BPO Earnings Could Reach US$750 Million by 2020

first_img “Employment figures have more than doubled when compared to 2007. The BPO sector is now employing over 26, 000 persons island-wide. Within the sector, we have approximately 60 firms operating, including several industry heavyweights such as Xerox, Teleperformance, Sutherland Global Services, Alorica, HGS and Startek,” he noted further. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the local business process outsourcing sector (BPO), which is valued at more than US$400 million, continues to grow exponentially, and could reach US$750 million by 2020. Story Highlights The Minister said he is also heartened by a recent study conducted with companies involved in outsourcing, which revealed that the sector is expected to see growth across all functions surveyed particularly IT, finance, and HR. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the local business process outsourcing sector (BPO), which is valued at more than US$400 million, continues to grow exponentially, and could reach US$750 million by 2020.“Over the years, we have seen tremendous growth in the local sector, boasting a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent per annum,” he said.“Employment figures have more than doubled when compared to 2007. The BPO sector is now employing over 26, 000 persons island-wide. Within the sector, we have approximately 60 firms operating, including several industry heavyweights such as Xerox, Teleperformance, Sutherland Global Services, Alorica, HGS and Startek,” he noted further.Minister Wheatley was delivering the keynote address on the final day of the Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James on April 13.He noted however, that there are still too many persons who are in the dark about the opportunities that the sector presents, pointing out that BPO is more than call centre operations.“BPO is much more than that and its value, both locally and internationally, exceeds what most persons know or expect from the sector,” he said.He pointed out that locally, the sector provides a wide range of services spanning medical, legal, financial, information communication technology (ICT), human resources, among others.Dr. Wheatley said he is very pleased that Jamaica has become an integral part of “a global movement” in outsourcing, an area, which he said, has been steadily becoming the preferred choice for many firms.“At a global level, the sector is projected to reach US$262.2 billion by 2022 driven by cost benefits achieved by outsourcing back-office administration, the development of new generation technologies such as process automation, big data analytics, Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) and embedded analytics-based BPO,” he pointed out.“Growing competitiveness of global markets and the ensuing pressure on businesses to run efficiently and ensure cost effectiveness is providing opportunities for accelerated growth in BPO services,” he said.The Minister said he is also heartened by a recent study conducted with companies involved in outsourcing, which revealed that the sector is expected to see growth across all functions surveyed particularly IT, finance, and HR.Jamaica, he contended, is in a good position to benefit from expansion in these services.The Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo was put on by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) and its members and partners, including JAMPRO.It ran from April 12-13 and was designed to provide a platform to raise the profile of Jamaica as a BPO destination.JIS REGIONAL OFFICElast_img read more

Oilsands technology alliance aims for cuts in industrys need for steam

first_imgCALGARY – An oilsands research alliance says it is entering its sixth year focused on finding new ways to reduce the sector’s need for steam, the generation of which leads to almost 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions.Dan Wicklum, CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance or COSIA, says generating steam to separate heavy sticky bitumen from the northern Alberta sands in which it’s trapped is responsible for about 56 million tonnes per year of the total of 71 million tonnes of GHGs emitted from the oilsands.Wicklum says COSIA members hope to cut GHG intensity by 10 to 30 per cent over the next five years, while also sharing technologies to lessen the industry’s impacts on land and water and deal with tailings ponds.Canada generates about 1.8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and the oilsands contribute about 9.3 per cent of that total — the Alberta government has set a hard cap of 100 million tonnes per year, which could limit growth in the oilsands unless GHG emissions can be reduced.Stephen Kaufman, general manager for external innovation and regional development for Suncor Energy Inc., says some “game-changing” innovations like the less-GHG-intensive extraction technology in use at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine are only practical to use in a new project.But the company is actively pursuing new technologies including radiofrequency electromagnetic heating and the use of solvents with steam that offer “incremental” environmental benefits as it pursues a goal of reducing GHG emissions per barrel by 30 per cent by 2030.“Steam for us is a huge operating cost,” he said. “It’s often said that an in situ (oilsands) project is really a water treatment and steam generation plant more than an oil-producing plant, in terms of the size of the kit that you need and the ongoing cost to buy natural gas.”last_img read more

Alberta changing craft beer subsidy plan after trade ruling

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s finance minister says the province will abide by a free trade ruling against its craft beer subsidies, but says the program will be replaced with something else.Joe Ceci says the province is committed to helping its craft brewing industry grow, especially given it faces stiff protectionist measures in other provinces.Ceci wouldn’t say what the changes will be.A three-member appeal panel upheld an earlier ruling that Alberta’s subsidy plan contravenes the Agreement on Internal Trade.For two years, Alberta has been taxing all beer producers at the same rate, but also giving grants to Alberta brewers.Artisan Ales, a Calgary-based importer, challenged the program, saying it was unfair and cut deeply into its sales.last_img

100 Woman Who Care Fundraising Gala

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 6th Semi-Annual Gala hosted by the 100 Woman Who Care Dawson Creek Chapter will be held on March 4th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn.The 100 Woman Who Care, is a group of local woman who has come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the woman come together to listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the woman. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 woman there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity. Since 2016, members have given approximately $85,000 to local charities.To contact the Dawson Creek Chapter, email: 100womendawsoncreek@gmail.comFB Page; CLICK HEREThe Fort St. John Chapter will be holding their event, March 12, 2019, at the Lido TheatreTo contact the Fort St. John Chapter, email: 100wwcfsj@gmail.comFB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Peace Arts Gallery Society to host 36th Annual Art Auction this October

first_imgThe Gallery is also still looking for volunteers to help out before, during, and after the Auction.This event is instrumental in keeping the “Let’s Art Program” a free service for youth and seniors.The 36th Annual Art Auction is October 5 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information, you can visit the North Peace Cultural Centre’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Arts Gallery Society is gearing up to host their 36th Annual Art Auction.Currently, the Gallery is in the process of collecting local artwork for this year’s auction titled ‘Harvest Moon Gala’.This year, the Gallery says they would like a full month Exhibition to celebrate the generousity all of the Artists, Artisans, Crafters as well as the huge contribution the volunteers make, so they are asking that artists bring their work into the Gallery by September 3.last_img read more

Man held for raping minor

first_imgGreater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have arrested a rewarded criminal, carrying bounty of Rs 25, 000 on his head, from Mamura area of Noida on late Thursday night. Police said that the accused was wanted in a gang rape case with a minor girl by Jewar police. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Furkan Qureshi, native of Jahangirpur area of Jewar. Cops said that Qureshi, along with his accomplice Nanhe allegedly abducted a girl student from Jewar area in a car after making her consume a drink laced with sedatives, in the month of June last year. The duo of accused kept the girl at a secluded place and gang raped her for a couple of days. Later they let her go and threatened her with death consequences if she tells about the incident to anyone. However, the minor rape victim reached home and narrated her ordeal to parents, following which a case was registered.last_img read more

Do celebs make good politicians

first_imgStar power adds the glamour element to the heat, dust, and grime of political campaigns. This election too, we won’t just see star campaigners but even celebs who have picked up the political cudgels. Soothing to the eyes, yes, but one often wonders if celebrityhood can and should be the only criterion for some of the candidates in the election fray? Celebrity entrants to political parties just ahead of elections is not new. Earlier, we witnessed well-known actors and sportspersons simply lending their star power to a candidate. Today, that candidate can very well be a young actor or a cricketer. But it is a varied mix. Outspoken social media supporters such as cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined BJP and is likely to fight from a Delhi seat. At the same time, you have actors such as Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini seeking re-election while Jaya Prada has switched party colours to don BJP’s saffron to fight polls from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur. West Bengal will see Babul Supriyo, Moon Moon Sen, and newbies Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty battling for votes. There are also Prakash Raj, Urmila Matondkar, Nikhil Gowda, Pawan Kalyan, Shilpa Shinde, and Arshi Khan, trying their luck in the political arena. Also Read – A special kind of bondOut of this mixed list of celebrities, only a chosen few have exhibited an active interest in politics. They have been vociferous about their views and where they stand on the political spectrum. The rest, like dutiful children, are all being paradropped to exude charm and attract votes. I was watching a rather painful news story with dream girl Hema Malini. Painful because the BJP MP while looking stunning didn’t seem to have any meat in her rhetoric at all. Whenever she was asked about what work she had done in her constituency of Mathura, the actor kept saying that she has done a lot of work but just can’t remember it at the moment. Err! Really? Also Read – Insider threat managementAs a reporter who has actively covered state and general elections, I have witnessed how candidates have nurtured their constituency over years. While covering the campaign trail it is fairly easy for people like us to discern the once-in-a-blue-moon visitor from the serious politician who has an undeniable connect with people. This bond with the voter doesn’t happen overnight. Sure, people will throng the streets to catch a glimpse of cine stars, but a true leader would have built his connect over a longer period of time with experience and love for the masses. Of the celebrity MPs who have already been in Parliament, save a few, most have been playing ‘outstanding’ roles i.e. they have seldom stepped inside the Parliament! Their attendance is poor, they barely raise questions, and more often than not, leave their MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds under-utilised. Former Rajya Sabha MPs such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha have historically abysmal attendance records – Tendulkar with 7.3 per cent attendance while Rekha had just 4.5 per cent! It is important to remember that these celebrity MPs get paid a generous sum by the Government of India to carry out their duties. They are meant to represent their people in Parliament and actively strive towards the development and progress of their constituency. But with most celeb MPs playing truant from Parliament and their constituencies, busy with film shoots, shows, brand endorsements, and cricket matches, one wonders if fame is enough to even allow these fair-weather entrants to contest. Should there be a clause set by the Election Commission of India to allow only serious political workers to fight polls? And what of the hardworking party worker who has lost his chance to fight elections outdone by glitz and glamour? Politics is no child’s play; it requires sincerity, hard work, and dedication. My only wish is that this year’s winning celebrity candidates showcase their seriousness about serving the people. Otherwise, there will be more ‘missing MP’ posters doing the rounds like in the case of Navjot Singh Sindhu in 2013. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Thousandsyearold Egyptian sarcophagus opened on live TV

first_imgWashington DC: A sarcophagus containing an Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV Sunday during a special two-hour broadcast by the American channel Discovery. “Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live” aired from the site outside Minya, which is along the Nile River south of Cairo and its Giza pyramids. Archeologists recently discovered a network of vertical shafts at the site which led to tunnels and tombs containing 40 mummies “believed to be part of the noble elite.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter exploring other tombs — finding artifacts like statues, amulets, canopic jars used to store organs, and other mummies including one that had decomposed to a skeleton — they crawled to the chamber containing the intricately carved sarcophagus. It took the strength of several people to open. And the team’s efforts had not gone to waste: inside was a pristinely linen-wrapped mummy surrounded by treasure including gold. “I can’t believe this, this is incredible,” exclaimed Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister, who had taken charge of the expedition with American explorer Josh Gates as the host of the broadcast. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsA Discovery spokesman previously told AFP that the project was set up in collaboration with Egypt’s antiquities ministry. Gates said the mummy was that of a high priest of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and magic, and dated to Ancient Egypt’s 26th dynasty — the last native dynasty to rule until 525 BC. “Toward the end of Ancient Egypt, the power really was with the high priests and you can see this… almost feels like a royal burial,” Gates said. Cairo has sought to promote archeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism hit by turmoil after the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Asked by AFP about a possible financial deal between the channel and the Egyptian state for permission to film and open the grave, the spokesman for Discovery refused to comment. “It’s a media spectacle in the end — but it could make people love antiquities and is a good promotional opportunity for tourism, if done right,” an Egyptian archeologist who asked to remain anonymous said. However, she asked: “If money is being paid by a major channel to the ministry to show antiquities, where is it going to end up?” “Will it go in the state’s purse-strings or end up elsewhere? We need more transparency on where the money is going.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen a crackdown on dissent, banning protests and jailing Islamists as well as liberal and secular activists. He regularly evokes political stability to draw foreign investment. The tourism sector has begun to return, with arrivals reaching 8.3 million in 2017, according to government figures. That still falls far short of the 14.7 million in 2010. Discovery’s broadcast also comes with global interest in Egyptian archeology generated by a “once in a generation” exhibition about the pharaoh Tutankhamun, which opened in Paris last month and will tour the world.last_img read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State opens season at Arizona State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team will open its season on the road against Arizona State (2-0) this weekend.Though the excitement and anticipation of getting on the ice for the first time could be distracting, players are trying to prepare themselves as they would for any other game. “We try to treat it like any other game, but there’s obviously the excitement of kind of getting things under way,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We’ve been here for quite a while playing against each other and it’s kind of getting old, so to get some new competition is always a welcome opportunity.”The Buckeyes new competition in Arizona State, which had a challenging 2017-2018 campaign, finishing 8-21-5, good for the fourth-worst winning percentage in the nation. The Sun Devils recorded 72 goals in 34 games last season.. This season, the team returns 21 players and 84 percent of their scoring from last season.The Sun Devils enter their matchup having swept Alaska Fairbanks in their season-opening series, allowing zero goals in either game and killing all eight penalties they faced. Ohio State will have to look out for junior defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk, a defenseman who led the team in points last season and who has already notched three points in the first two games. Ohio State’s strong play on offense, however, should be able to create shots against Arizona State’s defense, which led the nation in shots on goal allowed per game last season.“They’re just a hard-working team,” senior forward Brendon Kearney said. “They’ve done a good job kind of turning their program into one that’s going to compete every single night and be tough to beat and we’re kind of getting more into what they do, and as of now, right, it’s just to show up and be ready to work because that’s what they bring.”As they begin their season, the Buckeyes will try and get off to a hot start after being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls for the first time in team history. The puck drops for Ohio State at 10:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday against Arizona State. read more

Football DreMont Jones selected No 71 overall by Denver in 2019 NFL

Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) leads the Buckeyes out on the field to start the 2018 Spring Game on April 14, 2018. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State produced its fifth defensive line prospect in two years Friday, when former defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones heard his name called as the No. 71 selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones finished his Ohio State career with 114 tackles (22 TFL), 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a pick-six this past season against TCU.The former Buckeye earned third-team all-Big Ten honors at defensive tackle in 2017, followed by first-team all-Big Ten honors in 2018.Jones’ redshirt junior season was arguably his best, as he finished with career-highs in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (8.5).The St. Ignatius product declared for the NFL Draft in the weeks prior to Ohio State’s contest against Washington in the Rose Bowl, but still participated in the game. read more

The Best Marta once again rules the world

first_imgThe Brazilian superstar defeated nine other candidates for the FIFA award with nearly 15 percent of the voteWith 14.73 percent of the vote, Orlando Pride and Brazil’s footballer Marta has won The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the year award.The forward beat nine other candidates that were selected on September 3rd of this year.She came on top of Dzsenifer Marozsán and Ada Hegerberg, both players from Lyon Women.Marta has the most honors won by any footballer, man or woman, in the world.She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in five occasions.Marta has been playing professionally since the year 2000 when she debuted with Vasco da Gama in her native Brazil.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.She then went to play with Santa Cruz, Umea IK, Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, and Tyreso FF.Most recently she was three years with FC Rosengard, and since the second semester of 2017 with the Orlando Pride.With Brazil she has played 133 matches, scoring 110 goals.Congratulations, Marta 👑Winner of #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/aCxCn2TIFy— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) September 24, 2018last_img read more

Women robbed by armed men in Provo

first_img Related Items:#2womenmuggedwithintwodays, #2womenrobbedinProvo, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Two unsuspecting women were mugged within two days of each other here in Providenciales, and while there is no evidence that the crimes are linked, it does signal a continuing and concerning trend that armed robberies are still too rampant.Residents express grave concern at the report of a woman being robbed in a busy parking lot at Alice and Alice Plaza on Thursday evening where gunman held the woman up and took cash.  On Saturday, we received a report of a  woman who was robbed on her door step on Millennium Highway as she prepared to entered her home.  A man, with a shirt covering his face threw the woman to the ground, held the gun to her face, grabbed her handbag and made off.   Both women are described as shaken, but are thankfully unhurt physically.#MagneticMediaNews#2womenrobbedinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #2womenmuggedwithintwodayslast_img read more

Monchi reiterates confidence in Di Francesco at Roma

first_imgAS Roma sporting director Monchi announced that the club retain “100%” confidence in under-fire coach Eusebio Di FrancescoThe Giallorossi blew a two-goal lead on Saturday at Cagliari to settle for a 2-2 draw, which left them only eighth in the Serie A table after 15 games.It means that Roma’s five-season run of finishing in the top three in the league is in danger of ending with reports in the Italian media suggesting Di Francesco’s future is on the line.The Italian himself declared that his focus remains on the pitch with Monchi now announcing that the club board retain full confidence in him.“Unfortunately I have talked about this too many times: the position of the club has not changed and our confidence [in the coach] is the same,” Monchi told Sky Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“When I have belief in a professional I do not easily change my mind. I am a bit confused when I read things about the directors: that there is a war between us, that I want to walk away, that I’m getting angry. Here we have 100% belief in the coach.“It is the same coach who finished third last season and took us to the Champions League semi-finals – nothing has changed.“Sometimes the responsibility falls on all of us, not just one person: we can’t put everything on the coach.”Roma will face Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic tonight at 18:55 (CET) with the hope of avoiding defeat to book a last-16 spot from Group G.last_img read more

Fords Shelby GT500 leverages supercomputers to go fast and stay cool

first_img 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 0 Enlarge ImageThe GT500 is the most powerful Mustang ever and keeping it cool at wide open throttle requires some seriously smart design. Ford Ford’s forthcoming GT500 Mustang promises to be the fastest and most technologically advanced Mustang ever. To help with the “fastest” part of that equation, the GT500 has a supercharged V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower on 93-octane pump fuel. The technological part requires a bit more explaining.See, one of the unfortunate byproducts of producing all that sweet, sweet horsepower is the production of massive amounts of heat. How massive? Try more than 230 kilowatts — that’s more than 784,000 BTUs per hour, in old money. Getting rid of that heat efficiently and in a way that doesn’t compromise the GT500’s aerodynamics is a fairly complicated problem to solve. So complicated that Ford opted to involve a few supercomputers to help.All cars are cooled by air, and managing how that air moves through the various cooling devices determines how efficiently they can do their job. Of course, on a car like the GT500, you have a radiator to keep the engine itself cool. Then you have an intercooler which helps drop the temperature of the air that the engine breathes. mustang-2Enlarge ImageFord’s supercomputers use their vast amounts of processing power to help determine the optimum shape for cooling and aero on Ford’s fastest Mustangs. Ford On their own, packaging these inside the aggressively-styled nose of the Mustang takes a little finesse. Each needs to be large enough to do its job, but small enough to leave room for the other cooling pack components. The GT500 has air conditioning, so that means a condenser is mounted in front of the radiator, then there is a transmission cooler, an engine oil cooler and so on.Each of these matrices is a different thickness and causes an obstruction to incoming air that affects the component behind it. This is where the supercomputer comes in. First, the computer helps find the optimum size and shape of the grille area for the Mustang, and then it will help determine the ideal placement and size of the various cooling components.Now, with the engine’s need for air satiated, the supercomputer calculates the flow through the grille, the cooling components, and out of the hood vent, the cowl and other ducts in the car. These all affect the car’s wind resistance and the amount of aerodynamic downforce the vehicle produces.mb-2537Enlarge ImageThis is the GT500’s aero buck. It’s a test mule that Ford’s designers can use to quickly check any potential aerodynamic changes. It’s not pretty, but it’s helpful. Ford The temperature of the air coming out of these ducts affects this as well. As you’d imagine, air coming out of the hood vent is good and hot after having gone through a half-dozen radiators and around a massive roaring engine. The supercomputer accounts for this.Of course, not even a supercomputer can nail things on the first go so the ability to rapidly design, model, and then build and test parts in a wind tunnel and then on-track is critical. To that end, Ford employed the use of in-house 3D printers that allowed its engineers to design, for example, new winglets that mount on the bumper to increase front downforce. Ford ended up going through more than 10 different designs for these “splitter wickers” before finding the right one.Long gone are the days of the Ford Thunderbolt, when making a faster car meant taking a standard car, stripping weight out of it, tossing in the biggest engine you had and telling the customer good luck if they had problems. Ford understands that not only does its GT500 have to go like hell on a race track or a drag strip, but it also has to start every time you push the button. Based on the engineering that Ford’s showing us here, it looks like we have plenty to be excited about come summertime. 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 98 Photos Share your voicecenter_img Ford Post a comment Tags Performance Cars Auto Tech Supercomputers Ford More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Maisie Williams had suicidal thoughts while playing Arya Stark

first_imgReutersHBO’s Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams recently talked about the time when she used to have suicidal thoughts.Earlier this month, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner talked about going into depression and even thinking about committing suicide while she played the iconic character of Sansa Stark. Following this, the 22-year-old Maisie has also opened up about the time several years ago in which she had suicidal thoughts.During Maisie’s recent interview with Lewis Howes, she talked about the overwhelming feeling she faced while playing Arya Stark. It all started when Maisie was only 15 years old and was surrounded by all the negative thoughts and everything seemed dark to her.”It started just in my head and I would think of something and cringe and feel disappointed and I’d be like, ‘I hate myself.’ And then it started getting worse and worse and worse…,” Maisie said.Maisie Williams added that the thoughts inside her head were getting so overwhelming that she was saying those things out loud and couldn’t even realize them. She said that she also suffered from anxiety and has even attended therapy sessions. Not only this, she has been on medication to deal with all the anxiety.”I was just dead-set on being self-destructive – I never really had a good relationship with substances anyway. And then it just all started to sort of come out in those few months. And I just got very, very sad. And yes I had a lot of overwhelming feelings of not really wanting to be here.”You can check Maisie Williams’ hour-long interview below:Meanwhile, as we reported earlier, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark has asked Gendry to make a mysterious weapon for her in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 titled “Winterfell.” There are several theories about this mysterious weapon as many are suggesting that Arya will be using the dragonglass to stab the White Walkers. On the other hand, many are predicting that Arya has asked Gendry to make this weapon for her eldest sister Sansa Stark.Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will return as Sansa and Arya Stark in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2. Don’t forget to check the review of the first episode of season eight.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed May 31 MondayFriday from

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe latest racially motivated attack by a knife wielding White supremacist happened in Portland, Oregon, a city and state with a long history of racist violence against people of color. We’ll discuss the increase in racist attacks in America since Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House, with Ryan Lenz, senior investigative reporter for the Intelligence Project, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

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

Researchers characterize mysterious ultraluminous Xray sources

first_imgArtist’s impression of SS 433. Credit: NASA The only known supercritical accretor in the Milky Way galaxy is SS 433, a highly exotic eclipsing binary star system. Its primary object is likely a black hole. Its secondary companion is believed to be a late A-type star based on its light spectrum. The secondary in SS 433 is losing mass into an accretion disk as it spirals in toward the primary, which is slowly consuming it. In turn, as the accretion disc spirals in toward the primary, it becomes super-heated and emits intense X-rays. Physicists are fascinated by the exotic nature of SS 433, but also by its strong resemblance to ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), which are astronomical sources of X-rays that are less luminous than the nuclei of active galaxies, but are more luminous than any known stellar process. These are sources of X-rays that exceed the Eddington luminosities of neutron stars and stellar black holes. Recently, a group of researchers from Russia and Japan have compared the optical spectra of ULXs to SS 433 and have determined that ULXs with X-ray luminosities of ~1040 erg S-1 must constitute a homogenous class of objects that most likely have SCADs. They have published their results in Nature Physics. The most popular models for ULXs have either intermediate mass black holes with standard accretion disks or stellar-mass black holes with accretion disk luminosity exceeding the Eddington limit. Based on X-ray data alone, it is not possible to distinguish these models, so the researchers have turned to optical spectroscopy to find unique information about ULXs. Using the 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, located at the Mauna Kea Observatory on Hawaii, they obtained high-quality spectroscopic data from a number of ULX sources.They have determined that ULX spectra are quite similar to late nitrogen Wolf-Rayet stars (WNLs), which exhibit broad emissions of ionized nitrogen and helium or carbon. They have very high surface temperatures and produce intense stellar winds. The spectra from ULXs also resemble those of luminous blue variable stars (LBVs) in the compact stages of stellar development. Because the physical conditions of its disk wind may be similar to WNL stars, SS 433 also bears a strong resemblance to ULXs. The authors write, “Such spectra of high luminosities with prominent He II emission lines have never been observed from any stellar-mass black hole X-ray binaries, except for SS 433 and those having WNL donors [secondaries losing mass to the accretion disks of primaries in binary systems].” They exclude a number of stellar cases, including ULXs with WNL donors that exhibit stellar winds with the observed spectra. Wind terminal velocity is determined by surface gravity, making it difficult to explain the rapid variability of the He II line width in the recorded spectra. The authors conclude that SS 433 is intrinsically the same as ULXs, but is an extreme case with a particularly high mass accretion rate from its secondary, which accounts for the presence of its persistent jet outflows. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Physics Explore further More information: “Supercritical accretion disks in ultraluminous X-ray sources and SS 433.” Nature Physics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nphys3348AbstractThe black hole mass and accretion rate in ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) in external galaxies, whose X-ray luminosities exceed those of the brightest black holes in our Galaxy by hundreds and thousands of times1, 2, is an unsolved problem. Here we report that all ULXs ever spectroscopically observed have almost the same optical spectra, apparently of WNL type (late nitrogen Wolf–Rayet stars) or LBV (luminous blue variables) in their hot state, which are very scarce stellar objects. We show that the spectra do not originate from WNL/LBV-type donors but from very hot winds from the accretion disks with nearly normal hydrogen content, which have similar physical conditions to the stellar winds from these stars. The optical spectra are similar to that of SS 433, the only known supercritical accretor in our Galaxy3, although the ULX spectra indicate a higher wind temperature. Our results suggest that ULXs with X-ray luminosities of ~1040 erg s−1 must constitute a homogeneous class of objects, which most likely have supercritical accretion disks.center_img Ultra-luminous X-ray sources in starburst galaxies (Phys.org)—Many black holes are believed to have surrounding accretion disks of matter trapped by gravity and spiraling toward the event horizon. Supercritical accretion disks (SCADs) are those with mass accretion rates exceeding the Eddington limit—this describes the maximum possible luminosity of an energetic body when the outward force of radiation is in equilibrium with gravitation. Masses that exceed the Eddington luminosity to produce SCADs emit extremely intense stellar winds from their outer layers. Citation: Researchers characterize mysterious ultraluminous X-ray sources (2015, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-characterize-mysterious-ultraluminous-x-ray-sources.html 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

Texas rounds up the troops in Toronto to share the latest product

first_img Posted by Share TORONTO — Here’s what we know about Texans after yesterday’s media breakfast in Toronto: they’re serious about their wine, they’re proud of their cities, and they love and welcome all Canadians.Representatives from Texas Tourism and its travel partners hosted members of the media at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel on Thursday morning to share with them the latest news from the state’s top destinations. According to Rosalyn Hunter, Director of Communications for Texas Tourism in Canada, Vox International, who emceed the event, now is the perfect time to promote Texas, when the low loonie has caused many Canadian travellers to rein in their budgets.“We all know about the low loonie but we want Canadians to know that a lot of attractions are free in Texas, making for an affordable holiday,” she said.Hunter also noted that Canada is the state’s #2 international market, with 453,000 Canadians visiting in 2015. Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec are its biggest provincial markets, while the average length of stay among tourists is 10.5 nights.Canadian numbers are expected to see an uptick this year courtesy of Air Canada’s new nonstop routes to Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. Daily year-round service between Vancouver and Dallas-Fort Worth launched on Feb. 5, while daily service between Toronto and San Antonio will kick off May 1. Following shortly after will be daily service between Montreal and Dallas-Forth Worth starting May 26.Calling it “a big deal”, Hunter was quick to point out the significance of Air Canada’s connectivity, for both Canadians and Texans. In fact, according to Sana Keller of Pulse Travel Marketing, the Canadian representative for the San Antonio CVB, the city of San Antonio is investing $100,000 to promote Air Canada’s new flight with a two-day promotional event at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto on April 29 and 30, complete with Texan chefs, music and authentic park rangers.And though the new routes are specific to only San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth, the good news about Texas is that its major cities are easily within driving distance. This allows visitors to customize a multi-city getaway or, as Hunter noted, even a quick weekend trip. And going by what we learned at breakfast yesterday, Canadians will want to see as much as possible in a state that’s just so fun.For example, did you know that Texas is home to over 750 golf courses? Or that it’s the fifth largest wine producing state in the United States – and also the fourth largest in terms of wine consumption? The state boasts 181 wineries, not to mention 80+ craft breweries. And if you haven’t already heard, no one throws a party quite like like Texans, as evident by the annual State Fair of Texas (Sept. 29-Oct. 22), Mardi Gras (Feb. 2-13, 2018), Fiesta San Antonio (April 19-29) and South by Southwest (March 9-18).More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemHere’s what else we learned from Texas’ destination partners:LUBBOCK:• Lubbock has been named 2016’s #1 Western City, with a population of 250,000• It’s located one hour away from DFW and is known as the “Hub City’ due to its close proximity to five major highways and Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport• It’s the birthplace of Buddy Holly and home to the Buddy Holly Center• 80% of Texas’ wine grapes are grown in Lubbock County & the surrounding area• It’s an affordable destination, with an average hotel stay of just US$88/night and many free attractions• It boasts 2,300 events each year, including ‘First Friday Art Trail’, a free self-guided public art tour that takes place every monthMCCALLEN:• McCallen is located three hours south of San Antonio• This ‘birding’ paradise is located directly in the migratory path of birds (spring and fall are the best times to go)• It’s home to the largest single-floor library in the United States• A new Performing Arts Centre just opened last November• It was once designated as the least expensive city to live in the U.S.GRAPEVINE:• Ideally situated between Dallas and Fort Worth• It takes just five minutes to drive from DFW airport to downtown Grapevine• Home to 150 grape varieties, it hosts ‘GrapeFest’, the largest Wine Festival in southern United States• It’s state-certified as the Christmas Capital of Texas, with 1,400 Christmas events taking place in 40 days• Stand Rock Hospitality has plans to open a US$330 million, 1,020-room resort with indoor and outdoor waterparks, mini-golf, rock climbing, a spa and meeting space (construction to begin mid-2017)• Embassy Suites DFW Airport North has broken ground on a $13 million renovation of its lobby, atrium, Starbucks and all meeting rooms, with guestrooms to followFORT WORTH:• The city has launched a new ad campaign that includes Canadian at-par hotel pricing from April-December, a special Canadian package at the Omni Fort Worth hotel, free daytime admission to Billy Bob’s Texas in July and discounted attraction tickets• The Chisholm Trail route, which was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year• Fort Worth is home to the only Michelangelo in the Americas, which is currently displayed at the Kimbell Museum• New Hotels in 2017-2018 include: Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel (fall 2017), Aloft (2017), Fairfield Inn & Suites (2017), Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel (2018), and Courtyard Marriott (February 2017)• The Stockyards National Historic District has announced a $175 million development plan that will include additional shops, restaurants and hotelsMore news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaGALVESTON ISLAND:• Located just 30 minutes by car from Houston• Last fall, the island completed an $18 million beach makeover featuring upgraded recreational space• The Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, one of Galveston’s most popular attractions, is in the process of a $39 million renovation to be unveiled in May 2017• The new MASSIV ride at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, which was unveiled last June, is the world’s tallest water coaster• Galveston is home to the fourth busiest cruise port in the United States, with cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and DisneyHOUSTON:• Houston is America’s fourth largest city with a population of 2.5 million• The biggest news coming out of Houston is the new pedestrian-friendly Avenida Houston, featuring art installations, restaurants and the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston• The Houston CityPASS includes discounted rates to five attractions, including Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo or Museum of Fine Arts, and Children’s Museum of Houston or Kemah Boardwalk• The best-selling Broadway production ‘Hamilton’ is coming to Houston next April• 11 out of 18 museums in the walkable Museum District are freeSAN ANTONIO:• San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary this year with a checklist of events, which can be found at www.celebrate2018.com• Hotel Emma, the city’s newest addition to its esteemed Pearl complex, opened in November 2015 with 146 rooms and a culinary concierge• The 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden is adding eight acres this spring, which will include a Family Adventure Garden and Culinary Garden• The Doseum children’s museum is now open, featuring hands-on activities for children up to age 10• Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park, will open this spring and will boast a River Boat Adventure ride and five water play areas• Six Flags Fiesta Texas celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a new ride called Thunder RapidsFor more information on travel to Texas, go to TravelTexas.com. 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Sunwing fam agents get firsthand look at Varadero

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Some 40 sales agents from Toronto and Montreal arrived to a warm welcome at Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero on a recent Sunwing fam aimed at showing off Cuba’s post-hurricane recovery.The agents spent the rest of the fam touring some of Sunwing’s top recommended resorts. The agents saw 14 resorts in all, including Grand Memories Varadero, Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero, Memories Varadero, Royalton Hicacos, Melia Las Americas, Melia Las Antillas, Melia Marina Varadero, Starfish Cuatro Palmas, Barcelo Arenas Blancas, Barcelo Solymar, Iberostar Varadero, Starfish Varadero, Starfish Las Palmas and Iberostar Bella Vista.David Wright, Sunwing’s Director of Sales for Ontario and Atlantic Canada, says the fam trip boosted agents’ confidence that these resorts are ready once more to give travellers a quality vacation experience. “The resorts looked so polished that it’s hard to believe a hurricane had taken place just a month ago,” said Wright. “Some of them offer expanded beachfronts now. Needless to say we are very impressed by the amount of progress that was made in such a short time. Canada’s favourite Cuban beach destination is certainly back in business.”Nena Kheman, Saskia Jaspers and Slyvia Javed at Starfish Cuatro PalmasKaren Gill & Roseanne LemdalSales agents from Toronto at Memories VaraderoSales agents from Montreal at Starfish Varadero Sharecenter_img Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Sunwing Sunwing fam agents get first-hand look at Varaderolast_img read more