first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement ABOUT HOT DOCSHot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 24th annual edition from April 27-May 7, 2017. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Login/Register With:center_img Single tickets for The Settlers are $16 ($12, $10 and $8 for Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema members) can be purchased in advance online at or in person at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office. Student same-day tickets for the Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening are $8 (with valid student ID). In the event advance tickets sell out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door on the night of the screening.Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are March 1 and 2, and April 5 and 6. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds and hotel partner The Park Hyatt. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hot Docs is pleased to announce February’s Doc Soup will feature the Canadian premiere of The Settlers (D: Shimon Dotan | Israel, France, Germany | 110 min). Called “a remarkable feat” by Variety, the Sundance Festival hit will screen on Wednesday, February 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and on Thursday, February 2, at 6:45 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West. Director and writer Shimon Dotan will be in attendance to participate in post-screening Q&As with the audience.Since the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have moved into the Occupied Territories of the West Bank. Delving deeper than daily headlines and nightly newscasts, The Settlers offers an intimate look at the rise of these controversial settlements, and the historical, political and religious implications they have had on peace in the Middle East. With archival footage and unprecedented access, director Shimon Dotan connects with key pioneers of the movement as well as more critical voices from within Israel, including professors and government officials, and Palestinian human rights activists. Comprehensive and compelling, The Settlers outlines the current volatile situation and the challenges facing the future of Israel and Palestine.The Settlers is directed and written by Shimon Dotan, and edited and written by Oron Adar, and is distributed by Filmoption International.last_img read more

Meet the new hosts of The National Adrienne Arsenault Rosemary Barton Ian

first_imgAdvertisement CBC News today announced new hosting details for flagship news program The National. Starting this fall, the new National will be hosted by a team of four award-winning journalists on a nightly basis: senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, based in Toronto; political reporter and host Rosemary Barton, based in Ottawa; CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, based in Vancouver; and veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing; who will be based in Toronto. Offering Canadians a new kind of evening news, the four working journalists will host as an integrated team and also report their own stories to offer more in-depth original journalism and live coverage from more locations across Canada. The new National will launch Monday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC NEWS NETWORK and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) in all time zones on CBC.Today we are building on the rich history of The National and the strength of CBC News to offer audiences a brand new approach to daily marquee news, said Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of CBC News. “Each of these award-winning journalists bring distinct strengths and expertise to the program. They will report as an integrated team, across broadcast and digital, to deliver depth and context on the stories that matter to Canadians.”Hosted by the collaborative team based in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, the new National will offer a unique proposition for audiences live across all six time zones, with the ability to update throughout the evening until 2 a.m. ET and originate from anywhere in the country depending on the news of the day. The new format will be an inter-platform offering, spanning robust digital content for multiple platforms throughout the day culminating in the evening program. Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing (left to right) are named the new hosts of “The National,” at a news conference in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug.1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette ORG XMIT: NSD501 Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Born and raised in Toronto, Emmy Award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault is a senior correspondent who is deployed to the biggest breaking news stories and investigative stories in Canada and around the world. Over the years and across the continents, Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She has covered the Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio as well as the World Cup in South Africa, and was awarded a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe including the Paris and Brussels attacks. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991 as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.Born and raised in Winnipeg, award-winning political journalist Rosemary Barton is the host of CBC News Network’s daily political show, Power & Politics. She has interviewed many high-profile politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde; and General John Kelly, former Homeland Security Secretary, now Chief of Staff to U.S. President Donald Trump. She also secured an exclusive broadcast interview with Omar Khadr. Barton joined CBC as Quebec’s legislative reporter at the National Assembly in 2004 before joining CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau, covering federal elections as well as a number of federal leadership campaigns. During the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign, Barton guided viewers through 11 weeks of election issues, interviewing all main party leaders through the course of the campaign and broadcasting six days a week. Her incisive and engaging interviewing style was recognized with a Canadian Screen Award for best news host in 2016. Barton started her journalism career in her hometown of Winnipeg as a researcher for CBC’s French news network, RDI. She has a degree in French literature from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University.Born and raised in Ottawa, Andrew Chang is the Canadian Screen Award-winning host of CBC Vancouver News at 6. He joined CBC News Vancouver as host in the summer of 2014, and has also spent time in the host chair for CBC Radio One’s The Current, The National and CBC News Now and was a member of CBC’s Olympic broadcast team in 2014 and 2016. Prior to his move to Vancouver, Chang spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal, most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois and the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois. He worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election. During this time, Andrew also worked as a video journalist.Born in Trinidad and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, Nova Scotia, working at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC in Halifax in 1986. Since then he has had a wide variety of assignments as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. Major stories he’s covered include the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake (both in 1989), the Los Angeles riot (1992), Vancouver’s two Stanley Cup riots (1994 and 2011), the Hong Kong handover (1997), the Slave Lake (2011) and Fort McMurray wildfires (2016) and seven Olympic Games, the most recent in Sochi in 2014. The host of CBC News Now weeknights on CBC News Network, Hanomansing has hosted many CBC programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada’s connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; and Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One. Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best National News Anchor for CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing. He holds an honours B.A. in political science and sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, and also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.-30-About CBC News For more than 75 years, CBC has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC, CBC News Network, CBC Radio,, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisementlast_img read more

BC check point built on Morice River Road in support of Unistoten

first_imgMembers of the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation built a blockade on the Morice River Road. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsA new blockade is up on the only road that leads to the Unist’ot’ten Camp in the B.C. interior.The Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation is building what it says is a checkpoint in support of the Unist’ot’ten Clan’s fight to protect its territory from industry.The clan says it now controls who has access to the Morice River Road West.“We are constructing a camp in support of the Unist’ot’en Clan,” says Molly Wickham from the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. “We will be here until there is no threat of trespass onto our territory by unwanted industry.”(Molly Wickham from the Gitumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)On Friday, a B.C. judge granted Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada, an interim injunction against the Unist’ot’en Camp and ordered the residents to take down a barricade that the company says is blocking access to the area where they need to build a portion of the LNG pipeline.The 670 km pipeline will run from Dawson Creek, B.C. to Kitimat and carry fractured natural gas.The Unist’ot’en clan were given 72 hours to take down the barricade that blocks access to a bridge and the camp.(The barricade at the Unist’ot’en Camp in B.C. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)The barricade is still on the bridge and as of this posting, but it remains unclear whether the company has tried to cross into the camp.Construction of the camp started eight years ago to stop the Chevron Pacific Trail Pipeline – and two other pipelines that were proposed.Freda Huson and her partner built their house on the GPS coordinates where the pipeline was to cross.It has since expanded to three structures including a healing centre that accepts people from across their territory and visitors from other parts of B.C.Follow Laurie at the Unist’ot’en camp on twitter @laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

AP Explains A look at where the UK is in terms of

first_imgLONDON – The British government has published a series of documents laying out its plans for what it will do in the event it fails to secure a deal on its future relationship with the European Union following Brexit.On Thursday, it published the first 25 of more than 70 papers on a “no deal” Brexit. They cover everything from financial services to nuclear materials.Britain is due to leave the EU in a little more than seven months. In recent weeks, concerns have risen that the country could crash out of the bloc with no deal, which could seriously hobble trade and weaken security ties.WHERE WE AREBritain voted to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23, 2016, after 51.9 per cent of the people backed Brexit. On March 29, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the EU of Britain’s intention to leave. That kicked off a two-year negotiation period on the terms of the separation — a process so difficult some have compared to unscrambling an egg. Negotiators say they need to reach an agreement by October to ensure there is time for Parliament and the remaining 27 EU members to approve the final deal on the future relationship before Britain leaves the bloc.WHAT HAS BEEN AGREED (IN THEORY)In December, Britain and the EU agreed on the initial terms of the divorce, allowing negotiators to move on to talks about the future relationship between the two sides.The divorce agreement guarantees that the 3.7 million or so EU citizens living in Britain will have the right to stay after Brexit. The same applies for the estimated 1.2 million British citizens living in EU countries.Britain also agreed to pay the EU a divorce settlement that many estimate could touch 40 billion pounds ($52 billion) to cover the U.K.’s share of commitments made while Britain was a member.But the trickiest part of the deal was Britain’s pledge that it wouldn’t re-establish border posts and customs checks along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the only land border between a post-Brexit Britain and the EU. While the commitment is designed to protect the peace process in Northern Ireland, it raises thorny questions about sovereignty and territorial integrity for Theresa May’s minority government, which relies on the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to pass legislation.While these issues have been settled in principle, the document approved by both sides stipulated that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” meaning that implementation hinges on successful completion of an agreement on future relations.WHAT REMAINS TO BE AGREEDEverything involving future relations between Britain and the EU, including trade, security co-operation and immigration rules is up for discussion.The overarching question is what type of access British companies will have to the EU’s market of 500 million people. Britain wants “as frictionless trade as possible,” but the EU says the U.K. can only have tariff-free access if it abides by the bloc’s rules, including free movement of people. Britain is reluctant to accept this because concern about the scale of immigration was one of the driving issues in the Brexit vote, and the government has promised to take back control of the country’s borders, laws and economy.Britain has argued that the EU should compromise because of the deep links, and not just on economic matters. The government stresses that continued co-operation on issues such as security and scientific research will benefit both sides.WHAT ABOUT A TRANSITION TO EASE THE SHOCK?Britain has proposed a transition period in which current EU rules would remain in effect until the end of 2020 to give businesses and individuals time to adjust to the changes. But that is subject to negotiation, so there’s no certainty over a transition period. Commentators have raised concerns about shortages of food and medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Britain’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday that Britain was determined to “manage the risks and embrace the opportunities” of Brexit, dismissing headlines that the U.K. could run out of sandwich supplies and other staples.WHAT IS HAPPENING THURSDAYThe government began releasing a series of contingency planning documents intended to help individuals, businesses and other organizations prepare for a no-deal Brexit. While the opposition says this is intended to scare people into supporting whatever deal the government negotiates, government officials say they are simply being prudent in planning for the worst-case scenario.last_img read more

More than 60 of Canadians worried US fiscal cliff will hurt domestic

TORONTO — Nearly two-thirds of Canadians are concerned our economy will be hurt if a deal is not reached by U.S. politicians to avoid the fiscal cliff, a poll commissioned by Sun Life Financial suggests.The poll found 63% of Canadians are worried the automatic tax increases and government spending cuts set to take affect at the start of the year will drag down the Canadian economy.The question was asked as part of Sun Life’s annual check-up survey, which also found that more than half of Canadians feel they are not better off financially compared with a year ago.[np_storybar title=”Here are the key dates ahead in the fiscal cliff standoff” link=””%5DSharp U.S. tax increases and government spending cuts will take effect in January unless Congress and President Barack Obama can agree on a package of deficit reduction measures.[/np_storybar]Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investments, says the fiscal cliff is just one of the concerns on Canadians’ minds.Adatia says Canadians also face high debt levels and a slowing real estate market.The poll was based on interviews with some 1,277 Canadians from the Ipsos Canadian online panel.The Canadian Press read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Monday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 497.70 501.80 497.50 498.40 499.00Jan. ’18 504.60 508.80 504.60 505.40 505.90March 510.80 513.50 509.90 510.10 510.90May 515.00 515.70 512.10 512.30 513.70July 511.90 516.80 511.90 513.10 514.90Nov. 489.80 493.50 486.20 489.70 490.80Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.40 492.50March 0.00 0.00 0.00 494.10 495.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 494.10 495.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 494.10 495.20Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 494.10 495.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriDec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 0.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $508.40 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $518.40 (November 2017) read more

UN holds training course to promote idea of more Frenchspeaking peacekeepers

Last week in Accra, Ghana, the UN conducted a training course – the first of its kind – for 30 policy-makers and officials from 14 nations across Africa as part of a scheme to enhance the continent’s involvement in peacekeeping missions. The seminar, which targeted senior police officers, also aimed to recruit more Francophone staff.Demand for French speakers is currently much greater than supply, Ajay Bhatnagar, a training and development officer with the Civilian Police Division of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), told the UN News Service.The Security Council has just approved a UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, while the existing mission in the DRC – known by the acronym MONUC – is being expanded, and a new mission is expected to be set up in troubled Haiti.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said yesterday that three-quarters of the participants in the course – held at the recently opened Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre – were bilingual or Francophone. read more

SecretaryGeneral receives Syrias formal accession to treaty banning chemical weapons

A statement issued by his spokesperson in New York confirms that the Secretary-General, in his capacity of the depositary of the 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, today received the formal instrument of accession to the treaty by Syria. “The Convention will enter into force for [Syria] on the 30th day following the date of deposit of this instrument of accession, namely on 14 October 2013,” the statement says, adding that the Convention can be acceded to at any time and that the UN chief welcomes Syria’s decision.In a separate statement released earlier today, Mr. Ban welcomed the agreement reached by Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry on a framework for the safeguarding and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Announcement of the deal came after three days of intense talks in Geneva, Switzerland, between Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry. It culminates a week of diplomatic activity noted by the media, kicked off earlier by the announcement of Russia’s proposal for Damascus to surrender its chemical weapons and place them under international control. On Thursday, a UN spokesperson confirmed that the Secretary-General had received a letter from the Damascus informing him that Syrian President Bassar Al-Assad planned to sign and abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention.In the meantime, evidence collected by a UN team probing possible chemical weapons use in Syria on 21 August is being examined by laboratories in Europe. The team, which the Secretary-General has said is “working around the clock,” is expected to submit its report to him in due course.In the statement issued today, Mr. Ban looks forward to learning more of this framework agreed by Russia and the United States and pledges the support of the United Nations in its implementation. “The Secretary-General expresses his fervent hope that the agreement will, first, prevent any future use of chemical weapons in Syria and, second, help pave the path for a political solution to stop the appalling suffering inflicted on the Syrian people,” says the statement.As for talks on a political path out of the more than two year crisis, United Nations-Arab League Joint Representative Lakhdar Brahimi has been pressing ahead with his efforts towards the holding of a long-proposed international peace conference on Syria, commonly referred to as “Geneva II”, after the Swiss city in which it would be held. Just yesterday, Mr. Brahimi hosted at UN Headquarters in Geneva talks with Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry on the convening of the conference. In remarks to the press, the envoy said: “The work you are doing is extremely important in itself […] but also important for all those working with you to bring forward the Geneva conference successfully.” read more

FEATURE Does drone technology hold promise for the UN

Vanuatu Helicopters/2017/Andy MartinAerial shot of the island of Efate in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands separated over 1,600 kilometres. Many are only accessible by boat, and mobile vaccination teams frequently walk to communities carrying all the equipment required for vaccinations – a difficult task given the climate and topography.To extend the use of drones, UNICEF and the World Food Programmes (WFP) have formed a working group. In addition, UNICEF, together with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), chairs the UN Innovation Network, an informal forum that meets quarterly to share lessons learned and advance discussions on innovation across agencies.Drones are also used in other parts of the UN system. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its partners have introduced a new quadcopter drone to visually map gamma radiation at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was damaged by the devastating 2011 tsunami.Last year, an IAEA-supported drone won fourth place in the 2016 United Arab Emirates Drones for Good Award competition, which received over 1,000 entries from more than 160 countries. Although this technology is not a magic solution, “the promise of drones is really tremendous,” said Christopher Fabian, principal advisor on innovation at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in an interview with UN News.For UNICEF and other humanitarian and development agencies, he said, drone technology can make a big difference in three ways.First, drones can leapfrog over broken infrastructure in places where developed transportation networks or roads do not exist, carrying low-weight supplies.Second, UAVs can be used for remote sensing, such as gathering imagery and data, in the wake of natural disasters like mudslides, to locate where the damage is and where the affected peoples are.I believe this technology will go through a few years of regulatory difficulty but will eventually become so ubiquitous and simple that it’s like which version of the cell phones you have.Third, drones can extend WiFi connectivity, from the sky to the ground, providing refugee camps or schools with access to the Internet.As big as a Boeing 737 passenger jet and as small as a hummingbird, a huge variety of drones exist. According to research firm Gartner, total drone unit sales climbed to 2.2 million worldwide in 2016, and revenue surged 36 per cent to $4.5 billion.Although UNICEF’s use of drones has been limited, the agency is exploring ways to scale up the use of UAVs in its operations, Mr. Fabian said.In late June, Malawi, in partnership with UNICEF, launched Africa’s first air corridor to test the humanitarian use of drones in Kasungu District.Also with UNICEF, Vanuatu has been testing the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver life-saving vaccines to inaccessible, remote communities in the small Pacific island country. N. Culbert/IAEAROMEO, a customized drone, soars through the sky to help control disease-carrying mosquitoes to save lives.ROMEO, or the Remotely Operated Mosquito Emission Operation, met the competition’s aim of improving people’s lives. It was designed to transport and release sterile male mosquitoes as part of an insect pest birth control method that stifles pest population growth.Some UN peacekeeping missions, such as those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, have deployed unarmed surveillance UAVs to improve security for civilians. MONUSCOHead of Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous (second right), inspects an Unmanned/Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that will be used in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a ceremony in Goma. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain LiechtiDrone technology, however, can be a double-edged sword. UN human rights experts have spoken out against the lethal use of drones.“Hardware itself does not violates human rights. It is the people behind the hardware,” said Mr. Fabian, stressing the need to “make sure that any technology we bring in or work on falls within the framing of rights-based documents,” such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child.Hardware itself does not violates human rights. It is the people behind the hardware.UNICEF has a set of guiding principles for innovation, which includes elements like designing with the end-user.For drone applications to spread further, Mr. Fabian said, the UN has a strong role in advocating this technology and ensuring that policy is shared with different governments.In addition, governments have to clearly define why they need drones and what specifically they will be used for, while also building up national infrastructure to support their use.The private sector must understand that the market can provide them real business opportunities.In 10 to 20 years, drones might be “as basic to us as a pen or pencil,” said Mr. Fabian.“I believe this technology will go through a few years of regulatory difficulty but will eventually become so ubiquitous and simple that it’s like which version of the cell phones you have rather than have you ever use the mobile phone at all,” he said. read more

Ohio State rolls over Penn State 6314

Ohio State players pile up on Penn State running back, Zach Zwinak (28). OSU won against Penn State, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium Oct. 26. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor The Ohio State football team extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games Saturday, defeating Big Ten rival Penn State 63-14.“I like where we’re at as a team,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “I’m very pleased with arguably our best team win.”OSU wasted no time getting on the board, as senior running back Carlos Hyde found the end zone from two yards out on its first drive to put the Buckeyes up, 7-0 just 2:17 into the game.The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) found the end zone on the ground a few drives later, but this time it was junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who scored from 39 yards out.Miller found pay dirt again on OSU’s next drive after Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw an interception to senior safety C.J. Barnett. The six-yard scamper made it 21-0 OSU.Following a three-and-out by Penn State, Miller hit senior wide receiver Chris Fields in the end zone from three yards out to extend OSU’s lead to 28-0. It was Fields’ fifth touchdown reception of 2013.Miller said after the game he is “very comfortable” with the passing game right now.“I know what I’m doing and (what the) defensive coverage (is) and I know where the guys is going to be,” Miller said. “It’s exciting to see a guy with the ball in his hand do something with it.”The Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-2) got on the board on their ensuing possession, as Hackenberg hit graduate senior Brandon Felder for a 12-yard touchdown to make the score 28-7.Freshman running back Dontre Wilson nearly took the following kickoff back for a touchdown, returning it to the Penn State 45 yard line. Two plays later, Hyde took a handoff from Miller 39 yards untouched for his second score of the game.OSU would score one more time before the half, as Miller found senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown from 25 yards out with just three seconds left. OSU led 42-7 at the break.Miller found Wilson out of the backfield for a 29 yard touchdown on OSU’s second drive of the second half to extend the lead to 49-7.“I just love where Braxton’s at right now,” Meyer said. “I love the fact that he’s acting like a quarterback…I felt like he was an athlete playing quarterback a year ago. Feel like he’s a quarterback that’s a really good athlete now.”Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton entered the game at the end of the Buckeyes’ next drive, taking the snap with Miller lined up at wide receiver and running two yards up the middle for a score.Guiton’s second touchdown of the night, this one from 11 yards out, made the score 63-7.Penn State junior receiver Allen Robinson reversed the field twice on his way to a 65-yard touchdown against the OSU second-team defense to make the score 63-14 in favor of the Buckeyes.OSU racked up 686 total yards of offense in the 63-14 win, the third-most yards gained in school history.Meyer said beating a team like Penn State by such a large margin “helps” to impress across the country, but it was not what was on the team’s mind going into the game with the Nittany Lions.“That was not certainly our mindset,” Meyer said. “Our  mindset is find a way to win this game against a very talented team. What we’re worried about is find a way to win the game. And things usually work out.”Next up the Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Significant Digits For Wednesday Oct 7 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2.5 metersThat’s the standard height for a crocodile pit in Ratchaburi province, Thailand. Is that an esoteric figure? Sure. But believe me, if you lived in Ratchaburi, you’d want to be damn sure the pits used by farmers to raise crocodiles were up to code. Crocs are kept by area pig farmers, who feed the crocodiles meat they can’t otherwise sell at market and then eventually sell the crocs’ skin and meat — a solid business venture. But “several” baby crocodiles recently escaped a farm and set off a panic, so Big Government is stepping in over the next couple of days to make sure the Crocodile Industrial Complex isn’t playing fast and loose with the regulations. Thank god I live in America, where (I assume) the Second Amendment protects my right to raise unlicensed crocodiles for the protection of my apartment without such government intrusion. [Bangkok Post]2.8 percentCigarette shipments are set to rise for the first time since 2006, with deliveries in the U.S. growing 2.8 percent in the first six months of the year compared to the first six months of 2014. [Bloomberg]25 percentThe Energy Information Administration expects fuel bills to be substantially lower this year than last winter, with homes heated by oil seeing a 25 percent decrease in fuel bills and those heated with natural gas seeing a 10 percent drop. Even if this winter is 10 percent colder than the forecast, all major heating fuels will see either lower or neutral costs compared to last year. [EIA]43 percentPlanned Parenthood, which angers the right, and the N.R.A., which needles the left, are both really popular all things considered, with approval ratings of 45 percent and 43 percent, respectively. Be sure to bring this up at Thanksgiving dinner — I’m sure it’ll go over great. [The Washington Post]70 yearsWhile the vast majority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is still under wraps, New Zealand let it slip Tuesday that the pact will require the nation to increase the length of its copyright protections from 50 years after the death of a work’s creator to 70 years, matching U.S. copyright law. [BoingBoing]$5,000Rory McIlroy tossed his 3-iron into a lake earlier this year, drawing a fine from the PGA. The golfer recently revealed that the PGA reduced the fine for the offense from $25,000 to $5,000 because he apologized on television immediately afterward. [ESPN]6,000 inmatesThe Department of Justice will release roughly 6,000 federally incarcerated drug offenders in order to cut overcrowding. A third are foreign citizens set to be deported, and the rest will go through halfway houses and back into society. It’s the largest one-time release of federal inmates. [The Washington Post]20,000 to 40,000There’s life on Mars, probably — the issue is that we may have put it there. At the 2011 launch of the Curiosity rover, there were an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 heat-resistant bacterial spores on the robot, and NASA has to do a lot of work to make sure that any analysis to ascertain the presence of life on Mars isn’t influenced by the germs the rover brought with it. [The New York Times]$73.8 millionThe Houston Astros had the lowest payroll of any playoff-bound Major League Baseball team at the start of the season at $73.8 million. Last night, the Astros felled the New York Yankees in the one-game AL Wildcard playoff, shutting out New York 3-0. [The Associated Press]$99.7 billionAnheuser-Busch InBev, the company that makes swill like Budweiser, Busch, Michelob and the stalwart Natty Light, has offered to buy rival beer manufacturer SABMiller, the empire behind Miller and the beer responsible for my substantial senior-year weight gain, Miller High Life. SABMiller previously rejected two offers, so we’ll see how this unholy proposal pans out. The companies are the two largest in the beer market. [Bloomberg]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Venio Losert in Vive Targi Kielce until 2014

venio losertVive Targi Kielce Legendary Croatian goalkeeper, two times Olympic winner, Venio Losert (36) joins Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce. Polish team wanted to find a replacement for injured Marcus Cleverly. Goalkeeper who was also a member of F.C Barcelona, Ademar Leon or KIF Kolding for example, Losert will be useful help to Polish “No.1” Slawomir Szmal. Contract is signed until the end of the season 2013/2014. ← Previous Story Lazarov (MKD) ahead of Swiss game: It’s hard to be captain of 20 unhappy players Next Story → Serbs in huge trouble – Seven players miss from London on EHF EURO 2014 qual. start! read more

Janitor spends 7 years drawing ultradetailed maze

first_imgThe images you are seeing above and below are of one of the most detailed mazes I have ever seen. It looks too complex for anything other than a computer to have created, but it turns out it was drawn by a single man over the course of seven years.The maze was found by Japanese twitter user @Kay74. She discovered the maze, most likely while searching through some forgotten boxes at home, when she came across this large sheet of paper. It’s A1 in size, so about 33 x 32 inches, and the entire sheet is covered with intricate pathways.It turns out this is the work of her father who created it about 30 years ago and then just stored it away for safe keeping. You’d think he’s some kind of drawing specialist, or at least has a career that explains why he’d take the time and effort to produce something so detailed over the course of 7 years. That’s not the case, however.@Kay74’s father works in the athletic’s department of a university. His job is as a janitor.Since uncovering the maze and tweeting about it, @Kay74 has been bombarded with requests to share it. Clearly there’s a lot of people out there falling over themselves to try and figure out and solve this super complex maze.So far all she’s done is take pictures of the maze and created a version she can have printed, which she has done on to clear plastic film as well as paper.It’s unclear whether the maze is solvable as even the father admits he’s never made it all the way through. But surely he designed and drew it with a way out?I doubt we’ll be waiting long to find out the answer to that question. Even if the maze isn’t solvable, it makes for a fantastic piece of art and will surely appear for sale somewhere, even if it’s just an Etsy shop. And the other good news? Apparently this isn’t the only maze. There’s another one we have yet to see.via Spoon-Tamago and Kotakulast_img read more

Téléphone portable  lOMS met en garde contre les risques de cancer

first_imgTéléphone portable : l’OMS met en garde contre les risques de cancer L’usage du téléphone portable favorise le développement du gliome, un cancer du cerveau. Des experts internationaux rassemblés par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) ont rendu leur verdict hier.Après huit jours de travail à Lyon, une trentaine d’experts internationaux ont statué sur les risques attribués aux téléphones portables.  “Les preuves, qui continuent à s’accumuler, sont assez fortes pour justifier” que  l’usage de ces appareils “peut-être cancérogène pour l’homme”, indique à l’AFP Jonathan Samet président du groupe de travail réuni par le Centre international de recherche sur le cancer (CIRC), une agence de l’OMS.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les spécialistes ont analysé toutes les études menées sur les conséquences des champs électromagnétiques de radiofréquence émises par les mobiles. Particulièrement “des études épidémiologiques montrant un risque accru de gliome, un type de cancer du cerveau associé à l’usage du téléphone portable”, précise M. Samet. Parmi ces recherches se distingue notamment Interphone, une étude menée en 2004, concluant sur une nette augmentation de 40% du risque de gliomes chez les plus gros utilisateurs, à l’époque définis comme téléphonant en moyenne 30 minutes par jour pendant 10 ans. A l’heure actuelle, les nouvelles technologies ont une émission beaucoup plus basse, mais d’un autre côté l’usage des téléphones mobiles s’est considérablement accru.A partir des analyses fournies par la commission, le CIRC a établi un classement permettant de mettre en évidence la dangerosité des téléphones portables. L’AFP rapporte que selon Gérard Lasfargues, directeur général adjoint de l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement (Anses), ce classement était jusqu’à maintenant un cran en-dessous (soit “inclassable quant à sa cancérogénicité pour l’homme”). Le nouveau classement serait identique à celui des vapeurs d’essence.Des études à venir sur les risques à long termeLes opérateurs de téléphonie mobile reçoivent pour l’heure ces résultats avec recul. Ils rappellent dans un communiqué que les dangers liés aux ondes émises par leurs appareils “n’ont pas la même classification que, par exemple, l’alcool, le tabac et l’amiante”, de catégorie 1 ni que “le trichloréthylène et les fumées des moteurs diesel” de catégorie 2A. Ils précisent ainsi que l’évaluation du CIRC au niveau 2B “indique que le lien entre cancer et ondes radio n’est pas démontré”.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosLe CIRC devrait donc prochainement suivre avec attention les recherches menées en complément indiquant la réelle nocivité de l’utilisation intensive du téléphone portable sur le long terme. Christopher Wild, directeur du Centre indique : “Dans l’attente de la disponibilité de telles informations, il est important de prendre des mesures pragmatiques afin de réduire l’exposition (aux ondes)”.Pour prévenir l’apparition d’un gliome, le CIRC recommande aux utilisateurs de réduire fortement leur exposition aux ondes radio. “Ce qui probablement entraîne le plus haut niveau d’exposition, c’est d’utiliser le portable pour des appels”, explique Kurt Straif porte-parole du CIRC. Il ajoute : “Si vous l’utilisez pour des SMS, ou avec un kit mains libres pour les appels, vous abaissez l’exposition de 10”.Le 1 juin 2011 à 09:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Waymo GM Lead SelfDriving Car Race

first_img The self-driving vehicle race is on like Donkey Kong.But with so many firms vying for global attention (and the huge pile of money that comes with it), it’s difficult to know who is leading the pack.According to Bloomberg, which ranked current driverless car manufacturers, “everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo.”Born nine years ago as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, Waymo is on a “mission to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around—without the need for anyone in the driver’s seat.”Late last year, its fully autonomous vans began shuttling Phoenix-area passengers around town; as of February, the development company clocked 5 million total independent miles driven across six states.That’s more than any rival can claim—including General Motors, which plans to unleash autonomous vehicles on big-city streets in 2019. A proposed timeline, outlined in December, hints at a commercial launch “in dense urban environments” within two years.“Waymo has developed a phenomenal system and is ahead of the pack,” Brian Collie, head of Boston Consulting Group’s U.S. automotive practice, told Bloomberg. “But that’s very different from being able to manufacture an autonomous vehicle.“You have to look at GM,” he added. “In Europe, Daimler is leading the pack.”Based on executive and expert interviews and announced plans, Bloomberg created a scorecard breaking down everyone from Alphabet’s Waymo to Zoox. Estimated time of autonomy is based on Level 4 of the five-step scale of driving automation—the prerequisite for launching businesses with self-driving tech. Study: Even Self-Driving Cars Are Racist NowBegun, the Humans vs. Driveless Car Wars, Have Stay on target Bringing up the rear are Volvo, Hyundai, and Fiat Chrysler, which are currently working to break into the crowded autonomous-vehicle contest.At least they’re not still shaking off a PR nightmare like Uber and Tesla, whose self-driving technology was recently involved in two fatal crashes (killing a pedestrian and a driver, respectively).So far, 22 states (and Washington, D.C.) enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles; governors in nine more have issued executive orders.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Waymo (2018): Alphabet’s program boasts the lowest rate of disengagement (times when an engineer needs to take over for the bot) among California-based testers. It also reported fewer accidents last year: three collisions over more than 350,000 miles.General Motors (2019): GM currently caps testing at 25 mph. But new Lidar technology will soon enable faster driving. Even at such a slow pace, the company counted 22 fender benders over 132,000 in 2017.Daimler (2020s): In partnership with Robert Bosch Gmbh and Nvidia Corp., Daimler’s test cars can drive at Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy, meaning the vehicle doesn’t require a steering wheel or pedals.Aptiv (late 2018): The former Delphi Automotive, which spun off its powertrain business, is a “player to be watched,” according to Grayson Brulte, co-founder of Brulte & Co. consulting firm, which specializes in autonomous strategy. Since buying NuTonomy, Aptiv has been running tests in Boston and Singapore, and ran a robotaxi demo during CES.Zoox (2020): You’ve probably never heard of this startup, which runs its self-driving Toyota Highlander SUV on the same streets as GM’s Bolt. Zoox plans to have its car ready for passengers in 2020, then will work on getting passengers in it, Bloomberg reported.Renault-Nissan (2020): The Renault-Nissan Alliance has a long way to go from its adaptive safety system to fully autonomous cars, some of which Nissan is testing in California.Volkswagen (2021): The Audi A8 is already the most advanced autonomous car available, using Lidar to see the road and allowing drivers to go hands-free up to 37 mph.BMW (2021): Luxury car maker BMW already counts some 40 Level 4 vehicles in California and Munich. But those Ultimate Driving Machines won’t translate to ultimate riding machines any time soon.Toyota (2020): Toyota Motor Corp. in January showed off the e-Palette, expected to debut publicly at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 as a ride-hailing shuttle.Ford (2021): This late bloomer plans to have self-driving cars with Level 4 capability by 2021, purpose-built for autonomy (meaning no steering wheel or pedals).last_img read more

WWE confirms Jason Jordan has undergone surgery to repair a neck injury

first_img February 7, 2018 at 9:02 am Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hopefully,when he gets back he’ll turn heel and end that abysmal storyline. Jason Jordan (despite his gimmick) has a lot of potential to be squandered on a storyline that was only good for giving him a brief RAW Tag Team Title run. February 6, 2018 at 11:38 pm Now Playing Up Next February 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm He should retire….nowHe sucks…..he sucks…. Products For Back And Nick Muscle Tension Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Cameron Huff Brian Farmer Google+ 4 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img People honestly need to give this storyline time to develop a little more. What the ‘net doesn’t seem to realize is that Jason Jordan is pulling off early Kurt Angle 2.0 pretty darn well here. They’re going in a direction that’s going to lead to a heel turn and a solid character with at least a layer of actual depth. In-ring skill and even natural charisma can only get you so far in the business. If the character isn’t there, you’re dead in the water. Brad Armstrong was a classic example of that. Very gifted worker, and by all backstage accounts, the most charismatic guy in the locker room, but his on-screen character was about as deep as a Petri dish, and he suffered for it. Jason Jordan’s a work in progress. Give it time. February 6, 2018 at 10:27 pm Now Playing Up Next is reporting that Jason Jordan underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning to repair a neck injury, an injury that has been bothering Jordan for weeks.The surgery procedure Jordan had done earlier this morning was described officially as minimally invasive posterior cervical microdiscectomy.WWE Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon talked more in detail about the injury.“He had an injury to a disc in his neck which resulted in significant pain that was refractory to all conservative measures. It was decided to do a minimally invasive operation to decompress the nerve, to allow it to heal.”It wasn’t revealed how much time Jordan will miss as a result of the surgery.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRoman Reigns is in RemissionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 49.09%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook Just like daddy with a Broken Frikkin Neck (I see that happening) Pinterest Roman Reigns Trump set to ban flavored e-cigarettes Roman Reigns is in Remission Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Jim Bilbee WhatsApp Lucas Puryear Videos Articles Comments are closed.last_img read more

ASA and Coalition of Other Farm Groups Urge Speedy Senate Consideration of

first_imgIn a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and stakeholder groups from across agriculture urged the Senate to bring the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, to the floor for consideration as quickly as possible.”Last week, Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts and the entire Senate Agriculture Committee took a huge step forward in advancing this key legislation for America’s farmers. We commend them for their work and we look to the Senate to keep the progress moving by bringing the bill to the floor,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.”The stakeholders we represent need to know details of the programs which will be in effect in 2013 as soon as possible,” the letter stated. “Timely action will also enhance prospects for completing new legislation this year rather than needing to extend current program authorities.”The groups noted that the proposed legislation’s impact will not be limited to farm communities. “This is one piece of legislation upon which all Americans depend, urban as well as rural,” said the groups.Additionally, the groups underscored their collective goal of passing a farm bill this year, expressing a balanced desire to achieve organizational goals while also succeeding as a larger agricultural community. “With limited time remaining before expiration of current program authorities, time is of the essence,” wrote the groups. “While each of our respective organizations will continue to work to accomplish our key priorities, the farm bill must move forward.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Top 10 Clark County stories for 2013

first_imgDavid MadoreClark County commissioner A surprising turn in a long-running saga, local implications of regional- and national-level issues, and things we just never saw coming.Each element illustrates one way to define news. Ten of those stories helped turn 2013 into Clark County’s newsiest year in recent memory.For the second year in a row, the topic of the Columbia River Crossing was voted the No. 1 story by The Columbian’s news team. But this year, it veered from a story about process to a tale of survival — a tale that’s still waiting for a conclusion.The saga of the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project was voted the year’s top story by 17 of the 39 news staffers who participated in balloting.There was some overlap: The next two stories reflected the immediate impact of County Commissioner David Madore, voted into office in November 2012. The hiring of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as a county department head came in No. 2, and Madore’s overall impact on county policies and direction was No. 3. Madore also was a player in the story that tied at No. 18, the “brain drain” among the county leadership team.Voters could pick 10 stories from a list of 23 nominees. They were asked to designate a No. 1 choice (3 points) and a No. 2 pick (2 points); each unranked story was worth a point.1. Columbia River CrossingFoes of the Columbia River Crossing celebrated its apparent demise in 2013, only to see the project pop back up in a familiar position: stalled, with a murky path forward.When the Washington Legislature didn’t authorize any money for a proposed $3.5 billion Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project, leaders shut it down.But they didn’t withdraw pending permit applications. That led to an Oregon-helmed $2.7 billion proposal to replace the bridge and extend light rail here, but eliminate most Vancouver-area freeway work.last_img read more

Bon Iver The National Launch People Music Publishing Platform

first_img Bon Iver, The National Launch People Platform bon-iver-national-launch-people-music-publishing-platform Twitter Facebook Email News Bon Iver, The National Launch People Music Publishing Platform GRAMMY winners launch a vault of ephemera, where otherwise unpublished works will be availablePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 6, 2018 – 4:00 pm On June 6 the collective team of Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National, Tom and Nadine Michelberger, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver launched the beta version of their new music publishing platform, People. The full version is expected to be available in time for the People Festival at Funkhaus Berlin on Aug. 13–20 with festival performances scheduled semi-spontaneously on Aug. 18–19.What is People? The Guardian described the platform, which streams music but aims to be the antithesis of premium services, as “a place for artists to do what they want, entirely free of commercial expectation.””We are a steadily growing group of international artists who have come together to create and share our work freely, with each other and everyone,” the team wrote in a joint statement. “It was born of a wish to establish an independent and nurturing space in which to make work (generally around music) that is collaborative, spontaneous and expressive in nature and where all unnecessary distractions or obstacles that get in the way are removed.””It’s not open to everyone, like Soundcloud, but it’s also not fully curated,” is the way Tom Michelberger explained why the platform is not open to everyone.The first People Festival was held by the same collective in October 2016. Designed to feature spontaneous opportunities for musicians to team up and record or perform, the festival gave way to next-level discussions.”The overall feeling we took away was: why can’t music feel like this more often?” Bryce Dessner shared. “Those conversations fed into creating a structure where this music could develop.” “This is much more spontaneous and free, without promotional timelines and requirements and the label demands that come into play,” explained Aaron Dessner. “We’ve been 20 years in the National and gone through every phase of doing that. We see this as something else entirely.””For me, People is a necessity for publishing certain music without cause for PR alarm,” is how Vernon described the service, “or any other reason than just to publish it.”In addition to rarities and collaborations by the GRAMMY-winning founders, artists featured on the People platform include David Chalmin, David Kitt, Marijuana Deathsquads, Nico Muhly, Velvet Negroni, Poliça, Songs Without Words, and Francis Starlite.”If it’s just National B-sides, it won’t be a success,” said Bryce Dessner, but there is no reason for worry. The spontaneous ability to record is why the People Festival is held at Funkhaus Berlin, formerly the leading recording institution in East Germany. In many ways, the People publishing platform online seems a fitting extension of the festival spirit and it is bound to be better populated by indie rarities as the summer progresses. There is certainly an audience salivating at the potential listening opportunities.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Jeff Bezos space colony plans are straight out of 1970s science fiction

first_img5:45 These rotating space colonies could be your future home 8 13 Photos Enlarge ImageJeff Bezos laid out his vision for colonies in space, including off-world habitats designed as national parks and recreation worlds.  Blue Origin The planet is getting hotter, the world population is growing and we’re on a fast track to sending 1 million species into extinction. So how will the human species endure and grow when our home planet struggles to put up with us any longer? If you ask Jeff Bezos, the answer is to live in space. At an event in Washington DC this month, the CEO of Blue Origin outlined his plans to expand the human race beyond the confines of this planet. “If we’re out in the solar system, we can have a trillion humans in the solar system, which means we’d have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins,” he said. “This would be an incredible civilization.”So where would that massively increased population live? To answer that, Bezos has taken a leaf out of the ’70s sci-fi playbook with a plan to build advanced human colonies, floating in the dark abyss of space. In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at Bezos’ vision to expand into space (with Blue Origin’s help). And it turns out, this isn’t exactly new territory.  Artist Rick Guidice painted this image of a Bernal Sphere in 1976 -- the central sphere was designed for human habitation, while farming regions were located in the "tire" rings. Artist Rick Guidice painted this image of a Bernal Sphere in 1976 — the central sphere was designed for human habitation, while farming regions were located in the “tire” rings.  Rick Guidice/NASA The concept of space colonies goes as far back as the writing of Jules Verne and Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the late 19th century, when the concept of sending humans to space was still a science fiction dream. By the 1920s, scientist John Desmond Bernal laid out more specific plans for a space colony with a design now known as the Bernal Sphere — roughly 10 miles across, the sphere would float in space and provide residential areas and farming regions for human inhabitants. These Bernal Spheres provided an early blueprint for what would become a big idea in science throughout the 20th century. In the 1970s, the idea developed further when scientist Gerard O’Neill proposed what’s become known as the O’Neill Cylinder or O’Neill Colony — a massive cylindrical colony that rotates in space to create artificial gravity and that supports roughly a million humans.Artist Rick Guidice's concept for a cylindrical space colony, designed in 1975. Artist Rick Guidice’s concept for a cylindrical space colony, designed in 1975.  Rick Guidice/NASA Even NASA got in the game when it called on the brightest minds at Stanford University to design a colony as part of the NASA Summer Study in 1975. Over the course of 10 weeks, a group of professors, students and volunteers designed a ring-shaped colony (also known as the Stanford Torus) that could “permanently sustain life in space on a large scale.”The Stanford Torus wasn’t a half-baked concept. The team came up with a scientifically detailed support case for the colony, including detailed costings, financial benefits and even some very specific plans for a propulsion system consisting of a “pellet launcher” that shoots pieces of moon rock. Rick Guidice's visualization of the colony created as part of the NASA Summer Study with Stanford University. Enlarge ImageRick Guidice’s visualization of the colony created as part of the NASA Summer Study with Stanford University.  Rick Guidice/NASA When he took to the stage in Washington, Bezos name-checked the “manufactured worlds” first conceptualized by O’Neill, saying it would be possible to create colonies with mass transit, agriculture and residential space, and even specific colonies designed for recreation or zero-G flight. Bezos also unveiled a lunar lander, known as Blue Moon, that would help provide the early infrastructure on the moon to begin humankind’s expansion into space. But the futuristic space colonies? They’re a long way off. At the event in Washington, Bezos laid out his ideas for a multigenerational drive toward space colonization, admitting he wouldn’t be the one to actually get us all into our futuristic habitats.”Who is going to do this work?” he said. “Not me. These kids in the front rows — you guys are going to do this and your children are going to do this.”So before you get too excited about living in a transparent cylinder in space, just remember it’s not just around the corner. And considering that the fully budgeted plan put forward by NASA and Stanford more than 40 years ago is still a pipe dream, it might be a while before you call the movers’ truck to help you relocate into space. To learn more about Blue Origin’s big plans to live off Earth, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. 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