Agadir Silent candlelit standing protest mourning cinemas

first_imgAgadir – The Youth of Agadir chose to peacefully protest the closing of the city’s theaters by carrying candles and banners reading “I love cinema” and ” No to the closure of cinemas”, at the closing ceremony of the 10th edition of the festival of cinema and migration (Festival Agadir Cinema & Migrations), hosted at Cinema Rialto, which is one of city’s oldest theaters famous for having withstood Agadir’s 1960’s earthquake.The protesting youth chose the language of “silence”, using candles to symbolize a funeral, as a civilized way of expressing discontent and mourning over the already closed movie theaters, the ones expected to be shut down, and the lack of any existing consistently working ones. The youth intelligently took advantage of the attendance of famous actors, directors and producers, as well as key officials of the sector Film Festival in Morocco, national and international media, to harness the desired exposure for the cause. Agadir’s residents are very pleased with the initiative taken by the Youth group of the city, to maintain theaters and save cinemas like Rialto and Sahara from being exploited for their strategic locations by those aiming to turn them into ritzy residential buildings.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Moroccan Entrepreneur Mouna Abbassy Wins Cartier Womens Initiative Award

By Yasyn MouhirRabat – Mouna Abbassy, a young businesswoman originally from Morocco, received the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for the Middle East and North Africa on Thursday, October 15, in Deauville, France.Her project featuring original Moroccan products, and called “Izil Beauty,” won over the jury in the competition.  Izil Beauty produces cosmetics made of Argan oil and other rare natural ingredients imported from Morocco. The winner of the Women’s Initiative Award receives $20,000 business monitoring for a year and a trophy.The 33-year-old dedicated her prize to all of the Amazigh (Berber) women who inspired her through their traditional beauty methods.“It’s an honour to receive this award. I dedicate it to all the Berber women working with me and handling this rare and precious resource. Today, argan oil is known everywhere in the world and it’s thanks to their labour, Abbassy said upon receiving the award.“These women live in very harsh conditions and so this award is truly for all them. All I can say is thank you very, very much,” she added.Abbassy moved to Dubai from Morocco 10 years ago to start a career as a marketing professional for multinational cosmetic brands.  Rediscovering the age-old Moroccan beauty rituals, she decided in 2013 to launch her own brand, Izil Beauty. Izil means “pure” in Moroccan Berber.The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is a business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier and supported by the Women’s Forum of McKinsey &Co, and INSEAD.  Since its inception, it has championed young businesswomen whose projects meet three criteria: creativity, viability, and impact on society and the environment. Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards has supported 160 women and 44 award laureate.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

WatchAphria reports 1082 million thirdquarter loss higher revenue

LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Cannabis company Aphria Inc. reported a loss of $108.2 million in its latest quarter as it took a one-time non-cash charge related to its operations in Latin America that were the focus of a short-sellers.Aphria says the Ontario Securities Commission requested it perform an impairment test on its LATAM assets and the company determined it should take a $50 million non-cash impairment charge.The company said its loss for the quarter amounted to 43 cents per share compared with a profit of $12.9 million or eight cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier. ‘Absolutely horrible’: Cannabis industry expectations sliding after slow start to legal era Wall Street private equity firm opens up shop in Toronto amid deeper push into cannabis Quebec cannabis giant HEXO acquires Newstrike Brands in $260-million deal Net revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 28 totalled $73.6 million, up from $10.3 million a year earlier.Aphria also announced that it has struck a deal that will see Green Growth Brands Inc. drop its hostile takeover offer.Green Growth says its offer will now expire on April 25 instead of May 9. The company has also agreed to pay $89 million for 27.3 million of its shares held by GA Opportunities Corp. read more

Read the full report Watchdog finds Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s ethics watchdog declared Wednesday — a bombshell report that leaves a substantial crater in the Liberal government’s road to re-election.Mario Dion concluded that Trudeau’s attempts to influence Wilson-Raybould on the matter contravened section 9 of the act, which prohibits public office holders from using their position to try to influence a decision that would improperly further the private interests of a third party.He said there’s little doubt that SNC-Lavalin’s financial interests would have been furthered had Trudeau succeeded in convincing Wilson-Raybould to overturn a decision by the director of public prosecutions, who had refused to invite the Montreal engineering giant to negotiate a remediation agreement in order to avoid a criminal prosecution on fraud charges related to contracts in Libya.You can read the full text of Dion’s report here:View this document on Scribd Ethics watchdog says he was denied access to evidence in SNC-Lavalin affair Trudeau breached conflict of interest law in SNC-Lavalin affair, ethics commissioner rules read more

Firefighting approach to humanitarian aid not sustainable Deputy UN chief

Although the international humanitarian system is more effective than ever, poverty, climate change and other challenges are leaving multitudes vulnerable to the devastating impacts of war and natural disaster, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA.Speaking at the seventh annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, organized by OCHA, Ms. Mohammed spotlighted that Yemen remains on the brink of famine, Ebola is resurgent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and “some two billion people still lack safe drinking water – more than a quarter of the world.”“Global hunger has increased for a third consecutive year,” she continued. “Almost one-in-nine people suffer from hunger.” Noting that some 132 million people, mostly women and girls, will need aid and protection in 42 countries around the world, she commended generous donors and humanitarian workers, but stated: “We should be trying to prevent these crises from happening in the first place, rather than helping people to survive them once they erupt.”“We need political solutions; and we need to invest in sustainable development to resolve and prevent crises – of all kinds”, maintained the deputy UN chief.Under the theme “Solutions for Humanity: Creating opportunities for those furthest behind”, the forum is assessing the current humanitarian landscape to identify concrete approaches to challenges, such as compliance, financing and humanitarian-development collaboration.Ms. Mohammed called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “our blueprint” for long-term investment in resilient States and “our best tool” to prevent and overcome existing crises.She reminded everyone that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) represent a universal commitment to tackle root causes of crises, often generated by struggles over resources, issues of inequality and exclusion, unmet aspirations, and ethnic and religious divisions.According to Ms. Mohammed, children suffer the most in humanitarian crises, saying that in countries affected by emergencies, they often lose their homes, family members, friends, and sense of security and normal routine. “But without access to education, they are also at risk of losing their futures,” she added.,Pointing out that 60 per cent of preventable maternal deaths occur in crisis zones, and that girls are more than twice as likely as boys to be out of school there, she maintained that “implementing the SDGs is first and foremost about saving and improving the lives of people and preventing suffering.”“We also need to walk the talk by investing in women’s participation and gender equality,” she continued, highlighting that this effectively bolsters humanitarian aid programmes,,By the end of 2017 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced, from 59.5 million in 2014. Food insecurity escalated from 108 million in 2016 to an estimated 124 million. The average humanitarian appeal lasted seven years compared to four in 2005.,“Yet less than two per cent of our humanitarian aid goes to meeting this goal,” she lamented. “This must change.” She also cited the recent UN-World Bank study, Pathways for Peace, which estimated that conflict prevention could save some $34 billion in economic damage, annually.The deputy chief encouraged everyone present to think about innovative solutions and partnerships that could help address the challenges “that hinder our ability to prevent and exit existing crises while we continue to save lives and to do this at scale.”“Those furthest behind need and deserve opportunities and hope of a better future,” she concluded. read more

RIM demos The Astonishing Tribe apps on PlayBook

first_imgAt the beginning of December last year RIM announced that it had acquired Swedish design and technology company The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). With that buy, RIM got a talented team focused on creating “beautiful user interfaces for any screen and any device”. Only a couple of months later and TAT is ready to start showing off what it has achieved on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.The first app being demoed during the Mobile World Congress can be seen in the video above and is called Scrapbook. It is basically a photo viewer app, but adds a few design elements allowing you to bring information together on the screen just like the page of a scrapbook. The app boasts multitouch support, has a large range of assets you can add to images, and the ability to take 3D photos once you are happy with your final scrapbook page.Next we get to see the Aura weather app. This is a very simple app focused on telling you what the weather will be like in a particular location at a particular time. Interaction is enhanced by tapping into the accelerometer in the PlayBook to make some of the on-screen assets move, such as the clouds.While simple, RIM is using Aura as an example of how easy it is to create apps for the PlayBook. Everything you see is produced using only HTML 5 and CSS. There is no programming language to learn, you just work with common web technologies.This final video shows the interface design TAT has been working on as well as the PlayBook’s ability to render sterescopic 3D without any real impact on performance. The other thing to note about this demo is just how responsive and fast the PlayBook is.via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionIf you consider that TAT has only really been fully focused on the PlayBook since its acquisition by RIM in December, managing to produce two apps and a user interface demo is quite impressive.While neither app is a tablet seller, it’s the kind of content you want to have ship with the PlayBook just because they are nice to have. The Scrapbook app especially has a lot of potential for enhancing your images and allowing them to be shared.My main takeaway from these demos is that the PlayBook is fast. If that performance is offered up to app developers with a low barrier of entry we could see some visually stunning apps appearing, not to mention the potential for games on the device.last_img read more

Video Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch talk WrestleMania on ESPN

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next ESPN has posted a clip (above) featuring RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch on Tuesday morning.Rousey, Flair and Lynch talk about the news that they will be in wrestling in the main event of WrestleMania 35 in two weeks at Metlife Stadium.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandscenter_img Videos Articles The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WhatsApp Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rouseylast_img read more

Sandals Foundation to give 30days of donations to Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, donation, hurricane joaquin, restoration, sandals foundation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Oct 2015 – As restoration continues in The Bahamas, there was a major announcement on Saturday night at the World Travel Awards in Great Exuma on behalf of Sandals Resorts CEO, Adam Stewart. It was shared that the Sandals Foundation would for the next 30 days take all of its incoming hurricane donation funds and give them to The Bahamas to assist in the restoration of the affected islands and cays. Hurricane Joaquin served a devastating blow to the country and Bahamas Prime Minister, Perry Christie has announced that it will take $60 million dollars to resuscitate islands including Acklins, Long Cay, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Long Island, Rum Cay and Ragged Island. That figure has been met with some backlash in the public. Nonetheless, Tourism Minister, Obie Wilchcombe on Saturday evening at the World Travel Awards thanked Sandals for its commitment to help rebuild. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release – OAS and Chinese Scholarships

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received communications about a message that is circulating on social media regarding scholarships being offered by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of China.The Ministry wishes to clarify that, while the Government of The Bahamas, from time to time, receives scholarships from agencies and countries with which we have relations, the information circulating on social media is not completely accurate.The scholarships being offered by the OAS are available to all nationals of member countries of the OAS and not specifically Bahamians.  Also, the OAS has subsequently informed that the amount attached to these grants is $15,000, rather than $30,000 as stated in the social media message.The Chinese Government offers six scholarships to the Bahamian Government annually; however, there is no mention of the amount of monies attached to these offers.Official information about scholarships, fellowships and other forms of technical assistance managed by the Ministry can be found on the Ministry’s website, mofa.gov.bs.  Information about OAS scholarships can be accessed on the OAS website.The Ministry takes this opportunity to caution members of the general public about circulating information not obtained from official sources.Release: Ministry of Foreign Affairs(BIS)last_img read more

29 of baby boomers cite worklife balance as top consideration when looking

first_imgMore than a quarter (29%) of baby boomer employee respondents view work-life balance as the most important factor when considering a change in job, according to research by Hays.Its Hays UK salary and recruiting trends 2017 report, which surveyed 6,531 employers and 10,055 employees across the UK, also found that 27% of generation X employee respondents cite work-life balance as the most important factor when considering moving jobs, compared to 17% of generation Y employee respondents, and 14% of generation Z employee respondents.The research also found:16% of employer respondents think that a benefits package is the most important factor in attracting staff, and 8% of employee respondents cite employee benefits as most important when considering a new role.24% of employee respondents cite work-life balance as most important when considering a new job, and 13% of employer respondents feel this is the most important factor in attracting new staff.9% of generation X employee respondents view employee benefits as the most important factor when considering a new job, compared to 8% of baby boomer respondents, and 7% of both generation Y and generation X respondents.41% of generation Y employee respondents cite career development as the top factor when thinking about moving jobs, and 8% cite the work environment, compared to 37% and 9% of generation Z employee respondents, respectively.27% of employee respondents list salary and benefits package as the top reason for wanting to leave their current job.62% of employee respondents expect to move jobs within a year, and 15% expect to do so in the next one to two years.66% of employee respondents think that flexible working is an important benefit, and 55% of employer respondents offer this.58% of employer respondents offer childcare vouchers, and 8% of employee respondents feel this is an important benefit.60% of employee respondents think that having over 25 days’ of annual leave is important, and 48% of employer respondents offer this.40% of employer respondents offer life insurance, and 22% of employee respondents see this benefit as important.50% of employer respondents provide a bikes-for-work scheme, and 5% of employee respondents believe this is an important benefit.Barney Ely (pictured), director at Hays Human Resources, said: “The demographics of the workforce have changed; people are living longer and therefore exceeding what would have been the normal retirement age. [Employers] must be aware that when [managing] a multi-generational workforce, [they] need to ensure that [they] are keeping all employees engaged and retaining and attracting the best talent.“Skills and capability irrespective of age should be the most important factor for any organisation when recruiting, which is why employers should seek to attract and retain the best people for the job across all generations.“With a growing multi-generational workforce it is important that employers offer benefits packages that are tailored to encompass different generational groups. Those employers who are currently offering a combination of flexible benefits are best placed to suit the wants and needs of the entire workforce.”last_img read more

2 crooks attempt to rob store fail

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Two burglars attempted to rob a lawn equipment business but left empty-handed.Surveillance cameras caught the men trying to break inside the building for hours, Saturday night.They cut the power to the building at the West Hollywood Motors, along Hollywood Boulevard and North 57th Avenue.“I don’t know if they knew exactly what they were doing because they spent a lot of time here,” said business co-owner Patty Spina. “I think someone else could’ve done a better job breaking in, but thank God for that.”If you have any information on this attempted break-in, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Safety officials give tips to safely enjoy holidays

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission held a demonstration so everyone can enjoy the holidays safely.Safety officials gave a list of a tips to avoid any holiday hazards this season.At their annual fire demonstration, officials showed the potential dangers of decorations.Some tips to remember are checking for faulty wiring and bulbs, as well as watering your Christmas tree.“We’re all enthusiastic when we put our tree up, but once the holidays are over, we forget to water them, they get very dry,” said acting CPSC chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, “and that becomes a very big danger in terms of catching on fire. Also in terms of trees, when you’re setting it up, keep it away from any heat source.”The CPSC are also warning people to take caution while putting up those decorations, especially when you’re on a ladder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Android creator Andy Rubin concealed Google payments from

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Android creator Andy Rubin, who was paid USD 90 million by Google as a severance package after being accused of sexual harassment, concealed the payments from his estranged wife for years, the media reported. In a civil complaint filed in San Mateo, California, Rubin’s estranged wife Rie Hirabaru Rubin alleged that he and a former attorney conspired to convince her to sign a premarital agreement a few days before they were married, that “later barred her from sharing any part of her husband’s financial gains”. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The lawsuit, first reported by BuzzFeed on Tuesday, alleged Andy “concealed his income” from his wife and kept her “in the dark as to his sources of income, the amount of money the family had, and what it was being spent on”. The lawsuit also accused Andy of running “what appeared to be a sex ring”, alleging that he had affairs with at least five other women. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Andy’s wife also alleged that he opened a separate bank account a few months before he left Google in October 2014 to receive his earnings and make “hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to other women”. Andy’s attorney said in a statement that “this is a family law dispute involving a wife who regrets her decision to execute a prenuptial agreement”, reports The Verge. Advertise With Us “It is full of false claims, and we look forward to telling our side of the story,” the attorney added. Google reportedly paid USD 105 million to Andy and another former executive of Indian-origin Amit Singhal as exit package after they were accused of sexual harassment in 2014. According to media reports, Google initially agreed to pay USD 135 million to Andy and Amit. The total amount was later brought down to USD 105 million (USD 90 million for Andy and USD 15 million for Amit). Singhal later joined the rival company Uber. He stepped down as Uber’s Senior Vice President of Engineering in 2017 after the sexual harassment details reached the ride-hailing giant. Singhal was Senior Vice President at Google Search while Rubin was head of Android at Google. The news of the payouts, reported by the New York Times last October, led to widespread protests on Google’s campus. Singhal “was allowed to quietly resign at Google in 2016 in the wake of credible allegations of sexual harassment, and was paid millions in severance”. According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google has so far terminated 48 people for sexual harassment.last_img read more

Troll says Kareena Kapoor Khan has forgotten to wear clothes actress gives

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan gives befitting reply to troll.InstagramKareena Kapoor Khan is one such actress who despite not being on social media, is often much talked about on Twitter. Bebo recently appeared on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show where the diva responded to few of the most awkward comments from netizens.Apart from being showered with love from fans, Kareena is also often shamed on social media for various reasons like – from wearing bikini to allegedly not spending enough time with her son Taimur.The bold and confident mother has now responded to all those trolls in her own sassy style. During the show Kareena was shown some of the nasty comments that are made on her name. One of those comments read, “Kareena Kapoor looks like she has forgotten to wear clothes”.In response to this, she said perhaps this person saw her wearing a bikini during vacation in Maldives, and he or she believes that women are not supposed to go for a swim. “So, I should have been swimming in a saree probably,” a witty Bebo added.Another person had made a similar comment criticising her husband Saif Ali Khan for “allowing” her to wear bikini. Kareena gave a befitting reply to the person saying, “Who is Saif to stop me from wearing a bikini anyway? Because I don’t think my relationship is as such that Saif would ever tell me why are you wearing a bikini or why are you doing such things or what? I don’t think so at all. I think we share a very responsible relationship. He trusts me and when I am wearing a bikini then obviously there’s a reason I am wearing it:I am taking a dip.” Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and son TaimurInstagramSome other such comments were shown to the actress that questioned her responsibility towards Taimur and also her morality as a mother and wife. However, Kareena replied to all those trolls with the perfect words and tone. Close Kareena Kapoor Khan’s journey from Actress to Mommylast_img read more

ThinkGeek April Fools Products Include PlayMobil Apple Store and Angry

first_imgEvery year on April 1st, the folks at ThinkGeek go out of their way to come up with hilarious products that don’t exist. Often, those April Fool’s products are so well loved that the community demands they become real, like the My First Bacon talking plush. This year, ThinkGeek’s April Fool’s Day arsenal includes goodies like a Playmobil Apple Store Playset, complete with a little Steve Jobs giving a keynote speech in the theater and a Steve Wozniak on a Segway outside. The show floor is covered in iPads and iMacs, and the “optional line kit” gives you enough people to make your own little line outside the store full of people who have waited for days for the next shiny iThing. Also among the spoof roster this year are Angry Birds Pork Rinds, which, as you might imagine, are crispy and green. We know where those came from. There are also Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles, a Minecraft Nether Portal USB desk toy, Gummi iPhone Cases, and more. Sadly none of them actually exist, but if you like them enough you can tell ThinkGeek that you want a real one when you click to add the fictional product to your cart.You can check out the videos for the Angry Birds Pork Rinds and the Playmobil Apple Store behind the jump.last_img read more

Is dark energy static or dynamic

first_img(Phys.org)—While hypothesized dark energy can explain observations of the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, the specific properties of dark energy are still an enigma. Scientists think that dark energy could take one of two forms: a static cosmological constant that is homogenous over time and space, or a dynamical entity whose energy density changes in time and space. By examining data from a variety of experiments, scientists in a new study have developed a model that provides tantalizing hints that dark energy may be dynamic. Copyright 2012 Phys.org 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. The scientists, Gong-Bo Zhao of the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing; Robert G. Crittenden of the University of Portsmouth; Levon Pogosian of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and the University of Portsmouth; and Xinmin Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Science, have published their paper on the evidence for dynamical dark energy in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their paper, the scientists focused on constraining dark energy’s equation of state, which has historically been a very difficult task. The equation of state characterizes the way that the universe is expanding, and scientists use observational data to constrain this parameter in an attempt to find its precise value in the real world. Knowing the true value of the equation of state would not only lead to a better understanding of dark energy, but gravity as well. The key question is whether the value of the equation of state ever equals -1, since that might point to the breakdown of Einstein’s theory of general relativity on cosmological scales. Some models have estimated an equation of state very near -1, which has prompted the search for a quantum theory of gravity.In the new study, the scientists’ main finding is that the latest observations give a slight preference to a dynamical dark energy model whose equation of state evolves from less than -1 at low redshifts to greater than -1 at higher redshifts – at some point equaling -1. “If this result were confirmed, it would imply an additional intrinsic degree of freedom of dark energy and could be a smoking gun of the breakdown of Einstein’s theory of general relativity on cosmological scales,” Zhao told Phys.org. Explore further 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. Citation: Is dark energy static or dynamic? (2012, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-dark-energy-static-dynamic.htmlcenter_img More information: Gong-Bo Zhao, et al. “Examining the Evidence for Dynamical Dark Energy.” PRL 109, 171301 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.171301 Journal information: Physical Review Letters To attain this result, the scientists combined cosmological data from the latest supernova, cosmic microwave background, redshift space distortion, and baryonic acoustic oscillation measurements. Then they applied a new reconstruction method to the data, which has the advantage of minimizing the biases that occur in some other reconstruction methods. “Perhaps the greatest significance of the work is the demonstration of the method as a means of determining whether dark energy is dynamical without relying on an arbitrary model for how dark energy could evolve,” Zhao said. “It is quite interesting that when it’s applied to the present data, these dynamical models do well, even when accounting for their larger flexibility.”The scientists’ model allowed them to compare a range of dark energy models and determine which models best fit the combined data. Although the dynamical dark energy model was slightly preferred, the researchers noted that models with the cosmological constant still fit the data, though not quite as closely as the dynamical model. The results are still far from conclusive, but the scientists hope that future data might narrow down the models with greater accuracy. They hope that observations by the Planck spacecraft (launched in 2009; first data available in April 2013) and the Euclid spacecraft (launch date is 2019) could help pinpoint the dark energy models that most closely describe our expanding universe. The researchers explained that there are two general reasons why reconstructing the evolution of dark energy’s equation of state is so challenging.”There are two issues here; the first relates to the difficulty of observing changes to the rate of the Universe’s expansion,” Crittenden said. “It took us 70 or 80 years to realize that the expansion rate was even accelerating, and this is largely because it’s hard to find the reliable standard rulers and standard candles which we use to measure it. We are now attempting to distinguish between models which predict very small differences, and to do this convincingly we need future data such as will come from the Euclid satellite. “The second issue relates to our lack of clear alternatives to explain the acceleration; without knowing what it should look like, it’s harder to recognize it. Previous work has tended to assume particular forms for the dynamics, but if these assumptions were wrong, they give us biased information and could miss out on seeing the dynamics entirely. We have tried to make fewer assumptions, which allows us to reconstruct a much larger class of possible models and capture the dynamics if it is there. By improving the quality and quantity of the data, we should be able to verify or falsify a very broad class of dynamical models, which will be crucial to understand the nature of dark energy.” Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic accelerationlast_img read more

AUDIO Kyrie Irving goes full conspiracy theorist in extended interview on flat

first_imgKyrie Irving’s ‘Flat Earth Theory’ comments have drawn mocking and ridicule on social media, and people who trust basic science, but it’s never been clear if Irving actually believes it, or if he was just pulling a prank to prove some larger point.Well, Irving finally opened up on the topic on J.J. Redick’s podcast, and he’s definitely ‘that guy’ when it comes to conspiracy theories.Kyrie has often told people to “do [their] own research” when it comes to his comments implying the Earth might not actually be round, and it turns out Irving’s groundbreaking research on the topic came on Instagram:“When I said it, though, I had been watching a whole bunch of Instagram videos. Meaning, like, I had these specific pages on Instagram that were like, ‘The truth given to you,’ and videos like, ‘This is the flat Earth, and the horizon evens out on evens out only on a flat Earth.’” Advertisement Irving also says he just wants the truth, so the question of the Earth’s true shape can FINALLY be put to rest:“I wasn’t trying to convince everybody the world is flat, and that’s how everyone took it as, which is fine. I just want it to be just done with. Like, give me the truth on a lot of these things, and we can just be done with it.”Kyrie also goes into a long-winded tangent about the new Taco Bell commercial,  how people don’t understand the true meaning of the “all knowing eye,” and 9/11 conspiracy theories.One thing is abundantly clear from this: Kyrie Irving is definitely conspiracy theory guy. Also, J.J. Reddick isn’t sure dinosaurs existed! Come on, J.J.Buckle up, this is a wild ride.last_img read more

Sunwing brings back Price Drop Guarantee promotion

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Sunwing Thursday, March 7, 2019 TORONTO — Sunwing’s popular Price Drop Guarantee is back, allowing travellers to book their summer getaways with confidence.With the promotion, clients can claim up to $200 cash back per person should the price of their vacation package drop closer to their departure date. In addition, those who book by April 17 and travel between June 20 and Oct. 31 also benefit from a reduced deposit of $100 per person and a $50 travel voucher per person, to be used towards their next vacation.Clients can also take advantage of Sunwing’s Best Price Guarantee; in the event they find the exact same vacation package elsewhere prior to booking, the tour operator will match that price.Other value-added offers include Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE, solo parent specials, exclusive access to on-site water parks and spacious rooms that accommodate families of five or more.center_img Posted by Sunwing brings back Price Drop Guarantee promotion << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

New luxury hotel for Perth city

first_imgPerth city will welcome a brand new luxury hotel, The Westin Perth, following the development approval of BGC Development’s 480 Hay Street project.The City of Perth’s Local Development Assessment Panel’s approval means construction of AUD$500 million development will commence immediately.The five star luxury hotel and 22-storey office tower, anchored by The Westin Perth, is scheduled to open in 2017.Located in Perth city’s eastern heritage precinct, the project will deliver a range of creative spaces and public retail spaces whilst preserving the area’s heritage listed buildings through adaptive reuse and refurbishment.BGC Development has built on their existing partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as part of the State Government’s Hotel Development Incentive Scheme.BGC Development director Julian Ambrose says their partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts aims to further boost Perth’s growth as a capital city and says this new development will offer Perth a new level of sophistication.“Perth’s hotel accommodation shortage is well documented, so realising the vision to bring The Westin Perth to 480 Hay Street will go a long way toward resolving this issue in the immediate term,” Mr Ambrose said.“The Westin Perth, combined with BGC Development’s proposed commercial building and other significant precinct attractions will see the evolution of Perth’s next inner city destination.”Starwood Hotels & Resorts Pacific director acquisitions and development Andrew Taylor says 480 Hay Street is the ideal location for this development and provides a great opportunity for the Westin brand to enter Western Australia.“Perth is emerging as a popular and progressive destination for the next generation of global travellers, and The Westin Perth will help meet the need for high end accommodation in a city which has the higher occupancy rates in Australia,” Mr Taylor said.Mr Ambrose says BGC Development is now looking toward finalising the design of the precinct and commencing construction and hopes that The Westin Perth will leave “a strong and lasting legacy for Perth”.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Calling out Uber for what it is

first_imgCalling out Uber for what it isDisruptive technology or destructive disruption? What is Uber and what does it say about us??My suggestion of “we should hail a cab” was met with derision by my younger brothers who said they would pick me up. 10 minutes later a black 7 series BMW pulled up with them hanging out the back window saying “get in”.What?What is Uber to us and what does it say about us?The illegal originsConveniently swept under the carpet, the 7 series demonstrated the provision of an illegal service. A limo driver should not be hailed by the public. If it wasn’t Uber black, it was outright illegal.In Australia, our convict origins love the slap in the face to the law. In France, the slap in the face was more like teargas fired at taxi drivers looking at losing their livelihood.Political correctness, convenience and reformWhether it’s the global marketplace or the proliferation of drugs on the dark web, it is tough for the law to keep up with emerging technologies. With the taxi industry pressuring the government, an illegal ruling seemed possible as the value of those taxi licenses headed to zero. The taxi industry fined drivers, Uber paid the fines. A big company with deep pockets beating law. We clapped and said “taxi man – you have been ripping us off for years”. The law and politicians, now under weight of a public saving money and having jobs created through Uber, used it to drive reform and state by state legalisation. We partied in progress and common sense.  It all seemed good.“Greyballing” – we were being dupedUber went through a period of marketing driven normalization, paying fines and sheer weight of numbers to drive reform.In a number of global posts, we learned Uber had created software “greyballing” software which sent false results to government regulators trying to prevent the company from operating and places they were not allowed. Software posting false results. Uber admitted it.Our opinion was swayed by deception. They admitted it. It was used in Australia. They admitted it.The laws remained.  We still clapped, but only if the person next to us did. Employment below the poverty lineI love talking to drivers as they meet lots of people and can be a great wealth of knowledge and information about what’s going on in the world.Drivers absolutely loved Uber with religious fervor.  They could work when they wanted it. They could earn extra cash. The pay was good. Then the commissions went down. Fees went up. Too many drivers.One UK judge said “Uber resorted to “fictions, twisted language, and even brand new terminology,” in its contracts.”Now worth $80 Billion, Uber was starting to look like another company just ripping off its workers.Awkward smiles replaced the claps. Awkward times at HQComplaints against the CEO, troubling accounts of alleged sexual harassment in workplace, allegations they had stolen valuable IP from competitors.To offer balance, this sort of stuff is regularly levelled at emerging disruptive companies.A lot of smoke obscuring the hand clap. Just a little bit of fire? Uber 2.0 – cars without humansNew technology, disrupt the world, create jobs en route to a fleet of driverless cars and make humans redundant to drive profit. Drivers of today are offered freedom, flexibility and control, working for a company who plans to take away their future. What does Uber tell us about ourselves?What is it we love about Uber? The cool factor, that it’s a little bit disruptive and the short-term convenience and cost savings.$10 and 10 minutes saved getting to the airport.By using a service that started off illegal, made legal through disruption and openly stating it plans to take jobs away from those people filling its coffers.Disruptive or destruction? Progress or powershift?Care factor, I can save $10. learn more about roomsXML.com here Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more