first_imgjaron blossomgame seals win over Duke with a dunk.ESPNJust when you thought ACC basketball couldn’t be deeper, Clemson is throwing its name in the ring with an incredibly impressive win streak. The Tigers, picked to finish 12th in the league, have now won four straight against Florida State, at Syracuse, vs. Louisville, and now vs. Duke. Star forward Jaron Blossomgame led the way for the Tigers with 17 points, none bigger than the dunk which put Clemson up 66-63. Duke could not score on the ensuing possession, and Clemson held on for a 68-63 win.#SCtop10 Clemson ballin tonight #DidDukeWin.com pic.twitter.com/pt9xWRieDZ— Asher Lucas (@AsherLucas) January 14, 2016(Click here for a better video, via ESPN.)With a 4-1 record in league play, the Tigers are making some serious noise.Brad Brownell has now beaten Syracuse, Louisville, & Duke back-to-back-to-back. That deserves a free meal folks. Palpable buzz at Clemson.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 14, 2016The court rush left something to be desired, however.That moment when you watch Clemson beat Duke… @kendallsilvers pic.twitter.com/1eAQh7L9FF— James Mattos DeHart (@MattyIceBaller) January 14, 2016Clemson is now 11-6 overall, and seem to be improving by the game. This is not a bad year at all for Clemson Tiger fans.last_img read more

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)North Carolina officially has its new head football coach, as the Tar Heels have hired former Texas coach Mack Brown, who previously coached in Chapel Hill.UNC announced the hire this morning.“Mack Brown has a proven record of building great teams, and he doesn’t just develop football players – he also develops people of strong character,” said Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “He knows how to win championships, and he expects his student-athletes to win in the classroom and community, as well. We are excited about his plans for our football program, and I am thrilled to welcome Coach Brown and wife Sally back to Chapel Hill.”Brown has been out of coaching for five years, but he’s been working as an analyst for ESPN and has been putting his name out for several coaching openings.Details are starting to emerge from Brown’s contract.North Carolina has reportedly given him a five-year deal.“Mack Brown will receive a 5-year contract at UNC, source told @WatchStadium. Brown will be officially introduced as Tar Heels coach at noon today,” Brett McMurphy reports.Mack Brown will receive a 5-year contract at UNC, source told @WatchStadium. Brown will be officially introduced as Tar Heels coach at noon today— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 27, 2018Brown released the following statement:“Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back,” Brown said. “The best part of coaching is the players – building relationships, building confidence, and ultimately seeing them build success on and off the field. We can’t to wait to meet our current student-athletes and reconnect with friends, alumni and fellow Tar Heel coaches. We thank UNC’s Board of Trustees, Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham for supporting our return to the Carolina family.”last_img read more

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Aston MartinAs we speak, there is a war happening on the Internet. I know that’s not exactly news. It seems that’s what the internet was built for. But this is less of politics war, and more a movie war. A war about who will play the next James Bond. With Daniel Craig’s departure after the forthcoming film, another actor will come into Bond’s perfectly tailored Savile Row and Kevlar suits, and many — including myself  — wish for Idris Elba to inhabit those gorgeous threads. Others disagree. There, however, is now another option. What if I told you that you can become James Bond? Interested?Of course, you are! Who hasn’t pictured themselves ordering a dry martini, shaken, not stirred? There’s just one problem: You won’t be co-starring with a lovely leading lady. Nor will you be tussling with Blofield or Dr. No. Instead, what I’m offering is your very own piece of Bond’s history — a piece of history that is so integral to the entire film series, it remains as truly the only constant in the ever-changing franchise.An Aston Martin. This is no ordinary Aston Martin. This is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the same model used by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger. The same model that helped solidify the bond — pun intended — between the British marque and the super-spy. The same model that gave us Q Branch’s plethora of gadgets and gizmos. And with this DB5, you’re going to get all those gadgets and gizmos. Thanks to a collaboration between the Aston Martin Works division at Newport Pagnell, EON Productions, and Chris Corbould, who helmed the special effects production of the past eight Bond films, 25 continuation DB5s will be built to similar, though updated, specification as Connery’s iconic Silver Birch DB5. Other than a revolving license plate, few other Q-type gizmos have been announced for the continuation DB5. What we do know is that the very special car will cost the Bond aficionado a cool $3.5 million apiece.Aston MartinDelivery for your very own Bond DB5 is set for 2020. Three additional cars to the planned run of 25 will also be built, but won’t be for public consumption. One for EON Productions, another for Aston Martin to keep at the company’s home base, and a final to be auctioned off for charity.Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, said this of the Goldfinger DB5: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years. To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.” The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now center_img Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date last_img read more

first_img Print  Close zoom Kleven has signed a contract with Olympic Shipping for the building of an IMR vessel of MT 6021 design. The contract value is around NOK 400 million (approx. USD 64.7 million), and the vessel will be delivered from Kleven Verft in March 2015.“It is a great pleasure for us to be able to contribute to the expansion of the highly advanced Olympic fleet. Close cooperation with Olympic’s organisation during the building process ensures that the shipowners’ experience and knowledge is being transformed into new and better solutions,” said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.The Marin Teknikk design is new and developed in cooperation with the ship owner Olympic, focusing on efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. The vessel is equipped with an offshore crane, ROV hangars, and with significant accommodation capacity.Kleven now has 13 vessels in its orderbook, at a total value of around NOK 8 bn (approx. USD 1.2 billion). My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Kleven, January 21, 2014last_img read more

first_imgLe gouvernement élargira l’utilisation de jurys et de comités de révisions indépendants pour inclure tous ses programmes de financement et ses prix dans le domaine des arts et de la culture d’ici le 1er avril. Le ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Len Goucher, a affirmé aujourd’hui 19 février que la décision a été prise à la suite d’une recommandation du Conseil de partenariat des arts et de la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, un organisme consultatif du gouvernement. « Nous avons demandé au Conseil de partenariat de nous offrir des suggestions pour l’amélioration de la gestion du financement des arts et de la culture, » a dit M. Goucher. « Le Conseil a formulé une recommandation visant un processus juste et transparent qui demande une plus grande participation de la communauté artistique et culturelle. » À partir des processus déjà en place pour les nombreux prix et programmes de financement, le Conseil de partenariat a élaboré un modèle de comité d’évaluation externe et a recommandé son adoption pour tous les autres programmes de financement du ministère dans le domaine de la culture. Le processus du jury de pairs utilisé pour les programmes de financement et les prix du domaine des arts est basé sur le modèle utilisé par l’ancien Conseil des arts de la Nouvelle-Écosse et ne sera pas modifié. Les jurys seront toujours formés de trois pairs de la communauté artistique qui prendront des décisions indépendantes au sujet du financement dans le domaine des arts. Les comités d’examen externes seront semblables aux jurys de pairs. Ils seront formés de trois personnes, dont deux membres de la communauté artistique et culturelle et un membre du personnel du ministère. Ce comité sera responsable de formuler des recommandations sur le financement de groupes et d’organismes culturels. Le ministère publiera également les noms des membres des jurys et des comités peu de temps après l’annonce des récipiendaires du financement. « Il s’agit d’un processus innovateur qui combine une plus grande transparence à une plus grande participation de la communauté artistique et culturelle, » a souligné M. Goucher. « Il s’agit d’une autre façon de renforcer le secteur des arts et de la culture avec l’aide du Conseil de partenariat des arts et de la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Pour en apprendre davantage au sujet du processus de jury ou de comité d’examen, visitez le site Web du ministère à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_funding.asp afin de lire les critères et les lignes directrices intégrales. Un formulaire de demande pour devenir membre d’un jury ou d’un comité d’examen est également disponible en ligne ou en communiquant avec le ministère au 902-424-4510. Le ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine gère plus de 6,2 millions de dollars chaque année par l’entremise de ses programmes de financement dans le domaine des arts et de la culture.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS here on Friday after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, and is “haemodynamically stable”.He is undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. The AIIMS, in a statement, said, “Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS today morning. He is currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHemodynamically stable means the patient has a stable heart pump and the blood circulation is good. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey, BJP working president J P Nadda and Sharad Yadav visited the hospital to enquire about Jaitley’s health. Jaitley, 66, was admitted at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital around 10 am, hospital sources said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”He is under observation in the ICU. A team of doctors, including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists, is monitoring his condition,” one of the sources said. In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS for treatment. A lawyer by profession, Jaitley had been a key member in Narendra Modi’s Cabinet during his first tenure as prime minister. He held finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections presumably because of his ill-health. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.last_img read more

first_imgYMCA releases major research today as it partners with #IAMWHOLE – an NHS anti-stigma campaign fronted by Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks).Ed Sheeran: #IAMWHOLEMore than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma, according to major new research released by youth charity, YMCA.The I AM WHOLE report published today in support of an NHS anti-stigma campaign being launched by UK music star Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks), also shows that, of the young people who experience this stigma, more than a third say it happens at least once a week and 54% say it originates from their own friends.Researchers spoke to more than 2,000 11 to 24-year-olds and found that 38% of those with mental health difficulties felt they were stigmatised. Of those, 56% said this stigma made them less willing to access professional support for their mental health difficulties and 70% were less likely to speak about their problems.Stigma comes in many forms for young people, including being left out of activities (54%) and verbal abuse (36%). In addition, it also damages confidence (85%) and negatively impacts on their school performance (59%).YMCA’s research supports the #IAMWHOLE campaign that is hoping to combat stigma and normalise mental health difficulties among young people. It is supported by major celebrities, including James Corden, Dermot O’Leary and Ed Sheeran and is asking people to: • Challenge harmful language used to describe mental health difficulties so that young people can ask for help without fear of negative labels. • Ask for support from friends, parents, teachers, GPs or youth workers • Show support by joining the #IAMWHOLE movement on social media and posting ‘circle on hand’ selfies in support of the anti-stigma message • Find and get help by visiting www.findgetgive.com – a mental health services directory for young people created by YMCA’s Right Here project in partnership with other local groups in Jordan’s childhood home of Brighton & Hove. This site allows users to search for support, share stories about their own mental health and give feedback on services they have used for others to read. ‘Find Get Give’ also includes resources for parents and carers. Services are being added to Find Get Give all the time and providers are being encouraged to add their work using the online form.In addition, Jordan has written a new song ‘Whole’ about tackling mental health issues and the #IAMWHOLE campaign features in the song’s music video, along with young people from YMCA’s Right Here mental health project in Brighton.Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “YMCA’s research backs up conversations we have had with young people in which they have told us mental health is one of the principle worries affecting their generation today.“What is alarming from these findings is the widespread stigma young people are now seeing or experiencing from others that is making them less likely to seek professional help. YMCA’s mental health services make a huge difference to the lives of young people with mental health difficulties but it is clear more needs to be done to support those who are currently slipping through the net.“That’s why I encourage everyone to support #IAMWHOLE to help overcome the stigma we have identified and the negative consequences young people are facing when trying to deal with their mental health difficulties alone.”Jordan Stephens, said: “The #IAMWHOLE campaign message that ‘together we are whole’ is so important and I am pleased to be launching it today on World Mental Health Day.“My mum is a trained therapist so I’ve seen how important it is for people to get the right support and not to feel isolated. I’ve also had friends and people close to me seriously affected by mental health issues. I wrote ‘Whole’ to express how I was feeling at the bottom of a situation. When the NHS suggested it could be used to give other people a way of feeling less alone, man that felt really good.”Other findings from the YMCA’s research report include: • More than three quarters (77%) of young people know someone who has experienced difficulties with their mental health. • Anxiety (66%) and depression (51%) were the most common mental health conditions experienced by young people. • Young people who believe stigma exists believe they can best tackle it by talking more about mental health (64%) and sharing their experiences (60%). • 81% of young people who believe stigma exists say that school is the best place to combat it.Dr Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health for NHS England, said: “A lot of work is being done by the NHS in England to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, including major investment and service transformation over the next five years.“Reaching out to young people who aren’t coming forward to access services due to fear of stigma is so important and the #IAMWHOLE campaign is helping to start that conversation with young people today online, through social media and an anti-stigma challenge initiative for schools.”last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A production crew works a scene for the TV series Bates Motel, which was filmed in B.C., including this setting in Aldergrove. (STUART ISETT/NYT) Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img When veteran TV writer and producer Carlton Cuse decided to set his TV series Bates Motel in Oregon, he never thought of actually shooting the show there.“There’s no support services there. Or tax incentives,” the prolific Mr. Cuse said of the Pacific Northwest state in an interview ahead of a forum at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Instead, it was a no-brainer, he said, to execute his TV spin on Psycho‘s Norman Bates in Vancouver, producing five seasons of Bates Motel before closing it down earlier this year.“It’s a great town. It’s beautiful. There’s great food,” he said. “It checks a lot of the boxes that you want to have for a location-based shoot.” And he’s not finished with the city, in part because of the province’s program of tax incentives and its highly specialized crews.Still, he has some advice for the new B.C. government, which carefully courted the film industry before the election but whose Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has yet to indicate how the government will manage incentives for the production sector.“I think that it is just really important that [the new government] understand that the tax incentive program as structured really matters tremendously and [that] studios pay great attention to the tax incentives, right down to the smallest detail. It becomes a huge determining factor in where shows shoot,” said Mr. Cuse, whose credits also include the long-running series Lost.READ MORE Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – US President Barack Obama traveled a great distance to share his condolences and present a eulogy to his late friend Shimon Peres. His presentation however was eclipsed by an embarrassing correction made by his state department.The state Department’s press agency issued a statement about President Obama’s comments noting that the location of the funeral was Mount Herzl,  Jerusalem in Israel. Realizing their error, the press office, crossed out the word Israel six hours later. Since 1967 the state department has never referred to the city of Jerusalem as Israeli territory.“The administration’s policy towards Jerusalem follows that of previous US administrations– of both parties– since 1967,” a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post, explaining the correction.“The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way this is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.” Peres, whose political career spanned some seventy years, was part of the founding generation of Zionists Israeli leaders.Speaking at the ceremony, Obama said: “I could not be more honored to be in Jerusalem to say farewell to my friend Shimon Peres, who showed us that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist idea.”Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority, was at the funeral and was photographed shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minster Benyamin Netanyahu. Shots were reportedly fired at Abbas’ home in the West Bank the day following the funeral.Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said of the tributes for Peres: “We need to separate between fact and fiction. A lot of things being said today are fiction, or selective.“The facts are … illegal settlements that he said should be mushrooming everywhere went up by 50 percent after he signed a deal with the Palestinians” said Bishara in an AlJazeera article.Bishara added: “Palestinian leaders – after 25 years of peace process – are allowed to enter Jerusalem, only when an Israeli dies.“President Abbas, for the last 20 years, has not been allowed to enter the future capital of the Palestinian state, where some 250,000 Palestinians live – in Jerusalem.“The only time he is allowed is when an Israeli dies and he has to pay his final respects. He needs to get a permit from the Israelis in order to do that. Who instituted that permit? Peres,” Bishara said.The State Department error although corrected raised questions about the status of Jerusalem that are already part of the 2016 presidential campaign. GOP Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump said if elected, he would acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a policy change the Knesset has sought for several decades. read more

OTTAWA — The federal government has given approval for the $1.8-billion Blackwater Gold open pit gold and silver mine in central British Columbia.An assessment by the government has determined the mine, about 110 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.The New Gold Inc. mine would generate 60,000 tonnes of gold and silver ore a day over the 17-year life of the mine.The mine is also expected to create up to 1,500 jobs in the construction phase and 495 positions during operations over the life of the project.The assessment still set out 172 conditions for New Gold to meet through the life of the project, including mitigating the affect on the area’s Indigenous people, wetlands, fish, migratory birds and other wildlife.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says evaluating the project based on science and Indigenous knowledge, and putting environmental measures in place, will help create economic growth for the community.The Canadian Press read more

According to the report, over the past two years more than 1,800 Palestinians have been killed and some 25,000 injured, while more than 600 Israelis have been killed and over 4,000 injured. “Surely we need no further reminder of the ultimate futility of the present course than the hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and tens of thousands of grieving families and friends of the victims of this conflict,” Mr. Annan writes. “The parties are on a path leading to further pain and suffering — a path that will bring neither closer to achieving its stated goals.” “It is a matter of particular regret to me that so little remains of the mutual trust that had been so painstakingly built between the parties,” he says, calling for “regular and consistent third-party involvement and encouragement” to help find a way forward. The Secretary-General calls particular attention to the work of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union – which is focused on attaining the goal of two democratic States living side by side in peace and security. While the details of the Quartet roadmap to achieve a comprehensive settlement are still being worked out, the Secretary-General says he is “very encouraged by the growing involvement of the parties and neighbouring Arab States in a direct dialogue with the Quartet.” Mr. Annan recalls his past proposal to deploy a multinational force to help provide security for Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and to promote an environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations. “This proposal remains on the table,” he says. The report also calls for action to address the “devastating” humanitarian conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory. While underscoring the need for a long-term solution to the conflict, the Secretary-General urges donors to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is providing critical humanitarian aid. “For its part,” he pledges, “the United Nations will continue to support the resumption of a meaningful peace process and will remain at the forefront of efforts to alleviate the severe economic and social hardships of the Palestinian people.” read more

Wrapping up the pledging conference, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel said the United Nations would continue to work with Member States to reach the $25 million goal.UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette told the conference: “We are determined that the Court, after three years of important achievements and with trials at an advanced stage, must not now fail due to lack of resources.”The Court allowed those who were affected by the civil war crimes to witness justice being done first-hand, which was vital to the process of national reconciliation, she said.The Special Court was a new model, set apart from others by its limited mandate and by its hybrid funding, coming both from voluntary contributions and from the UN, Registrar Robin Vincent said.Emphasizing its costs, he said that since the Court functioned in the very country where the abuses had occurred, the witnesses and the accused needed protection during trials. Only with broad support would the institution be able to leave a lasting legacy to Sierra Leone and the international community, he said.Reporters at a later news conference asked about the Court’s ability to prosecute former Liberian President Charles Taylor, whose exile in Nigeria allowed peace to return to his country, and missing former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council of Sierra Leone commander Johnny Paul Koroma.Chief Prosecutor Desmond De Silva replied that the Court had received high praise from many Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for the speed and efficiency of its work.Mr. Taylor was aware that the court was trying to extradite him and diplomatic negotiations were taking place behind the scenes to convince Nigeria to turn him over to the Court for the terrible crimes he had committed against the people of Sierra Leone, he added.Mr. Taylor could only be pursued through diplomatic means because the Court, not having been set up under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, lacked the power to compel his surrender. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government was awaiting the results of the upcoming Liberian elections to see if the new Government would ask for Mr. Taylor to be handed over.On the question of whether the Court would be seen as a failure if it could not prosecute Mr. Taylor or Mr. Koroma, if Mr. Koroma was still alive, Mr. De Silva said the Nuremberg Trails were not judged to be a failure just because Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. read more

At meetings taking place at the United Nations in Geneva which ended on Thursday, representatives from more than 100 Member States which have signed up to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) – together with civilian experts and academics – also discussed how they could ensure that science is used to positive ends, in line with the disarmament blueprint set out by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.Although the potential impact of a biological weapons attack could be huge, the likelihood is not currently believed to be high. The last attack dates back to 2001, when letters containing toxic anthrax spores, killed five people in the US, just days after Al Qaeda terrorists perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.You could be talking of epidemics on the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, or even a global pandemic that could result in millions of deaths – Daniel Feakes, UN GenevaNonetheless, the rise of extremist groups and the potential risk of research programmes being misused, has focused attention on the work of the BWC.“There’s interest from terror groups and we’re also seeing the erosion of norms on chemical weapons,” said Daniel Feakes, head of the BWC Implementation Support Unit at the UN in Geneva. “That could spread to biological weapons as well,” he said, adding that “at the worst, you could be talking of epidemics on the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, or even a global pandemic that could result in millions of deaths.”In a bid to stay on top of the latest biological developments and threats, the BWC’s 181 Member States hold a series of meetings with experts every year, traditionally in the summer. The reports that are discussed during these sessions are then formerly appraised in December.At the eight-day session just ended, science and technology issues were debated for two days – a measure of their importance.Among the developments discussed was the groundbreaking gene-editing technique CRISPR. It can be applied – in theory – to any organism. Outside the Geneva body, CRISPR’s use has raised ethical questions, Mr. Feakes said, but among Member States, security ramifications dominated discussions.“Potentially, it could be used to develop more effective biological weapons,” he said, noting that the meetings addressed the growing trend of “DIY biological labs”. However, the meetings also focused on the promotion of “responsible science” so that “scientists are part of the solution, not the problem”.In addition to concerns that the Biological Weapons Convention lacks full international backing, the body has also faced criticism that its Members are not obliged to allow external checks on any illegal stockpiles they might have.The issue highlights the fact that the BWC lacks a strong institution, its handful of administrators dwarfed by larger sister organizations including the OPCW – the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The OPCW’s 500-strong staff – based in the Hague – have weapons inspectors training facilities, Feakes notes, explaining that the BWC’s focus is therefore much more “about what States do at a national level”.Concern for the futureLooking ahead, and aside from the rapid pace of scientific change, the biggest challenge is keeping the Biological Weapons Convention relevant – which appears to still be the case today.“There are no States that say they need biological weapons,” Mr. Feakes says. “That norm needs to be maintained and properly managed. You can’t ban CRISPR or gene editing, because they can do so much good, like finding cures for diseases or combating climate change. But we still need to manage these techniques and technologies to ensure they are used responsibly.” Gene editing, in simple terms, involves the copying of exact strands of DNA, similar to cutting and pasting text on a computer. The latest BWC session in the Swiss city also involved key intergovernmental organizations, scientific and professional associations, academic institutions, think tanks and other non-governmental entities.Formally known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, the BWC was the first multilateral disarmament treaty to ban an entire category of weapons. It opened for signature in 1972 and entered into force in 1975. It currently has 181 States Parties, and six States that have signed but not yet ratified it. read more

Switching from coal, oil and other fossil fuels to energy derived from plants and animal waste is a crucial climate change strategy — but one businesses are still learning how to find value in.While governments offer incentives for entrepreneurs to become biofuel leaders, the payoff may not be as attractive as continuing to extract and sell the fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gases which cause global warming.That’s where Brock University chemist Travis Dudding comes in.He and his team have partnered with a Welland-based biodiesel firm to boost the value of a specific area of the company’s biodiesel production.Atlantic Biodiesel, the second-largest biodiesel fuel producer in Canada, creates 170 million litres of renewable, clean-burning biodiesel each year, mostly from canola and soy oil. A key byproduct of the process is glycerin, of which Atlantic Biodiesel produces 15 million litres each year.“One way of combating the unbalanced market share of biodiesel versus fossil fuel resources is to take materials from their process that might be considered waste or lesser value materials and increase their value by making them into other desirable compounds,” says Dudding.Glycerin, a clear, odourless liquid that tastes sweet, is used in a large variety of products, including medicines, cosmetics, resins, detergents, plastics and processed food.Most biodiesel companies are already converting their crude glycerin into refined glycerin for use in these and other products as a way of earning extra income.“It would require a huge amount of capital expenditure here at the plant for us to tap into these products, and there are already strong players in the market,” says Patrick Godbout, Engineering Project Manager at Atlantic Biodiesel.“In order for us to compete with them, we need to develop a unique, value-added product that would give us a niche in an already existing market.”With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, as well as the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Dudding, postdoctoral fellow Roya Mir and graduate student Katie Dempsey are exploring ways to create a new product from the company’s glycerin.Crucial to the creation of this new product is a process called catalysis, which occurs when a substance — called a catalyst — is added to speed up a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction does not destroy that substance.“I had an idea that we could actually use small nanoparticles as catalysts,” says Dudding. A nanoparticle is a highly-mobile, sub-microscopic natural or human-made object that has many different properties. It is used in a range of products such as food packaging, flame retardants, batteries and medicines.The nanocatalysts that Dudding and his team developed use oxygen and operate at room temperature.“This is ideal for industry. You want processes that don’t require a lot of energy,” he says. “The big thing is that, overall, our nanoparticles are very effective at making the target molecule we want.”The Brock-Atlantic Biodiesel research team is now identifying a specific high-value product that can be manufactured from the glycerol using the catalytic process that the team developed.They plan to announce this new value-added product in the next 12 to 18 months.“The research partnership has been going well,” says Godbout. “Not only have we utilized the partnership on the product development side, but we’ve utilized Brock’s facilities a few times to do other research work. It’s been a good, healthy relationship.”Dudding says part of what motivates his research is the desire to develop industries and create jobs in Niagara while also providing teaching and training opportunities for students. read more

first_imgThe first uranium ore produced at the Cigar Lake mine, operated by Cameco in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, departed last Thursday for Areva’s McClean Lake mill located 70 km away. All of the ore is expected to be processed at the McClean Lake mill, operated by Areva, beginning by the end of the second quarter of 2014. With a production capacity of 10,900 t/y of uranium, the McClean Lake mill is expected to produce 770 to 1,100 t of uranium concentrate from Cigar Lake ore in 2014. Its annual production rate will ramp up to 8,100 t as early as 2018.Cigar Lake is 50%-owned by Cameco, which is the operator, and Areva holds 37%. It is the world’s second largest high-grade uranium deposit (Cameco’s McArthur Lake being the largest), boasting U3O8 grades 100 times the global average.“Cigar Lake is among the most technically challenging mining projects in the world,” said Tim Gitzel, President and CEO of Cameco, adding the gigantic project will “fuel clean electricity production around the world for many years, while providing quality employment and business opportunities for a generation of Saskatchewan people.”The Cigar Lake project represents a $2.6 billion investment and will employ more than 600 highly skilled workers, the majority of which are northern Saskatchewan residents. As many as 1,000 people worked on the construction of the mine which relies on a high-pressure water jet boring mining system for production.“Thanks to Cameco’s technology for the Cigar Lake mine and Areva’s for processing this uranium ore, we are proud that production from this unique deposit has begun. Our industrial partners and Saskatchewan’s economy will benefit from this project for many years to come,” said Olivier Wantz, Senior Executive Vice-President of AREVA’s mining business group.last_img read more

first_img The Serbian can’t believe he’s been knocked out. Russell Westbrook momentarily forgot the rules of basketball last nightKyrgios booed off court following controversial early exit at Australian Open Image: Aaron Favila/AP/Press Association Images Follow us: the42.ie DEFENDING CHAMPION NOVAK Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin on Thursday.The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6(10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena.The loss marked Djokovic’s earliest Grand Slam exit since Wimbledon 2008 as he was outdone by a red-hot Istomin in four hours, 48 minutes.The 12-time Grand Slam champion was below his best against Istomin, a player he had beaten relatively comfortably in their previous five meetings.Istomin, who won the Asia-Pacific wildcard play-off to earn a place in Melbourne, defied his ranking with a display of incredible shot-making.The opening game took 16 minutes in a sign of things to come, and Djokovic had to come from a break down to force a tie-break in the first set.Djokovic took a 4-1 lead before giving up his advantage, Istomin converting his second set point as he forced his illustrious opponent into an error.Istomin crushed 27 winners in the first set and a drop in level was expected – and came, albeit minor.A wobbly Djokovic faced two set points in the 10th game and Istomin would rue those missed chances, the former holding then breaking before closing it out to level the match.The third set was more like what was expected beforehand as the Serbian took control, only to give it up by quickly falling behind 3-0 in the fourth.Brilliant defence, followed by a down-the-line winner, helped Djokovic break back before Istomin netted a forehand on set point in the 10th game.But the Uzbek would not be denied in the tie-break, a huge ace out wide forcing a decider.Istomin broke for a 3-2 lead in the fifth with yet another screaming winner, a backhand down the line giving him the advantage.The extraordinary win, which set up a clash against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round, was completed with few nerves, Istomin serving out the match to 15.Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has set up an enticing third-round showdown with rising German star Alexander Zverev after powering past Marcos Baghdatis.Ninth-seeded Nadal, hoping to improve on an injury-hit 2016, was too strong and accurate for the 36th-ranked Baghdatis winning 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 2hr 13min.Nadal, who beat Roger Federer in the 2009 Australian final, will step up his challenge for a second title against the 19-year-old German in a draw now missing Djokovic.“It will be a high-quality match against a potential Grand Slam winner and a future world number one,” Nadal said of his match with Zverev.“I have no injuries and I can’t ask for more right now,” he added.– Additional reporting from AFPThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By The42 Team 28 Comments 18,808 Views The Serbian can’t believe he’s been knocked out. Image: Aaron Favila/AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 8:41 AM Share15 Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3193796 Jan 19th 2017, 8:41 AM Short URL Novak Djokovic dumped out of Australian Open by world number 117 Denis Istomin has caused the shock of the tournament in round two. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgEx-wife of London attacker who lived in Ireland says she’s focusing on her daughter Charisse O’Leary said she was shocked by the attack and expressed condolences to those who lost their lives. 64 Comments Source: Press Association/Twitter Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 4:33 PM My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that someday I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did. THE EX-WIFE OF one of the London Bridge attackers, who lived in Dublin with him until last year, has released a statement saying she’s focusing on raising the daughter they have together.Charisse O’Leary, who is originally from the UK, said she condemns the actions of Rachid Redouane and knows that one day she will have to try and explain to her daughter why her father did what he did.It’s believed the couple got married in Ireland in 2012 and lived together both the UK and in Rathmines in Dublin. According to O’Leary, they have been separated for the past six months.In the statement, O’Leary said, “Since discovering that it was Rachid that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident.“Rachid and I have been separated for six months. We have a beautiful young daughter, that for the last six months has been our only bond and reason for contact. The mother also said she was shocked by the attack and expressed condolences to those who lost their lives.“My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those murdered or injured in the events of 3rd June 2017.I am deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions of my ex partner who has killed and injured so many innocent people.“I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I condemn his actions and do not support the beliefs he held that led him to committing this atrocity.”Read: Second man arrested in Ireland in connection with London attacker> By Cliodhna Russell Rachid Redouane Image: PA Wire/PA Images Rachid Redouanecenter_img Full statement from Charisse O’Leary, ex-wife of London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane pic.twitter.com/lJIzJOqwB2— Press Association (@PA) June 7, 2017 Jun 7th 2017, 4:33 PM https://jrnl.ie/3431913 Short URL 38,868 Views Share312 Tweet Email1 Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Nothing has only one identity. That was the point of last night’s episode of American Gods. America has nearly as many identities as there are people in it. As Wednesday tells Shadow, “Everyone looks at Lady Liberty and sees a different face. Even if it crumbles under question.” The same can be said of Jesus, as we learn from the episode’s opening. The Coming to America segment focuses on undocumented Mexican immigrants swimming across a river into the United States. One man (with a crucifix tattoo) is clearly nervous about swimming and nearly drowns on the way over. He’s saved by a friendly-looking long-haired man who walks on water.This is Jesus. Well, it’s a Jesus. Wednesday said a few episodes ago that there are multiple Jesuses in the world: A white Jesuit-style Jesus, a Black African Jesus, a Mexican Jesus… one for every version people believe in. This, we can guess, is Mexican Jesus. He’s not the only one here. As soon as the immigrants reach the other side of the river, they’re shot by an unidentified group of men with guns. We don’t see whether they’re official border patrol agents or a random militia. Either way, they have their own version of Jesus, though we don’t see their version in person. We just see the rosaries wrapped around their guns, and the crosshairs shaped like crucifixes. As they gun the immigrants down, Mexican Jesus sacrifices himself to save as many as he can. The bullets create the stigmata, and a passing tumbleweed leaves a crown of thorns over his head. For these new residents of the United States, their Jesus is once again a martyr.Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday (Photo via STARZ)Martyrdom is also an important element in this episode. Though we (and Shadow) are meant to think Wednesday is in Virginia to recruit another old god, he’s actually seeking a Martyr. We’ll get to that later, though. For now, their journey this episode is all about the identity of America. Specifically, in the town of Vulcan, Virginia, where America is white and worships the gun. This is where an old volcano god, named Vulcan, has carved out a new life for himself. He’s now the leader of this bullet manufacturing town. He even still has sacrifices made to him in the form of workplace accidents. (It’s cheaper to settle after the death an employee than to close down the factory and fix the safety issues. If that’s not an intentional sacrifice, what is?)The residents of Vulcan are noticeably suspicious of Shadow, always keeping an eye on him. Even when it’s clear he and Wednesday are a guest of Vulcan’s, they make sure he understands how unwelcome he is. Vulcan is even worse. As much as their America is white, suspicious of anyone who isn’t, and worships the gun, Vulcan’s America is more overtly hostile. Everything he does is to intimidate Shadow. He denies him a drink while he and Wednesday share one. He fires a gun inside his own house, knowing that in this town, no one will bat an eye. He points out the old hanging tree he keeps in his front yard. Corbin Bernsen plays Vulcan’s hostile presence incredibly well, making the god as captivating as he is terrifying.Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan (Photo via STARZ)We soon learn what Wednesday wants with Vulcan: a sword. By this point, it has become obvious to everyone that Vulcan has aligned himself with the new gods. This is what happens when an old god rebrands itself like Mr. World and Media suggested Wednesday do in last week’s episode. Instead of literal prayer, his worshipers fire bullets. Wednesday isn’t too keen on this new form of worship, but he needs his sword. After he gets it, we find out the other reason he’s dealing with this old-god-turned-new. He needs a martyr for his cause. Wednesday will tell everyone that the new gods killed Vulcan for helping him. He then cuts Vulcan’s head off, kicks him into a vat of molten lead, and curses the whole town by pissing into it. Don’t turn on Wednesday. Shadow is understandably freaked out by all this, and Ricky Whittle’s performance here is so good. He makes us feel everything going through Shadow’s head.The rest of the episode centered on the newly formed trio of Laura, Mad Sweeney and Salim. You might remember Salim from that Somewhere in America sequence with the Djinn a few episodes back. Since then, he’s been searching for the Djinn, partially to thank him for freeing him from a life he didn’t like, and partially to “know more about” him. Laura and Sweeney run into Salim when Sweeney tries to steal his cab. The three decide to travel together, as they’re all looking for gods. Sweeney wants his coin back, which means finding a god (a Jesus, it sounds like) to resurrect Laura. Laura wants Shadow back, but after he left, she thinks he doesn’t want anything to do with her.Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Emily Browning as Laura Moon (Photo via STARZ)Their section also deals with identity changes, but in a much less hostile way than Wednesday and Shadow’s. Mad Sweeney keeps trying to convince Laura to choose another identity for herself. To Shadow, he says, Laura is dead. That kiss from cold lips tasting of vomit and cigarettes only confirmed that to him. Still, she wants to pursue him. Kissing Shadow made her heart beat again. Now that she’s dead, she values life more than she ever did before. We know their paths will cross again, but for now, Laura needs to find a life for herself without Shadow. She needs a new identity. Sweeney is also having an identity crisis of sorts, being a leprechaun with comically bad luck. Only Salim is confident in who he is now. The Djinn gave him an identity he’s happy with. He can roam the country in his cab, not be afraid of everyone around him and pray by the side of the road when he needs to.I like this quirky road trip the show has added to the story. The book didn’t really give us this much detail on Laura’s journey, and it’s fun watching her bicker with Sweeney and find a friend in Salim. It adds a lighthearted diversion to the heavy, violent adventure Shadow is on, and allows the show a different perspective from which to tackle its philosophical questions.Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney (Photo via STARZ)Last night’s episode of American Gods was captivating even without the surreal special effects of last week’s episode. (Though there were a few.) From the commanding performances of the cast to the fascinating questions about America’s identity, to the simple beauty of the American wilderness, I didn’t want this episode to end. As a fan of the book, a detour like this is admittedly a little frustrating. All of this was added, and since I desperately want to see what’s coming, any diversion like this is an unexpected delay. But if all the diversions are as good as this, it doesn’t matter. I love the fact that having read the book doesn’t automatically mean you know everything that’s going to happen. We’ll see Mr. Nancy again, eventually. We’ll get to the House on the Rock. For now, I just want the show to keep surprising me like this. Stay on target ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer: A Divine War Is ComingNYCC 2018: The American Gods Cast Gives Us a Glimpse of Season Two last_img read more

first_imgMark Ruffalo: “You know, the thing about magicians is they will tell you how they do their trick, but then they have 10 other ways to do the same trick. How do you know we were telling the truth, then?’”Chris Van Vliet: “You’re blowing my mind right now, Mark.”Mark Ruffalo: “See, man? That’s what I’m saying.”Woody Harrelson: “It fills you with wonder. It just fills you with the light of wonder.”Mark Ruffalo: “It just keeps opening up.”They take the magic in this movie very seriously. They actually hired illusionist David Copperfield as an adviser and producer.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Woody Harrelson: “Let me ask you guys a couple of questions.”Dave: “What you got for us, bud?”(Woody shows a deck of cards.)Dave: No, you’re the thrower, I’m the catcher.”(Woody throws cards at Dave.)In the first movie, the Horsemen frame Morgan Freeman’s character, and now he is out for revenge.And we learn here that sometimes a magician will reveal their secrets. Lizzy: “What?”Dave: “Come on!”Chris Van Vliet: “This is a real thing. Can you teach me a little technique here?”And then, we got some real-life magic, when Woody Harrelson magically appeared and crashed my interview!Dave Franco: “Yeah! Oh my gosh!” (Woody gives Dave a hug)Chris Van Vliet: “Would you like to take a seat?”Dave Franco: “Woody, get in there.” center_img This coming weekend, we get a little magic at the movies. The cast of “Now You See Me” is back for a sequel, the aptly titled “Now You See Me 2″. Deco’s Chris Van Vliet flew to New York City to sit down with the stars … and little did he know that he would experience some real-life magic.At the end of the first movie, the four horsemen disappeared from their stage show, outwitting the FBI. Now they’ve come out of hiding with even bigger illusions, a new nemesis in Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan as their new member.Chris Van Vliet: Does knowing how it’s done completely ruin magic now?Lizzy Caplan: Interesting. We were just discussing this. We would argue that it makes it even more impressive, because you see the skill required to pull off even the most basic magic trick.”Even something as simple as throwing cards, which Dave Franco became an expert at.Chris Van Vliet: “I know that you studied the card throwing. Everyone knows you can now split a banana in half.”Dave Franco: Sure.” last_img read more