CBCRadioCanada shares its Accountability Plan

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Already this year we are creating additional Indigenous content; investing in high profile events that bring Canadians together like Canada’s 150th anniversary; creating new evening content on ICI Radio-Canada Première; creating a new CBC digital service in London, Ontario; hiring new digital creators, and; expanding our international coverage with a new bureau in Istanbul, Turkey.Today’s Accountability Plan also includes new performance indicators so that Canadians can measure what the reinvestment in public broadcasting is able to do. We will continue to report on what we have been able to accomplish at the end of the year in our Annual Report and Corporate Plan.You can read the Accountability Plan here:About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to share with Canadians its Accountability Plan for the Government’s reinvestment in the public broadcaster.In Budget 2016, the government proposed to invest an additional $75M in CBC/Radio-Canada for 2016-2017, rising to $150M in the following years, and asked the Minister of Canadian Heritage to work with the public broadcaster to develop an accountability plan. As stated in the Budget, “Reversing past cuts will enable the CBC/Radio-Canada to invest in its Strategy 2020: A space for us all priorities, leading to the creation of Canadian content which will be more digital, local and ambitious in scope.”“CBC/Radio-Canada’s priority is to create more compelling, distinctive Canadian content on all of its platforms,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO. “We look forward to sharing our progress with Canadians in the years ahead.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Robbie Robertsons Six Nations musical roots

first_imgAPTN National NewsRobbie Robertson’s roots are from the Six Nations territory in Ontario.Robertson said that is where he traces his musical roots.Here is APTN National News reporter Donna Smith with the third segment of her sit down with the music star.last_img

Exim Bank of China Opens Representative Office in Morocco

Rabat – The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) has opened a representative office in the capital Rabat on Thursday, May 28th, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.The representative office is the first Chinese financial institution to open in Morocco. It aims to serve Morocco and 26 African countries in north, central and West Africa and provide financial service for Chinese companies in the region, the same source added.It is also China Exim Bank’s second representative office in Africa after the first one for eastern and southern Africa was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1999. “By taking advantage of this new financial platform, the Export-Import Bank of China will use its advantages in terms of global co-operation to step up financial links with the region, and help promote regional economic development,” said Liu Liange, China Eximbank president.From the Moroccan side, Driss El Azami El Idrissi, minister delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance, said: “China Exim Bank’s decision to set up its office in Morocco fully demonstrates the firm political relationship, solid friendship, and fruitful cooperation between China and the Kingdom of Morocco.”Founded in 1994, China Exim Bank is a bank owned by the Chinese government and under the direct leadership of the State Council.Headquartered in Beijing, the bank has 23 business branches inside China and has established correspondent banking relationships with 1,330 banks covering 160 countries and regions around the globe. read more

Orlando Bloom Celebrates his Birthday with Leonardo Dicaprio in Marrakech

By Sana ElouaziRabat – After David Beckham and John Legend, it’s Orlando Bloom’s turn to celebrate his birthday ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship that took place in Marrakech on Saturday.The Lord of the Rings star was pictured blowing out his 41st birthday candles of Formula-E themed cake with the presence of his father and many celebrities at the luxury Amanjena resort. The 41-years-old actor, accompanied by his friend Leonardo Dicaprio, visited the circuit of the Marrakech Grand Prix tournament, which was held at the Moulay El Hassan international circuit.“I definitely pushed the car, right to the limit as I took a little clip to the nose at the end, It’s such an adrenaline rush, it’s brilliant,” Bloom told sport media outlet e-racing365.The Formula E championship, which only allows fully-electric cars to compete in its races, is part of the WTCC”s sustainability initiative to encourage the development of the future of the motor industry. This is exactly what attracted the American Hollywood star Dicaprio, known for his commitment to the protection of the environment.“Having been following the Championship since it started I have wanted to come and watch a race live for some time. The exciting thing about this is obviously the technology they are developing with the cars on the track today, which obviously is moving at a very rapid pace and will have an impact on everything we can see at home. Which is obviously having an impact on the environment,” Dicaprio said.The American has once expressed his admiration for the project Noor and the efforts Morocco is making to promote renewable energies. read more

Applied Linguistics guest will discuss cochlear implants

The Brock community is invited to attend an upcoming Department of Applied Linguistic Speaker Series event.Kristi Buckley from the University of Buffalo’s Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences will present from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Her talk is titled “Influence of cross-modal plasticity on speech perception ability in cochlear implant users.”Buckley’s research interests include cochlear implants, cortical plasticity related to hearing impairment, and pediatric audiology.Her talk will be in Plaza 600F. To read the abstract, check out a PDF of the event poster.

A Presidential welcome as students flock to Brock

Fearon encouraged anyone with questions or inquiries about fairness, harassment or discrimination to contact Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity (HRE). The HRE website has clear directions on how to contact HRE staff in confidence.Persons with concerns about personal safety or security should contact Campus Security Services, which is dedicated to ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment at Brock. For 24-hour emergency response, call (905) 688-5550 ext 3200. Campus Security can also be contacted through the Brock Mobile App, which you can download for free. With more than 18,000 students descending on campus this week to begin the new Fall term, Dr. Gervan Fearon prepared his first-ever welcome message as Brock University President, focusing on human rights, mutual respect and the importance of being responsible citizens both on and off campus.Fearon, who became President and Vice-Chancellor on Aug. 1, told incoming students they had chosen well in selecting a university with Brock’s reputation for academic strength, innovative research and exceptional student experience.He also said Brock is a people-focused institution, and said it is everyone’s responsibility to promote a University that is inclusive, celebrates diversity, does not tolerate discrimination and makes a priority of protecting human rights and personal security.“We look out for you, and for each other,” he said. “Your safety and security are part of our commitment.” read more

McSorley helps No 15 Penn State rout Maryland 383

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Trace McSorley completed 12 of 22 passes for 230 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns to help No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland 38-3 on Saturday.McSorley added 64 rushing yards on 11 carries for the Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP). He threw a 34-yard bullet through freezing rain to KJ Hamler on the game’s first play, sprinted downfield to throw a block that opened Miles Sanders up for a 35-yard run on the next, then skipped into the end zone from 3 yards out to cap the quick opening drive.McSorley added another touchdown run two possessions later when he scrambled through a pair of defenders up the middle for 20 yards and a 14-3 lead.Ricky Slade added 8- and 1-yard touchdown runs and tight end Pat Freiermuth caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from McSorley in the fourth quarter.Sanders finished with 128 yards on 14 carries, Hamler caught three passes for 90 yards and Jake Pinegar added a 25-yard field goal for the Nittany Lions who won their third straight.Tyrrell Pigrome completed 14 of 23 passes for 185 yards but was sacked five times for the Terrapins (5-7, 3-6). They will miss out on a bowl trip for the third time since joining the Big Ten.Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino booted a 26-yard field goal to break the shutout.THE TAKEAWAYMaryland: A year that began with the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair following a team workout in the spring ends on a 4-game losing streak for the Terrapins who’ll miss out on a bowl game for a second straight season. The program will have to make a call on interim coach Matt Canada, but Maryland has a nice class of freshman to give whoever takes over a young core to build around.Penn State: The Nittany Lions spent much of this season trying to iron wrinkles out on offence with a new co-ordinator and a few fresh skill players. Their defence, meanwhile, spent the last three weeks of the season blossoming. After giving up 42 points to No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Nov. 3, Penn State allowed just 10, seven and three over its last three games. Much of that success can be traced to a front seven that helped produce 43 sacks on the season.UP NEXT:Maryland: Season over.Penn State: Await bowl selection.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Travis Johnson, The Associated Press read more

Venechanos aims to take OSU womens lacrosse to new heights

Ohio State women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos and Samuel L. Jackson might have a little something in common. “She reminds me of ‘Coach Carter’ and that’s my favorite movie,” said Gabby Capuzzi, junior midfielder and team captain. Ken Carter is a tough-love high school basketball coach portrayed by Jackson in the 2005 film. Mental toughness is something Venechanos focuses on every week in practice, Capuzzi said. Each week there is a new “mental toughness challenge” during practice, and the player who wins the challenge wears a construction worker’s vest the following week during workouts. Venechanos, 30, is in the middle of her first season at the helm of OSU women’s lacrosse. She is just the second coach in the program’s history, which began in 1996. Former coach Sue Stimmel led the Buckeyes for 15 seasons and compiled a 122-111 at OSU. Stimmel resigned last May to pursue other professional opportunities.  This season has been about introducing philosophies and getting players dedicated to bringing the program back to prominence, Venechanos said. “We aim to empower our student athletes to be the best they can be,” she said. “We challenge them every day and look to improve.” Senior midfielder Maghan Beaudrault said Venechanos’ philosophy blends aspects of men’s and women’s lacrosse, particularly on offense. “It has been a breath of fresh air,” she said, “something new.” Before coming to OSU, Venechanos led the Massachusetts women’s team through four seasons, from 2007 to 2010, and was an assistant at Northwestern from 2004 to 2006. When Venechanos first took over at Massachusetts, the program had not qualified for the NCAA Tournament in more than 20 seasons. By her third season, in 2009, the Minutewomen returned to the postseason, and also appeared for a second consecutive time in 2010. The Buckeyes have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 2003. However, Venechanos said she envisions a similar turnaround at OSU like the one she conducted at Massachusetts. “We have a program full of strong people and a strong base,” she said. The team is 6-4, with a 0-1 record in the American Lacrosse Conference, which Venechanos considers the strongest conference in the nation. With five games remaining for OSU, four of which are against conference opponents, Venechanos said a return to the NCAA Tournament this year is still possible. A berth in the semifinals or championship during the ALC Tournament should garner consideration for an at-large NCAA berth, she said. In any event, both Capuzzi and Beaudrault are both excited about the future of the program under Venechanos. “She is tough and pushes us to reach high potential,” Capuzzi said. “The future is bright for the program.” Beaudrault said she is happy to have been a part of the beginning of the process and that she will be proud to look back at the program in a couple of years. “I’m confident the program will be taken to levels we never thought of before,” she said. The OSU women’s lacrosse team continues ALC play against Vanderbilt on at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Ohio State rises again Buckeyes No 6 in College Football Playoff poll

The Ohio State football team moved up two spots to No. 6 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday evening, marking the second consecutive week OSU went up in the rankings.The Buckeyes’ move in the rankings comes on the heels of their second consecutive win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25. OSU beat No. 25 Minnesota, 31-24, on Saturday after topping then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week earlier.OSU is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll for the second week running, while the Spartans checked in at No. 11, and Wisconsin moved up to No. 16 after topping then-No. 16 Nebraska, 59-24, over the weekend. The Cornhuskers’ second loss of the season dropped them to No. 23 in the latest poll.After falling to the Buckeyes, Minnesota stayed in rankings for the second week in a row.The Golden Gophers’ and Michigan State are the only teams currently in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule. The Buckeyes need just one more win — or a Spartan loss — to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, where they would likely face Wisconsin.The Badgers currently top the Big Ten West Division, while Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa are tied for second with 4-2 records in conference play. OSU is alone on top of the East Division, with a one-game lead on Michigan State.Alabama climbed to No. 1 in the poll while Oregon stayed at No. 2 and Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to the field Saturday against Indiana at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete standings:AlabamaOregonFlorida StateMississippi StateTexas Christian UniversityOhio StateBaylorMississippiUCLAGeorgiaMichigan StateKansas StateArizona StateAuburnArizonaWisconsinUtahGeorgia TechUSCMissouriOklahomaClemsonNebraskaLouisvilleMinnesota read more

Revealed three million highrisk patients yet to have flu jab amid wave

first_imgA letter sent to every GP practice in England warns they have just two weeks left in which to vaccinate patients against this winter’s virulent outbreak, which has already claimed 85 lives and is threatening to become an epidemic. It comes amid concerns large numbers of pregnant women and young adults with asthma are in particular danger because of failure to take up the jab. More than three million people at high risk of flu have not yet been vaccinated despite the biggest wave of “public fear” since swine flu in 2009, health chiefs have said.center_img Temperatures are set to plummet over the next few days with bookmakers cutting the odds of this winter ending up the coldest on record to 2-1, threatening…last_img

Un cargo spatial japonais sarrime à lISS

first_imgUn cargo spatial japonais s’arrime à l’ISSAlors qu’un cargo russe Progress vient d’être lancé par une fusée Soyouz vers la station spatiale internationale, un vaisseau japonais s’est arrimé hier à l’ISS. Baptisé HTV-2, il apporte plusieurs tonnes de matériel aux astronautes à bord de la station.Lancé le 22 janvier depuis le pas de tir Yoshinobu avec la fusée nippone H-2B, le cargo a atteint hier la station spatiale internationale. Ne disposant pas de système d’amarrage automatique, il a été capturé par le bras robotique canadien Canadarm, avant d’être attaché au module américain Harmony. Une opération réalisée sous le contrôle des Centres des vols spatiaux américain et japonais, précise l’agence RIA Novosti.À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceCe cargo est le deuxième vaisseau nippon à s’arrimer à la station spatiale. Il apporte à l’équipage de l’ISS une cargaison de produits alimentaires, pièces détachées et matériel scientifique, de plus de cinq tonnes.Dans les mois à venir, lorsque les trois navettes de la Nasa, Discovery, Endeavour et Atlantis, seront mises au rebut, HTV-2 assurera avec les véhicules automatiques européens et les capsules russes Progress, les voyages entre la Terre et l’ISS. Le 28 janvier 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fight against oil spill continues in Willamette

first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology on Saturday continued to monitor a spill of bunker fuel from a ship taking on fuel Friday near Kelley Point at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.The spill occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Friday as the 590-foot vessel Transcenden Time was taking on fuel from an adjoining barge.A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman reported that the fuel was being discharged out of an overflow pipe, then flowed over the deck and into the Willamette. The ship’s crew plugged the scuppers on deck to contain the spill, Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said Friday.last_img

Fire rips through vacant duplex in Vancouver

first_img Two boys playing with fire caused a blaze that destroyed a vacant duplex in Vancouver’s Ogden neighborhood on Saturday, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.Crews were dispatched at 2:33 p.m. to reports of the fire at 2720 N.E. 85th Ave. Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from a vacant, boarded-up two-story house.Firefighters took a defensive approach to the fire, remaining outside the building and protecting exposed vegetation to keep the fire from spreading. They aimed fire hoses at flames leaping from the roof, which ultimately collapsed. Neighbors, including Richard Rodda, pitched in to spray down trees and shrubs at surrounding houses. Rodda said the duplex has been a magnet for troublemakers. “Teenagers and the like have been in there wrecking the place,” he said. Two boys confessed they accidentally set the fire, Vancouver Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Lawry said. The boys said they entered the house through an open back door and were playing with fire inside, Lawry said. Vancouver police questioned the boys and released them to their parents. Flames burn through the roof of a vacant duplex on Northeast 85th Avenue in Vancouver’s Ogden neighborhood. The house’s roof collapsed a few minutes later.last_img read more

Digital Circulation Continues Slow Creep Upward

first_img The former actually reported a year-over-year decline in digital circulation through the first six months of 2015, down to 11.3 million issues, though that’s a little misleading since the total number of titles in the study shrunk as well.* Looking only at magazines audited in both years, digital circulation grew 2.6 percent. Overall growth was at 13 percent in the same period last year, and nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Digital circulation was more common among BPA’s titles. The firm doesn’t release exact circulation figures, but says digital issues accounted for 25.7 percent of all qualified circulation through the end of last year, up from 24 percent in the previous period. It also says nearly 44 percent of its 550-plus brands reported at least some digital readership. Publishers haven’t given up hope on digital editions yet, but the industry might run out of patience soon. Numbers were up, but losses weren’t uncommon. Even Game Informer, which, with 2.7 million digital readers accounts for almost a quarter of the total market, saw a 3.4 percent decline in circulation. And much digital growth came at the expense of print readership as publishers cut costs. Digital edition circulation was up again, according to statements from both major audit houses, the Alliance for Audited Media and BPA Worldwide, though just barely this time.center_img *Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that AAM measured digital circulation at 11.4 million issues. In comparing numbers here, it’s worth nothing that BPA’s client roster is made up of a mix of B2B and consumer magazines, while AAM serves consumer titles almost exclusively. Additionally, the timeframes of the respective studies don’t line up—BPA’s report looks at July 1 – Dec. 31, 2014; AAM’s examines Jan. 1 – June 30, 2015. Other major magazines did see legitimate digital gains however. Allrecipes (115 percent), New York (111 percent), Family Circle (89 percent), Better Homes and Gardens (86 percent) and National Geographic Traveler (85 percent) were all winners to start the year.last_img read more

French policeman killed in attack claimed by IS

first_imgA known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others Thursday on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before a presidential election.Observers had long feared bloodshed ahead of Sunday’s vote in France following a string of atrocities since 2015 and the violence is likely to thrust security to the front of voters’ minds.The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues just a few hundred metres from the Arc de Triomphe, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources told AFP.A statement from the Islamic State group published by its propaganda agency Amaq said the attacker was “one of the Islamic State’s fighters.”The killer, identified as a 39-year-old French man, was known to anti-terror police, sources told AFP, and raids took place at his address in a suburb to the east of Paris.He was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers but was released because of lack of evidence.He had been convicted in 2005 of three counts of attempted murder, with two of these against police officers, sources said.The impact on the outcome of the French election is unclear — Sunday is the poll’s first round — but far-right leader Marine Le Pen, her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, and scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon cancelled campaign events planned for Friday.Up until now, surveys showed voters more concerned about unemployment and their spending power than terrorism or security, though analysts warned this would change in the event of violence.The shooting comes two days after the arrest of two men in southern Marseille with weapons and explosives who were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the campaign.French President Francois Hollande promised “absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process” and paid tribute to the police.Hollande, who said he was convinced the shooting was a “terrorist act”, cancelled a trip to Bretagne and will chair a security cabinet meeting Friday.Security in campaignAnti-immigration contender Le Pen earlier welcomed security moving to the heart of the campaign as she took part in a prime-time interview show alongside 10 other presidential candidates.”We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for years,” she said shortly before the shooting, promising to take a hard line against extremists and anyone suspected of being an Islamist.For weeks, former banker Macron and Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show there is a chance that any of four leading candidates could reach the election’s second-round runoff on May 7.Conservative candidate Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have closed the gap substantially in the last two weeks.”The first responsibility of the president is to protect,” Macron said on the interview show. “This threat will be part of our daily lives in the next years.”Fillon, who penned a pre-election book called “Beating Islamic Totalitarianism”, declared that “the fight against terrorism must be the absolute priority of the next president.”As the first details of the attack filtered through, US President Donald Trump said that “it looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent her condolences.State of emergencyThe bustling Champs Elysees lies in the heart of Paris and is lined with shops and restaurants. It was immediately blocked by armed officers after the attack and nearby metro stations were closed.”We had to hide our customers in the basement,” Choukri Chouanine, manager of a restaurant near the site of the shooting, told AFP, saying there was “lots of gunfire.”A spokesman for the interior ministry paid tribute to the fast reflexes of police at the scene who managed to kill the gunman and prevent further bloodshed on a busy spring-time evening.A foreign tourist was slightly wounded in her knee by shrapnel during the shooting.France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of terror alert, with jihadist-inspired assaults killing more than 230 people in recent years.The Charlie Hebdo magazine was hit in January 2015, sites around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall were targeted in November the same year, and families at a fireworks display in Nice in July 2016.There have also been smaller attacks, often aimed at security forces.Thousands of troops and armed police have been deployed to guard tourist hotspots such as the Champs Elysees or other potential targets, including government buildings and religious sites.last_img read more

Pepco Edison Gallery Opening Reception for Carnaval Exhibit

first_imgThe exhibit “Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora” is currently on display at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St NW, from Feb. 2 to March 11. The exhibit consists of art from the Third Annual Black History Month Art Competition sponsored by Black Artists D.C. and Art Impact USA.   An opening reception is scheduled for Feb. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open with free admission from noon to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday.last_img

Beat Boredom By Building 100 DIY Muon Detector

first_imgStay on target Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow Go full citizen scientist with MIT’s pocket-sized cosmic ray muon detector.The DIY device—aimed at high school and college students—costs about $100 to build.Earth’s atmosphere is routinely showered with high-energy cosmic rays, which decay into muons.Not to be confused with the Swedish cartoon characters, muons are unstable subatomic particles (slightly heavier than an electron) that last only fractions of a second.Like a light (yet indistinguishable) drizzle, some 10,000 muons rain down onto Earth’s surface every minute; some even travel several kilometers through rock and ice.And now, thanks to a team of physicists working in MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science, anyone with some pocket change and free time can track the ghostly particles.The DIY device lights up and counts each time a muon passes through (via MIT)The CosmicWatch outreach program details how to assemble, calibrate, and run the detector; made with common electrical parts, it can measure muon rates in virtually any environment, from the sky to the soil.“You get funny looks when you take particle detectors into the subway, but we did that in Boston,” lead researcher and MIT graduate student Spencer Axani said in a statement.Through a series of prototypes (the current model is version four), his project morphed from intended add-on for existing lab-scale sensors to outreach effort encouraging hands-on particle physics.To test his product, Axani equipped University of Warsaw and Missouri University of Science and Technology students with pre-assembled CosmicWatch kits: a piece of plastic scintillator, SensL silicon photomultiplier, Arduino Nano, readout screen, circuit board, and 3D-printed casting.Their creations—each the size of a large cellphone—were subsequently sent up in weather balloons and planes to measure muons at high altitudes. A group at Boston University, meanwhile, are exploring the possibility of placing muon detectors in suborbital rockets, which reach an elevation of about 100,000 feet.Version two (of four) was too slow, too big, and too expensive (via CosmicWatch)Eventually, Axani and his team hope to apply their pocket device as a means of muon tomography—a technique (like X-rays or CT scans) for displaying in three dimensions the volume of material surrounding a detector.“That’s something I’d like to try out at some point, maybe to map out the office on the floor above me,” Axani said. “For now, I like to take these detectors in my briefcase and measure the muon rate when I’m travelling.”Nerd alert.Want to build your own CosmicWatch detector? Visit the website for step-by-step instructions; supplementary materials (including code for Arduino) can be found on GitHub.“This is a really neat example of how pretty esoteric physics can produce something which is directly useful,” according to MIT physics professor Janet Conrad.The first version of the detector is described by a paper published in the American Journal of Physics.last_img read more

Seven MustHave Tools for Your Home Office

first_imgThe AT&T 3G MicroCell2. AT&T 3G MicroCellA reliable cellular signal can be just as important as always-on Internet. The AT&T 3G MicroCell, which costs about $200, can boost local cellular reception, promising up to five bars of coverage throughout your home.The miniature cell tower connects to your broadband Internet service to create a strong, sharable 3G signal that works with up to four AT&T 3G or 4G devices. Although the MicroCell can help eliminate dead or weak signal spots in your home office, its performance can be inconsistent since everything from building construction to power usage can cause cellular interference.Related: With a Dazzling Display, the New iPad Will Be Attractive for Many Business Owners  j5create’s Wormhole Switch3. Wormhole SwitchThink of the Wormhole as a personal cloud. The device, from Woodstock, Ga.-based j5create, lets two computers in the same room work together — even a Mac and PC — by connecting them with a USB cable. Users can copy and paste files and text, as well as share a mouse between computers.Wormhole, which starts at $25, is a plug-and-play alternative to sophisticated networking. An advanced version can also connect smartphones and tablets. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » March 28, 2012 Whether you’re running a business out of your living room or splitting time between your home and the office, setting up a reliable, well-connected home office should be at the top of your “must-do” list.Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that can make it easier to communicate seamlessly between the home office and your business location. From managing calls across multiple devices to ensuring reliable web and cellular service, these seven technologies can help you build a powerful business network at home.An Amplifi HD Media Router1. Amplifi RouterSlow or spotty connectivity can be frustrating for you and your clients. But if you strengthen your Internet connection, you will be able to do video conferencing and other online collaboration without any irksome interruptions.Built for streaming high-definition media, Amplifi HD Media Routers, from Taiwanese networking giant D-Link, can bear even the heaviest network demands with relative ease. The Amplifi series, which starts at about $150, can be especially useful if you’re sharing a home network with your family. It can handle streaming video, presentations and other rich content without slowing down the home Wi-Fi connection. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Joy Factory’s Zip Touch-n-go multi-device charging station7. Zip Touch-n-goKeeping a small arsenal of mobile devices charged can lead to a tangle of cords in your home office. The Zip Touch-n-go, from Irvine, Calif.-based Joy Factory, is a small, multi-device charging station that essentially does away you’re your array of chargers, cleaning up the clutter near wall sockets and power strips.Available for about $80, the Zip Touch-n-go comes with attachments for Apple devices, Micro USB tools and several other products. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 wireless printer4. HP Envy PrinterNeed to print a business document from a mobile device? Then, you’ll need a wireless printer. The good news is that these devices are becoming more affordable.For example, Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 is a basic, all-in-one web-enabled printer, copier and scanner that costs about $250. It can meet the needs of entrepreneurs who work at home, including those who use HP’s cloud-based printing service called ePrint.Related: One Way to Manage All Your Business Schedules LoJack for Laptops software6. LoJack for LaptopsWhile several services offer to recover data gone missing from a damaged laptop, Vancouver, Canada-based Absolute Software can help you recover the laptop itself.The firm’s LoJack for Laptops is a subscription-based, downloadable app that manages content, tracks your devices and keeps criminals off your home PCs. It also allows you to lock or even wipe your data if your computer is stolen, and it provides location-based device tracking to help law enforcement retrieve your computer. Subscriptions start at about $30 a year.Related: Four Tools for Improving Office Collaboration Plantronics’ Calisto 835 console5. Calisto 835Making business calls from home often means using a combination of landlines, smartphones and Internet applications. The Calisto 800 series, from Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Plantronics, streamlines the experience.The Calisto 835, priced at about $280, is an audio bridge that lets users manage, dial and switch between calls on a smartphone, landline and PC-based phone. The central console also manages a speakerphone and wireless lapel microphone.last_img read more

How Event Management and Analytics Gave This EVite Company a Boost

first_img Register Now » When global streaming music juggernaut Spotify hosts an event–which it does a couple of hundred times per year–it relies on Splash to get the invites out. Part online invitation platform, part ticketing service and part event showcase, Splash is “the greatest event-management platform ever,” according to Ben Hindman, the company’s co-founder.Hyperbole aside, Hindman says New York City-based Splash is the first platform that allows users to manage the entire life cycle of an event, from sending out invitations and selling tickets (if necessary) to hosting post-party photos and video.While anyone can use Splash to create a party or sell tickets to a show, Hindman says the service is ideal for branded events looking for a unique, high-quality presentation, rather than a generic template to fill in.”Basically, I built this product for people like me,” he says.In his former job, as director of events for lifestyle site Thrillist, Hindman was in charge of throwing can’t-miss events around the country. He envisioned an online tool that could help him manage parties from start to finish–one that would make the invitations irresistible and help him keep the shindigs memorable long after the lights were turned off. In 2010 he partnered with developers Brett Boskoff and Chris Clement to build out the platform; they launched the company a year later.Clients design their invitations on the Splash site, choosing imagery, fonts and color schemes and deciding on the placement of elements such as buttons for RSVPs and ticket sales. During the event, the site streams photos and video, then keeps them online for posterity.For individuals, bare-bones invites are free, but corporate clients readily pony up a couple thousand dollars per month for unlimited access to more invitation features, design and marketing assistance, analytics and 24/7 support. If a company charges attendees, Splash takes 2 percent of ticket sales plus $1 per ticket sold to process the transactions.Hindman points to Spotify as an ideal client. “They’re doing all these events, but they need to keep a consistent voice and brand, and they also need to collect all this information on the attendees to determine the success of these events. We help them micromanage everything, from setting up the ‘save the date’ e-mails to creating a photo gallery and even pulling together a Spotify playlist.”Hindman says revenue has tripled every year since launch. Last year, Splash’s 12-person team helped manage 80,000 events that drew a total of 1.6 million attendees and sold $3.5 million in tickets. Clients include Facebook, NPR and the NBA; one big-name beer company is using the service to manage 50,000 events this year alone. No surprise that all that helped Splash blow past its 2014 goal by March.Power ServeAn external iPhone battery case doubles as a sleek mini-serverSmartphone accessories rarely save the day, but the mophie space pack can. This rechargeable battery case can revive a spent iPhone 5 or 5s at the flick of a switch and, at the tap of its accompanying and intuitive Space app, boost the phone’s memory, adding up to 32 GB–enough to store an extra 16,000 photos, 14 hours of video or 9,000 songs. An engineering marvel, the case ($150 for 16 GB; $180 for 32 GB) amps up power and storage but adds very little heft. –J.P.P. This story appears in the July 2014 issue of . Subscribe » July 27, 2014 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

This is why there are delays protecting trans people in US homeless

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ben Carson giving a speech. | Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… On Tuesday (20 March), Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson appeared before a House subcommittee hearing. London’s first permanent LGBTI homeless shelter struggles to find a homeTrans woman sexually assaulted while sleeping at Cleveland homeless shelterThe gay agenda is finally revealed and it’s beautifulRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/delays-protecting-trans-homeless/center_img Concerning changesLast year, 29 Democratic senators penned a letter to Carson, asking him to return LGBTI guidance to the department.They called the removal of LGBTI resources ‘concerning’ due to the ‘unique housing challenges facing LGBTQ people across America’.Homelessness is not an inconsiderable problem within the community, especially for younger people.‘For example,’ the letter continues. ‘LGBTQ youth represent 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness, meaning that efforts to undermine LGBTQ protections have a disproportionate impact on some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.’The letter also directly addresses Carson’s point.It gives the statistics that one in three transgender people have experience homelessness. However, only 30% of shelters were willing to ‘properly accomodate transgender women’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . At the hearing, he fielded questions about HUD’s removal of training to prevent LGBTI discrimination in homeless shelters. He specifically addressed transgender women in shelters dedicated to housing women.llinois Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley asked the questions.‘Remember it is complex,’ Carson said.‘We obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community. But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men, and their equal rights. So, we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other.’He continued by explaining that ‘some women were not comfortable with the idea of being in a shelter, being in a shower, and somebody who had a very different anatomy’.Carson added the agency’s counsel, who was confirmed in December, would help with this issue. He also offered to sit qith Quigley and the LGBTI community to figure out this situation. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more