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October 17, 2019
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Jury selected man pleads not guilty in death of Montrealborn yoga instructor

first_imgHALIFAX – The jury at the trial of a Halifax man accused of killing a popular yoga instructor was selected Tuesday, as Nicholas Butcher pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.Butcher, a 35-year-old graduate of Dalhousie University’s law school, is accused of killing 32-year-old Montreal native Kristin Johnston on March 26, 2016.His trial started Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, where dozens of people were called for jury selection.By day’s end, a 16-member jury panel had been chosen — seven men and nine women.Justice Joshua Arnold gave the jury brief instructions before dismissing them for the day.“As the trial proceeds, you may discuss the case among yourselves when all of you are together in your jury room. You must not, however, come to any conclusions about the case during those discussions,” said Arnold, who also told jury members not to discuss the case with friends or family.“Keep an open mind. The time to decide the case is after, not before, you have heard all of the evidence and listened to the lawyers on both sides and my instructions about the law that applies to the evidence.”Arnold told the jury they would hear more lengthy instructions Wednesday morning, followed by the Crown’s opening statement.Butcher, wearing a navy suit with his brown hair buzzed, sat quietly and expressionless next to his lawyers Peter Planetta and Jonathan Hughes during the jury selection process.Before the jury was selected, Butcher was asked to enter his plea.“Not guilty,” he said, standing at his lawyer’s bench.Outside of court, prosecutor Carla Ball said the Crown will call around 40 witnesses, and will present evidence in chronological order.Planetta said his client “recognizes the gravity of the situation and the importance of the trial.”Twenty days have been set aside for the trial.Johnston opened a Bikram yoga studio in downtown Halifax, gaining a reputation as a kind and determined businesswoman with what friends described as a “magnetic” personality.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

October 7, 2019
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Ethics watchdog says Bill Morneau didnt break law with pension bill

OTTAWA — The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year.Morneau found himself in hot water when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations were worrisome enough that this predecessor decided to open a full investigation.In a decision released today, Dion says since the bill affects all federally regulated private-sector employers, certain Crown corporations and all pension plan administrators, it is “of general application” in the words of the conflict of interest law.Those words mean that Morneau’s stake in the company and those of his relatives, don’t fall under the scope of the law, Dion says.Dion says Morneau didn’t place himself in a conflict of interest or contravene the law.The Ethics Commissioner’s office has published its report. I want to thank the Commissioner and his office for their work and diligence in bringing this matter to a close. I’ll have more to say on Facebook later today. Read the report below: https://t.co/JNBgEZzmI3— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) June 18, 2018On Twitter, Morneau thanked Dion and the commissioner’s office for “their work and diligence in bringing this matter to a close,” adding he would have more to say on Facebook later in the day. read more

October 6, 2019
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Afghanistan 18 candidates found eligible for presidential elections UN

Of the 23 candidates who filed their nomination papers prior to the 26 July deadline, three were rejected for failure to comply with the nomination procedures and two others later withdrew.With voter registration set to end in a few days, more than 9 million of the estimated 9.5 to 9.8-million-strong electorate have already signed on, over 41 per cent of them women, whose rights were severely restricted by the ousted Taliban regime.Registrations are likely to resume after the presidential election in a bid to boost voter numbers for national and local parliamentary polls scheduled for April 2005.

October 3, 2019
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Quebec dairy processors Saputo and Agropur lay off 346 workers in Atlantic

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 1:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec dairy processors Saputo and Agropur lay off 346 workers in Atlantic Canada MONTREAL – Canada’s two largest dairy processors are laying off 346 employees in Atlantic Canada.Agropur Dairy Co-operative is cutting 62 full-time and 97 part-time workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, effective April 1.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) is laying off 66 full-time and 121 part-time employees in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.Both companies say the workers stocked store shelves with their merchandise, and the change will bring their approach in line with how dairy processors handle orders and deliver their products to grocery stores elsewhere in Canada.Generally, retailers have their own staff stock store shelves.Neither Quebec-based company would say how much money would be saved by the change. read more

October 2, 2019
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Syria UN mediator intends to resume Geneva talks next week

Chairing the regular bi-weekly press briefing earlier today in Geneva, Ahmed Fawzi, interim Director of the UN Information Service in the Swiss city, said UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura is trying to convince those with influence over the warring parties to persuade them to come to the table and “stop the madness.”Mr. Fawzi said the world is witnessing “a degradation” on the ground that cannot wait, but that all parties had to come to the table and certain commitments had to be fulfilled in order to be able to move forward.He also confirmed that the humanitarian task force was expected to meet again this Thursday, 18 February, and that Senior Advisor Jan Egeland was on his way to Geneva. Stressing that humanitarian work was never paused, Mr. Fawzi said that humanitarians were working around the clock on the ground. As such, securing humanitarian access and the cessation of hostilities are high on Mr. de Mistura’s agenda during his trip to Damascus, Mr. Fawzi said.In the Syrian capital, Mr. de Mistura met with the Foreign Minister today, as well as with his team and with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Yacoub El Hillo. The head of the Special Envoy’s Office in Damascus, Khawla Mattar, also attended the meeting.Mr. Fawzi confirmed that Mr. de Mistura and the Foreign Minister had spoken about unhindered humanitarian access to all besieged areas, not just those besieged by the Government. They plan to have another meeting on the topic. Later in the day, a UN spokesperson in New York reported that Mr. de Mistura had announced that access to besieged areas had been obtained for convoys, which are coordinated by the UN country team. He said it is the duty of the Government of Syria to want to reach every Syrian person wherever they are and allow the UN to bring humanitarian aid. The Special Envoy said this would be tested tomorrow.The International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia, laid the groundwork for the intra-Syria talks at a meeting in November 2015. read more

October 2, 2019
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World Water Day UN calls for better water and better jobs

‹ ›Meeting the challenge of creating and preserving decent jobs in the face of climate change and water scarcity will require far greater investments in science, technology and innovation, said Irina Bokova, the head the UN agency that leads water sciences and education—the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).In her message for the Day, Ms. Bokova called for Governments, civil society and the private sector to work together to promote “high-quality jobs, while preserving the environment and ensuring sustainable water management will help to eradicate poverty, promote growth and craft a future of decent work for all.”To mark the Day, UNICEF kicked off its #ClimateChain Instagram campaign, highlighting the link between water, climate change and the environment. The campaign will run until 22 April, when the Paris Agreement will open for signature. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that despite its paramount importance, water as a sector does not generally receive the attention it deserves.“Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy,” the Secretary-General said on the Day, an opportunity for everyone to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.Mr. Ban pointed out in his message that people with the least access to water and sanitation often also lack access to health care and stable jobs, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.“The basic provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services at home, at school and in the workplace enables a robust economy by contributing to a healthy and productive population and workforce,” he said, expressing concern in gaps in accessing water and sanitation between men and women, cities and countryside, and the rich and the poor.He called for bold action to address water inequality, as parts of effort to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development whose Goal 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.The importance of water in the job sector is marked with an official World Water Day event at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, convened on behalf of the UN inter-agency mechanism on all freshwater-related issues, UN-Water.In his video message, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, calls for “better water and better jobs.” He highlighted the situation of some 1.5 billion people who work in water-related sectors, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, nor protected by basic labour rights.Guy Ryder highlights the situation of the 1.5 billion people who work in water, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, or protected by basic labour rights. Credit: ILOAs an example, he spoke about a woman from The Gambia who would spend much of her day fetching water, when she could have been working in the formal sector, had that water delivery been provided.“Water is work,” Mr. Ryder said. “It requires workers for its safe and clean delivery, and at the same time, it can create and improve conditions of work.”As part of the celebration, the UN today is launching the UN World Water Development Report, focused on the advancement of the prospect of decent work for all. Among its findings, the report estimated that some 2 billion people require access to improved sanitation, particularly women and girls. read more

September 25, 2019
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Mayfair art dealer pays out millions to Sothebys as fake painting row

A Mayfair art dealer has paid out millions of pounds to Sotheby’s after the sale of a 17th century painting which turned out to be fake, High Court documents reveal. Mark Weiss, a leading fine art dealer, settled out of court with the auction house two weeks ago over a fraudulent painting by the Dutch Golden Age artist Frans Hals, which was sold to US billionaire Richard Heedon for $10.7 million (£8.2m) in 2011. The painting, entitled Portrait of a Gentleman, is said to have been sold by Mr Weiss and Fairlight Art Ventures, a company owned by hedge fund manager and art collector David Kowitz.However in July 2016 Sotheby’s – who acted as an “exclusive agent” in the sale of the fake painting – determined that it was a counterfeit and was forced to fully reimburse Mr Heedon. The London auction house is now seeking to recoup the costs, successfully securing £3.2 million from Mr Weiss in an out of court settlement last month. Details of the settlement were provided to Mr Justice Robin Knowles at a hearing in London on Monday.David Foxton QC, for Sotheby’s, said in written submissions that an expert in the scientific analysis of works of art reached the “unequivocal finding that the painting was a modern fake”. The barrister said scientific conservator James Martin found that a particle of paint from the work “contained a modern plastic, a formaldehyde resin, first produced more than 250 years after the death of Hals”. Mark Weiss, the Mayfair art dealerCredit:artfinding.com According to the High Court documents, Sotheby’s made just under half a million pounds in commission from the sale, which has now been fully refunded to the buyer, whilst Fairlight and Mr Weiss collectively pocketed just over £5 million ($6.8m). Suspicions about the legitimacy of the Hals work began to arise in March 2016 after French police seized a fake painting also said to have been sourced by Mr Ruffini from an exhibition in France. Several months later, Sotheby’s concluded that the Hals painting was fake after seeking the professional opinion of conservator Mr Martin.In a statement, a Sotheby’s spokeswoman said: “We are pleased to have resolved this litigation with Mark Weiss and we remain confident in our position against Fairlight Art Ventures.”Clients transact with Sotheby’s because they know we will keep our promises if problems arise. We did so in the case of the painting Portrait of a Gentleman, which Sotheby’s concluded was a fake and not by Frans Hals.” Mark Weiss, the Mayfair art dealer In a High Court battle that will commences on Tuesday, Sotheby’s will look to recover the remaining balance of roughly £4.4 million from Fairlight Art Ventures after reimbursing Mr Heedon.The fraudulent painting was first acquired by Mr Weiss and Fairlight Art Ventures in June 2010 for €3 million. They bought the painting from Giuliano Ruffini, an art dealer who, according to legal documents, “was known to Sotheby’s as the source of forged works”. However, Sotheby’s alleged that the sellers did not reveal the painting had been acquired from Mr Ruffini. At the time, the painting had been declared a “Trésor National” by the Louvre museum, who were attempting to raise the funds to purchase it. However, this fell through when it was acquired by Mr Weiss and Fairlight Art Ventures. The following year in June 2011, with the help of the London auction house, the fake Hals was sold to Mr Heedon, a property developer based in Seattle and a leading collector in fine art.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

September 21, 2019
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Gardaí in Mayo seeking publics help to trace man missing since 6

first_img Image: An Garda Síochana No Comments Gardaí in Mayo seeking public’s help to trace man missing since 6 February Ronnie Maloney is described as 6’2″ in height, has short hair and speaks with an English accent. Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 4:31 PM http://jrnl.ie/3277318 By Sean Murray Image: An Garda Síochana Share49 Tweet Email 8,637 Views Short URL RONNIE MALONEY WAS last seen on 6 February 2017.Today, gardaí in Castlebar have issued a public appeal to help trace the missing 40-year-old.Ronnie is described as being 6’2″ in height, has green eyes, short brown hair, is clean-shaven and speaks with an English accent.Anyone who has seen him, or knows of his whereabouts, is urged to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 903 8200, the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Read: Hospitals still owned by the Catholic Church should be handed over the State, says Micheál MartinRead: Judge hits out at people who let ‘dangerous dogs’ roam around off-lead and un-muzzled Mar 8th 2017, 4:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

September 21, 2019
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Cyprus defies Turkey on gas plan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias repeated this week that his country’s plans for gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean were its sovereign right and would not be derailed by Turkish threats. Responding to a series of statements from officials in Ankara, warning of a Turkish naval response if Nicosia proceeds with its exploration plans, Christofias said, “In the event of Turkey committing an unlawful act — something which we hope will not happen, we expect a strong and effective response from the international community.” Christofias also lashed out at Turkey for its increasingly aggressive stance vis-a-vis Israel, with which Cyprus is cooperating ahead of the exploration as Cyprus’s undersea hydrocarbon reserves border on Israel’s huge offshore gas field, known as Leviathan. “In addition to questioning the sovereign rights of the Cyprus Republic, Turkey is also threatening our country and its associates,” Christofias said. “It is causing tension in the region, sending the message that it acts like a troublemaker and violates international norms.” According to sources, the tension provoked by Ankara in the Eastern Mediterranean was one of the topics discussed last Tuseday by Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou, Defense Minister Panos Beglitis and Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis. Nicosia has given the drilling rights to US firm Noble Energy, which is expected to start exploration in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone southeast of the island in the next two or three weeks. Turkish officials have indicated that the launch of the project might prompt Ankara to send navy warships into the area. Ankara’s posturing last week provoked stern admonitions from Brussels and Athens. Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, called on Turkey “to refrain from any kind of sources of friction or action which could negatively affect good-neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of border disputes.” Also last week, Greek Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos upped the ante on Ankara, indicating that Athens would regard “any attack against Cyprus as an attack against Greece.” Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

September 15, 2019
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Pickup truck stolen from Miami warehouse parking lot

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help locating a man who stole a pickup truck from a warehouse in Miami.Surveillance cameras captured the subject wearing a dark colored hoodie and jeans, as he approached a 2015 Ford truck in the parking lot of Miami Auto Export along the 2500 block of Northwest 23rd Street, Nov. 10.The footage shows the thief getting into the vehicle through the passenger side. He then climbed into the driver’s seat and took off through a locked gate.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 9, 2019
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Anchorage Police Investigate Homicide In Spenard

first_imgAnchorage police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Spenard neighborhood.Police responded to a trailer residence located on the 2400 block of McRae Road after 2 a.m. Monday morning. They identified a male victim who was transported to a local hospital with a life-threatening injury.The male was pronounced deceased at the hospital just after 4 a.m. A suspect has been taken into custody.Police are not releasing the nature of the assault at this time.last_img

September 5, 2019
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Maharashtra dam burst Floodlike situation in 7 villages 23 feared dead 11

first_imgThe Tiware Dam in Maharashtra started to overflow following massive rainfall.Twitter/ANIIncessant rainfall for the third consecutive day in Mumbai led to a breach in the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday, July 2. Bodies of around 11 people have been recovered so far but the death toll might reach 23.The breach has caused a flood-like situation in seven villages and around 12 houses near the dam have been washed away. According to the state police, the Tiware Dam started to overflow following massive rainfall.Two bodies were recovered from the water by the police and a search is on for the remaining still untraced.Teams of the fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the spot to carry out search and rescue operations. Volunteers from nearby areas and additional rescue teams consisting of government officials and police are also working at the mishap site.Watch the video here:#WATCH: Tiware dam in Ratnagiri was breached earlier today. 6 bodies have been recovered till now. Rescue operations continue. 12 houses near the dam also washed away. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/mkgLaruaau— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2019Here are the visuals: The dam, which is approximately 275 kilometres from Mumbai, was built in 2000 and people living in the area said that they had informed the district authorities of its leakage two years back but no repairs were carried out. TwitterThe incessant rains have once again brought Mumbai on its knees as the city received a record-breaking volume of rainfall in the past 24 hours. At least 40 people were killed in rain-related incidents across the state in the past 72 hours. Due to the torrential downpour, Mumbai alone received an “unprecedented” 300 to 400 millimetres of rain in a 12-hour period on Tuesday.last_img read more

September 1, 2019
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Baltimore Mayor Seeks Help from Justice Department

first_imgAttorney General Loretta Lynch accompanied by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a work meeting at Baltimore City Hall, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Baltimore. The new attorney general met privately at the University of Baltimore with Freddie Gray’s family, days after the state’s attorney charged six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, Pool)Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced May 6 she was calling for the U.S Department of Justice to launch a broad civil rights investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department’s policing habits.“We have to get it right; failure is not an option,” said Rawlings-Blake in an Associated Press recording of the press conference posted on YouTube. “In order to achieve the kind of significant and sustainable reform that we want to see, and I want to see, that the citizens want to see in Baltimore, I am requesting the Department of Justice conduct a federal or pattern or practice investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department.”Her announcement came a day after she met with newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The two discussed the possibilities of bringing additional help to the city to address the lack of trust between police and the community, according to USA Today.Rawlings-Blake said she was in support of the DOJ conducting an investigation, citing that the department has “employed these investigations in communities across our nation to reform a series of patterns and practices of excessive force, biased policing and other unconstitutional practices by law enforcement.”She added that “such an investigation is essential if we are going to build on the foundation of reforms that we have instituted over the last few years.”The investigation is similar to the one in Ferguson, Mo., and would review the major components of policing in the city to see if any bias exists in the department’s traffic stops, arrests, and other operations, according to USA Today.This comes a week after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby found that there was “probable cause” to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray on April 12. Gray suffered from a severe spinal cord injury while in custody and died in the hospital on April 19.  His death was ruled as a homicide. The Baltimore Police Department conducted their own investigation and found that the officers should have given Gray medical attention sooner.The AP reports that nearly 20 police departments have been investigated by the Justice Department in this way since 2009.  Many are in support of Rawlings-Blake’s request for the investigation, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.“We must know whether there is a pattern or practice by the department that systemically violates people’s rights,” Cummings said in a statement. “Mr. Gray’s death is only the most recent case underscoring the need to examine our police department from top to bottom.”jhunter@afro.comTwitter: @ hunter_jonathanlast_img read more

August 31, 2019
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Suction cup mat based on octopuss suckers developed to build flexible pressure

first_img Citation: Suction cup mat based on octopus’s suckers developed to build flexible pressure sensors (2016, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-suction-cup-mat-based-octopus.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ultra-thin solar cells can bend around a pencil Journal information: Advanced Materials Explore further Schematic representation of microcavity arrays within a octopus-inspired smart adhesive pad. Credit: UNIST Schematic of the fabrication of a smart adhesive pad. Credit: Advanced Materials (2016). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201601407 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at South Korea’s National Institute of Science and Technology has found a way to make building flexible pressure sensors easier—by mimicking the suction cups on octopus’s tentacles. In their paper published in the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers describe how they studied the octopus’s parts and then used what they learned to develop a new type of suction based adhesive material. Building flexible sensors, the researchers note, is difficult and cumbersome—it requires moving nano- and/or microribbons of inorganic semiconductor materials onto rubber sheets. Making the process easier, the researchers thought, could be done by building a simple suction device that could hold onto the material and then let go without grabbing it. To build such a device, they turned to the octopus—it gets around, they noted by moving its tentacles to a new location and then holding on using suction cups. The suction cups work due to muscles around their edges that can be made thinner or thicker on demand, increasing or decreasing air pressure inside the cup, allowing for sucking and releasing as desired.To mimic the octopus suction cups, the researchers created a small rubber mat made out of polydimethylsiloxane (a type of silicon that has a rubbery texture) with small pits on one side. At room temperature, the walls of each pit sit in an ‘open’ state, but when the mat is heated to approximately 32°C, the walls contract, creating suction, allowing the entire mate to adhere to a material. To use the mat as a device to move materials, all the team needed to do was heat it, apply to the material, move to the new location, then allow the mat to cool, whereupon the material would be dropped into place.The team reports that the mat worked as envisioned—they made some indium gallium arsenide transistors that sat on a flexible substrate and also used it to move some nanomaterials to a different type of flexible material. They believe there might be a wide variety of applications that could benefit from such mats, such as Band-Aids or sensors that stick to the skin at normal body temperatures but fall off when rinsed under cold water. © 2016 Phys.org More information: Hochan Lee et al. Octopus-Inspired Smart Adhesive Pads for Transfer Printing of Semiconducting Nanomembranes, Advanced Materials (2016). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201601407AbstractBy mimicking muscle actuation to control cavity-pressure-induced adhesion of octopus suckers, smart adhesive pads are developed in which the thermoresponsive actuation of a hydrogel layer on elastomeric microcavity pads enables excellent switchable adhesion in response to a thermal stimulus (maximum adhesive strength: 94 kPa, adhesion switching ratio: ≈293 for temperature change between 22 and 61 °C).Press releaselast_img read more

August 16, 2019
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Philippines gears up for its annual Masskara Festival

first_imgThe MassKara Festival is one of the most celebrated annual events of the Philippines that reflect the love for entertainment and gaiety. It is set to take place on October 19 in order to celebrate the founding anniversary of Bacolod City.The name of the MassKara Festival is derived from the words ‘mass’ that means crowd and ‘kara’ that is a local word that translated to ‘face’. During the festival, the locals of the city are seeing donning colourful smiling masks demonstrating a multitude of smiling faces and backing Bacolod’s title of the ‘City of Smiles’.The highlights of the much-celebrated festival include carnivals, float parades, fairs and a mardi-gras style by costumed and masked street dancers. The festival’s history lies back in 1980 when the villagers in Bacolod were under the clutches of an economic crisis. In order to stand up against the sorrow, the villagers started celebrating the festival of smiles, MassKara, in hope of staying strong even during the hardest moments in life.A large crowd of travellers book their tickets to the Philippines during the destination’s festival dates just to participate in street dancing and carnivals with the locals.last_img read more

August 10, 2019
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The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards all time

first_img The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):7:18 p.m.The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.She was honoured as the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award on Sunday in Las Vegas, where she performed a trio of her songs, including “Nasty,” ”If” And “Throb.”Surrounded by dozens of dancers and wearing gold thigh-high boots, she showed off her well-known dance skills to get the audience up on their feet.Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance to introduce the singer, who earned the Icon Award on Sunday.Jackson used her speech to pay tribute to powerful women.__6:55 p.m.Shawn Mendes and Khalid sang a song called “Youth” at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas backed by a choir of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was also the site of a shooting earlier this year.Khalid, who won best new artist earlier during Sunday’s broadcast, wore a shirt calling for the protection of children instead of guns, while the choir of students from Parkland, Florida, wore black hoodies with the word “Youth.”The performance earned them a standing ovation from the audience.___5:15 p.m.Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.The awards show host, who is from Texas, said as she held back tears that moments of silence are not working, but “why don’t we change what’s happening”Ariana Grande then started the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single “No Tears Left To Cry,” in all black with a platinum blonde ponytail.___3:38 a.m.After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking “janet.” album, Janet Jackson will be capping off an epic week with her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.Jackson will also receive the Icon Award on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where today’s hitmakers will also hit the stage, from Ariana Grande to John Legend.The show will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern. Others set to take the stage include BTS, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kesha and Salt-N-Pepa.Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour awards show. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations with 15 each.__This story has been corrected to fix the time on the third item to 6:55 p.m. instead of 7:55 p.m. by The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2018 6:07 pm PDT Last Updated May 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Janet Jackson honoured at Billboard Awardscenter_img Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the award for top female artist and the award for top selling album for “reputation” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) last_img read more

August 10, 2019
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Gosling on leaping into the life of astronaut moo

first_imgGosling on leaping into the life of astronaut, moon-walker Neil Armstrong TORONTO – Ryan Gosling says he struggled to connect to the remarkable life of astronaut Neil Armstrong as he prepared for the historical drama “First Man.”But he finally found a way in through an unlikely source — the eerie, other-worldly sound of the theremin, a musical instrument beloved by Armstrong.The London, Ont.-born movie star elicited chuckles from a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday when he recounted discovering a favourite song of Armstrong’s that featured the unusual-sounding instrument.“The theremin was actually a really big find, personally, because I was looking for points of connection with Neil,” said Gosling.“And it was hard to relate to his genius, his courage, his humility — those were so extraordinary. I was looking for things that we had in common and we had the theremin.”Gosling is drawing raves for his portrayal of the taciturn astronaut in “First Man,” which reunites him with his “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle.The two were among a star-packed press conference that also included co-stars Corey Stall, Kyle Chandler, Olivia Hamilton and Claire Foy.Also on hand were Armstrong’s sons Rick and Mark Armstrong, who said they were impressed by the authentic portrayal of their father and family. Their mother Janet, portrayed in the film by Foy, died just a few months ago.“I’ve seen the movie four or five times now and I saw it again last night and I’m still crying,” said Mark Armstrong, who actually appears briefly in the film, along with his brother.“My wife has a tissue and she very quietly hands it to me and I try to make sure nobody’s noticing but that’s the impact of these performances at a personal level. I think that really speaks to how authentic the movie is.”Chazelle says he originally pitched the film as a “mission movie” about the eight-year span from the moment President John F. Kennedy vowed to reach the moon, to the moment Armstrong set foot in July 1969.But he soon recognized that grief was a personal catalyst for Armstrong, noting that his young daughter died in the early 1960s.“Ryan really connected to that aspect of the story even more so and I think it pushed me and (screenwriter) Josh (Singer) to dig into that deeper,” said Chazelle.“As the moon landing is such a hard-to-fathom event you wind up turning to mythology to process it. (There’s) just something about that idea of someone who loses someone he loves and travels where humans, mortals, aren’t supposed to travel, basically travels beyond the beyond.“And whether it’s to Hades or to the underworld or to the moon, this idea of going across the other side in order to maybe find some solace just seemed like a beautiful metaphor for us to bake into our approach.”Key for Chazelle was capturing what he saw as two sides of the Apollo program.“These were machines that were built by hand, (and) people putting their lives at risk and hurtling off into outer space in a way that it seems outstanding that it ever worked, you know. That any of them ever came back alive it mind boggling,” he said.“And yet you can’t deny the spiritual dimension to what happened.” by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2018 10:54 am PDT Last Updated Sep 11, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Actor Ryan Gosling attends a press conference to promote the movie “First Man” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill last_img read more

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