Former pilot asks to be reinstated after quitting over alleged gender dispute

first_imgOTTAWA – A former pilot is asking the Canadian Human Rights Commission to resurrect her “lifelong dream” to fly for a major airline — an ambition she abandoned five years ago after she was allegedly discriminated against by an Air Canada colleague because she’s a woman.Jane Clegg fought back tears and paused several times Monday during her testimony at a human rights tribunal as she described the 2009 incident that eventually led her to quit the airline in April 2013.Clegg, who wants the commission to order her reinstatement, was working as a second officer when she said she got into a heated argument with the captain of a flight bound for Fort Lauderdale after she raised concerns that the plane didn’t have enough fuel.“I believed the incident was motivated by gender discrimination,” Clegg told the tribunal as she described being replaced on the flight for refusing to sign the flight plan over concerns about safety.When she was later assigned to work on another flight with the same pilot, and raised concerns about it, she was effectively suspended without pay under what’s known as the airline’s “bidding around” system.Air Canada, she said, defended the male pilot.“It felt like open season on female pilots,” said Clegg. “This truly was the beginning of the end of my career.”Commission lawyer Daniel Poulin told the hearing the bidding around system “puts the onus on the victim” in cases where first officers want to avoid flying with another pilot accused of wrongdoing.Poulin said a settlement was reached Friday with Air Canada over concerns the commission raised about the system. However, details of that settlement were not expected to be revealed until the tribunal releases a decision on Clegg’s case. That could take up to a year.Clegg emphasized in her testimony that she believes Air Canada is a good, safe airline.Judy Cameron, the first female pilot hired by the carrier in 1978, said she saw no signs of a systemic gender bias at Air Canada in her 37-year career, which ended with her retirement in May 2015.“It wasn’t perfect, some things could be improved, but I never felt out of place, unwelcome, from the get go,” Cameron said in an interview.“The guys treated me like their daughter,” said Cameron, adding that she was hesitant to speak over concerns that her comments might be seen as disparaging a fellow female pilot who faced different work experiences.But Clegg said hers was not an isolated case.Wondering whether she was alone in her complaint, the one-time Canadian Forces VIP squadron pilot compiled a survey about gender discrimination and distributed it to other female pilots.“I wanted to determine if this was something isolated or if this was something that my female pilot colleagues had also encountered,” she said.“Eighty per cent of the female pilots who had reported (back to me) had experienced incidents of harassment.”Many of the respondents altered their work schedules to avoid the perpetrators of harassment and most said they didn’t have confidence that their complaints would be properly addressed, Clegg said — evidence, she argued, that Air Canada needs to improve its gender harassment policy.But Clegg never linked the issues she was having with one of its male captains to gender bias until the airline found out about a scheduling conflict between the two nearly three years later, a lawyer for Air Canada told the tribunal.“Air Canada never had a chance to address the complaint under its discrimination policies because no formal — or informal — complaint was ever filed,” said Karen Sargeant.Clegg also wouldn’t co-operate when Air Canada did launch an investigation, Sargeant added.In arguing against an order of reinstatement, Sargeant said Clegg’s actions in quitting her job were over the top, considering the allegations.“Resignation was a disproportionate response,” she said.Of the more than 3,500 pilots employed by Air Canada, 210 — less than six per cent — are women, a percentage the airline described as typical of the industry worldwide.The hearing is expected to last several weeks.— Follow @tpedwell on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect number of female pilots at Air Canadalast_img read more


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Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter SpecialsLong-awaited appointment-viewing special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, featuring the first new ABBA music in 35 years from the legendary pop group.The celebration of notable and talented Canadians with the return of THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS to CTV.Mid-season DebutsIn 2019, CTV unveils seven new acquisitions, a reunion special and rolls out a new original comedy:The new original comedy series JANN, with Jann Arden playing a clearlyfictionalized version of herself: a formerly famous Canadian singer desperately trying to make herself relevant again.Starring fan-favourites Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan, WHISKEY CAVALIER, an action-packed, hour-long action dramedy.Legal thriller THE FIX, a courtroom drama with high-profile attorney and author Marcia Clark at the helm as executive producer.A timely, racially charged drama from Hollywood heavyweight producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, THE RED LINE, starring TV veteran Noah WyleFast-paced, spy-hunting thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN, in which an FBI agent enlists a locked up, ex-CIA operative (Jennifer Carpenter) to track down a criminal.THE VILLAGE, the heart-warming drama about a bonded family of neighbours in an apartment building in Brooklyn.GRAND HOTEL, the soapy Miami Beach hotel upstairs/downstairs drama executive produced by Hollywood A-lister Eva Longoria.AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, featuring the very best “AGT” contenders from around the world.The Martin Scorsese-directed SCTV REUNION SPECIAL, featuring a candid interview with the surviving original cast members and Jimmy Kimmel.NFLAs the exclusive television broadcast partner of the NFL in Canada, Bell Media continues to deliver games in all of the league’s broadcast windows across CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS. 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CTV News brings viewers the most significant international and domestic news stories of the day, led by CTV NATIONAL NEWS, the country’s most-watched national newscast, as well as locally focused weekday evening newscasts at both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. that are the top local choice in more markets than any other broadcast outlet.The award-winning W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series, returns for a 53rd season Saturdays at 7 p.m. on CTV, while venerable political discussion forum QUESTION PERIOD returns Sunday mornings.TALKCTV’s daytime schedule continues to win audiences with the Canadian TV’s strongest daytime lineup featuring the Top 4 daytime talk shows including THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, DR. PHIL, THE VIEW, LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN and THE DR. OZ SHOW along with Top 2 Canadian lifestyle series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL. Kicking it all off is CTV’s daily morning show YOUR MORNING.Late-Night LaughsCTV’s premium late night lineup includes some of the most-talked about comedic stars of the moment including THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN. Additional hit late night shows include THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON and CONAN.EventsCTV delivers more live events than any other conventional broadcaster in Canada. Television’s biggest event programming in 2018/19 includes Canada’s most-watched television events including THE 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS®, SUPER BOWL LIII, THE 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS, THE 70th PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS, THE 52nd COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, THE 73rd TONY AWARDS, THE 2018 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, THE 2019 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, THE SCTV REUNION SPECIAL, and more.CTV2CTV2 delivers a strong prime-time schedule with 13.5 hours of simulcast in primetime, delivering a can’t-miss schedule every night of the week:THE VOICE sings on Mondays.Tuesdays are all about the laughs with new series THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a family-focused single-camera comedy about traditional Irish-Catholic family; THE BIG BANG THEORY; and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER.Wednesday is packed with original programming including CARTER at 8 p.m. and THE DETAIL at 9 p.m.Thursdays are action-packed with the FOX NFL PRE-SHOW and THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.On Sundays, sports reigns supreme with FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA and SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.Comedy strips of THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE GOLDBERGS, and cult comedy-classic SEINFELD lead into and cap off weekday programming.# # #THE CTV FALL 2018 NIGHT-BY-NIGHT PRIME-TIME SCHEDULE:All times ET. New programs are BOLD. (S) = SimulcastMONDAYS7 p.m.              ETALK7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)8 p.m.             THE RESIDENT (S) – NEW TO CTV9 p.m.             MAGNUM P.I. (S)10 p.m.            THE GOOD DOCTOR (S)TUESDAYS7 p.m.             ETALK7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)8 p.m.             THE VOICE (S)9 p.m.             THIS IS US (S)10 p.m.         THE ROOKIE (S)WEDNESDAYS7 p.m.             ETALK7:30 p.m.       THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)8 p.m.             THE GOLDBERGS (S)8:30 p.m.       AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (S)9 p.m.             GREY’S ANATOMY10 p.m.           CRIMINAL MINDS (S)THURSDAYS7 p.m.              ETALK7:30 p.m.        THE BIG BANG THEORY  (S)8:00 p.m.       THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)8:30 p.m.       YOUNG SHELDON (S)9 p.m.             STATION 19 (S)10 p.m.           LAW & ORDER: SVU (S)FRIDAYS7 p.m.             ETALK7:30 p.m.       THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)8 p.m.             BLINDSPOT (S)9 p.m.             HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER10 p.m.           BLUE BLOODS (S)SATURDAYS7 p.m.              W58 p.m.              CTV MOVIE10:00 p.m.     THE BIG BANG THEORY10:30 p.m.      THE BIG BANG THEORYSUNDAYS7 p.m.              NFL (S)7:30 p.m.        NFL ON CTV POSTGAME8 p.m.              GOD FRIENDED ME (S)9 p.m.              SHARK TANK (S)10 p.m.         THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW (S)WEEKDAYS ON CTV6 a.m.             YOUR MORNING9 a.m.             LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN (S)10 a.m.           THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW11 a.m.            THE VIEW (S)12 noon          CTV NEWS AT NOON1 p.m.             THE SOCIAL2 p.m.             THE DR. OZ SHOW (S)3 p.m.             DR. 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OZ SHOW (S)4 p.m.              U.S. COMEDY STRIP4:30 p.m.        U.S. COMEDY STRIP5 p.m.              DR. PHIL (S)6 p.m.              CTV NEWSWEEKNIGHTS ON CTV211 p.m.            CTV NEWS11:30 p.m.      THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON (S)12:30 a.m.      LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS (S)1:30 a.m.        ETALKSOCIAL MEDIA Big-Buzz New Series and SpecialsCTV freshens its fall schedule with new content including:Two huge new dramas (THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I.), a retro comedy (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT), an aspirational dramedy (GOD FRIENDED ME), and a star-filled new talk show (THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW).Two new co-viewing specials, ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS, which returns to CTV.The sophomore season of proven medical drama THE RESIDENT.New programming on deck for CTV mid-season are:Five new dramas (THE ENEMY WITHIN, THE FIX, THE RED LINE, THE VILLAGE, and GRAND HOTEL).The high-octane dramedy WHISKEY CAVALIER.A special edition competition series, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS.The new CTV original comedy JANN starring Canadian icon Jann Arden, and can’t-miss television event THE SCTV REUNION SPECIAL.Returning HitsCTV delivers more Top 20 hits than all other Canadian networks combined. With an incredibly stable schedule, CTV is the only Canadian network to feature a returning Top 20 hit every weeknight.** Returning to CTV are:Canada’s #1 series and #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY#1 new series and #2 series overall, YOUNG SHELDON#2 new series and Top 4 program overall THE GOOD DOCTOR#1 sophomore series (in key demos), THIS IS USTwo Top 10 Shondaland success stories, newcomer (STATION 19) and, riding high after 14 seasons, GREY’S ANATOMY#1 Canadian drama (with A18-49 and A25-54) on broadcast television, CARDINALOriginal satirical news comedy THE BEAVERTON joins CTV in its third season, while international music format THE LAUNCH returns for Season 2.Fall PremieresFall brings fresh new programming and Top 20 series to the CTV schedule with 19 hours of simulcast in primetime:Mondays8 p.m. – The sophomore season of THE RESIDENT, the compelling medical drama starring fan-favourites Matt Czuchry and Canada’s Emily VanCamp Source : Source: Numeris, 2017-18 BYTD (Sep 18, 2017 – May 6, 2018). Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters *Among A18-49 and A25-54 **Among total viewersAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Advertisement TORONTO, June 7, 2018 – CTV unveiled today a prime-time schedule today representing the same strategy that has defined its unrivalled record of success as Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years. With a focus on schedule stability and storytelling strength across genres, timeslots, and demographics, the CTV 2018/19 schedule delivers the most returning Top 20 hits of any prime-time television schedule in North America. Additionally, the schedule present a collection of compelling new programming selected with the same strategic curation that has seen CTV deliver the most-watched new program of the year for the past eight seasons.* The CTV 2018/19 schedule will be presented by Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming at the #CTVUpfront celebration of conventional television today in Toronto.“Incredible stories are what captivates viewers and makes television infinitely compelling,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Our new schedules are jam-packed with new and returning series that embrace powerful storytelling and unforgettable characters. Along with live-in-the-moment specials and can’t-miss TV events, more than ever, CTV truly has something for everyone this season.”Among the highlights from CTV’s 2018/19 prime-time schedule: Advertisement Tuesdays10 p.m. – This fall’s biggest series THE ROOKIE marks the return of Nathan Fillion to primetime television as a man who pursues his dream of joining the LAPD in the midst of a mid-life awakening.Sundayslast_img read more

WestJet names new carrier Swoop says ticket orders will begin in early

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet says that its new no-frills, lower-fare airline will be named Swoop.The Calgary-based company (TSX:WJA) has been gradually revealing details of its new carrier since April.Last month, WestJet said the new airline would begin service next summer, rather than late this year as initially announced.The airline said on Aug. 1 that it didn’t expect to get regulatory certificates until the first quarter of 2018.It also said that the new carrier would reveal its schedule early next year and begin flights next June.Besides announcing the new name, WestJet said Wednesday it plans to start advance ticket sales in early 2018.last_img read more

Leading international figures will meet in Geneva to back antiracism forum

The nine are part of the Eminent Persons Group set up in June by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson to help in advancing the aims of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban, South Africa.Group members include Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland; Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia and Dr. Najma Heptulla, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, former President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace of the Vatican; Soheib Bencheikh El Hocine, Grand Mufti of Marseilles; David Lange, former Prime Minister of New Zealand are among the other participants.Federico Mayor, former Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Dr. Nafis Sadik, former Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and current Special Representative of Secretary General Kofi Annan to the World Conference, will also take part in the event.The members of the Group will hold a roundtable discussion as ongoing negotiations in preparation for the World Conference reach a critical stage. Addressing participants of the preparatory talks, Mrs. Robinson, who is also the Secretary-General of the World Conference, urged them to take advantage of the wisdom of the Eminent Persons Group.”The insights and experience of the Eminent Persons Group can strengthen efforts to generate a sense of common purpose,” she said. “They can give us moral leadership and inspiration.” read more

UNbacked treaty official urges all people to help slow rate of biodiversity

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations-managed Convention on Biological Diversity has called for all people to unite in preserving the planet’s many species and ecosystems.“During the past 50 years we have squandered one-fourth of the world’s topsoil, one-fifth of its agricultural land, and one-third of its forests, while at the same time increasing our population from 2.5 billion to over 6.1 billion,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, who heads the treaty’s Montreal-based secretariat. “We simply cannot sustain life on earth if we proceed at this rate,” he warned.The 52-year old Algerian diplomat voiced confidence that the pact could provide a remedy. “The Convention has the unique potential to establish a genuine partnership for sustainable development, with all stakeholders and with all countries of the world, without exception.”The year 2010 was set as a target date for environmental progress by national leaders participating in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Recalling this, Mr. Djoghlaf called for stepped-up efforts to reach stated objectives. “We need to galvanize and more deeply engage with all facets of national and international society, including governments, local authorities, women, children, youth, indigenous and local communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business, industry, scientific community and all other members of civil society,” he said.The Convention is a pact among the vast majority of the world’s governments to conserve biological diversity, use its components wisely and ensure the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits generated by genetic resources.Practical steps taken by the treaty’s parties include biodiversity action plans in over 100 countries and the adoption of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an international regulatory framework for the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. read more

European Central Bank leaves key rate at 05 per cent rates to

FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank and the Bank of England on Thursday underlined their determination to keep interest rates low in an attempt to reassure markets unsettled by the possible end of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program.Abandoning a longtime practice of saying it “never precommits” on interest rate decisions, the ECB said it would keep its benchmark interest rate the same or lower “for an extended period of time.”The statement followed a meeting of the bank’s rate council which left the refinancing rate for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro unchanged at 0.5 per cent.Draghi said the decision followed “an extensive discussion” of a potential rate cut.Instead of a cut, the bank offered what is called “forward guidance”. The practice — already used by the U.S. Federal Reserve — is designed to give markets clarity about central bank’s future course of action in order to influence and reassure markets.The Bank of England did something similar at its monthly meeting Thursday. Under new governor Mark Carney, the bank issued a statement saying that expectation of a rate rise “was not warranted”. The Bank also kept its main interest rate at 0.5 per cent.Markets reacted dramatically to the two banks’ statements. In London, the FTSE 100 index of leading shares closed up 3.1 per cent, while Germany’s DAX stock index ended Thursday 2.11 per cent higher. Both the euro and pound fell on the two banks’ actions as investors moved their investments to currencies with a higher return.The goal of the ECB and the Bank of England was to keep bond market interest rates from rising and hurting economic growth through higher borrowing costs. Market rates have crept up since the Fed signalled last month it could begin phasing out its bond-buying program this year.The Fed program — known as quantitative easing — has been sending fresh money into financial markets, driving bond prices up and keeping borrowing costs down. Word the Fed might scale back soon sent this into reverse.Analyst Christian Schulz called the ECB guidance a “mini-revolution” because the central bank abandoned its longstanding catchphrase that it “never precommits” on its policies.“This is a weak form of forward guidance. But it is guidance nonetheless,” Schulz wrote in a note to investors.At his news conference following the ECB meeting, Draghi rebuffed attempts by journalists to pin him down about what an extended period meant just saying “an extended period of time is an extended period of time.”He also did not specify any concrete targets for unemployment or growth, as the U.S. Fed has done. The U.S. central bank has said its rates will remain near zero until unemployment falls to 6.5 per cent.Still, Draghi was clearly at pains to show the bank as leaning toward doing more to help stimulate the eurozone. The ECB president said the current record low benchmark rate of 0.5 per cent “is not the lower bound.” He added that the bank’s statements were intended “to inject a downward bias in interest rates for the foreseeable future.”The ECB added that rates would remain low so long as three conditions continued to exist: no threat of inflation, weak economic output, and anemic lending by banks. But no figures were mentioned.The eurozone economy has struggled due to the region’s government debt crisis which has forced countries to cut back on spending and raise taxes to try to reduce levels of debt. Economic output shrank 0.2 per cent in the first quarter, the sixth quarterly decline in a row.Growth is key to getting the eurozone out of its problems. An expanding economy increases government tax revenue as people and businesses earn more. And it reduces the size of debt relative to the size of the economy.In theory, a low interest rate could stimulate the economy by reducing borrowing costs on the loans businesses need to expand and create more jobs.Yet the currently low refinancing rate – the rate the ECB charges private sector banks to borrow – is not being passed on by banks. That is because banks themselves often have strained finances and are keeping money back to meet new regulatory requirements aimed at strengthening the financial system.So there is skepticism among economists and ECB leaders themselves about how much good another rate cut will do. The bank has already cut interest rates, made cheap three-year loans to banks, and offered to buy the government bonds of indebted countries in the open market if they promise to reform their finances.Much attention has focused instead on tools the ECB could use beside rate cuts to try to get the economy going again. Forward guidance was one of those.The bank has also said it is looking at ways to promote lending to small companies, working in co-operation with other EU institutions. However the ECB cannot do that alone. It would take months to set up measures — such as bundling small business loans into securities which could then be sold off — so that more money could be freed up for banks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2013 8:09 am MDT European Central Bank leaves key rate at 0.5 per cent; rates to stay low for ‘extended period’ read more

Brock grad comes full circle to mentor aspiring science stars

The student has become the master, or mentor, as it were.When Rachel Kvas (BSc ’14) first participated in the Scientifically Yours Mentors’ Dinner years ago, she was just a high school student ready to learn and eager to make connections.On Thursday, May 10, she returned to the Brock event with experience under her belt and advice at her fingertips to share with a new crop of young minds.Scientifically Yours, which annually draws nearly 70 Grade 10 and 11 students to campus, helped motivate Kvas to pursue a science education.In hopes of providing that same inspiration to others, the research and development specialist for Arterra Wines Canada joined a group of experts last week to provide the gathering of high school students with insight into various careers and scientific fields.“From environmental sciences and chemistry to health sciences, physics and kinesiology, you have an opportunity to learn from the experiences of our mentors and perhaps even get excited about a career path you had not yet considered,” Ejaz Ahmed, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, said during his welcoming remarks to the dinner’s attendees.That wisdom and first-hand knowledge is, as Kvas remembers, invaluable when it comes to weighing options for the future.“It feels amazing to be able to attend Scientifically Yours as a mentor,” she said. “It is validation to myself that I am achieving my career goals. I am also very thankful to Brock for giving me the opportunity to attend.”Like many of the participants, the Niagara Falls native initially learned of the two-day, hands-on experience from a high school science teacher, who encouraged her to explore the event’s many projects and activities.“I really like that I was exposed to multiple disciplines of science. I distinctly remember the liquid nitrogen ice cream activity,” Kvas said, referring to one of 16 projects available for students.The experience, in addition to her mother’s involvement as a manager in the food and beverage industry, helped guide the Oenology and Viticulture grad in the direction of science in university.Kvas ultimately found herself drawn to wine sensory courses. With the encouragement of her mentor, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology and Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) researcher Gary Pickering, she did her Honours thesis in sensory science, published in Chemosensory Perception in 2016.Her hard work has paid off, with Kvas recently recognized as one of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Top 30 hospitality and foodservice professionals under the age of 30.While she wasn’t exposed to CCOVI’s programming when she attended Scientifically Yours as a student, Kvas was pleased to see sensory sessions included for the first time this year. Tasting and Testing, a brand-new experience, invited students to join researchers from Brock University’s CCOVI to perform blind juice and pop taste tests in Brock’s sensory evaluation lab using specialized software.Kvas is hopeful her recent time at Brock helped to inspire young attendees, women in particular, to enter the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.“Don’t be afraid to try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone,” she said. “Be confident in your abilities and work hard. Keep learning and take opportunities to grow and develop in your education and your career. The world needs more female winemakers and CEOs.” read more

The Search for the Maze Begins in Westworld

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 After last week’s tense final scene where Dolores overcame her programming and was able to kill another host, last night’s episode gave us more of a slow burn. We learned more about why The Man in Black is looking for the maze, and we’re starting to see the consequences of “allowing” the hosts to keep their memories.The episode begins with Bernard interviewing Dolores about what happened at the end of last week. He discovers that Dolores has become suspicious about the world she’s living in. She says it feels wrong like there’s something underneath. Bernard tells her that a maze exists and if she can find the center of it, she’ll be free. She says she’d like that and wakes up right where she was last week: Next to William, holding her gun.Dolores isn’t the only host whose grown uncomfortable with her reality. Maeve is supervising the brothel when a guest shoots everyone inside. The park’s cleaners come in, collect all the bodies, reset the hosts and everything is back to normal.Evan Rachel Wood, Jimmi Simpson (Credit: John P. Johnson)Maeve hasn’t completely forgotten, though. The next morning, before her memory is erased, she draws a picture of one of the cleaners and goes to hide it under her floor. There, she finds out this isn’t the first time this has happened. The space under her floorboard is filled with drawings of the cleaners.We also check in with The Man in Black, who is still looking for the maze. His search for the place where the snakes lay their eggs leads him to a woman with a snake tattoo on her torso. When her posse ambushes them, he shoots two of the men, and he and Lawrence join her, hoping that the story behind her tattoo will lead him to the maze.We learn more about the nature of his quest. As we all assumed, he’s grown bored with the game of Westworld and is looking for something where the stakes are a little more real. He knows about Arnold, who we learned last week was one of the park’s original creators, who died in the park. The Man in Black thinks Arnold was working on one last story, one where death is a real possibility, and he wants to find it.Rodrigo Santoro (Credit: John P. Johnson)He learns that the woman’s mother was murdered by Wyatt and she fills in another part of the snake for every one of Wyatt’s men she kills. Thinking Wyatt is the next clue in his search, he leaves the woman and comes across Teddy. Miraculously, Teddy was not killed when he was ambushed by the death cult. Only tied naked to a cactus. The Man in Black cuts him down.As far as we know, Wyatt is a new addition to the park, part of Dr. Ford’s new story. Perhaps this means he and the death cult that attacked Teddy was always out there? Maybe Wyatt was part of Arnold’s last story. In a scene where Ford reveals how much he knows about Theresa and the rest of the “money people,” he reassures her that the story he’s working on isn’t a retrospective, as a large hill is destroyed behind them. Could he be finishing what Arnold started?Dolores is also looking for the maze now. As she travels with William, their party stops in a town and Dolores begins speaking with a little girl. It happens to be the same little girl who told The Man in Black “the maze is not for you” two weeks ago. Dolores notices that she is drawing out a map of the maze with a stick before a staff member comes to collect her for being so far from her loop. William assures the man that she’s with him and they travel on together.Chris Browning, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson (Credit: John P. Johnson)William and Logan arrive at the bandit’s hideout, and William tells Dolores to stay behind, explaining that he can’t get hurt, but she can. They shoot up the place and capture the man they’re looking for. When Logan figures out that the man will lead them to what he calls “the best ride in town,” he convinces William to play black-hat for a while. Logan referring to Westworld as a game freaks Dolores out a bit.Finally, we check back in with Maeve, who has been searching for clues as to who the cleaners are. She learns that the natives worship them as spirits, making little carvings of them. When bandits attack the town, she has one of them cut into her stomach where she was shot earlier. When he fishes out a bullet, she realizes that she isn’t crazy and nothing she does really matter.By the end of this episode, we have two hosts going against their programming in different ways. Maeve has figured out that everything she does will be reset and is beginning to act like it. So now we have a new question going into next week: What happens when the androids figure out that anything they do will by wiped clean?Angela Sarafyan, Thandie Newton (Credit: John P. Johnson)Dolores is remembering things that happened to her and is starting to believe the world around her isn’t real. Now she’s searching for the maze, hoping it will give her a chance to be free from this world. Maybe that was the whole point of the maze to begin with. Maybe Arnold designed the maze for the hosts to prove they were human. That they could retain memories and learn from past experiences. That would explain why the little girl told The Man in Black that the maze wasn’t for him. It’s not for any guest. It’s for the Hosts.last_img read more

Report Bayern Munich launch a £35m bid for HudsonOdoi

first_imgBayern Munich have reportedly decided to match Chelsea’s asking price and lodge a £35m bid for Callum Hudson-OdoiThe 18-year-old winger has a host of admirers from Germany with reports suggesting an exit from Chelsea could be imminent due to a lack of playing time.In fact, Hudson-Odoi has only managed 42 minutes of Premier League football this term with the majority of his appearances coming in cup competitions.Now Sky Sports reports that Bayern have allegedly made a fourth bid of £35m for Hudson-Odoi, which does not include a buy-back clause for Chelsea.The reports adds that Bayern’s latest offer does match Chelsea’s valuation of the England U19 international, who has apparently told the club he wants to leave.Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, however, manager Maurizio Sarri expressed his wish for Hudson-Odoi to remain where he is and suggested a move to Germany may not be wise.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think so, because he is an English player,” said Sarri.“He is very young, he has the future. He has a very great future here in England, with the national team and Chelsea. To stay here is better for him.“I know only that for me he is a very important player. He is very young but now he is improving especially in the defensive phase.“He played really very well in the last match. I am really very happy with him. I don’t know the situation with the club.”Juventus and RB Leipzig are also reportedly interested in signing Hudson-Odoi.last_img read more

Premier slams Opposition in defense of Throne Speech

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 10 Mar 2015 – Before debate ended on the Throne Speech, the Premier Rufus Ewing got to weigh in on the variety of comments about his government’s agenda as recited by the Governor last Thursday in the formal re-opening of the House of Assembly. The Premier labeled comments from the PDM as narrow-minded.“That the three members on the other side, who are either myopic or temporary blind, Mr. Speaker, who are unable to see that this throne Speech contains so many of the policy objectives from a priority perspective of the Government.”The country’s leader also defended the charge that his government is only now focusing on Civil Servants.“I heard a number of persons say it is election year coming up and we are just paying attention to the Civil Servants… Mr. Speaker, $9 million dollars is not an easy thing to find, and when you can just put $9 million to one particular area, but one very important area, Mr. Speaker.”And the Premier aimed to explain his administration’s spending. “That some people say is ours, or not ours we have the obligation as a country to pay it and we are paying it off Mr. Speaker come February 2016 that will be a done deal, and we will be able to then put even more resources to the people’s agenda, paying for educational services, paying for social services, putting money into infrastructure: roads, bridges and drains and everything else, Mr. Speaker.” Related Items:house of assembly, opposition, premier rufus ewing, throne speech TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

KCR likely to visit Rampur Rajeshwararaopet pump houses

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is likely to visit Rampur and Rajeshwararaopet pump houses taken up under SRSP (Sri ram Sagar Project) revival scheme in three or four days. The works at the two pump houses are nearly at completion stage. The Chief Minister will also visit Laxmipur and Gayatri pump houses in Ramadugu mandal in Karimnagar district where wet trail run was already conducted successfully.last_img

Couple killed sons injured as lorry hits autorickshaw

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloA couple was killed and their two sons were injured as a speeding lorry hit the auto-rickshaw carrying them on Bimanbandar road at Lakkatora Tea Gardens area on Monday evening, reports UNB.The deceased are Kaysan Islam Chowdhury, 40, and his wife Rafiya Sultana, 35, residents of Kastaghar in the city.SM Shahdat Hossain, officer-in-charge of airport police station, said the couple with their two sons went to visit Lakkatora Tea Gardens when a lorry hit their auto-rickshaw from behind, leaving all of them injured.They were taken to Osmani Medical College Hospital but the duty doctor there declared the couple dead.Police meanwhile arrested the lorry driver Alauddin and sent him to jail, the OC added.last_img read more

Weakened Merkel wins fourth term

first_imgGerman Chancellor and Christian Democrats party (CDU) leader Angela Merkel © speaks back on stage after a tv debate surrounded by her team during the election night event at the CDU party’s headquarters in Berlin during the general election. Photo: AFPChancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard-right AfD in the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II.Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 percent of the vote with her conservative Christian Union (CDU/CSU) bloc, according to preliminary results. It was their worst score since 1949.Its nearest rivals, the Social Democrats and their candidate Martin Schulz, came in a distant second, with a post-war record low of 21 percent.But in a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captured around 13 percent, catapulting it to become the country’s third biggest political force.Commentators called the AfD’s strong performance a “watershed moment” in the history of the German republic. The top-selling Bild daily spoke of a “political earthquake”.AfD supporters gathered at a Berlin club, cheering as public television reported the outcome, many joining in a chorus of the German national anthem.Hundreds of protesters rallied outside, shouting “Nazis out!” while smaller AfD demonstrations were held in other cities across the country.The four-year-old nationalist party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain’s UKIP has been shunned by Germany’s mainstream but was able to build on particularly strong support in ex-communist eastern Germany.It is now headed for the opposition benches of the Bundestag lower house, dramatically boosting its visibility and state financing.Alarmed by the prospect of what Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel branded “real Nazis” entering parliament, the candidates had used their final days of campaigning to implore voters to reject the populists.Turnout was markedly higher than four years ago, up to around 76 percent from 71.5 percent.French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first to congratulate Merkel, promising that the two key European partners would keep up their “essential cooperation”.‘Big new challenge’Merkel admitted that she had fallen far short of the 40-percent goal her party set.“There’s a big new challenge for us, and that is the entry of the AfD in the Bundestag,” said Merkel, adding: “We want to win back AfD voters.”Germans elected a splintered parliament, reflecting a nation torn between a relatively high degree of satisfaction with Merkel and a desire for change after more than a decade of her leadership.Another three parties cleared the five-percent hurdle to be represented in parliament: the liberal Free Democrats at around 10 percent and the anti-capitalist Left and ecologist Greens, both at about nine percent.As Merkel failed to secure a ruling majority on her own and with the dejected SPD ruling out another right-left “grand coalition” with her, the process of forming a viable government was shaping up to be a thorny, months-long process.Merkel, 63, often called the most powerful woman on the global stage, ran on her record as a steady pair of hands in a turbulent world, warning voters not to indulge in “experiments”.Pundits said Merkel’s reassuring message of stability and prosperity resonated in greying Germany, where more than half of the 61 million voters are aged 52 or older.Her popularity had largely recovered from the influx since 2015 of more than one million mostly Muslim migrants and refugees, half of them from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.Breaking taboosBut the AfD was able to capitalise on anger over the asylum issue during what was criticised as a largely lacklustre campaign bereft of real clashes among the main contenders.The party has made breaking taboos its trademark.Top AfD candidate Alexander Gauland has called for Germans to shed their guilt over two world wars and the Holocaust and to take pride in their veterans.He has also suggested that Germany’s integration commissioner Aydan Ozoguz, who has Turkish roots, should be “disposed of in Anatolia”.Merkel bound for ‘Jamaica’?The SPD said its catastrophic result would lead it to seek a stint in opposition to rekindle its fighting spirit.“This is a difficult and bitter day for German social democracy,” a grim-faced Schulz, a former European Parliament chief, told reporters, adding that he hoped to remain party leader.This would leave Merkel in need of new coalition partners.If the SPD sticks to its refusal to play ball, mathematically the most likely scenario would be a link-up with the pro-business Free Democrats, who staged a comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago, and the left-leaning Greens.That so-called “Jamaica” coalition, based on the party colours and the Caribbean nation’s flag, would be a risky proposition, given the differences between the parties on issues ranging from climate policy to migration issues.Schulz, 61, struggled to gain traction with his calls for a more socially just Germany at a time when the economy is humming and employment is at a record low.Meanwhile Merkel faced accusations from within her conservative camp that she had left its “right flank exposed” to the AfD’s challenge with her centrist stance on issues such as border policy.“This is competition for the Union and the conservative spectrum in general,” said political scientist Lothar Probst of the University of Bremen of the AfD.“A very difficult period is beginning for the chancellor.”last_img read more

Vice Media Sets Hiring Freeze Looks to Reduce Staff by Up to

first_imgVice Media, under recently installed CEO Nancy Dubuc, is in for some belt-tightening.The company, looking to cut costs amid a revenue slowdown, has instituted a hiring freeze and is aiming to reduce the size of its employee base over the next year, sources confirmed. Vice is hoping to avoid layoffs per se, aiming to hit headcount-reduction targets by attrition — that is, by not hiring replacements for staffers who exit.Vice’s workforce-reduction plans were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, the company is looking to trim 10%-15% of its staff. A source familiar with the company said there’s no actual percentage Vice is targeting for the reduced headcount.Dubuc, speaking last week at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, said Vice will become profitable again within the next fiscal year. The CEO noted that Vice was profitable a few years ago, before it invested heavily in the launch of the Viceland cable channel and expanding internationally. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img In addition to the hiring freeze, Dubuc is planning to consolidate Vice’s roughly one dozen vertical sites (which the company calls “channels”), which include Motherboard, Broadly, Noisey, Vice Sports and Waypoint. It’s not entirely clear how many of the separate subject-focused sites could be naturally combined, so Vice may end up simply shutting some of them down or folding them into its broadest channel, Vice News. Two years ago, Vice’s then-CEO and co-founder Shane Smith had touted the launch of new channels as a big growth initiative.The Brooklyn-based youth-skewing media company has been through staff cuts before. In July 2017, Vice cut around 2% of its 3,000 employees across multiple departments while at the same time expanding internationally and boosting video production.The latest cost-cutting move comes as Vice’s revenue has flatlined. In 2018, the company internally projects revenue to be between $600 million and $650 million, flat with 2017, the Journal reported. Vice is expecting to lose over $50 million this year, although that’s an improvement over its loss of over $100 million last year, per the WSJ.While Vice isn’t engaging in layoffs at this point, the company’s lack of growth and the new cost-cutting measures surely can’t be good for morale. Vice recently had 220 unfilled positions it was seeking to fill, prior to the hiring freeze, the Journal reported.Dubuc, former CEO of A+E Networks, was tapped as CEO of Vice in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal at the company that has resulted in the exit or firing of several execs. Co-founder Shane Smith has shifted into a new role as executive chairman.As part of the Dubuc regime at Vice, president Andrew Creighton has left the company following the New York Times’ report that he paid an ex-Vice employee to settle a harassment claim. Vice previously said an independent review found the harassment claim “lacked merit” but was suspending him while his employment was under review.last_img read more

5th statelevel sports meet for inmates of social welfare homes inaugurated at

first_imgKolkata: Sujit Bose, state Fire and Emergency Services minister (Independent Charge) inaugurated the 5th State Level Sports Cultural Meet for the inmates of social welfare homes at the complex of Sports Authority of India, Salt Lake.Siddiqualla Chowdhury, minister of state for Mass Education, Extension and Library Services department, Sambaran Banerjee, former cricketer, Mouma Das, Indian women table tennis player were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalFifty social welfare homes across the state are categorised under state welfare homes, aided homes and sponsored homes. Destitute children within the age group of 6 to 18 years are taken care in these homes. As the state government bears the entire responsibility of food, lodging and education of the children hailing from marginally placed families, they are also encouraged to take part in athletic events for achieving a healthy student life. Starting from 2014, in the fifth version of the event, this year the two-day event is being organised in a grand manner. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from hosting a sports competition among the inmates of child welfare homes, a cultural competition has also been scheduled. Around 900 children from 50 such institutions have been enlisted for the sports meet. In total, 32 events will be there in the Sports Meet that would include 100-metre dash, 200-metre run, high jump, long jump etc, arranged separately for boys and girls. Winners of each game will be felicitated with awards, while a talent hunt will be organised later only for the champions and the selected ones will get direct access to Sports Authority of India (SAI). On the first day of the event, a cultural meet will take place for these children. Dance, drama and drawing competitions will also be held as part of the programme.last_img read more

VIDEO Jason Kelce says an Eagles fan dumped their dead grandpas ashes

first_imgEagles fans are die-hards. Even the dead ones. At a recent mini-camp press conference, Philly Center Jason Kelce recalled a bizarre encounter one teammate had with a fan at the Super Bowl parade who literally dumped their dead grandpa’s ashes into the teammate’s hands.  “Walking down on the parade that day, I can’t remember who came up to me, but somebody came up to me with ashes in their hands. They said, ‘Kelc, I don’t know what to do. Somebody just poured their grandfather’s ashes in my hands.’ And uh, it was just, I was like, I don’t know what to do, either.”Even for Philly fans, this is a little overboard. You can never accuse them of not caring.last_img read more

Radiation Costs Vary Among Medicare Cancer Patients

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.center_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 19, 2015 Radiation Costs Vary Among Medicare Cancer Patients UC San Diego study finds majority of reimbursement tied to factors other than patient and/or type of cancer August 19, 2015 — Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person’s cancer, reported University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers. Their findings were published online in the Journal of Oncology Practice.Year of diagnosis, location of treatment, clinic type and individual radiation provider accounted for 44 to 61 percent of the variation in cost for patients with breast, lung and prostate cancer therapies, according to the study. Factors associated with the patient or patient’s tumor accounted for less than 3 percent of the variation in the cost of radiation therapy.“We found that variability in Medicare reimbursement for radiotherapy does not depend on individual characteristics of patients or their cancers,” said James Murphy, M.D., assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine and radiation therapist at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. “Rather, reimbursement was tied to the provider, geography and technology used to treat patients. This strongly suggests inefficiency within the current Medicare reimbursement framework for radiation therapy.”Up to two-thirds of patients with cancer receive radiation therapy. Researchers focused on breast, prostate and lung cancers because they represent the most common malignancies treated with radiotherapy.The cost of radiation therapy was estimated from Medicare reimbursements for outpatient radiation treatment. The total cost of radiation therapy for the 55,288 patients in the study was estimated to be more than $831 million.“Understanding why costs vary for radiation therapy helps policy makers evaluate the efficiency of the current fee-for-service Medicare reimbursement system. Such insights are likely to shape policy reforms in the near-future,” said Anthony Paravati, M.D., first author of the study.The authors acknowledge that the study does not consider the relationship between cost of radiotherapy and quality of care, therefore higher cost radiation could lead to higher quality radiation. The link between cost and quality of care represents a future research question the authors hope to answer.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Introducing websys A crate to enable interaction with all the standard web

first_imgYesterday, the Rust and WebAssembly team introduced a new crate called web-sys, which provides raw bindings to all the Web APIs. The web-sys crate enables the interaction with all the standard web platform methods. Why use web-sys crate? Web includes many APIs and adding support for all of them manually can prove to be a very hectic task. These APIs are standardized with the same interface definition language (Web IDL). The developers came up with a new Web IDL frontend to wasm-bindgen. When the frontend was ready, they took the interface definitions for all the Web APIs from all their standards to automatically generate a -sys crate from them, known as web-sys. Bringing all these APIs at one place will make it easy for people to write neat libraries and other utility crates for the Web. The wasm-bindgen architecture The new wasm-bindgen architecture is shown below: Source: GitHub A frontend named wasm-bindgen-webidl is added to wasm-bindgen, which takes in Web IDL interface definitions and emits the internal Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) of wasm-bindgen. Once we have the AST, emitting zero-overhead Rust and JavaScript glue code to do type conversion and shepherding of function parameters is the same as normal #[wasm_bindgen] annotations. Using this architecture makes wasm-bindgen future-compatible with the host bindings proposal. This proposal focuses on making WebAssembly to directly call into native DOM methods without going through a JavaScript shim. This will provide better performance since calls from wasm can be statically validated to type check once at compilation time, rather than dynamically on every single call. To know more about the web-sys crate, check out the official announcement at GitHub. Read Next Introducing Wasmjit: A kernel mode WebAssembly runtime for Linux Why is everyone going crazy over WebAssembly? Next.js 7, a framework for server-rendered React applications, releases with support for React context API and Webassemblylast_img read more

Inside Costa Ricas Pride

first_imgRelated posts:How Sean Miranda made history in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Pride March in Costa Rica We need to take a second look at our assumptions about gay marriage An afternoon with Frida Cartas Facebook Comments To clearly understand the significance of last week’sPride March in Costa Rica, we must go back to January, the month in which the pride on display last Sunday was just beginning to adapting itself to this year’s political context. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesBack on January 9, the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that all its member states, including Costa Rica, must recognize same-sex marriage along with the same rights that heterosexual couples enjoy.The public announcement of the court’s ruling came at the height of the Costa Rican presidential electoral campaign, and caused a commotion in the country when National Restoration Party (PRN) candidate Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical preacher and journalist, gained popularity by stating that he would withdraw Costa Rica’s participation in the court to avoid complying with the ruling. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesThe resulting surge in Alvarado’s popularity revealed the country’s pride in two very distinct faces of Costa Rica. One side took pride in the core traditional “family values” with a more religious tone, while the other side took pride in fighting for the human rights of the LGBTQ community in search of equality, something that has been historically denied.This pride – for both sides of the grand picture – gave a result of 24.91 percent of support for PRN’s candidate Fabricio Alvarado, while Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate Carlos Alvarado obtained 21.66 percent of support. Carlos Alvarado had also surged in the polls late in the first round, as his enthusiastic support for LGBTQ rights and the court ruling set him apart from the pack on the other end of the spectrum. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesThese results were only the tip of the iceberg. Reaction to the first round of voting shook up Costa Rica’s peace by creating a constant and vigorous national discussion. The Frente por Derechos Igualitarios (FDI), a platform that gathers organizations, collectives and activists working to assure human rights for Costa Rican people, reported that from February 4-21, 27 cases of aggression towards people from the LGBTQ community were committed. Fabricio Alvarado’s opposition the Public Education Ministry (MEP)’s sexuality and affectivity programs also stirred the pot, resulting in protests in rural areas.FDI activist and spokeswoman Michelle Jones told the weekly Semanario Universidad that these developments highlighted the lack of a historical record of these types of aggressions towards the LGBTQ community in Costa Rica, as well as the inexistence of legislation on hate crimes. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesDuring the campaign, PRN vice presidential candidate Francisco Prendas said in an interview that if his ticket won, the new authorities would not appoint gay people to Cabinet positions or any other public posts.Fabricio Alvarado also said, “People who want to get out of homosexuality must have a space where they can be treated and restored.” Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesHowever, support for these positions was ultimately not enough to carry Fabricio Alvarado to the presidency in Costa Rica, a country where, according to a poll carried in February by the University of Costa Rica (UCR)’s Center for Research and Political Studies (CIEP), 52 percent of the population are Catholics versus 22 percent of evangelicals, a percentage that increased during the campaign.According to Semanario Universidad and the CIEP, a 70 percent of the support for Fabricio Alvarado during the first electoral round came from evangelica, and 20 percent from Catholics. Former education minister Leonardo Garnier. Roberto Delgado Webb / The Tico Times Roberto Delgado Webb / The Tico Times Roberto Delgado Webb / The Tico TimesOn April 1, the two-candidate runoff took place on Holy Sunday, a day on which many thought that the religious traditions of the country would complicate the scenario. However, Carlos Alvarado defeated Fabricio Alvarado with 60.9 percent of the votes, over 39.3 percent for the evangelical leader.This backdrop made this year’s Pride March was a historic demonstration for the country. On a very warm and sunny morning followed by a rainy afternoon, people from around the country – from different nationalities, from both the public and private sectors, from embassies, from all sorts of families with different skin color and diverse gender identities and sexual orientations – gathered in San José to celebrate, commemorate and continue on the fight for the rights that the LGBTQ population deserves as people who contribute on a day to day to the Costa Rican society. The sign reads: You’ll love your neighbor just like you love yourself. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesThey also gathered to march in recognition of progress in the country despite a rocky first half of the year.During that time, Costa Rica launched its Pride Connection Network to provide online training regarding the LGBTQ population, and named lawyer Luis Salazar as its commissioner for the LGBTQ population; the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced a new policy to simply name changes on government-issued ID cards to fit “self-perceived gender”; and had a transgender teenage student carry the national flag at Carlos Alvarado’s transfer of powers on May 8.However, the government still has a long way to go in managing statistics regarding deaths and aggressions towards transgender people due to limited data that does not address gender identity or sexual orientation. Former Vice President Ana Helena Chacón was one of the main public officials in the past administration who fought for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Vice President Epsy Campbell poses for a photo. Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico Times Jonathan Jiménez / The Tico TimesThe Tico Times went to the Pride March and spoke to all sorts of people from different professions including designers, artists, psychologists, students, and ambassadors, as well as from different nationalities. All of them shared a common ground on which love, respect and the fight for equality is the battleground for Costa Rica’s Pride. Stay tuned for our video from the march.last_img read more

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