Social Media links Just in time for the holidays, tickets for THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS broadcast are available starting at $39 through the Canadian Tire Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-788-3267 and online at ticketmaster.ca. The JUNO Awards has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Tourism Ottawa, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group. CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that multi-platinum, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes is confirmed to perform on CTV’s broadcast of THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS. Following the successful release of his latest album Illuminate this fall, four 2016 MTV EMA wins, two 2016 IHEART RADIO MMVA wins, and a performance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE this past weekend, Mendes returns to the JUNO stage for the third year in a row. THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS airs live on CTV and CTV GO from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, with more broadcast details to come in the coming weeks.“There’s no better way to showcase Canadian music during the 150th anniversary of confederation than to have one of the country’s most-impactful international artists take the JUNO stage,” said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. “We look forward to welcoming this young superstar back for what is guaranteed to be a spectacular JUNO Awards broadcast.”“We couldn’t be happier to have Shawn back at the JUNO Awards in our Nation’s Capital,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “In 2017 we celebrate the sesquicentennial of confederation, and this is just the start of what is going to be an unforgettable line-up for the show.” Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement @shawnmendes Official JUNO Awards website CTV’s JUNO Awards website JUNO TV CTV website Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.About 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 15 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 CTV.ca. Twitter
Salé – The Criminal Chamber of the annexe of Salé’s Appeals Court decided on Monday to postpone the Gdim Izik case hearing. Those accused of participating in the tragic events related to the Gdim Izik camp dismantlement will now have to wait until January 23rd, 2017.The court decided to put off the hearing in order to allow the defense to prepare its case, to summon an involved individual who was out on bail, and to consider the petition relating to the right of victims’ families to constitute a civil party.The first session of the trial witnessed a significant presence of the families of the victims of these events, which claimed the lives of 11 members of the security forces and left 70 wounded.Several human rights associations, NGOs and independent national and international organizations observed the trial.On February 17, 2013, the Military Court of Rabat handed prison sentences ranging from life imprisonment to 30 years against the individuals involved in this case and who were sued for “forming a criminal gang,” “violence against the public forces, which led to death with premeditation and complicity.”On October 10th 2010, residents of the city of Laayoune erected a tented camp in the Gdim Izik region to defend legitimate social demands, mainly linked to housing and employment.According to a local source, the Moroccan authorities initiated a dialogue and presented a series of measures to gradually meet these demands. This initiative had not resolved the situation on the ground.The Moroccan authorities then decided to peacefully dismantle the camp in order to enforce compliance with the law and preserve public order.This intervention had given rise to violent attacks by small groups against the security forces with knives, stones and Molotov cocktails. Thereafter, clashes erupted in the city of Laayoune, where infrastructure and public property was set on fire and private property was sacked.The attacks claimed the lives of 11 people among the security forces, including one element from emergency services, and injured 70 others.
25 February 2008The Ugandan Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have taken another major step forward in their peace process by signing a permanent ceasefire accord at the weekend, the United Nations envoy to the process reported today. The ceasefire deal, which will take effect after the signing of a final overall peace agreement, is fundamental for building peace in Uganda, said Mr. Chissano, who signed the accord in Juba, Southern Sudan, on Saturday on behalf of the UN.It is the latest in a series of accords reached over the past week as the two sides continue their talks in a bid to reach an overall accord ending the long-running conflict. Those talks are likely to resume later this week.But the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-Affected Areas also warned that an absence of war should not be seen as the ultimate goal and he urged Ugandans to work tirelessly to ensure that peace becomes irreversible in the African country.Saturday’s agreement provides for the encampment of all LRA forces within the Ri-Kwang-Ba assembly area in Southern Sudan and envisions the setting up of a ceasefire monitoring team comprised of senior officers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), representatives of the two sides, delegates from African Union countries acting as observers to the talks, and a UN liaison team.Ugandan Government forces have been fighting the LRA in the north of the country since the mid-1980s and during the conflict the rebel group has become notorious for its human rights abuses.In an agreement reached last week at Juba, the two sides agreed that a special division of the High Court of Uganda would be established to try individuals alleged to have committed serious crimes during the conflict. They also agreed to set up programmes to provide reparations for war victims, a truth commission-style body that will explore the past, and other measures to promote national reconciliation.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today that the two sides have reached consensus on a draft text on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, but the LRA delegation to the Juba talks intends to consult its leadership before the talks resume.She said that would leave only a few more steps before the signing of a final peace agreement to formally end the conflict.
Vonage to ‘Turbocharge’ AI Efforts Beth Schultz August 13, 2019 Acquisition of conversational AI platform Over.ai gives the company much-needed talent for deepening expertise in AI and machine learning. More importantly, these technologies have added intelligence to the mix, where the capabilities are now about context, intent, and predictive analytics. With AI, speech accuracy is the starting point, not the endgame. Building on that, we can now use speech to automate tasks, streamline processes, and manage data more effectively, both for personal productivity and working in teams. I certainly have a lot to talk about, and this post serves as a preview of what to expect. If you’re trying to assess where and how speech technology can bring new business value to your workplace, you’ll want to hear about three themes I’ll be addressing. Secondly, these speech applications are tied to a specific service or offering — either as part of a full-featured collaboration platform like Cisco Webex Teams, or as a standalone application such as transcription or translation. Third, speech is now being put to use for real-time communications, and in some cases, it’s conversational. With AI in the picture, this now becomes person-to-machine interaction, representing a new type of experience using speech. Theme 3: Aside from Answers, There Are Important QuestionsOn its own, AI raises all kinds of questions about security, privacy, job displacement, ethics, Big Brother, etc. I touched on this last year, but the issues are even more particular for speech applications. This should be self-evident in the contact center realm, where the AI-driven customer journey can get pretty creepy. The first take on Google Duplex really drove this home, and even if you take the do-no-evil mantra at face value, bad actors and technology still have plenty of room to run amok. If you haven’t registered for Enterprise Connect yet, no worries. Register now using the code NJPOSTS, and as a No Jitter reader you can save $200 off at checkout.Tags:News & Viewsspeech recognitionspeech transcriptionspeech translationAI & Speech TechnologiesAnalyst InsightAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsDigital TransformationEnterprise ConnectMeetings Articles You Might Like Theme 2: The Use Cases Are ThereAI is as shiny as shiny balls come, and it’s still early days, but speech in the enterprise is being driven by real use cases. This is probably the most important development from last year, where the main attention was around how good speech recognition has become. Earlier generations of technology were only effective to a point, but AI has taken speech to another level. Whereas previously the goal was to achieve relatively good accuracy, cloud and AI have demonstrated scary-good results — but we’re still far from perfect. Speech Applications Are Vulnerable, Too Gary Audin October 04, 2019 Are you really in control of your voice-enabled devices and applications? Enterprise Connect 2019 is just a few weeks away, and during the conference I’ll be giving an update talk on the state of speech technology. Last year, I gave a speech tech 101 presentation, and this year I’m reviewing how the space has evolved since then. At Enterprise Connect, I’ll focus on three core use cases, namely speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and automatic speech recognition. The possibilities for each are limitless, and there are plenty of examples now in enterprise settings. Most are fairly basic, but as the track record builds, the applications will expand. As such, it would be a mistake to write off enterprise speech just because the applications seem simple. Theme 1: Speech Is Riding the AI WaveArtificial Intelligence (AI) is arguably the most important trend in technology, and it builds nicely on the uber-trend preceding it — cloud. The two very much go hand in hand, with both now being ready for prime time in the enterprise. To be sure, AI remains surrounded by a cloud of hype, but things have progressed far enough that enterprises can no longer dismiss it as being more in the realm of science fiction than in the business sphere. First of all, AI adoption is all about trust, and that has to be built from the bottom up, one application at a time. When basic applications are done well, it’s much easier to move on the next level, and as with all new technologies, end users will play a big role in identifying the new use cases. To illustrate, I’ll present various examples of enterprise speech applications, coming both from household names, and new companies you may not yet know. Cisco to ‘Tuck In’ Voice AI from Voicea Zeus Kerravala August 07, 2019 The acquisition will help advance the company’s cognitive collaboration strategy for Webex. My intention is to provide an update about the good things happening now with speech tech in the enterprise. That said, analysts bring value by providing balance, so the darker side must be considered, even if just for a few minutes. Putting AI’s current limitations aside, when making decisions about enterprise technology, the bigger picture matters. AI-driven speech can certainly help improve productivity, make better and faster decisions, and drive out some costs via automation. All of these outcomes have valid business value, but what might be lost along the way? GDPR is just the first step to protect our digital privacy, but more thought is needed to ensure the machines don’t “win” as AI becomes mainstream. I’ll touch on some of those questions at Enterprise Connect, during my Tuesday, March 19, 8:00 a.m., speech tech for the enterprise update, and my hope is that will lead you to ask many more. Till then, click on the player below and tune in to the latest episode of No Jitter on Air, for more of my guidance on speech tech in the enterprise. In terms of speech technology, AI-based initiatives are much further along in the contact center, largely because that’s where the utility and urgency is the greatest. This strand of AI will get plenty of attention during the Contact Center & Customer Experience track, as well as on the mainstage, so I’ll stick to the enterprise, where use cases are different and still fairly nascent. Out of all this, a new shorthand is emerging under the moniker of digital assistant or intelligent assistant. The terminology will likely remain muddled until the space matures, and it’s not much different from all the labels we used to describe Slack when it hit the market. For now, let’s focus on the business value of speech, and in time, the language to describe it will evolve. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily August 30, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Google, Oblong, Expereo, Nureva, and Verint. voice_waves.png Over the past year, we’ve been primed by the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Home for a new category that’s based on AI-driven speech. This “category” is a mix of three things, all of which are poised to be adopted in the workplace almost as quickly as we’re seeing in our homes. The first element of this is being device-based, where most interactions occur with a new type of endpoint, such as Amazon Echo. In addition, existing endpoint vendors are integrating speech applications in their products — and these purpose-built devices are part of what makes this a new category. Log in or register to post comments See All in AI & Speech Technologies » Let Your Bots Do the Talking Andrew Prokop August 22, 2019 AudioCode’s Voice.AI Gateway lets enterprises voice-enable bots and call them from any telephone, UC system, or WebRTC endpoint.
Mr. Annan announced the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) last February. CHGA’s work will culminate in June 2005 with a report analyzing the governance and development threats posed by the pandemic and contain policy options for mounting an effective response.Chaired by the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, (ECA) K.Y. Amoako, the Commission will also address the implications of scaling up anti-retroviral therapies for health systems capacity and structures in Africa, and advise African policy makers on how to address the profound structural impacts that HIV/AIDS is having on their abilities to tackle development challenges.The Commission’s report is intended to be a key tool for further advocacy and policy engagement, channelled through the 20 Commissioners appointed by Mr. Annan.
Sixty years after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established, the United Nations’ top tribunal still suffers from a shortage of law clerks to assist its 15 sitting judges, who today handle a growing docket of fact-intensive cases, threatening its ability to provide timely judgments, according to its president.“We can no longer scrape by on a small pool of six shared clerks; at the end of the day, this shortage of assistance is harmful to the client States who use us,” Judge Rosalyn Higgins told the UN’s General Assembly on Thursday, of the body, known as the World Court, which rules on a wide range of international matters, including territorial disputes.“It is, in reality, astounding that the International Court is the only senior international court without this form of assistance,” she added.Each judge at the European Court of Justice is assisted by three law clerks, she noted, while the newly established International Criminal Court (ICC) provides a law clerk for each of its 18 judges, and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) also have a law clerk for each judge.“Quite simply, the International Court of Justice can no longer provide the service that Member States bringing cases desire if it, as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, is denied what is routinely accorded to every other senior court,” Judge Higgins said.The issue is not new – it was raised by a previous president eight years ago and then against six years ago – but has become more urgent.Case files regularly run to several thousand pages and judges have to conduct hearings that are sometimes unavoidably lengthy. “The situation is even more pressing today given the increasing number of fact-intensive cases and the rising importance of researching, analyzing and evaluating not only doctrinal materials, but also the applicable jurisprudence of other international tribunals as well as the testimony as to alleged facts,” Ms. Higgins said.While 192 countries are party to the statutes establishing the court, just 67 have accepted its compulsory jurisdiction, but Judge Higgins noted that approximately 300 treaties refer to the Court in settling disputes, reaffirming its central place in a growing web of international law.The court has 12 cases before it this year, reflecting the typically varied workload, involving cases of territorial disputes, the contested use of force, and the treatment of nationals by other States.The growth in the number of new courts and tribunals dealing with international disputes has generated concern about the potential for a lack of consistency in the enunciation of legal norms and the attendant risk of fragmentation, but Judge Higgins said those concerns have not proved significant.She also noted the evolving practice, based on States’ preference, to regard environmental law as part of “what we may term the mainstream of international law.”
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 3:15 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada Post proposes to increase domestic and international postage rates OTTAWA – Canada Post is proposing to increase both domestic and international postage rates next year in a move it says is necessary to offset a continuing decline in mail volumes.The federal Crown corporation wants to raise the prices of Canadian and U.S. stamps bought in booklets, coils or sheets for most letter mail weighing 30 grams or less.If approved, the increase would mean each domestic stamp would cost 90 cents — an increase of five cents — as of Jan. 11.The hike would not apply to single domestic stamps, which cost $1.U.S. stamps would increase to $1.25 from $1.20, while stamps for other international destinations would go to $2.60 from $2.50.Canada Post says it also plans to increase domestic rates for mail heavier than 30 grams.It says a full outline of the proposed rate changes will be published Saturday in the Canada Gazette, kicking off a 30-day public consultation period prior to a final decision. A selection of stamps from 1990 are shown at the Canadian Stamp Collection at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. on March 27, 2014. Canada Post is proposing to increase both domestic and international postage rates next year in a move it says is necessary to offset a continuing decline in mail volumes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Umps are getting better, and they’re also remarkably consistent. An ump who makes more accurate calls in one year will likely do the same the next; an ump who misses more calls in a given season will likely be as bad the next. Umpire accuracy is more steady than a player’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA, and as consistent as OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wins above replacement.To see how this works, look at the performance of Lance Barksdale and Tim Welke. While they both follow the league’s general trend of increased accuracy — more about that later — they have, respectively, been one of the best and one of the worst umpires over the past seven years. The difference between Barksdale and a league average ump is about five correct calls per game; the difference between Barksdale and the league’s worst umpire is closer to 10 calls a game. On average, that’s about one judgment call per inning that a good ump is getting right and a bad ump is getting wrong. That might not sound like much, but if once every six outs a batter gets another swing after a third strike that wasn’t or a pitcher strikes a hitter out on a pitch that’s actually a ball, you can start to see the impact.Given their differences, umps develop reputations. Near the end of infielder Mark DeRosa’s 16-year career, he knew what to expect from the umpire calling balls and strikes. “You gain knowledge over the course of being in the big leagues for the course of a couple of seasons,” he said. “You understand which umpires are a little bit wider in their zone, who are a little bit more north-south, who’s going to force the pitcher to come tight.”Before games, he and his teammates would even talk about what they could expect during the game: “A comment would be passed back and forth, whether we should be pulling the trigger tonight or ‘this guy is normally a hitter’s umpire and likes to force the pitcher to come back over the plate, so let’s be a little bit more picky with what you’re going to swing at.’ ”An umpire who understands what calls he is missing is an ump who can improve. “It was amazing how my perspective of the strike zone changed when I got this technology,” Dellinger said. “I thought pitches were on the plate, until you get that data back. You see that some of those pitches were not on the plate. It wasn’t something that was done intentionally. It was just your perception of the strike zone. I was able to quickly make adjustments based on having that information, which was huge to me.”Seeing the data, however, can make fans less charitable. “They see a pitch that is out of the box, and they think, ‘Aw, he’s a bad umpire,’ ” Dellinger said. “I’m thinking, ‘You should have seen it 15 or 20 years ago.’ ”He’s right — ump accuracy has improved since 2008. But it has been on only one type of pitch: strikes.While umps call balls no differently than they did seven years ago, they’re accurately gauging strikes at much higher rates. This distinction is so large that Brian Mills, a professor of tourism, recreation and sports management at the University of Florida, cites the increasing size of the strike zone as accounting for about half of the league’s 50-point drop in OPS since 2008. In other words, steroid testing isn’t the only change responsible for MLB’s drop in offensive output. It’s also more called strikes.While the league and the umpires association have access to data showing that specific umps tend to be better at calling balls and strikes, it does not appear that they use this information to reward those who are the most accurate with choice assignments, like the All-Star Game or the postseason.2MLB declined to make specific umpires available for interviews but did let Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations, and Randy Marsh, director of major league umpires, talk.According to Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations, balls and strikes play a role, but don’t write Lance Barksdale’s name into your World Series scorecard just yet. “Once you meet a standard, you’re in the mix,” Woodfork said, likening the selection process to that of the NCAA tournament. Assignments are doled out using a mix of analytics and judgment: “Balls and strikes is taken into account along with field work, rules, instant replay and handling situations. Professionalism also factors into grading umpires. The plate work may carry more weight in the evaluation, but they are all important.”If plate work is important, it hasn’t shown in playoff assignments. According to numbers from BaseballSavant.com, umps who were No. 70, 71 and 76 in the accuracy rankings (out of 79) called balls and strikes in the ALCS last year, with only one of the top 10 umps receiving a league championship series or World Series spot. And this more exhaustive look at umps also finds that postseason spots do not appear to be linked to regular-season performance. “Like any other profession, you can go up and go down, but the consistency over time often helps,” Woodfork said. “We don’t ignore what you’ve done in the past, but that year carries the most weight.” If that’s true, expect our old friend Barksdale to receive a high-profile opportunity, as his 90 percent accuracy rate through July 1 is far and away the best single-season number in our data.But while decisions on postseason spots won’t come for several weeks, MLB has already had one opportunity to reward an umpire for past performance, getting to pick a home plate umpire for July’s All-Star Game. It chose Tim Welke — the same Tim Welke who has consistently had one of the league’s worst rankings since 2008. Dusty Dellinger knows how difficult it is to be an umpire. “There’s an old saying that they expect you to be perfect from day one and get better,” the former Major League Baseball official said over the phone. As the director of Minor League Baseball Umpire Development and the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, he knows how elusive perfection can be.Correctly calling 140 pitches flying 90-plus mph and breaking six inches or more is a near-impossible standard. And when mistakes are made, players and managers aren’t bashful. Jonathan Papelbon said D.J. Reyburn should “go back to Triple A” after a confrontation over balls and strikes. Joe Girardi complained about inconsistency. Larry Andersen did too after he retired, labeling the men behind the plate arrogant. You don’t have to look too hard for more examples.That’s led plenty of people to wonder when robots will come for the umps’ jobs. But lost amid those blue-sky dreams is what’s happened to the way we judge the blue behind the plate. Technology has changed how we can evaluate umps. It shows that umps are getting better, that there’s a significant gap between the best and worst, and that the best umps aren’t working the biggest games.After every game, umpires receive a report from the league office that informs them about their accuracy, their correct calls, and the ones they missed. Pitchers, hitters and fans have near-instant access to information on an umpire’s accuracy, too. The chart below shows the accuracy rates for calling balls and strikes for each ump since 2008, when MLB installed the PITCHf/x tracking system in every stadium.1The data was collected from BaseballSavant.com. Umps in the data set saw at least 3,000 pitches (called balls or strikes) in each season, with a smaller restriction (1,800 pitches) for 2015.
Two men have been arrested in Greece after foremen for strawberry growers allegedly shot and wounded 27 migrant labourers who were demanding to be paid, police said. The migrants, mainly from Bangladesh, were hospitalised in the western port of Patras and other areas with gunshot wounds after allegedly being fired upon late on Wednesday by three foremen for the growers in the village of Manolada, one of the main areas of strawberry production in Greece. One man was arrested as a “moral instigator” of the alleged shootings and another for helping two of the presumed perpetrators to evade arrest, local police said on Thursday. The migrants had been working in local farms without being paid for the past six months, the police said. Around 200 of them went to demand their money when they were fired upon. The government condemned the attack and anti-racist groups were planning a demonstration in the area later in the day. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said the attack was “inhuman” and “outside Greek morality” and pledged an immediate response by the authorities. But the Communist-affiliated PAME union noted that the incident was only the latest in a long history of abuse of migrant workers in Greece. PAME said the workers had been fired upon with shotguns and pistols. It claimed 33 were hurt, while the police said 27 were wounded, one of them critically. “Growers and landowners have operated with cover from the government and justice for years, creating a hell-hole with slavery labour conditions,” the union said. “Modern slaves in Manolada work in stifling conditions, pay rent to their exploiters and are lodged in sheds without water and electricity,” it said. In 2008, Manolada had been the focal point of a rare strike by hundreds of migrant workers against near-slavery conditions on the fields. The treatment of migrants in Greece has long been criticised by domestic and international rights groups, to little avail. Source: AFP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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A motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a head-on collision Saturday on state Highway 500 near Camas is in satisfactory condition at a Vancouver hospital.The condition of James W. Koch, 38, of Camas, was provided Monday morning by a spokesperson at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Koch was riding a 2007 Yamaha YFR motorcycle west on the highway near Northeast Robinson Road when an eastbound 2019 Volkswagen Jetta crossed into the westbound lane and struck him, according to a Washington State Patrol crash memo. The crash was reported shortly before 2 p.m.His mother, Charlotte Koch, told The Columbian that her son flew into the windshield of the Volkswagen and was revived by first responders at the scene. He suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, fracture at the back right of his skull and road rash on his left shoulder.The driver of the Volkswagen, identified as Robin E. Ray, 37, of Washougal, was uninjured; a 12-year-old passenger was also uninjured, the crash memo states. Ray was charged with failure to yield the right of way and third-degree driving with a suspended license, the crash memo states.Charlotte Koch said Monday her son was doing “pretty good” but has a long road to recovery. His injuries did not require any significant surgery, and the hospital planned to release him soon, she said. James Koch may have to undergo a major procedure, but only if his condition worsens.He will likely need to wear a neck brace for at least six weeks, preventing him from working, according to his mother. She said she is thinking of setting up a fundraiser to help with expenses but hasn’t done so yet.
WASHINGTON — New immigration rules on obtaining citizenship for children of U.S. service members and government employees born overseas do not affect birthright citizenship, officials said Thursday.Rules rolled out a day earlier caused confusion among immigration lawyers after a document appeared to show children of American citizens would be affected.Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services briefed reporters Thursday in an effort to clarify the regulations, and said that if a child is born overseas to a U.S. citizen who is a service member or government employee, that child will be an American citizen.There is a policy change and it will affect between 20 and 25 people per year, officials said.The change is a residency requirement shift and affects U.S. service members or government employees who are green cardholders and have a child while on duty overseas or adopt a child who is not a citizen or are the stepparent of a foreign-born child.Previously, the agency essentially waived U.S. residency requirements for those people to apply for a passport for their child, but the officials said the State Department would then decline the application for not fitting the requirements.
FISHERMAN’S SLOUGH AT CATERPILLAR ISLAND — From their floating home’s great room, Lloyd and Bev Kadow watch a blue heron dip its beak into the water near Caterpillar Island. Their front-row seat to wildlife viewing affords frequent views of bald eagles, ospreys, raccoons, beavers, otters, deer and coyotes. When the heron flies away, Bev gathers water bottles before the couple steps outside to cruise on their pontoon boat.A sign above their door reads: “Paradise found.”Indeed, the Kadows have found their paradise as owners of Kadow’s Marina, which floats on a bucolic stretch of Fisherman’s Slough a mile north of Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. It’s tucked between farmers’ fields and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, whose southern boundary is about two miles north of the marina.Lloyd says they bought the marina because of their love for the river. “We camp, waterski, fish, boat,” he said. They thought life on the river would be good. “And it has been.”Growing up on waterLloyd Kadow grew up on the Columbia River. His parents, Beulah “Boots” Kadow and Roy Kadow, a longshoreman, owned Vancouver Boat Harbor on the Columbia River just east of the Interstate 5 Bridge beginning in 1949.The growing family lived in an upstairs apartment in a boathouse (a building that houses boats).When Lloyd was in second grade, his parents opened Kadow’s Kove in the Steamboat Landing area across the river from Portland International Airport. There, the family of eight — Lloyd has five siblings — lived in a floating home.
Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers passed away this year and the Scotland left-back wanted to dedicate the team’s eight league title in a row to them.Thanks to their 3-0 win over Aberdeen in yesterday’s Scottish Premier League fixture, Celtic has lifted its eighth title in a row.And Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney wants to dedicate this trophy to club legends Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers, who passed away recently.“This league title’s for them,” Tierney told the BBC.“Everyone looks up to them and they are special people.”“I’m buzzing for the fans – you can see what it means to the fans and ourselves for all the work we’ve put in,” he continued.“It was a big pressure game for us. Coming up here, they were going to make it hard and you’re needing a draw, but that’s not our mentality.”Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We wanted to win this game and we’ve done that and we’ve kept a clean sheet as well,” he commented.“The first half was really tight, but the second half we controlled it a lot better and it was a great performance overall.”“As you get older, you’ve got to savor these moments and it is a very special moment for me to lift that eight in a row,” he added.“But it’s not up to me, it’s up to the board and I’m sure they’ll make the right decision whatever happens.”Champions again! OLE! OLE! 🍾 #GR8Since1888 pic.twitter.com/Dw1N4u2jb8— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 4, 2019
Romelu Lukaku has gone AWOL.According to The Mirror, the United forward did not report back to the Aon Training Complex as instructed to today.Lukaku was granted permission to train at Anderlecht in his native Belgium until Monday. But he was expected back at Manchester United this morning.He was a no show.The Belgian international has stated clearly he is seeking a move away from Old Trafford.It is understood, after having to play second fiddle to Rashford and company towards the later stages of the season. He did not feel appreciated by the club.Inter Milan have publicly flirted with Lukaku. They have also made a bid. This was some 25 million pounds short of United’s valuation.There was the Dybala swap deal with Juventus. But as we know The Argentine makeweight in the deal scuppered the plan.Dybala’s exuberant financial remuneration demands convinced Solskjaer he was not the man for him. This, in turn, pushed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pull the plug.Liverpool 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.Lukaku has failed to play a single minute of preseason football. So he will find it hard to break back into the team. If he ends up stayingIt is now believed that the United number 9 is making an attempt to force through the deal before deadline day.He is under the impression Inter are coming back with an improved offer for Manchester United to mull over.Reports are he was very involved in the Anderlecht training session. He even did some coaching with the young academy strikers.It remains to be seen how this will play out. He still has three years to go on his United contract.Nobody wants a player that is unhappy. But United are not ones to be bullied around by one of their players or another club.Romelu Lukaku is training with Anderlecht while he waits for a summer move away from Manchester United. (Source: @HLNinEngeland) pic.twitter.com/52dZWaDiAV— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 5, 2019
Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard claims Celtic’s captain Scott Brown has antagonised his players during today’s Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.Celtic won 2-1 at the Old Firm derby against Glasgow Rangers earlier today thanks to James Forest’s winner in the 87th minute of the game.The visitors finished the match with nine players, as Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday were sent off in 31st and 97th minute respectively.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes both sides need to be punished because the Celtic skipper Scott Brown antagonised his players throughout the whole match.“You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and [Ryan] Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your face, Halliday has the right to protect his own people,” he said via Sky Sports.“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.“We’ve hurt ourselves badly this season with a lack of discipline. I’ve given my players the benefit of the doubt on too many times.“The gap was already big and it’s even bigger now. The buck stops with me and I’m ready for that. We will move forward from this and try to finish the season as strong as we can.”Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.Scott Brown, however, believes Morelos deserved to be sent off, as the Rangers forward saw red for the fifth time this season.The unbreakable bond! That unbelievable Paradise feeling! 🤞🍀 pic.twitter.com/4PXlDyNUAr— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 31, 2019“He gave me an elbow, and you can’t do that in modern-day football, the amount of cameras there are,” said Brown.“It was all about us today. It’s about our performance. We dictated play in the first half, and in the second we have to dig deep.”Celtic is now 13 points ahead of Glasgow Rangers on the top of the Scottish Premiership. It is probably enough to win their eighth championship in a row.
According to ex-Celtic forward Andy Walker, the Scottish government might be forced to intervene if the clubs cannot force their fans to behave well.During the 2018-2019 season, there has been a lot of talk about the supporters’ behavior in the Scottish Premier League.There have been a lot of incidents of racist abuse, fans throwing objects at players and referees, and even fights between the fanatics.This is why former Celtic and Scotland national team striker Andy Walker has said that maybe the Scottish government will have to be involved.“When you see stuff like bottles, coconuts, lighters, coins coming onto the pitch, they could be hitting fellow supporters. We’ve had one that’s hit a linesman, we’ve got players that are under threat,” he said to Sky Sports.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I feel for the clubs. If you are an individual and you are determined to throw something on the pitch, then I think you’re going to do that. I don’t know what the clubs can do about it.”“I think we’ve had so much fan misbehavior this season. We’ve also got a problem with pyrotechnics, despite the clubs continually telling their supporters not to do it,” he added.“I do fear at some stage it will be taken out of the clubs’ hands and the government will intervene. That will mean, after a couple of steps, they might end up closing a stand.”“I think that’s the road we’re going down because supporters just aren’t listening,” he continued.“I think the vast majority of supporters just want to go and watch the football, but some of the individuals are hell-bent on causing trouble. I don’t know what you can do about it.”
Mathias Pogba, the older brother of Paul, is apparently in search of a club as close to Madrid as possible.According to Spanish sports news outlet AS Pogba senior is trying to conjure up a move from the French third division the Spanish third division.He currently plies his trade at Tours, but rumour has it he has received an offer from Spanish third-tier side CD Manchego Ciudad Real. They are a mere who two hours from Madrid.Mathias has made it known he is looking to move. But AS are claiming that the whole family is looking to get in on the action when younger brother Paul makes the switch. From Manchester United to Real Madrid.They have always tried to stay in close proximity throughout their careers. while Paul was an academy player at United, older brother played at Wrexham and Crewe both only a short drive up the road.AS also interviewed a club director. Carlos Gutierrez, who said: “It’s an interesting option from a sporting point of view.Liverpool 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.“And for Ciudad Real, it would be important from a social and economic standpoint to have a player named Pogba in our team.“We are waiting on the ‘ok’ from him.”Paul Pogba, went public while on commercial duties with Addidas in Japan. Stating he was seeking “a new challenge.” Rock star football agent Mino Riola added fuel to the fire. By claiming the club were aware of Pogba’s intentions and he was working on a solution.It remains to be seen if Pogba “junior” will be at United this coming season. If his impact in the preseason is anything to go by, United are building things around him.Surely they must be confident of keeping him for at least one more season (Ronaldo style). Then cashing in, by demanding top dollar after an outstanding season on and off the field.Mathias Pogba however, appears to be preparing himself for a career in Spain. At least in the direction of Madrid.SINGAPORE – JULY 20: Paul Pogba of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure of Samuele Longo of FC Internazionale during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and FC Internazionale at the Singapore National Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)
Recalling my 25 years covering the magazine industry’s tortured migration to digital, TV envy first became evident in the early 2000s. Whatever online scale many print brands achieved in their early efforts were quickly overshadowed by the sheer on-air promotional heft of cable brands like CNN, ESPN and MTV. As RealPlayer and, eventually, YouTube offered media a common technology, TV brands could put their well-polished leftovers online, while magazine “shows” still looked like editor-hosted hostage videos hidden behind a tab at the bottom of the nav bar.Once comfortable in their well-padded, thick-walled category of media spend, magazines now face the most brutal of digital realities: the platform silos have been dismantled. Magazines have found themselves in direct competition for ad dollars with every other media, many of which enjoy superior reach, a daily cadence and, in the case of TV, reusable and excess video assets that mapped perfectly with our broadband future.The sad history from which this original sin of TV envy devolved is pretty familiar. Many in the industry rightly liken it to Charlie Brown’s ever-hopeful but futile attempts at kicking Lucy’s football. At first, the print brands launched their own short-form programming on-site, which no one clicked. And so they turned to social distribution: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and countless video aggregators who themselves fantasized about being a “new TV.” But they were also smart enough to know a sucker when they saw one.The oligopoly dangled development funds in front of branded media, creating hours of magazine media few people saw, even fewer ad dollars funded and no one will mistake for a lasting “franchise.” As Charlie Brown would say, “Arghhh!…Rats!!!” Lucy is lining up the ball once more. If you want a glimpse at the magazine/TV efforts that have accumulated over the years, check out the free, ad-supported OTT app Xumo. It contains a deep list of familiar brands that includes Bloomberg, Time, Wired, Golf Digest, Field & Stream, Cycle World, Cooking Light, Saveur, Architectural Digest, Southern Living, Popular Science and Vogue (to name more than a few).Each have their own “channel” within the platform, and they are all nicely arranged by franchise shows. The interface is decent and lets you browse and watch simultaneously. But it’s like an attic full of outdated magazines and TV shows recorded on VHS tapes. It just doesn’t work. I’m a huge fan of OTT programming, but this experience requires too much lean-forward engagement. Xumo’s gallery of ephemeral content is emblematic of the larger issue: “TV everywhere” is a glorious mess. There is a tsunami of content—old and new—parsed into so many niches, across so many aggregators, that launching your Roku or Apple TV turns your TV into YouTube…which is a very bad thing.Predictive algorithms have yet to solve for this cluttered mess. Browsing app icons and thumbnails is no way to watch TV. Your TV is the opposite of your phone and they shouldn’t share an interface. The best that can be said about streaming interfaces is that mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) like Xfinity, Dish and Fios have made the traditional TV interface so lagging, cluttered and self-promotional that many OTT experiences feel clean and snappy by comparison.Because I have hated the MVNOs, I have suffered in recent years (are you listening Comcast, Dish and Fios?) and have been scouting cord-cutting alternatives. Some glimpses of hope have emerged.Apple TV is onto something. While it’s often overlooked, the new Apple TV app tracks and knits together your subscriptions so that next episodes and related content from my HBO, BritBox, Amazon Prime, DIY and other frequently-used apps are properly queued at launch. It’s rudimentary personalized aggregation, but this is the path aggregators need to take—unify the mess, minimize the clicks and take cues from recent behaviors.Pluto TV is among the only aggregators that come close to getting this right. Like Netflix’s first days of streaming, Pluto is a patchwork of mostly C-grade producers (Dog TV or the “Unsolved Mysteries” channels), but there are familiar media brands like Bloomberg, Cheddar and PeopleTV, too. It lets you browse within a massive grid while a sizable video box plays the channel and pops quickly into anything you click. Still, the lean-in TV browsing that OTT offers requires an even more advanced interface than this. For example, detailed show info, pop-up previews, on-demand options need to be at your fingertips.Magazines also need to wake up and get out of their own damn channels. I’m sorry, but no one is going to tune into 90% of these brands. Magazines need to stop loving their own print legacy and build brands in new ways.Newsy is one of the best examples I’ve seen in which a nascent video-only brand weaves its way into the OTT experience. In addition to its own channel, it also shows up in the ad pods with informative interstitial items that show rather than sell what they do. It has been remarkably effective in building an OTT presence out of virtually nowhere.It’s undeniable that the future of television is streaming. But that future has yet to fully take form. We don’t know what cross-screen behaviors we will craft for ourselves, just as we don’t know how much we want to lean in or lean back. History suggests that more-is-not-more when it comes to media—new and old—and people tend to burrow into a few orderly grooves of content consumption.Netflix has (finally) discovered that its users really don’t want to spend half an evening browsing too many options before choosing (or settling on) one. Magazines need to be thinking less about their own channels and more about partnerships with the channels that are getting traction and are mastering the rhythms of viewing and browsing behaviors.Rather than trying to crack the code of every new video distribution platform, the solution for magazines may not be through traditional models. For decades, I have watched magazine brands chase their TV envy with futility, and there is almost always some emerging platform ready to exploit it. The industry needs to be smarter than Charlie Brown this time. Rather than racing to kick the same old ball, try switching sports.
Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 4, 2019 – 11:35 pm “Press Play” Celebrates Pride Month 2019 “Press Play” On Pride Month With New Episodes press-play-series-celebrate-pride-month-special-edition-episodes News Facebook “Press Play” Series To Celebrate Pride Month With Special Edition Episodes Twitter Every Wednesday in June, the Recording Academy will feature a new LGBTQ+ artist in our exclusive original performance series in celebration of Pride Month.Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 4, 2019 – 11:42 pm Pride Month is here! And the Recording Academy is celebrating with four new episodes of our exclusive performance series Press Play. Each Wednesday this month at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT starting June 5, a new installment of Press Play will premiere right here on GRAMMY.com.. This special edition will feature up-and-coming musicians that represent the LGBTQ+ community including three-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Asiahn, country singer/songwriter Brandon Stansell, pop singer VINCINT, and soul singer Shea Diamond.”Having my single where I’m singing about loving another woman on the radio is a big deal,” said Asiahn when asked how music can help make progress toward equality, adding, “I feel like we still need some more representation out there, there’s still people who aren’t represented.”As we celebrate Pride all month long, get to know these four artists through their “Press Play” episodes each week.Celebrate LA Pride With The Recording Academy & Special Guests