New displacement from fighting in Pakistan leads to boosted UN humanitarian appeal

A total of $127 million will be required to assist newly displaced persons from in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and in the Swat District of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), the UN Officer for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.With $29 million in funding available from original appeal for the Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan, this leaves an unmet requirement for 2009 of $98 million, the Office explained.The Response Plan was launched as a $55 million flash appeal in September 2008 for the duration of six month, after unusually heavy monsoon rains and flash floods affected over 300,000 people, most of whose immediate needs have by now been met. 30 January 2009The United Nations today announced an appeal for more humanitarian funding for Pakistan, projecting that fighting between the Government and militant groups in north-western border areas will escalate throughout 2009, causing new displacements of up to 625,000 people. read more


Googles Play Music streaming subscription service expands to Canada to cost 999

TORONTO — Google is stepping into the streaming music game in Canada with the launch of Google Play Music.The all-access subscription service, which was released Monday, is the latest in a growing line of subscription and free services that could be a game changer in how people listen to music.Google says Play Music will cost $9.99 per month, after an introductory price, and offer on-demand music on mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.Users will have access to 25 million songs, which the company says is several million more tracks than its U.S users can access.The presence of legal on-demand streaming music in Canada has been limited until recently.Last month, Shaw Communications partnered with digital service Rdio to help expand its presence, while free streaming music service Songza opened an office in Toronto last year. read more


Rainbow Ball welcoming event for LGBTQ students

Fitting in can be hard in high school.Strides are being made, however, to help alleviate some of that stress.Delhi District Secondary School will host the fifth annual Rainbow Ball, welcoming LGBTQ+ students and allies from across Grand Erie to the semi-formal dance.The Rainbow Ball is an evening that celebrates the diversity of the students.“For our students who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, this evening provides a vibrant space where they can be themselves and feel supported by allies, including fellow students, teachers and administration,” said Colleen Bator, teacher at Delhi District, who is overseeing the organization of this year’s event.“Events like the Rainbow Ball are important in reinforcing to all of our students that they are celebrated, supported and appreciated for being just who they are.”Grand Erie’s first Rainbow Ball took place at Simcoe Composite School in 2015. It was organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). In 2016, the event moved to Haldimand County, hosted by McKinnon Park Secondary School for two years. Last spring, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School hosted the fourth, and largest, event.The 2019 Rainbow Ball is being organized in concert with Delhi District’s GSA, which has been running at the school for nine years.The theme for this year is Disney. Those interested in attending can purchase a $10 ticket through their school’s GSAs or their main office. Complimentary transportation to Delhi District from Brant and Haldimand counties is being provided by Safe Schools. The dance is on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. read more


Noting attacks across IsraelLebanon line Annan calls for renewal of UN force

In his latest report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan points in particular to a November Hizbollah attack which led to a heavy exchange of fire with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). He also warns that the rocket firing incidents by unidentified armed elements, which took place in August and December, carried significant potential for military escalation.At the same time, the report adds, persistent Israeli air incursions into Lebanese airspace disrupt the fragile calm.“The serious breaches of the ceasefire underlined yet again the urgent need for the Government of Lebanon to act and extend its full authority throughout the south down to the Blue Line,” Mr. Annan says.He says he is encouraged by Lebanon’s commitment to hold perpetrators of the attacks responsible to avoid their recurrence, and he welcomes new steps for coordination between the Government and UNIFIL.“However,” he stresses, “more needs to be done.”Following the assassination of former Prime Minster Rafik Hariri last February and the subsequent withdrawal of Syrian forces in April, the Secretary-General and the Security Council have been emphasizing the need for Lebanese control of all its territory.In the current report, Mr. Annan recommends better use of the adjunct UN Joint Security Force within its mandated strength of 1,000 troops, in a way that would enhance the role and activities of Lebanese forces in the south.He also reiterates his call on all the parties to abide by their obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions and to exercise utmost restraint to contribute to stability in the wider region.Finally, he calls on UN Member States to pay the arrears for UNIFIL totalling $72.6 million in unpaid assessments.The Council is scheduled to discuss Lebanon next Wednesday. read more


Decision expected on whether DSK suit filed by maid will go forward

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge was expected to rule on whether to allow a hotel maid’s sexual assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn after the former International Monetary Fund leader claimed diplomatic immunity.Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon heard arguments in March on the civil case that emerged from the May 2011 hotel-room encounter that also spurred now-dismissed criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn, then a French presidential contender. The episode was the first in a series of allegations about his sexual conduct that sank his political career. The judge has been weighing whether or not to allow the lawsuit to go forward. He was to rule on Tuesday.The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, 33, said Strauss-Kahn, 63, tried to rape her when she arrived to clean his Manhattan hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn has denied doing anything violent during the encounter.Prosecutors dropped related criminal charges last summer, saying they had developed doubts about her trustworthiness because she had lied about her background and her actions right after the alleged attack. She has insisted she told the truth about what happened in the encounter itself.Strauss-Kahn didn’t assert immunity from the criminal prosecution, and he resigned his IMF job days after his arrest. But his lawyers argued he should be immune from the lawsuit, which was filed about three months later. They say his job title afforded him the luxury under international rules.But Diallo’s lawyers said the immunity claim is off base. They stressed that an IMF spokesman said shortly after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest that he didn’t have immunity because he was on personal business during his encounter with Diallo. Strauss-Kahn was visiting his daughter in New York.The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who report being sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Diallo has done.After Strauss-Kahn’s arrest in New York, a French writer came forward to say Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during a 2003 interview. Paris prosecutors said that accusation was too old to try, but French authorities have pursued an unrelated allegation that he was involved in a hotel prostitution ring including prominent city figures and police in Lille.In March, he was handed preliminary charges, which mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.His French lawyer said the married Strauss-Kahn engaged in “libertine” acts but did nothing legally wrong and is being unfairly targeted for his extramarital sex life.___Associated Press Writer Colleen Long contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Decision expected on whether DSK suit filed by maid will go forward in Bronx by News Staff Posted May 1, 2012 4:21 am MDT read more


Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

In this Monday, March 20, 2017, photo, customer J.P. Grant, right, confers with Reynaldo Sanchez, a guide at Bonobos, as Grant shops for clothing at the brand’s Guideshop, in New York’s Financial District. “This was the first place I thought of,” said Grant. “Convenience…definitely. I order the product in-store and they send to your residence or wherever you are.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media.“I discover brands through Instagram,” said Dao, 33, of St. Paul, Minnesota.Elizabeth Troy says she was the “queen of sales,” going through discounted items at J. Crew and Banana Republic stores at malls near where she lives in Richmond, Virginia. But her go-to source has become the online subscription service Stitch Fix, which lets her try on clothes at home and decide what to keep.“I almost never go out to buy now,” says Troy, 50.Those kind of shifts illustrate the way people are changing how they buy clothing. Shoppers aren’t just showrooming at stores and then buying the same items online if they can find better prices — it’s a more significant separation from the mall.That is spelling big problems for mall chains like The Limited, which has shut all 250 of its stores, and Wet Seal, which filed for bankruptcy. Department stores like Macy’s and J.C. Penney — anchors for the malls — are also closing stores. Sears Holdings Corp. has said there’s “substantial doubt” about its future, but believes its plan to turn around its business should reduce that risk. The number of “distressed” retailers — those with cash problems and poor credit profiles that are facing strong competition — is at the highest rate since 2009, says Moody’s Investor Service.“Retail is increasingly becoming boring,” said James Reinhart, CEO of the used-clothing marketplace thredUP. He says much of the merchandise at stores is homogenous, while online “each day there’s a whole new assortment.”Department stores make regular announcements about the next way they’re going to win customers back, like offering more athletic-inspired clothes or adding tech areas. But they’re fighting a market in which people are already buying fewer clothes, spending online or at discounters when they do, and demanding more personal and convenient ways to buy.Brands like Stitch Fix and Bonobos offer curated selections based on people’s preferences, while companies like thredUP capitalize on shoppers’ increasing willingness to buy secondhand items from mall brands like J. Crew, Anthropologie and Athleta at big discounts. Deloitte estimates that the nation’s top 25 retailers have lost $200 billion to the smaller entrants to the market over the last five years.“These internet-rooted businesses are connecting so well with consumers,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group Inc. “They’re offering personalization. They offer great value, quality service and a unique look. This is something that the apparel industry has been ignoring, but consumers are gravitating toward them. And they’re becoming a big threat.”While U.S. clothing sales increased 3 per cent overall to $218.7 billion last year, department stores and national mall-based chains saw a drop of 4 per cent, says NPD. Discounters enjoyed a 1 per cent increase, and off-price stores like T.J. Maxx and Ross saw sales rise 5 per cent.Clothes are also a smaller part of people’s personal spending. In January 1990, Americans spent 5.2 per cent of their overall expenditures on clothes and shoes. That compares with 3 per cent in January 2017, according to an analysis by Michael P. Niemira, principal at The Retail Economist research firm. If demand held steady, Niemira says, there’d be an extra $255 billion spent.Even so, retail space rose to 7.76 billion square feet in 2016 in 54 U.S. metropolitan areas — about six times per capita that of countries like Britain, the International Council of Shopping Centers said. Richard Hayne, CEO of Urban Outfitters, likens the retail industry to a housing bubble.“We are seeing the results: doors shuttering and rents retreating,” Hayne said after the company reported disappointing fourth-quarter results. He expects the trend to continue, and says online shopping is only partially offsetting lower store sales.“Digital communities and social media are replacing storefronts and traditional advertising as a preferred means by which brands and customers are connecting,” Hayne said, noting Urban Outfitters’ 7 million Instagram followers.The online startups have their own ways of reaching shoppers.Jason Hairston started his hunting clothing and gear brand KUIU by blogging, and says he generated $500,000 on the first day in business based on interest through the blog. He says by skipping the store step, his Dixon, California-based company can offer higher-quality products at the same price.It was on social media that Dao discovered the online brand Everlane and liked its simple but modern looks. It’s also how she found shoes by Freda Salvador that she spent $300 on — three times what she usually pays.“I am trying to find someone that appeals to me,” she said. “It’s not, ‘Oh, everybody is doing this.’ It reflects my values. It reflects my personal style.”That connection is something shoppers may feel is missing from the brands they’re turning away from. Bill Taubman, chief operating officer at mall operator Taubman Centers, expects more store closures. But as much as shoppers gravitate toward online brands, he has doubts about their sustainability.“Customers forget about them very quickly,” he said. “That’s why the internet guys are thinking of opening stores.”Indeed, online brands like Bonobos, jeweler Blue Nile and eyewear seller Warby Parker have been setting up showrooms. Even KUIU plans a 30-city tour with an 18-foot trailer that expands to a showroom as a test for traditional store locations.The hybrid model is gaining ground, but online retailers are also figuring out whether to go with traditional stores or showrooms where shoppers try on clothes and then have their purchased delivered. “We quickly discovered in the testing days of the Guideshop concept that guys don’t need that instant gratification of walking out of the store with something right away,” said Antonio Nieves, chief financial officer at Bonobos. read more


What If Rafael Nadal Had Never Won a Grand Slam Title

Imagine a tennis world in which Rafael Nadal never picked up a racket. Some of his rivals must have. Novak Djokovic could be excused for daydreaming about it after Nadal beat him in Sunday’s French Open final, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Who would benefit most in a hypothetical world without Nadal? Well, let’s divvy up Nadal’s 14 Grand Slam titles. Although he might never reach Roger Federer’s record of 17 major titles, Nadal already leads Federer and all other Open-era greats in the ranking of biggest obstacle to a single Grand Slam title.To quantify this, I give you the “title block.” A title block isn’t an official tennis stat — I made it up. Here’s how it works: If Nadal beat a player in a final, I figure that given the next best possible opponent, the man who lost to Nadal would, on average, have a 50 percent chance of winning. So that win counts as half a title block. (This may undersell some blocked players’ chances of winning, but because this is hypothetical, treating unplayed matchups as coin flips is safest.) Similarly, a semifinal win cost the loser a quarter of a Grand Slam title and so on. Then I summed the title blocks for each Grand Slam tournament. I used data from Tennis Abstract, adding data from the just-completed French Open from rolandgarros.com. I ignored walkovers but included mid-match retirements.No matter how many times Nadal bites trophies, they don’t get broken up into pieces. But because this is a what-if exercise, these hypothetical titles come in fractions. If Nadal beats a player enough times, those fractional titles can start adding up. Nadal’s four wins in French Open finals over Federer, plus one semifinal ousting, count for two and one-quarter titles that Nadal has deprived Federer. Meanwhile, by beating Djokovic in two French Open finals, three semifinals and a quarterfinal, Nadal has cost him one and seven-eighths French Open titles.In a non-Nadal world, Djokovic would have one more U.S. Open crown in addition to those one or two French Opens. Federer would have another Australian Open title, along with those two or three additional French Open titles. And David Ferrer would no longer be in the running for best player never to win a major, because he’d have lifted a French Open trophy.We can expand this to other tennis greats. Let’s skim the cream off the top of the tennis world one great player at a time: Let’s get rid of each of the 12 men who have won at least six Grand Slam singles titles since the Open era of pro tennis began in 1968, one by one. We’ll add an unlucky No. 13 in Murray, who has had the misfortune to compete in an era dominated by three of those 12 men: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.Nadal’s dominance of Federer and Djokovic rank first and second, respectively, among title blocks at the four Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of other famous blocks like Federer’s of Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, Pete Sampras’s of Andre Agassi at the U.S. Open and Bjorn Borg of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Nadal’s defeats of Ferrer at the French Open the Top 10: By costing Ferrer one title, Nadal also takes the 10th spot on the list.Overall, Nadal has blocked Federer from three and three-quarters major titles; Federer would have 21 without Nadal. That’s No. 1 on the title-blocks list overall, and Nadal’s blockage of Djokovic from almost four major titles is No. 2 on the overall list.Don’t pity Federer too much, though: He did win the French Open in 2009, the one year in the past decade that Nadal didn’t. Djokovic still hasn’t won the clay-court major. Murray, meanwhile, would have more than triple his current total of two Grand Slam titles if not for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, who each have cost him more than one.Nadal has had the better of all of his rivals, but he, too, could have won more majors without Federer, Djokovic, et al. By beating Nadal in two Wimbledon finals, Federer has cost Nadal a third Wimbledon title to go with the two Nadal has won. Djokovic, meanwhile, beat Nadal in the finals of three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over 2011 and 2012, which cost Nadal one and a half major titles. read more


Commentary Ohio State coach Luke Fickell needs to give Jaamal Berry the

It’s time for Jaamal Berry to leave the Ohio State football program. Not for a couple days, games, or weeks. He needs to go. Permanently. After being charged for assault, battery and disorderly conduct Wednesday, based on an Oct. 21 incident in Columbus, Berry was suspended from the team. But head coach Luke Fickell needs to set a precedent for the post-Jim Tressel era of football at OSU and kick Berry off the team. This isn’t Berry’s first run-in with the law. He was allegedly involved in another assault as recently as Sept. 28 and was arrested for marijuana possession before even enrolling at OSU. The bottom line is he can’t stay out of trouble. I’m all for second chances. Young adults are going to make mistakes, but at some point somebody needs to draw the line. And the line at OSU should be a little stricter than at other schools because of everything the program has been through. With Tat-gate and all the ensuing insanity it caused for the program, OSU has had enough negative headlines for a lifetime. Berry and any other distractions just add fuel to the already negative image OSU has attached itself to. OSU has always portrayed itself as a program of integrity. Ever since Woody Hayes, OSU football was at least perceived as a program that won and won the right way. The mentality has been a core facet in OSU’s success ever since. It brought in talented recruits and created a product people wanted to cheer for. Tressel carried on the image, but with his tumultuous exit, that image was destroyed. Now the program is in a transition period. It’s up to Fickell to rebuild the image and restore the luster of the program. By kicking Berry off the team, Fickell takes the first step in the rebuilding process. He tells the rest of the college football world that OSU will not stand for bad behavior and actions that embarrass the program and compromise what it represents. But more important than telling everyone else, Fickell would be sending a message to his team. The sturdiest structures are solid at their foundation and the foundation of a football team will always be the football players. If Fickell can send a message to the most fundamental level of the program, the larger and more complicated matters will take care of themselves. I’m sure it’s difficult to look a kid in the eye and tell him he’s no longer wanted. You’re about to change the player’s entire life, but playing football for the Buckeyes is a privilege. It sounds cliché, but there are hundreds of other athletes who would love the opportunity to run out of the scarlet tunnel into Ohio Stadium on a fall Saturday afternoon. If someone compromises their opportunity, not just once, but multiple times, that player obviously doesn’t value it and should be dismissed. Suspending Berry from the team was a good first step and makes sense legally, but Fickell needs to finish the job and show Berry out. read more


Drivers warned of criminals using Tasers after spate of attempted carjackings where

first_imgStun guns and Tasers are illegal in the UK and anyone caught with one of the devices faces imprisonment for possession of a prohibited weapon. The maximum sentence is 10 years. Despite this, figures released at the end of 2015 showed police forces across the country had seized and destroyed hundreds of them that year.It is thought criminals often buy stun guns or Tasers on the “dark web” and have them delivered from overseas.Experts have also previously warned about the devices being disguised as mundane items, such as phones or lipstick.An investigation last year revealed that weapons, including a stun gun disguised as a handheld torch, were readily available online. In a separate case, a report claimed a lipstick-style stun gun could be bought for just £20.A spokesman for the Home Office said: “Our firearms controls are among the toughest in the world and Border Force works closely with the police and National Crime Agency to prevent the illegal importations into the UK.“Anyone caught trying to smuggle these devices into the country will have them confiscated and could face prosecution.” 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. Drivers have been warned of criminals using Tasers after a spate of attempted carjackings where suspects disabled their victims using the weapons.West Midlands Police urged motorists to stay vigilant as they stepped up patrols following a number of “Taser robberies”.In one shocking incident, a female runner was left with burns after she was attacked by three men in the affluent Kings Heath area of Birmingham. On Sunday night, two alerts were put out on behalf of West Midlands Police confirming that extra patrols were being conducted in the Moseley, Kings Heath and Springfield areas of the city to “combat recent Taser robberies”.The first urged motorists to stay alert, adding: “When in your vehicle ensure door locks are on and be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting your vehicle.”The second, issued an hour later, confirmed there had been “several crimes” in the area involving suspects using a Taser. “Attempts to target lone females and rob them of their cars are amongst the crimes being investigated,” it said.center_img Attempts to target lone females and rob them of their cars are amongst the crimes being investigatedWest Midlands Police alert Barbara Partridge, a member of Kings Heath Running Club, which the woman is part of, said the “serious incident” happened on a well-lit street near Colmore School before a group run last Thursday.“It was an attempted car theft by three young men who demanded a runner’s car keys,” she wrote on Facebook. “She refused and an electric Taser device was used on her during a physical struggle. She managed to alert a passing van, the van driver stopped and the men ran away.“She was shaken, is bruised and has seen a doctor who has assessed the burns left by the Taser. The police were called at the time and have logged the incident.” The runner has not been identified. Commenting on the attempted robbery, another member of the club claimed that similar attacks had been occurring in the area since November.West Midlands police have put extra patrols out after receiving six reports ioof stun attacks in as many days. Four teenage boys, two aged 15 and two aged 16, have been arrested and bailed over one of the attacks. Robberies involving stun guns have also been reported elsewhere. In November, a woman in her 30s was confronted at her home in Sale, Greater Manchester, by masked men, who stunned her before stealing her car.last_img read more


Le G8 de lInternet se tiendra à Paris fin mai

first_imgLe G8 de l’Internet se tiendra à Paris fin mai Les 24 et 25 mai prochains, 800 à 1.000 invités se rejoindront au Jardin des Tuileries à Paris pour le “G8 de l’Internet”, a indiqué ce jeudi l’organisateur de l’événement Maurice Lévy, président du directoire du groupe Publicis.Premier forum international du genre à prendre ses quartiers en France, le G8 de l’Internet (également appelé “e-G8”) aura lieu juste avant le G8 qui se tiendra les 26 et 27 mai à Deauville. Voulu par Nicolas Sarkozy, l’objectif d’un tel forum est “de voir comment Internet, le numérique et la communication mobile peuvent accélérer la croissance dans les pays développés”, a indiqué Maurice Lévy, patron de Publicis, cité par Le Monde, avant d’ajouter : “Des sujets comme la propriété intellectuelle, la protection de la vie privée, les nouveaux modèles économiques mais également les financements de l’innovation ou la stimulation de la croissance seront aussi abordés”.À lire aussiZone 51, Hubble et coquilles d’oeufs, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 11 juilletEntre 800 et 1.000 acteurs du web ont été conviés. D’après La Tribune, il s’agirait notamment de Eric Schmidt (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Jack Ma (Alibaba), Hartmut Ostrowski (Bertelsmann), Vint Cerf (co-inventeur du protocole TCP/IP), Xavier Niel (Free), Stéphane Richard (France Télécom), Jacques-Antoine Granjon (Vente-Privée), Marc Simoncini (Meetic). Des opérateurs télécoms ainsi que de nombreux producteurs de contenus seront également au rendez-vous.Reste à savoir si ce forum de deux jours aura un réel impact sur la politique numérique du gouvernement.Le 21 avril 2011 à 14:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Google crée un Doodle pour les 450 ans de la Cathédrale SaintBasile

first_imgGoogle crée un Doodle pour les 450 ans de la Cathédrale Saint-BasileAujourd’hui, la Cathédrale Saint-Basile, qui domine la Place Rouge à l’entrée du Kremlin, en Russie, est mise à l’honneur sur la page d’accueil du plus célèbre moteur de recherche. Un joli Doodle coloré pour célébrer les 450 ans de ce bijou architectural.Quelques jours seulement après un Doodle consacré à Jean de la Fontaine, Google remet ça pour célébrer la Cathédrale Saint-Basile qui se trouve sur la Place Rouge à Moscou, en Russie. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Ce symbole de l’architecture traditionnelle russe est aussi connu sous les noms cathédrale de l’Intercession-de-la-Vierge ou encore cathédrale Basile-le-Bienheureux. Il renferme le tombeau de Basile le Bienheureux, d’où cette appellation.L’édifice a été construit à partir de 1554 sur l’ordre d’Ivan le Terrible pour célébrer la prise de Kazan, en Tatarie (les Tatars étaient des peuples turcs d’Europe orientale et d’Asie). Ivan le Terrible souhaitait avoir un monument plus que majestueux. Son architecte n’est, étrangement, pas clairement identifié. Mais on raconte que le tsar, cruel, était tellement ravi du résultat qu’il lui fit crever les yeux pour que celui-ci ne puisse plus construire un aussi bel édifice dans le monde. La cathédrale, très colorée, est constituée de neuf églises séparées et chacune d’entre elles est ornée d’une tour. Sa construction se termina en 1563. Vingt ans plus tard un incendie la ravagea. Les dômes ont donc dû être remplacés par la suite par les bulbes que l’on peut admirer aujourd’hui.Fermée en 1929, la superbe cathédrale russe a été transformée en musée. Le 12 juillet 2011 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Vigil honors boy killed in collision with bus protests route

first_imgJennifer Kanna, Benjamin Fulwiler’s mother, is consoled by friends at a vigil to celebrate what would have been his 12th birthday. Dozens of people blocked the intersection of 27th and Main streets in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday evening to both celebrate the life of Benjamin Fulwiler, 11, and protest against a C-Tran route where he was fatally injured April 28 when his bicycle collided with a bus.Participants in the candlelight vigil, organized by the boy’s family and friends, held a banner depicting a photograph of the Pacific Middle School sixth-grader and the words, “Happy 12th Birthday, Benjamin.” Tuesday marked his birthday.Just as the group assembled across 27th, southbound Bus 37 slowed on Main in anticipation of its usual left turn onto 27th. The driver, seeing the demonstrators in the intersection, continued on Main instead. The bus had made that left turn onto 27th when the collision that killed Benjamin occurred.“We are taking back 27th Street from C-Tran,” shouted Jennie Stanavech, a close friend to Benjamin’s mother, Jennifer Kanna. “No more left turns. It’s dangerous.”At the same time, Benjamin’s aunt, Stephanie Kanna, complained to the C-Tran Board of Directors at their meeting Tuesday evening that Route 37 is unsafe.last_img read more


Key Bank Employees Volunteer Time With Stream Watch

first_imgFor a complete list of wheelchair accessible fishing spots in your area visit the DF&G website. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch Alice Main a coordinator with Kenai Stream Watch: “Stream Watch is a volunteer program that works to protect our world class fisheries through peer to peer education, and restoration projects across the Kenai Peninsula.”  Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with Key Bank in Soldotna helped the local Stream Watch install habitat protective fencing at our favorite wheelchair accessible fishing hole at Centennial Park. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who have spent 25 years making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more


The Kaleidoscope Theater Brings In A Couple Of Industry Veterans

first_img Share TKT StaffScene from TKT’s production of “Urinetown.”Bruce Lumpkin isn’t going to sugarcoat it: There’s a lot of work involved in building up a young theater company.“We need to create a board, we need to raise money, we need to enhance the space,” Lumpkin  says. “We need to bring people onboard. They’ve built all their own sets and their own costumes – everything they’ve done with the four of them.”Late last week, The Kaleidoscope Theater announced that Lumpkin is joining their artistic staff. The former artistic director of Houston-based Theater Under the Stars is coming on board with Marley Wisnoski, previously the Associate Artistic Director for TUTS. Wisnoski says some of the challenges from moving from one of the city’s largest theater companies – to one of its smallest – are obvious.“First off, there’s only six of us, so it’s more work,” she says. “Also right now, the space is configured for 100 seats. We want to get it to a point where we can seat about 250.”TKT StaffScene from TKT’s production of “Metamorphoses.”The buildup and buildout of The Kaleidoscope Theater could ultimately mean more paid work for local actors. Right now, the staff isn’t getting paid, but the intent is to get the funding needed to become an equity house, meaning they’d be hiring union employees.“Professional theater doesn’t  necessarily mean that it’s equity in all cases,” says Kaleidoscope’s Founding Artistic Director Colton Berry. “But what we’d like to do is be able to hire actors from every point of the spectrum from the city. So, we want to be able to offer those equity contracts, and that’s something that we’re pushing towards almost immediately.”But Wisnoski adds that what many grassroots groups lack in funding is made up in other areas.“There’s the artistic freedom of being able to program as we like, and experiment as we like and do some exciting different things that haven’t been done before,” she says.The announcement of The Kaleidoscope Theater’s new additions comes just weeks after Lumpkin’s unannounced departure from TUTS, which was followed shortly by Wisnoski’s resignation. The mysterious and seemingly abrupt breakup caused rumors in the arts community to swirl, but Lumpkin puts it in plain terms.“The truth is that, TUTS is going forward with an artistic vision that I personally didn’t feel I could enhance or support and so it was time to move on,” he said. Lumpkin’s and Wisnoski’s titles with The Kaleidoscope Theater have not been assigned, but they’ve already started working on productions for the company’s new season, which begins later this month. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /02:22 Listenlast_img read more


Researchers entangle a single electron spin to a single photon in a

first_img More information: 1. Quantum-dot spin–photon entanglement via frequency downconversion to telecom wavelength, Nature, 491, 421–425 (15 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11577AbstractLong-distance quantum teleportation and quantum repeater technologies require entanglement between a single matter quantum bit (qubit) and a telecommunications (telecom)-wavelength photonic qubit. Electron spins in III–V semiconductor quantum dots are among the matter qubits that allow for the fastest spin manipulation and photon emission, but entanglement between a single quantum-dot spin qubit and a flying (propagating) photonic qubit has yet to be demonstrated. Moreover, many quantum dots emit single photons at visible to near-infrared wavelengths, where silica fibre losses are so high that long-distance quantum communication protocols become difficult to implement. Here we demonstrate entanglement between an InAs quantum-dot electron spin qubit and a photonic qubit, by frequency downconversion of a spontaneously emitted photon from a singly charged quantum dot to a wavelength of 1,560 nanometres. The use of sub-10-picosecond pulses at a wavelength of 2.2 micrometres in the frequency downconversion process provides the necessary quantum erasure to eliminate which-path information in the photon energy. Together with previously demonstrated indistinguishable single-photon emission at high repetition rates, the present technique advances the III–V semiconductor quantum-dot spin system as a promising platform for long-distance quantum communication.2. Observation of entanglement between a quantum dot spin and a single photon, Nature, 491, 426–430 (15 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11573AbstractEntanglement has a central role in fundamental tests of quantum mechanics1 as well as in the burgeoning field of quantum information processing. Particularly in the context of quantum networks and communication, a main challenge is the efficient generation of entanglement between stationary (spin) and propagating (photon) quantum bits. Here we report the observation of quantum entanglement between a semiconductor quantum dot spin and the colour of a propagating optical photon. The demonstration of entanglement relies on the use of fast, single-photon detection, which allows us to project the photon into a superposition of red and blue frequency components. Our results extend the previous demonstrations of single-spin/single-photon entanglement in trapped ions, neutral atoms and nitrogen–vacancy centres to the domain of artificial atoms in semiconductor nanostructures that allow for on-chip integration of electronic and photonic elements. As a result of its fast optical transitions and favourable selection rules, the scheme we implement could in principle generate nearly deterministic entangled spin–photon pairs at a rate determined ultimately by the high spontaneous emission rate. Our observation constitutes a first step towards implementation of a quantum network with nodes consisting of semiconductor spin quantum bits. Level structure of quantum dot and spin manipulation. Credit: (c) Nature, 491, 421–425 (15 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11577 Explore further © 2012 Phys.org To create a quantum computer, scientists believe it will be necessary to combine or connect stationary quantum bits (qubits) with mobile or “flying” qubits. Thus, research has been focused on building a system in which this is possible. In this new research, quantum dots were used to represent the stationary particles while photons were used to represent those that fly. To connect them, the researchers relied on entanglement between pairs of particles and the properties they share.In their labs, both teams used very small semiconductors to trap a single electron, e.g. a quantum dot. They then both fired a laser at the dot to set its spin state to either up or down (representing “0” or “1”). Next both teams also fired another laser pulse at the dot to force it to a higher energy level. Doing so caused an entangled photon to be released as the energy decayed. The photon was emitted as either horizontally or vertically polarized with a wavelength that was demonstrated by either a red or blue color. It was at this stage that the work between the two teams diverged. To use the information from a (qubit) in a quantum system, only one of the two properties can be allowed to exist; thus the other must be removed. The first team’s work involved removing the color, the second, the polarization.To remove the color the first team ran the photon through a crystal that was also shot with a laser beam. Doing so caused the colors to smear which was enough to remove that property from the entangled particles. The second team removed the polarization by allowing the photon to pass through a polarizing filter which forced it into an anticlockwise state which effectively erased the shared property from the particles. Journal information: Naturecenter_img (Phys.org)—Two teams working independently have succeeded in entangling a single electron spin with a single photon in a solid-state platform. Both teams describe their process and results in papers they’ve had published in the journal Nature. The two teams used laser pulses fired at quantum dots to entangle pairs of electrons and photons then used different techniques to remove either the shared color that resulted or their polarization. Quantum computing: The light at the end of the tunnel may be a single photon Citation: Researchers entangle a single electron spin to a single photon in a quantum dot (2012, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-entangle-electron-photon-quantum-dot.html 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


I know my style of singing is the future Indeep Bakshi

first_imgThe music sensation Indeep Bakshi, who has to its credit the popular number Saturday Saturday from Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’ said that he is not intimidated by his contemporaries as he believes that every artist has his own style. Since when did you develop an interest in music?Academically, I come from ‘Architect’ background but always loved singing. It all began eventually because I studied about buildings, designs and construction but had a good hobby of writing poems or quirky lines which made me to think to get into music industry. I tried experimenting with my voice when I was young and as I had my writing samples and talent to write poems which provoked me to sing professionally also. My writings needed just a touch of tunes or surr. And when I saw today’s generation enjoying music be it of any kind that encouraged me to continue with my decision of entering into singing. All I needed is music, tunes and raps which were combined with my song Saturday Saturday and you see; it went on to become a blockbuster hit amongst youth and everyone.Singing came naturally to me and I’ve spent years honing that ability.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On what basis do you pen down your songs?My lyrics are very conversational, and I write them to cater to the youth and the way that youngsters talk today and my music style is mostly R&B.My first sad song Tere Liye’ it’s a slow track and was in the movie Delhi Wali Zalim Girlfriend. This track was not to sale it out and nor was meant to be released, the song was one of the incidents of my life which turned out to be a fallout in a relationship and I wrote this song when I was in Shimla. At that time I wrote two songs one is Tere Liye and other one is 2 AM which is soon to be released.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTere Liye was bought by T-Series after they listened to my track which was set as my ringtone. Also another song which came was Billionaire and was based out of my real life story which lately Raftaar gifted me at the launch.How did ‘Indeep Sound’ happen?I used to listen to international and bollywood music both, then I try recreating bollywood music by putting my own music in it. After that I started writing songs and then I came up with Saturday Saturday, this happened when I was teasing my friend one day who had come from Punjab and was excited to see the nightlife of Delhi. Uski ek baat hoti thi, every Saturday party karni hai! I used to tease her ki Saturday Saturday karti raheti hai. I made a rough dummy of that track and my friend encouraged me to release it. Then I met Badhsah bhai and did it professionally.   Tell us about your Bad Wali Feeling song.This is song has an adult certificate and the video content is strictly 18+. This song is in another genre of RNB mix only like Saturday Saturday was first house music.For this particular song, we had shot the video three times as I was not satisfied with the kind of video I wanted. At last the final video was shot in Dubai with a lot of entertainment in it.Sharing the platform with your contemporary artists like Yo Yo Honey Singh and Badshah how do you think the competition will affect you?As such there is no competition and nor do I take any singer as my competition. Every artist as his own style of singing and genre of music is also different. Secondly, more than profession it’s my passion and if we see the competition is more in the profession as compared to passion. Moreover, I know my style of singing is the future and the kind of music I produce will be the future.What are the other aspects of life which interest you?Music, cars and bikes are my interests for which I can go to any lengths. Also I possess a large classy collection of the same. I am an extreme junkie and have an attitude to try sports and also I’m willing to try my hand at new things. Though my interests keep changing, ultimate passion is luxury and music and yes I am constantly on the hunt for something bold and adventurous.What are your future projects? I am coming up with a new track Bad Wali Feeling which is an 18+ track. Also since my Sikh fans are saying that I am not wearing turban in the videos so for them I am coming up with a special track Singh honde Badhsah te Kaur hondi Queen. This is a pure bhangra track which has Punjabi culture in it. Besides this, my new track 2 AM which is very close to me will be out soon. Also, for the first time I will be featuring with Sunny Leone in the title track Paheli Bari Ki of the movie Tina and Lolo. This will be my third track in bollywood after Saturday Saturday and Tere Liye.I was not doing live concerts and performances for a long time but now I am planning them. I will be soon seen performing live in concert at the CEOL Festival at Metro Walk, Rohini.last_img read more


Divya Khosla Kumar turns showstopper at LFW 2016

first_imgThe Hindi film industry has a lot of versatility in terms of talent and same is the case with the fashion industry. These two however find a way to collaborate and promote each other. To showcase the latest collection, the talented actor, director and producer Divya Khosla Kumar walked the ramp for ‘Garo’ by Priyangsu and Sweta on the final day at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. She wore a floor length kalidar with patchwork and embroidery detailed peplum top with sharara. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Divya Khosla Kumar said: “It is a beautiful dress which is wearable at any occasion. It is a very light weight outfit and the designers Priyangsu and Sweta of ‘Garo’ have made the entire collection with material which is so easy to wear, soft and easily likable. As a woman you need to be very presentable and ‘Garo’ has something to offer that you should not miss”.The collection theme was ‘Femmes di Tahiti’ which is inspired by native tahitian prints, colours and motifs. It has incorporated the stunning natural beauty, beautiful floral landscapes and bohemian style of tahitian women with an eclectic French Polynesian flavour. “We are elated to be a part of the Lakme Fashion Week and it has been a wonderful experience. We wish to be a part of Lakme Fashion Week in many more seasons to come,” said the designers Priyangsu and Sweta.‘Garo’ by Priyangsu Maji and Sweta Tantia, launched in Kolkata is an Indian luxury brand that creates and designs contemporary Indian wear for women.last_img read more


Dopamine A Tensorflowbased framework for flexible and reproducible Reinforcement Learning research by

first_imgYesterday, Google introduced a new Tensorflow-based framework named Dopamine, which aims to provide flexibility, stability, and reproducibility for both new and experienced RL researchers. This release also includes a set of colabs that clarify how to use the Dopamine framework. Dopamine is inspired by one of the main components in reward-motivated behavior in the brain. It also reflects a strong historical connection between neuroscience and reinforcement learning research. Its main aim is to enable a speculative research that drives radical discoveries. Dopamine framework feature highlights Ease of Use The two key considerations in Dopamine’s design are its clarity and simplicity. Its code is compact (about 15 Python files) and is well-documented. This is achieved by focusing on the Arcade Learning Environment (a mature, well-understood benchmark), and four value-based agents: DQN, C51, A carefully curated simplified variant of the Rainbow agent, and The Implicit Quantile Network agent, which was presented last month at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). Reproducibility Google has provided the Dopamine code with full test coverage. These tests also serve as an additional form of documentation. Dopamine follows the recommendations given by Machado et al. (2018) on standardizing empirical evaluation with the Arcade Learning Environment. Benchmarking It is important for new researchers to be able to quickly benchmark their ideas against established methods. Following this, Google has provided the full training data of the four provided agents, across the 60 games supported by the Arcade Learning Environment. They have also provided a website where one can quickly visualize the training runs for all provided agents on all 60 games. Given below is a snapshot showcasing the training runs for the 4 agents on Seaquest, one of the Atari 2600 games supported by the Arcade Learning Environment. The x-axis represents iterations, where each iteration is 1 million game frames (4.5 hours of real-time play); the y-axis is the average score obtained per play. The shaded areas show confidence intervals from 5 independent runs. The Google community aims to empower researchers to try out new ideas, both incremental and radical with Dopamine ’s flexibility and ease-of-use. It is actively being used in Google’s research, giving them the flexibility to iterate quickly over many ideas. To know more about Dopamine in detail visit the Google AI blog. You can also check out its GitHubrepo. Read Next Build your first Reinforcement learning agent in Keras [Tutorial] Reinforcement learning model optimizes brain cancer treatment, reduces dosing cycles and improves patient quality of life OpenAI builds a reinforcement learning based system giving robots hhuman-likedexteritylast_img read more


Aviation body tells delayed government how to fly

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) boss has provided the next Australian government with plans to strengthen Australian aviation.“Whichever party forms the next government, key aviation elements need to be faced: infrastructure, training, environment and liberalisation,” IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said in an address to the National Aviation Press Club.“No country knows better the importance of global linkages than Australia.“This agenda…will build a more competitive platform for aviation to deliver even greater benefits to the Australian economy and secure an even more important regional and global leadership role in driving the industry forward,” said Bisignani.According to Mr Bisignani, aviation contributes 500,000 jobs and AUD6.3 billion to the Australian economy and it is therefore “critical” that the next Australian government has a solid and coordinated aviation policy to position Australia to “reap the benefits” aviation brings to the country. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A As part of Mr Bisignani’s plan to grow Australia’s aviation, the next government would need to regulate Sydney Airport costs, make a “critical” decision on a second airport for Sydney, and take a leading role in aviation training and environmental issues.Mr Bisignani congratulated Australia on its liberal aviation policy that sees Australia’s and New Zealand’s open aviation area an achievement the US and Europe has not been able to meet.However, the IATA boss did question Australia’s “outdated” 49 per cent foreign ownership cap, saying the industry needed to run like a “normal business” to be sustainable.Directly following the presentation of his recommendations, Mr Bisignani met with Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese, a spokesperson from Mr Albanese’s office telling e-Travel Blackboard the two discussed the issue of Sydney’s second airport and the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation agenda.last_img read more


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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Take a walk in Arizona and there’s a decent chance that you’ll see someone sporting a Cardinals shirt or jersey.The usual suspects for whose name appears on the back of those shirts and jerseys are David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.The apparel that dons Johnson and Fitzgerald’s pictures and names contribute to the two being the only Arizona players that appear on the NFLPA’s top player sales list, coming in at No. 42 and 49, respectively. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets as teammate Larry Fitzgerald (11) follows during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The list, which includes sales from March 1 to May 31 of this year, doesn’t just take into account shirt or jersey sales, but instead just about every licensed item that the player appears on.That includes the pictures hanging on the walls in young fans’ rooms and man caves all across the Valley, phone cases, toys, drinkware and much more.The leader in NFL merchandise sales is, of course, Tom Brady. Behind Brady, four Cowboys players appear in the top 10, with four Raiders present in the top 20. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more