Scientists Find Imprint of Universe That Existed Before the Big Bang

first_imgThis story ran on 1 April 2014 and is an April Fools’ joke. Enjoy!WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cosmologists sifting data from a landmark gravitational wave study have reconstructed a snapshot of our universe in the moments preceding the big bang. The controversial view has posed a fresh enigma—and ignited a firestorm of controversy.“It’s not every day that you wake up and find out what happened before the big bang,” says John Blutarsky, a cosmologist at Jersey University in Hoboken. Yet some physicists are skeptical. “It’s one thing to talk about concrete concepts, such as dimensions too small to be detected and atomic-scale black holes,” says Barbara Jansen, a string theorist at Idaho State University in Pocatello. “But to speculate about a time before time? 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Last month, cosmologists working with the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, or BICEP, telescope announced that they had spotted traces of gravitational waves rippling through the infant universe in the first sliver of a second after the big bang. The faint pinwheel-like swirls, called B modes, indicated that particles called inflatons propelled a rapid inflation of the early universe.The new work comes from the Tachyonic Retrospective Inferences of Cosmologically Extrapolated Preconditions, or TRICEP, imager. The team managed to discern even fainter swirls, called AF modes: traces of deflatons (pronounced DEF-luh-tons) that brought the previous incarnation of our universe crashing down. “Just imagine a helium balloon shrinking over time as the gas escapes,” says TRICEP spokesman Doug Neidermeyer, a cosmologist at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. “Now imagine a universe-sized helium balloon deflating in a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a quadrillionth of a second. Not so easy to imagine, is it?”By all accounts, the TRICEP team scored a technological coup. The AF modes are 1/200 as strong as the B modes BICEP spotted. To detect them, the 127-member TRICEP team used a telescope outfitted with a revolutionary $11 million detector knitted out of individual superconducting carbon nanotubes, paid for in part by Google and the Roman Catholic Church. As hard as it was building the telescope, hauling it to its perch on Cerro Lolita in Chile was harder, researchers say. “Word got round to the llama owners we hired that the detector involved nanotechnology and they refused to touch it,” says Eric “Otter” Stratton, a graduate student at Western South Dakota State University in East Borealis. In the end, he and a dozen other students pulled the 1.2-tonne device up the 2112-meter peak on a sledge. It was worth it, Stratton says: “My Ph.D. adviser promised to shave a year off my dissertation.”Scientists are sparring over the findings. “This signal is nothing but a simple manifestation of my model of fractal, self-similar spacetime,” claims Vernon Wormer, a cosmologist vaguely associated with the University of Connecticut, Storrs. However, Mandy Pepperidge, a physicist at University College London who is not part of the TRICEP collaboration, says that the evidence for AF modes is indisputable. “Look,” she says, “you believed me about that God particle thing, right?”One obvious implication of the new work is that deflatons are antiparticles of inflatons. “The logical assumption,” Neidermeyer says, “is that the universe that existed before ours was exactly the same as ours. Except that it was made of antimatter.” However, he goes a step further than many of his colleagues, arguing that the previous universe was filled with antimatter-based doppelgängers of every living being of our present universe. “If you are a nice person,” Neidermeyer explains, “it would mean your doppelgänger was quite nasty, or even wicked. And vice versa. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that if you are short, then your doppelgänger was tall. Or that Einstein’s doppelgänger was the anti-village idiot. It’s a spiritual thing.” That conclusion is inescapable, he says, given the constraints of the standard model of particle physics.Theologians have already begun adapting the new view of the pre-universe to biblical scholarship. “Precreation is totally compatible with creationism,” says Kent Dorfman, a self-professed intelligent designer in private practice in Halifax, Canada. “What this means for procreation is less clear.”In a curious twist, TRICEP’s finding was anticipated decades ago. “Everything they’ve reported and concluded is consistent with the contents of a dream that Albert Einstein had in the early morning hours of 1 April, 1938, in which he envisioned the demise of our universe as expressed in Dedekind-infinite sets,” says Blutarsky, a member of the BICEP team who minored in science history as an undergraduate at Faber College.However, the BICEP and TRICEP teams are sparring over the quantum implications of inflaton-deflaton duality. Neidermeyer’s team has discovered that inflatons, now hurtling into the void at the boundary of our present universe, “eventually run out of gas and change flavor to deflatons.” Precision measurements of AF waves suggest that once 36.34% of inflatons have converted to deflatons, the remaining inflatons will change flavor and the universe will implode in the next big bang. “Spooky action at one helluva distance,” Neidermeyer says. His team has estimated, based on the measurable slowing of the expansion of our universe, that 36.32% of inflatons have already changed flavor. That doesn’t mean the world is ending tomorrow, he says. There are so many extant inflatons that it will take years to reach the 36.34% tipping point. “The next big bang will occur at 7:06 UTC on Thursday, 1 April, 2038,” he says. “Don’t worry though. It will happen so fast, we won’t feel a thing.”“That’s such bullshit,” Blutarsky says. As elegant as it would have been for the next big bang to occur exactly 100 years after Einstein’s dream, he says, the BICEP team has come to a radically different conclusion. “We found that that the inflaton-deflaton phase change occurs at 36.36%,” he says. In their scenario, the universe will end at 13:06 UTC on Friday, 13 May, 2039. “A less satisfying result,” Blutarsky says. “April Fool’s Day is always preferable to Friday the 13th. But that’s science.”Later this year, the teams will join forces and deploy a balloon-borne telescope, called the QUAntitatively Deeper Research Into Compressed Exouniversal Phases, or QUADRICEP, experiment, to try to settle the question. Hot on their heels is a rival team in Beijing, which raised $2.3 billion earlier today for a space mission that they say could scoop QUADRICEP: Beyond Everything Now Considered about How Physical Reality Exists in the preSent and paSt (BENCH PRESS). Mobilization of the People’s Liberation Army, says a BENCH PRESS representative, will enable the team to launch their experiment next week, if not earlier.last_img read more

Honda Racing India introduces NSF250R Moto3 motorcycle for Indian One Make championship

first_imgHonda Motorcycle And Scooter India’s (HMSI) motorsport division, Honda Racing India has finally introduced the Moto3 grade NSF250R motorcycle for its Indian One Make championship. Additionally, the Japanese brand also announced its strategy for the 2019 season as it looks to participate in the Pro Stock 200-300cc class of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship with six riders powering in the Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing team. Moreover, Honda Racing India will also conduct its talent hunt in 5 cities this year to identify next-generation riders in the age bracket of 13-17 years. Idemitsu Honda Racing India.Minoru Kato, President & CEO, HMSI said, “With our constant endeavours to expand the sport in stepwise manner in the past decade, Honda is now synonyms with motorsports in India. In 2018, we were the first to create solo Indian teak at the International Asia Road Racing Championship.” Honda Racing India.Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand & Communication, HMSI said, “As next step, Honda is bringing the Moto3 machine NSF250R which 2ill accelerate the development of future stars of racing and expand the motorsport culture in India.”The Idemitsu Honda India Racing team will debut in the marquee Pro-Stock 200-300cc category of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC). Taking the lead will be the last year Pro stock 165cc championship and ARRC 2018 rider Anish Shetty and Talent Cup CBR250R champion Abhishek Vasudev. Also joining them in the team is Honda Racing India’s most acclaimed rider, Sarath Kumar. The three riders participating in the 165cc Pro stock category are Aravind B, K Kannan and Yashas RL.advertisementFor the Honda Talent Cup 2019, 8 young riders will also use the Honda NSF250R motorcycle which includes the youngest rider — 12-year-old Sarthak from Pune, 14-year olds Kavin and Geoffrey, 15-year-old Mohammad Mikhail, 16-year-old S Varoon, 17-year-old Mohsin, 18-year-old Charan T and 19-year-old Kritik Habib.Now talking about the new Honda NSF250R, it is Honda’s most successful racing machine which also participates in the Moto3 championship. The Honda NSF250R is a four-stroke race motorcycle from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) developed in 2011 to replace the two-stroke Honda RS125R. Honda’s NSF250R joined the Moto3 World Championship in 2012, and won the constructors’ title for the first time in 2015. Álex Márquez and Danny Kent have both won the riders’ championship on the newer NSF250RW. Powering the NSF250R is a 249cc, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC engine that is capable of producing 47.6bhp and 28Nm of peak torque and has an insane kerb weight of 84kg. Honda also offers fuel injection kit and mode selection switch.All this sounds really amazing for the Indian motorsport culture but sadly, the Honda NSF250R is not road legal and is only available for racing.ALSO READ | Kia Seltos is the official name of Kia SP2i conceptALSO READ | Kia Seltos is coming to India this month and here is what its name suggestsALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki flags-off new mobile Nexa terminallast_img read more

World Cup 2019: England win should give Sri Lanka confidence, says Mahela Jayawardene

first_imgSri Lankan’s shock win over England should change things for the better, feels batting great Mahela Jayawardene, after a run of matches in which they seemed to have “played with a little bit of fear”.Defending a relatively modest target of 233, Sri Lanka bowled out favourites England for 212 for a 20-run win at the Headingley on Friday.”I hope this game will give Sri Lanka a lot of confidence in this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They have beaten one of the best teams in the world, and they need to believe in themselves,” Jayawardene wrote in his column for the ICC.”At times it feels like they have played with a little bit of fear and have not been able to really express themselves. This win should change that.”The former skipper praised Lasith Malinga’s match-winning spells, during which he picked up four big English wickets.”It’s not about the six pack, it’s about the skill and Lasith Malinga showed that in spades in Sri Lanka’s win over England.”He has done it so many times for Sri Lanka over the years but it was great to see him at his best,” Jayawardene said.The Lankans needed a Malinga special and the veteran obliged the team with his fine exhibition of fast bowling.”He was on a mission with the new ball, taking two crucial early wickets which Sri Lanka needed to defend a total like 232.”Then when Joe Root looked like he was playing one of those innings where he just takes the game away from you, Dimuth Karunaratne turned to Mali and threw him the ball. He told him that he needed him and Mali delivered,” said Jayawardene.advertisement”Big players perform in big games and that is what he did, removing Root and then Jos Buttler who could have won the game for England as well.”The batting legend also lavished praise on the Lankan skipper.”I was really impressed with Dimuth’s captaincy, trusting his players, bringing on the off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva at an important time and getting rewarded for that.”Even after they had batted, I felt that it was a competitive total because the wicket was fairly slow.”He was happy to see Angelo Mathews among the runs.”It was great to see Angelo Mathews scoring some runs. He still isn’t quite in top form and you could tell that he really needed a score.”At times I wanted him to be more aggressive, but with wickets falling around him, he produced a great innings and was the rock of that batting line-up. A word also for Avishka Fernando. His performance should give Sri Lankan fans a lot of hope for the future.”Jayawardene said the unexpected result will open up the tournament.”It’s a great win for Sri Lanka, but also for the World Cup and it opens things up a little.”The top four so far have a lot of matches against each other coming up, so they will inevitably drop some points. You look at New Zealand, Australia and England who all have to play each other which does make it interesting.”That leaves Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies with a chance to close the gap if they can pick up a few more wins.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fans defend Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan captain gets body shamed againAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live StreamingAlso Seelast_img read more

Pele health scare played down amid collapse reports

first_imgBrazil Pele health scare played down amid collapse reports Omnisport 22:42 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pele Getty Images Brazil Brazil v Switzerland World Cup The Brazilian icon pulled out of an event in the UK to avoid fatigue, an advisor to the three-time World Cup winner said Pele has pulled out of attending an event in London, but there are conflicting reports regarding the health of the Brazilian icon.The Football Writers’ Association (FWA) released a statement on Friday indicating Pele – due to appear at an event on Sunday – had been hospitalised after collapsing.Pele was due to attend an event at the Cambridge Union on Monday but has withdrawn from that visit too. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An adviser to Pele told Brazilian media the 77-year-old – who used a walking frame in an appearance at the 2018 Carioca Football Championship earlier this week – pulled out of the trip to the United Kingdom to avoid fatigue.The FWA statement read: “In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests, which appear to point to severe exhaustion.”He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion and everybody at the Football Writers’ Association wishes Pele a swift and full recovery.”Pele is regarded as one of the finest players to play the sport.He scored 77 goals in 92 caps for Brazil, helping his country to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962 and 1970.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Might Be Late To Today’s Michigan-Penn State Game

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is scheduled to call this afternoon’s Michigan-Penn State game in Ann Arbor, but the former Ohio State quarterback might be late to the game.The top ESPN analyst was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this morning for College GameDay in anticipation of this evening’s Alabama-LSU game. Now, he’s on his way to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines-Nittany Lions contest, but he might not make it on time for kickoff.Herbstreit left ESPN’s College GameDay right at noon E.T. and got a police escort to the airport. Currently, he’s not scheduled to land in Ann Arbor until 3:21 p.m. E.T.That gives him less than 25 minutes to make it to Michigan Stadium and get up into the broadcast booth.Can he make it?espn's kirk herbstreit might be late to today's gameYou can follow along with Herbstreit’s flight here.Michigan and Penn State are scheduled to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. ESPN has Dan Orlovsky at the game as a backup analyst in case Herbie is running late.Stay tuned.last_img read more

A Lot Of People Are Apparently Betting On Notre Dame Against Clemson

first_imgClemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with Notre Dame coach Brian KellyCLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a great deal of Notre Dame fans spread out across the country, and it looks like a number of them have been willing to put some money on Saturday’s College Football Playoff tilt against Clemson. ESPN’s David Purdum says fans are “flocking” to put money on the Fighting Irish ahead of the game.Clemson is a 12.5-point favorite heading into the Cotton Bowl. Purdum says that fans aren’t just betting on the Fighting Irish to cover the spread – they’re picking them straight up to win. Some have even placed massive wagers on the money line.Vivid Seats also reported earlier that Notre Dame fans are going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl.Purdum says one man even put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win it all at 7-1 odds.The Fighting Irish — 12.5-point underdogs to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN) — have attracted the vast majority of the money wagered at sportsbooks across the nation. Bettors are backing the Fighting Irish not only to cover the spread but also to pull the outright upset over the heavily favored Tigers.At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, 84 percent of the money wagered on the Cotton Bowl money line — the odds on the straight-up winner — has been on the Fighting Irish, including a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame placed Dec. 23 in New Jersey at +360 odds. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also reported taking a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame on Dec. 17 at +400. And in November, a bettor at Oceans Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win the national championship at 7-1 odds.Notre Dame will certainly have enough motivation heading into the contest. The last time the Fighting Irish had a shot at a national title, they were waxed by Alabama.One thing is clear – if Clemson wins, sportsbooks are going to make a lot of money.The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 4:00 PM ET.last_img read more

Expiry Date for Adjuvanted H1N1 Vaccine Revised

first_imgThe Department of Health Promotion and Protection is asking physicians to return any left over adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine to local public health offices. The request is being made in response to Health Canada’s announcement on April 9 that the expiry date of adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine has been shortened by 12 months. “The revised expiry date is not related to any safety concerns. It only affects the ability of vaccine to produce a strong immune response,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for Nova Scotia. “This only affects the vaccine that has not yet been used and not vaccine already given. People who have already received the vaccine can be assured they have good immunity against H1N1.” The Department of Health Promotion and Protection is communicating with physicians and public health offices across the province about the new expiry date. In total, Nova Scotia received 674,500 doses of adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine. There are about 88,000 unused adjuvanted H1N1 doses in the province. H1N1 activity in Nova Scotia remains very low. Nova Scotians can still be immunized by contacting their family doctor or local public health services office.last_img read more

Amendments to Consumer Reporting Act

first_imgThe province is improving its debt-collection process. Amendments to be introduced today, Nov. 15, to the Consumer Reporting Act will ensure the province gets timely access to Social Insurance Numbers to improve the debt-collection process. “Nova Scotians expect those who owe money to the province to be held accountable,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister, Ramona Jennex. “These changes will allow us to collect outstanding debts more efficiently.” This information will allow the province to accurately identify and contact people who fail to pay provincial debts, such as fines. Consumer reporting agencies, such as Equifax and Transunion, use to provide this information voluntarily. These changes will clarify their requirement to do so. The province is allowed to possess and use personal information for debt collection. Any personal information collected is protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.last_img read more

Tourism Numbers Keep Going Up

first_imgJuly 2017 marks another strong month of growth in non-resident visitation to Nova Scotia, with visitation up by nine per cent, or an additional 32,000 visitors, according to statistics released today, Sept. 13, by Tourism Nova Scotia. Of the 32,000 additional visitors in July, 23,000 arrived by air, an increase of 27 per cent. Visitation by road increased by three per cent. “I am continually impressed by the strong economic growth the tourism industry is achieving this year,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister responsible for Tourism Nova Scotia. “A growing tourism sector means more jobs for young Nova Scotians and more revenue to many communities and industries across the province.” “We are pleased to see this exceptional growth in air travel,” said Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia. “Visitors who arrive by air are higher spenders and are key to achieving economic growth in Nova Scotia’s tourism industry. Improving air access to the province will continue to be a priority for us as we work toward reaching $4 billion in tourism revenues for Nova Scotia by 2024.” Most of the new July visitors were from Ontario (up 21,300), followed by Western Canada (up by 7,000). Visitation from the United States and overseas markets increased by 2,000 visitors each. So far this year Nova Scotia has seen an increase of 95,000 visitors compared to 2016. Tourism Nova Scotia’s target market of Ontario is responsible for nearly half of these visitors (46,000), contributing more growth than any other market. Nova Scotians and non-resident visitors bought 392,000 licensed room nights in July, an increase of two per cent over July 2016. The occupancy rate increased by six percentage points to 70 per cent. Halifax sold the most room nights (171,000), followed by Cape Breton (84,000) and the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley region (64,000). For the year-to-date July 2017, 1,481,000 licensed room nights were sold in Nova Scotia, an increase of two per cent compared with the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate increased by three percentage points to 51 per cent. The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues through 2017 is $1.4 billion, compared with $1.3 billion in 2016.last_img read more

Maxime Bernier names candidate to run in Montrealarea federal byelection

first_imgMONTREAL — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier has chosen a candidate to represent his party in its first-ever Quebec election.Bernier will be in the Montreal area today to launch the campaign of Canadian Army veteran James Seale, who will be on the ballot for the party in the federal byelection in the Outremont riding on Feb. 25.Seale was a member of the armed forces for more than 30 years, and served overseas stints in Israel, Germany, Haiti and Bosnia before later becoming a military instructor and civil servant.Bernier founded the People’s Party of Canada in September after leaving the Conservative Party following a series of disagreements with leader Andrew Scheer.A spokesman says the fledgling party has taken in close to $1 million in donations since last August.The other candidates in Outremont include lawyer Rachel Bendayan for the Liberals, international development specialist Julia Sanchez for the NDP, Jasmine Louras for the Conservative Party, and artist Michel Duchesne for the Bloc Quebecois.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bradley Cooper Registers As Blood Marrow Donor

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer DKMS has announced that Academy Award nominated actor Bradley Cooper has registered as a bone marrow donor and is joining the organization’s efforts to register more donors.Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS introduced Cooper to Anthony Daniels, a young man who has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer for five years. Cooper was inspired to help Anthony and others who are also battling the disease. Cooper, a donor himself, is helping to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a donor.“When I lost my father to cancer, I lost my best friend, my hero and my confident. It was devastating for my whole family. When I first heard Anthony’s story, I knew that it was time I joined the fight against blood cancer and become a donor,” said Cooper. “When I signed up to be a donor, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the process was quick and pain free – a simple swab of my cheek. I hope that I can be a match for someone, and inspire others to register as well.”“I am truly moved by Bradley’s support. When I approached him, he immediately offered his help. Both of us have lost a parent to cancer. It’s devastating, but what we have both learned through this journey is that there is hope for patients battling blood cancer, and everyone can help save a life,” said Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer. “Delete Blood Cancer has made tremendous strides and we work with people all over the world to help find donor matches. The process is simple, painless and can truly save lives.”Each year, more than 160,000 Americans are diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. Even more staggering, blood cancers kills more children in the United States than any other disease. Of this group, 70 percent in need of a transplant cannot find a donor match within their family so they turn to the national registry to find a match. This makes Delete Blood Cancer’s bank of registered donors more important than ever to save lives.Registering to be a donor is quick and easy. It all starts with a simple swab of the cheek. Any generally healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55 can register as a donor. Interested donors can visit www.deletebloodcancer.org to register or learn more about how to help.last_img read more

WINNERS OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA AWARDS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook On April 24th, 2017, the Writers Guild of Canada held the 21st annual national awards honouring excellence in screenwriting. The WGC Screenwriting Awards took place at Koerner Hall in Toronto and were hosted by Laurie Elliott, and written by Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. Congratulations to the winners, marked in bold below..CHILDREN’SNumb Chucks, Season 2 “The Chucks Get Stuck in a Hole”Written by Josh Gal.Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat”Written by Tim McKeonOdd Squad, Season 2 “Failure to Lunch”Written by Mark De Angelis.DOCUMENTARYNot Criminally Responsible: Wedding SecretsWritten by John Kastner.Quebec My Country Mon PaysWritten by John Walker..FEATURE FILMARQWritten by Tony Elliott.MaudieWritten by Sherry White.Two Lovers and a BearWritten by Kim Nguyen.MOW & MINISERIESBruno & Boots: Go Jump in the PoolWritten by Adam Barken.Odd Squad: The MovieStory by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon / Teleplay by Mark De Angelis, Tim McKeon, Adam Peltzman.UnclaimedWritten by Dennis Foon..BEST SCRIPT FROM A ROOKIE SERIES.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Ain’t No Reason to Get Excited”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney.Private Eyes, Season 1 “Family Jewels”Written by Shelley Eriksen.Second Jen, Season 1 “Couch Surfing”Written by Amanda Joy & Samantha Wan.Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On”Written by Alexandra Zarowny..TV COMEDY .Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Ddong Chim”Written by Garry Campbell.Kim’s Convenience, Season 1 “Janet’s Photos”Written by Ins Choi & Kevin White.Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday”Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney..TV DRAMA.19-2, Season 3 “Fall”Written by Nikolijne Troubetzkoy.This Life, Season 2 “Destruction as Creation”Written by Celeste Parr.X Company, Season 2 “August 19th”Written by Stephanie Morgenstern & Mark Ellis..TWEENS & TEENS.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#CheckYourPrivilege”Written by Cole Bastedo.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack”Written by Ian MacIntyre.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2 “#TurntUp”Written by Courtney Jane Walker.Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#YesMeansYes”Written by Alejandro Alcoba..SHOWRUNNER AWARDAaron Martin..DENIS MCGRATH AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE WGCAndrew Wreggitt..SONDRA KELLY AWARDDiana Frances..JIM BURT SCREEN WRITING PRIZEDaniel Whiddenlast_img read more

A TORONTO PRODUCTION HUB IS AN OBVIOUS CHOICE FOR NETFLIX

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Netflix Canada (Techvibes Copyright) Advertisement Login/Register With: Over the last day or so, several stories have broken regarding the idea of OTT streaming giant Netflix setting up a Toronto hub for production. A better question to ask might be “Why hasn’t Netflix announced a Canadian hub yet?”It was in September 2017 that Netflix announced they would be setting up their first-ever subsidiary company, dubbed Netflix Canada, as well as a $525 million-plus investment into Canadian content and partnerships. The Los Gatos-based streaming company received a lot of backlash for not clearly outlining their intentions, which forced Netflix’s director of global public policy Corie Wright to write a blog post describing exactly what the investment meant, in addition to discerning Netflix as an online service rather than a broadcaster.Almost a year and a half after that original announcement, Toronto Mayor John Tory told The Canadian Press that he has a “very high level of confidence” that Netflix will be setting up a hub in the city. Facebooklast_img read more

For Ghana ewaste recyclers a safer option amid toxic fumes

first_imgACCRA, Ghana — On any given day, plumes of noxious smoke rise above the Agbogbloshie dump site in Ghana’s capital, Accra.The billowing black smoke comes from the many informal e-waste recyclers who take unwanted electronics, strip them of their cables and burn away the protective covers to reach the valuable copper beneath.It’s a dangerous way to make a living, but an easily available one for the many unskilled workers arriving in search of money to get by. Ghana imports about 150,000 tons of secondhand electronics a year, according to a 2011 study co-ordinated under the Basel Convention, a global treaty on hazardous waste.Like many of the informal e-waste recyclers picking through the trash that comes largely from Europe and North America, Amin Idris comes from northern Ghana. After too many lungfuls of the acrid air, he decided to change his approach.“When I used to burn these cables, I felt ill,” he said. “That’s why I stopped burning and started bringing cables in here.”He stood at a wire-stripping machine at Green Advocacy Ghana, a non-governmental organization that operates inside the Agbogbloshie dump. For a fee ranging from 2 to 10 U.S. cents per pound of metal, electrical cables are fed through blades that slit open the plastic, making it easy to reach the copper or other metal wires inside.“When I strip cables here, it looks much better than burnt copper, and we’ll get higher prices for this stripped copper” Idris said.Bennett Nana Akuffo has run Green Advocacy Ghana for more than three years.“Every month, every year, we keep on getting more and more people. It’s a slow process and the people we are dealing with, for want of a better word, they are sometimes difficult to accept change,” Nana Akuffo said. “So it’s been a slow and gradual process.”The Environmental Protection Agency is Ghana’s main environmental regulator. “The law prohibits open burning of waste, in any form or shape. This includes electronic waste,” Principal Program Officer Larry Kotoe said.“Having said that, we are not saying the e-waste recyclers shouldn’t burn but rather that this predominantly informal sector should be transformed. The law is seeking to rebuild their capacity, retool them, so that they can safely dismantle e-waste.”While only Green Advocacy Ghana is currently active on the ground in the Agbogbloshie dump, the German government in partnership with Ghana’s government is building a health clinic and e-waste recycling training centre due to open there in early 2019.For professor Julius Fobil with the University of Ghana, more community participation from the start would make a project like Green Advocacy Ghana more effective. Environmental literacy among the informal workers “is currently very low,” he said.Fobil is concluding a long-term study of the health effects on e-waste recyclers at Agbogbloshie. He carried out blood and urine tests on a group of e-waste workers between 2016 and 2018.They “tend to have difficulties breathing,” he said. “Ailments range from minor coughs to complicated health problems like COPD. That’s chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. We are also seeing that some of them are susceptible to long-term exposure like the increase of cancers — cancer due to exposure to some of these complex chemicals.”That’s a cost the dump’s informal recyclers, who make up to an estimated $285 a month, cannot afford to pay.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaNeil Shaw, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Marrakechs Cadi Ayyad University Tops Moroccos University in Times Ranking

Rabat – Marrakech’s Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) once again ranked top among higher institutions in Morocco, Maghreb and French-speaking African countries, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.UCA is among the best universities in the world, among the top five percent of all the 20,000 ranked higher education institutions, according to a press release issued by the university.The British magazine, Times Higher Education, evaluates the world’s universities based on 13 strict performance criteria related to their fundamental missions, including research, international standards and the transfer of knowledge. UCA’s success in large part is attributable to it being a dynamic research institute and a growing number of researchers who have been cited in many prestigious international journals, according to the statement.The university’s scientific research strategy, initiated in 2011,is to improve research structures within international and multidisciplinary scientific communities, encourage the mobility of researchers and promote an international openness through reflecting its clear vision for research and innovation.The university’s Marrakech City of Innovation project will allow the university to assert its excellence even more as a source of innovation. “This structure will house the research centers of several laboratories in order to showcase significant results” and provide a platform for heavy equipment which may be of interest to manufacturers.The university’s latest discovery in February was a system of seven Exo-planets (earth-like planets), of which at least three may be sustainable of life. The discovery was conducted by the U.S. Space Agency (NASA) with the participation of Cadi Ayyad’s Astronomical Observatory team.“The challenge now is to sustain the project over the long term and to continue this positive dynamic in order to achieve an even more efficient research system,” said the University. “This will enable the university to contribute to the development of scientific knowledge, and reflect favorably not only on Morocco, but on Africa and worldwide.”In August Cadi Ayyad University was ranked among the top 100 universities in the Arab world with respect to global web performance, according to Webometrics 2017 international ranking of universities. read more

State Department faces visa system issue

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing  technical problems with its visa systems, the US Embassy in Colombo said.The Embassy said that the issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category and apologized for the inconvenience adding that it is working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Colombo visa applicants should monitor the US Embassy website at http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/ or the U.S. Embassy Colombo Facebook page for updates.  Assistance with rescheduling is available by calling 011-770-3703 between the hours of 8am and 8pm on weekdays or emailing support-srilanka@ustraveldocs.com Currently, U.S. embassies are unable to print most nonimmigrant visas and process online applications submitted after June 8, 2015. Colombo visa applicants with June appointments who completed their online applications after June 8 are encouraged to reschedule their interviews at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/lk/. read more

UN weighs options for Sudans Darfur region as funds for African Union

“From what I know, they (the AU) have resources up till March,” Mr. Annan told journalists after his monthly luncheon with the 15 Security Council members. “We did discuss eventual UN involvement, but, of course, it will mean we can only get involved once the African Union mandate has ended and we are in discussions with them,” he said, adding, “At this stage, we have started contingency planning to be ready if and when the decision is taken for us to go in.”For more than a year, the Security Council has sought to end the civil strife, disarm the marauding Janjaweed Arab militia, halt impunity and find a political solution. The Council has also imposed an arms embargo, assets freeze and travel ban on belligerents in Darfur, and has referred the situation there to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Mr. Annan said today that the number of people of Darfur the UN was feeding had risen to 3 million from 1 million, but the media spotlight has waned.The AU’s chairman, former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konaré, would come to New York or hold a meeting elsewhere to discuss details, but a UN force could not be prepared by March and there should not be a gap between the mandates of the two forces, Mr. Annan said. At an AU ministerial meeting on Darfur today, Mr. Konaré indicated that the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) would stay on for another nine to 12 months if the donor community gave it the necessary resources and logistical support. If those were not forthcoming, AMIS would run out of funds by March, Mr. Annan said.“Obviously the international community cannot allow that situation to go unaddressed and, in all likelihood, will have to look at other options, including possibly the UN working with the African Union to address that situation. But they need money. They need it quickly,” he said.Meanwhile, given the size of the territory whichever force was deployed there would have to be structured differently, placing more emphasis on mobility and quick responses needing sophisticated equipment and logistical support. “I will be turning to governments with that kind of capacity, if we were to be given the mandate,” he said.In September the UN’s largest summit ever approved a resolution on the responsibility of all governments to protect their citizens and the Secretary-General said today that Sudan would present the first challenge under that measure. Sudan had said it would only accept African troops, “but we have gone beyond that now,” he added.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has the task of supporting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Nairobi, Kenya, one year ago. It also has a mandate from the Security Council to provide some support to AMIS in Darfur. read more

Trump expected to name a top Goldman exec to economic post

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Gary Cohn, the No. 2 executive at the powerhouse Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, to a prominent White House economic post.That’s according to two people informed of the decision.Cohn, 56, would lead the White House’s National Economic Council, a posting that would require him to leave his $21-million-a-year job as president and chief operating officer at Goldman. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vilified Goldman Sachs for the firm’s outsize influence in the financial system. Yet with Cohn’s selection, Trump will have named three current or former Goldman officials to key positions in his administration.The people informed of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the expected move. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2016 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump expected to name a top Goldman exec to economic post read more

First UN humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey sets out for Syria

The convoy is leaving the Turkish border crossing at Nusaybin and is bound for the city of Qamishli, according to Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Nigel Fisher.It marks the first time since the conflict started in March 2011 that the UN has been able to carry aid across into Syria from Turkey, noted Mr. Fisher, who expressed appreciation for the approvals given by both countries which enabled the crossing.“The opportunity to start the dispatch of a convoy of 79 trucks through the Nusaybin/Qamishli border is a sign of progress. We are encouraged by this development, which, although a small step, gives us hope that additional border crossing points will be opened up, to enable us to provide much more humanitarian assistance to the countless Syrians who are in desperate need of support for their very survival.” The convoy is carrying food supplies, blankets and mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies from the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Organization for Migration. This latest development comes nearly one month after the adoption of a resolution by the UN Security Council demanding that all parties, particularly the Syrian authorities, promptly allow “rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access” for UN agencies and their partners, including across conflict lines and across borders.Well over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which recently entered its fourth year, while an estimated 9 million others have been driven from their homes. In addition, there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees from Syria registered in neighbouring countries.Among other consequences, the ongoing conflict has resulted in a breakdown of health services, shortage of qualified personnel and the disruption of reproductive health supplies. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of an estimated 200,000 pregnant women in the country who are facing malnutrition, lack of medical care and unsafe deliveries. “Many pregnant women in Syria suffer multiple challenges, such as psychological difficulties, gynaecological problems, nutritional shortages and complications from early pregnancies,” said Daniel Baker, UNFPA Syria Regional and Response Advisor. “Maternal deaths tend to increase during disasters. Yet these can be prevented if urgent interventions are made at the right time.”As the conflict displaces thousands of women and threatens their security, pregnant women are increasingly opting for Caesarean sections to ensure access to a doctor at the time of delivery, UNFPA noted.The agency said it is “alarmed” by the increase in the rate of Caesarean sections within Syria, from 19 per cent in 2011 to 45 per cent in certain areas in 2013. Global guidelines recommend that no more than 15 per cent of deliveries should be performed this way. This adds to the costs and strains on an already overburdened health system and puts women at further risk.Meanwhile, the experts comprising the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances today highlighted the issue of disappearances, noting that it has received an increasing number of cases since the start of the Syria conflict. “Enforced disappearances are being perpetrated as a systematic and widespread attack on civilians, thus qualifying as a crime against humanity,” the Working Group observed in a news release. “The situation of enforced disappearances in Syria is alarming and deserves immediate United Nations attention.”The five-member Group also voiced deep concern that opposition forces have resorted to similar practices against civilians perceived to be supporting the Government, human rights defenders, journalists and religious leaders.The Group has requested the Security Council to consider referring the matter to the International Criminal Court, and called on the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, to take action. “We also call on Syria to take decisive action to eradicate enforced disappearances, ensure its prevention and bring perpetrators to account,” the experts stated. read more

Womens Hockey No 6 Ohio State heads back on road for rematch

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team is set and ready to go for a road trip after a bye week of preparation.No. 6 Ohio State (11-5, 7-3 WCHA) last played Nov. 17 when it swept Minnesota Duluth at home in a top 10 matchup. This week, the Buckeyes face conference opponent Minnesota State (7-5-2, 2-5-1 WCHA), a team that they swept earlier in the season at home. The last time Ohio State played on the road, it lost twice to then-winless Bemidji State. After the week off, Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the team took the bye to make the necessary improvements.“Although it was a bye week, it wasn’t really,” Muzerall said. “We took that as a training week. It was a bad road weekend the last time against Bemidji, but we can’t keep looking in the rearview mirror. We’ve moved on from that and we bounced back incredibly against Duluth in the following weekend. Now we know what’s at stake.”Minnesota State has not had a winning season since the 2003-04 season and currently rides a three-game winning streak. Continuing that streak with a statement win against a top 10 team such as Ohio State would certainly attract attention. Muzerall said the key to beating Minnesota State again is getting to its freshman goaltender Abigail Levy early. “Last time we played them, we only won by a goal, but we dominated the game,” Muzerall said. “What that told me is that they have a very good goaltender, and she is. So, we just got to rattle her early and get on the board early. If we don’t, then the key is not to panic. You just keep getting shots on net, crashing the net and the end result may not be pretty, but it still shows on the scoreboard.” Ohio State also has an impressive goaltender of its own in freshman Andrea Braendli. Braendli won WCHA Rookie of the Week for her play against Minnesota Duluth, saving 48 shots over the two games, the second time of the season Braendli received rookie of the week honors. The first time she won the award was when the Buckeyes played the Mavericks. Braendli feels very confident that she and her fellow Buckeyes will come out on top in the goaltender matchup. “Those successes are always an honor to receive. It’s a big confidence booster as we go up to face the Mavericks,” Braendli said. “The last two games we played against them were my first two WCHA games and I know I can do even better in these games. I know Levy is really good, but I think I’m better. I’m not focusing on her. I have to focus on myself, so I can be prepared.” Braendli said another key for an Ohio State win is to continue playing its aggressive style of play.“Buckeye hockey is how we succeed. We’re unique in that our hockey is a very interesting play style,” Braendli said. “We plan to be ready from the first shift and we expect them to come out hard and fast. Our Buckeye hockey means that we will pressure back. Our hockey is fast and aggressive and when we play like that, I believe that we are the better team.” The Buckeyes play two games this weekend on Friday and Saturday against Minnesota State. Friday’s game is set to start at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. read more