Skip Prokop Lighthouse cofounder and drummer dead at 74

first_img Facebook Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place.Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like “You Girl,” “One Fine Morning” and “Sunny Days. Skip Prokop – The Associated Press Login/Register With: TORONTO—Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74.Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital.She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Advertisement Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972.Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Microsoft Sony partnership What does it mean for consumers

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COPY LINKAD Loading … In an unexpected turn of events, Microsoft and Sony announced on Thursday that they will be working collaboratively for the development of cloud services and more. The two tech giants have come together after a gruelling 10-year old rivalry to develop the future. This not only marks the beginning of an unexpected (but secretly wished for) venture but also proves that when needed, even fierce rivals are willing to come together and collaborate for a better tomorrow.The partnershipAs per their agreement, “the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective games and content-streaming services.” Thus, it is expected that Microsoft Azure will play a key role in the partnership.Kenichiro Yoshida, the president and CEO of Sony said, “For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course, the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”He also mentioned the collaboration of the two companies in the areas of semiconductors and AI, hopeful that a new value for society will be created by “leveraging each company’s cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way.” This announcement comes barely a month away from the world’s biggest gaming conference, E3. Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation (left), and Satya Nadella, CEO, MicrosoftMicrosoftOf course, here rises the question of the level of advancement the new alliance can bring into the world. We have seen some spectacular technology being developed by both companies over the years. Microsoft has been developing innovative consumer-level products for the world, including the mixed-reality-based HoloLens.Sony gave us the PlayStation VR, which enabled users to experience a whole new level of immersion. Their upcoming console is also touted to have top-of-the-line specs with an SSD for cutting loading times, ray-tracing abilities and 3D audio support.Microsoft did not get daunted by these announcements, promising that the upcoming Xbox will be more powerful than Sony’s console. This spat between the giants is another reason to think about possible ulterior motives behind this partnership.What does this mean for consumers?It is tempting to think about the future of this partnership: Has the age-old rivalry really ended? Will we be able to see cross-platform gaming across all titles?We have seen how Microsoft has been trying to change the way games are played. ‘Play Anywhere’ allows certain Xbox games to be played on the PC by cloud-saving the save states. Sony came into the industry earlier with PlayStation Now, but they lack the infrastructure that Microsoft has been developing. Both these services are distinct, yet with this new collaboration, it seems possible that the two companies can consider bringing more than just cross-platform play into the picture. Microsoft – Sony join handsReutersMicrosoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella said, “Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation.”However, it isn’t advisable to jump to conclusions. Kyle Orland from Ars Technica believes that this may be a ‘keep your enemies closer’ scenario where both companies have their own interests at heart – Sony wants to use Microsoft’s advanced cloud technology, while Microsoft wants to squeeze that creative juice out of their new allies.Theorising aside, we can break down facts about the industry’s plans. Google has announced its own streaming service, Stadia, which seemed a very exciting technology during the demos. Moreover, reports suggest that Amazon may be developing its own cloud-based streaming service to add to the competition. This strengthens the possibility of obsolescence of gaming consoles by replacing them with streaming boxes.Is this the endgame for consoles?Gaming consoles may not become obsolete, because, for one, both Microsoft and Sony are hard at work with their new consoles (which already have been confirmed to have high-end CPUs and GPUs). At the same time, we have reason to believe that consoles meant specifically for gaming may be replaced by consoles which specialise in streaming, changing the way people game altogether. The logo of Sony Corp’s PlayStation is seen next to a woman at its booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2014 in Makuhari, east of Tokyo September 18, 2014.REUTERS/Yuya ShinoStreaming consoles are probably going to be a big thing, with Microsoft already having announced one console without support for physical media. If you’re wondering what the difference would be, these consoles will have high-end network cards and high RAM capacity to support the game as they stream the environment.It would be nice to see connectivity to multiple screens over a wireless network, but that is just wishful thinking. It is highly likely that companies will offer some sort of subscription for the gaming service, which will also be tiered according to genre or publisher.That change, however, is a thing of a future that is pretty far away. Most existing gamers would prefer having a quality, seamless experience of a dedicated gaming device that streaming a video of a game simply cannot replicate. The prospect of playing Forza and The Last of Us on a cheap streaming box or phone seems enticing, yet impure. Sure, freedom to game is important, but playing The Witcher 3 on a 6-inch phone will undoubtedly take away from the experience.Choppy frames, input lag and low-resolution streaming can be major problems for the next generation. However, as is the thing with technology, these problems will soon be overcome as newer infrastructure rolls in. With mixed reality, cloud gaming, and the ever-improving infrastructure, there may be a day when all games will be available for any screen at any time at low-priced subscriptions.This alliance creates tension for some in the community and opens exciting prospects for others. Developers and consumers alike can look forward to technology that will be more accessible than ever and allow for even greater levels of immersion. Microsofts mixed reality capture studios let people make their own hologramscenter_img Closelast_img read more

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Ukraine closes border to Russian males

first_imgUkrainian soldiers drive APCs near Urzuf, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine on 29 November. Photo: APUkrainian officials on Friday barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbours.The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. The vessels were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait on their way to the Sea of Azov. The Russians then captured the ships and their 24-member crew.The Ukrainian parliament on Monday adopted the president’s motion to impose martial law in the country for 30 days in the wake of the standoff.Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced at a security meeting on Friday that all Russian males between 16 and 60 will be barred from traveling to the country while martial law is in place.President Petro Poroshenko told the meeting that the measures are taken “in order to prevent the Russian Federation from forming private armies” on Ukrainian soil.The announcement follows Thursday’s decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to scrap the much-anticipated meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump said it isn’t appropriate for him to meet with Putin since Russia hasn’t released the Ukrainian seamen.Russian government-appointed ombudswoman for Crimea told Russian news agencies that all the seamen have been transported from a detention centre in Crimea. The three commanders have been taken to Moscow, she said. It wasn’t immediately clear where the other 21 have been taken.A Crimea court earlier this week ruled to keep the Ukrainian seamen behind bars for two months pending the investigation.There has been growing hostility between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Russia has also supported separatists in Ukraine’s east with clandestine dispatches of troops and weapons. Fighting there has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat after a 2015 truce.last_img read more

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Underconstruction flyover collapses in Darjeelings Phansidewa

first_imgDarjeeling: A portion of an under-construction flyover came crashing down at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district on Saturday without injuring anybody, police said.The incident happened near Kanthibhita in Phansidewa town along the National Highway 31D.Four laning of the highway is presently going on in the stretch which is a part of the East-West corridor envisaged under National Highways Development Project — Phase II, and is a vital link for connectivity to the North-East. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSDO, Siraj Daneswar, BDO and DM Jayashi Dasgupta were present along with the police team at the spot since early morning.”This is an accident caused by some technical fault. The technical staff and the engineers on the project can give a proper explanantion for the same. The investigation has begun and the construction procedure has been stopped unless the matter is investigated by the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI),” said Dasgupta, the District Magistrate.Though 25 meters of the under-constructed flyover has collapsed, there are no reports of any injury. The area had been cordoned off by the police later in the morning.last_img read more

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Harassment survivors to put up wall mural

first_imgKolkata: A wall mural made by the women survivors of sexual violence will be put up in the city on December 14.The women will be assisted by some former students of Government Art College. This is for the first time when the survivors of sexual violence will make murals that will depict their aspirations, dreams and what they can achieve with regard to their work or profession at a personal level. This is a part of a three-week long awareness campaign launched by Swayam, an organisation working for the causes of women. Short films on #Metoo movement were shown at Rotary Sadan on November 30. Besides India, short films from Sri Lanka, Afganisthan, Pakisthan, Nepal Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeand Bangladesh. The awareness drive will be launched in Kolkata and its neighbourhood. Rally against sexual harassment on women and girls will be held from Maheshtala to Metiabruz in South 24-Parganas on December 5. On December 6, there will be a programme on communal harmony. On December 8, theatre and music group personalities will interact with the common people at different places in South Kolkata. On December 10, a human rights fair will be organized at ranu Chaya Mancha. A spokesman for Swayam said the whole idea behind organising the three-long programme is to create awareness among women coming from all walks of life. It is in fact that women are being sexually abused both at home and outside. Through the programmes women will be urged to come out and lodge their protests.last_img read more

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Rural household electrification reaches 9981 in 7 years says economic review

first_imgKolkata: An economic review for 2018-19 presented by the state government says rural electrification of households has increased from 55 percent in 2011 to 99.81 percent till March 2018. When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, there was no electricity coverage in 45 percent of the entire area of the state but in the past few years, almost all the villagers have been brought under the coverage of electricity.The review also says that the government has ensured 24×7 power supply to all the consumers with uninterrupted power supply for 24 hours a day in the urban areas but in case of rural areas, supply of power for more than 23 hours a day has been achieved in the rural areas. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 5 lakh new consumers have been added during the financial year, taking the consumer base to 185 lakh. As many as 5,390 new industrial connections having a capacity of 266 MVA, 1,52,956 new commercial connections and 26,188 new agriculture connections have been provided by the state Power department. Around 100 percent electrification has been completed for all districts except the enclaves of Cooch Behar, Sunderban islands in South 24-Parganas and the hill areas of Darjeeling region. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has been exporting power to Bangladesh continuously since December 2013. In a major infrastructural development, the WBSEDCL has set up 25 new 33/11 KV sub-stations (having transformation capacity of 356 MVA) during the last financial year, taking the total number of 33/11 KV sub-stations to 616 with transformation capacity of 10,455.45 MVA. WBSEDCL has commissioned 1,002 CKM new 33 KV line, 2,655 CKM new 11 KV line and 21,459 CKM new LT line during last year, raising the present line lengths of 33 KV line to 15,029 CKM and 11 KV line to 1,64,333.77 CKM. Around 6,704 new distribution transformers with a cumulative capacity of 572.182 MVA have been installed, taking the total number of distribution transformers to 2,60,443. Phase I and phase II of Strengthening and Extending Electricity Distribution Network (SEEDN) with a sanctioned amount of Rs 619 crore has been taken up for further strengthening of the distribution system, for providing quality power to the people.last_img read more

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Kalighat makeover report on anvil

first_imgKolkata: Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday said a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared soon to take up the beatification drive in and around Kalighat temple.During his speech at the Assembly, Hakim said that a beautification drive would be undertaken at Kalighat temple. The detailed project report is yet to be chalked out in this regard. The area around the temple would be revamped to give it a complete new look. A skywalk will be constructed at Kalighat temple on the lines of Dakshineswar. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation has been doing a survey on the underground utilities in Kalighat area before taking up the construction of the skywalk that will resemble the one at Dakshineswar. During a question answer-session in the Assembly, Trinamool Congress MLA Jyotirmoy Kar wanted to know from the minister what steps have been taken for the beautification of various temples and the adjoining areas. It may be mentioned here that Hakim in May this year held meeting with the representatives of Kalighat temple committee to expedite the beautification drive. The civil engineering department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation constructed rows of stalls outside the temple complex where the hawkers would be shifted from inside the temple complex. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe civic body will start the beautification work after the hawkers are shifted. They will return to their original places after the completion of beatification drive. He had asked the temple committee to ensure shifting of the stalls by end of June so that the beautification work could be started from early July. He also held a meeting with hawker union leaders of Kalighat area for a smooth construction of skywalk in the area that will connect Kalighat temple. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier announced that a skywalk would be set up at Kalighat to ease the congestion like the Dakshineswar temple. She also directed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to take steps in this regard. The Chief Minister had also announced that there would be no changes in the basic structure of Kalighat. She made it clear that no one will be evicted from the place. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, the government had taken several steps to ensure that devotees do not face any trouble while visiting Kalighat Temple. Speaking on the occasion, Hakim said that Rs 63 crore was spent for constructing the skywalk at Dakshineswar along with some more beatification works. Around Rs 5.92 crore was spent for the beatification of Tarakeswar, Rs 4.77 crore was spent for the development of Tarakeswar complex and Rs 4.39 crore was spent for city planning.last_img read more

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Airbnb introduces MvRx a new Android framework for easier faster and highquality

first_imgYesterday, Airbnb open sourced MvRx (pronounced mavericks), their Android architecture. MvRx received an astounding adoption rate when it was first introduced to the engineers at Airbnb in July. Later, it became their standard way of writing screens and now it is used for nearly all of their product development. Due to its popularity among Airbnb’s app developers, they have decided to share it with all Android developers. MvRx is based on Kotlin, which helped MvRx’s developers to leverage several powerful features provided by the language to build a cleaner API. It is built on top of the following technologies and concepts: Kotlin Android Architecture Components RxJava React (conceptually) Epoxy (optional but recommended) Why you should use MvRx? Using MvRx you will be able to write simple and complex Android screens easily. MvRx also helps making certain tasks easier and faster for Android app developers such as: Saving view state and business logic in onSaveInstanceState properly Creating layouts with a toolbar, RecyclerView, and footer over and over again Executing the onSuccess and onFailure handlers for asynchronous requests Dealing with the Android lifecycle What are its core concepts? State: MvRxState is an interface that you need to extend with an immutable Kotlin data class. It contains the properties necessary to render your screen. ViewModel: All the business logic and anything other than just rendering views is handled by MvRxViewModels. It extends Google’s ViewModel. The following lifecycle diagram clearly illustrates how ViewModels simplify lifecycles on Android: Source: GitHub View: MvRxView is a simple interface that users see and interact with. It is a LifecycleOwner consisting of a invalidate() function that gets called any time there is a change in the state of its ViewModels. Async: MvRx makes handling async requests like fetching from a network or a database easier using Async. It is a Kotlin sealed class with four types: Uninitialized, Loading, Success, and Fail. MvRx provides an extension to map Observable to an Async property on your state to make executing network requests and other actions easy with a single line of code. How can you install it? To use MvRx, you need to add the following dependency to your project in the build.gradle file: dependencies { implementation ‘com.airbnb.android:mvrx:0.5.0’} To know about the other details of MvRx, you can refer to its GitHub repository and also read Airbnb’s official announcement. Read Next RxAndroid 2.1.0 is out with a newly added Async API! Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out! Did you know your idle Android device sends data to Google 10 times more often than an iOS device does to Apple?last_img read more

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GNOME team adds Fractional Scaling support in the upcoming GNOME 332

first_imgThe GNOME team released beta version 3.32 of GNOME, a free and open source GUI for the Linux computer operating system, last month. GNOME 3.32 is set to release on 13th March 2019. Now, the GNOME team has also added the much-awaited support for fractional scaling to the GNOME 3.32, reports Phoronix. The GNOME 3.32 beta release explored major improvements, bug fixes, and other changes. Earlier GNOME would allow the users to scale windows by integral factors (typically 2). But this was very limiting as there are many systems between the dpi ranges that are effective for scale factor 2, or unscaled. In order to improve this, GNOME then allowed its users to scale by fractional values, e.g. 3/2, or 2/1.3333. This, in turn, allows its users more control over the UI scaling as opposed to the previous integer based scaling of 2, 3, etc. The newly added support for Fractional Scaling in the upcoming GNOME version 3.32 will help enhance the user experience with the modern HiDPI displays. The GNOME Shell changes along with the Mutter changes have also been merged ahead of GNOME version 3.32.0. Read Next GNOME version 3.32 says goodbye to application menus Fedora 29 beta brings Modularity, GNOME 3.30 support and other changes GNOME 3.30 released with improved Desktop performance, Screen Sharing, and morelast_img read more

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Two new hires for Meetings Events by Club Med

first_imgTwo new hires for Meetings & Events by Club Med Tags: Club Med, People TORONTO — Club Med has appointed Lori De Montmorency as its new Corporate Business Development Manager and Marjorie Ivars as its newest Sales Specialist for its Meetings & Events by Club Med division.Club Med says it is expanding its team to accommodate the growing demand for corporate group stays.De Montmorency comes to Club Med with years of B2B sales, entrepreneurial and senior management skills, and corporate development experience across various industries. She previously held the position of Director of Client Solutions at Endo Networks, Inc.Ivars comes to Club Med with more than seven years’ experience in the travel industry. She recently made the move to Montreal after five years as Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at American Express Global Business Travel in Barcelona.“We are thrilled to welcome Lori De Montmorency and Marjorie Ivars to the Club Med Groups team. Lori’s skills and experience are an asset to our existing partnerships and her commitment will further expand our new business opportunities,” said Melanie St-Germain, Group Sales Manager, Meetings & Events by Club Med Canada.“Additionally, with Marjorie’s pre-existing sales skills and passion for travel, we know she will bring high-level expertise to our growing team. We welcome both Lori and Marjorie to Club Med and have high hopes for the future of the Club Med Groups team.” Thursday, January 11, 2018 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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