Regulations Help Child Care Centres Serve Healthy Food

first_img menus are based on food groups identified by Health Canada clean drinking water and food safety special dietary considerations can be met nutrition education is provided breast milk is labelled and stored consistently. New comprehensive regulations and standards for child care centres to ensure children get nutritious food were announced today, April 28, by Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. They also give the centres more support and flexibility in preparing healthy meals and snacks. “Nova Scotia’s new food and nutrition regulations for child care centres are part of our plan to make life better for families and improve health care for the next generation of Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “I know how hard it can be to put a healthy meal on the table that every child will enjoy. These regulations and the standards they include give more clarity and flexibility as well as tools and guidance to help child care centres give our children the best possible start in life.” The previous regulations required child care centres to have their menus approved by public health nutritionists, and have any subsequent changes approved as well. The new regulations allow centres to develop and change menus based on a clear set of standards for nutrition, and numerous tools and tips. “We all have a role in helping children grow up as healthy as possible,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Thanks to the vision of staff in child care centres, parents, public health nutritionists, and government representatives, these food and nutrition regulations are a step toward increasing healthy eating habits that will have lasting impacts.” The regulations and standards ensure: “Children benefit when provided with nutritious food, both physically and mentally,” said Niki Hoyle, director of the Bible Hill Village Pre-School Society. “When they are shown healthy eating habits from a young age, they learn how to choose good, affordable food as adults. Policies that ensure safe food preparation, service and appropriate menus are so important.” The regulations came into effect on April 1. The standards are effective July 1. The standards were developed by an advisory group co-led by the departments of Community Services and Health and Wellness, with input from organizations and the public. More than 500 participants provided feedback and made recommendations for tools to support implementation. Child care operators will receive a manual, tools and training starting in June to put the regulations and standards into practice. For example, they will get templates to plan menus, help with food selection and preparation, and guidance for using activities and books to help children develop healthy perceptions about food. The regulations are available at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/families/childcare .last_img read more

GETTING IT RIGHT

first_imgI’m getting married next year. Should we live separately or with in- laws? What is your opinion?Name withheld It depends on your equation with your in-laws. If you feel comfortable, then you should definitely try to do what everyone expects. But at the same time, it is true that newlyweds need privacy. It’s the only way to have intimacy, get to know each other better and to build your own family. Although it will be more difficult to have privacy when living with the in-laws, there are things you can do. Even if you have a small home or apartment, you should designate certain areas that are perhaps just yours. All the better if you and your in-laws can have your own apartments within the same complex or building. Then, you don’t have to see each other all the time and it might be more pleasant for all. Wish you a happy life. Also Read – Feel what you fearMy daughter, 29, is highly educated and well placed. She is determined to settle with a man she met on a matrimony website. She thinks he is very eligible while we think he is average. We are very worried. Mrs. Singh, New Delhi As parents, you will always worry as you will want the best for your child. But you should also trust her. She is old enough to decide her future and she will use her liberty. Express your concern but try to have faith on her. Try to meet the man she is dating and begin to know him too. Don’t remain worried about her life and lose the happy moments tucked in every day. Your life and its happiness is your first priority. Do everything wisely and make her feel comfortable with her decision. I wish her the best and hope the best for you too. Also Read – Homecoming Our only son is a businessman and has developed ugly drinking habits. He regularly comes home in an unstable condition. What should we do? Mrs and Mr Kaur, New Delhi You should have a breakfast table chat with him. As parents, express your concern in a friendly manner. Try to understand his reasons for the excessive drinking. Don’t get into any arguments. Look and sound hurt, concerned (which you are) but not nagging. Parents, their precious teardrops, sincere requests and endless love sometimes have tremendous effect on kids. You can also take some inputs from your doctor who can advise you on ways to treat alcoholism. Seek professional help from rehabilitation centers, if needed. Good luck. My mother doesn’t live with us. After my parents divorced she had moved to Singapore. I miss her always. I’m in Class 6. How to cope with this? Name withheld I’m sorry to know about this. Life is life and we have to accept it. The wonderful thing about a mother is that no matter how far away she might be, you’ll always be cosmically connected. But nonetheless, bring it to both your parents’ notice how much you miss your mother and long to be with her. Video chat with her and stay connected on phone as much as possible. Request her to allocate a schedule everyday where you both spend time chatting without distraction and disturbances. Make visit plans with her and ensure that she is aware of the void you feel. Be strong. Focus on your studies and other things that make you feel better. Take care. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

GAVE LINDO APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OTT PROGRAMMING FOR CBC

first_img“Jenna’s strong creative and strategic instincts will be essential as we work to expand our linear and streaming slates with a wealth of distinct Canadian programming, as well as a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world,” added Catto.Prior to rejoining CBC in December 2017, Lindo served as Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation, where he was responsible for the leadership, operations and execution of mandate for all of the festival and foundation’s programs, partnerships and initiatives. In addition to evolving the festival’s programming vision to include Virtual Reality, gaming, and television content, he created Canada’s leading social issue content summit, Media Impact Conference, and formed partnerships with organizations such as AJ+, Right to Play and RYOT.From 2009–2015, Gave worked with CBC’s Business and Rights team, and was named deputy director in 2013. He also chaired the CBC/Radio-Canada Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee between 2011–2015. Before CBC, Lindo was an associate with Fasken Martineau, LLP, where he practiced corporate dispute resolution with a focus on information technology and media.Lindo currently serves on the boards of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Laidlaw Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, the University of Toronto’s Public Good Initiative, SMI Foundation, and Canada’s Top 10. He is also a strategic advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator, NOW Magazine, and Ryerson University’s SocialVenture Zone.Bourdeau joined CBC in 2014 as Senior Director, Acquisitions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Distribution for Canada’s Proper Rights. She was previously co-president at BuzzTaxi Communications, a distributor she co-founded in 1999 with Natalie Vinet, which was acquired in 2013 by Proper.CBC/RADIO-CANADACBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. CBC today announced that Gave Lindo has been appointed Executive Director, OTT Programming. Reporting to Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC, Lindo will lead and evolve OTT content strategies and partner with all internal teams to ensure the continued growth and expansion of CBC’s over-the-top streaming service, including the CBC TV streaming app for iOs and Android and cbc.ca/watch. Lindo will also oversee CBC’s slate of original digital content for all platforms.“Gave will bring a wealth of experience to this role, both from his time spent outside of CBC and from his most recent role as Senior Director and Chief of Staff, Programming. His strong leadership and strategic abilities will be invaluable to CBC as we continue to evolve our streaming strategies in response to audience and market trends,” said Catto.To ensure the highest quality volume of content for CBC’s growing streaming library, Jenna Bourdeau has made the decision to focus exclusively on overseeing the acquisition of Canadian and international programming for all CBC linear and streaming platforms as Senior Director, Acquisitions, reporting to Catto and collaborating with Lindo on OTT strategies. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

The story of Cyril Polchies and the showdown at Burnt Church

first_imgAPTN National News When the Mi’kmaq first asserted their right to fish lobster 14 years ago, they faced racism from other non-Indigenous fishermen and violent clashes with officers with the department of Fisheries and Oceans.A lot has changed since the Marshall decision was handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada.Especially in one busy port near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick.APTN’s Trina Roache reports.last_img

Alberta RCMP charge 16 year old with attempted murder in German tourist

first_imgThe Canadian PressA 16-year-old youth has been charged in a southern Alberta highway shooting that left a German tourist with a serious brain injury.RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters said the teen, who is from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation but can’t be named because of his age, is facing 14 charges, including attempted murder and possession of a prohibited firearm.“Investigators have located and seized the vehicle and the firearm which are both believed to have been involved in this offence,” Peters said Tuesday.Police wouldn’t discuss a possible motive and would only say that they don’t believe there was any conflict prior to the single shot being fired.The 60-year-old tourist was driving in a black Dodge Durango with his family near Morley, Alta., on Aug. 2, when the shooting happened.Police have said the suspect vehicle was passing the Durango when a shot was fired from the passenger window and into the tourist’s SUV.The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre on Stoney Nakoda land. Three family members who were passengers weren’t seriously injured.The driver survived, but police said he has a long road to recovery.The injured man was flown back to Germany where surgeons removed the bullet.“That bullet will be sent here to Canada where it will undergo forensic testing to compare it to the firearm which has been recovered,” Peters said.The German consulate has said the man can’t talk or move his right side as a result of the injury. He has a lot of physiotherapy and rehabilitation ahead of him to regain some quality of life, Peters said.“This has been a life-changing event for him.”Although Peters said there were others in the car with the accused, no other charges are pending and police are not searching for any other suspects.“We believe this was an isolated incident.”The accused was scheduled to appear in provincial court in Cochrane, Alta., on Tuesday.last_img read more

Ban hails US Secretary of State Clinton for her work towards female

12 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to the long-running efforts of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advocate for the rights of women, saying her leadership on the issue should serve as an inspiration to others. Mrs. Clinton’s “leadership and commitment for gender empowerment” deserves credit, Mr. Ban said as the two officials met today for talks at United Nations Headquarters in New York on a series of issues, including the Middle East peace process and the relief and recovery efforts in post-quake Haiti.Mr. Ban noted that Mrs. Clinton led the US delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995 and which led to a declaration and platform of action calling for stepped-up efforts to improve the status of women, including better access to education, health care and jobs, and greater protection against violence.“All your life you have been speaking out for the central truth that women are the key to all our hopes – development, peace, and a better world, and you have been during all your life working very hard to make a more just, equitable world, where women are equally treated and given equal opportunities,” he said.The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is conducting a 15-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, wraps up its latest session today after two weeks of discussions at UN Headquarters.Speaking today, both Mr. Ban and Mrs. Clinton stressed that women are essential to the maintenance of peace and security and to ensuring prosperity and progress and that it was vital to enhance the role of women across the world to try to attain those objectives.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban told a CSW panel that violence against women devastates individuals and societies alike and that united, concerted action is necessary to end impunity for those who commit violent acts.“Whether it is domestic violence, sex trafficking, so-called ‘honour’ crimes or female genital cutting, violence against women and girls continues to be a horrific and all-too common crime,” the Secretary-General said. read more

Manager in deadly Toronto scaffolding collapse gets 3 12 years in prison

TORONTO — A Toronto project manager who oversaw a construction crew involved in a deadly scaffolding collapse in 2009 has been sentenced to three and a half years behind bars. Vadim Kazenelson was found guilty last June on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The judge presiding over the case found Kazenelson was aware that protections against falls were not in place, but still allowed his workers to board a swing stage that collapsed, causing five workers to plummet to the ground. Four died. Justice Ian MacDonnell says the sentence he has imposed is proportionate to the gravity of Kazenelson’s offences. “The seriousness of the offences committed by Mr. Kazenelson and their consequences cannot be doubted,” he said. “A significant term of imprisonment is necessary to reflect the terrible consequences of the offences.” MacDonnell said that, notwithstanding his actions on the day of the scaffolding collapse, Kazenelson was “unquestionably a man of good character.” But he said the 40-year-old’s breach of duty that day was more than a momentary lapse. The Crown prosecutor in the case had recommended between four to five years in prison, while Kazenelson’s lawyer argued for a sentence of one to two years. Kazenelson has told the court he’s sorry for what happened. On the day when the scaffolding collapse occurred — Christmas Eve 2009 — six workers who were rushing to meet a construction deadline had got onto a swing stage they had been using to go up and down the outside of a building, but the stage only had two safety lifelines, court heard. At that point, Kazenelson, who had arrived partway through the work that was being done, was still on a 13th floor balcony, handing tools to the workers on the stage, court heard. The trial heard Kazenelson asked the site foreman, who was present, about the lifelines at one point, but was told by him not to worry and no more was said. “In a sense, he inherited a problem that was created by his foreman,” MacDonnell acknowledged, before noting that Kazenelson nonetheless did not insist that safety measures be taken once he became aware of the situation. “Mr. Kazenelson adverted to the risk, weighed it against (construction company) Metron’s interest to keep the work going and decided to take a chance.” The trial heard that Kazenelson managed to hold onto a balcony when the swing stage suddenly split in two. Alesandrs Bondarevs, Aleksey Blumberg, Vladamir Korostin and foreman Fayzullo Fazilov fell to their deaths, while Dilshod Marupov survived the fall with fractures to his spine and ribs. The men ranged from 21 to 40 years old and were from Latvia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Only one worker, who was the sole person properly secured to a lifeline, was left suspended in mid-air until Kazenelson hauled him up onto a balcony, court heard. read more

Deloitte report urges Canadian companies to be more courageous about diversity

MONTREAL — Canadian business leaders need to take “courageous” actions to make sure their companies are more diverse and inclusive in order to remain competitive amid demographic and technological changes in the workplace, according to a new report released Wednesday.“Actions taken by many firms to date in the areas of diversity and inclusion have delivered more optics than outcomes,” says a Deloitte study advocating the benefits of building more inclusive organizations.After decades of progress, the country has been stuck in neutral, struggling to advance traditionally under-represented groups such as women, visible minorities, those with disabilities and indigenous people, especially to the most senior levels of organizations, it said.Deloitte Canada CEO Frank Vettese described it as a “perfect storm of forces.”Global competition, disruptive technology and powerful demographic change are pushing companies to do more to maximize the impact of their people in the workplace.“We see inclusion as not only something that is critical for the individual… but it’s actually the smart thing to do for business,” Vettese said.The professional services firm had lengthy conversations with 25 senior Canadian executives — about half of whom were women or visible minorities. It found that business leaders view Canada’s diversity as a competitive advantage for companies and the country.Deloitte said a 2016 survey of 1,300 business leaders linked superior financial performance with retaining employees of different backgrounds, skillsets and mindsets.But fundamentally changing the business culture to become truly inclusive is hard to do and can be frustratingly slow, said the 44-page report.Only 11 per cent of Canadian companies could be considered courageous and Deloitte is not among them, although it outlined efforts taken to improve its ranking.Canadian women account for 35 per cent of managerial positions and much fewer board directors while the disabled, indigenous people and immigrants are underrepresented in the workforce. Visible minorities held just 4.5 per cent of director positions in the top 500 Canadian companies by revenues.The report called for companies to be bold and move beyond “colourful window dressing” and pursue real outcomes.That’s especially attractive to millennials, who will account for 75 per cent of the Canadian workforce by 2025.About 47 per cent of millennials consider diversity and inclusion as important job-search criteria, said the report. That compares to 33 per cent of Gen X and 37 per cent of baby boomers.“We’re in a very critical war for talent,” said Vettese. “We need everybody involved and included in our business environment for us to have a chance to succeed and moreover a chance to truly be prosperous.”Some companies are making efforts.The Toronto Raptors has hired women in several key roles in a league that is a leader in diversity and inclusion among pro-sports franchises.Canada’s largest retirement fund manager is pushing to have more women on corporate boards, voting 34 times this year against directors who chaired board’s nomination committees that failed to include women as candidates.Canada Pension Plan Investment Board chief executive Mark Machin said diversity makes for better business decisions.But a long list of top Canadian firms remain holdouts, prompting Ontario Securities Commission chairwoman Maureen Jensen to say it might be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on board.Vettese said imposing a one-size-fits-all requirement will make it harder to foster the required cultural transformation in organizations.“Even though progress I would say has stalled somewhat over the last decade, I actually think that we’re at the beginning of seeing some very substantive movements.” read more

CoucheTard makes strategic cannabis move with investment in Fire Flower

EDMONTON — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has agreed to make a strategic investment in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. of Edmonton, which will use the funds to develop its Hifyre digital retail platform and expand its network of cannabis retail stores.The companies say Couche-Tard’s initial investment would initially give it rights to 9.9 per cent of Fire & Flower’s equity, with the potential to increase its stake to 50.1 per cent in return for a total of about $380 million in growth capital.Alimentation Couche-Tard is one of North America’s largest operators of convenience stores and gas bars, primarily under the Circle K global brand and under the Couche-Tard banner in its home province of Quebec.Couche-Tard chief executive Brian Hannasch says the investment will enable the Laval-based retail chain to accelerate its move into the cannabis sector.The companies say an indirect subsidiary of Couche-Tard will initially buy about $26 million of convertible debt securities that can be converted to 24.3 million common shares at a price of $1.07 each, representing 9.9 per cent of equity.Fire & Flower’s stock is currently listed on the TSX Venture Exchange but it has received conditional approval to list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange concurrent with the transaction. Companies in this story: (TSXV:FAF, TSX:ATD.A TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press read more

Man facing kidnapping and firearm charges

A 38-year-old man is facing kidnapping and firearm charges after two men were forcibly removed from a Delhi residence last week.The two men, ages 29 and 45, both of Tillsonburg, were taken from Delhi to a residence in the Courtland area on Friday.After arriving at the location, one of the men became involved in a physical altercation that resulted in the suspect fleeing from the area in a vehicle.Norfolk OPP were contacted by the Brantford Police Services around 1:18 a.m. Saturday after one of the men arrived at a local hospital with injuries.As a result, police have charged Richard James Hutchison, 38,  of Kearns-McGarry Township with a variety of offences.He has been charged with kidnapping while using a firearm, discharging a firearm into or at a place in a reckless manner, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted weapon,  and possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine.The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on Tuesday at the Simcoe courthouse. read more

Sri Lanka Young child among 7 killed while fleeing fighting UN urges

“The United Nations is distressed to hear about the tragic loss of life today of seven internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a young child, whose boat capsized as they tried to reach safety away from Vaharai. More are feared dead as two boats remain missing,” the UN office in Sri Lanka said in a statement, warning that people are risking their lives daily to escape.The statement urged both parties to find immediate means to ensure the safe passage and protection of civilians in the Vaharai area.It also called for a cessation of hostilities by both parties and urged the LTTE to help and allow IDPs to leave the area, adding that that the Sri Lankan Army should ensure their safe passage.The UN also called on both sides to comply with their obligations under International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, particularly regarding protecting civilians and IDPs. Today’s statement is the second this week on Sri Lanka after Amin Awad, Acting UN resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, said on Tuesday it was “critical” to protect these desperate civilians after days of deadly shelling had killed an unknown number, left dozens wounded and forced thousands to flee their homes.In Trincomalee district, which is also in the east, some 2,500 civilians have left their homes and taken refuge in Kantale, while approximately 35,000 people remain trapped along a sliver of land where Government troops and the LTTE are fighting.Humanitarian agencies are delivering immediate assistance to the affected population and separately the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said it was helping almost 4,000 people in Kantale, who were forced to flee their homes because of fighting.Also this week, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, highlighted in particular a recent attack on a school and the effect the decades-old conflict is having on the country’s young people.Fighting between Government troops and the LTTE has intensified since April, despite a ceasefire agreed in 2002 aimed at ending the conflict that has lasted for more than 20 years and claimed some 60,000 lives. read more

Numeric adventure from Arena Zagreb

Here is our numeric adventure from the first clash of the VELUX EHF Champions League between PPD Zagreb and FC Barcelona 23:25:7 minutes was enough for Spanish champions to broke the last PPD Zagreb lead 5:4 (12.) with series 5:0 to make 9:5 after 19 minutes of the match. Veselin Vujovic team was in minus until the end of the match since that moment…26 minutes of the match PPD Zagreb didn’t shot from the line-player position. Ilija Brozovic got the first ball and scored for 8:11….PPD Zagreb coach Veselin Vujovic took his second time-out after only 22 minutes of the match.Chance to put his team 6 goals ahead had Viran Morros in 38th minute, but Barca’s defensive specialist missed the counter-attack chance for 18:12…16 shots had PPD Zagreb right back Luka Stepancic against Danijel Šarić. He scored nine goals, with more than 50% efficiency…0/5 had PPD Zagreb hero from Kolding, left back Sandro Obranovic, against FC Barcelona. Dusko Celica shot 0/3, while Luka Šebetić had 0/2.100% efficiency in Zagreb Arena had Zlatko Horvat (5/5) and Ilija Brozovic (2/2) in host team, while Cedrik Sorhaindo (1/1) and Daniel Sarmiento (2/2) where the most precise among the winners.15.200 fans in Zagreb Arena are the new record holders of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2014/2015.15 from 23 PPD Zagreb goals have been scored by lefthander players Stepancic, Horvat and Vuglac.5 from 17 was shot of PPD Zagreb righthanded back players (Obranovic, Celica, Valcic and Mandalinic)3 last goals for FC Barcelona were scored by team captain Victor Tomas.9 from 11 Barca’s goals scored wing players Sigurdsson and Tomas.The first 2 minutes exclusion has been seen in 33th minute (Valcic). FC Barcelonappd zagreb ← Previous Story Barca beat Zagreb and 15.000 fans in Arena Next Story → Kielce in Skopje: 200.000 people have same dream… read more

10 of the most useless superpowers ever created

first_img 1 2 Love them because they’re fantastical, or hate them because they’re often corny and don’t help push the narrative along a logical path, superpowers are more popular than ever. No longer sitting in the back row to other forms of hero stories, superhero movies are at the forefront of Hollywood. The Avengers and The Dark Knight are not only considered super spectacles, but legitimately decent films. One of the most well-received games in the board and card gaming world, Sentinels of the Multiverse, is based on gameplay of a team of superpowers fighting their arch nemeses. There are multiple superhero-based MMOs, and television has been dipping into the super-powered formula for quite a while now.What we don’t normally see, though, are superpowers that are downright silly. We rarely have (worthwhile) super-powered comedies, so it’s a little tough to see ridiculous powers that are canonical to a story. They exist — don’t you worry — and we’ve got ten of our favorites right here.The DefenestratorAs part of the Hitman series, written by Garth Ennis, the Defenestrator (seen above holding the window, as his name suggests) is part of Section Eight, Ennis’ superhero parody team. Led by Sixpack, who harnesses the superpower of drunkenness, Section Eight is Ennis’ dislike of superpowers manifested into a hilarious B-team. Filled out with members such as Dogwelder, who spot welds dead canines to villains, and Friendly Fire, who can shoot power energy bolts but only ever seems to hit teammates with them, Section Eight could fill out this list by itself. However, we’ve chosen to focus on Ennis’ parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Terminator 2, the Defenestrator. He holds the superpower of carrying around a window and throwing people through it.DazzlerYou may remember Dazzler from the old X-Men arcade game, where she bounced around the screen throwing pretty lights at enemies. Dazzler was actually created as a cross-promotion with Casablanca Records. She essentially had the powers of disco, and was amusingly created around the time disco died. She’s a mutant with the ability to turn audio vibrations into energy and light that just so happened to convey a trippy look reminiscent of a club’s dance floor.Though she started out as a disco queen, Dazzler eventually dabbled in other genres of music, such as rock and — believe it or not — adult contemporary. Yes, Dazzler not only harnessed the power of disco, but if adult contemporary is blaring through the air, bad guys beware.Captain HindsightBeing able to harness the power of prescience would be a dream come true for just about anyone. You could predict everything that would happen, and know exactly what to do in order to get a desired result. Unfortunately for Captain Hindsight, he only knows exactly what should have happened after it already happened. Cruise ship crash into an iceberg? Probably shouldn’t have pushed the boat to its very limit and perhaps also kept a better watch of the ocean. Lose a ton of money gambling? Probably should’ve bet it all on black instead of red. At least Captain Hindsight helps us study the past so we’re not doomed to repeat it.MoistA trusted friend — and technically henchman — of Dr. Horrible’s, Moist has the superpower to make things somewhat damp. Unfortunately for Moist, the power to make things wet simply manifests as him seeming like he’s sweaty all the time, leaving stains on his clothing and fingerprints on anything he touches. He actually suffered from dry skin as a child, but when his father bought him a humidifier powered by plutonium, Moist was infused with the powers of dampness. He may not be able to send a tidal wave surging in your direction, but he can at least make your clothes kind of uncomfortable until you dry off later.Meg’s fingernail growthIn the Family Guy episode “Family Guy Viewer Mail #1,” one of the three stories involves the Griffins gaining superpowers after being exposed to toxic waste. While Stewie developers telekinetic abilities, Lois develops super strength, Peter becomes able to shapeshift, Chris can invoke fire, and Brian obtains super speed, Meg gains the ability to grow her nails somewhat longer than they naturally are. They don’t get harder or sharper, they just get a little longer. It wouldn’t be Family Guy if Meg didn’t get the shaft, but at least she can reach a little farther down her back and squash the villainy of hard-to-reach itches.Next page: 5 more completely useless superpowers…last_img read more

MyKronoz deux smartwatches qui allient précision suisse et nouvelle technologie

first_imgMyKronoz, deux smartwatches qui allient précision suisse et nouvelle technologie !En ce moment, c’est la folie des montres connectées. Apple, Samsung, Google, LG prévoient un produit haut de gamme. Les Suisses de MyKronoz ont eux, préféré une montre plus simple et surtout à un prix abordable. Bientôt, vous serez équipée d’une montre qui vous permettra d’aller sur Facebook, de gérer vos appels, de vérifier un itinéraire et de réchauffer votre café. Seulement, vous devrez débourser au minimum 200 euros pour avoir un tel bijou de technologie. Mais pour tous ceux qui préfèrent un gadget plus discret, tout aussi élégant et surtout plus simple d’utilisation, MyKronoz a développé deux smartwatches, ZeBracelet et ZeWatch. “À la base, nous avons un peu développé ce produit pour nous, en accord avec nos besoins. Nous souhaitions un produit simple, qui soit accessible à tous”, explique Raymond Leonello, l’un des deux créateurs, lors de l’événement Speed Shopping à Paris, où ils ont présenté leurs produits.Les deux montres intelligentes, un modèle femme et un modèle homme, au design moderne plutôt agréable à porter intègrent un micro et un haut-parleur. Elles permettent à l’utilisateur de passer ou de répondre à des appels, mais aussi d’écouter de la musique. Le tout via un port Bluetooth 2.1. Petit plus non négligeable, les montres sont compatibles avec tous les smartphones, tablettes, ordinateurs équipés de la technologie Bluetooth, peu importe la marque ! Concrètement, le bracelet vibre lorsque le smartphone reçoit un appel et il suffit de presser le bouton latéral pour répondre. Équipé d’un écran OLED 128×32 pixels, il affiche le numéro ainsi que le nom de l’appelant. De même, il est possible de passer un appel à une personne sur son téléphone, comme sur sa montre MyKronoz.Trois jours de batterie et une fonction anti-volAvec une autonomie de 72 heures, les montres connectées seront particulièrement appréciées en voiture ou encore lorsque vous n’arrivez pas à mettre la main sur votre téléphone. Autre petit plus, ZeBracelet et ZeWatch sont équipées d’un système antivol : la montre vibre et se déconnecte dès que votre portable est situé à plus de 10 mètres de vous. Par contre, le produit ne possède pas de connecteur audio vous permettant de brancher une paire d’écouteurs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les deux montres de MyKronoz seront distribuées par Trax Concept d’ici la fin de la semaine chez Colette et chez le revendeur The Phone House, pour un prix raisonnable de 69 euros. Plusieurs coloris seront disponibles : noir, blanc et orange pour ZeWatch et noir, blanc et or pour ZeBracelet.  En somme, “un super idée de cadeau pour une fête des pères ou des mères. Ou encore si vous voulez offrir un produit sympa sans vous ruiner”, ajoute Boris Brault, l’un des deux constructeurs. Bonus supplémentaire, elle affiche bien l’heure… Le 27 mars 2013 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sockeye Map Shows Modest Fire Growth For Monday

first_imgPerimeter of the Sockeye fire, as of 1 a.m. Tuesday.A new map of the Sockeye Fire shows the fire grew modestly on Monday, to 7,585 acres.Pete Buist, spokesman for the Alaska Interagency coordination Center, says it’s possible that no additional structures were lost Monday.“While there was a lot of fire activity, there was not significant fire spread,” he said. “And very little fire spread to south. The fire activity was primarily in the Northeast and southeast corner of the fire.”Buist says today’s weather forecast might make for a difficult day.“We’re looking at more hot dry weather today and probably it will be complicated by some forecast dry thunderstorms in the afternoon,” Buist said. “These sorts of occurrences can cause erratic winds that sort of challenge firefighters that are trying to hang onto a fire that we hope won’t move again.”Command of the firefighting response switched this morning to the Type 1 Incident Management Team at 7 a.m.Type 1 teams are deployed to the most complex wildfires, to manage state and federal resources.last_img read more

Savings on tax credits for oil and gas not as high as

first_imgA bill to revise oil and gas tax credits from the House Resources Committee includes only a fraction of the savings Governor Bill Walker proposed.Download AudioThe Department of Revenue estimates the bill would save the state roughly 160 million dollars over the next three years. That compares with more than a billion dollars in savings under Walker’s proposal.The committee rejected a series of amendments Tuesday that would have raised costs for oil and gas companies.For example, Homer Republican Representative Paul Seaton proposed cutting the share of losses that North Shore producers can receive. The Net Operating Loss tax credits would have fallen from 35 to 25 percent.Anchorage Democratic Representative Andy Josephson supported the amendment, which was defeated three to six.“The credit system we’ve devised is not sustainable in this economic climate and this would be a way to rein it in,” said Josephson.But Rena Delbridge said the credits help smaller and newer companies operate on the North Slope. She’s an aide to Anchorage Republican Representative Mike Hawker who worked on the bill.“The Net Operating Loss credit is also, can also be thought of as a part of the fundamental tax calculation, in the sense that the state wants you to keep spending money, even if you are losing money,” Delbridge said. “Because that spend is potentially that future production.”Walker’s plan would have prevented companies from using past losses to reduce their taxes below the minimum, like they can now. And it would have raised that minimum tax from 4 to 5 percent.The House Resources bill drops those provisions, and also scales back Walker’s proposal to cut tax credits.The debate over the bill is happening the same week the state forecast that it will pay out more in oil and gas tax credits next year than it will receive in royalty revenue – for the first time.Despite the gulf between Walker’s proposal and the committee bill, Tax Division Director Ken Alper credited thAndrew Kitchenmane Resources Committee with its work over more than 20 hearings on the bill.“It was a respectful process. It was informative,” Alper said. “They fixed a number of the technical issues that were in our original bill, and that makes things easier going forward. And even if we disagree with where they went on some of the larger dollar-value changes, we’re going to continue the conversation.”The bill must go through more steps before it reaches Walker’s desk. Next up is the House Finance Committee.And it will face scrutiny in the Senate Finance Committee. Last year, Soldotna Republican Senator Peter Micciche was a member of a working group that recommended the state prevent companies from paying less than the 4 percent minimum.last_img read more

BarryUDC Bill Draws Support and Criticism

first_imgThe late Marion Barry served as District mayor and on the D.C. Council. The “Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia Redesignation Act of 2015” would rename the UDC.The death of former four-time mayor and D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry Jr. last year has generated discussion on how his legacy should be honored. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has an idea for remembering the political icon.On Feb. 3 Orange, with D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), introduced the “Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia Redesignation Act of 2015,” which would rename the UDC as the Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia (MDUDC). “We named the new convention center the Walter E. Washington Convention Center after the city’s first mayor and I think Marion Barry deserves an honor that is equal to that,” he said.Earlier this year, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) changed the name of the city’s youth employment program to Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said a commission would be set up to honor Barry. Michael Rogers, the vice president for institutional advancement for UDC, said university officials are studying Orange’s legislation.Ron Moten, a political activist in Ward 7, said, “I think Marion Barry deserves UDC being named after him. He did so much for the school and so much for the residents of the District of Columbia, whether they were Black or White.”Kevin B. Chavous, a 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate. “While I like where Vincent Orange is coming from,” said Chavous, “I don’t think re-naming UDC with Mayor Barry’s name is the best way to honor his legacy. Outside of Washington, D.C., there are a lot of negative feelings about Marion Barry. People outside of Washington tend to remember him for the arrest and things like that instead of focusing on the great things that he did. That might hurt UDC students when they try to go to other parts of the country to study and they present their transcripts as ‘Marion Barry University’. Marion Barry was a man of the people and I think we need something more public to honor him.”Chavous, and his brother Eric, have started a Change.org petition to rename one of the city’s major thoroughfares as “Marion Barry Avenue.” While Chavous brothers would prefer the H Street-Benning Road., N.E. corridor carry Barry’s name, they are open to other avenues.“We would definitely be open to Good Hope Road., S.E. to be renamed in honor of Barry, but we want a street that will be heavily trafficked,” he said.last_img read more

New offshore turbine design to create and store energy

first_img Citation: New offshore turbine design to create and store energy (2011, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-offshore-turbine-energy.html Explore further SeaTwirl, according to the company website, is a “new principle to store and harvest offshore wind energy. SeaTwirl uses the ocean sea water as a bearing and can therefore use cheaper and heavier materials and function as a large low speed flywheel.” This new design will allow wind power generating plants to be built without the need for a gearbox, transmission line or roller-bearings. (PhysOrg.com) — While many are taking to the oceans and trying to find the best ways to harness offshore wind and provide clean energy from renewable sources, the basic design of any wind turbine is that of a windmill. That is until now. The new design in the works is by Ehrnberg Solutions AB, which is owned and operated by Daniel Ehrnberg. Ehrnberg is also the inventor behind this newly designed turbine called SeaTwirl. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: seatwirl.com/technology/the-principlevia IEEE Spectrum The new turbine, according to their video, is designed to be better suited for the ocean environment and use the benefits of both the air and the water. While the biggest prototype to date is 1:50 to scale, Ehrnberg hopes to have a fully functional turbine in the next four to six years and believes the SeaTwirl technology will be much more cost-effective. He plans to use undersea cables that are currently in place to bring the energy back to shore. Vertiwind: Floating wind turbine project launched This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals

first_imgA team of researchers from the University of Colorado in the U.S. and Université Paris-Saclay, in France has developed a new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the technique they developed and possible uses for the results. Philippe Poulin, with CNRS, University of Bordeaux offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Liquid crystals have become hugely important over the past half-century due to their use in phones, television sets and other screened devices. The type of crystals used in such devices are known as nematic phase liquid crystals, because their molecules line up in a certain way. They are also generally uniaxial, which means they line up in the same direction, but not necessarily in the same plane. But in recent years, scientists have begun to see that biaxial nematic phase crystals could offer additional benefits. Prior research has shown that because they would have fast switching speeds, they could serve an important role in the development of new electro-optical applications. Unfortunately, the development of such crystals has not met with much success. Some researchers have tried using board-like molecules while others have tried mixing rod-like molecules with disk-shaped molecules. Neither approach has produced the desired results. In this new effort, the researchers tried a new tactic—one that overcomes problems seen with the other methods.The new technique involves combining and mixing two types and sizes of nanorods—one organic the other inorganic. The inorganic nanorods were 1000 nanometers, while the organic nanorods were just two nanometers long on average. But there was more—the researchers had to tinker with the mixture to get the smaller rods to rest perpendicular to the larger rods, thus creating two planes. The researchers also found that the resultant biaxial nematic is not simply a superposition of the two nematics—the anisotropic properties between the two kinds of rods caused the smaller rods to be distributed in a way that resulted in biaxiality without the need for additional ingredients. This, the team notes, suggests the properties of the new liquid crystals are even richer than expected. More information: Haridas Mundoor et al. Hybrid molecular-colloidal liquid crystals, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9359AbstractOrder and fluidity often coexist, with examples ranging from biological membranes to liquid crystals, but the symmetry of these soft-matter systems is typically higher than that of the constituent building blocks. We dispersed micrometer-long inorganic colloidal rods in a nematic liquid crystalline fluid of molecular rods. Both types of uniaxial building blocks, while freely diffusing, interact to form an orthorhombic nematic fluid, in which like-sized rods are roughly parallel to each other and the molecular ordering direction is orthogonal to that of colloidal rods. A coarse-grained model explains the experimental temperature-concentration phase diagram with one biaxial and two uniaxial nematic phases, as well as the orientational distributions of rods. Displaying properties of biaxial optical crystals, these hybrid molecular-colloidal fluids can be switched by electric and magnetic fields. How to make a biaxial nematic. Previous efforts to make biaxial nematics with either boardlike molecules or component mixtures have had limited success. Mundoor et al. used a different strategy to create a biaxial nematic by tuning the interactions between long inorganic nanorods and short organic molecules. Credit: V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE Explore further © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Science Citation: A new way to make biaxial nematic phase liquid crystals (2018, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-biaxial-nematic-phase-liquid-crystals.html New type of liquid crystal identified; Holds promise of faster, lower priced liquid crystal displays This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Compilators of social media channels must be stricter Bratya

first_imgKolkata: Stressing the importance of cyber security, State IT Minister Bratya Basu on Wednesday said the compilators of various social media channels must be stricter to curb fake news.He was speaking at Cybercon 2018 and Technology Excellence Awards organised by the ASSOCHAM at a city hotel on Wednesday. Basu said the compilators of social networking sites must be on high alert to prevent such incidents.”We cannot take action against those who circulate fake news on social media. We can only identify them. It is the responsibility of the internal teams of various social networking sites to ban those who are involved in social crime from using their platforms. The nature of cyber crime is different from the others,” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBasu maintained.Earlier on the day, State Additional Chief Secretary of IT department Debashis Sen said Blockchain technology, which the Bengal government has embraced, and the introduction of Fintech hub in New Town will bring a new dimension to the field of cyber security in the state. Nowadays, people are exposed to cyber threats. The onion server also poses a threat to people. Sen stressed on the need of Blockchain technology to check the cyber threats. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”If the introduction of Blockchain technology and fintech hub works out well, we will be able to tackle cyber crime. We have to pull our resources together and maintain cooperation between various fields like Telecom, E-commerce, emerging technology like Blockchain,” Sen said.Fintech hub is the brain child of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that will give a big boost to the IT department in fighting cyber threats. It is the Banerjee government that introduced Blockchain technology in the state. It may be mentioned that Blockchain provides secure public databases that are free from cyber attacks. There is a deep connection between Blockchain and Fintech, data sciences and cyber security and all of this are related to each other.Sen also sought co-operation from our neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and others to fight cyber security issues as they go beyond boundaries. He also had a detailed discussion with Information and Communication Technology Minister of Bangladesh Zunaid Ahmed Palak on how both the countries can work together in this regard. Bengal has selected Blockchain as a technology for the future. The state IT department has tied up with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-Dac) and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology to provide training and awareness about cyber security.A 24-hour online help-desk has also been thrown open by the department so that people can report any cyber security issues that they might have encountered.The state government is going to organise an international conference on how to check human trafficking in the digital arena. The event is scheduled to take place in December this year and state Women & Child Development and Social Welfare department will host the programme.last_img read more