MONTREAL — Every Sunday afternoon from spring through fall, hundreds of people gather on the slopes of Mount Royal for the tam-tams, a loosely organized weekly festival of drumming, dancing, and outdoor picnicking designed to soak up the most of Montreal’s short outdoor season.Named for the drum beats that characterize its soundtrack, the bohemian gathering has become a must-visit for tourists as well as locals, who dance, play or lie on picnic blankets to the sound of dozens of beating drums.Nobody knows exactly how one of Montreal’s signature cultural events got started, according to an ethnologist who says it could be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.But while Monique Provost has a theory she favours, she admits it’s hard to know where the truth lies.According to Provost, the event began in 1979 when Don Hill, a now-deceased street musician, plastered signs around town looking for 100 people who played the djembe, a goblet-shaped West African hand drum, for a drum circle on Mount Royal.Hill’s ensuing “hundred drummers workshop” drew curious crowds and formed the basis of the signature Montreal event, according to Provost, who wrote her doctoral thesis on the history of djembe in Quebec. While Provost credits Hill, she notes that the mountain in the middle of Montreal had already been a site for “intercultural drum exchanges” before he arrived.“At that time, there were already groups of musicians on Mount Royal,” she said in an interview. “People like Don Hill and Michel Seguin — a founding member of the famous Ville Emard Blues Band — went to the mountain to exchange knowledge and to practice.“But Don Hill had the fantasy of creating big drum gatherings like in the United States. Since he was an American, he wanted to reproduce that here.”Daniel Bellegarde, a professional musician, was among the first percussionists to attend the weekly party. He, too, credits Hill.“It was Don Hill who was the first one to organize the drum circles on the mountain,” he said. “He attracted a lot of people.”Bellegarde said the gatherings were orderly at first but eventually morphed into something “anarchic,” creating a split between the professional and amateur musicians.“Some saw the exercise as a way of letting loose, where you play for yourself and try to hit harder and faster than everyone else — whereas in the American tradition, a drum circle has to have unity,” he said.Despite the anarchy, he says “the playful side is still there, and the tam-tams simply transformed into something else, with both positive and negative sides,” he said.But another musician, David Thiaw, contradicts the origin story presented by Bellegarde and Provost.Thiaw, who was born in Senegal and now lives in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, claims he started the event in the 1970s while teaching drum workshops downtown. The percussion teacher said the gatherings originally took place in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, in the city’s west end, but eventually moved to the mountain to be closer to where he was living.“I started to meet with other musicians on Mount Royal on Sundays to practice, because I lived on Parc Avenue,” he said in a phone interview. “It was less far for me than NDG.”Thiaw said he started putting up posters to recruit more musicians to meet on the mountain, “long before” Hill did.“Don Hill wasn’t a teacher, he didn’t have the discipline,” Thiaw said. “He was more of a crowd entertainer.”Yet another story emerges from Michel Seguin, who played with Thiaw and contests the Senegalese musician’s claim.“David Thiaw didn’t invent the Mount Royal tam-tams, it was I who was the senior member of the group,” Seguin said in a phone interview from California.The 79-year-old says he travelled to Africa in the mid-1970s, where he learned from the “great masters” of percussion. When he returned, he began organizing playing sessions with groups of musicians, including Thiaw, he said.“Me, I stayed in the woods of Mount Royal but him, sometimes he moved to play by the statue (the current location), because it was a way to check out the girls passing by,” Seguin said.Provost acknowledges Seguin is considered by his peers to be the first Quebec djembe player, while his brother, Paul, was the first to build the drums in the province.But she said it’s hard to nail down exactly which of the three musicians — who were all “poles of attraction” in their own right — started the tam-tams.“Moreover, it seems that each person I talk to has lived their own story of the birth of the tam-tams, and it would be a mistake to consider one version to the detriment of another, since they may very well have historically taken place synchronously,” she said.Regardless of who started the event, Provost notes the political context of the era also contributed to its establishment on Mount Royal.In the early 1980s, raucous parties and complaints from citizens led then-mayor Jean Drapeau to pass an anti-noise bylaw that effectively prevented musicians like Hill, Seguin and Thiaw from playing in public anywhere else.That led them to make their way to the mountain, where they and their successors have been drumming away ever since.Stephane Blais, The Canadian Press
(Antoine Delormier, 67, before heading out on protest. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsA handful of Akwesasne residents on Saturday marched to the Canadian border post on the edge of their territory demanding the next federal government deliver a new deal between the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the community.The small protest was sparked after Antoine Delormier, a 67 year-old Akwesasne man suffering from a heart condition, was manhandled last month by CBSA agents after he crossed through from his home on Cornwall Island on the way to the hospital. The Sept. 24 incident is currently under investigation and the family has contacted a lawyer.Delormier spent a week in hospital partly as a result of the incident.“It is sickening going through this every day,” said Delormier. “Those people over there (CBDA) need to have a little respect for the Native people that live here.”Delormier drove through the border post Saturday as a group of about 15 demonstrators waved signs next to the customs post and urged other drivers to honk their horns. The CBSA agent in the booth did not ask for Delormier’s name or that of the APTN reporter in the truck as he stopped to check-in. The agent just waved the truck through.The people who marched Saturday said they were upset about what happened to him.“If this happens to an elder, who is going to be next, our kids?” said Pascale Delormier, who is sister-in-law to Antoine Delormier.Akwesasne straddles the borders of Ontario, Quebec and New York State.The protestors, with signs reading, “New CBSA deal now” and “CBSA brutalized Antoine Delormier,” want CBSA to create a lane-way specifically for residents of Cornwall Island, which is one of the districts in Akwesasne within the Canadian boundary.Akwesasne residents who live on Cornwall Island, which sits in the St. Lawrence River, are forced to report at the Canadian border post any time they leave their homes to travel into Cornwall, Ont., and beyond.“We have to make the government understands we need them to stop this abuse at customs,” said Kanento Boots.A group of about 15 Akwesasne residents protested Saturday outside CBSA post on edge of their territory.The relationship between Akwesasne and CBSA has remained tense since 2009 when the agency abandoned its original post on the island after community residents protested plans to arm border guards.CBSA moved its border post to Cornwall which put the island in a type of no-man’s land between the Canadian border post and the U.S. port of entry which sits on the south bank of the St. Lawrence River.Of the three districts of Akwesasne in Ontario and Quebec, Cornwall Island is the only one accessible by road directly from Canada. The two other districts, St. Regis Village and Snye, can only be accessed by road through the U.S.Canadian and U.S. authorities say Akwesasne’s location has made it a hub for smuggling.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI called, on Thursday, for the implementation of the constitutional provisions relating to the representation of expatriates in consultative institutions and participative democracy and governance bodies.In order to increase the participation of the Moroccan community abroad in national politics, “I call for the implementation of the constitutional provisions relating to their representation in consultative institutions and participative democracy and governance bodies,” said the sovereign in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the Throne Day.The King also stressed the need to develop an integrated strategy based on interaction and coordination between national institutions in charge of immigration issues. The monarch underlined that the goal is to enhance their efficiency and allow them to better serve the Moroccan community abroad.“In this regard, the expertise of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad should be built on in order to establish a council that responds to the aspirations of this community,” said the King.with MWN
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested five suspects with alleged ties to terrorism on Monday in several neighborhoods in Tangier, including Al Aouama, Ashande, El Merse, and Al Warda.The suspects are currently in custody for further investigation into their ties with other possible terror suspects.The arrests followed similar operations in several Moroccan cities on Friday. Friday’s arrests were linked to the murders of the two Scandinavian tourists, killed near Mount Toubkal on Monday.BCIJ made the arrests in several cities across Morocco, including Essaouira; Sidi Bennour, near Casablanca; Marrakech; Tangier; and Chtouka Ait Baha, near Agadir.
Convenor of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee Ryan Jayalath has been further remanded till September 7.Ryan Jayalath was arrested last week after he surrendered to the Maligakanda Magistrates Court.
WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy because of simmering international trade tensions.But at the same time, the fund is boosting its forecast for U.S. economy this year, citing expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates.The IMF expects the global economy to expand 3.2% in 2019, down from 3.6% in 2018 and from the 3.3% expansion it forecast for this year back in April. The lending organization cited heightened trade tensions and specifically a tariff war between the United States and China.The fund now expects the U.S. economy to grow 2.6% in 2019, down from 2.9% last year but up from the 2.3% it forecast in April. The U.S. outlook improved as the Fed dropped plans to raise rates.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2017 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner NEWTON FALLS, Ohio – An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2oSVBQ3 ) Zuckerberg dined Friday with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles (89 kilometres) southeast of Cleveland. The newspaper reports Zuckerberg had asked his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump.Not all the dinner chat was political. Daniel Moore says he and his wife, Lisa, talked about their work with an orphanage in Uganda and that Zuckerberg says he’s now planning a fundraiser to benefit the orphans.Zuckerberg’s project, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, says he visited Youngstown’s Eastern Gateway Community College Friday and met with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton Saturday. He has challenged himself to visit people in all 50 states.___Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com FILE – In this April 18, 2017 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Zuckerberg. He dined Friday, April 29 with the Moore family in Newton Falls, Ohio, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland. Zuckerberg announced on Facebook in January that he was challenging himself to visit people in all 50 states. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for this month, told a news conference at UN Headquarters that his delegation will convene a ministerial-level open debate on a comprehensive approach to counter terrorism on 15 January.“This will give an opportunity to Council members and the general membership to have a holistic view of the continuing threats and challenges posed by international terrorism, and the best ways of formulating and implementing a coherent and comprehensive response to this menace,” he stated.The meeting, which will be chaired by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, is expected to draw participation at the ministerial level and feature a briefing from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Pakistan is no stranger to terrorism, having fallen victim to the scourge on numerous occasions. Earlier this week, Mr. Ban said he was appalled by the “escalating terrorist violence” in Pakistan and called for those responsible to be held accountable.Recent incidents include the bombing of three buses carrying pilgrims on Sunday, the killing of 21 members of a Government-backed tribal police force last week and a deadly attack at a political rally on 22 December. The Pakistani delegation has also planned an open debate on UN peacekeeping for 21 January. The country is one of the leading contributors of troops, police and civilian personnel to UN peace operations, ever since the first Pakistani peacekeeper served in the Congo 52 years ago.Pakistanis are currently involved in some of the UN’s most dangerous operations, with large contingents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.“As a leading and consistent contributor of personnel to UN peacekeeping operations over the decades, Pakistan has a vital interest in the continued effectiveness and success of UN peacekeeping,” said Amb. Khan. “There are significant challenges and equally promising opportunities in this area,” he added. “We believe that the Council debate will be a contribution to our collective efforts to make peacekeeping work even more effectively.”The increasing nexus and interlinkages between peacekeeping and peacebuilding have characterized UN success in this area in recent years, Amb. Khan noted. “We have proposed to focus on this nexus and on how to make it more effective in the context of multidimensional peacekeeping missions, which play a key role in promoting the objective of durable peace and stability.” The Secretary-General will brief the Council during the peacekeeping debate, which is expected to result in the adoption of a draft resolution on the issue. In conjunction with the debate, Pakistan is also organizing a photo exhibit on its contribution to UN peacekeeping. The Council will also focus on a number of issues this month that are part of its regular agenda, including developments in the Central African Republic, the Middle East, Sudan and South Sudan, and Darfur, among others.
Mining machinery manufacturers in Germany have mastered the turnaround. After revenues continued to decline for four consecutive years, the sector is now expecting to break even in 2017. Based on the figures for the first nine months of the year, the mining equipment manufacturers are expecting to at least repeat their turnover of EUR 2.95 billion from 2016, as the Chairman of VDMA Mining, Dr Michael Schulte Strathaus, reported. Revenue from foreign markets is expected to grow by 1% to EUR 2.84 billion. Revenue from the domestic market is expected to fall by 15% to EUR 110 million.This optimism is based on the increase in incoming orders from abroad since the fourh quarter last year, according to Schulte Strathaus. In the first nine months alone, orders increased by 38% compared to the previous year. In the sector, it is not unusual that a year or more passes between incoming orders and delivery, which is why turnover is expected to grow in 2018 and 2019. Schulte Strathaus also explained that the companies’ presence on almost all world markets allows them to balance even significant fluctuations. At the moment, 96% of turnover comes from abroad and about 11,600 staff are employed.According to Schulte Strathaus, the decrease in domestic business to EUR 110 million is a byproduct of the “general uncertainty” in the German raw material sector which includes the closing of the last two hard coal mines; brown coal (lignite) is also facing an “uncertain future”. Policymakers’ demand for a quick withdrawal from coal-based electricity places a burden on the sector. Germany operates an energy policy that is fragmented, unpredictable and, from an energy-economy perspective, not always comprehensible. Although there is no ready substitute at hand, the energy supply safeguarded by brown coal (lignite) is being undermined. Schulte Strathaus referred to the statements of experts who have long warned about the incalculable risks for network stability and thus power supply throughout the country. Nonetheless, the sector is hoping to maintain its domestic turnover in the coming year. In the medium and long term, however, results are expected to continue to drop.The largest export region for mining equipment is the EU. In the first nine months of 2017, approximately 28% of exports went to EU countries, which is 7% more than the year before. Conveyor technology, safety systems and accessories, in particular were sold. Business is also going well for tunnel construction. Turnover is expected to remain the same or even grow in 2018. About 15% of exports went to the second largest country of exportation, the USA. This represents an increase of 5% compared to the previous year. According to Schulte Strathaus, US President Donald Trump has for the most part upheld his promise of not reducing coal extraction or closing coal mines. And jobs were also preserved. The sector anticipates a further growth in exports to the USA in the year ahead.Exports to China and Russia also increased. Mining technology “Made in Germany” remains popular in China according to the Chair of the VDMA trade association. The focus remains on high-performance mines. Small, unsafe and inefficient mines need to be closed and replaced by new and larger operations. A backlog was created in Russia that could be partially realized this year. Manufacturers expect their business to improve in both countries.
Monday 19 Feb 2018, 9:50 AM © – AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! GAY FREESTYLE SKIER Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he “never dreamed” possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics.It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on social media.The 26-year-old American finished 12th in the slopestyle on Sunday but still found himself making headlines after kissing his boyfriend at the bottom of the slope while the TV cameras were on him.Thrust into the global spotlight, Kenworthy tweeted on Monday alongside a still image of the now-famous kiss: “Didn’t realise this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was.“My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN!“Love is love.”The tweet garnered hundreds of messages of support and Adam Rippon, the gay American figure skater, wrote in reply: “Wow okay I just whimpered to myself ‘so beautiful’”.Speaking soon after the kiss was captured on camera, the British-born Kenworthy reflected on how times have changed in just a few years.“The only way to change perceptions, break down barriers, break down homophobia is through representation,” he said.“And that is definitely not something I had as a kid. I definitely did not see a gay athlete at the Olympics kissing their boyfriend.“If I had it would have made it a lot easier for me.”He added: “That was something I wanted at the last Olympics, to share a kiss with my boyfriend at the bottom and it was something I was too scared to do. Tearful French skater’s ‘worst nightmare’ after dress mishap>Rory McIlroy sees progress despite failing to contend at Riviera> By AFP Short URL Image: Mike Egerton Share21 Tweet Email2 Feb 19th 2018, 9:50 AM USA’s Gus Kenworthy during run 3 in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Skiing at the Pheonix Snow Park during day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. “To be able to do that, give him a kiss, have that affection broadcast for the world is incredible.”Earlier at the Games in South Korea, Canadian figure skater Eric Radford became the first openly gay Winter Olympic gold medallist in winning the team event.Didn’t realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. pic.twitter.com/8t0zHjgDg8— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39,564 Views 71 Comments ‘Love is love’: Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on social media. https://the42.ie/3859696 USA’s Gus Kenworthy during run 3 in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle Skiing at the Pheonix Snow Park during day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Image: Mike Egerton Follow us: the42.ie
DEL MAR (KUSI) — The Solana Beach City Council, in a 3 to 1 vote, passed a resolution Wednesday for improved gun control at the federal and state level, and added an amendment requesting the 22nd District Agricultural Association to discontinue holding gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.Related Link: Del Mar city leaders look to ban gun shows at fairgroundsEarlier this month, the City of Del Mar asked that the Del Mar Fairgrounds stop holding the gun shows in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.“We don’t feel that gun shows are consistent with our community values in Del Mar,” said Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden during an interview with Good Morning San Diego.The Del Mar Fairground board will have their next meeting on April 10, but unless the request is placed on their agenda, there will be no vote. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 28, 2018 Solana Beach City Council passes resolution for improved gun control at federal and state level KUSI Newsroom March 28, 2018
It remains unclear whether or not this is the same monkey as the one spotted in Aventura.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Another day, another monkey sighting in South Florida.A 7News viewer recorded video of the media-shy primate at the Delvista Towers in Aventura, Tuesday morning.“It was right there on the grass, and I was right there in the parking space,” said Adrian Vilshanetsk, who spotted the monkey. “It went right here, it went towards this area, then we kept following it.”The furry drifter then ran onto the Turnberry Isle Golf Course.“We were really close to the monkey, we were following the monkey. Then it went in the trees and into the golf course,” said Vilshanetsk.The sighting takes place one day after an Aventura deli owner said he spotted the monkey twice — once on his way to work near Northeast 186th Street and Biscayne Boulevard and then again in the parking lot of a synagogue.Residents reported monkey sightings in North Miami Beach on March 20 and March 29.
Wesley Nicoll builds a planter as part of the vocational education program at Wildwood Correctional Center in July 2017. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)In Alaska, two-thirds of people who leave prison end up going back within three years. But former inmates who can find decent jobs within a year of release are half as likely to re-offend, according to an Alaska Department of Labor report. So how does the Department of Corrections want to cut recidivism? By teaching the trades.“So what we’re gonna do is take less than a 1/16th of an inch off the lip of this,” Wesley Nicoll explained as he picked up a thin slat of wood he was using to build a planter box. He and another worker slide it into a loud table saw, the change barely perceptible.Nicoll worked in construction before but has never done such highly precise carpentry. It was just one of the many skills he was trying to learn as he neared the end of his sentence at Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai.Nicoll said it’s an important supplement to the substance abuse treatment he’s received while incarcerated. “To be able to come here and do the hands on woodwork, welding, to keep my hands busy — I feel ready to go on the out. To be productive when I get out,” he said. It’s a huge change from his last release three years ago. “Before I was just getting released and being relatively aimless.”Nicoll has been in and out of prison for about 12 years, mostly for drug-related crimes. He developed an addiction to opioids after a couple of severe injuries. In the past, he was released without feeling like he developed any skills or support systems in prison.“The last time I got out, looking for work and getting turned away multiple times, it got extremely frustrating,” he recalled. “And after so long, I just kind of gave up and went back to what I knew,” using and selling drugs.Which is what Department of Corrections staff, like vocational instructor Tim Ward, are trying to prevent. Two years ago, Wildwood didn’t offer much to help prepare people for release.Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai. (Photo courtesy of DOC.)Ward walked through the vocational education center, which is still in a state of expansion. “This building used to be a storage area. So it was just full of racks with pallets of junk,” he said, laughing at the memory.Now it has a new classroom, a small area for carpentry, and extensive metalworking tools. Ward has his students build practical items that can be used, like sheds and barbeque grills. They even built the booths they learn to weld in. Participants can earn national certifications, too.“The whole hope is they can get out of prison, get a job, and not come back. And this is the tool for that,” he said.Wildwood Superintendent Shannon McCloud said the vocational education program is just an example of ways corrections institutions across Alaska are trying to be more than just punitive warehouses for people. There’s a push for more programs in every state prison that help inmates develop the skills they need to reenter society and stay there.“The whole idea of incarceration has changed,” said McCloud, who has worked in corrections for more than 27 years. “I think people realize that these people are going to get out of jail. So, what can we do to put out a better product than what we received? So let’s work with them. Let’s get them out. Let’s try to help them not come back. I mean, that’s our motto.”She said the idea behind the vocational education classes was to give people viable skills to seek jobs, but the program is accomplishing a lot more.The inmates are “different when they’re over there. I mean, they’re like men. They’re not like these punk kids, ‘cause they know that’s what they’re supposed to be over there. Grow up. Get a skill. Move on,” she said.And moving on is exactly what Nicholl is doing. When we meet again – one month after I interviewed him in prison – it’s at a bustling coffee shop in south Anchorage. He released from Wildwood a week earlier. Through his family, he’s already received some job offers based on the certifications he earned at Wildwood, but he wants to find a job on his own.The certifications help, he said. “It makes me a lot more confident while I’m job searching, that’s for sure.”He also has a full ride to college starting in January thanks to the help of his native corporations.Nicholl said it’s the first time in six years he’s released from prison prepared and sober – and he actually wants to stay that way.“I spontaneously smile. I spontaneously catch myself laughing because it’s hard to believe it’s real sometimes,” he said, grinning.He took a sip of his coffee, prepared to look for a job and move on with his life. He said he’s scared but ready.Want to hear more Solutions Desk stories? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or NPR.
Santosh Nagar: Residents of Santosh Nagar are outraged against the civic authorities for delaying garbage pickup. Locals allege the workers to be shirk when it comes to working. Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, a local resident said, “We have been trying to apprise the civic authorities since last one month. The stretch is where everyone from nearby colonies comes for morning walks and here they are welcomed by garbage pileups and malodorous smell. The workers don’t appear to clean the garbage evading from their responsibilities. I request the concerned civic authorities to take some serious decisions and implement them then only we can be ‘Saaf Hyderabad’.”
Popular on Variety This fall, Vice Media is rolling out a slate of new programming on Snapchat, Instagram’s IGTV, and YouTube. The company also detailed its “contextual brand safety” solution for video, the company announced during Tuesday’s Digital Content NewFronts West in Hollywood.Ciel Hunter, Vice Media’s global head of content, said during the marketplace event that the upcoming “Vice Reports” series will launch on Snapchat and Instagram and allow around 100 correspondents, filmmakers, and photographers across the world to talk about the relevant events happening in their lives. The series was inspired by the company’s coverage following the shootings in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year, when Vice turned over its Instagram handle to students across the country during the walkouts calling for gun reform. “Honest, authentic storytelling necessitates an openness for inclusion and a hunger to discover and document the lives of those less visible in our world,” Weaver said. “Today’s youth represent a diversified clash of cultures, identities, and ways of life. Vice, as the voice of today’s new generations, has an obligation to represent and embody these generations and their every form.”Vice Media was among companies including the New York Times, Gallery Media Group, and FameBit by YouTube to present their developments on the opening day of the IAB’s inaugural NewFronts West conference. Tuesday’s presentations touched on influencer marketing and trending content formats like podcast and video programs. Companies slated to present Oct. 10 include Viacom, Snap, Meredith and Walmart’s Vudu.Pictured above: Ciel Hunter, Vice Media global head of content Hunter also announced two new series, including “18 With Issues,” the company’s first to launch on Instagram’s IGTV video platform. “18 With Issues” host Em Odesser, who’s 18 years old, will go to four political hot spots including Chicago and Flint, Mich., to interview teens across the political spectrum about their feelings ahead of the midterms. Odesser said the series will show audiences that teens are passionate about politics and that their concerns should be taken seriously.Model and activist Richie Shazam will also host “Clothes Minded,” a YouTube series that’s a new spin on makeover shows. Airing on the channel for Vice Media’s Broadly brand, the series will capture pivotal moments in the lives of “young queer people,” Shazam said.“Giving us the power to tell our stories of being brown, being black, being on the LGBTQIA spectrum and being young, we want to deal with the sort of violent realities,” Shazam said, including “cyberbullying, mental-health awareness, and being able to communicate that and to show that on screen, but also to do the opposite: to show our imagination and show our fantasies and show how we decide to express ourselves.”In addition to new digital content, Josh Weaver, Vice Media’s director of media, also introduced the company’s partnership with Oracle Data Cloud to roll out the first-ever “contextual brand safety solution for video.” Weaver said brands often steer clear of anchoring their ads with content that contains not-safe-for-work or off-brand messages, but that often restricts material promoting inclusion and diversity, according to the company’s 18 months worth of research. According to Vice, brands often ban content featuring LGBT descriptors like “gay,” “transgender” and “bisexual,” as well as words like “immigration,” “Asian,” “interracial,” and “Muslim.”Here’s how Vice’s brand safety solution will work: Vice will feed videos to Oracle Data Cloud to assign each video a “brand safety score” based on its subject and theme, in a way that accounts for inclusive content. Brands can decide to either allow their ads to be played during the video, or to block it if the video’s brand safety score is too low. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Stay on target Fugitive Agrees to Turn Himself In If Facebook Post Gets 15,000 ‘L…Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Rare Ring-Tailed Lemur From California Zoo We all know that money does not, in fact, grow on trees. It also doesn’t come shooting out the front of your inkjet printer.At least it shouldn’t. Not if you don’t want to spend an extended amount of time in a cell.That wasn’t enough to deter a 20-year-old German woman recently. She wanted to purchase a car. She had a perfectly good all-in-one inkjet printer sitting around at home and a ream of standard-grade inkjet paper just begging to have something printed on it.As you can see from the image shared by the local police, she decided to whip up a pile of €100 notes. She also printed some €50 bills, too, because sometimes you just don’t want to ask somebody if they can break a large bill.The 2013 Audi A3 during its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. (Photo Credit: A163 / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)Next it was off to the car dealership in the German city of Kaiserslautern, where she set her sights on a sharp-looking 2013 Audi A3. Her salesperson thought everything was pretty normal from the minute she first approached right through the end of the test drive.That’s when things got weird. The woman was given a final price of €15,000 which she then attempted to pay with a fat stack of her DIY €100 bills.The salesperson was understandably caught off guard, telling Neue OZ (Google Translate link) that he’d seen plenty of odd stuff in his time at the dealership but never anything quite like this. “No one was that brash,” he said. “I just asked her incredulously if she wanted to play Monopoly,” he continued. When the customer maintained her poker face he figured it was time to call the police.They apprehended the suspect then headed over to her apartment where they discovered an additional €13,000 hot off the inkjet.According to German police, counterfeiting carries a minimum prison term of three months for someone who’s acting alone. If the young woman in this case was part of a gang, that jumps to at least two years.Actually attempting to use counterfeit bills generally increases a convicted perpetrator’s time behind bars. The code doesn’t mention those penalties being reduced purely on the grounds that even small children running a lemonade stand would’ve recognized the bills as being bogus.More on Geek.com:Amazon Workers Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $100K in Apple WatchesPolice Bust Massive Counterfeit Lego OperationSuspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in Police Evidence
(PhysOrg.com) — A team of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) scientists is looking for clues about life on Mars in an earthy clay mineral found only in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. Explore further The scientists are studying rocks containing a bright red mineral called Macaulayite, which is known to be present on Earth only in Aberdeenshire. The researchers think Macaulayite could also be the mineral responsible for the red color of Mars. Macaulayite is named after the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, which discovered the mineral in the late 1970s. It is a swelling iron phyllosylicate found only in a disused quarry at the foot of Bennachie, a nine-peak hill in East Aberdeenshire, and at Inverurie and Buchan Grampian (also in Aberdeenshire).Macaulayite is understood to have been formed during the weathering of granite in the presence of water in the tropical climate that existed in the area before the last Ice Age. Macaulayite is a fine grain mineral containing water bound to the inner surfaces, so if its presence is confirmed on Mars, this would mean water must also have been present, and therefore the planet may have been able to sustain life.A Mars expert from the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) institute, Dr Janice Bishop, said that every life form we know of needs liquid water, so if Mars has or did have standing water, the chances of life appearing are greatly increased.Orbiters and probe landings on Mars have so far provided only limited data on the red planet. Dr Steve Hillier of the Macaulay Institute said NASA had asked for samples of the rare rocks to allow them to compare it with minerals found on Mars. If Macaulayite is found to occur on Mars, Dr Hillier said that would imply liquid water has been present on the surface of the planet.Samples of the rare mineral have been sent to a NASA laboratory in California, where they are being tested.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Proof positive: Mars once had water, researchers conclude Citation: Rare Scottish mineral may indicate life on Mars (2009, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-rare-scottish-mineral-life-mars.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.
(a) Cross-section schematic of a perovskite solar cell with copper iodide hole conductor. (B) Image of the complete device. SEM cross-section images of solar cells using (C) copper iodide and (D) spiro-OMeTAD hole conductors. Credit: Christians, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society 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. Dye-sensitized solar cells rival conventional cell efficiency Explore further Citation: Perovskite solar cells become even more promising with cheaper materials (2014, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-perovskite-solar-cells-cheaper-materials.html (Phys.org) —Due to their rapid improvements in a short amount of time, perovskite solar cells have become one of today’s most promising up-and-coming photovoltaic technologies. Currently, the record efficiency for a perovskite solar cell is 15% and expected to improve further. Although the perovskite material itself is relatively inexpensive, the best devices commonly use an expensive organic hole-conducting polymer, called spiro-OMeTAD, which has a commercial price that is more than 10 times that of gold and platinum. Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society More information: More information: Jeffrey A. Christians, et al. “An Inorganic Hole Conductor for Organo-Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells. Improved Hole Conductivity with Copper Iodide.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja411014k In a new study, Jeffrey A. Christians, Raymond C. M. Fung, and Prashant V. Kamat from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana have found that copper iodide, an inexpensive inorganic hole-conducting material, may serve as a possible alternative to spiro-OMeTAD. Although the efficiency of perovskite solar cells containing copper iodide measured in this study is not quite as high as those containing spiro-OMeTAD, the copper iodide devices exhibit some other advantages that, overall, suggest that they could lead to the development of inexpensive, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.”The hole conductor is currently the most expensive part of perovskite solar cells,” Christians told Phys.org. “Other organic hole conductor alternatives to spiro-OMeTAD have been investigated, but these alternatives still remain very expensive. This is the first reported inorganic hole conductor for perovskite solar cells, and is much less expensive than previously reported hole conductor materials. This low-cost hole conductor could further lower the cost of these already inexpensive solar cells.”Perovskite solar cells, as a whole, are attractive because perovskite is a class of materials with a particular crystal structure that is the same as that of calcium titanium dioxide. This structure gives solar cells high charge-carrier mobilities and long diffusion lengths, allowing the photo-generated electrons and holes to travel long distances without energy loss. As a result, the electrons and holes can travel through thicker solar cells, which absorb more light and therefore generate more electricity than thin ones.Although this study marks the first time that copper iodide has been investigated for use as hole conductors in perovskite solar cells, copper-based hole conductors have previously shown promise for use in dye-sensitized and quantum dot-sensitized solar cells. Part of their appeal is their high conductivity. In fact, copper iodide hole conductors exhibit an electrical conductivity that is two orders of magnitude higher than spiro-OMeTAD, which allows for a higher fill factor, which in turn determines the solar cell’s maximum power.Despite the copper iodide’s high conductivity, the results of the current study showed that perovskite solar cells made with copper iodide hole conductors have a power conversion efficiency of 6.0%, lower than the 7.9% measured here for cells with spiro-OMeTAD hole conductors. The researchers attribute this shortcoming to the fact that spiro-OMeTAD solar cells have exceptionally high voltages. In the future, they think that the voltages of copper iodide solar cells can be increased, in particular by reducing the high recombination rate. The researchers calculated that, if they could achieve the highest parameter values observed in this study, the resulting copper iodide solar cell would have an efficiency of 8.3%.The researchers also observed that the copper iodide solar cells exhibited another surprising advantage, which is good stability. After two hours of continuous illumination, the copper iodide cells showed no decrease in current, while the current of the spiro-OMeTAD cells decreased by about 10%. The researchers plan to further improve the devices in the future.”We are currently working to understand the cause of the low voltage in copper iodide-based perovskite solar cells,” Christians said. “With further work, we aim to increase the stability and improve the efficiency of these solar cells above 10%. “The biggest challenge facing perovskite solar cells is long-term stability in a wide range of environments. The efficiency of the best perovskite solar cells is competitive with current commercial technologies, and they are potentially much cheaper. However, commercial solar cells must last 20-30 years with minimal degradation, and whether or not perovskite solar cells are capable of this type of long-term stability is currently an unanswered question.” © 2014 Phys.org
New diamond harder than a jeweller’s diamond, cuts through ultra-solid materials © 2017 Phys.org These simulations are based on the prediction that, at these pressures, less energy is required to form the cubic diamond nucleation core, or nucleus—the starting point of diamond growth—than to form the hexagonal diamond nucleus. Since forming this nucleus is the most energy-consuming step of the entire process, it follows that cubic diamond formation should be more thermodynamically favorable than hexagonal diamond.But a major drawback of these simulations is that they do not account for the interfaces between the graphite and the diamond nuclei: a lattice mismatch between the two surfaces can induce a strain energy that can interfere with the stability of the growing diamond. Using a novel simulation called stochastic surface walking, the researchers in the new study could more thoroughly explore all of the possible interfaces and identify seven of them that correspond to the lowest-energy intermediate structures in the graphite-to-diamond transition. Overall, the results show that the interface between graphite and the hexagonal diamond nucleus is less strained and more stable than the interface with the cubic diamond nucleus. Accounting for the stability of these interfaces can finally explain why hexagonal diamond forms much more easily and quickly than cubic diamond at moderate pressures.The researchers added that, although cubic diamond may appear to be more desirable than hexagonal diamond to the average person, both materials have their advantages.”While cubic diamond is familiar in everyday life and is a highly useful material, hexagonal diamond could also be very useful,” Liu said. “For example, it was predicted by theory to be even harder than cubic diamond. While the hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite) can be found in meteorites, the production of large hexagonal diamond crystals has not been achieved in experiment. One would therefore expect that large hexagonal diamond crystals, if produced, would be even more precious than cubic diamond.”In the future, the researchers are planning to further improve the simulations by incorporating techniques from neural networks as well as by using big data. Stochastic surface walking simulations can explain why graphite turns into hexagonal, not cubic, diamond under pressures of 5-20 gigapascals. Credit: Xie et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society (Phys.org)—Researchers have finally answered a question that has eluded scientists for years: when exposed to moderately high pressures, why does graphite turn into hexagonal diamond (also called lonsdaleite) and not the more familiar cubic diamond, as predicted by theory? More information: Yao-Ping Xie et al. “Graphite to Diamond: Origin for Kinetics Selectivity.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b11193 Explore further The answer largely comes down to a matter of speed—or in chemistry terms, the reaction kinetics. Using a brand new type of simulation, the researchers identified the lowest-energy pathways in the graphite-to-diamond transition and found that the transition to hexagonal diamond is about 40 times faster than the transition to cubic diamond. Even when cubic diamond does begin to form, a large amount of hexagonal diamond is still mixed in.The researchers, Yao-Ping Xie, Xiao-Jie Zhang, and Zhi-Pan Liu at Fudan University and Shanghai University in Shanghai, China, have published their study on the new simulations of the graphite-to-diamond transition in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.”This work resolves the long-standing puzzle of why hexagonal diamond is preferentially produced from graphite instead of the cubic diamond at the onset of diamond formation,” Liu told Phys.org. “Considering that graphite-to-diamond is a prototype solid-to-solid transition, the knowledge learned from this work should greatly benefit the understanding of high-pressure solid physics and chemistry.”Graphite, hexagonal diamond, and cubic diamond are all carbon allotropes, meaning they are made of carbon atoms that are arranged in different ways. Graphite consists of stacked layers of graphene, whose atoms are arranged in a honeycomb-like lattice. Since the carbon atoms in graphene are not fully bonded, graphene is soft and flakes easily, making it ideal for use as pencil lead.Both types of diamond, on the other hand, consist of carbon atoms that all have the maximum four bonds, which explains why diamond is so hard. In cubic diamond (the kind typically found in jewelry), the layers are all oriented in the same direction. In hexagonal diamond, the layers are alternately oriented, giving it a hexagonal symmetry.Under high pressures of more than 20 gigapascals (nearly 200,000 times atmospheric pressure), theory and experiment agree that graphite turns into cubic diamond, with some hexagonal diamond mixed in. But under pressures of less than 20 gigapascals, simulations have always predicted that cubic diamond should be the favored product, in contrast with experiments. 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