Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,955.51, down 139.21 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down $1.34, or 10.34 per cent, to $11.62 on 19.4 million shares.NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ). Miner. Up five cents, or 4.55 per cent, to $1.15 on 16.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 16 cents, or 4.44 per cent, to $3.44 on 9.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $2.62, or 7.92 per cent, to $30.48 on 7.04 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $1.28, or 6.74 per cent, to $17.71 on 5.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, or 5.04 per cent, to $3.77 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down $2.19, or 3.16 per cent, to $67.03 on 1.2 million shares. The grocery-and-pharmacy retailer’s stock was downgraded once details emerged on a long-awaited deal to reduce generic drug costs, which will see the prices of nearly 70 commonly prescribed generic drugs discounted by up to 90 per cent of their brand name equivalents.Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Down 13 cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $40.75 on 1.3 million shares. The Montreal-based company said it will soon test scan-and-go technology and increase the number of self-checkout machines in its grocery stores as it looks to offset higher minimum wages in Ontario and Quebec. Metro also reported first-quarter earnings of $1.3 billion ($5.67 per share) compared with a profit $138.1 million (58 cents per share) in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue was $3.11 billion, up from $2.97 billion. It also increased its dividend to 18 cents, from 16.5 cents.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Up 25 cents, or 0.94 per cent, to $26.98 on 1.14 million shares. The Calgary-based company has offered a voluntary buyout program to its 6,500 employees, including those at Freedom Mobile, and expects about 10 per cent to take the offer.
8 June 2009The top United Nations envoy to Liberia today paid tribute to the Mongolian blue helmets, tasked with protecting the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), for their efforts to promote peacebuilding in West Africa. “Mongolian peacekeepers have acquired a reputation for bringing exceptional discipline to peacekeeping operations, an international outlook and an ever-ready approach to their tasks, regardless of the environment they find themselves in,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Speaking at a medal ceremony last week in honour of the 250 members of the Mongolian Guard Force under UNMIL’s command, she also expressed gratitude to the 10 women peacekeepers assigned to the Force for their dedication in providing vital services in communications and as doctors and nurses.The event came on the heels of the International Day of Peacekeepers on 29 May, which this year stressed the unique role played by women in peacekeeping.The Mongolian Force provides security for the premises of the Special Court, protects the detainees when they are moved outside the Court’s compound, and is responsible for evacuating officials and detainees in cooperation with the UNMIL’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF). The SCSL, established in January 2002 in an agreement between the country’s Government and the UN, is mandated to try those bearing the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity and violations of international humanitarian law in its civil-war since 1996, the 11 year-conflict began in 1991.
TORONTO — North American markets closed higher on the final trading day of the week as oil rose and new jobs data out of the U.S. was stronger than anticipated.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 88.85 points to 13,212.50, while the loonie gained 0.40 of a cent to 75.05 cents US.It was the first time since late November that the loonie closed above 75 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 62.87 points to 17,006.77, while the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 6.59 points to 1,999.99. The Nasdaq composite rose 9.60 points to 4,717.02.South of the border, the economy added 242,000 jobs last month, particularly in the construction, retail and health care sectors, according to the latest data from the U.S. Labor Department, which also revised its job estimates for December and January upwards.Bruce Cooper, chief investment officer of TD Asset Management, said the jobs data was a positive for both the U.S. and the Canadian stock markets on Friday.“We worry about an environment of relatively low growth,” Cooper said.“So when you get indications that in the biggest economy in the world, which is the United States, things are continuing to move along — they’re not roaring ahead, but they’re moving ahead in a reasonable fashion — that allows the market to breathe a sigh of relief.”Toronto’s resource-centric market benefited from a boost in commodity prices Friday. The metals and mining sector of the TSX grew 5.17 per cent, while base metals stocks were up 4.22 per cent. Meanwhile, energy stocks gained 2.98 per cent.Crude oil, which has been flirting with US$35 a barrel for the last few days, finally closed above that mark — something it hasn’t done since late January. The April contract for benchmark U.S. crude oil rose $1.35 to US$35.92 a barrel.The rebound in the price of oil helped the TSX slip into positive territory for the year so far this past week.“Of the major markets, the TSX is the best performing market year-to-date,” Cooper said. “Canada clearly has the most resource exposure of any of the major markets, and so it’s a beneficiary as the commodity recovers.”Oil has recovered somewhat as rock-bottom prices forced a number of U.S. producers to scale back their drilling, Cooper said.“The number of drills operating in the United States is down something like 70 per cent from the peak,” Cooper said.In other commodity news, April natural gas gained 2.7 cents to $1.67 per mmBtu, the April gold contract climbed $12.50 to US$1,270.70 per troy ounce and May copper was up seven cents at US$2.28 a pound.
Ultimately, we determined the root cause to be a translation problem somewhere between the caller and intended called party, but identifying where, precisely, the ball was being dropped was quite a challenge. During our research, we found that the calls in question never reached my client’s underlying provider. At the same time, the large wireless providers (two of the biggest), knew that the calls successfully left their networks. What none of us knew was the identity of the third party in place between my client’s underlying provider and the providers whose mobile devices couldn’t connect (again, these two providers are major players in this market). However, even if we could identify the intermediate provider (more on this in a minute), it’s unlikely that anyone from the company would have spoken with either me or my client since we had no direct contractual relationship with that carrier — or even a method of discovering it. Tags:News & ViewsMobile disconnectFCCVoIPMobilityCase StudiesEnterprise NetworkingNews & ViewsRegulationSCTC Articles You Might Like A savvy client of mine who sells hosted VoIP services recently called me with a serious problem. Calls made to my client’s customers from some mobile devices supported by two wireless providers suddenly — and devastatingly — weren’t completing. Calls completed, and then suddenly stopped working. The callers got either fast busy signals or ring-never-answers. To be polite, everyone was, um, annoyed. Dissecting Microsoft’s ‘Discovery’ of Firstline Workers Michael Finneran September 24, 2019 The mobile field is rife with meaningful examples of business process automation. Can Microsoft be a factor? Habits of the ‘Always’ Connected Worker Gary Audin September 20, 2019 How connected are we? Wilson Electronics tries to find out in their latest survey. See All in Mobility » Here are the most important takeaways: chaos.png Take steps to ensure that calls handled by intermediaries are completed (this seems like kind of a “duh” to me, but at least now it’s codified). Further, intermediate providers, once they become aware of a service delivery or connection problem, have an obligation to address it. This also seems like a “duh” to me, but I’m glad that it’s now official.Take steps to ensure that calls routed to rural areas are completed as intended, and that those terminations are actively monitored. Intermediate providers now have an affirmative duty not only to monitor issues that come up, but also to manage those issues in a “reasonably effective“ manner to resolutions that affect call completion. (I sense litigation coming as a result of the vagueness of this “reasonably effective” phrase.)Ensure that other intermediate providers to whom the original intermediate provider hands off traffic are also registered as such with the FCC. However, the FCC chose not to limit the number of intermediate providers that exist between the call originator and terminator. Solving My Client’s ProblemAfter considerable time spent trying to isolate where my client’s translation problem occurred, I ended up filing an informal complaint with the FCC. In this document, I identified the mobile providers as well as my client’s underlying provider, although, as I mentioned, since the calls weren’t even getting to that provider, it really wasn’t in a position to do much. However, with a gentle push from the FCC (and I have no idea how gentle that push actually was), we were able to identify the intermediate provider, which in turn isolated and resolved the translation problem. The FCC complaint process can be time-consuming and sometimes ineffective, but in this case, the assistance I received helped to resolve the problem more quickly than I’d imagined possible. In March, the Federal Communications Commission released its Fourth Report and Order in the Rural Call Completion proceeding. This order enhances the FCC’s earlier efforts to address the management challenges of end-to-end call completion, and further implements the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-129, 132 Stat 329 (2017) (RCC Act), otherwise known as the RCC Act. Although it serves other purposes as well, this order is essentially a tool for minimizing finger-pointing when end-to-end communications involves at least one party relying on a mobile device. In any case, it may be working. (Also, as a side note, although these issues aren’t directly or systematically related to rural call completion, this is the place where the new federal rules ended up (see 47 CFR 64.2119).) What we knew was that a giant, deal-breaking disconnect existed, and in identifying the source, we hoped that we could take a giant leap forward (that 50-year anniversary is approaching) in resolving problems like this should they come up again. Spoiler alert. We were successful. But I’m getting ahead of myself. 5G Insights: IoT Opportunities, Vulnerabilities Gary Audin August 13, 2019 5G will provide an opportunity to connect IoT devices across the enterprise, but security vulnerabilities may follow. Mobile Voice, Data, Text: Unlimited for $20 a Month?! Michael Finneran September 19, 2019 Calling itself an ‘infrastructure-based MVNO,’ cable operator Altice sets new price point for cellular service. 1. An “intermediate provider” is an entity that carries, but doesn’t originate or terminate, voice calls. 2. The order requires intermediate providers to: CBRS: A Threat to Wi-Fi? Gary Audin September 27, 2019 Have enterprises unjustly dismissed Citizens Broadband Radio Service in favor of Wi-Fi? 3. Creation of an intermediate provider registry in which all intermediate providers carrying “covered voice communications” must participate. The FCC will maintain the registry, which is publicly available online for download. For more information on the registry’s creation, click here. Hosted services provide many great benefits to businesses of all shapes and sizes. But when problems occur whose source is difficult to identify, the consequences –particularly when the service interruption lasts for more than a brief amount of time –can be devastating. Log in or register to post comments
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts headline a jam-packed day of events at Tim Hortons Field on Labour Day. The festivities begin with a free admission game between the Hamilton Hurricanes and the GTA Grizzlies at noon. Gates open at 11 a.m.The game will be followed by a free concert in the South Plaza featuring Jess and Tay, Redhill Valleys, Kira Isabella, and Burlington native Tebey. The concert is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. The stadium gates will reopen for the Ticats game at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Local Hamilton rock band Monster Truck will perform at halftime.Fans attending any of the events are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program. Donations will benefit the Hamilton Food Share and can be dropped off at the South Plaza or in bins located at each gate.
SMMT Communications Manager Janet Wilkinson was presented with an MBE today for services to the Motor Industry and Charity.Janet joined SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) in 1974 and has spent most of her career in communications for the sector, where she has been responsible for many of SMMT’s activities and events that promote the automotive industry to thousands of people in the UK and around the world. These include the British International Motor Show, the Commercial Vehicle Show, the SMMT International Automotive Summit and SMMT Test Days.Janet is also a Trustee of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Benevolent Fund and, significantly, Chairman of the charity Women on the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC), raising funds and awareness for a variety of cancer charities. She is due to leave SMMT in December after more than 40 years at the organisation.After receiving her award from The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle, Janet said, “I am so proud to receive this honour; it’s a lovely way to end my time in an industry which I have enjoyed immensely. SMMT is a unique and exciting place to work with a wide variety of different activities, which has enabled me to fulfil many roles in so many different places! One of the most rewarding aspects of my time at SMMT is seeing many colleagues starting their careers here and going on to successful roles in the industry.“I have been fortunate to work with some wonderful people over the years, people who have helped me enormously so I have always tried to give something back to an industry that has given me a fantastic career.”Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Janet has worked tirelessly for SMMT and our members across the broad spectrum of the British automotive industry. She will be missed by all who have worked with her and benefitted from her knowledge and experience. This award is richly deserved, and a fitting end to a life’s work devoted not only to the industry, but to a number of charities, especially WOMAC, for which she has given so selflessly.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
“It is profoundly unethical, and a violation of the fundamental right to health, to deny people access to medicines that are prescribed by their doctors. The issue of medical cannabis was highlight recently by parents of six-year-old British boy Alfie Dingley. They say their son, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, can be treated with cannabis oil but it is banned in the UK. Since 2000, more and more countries have started to use cannabis and cannabis extracts for medical purposes, as well as for scientific research. In 2000, total licit production was 1.4 tonnes; by 2016 it had increased to 211.3 tonnes. Britain is the largest exporter of legal cannabis in the world despite ban, a UN report has found. Findings by the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) stated that the UK produced 95 tonnes of legal cannabis in 2016 – more than double the 2015 total of 42 tonnes. The UK’s production now accounts for 44.9 per cent of the world total. The report puts Canada in second place with 80.7 tonnes produced. Some 2.1 tonnes was exported from the UK, making it responsible for 67.7 per cent of the world total, followed by the Netherlands (16.4 per cent). A significant part of the UK’s legal cannabis production goes towards a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex. Steve Rolles, Transform’s Senior Policy Analyst said: “It is scandalous and untenable for the UK government to maintain that cannabis has no medical uses, at the same time as licensing the world’s biggest government approved medical cannabis production and export market. Produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, it is available on prescription, but only via the NHS in Wales. However campaigners have criticised the UK government saying they “consistently refused to allow medical cannabis in the UK on the basis that it has ‘no therapeutic value'”. Medical cannabis products licensed in other countries remain illegal in the UK, even when prescribed by a doctor who has determined they are needed by a UK patient.
Short URL 8,373 Views Share84 Tweet Email France arrests 10 far-right suspects over alleged plot to attack Muslims The suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency. File photo. French police 29 Comments File photo. French police Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Monday 25 Jun 2018, 7:21 AM TEN PEOPLE WITH links to the radical far-right have been arrested by anti-terrorist police in France over an alleged plot to attack Muslims, judicial sources said Sunday.The arrests were made late on Saturday in operations across France, including the Mediterranean island of Corsica, the sources told AFP.The suspects had an “ill-defined plan to commit a violent act targeting people of the Muslim faith,” one source close to the probe said.Another source said the gang was looking to hit “targets linked to radical Islam”.France has been hit by a string of jihadist attacks since early 2015, often by people who have become radicalised or claim to have acted in the name of the Islamic State group.More than 240 people have been killed in the attacks, including 130 who lost their lives in a wave of bombings and shootings mainly in Paris nightspots in November 2015.The suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency, intercepted messages showing they were seeking to buy arms, and searches turned up some weapons, the sources said.France is home to an estimated 5.7 million Muslims or almost nine percent of the population, according to a report by US-based think-tank the Pew Research Centre at the end of last year.- © AFP 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Jun 25th 2018, 7:21 AM By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4089949
For years, science fiction has been giving us glimpses of a future where cybernetically-enhanced insects have become tiny secret agents… Like the roboroach from The Fifth Element. Those cyborg bug fantasies are now becoming a reality.You may even recall researchers at NC State using a Kinect to remotely guide a cockroach’s movements. Now, a team has created a cyborg dragonfly that can be flown like a drone. Biomedical engineer Jesse J. Wheeler said, “DragonflEye is a totally new kind of micro-aerial vehicle that’s smaller, lighter and stealthier than anything else that’s manmade.”It’s a little trickier to turn a flying insect into a cyborg than one that crawls (yes, cockroaches can fly… but the ones we’ve seen modded have lost that ability due to their gear). The weight of the electronics is a real concern, and having to keep the overall weight down raises another major concern. How do you keep those electronics powered?A clunky battery isn’t going to do the trick, so the DragonflEye team turned to tiny solar cells to supply the juice their system needs. In this close-up image, you can see the cell perched on top of the DragonflEye “backpack.”Perhaps the most amazing feature of DragonflEye is its steering system. The researchers genetically modified the dragonfly and inserted a pair of light-sensitive neurons in the insect’s nerve cord. The DragonflEye backpack converts signals from the operator into pulses of light which are piped to those neurons with sub-millimeter precision. Other nearby neurons aren’t affected by the signaling.Right now, DragonflEye only flies in a straight line, but steady progress on the steering system is being made. Once DragonflEye has been perfected, the Draper/Hughes team envisions moving on to other flying insects. One particular cool possibility: putting their backpack on bees to help reverse the tide of colony collapse!Image: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower
Christian Pulisic is proud to have completed a transfer to Chelsea and is looking forward to joining his new team next seasonThe USA forward has completed a €64m transfer to Chelsea today but will spend the remainder of this term on loan at current club Borussia Dortmund.Across the past two years, Pulisic has developed into one of the most exciting young talents in Europe right now after impressing at Germany.The 20-year-old had been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham in the past, but Chelsea ultimately won the race for his services.Now Pulisic can’t wait to get started at Stamford Bridge and fulfil his dream of playing Premier League football.“In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” Pulisic told the Chelsea website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world-class players.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”Pulisic has managed 15 goals and 24 assists in 115 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions.
The black plume of smoke Laurie Sharpe spotted during her morning walk Monday looked like it could be billowing from a backyard burn. It was what she noticed next — thick orange flames reaching into the sky above a home at 10813 N.E. 38th Ave. — that sent her rushing to see if anyone at a threatened ranch-style house needed help. There was no one outside, but Sharpe could see a walker on the front porch. It took four rounds of knocks before Donna R. Davis unlocked the door. Sharpe said the 86-year-old woman was reluctant to leave, wanting instead to stay and protect the home against flames that could be seen advancing. Davis planned to push back a fire engulfing a fifth-wheel type trailer with a garden hose.“I said, ‘I’m sorry, ma’am, but smoke kills. We’re getting out,’ ” Sharpe said.A pastor at an area church, Sharpe said she navigated heavy black smoke to haul from the home a crate holding a black cocker spaniel. She said she then had to push Davis outside. “Fortunately, I was there,” Sharpe said. Davis was unharmed but shaken, said Dawn Johnson, a spokeswoman for Clark County Fire District 6. As crews worked to put out the blaze, Davis went across the street to a neighbor’s home. “She’s doing well,” Keith Garder, the neighbor, said of Davis. “She’s not hurt. She’s upset.”Smoke visible from mile awayFire District 6 firefighters reported they could see a large plume of smoke as they left their station on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, more than a mile away from the fire.
Indian IT companies have been playing a big role in creating jobs in the US besides being responsible for generating million of jobs at home.According to a report released by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), the Indian IT companies currently support over 4 lakh jobs directly or indirectly in the US, including 3 lakh jobs held by its citizens and permanent residents.”Indian IT organizations benefit from access to the U.S. market, just as American IT organizations benefit from their investments and operations in India,” Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said while introducing the report on the sidelines of US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.The annual growth of jobs created by India-based IT firms in the US stood at 10% from 2011 to 2014, which is six times more than the average employment growth rate of 1.7% in the country in those years, Firstpost stated citing the report, titled “Contributions of India’s Tech Industry to the U.S. Economy”.”This momentum is surely going to increase manifold with new partnership opportunities emerging in the areas of Digital India and Smart Cities for American technology firms,” Sitharaman added.According to the report, California, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Ohio, Washington, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are the states that saw the highest number of job offers by the Indian IT companies.The report showed that domestic companies had made investments worth $2 billion during 2011-13, paying $22.5 billion in taxes to the US government in the same period.”The two-way flow of investments and intellectual talent is central to the growing commercial and strategic relationships between India and the US,” said Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar.Besides this, the Indian companies carried out philanthropic activities impacting over 120,000 American lives in 2011-2013, the Nasscom report said.
The emergency services are seen, after the passengers were taken ill on a flight from New York to Dubai, on JFK Airport, New York, US, 05 September, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersAn Emirates airline flight from Dubai was quarantined at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning after passengers became ill during the flight, the airline and New York news media said.Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A388 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9:00am EDT (1300 GMT), according to an airlines spokeswoman.The spokeswoman said 10 passengers fell ill on the flight from Dubai to New York. New York media outlets had earlier put the number at about 100 passengers.”Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill,” the spokeswoman said. “On arrival at JFK, as a precaution, they were immediately checked by local health authorities and those needing medical attention will be attended to.” She said all other passengers would be allowed to leave the plane shortly.Officials from the port authority police department and the US centers for disease control and prevention were on scene, according to news station WNBC, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The mayor’s office also did not respond to requests for comment.Larry Cohen, who identified himself as one of the passengers aboard the plane, uploaded photos on Twitter showing dozens of police and emergency vehicles waiting outside the plane on the tarmac.”All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board,” Cohen told Reuters via Twitter messaging.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 3Dr. Jesse Selber is a plastic surgeon who specializes in cancer reconstruction at MD Anderson Cancer Center.Just last month, he performed a procedure that was the first of it’s kind. Using the tissue from a patient’s twin sister, he, along with a team of surgeons were able to perform a multi disciplinary surgery, where they removed a rare tumor and replaced it with a large piece of tissue.“The transplant itself was a 13 hour, two room endeavor where we started on Mary Jane, the sister, carried it across the the next room to Marian, who had the big hole in her back, and we started to connect the blood vessels,” he says.Selber says family members usually offer to donate their tissue, but aren’t well-matched.In this case, the sisters were both 100 percent genetically compatible and identical. Selber says this form of reconstructive surgery was the most extensive MD Anderson had ever done and is one of the largest tissue transplantation’s on record. It’s also one of the only cases performed on identical twins.Dr. Selber is not foreign to medical innovation. About two years ago, he help reconstruct a scalp and skull, while transplanting a kidney and pancreas at the same time on a single person.Selber says it’s not so much new technology being used making this possible, but a new way of thinking. 00:00 /01:15 Share
Is Loving Vincent good?Very good.What’s it about?A loose semi-speculative biopic about the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh, specifically his last few years and the semi-suspicious circumstances of his death. The story takes place a year after Van Gogh has supposedly died by suicide, and follows a postman’s son who’s been tasked by his father with delivering a newly-recovered letter from the artist to his brother Theo after several attempts to do so by conventional means had failed. Retracing Vincent’s travels and activities over the last few months of his life, connecting with various people he’d met and interacted with, the hero soon begins to suspect that someone (or perhaps multiple people) are covering something up about how and why Van Gogh died. It’s a mystery that he becomes compelled to solve – or at least understand.So like Citizen Kane but for a painter (and a real person?)Sort of. But that’s not what makes it an interesting must-see movie.What does?The conceit here is that the whole film has been animated to look like it’s taking place in “living” versions of Van Gogh’s paintings with everything from the backgrounds to the characters rendered in his signature style. And to achieve this effect… they painted it.Come again?It’s a process called “rotoscoping,” where you shoot film with real actors on mostly bare sets, then take each frame of film and trace drawings over it, then film every drawing individually so that when you play them all back as a film you’ve got animation. What they did for Loving Vincent was that… but with oil-paintings. They turned every individual frame of the movie into 65,000 individual full-blown oil paintings created by 125 artists over a six-year production cycle and then strung them together with the original actor’s audio and music to create the finished movie. This makes it technically the first fully-painted feature-film ever made… OUT OF 65,000 INDIVIDUAL PAINTINGS.That’s… pretty wild.Right? I mean, have you ever tried to paint one oil painting? It’s not easy! Even that abstract stuff where it doesn’t have to LOOK like anything takes forever. So the sheer scale and scope of this production alone is a reason to see, just to prove to yourself that “holy shit, somebody decided to do this and then actually pulled it off!?”How is it aside from the technical achievement?The story and performances are solid if not necessarily as spectacular as the production itself – but then maybe that’s part of the charm: Seeing such a mammoth yet meticulous undertaking executed in service of such a subdued and intimate story. Besides, I’m not sure what else you’d do given the subject matter – Vincent Van Gogh didn’t exactly pain car chases, y’know? It’s interesting when it needs to be, heartfelt when it has to be and utterly charming even in the intermittent moments where you get caught up and forget just how amazing it is that this thing EXISTS in the first place.Do I need to know much about Van Gogh or art history to appreciate it?It doesn’t hurt, since there are some subtle extra layers regarding which paintings are being referenced in individual scenes and why, but overall the plot catches you up to who Van Gogh was, why he was a controversial figure in his day and why he’s considered important now pretty efficiently.So you recommend it?I do. Even if the storyline doesn’t necessarily grab you, the sheer one-of-a-kind novelty of how it was made is an event in and of itself – easily the most technically impressive animated film released in quite some time. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’
Multiple gamma-ray emission regions detected in the blazar 3C 279 An international group of astronomers have carried out multi-wavelength observations of HESS J1943+213 and found evidence supporting the hypothesis that this gamma-ray source is an extreme blazar. The finding is reported in a paper published June 11 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Contour images of HESS J1943+213 with VLBA (a) 1.6 GHz, (b) 4.3 GHz, (c) 7.6 GHz, and (d) 15 GHz bands. Contour levels plotted above 1% of the peak image intensity: −1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 (1.6 GHz); −2, −1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 (4.3 GHz and 7.6 GHz); −8, 8, 16, 32, 64 (15 GHz). Negative levels are shown with dashed lines. Credit: Archer et al., 2018. Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Blazars are very compact quasars associated with supermassive black holes at the centers of active, giant elliptical galaxies. They belong to a larger group of active galaxies that host active galactic nuclei, and are the most numerous extragalactic gamma-ray sources. Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth.BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs) are a type of blazar showcasing lower power jets and higher Doppler factors than other blazars. Based on the location of the synchrotron peak, they can be divided into low (LBLs), intermediate (IBLs), and high synchrotron peak BL Lacs (HBLs). Astronomers are specially interested in finding rare extreme HBLs (EHBLs)—identified by synchrotron emission peaks at energies above 1 keV. Such objects are believed to be among the most efficient and extreme accelerators in the universe.Recently, a team of astronomers led by the Very Energetic Radiation Telescope Array System (VERITAS) collaboration, presented the results of observations indicating that one of the gamma-ray sources in the plane of the Milky Way galaxy, designated HESS J1943+213, is actually an EHBL.Discovered in 2011 by the H.E.S.S. Galactic Plane scan, HESS J1943+213 was initially classified as a very-high-energy gamma ray point source. Since its detection, the real nature of this source has been uncertain. Some astronomers suggested that it is a blazar, while other proposed that the source is a pulsar wind nebula or a gamma-ray binary. Now, new observations, conducted with the use of the VERITAS telescope array, the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), as well as NASA’s Swift and Fermi space telescopes, indicate that HESS J1943+213 is a blazar of EHBL subclass.”We detail results from observations of HESS J1943+213 with VERITAS, FermiLAT, Swift-XRT, and VLBA and further characterize the properties of the source as an EHBL,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, new observations show that HESS J1943+213 has an extended, jet-like structure as well as a remarkably stable flux and spectrum in very-high-energy gamma rays. Moreover, the researchers found that the radio spectral indices of the core and the jet, together with the level of polarization, are in a range typical for blazars.Taking into account the location of the synchrotron peak in HESS J1943+213, the blazar was classified as an EHBL. The astronomers noted that although high-energy gamma-ray blazars behind the galactic plane have been previously identified with the Fermi telescope, HESS J1943+213 is the first such blazar also seen in very-high-energy gamma-rays.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasized that although the real nature of HESS J1943+213 seems to be understood, there are still many unknowns about this blazar.”High-sensitivity observations of HESS J1943+213 in the hard X-ray band with an instrument like NuSTAR would be valuable for characterizing both the spectral shape and the variability of the emission produced by the higher-energy particles and would help pinpoint the emission mechanism of the source. Moreover, a precise measurement of the distance to HESS J1943+213 would be of great benefit for pinning down its physical properties,” the paper reads. More information: HESS J1943+213: An Extreme Blazar Shining Through The Galactic Plane, arXiv:1806.04144 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1806.04144AbstractHESS J1943+213 is a very-high-energy (VHE; >100 GeV) γ-ray source in the direction of the Galactic Plane. Studies exploring the classification of the source are converging towards its identification as an extreme synchrotron BL Lac object. Here we present 38 hours of VERITAS observations of HESS J1943+213 taken over two years. The source is detected with ∼20 standard deviations significance, showing a remarkably stable flux and spectrum in VHE γ-rays. Multi-frequency very-long-baseline array (VLBA) observations of the source confirm the extended, jet-like structure previously found in the 1.6 GHz band with European VLBI Network and detect this component in the 4.6 GHz and the 7.3 GHz bands. The radio spectral indices of the core and the jet and the level of polarization derived from the VLBA observations are in a range typical for blazars. Data from VERITAS, Fermi-LAT, Swift-XRT, FLWO 48′′ telescope, and archival infrared and hard X-ray observations are used to construct and model the spectral energy distribution (SED) of the source with a synchrotron-self-Compton model. The well-measured γ-ray peak of the SED with VERITAS and Fermi-LAT provides constraining upper limits on the source redshift. Possible contribution of secondary γ-rays from ultra-high-energy cosmic ray-initiated electromagnetic cascades to the γ-ray emission is explored, finding that only a segment of the VHE spectrum can be accommodated with this process. A variability search is performed across X-ray and γ-ray bands. No statistically significant flux or spectral variability is detected. 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Top Stories Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Lim Eul Chul, a North Korea expert at South Korea’s Kyungnam University, said there was a stronger push in this year’s message for improved ties with Seoul, but that doesn’t mean North Korea will take any dramatic steps anytime soon.Observers say Kim’s vow to improve his people’s living standards could be linked to the comments on better inter-Korean ties, which are seen as necessary to winning badly needed investment and aid.Robert Carlin, a North Korea expert and contributor to the 38 North website, said Kim’s speech suggests more concrete North Korean proposals are coming. “Many times over the past 30 or 40 years, the two sides have started dialogue by agreeing to stop slander of the other,” Carlin said in an email. “It’s a relatively easy (and verifiable) first step.”In comments that mirror past North Korean propaganda, Kim also warned of an accidental conflict that could trigger “an enormous nuclear catastrophe,” which would threaten U.S. safety.The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula technically in a state of war. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea to help deter North Korean aggression. Patients with chronic pain give advice The public announcement of Jang’s fall opened up a rare and unfavorable window on the country’s inner workings, showing an alleged power struggle between Kim and his uncle after the 2011 death of Kim Jong Il.Jang’s public downfall was seen as an acknowledgement of dissension and loss of control by the ruling Kim dynasty. That has caused outside alarm as Kim Jong Un simultaneously tries to revive a moribund economy and pushes development of nuclear-armed missiles.Seoul worries that instability could lead to provocations meant to help consolidate internal unity. Attacks blamed on North Korea killed 50 South Koreans in 2010, and tension on the Korean Peninsula still lingers, although Pyongyang has backed away from war rhetoric from early last year that included threats of nuclear attacks against Washington and Seoul.Recent indications that North Korea is restarting a mothballed reactor that can produce plutonium for bombs has left Washington and Seoul skeptical about Pyongyang’s recent calls for a resumption of long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks. The country conducted its third nuclear test in February. It’s estimated to have a handful of crude nuclear devices and to be working toward building a warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile, although most experts say that goal may take years to achieve. Quick workouts for men SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Kim Jong Un boasted Wednesday that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “factionalist filth” _ a reference to the young leader’s once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised questions about Kim’s grip on power.Kim’s comments in an annual New Year’s Day message, which included a call for improved ties with Seoul but also a warning of a possible “nuclear catastrophe,” will be scrutinized by outside analysts and governments for clues about the opaque country’s intentions and policy goals. __Follow Foster Klug on Twitter at twitter.com/APklug(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Already widespread worry about the country has deepened since Kim publicly humiliated and then executed his uncle and mentor, one of the biggest political developments in Pyongyang in years, and certainly since Kim took power two years ago after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.North Korea’s “resolute” action to “eliminate factionalist filth” within the ruling Workers’ Party has bolstered the country’s unity “by 100 times,” Kim said in a speech broadcast by state TV. He didn’t mention by name his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, long considered the country’s No. 2 power.But Kim included rhetoric that some analysts saw as a first step to renewing dialogue with rival Seoul. Kim called for an improvement in strained ties with South Korea, saying it’s time for each side to stop slandering the other and urging Seoul to listen to voices calling for Korean unification.That language, which is similar to that of past New Year’s messages, is an obvious improvement on last year’s threats of nuclear war, though there is still skepticism in Washington and Seoul about Pyongyang’s intentions.North Korea’s authoritarian, secretive government is extremely difficult for outsiders to interpret, and analysts are divided about the meaning of Jang’s execution on treason charges. Many, however, believe that the purge shows Kim Jong Un struggling to establish the same absolute power that his father and grandfather enjoyed. How do cataracts affect your vision?