first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Edmonton director Trevor Anderson, local cinematographer Peter Wunstorf and Alyson Richards on the set of Docking in L.A. FISH GRIWKOWSKY / POSTMEDIA Advertisement The Sundance Film Festival — touted as the most important independent film festival in North America — will play works by local filmmakers Trevor Anderson and Niobe Thompson when festivities kick off Jan. 24.Anderson’s new, four-minute film, Docking, which explores the filmmaker’s fear of dating, will be seen in the Midnight Shorts section of the festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah. Though Anderson has had two films previously viewed at Sundance, he is nonetheless thrilled to have Docked make the festival lineup.“It hasn’t lost any of the adrenalin spike that comes with that phone call,” said Anderson, a former actor, director and writer in theatre who has created 11 films since he branched into filmmaking in 2005. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Most of his work is on his website, trevorandersonfilms.com. But Edmonton audiences will have to wait to see Docking at the Docking Variety Hour, presented by Anderson at the Garneau Theatre at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.The film, said Anderson, feels like a “very fast blockbuster.”“We’re riffing on science fiction, horror, and we wanted to pack the feeling of those into four minutes to make it seem like an intense creature-feature.”Other former Edmontonians have a part in Docking, including production designer Todd Cherniawsky (Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Star Trek: Discovery; Avatar) and editor Justin Lachance (Sharp Objects; Big Little Lies). Locally-based cinematographer Peter Wunstorf shot the film. Fish Griwkowsky, an Edmonton Journal arts writer, is associate producer and puppeteer on the project.Edmonton’s Niobe Thompson has a short film appearing at Sundance called Fast Horse. SUPPLIED /POSTMEDIAFast Horse, by Edmonton filmmaker Niobe Thompson of Handful of Films, will compete in the International Shorts program at Sundance. (Readers may also be familiar with Thompson’s work; in September, he debuted a three-part series called Equus: Story of the Horse on CBC television.)Fast Horse, which is 13 minutes long, is about the horse-racing tradition among Plains First Nation. Thompson followed a Blackfoot team from the Siksika First Nation over the course of a year to make the film. Directed by emerging Indigenous filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich, the film focuses on Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow and new jockey Cody Big Tobacco as they challenge the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy.“Indian relay is North America’s original extreme sport,” said Thompson, who was travelling in Australia and not available by phone, in an email.Commissioned by the CBC, Fast Horse was recently awarded best short documentary after its world première at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.Fast Horse and Handful of Films’ other new short film, Boy Nomad, were both recently selected for a world tour hosted by the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the world’s largest adventure filmmaking festival. The best films of each year are selected for a 12-month theatrical run, playing in 45 countries to an audience of more than 600,000 at more than 1,000 worldwide screenings.By LIANE FAULDER | Edmonton Journal Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Sunday said it will keep a “telescopic view” on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s election affidavit, a day after the saffron party alleged a rise in his income between 2004 and 2014.There has been a “huge jump” in the income of the Congress leader, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged at a press conference, but did not provide any evidence or document to substantiate his claim. Patra challenged Gandhi to file a defamation case against him, claiming that he is stating facts with evidence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’There was no immediate response from the Congress on the charges levelled by the BJP. “The people this time in the country and the BJP in particular will keep a telescopic view on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi… Where ever he contests elections,” Patra told reporters. Gandhi’s income has risen from over Rs 55 lakh in 2004 to Rs 9 crore in 2014 as per his election affidavits, he alleged, asking “how can an MP, who is not a professional, witness such a jump in his income”. Patra went on to allege that the rise in Gandhi’s income “by and large, is profiteering from scams, dubious deals” and charged him with hiding facts from his election affidavits. The BJP leader said that the party will hold a series of such press conferences in the coming days to expose the “corruption of Rahul Gandhi”. He alleged Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had a 4.69-acre farmhouse in Delhi that was rented out to a firm that had been issued show-cause notice for violations and alleged financial irregularities. On Saturday, Union minister Ravi Shanker Prasad had said, “In his (Rahul Gandhi) election affidavit in 2004, his income was Rs 55,38,123 while in 2009, it rose to Rs 2 crore and in 2014 it rose to Rs 9 crore.last_img read more

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Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Remind.com is claiming a partial victory after waging a social media campaign designed to persuade Rogers and Bell to reverse a fee increase that indirectly affected a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents.The San Francisco-based company had warned it wouldn’t be able to provide the free texting version of its service to its Canadian users who have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries.Remind said Friday in an email and on Twitter that Bell Canada had informed the company that it will reverse the fee increase but Rogers Communications Inc. hadn’t done so.A spokesman for Bell said in an email to The Canadian Press that it has agreed to an extension of the old fees while the carrier works towards a longer-term business arrangement with Remind.Rogers didn’t comment on the situation prior to the publication deadline.All the companies have acknowledged that the Remind service can be accessed over a cellular data service, but those may incur carrier fees.Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents.Rogers and Bell have said previously they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks through two intermediary companies — but they were willing to discuss a compromise.None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said in an interview its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said. read more

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Garbage, recycling and green cart collection will run on a regular schedule. Real Christmas trees will be collected from January 9 to January 16.Eastgate Square, Limeridge Mall and Jackson Square will be open Saturday, December 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday, January 1, 2017.LCBO stores will open at regular hours and close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 and will be closed New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017.HSRSaturday, December 31 – on a Saturday service extended on most routes. Bus service will be free after 6 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – on a regular Sunday/Holiday service.ATS-DARTSSaturday, December 31 – Saturday service with free service after 6 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – Sunday/Holiday service, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.RecreationSaturday, December 31 – local recreation centres will run on reduced hours. Check City of Hamilton website for more information. https://www.hamilton.ca/parks-recreationSunday, January 1 – All centres will be closedHamilton Farmers’ MarketSaturday, December 31 – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, January 1 – ClosedMonday, January 2 – Closed read more

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The diplomatic breakthrough came on Friday at a summit meeting convened by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ghanaian President John Kufuor, head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo agreed to implement the provisions the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and to adopt a decree spelling out the delegation of powers. He also reiterated past commitments to proceed with the adoption of all legal reforms envisaged under the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. All the Ivorian parties reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the support of their respective members of the National Assembly for the adoption of these legislative texts by the end of August.They also undertook to start disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters by mid-October. That process, which will be conducted on the basis of a specific timetable, will include all paramilitary and militia groups. In addition, agreement was reached on the need to restructure the defence and security forces.The President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Ivorian political forces agreed on the urgency of resuming the work of the Government of National Reconciliation “in order to enable it to play its vital role of restoring normalcy in the country and for ensuring sustained implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement,” the UN said.Recognizing the need to respect human rights and the rule of law, the parties agreed to cooperate fully with the International Commission of Inquiry looking into abuses committed in Côte d’Ivoire since the beginning of the crisis on 19 September 2002.Speaking to the press after the agreement was reached, the Secretary-General stressed the need for follow-up. “It is important that the parties honour the commitments they’ve made here today to each other and to the people of Ivory Coast,” he said.Asked about ministers who had been dismissed by President Gbagbo, Mr. Annan said “they will be back in Ivory Coast and the government will resume its work.” read more

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Explore research. Solve clues. Win prizes. Stay curious.Launching on February 17, the Virtual Scavenger Hunt (watch video here) is a two-week, province-wide contest that takes the public on a journey to learn about Ontario university research that impacts their daily lives.Each day, from February 17 to 27, clues will be released daily regarding research at Brock University and Ontario’s other 20 universities. There will be 21 clues in all – one from each of Ontario’s 21 universities (two clues per-day will be released, except on the first and last day when we will release three clues).Intrepid solvers who get all 21 clues correct will be able to unlock a secret message that they can then submit to be entered for a draw of 21 grand prizes of gift bags filled with Research Matters merchandise.Ontario university students will be eligible for five cash grand prizes of $500 each, and new this year, five Ontario K-12 classrooms who complete the hunt will be eligible to win a pizza lunch with a researcher.So register today and we will let you know when the first clue is released on February 17, as well as each time a new clue is launched. read more

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Jordan Spieths Grand Slam Chances

By capturing his second major of the 2015 season, U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth has placed himself in some very elite company. It’s only the fourth time since 19581Roughly speaking, 1958 marks the beginning of the modern era of major championships; that’s when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that the same player has won both of the year’s first two majors, and just the 13th time any player won back-to-back major titles.The conversation has quickly turned to Spieth’s Grand Slam chances. This has been the Year of Spieth on the PGA Tour, and a Slam would solidify his season as one of the best in golf history. And yet he’s not considered to be the best golfer on tour. Spieth is still the second-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, who is probably the better golfer on a per-round basis and has, in the past, won the two major tournaments remaining on the 2015 schedule.That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors. After adjusting for the house edge built into betting odds, the sportsbook Bovada.lv assigns2To the best of our knowledge, Bovada only lists the players upon whom they’ve gotten action, and will release odds for other players upon request. The inclusion of additional players could slightly alter the house-edge adjustment we made, but those players’ odds of winning are so low that the change would be minimal at best. McIlroy a 13 percent probability of winning the British Open and an 11 percent chance of winning the PGA Championship; the site gives Spieth a 9 percent shot at winning each tournament.Those numbers are similar to the ones you’d see if you looked at how past back-to-back major winners did in their next two major tournaments. Of those who won back-to-back majors, only Tiger Woods — who won his “Tiger Slam” by capturing the 2000 U.S. and British Opens and the PGA Championship, plus the 2001 Masters — went on to win any of the next two majors, giving the group an 8.3 percent success rate per major.Of course, sometimes you can play well enough to win but run into another great performance. That’s when a method such as Bill Barnwell’s Z-scores is useful, because it tells us how well a player scored relative to the rest of the field on the same day. We can then use that number to track how often a player’s performance would be good enough to win a typical major against typical competition, which helps even out comparisons between fields of varying quality. And according to this calculation, the average back-to-back major champ’s Z-scores over his next two majors were good enough to win a generic major3From 1958 on. 11.3 percent of the time.No matter how you cut it, the odds of Spieth finishing off the Grand Slam are still fairly low — about 1 percent, if the probabilities above are any kind of guide.Even if Spieth doesn’t win the Slam, however, his future looks exceptionally bright. Back in April, we developed a model (based on the historical performance, by age, of people who won majors) to track Woods’s progress in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s all-time majors record. If we plug in Spieth’s expected major count at year’s end — roughly 2.2, using the odds from Bovada — he’s currently on pace to finish his career with just under 12 major titles, a total that would rank third all-time if it came to fruition. (And remember, that’s just a mean projection — the variance around it means there are plenty of scenarios in which he wins more than 12.)Either way, it’s been an incredible start to Spieth’s career, Grand Slam or not. read more

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first_imgThree words that impress mine surveyors are tough, reliable and accurate. This is exactly how leading developer Maptek describes its latest I-Site laser scanning technology launched at MINExpo in Las Vegas. “The I-Site 8810 with I-Site Studio 4.0 software is a combination that can’t be beaten for easy field work,” said Athy Kalatzis, Global Manager of Maptek I-Site Laser Scanning.“It has the toughness and reliability that miners need, and the workflow and accuracy that surveyors demand.”The I-Site 8810 retains the long range and panoramic imaging capability of the I-Site 8800, adds some of the must-have features of the I-Site 8400 laser scanner and provides some unique upgrades of its own.A wireless link means the scanner controller no longer needs to be tethered. A new interface and layout make for greater flexibility and faster set up. Battery time extends continuous operation to six hours.Onboard controls mean that the I-Site 8810 can be operated in the field with no other peripherals attached. Optional onboard USB or tablet PC scan storage makes data easier to handle.A fully integrated compass enables even easier vehicle scanning and registration. A new calibration for the vehicle mount removes the impact of the vehicle on the compass, allowing uninterrupted capture of reliable data.Operation is so much simpler with the one controller for both the scanner and GPS through an integrated GPS interface. The latest technology Panasonic Toughbook is the most rugged tablet in the world, with an extended temperature range and solid state hard disk.The I-Site 8810 is really a scanner for the extremes. Operation at subzero temperatures has been significantly extended, and the storage temperature has been extended to minus 40oC.‘The Maptek I-Site 8000 series scanners are the only terrestrial laser scanners rated to IP65 for environmental protection’, added Kalatzis. ‘Testing and developing to this standard proves Maptek to be the true leader in delivering mine tough products which deliver on performance without sacrificing accuracy.’Maptek’s new intelligent pulse algorithm automatically analyses the multiple waveform returns, giving the I-Site 8810 scanner an accuracy of 8 mm out to 200 m. This makes it suitable for more detailed survey applications.The I-Site 8810 is teamed with I-Site Studio 4.0 software for faster processing. Dynamic scan manipulation, and improved photo image registration are just a couple of features. Customised toolbars, point attributes and LAS import are all new to I-Site Studio 4.0.last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Hatch, the potash industry is alive and well, boosting crop yields to feed more people and livestock all over the world. Getting there was just a matter of the right chemistry…and a whole new way of thinking.Mark Machado, Process engineer, Industrial Minerals, with Hatch explains that “it’s exciting to see new technologies emerge when you’re investigating complex industrial challenges. Especially when they give rise to innovative perspectives and novel solutions that run counter to the conformist approaches and practices the industry is currently using.“Crystallization ponds are a case in point. Historically, these pond systems offered a relatively low-cost solution to the recovery of potash, lithium, and other valuable minerals from brines. They’re ideally suited to areas where land is available and the climatic conditions for the operating site are favourable—low ambient temperatures, little precipitation, and/or a high potential for natural evaporation.“The vast majority of these older pond operations were constructed in a different era, 30 or 40 years ago. Back then, we didn’t have the computational tools and know-how that’s available today to optimize the design. Some of these installations were created using the same approach that was used for tailings or storm water recovery ponds. They didn’t consider the physical attributes and geometry of a system, and how that could be configured to maximize pond utilization, production, and recovery.“When we went looking to design new crystallization ponds we had two choices. Maintain the status quo and mimic what had been used in the past. Or, go back to the drawing board to find a smarter, more economical way of doing it.“We chose the latter.“We began by delving into the chemistry, heat, mass-transfer phenomena, and meteorological effects. We moved on to modelling the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of traditional pond systems, and that’s when the light bulb came on. We found that by optimizing the pond configuration, bathymetry, and other geometric parameters, we could significantly increase the pond’s productivity for a given feed flow. We validated our models through an extensive work program at one of the largest solution mines and cooling-crystallization-pond systems in the world—one for which a patent was filed and recently granted.“This technology we developed has tremendous implications for commercial use. One of the largest opportunities we see is in the potash space. It could be a game changer for some solution mining projects or flooded conventional mines in cold climates like Saskatchewan, Russia, and western China.“In potash-solution mining, a heated solvent is typically injected into the deposit. It dissolves the potash-bearing minerals and produces a rich brine that is pumped to the surface for processing. Then, a circuit of mechanical evaporators and crystallizers is used to remove the impurities from the solution-mined brine and produce the potash product.“Crystallization ponds are usually used in parallel with this process, or as an additional stage to naturally cool the brine and facilitate the precipitation of potash from its impurities at a lower cost. With our patented design, we can enhance the heat transfer within a smaller footprint compared to conventional pond designs. Overall, that translates into increased production, better operating efficiency, and a higher revenue potential for existing pond operations. A leaner pond design is also less expensive to set up and operate—something that’s especially attractive to new developers trying to gain a foothold in the potash market.“But the design isn’t limited to potash. It can be applied to a wide array of mineral salts and commodities, like lithium and phosphate. It can even be used to recover valuable minerals from plant-waste bleed streams and serve as a heat sink for industrial cooling processes.“Leaner, more efficient, cost-effective mineral recovery. Smaller environmental footprints. And a boost for both existing players and new entrants to the industry. When you’re willing to look for a better way to do something, you just might find it.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) signed on to a tax extenders coalition letter this week, supporting several priorities for soy growers, including extension of the biodiesel tax credit, the higher Section 179 expensing limits and the continuation of the 50 percent bonus depreciation for equipment purchases.The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package that’s awaiting consideration by the full Senate. The House Ways & Means Committee passed individual bills addressing some of the expired tax provisions, but has given no indication of their timetable for considering a broader package.More than 700 organizations signed the coalition letter. See the full text here.last_img

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first_img 0 10 Photos NASA Space Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) Enlarge Image NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency paint a sobering picture of wildfires burning across Siberia. Fires are typical for this time of year there, but this summer is proving particularly severe. More than 2.7 million hectares (6,671,845 acres) of remote forest is currently burning across six Siberian and Far East regions, according to Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency, covering entire cities with black smoke and noxious fumes. Lumped together, the fire area would be larger than Massachusetts.The above image from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows a thick cloud of smoke swirling over Russia and moving toward the US and Canada. ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-3 also delivered a worrying satellite view of the Siberian smoke plumes.esaEnlarge ImageSome of the Siberian wildfires can be seen in this image captured from space on July 28. The smoke has carried air pollution into the Kemerovo, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Altai regions. ESA It’s not just Russia that’s on fire. Wildfires have also raged in Greenland and Alaska, fueled by record-breaking temperatures, lightning and strong winds.    NASA is sounding the alarm about how these intense and numerous fires might accelerate melting in the Arctic as soot warms the atmosphere and the burning of decomposed organic material releases megatons of carbon dioxide into the air. Climate change is already hitting the Arctic hard. Greenland watched sea ice melt in June and Arctic permafrost is under threat from thawing.  “One fire here and there is not a big deal, as far as immediate local weather and climate impacts,” Santiago Gassó, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “But when you have so many fires continuously emitting, the smoke remains in the atmosphere for so long that it can actually change temperature profiles for several days and has meteorological and climatic impacts.”Last year, satellite images showed smoke from California’s deadly Camp Fire blanketing the state, and another pictured a burn scar left behind by the Woolsey Fire. As global temperatures continue to rise, we’ll likely bear witness to even more smoke-filled views from space. NASA sees fires covering California in a shroud of smoke Smelly, slimy seaweed infestation spotted from space NASA watches wild polar vortex from space Beastly SoCal earthquake created a crack seen from above Earth from spacelast_img read more

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Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports W House

first_imgUS President Donald Trump. Photo: AFPThe United States announced on Monday it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran’s oil customers, potentially punishing allies such as India as it tries to squeeze Tehran’s top export.The White House said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — close US allies that back President Donald Trump’s hawkish stance against regional rival Iran — would work to make up the difference in oil to ensure that global markets are not rocked.”This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the White House said in a statement.”The Trump administration and our allies are determined to sustain and expand the maximum economic pressure campaign against Iran to end the regime’s destabilizing activity threatening the United States, our partners and allies and security in the Middle East,” it said.Eight governments were initially given six-month reprieves from the unilateral US sanctions on Iran. They include India, which has warm ties with Washington but disagrees on the US insistence that Iran is a threat.Other countries that will be affected include China and Turkey, opening up new friction in contentious relationships if the United States goes ahead with sanctions over buying Iranian oil.The others — Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan — have already heavily reduced their purchases from Iran.Trump last year withdrew the United States from an accord negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear program in return for promises of sanctions relief.The Trump administration, backed by Saudi Arabia and Israel, has instead unilaterally imposed sanctions and demanded that other countries follow suit.US officials say that they are aiming at choking off Iranian revenue so as to reduce the clerical regime’s regional clout, notably its support for militants groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.last_img read more

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Eight flyovers to be repaired by Durga Puja

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and other government agencies will repair eight flyovers in the city before Durga Puja, officials said on Saturday.The busy Chingrighata, Kalighat and Sealdah flyovers are among the eight flyovers. Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers have been shut for heavy vehicles. A second round of inspection will decide the extent of repairs of the eight bridges. The decision comes after the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell recently submitted a report on these bridges. The panel, which includes experts from state Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and KMDA, was formed in the wake of the Majerhat Bridge collapse in Kolkata, killing three people and injuring several others in September in 2018. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers will soon be completely shut for repairs and KMDA will request police to draw up traffic diversions, said a KMDA source. The condition of a pillar of Chingrighata flyover, which connects south Kolkata’s EM Bypass to Salt Lake, needs immediate repairs, the source said. The Chingrighata flyover suffers from design defects, the source added. Last year, structural engineers of KMDA were asked to rectify the defects. The repair work for both the flyovers are likely to take place this month. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Experts found that pillars of Kalighat flyover had corroded. Last month, it was shut for two days for health assessment. At the time, they had raised questioned over its internal structure. KMDA has also planned to install height bars on both sides to restrict heavy vehicles from using the flyover.”The process of health audit of these flyovers are already in place. In the first phase, eight flyovers will be examined and after conducting health audit necessary repair work will be done before Puja. A few flyovers will also go through load capacity test,” said a KMDA official, who didn’t want to be named. Sealdah flyover, which was earlier identified as vulnerable, will also go through a similar test. As per officials, it will be shut for three days from August 15. Experts will also examine the load capacity of Aurobindo Setu and Bijon Setu. In the second phase, Dhakuria bridge, Chetla Lock Gate bridge, Karunamoyee bridge over Tolly’s Nullah, Chitpur bridge over the railway yard, Canal bridge near RG Kar Hospital, etc will undergo similar health audits. Three weeks ago, part of Ultadanga flyover was shut for three days after the panel found that it had developed cracks for repairs. The other flank (EM Bypass bound) of the bridge is still shut for traffic. “There are several flyovers and bridges in and near Kolkata that have aged. All these need to undergo audits and repair work. The safety of commuters is of utmost importance. We don’t want to take any chance. After a thorough repair and load-bearing-capacity check of flyovers which are damaged will be marked safe,” said an official from the monitoring cell. Before the September tragedy, no study was undertaken to check the structural stability of bridges in Kolkata.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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One of the Worlds Most Powerful Computers is Located Inside a Church

first_imgWhen we talk about facilities designed to store scientific supercomputers, we usually imagine high-tech structures of concrete and glass, with a sense of futuristic vision. Buildings suitable for housing such devices usually need to fulfill certain conditions and are therefore built for this occasion.However, in Barcelona, heads of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) decided to combine history with the future of computer science, creating one of the most beautiful settings for its MareNostrum supercomputer.MareNostrum 4 supercomputer at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Photo by Gemmaribasmaspoch CC BY-SA 4.0Inside the chapel. Photo by David Abián CC BY-SA 4.0The Barcelona Supercomputing Center which houses the machine is actually a 1940s chapel, that was deconsecrated in the 1970s.The estate on which the chapel was built was once a privately owned residence of the Girona family, whose patriarch was Manuel Girona, a 19th century banker and Mayor of Barcelona.MareNostrum 2 – Refrigerated racks. Photo by Vcarceler CC BY SA 3.0The estate was built in the 1860s and belonged to the Girona family for more than 100 years. It became the property of the Polytechnic University in the 1970s, together with the famous Torre Girona chapel.The chapel was used as a boardroom and even an aula magna for UPC lectures up until 2005, when the university decided it would be the perfect location for the headquarters of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.MareNostrum 2 – Refrigerated cells. Photo by Vcarceler CC BY SA 3.0Gemma Maspoch, head of communications for Barcelona Supercomputing Center, gave an interview in January 2019 for Motherboard, explaining the origins of this idea:“We were in need of hundreds of square meters without columns and the capacity to support 44.5 tons of weight. At the time there was not much available space at the university and the only room that satisfied our requirements was the Torre Girona chapel. We did not doubt it for a moment and we installed a supercomputer in it.”MareNostrum – Entrance. Photo by Vcarceler CC BY SA 3.0Adjustments were made in order to reinforce the ground around the chapel, as it had to sustain the weight of hardware and the glass box specially designed to house MareNostrum and help cool it.As for the exterior of the church, its most recognizable elements remained untouched. The Torre Girona still possesses its original pillars, the arched gallery, and the stained glass windows. On the other hand, the interior infrastructure was redesigned so that it could fit a 120 square meters glass box (that’s an area a little less than half a basketball court) in which MareNostrum is stored.Viewing area. Photo by David Abián CC BY-SA 4.0While the sight alone leaves people breathless, the operational capacity of MareNostrum is even more eye-popping for the programmers and scientists who work with it.Back in 2005, when it first came online, the supercomputer was capable of computing between 42.35 and 63.8 trillion operations per second. Since 2017, its performance was enhanced to up to 11 thousand trillion operations per second.MareNostrum 2 – Looking down through the glass floor onto CPU racks. Photo by Vcarceler CC BY SA 3.0The current MareNostrum is the fourth incarnation of the supercomputer, which spreads over 48 server racks and is considered to be the 25th most powerful computer in the world.Translated as “Our Sea,” MareNostrum refers to the Roman name for the Mediterranean, adding yet another layer of historical meaning to the project, reaching back through time in order to envision a continuity in scientific research dating from the times of Ancient Rome to this day.Inside Chapel Torre Girona. David Abián CC BY-SA 4.0Although it operates with $40 million worth of equipment, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center allows researchers the benefit of using MareNostrum in their studies free of charge.From its inception in 2005, the UPC supercomputer has participated in research revolving around a variety of fields, including astrophysics, climate modeling, and genome research, and has been known for achieving remarkable results.Mateo Valero with the supercomputer MareNostrum of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in 2013. Photo by Barcelona Supercomputing Center-National Supercomputer Center CC BY-SA 4.0For example, in 2012, researchers assigned to MareNostrum conducted a study which managed to simulate the structure of triple helix DNA in a vacuum.This groundbreaking project shed further light on the use of antigen therapy, which currently constitutes a cutting-edge approach to a disease by switching off activity in the relevant genes.Read another story from us: Missing Piece of the World’s Oldest Analog Computer Found on Aegean SeabedEven though aesthetics were never a top priority for the UPC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center was awarded the prize for Most Beautiful Data Center in the World, in January 2018. The competition is held annually by Datacenter Dynamics (DCD), a respected London-based IT media publisher.last_img read more

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first_img At Austin’s SXSW today, PayPal announced an expansion to the Startup Blueprint Program it launched last October, the initiative that waives the first $50,000 in PayPal processing fees for selected U.S.-based startups.The expansion will add 14 new incubators and accelerators, including TechStars, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Kima Ventures, among others. Thanks to PayPal’s acquisition of payments gateway Braintree last fall, the program will also waive Braintree fees, such as those from credit cards, up to $100,000 in payment volume.Additionally, startups in the program will gain a group of advisors who will be at the ready to help new businesses best utilize the PayPal platform and get through the crucial ramp-up period. The assistance will go beyond how to integrate the API and delve into nuts-and-bolts issues that can create huge obstacles for new entrepreneurs. “If you’re struggling with what CRM to use, they’ll be able to say, ‘This is what we do,’” says John Lunn, head of developer relations.The short-term goal, according to Lunn, is to bring up to 2,000 startups to this program by the end of the year, up from the 100 currently signed on. The long-term objective, of course, is to capture the latest startups as they are hitting it big, ensuring they use the PayPal platform.Lunn said that as recently as 18 months ago, PayPal would reach out to new businesses only once they’d hit a certain amount of revenue. “That was a mistake because what’s happening with startups now is that they’re going from zero to the hottest thing around in 6 to 8 months,” Lunn says. He says unless you have a relationship with that startup, before they hit it big, it can be too late to capture them for your platform.The expansion highlights the intense competition to serve new companies in an ever-shifting landscape. “With this program, we’re able to spot the startups that are earning revenue very, very quickly and make sure we are looking after them at an early stage,” says Lunn. Those businesses will be comfortable with the PayPal platform, familiar with the service’s customer support and hopefully won’t go elsewhere, he says.Getting ahead of the latest thing is critical for businesses like PayPal, says Lunn. Without such moves, he says, “in a couple of years every hot startup that’s out there, every app on your phone isn’t using PayPal and we become irrelevant.”  3 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer March 8, 2014center_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 31, 2012 Minimally Invasive MRI Prostate Analysis Aids Biopsies News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Invivo’s DynaTRIM system is the first commercially available, fully magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible interventional device for transrectal interventional MRI of the prostate gland.Pairing DynaCAD for Prostate with DynaTRIM enables a physician to conduct targeted MRI interventions of suspicious areas within the prostate gland, reducing the number of cores acquired during biopsy.For more information: www.invivocorp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

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first_imgJapan welcomed a 6.7 percent increase in Australian visitors last year from 211,659 in 2009 to 225,800. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation(JNTO), Aussies are embracing the food and culture on offer in Japan and are choosing to spend their vacation time in the Asian country. “We are pleased that a number of Australians travelled to Japan to discover its wealth of attractions and beauty,” JNTO Sydney executive director Yukio Yamashita said. “For many years Japan has been perceived as an expensive country with high language barriers. “Nowadays, most Australians who have visited Japan realise that it is actually a very affordable travel destination and language barriers have been greatly reduced.” Overall for the year Japan received 8.61 million arrivals, an increase from 26.8 percent from 8.35 million in 2008.Aussies were the sixth highest arrivals into Japan last year, behind travellers from South Korea, China, Taiwan, USA and Hong Kong. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_img 15 Comments   Share   Less than a week remains until the Cardinals make the first pick of the 2019 NFL draft, and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray remains the assumed favorite to go No. 1.Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 69% of his passes this past season, which earned him the Heisman Trophy. If the Cardinals do indeed make him the top pick on April 25, he will join a very select group of players to both win the Heisman and go No. 1 overall in the draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here are the last five players to join that group, and how they fared after the fact:Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns(AP)Before Murray was lighting up scoreboards at Oklahoma, it was his former teammate that was doing so.Mayfield was the latest Heisman winner to go No. 1 overall when the Browns picked him a year ago, and his numbers during his Heisman-winning campaign were eerily similar to Murray’s.During his senior season with the Sooners, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns along with a completion percentage of 70.5%. This success ended up carrying over to the NFL for Mayfield, as he completed 63.8% of his passes and threw 27 touchdowns while leading the Browns to a seven-win improvement during his rookie year.Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)Winston broke onto the scene in a big way at Florida State, throwing for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns his freshman year and becoming the youngest player to ever win the Heisman. He also led the Seminoles to their first national championship in 14 years. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)center_img Sam Bradford(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Another Oklahoma quarterback makes an appearance on this list, this one being a familiar face to Cardinals fans.Bradford had one of the most impressive seasons by a college quarterback in recent memory during his sophomore season with the Sooners, throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 67.9% of his passes.He entered the draft a year later, and the Rams picked him No. 1 overall despite a shoulder injury that kept him out of all but three games his junior season.Since then, Bradford’s career has been a roller coaster, as he has bounced around to four different teams, including his sub-par stint with the Cardinals last season, and suffered multiple knee injuries. He remains unsigned.Carson Palmer(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Seven years before Bradford, it was Palmer, another former Cardinal, making history.In 2002, the then-USC quarterback won the Heisman after throwing for 3,942 yards and 33 touchdowns. Soon after, the Bengals made him the top pick in the 2003 draft. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A year later, the Buccaneers selected him No. 1 overall, and the results have been mixed since then. Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Is confidence in Cardinals taking Kyler Murray atop NFL Draft waning?Here are all of the teams that Kyler Murray has visited withOn one hand, Winston has thrown for over 4,000 yards twice and has made the Pro Bowl one time since his debut four seasons ago. On the other hand, he ranks tied for second in interceptions since 2015 and has never won more than nine games in a season.The Buccaneers have placed their faith in Winston for at least one more year, and they hired former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to help him reach the potential he flashed back in college.Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers(AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)Like Winston, Newton also broke onto the college scene in a big way.After transferring away from Florida and playing a year in junior college, Newton found his way to Auburn, where he threw for 2,854 yards and ran for 1,473 more en route to the Heisman Trophy and the 2010 national championship.Newton’s performance at Auburn made the Panthers’ decision with the No. 1 pick in 2011 a no-brainer, and he has pretty much been what they had hoped he’d be.He won the Rookie of the Year award during his first year in the league and went on to win the MVP award in 2015, leading Carolina to Super Bowl 50, albeit in a losing effort. He has also made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team during his time in the league. Palmer sat out his first season in Cincinnati, but took over the starting job in 2004 and went on to have a long and pretty successful career. He threw for over 4,000 yards six different times, made three Pro Bowls and led the Cardinals to the NFC Championship game in 2016. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSeaDream Yacht Club will live up to its name in October of this year with two sailings that will embrace some of the Mediterranean’s most dreamed-of ports between Cannes on the French Riviera and Rome’s Civitavecchia.The brand is conscious that Australian holidaymakers fly a long way to get to the Mediterranean, so will sail the first week from Cannes to Civitavecchia, and then stay aboard for a second week of entirely different ports from Civitavecchia back to Cannes, with the enticement of a current US$500 per person saving on each week’s sailing or US$2000 for a couple doing the two weeks back-to-back.The first week will include an overnight in Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, and the second an overnight in Bonifacio on the island of Corsica with its prehistoric caves, beaches, and an Old Town district dating back to 828AD.Each seven-day sailing on the mega motor-cruiser SeaDream I, that carries a maximum of just 112-guests served by 95 crew, can also be taken on its own, with prices beginning from US$4426pp twin-share for each week (including the current special US$500 per person discount off each sailing.)SeaDream Yacht Club’s prices include premium drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, a 30-international course golf simulator, onboard gratuities, and Government charges and taxes.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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