Sony Announces the New 6K CineAlta VENICE Cinema Camera

first_imgThe latest cinema camera added to Sony’s CineAlta line is the new VENICE, a camera created by and for cinematographers.All images via Sony.The new CineAlta VENICE is a full-frame 6K camera equipped with a 36x24mm sensor. It can capture images up to a max resolution of 6048×4032.The VENICE can also natively support Super35 24.9×18.7mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film), and Super35 24.9×14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film).The camera can capture in almost any format, including the following:18mm-heightSuper35 anamorphicSuper35 sphericalSuper35 full-frame24mm-height anamorphic24mm-height sphericalNearly every aspect ratio In addition, licenses will be available to expand the camera’s capabilities in the future, with new features like 4K anamorphic and full-frame. Future upgrades will allow the VENICE to shoot 36mm wide 6K resolution.It is our next-generation camera system, a ground-up development initiative encompassing a completely new image sensor. We carefully considered key aspects such as form factor, ergonomics, build quality, ease of use, a refined picture and painterly look—with a simple, established workflow. We worked in close collaboration with film industry professionals. We also considered the longer-term strategy by designing a user interchangeable sensor that is as quick and simple to swap as removing four screws, and can accommodate different shooting scenarios as the need arises.  —Peter Crithary, marketing manager, Sony Electronics.The VENICE is easy to operate with control panels on both the operator and assistant sides of the camera. It captures high-quality and efficient files through 16-bit RAW/X-OCN via the AXS-R7 recorder, and 10 bit XAVC workflows.The camera body was designed to be fully modular, and it is first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system. A 24 V power supply input/output and LEMO connector allow use of many standard camera accessories, designed for use in harsh environments.The camera will be available in February 2018. No word on the cost of the body yet.For more on the new Sony CineAlta VENICE, visit the Sony website.last_img read more

Lasting Success Is Not a Marathon. It Is a Series of Sprints.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The idea that “success is a marathon” speaks to a certain truth. That truth is that success is a long game. That you have to invest your heart, your soul, your blood, and your sweat to obtain it, whatever your definition of success may be.Start, But No EndSuccess, however, is not a marathon. A marathon has a starting and an end point. When you cross the finish line in a marathon, you are finished. In this regard, the marathon as a metaphor comes up lacking. It can give you the false belief that you have time that you don’t actually have. It can lead you to believe that days and weeks don’t matter, that you have plenty of time, and that eventually, you will reach a finish line and have success.This is not how success works. There is no end to the work it takes to maintain success.The Daily SprintSuccess is more like a never ending series of sprints. Each day is like running the 100 meter. You have to do the things today that create success. A day is too short a time to create success and is far too long a time to waste. You need to accomplish your most important tasks each day, and you need to do so with a great sense of urgency. So, you sprint.Once you complete today’s sprint, the next day you sprint again. Yesterday’s race is over, today is a new race. You do what’s most important for your success, and you do it like you are running out of time.The way to produce lasting success is to pay the price every day, in perpetuity. It’s about daily disciplines as much as it is goals.Success in relationships requires that you do the work and invest in the relationships that mean the most to you. Financial success is mostly a set of financial disciplines that are kept every day. Creating good and productive adults is about the daily and weekly disciplines of parenting. Whatever success means to you, it breaks down to daily (and weekly) sprints.Successful days lead to successful weeks. Successful weeks are the building blocks of successful months. Months of disciplined actions make up successful quarters and years. You can’t have a successful year without having a series of successful sprints.last_img read more

Gujarat HC junks over 120 pleas from farmers against land acquisition

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Thursday dismissed over 120 petitions filed by farmers challenging the process of their land acquisition for the ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train project.However, in a partial relief to the petitioners, a division bench of justices A S Dave and Biren Vaishnav said the issue of higher compensation is still “open” and farmers can approach the authorities concerned to seek more money against their land.The court said while seeking more money, the farmers could cite past examples where higher compensation was offered by the National Highway Authority of India or any other such entity for acquiring land.In its order on Thursday, the bench upheld the validity of the Land Acquisition Act amended by the Gujarat government in 2016 and subsequently approved by the president.The petitioners also challenged the Gujarat Amendment Act, 2016 which tweaked the 2013 law.The court turned down the farmers’ claim that the Gujarat government did not have powers to issue a notification for land acquisition, since the project was divided between two states — Gujarat and Maharashtra.The court was also of the opinion that powers conferred to the bureaucracy under the state Act to give a ‘go-by’ to social impact assessment as well as rehabilitation and resettlement, if needed, do not fall into the category of ‘excessive delegation’, as contended by the agitating farmers.Further, the court held that issuance of a notification declaring the commencement of land acquisition without undertaking social impact assessment is also valid.The bench also stated that the entire process of calculating compensation was fair.The court was satisfied with the social and environment impact assessment carried out by a private agency engaged by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited, as per guidelines of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the mega project.After the setback, the petitioners’ counsel, Anand Yagnik, said the farmers who mostly belong to south Gujarat would approach the Supreme Court against the order.These farmers, through their petitions, claimed that the process of land acquisition could not be started before revising the prices of their land, as mandated under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.They claimed that compensation was being offered to them on the market rates decided way back in 2011.Citing Section 26 of the Land Acquisition Act, they demanded that before calculating the compensation, the state government must first revise the market rates of their land and give compensation on those rates, and not of 2011.The ambitious bullet train project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in September 2017.The bullet train will run at a speed of 320-350 kmph, and have 12 stations across its 508-km stretch.last_img read more

Pak fires mortar shells on forward posts along LoC in Jammu, Poonch districts

first_imgThe Pakistan army on Monday fired mortar shells on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts, an official spokesman said. Repeated unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops took place in the Akhnoor Sector in Jammu district from 4 am Monday, he said, adding that it intermittently continued till 10 pm. They resorted to “firing of small arms & shelling with mortars”, the spokesman said. Pakistani troops also fired and shelled forward posts and civilians areas in Qasna and Kerni sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, he said. The Indian army retaliated befittingly, the spokesman said.last_img read more

The Spoils of War

first_imgRs 77 croreAnnual fee from 22 endorsements and matches played. Sachin Tendulkar’s annual fee is Rs 64 crore.Dhoni’s endorsementsRealty CheckHis new home, Shaurya, is built on a 4,500-sq ft stretch in Ranchi’s Harmu neighbourhood. The Indian skipper built the duplex bungalow on a Rs 1-crore loan that was offered interest-free to him by the State Bank of India.31%of ads during the World Cup carried Dhoni as brand ambassador, according to tam Sports. He was No. 1 among celebrities in tv advertising. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag occupied ranks 5 and 6. In 2010, Bollywood stars led by Katrina Kaif, not cricketers, dominated.Rs 1 CROREawarded by BCCI after the World Cup win.Rs 2 CROREby Delhi Government. There’s also a house or plot in Mussoorie; stadium to be built in Dhoni’s name in Uttarakhand; residential plot by the Bangalore government; Hyundai car and plot by a Rajkot builder; land for a cricket academy in Jharkhand; Jharkhand Ratna award and an honorary doctorate by Jharkhand Government; lifetime ac pass by Indian Railways.last_img read more

Boxing: Eleider Alvarez knocks out Sergey Kovalev to become new Light Heavyweight Champ

first_imgAdvertisementAlvarez started the fight using his quick hands and athleticism to keep the champion off balance.He was able to keep this up in each round, stinging his opponent with lightning quick jabs.Then, Kovalev started to show why he is the champion. In round four, he started going to the body more; opening up more opportunities for combinations.This has effectively placed Alvarez in “defensive” mode. At least, so we thought.The champion seemed to have found what was working. Going into the seventh round, he seemed to have a clear lead.Then, out of nowhere, Alvarez catches Kovalev with a hard right hand that dropped him.Ultimately, this shot was one which Kovalev never recovered from.The Champion got back up only to be dropped two more times.Alvarez showed great poise while attacking and finally realized his dream of being a champion.The victory has shaken up the division and demonstrated why in boxing you can never count someone out.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pak hockey coach lauds Indias sporting spirit

first_imgKarachi, Feb 13 (PTI) Coach-cum-player of the Pakistan hockey team Rehan Butt has lauded the sporting spirit of Indian players and spectators a day after winning the gold in the ongoing South Asian Games in Guwahati. “It was a high for us to beat India in a big final in India. But thankfully this time we kept our celebrations under control and also the crowd which came for the final was very sporting and appreciated our performance,” Butt told PTI today from the Indian city. Relations between the hockey federations of India and Pakistan soured after the controversy-marred semi-final of the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. Soon after winning the semi-final against India in the Champions Trophy, Pakistani players were indulged in wild celebrations and some of their players made obscene gestures towards the spectators and the media, forcing the International Hockey Federation to intervene and control the situation. Hockey India had demanded an apology from Pakistan for the incident and also wanted an assurance that they would reprimand their players if they repeat their antics in future. Butt, who went to the SAF Games as coach of the team but ended up playing in the tournament, said it was satisfying to beat an improving India. “Their standards have improved and it is a big victory for us. Both teams had some senior players and it was an intriguing experience to play as coach and player,” Butt, a decorated Pakistan forward said. Butt had to don the jersey after a selected player Samiullah didnt get accreditation for the SAF Games. “I played after proper permission from the organisers. To me the best part of the final was that there was no bad blood and the way the crowd appreciated our performance,” he said. Butt hoped after the SAG final, relations between the two hockey bodies would improve soon and the two countries will soon resume bilateral ties on the turf. “The Pakistani players were on their best behavior and we had told them to avoid any unnecessary or over the top celebrations which could hurt sentiments of our hosts,” he said. “But at the end it was satisfying to beat India twice in the same event,” he added. Pakistan beat India 2-1 in the league stage and 1-0 in the final to wil the gold. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

The Big Bang Theory cast struck with nasty illness

first_imgLos Angeles, Mar 27 (PTI) Indian-origin actor Kunal Nayyar has revealed that his “The Big Bang Theory” castmates are falling sick one after another.His revelation comes two days after his co-star Kaley Cuoco posted a photo on Instagram of herself and others sporting surgical masks on set, stating, “everyone at work is sick”.”Literally everyone is sick. We were rehearsing and we were doing scenes, and we were all wearing surgeon masks, doctor masks, because everyone was sick,” Nayyar told Entertainment Tonight.”I think, Mayim (Bialik) had it first, and then Kaley… Also everyones got kids now. Simon (Helberg)s got kids… Everyones getting sick all the time. I think Mayim gets it from her kids, or Simon gets it from his. And they come to work and were all hugging – were all very close.”Its funny. We were literally doing scenes (and wed) take off the mask… and put it back on.”Things got so bad, the producers had to call in medics.”We had to bring the doctor to set, like, three times,” he said.But Nayyar, 34, credited his Indian roots with helping him stay healthy as his castmates suffer.”I never get sick. Its because Im from India, so Ive seen every kind of bacteria you can imagine.”He said that Cuoco tries to keep him and the cast and crew healthy, when shes not so sick, by leading weekly yoga sessions. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

India’s best colleges: Why I think AIIMS Delhi is a temple of medical excellence

first_imgI joined AIIMS in 2007 as a nerdy 17-year-old and, five years later, left the institution as a responsible, mature doctor with a well-rounded personality. Despite topping the AIIMS entrance exam, I had initially joined IIT Delhi, but soon realised that my interest lay in medicine. So I quit IIT,I joined AIIMS in 2007 as a nerdy 17-year-old and, five years later, left the institution as a responsible, mature doctor with a well-rounded personality. Despite topping the AIIMS entrance exam, I had initially joined IIT Delhi, but soon realised that my interest lay in medicine. So I quit IIT and joined AIIMS. Although many thought I had made a mistake by giving up IIT, it was the best decision of my life.When you join college after school, everything is new and you are unsure of the future. You need someone to hold your hand and guide you. AIIMS did just that. Several other medical colleges arguably impart the same knowledge, but I feel AIIMS teaches you how to make the best use of that knowledge. Being a good doctor is really important, but AIIMS also imparts other life skills that matter in the long run.Of the thousands of aspirants who take the AIIMS entrance exam every year, less than a hundred-odd end up realising their dream of studying in the institute. Mine was a batch of 50 students, with toppers from every state. Together we created a competitive yet healthy environment.At AIIMS, students get clinical postings from the second year itself, and that’s when we get a first-hand experience of patients and our profession. The sheer variety and number of cases one gets to handle here is mind-boggling.AIIMS, a tertiary care centre, gets patients whom other hospitals have failed to cure. That, in itself, is a challenge as well as an opportunity. We see the rarest of cases from all over the country. When expected to handle such patients, one obviously reads and researches more. The technology, too, is the best one can find. We have state-of-the-art lecture theatres, instrumentation and skill labs. The faculty lays a lot of stress on research work from the very beginning.advertisementPhoto: Vikram SharmaThe institute provides ample opportunities to participate in national and international conferences as well as exchange programmes. Such exposure helps students achieve standards at par with the best in the world. AIIMS students have gone on to become doyens not just in India but in international institutions as well. When you know your seniors and alumni are leading doctors setting standards in the field of medicine globally, you have great role models to inspire you.Along with the intense focus on academics and learning, AIIMS offers a host of extra-curricular activities. World class facilities for sports as well as recreation are available on the campus. We can boast of a strong socio-cultural club and annually host the biggest fest among medical colleges, Pulse. It attracts students from across the country and allows for interaction with students from other professional streams, opening our world to varying viewpoints and ideas.A big thanks to my alma mater for making me a skillful and confident medical professional.The author is a senior resident in the department of radiology, AIIMS.last_img read more

President Kovind awards 26 children for innovation, bravery

first_imgSix-year-old Eiha Dixit’s excitement knew no bounds when she received the National Award from President Ram Nath Kovind for her contribution towards environment. She alone planted 500 saplings.She is the youngest among the all award recipients and belongs to Meerut. She planted the saplings in Meerut and surrounding areas inspired by her school teachers and her father.Like Eiha, 25 more children were awarded with the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday evening. They achieved remarkable feats in various fields ranging from sports to science and social welfare.”For a father, this is the proudest moment. I hope the mission that my daughter has undertaken gives a positive message to all,” Eiha’s father Kuldeep Dixit told IANS.The award was earlier known as the National Child Award. It was previously organised by an NGO, the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW). From this year, the selection of children for the award has been brought under the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.The award ceremony was also attended by the Union WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi along with Secretary Rakesh Srivastava and other senior ministry officials.Children living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) of Delhi were also a part of the award function.This year, the National Bravery Award was also merged with the Bal Shakti Puraskar which was given away to Kartik Goyal and Adrika Goyal of Madhya Pradesh who showed courage during riots and curfew at Morena in April last year and provided food, water, medicine and first aid to the passengers of a train raided by rioters.advertisement”We thought how we could have felt had we been in that situation. So we gathered courage and helped the passengers as much as possible,” said 10-year-old Adrika.Another recipient Arunima Sen, who is a Class XII student in Bengaluru, said the award is no less than living a dream moment.”My board exams are near but nothing could have brought me more happiness than this,” said Sen who bagged the award for her contribution in the field of innovation and science.Esow (18), who belongs to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said the National Award is a big boost for his native place.”There is not much scope for youths like me to get proper training in sports. I hope through this award I’d draw attention to the need to encourage more sports opportunities,” said Esow. He was awarded for excellence in the field of sports.The awardees were selected from 900 applications received through a special portal created for the purpose, said the ministry sources.The winners were selected through a rigorous process of critical analysis by a committee comprising experts from varied disciplines such as sociology, psychology, mathematics, science, art, music and sport.Each award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, book vouchers worth Rs 10,000, a certificate and a citation. According to the WCD Ministry, these children will participate in the Republic Day parade.The final list was drawn up by the National Selection Committee, under the chairpersonship of the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi.The Bravery awards were earlier organised by the ICCW. However, following a petition in the Delhi High Court about the NGO misusing the government’s funds, the Centre dissociated itself from the NGO and revamped the scheme of National Awards for children in 2018 to include ‘bravery’ as an additional component in the Pradhan Mantri National Children Awards.Also Read | J&K Governor’s Republic Day diktat sparks rowAlso Read | Republic Day 2019: Roads, flights, metro routes closed on Republic Daylast_img read more

Captain’s Diary – Louise Winchester

first_imgIn this edition, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup  and her troublesome pinky finger. Hey Touch heads, Well I’m so sorry that this next diary entry has taken me so long to write, I’m sure you’ve all been so disappointed and waiting anxiously. The plan was to write this entry after our last camp but a few things have happened since then. It is now the night before our second and final camp before we go away to Scotland and yes I’m counting down the days…only 14 more sleeps!My apologies for not writing sooner but I had a little mishap last camp which has basically taken up all my time in the last two weeks. At the training camp on Sunday I broke my little finger. I was playing a game with the girls and simply dove for a touchdown. My finger landed on the ball awkwardly but there wasn’t much in it at all! Lucky I had some great physios looking after me in Georgia and Steve ‘The Goose King’ Cunningham as they got right onto it.Kristy was a very good friend and came with me to emergency and sat with me most of Sunday night. Wednesday then came and off I went to the specialist thinking nothing of it really, only to be shocked by the news that I needed surgery. So on Friday of last week I went and got three screws put in my little finger. I never would have thought a little finger could be such a punish!I must admit, I was gutted at first. Not because I ever thought I wouldn’t play, even with the bad timing of it all, that never once came into my mind. But I guess I was just so disappointed that it had to happen at all. In the end, it most definitely could have been worse and it is only a pinky! So basically now it’s rehab time and I’m very lucky to have a number of physios in our team who are all helping me out!Earlier tonight I picked up Quirky, Chez, Quincy and Jess from the airport. It was just so nice to see the girls and they all made me feel much better. We have had a lovely night at the Winchester household with Mum whipping up a beautiful pasta dish for us all and then we all just relaxed and watched the footy. Quirk Dog is being a good girl and has been hitting the books for her next exam which is Monday morning, exactly what she’ll feel like after a weekend of tippy tap. And the other youngsters have all gone off to bed in preparation for a big day tomorrow!Even though I am so disappointed that I won’t be able to run with the girls this camp, I am really looking forward to it. Last camp I felt was awesome. As a team we just got better and better and things are really starting to come together nicely for us.We’ve had Kez on the job, keeping us in line. Deano has us on the ball with all his little drills and skills and Micko Banks has us recovering in fashion with the up and go’s!Just a few little things to fix up but we are on track and after this weekend, most definitely ready to go!Hope everyone is well. Write soon. Sweet tippy tap dreams.Weezo xolast_img read more

Atlantis Tankers’ Fleet to Get EX-Approved BWTS

first_imgzoom Turkish shipping company Atlantis Tankers Group and its management company Armona Denizcilik AS have ordered EX-approved ballast water treatment system (BWTS) for ten vessels from Norway-based BWTS firm Optimarin.The vessels include two newbuilding and eight existing vessels in the Turkish managed tanker fleet.The first two systems are scheduled for delivery in March and June of 2016. They will be mounted on Atlantis Augusta and Atlantis Alicante, currently being built at Turkish shipyards Selay and Selah.The remaining eight EX-systems are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019, for retrofitting installation on the existing fleet during special dry dock surveys in 2019 and 2020.The tankers range from 3,446 to 6,416 dwt and are all designed for the transport of IMO II classified chemical cargoes.last_img read more

Canada Formalizing Crude Tanker Moratorium on BC North Coast

first_imgzoom The government of Canada will introduce legislation by spring 2017 to formalize a moratorium for crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s (BC) north coast. The moratorium will cover the Great Bear Rainforest/Great Bear Sea area, covering an area from the Alaska/BC border down to the point on BC’s mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and this includes Haida Gwaii.The new legislation will prohibit oil tankers carrying crude oil or persistent oil products as cargo from entering or leaving ports and marine installations in this area.This measure will complement the existing voluntary Tanker Exclusion Zone, which has been in place since 1985.The moratorium will apply to the shipment of crude oils as defined by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and this will be set in the legislation.It will also apply to related oil products that are heavier and, when spilled, break up and dissipate slowly. A complete list of these persistent products included in the moratorium will be outlined in a schedule to the legislation. The list of scheduled products could be amended in the future through the regulatory process based on the evolution of science and technology.Oil products included in the moratorium will be, among other, partially upgraded bitumen, synthetic crude oil, pitch, slack wax, and bunker C fuel oil.The moratorium will not apply to the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), gasoline, naphtha, jet fuel, and propane, among other products.Vessels carrying less than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil or persistent oil products as cargo will be exempted from the moratorium to allow local communities and industries to continue to receive these goods.The legislation would include an enforcement regime and penalty provisions. Penalties will be commensurate with the scale of violation and could reach up to CAD 5 million.last_img read more

Iqaluit Fire Service

first_imgWayne Rivers, aptn National NewsIt isn’t just fire fighters in First Nations communities that are challenged to do their jobs.In the north departments are challenged with a different kind of isloation.Iqaluit Fire Department: Nunavut’s largest fire department faces poor training, low funding and frigid temperatures.Lt. Sharon MacDonald is with the service;“we only have 2 trucks and we have not other departments that we can call upon. Communities down south can call on neighbouring fire departments if they need, here we don’t have that.”And if the limited equipment the department does have breaks down, it could be weeks before new parts arrive.“if your fire truck is down or your ambulance is down you’re in a lot of trouble.MacDonald says another area of concern is Nunavut’s chronic over crowding in homes across the area.“if you have 10 to 15 people you have to account for it’s very difficult to know for sure if everyone is out so then we’re sending our firefighters in not only to attack the fire but to do a search for the missing people and that puts our firefighters lives a little more in danger.”MacDonald says the best plan is to educate people on how to prevent fires from starting.last_img read more

Tim Cook makes 1st visit to Canada as Apple CEO visits Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook visited Canada for the first time as CEO Monday, surprising students at a downtown Toronto Apple store to highlight the importance of learning to code, and dropping in on a group of developers to thank them for their contributions to the tech giant’s app store.The unannounced visit by Cook, who as Apple’s chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch, was the first time an Apple CEO has visited Canada since Steve Jobs made the trek north in the late 1980s.Cook surprised a class of Grade 7 students in Toronto’s east end as they learned how to program robots to dance on tables using Apple’s Swift programming language, recently introduced by the company as a low-barrier-to-entry way of coding.“Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, ‘that’s not for me,” Cook said as the pre-teens participated in an Apple-designed “Everyone Can Code” workshop, which helps children learn how to build mobile apps, at the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre.“That’s not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use.”There are 250,000 apps in the App Store that have been coded with Swift, including popular ones such as LinkedIn and AirBnb. In 2016, Apple released Swift Playgrounds, which turns learning the programming language into a game for people of all ages — though especially for students.The Canadian visit follows a similar surprise last week, when Cook visited a school in the United Kingdom, as part of a whistle-stop tour of Europe, where Apple recently launched its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum in several schools.The CEO’s tour to promote the benefits of Apple technology comes after the company recently came under fire from shareholders over concerns about the addictive effects of gadgets and social media on young people.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in a Jan. 6 open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.But Cook’s Canadian stop in was squarely focused on the benefits, both educational and economic, of Apple’s technology.There are more than 120,000 jobs in Canada directly related to Apple’s iOS and App Store ecosystem, the company said Monday. These positions can include developers, designers, entrepreneurs and other highly skilled roles.“Canada is an extremely important market for us. We have a great team in Canada,” Cook said.“I want to do everything I can do to highlight their innovation, their companies and their work, because it is a critical part of the entire user experience. I wanted to come say thank you.”Demand for digital skills in Canada continues to expand and the federal government has identified coding as a key job development skill. By 2021, there will be 210,000 Canadian jobs in the space and, based on forecasted numbers of computer science graduates, the country won’t have the skilled workers to fill these positions.Denise Salsman, who teaches the Grade 7 class that Cook surprised, said that in less than a year of implementing code into the classroom, her students have seen an improvement in their grades.“Coding is something my students, who will have jobs we don’t even know about yet, need to know.”Cook’s visit came the same day the federal government launched its first major investment in coding education.Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development introduced CanCode, a federal program designed to help Canadian students improve their digital skills.“It’s a $50 million program launched by our government to pave the path for Canada’s future leaders,” Bains said at a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont.Bains said the program will give more than one million children and their teachers across Canada the chance to develop their digital skills.Follow Josh McConnell at @JoshMcConnell on Twitter.last_img read more

Spain Continues to be Moroccos Main Economic Partner

Rabat – Spain remains Morocco’s main trade customer in terms of exports, which increased by 11.2 percent over the past year, according to data released by the European Statistical Office, Spain has been a primary export destination and an importer of Moroccan goods since 2012. During 2017, the main exported products were electrical materials (29.3 percent), clothes (23.1 percent), and mollusks and crustaceans, representing 8.1 percent of exports to Spain.Two-Way TradeMorocco’s primary export customer is Spain. 41 percent of Spain’s total imports come from the Kingdom, France was second with 29.6 percent, Italy with 6.7 percent and the United Kingdom with 5 percent. Meanwhile, Moroccan imports from Spain include fuel and lubricants (13.9 percent), auto parts (13.3 percent) and clothing fabrics (9.9 percent).Spain is Morocco’s main import source nation, accounting for 35 percent of all EU exports to the Kingdom. France is second at 19.1 percent, Germany 9.3 percent, and Italy at 8.4 percent.According to the same statistics, Morocco’s trade with the EU rose by 9.5 percent and Morocco’s imports rose by 7 percent over the past year.According to figures from the European Bureau of Statistics, trade between the two countries over the past six years has increased significantly, doubling their bilateral trade flows, which exceeded 14 billion euros last year.According to previous official figures of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Moroccan exports to the EU represent 0.65 percent of the total trade with nations outside the European Union. read more

Annan pays tribute to late Ismat Kittani a consummate diplomat

“He performed many sensitive missions with the utmost skill and judgment,” said Mr. Annan in a statement released in New York. “He was loved by those who knew him, and respected by all who came in contact with him.”The Secretary-General called Mr. Kittani, who was born in Madiya, Iraq, in 1929, “a consummate diplomat, combining the discretion of the international civil servant with an intimate knowledge of the intergovernmental process.””When he retired from the staff of the Organization, he said in his farewell remarks that no person is forced to work for the United Nations; that you do so because you believe in its goals,” Mr. Annan recalled. “Ismat Kittani was someone who helped us all sustain that belief, and who made our work here even more rewarding.” read more

Chinas inflation eases in April giving government more room to stimulate slowing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 8:05 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China’s inflation eased in April, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy.Data on Friday showed consumer prices rose 1.8 per cent over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4 per cent increase. The rise in politically sensitive food prices eased to 2.3 per cent from the previous month’s 4.1 per cent.Lower inflation gives Beijing more room for interest rate cuts or other moves to stimulate the economy after growth declined to 7.4 per cent in the latest quarter.Chinese leaders have ruled out more stimulus. But in a sign of concern over possible job losses, Beijing launched a mini-stimulus in March based on higher spending on building railways and other public works. China’s inflation eases in April, giving government more room to stimulate slowing economy read more

Regulator checks oilsands companies in northwest Alberta for odours

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 1:41 pm MDT PEACE RIVER, Alta. – Alberta’s energy regulator is mounting a two-week, around-the-clock compliance check near Peace River to ensure oilsands companies are following new rules on odour emissions.“We only have so many people in each field office across Alberta, so we’ve essentially saturated this area with staff to do a targeted sweep,” Jeff Toering of the Alberta Energy Regulator said Monday.The sweep involves two three-person teams moving from facility to facility in alternating 12-hour shifts for a week. Different teams replace them after the first week.The effort follows public hearings into complaints that gassy odours from Baytex Energy’s facilities were driving some families from their homes.Calgary-based Baytex uses an unusual method of heating bitumen in above-ground tanks to extract oil. Four other companies in the area use a similar process.The regulator accepted most of the recommendations in a report on the public hearings. The suggestions included taking steps to eliminate gas venting, reduce flaring and conserve all produced gas in the area, where feasible, because it could cause health problems.The regulator released a directive to that effect, which came into force Monday.Baytex spokesman Andrew Loosely said the company has installed vapour recovery systems on all its equipment in one of the troublesome fields and is on schedule to install them in the other field by the regulatory deadline of Aug. 15.“We applaud those efforts that the AER is undertaking,” Loosely said. “They’ll be out in force, holding our feet to the fire.”Gerald Palanca, who is part of the regulatory team, said inspectors will depend partly on their own sense of smell to determine if the regulations are being followed. But inspectors won’t just follow their noses, he said.Methane detectors will measure gases associated with smelly emissions. Infrared cameras will be able to “see” releases.“We’re not only measuring the odours with the human nose,” said Palanca.Nor is a one-time blast to the nostrils enough to result in enforcement.“We’re after the very strong and offensive (odours),” said Palanca, who added several things will be considered in deciding whether enforcement is required.“(Is) there … evidence that the site in question is affecting people? There’s also compliance history. There’s the duration. All these factors weigh in as part of the compliance assurance program.”Toering said inspectors hope to use this sweep to improve future enforcement of the new odour regulations.“We’re learning and we’re going to tweak it as we need.” Regulator checks oilsands companies in northwest Alberta for odours read more

Smoke reported in cockpit but dozens of BC passengers safe airline

by The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2015 8:30 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – An Air Canada Express flight carrying 48 passengers has landed safely in Vancouver, despite reports of smoke in the cockpit.The incident happened late Monday afternoon when the Bombardier Dash 8-300 was inbound from Victoria.Company spokeswoman Debra Williams says emergency vehicles met the plane when it landed.She says passengers exited through the main cabin door and were bused to the terminal building.Williams says the aircraft was inspected and towed to the maintenance hanger, and the company is investigating what happened.Air Canada Express flights are operated by Jazz Aviation LP, which operates a fleet of 124 Canadian-made aircraft. Smoke reported in cockpit but dozens of B.C. passengers safe: airline read more