first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.”Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23.The production runs until July 8 at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre. Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.” Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Sayles Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Williams is among several celebrities making a cameo in the role of Teen Angel for the show.The others are Mark Ballas of “Dancing with the Stars,” country musician George Canyon, and actor-singers Logan Henderson and Drake Bell.The role of Teen Angel includes the singing of “Beauty School Dropout.”Williams has plenty of theatre experience, having acted on Broadway and London’s West End. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Brazil UN rights expert urges stepped up efforts to fight slavery

“Slavery is a crime that should not go unpunished,” said Gulnara Shahinian, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, including is causes and consequences, at the end of her visit to Brazil. The Government has taken commendable action to combat the scourge, including publishing a so-called ‘Dirty List’ of all farms and companies using slave labour, excluding them from accessing public funds, she said. But “some landowners, businesses and intermediaries, such as the gatos, have found a way to avoid criminal prosecution by taking advantage of legal loopholes that delay justice and foster impunity,” the expert said. Civil penalties have been successfully applied to some landowners and companies but criminal penalties have not been enforced, with jurisdictional conflicts and delays in the judiciary system resulting in the lapsing of the statute of limitations, she pointed out. Although forced labour is considered a serious crime, first-time offenders might only face house arrest or community service. Brazil could shortly become the world’s fifth largest economy, but the Special Rapporteur cautioned that this ascendancy should not come at the expense of people’s rights. Forced labour in rural areas, which she said is a “slavery-like practice,” is most wide-spread in the cattle ranching and sugar cane industries, and the victims are mostly men and boys over the age of 15. In Brazil’s urban areas, forced labour takes place largely in the garment industry. “In all these situations the victims of forced labour work long hours, with little or no pay,” Ms. Shahinian said. “They are threatened with, or subjected to physical, psychological and sometimes sexual violence.” During her visit, she held talks with Government authorities, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, and visited communities in São Paulo, Cuiabá, Imperatriz, Açailândia and Brasília. In rural areas, she met with people subjected to forced labour and slavery-like practices in the cattle ranching and sugar cane industries, and she also spoke with garment workers. The expert called for the adoption of schemes that ensure that the people most vulnerable to performing forced labour can enjoy basic rights, such as the rights to food, water and education to allow for their rehabilitation and reingetration into economic life and social protection networks. Education should also include vocational training and literacy programmes, which should be complemented by Government action to safeguard the right for indigenous groups and others “to work without having to succumb to forced labour,” she stressed. “The strongest message that the Brazilian Government can send to Brazilians to show that the crime of slavery will not go unpunished is to pass the constitutional amendment” which would allow for the expropriation of land where forced labour is used,” the Special Rapporteur emphasized. “This expropriation would occur without compensation and the land would be re-distributed, with priority being given to those workers previously held in conditions analogous to slavery.” Passing this amendment, she said, “will show that Brazil is indeed strongly committed to fighting slavery.” 29 May 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert has called urged Brazil to strengthen efforts to close loopholes perpetuating the practice of slavery, including forced labour in the vast South American nation’s rural areas. read more

Brock shows support for Olympic athletes and coaches

Michelle Fazzari has spent the past 11 years training for her Olympic dream. In two weeks, it becomes a reality for the Brock University wrestler and alumna when she competes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the six athletes and two coaches going to Rio – who are either current or former students, athletes or coaches – was recognized Tuesday during a send off celebration in Market Hall.Cheering, clapping and chanting could be heard around Brock as hundreds of Youth University participants, sports campers, staff and faculty gathered to offer congratulations and encouragement.Fazzari said the outpouring of support from the Brock community means a lot to her as she prepares to head to Rio and compete on Aug. 17.That community atmosphere is what drew her to Brock’s wrestling team.“We are a really tight-knit group. It’s such a talented, supportive group of people from the coaching staff to the athletes,” she said. “We are such a family and that cohesion really shows through our performance. We support each other.”Paralympian Jessica Lewis, a Brock student who is competing in track for Bermuda, was beaming during the send-off party.She said it means a lot that so many people are rooting for her to succeed in Rio.“I’m so grateful for all the support Brock has been giving me,” she said.Lewis made history when she won a gold medal at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, becoming the first person from Bermuda to ever medal at an international games. Now she’ll try to win her home country’s first-ever Paralympic medal when she races in the track events in Rio in September.Brock wrestler Jillian Gallays, from Saskatoon, encouraged the youth gathered to follow their dreams and remember that even when you are doing something you love, there are days when you will feel discouraged. She told them not to give up.It’s advice she’s taken as she works towards her dream of winning Olympic gold.“Regardless of the outcome, I’m so proud and happy with my journey,” she said. “I’m so thankful I moved to Brock.”Gallays relocated to St. Catharines to train at Brock with coach Marty Calder.“Brock has brought my skill level up and my technique level has increased so much,” she said.Calder is headed to his seventh Olympic Games. He competed as a wrestler in two games, starting in 1992, and this will be his fifth Olympics as a coach.He said it really is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work.“When you become an Olympian, it’s after years and years of training and competing,” he said.He added that competition at that level also involves a mental game. Athletes have to be well-rounded and able to handle the pressure while performing physically at an elite level. Joining him in Rio will be three-time Olympic medalist and coach Tonya Verbeek.Acting President Brian Hutchings talked about the perseverance it takes for athletes to make it to the level of the Olympic and Paralympic games. He said they are excellent examples of what it takes to succeed in sport.Brock rowing head coach Peter Somerwil said alumni rowers Eric Woelfl, who graduated in 2012, and Tim Schrijver, a 2015 graduate, will represent Canada at the games. They are already in Brazil for the games, which kick off with an opening ceremony Friday.Also heading to Rio are Jasmine Mian, a 2011 Brock Graduate and former Badgers wrestler who now lives and trains in Calgary, and Terry Paul, who earned his degree from Brock in the 80s will coach the Canadian men’s quad rowing team. read more

Mason Jobst scores in overtime to push Ohio State mens hockey into

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took extra time and a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalie, but the Ohio State men’s hockey team came out victorious in its first-round matchup against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten tournament.Freshman forward Mason Jobst scored in overtime to seal the 4-3 victory and continuation of OSU’s season for at least one more night.The Thursday night showdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the third consecutive match between the two schools.The Buckeyes got off to a dream start when freshman forward John Wiitala put the puck past Michigan State senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand just 38 seconds into the match. The Minnesota native collected the puck from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and fired home with a wraparound effort.A physical first period would also end with a Buckeye goal. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran doubled the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just over a minute remaining in the period. A shot from junior defenseman and first-team All-Big Ten defenseman Josh Healey took a deflection, and the puck fell to his defensive partner.The Spartans got on the board in the early minutes of the second period. A midrange effort from junior forward Joe Cox found its way past OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey to cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half. Senior forward Matt DeBlouw would then equalize for the Spartans with a power-play goal around halfway through the period.Another penalty left OSU shorthanded once again in the period, and the Spartans once again took advantage. Senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino deflected a shot from freshman defenseman Zach Osburn past Frey, giving the Spartans their first lead of the night.That lead was not long-lived, as Weis tied it up at 3-3 three and a half minutes into the third period. That would be the final goal in regulation, and the two sides would go to overtime for the third straight game, where Jobst gathered a deflection off Hildebrand and put it into the net for the win.With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and are scheduled to face off with No. 1 seed Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m. read more

Greenpeace protests dirty energy use at Apple Stores

first_imgGreenpeace has decided to demonstrate outside a number of Apple Stores around the world today. It’s a protest against what the environmental organization is referring to as dirty energy.With our growing reliance on data centers to power the cloud, the big tech companies have a responsibility to use as much clean and renewable energy as possible. Not only will that reduce the impact such locations have on the environment, it also helps ensure those company’s futures as traditional energy sources continue to rise in cost.Greenpeace points out that Google, Yahoo!, and even Facebook are either pursuing green energy or already using it in ever greater quantities. Apple, however, is not, according to environmentalists, and Greenpeace believes us, the users are the ones that can force Apple to “Think Differently.”While Greenpeace admits Apple is investing in solar energy for its North Carolina facilities, it’s a relationship with Duke Energy that has them most concerned. Duke owns and runs many coal-fired power stations and expects Apple to be a major customer. The video above is designed to show that using the Apple iCloud means using coal, but is that a fair representation?Apple has quite a comprehensive breakdown of its environmental impact at Apple.com. It lists facilities including data centers as accounting for 2% of its total greenhouse gas emissions. The company claims several of its facilities already run on 100% renewable energy and use state-of-the-art, high-efficiency machinery. The North Carolina facility in particular has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.So while Greenpeace may have a point about relying on coal-fired power stations and the growing energy requirements of data centers, I don’t see concrete evidence yet that Apple is the main problem here, although it is certainly a company to watch to ensure it continues to embrace renewable energy.Thankfully, the extent of the protests today seem to be limited to lots of people dressed in black releasing black balloons inside Apple Stores. That in itself isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, especially if you consider all the helium going to waste.Read more at Greenpeace and CleanOurCloud.com, via Treehuggerlast_img read more

Woman robbed on Solider Road

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 5th 2017 – Nassau – Officers attached to the Mobile Division intercepted two gunmen who robbed a woman of her vehicle, handbag and cell phone last night. According to reports, at around 11pm, a woman sitting in her Honda Accord vehicle on Solider Road was approached by two men armed with a handgun and demanded her vehicle and possessions. Luckily, the officers were able to catch the suspects along Comfort Street. The two men were then arrested and taken into custody.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Housing Authority UDC Open New AllService Center in Southwest DC

first_imgDCHA Executive Director Adrieanne Todman spoke to roughly 100 attendees April 26 during the opening of a new center in Southwest D.C. that offers workforce development and training. (lower right photo) A UDC counselor assists a a local resident.The Ward 6 Greenleaf community cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art learning and career center – a culmination of efforts between the District of Columbia Housing Authority and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Offering extensive workforce development and training classes to DCHA customers through the Southwest Family Enhancement & Career Center, the new site offers job search help.The combined new programming, which falls under DCHA’s Workforce Development Initiative, opened April 26. UDC counselors were on hand to discuss course and degree opportunities with DCHA clients.“This project was really developed with a focus on helping to bring economic prosperity to communities all over the city, regardless of their zip codes and to really think about how we expand prosperity in a way that it respects the people who have been here and contributed to this city,” DCHA Executive Director Adrieanne Todman told the crowd of roughly 100 attendees. “I am so pleased to have these new services available for our DCHA community. Not only will customers benefit from having job and computer training so close to home, they will also have opportunities to attend other UDC-CC programs offsite to continue building their careers.”UDC-CC Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division will offer courses at the DCHA Southwest Family Enhancement & Career Center, as well as an intake and referral system for DCHA residents to attend WDLL courses at UDC’s campuses citywide. Workforce development and occupational training, such as career assessments, introductory computer classes, and apartment maintenance, are among the courses available. Additionally, courses for medical assistants, hospitality, foreign languages, and pharmacology are being offered.Gregory Scott, a resident who was able to receive housing with help from DCHA, said that many of the young people in the District could benefit from the DCHA’s efforts to establish learning centers in their backyards. “Programs like this that place opportunities at the feet of residents should be applauded because they cast aside any challenge that a person would have in gaining exposure,” he said. “A lot of young people believe that so long as they have a place to stay and can eat from one day to the next, they are okay. That is just surviving, it’s not living. This will help them build lives.”last_img read more

MTA to Partially Shut Down Subway Service from July 22nd to August

first_imgThe Maryland Transit Administration will partially shut down Baltimore’s Metro Subway system from the Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations for 24 days this summer for necessary maintenance work.Parts of Baltimore’s Metro Subway system will be shut down for repairs starting on July 22. (Courtesy image)From July 22 to Aug. 14, there will be no train service to the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring Metro Subway stations. Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Full Metro Subway service will resume Aug. 15.“By reconstructing the Metro Subway interlockings at the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring stations and replacing the rails on this section of track, we will enhance the safety and reliability of the system – allowing it to operate more efficiently and at its full capacity – for many years to come,” said MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib in a statement. “This necessary and critical rail work will allow trains to move faster through this corridor of the Metro track. Customers will have an enhanced experience as a result of this essential rail work.”During the no-Metro service period, MTA will use two forms of shuttle buses to provide connections between the Milford Mill and Mondawmin stations:-Express Service buses will transport rail riders from Milford Mill to Mondawmin in one direction and Mondawmin to Milford Mill in the other direction with no stops in between. This shuttle service will serve rail riders who must travel further along the Metro Subway system.-Local Service shuttle buses will stop at each of the closed stations, to serve rail riders needing to make stops within the construction zone.The shuttle bus service will operate at 10-, 20- and 30-minute intervals to handle the capacities anticipated based on daily ridership numbers. About 45,000 passengers a day travel on Metro Subway. The travel time for the shuttle bus service will be longer than it would be on the Metro rail service, since the shuttle buses must travel on city streets.“We have estimated that travel time for the Express Service bus from Milford Mill to Mondawmin will take 30 to 40 minutes,” Al Khatib said. “So, we advise our customers to plan ahead and give themselves extra time to get where they need to go.”Shuttle buses will operate during regular Metro Subway service hours, seven days a week during the shutdown.last_img read more

Xumo Launches on Comcast Xfinity SetTops Android TV Devices

first_img Popular on Variety Related FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network Ad-Supported Video Startup Xumo in Talks to Be Acquired (EXCLUSIVE) Initially, Xumo focused on bringing its app to smart TVs from parent Panasonic as well as manufacturers like LG and Vizio. “People have traditionally thought of us as a smart TV company,” Hall said.More recently, Xumo has branched out to other screens and business opportunities. These include white-labeled apps distributed by T-Mobile under the Metro Play and T-Mobile Play banners, which have brought a new mobile-centric audience to Xumo. “They are doing a little bit more snacking,” Hall said.The market for ad-supported video services has been heating up in recent months, prompted both by growing consumer demand as well as a desire by Hollywood to find new avenues for monetizing its catalog. The latter led Viacom to acquire Xumo competitor Pluto for $340 million in January, and has also resulted in companies like Amazon entering the space.Hall said that the renewed industry focus has been good for Xumo, despite the increased competition. One example cited by Hall: A deal with Paramount helped the company prop up its TV and movies selection, which didn’t even exist on Xumo a year ago, and now accounts for 25% of the service’s viewing time. Xumo has also been partnering with some of its competitors, and is for instance powering a number of linear channels on the Roku Channel.Earlier this year, Variety reported that Xumo was in talks with Sinclair and others about a possible exit. Hall didn’t want to comment on those negotiations, but said that conversations with potential investors were always ongoing. Ad-supported video service Xumo is expanding its reach with the addition of apps for Comcast Xfinity set-top boxes as well as Android TV-powered smart TVs and streaming devices. With those additions, Xumo is now available on over 30 different devices in the U.S., with Xumo senior vice president of product Chris Hall telling Variety that the company’s reach had grown by 3x since January.Xfinity users can access the service through a dedicated app, or by requesting Xumo with their X1 voice remote. Xumo is also available on Comcast’s new Xfinity Flex streaming device, and its new Android TV app can be accessed on devices like the Nvidia Shield, Sony Android TVs and the Xiaomi Mi Box.Xumo is best known for providing a cable-like linear viewing experience of ad-supported video content, complete with a traditional EPG that you might find on your TV provider’s set-top box. The company launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Panasonic and Viant, the advertising company that is now owned by Time Inc. parent company Meredith. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Breaking down superfluidity

first_img Citation: Breaking down superfluidity (2007, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-superfluidity.html 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. The results are available in Physical Review Letters, in a piece titled “Critical Velocity for Superfluid Flow across the BEC-BCS Crossover.”In ultracold gases, the BEC-BCS crossover basically addresses how superfluidity in bosons transforms into superfluidity in fermions. At issue, says Ketterle, is how fermions can be made to interact very strongly so that superfluidity occurs at higher temperatures. Furthermore, an improved understanding of the pairing mechanism can lead to the developments of new materials that could serve as superconductors. “Bare electrons repel each other,” says Ketterle, “unless there are many other particles around them which can lead to some attraction and to pairing. Once paired, fermions act as bosons.” So far, the group has studied fermionic atoms with attractive interactions, but in the future, they hope to see how to pair fermions, which repel each other, to resemble the electrons.“These are important issues,” Ketterle explains. “Superfluids and superconductors have many possible applications. We use them now, but if we understood them even better, more applications could open up.” He illustrates: “Imagine having a superconducting power grid where energy flows without resistance or developing better magnets for MRIs.” These are only a couple of the applications that scientists can think of now. “A better understanding of superfluids may lead to the design of new materials in the future.”But for the here and now, Ketterle’s team has managed to create conditions that use tuning to control the pairing of fermions. “When we modify the external magnetic field, we can loosen up the binding between the particles until they reach a point where two of them are not bound at all, but many of them still are.”The MIT team studied the critical velocity only in the center of the atom cloud, avoiding the limitations of inhomogeneous density. They moved an optical lattice (an interference pattern between two laser beams) through the superfluid. The group found that the critical velocity is highest when molecular pairs transform into Cooper pairs “in which attractive forces are about to support a molecular state.” Ketterle expects other studies to follow — and to perform additional quantitative tests of the theoretical predictions. “We have seen that this system allows us to study the breakdown of superfluidity,” Ketterle says. “The ultimate goal is to use our new tools and methods to find new regimes of superfluidity, to find out for what interactions and in what kind of geometry superfluidity is most robust,” says Ketterle. “This is an exciting frontier. We are able to study superfluids over the whole range of interactions throughout the crossover. This is the latest advance toward understanding superfluidity and superconductivity.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furthercenter_img MIT physicists shed new light on superfluidity “One of the most exciting areas of research in the last few years has been the realization of the BEC-BCS crossover,” Wolfgang Ketterle tells PhsyOrg.com. Ketterle and a team of scientists at the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms have completed the first study of critical velocities in this crossover region where magnetic tuning of the interactions is possible by a Feshbach resonance.last_img read more