Museum of Natural History Access Through Side Entrance

first_imgAs part of exterior repairs to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, the main entrance on Summer Street will close to replace the ramp and steps. Visitor access will be through the side entrance, off the visitor parking lot, beginning Monday, Sept. 27. The side entrance is wheelchair accessible. Garden areas, lighting and other amenities will also be installed. Members of the public can contact the museum information line at 902-424-7353 or visit for more information about exhibits. -30-last_img


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement When we covered the launch of the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week, one of the events within the announcement of this year’s Canadian film lineup was the introduction of TIFF’s Rising Stars. The reason, quite frankly, is we weren’t ready. We needed to research some of the actors, build pages, edit the photos taken at the event and all the rest. Today we’re ready. This year four actors were selected to participate in the 2016 TIFF Rising Stars programme: Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse. Now in its sixth year, the intensive professional development programme immerses participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. They’ll be taking part in a series of specialized programs organized by TIFF’s Industry team that includes seminars with casting directors, media training, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, as well as a series of unique networking opportunities. New this year, additional international Rising Stars will be announced in the coming weeks.Jared Abrahamson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba and currently resides in Vancouver. After a stint working in the mines and competing as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, he attended the Vancouver Film School. Abrahamson had a lead role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Finding a Family (2011) and parts in the ABC pilot The Manzanis. He will soon be seen in the TV drama Travelers (2017). Twitterlast_img read more

BC man charged in alleged spambot attack on video streaming platform

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. – A British Columbia man has been charged with mischief after a U.S.-based social media platform was allegedly flooded with thousands of spam messages, effectively shutting down many of its channels.Brandan Lukus Apple of Coquitlam was charged Dec. 1 with one count of mischief to computer data after the alleged cyberattack.The 20-year-old man is also named in a B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit filed last April by Twitch Interactive Inc. that alleges he was behind an attack by so-called spambots last year, where unsolicited messages flooded more than a thousand of its channels, disabling the company’s chat feature.The Twitch website says the company is the world’s leading social video service using members to stream video games to 100 million viewers who can take part in game culture through real-time chats and discussions.A B.C. Supreme Court judge separately ordered Apple in April to refrain from creating, selling or promoting any other bots or robots allegedly aimed at the company’s websites.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment and a statement of defence has not been filed in the civil suit.None of the allegations in the lawsuit or in the criminal charge have been proven in court.The case stemming from the criminal charge returns to court in Port Coquitlam next month.The company says in a statement of claim in its civil lawsuit that over 1,000 channels were attacked with over 150,000 spam messages.“Twitch has received hundreds of individual reports regarding spam messages containing racism, homophobia, sexual harassment, links to shock imagery, false implications of viewbotting and soliciting child sex exploitation material ….” the statement alleges.Twitch is asking for damages to cover the cost of investigating the alleged attacks, as well as lost revenue.last_img read more

UAEs secondmost expensive penthouse sells at 20 million

first_imgDubai: A sprawling penthouse in the iconic Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai has fetched a whopping USD 20 million, making it the second-most expensive apartment sold in the UAE’s real estate history. The 20,000 square-foot apartment situated on a prime plot of the Palm Jumeirah entrance One Palm offers stunning views of Dubai Marina’s skyline and the Arabian Gulf. The five-bedroom apartment has immaculate landscaped rooftop terrace with pool designed by world renowned landscape designer Vladimir Djurovic. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The space is truly incomparable, it is the epitome of luxury perfectly balanced with modern elegance complementing the surroundings of One Palm,” said Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of Omniyat Properties, Dubai-based property development group which sold the penthouse. “Considering the modern lifestyle and high standards of living that the emirate offers, Dubai continues to cement itself as the most sought-after residential location of choice, with multi-millionaires shifting their home base to the country,” he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe company said it sold the property at 73 million dirhams (USD 20 million) and beat its own 2017 record when it sold the most expensive penthouse in Dubai for 102 million dirhams. Details of the buyer who has scooped up the second-most expensive penthouse have not been disclosed. The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in the UAE and is known for glitzy hotels, posh apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants.last_img read more

New Air Arabia Maroc Bus Service to Reach Southern City of

Rabat – Moroccan low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc, has expanded its Fes-Errachidia bus service by 135 km to reach Tinghir in the region of Draa-Tafilalt, it was announced on July 23.The updated bus service will also stop at Goulmima, a city in the province of Errachidia.Air Arabia has said that the new service “marks an additional step in the continuing support that the company offers to develop tourism in Morocco.” The company continued that this service would also increase accessibility to previously hard-to-reach regions.The shuttle bus services are provided by Air Arabia Express.

LGV Parking Lots at Moroccos New Train Stations Can Hold 1800

Rabat – In the wake of the high-speed train (LGV) launch in Morocco, the National Railway Office (ONCF) has decided to extend its offer of free parking at the new train stations until December 9 instead of November 30.The parking lots at the newly inaugurated train stations in Tangier, Kenitra, Rabat Agdal, Benguerir, Oujda, and Casablanca Voyageur can house 1,800 vehicles.The parking lots are currently free of charge until December 3, announced ONCF. The set ticket price for parking, after the free offer ends, will be MAD 3 per hour. For a monthly subscription, customers can pay MAD 300.The parking lots are under surveillance and are supervised by security guards 24 hours a day.Read Also: LGV: Moroccans Can Park Cars for Free at New Train Stations in NovemberONCF offered free rides during the first week of the inauguration of the high-speed train, called “al-Boraq,” the first in Africa.On November 15, King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the high-speed train. The train departed for the first time from Tangier with King Mohammed VI and Macron taking the first ride.The King also inaugurated the tripling of the Casablanca-Kenitra railway tracks, the complete doubling of the Casablanca-Marrakech railway tracks, the stations dedicated to high speed trains (Rabat Agdal, Tangier, Kenitra, and Casa Voyageurs), and the new stations of Oujda and Benguerir. The large-scale projects cost MAD 10.5 billion. read more

GuineaBissau Security Council welcomes upcoming polls

9 April 2009The Security Council today welcomed the convening of presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau this June, following last month’s assassination of the West African nation’s leader, calling for continued international support for the election process. In a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency for the month, the 15-member body also welcomed the swearing-in of M. Raimundo Pereira, the Interim President, and the commitment of the new authorities to uphold the country’s constitutional order.President João Bernardo Vieira and his Chief of General Staff, General Batista Tagme Na Waie, were killed in early March. This past November, renegade military elements attacked the residence of Mr. Vieira but he survived the attack, which occurred just one week after legislative elections were staged in a peaceful and orderly manner.Today’s statement called on “the international community to support the Commission of Inquiry established to investigate the assassinations of the President and of the Chief of Staff of the Armed forces.”It also condemned “recent cases of arbitrary detentions, armed attacks and intimidation,” urging the Armed Forces leadership to ensure that its commitment to follow civilian authorities and respect constitutional order is fully honoured.“A sound commission of inquiry is essential to end the cycles of violence and impunity in the country,” Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Council yesterday.He noted that the Prosecutor General has expressed concerns about the lack of security for members and witnesses against threats and intimidation, and over the lack of cooperation from the military with regard to information exchange on the inquiry into the killing of their Chief of Staff. In addition, the military commission detained a number of military and civilians. According to the Guinea-Bissau League of Human Rights, some of the detainees show signs of physical mistreatment, the Special Representative reported. Describing the security environment in the country as “volatile,” Mr. Mutaboba called on the Council to send a signal to the Government and the security forces that they are responsible for protecting and upholding the human rights of the people of Guinea-Bissau. read more

Shapiro embraces new challenge as Blue Jays next president and CEO

Shapiro embraces new challenge as Blue Jays’ next president and CEO Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro speaks at a news conference Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Cleveland. Shapiro, who has had several prominent roles in nearly 24 years with Cleveland, will become the Toronto Blue Jays’ president and CEO following this season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) by Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2015 7:17 am MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – In 1992, Mark Shapiro and younger brother David packed a U-Haul and drove by the future site of Jacobs Field. During Shapiro’s first week with the Cleveland Indians, the final building was demolished to make room for the new stadium as the team began a new era.Soon, Shapiro will arrive in Toronto to start a new era at the helm of the Blue Jays. As the team’s next president and CEO, Shapiro has plenty of challenges ahead of him, on the field and in the front office, the board room and Rogers Centre itself.“This opportunity for me is the right challenge at the right time,” Shapiro said at a news conference in Cleveland. “This is one that fits my skillset. It fits what provides fulfillment for me on a daily basis.”Shapiro will take over for the retiring Paul Beeston at the end of this season after working the past 24 years in various front-office capacities with the Indians, the past five as club president. The 48-year-old said the “compelling and unique” nature of the Blue Jays’ position made it too attractive to pass up.Shapiro will soon take over a franchise that’s on the way to its first playoff appearance since 1993 and one that has plans to renovate Rogers Centre in the coming years. The stadium, which opened in 1989, is expected to have an all-grass field by 2018, and could get a facelift elsewhere.He was part of renovations to Cleveland’s stadium, now named Progressive Field, that made it a more fan-friendly ballpark.“Mark is a seasoned baseball veteran, whose leadership, drive for excellence, and commitment to all aspects of the game is impressive,” Blue Jays chairman Edward Rogers said in a statement. “We have confidence that he is the right person to lead the Toronto Blue Jays into the future and build upon the franchise’s legacy.”On the baseball side, Shapiro’s first order of business is a decision on the future of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, whose off-season and trade-deadline moves shaped Toronto into a contender. Anthopoulos traded for MVP candidate Josh Donaldson and signed catcher Russell Martin in the off-season, then acquired ace David Price, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and others late last month, moves that helped the Blue Jays surge into first place in the American League East.Like Beeston, Anthopoulos’s contract is up Oct. 31. According to multiple reports, Shapiro is likely to retain the Montreal native, who could be an executive of the year candidate.In an interview on the Fan 590 in Toronto, Beeston called Shapiro a “terrific choice.” He said the top challenges facing the next president include updating Rogers Centre for the 21st century, handling the struggling Canadian dollar, continuing to field a competitive team and improving the Blue Jays’ spring training facility.“I can guarantee you: Whatever he wraps his arms around, he’ll make it better,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who joined the Indians to work for Shapiro. “Anybody that he comes in contact with he’s going to make better.”Rogers, which owns the Blue Jays, said in a statement that Shapiro would not be commenting about his new role until he takes over. In the same statement, Shapiro said he was “honoured to be following in the footsteps of one of baseball’s greatest leaders, as I look to build on the franchise’s strong foundation and legacy in Canadian sport.”Beeston was hired in 1976, the year before the team began playing. He served as president from 1989-97, and again since 2008. He was the president and COO of Major League Baseball from 1997-2002.The Blue Jays announced in January that the 69-year-old would retire after this season.“I have known Mark for many years. He is an exemplary executive and his passion for baseball and winning is remarkable,” Beeston said in a statement. “I am happy to pass him the baton — but not just yet; Alex, the team and I have a little more work to do and we’re focused on putting more Ws in the win column.”Indians owner Paul Dolan confirmed the Blue Jays are not sending any compensation to Cleveland for hiring Shapiro. Dolan told reporters in Cleveland that Shapiro was free to leave for another opportunity when he was ready.That opportunity is in Toronto, where Cheri Bradish, the Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing at Ryerson University, believes he can thrive.“From what’s good for the baseball side, he’s young, he’s got a great reputation,” Bradish said by phone Monday. “From a business mind, (he’s) kind of open to new business models, which is so important in baseball today.”With files from the Associated Press—Follow @SWhyno on Twitter read more

Nvidia Shield release date delayed until July

first_imgIn a statement released today by Nvidia, plans to release their new Shield gaming handheld have been delayed until sometime in July — no exact date has been announced yet.There’s been a lot of mixed feelings surrounding the company’s not-quite-pocketable Shield. As the first device to be released with the new Tegra 4 chipset, Nvidia has high hopes that this release will show the power of their new architecture and cater to a niche of users that want a great handheld gaming experience.The recent price drop to $299 (and confirmation of the release date) seemed to revive excitement for the handheld, but a hardware defect has caused the launch to be delayed.“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a third-party component. We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July. We’ll update you as soon as we have an exact date.” Nvidia’s vague finger pointing could concern anything from the custom backplate covers to some of the cases that are meant to be available at the time of launch. While it’s great that the company is willing to delay the launch of the handheld until everything is perfect, the lack of specificity makes it easy to speculate about possible problems.The bottom line is the same, though: Nvidia’s promise today that this hardware will be what they consider perfect at launch. This places the Shield at a stark contrast with many products released today, which often require multiple post-launch updates due to a lack of appropriate pre-launch testing.The back half of this launch — everything from the price drop to this delay — all seem to point to a company that is truly attempting to put their best foot forward. All Nvidia needs now is to be right in their assumption that this portable gaming handheld is what people really want from an Android-based gaming experience.last_img read more

Tout est bon dans lAsus ET2700 le prochain toutenun dAsus

first_imgTout est bon dans l’Asus ET2700, le prochain tout-en-un d’AsusDerrière le nom barbare de Asus ET2700 se cache un ordinateur all-in-one tactile, très bien équipé, qui débarquera en Europe en février.L’Asus ET2700 avait été annoncé fin décembre 2011, et semble enfin prêt à débarquer. L’Europe sera la première à bénéficier de ce PC all-in-one, c’est-à-dire avec seulement un écran, qui contient l’ordinateur lui-même. Comme toujours, ces machines ont l’avantage de la compacité, mais des possibilités d’évolutions limitées, ce qui les proscrit pour les informaticiens en herbe. Elles sont par contre très intéressantes à mettre dans un salon, d’autant plus que la coque en aluminium brossé est du plus bel effet. Ou pour ceux qui ne veulent pas aller plus loin qu’acheter un pc en grande surface tous les 5 ans.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette machine-là affiche du 1080p sur une surface de 27 pouces (68,6 cm) tactile et capable de gérer jusqu’à 10 appuis simultanés (un nombre de doigts plutôt courant chez les humains). Pour remplir cet affichage, la machine peut embarquer au choix des processeurs Intel Core i3/i5/i7, avec 8 Gb de RAM DDR3 à 1,333 Ghz, et une carte graphique Nvidia GeForce GT 540M, à 1GB. Le disque dur va vers les 2 Tb de stockage. L’appareil est agréablement équipé du WiFi, d’un lecteur de cartes 3-en-1, d’un tuner TV, d’un port HDMI, d’une caméra 2 MP et d’USB 3.0. Arrivée est prévue en Europe en février 2012. Avec ses souris et claviers sans fil, il coûtera 1399 €.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

White House insists Trumps disclosures wholly appropriate

first_imgWASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president.The highly classified information about an Islamic State plot was collected by Israel, a crucial source of intelligence and close partner in the fight against some of the America’s fiercest threats in the Middle East. Trump’s disclosure of the information threatened to fray that partnership and piled pressure on the White House to explain the apparently on-the-spot decision to reveal the information to Russian diplomats in a meeting last week.In a series of morning tweets, Trump declared he has “an absolute right” as president to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia. Although top aides on Monday had declared reports about Trump’s discussions false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday sought instead to downplay the significance of the information Trump revealed. The president had been engaging in “routine sharing” with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew. It is extraordinary for a president to share such information without consent of the country that collected it, apparently violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with Israel. It was, perhaps, even more remarkable that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could use the information to find its source.A U.S. official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.The U.S. official told AP that Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The official said the disclosure came as Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence. An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them, “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day.”last_img read more

Drafting a future for 112th Avenue

first_imgWhat: The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan, which would add sidewalks and bike lanes and includes design guidelines.When: The Vancouver City Council will vote on the plans following a public hearing at 7 p.m. meeting on Dec. 19.Where: City Hall, council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.It won’t happen anytime soon, but as city planners look out along Northeast 112th Avenue, they can see the potential for big changes in the sprawling, car-centric corridor. Sidewalks and bike lanes that run the whole stretch of 112th from south of Northeast Ninth Street all the way to at least Northeast 28th Street. Shorter blocks with numerous connector streets to encourage walking. More high-density housing and fewer drive-throughs.“We really want to create an urban center, a place that’s walkable, a place where people want to gather and be,” principal planner Sandra Towne told the city council during a presentation on Nov. 28.The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan is a high-level, 20-year vision for the corridor that creates plans for sidewalks, bike lanes, high-density housing and other design guidelines.There’s no money in the city’s budget to do any of the roadway improvements, so don’t expect jackhammers along 112th putting in sidewalks as soon as the city council votes on the plan Dec. 19.But the corridor vision would help Vancouver go after grants for the work, Towne said. Also, with a large part of the area yet to be developed, the design guidelines and connector streets would go in once the economy picks up and construction starts up again, she said.last_img read more

Police arrest man accused of stealing violin from local musician

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Miami Police have arrested a man accused of stealing a violin from a local musician.Miami Police arrested 51-year-old Matthew Fein in connection to the burglary of Nicole Yarling‘s car, Wednesday.According to police, Fein used a crowbar to shatter the window of Yarling’s Kia Soul after she went inside a Publix to do some shopping.Police said a witness saw Fein burglarizing the car and took several photographs of Fein as he stole the violin and several other items.Detectives later tracked Fein down and identified him through the photos taken by the witness.Fein was taken into custody and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft.Police said Fein pawned Yarling’s belongings. However, they were later retrieved and have been returned to her. last_img read more

Hasbros new Accustrike Nerf guns want you to be a sniper

first_imgStay on target Exclusive: Nerf Ups Its Game With New Kid-Friendly ‘Fortnite’…Geek Pick: Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 Hasbro previewed its newest line of Nerf guns at its pre-New York Comic-Con event in New York last night, and while they lack the speed and size of some of the more notable Nerf guns in recent history they look pretty interesting on their own. The Accustrike line is a new set of Nerf guns with a redesigned dart for more accurate shooting.Accustrike darts actually have corkscrew rifling in the rubber tip, which in theory spins the darts like a bullet through a rifled barrel, making them fly straighter. The biggest issue with Nerf gun accuracy is dart aerodynamics, so this could be a game changer. It also means we continue to get further away from suction cup darts, which are still really fun. Especially since our lab has glass walls.Hasbro unveiled three Accustrike guns, and I tried all three at the event. From the N-Strike Elite line there are the Falconfire pistol and the Alphahawk rifle, and from the Nerf Rebelle line, there’s the Focusfire Crossbow. Archery appears to still be culturally feminine for some reason. Thanks, Katniss.The Falconfire blaster is a single-shot open-bolt pistol. Pull the handle back, put the dart in the chamber, and close the handle again, like the Nerf Sharpstrike. You have to make sure it clicks, or it won’t fire, and that action felt a little bit still for my tastes. Basic, but pretty accurate at short range, and it has this fun pseudo-cyberpunk look because of its partially skeletal design.The Alphahawk is the most sniper-ass Nerf gun I’ve used since the Longstrike. It’s a sniper rifle with a rotating five-shot Nerf Strongarm-like cylinder that flips out for reloading. Bolt action and very accurate. Of course, remember accuracy with Nerf is maybe 25 to 50 feet at best, and the firing range Hasbro set up was 10 t0 15 feet anyway, but it still seemed to shoot more consistently than other Nerf guns.Finally, the Focusfire Crossbow seemed like a smaller version of the Rebelle Codebreaker crossbow. Single-action, rotating barrel, bowstring that pulls back when you cock it even though the power is all in the plunger’s spring. This gun was pretty neat because of a set of pop-up rangefinder sights with notches at different elevations. Useless at the event, but with practice, I could see them offering some impressive accuracy at different distances.The Nerf Accurstrike line launches this spring, with prices ranging from $15 for the Falconfire to $30 for the Alphahawk. There’s also a Nerf Rebelle Truepoint single-shot gun coming out for $10, but I didn’t see it at the event. They’re not super-fast or super-huge, but the accuracy and style could be a big boon, and the price seems right for some easy Nerf sniping.last_img read more

Titan Comics Doctor Who Crossover Continues With Family Affair

first_imgStay on target Nearing the end of Titan’s epic Doctor Who comic crossover event, part six (of eight) kicks off with a family reunion … of sorts.Struggling to escape the clutches of UNIT’s Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and Petronella Osgood—zombified and fizzing with anti-energy—the Twelfth Doctor, his daughter Jenny, Bill, and Nardole burst through the TARDIS doors.But something is different…Oh, yeah—they’re standing in the Tenth Doctor’s ship, with Cindy Wu and Gabby Gonzalez and a whole lot of questions. Starting with: What is this white hole we’re trying to avoid?Keep up, will you?“The Lost Dimension: Part 6” covers (via Titan Comics)Despite the Doctors’ efforts, pockets of “bizarre white energy” have already erupted across the globe, turning men, women, and children into infection-spreading puppets with one target: the Doctor.Written by George Mann, with art from Rachael Stott and Marcelo Salaza, “The Lost Dimension: The Twelfth Doctor” made me squeal with delight more than once.Rich with Doctor-isms and overflowing with kick-ass women (and Nardole), the antepenultimate comic moves fast and leaves readers wanting more. So much more.Stay tuned next week for parts seven (“Special #2”) and eight (“Omega: The Grand Finale”).Part four of “Vortex Butterflies” (via Titan Comics)In the meantime, find out whether the Tenth Doctor and his new companion, a radiant core monitor named Marcie, can save his friends, or if Cindy and Gabby have seen the last of their Time Lord mate.“Time isn’t a straight line. It’s as erratic as the path a butterfly takes,” the Doctor explains. “It seems to move in every direction at once—every dimension. Up, down, backwards, and sideways. And somehow, always towards something.“Reminds me something one of your lot said to me once, someone very wise,” he continues, quoting Sarah Jane Smith: “The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness, or love. Whether it’s a world, or a relationship, everything has its time, and everything ends.”The conclusion of Nick Abadzis’s “Vortex Butterflies” (which continues in November’s “The Good Companion”) is on sale now for $3.99. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Ants follow Fermats principle of least time

first_img“We found that a general rule applies to a dynamic system that relies solely on communication (pheromones) and social cooperation,” Oettler told “This system depends on two features. One is routing information that decays over time and needs to be refreshed, thus making the system flexible. And second on behavioral flexibility by the worker ants that carry this information. A path can only be adjusted by worker ants that do not follow this path, but rather take alternative routes (that they advertise), which may be faster (or slower) than the already established path.”Oettler added that the speed with which information decays is crucial to this system, so the results here may be adapted to information routing problems.The researchers noted that Wasmannia worker ants also resemble humans in this way, since humans have also been found to follow Fermat’s principle when forced to cross surfaces with different qualities. One clear example is when a lifeguard has to find the fastest way to traverse both beach and water in order to reach a drowning swimmer. The researchers also noted that several other factors likely influence why ants choose the paths they do. For instance, the results here suggest that ants prefer to move along edges of borders (in real life, for example, ants are often seen walking along the edges of a sidewalk). Landmarks facilitate orientation, and for ants this could mean that lower amounts of pheromone are needed to mark trails when combined with the physical cues. This is one area that the researchers hope to study more in the future.”We have only shown the outcome of this process,” Oettler said. “In the future we want to study the dynamics of the trail pheromones, their active compounds and evaporation rates. We want to perform behavioral tests with synthetic compounds and detect perception thresholds of individual ants. We also want to study the early dynamics of trail formation over time.” Explore further A ‘refracted’ trail of Wasmannia auropunctata workers at the medium border between smooth (white) and rough (green) felt. The position of the food is on the rough felt. The density of workers on the rough felt is higher than on the smooth felt because travel speed is lower. In addition, it appears, although not very obvious, as if the ants on the rough felt ‘float’ on top of the felt hairs, indicating the difficulty of walking on this substrate. Credit: Simon Tragust. 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. ( —Ants have long been known to choose the shortest of several routes to a food source, but what happens when the shortest route is not the fastest? This situation can occur, for example, when ants are forced to travel on two different surfaces, where they can walk faster on one surface than on the other. In a new study, scientists have found that ants behave the same way as light does when traveling through different media: both paths obey Fermat’s principle of least time, taking the fastest route rather than the most direct one. Besides revealing insight into ant communities, the findings could offer inspiration to researchers working on solving complex problems in robotics, logistics, and information technology. More information: Jan Oettler, et al. “Fermat’s Principle of Least Time Predicts Refraction of Ant Trails at Substrate Borders.” PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0059739.g001 The researchers, Jan Oettler, et al., from institutions in Germany, France, and China, have published their paper on using Fermat’s principle of least time to predict ant trails in a recent issue of PLOS ONE. The scientists experimentally studied the behavior of the little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, one of the world’s 100 most invasive species. They collected three colonies, each containing several thousand workers and multiple queens, from different sites in Israel. They put the ants in plastic boxes without food, and then connected each box to its own foraging arena where cockroaches were provided as food in the corner opposite from the entrance. The surface of each foraging arena was split in half, and each half was covered by a different material. The researchers experimented with combinations of three materials that differentially affected the ants’ average walking speed: rough polyester felt (1.73 mm/s), smooth polyester felt (2.97 mm/s), and polyethylene glass (4.89 mm/s). When ants forage, they deposit pheromones to build a trail, and favorable trails become reinforced with increased usage.Given the ants’ average walking speeds on different materials, along with information on the distances across the foraging arena and the angle defining the shortest path (the straight line) between the entrance and the food, the researchers predicted the angle at which the ants would cross from one surface to the other if they chose the fastest path. In accordance with Fermat’s principle of least time, this angle can be thought of as the angle of refraction, similar to how light refracts at a certain angle at the boundary of two media in which it travels at different speeds. Robot ants successfully mimic real colony behavior The researchers calculated the fastest path as predicted by Fermat’s principle of least time (dotted yellow line), which is not the direct path. In this example, the ants can walk faster on Surface 1 than on Surface 2. Credit: Jan Oettler, et al. Journal information: PLoS ONE Copyright 2013 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of The researchers found that the ants’ paths closely matched those predicted by Fermat’s principle of least time and did not follow the most direct route. In other words, the ants accounted for the different walking speeds on the different surfaces and traveled a longer distance on the surface where they could walk faster. Citation: Ants follow Fermat’s principle of least time (2013, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

The Last Farmhouse Hidden in Manhattan – Take a Tour

first_imgA farmhouse in Manhattan? When thinking about Manhattan Island in New York one usually thinks of towering skyscrapers, flashing neon lights, trendy housing districts, the New York theater district and some of the most valuable real estate in the nation.  One certainly doesn’t think of farmhouses, but at the corner of Broadway and West 204th street in Upper Manhattan that’s exactly what one would find. Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum. Photo by Pavla Havirova CC by SA-4.0New York and Manhattan Island were originally settled by the Dutch and named “New Amsterdam”.  The area included all of New York City and part of Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Allegedly in 1626, Dutch governor Peter Minuit purchased the island from the local Native Americans, the Manhattans (an offshoot of the Algonquian tribe) for $26 of trinkets expecting the Indians to relinquish the land.Original city map of New Amsterdam, called the Castello Plan, from 1660.By 1664 the English and taken over New Amsterdam and in 1686 it was the first city to be awarded a charter from the Crown. According to website myinwood, Jan Dyckman arrived in the New World sometime in the 1660s and began buying land.  He acquired two hundred and fifty acres and set up a working farm with a farmhouse, barns, apple and cherry orchards, a cider mill, outbuildings and livestock.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Dyckman farmhouse in 1895.Dyckman house in 1934By the time of the American Revolution, his grandson William was in charge of the farm.  When the British occupied Manhattan the Dyckman family was forced to flee to upstate New York. Afterwards the family returned to find their property destroyed.  William immediately started building a new house for his family.Dyckman farmhouse. Photo from Messy NessyWhen he died in 1787 the family offered the property for sale but his son, Jacobus, took over and increased the size of the farm.  He stayed until his end in 1832 when his sons Michael and Isaac inherited the farm.  Isaac left a will leaving the homestead to a cousin who was required to change his name from James Frederick Smith to Isaac Michael Dyckman in order to keep the property in the Dyckman name.The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, is the oldest remaining farmhouse on Manhattan island, a reminder of New York City’s rural past. Photo by Beyond My Ken CC by 2.0Four different auctions distributed about three hundred fifty acres for sale and Isaac Michael distributed the profits between the members of the family Isaac had designated.  When Isaac Michael died the remaining property was sold to his two daughters, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean and Fannie Fredericka Dyckman Welch. By then the house had been used as a rental and had seriously deteriorated.Location of Dyckman farmhouse in Manhattan. Photo from Messy Nessy.The sisters and their husbands launched a massive restoration project bringing the farmhouse, gardens and property back to life. During the restoration, thousands of relics including pottery shards, parts of stirrups, tableware, horse shoes and a cannon were discovered.Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum. Photo by Pavla Havirova CC by 4.0Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum. Photo by Pavla Havirova CC by 4.0In 1916 the sisters gave the estate to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to be used as a museum to house the new discoveries as well as the original Dyckman furniture and belongings to help educate New Yorkers on their common past.Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum. Photo by Pavla Havirova CC by 4.0Interior of Dyckman farmhouse. Photo from Messy NessyBashford Dean, architect and the husband of Mary Alice, published a forty six page booklet entitled The Dyckman House Park and Museum giving the history of the area and the family as well as detailing the restoration of the farm which can be read for free on Google Books.Dyckman farmhouse. Photo from Messy NessyThe Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is located in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood and is open to the public free of charge but appreciates any donations.  During the winter it is only accessible on Friday and Saturday and in summer and fall it is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:00 AM.  It is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City and puts on programs such as yoga instruction, concerts, story times for kids and other educational exhibitions.Related Article: Paul Revere’s Renowned 1680 House is the Oldest in BostonThere are still reminders of the Dyckman family in the area including Dyckman Street running south from Broadway to 10th Ave near the Harlem River, Dyckman Pharmacy and the Dyckman Street Subway Station. For more info on how to visit please visit Dyckman farmhouse websitelast_img read more

Is Kyrie Recruiting KD to the Knicks During BehindtheScenes AllStar Game Hallway

first_imgIn the age of social media every professional athlete Twitter and Instagram “like” can set off the online rumor mill, so it’s no surprise that a conversation at the All-Star Game between massive free agent fish Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant is drawing intense scrutiny and speculation.The video of the convo has no audio, but that’s not stopping conspiracy theorists – and Knick fans – from arguing that Irving is pitching Durant on the idea of teaming up in New York in the hallway before ASG tip-off. Aside from gestures, some are alleging that Irving mouths the words “Two max slots” which would seem to reference the Knicks, who will the ability to sign two max players.Is there something to this, or is this just bad internet lip reading creating a forest fire where there is none? You be the judge.Kyrie Irving has been caught on video saying, “two max slots, it’s time” to Kevin Durant 👀— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) February 18, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Install Pamac in Arch Linux for a GUI like Manjaro

first_imgInstall Pamac in Arch Linux for a GUI like Manjaro by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 08, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: July 09, 2017 – 6 commentsArch Linux by default does not come with a GUI tool for updating packages or working with the AUR (Arch User Repository), and this is just fine for most Arch users. However, having used Manjaro for quite a while fairly recently, I kind of got used to using Pamac as a GUI option for these things when I didn’t feel like mucking around with a terminal.So, I decided to install it on my Arch system, and thought perhaps I might not be the only one who would like that, and thought I’d share it the excruciatingly simple installation with you, as well as a brief overview of Pamac for those of you who have not used it before.The installation of pamac is very simple, as long as you don’t mind using the AUR with a command line tool like yaourt.yaourt -S pamac-aurVoila, you now have pamac.Once pamac is installed, you have a couple of different options for using it. You can access it from your applications menu as “Add/Remove Software” and also, “Software Update,” each will bring up a different window with their appropriately designated purpose.Going into the preferences menu will show you an option to enable searching from, and enable updating from, the AUR. This is something that you do at your own risk, as the AUR is entirely user maintained and there is no guarantee the packages found therein will be stable. That being said, I use the AUR extremely often, so your mileage may vary.Other graphical options for Arch Linux package managementThere are a number of other graphical tools for Arch Linux, however I personally have only used one in particular, called tkpacman.tkpacman is very similar to Pamac, but I personally didn’t like the interface, although I can’t give a definitive reason as to why to be entirely honest; it just didn’t sit overly well with me, so with that being said perhaps it might be worth looking at for some of you.According to the Arch Wiki, a list of other front-ends are:Arch-Update — Update indicator for Gnome-Shell.Discover — A collection of package management tools for KDE, using PackageKit.GNOME packagekit — GTK based package management toolGNOME Software — Gnome Software App. (Curated selection for GNOME)kalu — A small application that will add an icon to your systray and sit there, regularly checking if there’s anything new for you to upgrade.pcurses — Package management in a curses frontend.tkPacman — Depends only on Tcl/Tk and X11, and interacts with the package database via the CLI of pacman.UtilitiesLostfiles — Script that identifies files not owned by any package.Pacmatic — Pacman wrapper to check Arch News before upgrading, avoid partial upgrades, and warn about configuration file changes.pacutils — Helper library for libalpm based programs.pkgfile — Tool that finds what package owns a file.pkgtools — Collection of scripts for Arch Linux packages.repoctl — Tool to help manage local repositories.repose — An Arch Linux repository building tool.snap-pac — Make pacman automatically use snapper to create pre/post snapshots like openSUSE’s YaST.In conclusion…There are a number of graphical tools available for those who wish to make use of them, but some people just would rather use the commandline.How about you? Regardless of your distribution of choice, do you prefer to deal with package management via commandline or a graphical utility?SummaryArticle NameInstall Pamac in Arch Linux for a GUI like ManjaroDescriptionMike explains in this guide how to install Pamac, a graphical user interface tool for updating packages, in Arch Linux for a GUI like ManajroAuthor Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

President Solís lifts veto on Labor Procedures Bill promises to ban strikes

first_imgAnte la decisión del Presidente de levantar el veto, tendremos que recurrir a la Sala 4 por la forma y por el fondo— Otto Guevara Guth (@OttoGuevaraG) December 12, 2014 Related posts:For Solís, next key issue is striking workers in essential public services Costa Rican lawmakers go to battle against President Solís’ reversal of labor reform veto Costa Rica’s Solís denies secret agreement with unions on Monday’s strike Workers’ unions to demonstrate against raise in Social Security rate Libertarian Movement Party lawmaker Otto Guevara tweeted that he would file a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to block the law from implementation. Guevara argued on Twitter that the president’s decree would not stand up to the force of the law and that the move would not block essential services from striking.Tico Times reporter Zach Dyer contributed to this story. Facebook Commentscenter_img President Luis Guillermo Solís announced his decision to lift the veto on the controversial “Reforms of Labor Procedures Bill,” which would extend the right to strike to public-sector workers from hospitals, police and other essential services, during a ceremony at Casa Presidencial Friday morning. Former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) had vetoed the bill after lawmakers approved it unanimously in 2012.But Solís added a caveat to his approval: “An element [of this bill] does not satisfy us nor other groups in our society. I speak of the possibility of strikes in essential services,” he said. The president promised that he would issue a decree banning strikes in essential services and establish action plans to guarantee services would continue without interruption. He urged lawmakers for their cooperation in approving it.Bill 15,990 will be published into law on Friday in the official government newspaper La Gaceta, but will not take effect until May 2016.The president defended his decision on the need to update the country’s labor laws, which he called obsolete. Among the new law’s provisions are protections for pregnant women and employees who have filed sexual harassment complaints. The law also prohibits firing someone based on their religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It also reforms the country’s labor courts with an aim to speed up resolutions.The decision came a day before the deadline to extend the bill’s period of discussion once again at the Legislative Assembly. Lawmakers from Solís’ Citizen Action Party in recent days sought an agreement to pass a decree that would allow resuming discussions on the bill and eventually include amendments, but the effort failed to garner enough support from other parties.“I reaffirm my belief in the need for this bill, and I call on the business sector to sit with me soon and discuss any doubts they have,” Solís said in anticipation of criticisms from the private sector, which had been a vocal opponent of the bill.The president’s announcement generated a flurry of negative reactions from business groups and pro-business lawmakers, who argued that lifting the veto on the bill’s current language would worsen the country’s foreign investment climate. Costa Rica’s Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Llobet said in a statement that “the country’s situation will get worse because the government’s decision will increase instability for the business sector.”Shortly after the announcement, José Manuel Hernando, president of the Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber, also lamented Solís’ decision.“Our business sector, mainly composed of micro- and small-sized businesses, can’t understand how the president travels abroad to attract foreign investment but then makes decisions such as this. These contradictions are becoming the hallmark of this administration and are bringing uncertainty to anyone willing to start a business and hire people here, as the national climate for doing business is reaching a breaking point,” he said.last_img read more