Restaurant owner jailed 90 days fined for failing to pay staff as

first_imgTORONTO – The owner of a now defunct Toronto-area restaurant chain has been jailed for 90 days for failing to comply with a government order to pay former employees wages and other money they were owed.In addition, Ontario court justice of the peace Karen Walker fined Yuk Yee (Ellen) Pun and the companies behind the Regal restaurant chain $900,000 for the failure.In one of the largest cases of its kind, Pun and the corporations she controlled breached Ontario employment laws by failing to pay more than 60 employees $676,000 in wages, overtime and other mandatory compensation. In June, 2015, the Ministry of Labour ordered her to pay them more than $457,000.However, Pun and her companies failed to pay the full amount, prompting Walker to convict them in Newmarket, Ont., this week under the Employment Standards Act. All pleaded guilty to the charges.Avvy Go, a lawyer with the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic in Toronto, said the punishment meted out is not common.“It is one of the few cases where the court has imposed a jail sentence on a director of a company for failing to comply with the Employment Standard Act,” Go said in a statement. “This sentence shows the seriousness of the breach committed by Ellen Pun and her companies.”The Ministry of Labour said the claimants were administrative staff, food services providers and cleaning staff. Many spoke little English and required an interpreter and the legal aid clinic to file their claims.Between June 2013 and April 2014, the ministry received 68 complaints from employees of the 12 corporate defendants, none of whom is still in business. Each claim involved unpaid wages ranging from a few hundred dollars to as much as $45,000 earned from May 2013 into February of 2014, the ministry said.Although the total amount the workers were short-changed was more than $676,000, the ministry could not legally order restitution of more than $457,000 plus an administrative fee. However, Pun paid only $104,800, leading to the court case and sentence.“It sends a strong message to other employers that they must respect the rights of their employees under the law,” Go said.The restaurants shut down in 2013, leaving the employees without jobs, weeks or months of back pay, and termination money. In all, 68 individuals filed claims. The initial Labour Ministry order followed a year-long investigation.Among the dozen corporate entities fined in the case were Ellen’s Health Food, Ellen’s Investment Holding and various numbered companies.Coincidentally, the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused Pun’s leave to contest her unrelated fraud conviction and 30-month jail sentence. In that case, an Ontario court convicted her after she convinced a doctor to give her $620,000 to buy land but the money vanished and no land was ever purchased.last_img read more

Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Death Leaves Stunt Community Asking Tough Questions

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Veterans question the decision by producers to give the green light for the motorcycle scene to SJ Harris, a professional racer, rather than a more experienced film pro: “It absolutely could have been prevented.”Hollywood stunt performers are, by and large, united in their desire for film and television sets to be as safe as possible. They earn their keep by testing the limits in dangerous and often uncontrollable settings.But their insistence on this point also may explain why, in the wake of the tragic accident on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2, in which a 40-year-old professional motorcycle rider named Joi “SJ” Harris was killed, they have already started to ask whether Harris should have been driving the Ducati motorcycle in the first place for that film’s scene. “She was a highly qualified motorcyclist racer but not an experienced stunt person,” says Conrad Palmisano, a veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director with 47 years in the entertainment industry, including credits on Sleepless in Seattle, 21 Jump Street and scores of other productions. Palmisano expresses concerns about Harris’ racing background and how it would prepare her for this particular stunt. “It is my understanding that she is reported to be a pro racer,” he says. “But she rode 300cc cycles. The one she crashed on was 900cc motorcycle — much bigger, more powerful.”Harris hailed from New York and was widely lauded for becoming one of the country’s first and most successful black, female motorcycle riders. She was featured in a 2015 profile in Black Girls Ride magazine. Her social media feeds were paeans to the world of motorcycle riding, and her role in bringing that culture to a wider, more diverse audience had been recognized.The Deadpool 2 production was her very first job on a movie set. Several stunt people say her skills on the racetrack notwithstanding, the stunt work on Monday called for a professional stunt worker. Harris, they worry, was given the job less due to her professional riding chops and more because as a body double, her skin tone was a closer match with actress Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in the film.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Eight Maliseet communities celebrate Treaty Day for first time in history

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsIt was a historical weekend for the Maliseet in New Brunswick.For the first time since the document was ratified, eight communities celebrated Treaty Day, marking the 290th anniversary of the Treaty of 1725.The Treaty of 1725 is the first of what are now known as the Peace and Friendship Treaties with the Crown in the Maritime Provinces. To some, the treaty does more than just protect fishing and hunting rights.For the chiefs, the focus of the celebration was not only about honouring the past; but also about moving forward as a sovereign, unified nation.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

New Brunswick Green party offers plan to address heavy student debt loads

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Green party is pledging to help ease the debts of university and college students if the Greens form government.Leader David Coon says New Brunswick graduates carry student debts that are 50 per cent higher than the national average.He says that debt load is preventing graduates from accessing capital to buy homes, start businesses.Coon says his party commits to the long-term goal of universal, free tuition in the province’s post-secondary institutions.He says they would also eliminate interest on provincial student loans, as has been done in neighbouring Nova Scotia.Coon says a Green government would also reinstate the tuition rebate program for recent graduates.last_img read more

Asian stocks mostly higher following Wall Street recovery

first_imgSINGAPORE — Share prices were mostly higher in Asia in narrow trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Wall Street’s recovery from steep losses helped boost sentiment despite discouraging data from the United States.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 0.7 per cent to 21,646.55 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.4 per cent to 26,070.33. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.9 per cent to 5,691.30. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.3 per cent to 2,069.95. The Shanghai Composite shed 0.2 per cent to 2,647.35. Shares fell in Taiwan but rose in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.WALL STREET: Major indexes bounced back from two days of steep losses as retailers, technology and internet companies posted strong gains. The S&P 500 index added 0.3 per cent to 2,649.93 and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.9 per cent to 6,972.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was almost flat at 24,464.69. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks jumped 1.3 per cent to 1,488.28. U.S. markets will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and will be open for a half-day on Friday.U.S. DATA: Sales of existing homes in the U.S. rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak, the National Association of Realtors announced Wednesday. Sales jumped 1.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million in October from 5.15 million a month earlier. Still, the new numbers were still down 5.1 per cent from a year ago. Durable goods orders also fell 4.4 per cent last month from September, the largest amount in 15 months, with commercial and military aircraft leading the decline. This could point at adverse effects of a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, who have imposed additional tariffs on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Basically the same issues — higher U.S. rates, trade, tech correction and fears of its morphing into weaker global growth — are continuing to keep investors on edge,” Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, said in an interview.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 2 cents to $54.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.20 to close at $54.63 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gave up 36 cents to $63.12. It finished 95 cents higher at $63.48 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 113.05 yen from 113.07 yen late Wednesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1403 from $1.1383.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

ITS conducting phone maintenance Oct 17

Information Technology Services will be conducting critical telephone system maintenance Oct. 17 from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.During that time there will be no telephone service anywhere at the main St. Catharines campus.This includes all incoming and outgoing lines, student residence, emergency, and elevator telephones.Elevators will not be functional, and access to campus buildings will be limited during that time.

On second day UNIraq talks continue at expert level

“There will be several meetings of experts on issues related to the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC),” UN spokeswoman Marie Okabe told reporters at UN Headquarters, where the talks are being held.She said the UN team was led by UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix, while the Iraqi side was represented by Dr. Jafaar Dhia Jafaar, Presidential Adviser, and General Amir H. Al-Saadi, Adviser from the Presidential Office.The talks, set to run through Friday, began yesterday with a one-on-one meeting between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, followed by the meeting between the two delegations. read more

London Bridge terrorists took steroids before launching attack court hears

first_imgChief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC said he hoped the inquests would provide grieving families with answers and give “comfort in such difficult circumstances”.Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the coroner, said the inquests were of great public importance and would be “full, rigorous and fair”. 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. The terrorists who killed eight people in the London Bridge and Borough Market attack were pumped up on steroids, a pre-inquest hearing has been told.Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba had all taken a substance called DHEA shortly before the attack on June 3 last year, the Old Bailey heard.A toxicologist will be called to give evidence at their inquest next year after it was found levels in their systems were above the acceptable physiological range.Eight people were killed when the three men ploughed into pedestrians in a white van on the bridge then stabbed evening revellers in the nearby market with 12-inch ceramic knives.The victims were: Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, as well as Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39.The attackers were shot and killed by police at the scene. He said he would first hear the inquests into the deaths of the victims at the Old Bailey in early 2019 followed by a jury inquest into the deaths of the attackers.Lawyer Victoria Ailes, representing five of the victims’ families, said they were particularly concerned to find out about any CCTV footage or mobile phone film showing the attacks on their loved-ones.Mr Lucraft ordered that any applications for anonymity in the inquests, including from two families of the attackers, be made in advance. London Bridge terrorists Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef ZaghbaCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA center_img Among those to be represented are the security services, police, fire authority and ambulance service as well as the families of both victims and attackers.The inquests would examine what MI5 knew about Butt before the attack, the court heard.The coroner ordered the inquests into the three knifemen be heard separately to their victims during the pre-inquest hearing attended by family members.Video: How the attackers brought terror to London Some 1,800 witness statements have already been taken for the inquests. Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghbalast_img read more

UCB Comic Asks for 1 Million on YouTube and Gets It

first_imgIt sounds like something out of a dream: you ask for $1 million, your phone rings, and a millionaire offers you exactly what you asked for. Well, it seems that dreams really do come true — thanks to YouTube. A few months ago, 27-year-old Craig Rowin, a comic who does improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, posted a video on YouTube asking for any millionaire to come forward and give him $1 million. Besides his work at the UCB theater, he also is a contributor to The Onion and its TV show, Onion SportsDome, and is the head writer and director for the ESPN.com webseries, “The Pretty Good Sports Show.” Rowin’s “Please Give Me One Million Dollars” video starts with Rowin saying that the video is only for millionaires or people who know millionaires.“Please give me $1 million. Now you have millions and millions of dollars. Give me one million. I don’t need it for anything specific, but I think it would be awesome.” After a comical video, shown below, he asks the millionaires to e-mail him at PleaseGiveMeOneMillionDollars@gmail.com.So, what happened after the video went public? Rowin received lots of e-mails, and finally, a man named Benjamin called to make him an offer. Really. It worked. Rowin will receive the check for $1 million live onstage at the UCB theater on February 2. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some available the day of the show. You can check out the second video with a clip of Benjamin the Millionaire’s call after the jump.last_img read more

Xbox SmartGlass What is it and what does it do

first_imgXbox SmartGlass is coming out on October 26, the same day as Windows 8, but what is Xbox SmartGlass? SmartGlass is a completely free app that connects all your Android, iOS, and Windows 8 tablets, mobiles and PC devices to your Xbox, opening up a whole range of new possibilities.If you’re watching a movie on your tablet and want to watch it on your TV instead, the app enables you to use a new option called “play on Xbox 360“, selecting this instantly streams the movie from your tablet to your Xbox from right where you left off. While you’re watching the said film on your TV, the tablet will display information about the movie such as which actors are currently on screen and you can also go back to a previous part of the movie using your tablet as the controller, with an easy to use interface.A similar thing can be done with music, simply select a track on your tablet and click “play on Xbox 360”, your tablet will then display other tracks or artists you may like in relation to what you are listening to as well as acting as a controller.Exploring the internet on your Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon has become even easier too, whatever you’re currently viewing on your phone online you can send to your Xbox. You can then view the webpage using your phone as the controller, using all the same gestures you use on your phone including scrolling, pinching, zooming and entering text using your phones keyboard. If you need to go out but don’t want to lose what you were looking at online, simply choose which device you want to view it on, for example, your tablet, and select “play here” and the webpage will appear.Even when you’re watching sports on your Xbox you can interact with your tablet by voting for which team you think will win, you can then compare the results with your friends predictions on Xbox Live. SmartGlass also enables you to look at team statistics and re-watch important match highlights while you’re watching a game.Xbox SmartGlass is a great sounding free app that wants to change how you use all your connected devices. It will be interesting to see how well it works when it’s released on October 26 — it just might have a chance at doing that.[Image Credit: Xbox]last_img read more

Dublin north inner city locals object to charity homeless support centre opening

first_img Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 19 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM 49 Seville Place Image: Google Maps. 19,975 Views RESIDENTS IN DUBLIN’S north inner city are objecting to a planned charity advice centre opening in their area.Residents of North Wall – which encompasses Sheriff Street, Crinan Strand, Seville Place and other areas – in Dublin say a new information and advocacy service will displace a community creche that has been operating in the area for 17 years.The residents lodged an official appeal after planning permission was granted for the new facility, which will be run by social support charity Crosscare – the official charity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.The facility will be located at No. 49 Seville Place. Permission was granted for the refurbishment of the building in December, with a view to Crosscare opening its service there.The building in question belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (effectively it is Crosscare’s building).A Crosscare spokesperson said that the building will:Provide direct information and advocacy services in the areas of housing, homelessness, social welfare, immigration issues, health and wellbeing-related issues for those most need of support.In a submission to Dublin City Council objecting against the facility, local woman Elaine Dooley said that the facility would not be good for the area for a variety of reasons.“Our local school sits right facing this building and the community are not happy about this and the fact that strangers will be in and out of our community all day every day,” Dooley said in the letter.“Plus there is a creche on the premises and been there for the last 17 years. For their refurbishment to go ahead this creche will be put out and the staff and children will have nowhere to go.“This creche should have been offered this building to also house our after school project.Crosscare is not beneficial to our community.The submission contains over 200 signatures of residents from the local area.The North Wall Community Association also submitted an observation in relation to the centre, asking that strict conditions be attached to its opening.“There is a large degree of concern and anxiety surrounding this proposal within the local population,” the association said.“The North Wall has suffered over the last 30 years from a deliberate policy of social exclusion, lack of housing, lack of jobs – high levels of anti-social behaviour.This proposal is being viewed in some quarters as a continuation of the longstanding policy of dumping.Locals are worry that additional social supports services will be bad for the area, which already suffers from drug crime and antisocial behaviour.CrecheCeline McCann set up the creche and the after school support programme on Seville Place 18 years ago as a response to a need in the community.A local woman, she runs ASESP (the Afterschools Education & Support Programme)  for youths for ages three to 18 years.ASESP does not have its own dedicated centre and so the services are spread across a number of different buildings in the north inner city.“We’re good for the community,” McCann told TheJournal.ie.“To be honest with you we’ve had staff that left school at 14 who have gone on then to do degrees and they’re now here working for us permanently,” she said.It’s causing a ripple effect across the entire community.ASESP employs 35 staff and caters for 130 children from the area. It is mostly funded by the Department of Social Protection and Pobal.McCann said she has been fighting for years to try to get a dedicated building for all of the services she provides but has had a lot of trouble sourcing a place.Nine staff work with 32 children at the facility on Seville Place.“Because we know Crosscare are moving into the parish priest’s house we’ve been looking for a new place,” McCann told TheJournal.ie.A spokesperson for Crosscare said that McCann’s programme “no longer consider the building as a good base for their service”.“Crosscare is working with them to find better accommodation locally. They will not move until a suitable building has been secured,” the spokesperson said.McCann said that her Programme was being asked to leave by Crosscare and that they were effectively being evicted.“We’ve been asked to leave [by Crosscare],” said McCann.“We haven’t been given a date yet but we’ll know when we get one,” she said.We’d like to leave if we had a purpose-built building – I don’t think Crosscare is going to wait that long. We’ll have to wait and see. Share175 Tweet Email2 Dublin north inner city locals object to charity homeless support centre opening in their area Residents of North Wall lodged an official appeal after planning permission was granted for a new facility. Objection Planning permission was granted for the refurbishment of the building on 14 December last year.Elaine Dooley has since appealed that decision and it has been sent to An Bord Pleanála for a final ruling.In her appeal, Dooley restates that she is writing on behalf of the community and lists the points she raised in the initial objection, as well as others.“Crosscare will deal with unemployment, immigration and homelessness and will bring many transients into an already desperate community affected by strangers coming in to buy drugs at all hours,” Dooley said.She also said losing the creche would be “a major blow to our young children and mothers in our area”.Dooley also listed off a number of similar services that are already present in immediate the local area, which include:An aftercare recovery group for recovering drug addicts next doorThe Oasis and Deora addiction counselling services around the cornerA residential home for at risk teens across the roadAs well as these, two local primary schools are located across the road from the building.“Our community tries to its best to help one another and we feel it would be detrimental to this community if Crosscare moving in is allowed to happen,” said Dooley.We as a community strongly appeal for the decision granted to Crosscare be overturned.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dooley said that she understood that Crosscare did good work, but that the centre wasn’t needed in the area.In response to queries, a Crosscare spokesperson said that it was planning a refurbishment of the building to locate its information and advocacy services.“These vital services provide direct information and advocacy services in the areas of housing, homelessness, social welfare, immigration issues, health and wellbeing-related issues for those most need of support,” the spokesperson said.They said that Crosscare was committed to working with the local community so that it could “provide the best service possible”.“With this in mind, a public information meeting took place  in the local Parish Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole a number of weeks ago where Crosscare and parish staff spoke of the planned developments and answered questions from all who attended,” they said.Dublin City Council said that its decision to grant the planning application had been appealed and that the final decision now rested with An Bord Pleanála.Read: Apollo House will soon be a thing of the past as demolition work beginsRead: The firm behind Ireland’s largest homeless family hub was previously paid millions to run a Direct Provision centre 49 Seville Place Image: Google Maps. 32 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3853163 Feb 19th 2018, 12:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A cake day full of syrup

first_imgOn Wednesday March 30, the newly elected Monash Hellenic Student Society Committee (MHSS) held their annual Greek Cake Day. Under the watchful eye of their grandmothers, the students donned their aprons the night before to reproduce some of their most sacred family recipes. The stall featured an array of cakes to cater for all. Those with a very sweet tooth indulged in the syrup doused galaktobouriko and revani whereas students who felt a bit peckish as they rushed between classes grabbed a kourabie, cupcake or truffle. Halva and loukoumia were available to cater for those who were fasting and resident barista, committee member Phillip Vasiliadis, also provided a coffee fix for students with his frappes. The event proved to be a great opportunity for members of MHSS as well as the wider Monash University community to meet the new committee and have a chat to them about upcoming events. Presidents Mike Kourkoulis and Steph Manatakis were excited to see how lively the Greek social scene was at the University, with members and non-members embracing the opportunity to enjoy the cultural experience. They hope to continue the amazing work of previous Presidents Jonathon Kasapidis and Angelique Mylonas in promoting the Greek Australian culture and social scene at the university. The next major event, the club’s annual Tavern Night, is to be held May 13 at Yiannis Tavern. It is sure to be a night of great food, good company and dancing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Création dun tiers payant pour les familles modestes

first_imgCréation d’un tiers payant pour les familles modestesFrance – La ministre de la Santé et des Sports, Roselyne Bachelot, a annoncé hier que les familles bénéficiant de l’ACS (Aide à l’acquisition d’une complémentaire de santé) pourront prochainement également avoir droit à un tiers payant social, afin de ne plus avoir à avancer les frais de santé remboursés par la Sécu. Ce tiers payant fait partie du “règlement arbitral” qui définit les rapports entre l’Assurance maladie et les médecins libéraux. Grâce à lui, les familles modestes bénéficiaires de l’ACS ne devront plus avancer d’argent pour les dépenses de santé remboursées par la Sécurité sociale. Une avancée chère à Roselyne Bachelot, qui place l’accès aux soins de santé pour tous au cœur de sa politique.Le règlement arbitral doit paraître aujourd’hui au Journal Officiel. Il est également question dans ce document de l’augmentation de la tarification des médecins généralistes que Nicolas Sarkozy a annoncé la 16 avril dernier. Cette revalorisation aura un coût de 300 millions d’euros. Le 5 mai 2010 à 16:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Javier Hernandez ready for West Hams crucial winter schedule

first_imgWest Ham United forward Javier Hernandez plans to give his all ahead of the club’s busy winter period of Premier League gamesTonight’s game with Cardiff City will be the first of seven league games in the space of a month for West Ham.Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton will all be awaiting them over the Christmas period.But Chicharito, who scored twice in his first start since October in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, views the fixture list as an opportunity to gain some much-needed points.Currently, West Ham are only six points above the relegation zone in the Premier League after winning just four of their opening 14 matches.“December is always crucial for us to get as many points as we can and to achieve the goals we want to,” Chicharito told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are all going to be ready now for the [Christmas] period and we know that recovery will now be crucial as well as training.“People don’t give enough credit to that and to how important recovery is and you have to be ready, always.“I’m used to playing for Mexico and since I came to Europe, I haven’t had any summer off – only when it was the Olympics and I didn’t go with the national team, when I was with Manchester United.“So it’s normal for me [not to have a break]. The worse thing for me was the virus that I got, and it was just a case of waiting for that to go away and that virus got me almost five weeks away.“That was crucial but thankfully I’ve got into my best shape physically and thankfully the manager can recall me and I can return with goals.”Chicharito has scored four goals in 11 appearances for West Ham this season.last_img read more

Police Man killed after jumping off SLS Brickell patio

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man jumped to his death from the patio of a luxury high-rise in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, Sunday afternoon, police said.According to City of Miami Police, they received a call that a male had jumped out of a patio at the SLS Hotel and Residences Brickell, located at 1300 S. Miami Ave, at around 5 p.m.The caller said the person hit the ground below.Police responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead.Investigators have not ruled this a suicide, as they continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dallas Seavey wins 2016 Iditarod in record time

first_imgDallas Seavey, pictured here in Galena, is the race’s newest four-time champion.(Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Dallas Seavey is the Iditarod’s newest four-time champion. He crossed beneath the Burled Arch in Nome at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday with six dogs and hugged his family and championship dogs. His family now owns six titles, including two from his father, Mitch. His grandfather, Dan Seavey, ran the first Iditarod in 1973.Seavey’s 2016 race set a new speed mark at 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds. Seavey broke the 2014 record in which he bypassed Aliy Zirkle in a blizzard outside of the Safety checkpoint.At 29-years-old, Seavey is the youngest musher to reach four titles. It took him 10 years of racing to become one of the seven mushers who have won four or more races. And for the second-straight year, Mitch Seavey finished second to his son Dallas. The younger Seavey left White Mountain with a 39-minute edge over his father.Seavey banked rest into his team throughout the early part of the race before taking his 24-hour break in Cripple. He then began a series of runs that separated him from the competition until it was a three-man race between him, Mitch Seavey, and Brent Sass. Like in his previous victories, Seavey proved untouchable on the coast and was able to open up a gap on his veteran competitors.Dallas Seavey is one of only four mushers to win three Iditarods in a row. With a decade of Iditarod racing under his belt, Dallas ties with Doug Swingley for third for the fewest number of races it took to achieve the elusive fourth victory.Seavey wins a Dodge truck and $75,000 check for the victory.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | May 28, 2013 Canvys Launches 6 MP Display, QC Vue The 6 MP monitor allows for readings of both grayscale and color images Related Content Photo courtesy of US Electronics News | Quality Assurance (QA) | April 04, 2019 Varian Halcyon Commissioned at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center With IBA’s myQA Halo IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the successful commissioning of the Varian Halcyon at the Radiation Oncology… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more center_img News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more May 28, 2013 — The Canvys Healthcare team has launched its new Image Systems 6 megapixel (MP) display with LED backlights, and the quality control (QC) Vue browser-based, zero-footprint QC tool for mobile devices and displays. The new 30-inch widescreen, color display features LED backlights that provide high brightness and contrast.The 6 MP monitor allows for readings of both grayscale and color images and can be used as two seamless 3 MP heads or one wide-screen 6 MP display.For more information: www.canvys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more last_img read more

OpenAI Five bots destroyed human Dota 2 players this weekend

first_imgLast week, the team at OpenAI made it possible for humans to play the OpenAI Five bot at Dota 2 online. The results were staggering – over a period of just a few days, from April 18 to April 21, OpenAI Five had a win rate of 99.4%, winning 7,215 games (that includes humans giving up and abandoning their games 3,140 times) and losing only 42. But perhaps we shouldn’t be that surprised. The artificial intelligence bot did, after all, defeat OG, one of the best e-sports teams on the planet earlier this month. What does OpenAI Five’s Dota 2 dominance tell us about artificial intelligence? The dominance of OpenAI Five over the weekend is important because it indicates that it is possible to build artificial intelligence that can deal with complex strategic decision-making consistently. Indeed, that’s what sets this experiment apart from other artificial intelligence gaming challenges – from the showdown with OG to DeepMind’s AlphaZero defeating a professional Go and chess players, bots are typically playing individuals or small teams of players. By taking on the world, it would appear that OpenAI have developed an artificial intelligence system that a large group of intelligent humans with specific domain experience have found it consistently difficult to out-think. Learning how to win The key issue when it comes to artificial intelligence and games – Dota 2 or otherwise – is the ability of the bot to learn. One Dota 2 gamer, quoted on a Reddit thread, said “the bots are locked, they are not learning, but we humans are. We will win.” This is true – up to a point. The reality is that they aren’t locked – they are, in fact, continually learning, processing the consequences of every decision that is made and feeding it into its system. And although adaptability will remain an issue for any artificial intelligence system, the more games it plays and the more strategies it ‘learns’ it will essentially build adaptability into its system. This is something OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman noted when responding to suggestions that OpenAI Five’s tiny proportion of defeats indicates a lack of adaptability. “When we lost at The International (100% vs pro teams), they said it was because Five can’t do strategy. So we trained for longer. When we lose (0.7% vs the entire Internet), they say it’s because Five can’t adapt.” It’s important to remember that this doesn’t necessarily signal that much about the possibility of Artificial General Intelligence. OpenAI Five’s decision making power is centered around a very specific domain – even if it is one that is relatively complex. However, it does highlight that the relationship between video games and artificial intelligence is particularly important. On the one hand, video games are a space that can help us develop AI further and explore the boundaries of what’s possible. But equally, AI will likely evolve the way we think about gaming – and esports – too. Read next: How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can turbocharge a Game Developer’s careerlast_img read more

UKs Ambassador to Turkey expects 3 million Brits to Turkey in 2018

first_imgAccording to the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Turkey, Dominick Chilcott, more than three million British tourists are expected to visit Turkey in 2018. Recently, while meeting Governor of Antalya Münir Karaloğlu in his office in Antalya, Chillcott said that tourists from the UK would reach record numbers this year.“There is a rapid comeback and we are really excited about that. We expect three million tourists to come to Turkey,” Chillcott said.He said the main reason for UK tourists to visit Antalya and Turkey’s southern coast was not only its nature or attractiveness as a tourist destination but also its safety.Karaloğlu emphasised that Antalya was a major tourist destination and their priority was always providing security for tourists.“The comeback of tourists to Turkey is pleasing for us. British tourists would mostly choose Aegean coasts; however, in recent years, they have also been preferring Antalya coasts,” Karaloğlu said.last_img read more