Interim Dean Rick Cheel poses with student award winners.More than 300 students, family members and student award donors filled Pond Inlet on Nov. 18 for the third annual Faculty of Mathematics and Science Student Awards Assembly.The assembly, held each November, celebrates the academic excellence of mathematics and science students. In addition to recognizing those named to the Dean’s Honour List, the evening also saw over 50 donor-funded scholarships and awards presented.Interim Dean Rick Cheel thanked the donors.“You have impacted (students’) lives and I am glad to be able to provide this opportunity for you to meet the students who benefit from your support, and for the students to meet the people behind the award they receive,” he said.A recent Angus Reid survey of 16 to 18-year-olds enrolled in at least one high school science course shows a disconnect between Canadian’s theoretical belief in the value of a science education and the students’ actual career intentions, said Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic), in his remarks.While 90 per cent say that young people’s interest in science is essential to the country’s future prosperity, only 37 per cent of those surveyed were interested in taking a science course at the post-secondary level.We need to encourage more students to pursue science, technology and mathematics learning at the secondary and post-secondary level, Finn said. A science education opens many more doors for career opportunities than people realize.This year’s assembly also saw Andrew Panko (BSc ’75) receive the 2010 Distinguished Mathematics and Science Alumni Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and community service. read more

LONDON — The British government is insisting its assessment that there could be food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets if there is a no-deal Brexit is a worst-case scenario, not what is likely to happen.The stark picture of disruption represents the government’s “reasonable worst case scenario” for leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement The government was forced to publish the document late Wednesday after lawmakers demanded it.Opposition politicians say the “Operation Yellowhammer” document — the government’s code name for its Brexit preparations — shows Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reckless to consider leaving the EU without a deal.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Thursday that “we are spending the money on doing lots of things to mitigate those assumptions.”The Associated Press read more

Dennis McNamara, the Director of the UN’s Internal Displacement Division, told a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, that rape and sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur was an immense problem.He made his remarks on the day that the Security Council deadline arrived for the Sudanese Government to show that it is giving Darfur’s vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) better protection and it is disarming the militias accused of attacking civilians.This Thursday, Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, will brief the Security Council on his findings of whether Khartoum is making progress in its pledges. Tonight he is expected to present his report on the issue to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.In Nairobi, Mr. McNamara said there was a chronic lack of protection for Darfur’s estimated 1.2 million IDPs. He said the Sudanese Government was continuing to pressure the IDPs to leave their makeshift camps and return to the homes they fled because of earlier attacks by the notorious Janjaweed militias.Mr. McNamara said Khartoum’s harassment was still occurring despite the efforts of officials from the UN, the African Union (AU) and many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Darfur – a vast, impoverished region in Sudan’s remote west – to stop it.Women are frequently attacked and sexually assaulted as they leave IDP camps to collect firewood, and they say their attackers are Janjaweed, Mr. McNamara added.Many women are unable to receive hospital treatment for their injuries because they do not report the rapes to police out of shame and fear.In other developments on Sudan:Political negotiations, which have resumed in Abuja, Nigeria, between Khartoum and the two Darfur rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), will continue for the rest of the week. The talks will focus on humanitarian concerns, security, political issues, and social and economic affairs.The Head of Operations for the Sudan situation for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Jean-Marie Fakhouri, said the estimated 200,000 Darfur refugees living in neighbouring Chad cannot return home until security improves. He warned that more Sudanese could flee across the border.The Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), which are holding talks to end their 21-year civil war in Sudan’s south, have signed a UN-organized agreement on dealing with the region’s vast amount of land mines. read more

Assistant Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute described strides being made by the UN to expand and bolster its support to affected countries. “UN mine action supports Security Council mandates in Afghanistan, Burundi, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, the temporary security zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Southern Lebanon and in Sudan, where mine action is an integral component of the comprehensive peace agreement,” she said.She cited the UN’s work in Cyprus as an example of “how mine action can contribute to peace-building.” There, the UN peacekeeping force (UNFICYP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Mine Action Service are working together in a programme that is “removing the physical barrier between the two sides to the conflict and is opening the way for more crossing points.”In Colombia, the only nation in Latin America where mines are still being sown, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) leads the UN effort to assist the government and local partners in developing capacity and coordinating the UN response, she said. UNICEF also leads efforts in Nepal, where improvised explosive devices present the main threat. The situation there, she added, “remains under close scrutiny.”In Sudan, the UN programme has been integrated into the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMIS). “The MRE activities coordinated by the Sudan mine action programme assist local populations live in close proximity with mined areas and assist refugee and displaced populations avoid accidents as they return to their homes,” the Assistant Secretary-General said.She praised the “generous support of donor governments and the tireless dedication” of countries affected by mines and other explosive remnants of war. The UN’s role in mine action is “integral to the mission of the organization and [one] that we look forward to fulfilling in the future.” read more

“The school supplies are going to every government primary school in the country,” UNICEF Representative in Liberia Angela Kearney said. “Starting last month in Maryland County, in southeastern Liberia, UNICEF has been distributing 5,500 educational kits.”Each kit consists of enough exercise books, pens, pencils and crayons for 80 children for three months, as well as teacher’s supplies, like chalk, erasers, and flipcharts, she said.All the supplies are being delivered to the schools free of charge, thanks to assistance from the peacekeeping UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other organizations, UNICEF said.If a community is not accessible by road, the learning materials are sent by sea. Some 50,000 children received kits delivered in a 60-foot Fanti canoe from Ghana and a powerboat from a UNICEF partner, the Danish Refugee Council. Volunteers then carried the boxes from the shore to the schools, a good hour’s trek.Once the boxes arrive at each school, students line up to receive their own set of books and writing materials, UNICEF said. read more

“We join together in sorrow for a mighty loss and in celebration of a mighty life,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is a museum. Mr. Mandela, affectionately known as ‘Madiba,’ died last Thursday. The late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa was 95.“Nelson Mandela’s principled stand in defense of the fundamental equality of all human beings was decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid,” said Mr. Ban. “His remarkable compassion upon his release from prison after 27 years set South Africa immediately on a path of dialogue and reconciliation.”The Secretary-General hailed Mr. Mandela as “a giant for justice, equality and human rights,” adding that he was more than one of the world’s greatest leaders. “He was a teacher, and he taught and practiced by example.”Mr. Ban recalled meeting Mr. Mandela at his home in February 2009, and how “deeply moved” the UN chief was by the way Madiba put the well-being of others first, by his humility, modesty, humble mind, and human decency.“That is wisdom for today as we strive to help the vulnerable, end armed conflict, protect human rights and create the better world for which Nelson Mandela gave so much. “The people of South Africa and the entire world have lost a hero. His legacy is profound, immortal and will continue to guide the work of the United Nations.”The Secretary-General also visited Mr. Mandela’s residence, where he offered his condolences to the former President’s family.According to media reports, Tuesday’s memorial service in Johannesburg will precede three days during which Mr. Mandela’s body will lie in state in the Union Buildings in Pretoria before his burial on Sunday in his childhood village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. read more

first_imgAfter hearing a request from a safety-conscious customer, the Engineering Department at J. H. Fletcher & Co. has developed a machine that dramatically increases worker safety during mine slope beam installations. It eliminates much of the need for heavy lifting and awkward reaching that can result in injury. In the past, workers hefted large beam components into position manually, holding them stationary until they could be bolted together, explained Ben Hardman, Fletcher Coal Products Sales Manager. After several beams had been set, they were fastened together using connector bars and corrugated metal panels. Finally, grout or concrete would be pumped around the metal to make a sealed structure. To manage these operations, miners had to climb around the structures with tools and materials, manoeuvring them into position.“We wanted to eliminate as many hazards from these activities as possible,” Hardman said. With the new machine, beams can be pre-assembled, trammed to the installation site and lifted into position by the operator, located in the tram deck, under a canopy. Next, workers can move to a powered platform while installing connectors and panels, and pumping the sealer. Exposure to injury is decreased, while productivity is improved.The machine is built on a small face drill chassis, and utilizes a small face drill boom. The boom swings, lifts and extends. Two 3600 rotary actuators ensure accurate beam positioning. The platform lifts, tilts and extends so workers can be stable. A walk-over deck design allows easy access from platform to tram deck.last_img read more

first_imgVimy Resources reports that China’s operating nuclear generating capacity will double over the next five years under the country’s latest Five-Year Plan. The plan also calls for the preparation for construction of inland nuclear power plants and work on a reprocessing plant to start by 2020. This material from Vimy was researched and written by World Nuclear News.The plan will be officially implemented in the next few months. A summary of the plan lists several targets in the field of nuclear energy.Firstly, China will complete construction of the four AP1000 units currently under construction at Sanmen in Zhejiang province and at Haiyang in Shandong province. Sanmen unit 1 is expected to be the first AP1000 to begin operating, in September, while Haiyang 1 is expected to start up by the end of the year. Containment tests have already been successfully conducted at both units. All four Chinese AP1000s are scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2017.The plan also calls for construction of demonstration Hualong One projects at China National Nuclear Corp’s (CNNC) Fuqing plant in Fujian province and China General Nuclear’s Fangchenggang plant in Guangxi to be completed by 2020. First concrete for Fuqing 5 was poured last May, while construction on unit 6 began in December. Fuqing 5 and 6 are scheduled to be completed in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Construction of Fangchenggang 3 also began in December, while construction of unit 4 is scheduled to begin later this year. Those two units are also expected to start up in completed in 2019 and 2020, respectively.The start of construction of a demonstration CAP1400 plant in Shidaowan, Shandong province, is also set to begin under the 13th Five-Year Plan. The CAP1400 is an enlarged version of the AP1000 pressurized water reactor developed from the Westinghouse original by State Nuclear Power technology Corporation with consulting input from the Toshiba-owned company. As one of China’s 16 strategic projects under its National Science and Technology Development Plan, the CAP1400 is intended to be deployed in large numbers across the country. The reactor design may also be exported.Site preparation is already underway for two demonstration CAP1400 units at Huaneng Group’s Shidaowan site. The pouring of first concrete is expected to take place soon.The latest Five-Year Plan also calls for construction of Phase III of the Tianwan plant in Jiangsu province to be accelerated. The State Council gave its approval for Tianwan units 5 and 6 – featuring 1,080 MWe ACPR1000 reactors – in December. Tianwan units 1 to 4 are Russian-supplied VVER reactors.Construction of Tianwan 5 and 6 was originally scheduled to start in early 2011. However, following the March 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Chinese government suspended the approval of new nuclear power projects. The Tianwan Phase III units were amongst those suspended.In October 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao announced that China would “steadily return to normal construction” of new nuclear power plants, based on a “steady advance in an orderly manner”. The construction of previously approved projects began shortly afterwards.Officially covering the period 2011-15, China’s 12th Five Year Plan called for a “small number” of nuclear projects to be approved each year after full discussion. With only coastal plants being approved, significant rescheduling was made for inland projects at Taohuajiang, Xianning and Pengze, which had previously been expected to start construction before 2015.The new plan also calls for the start of construction of a new coastal power plant, the location of which is not disclosed. It also says that preparatory work for inland plants will also be carried out.Under the latest Five-Year Plan, China should have some 58 GWe of nuclear generating capacity in operation by 2020, up from the current capacity of almost 27 GWe. In addition, a further 30 GWe of nuclear capacity will be under construction by 2020.The 13th Five Year Plan also calls for the construction of a demonstration as well as a large commercial scale reprocessing plant to be accelerated.CNNC and France’s Areva signed an agreement in November 2007 to assess the feasibility of setting up an 800 t/y reprocessing plant for used fuel in China. This was followed by an industrial agreement for the project in November 2010, while in April 2013 a further agreement was signed setting out the technical specifications for the plant. Then in March 2014 another agreement was signed to continue planning the project and to complete the business case for it. A memorandum of understanding followed, in June 2015, which Areva said “formalises the end of technical discussions, defines the schedule for commercial negotiations and confirms the willingness of both groups to finalise the negotiations in the shortest possible timeframe.”Last September, CNNC said that it is selecting a site for the facility. Jinta county, north of Jiayuguan in Gansu province, had earlier been touted as a potential site for the complex. It also said construction of the reprocessing facility was expected to start in 2020 and to be completed in 2030.last_img read more

first_imgBe careful when trying to catch ’em all: it might just land you in prison, as one Japanese man has learned after sharing new Pokemon with individuals online.Back in September, 27-year-old Makoto Sekiguchi from Yokohama, Japan uploaded images of still unrevealed new monsters from the latest Pokemon title, Pokemon: Black & White for the Nintendo DS. He snapped the shots on his mobile phone and the publication of the new characters preceded the game’s Japanese street date by over two weeks.Leaks happen on the Internet, of course, but what\s happened to Sekiguchi seems drastic: he was actually arrested by Chikusei City police, who were prowling the internet while on a “cyber patrol” and immediately started drawing up an arrest warrant for the infringer. What’s so weird about this case is that Nintendo or Gamefreak don’t seem to be involved pressing charges: Pokemon is big enough in Japan that the police department not only know which Pokemon have been revealed so far, but are willing to press charges against infringers themselves.As for why he did it, Sekiguchi seems guilty of only enthusiasm: “I thought I would show everyone the characters that haven’t been made public yet,” he explained in a deposition.Police are not investigating how he came to have access to the pictures at this time.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

first_imgEpirotic Federation of Oceania (Austalia), consisting of Panepirotic Union of Melbourne and Victoria Inc and Dodoni – Epirotic Philanthropic Society, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Ioannina and Epirus from the Ottoman yoke, on February 21 1913.Under the auspices of the Federation on Sunday, 17 February, at 7:30 pm, a lecture “Epirus over time” will be held at Epirotic Federation building (19-21 Ferguson St, Abbotsford), with speaker education inspector Mr. Vassilis Gkokas. After the lecture, sweets, coffee and refreshments will be offered. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.As part of celebrations, on Saturday, 23 February, at 7:30 pm, a festive dance will be held at Stars International Receptions (1c Bell St, Preston), with the presence of consular authorities and politicians. Entertainment will be provided by a five member band from Epiros, with K.Vertis on clarinet, and N. Daskalos on vocals. The special guest of the night, invited by the Federation, will be the Olympic champion Alexandra Tsiavou from Igoumenitsa. The price, including meal and drinks, is $65. For children under 12 years – $30. For more information, call Evangelos Porfiris, on 0412 362 548, or Napoleon Anastasis, 9386 1995.On Sunday 24 February, the service will be conducted at the monastery church Axion Estin (7 Hartington St, Northcote). The service will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in the courtyard of the monastery. A reception will follow in the church hall. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos told the court trying him on charges of laundering kickbacks from procurement contracts that he would name other officials who should be investigated in connection with state defense deals in an apparent bid to spread the blame in an unprecedented corruption trial.“Everything will come out,” the 73-year-old former minister and Socialist stalwart told reporters during a break from the trial when he suggested that other government officials including his successors in the Defense Ministry should face a full parliamentary investigation. “Isn’t the fact that these deals were never completed not a scandal?” the minister said. “Is it only what they say about me that is scandalous?”Earlier, prosecution lawyers argued that the court should reject all the objections raised by the defense, including the contention that the former minister cannot be charged with money laundering as this relates to charges of bribe taking for which Tsochatzopoulos can no longer be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.Prosecution lawyers also told the court that the verdict to emerge from the trial of Tsochatzopoulos and his 18 co-defendants would set a precedent for the state to take similar action in other cases.Tsochatzopoulos’s wife Viki Stamati, who is one of the co-defendants, was not in court after being transferred to an Athens hospital with “health problems of a psychiatric nature,” according to her lawyer.The trial is set to resume on Tuesday.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Oakleigh Grammar officially opened its fully refurbished library earlier this week, with students, staff, parents, and distinguished guests in attendance.Official proceedings took place in the school’s Conference Centre in the presence of His Grace Bishop Iakovos; Angelo Sardellis, president of the school board; Father Geroge Adamakis; Christina Simantiraki, Consul-General of Greece in Melbourne; Steve Dimopoulos, Member for Oakleigh; Mark Robertson, school principal; Kelly O’Dwyer MP; David Davis MP; Sam Vassos, school board member; Nicholas Nicolaou, president of the Parents’ Association; and Jodi Wallace.A blessing was performed after a number of student performances and a guided tour for the guests, with the school principal showcasing the state-of-the art additions to the library, which include high quality WiFi systems supporting the schools Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, and automated blinds that can turn the library into a theatre in seconds. Mr Robertson referred to the library as “the heart of the school” and a “safe space for students” to study. Mr Robertson also thanked Kelly O’Dwyer and the federal government for their support and funding of the refurbishment.last_img read more

first_imgCES 2012 : Recon MOD Live, quand un masque de ski se fait tableau de bordRecon Instruments est venu au CES de Las Vegas avec un nouvel appareil faisant des masques de ski des écrans, MOD Live. Une nouvelle génération d’affichage tête haute basée sur Android et proposant toutes sortes d’informations et d’outils, comme le GPS.Recon Instruments présente sur le CES 2012, qui s’achève ce vendredi 13 janvier à Las Vegas, un petit appareil à fixer sur un masque de ski, offrant un affichage tête haute permettant de ne jamais quitter son écran des yeux. Baptisé MOD Live, il peut être installé dans les masques de ski de six marques, et sera bientôt adapté à plusieurs autres sortes de masques, et notamment ceux de moto.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Doté d’un afficheur micro optique offrant une définition WQGVA (426 x 240 pixels), d’une puce ARM Cortex-A8 à 600 MHz, il fonctionne sous Android et affiche en temps réel toutes sortes d’informations. Il devient un véritable tableau de bord indiquant la vitesse du skieur, l’altitude à laquelle il se trouve, sa position sur une carte GPS, la distance parcourue, mais aussi l’analyse des sauts ou encore la température. Il permet aussi de retrouver ses amis sur une piste de ski, si bien sûr, ils sont eux aussi équipés du MOD Live. Egalement équipé d’un lecteur MP3 intégré, le système peut être connecté à un smartphone et à une caméra embarquée. Un kit de développement (SDK), sera bientôt livré aux développeurs afin d’enrichir les déjà nombreuses fonctionnalités et applications proposées par le système. Pour l’heure, le Mod Live est déjà disponible en deux versions, aux prix de 299 et 399 euros.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe S/Y Infinity sails into Unalaska in May. The crew hopes to transit the Northwest Passage and circumnavigate the top of Greenland by the end of September. (Courtesy S/Y Infinity)The crew of the S/Y Infinity pride themselves on exploring untouched places around the world while raising a little environmental awareness along the way.Listen nowBut when the sailboat passed through Unalaska this summer on its way to the Northwest Passage, one crew member had a questionable interaction with a bald eagle.The Instagram video posted on May 28 shows a gloved hand reaching out towards a bald eagle perched on a dumpster.“Don’t get upset,” Nico Edwards tells the eagle. “I’m going to touch you a bit. This is the hand, and it’s going to touch you gently.”Edwards continues approaching the eagle, which moves away and shrieks.“I want to touch you, you don’t want me to touch you, and there are some problems associated with this thing,” Edwards says. “Well, don’t be offended by the touching that’s going to happen. Shhh. You need to be quiet.”The video was shot not long after the Infinity arrived in Unalaska before attempting to transit the Northwest Passage to Alert, Canada — the northernmost permanently inhabited spot in the world — and circumnavigate the top of Greenland.When KUCB toured the 120-foot sailboat, Edwards joked about getting injured for publicity, in an exchange with crew engineer Victor Legros.“I think — but it’s not a universally shared thing — that it would be good if somebody were to die or get heavily maimed,” Edwards said. “It would help us get PR.”“He’s trying to get me to pet eagles,” Legros said of Edwards. “So that they hopefully mangle my face or my fingers on camera.”“You can display your mangled nubs,” Edwards said.That humor doesn’t play well with those who regulate eagle-human interactions.“We would encourage anyone to avoid trying to touch or capture eagles,” said Jordan Muir of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. He monitors raptors in the state of Alaska.Muir didn’t respond to questions on this specific eagle incident. But he said pestering the birds is illegal and dangerous.“Eagles have extremely powerful talons and feet,” Muir said. “They are capable of killing large animals. We wouldn’t want to see anyone injured by them. And eagles themselves — they’re really fragile animals, believe it or not, with hollow bones. That makes them susceptible to injury by people with even the best intentions.”Eagles are protected by two federal laws, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Without a permit, disturbing an eagle can earn you a $100,000 fine, one year in prison, or both.Oftentimes, penalties come down to whether the interaction was intentional.“If it’s an unintentional act, we really try to work with the public to inform them and educate them,” Muir said. “If there’s a need to gather eagles or collect them, we’ll work with them through the permit system to best address their issues and help the situation.”It’s unlikely Edwards had a permit when he approached the eagle.The crew of the Infinity has a history of flouting regulations.When they went to Antarctica in 2014, they didn’t have permits or insurance. Edwards said they were caught after posting pictures on Facebook. That expedition is chronicled in the documentary “Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World.”Ultimately, the crew was fined $270.“If we had gotten a guide, it would have been thousands and thousands of dollars,” Edwards said. “And we were careful. We washed our boots. We didn’t want to put the penguins at risk. We took all our trash with us. We sailed on the power of the wind and sun. We’re way better than all those cruise ships. But we got a lot of flack for that — $270 worth of flack.”Edwards said it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. At this point, it’s unclear if he’ll be penalized for disturbing eagles in Unalaska. His last social media posts show the Infinity in Teller on July 12. The crew hopes to conclude their expedition by the end of September.last_img read more

first_imgThe Duke Ellington Show Choir will present a “Holiday Jukebox” at the THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. This production is powered by the I CAN Technical Theater Internship at THEARC. Tickets cost $25. For more information, visit or call 202-889-5901.last_img

first_imgOn the theory that consumers use money to express themselves as individuals, researchers at University College London and Columbia University analyzed spending by more than 2,000 consumers in the U.K. who agreed to provide their financial data for analysis. Overall, the researchers analyzed more than 2 million spending records, including purchases made at Amazon and British supermarkets like Tesco. The paper was recently published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Read the whole story: CBS Decisions on how you spend your money can signal key traits about your personality, according to a new study. People who tend to be neurotic typically spend less on mortgage payments than others, for instance.last_img read more

first_imgLalit Kala Akademi is presenting  Inner Voices, a solo show of artist Vijendra Sharma from December 13 which will go on till December 19, in its gallery number three and four. The exhibition is to curated by Uma Nair.  Vijender the artist is quiet for contemporary taste. The paintings look at his Desire series that deal with the pressures and struggles of life as well as images that speak of ambition, of self realization, of the new woman and a few other large canvasses.”The New Woman” is a surreal work of a young girl sitting on a chair completely covered with a newspaper wrapping from head to toe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Influenced as a young artist by realism ,he made one of the most astonishing leaps in Indian contemporary art – transforming himself into a painter of hyper realist abstractions and studies of human portraits and choreographed compositions. He was particularly attracted to subjects and thinkers who looked beneath the surface of the modern world — to create corollaries where even a stone wall seems to have a secret life“Vijender Sharma  has always painted dream worlds, a world that is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence. Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the mythic and religious Indian epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with modern myth and full of complexity”, says curator Uma Nair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe wants to convey a profound view of existence, one suggesting that, to borrow Thoreau’s words, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This show, includes many of his archetypal figures from reality myth and his own idea of fantasy: a young girl wrapped up in newspaper, a hairy man breaking out of a sheath that looks tight ,a wrinkled pair of hands held in clenched closeness while the flowers around speak of the power of the human spirit. “My subjects are born out of everyday realities. Not only do they offer me a rich visual source, the human experience also reveals the ritualistic, experiential and decorative nature of contemporary art trends – a point which sets the modern millennium story apart from the traditional legends. During and after my travels all over the world and in India ,images of human habit provide the inspiration and visual sources enabled the me to crystalise my exploration of an aesthetic style in terms of the hyper realist idioms,” says Vijender Sharma.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The term of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has been extended for another six months.A notification from the Home and Hill Affairs department, government of Bengal on September 15 stated that an Authority (read Board of Administrators) was appointed under the provision of Section 65(b) of the GTA Act 2011, to exercise, discharge and perform all the powers, duties and functions of the GTA. “The said Authority has been functioning as the Caretaking Authority of the GTA in terms of that notification. And holding of general election to re-constitute the GTA Sabha does not appear to be possible in the present situation” stated the notification. “The Governor, in terms of the relevant provision of Section 17(1) of the GTA Act 2011, is pleased to allow extension to the aforesaid Caretaking Authority of the GTA to function for a further period of six months with effect from 20-09-2018,” read the notification. Incidentally, on September 20, 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the formation of an administrative board to run the GTA with Binay Tamang as Chairman and Anit Thapa as the Vice-Chairman.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 20, 2010 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. According to a recent study by comScore, the number of people in the U.S. using multipurpose smartphones such as iPhones, Blackberries, and Droids more than doubled last year. Of those who used mobile devices to access news and information on the Internet, 22.5 million–or 35 percent of the total–did so on a daily basis.And this year, that number is expected to skyrocket even further as more companies–T-mobile, AT&T, Spring, Garmin, and even Google–gear up to release their own Android-supported mobile devices. In fact, experts predict that mobile Web usage will overtake PC usage in five years.The online tools people are using to find and share information with their mobile devices are changing, too. The comScore study shows that the number of people who used smartphones to access a social networking site or blog increased by 427 percent last year, more than any other category.So what does this mean for you?If you want to put your business in front of this exploding online population, then you need to know how they use their mobile devices to access and share information online. You need to know the community sites where they hang out, and understand how they communicate with one another if you want to engage them and build lasting relationships.Smartphone users are looking for genuine, trustworthy information–recommendations, reviews, rated answers to questions–and they’re already geniuses when it comes to filtering out and ignoring inauthentic voices.Here are five important things you need to do to ensure your business is primed to take advantage of the mobile media storm:1. Make sure your website is mobile-friendlyMobile users are impatient people. They want information and they want it now. You have to make sure your website delivers that information in a way that’s useful for them. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to create a quick mobile version of your website. If you use WordPress, there are plugins like this one that can help you create a mobile-friendly edition. Or you can use a paid converter such as MoFuse and MOBIFY to do the job.2. Make sure your website is optimized for mobile searchDid you know that both Google and Bing have separate indexes for mobile content? And right now, they return far fewer–and far more localized–results than regular search. So the sooner you get your site optimized to rank well in the search results, the sooner you can put your site in front of the hundreds of millions of mobile device users.3. Start a Facebook Fan page Because so many mobile device users are active on Facebook, the world’s top social networking site, it only makes sense to have a presence there. Encourage your customers and visitors to sign up as Facebook fans so you can use the networking site to keep in touch with them and share information about your business.4. Become involved in TwitterThe same logic applies here–Twitter is one of the fastest-growing properties on the Web because it’s so easy for people with smartphones to use for accessing and sharing information. If you start building relationships with your visitors and customers via Twitter now, you will be light years ahead of the competition when the smartphone explosion really hits its stride.5. Make sure you’re listed on Google Maps A huge and growing number of mobile users go to Google Maps first when searching for a local business. You can make sure your site conforms to Google’s quality guidelines here .6. Encourage customers to review your business on Yelp or FourSquare Yelp is a business review site that has active users in cities all over the world. More than 26 million people a month use Yelp to find information about more than twenty different categories of businesses. FourSquare is somewhat similar in nature. Its members use FourSquare to keep one another informed of their whereabouts. You can also write reviews and recommend places to fellow FourSquare members.You may think you’re not at the right place to start thinking about mobile marketing yet. But no matter where you are in your business building efforts, the time to start laying the foundation for an effective mobile marketing strategy is now. The mobile revolution is happening right now, and if online marketing has taught us anything, it’s that the way to be successful is to put your business where the customers are. And that means reaching them on their smartphones. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_imgRefinanceable Population Takes Another Big Hit December 12, 2016 746 Views Early in December, Black Knight Financial Services reported that the rise in mortgage rates had reduced the refinanceable population by more than half, from 8.3 million down to 4 million.Now with Freddie Mac reporting for the week ending December 8 that the average 30-year FRM had increased another 5 basis points up to 4.13 percent, the highest point in 2016, Black Knight reported on Monday that the refinanceable population (number of borrowers who are likely to benefit from, and qualify for, a mortgage refinance) had been reduced by another 700,000 borrowers down to approximately 3.3 million.According to Black Knight, only twice in recent history has the refinanceable population been this low—in the back-to-back months of December 2013 and January 2014. In Q1 2014, refi volume fell to its lowest point in a decade and was 60 percent lower than the refi volume in Q3 2016, the most recent quarter for data available, according to Black Knight.“In a nutshell, rate/term refis will likely fade away if rates continue to rise,” Black Knight EVP Ben Graboske told MReport. “The last time we saw the refinanceable population this low, refi origination volume fell to about 55 percent below what it was in Q3 2016, so we may be looking at a sharp drop off in the months ahead.”Graboske continued, “We’ll also likely see cash-out refis make up the majority of refinance originations for the first time since 2008. Cash-outs were already making up over 40 percent of the refi market prior to the rate increases, and that share is likely to jump as rate/term refis fall out of the market. In fact, there’s noticeable burnout in the refinanceable population, which suggests we may actually see volumes drop more than 55 percent this time around, since many borrowers with the interest and incentive to refinance have already done so.”Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti noted in early December at the time that the rates jumped above 4 percent that “With mortgage rates at the highest we’ve seen this year, borrowers are now backpedaling on refinance opportunities.”Graboske said in the company’s October 2016 Mortgage Monitor that the decline in refi volume could potentially affect mortgage performance.“Since higher interest rates tend to reduce the refinance share of the market—specifically in higher credit segments—which typically outperform their purchase mortgage counterparts, they may potentially impact overall mortgage performance as well,” Graboske said.Zillow Group VP of Mortgages Erin Lantz said, “Consumers considering buying or refinancing now should stay patient, as we’ll likely see rates stabilize once markets find a new equilibrium.” in Daily Dose, News, Originationcenter_img Share mortgage originations Mortgage Refinances 2016-12-12 Seth Welbornlast_img read more