Crown disputes selfdefence argument at Calgary trial for man who strangled wife

first_imgCALGARY – The lawyer for a man who admits he strangled his wife and buried her body in their home says his client was acting in self-defence, but the Crown is arguing he made up stories of domestic abuse to avoid a murder conviction.The two sides made their closing arguments Thursday in the second-degree murder trial of Allan Shyback.Shyback, 40, is also charged with causing an indignity to the body of Lisa Mitchell, 31, who was last seen alive in Calgary in October 2012.An undercover “Mr. Big” sting operation was launched in 2013 and ended with Shyback’s confession and arrest in Winnipeg a year later.Defence lawyer Balfour Der said the onus of proof is on the prosecution and the accused must get the benefit of reasonable doubt.“Hearkening back to that quotation from that old English case about a thousand suspicious circumstances does not equal proof,” Der said in his address to Justice Rosemary Nation.“There has to be a solid anchorage from which this guilt would be found. In my respectful submission, it isn’t here.”On the stand this week, Shyback said he had been the victim of domestic abuse for nearly a decade. He said she had attacked him with a knife the day she was killed.He also admitted to placing her body in a Rubbermaid container and cementing it into the wall in the basement.“It’s gruesome,” Der said. “It’s a terrible thing to have done — to have taken this woman and folded her into a tub and cemented her the basement.”But Shyback also told court he didn’t try to kill his wife, loved her and was defending himself, Der pointed out.“That type of evidence should resonate with you and there should, at the very least, be reasonable doubt here, if not a finding that it is positively established that there was self-defence.”Prosecutor Jayme Williams said Shyback’s version of events appeared to be tailored to fit his story of abuse and noted he had told an undercover officer he was going to have to put a “good spin” on the facts to avoid a murder charge.Shyback’s account that he was trying to protect himself when Mitchell came at him with a knife was inconsistent and contradictory, Williams said.“It is lacking in details and … appeared in some ways that it may have been tailored to fit, at best, the description that he had given to the undercover officers and still make it look like it was an accident or was defending himself,” she said.Williams said Shyback’s testimony appeared geared at putting him in the best possible light.“He’s also extremely cautious to ensure that he looked like he was an abused spouse and an innocent victim rather than someone who was part of an aggressive, hostile relationship,” Williams said.“He is trying to make the description of what happened look best for him under the circumstances. There were only two people in the house that day and one of those people ended up buried in the basement so there’s only one that can tell us what happened.”In response, Der said the Crown did not prove its case.“The prosecution resorting to these type of arguments is desperation on their part and an inability to prove the case on the evidence. They need you to resort to baseless speculation, which you cannot.”Nation reserved her decision until May 18.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

NewsAlert John McCallum resigns as Canadas ambassador to China at PMs request

first_imgOTTAWA — John McCallum has resigned as ambassador to China at the request of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Trudeau says he asked McCallum to step down on Friday night.The prime minister did not immediately issue an explanation, but the move comes after the former ambassador was quoted in StarMetro Vancouver on Friday as saying it would be “great for Canada” if the United States drops an extradition request against a Huawei executive detained in Canada.That comment follows a statement McCallum issued Thursday, saying he misspoke earlier in the week when he discussed Meng Wanzhou’s case with a group of Chinese-language journalists in Toronto, listing several arguments he thought could help her with her fight against extradition.Trudeau says Jim Nickel, deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Canada in Beijing, will represent the country in China as charge d’affaires effective immediately.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF Snowflake Ball Attracts Celebrity Support

first_imgThe 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, held on Tuesday, November 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte and U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Dolores Rice Gahan for their commitment to saving and improving children’s lives.Presented by Baccarat, the eighth annual black-tie gala, which raised more than $2.5 million for UNICEF’s global child survival and development programs, was emceed by Bryant Gumbel and featured performances by Tony Bennett and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet.The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund presented the 2012 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to legendary singer, actor, and human rights activist Harry Belafonte. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for more than 25 years, Belafonte has been outspoken about issues that affect children’s lives and has met with world leaders to champion UNICEF’s mission. His legacy includes advocating for better primary health care, treatment for HIV/AIDS, and free access to education for all children.“I didn’t anticipate that serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador would have such remarkable rewards,” said Harry Belafonte. “I am deeply grateful to UNICEF for giving me the opportunity to serve for so long.”For her commitment to vulnerable children around the world, physician Dolores Rice Gahan was presented with the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award by Pantaleoni’s granddaughter, UNICEF Ambassador, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Tea Leoni. Working alongside UNICEF, Gahan’s family pioneered an innovative community health program in Ghana, and she has provided leadership for UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS campaign.“It is an honor to receive the Helenka Pantaleoni Humanitarian Award,” said Dolores Rice Gahan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member. “I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and see UNICEF programs in action. UNICEF staff often put their own lives on hold or at risk to do whatever it takes to save a child. It is amazing to see the dedication displayed in order to better the lives of children.”“We are thrilled to honor Harry Belafonte and Dolores Rice Gahan for their commitment to UNICEF and to children around the world,” said Caryl Stern, U.S. Fund for UNICEF president and CEO. “UNICEF and our honorees tonight know that when you put your faith in children, you create hope, and a future. You create a world in which ZERO children are denied clean water, food to eat, or any of the things we may take for granted.”Debra Shriver and Daniella Vitale co-chaired the event, with Nell Diamond and Jaime Jiménez serving as Next Generation Co-Chairs and Pamela Fiori as the Project Chair.For the fourth year in a row, the Snowflake Ball featured décor by interior designer, HGTV star and UNICEF Ambassador Vern Yip. His décor, which included artisan crafted felt trivets from Mongolia, was inspired by his recent visit there where he witnessed UNICEF’s education, health, protection, and water and sanitation programs benefiting children.The evening’s menu was created by UNICEF Ambassador Marcus Samuelsson, along with acclaimed chefs Marc Murphy and Michael Anthony. The gala’s live auction, hosted by Courtney Booth of Sotheby’s, featured experiences with UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez, NY Knick Tyson Chandler, and Nickelodeon. Mikimoto, Zagliani, Le Cirque, Barneys, and Baccarat donated items for the silent auction. Mikimoto also hosted the evening’s special photo booth and dressed Snowflake committee chairs and celebrity guests in signature pearl jewelry.Gala attendees included UNICEF Ambassadors Selena Gomez, Dayle Haddon, Téa Leoni, Marcus Samuelsson, Vern Yip, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte along with Michael Anthony, Tony Bennett, David Broza, Barbara Bush, Selita Ebanks, Boomer Esiason, Bryant Gumbel, Jenna Bush Hager, Lily Kwong, Matt Lauer, Kate Mara, Wynton Marsalis, Mia Moretti, Carolyn Murphy, Marc Murphy, Katy Perry, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Amanda Ross, Uma Thurman, and Allison Williams.The UNICEF Snowflake illuminates the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue each year and serves as a beacon of hope and compassion for vulnerable children around the world. Designed by Ingo Maurer with 16,000 Baccarat crystals, the beautiful ornament was dedicated to UNICEF in 2002 by the Stonbely Family Foundation.For more information on the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball, visit read more

Travel advisory issued for Highway 97 south of Mackenzie

first_imgFor up-to-date road conditions, visit UPDATE: Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District Traffic Services said that the travel advisory has been extended to Highway 16 from Bednesti to Crescent Spur because of blowing snow. She added that poor visibility conditions are expected to persist into the evening.MACKENZIE, B.C. — Officials with the Ministry of Transportation have issued a Travel Advisory on Highway 97 south of the Mackenzie is reporting that a Travel Advisory has been issued for Highway 97 from the junction with Highway 39 south of Mackenzie all the way to the community of Stoner, roughly 36 kilometres south of Prince George. The advisory has been issued because of limited visibility due to blowing snow.last_img read more

Ban welcomes Israels decision to halt Gaza offensive

“I am relieved that the Israeli Government has decided to cease hostilities as of midnight GMT,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in Beirut, the latest stop on a diplomatic mission to the region. The Secretary-General, who yesterday called on Israel to unilaterally declare a ceasefire, added that “Hamas must stop firing rockets now.” He stated that the Israeli ceasefire should be the first step toward establishing a durable and sustainable ceasefire leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, as called for by Security Council resolution 1860. He also stressed that urgent humanitarian access for the people of Gaza is the immediate priority, adding that the UN is ready to act. Three weeks of violence have already claimed over 1,000 lives, including many women and children, and wounded over 5,000, in addition to causing widespread destruction and tremendous suffering for the residents of Gaza. Earlier today, in an address to the Lebanese National Assembly, Mr. Ban had again urged an immediate ceasefire, calling on both sides to first stop the fighting and to then work out the details in a bid to halt what he called an “unprecedented” level of violence over the past 22 days. “Both sides must first stop the fighting now. We cannot wait for all the details, the mechanisms, to be conclusively negotiated and agreed, while civilians continue to be traumatized, injured and killed,” he stated. The UN chief condemned as “outrageous” today”s strike by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on a UN-run school in Gaza – the third incident of its kind, despite Israeli assurances given to him just days ago after the shelling of the UN compound in Gaza that the world body”s premises would be fully respected.“I strongly demand a thorough investigation into these incidents, and the punishment of those who are responsible for these appalling acts,” he told a news conference in the Lebanese capital.Over a week ago, Israeli shelling near a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) killed 40 people and injured more than 100. Israel said it was returning fire from the area of the school but UN officials stressed there were no Hamas or other militants inside the school.Mr. Ban arrived in Beirut as part of his ongoing efforts to help find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, which began on 27 December when Israel launched a military operation in Gaza with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks against Israel. He has already met with officials in Cairo, Amman, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Ankara, and will continue his visit with stops in Damascus and Sharm el-Sheikh, where he will attend a summit to be convened by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the Gaza situation. He will also visit Kuwait to attend the Arab Economic Summit meeting. 17 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the news that Israel will halt its three-week military offensive in Gaza, and stressed that the immediate priority now is to ensure humanitarian access for the 1.5 million people living in the Strip. read more

Elilans wife confirmed for polls

However the Colombo Gazette has learned that he has not been included in the final list of UPFA candidates for the elections in September. (Colombo Gazette) The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head Elilan, has been included in the list of candidates by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the Northern Provincial Council elections.The TNA confirmed its list for the Jaffna District in the Northern elections and Mrs Elilan, real name Ananthi Sasitharan, has been included in the list. The TNA is expected to hand in its nomination papers for the Northern polls tomorrow. The TNA Jaffna candidates for the elections signed their nomination papers today. Another former LTTE member, Daya Master, has not been included in the final list of the ruling UPFA for the elections in Jaffna.Daya Master had appeared before the UPFA nomination board this month after he had applied to contest under the UPFA ticket. read more

Elaine Paige Come on girls if a man puts his hand on

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Elaine Page in Cats Elaine Paige (right) at the London Palladium in 1987 Elaine Page in Cats The broadcaster, who rose to fame in musical theatre with roles in Hair, Evita and Cats and now hosts Elaine Paige on Sunday on Radio 2, said she was a firm believer in equal pay.“Oh, I’m very hot on that,” she said. “If you’re doing the same job as a man, you should be paid the same.“That Mr Humphrys on the Today programme made disparaging off-air remarks about his female colleagues’ pay and I found that absolutely appalling.” Elaine Paige, the singer and Radio 2 presenter, has encouraged young women to “just deal with it” if a man “puts his hand on your knee or your bum”, saying life would be dreary if they are discouraged from flirting.Paige, 70, said she had “of course” been hit on by predatory men, joking she would be “really embarrassed” if she had managed to avoid it.But while rape and sexual assault are “completely unacceptable”, she said, other behaviour should be treated with “perspective”.In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, which made reference to the Me Too movement, Paige also said she objected to being called a diva because it is “sexist”, and was “very hot” on the issue of equal pay.Asked if she had endured advances from “predatory males”, she said: “Of course I have! My God! I would be really embarrassed to sit here and say that it never happened to me.” Elaine Paige (right) at the London Palladium in 1987Credit:Rex She also objects strongly to being called a “diva”, despite her singing talents, saying: “I think the word is overused – and it’s sexist. No one ever called a man a diva.“I’m also called feisty but I find that a bit sexist, too. Again, have you ever heard that word applied to a man?” Elaine Paige She added: “Listen, we’ve got to get all of this in perspective. Rape or any sort of assault is completely unacceptable. But come on, girls, if a man puts his hand on your knee or your bum, then deal with it. Elaine PaigeCredit: Andrew Crowley “Are we really wanting to get to a stage when a man never flirts again? What a dreary life!“In fact, I’m thinking of getting a badge made saying: #Cooee! I’m over here. It’s not too late.” read more

Dame Esther Rantzen says Skype wont combat loneliness of elderly like a

Dame Esther’s comments come as new research shows how the way in which family contact is changing, as traditional means of popping in for a chat are increasingly replaced with modern technology. The 79-year-old journalist and founder of multiple charities has spoken out about the severe impact loneliness can have on old people.  In a survey of 2,000 UK adults, 59 per cent say that they are visiting family members less, while 55 per cent say their extended family relies on technology to keep in-touch…. Dame Esther Rantzen has warned against using Skype as a substitute for a “hug and a cup of tea” as new figures reveal that two-thirds of adults rely on technology to keep in touch with elderly relatives. read more

Huawei introduces its mining solution in Africa for the first time

first_imgHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider unveiled what it describes as its “revolutionary, end-to-end wireless communication solution for the mining sector” at the African Mining Indaba 2014 in Cape Town last week. Huawei says its “groundbreaking wireless solution is the first of its kind in Africa [delivering] SCADA data, voice, video and trunking on one single integrated platform, enabling real-time transmission, unified dispatching and precise underground positioning with comprehensive coverage above ground. The picture shows a simulated flood resistance test.“With ultra broadband to support a rich variety of multimedia data services and clear communication, Huawei is the only vendor who can provide multimedia cluster scheduling platforms that support both audio and video services.”Huawei’s offering provides seamless wireless communication with one network which connects the entire mine area onto one platform allowing for more efficient and timely communication. This makes the solution easy to deploy and easy to maintain, therefore cost savings will be significant.This intrinsically safe equipment offers underground distance coverage of up to 1,000 m. Huawei says it “is currently the only vendor in the industry who can achieve this.”This feature together with Huawei’s water-proof and explosion-proof terminals, which have been proven to support hi-quality voice and video in harsh mining environments, ensure ad hoc communications for rapid rescue responses in emergency situations. Mines are now able to access precise underground positioning and with real-time video on their devices, monitoring and control staff no longer need to rely on voice communication alone to handle critical incidents.“Huawei’s wireless communication solution offers high performance, high safety and high efficiency qualities. It will improve safety standards within current mine environments and in turn, will allow mining companies to gain a competitive edge and to gain a significant return on their investment.” says James Mulebeke, Director of Energy & Mining of Huawei Enterprise for Eastern and Southern Africa. “The solution is ready to be deployed. We look forward to partnering with our customers to roll-out this innovative solution in Africa, and will be proud to see it come into effect.”Huawei was the first to launch the 100 MB professional broadband trunking solution based on LTE technology last year and the solution is designed to address the evolution of trunking technology, from voice to multimedia within private networks in vertical industries such as the mining sector.Developed based on industry service needs and work characteristics, Huawei’s solutions are able to integrate with solutions offered by partners, providing customers with the greatest reliability and the best processing performance.last_img read more

Crusher contract awarded to Metso

first_imgW Resources Plc, the tungsten, copper and gold, exploration and development company with assets in Spain and Portugal, has awarded the crusher plant contract for its La Parrilla project in Spain to Metso Minerals Portugal, a subsidiary of Metso Corp for €1.2 million. The crusher is a critical component of La Parrilla infrastructure as part of the expansion to 2 Mt/y of ROM which will be able to provide 2,500 – 2,700 t/y of tungsten concentrate.The crusher will be built in France and delivered to site within 24 weeks, well within the scheduled development time.The crushing circuit design will minimise the production of tungsten fines which are harder to recover than more coarse material. It is designed to a high level of automation and process control to ensure tight product specifications and to be able to quickly expand from 2 Mt/y to 3.5 Mt/y. This upgrade can be completed within a 90 hour shut down, with the addition of two further cone crushers and the incorporation of a X-Ray ore sorting circuit allowing W to expand its capacity with little operational disruption.Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources commented: “It is great to have agreed the crusher contract award with Metso, a world leading supplier based in Europe. We appreciate it has taken a little bit longer than anticipated, but this is often the unpredictable nature of contract negotiations. Importantly we believe the results in terms of design, quality, price and delivery time will speak for themselves.“Tungsten prices have increased nearly 25% over the last 12 months with momentum building over the last month which is timely for the development of La Parrilla. Debt financing continues to advance with planned debt financing completion in the second half of 2017.”last_img read more

Weekend events to honor areas veterans

first_imgclick to enlarge Mayor Philip Johnson will lead Battle Ground’s salute to veterans on Friday morning while Army veteran Ryan Corcilius and retired Navy commander Yvette Brown-Wahler will be grand marshals at Saturday’s Fort Vancouver Veterans Parade.Air Force Col. Duke A. Pirak is the reviewing officer for the Fort Vancouver parade, which will start at the east end of Officers Row.• Battle Ground: Johnson, a retired Army officer, will lead the ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.The ceremony will include a flag presentation, a formal recognition of veterans and a reading of the names of 31 local men who died while serving and whose names are engraved on the wall of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial.• Fort Vancouver: More than 120 entries totaling about 2,500 participants are expected for Saturday’s Fort Vancouver Veterans Parade.Things start with a 10 a.m. ceremony in Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd.Keynote speaker Pirak commands the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland.Brown-Wahler served on six ships during her 20-year Navy career, including serving as executive officer on a guided-missile destroyer. She was part of combat operations in 1999, firing cruise missiles during the Kosovo conflict. She also completed two tours of Pentagon service.last_img read more

Reus believes Dortmund cant get distracted vs Atletico

first_imgBorussia Dortmund skipper Marco Reus is wary of the challenge that will be Atletico Madrid, he knows they won’t have many chances to score.Champions League Wednesday will be the day with the most interesting matches, one of those will be Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid and Marco Reus spoke about the upcoming match against the Colchoneros.Signal Iduna Park will open its doors for what can arguably be described as one of the most interesting matches, one of two that will be played in the next couple of weeks and will bring us top quality football from both sides.👍 @woodyinho completely on track— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 29, 2017“The most important thing here is to remain patient, Atletico is a very good defensive squad because they don’t give you any space to maneuver,” said Reus via Diario AS.“We are not going to have many opportunities to score goals and we must get the best out of them. We’ve had many great chances to score in the last few matches. Atletico’s defense is very strong and we must be patient.”It’s not the biggest moment for us in the Champions League because we also had a very special game against Monaco. Atletico have already proved their worth on the international stage and that is very good for them.”“They have great players but we will play at home and it will be a special match, but getting the three points would be very motivating because we could take the group’s top spot.”“We must watch more videos of Atletico Madrid, we have to watch them playing counter-attack. We will get more into the details within the next hours.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.🛫🇩🇪 Germany, here we go! 🔜 ⚽⭐What a game awaits!💪💪💪#AúpaAtleti #UCL #BVBAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 23, 2018Finally, Marco Reus spoke about the way he communicates with Paco Alcacer: “My Spanish is not very good, his German isn’t good either but he knows what he has to do as a striker.”“It has been important for him to know the team’s most repeated practices. You can tell that he studies when we play matches, he hasn’t had a single adaptation problem.”Paco Alcácer has scored with every single shot on target he has had in the Bundesliga:⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️The Midas Touch.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 20, 2018last_img read more

Lovren Reds have what it takes to remain number one

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes manager Jurgen Klopp has found the right ingredients to sustain a title challenge which was previously missing from the squadThe Reds have finished the first half of the season unbeaten with 16 wins and 12 clean sheets thanks to the rejuvenated defence (Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson)Others who have made a difference are Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho – the latter two both scorers against Newcastle.Asked what the difference was from previous years, Lovren told the Scotsman: “I think experience. There are quite a lot of players still here and it was like a puzzle, you just keep bringing these players you missed and now I think it’s a perfect match.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There has always been something missing all these years but I think now we have everything.“But it doesn’t mean anything. Even Manchester City has in every position two players, top players.”The Croatian said; “The foundation isn’t about five players at the back. It’s about Mo, Bobby, Sadio, Shaq, everyone up front, they are the first defenders. We know when we don’t concede a goal, we score. That’s the key for us and we need to always stay hungry. When we lose the ball, get it back quickly.”“There’s no pressure, to be honest. In the previous years, yes, but now when you look in the dressing room, when you go into Melwood in the morning, everybody is happy,” he added. “Nobody talks about anything else than the next game. We can’t talk about something that will happen in five-six months, we go game by game and we will see where we finish.”last_img read more

VR needs more Disneystyle magic like The Void from CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: After this, it sounds like The Void’s modular physical spaces could be engineered to feel more like escape rooms. Expect some overlap. I didn’t try their more magical, more haunted house-like Nicodemus experience yet. And The Void’s upcoming Marvel VR experience could introduce even more tricks. But Hickman is quick to explain that the best immersive experiences come from a leap of trust, using key early moments to encourage people to reach out and touch real walls and buttons with your fingers.I got so used to seeing Bridget next to me as a cartoon that I didn’t think to look down and realize my avatar had no feet. The Void doesn’t use trackers on legs or feet yet, but it never bothered me. Bridget’s avatar seemed to have legs. So I assumed I did, too. The illusion was complete.The Void’s roughly 15-minute “rides” work with up to four people and cost roughly $30 a person, which is a splurge. But, it’s cheaper than a vacation to Disney.The Void’s not the only company pursuing Disney-fied VR. Audi’s Marvel-themed VR Holoride debuted at this year’s CES, the company tuning its immersive thrills to work while riding in an actual car. Maybe it’s not a surprise that both are Disney-themed. Disney rides know how to feel welcoming to all people. Disney rides aren’t too scary. Disney rides are universal.When I took off the headset afterward, I thought I was finishing a ride at Disneyland. And that’s the type of feeling more VR still needs. Scott Stein/CNET Somewhere in a labyrinth of simulated Venetian canals in a Las Vegas mall, there’s a slick-looking glowing storefront that’s easy to miss. THE VOID, it says in large letters. Star Wars stormtroopers beckon from the windows.We’ve come to climb inside Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet movie at CES 2019, courtesy of The Void’s location-based VR experience, “Ralph Breaks VR,” just down the hall from the halls of the show.Ralph Breaks VR launched last fall, and isn’t “new” for CES. It’s the first of five Disney experiences the company’s creating in partnership with ILMxLab, including one based on a 2019 Marvel movie (they won’t say which one yet). But it still wowed me, a seasoned vet of location-based VR, at a show already filled with other tech vying for my attention. It impressed both CNET editor Bridget Carey and myself, and worked a perfect blend of thrill ride and comforting onboarding. Even after all these years of VR, and especially with so much VR fatigue, good immersive design matters a lot. Even with heavy backpacks, I had a blast at The Void.The Void’s immersive experiences have been running at 11 locations around the world, with a Washington, DC center coming soon. I last tried holodeck-like multiroom experiences in 2016, putting on a VR backpack and zapping ghosts in Ghostbusters Dimension. Now, Bridget and I are choosing Disney character identities from little cards on a table. We watch a short movie on a screen, where Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz tell us what we’re about to do.Then we put on our VR backpacks and vibrating haptic vests to dive in to Wreck-It Ralph. There’s a good chance you still haven’t tried any location-based VR. Think of a room where you can wander around in VR, but the objects in the room are perfectly mapped so you can reach out and feel the wall, press a button, open a door. The Void’s founder and chief creative officer, Curtis Hickman, is a magician who explores working ideas of illusion, theater and magic theory to trick our brains better in VR.Despite advanced VR backpacks and hand-tracking sensors that can show my fingers virtually, The Void’s experiences also use good-old fashioned theatrical tech like fans and heaters. A room can feel toasty. A balcony in the Disney-fied version of the internet feels breezy. The floor rumbles when a massive glass-walled shuttle flies by. 10 Photos Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Magic and VR collide at CES 2019 with The Void Ralph Breaks VR, and we’re right there with him at CES… Share your voice 0 The top 10 products of CES 2019 3:14 13:27 Wearable Tech CES Products Virtual Reality Disneylast_img read more

Pulse nightclub prepares for two year mark since mass shooting

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Two years ago, a shooter opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida and killed 49 people. The onePULSe Foundation is now preparing for a week of events to mark the two years since it happened. ‘This will be a week of reflection, as we remember our 49 angels, support our survivors and consider how we as a community continue to emerge from this tragedy,’ said Barbara Poma, Founder of the Foundation.‘These events will focus on unity, hope, and our continued efforts to fulfill our promise that we will not let hate win.’The Foundation is partnering with the City of Orlando, Orange County, Orlando Health, First United Methodist Church, and others.Events will commence on 6 June and lead to the Annual Remembrance Ceremony on 12 June at the Pulse Interim Memorial.Full list of eventsAn Evening with Judy & Dennis ShepardWednesday, June 6, 20182018 marks 20 years since the tragic murder of college student Matthew Shepard. onePULSE Foundation is proud to partner with the Matthew Shepard Foundation for an evening with Judy & Dennis Shepard. Matthew’s parents will share their two-decade journey of advocating for LGBTQ safety resources and their successful activism that resulted in the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (2009). Tickets here.Second Annual CommUNITY Rainbow RunSaturday, June 9 An estimated 1,500 runners and walkers will join us at Wadeview Park for a 4.9K, Kids Fun Run and CommUNITY Festival.   The race is in honor of all affected by the Pulse tragedy and the course goes by the Pulse Memorial and the Orlando Health Trauma Center.  Registration here.O-Town VoicesSunday, June 10O-TOWN Voices from Orlando is a play comprised of collected stories, interviews and speeches from Orlando and across the Globe collected during the weeks and months following the Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando. O-TOWN Voices was created and directed by David Karl Lee and features 18 local theater veterans, Barbara Poma—Pulse Nightclub Owner, Neema Bahrami—Pulse Survivor and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Tickets here.Ringing of the BellsTuesday, June 12Join a public gathering for the ringing 49 bells. Multiple churches around the world have aligned for the ringing of the bells around the world.Annual Remembrance Ceremony—A Public Community GatheringTuesday, June 12onePULSE Foundation is hosting a public ceremony to bring together Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the community to honor the 49 angels, the survivors and the first responders in a public gathering at the Pulse Memorial. More information here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pulse memorial | Photo: Flickr/WalterProcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Orlando rally marks two years since Pulse shootingLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Pulse nightclub victims are suing Orlando and the city’s policeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Elekta Highlights Leksell Vantage System for Stereotactic Neurosurgery at AANS 2017

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more April 24, 2017 — Elekta announced that its Leksell Vantage Stereotactic System, will be highlighted at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Meeting, April 22-26 in Los Angeles. Leksell Vantage is the company’s next-generation system for target localization and coordinate referencing for precision neurosurgery. The system’s head frame is constructed of a novel epoxy composite and is designed to improve imaging quality, speed and patient comfort in neurosurgery procedures.Vantage received CE Mark clearance in March 2017 and will be used in April in clinical practice for the first time in Europe at four centers, including:University Hospital La Timone (Marseilles, France);The Academic Medical Center (Amsterdam, the Netherlands);The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square (London, England); andKarolinska University Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden).The system is currently pending 510(k) clearance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).In addition to Vantage, Elekta will highlight its Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery system. The system will be discussed in more than 15 scientific presentations at AANS, including:Abstract #1837: “Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Intractable Tremor-Dominant Parkinson Disease”; Ajay Niranjan, M.D., MBA, associate professor, neurological surgery, director UPMC Brain Mapping Center and associate director, Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This study analyzed the outcomes of 33 patients who received Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat medically refractory Parkinson’s disease (PD) tremor. At a mean follow-up period of 23 months, 23 patients (70 percent) had complete or nearly complete tremor arrest, and nine (27.2 percent) experienced tremor arrest and improved ability to write, draw and drink fluids. Tremor resolution was maintained in 96.8 percent of individuals at last follow-up visit. Study investigators concluded that Gamma Knife is a safe and effective treatment for medically refractory PD tremor, especially in the elderly or individuals who are not suitable candidates for deep brain stimulation or thermal therapy.Abstract #2022: “Direct Comparison of Microsurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery on Small Size Meningiomas”; Shyamal C. Bir, M.D., Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, and Anil Nanda, M.D., MPH, professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. In this study, investigators performed a retrospective review of 90 consecutive patients with small intracranial meningiomas (benign tumors arising from the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord) undergoing microsurgery (n= 31) or Gamma Knife radiosurgery (n=59). Study results demonstrated that Gamma Knife radiosurgery was associated with significantly higher local control of tumor growth compared with microsurgical resection at five and 10 years (p=0.02 and p=0.003, respectively). In addition, the median recurrence free survival period was also significantly higher in the Gamma Knife group (p=0.04).Additional data presented during the conference confirmed that Leksell Gamma Knife was the most frequently mentioned stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) system in a comprehensive clinical literature review with 11,638 citations out of 13,539 articles retrieved. Gamma Knife was also the most frequently cited SRS system in neurosurgical indications, including brain metastases (n=1037), arteriovenous malformation (n=734) and spinal metastases (n=184).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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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 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 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | April 24, 2017 Elekta Highlights Leksell Vantage System for Stereotactic Neurosurgery at AANS 2017 New studies also reinforce Gamma Knife as a clinically effective, minimally invasive approach to treating cancer, noncancerous brain tumors and neurological conditions 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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NSW Australias number one destination again

first_imgNSW Australia’s number one destination againNew South Wales (NSW) has continued its reign as Australia’s leading tourism State with record numbers of visitors turbocharging the economy, generating jobs and driving investment in local communities as they once again choose to visit NSW ahead of all other States.NSW has broken records with the latest round of National Visitor Survey results revealing in the year ending June 2018, 32.9 million domestic visitors (+9.3%) stayed 103.3 million nights (+6.7%) and spent $19.8 billion (+15.2%).The impressive growth in spend (+15.2%) was almost double NSW’s nearest contender, Victoria (+8.0%). NSW leads Victoria by 8.3 million visitors, 31.7 million nights and $5.9 billion expenditure. Queensland was the third best performer however, NSW still led its northern rival by 10.5 million visitors, 13 million nights and $2.8 billion in expenditure.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said visitors were not just coming to see Sydney, but more and more people were travelling to rural and regional towns to experience the State’s renowned hospitality and attractions.“These results are the highest on record and show the work the NSW Government is doing in delivering results for the tourism industry which directly employs more than 171,000 people in our State,” Mr Marshall said.“I’m very proud that rural and regional NSW leads regional Australia in domestic visitors and has achieved its highest number of domestic visitors, nights and expenditure on record.“The NSW Government has set the State’s first regional tourism target of $25 billion in visitor expenditure in rural and regional NSW by 2030, so that every corner of NSW gets its fair share of the record tourist dollars.”The North Coast (+8%), Hunter (+13%), Central NSW (+15%) and Capital Country (+21%) regions all posted significant visitor growth and across regional NSW overall visitor numbers grew by 9 per cent.Both Intrastate and Interstate visitor numbers to NSW were up 1.5 million and up 1.3 million, respectively.Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Wendy Wu Tours has joined Cruise Lines Internation

first_imgWendy Wu Tours has joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as an Executive Partner, a relationship Wendy Wu Tours’ MD Australia & New Zealand, Andrew Mulholland, says ‘opens up a world of touring opportunities to cruise specialists across Australia’. “We’re excited to start our relationship with CLIA … Adding on land to the start or end of a cruise itinerary is a terrific way for travel agents to grow their business into new markets. Given our buying power, we have the ability to offer, cost and hold allocations of pre/post land components up to two years in advance. We have a dedicated team of special groups experts ready to assist with pre-packaged arrangements or we are able to customise based on the groups specific needs.”Wendy Wu Tours Cruise Extensions in China cover the key inland sights that cruise guests typically miss on a coastal itinerary. “Many of our clients tell us that they simply can’t come all the way to China and not see the Terracotta Warriors.” said Wendy Wu Tours Head of Product, Bernadette Holmes. “Our Cruise Extension product meets this need, hitting all of those inland routes.” CLIAWendy Wu Tourslast_img read more

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