first_imgFor her audition, Wong, 32, wore a one-piece bathing suit with pink spandex short-shorts and grabbed some pom-poms to play a wrestling cheerleader who bounced erratically between a Clueless accent and a demon voice. Ellen Wong has a split personality on Netflix’s summer smash series GLOW. Inside the wrestling ring, Wong plays Fortune Cookie, a flamboyant compilation of dumb Asian stereotypes (sample dialogue: “I am cute like panda. Help me! I am fast like dragon.”) Outside, she’s Jenny Chey, perky people pleaser.Juggling dualities seems to come naturally to Wong, who grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Los Angeles. She is back home to be feted by TIFF’s Rising Stars program — Wong is one of this year’s annual honourees despite not having a film in the festival.Chatting about some of her favourite places in Toronto while seated at a picnic table in High Park, she abruptly swings between a high-pitched voice punctuated by giggles and earth-shaking enthusiasm. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She furrows her brow as she airs her views on the mugs at College and Bathurst’s Manic Coffee. “You get a cute little cup, with a little squirrel on it!” she shouts, appearing furious. “You get a squirrel on your cup holding an acorn! I’m sorry, but little details like that make me happy.”This disarming flip-flop between meek and mighty was what she says charmed GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch when they were casting the series, which takes place behind the scenes of a campy, exploitative, all-female ’80s wrestling league. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

China demands Canada release Huawei executive

first_imgBEIJING — China has demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, said she is accused of trying to evade U.S. curbs on trade with Iran.The arrest follows a U.S.-Chinese cease-fire in a tariff war over Beijing’s technology policy.Asian stock markets tumbled on the news, fearing renewed U.S.-Chinese tensions that threaten global economic growth.The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said Meng broke no U.S. or Canadian laws and demanded Canada “immediately correct the mistake” and release her.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Burma Rohingya Muslim Survivals Narrate Their Escape from Myanmar

Rabat – Following the Myanmar’s horrific incidents, France Press Agency (AFP) interviewed several Rohingya Muslims who managed to flee to Bangladesh. However, their sides of the story were scarier than those covered by international media.On August 25, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) unleashed a wave of repression against nearly 300,000 members of the Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, out of the total population of approximately one million.“They were burning the houses. We ran away in order to save ourselves,” Master Kamal, a 53-year old teacher told AFP. Kamal added that he was there when three of his neighbors were killed by the ARSA. The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in western Burma, have accused the Burmese army and extremist Buddhists of being in charge of the violence committed against them.The Rohingya testimonies, however, are difficult to verify due to the restricted access to the Rakhine state, added AFP.For its part, the Burmese government accuses the Rohingya rebels of committing atrocities, including burning their own villages. The UN, however, raises questions about the accuracy of this charge. The Burmese executive also said that the Muslim minority killed people suspected of collaborating with the ARSA.Mohammad Amin, another interviewee, said his family had lived in Aung Sit Pyin village in Rakhine state for three generations.“This is the first time we have fled, and I have never seen such violence,” said the 60-year old witness.He continued that when the shooting broke out, he ran into the jungle, crossing a river to escape the soldiers who were hunting the Rohingya. “On the other side of the river, I noticed that everything was burning,” he explained.During the clash, about 400 people were killed, according to government figures. The UN, however, said that this number is underestimated; adding that the accurate figure is about 87,000.Most of the Aung Sit Pyin refugees stated that they saw people being killed by machetes blows or burned during their frantic escape.A woman under the name Anwara told AFP that she dived into a river with her 4-year old son to escape the fire of the soldiers.She told AFP that she thought she would never meet their other five children again. Her kids had sought refuge in the neighboring hills, and were over flown to her by helicopters.However, her children aged between five and 14 have managed to reach their family and now they are reunited in Bangladesh, added AFP.The same source added that nearly 100 people drowned trying to cross the Naf River, marking the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, while others managed to cross the river with bullet injuries.Jamal Hussain, a 12-year Rohingya said that his five brothers were killed by a machine gun as they were fleeing Aung Sit Pyin. He added that he could not find his parents or his seven other sisters.“We were all together and all of a sudden they started firing… I could not look back because I thought I was going to die.” read more

Canada adds 12000 jobs in August but unemployment rate rises to 7

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy gained 12,000 jobs in August, bolstered by a gain in full-time employment, but more people were looking for work and the unemployment rate ticked higher for the first time in months.The unemployment rate increased to 7.0 per cent for the month, up 0.2 from 6.8 per cent, where it had held steady for six consecutive months, Statistics Canada reported Friday.The overall increase came as the number of full-time jobs grew by 54,400, offset in part by a drop of 42,400 part-time jobs.The job gains were better than an estimated a loss of 4,500 jobs in August, according to Thomson Reuters.Trade data earlier this week was also stronger than expected, adding strength to the case that the economy is improving after slipping into a recession in the first half of the year.Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that the economy grew in June, the last month of the second quarter, raising hopes that the dip was short-lived and that the second half of the year would show growth.“A decent hiring tally in August is in line with other stronger readings we have seen recently from Canada’s economy for the third quarter,” TD Bank economist Leslie Preston said.However, she noted that more cyclical industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are shedding jobs.“While it is good news that hiring in sectors like public administration and educational services are offsetting these losses for the time being, these gains are unlikely to be sustained, and we do expect hiring overall in Canada’s economy to slow through the remainder of 2015,” Preston said.Canadian exports surge for second month in a row: ‘What the Bank of Canada wanted to see’Canada officially in a recession as GDP shrinks 0.5% in second quarterThe Bank of Canada has cut its key interest rate twice this year in an effort to provide a cushion for the economy, which has been hit hard by the slump in oil prices that began last year.[np_storybar title=”Canadian unemployment rates for provinces in August” link=””] Canada’s national unemployment rate was 7.0 per cent in August. Here’s what happened provincially (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland 11.5 (11.9)— Prince Edward Island 10.8 (11.6)— Nova Scotia 8.4 (8.1)— New Brunswick 10.1 (11.0)— Quebec 8.0 (7.7)— Ontario 6.8 (6.4)— Manitoba 5.7 (5.6)— Saskatchewan 4.7 (5.2)— Alberta 6.0 (6.0)— British Columbia 6.0 (6.0) [/np_storybar]The central bank, which makes its next interest rate announcement on Wednesday, has predicted the economy will grow at an annual pace of 1.5 per cent in the third quarter that ends Sept. 30 before picking up to a 2.5 per cent pace in the last three months of the year.Friday’s job report says Saskatchewan led the way in August as it added 4,000 jobs, while Newfoundland and Labrador added 3,100. Manitoba added 2,700 and New Brunswick increased by 2,400. There was little change in the other provinces, Statistics Canada said.Public administration employment increased by 14,000 in August, while educational services gained 11,100 jobs.Overall public sector employment gained 27,200 for the month, while the private sector gained 6,300 jobs.The number of self-employed workers dropped by 21,600.Statistics Canada also reported Friday that the unemployment rate for students aged 15-24 over the summer months from May to August was 16.8 per cent, similar to where it was during the same time last year.That compared with an unemployment rate of 10.3 per cent for non-students in the same age category.In a separate report, Statistics Canada reported labour productivity of businesses slipped 0.6 per cent in the second quarter following a 0.5 per cent decrease in the first quarter.The agency said output of businesses decreased at a similar rate to the first quarter, while hours worked continued to increase. read more

Chandrika in India for World Sustainable Development Summit

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is in India on a short visit to attend the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019.The summit is being held in New Delhi from the today (11) to the 13th of February 2019. Kumaratunga will give a keynote address on “A Vision for a Secure & Sustainable World For All” on a Leadership Panel at the Summit. (Colombo Gazette)

Hunt for 2000 Super Perch begins Saturday

PORT DOVER – Some valuable fish will be released into the harbour in Port Dover Friday evening.Forty perch in all will go into the drink, all of them with a price on their heads.Eighteen are worth $1,000 each if you catch them between Saturday and May 11.One is worth $1,500 while the legendary Super Perch this year has a blue and white tag worth $2,000.Add in the 20 grey-tagged perch worth $100 each and the total cash prize pool totals $23,500.The 22nd annual Perch Derby in Port Dover kicks off Friday night with a Cast Off Party at the Lions Community Centre on St. George Street. The west pier promises to be crowded with anglers of all ages Saturday morning as the derby itself gets officially underway at 7 a.m.“The original objective of the derby was to have something in early spring as a shoulder-season event,” Jan Overend, general manager of the Port Dover Board of Trade and an organizer of the derby, said Friday.“Twenty-two years ago, Port Dover wasn’t as busy as it is today, so it began as an event to kick off the tourist season.”In 1997, the board of trade had to coax people to town at this time of year. Today, the popular derby sells itself and generates plenty of family day-tripper traffic in the lakeside community.The board was planning for 450 people at Friday’s Cast Off Party. Meanwhile, Overend says registration ticket sales have been “brisk.” Even though the board puts up $23,500 in prize money and numerous expensive prizes courtesy of member merchants, Overend conceded that the derby is a money-maker.“It adds to what the board is capable of doing for the community,” she said. “For many out-of-town people, this is their introduction to Port Dover.”To win money and prizes qualifying anglers must pay a registration fee. This they can do at a cabin temporarily situated at Bridge Yachts at the corner of St. Andrew Street and Harbour Street. This is also the location to report and collect on tagged catches.Bridge Yachts co-owner Ed Laevens has been involved with the derby since its inception and wouldn’t miss it for the world.“It’s increased our tourism revenue,” Laevens said Friday. “The derby started out focussed on children and it still is. We see a lot of grandparents bringing grandchildren to town.”Some prize money always goes uncollected. The tagged perch are free to roam and some will find their way into Long Point Bay.But other years the fish stick around and pay big dividends for the anglers trying to catch them. Overend recalled the derby about five years ago where 11 $1,000 perch were caught along with 11 $100 fish.The registration fee is $20 for adults 18 years of age and older. Intermediate entries ages 13 to 17 pay $10 while children 12 and under pay $5.Anglers can also register at Stoney’s Home Hardware, Dovercraft Marine Store, the Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, the Dover Dairy Bar and the Tan-Mar Shoppe.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Security Council updates list of AlQaida operatives subject to sanctions

A United Nations Security Council committee has added the name of an Al-Qaida operative to its list of those subject to international sanctions for their involvement with the terrorist group. Safet Durguti was named by the panel, which deals with measures against both Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The 36-year old was born in Orahovac, Kosovo, but his nationality is presently unknown. In another action, the committee also added information to entries on two groups associated with Al-Qaida. It noted that the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also known as Vazir or Vezir. In addition, it provided an address for the Bosnia-based group: 64 Poturmahala, Travnik.Concerning the Ba Taqwa For Commerce And Real Estate Company Limited, the panel noted that it also goes by Hochburg AG.The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. The list is updated regularly on the basis of relevant information provided by Member States and regional organizations. read more

Hilary Mantel Women writers must stop falsely empowering female characters in history

first_imgWomen writers must stop rewriting history to make their female characters falsely “empowered”, Dame Hilary Mantel has said.Mantel, the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist, said writing about women in history was a “persistent difficulties” for her contemporaries, who “can’t resist” retrospectively making them strong and independent.Anyone “squeamish” about the difference between the role of men and women in certain historic periods should, she suggested, try their hand at a different job.Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, singled out her own gender for the criticism, questioning whether writers should “rework history so victims are the winners”. “He said, ‘It’s like pornography to them – they think it’s shameful, but they can’t wait to get hold of it.’“We’ve moved on since then. Enlightened historians are less prejudiced about fiction, and realise it doesn’t just mean ‘historical romance.’“And writers of all kind are more aware of the potential deception of the smooth narrative.“When the reader of a story says, ‘Which bits of this are true?’ he must ask that question of the historian, as well as the novelist: increasingly, the historian is ready for the challenge.”Readers, she argued, are not “victims who need protection”, but able to read novels without spoiling history for themselves.Hilary Mantel’s five Reith Lectures, entitled Resurrection: The Art And Craft, will air on BBC Radio 4 from Tuesday, June 13 at 9am. Hilary Mantel has delivered this year’s Reith LecturesCredit:Richard Ansett Mark Rylance and Claire Foy as Cromwell and Boleyn in BBC’s Wolf Hall Dame Hilary Mantel and presenter Sue Lawley Hilary Mantel has delivered this year's Reith Lectures  Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in the film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl “Which is false.“If you are squeamish – if you are affronted by difference – then you should try some other trade.”She added: “A good novelist will have her characters operate within the ethical framework of their day – even if it shocks her readers.”Mantel did not single out any particular author guilty of such rewriting. In her Reith Lecture, which is to be broadcast on Radio 4 later this month, Mantel said historical fiction could sit alongside the work of true historians as “offering insight”.“I remember a conference in the 1990s, discussing with a colleague what historians made of historical fiction,” she told an audience. Mark Rylance and Claire Foy as Cromwell and Boleyn in BBC's Wolf Hall 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. Philippa Gregory, who has been praised for her strong female characters Philippa Gregory, who has been praised for her strong female charactersCredit:Geoff Pugh Dame Hilary Mantel and presenter Sue LawleyCredit:Richard Ansett  Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in the film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl It is the second potential controversy inspired by Mantel this year, following an Oxford Literary Festival appearance in which she criticised historical novelists who “try to burnish their credentials by affixing a bibliography”, as Gregory is known to do. Fans of historical fiction, however, have long praised authors such as Philippa Gregory, who has written bestsellers including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, for their strong female characters.Gregory has previously said: “The more research I do, the more I think there is an untold history of women.”In an interview in 2013, she said of her protagonists: “They were strong and powerful women who fought for their own interests and for the interests of their family.“I think we often imagine them as less powerful than they truly were because we are dependent on the descriptions of them written by male historians at the time which stress their virtues, which include obedience, duty, and suffering.” “This is a persistent difficulty for women writers, who want to write about women in the past, but can’t resist retrospectively empowering them. Speaking in the second of her five Reith Lectures, recorded at Middle Temple, London, on Tuesday night, Mantel said: “Many writers of historical fiction feel drawn to the untold tale.“They want to give a voice to those who have been silenced.“Fiction can do that, because it concentrates on what is not on the record. But we must be careful when we speak for others…“If we write about the victims of history, are we reinforcing their status by detailing it? Or shall we rework history so victims are the winners?last_img read more

Jewellers in the US shout dirty gold and oppose Alaskan mining

first_imgNote: These retailers represent $2.26 billion in US jewellery sales. Total US sales in 2006 were $62 billion. Tiffany *1,326 Company RetailerSales in million $Rank in US sales Note: * indicates signatory to the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules.2006 US Jewellery Sales of Retailers Supporting Bristol Bay Protection Zale Corp. *2,202 QVC *1,500 Finlay Fine Jewelry920 JCPenney *1,300center_img Wal-Mart *2,800 Sears1,100 Sterling *2,652 Fred Meyer Jewelers *495 As shoppers rush to buy last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, five of the leading jewellery retailers in the US – Tiffany & Co, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Helzberg Diamonds, Fortunoff and Leber Jeweler –  today pledged their support to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale metal mining, including the proposed Pebble gold mine. The retailers, who had $2.2 billion in sales in 2006, took this step at the invitation of local Alaskans, who seek to protect wild salmon, clean water and traditional Alaskan ways of life from the damaging effects of industrial metal mines. “I am pleased to stand with others in the jewellery industry today in announcing our support for protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining,” said Jon Bridge, Co-CEO/General Counsel of Seattle-based Ben Bridge Jeweler.  “As retail jewellers, we want to be able to tell our customers that the precious metals we use are mined responsibly — that the materials used in the jewellery they purchase have been mined in environmentally friendly ways, respectful of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery and the communities that depend on it.”The controversial Pebble mine is highlighted in a new report released today by the No Dirty Gold consumer campaign led by EARTHWORKS and Oxfam America. The report, Golden Rules: Making the Case for Responsible Mining, claims to document “the toll of irresponsible mining on people, water and wildlife at a time when soaring metals prices are driving new mining development globally. The report describes human rights violations and environmental concerns at metals mines in the US and around the world.” (To download a copy of the report, visit http://www.nodirtygold.org/)The retailers are among a group of 28 jewellery retailers, representing 23% of US jewellery sales, who have endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules – human rights and environmental criteria for mining. Today’s announcement takes those commitments a step further.“Some of the world’s leading jewelers have recognised that the Bristol Bay watershed is a treasure worth protecting. We applaud their principled position and commitment to not source metals from areas of high conservation value,” said Payal Sampat of EARTHWORKS.The proposed Pebble mine is backed by Anglo American and Canadian firm Northern Dynasty Minerals. The Bristol Bay watershed, where the proposed mine would be located, supports the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery-which is critical to the state’s economy and to the livelihood of many Alaska Native communities.“We want to express a sincere thank you to these jewellery companies,” said Bobby Andrew, a spokesperson for Nunamta Aulukestai (Caretakers of the Land), an association of eight Alaska Native corporations. “The proposed Pebble mine threatens the wild salmon fishery that has sustained the region’s economy and our people for generations.”Last year, Nunamta Aulukestai and a diverse group of Alaska Native communities, commercial fishermen, businesses, and sportsmen publicly invited jewellery retailers to express support for the protection of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining. The invitation ran as a full-page ad in National Jeweler magazine. (see http://www.protectbristolbay.org/)Resource Media and Oxfam America claim “consumers today are more aware of the human and environmental costs of the goods and services they purchase than ever before. While other business sectors have responded to demand for cleaner, ethically produced goods and services – such as sustainably harvested wood products and fair trade coffee – the mining sector lags behind in terms of embracing an independent system for standards and verification. Some 100,000 consumers in more than 100 countries have signed on to the No Dirty Gold pledge, urging mining companies to provide alternatives to ‘dirty’ gold.”If they cared to examine things more carefully and more fairly, they would find the mining industry leads other industries in a lot of areas of sustainable development. But NGOs are not noted for impartial thinking when it comes to mining. Gold is an easy target these days.“Consumers and jewellery retailers across the country have clearly signaled their desire for certified, more ethically produced metals,” noted Raymond C. Offenheiser of Oxfam America. “The question is: when will mining companies step up to meet this obvious demand?”The No Dirty Gold campaign urges mining companies to find solutions and implement best practices that can be independently verified-at both existing and new operations. According to the campaign’s new report, mining practices in places like Ghana, Indonesia, Nevada and other parts of the world continue to pollute air and water, damage farmland and forests and, in some parts of the world, fuel violent conflict. The report describes damaging practices at 17 metals mines around the world. These are the old cherries that these people keep banging on about, ignoring the facts and ignoring scientific principles.However, they do admit “there are promising signs within the industry that some operations are responding to community concerns and consumer demands for more responsibly mined gold. For example, a number of firms have adopted a policy against dumping mine waste in rivers, while others have publicly committed to disclosing payments made to foreign governments.”US Jewellery Sales, 2006 Helzberg Diamonds *525 Sales (millions $)last_img read more

Une île éphémère apparaît au large du Pakistan

first_imgUne île éphémère apparaît au large du PakistanLe 26 novembre dernier, des pêcheurs pakistanais ont remarqué une île qu’ils n’avaient jamais observée au milieu de la mer d’Arabie. Mais cette petite île, qui est en réalité un volcan de boue, n’est qu’éphémère. Dans quelques mois, elle devrait disparaître.Le 11 janvier dernier, la Nasa a pris des photos de cette île par satellite. Sur son site Internet, l’agence américaine a également publié une image prise au même endroit en février 2010. Rien n’était alors visible dans cette zone de la mer d’Arabie.À lire aussiLe remarquable sauvetage d’un léopard des neiges enfermé depuis 4 ans au PakistanDe tels volcans de boue sont déjà apparus par le passé au large des côtes du Pakistan. Ils sont engendrés par les mouvements de la croûte terrestre qui affectent cette région du monde. La plaque arabique s’enfonce en effet sous la plaque eurasiatique de quatre centimètres environ chaque année. Ce sont ces mouvements qui sont à l’origine de la formation de volcans de boue. Mais ces petites îles ne tiennent généralement pas plus de quelques mois, les vagues et courants les emportant rapidement. Le même sort devrait donc être réservé à ce nouveau volcan. Sur les images publiées par la Nasa, une traînée de sédiment est visible, laissant deviner que l’érosion est d’ores et déjà en cours.D’après le US Geological Survey, les volcans de boue ne dépassent généralement pas plus de deux mètres de hauteur. Mais le Chandragup, situé dans la province du Balochistan au Pakistan, fait exception en culminant à 100 mètres. Le 26 janvier 2011 à 08:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les dinosaures produisaientils du lait pour nourrir leurs petits

first_imgLes dinosaures produisaient-ils du “lait” pour nourrir leurs petits ?Un scientifique australien suggère que les dinosaures produisaient peut-être une sorte de lait dont ils se servaient pour nourrir leurs petits une fois nés. Comment un bébé diplodocus sorti d’un petit oeuf pouvait-il se nourrir suffisamment pour devenir aussi grand que ses parents d’une trentaine de mètres ? C’est la question qui taraude depuis de nombreuses années les paléontologues. Comme tous les autres animaux, les bébés étaient très certainement nourris dès la naissance et de plus en plus, au fur et à mesure qu’ils grandissaient. Mais selon certains, ceci n’aurait pas permis de leur fournir assez de nutriments et d’autres substances essentielles.Face à cette question, le professeur Paul Else de l’Université de Wollongong en Australie a imaginé une théorie pour le moins étonnante qu’il expose dans la revue Journal of Experimental Biology. Selon lui, les dinosaures produisaient peut-être une sorte de liquide proche du lait fabriqué par les mammifères et s’en servaient pour nourrir leurs nouveaux-nés. Plus précisément, la fameuse substance aurait été similaire à celle que certains oiseaux produisent aujourd’hui et donnent à leurs oisillons par l’intermédiaire de leur bouche.Un liquide riche en anticorps et en antioxydants”Les pigeons, les manchots empereurs et les flamants roses, tous produisent des substances ressemblant au lait dans des glandes du jabot ou dans des glandes de l’oesophage, avec lesquelles ils donnent à manger à leurs petits à travers leur bouche. Dans la mesure où les oiseaux et les dinosaures ont beaucoup en commun, j’ai suggéré que certains dinosaures utilisaient aussi cette stratégie d’alimentation”, a expliqué dans un communiqué le Pr Else cité par Sci-News.com. Dans son étude, le professeur indique ainsi que, comme le lait, cette substance aurait présenté l’avantage de contenir de nombreux éléments essentiels tels que des anticorps, des antioxydants, ou encore des hormones de croissance, tous utiles au développement des bébés dinosaures. “Ceux-ci sont tous des exemples d’additifs trouvés dans le lait de pigeon et qui permettent aux jeunes de grandir à un rythme phénoménal”, a ajouté le Pr Else précisant que sa théorie pourrait alors expliquer comment les dinosaures grandissaient autant et si vite.  Pour l’heure, aucun preuve capable de suggérer l’existence d’une telle “lactation” n’a été découverte sur des fossiles de dinosaures. Toutefois, le scientifique estime que si sa théorie est exacte, la substance devait être produite dans la partie supérieure du tube digestif des dinosaures, qui est similaire aux glandes des oiseaux mais différent des glandes mammaires des mammifères. Afin d’aller plus loin, le Pr Else a même évoqué le cas particulier d’un dinosaure qui pourrait selon lui servir de sujet d’étude : l’hadrosaure, également appelé dinosaure à bec de canard.Une idée “controversée” mais pas impossible  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les hadrosaures étaient des reproducteurs herbivores qui vivaient en troupeau et créaient des nids où laisser leurs petits. “La proposition est qu’au lieu de régurgiter partiellement de la matière végétale fermentée, les parents dinosaures utilisaient au départ la lactation puis progressait vers la régurgitation de plantes”, a indiqué le Pr Else. Sans surprise, cette théorie ne va pas convaincre tous les spécialistes mais certains la jugent possible.Interrogé par l’Australian Geographic, le professeur Frank Seebacher, un biologiste de l’université de Sydney reconnait que l’idée est “définitivement controversée” et qu’il est sans doute quasi-impossible de trouver des preuves d’un tel comportement. Mais “je pense, que cela reste une idée”. De son côté, le Dr Steve Salisbury, expert en dinosaure de l’Université du Queensland souligne que “l’utilisation du terme lactation est un peu trompeur”, dans la mesure où le procédé est très différent de celui observé chez les mammifères.Néanmoins, il note que l’idée du Pr Else est une progression logique dans notre compréhension des liens qui existent entre les oiseaux et les dinosaures. “Je pense qu’au lieu d’ajouter un nouvel aperçu incroyable, cela modifie juste ce que nous sommes déjà en train d’accepter à propos des dinosaures”, commente t-il.Le 14 février 2013 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Van Dijk on impressive Anfield record

first_imgLiverpool have played a total of 841 minutes of Premier League football at Anfield since they last conceded a goal.Michail Antonio’s strike for the Hammers during a 4-1 Reds victory in February was the last time Jürgen Klopp’s men were breached at home in the top flight.That run has stretched to an impressive nine consecutive clean sheets, the most recent secured against Manchester City thanks to Riyad Mahrez that fired over.One defender has started every game in that streak: Virgil van Dijk shared his thoughts with LFC.TV.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s credit to everyone,” the No.4 told Premier League Productions. “Anfield is obviously a very difficult place to come for every team.“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.”last_img read more

Macau hotel guest numbers up 47 in May

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Travellers International declares confidence in future prospects as hotel inventory rises Macau hotel occupancy, room rates on the rise in 1Q19center_img The number of guests in Macau’s hotels and guesthouses grew by 4.7% in May to 1,178,000, including an 11.0% increase in guests from mainland China, according to latest statistics releases by the Statistics and Census Service.The growth was aided by a 6.4% increase in the number of rooms in Macau to 39,000, with the number of 5-star rooms up 8.5% to 24,000 and representing 61.4% of all rooms.The  average  length  of  stay  of  guests  rose by  0.1 nights year-on-year to 1.5 nights while the average occupancy rate grew by 1.8% to 87.0%.In the first five months of 2018, guests of hotels and guesthouses totaled 5,712,000, up 8.2% year-on-year. The average occupancy rate of hotels and guesthouses rose by 4.3 percentage points to 88.7% and the average length of stay of guests increased by 0.1 nights year-on-year to 1.5 nights. Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay fallinglast_img read more

See OK Go Dance With A Wall Of Printers In New Obsession

first_imgGetting ready for Tuesday. #TwoMoreDays pic.twitter.com/sRxbg1tTzY— OK Go (@okgo) November 20, 2017 See OK Go Dance With A Wall Of Printers In New ‘Obsession’ Video Email The band promises donations were made to offset the massive amounts of paper used, and all materials were recycledBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 27, 2017 – 1:04 pm Indie electro-pop quartet OK Go set themselves up for a lifetime of high expectations when they appeared on the scene in 2006 with their inescapable viral hit “Here It Goes Again,” which earned them the GRAMMY Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the 49th Awards. They’ve met those expectations admirably in the 11 years since, with their latest video —in support of their new single, “Obsession” – adding to an impressive visual catalogue trading off their characteristic integration of catchy pop hooks and choreographed technology.Coming up with a fresh music video concept that has a real chance to go massively viral is near impossible enough for most people to accomplish even once, yet OK Go have built a career out of the practice.So how could they top a library of music videos that already include their famous treadmill dance routine, a four-minute Rube Goldberg device that shot them with paint cannons, a music video shot entirely in zero gravity, a theme song collaboration with the Muppets, and a complete music video built from just 4.3 seconds of slo-mo footage? Facebook https://twitter.com/okgo/status/933446513157726208 Twitter Watch: OK Go’s New ‘Obsession’ Music Video see-ok-go-dance-wall-printers-new-obsession-video https://twitter.com/okgo/status/932445344893427712 Finding these “wonderful” ideas is a science unto itself — so much so that the group even hosted a TED Talk on the subject this past summer — and for “Obsession,” OK Go knew they once again had to come up with something that had never been done before.So they went back to Tokyo, where’d they’d previously found success finding logistical support for the music video for “I Won’t Let You Down,” and spent several weeks working with Double A paper company choreographing a massive wall of printers to serve as their visually frenetic backdrop. News The band also revealed via Twitter that the release of the video was partially delayed because the sheer amount of visual information being displayed by the printer wall was playing havoc with YouTube’s HD compression algorithms. As for concerned fans wondering about the sustainability aspects of using such a massive volume of paper for a five-day music video shoot? The band has made abundant promises that all paper used was recycled, and even made a donation to Greenpeace to boot.See Noel Gallagher’s Spacey Stop-Motion “It’s A Beautiful World” VideoRead more This. We’re still searching for that ghost in the machine that has caused the delay with our new video. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we know more. Thank you for your continued patience. pic.twitter.com/NSUQh99PgR— OK Go (@okgo) November 22, 2017last_img read more

Prashant Kishor interfering in Bengal governance BJP

first_imgKolkata, Aug 11 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal has alleged that political strategist Prashant Kishor who is on a mission to revamp the ruling Trinamool Congress’ image, is overstepping and interfering with the working of the state administration. “Trinamool Congress has roped in Prashant Kishor to save the party, but I don’t think anyone can help them. The way Kishor is interfering in government’s functions, giving instructions to the IAS and IPS officers is unacceptable,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told reporters here. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The Trinamool decision to call upon the services of Prashant Kishor and his team I-PAC came in the backdrop of the setbacks it suffered in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, where its tally went down to 22, a loss of a dozen seats compared to 2014. Trinamool Secretary General and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has denied the BJP’s allegations. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “There is no need of mixing political party’s work with the work of the government. Both work will go on simultaneously. There isn’t an iota of truth in such type of allegations,” Chatterjee said. According to the Trinamool leader, the Modi-wave that had swept across is slowly receding. Hence, they are resorting to such comments. “Seeking votes in the name of (Narendara) Modi won’t help. They should ask for votes for themselves but what work has BJP done in Bengal that would aid them in seeking votes. Also, they should verify their facts before making any such comments,” Chatterjee added.last_img read more

Trump says sending troops to Venezuela an option

first_imgDonald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.Trump said US military intervention was under consideration in an interview with CBS aired on Sunday.”Certainly, it’s something that’s on the – it’s an option,” Trump said, adding that Maduro requested a meeting months ago.”I’ve turned it down because we’re very far along in the process,” he said in a “Face the Nation” interview. “So, I think the process is playing out.”The Trump administration last week issued crippling sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, a key source of revenue for the country, which is experiencing medicine shortages and malnutrition.Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse and the exodus of millions of Venezuelans, maintains the backing of Russia, China and Turkey, and the critical support of the military.Russia, a major creditor to Venezuela in recent years, urged restraint.”The international community’s goal should be to help (Venezuela), without destructive meddling from beyond its borders,” Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Latin America department at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, told Interfax.France and Austria said they would recognize Guaido if Maduro did not respond to the European Union’s call for a free and fair presidential election by Sunday night.”We don’t accept ultimatums from anyone,” Maduro said in a defiant interview with Spanish television channel Antena 3 carried out last week and broadcast on Sunday.”I refuse to call for elections now – there will be elections in 2024. We don’t care what Europe says.”Emboldened OppositionThe 35-year-old Guaido, head of the country’s National Assembly, has breathed new life into a previously fractured and weary opposition. Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of various Venezuelan cities on Saturday to protest Maduro’s government.Guaido allies plan to take a large quantity of food and medicine donated by the United States, multilateral organizations and non-profit groups across the Colombian border into the Venezuelan state of Tachira this week, according to a person directly involved in the effort.The group has not yet determined which border point it will cross, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.It is unclear whether Maduro’s government, which denies the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis, will let any foreign aid through.The embattled president on Sunday promised peace for Venezuela without specifically responding to Trump.”In Venezuela, there will be peace, and we will guarantee this peace with the civil military union,” he told state television, in the company of khaki and black-clad soldiers who were earlier shown carrying guns and jumping from helicopters into the sea.Maduro has overseen several such military drills since Guaido declared himself president to display he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela’s armed forces are ready to defend the country.Air Force General Francisco Yanez disavowed Maduro in a video this weekend, calling on members of the military to defect. But there were no signs the armed forces were turning against Maduro.Venezuela has as many as 2,000 generals, according to unofficial estimates, many of whom do not command troops and whose defection would not necessarily weaken the ruling socialists.The police have also fallen in line with Maduro.A special forces unit called FAES led home raids following unrest associated with opposition protests in January, killing as many as 10 people in a single operation in a hillside slum of Caracas.Venezuela’s ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco, became the latest official to recognize opposition leader Guaido this weekend.last_img read more

WATCH After Meeting With Pope Francis Trump Meets With Belgian Prime Minister

first_imgThe Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):5:35 p.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels.Trump says they will work together on “various problems. Number one is terrorism.”Trump says that when you see something like the bombing this week in Manchester, England, you remember how important it is to win the fight.He says “we will win. 100 percent.”Trump is meeting with the prime minister before talks this week with NATO and European Union officials.___5.30 p.m.Thousands of protesters are gathering for a major anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels, a few hours after President Donald Trump arrived in the Belgian capital for talks with NATO, European Union and Belgian officials.The march was set to start in the early evening, just as Trump was ending talks with Belgian government officials. The demonstrators centered their protests on Trump’s environmental and immigration policies.The early arrivals at the Brussels North Station were shouting “We don’t want Trump! We don’t want Trump!”The road of the marchers was set to stay away from the U.S. Embassy and Royal Palace where Trump was holding meetings upon his arrival from Rome.___Associated PressTrump meets with Pope Francis4:12 p.m.President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders.Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance “obsolete.” He’s also criticized member countries for not following NATO guidelines to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.The president has been similarly critical of Brussels, the Belgian capital that is home to both the NATO and European Union headquarters. After the city’s recent struggles with terrorism, Trump called Brussels a “hellhole.”Brussels is Trump’s fourth stop on his maiden overseas tour. His fifth and final stop will be Sicily, where he’ll meet with the leaders of the Group of 7 wealthy nations.___3:16 p.m.Thanks to the Pope and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday, Pope asked in Spanish through his interpreter pointing toward Trump: “What do you give him to eat? Potica?”She looked puzzled at first. “Potica, ah yes,” the Slovenian-born first lady smiled before stepping aside.Potica (pronounced paw-tee’-tzah) is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nut, poppy seed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.It also sounds a lot like “pizza,” which is what reporters originally thought the pope had said.The dish has been prepared for more than 200 years in earthenware baking-dishes or directly in ovens. Potica remains the pride of each Slovenian housewife.Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career.___2:23 p.m.President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the “honor of a lifetime.”Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him “more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”Trump met with Francis Wednesday for a half hour. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.Trump will soon be leaving Rome, en route to Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders.The president has spent the week traveling to holy Muslim, Jewish and Christian sites during his first official trip abroad.___1.45 p.m.The European Union is hoping that Thursday’s talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will stress continuity in their relations after the early months of his administration increased fears that the trans-Atlantic friendship was on the wane.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that even if Trump’s policies diverge greatly from his predecessors on many points, continued close contact must avoid fundamental disagreements on climate change and other global issues. She says, “What I am expecting tomorrow is a message of continuity.”Mogherini adds that, “We do realize there are points of difference where we have different points of view and where we will need to discuss things further, but it is vital to work on climate change” and the role of international organizations like the United Nations.Mogherini will join EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a short meeting with Trump at EU headquarters early Thursday.___1 p.m.First lady Melania Trump has visited the Vatican’s children’s hospital, meeting with patients, painting pictures with them and taking selfies.Mrs. Trump went to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) pediatric hospital after she and President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis earlier at the Vatican.She toured the cardiac intensive unit as well as the recreation room, where she painted with the children from nine different countries and took selfies with them. She ended the visit by praying in the hospital chapel.Before leaving, Mrs. Trump wrote in the guest book that she was praying for the children: “Great visiting you. Stay strong and positive. Much love, Melania Trump.” With a red pen, she drew a small flower and heart.___12:39 p.m.President Donald Trump says he had “a fantastic meeting” with Pope Francis earlier Wednesday.The president offered brief remarks as he sat down with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.Trump tells reporters, “It was an honor to be with the pope.” He adds of the pope: “He is something.”Trump ignored a question about whether they discussed climate change.The president arrived at the Villa Taverna shortly after noon, following a meeting with the country’s president at Quirinale Palace.He’ll be departing Rome for Brussels later today.___12:05 p.m.The Vatican says after a visit by President Donald Trump that it is hoping for “serene collaboration” with the United States to help immigrants and provide health care and education in the U.S.Trump met for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning with Pope Francis and afterward with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.In a statement, the Vatican said the two sides agreed on their “joint commitment in favor of life and freedom of worship and conscience.”The statement continued: “It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the state and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.”It said talks also covered promoting peace through dialogue with people of other faiths.___11:58 a.m.Ivanka Trump says she came to a Catholic charity in Rome to meet with several women who have been freed from human traffickers so she can hear about “their struggles and how they will build their lives.”Still dressed in black after her earlier visit at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, President Donald Trump’s daughter spoke briefly to reporters as she stood under a grape arbor in the courtyard of the Rome headquarters of the Sant’Egidio Community.She said the liberated African women she was going inside to meet were testament to “strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity.”Community officials said she would be chatting with several women from Nigeria who had been trafficked into prostitution before becoming free in Rome. At least one Eritrean woman was also invited to the closed-door conversation sitting around a square table.Ivanka Trump has had meetings about the subject at the White House.___11:26 a.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.Trump was greeted by Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday morning. The meeting follows a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.Trump is expected to next meet with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.Trump is in the middle of his first international trip — a nine-day journey through the middle east and Europe. He will leave for Belgium later on Wednesday.___11:01 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived at Quirinale Palace for his meeting with the Italian president.Trump and first lady Melania Trump had been scheduled to have private tour of the Sistine Chapel before the meeting.The intimate chapel features Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The Last Judgment,” behind the altar as well as the iconic “Creation of Adam” on the ceiling. Works of other Renaissance greats, including Botticelli and Perugino, line the walls.The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of tours of the Vatican Museums as well as a functioning part of the Vatican.Trump also met with the Vatican secretary of state Wednesday following his meeting with the pope.___10:40 a.m.Ivanka Trump plans to meet with human trafficking victims in Rome.Trump will meet Wednesday with African women who have been freed in Italy from human traffickers. The encounter was arranged by the Rome-based Catholic charity Sant’Egidio Community, which has ties with the Vatican and which has helped Syrian refugees arrive safely in Italy via “humanitarian corridors.”The president’s daughter and adviser has held meetings at the White House on human trafficking.Community officials said several women will chat with Trump. She was expected to make a brief statement to the media after the closed-door meeting at the charity’s headquarters.Ivanka Trump was part of the delegation that met Pope Francis with President Donald Trump Wednesday.___10:30 a.m.Pope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump.After Francis met with President Donald Trump he was introduced to members of Trump’s delegation, including Mrs. Trump. Smiling for the staff, Francis asked via translator, “What do you give him to eat, Potica?”He was referring to a local pastry, pronounced paw-tee’-tzah — though some thought he’d said “pizza.”When it comes to food, the president is known for his traditional American palette. When he traveled in Saudi Arabia, caterers ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – would be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.___9:50 a.m.President Donald Trump has gifted Pope Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr.Trump presented Francis with the books after a private meeting at the Vatican Wednesday. The White House notes that Francis spoke about King and his civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015.The White House said the set includes the five books King wrote in his lifetime. Each one is custom bound and the books are in a custom display case. A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Washington is also included.The White House says the gift “honors Dr. King’s hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.”Trump also gave Francis a bronze sculpture. Named “Rising Above,” the White House says it “represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow.”___9:45 p.m.President Donald Trump appeared moved by his private meeting with Pope Francis, telling the pope that he “won’t forget what you said.”The president and pope have a contentious history and disagree on a host of issues, including environmental protection.The White House did not immediately provide details about what was discussed during their 30-minute private conversation. But the two men appeared on good terms Wednesday, including during a traditional gift exchange.The pope’s gifts to Trump included a medal by a Roman artist depicting an olive branch, which is a symbol of peace.The president responded, “We can use peace.”The pope also gave the president a signed message of peace along with copies of his three main teaching documents.The president told the pope he’d be reading them.___9:28 a.m.Rome police say Greenpeace activists briefly projected the message “Planet Earth First” on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica on the eve of the pope’s meeting with President Trump.Police said in a statement Wednesday that the officers allowed the action to proceed for “a few moments” given the peaceable nature of the protest. They then identified all of the activists participating, eight total.Trump met early Wednesday with the pope, and the environment is one key area of difference. Pope Francis has made protection of the environment a keystone of his papacy, issuing a major encyclical on climate change. Trump’s administration, meanwhile, is reviewing policies related to climate change and the reduction of green gasses.___9:09 a.m.President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are exchanging gifts after a private meeting.Trump and Francis met privately for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning at the Vatican.Pope Francis gave the president copies of his three main teaching documents as parting gifts, as he typically does for visiting heads of state. The red leather-bound booklets to some degree define his papacy and priorities. Some of the main themes contained in them contrast sharply with President Donald Trump’s policies and campaign promises, particularly concerning approaches to the environment and income inequality.Trump’s gift for Francis was wrapped in a big blue box. The president said he was delivering “books from Martin Luther King. I think you’ll enjoy them. I hope you do.”___9:03 a.m.Pope Francis is meeting first lady Melania Trump, Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka, and other members of the U.S. delegation.Mrs. Trump smiled and chatted with Francis after the two warmly shook hands.Francis also shook hands with other members of the president’s team, including former bodyguard Keith Schiller and social media director Dan Scavino.The greetings happened after Trump and Pope Francis held a nearly 30 minute private meeting.___8:31 a.m.President Donald Trump is meeting Pope Francis for the first time.Trump greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a “very great honor” to be there.They then posed for photographs and took a seat at the pope’s desk to continue their conversation. They will now meet in privatePrior to the handshake, Trump walked toward the Saint Ambrose room, led by Gentlemen of his Holiness, which is a sort of honor guard of nobility. He was joined by his wife Melania Trump, who had a veil on her head, in adherence to Vatican tradition.___8:20 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis.Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his 9-day international trip.The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts.___6:10 a.m.President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.Trump is midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey. He will meet the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.The meeting will last scarcely more than an hour. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24120334/trumptrip-pope.mp400:0000:0001:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at The Vatican on Wednesday. As AP Reporter Nicole Winfeld explains, the two leaders set aside their differences to broadcast a tone of peace. (May 24) Sharelast_img read more

Researchers devise broadbandwidth amplifier that ups gain by more than 10 db

first_img Citation: Researchers devise broad-bandwidth amplifier that ups gain by more than 10 db (2014, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-broad-bandwidth-amplifier-ups-gain-db.html Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed an improvement to a broad-bandwidth amplifier that detects microwave photons allowing them to up the gain by more than 10 db. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes the idea behind their amplifier and how it might be used in future superconducting applications. Finnish team devise nanomechanical microwave amplifier with near least possible noise generation The purpose of the newly developed amplifier, like those before it, is to determine the state of a quantum bit in a superconducting device—it’s done by applying a microwave tone. A Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA) is used inside to allow for using a very weak tone in the process. The JPA is actually an oscillating resonator that has a Josephson conductor. This arrangement allows researchers to read a qubit without destroying its state information, as it happens in real time, and in certain circumstances, to actually control it.The goal of the work by the team was to devise a way to overcome the problem of phase mismatch in JPAs so that they could achieve a higher gain over a broad bandwidth. They used a technique known as “resonant phase matching” to up the gain in their JPA—which was achieved by adding several resonating elements into the transmission line. The amplifier is part of an effort by researchers to read and control qubits in superconducting materials, which can involve measuring a single photon in a microwave signal. The result was a design for an amplifier that could be used to create a small device consisting of a transmission line that included subwavelength resonant inclusions that could achieve a gain of 20 dB, saturation power of −98  dBm and a bandwidth of 3 GHz.The Josephson junction type at the heart of the amplifier is typically made by placing an insulator between two superconducting materials. The JPA serves as an inductor serving in the role of a modulated parameter when it’s pumped by a microwave signal.The next step for the team will be creating a device that uses their new amplifier to perform actual measurements of qubits in a superconducting system, possibly taking measurements in a cryogenic broadband microwave application.center_img More information: Resonant Phase Matching of Josephson Junction Traveling Wave Parametric Amplifiers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 157001 – Published 6 October 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.157001 (PDF). On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.2346ABSTRACTWe propose a technique to overcome phase mismatch in Josephson-junction traveling wave parametric amplifiers in order to achieve high gain over a broad bandwidth. Using “resonant phase matching,” we design a compact superconducting device consisting of a transmission line with subwavelength resonant inclusions that simultaneously achieves a gain of 20 dB, an instantaneous bandwidth of 3 GHz, and a saturation power of −98  dBm. Such an amplifier is well suited to cryogenic broadband microwave measurements such as the multiplexed readout of quantum coherent circuits based on superconducting, semiconducting, or nanomechanical elements, as well as traditional astronomical detectors. Resonantly phase-matched traveling wave parametric amplifier. Credit: Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 157001. Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A biography in montage

first_imgArab filmmaker Rania Stephan’s first feature film that sheds light on the life of Egyptian star  Soad hosni will be screened in the Capital this month. The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni is Rania Stephan’s attempt to tell the story of Soad Hosni, one of Egypt’s most famous film stars who starred in eighty-two feature films between 1959 and 1991. Stephan’ first feature film will be showcased in the capital from 3 to 18 August in the Capital.  Using the technique of filmic montage, Rania Stephan creates a moving portrait of the iconic actress, in which the rumours surrounding her life and death are translated through her image as a projection of the Arab imaginary and its evolution over thirty years. Soad Hosni had fallen from a building on London’s Edgeware Road in 2001. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film was awarded a Sharjah Biennial Prize in 2011. According to Stefan, ‘The entire film is made from images and sound taken from Hosni’s films. It is built like a tragedy in three acts that ends in death. The film operates like a kind of pre-vision on the tragic destiny of this actress’.Stephan’s film is also a celebration of popular Egyptian cinema, historically sidelined by both Arab critics and the West. ‘I wanted to give popular culture its credence, its value’, says Stephan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBorn in Beirut – Lebanon, Rania Stephan graduated with a degree in Cinema Studies from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and a graduate degree in Cinema Studies from Paris VIII University, France. Her career in film production has been long and diverse. She has worked as a sound engineer, camera person, editor and first assistant with renowned filmmakers including Simone Bitton (Rachel, Wall, Citizen Bishara) and Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention). Her work ranges from creative videos to raw documentaries. The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni is her first feature film. For film buffs, this is a perfect fortnight long opportunity to witness Stephan’s work right here in the Capital. Mark your calendars.last_img read more

Honouring the Maestro

first_imgTo continue the legacy of Sumitra Charat Ram, the illustrious arts patron, who founded Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in 1952, her daughter, Shobha Deepak Singh, has kept alive her mother’s memory through an award instituted by the Kendra. Instituted to be alternatively given to musicians and dancers with at least 30 years of art practice, the award honours the stalwarts of performing arts. This year, Pandit Jasraj was felicitated with the Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement on 17 November, at the capital’s Kamani Auditorium. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, presented the award. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”I initiated the award to create a benchmark that custodians of Indian cultural forms will value, carrying forward global legacies that have taken birth in India. In felicitating the Indian stalwart Pandit Jasraj, undoubtedly the award has found an appropriate recipient of the honour. Earlier, the award has been given to Pt Birju Maharaj, Kishori Amonkar and Mayadhar Raut’ says Shobha Deepak Singh.The event also marks the commencement of the year long celebrations to commemorate Sumitra Charat Ram’s centenary birth anniversary who was born on November 17, 1914 in Meerut. After schooling in Nainital and Allahabad, she joined the Benares Hindu University, headed at that time by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, where she was influenced by the thoughts of renowned writers such as Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Verma, Ramdhari Sinha Dinkar and other luminaries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe herself organised a night-long concert to commemorate India’s new-found independence. Sumitra ji’s biggest passion was for Kathak, her biggest achievement being the resurrection of the dance form under the aegis of the Kendra. Bharatiya Kala Kendra continued to grow from strength to strength. One of its milestones was the establishment of Kamani Auditorium. Today, the institution is a multifaceted organisation that teaches a wide variety of classical Indian dance styles, as well as vocal and instrumental music. Pt Jasraj himself needs no introduction. Born in 1930 in Hissar, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj hails from a family which has produced three generations of musicians belonging to the Mewati gharana. Endowed with a rich and resonant voice, which traverses a range of three and a half octaves, Pandit ji’s style has been characterised by classical purity in delineation of raga, clarity in diction, music laden with bhakti bhava so much so that it touches the hearts of the listeners which is practically the essence of Indian music. He has done a lot of research on Haveli sangeet, and his mentor in Pushti Margi Sangit has been Pujja Goswami Shyam Baba ji. He himself has written and composed a number of compositions.Pandit ji has been honoured and awarded with a number of titles, prominent among them include Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Sangeet Martand, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Rajiv Gandhi Award for Professional Excellence. Apart from holding many prestigious positions in different organisations, Pandit Jasraj has been a visiting Professor at Ali Akbar Music College, USA, and has been conducting coaching classes in Vancouver, Canada.last_img read more