The refugees — 42 Tamils from Sri Lanka, three Rohingya from Myanmar and a Kuwaiti — brought their complaints to Human Rights Committee, arguing that they were unable to challenge the legality of their detention in the Australian courts. Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees, including 42 Tamils from Sri Lanka, on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases.The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the refugees, who have been held for at least two and a half years, and offer them compensation and rehabilitation. They had been recognized as refugees who could not be returned to their home countries but were refused visas to stay in Australia because they were deemed to pose a security risk, and so were held in immigration detention facilities. This constituted treatment contrary to Article 7 of the ICCPR, under which “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” they added.The Human Rights Committee said that Australia is obliged, under Article 2 of the Covenant, to provide all 46 refugees with effective remedy. This includes releasing them under individually appropriate conditions, and offering them rehabilitation and appropriate compensation.Australia is also under an obligation to take steps to prevent similar violations in the future, the Human Rights Committee concluded. The Human Rights Committee monitors implementation of the ICCPR by States parties. It considered this case under the First Optional Protocol to the Covenant which gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints. The Committee, composed of 18 independent human rights experts, found that the refugees’ detention was arbitrary and violated Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)*, which states that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. The Committee reached its conclusion based principally on the fact that the refugees were not told the reasons for the negative security assessment and so were unable to mount a legal challenge to their indefinite detention.“The combination of the arbitrary character of (their) detention, its protracted and/or indefinite duration, the refusal to provide information and procedural rights to (them) and the difficult conditions of detention are cumulatively inflicting serious psychological harm upon them,” the Committee members wrote in their conclusions adopted on 25 July and made public on Thursday. Most of the refugees arrived in Australian territorial waters between March 2009 and December 2010 and were first disembarked at Christmas Island. Five were rescued at sea and initially disembarked in Indonesia before arriving at Christmas Island. At the time of their submission to the Committee, they were being held at several detention centres, including Scherger Immigration Detention Centre in Queensland; Villawood Immigration Residential Housing in Sydney; Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation; Darwin Immigration Centre; Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre in Victoria and Christmas Island.In their complaints, lodged in 2011 and 2012, the refugees argued that, as they were not informed of the reasons for their security assessment, they were unable to identify any possible legal errors which could allow them to apply for a judicial review in the Australian courts.The Australian authorities argued that all the claims were inadmissible. They also said solutions were being explored, including resettlement or the safe return to the refugees’ countries of origin if the risk of harm no longer existed. However, it was not appropriate for individuals with an adverse security assessment to live in the Australian community while solutions were sought. Providing people with the classified details would also undermine the security assessment process and compromise Australia’s security. Since the complaints were lodged, seven of the refugees — a mother and her son, who was born in 2007, and a family of five — have now been granted visas and released from immigration detention into the Australian community. (Colombo Gazette)
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost a portion of its funding to cuts by the governor to the 2020 capital budget.CoastAlaska reported Wednesday that the Marine Exchange of Alaska lost 11% of its state funding.Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed line items equaling $444 million in reductions to Alaska’s operating budget in June, including $34.7 million in cuts from the capital budget.The Legislature restored $400,000 in cruise ship passenger revenue to support the network of ship-tracking stations.The Marine Exchange funding was to be drawn from the $34.50 head tax paid by every cruise ship passenger visiting Alaska.Dunleavy retained the cut through a second veto.The governor has suggested the tax revenue should be redirected to port projects across coastal communities.___Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.orgThe Associated Press
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Organizers say a planned dig into a New Mexico landfill for a rumoured cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time is expected to proceed despite state environmental regulators’ concerns.Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive are seeking to excavate an old Alamogordo landfill that reportedly was a dumping ground for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges.Jonathan Chinn, an executive producer at Los Angeles-based LightBox, said Thursday that the search hasn’t been halted.Chinn says a local waste-management consultant who filed an excavation permit is addressing questions raised by the New Mexico Environmental Department.A department spokesman has said the agency was waiting on a revised waste excavation plan.“E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari’s decline. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2014 11:21 am MDT Company official says dig into New Mexico landfill for old ‘E.T.’ Atari games is not on hold
“They had been worried that ‘he was supporting terrorism’ and had expressed the view that ‘being a suicide bomber was ok’,” a source told the BBC.Akram Ramadan, 49, part of the close-knit Libyan community in south Manchester, said Abedi had been banned from Didsbury Mosque after he had confronted the Imam who was delivering an anti-extremist sermon. Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi The authorities were also aware that Abedi’s father was linked to a well-known militant Islamist group in Libya, which is proscribed in Britain. Abedi also had links to several British-based jihadis with Isil connections.Yesterday his father was detained by Libyan militia in the capital Tripoli while the suicide bomber’s two brothers have separately been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. A police forensic investigator at an address in Elsmore Road, Greater Manchester, after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in ManchesterCredit:PA A spokesman for the Libyan authorities told BBC2’s Newsnight that one of Abedi’s final acts before the murders was to ring his mother. The spokesman said: “His brother felt there was something going on there in Manchester and he thought his brother would do something like bombing or attack. So after that, he told us, ‘Having internet, I see the attack in Manchester and I knew that’s my brother’.” It came as: It emerged security services are examining links between Abedi and an expert bomb-maker who had lived in the same street in ManchesterLeaked pictures last night emerged in the US of fragments of the bomb, prompting a diplomatic row between the Downing Street and the US security services.Britain was placed on security lock down with soldiers on the streets and several high-profile events cancelledThe general election will resume with Ukip’s general election manifesto launch todayA minute’s silence will be held on Thursday morning at 11am in memory of the victimsA female police officer was revealed as one of the bomb victims, as further identities emergedThe missed opportunities to catch Abedi were beginning to mount up last night. The Telegraph has spoken to a community leader who said that Abedi was reported two years ago “because he thought he was involved in extremism and terrorism”.Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: “People in the community expressed concerns about the way this man was behaving and reported it in the right way using the right channels.“They did not hear anything since.”Two friends of Abedi also became so worried they separately telephoned the police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago and again last year. Police forensic investigators at an address in Elsmore Road, Greater Manchester, after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in ManchesterCredit:PA The Manchester suicide bomber was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views, but was not stopped by officers, it emerged Wednesday night.Counter Terrorism agencies were facing questions after it emerged Salman Abedi told friends that “being a suicide bomber was okay”, prompting them to call the Government’s anti-terrorism hotline.Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Father of Salman Abedi, the Manchester Arena bomber The spokesman added that Libyan authorities were aware of Abedi going to the capital of Tripoli on April 18 and believed he stayed for two or three weeks.He revealed that Abedi’s younger brother Hashim had been investigated for about a month and a half over suspicions that he was linked to IS.”We were not quite sure about this, but when we arrested and we asked him, he told us, ‘I have ideology with my brother’. Hashim told us, ‘I know everything about my brother, what he was doing there in Manchester’.”US authorities said Abedi was known to them prior to the atrocity while France’s interior minister said the 22-year-old had “proven” links with Islamic State and that both British and French intelligence services had information that the attacker had been in Syria. The apparent lapses emerged on a day of heightened police activity as the hunt for Abedi’s terror cell intensified.Officers raided the suspected ‘bomb factory’ where it is feared he made the device before the attack.Last night the Home Secretary conceded that Abedi was known the intelligence services, while counter terrorism officials were braced for criticism over the apparent failures Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, disclosed that the intelligence services had been aware of Abedi, who had only in the past few weeks returned to the UK after visiting Libya. Rudd told Sky News: “We do know that he was known up to a point to the intelligence services.”Ramadan Abedi, the suicide bomber’s father who lives in Tripoli, gave a series of interviews yesterday in which he denied his son was to blame. It was not clear if the second flat had been discovered.The photographs of the bomb fragments were leaked to the New York Times hours after Ms Rudd had said leaks of intelligence shared with the US authorities had to stop.It prompted fury in Whitehall, with Ms Rudd and the Attorney General Jeremy Wright understood to be among officials who phoned their counterparts in the US to demand answers.The Daily Telegraph understands that there is such serious concern about the leak that Theresa May will raise it with President Donald Trump when she sees him at a Nato meeting in Brussels today.A senior Whitehall source described the leak as “unacceptable” and said the US authorities had been left “in no doubt about our huge strength of feeling on this issue”.Government sources accused the US of risking “compromising” the investigation by repeated leaks. Abedi then flew back to Britain, carrying out his deadly attack a few weeks later.Counter-terrorism officers now believe that Abedi rented a flat in the days before the attack and stayed there until around 7pm on the night of the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.He carried the bomb to the destination in a rucksack and detonated it at just after 10.30pm as the US pop star was completing her last song.Sources last night told The Daily Telegraph that there were two separate bomb factories, with the chemicals mixed in the flat in Granby Row before the bomb itself was assembled elsewhere. Mr Ramadan said he understood that Abedi had been placed on a “watch list” because the mosque reported him to the authorities for his extremist views.A well-placed source at Didsbury Mosque confirmed it had contacted the Home Office’s Prevent anti-radicalisation programme as a result.A US official also briefed that members of Abedi’s own family had contacted British police saying that he was “dangerous”, but again the information does not appear to have been acted upon. Abedi’s own family background might also have been a red flag to authorities. His father was a member of the militant Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.Yet Abedi was able to travel frequently between the UK and Libya, where it is feared he trained in bombmaking and possibly travelled to Syria.His youngest brother, Hisham – who is photographed on social media wielding an automatic rifle – was yesterday arrested by the Libyans who suspect him of knowing about the Manchester plot in advance and plotting his own attack in Tripoli. Mr Abedi told Bloomberg: “I was really shocked when I saw the news, I still don’t believe it.“He was always against those attacks, saying there’s no religious justification for them. I don’t understand how he’d have become involved in an attack that led to the killing of children.”But a friend of the family said Abedi’s parents had become so concerned about his behaviour they had ordered him to leave the UK and live with them in Libya.Adel Elghrani said: “The father was so concerned he confiscated his passport. But then Salman went to his mother and said that he wanted to go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and she gave him his passport back and he came to England instead.”
“We have investigated the incident, including reviewing the CCTV footage of the visit and speaking to the team members on duty yesterday, as well as the pub manager, who was not working at the time. We always try our best to accommodate all customer needs and encourage our teams to go above and beyond to make their pubs as accessible as possible for everyone.” A popular London pub has been forced to issue an apology after a member of staff told a woman with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that “we don’t do disableds”. Andy Smart was shocked when his sister Ros, who uses a wheelchair, was refused service at The Plough in Bloomsbury on Tuesday afternoon.The “manager” of the refurbished Victorian pub said that “they don’t serve disabled people”, according to Mr Smart, who later that evening took to social media to express his anger.Scores of outraged Twitter users, including Trainspotter novelist Irvine Welsh and comedian Shappu Khorsandi, also declared that they would no longer use the bar which regularly attracts creative artists.The pub issued a statement on Facebook blaming the refusal on a “miscommunication”.It read: “I have discussed the incident with the team members involved thoroughly and believe there was a miscommunication which we truly apologise for. We have accommodated and serve disabled patrons before and we will continue to do so as we have always.“Furthermore our staff and myself also have members of family that suffer from disabilities and would not like to see the same events happening to them. From myself and the members of staff from the Plough we would like to humbly apologise for the discomfort and distress caused by the misunderstanding that occurred today.” Boycott this pub and the bastards who own it. Sorry to hear that Ros was treated so badly by those ignorant people Andy. https://t.co/VJOqFd1w9r— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) May 21, 2019 David Martin, CEO of the MS Trust, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the treatment that this person received at The Plough and strongly condemn the actions of those involved. For pub staff to treat a person with MS in such a way is quite simply shocking in 21st century Britain.“I’m sure that it’s not Greene King’s policy to discriminate against disabled people, but in case they aren’t sure, people with MS (which often can’t be seen) are automatically protected by Equality Act 2010. We hope that Greene King now do all they possibly can to educate staff on disability and ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.”MS is an incurable condition affecting the brain or spinal cord, causing vision, balance and muscle problems.There are around 90,000 people in England with MS – and the primary progressive version accounts for around 10 to 15 per cent of cases.A spokesperson for Greene King, who own the pub, said: “Everyone is welcome at Greene King and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We at Greene King and the team at The Plough are extremely saddened by what has happened and have apologised for the upset this has caused. We are also following up with the customer to explain the action we are taking. But earlier this morning Mr Smart said that his sister is still awaiting an apology amid calls for the relevant staff to face disciplinary action.The Equality Act gives legal protection to people who are discriminated against at work, when buying goods or when accessing services. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The forthcoming December 2017 issue of International Mining features comment and high level interviews from the top executives responsible for the mining and metals sector at Bechtel, Wood and Fluor, three of the top global players in the Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) and EPC market – the companies that design, develop and build most of the world’s major mining operations. Below are just a few of their comments, with the full detail available in the next print and online edition of IM.Paige Wilson, Bechtel President, Mining & Metals said of the providers: “While some EPCM companies are specialists the larger EPCM providers have broader capability where they can design a variety of facilities. In the case of Bechtel, we can design and construct the concentrator facilities in a copper project, as well as all the relating infrastructure including pipelines, roads, power transmission lines, ports and desalination plants required for the overall project. In addition to broad capabilities across many facilities, another thing that separates EPCM companies is their ability to manage scale and complexity. When you have large projects in remote locations, the number of EPCM providers that can successfully deliver capital projects are greatly reduced.”Dave Lawson, President, Mining & Minerals at Wood commented on market trends: “Following the downturn, significant overruns and increased focus on costs, large mining companies often are requesting flexible contracting models where there is a more balanced allocation of risk with EPC/EPCM providers. As project complexity increases with more consortium/JV/alliances and projects in remote locations, there are also immense resource demands as large miners have downsized their technical and execution resources. In some regions globally, there is a trend for fixed price EPC with pain share/performance measured against KPIs including budget, schedule, HSSE, etc.”Tony Morgan, President, Mining & Metals at Fluor, adds on innovation in offering: “We help shape and develop a design and execution approach that considers the overall cost of the project by bringing innovative ideas and new approaches. Zero Base Execution™ which focuses a project’s design and execution on meeting the project’s business drivers is one such approach. Rather than just repeating designs from the past, we develop projects in a measured way that ensures you only add in items that improve the project’s value. You first consider the minimum technical requirements, then regulatory minimum requirements and then the minimum operating requirements, before settling on the client’s actual requirements for a particular project. This approach delivers the most capital-efficient solution possible, with safety and operability as the foundation.”
benjamin gilleBertrand GilleChambery SavoiefrancegilleGuillaume Gille Now the transfer of the Gille brothers is official, and they are going to Chambery in July 2012. Guillaume obliged to a two-year contract, while his brother, Bertrand, will be staying a longer, signing a three-year contract. This promotes Chambery into a more serious contender to the so-far dominant Montpellier squad in the French division, also making Chambery a possible surprise in next years Champions League. Their third brother, Benjamin, is already playing in Chambery, so it will be an interesting situation, three brothers playing for the same club.Guillaume and Bertrand played for Chambery from 1996 to 2002, and they said they are happy to come back to Savoie, the club which gave them international recognition in the handball world.photo: Chambery Savoie HC ← Previous Story France beats Switzerland in a friendly! Next Story → Nina Wörz and Susan Müller join RK Krim!
TRAMORE TOURISM HAS said today it is doing everything it can to save the Metalman and its pillars as it supports the establishment of a limited company to deal with the transfer of ownership of the landmark.The Metalman and pillars are currently privately owned the company Irish Lights which is keen to dispose of the structures and Waterford County Council declined to take ownership due to budgetary constraints.The new limited company, Tramore Heritage Limited, which is registered as a “non profit” company will take over ownership and will manage the monuments.Today Tramore Tourism said that “with the support of Failte Ireland, the County Council, and the Mayor of Tramore, a continual effort was and is being made to develop the Metalman as an accessible part of the towns’ landscape and an attraction that will bolster civic pride for the whole county”.New plans involve the building of a safe walkway that would be “the jewel in the crown of a local heritage trail” extending from the Metalman to the sand dunes.The tourism body said there is no intention to sell the structures and that none of the directors of the new company, who are all active members of Tramore Tourism, will receive any personal profit.
The Incas and the Aztecs worshiped it. Ancient Europeans erected megaliths to it. Several civilizations based their calendars around it. Until now, however, no one has ever owned the sun.Back in September, one Angeles Duran of Galicia, Spain took bold steps to change that. Following in the footsteps of an American man who claims to now own the moon, the 49-year-old Salvaterra do Mino resident registered ownership of the life-giving star at a notary public in her area.AdChoices广告The notarized document states that Duran is now the “owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers.”Duran plans to charge for use of the sun. She won’t take all of the money herself, though. According to AFP, half of the money will go to Spain’s government, 20 percent will go to the country’s pension fund, 10 percent to research, 10 percent to world hunger. The other 10 she’ll keep for herself. A lady’s gotta make a living, after all.
Google’s forward push with Chrome OS has been slow and steady. They’ve released several new pieces of hardware, giving companies more options to choose from. Most recently, Samsung and Google offered a desktop solution with the Chromebox Series 3.This $330 small form-factor desktop is quite the package. It offers tons I/O, including a pair of HDMI ports and DVI, 4GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i5 CPU, making this Chromebox significantly more powerful than previous Chrome OS hardware. Still, with a piece of hardware like the Chromebox, you begin to wonder what is actually going on in that little box.Breaking into the ChromeboxI was beyond surprised to find that it requires absolutely no effort to open the Chromebox. You don’t need tools, and you don’t really even need to know what you are doing. The bottom pan pulls right off, it’s not even held in with clips. As far as I could tell, there’s not a single “warranty VOID if removed” stickers anywhere on the device, so I decided to take a further look and see what was going on.Once I opened the cover, I could see that everything on the board was mounted with regular Phillips screws. No special tools needed — you could take the Chromebox apart with an eyeglass repair kit if you wanted to.It didn’t take me long to realize that basically everything was removable and replaceable. This included the Intel Core i5 processor, the pair of 2GB RAM cards, and the 16GB mSATA SSD on the other side of the board. The Atheros WiFi card was replaceable, and even the USB 2.0 card was only screwed into place. It seems like, despite the limitations of Chrome OS as an operating system, the Samsung Chromebox had some serious potential.In fact the only serious limitation was the power supply, and that is only a limitation for as long as I wanted the Chromebox to maintain the original form factor. So assuming that I did want to keep everything in this tiny box, and assuming that I still wanted to run Chrome OS for now, I decided to give the RAM and the SSD on this machine an upgrade.16GB of RAM… because we canThe pair of 2GB RAM cards that came with the Chromebox are more than enough to run Chrome OS. In fact, unless you compile your own version of Chrome OS, the maximum that the operating system can support is 4GB. If you’re the type to want to dual-boot with Linux, or just blow away Chrome OS altogether, maybe you’d like some more RAM.Thanks to the team at Kingston, we received two 8GB sticks of DDR3-1333 SODIMM RAM to put in the Chromebox. If all you are doing is putting more RAM in the box, there’s very little left for you to do. The shielding leaves the RAM exposed, and they just pop right out. Replace the RAM and you’re all done — it’s as easy as upgrades get.Supersize the storageThe SSD is on the other side of the board, so that requires a little more work. The shielding comes off very quickly, exposing the board. From here you need to disconnect the speaker and power supply, both of which come out very easily. You need to unscrew the Atheros WiFi card and detach it from the board too, but you can leave everything else attached. When you unscrew the motherboard from the plastic mounting frame, the whole board lifts out very simply. Here you have the entire computer, sans power supply and WiFi, on a single board.Flip the board over and you will see the SSD connected to the mSATA port. With a single screw the spring loaded port releases the chip, and allows you to slide another in its place. I put a Kingston SSDNow mS100 64GB SSD in its place, just to give us a little more elbow room for installing the OS and a few programs. The new unit slides right into place and screws back down. Everything on this board looks like it was intentionally designed to be extremely user serviceable.Final ThoughtsWe’ve really only scratched the surface of what this box is actually capable of. There’s an empty mSATA port, for example, that could hold anything from another SSD to USB 3.0. The heatsink and the processor are both completely removable, which means you could put an Intel PGA988 quad-core Core i7 processor in there if you really felt the urge. In fact, the i7 would probably make it so you could install more than 16GB of RAM. Chances are that most of these modifications would exceed the capabilities of the tiny power supply that is offered, not to mention the casing would likely no longer be sufficient for your use.The open nature of this hardware lends itself very nicely to Google’s early declarations that they wanted the hardware platform to be easy for system administrators to manage. With boxes like these, it would be nothing to replace parts that were damaged over time, especially when these pieces require very little skill or time to install. All told, replacing the RAM and SSD only took about 20 minutes, and that was without ever having done this before. With experience, swapping hardware on a Chromebox would take absolutely no time or effort.As we move ever closer towards sealed computing, with machines that don’t really have user serviceable parts, opening the Samsung Chromebox was a breath of fresh air. The next step is somewhat more complicated. Since the Chromebox lacks a typical BIOS, there are only hacks and workarounds for getting something other than Chrome OS on the system. Recently, ExtremeTech showed us how to dual-boot Chrome OS and Ubuntu, and if you look around in some of the Google Groups for Chrome OS it looks like support for crazy people like me isn’t that far away.
Women and children suffering family violence are at the forefront of the Andrews Labor government agenda, with an additional $5.65 million statewide funding boost.The announcement was made on Wednesday by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos.The funding will be invested into Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services, and will be allocated to service providers across the state to meet growing demand accordingly.The money will go a long towards partnerships with family violence services and in prioritising family violence responses to Aboriginal children and families.“Family violence is the number one law and order issue in Australia,” said Ms Mikakos.“We’re giving families the support they need to prevent violence and keep children safe. We’re identifying risky situations early to reduce the need for more intensive child protection interventions.”The move is a direct response to a recommendation in the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which called for more funding to be provided to service providers pending the establishment of much-needed Support and Safety Hubs.The funding is in addition to the $48 million boost to Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services in the Labor government’s first budget, and is the biggest boost in the history of the Child Protection budget.The state government is also pursuing the matter as a chance for reform, in a bid to shift the focus from crisis response to prevention and early intervention.“Children who are victims of family violence sometimes become perpetrators themselves. We need to intervene to break the cycle of violence, and keep not just this generation of children safe, but future ones too,” added Ms Mikakos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les Français sont fans des tablettes tactilesUne étude du cabinet GfK montre une évolution de l’investissement des Français dans les produits électroniques.Sans aucune contestation, les tablettes tactiles sont en train de se tailler une jolie part dans les ventes d’électronique. Une étude du cabinet GfK, relayée par Igénération, portant sur la période de janvier à mai 2011 montre une progression des ventes des iPad, iPad 2 et Galaxy Tab de 100% par rapport à l’année dernière. Autre progression spectaculaire, les smartphones qui voient leur ventes augmenter de 66% sur un an. Alors, quels sont les produits qui pâtissent de cet investissement massif dans les terminaux mobiles ? Ce sont en premier lieu les téléphones portables ancienne génération (-20%), devant les lecteurs DVD (-16%) et les lecteurs MP3 (-14%). Les camescopes (-10%) et appareils photo (-4%) baissent également, au contraire de la télévision (+16%), qui profite de l’émergence de la télévision connectée. Enfin, selon Gartner, les PC voient également leur ventes s’écrouler de façon spectaculaire, avec 23% de moins par rapport à l’an dernier.Le 31 mai 2011 à 11:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
Anonymous: coup de filet en Europe et Amérique latineLa fin du mois de février aura vu l’arrestation de 25 hackers soupçonnés soupçonnés d’être en lien avec les Anonymous, dans quatre pays d’Amérique latine et d’Europe. Mi-février, une vaste opération policière est lancée “après une série de cyberattaques coordonnées lancées depuis l’Argentine, le Chili, la Colombie et l’Espagne contre le ministère colombien de la Défense et des sites de la présidence” précise le communiqué d’Interpol. Elle a pu mener à l’arrestation de 25 pirates informatiques, âgés de 17 à 40 ans. Les cibles des attaques avaient vu leur site internet bloqué ou modifié pendant plusieurs heures. Ce qui pourrait indiquer une implication des Anonymous, qui procèdent généralement de la même manière.L’opération “Unmask”, menée par Interpol, est ainsi partie d’Espagne où la police a appréhendé quatre suspects à Madrid et Malaga qui ont permis d’identifier les suspects en Amérique latine. Dix personnes ont été arrêtés en Argentine, six au Chili et cinq en Colombie.Le ministère de l’Intérieur espagnole précise qu’à priori les suspects agissaient seuls mais qu’ils étaient “soutenus par de nombreuses personnes qui ont joint leurs connaissances”.De son côté, Interpol souligne qu’un des hackers, incarcéré, est soupçonné “d’administrer et de gérer l’infrastructure informatique utilisée par les Anonymous en Espagne et en Amérique latine, principalement”.Selon le Parisien, les quatre personnes détenues en Espagne sont, elles, accusées d’avoir publié les données personnelles de gardes du corps protégeant la famille royale et le chef du gouvernement espagnol ainsi que des agents de la police nationale.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’une ampleur considérable, l’opération “Unmask” s’est déroulée dans une quinzaine de villes. Elle a ainsi permis à des officiers spécialisés dans la lutte contre la cyber criminalité, de saisir 250 équipements spécialisés, notamment des téléphones mobiles, des cartes de crédits et du matériel informatique.L’OTAN considère les Anonymous comme une “menace” par rapport aux risques de piratage ou de blocage informatique qu’ils font peser, notamment sur les sites gouvernementaux. Interpol craint également une riposte du groupe des hacktivistes. Le 29 février 2012 à 11:31 • Maxime Lambert
These days, it helps to have a sense of humor if you work in the Washington State Parks system. Just ask Mark Shaw.It was last week that Shaw, a park ranger at Paradise Point State Park, received a letter from the state informing him that he’d been promoted. One problem: The same day, he received a phone call telling him he’d likely lose his job.But Shaw isn’t bitter. He mostly just shrugs it off and smiles.“Promoted and laid off on the same day,” Shaw said. “You’ve got to laugh.”Shaw’s position is among 160 state parks jobs that will either scale back or evaporate entirely as the agency wrestles with an $11 million funding gap in its current two-year budget. Those cutbacks likely would have been more severe, but the state parks commission dipped into its reserve fund to cover another $4 million.Clark County’s two state parks won’t escape the budget ax. Paradise Point and Battle Ground Lake State Park both operate with two year-round staff members, but bynext year that could drop to just one at each park — leaving only a single park manager to tackle most of a heavy maintenance workload in the winter months. That means trail work, vehicle repairs and cleanup, among other tasks.The result for parkgoers might be slower response times if they need a ranger or manager, Shaw said. But for parks staff, the cutbacks mean livelihoods in jeopardy, said Jim Presser, Battle Ground Lake park manager, who also acts as an area manager.
It’s no secret that the failing economy has negatively impacted all sectors of the magazine business this year, particularly b-to-b publishing. So much so that publishers are making financial adjustments, especially in regard to personnel, in order to survive.According to a recent American Business Media survey, conducted online by research firm Towers Perrin, 70 percent of member respondents indicated that they have reduced workforces this year. More than 80 percent of respondents said their company has frozen or plan to freeze salary increases for all employees, according to survey results. One third of respondents said they have reduced employee salaries while 22 percent of those said the reductions are temporary.Results indicated that publishers who participated in the survey expect financial adjustments to reduce personnel costs by up to 15 percent this year.“This is probably the worst thing we’ve gone through since the 1930s,” ABM president and CEO Gordon Hughes told FOLIO:. “Did we find out much we didn’t already know? Not really. But, this is a confirmation for our members to say that while what they’re doing is difficult, it’s what they need to do now to stay in business, and is what their peers are doing, too.” Survey results also showed that 78 percent of respondents have or are cutting T&E spending. Seventy-three percent said they have frozen or reduced new hires.Meanwhile, roughly 25 percent of respondents reduced the number of employees receiving annual incentives. Sixteen percent reduced the number of employees receiving stock- or cash-based long-term incentives.Hughes said approximately 20 percent of the group’s 150 members participated in the survey. The entire report is available only to members who participated in the survey, ABM said.
Madhura RajaTwitterThe hit draught is over, and Mammootty, the megastar of Mollywood is now enjoying the success of his latest movie ‘Madhura Raja’ directed by Vyshakh. Even though the film received mixed reviews from critics, ‘Madhura Raja’ is spinning a decent sum of money from the box-office, and as per latest updates, it has racked up more than Rs 14 crore after the end of its 4-day theatrical run.Trade experts predict that ‘Madhura Raja’ is going to emerge as the biggest hit in the career of Mammootty. Just like ‘Pulimurugan’, family audiences have started embracing the movie, and it indicates that the film is going to enjoy a long run in Kerala screens.In its opening day, ‘Madhura Raja’ collected Rs 4.2 crore from the Kerala box-office, and the worldwide collection was a whopping Rs 9.1 crore. At the end of the opening weekend, the film racked up Rs 11 crore from Kerala alone. Even though makers have not revealed the exact collection figures of the movie, trade analysts believe that the film might have collected somewhere around Rs 24 crore worldwide in its opening weekend.Even in the midst of these positive factors, ‘Madhura Raja’ is facing a huge threat from ‘Lucifer’ at the Kerala box-office. ‘Lucifer’, even after three weeks of its release is drawing more audience than ‘Madhura Raja’, and current booking status indicates that the trend is going to stay intact in the coming days too.’Madhura Raja’ features Mammootty in the role of Raja, a funny goon who hails from Madhura. Even though he is a goon, he has the heart of gold, and he is determined to demolish evil forces from society.Apart from Mammootty, the film also stars Anusree, Salim Kumar, Jagapathi Babu, Aju Varghese, Mahima Nambiar, Shamna Kasim, Narain, Vijayaraghavan, and Nedumudi Venu in other prominent roles.’Madhura Raja’ is produced by Nelson Ipe under the banner of Nelson Ipe Cinemas.
European on-demand platform Chili, which is backed by Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox and Sony, is ramping up operations, following up its expansion in the U.K. last June with an official launch in Germany and Austria over the past weekend.The Milan-based company is now active in Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria and the U.K., which it says puts 60% of Europe’s potential audience within reach. Overall, it now has 2.4 million registered customers who have signed up for access to the non-subscription, on-demand streaming platform, including more than 500,000 in Britain, CEO Giorgio Tacchia told Variety in an interview. His aim is to grow that to more than 4 million customers by the end of the year, and to 14 million across Europe by 2022. Tacchia, who launched the service in Italy in 2012, said Chili’s two big strengths are how early it puts movies on the site and how it serves as a “one-stop shop” for entertainment-related consumption. By operating in the transactional window space – the first window after theatrical release – “we get product before anyone else,” Tacchia said. And movie and TV fans get access in one place to merchandise, gadgets, posters, trailers, physical DVDs/Blu-rays and exclusive content via its digital magazine. WarnerMedia, Inscape Execs Talk Adapting to Advanced Technology in the Media Space Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Finally Finds Backing With Paramount, Cross Creek Even before a movie is available on Chili, the service can sell tickets to the film in theaters. Audiences can then see the movie again on Chili a few months later on a transactional streaming basis before it becomes available on regular pay-TV – which has a six-month wait in Italy after theatrical release – or subscription streamers such as Netflix.“We get our content at least a year earlier than Netflix,” says Tacchia, who contends that the time lag is a key reason “why streamers like Netflix and Amazon produce their own content.”Chili’s offering spans fresh studio film fare such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” European art movies such as “Never Look Away” and a smattering of TV series, including “Empire” and “Better Call Saul.” Tacchia said that the current ratio of movies to series is 70% to 30% but that this will narrow as the company buys more European rights for TV shows, especially those targeting the youth demographic. Chili also intends to up its offer of European indie product. Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and Fox account for 17.2% of the ownership of Chili, which is controlled by Tracchia and other founders through a 27.5% share. Financial investors hold 35.8% of the company, and Italian coffee company Lavazza holds a 19.4% share. Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
If the 12 player limit in Titanfall hasn’t discouraged you, and our alpha battle report has managed to get you more than a little excited about the game, you may be considering purchasing the collector’s edition of Respawn’s first title.At $250, it’s a lot of money to spend, but there’s some very cool stuff in the box. As well as a copy of the game for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, or PC, you’ll receive a full-size hardcover art book with 190+ pages of concept art, an exclusive poster of the Atlas Titan, and (the main reason for considering this edition) an exclusive 18-inch hand crafted Titan figurine including a diorama. This highly collectible figure is also going to require batteries as it uses LED lighting to good effect.As a way of reminding us this collector’s edition exists and enticing more sales, Respawn Entertainment’s co-founder Vince Zampella uploaded a video to his Instagram to show how big the box is that all this stuff ships in. It’s so big, in fact, you can fit a person inside it.That person may not be comfortable or particularly large to begin with, but the girl in the video certainly fits inside. Why such a big box? Well that 18-inch figure takes up a lot of space, plus it’s going to require some serious padding in order to keep it safe during transport.Titanfall is set to be released on March 11 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. If you do decide to invest $250 in the collector’s edition, then just consider you’re going to have to find space for that box somewhere in your home.
Journal information: Science African elephants produce “infrasounds,” which are low-frequency (<20 Hz) vocalizations capable of travelling up to 10 kilometers. Their frequency is usually too low for them to be audible to the human ear.A new study by an international team of voice scientists and biologists has cleared up the mystery of how these infrasounds are produced. The researchers studied the excised larynx of an elephant that had died of natural causes and tried to use it to create infrasounds in the laboratory.The study, led by voice scientist Christian Herbst of the University of Vienna, Austria, aimed to settle the long-standing question of whether elephants make infrasounds in the same way that humans and many other mammals produce sounds, by air flowing across the vocal folds to create vibrations, or through active contractions of the muscles. Scientists can study the process in humans by inserting cameras into the larynx and observing what happens when different sounds are made, but this method is not possible in living animals such as elephants.The research team excised the larynx within a few hours of the elephant’s death in a Berlin zoo, and they froze it and transported it to the University of Vienna’s Department of Cognitive Biology laboratory. They tested the larynx by adjusting the vocal folds to a position used for vocalizations (called a phonatory position) and blowing streams of humidified warm air through it to simulate the action of the elephant’s lungs. The larynx produced infrasounds virtually indistinguishable from those produced by living elephants.The results demonstrated that muscular activity is not required to produce infrasounds, and that they are produced by the flow of air, a type of vocalization known as myoelastic-aerodynamic or flow-driven mode. If elephants produced infrasounds through active muscular contractions, in the same way as a cat’s purr is produced, the larynx would not have produced the sounds with the brain absent. The research does not, however, prove that elephants never use active muscular contractions to produce any sounds.Myoelastic aerodynamic vocalization is the method used in humans (producing frequencies of about 50 to 7,000 Hz) and many other mammals, including echo-locating bats (100,000 Hz or higher). The researchers also found other features of the elephant larynx that matched “nonlinear phenomena” in other species, such as screaming in humans. In nonlinear vocalizations the vibration is chaotic rather than periodic. The paper was published on 3rd August in Science. Researchers solve mystery of long elephant pregnancy Explore further (Phys.org) -- Mammals produce sounds in two ways, either via the flow of air over vocal folds (vocal chords), as in humans and many other mammals, or via active muscular contractions as in the cat’s purr. Until now no one has been sure how elephants produce their lowest tones, but a new study has solved the mystery. More information: How Low Can You Go? Physical Production Mechanism of Elephant Infrasonic Vocalizations, Science, 3 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6094 pp. 595-599. DOI: 10.1126/science.1219712ABSTRACTElephants can communicate using sounds below the range of human hearing (“infrasounds” below 20 hertz). It is commonly speculated that these vocalizations are produced in the larynx, either by neurally controlled muscle twitching (as in cat purring) or by flow-induced self-sustained vibrations of the vocal folds (as in human speech and song). We used direct high-speed video observations of an excised elephant larynx to demonstrate flow-induced self-sustained vocal fold vibration in the absence of any neural signals, thus excluding the need for any “purring” mechanism. The observed physical principles of voice production apply to a wide variety of mammals, extending across a remarkably large range of fundamental frequencies and body sizes, spanning more than five orders of magnitude. Citation: Elephants sing low the same way humans do (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-elephants-humans.html African Bush Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Taken by Oliver Wright, via Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.org
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black reveal sex of their babyTom Daley on how impending fatherhood has changed himDustin Lance Black wrongly accused of shoplifting in AustraliaRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dustin-lance-black-tells-agents-deliberately-closeting-actors-open-eyes/ His advice to agents and managers? ‘Open your eyes,’ he said. ‘You don’t have to do that to your talent. It doesn’t take an act of bravery to let your actor be who they are.’In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Dustin Lance Black revealed how far Hollywood’s come but just how far is left to go.The Milk writer also wants to see an openly LGBTI actor or actress green light a major motion picture of television series ‘based on their name alone.’Read the full interview:What motivated you to start talk about agents deliberately closeting actors?I’ve been working on gay projects since the late 90s. Ones where we had a budget of some sort and we were casting and hiring and it’s changed a great deal in that time. I think when I was casting my early student stuff, if you’re going for anyone who’s LGBTI, the actors basically felt like they had to write-off the rest of their career.That was a huge concern they had. Or be the ‘gay actor’ and it wasn’t even really discussed, it was just understood. It felt brave and it did feel cool but there was an understanding that there was probably a sacrifice there. Then as I moved into projects at major studios with big budgets in things like Milk, I would say one of the things me and Gus Van Sant, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks all wanted to do was to cast as many openly – in that show – gay and lesbian and bisexual characters as possible, in that show.#MILK is on @NetflixUK so stop what you’re doing, bundle up away from the snow & take in @DLanceBlack‘s masterpiece.— Sam Howden-Glasgow (@SamAychG) March 1, 2018That was the first time I hit a real wall.The wall was not at the studio level – Focus Features were perfectly happy having gay actors either the gay or straight roles – it didn’t factor as anything to them. It was the managers and agents who when we went to them and said ‘Who do you have who is willing to be in this with this in its subject matter and be open about who they are?’We didn’t want closeted actors to be in a movie about an openly gay icon and hero. It’s also just often helpful to have people who have experienced what it is to be LGBT playing these roles. It might bring something to it that’s unexpected and might deepen it. They also have to be great actors. So we went to great agents, great managers and asked who they had who’s out and is willing to be openly gay. The conversations seemed absurd, because at the time I knew that they had clients who I knew were gay who I thought were openly gay and it was a flat denial that any of their clients were openly gay. And that’s when I first saw where the wall was.It didn’t feel like it was at the studio or network level, it certainly wasn’t at the directorial level. It was with the managers and agents.So you start to ask why. What is that all about?Dustin Lance Black won for Best Original Screenplay for MilkIt quickly reveals itself and you just follow the money. These are agents and managers who have probably put years into developing young actors or actresses – time, energy, money – and they just don’t want anything to hurt that actor’s chances or their ability to recoup or make money.At the time, they thought being gay was a real disadvantage to getting cast, to being seen as marketable and to make money. We got the most resistance from gay agents and managers. There was a reason to this and that was a real internal homophobia there, which I can empathise with. Most of these agents and managers were of a certain generation that had experienced a Hollywood where it really was a detriment to be out or outed and I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.It’s certainly not the courageous thing to do but they had made a decision to keep their gay clients closeted – acting out of their own fears, their own insecurities and their own pain. We actually found a little more of an open attitude from the straight agents and managers.What we then discovered beyond that was when we went to the theatre agents, we didn’t get much resistance at all. There, we were able to start finding openly gay actors and actresses who would come and audition. And then we were thankfully able to cast a good many. It just ended up being a rather surprising cast.Most of the homophobes and straight people in Milk were played by gay people and most of the gay people were played by straight people, but not all. So that was there it was then [in 2007/8]. Then there’s been a sea change since then and some of that is just again, following the money. Have actors and actresses been able to come out and continue to make money and continue to be profitable? Have they continued to dispel the misconception that being out is going to hurt the bottom line or hurt their chances of a career? And then you just have to look at the careers of people like Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick-Harris and Colton Haynes.I’ve known Colton [Haynes] for a long time, even when he wasn’t out. And I was very, very proud of him when he did come out. And I know he’s struggled with that decision. But that is the question: It is that heartthrob leading man or woman who can continue not just gay roles, but straight roles that they’re suited for and be out. Have we reached that moment? I think we’re very close if not already there.What will be, to me, a real achievement is when we have an openly gay actor or actress who based on their name alone gets a major motion picture of television series greenlit. We’re not quite there yet. Why are agents doing this?I think it’s all business. I never met an actor or actress who wasn’t out who was enjoying being in the closet. It’s not a happy place. It was not a comfortable place.I’ve known many, almost all of them have come out now, and it’s soul-crushing. Every day you stay in the closet, every day you have to, if not lie, avoid the question and it’s like a little micro-injury to your soul and we’re talking about how and who you love. Everyday you deny that, you’re crushing yourself.And by the way, for actors, that part of your soul is critical. That is what people are tuning in to see. They want a window into that soul. So if you’re being told daily to crush it, how well are you going to perform? How good is your performance going to be?I saw many closeted actors improve once they came out because all of a sudden, they weren’t smashing the thing that was a part of what we liked seeing the most.Helluva night. Receiving the @WGAWest Valentine Davies Award surrounded by those I love and admire so much. pic.twitter.com/nHAFYFUa9v— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 12, 2018In certain roles, we want to experience love through these actor’s abilities to bring these characters to life. And I do think, not always, but often, you can tell there’s a lid on something. It didn’t feel genuine. But then other actors can transcend it and have it be believable but I do think it hurt performance.I also think there’s a certain self-confidence that comes with being comfortable with who you are and being able to share that publicly in ways you choose that creates charisma.If you’re having to closet and lie and you’re dealing with shame, well I don’t think that’s going to read very charismatic. That’s a lot to carry.Did you have that personal fear of coming out publicly?No, it’s not something I’ve ever experienced as a writer, producer or director. Ever.And I dealt with it personally as somebody who grew up Southern and Mormon and in the military. I dealt with it in my family – religiously and culturally – but not in Hollywood.There were so many brave filmmakers who came before me who were really brave and out and had already broken down that barrier so I, in many ways, just benefitted from that.With the rise of exposure in trans, non-binary and bi+ stories, do you think Hollywood is embracing that more?No. There’s curiosity. I think probably on the PR side because it’s a story and Hollywood likes a story. It’s an opportunity to show a new light on it. Curiosity – what is that, who is it?There’s been no resistance, especially as we have more and more names and labels and ways of defining that vast greyscale that is sexuality and gender identity.We’ll probably be coming up with new terms and new words forever, as we understand more. The only place I’ve ever experienced that push back is with agents and managers. I think if you ask most of the actors who’ve come out now, they’ll give you the same answer.What role do LGBTI audiences have in embracing LGBTI actors?First and foremost, LGBTI people have to support LGBTI art. That doesn’t always happen.Even the films like Brokeback Mountain, I am Michael and King Cobra didn’t make much money. I’m not sure how many people liked them – I didn’t actually see them. But we have to get out there and watch gay cinema and tune into LGBTI films and participate in LGBTI art. I feel that there’s an ebb and flow to that. Certainly around the time that Brokeback Mountain came out and Milk, there was huge interest. And it wasn’t just LGBTI people showing up. It was straight people as well.And you’ve seen a wave of that in Hollywood with trans stories and characters. I worry right now that we’re in a bit of an ebb in that perhaps it’s a new generation or perhaps folks are exhausted and don’t want anything.Today’s weapon of choice. pic.twitter.com/lwJkcTNQvh— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 6, 2018We don’t like having our lives brought before the public for examination. Trump rolling back protections for trans people. Sometimes we just want to turn away and not deal with it.So I think with the LGBTI community, more than any other minority, visibility is the key to civil rights success.We’re not always immediately identifiable. Many are – some of my favorite queens are very identifiable, but not everyone is. We have to have visibility – our lives have to have visibility in order for us to continue to make progress. That’s only going to continue to happen if LGBTI people and our allies show up to our art exhibitions, our television shows and our movies and participate in that way.We don’t have a box office if we don’t have people watching movies. You just have to look at the most extreme example of the AIDS crisis, where invisibility equals death was one of the slogans. We have to keep showing up for our LGBTI shows, movies and art because then there’ll be more roles available for LGBTI people. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Do you feel a personal pressure to create these types of movies?I made a decision a long time ago that I wasn’t going to be closeted. I’m in an industry that does have a spotlight on it so I made my choice. But it’s not something I think about.I probably engage in social media and go do public events as much as any straight person in my position. I get a little shy. But I’m not censoring myself. I would never do that.Too much of a good thing? #NewEpisode means #ToughChoices #UnderTheBannerOf Heaven pic.twitter.com/GoyFMtnCwC— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 24, 2018Thankfully Tom is immune. I don’t think we’re not doing anything that any straight couple wouldn’t be doing given what our careers are. Every now and then you might go to fashion week. Take a break from the drama on the page. Do I feel a responsibility to create content that’s good? Yeah! That’s also just part of my job.Not everything I do has gay people or gay storylines in it. Those things have been very successful over the past seven years. Before that, I was writing about Mormon stuff and I’m doing that again right now. My responsibility to do LGBTI stories is more about my responsibility as an artist. Which is to try and bring my perspective to the screen as an LGBTI person.I hope it’s helpful. If it’s any good, it should be helpful. What about when casting for When We Rise?I’ve never stopped to see what proportion we ended up with on When We Rise with LGBTI actors. It’s pretty high. Here’s how I do it. I have a conversation with the casting director and say I would like to find as many LGBTI actors and actresses you can. And then audition them.But I don’t want you to only audition gay people for gay roles. Or only straight people for straight roles. Have at it. It then comes out in the wash. I do want to cast as many LGBTI people as I can in what I do to give them that shot. It’s just a personal preference of mine. But they have to be good. And they have to be the best.I’m not going to cast someone who’s not as good, just because they’re LGBTI.THERE. That looks a bit more like one hour of TV… with a side of serious writer hair. #UnderTheBannerOfHeaven pic.twitter.com/PVmjSszmi7— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 25, 2018One place where it really mattered to me was trans roles in that series. I think it’s because the curtain of misunderstanding and misinformation is going up as we speak on trans people and their lives. Who better to help us understand more than actual trans actors and actresses? You know, I thought that might be a challenge and I discovered it just wasn’t.We ended up getting so many wonderful auditions that the difficulty became not casting a trans actor or actress but which one. And it became the same sort of heartbreak of having to tell a lot of talented people sorry. It ended up in When We Rise that every single trans character was played by a trans actor or actress, which I thought was not just politically correct, but it helped the show. These actors and actresses taught me things I didn’t know and we brought that to the screen. It brings an authenticity. So that was important to me.So I’ve said this before but I never want to hear that it’s tough to find a trans actor or actress for a trans role again. That’s bullshit. That’s not true. And if they think it is true, they’re using the wrong casting director. I’ll give them my casting director’s number.How do films become more diverse?If you want to talk about diversity in Hollywood, I think then you have to dial it back to a different issue, which is, I think, diversity starts with the script. And the script has to be as authentically diverse as the writer or the writer’s room on the TV show. And so you want to try and make film and television proportionally diverse to how we are in reality.You should make the writers rooms and the writers in feature films also proportionally diverse to how we are in reality. I think we’re headed in that direction.Today’s office with a view. Headed home w/ @GWRHelp pic.twitter.com/UOn0a77v4O— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 29, 2018Certainly, 50 years ago, it was almost entirely straight, white men and it’s not that anymore. But it’s certainly not proportional. So there’s work to be done in Hollywood to hire writers that aren’t just white, straight men. I think that’s not just being politically correct. If you want to attract more people to see your show, you should start depicting people of diversity more authentically.There’s been great proof of that – in television certainly – as we get more diverse, you get more viewers. There’s room for more African American leads in television and your show can do very well. But look at who’s writing those shows in those networks.We write what we know. I’m not faulting straight, white writers. They write some of my favorite things but what they’re going to write most authentically is stuff from their experiences.We all have to put on different hats as writers, because we’re not just writing for ourselves, but I do think that diversity in the writer’s room will help reflect on screen.Is there still a stigma on straight actors ‘going gay’?Not anymore. It’s easier for some communities than others, if I’m being very candid.I think playing a gay white man as a straight actor – you’re gonna get less blowback from your community. And that signals more work we need to do as a community to dispel some more other myths out there about gay people. That’s just sadly true.Tom’s favorite room in the flat is the kitchen, he saysYou just have to look to the phenomenon of the ‘down low’ and know that the African-American community at least has more to do when it comes to homophobia. Straight actors who take these gay roles might earn more blowback, than a white straight actor playing a gay role.There is that. That’s often been the most difficult role to cast. In When We Rise, we had to cast a gay African-American role and it was the last to be filled. The most difficult to be filled.Eventually, do you believe the issue of closeting actors will resolve itself?We don’t have a choice. Here’s the real thing. Social media is going to change Hollywood. So social media creates a record. So what used to happen is it’s not like these actors and actresses who were going to become closeted gay stars have been living these lives without relationships. These loveless lives. No, they were going on dates and experimenting and doing all of that sort of stuff. Well, they’re still doing all of that today.These talented young actors and actresses have Instagram and Facebook and they’re coming out. You can’t put someone back in the closet now. Hollywood used to be able to put someone back in the closet. You have a very talented young actor and you’re going to sign them. You find out that they’re going to gay bars and dated someone of the same gender – you would just closet them and say ‘Prove it.’ There’s no pictures and there’s no record.But now, there are pictures of everything. There’s a record of everything.In 2017 we ROSE UP, RESISTED, FOUGHT BACK & laid foundations that will help us knock down walls & give birth to bold new visions in 2018. Bring it on. pic.twitter.com/yd1Q8RmDeF— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) December 31, 2017Frankly, this generation is not allowing themselves to not put themselves back in the closet. There’s a strength, a resolve, a lack of shame – mostly because they never knew it. I really admire that in this generation of actors at the moment. I give them props for having that strength to deny their agents and managers.It’s like when I talk about that older generation of agents and managers and I don’t approve of what they do – I actually feel sorry for them. They come from a generation that was taught daily the shame of who they are. To feel shame. There is that self loathing that goes in there, even people who were able to come out still lived with that. You have a generation of kids now who from the day they were born, you have Queer As Folk and Will & Grace out on TV. And by the time of their adolescence, they have openly gay stars and they’re not growing up with the same shame. So you try to tell them they can’t be who they are.They’re going to push back in a way that someone in my generation or earlier doesn’t want to.What do you think of LGBTI actors like Ian McKellen?What Ian McKellen did was incredibly brave.Everything we’re talking about today is thanks to people like him and there are very few like him. He came out when it was still being debated as a crime. I mean, today maybe we can talk about it as a stigma and maybe something that can hurt the bottom line – then, we were talking about a crime and what some people considered a mental illness.His generation were brave enough to come out and construct a fight when it was still a crime and a mental illness. When you could lose your job and be taken away legally. Boy, those are the real heroes.You previously said actors need to ‘grow a spine’ and let LGBTI actors come out, do you still think that?The world has changed. In the 10 years since I’ve been out there in the world casting, a lot of agency managers have retired and new ones have come up.We’ve had plenty of evidence that openly LGBTI actors and actresses can make a lot of money. And it’s not the problem that they thought it was. I would probably change it from ‘Have a spine’ – I would now say to any agent suppressing gay actors, ‘open your eyes.’Screenwriter, producer and dad-to-be Dustin Lance Black is among those criticizing SB 375 in Georgia (Photo: @dlanceblack | Instagram)It’s not 1995 anymore, it’s not 2005 anymore, it’s not even 2015 anymore. Open your eyes, you don’t have to do that to your talent. It doesn’t take an act of bravery to let your actor be who they are. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Dustin Lance Black revealed agents and managers were the most resistant to casting their clients in LGBTI roles.Surprisingly, it was the gay agents and managers who were the most resistant.