Founding member of Black Eyed Peas a big hit at ADL show

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsAPTN’s successful and historic eight city broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live Wednesday featured many of the country’s top performers.In Vancouver, one performer, in particular, has reached the highest levels of success in the music business.Now Taboo is also giving back to the community with a message.“Dream big … I went after one after one of the biggest dreams and that was to be in the music industry luckily I met Will I Am and Apple when we were teenagers we created the Black Eyed Peas when we were very young we had the same passion and wants and it was pretty crazy because we all come from different backgrounds ,” said Taboo.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Large fire near Fort Nelson not currently a risk to public safety

first_imgThe fire is one of a cluster that were sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that crews are currently working on containing two small fires north of the largest fire, both of which are smaller than 10 hectares in size. The rest of the fires are burning inside the boundaries of Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, meaning the Wildfire Service is currently letting nature takes its course with those fires, since they are not threatening property.Reynolds said that once additional crews arrive in Northeast B.C., the Wildfire Service will be looking at whether the 4,000 hectare fire will require a full firefighting attack, a modified attack, or if crews will just monitor the fire. Those crews are expert to arrive in Northeast B.C. later this week. FORT NELSON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that though a wildfire burning in the Fort Nelson area has ballooned in size in the past two days, the fire does not pose a risk to public safety.Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says that the fire, which is burning east of the Muskwa River roughly 75 kilometres southwest of Fort Nelson, grew from a small fire to over 4,000 hectares overnight, making it the largest fire currently burning in B.C. However, Reynolds says that the fire is far from any property, and is not currently posing a risk to public safety. A map of the wildfires burning southwest of Fort Nelson. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.last_img read more

Alumni Relations coordinator retires after 24 years

Lynne Irion, alumni relations co-ordinator, is retiring after nearly 24 years at Brock University. She’s seen here in front of the Student-Alumni Centre, for which she helped with the fundraising campaign. It was a take stock moment that Lynne Irion couldn’t ignore.The alumni relations co-ordinator was standing in the parking lot near the Plaza building and site of the Cairns Complex two years ago when she noticed she couldn’t see a single building that was on campus when she started working at Brock 22 years earlier.Irion’s view of the Schmon Tower, Mackenzie-Chown Complex and Welch Hall was blocked by newer buildings and one thought became clear.“It was at that point that I thought ‘You know, this is not my place anymore,’” Irion recalled. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s wonderful how the University has grown.”Still, that moment helped Irion decide when it would be time to pack in her career at Brock. After nearly 24 years of holding various jobs and titles with Alumni Relations, she will take one last look at how much the campus has changed on Friday, her last day of work before retiring.“I’m excited to go,” Irion said. “I’m really excited to move on to the next leg of my journey.“I thought these last few days, I’d have nothing to do. That’s not going to be the case,” she said, adding she’s finishing up last minute projects. “I’m not going to be twiddling my thumbs.”Avoiding idle hands is what landed Irion a job at Brock in the first place.After moving to Niagara from England in the late 1980s, Irion saw an ad for a computers course.She signed up for a two-week crash course and excelled, much to her own surprise. Her teachers recognized they had an ace and encouraged Irion to do a co-op placement.“And I came to Brock,” she said. “And I’m still here. I never really had plans to work. That wasn’t part of the deal. I just wanted to learn how to use a computer.”Irion enjoyed the social aspect of working as much as the job itself.When she started at Brock, there were only about 6,000 students, which made it easy to get to know the people she would stay in touch with for years after they graduated, even attending weddings of alumni and the christenings of their children.“You walked through the halls and no one was a stranger,” Irion said. “I liked that.”In retirement, Irion has plans to take stock of other locales, visiting family in England and taking a cruise, she hopes, from Spain to Florida. Catching up on her reading is also tops on her retirement to-do list – that and reporting for duty to no one but herself, she said.“That’ll be the best part – being able to do what I want to do.”Join Lynne as she celebrates her retirementWhen: Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Where: Alumni Pub Night at The Mansion House, 5 William St., St. CatharinesAlso, a farewell open house happens Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Alphie’s Bistro. For more information, email mmoore2@brocku.ca. read more

BC forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A sawmill destroyed by a deadly blast in Prince George, B.C., last year will be rebuilt.The Sinclar Group Forest Products company says final design plans haven’t been completed, but it intends to rebuilt the Lakeland Mill, with construction expected to begin this spring.Sinclar President Greg Stewart says he can’t give details of the size and capacity of the plant yet, but he wanted to let the community know the company is going ahead with the project, which should be complete by the summer of next year.The company says mill will incorporate the most advanced safety protocols to ensure a safe work environment.Two men were killed when an explosion and fire ripped through the mill last April 23, just three months after a similar blast killed two workers at a sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C.Wood dust has been implicated in the explosions, and the BC Safety Authority issued a report earlier this year recommending sawmills take more action to manage the dust. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2013 3:57 pm MDT read more

Bowden Muschamp renew ties in AkronSouth Carolina game

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Terry Bowden was coaching Auburn he saw just what he needed in graduate assistant Will Muschamp 23 years ago. So it’s no surprise to when that Muschamp has excelled running a program.He will get see firsthand how much Muschamp has learned this weekend.Brown’s Akron Zips (4-7) face Muschamp’s Gamecocks (6-5) to close the regular season in a makeup game after South Carolina’s contest with Marshall on Sept. 15 was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Akron saw its season-opener at Nebraska called off because of lightning and strong storms.Bowden brought Muschamp on at Auburn after he finished his career as a Georgia defensive back in 1994.“I just remember what an intelligent ballplayer he was. He was savvy, tough guy, a leader,” Bowden said earlier this week. “I liked the way he carried himself as a player. Then, finding out he wanted to be a coach, he’s the guy I look for when I’m looking for graduate assistants. I think he’s turned out everything I thought he would.”When Muschamp’s time as a graduate assistant was over, he took a position outside of football. But that didn’t stick for long with Bowden’s encouraging words that Muschamp could be a successful teacher, mentor and football coach.“To get reassurance from a guy who was head coach at Auburn University and was having a good run at the time, to tell you to stick with this thing,” Muschamp said. “There was no doubt, I appreciate his words.”Muschamp has the Gamecocks on a positive track . He’s the first South Carolina coach to start with three consecutive bowl appearances. And Muschamp’s aiming higher, telling his team to treat this extra week of game practice as a rehearsal for next year in preparing for a Southeastern Conference title game.“The guys will tell you, I like to be able to practice things,” Muschamp said.A win should enhance the Gamecocks bowl destination.Bowden, in his seventh season at Akron, said the Zips had hopes of reaching a bowl game, too, when they agreed to a 12th game in early November. However, four consecutive losses this month ended that goal.Some other things to watch for when South Carolina plays host to Akron:SURGING BENTLEYSouth Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is on a major roll. He had career highs of 510 yards passing and five touchdowns in last week’s 56-35 loss at No. 2 Clemson. Over his past four games, Bentley has thrown for 1,451 yards and 13 TDs and just two interceptions. The junior was on NFL scouts radar when the year began. His recent play has revived talk of turning pro after this year. Bentley and coach Will Muschamp say the focus is solely on Akron.BOWDEN ON THE SIDELINEEven though it’s his second game as a head coach at South Carolina, Akron’s Terry Bowden will mark his first time on the sideline. The other occasion, as Auburn’s head coach in 1997, Bowden had to stay up in the coaching box due to a back injury. The eighth-ranked Tigers improved to 5-0 that year with a 23-6 win over the Gamecocks.TOUTING HIS PLAYERSWill Muschamp spoke nimbly when asked why Bentley’s performance didn’t earn any Player of the Week recognition from the SEC. After stating that it’s a team game and Bentley’s output was the product of many players’ hard work and preparation,Muschamp said people should be recognized for doing something extraordinary. No one in SEC history, Muschamp said, had ever thrown for that many yards against a top Five opponent. Muschamp then said, “:We have a saying, ‘It just means more.’ It just means more, sometimes, depending on what your logo is. Call it like it is.”Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur shared the latest SEC player of the week honours.NICE WINAkron has something South Carolina does not: A victory over a championship game participant this weekend. The Zips had two pick-six touchdowns in a 39-34 victory at Northwestern this past September. The Wildcats play Ohio State for the Big Ten championship on Saturday.RETURN TO MACTIONSouth Carolina holds an 8-3 mark over teams from the Mid-American Conference. This is the first time the Gamecocks have played a MAC opponent since defeating Eastern Michigan 41-6 in 2000.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

US study finds link between pesticides and autism

first_imgA CALIFORNIA STUDY published today found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides are applied had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.The findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives examine the association between living near commercial pesticide applications and having offspring with autism, but do not show cause-and-effect.Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that ranges in severity and has been on the rise in recent years. Health authorities say it now affects as many as one in 68 children in the United States.The latest research was based on data about commercial pesticide applications in California, combined with residential addresses of about 1,000 participants in a study of families with an autistic child.“We mapped where our study participants’ lived during pregnancy and around the time of birth,” said principal investigator Irva Hertz-Picciotto, vice chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of California, Davis.California law requires detailed records on what kinds of pesticides are applied, where and when and how much.“What we saw were several classes of pesticides more commonly applied near residences of mothers whose children developed autism or had delayed cognitive or other skills.”About one-third of study participants lived within 1.25 to 1.75 kilometers (about a mile) from a site where commercial pesticides were applied.Researchers found risks of autism were highest when the chemicals were applied during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.The study authors said the developing fetal brain may be particularly vulnerable to pesticides.“This study validates the results of earlier research that has reported associations between having a child with autism and prenatal exposure to agricultural chemicals in California,” said lead study author Janie Shelton, a UC Davis graduate student.“While we still must investigate whether certain sub-groups are more vulnerable to exposures to these compounds than others, the message is very clear: Women who are pregnant should take special care to avoid contact with agricultural chemicals whenever possible.”- © AFP 2014.Read: €9 million research programme in Autism described as ‘groundbreaking’>Read: Here’s how these furry friends are changing the lives of autistic children in Ireland>last_img read more

LHC la collision approche

first_imgLHC : la collision approcheGenève, Suisse – Le Centre européen de recherche nucléaire (Cern) va effectuer, le 30 mars prochain, un premier essai pour tenter de créer une collision de protons de 7 TeV dans son accélérateur de particules.”Avec deux faisceaux à 3,5 TeV, nous nous apprêtons à lancer le programme de physique du LHC” a déclaré Steve Myers, directeur des accélérateurs et de la technologie. “Mais nous avons encore beaucoup de travail avant d’obtenir des collisions. Aligner les faisceaux est en soi déjà un défi : cela revient un peu à lancer des aiguilles à travers l’Atlantique et à les faire entrer en collision à mi-parcours.” Le Cern va tenter mardi 30 mars de recréer le Big Bang, phénomène à l’origine de la naissance de l’univers, dans un tunnel de 27 kilomètres situé à une centaine de mètres sous terre entre la France et la Suisse. Les chercheurs espèrent ainsi prouver l’existence du boson de Higgs également appelé “particule de Dieu”. Le programme de recherche du Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) n’avait jusqu’à présent jamais atteint une telle puissance dans un accélérateur de particules. L’équipe du LHC travaillera avec des faisceaux à 3,5 TeV qui permettront de mettre en service les systèmes de contrôle des faisceaux ainsi que les systèmes protégeant les détecteurs des particules parasites. Tous doivent être entièrement opérationnels avant que les collisions puissent avoir lieu. “Le LHC n’est pas une machine de série” précise Rolf Heuer, directeur général du Cern. “La machine fonctionne bien, mais nous sommes encore en pleine phase de mise en service, et nous devons admettre que cette première tentative de collision n’est bel et bien qu’une tentative. Il faudra peut-être des heures, voire des jours, pour obtenir des collisions.” L’appareil avait été remis en service le 20 novembre 2009. Son premier faisceau avait été mis en circulation à 0,45 Tev, atteignant les 2,36 TeV avant l’arrêt de la machine le 16 décembre 2009. Les faisceaux ont ensuite recommencé à circuler le 28 février 2010, atteignant les 3,5 TeV le 19 mars.  Après les collisions à 7 TeV, le LHC sera exploité en continu pendant 18 à 24 mois, avec un court arrêt technique à la fin de 2010. Les données seront, à ce moment, suffisantes pour permettre de faire des découvertes dans le domaine de la physique des hautes énergies. Le premier essai de collisions de protons à 7 TeV sera retransmis sur le web le jour même.Le 25 mars 2010 à 18:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

11 New Years Resolutions for Our Favorite Characters

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target Hopefully we’ve all slept off our New Year’s Eve festivities and are back to work (or whatever), ready to make 2019 a better year than the intense hellscape of 2018. But one of the most important elements of the year-changing holiday is the New Year’s resolution, where we make promises that we really intend to keep about making our lives better, from diet and exercise to not being so mean on Twitter. But New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for us flesh and blood humans — fictional characters can stand to make them as well. We put on our imagination hats to advise eleven of our favorites on changes to make in 2019.Lara CroftOne of the most thought-provoking stories in video games last year came in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix’s latest installment in the Lara Croft legacy. The game saw a young Croft in South America working to stave off an apocalyptic event that her own amoral archaeology was responsible for unleashing. As we become more aware of the impact of plundering other countries’ cultural treasures, it might be time for Lara to get some career counseling. Surely there’s a job out there for her that can use her significant skills in wall climbing and dual pistol wielding without being a glorified grave robber? It’s not like she needs the money, right?BatmanDC’s dark knight had a pretty bizarre 2018, from his aborted nuptials with Catwoman to his epic battle with a Jokerized alternate version of himself in Dark Knights: Metal. As the year turns over, he’s caught up in another struggle with arch-nemesis Bane that’s driving him to the brink of madness. So for Bruce Wayne, 2019 needs to be the year of self-care. Dial back on the drama a little bit and give yourself a chance to breathe. Maybe let the fifty different orphan kids that have been Robin do some of the heavy lifting and just chill in the Batcave with a cup of chamomile tea for a while. Gotham will be fine. Well, not “fine” exactly, but no worse than it already is.Kylo RenThe second Star Wars movie didn’t make Kylo Ren look all that great, as he both murdered his Supreme Leader and then got bamboozled by a spectral Luke Skywalker while pursuing revenge. He’s scheduled to return in Episode IX in 2019, and while we’re not foolish enough to advise him away from his collision course with Rey – there’d be no movie otherwise – one little piece of advice for the Sith lord we’d give is get some sunshine. Not only was the scene in which Ren took his shirt off to reveal a pale white rectangle of a torso extremely memeable, a lack of Vitamin D from the sun can contribute to depression and mood disorders. Hang out on Tatooine for a bit and catch some rays, buddy. It’ll do you good.DanteA new entry in the Devil May Cry series, returned to its roots after the badly-received Western reboot of 2013. The half-demon hunter is back to the traditional gray hair and over-the-top attitude, but will that be enough to bring him back in 2019? Our advice for the demon slayer is to embrace minimalism. Seriously, it has to be incredibly exhausting to remember all the special moves for the guy’s guns, swords, electric guitars and other weapons, let alone keeping them all clean and in good working order. Maybe calling a clutter consultant could help him organize his life more efficiently.Sabrina SpellmanNetflix’s edgy adaptation of the Archie comic universe’s resident witch was one of the streaming service’s biggest hits and most controversial offerings, with both devout Christians and grumpy satanists mad at it for different reasons. The second half of the first season is set to drop this year, and our advice to Sabrina is to get a good lawyer. Sure, Netflix handled the Satanic Temple’s lawsuit over the Baphomet statue, but she’s going to have to deal with the repercussions of signing her name in the Book of the Beast and pledging her soul to the Dark Master. Any decent attorney will point out that a minor under 18 can’t be held legally responsible in a contract situation.ThanosThe climax of Avengers: Infinity War managed to both be expected and shocking, as Thanos snapped his gauntleted fingers and instantly eradicated half of all life in the universe. In the film, his motivations are explained as wanting to cure universal overpopulation and resource scarcity, so for 2019 the big purple dummy’s resolution should be to take a basic economics class. Instead of resorting to mass murder with his theoretically unlimited powers, Thanos could have just made more resources and inhabitable planets, or doubled the size of the universe. It’s time to think outside of the box, dude.KratosThe protagonist of the God of War series underwent a pretty big evolution in 2018, from a snarling badass who banged background women for health orbs to a complex (and bearded) father trying to come to terms with his violent past. We hope that 2019 will be equally transformative for Kratos, and in service of that goal our resolution for him is to continue to deepen his relationship with son Atreus by taking a family vacation. The last time the duo hit the road together it was a blood-soaked rampage through the Norse lands, so why not go a little more traditional in 2019 with something like Disneyland? Leave the axe at home and eat a churro or something. Your boy will thank you for it.Wonder WomanAfter the dire slog that was Justice League and the candy-colored mess that was Aquaman, it’s easy to forget that Patty Jenkins’ 2017 Wonder Woman actually showed that a classic DC superhero movie can play it straight, embrace the mythology and still be good. So our advice for the Amazon princess with the bulletproof wrists in 2019 is simple: get some new friends. It’s time to kick the brooding bat-guy to the curb, forget about the League and start running with some heroes who can keep things light and fun while still getting the job done. That Shazam kid looks like he might be cool.Rick SanchezThe wild-haired scientist protagonist of Rick and Morty took the entire year of 2018 off, with not a single new episode aired. The show’s supposed to come back near the end of 2019, and we hope that he’s using the time off to check into rehab. The relentless alcohol abuse is the most boring aspect of the super-genius sociopath’s personality, and let’s be frank: there are untold comedic depths to plumb with a Rick not addled by the demon whiskey and forced to soberly wrestle with the vileness of his actions. So this is sort of a selfish resolution for our benefit as well, but we’re sure his liver will thank us.Daenerys TargaryenThe final season of Game of Thrones drops in 2019, and the Mother of Dragons ended the last one with a pretty terrible decision: boning her nephew Jon Snow. Of course, keeping track of all of the complex family interactions on the show is part of the challenge, but that doesn’t excuse incest. So for Dany, once all of the nonsense with the Night King is over and somebody’s butt is on the Iron Throne her resolution should be to get a 23andme DNA test. If you’re going to be sleeping around the Seven Kingdoms, it might be a good idea to do a little due diligence beforehand just to avoid any embarrassing situations at Thanksgiving.DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth had a very good 2018, but there’s always room for improvement. While we’re not willing to suggest that Wade Wilson up his firearms skills, one thing that might make him more tolerable is to head down to his local UCB franchise and take an improv class. Sure, busting out one-liners and breaking the fourth wall during heated battles can be fun and all, but he’s getting a bad reputation for stepping all over his allies. With a little more discipline, Deadpool can find himself a valued member of a collaborative troupe as opposed to the guy who hogs all the laughs. It’s 2019, time for a kinder, gentler sociopathic unkillable murderer for hire.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Will Chill You to the Bone11 Coolest Toys of 2018Year in Photos: Best Science, Tech, and News Images of 2018last_img read more

Texas mourners endure grief that none of us can comprehend

first_imgSANTA FE, Texas — Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into the high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief “that none of us can comprehend.”Just two days after the deaths of eight students and two substitute teachers, the pastor of the Dayspring Church acknowledged the pain wracking Santa Fe, a town of 13,000.“They will never be forgotten in this community, these young people, children just going to school,” said Brad Drake, who then read the names of the dead, including a slain student who attended services at Dayspring.“We have families today that are grieving a grief that none of us can comprehend.”The family of the slain student, Angelique Ramirez, did not attend the service. She was a member of the church’s youth ministry, Drake said.“She was a sweet young lady, had a style all of her own,” he recalled. “She almost always had a new hairstyle.”Kelly Ward, who runs a ministry in Springfield, Missouri, and is a licensed counselor, took the stage to urge congregants not to hold in their emotions.last_img read more

FC Cincinnati to join the MLS

first_imgThe Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced that FC Cincinnati will be joining the league for the start of next season as their 26th teamThe American football league made the announcement on Tuesday evening at a ceremony that FC Cincinnati will become the league’s newest expansion team“Major League Soccer is proud to introduce Cincinnati as our 26th team,” said Commissioner Don Garber, according to ESPN.“The rise of Cincinnati as a passionate soccer market in recent years, coinciding with the city’s growing economy and reputation as a top destination for young professionals makes it an ideal city for our growing league.“We congratulate [Managing Owner and CEO of FC Cincinnati] Carl Lindner and his partners, and also the soccer fans of Cincinnati, who have passionately supported FC Cincinnati in the USL.”The current United States League club will continue to use the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, which has been it’s home since 2016, until it’s 21,000-seat venue is ready.Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Cincinnati’s selection by Major League Soccer for an expansion team is a triumph for the continued renaissance of this incredible city,” said CEO Linder.“I have to start by thanking the supporters of FC Cincinnati, because from the beginning they were the foundation of the efforts of our bid to join MLS. We could not have done this without them. This has been a true team effort among the soccer fans, our partners and our civic and corporate leaders.“This is a city with a historically deep relationship between the people and its teams, and we are going to take that to even greater heights in MLS. Thank you to Commissioner Garber and all of the league’s owners for their faith in Cincinnati. We’re excited to be part of Major League Soccer’s tremendous future.”Nashville and David Beckham’s Miami are set to compete in the MLS in 2020.While FC Cincinnati has a place in the league for next season, it has yet to be decided which conference they will join.last_img read more

Stop being politically correct Trump

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump said Sunday the attack in London showed it was time to “stop being politically correct,” warning the threat will only grow worse otherwise.”We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” Trump said in a tweet.In a series of early morning tweets, Trump also poured scorn on London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s attempt to reassure the public after three assailants smashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday then attacked revellers with knives.”At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'” he said in one tweet.In another tweet, Trump derided gun control advocates.”Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”The attack in central London came just a fortnight after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and recalled an attack in March when a man drove a car into pedestrians near the seat of Parliament, killing five.British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology for Saturday’s attack.last_img read more

Protestors portray Suu Kyi as Hitler in Sydney
first_imgProtesters gather to demonstrate against Myanmar`s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on 17 March 2018. AFPProvocative images of one-time human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi with a Hitler moustache and banners demanding Cambodia’s Hun Sen step down were held by protesters in Sydney Saturday in a rally against Southeast Asian leaders.Thousands demonstrated in the city against a raft of grievances on the sidelines of an Australia-ASEAN special summit, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to tackle human rights issues.They came together to urge the release of political prisoners in Vietnam, an end to strongman Hun Sen’s regime in Cambodia and a halt to the military crackdown on Rohingya in Myanmar.“We are here to protest issues that are happening in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the Rohingya-you name it, we are here to send a clear voice to these governments that you do not mistreat human rights,” Vietnamese-Australian protestor Davy Nguyen told AFP.Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations including Hun Sen, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, are in Sydney for talks. The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte opted not to attend.All have been accused of oppression.“The summit is here, and the (Australian) government needs to do something-they need to put human rights before economics, before money,” Nguyen added.Among banners was one portraying Aung San Suu Kyi with a Adolf Hitler moustache, calling on her to “Return the Nobel Prize”.The Nobel laureate is accused of failing to do enough to halt the persecution of the Muslim-minority Rohingya community who have been brutally forced out of Rakhine state by the Myanmar military.Others urged Hun Sen, who is accused of overseeing widespread human rights violations, to quit. The protest followed a rally by several hundred Cambodian-Australians against him on Friday.“We are here today in solidarity among the communities from Southeast Asia who are facing dictatorship and genocide, of course particularly in the Rohingya community,” Shawfikul Islam from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation said.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, with Australia a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img
PM pays homage to Bangabandhu on Mujibnagar Day

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of historic Mujibnagar Day, reports UNB.The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning.After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence.Flanked by central leaders of her party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.Later, the leaders of AL’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League and Krishak League laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s first government in exile was formed at Baidyanathtala mango grove in Meherpur (then under Kushtia district).The place was later renamed as Mujibnagar showing respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had been declared as the president of the government in exile.Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu. Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman were made cabinet members.The successful leadership of the Mujibnagar government steered the Liberation War to the victory on 16 December 1971.last_img read more

Which Doctor Who Scene Still Rankles Steven Moffat

first_img Forty-eight episodes, 2,888 hours, three Doctors, 12 companions, two Masters: Steven Moffat has a lot to look back on across his Doctor Who career.“The best part was absolutely everything,” the exiting showrunner told BBC America this week, highlighting “the friend I’ve made.”“I’ve made some really great friends on Doctor Who over the years. Many of them,” he boasted. “And that is what I get to take away. And that, I suppose, as it always is, is the very best thing about anything—the people you meet.”A lifelong fan of the BBC show, Moffat took over for Russell T. Davies in 2009, introducing Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Six seasons of complex plot arcs and shock-and-awe reveals later; there is still one incident that plagues the Scotsman.“There’s loads of things I’d change. I’d change all my mistakes,” he said. “But that would be exhausting. [So] I’ll choose one mistake because it just rankles me to this day that I got this wrong.”Remember the scene at the end of season five episode “Flesh and Stone,” when Amy comes on to the Doctor (goes as far as to kiss him)—the night before she’s set to marry the most wonderful man alive, Rory Williams?“It’s a very good idea. Because she’s been going through this traumatic experience,” Moffat said of the conclusion to a two-part story featuring the Weeping Angels. “She doesn’t quite know who or what the Doctor is, and she doesn’t quite know what his interest is.“There’s a brilliant scene to be written there, and I entirely avoided writing it,” he admitted. “I played it for laughs. And it was so wrong.”Barely two when William Hartnell’s First Doctor debuted in 1963, Moffat’s first solo Doctor Who work—short story “Continuity Errors”—was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and “Blink.”This year’s Christmas episode marks the end for Moffat and star Peter Capaldi, who will be replaced by Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker, respectively.The eleventh season of Doctor Who is slated to begin in 2018. But what does the future hold for the long-running BBC program?“This show will continue in whatever form the future holds for us, for as long as people want stories. I believe that, absolutely,” according to Moffat. “Just as King Arthur keeps going. Just as Robin Hood keeps going. Doctor Who will always be there.“You take it off the air for 16 years, and it comes back as the big issue on television, there isn’t anything you can do to this show,” he said with a laugh. “Doctor Who goes on forever. It is more than a TV program; it is more than a story, it is actually a legend.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

Less Ramble on the Road

first_imgSeptember 16, 2009 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Rejoice: Planning business trips is about to become less of a headache. With the launch of its new Business Travel Center, TripAdvisor is reaching out to the road warriors who want to know where to stay, what to eat and how to entertain themselves between meetings and conferences. The popular travel review website has re-indexed more than 20 million hotel reviews with business travelers in mind, taking into account factors such as amenities, the number of existing reviews and overall ratings. You can also post questions in a discussion forum, check the weather and map meeting locations and nearby services in more than 750 cities around the world. Let’s take it for a spin.Book it. Enter your destination city and you’ll be taken to a list of hotels ranked by business travel popularity. You can check room rates, photos, amenities and reviews.The nabe. A new map feature lets you pinpoint the nearest coffeehouse or Kinkos. Or type in your meeting location to find the closest hotel.Pack up. Check the Weather Essentials feature to help plan what to pack, especially if you’ll be in different cities during the week.Read up. Research your destination under Business Traveler Info, including advice on public transportation, entertainment and shuttling to and from the airport.Picky, picky. Use the filter function to narrow your search options, based on amenities, hotel class or hotel brand–in case you want to make full use of your traveler’s points. 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

7 Ways to Keep Hackers From Destroying Your Startup

first_img 7 min read Enroll Now for Free In all fairness, startups have a lot on its plates.From raising capital to product development to marketing and public relations to just plain keeping sane, startups are typically very busy places. So while your startup may be struggling to balance key elements, like leadership, staffing, product development, market differentiation and customer acquisition, please understand that its only with the best intentions that we add one more item to your lengthy to-do list – security.Related: 4 Foolish Cybersecurity Mistakes Robert Herjavec Is Shocked People Still MakeWhile many factors, including cost, technical awareness and first-to-market races may make security look like an impediment to growth, it is most assuredly anything but. Some may even argue that by virtue of even claiming an InfoSec department or employee, your company is no longer a startup.From the earliest stages, firms need to prioritize cybersecurity to ensure it organically evolves in tandem with business, splicing it into the cultural DNA, if you will. In order to develop and promote an organizationally comprehensive understanding of risk as well as policies that will grow with your business, here is a list of seven key security elements that any developing company and its leadership team should adopt.1. Insist on access management from the start.No matter how horizontal or egalitarian an environment you strive to create, not everyone needs to be an admin for everything. The security rule most-oft recommended to startups is to thoughtfully assign services, and then individual logins, instead of sharing the same username and password across an entire company.Why? Because all companies – no matter how generous your flex-time policy or innovative your technology — experience turnover. Founders should never be forced to scramble to change access for all personnel each time an individual departs, particularly in the case of a disgruntled employee – or soon to be ex-employee — who has access to your proprietary and critical IT, IP and other key data. When properly applied, access management allows startups to tailor permission levels, and our recommendation is to dole them out sparingly.2. Enforce two-factor authentication (2FA).Two-factor authentication is exactly what it sounds like – the requirement of a second level of authentication in addition to a username and password — usually in the form of a token with a numerical code, a smart card, a text message to a phone or even a biometric (think thumbprint) scan.2FA is especially for critical systems like email, Git repos, databases and cloud providers. Requiring a password and a device – what you know and what you have — can halt a bad actor before they can break in, and let you know something is wrong early on. Imagine being able to thwart the damage caused by credential theft from a spear-phishing attack or malware — that’s the beauty of 2FA.3. Use a password manager like 1Password.It’s 2016. No two passwords should be the same, and there’s no reason to have a password with fewer than 25 characters – letters, numbers and characters. So in addition to 2FA, insert a password management system into your company’s security policy. Password managers are software services that generate and securely store long, complex passwords in an encrypted virtual container. Its beauty is that employees need to remember only one – hopefully robust — password to unlock the manager, from which they can then cut-and-paste or auto-fill into individual sites and services. Password managers solve the problem of complex passwords for all the sites you use on a daily basis. Make sure everyone in the company uses one.Related: Cybersecurity Planning is Finally Demystified (Infographic)4. Use your phone.Train employees to call whenever a request for sensitive data or materials, like wire transfers, passwords or personnel data, are requested from another party. It doesn’t matter if the request is coming from the email address of someone you share a cubicle wall with. When someone actually does need access to a service – say, they need your 2FA code to get into Twitter — and they send a note to you asking for those credentials, call and speak to them. Especially at a small startup, where you know everyone’s voice, verbal confirmation is the most effective way to avoid getting phished.5. Use GPG encryption for sharing sensitive information.GPG Tools works great for Mac, and you should be using encryption for more than just your emails. Even if your company communications are happening behind 2FA, and logins with complex unique passwords, bad things can still happen. If you’re sharing any sensitive information, encrypt it because if another party is phishing you, they get nothing without the intended recipient’s private key. And if the communications service provider – email, Slack, etc. — gets hacked, you don’t have to worry about your critical keys being stolen.6. Use full-disk encryption.Modern operating systems, such as macOS, Windows 10, iOS and Android, come with full disk encryption. Use it, and make sure everyone else in your company is using it.iPhones get lost. People leave laptops alone on coffee shop tables. Tablets are stuffed into airplane seat pockets and forgotten. Stuff happens.These machines have your company’s intellectual property, strategic plans and access to email, keys and communications, essentially the lifeblood of a tech company. Likewise, make sure your devices require passwords to turn on and wake from sleep. I’d encourage you to encrypt backups too. This comes as a feature on modern operating systems too so someone can’t pick up your external hard drive and wander off, or make a copy while you’re away from your desk.7. Don’t lose your IP over a latte.Startups, with their flex-time and work-from-wherever attitudes are awesome at giving employees the freedom to do their jobs from wherever they want. And hey, why not, since there’s free wi-fi practically on every corner – for a price.Ever hear of Firesheep? It’s a free program that lets hackers grab cookies from non-encrypted code, and gain access to your private information. That means anyone in proximity to an employee on public wi-fi can potentially access that individual’s – or even their company’s — Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.Worse, hackers will set up rogue-yet-legit-looking wi-fi hotspots – i.e. beware anything called “Free Public Wi-Fi” — so when you connect to the company VPN over a skim double-macchiato, they can see any data you share and receive over this connection. The solution – read the list above, paying close attention to 2FA, encryption and even tethering to your phone as a hotspot, if your data plan and battery can support it.Better yet, subscribe to a Privacy-as-a-Service platform, like Dispel, which encrypts both data and connections for all employee daily browsing, email, file transfers, messaging and social media, segmenting and isolating each device from neighboring users.And here’s a bonus tip. Not to be Captain Obvious, but please: Don’t click sketchy links or download weird things from the Internet, and do study up on your anti-virus software.Related: Expert Hacker Shares 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Minimize Cybersecurity ThreatsThis one should almost go without saying, but it’s really important so I’ll put it here anyway. The Internet is full of nasty stuff, and people with bad intentions. Practicing good digital and device hygiene is essential for keeping your data safe. Train all employees to cultivate a healthy amount of skepticism when downloading software. Keep an eye out to make sure website SSL certificates are valid. And install a high quality anti-virus scanner, even Mac users. You never know. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now October 12, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Amazon Fire Kids Edition 7Inch Review

first_img Display Size Ports USB Ports 7146 Graphics Chip 128GB Storage Drive Size 1.3-GHz quad-core CPU Card Reader Size 3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery LifeColor AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 3Geekbench 4Jetstream Size Yes 1GB Fire OS 5 7 2 MP OS May 16 Update: Amazon just updated the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, which now features a new adjustable stand for hands free viewing. This review was originally published on July 24, 2017.article continued below The risks of handing over your own phone or tablet to a child range from minor (fingerprints from dirty hands) to major (dropping and breaking), so getting a child his or her own slate is a great solution. That’s where the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition comes in. This $99 tablet is the smaller, non-HD version of the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, and offers most the same great features: a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, which gives your child access to age-appropriate curated content; a two-year accidental-damage warranty in case your child breaks the device; in-depth parental controls; and a durable, child-friendly case. However, confusing controls, tinny audio and intermittent Wi-Fi reliance hamper an otherwise good tablet. Design The Fire 7 Kids Edition is the same as the black Fire 7, but with a colorful, durable case (available in blue, pink and yellow). In addition to protecting the Fire 7, the foam case can help small hands grip the device. However, removing and reapplying the case will take a bit of wrestling. The Fire 7 Kids Edition measures 8.7 x 5.5 x 1 inches and weighs 13.8 oz with the case on, compared with 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches and 10.4 ounces with it off. Either way, it’s smaller and lighter than the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, which measures 9.6 x 6.1 x 1 inches and weighs 17.6 ounces with its case on. With the case on, you can access everything except the SD card slot and microphone, although very large adult fingers might have a little trouble getting to the buttons through the openings in the case. You’ll find the power button, micro-USB port, headset jack and volume rocker along the left side of the slate, peeking through their respective openings in the case. A lone speaker sits in the top-right corner, and a rear-mounted camera can be found in the top-left corner. If the thought of handing your device over to your child causes you to panic, you’ll appreciate the amazing two-year, ‘worry-free’ warranty included with the Fire 7 Kids Edition. Removing the case gives you access to the microSD card slot, which can be used to increase the storage capacity to 256GB. Because the Fire 7 Kids Edition comes with only 16GB of onboard storage,this is a great addition, especially if you plan to download a lot of video to the device for offline viewing. Display The Fire 7 Kids Edition’s 7-inch screen has a low, 1024 x 600 resolution, but it’s fine for most uses.In a nature documentary, I saw a lot of details, such as white markings on a frog’s skin and individual hairs on a close-up of a wolf. Colors were decent indoors, but when I tried to watch the same documentary in bright sunlight, the screen was almost completely washed out. The Fire 7 Kids Edition measured 327 nits of brightness on our light meter, which is below the category average of 352 nits and the Fire HD 8’s 395 nits. The Fire 7 Kids Edition can display 75.4 percent of the color gamut, which is well below the category average of 90.4 percent. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition performed slightly better, at 78.8 percent. Audio The audio from the Fire 7 Kids Edition is very tinny. At full volume, many sounds are distorted, so I wouldn’t recommend putting it louder than 75 percent. At that volume, it’s just fine for listening if you’re holding it or sitting right in front of it, but the sound will not fill a room, and there isn’t much bass. The sound from the Moana soundtrack was clear, but not full or rich at all. Operating System The Fire 7 Kids Edition runs on Amazon’s Fire OS, which is a modified version of Android. It has its own app store, so you do not get access to Google Play. Below the screen are the three buttons familiar to Android users: a triangular back button, a round home button and a square Open Apps button that allows you to see and interact with all your recently opened apps. Swiping down from the top reveals the notification shade, which displays the time, battery life and which profile is currently in use. You can also adjust the screen brightness, and access the camera and airplane mode. This is also where you access the main Settings page. The touch keyboard is fine if you’re typing a few words into a search bar, but you wouldn’t want to write a long email on it. The spacing between the digital keys is made for child-size fingers, which meant I accidentally hit several keys instead of the one letter I was trying to enter. I had better luck with the swipe-to-type feature. Child-Friendly UI There are three possible profiles you can use on this device. The Child and Teen profiles are very similar, but the Adult profile is the one you would find on a regular Kindle. All of the profiles’ Home screens are divided into categories that you can swipe through. The Child and Teen categories include Books, Videos, and Apps. If you enable web access for a Child or Teen profile, they can access a special FreeTime browser, which has a limited list of age-appropriate sites, though it offers parents the ability to add to its whitelist. The Adult home screen has additional categories, such as Shop, Apps, Music, Audible, and Newsstand. The adult browser is called Silk, and it works reasonably well but doesn’t sync with your Google account as the Chrome browser does. Warranty: No Worries If the thought of handing your device over to your child causes panic, you’ll appreciate the amazing two-year, “Worry-Free” warranty included with the Fire 7 Kids Edition. If the device is damaged, Amazon will fix it, replace it or refund your money. Personally, as a parent, I think this is the most valuable feature of all. My editor’s son broke his device twice in two years, and Amazon replaced it within a couple of days, no questions asked. The touch keyboard is fine if you’re typing a few words into a search bar, but you wouldn’t want to write a long email on it. In case your tablet gets misplaced, the Fire 7 Kids Edition has a Find Your Tablet feature. When activated, it can be used to get the location of your Fire if it’s lost or stolen, as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi. You can also set off an alarm, lock the device or do a factory reset if you have Find Your Tablet enabled in the settings. Parental Controls The parental controls on the Child and Teen profiles let you get very specific about what you want your children to have access to. Or, you can give broad permissions with the Fire’s Smart Filters. Some of the simpler controls in the Profiles & Family Library section include a Bedtime setting for the device and a time for it to turn back on again, to make sure your kid is going to bed without distractions. You can also set goals for your child, such as reading for a certain amount of time, using an educational app or blocking all other content until the objective is completed. There’s a separate section in the settings called Parental Controls (yes, that is confusing) that gives you access to other controls, such as setting up a PIN for purchasing or blocking the store altogether. You can also set a curfew for the device and profile monitoring so that you can see exactly how your child spends his or her time on the Fire.   MORE: Kids Tablets to Buy (or Avoid)   If you’ve purchased books or videos from Amazon, you can share those with child profiles and un-share them if you change your mind. However, be aware that even if you’ve already downloaded an item to your own profile, you still need Wi-Fi in order to transfer it to a child’s profile (and also to revoke access). So if you’re going on vacation without Wi-Fi, transfer everything you need to first. While the basic parental controls are very easy to set up, I got a bit confused as I got deeper into the settings. If you’re just setting up the Fire 7 Kids Edition for a child to use, it’s much easier than trying to prohibit certain things for a child while allowing them for the adult profiles. Figuring out where the different controls are located is not intuitive. Because there are separate passwords for the device itself, the Amazon account and the Parental Controls section, I sometimes got confused. Thankfully, Amazon offers plenty of help for these issues; it just depends on how much time you want to spend delving into them. FreeTime Unlimited: Tons of Great Content Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which gives you access to age-appropriate curated content, is included with the purchase of the Fire 7 Kids Edition for one year. It’s designed for kids 10 and younger, and normally costs $2.99 per month. The library comprises thousands of books, apps, videos and websites, including popular and relevant content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney and PBS. There are games and episodes from most of the major kids’ shows, including Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol, P.J. Masks, Miles from Tomorrowland, Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street. Just keep in mind that FreeTime books and apps can be downloaded to the device for offline use, but FreeTime videos require a Wi-Fi connection. Alexa Like most Amazon products, the Fire 7 is equipped with Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa. However, it will not work on any of the profiles if any of the parental controls are activated. While that makes sense for a Child or Teen profile, I’m not sure why the parent profile should be blocked from the feature, especially considering this special Kindle version of Alexa is not voice-activated. Cameras The front-facing VGA camera and the 2-megapixel rear-mounted shooter are good for a child to have fun with, but not much more. Pictures taken in bright light with the rear camera look decent, until you try to zoom in. I wanted to check out some of the finer details in the picture of the flowers in my garden, but the image became very pixelated when I zoomed in just a little. Pictures taken with the selfie camera had a lot of noise and pixelation regardless of whether I zoomed in. Edges were a blocky mess. Photos taken with the Fire 7 Kids Edition can be stored for free in the Amazon cloud, and 5GB worth of video can also be stored. Of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you already have unlimited cloud storage for all of your pictures, no matter which device you used to take them. Performance The Fire 7 Kids Edition runs on a quad-core 1.3-GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, which is just enough for kids to stream videos, read, and play basic games. Sometimes, the extra few seconds an app took to open made me question whether I had actually clicked on it. This device scored 1,174 on the Geekbench 3 test (which measures processing speed). It’s on the slow side compared to the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, and well below the tablet category average of 2,728. Battery Life The Fire 7 Kids Edition won’t make it through a typical school day; it tapped out at 7 hours and 6 minutes on our battery test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi). That’s shorter than the tablet average of 9:21 and more than 3 hours behind the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, which ran for 10:12. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a tablet that you can hand to your child without stressing out, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is a great choice. For $99, you get a sturdy device with an outstanding warranty, a huge library of child-appropriate content, and controls that help you guide your child’s entertainment choices without having to look over their shoulder. However, if performance and sound are the most important items on your slate-shopping list, this isn’t the tablet for you. But if that were the case, you probably would not be looking at Kindle Fires anyway. If you can afford to spend an extra $30, consider the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, which lasts a lot longer on a charge while offering much better video quality. Overall, the Fire 7 Kids Edition offers a great combination of content, reliability and parental controls on a kid-centric device. 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Higher number is better.Amazon Fire KidsAmazon Fire HD 6 Kids EditionAmazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2017)Nabi Elev-8Category Average (as of 04/30/19) Has Bluetooth Card Readers Not Tested Wi-Fi 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches RAM Upgradeable Front-Facing Camera Resolution Company Website 4605 1024×600 microSD microUSB CPU VGA Ports Camera Resolution Display Resolution Specifications Not Tested Review Weight 13.8 ounces Warranty / Support www.amazon.comlast_img read more

Holographybased 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

first_img3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second or two.Light-based 3D printing techniques generally use lasers to cause a layer of resin to harden in a pattern, but like extrusion printers, they have to do it layer by layer. If the laser shined all the way through the liquid resin, it would cause a big line of it to cure.But what if you shined multiple weaker lasers through the resin, none of which was powerful enough to cure it except when they all intersected? That’s the technique developed by a team led by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.This basic idea has been applied in several other domains: by carefully overlapping weak beams of light, sound or radiation, you can expose a chosen volume to a critical amount while leaving other areas largely untouched.In this case, the three beams of light must be carefully patterned to only intersect with each other and produce that constructive interference in the exact points that need to solidify. And once that pattern is set, it only takes a handful of seconds to actually complete the process of curing the resin — drain it away and your object is ready to use. A couple of other techniques have attempted something like this, but haven’t been able to create complete 3D shapes like this.This figure from the paper shows the lensing and holographic setup as well as several examples of shapes printed using the technique.The advantages are plenty: you could, for instance, produce structures with other structures freely moving inside of them, like gears in a gearbox. There’s no need for support structures underneath overhangs, so certain shapes that were impractical or impossible when printing from the bottom up or top down are straightforward to create this way. You also could quickly print multiple structures simultaneously — a bunch of dice, for instance.It’s still a bit crude compared with what comes out of most commercial 3D printers, but that’s to be expected — this is really just a proof of concept in a lab.“With this work we’ve taken a solid first shot at this to demonstrate and prove out that ‘3D all at once’ fabrication is possible,” lead researcher Maxim Shusteff told TechCrunch in an email. “So we haven’t yet pushed the limits of any of the build performance metrics (speed, build size, resolution, complexity).”Ultimately the “resolution” will likely be determined by the smallest bit of resin that can reliably be solidified, which has to do with a number of chemical and optical factors. It would be premature to speculate on what that resolution might be, but from the results already obtained it seems clear that it will certainly work for the complexity levels for which 3D printers are already being used.Shusteff and his colleagues at LLNL, MIT, Berkeley and the University of Rochester aim to continue to develop this highly promising technique. Commercial applications are still a ways away, but it’s not hard to imagine parties that would be interested in a 3D printer that creates things in a few seconds rather than, at the very least, several minutes, and more often, hours.Featured Image: LLNL / Maxim Shustefflast_img read more

Transat completes Jonview Canada sale for 44 million

first_img Friday, December 1, 2017 MONTREAL – Transat A.T. Inc. has concluded the sale of its incoming tour operator unit Jonview Canada for $44 million to Japanese multinational H.I.S. Co. Ltd..The price could be adjusted on the date of final closing of the accounts, says Transat..On November 10, the Competition Bureau of Canada said the transaction did not warrant its intervention.“The sale of Jonview Canada completes our strategic refocusing around three main pillars: air transportation and travel distribution, which make up our leisure travel operations, as well as hotel operation,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO of Transat.Eustache adds: “This transaction is the latest in a series of initiatives we have implemented in recent years to carry out the company’s new development strategy and ensure its long-term prosperity.” Transat completes Jonview Canada sale for $44 million Tags: Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

Slam gone Spieth gears up for the next major

first_img Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Very few, actually.Ben Hogan did it in 1953, winning the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. Tiger Woods missed in the Masters but won the last three majors of the year in 2000 on his way to what became known as the Tiger Slam.After his chances at winning his third straight major evaporated with a couple of missed opportunities on the last two holes Monday, Spieth was already looking ahead.It was hard not to after coming up one shot short of a three-man playoff that Zach Johnson won over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in what otherwise might have been a British Open for the ages at the home of golf.Besides, the 21-year-old golfing sensation was not going to get too down after failing to add the claret jug to his Masters green jacket and U.S. Open trophy.“I made a lot of the right decisions down the stretch and certainly closed plenty of tournaments out, and this just wasn’t one of those,” Spieth said. “It’s hard to do that every single time. I won’t beat myself up too bad because I do understand that.”A missed 8-footer on the treacherous 17th hole helped seal Spieth’s fate on the Old Course. A misplaced drive on the final hole did the rest. He could also point to four putts from 120 feet on the eighth green where he tried to get greedy on his first putt. But Spieth followed that with back-to-back birdies, something he tends to do when things go bad.Something he also tends to do is pay respect to the game and its fans. He’s been described as a young man with an old man’s wisdom, and it showed in the way he took what had to be a most bitter defeat.When Spieth walked off the green, he applauded the fans who cheered him on. Later, he came out and watched Johnson win a playoff, then gave him a congratulatory hug.Johnson earned it.Starting the final round three shots behind, he shot 31 on the back nine and took the lead with his seventh birdie of the round on No. 12. It looked as though his hopes were slipping away when his right foot spun out on his second shot at the 17th that led to bogey. But with the most significant shot of the tournament, Johnson holed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 6-under 66 and was the first to post at 15-under 273.Leishman, who lost the lead with a bogey on the 16th hole, had a birdie putt on the 18th to win that stayed left. He shot 66. Oosthuizen saved par on the 17th with a 10-foot putt and made a 5-foot birdie on the final hole for a 69 to join the playoff. In other words, Spieth didn’t lose the tournament. Someone else simply came along to beat him.Spieth will take that attitude to Whistling Straits, the third straight links-style course among the year’s majors. He’ll be favored there again, with a chance to join some elite company as a winner of three majors in one year.No sense thinking too much about what might have happened. No need to think about how close he came to be playing in Wisconsin for golf immortality.“It’s a tough feeling to be that close in a major,” Spieth said. “I believe I’ll have plenty of opportunities like I did today but, still, when it doesn’t work out it’s tough to swallow a little bit.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home United States’ Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after winning a playoff after the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)n Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Johnson opened with two quick birdies, kept a one-shot lead in the playoff when Oosthuizen missed a 5-foot par putt on the 17th hole and won the Open when the South African — the last player to lift the jug at St. Andrews in 2010 — narrowly missed a 12-foot birdie attempt.“I’m grateful. I’m humbled. I’m honored,” Johnson said. “This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports.”He knew Oosthuizen or Leishman easily could have won. And he felt the same about Spieth.“I can’t describe the magnitude as to what he was going through because I’ve never been in that position,” Johnson said. “We haven’t really seen that with the exception of Tiger. Truthfully, he could be hitting here.“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Johnson said. “And I’m telling you right now, he’s a better person than a golfer.”Golf hasn’t seen such a player since the days of Tigermania. And there’s no reason to believe that Spieth can’t continue to contend — and win — major titles for a long time to come.“I’m very pleased with the way I played,” Spieth said. “I think the way that I played this week and especially today would have won the U.S. Open by more than just a shot. I didn’t play as well there. It’s just that’s the kind of golf that was played by the field this week, it just took some special golf. Whoever comes out the champion, that’s a hell of a major.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Jordan Spieth headed home from a grueling week at the British Open with history on his mind and another major in his future.Next up is the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. And if the Grand Slam is no longer in play, there’s still plenty out there.“I don’t know how many guys have done three majors in a year,” Spieth said. “I’m sure there’s only been a few.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more