AMBERWOOD ENTERTAINMENT IN PRODUCTION ON THE GREAT NORTHERN CANDY DROP FOR CBC

first_imgAdvertisement Ottawa, June 26, 2017 – Amberwood Entertainment today announced that production is underway on new animated primetime holiday special The Great Northern Candy Drop for CBC. Starring Lorne Cardinal and Tantoo Cardinal, the half-hour special tells the story of famed Inuk pilot Johnny May and his long-standing holiday drop tradition in the Kuujjuaq community of Nunavik. May serves as a consultant on the special, which will premiere on CBC in December 2017.“We are so excited to be bringing this amazing story to life, and are honoured to be working alongside such top-tier partners as Kris, Jam Filled, Boat Rocker, and of course CBC,” said Jonathan Wiseman, executive producer.“Johnny May is one of Canada’s unsung heroes, and we look forward to sharing his inspiring story of commitment and dedication to community with the entire country this holiday season,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. Facebook Based on a children’s book published in 2015 by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, The Great Northern Candy Drop tells the true story of Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, who has flown over Kuujjuaq in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to the children and residents of the community each holiday season for more than 50 years.Produced by Amberwood Entertainment, The Great Northern Candy Drop is written by Canadian Kris Pearn (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Arthur Christmas, Shaun the Sheep) and animated by Ottawa’s Jam Filled Entertainment, with Jamie Leclaire and Phil Lafrance serving as directors. The special is distributed by Boat Rocker Rights..About Amberwood EntertainmentAmberwood is a Canadian-based independent producer, financier and distributor of high quality animated and live-action content for kids and families..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of thecelebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trustea verifies 46 pc of India’s total tea production

first_imgKolkata: A sustainability code and verification system for the country’s tea sector Tuesday said it has verified 608 million kgs of tea till February 2019, which is almost half of the total tea produced in the country annually. The program – trustea is currently convened by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and supported by Indian packaged tea majors Hindustan Unilever Limited, Tata Global Beverages Limited and Wagh Bakri Tea Group. It is working with smallholder tea growers, bought leaf factories, estates and packers to address some of the key challenges in the industry including poor working conditions, health and safety of tea workers, water pollution, food safety, soil erosion and contamination, trustea said in a statement. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It has been trying create a positive impact on nearly 49,000 smallholder tea growers, three lakh women workers and 2.5 lakh male tea workers certifying over 460 estates and bought leaf factories. “A rising demand for food safety and sustainable produce is making trustea increasingly relevant to the Indian context. The code ensures long-term sustainability of the industry,” trustea general manager Rajesh Bhuyan said. The company, he said, has verified 608 million kgs of tea out of the total 1325 million kg, or 46 per cent of the beverage produced in the country annually till February 2019. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA), United Planters Association of South India (UPASI), Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and over 460 verified producers across the country are also part of the initiative. Tata Global Beverages, one of the key partners of the trustea program, has committed to source 100 per cent of its tea as trustea-verified for the Indian market, Tata Global Beverages marketing head Puneet Das said. “India produces about 1,325 million kg of tea annually, making it the most consumed beverage. Competition in the domestic market, shortage of labour in the plantations and adverse effects of climate change are the major concerns for maintaining tea quality, which is essential for consumer health,” Tea Board director S Soundararajan said. Rainforest Alliance, an international body that certifies tea in India since 2007. International certifications help in fetching better price from exports.last_img read more

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UP govt may undergo reshuffle after polls

first_imgLucknow: With four Uttar Pradesh ministers fighting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and standing “bright chances” to win their seats, the Adityanath government may have to undertake its first Cabinet reshuffle soon after the elections are over.The four state ministers in the poll fray include Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad, S P Singh Baghel from Agra , Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur and Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituencies. “The names of ministers were zeroed in on for fielding, seeing their track record, utility and effectiveness in respective areas, dedication towards the party, communication with party workers and their overall performance, the names of ministers were zeroed in on,” state BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai said. “They all stand bright chances of winning their respective seats,” he added. Asked recently if any Cabinet reshuffle is on cards, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, “First let the elections get over.” Also Read – Fear of dengue outbreak in Patna The whole election process will be completed by May 27 after counting of votes on May 23, said an Election Commission official. Among the four state ministers fielded so far in the ongoing polls, the name of Cooperative Minister Mukut Bihari figured in the BJP latest poll list. Bihari has been fielded from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituency which goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase. The BJP had earlier named Minister for Animal Husbandry, Minor Irrigation and Fisheries Baghel in its first list as its candidate for the reserved Lok Sabha seat of Agra. Agra had gone to polls on April 18 in the second phase of elections. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahTwo others, Minister for Women, Family, Mother and Child Welfare Department Joshi and Minister for Khadi Village Industries, Sericulture, Textile, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Export Promotion departments Pachauri have been fielded from Allahabad and Kanpur Lok Sabha seats. Joshi, who is presently also the tourism minister in the UP Cabinet had contested the 2014 General Elections from Lucknow parliamentary constituency on a Congress ticket and lost to the BJP’s Rajnath Singh.last_img read more

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The Tom Brady Ruling Means Nearly Half An Extra Win For The

That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent. read more

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JT Barrett Cardale Jones is a great player

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett addresses the media Dec. 3 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Barrett had surgery for a fractured ankle on Nov. 30, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorRight: Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Ohio State takes the field in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game, it will have two Heisman candidates on its sideline.But neither will be dressed to play.When senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury less than two weeks before the Buckeyes were set to open the 2014 campaign, many wondered how redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett would fill his shoes.Just more than three months later, though, many of those same people are left wondering an eerily similar question.Barrett did more than fill Miller’s shoes — he outgrew them.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native broke multiple records set by Miller throughout the season, and broke the Big Ten conference record for most total touchdowns in a season with 45 before fracturing his ankle against Michigan, effectively ending his season.Now, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones must fill the shoes of Barrett, who is on some people’s shortlists for the Heisman Trophy.Despite Jones’ little experience, Barrett said he believes the Glenville High School product is capable of success as the Buckeye signal caller. “Cardale is a great player,” Barrett said Wednesday with his leg propped up in a cast. “I honestly feel like if I wasn’t starting this year, Cardale would have done the same things that I did this year. Cardale is that talented.”Jones stands an impressive 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, and has earned high praise from his coaches and teammates about his arm strength. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman rated Jones’ arm strength as “eleventy-billion” on Monday and Barrett added that he had seen proof of it in practice.“You might want to take a look at warmups,” Barrett said. “Cardale might throw the ball 100 yards. I have seen him throw it I think 70-75 yards one time.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman compared Jones to one of OSU’s two Heisman candidates at quarterback, saying his throwing style is comparable to one more than the other.“He throws a little bit more like Braxton, I would say, than he does J.T.,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “He’s got a huge arm, you can tell that just watching practice or watching warmups. He can sling that thing.”Even though the players and coaches have been singing Jones’ praise over the last few days, Heuerman said there’s still been a transition period.“It’s just a different feel,” he said. “It takes you a day or two to usually adapt to it. Later on in the practice today we finished real strong in the team period with him throwing the ball, throwing it on time with our receivers and our receivers making catches.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that because of the talented skill players surrounding Jones, the Cleveland native’s first career start should not put too much pressure on him.“It’s a product of those around them a lot of times. Sometimes it’s not, but 95 percent of every quarterback, a good quarterback has a common denominator and that’s good players around him,” Meyer said. “And we have a veteran offensive line and some good players around him.”Heuerman said Jones has spent extra time with the receivers and skill players this week and added that the redshirt-sophomore had a good week of practice.“I don’t have any doubts that he’s gonna be fully mentally prepared for this game. I know our coaches and I know how they grind him,” Heuerman said. “He’s gonna know everything he needs to know and they’re gonna put him in the best situation to succeed. And it’ll be fun to watch.”With Jones making the first start of his college career, Barrett said he can relate all too well.“Right now, I feel like his world is kind of like how mine was at the beginning of the year,” Barrett said. “I know what that feels like, I definitely do.”In his first career start against the Navy Midshipmen, Barrett completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two scores through the air.That was Navy. The Wisconsin Badgers boast the second-best total defense in the country and Barrett said Jones will have be more prepared than he was before taking over for Miller. “I was learning on the fly and it was fast for myself, but his is going to be even faster,” Barrett said.The Buckeyes and Badgers are set to battle for the Big Ten title Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

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Ohio States Troy Montgomery a nightmare for opposing pitchers

OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. read more

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Giggs satisfied with Wales performance

first_imgDespite having lost the final of the China Cup 1-0 to Uruguay, Ryan Giggs has described himself as happy with the entire squad’s overall performance in the tournamentWales had their chances to open the scoring against Uruguay with Andy King twice coming close to scoring against goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Gareth Bale later forced the Uruguayan into another fine save, but they appeared to lose their rhythm after Edinson Cavani scored after the break in his 100th appearance at international level.“Of course, against teams like that you’re going to ride your luck but they showed us the utmost respect,” said Giggs, according to Sky Sports.“We won’t play against much better teams than that in terms of experience and talent. It was a great learning curve for the players and a great test which I thought they stood up to.“What I want from my team is to go to the end and I thought we did. Suarez and Cavani were going to the end, and we were still in the game.“Ryan Hedges put in that fantastic cross right at the end, and on another day we’d have got someone on the end of it.”Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.Overall the newly appointed Wales manager was pleased with their overall performance in the tournament and believes that there is a lot of promise within the squad.“We’ve had two very different opponents and two different performances, but equally pleasing in many ways.“I have learned there is a fantastic team spirit which I knew beforehand but then witnessing it was brilliant.“There’s also a lot of quality in the squad, and more that’s been left at home as well.“I’m really happy with the young lads who have come in and done well and with the squad as a whole.”last_img read more

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Juventus success is because of work at the club

first_imgFor the team’s director of sport Fabio Paratici, the good results are not just thanks to the transfer marketMany have said that Juventus is “buying” its way to the top of the Italian Lega Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.But for director of sport Fabio Paratici, this is a lie since the team is working hard for success.“Juventus results are not just thanks to the transfer market, but the work of this great club. We have been together for seven or eight years now and this season has started in the best possible way,” he was quoted by Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It’s very early to tell who the title contenders will be, but the usual suspects are Napoli, Inter, and Milan.”“It wasn’t just an intuition for me, but also Pavel Nedved, Marotta, and president Andrea Agnelli. Cristiano’s arrival was simple really because he is a great champion both on and off the field. It was all very simple,” he explained about signing Ronaldo.“Dybala has shown over the years that he is a great player and you can’t evaluate him on just one goal. He hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to play football. We evaluate his overall performances, the way he acts with teammates and in training.”“It’s difficult to say whether this is the strongest Juventus squad we’ve had in this era, as there have always been great players like Gigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez, Dani Alves, Arturo Vidal, and Pogba. I will say we are very competitive,” he added.last_img read more

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Manchester United desperately want to bind Paul Pogba amid Barcelona transfer

first_imgAccording to the renowned sports portal, ESPN, Manchester United’s board are strongly opposing Barcelona’s intention to secure the services of the French midfielder Paul Pogba.The future of the 25-year-old has been a subject of numerous discussions over the last few months and especially after his public confrontation with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.With the Red Devils struggling to find the right balance this season under the Portuguese coach, it was suspected the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner would prefer a change of air. Even Pogba’s manager Mino Raiola recently announced his client would like to swap the English Premier League with La Liga, with Real Madrid and Barcelona named the leading candidates to wrap up the deal.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, after Los Blancos abandoned the track that leads to the former Juventus star, the Blaugrana have remained the only option. Still, it was unknown whether the Catalans can afford to splash out a figure that exceeds €100 million, but it seems the current La Liga holders are prepared to make a move.Manchester United management would, nonetheless, like to keep Pogba in the squad, mainly because Mourinho’s faith seems to be more and more away from the Old Trafford, with Zinedine Zidane’s name steadily approaching by the 3-time Champions League winners over the last period.last_img read more

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Mohamed Salah is Liverpools nuclear weapon – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised Mohamed Salah ahead of the club’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits stopping the Egypt international will be a tough task for his team as they head to Merseyside to face Jurgen Klopp’s side and their top four hopes hanging in the balance.Defeat at Anfield would leave United 19 points behind their rivals after just 16 games of the season and the threat of Salah looms large.“I think he has developed incredibly well at every level since Chelsea. Physically an amazing development” Mourinho said, according to Mirror Football.“He was a fast, fragile boy and now he is a fast strong man. He was psychologically not adapted coming direct from a small club in Switzerland like Basel to a big club in England and the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea. It was too much.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I remember I played him at White Hart Lane against Tottenham and at The Etihad against Manchester City and it was too much for him.”“Now he plays everywhere against any team. He can go to Barcelona, he can go to Madrid, he plays like “I am Mo-Mo-Salah and I am afraid of no-one and nobody.”“His levels of experience in Italy and coming back to the Premier League , he is a fantastic player, a completely different to the potential player we brought from Basel to Chelsea.““He was a project player, now he is one of the best players in the world. So I don’t think the fact I know him helps me because I knew a project player, and now he is a top player.”“But every match we try to analyse opponents, the strengths and the weaknesses, and when you go to Liverpool they have many strengths, but of course he is nuclear in strength.”last_img read more

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Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/6q6N13MBFS— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/5pELklKcg0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

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New Director Named to Head Regional Support Groups for Ft Leonard Wood

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Kent Thomas, who earlier served as the garrison commander for Fort Riley, Kan., last week was named as the new executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute.Thomas will start his new posts on June 1. Since retiring from a 24-year career in the Army in 1998, Thomas worked in various positions for the Missouri State University system. He also has served on the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.“I am excited about what the organization is doing and am confident I can provide the energy, leadership, organizational ability, vision, and community outreach that is necessary as executive director,” Thomas said in a news release.Thomas will replace Joe Driskill at the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute. Last month Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.The Leonard Wood Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the Army’s mission at Fort Leonard Wood. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership — a subsidiary of the institute — collaborates with the post, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to support the installation and improve the region’s business climate.last_img read more

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Dyson EV patent drawings hide clever engineering behind familiar forms

first_img Electric Cars Future Cars 29 Photos Dyson V11 Torque Drive up close More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous James Dyson Dyson Comment The man who makes high-art vacuums might one day make your electric car. Dyson’s upcoming electric vehicle is hotly anticipated, yet we haven’t heard much from the company about what to expect. That changes with a new set of patent drawings.Dyson’s patent drawings for its future EV have been published, and while the company is ordinarily known for some revolutionary designs, its car seems almost too traditional by comparison. It mimics a traditional crossover shape, with a long, flat roof, enough interior space for three rows of seats and an overall design that, while efficient, still looks like a car at the end of the day.Of course, what we see is only part of the story, according to an email from company founder James Dyson to his employees regarding the published drawings. “The patents certainly don’t reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do,” Dyson’s email reads. “Rather they show an androgynous vehicle and provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps that we are considering.”Enlarge ImageBy positioning the seats as low as possible, there can be some semblance of ride height without tall glass eating into the drag coefficient. Dyson There are some interesting touches in there, though. The wheels, for example, seem awfully large for an EV. As the patent notes, while large wheels are traditionally seen as range-sucking chunks of mass, Dyson believes they can confer benefits. “The engineers observed that the decrease in the rolling resistance that is achieved at this wheel size can offset the increase in inertia such that a net gain in the driving range may be achieved,” the patent reads, which is some interesting and unconventional thinking. The wheels and the general shape of the vehicle are both aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag. Usually, that would require the vehicle to be as low to the ground as possible, but Dyson’s engineers believe the car can maintain SUV-like ride height without any negative effect on the drag coefficient. Paired with a raked windshield and a low roofline, and the car is surprisingly sleek for something that’s about the size of a Range Rover.If there’s one thing we have no idea about, though, it’s the powertrain. The patent drawings don’t make any motive-force intimations, but we do know that Dyson is leaning on its strengths and designing its own electric motors for the vehicle. According to Autocar’s report, Dyson hinted that multiple motors might be on offer to expand on the benefits of brake regeneration. The company is also working on solid-state battery technology that it wants to include in the car. With a debut slated for 2021, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Dyson throws out more details of what to expect. Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Sheepish year ahead for global economy

first_imgSheepish year ahead for global economy?26 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Sheepish year ahead for global economy?26 viewsBusinessA celebratory mood, as Zhang Qiyue, China’s consul general in New York rang the Nasdaq opening bell to celebrate Chinese New Year, the most important holiday season on the Chinese calendar. 2015 isVentuno Web Player 4.50A celebratory mood, as Zhang Qiyue, China’s consul general in New York rang the Nasdaq opening bell to celebrate Chinese New Year, the most important holiday season on the Chinese calendar. 2015 islast_img read more

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Bidders line up for Indias first airport mall

first_imgLeading property developers have entered the fray to build India’s first airport mall. The mall, which would come up at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi is expected to be built with a budget of Rs. 600 crore.The five companies that have qualified are DLF, Bharti Land, Phoenix Mills, K Raheja Corp and Xander Group. The mall will be spread across an area of 2 million sq. ft and would cater to passengers as well as Delhi and Gurgaon residents, who live in the surrounding areas, Mint reported.The companies are required to submit detailed bids by May.”The proposed integrated retail development is going through bidding process as per and in accordance with statutory requirements/provisions of OMDA (Operations, Management and Development Agreement) and with approval of the DIAL board,” a Delhi airport spokesperson was quoted as saying by the publication.The spokesperson further added that a request for qualification (RFQ), which helps shortlist firms qualified to build a project for retail developments, was reportedly issued on Nov. 5, 2015.”India doesn’t have the mall of this scale yet. When one builds mall of such a scale, it usually becomes a destination for people from all over. The size is such that it can accommodate everyone, so retailers do not want to miss out,” Ashutosh Limaye, research head of property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle’s India unit, was quoted as saying by Mint.Last month, the Delhi International Airport Limited or DIAL had submitted aviation secretary RN Choubey plans of expanding the infrastructure of IGI airport and constructing a fourth runway, which if approved, would be completed by 2020. DIAL is a joint venture company collectively owned by the GMR group, Airport Authority of India and Fraport that operates the IGI airport. The Delhi airport is India’s largest airport in terms of passenger traffic and is the base for Air India, Indigo and Vistara airlines.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Khagragarh blast case NIA nabs mastermind from Bengaluru

first_imgKolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the mastermind of the Khagragarh blast Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen (Bangladesh) activist Kausar alias Bomaru Mijan, from Bengaluru on Tuesday.The arrest of Kausar came as a major breakthrough in connection with the Khagragarh blast case that took place on October 2 in 2014.His arrest came on the heels of the arrest of one of his close aides, Manirul Seikh alias Munir, from Karnataka. The local police arrested him and handed him over to the NIA. During interrogation, the NIA officers had come to know about Kausar and his whereabouts. Subsequently, raids were conducted at Bengaluru and Kausar was arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth Kausar and Munir were also involved in the Bodh Gaya blast case. The NIA officers will be taking them to Bodh Gaya for further probe and to reconstruct a plot of the incident.It may be recalled that Kausar was one of the most wanted JMB activists and he was in Bengal during the Khagragarh blast incident. The NIA had also announced a prize money of Rs 10 lakh for anyone giving information regarding Kausar, who had tried to influence many youths into joining JMB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKausar had fled from Bengal soon after the Khagragarh incident to the southern part of the country. He had no scope to flee to Bangladesh as the police there had also initiated search for JMB activists, following the incident at Khagragarh.Kausar had been changing his shelter to avoid getting arrested. Munir used to stay at Ramnagar in Karnataka while Kausar took refuge in Bengaluru.The investigating officers are now trying to know their future plans. They are also trying to know about all the places where the duo had stayed since 2014 and who had helped them to stay in the southern parts of the country. It may be recalled that Kausar had played a key role as a JMB activist in the terrorist group spreading tentacles in India. The investigation had earlier revealed that members of the banned organisation had a plan of using the country as a base to carry on terror activities in the neighbouring Bangladesh. But investigating agencies of both the countries have worked together and managed to check several terror activities that were planned by the outfit.The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police had also arrested many JMB activists. NIA had taken most of them in their custody for interrogation.last_img read more

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Pinkathon 2016 – A running affair

first_imgPinkathon, an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women and issues like breast cancer, successfully concluded their fourth edition yesterday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in the national Capital. Pinkathon is a unique initiative that encourages women to incorporate a fitness programme into their daily lives by promoting simple activities like walking and running. Running addresses most of the top ten ways to help prevent breast cancer; it not only promotes well-being but also raises immunity levels thereby improving health to help fight diseases like cancer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore than 9,000 women across age groups and from all different segments of the society participated enthusiastically in the V wash Plus 3 km, Mia by Tanishq 5 km, Sofit Soya Milk  10 km and UN’s He for She 21 km categories. Flagging off the run was super-model, actor, fitness enthusiast avid barefoot runner and Pinkathon founder, Milind Soman along with prominent women personalities like RJ Heena from RED FM who expressed their wholehearted supported for the noble cause. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRunning in its fourth edition, the event garnered support from eminent personalities.  Some of the noteworthy participants in the run were a group of 30 visually impaired girls and 48 hearing impaired girls. Additionally the run witnessed a squad of cancer survivors and 10 baby wearing mothers carrying babies just a few months old. The run had participants as young as four months and as old as 84 years.Commenting on the success of Pinkathon Delhi, Milind Soman said, “Pinkathon is more than a marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women. The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the values you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift from the society; it is a gift you give yourself. We are delighted to have such a diverse crowd right from young school students and housewives, to cancer survivors, underprivileged and visually impaired girls participating in Pinkathon.”Reema Sanghavi, co-founder of Pinkathon said, “Pinkathon is close to my heart. I am passionate about this noble cause of health & fitness for all women. Pinkathon will be organized in 8 cities in India in 2016. I am simply overwhelmed with tremendous response in Bangalore and this will certainly motivate us to do much more going forward.”last_img read more

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Sex robots artificial intelligence and ethics How desire shapes and is shaped

first_imgThe ethics of artificial intelligence seems to have found its way into just about every corner of public life. From law enforcement to justice, through to recruitment, artificial intelligence is both impacting both the work we do and the way we think. But if you really want to get into the ethics of artificial intelligence you need to go further than the public realm and move into the bedroom. Sex robots have quietly been a topic of conversation for a number of years, but with the rise of artificial intelligence they appear to have found their way into the mainstream – or at least the edges of the mainstream. There’s potentially some squeamishness when thinking about sex robots, but, in fact, if we want to think seriously about the consequences of artificial intelligence – from how it is built to how it impacts the way we interact with each other and other things – sex robots are a great place to begin. Read next: Introducing Deon, a tool for data scientists to add an ethics checklist Sexualizing artificial intelligence It’s easy to get caught up in the image of a sex doll, plastic skinned, impossible breasts and empty eyes, sad and uncanny, but sexualized artificial intelligence can come in many other forms too. Let’s start with sex chatbots. These are, fundamentally, a robotic intelligence that is able to respond to and stimulate a human’s desires. But what’s significant is that they treat the data of sex and sexuality as primarily linguistic – the language people use to describe themselves, their wants, their needs their feelings. The movie Her is a great example of a sexualised chatbot. Of course, the digital assistant doesn’t begin sexualised, but Joaquin Phoenix ends up falling in love with his female-voiced digital assistant through conversation and intimate interaction. The physical aspect of sex is something that only comes later. Ai Furuse – the Japanese sex chatbot But they exist in real life too. The best example out these is Ai Furuse, a virtual girlfriend that interacts with you in an almost human-like manner. Ai Furuse is programmed with a dictionary of more than 30,000 words, and is able to respond to conversational cues. But more importantly, AI Furuse is able to learn from conversations. She can gather information about her interlocutor and, apparently, even identify changes in their mood. The more you converse with the chatbot, the more intimate and closer your relationship should be (in theory). Immediately, we can begin to see some big engineering questions. These are primarily about design, but remember – wherever you begin to think about design we’re starting to move towards the domain of ethics as well. The very process of learning through interaction requires the AI to be programmed in certain ways. It’s a big challenge for engineers to determine what’s really important in these interactions. The need to make judgements on how users behave. The information that’s passed to the chatbot needs to be codified and presented in a way that can be understood and processed. That requires some work in itself. The models of desire on which Ai Furuse are necessarily limited. They bear the marks of the engineers that helped to create ‘her’. It becomes a question of ethics once we start to ask if these models might be normative in some way. Do they limit or encourage certain ways of interacting? Desire algorithms In the context of one chatbot that might not seem like a big deal. But if (or as) the trend moves into the mainstream, we start to enter a world where the very fact of engineering chatbots inadvertently engineers the desires and sexualities that are expressed towards them. In this instance, not only do we shape the algorithms (which is what’s meant to happen), we also allow these ‘desire algorithms’ to shape our desires and wants too. Storing sexuality on the cloud But there’s another more practical issue as well. If the data on which sex chatbots or virtual lovers runs on the cloud, we’re in a situation where the most private aspects of our lives are stored somewhere that could easily be accessed by malicious actors. This a real risk of Ai Furuse, where cloud space is required for your ‘virtual girlfriend’ to ‘evolve’ further. You pay for additional cloud space. It’s not hard to see how this could become a problem in the future. Thousands of sexual and romantic conversations could be easily harvested for nefarious purposes. Sex robots, artificial intelligence and the problem of consent Language, then, is the kernel of sexualised artificial intelligence. Algorithms, when made well, should respond, process, adapt to and then stimulate further desire. But that’s only half the picture. The physical reality of sex robots – both as literal objects, but also the physical effects of what they do – only adds a further complication into the mix. Questions about what desire is – why we have it, what we should do with it – are at the forefront of this debate. If, for example, a paedophile can use a child-like sex robot as a surrogate object of his desires, is that, in fact, an ethical use of artificial intelligence? Here the debate isn’t just about the algorithm, but how it should be deployed. Is the algorithm performing a therapeutic purpose, or is it actually encouraging a form of sexuality that fails to understand the concept of harm and consent? This is an important question in the context of sex robots, but it’s also an important question for the broader ethics of AI. If we can build an AI that is able to do something (ie. automate billions of jobs) should we do it? Who’s responsibility is it to deal with the consequences? The campaign against sex robots These are some of the considerations that inform the perspective of the Campaign Against Sex Robots. On their website, they write: “Over the last decades, an increasing effort from both academia and industry has gone into the development of sex robots – that is, machines in the form of women or children for use as sex objects, substitutes for human partners or prostituted persons. The Campaign Against Sex Robots highlights that these kinds of robots are potentially harmful and will contribute to inequalities in society. We believe that an organized approach against the development of sex robots is necessary in response the numerous articles and campaigns that now promote their development without critically examining their potentially detrimental effect on society.” For the campaign, sex robots pose a risk in that they perpetuate already existing inequalities and forms of exploitation in society. They prevent us from facing up to these inequalities. They argue that it will “reduce human empathy that can only be developed by an experience of mutual relationship.” Consent and context Consent is the crucial problem when it comes to artificial intelligence. And you could say that it points to one of the limitations of artificial intelligence that we often miss – context. Algorithms can’t ever properly understand context. There will, undoubtedly be people who disagree with this. Algorithms can, for example, understand the context of certain words and sentences, right? Well yes, that may be true, but that’s not strictly understanding context. Artificial intelligence algorithms are set a context, one from which they cannot deviate. They can’t, for example, decide that actually encouraging a pedophile to act out their fantasies is wrong. It is programmed to do just that. But the problem isn’t simply with robot consent. There’s also an issue with how we consent to an algorithm in this scenario. As journalist Adam Rogers writes in this article for Wired, published at the start of 2018: “It’s hard to consent if you don’t know to whom or what you’re consenting. The corporation? The other people on the network? The programmer?” Rogers doesn’t go into detail on this insight, but it gets to the crux of the matter when discussing artificial intelligence and sex robots. If sex is typically built on a relationship between people, with established forms of communication that establish both consent and desire, what happens when this becomes literally codified? What happens when these additional layers of engineering and commerce get added on top of basic sexual interaction? Is the problem that we want artificial intelligence to be human? Towards the end of the same piece, Rogers finds a possible solutions from privacy researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis. Lewis wonders whether one of the main problems with sex robots is this need to think in humanoid terms. “We’re already in the realm of devices that look like alien tech. I looked at all the vibrators I own. They’re bright colors. None of them look like a penis that you’d associate with a human. They’re curves and soft shapes.” Of course, this isn’t an immediate solution – sex robots are meant to stimulate sex in its traditional (arguably heteronormative) sense. What Lewis suggests, and Rogers seems to agree with, is really just AI-assisted masturbation. But their insight is still useful. On reflection, there is a very real and urgent question about the way in which we deploy artificial intelligence. We need to think carefully about what we want it to replicate and what we want it to encourage. Sex robots are the starting point for thinking seriously about artificial intelligence It’s worth noting that when discussing algorithms we end up looping back onto ourselves. Sex robots, algorithms, artificial intelligence – they’re a problem insofar as they pose questions about what we really value as humans. They make us ask what we want to do with our time, and how we want to interact with other people. This is perhaps a way forward for anyone that builds or interacts with algorithms. Whether they help you get off, or find your next purchase. Consider what you’re algorithm is doing – what’s it encouraging, storing , processing, substituting. We can’t prepare for a future with artificial intelligence without seriously considering these things.last_img read more

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