Federal business panel urges Ottawa to focus support on highgrowth firms

first_imgOTTAWA – A government-struck panel of industry experts is urging the Trudeau Liberals to create an Own the Podium-style program to help promising companies one day compete internationally — and to end support to those who might only garner participation ribbons.Own the Podium is a federally funded program that supports elite Canadian athletes and is best known for preparing Team Canada ahead of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, during which Canada took home a record medal haul.Companies that participated in a series of what the Liberals call “economic strategy tables” recommended the creation of a similar approach for businesses. They said in the report released Tuesday that the federal government “can no longer sprinkle fairy dust and hope our entrepreneurs will succeed.”The report suggests that the government funnel money to firms with the most growth potential so they can scale up operations, while also allowing lower-performing firms to die because it would “free up tax dollars.”The government’s efforts, it recommended, should target six areas: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, health and biosciences, and resources of the future.The report estimates the right set of policies, including tax conditions that match recent corporate tax rate cuts in the United States, could add $318 billion to the economy by 2030. But the experts warn the government must learn to operate at the speed of business and cut the multiple layers of red tape.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said federal efforts must focus on making regulatory regimes more agile for a shifting landscape — but he warned it will take years for Canadian companies and workers to become more competitive.“There’s no one silver bullet,” Bains said in an interview.“This is a multi-year effort that is going to require multiple policies, multiple programs.”Business leaders from a multitude of sectors, advocacy groups and unions have pressed the Liberals to act quickly on the recommendations. The suggestions also include calls for “better coherence” of government funding programs and for a more-uniform education system focused on skills development — a tall task given the variations between provinces and school boards.A giant of the online world is looking to help the federal government reshape the Canadian education and skills development system to adjust to changing labour force dynamics.Sabrina Geremia, country director for Google in Canada, said the company has spoken with the Liberals about the need to make sure public and private sector efforts work in tandem, and ensure nervous workers are able to access the help they need today and in the future to take part in a digital economy.last_img read more

Fluor to provide EPCM expertise at Debswanas Jwaneng Cut 8 diamond project

first_imgFluor has won an EPCM contract from Debswana, a joint venture of the Government of Botswana and De Beers, to execute the Jwaneng Cut 8 diamond project. After successfully completing the feasibility study for the company earlier in 2009, Fluor was awarded the procurement and construction management phases of the project, valued at around $450 million in the last quarter of 2009. The project name ‘Cut 8′ refers to the current open-pit mine, which is being expanded to facilitate access to the kimberlite ore at greater depths. Jwaneng produced 13.7 Mct from 15.7 Mt of ore in 2008. Production varies, according to the mining plans, of between around 12.5 to 15 Mct/y. Jwaneng is currently an open-pit mine, but plans to move to an underground operation in ten years. This will begin a new chapter at Jwaneng mine, and extend the life of the operation by another ten to 15 years. The mine is located on three pipes in Botswana (Centre North & South pipes) with an average grade of 150 ct/ht, and a smaller satellite pipe averaging 25 ct/ht.Jwaneng Cut 8 is at the forefront of a number of projects being developed by Fluor as part of a portfolio which includes a new diamond processing plant at the Orapa diamond mine and the expansion of the Morupule coal mine. Dwayne Wilson, Group Executive of Fluor: “Fluor has a long and successful track record of providing both technical and EPCM services to the diamond industries in Botswana, South Africa, Australia and Canada. This award is indeed a major step in continuing our strategic relationship with one of our key clients as well as enabling Fluor to position itself for future mining projects in the region.”To facilitate the successful development of all projects in the region, Fluor has registered an office in Botswana. The Cut 8 project alone will generate employment for around 1,400 Botswana citizens supported by Fluor’s Johannesburg, South Africa office.last_img read more

Barrick helps US government stem tide of contamination into Yellowstone

first_imgBarrick Gold is teaming up with the federal government and the state of Montana to clean up the 80-year-old, 30-acre McLaren tailings site – historically noted as a significant source of heavy metals contamination flowing into Yellowstone National Park. Gold from the old mine tailings will be used to fund reclamation of a major mill site near the park. Montana officials believe there could be $25 to $30 million worth of gold in the tailings, a portion of which will be transported to Barrick’s Golden Sunlight mine near Whitehall, Mont., for processing.Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality plans to haul at least 230,000 cubic yards of mine waste out of the watershed and then place the waste in a repository on a property adjoining the site. The McLaren tailings reclamation project is considered the last major push to safeguard Yellowstone’s headwaters. Now permanently off limits to mining, the New World mining district is considered to be one of the West’s most successful mine reclamation projects. A decade-long program has reclaimed 12 mines and waste dumps and improved water quality in four creeks.last_img read more

NMAs CORESafety® participating companies complete 2017 with zero fatalities

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) reports that companies participating in its CORESafety system closed 2017 with zero fatalities. “The CORESafety framework is designed to drive continuous improvement in mining safety performance was born out of an industry desire to set aside competition, foster a proactive safety culture among mining companies and share best practices to protect its people,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re seeing more and more companies certified, and this important milestone – zero fatalities – shows that the hard work that goes into implementation pays off in the most important way.”In 2011, the members of NMA came together to create CORESafety, a risk-based safety management system whose objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. CORESafety offers a management system approach to mine safety that has won international recognition among safety experts. Its innovative approach departs from the conventional “top-down-one-size-fits-all” model to favour a scalable framework for operations of all sizes.“This important achievement comes despite a regrettable increase in fatalities industrywide from 2016 to 2017. The safety progress from CORESafety is a reminder that our commitment to mine safety never ends as we strive for continuous improvement in preventing accidents and injuries,” added Quinn.For more information on the CORESafety® program, visit www.coresafety.org. For 2017 mine safety data, visit the Mine Safety and Health Administration website at www.msha.gov.last_img read more

Initial probe into Egypt balloon crash rules out criminal activity

first_imgAN INITIAL PROBE into a hot air balloon crash that killed up to 19 tourists in Egypt yesterday has ruled out any criminal activity as a cause of the accident, the official MENA news agency has reported.“Investigations so far by the general prosecution show no suspicion of criminal activity,” MENA said today, citing the preliminary findings of the investigation into Tuesday’s accident at the Egyptian temple city of Luxor.Four investigating teams were formed after Prime Minister Hisham Qandil ordered a probe into the crash that killed tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France, Britain and Hungary.Investigators inspected the scene of the crash in the dense sugar cane fields of Luxor, spoke to witnesses and residents and reviewed the operating company’s paperwork and licences.According to one of the investigating teams, the balloon company, Sky Cruise, had passed a routine inspection by the Civil Aviation Ministry on February 13-15, said MENA.Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maadawi said, meanwhile, that he had agreed to a request by British authorities to attend the probe.The balloon had been floating over the west bank of Luxor, one of Egypt’s most renowned archaeological sites and home to the famous Valley of the Kings and the grand Temple of Hatshepsut, when it exploded.A video shot by a passenger on another flight appears to show smoke pouring from the balloon’s basket for some time before the balloon itself collapses, leaving the basket full of tourists to freefall to earth.The pilot and one tourist survived by jumping out of the basket at some point before it hit the ground, said an employee of Sky Cruise. Both were taken to hospital.- © AFP, 2013Read: Hot air balloon explosion kills 19 tourists in Egypt >last_img read more

Wives and partners of Defence Forces members to hold nationwide protest today

first_img Image: Department of Defence Forces Junior Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe spends St Patrick’s Day with troops on the Golan Heights. Image: Department of Defence Forces 97 Comments Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 7:20 AM 21,003 Views Junior Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe spends St Patrick’s Day with troops on the Golan Heights. Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3348469 Apr 20th 2017, 7:20 AM THE WIVES AND partners of Defence Forces members are organising a national protest to be held outside every barracks and army base today.The protest is to highlight what the group describes as “the terrible pay and conditions that our loved ones have to endure on a daily basis”.The protesters claim that the force is the only sector of public service as a whole that do not have access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.A spokeswoman for the group said: “Over 20% of Defence Forces enlisted personnel are in receipt of Family Income Support (FIS). No person who volunteers to serve their country should be allowed to have wages so poor that they need social welfare support.“Families are losing homes due to repossession. Many members have missed payments on bills as a result of cuts so cannot access loans so money lenders are a reality.“Borrowing is essential as in the Defence Forces as there is no option to make extra money or do over time. Hence, families find it impossible to save and keep on top of bills or other unexpected costs. The Defence Forces was traditionally seen as a steady career but now members cannot even get a mortgage without proving that they will be signing on after their five year contract.”Read: Teenage girl (13) mugged at knifepoint on Luas > By Garreth MacNamee Wives and partners of Defence Forces members to hold nationwide protest today The partners have claimed poor pay conditions have forced families to go to dangerous money lenders.last_img read more

Link AKC is Your Dogs Fitbit

first_img Cesar Millan‘s famous formula for a happy dog is built on three things in this order: exercise, discipline, affection. I do my best to make sure my ten-year-old Jack Russell, Benny gets all of these each day. But like any dog mom, he gets lots of affection first. I have to admit I was a little ignorant to how much exercise a day my dog actually required; Caesar recommends 40-60 minutes depending on breed. Benny’s fit and a pretty healthy senior dog who is still a bundle of energy even now; I guess that’s the terrier. So even though he’s older, he still has the playing power of a puppy. That makes it a little difficult for me to gauge what exactly he needs.I wasn’t even sure where to start until I received the Link AKC smart collar. I was delighted to find how easy it was to set up and use. I have a Fitbit for myself, and it was almost exactly the same process. Setting up Benny’s profile helped me learn how much activity he should be getting a day. Low and behold it was about what has been recommended, 48 minutes.For just under $150 you get a gorgeous leather collar with the charging dock and the clip in for the Link tracker. The station the device sits in to charge your given the option to name. So once you’ve downloaded the corresponding app (and link it with Bluetooth), it will send you updates on when your pup is near or away from the station beyond just logging activity. Naturally, I named our dock “Ground Control.” ‘Oh, looks like Benny has returned to Ground Control.’ ‘Benny is away from Ground Control.’ Those are fun alerts to receive.With the app, you can also set and save ‘adventures.’ aka long walks or trips to the dog park for us. It remembers your exact path and even gives you the option to creates a photo album. So if your pupper is looking particularly cute you can snap it and share with your pals who follow you through Link.There are two features I really liked. The first is a flashlight on the collar, great for night wanders. The other is a low gradually raising whistle noise that can be admitted from the collar and controlled on the app. I’ve been using this to wake my dog from deep sleep some days instead of giving him a lil poke. It’s a much gentler way to stir him.Lots of pros, but what would a complete assessment be without discussing the cons? First, the actual tracker that clicks into the collar is very bulky. On bigger dogs, it might not be as noticeable or cumbersome, but on my terrier, it looks a bit awkward. It didn’t seem to really get in Benny’s way, and it isn’t heavy it just looks uncomfortable especially if it slides to the front. Also, the monitoring requires a subscription service. This is a bit of a bummer after you’ve already paid so much for the collar. But again if you’re concerned about your pet’s health and want to help them get or stay fit, what’s $10 a month?The other issue is the battery life doesn’t last very long. I get my maybe three days out of it before it needs to be charged again. I’ve found my self-charging the tracker overnight while Benny sleeps, but also so it doesn’t slide down and disrupt his doggo dreams during the night. If the charge held longer, it’d be helpful and less disruptive for tracking.pic.twitter.com/PkV4qKvTh2— Sheilah Villari (@KittinExploits) July 3, 2017Overall, I have found this collar helpful in making sure Benny meets his goal for daily exercise.  I make my steps with my Fitbit, and now he makes his too. It’s easy to use and provides decent feedback.If you’re thinking about getting a smart/GPS collar head over to our sister site PC Mag for their complete roundup and find the right match for you and your pet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike last_img read more

UK Breaks 13 Clean Energy Records in 2017

first_img It’s been a rough year for the United Kingdom. But amidst Brexit backlash, terrorist attacks, and the deaths of Sirs John Hurt and Roger Moore, there was one shining beacon of hope: the environment.As reported by BBC, the UK achieved its “greenest year for electricity ever.”Growing interest in renewable energy sources helped Britain break 13 clean energy records in 2017.In April, the country had its first 24-hour period free from coal power since the Industrial Revolution (which ended around 1840). The streak continued when, two months later, wind, nuclear, and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal combined.Thanks to ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 50 percent since 2012, the UK now provides the fourth cleanest power system in Europe, and the seventh worldwide.“The shift to clean energy is not only beneficial for the environment, it presents a multi-billion pound investment opportunity,” Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), said in a statement.Increased coal use, according to scientists, contributes significantly to rising levels of harmful CO2 emissions—a leading cause of global warming. The UK and Canada last month launched a global alliance aimed at phasing out traditional coal power by 2030.We’re making progress (via MyGridGB)Separate data from research group MyGridGB show renewable energy sources provided more power than coal for 90 percent of 2017, BBC reported.The blog also calculated a total 624 hours without coal “so far” this year (up to November, as far as I can tell). That number reached only 210 hours during the whole of 2016.“With more than £52 billion invested in renewable energy since 2010, and through our Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy, we are working to secure our position at the forefront of green technologies and delivering high-value jobs all over the country,” Clark said.These are important steps toward a cleaner, greener future. But there is more work to be done—specifically with the UK’s reliance on gas, the daily output of which was outstripped by wind on just two days of the year, BBC said. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Thermal Battery Could Power Solar Systems OvernightScience Identifies Limit to Human Endurance last_img read more

Barbecue at Shelbys Grille sizzles in Washougal

first_imgWhy: Shelby’s Grille in Washougal has been in business for many years and has served its fair share of different cuisine options. I have personally experienced three renditions; my favorite, though, is its present offerings — Northwest barbecue with housemade sides, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and dinner. What I tried: To start our meal, my dining companion and I had the Devils on Horseback. I settled on the Bacon & Blue burger with coleslaw, and my dining companion had the SLAB.L.T. with potato salad. The Devils on Horseback consists of bacon-wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with blue cheese and hazelnut. The dates are drizzled with maple syrup and served alongside a spicy hot whiskey honey and Siracha sauce for dredging the dates through. These were a delicious start to our meal, and I found the sauce a welcome, unusual accompaniment to stuffed dates.The burger is stacked with bacon, blue cheese, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion and garlic mayo. The bun wasn’t too oversized; it was the perfect lid and base to the burger. The overall flavor of the burger was singular, as opposed to being able to identify all the contributors. I liked the texture of the meat patty and it wasn’t tough or dry. The bacon was cooked perfectly for the burger. I greatly appreciated the effort in the making of the coleslaw. It incorporated apple and kale, whereas many other establishments’ housemade versions typically mirror food supplier versions, which gets boring.My dining companion enjoyed his sandwich. It combined avocado, cucumber and sweet chili-chipotle mayo with traditional BLT ingredients. He said the potato salad had more mayonnaise character than mustard.last_img read more

JAM Government Earmark 129 Billion as Contingency Funding for Natural Disaster

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 22, 2018 – Kingston – The Government has earmarked $1.29 billion as contingency funding for natural disasters/infrastructure rehabilitation and the Public Investment Management System this year.  The sum has been allocated in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives last week.A total of $500 million is being made available, through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, towards the cost of rehabilitating infrastructure damaged by adverse weather, which is a requirement of the Financial Administration and Audit Act (Fiscal Responsibility Framework).Additionally, $794.5 million has been set aside to support new projects under the Public Investment Management Scheme, which are approved for implementation under the Public Investment Management System, also being spearheaded by the Ministry.Meanwhile, $90 million has been earmarked to continue work this year on the build-out of the Accountant General’s Department offices.  The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation, entails refurbishing and build-out of the Department’s office space for its proposed relocation.Funding for all engagements is being provided by the Government of Jamaica.Release: JISlast_img read more

Faulty legs hinder highspirited dog

first_imgo What: Tyson, a 13-month-old Doberman pinscher, has carpus valgus, a genetic disorder that has caused his front legs to grow improperly. Without surgery, his legs will likely give out by the time he’s 6, and he will have to be euthanized.? Donations: Second Chance Companions, a Battle Ground-based nonprofit group, is nearing the $8,000 it needs for surgery, but it isn’t there yet. Visit http://www.sccpets.com to donate (specify it’s for Tyson) or donate in person at the Hazel Dell Petco, 8820 N.E. Fifth Ave.Tyson’s faulty feet have taken him on a long journey in his short 13 months of life.The Doberman pinscher was born with a rare genetic disorder that has caused his front legs to grow crooked, earning him the appearance of a ballerina doing a plié.While it gives the affable pup an almost comical look, those who care for him say the condition, known as carpus valgus, is no laughing matter. While Tyson can get around OK, he tires easily and cannot run very well — a situation that’s not easy for a high-spirited young dog. And without specialized orthopedic surgery, the arthritis the carpus valgus is likely to cause his legs to give out at age 6. When that happens, he will have to be euthanized, said Wendy Campbell, dog foster coordinator for Battle Ground nonprofit Second Chance Companions, which is trying to raise $8,000 for two specialized surgeries Tyson needs to have his legs straightened. The perfect Christmas gift would be clearing their fundraising goal, she said.last_img read more

Former HP site may draw more lease deals

first_imgThe relocation of at least 500 people employed by the telecom firm Integra from Portland to a portion of the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Vancouver may be a harbinger of additional lease deals at the 735,000-square-foot site at 18110 S.E. 34th St.“I think we’ve got a lot going for that site,” said Lisa Nisenfeld, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, which began working with Integra to find its new space more than a year and a half ago. “I think you’ll see more development there in the coming year.”Integra, which provides businesses with advanced networking, communications and technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets, expects to begin operations inside 85,000 square feet of the former HP site in June 2014. Its new location, Building 1 on the campus, enables the company to largely consolidate its Portland-area staff from multiple current locations into a single facility when the company’s current leases expire in 2014.The former HP site, now owned by SEH America Inc., is “a great facility,” Nisenfeld said, in part because it has adequate road and water systems, among other infrastructure needed to support new tenants.“You can pretty much go in quickly,” Nisenfeld said of the property. And, she added, the city of Vancouver is “very good at processing permits quickly.”last_img read more

Declare Srikakulam as droughthit district CPI

first_imgSrikakulam: CPI district secretary Sanapala Narasimhulu on Wednesday demanded the government to declare Srikakulam as drought affected district. Speaking to media along with the party leaders here, Narasimhulu said that 33 mandals have received scanty rainfall in the district out of total 38 mandals. In all the 33 mandals, only 40 per cent rainfall recorded as against normal rainfall in the current season. As a result of scanty rainfall, farmers lost their paddy seed which was sowed on farm fields in the kharif season, he stated. Once again, the farmers were ready to sow paddy seed by expecting good rains, he elaborated. He also demanded for supply of seed to farmers by the government at subsidy price otherwise farmers will suffer heavy loss.He also expressed serious concern over the scarcity of sand in the district and demanded to solve it as building workers were losing their working days and wages as construction works came to a halt. CPI and its affiliated unions’ leaders Ch Govinda Rao, B Srirammurthy and P Prabavathi also spoke.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopras mother says Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar mutually called off

first_imgSiddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar at their roka ceremony in February 2019.InstagramPriyanka Chopra’s mother Dr Madhu Chopra has confirmed that her son Siddharth Chopra’s wedding has been called off. Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar were to get married in April 2019, and Priyanka Chopra was in India for the same. But the wedding never took place, and the bride-to-be’s medical emergency was thought to be the reason for the postponement.There was huge speculation since the past three days over the wedding and whether it had been cancelled. Dr Chopra has confirmed to Pinkvilla that Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar have mutually called off their wedding. She later revealed to SpotBoye that Siddharth wasn’t ready for the wedding yet. With this confirmation, all rumours have been put to rest. However, there is no official statement from the Chopras for the media.”Blessing of the family at Siddharth’s n Ishita’s Roka….”, says one of the photos on the Instagram of Dr Chopra in Febraury 2019. Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas were in Delhi for the roka of Siddharth and Ishita on February 27 this year.Priyanka Chopra had posted on Instagram after the roka ceremony, “So proud of my baby brother. Ishita welcome to the family…you are so beautiful together…I wish you both the best for the future! Happy Roka!! @ishittaakumar@siddharthchopra89 ❤️”. But the actress has been quiet about her brother’s wedding being cancelled, for the second time.We reported that Ishita Kumar had deleted all the pictures of Siddharth and her from her Instagram, after which she deleted her entire account from the social networking application. Before that, Priyanka Chopra and Siddharth Chopra had unfollowed Ishita Kumar on Instagram.Ishita Kumar had posted a picture from the hospital after her surgery, saying, “Recovering from surgery. Very painful but glad it’s over.” Ishita later posted another picture of hers at a resto-bar, with the caption, Cheers to new beginnings. With a goodbye kiss to beautiful endings.” Ishita Kumar last Instagram post.InstagramIshita Kumar had got a lot of positive comments on her last post, and questions from concerned people about her wedding being called off.In 2014, Siddharth Chopra was engaged to girlfriend Kanika Mathur and they were to get married in 2015. But the wedding was called off at the last moment in Goa. Siddharth had then posted on Facebook, “Single. Ready to mingle. Go Goa Gone. Wish everyone a very happy 2015.”But now, there has been no statement or post from Siddharth or Ishita yet. It seems all’s well that ends well.last_img read more

Kashmiris have been caged like animals Mehbooba Muftis daughter writes to Amit

first_imgIltija JavedTwitterFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Javed wrote an open letter to Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Independence Day, August 15, regarding her detention in the state following the abrogation of Article 370.Mufti’s daughter claimed that she was detained by the security forces because of her interviews to the media and was threatened with dire consequences if she continues to do so. Her letter stated: “Today while the rest of the country celebrates India’s Independence Day, Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights.”Iltija Javed, who is under house arrest at her Srinagar residence, released a second audio clip along with the letter demanding clarity over the internment. She said that visitors were not allowed to meet her and she found that odd as she was not affiliated to any political party and has always been a law-abiding citizen. She also raised concern over her mother and other political leaders who have been kept in confinement since August 5.Iltija said that she fails to understand why she is being punished for speaking on behalf of the Kashmiris, whose voices have been smothered. “Is it a crime to articulate the pain, torment and indignity we’ve been subjected to?” she asked.”We Kashmiris are reeling in despair since the unilateral abrogation of Article 370 on 5th August 2019…It’s now been over ten long agonising days since this crippling curfew was imposed. The Valley is gripped with fear because all forms of communication have been snapped by debilitating an entire population,” she said.In the audio message, she said that she was being treated like a criminal for telling the inconvenient truth and is under constant surveillance. She said that it is suffocating and humiliating to be treated in this manner for speaking out the truth. “I fear for my life along with those Kashmiris who have spoken up,” she said.In her first audio message released last week, Iltija alleged that her mother and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supremo is imprisoned without access to her lawyers or party workers.last_img read more

Pompeo All faiths will have something to say on forthcoming peace plan

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended his department’s decision to drop the word “occupation” from its description of the Golan Heights and Palestinian territories and said people of all faiths will have “something to say” about the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan the White House is expected to announce after Israel’s elections in two weeks.Pompeo’s remarks came Monday (March 18) during a phone briefing with a small group of media outlets as he was leaving for a five-day trip to Beirut, Jerusalem and Kuwait City.The secretary of state said his trip will include “different missions, different places.”But in each place, Pompeo said the agenda will be “very focused on not only the security aspects of the relationship between our countries and the economic aspect but also the challenges we face from radical Islamic terrorism in the region and working to promote religious tolerance in each of those places as well.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington on July 26, 2018. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksThe briefing caused controversy after a member of the State Department press corps reportedly was invited to take part in the call and then disinvited after being told the call was limited to “faith-based media.”While it was not clear which outlets were part of the call, questions were asked by Religion News Service, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Algemeiner, World Magazine and The Leaven, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. America Magazine also participated in the call. Participants were not told that the call was limited to faith-based media. (Religion News Service is not a faith-based media organization, but rather a secular news service that covers religion, spirituality and ethics.)Pompeo’s trip comes a week after the State Department released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 with no mention of “occupation” in regards to the Golan Heights and Palestinian territories. Instead, with the exception of direct quotes, the report referred to the “Israeli-controlled Golan Heights” and “areas under (Israel’s) control.”That’s a departure from past human rights reports, according to The Jerusalem Post. Last year, the department had described the areas as “occupied” by Israel, it said. And two years ago, the State Department changed the heading from “Israel and The Occupied Territories” to “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza,” it said.Pompeo said Monday the language in the most recent report “most accurately reflects the facts.”The human rights report is not a policy document, he said.“It simply documents human rights abuses around the world and attempts to provide a baseline upon which not only here in the United States but countries all around the world can measure their own performance and the performance of others,” Pompeo said. “And so the language we chose to use there was a result of our determination that most factually represented the reality on the ground.”An old Israeli army outpost atop Mount Bental in the Golan Heights on March 11, 2019. The U.S. State Department has changed how it refers to the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerIsrael took the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed it in 1981, a move that has not been recognized internationally. It has occupied the West Bank since 1967 and withdrew from Gaza in 2005.Just last week, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, visited the Golan Heights with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.“I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel now and forever,” Graham said during his trip, according to CNN.Pompeo declined to comment on his schedule. When asked if he would mention or visit the Golan Heights during his visit, he said, “I’m not going to foreshadow the remarks that I’ll make while I’m there.”The secretary of state also would not say whether he would meet with Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz during his visit, which comes just before Israel’s April 9 elections.Several prominent conservative evangelical Christians recently tweeted they met with White House Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt for a listening session on the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that U.S. President Trump’s senior Middle East adviser — his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — has said will be unveiled after Israel’s elections.Spray-painted biblical references and other graffiti cover the Israeli-built separation barrier that runs through downtown Bethlehem in the West Bank. RNS photo by Liz DonovanPompeo said he couldn’t comment on what the White House did, but that officials were working to make sure a “broad base of people have an understanding of the plan as we will present it.”“As an evangelical Christian myself, I’ve always understood the centrality of that place. I think many evangelical leaders believe that as well,” he said. People of all Abrahamic faith traditions — Jews, Christians and Muslims — “value Jerusalem,” the secretary of state said. The United States formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017 and moved its embassy to the city in May 2018.“And so I’m confident that when the administration is thinking about how it is we might finally achieve the Middle East peace that the world has been demanding for decades, I think persons of all faiths … will have something to say about the plan and whether it makes sense,” Pompeo said. Catholicism Tagshomepage featured Israel Israeli-Palestinian conflict Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Middle East peace Mike Pompeo peace plan,You may also like By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Immigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

TIFFCOM Imagicas Gen8 Pushes Motion Capture

first_img Popular on Variety Takazawa thinks there can be many applications for the data. “We are talking to VR companies and when the technology advances we think our data will be useful for creating VR content,” Takazawa said. He also notes the project will have data on athletes’ movements, and can help track the success, or not, of those athletes, and said that the motion archive will be useful for predicting the success of future athletes by comparing their movements to the archived data.Imagica is also consulting with robotics companies. It believes the Motion Archive data will be useful in creating robots that can move in more natural, human ways. Gen8 (‘Generate”), a team from Japan’s leading film and tech company Imagica Lab, unveiled its Motion Archive project this week. The motion capture-based effort has reached out to artists and athletes and is using the latest visual technology, including 3D imaging, to record, analyze and archive human movement. It demonstrated the technology on the trade show floor of TIFFCOM, the market associated with the Tokyo International Film Festival.Athletes or performers’ movements are recorded with motion capture devices and the body of the subject is scanned in 3D to create a 3D CG image. The image is then inspected with VR devices and archived for long-term data storage.“At first we are capturing traditional Japanese activities like sumo and kabuki,” Tomoya Takazawa, a director of one of the production departments at Imagica told Variety. One of the first big undertakings of the Motion Archive project was to recreate a sumo arena and bout between grand champion Hakuho and former champion Kotoshogiku. The movements of the wrestlers were captured both to have a 3D record of natural sumo moves and to be able to show them from new angles.center_img ×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

Fastmoving invisibility cloaks become visible

first_img Journal information: Physical Review A © 2016 Phys.org Explore further The scientists, Jad C. Halimeh, et al., have published a paper on invisibility cloaks moving at relativistic velocities in a recent issue of Physical Review A.Although the work shows that high speeds can be detrimental for invisibility cloaks, the physicists also showed that, for light with the right frequency moving in the right direction, the harmful relativistic effects will cancel out, and perfect cloaking can still be achieved. However, this cloaking is now inherently “non-reciprocal,” meaning an observer inside the invisibility cloak would be able to see people on the outside.”The non-reciprocal cloaking is actually quite an interesting feature, as people have been investigating it for quite some time in the context of transformation optics. Here, this effect just came about from the physics – we didn’t really design it,” Halimeh, a physicist at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, told Phys.org.This is the first time that relativistic invisibility cloaks have been investigated, although there has been a great deal of research on other objects moving at relativistic velocities. In general, two unusual phenomena occur in these situations: length contraction (the moving object appears compressed to a stationary observer) and time dilation (time slows down for the moving object compared to a stationary observer). These effects have been well-documented for fast-moving particles, and time dilation has even been measured for astronauts, who age a fraction of a second slower aboard the fast-orbiting International Space Station than they would on Earth.In the new study, the scientists found that length contraction and time dilation also contribute to making an invisibility cloak visible when moving at relativistic speeds. Length contraction and time dilation help create a relativistic Doppler effect, which is similar to the regular Doppler effect that causes a siren to sound higher-pitched (wavelengths are compressed) as it comes closer and lower-pitched (wavelengths are extended) as it moves away. Although the relativistic Doppler effect is more complicated than the regular Doppler effect, in both cases the frequency shift is caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer. Even small frequency shifts as perceived by the cloak cause distortions, technically called “aberrations,” that can interfere with the cloak’s invisibility. As the cloak’s velocity increases, the aberrations become more pronounced. Magnetic invisibility cloak shields magnets from magnetic fields 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. Citation: Fast-moving invisibility cloaks become visible (2016, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-fast-moving-invisibility-cloaks-visible.html (Phys.org)—Physicists have found that invisibility cloaks that can achieve perfect invisibility when not in motion will become visible when moving at speeds of around thousands of meters per second. This is because invisibility cloaks appear invisible only to light at a certain frequency called the cloak’s “operational frequency.” When the cloak is moving at high speeds with respect to an observer, relativistic effects shift the frequency of the light arriving at the cloak so that the light is no longer at the operational frequency. In addition, the light emerging from the cloak undergoes a change in direction that produces a further frequency shift, causing further image distortions for a stationary observer watching the cloak zoom by. Yet no matter how fast the cloak is moving, the researchers showed that it’s always possible to find a way to restore invisibility at that specific velocity. “This is achieved by giving light of some frequency the right direction such that the Doppler shift is canceled,” Halimeh said. “The relativistic Doppler shift can be seen as an admixture of a longitudinal Doppler red-shift and a transverse Doppler-blue shift. For a given frequency, you can tune the direction such that these two shifts cancel each other out and the cloak ends up seeing the light as having its operational frequency, thereby cloaking it.”Using this strategy, the researchers show that there are infinitely many combinations of light frequency and direction that can be cloaked at any given relativistic velocity. The results will help scientists better understand the abilities and limitations of invisibility cloaks.”We are interested in such research for two reasons,” Halimeh said. “First, it allows us to further investigate whether or not these invisibility cloaks are electromagnetically equivalent to vacuum. Second, it allows us to better understand the limitations of these cloaks when it comes to a relativistic world, where we have fast-moving objects that we need to cloak or cloak ourselves from, or in case we are in a strong gravitational field, for example, and we wish to have a cloak that works there as well.”As coauthor Dr. Robert Thompson at the University of Otago in New Zealand added, the results go beyond cloaking.”Scientists around the world are using cloaking as a testbed for the design and construction of new light-controlling technologies that could have a big impact on everything from communications to medical devices, and fully understanding the kinds of effects we’re studying is crucial for making the most of these new technologies,” Thompson said. A cylindrical invisibility cloak is perfectly invisible when not in motion (top left) because the incoming light rays have the same frequency as the cloak’s operational frequency. As the cloak’s velocity increases, the frequency of the light changes so that it no longer matches the operational frequency, creating image distortions that cause the cloak to become visible. (Colors correspond to the light’s frequency.) Credit: Halimeh, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society More information: Jad C. Halimeh, et al. “Invisibility cloaks in relativistic motion.” Physical Review A. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.013850 . Also at arXiv:1510.06144 [physics.optics]last_img read more

Celebrating the gurushishya tradition

first_imgVeteran musicians gave a glimpse of their lineage and proficiency at the recently concluded ‘Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet-Nritya Mahotsav’ in New Delhi.The four-day festival, organized by Uma Sharma’s Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan in association with the HCL Concerts, commemorated the esteemed guru-shishya parampara of our traditional arts, showcasing some of the gems chiselled out under this invaluable tradition. Till Sunday i.e., the concluding day of the festival, the spacious Shankar Lal Hall at New Delhi’s Modern School was stuffed with thousands of music lovers attending ‘Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet-Nritya Mahotsav’. “Who says there are no takers of classical music?”, exclaimed an overwhelmed Uma Sharma, eminent Kathak danseuse, who started this festival in order to revive people’s interest in Indian traditional arts, and to rekindle the love for classical music in the younger generation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The inaugural evening at the Modern School on Barakhamba Road saw performances by Kathak doyen Uma Sharma, legendary flautist Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty. The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister, Mahesh Sharma. Expressing his happiness at the presence of a large young audience, he said that the youth were global ambassadors of the country’s culture. The minister also urged people to always keep the flames of the country’s rich culture burning. He appealed to them to take forward the guru-shishya (teacher-student) tradition, describing it as India’s pride and strength. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUma Sharma, a Padma Bhushan awardee, said her mission with this festival is to ensure that India’s rich culture doesn’t get extinct.On January 12, the second day of the program, Pandit Chhannulal Mishra and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s Mohan Veena were the main attraction. Raga Puriya Kalyan, famous singer of Hindustani classical music and Pandit Chhannulal Mishra won the hearts of the audience with their singing on a number of lovely performances like Thumri, Kajari and Jhula in Banaras. Next, Ayan Ali Bangash playing on the strings of sarod along with Satyajit Talwalkar on Tabla touched the hearts of Delhiites. The second day’s final presentation was by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Manganiyars Group. While Vishwa Mohan played Mohan Vina, the Manganiyar Group made the evening of the festival colourful with Rajasthan in focus. Swami Haridas Tansen Music and Dance Festival is an attempt to keep our culture alive through the revival of cultural ‘renaissance’ and music ethos. On the third day of the program, celebrated singer Shubha Mudgal had the audience enthralled with her presentation. The versatile Mudgal is a classical musician who is also known for Khayal, Thumri and Dadra besides Indian pop music. Apart from this, the presentation of famous sitar player Ustad Shujaat Khan on the third day was a rare treat for aficionados of classical music. Sarod maestro Ustad Ashish Khan also proved to be quite a show stealer.On the last day of the festival, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan took the audience on a magical journey. Apart from this, the famous classical musician Pandit Ulhas Ann Kahlkar also showed his mettle. The classical music extravaganza was organised by the Indian Music House in collaboration with Sri Ram Center for Performing Arts.last_img read more

Forget Prime Day Surface Pro 6 Is 300 Off Right Now

first_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy, Amazon Prime Day is on the horizon (June 15 at 3AM ET to be exact), but the online retailer has a few treats in store for us before the big shopping event. One of those is an awesome deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, our favorite detachable 2-in-1. The Surface Pro 6 with the Type Cover included is on sale at Amazon for $999, which is a generous $300 off the retail price. This specific model comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Best of all, the $130 Type Cover keyboard accessory comes bundled, which solves one of the few gripes we have with the Surface Pro 6. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/microsoft-surface-pro-6-amazon-deal?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 w/ Type Cover for $999 ($300 off, Core i5/8GB of RAM/128GB SSD)Microsoft’s Surface tablets have long been our favorite detachables on the market, and the Surface Pro 6 is the best one yet. This 12.3-inch device has an extremely vivid and crisp 2736 x 1824-pixel display, along with blistering performance and all-day battery life. The Type Cover accessory is excellent in its own right because of its cushy keys and responsive glass touchpad.  A Surface Pro 7 will likely arrive by early 2020, but it won’t be featured in deals like this for a long time. MORE: Amazon Prime Day: Start Date and Best Deals So FarMore good news: this is a Prime deal, so the tablet will show up at subscribers’ doorsteps in just two days. We’re not sure how long this deal will last, so you might want to jump on it soon. Otherwise, feel free to bookmark our Amazon Prime Day page for the latest laptop, tablet and accessories deals.Surface Pro 6 Review: The Best 2-in-1 Just Got Bettercenter_img Phillip Tracy, Author Biolast_img read more