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Conservative MPs tried to silence inquiry call from Manitoba chief

first_imgnews@aptn.ca The Status of Women committee is currently studying the subject of “the economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women” as well as the barriers that still exist in society.Kennedy was the only Indigenous woman called to testify before the committee. During her testimony, Kennedy mentioned the violence faced by Indigenous women. During the round of witness questioning by MP committee members, Ashton asked Kennedy about the need for an inquiry.“Today we heard from the UN rapporteur who is calling for a national inquiry…We know there are women drumming on Parliament Hill,” said Ashton. “Do you believe we need a national inquiry?”Kennedy said yes.“Absolutely. It is very hard to lose a child and to lose a loved one,” said Kennedy, who was immediately cut off at the sentence by Calgary Centre Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.“I am sure we would love to hear what the chief has to say on the topic but it’s not really what the topic of the study is about,” said Crockatt.APTN National News heard audio of the meeting.Ashton responded to Crockatt saying that the committee was also studying barriers to women’s economic prosperity and violence poses one for Indigenous women who are more likely to face it than non-Indigenous women, according to statistics.“It is entirely in relation to this study and frankly we should show respect to the chief by allowing her to answer the question,” said Ashton.Kennedy then again raised the issue and said women chiefs in Manitoba had asked the men to take up the issue and be more “aggressive” in their support for an inquiry call.“And we said, ‘What if it was your daughter or any young relative that you’ve lost,’” said Kennedy. “I think if there was an inquiry and to have that in there, maybe there wouldn’t be as many.”This time it was Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young who ran interference touting her credentials as a councillor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“I am from Vancouver and so the missing and murdered women issue is painful having also been a councillor in the Downtown Eastside for native youth and family,” said Young. “That question was completely disingenuous and not relevant to the study at all.”Kennedy said in an interview with APTN National News that she would be reporting the incident back to her women’s council.“Obviously the government is not going to be listening. I think maybe we do this on our own, we set up our own inquiry as to what happened,” said Kennedy.Ashton said the Conservative’s increasingly aggressive attempts to counter calls for an inquiry makes her want to fight harder.“Seeing the Conservatives react so disrespectfully is more fuel for me to keep pushing,” said Ashton. “Their disrespect toward a woman chief adds more fuel to my fire.”Crockatt and Young’s office did not respond to request for comment as of this article’s posting.James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, released his report on Canada Monday and recommended an inquiry.Justice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after his Parliament Hill photo op was interrupted by women drummers. APTN National News OTTAWA–Conservative MPs on the Status of Women committee tried to silence a Manitoba chief when she mentioned the need for a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy was twice cut off by Conservative MPs when she raised the issue of the inquiry while responding to a question from Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton.“When they did that, for me, I was angry they wouldn’t listen to a subject that is very important for our communities,” said Kennedy, after her appearance before the committee. “Everywhere across the country our women are out there missing and never found and this is very emotional for us.”The incident reveals the Conservative government is hyper-sensitive to the issue and wants to stamp it out, said Ashton.“They are extremely sensitive on this issue, they know a resounding number of people are calling for a national inquiry and it is clear to an increasingly number of Canadians that violence is an immense barrier,” said Ashton.NDP MP Niki Ashton (left) with War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy.last_img read more

Ban lauds Burundians for gains in consolidating peace

9 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burundi for their achievements in consolidating peace as the tiny African nation rebuilds from decades of ethnic strife. Burundi was torn by ethnic conflict between majority Hutus and minority Tutsi, much like its northern neighbour Rwanda, site of the 1994 genocide, for nearly five decades after it became independent from Belgium in 1962.“You have been determined to move beyond the turbulence of recent decades, and the results are clear,” Mr. Ban said upon arriving in the capital, Bujumbura, citing the example of the recent round of elections.More than 3.5 million people registered to vote in the five-stage polls, exceeding expectations, with 17 presidential candidates – 15 aligned with parties and two independents – taking part.The top United Nations envoy in Burundi, Charles Petrie, praised the peaceful staging of the first round of elections, welcoming the high turnout.“It is imperative that these elections be a success,” Mr. Ban told diplomats in Bujumbura, noting that “Burundi has an opportunity to become a success story and a model for the continent.”He called on the international community to encourage a “spirit of compromise” should there be disputes over poll results and to continue supporting the country’s efforts to solidify the gains it has made so far.Acknowledging that some political parties may boycott the presidential elections scheduled for later this month, Mr. Ban underlined in an address to Parliament members the need for an inclusive process and of accepting the democratic will of the people. “Burundi is at a crossroads,” he told the audience, which also included Government officials and representatives of religious groups.Recovery, reconciliation, reform, economic development and ending impunity are among the challenges the country faces, Mr. Ban said. “The population yearns for these vital peace dividends.”The progress made in the country – which is on the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s agenda – is “nationally led, driven by a genuine desire for a definitive break with a turbulent past and for peace in what has been an unstable region,” he said, but emphasized that progress also rests largely on its strong partnership with the UN and others.The Secretary-General, who arrived in Burundi from South Africa, also noted today that “this is a great moment for Africa,” which is both hosting the soccer World Cup and is home to more than one dozen countries celebrating half a century of independence. Burundi will mark the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2012.While in the country, he will hold talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza.Mr. Ban also visited a battalion serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).“Your contribution shows Burundi’s commitment to international peace and security,” he told the troops, paying tribute to their efforts to improve security conditions, allowing the UN to deliver urgently needed relief supplies.Somali remains the scene of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), some 575,000 refugees and nearly 3 million people dependent on aid, out of a total population of nearly 8 million.This is the Secretary-General’s second trip to Africa this month, and it will also take him to Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone.Last week, he visited Malawi and Uganda, and later in June he will travel to Gabon, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a UN peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – has been in operation for 11 years.Last month, the Security Council agreed to transform the operation into a stabilization mission in the coming weeks, authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel by 30 June from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal. read more

Pakistani cities join UNled campaign on disaster preparedness

10 October 2011More than 30 cities in seven provinces across Pakistan have joined a United-Nations-led disaster preparedness campaign intended to make urban areas resilient and ready to cope with catastrophic events to reduce losses and damage. Many of the Pakistani cities signing up to the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign spearheaded by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) on Saturday are still under water from the recent floods, while others are recovering from last year’s massive deluge.The signing ceremony took place in Islamabad during the country’s National Disaster Awareness Day, commemorated at the Secretariat of Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, with Margareta Wahlström, the head of UNISDR, and other senior Pakistani officials attending.Zafar Qadir, the chair of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the launch of the campaign in Pakistan would give impetus to efforts to improve disaster management systems and make cities safe, resilient and habitable in the wake of disasters.“There will be no major global achievements in disaster risk reduction if we do not invest more in local actions,” said Ms. Wahlström. She called for more decentralized disaster management at the lowest administrative levels.“We encourage mayors and local authorities to join the movement so more people will be safer from disasters in the future,” she said.Cities joining the campaign include Karachi, Muzaffarabad, Dadu, Ghari Khairo, Tharparkar, Nowshera, Mnagora, Charsada, Oghi, Dera Ismail Khan, Loralai, Khudahr, and Ghizar.They all agreed to commit to the “Ten Essentials” of the campaign, including allocating a budget for disaster risk reduction and protecting ecosystems and natural buffers zones to mitigate the effects of floods, storm surges and other hazards.The cities also made commitments to the “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals” initiative, which encourages strengthening the safety of schools and hospitals from all types of natural hazards.“Schools and hospitals are vital when disasters happen as they need to continue functioning when catastrophes hit. There is no small investment when it comes to these two types of infrastructure – they are crucial,” said Ms. Wahlström.Some 870 cities and local governments across the world have joined the campaign and more than 138,000 institutions have pledged support for the safe schools and hospitals initiative. read more

Jail inquest hears from expert health panel

A doctor who specializes in addictions says she was discouraged from providing opioid withdrawal treatment to inmates in the Barton jail. She was part of an expert health panel today at the inquest looking into the drug overdose deaths.“I did my best but I found lots of challenges.” said Dr. Lori Regenstreif.Dr. Regenstreif specializes in Addictions Medicine and Mental Healthcare and worked in the Barton jail for 15 months hoping she could help inmates.“The majority of people with opioid use disorders were not being treated while they were in.”But says she was discouraged from providing opioid withdrawal treatment, telling the inquest she was told” we don’t do things that way here” and that she was upsetting the status quo.“There’s a real clash of cultures there. Theres a clash between the culture of corrections which says you are here because you are bad and if you have an addiction that’s just a bad thing, and you are just going to wait your time out here and off you go again.”And when it comes to inmate healthcare the correctional system has the power.“It’s not set up as a healthcare system, its set up like a giant police station where theres a lot of restrictions on what you can do.”She wasn’t allowed to prescribe methadone – the opioid addiction treatment- because only the jail’s psychiatrist can.The inquest has heard that 38-year old Marty Tykoliz, who was doing drugs openly in the jail just hours before he overdosed, was denied access to the methadone program two months before his death.Today’s expert health panel which included Hamilton’s medical officer of health, a public health nurse and another doctor who works in the jail pointed out there needs to be more of a focus on harm reduction and treating addictions.“A lot of them are just very unwell people and we just aren’t meeting their needs and I think we are foolish to think we are going to get at that problem by stopping fentanyl from getting into the jail because I don’t think we are going to do that.”Dr. Regenstreif says despite all her efforts there she didn’t feel like she had much power to effect change. She was eventually told she was no longer needed at the jailSince this inquest began the policy that limited inmates’ access to the methadone treatment program was updated, giving inmates who are not already prescribed methadone before their arrest access the treatment while in the jail. It also allows doctors to prescribe suboxone – another opioid addiction treatment -which we heard today is considered safer than methadone.But no indication when this will be implemented. read more

Polk data shows worldwide new registrations remain steady

New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will increase by more than 7% in 2013 compared to 2012. In China alone, sales at the end of the year will be up about 1.78 million units from the year before.New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to continue to rebound to about 18.3 million units. The forecast for this region has improved slightly, while the outlook for Latin America has worsened slightly. New registrations in Latin America are now expected to grow by almost 1.3%, to 6.1 million units.Eastern Europe will post a slight loss in 2013, due to the fact that the situation in Russia has now worsened. The worsening economic outlook in conjunction with low oil prices has caused new registrations to slump lately. The relative strength of the other markets in this region will not be enough to offset these losses.Western European passenger vehicle demand will decline for the fourth year in a row in 2013 (down 2.5%), falling to approximately where it was in 1993. However, the downtrend in new registrations seems to have bottomed out. In addition to heavyweights like Germany (down 135,000 units), France (down 136,000 units) and Italy (down 100,000 units), the Netherlands, a relatively small market, will also contribute significantly to the decline in sales (down 106,000 units).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles remains steady with the year before,  down 0.1% in November. For the year, passenger vehicle registrations are now up 2.94 million or 4.4% on 2012.Global demand was unable to maintain its uptrend of recent months, due in particular to weak results in the Asia/Pacific region. According to preliminary results, registrations were down about 0.1% from 2012. On the year, however, the largest region in the world, is still up by more than 7% from the year before. China continues to be the region’s driver of growth.Eastern Europe (up 1.1%) managed to post a gain in November although the Russian market continued to drop. This improvement is attributable to the uptrend in Turkey. However, the region is still down 1.1% from the year before.The NAFTA region (up 0.6%) posted slight growth in November, but year-to-date passenger vehicle sales in the region were up significantly from the year before, by 7.9%, despite the fiscal crisis in the US.In Western Europe (up 0.6%), the picture was mixed: while the UK and the Netherlands posted strong gains in the month, registrations were down in three other key regional markets, France, Germany and Italy. New registrations are still down 2.9% for the year.New registrations expected to exceed 75 million unitsGlobal new registrations are expected to set a new record in 2013, growing by around 4.5% compared to 2012. read more

Meet Ohio State wrestlings inseparable Stieber brothers

From growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, to wrestling together at Ohio State, brothers Logan and Hunter Stieber have been inseparable. “We’re 18 months apart and we hung out basically every single day for our whole lives,” Hunter Stieber said. “We’re drill partners in practice. We’ve been best friends ever since our childhood and we still are in college.” The Stieber brothers have excelled in their time at OSU, amassing impressive numbers and racking up numerous accolades. Logan Stieber, a redshirt sophomore, is the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion and possesses a career record of 56-5. His younger brother, Hunter Stieber, a true sophomore, wrestles in the 141-pound weight class and holds a career record of 54-7. Both siblings were named All-Americans last year. It’s why OSU coach Tom Ryan dreams of more than two Stiebers. “I wish they were octuplets,” he said.”They’re a pleasure. They’re respectful. They’re disciplined. They win at a very high level and they’re eager to learn and get better. So we are very fortunate to have both of them.” However, without each other’s help, the brothers said they would be nowhere near as successful as they have been up to this point. “I’m able to have a workout partner whenever I want,” Logan Stieber said. “He’s my size. We push each other. I want him to be the best, and if he does really good, I want to match him, you know what I mean? So we both motivate each other in certain ways like that.” Hunter Stieber agreed that always having his brother around greatly benefits his performance on the mats. “It’s great just having him there to push me, help me out,” he said. “He’s an amazing wrestler. He’s an amazing coach and he sees all the little things that I need to work on. So after all my matches and practices, he can give me little hints and tips about what to improve on. He’s just a great asset that I have to help me get better.” It seems as though the Stiebers have been particularly beneficial to one another this season, as they both went undefeated in the regular season. Logan, despite missing most of January with a leg muscle strain, is 18-0 while Hunter has gone 26-0. The two have set their goals high for this season as both aspire to reach the pinnacle of NCAA wrestling. Logan wants to be named a national champion again while Hunter is seeking to win it for the first time. “I want to win a national title,” Hunter Stieber said. “I’m ranked second right now so it’s definitely in my reach. I just have to keep improving, working hard and working out with my brother and coach and I could definitely win a Big Ten and national title. Then we can push for a team title, but everyone has to do their job, including me and Logan. We have to perform to our best.” Both of them still have a few years left in their college careers no matter what happens this year. “Their potential is limitless,” Ryan said. “It’s whatever they want it to be. They understand hard work. They have the foundation that, if you want something in life, you have to work for it. So with that mentality, anything is possible.” The Stieber brothers will be back in action when OSU heads to the NWCA National Duals meet on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. read more

Baseball Ohio State begins Big Ten play begins with momentum

Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler (10) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDespite winning seven of its past nine games, the Ohio State baseball team will try to do something this weekend that it hasn’t done since March 3: win a road game. The Buckeyes have found their stride at home and will hope to continue their red-hot offense in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Friday when Ohio State (14-11) will open Big Ten conference play against Rutgers (6-15). “We did it here at home,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Next test is let’s take it on the road and do it at Rutgers.”In their past five road games, the Buckeyes have been outscored 42 to 25. The team’s last road win came against Bethune Cookman when Ohio State defeated the Wildcats 16-9 on March 3. Rutgers has not found much success this season, but the Scarlet Knights won both their games at home this season. Despite a team batting average of .230, the future looks bright for Rutgers. The team’s top three batters are all underclassmen. Redshirt freshman Tim Dezzi leads the Scarlet Knights with a .342 batting average. Despite his tendency to get hits, Dezzi has only knocked in seven runs on the season. Leading the team with five extra base hits is center fielder Mike Nyisztor. The sophomore is hitting .307 on the season with four RBI. Freshman catcher Peter Serruto is the third and final player to hit above the .300 benchmark for the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers lineup, unlike Ohio State’s offense, does not contain power, hitting five home runs this season. The Buckeyes have hit five times as many home runs, 12 of which came in their nine-game homestand. To combat Ohio State’s explosive bats is a Rutgers pitching staff that has only allowed opponents to go yard eight times this season. The staff is led by sophomore pitcher Harry Rutkowski. The ace holds a 2.50 ERA and is averaging just under six strikeouts a game.Rutkowski allowed five earned runs in his first start on the season, but has only five earned runs combined in his past five starts. The sophomore is coming off his best performance of the season against Indiana State. He was able to go seven innings and surrendered only one run. Rutgers also has two strong relievers to lean on for success on the mound. Redshirt junior pitcher Steven Acosta holds a 2.40 ERA in 10 appearances. Redshirt junior pitcher Tommy Genuario also boasts a strong resume this season. He has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 2.45 ERA. These pitchers will be put to the test against an Ohio State squad that hit .321 at home. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry hit .457 over the past nine games, and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone tallied three home runs and a .382 batting average over that same stretch. “I feel like we’re getting it going again, and we are starting to really mesh together as a team,” junior pitcher Jake Vance said. The Big Ten conference presents a new test for the Buckeyes, but the momentum built in their homestand is real, according to Canzone. “The Big Ten is one of the hardest conferences to play in, but at the same time, we’re prepared,” Canzone said. “We’re ready to play, and we’re all clicking right now, so I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”The Buckeyes will open up the three-game series with a 2 p.m. game Friday. This will be followed by a game at 1 p.m. Saturday and a finale at noon Sunday. read more

Tainted blood warning as GPs told thousands of victims may still be

It came as Sir Brian Langstaff, who is chairing the probe, called for wider testing to eliminate the “terrible disease”, which, alongside HIV, contaminated approximately one per cent of transfusions given before 1991. Lawyers for the inquiry revealed TOday that health chiefs have instructed GPs to ask patients with flu-like symptoms about previous blood transfusions, or use of blood-products, in a bid to identify undiagnosed Hepatitis C. On the first day of evidence in central London, he promised the inquiry would be “frightened… Thousands of victims of the NHS tainted blood scandal may still be unaware they are infected with potentially deadly viruses, the inquiry into the tragedy has warned. read more

Zarko Pejovic to French Dunkerque HB

DunkerqueDunkerque handballFrench handballhandballhandball transfersZarko Pejovic French vice-champion Dunkerque Handball Grand Littoral has signed three years contract with Montenegrian playmaker Zarko Pejovic. A 27 years old member of Montenegrian squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, currently playing for Slovakian best team Tatran from Presov. He played also in Serbia (RK Crvena zvezda), Montenegro (RK Buducnost), Macedonia (Vardar), but also in Spain and Austria. ← Previous Story Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson close to Barca Next Story → Croatian headcoach Slavko Goluza: No one wants gold more than us! read more

Fabregas believes Henry will save Monaco

first_imgThe new Monaco signing has talked to the press on how his new boss and former teammate will save the team from relegation.Cesc Fabregas signed for Monaco on January 11 on a three-year contract.The former Chelsea footballer is now playing in the French Ligue 1 for the first time, as he says his manager will save Monaco from relegation.“I like the way he thinks, one thing about Thierry – he is a new coach and is starting his career, but he is a winner, he is a competitor and that’s one thing you will never be able to take away from him,” Fabregas told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“That’s why I know we are in safe hands in this case, because he will always want to compete, he will always want to win and that’s always a reassurance for a player.”“I’m not going to lie, it was a difficult moment for me. I spent 13 years in England and I had a lot of great moments,” he explained.“I started my career there, played for two great clubs, winning a lot of things, breaking records, making friends, meeting lots of great people and fans in both places.”“I felt sometimes I was more English than Spanish,” Fabregas concluded.last_img read more

Hearing delayed for nurse accused of voyeurism

first_imgA hearing for a former nurse suspected of videotaping women in the restroom of a Vancouver medical facility was rescheduled Thursday for next week.Matthew A. Long, who has been out of custody pending trial, appeared in Clark County Superior Court to plead guilty to one count of voyeurism. But when his attorney asked Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett if Long could post bond and remain out of custody pending sentencing, Bennett said no. Bennett said state law requires sex offenders to be taken into custody, even though sentencing hearings are often set over to allow time for a corrections officer to do a pre-sentencing investigation. Bennett told Long and his attorney that they should review the court documents again before Long enters his guilty plea.He set the matter over to Tuesday.Last month, Washington health officials suspended Long’s license. He still faces a license revocation hearing with the Department of Health, his attorney said.Long was fired from his job at Kaiser-Permanente’s Salmon Creek medical office. According to the investigating officer, Long taped his cell phone under a sink in a bathroom on June 24 and pointed it at a toilet.last_img read more

Mehdi Abouelmahassine shares his inputs on graphic designing

first_imgMehdi AbouelmahassinePR HandoutGraphic designers bring ideas to life from platforms like movies, logos, banners, animations, marketing things. When you ask Mehdi Abouelmahassine where did he get the inspiration to do work, his answer is straight “everywhere”. He feels graphic designers look for attractive things that can inspire them to bring something new for our clients.According to Mehdi Abouelmahassine, there is no fixed work time for a designer as an idea can strike at any time. It may take as less as 10 seconds and it can also take 10 hours or even 10 days.Mehdi Abouelmahassine likes to design which have some meaning to it, and it should be visually pleasant, intellectual and helpful for business. “It is excellent to be a graphic designer, but it takes the hell out of you when it comes to creativity, you should be creative and bring new things to the market. Ddon’t worry about results because universe is quite big and not all will like your work or Idea. Your focus should be your clients and their targeted audiences,” he said.Mehdi Abouelmahassine also said that it is not about being at once place and doing what you like; it takes endless meetings, talks with different people of the same company, sometimes it can be frustrating.Mehdi has mostly done sports work till now, and his work got appreciation by his clients. He regularly gets updated with the latest trends in the graphics world.last_img read more

Islamic State claims London stabbing rampage

first_imgPolice forensics officers work on London Bridge in London on 4 June 2017, as investigations continue following the terror attack on the bridge and at the nearby Borough Market on 3 June. Photo: AFPThe Islamic State group claimed responsibility Sunday for an attack by knife-wielding men who mowed down and stabbed revellers in London, killing seven people before being shot dead in a barrage of police gunfire.Saturday night’s rampage at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge by three men wearing fake suicide vests was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in less than three months and came only days before a general election.“A detachment of fighters from Islamic State carried out London attacks yesterday,” said the Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic State group.British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology and vowed to crackdown on extremist content online worldwide, as police detained 11 people following two raids in east London.National campaigning for Thursday’s vote was suspended for the day out of respect for the victims, who included 48 people treated in hospital for injuries.Of those, 21 are still in a critical condition.One Canadian national and one Frenchman were among the fatalities and seven French citizens were among the injured.No details have been released about the perpetrators, who were shot dead within minutes by police.Eight officers fired an “unprecedented” 50 rounds at the three attackers, according to Mark Rowley, head of national counter-terrorism policing, who said that a member of the public also suffered a gunshot wound.Detectives were still investigating whether the assailants acted alone, and Rowley said their identities would be released “as soon as operationally possible”.Police launched raids in the ethnically diverse London suburb of Barking in the hours after the rampage, arresting seven women and five men aged between 19 and 60 at two properties.A 55-year-old man was later released.‘Copying one another’May said the attack was driven by the same “evil ideology of Islamist extremism” behind last week’s Manchester suicide bombing that left 22 people dead, and the Westminster attack in March, which killed five.“The recent attacks are not connected but we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face,” she said after chairing an emergency ministerial meeting.She warned that perpetrators are inspired to attack “by copying one another”.The assailants ran people over on London Bridge before lunging seemingly at random at the crowds gathered around Borough Market, which is full of restaurants and bars.Gerard Vowls, 47, said he saw a woman repeatedly stabbed, and threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.“They kept coming to try to stab me… they were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people,” he told The Guardian newspaper.Another witness called Eric told the BBC he had seen three men get out of the van and thought they were going to help tend those who had been run over.Instead they “started kicking them, punching them and took out knives. It was a rampage really,” he said, adding that he heard a shout of: “This is for Allah”.An Australian was among those hospitalised, while a Spaniard escaped with light injuries.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to visit Britain on Monday to speak to the injured French nationals, after President Emmanuel Macron said France was “more than ever at Britain’s side”.Among those stabbed was a London Transport Police officer, who was one of the first responders on the scene and received injuries to his face.A vigil for the victims will take place at nearby Tower Bridge on Monday evening.‘Praying for London’Britain was already on high alert following the recent attack on a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, in which seven children were among the dead.Grande, who headlined a benefit concert in Manchester on Sunday, alongside stars including Pharrell Williams and Justin Bieber, tweeted that she was “Praying for London”.“A lot of people suffered and I had some second thoughts coming, especially with what happened last night in London,” ticket holder Abdullah Mala, 34, told AFP. “But we got to move on”.The national threat level was raised to maximum after the Manchester attack and troops were deployed at key public sites, but reduced to its second highest level last weekend.Prime Minister May, who served as interior minister for six years before taking office after the Brexit vote last summer, said Britain’s response to the terror threat must change.“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” she said, adding there was “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”The ruling Conservatives and the main opposition Labour party suspended national campaign events for the day, but May insisted the election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.Saturday’s rampage is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg, and the French, German and Russian leaders sent messages of support.US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting “WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”—and highlighting his thwarted ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries.last_img read more

The New Order

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Most restaurants are so focused on serving food that their digital marketing efforts end up half-baked. Even an eclectic eatery like Asqew Grill–a five-location chain in the San Francisco Bay Area–can struggle to get the word out via online and mobile marketing.So Asqew is among a growing number of businesses turning to Snapfinger, a combined desktop and mobile solution that helps consumers identify nearby restaurants and order takeout meals via each location’s interactive menu.”Snapfinger to us is the ultimate marketing platform,” says Ari Feingold, marketing consultant for Asqew Grill. “It takes everything we’re doing in the restaurant and puts it all online.”Snapfinger is the brainchild of Kudzu Interactive, based in Alpharetta, Ga. The Snapfinger website and the mobile app let customers find restaurants, peruse menus, place takeout orders and integrate directly with a restaurant’s point-of-sale system. The location-enabled mobile app, which is optimized for iPhone, Android and Palm webOS smartphones, even lets customers pay the bill via a wireless device. Approximately 73 percent of Snapfinger orders originate from the web, and 27 percent are placed through mobile devices, says Kudzu Interactive founder and CEO Jim Garrett.As of mid-2010, more than 28,000 restaurants in 1,600 cities–including nationwide chains like Subway, Outback Steakhouse and California Pizza Kitchen–had adopted the Snapfinger solution. Kudzu is now targeting the independent restaurant segment, a demographic that represents roughly 450,000 locations across the country, Garrett says.”People in the restaurant business are about as backwards in terms of marketing as anyone on their planet,” he says. “They’re damn good at operations, but they’re not as good at figuring out how to get customers to come back more often or how to persuade them to spend more money. Snapfinger extends their presence onto mobile phones and pushes their brand beyond the normal boundaries.”Consumers can download the Snapfinger mobile app for free.Kudzu makes money when the restaurant makes a sale, claiming roughly 7 percent of each order’s pre-tax total. Thanks to Snapfinger’s upselling and recommendation features, Garrett says, consumers spend about 25 percent more on meals ordered via Snapfinger than on the average phone order.”Because our application is location-specific, it plays no favorites between the national chain restaurants and the local mom-and-pop,” he says. “Our directory shows the local little guy alongside Outback Steakhouse and puts everyone on a level playing field.”Feingold confirms that Asqew Grill’s Snapfinger orders tend to be higher than its average takeout order, but he also says the benefits aren’t just monetary. Customer service is improving, too. “As our online ordering increases, the number of phone calls we receive decreases, which means we can focus more of our attention on the guests dining in our restaurant,” he says.Between 200 and 300 independent restaurants are signing up for Snapfinger each month, Garrett says, and in September, Kudzu acquired Snapfinger rival Live on the Go, scooping up 800 more restaurant clients. “Our goal is to get Snapfinger into every independent restaurant in this country with any meaningful takeout business,” Garrett states.Months into its relationship with Kudzu, Asqew Grill gives Snapfinger an unconditional thumbs up. “Revenues are growing every day,” Feingold says. “It’s such a powerful tool.”  October 20, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

This Startup Wants to Control Your Brain With an App

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine I’m sitting in Sumon Pal’s office in Boston’s Back Bay, and while fixing two small electrodes to my head with a light adhesive—one to my temple, another to the back of my neck—he’s explaining what the next 16 minutes should feel like. Most users feel reduced tension in their bodies, he says. Their thoughts ping-pong less frequently, breathing slows noticeably, and thoughts that typically cue anxiety—of work, of relationships, of family—become less consequential.Pal, executive director of Los Gatos, Calif., -based neuroscience startup Thync, designed the calming “vibe” that’s being imparted to my brain through a prototype of the app-controlled wearable device that the company will release later this year. Thync’s technology utilizes tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation, to trigger specific responses in the brain, dialing up feelings of calm and serenity or conjuring energy and focus on demand.Thync isn’t out to alter the brain’s biology, but to allow better control of the energy, focus, and calm that are already naturally available to us, co-founder and chief science officer Jamie Tyler says. “Coffee, alcohol, drugs; these are all neuro-enhancers,” Tyler says. “You’re already modifying your brain activity.” Thync wants to better harness that command—and perhaps grab a piece of the alcohol, coffee, pharmaceutical, and energy drink markets collectively worth billions.The pulses—each “100 times lower than what’s considered dangerous,” Tyler insists—feel comfortably warm but not painful. Just as Pal described, the familiar tension in my shoulders eases, my breathing slows, my mind noticeably stops racing. My body takes on the feeling of lax warmth usually associated with a finger or two of scotch—my usual means of unwinding.“People have been doing this forever, this is nothing new,” Tyler says. “I think this is the kind of product people have been waiting for.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 30, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

Driver taken to hospital with burns after car fire on M6

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorist has been taken to hospital with burns to their arms after their car caught fire on the M6 motorway. Firefighters were called to the scene, between junction 14 (Stafford North) and junction 15 (A500/Stoke-on-Trent) overnight between Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28. The driver had tried to tackle the fire themselves before fire crews arrived – leading to them suffering the burns. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:  “Overnight Stafford & Eccleshall crews called to fire in car M614-15. D “Driver burnt both arms after trying to put fire out. West Midlands Ambulance Service treated at scene before taking to hospital. “Our advice is not to tackle a fire but to call us. Luckily burns not as serious as first thought.” We have no further information about the driver. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Contract Logistics Market is Expected to Reach above US2988 billion in

first_imgThe global contract logistics market accounted for US$ 203.9 Bn in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% over the forecast period 2018-2025, to account for US$ 298.8 Bn by 2025.Logistic industry can be considered as the wheel of globalization and competitive product availability for the increase in the number of global consumers. Asia-Pacific is the fastest emerging region owing to the economic development and dynamic business environment. Currently, Asia-Pacific is leading the global contract logistics market overtaking Europe. The growth in this region is attributed to the rising retail enactment, strong economic growth, and increase in disposable income. Moreover, the increase in urbanization and growth in middle-class population have supported the domestic consumption of fast-moving consumer goods, household items, and luxury items. As a result, an increase in retail sales in Asia-Pacific is augmenting the growth of contract logistics market in the region. Rapid growth in the e-commerce sector and rise in foreign direct investment is also attracting numerous non-asset entrants and existing players in this region and further drive the contract logistics market.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3206899?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTop Market Players: Deutsche Post AG, XPO Logistics Inc., Kuehne + Nagel International AG, CEVA Logistics AG, DB Schenker, Hitachi Transport System Ltd, Geodis, Neovia Logistics Services, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and Ryder SystemSwift growth of manufacturing industry and their focus laid on core competencies, burgeoning needs for achieving cost efficiency, task optimizations & technological integrations pertaining to supply chain activities, and benefits in managing seasonal variations of products are projected to drive the market for contract logistics market during the forecast period. However, regional diversities and the complex nature of the supply chain may negatively impact the market for contract logistics in the near future. Moreover, the factor such as the unprecedented growth rate of the e-commerce sector and enhanced focus on risk management in the supply chains and increasing collaborations are projected to generate remarkable growth opportunity for the industry players. These factors drive the demands for efficient service and further fuel growth of contract logistics market.The global contract logistics market has been segmented on the basis of type, services, and end user. On the basis of type, the contract logistics market is categorized into insourcing and outsourcing. Amongst them, insourcing is the dominant segment as many of the companies are shifting their insourcing the logistics services. On the basis of service, the market is classified into transportation, warehousing, packaging processes and solutions, distribution, production logistics, aftermarket logistics, and others. Transportation is the leading segment which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. On the basis of the end user, the market is segmented into aerospace, automotive, consumer, high-tech, industrial, pharma & healthcare, retail, and others. Amongst them, a retail segment dominated the market in 2017 with the market share of 26.8%, and it is expected to maintain its lead during the forecast period.The overall contract logistics market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the Contract logistics market. It also provides the overview and forecast for the global contract logistics market based on all the segmentation provided with respect to five major reasons such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and South America. Also, primary interviews were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, and external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the contract logistics industry.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3206899?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Global Contract Logistics Market – Key TakeawaysChapter 3: Global Contract Logistics Market – Market LandscapeChapter 4: Global Contract Logistics Market – Key Market DynamicsChapter 5: Contract Logistics Market – Global AnalysisChapter 6: Contract Logistics Market – Global Regulatory ScenarioChapter 7: Global Contract Logistics Market Analysis– By TypeChapter 8: Global Contract Logistics Market Analysis– By ApplicationChapter 9: Global Contract Logistics Market Analysis– By End UserChapter 10: North America Contract Logistics Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 11: Europe Contract Logistics Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 12: Asia-Pacific Contract Logistics Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 13: Middle East & Africa Contract Logistics Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 14: South and Central America Contract Logistics Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 15: Contract Logistics Market –Industry LandscapeChapter 16: Contract Logistics Market – Key Company ProfilesChapter 17: AppendixAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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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 News | August 12, 2008 Skagit Valley Chooses Elekta Axesse to Treat Wider Range of Tumors News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | 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 August 13, 2008 – The Elekta Axesse, which reportedly allows clinicians to treat cancer tumors more precisely and effectively throughout the entire body, has been added to the cancer treatment arsenal at Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon, WA. “The addition of Elekta Axesse to our facility is great news for both clinicians and patients. Our clinicians will see a more efficient workflow while patients will get the benefit of shorter treatment times,” said Peggy Perry, oncology service line director at Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. “It also means that we can treat up to 20 more patients a day for a wider range of tumors including those in the lung, liver and prostate.”The system’s advanced three-dimensional (3D) imaging capabilities are said to facilitate rapid, precise targeting of tumors, and the highly conformal radiation delivery system effectively treats tumors throughout the body while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissue. By planning in 3D and imaging patients in 3D prior to treatment, sub-millimeter accuracy can reportedly be achieved. The system’s advanced software — including one integrated display monitor with treatment planning, electronic medical record (EMR) technology and system controls — helps clinician streamline workflow and cut treatment times for patients.Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center will take delivery of the Elekta Axesse in October.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

Spreading the love for Valentines

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated today (February 14) across many countries around the world.Valentine’s is all about sharing and spreading the love, spoiling that special someone, and this even extends to friends and family members.So don’t be shy if there’s someone you like and they don’t know yet – it’s the perfect day to make that grand gesture, whether it’s with a teddy bear, flowers, lunch or a romantic dinner-for-two tonight.Last-minute Valentine’s shopping is definitely happening as we speak, with men and women running around shopping malls to get presents so they don’t get into trouble with their ‘other half’. Hope that’s not you!last_img read more

Why Apples New AugmentedReality Collaboration With Famous Artists Wont Help Us Reach

first_imgWant to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. “I’m trying to spend less time on my phone to focus on just, you know, being present.” That statement is pretty much a cliché of coffeeshop chatter everywhere in 2019, with awareness of the addictive qualities of smartphone culture peaking. Just think: The average person in the US spends something like four hours a day looking at their phone. Even the iPhone itself now feels compelled to warn you about how much time you spend gazing into the black mirror.Then again, maybe the only statement that’s “more 2019” than that might go something like this: “Hey, did you hear that Apple is launching a new Augmented Reality artist collab for the iPhone??”AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsDubbed “[AR]T,” Apple’s ambitious new art initiative is fascinating to me in how aggressively “fine art-y” the tech company is trying to be. It is curated (if such a word applies) by the New Museum’s director Lisa Phillips and chief curator Massimiliano Gioni. For these Apple-specific art projects, they have assembled a crack team of A-list artists, smartly chosen to combine some level of critical credibility with a populist light touch: Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg (with composer Hans Berg), Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller, and Pipilotti Rist.The result is an iPhone-enabled tour featuring digital artworks ([AR]tworks?) by the six chosen artists that you can access at Apple Stores in six cities: Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. These you have to sign up for in advance, and involve special phones loaded with a dedicated [AR]T app and headphones. (You can’t just do it on your own phone.)If you aren’t lucky enough to be in one of these chosen megalopolises or to score a tour slot, there is still something for you. Chicago-based Nick Cave, known for his intricately decorated, wearable “sound suits,” has conceived a separate AR art experience, titled Amass, that anyone can encounter at any Apple Store worldwide. All you have to do is open the free Apple Store app (which, handily enough, also offers such other features as “Which iPhone is Right for You?”).Nick Cave’s Amass at the Williamsburg Apple Store. Image: Ben Davis.Let’s start with this second attraction first.What you will experience is this: Activating the work, you raise your phone to gaze upon the Apple Store environment around you. A series of scintillating, rainbow-colored geometric shapes hover into view, floating across the real-life backdrop of chicly minimal interiors and scattered customers inspecting Apple products.Screenshot of Nick Cave’s Amass at the Williamsburg Apple Store. Image: Ben Davis.As you circle the space, peering through your screen, more and more of these unreal twirling shapes appear, resembling the “wind spinners” you see decorating people’s porches. Finally, when a critical mass of digital ornamentation has appeared, you are able to hit a button that causes them all to react by changing color and doing a kind of coordinated shimmer-dance.Nick Cave’s Amass doing its shimmer-dance at the Williamsburg Apple Store. Image: Ben Davis.The feature works at theoretically any Apple Store, I think, because they are all predictably open-plan. The Augmented Realty doesn’t really register the interior architecture (if a column intervenes, Cave’s shapes will just float right over it as if it weren’t there, regardless of whether they are behind or in front of it in virtual space).I tried Amass in the Fifth Avenue Apple Store and the Williamsburg Apple Store. It is pretty much the same at both.Screenshot of Nick Cave’s Amass at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Image: Ben Davis.So, in essence, Cave’s concoction allows you to realize the far-out fantasy of filling the Apple Store with a magical swarm of… deck ornaments. Except they are weightless and massless and do not respond to the real atmosphere. They just spin and pulse automatically, literally blotting out the mundane customer service environment around you—which literalizes its most obvious functionality: killing time while you wait for the Genius Bar.As for the “[AR]T” tour, which in New York starts from the Fifth Avenue Apple Store and takes you on a two-hour journey through Central Park, it is a more involved affair.Cao Fei’s installation for [AR]T initiative in Central Park. Image: Ben Davis.Through your phone, you will successively witness various AR vignettes, each a few minutes long: a giant costumed man, towering over the park, with something like a bowl for a head, courtesy of Cave; a dark little fairytale scene that unfolds in a hollow in the side of a tree, from Djurberg; a poem by Giorno, whose words seem to float out of a lake and through the air before wafting away; an unreal cartoon contraption by Cao of box-laden conveyor belts that appears in the middle of a path, the mechanism of which you can manipulate on your screen; a kind of game by Höller, which involves you stepping through a portal into a parallel version of Grand Army Plaza that appears to be rendered in black and white; and, finally, a wailing blob-like creature, conceived by Rist and looking like Slimer from Ghostbusters as redesigned by Lisa Frank, that emerges from the Pulitzer Fountain, circling exuberantly through the air.Screenshot of John Giorno’s project for Apple’s [AR]T initiative. Image: Ben Davis.I can’t really say that much about the deeper meaning of these nifty little AR vignettes. Not because of technical glitches—though as admirably intuitive as the tech is, there are plenty of clunky moments that remain to be worked out. I couldn’t actually see Cave’s magical giant because of sun was shining directly on the screen, for instance, and the AR rainbow pathway that led me to Giorno’s poem didn’t really synch up with the real path underfoot. Et cetera.The rainbow path leading to John Giorno’s poem. Image: Ben Davis.The animated overlay allows for magical, only-in-AR imagery, like Rist’s wheeling spirit or Cao’s quirky machine. But the toll the technology extracts is that you are a bit distracted by its niftiness. You are constantly thinking about aligning your real space with the illusion, adjusting, moving your phone in and out to see how whatever you are looking at holds up from different angles.Maybe as the novelty of the technology goes away, so will this slight estrangement. But maybe not: What mobile AR adds is the ability to change focus by actively moving around a simulated object in real space. The technology wants you to do that. So it may just not be the ideal way to experience anything that requires any degree of sustained focus, like a poem or a performance.Screenshot of Nathalie Djurberg’s artwork for Apple’s [AR]T project. Image: Ben Davis.It’s neat. Is it the ideal medium for these artists? Maybe not.Augmented Reality, at this point, is only truly mind-blowing if you’re the kind of person who deliberately does not pay attention to consumer gadget trends at all. Huge numbers of people have already acquainted themselves with its potential uses. It’s just that its most familiar versions are either games, like the briefly ubiquitous Pokémon GO, or goofs, like those Snapchat filters that turn you into a sexy human-dog hybrid.Pipilotti Rist’s installation for [AR]T initiative in Central Park. Image: Ben Davis.“[AR]T,” it’s worth remembering, is not a showcase for AR art in general, but for Apple’s particular version of it, trying to get you into its ecosystem. Here is how one tech analyst framed the New Museum/Apple team-up to CNBC: “Apple in particular has invested a lot in AR and is banking certain parts of its future hardware lineup on AR, so these ARt walks are both a move to accelerate AR traction and to continue feeling out the demand signals and what will resonate with consumers.”So, you say this Apple-branded art project is actually an ad for Apple? No shit, Wozniak!Looking at Cao Fei’s installation for [AR]T initiative in Central Park. Image: Ben Davis.But it’s maybe important for processing this particular initiative to realize that the recourse to museum-approved artists is less about supporting art, per se, and more a corollary for Apple’s own particular brand mythology: that it is a particularly deluxe, value-added ecosystem for the hip and monied set.That underlying imperative governs the choice of artists: They are here for their status within the non-AR art world, not really because they have something that they have to say with or about AR.The truth is that most serious artists working on digital technologies today feel compelled to address the more disturbing or unsettling sides of them, how they are reshaping our humanity or making us ever more dependent on corporations. A more powerful hint of the disorientation and alarm that marks the contemporary conversation about tech might have made the works in “[AR]T” cut a bit deeper, feel a bit more vital to the present and a little less like innocuous one-offs—but that’s not what this initiative is all about. As it stands here, to borrow a term from video game criticism, you can’t help but feel that the artistic potential has been nerfed.Follow artnet News on Facebook: last_img read more