first_imgNova Scotians benefitted from of about 475 kilometres of newly paved roads during the 2008 construction season. The paving was part of $374.7 million invested in the fiscal year 2008-09 for paving and road construction, building and repairing bridges, and filling potholes. The total represents a 15 per cent increase over last year. Nova Scotia recently ranked second in Canada for having the best transportation infrastructure in the country, in a study conducted by the Fraser Institute. The two categories of transportation performance in the study were passenger and freight transportation. Nova Scotia ranked first in air passenger transportation, and in highway transportation. “We’re acting on an aggressive plan for improving Nova Scotia roads by 2020, almost quadrupling our capital budget for roads and bridges over the last 10 years,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We are very pleased to be recognized in this latest study for our work.” The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is on track to meet its four-year plan to pave 2,000 kilometres of roads across the province. As part of the department’s commitment to improving Nova Scotia roads, more than $100 million is expected to be invested over the next few years in twinning Highway 104 and constructing a new section of highway near Antigonish. To date, nearly $66 million has also been invested in twinning and upgrading Highway 101. “I’d like to thank all of the dedicated department staff and contractors around the province for the fine work they continue to do, and commend them for their hard work and dedication to a very important job,” said Mr. Scott. This year, the province also took steps to improve work zone safety by doubling fines and assigning demerit points to drivers’ records for speeding in work zones. The fines, including court costs, range from $337 for a first offence to $2,407 for a third offence. This year’s total annual budget including highway spending and winter maintenance is $423.3 million. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians who want to learn more about reducing bullying in their schools and communities can now register for Speak Up!, the province’s anti-bullying leadership conference. It is being held Aug. 16-17 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. “This conference will be an excellent opportunity for families, youth, community organizations and educators to learn from youth and adult experts, share experiences, and come together to address bullying,” said Marilyn More, lead Minister for the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. “We want to provide young people and those who support them with the knowledge and tools they need to help create safer communities.” There is no registration fee for the conference, but pre-registration is required. Youth, ages 12 and up, parents and guardians, community organizations, and educators can register online or by phone. Entertainment on Friday night will also be free. “I’m very excited to attend the conference. I think this is going to be a fun, interactive learning experience for youth and adults,” said Chantel O’Brien, youth member of the conference’s steering committee and member of the Youth Advisory Council. “I hope that students, families, educators and community members will take advantage of the opportunities available at the conference and sign up now.” The keynote speaker will be Parry Aftab, one of the world’s leading experts on cyber-crime, Internet privacy and cyber-abuse issues. Ms. Aftab is an author, lawyer, and an advisor to MTV, Disney, Microsoft, Facebook and others. She runs the world’s largest cybersafety charity, WiredSafety, and created StopCyberbullying.org, the most popular cyberbullying prevention website. Workshop topics will include the province’s new CyberScan legislation, improving communication between youth and adults, youth mental health, becoming a better ally to LGBTI and at risk youth, cyber-safety, positive aspects of social media, hypersexualization of youth, alcohol, drugs and risky behaviours, expressing feelings through creative arts and more. For more information or to register please visit, http://antibullying.novascotia.ca/speakupconference or call 902-422-1886 or toll free 1-877-731-1333.last_img read more

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first_imgTake Our Poll“Today, ‘Redmen’ is widely acknowledged as an offensive term for Indigenous peoples, as evidenced by major English dictionaries,” Fortier said. “While this derogatory meaning of the word does not reflect the beliefs of generations of McGill athletes who have proudly competed wearing the university’s colours, we cannot ignore this contemporary understanding.”She said the name “is not one the university would choose today, and it is not one that McGill should carry forward.”Her decision comes after the release of a working group report in December that revealed deep divisions between students and alumni who defend the nearly century-old name and those who found it offensive.One unnamed Indigenous student was quoted saying that seeing Redmen jerseys in the gym “felt like a dagger” and that being called a “Redman” made him sick, while another told the group she didn’t feel accepted in the university and “felt like a ghost.”On the other side was a group of alumni who reported feeling such strong attachment to the Redmen name that they said they would never again donate to McGill, would discourage their children from applying to the school and would “consider McGill dead to (them),” if the name were dropped.“I have learned about the true depths of the pain caused by the Redmen name,” Fortier said. “I have heard from Indigenous students at McGill who feel alienated by the name. They feel disrespected and unconsidered. They feel conflicted over their rightful pride in being Indigenous people, and their pride in being McGill students.”The Indigenous student who led the fight against the Redmen name said he was “ecstatic” at Friday’s news.“I had expected the name change,” Tomas Jirousek said in an interview from Prague. “I think if the principal had been actually listening to Indigenous community members and students, I think it was the only possible option after, as she said in her email, ‘the depth of pain’ we feel as Indigenous students at the Redmen name.”The third-year political science and economics student is a member of McGill’s rowing team from the Kainai Nation in southern Alberta. He was one of the leaders of a campaign that saw 79 per cent of students vote to abandon the Redmen name in a referendum last November.“Walking through McGill Athletics facilities, it can feel incredibly isolating, it can be insulting to see a slur like the Redmen printed on jerseys and printed on shirts and to see people proudly wearing this slur,” said Jirousek. “It can make you feel as you don’t belong in the space.”Jirousek, who said his rowing teammates were supportive of his opposition to the Redmen name, expects some backlash to the decision.“Reconciliation, I think, will merit these type of difficult moments, these moments of critical self-reflection that will have plenty of people uncomfortable with the necessary steps we need to take in order to address the grievances of the past,” he said.Fortier said a committee will be formed to choose a new name in time for the 2020-21 season. For 2019-20, the men’s varsity teams will be known simply as the McGill teams, she said. The women’s teams are called the Martlets.Fabrice Labeau, the interim deputy provost who will lead the name search, said the university wants a unifying name that everyone will be happy to cheer for.“This is a decision we’ve taken, there’s no question of going back,” he said. “Everyone in our community will understand the reason for this change, even if they don’t agree with it right away.The Redmen name, originally written as Red Men, dates back to the 1920s. The school has said it was a tribute to the team’s red uniforms and possibly a nod to university founder James McGill’s Celtic origins.As part of the name change, McGill Athletics said signs, banners, flags and branded merchandise with the Redmen name will be removed from campus by next fall. But as teams compete under a new name, the former name will remain in the McGill Sports Hall of Fame and on items of historical significance such as plaques, trophies and championship photos.“We need to be aware of the damage that has been done by the Redmen name, so I don’t believe in getting rid of these artifacts,” Jirousek said. “I think they should be preserved in a way that we can learn from the sins of our past.” McGill University is dropping the Redmen name for its men’s varsity sports teams, effective immediately, the university announced Friday.Principal Suzanne Fortier said in a statement that the Redmen name has caused pain and alienation for Indigenous students at the university.Even though the name was not initially adopted as a reference to Indigenous peoples, that association was made in the 1950s when men’s and women’s teams came to be nicknamed the “Indians” and “Squaws.” Some teams later adopted a logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress. McGill will be dropping the Redmen name, should the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins do the same?No, the names should stay the same.Yes, it should have happened a while ago.VoteView Resultslast_img read more

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the issuance of a special gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an essential service, the President’s office saidAccordingly a gazette will be issued with effect from midnight today under the Public Security Act Clause NO 16 declaring garbage disposal by any authority of the Public Administration is an essential service. This covers garbage disposal, garbage separation, transportation and storage. Any person contravening the order and disturb any of the above activities will be liable for arrest, prosecution and punishable under the law. read more

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Noting that they had adopted the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approved at a UN summit in 2000, 45 ministers of Water and the Environment said in their final document that they would also “incorporate the safe drinking water and sanitation targets as priorities in national development plans and budgets until the goals of safe drinking water and sanitation for all are achieved” in 2025.The Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water (PANAFCON), attended by about 1,000 participants, was hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was organized by the African Ministers Council on Water, several UN agencies making up UN-Water/Africa, the African Development Bank, the ECA and key development partners. To kick off their programs, the ministers said they would establish National Task Forces on Water and Sanitation next year to prepare long-term policies, negotiate for assistance with a project portfolio and use their commitments to develop an African position for the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12) next April.They would try to increase agricultural production, for which adequate water is key, by using innovative technologies for integrated agricultural water use, “including, pro-poor, gender-sensitive, small-scale irrigation” and proven water saving and storage techniques.Meanwhile, “too many preventable diseases and deaths and economic losses are caused by floods, droughts, pollution and other water-related hazards,” the ministers said.”Droughts, floods and storms are becoming more common and severe in Africa. The human and environmental costs of weather, climate and water-related disasters have increased dramatically over the past 40 years.”To meet these challenges, they pledged to increase funding to African hydrological and meteorological networks. read more

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All possible steps to monitor and contain the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus in China are being taken by local authorities, the United Nations health agency today announced, while confirming that seven people across the Asian country had already succumbed to the disease. Speaking at a news briefing at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Gregory Härtl, a WHO spokesperson, told journalists that the UN had received notification from local officials of 24 confirmed cases of the H7N9 virus spread across four provinces but that as of yet there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Mr. Härtl added that of the 24 cases, 21 had ended in severe illness or death.According to reports, the first documented case of this recent spell of infections was a 59-year-old male resident of Shanghai, who became ill on 25 March 2013, with numerous cases discovered shortly thereafter. Some of the confirmed cases had contact with animals, such as pigeons from a market in Shanghai where traces of the virus were found. It is, however, not yet known how persons became infected. The possibility of both animal-to-human transmission and person-to-person transmission were being investigated, the WHO reported. Most patients with this infection have had severe pneumonia, including symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, but other aspects of the H7N9 virus are still largely unknown and the full spectrum of symptoms that infection with H7N9 might cause is still limited. Due to the extent of the unknowns, Mr. Härtl urged residents of affected areas to refrain from consuming dead and diseased animals and reminded them that chicken should be thoroughly cooked before eating and that agricultural workers should practice good hygiene on farms. In addition, he advised people to avoid diseased-looking birds as well as persons feeling “severely unwell.” Responding to questions from reporters, Mr. Härtl stated that the UN agency had not yet decided whether to send WHO staff to China and that Chinese authorities had been re-examining their influenza monitoring procedures and were shuttering live markets in Shanghai where the disease was first discovered. “Based on the current knowledge, everything possible is being done,” continued Mr. Härtl. He added that a suitable vaccine was being developed and would be completed in “a matter of weeks, not months.” read more

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first_img EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #NOT APOLOGISING: The UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has said she “did not intend to cause offence” with her comments yesterday about the Troubles, as calls for her resignation continue to grow.2. #OPINION POLL: The latest opinion poll is a blow for Fine Gael, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest level during his leadership.3. #GUIDELINES: The advertising watchdog has said that any claims Irish influencers make while promoting “wellness” products must be backed up by evidence.4. #JOBPATH: Some jobseekers have been referred to JobPath for a third time – having already completed the scheme. The opposition has told the government it’s a “ridiculous situation” and a waste of taxpayers’ money.5. #ESRI: Ireland’s minimum wage is more than €2 less than appropriate living wage recommend in an EU report, according to new research.6. #NOT EASY READING: A national organisation that promotes reading for children is warning that government budget cuts have gutted school libraries, leaving many students across Ireland without books to read.7. #STRAINED TIES: Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has taken the US government to court over a law that bars federal agencies from using its products.8. #JAIR: The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is under fire after he tweeted a video of a man urinating at the Rio carnival. The president argued that he was showcasing the moral degeneracy in the country.9. #MASSERENE: An appeal has been made for information on the 10th anniversary of the killing of two soldiers in Co Antrim.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. No Comments Mar 7th 2019, 7:45 AM Image: Shutterstock/Lamai Prasitsuwan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/4528042 Share1 Tweet Email center_img Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s the news as you start your day. Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 7:45 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Lamai Prasitsuwan 9,053 Views last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Super Mario Run Comes to Android This WeekSuper Mario Run Jumps to Android in March Speaking with Japan’s Nikkei, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run did not meet the company’s expectations. Though profitable, it didn’t hit its sales targets.There are a number of reasons why only five percent of Super Mario Run‘s users purchased the full game. The main one was its steep pricewall. Users can play three levels for free. If they want to unlock the rest of the levels, they have to fork over $10. Given how most mobile games rarely cost more than $5, $10 no doubt discourage many from purchasing the full thing.Super Mario Run‘s online requirements also hurt it. Users had to be connected to the internet in order to play. Though certain modes in the game require an online connection to work, most of the game is single player. It was difficult to play the game anywhere that didn’t have a WiFi connection, making it decidedly less mobile friendly.Despite Super Mario Run not meeting sales expectations, Nintendo plans to continue that game’s pay model for future releases. Unlike Super Mario Run, the recently released Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play game, albeit with microtransactions. According to Kimishima, this game was a one-off. That means any upcoming mobile Nintendo games will likely cost $10.Super Mario Run was released on Android devices this week. It features new levels that users can play for free. The game will no doubt generate a good amount of profit for Nintendo, though it likely won’t help the game met its original sales figures. After all, Android users know exactly what to expect from the game and may choose to pass on it.The next Nintendo mobile title will be Animal Crossing. We don’t know much about the game or its price, but we’ll hopefully find out more later this year.last_img read more

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first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Skyscraper any good?It’s serviceable.What’s it about?It’s about 90 minutes long, maybe longer with trailers.Ha ha. Wait – 90 minutes? Aren’t action movies longer than that these days?Yeah, not a lot of fat on this one – which, for a change, is actually kind of a problem. First movie like this I’ve seen in awhile that feels like it could’ve stood to gain weight.How so?Well, the skyscraper in the movie isn’t just a building. It’s a new “tallest building ever” with a supposedly unique structure, it’s own wind turbines, basically an entire vertical city inside (including a whole park with trees and a waterfall!) and a bunch of top-secret virtual-reality “stuff” on the super-secure top floors and a whole bunch of special security systems keeping it all running. So you’d expect in most movies a big chunk of Act 1 being scenes taking us through all this, so we get a sense of where everything is in relation to everything else when for when the action gets going.But they don’t do that?They do not. It pretty much jumps right from a few “Wow, that’s a nifty building!” establishing shots and a two-sequence walkthrough of a weird V.R. thing they need to explain for the finale and then it’s time for all hell to break loose. Not a lot of time to get situated or have a real sense of space.Got it. So… what’s the story?Die Hard, but on fire.Okay, enough with the jokes…Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a one-legged ex-FBI hardass turned security-expert consulting on an ultra high tech “tallest building ever” skyscraper in Hong Kong that finds itself under attack by heavily-armed mercenaries for not-immediately-clear reasons whose plan involves setting fire to the middle-floors to disable the fire-control systems for… other reasons. This in turn traps Johnson’s wife and two children in what was supposed to be a deserted residential floor, meaning he has to figure out a way to climb the building, get back inside, rescue them, figure out what the bad guys want and stop them all while evading an attempt to frame HIM for the whole scheme.Wait – if the bad guys are already covering their attack/robbery/whatever with a fire, why are they framing someone? Isn’t that more suspicious and attention-drawing?Because if the authorities weren’t held back by suspicions of the guy who’s also the one man in a position to save the day. It would be harder to still depict the Chinese police, military, and government authorities as hyper-competent, ruthlessly-efficient stalwarts of effective justice. It’s the Die Hard “every authority figure but McClane sucks at their job” thing ain’t going to fly in current Chinese co-productions.” So they are wholly capable of handling the situation but… don’t, so that the visiting Western megastar can still be the hero.Ah. So this is like that second Pacific Rim where the fact that they even shot this in English and bothered opening it wide in the States is almost kind of a courtesy?Certainly seems that way.How are the actors?Fine, I guess? It’s mainly coasting on Johnson’s seemingly-bottomless reserves of charisma and screen-presence. It has the occasional infusion of “Wow, she’s usually in better things than this!” class from Campbell. And the icy gravitas (and “hometown” star-power) from Singaporean superstar Chin Han and some occasional left-field Bond Girl-style sex-appeal courtesy Taiwanese star Hannah Quinlivan. But it seems she’s slipped in from a different, more interesting movie as a henchwoman who ends up overshadowing a fairly dull main bad guy (her scenes all feel like a more “traditional” home-grown Hong Kong actioner, all slick posing and absurdly casual mass-murder of police/guard/worker extras.Any standout sequences?A few. The two big “The Rock has to figure out how to climb a building without climbing gear” scenes are both pretty great. And there’s a big bit once the family is reunited where they have to work together to get out of a jam that’s ridiculous but interestingly-staged enough that I started to wonder why that wasn’t the whole movie instead of just doing Die Hard again. A lot of the rest is pretty forgettable, though I did like the meta-gag of having a huge crowd watching the whole thing below in the street to encourage the movie-audience when and how to react.But do you recommend it?I mean… I don’t “not” recommend it? Like a lot of Johnson’s second-tier vehicles, it feels a little bit like something that’s supposed to look like a “grown-up” movie, but the target audience is really closer to 8 year-olds. It’s not a chore, but maybe don’t go full price.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgVATICAN CITY — President Barack Obama and the Vatican gave distinctly different accounts of the president’s audience with Pope Francis on Thursday, with Obama stressing their common ground on poverty and inequality but Vatican officials emphasizing sharp differences over Obama’s health care law which mandates contraception coverage.Obama described himself as “incredibly moved” by his nearly hour-long session with the popular pontiff. He said the two spent the most time discussing the plight of the poor and the marginalized as well as regions of conflict and the elusive nature of peace around the world.The Vatican, in a statement shortly after the meeting, said discussions centered on questions of particular relevance for the church in the U.S., “such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Obama and the church.Contraception coverage and religious freedom have been central to the church’s objections to Obama’s health care law, which is facing a challenge on those grounds before the Supreme Court.But Obama said those discussions took place with the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, not with Francis. “We actually didn’t talk a whole lot about social schisms in my conversations with His Holiness,” he added. “In fact, that really was not a topic of conversation.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe two candidates vying to represent the people of the 17th Legislative District — incumbent Monica Stonier and former Clark County GOP Chairwoman Lynda Wilson — don’t have to worry about losing in the primary, but their war chests are already growing at a pace that will put them on course to have one of the most expensive local legislative races. Combined, the two have raised about $182,330. Stonier has brought in more than $100,000, including in-kind donations. Wilson is not far behind, pulling in about $78,900 so far. The entire 98-member state House is up for re-election this year, and the 17th District is being targeted by Democrats, who want to maintain their control of the House, and Republicans hoping to pick up seats. “It’s a race many are interested in across the state,” Wilson said. Both candidates are bracing themselves for what could be a close race. Stonier said her campaign “came out of the gate focused,” in anticipation of a heated race. During the 2012 election, Democrat Stonier won her seat by a mere 140 votes. The same year, Republican Don Benton won his Senate seat in the same district by 76 votes over his Democratic opponent, Tim Probst. Because Stonier and Wilson have yet to engage publicly, their campaign narrative at this point is shaped by where their money is coming from.last_img read more

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first_imgHarper’s Bazaar appointed Brian Garnock associate publisher of advertising. Most recently, Garnock served as vice president of advertising at the New York Times.Meredith’s Fitness announced the addition of three new editors: Lisa Haney was named senior fitness editor, Jenna Autouri was appointed fitness editor, and April Franzino was named associated beauty editor.Advanstar Communications appointed Steve Sturm chief marketing officer. Sturm previously served as group vice president of Americas Strategic Research and Planning.Fader Media named Thomas Kay creative director. Previously, Kay headed New York magazine’s Intelligencer section.Brian Hoffman was named executive vice president and chief creative officer of Hoffman Media. Most recently he served as the company’s vice president of brand management.Niche Media founder and CEO Jason Binn was appointed chief advisor to Kevin Ryan, chairman of online fashion and travel retailer the Gilt Groupe. In this role, Binn will lend support to the company’s “continued efforts to nurture and develop relationships with the world’s most prestigious brands.”Financial services publisher SourceMedia named Jim Moore managing director of research and data, heading the company’s new syndicated research and data business. Previously, Moore served as chairman and CEO of Highline Financial.Amy DiTullio was named site director at HarpersBazaar.com. Most recently, DiTullio served as online managing editor at Women’s Wear Daily.Hearst’s Redbook announced a number of additions to its editorial team: Jennifer Tung was named deputy editor, Katherine Van Itallie was named art director, Jihan Thompson was appointed articles editor and Erin Hobday was named health director. Brandon Holley is returning to print magazines. After a stint as editor-in-chief and business lead of Yahoo! Shine, Condé Nast has named her editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine, replacing Kim France. From 2005 to 2007 Holley served as editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s Jane, and launched ELLEgirl in 2001.Several editorial hires have been made at O, the Oprah Magazine: Lauren Kern was appointed executive editor, Michelle Shih was named director of digital editions and lifestyle, Raha Naddaf was named senior editor and Adam Bell was appointed managing editor.Hearst announced a pair of personnel changes at the U.S. edition of Marie Claire: Alison Edmond was named fashion editor-at-large and Elise Nersesian-Solé as articles editor.last_img read more

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Imax Closes New York VR Center Forecasts No New VR Investments for

first_imgWhen it was opened in June of 2017, Imax CEO Richard Gelfond painted it as the first step of a much more ambitious roll-out. “We are excited to kick off our multiplex strategy by launching our first pilot location within a multiplex with AMC,” he said at the time, hinting at plans to launch additional theater outposts.Imax had plans to launch a total of 10 VR centers in multiple countries by the end of that year. “If successful, the intent is to roll out the concept globally to select multiplexes as well as commercial locations such as shopping centers and tourist destinations,” the company said in a press release at the time.However, this year, Imax has been striking a decidedly different tone. The company closed a separate New York location in June, and shut down its Shanghai VR center in early July.  “The consumer reaction was extremely positive, but the numbers just weren’t there,”  Gelfond said during an earnings call earlier this year.After the Kips Bay closure, Imax is operating just 4 remaining VR centers, and executives made it clear to investors this week that they had no plans to ramp up that number with additional investments. “We’re not looking for new business projects,” said Imax CFO Patrick McClymont during Thursday’s earnings call. “We’re keenly focused on the core business. And that will be approach for next year as well.”Company executives also attributed cost savings to the company’s “continued scale-back” of VR and other new business initiatives. This also includes the shuttering of another VR-related project: A cooperation with Google to build a high-end camera for cinematic VR capture was cancelled late last year, as Variety was first to report in August. Imax continues to scale down its virtual reality (VR) ambitions: The company closed its New York-based VR Center in recent days, bringing the total number of such closures up to 3. Separately, executives promised investors on the company’s Q3 earnings call that they wouldn’t spend any additional money on such projects in 2019.The closure of the Imax VR Center at AMC Kips Bay was confirmed by a spokesperson Friday morning, who sent Variety the following statement:“With the launch of the IMAX VR pilot program our intention was to test a variety of different concepts and locations to determine which approaches work well. After a trial period with VR centres in multiplexes, we have decided to conclude the AMC Kips Bay 15 IMAX VR pilot run.”The now-closed VR center was housed in the lobby of the AMC Kips Bay multiplex in New York. It consisted of 12 VR pods, which offered access to a variety of VR games and experiences. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Voez made some waves earlier this year as the first Nintendo Switch game that couldn’t actually take advantage of the system’s trademark switching feature. A port of a mobile rhythm game, Voez is controlled entirely using the tablet’s multitouch screen and cannot be played on a TV. I don’t think this is a bad thing. Nintendo should let all kinds of games onto the Switch and not force them to follow certain rules. But this does make Voez unique among Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda, and after playing it, limits or not, it’s also pretty chill.As far as rhythm games go, Voez is pretty straight forward. Note icons drop down different lanes and players must tap them on beat. Different icons require different gestures like tapping or swiping or holding, like a simpler Elite Beat Agents. Holding the Switch just as a tablet, with the Joy-Con detached to give your thumbs more room to reach, initially feels strange but quickly becomes comfortable.AdChoices广告What gives Voez its unique identity is its strong sense of AESTHETICS. Everything is clean and sleek and peaceful and chill. Digital but warm. There’s a loose story mode made up of diary pages about anime musicians going to the beach or something and that’s totally the game’s vibe. As you play, the lanes themselves pulse and shift around, adding more challenge but also making the game that much more hypnotic and synesthetic. Just groove, bro. I didn’t want to take off the [[REDACTED]] headphones I used to test the game’s high sound quality.As an audio-visual experience Voez encourages you to get lost in it, to just keep playing one more song. Fortunately, there are enough songs to keep you entranced for quite some time. There are over 150 tracks, with new ones recently being added for free. But these aren’t the Top 40 hits you’ll find in Rock Band. Voez is chock full of the Asian dance music, electronic bangers, wistful anime theme songs, and other weird club kid tunes that made me nostalgic for Dance Dance Revolution.These genres might not be everyone’s favorites but I enjoyed the discovery that came from matching the rhythm of an unfamiliar song. It’s different from just playing along with a track you’ve been singing to yourself for years. Multiple difficulty modes also extend the game’s life.As a mobile game Voez was free but on Switch it costs $25. However, this is a good thing. That $25 dollars gets you all the songs in the game as well as future tracks. You don’t have to put up with any free-to-play shenanigans. This is absolutely the right way to port mobile games to consoles and honestly I would prefer to buy my mobile games this way as well, even if the market disagrees.At the end of the day Voez’s mobile game roots are clear. It’s a low-impact neat little time-waster with style to spare. But I think it’s cool a game like this can live alongside a 100-hour gorgeous epic like Zelda. The Switch should break down these arbitrary walls between handheld- and console-class games. They’re all video games, let’s just play!Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Stay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

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Singleatom nanozymes

first_imgBased on the in vitro experimental outcomes, the scientists next conducted in vivo antibacterial studies using the new nanozymes. For this, they used a wound infection model of mice to understand the antibacterial efficacy of FeN5 SA/CNF. After 4-days of infecting a wound site with E. coli followed by nanozyme therapy, Huang et al. observed the clear remission of ulceration and accelerated wound healing in the treatment group. The scientists verified the in vivo healing process using histopathology studies of the wounded tissue stained with hematoxylin and eosin. The results showed that keratinocytes migrated to the wound site from the normal tissue, to thicken the epidermis after treatment, confirming a highly biocompatible bacterial nanozyme. As before, Huang et al. credited the results to the architecture of atomically dispersed FeN5 sites, as actual active centers in these catalysts. To determine the precise origin of the enhanced oxidase-like activity of the FeN5 SA/CNF using theoretical calculations, Huang et al. performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations. For this, they used the oxygen molecular reduction process of single-atom metal sites, with TMB molecules as the reducing agent in acidic conditions. The scientists showed that compared with the starting square planar FeN4 SA/CNF, the axial-coordinated N atom used to form FeN5 SA/CNF provided a strong push effect in the nanozymes architecture; to activate the oxygen molecule and cleave the O-O bond. This process promoted the oxidative capacity of the single atom nanozymes, to acquire acidic hydrogens from substrates such as TMB, while oxidizing them. Thereby, based on the DFT calculations, Huang et al. unmistakably credited the origin of the superior oxidase-like activity to the central metal atom and the steric configurations of single-atom nanozymes. In this way. Huang and colleagues reported the discovery of a new class of single-atom nanozymes with atomically dispersed enzyme-like active sites in nanomaterials. The new nanozymes showed significantly superior catalytic performance compared with conventional nanozymes in the lab. The observations resulted in uncovering their underlying mechanism during the study, using oxidase catalysis as a model reaction. Using both experimental studies and theoretical calculations, the scientists revealed the electron-push effect mechanism crucial to endow FeN5 SA/CNF with the characteristically superior oxidase-like activity, compared to other nanozymes. This led to efficient bactericidal investigations and wound disinfection in vitro and in vivo. The scientists present a new perspective to the catalytic mechanisms and rational design of nanozymes to exhibit great potential and predict the origin of a next-generation nanozyme. Nanozymes are catalytic nanomaterials with enzyme-like characteristics that have attracted enormous recent research interest. The catalytic nanomaterials offer unique advantages of low cost, high stability, tunable catalytic activity and ease of mass production and storage. These properties are highly desirable for a wide range of applications in biosensing, tissue engineering therapeutics and environmental protection. However, conventional nanozyme technologies face critical challenges relative to their size, composition and facet-dependent catalysis, in addition to inherently low active site density. TOP LEFT: Morphology of the Zn-MOF precursor. (A) SEM image and (B) TEM image of ZnMOF. (C, D) TEM images and (E, F) HRTEM images of FePc@Zn-MOF. TOP RIGHT: Structure of the Zn-MOF precursor. (A) XRD pattern of MnPc@Zn-MOF (I), FePc@Zn-MOF (II), CoPc@Zn-MOF (III), NiPc@Zn-MOF (IV), CuPc@Zn-MOF (V) and ZnMOF. Inset is the optical image of the corresponding MPc@Zn-MOF in ethanol solution (10 mg mL-1). (Photo Credit: Liang Huang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry) (B) Pore size distribution of FePc@Zn-MOF, and the inset of (B) is the corresponding N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms. BOTTOM: Morphology and structure of FeN5 SA/CNF. (A) SEM image, (B) TEM image, (C) STEM image, (D) HRTEM image, (E) XRD pattern and (F) TEM-EDS elemental mapping images of FeN5 SA/CNF. The porous structure in (D) is indicated by circles. The inset of (E) is corresponding SAED pattern. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5490. They used oxidase catalysis as a model reaction and completed theoretical calculations as well as experimental studies. The scientists identified the highest oxidase-like activity of FeN5 SA/CNF to result via the synergistic effect and electron donor mechanism. Of note, FeN5 SA/CNF showed more than 17-to-70 times higher oxidase-like activity compared to square planar FeN4 catalyst and the commercial Pt/C (platinum on carbon catalyst) with normalized metal content. The results explained the unexpected oxidase-like push effect of axial coordination in FeN5 SA/CNF and its significantly enhanced catalytic activity, compared to the conventional nanozymes. To synthesize the FeN5 SA/CNF, Huang et al. first designed a host-guest structure of metal-organic framework (MOF)-encapsulated iron phthalocyanine (FePc: FePc@Zn-MOF). This structure could host diverse metals to replace iron phthalocyanine (FePc) in later experiments as MPc where M ranged from manganese (MnPc), nickel (NiPc), copper (CuPc) to cobalt (CoPc) and pyrolyzed the precursor at 9000C under nitrogen gas to obtain the single atom nanozymes. The scientists had previously demonstrated that square planar FeN4 sites would be retained during iron porphyrin and FePc (iron phthalocyanine) calcination reactions but in the absence of support, the monodispersed sites agglomerated into nanoparticles. In the present synthetic process therefore, the scientists isolated the FeN4 sites confined in the carbon nanoframes and coordinated them with the pyridinic nitrogen (N) substrate to generate the more thermodynamic and stable FeN5/C sites. Morphological changes in bacteria. Brightfield images, Fluorescence images, overlap images and SEM images of E. coli and S. aureus bacteria treated or untreated with FeN5 SA/CNF. The scale bars are 40 μm for fluorescence images and 2 μm for SEM images. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5490 In the present work, Huang and co-workers aimed to resolve these issues by discovering a new class of single-atom nanozymes incorporating state-of-the-art single-atom technology to engineer inherent enzyme-like active sites. The scientists showed that the atomically dispersed metal centers maximized the efficiency and density of active sites in the new nanozymes architecture. They used the well-defined coordination structure to provide a clear experimental model during investigations of its working mechanism. Huang et al. reported an effective and general method to synthesize the highly active single-atom nanozymes by mimicking the spatial structures of active centers in natural enzymes. Synthetic scheme and morphology characterization of FeN5SA/CNF. (A) Schematic formation process of carbon nanoframe–confined atomically dispersed Fe sites with axial five-N coordination to mimic the active center of cytocrome P450. (B and C) TEM images and (D) high-angle annular dark-field STEM (HAADF-STEM) image of FeN5 SA/CNF. (E and F) Magnified HAADF-STEM images of FeN5 SA/CNF showing the dominant metal single atom. (G) EELS mapping images of FeN5 SA/CNF of the selected region in (D). Scale bars, 1 μm and 100, 100, 5, 2, and 50 nm (B to G, respectively). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5490. Theoretical investigation of oxidase-like activity over FeN5SA/CNF. (A) Proposed reaction pathways of O2 reduction to H2O with optimized adsorption configurations on FeN5 SA/CNF. The gray, blue, purple, red, and white balls represent the C, N, Fe, O, and H atoms, respectively. (B) Free energy diagram for oxygen reduction reaction on single-atom enzyme mimics with TMB as reductant in an acidic medium. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5490 , Nature Protocols The results showed the intense catalytic activity of FeN5 SA/CNF during reduction of oxygen and the scientists credited the oxidation rate of TMB to the concentration of oxygen. Huang et al. then comparatively studied the oxidase-like activities of FeN5 SA/CNF vs. MN5 SA/CNF where they replaced M with different metals of Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu. They showed the catalytic rate of FeN5 SA/CNF to be the highest (17 orders higher than FeN4 SA/CNF) via distinct color changes across time. When Huang et al. compared the enzymatic activity with conventional enzymes used previously, they observed that FeN5 SA/CNF maintained comparatively far superior oxidase-like activity. Of note, the catalytic rate of the new nanozymes were 70 times greater than the commercial Pt/C. Based on the experimental results, the scientists validated that mechanistically the central metal atom and axial five-N-coordinated structure were important for the superior oxidase-like activities of single-atom nanozymes. As a practical application of high-oxidation catalytic activity, the single-atom nanozymes of FeN5 SA/CNF could generate reactive oxygen species during the catalytic reduction of oxygen, which can impair the membrane of bacteria for effective antibacterial actions. To assess antibacterial activity, Huang et al. conducted in vitro experiments and detected the survival rates of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus cells on exposure to the nanozymes. On comparison with a control group, the scientists observed markedly reduced bacterial survival rates; substantiating high oxidase-like activities of FeN5 SA/CNF for significant antibacterial activity. Citation: Single-atom nanozymes (2019, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-single-atom-nanozymes.html Now writing in Science Advances, Liang Huang and co-workers at the departments of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Physics in China detail the discovery of a new class of single-atom enzymes with atomically dispersed enzyme-like active sites in nanomaterials. The sites significantly enhanced the catalytic performance of the single atom nanozymes and the scientists uncovered their underlying mechanism using oxidase catalysis as a model experimental reaction alongside theoretical calculations. They revealed the catalytic activities and behavior of single-atom nanozymes containing a carbon nanoframe (single atom/carbon nanoframe: SA/CNF) and confined FeN5 active centers (FeN5 SA/CNF) to mimic the natural axial ligand-coordinated heme of cytochrome P450 for versatile antibacterial applications. The results suggest that the single-atom nanozymes have great potential to become the next-generation nanozymes for applications in nanobiotechnology. Since discovering the peroxidase-like activity of ferromagnetic nanoparticles in 2007, scientists have engineered various nanozymes using materials such as metal oxides, noble metals, carbon materials and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). However, two contemporary challenges remain in nanozyme technologies, where (1) the low density active sites showed lower catalytic activity compared with natural enzymes, and (2) the inhomogeneous elemental composition could complicate catalytic mechanisms. Due to these bottlenecks, scientists have found it challenging to discover the precise sites and origin of enzymatic activity, restricting extensive applications of conventional nanozymes. Oxidase-like activity of FeN5SA/CNF. (A) Schematic illustration of oxidase-like characteristics of FeN5 SA/CNF–catalyzed TMB oxidation. (B) Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra of FeN5 SA/CNF in O2-saturated, air-saturated, and N2-saturated sodium acetate–acetic acid buffer. (C) The durability of FeN5 SA/CNF treated with acid (alkali) for 21 hours. (D) Time-dependent absorbance changes at 652 nm, (E) histogram of V0, and (F) typical Michaelis-Menten curves in the presence of FeN5 SA/CNF (i), MnN5 SA/CNF (ii), CoN5 SA/CNF (iii), FeN4 SA/CNF (iv), NiN5 SA/CNF (v), and CuN5 SA/CNF (vi) in air-saturated sodium acetate–acetic acid buffer. The inset of (E) is an optical image of the TMB solution catalyzed by corresponding catalysts. Photo credit: Liang Huang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5490 More information: Lizeng Gao et al. Intrinsic peroxidase-like activity of ferromagnetic nanoparticles, Nature Nanotechnology (2007). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2007.260 Bing Jiang et al. Standardized assays for determining the catalytic activity and kinetics of peroxidase-like nanozymes, Nature Protocols (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41596-018-0001-1 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Science Advances , Nature Nanotechnology Scientists discover a new class of single-atom nanozymes The scientists then characterized the morphology and structure of FeN5 SA/CNF using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to reveal the fusiform FePc@Zn-MOF as a dominant product with uniform morphology. They observed that the hollow cavities and porous shells endowed the substrate with high specific surface areas and abundant hierarchical nanopores. The X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) indicated that the crystal structure of Zn-MOF did not undergo significant changes after encapsulating FePc in situ, while the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum of FePc@Zn-MOF verified successful encapsulation of FePc. Then by using electron energy-loss spectroscopy mapping, the scientists showed that the Fe and N atoms were homogenously distributed throughout the whole-domain, indicating the generation of Fe-N sites in 3-D matrices. Huang et al. analyzed the atomic structure of FeN5 SA/CNF to show that the coordination number of the Fe atom was nearly five – to confirm the formation of five Fe-N5 moieties. To understand the structure underlying the catalytic mechanisms, the scientists also used Mössbauer spectroscopy (used to determine the oxidation state of iron) and investigated the electron structure and iron (Fe) coordination. They then determined the oxidase-like activities of FeN5 SA/CNF using colorimetric assays and used the oxidation of TMB (3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine) as a model catalytic reaction to understand the interaction of oxygen molecules with FeN5 SA/CNF in various environments. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. 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Rusty comes alive once again

first_imgSo many of us have either grown up reading Ruskin Bond, or have made our children read him. Just as famous was Laxman’s Swami, Bond’s Rusty  has also touched and inspired many hearts. But just as reading habits are diminishing, one must not stay away from the joy of being associated with the ever smiling author’s stories. Doordarshan just made it easier by launching Ek tha Rusty – III .The series would take the viewers to the wonderful meadows of Mussoorie being walked by the handsome 33 year old Uday (Rusty). The stories stem directly from the stories by Bond. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mostly picked up from the book Maharani, Shubhadarshini Singh, the director and producer of the series, says she has adapted the story to fit the character of a 30 year old Rusty but has kept the plot similar to the original stories.  The country has already seen the younger version of Rusty. But this time, the show has a new punch to itself. ‘The serial is no longer for kids. It is for everyone. It has all the elements of love, betrayal, murder and mystery. Earlier it was age specific but now it is for everyone. It has been extremely difficult in managing the revenue for the production of the show,’ says the director. She spoke of how Ruskin Bond helped her by being a constant encouragement. Also, you should look out for Bond’s granddaughter! One can also see many animals starring in the series. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAll thanks to the author’s and director’s love for them. So much so, you will get to see Singh’s dogs playing many roles in the show! What a delight it must be… We all miss Swami. Don’t we? Tripurari Sharan, director general, Doordarshan said that they do broadcast the older Malgudi Days, but can’t promise if a newer version would come out soon. However, he mentioned the launch of a new channel only for kids. We are looking forward to it. Who isn’t tired of Doraemon and Shin Chan?last_img read more

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Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics DoorOpening Robot

first_imgHey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the company just dropped a new video starring the canine contraption. In this week’s episode, a human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop the robot from opening the door, including tugging on the machine, which struggles in an … unsettling manner. But the ambush doesn’t work. The dogbot wins and gets through the door anyway.[embedded content]The most subtle detail here is also the most impressive: The robot is doing almost all of this autonomously, at least according to the video’s description. Boston Dynamics is a notoriously tight-lipped company, so just the few sentences it provided with this clip is a relative gold mine. That information describes how a human handler drove the bot up to the door, then commanded it to proceed. The rest you can see for yourself. As SpotMini grips the handle and the human tries to shut the door, it braces itself and tugs harder—all on its own. As the human grabs a tether on its back and pulls it back violently, the robot stammers and wobbles and breaks free—still, of its own algorithmic volition.The robot is able to correct for extreme forces, all the while handling a relatively precise task. Boston Dynamics is, as it says in the title of the video, “testing robustness.” That is, a robot’s ability to deal with our crap. It’s hard as hell to get a robot to not fall on its face, much less fight off a human and go about its business as if nothing happened.Now, we can’t be sure just how autonomous SpotMini is. A human could still be controlling it with a joystick from afar. But could a robot really do this all on its own? “I think it probably is, because actually teleoperating a robot to behave that way is pretty challenging,” says Noah Ready-Campbell, founder and CEO of Built Robotics. “It’s extremely impressive, no doubt.”If you’re looking for reassurance, though, consider that SpotMini’s autonomous capabilities are probably pretty limited. Humans are still good at human things like planning (driving the robot to the door), while machines are getting ever better at repetitive tasks (like opening doors). There are actually already plenty of robots working in concert with humans in the wild: Security robots, for instance, work as eyes and ears for human guards, and robots deliver food in hotels and hospitals. But in both those cases, a human is in the loop. Robots just aren’t ready to wander on their own, leading to the proliferation of call centers where robots in distress can get help from human teleoperators. Boston Dynamics was previously owned by Google, but then Japanese conglomerate SoftBank acquired both it and the robotics company Schaft. Where does Boston Dynamics sit in the field of robotics? To answer that, first you need to know what a robot is. So beyond opening doors and stabilizing itself, just how capable is SpotMini on its own? Could the robot do something like wander out of the building and find a particular room in another building? “I doubt that,” Ready-Campbell says. “The sheer variety of obstacles it would encounter like going up stairs, different shaped doors, all those kinds of things, it would probably break down.”When it comes to needling by hockey stick, though, Boston Dynamics seems to have things covered. In 2016 the company released a video in which a human used one to push around Atlas, the company’s famous humanoid robot. This did not suit everyone. Some called the human offender a jerk, and praised the poor robot as hard-working. So this time, Boston Dynamics made its intentions clear in its video’s description: “(Note: This testing does not irritate or harm the robot.)”How SpotMini might be used is unclear, but it’s worth noting that Boston Dynamics developed the robot’s older brother, BigDog, as a pack mule for the military. (Though the Marines rejected it because it was too noisy.) It’s also worth noting that it’s rare for the company to drop videos like this so close together, much less give so much information in the video’s description. Might it finally be getting ready to release a machine into the market?Time will tell. But before you freak out about robots breaking into your house, please keep in mind that robots are here to help humanity, no matter how much we attack them with hockey sticks. Maybe open doors for them, just to be safe.Good Dog Since then, it’s shown the world not only a door-opening dogbot, but a back-flipping Atlas humanoid.last_img read more

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