Province Helps Businesses Sell to the Public Sector

first_imgThe province is helping businesses in Hants and Kings counties sell more to the public sector. Business leaders can meet public sector purchasers at a trade show in Wolfville on Tuesday, June 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Old Orchard Inn. Buyers from three levels of government, universities and colleges, school boards and health care facilities will be available to meet local business operators. The show will allow business vendors to learn about opportunities for increased sales to the public sector. They can meet public sector buyers to discuss issues face-to-face. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development, Hants Regional Development Authority, and Kings Community Economic Development Agency. Nova Scotia’s Supplier Development Program helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services, and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at .last_img read more

Workplace sexual harassment discussed at G7 meeting about workplace disruption

first_imgMONTREAL – Representatives from the world’s largest industrialized countries agreed that workplace sexual harassment must be addressed to deal with a problem faced by many working women, Canadian ministers said at the conclusion of a G7 meeting on Wednesday.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters Wednesday that delegates from the seven countries and the European Union acknowledged that the issue needs to be explored collaboratively.Hajdu said participants discussed how endemic harassment and systematic violence are challenges many women face regardless of industry or country.“We talked about the multiple ways we can work together to really let everyone know that time’s up and we cannot tolerate this if we expect women to prosper,” she said after a meeting between the Canadian ministers and a group of G7 counterparts in Montreal.The minister said Canada discussed its approach, including the introduction of Bill C-65 which is designed to prevent harassment and sexual violence in federally regulated workplaces.An official said the government of France in particular was interested in the legislative proposal expected to be passed later this year.Bains said the global #MeToo movement that resulted from accusations against high-profile men such as film producer Harvey Weinstein has started an important conversation among politicians and business leaders.“This is really, really important that we get it right as G7 countries, as G7 leaders to create a safe work environment and if we don’t the consequences are enormous,” he said.Bains said companies that fail to deal with it put their business and brand at risk.The Canadian government has used its position as hosts to push for gender equality.During the two-day meeting, G7 employment and innovation ministers also agreed that all governments should take an active role preparing companies to be part of the digital economy.The participants also discussed strengthening social protections to address the changing world of work. Hajdu said her colleagues are also struggling with how to protect workers, for example, in the gig economy who haven’t contributed to employment insurance or national pension plans.Bains said the mood among delegates was very positive as there was consensus overall, despite different approaches of some countries.The United States, for example, focused on removing regulations to accelerate innovation, said Bains.The ministers also agreed to work toward a common vision for artificial intelligence, hold an AI conference in Canada in the fall, conduct targeted research and analysis to develop priorities and address data gaps on things like gender wage gap, and launch the G7 Future of Work Forum — a digital tool to share policies and ideas.The cabinet members along with Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said ministers agreed that efforts are required to reassure workers caught in the churn of a dramatically evolving labour market.“We must ensure that innovation benefits the many, not just the few,” said Bains.The meeting on the future of work was the first of several that will be held ahead of the G7 leaders summit in early June in Charlevoix, Que.The most recent estimates provided at the meeting suggested that up to 15 per cent of jobs in the G7 could disappear because of automation over the next two decades.An OECD official in attendance said automation is expected to generate demand for both high-skilled and low-skilled occupations, resulting in “a hollowing of the middle” marked by declines in jobs requiring a mid-range level of skill.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Community grants up to 10000 for local nonprofits from BC Hydro

first_img· developing smart energy ideas that promote energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impacts;· building the workforce of tomorrow by focusing on youth programs in trades, science,    technology, engineering and math; and,·  safety education. BC Hydro offers two types of grants;·  Grassroots Grants: funding up to $2,000 for local community-based programs.·  Broad Impact Grants: funding up to $10,000 for organizations who wish to expand an existing program or develop a new program in multiple communities.  In 2018, BC Hydro has funded organizations and projects, such as a Tsunami Warning Pole Marking Project to direct residents safely to high ground during an earthquake in Haida Gwaii-related emergencies. Science Alliance Summer Day Camps run by the Exploration Place in Prince George received a grant as well as the Central Interior BC Science Exhibition and the Northern BC Regional Science Fair. To apply; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – BC Hydro is offering Northern B.C. non-profits, registered charities and community organizations the opportunity to apply for a community grant.Grants are available until March 29, 2019, through its Community Grant program.BC Hydro works with local organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities with projects focused on;last_img read more

Oil edges lower as fiscal cliff talks stall between Obama and Republicans

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 11:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell Thursday as talks between U.S. political leaders on a crucial budget deal hit a new snag.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was down 16 cents to US$89.83 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped $1.58 on Wednesday, the biggest one-day price rise in a month.Negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have dictated market sentiment in recent weeks.On Wednesday, it appeared that a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes due at the start of next year was still out of reach. The White House threatened to veto an alternative plan that Boehner proposed.Without a deal, the hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax hikes that will take effect could throw the U.S. economy back into recession, economists believe. Such a prospect would likely mean decreasing energy demand.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, fell 16 cents to US$110.20 a barrel in London.In other trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, heating oil rose one cent to US$3.04 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline gained a penny to US$2.75 a gallon and natural gas rose 10 cents, or 3.1 per cent, to US$3.42 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil edges lower as `fiscal cliff’ talks stall between Obama and Republicans

Stocks drift lower at midday as investors wait for Fed hints on

Stocks drift lower at midday as investors wait for Fed hints on rate outlook; oil falls U.S. stocks are drifting lower as investors wait for clues about the Federal Reserve’s plans for interest rates.The Standard and Poor’s 500 index is down four points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,095 as of 11:50 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. Energy companies led declines. The index closed at an all-time high the previous day.The Dow Jones industrial average is off 32 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 18,014. The Nasdaq is two points lower at 4,896.The stock of Fossil Group fell the most among companies in the S&P 500 index, dropping 18 per cent as the watch and accessories company reported a disappointing fourth-quarter performance and outlook.The price of oil fell $1.44, or nearly 3 per cent, to $52.09 a barrel in New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 10:03 am MDT read more

One in four prisons hold transgender inmates says Ministry of Justice report

first_imgThe treatment of transgender people in courts, probation and prison services has not kept pace with the development of a more general understandingMinistry of Justice report The review, published by the MoJ on Wednesday, said: “It is apparent that the treatment of transgender people in courts, probation and prison services has not kept pace with the development of a more general understanding of the issues surrounding gender in society.”It said allowing transgender offenders to experience the criminal justice system in the gender in which they identify “will, in the great majority of cases, represent the most humane and safest way to act”.It added: “We believe it will also assist successful rehabilitation. In the minority of cases where that is not possible, the reasons for departing from this starting presumption must be clear, explicit and made known to the person they affect, especially when it involves assigning someone to a male or female prison.” 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. Show more center_img One in four prisons in England and Wales are holding transgender inmates, an official report has revealed.Data collected in March and April showed that 33 of the 123 public and private prisons reported they had one or more transgender prisoners.There were 19 establishments with one transgender inmate, ten prisons with between two and four, and four facilities holding at least five.A paper published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said there were 70 inmates currently living in, or presenting in, a gender different to their sex assigned at birth and who have had a “case conference”. It did not include information on the number of prisoners who have already transitioned and have a full gender recognition certificate.Of the 70 inmates, 52 reported their gender as male and 14 as female, while it was not stated by four.The report said: “The gender is self-reported on reception to prison and based on information recorded on central administrative databases.”It is not possible to determine if this is the legal gender or whether or not the gender has changed.”There will be some transgender prisoners who have not had a case conference and some who are not known to prison staff, according to the study, so there may be some under-counting.Ministers launched a review of the care of transgender prisoners last year after the deaths of two inmates being held at all-male prisons.last_img read more

Rocket launcher found at Brighton recycling site

The Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton Credit:Eddie Mitchell The Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton “Officers sought advice from Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) experts, and it was confirmed there was no ammunition in the weapon.”The item was found within a compressed bale of rubbish and was therefore not in its original form (damaged). It was seized for forensic analysis and the road was reopened shortly before 2pm.”At no point was there any danger to any persons or any property in the area.”It is not clear when the waste in which the rocket launcher was found was brought to the site, nor where it came from. Brighton and Hove City Council declined to comment on the issue, with a spokesman saying it was “nothing to do with them”, despite the local authority subcontracting the site to Veolia.A Veolia spokesman said: “At approximately 12.20pm on Friday 18th May a suspicious item was found at Hollingdean Materials Recovery Facility.“The police were called, attended site and  safely  removed the item.  No one was injured during this incident and the site has now been reopened.” 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. A spokesman said: “At 12.26pm on Friday, police were called after a rocket launcher was discovered at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Hollingdean Lane, Brighton.”The site was evacuated and police closed the road as a precaution. Police were forced to evacuate a recycling centre after a rocket launcher was found in amongst household waste.The weapon was discovered by a member of staff at the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility in Brighton at lunchtime on Friday and the site was closed down while officers carried out their checks. It is understood Sussex Police called the bomb disposal team, but after it was established the rocket launcher was not loaded, it was left to the local force. The centre is owned by Brighton and Hove City Council, who had earlier wrongly told a local news outlet that it was a “fake device”, and recycles waste from Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. A witness told The Telegraph it is not believed the weapon was a historic rocket launcher, but rather a more modern model, which has now been sent to be forensically examined. Sussex Police insisted the rocket launcher posed no threat to the public as it was so badly damaged it could not have been discharged.  read more

Une application iPhone permet de scanner son visage en 3D

first_imgUne application iPhone permet de scanner son visage en 3DUne nouvelle application pour iPhone permet de transformer instantanément son visage en un modèle informatique 3D.Tridimentional est le premier scanner 3D développé pour l’Iphone. Cette application permet de réaliser un modèle informatique en trois dimensions d’un visage. Une technologie étonnante qui utilise pourtant un principe assez simple. Pour commencer il suffit de s’installer dans une pièce totalement sombre, d’augmenter la luminosité de son écran et de démarrer l’application. Le visage doit être placé à environ 20 centimètres de l’écran.À lire aussiScanner cérébral avec ou sans injection : définition, déroulement et risquesLe programme éclaire alors l’écran du téléphone à l’aide de plusieurs rayons lumineux qui apparaissent de façon successive en différents points. Les variations entre ombres et lumières sont par la suite analysées et comparées aux images capturées par la caméra frontale du téléphone. La combinaison de ces différents résultats permet au logiciel de construire la forme 3D de son visage. Une fois le modèle créé, il est possible de l’exporter pour le retravailler.L’application a été élaborée par Grant Schindler, chercheur en informatique à l’Institut de technologie de Géorgie. Elle est actuellement disponible pour iPhone 4 et iPad 2. Celle-ci n’égale pas encore les scanners 3D, mais permet toutefois de réaliser des images insolites à moindre coûts.Découvrez l’application Tridimentional en vidéo en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 22 avril 2011 à 17:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rip Returns in the Weirdest Way Possible on Legends of Tomorrow

first_imgHey, remember when the Legends brought their old captain who’s now evil aboard the Waverider as a prisoner? It turns out that was a really bad idea! Who knew? Gideon still recognizes Rip as Captain. Even though the ship has been instructed to ignore him, he’s able to input an override code and take control. Sara tries to regain control while Mick, Nate, and Amaya confront Rip. Mick is able to knock him unconscious, but not before he destroys the amulet. Now there’s no hope of finding Nate’s grandfather and the last piece of the spear.Well, maybe not entirely. Mick brings up the idea of cognitive intrusion. Also known as going inside someone’s mind! It turns out Time Masters developed that technology in the future and installed it on every one of their ships. How convenient! Yeah, this is about as big a plot coupon as you’ll see on TV, but this premise is so cool, I’ll forgive them for wanting to get to it as fast as humanly possible.Inside Rip’s mind isn’t the only awesome location featured in this week’s episode. During the struggle, the ship was forced to crash land at its earliest logged location. That means it ended up in the Cretaceous period, where Ray was stranded at the beginning of the season. A piece of the Waverider fell off during the crash, meaning Nate, Ray, and Amaya have to get it for the team to have any hope of resuming their adventures. Ray can track the piece fairly easily, but there’s one problem. It’s in the territory of Gertrude, an irritable dinosaur who Ray pissed off the last time he was there by eating one if its eggs.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)As the trio figure out how to get the part back, it becomes clear to Ray that there’s something going on between Amaya and Nate. Amaya has decided to abandon her “no fraternizing” rule and have some fun with Nate. The problem is Ray has met Amaya’s granddaughter. She has her own CW Seed animated series and a cameo on Arrow. Nate can’t date Amaya because then Mari won’t exist. Nate is convinced he can keep it casual, but we know that’s not going to happen.They find the part they’re after and wouldn’t you know it, it’s in a T-Rex nest. Ray can retrieve the piece without issue, but Gertrude shows up. Yes, we finally see the dinosaur. This scene is clearly where the episode’s budget went. It looks pretty good, which is why it only has a few seconds of screen time. Nate turns into Steel to fight it, but Amaya has another plan. She walks right up to Gertrude and uses her amulet to bond with the beast. She strokes its nose and sends it away. Nate realizes he’s in love.While all this is going on, the much cooler part of the episode is happening inside Rip’s mind. Sara and Jax have gone in to find out where Commander Steel ended up. They find a dark, corrupted Waverider patrolled by evil versions of themselves. Sara is caught off guard and put in a cell where she finds the real Rip Hunter huddled in a corner. He’s initially distrustful, leading to a pretty major reveal. Rip, at least in his mind, has superpowers. He’s able to push Sara across the cell using only his mind. Well, his mind inside his mind. This episode gets weird.Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Jax, who managed to escape his evil counterpart comes across Gideon. In human form. She’s on their side because the Legion of Doom didn’t see any reason to corrupt a ship’s operating system when they messed up Rip’s mind. (By the way, I love how everyone has just accepted the name “Legion of Doom” for the bad guys this season.) With Gideon’s help, Jax frees Sara and Rip. The four make their way to the study, hoping to find something to jog Rip’s memory. Being trapped inside your own mind by hostile bastardizations of your friends will make you question what is real, it turns out.On their way there, the team is waylaid by said hostile versions. This leads to a pretty awesome fight scene where Sara and Jax fight and overpower themselves. The Canary vs. Canary scene, in particular, is exceptionally well-choreographed. The team finds out that the evil counterparts can’t be killed. When all seems lost, Gideon makes Rip realize what’s real and what isn’t. He defeats the corrupted versions of his friends and saves his real ones. As Rip now realizes what is real and what isn’t, his construct of the Waverider begins to fall apart. Jax wakes up on his own and helps Sara do the same. Inside Rip’s mind, Rip kisses Gideon goodbye and wakes up in the real world. Rip is now back to normal, and the real Gideon remembers the kiss somehow. He seems OK with Sara taking on the role of Captain, and with the Waverider repaired, the Legends set off to find Commander Steel. Next week: We go to Apollo 13.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)While it was disappointing that we only got to see a dinosaur for less than a minute, I understand that budgets are a thing shows like this have to deal with. The rest of the episode more than made up for it by being absolutely bonkers.  Going inside Rip’s mind a weird, fun choice that reminded me why I love this show so much. It’s not afraid to be ridiculous and even a little stupid at times. As long as it leads to some unconventional superhero fun, anything is possible. Even the Cretaceous period scenes were fun when they showed how Ray survived being stranded there. While I certainly would have appreciated more dinosaurs, Legends of Tomorrow managed to turn in a great episode without them.last_img read more

Man accused of impersonating officer may face third strike

first_imgA Vancouver man accused of impersonating a police officer as a ruse to kidnap and rape women was arraigned Monday on multiple charges, and may be facing a third-strike offense.Shannon “Shawn” Stover, 46, pleaded not guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, attempted first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.Stover declined to set over the arraignment, despite not yet knowing if he faces a third strike. Under the state’s three-strikes law, offenders convicted three times of certain violent and sexual felonies receive mandatory life sentences.Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said he is still gathering information about Stover’s potential criminal history in Oregon, specifically, a second-degree robbery conviction that would count as a strike offense.Stover’s trial is set to start March 20, though his court-appointed attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., said that with the prosecution still gathering information, it’s unlikely they will be ready in time.last_img read more

Amazon says it received 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

first_imgNEW YORK — Amazon will be sorting through 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico that are hoping to land the company’s second headquarters and the investment it’ll bring.The online had retailer kicked off its hunt for a second home base in September, promising 50,000 new jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion. Proposals were due last week, and Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big factor in deciding what entry Inc. did not specify which cities or metro areas applied, but many of the location have made their interest public. The company said Monday the proposals came from 43 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as three Mexican states and six Canadian provinces.In a tweet, the company said it was “excited to review each of them.”Besides looking for financial incentives, Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.But that didn’t stop some apparent long shots from applying. A bid came from Alaska, according to Amazon, though the entire state has a population below a million.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero calls for police to continue search for Emiliano Sala

first_imgSergio Aguero has joined the growing list of stars urging the police to reconsider calling off the search for Emiliano Sala.On Thursday evening, Guernsey Police made the sad announcement that they had decided to end their search for Argentinian striker Sala and pilot David Ibbotson after no success in three days.The pair were on board a Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft that disappeared off Alderney in the English Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday while they travelled from Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala had just sealed a £15m transfer.Search and rescue teams had been deployed to search for the missing pair on Tuesday and worked tirelessly in their efforts to find even the smallest trace of them.Sadly, they could not find anything with Guernsey Police releasing a statement after a three-day search to announce they’ve ended the search.Soon afterwards, Sala’s sister Romina made a public plea for the search to resume as she has still not lost hope that her brother is still alive with their father, Horacio, later joining in.Now their pleas have been backed by Manchester City’s Argentine star duo Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t want to give up, we want to hold on to hope,” Aguero wrote on Twitter.“That’s why I also wish #NoDejenDeBuscar – don’t call off the search. From the start, my thoughts have been with Emiliano, his family and friends #PrayForSala.”Otamendi added on Twitter: “I’d like to express my sympathies to Emiliano’s family and urge the police to keep searching for the plane. There’s still hope to find them alive.”Chelsea’s newest signing Gonzalo Higuain also gave his support to the search being resumed.“I ask all the people of the world to continue the search for Emiliano Sala until the last moment,” said the Argentine striker.“There is no stopping and you have to go to the end. Thank you.”last_img read more

SHORE CLUB and LONG BAY make the cover of Travel Leisure Special

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#happeningnow, #magneticmedianews, #shoreclubongracebay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 -SHORE Club, is featured as a leading Caribbean vacation resort in the magazine, which is distributed worldwide.The February issue is on stands now and the reveal was made to developer Stan Hartling, CEO,  Hartling Group TODAY.  Hartling was surprised and thrilled at the accolade; dancing at the news which came in one of the penthouse suites at TCIs newest resort.#happeningnow#shoreclubongracebay#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Recording Academy Helps Bring New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring To Tennessee

first_img Email New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring In Tennessee recording-academy-helps-bring-new-tax-incentives-music-scoring-tennessee Twitter Facebook In conjunction with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, Academy members helped shape state rebate program to attract soundtrack projectsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 20, 2018 – 9:29 am New incentives to bring music scoring business to Tennessee were announced on Nov. 20 by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission and the Recording Academy, offering some enticing reasons to soundtrack your next film in the Volunteer State. For projects above a professional cost threshold, qualified expenses can receive rebates of 25 percent.”As the home to so many talented working music creators, this new incentive further emphasizes Tennessee’s dedication to music and the composers who create some of our favorite soundtracks,” said Daryl Friedman, the Academy’s chief industry, government & member relations officer.As detailed at the TEC website, this new grant refund program applies to projects that spend more than $50,000 in primary markets or more than $25,000 in the state’s many secondary markets, using qualified TN vendors. Leaders from the Recording Academy’s Memphis Chapter and Nashville Chapter worked with the Commission to ensure that these parameters would serve their professional purpose.”It only makes sense for us to leverage Tennessee’s unparalleled concentration of music talent and production services to attract additional music scoring projects,” said Bob Raines, TEC’s executive director. “As Tennessee attracts more scoring projects through TEC’s new program, it will allow our creative class and content creators to showcase their superb quality to audiences across the globe.”center_img Tennessee has the highest concentration of music professionals in the U.S. and the second highest concentration of sound engineers. Nearly 1,100 businesses in Tenn. employ more than 6,725 recording industry workers.”Scoring has been a growth sector of Tennessee’s music industry in recent years,” said Raines. “It is our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 destination for these types of media projects.” As digital media expands and diversifies, soundtrack work has expanded beyond movies and TV shows to video games and new forms of digital media.While this is the first music-focused incentive of its kind for the state, TEC and the Recording Academy are in partnership advocating for new worthy programs.”We have state-of-the-art studios, producers, engineers, composers, arrangers, and players,” said John McBride, the owner of Nashville’s Blackbird Studio. “This city has world-class production capability and we need to show the world.” His statement applies to first-class facilities, expertise and talent across the state as well.With more scoring business attracted by these new incentives, the next few years should bring plenty of new recording projects for Tennessee to boast about. How’s that for running up the score?’Score’: Soundtracks take us on an emotional rideRead more Recording Academy Helps Bring New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring To Tennessee News last_img read more

Wind storm blows out windows rips roofs in Unalaska

first_imgA powerful windstorm blew through Unalaska on Wednesday, closing schools and causing minor damage.Download AudioWinds gusting at 90 mph and above ripped off part of this Trapper Drive home Wednesday morning. Greta Mart/KUCBMeteorologist David Kochevar at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said his agency clocked wind speeds of 91 miles per hour at the Dutch Harbor Airport around 6:30 a.m. A wind gust clocking in at 93 miles per hour hit the Akutan airport at 6:35 a.m.Sustained gusts blew over 70 miles per hour on Captains Bay throughout Tuesday night.Wednesday morning, Unalaska Deputy Police Chief Mike Holman said the public safety office responded to calls about windows breaking out, a shipping container flung across a roadway and a streetlight that blew down near the South Channel Bridge.One person was treated at the clinic for glass in the eye from an imploding window. A window also blew out at the Harbor office. Holman said high winds damaged the roof of a home near the base of Haystack Hill.This afternoon, neighbors gathered at a home on Trapper Drive to help the homeowner patch gaping holes in his roof. Earlier in the morning, high winds blew off a large section of the home’s roof and blew out the two-car garage door.The Unalaska School District announced Tuesday afternoon schools would close Wednesday due to a threat of severe weather. Eagle’s View Elementary and Unalaska City School are expected to resume classes on Thursday.last_img read more

Offshore drilling plan draws protests

first_imgMolly, Penelope and Simon Whitlock, ages 5, 10 and 7, joined protesters opposed to offshore drilling outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s public meeting in Anchorage on April 5, 2016. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNThe Interior Department wants the public to weigh in on its plans for offshore drilling over the next five years. The tentative proposal would allow lease sales in the Arctic Ocean and Cook Inlet.That plan has drawn opposition from environmentalists, who see their fight as part of a worldwide effort to halt climate change.Download AudioFrostpaw the Polar Bear joined protesters outside BOEM’s meeting in Anchorage on April 5, 2016. The protesters argue that BOEM has not taken climate change into account when considering offshore leases. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNAbout 70 people — and Frostpaw the Polar Bear — gathered in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites hotel in Midtown Anchorage on Tuesday evening, holding signs that read “Keep it in the ground” and “Chill the drills.”Inside, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was holding one of ten public meetings around the state to get input on potential offshore lease sales.The Bureau’s plan covers the years 2017-2022, and tentatively includes three lease sales in Alaska: in Cook Inlet, and in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.BOEM’s draft environmental impact statement looks at effects on local communities, infrastructure, subsistence, marine mammals and the potential for oil spills.The one issue it doesn’t address is the one critics are most concerned about.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held ten meetings across the state to take public input on the draft environmental impact statement for the 2017-2022 outer continental shelf drilling plan. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRN“We don’t say, if this much oil, for example, is taken out of the ground, it will have this much effect on climate change,” said Jennifer Bosyk a marine biologist with the Bureau. Bosyk said that kind of discussion is left to policymakers.But Eric Grafe, a staff attorney at the environmental group Earthjustice, called that a major omission.To reach the climate goals agreed to in Paris last year, he said, the world can’t burn much of the oil that’s already been discovered – let alone any new oil.“If we burn all the oil we know about, the glass is already overflowing — and we’re pouring more water into the glass,” Grafe said. “That doesn’t make sense.”There has been no offshore lease sale in Alaska since 2008. The Department of the Interior canceled sales planned for the current cycle after Shell pulled out of the Arctic last September, citing the company’s disappointing results and a lack of other industry interest.BOEM’s new commenting process led to a somewhat surreal scene at the Embassy Suites. Instead of accepting verbal comments in a town-hall style event, the agency set up stations in a conference room, where members of the public could speak with experts and then record written comments in laptops.Sergio Acuna came to support more offshore drilling. Acuna works in pipeline maintenance. Like many people in the room, he wore a bright orange sweatshirt with the logo for the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 341.“We, the laborers, we’re the ones who care for our beloved trans-Alaska pipeline,” he said.Acuna said he thought the protest was “great.” But at the end of the day, he said, a lot of jobs depend on how much oil is flowing through that pipeline.“I understand their point of view,” Acuna said. But, he added with a laugh, “My only question for them will be, like, what do they do for work? Because, if there’s no more oil in Alaska, I may have to come up to them and ask them for work.”BOEM is accepting public comment on its draft environmental impact statement through May 2.last_img read more

Canada rejects transboundary mine permit protest

first_imgSeabridge Gold staff stand in a rust-colored valley that’s part of its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell exploration project in 2014. A federal agency in Canada has rejected a permit appeal from an Alaska conservation group. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)An Alaska environmental group has lost its appeal of a large Canadian mining project planned for just across the border.Listen nowThe developer said the decision shows it’s behaving responsibly. But the conservation group said project owners, and Canada’s government, didn’t follow their own rules.About a year ago, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council tried a new tool to protest plans for the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell transboundary mining project.SEACC appealed to a Canadian agency called the National Contact Point. SEACC staff scientist Guy Archibald said it’s supposed to address international business disputes.“We’re exploring every venue we can to try to protect the transboundary rivers and the communities and fisheries they support from the large-scale development of Canadian mines across the border,” Archibald said.SEACC tried to convince Canadian authorities that project owners didn’t fully follow guidelines requiring stakeholder engagement and environmental protections.But last month, that agency rejected that appeal.“There is no formal requirement for us to engage in Alaska,” Rudi Fronk, chairman and CEO of Seabridge Gold, said.The Toronto-headquartered corporation owns the KSM — and another British Columbia mine-exploration project.“The confirmation from the National Contact Point in Canada just clearly reinforces the process we went through during the environmental assessment process, that the engagement we had not only with the Canadian authorities, but also the Alaska authorities, was appropriate and bountiful,” Fronk said.SEACC acknowledges meetings took place, involving conservation, tribal, fisheries and other Southeast Alaska groups.But Archibald said the Canadian government failed to look into what happened at those meetings.The KSM, Red Chris and Galore Creek projects are among several planned for northwest British Columbia, near the Alaska border. (Map courtesy Seabridge Gold)“They did not consider at all whether that communication between Seabridge Gold and SEACC was adversarial at all. Or particularly informative at all,” Archibald said. “Just that Seabridge had attended some meetings, presented their PowerPoint and that was adequate.”Seabridge Gold said it’s listened to concerns and made changes in its plans.For example, it moved its tailings storage site at the request of British Columbia tribal leaders. And Fronk said it added protections to its design for that site, where waste rock is kept after being processed.“There is no requirement, or there was no requirement, in British Columbia to actually line the tailings facility,” Fronk said. “But we agreed that we would line a portion of the tailings facility to deal with material that went through the mill that would actually touch cyanide.”The company continues drilling at its KSM site to locate valuable concentrations of gold, copper and other metals.But its biggest challenge is to find investors and partners to turn the exploration project into a mine.Fronk said the corporation has turned down several offers because they were not the right match. He said non-disclosure agreements prevent him from identifying those companies.SEACC, meanwhile, continues to push for high-level talks between U.S. and Canada’s federal governments.It, other organizations, the Walker-Mallott administration and Alaska’s Congressional delegation want stronger protections for Alaska fisheries.last_img read more

Killzone on PS4 can handle 24 enemy AI on screen PS3 was

first_imgWith the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One next month, console gaming is going to be brought right up to date in terms of performance. The hardware inside both machines is on a par with what modern PCs currently offer, and developers are sure to take advantage of that from day one. But according to developer Guerrilla Games, the games on these new consoles won’t just look better, they’ll squeeze a lot more gameplay in, too.The Official PlayStation Magazine UK did an interview with Killzone: Shadow Fall lead designer Eric Boltjes where he discussed the capabilities of the PS4 and how much better it is than previous generation hardware in terms of what can be included in a game.It’s hard to see just how much better PS4 and Xbox One games are in terms of experience until you actually get to experience them, but Boltjes has certainly whetted my appetite for what’s coming.Comparing the Killzone games on the PS3 with Shadow Fall, he stated that the PS3 saw enemy AI limited to seven on screen at any one time. Within those seven you could have two different types of enemy. That allows for some interesting gameplay and challenges, but the variation is clearly quite limited.With Shadow Fall on PS4, the enemy AI count maxes out at 24 and several different types. That’s over 3x the number, which should make for a very busy FPS. And what happens if a 25th enemy is added? The frame rate of the game will drop, so it’s unlikely you’ll see that happening too often (at least on purpose) in Killzone: Shadow Fall.You can apply this gain to any game type you like. As well as better graphics performance, PS4 games will generally have a lot more going on in terms of action, and it’s safe to say the same thing about games on Xbox One. That’s great for gameplay, and hopefully breathes new life in to many of the well-established genres as well as allowing more than a few novel new games to be created.last_img read more

Childrens day out

first_imgDastkar Fun Fest promises a vibrant mix of kids-focused entertainment, cultural performances, fun and food for all the family and a range of interactive workshops in traditional crafts, fun activities and recycling.Craftgroups from across India, social development NGOs and innovative design entrepreneurs working in hand-crafted items will offer special ranges of children’s garments, kid-themed decorative, toys, games and children’s books, as well as a wide selection of festive gift items, natural products and plants. Workshops will range from pottery and folk-art painting to making recycled newspaper items and themed play kits. Magic, movies, story-telling, puppet shows and participative music sessions will be some of the many attractive features at Dastakar Fun Fest –  a dynamic, vibrant and fun day out for all the family!Dastkar, a national NGO working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades, strongly believes in crafts as catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment and earning. Partnering with Delhi Tourism, it is developing the Nature Bazaar venue in Andheria Modh as a craft and cultural hub, linking South Delhi and Gurgaon.When: 20 December 11:00 am onwardsWhere: Kisan Haat, Andheria Modhlast_img read more

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The reason for this is our continued drive to stay one step ahead of the industry,” said Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise. “We consider the first treatment of a patient with our X-ray technology as an important landmark in this development program.”Materialise intends to continue evaluating the X-ray based knee guide technology, starting with a limited release of the product in Europe before initiating the regulatory clearance process in the United States.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more News | September 25, 2014 First Patient Successfully Treated with X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. 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