Fashionable and futuristic: BMW’s i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car with style

first_imgGenerally, having to ‘fake it’ is indicative of a failure or shortcoming.Kids will fake an illness to get out of a test they refused to study for. People will buy fake diamonds to look wealthier than they really are. And companies make fake cheese for those who can’t digest lactose.But the faking that the BMW engineers did in the i8 isn’t suggestive of a fault or flaw but rather the inverse.What am I referring to? The evocative, riotous engine notes heard in the cabin of the i8 are completely fake, entirely manufactured. The burbling, sporty sounds inside the i8 are simply prerecorded sounds of the engine piped through some speakers.In fact, the engine’s roar doesn’t even necessarily correspond to engine rpm; the sounds are piped in simply to entertain and delight the driver.Don’t let this perturb; the i8 is so good, so smooth and quiet, and twitchy and alive, that drivers won’t for a split second fret over artificial engine sounds. In fact, buyers will likely send the BMW-i engineers a thank you letter.Plug-in hybridYes, the i8 is a plug-in hybrid, but it’s like nothing else on the road today. It’s not just a plug-in hybrid; it’s also a four-wheel drive sports car.Under the hood, which is bolted shut, is an electric motor mated to a two-speed automatic transmission. Producing 129 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the small electric motor drives the front wheels.In the mid-rear of the car lies a transversely mounted, turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder gasoline engine, which has both a motor-generator (used for running accessories and the eBoost function) and a six-speed automatic bolted to it. Producing 228 hp (152 hp per liter) and 236 lb-ft of torque, this pint-sized three-banger is responsible for driving the rear wheels.Cradling these two independent powerplants is an aluminum frame system centralized by a sealed and cooled 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that rests in the center of the car where a conventional driveshaft would be located.On top of that frame is the i8’s carbon fiber body. And if you’re keeping track at home: yes, the i8 is a body-on-frame sports car. But it’s nothing like your grandpa’s Gran Torino.This body architecture has been cleverly called “LifeDrive”. On top, the carbon fiber body tub is where the occupants reside. And the frame beneath it houses the driving bits. Makes sense, right?A mode for every moodAt the push the start button, the i8 comes alive with a computerized chime, the sound of which, given the seriousness of the rest of the vehicle, is strangely sci-fi cartoonish. It sounds like a fazer gun charging up.The default drive setting is called “Comfort”. In Comfort the TFT instrument cluster is backed by a grey hue. In this mode, car is driven in an intelligent hybrid mode, which relies primarily on the front electric motor for propulsion but the three-cylinder is ready to help out at a moment’s notice.Above that – or beneath, depending on your mindset – is EcoPro and eDrive modes. EcoPro takes Comfort and retards drivetrain power and electrical loads – namely the climate control features. In this mode, the instrument cluster takes on a blue hue.eDrive transforms the i8 into an EV, driven solely by the electric motor in the front. The car has enough energy onboard to travel up to 22 miles in eDrive up to speeds of 75 mph.Then, finally, we have Sport mode, represented by bright orange glowing instruments in the TFT screen. Sport mode stiffens up the chassis, quickens shifts, perfects steering directness, and maximizes eBoost. This is the i8’s least efficient mode but perhaps where it is most at home. A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing eBoost is a function of the motor-generator bolted to the three-cylinder engine. To fill out low- and mid-range torque until the turbocharger spools up, the motor-generator literally flips over from its accessory powering position and supplies extra power to the gas engine.Taking the entire sensory experience into account, the i8 feels not like a rocketship but like a spaceship.Artificial noise, real performanceForget everything you know about plug-in hybrid driving dynamics. The i8 dashes them to bits.At wide-open throttle, the BMW i8 – thanks to its 357 hp and 420 torques – can rip to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. And while the sensation is absolutely intoxicating, it’s the noise that delights.The sound is almost indescribable. You have the roar, albeit artificial, of the beefy sounding three-cylinder behind you and the whine/whistle of the electric motor in front. Together, it’s a sound straight out of the Jetsons. Frankly, it’s the sound the new Formula 1 cars should make.Some have scoffed at the i8’s horsepower numbers, given its anticipated sticker price. It’s the torque, though, that makes the show. 420 pound-feet isn’t astronomical, sure.Thanks to the two electric motors, the quick revving three-cylinder, and big turbo, the torque is read more

Harkand: First Charter for Support Vessel …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Harkand has increased its presence in the burgeoning Asia Pacific region by securing a clutch of multi-million dollar contracts for execution in 2013/14.Under a deal with PTSC Offshore Services, the ROV support vessel Harkand Harmony has been deployed on its first charter since joining the fleet in August and is carrying out flexible lay operations in the Ruby Field, offshore Vietnam, with the charter expected complete in late November.The contract commenced in October with the work scope including a heavy duty Work ROV and provision of personnel.In the first of three further wins, Harkand are providing a Triton XLX ROV to Offshore Subsea Works in support of a project in the Gumusut Field, offshore Malaysia. The contract will run until Q1 2014 with extension options.A second Triton XLX ROV has been deployed and now completed a two-month contract supporting exploration and offshore activities in the Timor Sea, off the North West of Australia.Finally a third Triton XLX ROV has been deployed on a contract in in Malaysia supporting EMAS on the Zuhal Field.It is the first work for two of the new ROVs which Harkand took delivery of in August.Martin Watts, general manager Asia Pacific with Harkand, said: “We have invested significantly in growing our people, assets and capabilities in the region in recent months in order to provide a modern, safe and efficient fleet that meets the needs of our customers.“These contract wins and our strong order book for the months ahead not only justify the confidence we had in the strength of the market, they reflect our growing reputation for delivering a premium service to an industry operating in one of the most challenging oil and gas provinces in the world.”Formed in February 2013 through the merger of Iremis, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) and Andrews Survey following investment by Oaktree Capital Management, it employs 750 people at bases in Singapore and Perth in Asia Pacific, Dubai in the Middle East and Aberdeen in the UK, Harkand aims to grow turnover to $1 billion in the next five years.The group recently announced the acquisition of Veolia Marine Services based in Houston, which has further expanded the group’s geographical reach, asset base and staff.Present in Asia Pacific since 2009, it operates from two offices strategically located in the main oil and gas hubs of Singapore and Perth. Complete with workshop facilities, it operates a fleet of workclass ROVs and portable diving systems providing services for a number of different clients. Harkand, November 21, 2013 My location Print  Closelast_img

AKPS, AMSC Create New Shipping Company

first_imgJune 10, 2014 zoom Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (AKPS) today announced the planned establishment of Philly Tankers AS, a Norwegian limited liability company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (Philly Tankers).Philly Tankers has successfully secured equity commitments necessary to finance the purchase of two product tankers from AKPS with deliveries in 2016 and 2017, and will have a post- money market capitalization of $127.5 million. Together with best-in-class partners, Philly Tankers will operate and charter the vessels in the Jones Act market.“There are two key trends currently shaping the Jones Act market – the tight oil revolution, which has increased demand for product tankers, and a surge in containership orders, which has constrained shipyard capacity. Philly Tankers is well positioned to benefit from the effects of these trends by offering customers modern tonnage in a supply constrained market, as well as reliable operations and substantially improved fuel-efficiency versus the existing fleet,” says Kristian Rokke, Chairman of AKPS.As part of the transaction, AKPS will invest $58.5 million for 54% of the shares, which AKPS expects to fund through existing cash and proceeds from operations. The remaining sponsors (American Shipping Company, funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and other U.S. institutional investors) will invest $59.0 million for 46% of the shares at a subscription price of USD 1,000.00 per share.AKPS and Philly Tankers, through their U.S. subsidiaries, will enter into binding shipbuilding contracts for the first two product tankers, designated as AKPS Hulls 025-026. The total contract value is approximately $250 million, excluding construction period financing, initial owner expenses, G&A, and transaction costs.The anticipated profitability of the shipbuilding project for AKPS is in-line with previous guidance for AKPS Hulls 021-030. An option agreement will also be signed for two identical product tankers with deliveries in 2017, designated as AKPS Hulls 027-028, on substantially the same terms and conditions as AKPS Hulls 025-026.The vessels will be 50,000 dwt product tankers based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. The vessels will be constructed with consideration for the use of LNG for propulsion in the future. The vessels will be identical to the vessels currently under construction at AKPS that will be included in the AKPS-Crowley joint venture.It is expected that the Transaction will be closed in mid-July 2014.last_img

Ombudsman Office to Hold Meeting in New Minas

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the New Minas area on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Arrangements can be made for people to meet privately with a representative of the office. The clinic will take place between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the County Fair Mall, 9256 Commercial St., New Minas. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency which addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail ombudsman@gov.ns.ca or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ombu. -30-last_img

Get Prepared for Fire Season

first_img manage vegetation within 30 metres of your home clear leaves and twigs from roof lines and gutters keep firewood or other piles of wood more than 15 metres away from any structure store gasoline and other flammable liquids and gases in approved containers and away from any occupied buildings. The province is urging homeowners to prepare for the upcoming fire season by helping prevent home and property damage caused by forest fires. In 2008, 248 fires burned 2,721 hectares of Nova Scotia’s forests and wildlands. The main cause of these wildfires were residential fires. Arson was the second leading cause. Last year, a wet spring kept the number of fires down by 36 per cent compared to 2007. However, high winds caused a few fires to spread quickly. “Wind driven forest fires move at an astonishing rate of speed, especially through softwood forests of fir, pine and spruce,” said Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “They can be extremely difficult or impossible for firefighters to control. “As more communities move into traditional woodlands, we need to remember the role that some simple precautions can play in helping to protect not only our forests but our communities.” Robert Uttaro, supervisor of fire management for the Department of Natural Resources, said homeowners can take the following steps to help protect their homes: “We are also reminding people that burning brush requires a permit to burn during fire season. People should seriously consider burning brush in the winter when it is much safer,” said Mr. Uttaro. Winter burning season ends for many counties on Tuesday, March 31. For more information on how to make your home FireSmart see the checklist at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/fire-smart.asp . For more information on winter burning, burning permits and wildfires, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire .last_img

Bursary Supports Gaelic Language Learning for Nova Scotians

first_imgNova Scotians are getting the opportunity to further their study of Gaelic language and culture in Scotland. The bursary program is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Gaelic Affairs. Now in its third year, the program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation costs or distance learning costs. “The program provides further opportunity and motivation for Nova Scotians to acquire Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and study or distance learning,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “The province appreciates the Scottish Government’s support and is pleased to help promote this program through Gaelic Affairs and its community partners.” Recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and attend formal classes. Recipients may also enroll in a distance learning course. “This scheme stands as one of the many strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland’s Languages, The Scottish Government. “I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening both the Gaelic language and the links between both our communities.” Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Feb. 20. For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Lewis MacKinnon at 902-424-4298 or lewis.mackinnon@novascotia.ca .last_img

Adityanath bats for dialogue to improve doctorspatient relationship

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday batted for a dialogue between the doctors and the patients, saying it will help them to improve their relationship. “There should be an emotional dialogue between the patients and the doctors. We have lost it in this commercial age. The respect for the doctors has diminished due to priority being given to commercial interests,” he said. Adityanath was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the ‘Smile Mashal Jyoti’ event at his residence here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He said projects like this bring happiness on the lives of the people and also helps a doctor to present his humane face before his patients. “This initiative is an attempt to restore the dialogue between the doctors and the common man,” the chief minister said. During the programme, he felicitated the children associated with the Smile Foundation. Many doctors from different districts of the state were also felicitated. Adityanath also released a book on cleft care authored by Dr A K Singh of KGMU, Lucknow, on the occasion. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed A Smile Mashal Jyoti rally was also organised at the 1090 intersection here. The rally was flagged off by Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi. An awareness campaign through a street play was also held. The purpose is to bring smile in the lives of the children born with cleft lips, Awasthi said. He said special arrangements across the state have been made for the treatment of such children. Cabinet ministers Ashutosh Tandon and Rajesh Agarwal, Lucknow Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia, senior doctors associated with the Smile Mashal Jyoti programme were present on the occasion.last_img

No power can stop resolution of Kashmir issue says Rajnath

first_imgPandori (J&K): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted on Saturday that the Kashmir issue will be resolved and no power on the earth can stop it.Singh said Kashmir is in his heart and the government wants it to become not only paradise of India but tourist paradise of the world. The defence minister earlier paid tributes to the soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil War at a memorial in Jammu and Kashmir’s Dras sector as the nation commemorated the 20th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay’. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenIn Kathua, he said, “Kashmir ki samasya ka hal ho key raheyga, duniya ki koi taqat nahi rook shakti hai (Resolution of Kashmir issue is bound to happen and no power on earth can stop it).” “If not through talks, then we know how,” Singh said. Singh maintained that he has made repeated appeals as a home minister asking “so-called leaders” for talks to resolve the issue. Singh was the Union Home Minister in the previous government. “We want speedy development and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two strategically important bridges in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir that will help in smooth mobility of security forces in the border areas. The bridges, near the International Border, have been built under Project Sampark, braving Pakistani shelling and weather vagaries during the monsoon season, officials said. The 1,000-metre Ujh bridge in Kathua is the longest constructed by the Border Roads Organisation and it uses the precast segment technology, a defence spokesman said. Built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, the bridge is on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over Ujh river. The 617-metre Basantar bridge in Samba has been built at a cost of Rs 41.7 crore on Rajpura Madwal Pangadur Phulpur road over Basantar river. The bridges will provide smooth connectivity for residents during the monsoon season and are vital for mobility of security forces in the border areas, the spokesman said. The defence minister said roads and bridges are lifelines of a nation and play a vital role in the development of remote areas. He praised the BRO for working under hostile conditions in difficult areas, away from their families. Reiterating Central government’s commitment to improve connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and funds are being made available accordingly. Jitendra Singh, the minister of state in PMO, too underlined the development programme of the Central government and Modi’s steps to boost connectivity in the state. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, BRO Director General Lt Gen Harpal Singh, other senior army, civil and police officers attended the event. Meanwhile, a villager was injured when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked mortar and small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said. The firing and shelling comes close to the day-long visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. An Army spokesperson said that the force was retaliating befittingly to silence the Pakistani guns and there was no immediate report of any casualty. “At about 0900 hours, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation with firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mendhar sector,” the officer said. ptilast_img

Moroccos PPS Demands Public Apology for Shaming Belgian Volunteers

Rabat – A leftwing Moroccan political party, the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), has issued a statement requesting a public apology for what it sees as the indignity and unfair criticism that a group of young Belgian volunteers recently faced from conservative circles in Morocco.News went viral earlier this week of a group of young girls from Belgium doing volunteer work paving a road in a village in the province of Taroudant, in southern Morocco.In a region deemed conservative, the girls’ attire sparked controversy. Footage that circulated online showed the young girls in shorts and t-shirts as they put cement on a street. Many conservative Moroccans felt offended by the girls’ choice of attire , saying it was inappropriate and offensive.In the girls’ defense, PPS says that the criticism the group faced was unfair and unworthy of Morocco’s democratic aspirations. According to the Moroccan party, the North African country has seen enough progress and political reforms in the past years for people to dress as they see fit.“In addition to harming our country’s reputation and the progress we have made in terms of individual freedoms, peaceful coexistence, and openness, these kinds of declarations constitute a deliberate incitation to extremism and the rejection of the other,” PPS’ statement said of the tide of criticism the girls encountered.For the leftist party, Morocco has chosen to project itself as an anchor of individual liberties and a safe place for diversity. While conservatives should be entitled to their way of life or life choices, the country’s recent reforms and aspirations to consolidate its democracy required them to respect others’ choices as well, according to PPS.The statement also pointed out that the type of judgment and public shaming the young Belgian volunteers experienced may discourage similar volunteering initiatives.The outsized condemnation of the girls’ attire and attitude is an indirect attack on the values and cultures of where they came from, PPS suggested.This, the statement went on to add, may sabotage Morocco’s thriving tourism industry as well as the country’s reputation for facilitating cultural exchanges and building social bridges. “The people who made those comments should take them back and publicly apologize,” PPS concluded.While PPS is perhaps the first major organized body to rise to the girls’ defense in an official statement amid tense controversy, the party’s points had already been raised by many Moroccans who have denounced the extremist rhetoric that some of the girls’ critics used.A member of Morocco’s ruling Islamist party faced backlash for appearing to use religious language to jibe at the girls and question the sincerity of their volunteering. But more telling was the reaction to the comments of a 26-year old school teacher who called for beheading the girls.Like PPS, many Moroccans warned that such extremist comments could harm Morocco’s reputation for openness, tolerance, and hospitality, and therefore scare off prospective European or Western travelers.

In Malawi Ban welcomes pardoning of gay couple

We cannot “stay quiet when people are denied fundament rights – whatever their race or faith or age or gender or sexual orientation,” Mr. Ban said in an address to Malawi’s Parliament. “It is unfortunate that laws that criminalize people on the basis of their sexual orientation exist in some countries. They should be reformed,” he underlined. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were convicted earlier this month of “indecent practices between males” and “unnatural offences,” sparking the alarm of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who called the sentencing “blatantly discriminatory.” Welcoming President Bingu wa Mutharika’s announcement today, the Secretary-General voiced confidence that Malawian Parliament “will take appropriate steps to update laws discriminating based on sexual orientation in line with international standards.” For his part, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomed Mr. Mutharika’s announcement, calling it a “victory for the voiceless and for people on the margins of society.” Mr. Ban’s address in Malawi today also laid out his four key elements for Africa’s success in promoting development and in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. Firstly, the developed world’s pledges must be implemented, he said. “There are far too many promises, too often not fully delivered.” Another crucial ingredient, the Secretary-General said, is the unleashing of African’s potential – both its human and material wealth. “Africa’s people need neither pity nor charity,” he said. “They need only the tools to create jobs and generate incomes.” A level playing field for the continent in global trade, coupled with targeted development assistance, will “go a long way towards bringing a new dawn to the continent,” Mr. Ban underlined. Thirdly, he appealed for a new approach to development, where all of the MDGs are addressed in a coordinated manner instead of selecting targets to reach. “We should focus on empowering countries to scale up investments in agriculture, education, health and infrastructure,” the Secretary-General said, calling for a “true partnership” between Africa and donors. He noted that at the high-level gathering on MDGs that he is convening in September, he will ask governments to formulate a results-oriented action plan with concrete steps and timelines. Lastly, development initiatives can only be successful if there is good governance, Mr. Ban said. “We cannot allow the will of the people to be thwarted by electoral fraud. We cannot accept unconstitutional changes of government. We cannot countenance manipulations of the law to preserve the privileges of those in power.” Tomorrow, the Secretary-General is scheduled to visit Mwandama, a so-called Millennium Village, where UN agencies work with governments, aid organizations and civil society groups to try to lift residents out of extreme poverty and attain the MDGs. He will then travel to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to convene the first review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC), set up as a permanent tribunal to try people accused of the worst war crimes. This is the first of Mr. Ban’s three visits to Africa in the coming months. His next trip will take him to South Africa, where his visit will coincide with the opening of the World Cup soccer championships, which has called “a fabulous tribute to Africa’s prowess and potential.” Later he will travel to Burundi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin and Sierra Leone for talks with national leaders, UN staff and civil society groups, much of it focused on the MDGs. The Secretary-General’s third visit to Africa will be to Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a UN peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – has been in operation for 11 years. This week, the Security Council agreed to transform the operation into a stabilization mission in the coming weeks, authorizing the withdrawal of up to 2,000 UN military personnel by 30 June this year from areas where security has improved enough to allow their removal. As of 1 July, the mission will be known as the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, or MONUSCO. 29 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the “courageous” decision announced today by the leader of Malawi to pardon a gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison, voicing hope that the African nation will update its laws to reflect international standards.

Greg Rickford could bring more collegial approach to Natural Resources portfolio

Greg Rickford could bring more collegial approach to Natural Resources portfolio OTTAWA – The arc of Greg Rickford’s career isn’t the norm but should give him an interesting perspective on his latest professional challenge.From nurse to lawyer to MBA to member of Parliament, and now the new federal Natural Resources minister, Rickford, 46, has spent a lot of time dealing with First Nations issues in Ontario’s rugged and remote northwest.Since last July, he’s been immersed in helping shepherd a massive northern Ontario mining development proposal through the federal-provincial funding labyrinth — a file fraught with political one-upmanship that Rickford has mostly avoided.So when Prime Minister Stephen Harper tapped the Kenora, Ont., MP on Wednesday to replace Joe Oliver, the newly promoted finance minister, even the Conservative government’s critics were ready to cut him some slack.Those who know Rickford say he’ll bring a collegial, level-headed approach to some of the biggest economic files on the Harper government’s plate.“He’s a practical, smart and down-to-earth guy,” said Geoff Norquay, a former senior aide to Harper who knows Rickford well.Rickford was not available for an interview Wednesday but issued a statement saying “I will be a staunch advocate for Canada’s abundant natural resources and the thousands of jobs this sector creates for all Canadians.”His record tells something of what he brings to the new job.As Norquay put it: “I think he will be a champion at the cabinet table of better understanding of the aboriginal dimensions of resource development and the need for a much more proactive outreach by both government and business to ensure and build the successful involvement of First Nations communities in the resource economy.”During a housing crisis in Attiwaspiskat in the winter of 2011-12, Rickford stepped in to handle the public diplomacy for then-minister John Duncan, managing to lower the temperature somewhat on a battle that was threatening to shatter the relationship between First Nations and the Harper government.He has lived and worked as a nurse and later a lawyer in Pikangikum, Ont., among the poorest aboriginal communities in the country, so Rickford has first-hand knowledge of the desperate economic conditions and isolation of some First Nations.Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s provincial minister of Northern Development and Mines, has dealt with Rickford on a number of issues — notably the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in northwestern Ontario — and calls him a friend despite their partisan party differences.He welcomed Rickford’s promotion, calling it a “very important connection” to have the Ring of Fire directly under the federal natural resources minister.“We’ve said this is a project of national significance that they should partner with us on,” said Gravelle.The Ontario Liberal said Oliver’s promotion to finance minister also bodes well, as two top cogs in the Harper cabinet are now fully up to speed and cognizant of the importance of the huge mining development.NDP natural resources critic Peter Julian said the Harper government has done a poor job of ensuring there is “social licence” for major resource development projects, particularly pipeline developments.“For the government’s sake, if nothing else, the government needs to set a whole new tone,” on resource development said Julian, who said he personally likes Rickford and looks forward to working with him.“Does he have the background? Yes. Will he establish that new tone? I certainly hope so.”Keith Stewart, a politically attuned researcher for Greenpeace Canada, groused that all important decisions in the Conservative government come straight from the Prime Minister’s Office.“But the willingness of a minister to talk to those who disagree with the government’s agenda would be a welcome change,” said Stewart, acknowledging Rickford’s reputation.The Greenpeace activist said the real test for the federal Natural Resources portfolio will come later this spring when the government makes a decision on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C.“Acknowledging that this pipeline cannot be built in the face of an unbroken wall of resistance from First Nations and their supporters would send a very clear message that this government is listening to more than just the oil industry,” Stewart said.Earlier this month, Enbridge announced it had hired Jim Prentice, a former Harper environment minister, to help broker a deal with First Nations who oppose its Northern Gateway project.“They’ve recognized the importance — the necessity — of building better relations with First Nations and arriving at economic partnerships with First Nations that are respectful of the environment and First Nations’ jurisdiction,” Prentice said at the time.Rickford’s promotion may indicate the government has heard read more

Syria Arms depot blast kills 39

At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say.The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. Dozens of people are still missing, a monitor and correspondents say.  Idlib is the last major rebel-held area, and is expected to be the next target for Syrian armed forces.In recent months, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, has made major advances in its offensive against a number of rebel and jihadist groups across Syria.On Sunday, rescuers in Sarmada used bulldozers to remove the rubble and pull out trapped people, an AFP correspondent in the town near the Turkish border reported.Hatem Abu Marwan, a member of the Idlib civil defence team, said that “buildings full of civilians were reduced to rubble”, the news agency said.Meanwhile, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that there were still dozens of people missing. Some reports suggest the number killed could be higher. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSyria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 58April 4, 2017In “World”Syria conflict: Two hospitals hit in new air strikesFebruary 15, 2016In “World”Russian helicopter shot down in Syria, killing five on boardAugust 1, 2016In “latest news”

ASA Welcomes Introduction of Chairmans Mark

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) responded this afternoon to the introduction of the chairman’s mark of the farm bill from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas. ASA President John Heisdorffer issued the following statement:”We commend Chairman Conaway for moving the farm bill process forward with the introduction of the chairman’s mark today. We recognize this process has many stages, and while this version lacks support from Democrats, we hope that the chairman will continue to work to negotiate to get the needed support to pass a bill that can conference with the Senate and become law in 2018.”We need to get this farm bill done this year to provide long-term certainty for farmers, given lingering questions on trade and the shaky state of the farm economy.”We also appreciate the chairman for including authorization for the Foreign Market Development program, as well as funding for FMD and the Market Access Program. ASA will continue to press for the doubled funding we originally requested for these programs, which farmers across the country leverage to expand our overseas markets.”last_img

Twitter Facebook ban farright figures for fake accounts hate speech

first_img Internet Tommy Robinson was banned from Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday. Getty Images Two high-profile far-right figures were kicked off social media Tuesday.Jacob Wohl, an internet hoaxer and conservative conspiracy theorist, was banned from Twitter for setting up fake accounts, according to the company. Wohl, a supporter of President Donald Trump, has used the platform to spread falsehoods about people, including special counsel Robert Mueller, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Rep. Ilhan Omar. “The account was suspended for multiple violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically creating and operating fake accounts,” a Twitter representative said. In a Tuesday morning USA Today article, Wohl said he planned to create several fake Facebook and Twitter accounts to “steer the left-wing votes in the primaries to what we feel are weaker candidates compared with Trump.”At the time of publication, Wohl’s Facebook page was still active. Wohl and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tommy Robinson, founder of the far-right English Defence League, was banned from Facebook and Instagram for breaking hate speech rules. Facebook said in a Tuesday blog post that people and organizations involved in “organized hate” — or who support it — aren’t allowed on the platform. “Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page has repeatedly broken these standards, posting material that uses dehumanizing language and calls for violence targeted at Muslims,” Facebook wrote. “He has also behaved in ways that violate our policies around organized hate.”Robinson was banned from Twitter last year. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on his ban from Facebook and Instagram. Social media sites have been grappling with hate speech and misinformation on their platforms. Last year, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was kicked off Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, among other platforms. In October, Facebook banned pages linked to far-right extremists the Proud Boys, and said in 2017 that it removes about 66,000 posts a week because of hateful rhetoric. Trump and some conservatives have raised concerns about perceived bias from social media and tech companies against right-wing figures and groups.  Comments Tags Facebook Share your voice 2last_img

AFRO Editorial Cartoonists Work on Display in DC

first_imgBy Renee Foose, Special to the AFROFifty years ago, following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his wife, Coretta Scott King, founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change to continue his legacy of campaigns for civil rights and social justice. The tumultuous events in 1968 shaped the thinking and focus of a young artist who found a way to use his talent to address higher goals, and make a difference in the lives of thousands of Black Americans, one drawing at a time.(Photo by Howard Brown)Kofi Tyus was raised in Washington, D.C. and found his love of art at a young age. A high school teacher recognized his talent and helped him win a scholarship to attend Howard University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He continued to study atCranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and later returned to Washington, D.C. where he worked for the federal government making illustrations and maps.(Photo by Howard Brown)Although Tyus was using his artistic talents for a valuable public service, it wasn’t satisfying his passion to serve a greater good. He said he was inspired to take a different direction when he couldn’t find a suitable Mother’s Day card for his mother. He decided to start his own line of Black greeting cards with the intention of creating positive images and messages not found elsewhere and sold them at a price that would encourage widespread sales. In addition to launching a popular line of greeting cards, Tyus began free-lance work with book illustrations, court room sketching, political cartoons, and a comic strip series featuring his own children that was syndicated in over 100 newspapers nationwide.(Photo by Howard Brown)His wife, Fodowo, describes his work as “warm love, you can feel the love and joy in his work, and his message is always just right.” They met at an art show where he was showcasing his work. Together, they manage the marketing and sale of his art work.(Photo by Howard Brown)Tyus told the AFRO his early inspiration for art was “hunger and purpose” which came at a time of unrest in the nation. Now, fifty years later, his inspiration comes from faith, “once you realize there is only one Creator, there is no limit to where creativity can carry you” he said. “Water colors are my favorite medium, it provides freedom. Like cooking, the test is in the taste. You can do anything with watercolor, if it tastes good, it’s good.”(Photo by Howard Brown)After a long and distinguished career creating uplifting messages and championing social justice, Tyus hopes young people will continue to draw on his art as an inspiration and to use his work “to figure out what is important to you, and to be clear with who you are.”(Photo by Howard Brown)His work is on display at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan and will be featured in several upcoming exhibits in the Washington, D.C. area.last_img

4 Bdeshi minors sent back home

first_imgBALURGHAT: Four Bangladeshi minor boys having identified as Mohammad Sah Jamal (17), Rashid Islam (13), Mohammad Sagar Hussein (12) and Iman Islam (14), who were caught around one-and-half-years ago by police from Hili in South Dinajpur and neighbouring Malda respectively have been pushed back to Bangladesh on Wednesday in presence of Aktab Hussein, officer-in-charge posted at Hili Immigration Department for Bangladesh, Shipra Roy, officer-in-charge posted at Hili Immigration Department for India, district coordinator of Child-line, Suraj Das, along with many dignitaries of both countries and police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe four minor boys were kept in juvenile correctional home, Suvayan in Balurghat, on the basis of the verdict given by the court. Police said the minors hail from Nowga, Dinajpur and Khulna districts in neighbouring Bangladesh. Police interrogation revealed they were forced to sneak through unfenced areas of Hili under the compulsion of extreme poverty.Struggling with poverty in Bangladesh, their parents were forced to send them to India illegally, in search of shelter and jobs here. Perhaps they entered the Indian Territory through the Hili border area with the help of a linkman but without having valid documents, they were nabbed by the police. Accordingly, the court ordered to keep them in juvenile home.Aktab Hussein, officer-in-charge posted at Hili Immigration Department for Bangladesh said: “Initially we had spoken to the BSF high officials posted in Hili International border and Indian government to get the minors back as per appeal of the worried guardians. We are happy that the concerned counterpart responded positively to our appeal.”last_img

New Egyptian Tomb Opened that Reveals a Special 4300yrold Green Pigment

first_imgA tomb belonging to a senior official dating to the Fifth Dynasty in Ancient Egypt has been unveiled around 20 miles south of Cairo. The newly opened necropolis contains vivid colored reliefs and well-preserved inscriptions painted in a special green resin that has kept its pigment over the last 4,300 years. The tomb is near Saqqara, a vast necropolis. Built from white limestone bricks, the tomb is thought to belong to a nobleman known as Khuwy. It was discovered in March 2019. Mohamed Megahed, head of the excavation team, said in a statement: “The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offering table.”Saqqara necropolis, Egypt. UNESCO World Heritage Site“Ornate paintings boast a special green resin throughout and oils used in the burial process,” the antiques ministry said in a press statement, as reported in the Times of Israel. The north wall of the tomb suggests a design influenced by the architectural blueprint of the Fifth Dynasty’s royal pyramids. The art of pyramid building was developed Fourth Dynasty.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThis team has discovered several tombs believed to date from the same period. Archaeologists recently located a granite column with an inscription dedicated to Queen Setibor, wife of the eighth and penultimate king of the dynasty. As well as an incredible 3,000 year old tomb in Luxor. See the video for a look at this treasure:“Historians regard this period as being ‘written in stone,’ with events recorded only through monuments rather than texts,” according to The Sun. “It is hoped that Khuwy’s tomb paintings might shade in some of the finer details of the age.”The frescoes inside the tomb depict men in boats, servants bringing food and drink, and birds, all skirted with decorative borders. Queen Setibor was the wife of Djedkare Isesi. The pharaoh. who reigned for nearly 40 years between 2414 BC and 2375 BC,  is considered to be one of the most important rulers of Ancient Egypt, largely as a result of his religious reforms, according to Egyptologist Ahmed Saleh, Egypt Today reported.Main relief from the false door of Manefer, depicting the deceased with his name and titles in front of him. Time of Djedkare Isesi – 5th dynasty of Egypt – Egyptian museum of Berlin. Photo by Neithsabes -CC BY-SA 3.0Unlike other Fifth Dynasty pharaohs, who worshiped the god Ra, Djedkare venerated Osiris, especially when it came to funeral rituals. The pharaoh was also known for giving power to rulers around Egypt, weakening the authority of the centralized administration.The Fifth Dynasty is often combined with Dynasties III, IV, and VI under the group title the Old Kingdom. During this dynasty, Egyptian religion made several important changes. The earliest known copies of funerary prayers inscribed on royal tombs appear. The cult of the god Ra gains added importance, as kings built temples dedicated to Ra at or near Abusir.The pyramid of Djedkare in Saqqara. Photo by Didia CC BY-SA 3.0Late in this dynasty, the cult of Osiris became important, most notably in the inscriptions found in the tomb of Unas. This was the case with Djedkare Isesi. It is not known who Djedkare’s parents were. He may have been either a son, a brother, or a cousin of his predecessor, Menkauhor. The identity of his mother is unknown.Relief from the tomb of Inti at DishashaThis pharaoh was known to have had important courtiers, or viziers, whose tombs have been identified in Giza. For example. a courtier named Saib held the positions of director of the palace, and was secretary of the House of Morning. Saib was buried in a double mastaba. He may have shared this tomb with his wife, Tjentet, who was a priestess of Neith. Nimaatre was another palace attendant of the Great House, who also served as secretary of the Great House.Read another story from us: Mummified Mice Found in Colorful 2,000-year-old Egyptian TombThe name Nefermesdjerkhufu is found inscribed in the chapel entrance at the Western Cemetery, according to the Digital Giza archive. The inscriptions say that he was highly revered as “companion of the house, overseer of the department of palace attendants of the Great House, he who is in the heart of his lord, secretary, overseer of the two canals of the Great House, he who belongs to the royal documents, overseer of the arsenal, royal wab-priest.”last_img

Virtual Reality Is Proving a Powerful Vehicle for Disaster Relief Social Causes

first_img 4 min read This article is part of our Trends 2016 coverage.In April, mere hours after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, humanitarian and filmmaker David Darg found himself on a flight to Kathmandu. Along for the ride were six GoPro cameras, a tripod and a 3-D-printed camera rig — all the gear he would need to shoot a virtual-reality film.The resulting production, The Nepal Quake Project — released within two weeks and narrated by Susan Sarandon — was the first VR film shot in a disaster zone, giving viewers a 360-degree look at rescue efforts amid the ruins. Falling rubble had damaged one of the cameras, leaving a blank spot in the visual field, but even so, the film received tremendous media attention. People lined up to see it, then took out their checkbooks and asked what they could do to help the suffering Nepalese.Until then, RYOT, the media company Darg co-founded in 2012, had released just one VR film, a simulated experience of solitary confinement, which had premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival the month he left for Nepal. That was a good experiment. But the Nepal film was a breakthrough that left some viewers in tears.Since that “light-bulb moment,” Venice, Calif.-based RYOT has made VR — “the truest form of cinéma vérité,” according to co-founder Bryn Mooser — a cornerstone of its business. It has released three more brief VR documentaries, including Welcome to Aleppo, which takes viewers to the Syrian city’s bombed-out streets, echoing with sniper fire.RYOT’s founders forged their bond doing aid work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. What began as a film-production company blossomed into a full-fledged media organization, with a news platform, RYOT Films and RYOT Creative, which makes videos for paying clients as well as pro bono clients like Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit that builds schools. COO Molly Swenson says RYOT is looking to fill two voids: providing a news site that doesn’t “just make you feel hopeless and depressed,” and addressing nonprofits’ need to spread awareness of their work “after Anderson Cooper has left the disaster zone.”While hardware limitations remain the biggest obstacle to VR’s mainstream adoption, the means to produce and distribute films are better than ever, thanks to YouTube adding support for 360-degree video this past March. “That was the moment we were waiting for,” Mooser says.RYOT says revenue for the first half of 2015 was more than double that of the same period the year before. As much as 80 percent of that increase was due to virtual reality. The VR audience is “the most captive audience possible, so the monetization opportunities are huge,” Swenson says.At press time, RYOT had 60 VR films in preproduction, including series in conjunction with another startup, Jaunt VR, which recently raised $65 million from The Walt Disney Co. and others. One joint production is a travel show that gives a tour of the Holy Land; a related “action component” seeks to drum up support for peace-building between Israelis and Palestinians. “What I care about more than the actual film is what you can build around it,” Mooser says.While large media companies are only beginning to harness the potential of digital video, young filmmakers and agile startups are forging ahead with new technologies. The world’s first virtual film festival launched a 10-city North American tour in Portland, Ore., in August.Virtual reality, Swenson says, “is not a gimmick. It’s going to change our industry.” December 16, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the December 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img

Chrome OS Has a Major Android Pie Bug How to Fix It

first_img Henry T. Casey, Author Bio Henry T. Casey, on by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comTV Shows That Premiered in 2018 & Are Worth Catching up OnForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Best Chromebooks Available Now Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Android Pie is still in the early stages of rolling out to Chromebooks, but we’ve already seeing news of a performance-crippling bug to worry about. Fortunately, there’s also a fix.This news (and its fix) comes from Chrome Unboxed, which spotted Reddit threads that deduced the bug was limited to Chromebooks on Chrome OS 72, with the Play Store and Android 9. MORE: Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and AdviceMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chrome-os-android-pie-slowdown?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 How bad is the bug? It can create extreme delays in drag and drop with the touchpad, and — at its worst — leave the entirety of a Chromebook’s CPU capabilities drained even during an idle state. Fortunately, Android Pie isn’t on many Chromebooks at this stage — just Pixel Chromebooks and the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 — but that should change in the coming months.We haven’t noticed this issue on our Google Pixelbook yet, but Chrome Unboxed talked to a Chromium developer, Elijah T., who believes the performance bugs are tied to the “recent integration of memory information” in the most recent version of Chrome OS.To solve this issue, click Shift+Escape to open the Task Manager, right-click on a column headers, and un-check “Memory footprint.”last_img