Foster’s Fairplay | Inappropriate selection

first_img While not viewing the entire Spice act, Foster’s Fairplay can comment on that portion which was seen or heard. There was an accusation of virtual nudity on the part of the entertainer. Those who spoke in defence claimed that she wore a skin-coloured material under a transparent outfit, which simulated the effect of a bare body. This columnist rejects that explanatory response. If it is to be countenanced, why not have a performer of any gender, placing tufts of artificial hair in places where they would appear naturally, claiming that it is not the real thing? The minister also referred to Spice’s ability to create alternative lyrics to supposedly inappropriate songs, which would be more in keeping with the occasion. Isn’t this not a way of saying that this particular performance was not one for the moment? Another argument put forward to justify what this column sees as a ‘wrong place, wrong time’ choice is this: the athletes, who were the toasts of the three nights, asked for Spice. In response to that, Foster’s Fairplay asks the question: Would these same athletes say to a Stephen Francis or a Glen Mills, who are the orchestrators of their preparation programmes to prosperity, “Sir, I am doing three 300m runs this evening instead of the customary eight.” Think not. To have booked Spice was not in the interest of what ought to be fed to a gathering carrying the full age spectrum. To stop short of describing that spot on the show as lacking in propriety can be explained. It’s a crazy, mixed-up world. Who really knows and can honestly say if it is one thing or the other? – Feedback: Email During the past week, Foster’s Fairplay has been reminiscing on times that were somewhat less complex than they are now. So much has changed in moral terms, to the extent that what was formerly deemed to be decidedly wrong and unacceptable has taken on a more positive and acceptable image. Of course, that can be reversed to make the right way seem not to be the path to follow. As a part of the look back, a lot of time was allotted to a song called “If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another”. It was gifted to music lovers by Richard ‘Dimples’ Fields and came from a 1982 album. Fields, in reflecting on some of the happenings at the time, included in his mind-stimulating lyrics “It’s a crazy mixed-up world”. That assessment, from which several inferences may be drawn, brings this columnist to a situation that has been played out in the written media since the Rio Olympics celebrations over the Heroes weekend. The discourse, controversy, or whatever it can be appropriately called, on the booking of the dancehall act, Spice. She performed at the Rio Sports Gala at the National Indoor Sports Centre on the second of three nights over which the ‘thank you’ event was held. Despite having delved into music for entertainment from an early age, this columnist confesses almost total lack of knowledge and, by extension, appreciation for the now-popular art form. However, there is no difficulty in making the call as to whether Spice and what she brings to the stage should have been considered in the first instance. The series of functions was conceived by the Government and executed through the relevant ministry, managed by a veteran soldier in both sports and entertainment, Olivia Grange. ‘Babsy’, as she is affectionately called, has strut the sporting arena in previous administrations, as well as in Opposition. In either dispensation, her voice has been just as strident and scholarly in matters relevant to the games that people play. She has managed the welfare and affairs of a variety of entertainers and in that regard, studios and stages are her familiar stomping grounds. With all that in mind, her choices should be respected. On the particular occasion to which invitations were issued, the expected mix of the audience was never in doubt. It was comprised of persons picked from various backgrounds and cultures, the accent being on an affiliation to sports and the glory and honour which the Rio participants – able-bodied and handicapped – had showered on the nation. MIXED AUDIENCE NOT THE REAL THING?last_img read more

When Specialists In Genetic Disorders Get Stumped Theyre Now Turning To Facial

first_img In other health and technology news — Boston Globe: Facial Recognition Zeroes In On Genetic Disorders One morning, Charlie Latuske woke up feverish and somewhat delirious in his home in Surrey in the UK, leaving him unable to function and in need of a doctor. He’d endured a sore throat and general malaise for a few days, believing it would get better, but that morning in August 2017, he knew that he had to do something about it. “I was quite out of it,” said 27-year old Latuske, who was also due to go on vacation with his wife in just three days. (Senthilingam, 8/30) CNN: Technology Is Changing The Way You See A Doctor, But Is That Good For Your Health? Sacramento Bee: Sacramento Doctors Making House Calls With New Technology Founded in 2011 by two Israeli entrepreneurs around the same time they sold a facial tagging system to Facebook for $70 million to $80 million, the firm designed the software to more quickly point medical geneticists in the right direction. …Through crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, the software ranks the 10 most likely causes of a genetic disorder on the basis of facial patterns — what the app calls the “gestalt.” (Saltzman, 8/30) When Specialists In Genetic Disorders Get Stumped, They’re Now Turning To Facial Recognition Software Of the more than 7,000 known rare diseases, up to half are believed to cause changes to the shape of the face or skull. Uploading a picture of the person’s face to an app can be a new tool to help doctors with a diagnosis. New technology is getting Sacramento doctors back into the business of making old-fashioned house calls, employing a mobile application in an attempt to extend the amount of time they can spend on interviewing and bonding with their patients. Sacramento residents can schedule a doctor’s visit at their homes within two hours, using the Heal app or website. (Anderson, 8/30) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Compact Renault ZOE Is Immediately A Big Hit In Brazil

first_img Renault Tests ZOE Prototype With CCS Combo Charging Inlet 2nd Generation Renault ZOE Spied In The Wild Released at the recent auto show in Brazil, the electric hatch undercuts other possible electric competitors.The 2018 Brazil Motor Show was marked by the launch of three 100% electric cars for the Brazilian market: Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe. Of these, however, only Zoe is on sale right now. The French brand announced that the electric hatch would begin to be sold from November 7 on and, in fact, the model is in the store promised by the brand, as verified by ZOE News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Renault ZOE 40 Goes 351 Miles On Single Charge Priced at R $ 149,990, the Renault Zoe is the cheapest electric for sale in the country – the Bolt will go for R $ 175,000 and the Leaf for R $ 178,400, while the BMW i3 costs R $ 199,990.Equipped with a 90 hp motor the Zoe has a range of 300 km. According to the brand, the cost per kilometer is only 10 cents. It is worth remembering that Renault already sold electric vehicles to fleet owners in Brazil – Kangoo EV and Twizy – the latter being used even by a mechanic rescue insurance company.Now, the brand opens sales to the general public, as shown by the unit seen by our Motor1 Brazil team at the Ibirapuera Signal resale shop in São Paulo. In addition, the store Globo, from Curitiba (PR), is also homologated to sell the electric in the country. For now, only these two stores will sell Zoe, in addition to offering test drives.Launched in 2012 and updated in 2016 in Europe, Zoe shares its platform and several components with Clio.Source: Motor 1 Brazil Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more