unite4good And Variety Announce Honorees For 2nd Annual unite4humanity Event

first_imgunite4:good, the global movement for humanity, and Variety announce the 2015 honorees for the 2nd annual unite4:humanity event to be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 19.The entertainment industry’s brightest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will be recognized and honored for their philanthropic commitment, alongside seven community heroes and leaders who are using their voices and platforms for positive change.Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenesee Center; global film star Ewan McGregor will receive the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK; Lauren Paul and three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul will receive the unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign; three-time Grammy-winner Pink – who will also perform at the exclusive soiree – will receive the Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry; Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will receive the Young Humanitarian Award for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Emmy-winner Christina Applegate will receive the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award for her work with Right Action for Women.The unite4:humanity event will serve as a pre-cursor to the conference4:change, which will take place on March 14 at the University of Southern California, and will explore ways in which media makers can integrate and inspire social change through their projects. Hosted by unite4:good, Variety and USC’s Media Institute for Social Change, the conference will bring together writers, producers, directors, actors, musicians and studio, network and broadcast executives into discussions and breakout groups aimed at transforming the enthusiasm for change generated at unite4:humanity into measurable action.“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said Anthony Melikhov, global philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”U4G Group is the presenting sponsor of the exclusive soirée. Premier sponsors include Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage. Official sponsors include Jet Edge International.For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit unite4good.org/unite4humanity/.last_img read more

Theatre Calgarys new season

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “Our current season is a celebration of Theatre Calgary’s first 50 years. With it, we are looking back at what the company has achieved in those 50 years. Now we must look ahead at what we can and must achieve.”  READ MORETheatre Calgary to Present the World Premiere of MARY & MAX As Part of 2018-19 SeasonTheatre Calgary 2018-19 season is highlighted by three world premieres, which includes Theatre Calgary, in association with Cyndi and Matt Crandell presenting MARY AND MAX – A NEW MUSICAL, with music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman, directed by the organization’s new artistic director, Stafford Arima, and orchestrations and music supervision by Anna Ebbesen.The musical will premiere at Theatre Calgary from October 14 through November 10, 2018. READ MORE Twitter Theatre Calgary’s new season features world premieres and choreography from a local ballet legendThe newly minted artistic director of Theatre Calgary hails its upcoming lineup as a season of new beginnings.“For me, it is definitely a beginning. This is the first time I’ve ever programmed a season of plays because I’ve never been an artistic director of a company before,” says Stafford Arima, who has been working internationally as a freelance director for more than 20 years.His first season, 2018-19, will be Theatre Calgary’s 51st. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

El Othmanis Meeting with Kosovo FM Was an Unnecessary Fauxpas

Washington D.C – During Morocco’s participation in the UN General Assembly and a few days before the Security Council’s meeting on the Western Sahara issue, Saad Eddine El Othmani, Morocco’s head of government, made a faux-pas that is likely to cause an unnecessary headache for Moroccan diplomacy.On the first day of the general debate, which started on Tuesday, September 25, El Othmani, representing King Mohammed VI, met an official from Kosovo. Kosovo is a state that declared its unilateral independence from Serbia in 2008 and still does not enjoy the recognition of the UN because of Russia’s opposition.Read Also: El Othmani Attempts to Rectify Tweet on Unnecessary Meeting with Kosovo Official at UN A rushed response is a bad responseEl Othmani’s meeting with the Kosovar official was a faux-pas for two reasons:First, El Othmani was ill-advised when he rushed to post a tweet in Arabic about his meeting with Kosovo’s foreign minister without being sure under what conditions a non-member can enter the UN headquarters’ premises during the high level debate of General Assembly. The head of government initially asserted that he met “an official from Kosovo who participates in the work of the UN General Assembly.” Perhaps because of his rush, El Othmani did not recall that Kosovo, as a non-member state of the UN, cannot participate in the UN General Assembly. Only UN members can take part in the UN General Assembly.The head of government should have waited a bit and weighed his words before tweeting. He could have said that he met with a Kosovar official “who was present at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines” or “on the occasion of the UN General Assembly.” Otherwise, he could have simply refrained from posting such a useless tweet.Smiles for the camera, denials for TwitterPerhaps because El Othmani realized the sensitivity of his meeting, he published another tweet in English: “A gentleman from Kosovo imposed his presence. We have not discussed bilateral relations neither establishing contacts. Morocco’s position is constant. Morocco does not recognize Kosovo and has no relation with it.”El Othmani sought to absolve himself of any diplomatic faux-pas by asserting that the Kosovar foreign minister imposed his presence on him and that they discussed no bilateral issues.However, El Othmani did not realize that the delegation accompanying the Kosovar official had taken a photo documenting the meeting between the two parties. The picture showed that the official did not impose his presence on the Moroccan official, but rather showed El Othmani smiling and speaking comfortably with Kosovo’s minister of foreign affairs.Perhaps El Othmani’s kindness and his good temper prompted him not to reject the Kosovar official’s request to meet for a few minutes. However, the heavy responsibility the head of the government is entrusted with does not require him to be kind and naive. It requires him to show rather wisdom, shrewdness, and caution to avoid any blunder that could affect the country’s strategic interests.Such a meeting could cause problems for Moroccan diplomacy and force Morocco to do damage control to avoid the spillover effects from such an ill-considered act.Read Also: Bolton Is Unlikely to Change US Position on Western Sahara What did the head of government achieve from that meeting, and what was the rationale behind it, especially while most heads of state and government are at UN Headquarters? Instead of meeting with the Kosovar official, he should have sought to meet with a representative of one of the countries that Morocco might need to strengthen its position on the Western Sahara issue.On the other hand, El Othmani’s advisers should have alerted him to the sensitivity of the meeting and the problems it could cause Morocco, or at least have advised him to refrain from tweeting about it.Moroccans have simply to put themselves in other people’s shoes. If we feel angry when a state official meets with a Polisario official, we should be aware that a meeting between a Moroccan official and a Kosovo official could raise eyebrows in Serbia and Russia—especially since El Othmani’s meeting, however informal it might be, came shortly after the Moroccan foreign minister, Nasser Bourita, met the Serbian president on September 12. During that meeting, the Serbian president reiterated his country’s support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.How would Morocco react if a Serbian official, or any official from other countries with which Morocco has cordial relations, met a representative of the Polisario Front in the UN headquarters lobby? The scenario would likely upset Morocco at the official level and could provoke a violent reaction from Moroccan public opinion.Although Kosovo is a country with its own national identity, history, religion, identity, and language, everyone knows that Morocco will not recognize Kosovo as long as the Western Sahara question is on the UN agenda and while Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, rejects any international recognition of Kosovo. Despite Kosovo’s efforts to obtain a seat at the UN since its independence from Serbia, it has not succeeded in achieving its ultimate objective to obtain the UN’s recognition.Neither the pressure exerted by the European countries and the US, nor Kosovo’s membership at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, nor the recognition of its independence by more than 100 countries were instrumental in helping it secure UN recognition.As long as Russia supports Serbia, Kosovo’s membership within the UN will remain unachievable. Perhaps what makes Kosovo’s mission almost impossible is that the admission of any country to the UN passes through a Security Council recommendation to the UN General Assembly. Furthermore, any of the security council’s five permanent members can use their veto power to prevent that recommendation from reaching the UN General Assembly.For historic, ideological, and political reasons, Russia is Serbia’s main supporter. In addition to its strong opposition to secessionism and its relentless defense of the territorial integrity of its allies, one of the main factors behind Russia’s continuous defense of Serbia’s territorial integrity lies in the fact that it is Russia’s last foothold in the Balkans after the former Yugoslavia’s disintegration. Therefore, any encroachment on Serbia’s sovereignty is a violation of Russia’s strategic interests.It remains to be seen whether El Othmani’s meeting with Kosovo’ FM will affect Morocco’s bilateral relations with Serbia. But one thing is sure, Dr. Othmani should remember that in all his actions, in all his statements, and in every step of his daily routine, he does not represent himself, but represents a state and an entire people. The head of government is considered the second man in the state after the King, especially when he is on an official mission to represent the King in the UN General Assembly. Therefore, he would be well advised to watch every word he posts on social media and shares with the media and reduce his presence on Twitter.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis read more

Guinea UN envoy lauds peaceful conclusion of presidential runoff

8 November 2010The United Nations envoy for West Africa today welcomed the peaceful conclusion of the second round of the presidential election in Guinea, saying the country’s citizens had demonstrated their commitment to democracy by participating in the poll. “Through their massive mobilization, the people of Guinea have demonstrated their deep commitment to democracy and their willingness to restore constitutional order,” Said Djinnit said in a statement following Sunday’s election. He urged Guineans to remain calm before and after the results are officially released and encouraged the two candidates – Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Condé – to remain committed to their pre-election pledges to abide by the rules and ensure that peace prevails.In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, said the UN had facilitated efforts by the international community to ensure the success of Guinea’s transition to democracy.“We have mobilized almost $9.7 million to support the transition in Guinea,” he said, adding that the UN had also provided logistical support for the polls, including providing a helicopter to help the national independent electoral commission (CENI) transport the results from remote areas to the capital, Conakry.The logistical support provided by the UN will facilitate the collection of poll returns and thus contribute towards easing tensions associated with the announcement of results, Mr. Djinnit added.The envoy, who just concluded a five-day visit to Guinea, said he plans to go back to Conakry later this week. “We are going to be available to the two candidates and to the transitional authorities, along with the international community, to do everything possible to keep the situation calm so that the population waits calmly for the provisional results by the electoral commission,” he said.The presidential election, which includes yesterday’s run-off poll and the first round of voting held in June, was the final stage of the interim Government’s efforts to restore democracy after Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté. read more

Baseball Gets A Rude Welcome To The Age Of Cyber Espionage

In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes. read more

Multicultural minister under fire

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Assistant Multicultural Affairs Minister Zed Seselja says he’s softened his stance on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, with Labor claiming his previous stance on changes to the legislation makes him an odd fit for the multicultural portfolio.Last year Senator Seselja supported a Family First bill that argued to remove the words “offend” and “insult” from section 18C of the Act, after the government in 2014 bowed to pressure from Greek and other ethnic community leaders to leave the legislation as is.“Under the Racial Discrimination Act we have a completely subjective test applying to anyone identifying with a particular ethnicity or nationality − a ‘hurt feelings’ test,” Senator Seselja said at the time.The government backed down on changing the legislation after more than 200 multicultural and ethnic communities across Australia expressed their concerns over the proposed changes.In 2014, in support of the changes, Attorney General George Brandis said people had “a right to be bigots”.Senator Seselja, who was appointed to the Coalition Cabinet this week as new assistant minister for social services and multicultural affairs, told reporters he would support the government’s policy.“Obviously the government has a position on it, so as part of the government I will pursue that,” he said.Meanwhile, Labor has expressed criticism of his appointment. ALP senator Katy Gallagher said Senator Seselja’s views were out of touch with the community.“It is extremely alarming that one of the few people who wants to water down these protections against racist hate speech has been appointed to this portfolio,” she said.Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek has also criticised the appointment, saying the ACT senator wished to amend the Racial Discrimination Act to allow the denigration of people on the basis of race.Senator Seselja, who is of Croatian heritage, said despite heightened debate this week over immigration policy, fuelled by comments from TV celebrity Sonia Kruger asking for a ban on Muslim immigration, he was optimistic about Australia’s future as a harmonious multicultural society.“Of course there are always some dark sentiments in our community, we know that no society is perfect − there are people on the fringes who either wish to do people harm or have views that most of us would find abhorrent, but I take a far more optimistic view of where we are as a nation,” he said.last_img read more

Iwobi pleased with Wenger sendoff

first_imgAlex Iwobi was pleased to see Arsene Wenger get the big send-off he deserved at the Emirates as Arsenal secured a 5-0 victory against Burnley in his final home matchThe Nigerian ended his goal drought in the Premier League by adding the fourth goal of the game, as Arsenal produced a dominant performance for their departing manager, thanks to an assist from teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his first league goal since January 2018.After the match, a delighted Iwobi thanked the club for giving the Frenchman the send-off he deserved after 22 years in charge of Arsenal.“This was more than a match! Really pleased we gave you the send-off you deserve. Thank you, boss,” wrote the 22-year-old on Twitter.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send Off You Deserve. Thank You Boss ??#MerciArsene pic.twitter.com/3L8zOXLP1s— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) May 6, 2018Iwobi is a product of the Arsenal youth academy and was brought into the first-team by Wenger in October 2015 and the young forward has since scored nine goals in his 94 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.last_img read more

Janet Cooper and Steve Webb recognised in New Year Honours List

first_imgJanet Cooper, Charles Counsell, and Steve Webb are among those in the employee benefits and pensions industry to be recognised in the New Year Honours List 2017.Janet Cooper (pictured), partner at law firm Tapestry, was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to equality, women’s empowerment and employee share ownership.Cooper is co-founder of the Global Equity Organisation and the Share Schemes Advanced Studies Group, a founder of Proshare, and also developed a professional training course, the ICSA certificate in employee share plans.Cooper is also an advocate for equality in the workplace, promoting agile working for all staff, and sitting on the UK board of UN Women for six years, as well as holding the role of vice president for three years.Steve Webb, a former Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury and Yate, and pensions minister between 2010 and 2015, was awarded a knighthood on the recommendation of the Parliamentary and Political Service Committee.Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment at The Pensions Regulator (TPR) was awarded an OBE for his services to workplace pension reform.Counsell worked closely with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure that UK employers meet their pension duties, overseeing a campaign to educate employers through direct communications, online tools and information, and a dedicated contact centre.Counsell said: “I am delighted to receive this award which recognises the commitment and expertise of my colleagues to ensure that automatic enrolment successfully meets the challenge of creating a new and robust culture of saving in the UK.“Automatic enrolment has reversed a worrying trend of under-saving for retirement amongst [employees], and I am proud that we have played a role in educating employers that putting staff into a pension is now the social norm.”last_img read more

Shaadi Mubarak Kalyana Lakshmi cheques distributed in Mothkur

first_imgMothkur (Yadadri-Bhongir): Thungathurthi MLA Gadari Kishore stated that the State government was committed towards providing best administration and facilities by providing infrastructure and constructing office buildings in the interest of rural people.The legislator inaugurated Mandal Parishad Development Office in Mothkur on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he said all office buildings were people’s buildings and people have to come to offices to get their issues resolved. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us He advised the newly-elected MPTCs and ZPTCs irrespective of their parties to work collectively for the progress of mandal and its people in all aspects. He advised the officials concerned to bring to his notice if any extra facilities were needed for the new building. As part of the programme, he felicitated the newly-elected MPTCs and ZPTCs and congratulated them. Meanwhile, the MLA also distributed Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak cheques to 164 beneficiaries at a programme held at Tahsildar’s office in Maddirala in Nalgonda district. Speaking on the occasion, he said both Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak were boon to families living under poverty line. State Oil Federation chairman Ramakrishna Reddy and party local leaders took part in the programmes.last_img read more

Bill to designate individuals as terrorists passed in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: A Bill to tighten the lead anti-terrorist law to empower the government to designate individuals as terrorists and streamline the process of confiscating their property, among other things, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with voice vote despite the opposition’s demand for its scrutiny by a Standing Committee. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, which seeks amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was passed with 278 members voting in favour and eight against. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The Bill got the Lok Sabha’s nod minutes after Home Minister Amit Shah put up a strong defence of the government’s proposals, arguing that terrorists such as Indian Mujahideen’s Yasin Bhatkal, who were under the radar for years, would have been caught much earlier if he had been designated a terrorist. Concluding the debate, Shah promised that the Modi government would never misuse its provisions. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us Congress and several opposition parties staged a walkout after the Minister’s reply demanding that the Bill be sent to a Standing Committee. Shah said the BJP-led government had only brought an amendment to the law which was enacted by the Congress and whose provisions were later made stringent. Responding to the arguments of other MPs, the Minister said what the Congress governments did “was right and what the BJP-led government is doing is also right”. Advertise With Us “The law was enacted in 1967 by a Congress government and amendments made to it in 2004, 2008 and 2013 when Congress was in power. Who made the law stringent? What you did was right, what we we are doing is also right.” He asked opposition members about their concerns over powers of states when the Congress had made changes to the law. “There is a need for tough laws to end terrorism,” Shah said. Referring to the provisions of the Bill that allow an individual to be designated a terrorist, Shah said a terrorist often floats new organisations if a ban is imposed on an existing one. Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday moved the Bill for passage in the House mentioning that the government wanted to take strict steps against terrorism for which it had adopted a “zero tolerance” policy. Under the UAPA Act, the central government may designate a group a terrorist organisation if it commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism, promotes terrorism or is otherwise involved in terrorism. The Bill additionally empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists on the same grounds. As per the Act, an investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director General of Police to seize properties that may be connected with terrorism. The Bill adds that if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the approval of the Director General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property. Under the Act, investigation of cases may be conducted by officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police or above. The Bill additionally empowers the officers of the NIA, of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases. The Act defines terrorist acts to include acts committed within the scope of any of the treaties listed in a schedule to the Act. The Schedule lists nine treaties including the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (1997) and the Convention against Taking of Hostages (1979). The Bill adds another treaty to the list: the International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005).last_img read more

CJ quits for his corruption Law Minister

first_imgLaw minister Anisul Huq. File photoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said it was corruption that prompted chief justice Surenda Kumar Sinha to step down from his post.“The chief justice resigned as other judges refused to sit with him following 11 charges he is facing,” he said.The minister was addressing a programme at Taltala village in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria district after the inauguration of electrification of several villages, reports UNB.The minister claimed that SK Sinha had got angered when he told him that the Constitution is the supreme law.Mentioning that the next general election will be held in December next in a free and fair manner, he said Awami League will return to power.“No one will be allowed to create any chaos. Any attempt to foil the election will be dealt with an iron hand,” he added.last_img read more

Heres the internets best fake Street Sharks fan art

first_imgBy now, the story of how I fooled the internet with my Street Sharks lies is the stuff of legend. Just ask the serious journalists at Vox, Gawker, and The Daily Dot. If you somehow managed to miss it, the story goes like this: I made up a bunch of stuff about an awful 1990s cartoon and now the internet thinks it’s real. Granted, in the weeks since the revelation, the truth has started to win out. For example, if you search Street Sharks cast on Google, Henry Winkler’s name no longer shows up. But we never want the internet to forget the lies, so we asked you for help.For our Jawsome Contest, we asked Geek.com readers to create the best fan art they could for my two totally fabricated Street Sharks characters: Henry Winkler’s gangleader Meathook and the female Street Sharks Roxie. Here are the gifts you gave us.First up, here’s the winning entry: “Meathook” by @Caribounose. In my fiction, Meathook is a human character, and Caribounose noted that discrepancy in this drawing. But maybe I got that wrong? Maybe the real fake Meathook was in fact another shark with a hook for hand? If someone told me this was concept art for an actual Street Sharks reboot I’d believe them.Next, here’s a rendition of Roxie by @Squeedgemonster. We actually got this drawing before the official contest, on the day the story hit, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It takes what I love about our in-house take on Roxie in the top image above, made by Ziff Davis artist Jose Ruiz, and makes it even more radical. The sparkling neon colors, fishnet bra, and hip attitude are totally what a female Street Shark should have.Finally, we have another Meathook, this one by @BurkeTomaselli. Sure, it may not display as much technical skill as the other entries, but it has just as much heart. I like how this guy could show up in a semi-realistic army movie. Plus, I think this one most resembles the actual fan art Street Sharks fans would’ve made when the show was one the air.Big thanks to everyone who entered the Jawsome Contest! We’ll do this again once I reveal another one of my decades-old lies. Henry Winkler wasn’t in Street Sharks. I made that up and people believed me.<><>last_img read more

Chinas Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

first_imgAt the same time it is engaging in legitimate scientific research, Yun says, China is also pursuing a strategy of scientific diplomacy to benefit its commercial resource development goals. The melting Arctic has also opened a new sea route between China’s factories and European customers. The first Chinese-built tanker sailed through the ice from Guangzhou, China, to Russia’s Murmansk seaport in January.Because China doesn’t have a claim to the Arctic, unlike the other eight nations of the Arctic Council (the US, Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden), that means it must pursue partnerships with countries that do. That’s how China got its space weather lab—by cooperating with Icelandic officials.In Greenland, scientists from the Chinese Geological Survey have spent the past few years visiting mineral sites. In 2017, Chinese officials announced plans for a joint China-Greenland polar research base, as well as a satellite ground station for climate change research. These scientific partnerships are happening at the same time as China is backing five big mining or development projects in Greenland. For nearly a century, the Arctic has been a scientific playground for American, Canadian, and European researchers studying everything from magnetic fields to krill populations, as well as documenting rising temperatures and a changing climate. But with China increasingly expressing an interest in all things Arctic, a geopolitical storm is brewing. Traditional boundaries between science, commerce, and the military are melting as fast as the region’s sea ice.On Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo scolded China for using civilian polar research to further its military and commercial goals, including opening up a new “Polar Silk Road” for trade and shipping. “China’s words and actions raise doubts about its intentions,” Pompeo said in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the eight members of the Arctic Council are meeting this week. “Beijing claims to be a near-Arctic state. Yet the shortest distance between China and the Arctic is 900 miles.”Pompeo said the US welcomes Chinese investment in the Arctic but that the US needs to “examine these activities closely,” citing a Pentagon report issued last week that found that scientific research could support a strengthened Chinese military presence in the Arctic Ocean, which could include deploying submarines.Until about a decade ago, China wasn’t known as a polar nation. In 2013 it became an “observer state” to the eight-member Arctic Council. And these days it seems that China is trouncing the US when it comes to its presence north of the Arctic Circle. China opened a research station in Iceland in 2018 to study space weather. It has another one in Norway’s Svalbard Island, and it signed an agreement last month with Russia for a joint research center to forecast the ice conditions of the Northern Sea Route and provide recommendations for Arctic economic development, according to Russian officials. More Great WIRED StoriesThe hacker group on a supply-chain hijacking spreeThe penetrating gaze of the Instagram Shame SiloLA’s plan to reboot its bus system using cell phone dataThe antibiotics business is broken, but there’s a fixMove over, San Andreas: There’s a new fault in town💻 Upgrade your work game with our Gear team’s favorite laptops, keyboards, typing alternatives, and noise-canceling headphones📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Yun says Chinese scientists don’t see the conflict between scientific research and national goals of resource development. “When China says that we are studying how climate change affects wildlife in the Arctic, they are also collecting data for temperature change for the flow of the ice, the change of the shipping routes,” Yun says. She spoke from Shanghai, where she is attending a forum on China in the Arctic this week. “Is that information going to be used for future commercial activity? I think it certainly will.”Others say that Western cooperation with China’s scientific projects in the Arctic will benefit both sides. That’s because scientists usually share information and build trust with each other despite their national or political differences. “There’s no one-way street in this,” says Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, a professor of social science at the Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø. “We also learn something about China and its actions in the Arctic. You can be suspicious about scientific collaboration because the Chinese side builds knowledge, but we build knowledge too.”Leaders of Nordic nations that border the Arctic tend to have a less confrontational stance than Secretary Pompeo. In addition to finding fault with China, Pompeo also criticized Russia for malfeasance in the Arctic (and even picked on friendly Canada) at the meeting this week.One thing Pompeo left out of his speech, however, was any mention of climate change. He did, however, declare that “America is the world’s leader in caring for the environment,” at the same time as US negotiators pressured the Arctic Council to remove any language on global warming from the group’s final resolution. The group refused, so it won’t issue any resolution at all. Last fall, China launched its second polar icebreaker, dubbed the Xuelong (Snow Dragon) 2, the world’s first to crunch 5-foot-thick ice both forwards and backwards. It has also commissioned a nuclear-powered icebreaker to be built in the next few years, along with several ice-capable patrol boats.Meanwhile, the US’s lone heavy icebreaker is more than 40 years old and is often in need of repairs. Congressional funding for a new $746 million icebreaker was diverted to President Trump’s southern border fence last year, while a newly announced icebreaker won’t be ready until 2024.So what is China doing in the Arctic? Experts and observers of the region say that China has a lot of reasons for wanting to be there. Its leaders are worried about the effects of climate change, for one. The Arctic is heating up faster than the rest of the world because of rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists have warned. Over the past five years, the region has been warmer than at any time since 1900, when record-keeping began, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. China wants to learn more about connections between a warming Arctic and how that might lead to droughts in China’s mainland, for example, or sea level rise that could swamp its populated coastal cities.Sun Yun, director of the China program at the Stimson Center in Washington, says Chinese leaders want their scientists to take part in Arctic research because they believe that “climate change impacts the whole world, so China needs to be there.” That goes against historical precedent, in which the only countries with a permanent presence in the Arctic have been the ones to control territory within the Arctic Circle and generally set up research bases there. US officials are skeptical that China is only pursuing science because of its history of staking out claims on both commercial fisheries and mineral extraction in far-flung places. “It is an argument that raises a lot of eyebrows, but that is the Chinese argument.”last_img read more

Bringing a Dodo Back to Life Courtesy of 3D Printing

first_imgIt is not easy to overlook the tales of 3D printing that makes rounds in the media on a regular basis.There have been many advancements made in the field of 3D printing.In fact, this technology could very well be driving an electronic revolution.It is a kind that has not yet been witnessed since the Industrial Revolution.These expectations are not poorly placed given the kind of things that can be achieved courtesy of 3D printing technology.For instance, living cells can now be manufactured using nothing but this innovative technology.It does not stop at that either, though.A researcher named Howard Stableford looked into a particular postulate of 3D printing to ascertain if further development in 3D printing could bring about any significant benefits to the world.Howard discovered a 3D printed reef structure along with its scientific applications as he pursued his investigation on the technology.As he continued the research, he asked the question if 3D bioprinting could reverse the process of extinction in various species in the world.It is quite an interesting enquiry to make.Have you ever asked yourself if technology has got to a stage where we could reproduce species?An Orwellian was of the view that this may well be possible at some point.However, the idea of bringing a dodo back to life courtesy of 3D printing sounds quite unreal.Perhaps, some would carry the belief that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.Source: BBClast_img read more

Public Seminar on Using Hydrogen as a Renewable Energy in Ireland and

first_imgNUI Galway will host a public seminar on ‘Decarbonising Ireland with Zero-Carbon Technologies’, presenting current activities in Ireland and abroad around the use of renewable hydrogen as a clean energy vector. Successful examples of small and large-scale installations will be presented by leading experts in the field along with breakthrough research. The event will be opened by Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne, TD on Tuesday, 16 July.In the last six months, hydrogen has experienced exponential growth in interest with large car manufacturers and oil and gas companies among others, showing a clear shift on their investment strategies towards this chemical. Notwithstanding, hydrogen as a clean energy vector meets targets of a number of Sustainable Development Goals with a direct impact on climate change mitigation. Recently, Energia announced a €3 billion investment in renewable energy in Ireland with hydrogen being a key actor.This seminar aims to bring together all stakeholders from the island of Ireland to discuss opportunities and challenges for the deployment of hydrogen technologies in rural and peripheral regions. This includes green hydrogen production through excess wind and/or solar energy use in transportation, power-to-gas, energy storage and gas for industries, among others. It will also look at low-carbon technologies for public infrastructure and housing.Dr Pau Farràs Costa, Energy Research Centre, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway, says: “The seminar is a stepping stone towards a wide dissemination to the public and stakeholders of the advantages of hydrogen as a fuel for the future, with direct implications for climate change, energy resilience and the development of jobs in rural communities.”The seminar includes presentations and open discussions with a panel of experts on:– Hydrogen developments in Iceland– Northern Netherlands TSO2020 project, large-scale deployment.– Haeolus project in Norway, hydrogen in extreme climate conditions.– SEAFUEL project (Sustainable integration of renewable fuels in local transportation)– GenComm project (GENerating energy secure COMMunities)– Hylantic (Atlantic Network for Renewable Generation and Supply of Hydrogen to promote High Energy Efficiency)– Feasibility study for wind-to-hydrogen for local transportation – bus fleet– Hydrogen in Northern Ireland– Hydrogen Mobility Ireland– Launch of HydrogenIreland @GalwayThe seminar will coincide with the kick-off meeting of the INTERREG Northern Periphery and Arctic project, HUGE (Hydrogen Utilisation and Green Energy). HUGE is a €1.4 million project led by The Environmental Research Institute with Dr Pau Farràs Costa at NUI Galway as a partner. The project aims to provide communities with energy security by delivering to them the necessary tools to assess the hydrogen renewable energy chain opportunities in the Northern Periphery and Arctic area and beyond.This seminar is also part of the knowledge transfer activities designed in HUGE to engage with potential stakeholders and communities at the different regions of the partnership. Galway and the west coast of Ireland is an excellent example of the huge potential for production and use of hydrogen as a clean energy vector. In the seminar, successful examples of hydrogen activities occurring in Europe will be showcased to demonstrate the viability to invest in the technology and the benefits it can bring to the region.Ireland is starting to play a key role that includes the formation of the Hydrogen Ireland Association, which will be presented for the first time in Galway, as well as a presentation of the Hydrogen Mobility Ireland group, with clear targets for the deployment of hydrogen refuelling stations and vehicles in a short timeframe. The event will also see one of only the two hydrogen-fuelled cars in Ireland, a Toyota Mirai owned by Photonomi Group CEO, John Quinn.The seminar is co-funded by the INTERREG Atlantic Area project SEAFUEL led by Dr Pau Farràs at NUI Galway. SEAFUEL targets the production and use of green hydrogen for local transportation in isolated territories, in particular, islands. The project is looking at the Aran Islands as a key location for the technology and aims to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen to be a key energy vector for the decarbonisation of the islands following their renewable energy targets (see www.seafuel.ie).The free event will take place in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, North Campus, NUI Galway on Tuesday, 16 July from 9.30pm to 3 pm.To register and attend this free event, visit: www.eventbrite.ie and enter ‘HUGE’ or ‘Decarbonising Ireland with Zero-Carbon Technologies’.To live stream the seminar, log on to https://youtu.be/DAgTkI8sII0For more information about the seminar contact, contact Dr Pau Farràs Costa, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway at pau.farras@nuigalway.ie or 091 492765.last_img read more

Combat Rifle Association holds League Shoot

first_imgThe Natal Combat Rifle Association held a Natal League Shoot in the Wagon Hill arena this morning (Saturday).Police, together with the army and Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), participated in the competition.Both men and women took part, showing off their marksmanship skills. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Water restrictions could hit Ladysmith hard

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Water flow from Spioenkop Dam is supplied by gravity feed, which is a constant flow and cannot be increased. The town’s water supply is supplemented by pumping water directly from the Klip River. However, when it falls below the required level, this cannot be done, forcing large parts of town to rely on what comes from Spioenkop.In the past, this problem was addressed by opening the sluice gates of Windsor Dam to increase the water flow level of the Klip River. However, since the drowning of four children at Black Rock in July 1998, Windsor Dam was decommissioned.Historical InterestDuring this process, the sluice gates were welded open and the dam fell into disrepair. Four children – Anisa Patel (20), Asmaah Patel (17), Ebrahim Patel (7) and Mohamed Motala (8) – tragically drowned when the sluice gates at Windsor Dam were opened, causing a flash flood which swept them away while they were picnicking at Black Rock. The six accused (allegedly responsible for opening the sluice gates) could not be charged, as Magistrate Patrick Madida found that the police had bungled the case. uThukela District Municipality has issued a warning to Ladysmith residents that water restrictions could be imposed if drought-like conditions affecting the Klip River do not ease.According to Deputy Water Services Manager Glen Singh, the Klip River is abnormally low for this time of year. “Should there be no rainfall to increase the amount of water flowing past the water treatment plant situated along the banks of the Klip River near 5SAI, then water restrictions will be introduced,” warned Mr Singh.last_img read more

ATEC DestinationNSW to pairup for Sydney

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J It’s an exciting time for tourism in Sydney, according to DestinationNSW chief executive Sandra Chipchase, however there is major room for improvement in the tourism sector to keep the state for failing.Speaking at the 2011 Australian Export Council Meeting in Sydney yesterday, the organisation’s head explained while Sydney “is one of the most beautiful cities in the world”, the industry needs to lift its game to keep up with travellers visiting.She said as an initiative to improve the state and city’s appeal, DestinationNSW and ATEC are planning to release details of a new strategic partnership early next year.Ms Chipchase explained that although the two Groups were already under a partnership, they would officially launch a formal agreement in 2012 that will focus on improving Sydney’s “competitive edge”.“It is critical for us that our products and services particularly in this state become more export ready,” the organisation’s head said.“We have to build that capacity and capability within our state that’s what gives us the competitive edge.“And while we have enjoyed a really great strategic alliance with ATEC over the last few years now we are going to step that up to a brand new level and we really looking forward to working with the team on that.”She added the over the coming years Aussies can expect to see DestinationNSW and ATEC create new partnerships, alliances, markets, customers, revenue streams as well as step up benchmarks of success.As well as planning future growth, Ms Chipchase took the time to emphasise the “exciting time” NSW was in, in regard to tourism with a Premier and Tourism Minister committed to visitor economy and reaching 2020 goals.For more information on the conference stay tuned to e-Travel Blackboard over the next few days.last_img read more