MEET THE LATEST CANADA COUNCIL OF THE ARTS PRIZE WINNERS

first_imgAdvertisement Congratulations to our latest Canada Council prize winners. Discover how these outstanding artists, scholars and organizations contribute to our communities through creation, research and performance.Get to know these outstanding artists, scholars, organizations and their works:Molson Prizes Theatre: Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau Two Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, in the amount of $50,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes allow recipients to contribute to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Visual Arts: Cedric Bomford                      Cedric Bomford currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia where he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited internationally and he has participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Cedric holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2003). His work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations. The projects follow a methodology he calls ‘thinking through building’ in which construction takes on an emergent quality rather than an illustrative one. Concurrent to this installation work is a rigorous photographic practice that operates at times in parallel with and at others tangentially to the installation works.While the majority of his projects are solo efforts, Bomford often works collaboratively with a number of different partners including his brother Nathan, father Jim and with other artists such as: Verena Kaminiarz, Mark Dudiak and Carl Boutard. Recent projects include Deadhead, a production of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects in Vancouver and Substation Pavilion a public art commission in Vancouver, BC. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Alberta and a public art commission in Seattle, Washington.  Facebook Advertisement Inter-Arts: Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompsonis a performance/dance artist, choreographer, researcher and pedagogue originally from Calgary, Alberta working between Canada, USA and Europe. He received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (art and science of movement) and Dance from the University of Calgary and is the current 2015 World “Figure” Bronze Medalist. He was listed in the New York Times Top Male Dance Performances (2014). Stephen has collaborated with numerous artists and institutions notably Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Benoit Lachambre, Trajal Harell (2012 Bessie for Antigone Sr.), Project BK, Martin Bélanger, Fabrice Lambert, Saskia Holbling, Jennifer Lacey, Dominique Pétrin, Antonija Livingstone, Steve Paxton, Public Recordings (2 Dora Mavor Moore awards (2014) for whatwearesaying), Studio 303 (Montreal), M.A.I (Montreal), Fluid Festival (Calgary), American Realness (New York). He is currently; performing with Adam Linder at the Los Angeles Biennial – Kien Paradiso, performing Relative Collider with Pierre Godard and Liz Santoro in Tanz im August (Berlin), creating an installation using compulsory ice figures with visual artist Xavier Veilhan (France) for 2017 at Theatre de la Villette in Paris. Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton AwardsThe Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian mid-career artists in the disciplines of Dance,  Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing and Publishing. Martin Carrier is professor of philosophy at Bielefeld University and director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS). His chief area of research is the philosophy of science, in particular, historical changes in science and scientific method, theory-ladenness and empirical testability, and presently the relationship between science and values and science operating at the interface with society. Media Arts: Duane LinklaterDuane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Family Business Gallery in New York City, Te Tuhi Centre for Arts Auckland, New Zealand, City Arts Centre in Edinburgh Scotland, Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as a part of dOCUMENTA (13) with subsequent exhibitions of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago (curated by Monika Szewcyyk), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (curated by Kitty Scott). Duane has upcoming exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta and will be a participating at the SeMa Biennale in Seoul, Korea. Duane was also the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to an artist under 40. Duane is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver. Virginia Parker PrizeThe Virginia Parker Prize is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist or conductor under the age of 32, who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence, and who makes a valuable contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator. She performs new and experimental music, with a special interest in microtonality & tuning practice.She actively commissions music from composers at all stages of their careers, and develops each new work through multiple performances. Current collaborations include projects with composers Anna Höstman, Martin Arnold, Amber Priestley, John Lely, Linda C. Smith and James Weeks.Since 2011, Mira has co-directed NU:NORD – a project-based music and performance network which instigates artistic exchanges and encourages community building between music creators from Canada, Norway & the UK. Through this initiative, Mira hopes to offer a foundation from which Canadian artists can reach out to artistic communities overseas, and provide a conduit through which international artists can access Canada’s rich culture. This summer the project will invite nine Canadian musicians to the UK, where new works will be developed and presented to London audiences.center_img John McGarry is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University. Before Queen’s, he taught at the University of Waterloo and at Western University (King’s College). His research focuses on conflict resolution in deeply divided societies, such as Northern Ireland, Iraq and Cyprus. He has authored, co-authored, and edited thirteen books on this subject, as well as 75 journal articles and book chapters. He is seen as one of the world’s leading experts on ‘power-sharing’ in divided societies.McGarry’s work has had an important public policy dimension and impact. He has testified as an expert witness in the US Congress. His work on power-sharing and policing reform in Northern Ireland has been seen as influential in the resolution of its conflict. In 2008, McGarry was appointed as the first ever “Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing” to the United Nations (Mediation Support Unit). He is currently the Senior Advisor on Governance and Power-Sharing in the UN backed negotiations in Cyprus. He has advised on a range of conflicts around the world, including Iraq, Yemen, Philippines, Kenya and Western Sahara. John G. Diefenbaker AwardThis annual award enables a distinguished German scholar to do research in Canada and will be encouraged to participate in the teaching activities of the host institution. The spirit of the award is to encourage exchange between scholarly communities in Canada and Germany. Chloe Charles takes listeners on a genre-less musical journey that organically weaves its way through pop, jazz, folk, soul and classical influences. Raised within the unconventional milieu of her artist grandfather and the singing, song-writing women in her family, living among the forests of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Chloe was encouraged to question everything seek new ways of doing old things and to always challenge herself. It is therefore no surprise that her work is always breaking the boundaries of musical conventions and people’s expectations. Touring constantly across Europe Charles’ developed an international, genre-less sound and thus when it came time to record her latest album, With Blindfolds On, she not only took a leap of faith and decided to self-produce but she made it an international affair, recording between Toronto, Berlin and New York. Released in May 2016, it follows on the heels of Charles’ critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Break the Balance, which received major accolades from Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mojo, London Times etc. With 2 albums under her belt, nearly 1000 shows played internationally, and an impressive string of awards and accolades (e.g. 2014 Sirius/XM Indie Award, 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), Charles is already proving herself to be one of Canada’s brightest emerging singer-songwriters and was recently featured in everything from Noisey/VICE and Now Magazine all the way to the Strombo Show. Louise Moyes performs docudances: shows she researches, choreographs, and performs, working with the rhythm of voices, language, and accents like a musical ‘score’. Louise’s version of the Lisa Moore short story All Zoos Everywhere was named one of the Top Three Performances in 2013 by The Overcast, St. John’s. Louise Moyes and Paul Rowe’s interactive show Francophone Newfoundland and Labrador received a 2014 Manning Heritage Award. She is currently making a docudance for NL dancers Calla Lachance, Andrea Tucker and Tammy McLeod and mentoring New Brunswick actor-dancer Lou Poirier in making her own docudance. In 2016 Louise will be spending five months researching working with people on the autism spectrum, storytelling and dance. She will also be directing a documentary on Franco-Acadian War Veterans from the Port-au-Port Peninsula. Moyes studied dance and performance at Studio 303 in Montreal. She has performed throughout Newfoundland & Labrador and Canada, and in Germany, Italy, Iceland, New York, Australia, France, and Brazil. Louise collaborates frequently with Newfoundland artists Anne Troake, Lisa Porter, Diana Daly and Lori Clarke. Writing & Publishing: Karen SolieKaren Solie was born in Moose Jaw, and grew up on the family farm in southwest Saskatchewan. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Short Haul Engine and Modern and Normal, published by Brick Books, and, with House of Anansi, Pigeon, which won the Griffin Prize, Trillium Poetry Prize, and Pat Lowther Award. Her most recent, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published last year in Canada by Anansi and in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and is shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. A volume of selected and new poems, The Living Option, was published in the U.K. in 2013. She has given readings across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., as well as in Ireland, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and her work has been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. A former writer-in-residence for the universities of Alberta, New Brunswick, and St. Andrews, Scotland, she’s taught writing and led workshops for writing programs across Canada, and is currently an associate director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. She lives in Toronto, and is at work on a new poetry manuscript she hesitates to describe for fear of jinxing it. Music: Chloe Charles Dance: Louise Moyes A graduate of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (2003), Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau is the co-artistic director of the Théâtre Qui Va Là, where he created, with the theatre’s collective, Toutou Rien (2004), La Tête Blanche (2006), La Fugue (2007), Le Nid (2009) and Éloges de la fuite (2016). Qui Va Là won three awards for best young people’s play with La Fugue: a Cochon d’Or (2010), Prix Opus (2011) and a Dora Mavor Award (2013).Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau has often appeared on stage, including with Théâtre PÀP in Le Traitement(2006) where he won a Masque for male actor in a supporting role. For Théâtre de La Manufacture, he was an actor and musician inComa Unplugged which won the Masque for best Montreal production (2007). He was in As Is (Tel Quel) for Simoniaques Théâtre (2014-2015). He will be repeating his performance as Baron de Münchhausen in Münchhausen, les machineries de l’imaginaire for Théâtre Tout à Trac, a role that won him the Denise Pelletier (2011) prize for best actor.He took on contemporary dance with Corps Caverneux (2013) for Danse-Cité. With Théâtre de la Roulotte, he adapted and directed Le Magicien d’Oz (2010) and Peter Pan (2012). He improvised with the LNI (2007 to 2008) and the LIM (2005 to 2007) where he was named recruit of the year (2005-06) and co-player of the year (2006-07).Since 2014 he has been teaching creation at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal. Félix is currently working on a solo show entitled Le Nombril du Monstre that will be presented in April and May 2017 at Théâtre de La Petite Licorne. Twitter Born in Quebec City in 1939, Marie-Claire Blais published her first novel, La belle bête, at the age of 20. She has created a lasting impact on the cultural heritage of Canada through her daring work.To date she has published more than twenty novels in France (Le Seuil, Grasset, Gallimard, Laffont, Belfond) and Québec, all of them translated into English, as well as six plays and several collections of poetry. She has had several residencies abroad and won many awards for her work.Her works include, in no particular order, Tête blanche (1980), L’insoumise (1966), David Sterne (1967), Manuscrits de Pauline Archange (1968), Vivre! Vivre! (1969), Le sourd dans la ville (1980), Visions d’Anna (1982), Pierre (1986), L’ange de la solitude (1989), Un jardin dans la tempête (1990)… The first volume in the series entitled Soifs (1995), recipient of the 1996 Governor General’s Literary Award, was published by Éditions du Boréal, Éditions du Seuil in Paris and in its English translation, These Festive Nights, by Anansi Press. Her most recent novel, Le festin au crépuscule, was published in 2016 by Éditions du Boréal and Seuil and will be published by Anansi, as with all the titles in this remarkable series.Solitary childhoods, tainted innocence, capriciousness and rebelliousness and infinite tenderness are conjured by a novelist who never evokes realism without transforming it into poetry.Some of Marie-Claire Blais’ novels have been adapted for film and television, including Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel directed by Claude Weisz in 1968 (Prix de la Quinzaine des jeunes réalisateurs), Le sourd dans la ville directed by Mireille Dansereau in 1987 (honorable mention at the Venice Film Festival) and  L’océan (telefilm) directed by Jean Faucher and produced by Radio-Canada in 1971. Professional Prix de Rome in ArchitectureThe $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded annually to either a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed its first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary design studio committed to advancing an architectural and social agenda through built work and design research. Central to the practice is the exploration of contemporary architectural issues in which a desire to improve the public realm figures prominently—demonstrated not only by professional advocacy but by the projects undertaken by the studio. Recognized by numerous awards for design excellence and sustainability initiatives, the practice has also received wide media attention in local, national and international publications.Promoting the idea that living small is a type of social and environmental sustainability, the studio is exploring a broader vision of sustainable design through building form, alternative programme, and consideration of the existing urban fabric. The studio is actively pursuing the integration of sustainability without compromising design excellence; moreover, it employs sustainable design as a means to explore innovation in architectural design.Principal Heather Dubbeldam, a fourth generation architect, carries on the modernist approach of her Dutch lineage. Heather is active as an advocate for the profession, leading numerous design and architecture organizations. She is co-editor and author of several publications, a mentor to intern architects, and visiting critic at schools of architecture.This award will support their research project entitled “The Next Green – Innovation in Sustainable Housing”, which entails travel to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany to study sustainable housing precedents and research for northern climates. The firm will explore how architects in these countries set new standards for buildings that surpass current protocols for sustainability, while developing a unique spatial and artistic architectural language in which energy efficiency and design merge seamlessly.Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design AchievementThe Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is awarded to either a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidate must be in the early stages of a career or practice and must demonstrate both outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design.Studio Junction inc. is an emerging Toronto practice, established by Peter Tan and Christine Ho Ping Kong in 2004. This multi-faceted practice alternates between the larger scale of building and the smaller scale of furniture. Studio Junction offers design, make and build through a design studio, woodworking workshop and build crew.Studio Junction’s body of work operates in the context of “incremental urbanism” – the smaller, more modest projects that focus on place-making and contribute to creating a more diverse, vibrant neighborhood and livable city.As with the Courtyard House and Mjolk House, the sites are confined and challenging. Projects are frequently mixed-use, with both a live and a work component. Courtyard typology and courtyard and atrium elements are often used to allow the projects to successfully adapt to an urban siting where there is no traditional front or rear yard.Past honors include the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award (OAA), a Toronto Urban Design Award and two North American Wood Design Awards. Advertisementlast_img read more

Top US trade official takes aim at Peru in logging dispute

first_imgLIMA, Peru — The top U.S. trade official has taken the first step toward potential sanctions on Peru for allegedly violating the environmental protections included in its free trade pact.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced Friday that the Trump administration has requested consultations with Peru. The consultations are aimed at opening a diplomatic channel to resolve the dispute before advancing toward more punitive measures.Peru recently moved an agency monitoring the nation’s notoriously corrupt logging industry to be under the Environment Ministry. The agency is required to be independent under the U.S-Peru trade pact.Peru’s government contends the forest auditor’s office remains independent despite the shift.The case could have broader implications as Washington debates ratifying a new North American free trade deal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Amid lack of summer blockbusters Cineplex offers discount tickets

TORONTO — Hollywood’s cruel summer of box-office flops has Cineplex hoping to reel in elusive audiences with a cheap movie ticket offer.Canada’s largest movie theatre company says it’s putting into effect Tuesday discount pricing for all screenings running from Friday to Aug. 31.Cineplex said patrons can expect a 30 per cent discount on tickets during those days, with SCENE members receiving an additional 10 per cent discount.It’s an unusual move during a period that’s often considered the victory lap after months of huge blockbusters — except this summer hit movies were almost non-existent.Earlier this month, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) joined other chains in announcing weaker profits as fewer people filled theatres.Even though “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” delivered strong results, the number of box-office failures easily outshines the successes.Among the duds, Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” both disappointed on opening weekend, while huge franchises like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Planet of the Apes” showed signs of running out of steam.Without the hits, Cineplex feels the sting on its box-office revenue and at concession stand where hungry moviegoers shell out for marked-up popcorn and drinks.Any shimmer of hope that August would save the season was quickly dashed when “The Dark Tower” stumbled out of the gate with $19.2 million its first weekend. It’s a mere fraction of the $132 million opening of “Suicide Squad” at the same time last summer.“We haven’t really had anything of any consequence,” said Raymond James analyst Kenric Tyghe. “There’s literally been nothing to see.”The North American summer box-office was off about 13 per cent to $3.63 billion as of Aug. 23, helping to drag down the year’s box-office tally by 5.4 per cent, according to comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian.While some observers have pegged the decline to a growing popularity of low-cost streaming services like Netflix and CraveTV, not everyone is convinced that the notoriously volatile box-office won’t pick up again in a few weeks.“In September the tables turn,” Tyghe suggested, pointing to Stephen King’s “It” remake, which is currently projected to break box-office records for the month.Cineplex is discounting its tickets ahead of another weekend with very little in terms of new offerings.“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” last week’s No. 1 film, is expected to hold the top spot while an expansion of indie thriller “Wind River” and a re-release of 1991 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” in 3D round out the highlights.Saturday night’s hyped pay-per-view fight between UFC fighter Conor McGregor and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is also expected to take a bite out of box-office receipts.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb 25 2014

business report|tsx Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 25, 2014 by News Staff Posted Feb 25, 2014 6:11 am MDT The uptrend continues for the TSX, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Morrisons to introduce US style paper bags as part of the escalation

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. A major supermarket is to introduce US style paper bags as part of the escalation on war on plastic. Morrisons said it would charge 20p per paper bag as part of a trial which will also see it raise the cost of long-life plastic bags rise from 10p to 15p. The supermarket said the eight-week trial at eight stores was in response to customers saying that reducing plastic is their top environmental concern.Morrisons removed 5p carrier bags early in 2018 which led to a 25 per cent reduction in overall bag sales.The new US-style paper grocery bags have handles and are a similar capacity to standard plastic carrier bags.Morrisons said the stores participating in the trial are Camden, Skipton, Wood Green, Hunslet, Yeadon, Erskine, Gibraltar and Abergavenny. Morrisons removed 5p carrier bags early in 2018 which led to a 25 per cent reduction in overall bag salesCredit:Mikael Buck/Morrisons A Morrisons employee poses with the new bags The 5p plastic bag levy was introduced in England from October 5 2015 and all large retailers have been required to introduce the charge. Similar schemes run in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Environment Secretary Michael Gove has set up a consultation exercise that ends next month on raising the fee to 10p and including smaller retailers, which could come into effect from January 2020.Retailers are expected to donate any proceeds from the 5p charge to good causes. Figures from the Government at the end of 2018 showed that nearly two billion 5p plastic bags were sold in the last financial year.This is a stark reduction from 2014, when 7.6 billion carrier bags – the equivalent of 140 per person – were handed out solely by England’s seven largest supermarkets.Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show the same seven retailers – Asda, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury, Tesco, The Co-operative Group, Waitrose and Morrisons – sold 1.04 billion bags in 2017/18, nearly 60% of the 1.75 billion in England.View latest offers from Morrisons read more

ZRK Vardar sign Polina Kuznetsova

← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic overtakes RD Koper 2013! Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic set future to third league Hamburg ZRK Vardar Skopje are more than ever hungry for success after fantastic achievement of their male colleagues in Cologne a month ago! The new signing of Women’s EHF Champions League finalists is Russian left wing Polina Kuznetsova.The 31-years old Olympic winner from Rio played last season in Kuban, but mostly spent time outside of the court due injury.She took two world’s gold medals with Russia, but the most shining is definitely gold from Rio 2016.

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Saturday A republican march, a gorse fire in Donegal and a blind sailor made headlines today. By Cónal Thomas 17,878 Views Apr 20th 2019, 8:01 PM Get our daily news round up: No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Diver Shane Friday at Sandycove in Dublin Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email1 center_img https://jrnl.ie/4601141 A republican group was criticised for marching down Dublin’s O’Connell Street less than 48 hours after journalist Lyra McKee was killed by dissident republicans in Derry. There were over 110 acts of physical violence were made against Dublin City Council staff in the last year.Plans for a multimillion-euro food hall in central Dublin are back on track after the company behind it overturned a planning restriction that could have derailed the project.Northern Ireland Police made a fresh appeal for information following the arrest of two teenagers in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee.Five people including three children have been taken to hospital following an incident at an indoor swimming pool in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.A man was airlifted to hospital after he collapsed while mountain walking in Carlingford, Co Louth. Gardaí in Co Doneal are investigating a gorse fire which destroyed a house yesterday.  THE WORLD  Pilgrims carrying crosses to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#DIANE ABBOTT: The British MP has apologised after she was spotted drinking a can of Marks & Spencer Mojito on a London train. #CALIFORNIA: A blind Japanese sailor has completed a non-stop Pacific voyage today, becoming the first sightless person on record to navigate a vessel across the vast ocean.PARTING SHOTToday would have legendary American bandleader Tito Puente’s 96th birthday. Here’s his famous appearance in the Simpsons episode ‘Who Shot Mr Burns?’ Source: Mostly Simpsons/YouTube Short URL Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 8:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Never give up on your child

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the number of school-aged children with autism in South Australia reaching 3,400, a small group of first and second generation migrants have established the state’s only autism-specific school in the state, due to open its doors in Term 3 (end of July). It is a known fact that there is a critical lack of affordable specialist education services for children with autism in South Australia, leaving the majority of children in mainstream schooling unsupported. “It got more and more obvious that 50 per cent of autistic children were enrolled in schools that have no disability units or special classes to support these kids and their families,” explains deputy chair of Aspect (previously Treetop) Specific School, Phillip De Pinto, who is married to a Greek and whose seven-year-old son Mario was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. According to Mr De Pinto, the benefits of an autism specific school to students, their families and the community at large are numerous; students will be able to learn in environments suited to their needs, be provided with designated areas to regulate their emotions and sensory output, have small class sizes (maximum of eight students), be taught by teachers specifically trained to deliver purposeful and quality education aimed at providing life skills. The school, which will be located on the old Ashford Special School site, will offer a unique program with its main goal is to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible and succeed in the wider community in the future. The Department of Education registered program aims to help students develop the following skills: – Literacy and numeracy – Play and imitation skills – Gross and fine motor skills – Communication skills – Social interaction and relating skills and positive behaviour“The SA Department of Education has offered a school site which is currently being renovated. The renovation and establishment of the school will cost up to $6 million over the next two to three years. The first stage of the school will see us take 30 students in five classes and the second stage will extend the school to 14 classes and 80 students,” explains Mr De Pinto.So what is the stimulus for the Greek community to get involved in all this? It basically all started when 38-year-old Greek economist and mother of two Fiora Christou had her son diagnosed with autism at the age of three-and-a-half. “After placing Andreas, into both a private and later public school, it was clear that the education system in SA was unable to provide an education suitable for him administered in a safe environment,” she explains. After extensive research, the family relocated to Victoria where a more progressive educational system had been in place since 1971. “It was not an easy decision to enrol our beautiful child at Bulleen Heights Special school and on our first visit there we saw children that were lower functioning than Andreas; I remember looking at my then husband and saying with tears in my eyes, ‘Are we doing the right thing?’,” Ms Christou recalls. Fiora Christou at the Citizen of the Year award ceremony (2015). Photo: TwitterWithin a few short weeks of attending the school, Andreas who was completely non-verbal, started saying his first words, brought his first readers home and knew how to write his name. “We were thrilled with his progress; he became happier, more relaxed and looked forward to his school days.” Andreas continued at the school for three years, before the family decided to return to Adelaide with the hope that the educational landscape would have changed in SA.“Unfortunately that was not the case and at that point I could no longer just sit and hope for a better outcome; I started researching autism-specific schools around the world and that’s when I found a school based in London called Aspect Treehouse. Aspect has a network of eight autism specific schools and 90 satellite classes in NSW delivering educational services to over 1000. Because of their expertise they were chosen to take on the project to establish and run the Treetop School in Adelaide. “I am not a teacher nor do I have an educational background, and so it was never my aim to run the school. My dream was to be its founder, and be part of an educational system that would give my son all he needs to become as independent as he can. “Fortunately, Dr Trevor Clark, who was on our curriculum board expressed an interest in running the school. This was Aspect’s introduction to Treetop and a concrete step towards an autism specific school in this state.”The determined mother of two admits that the road to the school’s opening had not been easy and that she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by individuals within the Greek community, who were as dedicated and focused as she was. “I knew that I needed help if this project was to ever get off the ground and so I tentatively asked friends I had made during my days at university to help. Talented and successful in their own right, they all agreed to give large amounts of their time in order to create a flawless business plan. Dimitra Tolis gave her legal expertise, John Dagas contributed his management skills, Costa Fotiadis gave an insight into educational requirements, Phillip De Pinto was able to make use of his large social network, I was able to contribute costings and of course the years of research I had accumulated. “We lobbied government, outlasted three education ministers, published an online petition that generated over 8,000 signatures in support of our school, gained the support of the Catholic Education system and ultimately were successful!”Although Ms Christou has been awarded an Order of Australia, a Pride of Australia, a Citizen of the Year and an OEEGA award for her work, she says that nothing fills her with more pride than knowing that Aspect Treetop will provide her son and other children with the education they deserve in a nurturing, positive and safe environment. “My hope for the school is that they provide a curriculum suited to the individual student as opposed to just a babysitting service. A day that is filled with stimulated learning, lots of fun and exercise resulting in happy, healthy children.”As for Ms Christou’s advice to anyone with a child who struggles with learning in an educational system that is geared toward neurotypically developing children, her message is clear: “Never give up on your child, or the system or in your ability to change the seemingly unchangeable.”The Board of Aspect Specific School, SA is currently fundraising to purchase a new commuter bus in order to have suitable and reliable transportation for the children. Further details regarding this initiative can be found on www.autismspectrum.org.au or email phillip@universalmotorauctions.com.aulast_img read more

Chili une floraison exceptionnelle dans le désert dAtacama

first_imgChili : une floraison exceptionnelle dans le désert d’AtacamaAu nord du Chili, se trouve le désert d’Atacama, le plus aride du monde. Pourtant, certaines années, celui-ci se couvre de fleurs comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui, offrant ainsi un incroyable spectacle.Cette année, le désert d’Atacama, au nord du Chili, s’est couvert d’un tapis de fleurs exceptionnel. D’abord blanches puis jaunes, bleues, rouges et oranges, une multitude de fleurs couvre à perte de vue le sable. Partout, celles-ci émergent, envahissent les cactus et s’accrochent à la roche.Mais ce “désert fleuri”, méconnu, reste mystérieux pour les scientifiques. “On ignore tout par exemple du rôle des transferts entre les eaux de brume côtière et le désert, des phénomènes de ruissellement qui en découlent, au moins aussi importants que les précipitations directes”, explique à l’AFP Carla Louit, directrice du parc national créé en 1994. On sait toutefois qu’El Niño, le phénomène climatique balayant les côtes Pacifique de l’Amérique du Sud tous les 6 ou 7 ans, apporte les pluies nécessaires à la germination des bulbes et rhizomes, qui peuvent rester des décennies en “latence”.”C’est une année exceptionnelle, il a plu plus de 50 millimètres. Les fleurs commencent à pousser à partir de 15 mm par an, mais cette année toutes les espèces sont sorties”, indique la directrice. Une bonne pluviométrie ne suffit pourtant pas, précise Sciences et Avenir. Il faut également que les pluies surviennent à intervalles réguliers, qu’elles soient ni trop fortes ni trop éparses et que les gelées de l’hiver austral ne viennent pas perturber la germination.Des fleurs rares victimes des visiteurs  À lire aussi15 fleurs incroyables qui ne ressemblent pas… à des fleurs !Si toutes ces conditions sont réunies, le désert fleuri peut alors perdurer de septembre à décembre. “La dernière fois qu’il y a eu autant de fleurs, c’était en 1989. Depuis il y a eu des déserts fleuris, mais jamais comme celui-là”, s’émerveille le père Lucio, curé d’un village voisin et botaniste amateur. “Nous avons plus de 200 espèces de fleurs endémiques, qui ne poussent nulle part ailleurs au monde, dont 14 en danger d’extinction”, précise Yohan, un garde du parc, qui déplore les pratiques de certains visiteurs. “Des gens les arrachent pour les emmener chez eux pensant qu’elles vont pousser, évidemment elles ne poussent jamais. Et quand on arrache un bulbe, il est perdu pour le désert”.Par exemple, l’emblématique Griffe du Lion (Leontochir Ovallei) est très rare. Il s’agit d’une grosse fleur rouge évoquant le rhododendron, et qui marque l’apogée du “désert fleuri”. “Elle est la dernière à fleurir car ses bulbes sont enterrés très profond, et il faut qu’il tombe beaucoup d’eau avant qu’elle commence à sortir”, explique le père Lucio. “Elle est “monotypique”, c’est la seule représentante de son espèce sur terre. Vous vous rendez compte ?” dit-il.”Il existe peu d’études intégrales sur le désert fleuri, juste des études ponctuelles sur certains de ses éléments”, explique Carla Louit. “Il n’y a pas de fonds pour étudier un phénomène aussi sporadique”. Pourtant, seules des données scientifiques permettrait de mettre en place un plan de conservation efficace.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 14:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas

first_imgTune into @KUSINews at 7am – I’m on talking about the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative and our LAST hours of signature collection! https://t.co/NxgpuACTuW pic.twitter.com/XvtlKa7UPN— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 24, 2018For more information on how you can help Repeal the Gas tax, click here. April 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, Updated: 11:55 AM Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas Tax 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsToday is the last day to submit petitions to repeal the gas tax.Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio was in studio to talk more about this issue and everything he has to done over the last couple months as he led the campaign to Repeal the Gas Tax. Over the next 48 hours, DeMaio and his team will process the last signatures and hand them over to the state. DeMaio estimates they will have around 900,000 signatures. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua Posted: April 24, 2018last_img read more

Occupy Portland graffiti suspect misses court date

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old man arrested for spraying graffiti at the Occupy Portland protest has missed his court date.The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/mQCzVt) a court appearance for 21-year-old Nolan Zane MacGregor was rescheduled for Oct. 21 when he didn’t show up. MacGregor was arrested along with an unidentified 17-year-old friend for tagging phrases including “Occupy Portland” and “Wall Street Loves No One” on a number of buildings and a marked police car.Occupy Portland organizer Ivy Knight tells The Oregonian that she and other backers of the movement are trying to remove the paint.Demonstrators have camped out in Portland’s Chapman and Lownsdale squares to protest what they see as growing inequality between wealthy Americans and the middle class.last_img read more

Community potluck shows support for local refugees

first_imgDancers perform at Northway Mall at community potluck. Hillman/KSKAMore than 200 people crowded into the main hall of Northway Mall in Anchorage on Saturday afternoon to show their support for Anchorage’s refugee community. The event was organized by #WeAreAnchorage in response to vandalism aimed at Sudanese refugees.Download AudioPeople streamed past tables with Thai food, cotton candy, and even Passover potato pancakes, filling their plates and chatting while performers danced in the center of the mall. Tenth grader LouMei Gutsch decided to attend after hearing that “Go home” and “Leave” were scrawled on the Sudanese men’s cars.“We should be friendly Americans. We should be welcoming all of the other people from foreign countries and stuff,” she said. “So I thought it was good to come here to welcome and show because actions are louder than words.”But Gutsch says people need to be welcoming year round. “Well I include everybody, I don’t leave anyone out because that’s not cool. So I invite people who are, like, from a different country who don’t speak English very well. I talk to them and say ‘Hey, sit we me at lunch.’ And we talk and we have fun and I have a new friend.”Mohamed is a Somali refugee who attended the event with a friend. Like other refugees, he is not willing to give his full name. Mohamed grew up in Kenya, earned a university degree, and arrived in Anchorage two years ago. He says the majority of people treat him fairly but not all, and he’s afraid that speaking up about his past could make it worse.“They kind of give a different reaction when they hear my accent. They feel like ‘Oh, he should not be doing this kind of stuff. He should not be telling me what to do.’ They feel like they shouldn’t have to listen to what I’m saying.”But Mohamed says the size of the gathering sends a strong message: acts of intolerance are not acceptable.“It shows me that they’re bold and they came out and this is not right. Which is a good thing to see. I’m impressed.”Some community leaders are considering making the potluck a monthly gathering. The event was attended by local and statewide leaders, including Alaska’s First Lady, Donna Walker.last_img read more

Pak closes airspace corridor after downgrading diplomatic ties

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan has closed a corridor in its airspace, which will result in an additional up to 12 minutes of flying time for overseas flights, an Air India official said on Wednesday. The flights will have to be diverted to other routes due to the closure, the official said. “One air corridor has been closed (in Pakistani airspace), requiring a maximum of 12 minutes diversion. It will not affect us (much),” said the Air India spokesperson. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Air India operates around 50 flights daily through Pakistani airspace. These are flights to the US, Europe and the Middle East. Following the Balakot air strikes, Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 26 and it was fully reopened on July 16. The Indian government on Monday abolished provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Article 370 granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to have its own flag and constitution, among other rights.last_img read more

Maran to Sell Majority Stake in SpiceJet 10 Salary Hike after 3

first_imgPromoter of low cost airline SpiceJet and owner of Sun TV Network, Kalanithi Maran is set to sell his 53.48 percent stake in the loss incurring carrier and is reportedly discussing the matter with former Spicejet director and co-founder A Singh and a few other private equity traders.”Currently we are in our silent period and hence would not be able to comment,” SpiceJet told The Hindustan Times.The carrier has been incurring losses for a while now and is regularly seen introducing new offers to recover the loss. In the first ten days of July, SpiceJet announced 10 lakh tickets for ₹999, valid for travel in various domestic routes between 6 January and 24 October 2015.The airline posted a loss of ₹1,003.24 crore in the previous financial year.”SpiceJet requires around $250 million as on March 2014 to bring books in order,” explained Kapil Kaul, south Asia chief executive of aviation consultancy Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (Capa).”It may require further fund infusion for growth and expansion. Restructuring efforts are not showing results largely due to very complex competitive dynamics and lack of funds to execute it. I expect a significant downsizing post a possible fund infusion,” Kaul added.Meanwhile, SpiceJet has also hiked the salaries of pilots and crew members by 10 percent after three years that came into effect last month, reported The Economic Times.”SpiceJet in the last few years had gone below the market index in terms of salaries to pilots. This will bring it on par with its peers,” said an employee to ET.The low fare airline controlled by billionaire Maran operates more than 330 daily flights to 48 destinations, which includes 41 Indian cities and 7 international destinations.Maran bought majority stake in SpiceJet from its promoter Bhupendra Kansagra and Wilbur Ross in 2010.On Friday at 10 am, stock price of SpiceJet Limited was seen 1.84 percent lower at ₹13.37 per share.last_img read more

Ram Charan Jr NTR Allu Arjun Chiranjeevi and other celebs cast vote

first_imgTollywood Celebs cast vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019Collage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookMegastar Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun and a host of other Tollywood celebs to cast vote in the Lok Sabha elections. They share their photos and videos and also urged fans to exercise their power in this polls.Many celebrities became role models for their fans, by taking some time out from their busy schedules for elections. Along with their family members, they visited polling booths this morning, waited in queue like every other common voters and exercised their power. They posed for camera with their inked fingers, shared those pictures and asked their fans not to forget to vote this electons.Megastar Chiranjeevi visited the polling booth with his family members like Surekha, Sushmita, Ram Charan and Upasana Kamineni. The pictures and videos of the mega family waiting in queue hit the social media and went viral immediately. Later, Cherry shared the photos of the inked fingers of his and his wife on Facebook and wrote, “Go vote!! It is important!! #LokSabhaElections2019 #APElections2019″Young tiger Junior NTR also took a break from the shooting of SS Rajamouli’s movie RRR to the polling booth with this family. After casting the vote, the actor tweeted the photo of his inked finger and wrote, “We got inked! Did you? #GoandVote”Music director MM Keeravaani of Baahubali fame tweeted the photo of his inked finger and wrote, “Done early in the morning. Avoided sonstroke “RAm POthineni: Andhari baagu chusukunte..Andharithopaatu baguntam..Yevadi baagu vaadu chusukunte..Yevadikadiga migilipotham.. Ne Caste..adhey..Ne Past pakkanetti..Ne Future ki vote cheyi. #love -R.A.P.O #GoandVoteVishnu Manchu: Go Vote! Show that you care about our country. #VoteForIndiaMadhura Sreedhar Reddy: Just voted! Mood of the nation is for bright nation!Rashmi Gautam: Reached the booth with my grandparents if they can so should u GO VOTE Don’t ask for change be the changeGopi Mohan: All the best to all the leading parties participating in the elections in both states. Best wishes to our industry star hero @PawanKalyan garu for participating in direct elections for the first time. Voter is the ruler. All the leaders are their servants.#VoteWiselyLakshmi Manchu: Wishing my dear friend @PrasadVPotluri a thumping majority win. Looking forward for your contribution for the betterment of the state and its people. #APElections2019 #VoteForFanViranica Manchu: Wish @ysjagan anna all the very very best for today!Sai Dharam Tej: I believe in my leader… Vote for your future…vote for glass #Janasenalast_img read more

Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys shocking behaviour couple Sussex try to save

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesAfter reports surfaced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry put out ridiculous rules for their neighbours at Frogmore Cottage, it looks like the couple Sussex is washing their hands off the snafu.Reportedly, Buckingham Palace said in a rare statement that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have “nothing to do” with the list of dos and don’ts handed over to their Windsor’s neighbours during a meeting.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry never issued a list of rules to the people living near Frogmore Cottage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home in Windsor, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said. Issuing the statement, the spokesperson denied every claim saying: “The Duke and Duchess didn’t request this, didn’t know about it, and had nothing to do with the content or guidance offered.” Well, this does seem like the Palace is trying to put out some fires.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt is no secret that Meghan Markle is fiercely protective of her privacy and she has no problem  letting people around her be inconvenienced for it, as seen at Wimbledon. So, it is more than likely that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to backtrack.The list, published by The Sun, was said to be aiming at protecting the privacy of Meghan, Harry and their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor. Reportedly, the meeting during which The Sun claimed the rules were unveiled is understood to have been one of the regular gatherings taking place in the estate. We hope that Meghan and Harry learn from this debacle and learn to see their neighbours as people. They are the British public.last_img read more

Legion Went Full Horror Movie in its Most RealityBending Episode Yet

first_img Legion has changed genres so many times over the course of its short first season. It’s been a superhero action show, a romantic drama, a mystery and a surreal work of art. After last night, we can add psychological horror to that list. After David’s return from the astral plane last week, he seems much more in control of his powers. His new confidence is unsettling right away. It’s such an abrupt turn that we know Lenny/The Devil with Yellow Eyes has something to do with it.Syd is unwilling to notice the change right away, as David uses his powers to give her something she’s always wanted: A place inside their minds where she can be touched without consequence. For a woman who, we learn, once surreptitiously switched places with her mother to experience sex, that’s a big deal. Melanie tries to convince Syd to help her get through to David. Syd reminds her that she’s not part of David’s therapy. He’s her man.The episode really gets going when Lenny convinces David to go after Amy himself. Now it’s clear who’s calling the shots in David’s mind. Cary, now reunited with and taking on the injuries of Kerry, studies the scans he took of David’s brain and figures out what’s going on. There is a psychic parasite living in David’s mind. David wasn’t blocking Ptonomy and crew during memory work. It was the parasite hiding its existence.Jean Smart as Melanie Bird(Photo via FX)Instead of following David, the episode shows Syd, Melanie, Ptonomy and Rudy following David’s trail. What they find is pretty disturbing. David has torn through the Division 3 guards, dismembering some and trapping others in the concrete. We get to see what happened through security monitors they find at the facility. David walks through the halls, excitedly killing every guard who gets in his way. When he crosses into the night-vision camera’s feed, his appearance changes. No longer is it David walking through the halls, but the Devil with Yellow Eyes.Throughout the episode, there’s a question of whether or not the group is in the real world or in a projection of David’s. That line is blurred even further the closer they get to David and the now-rescued Amy. After Cary contacts the group and tells them about the parasite in David’s brain, Sydney is suddenly inside a projection where David is playing banjo and singing an unsettling, emotional rendition of The Rainbow Connection. Syd looks around, closes the door on that creepy Angriest Boy and realizes that David has taken his sister to his childhood home.Dan Stevens as David Haller, Katie Aselton as Amy Haller (Photo via FX)This is where things get really creepy. At their old house, David demands to know Amy’s secret. Lenny comes out of the mirror to torment Amy a bit. She reveals that she was David’s imaginary childhood dog King, Benny, Lenny and the Angriest Boy. David appears to be paralyzed while all this is going on. Amy finally admits that David was adopted. His family never told him for fear of making (what they perceived as) his illness worse. So now we know David’s adopted. Is this the show paving the way for his father to be revealed as Professor X? It’s looking likely.As the Summerland team approaches David’s childhood home, all sound disappears. They can’t speak to each other or make any noise. Cary shows up with a device that will paralyze the Devil, allowing them to speak with David freely. That will be a harder task than it sounds. The Eye, disguised as Rudy, is right behind them. Syd meanwhile has followed the Angriest Boy upstairs to find David and Amy unresponsive. She’s ambushed by Lenny, who’s angry at the Summerland people for putting ideas in David’s head. The sound design is spectacular in this scene, as Lenny’s distorted, old-radio-sounding voice slowly fills out and grows demonic.The rest of the Summerland team bursts into the room and Lenny disappears. The Eye, as Rudy, jumps into the room and fires a gun at David. Syd moves quickly and takes David to the astral plane, but that turns out to be a mistake. The Devil with Yellow Eyes has full control over David’s mind now. It appears in the room and chases Syd down, in the most terrifying scene this show has had yet. Just as it’s about to attack her, David screams, and everyone is suddenly back at Clockworks. David, Syd, Melanie, Ptomeny, Cary, Kerry and The Eye all sit around a group therapy circle. Lenny is their doctor.Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker. (Photo via FX)Legion has consistently raised the bar with every episode the past few weeks. “Chapter 5” had all the surreal, artistic visuals we’ve come to expect from the show, but the sound design really stood out. From the entire silent sequence to the methodical ping pong sounds that played over the end credits. It was the perfect unsettling ending to a truly scary episode. The Devil with Yellow Eyes and the Angriest Boy have always been creepy, but now we’ve seen them in their full nightmare-inducing glory. This is one of the many things that makes Legion so great. It can switch genres at any moment, and it does each one better than most other shows accomplish with one. It’s not over either. Now, the team is trapped in a psychic construction of a mental hospital run by the Lenny/Devil with Yellow Eyes. Is it next Wednesday yet? Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Stay on targetlast_img read more

Anthony Levandowski Bows to No One But His AI God

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Amidst a prominent legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Anthony Levandowski started a new religion.The non-profit devotional organization, dubbed Way of the Future, believes in an artificially intelligent destiny and worships a machine-learning deity.Levandowski in 2015 submitted filings—published last week by Wired—which reveals the group’s objective to “develop and promote the realization of a godhead based on artificial intelligence.”Yep—that sounds super sinister.Details are scant; a Google search for “Way of the Future” (a name straight out of the what-to-call-my-cult book) resulted in nothing but news stories sparked by Wired‘s recent report.California state records name Levandowski as CEO and president of the company which, according to the magazine, has been dodging Internal Revenue Service paperwork for two years.Engineer, entrepreneur, and alleged trade secret thief Levandowski made a name for himself in 2004, when he constructed an autonomous motorcycle for the DARPA Grand Challenge.Before his 30th birthday, Levandowski began work on Google Street View, founded mobile mapping startup 510 Systems, and built a self-driving Toyota Prius.He left Google’s driverless car project last year to launch autonomous truck maker Otto. When the firm was acquired two months later by Uber, he became head of the self-driving vehicle unit.Now, Levandowski is at the heart of a ruthless lawsuit— “his own day of reckoning,” as Wired put it: In February, Waymo sued Uber, claiming the former Google engineer brought proprietary technology with him to Otto.A judge in May rejected a request from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle spin-off, to halt Uber’s self-driving research, but ruled that Levandowski can’t work on any LiDAR-related projects.Waymo is seeking damages of nearly $1.9 billion—almost half of Google’s $4.5 billion valuations of its entire self-driving division, Wired said. Uber, which fired Levandowski in May, denies any wrongdoing. A federal judge in California will hear the case next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Radio galaxy 3C 236 investigated with LOFAR

first_img Warped diffusive radio halo detected around the galaxy NGC 4565 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. Using the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) astronomers took a closer look at the giant radio galaxy 3C 236. The observations, detailed in a paper published July 22 on the arXiv pre-print repository, shed more light on the morphology and structure of 3C 236, which could be helpful in advancing our knowledge about radio galaxies in general. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Radio galaxy 3C 236 investigated with LOFAR (2019, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-radio-galaxy-3c-lofar.html Radio galaxies emit huge amounts of radio waves from their central cores. Black holes at the centers of these galaxies accrete gas and dust, generating high-energy jets visible in radio wavelengths, which accelerate electrically charged particles to high velocities.Giant radio galaxies (GRGs) are distinguished by radio-emitting regions like jets or lobes extending over projected distances of at least 3 million light years. With radio lobes reaching about 14.7 million light years, 3C 236 is one of the largest GRGs known to date. Although many studies of 3C 236 have been conducted since its discovery in late 1950s, still many questions about radio emission from this source remain unanswered.Instruments like LOFAR could be crucial for resolving such uncertainties. This array allows studies of extended GRG morphology in a comprehensive manner at very low frequencies. As a result, such observations could disclose details regarding energetics and activity history of radio sources.In October 2018, a team of astronomers led by Alexandar Shulevski of University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, decided to employ LOFAR to investigate 3C 236. The main aim of these observations was to perform high-resolution mapping of the radio morphology of the galaxy’s extended structure at the lowest frequencies to date. By doing this, they hoped to trace the oldest emission regions in 3C 236.”We have examined the giant radio galaxy 3C 236 using LOFAR at 143 MHz down to an angular resolution of 7”, in combination with observations at higher frequencies. We have used the low frequency data to derive spectral index maps with the highest resolution yet at these low frequencies,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The new observations identified an inner hotspot in the northwest lobe of 3C 236. Its presence was, in fact, detected by previous studies. However, this hotspot was found to be separated from its more diffuse outer region and has experienced more recent particle acceleration. This, according to the researchers, may indicate a short interruption of the accretion episode.Moreover, the study found that other region—the southeast lobe double hotspot—turned to be a triple hotspot. The observations have shown that hotspot’s brighter component actually consists of two components, making it three overall.In concluding remarks, the astronomers reveal what could be responsible for the observed morphology of the lobes in 3C 236. They assume that the confinement by the intergalactic medium (IGM) is the most plausible scenario.”The source energy/pressure balance with the IGM suggests that confinement by the IGM may be responsible for the morphology of the lobes; the NW lobe is probably confined and the SE one has expanded in a lower density medium, reflected in the somewhat steeper spectrum of its outer region/northern edge,” the authors of the paper wrote.They added that their research is a great example proving the usefulness of LOFAR in studying GRGs and other radio sources. The instrument has the potential to unveil previously unknown features even in objects that have been studied for decades, as was in the case with 3C 236. Explore further More information: LOFAR first look at the giant radio galaxy 3C 236, arXiv:1907.09060. arxiv.org/pdf/1907.09060.pdf LOFAR intensity map (linear scale, level limits at 1 and 150 mJy beam−1) of 3C 236 at 143.6 MHz. Image credit: Shulevski et al., 2019.last_img read more

Come TogetherVirtually

first_img Today’s online technology tools allow small businesses to get more work done with fewer employees or with teams located in distant cities and states. Most are inexpensive, if not free. Below are some of my favorites.Central Desktop is an online project-management and wiki-like intranet tool that allows you to set up projects with collaborators and customers, and manage all manner of communication, file and document sharing. It’s a great tool for creating online operations or employees manuals.Dropbox is simply a high powered FTP site, but the interface and work flow is impressive. Users simply drag files to dropbox desktop folders, which are then uploaded and stored online. You can share folders with anyone. Upload a file and it shows up on your remote co-worker’s desktop. You can even set up public folders so anyone can send large files without clogging e-mails.The free online Google Calendar lets you share your calendar with collaborators and sync with desktop and phone calendars over the air.Virtual collaboration via iLinc allows you to work face-to-face in real time using web- and videoconferencing. It also allows you to access files and programs off multiple desktops and visit websites together with a live browser so you can take someone to a page and walk them through a real demo or sign-up process.Jott allows you to record voice memos that get turned into e-mail text. You can create boxes for anyone you collaborate with and send notes as you wiz down the freeway. While you’re at it, use voice messages to create groups for distribution, post appointments to Google Calendar and even update your Twitter feed.SimpleEvent is a free conference-call service, but it has some useful additional features. For example, you can put together meetings on the fly and have multiple folks join in. You can also use it to host large web meetings of up to 1,000 participants.John Jantsch is a veteran marketing coach, award-winning blogger and author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide. Find out more at ducttapemarketing.com. May 13, 2009 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more