Lawyers for Quebec City mosque shooting suspect oppose release of warrants

first_imgQUEBEC – Lawyers for a man accused of killing six men at a mosque in Quebec City last January are appealing a lower court decision to have certain confidential documents made accessible to the media.In a motion filed earlier this week, lawyers for Alexandre Bissonnette say the Quebec court judge committed an error in law in allowing the documents released.Bissonnette, 27, faces six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.Prosecutors filed a preferred indictment against Bissonnette and say they are ready to set a trial date on Dec. 11A consortium of seven media organizations including Radio-Canada, Montreal La Presse and TVA had asked the court to remove the seal on 10 search warrants carried out between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.They received part of the documents in mid-October after Judge Alain Morand ruled they were in the public interest, but the rest remained sealed to allow for an appeal.“The publication of this information would cause real, serious, significant and irreparable harm to the fairness of the trial, and the adverse effects are greater than the beneficial effects on the right to freedom of expression and the public’s right to information,” defence lawyers Charles-Olivier Gosselin and Jean-Claude Gingras wrote.Arguments are expected to be heard on Friday.last_img read more

Homelessness declining in Calgary

first_imgNine and a half years in, the 10 year plan is proving effective.Calgary’s plan to end homelessness began January 1, 2008, and as of May 31, 2017, the School of Public Policy reports the number of people affected by the issue, appears to have dropped.“It’s a good news story, in that, the 10 year plan to end homelessness has shown success,” study author Ron Kneebone told 660NEWS. “The maximum number of beds that shelters have to provide to people in Calgary, has fallen quite dramatically, and I think we’re eventually approaching where we want to be,” he said. And, that is, a low number of people dealing with homelessness, and affordable accommodations for people with limited incomes.“When we try to identify, you know, are we doing a good job of addressing homelessness, you have to pay attention to the fact that the city is growing really quickly,” Kneebone noted. “Over the last 10 years, it’s grown by over 26 per cent.” That’s a population increase, coupled with a 40 per cent decline in the number of stays at Calgary emergency shelters.“What we’re showing here is that despite the fact that we still have very high rents in Calgary, we’ve made real progress,” Kneebone declared, “the progress would be even greater and faster if we could do something about the cost of housing.”Calgary is the most expensive city in Canada for people with limited incomes.last_img read more

EU ready to share experience with Sri Lanka to face drugs threat

The European Union has offered to share its experience with Sri Lanka to face the drugs threat.The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka, in a statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia said that death penalty is an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. The EU noted that more than two-thirds of countries around the world, with a variety of legal systems, traditions, cultures and religious backgrounds, have either abolished the death penalty or do not practise it.The EU called on the Sri Lankan Government to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty in line with its vote at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018. (Colombo Gazette) “While acknowledging that combatting the proliferation of drugs is a serious challenge for countries around the world, and that action to counter the illicit drug trade is important and necessary, the evidence does not support the argument that the death penalty is an effective deterrent. We are ready to share our experiences in addressing the threat posed by drugs,” the EU said. The Government of Sri Lanka has recently taken measures towards resuming executions and bringing an end to Sri Lanka’s 43-year moratorium on the death penalty as part of its stepped up anti-drug policy. read more

New faculty experts guide for media helps researchers raise their profiles

When one thinks of research activities, being cited in newspapers and magazines or on websites, radio and television does not immediately come to mind.But interactions with news media – being quoted in news or feature reports, writing commentaries or having research projects profiled in the press – have increasingly become part of researchers’ roles and responsibilities, say researchers and university officials.“The general public is very often interested in knowing about what we do,” says Community Health Sciences professor Anthony Bogaert, who has been featured in a wide array of national and international media primarily for his pioneering work on asexuality.This is in large part because society – like the students in the classroom – has a thirst for knowledge, while a key activity of a researcher’s job is to disseminate knowledge, says Vice-President Research Gary Libben.Media appearances are “in no way different from that core mandate to share knowledge,” says Libben. “It’s in a different venue perhaps with different people, but that’s all the better.“A democratic society is an informed society. It’s a society that has chosen to think.”To encourage researchers’ involvement with the media, and make it easier for media to connect with researchers, Brock’s Office of Communications & Public Affairs is working with the Office of Research Services and Faculties to create a fresh new BrockU Experts Guide for Media.This web-based resource will be posted on various University websites and shared with local, national and international news media organizations.To become part of this media initiative, faculty members can fill in the yellow-coloured submission forms that were mailed out in August. The deadline for submissions for the 2012-13 Guide is Tuesday, Sept. 17.If anyone has questions, or wants to send submissions in electronically, please contact Jeffrey Sinibaldi (x4687; jsinibaldi@brocku.ca) or Cathy Majtenyi, media relations specialist, Research Services (x5789; cmajtenyi@brocku.ca). read more

Britain set to rival Ibiza in temperature on what could be the

first_imgA river cruiser makes its way past Turf Fen Mill along the river Ant at How Hill in Norfolk Temperatures are expected to reach nearly double the average for the time of year on Tuesday on what could be the warmest day of 2017 so far.Parts of the UK will be as warm as Spanish hotspots Ibiza, Barcelona and Madrid. In the South East, temperatures could be as high as 18C, the Met Office said, well above the average maximum 10.3C for the region this time of year.  Temperatures will have to soar higher than the 18.3C (65F) recorded on February 20 in Northolt, north-west London, and Kew Gardens, south-west London, to become the hottest day of 2017. The average maximum temperature for this time of year, taking in all of the UK, is 8.9C (48.02F) – significantly lower than highs reached on Monday.Murlough in County Down reached 15.9C (60.62F), the Giant’s Causeway hit 15.8C (60.44F), Usk in Monmouthshire enjoyed 15.4C (59.72F), and Saint James’s Park in central London reached 15.3C (59.54F). Towards the end of the week temperatures will fall but remain just above the average maximum highs for mid-March.Forecasters quashed hopes that it could be the hottest March week ever, as thousands of race-goers prepare to descend on Cheltenham.It is thought that it is unlikely that the mercury will reach 25.6C (78F) – the highest-ever March temperature, recorded on March 29 in 1968 in Mepal, Cambridgeshire.Race-goers can expect cloudy skies but will enjoy largely dry conditions. center_img A river cruiser makes its way past Turf Fen Mill along the river Ant at How Hill in NorfolkCredit:PA 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.last_img read more

Jim Carreys new girlfriend is from Tipperary heres her showreel

first_imgIT’S A LONG WAY to Tipperary… from a sun-drenched beach in Malibu where Cappawhite native Cathriona White has been spotted strolling with none other than Jim Carrey.It’s almost as good as the time Renee Zellweger went out with Damien Rice and they were spotted in Tesco in Celbridge.“Who’s that girl?” the tabloids and celeb websites screamed out. “Where did she come from?”RadarOnline have rooted out a “source” who has revealed that the mystery brunette is indeed 26-year-old Irish woman White, and that she 50-year-old Carrey have been “dating for over a month” and that the actor is “smitten”.Source: RadarOnlineThe source also said that Cathriona, who is a trained beautician and makeup artist, will “do anything she can to make sure she’s successful… and dating Jim certainly can’t hurt her career”. Saucer of milk for the ‘source’ please.Radar also rooted out Cathriona’s Facebook page, but we here at The Daily Edge have sniffed out Cathriona’s early forays into the Hollywood scene.She’s worked a lot on the set of the online TV show The Online Gamer as both a makeup artist and an actress.Here she is as ‘Female Customer #2′ in The Online Gamer: Black Ops from 2010:And here she is in action (we’re not being sarky when we say don’t blink for too long, or you will actually miss her):Here she is on the set of a fashion shoot, doing her thang (again, no blinking):Cathriona has also worked behind the scenes on other Online Gamer episodes and most recently on the set of the short film Firefly.We wish her all the best in her career, and her romance with Jim Carrey. How is she going to explain her romance with Jim Carrey (will she just introduce him as ‘Jim’?) to her family back in Tipperary? Where did she even meet him? We have so many questions.Are you from Cappawhite? Do you know Cathriona? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get in touch. We want to know if Jim Carrey makes those faces all the time, and if he’s planning a visit to the Rock of Cashel anytime soon. Email tips@thejournal.ieWatch: Jim Carrey sings Radiohead in a New York nightclub>last_img read more

Driver in court for allegedly trying to ram deputy

first_imgThe driver who allegedly tried last month to hit a Clark County sheriff’s deputy with his vehicle, prompting an officer-involved shooting, made a first appearance in court Thursday in the case.Drew Patrick Lodahl, 30, of Vancouver appeared in Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault and two counts of attempting to elude stemming from the April 27 incident on Sunset Falls Road. However, Judge John Fairgrieve found probable cause to support a charge of second-degree assault instead.According to an affidavit of probable cause, Deputy Timothy Gosch spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in a turnout in the 33800 block of Northeast Sunset Falls Road at about 9:30 a.m. and contacted the two occupants. He believed both were wanted for felony warrants and that the car was stolen.The driver, identified as Lodahl, refused to leave the black Honda Accord, so Gosch moved to the front, driver’s side. Lodahl then started the car, in spite of Gosch’s orders not to, and sped toward the deputy, the affidavit states.Gosch back-pedaled out of the way and fired one shot from his service handgun at the driver. The bullet hit the car, court records said. No one was injured.last_img read more

Eriksen named Junior members Player of the Season at Spurs

first_imgChristian Eriksen has been awarded the One Hotspur Junior members’ Player of the Season award for his excellent displays over Tottenham’s campaignThe Danish midfielder was presented with the award by One Hotspur Junior member Luke Canning at the club’s final game of the season with Spurs’ winning a nine-goal thriller against Leicester City in what was their last home league match at Wembley, before they move to their new stadium.“What a season it has been at Wembley! Hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we did. And thank you for voting me Junior members club player of the year,” Eriksen wrote on Instagram.The former Ajax star has scored 10 goals and made 10 assists in his 37 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.Jan Vertonghen was named the club’s Player of the Year, while Victor Wanyama won Goal of the Season for his thunderbolt in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool earlier this year.last_img read more

Financial education in numbers

first_imgA round-up of the key facts and figures relating to financial education in the workplace:49% of employee respondents feel that their employer does not do enough to support informed financial decisions on savings and investments (Source: Equiniti) bit.ly/2ev3g5o38% of UK employee respondents who work at an organisation with a financial education programme are likely to be very or extremely engaged in their organisation (Source: Thomsons Online Benefits) bit.ly/2g1hF8G60% of UK employee respondents believe their employer should provide access to financial education to help with retirement planning (Source: Capita Employee Benefits) bit.ly/2dRpAnz19% of employer respondents have introduced, or will introduce, financial education in response to pensions auto-re-enrolment (Source: Employee Benefits/Close Brothers) bit.ly/2gnBIRp35% of employee respondents feel that a lack of knowledge or information affects their confidence when making saving decisions (Source: Willis Towers Watson and Nottingham University Business School) bit.ly/2get4Bt65% of employee respondents do not feel they have a good understanding of how workplace pensions are taxed (Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers) bit.ly/2fxJ8xnlast_img read more

OMB Calls for Agencies to Cut Budgets by 5 Percent in FY17

first_imgThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has told all federal agencies, including the Defense Department, that their upcoming budgets should reflect a 5 percent reduction below the funding level programmed for fiscal 2017 in the current budget request submitted to Congress last February.“[The guidance] asks agencies to show how they would cut 5 percent below the FY 2017 levels shown in the FY 2016 budget, as well as how they would prioritize funding add-backs to those levels,” an OMB spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call.“This guidance represents the starting point in the budget process,” she said.The federal government has until next February to submit its FY 2017 budget to Congress. Agency responses to the OMB memo represent one of the first steps in the process of crafting a budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2016.The letter tells officials to focus on reducing areas of “fragmentation, overlap and duplication” as recommended by the Government Accountability Office. Such proposals will “provide the president with the options needed to sustain or augment critical investments and support effective programs,” according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

History league Nifty breaches 10000 mark notches up alltime record

first_imgIndia’s NSE Nifty index crossed the 10,000-mark for the first time on Tuesday, as foreign and domestic institutional investors continued to buy in local equity markets.Nifty 50 Index opened at 10,010.55 points, up 0.44 percent from the previous close. Attending this mark makes it one of Asia’s best performing stock markets. Although setting a record, it dropped 45-50 points as traders became cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve meeting slated later for Tuesday. Mint quoted a Bloomberg report, saying the Fed Reserve is expected to keep rates on hold.The rise in Indian stocks has been primarily fuelled by foreign institutional investor (FIIs) buying. So far this year, FIIs have bought a net of $8.73 billion, according to NSDL data.The bull run in the market has, however, running on excess liquidity with not much of an increase in earnings expectations. Another big factor for the phenomenal rise in stock value has been the shift of Indian savers to more financial assets as prices of gold and property moderated after the government’s ban on high-value currency notes, reported BloombergQuint.Nifty has become one of the most expensive indices in the world. Currently, it is trading at 19.2 its expected earnings for the current financial year, as compared to a multiple of 17.6 at the start of the fiscal year, reported Mint.Among the Nifty stocks, Indiabulls Housing Finance was the top gainer, up 2.6 percent followed by Bharti Infratel and Vedanta, which advanced 2.5 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.”It’s high time that markets consolidate. Markets are running ahead of fundamentals, only liquidity is driving the rally. Valuations are expensive as earnings are not going to see growth,” Manish Sonthalia, head of equities for Motilal Oswal Asset Management’s portfolio management services said to Mint.In the short term, we may be looking at possible blow out rally as Nifty crosses 10,000 but we could witness a deep correction in near future.last_img read more

Indian sports fraternity mourns the death of former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

first_imgHeartfelt condolences to family and admirers of #SushmaSwaraj ji. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/c3RTBJxgXe — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 6, 2019 RIP @SushmaSwaraj  — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 6, 2019 देश के पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री @ सुषमा स्वराज जी के आकस्मिक निधन के बारे में जानकर मुझे काफी अफसोस हुआ।भारतीय राजनीति में मज़बूत विपक्षी और पूर्व विदेश मंत्री के तौर पर उनकी भूमिका को सदैव स्मरण किया जाएगा।उनके आत्मा को शांति मिले। # सुषमास्वाज ॐ शांति शांति शांति — Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) August 6, 2019 Sushma Swaraj.The Indian sports fraternity mourned the death of former External Affairs Minister and veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who died at the age of 67 on Tuesday night. Swaraj was admitted in the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as her condition was getting worse but she died after suffering a cardiac arrest.The whole of India got shocked with the death of the veteran BJP leader and the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, VVS Laxman mourned her death and expressed gratitude for what she has contributed to the nation in her tenure. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.IANSFormer cricketer and current BJP MP, Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter and stated that she will be remembered by everybody as the most endearing and helpful politician of recent times. He further mentioned that is is a huge loss for the country.I’m beyond aggrieved at the passing away of Smt. #SushmaSwaraj A veteran politician and a pillar of the BJP, she was loved by everyone. She will be remembered as the most endearing & helpful politicians of recent times. My condolences to her family and friends. A huge loss for pic.twitter.com/JdI0vPxRJP— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 6, 2019 Deeply grieved to hear the demise of Smt #SushmaSawraj ji. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her departed soul Rest In Peace. #RIPSushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/HimMMoFjGH— Mary Kom (@MangteC) August 7, 2019center_img Sad to hear about the passing away of #SushmaSwaraj ji . Deepest condolences to her family and supporters . Om Shanti— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 6, 2019 Here in the West Indies and just heard the terrible news of passing away of #SushmaSwaraj ji. Condolences to her family, gone too soon pic.twitter.com/Mp2zRP6GBa — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 6, 2019VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif offered their condolences to her family. Indian tennis star Sania Mirza stated that she was shocked by the news of Swaraj’s death and she will cherish all the memories she had with the lady.Shocked at the passing away of my dear Sushma Swaraj Ji. Had the honour of working as the brand ambassador of the ‘girl child’ campaign under her able guidance and will cherish my personal relationship with her forever. R.I.P. ma’am.— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 6, 2019 Fierce, result-driven & a people’s person – she was all of that & more. A true leader. Still unable to process the news of #sushmaswaraj Ji’s passing away. Extremely disturbed! A big loss for our nation. May you rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/aLUnXfBvi4— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 6, 2019The others to join this group from the sports fraternity were Bajrang Punia, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and the list go on.The former minister was suffering from deterioration in her health conditions for quite some time. She was appointed as the foreign minister by the Modi government in 2014 but backed out of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 citing health issues. The veteran BJP leader was quite active on social media and she welcomed the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir by thanking prime minister Modi for the move.last_img read more

Prothom Alo will always be with noble causes

first_imgMatiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo, speaking at the annual correspondents’ conference at CA Bhaban, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka on 1 November. Photo: Prothom AloProthom Alo has been under pressure since its founding days, but it never gave up and it will continue to be with noble causes, the newspaper’s editor Matiur Rahman said at the annual conference of its correspondents on Thursday.A total of 166 participants, including 152 correspondents and 14 photographers, took part in the programme held at the CA Bhaban auditorium in the city’s Karwan Bazar.“The circulation of Prothom Alo has increased while we have also increased the number of pages. Last year’s plans were mostly carried out. The remaining issues should be discussed and carried out too,” said Lazzat Mahsi, deputy editor of Prothom Alo, in his welcome speech.A section of the participants at the Prothom Alo annual correspondents’ conference where 152 correspondents and 14 photographers took part. Photo: Prothom AloProthom Alo is the mostly read daily in Bangladesh with about 6.6 million readers reading the newspaper everyday, according to the National Media Survey 2018.The newspaper is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year on 4 November.According to Google Analytics, 1 million people read the online edition of Prothom Alo (www.prothomalo.com) everyday, making it the most popular Bangla website with a daily readership of 7.6 million.As per Alexa, it is the number one Bangla website. Its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DailyProthomAlo) has around 13.9 million fans. Prothom Alo is ranked 73rd among all the media outlets of the world in terms of followers.last_img read more

Campaign for Justice Safety and Jobs Makes Demands for Police Reform at

first_imgBen Jealous, former president of the NAACP and fellow at the Center for American Progress, speaks at a rally for the Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs on Oct. 16. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)A coalition of activists, including many youths, gathered Oct. 16 at Baltimore’s City Hall to make six demands for reforms they said would improve police-community relations in the city.The group was supported by leaders including Missael Garcia of CASA de Maryland, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Orita’s Cross Freedom School, and former NAACP president and Center for American Progress fellow Ben Jealous. The six demands were detailed in a report written by Jealous and released the day of the rally.Made under the banner of the Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs, the demands included the publishing of all Baltimore Police Department policies online, a step already taken by other cities including Chicago and Los Angeles, according to Jealous’ report, titled Toward Trust.The youth also demanded that violent and corrupt officers be fired from the department, and that the city cease requiring police brutality victims who receive settlements to remain silent about their victimization.One rally participant, Ashley Overbey, said she endured homelessness and joblessness during the two years she strove to reach a settlement with Baltimore police after being beaten by three male officers. Overbey lost half of her settlement award when she defended herself online against racially-charged and derogatory comments, violating the gag order that the city makes a condition of receiving a settlement in brutality cases.“This is another way for them to take advantage of us, destroy our livelihoods, they beat me, they tased me, they charged me, they falsely imprisoned me, destroyed my life for two years, and then, when I thought I would get some type of reparations, they slapped the cherry on top and stole half of my money back,” said Overbey.Pedro Ortega, a youth leader with CASA de Maryland, demanded that the department stop rewarding officers on the metrics of arrest or illicit drug seizures.“We believe that rewards should go to those who contribute to the betterment of, and more importantly, who offer unconditional support to the community,” said Ortega in Spanish while speaking from the rally podium.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Campus Safety at Morgan State University

first_imgMorgan State University President David Wilson discusses on-campus safety measures and addresses concerns surrounding safety off-campus.last_img

Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Video Views Closes in on 1 Million Uploads

first_imgVideo has been a big hit for Reddit: A little over a year after first launching native video hosting, the self-proclaimed front page of the internet already surpassed one billion video views per month. Reddit is also quickly approaching one million monthly video uploads every month, reaching 996,000 uploads in August.Reddit officially launched native video uploads in August of 2017, and the company’s VP of product Alex Le told Variety this week that it had been part of a bigger overhaul for the company. “We’ve been modernizing our platform,” he said. Reddit’s recent redesign, as well as the introduction of chat rooms for Reddit communities, have been part of this effort as well, he explained.Native video in particular has been a big hit for Reddit. The company revealed Tuesday that it now streams 400,000 hours of native video every single day, which equals over 13 million hours per month. Those numbers are up 38% since the beginning of the year. Popular on Variety Much of this video viewing is happening on mobile, where viewing activity has doubled since the beginning of the year. In August, 70% of all video viewing happened on mobile devices. And users who consume video on Reddit spend almost twice as much time on the service than those who don’tLe said that the growth in native video hasn’t been detrimental to videos hosted on other platforms like YouTube. “We are still seeing a lot of links being published,” he said, arguing that much of the native video viewing has been additive.That’s in part because of the strength of the long tail, and the appeal video has to new Reddit users. Within the first three months of Reddit launching native video last year, close to half of the people who published videos on Reddit had never published anything on the service before.Going forward, Reddit wants to make it even easier for Reddit users to discover videos in a dedicated environment, and also to continue to watch videos around a subject. However, the company still wants to keep users engaged, and have them take part in the discussions on the service — so don’t expect Reddit to launch a lean-back couch potato viewing mode any time soon. Said Le: “So much of what happens on Reddit is very lean-forward.”center_img ×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

Jeremy Renner is the Latest to Jump from Marvel to Image for

first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Just like in the world of comics, the big two tend to dominate the conversation when it comes to superhero movies. We’re either talking about what Marvel will do next or how DC is going to fix what they’ve done. It can be easy to forget that there are other comics, and other superheroes, out there. And they have just as much, if not more, potential to be great movies as Marvel’s or DC’s characters. Some of them have even had movies already, and could really use a second crack at it. Like, say, Spawn for example.Creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get a Spawn reboot going for years, and it looks like it’s actually happening. It has actors attached to it. Jamie Foxx was the first to join the cast as the main character, Al Simmons a.k.a. Spawn. After he dies, goes to hell and comes back with powers, of course. Now, Jeremy Renner has signed on to play Detective Twitch Williams, Deadline reports. In the comics, Twitch is half of a cop duo. A quiet, reserved investigator partnered with the comic foil Sam Burke. In the movie, he’ll be Spawn’s investigative partner. McFarlane describes the movie version of the character as “the intelligence and intuition that Spawn needs most.” Which… OK, we’ll see. I’m a little wary of the implication that the titular hero doesn’t have intelligence or intuition, but not every superhero can also be the world’s greatest detective.It does make sense to give Spawn a partner. He’s an anti-hero, and while those are much more popular in mainstream pop culture than perhaps they once were, it doesn’t take much for them to get too dark. And Spawn could get dark. It was the ’90s, all comics were trying to out-grit each other, and Spawn was one of the books that started the fight. A good anti-hero needs someone to keep them from becoming a villain, but who also isn’t too bothered about killing bad guys. So as a character, it could work. And we know Renner can excel as a character who’s calm, collected and just unhinged enough to be unpredictable. He’ll also work as the audience surrogate, considering it sounds like we’ll see his face the most, with Spawn lurking in the shadows.Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye (Photo via Marvel)” knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his,” McFarlane told Deadline.It is funny that, much like McFarlane himself, both Renner and Foxx come from Marvel projects. McFarlane created Spawn and with a number of other artists, Image Comics after leaving Marvel over a money dispute. Foxx’s last superhero outing was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (coincidentally, McFarlane’s Spider-Man was the comic that started his feud with Marvel.) Renner, meanwhile, likely only has one more Avengers movie as Hawkeye and he wasn’t even in the last one. I’d jump ship to another superhero property too. Keep that money train a-rollin’.And hey, if done right, this movie could be a big success. It’s produced by Jason Blum, who does a handful of inexpensive horror movies each year, some of which end up being legitimately good films, like Get Out and The First Purge. From the sounds of things, that’s what the Spawn reboot is shaping up to be: a lower-budget horror film, rather than a standard superhero blockbuster. McFarlane is stepping into the director’s chair for the first time, and whatever you think of the Spawn comics, the man knows how to put together a captivating image. Even when the writing got cringey, Spawn was always haunting and gorgeous to look at.I still don’t know if it’s possible to make Spawn work in the late 2010s. He came out of a very specific time, place and attitude. As a series, Spawn was important to the development of comics. It gave us Image Comics, which have since produced some of the best stories in the medium. It introduced a lot of young fans to the art form, and led them to other creator-owned series. A lot of it was also ’90s grimdark storytelling that hasn’t aged super well. But McFarlane has certainly assembled an impressive team. If anyone can make the character work these days, it’s Jamie Foxx. He certainly has the charisma to pull it off. As for Renner, I’m just excited to see him in a superhero movie again. The pieces are in place to make this a really good Spawn movie. As long as they don’t use the devil from the first one.Spawn (1997) (via New Line Cinema)Yeesh. That’s something we all wish we could forget. Though, no lie, I did have a soft spot for John Leguizamo’s Clown.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Curves in spacetime violate Heisenbergs uncertainty principle

first_img Time travel theory avoids grandfather paradox (Phys.org)—If an object traveling through spacetime can loop back in time in a certain way, then its trajectory can allow a pair of its components to be measured with perfect accuracy, violating Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. This new finding involves a particular trajectory called an open timelike curve (OTC), which is a special case of a closed timelike curve (CTC), a theoretical concept that has previously provoked controversy because it raises the possibility of traveling backwards in time. According to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, measurements of any pair of variables must have at least a minimum amount of error. The most well-known example of the pair of variables is position and momentum, but the principle applies to any two variables that have a mathematical relationship which makes them conjugate variables. The uncertainty principle is thought to be an inherent property of quantum systems due to their wave-particle duality, rather than any observational limitations. Although previous studies have found that CTC models can theoretically violate the uncertainty principle, nobody knew that this could happen for the special case of an OTC.Now, physicists Jacques Pienaar, Tim Ralph, and Casey Myers at The University of Queensland in Australia have theoretically shown that OTCs can allow scientists to measure a pair of conjugate variables of a quantum state to an arbitrary degree of accuracy forbidden by the uncertainty principle. The finding could have implications for quantum gravity and change the way that scientists view quantum uncertainty.”There is some speculation that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle might be different in a future theory of quantum gravity,” Pienaar told Phys.org. “However, most of these studies suggest that quantum gravity will introduce more uncertainty. Our model suggests the complete opposite: that a theory of quantum gravity might actually remove the uncertainty of quantum mechanics.”This perfect measurement ability arises from the nature of OTC trajectories. As the physicists explain, OTCs are the simplest and most normal type of CTCs. Whereas CTCs form closed loops in time that allow systems to affect events in their own past, OTCs form open loops in time and do not allow systems to interact with previous versions of themselves. These interaction-free OTCs overcome some of the paradoxes associated with time travel, such as the grandfather paradox in which a time traveler kills their own grandfather, preventing their own existence. More information: J. L. Pienaar, et al. “Open Timelike Curves Violate Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.” PRL 110, 060501 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.060501 Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. 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.center_img Citation: Curves in spacetime violate Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (2013, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-spacetime-violate-heisenberg-uncertainty-principle.html Explore further (a) A closed timelike curve, in which p2 is a chronology-respecting system, and p1 is a time-traveling system that can jump from point tA to the past point tB through a spacetime wormhole, has the ability to interact with itself in the past. (b) In an open timelike curve (OTC), the system cannot interact with itself in the past. In the new study, physicists have theoretically shown that OTCs can violate Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, provided p1 is entangled with p2. This proposal could be tested by performing experiments on entangled systems in Earth’s gravitational field. Credit: J. L. Pienaar, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society Despite such paradoxes, CTCs in general are compatible with general relativity; however, they are not compatible with quantum mechanics. One way to make them compatible is to extend quantum mechanics in a way that resolves the paradoxical aspects of CTCs. An example of such an extension is the Deutsch model, which makes the mathematics of quantum mechanics nonlinear, allowing for CTCs. Previously, scientists have shown that this nonlinearity leads to some unusual properties, such as the possibility to build a super quantum computer that can quickly solve some complex problems called NP-complete problems, a task that would take trillions of years using today’s computers.In the new study, the physicists have shown that the Deutsch model’s nonlinear mathematics also applies to OTCs, where there is no interaction between the past and present, provided that entanglement exists between the time-traveling system and an external system. To reach this conclusion, the physicists calculated what happens when quantum states travel through a quantum optics circuit that contains an OTC. In this theoretical situation, two quantum states are “squeezed” in orthogonal directions. After the states cycle through the circuit several times, the scientists found that they could measure the orthogonal components with arbitrary accuracy.Another interesting feature of these OTCs is that they resemble time dilation in general relativity, in which two clocks measure different times under different gravitational conditions. In a similar way, OTCs create a time difference between two initially synchronized trajectories. As the scientists explain, this resemblance means that an experimenter observing an OTC system and a time dilation system might not be able to tell whether the time difference was due to the gravitational curvature of general relativity or to the trajectory of an OTC. This finding suggests that modeling gravitational time dilation as an OTC effect could have implications for a theory of quantum gravity.”Deutsch’s model describes the strange quantum effects that we might see in the presence of CTCs, within a future theory of quantum gravity,” Pienaar said. “However, if there are no CTCs in the universe, then we would not expect to see the effects. But since the slowing of time due to gravity looks just like the effect of an OTC from the outside, and since OTCs still lead to strange effects (as we have shown), we suggested that these effects might turn up in strong gravitational fields, even without any closed loops in time. If so, then they would allow us to violate the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and clone coherent states of light without needing a full-blown time machine.”Of course, the connection between OTCs and gravitational fields is still very speculative and might turn out to be wrong. We hope to flesh it out into a more complete theory in future research.”The physicists propose that testing this possibility—by testing the Deutsch model’s nonlinear effects—could be done with current technology by performing experiments on entangled systems in Earth’s gravitational field. As the scientists explain, this kind of experiment would serve as an alternative to experimenting with real OTCs, which are rather hard to come by.”The circuit itself is easy to build; it’s coming up with an OTC that’s the problem!” Pienaar said. “Strictly speaking, we would require an actual time machine in order to build that circuit, which we obviously don’t have. However, if our analogy between OTCs and gravity is correct, then we could make do with just an ordinary gravitational field like Earth’s. In that case, the circuit certainly can be built; there is already a group working on sending entangled beams of light up to a satellite in orbit. This would then provide an experimental test that could either prove or disprove our claim about gravity behaving the same as an OTC.”last_img read more

Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson play lovers in visual album

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The pair in the Pynk video | Photo: YouTube/Janelle Monae Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson have been making all sorts of waves over the last few weeks.center_img The pair will play a pair of star-crossed lovers in the film.[embedded content]‘I hope they feel love’In a New York Times profile, Jenna Wortham asks Monáe about the speculation on her relationship with Thompson.‘Watching her as she decided on a response was like watching a mathematician working out Fermat’s Last Theorem,’ Wortham writes.‘Gears were churning; calculations were being made. Finally, she laughed, raised her eyebrows and deflected: “I hope people feel celebrated. I hope they feel love. I hope they feel seen.” It was late into the evening, and I was conscious of how long we’d been talking — at least two hours — and let it drop. But the issue lingered for me, especially the more times I watched her film.’Dirty Computer premieres on MTV and BET on 26 April. The album’s release is one day later, Friday, 27 April.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Monáe is getting ready to release her third studio album, Dirty Computer. She’s released several songs and music videos from the album so far, celebrating bisexuality and women.Thompson appears in more than one, often accompanied by queer subtext between her and Monáe.Well, now it gets better.Along with the album, Dirty Computer will also feature a 50-minute film (or, in the words of Monáe, an ’emotion picture’) and yup, you guessed it, it stars Monáe and Thompson.Here’s the official synopsis:It’s the story of a young woman named Jane 57821 (Monáe), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as ‘computers.’ … Dirty Computer explores humanity and what truly happens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when mind and machines merge, and when the government chooses fear over freedom. Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson celebrate bisexuality in music videoJanelle Monáe comes out as pansexual: ‘I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker’Janelle Monáe addresses the way the media covered her coming outRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/janelle-monae-tessa-thompson-lovers-visual-album/last_img read more