School Construction Schedule Changes

first_imgStudents in Oxford, Cumberland Co., and on the South Shore will soon have new schools to attend, following an update to provincial school construction schedules. In both cases, new schools will be built instead of renovating existing schools, as was originally planned. “We are investing more than $400 million over eight years to provide safe, modern and healthy schools for the province’s children,” said acting Minister of Education Angus MacIsaac. The new school in Oxford will accommodate about 500 students in grades Primary to 12 and be built at a cost of $11.3 million. It is expected to open in September 2009 and replaces both Oxford Regional Elementary and Oxford Regional High School. The new South Shore school will be home to up to 350 French first language students from the region. It will cost $12 million and should open in September 2009. The new school replaces École de la Rive-Sud in Blockhouse. Due to logistical, site selection or financial pressures, some school construction and renovation schedules approved in 2000 and 2003 have changed. In some cases, the new schedule responds to changing board priorities. In others, the changes stem from the province’s fiscal management strategy. Funding for capital projects like school construction and renovation cannot be carried over from year to year. Re-allocating funding means that some projects will be delivered later than originally proposed. “The majority of school construction and renovation is proceeding on schedule — only a few schools will be delayed. In some cases, this is because we’re building a new school,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Oyster Pond Academy, a $12-million Grade Primary to 9 school on the Eastern Shore expected to open this fall, had to be re-tendered last year after quotations came in about $2 million over budget. Site preparation and foundation work is complete, and construction is expected to start later this spring. The school is scheduled to open in September 2007. Northside School in North Sydney, originally scheduled to open in the fall of 2007, will be delayed until September 2009. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board requested changes to the scope of the originally approved project and the location first recommended by the board’s site-selection team had environmental issues. Other locations have been recommended but none so far fully meet the community’s needs. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board also requested that a new junior high planned for Glace Bay open at the same time as the Northside School. Construction timing for the two Truro elementary schools announced last September will change but both should open in September 2007, as planned. Musquodobit Rural High, Stewiacke Elementary, the Waverly/L.C. Skerry Elementary and Halifax South Elementary schools are on schedule. (These are working names for the schools; their official names will be determined later by the school boards.) A new renovation project has also been approved — a $2.2 million upgrade to Middleton High School in the Annapolis Valley. The project will be completed in the 2008-09 school year. The project has received considerable community support. Of the 45 schools approved in 2003 for renovation, seven will see changes to their schedules. All other renovation projects will be completed by their assigned dates. The province has built 15 new schools since 2000 and others will be ready soon. The $11.6-million Barrington Municipal High will open to 720 students in grades 7 to 12 in the spring and the $6-million Rankin School in Iona will open for its 155 students in grades Primary to 12 in the fall. Together, the 15 schools were completed $21 million under budget. In 2003, the province approved construction of an additional 12 new schools, including the replacement for Queen Elizabeth and St. Patrick’s high schools in Halifax. The new Sir John A. Macdonald High School was approved in January 2004. School boards submit their priorities for new schools and renovations to the Department of Education. The departments ask its School Capital Construction Committee to review the boards’ priorities in order to develop a provincial priority list. The committee includes representatives from the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, and the departments of Education, Finance, and Transportation and Public Works.last_img read more

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The unfinished business that fuels tensions in Nova Scotias Aboriginal fishery

first_imgHALIFAX – First came the online threats.A drydocked boat owned by a non-Aboriginal fisherman was torched, followed a few days later by a boat owned by a Mi’kmaq man.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said it wasn’t clear what was going on in picturesque St. Mary’s Bay, and the RCMP said even less. But suddenly, a simmering dispute over the province’s Indigenous lobster fishery had taken on a new sense of urgency.Non-Aboriginal fishermen have held a series of protests, saying some Indigenous fishermen were illegally selling lobster outside of the commercial season, and federal authorities have seized more than 300 illegal traps, though it remains unclear who owns them.The tensions represent unfinished business from a September 1999 ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada that confirmed that First Nations have sweeping fishing and other treaty rights but left lingering questions about the limits.“Some people are patient, but I think what we’re seeing is that some people are not patient — or have given up on a timely resolution,” said Bruce Wildsmith, legal adviser to the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.Wildsmith has been involved since the beginning. He represented Donald Marshall Jr. in the 1999 case, when the country’s highest court ruled that Marshall had a treaty right to fish for eels when and where he wanted — without a licence.Marshall — previously best known for being wrongfully convicted of murder — had caught 210 kilograms of eels one day in August 1993, and then sold them for $787.10.The Marshall decision also said Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy bands in Eastern Canada could hunt, fish and gather to earn a “moderate livelihood,” though the court followed up with a clarification two months later, saying the treaty right was subject to federal regulation.However, the Mi’kmaq communities at Burnt Church in New Brunswick and Indian Brook in Nova Scotia defied federal authorities and immediately set lobster traps under their own band management plans.That led to the seizure of traps, arrests, charges, collisions on the water, shots fired at night, boat sinkings, injuries and threats of retribution.Over the course of three turbulent years, most First Nations in the Maritimes and Quebec signed interim fishing agreements with Ottawa, which has spent more than $600 million providing Indigenous bands with boats, equipment and licences.But those interim agreements remain just that — temporary fixes for a festering problem, says Wildsmith.He says negotiations with Ottawa following a framework agreement in 2008 have dragged on with no end in sight.The latest clash in Nova Scotia is focused on the Indigenous food, social and ceremonial fishery. Under a previous ruling from the Supreme Court, known as Sparrow, First Nations are allowed to fish outside the regular commercial season to feed their communities or to supply ceremonial gatherings — but they are barred from selling their catches.In mid-September, non-Aboriginal fishermen in western Nova Scotia started a series of peaceful protests at federal offices to draw attention to their claims that a small faction of Indigenous fishermen were selling their catches out of season, using the food and ceremonial fishery as cover.“The powers that be simply aren’t enforcing the rules and regulations,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.Berry stressed that non-Indigenous fisherman support the food, social and ceremonial fishery, but he insisted the federal Fisheries Department must put a stop to what he described as a growing black market.Morley Knight, an assistant deputy minister with the Fisheries Department, says Fisheries officers have stepped up their patrols in the area, which has resulted in the seizure of illegal traps.As for the pace of negotiations with Indigenous groups seeking permanent fisheries agreements, Knight said progress is being made despite the long time frame.“It’s not unusual, given other experiences where there have been negotiations related to treaty-related rights,” he said in an interview. “They do take a very long time.”He said the Marshall decision made it clear that a “moderate livelihood fishery” must be conducted under federal regulations to ensure conservation of the resource.“The response that the department has made … to Marshall has been to provide access (to the fishery) for the purposes of sale, which contributes to the economies of the communities and therefore to a moderate livelihood,” he said.Wildsmith disagrees with that assessment. He repeatedly stressed that implementing a permanent agreement that addresses what it means to earn a moderate livelihood has yet to be resolved at the negotiating table.“To think that the negotiation process that has been ongoing since 2008 is going to solve this immediate crisis is California dreaming,” he said. “That process is nowhere close to resolving these issues and it will certainly will not be done in a timely way for those folks who want to go sell fish.”He said access to the commercial fishery doesn’t equate with a “moderate livelihood” fishery, which must have a separate and distinct set of rules and regulations. That’s why the Indigenous groups that he works with are calling for a separate moderate livelihood licence.A livelihood fishery would focus on individuals providing for their families, rather than the simple creation of commercial wealth, he said.“Commercial is not the same as livelihood, and the Supreme Court said that in Marshall … There was never any agreement to have the livelihood fishery conducted under the commercial rules.”As well, the Marshall decision made it clear that Indigenous Peoples have an existing constitutional right to engage in a moderate livelihood fishery, Wildsmith said. That’s why some Aboriginal fishermen may believe they can sell lobster caught outside the commercial season, he said.“Constitutional rights supersede the statutory requirements,” Wildsmith said.Knight said the federal government is open to discussing creation of moderate livelihood licences.“The federal government … is open to any and all suggestions that make sense, as long as there are measures in place to ensure the fishery is sustainable and conservation objectives are maintained … within a regulated fishery.”last_img read more

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Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh resigns seat in Ontario legislature

first_imgTORONTO – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has resigned his seat in Ontario’s legislature.Singh, 38, had served as a member of provincial parliament since 2011, representing the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton.He was elected leader of the federal New Democrats on Oct. 1 and became the first visible minority to claim the leadership of a federal party.He does not yet hold a seat in the House of Commons and has indicated he may not seek one until the next election in 2019.Singh is expected to meet with Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath Monday at Queen’s Park.last_img

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ELIZABETH HAY DARREL J MCLEOD AMONG FINALISTS FOR 30K 2019 RBC TAYLOR

first_imgAdvertisement Elizabeth Hay (left) and Darrel J. McLeod are two of the five authors vying for the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for Canadian literary nonfiction. (Mark Fried/Ilja Herb) The RBC Taylor Prize, an annual award that honours the best in Canadian literary nonfiction, has revealed its 2019 shortlist. The winner will receive $30,000, and the remaining finalists will each take home $5,000.The five finalists are:Just Let Me Look at You by Bill GastonJan in 35 Pieces by Ian HamptonLands of Lost Borders by Kate HarrisAll Things Consoled by Elizabeth HayMamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeodThe jury, comprised of writers Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor and former chief justice Beverley McLachlin, read more than 115 books to select this year’s finalists. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement The winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize will be announced on March 4, 2019.The prize winner will select an emerging writer to receive the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. The prize is given to an up-and-coming Canadian writer, who will receive $10,000 and be mentored by the RBC Taylor Prize recipient.The 2018 winner was Tanya Talaga for Seven Fallen Feathers.Other past winners include Carol Shields for her biography Jane Austen: A Life, Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon and Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Post Holdings buying Bob Evans Farms in 153B deal

first_imgST. LOUIS – Bob Evans Farms is being sold to Post in a deal worth about $1.53 billion, giving the cereal maker a stronger presence in the grocery store through Bob Evans’ valuable refrigerated sides business.Bob Evans makes things like refrigerated potato, pasta and frozen convenience food items under a number of brands other than Bob Evans, such as Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms. Bob Evans, founded in 1948, also has a foodservice business that sells products including sausage, sausage gravy, breakfast sandwiches and side dishes. It sold its restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital in April.Packaged food makers have struggled as Americans increasingly seek out non-processed foods. In August Campbell Soup said that it expected sales to continue to decline over the next year partly because of that trend, but also because of access to ready-to-cook meal delivery services and the desire to put more fresh produce on the dinner plate.Post Holdings Inc. — whose cereals include Fruity Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats and others — will pay $77 per Bob Evans share, a 5.6 per cent premium to the company’s Monday closing price of $72.93.Once the transaction closes, the St. Louis company plans to combine its own refrigerated retail egg, potato and cheese business with Bob Evans. The refrigerated retail business will be led by Bob Evans President and CEO Mike Townsley.The boards of both companies have approved the sale, which is targeted to close in Post’s second quarter next year. Bob Evans’ shareholders must still sign off on the deal.Shares of Bob Evans Farms Inc. jumped nearly 6 per cent in Tuesday morning trading.last_img read more

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Casablanca Notary Embezzles 50 Million Moroccan Dirhams

Rabat – A notary in Casablanca has been accused of treason and indicted by the King’s Attorney General for diverting more than 50 million dirhams ($5 million) from his clients. The notary, licensed by the government to perform acts in legal affairs, allegedly embezzled the money from nearly 400 clients.The suspect is also accused of misspending the deposits of five real estate developers by manipulating several bank guarantees. The notary is also being investigated for cashing a MAD 14 million check from a real estate developer. After the King’s Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Marri opened an investigation into the matter, the notary was apprehended and spent 48 hours in custody at the head office of the Wilaya of Casablanca.Read Also: Morocco Sentences Casablanca Official to 6 Years for CorruptionThe individual, whose name has not yet been made public, has had several complaints filed against them regarding embezzlement by Mohamed Bourdika, the former president of Moroccan football club Raja of Casablanca.The notary represented a property development company Bourdrika was working with. As the notary, the suspect was responsible for paying money to an undisclosed real estate development company on Bourdrika’s behalf. But it was later discovered that those transactions between the notary and the company never occurred.Bourdrika did not immediately respond to Morocco World News’ request for comments. read more

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Returns to South Sudan top 300000 reports UN refugee agency

10 February 2009The number of Sudanese refugees returning from exile since the end of the country’s civil war topped 300,000 last weekend, marking a milestone in a repatriation operation aimed at assisting nearly 500,000 people uprooted by the conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. The number of Sudanese refugees returning from exile since the end of the country’s civil war topped 300,000 last weekend, marking a milestone in a repatriation operation aimed at assisting nearly 500,000 people uprooted by the conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.Southern Sudanese and UNHCR officials were on hand at the Sudanese/Ugandan border on 7 February to welcome the 300,000th returnee – 72-year-old Antazia Dulu who fled her homeland in 1991 – and a convoy of 240 returnees. UNHCR launched its repatriation programme to help Southern Sudanese return from Kenya, Uganda, and other neighbouring countries after the Sudanese Government and the southern rebel movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), signed a peace agreement to end their 22-year civil war in January 2005.The long-running north-south conflict uprooted nearly 500,000 people, making the Southern Sudanese one of Africa’s largest and longest-staying refugee populations.Since 2005, UNHCR has assisted the return of over 140,000 Sudanese refuges, while tens of thousand have gone back independently. That number includes some 43,000 Southern Sudanese who have returned from Uganda since the opening of the Nimule return corridor in August 2007.The agency works with the Southern Sudanese administration to assist the returnees, including through the provision of basic facilities such as wells, health centres and schools. read more

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Mutually beneficial solution to the Cyprus problem within reach Ban says

1 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – who as a citizen of the Republic of Korea says he understands the “emptiness” of a country divided into north and south – today stressed that a solution to Cyprus’ long-running problems is “within reach,” calling for the leaders of the two communities on the Mediterranean island to step up their efforts to reach agreement. “No one is under the illusion that any of this is easy. Peace negotiations never are,” Mr. Ban told reporters after meeting in Nicosia with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.“But the time is ripe to push ahead. I am convinced these two leaders can achieve a mutually beneficial solution.”The Secretary-General said that he is in Cyprus on his first-ever visit to the nation to show his support for the “Cypriot-led and Cypriot-owned process” to reunify the island.In May 2008, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”The partnership will comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.“For decades, the world has heard about the Cyprus problem. Now is the time for the Cyprus solution,” said Mr. Ban, who arrived in the country yesterday, pledging the United Nations’ ongoing support in the process.Following their meeting with the Secretary-General, the Cypriot leaders voiced “confidence that with goodwill and determination, we can achieve a solution in the shortest possible time.”In a statement read out by Mr. Ban, they said that the Cyprus problem has remained unresolved for too long.Although “time is not on the side of settlement,” they underscored that there is now a window of opportunity to find a solution “which would take into full consideration the legitimate rights and concerns of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.”Earlier today in the capital, Nicosia, the Secretary-General welcomed the start of the second phase of stabilization work at Ledra Street/Locmaki crossing, which he said has become “the symbol of the two leaders to heal divisions and to work together towards a common future.”The crossing was opened in April 2008 following an agreement by Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat, which Mr. Ban hailed at the time as “positive step forward.”From his own experience as a citizen of the Republic of Korea, “I have seen for myself the very sad reality, the emptiness and destruction and such very painful feelings I share with the people of Cyprus,” he said today.During his three-day visit to Cyprus, Mr. Ban is slated to hold discussions with Alexander Downer, his Special Adviser for Cyprus, as well as with Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat. read more

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Ban meets panel of experts on human rights issues in Sri Lankan

17 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held his first meeting with the panel of experts set up to advise him on accountability issues relating to alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the final stages last year of the conflict in Sri Lanka. Mr. Ban met the three panellists – Indonesia’s Marzuki Darusman, South Africa’s Yasmin Sooka and Steven Ratner of the United States – yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“The meeting marks the formal commencement of the panel’s four-month mandate,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.“The Secretary-General is pleased that the panel is fully under way and looks forward to receiving his advice,” the statement added. “The Secretary-General is committed through his focus on this issue to contribute to lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.”The experts are tasked with examining “the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience with regard to accountability processes, taking into account the nature and scope of any alleged violations in Sri Lanka.”Government forces declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The conflict ended with large numbers of Sri Lankans living as internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially in the north of the island country.The panel was set up following the Joint Statement made by Mr. Ban and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the UN chief visited the South Asian nation shortly after the end of the conflict. read more

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This is Us finale gets highest viewership of season

‘This is Us’ finale gets highest viewership of season In this image released by NBC, Milo Ventimiglia, left, and Jeremy Luke appear in a scene from “This is Us.” The heartwarming NBC series was second only to CBS’ “NCIS” for the most popular show of the week for its debut season finale last week. The show reached 12.8 million viewers on the night it first aired, with the audience swelling to 16.9 million when people who watched via time delay over three days is added in, the Nielsen company said. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2017 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Those who believe it’s impossible for a broadcast network to make new hits anymore probably isn’t a fan of “This is Us.”The heartwarming NBC series was second only to CBS’ “NCIS” for the most popular show of the week for its debut season finale last week. The show’s viewership reached its highest this season with 12.8 million viewers on the night it first aired, with the audience swelling to 16.9 million when people who watched via time delay over three days is added in, the Nielsen company said.The vast majority of new television series’ fail, but “This is Us” also proved that there’s still no matching broadcast television when it comes to finding the best chance of reaching the biggest audience.Add in two editions of “The Voice,” and NBC had three of last week’s four most popular programs.CBS still won the week in prime time, averaging 7.2 million viewers. NBC had 6.4 million, ABC had 4.6 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Telemundo had 1.33 million, ION Television had 1.29 million and the CW had 1.1 million.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.48 million viewers in prime time. Bolstered by March Madness, TNT was second with 2.42 million, TBS had 1.98 million, MSNBC had 1.72 million and USA had 1.71 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.43 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.36 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.8 million viewers.For the week of March 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 14.16 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 12.84 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 12.18 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.71 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.85 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 10.43 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.32 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 9.58 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 9.1 million; “The Bachelor,” ABC, 8.41 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

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Doubledigit growth for UK engine exports drives new records in February

More than a quarter of a million engines produced by British factories in February.Exports jump 16.1% in the month as 157,880 units head overseas – 62.0% of all output.Engine manufacturing up 10.3% so far this year as strong start to 2018 continues.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, Record UK engine production in February is good news for the industry, a result of massive investment into high-tech factories, a productive workforce and a fully integrated and efficient supply chain. With six in every 10 engines built in the UK last month heading abroad, the importance of maintaining open trading links with Europe and other overseas markets is plain to see.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Acer Iconia Tab A100 is the first 7inch Android 32 tablet up

first_imgWhile the market is already flush with 10-inch Android tablets, a new generation of scaled-down models have been looming for quite some time. Following in the footsteps of the BlackBerry PlayBook, these new Android tablets will arrive bearing 7 and 8-inch displays and Android 3.2, the Honeycomb update designed to make the tablet experience resolution-agnostic en route to Ice Cream Sandwich’s promised land of complete screen size independence. One of the first you’ll find on retail shelves in the U.S. is the brand new Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-incher sporting Android 3.2.So what else has Acer packed inside the slightly smaller A100? Pretty well the same internals you’d find in a 10″ Android tablet: a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, 5MP front-facing (with autofocus and an LED flash) and 2MP rear-facing cameras, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD expansion with support for cards up to 32GB, MicroHDMI and headphone output, digital compass, accelerometer, and a proprietary dock connector. The 7-inch display packs 1024×600 pixels and retail pricing for the A100 starts at around $329. Surprisingly, the 16GB version is listed at just $20 more — which looks like a mistake, noting what other Android tablet makers have been charging for boosted internal storage capacities.Acer is also bundling some pre-installed apps, including Flash Player 10.3 and Acer’s own LumiReader (for eBooks) and Social Jogger (for Twitter and Facebook). The A100’s front-facing camera can record 720P video at 30FPS, and the tablet is also DLNA capable, making it easy to stream your recordings to other certified devices.While the A100’s size and sub-one-pound weight make it a bit more portable, there’s a slight catch. It also sports a less capacious 1530mAh lithium polymer battery pack, rated for about 5 hours of use.via Slashgearlast_img read more

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Harmless Home Built From LegoInspired Bricks Made With Hemp

first_img San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles Stay on target Concrete masonry units — you might know them as cinder blocks — have been a construction staple since the turn of the 20th century. They’re still widely used today, but builders are looking for more sustainable alternatives.One of those may be the slick modular bricks you see above. They’re produced by Just Bio Fiber out of Calgary, and are basically made from three ingredients: hemp, lime, and water. As you may have guessed from their appearance, the design was inspired by Lego bricks.The short fibers from the core of the stem, called hurd, are mixed with the other ingredients and pressed into a block. Integrated channels provide a route for wire and tubing.The hemp-based blocks “breathe.” They’re water and air permeable which means they aren’t susceptible to mold. Bio Fiber blocks are also highly fire-resistant. In tests, the blocks have survived being heated to more than 1500 degrees.According to the company their strength actually increases over time. However despite their strength and durability Bio Fiber blocks are still incredibly easy to work with.They can also be cut to size with any ordinary power saw. The Lego-like mortise and tenon design makes stacking the blocks a breeze — and at about 25 percent less weight than regular cinder blocks they’re easier to lug around.But wait, there’s more! Bio Fiber blocks are naturally good insulators. A standard cinder block has an R-value of about .2. Bio Fiber blocks can range from R-27 to R-40. That’s better than a 2×6 wall with spray foam insulation.As if all that wasn’t enough, Bio Fiber blocks are carbon-negative. Every cubic meter of Bio Fiber captures an estimated 130kg of carbon dioxide.The blocks are currently being used to construct a net-zero home on Vancouver Island. In addition to using Just Bio Fiber’s innovative blocks, the home is equipped with a solar roof and a Tesla PowerWall to help satisfy its energy needs.More on Geek.com:Students Create World’s First Bricks Made from Human UrineThis Italian City Gives You Free Beer for Riding Your BikeDoctors to Start Prescribing ‘Museum Art’ for Better Healthlast_img read more

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7th Annual Drives for Rides Benefiting the Emilio Nares Foundation

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 30, 2019 April 30, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson 7th Annual Drives for Rides Benefiting the Emilio Nares Foundation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gap Intelligence will host the 7th annual Drives for Rides event to raise funds for the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), a nonprofit that helps families navigate their child’s journey though cancer.The annual fundraiser will include golf, lunch, raffles prizes, a silent auction, and a dinner banquet will be on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Maderas Golf Club.For more information, visit enfhope.org last_img read more

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Pale Waves Share How Their EP Influenced My Mind Makes Noises Album

first_imgThe 14-track debut album was released Sept. 14 and is inspired by the band’s different, unique influences. “Some tracks are really influenced by the R&B side of Ciara and then some really, sort of pop-y songs and then some really dark songs,” Heather Baron-Gracie, the lead singer of the band told the Recording Academy.Before recording My Mind Makes Noises, their EP was the first time they had ever really recorded music properly. “It was stressful, but a learning opportunity,” member Ciara Doran said.The EP also gave them songs that are still important to them, especially as they show their growth as artists.”‘The Tide’ and ‘Heavenly,’ they were our first-ever songs that we wrote as a band, so it’s really special for us to have them actually still in our lives,” Baron-Gracie said. “I think a lot of artists would get rid of them.”Wes Period On His Experience Touring With Kesha And Macklemore News The English indie band learned a lot while making their EP – learn how it helped shape their debut albumJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2018 – 6:25 pm Hailing from England, Pale Waves have been taking over the U.K. with their synth-pop sounds. Recently off touring festivals in the U.S., the band is gearing up to hit the road soon in Europe in support of their new album My Mind Makes Noises, which debuted at No. 8 on the U.K. Top 10.  Facebook Twitter Email Pale Waves Share How Their EP Influenced “My Mind Makes Noises” Album NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 25, 2018 – 6:25 pm Pale Waves On How Their EP Influenced Debut LP Pale Waves On How Their EP Influenced Their LP pale-waves-share-how-their-ep-influenced-my-mind-makes-noises-albumlast_img read more

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Game of Thrones creators get next Star Wars film and not everyones

first_img Comments Originally published 11:17 a.m. PT.  TV and Movies d&d have already ruined GoT now they’re gonna ruin Star Wars??? who thought this was a good idea?? i need a word— 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 ‎‎‎☾ (@MysaTheLesbian) May 14, 2019 7 Please do not use D&D for #starwars. They are not good writers… Just look at the mess that is GOT now. No Rian Johnson or Weiss and Benioff #Disney. Stop killing Star wars…— Christian Lemus (@DerelictAdvent) May 14, 2019 Iger said he hasn’t seen the finished Rise of Skywalker yet, but he expects it will be extremely popular. He said it would be smart “to take a bit of a hiatus” after the film’s release. Disney settled on three years as the proper amount of time for a breather. That’s how we ended up with 2022 as the next Star Wars film release date, though there will be Disney Plus streaming television shows to keep fans engaged in the meantime.Benioff and Weiss are wrapping up what has been a largely triumphant eight-season run on Game of Thrones, but their storytelling decisions during the final episodes have triggered criticism from some fans of the show. Unhappy viewers took to Twitter to suggest the pair, known informally as “D&D,” might ruin Star Wars.  Tags 23 Photoscenter_img Star Wars looks to the future Share your voice All the Star Wars movies, from the cheesy to great, ranked David Benoiff and D.B. Weiss have their hands full. Art Streiber/HBO It’s official. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will soon be going from swords to lightsabers when they will helm the next Star Wars movie after 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.We already knew Disney had signed the pair up for a Star Wars adventure. We also knew Disney had an unnamed Star Wars movie penciled in for 2022. Chairman Bob Iger revealed on Tuesday how those puzzle pieces fit together.”The next movie that we release will be theirs, and we’re not saying more about that,” Iger said during the MoffettNathanson 6th Annual Media & Communications Summit in New York. These sort of reactions show the depth of feelings around beloved franchises like Game of Thrones and Star Wars. We’ve seen the online wrath fans can rain down when they get upset. The preemptive anger on Twitter around Benioff and Weiss taking on Star Wars feels a lot like shaking your fist at an uncertain future. Maybe you don’t like what Daenerys did. Maybe you wanted a different fate for your Game of Thrones favorites. Does that mean D&D’s Star Wars vision will suck? We’ll have to wait until 2022 to find out. New Star Wars films coming from ‘Game of Thrones’ creators Disney: Star Wars and Avatar movies coming every Christmas until 2027 Game of Thrones Star Warslast_img read more

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Robert De Niro to play father in Russells Joy

first_imgActor Robert De Niro has confirmed that he will play the role of a father in the much anticipated film Joy.The 71-year-old, who was hosting a special screening of a HBO documentary in Rome Monday, said that he is been roped in by the producers to play a father in the film, reports hollywoodreporter.com.‘Yeah, I am going to do something with them. I am going to play a father,’ he said.Directed by David O. Russell, the film will mark De Niro and Russell’s third time working together in a film . They previously worked together in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film will feature Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in lead roles.last_img

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Writers experiences with cinematic adaptations

first_imgIt can be one of the most controversial outcomes of writing a popular book – that it will be adapted into a film and in the process, lose a part of its plot, characterisation and the ability to get into the characters’ mindset and motivations. No matter how faithful to the written version, there will be something that will enrage the book’s admirers. But what do the writers themselves think? Addressing this seminal question were five acclaimed novelists and/or screenwriters of contemporary times, who had different views on this issue which spans authorship, creative freedom, interpretation and differences in story-telling across various media. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSetting the ball rolling was Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, who felt that turning a novel into a film first entailed finding “a short story within it.” Holding there were many feted but not that simple films, he, however, said their plots or style cannot be as complex as those of novels, citing the case of his ‘The English Patient’, whose film version cut out the book’s non-chronological narrative to make a more coherent depiction onscreen. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, he acknowledged, filmmaking has its unique techniques or “subliminal elements”, which can lead to the entire story being restructured in the various stages of the adaptation.Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair stated that retaining the book’s essence is as important as creative freedom, noting she treats her works with “the same love and idiosyncrasies.” Of her adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Namesake’, she said that author created the novel, and she shepherded the film’s direction with her own inventiveness in meaning-making. This included, she said, an added focus on the parents’ point-of-view and visual dimensions of Kolkata absent in the book, part of her “inventions that make the film breathe and feel like it’s of the soil.” For Chinese-American author Amy Tan, the 1993 movie adaptation of her ‘The Joy Luck Club’, for which she co-wrote the screenplay, had to fit into its own form. What was important to her was finding the heart and soul of the book and creating a fresh narrative for the cinematic form. “I was more disrespectful to my book than the filmmakers!” she admitted but added that she felt no artistic disconnect with the film version which retained the essence of her story.Tan also opined that the power of cinematic adaptation also lay in the “freedom to sculpt a distinct narrative.”British novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Shakespeare added that in cinema the medium changes, and a central character in the novel can be replaced with the vantage point of the camera, while a screenwriter has the additional access to music and silences.But his compatriot, veteran playwright (“Arcadia”, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” etc) and Academy award-winning screenwriter (“The Russia House”, “Shakespeare in Love”) Sir Tom Stoppard believes that the “malleability of form subverts any attempt at making a unified declaration of adapting books to screen.”Stoppard admitted that as a text-driven writer, he finds himself “pitched between a moral duty to be faithful to work and a professional duty to be the handmaiden of the director” but added that between the two, he would be more inclined to be more defensive of the film, because of his intimacy with the form.The greatest of films are not those that follow rules to ensure risk-free filmmaking but those that are “transcendent rule-breakers”, he contended,Asked which of his works he felt didn’t work on the screen, he quipped: “Which one worked, by the way?”last_img read more

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Portugal orders Khadi ahead of Gandhis birth anniversary

first_imgTo bring out a “commemorative khadi stamp on Mahatma Gandhi” on his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Portugal has ordered the signature fabric of India, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), said on July 5. After the successful dispatch of this consignment on June 29, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that in February 2019, Khadi samples gratis were provided to the Cartor Security Printing Agency of Lisbon for stamp testing on behalf of the Postal Services of Portugal (CTT) for printing the stamps. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The Cartor Security Printing Agency had successfully completed the testing and later Dr Arjun Deore, the Second Secretary in the Embassy of India in Lisbon has confirmed the same to KVIC and requested us to supply 4,000 meters of exclusive 300-count muslin Khadi Fabric in bundles of 11 meters,” he said, adding, “Though the monetary value of this order is little over Rs 21 lakh, it values much more for the KVIC as Khadi and Bapu both would be showcased in Portugal’s stamp simultaneously.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, Khadi’s global presence is not a new phenomenon. In April 2018, noted fashion designer Gavin Rajah choreographed a 20-minute textile event aimed to project Khadi in a modern and trendy style at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 2018, Khadi also draped around a train and station at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train for refusing to give up his seat in a first class, “whites-only” compartment in 1893. The KVIC, for the first time, organised exclusive khadi exhibitions in 10 countries on August 15, 2018 and enthused by the massive response in those countries,the KVIC again organised khadi exhibitions in another 50 countries on October 2 last year. This order from Lisbon perhaps is the outcome of Khadi’s exposure at various exhibitions held in the recent past.last_img read more

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VIDEO Horse comes from out of nowhere to take the lead in

first_imgA cycling race in Donegan, Ireland unexpectedly turned into a Kentucky Derby tryout after a local horse crashed the event.A video posted to Facebook shows the wannabe thoroughbred darting out from an adjacent field to take the lead ahead of a large pack of riders. It has been confirmed that the horse was not an obscenely doped up Lance Armstrong.last_img

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