The director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, Guillermo del Toro has revealed he is a big fan of Valve as he’s hired the voice of GLaDOS to play a robot AI in his new movie.Ellen McLain plays the evil AI, GLaDOS in the Portal games, she also lends her voice to many other Valve games including Team Fortress 2 and Half Life 2. The trailer for Pacific Rim, del Toro’s new movie, shows that McLain is using the same voice filter she uses for GLaDOS so the robot AI she plays in the movie, sounds exactly like GLaDOS. It all seems a bit confusing…It’s likely del Toro purposely did this as a tribute to the Portal games. In fact he personally called Gabe Newell, the boss at Valve to make sure he could get GLaDOS’ voice in the movie. He’s been quoted before as being a big Valve fan and he said “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house”.Pacific Rim is about an alien attack threatening Earth’s existence. The humans decide to pilot giant robots to fight off the alien attack, as one would when attacked by aliens. Basically, it’s your typical monster movie, though it does star Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and GLaDOS so what more could you ask for?Although I think Portal fans will be expecting McLain’s robot AI to go rogue and turn on the humans at some point, if she doesn’t then a lot of people are going to be disappointed. Pacific Rim hits cinemas on July 12, 2013.via Eurogamer
Go back to the e-newsletterRadisson Golf & Convention Center Batam will open its doors in the third quarter of this year. The hotel, which is owned by PT. Adhya Graha Wisata, will be one of the first international hotel brands to be launched in the MICE and family-friendly city of Batam.Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam is conveniently located in the upscale Sukajadi area of Batam, adjacent to 18-hole Sukajadi championship golf course. It is part of Bukit Indah Sukajadi, a 220 hectare development that also includes residential units, offices and commercial and retail spaces. Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam is within walking distance of Kepri Shopping Mall and also close to Nagoya, the offices of Batam Center, and Muka Kuning Batamindo industrial park.The Batam Center ferry terminal is about five kilometres from the hotel and offers several daily connections to Singapore, which is just a one hour ferry ride away. The Hang Nadim International Airport is eight kilometres from the hotel and offers direct flights to Jakarta and other key Indonesian cities, as well as to Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City.Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam is a new build hotel with 240 rooms and suites. Guests of Deluxe Rooms can enjoy views of the golf course’s lush greenery from their balconies, while guests of Executive Rooms will have exclusive access to the Club Lounge located on the business floor. Recreational facilities at the hotel include a large outdoor pool surrounded by beautiful landscapes and vast wooden decking.Additionally, the hotel features an indoor pool, a fitness centre, a Kids’ Club, as well as Zoysia Spa where guests can pamper themselves after a day of golf. Flexible meeting and event spaces include a ballroom that can accommodate up to 1600 banquet guests. All meeting spaces have state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and banquet menus can be customized to suit local and international tastes. Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam’s features a 152 seater all-day-dining restaurant Bite, and is scheduled to open several other food and beverage options in the near future.Go back to the e-newsletter
News outlets, following the story about a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to drugs provided by a compounding pharmacy, explore the issue of accreditation, how many more people are at risk and what leads doctors to use these drugs.The Washington Post: Critics Charge That Drug-Compounding Pharmacies Require Government OversightOnly 162 compounding pharmacies, or about 2 percent of the 7,500 total, have been accredited. New England Compounding Center, which made the tainted steroid injections linked to the recent fungal meningitis outbreak was not accredited. The death toll from that outbreak rose Thursday to 20. Hospitals and doctors who buy compounded drugs often don’t require accreditation; many don’t even seem to know about it (Kliff and Sun, 10/18).The Wall Street Journal: More Meningitis Cases ExpectedAs federal officials continued their investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak, health authorities warned the illness could take longer than they had thought to show up in patients, and indicated more cases could be reported before the outbreak abates (Winslow, 10/18).Medpage Today: Drug Shortages Spark Use Of CompoundersAs drug shortages continue to plague the specialty of anesthesiology, compounding pharmacies – such as the one implicated in the ongoing meningitis outbreak – may be playing a key supply role, clinicians said [in Washington]. Although some measures taken by the federal government and advocacy groups have assuaged shortages, clinicians at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meeting here said they’re still feeling the pinch and have been searching for alternatives. … At the ASA meeting, clinicians were urged to check out those compounding pharmacies before making any purchases. [Dr. Steven Gayer, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Miami,] said the U.S. Pharmacopeia has specific guidelines on compounding, with U.S.P. 797 — a guidance focused on sterile preparation – being especially relevant (Fiore, 10/18).Minneapolis Star Tribune: Health Beat: Who’s Watching Minnesota Druggists When he was working as a pharmacist in Red Wing, Minn., Cody Wiberg always knew when one particular doctor was in town. It was a dermatologist who saw patients twice a month, and always prescribed a special skin cream that Wiberg had to mix up himself, special order. So there’s really nothing unusual about the idea of pharmacies “compounding” drugs, says Wiberg, who is now executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. But the national meningitis outbreak has cast the practice in a whole new light, now that more than 250 cases and 20 deaths in 16 states have been traced to tainted steroids from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts (Lerner, 10/18). Most Compounding Pharmacies Are Not Accredited This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
← Previous Next → Aviva’s head office in the city of London. The U.K. insurer is trying to find millions in cost savings.Reuters/Simon Dawson/File Geoff Zochodne Twitter It would also involve “approximately 1,800 role reductions across the group over the next three years,” which would be carved out of its total workforce of around 30,000, the company said.“Reducing Aviva’s costs is essential to remain competitive and this means tough decisions and job losses which I do not take lightly,” chief executive Maurice Tulloch said in a release. “We will do all we can to minimize redundancies and support our people through this.” OSFI raises capital buffer for banks too big to fail as outlook darkens Ontario aims to sell infrastructure expertise abroad — and boost business at home Canada’s biggest banks are finding their growth everywhere but Canada An Aviva spokesperson told the Financial Post in an email that the 1,800 cuts will come from across the company’s global operations, in all of its functions and markets. However, they said, it was too early to speculate on the impact on specific markets.Aviva Canada Inc., a subsidiary of U.K.-based Aviva, is the second-biggest property and casualty insurance company in Canada.The company provides coverage to 2.8 million customers and employs more than 4,000 people (its parent also says it is the “leading” insurer in the U.K., serving one in four households).In 2016, Aviva Canada acquired Royal Bank of Canada’s RBC General Insurance Co. in an approximately $600-million deal. Under the terms of the agreement, around 550 RBC Insurance employees were to join Aviva.Canada, though, has given Aviva some challenges. In 2017, its Canadian results were hit by higher claims costs in auto insurance, which the company responded to by increasing premium rates, cancelling some broker relationships and adjusting its underwriting “appetite,” its 2018 annual report said.Adjusted operating profit in Canada was “flat” last year, Aviva said, at £46 million (out of £3.1 billion for the entire company), as the insurer faced “elevated weather and large loss experience, persistent challenges in motor insurance and costs relating to the completion of the RBC Insurance integration.”Aviva is shaking up its broader operations under Tulloch, who offered an update to analysts and investors on Thursday after stepping into the role in March 2019.The company’s plans include managing Aviva’s life and general insurance businesses in the U.K. separately, a “progressive” dividend policy and reducing debt by at least £1.5 billion, a release said.Aviva added that weaker performance in its savings and asset-management operations have been partly offset by its growth in Europe and Asia, “together with progress on our turnaround in Canada.”• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: Sponsored By: Recommended For YouHong Kong’s protesters dig in for long summer of discontentSingapore fuel inventories hit 8-month low as IMO fuel-switch takes effectVodafone wins EU approval for Liberty Global dealSterling recovers from lows, helped by strong retail salesEuropean shares hit 3-week low as SAP slides June 6, 20193:24 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Email Share this storyAviva Canada facing possible job cuts as U.K. parent seeks hundreds of millions in savings Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 0 Comments More One of Canada’s biggest property and casualty insurers is facing possible job cuts as its parent company in the United Kingdom tries to find millions in cost savings across all of its markets.London-headquartered Aviva Plc announced Thursday that it plans on reducing expenses by £300 million per annum by 2022.Those savings, Aviva said, will come via lower central costs, less spending on contractors and consultants, reduced project expenditures and other, unnamed efficiencies. What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit advertisement Join the conversation → Featured Stories Comment Aviva Canada facing possible job cuts as U.K. parent seeks hundreds of millions in savings 1,800 jobs to be cut globally Facebook