Yukon opposition parties chomping at election bit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition parties in the Yukon are biting at the bit to get their territorial elections started.The territory is soon to follow Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories in electing a new government.But right now it’s a guessing game when the current government will drop the writ.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Agadir Vibrates to the Rhythms of Jazz with Anmoggar N Jazz

By Mohamed HikalRabat – The French Institute in Agadir will present the International Jazz festival “Anmoggar N Jazz” October 25 to 28.In collaboration with the Wilaya of Agadir, the French consulate, the Souss-Massa region and the communal council of Agadir, the French Institute in Morocco has organized Agadir’s second Anmoggar N Jazz festival. Literally meaning “jazz festival,” Anmogar N Jazz takes its name from the Tamazight (Berber) language.The 2018 festival will offer various jazz bands and styles, including Edouard Ravelomanantsoa’s French quintet of Fresh Sound, Faiz Lamouri’s French-Moroccan quartet, Moisés P. Sanchez’s Spanish quartet, Taha El Hmidi’s Moroccan quintet of Amsli Amaynou, Andrea Motis’ Spanish quintet, Pierrick Pedron’s French quartet from France, and many others from Cuba, Brazil, and Canada. The communal council’s Brahim Radi venue will house the festival, which is open to the public Thursday through Sunday.The festival will also be a chance for the public to meet local artists and attend workshops and debates on jazz as an art and how it can be taught to future generations.Last year the festival attracted 900 visitors and featured eight bands. This weekend’s festival is expected to be an exceptional event to satisfy the zealous people of Agadir and tourists. Jazz N Anmoggar’s program is below:Thursday, October 256 p.m. – 7 p.m. Edouard Ravelomanantsoa Quintet (Fresh Sound 2018) – France8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Faiz Lamouri quartet – Morocco10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Moises P. Sanchez quartet – SpainFriday, October 266:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Taha El Hmidi quintet (Amsli Amaynou 2018) – Morocco8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Andrea Motis quintet – Spain10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Pierrick Pedron quartet – FranceSaturday, October 277 p.m. – 8 p.m. Stephane Kerecki quartet – France9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Diana Horta Popoff quartet – Brazil/France11 p.m. – 12 a.m. Mario  Hernandez Morejon quintet (El Indio) – Cuba/France/SpainSunday, October 287 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jowee Omicil quartet – Canada/France9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Robin Notte Quintet (Panam Panic)  and Hi Levelz – France read more

EthiopianEritrean border remains tense potentially volatile UN mission reports

Troop movements continued to be reported on both sides in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) and adjacent areas between the two countries, which fought a bitter border war from 1998 to 2000, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea’s (UNMEE) spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainte told a news briefing. “The ban imposed by the Eritrean Government on UNMEE helicopters is still in place, and restrictions on the movement of UNMEE personnel and vehicles inside TSZ in Sector Centre and Sector West have been increased considerably,” she said. “Night movements almost all along the TSZ have been curtailed.”Asked about the use of the phrase “potentially volatile,” Ms. Bindley-Taylor-Sainte stressed the difficulties stemming from Eritrea’s ban on UN flights over its territory that seriously hampered UN monitoring over the Eritrean sector of the TSZ, and the risks for miscalculations. “Any miscalculation can lead to something that no one of us wants to think about at this time,” she said. “The (UN) Force Commander made it clear that you have (Eritrean and Ethiopian) forces much closer to the border than we are comfortable with particularly at a time when we can not see.“We have one group of forces that are 15 to 20 kilometres close to the border. We have another group where we have no idea where many of them are and therefore our degraded ability to monitor, it does create a situation and we have used the word ‘potentially’ because it opens the door for miscalculation.” In New York, the Security Council was briefed by Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan who just got back from a visit to the region in his capacity as Chairman of the Council’s Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations.In a statement to the press following the closed-door consultations, the President of the Council, Ambassador Andrey I. Denisov of the Russian Federation, voiced appreciation for Mr. Oshima’s report and “for the contribution and dedication of the troop-contributing countries” to the mission’s work.UNMEE, set up by the Security Council in 2000 to monitor the cessation of hostilities between the two countries, including troop positions and de-mining, has a current strength of nearly 3,100 troops and 206 military observers. Last month Mr. Annan called on the Council to ensure that Eritrean restrictions on UN peacekeepers were lifted, but at the same time he urged the 15-member body to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process between the two countries, including Ethiopia’s opposition to significant parts of an agreed Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decisions. read more

New study shows Uber and the taxi industry can coexist

by Justin Slimm Posted Feb 8, 2016 12:35 pm MDT New study shows Uber and the taxi industry can co-exist A new study from the Montreal Economic Institute suggests ride-sharing companies like Uber and the taxi industry can share the road a competitive and fair market.Critics of Uber have been quick to point out the rules cab drivers have to abide by, which Uber drivers don’t, but in Australia, there is a $1 tax per ride, in order for taxi drivers to “buy back” their license.Youri Chassin is an economist with the MEI and said the idea of this study is to show there is a solution.”The whole point is to change, a little bit, the industry, to allow competition because the consumer is clearly a winner in that case, without creating big losers,” he said. “I think this is the way to go, this is compassionate, and it’s probably the kind of solution we should study more.”He added the temporary tax makes it fair for the taxi industry, promotes competition, and could raise $250 million towards licenses in the next five years.Edmonton recently became the first city in Canada to announce the legalization of Uber, but compensation has not been offered to taxi drivers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management

The United Nations today launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, which seeks to provide a platform for countries to collaborate in the management of this precious resource in the interest of peace and development.“Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his video message for the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. “We must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.”More than half of the world’s people depend daily on water resources shared by more than one country and 90 per cent of the global population live in countries that share river or lake basins. However, 60 per cent of the world’s 276 international river basins lack any type of cooperative management framework.Mr. Ban stressed that with rising demands and changing climate conditions, it will be crucial for countries to work together to ensure every person has access to quality water.“Each year brings new pressures on water,” Mr. Ban said. “One-third of the world’s people already live in countries with moderate to high water stress. Competition is growing between farmers and herders; industry and agriculture; town and country. Upstream and downstream, and across borders, we need to cooperate for the benefit of all – now and in the future.”The General Assembly proclaimed 2013 International Year for Water Cooperation in 2010, following a proposal from Tajikistan. The Year will serve to raise awareness and prompt action on the multiple dimensions of water cooperation, such as sustainable and economic development, climate change and food security.“Overexploitation, management, financing of water resources, all of these aspects are incredibly important and cooperation at different levels is therefore critical,” UNESCO Science Specialist Ana Persic said during a press conference to mark the start of the Year at UN Headquarters in New York. Ms. Persic added that the benefits of intensifying cooperation include poverty reduction, equity, economic growth, and the protection of the environment. “We know water is critical for human life, but it is also critical for life on Earth if we want to protect and sustainably manage the planet we have.”The UN representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Paul Egerton, underlined the link between climate change and water, stressing that extreme weather events result in desertification or extreme flooding in different areas and hinder development and access to safe water.“Water scarcity triggers migration, refugees, situations where basic human rights are weakened or threatened,” Mr. Egerton said, adding that fewer resources can also trigger conflict and governments need to address these risks immediately.The official launch of the Year took place today at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France. Opened by the agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova, the event gathered representatives from inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organization (NGOs), scientists and policymakers from around the world to discuss themes such as existing mechanisms for water cooperation and regional, national and local cooperation around river basins.As part of the launch, an exhibition entitled “Water at the heart of science” was inaugurated at UNESCO, and students from Japan travelled to meet their French counterparts to share their experiences related to water and prepare a youth declaration on water cooperation to be presented to the other participants. Cooperation on water issues will also be the theme for World Water Day, observed on 22 March. read more

BBC pay gap Hundreds of women in line for rises as topearning

first_imgIt emerged last week that a number of the BBC’s leading male presenters had agreed to have their pay cut in the wake of the row.The broadcaster said Jeremy Vine, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Nick Robinson and Huw Edwards would take reduced wages.Figures released in 2017 showed Vine was one of the corporation’s highest paid stars, earning £700,000-£749,999; Humphrys, who presents the Radio 4 Today programme with Robinson, earned between £600,000 and £650,000 and BBC News presenter Edwards earned £550,000-£599,999. Hundreds of women at the BBC are in line for pay rises after a review of on-air salaries found they were being paid significantly less than men.The report by consultants PwC found “no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making” but identified a series of “anomalies that need addressing”.The BBC has identified 188 roles requiring “upward pay adjustment”, of which 98 are male and 90 are female. But the women’s pay rises will be greater, the corporation said. “This will disproportionately improve pay for women as it is more common to find women in roles at the lower end of the current pay ranges.”These proposals are subject to consultation, but we think they will affect just under 200 people and should reduce the gender pay gap,” the BBC said in its written response to the report.In addition, around 230 people – mostly women – have raised pay grievances since the salaries of £150,000+ earners were published in July.Around half of those cases have been addressed and the BBC is currently trying to resolve the others. It is likely that most will see their pay adjusted.The report found that the overall pay gap for on-air staff is 6.8 per cent but among “lower-profile” presenters and reporters he figure rises to 12.6 per cent. In response, the Corporation said it will be making “substantial pay cuts for some men, and pay rises for some men and women”.Earlier, it emerged the BBC has proposed a £320,000 cap on its news presenters’ salaries after an outcry over gender pay inequality.The upper limit will also apply to editors and correspondents, although the plans have not been fully agreed or signed off and those affected by the cap have been the opportunity to respond.It has not been clarified if on-air staff will be able to earn more from other work at the BBC, such as entertainment programmes on radio and television. “The plans we’re setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the BBC and making it fairer.”We’ve already made an important start. We’re addressing unfairness in individuals’ pay and want to close the gender pay gap and have women in half of our on-air roles by 2020. Those are big, bold commitments I’m really serious about.”We are clear we’re going to tackle this and change for the better, and I hope other organisations take the same approach. The BBC can and must lead the way. I am determined that we will.”It comes as Lord Hall prepares to be questioned by MPs over the broadcaster’s pay culture.A report by a group representing women at the BBC said they have faced “veiled threats” while trying to raise the subject of pay, while the broadcaster’s China editor, Carrie Gracie, resigned in protest at pay inequality. In a statement on Tuesday morning, Director-General Tony Hall said: “The BBC believes in equality. No one should be paid differently because of their gender.”The BBC has a special role representing Britain. That is why we need to be, and want to be, an exemplar on gender pay, and equal pay.Lord Hall proposes new measures for tackling pay gap at BBCcenter_img Veteran broadcaster Humphrys agreed to cut his salary to around £250,000 to £300,000, saying the BBC is now in a different position financially to its past.Jon Sopel, BBC’s North America editor, has also accepted a pay cut. The figures released last year showed he earned between £200,000-£249,999, while Gracie earned £135,000-a-year.Radio 2’s Chris Evans topped the 2017 list on more than £2 million, while the highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000 and £499,999. “Today’s report does not find evidence of gender bias in decision-making, but it shows that we have real and important issues to tackle, particularly in some areas of news and current affairs, and I’m determined to get it right. Vine hosts a weekday show on Radio 2, as well as featuring in BBC News’ election coverage, while Humphrys also presents Mastermind on BBC Two.last_img read more

The forgotten Greek ANZACs

first_imgA second batch of ANZACs who fought in an equally devastating battle in Greece – 26 years after the widely-recognised battle in Gallipoli – have never been recognised in Australia, according to author Dr Maria Hill. The ‘second Anzacs’ were reassured they would be victorious in 1941, ahead of a dispatch to Greece. But what awaited them was a brutal reenactment of the Gallipoli tragedy. The 6th Australian Division and the 2nd New Zealand Division were sent to Crete, following a German invasion that crippled Yugoslavia and Greece. But on May 20th, 23 000 German troops, some of them in parachutes, landed on the shores of Crete. Dr Maria Hill, author of Diggers and Greeks described in her book that the soldiers were caught by surprise due to leadership decisions, over which there is still much controversy, much like how it was for Gallipoli. “The soldiers sent to Greece were sent almost as a political message, even though the British were aware that it was a risky operation,” Dr Hill said. “More than 6000 Australians were captured and taken as prisoners of war to Nazi camps, where they spent four years.” In the years following the war, the Greek government tracked down every Anzac who served in the campaign and awarded them a special medal. Meanwhile, this part of history has fallen by the wayside in Australia, as the government still does not recognise the veterans from the campaign and forbade diggers from wearing the badge as it is not an Australian honour. Dr Hill has lobbied for the recognition of the ANZACs by speaking to politicians, war memorial organisations and the public about the history of the Greek campaign, but she says the key to raise awareness to the issue is education. “It is very disappointing to see only two or three lines in history books about Crete, as if the Greek contribution has been rubbed out of history,” she said. “It is important for the descendants of the ANZACs for their fathers’ efforts to be officially recognised. I have received emails from readers of my book who are grateful that their fathers and grandfathers’ stories are being told. So far they had only heard stories told to them by family members.” Some emails Dr Hill received spoke of the mental and physical struggles faced by veterans who served in Crete, and gaps in information that family members were missing out on about the lives of important men in their lives. One email, from the son of a digger who was at Crete, read: “My mother (who is 106 years old) is still alive and it would be lovely for Dad to be retrospectively awarded a service medal before she passes away.” What all responses had in common was the desire from family members to have veterans’ efforts recognised as equally as the efforts of those who served in Gallipolli, the battle of Somme, and Kokoda. 2011 marked the 70th anniversary of the battle in Crete, and the Australian government along with war memorial committees are still in talks to make it possible for service medals to be awarded posthumously. Currently, only living veterans are eligible of receiving awards. Descendants, supporters and the few remaining living veterans have signed an online petition set up by Dr Hill to make sure Crete’s veterans, even the deceased, are awarded for their service. Dr Hill says more signatures are needed before the Defence Department will consider the proposal. The support of a federal minister would then be vital to the cause. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Travis Mandy Part 3 Paths to sobriety diverge

first_imgA three-part seriesSUNDAY: Winter. Drugs have a stranglehold on Travis and Mandy.MONDAY: Spring. Stuck in the cycle of recovery and relapse.TODAY: Summer. Ups, downs and a turning point.The Columbian visited with Travis and Mandy again, and updated their story in January 2014.BRUSH PRAIRIE — June 2013.Mandy Cooper took a hypodermic needle filled with methamphetamine, found a vein on her arm and injected it. Afterward, she went outside to compose herself with a smoke.Following Mandy’s homecoming from inpatient treatment, her addiction had returned.She was injecting again; her hard-fought recovery was in shambles.Hopelessness pervaded Mandy’s outlook on her protracted struggle with drug addiction, as well as the potential for reconciliation with her longtime boyfriend, Travis Trenda, 31.Together, the two had been trying to exorcise their personal demons. But as summer rolled around, they’d split, and Mandy, 21, was feeling helpless to the draw of the needle.In and out of recovery since returning from a 39-day drug binge in February, the couple had relapsed on methamphetamine toward the end of March.last_img read more

Homer Man Cited For Wanton Waste Of Big Game

first_imgTroopers seized Walkers ATV and rifle during the investigation. A mandatory court date was set for November 6 in the Homer District Court, according to online court documents. The investigation by Troopers revealed Walker shot a sub legal bull moose in the Caribou Hills area near Homer on September 14. Walker failed to salvage any of the meat from the moose, and all the meat spoiled in the field. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man was cited for wanton waste of a big game animal, and taking a sub legal bull moose, on November 2.center_img Anchor Point Wildlife Troopers cited Russell Walker, 55, of Homer for one count of wanton waste of a big game animal, and one count of taking a sub legal bull moose in GMU15C.last_img

The Atlantic Unveils Redesign

first_imgCheck out more here … While Newsweek has apparently started the process of reimagining its print magazine—ordering design guru Roger Black to come up “fantasy versions” of the newsweekly—another iconic American magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, has completed a radical revamp of its own.FOLIO: VIDEO Q+A: Atlantic Media President Justin Smith The magazine is set to unveil the redesign—just the eighth in its 151-year-history—tonight at an art gallery on Manhattan’s West Side. Pentagram, the design firm charged with the Atlantic’s overhaul, has posted some behind-the-scenes photos of the process, including a few options that didn’t make the cut.last_img

Get 15 to 20 off select items with Amazons Prime Rewards credit

first_img Apple Apple See it See at Amazon 15-20% off selected items at Amazon Note that resident Cheapskate Rick Broida is off today, but he’ll return tomorrow! CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See All 1:51 Bonus deal: Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV for $270 $144 See It See It Best Buy Apple AirPods 2019 Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Get 15% to 20% off select items with Amazon’s Prime Rewards credit card $159 Roku is our top choice for smart TV operating systems, but Amazon’s Fire TV is in the running — especially now that YouTube is fully supported. Yes, it’s a bit odd that Best Buy’s house brand, Insignia, is being sold by archrival Amazon, but today’s media and retail landscape makes for strange bedfellows. The important thing is that you can get $80 off a 50-inch 4K TV. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $144 Save $80 $144 Amazon Mobile For Prime Rewards Visa cardholders Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Comment Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs stream with some help from… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The Cheapskate 1 A lot of folks may have signed up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card in the run-up to Prime Day in order to get the usual perks. It can be used anywhere and earns Prime members 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores and 1% back on all other purchases. There’s no annual fee and international travelers won’t be hit with any foreign transaction fees. If approved, you’ll get an $80 Amazon gift card.But, for the next few days, the Prime Rewards Visa Card can also earn you 15% or 20% back on a few select products for a limited time. You can earn 20% back on Jabra Elite headphones and 15% back on a wide range of Bose products, a Samsung sound bar and APC surge protectors. The Samsung offer ends on July 20, the Bose offer ends July 21 and the Jabra and APC offers end July 31. There are also nontech cash back offers: get 15% back on cycling, surf, snow and other outdoor gear. These offers end on Dec. 31.As always, be sure to check the fine print. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Amazon Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa Signature card.  Amazon Yes, Prime Day has come and gone — though two days later, we’re still seeing a lot of hangover deals still available. We’ve pulled together some of the most notables ones here: Best post-Prime Day deals still at AmazonBest post-Prime Day deals still at WalmartBest Apple deals still available: AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks are all still on saleBest post-Prime Day laptop deals: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and moreBut those are mostly all older deals that are still hanging on. You’re here for new deals, right? So let’s jump to one that’s new — or, at least, new to us: a big ol’ cash-back offer at Amazon, and a nice discount on a 50-inch Fire TV. • $270 at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Prime Amazon Bose Samsung Applelast_img read more

Governor CM KCR congratulate Sindhu on her big win

first_imgHyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and other leaders congratulated badminton star P V Sindhu for winning the Gold medal at BWF World Badminton Championship. Governor in a congratulatory message said, “the nation feels proud of her historic accomplishment.” Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao congratulated Sindhu and said that by winning the championship, Sindhu made the country proud. He desired that Sindhu should win many more such victories. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us TRS leaders including the Ministers lauded the Olympian Badminton star for her achievement. TRS working president KT Rama Rao said, “many many congratulations to PV Sindhu on winning gold at badminton world championship. What a fabulous performance. May your success inspire many more youngsters to dream big and bring glory to India.” Former Minister T Harish Rao said, “congratulations on becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the #BWFWorldChampionships we are proud of you.” Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud said that Sindhu has created history by winning the championship. TRS Floor leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao said that Sindhu won the title with fighting spirit and commitment. Youth should take inspiration from the Telugu sensation, he added. BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya, BJP Chief K Laxman and others also congratulated Sindhu.last_img read more

Indian oil imports from Asia Pacific spike in October as refiners tap

first_imgIndia’s crude oil imports from the Asia-Pacific region spiked last month as its refiners looked beyond their traditional suppliers for cheaper purchases amid a global supply glut.Crude imports from points east of India, mainly Malaysia and Australia, surged to 187,000 barrels per day (bpd) in October, the highest since April 2014, according to ship tracking data obtained from sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts.That was more than double the volume imported from Asia-Pacific in September and up some 70 percent from a year ago, the data showed. The surge in shipments were a boost to Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s second-biggest oil producer, and Australia, where some refineries have been shut.Malaysia in particular has been looking for stable outlets to bolster oil revenues and cushion the impact of falling global crude prices, reducing spot prices to attract buyers and offering grades to refiners further away such as in India.”Malaysia has reduced the premium (to the Brent benchmark) it charges, so these grades have become attractive. Also, freight cost from Malaysia is less compared to Nigeria, that makes the Malaysian grade cheaper,” said a senior executive at Bharat Petroleum Corp.Malaysian oil supplies to India last month were the highest in six months, the data showed.Refiners in India normally buy Malaysian oil through term deals but BPCL recently procured barrels through spot tenders. Shell supplied Malaysian Kikeh and Miri grades to BPCL in October under a deal obtained through a spot tender.Last month, the Indian refiner for the first time also imported the Russian Sokol grade from Far East Russia, a high-quality crude that usually goes to refiners in nearby South Korea and Japan.Other spot values for Asia-Pacific crude loading in September fell to multi-year lows, as refinery margins weakened amid slowing regional demand and a buildup of product stocks, further boosting the shipments from East Asia.And at a time of slowing demand growth in China, India looks like the “brightest spot” for Asian barrels, said Ehasan Ul-Haq, senior analyst at London-based consultancy KBC Energy Economics.Still, India by far meets the bulk of its oil demand through supplies from Middle East, West Africa and Latin America, with Saudi Arabia regaining its top supplier status in October and Iraq falling back to the second slot.Crude futures have already lost around 60 percent of their value since mid-2014 due to a global oil glut that has sparked price competition among producers from West Africa to East Asia in a fight for global market share.Overall in October India imported nearly 9 percent more crude than a year ago at 3.94 million bpd, according to the shipping data.last_img read more

Blue Origin Planning Another Rocket Launch Before End Of June

first_imgBlue Origin/WikipediaNew Shepard spacecraft landing with parachutes.Billionaire Jeff Bezos said Friday his commercial space company Blue Origin will likely perform another test flight from Far West Texas before the end of June.The company has been ramping up activity at its secretive test site north of Van Horn, Texas recently, carrying out its third successful test launch from West Texas in April. Bezos said in an email the company is gearing up for another flight of its New Shephard space craft that will test what happens when one of the craft’s crew capsule parachutes fails.The crew capsule is designed to pop off a reusable rocket and float gently back to Earth with the help of multiple parachutes after a few brief minutes in space.Blue Origin plans to test the capsule’s back-up protections in the event of a parachute failure, which Bezos says include a “two-stage crushable structure” that absorbs rough landings and special seats that do the same. “We’re planning to demonstrate the redundancies built into the capsule on this re-flight of the vehicle by intentionally failing one drogue and one main parachute during descent,” Bezos said. “This should occur around 7 ½ minutes into the flight at an altitude of 24,000 feet.”The historically tight-lipped company has been opening up some as it further develops its technologies. Bezos live-tweeted during the company’s last test in April, and he said he will announce when the company has a date set for this next test.The upcoming flight will mark the fourth time Blue Origin has reused the same rocket, a capability Bezos has previously called a “game changer” in the commercial space industry. Sharelast_img read more

Microsoft to Launch SecondGen Hololens AR Headset in Early 2019 Report

first_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Microsoft is getting ready to launch the next version of its Hololens augmented reality (AR) headset in early 2019, according to Engadget. The tech blog reported Friday that Microsoft is using Qualcomm’s new XR 1 chip to power the device. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment.Microsoft released the first version of Hololens in early 2016. With an introductory price tag of $3000, the headset has primarily been embraced by enterprise clients looking to use AR in manufacturing as well as developers trying to get a head-start on AR.Microsoft has since expanded its work in immersive technologies with the launch of Windows Mixed Reality, which powers virtual reality (VR) devices like the Samsung Odyssey headset.The current-generation Hololens device is being powered by an Intel chipset. Qualcomm recently introduced the XR1 as a processor custom-build for AR and VR devices, promising to deliver 4K video at 60 frames per second. The chip also supports artificial intelligence (AI) with on-device processing, which could make for more lifelike, interactive AR and VR experiences. Other companies using the chipset for next-generation devices include HTC, Meta and Vuzix, according to Qualcomm. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Brings OldTimey Superheroes Into the Mix

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target You know what’s cool? A team of superheroes. You know what’s cooler? Two teams of superheroes fighting each other. That must have been the driving thought behind the opening scene of this week’s Legends of Tomorrow. You may remember that at the end of last week’s season premiere, the group was about to be captured by another costumed cabal called the Justice Society of America. This episode picks up immediately afterward.As you probably expected, the Legends don’t just willingly come with the JSA right away. When calmly explaining the situation doesn’t work, the two have a superpowered fight in the middle of a 1940s street. Obsidian darkens the scene, which makes some of the action a little harder to make out, but it gives us a good look at each JSA member’s powers. Stargirl’s staff and Vixen’s totem look so much cooler in the dark.The legends, having been as disoriented by the darkness as we were, are defeated and captured. The JSA suspects them of being Nazi spies and Commander Steel goes to their cell to question them. It turns out Heywood is actually Commander Steel’s grandson. It’s the whole reason he became a historian in the first place. He produces Steel’s dog tags to prove it.The first meeting doesn’t go so well. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Convinced that the Legends aren’t Nazis, and having a more important mission come up, the JSA lets the legends get back on the Waverider and out of the 20th century. Slightly envious of the discipline exhibited by the JSA, they decide they need a new leader. Martin, being the oldest, takes the job. That’s when Heywood discovers something is wrong. His dog tags have disappeared. The JSA have now died on their mission.The Legends head back to 1942, in Paris this time. They know the JSA was after a Nazi named Kreiger, who frequents a specific nightclub. Martin reveals that he looks sort of like Hitler’s favorite singer, Max Lorenz. They infiltrate the club posing as Lorenz and his guests. They find Vixen (Mari McCabe’s grandmother) is also there, undercover. She’s not happy to see them. One Nazi doesn’t believe that Martin is actually Max Lorenz and forces him to sing. Martin sings an original number: “Edelweiss.” Side note: Victor Garber has a lovely singing voice.When the team forgets/refuses to salute Hitler, their cover is blown, and it’s Nazi-punching time. The rest of the JSA bursts into the bar and demands to know why the Legends have returned. The Legends are able to convince the JSA to work together with them to fight Kreiger. They learn that Kreiger is after an occult amulet that Hitler wants. The team is able to stop the exchange and take the amulet, but it turns out Kreiger was given a serum by Reverse Flash that turns him into… essentially a Nazi Hulk. Vixen and Atom are captured.Marvel’s gonna sue somebody. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back on the Waverider, Commander Steel reveals that the reason he’s been acting so cold towards his grandson because he doesn’t want anyone to put themselves in danger because of him. He’s not happy that his grandson has ended up in the war. Martin is unable to make decisions effectively under pressure, and Sarah takes up the mantle of team leader. She comes up with a plan to rescue Atom and Vixen.Speaking of, they are being held prisoner in a Nazi bunker. Kreiger is about to kill them, but Atom offers to use his scientific knowledge to help them replicate the super serum. Atom waits until Kreiger leaves the room and ambushes the guards. Atom steals the serum just as the Legends of Tomorrow attack the Nazi bunker.They all escape with Hulked-out Kreiger in pursuit. As Heywood and Steel flee on a motorcycle, a bombing raid begins, and Kreiger is killed. Unfortunately, another blast hits Heywood and Steel. Back on the Waverider, it becomes clear that Heywood won’t survive his wounds. Atom uses the serum to save Heywood’s life. The Legends deliver the JSA back to 1942. Rex Tyler holds onto the amulet, Heywood and Steel say goodbye and the two costumed superhero groups go their separate ways.You didn’t think we’d seen the last of this guy, did you? (Photo: Screenshot via CW)As the episode ends we learn why Rex Tyler appeared to flicker out and disappear after warning the Legends to stay out of 1942. Reverse Flash ambushes Tyler after the Legends leave. He puts his hand through Tyler’s chest, erasing him from the timeline and steals the amulet.While it was definitely fun to see two superhero teams work together to fight Nazis, it’s definitely time for the Legends to move on. This is supposed to be a time-travel show, and we’ve spent the last two episodes in World War II. Now, I like some good ol’ Nazi-punchin’ as much as the next guy, but it’s time for a change of scenery. 1942 is starting to feel a little old in more ways than one.That said, the JSA was a great addition, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of them. Having a well-oiled superhero team that works well together is a nice contrast to the more chaotic Legends. Hopefully, they’ll all work together again at some point in the future. Or past.last_img read more

Reversible interconversion between alkenes and nitriles without using HCN

first_img Citation: Reversible interconversion between alkenes and nitriles without using HCN (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-reversible-interconversion-alkenes-nitriles-hcn.html Researchers from Max Planck Institute have devised a synthetic strategy that opens the door to many medicinally important molecules. Their strategy is a reversible reaction that converts alkenes to alkyl nitriles without using or producing noxious HCN gas. Their work appears in the recent issue of Science. Explore further The retro-hydrocyanation reaction also has a broad range of reagents that are compatible with its test conditions. They were able to transform primary, secondary, and tertiary nitriles using various styrene derivatives. Additionally, Fang et al. combined their retro-hydrocyanation reaction with known organic mechanisms, demonstrating that their mechanism has practical advantages to current laboratory processes. Mechanism studies with deuterium confirm that there is, indeed, a transfer between a hydrogen and the (-CN) group among the reagents. Furthermore, they confirmed that the reaction is reversible and reaches equilibrium under the reaction conditions. “We believe that the current reaction is directly useful to research laboratories in both academia and industry and might find applications in fine chemicals synthesis,” says to principle investigator, Dr. Bill Morandi. The next step in their research, according to Dr. Morandi, involves refining their method for large scale applications, “There are a few aspects that need to be further developed, such as minimizing the amount of catalyst and recycling the alkene by-product.”Overall, the hydrocyanation mechanism is safer than traditional methods, reversible and thermodynamically controllable, exhibits specific regiochemistry, and works for a wide range of starting materials. This work has much potential for application in many organic syntheses including medicinal chemistry. More information: X. Fang et al. Catalytic reversible alkene-nitrile interconversion through controllable transfer hydrocyanation, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aae0427 The structure of a nitrile: the functional group is highlighted blue. Credit: Wikipedia Alkyl nitriles are excellent reagents for many types of reactions. The nitrile group (-CN) is electron withdrawing, thus activating the neighboring atoms for various transformations. However, to add a nitrile group to a molecule typically requires a reaction with an alkene and HCN. Because HCN is highly toxic, corrosive, and explosive, it is impractical for the laboratory setting.Xianjie Fang, Peng Yu, and Bill Morandi of Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr decided to explore the synthetic possibilities of a reversible hydrocyanation reaction by devising a scheme that is analogous to H2-free transfer hydrogenation. In a hydrogenation reaction, a metal catalyst promotes the stereoselective addition of hydrogen to an alkene or carbonyl.For this experiment, Fang, et al. used a nickel catalyst because nickel is known to be highly reactive in traditional hydrocyanation reactions using HCN, and nickel complexes are often used for the oxidative addition of polar bonds. After testing various catalysts and catalyst combinations, they found that a nickel catalyst generated in situ from Ni(COD)2 and DPEphos along with an aluminum co-catalyst, AlMe2Cl, worked best for their reaction plan. Notably Fang, et al. found that less flammable AlCl3 could also serve as a co-catalyst.They then selected model reagents to investigate how to thermodynamically control the forward and reverse reactions. Producing a gaseous product and releasing ring strain are two typical ways to drive the equilibrium of reaction forward. They used isovaleronitrile as their test reagent for producing a gas and norbornadiene as their test reagent for releasing ring strain. They found that these factors, plus the level of substitution on the hydrocyanation by-product, adequately drove the reaction forward. They also found that the product from the isovaleronitrile reaction could be used to test the reverse reaction.In order to test the scope of the hydrocyanation reaction, they tested several styrene derivatives and found that products showed anti-Markovnikov regioselectivity. Typically, addition across an alkene will demonstrate Markovnikov regioselectivity in which the hydrogen adds to the least substituted carbon. Since the reverse is observed here, it is reasonable to assume that this is a reversible reaction in which the thermodynamic product is favored. Additional studies found that a wide range of reagent types tolerated this reaction, including several heterocycles, non-activated linear alkenes, allylic alcohols, cycloalkanes, norbornenes, some alkynes, and several types of functional groups. Journal information: Science © 2016 Phys.org Cooperative catalysts offer unique route to alkenes 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.last_img read more

Social media vital to Aus tourism ATE 2012

first_imgAndrew McEvoy, managing director and Nick Baker, executive general manager Tourism Australia Tourism Australia App Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Tourism Australia has outlined the definitive need for the tourism industry to place a focus on social media, online campaigns and research. During the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2012, Tourism Australia executive general manager Nick Baker described the way Tourism Australia utilises social media as an emotional platform to communicate positive messages. “We’ve told everybody, ‘There’s nothing like Australia’, now we need to prove it. We wanted to move it from a rational approach to a more emotional one,” Mr Baker said. “We’ve got to differentiate the country, really show what is unique about this country and bring it to life in a way that everyone finds appealing. The way we’ve chosen to do this is by telling stories.” Mr Baker said online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and mobile phone applications were fantastic in allowing consumers, potential customers and the general public to share ideas, images, stories and past experiences in a global environment. “It’s no longer just about the big ad. It’s about how you’re going to tell that story from inspiring people to giving people information so that they’re able to go out there and book. As storytellers, how do we tell a richer deeper story than an ad can, when we’re in so many markets around the world? We decided to create a cross between a coffee table book, an online television show and a travel guide… condensed into one tablet app.” Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy was adamant about the incomparable advantages social media possesses, not only for the national tourist bureau but for the industry as a whole. “Operators who haven’t already done so should really embrace digital and social media. People are passionate about travel and love to share their holiday experiences. “There is a strong bragability factor about a holiday which plays out very strongly in social media and is a huge opportunity for operators to really tap into,” Mr McEvoy said. In addition, Australian operators are being offered the opportunity to promote their tourism business or region and exploit a three million plus Facebook fan base by listing themselves in a ‘things to do’ section on Tourism Australia’s Facebook page. “It’s not just Australia.com, we’re building content with the other great distributors of tourism information globally, whether they be airlines, search engines or social media platforms,” Mr McEvoy said. Mr McEvoy also highlighted research by Teletext Holidays, revealing that over 25 percent of Brits admit to booking a holiday after becoming jealous of their friends’ holiday pictures on Facebook – with Australia ranked as the most enviable holiday destination.“We’re harnessing the power of social media as we continue to enhance our presence in the digital space, and it’s paying off.” Tourism Australia Facebook pagelast_img read more

Maldives Tourism to go digital in its promotions in India

first_imgAkansha Pandey | New DelhiWith over 1,000 islands, Maldives is more than just a sun and sea destination. Among Indians, it is extremely popular as a honeymoon, leisure and luxury travel destination. With time, experiential travel and active holidaying is on an exponential rise and niche activities such as diving, snorkelling, wellness, etc. are catching the fancy of Indian travellers. To build on the momentum, the Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) has decided to run a social media campaign and invest heavily in the digital promotions to ensure a vibrant presence, stated Fathimath Afra, Deputy Chief Marketing Officer, Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation.On offline promotions front, roadshows are lined up in potential Indian cities. “We have already witnessed great response for our roadshow from the Indian metro cities. This year onwards, we’re planning on increasing tier-II and III Indian cities as well,” she confirmed.Air India’s Bengaluru to Male direct flight is receiving an encouraging response. She added, “The demand is strong from North India, thus we’re planning on enhancing the connectivity from the respective hubs.”According to 2017 data, India ranks as the fifth strongest inbound source market for the Maldives, with over 22% growth in Indian travellers last year (from January to November 2017) as compared with the previous year.last_img read more