Albertas Opposition Wildrose members overwhelmingly approve merger with PCs

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose has overwhelmingly approved a plan to merge with the province’s Progressive Conservative party.Party members voted 95 per cent in favour of the deal, which would see the creation of a new United Conservative Party.The deal needed 75 per cent support to be approved.The results of the Progressive Conservative vote will be announced later Saturday evening.The PCs require a simple majority to approve the deal.PC Leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean have been criss-crossing the province in recent weeks to drum up support for a merger.If both sides approve the deal, it will spell the end of the Progressive Conservative brand that governed Alberta for almost 44 years. That run ended when Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP won a majority in the 2015 election.A merger has been kicked around in various forms for a decade, but caught fire a year ago when Kenney launched his successful bid for the Tory leadership.More than 50,000 Tories and about 40,000 in the Wildrose had signed up to vote.There had been pockets of resistance amid concerns the new party would move far to the right on social issues and open a spot for other parties to grab centrist voters.Former PC president Katherine O’Neill left the party after Kenney’s leadership win in March and now runs Alberta Together, a political action committee looking to attract progressive conservative voters, perhaps through the Alberta Party.If the PCs approve the deal, it will launch a leadership race that already has three participants. Jean and Kenney have said they’ll run, and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer is already campaigning. Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has said he is also considering it.As per the unity agreement, joint committees would be struck to get the machinery of a new party in place with constituency associations and candidates. The goal is to be ready for the next election set for the spring of 2019.Uncertainty remains over what happens if one side fails to ratify.Kenney has talked about a possible Plan B including some form of co-operation, such as the two sides not running against each other in certain constituencies.last_img read more

DGC kicks off TIFF with Top 15 new filmmakers list

first_imgAdvertisement X Facebook X TorontoInternationalFilm Festival X “These directors are all part of a new wave in Canadian cinema,” said Sonoda. “They are the daring, intense, sometimes hilarious filmmakers, whose names you’re going to hear people buzzing about at TIFF and festivals across the country this fall.”“The Discovery nominees are the 15 new directors to watch for this festival season,” said Veninger. “These are exciting new voices you don’t want to miss.”Follow us @DGCTalent on Twitter. #DGCAwards2017 Discovery Award Jury:Jury Chair: Ingrid Veninger (Porcupine Lake)Stephen Dunn (Closet Monster)Kevan Funk (Hello Destroyer)Chloé Leriche (Avant Les Rues) – Past winnerJohnny Ma (Old Stone)Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf) Public Schooled Still Night, Still Light Black Cop X The Crescent The 16th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guests soon to be announced.The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. CalgaryInternationalFilm Festival Indian Horse X X Ava Gregoire X Login/Register With: Mass for Shut-Ins A Worthy Companion X X X Never Steady, NeverStill X X X X Xcenter_img X X X X Sweet Virginia X TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2017 – The Directors Guild of Canada announced the 15 nominees for the 2017 DGC Discovery Award from eOne Headquarters in Toronto this morning. The Discovery Long List was presented by DGC National Directors Division Chair Warren P. Sonoda and Discovery Jury Chair Ingrid Veninger.2017 Discovery Award Long List Nominees:Carlos & Jason Sanchez – A Worthy CompanionSadaf Foroughi – AvaCory Bowles – Black CopCody Brown – GregoireStephen S. Campanelli – Indian HorseWayne Wapeemukwa – Luk’Luk’lKathleen Hepburn – Never Steady, Never StillKyle Rideout – Public SchooledJordan Canning – Suck It UpJamie M. Dagg – Sweet VirginiaSeth Smith – The CrescentSophie Goyette – Still Night, Still LightWinston DeGiobbi – Mass for Shut-InsSofia Bohdanowicz – Maison du BonheurIan Lagarde – All You Can Eat Buddha X X Suck It Up X X X X X AtlanticInternationalFilm Festival LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment X X X Maison du Bonheur X All You Can EatBuddha X X Advertisement Luk’Luk’l VancouverInternationalFilm Festival Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Memorial held ahead of Indigenous Affairs Ministers arrival in Attawapiskat

first_img(Community members gathered in Attawapiskat to remember 13-year old Sheridan Hookimaw. Photo: Jason Leroux)Annette Francis APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT — Family and friends gathered in song and prayer Sunday night in Attawapiskat to remember the life of 13-year-old Sheridan Hookimaw.Hookimaw ended her life in October.The ceremony was held on the outskirts of the reserve where candles surrounded a photo of the young girl, adorned with butterfly lights.  It’s the place where Hookimaw’s body was found six months ago by a police officer.It has been a long week in the community where media, politicians and government officials have converged after Chief Bruce Shisheesh declared a state of emergency after a string of suicide attempts.The federal government responded by sending 18 mental health workers to Attawapiskat and the province promised $2 million dollars in annual funding.Community members who attended the memorial would not comment on Hookimaw but did say the ceremony was held to support the family who is going through a tough week.A picture of 13-year old Sheridan Hookimaw adorned with lights and flowers in Attawapiskat. Photo: Jason Leroux/APTNIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents the riding, are scheduled to arrive in Attawapiskat at 12:30 p.m. local time to meet with the chief and community members.Shisheesh told APTN National News Sunday that he will focus on a made-in-Attawapiskat solution to the problems that plague the community.“We talk about helping each other, working together, and that’s where the three parties can come together, nation-to-nation,” said Shisheesh, “And what an opportunity for both governments to bring reconciliation, you know, to bring nation-to-nation — it’s right here in Attawapiskat.”Shisheesh said the programs and funding in place now will not help the community. Health services are fragmented and split between Canada and the province. He said even when a young person is taken from the community for help, the healing isn’t complete.“They send our children of Attawapiskat down south and with no proper assessment. There’s no follow up, no after care, no mental health services when they return to the community,” said Shisheesh. “And when they get sent out they come back without being properly taken care of. There’s no healing. There’s no proper assessment that has taken place. That’s where the two governments, provincial and federal needs to change the system.”Attawapiskat has its own healing lodge but, according to Shisheesh, the chronic housing shortage where 12 or 13 people share a single house means it is usually used to house families rather than help people in the community who are having issues.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

Sitka hosts conference of southeast Alaska farmers

SITKA, Alaska — Farmers in southeast Alaska are set to meet for a weekend of networking and workshops that aim to better equip the food growers.The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit begins Friday in Sitka, bringing together local farmers and outside experts of commercial agriculture.The biennial summit started in 2015, with organizers hoping for it to be place for farmers to share advice about producing food in a challenging growing environment.Organizer Laura Schmidt, lead gardener for the Sitka Local Foods Network, says the conference is a resource for commercial growers and gardeners who want to take their skills up a notch.___Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, Associated Press read more

UK France tried to interfere – Gota

“There was never any doubt about the grave challenges we would face along the way, nor was there any doubt about the threats there would be to our lives. However, despite these threats, we persisted because we knew that what we were doing was correct, and would ultimately benefit all Sri Lankans,” he added. “During the last stages of the war, when certain western governments with vested interests tried to intervene and halt the progress of the military, the firm resolve and commitment of the leadership was very clear to see. The President, as Commander in Chief was the only person who could call and end to the war. He held firm in the face of immense pressure. The French Foreign Minister and the British Foreign Secretary even came to Sri Lanka to try and influence him to change his mind. Despite this last minute interference, the President did not waver,” Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. Sri Lanka’s powerful defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says Britain and France attempted to influence President Mahinda Rajapaksa into suspending the war in 2009, but that attempt had failed.The defence secretary was quoted in the Defence Ministry website as saying that as a result of the President’s firm resolve and unswerving commitment, western pressure was resisted and the final objective was achieved. He noted that during the entire war effort, all those in Sri Lanka’s leadership positions were highly motivated because they knew beyond a doubt that eradicating terrorism was the only way to create a better future for the people of Sri Lanka. read more

Oil falls below US103 a barrel as Gulf storm passes US debt

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 7:18 am MDT The price of oil fell below US$103 a barrel Monday as a partial U.S. government shutdown entered a second week and crude production in the Gulf of Mexico got back on track after a storm system passed through.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down $1.03 to US$102.81 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contact rose 53 cents to close at $103.84 on the Nymex on Friday.The U.S. was forced to curtail government operations last week after a politically divided Congress failed to approve a short-term funding measure to allow the government to pay its bills past the end of its fiscal year on Sept. 30. As a result, 800,000 federal workers were furloughed and scores of non-essential services were halted. Prices were under pressure since energy would be needed less in a prolonged halt to government activities.Now, Congress faces another deadline that could prove highly damaging to the U.S. economy if missed. The debt ceiling, also known as its borrowing limit, must legally be raised before Oct. 17. The U.S. Treasury estimates it will have $30 billion of cash on hand on that day, but the money will be exhausted quickly — government bills can run as high as $60 billion on a single day.That means the government could default on its obligations to service its debt — which could lead to the first-ever default on government debt.“There are still no signs of the U.S. budget dispute being resolved and this has left investors more wary of risks,” analysts from Commerzbank in Frankfurt said in a research note to clients.Oil production, meanwhile, was returning to normal in the Gulf of Mexico, where late last week several companies took precautionary measures as Tropical Storm Karen approached. The storm dissipated without causing major damage.“More than 60 per cent of the U.S. oil production in the Gulf of Mexico (was) shut down over the weekend as a precaution,” the Commerzbank analysts said.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, was down 82 cents to $108.64 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 1.97 cents to US$2.5879 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil lost 1.99 cents at US$2.9791 a gallon and natural gas rose 6.2 cents to $3.568 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil falls below US$103 a barrel as Gulf storm passes, US debt deadline nears read more

When Vikes visit Pats Rhodes has good chance of playing

EAGAN, Minn. — Xavier Rhodes was trailing Green Bay’s Davante Adams in coverage along the sideline late in the fourth quarter last week. Aaron Rodgers let the ball fly and Minnesota’s best cornerback raced to catch up.Rhodes arrived in time to make the tackle after a 36-yard gain by the Packers, but in the process of the acceleration he hurt his hamstring. As soon as he stood up, he grabbed his right leg and fell back to the turf. The immediate fear was a multiple-week absence for one of the most valuable players the Vikings have.But after testing and treatment, the diagnosis was a “very, very mild” injury, according to coach Mike Zimmer. He said on Wednesday, before Rhodes was held out of practice, that “there’s a good chance” the 2017 All-Pro pick will be able to play on Sunday at New England.With Tom Brady and that potent Patriots offence up next, the timing could not be better for Rhodes to heal quickly. With first-round draft pick Mike Hughes out for the season because of a torn ACL in his left knee, the depth behind Rhodes and Trae Waynes has thinned. Mackensie Alexander is manning the slot on most of the nickel plays, and rookie Holton Hill has been sent in several times to play on the outside as a fill-in when someone’s hurt.The latest opportunity came against the Packers, with the Vikings leading 24-14 when that reception by Adams set up the visiting team for a field goal.“My confidence has always been like a thing for me. You can’t go out on the field if you don’t believe in yourself. It starts there,” Hill said. “Obviously it’s something I’m not used to, but as a player, I’m going to have to play my role. There’s no excuses. I’m about to get in and help the defence out.”Rhodes and Waynes have each missed one full game, and they’ve also both been forced out of several contests because of injuries. The undrafted Hill was a priority free agent out of Texas for the Vikings right after the draft. Grasping Zimmer’s system took some time in training camp and beyond, but he has come a long way and been asked to play more meaningful snaps than anyone would have anticipated.“Now they give us a call, and I just line up, and it’s like natural,” Hill said.Though no soft-tissue injuries are the same, the Vikings have been especially conservative about handling them lately. Running back Dalvin Cook missed five games with hamstring trouble, and linebacker Anthony Barr was sidelined for three games with the same injury. So it stands to reason Rhodes won’t necessarily be cleared for action against Brady, who with two touchdown passes would move ahead of Peyton Manning, who had 579, for first place on the NFL’s all-time list, including playoffs. Regardless of how Rhodes fares over the rest of the week, Hill will need to be ready.“He’s still learning, obviously, like most young guys are,” Zimmer said, “but he’s got a lot of really good competitiveness.”___More AP NFL coverage: and Campbell, The Associated Press read more

Navy officer denies sex assault at military training college

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Royal Navy officer has pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault of a woman at a military training college.Sub Lieutenant David Perry denied the offence during a short hearing at Portsmouth Naval Base’s court martial centre.The alleged offence is said to have taken place at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth on July 5 last year.Judge Advocate Robert Hill ordered the 25-year-old, who previously served aboard the Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond but who is currently based at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, to stand trial on February 13 next year. last_img read more

Guardian editor defends publication of NSA leaks in the face of tough

first_imgTHE EDITOR OF the Guardian newspaper has defended the publication of leaks by Edward Snowden, insisting during fierce questioning from lawmakers that it had not put any lives at risk.Alan Rusbridger insisted he was a “patriot” when he was asked by a parliamentary committee if he loved his country.Britain’s spy chiefs told lawmakers last month that the Guardian’s publication of leaks by former US National Security Agency contractor Snowden had helped Britain’s enemies.“This stuff may be politically embarrassing but there’s nothing here that is risking national security,” Rusbridger said in the televised hearing of the Home Affairs Select Committee. It is important context that editors of probably the world’s leading newspapers in America, the Washington Post and the New York Times, took virtually identical decisions. So this is not a rogue newspaper.Rusbridger said that only around 1 per cent of the 58,000 secret documents passed to the Guardian and other papers by Snowden had been published.The rest were “secure” he said. He declined to reveal in public where they were kept, saying that he would write to the committee to tell them if they wanted.Asked if the Guardian was responsible for revealing the names of intelligence agents, Rusbridger said the paper had “published no names and we have lost control of no names.”Rusbridger said he was “surprised” when committee chairman Keith Vaz asked him: “Do you love this country?”“We are patriots, and one of the things we are patriotic about is democracy and the nature of our free press,” Rusbridger hit back.The committee is questioning Rusbridger as part of its investigation into counter-terrorism.The revelations in the Guardian, the Washington Post the New York Times and Germany’s Der Spiegel are based on files leaked by Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.Over the past six months the reports have laid bare the scale of spying by the US and other countries, often on their own allies, in some cases sparking major diplomatic rows.The heads of Britain’s main intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ warned last month that Al-Qaeda and other enemies were “lapping up” Snowden’s revelations and were using them to change the way they operate.Editor of The Guardian newspaper Alan Rusbridger gives evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee. Pic: PA WireSome of the MPs pressed Rusbridger, 59, on whether he had committed a criminal offence for communicating secret information containing details about GCHQ staff out of the country, namely to journalists at the New York Times.“I think it has been known to the government, apparent to the government for many months, that the material that Mr Snowden leaked included a good many documents that had names of security people working for both the NSA and GCHQ,” Rusbridger said.“I told the cabinet secretary in mid-July that we were sharing this with the NYT. Self-evidently they work in New York.”Rusbridger pointed out that GCHQ officials had later supervised the destruction of computer hard drives and other equipment containing the Snowden files at the Guardian’s offices in London.Vaz asked him if the Guardian was the subject of a police investigation, to which the editor replied: “I don’t know.“Scotland Yard say that they are holding an investigation into the matters generally, no one has told us whether that includes the Guardian or not.”Ahead of the parliamentary hearing, Rusbridger tweeted a “v nice letter” of support from Carl Bernstein, the veteran US journalist who helped break the Watergate scandal.Bernstein said the hearing appeared to be “an attempt by the highest UK authorities to shift the issue from government policies and excessive government secrecy in the United States and Great Britain to the conduct of the press”.© – AFP 2013Read: Guardian editor faces grilling over Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks >Read: “Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up.” – MI6 >last_img read more

ISS la capsule Soyouz sest arrimée à la Station spatiale internationale

first_imgISS : la capsule Soyouz s’est arrimée à la Station spatiale internationaleRussie – Lancée mercredi dernier avec trois astronautes à son bord depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan, la capsule russe Soyouz s’est arrimée ce vendredi à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Comme prévu, les astronautes américains Shannon Walker et Douglas Wheelock et le cosmonaute russe Fiodor Iourtchikhine sont arrivés ce vendredi à bord de l’ISS, qui fonctionne désormais à pleine capacité avec six membres.La mission de l’équipage du vaisseau Soyouz devrait durer cinq mois environ. Les spationautes travailleront sur de nombreuses expériences scientifiques, testeront un système de prévention des catastrophes et déchargeront les derniers éléments de l’ISS. Des sorties dans l’espace sont également prévues.La construction de la Station spatiale internationale, un projet auquel participent seize pays, a été lancée il y a douze ans. Elle devrait être enfin achevée au début de l’année 2011, après un investissement de 100 milliards de dollars.Le 18 juin 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Extremely rare yellow cardinal captured on video

first_img(WSVN) – A very rare yellow cardinal was recently spotted in Alabama’s Shelby County.Auburn University professor Geoffrey Hill told that the bird is the same species as the common red cardinal, but that it carries a genetic mutation, causing it to appear yellow.“Very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation,” Hill said.Charlie Stephenson, an experienced birder, first noticed the cardinal in her yard in Alabaster. She says the sighting left her puzzled.“I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before’,” Stephenson told the website.Stephenson shot video of the bird and shared it with the news outlet. I’m grateful to have my work featured by @audubonsociety, you can see their story on the bird at would love to share this one in a million moment from Alabaster, AL with @NatGeo @natgeowild @TheEllenShow @birdsblooms @abc3340 @ABC @nbc @FoxNews— Jeremy Black (@JeremyBlack13) February 23, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Halestorm Unleash New Single Uncomfortable New Album Vicious Due Out In July

first_img Email Facebook Halestorm Unleash New Single “Uncomfortable,” New Album ‘Vicious’ Due Out In July Listen: Halestorm’s New Single “Uncomfortable” halestorm-unleash-new-single-uncomfortable-new-album-vicious-due-out-july Twitter “One of the coolest things about being out with Maria Brink [of In This Moment] and Ash Costello [of New Years Day], and on this leg we had Mixi from Stitched Up Heart opening up as well, everybody was on the same page,” says Lzzy Hale. “I know we don’t normally bring up that we’re females in the rock industry, usually we just let the music speak for itself. But we all decided in the beginning it was really important to just talk about that, and from that first date on we started noticing that instead of it being 60/40 male/female with the crowd, it was pretty split up the middle, if not tipping the other way.”Deluxe album packages of Vicious are available for pre-order now, and a full list of tour dates and ticket information can be found at Halestorm’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The GRAMMY-winning hard rock quartet return with a vicious new single and announce the street date for their fourth full-length LP Nate HertweckGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 4:17 am Good news Halestorm fans: The wait is over. Today, the band premiered their brand-new single, “Uncomfortable,” along with revealing the details of their fourth full-length album, Vicious, which will arrive July 27.”Uncomfortable” showcases lead singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale at her most electrifying and enraged, unleashing her signature soaring aggressive vocals over the band’s barrage of thrash riffs and drummer Arejay Hale’s relentless pounding rhythms. The song’s intense black-and-white video, directed by Evan Brace places Halestorm in a gritty, double-exposed world. The stark visuals reflect the songs message of standing out by focusing on who you truly are as a person.”This song is really just about being unapologetically yourself,” says Lzzy Hale. “For me, to put this out there as our first ‘hey, how you doing?’ for this new record was really important, because it definitely has that rock and roll with a smile, but to me, it’s something we’ve stood for for many years… make yourself happy. You can’t please everybody.”Halestorm recorded Vicious in Nashville, Tenn., at Rock Falcon recording studio with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Nick Raskulinecz, who has been behind the board for some of rock’s biggest bands, including Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, and many more.”He’s a rock superfan first and foremost, and then a producer,” says bassist Josh Smith. “When you’re working with him, he’s talking to you like he’s your biggest fan, and this is what he wants to hear. And he didn’t let us settle, ever.”Vicious follows Halestorm’s 2015 album Into The Wild Side, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Three years prior, the band earned a GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at the 55th GRAMMY Awards for “Love Bites (So Do I),” the lead-off track from their 2012 sophomore album, The Strange Case Of….Halestorm will head out on the second leg of their landmark U.S. tour featuring all female-fronted hard rock bands. Co-headlined once again by In This Moment and featuring New Years Day on select dates, the tour will pick up on the day Vicious is released, July 27, in Kansas City, Mo., and hit 25 U.S. cities through August before taking on the rest of the world with international dates kicking off Sept. 14 in Moscow, Russian and crossing through Europe before wrapping Oct. 25 in Madrid, Spain. Halestorm will also perform at various festivals and make several special appearances over the summer. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 21, 2018 – 12:01 pm Watch One Take With Halestorm News last_img read more

Facebook user shares video of shapeshifting UFO conspiracy theorists suggest alien angle

first_imgFacebook: Jeff WoolvineA video shared by a Facebook user named Jeff Woolvine is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. In the video, we can see a bright diamond-shaped object hovering in the skies, and at times, this UFO can be seen shifting its shape in the eeriest manner. Interestingly, the UFO spotted in the video also emanated lights from its body., and it did not produce any kind of sound.In his post, Woolvine revealed that the sighting was captured from the terrace of his apartment. After posting the video, Woolvine suggested that this shape-shifting flying object could be either a craft or a living being that has the capability to fly high over the skies.The video uploaded by Woolvine has already captured the attention of conspiracy theorists, and many of them have already started claiming that this sighting in broad daylight is irrefutable proof of alien existence.However, skeptics soon rubbished the alien angle, and they argued that it could be a flying plastic cover that was misinterpreted as an extraterrestrial spaceship.It should be noted that Jeff Woolvine is a popular UFO hunter who hails from Arizona, and he has previously released several videos featuring unidentified flying objects in the skies. A few months back, Woolvine had shared images of bright flying objects, and he claimed that Phoenix lights are making its appearance again in the skies.The report of the new UFO sighting comes just a few days after another unidentified flying object was spotted in Canada. A video of the bizarre incident was shared on YouTube by conspiracy theory channel ‘The Hidden Underbelly’, and it showed a seemingly triangular-shaped object moving across the skies. As the video went viral, conspiracy theorists alleged that the strange object could be either an alien UFO from deep space or the secretive TR3B, a military aircraft developed by the United States Air Force during the time of Gulf War.last_img read more

US Rep Blake Farenthold Resigns From Congress

first_imgFacebookU.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, resigned on Friday.The decision marks the capstone of a tumultuous few months for the four-term congressman, who has been dogged by sexual harassment allegations. “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve,” he said in a statement. He previously announced his retirement in December, a move that created an open-seat race to succeed him. Former Texas Water Board Development Chairman Bech Bruun and former Victoria GOP Chairman Michael Cloud are in a Republican runoff to replace him in the two-year term beginning next January.The governor now needs to call a special election to fill the seat, the winner of which will serve until early January 2019. In 2014, Lauren Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, sued the congressman alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. Both parties agreed to drop the case in 2015, but the terms of the settlement were not clear at the time. Last year, Politico reported that the little-known Office of Compliance had covered an $84,000 settlement to Greene in that case. Farenthold at first pledged to reimburse the federal government for the settlement cost but later became more circumspect about when he would do so.Farenthold, meanwhile, faces an investigation by the U.S. House Ethics Committee over the harassment allegations, along with questions about whether he used official resources for his re-election and if he made false statements to the committee.Farenthold first came to Congress in 2011, after winning a stunning race against now-former U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Democrat. His re-election from then on was essentially assured when the Republican-led legislature dramatically redrew his 27th District and made it far more GOP-friendly. His step-grandmother is Democratic state legislator Sissy Farenthold. Farenthold served on the Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary and Transportation U.S House Committees. Sharelast_img read more

Shapeencoded dynamic assembly of mobile micromachines

first_img Citation: Shape-encoded dynamic assembly of mobile micromachines (2019, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from While new approaches have shown promise to build programmable structural assemblies, these remain to be translated into mobile micromachine assemblies. In the present work, Alapan et al. introduced a directed assembly process to build mobile compound micromachines using dielectrophoretic (DEP) forces to encode precisely controlled distribution of electric field gradients around a body by modulating its 3-D geometry. The results showed site-selective and directional microactuators with a versatile shape-encoded assembly strategy. They showed the possibility of improved strengthening between the actuators and the body by tuning the DEP forces to provide control on rotation. Alapan et al. implemented a new design strategy of directed assembly to control operational dynamics between functional components using shape-encoded DEP forces. The experimental work will provide a rich design space to develop functional micromachines and mobile microbots to perform complex tasks. They drove the assembly using dielectrophoretic interactions (DEP) encoded in a three-dimensional shape (3-D) of individual parts. They followed the protocol by assembling the new micromachines with magnetic and self-propelled motor parts for reconfigurable locomotion and additional degrees of freedom hitherto unrealized with conventional monolithic microrobots. The site-selective assembly strategy was versatile and could be demonstrated on different, reconfigurable, hierarchical and three-dimensional (3-D) mobile micromachines. The scientists anticipate the design principles presented in the work to advance and inspire the development of more sophisticated micromachines integrated in multiscale hierarchical systems. Mobile micromachines offer significant potential to probe and manipulate the microscopic world and create functional order/assemblies at the micro- and meso-scale. A micromachine can be composed of multiple parts, materials or chemistries to address multiple functions, including actuation, sensing, transport and delivery. Functional modes and performance of a micromachine can be dictated by the collective organization and interaction of its constituents. For instance, magnetic particles interacting under rotating magnetic fields can assemble into chains or wheels capable of moving close to solid surfaces. Similarly, scientists have developed light-activated microswimmers within living crystals and allowed self-rotation by regulating the chemical consumption. To design higher complexity, bioengineers and materials scientists must allow programmable physical interactions into individual parts for shape- and material-specific actions under external influences. Examples include the development of composite microstructures assembled as colloids using virtual electric and magnetic molds. Journal information: Nature Materials , Nature Nanotechnology , Nature Physics Explore further RIGHT: Shape-encoded reconfigurable assembly of micromachines with self-propelled microactuators for frequency-tunable locomotion. (a), Janus SiO2 microparticles with an Au cap can actively locomote based on sDEP at high frequencies and ICEP at low frequencies. Locomotion direction is towards the Au cap in sDEP and reverses in ICEP. (b), The Janus particle experiences a DEP force towards higher and lower electric field magnitudes at high and low frequencies, respectively. (c–e), A microcar body with hemicylindrical and filleted assembly sites is designed to generate frequency-tunable selective attraction of microactuators. The Janus particles are attracted towards the equatorial line of the hemicylinders at high frequencies and towards the filleted site at low frequencies. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. The propulsion of Janus particles assembled at the hemicylindrical sites results in rotation of the microcar body, whereas assembly at the filleted site generates linear translation. f,g, On-demand reconfiguration of the locomotion mode is achieved by tuning the frequency and reorganizing the spatial layout of the assembly. Scale bars, 25 µm. LEFT: Hierarchical assembly of multiple micromachines via shape-encoded DEP interactions. (a–c), Two-step hierarchical assembly takes place by the assembly of micromachine units 1 and 2 with self-propelled Janus particles (i) and by the lateral assembly of unit 1 and unit 2 (ii). Micromachine units are designed for selective lateral assembly, where undersides of ledges in the larger unit 2 generate low electric fields that attract the smaller unit 1. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (d,e), Parallel assembly of mobile micromachines maintains the linear motion of the units, whereas anti-parallel assembly results in rotational motion. Scale bars, 25 µm. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Reversible assembly of magnetic microactuators with a non-magnetic body using DEP forces. (a,b), Several magnetic microparticles (10 µm diameter) can be attracted near a spherical non-magnetic body (60 µm diameter) (a) towards regions with lower electric field strength around the poles (b). Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (c), The assembled microrobot translates via rolling motion of the microactuators under a rotating magnetic field (ω). The microrobot can be steered by changing the applied magnetic field direction. Scale bar, 50 µm. Inset, the number of magnetic microactuators (n) assembled around the body can be tuned by the controlled capture of microactuators. (d,e), The number of magnetic microactuators, as well as the applied voltage (inset), determine the velocity of the assembled microrobots. Scale bar in d, 30 µm. (f), When a rotational magnetic field in the x–y plane is applied, actuators rotate freely around the non-magnetic body at low voltages. With increased voltage, actuators mechanically couple to the non-magnetic body, which results in the rigid body rotation of the microrobot. Error bars indicate s.d. of three experimental replicates. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Shape-encoded assembly of magnetic microactuators in the form of a microvehicle. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Assembly and translation of a compound microvehicle with magnetic actuators. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Alapan et al. first programmed the field gradients around a construct to drive the assembly of micromachine parts at desired locations using DEP interactions. The working principle of the device under electric fields relied on the shape-dependent regulation of electric fields around polarizable bodies of the assembled micromachine. To program the local gradients, they investigated how non-electric fields could be modulated around different geometries. The scientists then demonstrated controlled self-assembly of mobile micromachines influenced by electric fields, where they first focused on the assembly of a simple microvehicle. The experimental microvehicle contained a large non-magnetic dielectric spherical body and multiple smaller magnetic microactuators organized around the larger body. When they applied an electric field in the Z axis, the non-magnetic body generated local electric field gradients to attract smaller microactuators around its poles. The newly assembled magnetic actuators served as propelling wheels and Alapan et al. could steer the microvehicle by changing the magnetic field direction by applying a vertically rotating magnetic field. While they increased the velocity of the microvehicle by increasing the number of microactuators, when the voltage in the system increased—the velocity of the microvehicle decreased instead. The scientists presumed this to be due to increased mechanical coupling between the microparticles and the substrate during DEP interactions. The researchers used the method to capture randomly distributed, non-magnetic particles with magnetic microactuators by applying an electric field, then translated them to a new position using a rotating magnetic field for release upon turning the electric field off. Field-directed and self-propelled colloidal assembly can be used to build micromachines to perform complex motions and functions, although their integration as heterogenous components with specified structures, dynamics and functions within micromachines is challenging. In a recent study on Nature Materials, Yunus Alapan and co-workers at the departments of physical intelligence and complex materials in Germany and Switzerland described the dynamic self-assembly of mobile micromachines with desired configurations using preprogrammed physical interactions between structural and motor units. Gummy-like robots that could help prevent disease More information: Yunus Alapan et al. Shape-encoded dynamic assembly of mobile micromachines, Nature Materials (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3Stefano Palagi et al. Bioinspired microrobots, Nature Reviews Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41578-018-0016-9 Antoine Aubret et al. Targeted assembly and synchronization of self-spinning microgears, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0227-4 Bartosz A. Grzybowski et al. The nanotechnology of life-inspired systems, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.116 To control the rotational degrees of freedom of the microvehicle, Alapan et al. could regulate the strength of the attractive DEP forces between the passive body and microactuators to tune their mechanical coupling. For instance, at low voltages, the small attractive DEP forces led to a loose lubrication-based coupling phenomenon allowing microactuators to move freely around the pole. The rotatory joints developed in the study can become crucial for specific biological systems during the development of synthetic molecular, nano- and micromachines for application in the mechanical transmission of energy. © 2019 Science X Network Spatial encoding of DEP attraction sites by modulating the 3D geometry. (a), A negatively polarized particle, with a lower relative permittivity than the medium (εp< εm) experiences a DEP force towards the lower field magnitudes under a non-uniform electric field. (b), DEP forces can be exploited for the encoded assembly of functional components by controlling local electric field gradients generated around a body through its geometry. (c–f), Different 3D surface profiles (fillet or cavity) of a solid body alter the electric field strength around the body (c,e), creating local gradients around the surface profiles depending on the feature dimension, r (d,f). Arrows represent electric field gradients inside the circular region representing a microactuator (10 µm diameter), which is located at the point of maximum force. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (g,h), Negatively polarized smaller actuators experience a DEP force towards (F> 0) or away (F<0) from the indent due to the field gradient around the surface profile. The magnitude and direction of the DEP force depend on the profile type and feature size (g), as well as the applied voltage (h). Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 The researchers then realized programmable self-assembly of mobile micromachines with shape-encoded physical interactions by designing micromachine frames with specific 3-D geometries to generate electric field gradients. The 3-D framework selectively attracted microactuators to desired locations on the micromachine frame itself that the scientists fabricated using two-photon lithography. For the first design, the scientists created a microcar with four-wheel pockets to generate DEP forces and guide the assembly of magnetic microactuators into the pockets. They performed on-demand self-assembly of the microcar within seconds of applying an electric field for free rotation of magnetic wheels inside the pockets as a result of a vertically rotating magnetic field. When they turned on the electric field to a high value, the magnetic microactuators self-assembled into the docking sites for rigid coupling between the micro-rotor frame and magnetic microactuators. When they applied a horizontally rotating magnetic field, the micromotor assembly rotated as a rigid body. The scientists expanded the prototype to build reconfigurable micromachines powered by self-propelled micromotors. For this, they designed micromachines assembled with self-propelled Janus silica (SiO2) microparticles with a gold cap (Au). The frequency-dependent self-propulsion and the DEP response of the Janus microparticles allowed them to design mobile micromachines with reconfigurable spatial organization and kinematics. This experimental setup also demonstrated a form of self-repair. Alapan et al. expanded the observed shape-encoded DEP interactions to define physical interactions between the mobile micromachines by paving the way for hierarchical multi-machine assemblies. As a proof of principle, they designed a two-level hierarchical assembly between constituent micromachines. At the first level; self-propelled actuators assembled with two microstructure units to form mobile micromachines that translated linearly In the second level; the second unit assembled laterally with unit 1 due to the generation of low electric fieldsThe scientists extended the design introduced in the present work into 3-D micro-actuator manipulation and the assembly of micromachines with significant potential for application on lab-on-a-chip devices to facilitate continuous transport, sorting, digital manipulation of micro-objects and microfluidic flow generation. In this way, Yunus Alapan and co-workers designed and implemented programable self-assembly using shape-directed dynamic assembly of micromachines from modular structural and motor subunits to provide unprecedented control on dynamics and functions. The method can provide a solution to engineer multifunctional/material microrobots since the scientists succeeded to incorporate the heterogenous components for sensing, cargo loading and actuation together in a single step. For applications without electric fields such as in vivo biomedical applications, the scientists will aim to optimize and build on the irreversible assembly of micro-components for optimized performance. The work holds significant potential to develop multifunctional, reconfigurable micromachines and life-inspired complex hierarchical systems in materials science for applications in microrobotics, colloidal science, medicine and autonomous microsystems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An immigration sweep by the National Institute of Migration in Cancun has resulted in the detention and deportation of six women.The women were discovered as workers in dance clubs after a mega-operation of 150 officers in 35 vehicles inspected Cancun bars in search of illegal workers. Both federal and immigration authorities toured Cancun bars looking for foreign dancers who are without the legal documents needed to live and or work in the country.Photo: The National Institute of MigrationAs a result of their efforts, six women who were found to be working as dancers in Cancun bars along Lopez Portillo Avenue between Uxmal and Torcasitas, were taken into INM custody after they were deemed unable to prove their legal status in Mexico.All six were detained and transferred to the National Institute of Migration for processing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgManhattanNew YorkThe Peninsula Hotel IMAGE: Salon de Ning West TerraceIf you have clients heading for NYC during the northern summer you might like to suggest they seek out The Peninsula New York’s Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar and Terrace while they’re in the Big Apple, and join in the Summer Social Series celebrations in honour of the iconic hotel’s 30th Anniversary.The events, which span from May through August 2018, will feature a monthly musical performance, limited-edition custom ice cream created by Davey’s Ice Cream, and premium drinks amongst the beautiful Manhattan skyline, from the hotel’s fabulous 5th Avenue address.Throughout the summer, Salon de Ning will feature a variety of musical acts, including French duo Jul & Co who will claim June’s performance, bringing their infectious instrumental groove from Paris to New York City. Singer songwriter ROZES will highlight July with her unique sound and perform her hit, Roses, which she co-wrote with the Chainsmokers.* She has also collaborated with Galantis, Cash Cash and Big Gigantic and has accumulated over a billion Spotify Streams. Finally in August, rising artist Emily Zeck, also known as “that pineapple girl,” will close out the summer with her unique brand of beach pop.Salon de Ning Indoor BarTo help guests cool down on a hot summer’s night, Salon de Ning will also introduce two custom-made, alcohol-infused ice cream flavors in partnership with Davey’s Ice Cream, each one made from raw ingredients at their famed ice cream factory in Brooklyn. The flavors honor the inspiration behind Salon de Ning by paying tribute to the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a celebrated Shanghai socialite, avid world traveler and international hostess who presided over “salons” in her stylish and eclectic residences around the world.The first flavor, titled “Seduced in Shanghai,” blends grapefruit-infused gin with the cream base to add a layer of tannic complexity, while a hint of mint refreshes the palate. An extra dose of grapefruit zest rounds out the botanical mix. The second flavor, named “Divine Intervention,” combines a touch of Mezcal with luxurious chocolate, before being lightly spiced with smoked cinnamon and sugar. A non-alcoholic Afternoon Tea flavor will also be available for purchase in Gotham Lounge, which will feature Devonshire cream ice cream with lemon curd, raspberry and shortbread cookie pieces.*Performance by ROZES exclusive to hotel guests and patrons of Salon de Ning only.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Chances are, if you’re a casual sports fan, you hadn’t heard the name Michael Sam just one week ago.Now, Sam is one of the biggest stories on television news programs and sports radio stations around the country because the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year publicly announced he’s gay. When he’s drafted in May, Sam will become the first openly gay player in the National Football League. There has been much speculation about how a pro locker room will accept an openly gay player and whether or not his announcement will affect his draft stock. Yet, he’s projected to be a mid-round pick in May. Publications who have dropped Sam’s stock say it’s because of his lack of ideal size and a lackluster showing at the Senior Bowl.But for Keim and the Cardinals, the Texas native’s sexuality has nothing to do with the evaluation process.“If he’s a good teammate and he’s a good person, he’s going to be fine in your locker room because his teammates are going to accept him for the person and the player he is — not those other things,” he said. “We will look at Michael Sam no differently than any other player in this draft.” Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was a guest of Doug and Wolf during Newsmakers Week on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday and talked about what his evaluation process of Sam will consist of.“I want to make this perfectly clear — every player that we evaluate for the upcoming draft, we judge them on their physical skill set, we judge them on their football character, we judge them on their ability to learn and process and we judge them on their medical history,” Keim said. “Race, religion and sexual orientation — those aspects are never even brought into the process.“So what I’m concerned about is how talented is Michael Sam? Is he a good teammate? Is he good in the locker room? Is he smart? Is he competitive and what does his medical history look like?”Of course, a lot of that information has yet to be obtained by Keim and his staff; that process will happen during the NFL Draft Combine later this month in Indianapolis. Sam led his Missouri team with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss while forcing two fumbles and returning one for a touchdown in a 41-26 win over Georgia. Sam helped Mizzou to an SEC East championship while earning unanimous All-American honors. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   They were good — quite good — and according to ProFootballFocus, the Cardinals boasted the fifth-best defensive front seven in the entire NFL.Top overall grade: DE Calais Campbell, 90.4Lowest overall grade: DT Corey Peters, 73.8The Cardinals’ defense finally got something they’d been missing for some time—an edge rush. Unfortunately, it just so happened to coincide with the collapse of their secondary. Chandler Jones had a career year, finishing with the seventh-highest grade of any edge player, while Markus Golden made the second-year leap, finishing 24th. As a whole, Arizona recorded the highest pressure rate of any team in the NFL, at 40.15 percent.Golden led the Cardinals with 12.5 sacks, while Jones notched 11 and Campbell eight. Campbell also led the Cardinals in QB hits and QB pressures with 27 and 26, respectively.As for Peters getting the lowest overall grade, his statistics did not jump off the page, with 30 tackles, 13 QB pressures and two QB hits, but his ability to play in 15 games — with 14 starts — after missing 2015 with an Achilles injury led to head coach Bruce Arians calling him “the unsung hero up front.” Of the four teams ranked ahead of the Cardinals, each squad’s lowest graded player was significantly worse than Peters, and of all teams, only Tennessee (ranked 13th overall) had a higher graded player in the lowest spot. As for the four teams ahead of the Cardinals, two reside in their own division, with the Seattle Seahawks (1) and Los Angeles Rams (4) joining the Philadelphia Eagles (2) and Carolina Panthers (3) to round out the top five. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is sacked by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden, right, and defensive end Calais Campbell during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Of all the things that went wrong for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, their defensive front seven really was not one of them.The group, which was led by Calais Campbell, Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Corey Peters, Kevin Minter and Deone Buccanon — with contributions from many others — excelled at getting after the quarterback and stopping the run.The Cardinals ultimately led the NFL in sacks, with 48, and were tied for second in allowing opponents to average just 3.6 yards per rush. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As the Arizona Cardinals continue training camp and preparation for the 2017 season, general manager Steve Keim shuffled his roster again Friday morning.The Cardinals signed linebacker Ryan Langford and waived wide receiver Marquis Bundy.Langford, 24, was with the Houston Texans in training camp last season before being waived on Aug. 30. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was undrafted in 2015 out of New Mexico. In his final season with the Lobos, he registered 53 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and one interception. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquis Bundy (18) makes a catch as Jarell Carter (39) defends during an NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bundy spent a portion of last season on the Cardinals practice squad, but was on the active roster for six games. In two preseason games this year, Bundy had five catches for 73 yards.Langford and Bundy were teammates in their college days at New Mexico. Top Stories last_img read more