Notice to Proceed issued by Trans Mountain

first_imgAccording to Trans Mountain, construction work will soon begin in communities along the route, including an immediate return to work at Burnaby Terminal and on land at Westridge Marine Terminal. The specific start dates in the remaining construction areas are subject to final regulatory approvals and permits.Trans Mountain shares, over the coming months they expect to receive clearance of all other outstanding regulatory approvals and permits for the remaining construction areas.As timelines for approval of all outstanding regulatory matters could have an impact on project costs, schedules and final in-service dates. Trans Mountain shares, if approvals are received as they anticipate, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will be in-service by mid-2022.Trans Mountain remains committed to prioritizing and maximizing Indigenous, local and regional hiring, with approximately 4,200 workers expected to be employed in various communities along the corridor in the fourth quarter of 2019.“Over the coming months, we will continue our engagement with Indigenous communities along the construction corridor,” said Anderson. “We are committed to ensuring the Project incorporates all appropriate measures to protect the cultural, environmental and local Indigenous interests in the lands and waters through construction and into operation.”“Clearly this Project has been subjected to numerous delays and setbacks over the past several years. With today’s announcement on the commencement of construction, I firmly believe that we are finally able to start delivering the significant national and regional benefits we have always committed to,” said Anderson. CALGARY, AB – Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 Trans Mountain issued ‘Notice to Proceed’ directives to some of its prime construction contractors.“I am pleased to announce another significant milestone for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project with the commencement of construction activities and the issuance of the notice to some contractors to begin mobilizing equipment and crews in select areas in August and September 2019. With the first wave of regulatory approvals complete, we are confident that we have a path forward by which the Expansion Project construction can commence,” says Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation.With this news, the directives give the contractors 30 days to mobilize equipment and commence the process of hiring workers, procuring goods and services, and developing detailed construction work plans.last_img read more

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Security Council Report is not Security Councils Official Website

New York – With the ongoing crisis between Morocco and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Moroccan media are on the lookout for any new information to keep Moroccan readers up-to-date with the latest developments on the matter.In this frenzy of competition between news outlets to publish scoops about the conflict, some journalists present their readers with inaccuracies that do a disservice to Morocco.Information that caught our attention on Tuesday was that the “Security Council” considers to conduct a review of MINURSO’s mandate. The problem is that the journalist who wrote this “news” did not distinguish between the entities that represent the United Nations and others that do not represent it. A case in point is that of Security Council Report. The information published on the website of Security Council Report does not represent the views of the United Nations Security Council, nor do they represent the United Nations as a whole.Security Council Report is a New York-based NGO that reports and provides analysis about the activities and daily agenda of the Security Council. It is the most trusted NGO that reports about the behind-doors deliberations of the UN Security Council. It also offers its readership different scenarios that can be envisaged in the negotiations taking place in the UN executive body regarding the topics on its agenda.As part of the its daily work, Security Council Report reports every year about the latest developments regarding the Western Sahara.Earlier this month, it published a report where it predicted some of the scenarios or options that the Security Council may consider regarding the ongoing crisis between Morocco and the UN chief Ban Ki-moon following the controversial remarks he made last month in the Tindouf camps.Among the scenarios envisaged by the New York-based NGO, it said there are chances that the UN Security Council might conduct a review of MINURSO’s mandate.“Looking at the situation as a whole, and perhaps with a renewed sense of urgency to resolve the political stalemate, a further option would be for the Council to engage in a comprehensive review of the framework that it provided for the negotiating process in 2007, as recommended by the Secretary-General in his 2014 report.”Being in hurry to publish a scoop, some news outlets rushed to claim that these are the predictions of the UN Security Council itself.However, in order to present the Moroccan reader with accurate information, one should point out that the scenario predicted by Security Council Report does not represent what in reality is the position of the 15-member body, no is it the official website of UNSC.When there are deliberations about any given topic on the UNSC agenda, they are usually kept secret until the President of the Council briefs the press about them. It is not a UN practice that the UNSC publishes its position or possible actions it may take about the topics it has on its agenda ahead of a meeting or official consideration. read more

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President refuses to give MR nominations

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today. A decision was to be taken at the meeting with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. However following stiff opposition from within the SLFP, the President has now decided to fully reject nominations to Rajapaksa.Rajapaksa will now look at contesting the parliamentary elections under another political party, sources said.An opposition parliamentarian close to Rajapakse said on the grounds of anonymity that negotiations were held between the two groups loyal to Rajapakse and Sirisena in order to reach a settlement for Rajapakse to contest under the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). (Colombo Gazette) The President has said at the meeting that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa.Earlier Sirisena had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa but not make him the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party. read more

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Kosovo proindependence protesters attack UN headquarters no injuries

Police responded with tear gas to disperse the Vetëvendosja (self-determination) protesters, who broke over 20 windows and threw glass bottles of red paint onto police and security staff and the building, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Police spokesman Thomas E. Lee told a news briefing in Pristina today.Police quickly gained control of the situation and there were no reports of injuries to police, protestors or bystanders. Increased security operations remains in effect in the Albanian-majority province, which the world body has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting. Two weeks ago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Joachim Rücker warned against “unilateral actions” as the UN prepares to submit a proposal early next year for the future status of the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Independence and autonomy are among the options but Serbia rejects independence.“It is really a sad reflection of the mentality of a very small section of the population that does not seem to understand the political process – its importance and implications of their own actions – that does not seem to appreciate the hard work that has been put in by their leadership and institutions in bringing Kosovo so far, and that still seems to be looking for a ‘language’ to express themselves,” UNMIK Spokesman Neeraj Singh said of the violence. In a related development, Mr. Singh reported that from June 1999 almost 43 million square metres of land has been cleared and 73,737 mines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have been destroyed. During that time 111 people were killed and 418 injured by mines or UXOs, mainly in 1999 and 2000. So far in 2006 there have been 10 injuries and one death. read more

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Experienced Filipino becomes Police Commissioner of UN mission in TimorLeste

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has announced that a senior police adviser from the Philippines has been appointed as the Mission’s new Police Commissioner.Rodolfo Aser Tor, who joined UNMIT on Saturday, replaces Portugal’s Antero Lopes, who had been acting in the post since mid-August, the Mission said in a media statement released today.Mr. Tor’s lengthy career in policing includes a stint as Director of Plans and Director of Research and Development for the Philippine National Police and another as a regional police commander of two offices.Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, welcomed the appointment, which follows an agreement last week for the Mission’s police component to assume responsibility as the interim law enforcement agency in the South-East Asian country.“We are at a critical juncture in UNMIT: the number of UN Police (UNPOL) officers is growing; they are expanding into the districts,” he said. “The PNTL (National Police of Timor-Leste) screening process is ongoing and the number of PNTLs in co-locations with UN POL officers is increasing. And UNMIT is gearing up for the 2007 elections. All of these elements will require expert coordination and command of an efficient UN POL service.”For his part, Mr. Tor said he looked forward to his new duties and believed that “with hard work and perseverance from everyone involved we can successfully carry out the challenging mandate of UNMIT.” read more

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SMMT Update – weekly newsletter to members

The new car CO2 regulation is the most important piece of the legislation the motor industry has ever faced. It is essential that it creates the right framework to achieve Europe‘s environmental and economic ambitions. The vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee is an important part of a longer political process. We hope that in the coming weeks MEPs, the European Parliament and member states will find acceptable compromises on a range of issues, particularly around a sensible phase-in period and penalty levels. A failure to find the right framework will put at risk the diversity and dynamism of the European automotive industry, particularly at a time when the sector and its customers are facing a global economic downturn.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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TheJournalie launches Noteworthy a new investigative journalism website

first_img 55 Comments Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM Share8 Tweet Email4 Apr 9th 2019, 6:10 AM TheJournal.ie launches Noteworthy, a new investigative journalism website The new platform will fund in-depth journalism based on suggestions from the public. THIS IS A difficult time for journalism, as questions swirl about its future, business models, and trust in the media. And at the same time, it’s also one of cautious optimism, as media outlets experiment with new ways to tell important stories.Journal Media is today launching Noteworthy, a new website which funds in-depth journalism based on suggestions from the public. The platform is a new model for funding good journalism. Noteworthy will crowdfund and report on stories suggested by people around Ireland which deserve to be told and which would otherwise go unreported. The new site’s tagline reads: “We want to help people understand how Ireland works, and why it sometimes doesn’t work the way it should.” Ken Foxe, one of Ireland’s leading investigative journalists who has worked with RTÉ Investigates, the Irish Mail on Sunday, and the Sunday Tribune, has been appointed as editor of Noteworthy. Adrian Acosta, Journal Media chief executive, said, “We hope that Noteworthy will provide a platform for the more complex stories that are falling between the cracks.”“It can be a challenge for many media companies to support in-depth or investigative journalism so I am delighted to try a new model that allows the public and publisher to work together and produce stories that matter.”The site, which launches in beta version today, will ask members of the public to suggest potential stories they think need investigating and/or deserve deeper coverage, which could include concerns over issues like illegal dumping, a bad planning decision, or the safety of a local hospital. Noteworthy will use those ideas to create proposals, figuring out how best to tell those stories and how much they will cost to produce, and then publish the proposals, asking the public to fund a team of reporters to carry out the work needed to publish the stories. The finished articles will be published on Noteworthy and in some cases, on TheJournal.ie too. Articles on Noteworthy will also be available for syndication to other media organisations around the country. Noteworthy is partly funded by Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund, which helps to fund new technologies which support good journalism.    You can find out more about the project here. Short URL 20,409 Views https://jrnl.ie/4581536 By Christine Bohan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Pyrovile

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Well, you wouldn’t want to burn with these guys.Doctor and Donna, meet Pyrovile (via BBC)PYROVILEFirst appearance: “The Fires of Pompeii” (2008)—season 4, episode 2Home planet: PyroviliaDoctor: TenthCompanion: Donna NobleOh my household gods: It’s Volcano Day!Still finding her space-and-time-travel legs, Donna joins the Doctor for a visit to ancient Rome (well, “brand new Rome” at the time).But, things don’t go as planned … yada, yada, yada … the Doctor and Donna must stop an alien invasion that threatens to change the course of history.Pyrovile concept art (via BBC)Having mistakenly alighted in Pompeii—a city that, if you recall middle-school history, was buried under volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius—the pair are stranded in the soon-to-be disaster zone after the TARDIS is mistakenly sold to a local sculptor.This episode has everything: ESP, a drunk and rebellious teenager, futuristic technology, a water pistol, clashing worldviews, Karen Gillan, an ethical dilemma, Peter Capaldi.Famous mostly for appearances by subsequent stars Gillan (Amy Pond) and Twelfth Doctor Capaldi (taking a break from his turn as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker), “The Fires of Pompeii” introduced the oft-forgotten Pyroviles.Someone needs a new moisturizer (via BBC)A species of rock-and-magma-based humanoids from the planet Pyrovillia (I see what you did there, James Moran), the aliens developed advanced technology that allowed them to travel through space.When their homeworld was stolen by Davros (boo!), a group of Pyroviles managed to escape. Their victory, however, was short-lived: The pod crashed to Earth and the hot-headed bipeds “were rendered into dust” at the core of Mount Vesuvius.Patient creatures, they laid in wait for thousands of years, until an earthquake awakened them. Those clever bastards convinced the soothsayers of Pompeii to create a ventilation system, allowing people to breath in the remains of the mineral monsters.Pyrovile concept art (via BBC)By 79 AD, the Pyroviles counted a number of locals among their growing army—including augur Lucius Petrus Dextrus, the high priestess of the Sisterhood, and the sculptor’s young daughter, Evelina; people who ingested the Pyrovile particles to accumulate psychic powers (and some nasty side-effects).At the heart of the volcano (for which the Romans “haven’t even got a word … until tomorrow”), the Doctor discovers the Pyroviles’ evil plan to use Vesuvius’s power to convert the human race and conquer Earth.But the devil (or in this case, the Pyrovile) is in the details: The fire-and-brimstone race forces the Doctor to make a choice—kill the few to save the many, or let everyone burn. The same dilemma he faced at the close of the Time War.And, really, what’s more villainous than that? HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetcenter_img Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Morning Press Battle Ground plans ahead Building condos Teen pleads guilty in

first_imgAfter a snowy Sunday, what will spring weather return? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this weekend.Battle Ground looks for sense of directionBATTLE GROUND — For many, Battle Ground is a place to live or work. For a few, it’s a place to live and work.“People assume if you live in Battle Ground, you’re going to have to commute out to support your family,” said Danielle Stone, 46, a former Battle Ground resident who still works in the city.She said she knows plenty of stay-at-home parents who work part-time jobs in the city to make some extra money, but have spouses who commute somewhere else. Most of her friends who work full time in Battle Ground work for Battle Ground Public Schools, which could be because that’s also where she works. Or, it could be because the school district is the city’s biggest employer and has been as long as anyone can remember.Read more about the challenges facing the city.Clark County buyers eager for condos, but developers skittishThere is a perception among developers that if you build a condominium you may as well be building a wasp’s nest. Veering into that market has gotten many builders stung by lawsuits over purported construction defects.last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_img Additionally, Charles Yardley, Forbes Media’s Europe Managing Director, will leave the company at the end of 2015 to assume the position of COO at City AM. Tibor Fuchsel joins Forbes Media as sales manager, EMEA for Forbes Insights, the company’s strategic research and thought leadership practice. Fuchsel brings with him over 13 years of sales experience working with many brands in the media industry, including Euromoney Plc., The Guardian, IC Publications Ltd., PFI Media Ltd., ITP Business Publishing Group and Industry Europe Magazine.   Newsweek has announced that Margarita Noriega has joined the team as director of social media. Noriega previously worked as EIC of live events at Reuters in New York, where she oversaw the production and editing of Reuters social media, live blogs and live event coverage. Forbes’ French sales representative Fiona Lockie of Intermedia, who has worked with Forbes for 15 years, will expand her responsibilities into the French-speaking Swiss market.  Paul Mikhailoff has been promoted to director, EMEA, and will continue to be based in Forbes’ London office. He will be focused on managing and developing key relationships across Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa. Mikhailoff joined Forbes in April 2014 as the European sales director.   BPA Worldwide has announced that Rana Hariz has returned as director of the organization’s Middle East operation. Hariz previously worked for BPA from January 2011 to March 2015. She began as a media auditor, and was later promoted to Coordinator, Business Development – Middle East. After BPA, Hariz served as sales and business manager with AFP Services. CQ Roll Call  has named Kris Viesselman, a prize-winning digital news pioneer, as its senior director of digital content and new products. Viesselman has held editorial, creative and product leadership roles at National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune. TIME has appointed Dan Hirschhorn it’s new director of news. Since joining us a little over two years ago, Dan has been instrumental in building and guiding the 24/7 news operation.  “Our London sales team has achieved tremendous results in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. In the last year, overall advertising revenues have grown 28%, largely due to the significant increase in digital ad revenues,” said Sibley.  Forbes Media has announced new appointments and promotions as part of its global growth strategy to expand its London-based EMEA sales team.  Dr. Oz’ the Good Life is switching publishers. Kristine Welker, who was the launch publisher, is stepping down at year end. An insider said it is her own decision. Jill Seelig, a former publisher and chief revenue officer of O, the Oprah Magazine, will take over. She’s been SVP/corporate development at Hearst since exiting O in October 2014. Jessica Sibley has been promoted to VP, Sales East (U.S.) and EMEA. Sibley rejoined Forbes Media in June 2014 and has successfully led the growth efforts of the eastern region in the U.S. She will now lead the strategic plan for those categories across Europe and the East Coast. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: The Daily Dot has appointed Stephanie Gaskell as opinion editor. Gaskell joins the Daily Dot from Defense One, a division of Atlantic Media, where she served as managing editor. Bauer Media Group’s international digital business, Bauer Xcel Media has announced the appointment of Allison Mezzafonte as Bauer Xcel Media U.S.’s SVP of Operations. She joins Bauer Xcel Media from About.com, where she served as general manager.More on this topic People on the Move | 6.5.14 Meredith Names Two Top Execs | People on the Move – 6.1.16 People on the Move | 02.07.08 People on the Move | 6.07.07 People On The Move | 7.11.13 Nick Matarazzo Named President of Hearst Autos | People on the Move – 5.18.16Just In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered bylast_img read more

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State Fire Marshal Warns Residents About Safe Pool Chemical Storage

first_imgSTOW, MA — Summer weather has finally arrived and many homeowners are getting their pools ready. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey wants pool owners to take a moment to double check that pool chemicals are stored safely.“Pool chemicals may become a hazard when they get damp or wet with a small quantity of water, or when they are improperly mixed with each other, other chemicals, or reactive materials,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “It is important to keep pool chemicals dry. Store them in separate containers with lids in a locked shed away from the house and pool.”“Local fire departments and hazardous materials teams often respond to emergencies involving swimming pool and hot tub/whirlpool chemicals. The potential costs incurred by the pool owner for emergency measures can be extremely expensive. Take the necessary measures to prevent or address any injury to people or harm to the environment,” added Ostroskey.Last year, the State Hazardous Materials team responded to a Sharon home. The owner mixed pool chemicals inside. When they got wet, dangerous chlorine vapors were created. Two people went to the hospital after breathing in the chlorine gas.Every year more than 5,000 people nationwide visit the hospital with pool chemical related injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.Residents should take care and follow these safety tips:Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully. Make sure when you dispose of chemicals that you follow the directions provided.Children should never handle pool chemicals, and even teenagers should not do so without constant adult supervision.Put a lid on chemical containers every time. When containers are left open, water can get in and react with the chemicals. Remember: powder in the water, not water in the powder.Clean tools and equipment used to handle one chemical properly before using them with a different chemical.Spilled substances (e.g., from damaged containers or from sloppy handling) must be cleaned up and disposed of properly to avoid creating an inadvertent mixing or chemical reaction.Liquid chemicals, such as sodium hypochlorite (bleach), if spilled, can leak into other containers or seep into cracks in the floor. Liquids, because of their properties, can create hazards not associated with solid or granular products and must be carefully handled.Mixing chemicals can lead to a chemical reaction that may generate temperatures high enough to ignite nearby combustible materials. Mixing can also lead to the release of highly toxic and corrosive chlorine gas.Proper pool chemical storage is important. Pool owners should conduct a review of how they store their pool chemicals and especially look for and correct situations where chemicals could be intentionally or accidentally mixed. Make sure to:Separate incompatible substances; avoid storing containers of liquids above containers of powders or incompatible substances. The most common pool chemicals are inherently incompatible with each other, so be sure to keep them apart.Avoid mixing old chemicals with fresh chemicals, even if they are the same type.Use separate, designated scoops for each chemical. Handle only one chemical at a time and make sure that tools used with one substance are not used with another unless all residues are removed.Use separate, designated containers for cleanup of spilled materials to avoid inadvertent mixing of spilled substances. Consult your local hazardous waste disposal facility for more detailed information on proper waste disposal.Store pool chemicals outside the home or attached garage; a locked stand alone shed is recommended.Lock your storage area to keep children, pets and unauthorized users out.Keep your storage area free of rags, trash, debris, or other materials that could clutter the hazardous material area. Keep combustible and flammable substance away from the area.Proper Chemical DisposalDo not dispose of old pool chemicals in the trash or down the drain. Take old chemicals to a household hazardous waste collection day in your community or to a commercial hazardous waste facility. Since sodium hypochlorite (bleach) is the same chemical used in most water treatment facilities, check to see if your local plant will accept the chemical.For more information about how to store and use pool chemicals safely, turn to: the MassDEP web site or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pool chemical manufacturers’ websites would also be helpful.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Department of Fire Services.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”Fire Officials: Leave The Fireworks To The Professionals This 4th Of July SeasonIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Your body is driving a new wave of AR VR experiences

first_img1:29 Now playing: Watch this: Inside the softly glowing room, I pace around a table with an iPhone to reveal an augmented-reality mystery. Digital characters on my screen drop breadcrumbs for me to follow back to the scene of a murder. As I trace their trail of clues, my movements make everything around me change — the lights, the scenes, the sounds I hear in my ears. The use of movement and location to direct the flow of the story is one of the key elements of The Dial, the brainchild of Peter Flaherty. While he wanted to incorporate augmented reality, which overlays digital media on top of the real world, and projection mapping, which shrink-wraps video onto physical objects, the most important technology for telling his story is one we’re already constantly using: our own bodies. “The more your body’s engaged in any interactive or immersive form, the more meaningful it is,” Flaherty said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival on the night before the fest opened late last month. “Those choose-your-own-adventures — where you choose A or B, pathway one or two — for me is never that exciting. But if you’re actually kinesthetically moving your body, you’re engaged.” Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR) The Dial at Sundance marries projection mapping and AR… At the festival’s New Frontier showcase of tech-heavy immersive projects, pieces like The Dial are using participants’ bodies as the primary mechanism for how they work. Instead of bathing you in passive immersion or forcing fiddly game controllers into your hands, creators are nesting unfamiliar tech with an instrument — your body — that’s as familiar as the back of your hand. Literally. Their hope is to make projects utilizing augmented and virtual reality — once hot tech trends still struggling to find their way to consumers — more engrossing. VR and AR could use all the help they can get to actually fulfill their promise of offering us radically different and immersive experiences. The trend could, at the same time, restore some of the connection we’ve lost to our physical selves that tech has cleaved away. “It’s a critical moment culturally with the advent of spatial computing and the advent of also machine learning, for us … to put the body back at the center of the potential relationship of technology and humans,” said Melissa Painter, another creator whose project, Embody, is featured at Sundance. “Flat out, people’s physical relationship to their own body has somehow been stripped out of the equation.”My technology, myselfInside the glowing room-sized cube of The Dial, one viewer — dubbed the navigator — and two other people walk around a table with iPhones that reveal augmented-reality characters acting around a projection-mapped miniature house. The AR and projections reveal the characters and the sets, but the story’s scenes are unlocked depending on where the navigator decides to move. It’s a little like walking in front of an automatic sliding door at a supermarket, except instead of opening the entrance to a store, you awaken a new scene to play out. Your movements also sync with changing colors of light in this glowing cube. When you stand to the south of the miniature house, the lights turn pale blue to match the winter’s night setting of all the scenes that take place there. If you stand to the west of the house, the lights turn orange with long shadows to suggest the autumn afternoon. The dial syncs lighting, AR scenes and projection mapping to a participant’s movements.  The Dial All these high-tech orchestrations are designed to happen naturally as you follow whatever path through the story you want to take. Slowly, you unravel an interactive mystery centered on a woman who smashes through the stone wall outside her family home, exposing the underbelly of a formerly wealthy family. Flaherty hoped that the end result would be an engrossing story that has an actual arc. Making movements central to the story would allow the interactive methodology starts to “disappear,” he said.”They’re not focused on trying to break the tech, they’re not focused on trying to push the buttons,” Flaherty said of his hypothesis for the project. Painter, on the other hand, purposely wanted to avoid telling a story with Embody, an experience that feels like going on a fantasy yoga retreat. (Note that even somebody like me, who is terrible at yoga, wanted to do it again.) Her design was to create something that felt like a product of the future rather than storytelling of the future. embody-04Melissa Painter and her team created Embody to demonstrate novel ways technology can be used for physical wellness.  Embody Experiencing Embody, you stand on a pressure-sensor mat in front of a stereoscopic camera that captures the shapes you make with your body. These capture data that helps sync the VR imagery taking place around you. Inside your headset, a translucent figure leads you through various body movements by example. As you mimic the move, animations of budding tree branches reach out to dance with you in rhythm with your own movements. “We wanted to be able to use peoples’ bodies as the tool that piloted the experience but to take as much tech as possible off their physical bodies,” she said. Your body, front and centerBut a slew of projects at Sundance bring participant’s bodies to the fore. Grisaille floats viewers through a virtual world created by artist Teek Mach before you enter a room where she paints the profile of your body using VR painting program Tilt Brush. Mach has spent more time in virtual reality in the last year than actual reality, experimenting with such things as going to bed in a headset so she would fall asleep and wake up in one of her Tilt Brush-created worlds.  Share your voice TV and Movies Wearable Tech Interlooped uses a technique called live volumetric capture to create a hologram of you and artist Maria Guta. You watch as Guta leads a stylized deconstructed version of you in real time through a trippy experiment. It’s among the first times that live volumetric capture for two people has been publicly executed. Esperpento uses actors’ bodies to puppeteer digital characters. The project, which includes a fictional dystopian world that is projected on two walls and a floor of a stage, also features a short play called Two Red Lights and One Black. In it, actors control parts of projected digital avatars with some body movements. When one woman gesticulates with her hand, the hand of a beefy prisoner projected on the wall moves in sync.  Sundance Festival Post a comment Tags 0 “I actually have recorded the show — every voice, what they do — and played it that way, and it’s not enough, it’s not the same,” said Victor Morales, the creator of the projector. “It’s really not about the technology or what the world is. But [it’s] the person who is playing the role, and how a game or a story can change depending on who plays it.”This concept — of empowering and celebrating individuality with technology — carries a lot of weight for those critical of how the virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies are being developed so far. Painter said she’s concerned about the VR/AR/MR industry “driving toward oversimplification of what people do.””There’s too many people thinking about: If you can’t do it tomorrow in your living room, we shouldn’t be building it,” she said. “If we’re all leaning towards what we can push out the door tomorrow into a simplistic headset, we’re going to end up with nothing but zombie shooters.””To me, that’s not what this space is about,” she added. “It’s a chance to reset our relationship with technology.”First published at 5 a.m. PT.Update, 9:55 a.m. PT: To include additional background.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. Digital puppets! This is Esperpento, doing a scene from the play that takes place within the Esperpento world, called Two Black Lights and One Red pic.twitter.com/D13MDIIUp8— Joan E. Solsman (@joan_e) January 25, 2019last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly August 15 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted under APRN News. You can subscribe to APRN’s news feeds via email, podcast and RSS.Download Audio:US Arctic Rep Visits, Tours AlaskaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe United States Special Representative for the Arctic is visiting Alaska. Retired Coast guard Admiral Robert Papp is charged with managing the country’s entire arctic portfolio.Regulators Issue Trespass Notices for Kuskokwim VesselsDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelState regulators are issuing dozens of trespass notices for old vessels sitting in the Kuskokwim River. Some of the barges and boats pose navigational and safety hazards, while others are just tied up on state land without a permit. Officials say it’s the first step toward getting owners to take responsibility for vessels that are causing problems.Joe Miller Says He’ll Back One of His GOP Rivals If He Loses the PrimaryLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate said in a debate Thursday they’ll support whoever wins the GOP nomination. The big question was about Joe Miller, who had previously refused to say whether he’d run as a write-in or on a third-party ticket if he loses the Republican Primary on Aug. 19. Now, Miller says he’ll back either Dan Sullivan or Mead Treadwell to help unseat the Democratic incumbent.House District 3 Primary: Mostly Agreement – And A Few Key DifferencesTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksRedistricting has thrown two incumbent North Pole Republican lawmakers into a new district, and created one of the more unusual political matchups in this year’s primary: District 1 Representative Tammie Wilson versus District 2 incumbent, Doug Isaacson, for the new District 3 seat.New Sealaska CEO Plans Big Investments in SoutheastCasey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauNew Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says part of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s strategy for reversing recent losses will be to do business closer to home.AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Militia Rebrands ItselfAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageIn 2011, members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. The trial of their leader, Schaeffer Cox, continually made headlines in the years that followed, most of them bad. Now, other militia groups in the state are trying to show a different side to the movement.300 Villages: HealyThis week we’re headed to Healy, a small community on the fringes of Denali National Park. Clay Walker is mayor of the Denali Borough.last_img read more

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AK A teenager and his past

first_imgJohnson Youth Center students whip up brown sugar shortbread and a hollandaise sauce. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)It’s graduation season for Alaska’s high school seniors. Earning a diploma marks a milestone in a person’s life. And for one Juneau student, that milestone is especially sweet after his high school experience was interrupted with several trips to juvenile detention.Listen now:At the Johnson Youth Center in Juneau, a handful of students are mixing, blending, and whisking their way through culinary class. It’s not easy stuff.For J, an 18 year-old finishing his first year here, learning how to make crème brule was a big moment.“It taste like heaven but in a custard way,” J said. “One time we tried to get the hard crust on the top, but we set off the fire alarm here.”We’re not releasing J’s full name because, as a juvenile, his criminal record is confidential.Although J’s graduating soon with his high school diploma, he still has another year left at JYC. The center houses juveniles for both the long and short term.A “soft” room at the Johnson Youth Center. Residents must earn points to receive amenities like a couch. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)“Coming here I thought my life was over,” he said. “I was like ‘wow, what am I going to do now.’ But being here got me all these classes and activities that’s going to help me in the real world.”J fell in love with culinary class pretty soon after coming to the center. Chef and teacher David Moorehead says cooking teaches the kids focus and managing expectations. Some have felony charges and are court ordered to spend two years locked up at JYC.“I think this place can be really heavy on the kids. And this kind of gives them a little outlet,” Moorehead said. “So for some of them it’s the best thing since apple pie to be able to break away from the regimentation and learn something new.”When he was in regular high school, he says J caved to peer-pressure. He’s not comfortable detailing the crime that landed him here, but he says he made a lot of poor decisions.“I made a lot of mistakes over and over again,” J said.Now he lives in the treatment wing, which is separate from short-term detention. Staff don’t refer to him as an inmate: He’s a “resident.” And the facility isn’t called a jail. Some of kids on the treatment wing, like J, are repeat offenders who were in and out of the system until the court appointed a longer stay.“When you go through his file and you see how many times he has come to visit us,” Julie Black, a teacher’s aide, said. “You say, ‘huh,’ at what point didn’t you get it?”She says it took some time, but eventually J started to come around.“He all of a sudden woke up,” Black said. “Watching him buckle down and get to school and everyday I’d go down and see him, and you’d just see this kid doing everything he could to do it right.”A Johnson Youth Center resident irons his gown for graduation. Four students at the center recently earned their high school diploma. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)In part, J says his wake up call came after being sentenced to two years at the center.“Like, two years of your life taken away,” J said. “After this, there’s no coming back to JYC. It’s the big boy house. There’s a lot of people counting on me. I don’t want to let them down.”One of the people counting on him is his infant son. He had to miss the birth while he was serving his sentence.“That was a really big disappointment in my life,” J said. “I was like I don’t want to go through this again. I don’t put my son through this. I just want to be there in his life when I get out of here and stay there.”JYC offers counseling on being a good parent, dealing with stress and building healthy relationships. J says, during his time at the center, he’s learned a lot about himself. And he wants people to know, he’s not the same kid from day one.“I’m not going to be that punk kid anymore that didn’t care what other people think or didn’t care about anything,” J said. “Like deep down inside, I do care. I’m not going have my mistakes define who I am today. I’m going to move past that.”In a year or less, he will be back out in the world. He’s the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. He says he’s a little anxious about what the future will bring.“I came here not having much responsibility except for going to school, but now I’m out have I have to hold a job, take care of my son, and like, live on my own,” he said. “And that gets me nervous, but not as nervous because I know I can do it.”With the work-readiness training from JYC, J says he’s looking into careers in the culinary arts or mining.last_img read more

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Youth from Khammam goes missing in London

first_imgA 24-year-old youngster hailing from Khammam has gone missing in London. Sanne Ulwal Sriharsha has gone to London to pursue his masters after completing his BTech two years back. Sriharsha is the son of Sanne Uday Pratap, Khammam BJP district president. The college administration where Sriharsha is studying informed his parents about his missing on Friday night. A missing case was registered by the London police and launched a hunt for him. Union Ministers of State for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke to Uday Pratap over the phone and consoled him. He sought the help of external affairs officials in tracing Sriharsha.last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir demands action after attack on Muslim man calls it deplorable

first_imgAlam said that the incident happened when he was returning home after offering Namaz in a mosque at Sadar Bazar.TwitterIn a shocking incident, a Muslim man was allegedly beaten up by four unidentified assailants in Gurugram for wearing a traditional skull cap. The incident reportedly happened on Sunday, May 26.The 25-year-old victim, identified as Mohamad Barker Alam, was assaulted in Sadar Bazar lane when he was wearing the skull cap. Alam, who is a native of Bihar, is living in Jakob Pura area of Gurugram.In a complaint to the police, Alam alleged that the youths threatened him, saying, “Wearing cap was not allowed in the area.” They removed his cap and slapped him while forcing him to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai. Alam mentioned in the FIR which was lodged at the city police station.”As I followed their instruction and chanted Bharat Mata ki Jai, they asked me to chant Jai Shri Ram, which I refused. At this, the youths picked up a baton from the roadside and began mercilessly beating me. They hit me on my legs and back,” he added, as quoted by news agency PTI.In the FIR, Alam said that the incident happened when he was returning home after offering Namaz in a mosque at Sadar Bazar. He said as he cried for help, other people from his community rushed to help him. This forced the assailants to flee.”We have received a complaint about the incident and registered an FIR under sections 153, 147, 149, 323 and 506 in the city police station. We have also conducted a medical examination of the victim,” said Gurgaon City ACP Rajiv Kumar.While section 153 of the IPC pertains to causing enmity between people of different religions, sections 147 and 149 define offences of riots and unlawful assembly, respectively. Sections 323 and 506 deals with offences of causing hurt and criminal intimidation.The ACP said that the CCTV footage of the area is being scanned to identify the accused. Also, efforts are on to nab them.BJP’s Gautam Gambhir condemned the attack on a man in Gurgaon by a gang that knocked off his skull cap and demanded that he chant “Jai Shri Ram”. Taking to Twitter, Gambhir said, “In Gurugram Muslim man told to remove skullcap, chant Jai Shri Ram’. It is deplorable. Exemplary action needed by Gurugram authorities. We are a secular nation where @Javedakhtarjadu writes “ओ पालन हारे, निर्गुण और न्यारे” & @RakeyshOmMehra gave us d song “अर्ज़ियाँ” in Delhi 6.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Protesters Shut Down Rep Briscoe Cain Event At Texas Southern University

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /01:00 X Davis LandStudents at Texas Southern University stand in protest of Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain speaking on campus.Students at Texas Southern University were forcibly removed by police while protesting on campus. The group was protesting State Representative Briscoe Cain who was scheduled to speak at the university about limited government. Student protesters say Cain shouldn’t have been given a platform because of his stance on transgender rights and actions many have regarded as racist.Davis LandTexas Southern University law student Justin Tolston is removed from a protest group challenging State Representative Briscoe Cain. Tolston was later forced through a doorway exiting the room.TSU president Austin Lane interrupted the event himself, inviting protesters back into the room before saying Cain’s host organization had not followed the proper approval process for campus speakers. Lane then canceled the event.“I think it’s been a struggle trying to get administration to take seriously the concerns of students on a variety of issues,” said TSU law student Justin Tolston. Tolston was one of the protesters removed from the event. He helped organize the demonstration after asking TSU administrators to cancel Cain’s talk.In a statement to Houston Public Media, Representative Cain said he felt TSU administrators were bullied into canceling the event. “It’s a sad day for universities across Texas whenever speech and a variety of views are prevented from being presented due to bullies,” he added.last_img read more

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Test Your Scam Smarts With Online Fraud Quiz

first_imgStay on target Cyber scams have come a long way from the Nigerian princes of yore.Most people think they can spot a fraudulent text or email from a mile away. But as criminals become more sophisticated, stealing your money (or worse, your identity) is becoming as easy as taking candy from a baby.Think you’re too smart to get scammed? Test your detective skills in this online quiz, part of a UK-based campaign to tackle fraud.AdChoices广告The eight-question exam is more stressful than I imagined; after all, I wanted a good score—confirmation that I can’t be easily fooled into handing over my life savings because I’m empathetic and a “friend” and their “family” were “mugged” on “vacation.”Carefully read over each prompt before making a decision; think of this as a real-life situation that could cost you more than 50 cents per text message sent. Take Five provides the correct answer and an explanation for each issue.Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Led by Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK and the British government, Take Five To Stop Fraud Week (Jan. 22-26) aims to raise awareness about, well, financial fraud.“Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud—that no one should ever contact them out of the blue or ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account,” the Take Five website said. “The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.”So, next time you get an email from the plumber notifying you of changes to their bank details or a text from the bank asking you to call a certain number, take five and think about whether it is a genuine or deceitful request.If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to call the person or organization directly to corroborate.“Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam,” the site said. “Only give out personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust, and that you are expecting to be contacted by.”For more, see FAA UK’s advice on phone, text, email, and online scams. Russian Bots Found to Have Rigged ‘The Voice Kids’ Talent ShowFCC: Don’t Be Fooled by ‘One Ring’ Robocall Scam center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Design meet to connect educators with students

first_imgA one-of-a-kind design event kicked off in the city on October 28 with top eight design colleges of the country participating. The list includes some of the best design colleges of the country like ISDI Parsons, Pearl Academy, NIFT Kolkata, MIT, Pune, IIAD Delhi, IED Italy, TDV Delhi, and Whistling Woods International.Design is a vast subject and there is a bouquet of multidisciplinary courses, like product design, fashion textiles, game design, Interior Design, architecture, toy or graphics and other related areas such as fashion management, luxury brand management, mass communication and media. The event touched upon all these areas and that too with inputs from industry experts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe OPUS Design Think 360 – held at ICCR – was a platform for students to learn about everything related to design careers via seminars, workshops, contests and information desks to facilitate dissemination of valuable information for the students.Each participating school conducted workshops and seminars on the following subjects: scope of having a B.Des degree, the difference between a diploma and a degree and its impact on employability, life of a designer (fashion, product, industrial, textile, interior, animation, graphics), industrial affiliations, pay scales, opportunities for designers, various courses in design and how they differ and who they cater to. The workshops were student specific and it will be a great exposure for the students to gauge their design compatibility. The event’s target was to initiate a student into the design space and be a value addition for anyone aspiring to venture into a career in design.last_img read more

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SAP The tech giant championing diversity and worklife balance

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Starting any new job can be a nerve-racking experience, and naturally all kinds of questions will be firing around your mind before you start. What are the people like? How is the culture? How much responsibility will I have? Can I make my mark? Leila Romane, Head of Cloud UKI for world leading software company SAP (Photo: SAP) Leila Romane joined SAP eight months ago and almost immediately realised that SAP was very different to the norm.‘One of the first things that struck me was seeing people bring their kids into the office. Struggles with childcare happen, sometimes they’re wholly unavoidable. So, seeing that SAP is sympathetic and accommodating to this was a real eye-opener to the culture of the business.’And it’s not just lip-service. At SAP UK & Ireland recently joined, Jens Amail, MD, organised an away day for families of employees.For Leila, it’s heartening that SAP acknowledges that those in the business have a life outside work and encourages balance.‘There’s something to be said for spending time with people outside of work with their families and partners. You get to know them in a very different way, not just as colleagues but as people. That really helps the dynamic in the office.’Leila says the company fully supports and appreciates the benefits of embracing a diverse workforce. It has employee networks for women, LGBT+ people and allies, and has just set-up a group for black and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in the UK.Moreover, it leads by example; SAP’s LGBT+ network participated in this year’s Pride in London parade in July. Romane herself is active in SAP’s Women’s Business Network.Business Beyond BiasAs an organization, SAP is committed to creating an inclusive, fun work environment for all. To this end, it’s launched its Business Beyond Bias’s initiative in a bid to promote and foster a culture of inclusivity.Business Beyond Bias is a company-wide leadership initiative to tackle and eliminate the issue of unconscious bias. It includes addressing the organisation’s policy and procedures while encouraging the establishment of network groups. ‘The programme is focused on gender equality, functional diversity, the LGBT+ community and more. We’ve got a programme centred around getting those on the autism spectrum into work. Moreover, we’ve been doing a lot around mental health for mental health awareness week. Essentially the initiative is in place to promote inclusivity in all its guises.’SAP’s approach has been widely recognised, you only have to look at the business’s recent awards: Great Places to Work 2018; Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2018; Top Employer 2018; and EDGE Certified (Gender Equality) 2018.‘This is about me helping other people grow and develop’It’s not difficult to see just why Leila is so happy in her role at SAP. So, what advice does she have for others navigating their careers?‘Be authentic. Always be yourself. You don’t have to fit into a mould. Don’t try to be something that you’re not. That’s always put me in good stead.!‘Another thing I would say for anyone setting out is try to find two or three good coaches/mentors.’This may be particularly pertinent advice in light of a recent survey by a leading recruiter that found almost three-quarters of Brits don’t have a career mentor. A fifth of those polled said they had no idea how to find one. Leila now realises their importance.‘When I was young, I was asked to ensure I had a mentor, and I wondered, “What’s this going to give me?” But I’ve since had a couple of mentors. One has been consistent and I’ve seen for the past 15 years. It works well for me because they were very different to how I am. In between that, I’ve had others every few years just to balance out the one I consistently had, again offering a balanced view.‘And lastly, bring other people with you. It’s not just about me looking upwards. This is about me helping other people grow and develop, and bringing those people with me.’See also‘You should always expect to work for someone who cares about you’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘You should always expect to work for someone who cares about you’These Arabic-speaking LGBT people have risked all to tell their storyLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sap-tech-giant-championing-diversity/last_img read more

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