INAC Minister Bennett taps Liberal operative energy firm VP for top roles

first_img(Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s new chief of staff Rick Theis. Photo from deleted Myspace account.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Liberal operative and the senior vice president of a firm pushing a green refinery on the British Columbia West Coast are expected to fill top roles in the office of Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, APTN National News has learned.Rick Theis, a long-time official in the Liberal party leader’s office, has been appointed as Bennett’s chief of staff.Jeffrey Copenace, a senior vice president with Pacific Future Energy, is expected to take the role of senior advisor to Bennett.An Indigenous Affairs official confirmed Theis’ appointment, but would not confirm Copenace has been named senior advisor.Claudia Fournier, who is currently the media liaison for Bennett’s office, said no other political staffing appointments have been made.Theis was the issues manager for the Justin Trudeau federal election campaign, according to his current Twitter profile.  Theis’ LinkedIn profile indicates he joined the Liberal leader’s office as a policy advisor in 2010 when the party was the official opposition under Michael Ignatieff.Theis remained in the Liberal leader’s office after the 2011 election, rising to issues manager in 2013.Before entering backroom politics, Theis was a government relations officer with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, according to his LinkedIn profile.Jeffrey Copenace. TwitterCopenace also has a history with the Liberals. He worked in former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin’s office as a special assistant for Aboriginal and Northern Affairs from December 2003 to January 2006. Copenace was involved in negotiating the $5 billion Kelowna Accord deal between Ottawa and Indigenous groups, according to one biography. The Kelowna Accord died when Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper took power.Copenace also worked as a senior advisor to two Aboriginal Affairs ministers in the Ontario Liberal government, according to a biography.Copenace comes with experience from the highest levels of First Nation politics.He worked in the office of former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine beginning in June 2009, a month before the election of Shawn Atleo to the same post, according to his LinkedIn profile.Copenace took on the role of deputy chief of staff for Atleo until the spring of 2014. Atleo resigned the national chief post on May 2 amid controversy over his support for the previous Conservative government’s First Nation education bill.Copenace remained in the AFN national chief’s office until June 2014.Since then, Copenace has worked for Vancouver-based Pacific Future Energy as the senior vice-president for Indigenous partnership. The firm’s list of senior officials also includes Atleo under the title of senior advisor of partnerships.Pacific Future Energy is pushing a controversial $10 billion green refinery project on B.C.’s West Coast that would process about 1 million barrels of oil per day. The firm claims the refinery will have near net-zero emissions. The project faces resistance from groups like the Coastal First Nations who oppose the construction of new pipelines carrying Alberta-mined bitumen to the B.C. coast.Theis and Copenace did not return requests seeking comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

60s Scoop film one of the Indigenous films to catch at Hot

first_imgBeverly Andrews APTN National NewsThe documentary film festival, Hot Docs, is showcasing a number of Indigenous films this year.One of them chronicles the lives of 60’s Scoop survivors.The festival runs until May 7.bandrews@aptn.calast_img

Government decides to abolish SAITM and create new entity

7. Current shareholders of SAITM shall not participate in the ownership or management of the new entity. The cooperation of Dr. Neville Fernando and family is extremely important in this regard.8. The Ministry of Health shall gazette and place before Parliament the agreed Minimum Standards for Medical Education and Training based on the Draft submitted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), upon conclusion of discussions with the SLMC, the Hon. Attorney General and other relevant stakeholders. This task must be mandatorily completed within one month from today.The chronology of implementing the mentioned solutions shall be, as follows: The Government says it is a timely requirement in the spirit of democracy that all parties cooperate to ensure the implementation of the proposed solutions, to cease disruptions thus far caused to the smooth functioning of universities and especially to provide an opportunity to students to return for education. 1. Abolishing SAITM (hereinafter SAITM means its Faculty of Medicine): This shall be done in a manner legally acceptable to the current shareholders, lending institutions and the new entity interested in taking over all operations and management of SAITM on a not-for-profit basis, thus ending the ownership and management structure of SAITM. The profit oriented entity owned and managed by Dr. Neville Fernando and family would thereby cease to exist.2. By an agreement reached by the above parties, the assets, liabilities, staff and students of SAITM shall be transferred to a non-state, not-for-profit making (that will utilize any excess income over expenditure of the organization for development or research or scholarships, without distributing among shareholders) degree awarding entity that will comply with the Minimum Standards on Medical Education and Training (to be legislated). 6. Admission of medical students to SAITM has been suspended by the letter issued by the Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education on September 15th 2017. This suspension will continue. Accordingly, all new admissions shall be made to the new entity (as described in 2 above), when only complying with the Minimum Standards on Medical Education and Training (to be legislated). The Government shall cooperate on all endeavors to make available, through financial institutions, subsidized student loan schemes to eligible students from low-income families to meet the cost of tuition and fees. The Government has decided to abolish SAITM and create a new entity, the Government information department said.The Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to the Faculty of Medicine of South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), having considered the recommendations made by numerous stakeholder groups, including the Deans of Faculties of Medicine of all State Universities, has proposed the following proposals to arrive at a permanent solution that is reasonable to all stakeholders and in keeping with Government Policy. In keeping with the principle of justice to all stakeholders, the Government hopes to implement the following courses of action: 3. The Government has consulted several already established non-state, not-for-profit entities with the objective of establishing the proposed not-for-profit entity for this purpose. Detailed discussions in this regard with interested parties shall start very soon.4. The new entity shall recognize all students currently enrolled at SAITM, who possess the required entry qualifications. Opportunity will be afforded to these students to continue medical education in the proposed new institution.5. Issues in respect of former students who have completed their degree course at SAITM should be addressed on the advice of the Sri Lanka Medical Council, based on the determination of the Supreme Court case filed on the same. Arrangements shall be made for the said students who have completed the degree at SAITM to undergo clinical training at recommended government hospitals. i. Ministry of Health to gazette the agreed Minimum Standards for Medical Education and Training, and place before Parliament,ii. SAITM, the selected party and lending institutions to reach agreement on the transfer of assets, liabilities, staff and students to the proposed not-for-profit entity.iii. Establish the new entity, under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission.iiii. Abolish SAITM: Transfer assets, liabilities, staff and students of SAITM to the new entity.v. Establishment of new not-for-profit medical education degree awarding institute.It is expected to immediately appoint a Committee of high level officials to coordinate the implementation of the above measures. This entire process shall be mandatorily completed by December 31st 2017. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sri Lanka China open Industrial Zone Office in Hambantota

Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the “Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office” in Sri Lanka’s southern port of Hambantota on Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported.The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial Zone officially established in January, and serve as a workplace for its Sri Lankan and Chinese staff. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the launch ceremony that the office was an important milestone in the strong ties between Sri Lanka and China. Sri Lanka is also willing to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative which will strengthen connectivity not only between China and Europe but also in entire Asia.“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Indian Ocean and I believe Sri Lanka will also become a transitional point for China soon,” Wickremesinghe said. Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said the opening of the office was an important step as many enterprises from China and other countries had expressed interest in investing in the zone.China will help attract all possible industries in the zone and help Sri Lanka achieve industrialization in the future, Yi pledged. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone will transform Sri Lanka into an important trading and logistics hub and attract massive investments to the Hambantota area, the prime minister envisioned. read more

Via Rail to launch process to buy new trains with federal funding

ETOBICOKE, Ont. — Via Rail is preparing to launch a process to replace aging trains on its main Canadian corridor after federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced funding Monday by the government.The national passenger service says it will launch a request for qualifications, followed by a request for proposals.The unspecified funding to replace its fleet in the Quebec City to Windsor corridor was included in the recent federal budget.Via has said it expects the new trains will be in service by 2022.They will reduce environmental emissions with more fuel-efficient engines, enhance accessibility for visually, hearing and physically impaired passengers and improve on-time performance from reduced mechanical breakdowns.Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said in a news release that the funding will improve service by ensuring there is sustained uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor.The budget also earmarked $8 million for Transport Canada to conduct economic analysis on a proposed high-frequency rail between Quebec City and Toronto. read more

Justin Trudeau plans election campaign stop in Saskatoon

Justin Trudeau is scheduled to travel to Saskatoon on Thursday in what will be the first appearance in the province by any of the major party leaders during the federal election campaign.The last visit to Saskatchewan by the Liberal Party of Canada’s leader was in May. In January, Trudeau and Premier Scott Moe spoke at an event marking the third anniversary of the deadly high school shootings in La Loche. Two weeks prior, he held court in front of around 1,500 people at a town hall on the University of Regina campus. Among the most pressing topics discussed that night were the carbon tax and pipelines.Trudeau was most recently in Saskatoon in September 2018, for the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual caucus retreat. He spent two days in the city, during which he held a town hall event at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. That visit led to a minor controversy after a video of his private meeting with Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations leaders and First Nations chiefs from across the province was leaked online.Thursday’s event, described by the Liberal Party as a campaign rally, is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Delta Bessborough.Voters head to the polls on Oct. 21.Related Complete coverage: 2019 election Pipelines, carbon tax pressing issues during Trudeau town hall in Regina PM Trudeau advocates for hope during La Loche annoucement ‘I am really, really upset with this’: Trudeau, in leaked video from meeting with FSIN, unhappy with ‘time management’  Related Complete coverage: 2019 election Pipelines, carbon tax pressing issues during Trudeau town hall in Regina PM Trudeau advocates for hope during La Loche annoucement ‘I am really, really upset with this’: Trudeau, in leaked video from meeting with FSIN, unhappy with ‘time management’ read more

China awards Trump valuable new trademark

by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2017 10:53 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SHANGHAI – The government of China awarded U.S. President Donald Trump valuable rights to his own name this week, in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.The registration became official on Feb. 14 and was published in a trademark registration announcement on the website of China’s Trademark Office on Wednesday.This may well be the first foreign trademark to be handed to Trump during his presidency, but is unlikely to be the last. In China alone he has 49 pending trademark applications and 77 marks already registered in his own name, most of which will come up for renewal during his term.Critics say Trump’s global intellectual property interests could be used by foreign states as leverage over the president and may violate the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless explicitly approved by Congress. These concerns are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.The registration this week came as a surprise win for Trump after a decade of trying — and failing — to wrest the rights to his name back from a man named Dong Wei. The abrupt turn in Trump’s bureaucratic fortunes once he declared his candidacy has raised questions about the extent to which his political status may be helping his family business.Any special treatment from China would mean that Trump effectively accepted a present from Beijing, an act that would violate the Constitution, Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said in an email. “A different conclusion might be reached if Trump had been treated like everyone else seeking a trademark, but the evidence does not point in that direction.”Alan Garten, chief legal officer of The Trump Organization, said Trump’s trademark activity in China predates his election. Trump has turned management of his company over to his children and a team of executives in order to remove himself from his business and its trademark portfolio, he added.China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which oversees the Trademark Office, and the foreign ministry could not be reached for comment Wednesday.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at twitter.com/ekinetz China awards Trump valuable new trademark In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, high-end Trump-branded toilets made by Shenzhen Trump Industrial Co. are on display at the company’s offices in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong Province. U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to receive something that he had been trying to get from China for more than a decade: trademark rights to his own name. After suffering rejection after rejection in China’s courts, he saw his prospects change dramatically after starting his presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) read more

Fruit Valley restrictions nixed

first_imgAfter a last-minute push by neighbors, the city of Vancouver has scrapped plans to impose restrictions on new construction and home renovations in the Fruit Valley neighborhood.Fruit Valley contains the Pacific Northwest’s largest stock of wartime shipyard housing — all one-story houses with low-pitched roofs and a pair of square windows in the front.A recently approved neighborhood action plan called for keeping that history whole, and so city staff worked for a year to create “residential design guidelines,” which would be incorporated into Vancouver code, long-range planner Sandra Towne said.“We thought we were following what neighbors wanted,” Towne said.The regulations were part of a proposed overlay district encompassing about 300 homes from Fruit Valley Road to Yeoman Avenue, and from La Frambois Road to West Fourth Plain Boulevard.They forbade second-story additions taller than the roof line; bay windows facing the street; and regulated chimneys and roof pitches, among other prohibitions. However, making changes to the back the side of a house — if a side addition is set back from the facade — would have remained OK.last_img read more

State of the County Businessfriendly stand

first_imgClark County is showing signs of economic growth as it exits the hardest period since the Great Depression, Commissioner Tom Mielke said Thursday, but more could be done to make it the most business-friendly community in the state.Comparing the last five years to being “battered by a storm,” Mielke said there “are signs of recovery and brighter days” ahead. Still, he added, there’s plenty of work that needs to be accomplished.“Too many county residents commute to jobs in Oregon,” Mielke said. “Too many homeowners are underwater on their mortgages and are worried about their future.”The statements were made Thursday afternoon at the 28th annual State of the County address at the Clark County Square Dance Center. And — as they remain the county’s hot-button issues — the economy and transportation underscored the speeches, delivered by Mielke and fellow Commissioners David Madore and Steve Stuart.Although the year ahead will pose opportunities, commissioners said, it will also likely be a period of transition.For one, the county will be losing one commissioner by the end of the year. In January, Stuart announced he would not seek re-election. And just last week, he was named a finalist to become Ridgefield’s next city manager.last_img read more

HandsOn Alien Blackout Is a Mobile Game for People Who Hate Mobile

first_imgStay on target Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t The Next Diablo Immortal Last week, I got to check out the upcoming Alien: Blackout. Naturally, I went in with some mild skepticism given the platform it’s on. Thankfully, this isn’t the typical mobile game experience most of us dread. Developers Rival Games, D3 Go!, and publisher FoxNext are doing justice to the Alien franchise by staying true to its sci-fi horror roots. They’re also showing the world that a mobile game doesn’t need to have microtransactions or superfluous add-ons in order to make it engaging. Alien: Blackout is a mobile game for people who hate mobile games.Alien: Blackout stars Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of perennial Alien protagonist, Ellen Ripley. Those who have played 2014’s Alien: Isolation are no doubt familiar with Amanda. Though Blackout takes place after Isolation and Aliens, it isn’t exactly a sequel. It is certainly situated in the Alien universe, but it is its own distinct story. Still, as a fan of Alien: Isolation, I’m happy to play another game with Amanda Ripley. I don’t know if and when we’ll get a sequel to that title, but this is a nice nod to fans of Isolation.When you think about Alien games, mobile isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Because of this, Rival Games knew it had to remain true to the spirit of the franchise (specifically, the original film), in order to make it all work. This is something TQ Jefferson (Vice President of External Development, FoxNext), gave the developer credit for.“Rival Games and D3 Go! came to us with a really compelling pitch for a game,” said Jefferson. “The gameplay mechanics, the way the story unfolds, it was something that we haven’t done on mobile before. It got us excited right away on it. Part of what I give them credit for is holding true to their vision. They were very clear about the game they wanted to make and not diluting it down by adding additional features to it. Rather than let it morph into design by committee or into a different game entirely, they held true to what it was.From the onset, it felt like it was right in the wheelhouse of Alien and very appropriate for the brand, the characters, and the alien. It also hearkens back to what originally scared the bejesus out of us from the first film. Put all that together and we had something we felt excited about and we felt fans would be excited about.”Blackout is set on a malfunctioning space station which is now the home of a nasty xenomorph. Hidden inside of a security terminal, Amanda Ripley must help guide a group of four crew members to key points of the station in order to repair it. Fixing broken components isn’t exactly difficult for the experienced crew. The real challenge comes from repairing the ship while keeping the crew and Ripley away from the alien. This is a deadly game of cat and mouse, to be sure.You can guide the crew by pointing to objectives or drawing lines with your finger to said objectives. The user interface players interact with is identical to the one Ripley uses. The interface looks like something straight out of the first Alien film, with its simple, monochromatic display. Players can instruct crew members to stop, hide, or hurry up. Cameras within each area give players a clue to the xenomorph’s location. Motion sensors help as well. However, not every room has motion sensors or cameras so it’s easy to lose track of the alien, especially when it crawls into a vent.As you help guide the crew, you can open/close doors and turn cameras on or off. All of this consumes power. If you only have five power nodes, you’ll need to be aware of how many reserves you have left. You don’t want to have zero power at a time when you need to close a door to save a crew member. You also only have eight minutes to complete each of the seven levels. Given the limited power supplies, time restraint, and keeping track of four individuals, things can get very tense. Players need to keep their wits in order to get everyone out alive.The best way to experience Alien: Blackout is with a good pair of headphones. Sounds are extremely important. They literally mean the difference between life and death in certain cases. For example, if Ripley makes too much noise by issuing orders, the alien can and will find her. The alien makes noise when it enters a room, letting you know if you need to tell crew members to hide. The sounds of closing doors are a great way to distract the xenomorph. The game forces you to constantly keep your ears open, which is essential for survival.Visually speaking, this doesn’t look like a typical mobile game. The graphics are akin to Alien: Isolation, which was itself heavily inspired by the art design of the first Alien film. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a console or PC game. It really looks phenomenal for a mobile title. The dimly lit hallways filled with retro-futuristic technology help give players the feeling they’re in the Alien universe. This is by far the best-looking mobile game I’ve ever seen.“These guys [Rival Games] are so respectful of the IP that they wanted to recreate the cinematic experience wherever they could,” said Jefferson. “That first film is seminal in so many different ways. It’s a beautiful film. It’s beautifully shot, beautifully lit and they wanted to do that justice. Being so focused on their design and scope helped them to push the visual quality.”You’ll be happy to know Alien: Blackout has absolutely no microtransactions of any kind. After the initial $4.99 asking price, you’ll never have to spend another penny. This is not only great news for consumers, it also speaks to the confidence the team has in the game. It doesn’t need to have any crazy add-ons to make it a compelling experience. Also, things like boosters or power ups wouldn’t exactly jive with the atmosphere Blackout is trying to convey. One has to respect the level of restraint in this regard. The devs had a very specific vision and didn’t want to tarnish it with unnecessary add-ons.“This game was originally pitched as a premium product,” said Jefferson. “It was never at any point in time free to play. This is true to the original vision, which I think is rare these days and it’s refreshing. It’s incredibly authentic to Alien and you can see the care that went into it and we’re proud of it.”Alien: Blackout is not at all what I imagined. It does an admirable job of capturing the tension and suspense of the Alien franchise in a unique and enjoyable way. It also manages to avoid all of the negative aspects of mobile games; namely, cheap graphics and microtransactions. As a person who normally doesn’t give these titles a second glance, Alien: Blackout demonstrates the untapped potential of mobile platforms. Hopefully, we’ll get more games of this kind moving forward.Expect Alien: Blackout in the Apple and Google Play stores on January 24.More on Geek.com:After Bungie and ‘Destiny,’ Please Free Blizzard From ActivisionOf Course, ‘Red Dead Online’ Is Getting A(nother) Battle Royale ModeRazer HyperSense Is an Entire Rumble Ecosystemlast_img read more

Pat on the back helps kids perform better

first_imgA little praise or reward improves the performance of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on certain cognitive tasks —more so than they would for typically developing kids, says a new study.“Kids with ADHD showed more improvement because they are more motivated by the opportunity to gain rewards, not because they simply did worse from the beginning,” said one of the researchers Whitney Fosco from the University at Buffalo in the US. The study examined two leading theories on ADHD, combining what previous work had mostly looked at separately.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of those theories suggests that lower-than-average cognitive abilities contribute to symptoms associated with ADHD, such as inattentiveness. The other theory favours motivation over ability, focusing on whether kids with ADHD have an increased sensitivity to reward. “When asking whether the performance difference we see is the result of ability or motivation, this research has more answers than any study that comes before it,” the study’s principle investigator Larry Hawk from the University at Buffalo pointed out.“You cannot say kids with ADHD respond more to reinforcement because they were doing poorly to begin with,” Hawk said, “We showed that was not true. It was greater motivation to obtain external rewards that drove the effects we observed,” Hawk added. The findings appeared in the journal Behavioural and Brain Functions.last_img read more

VoW promises to be a unique offering

first_imgIn its second edition, the Valley of Words – an international literature and arts festival nestled in the bustling town of Dehradun – is even more ambitious and dynamic than its first edition last year. Certain thematic concerns have remained the same in this as in the last edition, namely that there be an equal emphasis on Hindi as well as English literature, a continuing focus on India’s Military History and Strategy, and a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability in mountain-belt states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe English sessions include a distinct political bent, such as a discussion on Jairam Ramesh’s ‘Intertwined Lives: PN Haksar and Indira Gandhi’ with Sekhar Raha as discussant and Sir Mark Tully as Chair, and ‘The Legacy of Patel’ with Prem Shankar Jha chairing a panel including Deepak Gupta in conversation with Wajahat Habibullah. The Vox Populi debate this year will feature an eloquent and ideologically distinct panel of parliamentarians arguing whether “the best debates occur outside the Parliament” – to hear this being fought out by Manish Tiwari, Manoj Jha, DP Tripathi, and Tarun Vijay, each a stalwart in their own respective parties, will doubtless be one of the highlights of the festival. Fiction also remains important, with Jerry Pinto’s “Murder in Mahim” being discussed by Rahul Singh in particular as a conversation to look forward to. There will also be 27 book launches, including Geeta Gopalkrishnan’s ‘My Grandmother’s Tweets’ and Robin Gupta’s ‘The 70th Milestone’, amongst many others. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVoW’s Hindi panels include several poetry panel discussions: ‘Kavita Ke Rang’, ‘Taraana Geet Ghazal’ and the fascinating musical medley of raga infused film songs which will be presented by KL Pandey in ‘Raag Bollywood’. The session ‘Aadhe Aakaash Ki Puri Dharti’ featuring Paromita, Veena Pani Joshi, Pratyaksha and Kumudini Nautiyal also promises a rich discussion of and by prominent women authors in Hindi about their various journeys. The Military History sessions are extensive and carefully curated, ranging from discussions about ‘India’s Maritime Strategy’ (moderated by Admiral Arun Prakash) to analyses of the nation’s significant wars post-Independence, and fractious relationships with China and Pakistan. ‘Staff Rides and Battlefield Tourism’ moderated by Sqd Ldr Rana Chhina will also doubtless be a thought-provoking panel. The RS Tolia Forum – named after the pioneering environmentalist and bureaucrat who had served as Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand from 2003 to 2005 – is being curated by SDFU (Sustainable Development Forum, Uttarakhand) a not-for-profit organization, which champions causes related to Himalayan people and causes. The Forum this year has an emphasis on migration as an urgent contemporary issue, alongside livelihood generation as linked with natural resources. ‘Highlander Voices’ with Aditya Nabial and Narendra Garbyal in a session chaired by BK Joshi will bring forth young voices from the hills. The evolution and dissemination of Buddhism in Uttarakhand, a dense and topical history, will also be addressed in a panel comprising of SS Pangety, Norbu Wanchuk, and Khenpo Rangdol, curated by Binita Shah. New authors and fresh young voices are being promoted through sessions such as Poetry Cafés and several exhibitions like four year old Ayaan Gogoi (our youngest published author) whose paintings will be featured in ‘Gossamer Dreams’ running parallel to the other ‘Images and Words: Illustrated Stories from Children Living in a Village in the Valley’. There are twelve diverse exhibitions, including the annual Philately premise and others such as ‘Iti Kriti: Pan Himalayan Arts and Crafts’ (curated by RST Forum) which prioritizes sustainable handicrafts from states like Nagaland and of course the home state of the festival – Uttarakhand. Sanjeev Chopra, the Chief Curator of the festival said, “VoW promises to be a unique offering – its different from other festivals as it encourages new and young authors, and takes up themes as diverse as migration from the hills to India’s maritime strategy. The twelve exhibitions also reflect the eclectic offerings at Valley of Words!”last_img read more

The Power of Planning NASAs Pluto Flyby Was Epic and Amazing

first_imgJuly 14, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Business owners know all too well the gratification of realizing carefully laid plans over the course of a few weeks, or even months. But a mission more than 24 years in the making, taking place in the unknowable recesses of outer space, is a different kind of accomplishment altogether.Today at 7:50 a.m. ET, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft — which took off for Pluto nine years ago from Cape Canaveral and has since travelled 3 billion miles — flew past the dwarf planet and its five moons.Currently, New Horizons is in a data-gathering mode and out of contact with scientists, according to NASA. If all goes according to plan (“a collision with a particle as small as a grain of rice could incapacitate the spacecraft,” NASA said), it will send back a signal confirming that the flyby was successful at around 9 p.m. ET and begin sending back data in bulk tomorrow morning.Related: Explorer Attempts Longest Solo Trip in a Solar-Powered AircraftIt could be more than a year before all of the data is finally compiled, however, as the downlink speed is about two kilobytes per second and it takes more than four hours for a signal from New Horizons to reach the Earth.Nevertheless, NASA released its latest photograph of the planet this morning, which was taken on Monday before the flyby. NASA also released Pluto’s previously unconfirmed diameter: 1,473 miles.Hello #Pluto! We’re at closest approach. Congrats to all! Follow our story & view new images using #PlutoFlyby. pic.twitter.com/8JVlJrcUkY— NASA New Horizons (@NASANewHorizons) July 14, 2015After turning back to the earth temporarily to send back its data, New Horizons’ expedition is far from over. Next, it will travel towards the Kuiper belt, a region beyond the planets consisting of comets, asteroids and other remnants of our solar system’s formation.Related: How Microsoft’s HoloLens Could Boost the Race to Colonize Mars Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min readlast_img read more

WATCH Keylor Navas makes soaring save in Saturdays Madrid Derby

first_img#RMAvATM | HALF TIME | @realmadriden 0-0 @atletienglish Navas was called into action twice just before the break. pic.twitter.com/tYIkT3EjKn— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 27, 2016 Related posts:WATCH: Keylor Navas takes flight to make a miraculous diving save Costa Rican Keylor Navas keeps historic Champions League shutout streak alive Keylor Navas puts on a show in Real Madrid win Keylor Navas’ coach at Real Madrid sacked, Spanish media report The next time manager Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid send keeper Keylor Navas onto the field, they should give him a cape. It felt like it was the only thing missing after another Superman-performance from the Costa Rican star on Saturday against Atlético Madrid.It’s no secret that Real Madrid’s backline has been the weak link for Los Merengues all season, and that Navas has been asked repeatedly to bail out the defense with incredible saves. Despite a 1-0 loss to the intra-city rival, Navas did all he could to keep a blank slate in Saturday’s crucial battle for second place in La Liga.In the 40th minute of the Madrid Derby, star Atlético forward Antoine Griezmann broke through Madrid’s porous backfield and made an admirable strike on goal. But Griezmann’s attempt, like so many would-be goals from Real Madrid opponents all season, was denied when Navas soared through the air to make a spectacular stop.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKojAaemYjcA minute later, Atlético broke through Madrid’s defense again as striker Koké gained the corner on midfielder Luka Modric and sent a shot with a clear path towards the net. Again, Navas was there just in time to swallow up the ball and deny the cross-town rivals of a goal.Atlético was finally able to get past Navas in the 53rd minute when Brazilian Filipe Luís penetrated Real’s disjointed defense and set up a beautiful assist for Griezmann, who rocketed in the game’s only goal.Madrid was threatened again in the 66th minute when Juanfran spun his way into the box and left a golden opportunity for Atlético to score. Again, Navas had to come out to take away the ball from Saúl Ñiguez as Real’s defense looked lost and confused.With the loss, Madrid remains farther away from the top spot in La Liga, where rival Barcelona has a controlling, nine-point lead. On the other side, Atlético Madrid’s win has increased its hold on second place with a four-point cushion over Real.Even with Navas’ absurd play, constant rumors continue to pour out of Spain that eccentric owner Florentino Pérez still intends to trade Navas for Manchester United keeper and Spain-native David De Gea. The club tried to make the trade in August during the last transfer window, but came minutes short of faxing in the paperwork.The 29-year-old Navas has responded by turning in one of the best campaigns of any goalkeeper on the planet this season, breaking multiple club and world records in the process. He was named as one of the top five goalkeepers in the world by a players-only poll taken by FIFA and named as the 67th best football player by The Guardian. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Singapore Airlines delivers first class on Sydney evening flight

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