Athabasca Fort Chipewyan FN hopes constitutional challenge on Shell project sets precedent

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation has filed a constitutional challenge against a Shell Oil project in the tar sands region of northern Alberta.The ACFN says the federal and provincial governments failed to uphold their treaty promises to consult on large scale industrial projects and to protect hunting rights.The First Nation says they hope to set new precedents within Canadian law.Eriel Deranger, spokesperson for ACFN, spoke with APTN about the challenge.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,935.44, down 206.33 points). The Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI). Up $1.51 or 7.25 per cent to $22.34. Shares of the online gaming company surged Friday after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company. It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue. The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process.Bombardier Inc. — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.” The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet. Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Down 34 cents, or 4.38 per cent to $7.43. MEG Energy says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc. However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer. MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 per cent, eroding the value of the offer. The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.center_img Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $41.92, on 21.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.55 per cent to $1.91 on 19.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Down 83 cents, or 4.27 per cent, to $18.62 on 19 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up one cent, or 0.24 per cent, to $4.22 on 18.9 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down two cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $1.03 on 16.2 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 81 cents or 2.5 per cent, to $31.59 on 13.6 million shares.last_img read more

UN human rights chief alarmed by major tragedy in western China

According to figures announced by the Government yesterday, over 150 people have been killed and 800 others injured during the clashes on Sunday.“This is an extraordinarily high number of people to be killed and injured in less than a day of rioting,” said Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although the exact circumstances that sparked the violence is not clear, longstanding tensions between the Uighur and Han Chinese ethnic groups is said to have played a major role. Reports indicate that Sunday’s demonstration was caused by clashes between the two groups at a toy factory in Guandong Province late last month.“I urge Uighur and Han civic leaders, and the Chinese authorities at all levels, to exercise great restraint so as not to spark further violence and loss of life,” Ms. Pillay said.She also underscored the need to maintain the right of demonstrators to exercise their freedom of expression peacefully.“I fully recognize that the authorities have an essential duty to maintain public order,” the High Commissioner said. “However, it is vital that the authorities only resort to lethal force when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday in Geneva that in all countries, differences of opinion must be resolved peacefully through dialogue. Governments concerned also must exercise extreme care and take necessary measures to protect the lives and safety of the civilian population, he said.Furthermore, those arrested must also be treated properly, Ms. Pillay said today, adding that they “should be accorded due process that is fully in lie with China’s own laws and international human rights standards and norms.”She called for a transparent and independent investigation in to the causes of the rioting and why it escalated. “Such a process is essential to create trust,” she stressed. “Otherwise, there is a risk of a prolonged vicious circle of resentment, unrest and violent reaction and counter-reaction.” 7 July 2009The top United Nations human rights official today expressed her alarm at the high number of casualties sustained during this weekend’s rioting in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, calling on all people to show restraint in the wake of the “major tragedy.” read more

In Darfur UN blue helmets support school project with delivery of water

22 March 2010With a large delivery of water in a region often deprived of the precious resource, peacekeepers serving with the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today helped with the building of a new school in the conflict-affected region in western Sudan. With a large delivery of water in a region often deprived of the precious resource, peacekeepers serving with the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today helped with the building of a new school in the conflict-affected region in western Sudan.After a two-hour arduous journey through challenging desert terrain, the UNAMID military convoy and tanker truck made its way to the village of Harari Naria, 42 kilometres north of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, and delivered 10,000 litres of water.The water will be used to produce the bricks needed to construct a community school that will accommodate 306 pupils aged between five and 17 from surrounding villages when it is completed.The delivery was part of UNAMID’s efforts to provide logistical support to the Government’s disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programme, which provides financial assistance and other incentives to former combatants who lay down their arms, and helps build social amenities in needy communities.“This is an important step toward giving our children the tools they will need to have a brighter future,” said Muhammed Ahmad Ada, a community leader and a former combatant.Some 35 former combatants from Harari Naria have been discharged and reintegrated back into society. read more

David Baddiel to investigate insidious Holocaust denial in new BBC documentary

The film, made by Wall to Wall Media, will attempt to answer fundamental questions including why is Holocaust Denial growing and what does this tell us about anti-Semitism.Abigail Priddle, Commissioning Editor, said: “David Baddiel’s intelligence and integrity make him the perfect person to author this film and underlines our commitment to our audience to tackle the most challenging and complex subjects.”  David Baddiel has warned of “more insidious” Holocaust denial ahead of a new documentary he hopes will keep the memory of survivors alive. “I’ve always had a dark fascination with Holocaust Denial,” Mr Baddiel said.“The fact that since it happened (indeed whilst it was happening) forces have tried to undermine one of the most well-documented truths of history seems to me a key battleground in the fight between truth and lies.” The documentary, titled Holocaust Denial: A History with David Baddiel, will air on BBC Two in early 2020 to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.According to a survey commissioned earlier this year by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, five per cent of British adults say they do not believe the Holocaust happened. Mr Baddiel, whose mother was a refugee of Nazi Germany, has described himself as a “Jewish atheist”.    The north Londoner said: “As the last survivors, including those in my own family, begin to pass away, and with them, living memory of The Holocaust, I’m grateful to the BBC for allowing me to explore this complex subject, in all its difficulty and darkness.”  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. It is not the first time Mr Baddiel has tackled difficult subjects head-on. Two years ago he spearheaded a debate on racism in football, campaigning to stop fans using a derogatory term for Jew in football anthems. The FA denounced the word following the nationwide debate.  read more

CPL 2018 Having Tanvir bowling at the other end makes my

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have come consistently close to winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), but they have never got over the line, having been losing finalists in 2013, 2014 and 2016.In 2017 they finished in third place despite a poor start to the tournament. Rayad Emrit, the man that stepped into the captaincy when Martin Guptill returned home for family reasons, felt that they did well to make the play-offs.“I thought having to win the last five games to qualify to the knockout stages, I think we came up pretty well. We didn’t get the start that we wanted, I thought if we had gotten a couple of wins where it came down close in the last over – we had a couple of games coming down to the last over that we needed 8 runs and we didn’t go through the line. I think if we had those victories it would have been a different season but all in all I thought it was a pretty decent coming down to the back end of the tournament.”Looking forward to the 2018 season, Emrit thinks that the additions that they made to their squad at the draft means that they can get close this year as well.“I think the hunger is still there to be honest it’s just that we haven’t been finishing well, and coming down to the back end of the tournament where we need to finish well, that’s where we don’t.“It’s a bit different this year, we have Shoaib Malik who has the wealth of experience, with him coming in to the team, especially with the batting, he knows how to win games and hopefully he can do that for us. We have a decent bowling attack, Rashid Khan isn’t there but Imran Tahir is there as well as Sohail Tanvir so I think we’re covered pretty ok.”Sohail Tanvir appeals for a wicket Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / GettyThe Amazon Warriors had three of the top five wicket-takers at the 2017 tournament, with Emrit himself finishing third on the list with 15 victims. The man with the most wickets was Tanvir who has been retained by the Guyanese team for 2018.Emrit says having Tanvir bowling at the other end makes his job easier.“Tanvir knows how to swing the new ball, a lot of guys don’t swing the new ball in the Caribbean. On his day, when he starts swinging it he causes a lot of trouble for the opponents. He started to swing the ball later on in the tournament and that’s where we got our momentum. If he can do that from the start, definitely he’ll be a handful again” Emrit  said in a interview with Cplt20.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWatson & Munro expecting a close fought Playoff 2 on ThursdayAugust 2, 2016In “Sports”Sangakkara praises Tallawahs spirit after Hero CPL victoryAugust 8, 2016In “latest news”Warriors ready for the biggest game of the season – EmritAugust 7, 2016In “Sports” read more

Paco Lopez declares side wont be afraid of Barcelona

first_imgLevante coach Paco Lopez says his side are not afraid of reigning LA Liga Champions Barcelona.Paco Lopez’ men are hugely touted to meet Barcelona both in the league and Copa del Rey but the gaffer insists his players will do their job on the pitch without fear.“The league is the real reality for us and in the cup, we have been handed the most difficult opponent, along with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid,” he told reporters as published by Marca.“But we will face it with the same enthusiasm we would for any other rival.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Managing to surprise Barcelona is something very few teams achieve each year and you can count on the fingers of one hand how often it happens.“It takes a special set of circumstances, like against Madrid, and you must reach your maximum potential as a team.“If we can show our identity and implement our plan then we will have a better chance of winning.“We aren’t afraid of playing against Barcelona.”last_img read more

WestJet worker had measles on Provo flight

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #measlesthreatfromWestJetworker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Providenciales was among the flight destinations to which a WestJet employee, who is recently confirmed to have highly contagious measles, flew to and now passengers are being warned of what to look out for.There were seven flights worked by the employee in all and a media report says it was Toronto Public Health which alerted WestJet of the situation.   The flight worked by the WestJet staff was on March 24, which was a week ago today, commuting from Toronto to Provo.#MagneticMediaNews#measlesthreatfromWestJetworker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Will humans live after death Man claims to have seen angels and

first_imgPixabayEven though there are no scientific proofs, many spiritualists and extreme religious believers used to claim that life after death is a reality, and death is just the beginning of an eternal journey. To substantiate their claims, they used to cite examples of near-death testimonials where the victim might have experienced something weird and unbelievable. Such a near-death experience (NDE) testimonial shared by a man named Bernard is now the hottest debating point among spiritualists and afterlife believers.In a testimonial shared to NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation) website, Bernard shared his near-death experience after a heart attack. As per Bernard, everything around him became completely dark after the heart attack, and later, he woke up in an area which is very similar to space.Soon, two powerful beams of lights accompanied Bernard, and he believes that these light sources were actually angels.”Two angels appeared one on either side of the light. They appeared to be just like the light, only they were in human form. They didn’t have wings or anything like that. They were just beings that were made of the light. The light and the angels were so bright that it should have blinded me, but it did not hurt to look at them. Nor did I want to look away. It was the most beautiful, glorious sight I have ever seen. No words can accurately describe the beauty it held,” wrote Bernard on his near-death experience testimonial.He also revealed that one of the angels he saw seems very similar to his grandmother.”One of the angels looked very similar to my grandmother who passed away but with a younger and more vibrant appearance. This angel that appeared to be my grandmother, motioned to me to come to her. I began to rapidly accelerate towards the angels and the light. It was pure bliss. Then all of a sudden I regained consciousness. Being back in my body felt painful, disgusting and awkward. I just wanted to go back to where I was before. I begged for God to just take me back. I did not want to be alive on earth anymore,” added Bernard.The testimonial shared by Bernard has now gone viral on online space, and many people consider it an authentic proof of life after death. However, medical experts have dismissed these claims stating that these visual hallucinations are the result of survival technique adopted by the human brain.During life-threatening events, the oxygen supply to the brain decreases drastically, and at this time, the survival trick adopted by the brain is resulting in these visual hallucinations.last_img read more

Wesbrooks Named 2018 USTA Kentucky Junior Male Tennis Player of the Year

first_imgStory Links “I am happy for Alex for being given this award,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “He follows the footsteps of other great players in the past. His junior days were a stepping stone to the collegiate level that he is now. This award acknowledged his past results and I will do all that I can that his success continues in his college career at UofL.” University of Louisville freshman Alex Wesbrooks was recently honored as United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky 2018 Junior Male Player of the Year. The Louisville native earned the honor after helping St. Xavier High School capture its third straight Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) state title. The 2018 Kentucky Mr. Tennis selection also collected his second consecutive all-state selection last year and was ranked as high as No. 47 nationally according to TennisRecruiting.net. Wesbrooks has already made an immediate impact at UofL and stands tied for second on the team with 10 singles wins and 11 doubles victories. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

One of the Earliest Nike Shoes Ever Made Sells for Nearly Half

first_imgThe 1972 Nike “Moon Shoes”, one of the earliest and most iconic Nike’s ever made, has, according to Sotheby’s, just sold for a record-breaking price of $437,500 at a recent Sotheby’s auction. The rare and highly sought after Waffle Racing Flats, or “Moon Shoes” was one of Nike’s first running shoes designed for track stars at the 1972 Olympic Trials in Munich. There are only 12 pairs of these handmade “waffle moon” Nike’s in existence and the pair sold at auction is the only known one to be unworn and in mint condition. The shoes are the creation of Nike co-founder and Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman, who in 1970-71 famously came up with the first prototype by creatively using his wife’s Belgian waffle iron and pouring rubber into the mold for the famous “waffle” look of the sole. His experiments were intended to produce a new sole for athletic footwear that would have enough grip but, most importantly, be lightweight.The 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe,’ the last remaining pair in Sotheby’s Stadium Goods: the Ultimate Sneaker Collection, achieved $437,500 earlier today, setting a new world auction record for a pair of sneakers. #SothebysStadiumGoods https://t.co/GGmjh8hSKh— Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) July 23, 2019AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsBowerman was obsessed with trimming weight off of his runners’ shoes. He believed that his custom shoes would be lighter and cause his athletes less blisters. He wanted to reduce the overall drag on their energy by shaving off every ounce he could from the shoe. By his calculations, removing one ounce (28 g) from a shoe, based on a six-foot stride for a runner, would reduce 55 pounds (25 kg) of lift over a one-mile (1.6 km) span.In 1966 Bowerman’s earliest designs led to the creation of a running shoe that would go on to become the “Nike Cortez” in 1968. The Cortez flew off the shelves and quickly became one of their top-selling and most recognizeable shoe designs. Bowerman designed several more Nike shoes, but certainly his most famous is the waffle design of the early 70s, which inspired the “Moon Shoe” of 1972. The nickname “Moon Shoe” was used because it was said the waffle soles resembled the footprints left by astronauts on the moon. It is this shoe, made for the ’72 American Olympic track team that has just been sold.Statue of Bill Bowerman in Eugene, Oregon by sculptor Diane Lee JacksonOne of the unfortunate negative by-products of Bowerman’s unusual shoe designing method was his health. He designed his shoes in a small, unventilated space, using glue and solvents with toxic components which resulted in severe nerve damage. This damage to his lower legs left him with significant mobility problems, so much so that, according to Kenny Moore in his book Bowerman and the Men of Oregon, the famous coach and shoe designer was unable to run in the shoes that he had shared with the world.The 1998 biopic Without Limits detailed the famous relationship between record-breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bowerman, played by Donald Sutherland. As well Nike headquarters is located on Bowerman Drive as a tribute to the company’s co-founder.Nike headquarters, Eugene, Oregon. Photo by Brandon Carson CC by 2.0Related Video: 10 Weird And Wonderful Things Sold At AuctionCanadian investor and car collector Miles Nadal purchased the pair of Moon Shoes for $437, 500. According to Sotheby’s he also purchased 99 other rare shoes for a grand total of $850,000 spent at the auction. The auction house went on to say that prior to this huge sale the highest price paid for shoes at a public auction was $190,373 in 2017 for a pair of Converse sneakers signed and reportedly worn by basketball legend Michael “Air” Jordan in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.Related Article: The ancient Greek goddess Nike, representing victory and speed, inspired the Nike company logoNadal said the “Moon Shoe” is a “true historical artifact in sports history and pop culture.” He plans to display them, along with the 99 other rare shoes he purchased, at his Dare to Dream Automobile Museum in Toronto.The initial starting price for the Nike Moon Shoes was $80,000. The massive final sale price shattered the pre-sale estimate of $160,000. The shoes were part of Sotheby’s “Stadium Goods: the Ultimate Sneaker Collection” online auction.last_img read more

Enjoy Paris with a glass of wine in your hand at the

first_imgPuerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!First European Gay Wine Weekend launches this year with sunset drinks in beautiful French town14 ways to have the best gay romantic weekend getaway in BrusselsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/paris-xo-hotel/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The LGBTI-friendly XO Hotel is an elegant, boutique Paris hide-away, walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe.Set down a quiet Parisian street, away from the busy boulevards, it’s a great base to explore the city, while still guaranteeing yourself a good night’s sleep. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A wine-lovers hotelThe XO Hotel’s most exciting unique selling point is its dedication to wine.Oenophiles – or wine lovers, if you prefer – can use cool dispensing machines to get a range of cool wines by the glass 24 hours a day.The dispensing machines are available at reception and in the lower-ground floor bar. They’re simple to use. You load a card with credit, put it into the machine, choose your wine by the glass and just press the button.Of course, wine is even better when accompanied by a cold-cut and cheese buffet. So XO Hotel offers a complimentary ‘Apéritivo!’ session each evening in their dedicated tasting room.The big wooden communal table also hosts wine tasting events led by knowledgeable oenologists.And every guest gets a complimentary glass of wine included in their booking. If you really want to indulge, try the XO Cognac or Delamain Cognac to round off a special evening.Boutique roomsThe XO has just 58 elegant rooms. So it is large enough to offer some of the facilities of a bigger hotel but small enough to offer a personal service.The hotel was only opened in 2017, so the rooms have a stylish, contemporary feel. They are tastefully decorated with a soothing color palette of blond and bronze wood tones, with hints of blue and grey.Naturally, you have all the luxuries you’d expect of a four star hotel. Each room has a mini bar, Nespresso machine, HD TV, complimentary wifi and luxurious bedding and towels.They all look out onto the traditional Paris street and the upper floors in particular offer stunning views across the rooftops of the city.BreakfastIf you are getting up early or in a rush, you can grab an Express breakfast of coffee, fruit juice and pastry as you pass by reception.Or if you want to pamper yourself with a lazy morning in bed you can order a continental breakfast, served in your room.But it’s worth getting up for the full breakfast experience. The XO provides a delicious buffet of cheese, cold cuts, fruit, fruit juices, cereal and scrambled eggs. And, of course, it wouldn’t be breakfast in France without the best pastries, bread, honey and jam.It’s more than enough to set you up for a day of exploring.Good food and wine are hallmarks of the XO Hotel.Stay alongside real ParisiansI have visited Paris many times over the last 25 years and never explored the 17th arrondisement before.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- In a sense, there’s no need to. This wealthy enclave that is home to the XO Hotel doesn’t contain any major tourist sites or museums. As such, it’s dominated by real Parisians, rather than tourists, which is quite refreshing.And it is very well connected. From the hotel, you can stroll to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysée. Or you can jump on the Metro, with two stations just a few minutes walk away from the XO’s front door.What is more, the 17th is a charming neighborhood in its own right. It’s one of the areas of Paris that Baron Haussmann set out on the orders of Emperor Napoleon III. So it’s quintessentially Parisian with wide boulevards and fine architecture.The XO Hotel itself reflects the traditional building pattern but has added a hint of Art Deco style too.There is excellent shopping available on the nearby streets that are lined with mid-range and high-end boutique shops, cafés and restaurants.A neighborhood that has inspired artistsA few streets away from the hotel, is the Battignoles area, a little neighborhood within the 17th with a slightly alternative character. If you enjoy a grungy bohemian style, you should head here to check out the bars and bistros. The cute French term for the hipsters who make this area is BoBos, short for bohemian-bourgeois.Battignoles is no new invention, however. It inspired the painter Édouard Manet and his friends, who painted scenes of its café lifestyle in the 19th century. They became known as the ‘groupe des Batignolles’.Another neighborhood gem, walking distance from the XO Hotel, has also inspired great art. This is the Parc Monceau, a little green haven, surrounded by elegant houses. The dappled light and shade inspired the greatest of the impressionists, Claude Monet, to paint six views of it between 1876 and 1878.It’s still a beautiful place to stroll, less formal than other Paris parks. And it boasts some quirky follies, an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill, and Corinthian pillars.Staying at the XO HotelThe XO Hotel is at 23-25 Rue Théodore de Banville, 75017, Paris. You can book online at the XO Hotel site.Also on Gay Star NewsThe secret, sexy gay and lesbian history of Versailleslast_img read more

The Universe Speaks in Numbers How Modern Maths Reveals Natures Deepest Secrets

first_imgBy @SimonCocking review of The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets Hardcover by Graham Farmelo. Available from Amazon here.A groundbreaking exploration of how the interplay of physics and mathematics has enriched our understanding of the universe – essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp how physicists are attempting, in Stephen Hawking’s words, to ‘know the mind of God’.One of the great mysteries of science is that underlying all the complexities of the universe is a harmonious order, whose existence Einstein described as ‘a miracle’. No less miraculous, the fundamental laws of the universe can be written in the language of advanced mathematics.Searching for these laws, physicists have found themselves developing ambitious mathematical ideas without experiment as their guide. In The Universe Speaks in Numbers, Graham Farmelodemonstrates how today’s greatest scientific minds are working in a tradition that dates back to Newton. He takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment, through the breakthroughs of Einstein and Dirac, to the contemporary physicists and mathematicians who are shedding fascinating light on each other’s disciplines. As Farmelo shows, this blossoming relationship between mathematics and physics is responsible for huge, redefining advances in our understanding of reality, space and time.‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’, my new book, is published today in the U.K. (in N America on May 28) https://t.co/Sl4QZW6rJ8 pic.twitter.com/gUbDbP2Wue— Graham Farmelo (@grahamfarmelo) May 2, 2019Review, How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest SecretsIn some ways this book feels like a labour of love, as the author reveals his deep and long held interest in the topics covered within these pages. The time frame covered is long, several hundred years, with a sad consideration of the period of the ‘divorce’ between physics and maths for several decades in the twentieth century. Ultimately, fortunately, they became reconciled again as both sides realised that the other group were achieving valuable insights that could help them with their own investigations too.Time and time again uncanny parallels emerged between the work of cutting edge physicists and pure mathematicians when it often became clear that they were trying to unravel the same problems, but from different starting points. Even more interesting, and challenging perhaps, often one side had developed usable tools up to one hundred years earlier, before the realisation of their application in other fields and disciplines.Einstein naturally looms large in this book, but even he found the implications of his own theories hard to accept. Being reluctant to accept that God could play dice, it would take several more decades before further leading thinkers such as Stephen Hawkings and others took Einstein’s concepts on blackholes and gravity to their logical conclusions. The recent, impressive photograph of a blackhole finally showed us something that could be seen, over hundred years after Einstein’s theories first put forward the concept that they could even exist.This is an important element to the book, that it often takes a long time for ideas to emerge, for tests to then be conceived to assess if they are accurate or not, and then for further time to assess what the implications of this are, and could be for us in the future too. As we move into an ever more instant and real time expectations time frame, Farmelo does an excellent job of reminding us that nature is only slowly yielding its answers to us. Understanding moves in fits and starts, there are periods of rapid innovation, followed by times of seemingly glacial innovation and progress.This book is an enjoyable and important book to help put together a big picture overview of where we have come from so far, why it took so long for us to progress, and where we might be heading in the future. Read it!First published in London 332 years ago today, Newton’s wondrous Principia, later described by Einstein as ‘the first comprehensive, workable system of theoretical physics’: pic.twitter.com/wqAlckRhKV— Graham Farmelo (@grahamfarmelo) July 5, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home The Universe Speaks in Numbers, reviewed If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

No snow but accident slows traffic

first_imgThere is definitely a chill in the air this morning (Friday), and many residents are bundled up in coats and scarves.Although there is no snow in Ladysmith itself, snow has fallen in Boston, Balgowan, Curry’s Post and Mooi River.Snow was predicted for Van Reenen, but has not yet fallen. In the early hours of this morning, sleet (a mixture of rain and ice) was reported to be falling in Van Reenen.That said, it is going to be a bitterly cold weekend for Ladysmithonians. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Truck blocks N3Ironically, it wasn’t the predicted snow but rather a truck accident that blocked the N3 at Van Reenen this morning. There is currently a ‘southbound contraflow system’ in place to allow traffic to pass the site.The vehicle, carrying class 3 flammable goods, is slowly being made safe. The process will take up to four hours.The photos below are from the Estcourt and Mooi River areas, where there was a light dusting of snow.center_img File photolast_img read more

PTIC 2018 challenges the traditional views of the travel and tourism industry

first_imgThe second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (PTIC), successfully brought together 157 delegates from 95 organisations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific.Organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in collaboration with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and hosted by Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), the event took place at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows in Apia, Samoa on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “This year’s event continues our commitment in providing greater depth into the challenges and issues for the responsible development of the travel and tourism in the Pacific region. The discussions arising from the conference highlighted the need for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in preserving the unique culture and heritage of the local communities and protecting the environment. In addition, organisations need to better leverage these assets in promoting the beauty of the Pacific.”The discussions from the event focus on the four key topics of insights, development, expertise and sustainability and their contribution towards achieving the objectives of the Pacific Tourism Strategy 2015-2019, which provides the strategic framework to support the development of tourism in the Pacific.In her welcome remarks, Papalii Sonja Hunter, Chairwoman of SPTO and CEO of STA, stated, “As you know the Pacific Tourism Insights Conference is a result of the longstanding and valuable partnership between SPTO and PATA. Samoa is inspired to hold this event because we recognise the need to inspire, innovate and empower our Pacific people. Furthermore, we recognise the need for a regional space where Pacific tourism leaders from the public sector and particularly private sector stakeholders could gather, discuss and learn more from the key global issues impacting the future of tourism development for the region.”The event featured presentations from a dynamic line up of international speakers representing organisations recognised for the success and expertise in innovation and disruptive thinking. Speakers included Andrew Panopoulos, Senior Analyst –  Centre for Aviation (CAPA); Chris Adams, General Manager – Miles Partnership (South Pacific); Gina Paladini, Partner – Binumi and Managing Director – Tomahawk Jelena Li, Head – BBC StoryWorks Australia & New Zealand; Jessica Quinlan, Sales Manager – Destination Marketing for Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands – TripAdvisor; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO – PATA; Dr. Susanne Becken, Director – Griffith Institute for Tourism, and Thu Nguyen, Co-founder & CEO – Christina’s Company Limited, Vietnam. The conference panel sessions were moderated by Phil Mercer, International Correspondent at BBC World News, Australia.In his closing, SPTO CEO Chris Cocker said, “As a region, we collectively market our destinations to the rest of the world, and it is practical that we acquire the skills and knowledge that our markets utilise. We are fortunate in the regional tourism industry that at one conference we have speakers and resource people who are outstanding thought leaders in their areas of expertise which has ranged from ‘Artificial Intelligence and Tourism’ to ‘Social Media Implications on Destination Marketing’. This conference has been made possible through the valuable partnership we have with PATA and STA who share our vision for an empowered and knowledgeable Pacific people working together to sustainably develop tourism in the region.”Photos from the event are now available on the PATA Facebook page and PATA Flickr page.In addition, presentations from all the speakers are now available to view at https://www.pata.org/PTIC?tab=speakers.Media Contact:   PATA   Paul PruangkarnDirector – CommunicationsBangkok, ThailandTel: +66 2 658 2000Email: communications@pata.orgAbout PATAFounded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international airlines and airports, 102 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as over a hundred young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism our 36 Chapters and 20 Student Chapters across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 20 PATA student chapters globally. The chapters and student chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes  ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London. Visit www.PATA.orgThe post PTIC 2018 challenges the traditional views of the travel and tourism industry in the Pacific appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Samoans get visafree entry to Israel

first_imgSamoans can now travel to Israel without a visa following the signing of an agreement between the two countries in Jerusalem early this month.The agreement was reached as Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.Mr Netanyahu thanked Tuilaepa for Samoa’s support in international fora, including for Israel’s bid to join the Asian Development Bank in 2017.The two leaders also agreed to continue co-operation in agriculture, IT, health and energy.Tuilaepa said Samoa was committed to strengthening bilateral ties with Israel.“We continue to be meaningfully engaged and we see potential and benefits to our two countries. I am certain that this visa arrangement will foster more people to people linkages between our two nations.”Prime Minister Tuilaepa also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.The post Samoans get visa-free entry to Israel appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Theoharis Shielding Greek Tourism Key for Future

first_img23sharesHome > Industry sectors > Laws, Regulations & Policy > Greek Laws > Theoharis: Shielding Greek Tourism Key for FuturePhoto Source: @Harry TheoharisMoving ahead with long-stalled public infrastructure investments and ensuring effective cooperation between involved ministries as well as implementation of announced plans are top government priorities, said Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, speaking at The Economist “23rd Roundtable with the Government of Greece” conference, held this week in Athens.Theoharis underlined the importance of a strategic plan which will lay the foundations so that Greek tourism can enter a new era. The Acropolis, Athens. © GTP“According to all the tourism stakeholders collecting data on tourism GDP, the favorable period and climate that helped us [Greece] record growth after 2012 and until last year appears to be coming to an end,” he told the Athens News Agency on the sidelines of the conference.“The truth is that there are always cyclical changes at tourist destinations. It has already been noted that this will lead to some reduction in tourist GDP by a percentage that remains to be seen,” he added, underlining the importance of a central strategy that will include, among others, the upgrade of infrastructure, the development of thematic tourism, advanced tourism training, and the improvement of services offered. To generate the anticipated results, Theoharis said, cooperation between all stakeholders is “absolutely necessary”.Theocharis, who took over the ministry earlier this month, added that the country’s efforts must now focus on “shielding its tourist product, making it strong at all times, and finding opportunities to improve its infrastructure with the goal to claim a larger share of global tourism… and at the same time provide greater certainty that Greek tourism can withstand all conditions – both favorable and unfavorable”. Last week, Theocharis pledged to reduce taxation on tourism, re-examine the stayover tax charged by hotels for accommodation; move ahead with mature investments for tourism units; introduce incentives for the energy upgrade of tourist units; revise the structure and operation of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO); enter partnerships with the private sector for the promotion and enhancement of the country’s brand name; and tap into silver tourism by creating products that will attract pensioners from EU states following the examples of Portugal, Malta and Cyprus. During the Economist conference, the minister also said the government would be creating a working group/implementation team responsible for the effectiveness of ministries involved so that projects move ahead swiftly and produce results.Speaking at the same event, Tom Jenkins, CEO European Tourism Association (ETOA), said Greek tourism had been resilient during the crisis years, breaking one record after another. He noted that demand will continue and suggested Greece invest in the growing market of China with a long-term strategy in that direction.last_img read more

The final returns from the Kevin Kolb era reveal a

first_imgThe final returns from the Kevin Kolb era reveal a quarterback who was fairly serviceable when he played, and unavailable fairly often; a résumé as overrated as the decision to be rid of it. New general manager Steve Keim’s decision to release the Cardinals former “franchise quarterback” will undoubtedly reinvigorate the type of debate that helped secure Kevin Kolb’s services in the first place. After all, a year of laughable quarterback play (vide Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton’s collective 2010 output) can do more than just ensure a top 10 draft selection; it can lead to a hasty solution.Desperate to secure Kolb’s services during an already frenetic 2011 post-lockout offseason, the Cardinals met Andy Reid’s demands very quickly. Probably too quickly. Among those questioning the move or, more precisely, the “market price” for an unproven starting quarterback was (then) NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi:“I don’t know how you can be sold on Kevin Kolb…You’ve got seven games to sell yourself on. Three he played well. Four not so good. He’s a prospect. You’re buying him on potential. Which is fine. You’ve got to be able to do what he does well. That starts with protecting him.”And while the Cardinals certainly did little to protect their investment (Kolb was sacked 57 times in two years), Lombardi’s initial criticism remains his most salient one. During Kolb’s two seasons in Arizona, he started 14 games, doubling the sample size referenced by Lombardi. Kolb’s record as a starter went from 3-4 in Philly to 6-8 with the Cardinals. His quarterback rating went from 81.8 as Eagles starter to 82.1 as Arizona’s. For some statistical context, an 82 QB rating would place Kolb 19th among qualified passers during that three-year span. But this assumes too much — namely the type of durability it takes to make such a comparison. For example, the minimum number of attempts for a qualified passer from 2010-12 was the Colts’ Curtis Painter with 243 in 2011. Kolb averaged 208 pass attempts per season during that span, and 218 during the last two years in Arizona. (Kolb was healthy about 44 percent of his time as starter in Arizona.) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In the dying days of the Ken Whisenhunt-Rod Graves era, there was some considerable effort made to explain the state of the Arizona Cardinals franchise and, more importantly, why it was where it was. “No quarterback, no chance,” might be a fair précis of their appraisal, and the name “Kevin Kolb” in no way included in their solution. Since then, the incumbency suffered two significant losses to its ranks, leaving the surviving member very motivated to pull the plug on the experiment that ended the long tenures of his predecessors. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

What is a bad bank

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouA BAD bank would buy up toxic assets from troubled banks – for example, non-performing loans (NPLs) – at a discount and then try to sell any collateral for profit, if possible.Government-backed bad banks have traditionally been vehicles of moral hazard. When failing banks are rescued by a bad bank buying up their non-performing assets, the burden of risk is automatically transferred from the person who made the risky banking decisions to someone else, which of course roughly translates to a blank cheque for bankers.But that’s not the only problem with such solutions to banking crises. A bad bank would be established to buy assets – in this case, NPLs – from cash-strapped lenders, thus enhancing liquidity and facilitating credit in the local market, but would by definition be buying delinquent assets, i.e. the ones most likely to eventually default. So, the people providing the capital for the bad bank stand to lose much of their money.The key point in the operation of an entity that would absorb toxic assets would be reaching agreement on the assets’ price.The bad bank would go after as high a discount as possible, while the distressed bank would seek to minimise its losses by negotiating a price as close to the assets’ book value as possible.The view that creating a bad bank is “one of the most important ways of normalising a banking system after a crisis” was aired in a February 2012 blog entry by Panicos Demetriades, two months before he was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, a post he has recently resigned but will retain until mid-April. In his commentary, Demetriades noted that although not necessarily suitable for Cyprus, the concept of a bad bank “merits careful consideration and debate.”It was also one of the proposals of the Independent Commission on the Future of the Cyprus Banking Sector in its October 2013 report, which was commissioned by the Cyprus government and the Central Bank, only to be ignored.“In our final report we said that the bank needs to be separated from its toxic assets, which should be bought up by a bad bank,” commission member and former BoC senior manager Yiorgos Charalambous said. “This was in October, and still nothing has been done.”The bill for assets acquired by bad banks has traditionally been footed by governments – i.e. taxpayers – but if private investors were to be found, willing and able to gamble on the prospect of an economic recovery that would raise the assets’ value, the question of moral hazard vanishes. This is what Bank of Cyprus CEO John Hourican was alluding to when he spoke of “a private solution that doesn’t burden the Cyprus state,” but it’s easier said than done.“Finding private investors to fund a bad bank is certainly a possibility,” Charalampous said. “Of course the negotiation (over the assets’ price) that will follow will probably take some time, during which the state of the BoC is bound to worsen, thus weakening its leverage – this is why the delay in making decisions has been disastrous.”“Things would have been much different last summer, for example,” he concluded.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Pound to euro exchange ends on December 31 2017

first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) announced on Friday that the period of exchange of Cyprus pound banknotes with euros will expire on at the end of this year.Nominal amount   Years of Issue£20                              1992-2004£10                              1977-2005£5                                1979-2003£1                                1979-2004500 mils                            198250 cents                       1983-1989The banknotes can only be exchanged at the CBC.Banknotes presented in person at the CBC counters are exchanged in cash, free of charge, after being duly checked.Alternatively, banknotes may be sent to the CBC, at the owner’s risk, by registered mail to the following address: Currency Management Department, Central Bank of Cyprus, 80 Kennedy Avenue 1076 Nicosia, CyprusThe exchange amount will be transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account according to their instructions.Any transfer expenses will be borne by the beneficiary. In this respect, the sender should provide the following details: Bank name of the beneficiary, SWIFT bank code, Name of the beneficiary’s account (the account should be in the name of the sender), IBAN number, telephone number of the beneficiary.For further information and/or clarifications, you may contact the CBC through:electronic mail: numismatic.orders@centralbank.cyfax: +357 22714930telephone: +357 22714191, +357 22714152You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more