Humane society applauds Whistler Film Festival documentary Sled Dogs

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Peter Fricker is Communications Director for the Vancouver Humane Society.He says the film gives a frank portrayal of the treatment of dogs in the commercial sled dog industry aimed at tourists for entertainment.“It’s been very effective. Basically, they’re saying these dogs are different, they can take it. But as people will see in the film, a lot of them can’t take it and they don’t finish the race and they have numerous problems and face exhaustion and injury and sickness as a result of the race.”Fricker says the film depicts the dogs expiring during races, and tethered to posts in freezing temperatures for the remainder of their days when they’re not working.Festival organizers say they’re confident that many of the concerns expressed by those in the commercial dog sled industry may be relieved somewhat after the film’s screening.COURTESY OF NEWS1130 Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) – The Whistler Film Festival has resisted calls by the sled dog industry to withdraw a screening of a documentary which purports to depict mistreatment of the animals involved.The Vancouver Humane Society is lauding the film as well-researched and revealing.The organization had urged that the documentary ‘Sled Dogs’ be given its world-premiere Saturday at the Festival, despite a backlash on social media from those within the industry. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Miami Heat Recovers in Victory Over Washington Wizards

(SportsNetwork.com) – It’s too early to panic for the Miami Heat, as they try to stop a two-game slide and even their season record in Sunday’s home matchup with the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.The two-time champion Heat opened defense of their title with a win against the Chicago Bulls, then headed to Philadelphia the following night, only to suffer a 114-110 loss. The Heat trailed 19-0 from the jump before rallying to take the lead against the Sixers, but were outscored 15-3 at the end of the game.Miami then faced one of the East’s top teams in Brooklyn on Friday and suffered a 101-100 loss to Paul Pierce and company. Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points apiece and Kevin Garnett had six points and seven rebounds in less than 26 minutes.LeBron James led the Heat with a game-high 26 points, while Dwyane Wade returned to the lineup after resting in Philly to post 21 points. Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Miami shot 47.8 percent for the game, including 7-of-14 from 3-point territory.The Nets, who had an early 11-3 lead, used an 18-2 run to grab a 71-55 cushion with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter. Miami made a valiant effort with a 33-23 advantage in the fourth stanza.“We’ve dealt with this before. This story line continues,” Wade said of the team’s struggles. “At the end of the day, we want to play better. We would love to play better, obviously the start, the first and the third, but we had a chance to win the game. We have to find a way to pull it out.”Brooklyn edged the Heat in rebounds, 40-30. The last time the Heat lost three in a row was  Jan. 10-13, 2011. After consecutive road games, Miami is slated to play five of six in south Florida.Much like the Heat, the Wizards fell victim to the Sixers in Friday’s 109-102 setback at the Verizon Center. The 76ers erased a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams hit a 3-pointer with 6:28 to play to give his team its first lead, which they would never relinquish, and spoil Washington’s home opener.Wizards star John Wall scored 23 points in the first half, but was limited to three over the last 24 minutes.“They scored 65 points in the second half, so we didn’t do a great job of finishing,” said Wall. “It’s embarrassing to lose your home opener when you had a great chance of doing it.”Martell Webster had 13 points off the bench and his 3-pointer with 1:15 to play cut the Sixers lead to just three. Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat had 12 points apiece in defeat. No. 3 draft pick Otto Porter remained out for the Wizards because of a right hip flexor injury and is questionable Sunday. Center Nene missed Friday’s game with a strained left calf and could return against the Southeast Division-rival Heat.Philadelphia owned the paint and scored 74 points inside.The Wizards are 0-2 for a fourth straight season and were 0-12 to kick off the 2012-13 campaign. They lost three of four matchups with Miami a year ago and have dropped 15 of the last 19 matchups between the teams.Washington has lost 15 of 19 and 17 of its last 22 at Miami. read more

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Looks Like Microsoft Might Consider a Bid for Salesforcecom

first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 6, 2015 Shares of Salesforce were briefly halted because of volatility Tuesday afternoon following rumors that Microsoft is considering a bid for the cloud software giant.Microsoft is evaluating an acquisition offer for Salesforce after another unidentified suitor approached the San Francisco-based company, according to Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. Salesforce, led by CEO Marc Benioff, held talks with the unnamed potential buyer as recently as last month and is now working with a pair of investment banks to decide how it will respond to any overtures, the report said.Salesforce’s stock is up more than 8% since last week, when Bloomberg first reported that the company was in the process of responding to a takeover bid. Founded in 1999, Salesforce has a market value of roughly $48 billion.As Fortune noted last week, Microsoft would seem to be one of the most likely candidates to buy Salesforce considering CEO Satya Nadella has identified the growth of Microsoft’s cloud business as a key component in his turnaround plan for the company. Microsoft is also one of the few potential bidders with plenty of cash on hand to afford Salesforce, and Benioff has been complimentary of Nadella in the past.Both Salesforce and Microsoft declined to comment to Fortune about any acquisition bids.last_img read more

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GMs Autonomous Super Cruise Arrives This Fall

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read April 11, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. For General Motors, the immediate future of autonomous driving isn’t about letting car owners trust their vehicles to drive themselves all the time, but rather occasionally being able to remove their hands from the wheel and let the car take over.That future arrives this fall in the form of the Super Cruise feature on the Cadillac CT6. By combining inputs from cameras and radar sensors mounted on the luxury sedan’s body with a precision map database, the CT6 will control its speed and keep itself in the center of a lane during highway driving. Although you may not need to keep your hands on the wheel while Super Cruise is active, it’s far from a set-it-and-forget-it technology. It’s actually watching you almost as closely as it’s monitoring the road ahead: the system includes a camera and infrared lights mounted directly onto the steering column to observe where you’re looking at all times.If Super Cruise determines you’re not paying attention to the road, it will trigger a system of alerts: visual indicators in the instrument cluster, tactile alerts such as seat vibrations and audible warning tones. If you still ignore it — maybe you’re fast asleep, or engrossed in a game on your smartphone — Super Cruise will bring the car to a complete stop as soon as it’s safe to do so.”When we were developing Super Cruise we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation,” engineer Barry Walkup said in a statement. “That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision.”Super Cruise bears a close resemblance to the Tesla Autopilot feature, which can also take over steering and speed control while requiring the driver to stay alert. Neither system would be possible without super-accurate mapping databases, which allow the car to pinpoint its exact location without relying on often-fickle GPS signals.GM says its database contains map data for every mile of limited-access highway in the U.S. and Canada, obtained using Lidar sensors. It’s four to eight times more accurate than GPS signals. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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