RedOne and Daddy Yankee in a Recreation Trip in Marrakech

Rabat – After visiting the blue city of Chefchaouen, Moroccan music producer Red One and Puerto Rican musician Daddy Yankee arrived in Marrakech on September 11, making their stay in the red city known to their fans on social media.The singer of the global hit “Despacito” posted on his Instagram account several pictures and videos of his stay in the red city.Together with Red One and free-fight champion Abou Azaitar, Daddy Yankee made a tour of the Jamaa El Fna square, taking pictures by a juice shop and at a clothing store in the city’s old medina. “Enjoying great times with my people in Morocco, loving Morocco!” wrote Daddy Yankee in one of his Instagram pictures in English, Arabic, and Spanish.The Moroccan artist and the Puerto Rican singer are currently working on a duo project. read more

Husky Energy shares rise on analyst report about potential privatization

CALGARY — Shares in Husky Energy Inc. are up by about five per cent after an RBC Dominion Securities analyst suggested its low share price makes this a good time for the company to be taken private.The stock jumped by as much as 47 cents to $9.24 on Monday morning, still well off its 52-week high of $22.98 set last Sept. 27.In a report over the weekend, analyst Greg Pardy suggests that Husky’s near-15-year-low share prices make privatization attractive for the entities controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing which own 69.5 per cent of the equity.He says going private would allow Husky to capture much of the gap between its market value and base net asset value of $19.53 per share.The report says Husky doesn’t get enough credit for assets including its Liwan natural gas field in the South China Sea, its Canadian East Coast production, its thermal heavy oil projects in Saskatchewan and its U.S. refineries.In an email, Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson declined to address the report, noting the company doesn’t comment on speculation. Companies in this article: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Press read more

Cash strapped businesses opting for smaller employee gifts

Courtesy of Dragonfly Creations on Facebook by Kaitlin Lee Posted Nov 25, 2015 7:43 am MDT Cash strapped businesses opting for smaller employee gifts The oil slump may mean Corporate Calgary is shelving or downsizing the company holiday party this year, but it looks like companies are still trying to show appreciation for the employees.Claire Gordon, Owner of Dragonfly Creations, is in the holiday gift basket business, and with a month to Christmas they are busy putting together small tokens of appreciation.“Chocolates, fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts. We use a bunch of local suppliers,” she explains. “Something that’s sort of festive or generic as well, because they are often giving to a big group or to somebody they don’t know, personally.”She says they’ve seen their biggest hit ever this year because of economic woes, but their business is also appealing to those wanting to pinch pennies.“We’ve noticed a couple (clients) already that haven’t come back this year due to the economy. They’ve just outright said that’s why it was. A couple have downsized slightly,” Gordon said. “Some people choose to do just a couple of big (baskets) and share them amongst a group. So, that’s a way if you’re budget conscious, to kind of hit a bunch of people with one gift.”She says a small gift may be the way to go for hard hit companies, looking to give back just a little.“It’s mostly the thought and the token that people are remembering. It’s not necessarily everything in there,” she said. “You know you still have to thank the people that made your year possible, even if it wasn’t a banner year for you.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Women and transfocused boxing program launched by Brock prof to host event

Brock University and the Government of Canada are holding a funding announcement in Toronto on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Friday.The 10 a.m. announcement is in regards to the Government of Canada’s move to support the Shape Your Life boxing program for women and trans survivors of violence.Launched nearly a decade ago, Shape Your Life is a free recreational boxing program created to improve mental and physical health outcomes for female and trans survivors of family violence. The program has garnered international media attention including features in the New York Times, ESPN and Chatelaine.Through the Public Health Agency of Canada, funding will support the boxing intervention program that was created by Brock University researcher Cathy van Ingen, boxing coach Savoy Howe and Joanne Green from Opportunity for Advancement.Since its inception, Shape Your Life has helped more than 1,200 participants.“We use recreational, non-contact boxing to connect with survivors of violence outside of the typical therapeutic approaches that don’t engage the bodies of women and trans people,” says van Ingen, associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ Department of Kinesiology. “Trauma is held in people’s bodies and healing from violence involves knowing and feeling that you are in charge of your own body.”The announcement will take place at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club on Carlaw Ave. read more

Loss aversion theory explains why golfers play better on harder holes

If you are facing your nemesis hole in a weekend round of golf, instead of telling yourself it is easy, you may in fact be better off telling yourself it is hard, scientists have found.Researchers at Denver University studied professional courses where a single hole had been rated as both a par five or a par four in different tournaments – meaning the player was expected to play either five strokes on the hole, or four strokes respectively.The study found that professional players performed better on the hole when it was rated as a par four than when it was rated as a par five. Bizarrely that appears to show that players presented with what appears to be a harder hole – a par 4 – perform at a higher level than when exactly the same hole is labelled a par 5, and should in theory be easier.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Behavioural scientists Ryan Elmore and Andrew Urbaczewski, of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, said: “It is immediately obvious that more threes and fours are recorded when holes are rated as par 4s rather than as a par 5. “On the other hand, more fives and sixes are observed when holes are rated as a par 5 than when the same hole was rated a par 4.” They said their findings were a demonstration of loss aversion theory in action. Translated on to the fairways and greens of the golf course that means that if a player goes over par by taking five strokes on what should be a four-stroke hole they would feel worse than if they used five strokes on a par five, thereby meeting their expectation and maintaining their score. The researchers said that, according to the loss-aversion theory, they fear coming over par on the “easier” par 5 hole more than on the “harder” par 4, so play more conservatively on the par five to avoid the greater sense of loss.Mr Elmore and Mr Urbaczewski examined the scores at a number of holes at Pebble Beach – where the US Open is to be held next month – and Oakmont in the US where the par was changed from five to four to maintain the course’s difficulty in the face of improved equipment design.That gave the researchers the opportunity to examine how players approached these holes to see if the outcome chimed with loss aversion theory. The researchers’ hypothesis was that when the hole was par four professional golfers would tend to take fewer strokes than when that same hole was par five. Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits from a sand trap on the 11th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. on May 2Credit:Chuck Burton/AP In their paper Loss Aversion in Professional Golf the pair state: “We estimate that a professional golfer will score (on average) between 0.010 and 0.187 strokes lower when Pebble Beach hole number two is labelled as a par 4 versus when the hole is labelled a par 5 in US Opens. A very similar interpretation holds for par labelling of hole number nine at Oakmont during US Opens.“The total effect over four rounds is potentially as much as a full stroke, often the difference between first and second place in a professional tournament.” Has someone told Tiger? Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits from a sand trap on the 11th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. on May 2 read more

Restoration of historic gold mining Hanging Flume

first_imgMontrose Placer Mining Co (MPMC) constructed the ‘Hanging Flume’ – shown here with restoration workers on it – to carry water to power high-pressure monitors to slurry and expose gold-bearing gravels in southwest Colorado, USA. It was a remarkable feat of engineering for the time. High Country News of Paonia, Colorado recently published this report http://www.hcn.org/issues/45.13/history-buffs-rejoice-a-monument-to-gold-fever-is-reconstructed.“Picture a manmade water channel 10 miles long, able to carry up to 80 million gallons of water a day. Then consider what it would take to affix the lion’s share of that wood and iron structure to the side of serpentine, vertical canyon walls, 100 feet off the ground, weaving through the desert in a remote part of southwestern Colorado — a landscape as rugged as it is beautiful. Finally, imagine constructing that flume without motorized vehicles, power tools or modern climbing gear. That’s what the ambitious — and “gold fever” afflicted — founders of the MPMC accomplished when they built what’s known as the Hanging Flume to facilitate mining along the Dolores and San Miguel rivers.“Completed in 1891, the Hanging Flume powered hydraulic cannons, which blasted pressurised water to expose gold-bearing gravels and sluice out valuable metals. While it’s unclear how much gold the company found, the flume’s estimated $169,000 price tag drained its coffers, forcing it to abandon the structure a few years later. Yet today, despite scavenging and exposure to the elements, its remains still prompt almost everyone who sees them to ask: What is this? And how was it built? That is the first symptom of what aficionados refer to as ‘flume fever.’“If there’s a poster boy for flume fever, it’s Jerald Reid, 73, a retired machinist from Kannah Creek, Colorado, who has spent more than two decades researching the Hanging Flume. His first contact came when he and his wife, Margaret, took a scenic drive through the still-wild, isolated area through which the flume winds. Both were captivated, so they went to their local library, only to learn, as Reid says, that ‘there’s no book on it.’“After that, he says, ‘We spent two years — every Friday, Saturday and Sunday almost — hiking either in, above, or below the flume and photographing all aspects of it. And we spent literally hundreds of hours in the library going through microfilm and reading newspaper articles from the period (when it was built).’“Before long, Reid — who has a full head of gray hair, a beard and a no-nonsense manner — was conducting slide presentations and taking tourists on seven-hour walking tours –– even traveling to East St. Louis, Illinois, in search of MPMC’s incorporation papers, which he later discovered in Springfield, Illinois. “I can honestly say that my wife and I are the world’s leading experts on the Hanging Flume. That and $2 will get you a cup of coffee,” he quips, in a rare humorous aside.“The couple’s dedication inspired wood scientist Ron Anthony of Anthony & Associates in Fort Collins, Colorado, to assemble a team of historians, structural engineers, geologists and archaeologists who have been studying the flume for the past decade. In April 2012, Ithaca, New York-based Vertical Access, a company that, according to its website, specializes in unique ‘architectural investigation,’ sent a group of carpenters and ‘industrial rope access experts’ to rebuild part of it atop the existing framework. The new 48-foot segment (visible from Road Y11, off Highway 141) permits passers by to appreciate the size and appearance of the original and allowed the reconstruction team to glimpse the challenges of its assembly.“The men who built the flume logged and milled 1.8 million board-feet of ponderosa pine — enough for several hundred three-bedroom homes — then hauled it to the area via horse-drawn wagon; lowered heavy, unwieldy wood beams over the edge of overhanging canyon walls to workers dangling on bosun’s chairs below them; and hand-drilled thousands of holes in the sandstone to fit iron support rods custom-forged at nearby staging areas. Somehow, the workers maintained a steady pitch: The flume drops only 90 vertical feet over its length.“Donn Hewes, a Vertical Access technician who worked on the reconstruction, says that at first, he was fascinated only by the flume’s mechanics. ‘But after a week of dangling for eight hours a day at the end of a rope, it was more about: What was it like for the guys who were camping out here for three years?’‘We had a whole team of people out there with modern tools and equipment and we spent a week rebuilding a 48-foot section,” adds Vertical Access’ Keith Luscinski. “Those guys built miles and miles of  flume. Men were men in those days.’”last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Bionic eyes beer hunting and a test of how

first_imgWELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Beer-hunting app of the week(Image: Beer Hunt)Here’s a possibly dangerous and/or embarrassing app that keeps track of every drink you consume and where you drink it. Beer Hunt then compiles all of the information from your night out in a handy ‘drink–o-graph’ and rates you against your friends. You may be the winner, but no doubt you’ll be the loser with the biggest hangover as well.(Image: Beer Hunt)3D history news of the weekThe world’s largest museum – the Smithsonian – has started scanning its entire collection in 3D so that it can be enjoyed by future generations, Gizmodo reports. It will also allow a current generation of history enthusiasts to view the museum’s amazing range of artefacts and those lucky enough to have actually visited will be able to look at the collection in greater detail.(SmithsonianVideos/YouTube)Bionic eye of the weekA US company has developed an eye implant connected to a pair of glasses aimed at restoring the vision of patients blinded by a disease called retinitis pigmentosa, Business Insider reports. The glasses have a miniature video camera innside that captures the scene and it send instructions are to an implant in the person’s eye. Small pulses of electricity stimulate the retina’s remaining cells transmitting patterns of light to the brain. Simple really…Here’s a video with more detail on how these amazing specs work:(SecoundSightEurope/YouTube)Twitter sexism of the weekThis neat site will give you an indication of how balanced you are on Twitter by analysing the proportion of retweets that were comments or opinions issued by men or women. A 10 is a perfect Twee-Q. Give it a try, and if you’re not happy with your score, just test the account of a really sexist celebrity to make you feel better.last_img read more

Astronomers discover oldest known star in the universe

first_imgThe more astronomers search the universe, the more frequently they find the oldest known star. Back in 2007, word broke that astronomers found what was then the oldest known star, HE 1523. Now, Howard Bond and a team of astronomers at Pennsylvania State University have announced the discovery of a new star that is thought to be the even older. It’s called HD 140283, and it’s said to be 13.2 billion years old.The Big Bang is thought to have happened around 13.75 billion years ago, so that would place HD 140283 into existence only around 550 million years after the birth of the universe.The star isn’t too far away, only a relatively short 186 light years from our solar system. Interestingly, astronomers have recognized the star for over 100 years, and have known that it is mostly composed of helium and hydrogen, but have not been able to suss out its age until now.After determining the accurate distance of the star, the astronomers combined the star’s intrinsic luminosity with the knowledge that the star is exhausting hydrogen at its core. From that, the astronomers were able to determine the star’s age by performing some calculations based on the dimming state of the star’s luminosity. The calculations suggested that the star was 13.9 billion years old — 200 million years older than the Big Bang is estimated to have taken place — but with a margin of error of around 700 million years, which means HD 140283 is at least 13.2 billion years old. That margin of error places the star’s birth roughly at the beginning of the universe.Compared to HE 1523, which is also estimated to be around 13.2 billion years old, astronomers are more confident in HD 140283’s age, making it a more sure candidate to be the oldest star at this time. However, if HD 140283 actually formed 13.2 billion years ago, astronomers note that this somewhat changes our theory about early star formation.Due to the star’s chemical composition, it must have birthed during the second generation of star formation in the universe, and considering its age, this could mean that the second generation of star formation took place much earlier than astronomers previously thought.Now that we’ve found the current oldest star in the universe, check out the oldest star explosion, and the oldest galaxy.last_img read more

Leo Varadkar hoping for family lunch with his parents partner and friend

first_img Monday 2 Sep 2019, 4:37 PM 68 Comments Sep 2nd 2019, 7:29 AM This year’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the VP’s official residence in Washington DC. Leo Varadkar hoping for ‘family lunch’ with his parents, partner and ‘friend of Ireland’ Mike Pence Mike Pence’s visit has been brought forward. He’s now due in Shannon today. Image: /PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4791993 By Daragh Brophy This year’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the VP’s official residence in Washington DC. Image: /PA Images 45,078 Views That Ireland is a place where you can be who you are and love who you love. Where you can stand up for your rights and that others will stand with you. That even though there is so much still to do, we’re moving forwards, not backwards.The event is billed as a “celebration and of all the people that Pence and Trump’s cruel policies discriminate against”. Brexit  Politicians on both sides of the Irish Sea will be paying close attention this week to Pence’s comments on Brexit and the Trump administration’s plans for future relations with the UK. US National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a visit to London last month that his government wanted “to move very quickly” on a trade deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, and that the UK was “first in line” for a future trade deal.Trump himself added that the UK could expect a “very big trade deal” in the wake of Brexit after a breakfast meeting with Johnson at the G7 recently.However the US House speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has warned that any trade deal will not pass Congress if it undermines the Good Friday Agreement.  Updated Sep 2nd 2019, 4:37 PM TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that US Vice President Mike Pence is “a real friend of Ireland” and that he has got to know him “reasonably well in the last couple of years”. Pence arrives into Ireland today and will meet with Varadkar tomorrow as well as President Michael D Higgins. The meeting with Varadkar for lunch and talks will take place in Farmleigh House with Varadkar saying today that his parents and partner Matt Barrett will also be present. Barrett attended a St Patrick’s Day breakfast with Varadkar in the US Vice President’s official residence in Washington DC this year after an invitation from Pence. Pence has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT rights and a protest outside the Dáil is taking place tomorrow to coincide with Pence’s visit to Dublin. Speaking to reporters in Dún Laoghaire today, Varadkar said that Pence is “very welcome to Ireland”.  He’s bringing his family with him so what we’re hoping to have tomorrow is a family lunch involving my parents and my partner, but that does involve getting time off work, not for me, so that’s all being worked on.“I do want to say, you know, about Vice President Pence, I’ve got to know him reasonably well in the last couple of years. He is a real friend of Ireland and somebody whose father fought in the Civil War and somebody who I hope I can speak to tomorrow about Brexit,” Varadkar added. Varadkar was likely referring to Pence’s maternal grandfather Richard Cawley who moved to the US in 1923 after previously serving with the Irish Free State Army.  Brought forwardThe former Indiana governor’s visit to Ireland had initially been scheduled for later this week, but the trip was brought forward after an extra European engagement was added to his schedule. Pence was drafted in to take Donald Trump’s place at World War II anniversary commemorations in Poland yesterday after the president said he needed to remain in the US to deal with the approaching Hurricane Dorian.Pence is arriving in Shannon early this evening and will stay overnight in Trump Doonbeg – the Co Clare golf resort owned by the president where Trump himself visited earlier this year.  Pence and his wife Karen landing in Warsaw yesterday. Source: Petr David JosekA Shannon Airport spokesperson said that extra security measures will be in place on the roads leading to the airport and the car parks from today until 12pm on Wednesday. The spokesperson said that while it will be “business as usual” at the airport, passengers should allow an extra 15 minutes travel time when travelling to and from Shannon. Pence will travel to Dublin tomorrow where he’s due to pay a courtesy call to President Michael D Higgins at Áras An Uachtaráin, before the engagement with Varadkar for at Farmleigh House. Pence is due to visit Iceland and the UK later in the week – with recent ‘incursions’ into the Arctic Circle by China and Russia expected to be on the agenda in Iceland and (of course) Brexit up for discussion in his London meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson. Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett met with Pence during the Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit to the US earlier this year.The Taoiseach extended an invitation to Pence, who has strong ancestral roots in Ireland, at that engagement in the Vice President’s Washington home. Tomorrow’s visit is expected to be met with protests in Dublin – including one organised by Amnesty Ireland at the gates of the Dáil. The NGO is hosting a ‘Disco at the Dáil’ to mark the presence of Pence, who has long been criticised for his positions on LGBT rights and abortion.  “We want to show him, and people that support him, that we’re a different country now, so that he can’t go back to the USA and say there is any support for his policies here,” a Facebook event listing for the protest said.  Share28 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Xenophon launches new SA party

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Senator Nick Xenophon announced he is ready to shake up South Australian politics with the launch of a new party to contest next year’s state election. According to Xenophon, the party, named SA Best, will run candidates with real-life skills and experience in the March 2018 election in an attempt to give South Australia a complete change of approach to the way it is governed and how it delivers key services.At last year’s federal election, The Nick Xenophon Team won three South Australian senate seats and the Lower House seat of Mayo, won by Rebekha Sharkie, and had a strong showing in the regional federal electorates. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, Senator Xenophon talks about his decision to launch a new party, the key policies SA Best will be focusing on, and his strategies for tackling SA’s major issues in the future. Why and when did you decide that there is a need to set up a new party? Has this been something you have been contemplating for a while? It wasn’t a spot decision. The decision was that the State election is coming up and after the success of the Federal Election and the fact that three senators were elected from one state, we didn’t want to lose the opportunity to give South Australians a clear choice at the next state election, which is due in March of next year. The important issue here is that we needed to have a separate entity that was focused on South Australia and its issues and getting as many people elected to the South Australian parliament [as possible].How and why did you come up with the name SA Best? I think the name says it all. It is about bringing out the best in people, the best in our state and making the best decisions for the future of South Australia. It is positive and it is challenging. It is very hard to break the duopoly of the two major parties. As I have been telling people: forget the rest, vote SA Best.You stated that your wish is to shake up Australian politics. What does this involve in real pragmatic terms? SA Best will be based at the state level but what it involves in pragmatic terms is that we are already shaking up Australian politics by sharing the balance of power in the senate. It also involves getting people elected so that we can be in a position of influence so that we can shake up the political system to make it more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to people’s needs. You said that you will run candidates with real-life skills and experience. What areas is this referring to and what experiences will this involve? What qualities do you wish your candidates to have? I want a combination of candidates whether they’ve been involved in government, business people, academics, tradies, people who have raised families, who have run businesses. We just want people with a solid grounding in common sense and it doesn’t mean we just want people who have been around for a long time. It’s a combination of different generations. I think we need to have that blend that reflects the diversity of our society. Of course we also want people who have come to this wonderful country from other countries and have made Australia their home. In terms of qualities of each candidate, we are looking for leadership and organisational skills, a good radar that senses and picks up on what’s going on in the community and a sense of empathy so that they actually give a damn about people and their issues. These are all important qualities.You have called for potential candidates to register online. Are there particular seats you will be targetting? We have seen a few applications already and location-wise there has been a strong showing of candidates in the Adelaide Hills where Rebekha Sharkie is the member, in the northern suburb seats and the western suburb seats; a combination of Liberal and Labor seats. We want to do this well so that we don’t spread ourselves too thin, therefore we would rather run in a handful of seats and aim to win those seats. It also depends on the calibre of people coming forward and what they can bring to the ticket. You have stated that we need to change the approach in the way our state is governed and the way it delivers its key services. What are you proposing for each service area? Just to give you an idea, my state colleague John Darley has long proposed an operational audit which involves making sure that those areas that are in high demand, where there is a shortage of frontline staff, those areas where there are too many, those areas where arguably resources could be diverted to areas of greater need are dealt with. You recalibrate the public service in a positive way and also reform our system of government. For instance, bureaucrats need to be kept accountable by both houses of parliament in the estimates process. The senate does a very good job of that federally. We should try replicate some of the practices that have been tried and proven in the senate and which would make the parliament more efficient. To do with more legislation, more issues. A parliament should be a powerhouse of ideas for the state but instead it’s become a Punch & Judy show where people are going to stand up and abuse each other. You need to have Freedom of Information laws so government is open, so you know what government is doing, so we don’t have secretive government. Secretive governments make bad decisions. It depends though. It depends what the issues [are]. What state parliamentary strategies do you want to see changed? These are things that will roll out, but I think parliament needs to be responsive to the needs of the people. It needs to keep the bureaucracy to account and to ensure that money is not wasted. There is also a need to scrutinise legislation properly. The Legislative Council should genuinely be a house of review by examining legislation not just when it arrives from debate, but having a system that analyses legislation as a matter of course; if it’s a contentious piece of legislation. That’s what the Senate does and we can learn from that. It does mean that people have to work harder and smarter and that’s a good thing. You need to have a proper process. I think that what happens is that sometimes people debate just for the sake of debating without actually adding any value to the debate and I think that’s one of the issues that needs to be taken into account. I think that parliament has been a tall case of confrontation rather than cooperation in solving problems.South Australia appears to have lost its way and faces many challenges on issues like unemployment, investments and manufacturing. What do you think has gone wrong and how can we fix it? South Australia has the weakest population growth on the mainland. I think we have lost our way in terms of a number of policies. We have lost our regional status. We still got it, but we lost it in relative terms because Western Australia has had a good stint. The demise has developed over a number of years. The state bank disaster deeply scarred the state and I think we were an industrial powerhouse many years ago, built on cheap power, affordable housing and effectively an abundant well-skilled and well-trained workforce. We lost those advantages over the years and it’s almost as though Tom (Sir Thomas) Playford and Don Dunstan were Ying and Yang. Tom Playford was very much a basics type Premier. He built on industrial development. You have said in the past that one policy option is a skilled migration and population growth strategy. Is this from a particular targeted region? Business migrants and international students won’t take away jobs from the locals. It will actually increase economic activity in the state. We are doing very poorly in terms of population growth. This is a country built on a sensible migration program. My parents came out here as migrants from Cyprus and Greece respectively and nearly one in two people in Australia are either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. That indicates to me that we are a great beautiful multicultural melting pot and that is something that we shouldn’t lose sight of. Migration policies in Australia are not racially based so it depends where the people come from, what skills they can add and how they can boost the state’s employment growth, [and] boost the state’s wealth. If you have the kind of mind to come in and buy a business and employ more people in return for getting citizenship, that actually grows economic growth. So, I’m not suggesting unskilled migrants come in, I’m suggesting business migrants and international students who are here to study, spend their money and live here which in turn stimulates the economy. People can do their course and then leave. We need to give them pathways. They build a link to our state. We need to allow them to stay for a little and employ their skills here. If done properly, migration grows economic growth. SA Best is unlikely to field candidates in all 47 Lower House seats, but Senator Xenophon expects to have a considerable impact on both the Liberal and Labor parties — buoyed by the results of last year’s federal election. Apart from the three SA Senate seats (Nick Xenophon, Stirling Griff and Skye Kakoschke-Moore) and the Lower House seat of Mayo won in last year’s federal election, the party also had a strong showing in the regional federal electorates of Grey, where NXT secured 27.8 per cent of the primary vote, and Barker, with 29.1 per cent. If this popularity was to continue in these regions, SA Best could snare seats in the state electorates of Mt Gambier, Mackillop, Hammond, Chaffey, Finnis, Heysen, Kavel, Flinders and Giles.last_img read more

Microsoft pourrait créer sa propre tablette sous Windows 8

first_imgMicrosoft pourrait créer sa propre tablette sous Windows 8Selon le Digitimes, le géant américain travaillerait avec Texas Instrument et plusieurs OEM tawainais sur une tablette Windows 8 pour une commercialisation fin 2012.Si cette information du Digitimes se confirme, Microsoft viendrait marcher sur les plates-bandes d’Apple, avec une tablette tactile sous Windows 8. Le site Internet, qui cite une source asiatique, affirme que Microsoft travaille en secret avec Texas Instrument et des OEM tawainais dans ce sens, pour une sortie de la tablette fin 2012.  Mais rien n’est sûr pour le moment et certains experts sont sceptiques, notamment parce qu’en planchant sur un tel projet Microsoft pourrait contrarier les fabricants susceptibles d’adopter Windows 8 dans le futur. Il faudra donc attendre encore un peu pour savoir s’il s’agit d’une nouvelle rumeur ou d’une information fondée.Le 9 juin 2011 à 10:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Etsy Initiative Helps Offset Carbon Shipping Emissions

first_imgStay on target Who needs crowded parking lots, busted shopping carts, and chatty cashiers when you can buy anything and everything online?One-click shopping is the new normal. But do you know how much CO2 is generated with each tap of the “Buy now” button?In the US alone, 55,000 metric tons of CO2 are produced daily as a result of online shopping package delivery. Etsy’s new initiative, however, aims to reduce that number—and fast.The e-retailer, known for its unique handmade inventory, this week announced lofty plans to offset 100 percent of carbon emissions generated by shipping.Now, every time someone buys an item on Etsy, the global e-commerce company will automatically purchase verified emissions reductions, known as “offsets.”“This initiative comes at no additional cost to buyers or sellers,” CEO Josh Silverman wrote in a blog post. “It simply comes with the satisfaction of knowing that shopping on Etsy means making a positive impact on the planet.”Purchases support four environmental projects, including protecting forests that improve air quality and absorb carbon, sponsoring wind and solar farms that generate clean energy and replace fossil fuels, and developing greener methods for producing auto parts.Some critics see carbon offsetting as lazy, a stopgap that doesn’t actually encourage progress. Activists have likened the principle to Roman Catholic indulgences—a way for the guilty to pay for absolution rather than changing their behavior.Implementing an offsetting policy, however, is quicker and more convenient than trying to reduce Etsy’s supply chain emissions, which, according to Silverman, the company does not directly control.“We don’t have 20 years. We need to move now,” he said in a statement, reported by Axios.“With the climate changing even faster than scientific predictions, business leaders have a responsibility to act urgently and aggressively,” Silverman continued on the Etsy blog.Jeff Bezos already got the memo: Amazon last month announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent carbon neutral shipments by 2030. The company will rely heavily on progressive technologies like electric vehicles, aircraft biofuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy.More on Geek.com:EPA to Roll Back Obama’s Auto Fuel Efficiency, Emissions RulesMicrosoft to Cut Carbon Emissions 75 Percent by 2030Energy Company Makes Shoes From Power Plant Carbon Emissions Help NASA Measure Trees With Your SmartphoneAmazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030 last_img read more

This radical SikorskyBoeing helicopter just made its first flight

first_imgThe Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter makes its first flight, on March 21, 2019. Sikorsky and Boeing You don’t see helicopters like this one every day. On Thursday, the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant lifted off for its first flight, demonstrating that it’s more than just a fancy design on paper and in the hangar. Over the course of a little better than 30 minutes, the Defiant proved it can ascend and descend, move forward and backward, and rotate left and right. The companies described the activity as low-speed flight maneuvers, and a brief video showed the helicopter doing its thing in the area of perhaps 10 to 20 feet off the ground. The test flight took place at a Sikorsky airfield in West Palm Beach, Florida.The SB>1 Defiant has an unusual design. Where most helicopters have a single main rotor on top for vertical lift, the Defiant has a pair of coaxial rotors, one spinning clockwise and the other counterclockwise to balance out the torque — that is, to keep it from flipping to one side or the other. That means the aircraft doesn’t need the standard side-facing tail rotor. Instead, it has a rear-facing pusher propeller, which is meant to get the Defiant zooming along in high-speed horizontal flight.”Defiant is designed to fly at nearly twice the speed and has twice the range of conventional helicopters while retaining the very best, if not better, low-speed and hover performance of conventional helicopters,” Dan Spoor, a Sikorsky vice president, said in a statement. Front view of the Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant helicopter.Another view of the SB>1 Defiant. Sikorsky and Boeing The coaxial design can also be found in some Russian military helicopters, but without a propeller on the tail. Sikorsky earlier used the design (with the pusher propeller) in its experimental X2 helicopter and the follow-on S-97 Raider.In the video, the Defiant’s pusher propeller was inactive.The Defiant design is under consideration by the US Army for the Future Vertical Lift program, which is intended to find a replacement for many of the US military helicopters in use today. (Eventually, as in by the early 2030s.) Defiant’s rival in that area is the Bell V-280 Valor, which isn’t a helicopter but rather a tilt-rotor aircraft akin to the V-22 Osprey used by the US Marines. The V-280 has been racking up flight-test miles since its first flight, in December 2017.Next up, the Sikorsky-Boeing team will analyze Thursday’s flight data and lay out a plan for more test flights of the Defiant in the weeks and months ahead. Is it time to reinvent the helicopter? 0 Sci-Tech Share your voice Post a comment Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:39last_img read more

State coffers wont cover cost of cleanup if oil companies walk away

first_imgCook Inlet oil platforms are visible from shore near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The agency that oversees oil and gas drilling in the state says it doesn’t collect nearly enough money to clean up wells in case companies walk away. Regulators say the recent influx of small, private companies means Alaska risks shouldering the cost of abandoned wells. State lawmakers are receptive to addressing the issue.Listen nowCleaning up after an oil or gas well in Alaska isn’t cheap. Normally, the company that drilled the well is responsible for plugging it up. But if the company goes bankrupt and can’t pay, the state of Alaska foots the bill. So Alaska requires companies to hand over a $100,000 to $200,000 bond before they start drilling — kind of like a security deposit.But according to Cathy Foerster, who chairs the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, that’s not nearly enough money.“The bonding that operators have for well liability in the state of Alaska is woefully inadequate,” Foerster said.Foerster estimates it can cost up to $20 million to clean up a well in Alaska, due to the remote, challenging drilling environment. Foerster said for a long time, bonding wasn’t a big issue because Alaska was dominated by huge, public oil companies — the state wasn’t worried about Exxon not having the cash to clean up wells, for example.But new tax incentives attracted a wave of small, private oil and gas companies. That’s when Foerster started to get nervous.“It’s a whole different playing field,” Foerster said. “We have little companies that we don’t know what their capability for liability coverage is and when they might just disappear in the night.”Last year, two companies operating in Alaska — Aurora Gas and Linc Energy — went bankrupt. According to state data, there are currently 33 wells owned by Linc and Aurora that state inspectors haven’t yet confirmed are properly plugged and abandoned. Some of the 33 wells are still producing, but they need to be cleaned up at some point.Foerster said if bankrupt companies can’t pay for cleanup and the bond doesn’t cover the cost, Alaska ends up paying.“So we’re leaving the citizens of Alaska with the liability to clean up all these messes if we don’t get a bigger bond,” Foerster said.This week, Foerster is in Juneau to talk to lawmakers. Anchorage Democrat Andy Josephson, who co-chairs the House Resources Committee, was alarmed when he heard what Foerster had to say.“It’s not enough — the bonds are not enough,” Josephson said. “And I’m sort of amazed that we would set up a system where companies could either walk away from a lease or declare bankruptcy and we’re left holding the bag.”The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission doesn’t need a new law to raise the bond amount. But Josephson said lawmakers might consider adding language in the recently introduced oil and gas tax bill, House Bill 111, to address the issue. Republican Senator Cathy Giessel, who chairs the Senate Resources Committee, also heard from Foerster this week.“Her concern is probably a justifiable one — $200,000 isn’t a lot,” Giessel said.Giessel says she’s not sure the legislature needs to get involved. The senator said she will rely on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s experts to take the lead on the issue.Kara Moriarty, who advocates for industry as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said she wasn’t surprised the issue came up and that the industry is willing to discuss a fix. But Moriarty wants to make sure the bond amount doesn’t become a barrier.“We need to make sure that…it does not prevent a smaller company from entering the market or being dissuaded from investing in Alaska,” Moriarty said.Foerster said she’s not sure how much more companies should pay in bonds. She suggested it’s possible it could be flexible depending on the company and the project.But she’s certain something needs to change.last_img read more

TikTok video controversy Act according to law Mahmood Ali to

first_imgHyderabad: Home Minister Mahmood Ali reportedly told police officials to act according to the law on the TikTok controversy Mahmood Ali’s grandson Furqan Ahmed along with another teenager had shot a TikTok video sitting on a police vehicle. In the video Furqan Ahmed is seen sitting on bonnet of the car (TS09PA 9999) belonging to the Police Transport Organisation, while Furqan’s friend is seen jumping down from the vehicle and mimes a dialogue from a movie in which actor threatens Inspector General of Police (IGP) to behave and talk properly, otherwise he’ll chop officer. The video went viral on social media within no time. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Mahmood Ali has reportedly severely reprimanded his grandson for such TikTok video sitting on a police officer’s vehicle. Home Minister also ordered police chiefs to take action against his grandson Farhan Ahmad according to the law if he is liable. This is the second time in Telangana that the TikTok video has become a controversy. Last week at Khammam Municipal Office, employees were kicked out of work and for making TikTok videos in the working hours.last_img read more

83km crime free zone inaugurated at border

first_imgBGB director general major general Abul Hossain and BSF director general Shri KK Sharma jointly inaugurate an 8.3-kilometer border area as ‘crime free zone’ at Putkhali border in Benapole and Kaliyani Border in India on Friday. Photo: UNBBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) have declared an 8.3-kilometre area on the border as crime free zone, reports UNB.This is the first ever declaration of crime free zone on the common border of the two neighbouring countries.The declaration was announced at a director general level border conference at Putkhali border in Benapole and the Kaliyani border in India on Friday.BGB director general Abul Hossain and BSF chief KK Sharma jointly inaugurated the crime free zone, lieutenant colonel Ariful Haque, commanding officer of 49 BGB, said.Senior officials of the two border forces as well as MP for Jessore-1 constituency Sheikh Afil Uddin and local representatives were present at the inaugural ceremony.The decision of setting up the crime free zone was taken at a bilateral meeting of BGB-BSF director general level in October 2017.This is a pilot project and officials said that if the pilot project is successful, the whole 4,996 km area of ​​the border will be brought under the ‘crime free zone’.BGB Officials said that BGB has already established various types of border surveillance devices such as close circuit cameras, searchlights, and thermal image detectors to prevent crime in the Bangladesh part of the border.Both BGB and BSF director generals said that drone would be used in this border to protect criminal activities.last_img read more

Woman gangraped at Khardah no arrests yet

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by three miscreants at Khardah, North 24-Parganas, on Wednesday evening. The woman has been admitted to a hospital at Ghola in Sodepur.According to local sources, the woman, a resident of Patulia area, had gone to drop her son to his tuition. While returning home alone around 8 pm, a few miscreants stopped her near Shibmandir, close to her residence. They allegedly dragged her to an under-construction building nearby and gang-raped her. She lost consciousness due to torture and the miscreants fled. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter she regained consciousness, she tried to go out to seek help but fell unconscious again just outside the building. Some pedestrians noticed the woman lying on the road. They informed some locals. Immediately, locals rushed her to Ghola hospital and informed police. Sources informed that the lady mentioned about the presence four miscreants. Two were already inside the under construction building. The other two were on the road. On seeing her coming, they allegedly pulled her by her Saree. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen she scream for help, her mouth was blocked by one of the miscreants and subsequently dragged inside the building. Later, all of them raped her. But she could not identify any of them as the miscreants covered their faces with pieces of black cloth. The sleuths suspect that the miscreants might be known to the woman because they were waiting for her at the incident spot. The accused person covered their faces to hide their identity. Police are checking on the local miscreants. Until Thursday night, no one was arrested. “The probe is on. We are trying to identify and nab the culprits soon,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Belgharia) of Barrackpore Police.last_img read more

Herd Exclusive Jay Glazer releases surveillance video of the alleged Tom Brady

first_imgEarly this morning, Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer broke the story that the FBI and NFL Security had recovered Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl LI game jersey from a credentialed media member.Glazer joined The Herd to explain the backstory of the investigation and how they finally tracked down Brady’s jersey in Mexico.He also exclusively released the surveillance video of the alleged suspect. Unlike most grainy surveillance footage, this is some high quality HD footage that seems to clearly depict the thief walking in the locker room, not far behind Bill Belichick, and exiting a short time later with something under his arm.Watch the video and listen to Glazer explain how the whole story unfolded.EXCLUSIVE: Video of suspect in theft of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey.via @JayGlazer pic.twitter.com/dCnjPKXboA— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 20, 2017last_img read more

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Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’ Latin America’s prisons in critical condition Costa Rica court refuses to hear sex reassignment case Mónica Navarro pulls her long black hair behind her ear and lets it fall down her back where it stops just above her waist. Mascara gives her eyes a kohl look. She has high cheek bones. The way she carries herself, she might be a model if she weren’t serving 10 years for armed robbery.Navarro, 25, is one of 10 transgender prisoners serving time in San Rafael Prison.Last year, the Ombudsman’s Office decried a lack of access to health services and education for trans prisoners at San Rafael. At a time when the Costa Rican prison system finds itself bursting at the seams after a decade of overcrowding, there are few set criteria governing how transgender inmates should be handled by the prisons. The Ombudsman’s Office is expected to release a report on the issue later this month.Transgender prisoners are sent to either a men’s prison or to Costa Rica’s only women’s prison, El Buen Pastor, based on the sex assigned to them by the court system at the time they are sentenced, according to Justice Ministry spokesman David Delgado.Once prisoners like Navarro, who was born male, are processed they are typically sent to men’s prisons where they live among the general inmate population. Reynaldo Villalobos, director of the Costa Rican Penitentiary System, said that trans prisoners were once isolated in prisons but a court decision ordered the system to integrate transgender prisoners, arguing that segregation violated their human rights.Villalobos admitted that being assigned to gen pop was a frightening prospect for many trans prisoners.“They come in with a lot of fear,” said Villalobos. “We try to reassure them.”He said there were no reports of violence against any of the transgender prisoners in San Rafael.Navarro said she would prefer to be separated from the general population in San Rafael. She said that while she hasn’t suffered any physical violence she and other trans inmates have been verbally harassed by other inmates. A transgender inmate shares the same communal space with male prisoners at La Reforma prison. Alberto Font/The Tico Times“There’s a lot of homophobia, transphobia,” Navarro said. “I don’t push back against it. We have to keep quiet, just let them yell at us, treat us like they do. We can’t do anything.”Mariela Matarrita, who worked on the forthcoming investigation from the Ombudsman’s Office, said her interviews with San Rafael’s transgender prisoners provided no consensus on the issue.“It’s very relative,” when it comes to trans prisoners’ housing preference, Matarrita said. “From the interviews we’ve conducted, some say they would prefer to be housed with women prisoners. Others say they prefer to stay where they are now,” in gen pop at San Rafael.Unsurprisingly, prisoners like Navarro stand out from the prison crowd. In 2012, a prisoner at La Reforma Prison — just down the road from San Rafael — successfully petitioned the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court for the right to dress as he liked, including in women’s clothing. The court said discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation was unconstitutional and that establishing an “arbitrary limitation” on how the prisoner dressed violated his (the court considered the prisoner male) right to equal treatment and human dignity.The court did say the prisoner’s clothing choice could not be “scandalous,” call undue attention, or risk the security of the other inmates. (An earlier, 2003 court case ruled that high heels were not appropriate prison wear.)Navarro, the trans prisoner at San Rafael told The Tico Times that conditions there were “terrible.” The prison population is nearly 80 percent over capacity. Overcrowding is one of the impediments to any prisoner getting access to health services, let alone a prisoner potentially with special needs, said Kattia López, spokeswoman for Proyectos en Salud Integral, which runs sexual health workshops at San Rafael on a regular basis.López said that PSI has been offering health classes at the prison for five years now. She said the group’s services address the general prison population, not just transgender prisoners, but that the organization had held separate meetings for trans prisoners to express any needs or questions that they might otherwise feel uncomfortable addressing in front of others.“The conditions that create vulnerable situations in prisons for the trans population are very similar to those that they are exposed to outside of the penitentiary,” López said.López said that beyond transgender prisoners, the group also addresses health issues for men who have sex with men, who may not identify as gay, with a focus on HIV prevention and testing.She said some transgender prisoners worked in the sex trade prior to their incarceration and if they continue to offer those services in prison they need to be aware of the risks. Ideally, she said, they would have access to condoms for sex work or consensual relations between inmates.Inmate Mónica Navarro told The Tico Times that she could not get access to condoms at San Rafael.Along with the pending report from the Ombudsman’s Office, Justice Ministry spokesman David Delgado said that the penitentiary system would be starting a study this month to collect more information about transgender, gay and lesbian inmates. Such information is currently not tracked by the ministry, he said in an email.Mariela Matarrita of the Ombudsman’s Office said that the prison has made progress addressing access to health services, educational opportunities and gender expression for transgender prisoners at San Rafael.“Prison officials have been very open to recommendations and observations from the Ombudsman’s Office when it comes to this very special, specific population and the specific needs they require,” Matarrita said.Mónica Navarro said that her family was “marvelous” and has always supported her decision to come out as a girl, which she did at age 9. But beyond her family, many of the negative stereotypes and confusion about transgender people have followed her into prison.“Lots of people are uncomfortable,” she said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more