Art Gallery of Hamilton sets the record straight for female artists

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Jamie Angelopoulos’s “Stand Up For Yourself” (Courtesy Art Gallery of Hamilton) It’s a mea culpa for the gallery, after a recent inventory revealed that only 12 per cent of all works in its collection were made by women. Let that number sink in, it seems to say, spelling it out and repeating it like a mantra: “Twelve per cent.” It’s the present looking over its shoulder to its own past in disgusted disbelief. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “Speaking for Herself” reads the big blocky text on the wall at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, next to a sickly bright quilt fashioned by the late, great Canadian artist Joyce Wieland, who never had any trouble with such things.It’s your first clue that, in this moment of #MeToo and gender equity gaps bursting out from the shadows, the gallery has unequivocally entered the ring.A fuller text nearby makes it more clear: “The longstanding and systemic exclusion or erasure of women artists from art history, exhibitions, collections, the art market and commercial gallery representation is not a debatable issue. It’s a fact.” Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Yes the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam is still happening in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP say that the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam continues to be an issue in the Fort St. John area.The scam artist calls the intended victim and purports to be an officer with the Canada Revenue Agency who tells the victim that they owe back taxes and that the easiest way for them to avoid jail time is to send the CRA the back taxes in the form of iTunes gift cards or prepaid Visa gift cards.The CRA scam has continued to evolve and use different ploys and tactics to swindle unsuspecting victims for at least the past five years. Your best course of action is to hang up your phone if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an officer with the CRA. The real Canada Revenue Agency will not call you and any correspondence directed to you will be received by regular or registered mail.The CRA will never ask for personal information through an email or text message or by clicking on a link.The CRA will never request payment by prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards, and it does not send emails containing details of a tax refund or Interac e-transfer payments.The CRA advises Canadians to confirm the status of their tax accounts before taking any action that may be the result of pressure from suspicious calls or emails, and to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281 or by checking My Account or My Business Account.For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.If you’ve shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.If you receive a scam phone call, the RCMP says you don’t need to contact them and your best course of action is to just hang up on the call.For more information on this fraud and others click on this link:http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm or call them at: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll-free at 1-888-495-8501last_img read more

HappyNass A Moroccan NonProfit Distributes Food to the Poor for Iftar

New York – In a program called “Ftouri Ftourek,” meaning “my breakfast is your breakfast,” the Casablanca-based non-profit collects and distributes basic Iftar food items to the city’s needy dwellers.In the video below, watch as a traveler named Charlie, on his Walk for Water from Denmark to Tanzania, films members of the HappyNass (Nass means people in Moroccan Arabic) distributing food out to poor and homeless people in Casablanca.In the video, members of HappyNass explain that their funding mainly comes from family and friends as well as fundraising on social media. The non-profit currently has nearly 11,000 likes on Facebook, where the group routinely posts updates on food preparation and distribution. One volunteer in the video, when asked why she volunteers with HappyNass, said that it was both because it is a part of her religion and because it feels good to help others.Though the “Ftouri Ftourek” program currently occupies most of the organization’s time, HappyNass helps the nation’s poor all year long through a variety of different programs and fundraising initiatives. read more

Ban Kimoon welcomes announcement of African summit on Zimbabwe

11 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is pleased that regional leaders in southern Africa are mobilizing to “help Zimbabwe overcome its post-electoral crisis through peaceful means.” Through a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban congratulated the leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for arranging a summit of heads of State in Lusaka, Zambia, on 13 April to discuss the situation. Earlier this week, Mr. Ban expressed concern that the results of presidential elections in Zimbabwe have not been released and urged the electoral authorities to do so “expeditiously and with transparency.”“The situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate if there is no prompt action to resolve this impasse,” he added in today’s statement.In the presidential poll, the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, is facing Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni. If a winning candidate does not win more than 50 per cent of the total votes, a run-off race is required. Mr Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, petitioned Zimbabwe’s High Court to demand the release of the election results. The electoral authorities have already announced the results of the Senate and parliamentary elections, which were held on the same day as the presidential vote. read more

Inspired by United Nations New York museum takes unique look at tackling

On the spot in Queens, New York where the United Nations General Assembly met during the late 1940s, a Mexican artist is testing his hypothesis that ordinary people, through creative approaches, can find solutions to the challenges the world body is tackling today.One-hundred-ninety-five New Yorkers who are immigrants from or have family connections to the 193 UN Member States and two observers – State of Palestine and the Holy See – participated this weekend in ‘The People’s United Nations p(UN)’ event at the newly reopened Queens Museum.“This is a privilege to be asked to be a part of this bold artistic endeavor by Pedro Reyes,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, referring to the artist who created the event and exhibition which will run through March 2014.Opening the installation event on Saturday, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal paid tribute to the borough hosting the Museum, calling Queens “a microcosm of the United Nations” with residents from more than 100 different countries speaking at least 138 different languages.“It is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places on the planet, a place where people from all backgrounds are able to live side by side,” said the UN’s top communications official.In 1946, the spot from which he spoke was the meeting place of the UN General Assembly, which gathered at the then-New York City’s Pavilion, until 1950. The diplomats would move across the East River to the now iconic 39-floor UN Headquarters building in Manhattan in 1952.“It’s a reminder that the UN is connected to its host city in so many ways, and has been for years,” Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said.The Museum overlooks the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, and the steel globe Unisphere which has since become a symbol of the borough.The artist, Mr. Reyes, is hoping to evoke the Organization’s history for the installation, which according to its Facebook, included instruction to delegates such as: ‘Imagine in a perfect world, you open the newspaper and see an ideal headline from your country. Write that headline.’The “representatives” from Bahamas, Benin, Denmark, and Zimbabwe wrote, “Education on the Go, College on Wheels.” The team which included Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Philippines, Rwanda and Somalia chose: ‘The Philippine Government Partners with the Vatican to Open Free Abortion and Birth Control Clinics.’ “The Sun Welcomes Japanese Nuclear Reactors” and “From year 2130: Remembering Our Nation’s Separation into North and South Korea and Celebrating 50 years of Unity”, were among some other answers.Over the course of two days, the experimental group used theater games, group therapy, and techniques from social science to grapple with a set of surprising and provocative proposals as well as real-life problems, according to the Museum website.“It is precisely the lighthearted spirit of play that allows the participants to engage in subjects whose magnitude would otherwise overwhelm us,” Mr. Reyes is quoted as saying.Highlighting the parallel activity around him, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said he hoped the world leaders took note of the willingness and eagerness with which the delegates engaged with each other “to learn, to play, to argue and to dream together as part of the People’s United Nations.”Mr. Reyes’ exhibit also includes a series of art work on display for the next four months.Among them the “Drone Dove”, which merges the form of an unmanned military drone and a dove of peace, as well as the “Colloquium”, a sculpture of delicately interlocking marble panels which, on close inspection, turn out to be blank cartoon speech bubbles communicating without words. read more

Brock students horror movie getting international attention

A timid son carries on a conversation with his elderly mother in a dimly lit parlour. The mother lovingly offers her maternal wisdom. But as the audience soon finds out, she has been dead for years.For more than a decade, Brock PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities Kevin McGuiness has been producing movies that garner international recognition.His most recent film, Mother (2016) is a short horror film that chronicles the relationship between a mother and son. It has been accepted at seven film festivals in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The film has also been nominated for Best Student Film at the Scream in the Dark Film Festival in Nebraska.McGuiness has produced eight horror films since 2010, using actors from Niagara and winning awards locally and internationally. His most recent films are Lady Death (2015), Mother and the upcoming Norma.He has always had a fascination with the horror genre and finds his inspiration in the classic horror films of the 1970s, such as John Carpenter’s Halloween and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.The theme of misguided use of power is particularly interesting to McGuiness.“Horror is a rare genre where a filmmaker is permitted the opportunity to examine the darker facets of human nature in a meaningful way,” he says. “There is something primal about horror — it terrifies us, but also permits the viewer an opportunity to purge themselves of the fears connected with mortality, such as the fear of death, loneliness and desperation.”Ultimately, the genre reinforces the notion that even under such conditions, hope usually can survive.McGuiness has turned his fascination with the genre into a doctoral thesis for the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities which explores the mythical figures of the Boogeyman and its incarnation in art and cinema. Professors Cristina Santos and Christine Daigle have both been highly influential in his work.Many of his films have been informed by his academic interests.“High T.N.T. (2013) was produced after I attended a Steampunk course at Brock and this film went on to win the Jury Award at the Render This Film Festival,” he says.McGuiness finances his films independently and serves as writer, director and editor on all productions. Brock Classics graduates Tessa Little and Tarah Csaszar have both helped enormously with the production of his films.He has also worked with talented Brock graduates Keri Bishop (Dramatic Arts), Josh Sanger (Dramatic Arts) and Colin Dignam (Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts), as well as student Murphy Mackenzie (Interdisciplinary Humanities).He plans to continue making films in the future and has recently finished work on Norma, which will screen in a series of film festivals later this year.Trailers for McGuiness’ films can be viewed on his YouTube channel.Below is a trailer for Mother: read more

Streak laments Zimbabwes missed opportunity

Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak admitted it would be tough for his side to bat themselves back into the match after conceding a 122-run first innings lead against West Indies in Bulawayo.Heath Streak“There’s still a long way to go, 92 overs,” he said. “And it’s slow going out there, not an easy wicket to score quickly on. So we’ve got to get through a session and get ourselves into a position where we can maybe consider giving them a target. But it’s very tough, especially with the deficit we’ve had to make up, and the pitch being so slow.”Zimbabwe found themselves 23 for 3 in their second innings before a half-century from Sikandar Raza – his second of the Test – took them to 140 for 4 at stumps.“There’s still a lot of cricket to be played tomorrow,” Streak said. “A hard fighting day and a hard fighting first session. It’s not too far until the new ball, and we’ve got to get through that and see if we get some sort of total to defend.”He added that, after several missed chances in the field, Zimbabwe had only themselves to blame for allowing Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich put on a record 212-run partnership. “They put us under pressure, and we didn’t help ourselves with a few dropped catches,” Streak said. “We’ve got ourselves to blame for giving them that lead, but we’ve just got to deal with where we’re at now.”He lamented the soft dismissals that heaped pressure on Zimbabwe’s middle order once again, suggesting that wickets in hand could have helped Zimbabwe push for more of a lead heading into the fifth day.“Hamilton [Masakadza] got out to a good ball that hooped back quite a bit, but then Solomon [Mire] got out to a soft dismissal even by his own standards,” Streak said, describing Mire’s swipe across the line at a ball from Kemar Roach that trapped him lbw. “He does play aggressively, but on that wicket and with that length, it’s very difficult to play that type of shot, especially on a fourth-day wicket when you’ve had a lot of evidence of balls keeping low. So those are the sorts of dismissals we want to get rid of. Even Craig Ervine, if he’s honest with himself, got out to a pretty soft dismissal. It wasn’t like the ball did a heck of a lot.“If we had taken maybe two wickets off there, Mire and Ervine’s wickets, then it’s 140 for 2 and that’s a pretty good score. We’d have wickets in hand if we want to push on and try and get some sort of lead and put them in.”One bright point for Streak was the batting of Raza and Peter Moor, who reined in his attacking instincts to finish on 39 not out from 152 balls at the close. ” PJ [Moor] is a very determined guy first of all, and he’s a very intelligent guy who has worked out watching the other guys,” Streak said. “It’s not easy to just go out there and play shots, so he’s adjusted his game accordingly to the wicket. His batting in the first innings has also given him some insight into how to do it. Anyone who has gone out there and batted for a period of time, you can see there haven’t been easy or free flowing innings from anyone.”Apart from being slow, the pitch also fell short of Zimbabwe’s expectations in terms of help for the spinners. “Having a bit of cool weather around, has meant that the wicket hasn’t dried and dusted up as much as we would have liked,” Streak said. “So it’s been a little more placid than what we’d hoped. We wanted a wicket that would spin and break up, but the weather conditions on day one and two made the deterioration of the wicket much slower than it ought to be. Normally in October you get hot, dry days and then that deterioration happens a lot quicker.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStreak urges more elite cricket for ZimbabweOctober 25, 2017Similar postZimbabwe seek to fix batting issues in bid to draw levelOctober 28, 2017In “Sports”WI v Zimbabwe: Cremer, Chakabva keep hopes of draw aliveNovember 2, 2017In “Sports” read more

Cereal companies hoping youll drink your breakfast

first_img Yes (271) No (900) IF YOU DON’T have time to sit down for a bowl of cereal in the morning, companies are hoping you’ll want to drink your breakfast.As companies struggle to grow cereal sales in the US, Kellogg and General Mills are preparing to roll out breakfast drinks.At an industry conference this week, Kellogg CEO John Bryant said one way the company will redefine cereal is with its “Breakfast To Go” milk-based drink, which will be rolled out nationally this year. A day before, General Mills said it’s testing a dairy-based breakfast shake called “BFast” that has whole grains and the nutrition of a bowl of cereal and milk, including fibre, protein, vitamins and whole grains. The drink is currently being tested in the Northeast.In separate remarks, both companies noted that a similar drink called “Up & Go” by Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Co is performing strongly in Australia, with about 10 percent to 20 per cent of the cereal business.The broader idea of turning meals into drinks is getting more attention as people look for convenient ways to eat on the go. Even though it doesn’t take much time to sit down for a bowl of cereal, people are increasingly looking for portable foods they can eat on the way to work or school.PepsiCo, which makes Quaker oatmeal and recently got into the dairy business, has launched similar concepts overseas. It offers a Quaker cereal powder drink in China and last summer began testing a Quaker oatmeal drink in Brazil.A spokesman for PepsiCo declined to say whether any similar products are planned for the US. But the company has underscored its strategy of “lifting and shifting” products from around the world for different markets.PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi also has noted that the company is looking at ways to “drinkify” snacks, and gauging which type of foods and meals people might want in drink form. Already, the company’s Naked juices are seen as falling into that general space because they’re fortified with various nutrients.Kellogg also offers a Special K Protein shake but the drink is positioned more for people who are specifically looking to control their weight.What do you think? Would you opt for a breakfast ‘drink’? Poll Results:center_img Yes, but only occasionally (686) YesYes, but only occasionallyNoVotelast_img read more

Dormir moins de 6 heures par nuit peut conduire à une mort

first_imgDormir moins de 6 heures par nuit peut conduire à une mort précoceGrande-Bretagne – Des nuits trop courtes pourraient réduire l’espérance de vie, selon une étude de l’université de Warwick publiée mercredi.D’après les chercheurs, les personnes qui dorment moins de 6 heures par nuit auraient 12% de risques supplémentaires de mourir de manière prématurée, par rapport à celles dont le temps de sommeil varie entre 6 et 8 heures. Dormir trop peu pourrait, selon le communiqué, accroître le risque de contracter un diabète, augmenter l’hypertension ou le taux de cholestérol, et pourrait même favoriser l’obésité. En revanche, un sommeil trop long n’augmenterait pas le nombre de décès, il pourrait néanmoins être un signe de mauvaise santé.  “Un sommeil trop court peut être la cause d’une maladie, tandis qu’un sommeil trop long peut représenter le symptôme d’une maladie”, a résumé dans le communiqué le professeur Francesco Cappuccio, chef du programme “Sommeil, santé et société” à l’université de Warwick. L’expert a donc recommandé de “dormir entre six et huit heures par nuit” pour rester en bonne santé.Le 6 mai 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

You Can See These 4000YearOld Termite Mounds in Google Maps

first_img Girl Power: Termite Colonies Thrive Without Males Stay on target Researchers are making a mountain out of termite hills—and rightfully so.A collection of regularly spaced, still-inhabited mounds in northeastern Brazil (covering an area the size of Great Britain) are thought to be up to 4,000 years old.But the 200 million cone-shaped piles, easily visible on Google Earth, are not nests.Rather, they are the result of thousands of years of white ant activity: Steady digging of interconnected tunnels has produced soil deposits more than 8 feet tall and 29.5 feet wide.(This is basically a visual representation of why my mother makes people remove their shoes before entering her house.)I prefer the Mounds with chocolate and coconut (via Roy Funch)“These mounds were formed by a single termite species that excavated a massive network of tunnels to allow them to access dead leaves to eat safely and directly from the forest floor,” according to Stephen Martin, a professor at the University of Salford.Largely hidden from view in the dense Brazilian forests, the dunes were only recently spotted by scientists when the area was cleared for pasture.As described in a paper published this week by the journal Current Biology, the more than 2.5 cubic miles of overturned soil—equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza—represent the world’s most extensive bioengineering effort by a single species.I can’t decide if I’m impressed or nauseated.Termite mounds in Brazil (via Roy Funch)Soil samples collected from 11 heaps indicate their creation some 690 to 3,820 years ago—a protracted timeline that puts them on par with the world’s oldest known termite mounds in Africa.“It’s incredible that, in this day and age,” Martin mused, “you can find an ‘unknown’ biological wonder of this sheer size and age still existing, with the occupants still present.”More on Geek.com:Girl Power: Termite Colonies Thrive Without MalesThis Florida Ant Decorates With Victims’ SkullsColor-Changing Beetles May Be Key to More Vivid Eyeshadow Paletteslast_img read more

25 Year old Blue Hills man first murder for TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 20, 2017 – A murder shortly after midnight on Friday in Providenciales; a man once wanted by Police was out on bail when he was gunned down outside a popular variety store in Blue Hills.  James Smith junior is the first murder for 2017 for the Turks and Caicos Islands.The police were called to the scene when residents reported gun shots around 12:05am and upon arrival, the lifeless body of 25 year old James Smith Jr was found.  There are no arrests at this time and it is said the man was a suspect is several major cases in the country.Police, however, do not say anything more about the victim and are asking for information in the murder.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Dengue incidence sees sharp rise in Hyderabad city

first_imgHyderabad: The number of dengue cases in the city between January to June in the year 2019 saw a steep rise when compared to that of last year. As many as 167 cases were reported between January and June this year, whereas 90 cases were reported during the same period in 2018, an increase of 77 cases.According to the official figures available with the State Health Department, around 44 cases were reported in the city between January to June of 2017 and the total number of confirmed cases reported in that year were 669. In the year of 2018 there were around 596 confirmed dengue cases were reported and from January to June there were 90 cases were reported. Now, this year, the number has gone up to 167 confirmed cases till June 19, 2019. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Usually dengue cases will increase from July and going by the statistical figures, there were more dengue cases reported in September and October in the previous years. Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease caused by four different virus types and spread by the Aedes mosquito. Dengue is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which prefers biting during the day time. Even a single mosquito bite can lead to dengue. Thus, it is important to protect ourselves during the day. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us In rainy season, water stagnates in pits, and empty vessels or other containers which are kept out. This stagnant water provides favorable space for mosquitoes, carrying viruses, to breed. Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, Dr Gururaj Kulkarni, physician, Matrix Hospital in Ramanthapur, said already they were receiving three to four dengue patients everyday and usually the number of cases would increase after July due to the rainy season and water stagnation in many places, which has become a breeding place for mosquitoes, he said. Advertise With Us For mosquitoes breeding usually takes place in stagnant water inside the discarded tyres, disposable plastic cups, coconut shells thrown around homes, and inside the stored water vessels. So, as precautionary measures, people should not allow the water to stagnate, Dr Kulkarni added Gandhi Hospital staff said that dengue cases started from January and two to three people died in March. Venkatesh Vavilla, chief entomologist, GHMC, said that they would conduct the training and coordination meetings with all the division’s health department officials and they were chalking out a division-wise action plan to prevent dengue and also other mosquito borne diseases.Mosquito App useful to public The GHMC had launched the Mosquito App in 2017 to create awareness among citizens on the mosquito menace, mosquito borne diseases as well as how to keep the surroundings clean to avoid the mosquitoes. Mosquito App has 17 questions related to mosquitoes and users have to answer the questions in Yes or No format and at the same time user will get many tips pertaining to the mosquito borne diseases. Mosquito bite can cause many diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya and brain fever.last_img read more

Inside the Pakistani madrasa where India said it killed hundreds of terrorists

first_imgThe interactions with teachers and about 100 children at the madrasa – from the very young to older teenagers – were limited. The visitors were shown a group of children learning passages from the Koran partly by rocking their heads back and forward in rhythm. One teacher said he had worked at the madrasa for six years. NO SIGN OF REBUILDINGIndian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said on the day of the strike, 26 Feb. , that “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders, and groups of jihadis who were being trained for Fidayeen action were eliminated” in the attack. Fidayeen is a term used to describe Islamist militants, or jihadis, on suicide missions. Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, meeting foreign correspondents in Islamabad on Tuesday, asked if there had ever been a target.“We are still in two minds,” he said. “Did they intend to hit a target or was it just symbolic?” Satellite pictures have indicated that the main structures on the hill top appear to be in similar condition after the attack as they were before.Those visiting the site on Wednesday didn’t see any signs that there had been significant building work to either clear structures or erect new ones. And the vegetation didn’t appear to have suffered the stress that might be expected from a missile attack. When asked after the visit about the limitations, armed forces chief spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan had nothing to hide and that if schedules allowed, journalists could in the future come and spend a night or even a month at the site. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATEAt least three of the diplomats, who were mainly from Western countries and the Middle East and included some military attaches, said it was very difficult to draw any firm conclusions because of the six-week delay in gaining access and the restricted time allowed to look around. They were mostly restricted to looking around the madrasa’s main building. They were hurried away by the army, which organised the trip, after less than half an hour. Those arriving by vehicle had even less time. The diplomats declined to be named given the sensitivity of the subject. But the journalists and diplomats, most of whom spent well over an hour climbing steep slopes to get to the madrasa in the Jaba village area near the town of Balakot, didn’t get enough time to make any kind of informed assessment. Ghafoor told the foreign journalists earlier in the week that he couldn’t understand how the idea of a missile that blows up inside buildings like those at the madrasa without hurting the structure could carry any credibility. He challenged India to show how that could be done. There was also the question about whether the madrasa, one of more than 30,000 across Pakistan where children of all ages are taught to memorize and recite the Koran, was a cover for the Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which was allegedly using the site to train fighters to infiltrate Indian-controlled Kashmir. On the trek up to the compound, past small sheep and goat farms and through pastoral scenery on a beautiful spring day, journalists and diplomats were shown craters that the allegedly wayward missiles had created on the surrounding hillsides.A madrasa situated near an impact site, after Indian military aircrafts struck on 26 February, according to Pakistani officials, during a trip organised by the government, in Jaba village, near Balakot, Pakistan, 10 April, 2019. Photo: Reuterscenter_img The claims have been an issue in India’s general election, which started on Thursday. Senior government officials – including prime minister Narendra Modi – have attacked opposition politicians who ask for evidence as unpatriotic. For the first time since the Indian government said it had killed hundreds of “terrorists” and their trainers and associates in the school’s compound, Pakistani authorities on Wednesday allowed a group of journalists working for foreign news organizations, and foreign diplomats based in Islamabad, access to the site. He denied that the madrasa had recently been used by JeM. If there was a relationship it was a long time ago, he suggested. Other Indian officials have come up with similar claims but despite repeated requests from journalists, the Indian government has not produced evidence that a camp was destroyed or that any militants were killed. A series of Indian media reports claimed in March that the Indian jets had used smaller precision-guided bombs with warheads that were capable of penetrating a building and then killing its occupants but without blowing up the structure. Students recite verses from the Koran at a madrasa situated near an impact site, after Indian military aircrafts struck on 26 February, according to Pakistani officials, during a trip organised by the government, in Jaba village, near Balakot, Pakistan, 10 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersA madrasa, or Islamic school, on a remote hilltop in northeastern Pakistan that was the target of an Indian air strike just over six weeks ago is still not ready to give up its secrets. JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police on 14 Feb, triggering the Indian attack and the worst hostilities between the two nuclear-armed nations for many years. The main madrasa building itself doesn’t appear to be reinforced in any major way – it has a metal roof with some modest wooden beams. “I don’t think the site was hit but I still can’t be 100 per cent after today,” said one Western diplomat. “As to whether JeM were here – they may have been but I can’t determine that from this either.” The expectation among some of the visitors was that it might help to settle a number of mysteries about the attack. In particular, whether, as India had said, it was a huge success and took out a major militant training camp or whether – as Pakistan says – India’s warplanes missed the madrasa compound completely and hit surrounding hills instead. The difference – as many as 300 dead militants or no fatalities at all.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday July 18

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll continue our coverage of  the proposed Baltimore mandatory gun law, with more reporting from Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun, who was at last night’s City Council meeting where the measure was formally introduced. Also, a full analysis of the legal viability of implementing the law, from veteran defense attorney and legal expert A. Dwight Pettit.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Quantum Mysticism Gone but Not Forgotten

first_img Ancient Neutrinos Could Put String Theory and Quantum Loop Gravity to the Test This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Some of the physicists who made early contributions to quantum mechanics (left to right, top row first): Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg [Credit: Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), Bild183-R57262], and Erwin Schrödinger. In a recent paper published in the European Journal of Physics, Marin has written a short history, based on a longer analysis, of the mysticism controversy in the early quantum physics community. As Marin emphasizes, the controversy began in Germany in the 1920s among physicists in reaction to the new theory of quantum mechanics, but was much different than debates on similar issues today. At the turn of the last century, science and religion were not divided as they are today, and some scientists of the time were particularly inspired by Eastern mysticism. In his analysis, Marin lays out each player’s role and perspective in the controversy, and argues that studying the original interpretations of quantum mechanics can help scientists better understand the theory, and could also be important for the public in general.“Becoming aware of this subject would help general audiences realize that there are many other alternatives besides the ones offered by the disjunction between science and religion,” Marin told PhysOrg.com. “Science vs. religion is a very recent forced choice that the founders of quantum mechanics would have never recognized, much less accepted.”Mind MattersThe controversy boils down to the age-old question of the nature of reality. As Einstein (a firm realist) once asked, does the moon exist only when looked at? Although such a viewpoint seems unlikely in our everyday lives, in quantum mechanics, physicists’ observations can sometimes affect what they’re observing on a quantum scale. As the famous Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics argues, we cannot speak about an objective reality other than that which is revealed through measurement and observation.As Marin explains, the debate of consciousness in quantum theory began around 1927 when Einstein accused Neils Bohr of introducing a mysticism incompatible with science. Bohr denied the accusation and blamed it on Einstein misunderstanding him when he said that humans are both actors and observers in the world. Yet while Bohr believed that quantum processes occurred without the need for observers, he also sympathized with the idea that an extension of quantum theory might help in understanding consciousness. Einstein, for his part, adamantly opposed any subjectivity in science. He disagreed with Bohr’s view that it is unscientific to inquire whether or not Schrödinger’s cat in a box is alive or dead before an observation is made. Einstein devoted much of his later life to searching for elements of reality to make quantum mechanics a theory based on realism. For instance, the EPR paradox (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox) thought experiment in 1935 attempted to restore realism and causality to the theory.On the other hand, Wolfgang Pauli truly did harbor some of the views that Einstein accused Bohr of. Pauli favored a hypothesis of “lucid mysticism,” a synthesis between rationality and religion. He speculated that quantum theory could unify the psychological/scientific and philosophical/mystical approaches to consciousness. Pauli’s perspective was influenced by the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, whose views on reality were in turn influenced by Eastern religions. Still other physicists had different views. Marin argues that Max Planck, an adherent of Christianity, framed the controversy as the objectivity of science and Christianity against the mysticism of Schopenhauer and his popularization of Buddhism and Hinduism. Planck considered religion (Christianity) and science compatible based on his opinion that they are both based on objectivity but refer to distinct facets of reality. Meanwhile, Paul Dirac rejected any kind of religious vocabulary, arguing that “religion is a jumble of false assertions with no basis in reality.” The mysticism controversy also expanded into the public realm, starting in 1929 with first astrophysicist Arthur Eddington’s popular book The Nature of the Physical World. Although the book distorted many concepts, his defense of mysticism caught the attention of the international media. (Eddington was most famous for confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity by measuring an eclipse, which catapulted Einstein into fame.)In the next few years Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger leaned toward the side of mysticism, irritating Einstein and Planck. For others, the choice was not clear cut. Marin argues that the mathematician John Von Neumann intentionally used ambiguous terms when discussing the philosophy of quantum equations, meaning he could fit on either side. “He was a genius at linguistic innovation and came up with German terms that could support many different interpretations,” Marin said.In 1958, Schrödinger, inspired by Schopenhauer from youth, published his lectures Mind and Matter. Here he argued that there is a difference between measuring instruments and human observation: a thermometer’s registration cannot be considered an act of observation, as it contains no meaning in itself. Thus, consciousness is needed to make physical reality meaningful. As Schrödinger concluded, “Some of you, I am sure, will call this mysticism. So with all due acknowledgement to the fact that physical theory is at all times relative, in that it depends on certain basic assumptions, we may, or so I believe, assert that physical theory in its present stage strongly suggests the indestructibility of Mind by Time.”Cultural ReflectionsAs Marin notes, Schrödinger’s lectures mark the last of a generation that lived with the mysticism controversy. As Marin explains, quantum mechanics up to World War II existed in a predominantly German context, and this culture helped to form the mystical zeitgeist of the time. The controversy died in the second half of the century, when the physics culture switched to Anglo-American. Most contemporary physicists are, like Einstein, realists, and do not believe that consciousness has a role in quantum theory. The dominant modern view is that an observation does not cause an atom to exist in the observed position, but that the observer finds the location of that atom. As Marin has shown, the mysticism controversy in quantum mechanics did not involve just a few physicists and mystics (as it seems to today), but at one time it attracted the physics community at large. Some of the ideas have since resurfaced, such as in Eugene Wigner’s 1961 paper on the subject, which inspired popular books such as The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, which seek to connect quantum physics to Eastern mysticism for a new generation, along with the recent film What the Bleep Do We Know?“But here it was scientists vs. non-scientists,” Marin explained. “Today it is seen as science vs. religion, but at the time of the foundation of quantum mechanics it was not. There were religious physicists on both sides of the controversy. Most of the important physicists held what we could call today religious beliefs, whether Western or Eastern. When we speak today of the ‘two cultures,’ sciences and humanities, we are referring to the famous early ‘50s lecture by C.P. Snow, in Britain, lamenting the division. German thinkers of the previous decades were barely into that phase of discipline specialization. At the turn of the century, mathematics and physics were still distinguishing themselves from the ‘natural philosophy’ that gave birth to them.”Marin hopes that scientists today might gain a new perspective on their research by considering how the founders of quantum mechanics viewed the theory.“Whenever I read scientific articles citing the classic equations conceived by German scientists, it seems to me they could have been improved by researching how the scientists themselves interpreted their own equations,” Marin said. “Among contemporary quantum field theories, the important gauge theories are indebted to the work of [Hermann] Weyl and Pauli. Yet many physicists today would be shocked if they learned how Weyl and Pauli understood the concept ‘field’ when they wrote their classic articles. They were both immersed in mysticism, searching for a way to unify mind and physics. Weyl published a lecture where he concluded by favoring the Christian-mathematical mysticism of Nicholas of Cusa. Moreover, Pauli’s published article on Kepler presents him as part of the Western mystical tradition I study. “For those who do not favor the Copenhagen interpretation and prefer the alternative proposed by David Bohm, I would suggest reading Bohm’s many published dialogues on the topic of Eastern mysticism,” he added. “Eddington and Schrödinger, like many today, joined forces to find a quantum gravity theory. Did their shared mysticism have a role to play in whatever insights they gained or mistakes they made? I do not know, but I think it’s important to find out.” More information: Juan Miguel Marin. “’Mysticism’ in quantum mechanics: the forgotten controversy.” European Journal of Physics. 30 (2009) 807-822.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com.All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Does mysticism have a place in quantum mechanics today, or is the idea that the mind plays a role in creating reality best left to philosophical meditations? Harvard historian Juan Miguel Marin argues the former – not because physicists today should account for consciousness in their research, but because knowing the early history of the philosophical ideas in quantum mechanics is essential for understanding the theory on a fundamental level. Explore further Citation: Quantum Mysticism: Gone but Not Forgotten (2009, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-quantum-mysticism-forgotten.htmllast_img read more

Anker is Offering Insane Discounts on its USBC Power Delivery Chargers Cables

first_imgNeedless to say Anker has outdone itself today with the discounts it is offering. The Nebula Capsule smart mini projector is down to just $248 from $349 and a ton of USB Power Delivery products are discounted as well.Grab the Latest and Greatest USB Power Delivery Anker Gear at the Lowest Price Points for a Limited Period of TimeWe will start things off with the Nebula Capsule itself because it’s a ‘Deal of the Day’ and is seeing its lowest price ever since launch. It’s a smart, Android-powered projector that will surely get the party started wherever you are. Regularly, the Nebula Capsule costs $349, but for today only, it’s down to just $248.Are you into robots? More specifically, robots that do the cleaning for you? Well, then you will be pleased to learn that the Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S is seeing a discount today as well. With the price coming down to just $186.99 from $219.99, it’s a great addition to your smart home.Anker has discounted its PowerLine II USB-C to USB-C cable (3-feet) to $6.99 from $9.99 if you apply the code ANKERPD8 at checkout. That’s not all, the mighty PowerCore+ 26800 USB PD power bank with USB PD wall adapter is down to just $79.99 from $119.99 if you use the code ANKERPD3 at checkout.Anker’s latest lineup of chargers includes the dual-port PowerPort II with USB Power Delivery and PowerIQ 2.0 which too is discounted. Usually, this charger goes for a price of $29.99 but is down to just $23.99 once the code ANKERPD9 is applied at checkout. If the aforementioned charger doesn’t cut it then you can pump things up by getting the PowerPort Speed PD 5 Ports desktop charger instead. The single Power Delivery port can deliver up to 30W of charge while the other regular USB ports can pump out 12W of power each. It usually retails for $53.99 but it’s now down to just $37.79 with the code ANKERPD5 at checkout. Even the famous PowerPort Speed 1 USB PD charger is discounted to $21.99 from $27.99 with the code ANKERPD4.Anker’s brand new PowerDrive Speed+ 2 is discounted from $29.99 to $22.49 with the code ANKERPDC. But remember one thing, this discount applies to the first 210 pieces and the charger will go up for sale on the 30th of this month. The 60W flavor of the Anker PowerPort Speed 1 is going on discount too, with the price coming down to $32.99 from $39.99 with code ANKERPD6 at checkout. Just like the car charger, this one goes on sale on the 30th of this month and the discount applies to the first 150 pieces.Wrapping things up is a discount on the Anker PowerPort Speed 4, the PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A cable in Red and PowerLine+ USB-C to USB-A cable in Gray. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

UN panel warns of rising temperatures blames humankind

first_imgNo related posts. STOCKHOLM – The U.N.’s climate panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were the cause of global warming and predicted temperatures would rise another 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century.Heatwaves, floods, droughts and rising seas are among the threats that will intensify through warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report released in Stockholm.Environmental activists, scientists and leading politicians said the long-awaited review of climate science proved fossil-fuel burning must be urgently curbed.In a government-approved summary, the Nobel-winning group said it was “extremely likely” – a term meaning it was 95-percent convinced – that humans caused most of the warming observed over the past 60 years.In its last report in 2007, the panel had put this at 90 percent.U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, from Costa Rica, said the report was “an alarm-clock moment for the world.”“To steer humanity out of the high danger zone, governments must step up immediate climate action and craft an agreement in 2015” against greenhouse gases, she said.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also urged strong action, labelling the report “yet another wakeup call.”“Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire,” he said.The volume is the first of a trilogy summarizing the status of global warming and its impacts.The IPCC has delivered four previous assessments in its 25-year history.Each edition has sounded an ever-louder drumbeat to warn that temperatures are rising and the risk to the climate system is accentuating.The projections for this century are based on computer models of trends in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, especially from coal, oil and gas which provide the backbone of energy supply today.The most optimistic of four warming scenarios sees an average temperature rise of 1.0 C (1.8 F) by 2100 over 2000 levels, ranging from 0.3 to 1.7 C (0.5-3.1 F). This is the only scenario that can safely meet the U.N.’s target of 2 C (3.6 F), which also factors in warming from the start of the Industrial Revolution to 2000.By comparison, the highest IPCC scenario has an average warming this century of 3.7 C (6.7 F), ranging from 2.6 C (4.7 F) to a 4.8 C (8.6 F) – a maximum many experts deem catastrophic.“Global surface temperature change for the 21st century is projected to be likely to exceed 1.5 C relative to 1850-1900 in all but the lowest scenario considered,” said Thomas Stocker, co-chairman of the working group that authored the report.‘Unbiased assessments’ of climate changeHeatwaves this century “very likely” will be more frequently and longer, he said, with added risk of floods and droughts in a warmer world.Depending on how much carbon gas enters the atmosphere, sea levels will rise by between 26 and 82 centimetres (10.4 and 32.8 inches) by 2100, the report added.Climate skeptics have pointed to a slowdown in warming over the last 10 to 15 years as proof that scientists’ models are flawed – or that global warming is a green scare.The IPCC acknowledged the slowdown but noted the decade ending 2010 was still the warmest on record and was marked by extreme weather events.It also cautioned against arbitrarily selecting dates to justify an argument.Thirty years or more are needed to see whether any slowdown was for real or just a quirk, said Stocker.World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud warned that climate change effects could last centuries.“Our activities today will have a profound effect on society, not just for us but for many generations to come,” he told a press conference.In a video statement, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the report was “essential” for governments thrashing out an ambitious global deal by 2015 on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.Ban will host a summit in September 2014 to boost political commitment to reach the 2 C target, a level that some experts say will avoid the worst climate fallout.“The heat is on,” said the U.N. chief. “Now we must act.”Political interest in climate change dwindled after a near-disastrous U.N. summit in Copenhagen in 2009, and willingness for concessions has fallen back in developed countries still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis.To safely reach the 2 C target, carbon emissions would have to peak by 2020 and then fall dramatically over the next half century, according to previous research.The report said mankind has already used 53 percent of the emissions allocation that would make 2 C possible – a trillion tons of carbon.The work released Friday comprises a 2,000-page report authored by 257 scientists, plus a 36-page Summary for Policymakers.Two more volumes of the Fifth Assessment Report will be released next year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Amadeus Mobile Access gives travel agents easy secure 24×7 custo

first_imgAmadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announces the launch of Mobile Access, a browser-based mobile device reservation solution to help travel agents in Asia Pacific address the needs of travellers 24×7. Amadeus Mobile Access enables travel consultants to connect at their convenience to the world of  Amadeus content and functionality via the Amadeus Cryptic Command screen.  It is available via mobile devices including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows.Amadeus Mobile Access helps travel agents address the immediate needs of travellers remotely via a familiar user interface, on a tablet or smartphone. This helps them stay on top of customer needs without work accumulating back in the office, or relying on other staff members to complete traveller requests. Mobile Access gives access to a range of travel content, from fare quotes and bookings, PNR creation, modification & cancellation through to ticketing and sales reports across air, car and hotels.Sari Vahakoski, Managing Director, Amadeus IT Pacific said:: “As mobile devices infiltrate the travel ecosystem, consumer expectations for immediate travel-related mobile services have heightened. If technology shapes consumer behaviour, then right now, it’s all about using mobile devices to research, book or amend travel plans on the fly.“Increasingly, travel agents are also less deskbound but still need to manage their workload efficiently to provide good customer service and avoid a backlog of fulfilment. Amadeus’ role is to identify these trends and innovate to support our travel agency customers. Amadeus Mobile Access also allows agents to react quickly to crisis situations in the travel industry, for example in cases of extreme weather. By being connected via a mobile device, travel agents can conveniently modify a customer’s booking at the touch of a screen from wherever they may be. Bruno des Fontaines, Vice President, Business Solutions, Amadeus Asia Pacific said: “As consumers increasingly look to travel comparison sites and even direct bookings to arrange their travel, Mobile Access helps travel agencies maximise sales, efficiency & customer service in a highly competitive environment. Not only does the tool support new sales, but it allows travel agents to provide a premium service to existing customers, ensuring customer loyalty with no additional cost involved.”Mobile Access is the latest technology in a full suite of Mobile Solutions which Amadeus has developed to meet new traveller demands; for all segments of the travel buying ecosystem including travel agencies, travel consultants, corporate customers and end-travellers. Source = Amadeuslast_img read more

Los Angeles welcomes LGBT tourism

first_imgAt the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) 32nd Annual Global Convention, Los Angeles rolled out the red carpet for LGBT tourism professionals from 27 countries.The event brought together tourism professionals from 27 countries for education and networking designed to enhance the landscape of LGBT tourism.“Los Angeles truly proved itself to be one of the most LGBT-welcoming destinations in the world, from the host venues to the local media to the support of our LGBT travel expo in West Hollywood Park,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said. “The outpouring of positive feedback for this year’s convention program has surpassed any other in our 32-year history. The bar is set really high now and we’re ready to meet that challenge head on as we prepare for our first convention in Africa in 2016.”last_img read more

Ujjwala Dali

first_imgOur efforts this year will be to focus on tapping the market in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as well as cities Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Patna, exploring new avenues. Our next product for the India market would be the adventure segment which has not been explored by the market yet, but which we are positive will strike a chord with the young audience, at this point of time. Our focus on TTF editions will be to communicate fresh updates about the destinations to the market to streamline positive message.last_img read more