Haiti needs urgent help to avoid backsliding amid current crisis – Ban

24 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to more than a dozen key Member States, asking for their urgent assistance in addressing the situation in Haiti, which has witnessed violent protests in recent weeks over rising food prices and a rapid deterioration in socio-economic conditions that threatens to undo the gains achieved by the tiny nation. Haiti – already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere – has been hit particularly hard by the recent surge in the price of basic foods.Mr. Ban “noted that the rise in the prices of certain staple commodities had led to increased popular frustration, which found expression in a number of demonstrations, some violent, earlier this month,” his spokesperson told reporters.“It is the Secretary-General’s view that Haiti is making significant progress towards political, economic and social stability and that it is crucial to avoid backsliding, which could unravel the many gains achieved over the past four years,” said Marie Okabe.The UN system will do everything in its capacity to assist Haiti, she added. However, real progress will also require urgent support from donors, including in-kind contributions and funds to help fill short-term needs and the requirements of ongoing programmes.Last week the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Haiti said the country will remain in an extremely precarious economic and humanitarian situation unless it receives an urgent injection of funds to widen emergency feeding operations, extend existing job programmes and jump-start agricultural activity.“If we don’t react very strongly, then we could find ourselves in a very difficult state,” said Joël Boutroue. “The level of poverty, combined with the lack of coping mechanisms for the poorest Haitians, means we have the potential for a very explosive situation.” read more

Ban decries violence against women as abomination

5 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his urgent call to bring an end to violence against women, a scourge whose impact is devastating and immeasurable, as the United Nations began a series of events to mark International Women’s Day. “It is sometimes said that women are weavers and men are too often warriors,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the commemoration of the Day, observed annually on 8 March, in New York.In the address, which also appears as opinion piece on the International Herald Tribune’s website today, as well as its print edition tomorrow, he stressed that: “Women bear and care for our children. In much of the world they plant the crops that feed us. They weave the fabric of our societies.”“Violence against women is thus an attack on all of us, on the foundation of our civilization.”He added that violence against women is an “abomination” and stands against everything in the UN Charter. The Secretary-General, who last year launched a global campaign called “Unite to End Violence Against Women,” cited statistics of one in five women worldwide suffering from rape or attempted rape, while in some nations, up to one in three women are beaten or abused.He recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at a hospital in Goma in the vast country’s far east, he met an 18-year-old woman who had been brutally and violently abused by four soldiers at gunpoint.Not only is she bearing physical injuries, “she also bears the curse of stigma,” having been shunned by her family and village “from a false sense of shame,” Mr. Ban said, expressing his outrage and sadness.“The consequences of violence go beyond the visible and immediate,” he stressed, adding that death, injury, medical costs and lost employment are only a small facet of the larger problem.The Secretary-General also underscored the importance of men speaking out against the scourge, teaching each other that “‘real men don’t hit women,’ let alone rape them.”He appealed for greater cooperation to end violence against women, emphasizing that “the time to change is now.”A new database on the extent and consequences of all forms of violence against women and means to combat it was launched today by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.“This is the first global ‘one-stop-shop’ for information on measures undertaken by Member States to address violence against women in terms of legal, policy and institutional frameworks,” she said.Recalling her own experience as Tanzania’s Minister for Gender Equality, she said that this tool will come in handy for decision-makers seeking out examples of action plans and strategies undertaken by other countries.Panel discussions on the topic of violence against women were held today to mark the International Day, with the Secretary-General’s top adviser on children and armed conflict speaking on the situation of the girl child in conflicts.Special Representative Radhika Coomaraswamy said that not only are girl children victims of direct violence, but are also often the heads of households and must provide care to their siblings.“The international community, at least with respect to the issue of impunity, has begun to do something,” she said, pointing to the International Criminal Court as well as UN tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia which have started dealing with sexual violence and the recruitment of children by armed groups.The commemoration of the Day in New York will wrap up with a theatre performance inspired by the “Unite” campaign. It will also be celebrated worldwide, from Botswana to Kazakhstan and Peru, among other countries. read more

India Sri Lanka vow to find permanent solution to fishermen issue

The Joint Working Group was co-chaired by Secretary (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries), Government of India and Secretary (Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development), Government of Sri Lanka. Recent initiatives taken by the Government of India to end bottom trawling in the Palk Bay area were shared with the Sri Lankan side.These include launching of a programme on diversification of bottom trawlers into Deep Sea Fishing Vessels for tuna long lining under Blue Revolution Scheme, construction of Mookaiyur and Poompuhar fishing harbours, capacity building programmes for fishermen of Palk Bay area in deep sea tuna long lining. Besides, fresh registration for bottom trawlers in the Palk Bay area has been banned by the Government of Tamil Nadu.In addition, alternative livelihood opportunities for the fishing communities in Palk Bay area are being offered through open sea cage farming, seaweed farming and other allied coastal fisheries activities. India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks on fishermen’s issues today in New Delhi and agreed that a permanent solution to the issues should be found at the earliest.Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India met with Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka. The talks followed by the 3rd Meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries held in New Delhi on 13 October 2017. The co-Chairs of the JWG briefed the outcome of the issues discussed during the 3rd JWG meeting for consideration of the Ministers and for further directions. The Ministers agreed that a permanent solution to the fishermen issues should be found at the earliest.The Indian side was satisfied with the progress on release of apprehended fishermen and detained fishing vessels in the recent past, while reiterating the release of all the remaining Indian fishing vessels in Sri Lankan custody. While acknowledging the efforts taken by India to end bottom trawling, the Sri Lankan side informed about the measures taken by Sri Lanka in order to prevent illegal fishing. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Founder of Cogeco cable Henri Audet dies at age 94

MONTREAL, Que. – Henri Audet, founder of the Quebec-based Cogeco cable and media business, has died at age 94. He began what has become Canada’s fourth-largest cable company and one of Quebec’s largest media companies in 1957 with a TV station in Trois-Rivieres, Que. His son, Louis Audet, now heads the business, which had consolidated revenue of $1.4 billion for fiscal 2012 and 3,500 employees in Ontario and Quebec. Cogeco Inc., through Cogeco Cable Inc., Cogeco Data Services Inc. and Cogeco Diffusion Inc., is a major Canadian communications company. The control of Cogeco Inc. and its direct and indirect subsidiaries is held by Gestion Audem Inc., a holding company whose shares are held entirely by the members of the family of Henri Audet. The control of Gestion Audem Inc. remains entirely with the family of Henri Audet following his death. “In the name of the board of directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc ., as well as in the names of all the employees, I wish to convey our most sincere condolences to the whole Audet family,” said Jan Peeters, president of the boards of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc. “Mr. Henri Audet was and remains a great source of inspiration for all the members of the extended Cogeco family.” Cogeco Cable provides its residential customers with TV, Internet and home phone services. Cogeco Data Services provides such services as data networking, e-business applications, video conferencing and data storage to business customers. Cogeco Diffusion owns and operates 13 radio stations across most of Quebec and also operates Metromedia, which specializes in advertising in the public transit sector. In July, Cogeco Cable Inc. gave itself a toehold in the U.S. market with a $1.36-billion (U.S.) deal to buy a regional cable company, the first big acquisition for Canada’s fourth-largest cable TV company since its failed venture into Portugal. Cogeco Cable Inc. recently reported that its profits weakened in the fourth quarter due to an increase in corporate taxes in Ontario and higher depreciation. The Montreal-based company said its profits were $45.7 million, or 93 cents a share. That was down from $69 million, or $1.42 a share, a year earlier. Meanwhile, parent company Cogeco Inc. recorded a profit of $44.9 million, or 83 cents a share, compared with $70.1 million, or $1.39 a share, in the year-ago period. by News Staff Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business|cogeco cable|henri audet|Quebec Founder of Cogeco cable, Henri Audet, dies at age 94 read more

UN chief renews call for entry into force of treaty banning nuclear

“Now it is time for the international community to exercise political will and act,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the CTBT: Science and Technology 2013 Conference in Vienna, Austria.The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996 but has not yet entered into force.The Conference was organized by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), which is tasked with building up the treaty’s verification regime so that it is fully operational when the treaty enters into force, and with promoting signatures and ratifications.Out of a total listed number of 195 States, 183 have so far signed the CTBT and 159 have ratified it. For the treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States, have yet to ratify it.In his video message, Mr. Ban told participants at the conference that the CTBT and CTBTO are essential for success in deterring further nuclear testing, and advancing a nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.“That is why conferences of this kind are so important. And it is why I renew my call for the earliest entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” Mr. Ban said. “I look forward to our continued work to prevent nuclear proliferation and to rid the world of all such weapons.” read more

Automated mineshaft inspection technology from Sherborne Sensors

first_imgSherborne Sensors, a designer, developer and manufacturer of sensors for military, aerospace and industrial applications, has announced that its DSIC inclinometers and A323 accelerometers are being used to provide highly-accurate, geo-reference position data as part of an innovative automated mineshaft inspection technology. Based on LiDAR, (Light Detection and Ranging) technology and high-resolution photography, the Mobile Shaft Scanning System (MS3) being developed by Canada’s Sight Power combines three core elements – Lasers, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) – “promising substantial savings and improvements in safety.”The conventional mineshaft inspection procedure is to lower engineers down the shaft in an elevator at a speed below 1m/s. However, with the MS3 system, the laser scanning device will be attached to the elevator and move up and down the shaft at speeds that enable quick and unobtrusive shaft scanning. Because GPS is not available underground, Sherborne Sensors’ DSIC high-precision inclinometers will measure the amount of roll and pitch of the carriers to give an indication of whether or not the movement down the shaft is well controlled. Meanwhile, the A323 accelerometers will measure the performance of the carriers with respect to vibration and acceleration during normal operation as well as during inspection cycles. “LiDAR systems are ideal for mineshaft inspection, because the typical distance from the scanning device to objects within the shaft barrel is only 3-4 m,” says Sight Power’s CEO and CTO, Borys Vorobyov. “But without GPS, a variety of positional aids are required to assist the INS, including inertial sensors such as accelerometers and inclinometers. We compared products from a number of suppliers and the consensus was that Sherborne Sensors provided the best match for accuracy, price and reputation.”MS3 is capable of acquiring billions of data points to produce a realistic 3D image of an entire shaft with all internal infrastructures, (construction elements). Known as a ‘Digital Spatial 3D model’, the image can then be imported into a computer-aided design (CAD) software package for analysis. During the laboratory test phase, Sherborne’s inertial sensors assisted in mapping and characterising the horizontal test setup performance, as well as indicating any flex, twist and tilt in the MS3 mechanical housing system. The inertial sensors are also being employed to characterise and understand the mineshaft environment, so that the Sight Power team can refine the MS3 system and its design for optimal accuracy and reliability.“Our gravity referenced servo inclinometers and accelerometers are very robust, extremely accurate and field-proven,” says Sherborne Sensors’ Jesse Bonfeld, Vice President of Business Development. “Their dynamic range means that their output is more conducive to the volume of data required and integrates seamlessly into the MS3 data acquisition system. The fact that these inertial sensors are temperature compensated was also a key factor in ensuring accuracy of results, because the temperature varies dramatically as you travel along the length of a mine shaft.”In the future, Sight Power aims to determine whether using clusters of accurate but lower cost sensors such as inclinometers and accelerometers can eliminate the requirement for the INS, which would lower the overall cost of the MS3 system. Sherborne Sensors says it can customise all of its inertial sensors and manufacture to comply with specific customer requirements within its AS9100C Quality Management System. In addition, all Sherborne Sensors’ products come with a two‐year comprehensive warranty, guaranteed On‐Time Delivery programme “and are meticulously tested and calibrated to international standards prior to shipment.”last_img read more

Successful and sustainable mining industry key to building Malis economy

first_imgClarification of the convention under which Randgold Resources mines in Mali has enabled the company to commit to further investment in the country, Chief Executive Mark Bristow said on a recent visit. Speaking at a briefing for local media, Bristow said a recently concluded arbitration process had cleared up confusion over the interpretation of some points in the 20-year-old convention, which includes provision for arbitration, thus ensuring that Randgold would be able to maximise the full potential of the Loulo-Gounkoto complex, one of the largest of its kind in the world, for the benefit of all stakeholders, including the government and people of Mali. Consequently, the company does not expect any impact on its financial position following the ruling which is in line with its previously adopted accounting position.  The ruling has also cleared the way for Randgold to continue investing in its operations and exploring for further worldclass mines in the country.“We have a long history of partnership with Mali and over that time the country and the company have had to work hard together to overcome many challenges. Randgold is committed to continuing that cooperation in the interests of securing the long-term sustainability of the Malian economy, and of its backbone, the mining industry,” Bristow said.Bristow noted that Randgold’s mines in Mali annually accounted for between 7% and 11% of the country’s GDP, with Loulo having already contributed $2.3 billion to the country’s economy, Gounkoto $0.6 billion and Morila $2 billion in the form of royalties, taxes, salaries, payments to local suppliers and community investments. Between them, Loulo, Gounkoto and the Randgold-managed Morila have produced 11 Moz of gold and provided employment to 4,800 people.  All these operations are run by management teams consisting entirely of Malian nationals.“Morila is now nearing the end of its life but still has three years of profitable production ahead of it, while the Loulo-Gounkoto complex is currently on track to beat its 2016 production guidance and continue to produce more than 600 000 oz of gold annually for the next 10 years with a life of mine which well exceeds that horizon,” Bristow said.“In the meantime, our brownfields and greenfields exploration teams continue to expand our asset base and our footprint in Mali, with significant successes within the Loulo-Gounkoto permit area as well as in our other tenements. At Gara they have already delivered more than a million ounces of additional resources over the last 18 months while at Gounkoto, planning for a new superpit is well advanced.”Bristow said a successful and sustainable mining industry would play a major role in the growth of the Malian economy, provided further international investment could be attracted by a clear and stable fiscal regime secured by convention.last_img read more

Pirate Bay covers their assets will swap torrents for Magnets

first_imgFew sites in the peer-to-peer file sharing world are more recognizable than The Pirate Bay. The site’s founding fathers continue fighting a highly-publicized battle in Sweden’s courts while simultaneously shrugging off DNS blocking attempts around the globe, supporting net neutrality, and speaking out against things like SOPA. Now, they’re implementing a small change that will eventually make the site more efficient: swapping the default download option to Magnet links. Site admins have said before that Magnets are every bit as usable as torrents nowadays, and chances are good that your torrent client has supported Magnet links for quite some time.As far as how things work, most users will never know the difference. Whereas a torrent includes information about the file and folder payload it will deliver, a Magnet link contains only a series of parameters, including the hash value of a torrent (with traditional torrent files, your client calculates the hash after it opens the .torrent). Client apps then begin looking for associated files in the swarm, rather than pulling down a list of peers from a tracker like The Pirate Bay.Every time you use a Magnet link, you save sites the TPB bandwidth, too. If you’re not the type to support an index or tracker by buying t-shirts, clicking ads, or donating, you can at least help out by grabbing a Magnet instead of a torrent.And because Magnet links don’t include the same detailed information about specific files that are to be downloaded, they should make it a little bit harder for copyright groups to successfully prosecute TPB — and other similar sites — in the future. That’s certainly welcome news for those of you who just want a way to watch your favorite TV shows a few days before they’re available in your neck of the woods.More at TorrentFreak and Pirate Baylast_img read more

Status Orange fog warning issued for 18 counties around the country

first_imgStatus Orange fog warning issued for 18 counties around the country The warning kicks in at midnight and will remain valid until 8am tomorrow morning. Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie Share282 Tweet Email1 By Hayley Halpin Source: Met Éireann/Twitter 77,511 Views A STATUS ORANGE fog warning has been issued for 18 counties around the country. The warning has been issued for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.It kicks in at midnight and will remain valid until 8am tomorrow morning. Met Éireann has said mist will thicken into fog overnight and will be dense at times. The warning comes following a day of heavy rain. Tonight will again see some rainfall, mainly across parts of Leinster, south Ulster and north Connacht.Temperatures tonight will range between 3 and 7 degrees. Monday 8 Apr 2019, 9:41 PM 26 Comments center_img Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie It will be a dull and murky start to tomorrow morning in many places, according to Met Éireann. However, it will be bright and dry over Ulster. The mist, fog and drizzle is due to clear gradually southwestwards tomorrow. Bright and sunny spells will then develop. It’s due to be a bit of a warmer day tomorrow, with temperatures ranging between 10 and 14 degrees. However, conditions will drop to between 1 and 4 degrees tomorrow night. Wednesday is expected to be a largely dry day with alternating sunny spells and cloudy periods. There will be a risk of a few light showers in the afternoon in Munster. Looking at Thursday, the best of the bright or sunny spells are forecast throughout the morning, with a cloudier afternoon signalled. A few spots of light rain or drizzle are possible, but amounts will be small, Met Éireann has said. Friday is due to be mostly cloudy and patchy light rain or drizzle could develop in the west and southwest later in the day.  Mostly cloudy & misty overnight. Some rain & drizzle, mainly across parts of Leinster & north Connacht. Elsewhere a mix of cloud & clear spells, with just an isolated shower. Fog will form over much of Leinster, Connacht & Munster, dense in places. 3 to 7°C, in an easterly breeze pic.twitter.com/mhYeV6zHZZ— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 8, 2019 Apr 8th 2019, 9:41 PM https://jrnl.ie/4582562 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sheriffs office detective on leave following misconduct allegations

first_imgA longtime major crimes detective with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is on administrative leave following allegations of misconduct.Deputy Kevin Harper, who has worked as a detective for the agency for nearly two decades, was placed on leave on Sept. 26, according to the sheriff’s office.Undersheriff Mike Cooke would not expand on the allegations except to say that if sustained, would constitute violations of the sheriff’s office policies and could result in criminal charges.Sheriff Chuck Atkins has requested that Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigations Division investigate the allegations. Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik has requested that if criminal charges are warranted, that the state Attorney General’s office assist in prosecuting the case, the sheriff’s office said.“I take allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Atkins said in a press release.  “We are acting quickly and aggressively to address these issues.  I will not tolerate the type of behavior which has been alleged.”Sgt. Todd Barsness, who oversees the major crimes unit, has been moved to the patrol unit as a result of the investigation, Cooke said, but he would not provide more details on the matter. Sgt. Duncan Hoss is currently overseeing the unit.last_img read more

Woman accused of calling in bomb threats to Opalocka DMV arrested

first_imgCueto-Alvarez is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have taken a Hialeah woman into custody after she allegedly called in bomb threats to a Department of Drivers and Motor Vehicle office in Opa-locka.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the office, located along the 12000 block of Northwest 42nd Avenue, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7.According to the arrest report, Raiza Cueto-Alvarez, 54, called the DMV and said a bomb would go off in five minutes and then hung up.The building was evacuated and later cleared by police and K-9 units.The following day, Cueto-Alvarez called the office again stating a bomb was “going off right now,” according to the arrest report. The building was evacuated and cleared by authorities later.Authorities traced the phone number back to Cueto-Alvarez for both phone calls made.She was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with threatening to throw a bomb or destructive device. last_img read more

Will Electric Cars Soon Take over Americas Roads

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:46 X Florian MartinGreg Bean, executive director of UH’s Gutierrez Energy Management Institute, expects the cost of electric vehicles to match that of gasoline-powered ones within the next five years. center_img Share Electric cars are becoming more popular. But what needs to happen before they overtake the number of gasoline-powered vehicles?The Gutierrez Energy Management Institute at the University of Houston recently hosted a symposium and published a white paper on the topic.The institute’s executive director, Greg Bean, says several trends are coming together to benefit the growth of electric vehicles.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. Listenlast_img read more

Cardinals Open Spring Season with 41 Victory over SIUE

first_imgJunior midfielder Cherif Dieye scored two of Louisville’s goals in the scrimmage, with the first opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, with the second coming in the 63rd minute. Sophomore midfielder Elijah Amo’s goal in the 48th minute and sophomore forward Izaiah Jennings’ score in the 52nd minute rounded out the scorers for the Cardinals. Next up, the Cardinals take on Louisville City FC in the 502 Derby on Saturday, March 2 at 5:02 p.m. at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s soccer opened its spring season this evening in a closed scrimmage against SIU Edwardsville. The Cardinals defeated the Cougars, 4-1, in 90 minutes of play at the Trager Center. Story Linkscenter_img Each of the three Cardinals goalkeepers saw action during the match. Redshirt sophomore Will Meyer and sophomore William Howard each recorded a save during their period-long outings.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Skybounds GammaRay Is Fandom Content for the Thinking Fan David Alpert Says

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 The venture currently has 20 full-time staff, who are producing short-form video and articles. Over the last several months, GammaRay has quietly launched content on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch. This week, it’s going to officially launch its website (gammaray.tv).According to Alpert, GammaRay will not just be a shill for Skybound productions like “The Walking Dead” or those of its partners. “It’s going to have its own completely separate identity,” he said. “We’ll cover Skybound stuff, but the vast majority of stuff is fandom at large… We’re covering where fans want to be.”In addition, GammaRay plans to team up with “high-end users and creators who have existing fanbases” for different shows and features, Alpert said.Original short-form shows part of GammaRay’s initial launch include:“The Fighting Show,” in which a veteran trainer in the world of fighting and stunt work for film and TV walks through techniques and history behind some of the best-known fight scenes and characters (examples: “How Ninja Are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”; “Ethan Hunt & Jason Bourne: How to Survive A Knife Fight”);“Popcraft,” profiling and celebrating fandom artists ranging from creators of portraits of famous anime characters to sculpting busts of Chewbacca (e.g., “Ever Wondered What A Human Shark Would Look Like?”); and“The List Show,” a weekly fan-pop list show with “just enough insight to get you inspired while keeping it short and sweet” (e.g., “Top 10 Best Spy Films Ever,” “Top 10 Best Space Operas”).As for GammaRay’s monetization plan, Alpert is focusing on leveraging Skybound’s resources to potentially develop film, television, and video games based on the GammaRay programming. There also are opportunities for GammaRay to launch merchandise, tabletop games, podcasts and “any kind of consumable media,” Alpert said, and it will have a presence at all major conventions that cover fandom.While he has the title of CEO at GammaRay, Alpert will still continue to jointly run Skybound, including helping to oversee the company’s slate of originals for Amazon Studios under “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman’s overall deal with Amazon. Popular on Variety GammaRay’s management team includes COO Do Duong, who hails from Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital hip-hop entertainment brand where he was VP of business operations and analytics. “Even in stealth mode over the past few months, we’ve been adding hundreds of thousands, and soon millions, of users and video views and see a clear path to overtaking the current leaders in our category,” Duong said.Three other execs on the GammaRay team are Michael Cruz, director of digital programming, who oversees content on owned-and-operated platforms; Rachel Skidmore, VP of emerging platforms; and Rachel Meskin, director of editorial video and social, who previously was fan-engagement director at Nickelodeon.GammaRay is based in Skybound’s L.A. offices “until such time we need to expand,” Alpert said.As part of its official unveiling, Skybound provided canned remarks from its investment partners praising the venture:Jesse Sisgold, president and COO Skydance: “Skybound is known for producing highly entertaining content that captures the zeitgeist and creates a devoted fanbase. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with them on GammaRay, which takes content development to the next level, all in service to and for the fans.”Allen DeBevoise, Third Wave managing director: “Third Wave Digital is excited to be partnering with Skybound Entertainment to create the next generation multiplatform consumer video brand for genre fan culture as best expressed via comic books, movies, episodic television and video games. The partners at Skybound will leverage their deep expertise, passion and relationships to build a world-class consumer brand in this the most engaging of all categories across short form, long form and interactive genres.”Clive Ng, C Ventures co-founder: “In the realm of content creation, Skybound and GammaRay are at a unique position to build experiences for and connect with the hundreds of millions of pop-culture fans worldwide. We’re thrilled about GammaRay’s launch, which will benefit from C Ventures’ global cultural ecosystem for the millennials and Generation Z.” Skybound Entertainment is officially launching GammaRay, a pop-culture video content brand targeted at highbrow fans of movies, TV, comics and games.That’s according to David Alpert, one of Skybound’s partners along with Robert Kirkman and Jon Goldman, who is leading GammaRay as CEO. “It’s hard to find a place for intellectual discussion that’s not driven by lowest-common-denominator editorial,” Alpert said.While it’s housed at Skybound, GammaRay is backed by three other investment partners: David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Allen DeBevoise’s Third Wave Ventures and C Ventures, a VC firm co-founded by entrepreneur Adrian Cheng and veteran investor Clive Ng. Alpert declined to disclose how much funding GammaRay has raised.The concept for GammaRay, which had been brewing at Skybound for some time, is to provide a fan-focused brand “from the perspective of celebrating how artists make things,” Alpert said. “It’s the discussion in the back of the comics shop, but doing it in an intelligent way.”last_img read more

A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons

first_img © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, with assistance from another at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany has found a new way to get electrons to attract one. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the technique they used and the ways their results might prove useful. Takis Kontos with Ecole Normale Supérieure in France offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and in addition to outlining their work offers some history on its development by others in the field. 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. More information: A. Hamo et al. Electron attraction mediated by Coulomb repulsion, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639AbstractOne of the defining properties of electrons is their mutual Coulomb repulsion. However, in solids this basic property may change; for example, in superconductors, the coupling of electrons to lattice vibrations makes the electrons attract one another, leading to the formation of bound pairs. Fifty years ago it was proposed that electrons can be made attractive even when all of the degrees of freedom in the solid are electronic, by exploiting their repulsion from other electrons. This attraction mechanism, termed ‘excitonic’, promised to achieve stronger and more exotic superconductivity. Yet, despite an extensive search, experimental evidence for excitonic attraction has yet to be found. Here we demonstrate this attraction by constructing, from the bottom up, the fundamental building block8 of the excitonic mechanism. Our experiments are based on quantum devices made from pristine carbon nanotubes, combined with cryogenic precision manipulation. Using this platform, we demonstrate that two electrons can be made to attract each other using an independent electronic system as the ‘glue’ that mediates attraction. Owing to its tunability, our system offers insights into the underlying physics, such as the dependence of the emergent attraction on the underlying repulsion, and the origin of the pairing energy. We also demonstrate transport signatures of excitonic pairing. This experimental demonstration of excitonic pairing paves the way for the design of exotic states of matter. Citation: A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons (2016, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-electrons.html Journal information: Naturecenter_img Model system and experimental realization of its fundamental building block. Credit: (c) Nature 535, 395–400 (21 July 2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639 Getting electrons to attract each is a big part of superconductivity, but unfortunately, due to the need for extremely cold temperatures most such materials have not proved to be of practical use. What scientists would really like to find is a material that could be a superconductor at room temperature and one promising avenue of research has been attempting to realize a theory proposed by William Little half a century ago—he suggested it might be possible to get electrons to attract one another by using the repulsion of other electrons. In this new effort, the researchers have attempted to prove this theory correct by using carbon nanotubes placed near one another.Their experiment consisted of coaxing just two electrons into a carbon nanotude and a polarizer in the form of two energy wells in a second carbon nanotube. They then positioned the two nanotubes perpendicular to each other, with one over the top of the over forming a cross, though they were not allowed to touch—one was kept approximately 100 nanometres away from the other. At that distance, the researchers confirmed that the electrons became attracted to one another.In theory, the team notes, it should be possible to create a superconductor using their method—unfortunately, creating an entire crystal, or even a short chain of material in such a way, is likely to be exceedingly difficult. Still, Kontos suggests that it could be used to create a quantum simulator which could be added as yet another tool for researchers in the field. Explore further Superconductor’s strange behaviour results in new laboratory toollast_img read more

Wifes pubhopping no ground for divorce Mum HC

first_imgA Division Bench of Justices Vijaya Tahilramani and Anil Menon recently upheld an order of Family Court, which had declined to grant divorce to the man, holding that such behaviour on part of his wife did not amount to cruelty. “In our view, the Family Court has appreciated the evidence and come to justifiable findings that the appellant (husband) has failed to prove that the respondent (wife) has treated him with cruelty,” the Bench said, while hearing an appeal filed by the man. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe instances of cruelty cited by the husband were rude behaviour by his wife, excessive socialising, going to pubs and discos, neglecting their child, hitting him with a vase, hurling hot cup of tea, making false accusations and throwing tantrums during their honeymoon.“As far as visits to discos and pubs is concerned, it has come in the cross-examination that they both visited pubs and discos even during the period of courtship. We are of the view that evidence does not reveal the respondent has treated the appellant with cruelty. At the best it establishes inappropriate and intemperate behaviour that is not expected in matrimonial relationship,” the Bench noted. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIrretrievable break down of marriage, cited as one of the reasons for dissolution of the matrimonial alliance, does not amount to cruelty, the Judges noted. “At best, evidence shows insuperable incompatibility between the parties falling short of cruelty. Be that as it may, irretrievable break down of marriage owing to severe and/or insuperable incompatibility does not amount to cruelty and as such no relief can be granted in appeal against the impugned order in as far as divorce is concerned,” the bench said.last_img read more

Gottlieb Browns And Baker Know Who They Are

first_imgGuests:Antonio Cromarte, Danny Kanell, Ben Volin Also:-Cardinals are perfect for Kyler Murray-Lakers are closer to the Clippers than most people think-Raiders need a healthy Antonio Brown to decide on Derek Carr Gottlieb in for Colin:The Browns and Baker Know Who They AreBaker Mayfield only played one drive during the Browns first preseason game last night, but led a blistering no huddle drive for a TD, and then celebrated with the same enthusiasm as you would expect during the regular season.Doug didn’t get the no huddle look, but he does think that letting Baker be Baker is the best way for Cleveland to get the most out of him, as opposed to trying to reign him in and make him someone he’s not. The Browns, as a team, look like they’re going to be a pedal to the metal offense that is going to celebrate enthusiastically, and unapologetically. Some people may not like it, but they have an identity and know who they are.last_img read more

These Stories Need Heard Conversion ldquoTherapyrdquo HIV Stigma Thriving While Trans

first_imgOne thing our movement has learned for sure is that our stories have the power to transform hearts and minds, and that we must never be silent. Last week, the keynote speakers at our 20th Annual Leadership Conference provided extraordinary examples of that.Transgender advocate Queen Hatcher-Johnson spoke about overcoming violence and thriving despite the many barriers she faces. Rebecca IsaacsSince 2011, Rebecca Isaacs has been the Executive Director of the Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations winning equality in the communities we call home. The following two tabs change content below. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sam Brinton’s harrowing story about surviving conversion therapy garnered several news headlines. This year alone, we’ve banned this dangerous practice on minors in 4 states, and there are many more to go.We never expected a speaker from one of our sponsors to bring tears to our eyes, but Amy Lukken of Tito’s Vodka, spoke movingly about her relationship to Pulse nightclub and extolled the incredible leadership of Equality Florida.And, Cornelius Baker spoke about his connection to the work to end HIV and the stigma attached to it. Baker serves as the Chief Policy Advisor in the United States Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy.center_img Latest posts by Rebecca Isaacs (see all) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Fact check: What is Mike Pence’s record on LGBT rights?Shocking exposé reveals underground LGBTI conversion therapy in South KoreaLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videolast_img read more

HPs New Pavilion Gaming Desktop Offers Easy Upgradability for 699

first_imgYou get the Pavilion Gaming Desktop configured with up to Intel Core i7-9700 processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2060 Super GPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a 3TB HDD and a 2TB HDD.However, even if you start with a lower end $699 model, which comes with a GTX 1660 Ti GPU, you can still upgrade your PC. While we didn’t get to see what the inside looks like for ourselves, HP paints a decent picture with this mock-up:RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. HP relaunched its Pavilion Gaming Desktop line with an all new upgradable gaming PC that can be configured with up to an RTX 2070 or even an RTX 2060 Super GPU.The Pavilion Gaming Desktop starts at $699 and will be available sometime in late August. HP Pavilion Gaming DesktopStarting Price$699CPUUp to Intel Core i7-9700GPUUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070/RTX 2060 SuperRAMUp to 32GBStorageUp to 1TB SSD + 3TB HDD + 2TB HDDPorts4 USB 3.1, 1 USB Type-C, 4 USB 2.0, RJ45, headphone jack, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, SD Card SlotSize12.09 x 6.12 x 13.28 inchesWeight13.14 poundscenter_img (Image credit: HP)You get several expansion slots that you can outfit with your own hardware later on, including one PCI-Ex16 slot, one PCI-Ex1 slot and two M.2 slots.At 13.14 pounds and 12.09 x 6.12 x 13.28 inches, the Pavilion Gaming Desktop is slightly lighter and sleeker than the Dell’s similar budget gaming PC, the G5 Desktop, which comes in at 16.7 pounds and 14.45 x 6.65 x 12.12 inches. Unlike the G5, the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktops offers customizable LED lighting.It has a decent number of ports as well, including four USB 3.1 ports, one USB Type-C port, four USB 2.0 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a headphone jack and an SD Card Slot. There will be ports for HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI-D depending on the GPU you get.HP does include a standard keyboard and mouse in the box, and while they aren’t gaming peripherals, at least the company included something.(Image credit: HP)Despite this not being an Omen, HP is shipping the Pavilion Gaming Desktop with the Omen Command Center, which is getting an overhaul. The update will introduce a Rewards Beta (where you can earn prizes), a Coaching AI-based tool (analyzes gameplay and provides insight), a universal game library and game-based profiles.We’re excited to get our hands on the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop. Stay tuned to our full review and benchmarks.The Best Gaming Monitors to Buy Nowlast_img read more

Flash Sale OnePlus 6 8128 Available for 44999 – OnePlus 6T 8128

first_imgFlash Sale prices on OP6 and OP6T are valid againOriginally published on March 5, 2019We have shared some amazing discounts on the wonderful Android powerhouse that is OnePlus 6. While some of us continue to obsess over the older flagship, OnePlus already upped the game with its OnePlus 6T. A beautiful design, power-packed specs, and an amazing camera is what makes the latest OnePlus a formidable addition to the Android world. Add in the now-signature software updates that OnePlus religiously sends to its devices and you have a timely updated phone on your hands that will stay relevant for years to come.Today’s Flash Sale brings discounts on 8+128GB variants of both the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. OP6 is available for $449.99, whereas the latest flagship is available for $569.99.Flash Discount: get OnePlus 6T and 6 on discount (8+128GB variants)OnePlus 6T features a tear-drop notch, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a battery life that is receiving industry accolades, and an immersive all-screen experience. Since OnePlus 5T, we have absolutely loved how the company is fast becoming a breath of secure air by sending Android updates faster than most of the other Android phone makers.Just head over to this link to get the Flash Sale price ($449.99 for OP6)ORHead over here for the (8+128GB) variant ($569.99 for OP6T) OnePlus 6T International, Midnight Black specs6.41 inch Optic AMOLED DisplayQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIEAdreno 630Triple Cameras: 20.0MP + 16.0MP rear camera and 16.0MP front camera6 or 8GB LPDDR4X128GB Storage3700 mAh (non-removable) battery – Fast Charging (5V 4A)OxygenOS based on Android 9.0 PieDual SIM: Nano SIM card + Nano SIM cardDimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mmButtons: Gestures and on-screen navigation support Alert SliderSensors: In-display Fingerprint Sensor, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor CoreAudio: Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound, Dirac Power SoundUnlock Options: In-display Fingerprint Sensor, Face UnlockPorts: USB 2.0, Type-C, Support standard USB, Type-C Earphone, Dual Nano SIM SlotNetworks: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA: BC0 / BC1 |WCDMA: Band 1 / 2 / 4 / 5 / 8 / /9 / 19, TD-SCDMA: B34 / 39 | FDD-LTE: Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 66, TDD-LTE: B34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41Package contains: Cell Phone, Earphones Adapter, Phone Case, Quick Start Guide, Main Informations and Warranty Card, SIM Needle, Dash Quick Charger Adapter, Dash Type-C CableNote: an earlier version of this piece mistakenly referred to OnePlus 6T when mentioning the deal on OP6. We regret the error.  Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more