first_imgAPTN InFocus:On Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm ET we’re putting the election of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations InFocus.We’re broadcasting live from the Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg on the day Chiefs choose their national leader.Our guests will join host/producer, Cheryl McKenzie, to share their perspective on the issues influencing the decision of who gets in.Here are our InFocus guests for the live show: Arthur Manuel, former Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band and the son of George Manuel who was a leader in the Constitutional Express that ensured Aboriginal rights and title were recognized in the 1982 Constitution Act;Russell Diabo, Mohawk from Kahnawake, and Publisher and Editor of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin; Joan Jack, Anishinaabekwe from Beren’s River First Nation in Manitoba; Lawyer and previous AFN National Chief candidate.WATCH these clips from the candidates to get a sense of where they’re coming from.They appear in alphabetical order: Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard.(Video clips recorded at candidates forum in Winnipeg, Nov.6/14) Cheryl Maloney, President of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and daughter of Reginald Maloney, the long-time Chief of the Mi’Kmaq Shubenacadie Band who took his fight for treaty rights all the way to the Supreme Court and won; andlast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Facebook and Instagram will charge the goods and services tax on online advertisements purchased through their Canadian operations, but other technology giants said they aren’t ready to follow suit just yet.The U.S.-based social media networks said they decided to apply the taxes by mid-2019 in an effort to “provide more transparency to governments and policy makers around the world who have called for greater visibility over the revenue associated with locally supported sales in their countries.”The federal government has long faced pressure to force foreign online services to apply sales taxes to their work, but has shied away from such measures, despite its international trade committee urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make online services pay the taxes so small- and medium-sized businesses don’t lose customers to larger firms based abroad.The decision to charge the taxes could create a windfall for the federal government and bring it closer to the 2020 deadline it set with other G20 countries to develop an international tax plan to address companies that are based in one country but have the potential to pay taxes in another.In the wake of Facebook and Instagram’s announcement, a spokesperson for Twitter Canada said it does not currently charge sales taxes on ads and a representative for Uber Canada said it already applies sales taxes on all of its rides and food delivery orders in the country.Google referred The Canadian Press to statements the company made back in May indicating that it would comply with legislation, should the federal government create regulations to require the collection of such taxes on digital sales.The company noted that it already plans to comply with similar legislation Quebec passed around its sales tax.Meanwhile, streaming service Netflix said only that it “pays all taxes when required by law.”Short-term rental company Airbnb previously asked the federal government for regulation around taxes.“We think as a platform our hosts should pay taxes. I know people get shocked when we say that, but we do. We think we should be contributing,” Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s public policy manager in Canada, said in an interview.“We just need to figure out what are the appropriate rules in place to do that and how can we facilitate that.”With files from Jordan Press in Ottawalast_img read more

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A funeral service has been held in Denmark for the three children of a business tycoon who were killed during the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, the Associated Press reported.Holch Povlsen, the owner of the Bestseller clothing chain, comforted his wife, Anne, and their surviving daughter, Astrid, as three flower-covered coffins were brought out of hearses at Aarhus Cathedral. The family was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was attacked. More than 350 people died in bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21. Members of the Danish royal family and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen attended the emotional service. Holch Povlsen, 46, is the sole owner of the Bestseller clothing chain, the biggest shareholder of fashion retailer ASOS and the largest private landowner in Scotland. read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 9:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tiny Saskatchewan town hosts unveiling of Marilyn Monroe dress exhibit LUSELAND, Sask. – The most expensive, and arguably iconic, dress in the world made its Canadian public debut Monday at the community hall in Luseland, Sask.Marilyn Monroe wore the skin-tight, bejewelled Jean Louis dress when she cooed a sultry “Happy birthday, Mr. President…” to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday in 1962.She died less than three months later.The dress was purchased for US$4.8 million last November by businessman Jim Pattison for his Ripley’s Entertainment division, making it the most expensive dress purchased, according to Guinness World Records.Pattison, who is originally from Luseland, is the CEO of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s second-largest privately held company.Edward Meyer, vice-president of exhibits and archives at Ripley’s Entertainment, said the seven minutes of bidding he engaged in for the dress was “very exciting.”“When the bids are going up by half a million dollars, if you pause for 30 seconds, you’re already a million back,” he told CTV News from Orlando, Fla. “You have to be able to act and react fast. It’s not until two or three days later it sinks in that, ‘Oh my gosh we just spent $4.8 million.’”The gown is adorned with 6,000 hand-sewn rhinestones and 2,500 crystals.Meyer said what grabbed the interest of Ripley’s was the historical importance of the dress.“It’s the association with JFK. It’s the 1960s. It’s the whole big picture, not just Marilyn,” Meyer explained. “It’s also her last big public event before her suicide/death.”Transporting the dress to the small Saskatchewan town was frantic and scary, according to Meyer, who said the artifact has been surrounded by security guards since its arrival in Luseland.Meyer said the case alone — which is bullet-proof and has GPS tracking — costs more than some other Ripley’s exhibits.Monroe’s dress will be taken to Saskatoon later this week, then will tour British Columbia before visiting various Ripley’s centres.(CTV Saskatoon) read more

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Near the midway point of its 2009-10 campaign, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will host the team up north.This weekend, the Buckeyes (4-5-1 CCHA, 6-9-1 overall) will host the Michigan Wolverines (3-5-0 CCHA, 7-7-0 overall) in a vital CCHA rivalry matchup. The contests aren’t only significant because of the schools’ historic rivalry, but because they provide an opportunity for both teams to move up in the CCHA standings as both squads move closer to the main stretch of the season.Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan, 29-64-11, and has lost six of the past 10 meetings.Michigan currently sits near the CCHA cellar in 11th place, while OSU checks in at the eighth spot. The Buckeyes will be storming into this series riding one of their finest victories of the season after defeating No. 6 Bemidji State in overtime 2-1 on Nov. 28. OSU also improved its record to 5-2-1 in Saturday’s contests. The Buckeyes will look to turn around their abysmal 1-7-0 record on Friday.Coming off of a 29-12-0 overall record and a 20-8-0 CCHA record, in which it led the CCHA in overall team offense and was tied for the best team defense, Michigan was skating into this season with dreams of a CCHA championship.It looked as if the Wolverines would follow the coaches and media poll predictions of being in the top spot in the CCHA as they started 4-2. But contests versus elite opponents such as Miami University and Michigan State humbled Michigan as it fell in five consecutive contests.However, the Wolverines have turned the page, as the team has won its past three contests while outscoring its opponents 13-3.Both schools’ coaches have left a significant mark on their school’s program. Red Berenson is in his 26th year as the coach of the Wolverines. He has also accounted for two of Michigan’s NCAA-record nine NCAA Division I championships.John Markell is in his 14th season behind the Ohio State bench. He has led the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament five times, the only appearances in program history.Michigan will enter this weekend’s contests hosting a number of the CCHA’s best offensive players. Junior forward Carl Hagelin leads the Wolverines with 12 points and seven goals. Fellow junior forwards Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso have scored 11 and 10 goals apiece, respectively.Junior goalie Bryan Hogan has started between the poles every contest for the Wolverines and hosts an impressive .903 save percentage and a goals allowed per game average of 2.30.Zac Dalpe is the Buckeyes’ lead scorer. The junior has a team-high nine goals and 17 points.Ohio State has two goaltenders who stand in the crease every other contest. Sophomore Cal Heeter currently holds a superior record to senior goaltender Dustin Carlson, at 5-2-1 compared to 1-7-0. But Carlson actually holds a better save percentage, .908 to Heeter’s .907.This weekend’s matchup between the two schools will add another chapter to one of the most historic rivalries in collegiate sports. OSU will host Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. read more

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According to the Police, investigations so far, have revealed that Corporal Bartholomew, his colleague Constable Travis Bess and miner Devon Williams, of Annandale, ECD, were returning from a river patrol duty in a wooden craft, captained by Devon Williams. As they were mid-way in the river, the craft began to take in water from the bow and quickly sank. Bess and Williams managed to swim to shore but Cpl. Bartholomew was unsuccessful. Inews understands that the body of Corporal Bartholomew has been transported to Bartica Hospital Mortuary for a post mortem examination tomorrow. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into shooting of officer en route to Macapa BaseNovember 14, 2018In “Crime”29 Police officers graduate from University of GuyanaNovember 13, 2018In “Crime”Corporal implicated in AK-47 interception at Police HQ on the runMarch 9, 2017In “Crime” Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Police Corporal 16825 Balgrave Bartholomew, 39, of Itaballi, Mazaruni, who was stationed at Ekeruku Police Outpost. The incident reportedly occurred about 20:45hrs last evening in the Ekeruku River, Mazaruni. Commander ‘F’ Division (Interior locations) Senior Superintendent R. Budram along with Pastor Lennox Rankin of the Guyana Police Force Cops and Faith Community Network and a party of police ranks  today visited the relatives of the deceased and offered their condolences. An alarm was raised and a search team comprising of residents combed the area and his lifeless body was found about 10:00hrs this morning, in the said river. read more

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first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3225376 Monday 6 Feb 2017, 2:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ANGLERS CAN REST as the search to catch the first salmon in Ireland this year has ended, with Ronan O’Connor catching a 7lb fresh run salmon in Fermoy in Cork. Ronan O’Connor holds aloft the 7lb salmon Source: Inland Fisheries IrelandO’Connor caught the fish last Wednesday, while the River Blackwater was high with around two foot visibility at 4pm.Inland Fisheries Ireland confirmed today that O’Connor’s catch was the first salmon in Ireland to be caught in 2017.The group’s CEO Ciaran Byrne said: “With over 273,600 domestic anglers in Ireland, Ronan O’Connor did extremely well to secure the title for catching the first fish of 2017.”A spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland told TheJournal.ie that to be the one to catch the first salmon of the year was a much sought-after title among the angling community.“Most anglers out there would be searching for this one,” the spokesperson said.“In this case, contact was made with us and we sent our fishery manager down in Cork to verify the catch.”The first catch of the year wasn’t made until February, and the spokesperson explained that this was in line with recent years.“It’s difficult to say why it takes so long,” they said. “It could be due to a variety of factors such as weather conditions and water temperature.The day this salmon was caught was actually the first day that part of the river was open to anglers this year.According to figures from Inland Fisheries Ireland, around 15,724 salmon were caught by anglers here in 2015.Read: Man left in freezing shark infested water for six hours after being dragged out of boat by fishRead: Nothing fishy here: 500 children from across Dublin have been taught how to fish The first salmon to be caught this year in Ireland was nabbed in Fermoy The 7lb fish was caught in the River Blackwater last Wednesday. 23 Comments Share147 Tweet Email1 18,487 Views Feb 6th 2017, 2:20 PM By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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first_imgWednesday 4/17Audio PlayerJennifer-0417.mp3VmJennifer-0417.mp300:00RPdBorough Approves KPBSD Additional Funding Request, UPDATED: Seward Man Fatally Shot 2 Men In Van Friday 4/19Audio PlayerFRIDAY-41919.mp3VmFRIDAY-41919.mp300:00RPd2019 KSRM Easter Egg Found!, O’Brien Approved As interim KPBSD Superintendent Of Schools, Joint Chamber Lunch with Congressman Don Young Next Week, Proposal Deadline for Board of Game, Oilers Baseball Honda “Big Red” Stolen From Storage Connex Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 08:35 amThe KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 4/16Audio PlayerTUESDAY-41619.mp3VmTUESDAY-41619.mp300:00RPdSeward Man Arrested For Shooting, Killing Two Other Seward Men, Troopers Will Be Patrolling, Checking Buoys And Pots Through September, Detour In Place For Kenai Spur Highway Construction Project, 2020-2023 Community Transportation Program Application Period Extendedcenter_img Monday 4/15Audio PlayerMonday-0419.mp3VmMonday-0419.mp300:00RPdRepresentative Vance Launches Inquiry Into Board of Fish Actions, DF&G Weigh Set Gillnet Gear Reduction Options For 2019 Thursday 4/18Audio PlayerTHURSDAY-41819.mp3VmTHURSDAY-41819.mp300:00RPdWelcome Home To The ‘Welcome To Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’ Sign, BIK&S Working To Bring Bike Rack Program To Kenai, Commercial Fishermen Dismayed With Legislature’s Confirmation, Borough Set To Intervene In Enstar Rate Caselast_img read more

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first_imgLawmakers take their first look Friday at a bill changing the Alaska State Council on the Arts from an agency to a public corporation.The council distributes funds to artists and art organizations around the state.Listen nowExecutive Director Andrea Noble-Pelant said it would allow for more partnerships and funding opportunities.“Our choice is we can stay the same and watch our organization dwindle, or be less effective,” Noble-Pelant said. “Or we can take a step to become more efficient.”Senate Bill 66 and House Bill 137 call for the change.The switch to a public corporation would result in a number of operational adjustments.One would remove the council from requirements of the state procurement code.Juneau’s Ben Brown, who chairs the arts council’s board, said it’s a necessary change.“The procurement code is something to make sure that state agencies operate in a certain matter,” Brown said. “We’re a little bit different than some other state agencies in some of the programs and services we are trying to provide. We’re certainly different in having funding available to us from private foundation partners.”The council’s budget for this year is about $2.8 million. About a quarter comes from the state, a quarter from the federal government and the rest from foundations and other private donors.The legislation was proposed by the council after an extensive operational review, Brown said.It will have its first hearing at 8 a.m. Friday before the Senate Education Committee. The identical House version is not yet scheduled.Both versions were authored by their chamber’s Education Committees, which reflects broader support than a measure sponsored by individual legislators.Another section would exempt artists’ submissions to the council from public records laws.Noble-Pelant said information about accepted art commissions would remain public. The bill removes those from artists whose proposals are not accepted.“Artists are business people and they are part of that creative economy,” Noble-Pelant said. “They are often sole proprietors and when they apply for a commission, it’s much like someone who’s applying for a job.”The bills would keep the state arts council within the Department of Education.The legislation changes board member requirements, from having interest in the arts to having expertise. Brown said that’s important.“Hopefully, all Alaskans have interest in the arts. That’s one of the reasons the council exists,” Brown said. “But I don’t know that it’s fair to say that as many Alaskans have expertise in the arts. And to be a member of the council, it’s appropriate that people have more than just a passing interest, but have some level of expertise, whatever that may be.”The change could expand the pool of applicants to administrators and others who are not necessarily artists themselves, Noble-Pelant said.Under the bills, the board’s 11 members would automatically become trustees for the new corporation. Members would continue to be appointed by the governor.last_img read more

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:53 Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.The Houston Fire Department is in for a major restructuring. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday that’s going forward whether or not voters approve a ballot initiative granting firefighters pay parity with police.Many of the changes will focus on emergency medical services, which account for more than 80 percent of department calls. “In some cases we may look at utilizing more civilians,” Mayor Turner said. “It doesn’t necessarily require a classified firefighter.”Turner said a lot more firefighters will lose their jobs if Proposition B passes. Fire Chief Samuel Peña is already reviewing the lists to implement a “step down.”“You know, a captain today with the fire department, under step down, depending on how many captains [Chief Peña] thinks he needs, if he doesn’t need as many as exist today, then some are demoted to the next level, and you keep going down until you get to the rank and file, and then that’s where your layoffs will occur,” Turner said.Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, released a statement suggesting Turner’s action may violate state law.“The mayor’s vindictive obsession with punishing Houston firefighters will be met with a fierce legal response,” Lancton said. “Houstonians should know that the mayor is far out of bounds on this move. Not only will Houston firefighters not allow the mayor to destabilize public safety in our city, but many others will oppose him at the courthouse and at city hall.”The Turner administration projects the cost of implementing Proposition B at roughly $100 million per year. The firefighters’ union says this overstates the cost by tens of millions of dollars.The Houston City Controller’s office, which is independent of both parties, provides the following cost estimate: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /44:54 On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A new report says Harris County’s response to fires, like the one earlier this year at the ITC chemical facility, needs improvement. We learn about the 49 recommendations a private consulting firm has given to commissioners court.Also this hour: We learn how the city inspects and maintains area roads and bridges. Then, we learn how the Turtle Bayou Resolutions set the stage for the Texas Revolution.And we bid farewell to News 88.7’s outgoing energy and environment reporter Travis Bubenik. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listenlast_img read more

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first_imgRev. Jamal BryantSigns have emerged that suggest Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, a Baltimore fixture and pastor of the Empowerment Temple Church in West Baltimore, may be considering making a run for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional seat.When asked if Bryant was mounting a campaign for the Cummings seat, which has been occupied by the Maryland’ 7th Congressional District representative since 1996, Nicole Kirby, a spokeswoman for Bryant, said, “I can neither confirm nor deny Jamal is running” for office.Cummings himself is the subject of speculation that he will run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Maryland seat now that she is retiring. Cummings hired Ashley Martens, who is known for her Senate fundraising skills, is a possible signal that he will run for higher office. Cummings did not respond to a request for comment.Bryant is a frequent fixture on television and during the April Baltimore uprising, was often seen leading protests. He gave the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral in April and was very visible last summer in Ferguson, Mo, where he was arrested demonstrating against police brutality following the shooting death of Michael Brown.last_img read more

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first_imgIn September, Hulu said it had surpassed 1 million subscribers, about a year and half after the launch of the over-the-top live TV service aimed at cord-cutters and cord-nevers. It competes with a range of other “virtual” pay-TV services, including AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, Google’s YouTube TV and FuboTV.So far, Hulu’s OTT television service has not been a huge moneymaker for the joint venture, which saw its second-quarter 2018 losses double to $357 million.Hulu is now mulling the introduction of lower-cost live TV bundles that would eliminate linear feeds of entertainment cable TV networks to reduce programming costs and improve the profitability. The company just hired former YouTube exec Heather Moosnick as SVP of content partnerships to head up live and on-demand programming acquisition. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Hulu is expanding programming options available to its live-streaming TV customers — without raising the price of its core bundle.The company announced two new network add-on tiers: The Español pack, priced at an additional $4.99 monthly, with access to ESPN Deportes, NBC Universo, CNN En Español and History Channel En Español; and the Entertainment add-on, an extra $7.99 per month, which includes LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), FYI, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and CNBC World.Later in 2018, with the launch of Discovery on Hulu with Live TV, the service will add networks from the Discovery family to the Entertainment add-ons, including Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, Discovery Family, Science and Destination America.The optional programming packs are in addition to the $40-per-month price of Hulu With Live TV, which provides more than 50 networks including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations in most markets as well as cable channels like ESPN, CNN, Fox News Channel and TBS. Hulu With Live TV subs also can subscribe to premium networks HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz for additional monthly fees.last_img read more

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first_imgCave of Crystals, Naica, Mexico. Image credit: Skylar Because growing a giant crystal in a laboratory creates difficulties because of the timescale required, they were unable to make an accurate guess as to the age of these crystals. However, thanks to a team of researchers from Spain and Japan and a new analytical technique, the age and the growth rate of these crystals has been determined and they have been a long time in the making. As much as 1 million years in the making. The researchers study has been published in the September 12 online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The new technique utilizes a beam of white light aimed at the crystal to determine its properties. Scientists determined that the gypsum crystalized within the cave at temperatures between 54 and 58 degrees Celsius, or 129 to 136 degrees Fahrenheit. By submersing the crystal in mineral rich water, similar to what would have flowed in the cave before it was drained in 1975, the researchers discovered that the slowest growth would have occurred when the cave was 55 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the crystals would have taken 990,000 years to form with a diameter of 1 meter. By increasing the temperature in the cave by one degree, or 56 degrees Celsius, the same size crystal could have formed in a little less than half the time, or around 500,000 years. This possible growth rate would work out to around a billionth of a meter of growth per day and is the slowest growth rate that has ever been measured. More information: Ultraslow growth rates of giant gypsum crystals, PNAS, Published online before print September 12, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1105233108AbstractMineralogical processes taking place close to equilibrium, or with very slow kinetics, are difficult to quantify precisely. The determination of ultraslow dissolution/precipitation rates would reveal characteristic timing associated with these processes that are important at geological scale. We have designed an advanced high-resolution white-beam phase-shift interferometry microscope to measure growth rates of crystals at very low supersaturation values. To test this technique, we have selected the giant gypsum crystals of Naica ore mines in Chihuahua, Mexico, a challenging subject in mineral formation. They are thought to form by a self-feeding mechanism driven by solution-mediated anhydrite-gypsum phase transition, and therefore they must be the result of an extremely slow crystallization process close to equilibrium. To calculate the formation time of these crystals we have measured the growth rates of the {010} face of gypsum growing from current Naica waters at different temperatures. The slowest measurable growth rate was found at 55 °C, 1.4 ± 0.2 × 10-5 nm/s, the slowest directly measured normal growth rate for any crystal growth process. At higher temperatures, growth rates increase exponentially because of decreasing gypsum solubility and higher kinetic coefficient. At 50 °C neither growth nor dissolution was observed indicating that growth of giant crystals of gypsum occurred at Naica between 58 °C (gypsum/anhydrite transition temperature) and the current temperature of Naica waters, confirming formation temperatures determined from fluid inclusion studies. Our results demonstrate the usefulness of applying advanced optical techniques in laboratory experiments to gain a better understanding of crystal growth processes occurring at a geological timescale. Paving the Way for Crystal Growth 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Time course of the surface morphology of the {010} face of a gypsum crystal in contact with Milli-Q water at room temperature (22.5 C). Movie: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1105233108 After determining that these crystals could very well be close to a million years old, the researchers are now hoping to look for microscopic liquid pockets within the crystals in the hopes of finding possible microorganisms inside. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Slowest crystal growth ever measured (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-slowest-crystal-growth.html (PhysOrg.com) — Deep within a silver and lead mine in Naica, Mexico, scientists discovered what is now known as Cueva de los Cristales, or Cave of Crystals, close to a decade ago. The gypsum crystals found in this cave measure as long as 11 meters (36 feet) and as thick as 1 meter (3 feet). While these crystals are beautiful and reminiscent of a Superman film, they have had scientists stumped since their discovery. The question was just how long these crystals had been growing in order to become this large.last_img read more

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first_img More information: Richang Hong, Meng Wang, et al. “Dynamic Captioning: Video Accessibility Enhancement for Hearing Impairment.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Multimedia. DOI: 10.1145/1873951.1874013 Richang Hong, Meng Wang, et al. “Video Accessibility Enhancement for Hearing Impaired Users.” ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications. DOI: 10.1145/2037676.2037681 (PhysOrg.com) — Ever since closed video captioning was developed in the 1970s, it hasn’t changed much. The words spoken by the characters or narrators scroll along at the bottom of the screen, enabling hearing impaired viewers – or all viewers when the sound is off – to follow along. Now a team of researchers from China and Singapore has developed a new closed captioning approach in which the text appears in translucent talk bubbles next to the speaker. The new approach offers several advantages for improving the viewing experience for the more than 66 million people around the world who have hearing impairments. 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. YouTube extends automatic video captioning © 2011 PhysOrg.com The researchers, Meng Wang from the Hefei University of Technology in China and colleagues, won the Best Paper Award for their work on the new closed captioning method from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Multimedia Conference in October 2010. “The whole technique was motivated by solving the difficulties of hearing-impaired viewers in watching videos,” Wang told PhysOrg.com. “These viewers have difficulty in recognizing who is speaking, so we put scripts around the speaker’s face; they have difficulty in tracking scripts, so we synchronously highlight the scripts.”As the researchers explain, conventional closed captioning can be considered static captioning, since all spoken words are represented in the same way at the bottom of the screen, regardless of who said them or the vocal dynamics. In contrast, the researchers describe their new technique as dynamic captioning, since the text appears in different locations and styles to better reflect the speaker’s identity and vocal dynamics. For example, the text is highlighted word by word in synchrony with the speech signals. In addition, a small indicator next to the talk bubble shows the variation of vocal volume.Moreover, all of these features can be automatically implemented without any manual intervention. The engineers developed algorithms to automatically identify the speaker using the video’s script file along with lip motion detection. Using a technique called visual saliency analysis, the technology can automatically find an optimal position for the talk bubble so that it interferes minimally with the visual scene. Professionals can also further adjust the generated captions, such as moving the talk bubbles. When the speaker is off-screen, or a narrator is speaking, the words appear at the bottom of the screen as in static closed captioning. The system estimates vocal volume of words and phrases by computing the power of the audio signal in 30-millisecond windows.Processing a video for dynamic captioning takes approximately the same amount of time as the video duration itself (videos cannot be processed while running). However, processing time can vary depending on complexity. The researchers predict that the processing time can be significantly reduced by speeding up some of the individual processes.In a user study with 60 hearing impaired individuals aged 11 to 22, the researchers found that 53 of the 60 individuals preferred dynamic captioning over static captioning. The seven individuals who chose static captioning mainly did so due to their familiarity with that method. On average, the users rated dynamic captioning higher than static in terms of enjoyment, and about the same in terms of naturalness, mainly due to some instances when the text position changes abruptly. The researchers hope to solve this problem by smoothing the variation in text position.“In the technical papers, we have mentioned that there are several failure cases, such as putting scripts around an incorrect faces,” Wang said. “This is the main bottleneck for commercialization. In order to be commercialized, a better way is to further incorporate human intervention. For example, a professional user can quickly check the generated dynamic captions and then manually correct or edit some failure cases. It will cost much less time and effort than the pure manual generation of the whole captions as the user only needs to process those incorrect cases. We have already been studying it.”Since this work is the first to help hearing impaired individuals enjoy an improved video experience, the researchers note that there is a lot of potential future work in this area. In addition to improving dynamic captioning, they hope to apply the technique to videos without script files, as well as to perform more comprehensive user studies. Citation: Researchers revolutionize closed captioning (2012, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-revolutionize-captioning.html Explore further Examples of different captioning styles: (a) scroll-up captioning; (b) pop-up captioning; (c) paint-on captioning; (d) cinematic captioning; and (e) dynamic captioning. The first four techniques can be categorized as static captioning, and different from them, dynamic captioning in (e) benefits hearing impaired audience by presenting scripts in suitable regions, synchronously highlighting them word-by-word and illustrating the variation of voice volume. Image credit: Hong, et al. ©ACM last_img read more

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first_imgModern brides are bringing change in the way they style themselves post-marriage. So how about taking inspiration and adding some variety in yours too?Experts list some options:Contemporary saris: Gone are the days when brides wore heavy saris. Contemporary saris not only save you from the weight of heavy saris, they also make you stand out in a crowd. Just pair it with the right accessories. Breezy outfits: After wearing embroidery heavy clothes for wedding functions, you need a break. This is when breezy outfits and silhouettes come in. Bring your breezy clothes and let your skin breathe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFlair pants: Flair pants give you a vacation from denims, so bring them out while travelling to your honeymoon if you feel wearing shorts won’t be the appropriate wardrobe choice in front of your in-laws. Kurtis: Who said saris and suits are your only clothing options after marriage? Wear linen kurtis to work paired with culottes, pants or denims, and look smart and chic with the right minimal accessory. Chic pant suit: Why not? Wear a chic embroidered pant suit that is not too formal, but a perfect fit for a fine evening. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePants and crop tops: There are way too many places to go after you get married. The list of functions and dinners are endless, and you don’t want to wear the same kind of outfit, so wear a crop top with the right pair of pants. What’s better than a chic yet easy going bride?The right pair of footwear: Bring your own collection of footwear ranging from flats to heels. The right footwear can change your look.But make sure you know where you’re going and choose the right pick wisely because it will not be easy to stand in four inches of heel without your feet crying for mercy. Accessories: Make your collection a mix of ethnic and boho chic because you need the right jewellery with the right outfit. A pant suit paired with an ethnic choker will look better than wearing it with no accessories.last_img read more

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first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ErrorOK ErrorOK One name from past headlines was John William Yettaw, an American who was deported from Myanmar after swimming to Suu Kyi’s lakeside home in 2009 in a bizarre act that landed them both in prison.Others stricken from the list include several Human Rights Watch campaigners and British activist James Mawdsley, who spent 14 months of solitary confinement in a Myanmar prison for taking part in pro-democracy protests in the late 1990s.Several Associated Press reporters are among the many foreign correspondents removed from the blacklist, including former longtime AP Bangkok bureau chief Denis Gray. The list also ends a longtime ban on Swedish author and journalist Bertil Lintner.Diplomats removed from the list include former U.S. Charge d’Affaires Priscilla Clapp and British Ambassador to Myanmar Vicky Bowman, who married a Burmese painter and former political prisoner.Prominent Burmese dissidents removed from the list include Aung Din, head of the Washington-based U.S. Campaign for Burma.The trimming of the blacklist was the latest sign of change as Thein Sein’s government implements reforms after decades of harsh military rule.The new government took office in March 2011 after the country’s first elections in 20 years. Until now, it has continued to update the blacklist as it sees fit. It is apparently keeping secret the names of some 4,000 people still on its blacklist. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The names recently trimmed from Myanmar’s blacklist read like a who’s who of prominent diplomats, human rights campaigners and Asian-based journalists.After announcing this week it had cut a third of the names off its 6,165-person blacklist, the government took another step toward openness Thursday by publishing the names of more than 1,000 foreigners stricken from the notorious list. Among them are former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the late singer, activist and politician Sonny Bono, and late Philippine President Corazon Aquino, whose name seems to be listed several times, including as “Madame Corazon C.A guino.”Also cut from the list are the sons of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi _ Alexander Aris who lives in the United States and his London-based brother Kim Aris. Some people cited, including Kim Aris, had already been allowed back into the country, suggesting that their names were previously removed from the list. Aris has visited his mother a few times since her release from house arrest in 2010.Myanmar’s former military regime used the blacklist to keep out critics and others deemed a threat to national security. It blocked selected foreigners from entering the country and also prohibited certain Burmese nationals from leaving.It was not known until Thursday when the posting appeared that the list was officially called: “Black List.” It cited the names, passport numbers and nationalities of 1,147 foreigners removed from the list, including exiled Burmese citizens. It is riddled with typos and includes vague references like No. 540 Nick and No. 899 Mohammed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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first_imgThe committee on conflicts of interest has decided to discontinue its investigation into whether former interior minister Socratis Hasikos violated the law by leasing a building he owned to a government department while serving as a government minister, it was announced on Tuesday.Hasikos found himself in hot water in March after auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides discovered evidence of the former minister being the co-owner of a company that let the building housing the Civil Aviation Department.The committee, appointed by the cabinet, is chaired by a retired judge, with three ex-officio members.In a statement on Tuesday the committee said that in the course of its investigation it was informed by Hasikos that he had voluntarily transferred his stake in the company on May 3.Also on May 3, the committee said, it had been informed that he had tendered his resignation from the post of interior minister.Hasikos’ resignation was accepted by President Nicos Anastasiades on May 11.“In light of the fact that the individual under investigation ceased to be a government minister on May 11, the committee concluded that it no longer has the authority to continue investigating Mr Hasikos’ possible conflict of interest, and decided to end examination of the case,” the statement said.Meanwhile, the war of words between the two men intensified on Tuesday after the former minister returned the auditor-general’s swipes at him and urged him to resign.On Monday, Hasikos had accused Michaelides of passing judgement on everyone while he lived in a house for which, illegally, no final certificate had been issued by the competent town-planning authority.The auditor-general replied with a long-winded statement explaining the events leading up to his wife’s – technically the house’s owner – restoring the illegality, and revealed a phone call he received from Hasikos last month, which he interpreted as a proposal for collusion to cover up each other’s illegality.On Tuesday, Hasikos was back on state radio to accuse Michaelides of hypocrisy, since he censured others while breaking the law himself.“On the day I resigned, I received a letter from the conflict of interest committee with more accusations [by Michaelides] against me,” he said.“Baseless, idiotic accusations. I am only human. I could not resist calling him and telling him that these idiotic accusations and immoral behaviours, which I would never do, are completely untrue.”Hasikos added that he told Michaelides “I don’t behave that way – you should have called me to ask.“You have a problem with your wife’s house, it has no final certificate,” he claimed he told the auditor-general on the phone.“I had every intention to tell you to come in so we can help you – not just you, the public. But don’t defame people. He then sent an email to the town-planning authority that I had blackmailed him. Yes, that infuriated me. I’ve already said that if I was in his shoes, I would resign.”Later, Michaelides countered Hasikos’ claims on state TV.“I wonder whether it’s possible for someone to lie so much, as if it were nothing,” he said.“He claims to have been defamed by the leaked accusations. These accusations weren’t leaked. He was screaming on the phone that we are after him. Is there any rational person that would believe that the minister called me and screamed on the phone, but otherwise mentioned my wife’s issue because he wanted to help me? I don’t want his help. I can’t accept help from people I audit.”Michaelides claims he told the minister to raise any issues with the competent authorities.“Why would I go to his office over an issue he claims is so serious I should be in prison? This just proves the mentalities and methods some have been employing in this country.”You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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