Toronto company lets you come facetoface with a miniature 3D model of

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto company lets you come face-to-face with a miniature 3D model of yourself TORONTO – Holding a lifelike miniature version of yourself in the palm of your hand is a tad unsettling at first — but once the initial shock wears off, a strange fascination begins to set in.That’s the experience Selftraits, a Canadian 3D printing business, bets will trigger a swirl of enthusiasm around its “3D selfies” in the coming months.After years of giving a family portrait to grandma for Christmas, the Toronto-based company hopes more people will substitute their old traditions with a pocket-sized figurine that fits as nicely on a fireplace mantle as it does atop a wedding cake.“The key here is capturing a moment in time and a memory,” said Steve Cory, the founder of Selftraits.“These little figurines are going to capture exactly who you are.”He readily admits the whole idea appeals directly to people who are willing to entertain their narcissistic side. But it also attracts the curious who have sauntered into the company’s storefront in downtown Toronto.Some of them walk inside with their jaws dropped as they stare at realistic models of past customers on display throughout the showroom.If they’re brave enough, the onlookers can step inside the Selftraits photo booth at the back of the store themselves, strike a few poses and put their own 3D model into production.The process begins with the tent-like booth where 135 synchronized Canon Rebel T3i cameras capture the subject from every angle. Selftraits’ staff encourage action shots, like a kick or a jump, which bring another level of showmanship to the 3D image.“A lot of people bring props and costumes and try to do something really interesting,” Cory said.Many customers have gone further with their imaginations.One man brought his dog into a shoot and then had the staff digitally swap their heads with each other.Another surprised his girlfriend by popping the question while the cameras snapped images of his proposal. A multi-stage figurine of that moment now sits on display at the company’s headquarters.The figurines are assembled in a 3D printer, building layer upon layer of the image as it swipes back and forth through a bed of gypsum powder.Prices start at $120 for a five-inch, full-colour model and can climb well above a thousand dollars, depending on size and complexity.Selftraits is just one of several companies that have made a foray into the “3D selfie” business in Canada.It is the sister company of Objex Unlimited, a 3D printing business on the outskirts of Toronto that Corey started after reading an article on the breakthrough printing technology in the Economist nearly five years ago.“I couldn’t believe the possibilities,” he said.With a background in mathematics, and no training in design, Cory decided to dive into the world of 3D scanners and printers while it was still in its infancy.He still sells printers and runs a business that handles industrial orders for 3D plastics, but with Selftraits he hopes to resonate with the average person looking to have fun with the technology.The company has partnered with George Romero to make a 3D model of the “Night of the Living Dead” director holding a severed zombie head. Fans can pay a premium price to have their own head in Romero’s hand.Another spinoff of the business promises to bring your pets back from the afterlife, even if they never have been in the photo booth.The company says it can take two-dimensional images of Sparky and painstakingly create a three-dimensional model that it can run through its printers.“Frankly, it’s one of the most emotional products I’ve ever sold,” Cory said.“People cry almost every single time when they open the box and look at their pet. It’s really amazing to see the reaction.”Cory wants to push the boundaries even further in the future.Selftraits is trying to get a portable version of the studio into various events, like trade shows and fundraisers. Another idea they’ve experimented with is making 3D images from CAT scans and MRIs.Cory said his hope is that one day he’ll convince Canadian rapper Drake to turn his heart into a 3D model.He stops for a moment and admits that might sound a little creepy.But the idea is kind of cool.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. Steve Cory, President of Selftraits’ parent company Objex Unlimited, is pictured in the Selftraits photo booth in their downtown Toronto store on Monday December 7, 2015. The photo booth contains 135 dslr cameras which take a 360 degree image of the subject which are then printed using 3d technology to produce miniature models. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

FROM THE FIELD Guinean peacekeepers walk a fine line in Mali

Mali, in West Africa, is currently the most dangerous place in the world to serve as a peacekeeper. Some 850 Guinean blue helmets are based in the volatile town of Kidal, in the north of the conflict-affected country.Roadside bombs are a constant hazard there and it’s the role of the Search and Detect team from Guinea to make sure those explosive devices do not kill or maim peacekeepers nor civilians.Read more here about the work of the peacekeepers: And see more powerful images from MINUSMA, here: MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Nov 16

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Co-op programs let students learn and earn: Brock student Maggie Sainty and Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes were quoted in a Globe and Mail article that discussed the University’s dual degree programs. Sainty completed co-op work terms in Niagara during her studies at Brock and is now taking part in similar opportunities while living in France.Four-way amputee a problem solver since birth: A presentation from Alumna Tracy Schmitt (BRLS ’95), which was a part of March of Dimes Canada’s Opening Doors for Accessibility program, was the subject of a Welland Tribune article. Schmitt, who is a four-way congenital amputee, has completed an array of physical feats and was speaking about problem solving.Canadore alumni nominated for 2018 Premier’s Awards: An article on the My Northbay Now website featured Ernest Matton (Elder Little Brown Bear) who has been nominated by Canadore College for an annual Premier’s Award in Community Services. As a respected Métis Elder and alumnus of Brock’s Certificate in Aboriginal Adult Education, Little Brown Bear has developed an award-winning approach to addictions treatment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Huggins Fresno St squeeze Weber St in 7152 victory

FRESNO, Calif. — Braxton Huggins scored 17 points and Noah Blackwell 16 and Fresno State beat Weber State 71-52 on Wednesday night.Fresno State (6-2) gradually began to take control in the latter part of the first half with a 15-5 spurt in a little more than seven minutes for a 30-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held Weber State (5-3) to 7-of 27 (26 per cent) shooting including 2 of 12 from 3-point range. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause and missed 6 of 10 foul shots.The Bulldogs picked up where they left off with a 12-2 run and extended the lead to 42-22 with Blackwell’s layup with 16:37 remaining.Nate Grimes added 14 points and Lazaro Rojas scored 10 for Fresno State. The Bulldogs outscored Weber State inside 36-22.Cody John scored 17 points for the Wildcats and Jerrick Harding had 13.The Associated Press read more

Artisan Vehicles reflects on its mission to make vehicles that change the

first_imgCalifornia-based Artisan Vehicles has confirmed a statement from Sandvik that it is to be taken over by the Finland-based company and has now explained why it feels the partnership will set a new course for the mining industry.“In Artisan’s main conference room, there is a simple, but powerful message displayed prominently in the centre of the main presentation wall. Cut through a half inch thick aluminium plate are the words “Our Mission: To Make Vehicles That Change The World”, Artisan said.“When we started in 2010, we were focused on commercial trucks. But in that same year, Artisan was approached by an innovative mining company that needed help with a big business problem. That problem was getting to a deeper and very rich orebody using an existing underground mine site. Their plan was to access this orebody without spending the huge sums spent by everyone else (more than $100 million) in customary ventilation infrastructure.“Our solution was to eliminate diesel fumes with zero emission battery-powered loaders and haul trucks.”Mike Kasaba, Artisan CEO, reflected: “The business case was so compelling that I quickly realised that this was the way for Artisan to achieve its mission.“Not only did this mean a cleaner environment for underground workers, but also lower costs and a better return on investment for our customers. It was truly a rare opportunity to transform an industry with a cleaner, more powerful alternative to diesel while also saving money by lowering overall costs.”Fast forward eight years, Artisan has installed its technology in underground mining vehicles that are now deployed in several countries around the world. Some fleets have been in operation for more than five years, making Artisan the most experienced mining OEM using battery-electric technology, Artisan said.“Now Artisan is taking a giant leap forward in its mission to change the world.”Kasaba said: “In picking a partner, our criteria is simple.“We want a partner that has set the standard of today so that together we can set the standard for tomorrow. I am absolutely certain that we have selected the right partner.”Brian Huff, Artisan’s Chief Technology Officer, added: “With our technology and Sandvik’s experience and worldwide reach, I know we are going to change the world. Sandvik’s expertise in machine design, coupled with our expertise in electric powertrains and battery technology, will set a new course for the global mining industry.”Artisan calls itself an original equipment manufacturer of zero-emission, battery-powered mining vehicles.“Artisan’s underground mining loaders and haul trucks are designed from the ground up to include the best thinking in vehicle engineering and to maximise the performance of its high-powered, highly-reliable, field-proven battery-electric powertrains.”last_img read more

Four arrested after cashintransit van raid

first_imgGARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT have arrested four people in relation to a robbery outside Jobstown Post Office this afternoon.At about noon today, an armed man threatened a staff member at a cash-in-transit van which was on the street. An amount of cash was taken but no shots were fired and the worker was not physically injured.In a follow-up operation, Gardaí searched a house at Cloonmore Green in Tallaght and recovered a firearm and a large quantity of cash. A vehicle was also recovered.Three men and a woman remain in Garda custody in relation to the incident. They are all aged in their 20s and are being detained at Rathfarnham and Tallaght garda stations under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.last_img read more

Seven closure orders served on restaurants and a food stall in Ireland

first_imgSEVEN CLOSURE ORDERS were served on food businesses in Ireland last month for breaching food safety laws.The HSE also carried out successful prosecutions against three takeaways in July.Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Prof Alan Reilly, said that vigilance is always required in food safety. Legally, the onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe for consumption and each closure order undermines the industry “as a whole”, he added.“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case.”We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur.The closure orders served last month were to the following food businesses:Sur La Mer (restaurant), Station Road, Rosslare Strand, Co WexfordMonsoon Valley (restaurant), Unit 5, Building 2, Retail Park, Bundoran, Co DonegalThe Swiss Cottage Kitchen (restaurant), 400 Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1st Floor, 88 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co LouthRuposhi Indian Restaurant, 1 Whitworth Road, Dublin 9Heaven’s Cakes (food stall), trading at the English Market, Grand Parade, CorkThe Coachman’s Tearooms (restaurant), Dublin Road, Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co LouthAll of the seven orders have since been lifted.And the three prosecution carried out by the HSE in July were against:Omniplex Cinema Wexford (takeaway), Strandfield, Drinagh, WexfordIndian Taste (takeaway), 43 St Mary’s Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3The House Pizza (takeaway), 1 Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate, LimerickIs Canada’s a-pork-alypse coming to Ireland? >last_img read more

Le bisphénol A lié à des troubles du comportement chez les fillettes

first_imgLe bisphénol A lié à des troubles du comportement chez les fillettes des mères exposéesSelon une étude publiée hier, les fillettes exposées au bisphénol A lorsqu’elles étaient in utero montrent davantage de troubles comportementaux à l’âge de trois ans que celles dont la mère avait absorbé un plus faible niveau de ce composant chimique.Après l’interdiction en Europe et au Canada des biberons contenant du bisphénol A, ce composant chimique, accusé de perturber le système hormonal, sera interdit en France à compter de 2014 dans tous les contenants alimentaires (bouteilles en plastique rigide, boîtes de conserve ou cannettes par exemple). Il le sera même dès 2013 concernant les produits destinés aux enfants de moins de 3 ans.À lire aussiBoulimie : définition, causes, conséquences, de quoi s’agit-il ?Une interdiction plus justifiée encore si l’on en croit une étude américaine qui a porté sur les données recueillies auprès de 244 mères et leurs enfants de moins de trois ans. Celle-ci révèle que l’anxiété, la dépression, l’agressivité et l’hyperactivité se rencontrent plus chez les petites filles dont les mères avaient d’importants taux de bisphénol A dans les urines pendant leur grossesse. Les échantillons d’urines ont révélé la présence de bisphénol A dans 85% des urines des mères et dans 96% de celles des enfants. Mais selon les résultats de l’étude, plus les taux de ce composant chimique étaient forts pendant la grossesse, plus les risques de troubles comportementaux des petites filles se sont révélés élevés à l’âge de 3 ans. Une tendance qui serait, comme le soulignent les auteurs qui publient leur résultats dans la revue Pediatrics, plus prononcée pour les filles, suggèrant qu’elles sont plus vulnérables que les garçons à l’exposition au bisphénol A in utero.La période in utero, un moment critique d’exposition ? Si aucun des enfants n’avait de comportement cliniquement anormal, certains d’entre eux présentaient plus de troubles comportementaux que d’autres, a indiqué le principal auteur de l’étude, Joe Braun, chercheur en santé environnementale à Harvard. Outre le fait de présenter une conduite plus agressive, anxieuse, hyperactive et dépressive, les fillettes avaient une inhibition et un contrôle émotionnel plus faible.Au vu de tels résultats, cette étude semble confirmer des enquêtes antérieures suggérant un lien entre l’exposition au bisphénol A pendant la grossesse et le comportement de l’enfant, rapporte Elle est toutefois la première à démontrer que la période in utero est le moment critique au cours duquel le bisphénol A peut produire des effets altérants. Etant donné le faible échantillon de participants, les chercheurs précisent néanmoins qu’ “il y a un débat important sur la toxicité de l’exposition à faibles taux au bisphénol A et les résultats présentés ici méritent de nouvelles recherches”.Le 24 octobre 2011 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wilmington Sons Of Italy Dominators 3rd Annual Car Show Set For July 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy will hold its third annual car show on Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 9am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building’s parking lot (142 Middlesex Avenue).The show is presented by The Dominators Hot Rod Club.  (Previously, the club ran a show each year in the Wilmington Sonic parking lot.)  Hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, and classics will be featured.  The first 75 car shows receive a dash plaque.The event will include BBQ/food, drinks, and trophies. The Wilmington Farmers Market will take place from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green, next to the show.The event is FREE to the public. There’s a $10 entry fee for participating cars.  Contact Jim Gustin (781-929-0335) with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hold 3rd Annual Car Show With Dominators Hot Rod ClubIn “Photo of the Day”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 28In “Community”last_img read more

To Win Texas Beto ORourke Is Running to The Left

first_imgRichard W. Rodriguez/APBeto O’Rourke speaks at the Texas Democratic Convention in June. Since winning the Democratic primary, O’Rourke has embraced progressive positions — at times, including impeaching President Trump — as he challenges GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s reelection bid.If you arrived at Beto O’Rourke’s recent town hall meeting in San Antonio even 40 minutes ahead of time, you were out of luck. All 650 seats were already taken.It was one sign that the El Paso Democratic congressman has set Texas Democrats on fire this year, as he takes on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election bid.Texas Democrats have been wandering in the electoral wilderness for two decades — 1994 was the last time they won a statewide race — but at O’Rourke’s events they have been showing up in droves. Often, it’s standing room only.“Let’s make a lot of noise so the folks in the overflow room know we’re here, that we care about them,” O’Rourke tells the crowd at the town hall, before counting to three and leading them in a cheer of “San Antonio!”While he was sorry that all of those supporters couldn’t see him, Beto O’Rourke is an unapologetic, unabashed liberal, who’s shown no interest in moving toward the political middle after his victory in the Texas Democratic primary.On issues like universal health care, an assault weapons ban, abortion rights and raising the minimum wage, O’Rourke has staked out progressive positions. The Democrat even raised the specter of impeachment after President Trump’s Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin — although O’Rourke has since walked back that position some.Nevertheless, recent polls have him just 2 and 6 points behind Cruz. Compare that with the 20-point walloping Texas state Sen Wendy Davis endured in 2014 when she lost in a landslide to Republican Greg Abbott in the race for governor. But that recent history begs the question of whether someone running as far to the left as O’Rourke can actually win in a state like Texas.Former Texas agricultural commissioner and Democratic populist Jim Hightower sees something different in O’Rourke’s campaign.“You’ve got a Democratic constituency that is fed up, not just with Trump, but with the centrist, mealy-mouthed, do-nothing Democratic establishment,” Hightower said. “They’re looking for some real change and Beto is representing that.”Cruz says he’s taking O’Rourke’s candidacy very seriously.“I think the decision he’s made is run hard left and find every liberal in the state of Texas, and energize them enough that they show up and vote,” Cruz said in an interview with NPR. “And I think he’s gambling on there are enough people on the left for whom defeating and destroying Donald Trump is their number-one issue, that he’s hoping that’s his path to victory. I don’t see that in the state of Texas. In Texas, there are a whole lot more conservatives than liberals.”Erich Schlegel/Getty Images/Via NPRGOP Sen. Ted Cruz takes a photo with a supporter during a rally to launch his re-election campaign on April 2 in Stafford, Texas. Cruz says he’s taking the campaign of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke seriously.When it comes to the critical issue of immigration, the two Texas candidates for Senate couldn’t be further apart. Last week in Temple, Cruz indicated he supports ending birthright citizenship telling the crowd, “It doesn’t make a lot of sense.” O’Rourke is against building a wall along the border and favors a gradual path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.Political observers in Texas say it’s still too early to get a good read on the race, although it seems that O’Rourke’s campaign is generating some momentum. Jim Hensen, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, which does extensive statewide polling, says the key to O’Rourke’s success thus far is that he began his campaign early.“He’s much more viable, he’s been working harder, he’s traveled all over the state. He started earlier than the statewide candidates that we’ve seen in recent years, and I think it’s made a big difference,” Hensen said. Still, Hensen believes an O’Rourke victory is probably a long shot, not for lack of effort or fundraising, but because of the advantage Republican candidates enjoy in Texas when it comes to the sheer numbers of voters.“In a hundred-yard dash, [O’Rourke] probably starts 10 to 15 yards behind,” Hensen said.Wade Goodwyn/NPRRep. Beto O’Rourke, Democratic nominee for Senate in Texas, greets supporters at a cafe in San Antonio.At a café in San Antonio where he’s come for an interview, O’Rourke can’t make it to a table because he’s mobbed by customers who recognize him and want a picture together. The congressman patiently chats up everyone who approaches and agrees to pictures. He urges his fans to share the photos on social media, a likely unnecessary piece of advice.With the recent separations of immigrant children from their parents who are seeking asylum at the Texas border, immigration is hot topic of conversation. O’Rourke also supports protections for immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children, known as DREAMers.“I think that this state, the most diverse state in the country, should lead on immigration,” O’Rourke told NPR. “Free DREAMers from the fear of deportation, but make them citizens today so they can contribute to their full potential. That is not a partisan value, that’s our Texan identity and we should lead with it.”O’Rourke seems to have no fear of sounding too progressive for Texas. He has no interest in moving toward the ideological center for the general election.He borrowed an old line from Jim Hightower as way of explanation.“The only thing that you’re going to find in the middle of the road are yellow lines and dead armadillos. You have to tell the people that you want to serve what it is you believe and what you are going to do on their behalf,” O’Rourke said. “We can either be governed by fear, fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that’s America at its best.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

ATT Buys Out Chernin Groups Stake in Otter Media

first_imgChernin Group is cashing out of the Otter partnership as AT&T has dramatically expanded its media footprint with Time Warner — and now AT&T wants to tap into internet-native media brands to capture a new generation of consumers and, ideally, amplify the ability of the Time Warner businesses to do the same.Peter Chernin, CEO of the company that bears his name, said in announcing the deal that the combination of Otter with WarnerMedia will create “a new-era media company, serving customers with every type of content delivered through every possible distribution channel.”In 2014, Chernin Group and AT&T formed what would later be named Otter Media, with the companies pledging to invest upwards of $500 million in acquiring, investing and launching over-the-top video properties. AT&T had previously held a 49.8% interest in Otter Media.“We are thrilled to incorporate the Otter Media brands and talent into WarnerMedia,” Stankey said in a statement. “Working with Tony, we look to harness Otter’s expertise in feeding the passion of online audiences to augment our portfolio of digital assets and help us further engage, connect and entertain consumers around the globe.”Currently, the Otter Media portfolio includes digital-media company Fullscreen, in which AT&T and Chernin Group acquired a majority stake less than six months after forming their partnership. Fullscreen started out as a multichannel network that aggregated YouTube channels and now counts 4,500 creator partners (down from as many as 75,000 three years ago).Otter Media also includes Ellation, an online subscription video service provider that operates the Crunchyroll anime service — in which Chernin Group had acquired a majority stake for $75 million in 2013 — and VRV, which sells OTT channels a la carte and in a bundle.In addition, Otter Media runs Rooster Teeth, a digital-content studio and video network geared around original sci-fi and anime-style franchises, as an independent subsidiary. Previously, Rooster Teeth was a division of Fullscreen (which bought it in 2014 following Otter’s investment). Otter also has ownership stakes in studio startup Gunpowder & Sky and Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon. AT&T has acquired the Chernin Group’s controlling interest in Otter Media, the four-year-old joint internet-video venture between the two companies, in a deal reported to be worth $1 billion.Terms of the deal were not disclosed but AT&T said it did not have a material effect on its first-half 2018 results, which is when the majority of the deal was funded. Analysts valued Chernin Group’s deal to sell its stake in Otter to AT&T at $1 billion, according to the New York Times.The deal will merge Otter Media’s portfolio — which includes Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth and Crunchyroll — into AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit, formed after the telco closed the Time Warner takeover in June. Tony Goncalves, the former DirecTV exec who was appointed Otter Media’s CEO earlier this year, will continue to run the company, reporting to WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. Popular on Variety According to AT&T, Otter Media’s properties currently reach more than 93 million unique monthly consumers and is “on pace” to deliver over 75 billion video views this year. The company’s subscription VOD services have more than 2 million paying customers.This January, Otter Media bought out the shares in Fullscreen and Crunchyroll that it didn’t already own, as a prelude to AT&T’s full ownership of Otter. AT&T reportedly wanted to move to buy out Chernin Group’s stake in Otter sooner, but the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the Time Warner deal delayed the transaction. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Sued Over Hotel Mumbai Netflix Drops Plans for India Screening EXCLUSIVE

first_imgIn November Netflix announced “Hotel Mumbai” as part of a slate of eight original productions being sourced from India. At the time, Netflix said that it planned to screen the film in the nine South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries that include India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.Netflix declined to comment, saying that the matter is sub judice. A person close to Netflix confirmed to Variety that it is no longer going ahead. “It is not on the service. It has not been uploaded,” said the source. Xeitgeist did not reply to Variety‘s emails or phone calls.Presenting a fly-on-the-wall perspective inside the Taj Hotel during the November 2008 terror attacks which left 160 people dead, “Hotel Mumbai” premiered at the Toronto festival in September last year. It was timed to release around the 10th anniversary of the attacks.During its lengthy gestation period, the film became tangled up in The Weinstein Company bankruptcy proceedings. That episode was resolved when the producers managed to buy back the North American rights before they were transferred to Lantern Capital. In a deal brokered by Verve and Endeavor Content, announced shortly before the Toronto launch, the North American rights were subsequently licensed to Bleecker Street and ShivHans Pictures.The film stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs. It is currently set for a New York and Los Angeles platform release on March 22, with a nationwide outing from March 29. 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 CREDIT: Courtesy of High Court of Bombay Netflix, Arclight Films International and four other companies are being sued by South Asian regional distributor Plus Holdings over rights to Anthony Maras film “Hotel Mumbai.” Netflix has now shelved its plans to screen the movie in India, where the movie is set, and other parts of South Asia.Dubai-based Plus Holdings claims that it acquired the rights for India in a deal with the film’s financier Xeitgeist. It alleges that its deal was illegally cancelled, in order for the rights to be licensed instead to the streaming giant.Plus has begun proceedings in the Bombay High Court to prevent the screening and to retrieve the rights. Also named as respondents are Singapore- and Australia-based film financier Xeitgeist Entertainment, 5th Dimension, Hotel Mumbai Private Limited, and Electric Pictures. An arbitration court in Singapore has already begun a hearing, but it has not yet come to a decision.last_img read more

Japanese Tourism Board Forms An Idol Group With Dogs

first_img If you’ve ever wanted to join an idol group in the vein of groups like AKB48 or Girls Generation but were concerned you didn’t look or sound the part, don’t ever let anything like that discourage you. There’s real proof out there that anyone can perform in troupes like that. You need only follow your dreams. Really. The current groups have gone to the dogs. Literally.Just look at the newly-formed idol group Mofu Mofu Dogs. Made up of the adorable Akita-Inu breed, these idols are too barking cute. Er, at least their heads are. They all look they need a good head-scratching. Who’s a good girl?AdChoices广告So they’re cute and all, but what’s the point? Who brought these creatures into the world? Akita Inu Tourism of Japan, a group looking to bring more tourists to towns like Kita Akita, Kosakamachi, Odate, and Kamikoanimura in the northern Akita Prefecture. This is all a plan to attract visitors, and it’ll probably do its job.Mofu Mofu Dogs’ debut single “Waiting4U~We’ll Make You Mofu Mofu” was composed with canine-only vocals and a mind-numbingly cute dance with some pretty provocative lyrics. The video is also riddled with nods to the region’s culture throughout. It all has a point, you see. Really. We’re rooting for you, Mofu Mofu Dogs. Keep releasing those singles! The world is truly your oyster. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

Stopmotion papercraft HalfLife shows how good Valves sound designer is

first_img[via Rock Paper Shotgun] When you think of Valve Software‘s Half-Life series, you probably think of Gordon Freeman, Alyx, Dog, Barney, Dr. Breen, headcrabs, the Combine, Xen, or Black Mesa. In other words, you probably think about characters or locations. What you probably think less about is the sounds that identify those characters and define those locations.I’d say “that’s a pity,” but it really isn’t, because excellence in sound design is the kind of art that is not meant to be noticed. In fact, it’s testament to the excellence of Valve’s sound design team that you’ve probably never once thought to yourself how iconic and immediately identifiable everything from the sound of a headcrab flinging itself across a room to the meaty thwack a crowbar makes is in the Half-Life series.Consider these two wonderful videos, then. Made by Stepan Yurov, they are stop-motion, papercraft animations retelling the stories of both Half-Life and Half-Life 2. They’re excellent and charming in their own right, but it’s the use of Valve’s original sound effects that really makes these videos…. so much so that you can’t help but think that if more people gamed, Half-Life‘s sound effects would be as famous as those of the Star Wars films.last_img read more

11 Forgotten Survival Horror Games That Need Remakes

first_imgStay on target The big news in games this week is Resident Evil 2. If that seems weird for you, it shouldn’t. That game originally came out in 1998 for the PlayStation. But age ain’t nothing but a number, and what’s hot right now is taking these classics and giving them modern remakes that bring the graphics to present-day quality, and smooth over the weird design choices that bugged us in the pre-Y2K era.And reviews have been insanely great — RE2 had a great storyline and environmental design back then, and the remake (available on Amazon on Jan. 25) gets rid of fixed camera angles for an over-the-shoulder perspective to make for a scary, gripping experience.So that gets us thinking: what other survival horror games could use modern remakes? Stock up on green herbs, save your game, and let’s dive into the grave to spotlight 11 scary titles deserving of a comeback.UninvitedLet’s go way back to the monochrome Macintosh days for this trailblazing first-person graphical adventure. The player wakes up from a car crash in front of a mysterious mansion, and when your sibling disappears inside you have no choice but to go in after them. But the property was once inhabited by a powerful warlock and his apprentices, and it carries a curse — if you can’t solve the puzzles and rescue your family within a set amount of time, you’ll be transformed into a zombie and fated to roam the halls forever. With lots of atmosphere, this is a haunted house game that could certainly work well in the modern era.HellnightAfter the huge success of Resident Evil, numerous other developers tried to hop on the survival horror gravy train. One of the most interesting early attempts came from iconoclastic publisher Atlus with their 1998 Hellnight. Only released in Japan and Europe, it’s a deeply unsettling game that mostly takes place in an underground community beneath the streets of Tokyo. When an unstoppable genetically-mutated predator gets released into the tunnels, the player must find a way to survive. With no weaponry at your disposal, you’re forced to flee the creature whenever it draws near, and it picks off your supporting cast in classic horror fashion as you try to escape to the surface.LifelineOne of the most interesting survival horror experiments of the PS2 era, Lifeline took the standard elements of the genre — a lone protagonist in a monster-filled environment — and gave it a twist in the control system. Instead of guiding cocktail waitress heroine Rio Hohenheim directly, the player takes the role of a young man trapped in the control center of a space station using his voice to guide her as AI controls her actual movements. It was a bold experiment that the technology of the era just wasn’t up to handling, but speech recognition has advanced considerably since 2003.Project FirestartThis 1989 Commodore 64 title laid the groundwork for so many of the tropes that would become survival horror — a fragile protagonist with weak weaponry and limited ammunition, powerful creatures that lurk in the dark and a feeling of overwhelming dread. The player controls an agent sent to investigate a research ship orbiting Titan, and when he gets there he finds the crew slaughtered by genetically engineered creatures designed to operate in low oxygen. He needs to recover the records and get out of there alive. Played in a 2D side-scrolling view, it was a huge critical hit. A fan remake was created for Windows but we’d love to see a big-budget developer take a crack at Firestart.Doctor HauzerThe 3DO was a doomed system from the start, but there are some gems buried in the console’s minimal library. 1994’s unique survival horror experience Doctor Hauzer is one of them. As newspaper reporter Adams Adler, you enter the missing doctor’s mansion to search for clues to his disappearance, only to learn that the house itself is sentient and wants you dead. Rendered in full polygonal 3D with the ability to change camera angles, it was a big technical step forward in the genre. Unlike most of the other games on this list, Doctor Hauzer has no enemies (even though it has weapons) — instead, the house’s multiple deathtraps lead to instant game overs if you fall victim to them.ObscureOne of many prospective franchises launched in the wake of Resident Evil, Hydravision’s Obscure was remarkably ambitious for the PS2 era. When a group of five high school students get locked in the building at night while looking for a missing friend, they discover that their classmates and faculty have been mutated into murderous creatures by the principal and nurse, who are looking for a path to eternal life. It was one of the first survival horror games to have a co-op mode, featuring five characters who each had their own special ability.Cursed MountainThe Wii was home to a lot of games that didn’t quite work, but that means that some interesting concepts slipped through the cracks. One of the platform’s few ventures into survival horror, Cursed Mountain has a fascinating setting — the peak of Chomolonzo, a mountain in the Himalayas. As mountaineer Eric Simmons, you venture there to retrieve a mystical artifact, only to find that the spirits of the dead there aren’t having it. The mandatory Wii motion controls were clunky, but that’s exactly the kind of thing that a modern remake could get rid of in order to focus on the cool environment and mythos.KuonBefore From Software found their profitable niche with the Dark Souls games, they were better known as the developers behind a number of survival horror games. The Clock Tower series is their best known, but one interesting obscurity is Kuon, an oddball 2004 PS2 game. Set in the Heian, it’s based on classic Japanese ghost stories and folktales. Each of the game’s three chapters has a different protagonist, who must contend with cultists, zombies and more. Kuon has more of a focus on combat than some other games, with melee weapons and magical attacks at your disposal, but it’s still a tense and thematically fascinating experience.Deep FearReleased for the short-lived Sega Saturn in Japan and Europe, Deep Fear taps into a horror trend from the movies by setting its action in an undersea naval research facility called “The Big Table.” When a capsule from outer space containing a chimpanzee that has been in mysterious hibernation splashes down nearby, ex Navy SEAL John Mayor must head into the complex and investigate. Needless to say, things get much more complex than a single old monkey, and an infectious mutation starts transforming the staff into murderous creatures. With a unique atmosphere that really pushes the silent, isolated nature of the station, this is a hidden gem that deserves another look.Sweet HomeWay before Resident Evil, Capcom pioneered the survival horror genre with this Japan-only NES title. Played in the overhead perspective of an RPG, Sweet Home put players in the shoes of a group of filmmakers investigating an old mansion in search of priceless works of art. Of course, the spectral residents of the house aren’t happy with the intrusion. Each party member possessed a different tool that let them surmount obstacles, and you could venture out solo or in groups of two or three. Sweet Home has never seen an official English release, but it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to port it over to the Switch, give it a new coat of paint and let players experience the very beginning of the genre they love so much.IllbleedOh, you bet if I’m talking about survival horror I’m going to talk about Illbleed. This 2001 Dreamcast cult favorite is one of the nuttiest entries the genre has ever seen, a balls to the wall rollercoaster ride through the scare world’s greatest hits. In the game, Eriko Christy and her three friends are given tickets to “horror amusement park” Illbleed, with a reward of $100 million if they reach the end of the park. Needless to say, it’s all a convoluted deathtrap featuring insane enemies (including “Zodick the Hellhog”) and lots of mutilation and murder. The game mechanics of Illbleed are equally weird — the player has on-screen icons corresponding to their senses and can spend “adrenaline” to mark suspected traps and defuse them, and must keep their pulse rate under control.Get Resident Evil 2 at AmazonMore on Exciting Video Games of 201911 Goriest Resident Evil ToysVideo Game Sequels That Didn’t Deserve to Be Made Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

This Companys New Perk Is Implanting Microchips in Employees

first_img 2 min read Would you have a microchip implanted in your hand to make getting into the office or purchasing food in the cafeteria more efficient? Most employees at Wisconsin-based tech company Three Square Market would.Fifty of the 80 employees at Three Square Market have signed up to have a grain-sized chip placed under the skin between their thumb and index fingers, which can complete tasks that involve RFID technology with the simple wave of a hand.Related: How to Give Your Employees Real Benefits, Not Just Cheap Perks”We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information and used as payment at other RFID terminals,” CEO Todd Westby said in a statement.While employees are not required to get the microchip implants, a majority are hopping on board. The company has partnered with Swedish company BioHax International, which already has a number of its own employees with chips injected. However, Three Square Market will be the first company in the U.S. to employ such a program.The chips are FDA-approved, removable and do not have GPS tracking. “Nobody can track you with it,” Westby said. “Your cellphone does 100 times more reporting of data than does an RFID chip.”Related: The Well-Being Perks You Never Thought to OfferWhile many employees are excited about the new technology, some are understandably hesitant. “I’m a little nervous about implanting something into my body,” Melissa Timmins, the company’s sales director, told The New York Times. “I think it’s pretty exciting to be part of something new like this. I know down the road, it’s going to be the next big thing, and we’re on the cutting edge of it.”Maybe it’s time to forget about summer Fridays or free lunches — this could be the workplace perk of the future.  The chips, which run $300 a piece but will be covered by Three Square Market, will be implanted in employees on Aug. 1 at the company’s “chip party.” July 25, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | September 17, 2009 Merge Launches FusionWeb for Enhanced EHR Interoperability Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Delivers an interactive experience for diagnostic images without the need for plug-ins and aims to provide clinicians have simple and comprehensive access to an image-enabled health record. “After experiencing FusionWeb, we are certain it will bring our referringphysician practices and our hospital partners the flexibility and accessibilityto consolidate workflow and get through their day with much more efficiency,” said Christine Keefe, Chief Financial Officer at Metro Imaging, LLC of St. Louis, Missouri, a FusionWeb beta site. “With everyone [who has an assigned, secure logon] able to interact with both work lists and images, our referring physician`s nurses have their daily cases prepared in advance, with minimal effort and little need of phone calls to coordinate efforts.” Keefe continues, “To us, `zero client` means `zero hassle`, and we`re very excited that there are no more firewalls, ActiveX controls, downloads or browser upgrades to contend with.” FusionWeb gives hospitals and imaging centers the ability to include diagnostic images as part of a patient`s EHR regardless of browser type, operating platform or security policies; and without the need to install or maintain subsequent visualization devices or software plug-ins. Not only does the availability of images provide referring physicians a more comprehensive view of each patient case, but it also enables an extremely fluid interaction between health care partners in providing treatment. Based on Merge’s Cedara WebAccess technology, the FusionWeb application is available for any diagnostic imaging practice. The browser-based workspace brings a unique and customizable set of viewing tools and security features that allow imaging centers and hospitals to brand and maintain their portal for optimal use and efficiency. When bundled with Fusion RIS and PACS products, the FusionWeb application provides online order entry and visibility into patient status for referring physicians. 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Fujifilm SonoSite Showcases Pointofcare Ultrasound Portfolio At RSNA 2018

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | December 20, 2018 Fujifilm SonoSite Showcases Point-of-care Ultrasound Portfolio At RSNA 2018 Company debuts SonoSite Synchronicity workflow solution News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more December 20, 2018 — Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. recently present its complete portfolio of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) systems at the 2018 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30 in Chicago. At the Fujifilm booth, attendees participated in hands-on demos of the product line, including SonoSite Synchronicity, a new, robust point-of-care workflow solution that marks the company’s entry into the medical informatics space.The following Fujifilm SonoSite technologies were available for demonstration:SonoSite X-Porte is a highly portable kiosk ultrasound system that fluidly combines image clarity with touchscreen controls and a customizable interface that offers more than 80 real-time educational visual guides and tutorials. Proprietary high-definition imaging technology focuses the ultrasound beams with pinpoint precision, reducing artifact clutter and enhancing contrast resolution.SonoSite Edge II offers an enhanced imaging experience through transducer innovations like Armored Cable Technology. In a clamshell design, it features an intuitive interface for easier access to frequently used functions and a wide-angle display with an anti-reflection coating for minimal adjustments during viewing. It is designed to be truly portable and used in the most rigorous environments.SonoSite SII empowers efficiency for clinicians through a simple portrait display, and smart user interface that adapts to the user’s imaging needs. Enhanced imaging technology on select transducers provides users with increased resolution and penetration, while maintaining durability and reliability with Armored Cable Technology.SonoSite iViz is a diagnostic tool that fits in the palm of the hand. iViz provides quick answers in tough clinical environments, both at the bedside or in the field. It combines superior imaging performance, ultra-mobility and one-handed operation while allowing users to collaborate and share information with colleagues.SonoSite Synchronicity software helps healthcare organizations optimize workflows, maximize financial return, improve quality assurance efficiency and streamline credentialing processes. Built specifically for POCUS, SonoSite Synchronicity software securely centralizes exam data and standardizes clinical workflow while delivering administrative efficiencies. Adhering to Protected Health Information (PHI) guidelines, the solution helps organizations achieve higher security confidence through Active Directory authentication. Additional features include built-in, customizable worksheets, intuitive dashboards, and the ability to access the tool from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Easily installed and scalable, SonoSite Synchronicity software was engineered to meet every organization’s unique requirements for standardization, consistency and compliance across entire medical networks.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read morelast_img read more

OpenSky is now a part of the Alibaba family

first_imgYesterday, Chris Keane, the General Manager of OpenSky announced that OpenSky is now acquired by the Alibaba Group. OpenSky is a network of businesses that empower modern global trade for SMBs and help people discover, buy, and share unique goods that match their individual taste. OpenSky will join Alibaba Group in two capacities: One of OpenSky’s team will become a part of in North America B2B to serve US based buyers and suppliers. The other team will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group consisting of OpenSky’s marketplace and SaaS businesses. In 2015, Alibaba Group acquired a minority ownership on OpenSky. In 2017, they collaborated with Alibaba’s B2B leadership team to solve the challenges faced by small businesses. According to Chris, both the companies share a common interest, which is to help small businesses: “It was thrilling to discover that our counterparts at Alibaba share our obsession with helping SMBs. We’ve quickly aligned on a global vision to provide access to markets and resources for businesses and entrepreneurs, opening new doors and knocking down obstacles.” In this announcement Chris also mentioned that they will be coming up with powerful concepts to serve small businesses everywhere, in the near future. To know more, read the official announcement on LinkedIn. Read Next Alibaba Cloud partners with SAP to provide a versatile, one-stop cloud computing environment Digitizing the offline: How Alibaba’s FashionAI can revive the waning retail industry Why Alibaba cloud could be the dark horse in the public cloud racelast_img read more

Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China 297 people

first_imgUnder Italy’s justice system, a judge will consider the prosecutor’s request and either order a trial or throw out the case. The judge’s evaluation could take months before a decision is made.In Italy, institutions as well as individuals can be ordered to stand trial.The case involves operations carried out from 2007 to 2010, ANSA said.Prosecutors’ offices were closed over the weekend.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The case highlights the large underground Chinese economy in Europe and the failure of judicial and legal cooperation to keep pace with the economic ties, both legal and illegal, that bind China with the West.Prosecutors said more than 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in proceeds from counterfeiting, prostitution, labor exploitation and tax evasion was sent to China in less than four years using a money-transfer service partly owned by Chinese migrants. Nearly half that money was funneled through the Bank of China, which in turn earned over 758,000 euros in commissions, according to Italian investigative documents. Prosecutors said the money had been fractioned into small sums to avoid detection and that the bank’s management and audit staff failed to report suspicious transactions, helping conceal the source and destination of the funds.Beijing, which is seeking Western help in hunting its own economic fugitives, did not cooperate with the investigation, Italian officials said. Once the money left Italy, it effectively vanished. Italian police were unable to continue their investigation in China, but the AP was able to track some of the missing money to a large government-controlled import-export company that has been accused of repeatedly shipping counterfeit merchandise, some of it to the United States. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis In response to AP’s article, China’s state-run Global Times newspaper published a rebuttal, in Chinese, defending the Bank of China and criticizing the AP’s report as “strange.” The article, which was picked up by other Chinese media, quoted a law expert saying that the Bank of China has “no obligation to cooperate with Italian police.”The Bank of China has denied wrongdoing, and lawyers for the money transfer network’s owners have said their clients are not guilty.Judicial cooperation has become crucial for Beijing, which is pressuring Western governments to help hunt corrupt officials who have fled overseas. President Xi Jinping’s far-reaching anti-graft drive is a top priority for the ruling Communist Party as it seeks to shore up its legitimacy. Beijing has already punished over 100,000 officials for corruption.Italy and China signed a memorandum of judicial cooperation in September. So far, the most visible signs of collaboration have been in Beijing’s favor.In February, Italy extradited a Chinese woman accused of stealing more than 1.4 million yuan ($225,515) during her tenure at a securities company in Heibei province. It was the first time anyone had been extradited from Europe for an economic crime, according to China’s Ministry of Public Security. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall SHANGHAI (AP) — Italian prosecutors are seeking to indict 297 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation reported by The Associated Press earlier this month.The suspects, mostly Chinese migrants living in Italy, include four senior managers of the Chinese state bank’s branch in Milan. According to prosecutors, at least some of the suspects used Mafia-like techniques, including intimidation, the ANSA news agency reported Saturday. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 FILE- In this April 15, 2015, file photo, residents walk past the Bank of China branch in downtown Milan, Italy. Italian prosecutors are seeking to indict over 200 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation reported by The Associated Press earlier this month. Prosecutors said more than 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in proceeds from counterfeiting, prostitution, labor exploitation and tax evasion was sent to China in less than four years using a money-transfer service part-owned by Chinese migrants. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File) How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more