TORONTO — The Ontario government will accept entries next week from those looking to enter a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences in the province.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says expressions of interest can be submitted online Monday through noon Wednesday, with the draw to take place on Friday and results to be posted within 24 hours.There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The commission says the rules have been established to encourage the opening of retail cannabis stores by April 1 — the first day they will be allowed in Ontario — and those who are not committed to meeting that deadline should not sign up for the lottery.Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally through a government-run website.The province had initially said it would not put a cap on retail stores but later announced it would only hand out 25 retail licences this winter, with no date set for additional licences to be granted. The Progressive Conservative government said the move was in response to a national cannabis supply shortage, which it said can only be tackled by the federal government.Though the retail licence lottery is set for next week, Ontario municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of hosting cannabis shops.The commission says the retail licences will be divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself.The Canadian Press
The band of snow is expected to shift to the southwest towards Sikanni Chief tonight, where 10 to 15 cm is forecast.Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Drivers are being reminded to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit DriveBC.ca. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Fort Nelson.According to Environment Canada, Hazardous winter conditions are expected.Snow at times mixed with freezing rain will continue this afternoon through tonight before easing Thursday morning. Approximately 10 cm of snow has already fallen this morning around Fort Nelson with a further 5 cm this afternoon.
Six people were sentenced to death today by the Matara High Court over a murder committed in 2001.The murder is 2001 had reportedly taken place over a land dispute. The six individuals were given the death sentence after being found guilty over the crime. (Colombo Gazette)
“You can do so by fostering dialogue; by using spiritual authority to encourage individuals to act humanely; and by promoting shared values – as enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – and as reflected in the teachings of all world religions,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, held in Astana.In his opening remarks to a dialogue to promote peace and prosperity in turbulent times – which echoed the UN General Assembly thematic debate on “Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation” held in April – the Secretary-General reminded religious leaders, both traditional and non-traditional, of their obligation to speak out when “so-called adherents of their faith” commit crimes in its name. “[They] must teach their followers the true meaning of reconciliation, understanding and mutual respect,” Mr. Ban emphasized. “All…crimes committed in the name of religion are crimes against religion,” he stressed, condemning the atrocities committed by Da’esh, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda and “other sectarian and terrorist groups.” Convinced that the scourge of violence in the name of religion calls for concerted action by governments, religious communities, civil society and the media, Mr. Ban highlighted the upcoming launch, during the 70th session of the General Assembly, of a plan of action on the prevention of violent extremism.Often bearing “the brunt of violent ideologies,” women and young girls must be provided with a stronger, more equal platform, as a “means of advancing respect, changing mindsets and shifting global consciousness,” he said.Youth must also be a priority, as the age profile of some countries is sometimes cited as a reason to issue warnings that a “surging” population of young men inevitably drives increased violence and insecurity. Noting that many countries with a high proportion of young people have not suffered violence though, the UN chief pointed to factors such as long-term economic decline, limited educational and employment opportunities, as well as exclusion from social, cultural and political participation.But in all the international community does against radicalization, the respect of international law always must prevail and leaders and policy-makers must recognize a powerful truth –“the larger the spaces for democracy and fundamental freedoms, the smaller the chances for extremism and violence.”There is no greater cause today than building bridges of understanding and cooperation among communities, Mr. Ban stated. “Our challenge is to go beyond the notion of tolerance or simply acknowledging or abiding the existence of the other. No one wants to be merely tolerated, as if there is something wrong with them. Tolerance must be more active and dynamic.”The importance of human rights in fostering development and peace remained a constant theme during the Secretary-General’s visit to Kazakhstan and reverberated widely during his remarks to the press with the country’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov later in the day. Once again drawing from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights’ entreaty for the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion across the world, Mr. Ban explained that in Kazakhstan, as anywhere else, “all religious and minority groups should be guaranteed this right on an equal footing.” “Governments around the world should recognize the decisive role of this and other fundamental freedoms in fostering pluralism, understanding and democracy,” he told reporters, adding that Kazakhstan should also continue to make progress on human rights, including the development of “a comprehensive National Human Rights Action Plan.”“Let us work together to help people everywhere around the world so that they can achieve their dreams,” Mr. Ban concluded. “Dreams – everybody should be able to live in peace, harmony and friendship and well-being and dignity.”
In a more than half-hour address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet highlighted concerns around the world, while also welcoming several firsts, such as the record number of women now serving in the United States Congress, where they make up nearly a quarter of the representation.The new wave of women representatives taking up their seats in January, indicated several “important steps for diversity,” she said. “They included the first Muslim American Congresswoman, the first Native American Congresswoman, and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. I hail all powerful women around the world and the model they present to the next generation.” Moving on to the wider state of social justice around the world, the rights chief said that overcoming “gross inequalities” was key to achieving the 2030 Agenda, referring to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which Member States signed up to in 2015.Hailing reforms in Ethiopia – where gender parity has been achieved in government; and Tunisia – where a woman was elected Mayor of the capital Tunis last year, the High Commissioner nonetheless warned that women human rights defenders globally faced a rising number of attacks.These include “physical and sexual violence, public shaming – including on the internet – and attacks on their families and children”, she said.‘Precarious’ migration proves development gains aren’t universalTurning to the issue of “involuntary and precarious” migration that affected young people in particular, Ms. Bachelet explained that it too was driven by inequality in the form of poverty, discrimination, oppression, violence, poor governance, climate change – and violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.“The continuing movement of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States is a result of failure to ensure that development reaches everyone, with persistent violations of rights leading to profound inequalities,” she said.The High Commissioner also welcomed efforts in Mexico to move from detaining and deporting migrants to a new rights-based approach that focused on “opportunities for regularization and alternatives to detention”.‘Thousands’ more migrant children separated from families in USStaying with US-bound migration, Ms. Bachelet cautioned against new restrictions that simply “push migrants back across the border”, while also expressing concern that “thousands more migrant children have been separated from their families than had been previously reported”.In Europe, the issue of migration was no less dramatic, Ms. Bachelet explained, before welcoming efforts by Germany, Finland, Portugal and Spain to help those fleeing war and persecution.Continuing reports of migrants leaving the North African coast on unsuitable vessels – and regularly drowning in the Mediterranean Sea – were evidence of the need to extend the scope of regular migration channels, as the European Union had indicated, the High Commissioner said.“Another 226 deaths were recorded in the first two months of this year,” she said. “With several NGO vessels forced to suspend operations by measures that essentially criminalise solidarity, the ancient responsibility of rescue at sea is increasingly falling on merchant vessels – which are often ill-suited to such a task.”Philippines war on drugs ‘no model’ for other StatesTurning to the Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on narcotics, Ms. Bachelet insisted that State policy “should not be more of a threat to their lives than the drugs they are abusing”.Up to 27,000 people may have been killed in the context of the campaign against illegal drugs since mid-2016, the High Commissioner said. Despite “serious allegations of extra-judicial killings, only one case – the widely reported killing of a teenage boy – has been subject to investigation and prosecution,” she added.The country’s drug policies were not a model for any country, the High Commissioner maintained, before adding that she was also extremely concerned that Philippino lawmakers were considering “measures to reintroduce the death penalty for drug related crimes and reduce the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 – or even nine-years old.”Saudi Arabian female activists ‘must be freed’In a speech covering more than 30 countries, the High Commissioner also appealed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to set free “several” female activists allegedly subject to ill-treatment or torture in jail. “The persecution of peaceful activists would clearly contradict the spirit of the country’s proclaimed new reforms,” she said. “So we urge that these women be released.”Yemen conflict will ‘scar’ generations to comeOn the huge scale of suffering in Yemen, where fighting between forces loyal to the Government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi militia has claimed thousands of lives since 2015, Ms. Bachelet said that it would “scar the country’s future for generations”.The conflict has not killed and injured thousands of civilians, bringing famine, “debilitating” airstrikes, shelling, landmines and acute malnutrition – especially for children.Syrians fleeing ISIL must be given assistanceOn Syria, the High Commissioner called on all warring parties to provide information about all those who have gone missing during the conflict, which began in 2011.“I remain particularly concerned about the rising toll of civilian deaths in Idlib Governorate,” Ms. Bachelet said. “All parties must ensure that the thousands of civilians fleeing formerly ISIL-held territory receive adequate protection and assistance. And I join the Special Envoy’s call for a comprehensive political solution.”Returning to the need to tackle “gross inequalities”, the High Commissioner insisted that it was possible for all countries – “not always the richest, in income or resources” – to adopt principled and more effective policies, grounded in the full range of human rights.“By taking steps to advance civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights as mutually reinforcing, they can count on building a strong basis for sustainable development and social harmony,” she said.
Jane Campion said she was noticing more work from the “sisterhood” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Top of the Lake, the second series of the BBC Two crime drama, is particularly focused on women and motherhood, starring Elisabeth Moss as a detective searching for the daughter she had adopted at birth.Gwendoline Christie, the Game of Thrones actress, stars as her police sidekick, while Nicole Kidman takes the role of her daughter’s “radical lesbian feminist” adoptive mother.The storyline explores the exploitation of Asian sex workers in Sydney, Australia, and the “intense relationship” between children and mothers of all kinds.Campion said she had built the show around a topic that is “particularly female”, joking she hoped it felt “not just feminist but fallopian” in its dedication to the woman’s perspective. Asked whether she felt the issue of the lack of women in film was dropping off the agenda, she said: “It’s not off my agenda. I’m fricking fed up.“What I feel I want to do is keep doing good work. I’m noticing there is a lot of really interesting female-oriented work.“I’m actually seeing a bit of a change, I’m seeing more sisterhood coming at me you know?“I do feel like it’s been a cultural problem [but] I think we’ll be cracking it pretty soon.” The Top of the Lake team in Cannes, with Gerard Lee second from the rightCredit:AFP Director Ariel Kleiman, Nicole Kidman, Gerard Lee, Alice Englert, Jane Campion, Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie, David Dencik, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Libby Sharp and Philippa Campbell in Cannes Nicole Kidman stars as a “radical feminist lesbian” and adoptive mother Risking the wrath of his female colleagues, Lee added: “I think it’s a complicated problem because if you sort of force feminist ideology into a story or a film funding bodies policy, the danger is you’re going to get a story where you can predict the end.“‘The woman’s going to succeed again’.”Campion replied: “That’s not true. That’s complete rubbish.“You could change this overnight, you just have to give 50 per cent of public funding to women.” The team behind Top of the Lake: China Girl – including Jane Campion and Elisabeth Moss – joined us following last night’s TV Preview pic.twitter.com/rSfQezFMoE— BFI (@BFI) May 31, 2017 It has been the cause célèbre of the film and television world for years now, as any Hollywood star worth her salt protests the need for more women in front of and behind the camera.But forcing a “feminist ideology” into films and television shows could have an unintended consequence, the co-writer of a BBC drama has said, as he warns it could make the endings too predictable.Gerard Lee, who wrote Top of the Lake with the award-winning Jane Campion, suggested an insistence on proving feminist credentials to get films funded would leave viewers shortchanged, being able to guess the ending when women end up on top.Speaking at a screening of Top of the Lake at the BFI, Campion called his view “complete rubbish”. Lee also poked fun at his own co-written script, telling Moss and Christie in jest of their on-screen investigation: “When we were writing those parts, you were actually supposed to be out finding out who killed that girl.“[instead] You spent a lot of time talking about your personal issues.“I was just comparing our show to something like NCIS.“Why don’t these women actually sort of look for clues? It’s all baby talk!” Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes, said the industry could change for the better overnight if 50 per cent of all public funding for film was given to women film-makers.In 2014, the BFI introduced a “three tick” diversity scheme, requiring filmmakers asking for funding to prove they paid enough attention to women, black and minority ethnic people, the disabled and LGBT staff.Directors UK has called for half of all public funding to go to female-led projects by 2020, backed by Creative England. Elisabeth Moss in character as Robin Griffin Campion reiterated her call for an all-female jury for one year of the Cannes Film Festival, saying it would force producers to finally consider what women enjoyed and admired on screen.Top of the Lake, she said, was intended to be about the “very fraught”, “intense relationship” of motherhood, comparing the bonds formed between women over the grief of miscarriage to the bonds men form in war.Top of the Lake: China Girl will be on BBC Two later in the year.
Back in April 2010 we reported on a new gadget called the Retrode. It allowed you to plug in either SNES or Genesis cartridges and play them on your PC over USB using one of the freely available emulators for either system.The Retrode solved the issue of playing your old games without need of the original hardware and without having to download an (illegal) ROM version. Now the Retrode 2 has gone up for pre-order and looks to improve upon the original.The original Retrode design was a boxy aluminum case with just a USB connection on the side. It would play your games, but there wasn’t an easy way to use an original controller, and some plug-in adaptors (for running cartridges from other systems) required a voltage that wasn’t supported.The Retrode 2 aims to fix these issues. The aluminum case has been replaced with plastic and now includes a cover to protect the cartridge slots from dust. The slots now have more mechanical guidance, meaning less stress on your cartridges, and two buttons allow for the firmware to be easily updated for either system slot. Voltage options have also been included so you can select between 3.3v and 5v.The best part of the Retrode 2 has to be the integration of controller ports for both the SNES and Genesis. There’s two of each, with the Sega ports supporting both 3 and 6 button controllers. The Retrode 2 is available to pre-order now for $84.99 with the first shipments expected to go out January 23. And don’t forget there’s an active community around the device with adaptors being developed for playing games from other systems, for example, GBA cartridge support. Read more at Retrode, via Engadget
Deux importants gisements gaziers découverts au large d’IsraëlDeux gisements de gaz ont été mis au jour en Méditerranée, au large d’Israël. D’après la compagnie Hacharat Energia, qui a annoncé cette découverte, les réserves de ces deux sites offshore pourraient atteindre plus de 180 milliards de mètres cubes.Jeudi, la compagnie israélienne Hacharat Energia a annoncé la découverte de deux gisements de gaz naturel en Méditerranée, rapporte le site 20 minutes. La société estime qu’il “y a plus de 50% de chances” pour que ces deux gisements contiennent des réserves s’élevant à quelque 184 milliards de mètres cubes. Baptisés Sarah et Mira, les sites sont situés à 70 kilomètres au large de la ville de Hadera, au nord de Tel-Aviv.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?Ces nouveaux gisements devrait permettre à Israël de réduire sensiblement sa dépendance en gaz naturel auprès de l’Egypte. Celle-ci fournit actuellement 43% du gaz consommé dans le pays. Récemment, après un attentat à la bombe contre le gazoduc, les livraisons égyptiennes de gaz vers Israël ont été suspendues. Après un mois et demi d’interruption, elles ont pu reprendre le 10 juin. Les gisements Sarah et Mira viennent s’ajouter aux réserves de Tamar et Léviathan récemment découvertes à 130 kilomètres du port de Haïfa, au large d’Israël. Les premières sont estimées à 238 milliards de mètres cubes de gaz tandis que celles de Léviathan pourraient d’après le ministère des Infrastructures nationales “atteindre le double et assurer la consommation d’Israël pour 25 ans”. Toutefois, ces réserves se situent dans des zones maritimes contestées, contrairement aux gisements de Sarah et Mira.Le 30 juin 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
KUSI Newsroom, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry announces 2020 candidacy for mayor Updated: 9:41 AM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City Councilwoman Barbara Bry Wednesday announced her candidacy in San Diego’s 2020 mayoral race.Bry, a Democrat who represents Council District 1, is the first major candidate to formally announce a mayoral run.Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, is in the midst of his second and final term and Democrats are eyeing a chance to take the mayorship — technically a non-partisan position — in a city that is trending further to the left.“I want our city to be a model for cities around the country and all over the world,” Bry said in a campaign announcement video. “I want us to be a model in how we treat everyone with equity and respect.”Bry is a former journalist and high-tech entrepreneur who ran for City Council in 2016. Her quiet filing of candidacy paperwork last month flew mostly under the radar. She has served as the council’s president pro tem since 2017 and was one of the first elected officials in the city to endorse the SDSU West plan to redevelop SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley.After leaving journalism, Bry founded companies such as ProFlowers.com and Athena San Diego, which helps women in STEM industries, as well as Run Women Run, which supports and encourages pro-choice women to run for elected office.“I love this city,” Bry said. “I believe a large part of my business success is because I was fortunate enough to end up in San Diego. I was a white woman with a Harvard MBA, so I had a lot of doors that were open to me that are not open to a lot of people in San Diego and I want to make sure they get the same opportunities that I had.”Bry’s potential competition in the June primary could include Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and, among Republicans, City Councilman Mark Kersey and former San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter January 2, 2019 Posted: January 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings
Facing a first-degree murder charge, Derik L. Maples was convicted Tuesday of lesser charges of second-degree felony murder and first-degree assault in a 2009 Rose Village slaying.After deliberating about six hours, the panel of seven men and five women unanimously rendered the verdict Tuesday afternoon in Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle’s courtroom. Sentencing is set for Nov. 9. Maples faces between nearly 40 years and 48 years in prison.The jury decided against stiffer charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder, which both require proof of premeditated intent.For felony murder, prosecutors need only prove that a felony was being committed at the time of a person’s death; in this case, it was delivery of a controlled substance.Charges related to a drug deal gone bad the evening of Dec. 1, 2009, at the S&S Mart. During the incident, Maples’ friend, Justin Tyler, fired his gun, killing Clement Adams of Vancouver. Tyler took a plea deal last spring and received 32 years in prison.After hearing the verdict, Maples didn’t show any emotion, but his family members seated behind him started weeping. After jurors were excused, he stood up to be handcuffed and turned around, saying: “I’m going to appeal. It’s all right.”
A previously unreported $40 million goodwill impairment charge, associated with the recent sale of its online images business, has lowered Jupitermedia’s year-to-date profits from a $27 million net loss to a loss of $67 million. The fee was absorbed during the third quarter, which attributed to a net loss of $62.6 million for the period.Jupitermedia reported the goodwill fee Tuesday as part of an amendment to its third quarter financial statement, which it originally released last week. Revenue through the first nine months was $100.5 million, down slightly from $104.2 million during the same period last year.”Our online media division continues to be impacted by the economy, which has put pressure on our advertising and job board sales,” chairman and CEO Alan Meckler said in the original earnings statement. “We have, however, made progress in reducing operating expenses, specifically with our costs of sales and general and administrative expenses.”Last month, Jupitermedia—which also owns online networks Internet.com, EarthWeb.com, DevX.com and Graphics.com—agreed to sell online images business Jupiterimages to digital photograph and online media powerhouse Getty Images for $96 million in cash. At the time, Jupitermedia said it expects to incur a non-cash loss of approximately $95 million upon the closing of the transaction. In July 2007, Jupitermedia acquired New York-based media community and creative job listing Web site Mediabistro.com for $23 million.
(NOTE: GameStop is located at 246 Main Street in Wilmington.)GRAPEVINE, TX — GameStop is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to help increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder. Throughout May, the video game retailer is focusing its annual in-store autism awareness campaign on raising funds for the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, aimed at increasing coding and programming skills for people with autism.From May 1 through May 31, GameStop will host its third annual in-store autism awareness campaign with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks and helping fund the NXT Gen Coders Program. This program, powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, will focus on opportunities for coding and programing skill development for people with autism, so that they may be better equipped to take advantage of the one million jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will be open in the coding industry by 2020.With the vast majority of adults with autism unemployed or underemployed, GameStop and Autism Speaks are collaborating on the NXT Gen Coders Program to give talented young men and women a path to careers that match their training, abilities and interests.“We are proud to continue our commitment to raising awareness and providing support to the individuals and families impacted by autism,” says Jason Cochran, senior vice president of Store Operations for GameStop. “Through our ongoing partnership with Autism Speaks and the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program, we are taking extra steps to provide individuals with autism the job and life skills they need to help them enjoy a more fulfilling life.”During this year’s campaign, GameStop is offering three ways guests can contribute to support people with autism:For the first-time, guests will have the option to donate up to 100 percent of their trade-in value to charity when they bring to GameStop their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics.Donate $1 or more in-store or on GameStop.com and GameStop will provide triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.Donate PowerUp Rewards points to Autism Speaks in the PowerUp Rewards Center.GameStop’s continued support of Autism Speaks follows several successful campaigns since the partnership began in 2016, with more than $2.4 million in donations raised to enhance the quality of life for children, adults and families impacted by autism.“We appreciate GameStop’s generosity and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “Each year, 50,000 young people with autism enter adulthood, expanding a talent pool that is largely untapped. Creating employment opportunities requires innovative solutions, which is why we’re excited about the NXT Gen Coders Program.”(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: GameStop Awards $250,000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”,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 email@example.com.
Volunteer researchers from the Alaska Whale Foundation survey humpbacks in Frederick Sound for a region wide population study. Back: Christine Walder and Leonie Mahlke. Front: Madison Kosma. (Photo – Nora Saks)When animals are removed from the Endangered Species List, who keeps tabs on them? Often, the work of monitoring populations falls on volunteers.Listen nowThis is true of one of Southeast Alaska’s most iconic seasonal visitors – the humpback whale. Researchers have banded together to keep a close eye on these beloved marine mammals.28 year-old Madison Kosma is perched on the bow of an inflatable raft, aiming her camera at a humpback whale working its way through Frederick Sound, north of Petersburg.Kosma thinks of it like a game. It’s one that requires fierce concentration, and a surplus of patience, because whales are constantly moving targets.“It’s like playing 2D chess with someone who’s playing 3D chess,” Kosma said. “And they always know where we are but we have no idea where they are.”Madison Kosma carefully labels a tissue sample of skin and blubber taken from a humpback whale. (Photo – Nora Saks)Kosma needs crystal clear shots of its fins, body and especially the fluke, because each one has a unique pattern. When she gets them, she rattles off numbers to her colleague, who jots them down in a waterproof notebook.A pleasure craft motors over. Kosma yells across the deck, announcing that they’re researchers with the Alaska Whale Foundation and that they’re part of a big effort to photograph and document every humpback passing through this section of the Inside Passage.“We just wanted to let you know, so you know we’re not some ‘randos’ harassing the whales!” Kosma said.Afterwards, once the snapshots are taken, the crew zooms off. A few miles away, there’s a whale lounging cooperatively near the surface. The captain idles the boat parallel to it.Kosma sets her camera down, picks up a crossbow and loads it without a word. She chooses a moving mark on the charcoal-colored mass, takes careful aim, and squeezes the trigger.The arrow sails through the air and appears to glance off the whale’s side. It flicks its tail defiantly, and disappears with a splash. Kosma retrieves the arrow and removes the specialized tip, or bolt.“The bolt does that big core sampling like a tree. But this has a barb on it, so once it goes in, it can’t come out. Once it pulls out,” Kosma said.And, it worked. It’s filled with a crayon-sized amount of glossy black skin and blubber that is bubble gum pink. This is the way to get a biopsy, and Kosma knows that from the outside, it might not look like conservation.“But then if you look on the inside, the crossbow is actually a child’s crossbow,” Kosma said. “It’s not that powerful. It’s kind of like giving the whale a shot or a bee sting.”Three humpbacks treated volunteers to bubble net feeding at the end of a long day on the water. Permit 18529 issued to J. Straley. (Photo – Nora Saks)And, this one tissue sample contains powerful stuff. It will reveal the whale’s genetic fingerprint, and much about its biology and life history.It’s all for a project called the Survey of Population Level Indices for Southeast Alaska Humpbacks. That’s a mouthful, but everyone calls it SPLISH, which is a lot more fun to say.SPLISH involves teams from seven independent research groups, fanning out across the waters of northern Southeast Alaska during the same two-week period. Their goal is to find out how many humpbacks there are, where they are and how well they’re doing.It’s a mini version of a larger project called SPLASH that was done over a decade ago.That’s because, while most humpback populations were recently removed from the Endangered Species List – there’s very little federal money to keep monitoring them long term.Phil Clapham is a large whale expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.“The funding tends to go towards those species for which we know there’s a management problem, which are in some cases in the public eye. The thing about humpbacks is they’ve come back screamingly well,” Clapham said.But not everyone agrees. Professor Jan Straley isn’t as comfortable calling it an ecological success story just yet.“Not in Southeast. Not what I’ve seen in the last year. I’m not convinced the whales are doing that well,” Straley said.Straley is a veteran marine biologist at the University of Alaska, and one of the brains behind SPLISH. She and her colleagues have recently noticed humpbacks that look sickly, and have fewer calves.Straley wonders if the population is just reaching carrying capacity, or if the conditions in the ocean are changing so rapidly that they’re struggling to keep up.Either way, and it could be both, it’s too soon to tell.“If it shows that there is an issue with the health of these whales, we’ve got something big happening,” Straley said. “Or maybe not big, but at least something is happening that we don’t know yet.”For now, Straley and her collaborators in the science community are keeping close tabs on humpbacks in the region, on a shoestring budget, with a lot of help from volunteers.Volunteers like the ones on the inflatable raft. As the sun begins to set, the crew is still on the water, buzzing from GPS point — to whale — to GPS point.It’s been a wildly successful day in the field, their best one yet. They’ve documented almost 30 whales, snapped over 300 photos and gotten two biopsies. But spending 12 hours with the same four people on an inflatable raft the size of a kiddie pool, with no protection from the elements, can cause even the hardiest of spirits to sag.But then, the group gets a special surprise. Big bubbles appear on the sea’s surface and start swirling clockwise, forming a perfect circle that perks everyone up.“Sick, huh?” Kosma said. “It’s so cool. Oh there we go!”Three humpbacks emerge from the depths, right in the center of the ring, like the mighty cetaceans of the apocalypse. Their mouths are hinged open to gulp down massive quantities of fish. This is a cooperative feeding strategy called bubble netting. And it is a sight to behold.“I’ll be so bummed out, and then it’s like boom! There’s a huge group of bubble netters, and then I’m warm again, there’s blood in my fingers, blood in my toes. I’m pumped, I’m excited, I’m awake,” Kosma said. “It’s just incredible.”Even after a long day of repetitive wildlife spotting, for Madison Kosma, this still feels like something exceptional.
Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, comments on a state operating budget amendment in the House Finance Committee in the Alaska State Capitol on March 6. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Fairbanks Rep. David Guttenberg was taken to the hospital from the state Capitol building at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.Listen nowMichael Mason, a spokesman for Guttenberg’s caucus, said the lawmaker had an “unknown medical emergency.” Mason said Guttenberg was conscious, talking and in “good spirits” before he was taken away.The emergency interrupted hearings on the state’s operating budget in the House Finance Committee, on which Guttenberg sits.The committee plans to resume work on the budget later next week.
Cracks in a ramp by Minnesota and International (Photo: Nathaniel Herz – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)One of the most striking scenes from this morning’s earthquake in Anchorage is a photo of an SUV sunk in a crevasse that opened up on a Minnesota Drive exit ramp.“I mean, it’s amazing the chunk that they’re on,” said Chris Riekena, surveying the scene later. “Like the little island of asphalt they’re on. Everything else is demolished.”Rienka watched it happen. He was driving northbound on Minnesota just behind the SUV. His own vehicle started moving oddly in the quake, so he pulled over, thinking he had a flat tire.“And then I watched the car in front of us start to sink as the road pushed out to the left,” Rienka said.He said the exit ramp onto International Airport Road seemed to slump away. He was trying to keep his 7-year-old calm, but each time he looked up, the SUV ahead had sunk more. Riekena says the driver seemed unharmed and police were soon on the scene.“And I think they just climbed out and I believe the guy went on his trip,” he said, laughing. “He was headed to the airport, so …”Riekena wasn’t sure who gave the motorist a ride, but thought he’d called a friend.Anchorage authorities reported no deaths or serious injuries by mid-day. The Alaska Department of Transportation is reporting road damage throughout town, on the Seward Highway and the Glenn Highway. Many traffic lights are out as well.daunting footage of a collapsed road exit in Anchorage, Alaska after today’s earthquake (via Dillon Vought) pic.twitter.com/22BLdX1uIr— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) November 30, 2018
Vizianagaram: The farmers of north Andhra, especially in Vizianagaram district are worrying about the kharif season as the district did not receive sufficient rains to sow the paddy crop. Currently, the farmers are scheduled to broadcast their paddy seeds by mid-June and after growing the nursery, they would start transplantation in mid-July and the transplantation should be completed by the mid-August. But due to less rainfall, the farmers could not broadcast the seeds so far. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us This is the right season to get heavy rainfall and the farmers should be busy in their works like tilling of lands and purchasing of fertilizers and others. But due to less rainfall, the farmers are worrying about the kharif season and working hard to protect their paddy nurseries. Though this is a peak rainy season, the temperature is very high like a hot summer and so far, the district has received very less rainfall than normal rainfall. Still today, the farmers are anxiously looking at the sky for rain drops to broadcast the seeds. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The district has been cultivating paddy in 2.2 lakh hectares of land during kharif but so far only 15 percent of the farmers could broadcast the seeds. Lakhs of farmers are waiting for rains to participate in kharif operations but the situation is totally disappointed. Interestingly, the district has been in deficit in rainfall for the past few years. Minimum of 15-20 per cent of less rainfall is being recorded in the district for the past few years. Advertise With Us Though some mandals surrounded by forests may get good rainfall but rest of the areas are not like that and unfortunately, the high rainfall in those areas will not benefit the farmers. The district should receive 173.7 mm of rainfall between June 1 to July 10 but it has received only 110.4 mm of rainfall and it means its facing scarcity of 36.4 per cent of rainfall. M Nukam Naidu, a farmer of Thotapalli village, stated “We have been in a crisis like situation for the past 10 years. The transplantation of paddy nurseries is also being delayed. I think the season would really begin in August as we have to broadcast the paddy seeds and it takes around one month to grownup. The delay would affect the yield.” Assistant Director of Agriculture B Lakshmana Babu stated “The season should begin by June-end but the delay in rainfall totally affecting the paddy season. He hoped the district would get good rains and farmers can get normal yield.”
You know what’s all the rage these days? Those computer thingies, especially the tablet-y ones and those crazy phones with the big screens. Today’s kids are immersed in computers and apps pretty much from day one.That’s why it’s so important to make sure they aren’t just learning by using gadgets. There’s a lot to be said for learning how the software that powers those devices and experiences works but learning to code has value that goes way beyond understanding software.As Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains put it, “coding teaches our young people how to work as a team to solve difficult problems in creative ways.” “That’s how they will become the next great innovators and entrepreneurs that Canada needs to succeed,” he added.To create those innovators and entrepreneurs, the Canadian government is putting its money where its mouth is. Officials announced that they will pour almost $38 million ($50 million CAD) into a new education initiative called CanCode.The funds are being made available to non-profit organizations that have at least three years of relevant experience… think things like summer code camps, after-school STEAM programs, and kid-friendly maker spaces.Over the next two years, it’s hoped that the money will help half a million Canadian children take part in classes that teach coding and “other digital skills.” This isn’t a program that’s just aimed at older kids, either. The official CanCode guidelines state that even kindergartners can get in on the action.It’s never too early to start leading kids down the path to geekdom, right?Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target Geek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land DroneLego’s New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2-D2
Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? So, fitness trackers for cows are a thing now.Australian scientists have developed a new wearable that helps farmers remotely monitor livestock.Much like a human’s smartwatch, the new ear tag technology can keep tabs on location and “unusual movements,” alerting cattle owners to an escaped, stolen, sick, or delivering animal.AdChoices广告The aim, according to Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, is to save farmers time and money, compared to manually stalking herds using vehicles or aircraft.Dubbed Ceres Tag, the GPS-enabled device features on-board accelerometers to detect unusual activity patterns and notify users of possible theft or other bovine disturbances.“Aussie farmers need every bit of help they can get right now,” CSIRO group leader Ed Charmley said in a statement. “So we are pleased it has taken less than a year for this technology to move from the research phase into development for a real-world trial on cattle.”The economic, environmental, and social benefits of Ceres Tag, according to the product website, include more efficient land use, biosecurity, and financial gain.“There is potentially no bigger improvement to provenance and livestock management than with Ceres Tag,” the site said.No battery replacement required, the tags are designed to last the lifetime of an animal—particularly in Australia’s “unique and often harsh conditions.”But this is just the beginning for Ceres Tag, according to CSIRO.“Our focus for future iterations is to create a smaller and lighter tag,” Charmley teased, “as well as added functionality such as a temperature sensor, which could alert farmers to illnesses at an earlier stage.”Ceres Tag will be on display at this week’s Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Red Meat 2018 event (Nov. 22-23) in Canberra and the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (Nov. 27-28) in Brisbane.More coverage on Geek.com:Scientists Breed Heat-Resistant ‘Cow of the Future’Fitbit Data Helps California Police Catch KillerThis Wearable Ultrasound Patch Could Save Your Life Stay on target
Journal information: Scientific Reports When two objects are entangled, a measurement on one object instantly affects the state of the other, even more quickly than light could travel between them. This instantaneous action goes against our intuition that an object should be affected only by its immediate surroundings, a concept known as locality.For years, physicists struggled to definitively answer the question of whether or not entangled states truly violate local realism—that is, do they violate either locality or realism, where realism is simply the assumption that objects exist even when they’re not being observed? Although it was long suspected that at least some entangled states violate local realism due to how they seem to instantly influence each other, it wasn’t until 1991 that physicist Nicolas Gisin at the University of Geneva quantitatively demonstrated that all pure entangled states must violate local realism. This result is now known as Gisin’s theorem.In quantum mechanics, a “pure” entangled state is one that is clearly defined. However, the vast majority of entangled states are “mixed” to some degree, meaning they consist of a combination of multiple types of pure states. Although Gisin’s theorem holds only for pure states, over the years physicists have extended the theorem by showing that some other types of states can also violate local realism. In a new paper to be published in Nature Scientific Reports, Jing-Ling Chen, et al., from institutions in China and Singapore, have demonstrated that all mixed states that obey a certain steering property must violate local realism. This new family of entangled mixed states that violate local realism may lead to a better fundamental understanding of quantum correlations, as well as simplify the implementation of some quantum information protocols.”Our enhanced Gisin’s theorem is the first time that the theorem has been generalized from pure states to mixed ones, and includes the original Gisin’s theorem as a special case,” Chen, a physicist at Nankai University in China and the National University of Singapore, told Phys.org. Quantum test strengthens support for EPR steering More information: Jing-Ling Chen, et al. “Beyond Gisin’s Theorem and its Applications: Violation of Local Realism by Two-Party Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Steering.” Sci. Rep. 5, 11624; DOI: 10.1038/srep11624. To be published. Also at arXiv:1404.2675 [quant-ph] Citation: Physicists demonstrate new violations of local realism (2015, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-physicists-violations-local-realism.html By extending Gisin’s theorem from pure states to mixed states that obey a certain property, the results of the new paper could have applications for quantum certificate authorization protocols, like the one shown here. Credit: Chen, et al. ©2015 Nature Scientific Reports Explore further Two distinct conceptsChen explained the problem in more detail:”It has long been well-known, starting from Werner’s seminal 1989 paper ‘Quantum states with Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations admitting a hidden-variable model,’ that entanglement and violation of local realism are two distinct concepts. Some entangled quantum states admit a local hidden variable model and hence do not violate local realism. An important question arises. Can we pinpoint a condition that constrains quantum states to those for which entanglement is equivalent to a violation of local realism? A possible condition is purity. Any pure entangled quantum state violates Bell’s inequalities. This is known as Gisin’s theorem. “For a more general case of mixed states, however, researchers have been concerned about a lack of such a condition. The more general condition is of great significance not only from the theoretical viewpoint of the need for a deeper understanding of quantum correlations. It is also important in experiments, and for quantum informational applications. Since a quantum system inevitably interacts with its environment, the quantum states practically always are to some degree ‘mixed.’ In this work, we address this problem and propose to use the concept of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen steering as a condition to bridge entanglement and violations of local realism.” Three forms of correlationsAs Chen explained, entanglement, steering, and violations of local realism can be thought of as three different forms of quantum correlations that form a hierarchical structure, with violations of local realism being the strongest form. Steering, the intermediate form, takes the correlations of entanglement a step further so that one system can control—or “steer”—the state of its entangled partner. Here, the physicists demonstrated that, if two observers are able to steer each other’s qubits into pure states by making a measurement on their own qubit that spontaneously collapses the state of the other’s qubit, then even if the qubits were originally in mixed states, they must violate local realism. “This proposed condition is more intrinsic, in the sense that Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen steering is by definition a form of quantum correlation that is intermediate between just entanglement and a much stronger one: violation of local realism,” Chen explained. “Our result provides an important step forward to solving a long-standing problem of pinpointing a physical condition that automatically implies violation of local realism by an entangled state.”Overall, the findings help establish rigorous criteria for marking the borders between these three highly related yet different concepts.”In this hierarchical structure of entanglement, steering, and violations of local realism, the former contain the latter as a subset,” Chen explained. “[Marking the borders between them] is a nontrivial problem since, in general, it is not easy to reduce a superset [entanglement] to a subset [violations of local realism] by imposing extra constraints, which is just EPR steering in our work.”As the scientists explain, the new family of states that violate local realism could provide a new resource for quantum information tasks by reducing the number of entangled particles needed to perform a task. One example is the Third Man cryptography protocol, also called “secret sharing,” in which a third party can control whether two people are allowed to secretly communicate with each other. Previous versions of this protocol required three entangled qubits, but because the fidelity of three-particle entangled states is currently still below about 90%, it is very error-prone. Using the new states, the protocol can be implemented with just two entangled qubits, which has a fidelity of more than 99% and therefore a much lower error rate.Another potential application is quantum certificate authorization, in which a person sending a confidential message through the internet to another person can ask a third party to verify that person’s identity. One way that the third party might do this is by ensuring that both the sender and the receiver can steer each other’s qubits into pure states. If they can, the entangled states must violate local realism, which ensures a secure protocol. The physicists plan to use the new family of EPR-steerable mixed states to experimentally realize these protocols in the near future. (Phys.org)—Erwin Schrödinger once famously stated that quantum entanglement is “the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics” that distinguishes it from classical theories. Now in a new paper, physicists have demonstrated a new family of entangled states that violates the principle of “local realism”—an intuitive concept that is a standard feature of classical theories, but disturbingly at odds with quantum theory. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Cliched as it may seem for chefs to love their spices, for Sanjeev Kapoor, one of the most celebrated ones on television, that was the topic of an ‘interesting’ discussion when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and whipped a meal up for him in Abu Dhabi.During Modi’s trip to Abu Dhabi in August, Kapoor was flown in specially to prepare a vegetarian meal for the strictly vegetarian prime minister.“I spent over an hour with the prime minister and we were only talking about food and spices and the treatment through spices. It was interesting to discuss with the PM the correct use of spices and the miracles they can do when used correctly,” Kapoor told reporters when he was capital. Chef Kapoor also eagerly shared an anecdote Modi had related to him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The PM told me the story of someone he knows, who had a heart issue and doctors said nothing could be done to correct it. Then he was advised to empty a capsule and fill it with freshly ground red chilli. He (Modi) said the man never had a problem after that,” said the chef, recalling his hour-long conversation with the prime minister. The right combination of spices are the trick to dish out the best food,” Kapoor said. “For me, when I’m cooking with Indian food, spices are very important as I literally have to breathe them. The use of spices makes Indian food unique,” Kapoor added. He said a combination of cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are his favourites from his spice-box and, barring cumin, he can even use the other three in his desserts! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“All these spices —cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are so diverse that they can create magic by changed combinations. One can accentuate pepper, underlay it with cloves, with a hint of cumin and cardamom, it’s like a whole another world,” said Kapoor as his senses came alive while speaking of spices. It is only Indian food that can take as little as two or three spices to as many as 20 in the same dish, unlike any other cuisine in the world, Kapoor added. Through his cookery shows as well, he always tries to bring in relevance to food to suit the times, Kapoor said, adding that it doesn’t mean that he serves the same at his restaurants as is depicted on his TV shows.“For the very reason, that I know how to target my audience and I know what to sell, that all my books sell so well. One needs to know what to write so as to make it sell,” the celebrity chef added.His chain of restaurants, Yellow Chilli, would soon be hitting the Gulf markets in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other places within the next four months, he added.