UPDATED: US bans electronic devices from cabins on some airlines.

first_imgThe US government has confirmed it has banned electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras from cabin baggage on flights to the US  from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.The ban affects flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries and nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. People will still be allowed to take mobile phones  with them and medical devices are also exempt.The ban was revealed in tweets from airlines and the Associated Press reported it covered  all direct flights to the US from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates..Dubai-based Emirates confirmed that the ban will take effect from March 25 to October this year while Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which also said it was affected, warned that travellers would have to put the devices in their checked luggage at their point of origin. “Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items such as laptops, tablets, cameras and e-readers will need to be placed into checked-in baggage,” Etihad said. ” For those guests bound for the U.S., this must be done at the point of origin which may not necessarily be at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”It is understood that other impacted airlines are Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc,US media reports said that authorities had relied on “evaluated intelligence” about unspecified terror threats to make the call.  The BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said this meant that US intelligence had  either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or had been passed word of one by a human informant.”The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure,” he said.A tweet from Royal Jordanian which alerted media to the move said instructions from “concerned US departments’’ cited laptops, tablets, cameras DVD players and electronic games as examples of items which needed to be carried in checked baggage.While US authorities declined to comment on a specific reason for the move,  there is speculation it could be related to laptop bomb detonated on Dubai-based carrier Daallo as it departed the Somali capital of Mogadishu in February, 2016.The laptop was thought to have been rigged with a timer set to explode when the plane was at cruising altitude but a delay meant it was still at 14,000ft when it detonated and blew a hole in the fuselage.The only casualty was the alleged bomber, who was apparently blown out of the plane, and the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.Still unclear is how the US authorities assessed the safety implications of placing a big number of electronic items generally powered by lithium ion batteries in the hold. There have been a number of instances of batteries overheating and these have been easier to detect because they have been in the cabin.last_img read more

Dermot OLeary Preps For Day Of Dance

first_imgDermot O’Leary has been prepping both body and soles for his epic 24 hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief.Video: Dermot’s Day of DanceCaught by the cameras at Pineapple Dance Studios in London while preparing for his marathon endeavour, Dermot O’Leary was spending the day limbering up, shaking it off, and getting to grips with those all-important moves.The prancing presenter will kick off his Day of Dance for Comic Relief live on The One Show on Thursday 12th March. He’ll then spend the next 24 hours dancing both in the studio and in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Piazza before heading down to the Red Nose Day Night of TV at The London Palladium on Friday 13th March – he’ll even dance his way there!The BBC Radio 2 star will be checking in with his DJing colleagues throughout the 24 hours and every minute of the gruelling dance will be streamed live on the BBC Red Button. Celebrity friends will pop along throughout the night and day to wish him luck too!Speaking from Pineapple Dance Studios, Dermot said: “When I came up with the idea for this event I was in the middle of the dancefloor on holiday, where you never want the dancing to end. Now I’m back in the freezing cold UK with a few less disco lights and a lot more bruises – and it doesn’t seem quite as appealing! I’m going to need all the support I can get from the public to keep me going!”Dermot was later spotted at the Harley Street clinic of Comic Relief endurance expert and renowned sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte. Greg was checking up on the star before he puts his body quite literally through its paces.Speaking at the clinic, Greg said: “Although it sounds fun, there are lots of risks with taking on this dance. Putting your body through any sort of endurance test will always take its toll, but for such a huge amount of time and with such sustained physical movement there is a lot that could go wrong. Knee, hip and ankle injuries, muscle strains and blisters are just the start – as sleep deprivation kicks in combined with exhaustion and dehydration the possibility of falls and impact injuries are a real risk. If Dermot thinks he’ll be sailing through his sidestepping, he’s got another thing coming.”To sponsor Dermot as he takes part in his 24-hour Day of Dance for Comic Relief, visit rednoseday.com/Dermot and follow his every move on BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from 19:00 on 12th March to 19:00 on 13th March.Money raised through Dermot’s Day of Dance for Comic Relief will help give street children in Uganda a brighter future and also help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.last_img read more

Canadian Vine stars pay tribute to fleeting life of video platform

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Reynolds, known on Vine as “Brittlestar,” spent plenty of time playing around with the video tool over the past few years, amassing over a million followers along the way. He now makes a living off of brand sponsorships while producing videos starring his cast with family members.“Vine changed my life and my family’s life tremendously,” Reynolds says. “We’ve been able to experience and do things that we would never have been able to without it.”Admittedly, he heard the death-knell of Vine coming months ago. Its popularity seemed to be on a downward spiral ever since Twitter acquired the technology company in 2013 and became dissatisfied with its growth.Some of Vine’s most loyal creators shifted their attention to other platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.But Reynolds still can’t help but feel a sense of loss for himself and many other Canadian entertainers who used Vine to share jokes, poke fun at celebrity, and perform covers of pop songs.Singer Shawn Mendes used Vine while living in Pickering, Ont., playing covers of songs by Justin Bieber and other pop artists. Over time he became one of Vine’s most popular users, which helped him launch a chart-topping music career. Twitter When comedian Stewart Reynolds heard that Twitter was pulling the plug on Vine, he thought it best to give the video platform, which hosts short looping clips, a suitable moment of silence.“It was only six-and-a-half seconds,” the Stratford, Ont.-based family man jokes.“It’s done now.” Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Bell Medias Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Script Development Support for 33 Canadian

first_img 1 COMMENT Log in to leave a comment […] those of you who read the Harold Greenberg Fund Announcement on our site today – you would have spotted Trey Anthony and Carys Lewis’s names on that […] Advertisement As the Canadian film and television community gathers for the Canada Media Production Association’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund today announced its support for 33 Canadian film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program. The slate includes films in all stages of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to final drafts, and polish and packaging.Highlights include: Stockholm, the next feature film from Born to Be Blue director Robert Budreau, starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, based on the real events behind the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”; The Resource, from the writer/producer team behind Mean Dreams, which was recently screened as part of Movie Nights Across Canada, a national screening event launched by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation; sophomore features from Rhymes for Young Ghouls director Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum), and Bang Bang Baby director Jeffrey St Jules (Panther!); a dramatic feature version of The Skyjacker’s Tale, based on the Jamie Kastner-directed documentary, currently in theatrical release; and the next film from Canadian iconoclast Guy Maddin, Fur Country. Supported projects – Script Development Program Polish and PackagingStockholmBankdrama Film Ltd.Screenwriter: Robert BudreauDirector: Robert Budreau.The Giant Little Oneseuclid431 pictures inc.Screenwriter: Keith BehrmanDirector: Keith Behrman.Blood QuantumProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Jeff BarnabyDirector: Jeff Barnaby.Panther!Shaftesbury Development Inc.Screenwriters: Jeffrey St Jules & Colin AussantDirector: Jeffrey St Jules.The Swearing JarMonkeys & ParrotsScreenwriter: Kate HewlettDirector: Lara Azzopardi.Three to Get ReadyRESONANCE FILMS INC./Darius FilmsScreenwriter: Jason FiliatraultDirector: Robert Cuffley.Sugar DaddyViolator Films Inc., Clique PicturesScreenwriter: Kelly McCormackDirector: Wendy Morgan.The Road BehindFirst Nation Films LTD.Screenwriter: Derek VermillionDirector: Kelton Stepanowich.Into Invisible LightFrantic Manitoba Productions Inc./Studio Feather Inc.Screenwriters: Shelagh Carter, Jennifer DaleDirector: Shelagh Carter.Second to Final DraftAquaricaItem 7Screenwriter: Martin Villeneuve.CalorieCompass Productions incScreenwriter: Eisha Marjara.Hyde’n’ZeekCarpeDiem Film & TV Inc.Screenwriter: Michael Donovan.Little KingsInflo Films Inc.Screenwriter: Dusty Mancinelli.I Believe in YouProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Lanan Adcock.James vs His Future SelfNeophyte Productions Inc.Screenwriters: Jeremy LaLonde, Jonas Chernick.First to Second DraftAtroposMiddle Child Films Inc.Screenwriter: Chris Gamble.Fur CountryWalking Down Broadway Ltd.Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson.HeartfieldSienna Films Inc.Screenwriter: Ian Iqbal Rashid.Kicking BloodNew Real Films Inc.Screenwriter: Blaine Thurier.The Beekeeper’s DaughterScreenwriter: Patrick Holden.The Long FridaySix Islands Productions Inc.Screenwriter: Jane Meikle.The ResourceWoods Entertainment Canada Inc.Screenwriters: Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby.The Skyjacker’s TaleCave 7 ProductionsScreenwriter: Jamie Kastner.UmpyGallery Street Productions Inc. (Division of Forte Entertainment)Screenwriters: Eric Toth and Pat Thornton.Waiting For ColumbusAngel Entertainment Corp.Screenwriter: Rob King.Down LowViddywell Films Inc.Screenwriter: Kaveh Mohebbi.Story OptioningUs ConductorsFluent Films Inc.Author: Sean MichaelsScreenwriter: Sean Michaels.Extinction ClubLumanity Productions Inc.Author: Jeffrey MooreScreenwriters: Grayson Moore, Robert Budreau.Women of the KlondikeSnitch Pictures Inc.Author: Frances BackhouseScreenwriter: Kate Melville.Spanish FlyDarius Films Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Will Ferguson.How Black Mother’s Say I Love YouConquering Lion PicturesAuthor: Trey AnthonyScreenwriters: Trey Anthony, Carys Lewis.DeafeningIndie EightAuthor: Frances ItaniScreenwriter: Franca Visconti.419Sarrazin Productions Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Suzette Couture CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY ANTHONY & CARYS LEWIS!!! | eBOSS Canada Mar-15-17 at 5:09 amcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more