Steve O’Meara retained his southern area light-middleweight title with another stunning first-round knockout – this time blasting away Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.Weise suffered a brutal knockoutO’Meara, previously known as a slick boxer rather than a dangerous puncher, floored Weise with a blistering shot.He was making the first defence of the belt he won with an opening-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year.He had vowed not to let Weise upset his plans and was true to his word, spectacularly ending the contest with a thunderous right hand.O’Meara sportingly refused to celebrate his win while Weise lay on the canvas, instead showing concern for his opponent who was briefly attended to by medics before being helped onto a stool.The victory improves O’Meara’s record to 15-2 and could pave the way for a clash with recently-crowned British champion Brian Rose.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.
South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht join the fourth season of the hit superhero series, The Flash, in high-profile roles.The Flash television series featuring the DC Comics character debuted in 2014 and has proven to be a critical and popular hit around the world. The fourth season begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSouth African acting talent is strong in Hollywood, from the Oscar-winning Charlize Theron to Pearl Thusi’s star turn in the hit series, Quantico. While Arnold Vosloo may not be a household name, thanks to his roles in geek favourites The Mummy and Darkman, he is a cult favourite.The fourth season of the hit show The Flash begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands (left) and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Twitter)Now two more South African names have been added to the list of local stars making it in Hollywood.Former Isidingo star Kim Engelbrecht and 7de Laan alumni Neil Sandilands have landed roles in the hit TV series, The Flash, which is based on the comic book. The two actors will appear in the forthcoming fourth season of the show, in major roles.This is not Sandilands’ first foray into US television. In 2016, he starred in the cult sci-fi series The 100 and he was a member of the supporting cast in the Sundance Channel’s crime drama Hap and Leonard. Sandilands has also had high profile guest roles in NCIS and The Americans, playing South African characters.South African audiences know him for his dramatic performances in local films such as Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee and Jakhalsdans. Although, of course, for most local fans, Sandilands is best known for his breakout role as Bart Kruger, the awkward but lovable deli owner on the soapie 7de Laan, whom he played from 2000 to 2007.Sandilands plays Clifford DeVoe in the forthcoming season of The Flash. DeVoe is also known as the Thinker, master of mind control and arch-villain to The Flash, played by Grant Gustin.Sandilands will be joined by a fellow South African in The Flash, actress Kim Engelbrecht, who plays the Thinker’s gadget maker, the Mechanic, a character created exclusively for the show.Engelbrecht also got her start in television in a popular South African soapie, playing the teenage rebel from the wrong side of the tracks, Lolly van Onselen, in Isidingo from 1998 to 2005.Since leaving Isidingo, Engelbrecht has built up a formidable acting resumé, appearing in film and television, including local indie hits such as The Flyer and A Boy Called Twist.Since seeking out fame and fortune in Hollywood in 2012, she has appeared in a number of international productions, including a role alongside Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller, Eye in the Sky, and in the action film, Death Race: Inferno.Engelbrecht also made an impression in two short-lived international television series, the sci-fi show, Dominion, and action series SAF3, alongside action star Dolph Lundgren.Thank You so much for the incredible messages ! I sooooo Appreciate it ! Hugzzzz #AppreciateIt ?#SweetTweets ?— ??Kim E (@kimengelbrecht) July 26, 2017Speaking to TshisaLIVE following the announcement of her role in The Flash, Engelbrecht said she was looking forward to making her mark in the popular show and acting alongside Sandilands. “I am really excited… [It’s a show] I have followed and liked for some time. It’s also exciting to be working in Vancouver for the first time, and to be working with such great actors.”Meanwhile, Sandilands took to Twitter to give fans a taste of what they could expect from the Thinker.Watch this space.— neil sandilands (@njwsandilands) July 22, 2017The South African actors will be joining another newcomer to the series, none other than cult film actor Danny Trejo, best known for his tough guy persona and his work with action director Robert Rodriquez.The fourth season of The Flash starts in the US on 10 October 2017. A date for the South African broadcast of the season, on DStv channel Vuzu Amp (103), has not yet been confirmed.Source: News24, IMDBWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
LEAMINGTON, Ont. – Medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says it plans to invest $10 million in a company merging two cannabis brands to target the incoming recreational pot market in Canada.Aphria (TSX:APH) says it has committed to a $10-million equity investment in the venture merging luxury marijuana brands Ontario-based Tokyo Smoke and British Columbia-based DOJA Cannabis Company, which is expected to be renamed Hiku Brand Co. Ltd.The Leamington, Ont.-based marijuana company already holds a stake in TS BrandCo Holdings Inc., known as Tokyo Smoke, and last year signed a licensing agreement to produce and ship cannabis with its branding to medical marijuana patients.Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld says the investment marks the company’s first venture into premium British Columbia cannabis as it anticipates that branding will become an important differentiator in the recreational pot market, with legalization expected next year.DOJA has a production facility in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley and a Culture Cafe information centre in Kelowna, while Tokyo Smoke has six coffee and cannabis accessory shops across Canada and one due to open in Seattle early next year.Aphria says it is also looking to finalize other agreements, pending the approval of a cannabis sales license for DOJA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, including access to West Coast cannabis and Hiku’s retail locations in provinces where private licenses will be granted.
TORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A freezing rain warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and has been expanded into Alberta.The warning says freezing rain is possible Sunday morning due to a Pacific disturbance crossing the B.C. Peace River region. A few mm of ice accumulation is possible before the system passes through late Sunday morning.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta. Freezing rain will end late Sunday morning.For current road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca and in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caSee the full warning for both regions below. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Warnings7:12 AM MST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.Freezing rain will end later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm. UPDATE #3 – The freezing rain warning has ended in the B.C. North PeaceUPDATE #2 – As of 8:30 a.m. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning motorists of extremely icy road conditions in Grande Prairie and on Highway 40. Grande Prairie Rural members are currently responding to a multi-vehicle collision South of Grande Prairie on Highway 40 at the correction line. Travel in the Grande Prairie area is not recommended unless necessary at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. South Peace but remains in place for the North Peace and Alberta Peace. Warnings3:34 AM PST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.A Pacific disturbance crossing the BC Peace River region has spread freezing rain to the area, as warm, moist air overruns subfreezing air near the surface. A few mm of ice accretion is possible before the system passes through later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer and the Honourable Peter Kent, M.P. for Thornhill, Ontario, made a visit to tenants of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society on May 3.Kent discussed the ethics or lack thereof that many companies have when it comes to using personal information.According to Kent, many companies use the personal information that they have found through online purchases, social media and even Google/Gmail emails and sell this information to the highest bidder in hopes to sell users things they want them to buy and, unfortunately, some may even use this information to try to sway personal views on important political matters. Kent says the Ethics Committee’s goal is to curb and reprimand these companies that use personal information in an unethical manner.Along with Kent, Zimmer talked about LNG, Site C, gas pricing and other issues concerning the local, provincial and federal government.
Los Angeles: Scientists have created a virtual vocal tract — completes with lips, jaw and tongue — that can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain signals. The brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists at University of California, San Francisco in the US could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage. Stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) often result in an irreversible loss of the ability to speak. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome people with severe speech disabilities learn to spell out their thoughts letter-by-letter using assistive devices that track very small eye or facial muscle movements. However, producing text or synthesised speech with such devices is laborious, error-prone, and painfully slow, typically permitting a maximum of 10 words per minute, compared to the 100-150 words per minute of natural speech. The system, described in the journal Nature, demonstrates that it is possible to create a synthesised version of a person’s voice that can be controlled by the activity of their brain’s speech centres. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the future, this approach could not only restore fluent communication to individuals with severe speech disability, researchers said, but could also reproduce some of the musicality of the human voice that conveys the speaker’s emotions and personality. “For the first time, this study demonstrates that we can generate entire spoken sentences based on an individual’s brain activity,” said Edward Chang, a professor at University of California, San Francisco. “The relationship between the movements of the vocal tract and the speech sounds that are produced is a complicated one,” said Gopala Anumanchipalli, a speech scientist who led the study. “We reasoned that if these speech centers in the brain are encoding movements rather than sounds, we should try to do the same in decoding those signals,” Anumanchipalli said. Researchers asked five volunteers with intact speech who had electrodes temporarily implanted in their brains to map the source of their seizures in preparation for neurosurgery to treat epilepsy — to read several hundred sentences aloud while the researchers recorded activity from a brain region known to be involved in language production. Based on the audio recordings of participants’ voices, the researchers used linguistic principles to reverse engineer the vocal tract movements needed to produce those sounds: pressing the lips together here, tightening vocal cords there, shifting the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, then relaxing it, and so on. This detailed mapping of sound to anatomy allowed the scientists to create a realistic virtual vocal tract for each participant that could be controlled by their brain activity. This comprised two “neural network” machine learning algorithms: a decoder that transforms brain activity patterns produced during speech into movements of the virtual vocal tract, and a synthesiser that converts these vocal tract movements into a synthetic approximation of the participant’s voice. The synthetic speech produced by these algorithms was significantly better than synthetic speech directly decoded from participants’ brain activity without the inclusion of simulations of the speakers’ vocal tracts, the researchers found. The algorithms produced sentences that were understandable to hundreds of human listeners in crowdsourced transcription tests.
CAIRO – At least 10 soldiers were killed and 35 wounded as a car bomb targeted an Egyptian army convoy Wednesday in the Sinai where security forces are battling Islamists, a security official said.The bombing took place near El-Arish, regional capital of North Sinai where attacks on security forces have mounted since the army’s ouster in July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.A parked car blew up as the military convoy passed, the security official said. Wednesday’s bombing was the deadliest since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the town of Rafah in North Sinai.That attack was the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in several years.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks in Sinai, especially since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the army.Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the restive peninsula to crush militant activity.Egypt’s security forces are also engaged in a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi in other parts of the country.The crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide since mid-August.
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.
OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) fights back tears after the Buckeyes 24-21 loss to Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team has sustained losses to unranked opponents in previous years, the 24-21 loss on Saturday to the Penn State Nittany Lions is a tough one to take for fans. For players like freshman starting guard Michael Jordan and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa, the defeat is their first in their collegiate careers, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Going through a tough loss early in a career can be a motivation for improving upon the mistakes. Presenting a young team against Virginia Tech in 2014, OSU suffered a potentially season-ruining loss to the Hokies.After starting the year 1-1, the Buckeyes responded with 13-straight wins by an average margin of victory of just over 26 points. A youthful team responded to adversity with open arms, allowing themselves to grow from the loss to a team deemed subpar to OSU.OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that the loss is not season ending, and needs to be a lesson for the young members of the team.“Move forward,” he said. “Let it hurt for awhile.”The feeling of losing is new to more than one of the team members, but slip ups from the unit were expected. The fact the Buckeyes are still within the top 10, and have the chance to still make the playoffs with a team full of young players serves as a beacon of hope. Both veterans and underclassmen were visibly upset as they left the field. Sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince was fighting back tears while walking off, along with redshirt senior center Pat Elflein, who spoke to the media with a heavy voice. A fifth-year player, Elflein has been through all five of Meyer’s loses while at OSU. Even though the loss stings, he said it is something the young members of the team need to experience and use to keep playoff hopes alive.“Something you don’t want to feel, but you got to remember that feeling,” Elflein said. “That’s what has got to power you through, that feeling right there. You never want to feel that again.”Unlike the team’s only loss of 2015, the Buckeyes dropped their first game of the year at the midway point. With time still left on the clock, OSU can easily regroup and get back on the right path.The youth of the team might have caused OSU problems, but can also help the team down the road. The team understood there would be growing pains, and there would be times the young players would need to step up when faced with a challenge. Against Oklahoma, most fans felt the team had it’s largest moment of growth. In retrospect, the loss to Penn State should serve as a coming of age moment for the Buckeyes.Redshirt junior guard Billy Price, who played against Penn State in 2014 in Beaver Stadium, said he understood the feelings the young players were going through. However, he said the youth of the team is not the problem.“We are young, we are young. There are a lot of young guys in there. They’re playing well,” Price said. “They have to play for us and they have to execute. If we don’t execute that’s where we have issues like this.”Rather than singling out the poor play of specific players, Price said the loss was on the team as a whole, and its inability to execute the gameplan to perfection. He, like other Buckeyes, said this is a growing moment.Like in 2014, the team will be attempting to regroup from a loss at the hands of a non-ranked opponent. But, the loss was expected in some regards, due to the young nature of the team. Just like two years ago when the team went on a rampage after losing, OSU will have to prove the legitimacy of the team by winning games in convincing fashion. And, just like the national championship season, young players and new starters will have to give it their all.And giving it all was a sentiment redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett expressed explicitly on Monday. “We’re gonna find out what we’re made of,” he said. “I think that’s how you really see people. Anybody can be doing fine when we’re winning games, but when your back is against the wall, things are going against us, that shows your true character and true colors.”