. Still, the insurer’s underlying net income from Asia declined by 15 per cent.“Our Canadian, U.S. and Asset Management businesses each delivered double-digit earnings growth, while Asia results were lower this quarter from higher levels of new business strain,” Sun Life chief executive Dean Connor told analysts on a call Thursday.Canadian insurers have targeted Asia for growth in recent years, positioning themselves to benefit from burgeoning middle classes and demographic trends in the region. The strategy has paid off in previous quarters for both insurers in terms of strong profit growth, but provided differing contributions in the latest period.Still, both insurers beat analyst expectations. Sun Life reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.20, ahead of the $1.17 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon. Manulife reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.75, ahead of the $0.67 expected.Power Financial Corp., whose subsidiaries include Great-West Lifeco Inc., reported on Thursday adjusted net earnings attributable to shareholders of $578 million or $0.81 per share, up from $0.65 a year ago but short of the $0.82 expected by analysts.Shares of Manulife were up nearly more than four per cent in Toronto at $22.37 in the afternoon, while Power Financial’s shares were relatively flat on Thursday afternoon at $28.68.Sun Life’s stock, however, was down by more than two per cent to $48.27.“While Sun’s ability to maintain the strong earnings from the preceding quarter is a positive, we note that the sequential and year-over-year decline in contribution from Asia will likely be viewed negatively,” said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto in a note to clients.“Management noted that the weaker performance was driven by higher new business strain, lower gains and higher expenses driven by investing in the business.”The underlying fundamentals of the economy in Asia still point towards “strong growth,” said Sun Life Financial Asia president Claude Accum. Philippines and India showed strong quarterly growth, while there was some slowdown in broker sales in Hong Kong, he told analysts Thursday.“That growth is not going to emerge in a straight line each quarter, but the underlying growth is robust.”Meanwhile, while Manulife’s latest quarterly results were positively viewed, comments by a prominent short-seller about the potential negative consequences of an impending court verdict continued to cast a shadow.U.S. short-seller Muddy Waters said last month that Manulife’s life insurance subsidiary’s recent trial in Saskatchewan involving an insurance contract purchased by a hedge fund called Mosten Investment LP, depending on the judge’s verdict, could lead to “billions of dollars of losses.” Mosten argued that it can deposit an unlimited amount of money with Manulife through the contract and received an annualized guaranteed return of at least four per cent — terms which could “financially cripple” the Canadian insurer.Manulife’s chief executive Roy Gori called this claim “commercially absurd” on Thursday, reiterating the company’s view that this is contrary to the purpose of these insurance policies and associated regulation.On a call with analysts discussing its latest earnings, Gori pointed to recent amendments to Saskatchewan insurance regulations which would limit the amount of premiums a life insurer may receive or accept for deposit in life insurance policies and associated side accounts.Gori reiterated that Manulife intends to make submissions to the court, in light of these new regulations, to dismiss the Mosten case.“We believe this should accelerate the resolution of the principal litigation matters in our favour… We remain highly confident that we will ultimately prevail in this matter and that it will not have any material impact on our business operations.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SLF, TSX:MFC, TSX:PWF)last_img read more

Calif police use Tesla system to halt sleeping mans car

first_imgDETROIT — The Autopilot system on a Telsa Model S may have helped the California Highway Patrol stop the car after its driver fell asleep on a freeway.Similar systems, now offered by nearly all automakers, use cameras and radar to detect objects in front of them and automatically keep a safe distance or even stop or slow the vehicles before a crash. The systems also can keep cars in their lanes. Tesla’s Autopilot feature allows the vehicle to change lanes automatically when prompted by the driver, navigate interchanges and exit freeways.In the case of the driver who fell asleep, California Highway Patrol officers spotted him Friday afternoon as they were looking for drunken drivers. They pulled alongside the grey Model S on U.S. 101 and saw that the driver was asleep. When the driver didn’t respond to their lights and siren, they slowed traffic behind him and tried to figure out if Autopilot or other driver-assist systems were engaged, according to Officer Art Montiel, a CHP spokesman. They then pulled in front of the car and slowed down, and the car eventually stopped.No one was hurt and the car didn’t crash. The 45-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.Systems like Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot are the building blocks of self-driving vehicles, but humans still must be ready to take control. Here are answers to questions about how the systems work and the incident in the San Francisco suburb of Redwood City:Q: Was the driver using Autopilot system?A: Maybe. Montiel said officers believe it was on but they haven’t confirmed that yet. Telsa won’t comment. The car’s automatic cruise control system, which keeps it a safe distance from vehicles in front of it, could have been operating without Autopilot being engaged, as could its automatic emergency braking system. Authorities are investigating which systems were in use.Q: Isn’t the system supposed to stop the car if the driver is not paying attention?A: Telsa’s Autopilot is designed to safely pull over if a driver doesn’t put force on the steering wheel. But some drivers have been able to fool the system. It’s unclear whether that happened in the case of the sleeping driver. A similar system from General Motors called Super Cruise monitors the driver’s eyes and will stop the car if they are not paying attention. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that it is “default Autopilot behaviour” to gradually slow to a stop and turn on the hazard lights. “Looking into what happened here,” Musk wrote.Q: Can’t these cars drive themselves?A: No, they can’t. All manufacturers, including Tesla, warn drivers that the systems are for assistance only and they must pay attention and be ready to take over driving. Tests by AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both found that the systems can’t handle every situation they encounter on the roads. Safety advocates criticized Tesla for naming its system Autopilot, especially after an Ohio man died in a crash while using it in Florida two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating several other crashes in which the drivers appeared to place too much confidence in Autopilot, including one fatality earlier this year near Mountain View, California.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Water restrictions for oil and gas industry have been implemented by the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All previously approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act are immediately suspended by the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC), due to drought conditions.Peace River Watershed: Alces River Beatton River (Doig River, Osborne River, Blueberry River) Farrell Creek Cache CreekTributaries to the Kiskatinaw River (but does not include the Kiskatinaw River) Liard River Watershed:  Fontas River  Kantah River  Petitot River  Gutah Creek  Hay RiverThe suspension does not apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake and the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams are not suspended.Water levels are anticipated to continue dropping until significant rain falls in the area. The Commission will assist industry in identifying options for alternative short-term water supply should it be required during this period of drought. Low streamflow conditions are escalating concerns for impacts to fish, aquatic resources and community supply in the above basins.More information can be found on the B.C. Government Drought Information page; CLICK HEREApplications for water diversion:Given local variability, it is possible some streams in the areas under suspension will have recovered sufficiently to allow some water withdrawal. The Commission will review new applications for diversion, or requests to use existing approvals, on a site-specific basis.Operators are requested to do the following to support their application or request to use an existing Section 10 approval: 1. Limit the application to water volumes and points of diversion that are realistic to the specific operational needs for the upcoming months.2. For new applications for diversion for water from rivers and streams, or to request use of existing approvals, provide a good discharge measurement at the point(s) of diversion, to provide information on current flow conditions in relation to the volume of water requested. The discharge measurement will be collected to an acceptable hydrometric standard by a qualified individual.3. For new applications for diversion from lakes, or reactivation of existing approvals, provide information on lake bathymetry:a. Surface area (hectares).b. Depth (metres). If lake depth information is not already available from provincial databases or previous surveys, obtain depth measurements at points along two transects representing the long and short lake axes, to determine maximum lake depth.c. Volumelast_img read more

Bengaluru take on NorthEast United in mustwin ISL game

first_imgBengaluru: A titanic contest is on the cards as table-toppers Bengaluru FC look to overturn a one-goal deficit against a depleted NorthEast United FC in the decisive second leg semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) here Monday. Bengaluru have fought and won many battles at home but the biggest one awaits them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. With the first leg in Guwahati having ended in a 2-1 win for the Highlanders, a 1-0 victory will be enough to send the Blues through to the final because of the away goal rule. On the other hand, a draw will favour NorthEast. A 2-1 result for the home team will send the fixture to extra time, while NorthEast scoring more than a goal will need Bengaluru to triumph by two goals or more to secure a spot in the final. The defeat against NorthEast United meant the Blue’s poor run of late has continued with their last five fixtures yielding just the single victory and three defeats. “We’re ready for a big game. We’re in a good mood and we have the feeling that here in Kanteerava in front of the supporters, we can give them one of the nights that we will remember through the years,” said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat. Bengaluru will be buoyed by the crucial away goal scored by Xisco Hernandez at Guwahati as they look to enter the final for a second year in a row. The Bengaluru coach will look towards his main men, Miku and Sunil Chhetri, to step up at home as the Blues look to overturn a one-goal deficit. For NorthEast United, coach Eelco Schattorie will need to stretch his resources to the hilt after a fine victory which came at a cost. Having made it to the play-offs for the first time in their history, NorthEast will have to make do without the services of their star forward Bartholomew Ogbeche in Bengaluru. The Nigerian forward picked up a hamstring injury in the first-leg and he will be a big miss for the visitors on Sunday. The visitors are also sweating on the fitness of their midfielder Rowllin Borges who was replaced in the second-half at Guwahati due to an injury. With Ogbeche out, NorthEast will look towards Federico Gallego for inspiration with the industrious Uruguayan playmaker being one of the driving forces behind the side’s march to the play-offs. Gallego’s partnership with his compatriot Juan Mascia up top will be crucial to the visitors’ chances with the latter likely to start in Ogbeche’s absence after his late winner from the penalty spot in Guwahati. “I know exactly how Bengaluru FC play and they know how we play. Last game, first half we completely dominated. We lost two key players. Second half was way more difficult. But it had to with the changes we did in the team. But coming here we know that this is a game that is all or nothing. We will be trying to reach the final,” said Schattorie. Both coaches know this is the decisive clash. Both will be without their deputies after they were suspended for their role in the fracas that followed the first-leg clash at Guwahati. Both know there is just too much at stake now.last_img read more

Once illegal settlers now these 4 lakh voters being wooed by all

first_imgGurugram: On a petition filed by Defence Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that 900 metres around the Indian Air Force depot were illegal. It was later reduced to 300 metres by the court after politicians from all parties highlighted that how it would be difficult to accommodate the four lakh people who are settled around the area.Subsequently after court’s permission, some of the houses were also given electricity and water connections. Various houses and shops in the Sheetla colony being sealed, a situation that has not gone well with thousands of residents residing in the area. What, however, generated controversy was the sealing of a mosque last year which after hue and cry was made to function. On his recent visit, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh minced no word in highlighting that irregularities were maintained by the officials giving licences to the people around the ammunition depot. He also, however, highlighted that now since the people were settled, their interests had to be taken care of. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as objections were raised by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, a number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located few kilometres away face the similar challenges. On the repeated complaints by Defence personnel, a plea was filed seeking the intervention of judiciary into the matter. The real estate development over the years has led to unchecked rise in the commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited the real estate development. Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began to be set up in the vast swathes of land around the Defence land. The issue has been in controversy for long where various prominent citizens including the sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal has advocated of the relocation of the Airforce station. At present, the High Court has directed the DC office to only remove the civil establishments situated around 300 metres area of the Airforce ammunition station.last_img read more

Sporting beyond the field

first_imgThere have been plenty of controversies lately regarding the Indian cricket team wearing camouflaged Army caps to show solidarity with the martyrs of the recent Pulwama terror strike during the ODI against Australia in Ranchi. On the other hand, the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha playing the 2018/19 Irani Cup against Rest of India (ROI) in Nagpur also expressed solidarity with the slain soldiers. On Day 4 of the ongoing game, the Vidarbha cricketers wore black armbands to protest the Pulwama attack. The ROI batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane also joined them. Thus, in perspective, the sports field has always been used to make bigger political statements. The 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricketers when a bus carrying the team was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore was a one-off incident when the world learnt that sportsmen were not out of the terrorists’ radar. Before the cricketing fraternity could realise the consequences, Pakistan plunged into the abyss of isolation. The black armband protest by Zimbabwean cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga during the 2003 cricket World Cup to “mourn the death of democracy in Zimbabwe” drew attention from far and wide. Flower and Olonga were eventually forced to leave Zimbabwe. They later settled in the UK. This political unrest also led to unwillingness from foreign countries to play cricket in Zimbabwe. Australian Prime Minister John Howard expressed concerns for the Australian cricket team playing thereafter he led the charge to throw out Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth of Nations for their land seizure programme resulting in the death of many white Zimbabwean farmers. England forfeited their opening game in Zimbabwe at the 2003 World Cup as a sign of opposition to the regime. The Black Power salute photo, one of the most influential protest images of all time, was captured when US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stepped onto the world stage during the Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 and raised their gloved fists in a human rights protest during their medal ceremony. The image became an iconic picture of the Black Power movement and an emotional reference for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. On October 31, 1984, India abandoned the rest of the tour with Pakistan when they learnt that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been shot dead. There are numerous such examples throughout history when the sporting arena has been used as a platform for silent protest and drew the attention of the world. India, like many other countries, has had its share of political instances in sports as well. Such efforts to disassociate politics from sports are, therefore, outrageously pointless, owing to the kind of passion and enthusiasm it generates in this country, let alone the impact it creates as the most decent and favourable form of dissent.last_img read more

Two IAF personnel killed in road accident near Awantipora base

first_imgSrinagar: Two IAF personnel including a squadron leader were killed and as many others suffered injuries in a road “accident” early Thursday near the Awantipora Air Force station in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a defence official here said. “Four IAF personnel met an accident this morning at Malngpora in Awantipora. Two of the injured personnel succumbed to injuries,” the official said, without giving any further details. The deceased personnel are Squadron Leader Rakesh Pandey and Corporal Ajay Kumar, according to the official. The injured personnel — an officer and an airman — have been shifted to a hospital for treatment, the official added. The Indian Air Force will conduct an inquiry into the incident, he said.last_img read more