Nelvana Gets Ranger Ready for a Second Season of its Hit Original

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get “Ranger Ready” for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two.”In Spring 2018, fans will be able to bring home their very own Ranger Rob as Master Toy Licensee, Imports Dragon, launches a line of toys based on the animated series. The Ranger Rob toys are being developed for a core preschool target age (2-5) and the line is reflective of the adventure and outdoor action from the show. Key items include vehicles, and plush and small figures. Initial launch will roll out in Canada and key European territories in Spring 2018, followed by a broader launch in Fall 2018.Meet the team and learn more about Nelvana at Licensing Expo May 23-25, booth H214.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16-Jan 1/17) – confirmed data. Total Canada, AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. Based on 3+ airings.About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com. Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is thrilled to announce that after a successful first season, original animated series Ranger Rob has been green-lit for a second season (14 episodes).During the Fall 2016 season, the series has ranked #1 on Corus’ Treehouse network in Canada for boys 2-11, and has earned top ranks in additional territories such as TF1 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Disney Channel in Australia, Nickelodeon Italy, Canal Panda Portugal, YLE/TV2 Finland, and HOP Israel.Ranger Rob follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park, the coolest natural adventure park imaginable, as he ziplines, swings, and snowboards discovering and exploring all that the park has to offer. Big Sky Park is a one-of-a kind place with every kind of outdoor environment within its borders and each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover. Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Mohawk resistance of 1990 a look back at the beginning of

first_imgAPTN National News25 years ago, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 was nearing its end.Despite the reopening of the Mercier bridge, Kahnawake was still living under military occupation.Army checkpoints and police raids were part of everyday life.That is until Sept. 18, when the army flew helicopters onto Tewkawitha Island.That’s when the community of Kahnawake stood up and forced the army to leave.Here is the story, in the words of the people who were there.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Detention of foreigners SC directs Assam chief secy to appear before it

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing unhappiness over inaction in the case relating to detention of foreigners in Assam, the Supreme Court Monday directed the state’s Chief Secretary to appear before it on April 8. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi termed the affidavit filed by the Assam government as “exercise in futility” and sought to know as to how many persons declared foreigners by the tribunal have amalgamated with the local population. “What is the number of declared foreigners who have amalgamated with the local population. This is why we wanted your Chief Secretary to remain present,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said while expressing displeasure over the absence of officials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The apex court then directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it and posted the PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander on the issue for next Monday. The bench was hearing a plea on the condition of detention centres in Assam and the prolonged detention of foreigners there. The court has expressed concern earlier as well over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday It had raised several issues connected with the such centres and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of the functional centres in Assam and foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years. On March 13, it had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the matter. It pulled up the Centre and the Assam government over the functioning of foreigners tribunals and the problem of “external aggression” faced by the state due to influx of illegal migrants. “It has become a joke now. The situation has gone too far,” the top court had observed and told the Assam government that it was not been able to deport the illegal migrants to the country of their origin. “You have not done anything. The foreigners tribunals have identified 56,697 persons as foreigners and yet only around 900 persons are in detention centres,” the bench had said. Not satisfied with the replies of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, the bench had said it would summon the chief secretary and the home secretary of the state to explain the situation. “We are not even told who are the foreigners or who were detected or suspected to be foreigners. Who are the presiding officers in the foreigners tribunals and how many foreigners tribunals are functioning properly in the state,” the bench had asked. Mehta had said that 150 people who have come to India on valid documents need to be deported while 823 people who are mostly illegal immigrants are detained in six detention centres of the state.last_img read more

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FEATURE Dancers story highlights importance of right to free expression

Unable to perform publicly as a dancer in his native country and concerned about the potential repercussions of his political allegiances, Mr. Ghaffarian sought asylum in France in 2009, and there began the process of his remarkable story now travelling to movie screens around the world. The screening, which was organized by Event4Good and Sunshine Sachs PR, the production company’s publicists, included a question and answer session after the closing credits rolled, and Leonardo Castilho, a UN Human Rights Officer specializing in economic, social and cultural rights, participated alongside director, Richard Raymond, and the film’s two stars, Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto. “We normally say there are political, economic and social rights – we’re talking about the right to education. We’re talking about the right to participate in cultural life,” said Mr. Castilho during the discussion. “The movie and arts and culture in general – make a very important contribution through storytelling – through raising awareness.” He stressed the importance of such productions, as outlets for creativity and for free speech. “At the UN, we write a lot of reports, we have a lot of that kind of work, but some of these movies have so big an impact in the public in general in changing mindsets – and that’s a very big challenge that we still have ahead of us,” Mr. Casthillo said. Richard Raymond directs Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Raymond is keenly aware that his film deals with a human rights issue in one particular country, Iran, but he is very keen that his contribution to the debate on free expression in the country not be viewed as a political attack. “The Iranian people have seen too many films attacking their country,” he says. “We were all so adamant throughout the script-writing, the filmmaking, and finally, through the edit, to make sure the focus of the film was a positive portrayal about the people of Iran and not to make it political film in any way.” Far more important than the political angle to the film – for Mr. Raymond and for the film’s two stars – were the personal stories and the dance element. Afshin’s is a story of an artist’s fight to express himself. His barrier is a Government law but Mr. Ritchie, Mr. Raymond and Ms. Pinto agree that all artists face constraints, some self-imposed, and a fight to fulfill their desires and potential as artists. “If I had had to fight as hard as he did, I’d probably be shouting it from the rooftops and making myself out to be some kind of hero but he just saw it as a necessity. I really admired that,” says Mr. Ritchie, backed up by Ms. Pinto, who describes her family life growing up where she says she could “dream whatever dream I wanted to dream” and follow whatever path she wished to follow. “Elaheh’s oppression of expression is a lot more personal as well,” she says. “It comes from a very damaged mother-daughter relationship, so she’s also in her own mental trap… her only escape – what she thinks is her only escape – is a drug.” Despite her weakness, Ms. Pinto feels Elaheh is a strong person, something she says is of major importance to her when selecting the roles she wants to play. “For me it’s just about strong women characters. And strong women characters are usually inevitably taking on somebody who’s really big…or taking on someone who’s very powerful and it happens to be what I love doing.” While she says she doesn’t plan deliberately to pick such seemingly socially conscious roles, she acknowledges that many of her past roles, as well as this most recent one, include strong social conscience. “I just realize that that is something that has been happening without me putting any extra effort into it,” she says. “So I guess somewhere, deep down, that’s what I gravitate towards.” Ms. Pinto’s social conscience and the draw she feels towards compelling female characters has also led to previous work with the UN, issuing a call to action alongside the Secretary-General and the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim related to the ‘Girl Rising’ project, as well as providing a voice and working as a producer for a Hindi language version of the project’s documentary about the powerfully positive effects of educating girls. She stresses the importance of films like Desert Dancer and says she hopes it performs well enough to convince producers and independent studio heads that they should be backing and producing such films. “We need to invest more in film projects like this,” she says, with Mr. Ritchie also chiming with his own hopes, which are that the film might coax viewers into thinking about their own talents. “I hope it provokes people to question what their passions are,” he says. “And also what they’re willing to do to pursue them.” Frieda Pinto,Tom Cullen and Reece Ritchie star in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Desert Dancer is the story of an artist struggling to express himself creatively but, rather than writers’ block holding him back, he lives in an environment that is hostile to his passion. The film, which is set in Iran, describes how Afshin, a self-taught dancer, finds himself compelled into rebellion against Government’s laws, and inspiring a group of friends to risk imprisonment by attending a secret dance group where they learn, rehearse and prepare for an eventual performance, taking some extreme risks to fulfill their desire to pursue activities taken for granted elsewhere. It also describes the toll that the denial of artistic freedom takes on the individuals involved and their friendships and even family ties, and it explores some of the knock-on effects in society as a whole. At the screening, the UN News Centre sat down with the cast to get their views on the film and the issues it deals with. “This guy risked his life to be a dancer,” said Reece Ritchie, the actor who portrays Afshin. “I’m playing a guy who grew up in a country where he couldn’t just go and get dance lessons. You know, he learned from books and YouTube.” Reece Ritchie stars in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Mr. Ritchie says Afshin’s passion and commitment to his craft, despite the constraints and many risks, are what inspired him to devote to the role. “He needed to move. It was almost innate in him actually,” he says referring to several hours of interviews with Afshin that he and director Richard Raymond conducted in Afshin’s adopted home in Paris. “As a kid he would stand in line at morning prayers, and he told me he would just move his foot in the sand and he didn’t know why he was doing it but he just had this innate urge to move. And he was doing turns and twists and he didn’t realize what that was – this voice starting to build inside him that was actually pushing back against having to stand in a line.” Mr. Ritchie was also struck by Afshin’s personality, displaying traits typically associated with artists in freer societies. Preparing to take his group and an audience on a high-risk trip to the desert, Afshin said that despite extensive, secretive, careful planning, on the day of the performance, one vital ingredient was missing. There was no one to drive the bus into the desert. “I said, ‘Well, who drove the bus?’ and Afshin said ‘Ah, just some guy,’” Mr. Ritchie recalls. “He’s an artist. He’s prepared up until a point. He’s got his little bit of chaos which I found really interesting.” It is also through a mistake that Afshin and the group meet Elaheh, a talented dancer and tortured soul, who joins when she follows the group to their private rehearsal space after overhearing them talking in a café. Freida Pinto stars in Relativity Media’s ‘Desert Dancer’ – (Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd. 2014) Elaheh is played by Freida Pinto, famous for roles in Slumdog Millionaire, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral, among others, and she says she found her character to be a compelling and dynamic one. “It’s been three years and I still think about her every day,” she says. “As you start prepping and playing a character, a part of them becomes you. You wake up thinking you’re Elaheh. You go home thinking you’re Elaheh. You brush your teeth how you think Elaheh brushes her teeth.” Elaheh has immense dancing talent and ability, fostered by intensive training from her mother, who had been a dancer with the Iranian National Ballet until her life was turned upside down when the Ballet was disbanded. To fill the void, she trained Elaheh, her daughter, and turned to heroin. Elaheh, who is tortured by her mother’s death, is compelled to dance with the same passion shown by Afshin and her arrival in the group builds the impetus needed for the group to move forward with their training. Underneath, however, Elaheh tries to hide a secret. She has followed her mother’s footsteps into drug addiction. “At almost every big moment,” says Ms. Pinto, “The moment where Naser is stabbed – she can’t deal with it so she turns away. The ‘hand dance’ – she turns away. Just before the desert dance – she turns away.” At each of these significant moments, Ms. Pinto’s character turns to heroin, the last and most significant of these moments coming after Afshin has invested time and huge energy in helping her quit cold turkey. Just before their desert dance, Afshin finds Elaheh hiding, taking the drug again. “That happened,” says director, Richard Raymond about the film’s depiction of Afshin discovering Elaheh getting high. “Moment for moment. Second for second. Beat for beat. Exactly like that. Just before the desert dance, Afshin found her taking heroin and they danced with him feeling so upset and betrayed.” read more

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Opinion The top Pryority making the case for Browns probowl choice

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor catches a pass under pressure from Baltimore Ravens Lardarius Webb in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy TNSComing off of a monster game against Miami, the Cleveland Browns are looking for ways to utilize their newest emerging weapon: Terrelle Pryor. Last week he recorded 144 yards receiving along with 21 yards rushing, a touchdown and 35 yards passing. Sort of a jack-of-all trades, Pryor found ways to move the ball any way he could. Pryor, a former Ohio State quarterback, has experience throwing the ball in his college days as well as in the NFL. As of late, he has made the transition into the athlete role whether it be as a running back, quarterback or receiver. Originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders, he played quarterback for them in 2011-2013. The Raiders parted ways with Pryor, mainly because of his inconsistent play at the quarterback position. He has struggled mightily as a passer over the past couple of years, but due to depth chart issues he was pushed into the quarterback role once again.It’s clear that the Cleveland Browns are having a rough start to the season. With the injuries to Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Corey Coleman, the Browns are scraping anything they can together to win even one ball game this season. Pryor has taken a step forward and shown he is one of the best athletes on the Browns’ roster. Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is looking forward to using Pryor in various ways the next couple of weeks. Needless to say, Pryor is a shining light in a very, very dark room. Pryor has had flashes of brilliance in the past, but has fallen short many times. His time in Oakland was very inconsistent. He once broke the NFL record for the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in NFL history, however he also threw nearly twice as many interceptions as he did touchdowns in 2013. Browns fans have reason to be excited about Pryor’s talent, but the consistency is still very much in question. In the pre-season, Pryor and Griffin III seemed to have a very good connection. Pryor had multiple receptions over 40 yards including one on opening week against Philadelphia. Pryor’s hands are strong, but questionable as he’s dropped a multitude of passes during the preseason. The return of Josh Gordon to the field was thought to be a good opportunity for Pryor. However, Gordon has delayed his return by entering a rehab center, so defenses will be paying the most attention to Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge. Pryor will have more chances to make plays given that he will no longer be the center of attention. If rookie quarterback Cody Kessler can step up, Pryor has a legitimate shot at reaching the Pro Bowl. The Browns have some deadly weapons in their arsenal going forward, with Pryor being one of the more promising ones. read more

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The US Is Twice As Likely To Win The World Cup As

“Time heals all wounds” is kind of a nonsense saying when it comes to sports. If it were true, rivalries wouldn’t exist and 35-year-olds on the brink of retirement wouldn’t hang on for one last World Cup. More than half the likely starters on the U.S. and Japanese national teams in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday were there for the agony and ecstacy — depending which team you were on — of the 2011 final game, when Japan defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks. Japan now has a chance to repeat history, and join Germany and the U.S. as the only countries to win two World Cup titles. The U.S. is looking to break its 16-year World Cup drought and secure its place in history as the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time (in either the women’s or men’s game).This championship game might not be the greatest of all time, but it’s one with a lot of still-fresh wounds, so here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.Things are more even than they seemBack in 2011, some betting lines put Japan’s chances of beating the U.S. around 28 percent, not so far from where they are this time around. Coming off a huge semifinal win over Germany, FiveThirtyEight’s model says the Americans should win 67 percent of the time, but the two teams’ performances in this World Cup have been pretty similar. Both teams have created the same number of chances (59) and scored the same number of goals (nine), despite having traveled very different paths to the final.It’s likely that goals won’t come easily for either side. The U.S. hasn’t been scored on since its opening game, and Japan has conceded only three goals in six games (one of which was an egregious keeper error). It may very well come down to who can capitalize on the few good opportunities the defense allows, and which team doesn’t miss early chances like the U.S. did in the 2011 final.A battle of two very different stylesJapan is arguably the most technical team in the world; it has had the highest pass completion percentage of any team at the World Cup (80 percent compared to the Americans’ 74 percent) and its players have touched the ball and attempted almost 1.5 times as many passes as the U.S. players. Japan plays a quick, one-and-two-touch style of soccer that is different from the styles of most teams the U.S. has faced so far. The closest comparison is probably Colombia — and the U.S. struggled a bit to win the ball back in the midfield in that game.Where the U.S. will excel against Japan is with its physicality and speed; by pressuring the defense and surprising Japan by playing the ball in behind. This is how the first U.S. goal came at the 2011 World Cup: The midfield collapsed to win the ball back, Megan Rapinoe played a long ball in behind, and Alex Morgan outran her defender and scored with just two touches. In the semifinal game against England this year, Japan struggled when the Lionesses pressured and stepped to win the ball back, and the U.S. must do the same thing if it hopes to break down Japan’s tremendous organization. The Americans are undoubtedly faster and stronger than Japan, but they’ll also need to be able to win the ball from a team that hardly loses it.Slow and steady wins the race (at least for one team)Both teams’ chances of winning didn’t change significantly throughout the tournament aside from a bump after the semifinal games; the U.S. hovered around 30 percent and Japan around 10 percent for the majority of the World Cup. Neither team looked stellar during the group stage — eyes were on Germany, France and even Brazil’s early dominance — but these are the two teams that have made it to the World Cup final.“These are two talented teams with a lot of history and rivalry, and I think it will be a classic matchup,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Sunday’s final. The score in head-to-head matchups is one to one right now — one World cup victory for Japan to one Olympic gold medal for the U.S. — but everyone knows a World Cup trophy tastes sweeter than gold. read more

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Tiger Woods Returns Rusty But Back on PGA Tour

After 109 days outside the ropes, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour Thursday, showing that his surgically repaired back is fine, if not his swing.Woods carded a 3-over 74 after seven bogeys in the opening round of the Quicken LoansNational, a tournament that benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. That’s why he surprised fans by announcing last week that he would make his return this week.The rust was evident, as Woods missed many routine-for-him scramble opportunities at the difficult Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C.. He was 6 over par at one point, but rallied in his last six holes to score three birdies.”I made so many little mistakes,” Woods said. ”So I played a lot better than the score indicated.”From a health standpoint, he said he was fine. ‘The back’s great,” he said. ”I had no issues at all – no twinges, no nothing. It felt fantastic. That’s one of the reasons why I let go on those tee shots. I hit it pretty hard out there.”Woods last played at Doral on March 9, when he closed with a 78 while coping with pain in his lower back. He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31, causing him to miss the Masters and U.S. Open.He made it clear the surprise return was not risking further injury by playing now.Woods found some rhythm on his home holes, hitting an approach from 196 yards on the 467-yard fourth hole to 3 feet, and ending with short birdie putts on the par-3 seventh and short par-4 eighth by wisely using the slopes in the greens to feed it close to the hole.More telling was his final hole. He thought he had a chance to end his round with a 35-foot birdie putt, and as it broke just right of the cup, he quickly dropped to a crouch and then rose up to go mark his ball. That was the best evidence there was no problem with his back.”We saw what happened when he found his rhythm,” one of his Thursday playing partners, Jordan Spieth said. read more

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Beware divorce hour the peak time couples decide to take the plunge

first_imgThis is more than double the levels seen during the same periods in 2016 and 2017. 45 per cent of overnight enquiries came in between 10pm and midnight, and 24 per cent were between 3am and 6am. The figures suggest couples are having crisis talks late into the night which end in a decision to split. They often make the first approach in the early morning and have their first meeting just hours later. But a sizable proportion are also coming from one half of the couple acting alone, experts said. Tracey Moloney, head of family law at Co-op Legal Services, said: “We are seeing more enquiries late at night – I don’t know if it’s because they just want to make some enquiries without their partner knowing or if it’s because they are anxious and can’t sleep.”We are also seeing a spike on a Sunday afternoon. We think that potentially people finish their working week, Saturday can be rather busy, and then Sunday they have lunch with the family and turn their attention back to their spouse.”She added that the greater availability of smart phones and tablets made the first step easier to reach, with people more likely to begin their divorce via Google instead of waiting to make a call during working hours. “We have seen a real increase in people who don’t want to come to the office and talk about it face-to-face, they’re more likely to do it all online now,” she said. Harry Benson, of the Marriage Foundation, said: “Having a smartphone by the bed undoubtedly allows us to execute decisions at unusual hours, for better or worse.”But, he added: “One in ten couples don’t get much further than the divorce application. So it’s never over until it’s over.”But Ms Moloney added that second thoughts were rare as the chance of a couple changing their minds was slim. “We don’t see many reconciliations. We don’t have many divorces that don’t go through whether they’re started at 1pm or 1am. “In the last five years I’ve probably done one where we get so far and then you get an email saying we’re going to give it another go. They are so, so rare,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. January is said to be the busiest time for divorce – but now we also know the peak hour for unhappy couples to decide they want to take the plunge.”Divorce hour” – the busiest time for online enquiries – is between 12.30 and 1am, with 15 per cent of overnight queries coming during this window, according to one set of figures. Figures suggest couples are increasingly likely to decide they want to split during the small hours of the morning.The Co-op said 12 per cent of its enquiries during the busy second weekend of January came in between 10pm and 6am, with similar levels seen during the whole of December. last_img read more

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Take your pick Applications for CAO courses open from today

first_img Image: Shutterstock/dotshock By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 2 Comments AT NOON TODAY, the Central Applications Office (CAO) opens its online applications for students to apply to their preferred courses.Applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €25 before 5.15pm, 20 January. The following closing date is 1 February at 5:15 pm and a fee of €40 applies.To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘Apply’.Potential applicants are advised to read the CAO Handbook and to become familiar with the various guides available in the Student Resources section of the CAO website, including the demo application facility and the video guides explaining the application process.Step-by-stepCAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, reminds applicants that they can practice their application in advance through an online demo application facility available on the CAO website.She takes us through the steps that students can go through to fill in the forms.“Once you have read the CAO Handbook you can go to the CAO website and click on apply. You must enter your personal details and you will also be asked to indicate the qualifications and assessments sections that are relevant to you before making a payment and creating a password.“If all of these steps are completed correctly, you will receive an email containing your CAO application number and the details that CAO holds on file for you.“Once you have registered, you can then log in to your CAO account to provide the additional information required to support your application and to enter your course choices.“It is a good idea to enter some course choices at this stage, however applicants can log in to their account to add, remove or change the order of their courses as many times as they like up to 31 January for no extra charge.“There is no reason to delay registering with CAO. Leaving an application to the last minute causes unnecessary stress. You should obtain your application number and submit any additional information required of you before the deadline,” added Ms Keleghan.The CAO is a mechanism to link secondary school achievements (i.e. points acquired in the Leaving Certificate), to post-Leaving Cert and third level courses.Read: Parent protests: Spanish children are told not to do weekend homeworkRead: School, drinking, sex and depression – the average life of your typical Irish teenager Nov 4th 2016, 6:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/3060934 Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:10 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/dotshock Share118 Tweet Email5 Take your pick: Applications for CAO courses open from today Put your preferred choice first – not the course with the most points. 9,827 Views last_img read more

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Dismay and online anger as prochoice TFMR Ireland excluded from Citizens Assembly

first_img 12,447 Views Pro-choice marchers gather at Merrion Square in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie By Rónán Duffy The advocacy groups were chosen by the chair of the assembly Justice Mary Laffoy after she took feedback from assembly members about the perspectives they wanted to hear from.Laffoy considered a number of factors when making her decision on what groups were required to attend. These included whether the groups were needed to provide new material that had not previously been given to assembly members.The assembly previously witnessed two presentations that dealt specifically with the issue of fatal foetal abnormalities.Laffoy said this week that she hopes the advocacy groups will provide a “calm, reasonable and enlightening series of presentations.”All presentations are submitted to the assembly in advance and the assembly’s secretariat has says it reserves the right to “clarify“ any incorrect claims.Personal stories  Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM How can the volunteer citizens and the public at large get a clear understanding of the issues if the groups most directly affected are excluded from the process?Edwards said that TFMR Ireland wrote to the secretariat of the assembly about their concerns of being left out of the process. Source: Claire/Twitter Share Tweet Email 71 Comments Pro-choice marchers gather at Merrion Square in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Source: TFMR/Twitter A GROUP THAT campaigns for legalised abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities has said that it is ‘dismayed’ that it won’t be presenting at the Citizens’ Assembly.Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland (TFMR Ireland) was not selected as one of the 17 advocacy groups that will address the 99 person assembly next week.Eight of the groups that will present before the assembly are arguing for a change to Ireland’s abortion laws while nine favourUmbrella group the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment was chosen to speak at the assembly and TFMR Ireland are a member of that group.Out of more than 13,500 submissions made to the assembly, 120 submissions were made by advocacy groups and 17 of those groups will have one of their member present in person.TFMR Ireland made a 47 page submission but they were not selected to speak.“We are the only advocacy group that consists solely of women and couples who had their tragedies compounded by being refused the medical care of their choice purely because of the Eighth Amendment,” said chairperson of TFMR Ireland Gerry Edwards has said We consist solely of people who were refused terminations when pregnant because of 8th but @CitizAssembly deny our voices.#repealthe8th— TFMR Ireland (@TFMRIRE) February 21, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3252227 I’m absolutely gutted @TFMRIRE can’t address @CitizAssembly The 99 who get to decide whether it was OK to force me to have a stillbirth.— Claire Cullen Delsol (@DelsolClaire) February 21, 2017 Short URL ‘Dismay’ and online anger as pro-choice TFMR Ireland excluded from Citizens’ Assembly 17 groups were chosen from 120 submissions to present in front the Citizen’s Assembly Next weekend, the assembly will also hear personal stories from women affected by the Eighth Amendment. The assembly’s spokesperson said the women will be chosen in a way that promotes a balanced view of the issue.The content of their presentations has not been confirmed but it is likely it will include a case of fatal foetal abnormality.The women chosen to tell their stories were selected firstly from women who made a submission directly the assembly. It had been stated that women who told a personal story through advocacy groups would not present in person, but the assembly said today that this had changed.“The personal stories cover a range of circumstances and were selected on the basis of balance. Where necessary representative groups where contacted to assist with this, ” according to a spokesperson.Justice Laffoy is mindful of the importance of personal testimony in this discussion and in light of this she will at the March meeting outline the steps the secretariat has taken to draw attention to all of the personal stories received including those made through advocacy groups.The Abortion Rights Campaign had taken issue with the previously stated decision that women who submitted through an advocacy group would not present in person.“We asked women to submit their stories via our submission because we wanted to ensure their voices would be heard by guaranteeing their anonymity, an option not available on the Citizens’ Assembly website,” the group said in a statement yesterday.- This article has been amended to reflected a clarification provided by the Citizens’ Assembly. – Additional reporting by Ronan SmythREAD: Renewed appeal for missing woman whose car was found on Bray promenadeREAD: Tusla boss admits confidence in system ‘may well have been undermined’ Feb 25th 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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The New Apple TV Adds 4K HDR and Not Much Else

first_img The new iPhones were the star of Apple’s event today, but the company had a few other products to show off before the main event. Apple TV was… one of them. We weren’t expecting a huge upgrade for Apple TV this year. The product got a major refresh last year, with a new model that added an app store, Siri and the ability to play games. It also introduced a TV app that collected all the content you had access to in one place. Those were all cool, meaningful additions that made a strong case for getting a new Apple TV. This year’s model still has all those features, now with more pixels.4K and HDR were the highlights of the Apple TV portion of the event. Sadly, the purported majesty of the images they were showing was lost on my 1080p laptop monitor. 4K and HDR look great in person, and I’m sure those at the event were impressed. The problem is they don’t show well streamed over the internet. I’m sure it’ll look beautiful if I ever get one. And a 4k TV. In any case, it’s a logical step up from last year’s model. 4K content is becoming more prevalent now that 4K TVs are finally at a price point normal people can afford. It’s important to have devices that can support that resolution. And it’s about time Apple caught up with Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.(Via Apple)It also makes total sense that Apple would want their device to be capable of producing the most vibrant, detailed images your fancy new TV is capable of displaying. They’ve made no secret about their plans to start making original entertainment content. Who knows what Apple’s movies will be about, but you can bet they’ll be made to take advantage of both these features. Apple is known for making very pretty-looking things. They want to make sure you’ll have the tech to see how pretty they are. Honestly, I can be facetious about Apple’s stuff all day, but 4K and HDR content can look really good. Anything that pushes us closer to both those things becoming standard can’t get here fast enough. I wish it didn’t have to cost so much, but you know. Apple.On the content side, not much is being added, other than 4K versions of movies and TV shows to iTunes. Some good news, if you already own any of the movies being upgraded, you’ll automatically have access to them in 4K. That’s nice. I’ve gotten so used to companies using any excuse to charge me twice for the same content; it came as a pleasant surprise that Apple isn’t going down that road. You’ll also have access to 4K content from other streaming services like Netlfix and Amazon Prime. Yes, Amazon Prime is finally coming to Apple TV. If there was any knock against the device before it’s that Amazon videos had to be AirPlayed from your phone if you wanted to watch them on your TV. Thankfully, enough people realized that was stupid, and now there will be a dedicated app.(Via Apple)Of course, they had to give their standard five minutes to sports. If you like sports, it’ll pop up a notification for when your favorite team is playing. That’s nice, though I can’t see it getting a ton of use. I usually know when my favorite teams are playing. It’ll also show you all the games that are happening on a certain day, and if they’re on, it’ll show you scores and how much time is left. That’s actually pretty cool, especially if you’re into college sports. At the very least, it saves you from having to go back and forth between ESPN, NCAA and whatever conference-specific app is needed to watch certain teams. Now it’s much easier to decide which version of bad football I want to watch.The new version of the Apple TV is pretty much the old version of the Apple TV. It can paint some real pretty pictures, so if you have a TV capable of displaying said pretty pictures, it’ll probably be worth picking one up. It’s definitely worth having one if you’ve already chained yourself to the iPhone. The organization in the TV app is nice, and AirPlay is great if you use a service that doesn’t have an Apple TV app. Or for piracy. I’ve heard. If you already have one though, and you don’t care about 4K or HDR just yet, you can probably skip this year’s model. Unless you absolutely have to play that Journey-looking game. It does look pretty cool.Apple TV 4K will be available on September 22 and will cost $179 or $199.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

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Foreign Affairs investigates labour issue spot checks coming soon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration Fred Mitchell has said an investigation has been launched into employers withholding employee passports following a meeting with the National Congress of Trade Unions (NTUC).Mitchell said the NTUC brought to his attention claims made by the International Labour Organization (ILO) that passports and work permits of foreign national workers were being withheld in The Bahamas.  These actions are illegal according to Bahamian law.   These statements were made by Mitchell to the House of Assembly before it was dissolved.   NTUC has been asked by the ILO to investigate the issue.The company in question has been contacted by the ministry and was not found guilty of wrongdoing.  However, Mitchell added that spot checks would soon be coming for employers.  “The Department of Immigration will be doing spot checks throughout the coming days without notice to employers to ensure that all companies meet their obligations and conform with the accepted practice with regard to this.”Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#foreignaffairsinvestigateslabourissue#NationalCongressofTradeUnions Related Items:#foreignaffairsinvestigateslabourissue, #magneticmedianews, #NationalCongressofTradeUnionslast_img read more

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BAHAMAS United States Charge dAffaires Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Foreign

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Nassau – Charge d’Affaires of the United States of America to The Bahamas, Ms. Stephanie Bowers paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the headquarters of the Ministry on Monday morning, March 5, 2018.  During the meeting, they discussed matters of mutual interest to The Bahamas and the United States.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Nautilus makes profit on tax benefit

first_imgNautilus Inc., a manufacturer of fitness equipment, reported on Monday a profit of $32.9 million for the second quarter of this year, or $1.05 per diluted share. That compares with a net loss of $164,000, or a penny per diluted share, in the same three-month period of 2012.However, the unusually robust earnings came by way of a tax benefit involving the Vancouver-based company’s deferred tax assets.Take the tax benefit out of the equation, and Nautilus experienced a net loss of $1.4 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, in the April-to-June period.And that makes sense: Nautilus’ seasonal business typically slows down in the second quarter.Although the second-quarter softness was indeed in effect this year, CEO Bruce Cazenave said, the company believes its strategic investments in advertising and new products will boost revenues in the latter part of the year and hand the company a profit for all of 2013.“The course we are on is the right one,” Cazenave said during the company’s conference call to discuss its financial results.Nautilus reported overall net sales of $36.24 million in the second quarter, down 8 percent from $39.58 million in the same period a year ago.The company’s direct-to-consumer segment — through which it sells cardio and muscle-building machines by way of TV, social media and other advertising — posted sales of $25.31 million in the second-quarter, up 2.5 percent from $24.70 million in the same period of 2012.Bill McMahon, chief operating officer for Nautilus, said the company’s direct business continues to make progress, with TV and other advertising purchases benefitting sales of the TreadClimber and Bowflex UpperCut devices.last_img read more

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Facebook mistakenly prints Oculus Touch controllers with cryptic messages

first_img Post a comment The messages on final production hardware say “This Space For Rent” & “👁The Masons Were Here.👁” A few dev kits shipped with “👁Big Brother is Watching👁” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!👁” but those were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3] pic.twitter.com/po1qyQ10Um— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019 “[T]hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets. We’ve already removed the messages from hardware moving forward, but tens of thousands of consumer units will contain these messages when Quest and Rift S ship in the spring,” Facebook representative Johanna Peace said in an email. Peace said the company has conducted a full review of what happened and examined its processes across the board to see what could be improved.Originally published April 12, 4:17 p.m. PT.Correction, 4:32 p.m. PT: This story originally misstated the phrases that would be on the controllers being sold to the public. The devices being sold publicly will say “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” 3:16 First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S You might notice something weird if you ordered controllers with your Oculus VR headset. T3 Magazine/Getty Images Facebook might’ve gone a bit too 1984 this time. The company accidentally printed several weird phrases onto its Touch controllers that’ll come with its Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets. The messages read “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” A few developer kits shipped with the phrases “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!””Unfortunately, some ‘easter egg’ labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers,” Nate Mitchell, Oculus’ co-founder, tweeted on Friday. Mitchell went on to say the messages were inappropriate and should’ve been removed. Facebook owns Oculus. “The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we’ve fixed our process so this won’t happen again,” Mitchell said. Mentioned Above Oculus Touch See it Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Oculus Touch Tags 0 See It Oculus Facebook $199 Share your voice $204 Mobile Preview • Oculus Rift’s motion-sensitive Oculus Touch controllers coming December 6 for $199last_img read more

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Alaska job forecast holds steady despite plunging oil prices

first_imgThe most recent forecast from the Alaska Department of Labor predicts only modest job losses in 2016.As oil prices have dropped to levels that were unthinkable just a year ago, many Alaskans are wondering whether the state is facing economic calamity.The short answer is: not yet. Last year, the state added jobs, despite plunging oil prices. In fact, oil and gas employment reached a record high in 2015.In its annual employment forecast, out this month, the Alaska Department of Labor predicts modest job losses in the year ahead. Those losses are expected to be concentrated in the oil and gas industry; in state government, where budget cuts are expected to cull the ranks of state workers; and in the construction industry, which relies on both oil and gas and government spending for projects.If the forecast is right, it will be the first net job loss the state has seen since 2009. But the Department anticipates the decline will be less than one percent — and doesn’t expect major ripple effects.We spoke with state labor economist Neal Fried, to ask how it’s possible that at $30 dollars a barrel, Alaska is still doing pretty well.Download AudioFRIED: When we look at oil industry employment for 2015, we started out the year quite strong. In other words, employment numbers at the first part of 2015 were the highest they’d ever been, and by the time we got to the end of last year, we started to lose ground compared to 2015. So we saw that trend happen.And we saw that with state government as well. A little different. It started out slightly negative in 2015, and as the year went by, by the time the third quarter was over, we started seeing numbers that were a thousand or more lower than they were the previous year. So we’ve seen those two clear signals that come probably as a result of lower oil prices.But again, if I just looked at total employment, total income, those big, big numbers, it would be hard to find.WALDHOLZ: Hard to find any signal of $30 a barrel oil right now?FRIED: That’s correct.WALDHOLZ: And are you surprised that we’re not seeing a bigger impact yet?FRIED: I am sort of surprised. We are in sort of uncharted waters. I forecast Anchorage, and last year I actually forecasted us to lose ground, employment-wise. And we didn’t, I was wrong. We actually ended up slightly positive in 2015. And as I said, we are forecasting again this year, statewide and for all the areas that we forecast for, we are forecasting some job loss, overall job loss, and that is tied to the price of oil.Most of the job losses that we’re looking at, that we think are going to occur, are tied to state government and the oil industry, and things tied to that industry.WALDHOLZ: Turning to the oil and gas industry itself, there have been a few announcements of high-profile layoffs – at ConocoPhillips, BP. But overall, how is the industry doing?FRIED: Well, right now, if you look at the numbers right now, they still look relatively high from an historical perspective. But that could change.The biggest numbers out there in the oil sector are not the producers, are not the BPs and the Conocos. It’s really the service companies that are the biggest players, the drillers, the service companies like Halliburton or Doyon Services. And so we’re waiting to see what happens there. And you’re less likely to get a public announcement from that side of the industry, although I think eventually we will hear about it. And we do get their numbers, so eventually that will be calculated in our monthly employment statistics.WALDHOLZ: How is Alaska different than, say, North Dakota? Where you’ve seen companies go bankrupt, where you’ve seen big layoffs, where you’ve seen rigs come out of the ground. It seems like our oil industry just operates differently, we can’t bust as fast just because we aren’t built that way.FRIED: I think part of it may be that. That’s going to be answered in the next year or two. We appear to be more project-based. When you undertake a project in Alaska, it’s usually a pretty big one. So if you’re in the middle of it, or a third of the way through, you’re not going to just probably quit. On the other hand, if you’re in a place where you can just punch lots of holes in the ground, drive a truck somewhere on a road and punch holes, you can end that activity, as well, much more quickly. So it’s much easier to shut things down in many of those places.Neal Fried also serves on Alaska Public Media’s Board of Directors.last_img read more

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Tomball Cancels Its Independence Day Celebrations And Fireworks

first_img Share The City of Tomball has canceled its Independence Day celebrations and fireworks.Tomball officials said severe weather expected on July 4th prompted the decision. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent possibility of severe thunderstorms in the Houston area.Severe thunderstorms, heavy downpours and strong winds are forecast to move through the Houston region as early as Tuesday evening and last through the week.Houston city officials have not yet announced whether its Freedom Over Texas concert and fireworks will be canceled.1/2 Latest forecast data for Independence Day still supports thunderstorm activity. Some of the storms could be soakers with heavy rainfall and lightning. The trend with the forecast data is that the storm system may be moving such that… #houwx #txwx #bcswx pic.twitter.com/PLkXZHvJ0b— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) July 1, 2018 2/2 …most of the activity will be in the morning and early afternoon. Don’t get your hopes up too much, but thunderstorms could be done in time for fireworks. *insert “so you’re saying there’s a chance” GIF*— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) July 1, 2018last_img read more

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Rescue Diver Reveals Unseen Messages Left by Thai Cave Boys

first_img Watch: Rafters Rescued After Boat Flips Over Waterfall in PennsylvaniaMan Injured After Falling From Cliff Into Volcano Caldera in Hawaii “We walked to the far end of the cave to discover many writings on the walls. These were writings by the desperate team of 13 young boys trapped in the dark,” Paasi wrote in a blog post.According to Paasi, they also found that one of the boys had carved his Facebook address on the wall.“We found markings in Thai like ’13 boys lost’… and then there were dates like June 26,” he said. “It was intense.”Paasi was one of more than 90 divers who saved the boys and their coach after a shock monsoon trapped them inside the cave for an agonizing 18 days last year. It was one of the most dangerous rescues in history.Aside from messages and carvings, Paasi and the team also found other “lost relics” in the cave.Still partially buried in rocks, in a sort of makeshift altar, Paasi found the 20 baht note the Wild Boars soccer team “offered” to the spirits to help get them out of the cave safely.“I remember thinking that this note did its job and was well spent, since here we are now after 9 months, Paasi wrote. “The youngest of the boys is now 12 and living his life fully.”The team took the note, which is now on display at the Rescue Museum in Mae Sai.Paasi and the team also came across the hand-dug tunnel, about 19-feet deep, that the boys made in a desperate attempt for escape.Space blankets, air tanks, and other rescue equipment were still found in the chamber where the soccer team was eventually found.According to Paasi, returning to the cave gave him more insight on last year’s rescue. Observing the site, now that the cave wasn’t flooded, revealed the sheer amount of sand in the cave, which would have made the access to the boys impossible, had they been left there over the rainy season.Paasi also realized the enormous size of the chamber, measuring over 164 feet in length and over 32 feet in height, which gave the boys a lot of ground to stay dry on. “It [made it] easier to understand how the kids were able to survive through the 17 days,” he said.More on Geek.com:Man Survives Hours Lost at Sea By Turning Jeans Into Flotation DeviceWorld’s Largest Cave Could Be Bigger Than Previously ThoughtSnowbound Oregon Man Survives for Five Days on Taco Sauce Packets Stay on targetcenter_img One year after the Thai cave rescue that gripped the world, one of the hero divers that helped rescue the young soccer team has revealed previously unseen messages and markings the boys made in the cave walls in desperation.Diver Mikko Paasi, 44, returned to the cave with Thai Navy SEALs and one of the rescued boys, and found haunting carvings, such as children’s names and the words “lost boys,” that the soccer team left behind.last_img read more

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This Unassuming Kitchen Tool Blocks WiFi So You Can Take Back Mealtime

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. May 11, 2015 2 min read Sick of family members blankly staring at their smartphones at the dinner table? Give them the grind — the anti-tech pepper grind.Sourced from: Dolmio Australia | YouTubeThe creative masterminds at Australian pasta sauce maker Dolmio have cooked up a pepper grinder that looks like your standard wooden pepper mill, only it does something way better than crush peppercorns — it crushes Wi-Fi. With a quick turn of the clever spice mill, the surrounding Wi-Fi signal is killed, allowing you to stealthily take back family mealtime or any other precious human interaction time that electronics have hijacked.Related: This Gadget Makes Your Entire Kitchen ‘Smart’The sneaky Dolmio Pepper Hacker, modified with special electrical components stashed inside, doesn’t just shut down area Wi-Fi. It also disables nearby TVs, smartphones and tablets. Evil, right? Evil genius, we say. All the while, it spices your food to help keep up the ruse.The grinder’s creators invented the Wi-Fi killer to bring technology-addicted families back together. In other words, less Facebook, more facetime. And drumming up some press doesn’t hurt, either.Related: Modernist Cuisine’s Food Lab and the Science of FlavorCheck out the grinder in glorious action: Instead of a kill switch, the pepper grinder has a kill twist. A quick twist of the crusher shuts down devices for 30 minutes, enough time to break bread and catch up with your fellow humans minus the gadget gazing. To pull off the covert trick, the pepper grinder works with an app called AirWatch, which remotely switches off devices.While you’re probably salivating over the opportunity to buy one, these handy devices aren’t available to the public just yet. Dolmio produced only a limited number of the tricksters for testing. Still, it’s a cool concept — nothing to sneeze at.Related: OMG Yes: A Smart Mattress Cover That Can Brew Your Morning Coffeecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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