Singlescreen theatre with 80year history in Halifax closing its doors

first_imgHALIFAX – It is where Haligonians watched “Casablanca,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Graduate” and “Titanic.”The Oxford Theatre — a grand, standalone movie house not far from some of Halifax’s most expensive homes — will soon be closing its doors.Cineplex has announced that the 80-year-old Quinpool Road fixture will shut down on Sept. 13 after being sold to a local business — Nanco Group — owned by the Nahas family.“The decision to sell the Oxford was not an easy one as we share the community’s love for the theatre and respect the important role it has played in the city’s history,” Daniel Seguin, Cineplex’s vice president of operations for eastern Canada, said in a news release.“Back in 1937 when the Oxford first opened, single screen theatres were the norm but today multiplex cinemas provide our guests with many film choices in one location.”Norman Nahas, its new owner, said plans for the building have not been finalized, but he is looking at number of options.“We are looking at multiple uses for the space including retail, office and residential so stay tuned for what the next 80 years of the Oxford’s history will look like,” he said in the release.The Oxford has recently favoured independent films and art house titles, sometimes leaving the theatre mostly vacant. But during the release of “Maudie,” the theatre was brimming with movie-goers eager to watch the story of a Nova Scotia artist whose hands were riddled with arthritis.Those types of titles will now play at Cineplex’s nearby Park Lane location.To celebrate its 80-year history, Cineplex is showing a number of fan favourites that have played at the Oxford over the years, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Grease” and “Gone with the Wind.”Proceeds from the $5 screenings will be donated to the IWK Foundation, which raises money for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.last_img read more

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Casino will check hotel rooms even with Do Not Disturb

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – One of the world’s largest casino companies will check its guests’ hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on the doorknob.Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it also is considering giving panic buttons to its employees to enable them to quickly summon help if they are in danger or feel threatened. The company will implement the new policy soon at all its properties worldwide, spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.The company, which owns 47 casinos in five countries, becomes the latest hospitality firm to adopt new room check policies after a gunman broke windows in his Las Vegas hotel room and rained bullets down on an outdoor concert in October, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds before killing himself.“In light of recent tragic events and to further strengthen security, we intend to check rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs on the door every 24 hours,” Stevenson said.The room checks will be conducted by security guards. The company had proposed having housekeepers do the checks, but changed its mind after opposition from a casino workers’ union.Caesars joins other gambling and hospitality companies who have adopted similar policies requiring guest rooms to be checked periodically, even if a “Do Not Disturb” sign is in use, including Disney, Hilton, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts and Boyd Gaming. The frequency of checks ranges from 12 hours to two days.MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas where the mass shooting took place, says it requires a room check after two days if a guest has not interacted in person or over the phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff. The company says it also “reserves the right to enter the room if it is deemed appropriate to conduct a welfare check.”Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union had planned to hold a news conference Friday morning on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to oppose Caesars Entertainment’s proposed use of housekeepers to carry out the room checks, but called it off after the company told them it was changing the proposal.“After pressure from workers, Caesars Entertainment has agreed to rescind the room check policy that would have required housekeepers to enter rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on them,” the union said in a statement distributed Thursday night. “Additionally, Caesars has informed us that the company is testing safety buttons with the intention of providing them to all housekeepers in the near future. Caesars will also be increasing the security presence on the guest floors.”Union officials declined to comment Friday, and Caesars officials did not address the union’s contention that worker opposition led to a change in the proposal.The union had been concerned not only about the Mandalay Bay shootings in Las Vegas, but also assaults and injuries among Atlantic City casino workers. Those cases include the sexual assault of a hotel worker at Bally’s who was pushed into a room and attacked earlier this month, and a fire at the Tropicana that started when a guest set up an illegal methamphetamine lab in the room. A hotel worker who entered the room after the fire broke out had to be hospitalized.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Five Peace Region students advance to Canadawide Science Fair at regional competition

first_imgGrade 11 NPSS student Kyra Taylor did her project on preventing and monitoring back complications in horses. The quartet will be joined by Dawson Creek Grade 11 student Amy Crandall. DCSS Central Campus student Ridley Chisholm was originally selected to go to Ottawa, but was replaced by Korfmann after he was unable to attend.The full awards results from the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair on April 10th are as follows:SPECIAL AWARDS:AGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Junior) – $50Winner – Alexander Rugina, Grade 6, CM Finch Elem., The Race of DiffusionAGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Senior) – $50 Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Game Developers Innovation Award (Grades 6-8) – $50Winner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping Energy BC Hydro Power Pioneers Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyBC Nature Award (Grades 6-8) – $75Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Science Teachers’ Award – $100Winner – Avary Tyrell, Grade 7, Freedom Thinkers, A Freezin’ FrenzyBCIC Young Innovator Scholarship – $2000 Scholarship to a BC UniversityWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Senior Sec., A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesBritish Columbia Dental Hygienist Award – $25 Each, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ava Gordon and Gemma Parsonage, Grade 4, Charlie Lake Elem., Will it Decay … or Will it Stay?CWL Energy Botany Award – $50Winner – Abi Krafczyk, Grade 5, Christian Life School, Does WI-FI Affect Plant LifeCWL Energy Health and Safety Award – $50Winner – Jack Webster, Grade 5, CM Finch Elem., Tide Pod Toxicity ChallengeCWL Energy Healthy Living Award – $50Winner – Justin Vander Linden, Grade 6, Clearview, H2 EwCWL Energy People’s Choice Award – $50Winner – Brianna Shuman, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Students vs GradesCWL Energy Physics Award – $50Winner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsCWL Energy Science of Sport Award – $50Winner – Adalyn Dutchak, Grade 4, Alwin Holland Elem., Skate, Swim, Sit, or FlingEngineers & Geoscientists of BC Award – $100Winners – Lucas Wuthrich, Grade 6, Heritage Christian Online School, Recycle BuddyGenome BC Award – 2 Awards of $100Winner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsMichael Crooks Physics Prize – $75Winner – Jaleh Azarpaad, Grade 6, Ecole Central Elem., Spaghetti Bridge EngineeringNPVC Animal Care Award – $50Winner – Harlan Giesbrecht, Grade 4, North Peace Home Educators, Weight Gain in Eggs During IncubationRoy Northern Environmental Award Junior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Roy Northern Environmental Award Senior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSCWIST Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsTimberline Trail and Nature Club Award – $50Winner – Brynn Beswick, Grade 5, Hudson’s Hope Elem/Sec., The Dirt on SoilVibrant Communities Award Elementary – $100Winner – Nathan Tremblay, Grade 6, Robert Ogilvie Elem., Wind TurbineVibrant Communities Award Senior – $100Winner – Claire Urich, Grade 7, Bert Bowes Middle School, Bullying BehaviourDIVISIONAL AWARDS:Viper Innovations Top Grade 4 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsViper Innovations Top Grade 5 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Krispin Johnson, Grade 5, Upper Pine, Coming Soon: Ice Age the RealityViper Innovations Top Grade 6 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Honourable Mention Junior Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky Mosquitoes Second Place Junior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyTop Junior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSecond Place Intermediate Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jaiden Gibbons, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Trash TalkTop Intermediate Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jade Haab, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Elevated IQSecond Place Senior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IITop Senior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNominations for Provincial Awards:Genome BC Scholarship – $1000 ScholarshipNominee – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome II W.E. Coates Award – $200Nominee – Haley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilStudents Selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, May 12-19:Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesHaley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilKayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionAmy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IIKyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNote: Ridley Chisholm, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, was originally selected to attend the CWSF in Ottawa, but he is unable to attend, and he was replaced by Haley Korfmann. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students in Grades 4 – 12 from around the Peace Region showed off their science knowledge at the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair in Fort St. John on Tuesday.Of the hundreds of students that competed at this year’s regional science fair, just five earned themselves spots to compete at the Canada-wide Science Fair, which is taking place this year in Ottawa from May 12th to 19th. Haley Korfmann, Hailey Dutchak, and sisters Kayli and Kyra Taylor will represent the North Peace at the competition.Dutchak, who is currently in Grade 7 at Dr. Kearney Middle School, did a science project on mosquitoes. Kayli Taylor, who attends Upper Pine School in Grade 8, studied Hydro Seeding – a plant regrowth for logging blocks. Freedom Thinkers independent school student Haley Korfmann, also in Grade 8, did a project called ‘Drowning in Oil’.center_img Winner – Kordell Ollenberger, Grade 8, Clearview, Top ConductorAl Appleton Award – $100Winner – Elanor Copes, Grade 8, Clearview, Feel the HeatBC Agriculture in the Classroom Award – $65last_img read more

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What Disney gets as its 713B buy of Fox assets closes

It’s finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets on Wednesday, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed . Disney gets far ranging properties ranging from Fox’s film studios, including “Avatar” and X-Men, to its TV productions such as “The Simpsons” and networks including National Geographic.The acquisition comes as Disney plans to launch its streaming service Disney Plus later this year.MOVIESX-Men and other movies from Fox’s studios could be added to Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Fox’s film studios, with “Avatar,” X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool, would pair well with Disney’s studios. This includes reuniting the Marvel franchises X-Men and the Avengers, as some of those characters were already in Fox’s hands when Disney bought Marvel in 2009. Disney also has the Muppets, Pixar and “Star Wars.”On Tuesday actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of his “Deadpool” character in a Disney-branded school bus. “Feels like the first day of ‘Pool,” he wrote.TELEVISIONFox’s TV productions include “The Americans,” ”This Is Us,” ”Modern Family” and “The Simpsons.” Its networks include FX Networks and National Geographic. The Fox businesses add to Disney’s roster of channels like ABC, the Disney Channel and Freeform. “Modern Family” already airs on ABC.STREAMINGDisney gets controlling stake in streaming service Hulu. Comcast, Disney and Fox now own 30 per cent apiece, with AT&T owning the other 10 per cent through Time Warner. With Fox’s share, Disney has a controlling 60 per cent stake. It has said it plans to keep operating Hulu for general programming, with its own Disney Plus service offering more family-focused fare.INTERNATIONALThough it dropped its bid for Fox’s stake in Sky, Disney gets other international properties from Fox, including Star India, a major Mumbai-based media company with dozens of sports and entertainment channels; and stakes in Tata Sky, an Indian satellite TV provider and Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch-based media company.THEME PARKSDisney has made extensive use of its portfolio at its theme parks in California, Florida and overseas. Disney, for instance, is expanding its attractions related to “Star Wars.” On the flip side, Disney turned its Pirates of the Caribbean ride into a major movie franchise.Disney would be able to expand its opportunities with Fox, though theme parks have historically been able to reach licensing deals with rival studios. Comcast’s Universal, for instance, has rides based on Fox’s “The Simpsons” and Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter.” Disney has licensed Fox’s “Avatar” for its “Pandora” park within Walt Disney World.FOX CORP.What doesn’t Disney get? Fox Corp. is a new stand-alone company that comprises of the assets Disney didn’t buy. It includes Fox News, Fox Sports, the Fox Network, and Fox TV stations.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

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UN enlarges crucial communications centre for earthquake relief in Haiti

With access to information vital for making crucial decisions on how best to get help to some 3 million victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing to enlarge the emergency communications network it has set up in a country where an already weak infrastructure has been destroyed.Within 24 hours of the 12 January quake WFP – which plans to distribute 10 million ready-to-eat rations in the coming week – had already sent its Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST) to the ravaged capital, Port-au-Prince, bearing laptops, satellite phones and VHF radios from the agency’s IT (information technology) centre in Dubai. Once on the ground, they set up a makeshift office in a garden inside the compound of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and set to work, restoring the mail server, establishing steady voice and data services, and a VSAT wireless voice and data link independent from the established but damaged infrastructure.Now, a week later, the FITTEST office in the compound garden is a mini communications hub, allowing up to 100 humanitarian workers precious voice and data access within and outside the country. As well as enabling operations to help disaster victims, communications are also important for the safety of aid workers. The WFP team has set up a 24/7 radio room to keep contact with them as they move across Haiti.Meanwhile, more equipment is on the way. A self contained cellular network has been dispatched from Brindisi, Italy. Once up and running, it will be able to handle data and phone calls from some 5,000 devices. Another three metric tons of material, satellite equipment, phones, computers and radios is being dispatched from Dubai.“We have basic connectivity,” WFP specialist in IT network design William Gonzalez said. “But there are the obvious problems of limited phone lines and limited bandwidth, which is something we will need to address as the humanitarian community in Haiti increases in number.” 20 January 2010With access to information vital for making crucial decisions on how best to get help to some 3 million victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing to enlarge the emergency communications network it has set up in a country where an already weak infrastructure has been destroyed. read more

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Dragons Den auditions coming to Niagara Falls Feb 21

Dragons’ Den will be holding open auditions in Niagara Falls on Friday, Feb. 21 looking for the next big thing for the CBC series.Dragons’ Den will be holding open auditions in Niagara Falls on Friday, Feb. 21 looking for the next big thing for the CBC series.Dragons’ Den gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of wealthy Canadian business moguls – the Dragons. Successful pitchers will have a chance to earn real investment from the Dragons’ own pockets.The Niagara Falls auditions are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Avenue), meeting room 208.Auditions are scheduled across Canada until at least March 1.

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Goldman Sachs to pay 5 billion in mortgage settlement

Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in mortgage settlement FILE – In this March 15, 2012 photo, a trader works in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs has reached a $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its role in the sale of mortgages in the years leading up into the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis. Goldman will pay $2.39 billion in civil monetary penalties, $875 million in cash payments and provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief in the form of mortgage forgiveness and refinancing. The settlement, announced late Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, was reached between Goldman and the U.S. Department of Justice, the attorneys general of Illinois and New York and other regulators. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 5:16 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs said Thursday it will pay roughly $5 billion to settle federal and state probes of its role in the sale of shoddy mortgages in the years leading to the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis.Coming nearly eight years after the crisis, the settlement is by far the largest the investment bank has reached related to its role in the meltdown. But the payment is dwarfed by those made by some of its Wall Street counterparts.Goldman will pay $2.39 billion in civil monetary penalties, $875 million in cash payments and provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief in the form of mortgage forgiveness and refinancing.The U.S. Department of Justice, the attorneys general of Illinois and New York, and other regulators who are part of the settlement have not officially signed off on the deal, which could take some time.The government agencies are part of a joint state-federal task force created by President Barack Obama after the 2008 financial crisis that has extracted some of the largest settlements out of Wall Street.Goldman, like other Wall Street banks, has been under investigation for allegedly misleading investors on the safety of the securities they created by bundling and selling mortgages.Many of those poorly written mortgages went bad, triggering the financial crisis that spawned the Great Recession and the multi-billion government bailouts that have caused so much political anger in recent years.“We are pleased to have reached an agreement in principle to resolve these matters,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in a prepared statement.As a result of the settlement, Goldman said its fourth quarter earnings will be reduced by $1.5 billion. The firm earned $1.33 billion in its third quarter. Goldman is scheduled to report its results on Jan. 20.A spokesman from the Department of Justice declined to comment on Goldman’s announcement.Goldman has been one of the last banks to settle with regulators for its role in the financial crisis. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and others all reached larger, more substantial settlements in 2014 and 2015.Bank of America individually has paid out tens of billions of dollars in fines as a result of its role in the housing crisis. When JPMorgan reached a similar settlement with the same task force, it paid out $13 billion.Goldman shares fell 9 cents to $161.30 in aftermarket trading.___Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.__This story has been corrected to read in the second paragraph that the Goldman Sachs payment ‘is dwarfed by’ instead of ‘dwarfs’ payments made by its Wall Street counterparts. read more

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And so it begins Brexit talks to focus 1st on orderly exit

And so it begins: Brexit talks to focus 1st on orderly exit A member of protocol changes the EU and British flags prior to the arrival of EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier and British Secretary of State David Davis at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 19, 2017. Brexit negotiators will discuss Monday Britain’s financial obligations to the European Union as the long, complicated and potentially perilous process of the U.K. leaving the bloc finally gets underway. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 1:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – Talks on Britain leaving the European Union began Monday with both sides saying they will focus first on an orderly withdrawal: a deal for citizens living in each other’s territory, border arrangements between Ireland and the U.K. and the amount that Britain will pay to get out of previous EU commitments.Both EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Davis said after the first negotiating session they were confident of quick progress but said major challenges lay ahead to meet the deadline of March 2019 for Britain to officially leave the bloc.“In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues. We must lift the uncertainty caused by Brexit,” said Barnier. “In a second step, we will scope our future partnership.”From his comments, it appeared that the Brexit talks will largely follow the EU’s conditions and will centre on the two sides’ new relationship only once sufficient progress has been made on the withdrawal issues.Davis was heartened by the spirit of the talks, during which the negotiators, both interested in mountaineering, exchanged a walking stick and a hiking book.Barnier said there will be one week of negotiations every month and the two sides will use the time in between to work out proposals. Both sides will put top advisers to work immediately on a border agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom, aiming to make sure the Irish peace agreement and the common travel area should as unaffected by Britain’s EU departure as possible.While the EU negotiating team led by Barnier has been ready for months, British efforts on Brexit stalled even after it triggered the two-year process on March 29. An early election this month, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her Conservative majority in parliament, only added to the problems.Time is pressing. After Britain’s June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the bloc, the other 27 nations wanted to start the exit talks as soon as possible so they could work on their own futures, but Britain long seemed dazed by its own momentous move.And even when May finally triggered the two-year unraveling process on March 29, she followed it up by calling an early election on June 8 that she hoped would strengthen her majority in parliament and thus her negotiating mandate with the EU.The move backfired, May lost her Conservative majority in the vote and has been fending off critics of her leadership ever since.Still, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remained upbeat Monday, saying he thinks the Brexit negotiations will yield “a happy resolution that can be done with profit and honour for both sides.”Johnson also urged Europeans to look further down the road.“The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon. In the long run, this will be good for the U.K. and good for the rest of Europe,” Johnson said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. read more

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CCOVIs California connection

While he’s learning to craft big, red wines under the California sun, Paul van der Merwe’s (BSc ’16) time at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is never far from his mind.Graduating from the Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) undergraduate program just last year, the Brock alumnus is already set to complete his Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis this fall.He attributes his success at the institution — he finished his classes with a 4.0 GPA — to the knowledge and skills he developed at Brock.Brock’s 2013 Co-op Student of the Year, van der Merwe completed his co-op terms at Culmina Family Estate Winery in British Columbia, Ertus Consulting in Bordeaux, France, and at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.He was also able to work on real-world industry priorities alongside researchers at CCOVI during his studies.“Working on my thesis under the supervision of (CCOVI Director) Debbie Inglis really helped me prepare for the lab work at UC Davis, and definitely made me extremely confident in my abilities in the lab,” he explained. “That ‘Brock Experience’ was a huge benefit to my resume and my education.”Van der Merwe’s never one to shy away from sharing that knowledge, especially when it comes to what he’s learned about the Canadian wine industry.He recently set up a tasting session at UC Davis, pouring several white and red varietal table wines as well as icewines from Ontario and British Columbia for the Californians to sample. He said his peers were pleasantly surprised to learn the wines they sampled were actually from North of the border.“It was really interesting for the students to see the differences in the wines between Canada and California, and to really show them that we have a high-quality industry here in Canada,” he said.Van der Merwe isn’t the only student to see the value of rounding out his education in both cool- and warm-climate regions.In Andrea Barker’s case, however, she decided to pursue her MSc at Brock after cutting her teeth in California first.She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland before becoming the assistant winemaker for a small premium producer specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Santa Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County.After studying in Maryland and then becoming an assistant winemaker in California, Andrea Baker decided to round out her education by continuing her studies in Canada at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, where she is pursuing her master’s and participates in events such as the recent Expert’s Tasting that was held on campus this past spring.While the region is internationally renowned for its winemaking, the allure of gaining a well-rounded education and industry-applicable experience in a variety of climates and conditions drew Barker back to St. Catharines.“I’m originally from Ontario but haven’t worked here in the wine industry,” she said. “It’s exciting to finally come home and put what I learned to use here working on research at CCOVI that has real impacts to the grape and wine industry.”Barker has enjoyed the sense of camaraderie she has experienced at CCOVI, where she is currently studying under the supervision of Inglis and senior staff viticulturist Jim Willwerth, and within the Ontario grape and wine industry as a whole.“There is a good community here,” she said. “In Ontario, people realize the benefit of information sharing, supporting your neighbours and developing an industry together. It’s going to benefit everyone if the industry does well.”That sense of community isn’t lost on van der Merwe.While he has enjoyed his time basking in the West Coast sun, he said the Niagara region is beckoning. After finishing his thesis in the fall, he will return home to join Arterra Wines Canada (formerly Constellation Brands) as Assistant Winemaker in their Niagara Falls facility.“It was really good to get a broad understanding of different problems, solutions and new technologies from a variety of different winemaking regions,” he said. “It has helped me round out my knowledge and will both help me deal with any future winemaking problems and impact my wine style for the better in the future.” read more

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Football 5 plays that mattered in Ohio State vs Rutgers

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) catches a snap in the second quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Other than last week’s get-well game against UNLV, each week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 11 Ohio State’s 56-0 blowout win at Rutgers.Dante Booker interceptionLooking at the final score, it’s difficult to remember that Ohio State struggled in the first quarter. Leading by seven with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter, Rutgers drove to the Ohio State 15-yard line and threatened to tie the game. On second-and-11, Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker picked off quarterback Johnathan Lewis after the ball bounced off the intended receiver and Booker tipped it to himself.Ohio State followed that interception with an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in fewer than three minutes.Johnnie Dixon 70-yard touchdown catchOhio State was facing third-and-17 from its own 30-yard line when quarterback J.T. Barrett found redshirt junior wideout Johnnie Dixon behind the defense for a score.The Buckeyes were nearing their second consecutive three-and-out at 7:27 left in the second quarter and only leading by two scores. Barrett scrambled to his right and the Rutgers safeties lost Dixon behind them. Ohio State would score two more times before the half. Barrett to Victor, 48 yardsBefore the end of the half in another third-and-long situation, Barrett stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor for 48 yards down to the Rutgers 32-yard line.That completion with 1:55 left in the first half set up the Buckeyes’ final touchdown of the half to extend the lead to 35-0.Nick Bosa third-down stopOhio State stalled on its first drive on the second half after a failed fourth down attempt. On its ensuing possession, Rutgers picked up 22 yards on second-and-23 to create a third-and-short situation. That’s when sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa blasted through the line and tallied his first tackle for loss of the game with 11:38 left in the third quarter.Had Rutgers gotten a first down, the Scarlet Knights likely wouldn’t have drove the rest of the field for a score, based on their offense’s consistent inability to move the football. Despite that, those are the types of plays Ohio State should be able to make when prompted later in the season.Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorVictor touchdown grabThis play had little to do with the outcome, but had everything to do with the growth of the offense. Barrett threw his best ball of the day to Victor for a 22-yard score on a near-perfect, back-shoulder fade to the left pylon.Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett on the next offensive drive with the Buckeyes leading 42-0. read more

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Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Jeff Bezos took to the Internet this week to air his dirty laundry—before the National Enquirer could.The Amazon CEO shared emails from AMI executives threatening to release embarrassing photos of Bezos and the woman the Enquirer claims is his mistress.“Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, wrote in a Thursday blog post.The wild story that follows—which plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster—began with an immunity deal.In August, federal prosecutors reached an agreement with Enquirer owner David Pecker, related to his role in a so-called “catch and kill” transaction, in which a newspaper buys the exclusive rights to a story without the intention of publishing it. In this case, to protect President Trump and his 2016 election campaign.“I didn’t know much about most of that a few weeks ago when intimate texts from me were published in the National Enquirer,” according to Bezos.In a move that reportedly sent Pecker into a rage, Bezos launched an investigation into how his private messages—allegedly proving an affair between the married businessman and entertainment reporter Lauren Sanchez (which ultimately led to his pending divorce)—were obtained.AMI retaliated, demanding Bezos halt the investigation, and threatening to release 10 compromising images, including one described by the Enquirer‘s lawyer as a “below the belt selfie—otherwise colloquially known as a d*ck pick*.”“Well, that got my attention,” Bezos admitted. “But not in the way they likely hoped.“Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here,” he explained. “If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”In taking a stand, Bezos is bringing attention to a company’s misconduct and selfish practices. But that won’t necessarily stop the Enquirer from sharing the confidential content it somehow acquired. There is still a chance the world will see Jeff Bezos’s penis.“Of course I don’t want personal photos published,” the tech titan wrote. “But I also won’t participate in [AMI’s] well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”Read the full correspondence between American Media Inc. and Bezos’s lawyers on Medium.* AMI Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard’s misspelling, not mineMore on Geek.com:Jeff Bezos Just Bought the Washington Post for $250 Million in CashJeff Bezos Touts Installation of 10,000-Year Clock—FinallyAmazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own Adventurelast_img read more

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Misick says FCO TCIG need to hold Referendum on Independence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Michael Misick was not included on a recently published list of At Large Candidates for the Progressive National Party issued by the Party’s National Chairman; Misick contends that he should have been on the list.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMichael Misick, former premier is congratulating the British on their decision to leave the European Union; a move which is already being hailed in England as INDEPENDENCE DAY for the country.This reference has not escaped notice by Misick who is an unrelenting and unapologetic force for an independent Turks and Caicos Islands.  Misick in a statement issued a short while ago says, “The exit of the British from the EU will certainly have far reaching implications and a great impact on the UK and its colonies.  We respect the British people’s Right to self determination as it relates to matters that are important to their future, and we seek the same right here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”Misick who will next Wednesday make a major announcement related to the upcoming General Elections feels the UK needs to lead a referendum in the TCI to see who agrees with his view that it is time for the TCI to go independent.“In light of that decision, I hereby call on the British Government and the Turks and Caicos Government to hold a Referendum in the Turks and Caicos Islands as a matter of urgency to determine whether we should remain a British Colony, especially in light of losing all of the benefits that came with being associated with the EU.”last_img read more

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Azpilicueta urges Chelsea fans to behave against Spurs

first_imgCesar Azpilicueta hopes that the Chelsea supporters will behave themselves for next month’s Carabao Cup semi-final against TottenhamFollowing the abuse Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling suffered at Stamford Bridge this month, Chelsea fans caused further controversy by signing anti-semitic chant about Spurs last week.The incident occurred in Hungary during Chelsea’s Europa League game against MOL Vidi.But defender Azpilicueta hopes the Blues’ fans will instead support the team in a more ethical away for their two-legged clash against rivals Spurs.“It’s a massive derby for the fans and we hope that all the behaviour on and off the pitch is what football deserves,” said Azpilicueta, according to Evening Standard.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“There is a lot of rivalry between us, but this is a game where we have to show everyone.“The players will fight hard for our team and we need the maximum from the fans to help the team.“This is a massive game for everyone. We have to show how we are as a club. To give everything for the team, to be behind us. Hopefully we can show how we are, how we behave.”Eden Hazard’s late winner secured Chelsea a 1-0 win over Bournemouth and a place in the last four on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Missouri Soybean Farmer Blogs About Farm Life Advocates for Ag

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kate Lambert’s blog “Uptown Farms.”Kate Lambert is keeping it real–both on her farm and online. She and her family raise soybeans, corn and wheat on their farm in northern Missouri. They also have a commercial Red Angus cow/calf herd and a small flock of registered ewes. In addition, Lambert raises Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs and works full-time for Farm Credit as a loan officer.She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, which gives her a unique perspective on the farm story. She shares this perspective on her blog Uptown Farms—most recently in her post If you’re thinking about marrying a farmer, stop, which takes an honest, humorous look at what it’s really like living the farm life.Lambert is a new member of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Advocacy Communications Team (ACT), a second-tier of first responders who engage with the public, reporters and social media followers on matters of modern agriculture. Her blog is just one example of how this group is working as ag advocates.last_img read more

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Plastic bags and takeout containers banned in one Florida city

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — Starting Aug. 1, residents in Gainesville will no longer be allowed to use plastic bags.According to WCJB, the Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers.Grocery stores in the city will be prohibited from using plastic bags, while restaurants will be prohibited to hand out Styrofoam take-out containers.The ordinance has some exceptions, for items like dog waste bags, newspapers and Styrofoam plates.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Inaugural Beringia Arctic Games Brings Indigenous People Together in Russia

first_imgThe residents of Novoye Chaplino greeted vistors when they arrived on the beach with traditional song and dance.(Emily Schwing KUAC)This time of year, indigenous people across the Far North gather to play games and celebrate traditions. Earlier this month, in Fairbanks they took part in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. There was also a gathering of people from across the Circumpolar north in Inuvik, Canada. This year, native people from Arctic nations joined Russia’s Chukchi and Inuit peoples for the first ever Beringia Arctic Games. It was the largest gathering of its kind in a once forgotten corner of the world called Chukotka.Download AudioSeven women row a long, wide boat out to the middle of a protected bay off Russia’s Bering Sea coast. A flare soars into the air and they pull with all their strength at long wooden oars. They’re in a race against seven other boats and teams.These are skin boats, made from hand-carved driftwood and the hides of two female walrus. Valentina Attun stands at the back of one. She mans a giant wooden rudder and counts strokes in Russian to help her team keep a cadence. By the end of the race, her voice is hoarse.“Of course we are very happy to win the race,” says Attun, “but we had a lot of training,” She says her team is very thankful for the men in her village and her uncle who helped build their boat.This year, more than 20 athletes from seven Arctic nations including Canada, Norway, the United States, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands joined the competition. They also took part in other games of agility, endurance and strength that test traditional hunting and survival skills.In a school gymnasium, competition is fierce during the one arm reach. An athlete balances their entire body on one hand and reaches above their head for a tennis ball, but their legs cannot touch the floor. It’s the same movement you might make if you were gathering bird eggs from a rocky cliff.Johnny Issaluk is from Iqaluit, on Canada’s Baffin Island. He was surprised to discover Russia’s Chukchi people play the same games as Canada’s Inuit.“When we start competing, it’s just the same as competing at home. There’s nothing different. I am playing with my homeboys.”Issaluk says the Russian competition is stiff because they are here to represent their villages. Andrej Kainenen agrees. He is one of 200 residents who lives here in Novoye Chaplino.Kainenan captains a skin boat for his village. He says the event is good because it brings people together.  He says the people in Novoye Chaplino took the time to make their village presentable for guests.The games were met with traditional drumming and dancing.  Olga Leitikai is from a small coastal village to the south. She came to sing. She also works as a liaison between the Russian government and local marine mammal hunters. As more attention is paid to natural resources in the region, she says there is dialogue on all sides.“Of course the society of Chukotka is changing, like all over the world, it’s changing. I think the most important things is to take a balance between tradition and modern life.”The challenge to find that balance is familiar for Sam Nystad, a native Sami from Norway’s Finnmark region. “The western world has definitely taken a big chunk in the Sami culture,” he says.  “The thing is i was actually impressed by how they preserved their culture and how they wanted to chow it to the world through the games.”After two days, the official games come to a close, but the residents of Novoye Chaplino aren’t ready to quit.A group of teenage girls from Greenland sings around a bonfire as Andrej Kainenan shows the crowd a new game.  Men carry a giant rock around in a circle until their arms are exhausted.As a midnight sun sinks below the horizon other local games last well into the night, the same way they have for generations.last_img read more

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Alaskas warming waters could slow coral growth impacting fish

first_imgBob Stone prepares to measure a tagged coral colony. (Photo by Linc Freese/NOAA Fisheries)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said warming ocean temperatures, due to climate change, could slow the growth of some Alaska coral. In a study released Thursday, scientists warned about the potential impact to fish, which take refuge in thickets of coral.Listen nowBob Stone, a fisheries research biologist, dove in the waters of Southeast Alaska to photograph one group of sea fans — a type of coral. His team returned yearly for a period of five years, and they noticed it wasn’t growing as quickly as they anticipated.“There is evidence from other studies around the world that show for some corals under warmer conditions, they do grow more slowly,” Stone said. “So it’s surprising to us but important because at least at the present moment our oceans are warming particularly in the Gulf of Alaska.”Sea fans grow in the waters of British Columbia, spreading all the way to the Aleutian Chain. There are around 136 different types of coral in Alaska waters.In the future, scientists think ocean acidification could threaten coral, too.last_img read more

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Controlling Photons for Use in Quantum Computing

first_img Rempe, a Director at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and a team of fellow scientists believe they have solved the problem of producing and controlling photons by using an optical cavity. Rempe and his colleagues, Doctors Wilk, Webster and Specht at the Max Planck Institute, and Doctor Kuhn at the University of Oxford, have completed an experiment in which they were able to control the direction of a photon emitted from an atom, and its polarization. “This represents a great single-photon source that we can control,” Rempe says. The team details the results of the ground breaking experiment in a paper that appears in Physical Review Letters with the title, “Polarization-Controlled Single Photons.” In the experiment, laser pulses were used to make a single atom emit photons in a stream. “Typically, if you excite an atom and it emits a photon, you can’t control the direction it is emitted in,” Rempe explains. He describes, in an email, an optical cavity, consisting of a pair of mirrors facing each other. These mirrors are separated by a distance of only 1 mm, and used to set the direction of the emitted photons. “The cavity influences the atom so that photons it produces are likely to be emitted in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the mirrors,” Rempe says. “Once emitted, a photon bounces between the mirrors thousands of times before passing through one of them to escape into the laboratory in a known direction.”Rempe admits that the generation of single photons inside an optical cavity has been demonstrated before. But this new experiment adds another layer to the work done before. Rempe’s group takes the control demonstrated in prior optical cavity experiments one step further by being able to determine the polarization of the photons produced. A magnetic field is applied to the atom, allowing different polarizations to be produced, depending on the frequency of the laser pulses used. So, not only can the direction of the photons be controlled, but it is now also possible to completely control all the photon’s degrees of freedom.This, Rempe says, is only a first step towards using quantum processes for computing and communicating. He hopes that his team’s work can lead to additional advances in quantum information processing. “We should be able to extend our scheme to produce photons that are entangled with the internal state of the atom,” says Rempe. “This would be a first step towards creating a quantum network which would allow quantum information to be transferred between different laboratories.” He emphasizes that this new process “opens more possibilities in quantum information processing.” By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Controlling Photons for Use in Quantum Computing (2007, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-02-photons-quantum.html “Quantum information science makes use of the quantum nature of particles to perform computation,” Gerhard Rempe explains to PhysOrg.com. “One approach is to use single particles of light – photons – as the basis of the computer, storing information in a property of the light such as its polarization. To do this, you need a source able to produce photons under full control.” 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.center_img Explore further An atom in a cavity extracts highly pure single photons from weak laser lightlast_img read more

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