Crosby Stills And Nash To Celebrate 30 Years Of Midwives Alliance

first_imgCrosby, Stills and Nash will perform a special concert, “FOR THE BENEFIT OF WOMEN: A Night of Music Supporting the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery and Celebrating 30 Years of the Midwives Alliance,” on Wednesday, September 26, 7:30PM at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (San Carlos at Ninth Ave., 93921).Billed as “An Evening with Crosby, Stills, & Nash,” the event is presented by The Guacamole Fund, and is scheduled for the night before the Midwives Alliance of North America’s (MANA) 2012 conference, running September 27-30 in Asilomar, CA. Reserved seating and special after show Golden Circle Artists Reception are available at the Sunset Center Box office (by phone 831-620-2048 or online at Tickets go on sale at 12:00 noon on Friday, August 31.“FOR THE BENEFIT OF WOMEN” takes place during a series of California dates on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s U.S. Tour, which concludes with four nights at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in October. CSN 2012, a 25-song set presenting the group’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released earlier this summer. Captured in high-definition during the early portion of CSN’s 2012 world tour, the set is available worldwide from CSN Records in Blu-ray, DVD/2CD (3 discs), and Digital formats.Speaking about the cause, Graham Nash said, “It makes me immensely proud to be able to join voices with David and Stephen in support of the Midwives. Helping to bring babies safely and securely into this world has been my daughter Nile’s dream since she was seven years old. Day after day she works to bring light and life to this planet and, in her own unique, loving way, change the world.”More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times—once with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, with the honor recognizing both CSN as a group, and each member as individual solo artists.CSN’s music first became a cornerstone of rock ‘n roll with the self-titled 1969 debut LP, one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Ever since—through changing times, various configurations, and acclaimed solo careers—Crosby, Stills & Nash have continued to tour and record as “three together.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

E coli outbreak from lettuce shows problems with produce traceability expert

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian expert in food distribution says he is surprised by how long it is taking for a recall to be issued after one death and dozens of illnesses in recent weeks have been linked to romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli.Sylvain Charlebois, a researcher in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, says these kinds of outbreaks are particularly dangerous during the holiday season, when people have busy schedules and generally do not watch what they eat.Public health officials first warned of the E. coli outbreak early last week, saying 21 illnesses reported in three provinces were linked to romaine lettuce. Since then, one death and 40 illnesses have been reported in five provinces.The Public Health Agency of Canada is now advising people in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador to consider other types of lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination.Charlebois says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) rarely issues mandatory recalls, adding most are done on a voluntary basis because companies want to maintain their reputations with consumers.He says it’s unusual for an outbreak to last more than a week without a recall, suggesting better traceability systems for produce are needed to pinpoint the cause.“E. coli in lettuce is quite fatal — you don’t cook lettuce, so the risks are significant,” he said.Charlebois said there is a growing interest in so-called blockchain systems for grocers in which all distributors share data digitally. In a traditional supply chain system, it can take major retailers such as Walmart about a week to trace the origins of produce because it can change hands up to 10 times before it reaches the store, he said. With the blockchain system, he added, it can take seconds.“So when you have a situation like this, if you are using new technology, you can trace problems very quickly,” he said. “But now we have a case where traceability is probably an issue. … I would say the weakest aspect of our food safety system is traceability.”The Public Health Agency of Canada published a notice online Thursday saying it is collaborating with its provincial counterparts, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate the E. coli outbreak.“Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to romaine lettuce has been identified as the source of the outbreak, but the cause of contamination has not been identified,” the agency said. “The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as illnesses linked to romaine lettuce continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. These illnesses indicate that contaminated romaine lettuce may still be on the market.”So far, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have each reported 13 cases, Ontario has had eight, New Brunswick five and Nova Scotia one. The agency also said the E. coli cases involve people between four and 80 years old, and 70 per cent are women.Herb Schellhorn, microbiologist and professor at McMaster University, said the outbreak is caused by the most serious strain of E. coli, O157.“This particular strain appeared about 40 years ago and has been a real problem and four per cent of cattle are infected,” he said. “Sometimes lettuce and other vegetables get contaminated and this causes a public health problem.”He said a recall shouldn’t be issued until the source of the contamination can be pinpointed — something he acknowledged is difficult with products with a short shelf life.Schellhorn added that advising people to avoid romaine lettuce is enough until officials can determine the cause.“We need surveillance methodology that works really fast so we prevent human illness of this type,” he said. “This particular strain of E. coli is lethal for people, but not for everybody. … The chief danger is kidney and liver damage caused by this toxigenic strain of E. coli.”last_img read more

Salah Abdeslam Paris Terror Suspect Arrested Alive in Brussels

Rabat – The Main suspect of the Paris attacks was arrested today in Molenbeek near Brussels, Belgium media reported.Belgium Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification confirmed the news in a tweet.We hebben hem.— Theo Francken (@FranckenTheo) March 18, 2016Salah Abdeslam, who was on the loose since the Paris Attacks was caught in a terror raid in Brussels area. “He was injured and arrested,” according to Reuters. Belgian official confirms #ParisAttacks suspect in custody. LIVE from Brussels:— Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) March 18, 2016Abdeslam was shot and wounded then was captured alive in an anti-terror operation. According to Belgium Police, one person was killed in the operation whose identity is still unknown.On big screens in #EU summit building, #Belgium PM @CharlesMichel seen dashing to his car amid reports of shootings in #Molenbeek— Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) March 18, 2016Prior to launching the Molenbeek operation, Belgium Prosecutors said that the suspect’s fingerprints had been found in an apartment that was raided on Tuesday.Salah Abdeslam, is a Belgian-born terrorist who has been on the run since he allegedly gunned down civilians during the Paris attacks of November 13.The 26-year-old member of so-called Islamic State (ISIS) was “Europe’s most wanted man.”Authorities have said Salah rented the black Volkswagen Polo used during the Paris attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, which claimed the lives of 89 innocent people.Shortly after the attacks, Abdeslam was stopped by the police in his vehicle at the Brussels border, where he was let go and allowed entrance into Belgium after checking his ID. read more

Senior UN envoy Brahimi calls for peaceful return to constitutional order in

“The Nepalese are also conscious that this situation should not be allowed to continue…a solution is needed urgently,” Mr. Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser, said yesterday as he wrapped up a six-day visit to the country, where five months ago King Gyanendra dissolved Parliament, imposed a state of emergency and suspended civil liberties in an effort to suppress the long-running insurgency.Urging all sides to end the hostilities and work towards an inclusive national dialogue needed to solve the current crisis Nepal is facing, he said the UN believed that Nepal was capable of developing a necessary process for a peaceful resolution of the prevailing conflict, “which all wish to see.” He added that the UN would remain available to provide its assistance in whatever form it may be needed.In April, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and the Government signed an agreement to set up a monitoring operation to help establish accountability for rights abuses and prevent further violations by all sides in the armed conflict, which has been escalating since 1996.Two UN teams visited the country that month, looking into the needs of an expanded UN rights office there and examining the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Brahimi, who met with top Nepalese officials in Kathmandu during his stay, said that will now report to the Secretary-General on his findings. read more

Ontario offers 100 million for upgrades to natural gas furnaces water heaters

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario announced a $100-million program Thursday to help homeowners upgrade their furnaces, water heaters and insulation, but did not provide a start date, eligibility rules or rebate amounts.The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time help create jobs and lower residential natural gas bills, said Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray.“This investment will help homeowners upgrade their homes and save money, while keeping Ontario on the path toward a low carbon future,” Murray said.Sixty-two per cent of Ontario homes use natural gas for heating, compared with 28 per cent for electricity and just three per cent for oil.About 37,000 Enbridge Gas and Union Gas customers will qualify for home energy audits, and after that can apply for financial help — how much is unknown — if they buy a new furnace, water heater or thermostat or install new insulation.“These are kick-start programs that will get money out the door to families, support retailers, build investment in our communities and help people manage the change to a more affordable, low carbon future,” said Murray.The money comes from a $325-million fund the province set up as a “down payment” on future revenues from its cap-and-trade plan that will be introduced next year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The opposition parties agreed homeowners need financial help to upgrade to energy efficient heating systems, but complained that too few would qualify and that eligibility rules and rebate amounts won’t be known for months.“The lack of details is really worrisome,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns. “It looks like it’s an announcement made for the (Whitby-Oshawa) byelection so they can get a headline.”There are over four million homes in Ontario, and offering financial incentives to only 37,000 seems like a very small plan, added Tabuns.“So who wins this lottery,” he asked. “Why is it people who have electric baseboard heaters wouldn’t qualify? Their electricity is partially made with natural gas.”The Progressive Conservatives said the Liberal government needs to tell people how much the cap-and-trade system will increase prices for many consumer goods, including electricity.“We support helping Ontarians make their homes more energy efficient to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and electricity costs,” said PC energy critic Lisa Thompson. “What we don’t support is the Liberals’ refusal to reveal how much their cap-and-trade scheme will cost Ontarians on their hydro bills.”Enbridge Gas and Union Gas already offer rebates for energy audits, heating system replacement, Energy-Star windows, air sealing and insulation of $500 to $2,000, depending on the amount of natural gas savings.Keith Brooks with Environmental Defence Canada called the home retrofit plan a good first step because it saves people money in the long run and reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.Every building in Ontario will have to be retrofitted with better windows, insulation, thermostats and heating systems, and the government will use revenue from cap-and-trade to help pay for those upgrades, said Murray. The’re starting with homes but will expand to commercial buildings in the future, he added.“By May you’ll pretty much know the whole plan, all the pieces will be out by then,” said Murray. “It’s a little overwhelming, so you’re getting it in pieces.”The Environment Minister also said there will be more energy conservation plans, including one specifically for northern Ontario.“There’s a hint you might see something in the pipe soon around that because northern Ontario has a different climate, so you’ll see very tailored programs coming forward,” he said.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Ontario offers $100 million for upgrades to natural gas furnaces, water heaters read more

Billionaire will throw in a RollsRoyce if you buy his 25 million

first_img AFTER SELLING NEW York City’s first $100 million townhouse to the nation of Qatar, the A Team — a real estate group headed by brothers Tal and Oren Alexander from Douglas Elliman Real Estate — have another impressive listing on display.This time, the brothers are representing fertilizer billionaire Alexander Rovt, who is not only selling his Upper East Side townhouse, but a Phantom Rolls-Royce to go along with it.The Rolls-Royce was actually added to the property by the brokers, not the seller, Tal Alexander told Business Insider. It draws extra attention to the fact that the townhouse comes with a private garage, which is rare.“This house is going to cater to a Chinese or Middle Eastern buyer,” Alexander said. “We know that the Phantom is an attractive car to that type of buyer.”The property spans 25-feet, putting it on the wider end of the city’s townhouses. It has five outdoor spaces, including a rooftop patio. The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home recently underwent renovations that took five years to complete, and now comes with a pool and jacuzzi in the basement.The home and car are on the market for a total of $25 million. Take the tour…The Upper East Side townhouse has a width of 25 feet, putting it on the spacious end of New York City’s townhouses.The house has 11,400 square feet with ceiling heights between 12 and 14 feet.If stairs aren’t your thing, there’s also a lift.This is one of 15 rooms in the property.Famed designer Clive Christian created the chef’s kitchen with granite counter tops.There are dining areas inside and outside the kitchen. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann told employees he’s ‘humbled’ by the collapse of the firm’s IPO South Korea kicked up its trade war with Japan by making it 3 times harder for companies to export goods there The EU accuses Boris Johnson of only ‘pretending’ to negotiate a Brexit deal center_img These 10 cities are most at risk of an OB-GYN shortage, according to a troubling new study Five of the 15 rooms are bedrooms.The decor is not exactly subtle.The townhouse recently underwent renovations that took five years to complete.As well as the car, the buyer will also get its a private screening room.Jealous yet? No? There’s also a pool in the basement.Oh and also jacuzzi.There are more than eight bathrooms.There are five outdoor spaces so you can view the city life outside.Including one on the rooftop patio.This is what the six-story building looks like from the outside.All images: Douglas Elliman Want to live beside Zuckerberg? Here are 15 very expensive pads for sale nearbyWant to buy a Dublin church? It’s yours for a mere €575klast_img read more

NASA Shoots 3D Images of Sun

first_imgScientists have taken the first-ever 360 degree shots of that big fireball in the sky, thanks to the two STEREO (that’s Solare Terrestrial Relations Observatory) probes that were launced back in 2006. The probes were lined up on opposite sides of the star, allowing scientists to stitch together a 360 degree of the sun.The probes weren’t exactly 180 degrees apart, which is why there’s that thick black line going down the center of the image. NASA, however, promises that the two probes, “will completely close over the next several days”.AdChoices广告The probes traveled a combined 290 million miles to take the shots. Astronmer Phil Plait describes the process thusly, The Moon spins once for every time it goes around the Earth, so it appears like the same face is always toward us. But the Sun rotates once about every 24.5 days. During that time, the Earth has moved 1/15th of the way around its orbit, so the Sun has to spin a little more to “catch up” with the Earth — another 1.7 days. So over the course of about a month we see the entire surface of the Sun.last_img read more

Google Chrome can now run extensions in the background

first_imgLong-term, Google doesn’t view Chrome just as a browser… they see it as a platform. That’s why they’ve turned Chrome into an operating system. That’s why they opened the Chrome App Store. That’s why they extended Chrome notifications to the desktop. And that’s why they’re now allowing Chrome extensions to run in the background without the browser even being open.It’s pretty neat functionality, even though there are a minimum of extensions that actually take advantage of the functionality yet. Basically, what you get to do now is start a process and then close all your Chrome windows. Afterwards, the process will stay open in your System Tray (or in OS X’s dock), so it will still keep pumping desktop notifications through to you even if you don’t have any windows open. You can even access your background-enabled extensions from the system tray or dock.AdChoices广告This might seem rather superfluous, but it’s just another step as Google starts treating snippets of browser code as not just extensions, but apps. The new feature comes with some interesting new possibilities, too: for example, extensions can update themselves now, even if Chrome itself isn’t open. That has a lot of potential: Google Voice, for example, can now ring your computer even when your browser’s not open without the installation of a third-party app, while Gmail can slurp down your email.Right now, as we said, there’s not a lot developers are doing with this… but give it time. For right now, the only real extension to play with is the Countdown timer app, which will send you notifications even when Chrome is closed. I imagine we’ll see much more interesting uses of the tech soon enough, though.Read more at Googlelast_img read more

Childline closes its services again as weather conditions begin to deteriorate further

first_img Share2 Tweet Email Updated at 4.15pmTHE ISPCC’S CHILDLINE listening service has closed from 4pm today due to the poor weather conditions being experienced across the country.Childline offers children and young people free, non-judgemental phone line, live text and webchat services 365 days a year.A Status Red weather warning has been issued for the entire country until midday tomorrow.The government has urged everyone in a red area to be at home from 4pm today until 12 noon tomorrow and to not take chances on the roads.With that in mind, the charity said it has closed its services from 4pm today until it is safe to re-open.The charity also closed its call, text and webchat services overnight in order to protect the health and safety of its staff and volunteers who usually travel to Childline centres to answer calls 24 hours a day. However, it re-opened at 8am today for a period of time.The ISPCC has advised that it is monitoring conditions and advice from Met Éireann throughout the day.Any child or young person in danger, or in need of immediate help is advised to contact their local garda station or emergency services at 999 or 112.Read: LIVE: Status Red warning nationwide as Ireland braces for blizzard conditionsMore: Here are the stores, banks and post offices closing today due to the weather Short URL 9 Comments 9,543 Views Mar 1st 2018, 10:25 AM Childline closes its services again as weather conditions begin to deteriorate further The government has urged everyone across the country to be at home from 4pm today. By Hayley Halpin Image: Shutterstock/RimDream Image: Shutterstock/RimDream Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 4:13 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What is the governments position on the land dispute between families

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYThe tense atmosphere based on Land disputes has been envisaged by this paper. This is why we continued to emphasise the need for the Land Commission to commence handling cases. Unfortunately, many of these cases are already before the District Tribunals or other courts waiting for judgment. Civil society needs to be proactive in helping such matters to be settled through alternative dispute resolution measures so that they would not be politicized or given ethnic, religious and other connotations.Citizens are citizens regardless of their ethnolinguistic and religious and other status.  Is it that every land that was given by a village head to settle on could be claimed for as long as deed of gift was not prepared? If that is the case how many people will be evicted from their land?Land grabbers are just waiting to take over any land seized by those who claim traditional ownership. Government should develop a compensation scheme to prevent people from being uprooted from land they have lived on and developed all their lives.last_img read more

Statewide pot sales set record on day before Thanksgiving

first_imgForget “Green Friday” — there’s a new record-breaking shopping day for recreational marijuana in Washington.Sales for the much-hyped Green Friday, a pot shop play on the typical Black Friday day after Thanksgiving sales, were a solid $630,744 — nice but no record.The new record since stores opened nearly six months ago was the day before Thanksgiving, with more than $1 million in sales.“Woah, that’s awesome,” said Brian Budz, one of the owners of New Vansterdam in Vancouver. “That means a bunch of people went out and bought weed to go hang out with their families. That blows my mind, actually.”New Vansterdam, 6515 E Mill Plain Blvd., sold about $45,000 worth of product on the day before Thanksgiving, Budz said. His store did a strong Green Friday sales push on social media — and on a day that most stores did only slightly above average, New Vansterdam saw about $70,000 in sales, he said.The store promoted special deals for several weeks — offering prices as low as $3 for joints, $15 for 1 gram packages and $20 for 2-gram packages as doorbusters.“We did very well,” Budz said. “We did well over double what we do on a normal Friday. The rest of the weekend also stayed up, percentage wise. Saturday was about 50 percent higher than normal, Sunday was a bit above but close to normal.”last_img read more

17 journeys for 17 Iditarod rookies

first_imgSled builder Cody Strathe explains the braking systems on one of his sleds.The vast majority of mushers driving dog teams in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are veterans.The field of rookies is small and their goals are varied, but they’re all taking cues from seasoned veterans.There are only 17 rookies competing in this year’s Iditarod. Many aim simply to finish, but for a few, claiming ‘Rookie of the Year’ status is something to shoot for.“It’s just something fun to compete for,” Cody Strathe, of Fairbanks, said. “This is the only time I’ll be a rookie in a race for a really long time, so it’s just really fun to have that little goal.”Strathe has seen parts of the trail from the air and by snow machine. He’s also visited many of the checkpoints during past races.“I’ve got a wife that tells me all kinds of stories,” he said.“First thing I wake up in the morning, I’m like ok, when you go by here, this is a good place to camp and I’m sure I’ve totally overfilled his head with stuff,” Strathe’s wife, Paige Drobny, said.Cody Strathe’s leaders wore eye protection for the Sunday restart. (Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.)She has completed three previous Iditarods. She’s handed over her experienced leaders and the most competitive team dogs in their kennel.“I just want Cody to have a really good run and I think he has the team to do it,” she said.Tim Pappas has also gotten some solid advice from a qualified veteran. He’s training a team of puppies for long-time musher and four-time Champion, Martin Buser.“I have a really young team so I’m going to be giving them a lot more rest than a lot of the other dog teams, so we just have to get to the end,” Pappas said. “That’s all that really matters.”Tom Jamgochian has a similar feeling.“Yeah well, I’ll be travelling with 16 best friends, so I’m just going to keep them happy and do my best to have fun on the trail,” he said.Cody Strathe is running his first Iditarod. (Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media)Jamgochian says he hasn’t even thought about what it might be like to cross under the burled arch in his hometown, Nome.“That’s a million miles away at this point,” Jamgochian said.Jamgochian spent most of the winter away from his home and family to train his team in Nenana. But he was taking cues from long-time veteran Aaron Burmeister, so like many rookies before him, he just might find out he has the mushing experience to surprise even himself.last_img read more

Toys R Us Returns This Holiday Season as Interactive Experience

first_img Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the toy store…The late Toys “R” Us—which died a long, slow death over the past two years—is being resurrected this holiday season.Parent company Tru Kids Brand has teamed with software-powered retailer b8ta to launch a new, curated shopping experience designed for children.Two new Toys “R” Us locations are set to open later this year in The Galleria in Houston, Texas, and Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.“We have an incredible opportunity to entirely reimagine the Toys “R” Us brand in the US and are thrilled to … create a new, highly engaging retail experience designed for kids [and] families,” Richard Barry, CEO of Tru Kids and interim co-CEO of the new Toys “R” Us joint venture, said in a statement.Aimed at the next generation of ADHD-riddled children, the playground-like environments are centered around product discovery and engagement. Highly interactive, each store will feature fresh activities and events every day.Test toys before making a purchase. Embrace education with STEAM projects. Or just pal around with Geoffrey the Giraffe.“As a kid, my memory of Toys “R” Us was running up and down the aisles kicking balls and playing with the coolest toys,” b8ta president Phillip Raub, interim co-CEO of the new joint venture, reminisced.“As the retail landscape changes, so do consumer shopping habits. But what hasn’t changed is that kids want to touch everything and simply play,” he continued.(In my experience, adults aren’t so different.)“The new Toys “R” Us stores will be the most progressive and advanced stores in its category in the world,” according to Vibhu Norby, CEO of b8ta. “And we hope to surprise and delight kids for generations to come.”Additional U.S. locations will pop up through 2020, though no formal plans have been announced.After 70 years of bringing joy to children across the globe, Toys “R” Us in 2017 filed for bankruptcy, and in March 2018 announced that its U.S. operations were going out of business.Nationwide stores closed last June.As part of going out of business, Toys “R” Us also sold off its intellectual property—including some spicy sexual domains.More on’s Top Earner Is a 7-Year-Old Who Made $22M Reviewing ToysAmazon May Take Over Where Toys “R” Us Left OffNew Bill Stops ‘Grinch Bots’ From Stealing Holiday Shopping Amazon May Take Over Where Toys “R” Us Left OffToys “R” Us Sells Off Its Secret Sex Domains Stay on targetlast_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Doctor

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Bear with me, as I present a truly underrated—if not altogether unforeseen—villain: the Doctor himself.The Doctor is his own worst enemy (via BBC America)THE DOCTORFirst appearance: “An Unearthly Child” (1963)—series 1, episode 1Home planet: GallifreyDoctor: N/ACompanion: N/AMeet the Doctor, a centuries-old alien—a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey—who travels through time and space with various companions in a stolen TARDIS.Defender of the universe and protector of Earth, the Doctor (in all his incarnations) has saved the cosmos countless times. By all accounts, the world would be a much bleaker place without the renegade Time Lord swooping in to save humanity:During the Last Great Time War, the Sisterhood of Karn resurrect the Eighth Doctor, because they believed only he could stop a battle that threatened the existence of the entire universe.In a parallel realm where the Tenth Doctor never meets Donna Noble, the Earth is fraught with death and destruction.When the Great Intelligence changed time so as to negate the Doctor’s victories, entire star systems disappeared.“A universe without the Doctor. There will be consequences.”The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), the TARDIS, and the bowtie (via BBC)For all his alien tendencies, the Doctor brandishes a humanity seldom seen in most people. But even an endless inventory of good deeds can’t hide the character’s dark side.Walter Simeon: “It was a minor skirmish, by the Doctor’s blood-soaked standards. Not exactly the Time War, but enough to finish him. In the end, it was too much for the old man.”Madame Vastra: “The Doctor has been many things, but never blood-soaked.”Simeon: “Tell that to the leader of the Sycorax, or Solomon the trader, or the Cybermen, or the Daleks. The Doctor lives his life in darker hues, day upon day, and he will have other names before the end. The Storm, the Beast, the Valeyard.”Cynicism and despair lurk deep inside the Time Lord—often hidden by his compulsion to play the hero. There is no good without bad, and what sort of champion would the Doctor be if he didn’t wield a bit of depravity once in a while?After all, nice guys tend to finish last.Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) regenerates (via TheGaroStudios)The Doctor has been known to rewrite history to serve his own ambitions. But even the Daleks don’t dare tamper with fixed points—like the one the Tenth Doctor modifies in “The Water of Mars” to save the crew members of Bowie Base One.“It’s taken me all these years to realize the laws of time are mine, and they will obey me,” he declares.Finally reaching his breaking point, the Time Lord lets go of his self-pity and guilt, proclaiming himself a winner and, for all intents and purposes, a god.Tenth Doctor: “I’ve done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved some little people, but never someone as important as you. Oh, I’m good.”Adelaide Brooke: “Little people? What, like Mia and Yuri? Who decides they’re so unimportant? You?”Tenth Doctor: “For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor, but I’m not. I’m the winner. That’s who I am. The Time Lord Victorious.”Adelaide: “And there’s no one to stop you.”Tenth Doctor: “No.”Adelaide: “This is wrong, Doctor. I don’t care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.”For the first time since the series reboot, the Doctor’s arrogance is laid bare. And it provokes the untimely death of a brilliant astronaut and brief friend.The Ninth Doctor’s (Christopher Eccleston) iconic dark look (via BBC)It’s not hard to pinpoint moments of darkness in Doctor Who; you don’t have to look to closely to find the titular Time Lord’s sinister side.He’s been referred to as the “Oncoming Storm,” “Destroyer of the Worlds,” “Predator,” and “Great Exterminator” and called “Valeyard,” a “cruel tyrant,” and the “Doctor of War.”This year’s Christmas special in particular capitalized on the character as the villain: Two Doctors resist regeneration—and the potentially calamitous consequences of their survival.“Oh, there it is. The silly old universe. The more I save it, the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill,” the Twelfth Doctor realizes, moments before giving in to inevitable change.More than 1,500 years of preservation can wear down even a Time Lord. And, in the end, if the Doctor’s selfishness can cause the destruction of the universe, the only person who can save it is, well, the Doctor.Doctor, meet the Doctor (via BBC)Bill Potts: Perhaps there’s just some bloke, wandering around, putting everything right when it goes wrong.First Doctor: Well, that would be a nice story, wouldn’t it?Bill: That would be the best.First Doctor: But the real world is not a fairy tale.Bill: You dash around the universe, trying to figure out what’s holding it all together, and you really, really don’t know?First Doctor: You know me in the future. Do I ever understand?Bill: No. I really don’t think you do. Everyone who’s ever met you does. You’re amazing, Doctor. Never forget that. Never, ever.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

US Cops Cant Force You to Unlock a Phone With Face Finger

first_imgStay on target A California judge ruled that U.S. law enforcement can not force people to unlock a mobile phone with biometrics.Courts previously allowed police to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with fingerprints or faces, but not a passcode.This new ruling, first reported by Forbes, declares that all logins are created equal.The nine-page order, issued on Jan. 10 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, denies a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland.Specifics of the criminal case—which involves two suspects accused of committing extortion via Facebook Messenger—remain sealed. According to Forbes, an unnamed victim was asked to pay, or have an “embarrassing” video released publicly.While police wanted to raid suspects’ property, feds fancied opening any phone on the premises using facial recognition, fingerprint identification, or the more uncommon iris scan (objectionable).The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options: iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition (via Samsung)U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore OK’d the search, agreeing that investigators showed probable cause. But she drew the line at forcibly unlocking handsets.The request, she wrote in the order, “runs afoul of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments” protecting against unreasonable searches and self-incrimination, respectively.“The government cannot be permitted to search and seize a mobile phone or other device that is on a non-suspect’s person simply because they are present during an otherwise lawful search,” Westmore said.This marks the first time a judge decided biometric features, like passcodes, are “testimonial,” and therefore granted protection against self-incrimination.“The challenge facing the courts is that technology is outpacing the law,” Westmore declared, writing that finger and face scans are not the same as collecting fingerprints for comparison against physical evidence found at a crime scene.In this case, the judge suggested “other ways that the government might access the content that do not trample on the Fifth Amendment.”Obtaining Facebook Messenger communications from the parent company, for instance, under the Stored Communications Act, or a warrant based on probable cause.“While it may be more expedient to circumvent Facebook, and attempt to gain access by infringing on the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination,” Westmore said, “it is an abuse of power and is unconstitutional.”Her decision is not final, though. As Forbes pointed out, it could be overturned by a district court judge, as happened with a similar ruling in Illinois in 2017.More on ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both?Creepy Walmart Patent Reveals Shopping Carts That Track Your PulseNew AI-Powered System Can Identify You By the Way You Walk The Whole Front of This Smartphone Is a Fingerprint ReaderCreepy Walmart Patent Reveals Shopping Carts That Track Your Pulse last_img read more

Facial Recognition Privacy Act Aims to Protect Your ID

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearLondon Police’s Facial Recognition System Has 81 Percent Error Rate Stay on target Two U.S. senators want to limit what businesses can do with facial recognition data.Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) this week introduced the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, aimed at commercial users of FR technology.Your face is the key to your personal identity: It distinguishes you from every Tom, Dick, and Harry; it unlocks your smartphone, and gains entry to your bank account.It also allows law enforcement to quickly and accurately identify a wanted person in a crowd, or match a simple image with a database of known criminals.Which, understandably, has conjured a sort of Orwellian “Big Brother” impression across the country.“Consumers are increasingly concerned about how their data is being collected and used, including data collected through facial recognition technology,” Blunt said in a statement. “That’s why we need guardrails to ensure that, as this technology continues to develop, it is implemented responsibly.”If passed, the bill would require companies to notify customers when FR technology is in use. (I imagine this will manifest in something similar to existing “CCTV in operation” signage.)It also restricts the redistribution or dissemination of data to third-parties without “express consent from the end user.”“This bill increases transparency and consumer choice by requiring individuals to give informed consent before commercial entities can collect and share data gathered through FR,” Blunt said.All providers would have to meet data security, minimization, and retention standards as determined by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Facial recognition is not new: It has been a staple of security and surveillance applications for decades.But while its use in commercial applications (like Taylor Swift concerts or the White House) grows, many consumers remain unaware that the “Big Brother”-esque technology is often hidden in plain sight.“Our bill makes sure that people are given the information and—more importantly—the control over how their data is shared with companies using facial recognition technology,” Schatz explained.“This legislation,” Blunt added, “is an important step toward protecting privacy and empowering consumers, and I encourage all of my colleagues to support it.”More on Releases Diverse Dataset For Fairer Facial RecognitionMIT Removes Inherent AI Facial Recognition BiasThis Pet Feeder Uses Facial Recognition So The Right Pet Gets the Treatslast_img read more

New Flexible Transparent Transistors made of Nanotubes

first_imgThe ability to create flexible, transparent electronics could lead to a host of novel applications, such as e-paper and electronic car windshields. Now, scientists have constructed a transistor made of a network of nanotubes that may serve as an essential component in a trans-flex device. Metallic-to-semiconducting nanotube conversion greatly improves transistor performance Such devices require two main components: light displays and current-controlling transistors. While scientists have found that OLEDs and LCDs work well as light displays, finding a truly transparent and flexible transistor material is still an open area. Usually, these transistors consist of metallic nanowires.Recently, researchers from Hanyang University in Seoul have constructed a thin film transistor made of networked single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on a glass substrate. While it’s not the first thin film transistor made of SWNTs, it has the advantage of allowing a high density of SWNTs to be grown under lower temperatures than normally required.Most significantly, the method shows that nanotubes can offer a practical choice for fabricating transparent, thin film electronics such as flat-panel displays and future opto-electronics devices.“This works shows that we are able to build a transistor with thin films of SWNTs, rather than with single SWNTs,” coauthor Wanjun Park told “It means that we have an easier fabrication method for building electronic devices made of nanotubes, without the need to individually control each single tube.”In a recent issue of Nanotechnology, the researchers explained how the SWNT network can be arranged through a technique called chemical vapor deposition. In this method, the substrate is pre-patterned with catalysts to avoid the need for etching, and the nanotubes can be directly deposited on the substrate. By enhancing this technique with the use of a water plasma, the scientists were able to grow the nanotubes at significantly lower temperatures than in previous methods.Due to the high SWNT density on the substrate, the nanotubes intersected with each other to form a continuous conductive path. However, for nanotubes above a critical percolation threshold (a measure of connectivity), there was no conductance. In this way, the SWNTs act like semiconductors, providing the basis for the on-off switching in the transistor.In the future, the scientists plan to make improvements to the nanotube transistors by increasing their mobility and further understanding the complex configuration of the nanotube networks.“These results are just the beginning,” Park said. “The technology needs lower temperatures for semiconducting SWNT growth, as well as higher transistor performance for real applications. But SWNT is a very robust material with outstanding electrical properties. It can be expected to be one of the candidates for a future electronic material.”More information: Bae, Eun Ju, Min, Yo-Sep, Kim, Un Jeong, and Park, Wanjun. “Thin film transistors of single-walled carbon nanotubes grown directly on glass substrates.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 495203 (4pp).Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Citation: New Flexible, Transparent Transistors made of Nanotubes (2007, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (A) The thin film transistor array on a glass substrate. Inset: A magnified transparent transistor. (B) Scanning electron microscope image of the network of SWNTs. Image credit: Eun Ju Bae, et al. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Honeybees entomb to protect from pesticides

first_img( — With the drastic rise in the disappearance of honeybee colonies throughout the world in recent years there has become a large focus on the study of honeybees and the effects of pesticides on their colonies. Termed ‘colony collapse disorder’ in 2006, the decline in honeybees throughout the world has been attributed to everything from pesticides to disease and parasites. The loss of the honeybee population is a concern for the agricultural community, given these bees are responsible for pollinating crops worldwide. Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest 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. Citation: Honeybees entomb to protect from pesticides (2011, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Dr. Jeffrey Pettis, head of the Bee Research Laboratory with the US Department of Agriculture recently addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture in England to discuss his recent study on the honeybees.Pettis has found that the bees are apparently able to detect the pesticide residue found in pollen they bring back to the hive. In examining honeybee hives, they have found cells containing pollen with high levels of pesticide have been sealed off by the bees using a waxy substance called propolis. While these bees are able to sense the contaminated pollen and try to seal it off from the rest of the hive, Pettis says this attempt is only proving futile and that the findings of sealed off cells in a hive are the biggest indicator of probable colony loss.Pettis believes the decline in the honeybees can be attributed to what he calls the “3-P principle” which represents poor nutrition, pesticides, and pathogens. While the pesticides are a contributing factor to the decline, he does not believe they are the only factor. With the increase in more intensive farming of one crop, a honeybee’s food source in an area can go from that of multiple sources to only one source, leading to poor nutrition. Beekeepers have also been using a substance to help control pests like the varroa mite that attacks honeybees. Unfortunately, the bees have also been found to entomb pollen cells they find containing this substance, showing that in may in fact also be harmful to the honeybee. Explore furtherlast_img read more

33 of people are uncomfortable with idea of gay Disney princess

first_imgA third of people are still uncomfortable with the idea of a gay Disney princess. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Many people may hope Elsa from Frozen gets a girlfriend but it seems that a 33% of Brits think it would be unsuitable for children.YouGov asked British people on possible future introductions into the Disney princess canon.Brits don’t want a gay Disney princessThe possibility of a gay princess was at the bottom of the list.Over half were comfortable with an overweight Disney princess, while 70% said they’d be comfortable with the idea of a princess being a parent.When the results were broken down, it showed support for LGBTI representation in family films was vastly different across the age spectrum.Two thirds, 67%, in the age group of 18-24 supported the idea. Only a quarter of those aged 65 and over did.Previously, Idina Menzel – the voice of Elsa – has supported the idea of Elsa having a girlfriend.‘I’m all for it. I think it’s a wonderful idea,’ she said.‘It’s a wonderful conversation that we should all have about whether a Disney princess or queen could be gay.’She later added, ‘I can’t promise anybody that’s going to happen.’Disney and its growing LGBTI presenceFrozen 2 is due to be released in cinemas in 2019 and could follow in a line of slowly increasing LGBTI visibility in Disney movies. In March, the creators of Pixar film Coco voiced their support for a LGBTI hero ina  future film.Asked about including a LGBTI character in their films, they said: ‘I mean, that’s a dream, yes.Darla K Anderson said: ‘I think that every kind of diversity, LGBTQ – and Coco’s a great example of diversity and representation, and the success of that.‘All of us are very excited to have characters like that represented as protagonists in every realm, and so that would be a dream, that would be a hope, and we are all taking about all kinds of things like that right now.’In the first Frozen film a lot of people thought the innkeeper was a possible gay character, as well many other ‘coded’ gay characters in the Disney canon.Disney had its first ‘exclusively gay moment’ in last year’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Gaston’s manservant, LeFou, was shown struggling with his sexuality and his feelings for ultra-macho leading man Gaston.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Elsa would be the first animated Disney princess to have come out. | Photo: Flickr GAYSTARNEWS- Could Elsa finally be getting a girlfriend? Frozen director says maybeEvan Rachel Wood joins the cast of Disney’s Frozen 2This amazing thread of gay Disney couples has gone viralRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2018 4:04 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec video artist and set designer wins $100,000 Siminovitch Prize Video Designer/Set Designer Stephanie Jasmin is seen in an undated handout photo. Jasmin has been named the winner of the 2018 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, National Arts Centre *MANDATORY CREDIT* center_img OTTAWA – Quebec video artist and set designer Stephanie Jasmin has won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.The co-artistic director of Montreal’s UBU creative company was praised by the jury for “beautiful and highly original visions.”The 38-year-old gets $75,000 and the right to choose a protege to receive $25,000. Jasmin chose emerging set designer Max-Otto Fauteux, with whom she has collaborated on past UBU productions.Celebrated playwright and novelist Tomson Highway hosted an awards ceremony Monday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.Canada’s most prestigious theatre prize rotates on a three-year cycle to celebrate a director, playwright or designer whose work is considered “transformative and influential.”Other finalists included Montreal-based sound designer and musician Alexander MacSween; Toronto-based designer Camellia Koo, who has worked in theatre, opera and dance; and Itai Erdal, the artistic director of the Vancouver’s Elbow Theatre and an award-winning lighting designer, writer and performer. They each receive $5,000.Jasmin said she was grateful to be in such auspicious company and said the lucrative award will give her “wings to continue and to go further and further.”“It’s rare to have that kind of prize for mid-career recognition,” Jasmin said by phone Monday as she arrived in Ottawa by train for the gala.“Normally, a big prize like this would be for lifetime achievement and I found that it’s so right to (be awarded) when things begin to be interesting and you have more and more work and you experiment more and more. It’s a very beautiful time to have some encouragement.”Jasmin said she may use the prize money to realize a longtime dream to visit Japan, hoping it could inspire future multimedia works.Born in Neuville, Que., just outside Quebec City, Jasmin moved to Paris at age 19 to study art at the Ecole du Louvre, and then Montreal to study film at Concordia University.Jasmin said she sees her theatre work as a seamless integration of both words and images, rather than separate elements that are made to fit together.“It’s really, really connected for me — you have to work in a sort of (harmony), to be linked even to the breath of the actors on the stage who are speaking,” she said.And while technology has its place, it also has limits.“We have nice tools now, it’s very accessible so we can play a lot with those but it’s not an end in itself. I have a vision first, and after that I find the right tools,” she said.“I’m interested in looking at the world and finding some details and some landscape that can be a little bit worked, and edited, transformed. But it’s really (about) beginning with the reality for me.”Jasmin said this next generation of set designers have embraced technology and mixed-media in exciting ways that are transforming the craft.That includes viewing various elements of a stage production — such as lighting, video and set design — as inextricably linked from the beginning of the design process, she said.“I think it could be interesting because it will be more integrated.”— By Cassandra Szklarski in Torontolast_img read more