Film Productions Announced

first_img Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 7. Documentary TV series, Mega Marine Machines Season 2, produced by Mega Marine Machines 2 Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $486,081 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,676,142. Documentary TV series, That DIY Show, produced by Screw Driver Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $439,865 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,466,217. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIcenter_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at . -30-last_img read more

Employment recovery depends on leadership UN labour chief tells jobs summit

15 June 2009The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) told a global jobs summit in Geneva that leadership is crucial for rapid recovery of employment amid the ongoing economic downturn. “The call of today is for leadership. Leadership at all levels,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said as the three-day forum, which includes the participation of nine heads of State and dozens of ministers, got underway. “We are clear about the challenges we face,” he said. “The world cannot afford to wait for employment to come back, several years after economic growth has returned.“Rapid recovery of employment and the accompanying social protection needs must be central to public policy and business decisions,” Mr. Somavia said. “At the same time, we need to build an efficient social market economy that will prevent relapsing into the excesses and inequalities of the past.“And we must be attentive because we can already sense certain interests that just can’t wait to go back to business as usual,” he said.The ILO chief said the goal was known: “A world economy that works for all, delivers on decent work for women and men, social justice at home and a fair globalization in the world.”What was needed to achieve the goal, he said, was, “leadership with a moral compass guiding action. Leadership that dares take new approaches; leadership to fix what has gone wrong; leadership that listens and opens doors; leadership to find common ground in a world of nations moulded in different cultures and realities; leadership that can deliver the national and international agreements that that put people first.”He also called for international cooperation in trade, finance, development, environment, climate change, labour markets, decent work agreements, basic needs, food security, health and education.“This summit can mobilize the leadership to overcome this crisis and chart a new course for a fair globalization bringing opportunities of decent work to all,” he said. “I am confident that the governments, employers and workers assembled here will return home energized by this conference, carrying with them the messages and solutions crafted here.”This year’s ILO annual Conference, from 3-19 June, is debating how to protect workers, families and enterprises from the turmoil and how to promote speedy economic and employment recovery. According to the agency, during the 2007-2009 period, between 210 million and 239 million persons would be unemployed, representing global unemployment rates of 6.5 and 7.4 per cent respectively, or increases of between 39 and 59 million unemployed people since 2007. ILO projections indicate that 200 million workers are at risk of joining the ranks of people living on less than $2 per day between 2007 and 2009. The summit, combined with the ILO’s annual conference, is the largest forum in the agency’s history. Among those participating are the leaders of Brazil, France, Togo, Mozambique, Finland, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Jamaica and Poland. read more

UN mission Congolese national army launch joint action against rebels

In the largest such joint action to date, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will support military operations by the national Congolese army to protect the Walungu area in the eastern part of the country from rebel attacks. A combined operational centre will be set up in Walungu, 80 kilometres southwest of Bukavu in South Kivu province, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) has announced. According to a joint communiqué by MONUC and the Congolese armed forces, all combatants are urged to voluntarily cease their activities and either join the national army or sign up for the demobilization and reintegration program. In addition, all foreign forces in the area are asked to go home. On a visit to a hospital Walungu in June, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Felix Bamezon reported seeing wards filled with emaciated babies and young children with distended stomachs, stick-like limbs and hair that had turned yellow. “These children are slowly dying of starvation,” he said then. “We cannot simply stand by and let it happen.” read more

US newhome sales fell 68 pct in June possible sign of hot

In this June 4, 2015, photo, a sign indicates a site has been sold in a new home development in Nashville, Tenn. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in June on Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared at the start of summer.The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales slumped 6.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000. The report also revised May sales down to a rate of 517,000 from 546,000.The June slowdown indicates the potential limits of the earlier momentum. A nearly two-year hiring streak and low mortgage rates had been spurring stronger sales through much of the year. New-home purchases have vaulted up 21.2 per cent through the first half of 2015, although the government sales report is volatile on a monthly basis.Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the decline “poured cold water on the festive tones” from past reports of accelerating sales.Some analysts downplayed the report as representing a sliver of the real estate market.“While the June report is disappointing, new-home sales represents a small portion of total home sales (just 8 per cent),” said Bricklin Dwyer, an analyst at the bank BNP Paribas.But last month’s slump could muddle expectations that the real estate sector will spur stronger economic growth in the coming months.The median sales price has slipped 1.8 per cent to $281,800 over the past 12 months. Buying fell in the Midwest, South and West, while rising sharply in the Northeast.Supplies remain remarkably tight with few new listings coming onto the market and construction expanding at a slower pace than sales of new homes. That may be a sign that the current strength in the market could wane as would-be buyers become frustrated by their limited options.There are 5.4 months’ supply of new homes available, compared to six months in a healthy market. Construction of single-family houses has risen 9.1 per cent year to date, less than half the pace of sales growth for new homes.There are other reports that the housing sector carried its previous momentum through June.Sales of existing homes increased 3.2 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The shortage of new listings has fueled higher prices. The median home value has risen 6.5 per cent over the past year to $236,400, the highest figure — not adjusted for inflation — documented by the Realtors.Much of the additional demand has emerged from consistently solid hiring and low mortgage rates. Employers added 3.1 million jobs last year and are on pace to add 2.5 million jobs this year.Borrowing costs are rising but have stayed low by historical standards.The average 30-year fixed rate was 4.04 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That average has increased from a 52-week low of 3.59 per cent. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2015 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales fell 6.8 pct. in June; possible sign of hot real estate market cooling off read more

SMMT helps suppliers do the business at Automechanika

Automechanika 2004 was another success for British exhibitors at Europe’s leading component and accessory supply show. SMMT took a 70 – strong group of delegates to the exhibition, to help them find new business.One British exhibitor who won orders worth £20,000 and expects up to £250,000 in repeat business said, ‘It was the best exhibition result we have ever had’. Another UK firm reported ‘over 50 firm business leads to follow up’ and closed a deal worth some £300,000. Having so many customers in one area worked well for exhibitors, however, some felt that the event ran for too long. One exhibitor said, ‘Why can’t the organisers learn from other events and keep Automechanika to four business days?’ SMMT has taken these concerns on board with the ATS @ CV Show, the UK’s main automotive component and aftermarket show. It runs alongside the CV Show, Europe’s biggest and most successful business commercial vehicle show for three days – an ideal length of time for business to be concluded.The ATS @ CV show had its most successful year in 2004, with a total of nearly 29,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors. Running from 5-7 April 2005, next year’s event could be even better. Exhibitor space is being snapped up even faster than last year.For more information seethe ATS Show Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State softball aims to sustain Big Tenwinning ways after opening sweep

OSU freshman pitcher Morgan Ray (6) throws a pitch during a game against Maryland. Credit: Gabriella DiGiovanni | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State softball team might be only one weekend into its Big Ten schedule, but the Buckeyes (18-7, 3-0) are currently sitting atop the conference after sweeping Maryland in their home debut. This first-place standing could give OSU the upper hand as it looks to continue its win streak in its three-game matchup against Wisconsin (16-12, 2-1), which is set to start Friday at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes have not faced the Badgers since the 2013 season, so the matchup will be a change of pace. Still, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is aware of the momentum and energy Wisconsin will likely bring this weekend.“We will play a tough team this weekend in Wisconsin,” she said. “We know what to expect, but we still need to focus on what they are going to generate against us.”Scouting WisconsinThe Badgers are coming off a winning weekend against Michigan State, headlined by a 10-1 win in which they scored all of their runs in one inning.Schoenly mentioned Wisconsin’s heavy use of small ball, as well as wearing down pitchers by strategically putting the ball in play.“They have a very unique brand of softball,” she said. “They do a lot of base stealing, a lot of hit-and-runs, a lot of squeezes, so we have to be on our toes nonstop.” Nine Badgers on the roster bat left-handed, giving the lineup the opportunity to take advantage of bunting, slap hitting and its overall speed. For OSU’s pitching staff, this week’s practices will be dedicated to preparing to stop its opponents’ agility.“We’re going to have to take their speed away with strikeouts. We’ve got to get to work,” Schoenly said.Wisconsin sophomore Kelsey Jenkins is hitting .410, while junior Chloe Miller has racked up 32 RBIs. Last season, Jenkins started every game and led the team in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Miller added two team highs of her own in RBIs and doubles.Following in Jenkins’ footsteps is catcher Melanie Cross, who is having her own stellar freshman year. Cross was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday after batting .500 in the Badgers’ past five games, including a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance in their loss to the Spartans on Saturday.From the circle, Wisconsin falls near the middle of the Big Ten in overall ERA, but the duo of junior Kirsten Stevens and senior Taylor-Paige Stewart have combined for 117 strikeouts. Like last weekend against Maryland, the Buckeyes will face another left-hander when batting against Stevens, who was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year last season at Mercer prior to transferring. Before facing OSU on Friday, the Badgers are scheduled to go head-to-head against South Dakota on Wednesday in their home opener. This game will give Schoenly and the Buckeyes one last chance to scout the Badgers before heading to Madison, Wisconsin, to take them on for themselves.“What’s nice is that we don’t have any midweek games this week, so we can fully focus on what they’re going to do,” Schoenly said.Top of the conferenceFour Big Ten teams pulled off sweeps of their opponents last weekend, but OSU’s strong tournament showings and domination of Maryland have sent it to the top of the conference for the first time this season. Schoenly said she was impressed not only by the run her team is on but also by who stepped up against Maryland, especially the players who generated more than just singles.“We’re showing a ton of power, and I hope we can continue with a lot more of these doubles, triples and home runs,” she said.This commanding offense might be the key to staying atop the conference. The Buckeyes have finished the past two seasons in sixth place in the Big Ten, but Schoenly said she sees promise in her players to remain on top as the season progresses.“I’d rather be No. 1 than not,” she said. “We’re feeling good, and the girls have a lot of confidence, which I think breeds winning.”Up nextAfter their trip to Wisconsin, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Buckeye Field on April 6 for a doubleheader against Penn State in another Big Ten contest, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. read more

One of the most powerful typhoons on record hits Philippines

first_imgONE OF THE most intense typhoons ever recorded whipped the Philippines today, terrifying millions of people as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into coastal communities on the central island of Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, before dawn with maximum sustained winds of about 315 kilometres an hour.“We’ve had reports of uprooted trees, very strong winds… and houses made of light materials being damaged,” Philippine Red Cross chief Gwendolyn Pang told AFP as Haiyan swept across the archipelago’s central and southern islands.The government confirmed one person had been killed but the death toll was expected to rise, with authorities unable to immediately contact the worst affected areasHaiyan is only expected to leave the Philippines in the evening.“We have put rescue teams and equipment at different places, but at the moment we can’t really do much because of the heavy rain and strong winds. There is no power,” Pang said.Previous disastersAn average of 20 major storms or typhoons, many of them deadly, batter the Philippines each year.The developing country is particularly vulnerable because it is often the first major landmass for the storms after they build over the Pacific Ocean.The Philippines suffered the world’s strongest storm of 2012, when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao.But Haiyan’s wind strength made it one of the four most powerful typhoons ever recorded in the world, and the most intense to have made landfall, according to Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology at US-based Weather Underground.This satellite image provided shows Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines at 10.30pm (Irish time). (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)Haiyan generated wind gusts of 379 kilometres an hour on Friday morning, according to the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.Masters said the previous record for the strongest typhoon to make landfall was Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi in the United States with sustained winds of 190 miles an hour in 1969.While the winds moderated slightly after making landfall, Masters told AFP they would remain strong enough for Haiyan to continue being a “super typhoon” until it exited into the South China Sea.This image provided by the US Naval Research Lab shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by the NEXSAT satellite at 7:30am (Irish time).  (AP Photo/US Naval Research Lab)Masters said he expected the damage in Guiuan, a fishing town of about 40,000 people that was the first to be hit on Friday, to be “catastrophic”.Communication lines with Guiuan remained cut off in the afternoon, and the civil defence office said it was unable to give an assessment of the damage there.In Tacloban, a nearby city of more than 200,000 people, corrugated iron sheets were ripped off roofs and floated with the wind before crashing into buildings, according to video footage taken by a resident.Flash floods also turned Tacloban’s streets into rivers, while a photo from an ABS-CBN television reporter showed six bamboo houses washed away along a beach more than 200 kilometres to the south.Preparing for disasterFilipino workers bring down a giant billboard along a busy highway as they prepare for the possible effects of powerful Typhoon Haiyan in suburban Makati, south of Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)President Benigno Aquino on Thursday had warned his compatriots to make all possible preparations for Haiyan.“To our local officials, your constituents are facing a serious peril. Let us do all we can while (Haiyan) has not yet hit land,” he said in a nationally televised address.More than 125,000 people in the most vulnerable areas had been moved to evacuation centres before Haiyan hit, according to the national disaster management council, and millions of others huddled in their homes.Authorities said schools in the storm’s path were closed, ferry services suspended and flights cancelled.In the capital Manila, which was on the northern edge of the typhoon’s path, many schools were closed amid forecasts of heavy rain.One particularly vulnerable area in Haiyan’s path was the central island of Bohol, the epicentre of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake last month that killed 222 people.At least 5,000 survivors were still living in tents on Bohol, and they were moved to schools that had been turned into evacuation centres.The government and some scientists have said climate change may be increasing the ferocity and frequency of the storms.Masters said warm waters of the Pacific Ocean were an important reason for the strength of Haiyan, but it was premature to blame climate change.“The historical record of typhoons and hurricanes is too short and of too low quality to say if climate change may have played a role,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Fukushima prepares to remove ultra-dangerous fuel rodsAmnesty: Shell made ‘false claims’ on oil spillslast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.1. #SURGERY: Over half of Ireland’s public hospitals have people waiting more than 12 months for surgery, has revealed. Figures from the Patient Treatment Register have shown that 285 people had been waiting more than one year as of the end of January 2013.2. #NORTHERN IRELAND: It is believed that a major bomb attack was foiled last night after the PSNI intercepted a van in Derry. Over 100 homes were evacuated as a result of the incident. Three men in their 30s are being questioned by detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch.3. #KILKENNY: A man in his 50s has died after his car collided with a lorry in Kilkenny late last night. The incident occurred when his car, in which he was the sole occupant, collided with a lorry on the N25 at Luffany, Slieverue, Mooncoin in Co Kilkenny at around 9.15pm.4. #DISTRICT COURT: The man who was arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy to murder is to appear at Cork District Court today. The man, who is to be charged with the offence, is believed to be the son of a former politician.5. #NICOLA FURLONG: The trial into the death of Nicola Furlong, who was found strangled in a Tokyo hotel last May, is to begin today. Her family have travelled to Japan to attend the case, which it’s believed will run for two weeks. Richard Hinds, a 19-year-old musician from Memphis in the US, stands accused of her murder.6. #POST MORTEM: A post mortem is to be carried today on the body of a man who was shot dead in Dublin last night. The shooting took pace in Cabra in north Dublin when two men in dark clothing entered the pub and fired a number of shots.7. #THE VATICAN: Pre-conclave talks are to begin today, ahead of the election of a new pope. 115 “cardinal electors” are expected to be involved in the Conclave. Irish priest Fr Tony Flannery has told that he is not optimistic that a new pope can bring lasting change, describing the Vatican as a “dysfunctional system”.8. #QUEEN ELIZABETH II: Queen Elizabeth II is to spend her second day in hospital, after she was diagnosed as having gastroenteritis. The British monarch was hospitalised yesterday at London’s King Edward VII hospital as a “precautionary measure”, according a spokesperson for the palace.9. #HIV: A baby that was born with HIV appears to be been cured. The child, from Mississippi in the US, is now 2.5 years old and has been off medication for around a year, with no signs of infection. If the child was to remain disease free, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure from the disease. Over on Sheen, Slash, a porn star and a stuntman in Dublin, Beiber explains himself, and Kanye cops a feel. Go on, just click on The Dredge>last_img read more

Evzones make history standing guard at the Epitaph in Adelaide for the

first_imgThe Hellenic Presidential Guard will also be attending St George Church service on Monday to commemorate Agios Georgios Name Day.The much anticipated visit which was made possible thanks to the generous support of SA’s local Greek community and has been received with great enthusiasm by the members of the Greek and Australian communities will conclude on May 1.Up-to-date information regarding the tour will be posted on Kathy RozaklisCelebrations at Oakleigh were particularly exciting as Evzones arrived for Anzac Day and stayed through to 1 May. Photos: Kathy Rozaklis Standing tall and proud, the 12 soldiers of the Hellenic Presidential Guard, and their Lieutenant General, Head of the Military Office of the President of the Hellenic Republic, made history last night as they stood guard at the Epitaph in full ceremonial uniform at theGreek Orthodox Good Friday service held at St George Church in Adelaide.It was the first time in history that the Hellenic President has given permission for the Evzones to participate in full uniform at a Holy Friday service and to guard the Epitaph, allowing them to commemorate Jesus’ death together with hundreds of local parishioners.The members of the presidential guard also escorted the procession of the Epitaph along the streets of Thebarton in a world first.The Evzones, who arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon also took part in the Dawn Service at the City of West Torrens Memorial Grounds earlier in the week and marched as part of the traditional ANZAC Day Parade through the streets of Adelaide.They will also be taking part in midnight mass tonight at St George Church at Thebarton, Prophet Elias at Norwood and The Nativity of Christ at Port Adelaide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramcenter_img Περιφορά του Έπιταφίου με τους Εύζωνες μαςΣτην ενορία του Αγίου Γεωργιου στην Αδελαιδα βρέθηκαν απο νωρίς το μεσημέρι τα μέλη της Προεδρικής Φρουράς που μέσα σε κλίμα κατάνυξης και χαρμολύπης πριν λιγη ώρα τίμησαν την ορθοδοξία και ολόκληρο τον Ελληνισμό της διασποράς όταν μπροστά στα μάτια εκατοντάδων πιστών σήκωσαν με ευλάβεια τον επιτάφιο του Χριστού και συμμετείχαν στην περιφορά του επιταφίου. Sent from my iPhonePosted by NEOS KOSMOS on Friday, 26 April 2019last_img read more

Beautiful refreshingly different Tokyo 42 is heading to PS4 Xbox One PC

first_imgIn the game you’ll find a solid single-player experience where the player is offered assassination missions which must be carried out before escaping with your life. In return you receive payment, with the cash being used to purchase better and/or different weapons opening up more missions.SMAC Games is actually two brothers, and Tokyo 42 will be the first title publisher Mode 7 is releasing. It should hit the ground running, though. The visual style will attract gamers, as will the intriguing gameplay, but Mode 7 has secured a simultaneous release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC early next year.Here’s a behind-the-scenes video where the SMAC brothers explain how the game has been put together.Now… where’s that pre-order button? <> The gaming media is always focused on what’s next for new consoles and how well games run on existing hardware. What’s the frames per second? Is it 1080p? What does the PS4 achieve that Xbox One doesn’t? But every generation of hardware sees games released where you don’t really care about that because the game looks “different” in a nice and refreshing way. For example, Katamari Damacy, Rez, Noby Noby Boy, and every game Fumito Ueda has touched (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian).Well, early next year we’re going to get another one of those games released courtesy of London-based developer SMAC Games. It’s called Tokyo 42 and you can see the trailer for this beautiful game below:Tokyo 42 is an isometric cyberpunk open world action game set in a futuristic Tokyo where the player takes on the role of a freelance assassin. The gameplay is inspired by both Syndicate and the original Grand Theft Auto, and presents it in a unique and very colorful world.SMAC Games is promising bullet physics, realistic crowd simulation, and jumping with air control, all of which play key roles in your attempts to sneak around being a stealthy assassin. And yes, there is going to be multiplayer, too.last_img read more

The battle between Le Graët and Benzema in detail

first_imgIn a new episode of the battle between president Nöel Le Graët against Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker exploded via Twitter.The relationship that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has with the French Football Federation president has never been great, Noël Le Graët has always criticized the player for letting down France in the past.The incident with Mathieu Valbuena cost Karim his place in Les Bleus and he hasn’t come back ever since, Benzema even lost the unique chance to become a World Cup champion last summer over the scandal that had a lot of people in France rooting against him.But one of the figures that was the most adamant about Benzema never playing for France again, was the FFF president Le Graët, who recently spoke to French journal Ouest-France about the Real Madrid player and he opened the old wound in public once again.The chairman spoke in a very condescending manner against Karim, a passive-aggressive tone that the player didn’t take well and sparked a quick response from him on social media.This is just a new chapter on the already controversial battle between the two, in which Karim Benzema has repeatedly expressed that he doesn’t want to be a part of.Le Graet cree que Benzema no volverá a la selección— HTDeportes VE (@HTDeportes) October 10, 2018Le Graët seems quite salty against the former Olympique Lyonnais player, because he was widely considered as one of the most important offensive players of his generation in France, and he threw it all away because of that scandal.The reaction from Le Graët is the same that many French people have against Karim because they had a lot of hope deposited on his talent for the future.Fortunately for France, they won the World Cup without even needing Karim but the FFF president still seems adamant on coming after the striker even if the whole scandal is already in the past.“The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over,” Le Graët said to Ouest-France.“It’s been three or four years. It should have been judged much faster and it is rotten for us.”“I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the [national] team, but I think he is finished with Les Bleus, particularly as he has been out of form for a while,” he added on that interview.“France have closed the door forever on Karim Benzema. Let him play for another country.”— Benzema’s agent 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) October 10, 2018The response from Karim Benzema was quick, but it was only after his former agent responded to Le Graët suggesting that they let him represent another country now that they’ve completely destroyed his chances of playing for France.“Noel, you already ended Benzema’s international career in June of 2018 and you’re doing it again now and at the same time, you insult him,” wrote Karim Djaziri on his personal Twitter account.“What is your game? Do you feel guilty about something? Write to FIFA and let him play for another team and let’s see if he’s finished.”Karim Benzema instantly retweeted this, and he then proceeded to send his own personal message that we reported earlier this Wednesday.Noël vous aviez déjà mis un terme à la carrière internationale de @Benzema en juin 2018 vous remettez ça aujourd’hui tout en le dénigrant!Dans quel but?Vous vous reprochez quelque chose?Écrivez à @FIFAcom et laissez le jouer pour une autre sélection nous verrons s’il est terminé— KDjaziri (@KDjaziri) October 10, 2018The fact that the Real Madrid player still has to deal with the aftermath of his mistake with Mathieu Valbuena, is something that will unfortunately haunt him for the rest of his life due to all the expectation he generated since the beginning of his career.When he first started to play football as a professional, every single sports journalism outlet in France regarded him as the next Thierry Henry.At club level, Karim has enjoyed a lot of success with Real Madrid, but his time with the French National Team has been nothing but an endless nightmare that may never leave him alone.🇫🇷 FFF president says @Benzema “is finished with Les Bleus”— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2018What do you think about Noël Le Graët’s latest criticism about Karim Benzema? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Sesame Streets Grover to read to 1500 students today courtesy of Beaches

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:beaches resort and spa, enid capron primary school, sesame street. grover Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2015 – Education Week continues today and Sesame Street’s Grover will leave the Beaches Resort property to read to students of three area schools. The ‘Reading with Grover campaign will include Enid Capron Primary – 9:45am; Oseta Jolly Primary – 10:15am and then Ianthe Pratt Primary— 10:45am. Yesterday, the Turks and Caicos International School transformed its institution to depict the culture and history of the country with students being the main presenters. Today the Fortis TCI Science Fair opens at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

Local leaders got private meeting with Mica

first_imgWhile the public was waiting just two blocks away, seven local elected officials spent 45 minutes Monday meeting with U.S. Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Clark County Commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard and Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum all met with Mica, committee member Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and committee member Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.The meeting was 8 a.m. at Herrera Beutler’s office on Officers Row, near the Clark Public Utilities building where more than 250 people showed up for a 9 a.m. “listening session” on how to meet the nation’s crumbling infrastructure needs. The pre-session meeting was hastily arranged at the end of last week, said Casey Bowman, Herrera Beutler’s spokesman.“It was all part of a larger effort to get to hear about our local challenges,” Bowman said Tuesday. “(The local officials) represent constituents throughout Clark County,” he said.Leavitt said Tuesday the meeting was a good opportunity to talk about concerns over regulations, financing and investments.They discussed funding alternatives, knowing that federal gas tax revenues are not keeping pace with the need for investments. Leavitt said Mica and Shuster brought up tolling, a controversial aspect of the Columbia River Crossing project.“(They said) the reality is that tolling is a fact of life in many parts of the country and tolling is a fact of life (elsewhere) in the state of Washington,” Leavitt said. “Tolling is certainly one way to garner local public financing.” Stuart and Boldt also said they appreciated the chance to air local concerns. Legally problematicThe meeting did put them in violation of the state’s open public meeting laws because a quorum of county commissioners attended without public notice. There’s no penalty for violating the law, however.last_img read more

Hit flu with your best shot

first_imgLynnette Pickup, a nurse manager at Sea Mar Community Health Center, displays a new flu vaccine offered at the Vancouver clinic Friday. The quadrivalent vaccine protects against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. Traditional flu vaccines protect against three flu strains. o What: For one day, Sea Mar Community Health Center will waive its administration fee and provide free and low-cost flu vaccines to Clark County residents.o When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11.o Where: Sea Mar Community Health Center, 7410 Delaware Lane, Vancouver.o Cost: Free for children 2 to 18 years; $9.65 for adults.The warm sunshine has been replaced with cloudy skies and rain. Kids’ care-free days are now school-filled days. Those changes don’t only mark the end of summer, but also the beginning of flu season.In addition to getting flu shots, health officials recommend these everyday practices to reduce the chance of catching or spreading the flu:o If you are sick with flulike illness, stay home and limit contact with others.o Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.o Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.o Avoid close contact with sick people.o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.And every new flu season prompts the same old advice from health care providers: Get a flu shot.Vaccines are now available at medical clinics and pharmacies across Clark County. And as doctors and nurses gear up for immunization clinics, health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated now — not later.“Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically ramps up,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “Actually, you are better off getting the vaccine as soon as it’s available because flu season starts early some years.”o Last year, only about 47 percent of Washington residents got a flu shot, according to the Washington Department of Health. The state’s goal is to have an 80 percent immunization rate by 2020.last_img read more

Inslee to miss first stop on trade mission

first_imgOLYMPIA — The announcement of a special legislative session that starts this week means that Gov. Jay Inslee will miss the first stop of his previously scheduled trade mission to Japan and China.Inslee on Tuesday called for the special session to start Thursday in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills that are part of a broad bid to get Boeing to build the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington state. Inslee was set to leave Saturday for Tokyo, something that spokesman David Postman says now will not happen.Postman says that the rest of the delegation will leave as planned, and that Inslee hopes to meet up with them soon after, but a date has not yet been settled on due to the session. The original schedule had Inslee arriving in Beijing on Nov. 12.last_img

Stan Lee sang to me GRRM hugged me My 10 craziest ComicCon

first_img The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises This created a massive problem for Comic-Con’s security team and fire marshals. An enormous crowd of people that should have been moving like normal was now standing completely still, and all the exits were being blocked by fans trying to get through this terrifying wall of human flesh.The photo op only lasted a few minutes before security broke it up. So even though many of us snapped a few photos, it was impossible to get the full shot of all the Leias at once. Now if you want to get photos of massive meet-ups between Marvel superheroes, Star Wars Stormtroopers and everything in between, Comic-Con makes it a rule to have these cosplayer photo ops happen outside the building. 7.  A fan gets stabbed in the eyeNot everything at Comic-Con is fun. When lines grow longer and the celebrity panels are harder to gain entrance to, fans can find themselves in dangerous situations. In 2010, I spent a lot of time in Hall H, covering panels for and other geeky news outlets. I took quite a few breaks to leave the giant room, unlike the more hardcore fans who refused to leave their seats.Fans who decided to stay the full day inside the room found themselves in the middle of a crime scene when one fan stabbed another fan in the eye with a pen over a seat. This room seats over 6,000 people, and usually there are twice that many people waiting in line to get in. So tensions run high. The attacked man recovered, but the pen stabber was arrested for assault. In true Comic-Con fashion, the next day a few cosplayers decided to dress up as a fan stabbed in the eye. There’s no such thing as “too soon” where Comic-Con gallows humor is concerned. 8. Getting a hug from George R.R. Martin2012georgerrGeorge R.R. Martin gives the best hugs. Bonnie Burton/CNET Game of Thrones first aired on HBO in 2011, and author George R.R. Martin was just starting to become a household name back in 2012. I was attending a private party held by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady at Comic-Con that year and was delighted to learn Martin would be there. I loved Martin’s books long before the TV series came out, but I was also such a diehard fan that I ended up writing a scathing letter to the editor of The New York Times when a TV critic accused Game of Thrones of having romance so women would tune in. When Martin’s publicist found out I was at the party, he came over and said Martin wanted to thank me for writing that letter — which was pretty amazing considering I didn’t have the courage to say hello on my own. Martin told me he appreciated me standing up for female fans of the show and gave me an Iron Islands copper coin featuring the image of Balon Greyjoy. I also got one heck of a hug. 9. Bringing down the house in Geek Girls panels2011ohyousexygeekpanelHere I am sitting next to geek girl goddess Adrianne Curry dressed as Leeloo from The Fifth Element on one of the many geek girl panels at Comic-Con. Bonnie Burton/CNET Female fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and so many other properties are constantly having to prove their geekdom. In 2012, women at Comic-Con were routinely accused of being “Fake Geek Girls” and, in response, Comic-Con featured quite a few panels focusing on female fandom to remind the guys we weren’t going anywhere. I was honored to be on a few of these panels alongside female actors, writers, directors, comic book creators and celebs. In one of my favorite memories, I sat next to America’s Next Top Model winner and avid cosplayer Adrianne Curry, who was dressed as Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element. Curry talked at length about her love and knowledge of all things Star Wars, video games and sci-fi in general. It was refreshing to see a woman, who also happened to be a reality TV star, stand up to harassment and wave her geek pride flag for all to see. Back then, geek girls were treated like a novelty instead of the norm. So these kinds of panels were a great way to remind everyone that female fans knew their stuff. We weren’t showing off our fandom to impress the guys, we were celebrating our geeky obsessions as equals.  10. Jane Wiedlin and Milo Ventimiglia become honorary StormtroopersThis Is Us actor Milo VentimigliaThis Is Us actor Milo Ventimiglia gets inducted into the 501st Legion at Comic-Con. Bonnie Burton/CNET When you see celebs geek out over the same things you do, there’s a sense of solidarity that can’t be matched. At Comic-Con, it’s fun to see A-list actors freak out over the latest Star Wars Lego set, or get tongue-tied around their favorite comic book artist. 2009janeEnlarge ImageGo-Go’s band member Jane Wiedlin proudly holds up her 501st Legion plaque.  Bonnie Burton/CNET Over the years at Comic-Con, I helped the official Star Wars Stormtrooper cosplayer group the 501st Legion with a few honorary inductions for celebrities. These are always meant to be a surprise for the celebrity nominated by the group, and can be tricky to pull off at Comic-Con.Usually, celebrities are ambushed at Comic-Con by a group of Stormtroopers who present them with a 501st Legion plaque and badge. It’s a huge honor for any Star Wars fan, and the celebrity in question is always delightfully shocked by the impromptu ceremony. In 2009, I was at Comic-Con to help present Go-Go’s band member Jane Wiedlin and This is Us actor Milo Ventimiglia with their honorary inductions into the 501st Legion. The ceremonies took place on different days during the convention but still managed to surprise Wiedlin and Ventimiglia, who were both gobsmacked.While not everyone can be honored by Stormtroopers, it’s a fun reminder that even the celebs you admire the most love geeky movies or TV shows as much as you do.  Survival tips from Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders Comic-Con is nearly 50: A glimpse of pop culture at its start First-time cosplay is terrifying, complicated and exhilarating Game of Thrones writers Benioff and Weiss pull out of panel Post a comment 62 Photos TV and Movies Comics Tags 3:00 Now playing: Watch this: The last time I attended one of Savage’s Comic-Con parties, it was in a packed nightclub where all his past cosplay costumes were on display. I was in a VIP area surrounded by fans and a few celebrities like director Guillermo del Toro. Savage’s parties are a good way to see your favorite geeky celebs in one place, if you can get in. Pro tip: If you really want to see celebs in party mode, hang around outside the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday nights for the Entertainment Weekly party. It’s usually the hottest ticket for celebs who want to let loose without the paparazzi harassing them. The year I attended the party, I sat at one of the outdoor fire pits next to The X-Files star Gillian Anderson and Sherlock co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss. 6. Slave Leia photoshoot brings Comic-Con to a standstill209leiasThis is only a small section of the large gathering of Slave Leia cosplayers at Comic-Con. Bonnie Burton/CNET Every year, at the Lucasfilm area on the convention floor, cosplayers will gather to take an epic group shot. Usually it’s Stormtroopers or all the Jedi Masters posing en masse for fans to snap photos. But in 2009, there seemed to be a record number of Slave Leia cosplayers. Not just women but men donning the sexy costume made famous by Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi. Almost 100 Slave Leias gathered to pose with a giant Jabba the Hutt statue proudly standing inside the Lucasfilm area. When that many Slave Leia cosplayers show up in one small area for a photo op, you can imagine how many fans refused to budge. Not only were no fans moving, more of them were rushing to the spot to see if they could get the best angle for a photo.  The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Share your voice It’s not San Diego Comic-Con unless you’re surrounded by Star Wars cosplayers. Bonnie Burton/CNET I’ve been attending San Diego Comic-Con for over 20 years — as an author, Lucasfilm employee and hard-core comics and pop culture fan — and every year seems crazier than the last. Sadly, I’m not attending this year’s event, so I’m feeling a little nostalgic recalling some of the wackiest things that have happened to me at the convention. Ready? Here we go… 1. Stan Lee and Mark Hamill singing me Happy Birthdaystanleebonnie.jpgStan Lee on one of the many comic book convention panels promoting his World of Heroes YouTube channel. Bonnie Burton/CNET My birthday falls in July, so I’ve often spent it at SDCC. One time, a waiter dressed like Batman brought me a birthday cake, and another time I used a lightsaber replica to hit a pinata shaped like Darth Vader on a friend’s houseboat. But one of my favorite birthday memories from Comic-Con involves Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and the late, great Marvel superhero comics creator Stan Lee.In 2012, Lee was briefly my boss when I created and hosted a web series called Geek DIY for his YouTube network World of Heroes.During our World of Heroes press tour, I was on a Comic-Con panel in one of the biggest convention rooms, Hall H, with Lee, Mark Hamill and a few others who had shows on Lee’s network. I was anxious about talking in front of a room full of comic book fans and thrilled to be breathing the same air as Lee and Hamill.As fate would have it, it was my 40th birthday that day, and when I told Lee he gave me a huge hug and urged me not to be nervous. We took the stage and sat down. Then Lee winked at me and told the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to me. Both Lee and Hamill led the audience in a very special happy birthday sing-a-long, which still can’t be beat as one of my best SDCC memories ever. 2. Meeting the real Loki by accident At Comic-Con, it’s not uncommon to see cosplayers looking like such dead ringers for Tony Stark, Wonder Woman, Shazam or Thor you do a double-take and think they’re the very characters you’ve seen on screen. In 2013, I found myself enthralled with a cosplayer dressed as Loki. Everyone was just starting to catch Avengers fever with Marvel superhero movies like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. Thor: The Dark World was about to come out, and fans were buzzing with excitement at Comic-Con. I was in the secret labyrinth of hallways inside the San Diego Convention Center trying my best to get to a panel. Sometimes, if you know the right security people, they’ll let you take a shortcut through these halls, which are often used by celebrities avoiding crowded hallways full of fans jostling for autographs or coveted selfies. As I was rushing behind the stage, I almost ran right into an impressive cosplayer dressed as Loki — the Asgardian god of mischief and adopted half-brother of Thor. The cosplayer not only had the perfect Loki costume, he could have been the twin of Tom Hiddleston, who portrayed him in the movies. He even had the actor’s British accent down perfectly.I said, “Wow, your Loki cosplay is killer!”He responded, “Thank you. That’s very kind of you to say.” Then he walked off toward Hall H with a few people around him, hurrying him away.  The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 After my panel, I found out Hiddleston had stormed the Hall H stage dressed like Loki as a surprise for fans. It was during Marvel’s panel to promote Thor: The Dark World.Turns out I didn’t compliment a random Loki cosplayer. I complimented Hiddleston himself! Loki probably would have found that amusing.3. Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew saying hi to my Chewbacca puppetwookieepuppetmainActor Peter Mayhew poses with my Chewbacca sock puppet from my Star Wars Craft Book. Bonnie Burton When I worked at Lucasfilm as a senior editor for, I always felt honored when my path crossed with that of late Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. Whenever he visited Lucasfilm headquarters or attended one of the many comic book conventions I went to, Mayhew always said hello and gave me one of his famous Wookiee hugs.When I was doing the first book signing for my Star Wars Craft Book at SDCC in 2011, I was super nervous about meeting fans as an author. Mayhew stopped by to say hello and pose for a photo holding my Chewbacca sock puppet. His visit to my signing gave me the much needed confidence boost I needed to chat with fellow fans who wanted my signature.4. Star Wars Revenge of the Sith movie title revealIn 2004, I was backstage when Lucasfilm made a big announcement — the name of its next Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. Back then internet spoilers weren’t a thing; and social media hadn’t taken over our lives. So it was still a big deal when a movie name — especially for something as big as Star Wars — was revealed.Back in 2004, Saturdays at Comic-Con were called “Star Wars Saturdays” and everyone in Hall H expected surprises. Fans in Hall H that day were treated to video montages of behind-the-scenes moments during filming with actors Ewan McGregor playing Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. Finally, after the last montage video, the movie’s title was revealed to the world and the crowd went wild. Over 6,000 fans screamed the name of the movie over and over. Originally published July 18, 9:09 a.m. PT.  Now playing: Watch this: Comic-Con When the house lights came up, the panel’s host wore a black T-shirt with the movie’s new title in red. The second he said the limited-edition T-shirt was on sale at the Star Wars store on the show floor, people jumped from their chairs and ran for the doors to get theirs. I ended up volunteering at the store to make sure the excited mob of Star Wars fans didn’t trample anyone in the process. It was both terrifying and thrilling.5. Partying with Adam SavageadamIf you ever party with Adam Savage make sure you get a selfie. Bonnie Burton/CNET These days, celebrity-infested parties are common, but in the mid-2000s it was pretty rare to see TV and movie stars mingle with fans at SDCC social functions. One of my favorite parties was thrown annually by MythBusters co-host Adam Savage. I had worked with Savage when he was at ILM and I was at Lucasfilm. We became fast friends, and when he became a MythBusters megastar, he would invite his pals to his hotel room for a small, friendly gathering over the years. At these private parties, I would meet fellow geeks, but also the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Star Trek actors, beloved voice actors, prominent scientists and popular comedians. But soon his intimate gatherings started to get bigger and he couldn’t accommodate all the guests in his hotel room. He moved his party to a slightly bigger hotel room, then later to a conference room, then to a restaurant and eventually a nightclub.  More Comic-Con 2019 3:00 0 DC Comics Wonder Woman Stan Lee Mark Hamill Marvel Batman Thor Captain America Doctor Who Star Trek Star Wars Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

After 3 decades Washington state bans Atlantic salmon farms

first_imgWashington state posted an identification guide to help fishers distinguish native Pacific salmon species from Atlantic salmon on the right. (Photo by Megan Farmer/KUOW)Atlantic salmon farming has been banned from Washington state waters after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the restrictions on nonnative fish farms into law last week in Olympia.“These present a risk to our wild salmon runs that we cannot tolerate,” Inslee said.The move comes eight months after an ill-fated fish farm near Anacortes started to come undone in a strong current on an otherwise calm summer day.The floating farm, owned by New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture, tore apart a month later, letting as many as 250,000 Atlantic salmon escape into Puget Sound.While lawmakers included a provision stating that the Legislature would research and revisit the issue as new science becomes available, Inslee vetoed that section, bringing what appears to be a decisive end to at least three decades of Atlantic salmon farming in Puget Sound.Opposition to the farms grew after one of Cooke Aquaculture’s three net pens off Cypress Island imploded in August. Fish from another ocean quickly swam north into Canada, south past Tacoma and up several rivers, raising fears among tribes and environmentalists that the invaders could harm the region’s struggling runs of wild Pacific salmon.While officials and early media accounts blamed a solar eclipse for the collapse, state investigators later concluded that the farm’s poor condition — corroded and overgrown with tons of mussels and other sea life — made it more vulnerable to the push of tidal currents that arrive like clockwork in Puget Sound.The state’s remaining Atlantic salmon farms, all owned by Cooke, could be gone by 2022, once their existing leases with the Washington Department of Natural Resources expire.The controversy over these fish might not be over.Earlier this year, Cooke, which raises salmon on three continents, threatened to sue under the North American Free Trade Agreement if Washington officials tried to curtail its operations here.“Our company and our rural sea farming employees are deeply disappointed by the Governor’s decision to ignore the science and sign the bill,” Cooke spokesman Joel Richardson wrote in an email after the signing.Richardson said the company was evaluating all available options.last_img read more

Article 15 movie review and rating Critics verdict on Ayushmann Khurranas film

first_imgAyushmann Khurrana in Article 15PR HandoutAyushmann Khurrana starrer Article 15 has had a special screening, following which the movie is being widely appreciated by the critics, who have come out with their reviews.The movie is based on the idea of Article 15 under Indian Constitution that guarantees no citizen of the country to be discriminated on the basis of caste, religion, race, sex, place of birth, etc.Trailer of the film had received appreciation, and it was being expected to be a brilliant movie. The viewers’ expectations have been fulfilled as Article 15 has won hearts of the critics. It is being showered with praises by the critics, who declared this film to be a must watch in their reviews.Apart from applauding for dealing with a critical issue, the movie is also being highly appreciated in terms of performances. The film got an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.Check critics’ reviews and rating for Article 15:Times Now: Overall, Article 15 is not going to be a pleasant watch – let me preface that first. But if you have the courage to accept the reality of this country and the ill-practices that we have been following for thousands of years, then the Ayushmann Khurrana’s film is a riveting experience. I promise you by the time you come out of the theatre, you will stop for a moment and think how gory and disgusting our practices are, and how shameful of a society we continue to be. Article 15 truly is a film that questions our constitution that promises right to equality but is rarely ever put into practice in this country. 4*/5*Republic: If the purpose of art is to comfort the discomforted and discomfort the comforted, Article 15 exemplifies it totally. What makes Article 15 powerful? A sudden widening of the perspective about social layers in our country and viewer’s own discomfort in watching some gruesome scenes — is what Anubhav Sinha has captured and written in a beautiful way. 4.5*/5*Filmfare: Watch the film for its riveting performances and its underlying message that even after 70 years as a free country, we’re still shackled to the chains of caste. Article 15 offers you the truth about today’s society without pulling any punches. But as Jack Nicholson’s character from A Few Good Men says — “You can’t handle the truth.” We hope our audience goes out in droves to watch this important film — and learns to handle the truth. 4*/5*News18: Director Anubhav Sinha who has to his credit entertainers like Tum Bin, Dus and Ra.One has certainly found his groove with movies that qualify as social-issue-based commercial films. He combines elements of popular film-making with realistic story-telling and the result is an outstanding film. Mulk, which released last year made everyone sit up and take note of his work more seriously. With Article 15, Sinha compels us to ask for an encore. 4*/5*NDTV: Sinha draws many of its plot elements from newspaper headlines of recent years, the principal one related to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and killing of two girls and the 2016 Una flogging of Dalit men and employs them methodically to probe caste and gender fissures and fault lines. It remains true to the demands of the plot without losing control over its principal purpose – administering a bitter pill with just a hint of a sugar coating. It works wonderfully well. Article 15 is a not to be missed film. 4*/5*last_img read more

Researchers build an array of light detectors on a photonic chip able

first_img Scientists have been hard at work trying to build a quantum computer for several years, and while the results have at times been promising, there is still clearly a long way to go. For such a computer to work, a quantum processor of some sort must be created. The current thinking is that such a processor will likely be photon based (because they are relatively easy to entangle and because they can be manipulated easier than other types of quantum bits) and it will have to be chip based. In this new effort, the researchers have created a process that allows for performing scalable integration of SNSPDs on several different kinds of photonic circuits.For a quantum computer based on photons to work, logic suggests, it will need to be able to detect and process single photons. SNSPDs are thought to be the most promising single photon detectors developed thus far, but, sadly, processes developed for building them have been plagued by a high numbers of defects. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a process that allows for building each detector separately, and putting only those that are defect-free onto an optical chip. The process also calls for building the optical chips separately using standard chip making fabrication techniques.The team reports that their process allows for building detector arrays that are larger and denser than those built before—and they are more sensitive as well. They proved their claims by building detectors capable of handling 20 percent of photons sent their way—ten times better than previous methods. Each was made on micron-sized membranes and those that passed testing, were transferred to a waveguide using an optical microscope.The team is continuing their research, now focusing on building larger on-chips systems with more capabilities. A large team of researchers with members from MIT, IBM, NASA’s JPL and Columbia University has developed a process that that enables scalable integration of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) on a range of photonic circuits. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes their new process and why they believe it may lead one day to a practical photonic quantum processor on a chip. Assembly of high-system-efficiency PIC with integrated detectors via membrane transfer. (a) Membrane transfer of an SNSPD onto a photonic waveguide. (b) Sketch of photonic chip with four waveguide-integrated detectors (A1, A2, B1 and B2). (c) Micrographs of sections I–VI labelled in b. Infrared light (red arrows) was coupled from a lensed fibre (I) with a spot diameter of 2.5 μm into a 2 × 3 μm polymer coupler (II). The coupler overlapped with a 50- to 500-nm-wide inverse-tapered section of a ​silicon waveguide (III). The input light travelled along the 500-nm-wide waveguide (IV) over a distance of 2 mm before reaching a 50:50 beam splitter (directional coupler in V) followed by the waveguide-integrated detectors (VI). The equivalent length of the scale bar (blue) is 3 μm. Credit: Nature Communications 6, Article number: 5873 doi:10.1038/ncomms6873 Explore further More information: On-chip detection of non-classical light by scalable integration of single-photon detectors, Nature Communications 6, Article number: 5873 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6873AbstractPhotonic-integrated circuits have emerged as a scalable platform for complex quantum systems. A central goal is to integrate single-photon detectors to reduce optical losses, latency and wiring complexity associated with off-chip detectors. Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) are particularly attractive because of high detection efficiency, sub-50-ps jitter and nanosecond-scale reset time. However, while single detectors have been incorporated into individual waveguides, the system detection efficiency of multiple SNSPDs in one photonic circuit—required for scalable quantum photonic circuits—has been limited to <0.2%. Here we introduce a micrometer-scale flip-chip process that enables scalable integration of SNSPDs on a range of photonic circuits. Ten low-jitter detectors are integrated on one circuit with 100% device yield. With an average system detection efficiency beyond 10%, and estimated on-chip detection efficiency of 14–52% for four detectors operated simultaneously, we demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, the first on-chip photon correlation measurements of non-classical light.via Nanotechweb Journal information: Nature Communicationscenter_img © 2015 Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip to create quantum-computational circuits This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers build an array of light detectors on a photonic chip able to record single photons (2015, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

West Bengal Noapara Trinamool MLA 16 councillors join BJP

first_imgKolkata: TMC MLA from Noapara Sunil Singh, along with 16 councillors — 15 from TMC and one from Congress — joined the BJP in the presence of party general secretary and West Bengal in charge Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior leader Mukul Roy in New Delhi Monday.Sunil Singh won from Noapara seat on a TMC ticket during an Assembly bypoll in 2018. He is a relative of Arjun Singh, who has already jumped ship to BJP from TMC, and is learnt to have played a role in Sunil’s defection. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The BJP has emerged as a strong player in Bengal politics and is the first preference for those who want peace and development in the state,” Vijayvargiya said. Roy, once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said 10 legislators from various parties had joined the BJP so far. A large number of TMC councillors from various civic bodies have defected to the BJP following the party’s impressive performance in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Reacting to the development, Hakim said, “The loyalists of Arjun Singh are resorting to goondagiri and threatening our councillors at gunpoint. If someone betrays us then we can’t do anything. We have to get rid of these betrayers. Sunil came to me recently and said he wouldn’t leave the party. Now, he has joined BJP. What can we do? People elected him because he belonged to TMC. Now, he has changed the party and by doing so he betrayed the trust of those who elected him. Those who have no ideology indulge in such kind of politics.” In a bid to arrest the trend, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is all set to hold a meeting with them on Tuesday. “Once someone becomes a public representative, he belongs to no party. We will try to strengthen the civic bodies. Our party chief will hold a meeting with them Tuesday to discuss ways to reach out to the people more effectively,” Hakim added. According to state BJP leaders, five MLAs — Congress’s Dulal Chandra Bar (Bagda) and Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya (Bishnupur), TMC’s Subrangshu Roy (Bijpur) and Sunil Singh (Noapara) CPM’s Debendra Roy (Hemtabad) — have joined the BJP after Lok Sabha polls. In the 2016 state election, the TMC had won 211 out of 294 seats. Congress came second with 44 seats, closely followed by Left Front with 32 seats. BJP won only 3 seats. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more