Spotlight on The Axeman

first_imgDespite losing his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title on the scales last June 13 when he came in one pound overweight, Jamaican boxing star Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters gave a superb performance at the Madison Square Garden Theatre against Miguel Marriaga to win his 12-round non-title fight by unanimous decision. Tonight, he seeks to show the world that he is still championship material when he takes on American Jason Sosa over 10 rounds in the co-feature bout on an HBO promotion. The other featured bout is a WBA heavyweight title contest between Luis Ortiz and Bryant Jennings, and the venue is the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona, New York. An interesting note with regard to tonight’s fight is that it will be in the super featherweight division, which is 130 pounds. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Walters said that the decision was taken by his camp to make him fight at the higher weight class, to see how he handles it. “In boxing, three pounds of additional weight makes a lot of difference, and I just want to see how comfortable I am at that weight,” he said. He added: “There is big money in the featherweight class, particularly with Lomachenko on the horizon, but if I feel comfortable fighting at 130, I may just move up. There are some good boxers up there too, and the Japanese Super champion (Takashi) Uchiyama is a crowd pleaser. A fight against him would pull in some good money. “I am just going into this fight with an open mind. I have trained hard, I am feeling good and very strong, and I am going to let it all hang out.” STUDYING THE OPPONENT Asked about his opponent and whether he had watched tapes on him, Walters replied: “I don’t watch tapes. My trainers do that and then make suggestions as to how I should fight an opponent. When we get into the ring, however, I see what my opponent has to offer, and I then show him what I have. After that, may the best man win.” Based on the records of the two fighters, tonight’s fight promises to be explosive. Walters has a 26-0 record with 21 knockouts and Sosa has an 18-1 record with 14 knockouts. Sosa is on a 13-fight knockout streak. Walters has an 81 per cent knockout ration, while Sosa’s is 64 per cent. Because of these statistics, the predictions are that the fight will not go the distance, and Walters is starting as the favourite. Walters’ dad, Job, who has been assisting with his training for over a month, is confident that his son will win. “This will be an early Christmas present for Jamaica,” Job Walters said.last_img read more

Quebec universities launch world first UNESCO antiradicalization chair

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project Friday in Sherbrooke, Que.The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.“(The goal) is to be able to develop programs, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalization,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke.He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.“What is unique in the world is a UNESCO chair that’s tripartite — that brings together three universities that signed the agreement with UNESCO — but beyond that, it’s the gathering of national and international partners that are coming together to share their expertise,” Morin said.The project was conceived during the UNESCO conference on radicalization that Quebec hosted in 2016 and will become one of the international body’s 700 institutions in 116 countries that encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.The centre has an international focus and will collaborate with a network of over 40 partners across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.Quebec has pledged $100,000 a year for the next four years to support the initiative.The current staff includes a chairholder from each school as well as a scientific director based at Universite de Sherbrooke.Co-chair Vivek Venkatesh said the centre’s activities will include providing training to people who work in marginalized communities and creating public engagement tools to counter hate speech and violent propaganda.As an example, he cited an ongoing project in Montreal’s East End that teaches marginalized youth to use music and literature to describe their experiences with hateful speech or actions.The chair will bring together multiple disciplines including political science, international development, social services, and psychology.It’s tripartite structure means each school can contribute their own resources and sources of funding, Venkatesh said.“This is a coming together of institutional allies but also people from disciplines from three different institutions,” the Concordia professor said.“Our training and our respective cultures are coming together in a very unique way.”The secretary general of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO praised the chair and its governance model as “a first in Canada and the world.”“We look forward to working with the chair to counter the rise of radicalization and violent extremism in Canada and the world,” Sebastien Goupil said in a statement.last_img read more

Canada Honoured to be Guest Country at MICA 2018 a Film and

first_imgAdvertisement OTTAWA, May 28, 2018 – In November 2017, during her bilateral trade mission to Mexico, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, met her counterpart, Secretary of Culture María Cristina García Cepeda, to further strengthen the bilateral relationship and bolster Canadian culture’s contribution to economic and social prosperity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This special role at this year’s MICA will also give Canada a unique opportunity to showcase the benefits of coproducing with Canada to Latin American producers. This will be done through a series of networking events, including business-to-business meetings, and additional opportunities for two-way collaboration and trade.The event will also provide access to international business opportunities and commercial exchange worldwide between directors, producers, screenwriters and all professionals of the film industry.Quotes“The Government of Canada is helping Canada’s creative industries succeed abroad, which we know creates jobs and prosperity in every region of Canada. By creating new trade opportunities for the film, television and augmented reality/virtual reality sectors, we are setting the stage for Canadian creators and cultural entrepreneurs to take advantage of export opportunities to create growth that benefits people in both Canada and Mexico.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsCanada and Mexico are among each other’s largest two-way trading partners, and bilateral trade between the two countries—valued at over $40 billion in 2016—continues to grow annually.Mexico is the top exporter of creative goods in Latin America, exporting $5.4 billion in 2015. It is considered the geographic and language hub for the Latin American market as a whole.Canada and Mexico share a dynamic and prosperous relationship: as friends, as North American neighbours, and as strategic partners in the Americas and in the world. Over the years, our cooperation has expanded across a wide range of political, trade, social, environmental and security interests.The Canada–Mexico Partnership (“CMP”) is a key mechanism for bilateral cooperation. It serves as a catalyst for concerted action between governments, private sectors, and non-governmental partners to pursue common goals and mutually beneficial priorities.Related ProductsMinister Joly Champions Canada’s Creative Industries in MexicoAssociated LinksThe Canada–Mexico PartnershipMercado, Industria, Cine y AudivisualCanada–Mexico RelationsMICA Appoints Canada as First Guest of Honour Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook As a direct result of these productive meetings and continued discussions under the Canada–Mexico Partnership (CMP), Minister Joly is delighted to accept the invitation extended from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) and Secretary Cepeda to welcome Canada as the Guest Country of the third edition of Mercado, Industria, Cine y Audiovisual (MICA), a trade show taking place in Mexico City in June.Canada’s participation at MICA will reaffirm and enhance government-to-government relationships with Mexico, promote Canada as an important creative industries partner, and raise the profile of cultural trade between both countries. Canada’s presence at this event is guided by the Creative Export Strategy (CES), announced last September as part of Creative Canada, the Government of Canada’s vision for its creative industries. It aims to open and expand markets and opportunities for Canada’s creative entrepreneurs, helping them deliver their content to international audiences. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Experts tell inquiry to enforce Canadas Human Right obligations

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsA Manitoba professor says housing, education and health services are not policy issues – but human rights issues.“Sometimes, particularly when we refer to human rights there’s this idea that they’re just moral precepts and what Canada could be doing or should be doing, when in fact they are law with binding obligations,” Brenda Gunn told the inquiry on day three of the hearings in Wendat.Gunn recommends the inquiry identify Canada’s human rights obligations, and then hold the country to read more

Chandelis Dusters Battle with Endometriosis

first_imgChandelis Duster and her sister outside the Capitol (Photos by Jonathan Hunter)Chandelis Duster, a graduate student at American University, stood before a packed crowd on March 28 at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill to share her endometriosis, commonly known as endo, story. “I remember being scared to death and feeling lost because I was told I had a disease that was not curable. But as I reflect on my experience, I think about how much stronger of a young woman I’ve become because of it,” Duster said while fighting back tears.Duster words inspired the crowd at the second annual worldwide Endo March In D.C. Duster was just one of many women with Endo who came from all over the country to march on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about the disease.In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Duster spoke about raising awareness of the disease with African Americans. “I really just feel like Black women don’t have access to the right health care sometimes,” said Duster. “A lot of my Black friends I talk to [say], ‘Endo what, what’s that?’,’Is that what they call bad cramps.’ Nobody knows what it is. I had somebody tell me a long time ago that endometriosis was a White women’s disease. And I was like, ‘Excuse me ,what are you trying to say because I’m not White.’”According to, the common view is that endo rarely affects women of color and results in many cases not being reported. Duster, now 26, was diagnosed with endo at age 18 and has had three surgeries to date. Duster says having endo has taken its toll on her physically.“All throughout high school and middle school I would faint and pass out because my period pain was so bad, said Duster. “ I went to [the] gynecologist to regulate my period and I remember specifically an emergency room doctor at one point told me that maybe there was an underlying trauma from your childhood that needs to be addressed to figure out what’s causing your pain.”Once Duster was diagnosed with endo, she knew there needed to be something done to address the lack of knowledge about endo.Duster is currently a precinct manger in Richmond, Va. for the World Wide Endo March organization. Along with being a precinct manger for a year, she has been an advocate for pushing legislation about educating the public.Duster met with Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam at a disability caucus about endo and submitted a proclamation to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe that he signed.Duster says she enjoys being a precinct manager with team Virginia of the Endo March not only because she likes spreading awareness, but also because she has a family of sisters. Duster says she came to the Endo March last year in 2014, and met a support group of women that she was lacking.“At first I thought these women were crazy, out here in all that yellow and wearing ribbons, but then I was like wow these are some of the nicest women I’ve met in my life. They gave me that extra push,” said Duster. “In a way Endo was a gift to me. Looking at it from a positive perspective because I’ve become so stronger and gained so many friendships and a sisterhood from having Endometriosis that I wouldn’t gotten from anywhere else.Prior to joining the Endo March, Duster went through a tough time of being a laid off from a radio station and being in a bad relationship. The physical and emotional pain drove Duster to becoming suicidal. “I thought about (suicide) driving down the road on the interstate and putting my car in cruise at 95 miles and wanting to end my life. I thought about that several times. But then one day, I was just like I had enough and I went downstairs, got the kitchen knife, sat on my bedroom floor and I was crying and crying and I was going to do it,” said Duster.Duster said she believes it is by the grace of God that she did not end her life. Duster has shared her story and now wants to help girls just like her. Duster is pursuing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism and one day aspires to be a TV reporter and anchor.To find out more about endometriosis visit read more

Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Video Views Closes in on 1 Million Uploads

first_imgVideo has been a big hit for Reddit: A little over a year after first launching native video hosting, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet already surpassed one billion video views per month. Reddit is also quickly approaching one million monthly video uploads every month, reaching 996,000 uploads in August.Reddit officially launched native video uploads in August of 2017, and the company’s VP of product Alex Le told Variety this week that it had been part of a bigger overhaul for the company. “We’ve been modernizing our platform,” he said. Reddit’s recent redesign, as well as the introduction of chat rooms for Reddit communities, have been part of this effort as well, he explained.Native video in particular has been a big hit for Reddit. The company revealed Tuesday that it now streams 400,000 hours of native video every single day, which equals over 13 million hours per month. Those numbers are up 38% since the beginning of the year. Popular on Variety Much of this video viewing is happening on mobile, where viewing activity has doubled since the beginning of the year. In August, 70% of all video viewing happened on mobile devices. And users who consume video on Reddit spend almost twice as much time on the service than those who don’tLe said that the growth in native video hasn’t been detrimental to videos hosted on other platforms like YouTube. “We are still seeing a lot of links being published,” he said, arguing that much of the native video viewing has been additive.That’s in part because of the strength of the long tail, and the appeal video has to new Reddit users. Within the first three months of Reddit launching native video last year, close to half of the people who published videos on Reddit had never published anything on the service before.Going forward, Reddit wants to make it even easier for Reddit users to discover videos in a dedicated environment, and also to continue to watch videos around a subject. However, the company still wants to keep users engaged, and have them take part in the discussions on the service — so don’t expect Reddit to launch a lean-back couch potato viewing mode any time soon. Said Le: “So much of what happens on Reddit is very lean-forward.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

ALS linked to occupational exposure to electromagnetic field

first_imgPeople who are exposed to very low frequency electromagnetic fields at workplace – such as pilots and welders – may be at double the risk of developing ALS, the most common form of motor neurone disease, scientists warned today.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease, characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.There is currently no cure, and those affected usually die within a few years of diagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers relied on data from the Netherlands Cohort Study that involves more than 58,000 men and more than 62,000 women, who were all aged between 55 and 69 when they were first entered the study in 1986.Participants who had died of motor neurone disease (76 men and 60 women) were compared with around 4,000 (2411 men and 2589 women) who had been randomly selected for the purposes of the current study.Their detailed employment histories were converted into workplace exposure to solvents, pesticides, metals, extremely low frequency magnetic fields and electric shocks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”ELF-MF are magnetic fields produced by electrical appliances and the power grid, with a frequency up to 300 Hz,” said Roel Vermeulen, from Utrecht University in Netherlands.”Jobs with relatively higher ELF-MF levels are for example: electric line installer, repairers and cable jointer, welders, sewing-machine operators, air craft pilots – essentially jobs where workers are placed in close proximity to appliances that use a lot of electricity,” said Vermeulen. High levels of electromagnetic field exposure were largely confined to the men, and depended on job type.These ranged from two to 25 per cent among the men.Participants’ neurological health was then tracked for an average of 17 years to see if any of them succumbed to ALS.During this time, 76 men and 60 women died of ALS.Occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields was associated with a heightened risk of developing ALS among the men.Those whose jobs had exposed them to high levels of extremely low electromagnetic fields were more than twice as likely to develop ALS as those who had never been exposed through their work.Furthermore, those in the top 30 per cent of cumulative exposure were nearly twice as likely to develop the disease.The other occupational factors assessed were only weakly associated with ALS risk in both men and women, and there was no clear evidence of a linear increase in risk according to the amount of cumulative exposure, researchers said.The findings strengthen the evidence suggesting that ALS may be linked to workplace exposure to extremely low electromagnetic fields, they said.last_img read more

Get a Visual

first_imgAugust 23, 2010 Ever want a quick peek at what’s actually happening down at the shop? Then check out the Vue Personal Video Network from San Diego-based Avaak. For about the price of a cell phone, this wire-free, self-installable video system gives business owners a video feed of anything from their back office to the office in the back of their house.The Vue, which tosses a decent-quality video stream up on any broadband web connection, is based on a proprietary, ultra-low-power video transmission spec developed with $8 million in funding and grants from the U.S. Department of Defense that would give soldiers low-cost cameras they could leave behind in the field.”For the consumer, it’s a zero-configuration device that reduces the friction for putting video into just about any location,” says Avaak founder Gioia Messinger.The Vue comes with two cameras for $299, plus $20 for service after the first year. It has its charms–it can run for a year on a single battery, for one–but it does take some getting used to. The system doesn’t offer a live video feed; rather, it streams images only when prompted. Although the video quality is surprisingly good, it is nowhere near a high-end video system.Yet for a fraction of the cost of a full-featured security system, you can get a live glimpse of your home, your office–maybe even that new employee who gives you a weird vibe. Enroll Now for Free 2 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Uber Reveals Its Traffic Data With New Website

first_imgJanuary 9, 2017 This time last year, a report commissioned by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio found that ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft were not the cause of a traffic increase in the city. The study cost $2 million to conduct and ultimately did not recommend putting a cap on “for-hire vehicles” at that point in time, which drew a protracted fight between de Blasio and Uber to a close, at least for the time being.But in 2017, it appears Uber wants to provide more solutions than headaches for lawmakers with the rollout of Movement, a website that will make its traffic data available to anyone.Uber has changed the way we think about the infrastructure within our cities. Rather than be seen as a global scapegoat for gridlocked traffic in metropolitan centers, with Movement, Uber will share data anonymously collected from more than 2 billion trips over the last six years.Related: How Uber Used a Simplified Business Model to Disrupt the Taxi Industry“We’ve gotten consistent feedback from cities we partner with that access to our aggregated data will inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient,” the company explains in the new site’s FAQ section. “We hope Uber Movement can play a role in helping cities grow in a way that works for everyone.” Over the next several weeks, the data about traffic and transit patterns will become accessible to the public.New York isn’t the only place where transportation startups have been the subject of intense scrutiny. Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas are only a handful of states that are currently working on legislation in response to concerns about rider safety (for example, requiring background checks of drivers) and the viability of incumbent taxi companies. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.center_img 2 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Gradle 49 released

first_imgTeam Gradle has released a new version of their tool and that’s Gradle 4.9. Gradle is a build tool for build automation with multi-language development. It offers excellent flexibility to the complete development lifecycle. As per the team, one of the quickest ways to update one’s build to use the new version is by updating the build wrapper properties as follows: ./gradlew wrapper –gradle-version=4.9 However, the standalone downloads are available at What’s new in the Gradle 4.9 Command line arguments are now supported by JavaExec One can now pass command line arguments to JavaExec using –args. This means if one wants to launch their application using the command line arguments foo –bar, hardcoding it into the build script is not required. One just has to simply run gradle run –args ‘foo –bar. An improved dependency insight report This version features an improved dependency insight report including build scans.  The report helps in easy diagnosis of dependency management problems, locally. Some improvements in this report include: All participants of conflict resolution are shown All custom reasons for a component selection are shown Modules rejected by a rule are displayed Modules which didn’t match the version selector but were considered in the selection are shown This report also solves the readability resolution failures by restricting the report to one path with each dependency. Native ecosystem continues The Gradle Native project stays steady in order to improve and evolve the native ecosystem support for Gradle. Checkout builds are now fast and clean This version now stores more states in the Gradle user home instead of the project directory. This results in clean and faster checkout builds on CI as long as the user home is preserved. Java and Groovy compilers are now leak-proof file descriptors By default, the Java and Groovy compilers both leak file descriptors during the run in-process. This, in turn, can lead to “cannot delete file” exceptions on Windows and “too many open file descriptors” on Unix. In the Gradle 4.9, these leaks have been fixed. Users who had switched to forking mode because of this problem, can now safely switch back to in-process compilation. Experimental new task API Gradle 4.9 includes a new task API which allows builds to avoid the cost of creating and configuring tasks for the ones that will never be executed. By upgrading to this new API, one can experience slightly faster configuration times. The benefits will keep improving as more plugins adopt this API. Note that this API is in incubation and may change before Gradle 5.0. The promoted features are now stable This version includes some promoted features which were in incubation during the previous release. The promoted features which include a stable dependency insight report and the tooling API types and methods are now supported and stable. These two features are also subject to backward compatibility. Potential breaking changes in Gradle 4.9 EclipseProject tasks defined for gradle eclipse are allowed to run in Buildship. Two tasks from the EclipseProject, namely the EclipseClasspath and EclipseProject are now executed by the gradle. Use of Groovy GPath expression with the method, tasks.withType() would get a runtime exception. The easiest fix is to explicitly use the spread operator. As per my past research on Gradle and observing its past release trends, it looks like we can expect Gradle 5.0 in August or September. Read more about the other fixed issues and deprecations in the Gradle 4.9 release notes. Read Next Gradle with the Java Plugin Speeding up Gradle builds for Android Working with Gradlelast_img read more