Government Invests in Innovative Arts and Culture Centre

first_imgA new culture hub in Halifax will strengthen small business development, drive economic growth in the culture sector and be a place for artists to gather and perform. Today, Dec. 10, the Government of Nova Scotia, Invest Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada and other partners announced funding to establish the Link Arts Centre in the former World Trade and Convention Centre. The Link Performing Arts Society will redevelop the former convention centre into a state-of-the-art performing arts hub for theatre, dance, film, television and music with additional space and programming for cultural entrepreneurs. “Thanks to some great collaborative partnerships, this exciting new project will bring an unprecedented number of creative sector entrepreneurs under a single roof in the heart of Halifax’s downtown core,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The Link Arts Centre will be transformative for the arts and cultural industries in Nova Scotia and an economic driver for both Halifax and the province.” The province is investing $2.79 million in the project. The Government of Canada is contributing $4.5 million. Armco Capital is also a contributor and is providing more than $2 million. “Cultural spaces like the future Link Arts Centre are outstanding gathering places that allow people from different backgrounds to come together,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “Our government is proud to help make the Link Arts Centre a reality, which will make arts and culture accessible to all members of the community.” The Invest Nova Scotia Fund, a provincial fund with an independent board of directors, is also contributing $2.9 million to help establish the new centre and support business incubation for cultural entrepreneurs, including ten new office spaces, hot desks, workshops and business advisory services. “This is exactly the kind of project Invest Nova Scotia was designed to support,” said Colette O’Hara, vice-chair of Invest Nova Scotia. “The Link Arts Centre will grow our cultural sector and help cultural entrepreneurs build strong businesses.” “We wanted this landmark property to remain a destination for the people of Halifax and that would also leave a legacy to the city,” said Sam Armoyan of Armco Capital Inc. “Culture Link’s combination of performance, production and studio space is a great use of the former convention space. With major funding arrangements in place, we’re excited to keep working on design and construction of this unique and important venue for Halifax’s cultural and arts communities”. “The Link Arts Centre will be a multi-disciplinary centre of creativity that will inspire artists and audiences alike. It will cement Halifax as the cultural capital of Atlantic Canada and help nurture the next generation of creative entrepreneurs in our region,” said Rob Power and Marc Almon, founders of Culture Link. “We are excited to get started on final designs and construction of the Link, which will supercharge the downtown entertainment scene and enrich the cultural sector of Nova Scotia.” In 2016, Nova Scotia’s culture sector was valued at $874 million and supported almost 14,000 jobs. The establishment of the Link Arts Centre aligns with Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community themes. More information is available at novascotia.ca/culture.last_img read more

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Jawan from Jalpaiguri attains martydom in ceasefire violation along LoC in Kashmir

first_imgDarjeeling: Mechpara Tea Estate in the Jalpaiguri district was shrouded in sorrow with news of the martyrdom of a brave heart.Naik Rajib Thapa attained martyrdom in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. A PIB (Defence Wing,) Government of India, press release stated that the Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the line of control in Naoshera Sector, District Rajaouri, Jammu and Kashmir on August 23. In the exchange of fire Naik Rajib Thapa, aged 34 years attained martyrdom. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to the Pakistan Army posts and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted claimed the release. “Rajib Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The Nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” stated the release. Army sources stated that the mortal remains of the brave heart will be flown to Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and is scheduled to arrive at around 10:30 am on Saturday and then by road to Mechpara, Jalpaiguri. He will be laid to rest amidst full military honours. “It is a very sad day for us. He was the only earning member of the family. He is survived by his wife Khusbu Mangar Thapa, 8-month-old daughter and elderly parents. He was a valiant man,” stated Ajay Kumar Alay, uncle of the deceased.last_img read more

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Veteran supreme court judge named head of Nova Scotias police watchdog agency

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has appointed retired judge Felix Cacchione as director of the province’s independent police watchdog agency.Cacchione will be heading the Serious Incident Response Team after 32 years on the bench, having recently retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He replaces interim director John Scott, who was appointed to replace the agency’s first director, Ron MacDonald.The agency started up in 2012.Cacchione’s appointment comes into effect Monday.The Montreal-born former judge studied law at Dalhousie University and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1975.He practised criminal law throughout his career and was appointed a Nova Scotia county court judge in 1986 and a Supreme Court judge in 1993 when the courts merged.last_img read more

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SANDRA OH MAKES HER TRIUMPHANT RETURN WHEN SEASON 2 OF KILLING EVE

first_imgKilling Eve TORONTO – Beginning March 28, Bravo delivers a nationwide freeview packed with highly anticipated new and returning series, including the second season of the critically acclaimed, award-winning drama, KILLING EVE, airing exclusively on Bravo in Canada, day and date with the U.S.. Additionally, the all-new irreverent drama IN THE DARK and the new movie series CHRONICLE MYSTERIES starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) debut, along with all-new episodes from Season 17 of fierce fashion competition series PROJECT RUNWAY.The Bravo freeview is available through participating television service providers across the country, including but not limited to Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, Videotron, and participating members of the CCSA. In addition, subscribers and non-subscribers alike can sample select Bravo programming during the freeview period online at Bravo.ca, via the Bravo GO app, and on demand via set-top box with participating TV providers.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series available during Bravo’s freeview. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times. IN THE DARK * Series Premiere* (13 episodes x :60)Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning April 4IN THE DARK follows Murphy (Perry Mattfeld, SHAMELESS), a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex – she’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham, Dude), and – more reluctantly – her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers.Murphy’s life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of her closest friend, Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY), the sweet teenager who she befriended after he saved her from a violent mugging. When the police arrive and there is no body to be found, and with Murphy not exactly sober, they aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.IN THE DARK also stars Rich Sommer (GLOW), Casey Deidrick (DRIVEN), Keston John (BOSCH), Morgan Krantz (YOU’RE THE WORST), Derek Webster (RAY DONOVAN), and Kathleen York (OUTCAST).IN THE DARK is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier, Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock, and Michael Showalter. The series is distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.KILLING EVE Season 2 (8 episodes x :60)Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, beginning April 7Starring Golden Globe® winner Sandra Oh, the first season of KILLING EVE was the most-watched television program in its timeslot for specialty networks among total viewers, making it Bravo’s #1 new series last broadcast year, and a Top 10 series on Canadian Entertainment Specialty channels. Season 1 was voted one of the best shows of 2018 by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair.Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer (THE WHITE PRINCESS) return as MI6 operative Eve and psychopath assassin Villanelle in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. In the second season, the action picks up just 30 seconds after the end of the final episode of Season 1. Villanelle has disappeared and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does… but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd for BBC America, the series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci and lead writer Emerald Fennell. Sandra Oh and Francesca Gardiner are co-executive producers. Elinor Day serves as series producer. Damon Thomas returns to direct and is also executive producer, with Lisa Brühlmann and Francesca Gregorini also directing.Viewers can catch-up on Season 1 of KILLING EVE online at Bravo.ca, via the Bravo GO app, and on demand via set-top box.PROJECT RUNWAY Season 17New episodes continue to air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ETThe iconic fashion competition continues as new, supersized 90-minute episodes of PROJECT RUNWAY air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET. This season, as the fashion industry evolves, so does the runway with a new design aesthetic and additions to the judging panel: supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss joins as host with former PROJECT RUNWAY champion and celebrated CFDA fashion designer Christian Siriano as the mentor. ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia returns as a judge, along with famed fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, and journalist and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES *Movie Series* (3 x 1:20)Movies Premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 7The CHRONICLE MYSTERIES stars Alison Sweeney as Alex McPherson, a novelist and podcaster who loves the chase of solving any puzzle or mystery. Set to inherit the local paper, The Harrington Chronicle, from her uncle, Alex returns to the small town where she spent her summers growing up.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: RECOVERED – Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ETAlex returns to the small town where she spent her summers as a girl to record the next episode of her true crime podcast about the cold case of childhood friend, Gina DeSavio, who disappeared 20 years prior. Alex teams up with the Harrington Chronicle’s editor (Benjamin Ayres, SAVING HOPE), who reluctantly agrees to help her retrace Gina’s last steps. When Alex links her inquiries about Gina’s disappearance to a recent murder, she quickly realizes that she might just be the killer’s next target.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: THE WRONG MAN – Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ETIn a new edition of her true crime podcast, Alex finds herself investigating the three-year-old murder of a woman whose body was only recently discovered.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: VINES THAT BIND – Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ETThe latest edition of Alex’s true crime podcast leads her and most of the Harrington Chronicle staff to nearby Macklin, where they investigate the suspicious death of a vintner. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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92,700 Moroccans Obtained Citizenship of an EU Member State in 2014

Brussels – In 2014, 889,100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, including 92.700 Moroccans, the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said on Monday.Viewed in terms of original citizenship, as in previous years, the largest groups were Moroccans (92,700, or 10.4 percent), followed by Albanians (41,000, or 4.6 percent), Turks (37,500, or 4.2 percent), Indians (35,300, or 4.0 percent), Ecuadorians (34,800, or 3.9 percent), Colombians (27,800, or 3.1 percent) and Pakistanis (25,100, or 2.8 percent), Eurostat added.The majority of Moroccans acquired citizenship of Spain (38 percent), Italy (31 percent) or France (20 percent), the source noted. In 2014, 889,100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, a decrease of 9 % compared with 2013, Eurostat said.This was mainly caused by the decreases in absolute terms in the United Kingdom (81,900 fewer persons were granted British citizenship than in 2013), followed by Spain (19,900), Belgium (16,000), Greece (8,600) and Sweden (6,700).By contrast, the largest increases in absolute terms were observed in Italy (29,200 more persons were granted Italian citizenship compared with 2013), followed by France (8,300) and Netherlands (6,800 more).The top five citizenship-granting countries accounted for 76 percent of new citizenships granted in the EU in 2014: Spain (205,900 or 23 percent), followed by Italy (129,900 or 15 percent), the United Kingdom (125,600 or 14 percent), Germany (110,600 or 12 percent) and France (105,600 or 12 percent), according to the same source.With MAP read more

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International Criminal Court charges former DR Congo leader with war crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally charged a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with multiple counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, who was the President and Commander in Chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), is accused of directing his militia to commit murder, torture and rape against civilians as well as to commit outrages upon personal dignity and pillaging in an attempt to suppress support for anti-government rebels during the 2002-2003 bloody power-struggle in the CAR.The ICC alleges that in 2002 the MLC was leased to the then embattled President of the CAR, Ange Felix Patassé, to engage in a systematic and wide-spread assault on the civilian population across the country, including its capital, Bangui. Over the next four days, the Court’s pre-trial chamber will hear evidence on five counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the CAR from 25 October 2002 to 15 March 2003. The Chamber will decide whether there is a legitimate basis for the charges the ICC Prosecutor has brought against Mr. Bemba and whether to commit him to trial within two months of the end of the confirmation hearings which started today.Mr. Bemba was arrested on 24 May 2008 by the Belgian authorities and transferred to the ICC in The Hague, where he has been in custody since July. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The situation in CAR is one of four situations currently under investigation by the ICC Prosecutor. The others are the Darfur region of Sudan, the DRC and Uganda. 12 January 2009Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally charged a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with multiple counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

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Karu has no regrets standing up to the President

“As the custodian of Parliament, I have watched over the last two weeks as the Executive Branch has seized the rights and usurped the powers of Members of Parliament who were elected to represent the people. The willful disregard demonstrated by the Executive towards Parliament, the engine of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, leaves the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens at grave risk of similar abuse,” he said.Jayasuriya urged all public servants who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution to revisit that oath, remember their obligations to the supreme law of the motherland, and safeguard the independence of the public service, police and the judiciary. Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended the actions he took after the political crisis erupted in the country, and strongly defended the allegations raised against him.In a statement, Jayasuriya said that the Constitution must be defended and it has been his privilege to stand up to the Executive and defend the rights of Parliament, the supremacy of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. He also slammed comments made by Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama who had accused him of attempting to prevent the President from delivering the Statement of Government Policy when Parliament was set to reconvene on 14th November.He said no member made a request that the Statement of Government Policy be prevented nor would he have entertained such a request. (Colombo Gazette) He said that since the President has prevented Parliament from ruling on the legitimacy of the President’s recent actions, it will be up to the Supreme Court to determine the legality of these actions. “As a former military officer, I have always been prepared to make whatever sacrifice that my country may require of me. It has been my privilege to stand up to the executive and defend the rights of Parliament, the supremacy of our Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. For the record I am prepared to face any consequences for these actions without hesitation,” he said. read more

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Business Highlights

___Trump’s inconsistent messages on China trade heighten risksWASHINGTON (AP) — The communications on China from Trump and his administration since late last week — erratic, inconsistent, sometimes contradictory — are complicating their high-stakes talks with Beijing and elevating the risks to the fragile global economy. The messaging has been confusing not just for Chinese officials as they formulate a response to whatever stance the administration is taking. It’s also a problem for American businesses.___Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker, orders $572M paymentNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help clean up the problem. Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman issued the decision Monday in the nation’s first state trial against the companies accused of contributing to the widespread use of the highly addictive painkillers. The company is expected to appeal.___US stocks rally on optimism for a US-China trade war thawNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Monday as investors found reason to be cautiously optimistic again about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China. The rally got its start early after President Donald Trump said his negotiators had received encouraging calls from China on Sunday, though China’s foreign ministry denied knowledge of any such calls. The gains reversed some of the major stock indexes’ hefty losses from last Friday.___China lets yuan sink, Trump says serious talks to startBEIJING (AP) — China has allowed its yuan to sink while President Donald Trump said the two sides would talk “very seriously” following tit-for-tat tariff hikes. A weaker yuan would help Chinese exporters cope with Trump’s punitive duties in a war over trade and technology. Beijing allowed the yuan to decline to an 11-year low against the dollar after both sides announced new tariff hikes and Trump said he would order American companies to stop doing business with China.___As summit ends, Macron expresses hope for US-China dealBIARRITZ, France (AP) — With clouds growing over growth, French President Emmanuel Macron ended the Group of Seven summit Monday with a sparse declaration committing leaders of half the world’s economy to “open and fair global trade and the stability of the global economy.” The declaration lands amid uncertainty caused by the U.S.-China trade conflict that has slowed trade among nations and held up industrial production and investment.___KFC partners with Beyond MeatLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It’s finger lickin’ fake chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test a plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings Tuesday at one of its restaurants in Atlanta. Depending on customer feedback, the chain could expand the test to other markets.___Trump pushes for G-7 summit at his resort; critics pounceMIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump is touting the features that would make the Doral golf resort the ideal place for the next G-7 summit — close to the airport, plenty of hotel rooms, separate buildings for every delegation. There’s just one detail he left out: He owns the place. Critics have long railed against the perils of Trump earning money off the presidency and hosting foreign leaders at his properties. But they say the Doral proposal is at a whole new level.___US orders for long-lasting goods rises 2.1% in JulyWASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods rose for the second straight month, but the strength again came from a big increase in the volatile aircraft category. A category that tracks business investment also rose for the second straight month, though last month’s reading was revised down significantly.___Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in ColombiaLA GUAJIRA, Colombia (AP) — The banana industry is on high alert after a dreaded fungus was confirmed in Colombia. The finding is alarming because Latin America is a major exporter of bananas. For years, scientists have said the fungus that has already hit Asian countries would continue spreading and that the industry needs to find a new banana variety that’s resistant to the disease. While many types of bananas are produced around the world, most the ones that are exported are Cavendish varieties.___Kraft Heinz brings back former CFO amid strugglesCHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Heinz Co. is bringing back its former chief financial officer amid accounting problems and falling sales. Paulo Basilio, 44, joined H.J. Heinz as CFO in 2013 and remained in the job after the company’s 2015 merger with Kraft. He most recently served as Kraft Heinz’s chief business development officer. He replaces David Knopf, 31, who will return to Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital. 3G and investor Warren Buffet engineered the Kraft Heinz merger in 2015.___The S&P 500 rose 31.27 points, or 1.1%, to 2,878.38. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 269.93 points, or 1.1%, to 25,898.83. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, rose 101.97 points, or 1.3%, to 7,853.74. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 16.52 points, or 1.1%, to 1,476.The Associated Press read more

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Probe closed of police officers connected to deadly shootings in Kosovo UN

The investigations into the shooting incident at Mitrovica Detention Centre, in which three officers were killed and another 11 injured, had centred on four Jordanians from the mission’s Special Police Unit (SPU) for “refraining from providing help,” a spokesman for the police and justice sectors of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said. One of the officers was additionally investigated for “assistance to commit aggravated murder” and “assistance to commit grievous bodily harm.”The international prosecutor has concluded there were “no reasonable suspicions” that any of the four officers committed any offence, spokesman Neeraj Singh said. The investigation against the four was terminated and the remaining officer in detention has been released – the three others had been released earlier after 15 days. read more

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Creating the Carl Lewis of robots Researchers at Penn give latest project

by Keith Collins, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:01 pm MDT Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers at Penn give latest project legs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – A new robot at the University of Pennsylvania has a leg up on its predecessors now that researchers have outfitted it with jumping and climbing abilities — something that could make it particularly useful for such tricky propositions as military search missions or supply transport.The RHex robot project began about 15 years ago when researchers at several universities began asking what it would take for robots to traverse rugged terrain as well as animals do.“You look at any machine that’s been built today, and almost any animal that you can imagine will outperform that machine,” said Penn engineering professor Daniel Koditschek, who’s been involved in the development of RHex (pronounced Rex) since the beginning.Legged robots, unlike wheeled ones, have the animal-like ability to overcome obstacles like stairs and ledges. But until the latest iteration of RHex, developed by Koditschek and fifth-year doctoral student Aaron Johnson, legged robots couldn’t negotiate gaps in terrain any better than robots with wheels.“Quite frankly, what the leg robots were doing was going over terrain that a good wheeled robot could probably handle,” said University of Michigan engineering professor Jessy Grizzle. “What RHex is doing now is something that you couldn’t imagine doing with wheels.”Johnson has developed mechanisms that allow the robot to jump over gaps and holes in terrain that it previously would have fallen into. And where tall ledges would typically block such a robot’s path, RHex can manoeuvr onto platforms more than four times its own height.“Those are the things that are just kind of blowing our minds,” Grizzle said. “It can do multiple types of missions now, and that’s pretty cool.”Koditschek and Johnson designed the latest version of RHex — X-RHex Lite — using lightweight carbon fiber. This allows it to perform its leaping and climbing functions without consuming too much power, so the robot can keep moving after clearing an obstacle.The RHex project was originally funded by the Department of Defence division that’s in charge of developing military technology, and the latest version is funded by the U.S. Army.But according to Roger Brockett, a professor of engineering at Harvard University, there is a wide range of research happening in robotics, and it’s difficult to know which approach will ultimately be the most useful.“This is just one big quest from people all over the place who are trying to see if their particular take on this is going to be effective,” he said. “It’s unlikely that any of us have such a pipeline to God that we know which is going to be important in 10 years.”___Online:University of Pennsylvania robot lab: http://bit.ly/1eEe8U9 read more

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Queens birthday watch her 93 years in 93 seconds

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 93rd birthday today, Easter Sunday.We look back at each year of her life in a moving display of images.

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Bushvelds vanadium redox flow battery projects progress

first_imgBushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy, says it has commissioned and completed site acceptance testing of the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) project with South Africa national power utility Eskom.At completion, the unit, supplied by UniEnergy Technologies, will have a peak output of 450 kWh.The VRFB battery commissioning with Eskom recommenced in November, with the unit passing a series of manufacturer and Eskom site acceptance tests during January and February.Subsequent to this, the manufacturer recommended a set of upgrades to the VRFB, at its own cost. Bushveld said: “These are based on field experience from other operating sites gained in the time since the battery was originally ordered and they will further improve the reliability of the battery going forward. The upgrades are currently in progress.”In addition to this, Bushveld Energy has initiated the development of a mini-grid project at the Vametco mining and processing facility (pictured), in South Africa. The new mini-grid will be able to deliver up to 1 MW of power to Vametco, the largest size permittable without a generation licence under current regulations, it said.The mini-grid will consist of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation paired with a 1 MW/4 MWh VRFB and will feed electricity directly into the internal distribution network of the mine. “The project is structured on an unsubsidised, commercial basis with project finance, showcasing the commercial viability of both renewable energy and energy storage technologies,” the company said.Among a number of benefits to the mine, were:“A reduction in overall demand from the South Africa power grid during the day time and peak periods in the mornings and evenings. The benefit to the mine is a reduction in its electricity tariffs due to lower consumption at the most expensive times of the day. The benefit to the South African power system will be lower demand during times when the power system is most constrained. VRFB technology is ideally suited for such applications, as it will be cycled two times per day to meet both the multi-hour morning and evening peaks of South Africa’s power system;“By using long duration VRFB technology, additional solar energy can be generated and stored during the day for discharge after sundown, and;“Reducing the mine’s reliance on grid power and increasing its ability in the future to self-generate during load shedding or other instances of grid interruptions.”While the mini-grid will supply, at most, 8% of the mine’s energy consumption at any one time, “the project will demonstrate the technical and commercial capability of hybrid mini-grids using solar PV and VRFB technology, which is unmatched in its ability to deliver long-duration storage and cycle multiple times per day”, Bushveld said.“The project could be scaled up further to provide a larger amount of energy in future. It could also be replicated at other grid-connected sites. The design can also be used at off-grid sites to replace more expensive and less environmentally friendly thermal generation.”Similar to the structure of the projects covering the electrolyte production facility and the Eskom VRFB, Bushveld Energy said it would continue using its cooperation model in developing and delivering this project.On top of these two developments, Bushveld said it made headway in the December quarter on the process to convert Bushveld-mined vanadium into electrolyte and design the production facility.After promising pilot results at laboratory scale, Bushveld Energy procured two tonnes of vanadium for conversion into vanadium electrolyte, it said, adding that the scaled-up conversion process was currently being executed.If proven successful, samples from the produced electrolyte will be provided to battery companies for suitability assessment, according to the company.“There is significant expressed interest from VRFB manufacturers for vanadium electrolyte and appetite to add long duration energy storage to power systems and renewable energy projects in Africa overall.“This suggests that there is sufficient market demand for vanadium electrolyte to support the installation of a 200 MWh capacity facility in South Africa,” Bushveld said. “The electrolyte production facility is being co-developed by Bushveld Energy and the IDC.”last_img read more

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Toxic dump in Cork to be turned into park

first_imgTHE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency will award a €40 million licence that will see a toxic waste dump turned into a park.The EPA has told the Minister for Agriculture of their proposed decision to grant a waste licence for the remediation of East Tip site at Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour.Minister Simon Coveney TD welcomed the notification, which will clear up the former steel plant on the site.The 22-acre dump at Haulbowline Island, which was previously the site of Irish Ispat – and before that, Irish Steel – carries waste and slag left behind from the steel works which continued there for over six decades.“We look forward to the EPAs final approved decision being issued in due course, while respecting the provisions for objections provided for, which should pave the way for Cork County Council to commence the detailed design and execution phase of the core remediation work at Haulbowline Island in the near future.“I have been determined that this project will proceed with minimal delays and the hard work which has gone on behind the scenes by both Cork County Council and my own Department has enabled substantial progress to be made this year.“The whole of Island approach adopted is now bringing rapid results.”Coveney added that the the works would “bring substantial benefits to the local economy” and would transform the island “into a genuine national infrastructural asset”.Famed campaigner Erin Brockovich had previously called for the dump to be cleaned, owing to the potential presence of chromium VI there – the same chemical which had caused the contamination of drinking water in the campaign she is most known for.Read: Threats of EU fine prompts clean-up of toxic Cork dumplast_img read more

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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid offers a 910MBs SSD in a PCIExpress slot

first_imgIn terms of sheer speed, the SSD has already surpassed the more typical hard drives. They can’t compete on storage capacity and price (yet), but they hold the key to instant on machines and much shorter load times. Some SSD are so fast that even the latest SATA-III connections form a bottleneck.Rather than waiting for a faster SATA port to appear OCZ Technology has decided to bypass the connection completely. The company’s new RevoDrive Hybrid sticks an SSD on a card ready to sit in a free PCI-Express slot. In return, you’ll get 910MB/s data transfers and as much as 120,000 IOPS (4k random writes).As this is a hybrid drive, the 100GB SSD storage on offer is combined with 1TB of HDD storage, meaning this is likely the only drive you need in your machine. OCZ has optimized performance through the use of clever caching algorithms known as Dataplex. Even so, the superior performance you’ll get from the SSD and SandForce controller may be tempered slightly by the 5,400rpm HDD OCZ chose to use. You can’t argue with 910MB/s read performance though, even if it turns out to be a bit slower during real-world usage.The one stumbling point, as you’d expect, is the price which sits at $499. Still, for those transfer speeds and the peace of mind offered by a 3-year warranty, some enthusiasts will be tempted.Before getting your credit card out though, just consider that you can buy a 120GB SSD for less than $200 that still offers great performance. That’s a super fast drive, and $300 in your pocket for a faster CPU or graphics card.Read more at OCZ Technology, via Tom’s Hardwarelast_img read more

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Windows 8 upgrade program kicks off June 2

first_imgAs they always do, Microsoft will be offering customers free (or discounted) upgrades to Windows 8 in the run-up to its retail launch later this year. Those upgrades, of course, will be offered up to shoppers who purchase a new Windows 7 PC from a participating vendor after a specific date.The date specified in the tiny print above says June 2nd. While that might seem early at first glance, it’s yet another date on the Windows 8 timeline that closely lines up with the one for Windows 7. It’s set to end on January 31 2013 — which will help retail stores to sell out any remaining Windows 7 stock once Windows 8 hardware begins arriving. It also conveniently covers the back-to-school and holiday shopping rushes.So why is the upgrade offer in the one pictured above a paid one? Likely because it’s for Windows 8 Pro. The upgrade offer for the more consumer-oriented Windows 8 SKU will probably be free, as was the Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 program.As before, it’ll be a simple process. Find the upgrade code in the box your new Windows 7  PC arrived in, head over to Microsoft’s redemption site, and enter your code. After that, you’ll be hooked up with your Windows 8 upgrade. Based on how well the new installer handled upgrades from Windows 7 to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my test machines, the process should be a breeze even for less experienced users.Is the upgrade for you? You’ve got some time to make up your mind, obviously, and you’ll probably want to hold off until after the Windows 8 Release Preview arrives. That’s coming next month, too, and it’s worth giving the hands-on treatment before you make up your mind. Of course, if you buy a Windows 7 machine you can always stick with it until Windows 9 comes out if you’d rather give the whole Metro thing a pass for now.via Cnetlast_img read more

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Plateforme dElgin le colmatage de la fuite achevé avec succès

first_imgPlateforme d’Elgin : le colmatage de la fuite achevé avec succèsCinq jours après avoir achevé le colmatage de la fuite de gaz survenue en mer du Nord sur la plateforme d’Elgin, Total affirme que l’opération est un succès. Le géant pétrolier évoque ainsi déjà l’avenir du site. Total a confirmé lundi le succès du colmatage de la fuite qui est survenue en mars dernier sur la plateforme d’Elgin et a engendré l’émission d’une importante quantité de méthane en mer du Nord, à 240 kilomètres d’Aberdeen. L’opération a été lancée le 15 mai et a duré douze heures. Mais le groupe a réalisé des inspections pendant cinq jours avant de pouvoir affirmer qu’elle avait bien fonctionné.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”L’injection de boue lourde à l’intérieur du puits G4, depuis le rig semi-submersible West Phoenix, a permis d’en reprendre le contrôle” assure Total dans un communiqué avant d’évoquer la prochaine étape qui “consistera à reconstituer des effectifs sur le complexe d’Elgin et redémarrer le rig de forage Rowan Viking qui mettra en place des bouchons en ciment”. Une phase visant à boucher définitivement le puits défectueux avant son abandon et censée durer plusieurs semaines.Avant de remercier les équipes mobilisées depuis le 25 mars autour de cette fuite, Yves-Louis Darricarrère, le directeur général de la branche Exploration-Production de Total, a promis de “tirer tous les enseignements de cet incident”, le plus important survenu en mer du Nord au cours de la dernière décennie. Une fois le puits G4 définitivement condamné, seront définies  “les conditions nécessaires à la reprise de la production des champs d’Elgin-Franklin” conclut-il.Le 22 mai 2012 à 15:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Aquarium de Paris une plongée photographique dans les îles de la Méditerranée

first_imgAquarium de Paris : une plongée photographique dans les îles de la MéditerranéeDu 8 au 31 août, l’Aquarium de Paris accueille une exposition photographique intitulée “les petites îles, Sentinelles de la Méditerranée” que Maxisciences a pu découvrir en avant-première. Elaborée en partenariat avec le Conservatoire du littoral, elle dévoile les oeuvres de Louis-Marie Préau et Laurent Ballesta, capturées sur les îles et dans les profondeurs des eaux méditerranéennes.Pas moins de 2,5 millions de kilomètres carrés. C’est à peu de chose près la surface que recouvre aujourd’hui le bassin de la Méditerranée. Une mer qui est loin d’être comme les autres puisqu’elle est quasiment fermée, ne s’ouvrant sur l’océan que par le détroit de Gibraltar qui mesure à peine 14 kilomètres. Ainsi, les eaux méditerranéennes recèlent un monde très particulier fait de nombreuses espèces qu’on ne rencontre nulle part ailleurs sur Terre. En effet, parmi les plus de 20.000 espèces présentes, 20 à 30% sont endémiques de ces eaux. D’où l’importance de préserver cette biodiversité unique.Mais du fait qu’elle soit quasiment fermée, la mer Méditerranée est particulièrement sensible notamment à la pollution qui s’est accentuée au cours des dix dernières années. Mais elle doit aussi faire face à d’autres facteurs tels que les changements climatiques et l’apparition d’espèces invasives à l’instar du goéland. Particulièrement envahissant, ce volatile a en effet investi les côtes méditerranéennes et ses nombreuses déjections ont causé par endroit des modifications du milieu et donc des espèces présentes. “Nous devons sensibiliser à l’urgente nécessité de protéger ces espaces qui doivent faire face à d’importants défis comme la pression touristique, les changements climatiques, la pollution ou les espèces invasives”, explique ainsi le directeur de l’Aquarium de Paris.Car en effet, la Méditerranée est justement le thème de la nouvelle exposition que présente depuis le 8 juin l’aquarium situé dans les Jardins du Trocadéro en plein coeur de Paris. Une exposition intitulée “les petites Iles, sentinelles de la Méditerranée” qui dévoile les photographies réalisées par Louis-Marie Préau et Laurent Ballesta dans les environs de quelques unes des 10.000 îles et îlots que compte la Méditerranée. Présente jusqu’au 31 août prochain, elle a été élaborée en collaboration avec le Conservatoire du littoral qui participe à la protection de ces micro-espaces depuis 2005.  Des photos marines dépaysantes”L’Aquarium de Paris est ravi de participer pour la première fois aux Journées de la Mer et decollaborer avec le Conservatoire du littoral. Cette exposition s’inscrit dans notre devoir desensibilisation et de protection de l’environnement auprès du public”, précise Alexis L. Powilewicz, Président Administrateur Général de l’Aquarium de Paris. Une sensibilisation qui se fait d’ailleurs au plus grand plaisir des visiteurs dans cet endroit qui compte déjà 43 bassins dont le plus grand bassin à requins de France.Tout en faisant connaissance avec Titi le mérou, doyen de l’aquarium, les étonnants spirographes, les redoutables murènes ou encore des dizaines d’autres espèces colorées, on découvre les clichés des deux passionnés de la nature exposés sur le chemin de la visite et projetés par des écrans. Des images qui dévoilent des aspects insoupçonnés des régions méditerranéennes, parfois merveilleux et d’autres fois beaucoup moins. Les photographies des récifs coralliens côtoient ainsi celles de plages couvertes de déchets ou celle d’un poulpe qui tente de se cacher dans une boite de conserve.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureAutant de clichés qui alliés à la découverte des espèces présentes dans les bassins de l’Aquarium ne peuvent que sensibiliser à l’importance de protéger ces écosystèmes. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Aquarium de Paris.Le 23 juin 2012 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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More snow possible for local hills today

first_imgMore snow is possible for the hills of Southwest Washington this morning as a winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 a.m.One to four more inches of snow could fall in places including Cougar, Ariel and Lake Merwin, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.Later in the day the snow level will rise to 2,500 feet, turning any remaining precipitation into rain in lower elevations.None of this will affect the Vancouver area, where it was 43 degrees at about 6:30 a.m. The forecast calls for showers today, and a low tonight near 35 degrees.The Columbian’s news partner, KATU-TV, reported Interstate 84 was slick in portions of the Columbia River Gorge this morning.last_img read more

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Man arrested after 2 carjackings in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland police have identified a man suspected of carjacking two vehicles and hitting a pedestrian.Sgt. Chris Burley said Tuesday that 26-year-old Quinton Franklin faces charges of robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and other crimes.According to Burley, officers responded Monday to a report that a knife-wielding man carjacked a vehicle in Northwest Portland, and then struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian’s injury was not life-threatening.As officers searched for the suspect, a 911 caller reported that a vehicle matching the carjacked vehicle’s description had rolled over on Interstate 5. The caller said the driver of the crashed vehicle then forced his way into a Toyota Camry and drove off.A Tigard, Ore., police officer spotted the second stolen vehicle. A chase ended with the suspect crashing into a BMW sedan.Burley says Franklin was assessed at a hospital and then booked into a Portland jail.last_img read more

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