Ottawa First Nations agree to protect NWT area twice the size of

first_imgFORT PROVIDENCE, N.W.T. – It’s where elders hunt and children hear their stories by the campfire. And after a deal signed Thursday between First Nations and the federal government it’s likely to stay that way.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and four Indigenous communities from the Dehcho region in the Northwest Territories have agreed to create Edehzhie, an area more than twice the size of Banff National Park where all industrial development will be banned.“It is a place our ancestors used from time immemorial,” said Dehcho Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian.Edehzhie will cover more than 14,000 square kilometres of forest, wetlands and lakes — a wilderness where birds fill the sky, fish teem in rivers and vast caribou herds roam the plains.“It’s a really exciting opportunity,” said McKenna. “It’s a huge area and it’s part of what we’re trying to do, work in real partnership with Indigenous people.”McKenna said Edehzhie will be Canada’s first Indigenous Protected Area, a new classification that offers the same protection as a National Wildlife Area. Such regions will be crucial to Canada meeting its international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its land area by 2020.“They’re extremely important,” McKenna said. “There’s a variety of different ways that we’re going to need to look at how we meet these goals, but certainly Indigenous people are very keen to be part of the solution.”Areas like Edehzhie —also known as the Horn Plateau — have advantages over new national parks, she said.“Parks are limitations from the perspectives of Indigenous people. This allows you to be much more creative.”Ottawa has created several other protected areas with guidance from and managed by First Nations, including Haida Gwaii in the Pacific and Lancaster Sound in the High Arctic.The Dehcho communities of Fort Providence, Jean Marie River, Fort Simpson and Wrigley have been working to preserve Edehzhie since 1988. They took the former Conservative government to court in 2010 after it quietly dropped protection from mining.The Dehcho government agreed to preserve Edehzhie in a vote at its council last summer.“To put it simply, it’s just to protect another piece of our way of life” Norwegian said.She said everyone has memories from the area, including first trips on the land with their fathers and the older men, or afternoons sitting in the sun.“It’s a lot more than just sitting there. It’s living with the land, taking and giving of the land, a relationship with the land.”Edehzhie is known as the “breadbasket” of the Dehcho, a place of abundance when times are tough elsewhere.“It’s a land of plentiful berries, wildlife and medicine plants,” Norwegian said.Edehzhie is closely connected to Dene sprituality as well. Several of its landscapes are associated with the adventures of Yamoria, the great mythic hero and law-giver of the Dene.That island in the middle of Willow Lake? That’s where two giant beavers built a dam while fleeing him.Local people will monitor activities on the land and keep an eye on things. It will be administered by a committee with federal representatives but dominated by the four communities.Environment Canada has committed $5 million over five years for the effort.“It will continue to be used freely for hunting, for any kind of need,” Norwegian said. “We’ll be able to pass it along to our children.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Calgary continues push to attract Vancouver workers

first_imgBews says people in other major cities have also expressed interest in making the move.“They’re interested in the cost of living and the fact that they can move here and put a little extra cash in their jeans and continue to have a great lifestyle.”The campaign started in the fall. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Calgary continues to try and sell itself to Vancouverites.Weeks after Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was in the city trying to lure tech-savvy workers, new ads targeting engineers and geoscientists have appeared in the City Hall SkyTrain station.Robyn Bews, VP of Business Development for Calgary Economic Development, which is behind the ad, says it’s part of a $1.2 million campaign to attract workers from major cities in Canada and the U.S.“Probably like everybody else, our focus is on big cities that have, you know, big, explosive tech sectors,” says Bews.“And if you look at the cities that we’re interested in and talking to, or talking to the talent in, they are cities that are quite expensive to live in.”And it appears their campaign is working in Vancouver. Since Nenshi’s visit at the end of October, a number of people in Vancouver have accepted a job in Calgary.“We’ve had a number of job offers that have already been made and my understanding is that there’s a number of people moving to Calgary as a result of that,” says Bews.“We’re tracking at about four or five that have been hired directly from that trip in the past two weeks.” Watch: Calgary Needs Tech-Savvy Youthlast_img read more

Florida Panthers sign Manitoba product

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA First Nations hockey player has signed a pro contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.Brady Keeper, 22, hails from Pimicikamak (Cross Lake) in northern Manitoba and plays defence for the University of Maine Black Bears.Prior to signing the two-year deal, Keeper played for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Blizzard and was named most- valuable player in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.last_img

Israeli group finds fake proNetanyahu social media accounts

JERUSALEM — An Israeli watchdog says it’s found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s elections.Two researchers operating the Big Bots Project said Monday they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts spreading messages in support of Netanyahu’s Likud party and smearing his opponents.Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam say they found no direct link between the network and Netanyahu or Likud, though Netanyahu’s son Yair frequently liked posts by the network’s accounts. The Likud party denies any connection to the network.Israelis head to the polls in eight days in a close race between Netanyahu and his main rival, former army chief of staff Benny Gantz. Netanyahu seeks a fifth term in office under the shadow of corruption charges.The Associated Press read more

TSX turns positive at the end of a volatile week New York

TSX turns positive at the end of a volatile week; New York markets post solid gains TORONTO – The Toronto stock exchange turned positive Friday, capping a wild week sparked by the surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan and its impact on commodities and other currencies.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 39.48 points to 14,277.88 after three days volatility that saw Canada’s main index shed a net 227 points.The yuan was stable on Friday after the sharp drop earlier in the week as traders took comfort from remarks the previous day by Zhang Xiaohu, a deputy governor at People’s Bank of China, who said there was “no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation.”Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Solutions Group, said it was possible that there could be “a bit more devaluation in the yuan and that could maybe continue with a bit of volatility in the market.”“But our current view is that, medium to long term (a more free-floating yuan) is probably a good thing for Asia,” he said, noting it could promote improved trade and growth for many of the region’s economies, which would translate into rising demand for many of the commodities upon which Canada’s economy depends.New York markers also advanced, with the Dow Jones industrial average up a solid 69.15 points to 17,477.40, while the Nasdaq added 14.68 points to 5,048.24 and the S&P 500 rose 8.15 points to 2,091.54.On commodity markets, the September oil contract rose 27 cents to US$42.50 a barrel after hitting its lowest level in more than six years, while September natural gas advanced over a penny to US$2.80 per thousand cubic feet. December gold was lower for a second day, down $2.90 at US$1,112.70 an ounce.The Canadian dollar was also weaker, edging down 0.17 of a U.S. cent to 76.38 cents US.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales increased 1.2 per cent in June, well below the market consensus that called for a 2.7 per cent gain.“The positive number, that was good, but a bit of a disappointment given that Canadian dollar has depreciated as much as it has,” Greenberg said, adding that it might take a few more months before the beneficial effects of a lower loonie begin to “seep through.”However, Greenberg also noted that the Canadian economy isn’t as balanced as it once was and that after many years of living with a strong loonie, “a lot of that manufacturing that would now be benefiting from that weaker Canadian dollar has already closed their doors and moved shop.”“So even if that part of the economy (manufacturing) is benefiting or will soon benefit from that weaker Canadian dollar, it’s just not as big a driver as it used to be for the economy, so that is a bit of a worry.” by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Updated Elo Ratings For World Cup Teams

Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system  we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.

Colouds R2D2 Headphones are Perfect for Star Wars Fans

first_imgIf you’re shopping for a Star Wars fan and have already been through The Best Gifts for Star Wars Fans but need more suggestions, these R2-D2 Headphones from Coloud would look nice on anyone’s head while they’re relaxing by the pool in an R2-D2 Bathing Suit. The headphones are part of Coloud’s Star Wars product line, which features other headphones with Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, or an X-Wing fighter on the earcups. The headphones have a foldable hinge for portability, and have a microphone and volume remote in-line with the audio cable so you can use them with your mobile phone as well as your music player or laptop. The headphones will cost you $49.90 list price, and are available directly from Coloud although they’re currently sold out.last_img

FA to investigate child sex abuse allegations

first_img 8 Comments 11,019 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FA to investigate child sex abuse allegations Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal. Image: Clint Hughes EMPICS Sport Nov 27th 2016, 11:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3104890 By AFP Image: Clint Hughes EMPICS Sport Short URL Updated 11.45amTHE FA HAS confirmed it is investigating allegations of sexual abuse in football in the UK.In a statement released this morning, the association said it has “instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to assist it with a review into the abuse cases which have recently come to light”.The statement continues: “The FA had already initiated an internal review which Ms Gallafent will now oversee, while it continues to also prioritise victim support and providing full assistance to ongoing police inquiries.“At this time, with acknowledgement that a wide-ranging inquiry may be required in time, we are working closely with the police to support their lead investigations and must ensure we do not do anything to interfere with or jeopardise the criminal process.The internal review will look into what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times around the issues that have been raised in the press, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken.“Ms Gallafent will make recommendations in order to seek to ensure these situations can never be repeated.”The FA has commissioned a free NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry, which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.Crewe Alexandra Yesterday Crewe Alexandra Football Club announced it was launching an independent review into how the club dealt with historical child abuse allegations.In a statement, the club said is was “determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity and believes an independent review, to be conducted via the appointment of external legal counsel, is the correct way forward in the circumstances”.Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal.Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s. Alexandra Stadium, Gresty Road, Crewe. Source: Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA ImagesA pre-existing inquiry into child sex abuse in Britain said it was “watching events closely”, while England captain Wayne Rooney has urged anyone who may have been assaulted to seek help.The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest force, said it had “received information relating to non-recent sexual abuse in football clubs in London”.Hampshire Police, Cheshire Police and Northumbria Police, from southern, northwest and northeast England respectively, said they were all investigating non-recent child sex abuse claims.Northumbria Police said it was looking into an allegation by an unnamed former Newcastle United player that he was abused in the club’s youth system.Newcastle said they would cooperate with authorities “if or when the club receives further information”.The Premier League said it was “very concerned” by the allegations.Former Manchester City youth team player Jason Dunford told the BBC he felt there was a “conspiracy and paedophile ring” within football circles in the northwest of England in the 1980s.Former England and Manchester City players David White and Paul Stewart and ex-Crewe player Steve Walters have also spoken out about being sexually abused by football coaches as children.‘Incredibly angry’Bennell, who worked for Crewe, Manchester City and Stoke City, sexually abused young boys across three decades from the 1970s onwards.He was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy during a football tour of Florida in 1994 and a nine-year sentence for 23 offences against six boys in England in 1998.He was jailed again in 2015 for abusing a boy at a football camp in Macclesfield, northwest England, in 1980.Crewe’s director of football and former manager Dario Gradi said the club, currently playing in England’s fourth tier, would carry out an internal investigation into Bennell’s links with the club.Gradi, Crewe’s manager from 1983 to 2007, has claimed he knew nothing of Bennell’s crimes until his conviction in the United States in 1994.But a former Crewe director, Hamilton Smith, says the club held talks about an allegation of sexual abuse against Bennell in the late 1980s, but decided to keep him on.“I’m incredibly angry the club continue to refute that they knew anything about suspicions of Bennell’s activities,” Smith told The Guardian.This was discussed at the club’s top level and, as much as I tried to resolve this, regrettably I couldn’t. I dread to think how many victims there are, and my heart goes out to them.Premier League heavyweights Manchester City are also reviewing Bennell’s connections with the club.Operation Hydrant, an investigation into allegations of institutional child sex abuse, has asked police forces in England and Wales to pass on details of the allegations they have received in recent days.© AFP 2016 with reporting by Órla RyanRead: President Higgins criticised for praising ‘brutal dictator’ CastroRead: Does the rise of populism mean we’re returning to the 1930s? Some historians see striking parallels Share23 Tweet Email Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 11:45 AMlast_img read more

Donald Trump has moved from Android to iPhone

first_img Share50 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3316081 Donald Trump has moved from Android to iPhone Trump had been using an older Android device, belived to be a Samsung. Source: Dan Scavino Jr./Twitter Mar 30th 2017, 10:36 PM 37 Comments Dickson said security will depend on how the president is using the device — whether it is exclusively for tweeting — and if it is plugged into an enterprise management system that can “wall off” vulnerabilities.“If it’s a single-purpose device, the risk is minimal,” he said. US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has a new phone. An iPhone.That would not ordinarily be news, but given the security concerns about the risk of hack attacks on the prolific White House tweeter, the shift is significant.Cybersecurity specialists say Trump’s decision to transition from his Android device — details of which were never disclosed but which was believed to be an unsecured, older-model Samsung — is positive for security, but doesn’t eliminate risks from hackers.“I can guarantee the Russians and Chinese will try to figure out an attack,” said John Dickson, a former air force cybersecurity officer who now works for the Texas-based Denim Group consulting firm.White House social media chief Dan Scavino confirmed the smartphone shift this week. 29,590 Views .@POTUS @realDonaldTrump has been using his new iPhone📱for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 29, 2017 By AFP Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 10:36 PM But as soon as you start clicking on things, downloading apps, granting access, that’s when things matter tremendously.Mobile devices can be hacked to allow an attacker to listen via the phone’s microphone, access its camera, monitor geolocation or even take over the handset remotely.Former president Barack Obama carried a BlackBerry, and later a different smartphone, with security modifications that limited its functions.Trump’s switch comes despite his call for a boycott a year ago of the iPhone maker for refusing FBI requests to help hack a device for a probe into a deadly California attack.More secure?Some analysts say Apple devices may offer more security because the company controls the hardware and software and frequently updates its operating system. Apple did not respond to an AFP query on Trump’s decision.Betsy Cooper, executive director of the University of California’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity said that despite Apple’s reputation, recent research has shown “that both iPhones and Android can be abused by hackers.”Cooper said it remains unclear how the president’s social media is managed — what devices are used and who has access to his personal @realDonaldTrump and official @POTUS handles on Twitter. Source: Twitter/realdonaldtrumpFrom a security standpoint, “it would be better to eliminate the personal accounts and use only government devices and government-protected social media accounts,” Cooper said.Concerns of hacking come following Trump’s unverified allegation that his phones were tapped during last year’s election campaign, and after leaked documents from former contractor Edward Snowden showed US tapping of German leader Angela Merkel’s personal phone.Some phones are marketed as “hardened” or secure devices for people in power, but it wasn’t clear if these are used at the White House.Phone as ‘honeypot’?Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the California-based International Computer Science Institute, said Trump’s phone swap “massively reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the security risks.”But while he agreed foreign governments are likely to try to hack the phone, Weaver said US intelligence services may have modified it to be “a nice honeypot to trap attempted attacks.”A honeypot is a technique used to lure hackers and attackers to identify them and find ways to neutralise or punish them.Weaver said in a blog post earlier this year that Trump’s use of an older Android device opened massive security risks and that “the working assumption should be that Trump’s phone is compromised by at least one — probably multiple — hostile foreign intelligence services.”At the time, it was not clear what type of handset Trump was using, but a New York Times report after the inauguration said he was using “his old, unsecured Android phone.”Last month, Representative Ted Lieu of California called for an investigation, saying Trump’s phone use may be “jeopardising national security.”Dickson said that even with strong security, the president could fall victim to an attack if he uses his phone for email and web browsing.This could be in the form of “spearphishing,” or a message disguised to look as if it’s from a trusted aide or family member, but which contains malware.“This is what sophisticated attackers do,” Dickson said, and because the president’s activities are widely known, “he would be an easier target for spearphishing.”© – AFP 2017Read: Melania Trump makes rare public speech calling for women’s empowerment >Read: Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House job > Short URLlast_img read more

FPL volunteers pack meals for 150 families in North Miami Beach

first_imgToday we celebrate Power to Care Day, where hundreds of FPL employees will be volunteering at 27 projects across 10 counties throughout Florida! We’re honored to partner with various nonprofits that serve our communities and make them better places to live. #FPLCares pic.twitter.com/vbkwrbuG3Q— FPL (@insideFPL) March 9, 2019This was just one of the 27 volunteer projects tackled throughout the week. More than 1,000 FPL volunteers did community work in 11 different counties.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Volunteers from Florida Power & Light came together in North Miami Beach to help 150 local families in need.The volunteers packed meals for the families at the Highlands Village Community Center in North Miami Beach, Saturday.The event was part of FPL’s Power to Care Week, now in its 11th year.last_img read more

Rogers Media Cuts 60 Staffers Shutters LouLou Magazine

first_imgWhile the news and general interest-focused L’actualité remains on the block, both the English and French editions of LouLou will cease publication after their respective December issues.Moreover, English-language magazines Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense, and Canadian Business will all go digital-only in 2017, leaving Hello! Canada, the two editions of Chatelaine, scaled-back versions of Maclean’s and Today’s Parent, and yet-unsold B2B titles Advantages and Advisor’s Edge as Rogers’ only remaining magazines in print.Like its counterparts south of the border, Rogers Media, which was to this point the largest magazine publisher in Canada in terms of both revenue and total readership, has been faced with mounting pressure to offset losses on the print side of the business by further investing in its digital properties.“It’s been clear for some time now that Canadians are moving from print to digital, and our job is to keep pace with the changes our audiences are demanding,” said Steve Maich, SVP of digital content and publishing, in a September statement. “We are so much more than a collection of magazine brands, and we’ve seen rapid growth on our digital platforms over the past few years. Now is the time for us to accelerate that shift.”This is a developing story. Rogers Media’s intent to exit both the B2B and French-language magazine businesses, revealed in September, left anxious staffers waiting for the other shoe to drop.Two weeks ago, the Toronto-based publisher’s sale of its B2B titles to Chicago-based EnsembleIQ seemingly left the staffs of those magazines, including Canadian Grocer and The Medical Post, unscathed.Employees at Rogers’ French-language titles aren’t so lucky.At least sixty staffers have been laid off at Châtelaine, L’actualité, and LouLou — three of the five most widely read French-language magazines in North America, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media — several Canadian outlets reported yesterday.The sweeping cuts come alongisde announcements that Rogers will in fact retain ownership of women’s lifestyle magazine Châtelaine and its English-language sister title, but will slash the frequency of both from 12 to six issues per year.last_img read more

Nipsey Hussle Beloved LA Rapper And Activist Lived As A Patron To

first_img Nipsey Hussle, Beloved L.A. Rapper And Activist, Lived As A Patron To His Community Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 1, 2019 – 4:52 pm Remembering Nipsey Hussle Twitter The GRAMMY-nominated rapper was fatally shot outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, on SundayJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 1, 2019 – 12:06 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 31), police confirmed. He was 33.Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, highlighted life in South Los Angeles and the socio-economic struggles people in the community faced, from single mothers working to feed their families to his own rise from financial struggle, through his poignant lyrics. He released his much-awaited official debut album, Victory Lap, in February 2018 after years of releasing several mixtapes, including The Marathon mixtape. For Hussle, creating the album was a weaving of his experiences and represented a coming full circle on his own terms. “We want to just hear great lyrics, great music, great flow and great storytelling and so I just wanted to really be intentional that that was the goal with the album,” he told the Recording Academy. “You know, I even had a conversation with the label people and it was just like, you know, the heads of the label, but what do you all expect from me on this one? Because for me, but my goal, my big picture goal to move forward and to make a step toward what my goal is as an artist, I need to make something really authentic and really organic on this first one.”The debut album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and was a project that Hussle made with fans in mind.”When I went into recording this album I [had] a ton of mixed tapes … So I just went back through all of my projects and I listened and I put myself in the mindset of a fan. And I was like what made me a fan in it, you know? And each project had two or three moments that people really held onto,” he said. “Some have more than others and I wanted the album to be a collection of those moments. I didn’t want to be nostalgic, but I wanted to be aware of why they’re connected.Hussle, a native of the Crenshaw district in South Los Angeles, was also an entrepreneur and activist who was heavily invested in his community. A day before the launch of his album, he opened a co-working STEM Center in the area called Vector90 Too Big To Fail. He owned a clothing store on Slauson called The Marathon Clothing.Beyond being a businessman and an artist, Hussle was also a loving father of two. Fatherhood served as an inspiration for his music:”Fatherhood has affected and inspired me deeply … when I went about doing music, I was really in the studio, spending the night, you know, sacrificing my personal time. Just really putting all my energy and time into the studio and I thought that was the most effective way to do it, he said. “But then having a kid, my daughter years back and then my son recently, it made me understand a balance and you might even get more inspired leaving the studio some time, going out and living and just taking her, your daughter, your kids somewhere and you might come back and what you’ve been trying to do sitting in this room wasn’t going to get done sitting in this room.You had to go out and breathe a little bit and come back in and you refresh and you ready to go. “Hussle saw life as a metaphor for a marathon that included not only his resiliency, but also his community’s. “Make sure that you stick to what you believe in,” he said. “The story that I’m telling on this album made the moment that I’m in even more special and important because it shows you the distance and the ground we covered.”Hussle is survived by his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and his two children.One Take: Nipsey Hussle On L.A., Ice Cream, Kendrick Lamar & MoreRead more Nipsey Hussle Lived As A Patron To His Community nipsey-hussle-beloved-la-rapper-and-activist-lived-patron-his-community Email last_img read more

Donlin Gold still waiting for big state permits

first_imgDonlin Gold expects to get most of its major state and federal permits this year. (Katie Basile / KYUK)Donlin Gold, the company developing a proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, says that it hopes to get most of its major permits out of the way this year. But so far, progress has been a bit slow.Listen now“The last ones we received was, I think, the [Army Corps of Engineers] permits and the Title 16 [Alaska Department of Fish and Game] fish permits,” said Kurt Parkan, spokesman for Donlin Gold.The Army Corps of Engineers’ joint record of decision that came out in August is the biggest milestone for the company so far in the permitting process. It capped six years of environmental review for the project, which could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if developed. The Army Corps greenlighted the project in a joint decision with the Bureau of Land Management. BLM had to give Donlin permission to build a lengthy gas pipeline on some of its land.So, what other permits does Donlin have? It has a wastewater discharge permit from the state, which will let Donlin Gold discharge water from its mining operations into Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Kuskokwim River. The water is treated for mercury and cyanide from its operations to meet the required drinking water standard. The state also issued an air quality permit for Donlin last year.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game gave Donlin 13 permits in August for disrupting fish habitat. The mine would eliminate one salmon stream and partially destroy another. Donlin is required to mitigate habitat near the site or offsite to compensate for that disruption.Now, what permits does Donlin hope to get before the end of the year? One is approval of its draft reclamation plans and financial assurances, which are basically how Donlin plans to set aside money for reclamation. But the state Department of Natural Resources is still reviewing those plans, and it’s unclear when it will approve them.DNR is the lead agency for issuing permits under its jurisdiction and the Department of Environmental Conservation. DNR did not respond to a request for comment. Another permit Donlin hopes to get this year is an integrated waste permit from DEC.“That’s essentially a disposal of all material that’s generated at the mine, like the waste rock, and the garbage from the kitchen, and water flood from treatment plants,” Parkan said.Parkan says that they are also expecting a public hearing from DNR within the next month or so for its right of way permit for the portion of the pipeline that goes through state-owned land. But Donlin still has a ways to go in the permitting process. It needs 100 permits to begin mining, and its dam safety permits, which will be a major milestone for the company, won’t come for a couple of years.“The dam safety permits is probably is the biggest permit that will be outstanding after this year,” Parkan said.Donlin needs these permits to build its tailings dam and other infrastructure. Parkan doesn’t know when the company will begin the necessary drilling and analysis to get those permits.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to finally hit stores on this date Top

first_imgWeight Close Connectivity NFC, MST *May differ by market and mobile operator. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G coming to South Korean markets first.Samsung Mobile PressIf rumours are to be believed, the Galaxy S10 5G will not come cheap and for obvious reasons, will be cost around 1.5 million Won (approx. $1,328/€1,167/ Rs 91,194). Considering the Apple iPhone XS and XS Max, the Galaxy S10 5G price looks modest.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a pretty much similar design language as the S10, but one key difference is that it has a bigger 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED with 19:9 aspect ratio.Samsung phone houses quad-camera one the back, one 12 MP wide-angle, 16 MP ultra-wide angle and a 12 MP telephoto sensor and Time-of-Flight snapper with laser autofocus and LED flash. On the front, it packs 10MP Dual Pixel shooter with a 3D Depth sensor.The Galaxy S10 5G comes with Android Pie-based One UI, 8GB RAM, 256GB and a 4,500mAh battery. Like previous years, Samsung is offering Galaxy S10 series in Exynos 9820 processor in select markets including India, but rest of the features will be the same as the Snapdragon 855 variant.Another most interesting batter feature shared by all Galaxy S10 series models is the PowerShare. It offers reverse charge capability, meaning if your friend owns a phone with wireless charging capability, but is run out of power, he/she can place it on your fully charged Galaxy S10 series phone to power up the former. It can even charge a smartwatch provided it has WPC Qi wireless charging certification. World’s biggest smartphone-maker Samsung unveiled an array of Galaxy S10 series models—Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G in February. The first three models are already available in the market and now, it’s the turn of the ultra top-end mobile to hit stores.Samsung is slated to be released the Galaxy S10 5G model first in the company’s home market South Korea on April 5, reported the local daily Korea Herald. It can be noted that the device’s price is still a mystery and also, the company will be not be taking pre-orders, instead, it is bringing straight to the store shelves early next month. Sensors ModelVideoGalaxy S10 5GMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBMModelDimensionsGalaxy S10 5G77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm,ModelWeightGalaxy S10 5G198g 1 SIM 7nm class 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)8nm class 64-bit Samsung Exynos 9820 Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)Note: Type of chipsets on Galaxy S10 series depends on the region of sale ModelRAM + StorageGalaxy S10 5G8GB + 256GB (No MicroSD)ModelCameraGalaxy S10 5GRear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS Camera with Dual OIS – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123)-Time-of-Flight sensor – 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom – 3D Depth: hQVGAFront: – Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) – 3D Depth: hQVGAModelBatteryGalaxy S10 5G4,500mAh (typical)Super Fast Charging compatible on wired with QC2.0, AFC and PD3.0 Fast Charging compatible on wireless Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Wireless PowerShareModelConnectivityGalaxy S10 5GWi-Fi 6.0 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload *May differ by market and mobile operator. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Processor Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face Audio Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS Camera with Dual OIS – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123)-Time-of-Flight sensor – 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom – 3D Depth: hQVGAFront: – Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) – 3D Depth: hQVGA Stereo speakers and earphones:Sound by AKG and Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)Audio Playback Format:MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE 198g Dimensions 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm, After South Korea, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 5G in the US in coming weeks.Samsung Mobile PressAll the audiophiles will be happy to note that all the three Galaxy S10 series come with 3.5mm jack, making it one of the very few in the market to such feature in a flagship phone.After South Korea, Samsung is expected to bring Galaxy S10 5G in the US in late April via Verizon first for a limited period and will be later released to Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.With 5G support, the Galaxy S10 5G owners will be able to enjoy around 1Gbps (minimum) and 10Gbps or more speeds.In India, if the local governments show urgency in embracing 5G technology, they should start planning for auctioning 5G-compatible spectrum bands soon and if things go as planned, we might expect commercial telecom service providers bring 5G service to India around 2020 if not early.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S10 5G:ModelModelGalaxy S10 5GGalaxy S10 5GModelDisplayGalaxy S10 5G6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)  *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in SettingsIP68 ratings Galaxy S10 5G Wi-Fi 6.0 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload *May differ by market and mobile operator. Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*) *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited. Cameralast_img read more

Bright Future for Baltimore Comcast Scholar after Goucher Graduation

first_imgMicah Connor is weighing his job options after graduating Goucher College in Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)In 2012, when 18-year-old Micah Connor graduated from Coppin Academy, a public charter high school located on the campus of Baltimore’s Coppin State University, he was the leader of the Robotics Club, a Student Government Association representative and he participated in the Chess Club, in addition to being the valedictorian of his graduating class. For his leadership, academic achievement and commitment to community service, he was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, which was named in honor of founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corp., Ralph J. Roberts.“We expect the best, and he always gives the best…he’s always been a high achiever,” Mamie Conner, his mother, told the AFRO of her son’s hard work at the time.Four years have gone by and the young man is now a college graduate with endless possibilities before him.“Living on campus taught me how to interact with other people from other cultures and countries,” Connor told the AFRO of his time at Goucher College in Towson, Md. “It also taught me to appreciate the basic things people take for granted such as access to library resources. In contrast, it also taught me how temporal friends can be. My four years of college were a microcosm of life.”As a high-school senior, Connor was awarded multiple scholarships offers to attend various colleges, including Goucher and Stevenson, Coppin State and Drexel universities, leaving him to make a tough decision of what college to attend.After turning down a full-ride scholarship to Coppin, Connor joined the U.S. Model Senate at Goucher College while still in high school, assuming the role of a senator and debating legislation topics. This experience led Connor to decide on Goucher for his undergraduate education.While at there, Connor majored in history with a minor in historic preservation. During his sophomore year, Connor volunteered at Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives, where he worked alongside other students transcribing and digitizing a World War II diary, before working there as a student assistant.Connor was awarded a fellowship his junior year, which allowed him to create a public exhibit with three other students for two consecutive semesters. The following year, Connor studied abroad in London, England, while interning in the office of British politician Victoria Atkins. Atkins is a member of Parliament for Louth and Horncastle. Connor recently graduated with honors from Goucher College, and he is currently working at the Maryland Historical Society and would like to return to England to work with Atkins in London.His mother told the AFRO of her son’s achievements, “I count it all joy. To God be the glory.”last_img read more

IGDA Director Jen MacLean on Guns Diversity and Game Unions

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target Ever since I really start reporting on video games back in Chicago, I’ve been familiar with the International Game Developers Association or the IGDA. While it is very much not a union, the group does seek to help the people who make video games and not just the corporations unlike the Entertainment Software Association or the ESA.While the quality of games themselves is arguably improving, the industry is facing all sorts of new and old issues. So at this year’s Game Developers Conference I got the chance to ask new IGDA Executive Director Jen MacLean about what a healthier video game industry looks like in the future, and her answer was a passionate but less radical future than I would’ve hoped.Geek.com: So say I’m someone who has loved games their whole life, wants to get started making them, but I don’t know what the IGDA is. What is it and why should I be interested?Jen MacLean: The IGDA is the largest professional association for game developers in the world. We support game development communities on a local level with over 150 chapters and special interest groups around the world. The IGDA’s mission is really to help game developers create sustainable and fulfilling careers. We want you to be a game developer at 22 and then retire 30, 40, 50 years later feeling like you have done something meaningful and valuable with your life and happy with the choices you’ve made in your career.Geek.com: What’s your background?JM: I have been a gamer my entire life since I had my Atari 2600 when I was seven. I started as a playtester in college and then a got a chance to work on the original Civilization. I went to AOL back when we were still playing online games on 14.4 modems.But I’ve always been passionate about the IGDA. I started getting involved with the IGDA back when I was a playtester. I believed in the idea of creating this community where game developers help each other out. I was on the IGDA board from 2008 to 2011. I was the chair of the board. I’m also the executive director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses on creating more diverse and inclusive game development community. So when the IGDA board approached me about becoming the executive director for me it was a natural next step in both my career and all the roles I’ve had in game development but also in my really passionate belief that we are stronger as a community when we give back.Geek.com: What are your responsibilities?JM: It’s a little bit of everything, it changes every day. The IGDA board and I together set up the strategy of the IGDA, what we want to focus on and how we can create the biggest impact on the lives of game developers around the world. Then with our staff, I really run the day to day operations of the IGDA. That includes things like negotiating members benefits, supporting our chapters around the world, advocating on behalf of game developers on issues that matter to them, thinking strategically about the problems game developers not only face today but tomorrow and years from now. Figuring out how to help game developers fundamentally be successful in their professional and personal lives. It changes every day but it is also incredibly rewarding.Geek.com: Sounds like a lot of small individual things. But what about more big picture visions you want to execute on?JM: Absolutely. At the end of the day we can’t help game developers have sustainable and fulfilling careers if the games industry is not healthy. Game developers don’t exist in a vacuum so the IGDA looks not only at what we do to help individuals but also help game development companies. We’ve seen that middle-tier of companies, that 50-200 person tier, has really shrunk.Geek.com: There’s no more middle class. Even on the press side we’ve seen how things have stratified to either just these tiny cool indie games and these huge AAA blockbusters that will bankrupt the studio if it sells less than eight million copies. Nothing’s in-between.JM: That makes me worried for who is going to be the Valve or Bethesda or Blizzards or Kings of Rovios of the future. If we don’t build our 5-15 person indie studios into the 50-person to 200-person to 1000-person studio that’s going to have big implications for the games industry in five to ten years.Part of the IGDA’s thinking is not only how we help individuals but how we help the companies that employ them succeed. That could be everything from “Hey this how you start your own indie studio. These are the things you need to think about when negotiating a publishing deal. This is why you may want to consider this platform. These are challenges to developing on that other platform. Here’s how you choose engine technology.”All of these issues that are not not necessarily game development but that are absolutely critical to helping game developers succeed. For me one of the most interesting and fun parts of my job is thinking about what the challenges game developers are facing and how can we be smart and impactful about helping them.Geek.com: Could say more about your diversity initiatives?JM: So in addition to my role with the IGDA I’m also the Executive Director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses specifically on fostering and supporting a more inclusive and diverse game development community. At the end of the day we believe that every person on the planet should love playing games. I don’t think there is any other art form that is comparable to games and the power and the enjoyment and the emotion games can spark. The best way to create experiences that every person can enjoy is to have a game development community that is representative and welcoming of everyone on the planet.So the IGDA foundation runs a number of programs to help really make a difference and support companies in building that diverse and inclusive environment. We do an allies workshops and hiring workshops. We have a number of special interest groups that help push for more inclusive teams. Women in games, Latinx game developers Blacks in games, LBGTQA+ game developers, Jewish game developers, Muslim game developers, game accessibility. All of these special interest groups that are bringing awareness as to why an inclusive community is so important and how to take action to make our community more inclusive.Geek.com: You’re not the ESA so you weren’t invited to the White House, but is there anything you want to say about the issue of violence and games and this newfound political scapegoating?JM: It is scapegoating, I’ll say it. There is no absolutely no scientific evidence that links video games to gun violence. So any attempt by the government or a lobbying organization to make that connection first of all doesn’t pass the science test and second doesn’t pass the common sense test. If you look at all the countries around the world that play video games they don’t have the gun violence the United States does. Any attempt to use video games as a scapegoat is fundamentally a disservice not only to game developers but also the majority of Americans who support sensible gun control laws.Geek.com: So it sounds like your response to critics would be to reiterate these facts. But is there any concern about the fact these talks even starting up again?JM: Absolutely, I think it is really incumbent on the IGDA and the ESA and individual game developers to take this opportunity to educate people. Fundamentally, we have a ratings system and it works. So any kind of suggestion that we need video game ratings shows obvious ignorance of what is actually in place and what helps parents make choices about the content their children consume.We need to point out that there are many countries around the world that spend more per capita on games than the United States, like Japan, but don’t worry about their children getting shot when they go to school. Other countries around the world have mental issues but they don’t have the mass shooting the US has. When you look at the demographics what sets the US apart it’s not video games or movies or mental health it’s access to firearms, period.Geek.com: The last topic I want to touch on is maybe the spiciest. You talk about wanting to help game development communities, wanting to give back, but what would you specifically about the issue of labor and unionization in games?Editor’s Note: MacLean looks off into the middle distanceJM: I think unions are really interesting as an issue… It’s important to have a conversation about what we want unions to address. For example, I’ve heard some people say they want unions to make sure there is more stability. But I don’t think that’s something unions will be able to help with. When I look at the lay-offs that happen in the games industry it’s often because of access to capital. Having a unionized workforce doesn’t solve that.If you look at working conditions there are studios that are very public about their commitment to crunch because they believe it’s the best way to make a game. I vehemently disagree with that. I think crunch is an inexcusable policy that has significant and very clearly documented consequences for physical, emotional, and mental health. But there are developers who happily go and work for those studios knowing that they will crunch because they also know they will work on titles that make millions of dollars and they will get large bonuses. Assuming that the workforce will unionize is a bad assumption.Geek.com: Isn’t that an issue in games though that the passion some people have just for even having this “dream job” can make them less likely to notice how they’re being exploited? And that publishers take advantage of that?JM: That fundamentally to me is a supply and demand issue. We are in a situation right now where we have more people who want to work in games than we have game development jobs. That’s not going to change because we have these amazing degree programs that are giving us a constant stream of new game developers. We can’t change the supply. We don’t want to change the supply. We want a lot of people to make great games. How do we change demand? How do we build more successful game companies? How do we give more people the opportunity to work in game development jobs? And to do so in a way that is humane and fairly compensates them and makes sure they aren’t exploited. That protects IP ownership and gives fair credits. All of these are big issues.Another important consideration is that we are a global workforce. There is a games industry union in france. That doesn’t mean it is easily portable to the US or Canada or even another EU country. When we talk about unions I think we also have to remain aware that we are global and that there are a lot of legal considerations and practical considerations to unionization that we need to be aware of and be talking about.There’s also the challenge that disciplines are not paid the same. Programmers have higher average salaries than artists. In part that’s because of supply and demand. There is more demand for a programmer’s skills at companies outside the games industry that pay very well. If we don’t have conversations about that and what that potentially means for unionization we’re doing game developers a disservice.Geek.com: And then you see how it intersects with other adjacent industries like with the voice actors strike. My developer friends would be like how can voice actors ask for that when we are only getting this. My answer would be that game developers need to re-examine their own situation and how it could be more equitable.JM: But the other challenges are that the laws in the US are not set up to encourage that. In the US management doesn’t have to negotiate with their workforce unless 51 percent vote for unionization. If you just have artists voting but not programmers you won’t reach that threshold because of this specific US legal issue. We have game developers in every single country in the world. Imagine that complexity by 200. It’s a really challenging issue.Geek.com: Do you think there are things specifically about the games industry that make it especially challenging to unionize?JM: Yes, I do. A lot of it is first of all access to capital which creates that supply and demand issue. It is the fact that we are global and that game development can easily be transferred to another country. We see this in a lot of the art outsourcing that happens with companies like Virtuos you may have a core game dev team that is in Canada working with another studio in France and another in the UK and using art outsourcing in Vietnam and Singapore and the Philippines. If you put in a higher cost of labor in one of these countries what are the consequences of that?There are always going to be jobs tied to a specific location. Usually they are the smaller studios that grow up because someone says “I live in Boston and I want to start a company in Boston not in Singapore or Vietnam or Australia” But if we make it prohibitively expensive for larger studios to grow their workforce in a specific region or country does that then have unforeseen consequences.You’ve even see that happen with some of the tax programs. When Montreal introduced a number of their tax programs to incentivize game development we saw a lot of game dev jobs leave Vancouver and go to Montreal. And now Vancouver has announced their own tax benefit programs.Geek.com: Or like in Rhode Island with 38 StudiosJM: You’re even seeing that a little in San Francisco. That cost of living has grown so high and the competition for skilled labor has grown so high. I’ve been talking to studio heads who aren’t growing their SF operations, they are growing their Austin operations because of the more sustainable cost of living. It’s easier to find and maintain talent there. What happens if you unionize in one area but not the other? Does that area with unionization end up stagnant? I don’t know.Geek.com: So we should unionize everywhere.JM: But then how do you unionize in 200 countries around the world? There isn’t any kind of comparable we can look at. Even if you look at Hollywood with things like Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild, they are there because Hollywood projects aren’t done with full time employees they are done like “You work really hard on a movie and then don’t work for four months.” But that’s the exact issue people want unions to address, they want more stable careers where you don’t have to worry about being laid off when your project is over.So to me this has to be an ongoing conversation that’s honest and open because we have to figure out how to address the issues that stop game developers from having more fulfilling careers.Thanks again to Jen MacLean and the IGDA for this opportunity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Japanese Device Uses Laser Plasma to Display 3D Images in the Air

first_img Explore further A collaboration of the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Keio University and Burton Inc. has produced a device to display “real 3D images” consisting of dot arrays in empty space. Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Many previous displays in 3D have been virtual images on 2D planes which, due to human binocular disparity, appear as 3D. However, the limitation of our visual field and the physical discomfort caused by wrongly identifying virtual images makes these displays less than perfect.The new device uses the plasma emission phenomenon near the focal point of focused laser light. By controlling the position of the focal point in the direction of the x-, y-, and z-axes, real 3D-images in air (3D-space) can be displayed. A 3D-object displayed using a 3D-image spatial drawing device. Credit: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Various 2D and 3D objects drawn by the display device. Credit: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology MEMS-in-the-lens architecture for laser scanning microscopy Citation: Japanese Device Uses Laser Plasma to Display 3D Images in the Air (2006, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-02-japanese-device-laser-plasma-3d.html Our living space and the objects within it are three-dimensional but while 3D imaging is well documented on the Internet, we don’t see “real 3D-images” on our computer screens. This is because our monitors are unable to display them.Keio University and Burton Inc. noticed that, when laser beams are strongly focused, air plasma emission can only be induced near the focal point. So, they experimented by fabricating a device to display 2D-images in the air. The images are constructed from dot arrays produced by a technique combining a laser light source and galvanometric mirrors. To form 3D-images in the air, the scanning of the focal point in the depth direction along the laser optical axis is essential. However, to do this, the quality of the laser and the technique for varying the position of the focal point must be improved. This explains why we do not yet have the technology to display 3D images.By modifying the 2D image device with a linear motor system and a high-quality and high-brightness infrared pulse, the AIST, Keio University and Burton Inc. created a spatial display of “real 3D images” consisting of dot arrays.The linear motor system can vary the position of the laser focal point by high-speed scanning of a lens set on the motor orbit. Incorporation of this system makes the image scanning in the direction of the z-axis possible. For scanning in the x and y axis directions, conventional galvanometric mirrors are used.The high-quality and high–brightness infrared pulsed laser (repetition frequency of pulse: approximately 100 Hz), enables plasma production to be more precisely controlled, resulting in brighter and higher contrast image drawing. Furthermore, the distance between the device and drawing points can be extended by several meters.The emission time of the laser pulse light is approximately a nanosecond (10-9 sec). The device uses one pulse for each dot. The human eye will recognize the after-image effect of plasma emission from displays up to 100 dot/sec. By synchronizing these pulses and controlling them with software, the device can draw any 3D objects in air. Overview of the 3D-image spatial drawing device. Credit: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. 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.last_img read more

Unpublished Hemingway War Story Finally Sees the Light of Day

first_imgDespite winning writing prizes and movie deals for his fiction and receiving constant press coverage as the larger-than-life “Papa Hemingway,” the year 1956 was not an easy one for Ernest Hemingway. The days of producing novels like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls were behind him. His last successful book was The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, and he was finding the filming of it frustrating.Hemingway’s biographer, Carlos Baker, wrote, “The mid-fifties–the least eventful years of Hemingway’s adult life–were largely spent recovering from his Africa injuries and dealing with many new illnesses.” He then got married to his fourth wife, Mary.Ernest Hemingway, hard at work in his younger years.Nonetheless, Hemingway was a writer who could still exert formidable discipline over himself, and he returned to his craft. In the summer of 1956, he wrote five short stories. One of them was titled “A Room on the Garden Side,” a 2,100-word story told in the first person by an American writer named Robert just after Allied soldiers liberated Paris from Nazi Germany in the August of 1944. That story never saw the light of day.Until now.Cover of the latest issue of Strand Magazine, courtesy of the StrandThe latest issue of the literary quarterly The Strand is publishing “A Room on the Garden Side.” Wrote The Chicago Tribune: “The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle.”The room of the title is one in the Ritz, the hotel in Paris on the Place Vendôme that Hemingway adored and liked to say he had personally “liberated” from the Nazis.Ritz Hotel Paris. Hemingway once said, “When in Paris the only reason not to stay at the Ritz is if you can’t afford it.” How did the story surface so many years later?“I heard about it a while back from speaking to a Hemingway scholar,” explained Strand managing editor Andrew Gulli in an interview with The Vintage News. “He rifled off the names of a few stories by Hemingway that were never published before. And shortly after, I contacted a Hemingway scholar who I knew well and he confirmed that those stories were not published and were known to the Hemingway Estate for years.”At the Ritz. Photo courtesy of the StrandThe manuscript — 15 pages written in pencil — has been stored in the Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, available only for study by scholars.Gulli said that short stories have a huge place in the body of work of authors who excel at writing them. “Hemingway was no exception, he was a brilliant short story author and this story has some of his favorite themes: the sacrifice soldiers make during war, man’s struggle against mortality, nostalgia for the past and hope for the future.”Editor Andrew Gulli, who negotiated for the story. Photo by The StrandWhen asked why the author held it back all this time, Gulli said one could never be certain. “I’m not an expert on Hemingway, but I think he was perfectionist and he was probably too hard on himself and felt it might have needed some more work. He wrote a letter to Charlie Scribner saying that he could publish this story and others when he was dead. So I count the Strand fortunate that Mr. Hemingway didn’t publish this during his lifetime.”Hemingway at home in his apartment on the Left Bank, Paris, 1924.In August 1958, when Hemingway was not actively writing, he sued to block Esquire from reprinting in an anthology of three of his uncollected stories of the Spanish War. “He felt the stories did not represent his best work,” wrote Baker.21 of the greatest quotes of all time“A Room on the Garden Side” coming to light in 2018 is reawakening interest in Hemingway and in the Strand, which is perhaps best known for publishing mystery and crime fiction stories and reviews and has brought to life little-known work by Raymond Chandler. “We like to keep everyone guessing,” said Gulli. “Predictability is our enemy and Hemingway is a literary hero of mine.”Kirk Curnutt, a board member of the Hemingway Society, wrote an afterword in the magazine that the piece “contains all the trademark elements readers love in Hemingway” and captures “the importance of Paris.”Hemingway at a fishing camp in 1954. His hand and arms are burned from a recent bush fire; his hair was burned in the recent plane crashes.“The war is central, of course, but so are the ethics of writing and the worry that literary fame corrupts an author’s commitment to truth,” Curnutt wrote.Read another story from us: The Declassified FBI Files on Ernest HemingwayAs for whether he needed to do anything to Hemingway’s story to prepare it for publication, Gulli responded: “We’re talking about Hemingway–I wish all my authors would submit prose so clean!”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

Great news in Pakistan as trans bill of rights passes final hurdle

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The National Assembly voted in favor to pass the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017 on Tuesday. Now the Bill must simply received presidential assent before it becomes official law.The historic Bill called for sweeping changes to the rights and protections of trans people. It aims to  ‘provide for protection, relief and rehabilitation of rights of the transgender persons’.It’s official! Just confirmed NA passed the Transgender Persons Bill in original form as passed by Senate. Will be signed into law by the President. THIS IS HUGE!The Bill was drafted with collective input from community, trans activists & feminist allies. It’s a win— Mehlab (@mehlabjameel) 8 May 2018Pakistan’s first trans model and high profile trans activists, Kami Sid, was ‘so happy’ the Bill passed. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pakistan Senate passes bill protecting rights of transgender peoplePakistan’s trans and intersex groups release political manifestoHospitals in Pakistan to separate transgender patients, court rulesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/great-news-in-pakistan-as-trans-bill-of-rights-passes-final-hurdle/ An historic Bill protecting trans people has justpass the National Assembly in Pakistan. | Photo: Twitter/@abidhashnagar Pakistan’s trans community is celebrating after a detailed Bill to improve their lives has cleared the way to become law. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I am so happy that this bill has been passed but now I’m just concerned if it will be implemented,’ Sid told Images.‘At the same time I see today as an iconic day. I want this to be remembered each year as National Trans Day.‘We’ve been a neglected minority for so long but we’re now proving that we can do so much for ourselves. We’ll see more success stories in the future.’What’s in the BillJust some of the amendments it approved included life imprisonment for anyone who forced a transgender person into illicit intercourse or kidnapped a transgender person.Rape of a transgender person would also come with a death sentence or jail of up to 25 years.The bill also would allow transgender people to officially ‘change’ their gender without approval from a medical board.Trans people will also be protected from discrimination from employers, educational institutions, medical services, when renting or buying property and on public transport.last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more January 12, 2012 — A project led by The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) will utilize the latest technological innovations in the field to bring cardiovascular ultrasound to rural India.In late January, ASE will sponsor the travel of cardiovascular sonographers to a remote field in India, where an estimated 1.2 million people will gather for a meditation camp.  These sonographers and their Indian counterparts will use hand-held echocardiography units to provide free imaging services to as many as 1,000 pre-screened people. ASE is bringing trained, registered experts to assist the procedures, mimicking the state of the practice in the U.S., where the medical system relies on the expertise of the sonographer to assure that the images are correctly acquired. A web-based transmission solution will then be used to send the images electronically to numerous hospitals in the United States, where ASE physicians will read them and transmit their reports back to physicians in India for follow-up and care.The project, called “ASE Global: Focus on India,” takes cardiovascular ultrasound out of the lab and to the doorsteps of people anywhere in the world. It is intended as a cross-cultural educational project to showcase the possibilities offered by breakthroughs in hand-held echocardiography technology and cloud-based transmission, while offering participants an opportunity to learn from one another and join in a humanitarian effort to benefit an underserved population.As the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is both leader and advocate, setting practice standards and guidelines. Comprised of over 15,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses and scientists, ASE provides guidance, expertise and education to its members with a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes.For more information: www.asecho.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | January 12, 2012 ASE Focus on Rural India Elevates Cardiovascular Ultrasound Through New Technology 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more last_img read more