Who is Antonio Guterres Future UN Secretary General

Rabat – Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin described Antonio Guterres as “a clear favorite” for the U.N.’s top diplomatic position, winning 13 “encourage” votes from the 15-member Security Council.The elite group of countries recommends candidates for the U.N. Secretary-General position to the 193-member General Assembly, who will vote on the nomination in the coming weeks.But who is Guterres – the man slated to fill highly-coveted spot for the next seven years? The Former Portuguese Prime Minister has held many senior-level national and international positions through his nearly four decade-long political career.Guterres started working with Portugal’s Socialist Party in 1974, when he quit his career in academia to pursue politics full-time.At the time, the Estada Novo or “The Second Republic”– a corporatist authoritarian regime installed in 1933 – reigned over the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano.Guterres spent less than two years as a politician in Caetano’s Portugal as 1975’s Carnation Revolution wiped away the leftist regime.In the nation’s new parliament, he served on several commissions before he took the top spot in the Socialist Party in 1992 – becoming the de-facto leader of the opposition coalition to the government.In 1995, Guterres and his party won the national legislative elections, making him Prime Minister. His popularity in the position – buttressed by strong economic growth – led him to be re-elected in 1999.During his second term, he occupied the Presidency of the European Council, but toxic party politics, a global recession and a bridge disaster damaged his popularity, causing him to resign.“I am resigning to prevent the country from falling into a political swamp,” he told citizens.The Socialist Party lost the next elections, leading Guterres to tretire from politics. In 2005, the UN General Assembly elected him to be High Commissioner for Refugees.He managed major refugee crisis in the Middle East – including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq – during his tenure at the massive humanitarian agency that is the UNHCR.Guterres has praised the initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI on migration and asylum, stating that the Moroccan approach is “in line with the challenges of refugee protection.”“I want to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco, which has done a remarkable job within the executive committee,” Guterres said in 2013, speaking in Geneva at the adoption of the 2014-2015 budget for the UNHCR – his second-last before leaving the agency’s highest office at the end of 2015.Guterres is also the UN official who established the official number of Saharwis in the Tindouf camps. While the Algerian government and the Polisario Front have been claiming for years that the number of Saharwis in the camps exceeds 150,000 people, Guterres established the number of people living in the territory at 90,000.During his tenure as head of the UN refugee agency, Gueterres was vocal in calling on Algeria to allow the UN to conduct a census of people living in the Tindouf camps.Earlier this year, AFP quoted Former Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who said Guterres “left a legacy” at the refugee agency “that means today he is a respected voice and all the world listens to him.” read more

Ongoing entry restrictions negatively affecting living conditions for Gazans – UN

1 April 2009Restrictions on imports and exports, in addition to limitations on humanitarian deliveries, continue to seriously affect the living conditions of the population of Gaza, the United Nations has reported. The latest field update from the office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory states that, in the week ending 28 March, 721 truckloads of goods were allowed into Gaza, slightly down from 728 during the previous week.Food supplies accounted for nearly 80 per cent of imported commodities, and this week items such as tea, yeast and salt that were barred since late October 2008 were allowed entry. Meanwhile, no construction materials, industrial or electrical appliances, livestock, petrol or diesel fuel was allowed entry into Gaza during the week. In addition, some 35,000 people are without any access to water, down from 40,000 last week.The update notes that the vast majority of Palestinians in Gaza rely on local farming to produce affordable fresh foods, including fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Movement restrictions continue to prevent herders and farmers from accessing areas near the borders. Furthermore, fishermen stand to lose substantial income as a result of new restrictions that limit fishing to three miles from Gaza’s shores.On the health front, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the World Health Organization (WHO) have voiced serious concern over the halting of patients leaving Gaza for specialised hospital treatment after Hamas took control of the health department tasked with making referrals abroad.The office also reports that only 35 per cent of the $615 million Flash Appeal for Gaza launched on 2 February has been received. For example, the 27 agricultural recovery projects aimed at protecting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming families received only $2.3 million of the $30 million requested.The Appeal includes nearly 200 projects by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in response to the emergency humanitarian and early recovery needs of 1.4 million people in Gaza, following the end of the three-week Israeli military offensive launched in late December 2008 with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups. read more

Burundi pledges at UN to step up support to ensure elections are

Gabriel Ntisezerana, addressing the annual high-level segment of the Assembly, said his Government was resolved “that an environment of calm should prevail” and therefore was strengthening key election structures, such as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which is tasked with organizing the ballots. Mr. Ntisezerana said the Government would grant $7 million to the IEC but called on the international community to also provide financial support. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced this week that it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of the polls. If the polls are successfully staged, it will mark the first time that an electoral cycle has run its full course in Burundi, where a UN Integrated Office known as BINUB operates to try to promote peace and stability after years of ethnically-based conflict. In 2005 more than 90 per cent of Burundians approved a new constitution and separate ballots were held for parliamentary seats and for the presidency. Next year voters will choose a president, parliamentary lawmakers and local representatives. Mr. Ntisezerana added that his Government also hoped that electoral success would boost the impoverished Central African nation’s prospects for economic development, as well as allow the country to further redefine the mandate of BINUB. 26 September 2009Burundi’s Government is committed to ensuring that highly awaited presidential, parliamentary and local polls scheduled for next year take place peacefully and successfully, and will step up support to election authorities so it can achieve that goal, the country’s Second Vice-President told the General Assembly today. read more

TSX posts another solid gain and loonie advances as metal prices climb

TSX posts another solid gain and loonie advances as metal prices climb by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market and the loonie both rose for a second consecutive session Thursday as metal prices continued to trend higher in the face of a weakening U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 181.48 points to 12,774.50, its second triple-digit increase in as many days.The Canadian dollar was also higher for a second day, up 0.14 of a U.S. cent at 72.75 cents US after having soared 1.32 cents Wednesday in its biggest one-day gain in almost four years.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 79.92 points to 16,416.58, while the broader S&P 500 gained 2.92 points to 1,915.45 and the Nasdaq closed 5.32 points higher at 4,509.56.In commodities, the April gold bullion contract rose $16.20 to US$1,157.50 a troy ounce, while the March copper contract added four cents to US$2.13 a pound.Meanwhile the March oil contract, which enjoyed a big run-up of $2.40 a barrel Wednesday, gave back 56 cents to US$31.72, while March natural gas fell seven cents to US$1.97 per mmBtu.Andrew Pyle, senior adviser and portfolio manager at Scotia Wealth Management, said the markets are beginning to stabilize following a tumultuous start to the year.“Investors are looking at some of the more recent declines as perhaps being overdone in the context of what the fundamentals are, so we’re seeing a little bit more positive sentiment,” said Pyle.Some of the strength in commodity prices in recent days can be attributed to declines in the greenback, said Pyle.Commodities are priced in U.S. dollars, so any weakness in the value of the greenback makes commodities such as metals and oil more affordable to holders of other currencies.“During the last few years, when the U.S. dollar has been very strong, it’s been extremely difficult for commodity prices to do better, even if their fundamentals were OK,” said Pyle.The U.S. dollar has weakened recently against many other major currencies amid indications of a slowdown in the American economy and growing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide against further interest rate increases later this year.There was some more bad news on the U.S. economic front Thursday as the U.S. Commerce Department reported factory orders fell 2.9 per cent in December. It was the fourth such contraction in the last five months and closed out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that U.S. productivity fell three per cent in the fourth quarter, the biggest such quarterly decline in nearly two years.—With files from Brian McKennaFollow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

FROM OUR ARCHIVES Sámi rapper SlinCraze encourages indigenous youth to celebrate culture

Understood by only about 20,000 people in the world, the Sámi language is spoken by indigenous people of that name living in northern Scandinavia, an area more often associated with reindeer than hip hop. That represents a significant challenge for an artist wanting to appeal to a larger audience. But more importantly than fame, SlinCraze, who started rapping when he was 14 years old, wants other young people in his community to not feel ashamed of their culture.“That’s my main goal. This is to make people proud to be native,” he said ahead of a performance at the UN Headquarters in New York, where the 2016 session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is under way through 20 May. read more

Telson Resources production imminent from two gold mines in Mexico

first_imgTelson Resources is a Canadian based junior resource company advancing two gold, silver and base metal projects towards production over the coming months of 2017 and early 2018. Telson’s Tahuehueto project, located in northwest Durango State, Mexico has been its main focus over the past years. Now with Telson recently announcing that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Campo Morado mine in Guerrero, Mexico from Nyrstar Mining, the company plans to recommence mining operations at Campo Morado within four to six months while at the same time developing Tahuehueto through the mine construction phase with a timeline to be producing at this Durango project by the first quarter of 2018 or earlier.Telson has commenced underground mining operations at the newly acquired Campo Morado. Mining has commenced within areas of the El Largo Zone containing higher precious metal values along with significant base metals. It plans to create a stockpile of mill feed of up to 80,000 t to support the initial start-up of the sulphide floatation mill, planned to commence immediately after securing operating capital. The initial processing is planned to commence at some 1,000 t/d and will slowly be ramped up to the mill’s ultimate capacity of 2,500 t/d.During the past six weeks Campo Morado mine site personnel have fully serviced all mobile underground and surface mining equipment. Crews have been servicing, cleaning, repairing/rehabilitating electrical motors and moving parts and equipment where necessary to ready the mine site and mineral processing plant for commencement of commercial production planned immediately after securing operating capital.“Telson’s management team is very happy with the rapid progress we have made at Campo Morado since acquiring the project just over two months ago which has allowed us to work continually towards last week’s restart of underground mining operations,” said Antonio Berlanga, Telson’s CEO, at the end of August.“With the full support of local communities, municipal and state authorities, newly formed mining union, and our mine site personnel, we are well ahead of our originally planned schedule and hope to have a large stockpile of mill throughput available to start continuous milling and the mining operations in the near future.”On January 23, 2017, the company released its most recent NI-43-101 compliant report, a PFS on Tahuehueto completed by the fully independent mining engineering firm of Metal Mining Consultants. The study evaluated an owner-operated 790 t/d underground mine with mill feed being processed in a 550 t/d comminution circuit consisting of primary and secondary crushing, grinding in a single ball mill followed by three flotation circuits producing lead, copper and zinc concentrates which will be trucked from site for smelting and refining. The report provided robust economics on the project including a post-tax IRR of 36% and an NPV using an 8% discount of $77 million with a 21 year mine life.last_img read more

Rutenka Sorhaindo and Sarmiento staying in FC Barcelona

← Previous Story Alexander Toncourt passes away Next Story → 24 hours till Women’s EHF CL MVP decision: “Dead heat” between Bojana and Anita Cedric SorhaindoDani SarmientoSerhei Rutenka Barca lost Laszlo Nagy, but still many of the “key players” will be force of Spanish team in next few seasons. After Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas, Serhei Rutenka, Cedric Sorhaindo and Daniel Sarmiento sign new contracts with Spanish champion. One of the best World’s player on back position, Rutenka will stay in Barcelona until 2016, while playmaker Sarmiento and French NT line player, Sorhaindo willbe part of the biggest sport society a year less.photo: fcbarcelona.cat read more

Pension cuts unconstitutional

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government will have to find 1 to 1.5 billion euros to cover the cost of a Council of State decision, which calls for pensioners in the private sector and at state-owned corporations (DEKOs) to have their retirement pay restored to 2012 levels.In a majority decision (14 vs 11), Greece’s highest administrative court judged the reduction to main and supplementary pensions legislated in late 2012 as being unconstitutional. The ruling affects some 800,000 pensioners who earned more than 1,000 euros a month.It is estimated the decision will lead to pensions between 1,000 and 1,500 euros rising by 5 percent, those between 1,500 and 2,000 increasing by 10 percent and those over 2,000 seeing a rise of 15 percent. The court said the government should have carried out a study on the impact these cuts would have had on the pensioners affected.The Council of State, however, decided that pensions should not be restored retroactively apart from some 2,000 individual cases where pensioners appealed the reductions on their own. This means that, apart from the latter cases, the government will have to find a way to increase the pensions in question from this point on rather than find the funds to cover the income the pensioners lost as a results of the cuts over the last 2.5 years.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Microsoft lance une application SkyDrive pour iPhone et WP7

first_imgMicrosoft lance une application SkyDrive pour iPhone et WP7SkyDrive de Microsoft est désormais disponible en tant qu’application pour iOS et Windows Phone 7.Microsoft vient de mettre à la disposition des utilisateurs de smartphones une application Skydrive, sur Windows Phone 7. Mais pour la première fois, cette application sera également disponible sur les terminaux iOS. Elle permet d’effectuer une recherche parmi toutes les données stockées dans les dossiers du smartphone (de la même manière que l’on peut le faire sur ordinateur) et de supprimer des fichiers et dossiers. Pratique. Selon PC Inpact, l’application permet d’afficher les dossiers (sous forme de liste) et son contenu. Les photos sont même affichées comme des albums (en miniature). L’application est en version 1.0 gratuite (et perfectible), disponible dans l’App Store d’Apple pour iOS et depuis le Marketplace pour Windows Phone 7.  Cette application évoluera probablement à l’avenir, car il n’est pas possible pour l’instant de renommer les dossiers et fichiers mais l’arrivée de celle-ci confirme la volonté de la firme de Redmond d’être présent sur la plateforme iOS d’Apple. Le 18 décembre 2011 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Samsungs Touchable Ink prints braille using any laser printer

first_imgBraille printers can cost thousands of dollars, where as laser printers can be picked up for under $100. So wouldn’t it be great is laser printers could somehow print out braille and completely remove the cost of purchasing a special printer for the visually impaired? That’s exactly what Samsung have managed to do thanks to a new ink.Your typical laser printer produces a completely smooth printed page. That doesn’t work for braille as visually impaired people rely on the raised dots that form the braille patterns in order to read using their fingers. So Samsung collaborated with the Thailand Association of the Blind and a chemistry professor at Thammasat University to solve the problem in ink rather than hardware.The end result is called Touchable Ink. It’s a laser printer ink that has had embossing powder added to it. Using it is simple: just switch out a standard laser ink cartridge for a Touchable Ink version. Then change the font of the document you want to print into braille and print the page. The final step involves heat. Using a hair dryer or a microwave heat the printed page, which makes the ink dilate and form the raised dots.Touchable Ink is still a work in progress, but has proved good enough even at this early stage of development to be awarded the Grand Prix award for Design, Healthcare and Innovation at Spikes Asia 2016. Tests carried out with visually impaired individuals saw a 90% success rate in being able to read Touchable Ink printed pages.As the braille printing only relies on using Touchable Ink, it should work with any and all laser printers. And even if Touchable Ink cartridges are a little more expensive than the standard ones, it’s still going to be a lot cheaper than buying a special braille printer.last_img read more

Titmouse Incs Chris Prynoski Talks Venture Bros

first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ Set‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Returns This November If you’re a fan of Adult Swim, or of Fox’s new partially animated sitcom Son of Zorn, you’ve probably seen the name Titmouse on your TV screen. They’re the animation studio behind some of your favorite late night cartoons, including The Venture Bros. and Metalocalypse. The studio was started in 2000 as a T-shirt company by Chris and Shannon Prynoski, but when they kept getting requests for cartoons, it morphed into the animation studio we know it as today.Now is a busy, very exciting time for Titmouse. They’re gearing up for the release of their first full-length movie, a new season of Venture Bros. is underway, and their New York animators just finished moving into a brand new studio. I got to sit down with Chris Prynoski and ask him some questions about Venture Bros., Son of Zorn, and how these cartoons come together.Right off the bat, I had to ask about the upcoming seventh season of Venture Bros.. As someone who spent almost all of his 20s obsessed with that show, I was ecstatic to learn that it was coming back. All he could tell me was that they are currently in the writing stages of the next season.“It takes a long time to make that show, so I’m not sure what they’ve announced, but you know, the most general thing is we are making it… I’m sure there’s no information on when this thing will be coming out, but expect to wait a little bit of time.”Dr. Venture in The Venture Bros. season six. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Adult Swim)To give us an idea of how much time we could expect to wait, he took me through the process of how a show like Venture Bros. gets made.“The process of making Venture Bros., or really any other cartoon is the writing, and then we record the voices, and you do storyboards, and you cut an animatic. Simultaneously while you do the storyboards you’re doing designs, location designs off the script, you’re doing character designs, all that stuff, cutting animatics,” Prynoski said. All that goes into a pre-production package that lays out the timing of the animation.“You’ll do these things called exposure sheets where you plan out all the action,” Prynoski continued. “Then ship it over to the Korean studio who will do all the animation drawings and send it back, and we work on editing it further, maybe doing animation changes until it’s a cartoon and then you do the sound mix, and there you go.”That whole process typically takes nine months to a year to produce a half hour of animated television. That may sound like a long time, but as you can imagine, they work on a lot simultaneously. A year from now, they’ll probably have more than a single episode of the new season completed. That said, it’ll probably still be a pretty long time before we hear any more concrete Venture Bros. news.For their new show Son of Zorn, the animation process is even more complicated. Being a hybrid live-action/animated show (I called it “Roger Rabbit” style), they can’t start storyboarding as soon as the episode is written. Employing techniques they learned by working on Disney’s Kirby Buckets, they send Titmouse director Barry Kelly to the set so they can coordinate how each shot will look once the animation is added in.Animator Allison Mehner works on a scene from FOX’s Son of Zorn“There’s a lot of back and forth, it’s not like you do a storyboard for an animated show and that’s how it is,” Prynoski said. “You figure out shots that can work, and then they do a rough cut and we do drawings on top of the rough cut to get an animatic, so it’s a really different process.” Prynoski also said that one of the show’s executive producers, Eric Appel, really likes animation and is very involved in determining the look of each scene. “I love working with him.”I had to bring up my other great Adult Swim obsession: Metalocalypse. Despite a successful crowdfunding campaign, the network decided not to bring the show back for another season. Brendon Small isn’t letting his work go to waste. Some of the music he would have used in Metalocalypse will appear in his upcoming solo concept album, Galaktikon II. Prynoski also said that Titmouse’s creative director is drawing the album covers so, in a way they’re still involved. He also revealed that they’re working with Small on a pilot for a new show.One thing that’s always struck me about much of Titmouse’s animation, particularly Adult Swim, is how improvised the dialog can feel. Since everything has to be drawn by hand, I wondered how that happens in animation. Prynoski told me that Metalocalypse the show with the most improvisation involved. Sometimes the voice actors would find the story of a particular episode while they were recording it.“Sometimes we’d go in the booth and the entire story would get thrown out… It really helps to have funny people as your voice actors who are also good at improv, and if they happen to be the creators of the show, it makes it easier because you do not have to bring actors back every time you have a new idea.” Sometimes the show’s editor would be given 45 minutes of improvisation and have to cut it down into an 11-minute show.Metalocalypse. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Adult Swim)Prynoski is especially excited about Nerdland, an R-rated animated comedy that’ll see a theatrical release in December. Written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven), Prynoski describes the movie as a dark comedy with a nihilistic point of view on fame and Hollywood. The movie has been getting encouraging responses on the festival circuit, and the cast is really exciting. The big stars are Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, and Hannibal Burress, but Adult Swim fans might recognize the voices of Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha from Metalocalypse, as well as Chris McCulloch from Venture Bros., and Dana Snyder and Dave Willis from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.Nerdland is the first feature that is fully theirs. Titmouse has done work for hire on a number of animated features in the past, but this is the first time they’ve made a full movie all the way through.“We learned a lot,” Prynoski said. “I directed this one, and I think I’ll do a much better job on my next one because you learn… Also, because it’s low budget, we had to do it in between other jobs, so it’s not like I was full time only directing that movie and nothing else. It was kind of like having a part-time job, but it’s a really important part-time job.”What did help, Prynoski said, was treating the movie like a TV show. “It’s 85 minutes, and it ends up being kind of like making a four-hour episode. We broke it up into four ‘reels.’” Breaking the movie up into chunks and working on each as if it were an episode of a show made the whole process more manageable.Titmouse deals almost entirely in traditional 2D animation that probably isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Prynoski says working in 2D allows him to keep budgets small and projects profitable. The low budgets also allow the studio more creative freedom. “The more money you take from people, the more they want to chime in and say what the movie should be, or the more successful it needs to be for them to feel like it was worth it. If you make a movie for $100 million, it’s got to make multiple hundreds of millions. If you make a movie for $5 million and it makes $10 million, you’re in great shape.”Fans of hand-drawn 2D animation, and comedy in general should look out for Nerdland when it hits theaters in December.last_img read more

Nielsens New Corporate Values Integrated Open Simple

first_imgNOTE: FOLIO: editors are in California this week, filing reports from American Business Media’s annual Spring Meeting.LA QUINTA, California—Incoming ABM chairman and Meister Media CEO Gary Fitzgerald opened the ABM general session by saying, “It’s time for leaders to lead.”For Nielsen Co. chairman and CEO David Calhoun, that means establishing a new series of corporate values to direct the company in “The Google World.” “We chose a set of leadership values that’s what changes the nature of a company. Sounds soft but it’s measurable. Didn’t pick value changes we thought we were good at.”Those values include:1. Integrated: “Advertisers want to put things together,” says Calhoun. “There’s a notion that integrated data will save the day. We gave our people a blank check and have them working on how to integrate processes. This isn’t about saving a buck but how to begin to put data together. This is measurable and our leaders know they are accountable.”2. Open: “If your values preclude you from looking at the models of others, you will lose,” said Calhoun. “Proprietary systems were the world we used to aspire to but that’s the world we need to crush.”3. Be Simple: “It’s getting harder every day in the Google World but if you can provide clarity in an open environment, you will win,” Calhoun added. “We aren’t going to budget our way to change. We all have to get a clear view and a lot of emotion behind it before it’s real.”FOLIO:’s Spring Meeting Coverage:The New Must-Have Skills for B-to-B Media: Project ManagementPublishers on Redefining the Role of Printlast_img read more

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman Arnold Skeek

first_imgThe Coast Guard stopped looking for Arnold Skeek, the missing 27-year-old fisherman from Kake, early Monday afternoon. Authorities believe he fell from the Beaufort Sea, 60-foot fishing tender, into Auke Bay on Sunday.Listen nowArnold Skeek, far right, is a fisherman who authorities believe fell overboard into Auke Bay on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)Skeek’s family presumes he is dead. His sister, Amy Meats described how the news of her brother’s disappearance reached the family.“His captain had called my dad, who I was visiting, and he was crying, very distraught, saying ‘I can’t find Arnold anywhere,’” said Meats. “He said, ‘at 6 o’clock he saw Arnold sleeping in the galley and at 10 o’clock in the morning, when everyone woke up he was gone.’”On Sunday, the Coast Guard reported that Skeek was sleeping on deck. Monday, a spokesperson could not be reached to address the discrepancy.The Coast Guard said they started searching around 11 a.m. Authorities believe Skeek most likely fell overboard. They said the ship was likely anchored too far from shore for him to get back on his own. Meats agreed, all the signs suggest he’d gone over.The Beaufort Sea is the fishing tender Arnold Skeek worked aboard. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)“I know for a fact that if he was anywhere, he would’ve taken his phone if nothing else, but absolutely everything was left onboard and right then and there, I knew he was gone,” Meats said.She said her brother loved being a fisherman, and he was happy he was following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. She said he was a generous person, never unwilling to help his family, and his disappearance is one more tragedy to add to the list.“No, our mother passed away last year, and my grandmother passed away this year,” she said. “It’s been a rough year for us. We lost our mom, grandma, my brother was put in jail and now Arnold’s gone.”Arnold Skeek is the fishermen who authorities believe fell overboard into Auke Bay on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)Meats said her brother was also her father’s caretaker. Her father is disabled and has very fragile health. Meats said he is taking the news especially hard.“He was hyperventilating. He went into my brother’s room and after that he fell to his knees. He couldn’t stop crying and it was hard for him to breathe,” Meats said.The Coast Guard searched for Skeek for more than 26 hours. Meats said her family is grateful for everyone who helped look for her brother, including a number of local good Samaritans. Skeek is leaving behind five siblings, his father and an 8-year-old son who Meats said is waiting for closure.last_img read more

Ishaan Khatter – Janhvi Kapoor dating Boney Kapoor clarifies

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter, Shahid KapoorInstagramEver since the promotions of their first film together – Dhadak – Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor’s camaraderie has always been a talking point. From talking about each other on chat shows to showering each other with praises at various media interactions, the duo kept grabbing eyeballs.The rumours of whether or not the duo ever dated was a lingering question, until Janhvi’s dad Boney Kapoor stepped in to clear-the-air. Talking about Janhvi’s chemistry with Ishaan, Boney said in an interaction with Spotboye, “Ishaan has, in fact, never visited the Kapoor residence after Dhadak released. There is nothing more than friendship between Janhvi and Ishaan.”Just a few days back, there were reports of dad Boney having given his nod to the relatipnship. A Mumbai Mirror had stated how Ishaan is a frequent visitor to Janhvi’s house and Boney Kapoor is quite fond of him and his talent. Moreover, sister Anshula apparently knows everything about what’s cooking between the two and loves teasing the ‘much-in-love’ couple.On Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan, Arjun Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, both had turned quite protective about their siblings. While Arjun had said that Ishaan keeps buzzing around Janhvi, Shahid had said that Ishaan buzzes around a lot of people and Janhvi is not special in anyway. On BFFs with Vogue, Janhvi had said that she would want to set up Ishaan with Tara Sutaria, whom he was once in a relationship with.On career front, Janhvi is busy with the shoot of Kargil Girl, based on the life of fighter pilot, Gunjan Saxena. Samantha Akkineni’s Oh Baby is all set to be remade in Bollywood. And while on one hand there are rumours of Alia Bhatt being roped in for the project, several reports claim that Boney is interested in remaking the film in Hindi with his daughter as the female lead.last_img read more

Most and Least Ethnically Diverse US Cities Identified

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWith immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities.To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics: ethno-racial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic diversity than any other city in the country, a figure that’s four times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest.Meanwhile, Hialeah enjoys the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, at 96.44 percent while Laconia, New Hampshire has the highest concentration of whites, at 94.81 percent.Jackson, Mississippi has the highest concentration of blacks, at 81.44 percent.Jersey City, NJ; Gaithersburg, Md.; Germantown, Md.; Silver Spring, Md. and Spring Valley, Nevada were the most ethnically diverse cities in America according to the study.New York City, Oakland, San Jose, Ca.; Rockville, Md. and Kent, Washington also made the top 10.Barre, Vermont; Clarksburg, West Virginia; Watertown, South Dakota; Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Hialeah, Florida, comprised the rest of the 10 least ethnically diverse cities.Rutland, Vermont; Wheeling, West Virginia; Laconia, New Hampshire; Miles City, Montana and Bennington, Vermont, were identified as the five least ethnically diverse cities.Havre, Montana; had the highest concentration of residents who spoke English (98.57 percent), while Hileah, Florida found itself at the opposite end with just 5.59 percent of its residents speaking English (93.96 percent of Hileah residents speak Spanish and just 0.33 percent of those in Havre speak Spanish).For birthplace diversity (locations where residents continue to reside long after they were born) Greenville, Mississippi topped every city with 86.79 percent, while Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in last at 16.80 percent.New York (69.40 percent) is the most diverse large city, Jersey City counts as the most diverse mid-size city and Gaithersburg, Md., is the most diverse small city in America, according to the report.“A growing body of social psychological research suggests that information about increasing ethnic diversity can lead white Americans to express greater concerns about their ethnic group’s status and, further, these concerns can have implications for interethnic attitudes as well as political attitudes,” said Dr. Maureen Craig, a WalletHub expert and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University.“For example, prior research has found that viewing a media report detailing increases in national ethnic diversity can lead white Americans to express ethnic bias, support more exclusionary political stances, and express greater concerns about anti-white discrimination,” Craig said.“However, an important caveat is that these experiments all focus on what happens when white Americans are asked to anticipate ethnic demographic change,” she said.There are many benefits to a diverse, multicultural city some of which are being exposed to different neighborhoods, communities, culture, parks and restaurants, said Dr. Kwame Dixon, a WalletHub expert and an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.“In most cases a diverse cultural setting leads to some common boundaries of understanding. The social citizen of the 21st century must be being exposed to multiple cultural settings and environments,” Dixon said.If diversity becomes a smokescreen for displacement or gentrification or if a historically black or Latino community is diversified in a short period of time by newcomers defined as white then there will be tensions around space, identity and displacement, he said.“This may lead to other tensions – former residents being pushed to the margins or to poorer communities,” Dixon said.Click here to view the full report.last_img read more

Physics team proposes a way to create an actual spacetime crystal

first_img Journal information: arXiv More information: Space-time crystals of trapped ions, arXiv:1206.4772v1 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1206.4772AbstractGreat progresses have been made in exploring exciting physics of low dimensional materials in last few decades. Important examples include the discovering and synthesizing of fullerenes (zero dimensional, 0D), carbon nanotubes (1D) and graphene (2D). A fundamental question is whether we can create materials with dimensions higher than that of conventional 3D crystals, for example, a 4D crystal that has periodic structures in both space and time. Here we propose a space-time crystal of trapped ions and a method to realize it experimentally by confining ions in a ring-shaped trapping potential with a static magnetic field. The ions spontaneously form a spatial ring crystal due to Coulomb repulsion. This ion crystal can rotate persistently at the lowest quantum energy state in magnetic fields with fractional fluxes. The persistent rotation of trapped ions produces the temporal order, leading to the formation of a space-time crystal. We show that these space-time crystals are robust for direct experimental observation. The proposed space-time crystals of trapped ions provide a new dimension for exploring many-body physics and emerging properties of matter. Citation: Physics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal (2012, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-physics-team-actual-space-time-crystal.html Explore further Wilczek thought that it should be possible to construct a space-time crystal because crystals naturally align themselves at low temperatures and because superconductors also operate at very low temperatures; it seemed reasonable to assume that the atoms in such a crystal could conceivably move or rotate and then return to their natural state naturally, continually, as crystals are wont to do as they seek a lowest energy state. He envisioned a rotation with a ring of ions that flowed separately rather than as a stream, likening it to a mouse running around inside of a snake laying as a circle. The bulge would flow, rather than the snake itself spinning and would just keep on going, potentially forever. The problem was, he couldn’t figure out how such a crystal structure could be created in the real world.Taking Wilczek’s original idea, but not his method for creating a real world example, Li et al, suggest that to create a space-time crystal all that’s needed is a better ion trap. They believe that if ions could be forced using such a trap, into a ring at very low temperatures, as a superconductor, all that would be needed would be a little nudge from a tiny bit of a magnetic field to cause the ions to begin rotating as a single ring. Because there would be no resistance, and because of their natural mutual repulsion, the ring should then continue rotating indefinitely with no additional injection of energy, resulting in the space-time crystal that Wilczek imagined.The team is quick to point out, for those that might be making the jump, that the result would not be the mythical perpetual motion machine because no energy could be extracted from the space-time crystal. They do believe that building an actual space-time crystal should be possible though, in the near term if a future team has the funds necessary to overcome the difficulty of creating a better ion trap. Schematic of creating a space-time crystal. a, A possible structure of a space-time crystal. It has periodic structures in both space and time. The particles rotate in one direction even at the lowest energy state. b, Ultracold ions confined in a ring-shaped trapping potential in a weak magnetic field. The mass and charge of each ion are M and q, respectively. The diameter of the ion ring is d, and the magnetic field is B. c, The pseudo-potentials (Vext) for a 9Be+ ion in a quadrupole ring trap (solid curve) and a linear octupole trap (dashed curve) along the x or y axis. See arXiv:1206.4772v1 paper for details.center_img (Phys.org) — Earlier this year, theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek, of MIT put forth an idea that intrigued the research community. He suggested that it should be possible to construct a so called space-time crystal by adding a fourth dimension, movement in time, to the structure of a crystal, causing it to become an infinitely running clock of sorts. At the time, Wilczek acknowledged that his ideas on how to do so were inelegant, to say the least. Now another international team led by Tongcang Li has proposed a way to achieve what Wilczek proposed using a far more elegant process. They have posted a paper on the preprint server arXiv describing what they believe is a real-world process for creating an actual space-time crystal that could conceivably be carried out in just the next few years. © 2012 Phys.org Time crystals could behave almost like perpetual motion machines This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

How Progressive Web Apps Could Change the Mobile Landscape

first_img 4 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In the world of mobile commerce, every second counts. Even the slightest delay can cost your site conversions and your business money. With Google now seriously homing in on site speed as a ranking factor, the adoption of progressive web apps (PWAs) is looking more attractive to any website operator/business owner, and especially to those running ecommerce sites.For those unaccustomed to the advantages of PWAs — or even what they look like — the easiest way to define them is a website modeling the features, user interface and user experience an app. This includes mimicking the layout, home screen icon, push buttons and notifications you would usually associate with an app, but all operating from your browser, and offering the same usability on mobile as on desktop.They are also significantly easier to build compared to native apps, as they don’t rely on complex coding: They can be built using the same code as your site and work the same way across iOS and Android phones.Here are some more of the advantages of using a PWA over a native app for your business.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile AppPush notificationsOne of the biggest advantages of PWAs is they can offer your customers push notifications, alerting them to new products, sales and updates. The benefits of getting your message and products/services immediately into the hands of your consumer can’t be overstated. The savings on marketing spend alone makes obvious business sense, along with the boost to your branding, keeping your business at the forefront of your market’s minds.CachingThrough the use of a service worker and cache API, PWAs can function offline, meaning your customers don’t need a mobile connection to access your site or store. The caching function stores your layout elements and loads them into the browser, significantly increasing load times and decreasing bounce rates, which is — let’s face it — the death of any conversion opportunity. The faster your visitors and potential customers traverse their way through the purchasing journey, the more likely they are to not just make the purchase but return in the future (more on conversions below).Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessApp market saturationPWAs serve as an excellent means of rising above the saturated app market. There are approximately 2 million apps available on iPhones and nearing 4 million on Android phones. Among the retail giants stands Amazon, the only retail app among millions within the top 100 downloaded apps. Cutting through those numbers to get on the radar of your customers is a tricky feat, and there is never a guarantee they will download an app for your store. A progressive web app offers the benefit of working across all devices, requiring less upfront cost.Related: 8 Online Careers You Can Start Today From HomeIncreased conversionsThere’s a lot that can be said for making your customers’ purchasing journey as easy as possible, and those businesses that have implemented PWAs have seen the benefits. For example, Best Western River North (in Chicago) saw a 300 percent increase in revenue and 500 percent in bookings compared to the conversion rates of its old website. In summation, PWAs are simpler and typically cheaper to build, effortlessly work across the majority of smartphones and browsers, are more likely to be adopted and used by consumers, are faster to load, and lead to increased conversions. It’s clear to see these are game-changing benefits with lower risk and investment required. And it’s a safe bet that we’ll see a substantial rise in businesses adopting them throughout the year and years to come. August 31, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Meet Project Limitless Worlds First 5G Laptop

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The era of 5G is upon us and Qualcomm and Lenovo are teaming up to make a splash in the nascent technology. According to our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, the two companies announced “Project Limitless,” a fancy codename for the world’s first 5G laptop. Limitless is scheduled for sometime in 2020, which is indicative of how far out the technology is for mainstream consumers. MORE: What Is 5G? The Definitive Guide to 5G NetworkingMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/project-limitless-5g-laptop?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Right now, the Limitless prototype looks like your run-of-the-mill Yoga, down to the smile-shaped keys. However, don’t expect this to be the end product as Lenovo is known to create some wild designs, like the Yoga Book C930 or the upcoming foldable PC.For Qualcomm’s part, the company is promising the brass ring of all-day battery life. However, we’re hoping this lofty goal doesn’t come at the cost of performance. We’ll just have to wait until 2020 to put Qualcomm’s claims to the test.Best LaptopsWill Lenovo’s Foldable Laptop Fly or Flop?Best Lenovo Laptopslast_img read more

Heres who you should be selling Fort Myers Sanibel to

first_img Share Tags: Fort Myers, Shelling Cindy Sosroutomo Here’s who you should be selling Fort Myers & Sanibel to About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — There’s a curious phenomenon known as the ‘Sanibel Stoop’ that causes visitors and locals in The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel to stoop over at any given moment.What is this mysterious affliction attributed to? Shelling, one of the destination’s top tourist draws, is so prevalent and popular that people can be seen in a constant stooped state in search of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind shells.The ‘Sanibel Stoop’Of course, shelling is just one of many reasons to visit this beachside destination, says Jackie Parker, Communications Manager at the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, who spoke exclusively with Travelweek. Located just 35 miles north of Naples and 150 miles from St. Petes/Clearwater, Fort Myers & Sanibel has gained a sizeable Canadian following (about 250,000 each year) for its ‘Old Florida’ charm, its 50 miles of coastline and its incredible natural scenery and wildlife.“Over 250,000 Canadians arrive each year, with winter being the most popular time to come,” says Parker. “If you compared the way the destination looks now with how it did 20 years ago, it would look the same, thanks to the fact that three-quarters of the island is protected land.”This is great news for nature lovers and leisure travellers looking for a laidback destination where “your breathing slows down, your shoulders relax and where you can totally unplug,” adds Parker. And being just a three-hour drive from Orlando’s theme parks, Fort Myers & Sanibel is a great add-on to any family getaway.Here are the latest updates and the destination’s top selling points:Beaches are open! Though last year’s red tides wreaked havoc along Florida’s coast, Fort Myers & Sanibel’s beaches are officially open and its waters are safe to swim in. Visitors can view current beach conditions via webcams on FortMyers-Sanibel.com.It’s easily accessible. Direct flights from Canada to Southwest Florida International Airport are available with WestJet (from Toronto and Ottawa) and Air Canada (from Toronto and Montreal).It’s got an island. Sanibel is a barrier island that’s so shallow, “you can walk a good ¼ mile out into the water,” says Parker. It’s accessible via the Sanibel Causeway bridge, which costs US$6 one way to cross.Wildlife is abundant. There are 6,400 preserved acres on Sanibel that make up one of the largest mangrove wildernesses in the U.S. Suggest the ‘Wildlife Drive’ from where clients can spot birds and alligators.You won’t find shells like these anywhere else. Local beaches, especially on Sanibel and Captiva, offer the best shelling in the United States, if not the world. The rarest of shells is the Junonia – find it for some major bragging rights! Also, don’t miss the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaIt’s a great place for families. Aside from shelling and incredible beaches, many local attractions offer kid-friendly activities. At CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife), kids can help ‘diagnose’ injured animals such as turtles and birds. Kids will also love kayaking in Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, and hiking at Caloosahatchee Regional Park, not to mention canoeing and bird watching at J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.It’s got a vibrant music scene. Each year in September, Fort Myers & Sanibel hosts the Island Hoppers Songwriting Fest, now in its 6th Taking place from Sept. 20-29, the event welcomes more than 70 musical acts on Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Guests are then encouraged to ‘hop’ from island to island!It was Thomas Edison’s favourite winter hangout. Thomas Edison first came to Fort Myers in 1885 and loved it so much he purchased more than 13 acres along the Caloosahatchee River. He returned with his wife in 1886 and spent the next 60 years returning to their winter retreat. Visitors can explore the Edison family home, now a historic home, which includes original furnishings.New hotel alert! Upon its grand opening on Aug. 6, 2020, the Luminary Hotel is set to be a game-changer in Fort Myers in the MICE market. The 12-storey hotel in downtown Fort Myers has already booked its first convention for two months following its opening date.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, go to https://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/. Posted bylast_img read more

16 Taiwanese nabbed in Philippines on fraud charge

first_img Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A Philippine official says 16 Taiwanese have been arrested in connection with an online scam aimed at stealing money from mostly Chinese and Taiwanese retirees.The head of the Computer Crimes Division of the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation, Ronald Aguto, said Wednesday that members of the group pretended to be bank employees and called up victims and got them to reveal their account numbers. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img He said others pretended to be prosecutors and convinced victims into settling a non-existent complaint by depositing money into a syndicate’s account.The arrests took place Tuesday in three separate houses inside the Subic Bay Freeport west of Manila.Police arrested and deported nearly 300 Taiwanese and Chinese nationals involved in a similar scam last year.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more