Four Reasons for Using Digest Master Passwords with Intel SCS

first_imgDo you have an additional reason for using Digest Master Passwords?  Please do tell With the contextual understanding above, here are the four reasons to use Digest Master Password (DMP)Simple to add an additional Intel SCS or in disaster recovery scenarios – If you have already configured Intel AMT systems using Digest Master Password, additional Intel SCS instances can start communicating with them immediately.   All you need to provide is the DMP in the Intel SCS console.  (I’m looking forward to Intel AMT capable applications using DMP)No Database Required – In the past, a randomized password option could be used with each individual password stored in the Intel AMT database.   If you lose or corrupt the database, you lose the passwords.   This is not true with DMP – since the randomized password is calculated dynamically per an algorithm.   (Again – I hope in the future Intel AMT capable applications will use DMP)Simplifies reconfiguration, delta configuration, and unconfiguration options – If you have manually typed the ACUconfig commands, you noticed a command option “/Adminpassword”.   This is the Intel AMT admin password, and if you must directly specify it in the command line there is a security risk.   In contrast, if DMP is enabled the ACUconfig command execution will determine the Intel AMT admin password.Easy to maintain-  Intel SCS will remember the last 8 DMP’s used.   If you update the DMP on the Intel SCS console, the change can be applied to systems in your environment causing a new random Intel AMT admin password per client to be generated and assigned.   Until that job has completed, which is complicated with systems that may be disconnected from the network for a period of time, there is a good possibility that some systems may not get the update immediately.   No worries – Intel SCS knows the previous DMPs used and can apply those if needed.Ensure you secure the DMPA final thought for this blog – be sure to secure the Digest Master Password.   As shown above, the individual randomized passwords are accessible via the Intel SCS console.   To calculate or obtain the Digest Master Password requires access to the Intel_RCS_Master_Password WMI namespace as shown below Among the many enhancements with latest generation Intel SCS releases, one that you may have overlooked is Digest Master PasswordsFirst – some contextual understandingThe idea of a Digest Master Password (DMP) is to provide one password to Intel SCS which is used to randomize the Intel AMT admin password on every system configured.To help put that in context, shown below is the Intel SCS console view to enable and set the Digest Master PasswordOnce a Digest Master Password has been established, when defining the Network Setting within a Configuration Profile, a third option appears to “Use Master Password to create a password for each system”Those who have appropriate permissions to the Intel SCS console can lookup the password of an individual system.   As shown below, all of the systems have been configured using Digest Master Password.   The per-system Intel AMT password is a unique string.   The notepad provides a few example randomized passwords due to Digest Master Password.last_img read more

Top stories: How Dylan made his mark on science, the origins of the ‘bear dog,’ and naked mole rats that feel no pain

first_imgBob Dylan, the songwriter scientists love to quote, just won a Nobel PrizeOne of scientists’ favorite singer-songwriters just won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Bob Dylan, whose lyrics have been quoted, paraphrased, or cited in hundreds of papers and letters in the biomedical research literature alone, was awarded the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Even for researchers born decades after the 75-year-old musician, Dylan’s lines seem to stay forever young. For example, a 2015 analysis published in The BMJ found 213 references in a biomedical journals database that could be “classified as unequivocally citing Dylan.”‘Bear dogs’ once lived in southern TexasSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Fragmentary fossils found in southwestern Texas 3 decades ago belong to a strange group of extinct animals known as “bear dogs,” according to a new study. Though only about the size of a Chihuahua when they first appeared, some creatures in this group of carnivorous mammals evolved to become top predators in their ecosystems tens of millions of years ago. The study also suggests that bear dogs could have originated in this part of North America, which may have been a hot spot of evolution for the group.Alien life could feed on cosmic raysA bizarre microbe found deep in a gold mine in South Africa could provide a model for how life might survive in seemingly uninhabitable environments through the cosmos. Known as Desulforudis audaxviator, the rod-shaped bacterium thrives 2.8 kilometers underground in a habitat devoid of all that powers the vast majority of life on Earth—light, oxygen, and carbon. Instead, this “gold mine bug” gets energy from radioactive uranium in the depths of the mine. Now, scientists predict that life elsewhere in the universe might also feed off radiation, especially the radiation raining down from space.How naked mole rats conquered pain—and what it could mean for usAlthough it has a face—and a body—that only a mother could love, the naked mole rat has a lot to offer biomedical science. It lives 10 times longer than a mouse, almost never gets cancer, and doesn’t feel pain from injury and inflammation. Now, researchers say they’ve figured out how the rodents keep this pain away, a discovery that could inspire better human treatments.We care when an airplane crashes. And then we don’tOn 19 May, EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 56 passengers and 10 crew members aboard. The Wikipedia entry documenting the disaster went up within hours, and it will likely remain online into perpetuity. Human readers, however, lost interest after about a week. A pair of new studies reveals that’s common whether an aircraft crash kills 50 people or 500—a finding that reveals some surprises about our online attention spans.Now that you’ve got the scoop on this week’s hottest Science news, come back Monday to test your smarts on our weekly quiz!last_img read more

India nears approval of first GM food crop

first_imgAn Indian advisory committee has cleared a genetically modified mustard for commercial use. By Pallava BaglaMay. 15, 2017 , 11:15 AM Amidst acrimonious debate over the safety of genetically modified (GM) food crops, India’s top biotechnology regulator last week declared a transgenic mustard plant “safe for consumption.” Moving the plant into farmers’ fields is now a political decision in the hands of India’s environment minister, who may wait until the Supreme Court of India resolves several long-pending related cases.The GM mustard has been under development for almost a decade. A report assessing the plant’s risks was released a year ago, drawing some 700 comments that were reviewed by the Ministry of Environment’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). The report concluded the mustard was safe and nutritious, and GEAC chair Amita Prasad in New Delhi says the commission unanimously agreed on 11 May to recommend allowing farmers to plant the crop for the next 4 years. The final decision will be made by Environment Minister Anil Dave.The GM mustard was developed with public funding by plant scientist Deepak Pental of the University of Delhi. His team introduced several genes from a soil bacterium, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, into the mustard to facilitate hybridization. Mustard is largely a self-pollinating crop and creating high-yield hybrids has been cumbersome. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) If approved, Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11) will be the second GM plant—but the first food crop—to reach India’s farmers. In 2004 India allowed commercial cultivation of GM cotton and it now accounts for more than 90% of the nation’s harvest. In 2010, GM eggplant also cleared GEAC’s review, but then–Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh put an indefinite moratorium on its introduction citing safety concerns.The New Delhi–based Coalition for a GM-free India is fighting the introduction of the transgenic mustard. The group blasted the GEAC’s decision, claiming in a letter to Dave that the committee “has shown itself to be anti-science, anti-farmers, anti-environment and anti-consumers.”Sources indicate that the minister may delay a decision until India’s Supreme Court rules in cases, pending since 2005, that question the safety of GM crops. The court has set no date for issuing a decision.center_img sj liew/Flickr (CC BY NC ND 2.0) India nears approval of first GM food croplast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir says India should be ready to forfeit a match against Pakistan at…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAmidst the recent political tensions in India after a cowardly attack on CRPF troops in Pulwama sector of Kashmir killed 42 Indian soldiers, the diplomatic and political climate has been on the rise between the two nuclear power i.e India and Pakistan.Even the cricketing world has condemned the ghastly attack on our forces. Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has also called for a boycott of Pakistan during the ICC world cup 2019.Now former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said that India should forfeit a match against Pakistan at the ICC world cup 2019 and said that there cannot be conditional bans.“There can’t be conditional bans. Either you ban everything with Pakistan or open everything with Pakistan. What has happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir said.“I am sure it’s going to be difficult for India to boycott them in ICC tournaments but stop playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup,” said the left-hander.He also gave an example of 2003 world cup when the England cricket team refused to play Zimbabwe in protest of the Robert Mugabe regime.“England decided in 2003 and they wouldn’t go to Zimbabwe, they forfeited. If BCCI decides not to play against Pakistan, everyone should be mentally ready to give those two points,” he said.“There could be repercussions and we may not qualify for the semi-finals. No media should blame the Indian team if they plan to boycott playing Pakistan,” he said.Gambhir also said that if India and Pakistan meet in final then they should forfeit the final as well.“Two points are not that important. Country is important, those 40 soldiers who lost their lives are far more important than a cricket match. If we let go of a World Cup final, the country should be ready for it,” Gambhir said.“All of us need to decide if sport is more important or lives of our soldiers? I am all for facing a backlash if the international sporting federations decide to ostracize us. The sentiment of the country is far more important than sports, Bollywood, art or culture,” he said.ALSO READ:Aussie Skipper Aaron Finch praises his team after incredible series win against Indialast_img read more

Low prepares to cut Germany squad

first_imgWorld Cup Germany without Hummels and Muller as Low prepares to cut squad Ben Spratt 20:18 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Joachim Low Getty World Cup Germany Austria Friendlies Austria v Germany Germany v Mexico Star men will not be assessed in a friendly against Austria as the reigning champions prepare to finalise their squad for the 2018 World Cup Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller will not feature for Germany against Austria, as Joachim Low instead assesses players who may not yet be assured of a World Cup place.The reigning champions play their first warm-up friendly for Russia 2018 in Klagenfurt on Saturday, with Low’s 23-man squad for the finals to be confirmed at the start of next week.And the Germany coach, while yet to settle on a starting XI, does not see the benefit of using players at this stage who featured heavily in qualifying and endured long club seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will make his long-awaited return from injury, while Marco Reus will play, but Hummels and Muller are not to be involved.”If there’s one thing I haven’t thought about it’s the starting line-up [for Austria],” said Low. “We have tested a few things out against the Under-20s and among ourselves.”Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller have had a lot of games with us – we know what to expect – which is why we’re leaving them behind for the Austria game.”For players like Sami Khedira, who did not play much towards the end of the season, this is a chance for them.”On the possibility of fringe players working their way into contention, Low added: “One game shouldn’t affect the whole decision, but there are little aspects that can help your final decision.”Of course, it’s not completely unimportant. There are things you can learn about certain players while watching them in action in a friendly. It depends how the game unfolds. There will be some players who get a whole half of football, others not quite as much.”It can have an impact, but it’s not as important as some think.”Low is planning to talk his decisions through with the players involved, but some calls have already been made – as suggested by the absence of certain stars for the weekend. “I have an idea, because I won’t be talking to players like Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Joshua Kimmich,” he said.”Players who get the bad news will be disappointed – that’s absolutely natural. It won’t be a surprise if it’s not a long discussion, if players don’t want to turn it into a long discussion.”last_img read more

A Top 4-Star JUCO Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)One of the top JUCO recruits in the country has flipped his commitment.Elijah Blades, a four-star cornerback out of Arizona Western College, had been committed to Oregon.The top prospect flipped to an SEC program on Saturday night, though.Blades has committed to Texas A&M.“Change of Heart Please respect my decision..” he tweeted.Change of HeartPlease respect my decision.. pic.twitter.com/V7bZr0cGyC— Elijah Blades (@savageszniv) December 16, 2018Blades is ranked the No. 1 CB and No. 5 overall JUCO prospect in the 2019 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He chose the Aggies over Alabama and Oregon, among other programs.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs gherao at DJB office ends police escort CEO out

first_imgNew Delhi: A BJP delegation that held the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) CEO Nikhil Kumar “captive” for more than 10 hours at the utility’s headquarters here over alleged lack of water supply in the city ended the protest early Wednesday after the officer called the police. Former Union minister Vijay Goel, who led the delegation, told PTI that the DJB CEO “called the police who escorted him out and the gherao ended around 3:30 am Wednesday”. Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said they had been supplying water beyond their capacity and accused the BJP of politicising the issue. Also Read – Historically, economically deprived voters in Mewat have swung in favour of independents Around 5 pm on Tuesday, the BJP delegation, which besides Goel included MLA O P Sharma and BJP city unit vice president Jai Prakash, went to meet DJB CEO Kumar, who took charge on June 6. The DJB headquarters, however, soon turned into a protest venue as the delegation started raising slogans against the Aam Aadmi Party government alleging the utility, headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had no plans to deal with the “water crisis” in the national capital. Also Read – CM denied political clearance to visit Denmark climate meet Goel told PTI that the delegation had “held the CEO captive and that he would not be allowed to leave till he promises to form a task force to address issues related to contaminated water, upload all complaints on DJB website and release a summer action plan, among other things”. Sharma, the BJP MLA, said the DJB staff had locked the doors on the ground floor to prevent other BJP supporters from moving up to the CEO’s room. Goel, a former Delhi BJP president, Sharma and other party leaders indulged in arguments with DJB officials over the water supply issue. “They have no clue as to how many complaints have been received. They don’t have any knowledge about the areas where people have been getting contaminated water or no water at all. They have no plans to resolve the crisis. We have gheraoed the CEO office, we have held him captive and will not let him leave tonight,” Goel said, before the protest ended. Later, police were called in as the raucous protesters jostled with the DJB staff in a bid to force their way into the CEO’s office on the third floor. Earlier, BJP’s Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari wrote a letter to Chief Minister Kejriwal on Tuesday drawing his attention to “power outages” and “acute water crisis” in the national capital. Kejriwal tweeted that Delhi gets round-the-clock power supply at the cheapest rates in the country. DJB CEO Kumar said officials have been given strict instructions to redress grievances in the shortest possible time. “We have a toll-free number and sub-zonal offices where complaints are registered and time-bound action is taken. We will take strongest possible action. We have a zero-tolerance policy for any laxity on the part of field-level officers,” he said. “I and other senior officials will be monitoring the situation (so that) there’s no problem of water contamination or water shortage in this summer season,” Kumar said. The BJP leaders have been attacking the ruling AAP over power and water supply that the ruling party counts among two of its most significant achievements since coming to power in Delhi in 2015. DJB Vice-Chairman Mohaniya said that in many areas, such as in Anand Parbat, geographical constraints don’t allow laying water and sewer pipelines. “They always tell half truth. It’s not that only Delhi has been facing issues. The entire country is reeling under a severe heatwave and facing water shortage. We have been supplying water beyond our capacity. Our supply hasn’t declined, but the demand has been increasing due to the oppressive heat,” Mohaniya said. “All rivers, lakes and ponds across the country are running dry. But, instead of helping people in such a situation, the BJP is politicising the issue,” he alleged.last_img read more

Low uptake for new immigration program in Nova Scotia numbers reveal

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia is lagging on a highly touted initiative aimed at boosting East Coast immigration, filling only a quarter of the province’s available slots last year.Provincial Immigration Minister Lena Diab said Thursday she remains optimistic the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project will be a “wonderful tool,” and she’s confident Nova Scotia is doing the work needed to promote it.Launched last March, the project is aimed at attracting and retaining skilled immigrants for the workforce, as a way of supporting population growth and addressing labour shortages.Each of the Atlantic provinces designate employers that want to hire skilled immigrants, while newcomers get a job offer and an individualized settlement plan for them and their families.Diab’s department said 279 Nova Scotia employers were designated and 201 candidates were endorsed in 2017.However, the province ran fourth regionally in meeting its 2017 targets after being given 792 of the 2,000 slots available under the federal-provincial program.New Brunswick more than doubled Nova Scotia’s output in 2017, prompting questions Thursday from the legislature’s economic development committee.Suzanne Ley, executive director of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, told the committee that it’s common to have low uptake in a program’s first year.“The pilot only launched nine months ago and it takes time,” Ley said.She said the office participated in 111 events to promote the pilot in the past year, and will continue further outreach.“We can only fill the number of jobs that employers bring to us, so they are key in helping us meet that target.”The program has three streams — high skilled workers, intermediate skilled workers, and international students.“A lot of our applicants are on the high skilled category and that proves well for retention,” Diab said in an interview following a cabinet meeting. “Our employers are actually liking it, but as with anything new … it usually takes a little bit of time for employers to feel at ease in using it.”Ley said her office is working with three development agencies to promote the pilot to the business community — they include the Halifax Partnership, the Western Regional Enterprise Network, and the Cape Breton Business Partnership.The pilot project is slated to run through this year and next.last_img read more

Carson is out Canadas most celebrated and elusive poet returns with Float

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The first question raised by Anne Carson’s new book Float, published as a collection of 22 loose chapbooks, is, not surprisingly, how to read it. The chapters themselves are in no particular order; “Reading is freefall” is printed in a publisher’s note on the jacket. In principle, this form of randomness should be liberating, and yet it remains unsettling to the kind of reader most of us are, which is to say, accustomed to directions and guidance. As with most things related to Carson, it’s a bit complicated.To read Carson is like doing a cryptic crossword puzzle – in order to solve it, you need to know the conventions its constructor has followed. In the case of Float, this can be hard to discern. Carson’s poems tend to be rooted in myths the author assumes you know, too, so there’s no overt reference to them in the title, or anywhere else. It seems ironic that the best study guides to Canada’s most celebrated poet are Wikipedia (“Cassandra was a daughter of Kim Priam and Queen Kecuba of Troy”) and Google.The search results for a combination of Lou + Master Ren + Los Angeles led me to a 2012 tribute to the late Lou Reed at which Carson appeared, providing the occasion for her poem “L.A.” It would have been easier had I referred to the chapbook that details her lectures and appearances, Performance Notes (either I misplaced my copy, or it was buried in the middle – one of the hazards of reading Float in the spirit it was intended, which is to say, on the living room floor, spread out). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Accessibility has never been a hallmark of Carson’s work. In spite of her acclaim as the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships (the famous “genius” grant), potential readers are often frustrated by her writing style, which can come across as a series of notes-to-self. Even other poets talk about Carson in irritated terms, as if there’s a language she’s using with which they are not familiar. Twitterlast_img read more

A Season of Firsts at the National Gallery of Canada

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA, Aug. 21, 2018 – For the first time in Canada since 1979, the National Gallery of Canada will present an exhibition of Paul Klee’s paintings and drawings. Also new this fall, the Gallery will organize the first retrospective of Victorian photographic pioneer Oscar G. Rejlander. Another first is the use of augmented reality in the Anthropoceneexhibition, offering visitors a multi-sensory experience that will enhance their learning. “We wished to strike a good balance in the exhibitions that the National Gallery of Canada will present this fall. While some invite us to enjoy the pioneering brilliance of historical figures, others provide hard evidence that human agency has transformed our planet,” said Director and CEO Marc Mayer. “Widely celebrated artist Edward Burtynsky, and equally admired filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, for example, will launch a new collaboration with visually arresting and indeed alarming works that are unlike anything we have ever exhibited at the Gallery.”Anthropocene, the new multimedia exhibition by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, launches the Gallery’s fall season on September 28, 2018. The exhibition presents striking, and sometimes disturbing, images of human-altered landscapes that the artists have encountered during their cross-continental travels. Photographs, films, HiRes murals, installations and Augmented Reality components shine light on these dramatic transformations, demonstrating through art the scale and gravity of humanity’s collective impact on the planet. On view until February 24, 2019, Anthropocene is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada (CPI), in partnership with Fondazione MAST. It is generously supported by Scotiabank in partnership with Telus. A parallel exhibition will be on view simultaneously at the AGO. While certain key works are featured in both venues, each exhibition offers a rich and distinct experience. To find out more. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook From October 3, 2018 to February 10, 2019, the works of the five finalists of the 2018 Sobey Art Award – Canada’sprestigious contemporary art prize that recognizes and supports young artists from across the country – will be presented in a group exhibition. Selected from a longlist of 25 nominees by a panel of jurors (five Canadian and one international), this year’s finalists – comprised of Jordan Bennett (Atlantic), Jon Rafman (Quebec), Kapwani Kiwanga (Ontario), Joi T. Arcand (Prairies and the North) and Jeneen Frei Njootli (West Coast and the Yukon) – present work that is at the forefront of contemporary Canadian art. The $100,000 first prize winner will be announced at a gala at the Gallery on November 14, 2018. The 2018 Sobey Art Award Exhibition is organized by the Gallery and the Sobey Art Foundation. To find out more.In the European and American Galleries, visitors will be able to experience a special Masterpiece in Focus exhibition that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Halifax Harbour 1918 examines Harold Gilman (1876–1919, British) and Arthur Lismer’s (1885–1969, Canadian) shared efforts to record the port of Halifax under the commission of the Canadian War Memorials Fund. Sketches, drawings and paintings are presented in conversation with Gilman’s monumental canvas Halifax Harbour (1918), revealing the artists’ meticulous and painstaking approach to their shared mission. The exhibition runs from October 12, 2018 until March 17, 2019 before travelling to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. To find out more.The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada presents the first major retrospective of pioneering Victorian art photographer Oscar G. Rejlander. Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer features approximately 140 works by the artist who excelled at combination printing and pioneered a photographic aesthetic that caught the attention of prominent figures including Lewis Carroll and Charles Darwin. The exhibition, which runs from October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019 before travelling to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, presents, for the first time, many of the artist’s best known photographs alongside a selection of his early landscapes, portraits and studies. To find out more.Also on view at CPI is PhotoLab 5: L’arbre est dans ses feuilles, a two-channel video installation by Vancouver-based artist and filmmaker Althea Thauberger inspired by her investigation into the archival collection of the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division. This impressive collection, now held by CPI, includes thousands of negatives by leading Canadian photographers working between the 1960s and 1980s.  Thauberger’s project, which was originally commissioned for the exhibition In Search of Expo 67, is comprised of a 30-minute video accompanied by descriptive library catalogue cards and framed works that inspire critical thinking on history, the archives, and relations between the individual, community and nation. On view from October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2018.Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents 75 works by the Swiss-German draftsman and painter, which were gifted to the Met by renowned art dealer and collector Heinz Berggruen in 1984. The first exhibition of Klee’s work in nearly four decades will provide a full survey of the artist’s prolific career spanning from his student days in Bern and his teaching years at the Bauhaus to his late production in Switzerland. The selection of paintings, watercolours and drawings are representative of Klee’s artistic output and highlight his stature as one of the most versatile artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition opens November 16, 2018 and runs until March 17, 2019 in the Special Exhibitions Galleries. To find out more.The Gallery has organized a variety of activities that complement the new exhibitions and the national collection including talks and tours with artists, experts and curators. Check the Gallery website for full details and a calendar of events.Guided Tours for AdultsGuided thematic tours are available by reservation starting August 27, 2018. Art in Canada will explore the notable stories behind Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces, while The Colour Tour will consider the history and evolution of particular colours in the European and International collections. Tours will also be offered in conjunction with three special exhibitions: Anthropocene, Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer and Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To find out more.Back to SchoolSchool programs at the Gallery support provincial art curricula. Beginning October 1, 2018, students can learn about human-altered landscapes in a discovery visit to the Anthropocene exhibition. From 30 October, the guided tour Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer will invite students to discover this artist who is often referred to as the “father of art photography.” Registration for school programs begins August 27, 2018. To find out more.Family FunDesigned for families with children ages 12 and under, Family Sundays help young visitors experience the Gallery’s national collection through fun, interactive and creative activities. Family Sundays run from 10 am to 4 pm on select Sundays and are free with Gallery admission. The first event of the season, scheduled for September 30, 2018, falls on a nationally recognized Culture Day. Admission to the Gallery will be free. Children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult can visit the Artissimo kiosk from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends, holiday Mondays, and over the Christmas and March breaks. Located in the Scotiabank Great Hall, the kiosk offers a host of discovery activities that encourage children to look closely at and engage with art. The Artissimo Studio also returns this October. On weekends and holidays, families can have fun making art in our studio. Supplies and smocks are provided. To find out more.Programming and Special EventsThis fall, the Gallery continues its highly successful partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival by bringing Canadian and international films to the National Capital Region through Film Circuit, TIFF’s film outreach program. Meet the Expert sessions will also return this fall, as will Creative Thursdays and the NGC Lecture Series. On December 6, the Gallery will welcome visitors to its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Scotiabank Great Hall. A beloved tradition that celebrates the beginning of the holiday season, the event will feature activities for friends and families alike.For full details on all scheduled events, visit the What’s On section on the Gallery website.Hours of operationFrom 1 May to 30 September, 2018, the Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. From October 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, the Gallery is closed on Mondays, and opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Thursdays, from 10 am to 8 pm. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. Please visit gallery.ca for more information. For more information, visit gallery.ca.AdmissionTickets: $15 (adults); $13 (seniors); $7 (age 24 and under and full-time students); $30 (families: two adults and three youth, 17 and under). Admission is free for children under the age of 11 and for Members. Includes admission to the national collection, and all exhibitions excluding Impressionist Treasures. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. To find out more.BoutiqueExhibitions catalogues are on sale at the Boutique, allowing visitors to revisit their favorite works of art for years to come. Also available online at ShopNGC.ca. Opens at 10 am daily. 15% off for Members.NGC MagazineNGCmagazine.ca is a beautifully illustrated online source of information about the Canadian and international art world, and the National Gallery of Canada’s activities and programming. This online magazine includes articles about upcoming and travelling exhibitions, behind the scenes features, artists’ profiles, book reviews and interviews.  NGC Magazine is free and published here. Subscribe to the NGC Magazine newsletter here.Connect with the GalleryFollow the Gallery’s latest news on its social media networks: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.About the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCanAbout the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of CanadaThe Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) is a national research and exhibition centre of excellence devoted to photography. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, with the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institute can be found on the Gallery’s website: gallery.ca/cpi Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Shah Faesal launches political outfit

first_imgSrinagar: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Sunday launched his political outfit — Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) — here, promising a youth-oriented politics and to become a voice to help bridge the gap between the state and the Centre and India and Pakistan.Hundreds of people, from most parts of the state, turned up at Gindun Ground in the Rajbagh area of the summer capital here to participate in the launch ceremony of his party.Giving details about his party’s vision, Faesal, who resigned from the Indian Administrative Service to protest the “unabated killings in Kashmir and marginalisation of Indian Muslims”, said the JKPM would pursue the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”Our party shall pursue peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem as per the will and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and with dignity and respect. As a mainstream political party, I want to make it clear to you that the solution to Kashmir issue finally is an issue between the two nations (India and Pakistan). “I do not say there will be an overnight miracle, the road ahead is long and we can facilitate and become a voice to bridge the gap between the two countries as well as between Delhi and Srinagar,” he said in his over 20-minute speech. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliJNU student leader and activist Shehla Rashid announced her joining of Faesal’s party on the occasion. Faesal said when he joined the IAS he had thought peace can be achieved in the state through development. “My thinking was that if we provide roads, schools, water supply, then perhaps there will be peace. (But), after ten years, I realised that till the youth here is disillusioned, till there is bloodshed here, till the chastity of our mothers and sisters is not protected and till the new generation keeps living in uncertainty, nothing will be achieved by way of development here,” he said. The 2010-batch UPSC topper said he was “surprised” to see the kind of politics done by the politicians in the state since the last 60-70 years. “I will tell you honestly that I thought of joining a specific party. I met the leaders of that party and they give me immense respect, which I accept and am thankful about. I was in talks with other two parties, but in the meanwhile, I received a lot of abuses,” he said, without naming the parties. Faesal said the anger and outrage shown by the people especially the youth “opened my eyes”.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher amid solid earnings US economic rebound in

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market advanced Wednesday, powered by solid earnings and an indication from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it is in no rush to raise interest rates.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,524.8 78.27 20.51%S&P 500 —  1,970.07  +0.12 0.01%Dow — 16,880.36 -31.75 -0.19%Nasdaq —4,462.90 +20.20 0.45%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 78.27 points to 15,524.82.The Canadian dollar was off 0.36 of a cent to 91.73 cents US.U.S. markets were mixed after the Fed ended its policy meeting with word that it is continuing to pare its monthly bond purchases. They have been intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low and are set to end in October.The Fed reiterated that it will keep short-term rates low “for a considerable time” after those bond purchases end. Most economists think a rate increase is about a year away.The Dow Jones industrials dipped 31.75 points to 16,880.36, while the Nasdaq gained 20.2 points to 4,462.9 and the S&P 500 index edged up 0.12 of a point to 1,970.07.Strong economic growth data had raised concerns the Fed could act sooner to raise rates.Gross domestic product grew by a better-than-expected annual pace of 4% in the second quarter. The contraction of the economy in the January-March period because of severe winter weather was also revised to 2.1% from 2.9%.“It really answers how constructive the Fed’s quantitative easing has been, whether this huge intervention had a positive effect on the economy and the answer is yes,” said Monika Skiba, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.Two days before the release of the American government’s employment report for July, payroll firm ADP reported that 218,000 jobs were created in the private sector during the month, short of the 235,000 print that was expected. Analysts looked for the U.S. government report to show that about 230,000 jobs were created during July.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) shares gained 80 cents to $33.61 as the company more than tripled its second-quarter net earnings to $615 million or 81 cents per share as it benefited from increased oil production and higher commodity prices. “Since the price of the commodity has been strong, the earnings of the companies are reflecting that, they’re better than expected,” added Skiba.“But beyond this, we’re probably at the stage where higher prices would be negative for economic growth.”Meanwhile, Sherritt International Inc. (TSX:S) reported a quarterly loss of $30.1 million or 10 cents a share, mainly due to startup costs at its Ambatovy joint venture nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar. But its shares were ahead 17 cents to $4.61. The loss came as prices for nickel and cobalt continued to improve as many anticipate nickel shortages due to an Indonesian mineral export ban on raw ore exports.In the U.S., shares in Twitter surged 20% after the social network’s earnings blew past expectations.September copper was ahead two cents at US$3.24 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.77%.The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.47% as September crude declined 70 cents to US$100.27. A major decliner was Penn West Petroleum (TSX:PWT). Its shares plunged 13.78% to $8.57 after the company announced it’s reviewing its accounting practices going back several years and will have to restate some of its past financial reports.September bullion was off $3.60 to US$1,296.90 an ounce.The gold sector fell about 0.65% ahead of earnings later in the day from major miners including Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX).TOP STORIESFed cuts stimulus to US$25B, reaffirms low rates here for ‘considerable time’Penn West plunges after it reveals accounting probe that stretches back four yearsThe U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 10 years in last year’s second half, revised figures showTwitter downgraded to sell after today’s 24% stock surge spooks analystsGermany vows to look ‘very, very carefully’ at BlackBerry’s takeover of SecusmartWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA Real GDP (May): Economists expect 0.4% rise, 2.3% year over yearUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 300,000 jobs9:45 a.m. Chicago PMI: Economists expect a reading of 63CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAlamos Gold Inc Q2 earnings: 1¢ a share Bombardier Inc Q2 earnings: 8¢ a share Cameco Corp    Q2 earnings: 15¢ a share Canadian Oil Sands Ltd    Q2 earnings: 27¢ a share Cott Corporation Q2 earnings: 73¢ a share Eldorado Gold Corp     Q2 earnings: 4¢ a share Fairfax Financial Holdings Q2 earnings: 38¢ a share Gildan Activewear Inc Q2 earnings: 95¢ a share Goldcorp ‘a’ Q2 earnings: 13¢ a share Imperial Oil Limited    Q2 earnings: $1 a share Manitoba Telecom Svcs Inc Q2 earnings: 43¢ a share Maple Leaf Foods Inc Q2 earnings: loss of 12¢ a share Quebecor Inc    Q2 earnings: 46¢ a share Transcanada Corp    Q2 earnings: 48¢ a share Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc Q2 earnings: $1.90 a share UNITED STATESApache Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.65 a share Cigna Q2 earnings: US$1.84 a share Colgate-Palmolive  Q2 earnings: 73¢ a share CME Group Inc. Q2 earnings: 79¢ a share ConocoPhillips Q2 earnings: US$1.69 a share Delphi Automotive PLC Q2 earnings: US$1.33 a share Kellogg Co. Q2 earnings: US$1.02 a share MasterCard Inc.  Q2 earnings: 77¢ a share Marathon Petroleum Corp.  Q2 earnings: US$2.20 a share Occidental Petroleum Corp.  Q2 earnings: US$1.76 a share Time Warner Cable Inc. Q2 earnings: US$1.91 a share Exxon Mobil Corp. Q2 earnings: US$1.85 a share read more

PM says media never questioned him on Lasanthas murder

Meanwhile, Media Minister and Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said that Sri Lanka used to be a most unsafe place for journalists, not too long ago.Speaking at the event the Minister said that Sri Lanka must recognize, that while the country has succeeded to a large extent in creating the safe space required for freedom of expression, it must keep on working hard to sustain and safeguard this space, and that the country still has a long way to go in terms of completing investigations into past crimes, including the murder of journalists in the past. The Prime Minister said that the Government will protect journalists, yet he questioned if media organisations will do the same. He said that a very few journalists were at the UNESCO event today, despite being an important event, and this showed that the media were not interested in media freedom. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the media never questioned him on the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickremetunga.Speaking at the opening of the ‘UNESCO Regional Conference on Reinforcing Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in Colombo today, the Prime Minister questioned if the local media are really interested in media rights. “It is also an occasion for us in Sri Lanka to recognize and acknowledge that justice is crucial and essential, because impunity will leave open the danger of the recurrence of the heinous crimes that occurred in the past. Therefore, this is an important occasion for us locally, to renew our commitment to justice, in memory of all the journalists who have been silenced, and in recognition of the importance of a free and independent media, for advancing peace, development, and good governance in our country,” he said.He said for the media to be able to fulfil its’ important role in a democracy, journalists, media workers, bloggers, media organizations and individuals must be able to discuss and debate issues freely and safely.Today, the Minister noted, the internet and social media platforms are empowering citizens to fully use their right to freedom of expression and access to information to disseminate opinions, information and news. New technology is an enabler of democratic development. Samaraweera said that the role of the state is to guarantee and further these rights. He also emphasized that Sri Lanka remains firm in its commitment to work with the international community, including UNESCO, to work towards ending impunity for crimes against journalists, and to uphold the rights of journalists around the world who place themselves at risk every day, to give voice to the voiceless. (Colombo Gazette) “However, this also means that we have to find effective ways to deal with negative aspects such as disinformation, propaganda, and hate speech. These are real challenges that we must find ways to deal with, including through legal means, without suppressing peoples’ right to freedom of expression, dialogue, debate and access to information,” he said. read more

Essential services on verge of shutdown in Gaza as emergency fuel set

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.“Given ongoing blackouts of about 20 hours a day, if fuel does not come in immediately, people’s lives will be at stake, with the most vulnerable patients, like cardiac patients, those on dialysis, and newborns in intensive care, at highest risk”, he added.The humanitarian situation in Gaza – controlled by Hamas, a militant Palestinian faction – has been negatively impacted by a blockade of the enclave imposed by Israel.Since last Monday, the Israeli authorities have prohibited the entry of fuel into Gaza as part of tightened import and export restrictions, reportedly in response to the launch of incendiary kites from Gaza into Israel, which has caused extensive property damage.Mr. McGoldrick called on Israel to end restrictions preventing the import of fuel and for donors to provide immediate funding for emergency fuel, currently set to run out in early in August.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Al Quds Hospital, which provides life-saving medical interventions for 150,000 people per year, including major surgeries, deliveries and intensive care will be forced to shut down in coming days due to lack of fuel.Four other hospitals are likely to run out of fuel within the next three days, thus significantly reducing the provision of essential medical services to the population in Gaza.The Palestinian Ministry of Health already has implemented strict contingency measures: hospitals have reduced diagnostic, sterilization and cleaning services, increasing the risk of infections amongst patients.Elective surgeries are being further reduced. Over 7,000 elective surgeries have been postponed in recent months due to the mass trauma casualties and low resources available to cope with the demand.At highest risk, currently, are over 2,000 patients in Gaza’s hospitals, who rely on electrical devices, including neonates in incubators.Over 1.27 million people would be directly affected by hospital closures and a reduction in the provision of vital health interventions.Additionally, the reduced functioning of water and sanitation facilities risks an increase in waterborne disease and outbreaks.“Until more sustainable solutions for the electricity crisis in Gaza are found, two steps can avert further devastation in Gaza in the short term,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “Israel must let fuel and other essential supplies in and donors must mobilize resources to ensure that critical facilities receive the fuel they need.”An average of 950,000 litres is distributed by the UN each month to around 220 critical hospitals and health clinics; water and sewage treatment sites; and solid waste collection services. read more

Poll Should fitnesstoteach hearings be introduced

first_imgTEACHERS WHO AREN’T up to the task will soon face hearings to decide if they’re allowed keep their jobs, The Sunday Times is reporting this morning.Under plans being drawn up by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, public hearings will be brought in —and where serious complains are upheld, the teacher can be banned from working in any state institution.Teaching union the TUI have said it would be “extremely unfair” if teachers were brought before public hearings, except in cases of serious misconduct.What do you think? Poll Results: I don’t know. (455) Only misconduct cases should go to a hearing, not less serious ones. (1335) I agree with the idea — it would improve transparency. (453) The whole idea seems unfair. (1047) I agree with the idea — it would improve transparency.Only misconduct cases should go to a hearing, not less serious ones.The whole idea seems unfair.I don’t know.Votelast_img read more

Facebook carried out hundreds of tests on users with few limits

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS ENDURED much criticism since its mood study back in 2012 came into the spotlight, but it was one of many tests the company has carried out.According to the Wall Street Journal, the company’s Data Science team has run hundreds of experiments since it was founded in 2007.One example involved thousands of users receiving a message two years ago. It stated that they were being locked out of the site because Facebook believed they were robots or using fake names and to get back in, they had to prove they were real.However, Facebook knew most of the users were real, and the message was deliberately sent to help improve its anti-fraud measures.While normal studies require consent from participants to carry out such a test, Facebook relied on users’ agreeing to its Terms of Service, which at the time said that such data could be used to improve its products. Now, those terms say that user data may be used for research purposes.One former data scientist Andrew Ledvina, who worked with the company from February 2012 to July 2013, told the Wall Street Journal that there was no review process and that anyone could run a test adding “they’re always trying to alter peoples’ behaviour.”The majority of Facebook’s experiments have resulted in published studies, looking into topics like the causes of loneliness, how social behaviours spread through networks and in 2010, how ‘political mobilisation messages’ sent to 61 million people caused people in social networks to vote in the US congressional elections.Most members of the team hold degrees from major universities in fields including computer science, artificial intelligence and computational biology, while some worked in academic research before joining the company.Recently, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg apologised for ‘poorly communicating’ the details of its research and pledged that the social network will not try to control its users’ emotions.However, that hasn’t stopped the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, who oversees Facebook’s European operation, from questioning the company about the research.Read: The ESB are throwing a party inside a mountain today >Read: Ever wanted to see the world in third-person? This prototype gives you that chance >last_img read more

Save The Bays Environmental Facilitators Education Team See Nature Technology Work Hand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cape eleuthera, javan hunt, Moore bahams foundation, Save The Bays, youth environmental ambassador Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 17 December 2014 – It’s rare that a school visit elicits a response so effusive it sounds like something reserved for eyeballing an Orca, but then neither the school nor the students were ordinary when the education team from Save The Bays landed at The Island School, Cape Eleuthera recently for a scientific symposium.It was environmental protection advocates meeting those who live, work, teach and breathe the environment, making the most of nature’s bounty with sustainable energy and renewables while sharing lessons they have learned with those will become the future stewards of a fragile eco-system.The hands-on, four-day, live-in training was made possible by a grant from the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays. Like last year’s symposium attendance which was funded by the Moore Bahamas Foundation, this year’s brought members of the education arm of Save The Bays, headed by Joseph Darville, and its Youth Environment Ambassadors (YEA) Facilitators to the Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School.The school, started in 1999 with six students and the philosophy “We live what we teach” has become a magnet for high school seniors from various countries who grow their own food, explore the coral reefs and the deep, interacting with sharks, sea turtles and other marine species, learning eco-management. All their surroundings, including living quarters, are textbook sustainable.“The best part of this trip was actually seeing and experiencing how technology/development and nature can live and work together in harmony and peace without devastation and destruction,” said Javan Hunt, Environmental Facilitator. “It can be done! And now I take with me this blueprint and will implement what I can in my personal life, teach those willing to learn and lead by example.”Hunt echoed what environmental spokesmen have frequently said – that blue and green economies can provide untold numbers of jobs without endangering species or resources. “Each time we attend, we return renewed and even more passionate about leading our youth expertly along the path of creating a dynamic, sustainable and leadership role in preserving and protecting the unique beauty and resources of this archipelagic nation,” said Darville. “The Island School and Cape Eleuthera are undoubtedly the microcosm of the type of environmental stewardship that should be propagated throughout our island nation.”YEA Facilitator Jensen Farquharson agreed.“I am thankful to Save The Bays affording me the opportunity to be a part of an experience that will forever enforce my faith in the hope that this country can realize its potential if we invest in our young people wisely,” said Farquharson. “The island of Eleuthera is certainly a paradise: the people, the marine scenery, and the unique topography confirmed why I love this country.”Leadership trainer Sharon Glover called Eleuthera “one of God’s greatest creations,” encouraging every Bahamian to visit Eleuthera and The Island School.“I do believe it would renew and confirm their belief that there is no place like the Bahamas and therefore we should do everything in our powers to preserve and protect it.”Protecting the environment and preserving it for future generations are the primary goals of Save The Bays, the record-breaking non-government organization that has amassed more than 17,000 friends on Facebook since its launch in April 2013. Its petition at savethebays.bs calling on government to pass an environmental protection act, a freedom of information act, control oil pollution and end unregulated development has nearly 7,000 signatures. Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak risks Musical Legend KB’s Latest Save The Bays Release ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’ Tackles the Silent Tough One, the PSA Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leaklast_img read more

Is This Ethical for a BloggerJournalist

first_imgThen the person who interviewed me, who is also a blogger, decided to blog about our interview. The blog ran on a site that he is associated with, but is not affiliated at all with the magazine the interview was for. He never asked, nor told me that our interview would be blogged about. While I respect the magazine, I am not a fan of the site he works for, or of its affiliated site that the blog ran on. A point I let him know. I would not have done the interview had I known he would blog about it for this site.As it turns out, he did not clear the blog with the magazine either.So he traveled on their dime to do an interview for their magazine and then used the interview to generate a blog for his site from a subject that was not expecting to be blogged about.Ethical or not?[EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s been a lively debate regarding this issue on Mark Cuban’s blog. Check out and join the debate here, or in the comments section below. And see Mark’s answer to the question here.] A couple months ago I agreed to do an interview with a major national magazine that I enjoy and respect. I rarely do face-to-face interviews because I have significant trust issues with how an interview can be reflected in a story.I try to stick exclusively to email for all my interviews. In this case I made an exception because I had developed a good relationship with the magazine.The interview process was unexceptional. Meaning that it went well. The writer and I got along and I thought it was a fun interview to do.The article came out last week and I liked it. No problems at all.last_img read more

Heatwave shuts down dog sled tours early on a glacier near Skagway

first_img“Precipitation and snow pack conditions across Southeast Alaska has been below normal,” said Aaron Jacobs, Senior Hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Juneau. He says regionally the snow pack is less than half of normal. “It’s kind of like low grade weightlifting,” said musher Matt Hayashida, the general manager for Icefield Expeditions. “Even though these are all ultra-marathon racing dogs, it helps benefit them and prevents injury later on in the racing season.” About 6,000 feet above Skagway, hundreds of sled dogs spend the summer taking tourists for rides. The camp looks improbable perched on a high glacier, nestled between jagged peaks. Rows of dog houses and tents form a tiny spot on the blank landscape. The Icefield Expeditions camp on Denver Glacier. (Photo by Claire Stremple/KHNS) “We just move way farther up in elevation,” Hayashida said. Dogs resting between sled tours. (Photo by Claire Stremple/KHNS) Much of Southeast Alaska is experiencing drought conditions this summer. For hydrologists like Jacobs, this weather is charting new territory. He was recently part of a conference with experts from across the nation to figure out how to talk about drought in Alaska. Indicators that work in the Lower 48 don’t apply to temperate rain forests. It’s a way for elite dogs from around the country to stay active in the offseason⁠—the part of the year when they’re not racing the Iditarod or the Yukon Quest. “What better way than to promote the sport, still have the dogs get exercise,  make some money to help feed the dogs throughout the wintertime, too?” Hayashida asked. Icefield Expeditions has been running tours since 1999. They fly tourists up to remote glacier camps by helicopter and take them for a spin with professional sled dog teams. “But the bigger thing, I think is the temperatures,” Jacobs said. “The trend over the last 10, 20 years is that temperatures have been rising.” They had to scout new, even higher altitude terrain on the Mendenhall Glacier. It was flat enough to set up camp and run tours, so they moved 240 dogs and 60,000 pounds of equipment from the Denver Glacier above Skagway to camp on the Mendenhall Glacier. He has seen low snow years before, but nothing like this. This year, conditions pushed the camp off the Denver glacier altogether. The season that usually runs through September ended in July. But the company also runs tours on the Mendenhall Glacier above Juneau. Another piece of the puzzle locally is the pollen that swept through the Upper Lynn Canal this year. A lot of it blew up to the glacier. The dark matter of the pollen absorbs sunlight and it accelerated snow melt. A musher gets some love from sled dogs in training. (Photo by Claire Stremple/KHNS) Hayashida says the company is likely to operate there until September. But even though summer tourism is still in full swing, the camp on the Denver Glacier is gone for the year. The season closed early because there wasn’t enough snow to run the tours safely. That means businesses that depend on snow have to adapt to survive. Icefield Expeditions is doing just that. It’s also a way for mushers to stay employed. Hayashida has been with the company since the beginning. He was a young musher fresh off his first few Iditarods when he signed on with Icefield Expeditions for the off-season and spent his summers on the glacier to fund his race kennel. Record-breaking temperatures are searing the globe. One spot where the evidence of that heatwave is especially apparent is on a glacier near Skagway. Icefield Expeditions operates a sled dog tour on Denver Glacier above the city. Their hopes for a full season melted in the heat wave ⁠— the snow was gone before August. But they’re not giving up, just moving to a new glacier. “So this is pretty historical. At this time, it doesn’t seem like we’re having much relief,” Jacobs said. It’s riskier to be farther up. Conditions can change at any time, potentially cancelling tours. But the team knows their stuff, and they’re happy to be running at all. So to ride with the dogs this summer, it’s the Mendenhall Glacier or nothing. Luckily, it’s been good weather for flying.last_img read more

Thor Ragnarok Surges to Top DVD Bluray Disc Sales Charts

first_imgRounding out the top five rentals, No. 3 and No. 4 went to a pair of 20th Century Fox films coming off week-long holdbacks at Redbox – “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Three Billboards,” respectively.No. 5 was Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” which had been the top rental the previous two weeks.John Latchem is Executive Editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 3/10/18:1. Thor: Ragnarok (new)2. Coco3. Murder on the Orient Express4. Wonder5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri6. Lady and the Tramp Signature Collection7. Darkest Hour8. Lady Bird (new)9. Daddy’s Home10. PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol (new)11. Star12. Blue Planet II (new)13. Dark Crystal (new)14. Let There Be Light15. It16. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 217. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs18. Blade Runner 204919. Barnyard20. The Man Who Invented Christmas (new)Top 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 3/11/18:1. Coco2. Thor: Ragnarok (new)3. Murder on the Orient Express4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri5. Daddy’s Home 26. Wonder7. Lady Bird (new)8. Darkest Hour9. A Bad Moms Christmas10. Just Getting StartedFor complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment again claimed the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended March 10, this time with “Thor: Ragnarok,” while five other newcomers also found their way into the overall top 20.The latest hit superhero film from the powerhouse Marvel Studios unit had earned $315 million at the domestic box office before debuting at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.The arrival of “Thor:Ragnarok” pushed Disney’s “Coco,” from the Pixar Animation Studio, to No. 2 on both charts after it had debuted on top the week before. “Coco” sold about 39% as many units as “Thor: Ragnarok” during the week.Dropping a slot to No. 3, also on both charts, was 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” remake. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety No. 4 on the overall chart was Lionsgate’s “Wonder,” followed by Fox’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which rose two spots to No. 5 after being honored with a couple of acting Oscars.On the Blu-ray chart, Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection” slipped to No. 4, while Universal Pictures’ “Darkest Hour” took No. 5. “Wonder” and “Three Billboards” were No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.The other new arrivals popping into the top 20 were Lionsgate’s “Lady Bird” at No. 8 (on both charts); Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol,” distributed by Paramount, at No. 10; BBC’s “Blue Planet II” at No. 12 (No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart); a Sony Pictures’ anniversary re-release of the 1982 fantasy epic “The Dark Crystal” at No. 13 (No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart); and Universal’s “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” a docu-drama about Charles Dickens writing “A Christmas Carol,” at No. 20 (No. 18 on the Blu-ray chart).Notably, “Dark Crystal” was released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, with the premium format accounting for 36% of the title’s unit sales. Blu-ray as a whole accounted for 86% of Dark Crystal sales for the week.Among the other debuting titles, Blu-ray accounted for 83% of unit sales for “Thor: Ragnarok,” which saw 11% of its total come from UHD Blu-ray.The comedy “Lady Bird” had 55% of its sales come by way of Blu-ray, while the documentary series “Blue Planet II” had 75% and “The Man Who Invented Christmas” had 46%.“Blue Planet II” had 46% of its sales come from the 4K disc format, which is especially significant considering the U.S. HD configurations were either BD- or 4K-only, meaning no future-proofing combo pack containing both formats.On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 11, “Coco” took over the No. 1 spot after debuting a week earlier at No. 2, while “Thor: Ragnarok” had to settle for the second spot in its first week.The chart-topping duo from Disney defies the usual trend, as Disney titles tend to take a few weeks to build momentum in the rental market as the studio has no distribution agreement with Redbox, leading the kiosk vendor to acquire its copies of Disney films as any consumer would — at retail. This tends to give the advantage to other studios who supply titles to Redbox directly. Indeed, Disney and Redbox are currently engaged in a legal dispute over the right to resell digital copy codes included with the packaged-media copies Redbox has been buying.last_img read more