Canopy Growth to develop up to 3M sq ft of growing capacity

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) says it will develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer’s production footprint.The company said in a statement that it has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with a large-scale greenhouse operator where it will be a majority shareholder of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., a new company.Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton says the greenhouses currently grow peppers and the company will spend tens of millions of dollars to transform them to grow cannabis, the majority of which will be sold domestically.The company will spend $20 million to develop 1.3 million square feet and hopes to have product available as soon as July 1 next year when recreational marijuana sales are set to be legalized.The company will lease the facility from the partner’s affiliate and will have the option to acquire it. The undisclosed partner will receive Canopy shares as consideration.The deal expands Canopy Growth’s greenhouse production footprint to about 2.3 million square feet.BC Tweed will also have the exclusive option to develop another 1.7 million square feet of existing greenhouse infrastructure.Canopy started off growing indoors at a converted chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ont. but it has joined many others in adding greenhouse spaces, which facilitate lower cost production. It also has about 900,000 square feet of indoor production capacity.The expansion comes as reports suggest a looming medical and recreational marijuana shortage following legalization. Licensed producers are scrambling to add production space as the country ramps up to supply a legal recreational market.Linton said the growth comes amidst substantial demand and the company’s promises that it will fulfil any orders from any medical marijuana patients with Tweed or other Canopy Growth brands before recreational use orders.The supply agreement covers two years, including four million grams of cannabis and derivative products in the first year, according to a company statement.last_img read more

Malis presidential poll major step towards restoration of democracy – Security Council

In a statement to the press, the members of the Council commended the Malian people “for their peaceful participation in the electoral process” and the transitional authorities for the preparation, organization and management of the elections.The provisional results were announced yesterday, declaring Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the winner. The elections are seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali. Since early 2012, the country has witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.The 15-member body reiterated its call on all signatories of the Ouagadougou Agreement of 18 June to fully implement its provisions, including the launch of inclusive and credible peace talks open to all communities of the north of Mali in the designated timeframe.The agreement, signed in Burkina Faso, provides for an immediate ceasefire and commits the parties to discussing sustainable peace in Mali through an inclusive dialogue that will take place after the election.The members of the Council also called for the swift holding of free, fair, transparent, and inclusive legislative elections, and stressed the importance of the national dialogue and reconciliation process.In addition, they underlined the importance of the full operational deployment of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in northern Mali, as well as the reestablishment of State authority throughout the country, the continued implementation of the transitional road map, and the promotion of the rule of law and protection of human rights. The peacekeeping mission’s core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). read more

UNICEF scalesup relief for Rohingya facing critical shortages of everything

Up to 400,000 Rohingyas have been sheltering in Bangladesh since violence erupted across the border in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in end-August and, according to preliminary estimates, about 60 per cent of them are children. “There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,” said Edouard Beigbeder, the head of UNICEF in Bangladesh. “Conditions on the ground place children at high risk of water-borne disease. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.” In its response, the UN agency has been dispatching trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to Cox’s Bazar (located near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border), with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days and weeks. Supplies include detergent powder, soap, and pitchers and jugs for storing water, along with nappies, sanitary napkins, towels and sandals. UNICEF is also supporting the Department of Public Health Engineering with water treatment plants and carriers, and is working with partners on the ground to install and rehabilitate tube wells. “These items are part of a first wave of supplies that will massively scale-up our emergency response to the growing number of Rohingya children in Bangladesh,” Mr. Beigbeder added, noting that UNICEF has appealed for $7.3 million to provide emergency support to Rohingya children over the next four months.Yesterday, speaking at a press conference, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call on Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country. He also underscored his call for “an effective action plan” to address the root causes of the situation, which he said had been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar’s borders, destabilizing the region. read more

Lori Walker still humble after 200 wins

Women’s soccer coach Lori Walker, who is in her 18th season with the Buckeyes, picked up her 200th OSU win Sept. 12 against Indiana. Walker is winningest coach in program history.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsIn her 18th season with the Ohio State women’s soccer team, coach Lori Walker joked that her hip hurts. Through 366 games with the Buckeyes, she’s stood for nearly 23 days, a price she’s had to pay for 200 wins.“It’s humbling,” Walker said. “When you hit a milestone like that, you stop and you reflect and you think about all the people who have helped you along the way.”Following the Buckeyes 2-1 overtime win against Indiana last Friday, Walker reached the 200-win plateau and continued her ascendance as OSU’s winningest coach in program history.Former Buckeye assistant coach Greg Miller discussed Walker’s humility as one of many reasons for her success.Miller, who became the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer coach in 2012, said hiring coaches with different backgrounds and ideas has been a staple in Walker’s regime.“Over the years (Walker’s) done a great job of surrounding herself with people that offset some of the things that maybe she’s not so strong in,” Miller said. “She’s always been very smart about that.”Walker hasn’t shown too many weaknesses en route to a 200-135-31 record with the Buckeyes. Through the past 17 years, she has guided OSU to nine NCAA tournament appearances, having clinched a postseason berth in each of the past five seasons.Despite her years of experience, she still frequents coaching seminars where she works to stay up-to-date with the game’s latest trends and technologies.Requiring her team to wear heart-rate monitors is Walker’s latest scheme. The technology allows the coaching staff to gauge players’ work rates and recovery times, assistant coach Nick Flohre said.Walker also works to see the game from different viewpoints, a process that began when she was a 24-year-old coach at the University of Kansas.“I recognized if I wanted to stay in this profession and be a lifer then I really had to study the game,” she said.When studying the game became dull, Walker said she turned to work as a television analyst for Olympic and FIFA Women’s World Cup matches to rekindle her interest.“I got to a point where I was a little bored and stagnant in my coaching,” Walker said. “Broadcast was a wonderful way for me to study the game at a different level.”But while she works to incorporate new methods to her coaching, she has remained grounded in one of her core coaching principles.“She doesn’t sugarcoat anything,” junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said. “She wants everyone to be the best they can possibly be, so she demands a lot out of us and keeps the standard really high.”Walker’s connection with her players might be best explained through a story Miller recounted from his time with the Buckeyes.In a team meeting during the 2010 season, Walker confided to her team that they were going to the College Cup. Walker’s players countered her claim with a dumbfounded response, only to be surprised when their coach’s assertion proved correct.The College Cup, which is the equivalent of the NCAA tournament in basketball also includes 64 teams.Walker’s confidence in her program has not waned since then, and according to her players, neither has her expectation of success.Justification for the high standards expected from OSU can be found in Walker’s many accomplishments. She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2010 and has helped OSU to three Big Ten championships.Given Walker’s success, there’s no room for uncertainty on her teams.“We don’t have time for doubt in college sports,” Walker said. “(Players) only get 3 1/2 (years) to be excellent and (coaches) have to try to get them there as fast as we can.”Before coaching, Walker made the most of her time at the University of North Carolina as a goalkeeper on four national championship teams.Immediately following her playing career, Walker began developing her relentless approach to coaching.Walker spent two years as the first women’s soccer coach at the University of Kansas and three seasons as an assistant under former U.S. Women’s National Team coach April Heinrichs at the University of Maryland.“That was a critical time to my development,” Walker said of her time with the Terrapins. “(Heinrichs) was a great mentor for me.”Both stops presented different challenges. With the Jayhawks, Walker was a young coach in a brand new program. Prior to that, at Maryland, Walker was responsible for coaching a 21-year-old goalkeeper, as a 21-year-old assistant coach.As she ages, Walker said she now must work harder to keep personal relationships with her players. The key is listening, she said.Walker is the first to respond to players with personal issues, Flohre said.“Off the field, she truly cares about us as people and our development as women,” McVicker said. “She genuinely cares about us.”Walker’s love for the job doesn’t seem to be slowing. While reflecting on her milestone, she digressed to ponder the idea of her 300th win.That mark may be down the road, but if that day comes, Walker will probably still be on her feet for it.Correction: Sept. 18, 2014An earlier version of this article stated Jillian McVicker said Lori Walker is the first to respond to personal issues, when in fact, Nick Flohre said that. read more

Wounded Palestinians transferred to Turkey for treatment

first_imgTHE TURKISH PRIME minister has said his country has begun evacuating wounded Palestinians from Gaza.Reuters reports that prime minister Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the country would start to “transfer our wounded Palestinian brothers to Turkey”.He made the announcement during a victory speech after he was elected president. RTÉ reports this morning that four wounded Palestinians have already arrived from Gaza in the Turkish capital for medical treatment.Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutglu reportedly said the plan is to bring around 200 patients to Turkey to start with.In Gaza, a 72-hour ceasefire is holding. The Israeli militart said today that no rockets have been fired and they haven’t tergeted any locations since the ceasefire came into effect.The quiet allows for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in Gaza that has killed More than 1,900 Palestinians. On the Israeli side, 67 people have died, all but three of them soldiers.- With additional reporting by Associated Press.last_img read more

Daily Gift Star Wars Kitchen Goodies from WilliamsSonoma

first_imgEarlier this month we rounded up the Best Gifts for Star Wars Fans. Little did we know that Williams-Sonoma would be coming out with some exclusive Star Wars items for the kitchen, just in time for the holidays. Pictured above are the Star Wars Pancake Molds, and the Darth Vader Flexible Spatula. You can now eat your pancakes in the shapes of Yoda, Darth Vader, and a stormtrooper, or you can choose a set of three vehicle molds, which include a TIE Fighter, X-Wing Fighter, and the Millennium Falcon. Each set of three nonstick steel pancake molds cost $19.95. The Darth Vader spatula has a flexible nylon-silicone head and is heat-resistant. It sells for $12.Also new to Williams-Sonoma is the Star Wars Cupcake Decorating Kit Galactic Empire ($12), Star Wars Cookie Cutters ($19.95), and Star Wars Sandwich Cutters with Vintage-Style Tin ($19.95). Check out all of Williams-Sonoma’s Star Wars kitchen goodies for more gift ideas, and may the force be with you in your cupcakes, pancakes, cookies, and sandwiches.last_img read more

LG ne délaisse pas Windows Phone

first_imgLG ne délaisse pas Windows PhoneLe groupe sud-coréen LG a démenti de ne plus vouloir équiper ses smartphones de Windows Phone à l’avenir. Pourtant, les derniers terminaux de la marque sont équipés d’Android…Le groupe sud-coréen LG a officiellement démenti l’abandon du système d’exploitation pour mobiles Windows Phone de Microsoft. Une annonce qui intervient au moment où de nombreuses rumeurs indiquaient que LG allait équiper ses terminaux d’Android exclusivement.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?LG a donc coupé court à la rumeur lancée par Korea Herald affirmant que le groupe étudiait la possibilité d’équiper définitivement ses smartphones d’Android seulement. Même si les derniers modèles de la marque sont équipés d’Android, et surtout, même si LG ne propose pas de mise à jour Manfo à ses utilisateurs, cette posture ne saurait être définitive.Grâce à un communiqué paru sur son site officiel, LG indique clairement qu’il ne souhaite pas abandonner le système d’exploitation Windows Phone. Bien que pour l’heure, le fabricant se concentre principalement sur Android, LG veut tout de même laisser le choix de l’OS à ses clients.Enfin, Steve Ballmer, PDG de Microsoft, devrait se rendre en Corée du sud afin de négocier des partenariats liés à Windows Phone 8. Une des motivations expliquant le communiqué officiel de LG ? Le 2 mai 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers as US News Source

first_img And now, in Least Surprising News of the Day: Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a source of information for Americans.About 20 percent of U.S. adults often get news from social media platforms, a recent Pew Research Center survey revealed—versus the 16 percent who read the paper.Just two years ago, those numbers were reversed: 20 percent relied on newspapers while 18 percent turned to social networks.After years of steady declines in circulation, it’s no surprise that virtual communities have overtaken periodicals. I just always assumed it would happen sooner.An impressive 39 percent of folks 65 and older are still holding on to a piece of the inky past—when broadsheets covered the kitchen table and circulation figures topped six digits.Eventually, 24-hour news channels and online journalism introduced younger generations to new, less messy ways of learning about the world. According to Pew, only 2 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds regularly read newspapers.News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans (via Pew Research Center)With 49 percent of the vote—mostly among respondents aged 50 and older—television remains king for news consumption (despite its 8 percent drop-off since 2016).Local TV is the most popular; 37 percent get news there often, compared with 30 percent watching cable TV news and 25 percent who view national evening network news shows.Websites, favored by 30- to 49-year-olds, are the next most common source (33 percent), followed by radio (26 percent), and finally social media and print newspapers.“News diets differ drastically for younger and older Americans,” Elisa Shearer, a research associate focusing on journalism at Pew, wrote in a blog post.Specifically, those between the ages of 18 and 49 don’t rely on one particular platform, in the way the majority of their elders clearly prefer television. Instead, they spread consumption across all five services.More on in Photos: Best News, Science, and Tech Images of 2018AI as Fact Checker: Algorithm Identifies Fake NewsNewspaper Endorses Congressional Candidate ‘Abducted by Aliens’ 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Stay on targetlast_img read more

David Otunga on trying stand up comedy status with WWE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson ends custody battle with her ex Videos Articles March of Dimes Pulls Millions in Funding Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jennifer Hudson wont pay for exs homecenter_img Jennifer Hudson reaches custody agreement Jennifer Hudson and ex David Otunga ‘reach custody agreement over son’ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Jawn Murray of is featuring an interview with David Otunga where he talks about trying stand up comedy recently in Chicago and his current status with WWE.On the reaction to trying out stand up comedy recently:“I always try to challenge myself and I always try to do stuff that people don’t expect me to do. When I left the law firm, people did not expect me to go on a reality show. They did not expect me to go to WWE. I read one comment and the headline was: ‘David Otunga, of all people, does standup comedy.’ I was like, yes, I’m going to retweet that. That’s exactly what I was going for. At this point you could expect anything from me. I told my mom I was doing it and by now, she’s heard it all. She was like, ‘you’re a standup comic, oh okay.’ Totally normal! But I booked another set at another local club in Chicago right after I got off stage.  My manager has also gotten calls from other local clubs looking to book me. It was fun and I’d love to do it again. I didn’t plan this to be a career change.”On his current status with WWE:“I’m still with them. I’m focusing on some other stuff, but I’m looking to get back there. I’d like to win a singles title. But you haven’t seen the last of me.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.AlwaysAList: It’s No Joke: David Otunga Talks Comedy Debut, New Legal Venture & WWE FutureRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipJennifer Hudson wont pay for exs homeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canadalast_img read more

ASA Congratulates Syngenta on Prestigious Marketing Analytics Award

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) industry partner, Syngenta, was recently recognized for their outstanding work in marketing analytics. Syngenta received the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Genius Awards, which recognizes the most innovative work in marketing analytics across the categories of analytics adoption, analytics impact, analytics innovation and analytics science.Neustar, Inc., a provider of real-time information services, in conjunction with the ANA, announced Syngenta as the winner, recognized in the Analytics Innovation category for exceptionally creative analytical approaches taken to solve complex problems or overcome obstacles. Winners in the remaining categories include The Clorox Company, Hilton Worldwide and Turner.The award is recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious accolades in the field of marketing analytics, and this year’s recipients were each awarded $25,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. Syngenta proudly donated their award to the AI for Good Foundation, a non-profit public charity whose mission is to provide the tools, transparency, engagement, vision and education necessary for Artificial Intelligence technologies to thrive within human societies, both now, and in the future.Last year, Syngenta won the Franz Edelman award for its work in data analytics.The American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates Syngenta on this recognition and their continued innovation in agriculture and analytics.last_img read more

Fader Forms Media Company

first_imgMusic magazine the Fader today announced the formation of Fader Media, an umbrella organization for current and future Fader-related products and properties.At its launch, Fader Media includes Fader and its accompanying Web site, indie/alternative music site, hip-hop site, the Fader music label and Fader Films. Additional products are under development, the company says.Also as part of the announcement, Fader has announced thatpublisher Andy Cohn has been promoted to vice president and group publisher. According to Cohn, “by combining all of these exceptional properties under one moniker we’re able to effectively build scale through niche. Each lives and breathes on its own-combined we have an arsenal of incredible talent and loyal readers, benefiting us and our advertisers.”last_img read more

Unity in the Community Day at Alexander Odum Park

first_imgUnity in the Community Day will be held on June 12 from noon to 6 p.m. in Alexander Odum Park, which is located in the 3100 block of Presstman Street, Baltimore, Md. The community is coming together to honor loved ones lost to violence. The outreach will include educational literature stations, blood pressure and cholesterol checking, voter registration, a parade, moon bounce, food, drinks and music. Call Naketa Jones at 443-278-4977 for more information.last_img

NPR This American Life WBEZ and WNYC Buy Podcasting App Pocket Casts

first_imgPublic radio giants NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago and This American Life have come together to buy the popular podcasting app Pocket Casts. The startup will continue to work on the app, as well as additional tools for listeners and creators.With the acquisition, Pocket Casts is also getting a new CEO: The company will now be led by Owen Grover, who previously served as executive vice president and general manager of iHeartRadio. Company founders Philip Simpson and Russell Ivanovic will stay with the company, and the startup’s entire staff is staying on as well.“For months now, I’ve been using Pocket Casts and recommending it to friends,” said “This American Life” host Ira Glass in a statement. “It’s a great app – with a super-intuitive interface – and I’m excited for the things we’re hoping to add to it.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Pocket Casts has been available on iOS, Android and the web as a paid app. It is currently the #1 news app on iOS, and has been downloaded more than 500,000 times from Google’s Play Store.There is no word yet on whether Pocket Casts will keep its current premium pricing model. “The leadership team at Pocket Casts will assess the business and revenue model for Pocket Casts in the future, with the goal of ensuring the platform remain financially sustainable,” a spokesperson told Variety. “Decisions about the fee model will be made as part of that process.”It’s worth noting that Pocket Casts hasn’t been the first foray of public radio producers into the world of podcasting apps. NPR maintains its own NPR One app across a variety of platforms to serve up live and on-demand content, and “This American Life” has long had its own app for access to its podcasts.PRX, the company distributing “This American Life,” also branched out into podcast distribution with its own podcasting app called RadioPublic in 2016.However, with Pocket Casts, public radio may have found some common ground — its Hulu, if you will — to distribute podcasts from a number of publishers through an already popular app.NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn acknowledged as much in a statement Thursday, saying: “Pocket Casts is a terrific app and will be a great complement to NPR One, the NPR app and the other outstanding products in public radio’s portfolio of innovation. We want to continue serving and delighting its large and passionate audience through wide access to the world of powerful podcasts, from public radio and beyond.”last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Robin Hood

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Robin Hood is one of the worst movies I’ve watched this year. Before you go digging, most of the worst are things I didn’t end up having to review (did you know they remade Puppet Master? It was awful!) and it’s easily the stupidest by a country mile. But, in a dilemma that comes up more and more lately, it’s SO bad and SO stupid that I can’t honestly say I didn’t have a blast watching it. It absolutely sucks — it’s a hilariously incompetent, wrongheaded film on almost every level save that Otto Bathurst (late of Peaky Blinders) can apparently direct the heck out of an action sequence even if you don’t necessarily comprehend who’s supposed to be fighting who.We all kind of saw this coming, I realize: Nobody cared the last time they did Robin Hood as a feature and that was Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott reuniting to get sort-of back to Gladiator territory, they definitely weren’t going to care about a slightly overbudget BBC special ostensibly featuring Taron Edgerton fitting in one more action-guy part before that Elton John movie. But I don’t think anyone was sincerely expecting something that would end up so memorably botched — the kind of bad movie people end up talking about for years after, that fails because someone thought they had a big idea that nobody told them was a terrible idea until it was too late.The big idea in question: What if the legend of Robin Hood — already one of the most commonly-applied allegories for clashes of class and economic inequality — was even more head-slappingly obvious about it? Kicked-up for a Millennial audience not only with sexy young stars, strategically-diverse casting and a mandate to rework the characters and setting to be more like a 21st Century superhero story than most 21st Century superhero stories are already like Robin Hood stories in the first place; but also with familiar plot elements, characters and themes re-framed with specific blunt-force impossible-to-miss metaphorical reference to present-day political figures, social controversies, scandals, conspiracy theories, newsworthy events, etc.Remember the scene in Time Bandits where they meet John Cleese as the “real” Robin Hood and he’s talking about “redistributing wealth” like a modern-day Marixst/Socialist/whatever-you-like? It’s meant to be funny (and it is!) because that obviously only vaguely aligns with the “rob-from-the-rich” Robin Hood ethos and even if allowing for historical allegory that level of direct anachronism sounds absurd on its face. This Robin Hood didn’t get that message, though, and thus features Edgerton’s Robin of Locksley rallying his Merry Men with the same literal language (“It’s time we redistributed some wealth!”) in a scene clearly meant to be taken as serious and thoughtful.More absurd still, the movie seems to have no idea how stupid this all looks and sounds; going whole-hog on present-day classism allegory so unapologetically it feels like the first piece a preteen creative writing student comes up with after learning that “using famous stories as metaphors for modern issues” was a thing you were allowed to do. You can almost feel the tragically unselfconscious joy surging through the filmmakers as they land on each new reference point: “Robin Hood like Robin… HOODIE??” The proto-“Merry Men” managing to look like a medieval Antifa facing down royal guard wielding inexplicable wrought-iron SWAT Team riot shields, Nottingham miners looking like impoverished Virginia coal miners, bows and crossbows being wielded, edited and goosed-up with sound effects to come off more like machine guns, etc.The unquestioned centerpiece of this glorious idiocy: an extended Crusades sequence shot, edited, scored and even color-graded with unmistakable echoes of our universal film, TV and video-game visual-coding for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – featuring infantry-squads of archers conducting modern-style house-to-house urban warfare sweeps with longbows and arrows cocked and ready instead of rifles, then scattering amid a crossbow attack edited and foley’d to look and sound exactly like a machine-gun turret siege ending in “missile strike” aka catapult bombardment and a postscript with Things To Say about Abu Ghraib and Blackwater. You will not see a stretch of film concurrently more technically-sound yet astonishingly idiotic in theaters this year – I’m impressed that they pulled it off and I’m in AWE that nobody stopped them. To be clear: apart from the miscasting, cheesy dialogue and Ben Mendelsohn auditioning to be the new “Jeremy Irons wants too much money” guy – there’s nothing that says blatant metaphor is innately bad. But Robin Hood has no coherent sense of allegorical narrative holding its references together.Instead, it’s a ridiculous hodgepodge of blunt symbolism where one piece doesn’t connect to another in any meaningful way, the mixed metaphors clashing so badly it feels like unintentional parody: Going strictly in terms of allegorical reference point, the new Robin Hood legend (which we’re told upfront we ought to decouple from any specific time or historic reference point) is the story of how Robin of Locksley invents Antifa by organizing West Virginia coal miners against a conspiracy by The IRS and The World Bank because he’s angry that his house was foreclosed on after being drafted to fight in The Iraq War. Yes, I did say drafted – they don’t even bother to keep their “modern allegories” to actual modernity and just randomly throw some Vietnam in there too because it moves the plot along.And in case you thought Hollywood executives had stopped telling filmmakers to turn everything into Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, well… skip beyond the spoiler warning if you don’t want to know for sure, but:BEGIN SPOILERSThe big new angle here is that nobody knows Robin of Locksley is “The Hood” so does the Bruce Wayne “I’m a dumb rich guy” thing to “gather intel” because instead of “taxes because monarchy” now there’s a conspiracy storyline where The Sherriff of Nottingham is gouging the people so he and an evil Cardinal can secretly bankroll the Arab side in The Crusades to make the war run longer so the British Crown will falter and The Catholic Church can take over England. Because they thought Robin was dead for a while, Maid Marian is dating Will Scarlet who’s a rising-star pragmatic centrist politician who thinks he can “reason with” the evil rich guys instead of doing Hood stuff but during the big final battle against The Sherriff he figures out Marian is still into Robin because radicals are sexier and he accidentally gets burned up by a molotov cocktail on half his face (no, really) and this makes him turn evil so in the end he becomes the new Sherriff of Nottingham who’s going to hunt down Robin Hood for taking his girl. I didn’t make a word of that up.END SPOILERSSo, yes, Robin Hood sucks. But it certainly sucks with conviction; and I can sort of respect it for that even while acknowledging that it fails on every conceivable level including being bad enough to “so bad it’s good” (the PG-13 might be hurting there: Nothing this stupid should be so free of pointless blood-geysers or gratuitously-bared breasts.) I can’t say I wasn’t laughing the whole time, but I also know that I wasn’t supposed to be.last_img read more

Model shows how scientific paradigms rise and fall

first_img The researchers, Stefan Bornholdt from the University of Bremen in Bremen, Germany, and Mogens Høgh Jensen and Kim Sneppen from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, have published their study called “Emergence and Decline of Scientific Paradigms” in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“Our model addresses the interplay between a new idea and the difficulty it has in displacing old ideas in a world where alignment of interests is dominating,” Bornholdt told models of opinion formation already exist, but the new model differs from earlier models in a few important ways. Unlike previous models, the new model allows for an infinite variety of ideas, although each idea has a small probability of being initiated. Also, each idea can appear only once, and an agent (or individual) cannot return to any of the ideas that they have previously held, reflecting scientists’ ongoing hunt for new ideas.In the model, which is defined on a 2D square lattice, ideas spread in two possible ways. In the first way, an agent adopts a new idea held by its neighbors, with a probability proportional to how many agents already hold this particular idea. In the second way, an agent randomly gets a new idea that does not appear anywhere else in the system with a probability that depends on the “innovation rate.” The first way represents cooperative effects in social systems, while the second way represents innovation.The model shows how a system with one dominating scientific paradigm transitions into a system with small clusters of ideas, some of which continue to grow until one dominates, and the process repeats with new ideas. The dynamics of the rise and fall of scientific paradigms depends on the system’s innovation rate. Systems with high innovation rates tend to contain a high degree of noise, along with many small domains of ideas that are constantly generated and replaced. In contrast, systems with low innovation rates tend to have low noise and a state that remains dominant for a long time until a single event replaces it.In addition to providing a theoretical understanding of how scientific paradigms rise and fall, the model also provides insight that helps explain some observations in real life. For instance, the model shows how small systems have the potential to be more dynamic than large systems, which explains why large companies sometimes acquire small start-up firms as a source of innovation. Explore further 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. “Our model indicates that social cooperation makes it more difficult for new ideas to nucleate because of social pressure,” Bornholdt said. “Accordingly, our model finds a ‘winner take all’ dynamic, suggesting a fashion-like dynamic for the prevailing focus of contemporary science. “Even though our model is extremely simplified and does not deal with right and wrong, it explores the effect of herd mentality in the propagation of ideas,” he added. “Our model suggests that herd mentality makes a larger system less innovative than several smaller ones. In short, for innovation it’s better to listen to yourself than to others.”Overall, the model shows how new paradigms have a tendency to quickly rise to dominance, to decline slowly, and to quickly be replaced by other paradigms. When the innovation rate is high, the takeover process is chaotic, with many new ideas competing for dominance. Regardless of the idea itself, the model shows that the pattern of paradigm shifts remains fairly consistent over time.The results could have implications for science philosophy and science policy, as the model suggests that scientific diversity may need special attention. In addition, the researchers are applying the model to the study of the spread of epidemics.“We are currently studying the ideas of ‘new’ and ‘old’ in epidemics modeling,” Bornholdt said, “where the ‘never-return-policy’ of ideas in the above model is associated with immunity of infected hosts: A host that has been infected by a particular virus in the past will be immune to this virus in the future and, thus, will never acquire the same infection twice.” More information: S. Bornholdt, M. H. Jensen, and K. Sneppen. “Emergence and Decline of Scientific Paradigms.” Physical Review Letters 106, 058701 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.058701 ( — Scientific concepts such as climate change, nanotechnology, and chaos theory can sometimes spring up and capture the attention of both the scientific and public communities, only to be replaced by new ideas later on. Although many factors influence the emergence and decline of such scientific paradigms, a new model has captured how these ideas spread, providing a better understanding of paradigm shifts and the culture of innovation.center_img This figure shows 12 consecutive states of a system driven by the model, with one unit of time equaling one update for every agent. In the first picture, a new idea is dominating but small specks of color represent a finite innovation rate. A new state dominates between the third and fourth pictures, and in the fourth, fifth, and sixth pictures, two coherent states coexist. New individual dominant states arise in pictures nine and twelve. Image credit: S. Bornholdt, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society. Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Model shows how scientific paradigms rise and fall (2011, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Evolution’s revolution was the naturalist’s, though initial idea wasn’tlast_img read more

A winters tale

first_imgAs the weather flaunts its coldness at best in the Capital, we got something for you to add to it. The Winter Saga an exhibition which is obsessed with the goal of displaying art works by renowned as well as emerging artistes from across the country is organised in the Capital. The exhibition is on till 23 January at Gurgaon.For art lovers, this is an opportunity to appreciate and buy some outstanding works of art that are a celebration of life and joy.The participant artists of the show are – Ananda Das, Anantakrishnan, Anjeneyulu Gundu, Ankit Sharma, Madhu Venugopal, Sandeep Jigzung, Sachin Kharat, Sekhar Khar, Subrata Das and  Sukanta Das.last_img

Steph Curry gets a free pass for everything

first_imgSteph Curry gets a free pass for everything Kyrie Irving was by Steph Curry’s side when he set the internet on fire by trolling LeBron James’ viral workout routine at Harrison Barnes’ wedding.  Even though it was a private event, both Irving and Curry were clearly aware they were being recorded, and that the video would likely go viral.Colin pointed out that Curry is never held to account for anything he does, from simulating taking a dump on the court, throwing his mouth piece, taunting more than any other NBA player, or playing poorly in a Finals loss to the Cavs.Maybe it’s because he isn’t imposing physically, or because he’s a suburban kid, but whatever the reason he’s Teflon to criticism. Meanwhile, LeBron still gets tagged for having a bad Finals in 2011 and ‘The Decision.’“Steph Curry gets a total free pass when he taunts, when he trolls, when he celebrates…it’s Brett Favre-esque.” Colin’s College Football Preseason-Postseason Top 10The kickoff to the college football season is right around the corner, and today Colin released his College Football Preseason-Postseason Top 10 rankings based on how he thinks teams will be ranked at the end of the regular season. Guests:Bill Romanowski – Former Raiders, Niners and Broncos linebacker joins the show to talk training camp fights; when he could tell a rookie can play or is a bust; and what Cam Newton needs to do to comeback from a down year.Matt Barnes – Golden State Warriors forward is in-studio to talk about Steph Curry trolling LeBron; if the NBA is targeting LeBron; and how the NBA is different now from when he first came into the league.Jack Del Rio – Raiders Head Coach joins the show from training camp to talk expectations for this year’s team; if the pending move to Las Vegas will affect his team; and how the addition of Marshawn Lynch will help the team.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief joins the show from Raiders training camp to discuss the impact of Marshawn Lynch; the biggest questions for the Cowboys; and Odell Beckham’s value.last_img read more

Dont Get Duped by This Sneaky Google Calendar Spam

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 18, 2019 Are you drowning in calendar invites from people you don’t know? There might be an ominous reason: According to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs, crafty scammers have weaponized Google Calendar by taking advantage of a setting you probably didn’t know about.Google automatically allows anyone to send you invitations unless you dig into the app’s settings menu and turn off the feature. This permits your new office mates to add you to weekly meetings or lets a potential friend invite you to coffee, but it also grants bad actors the same power.According to Kaspersky, spammers can send you phony invitations with links to websites congratulating you on a recently discovered windfall. The calendar’s topic and location fields typically include a short bit of enticing info about your suspiciously good luck to encourage you to keep clicking. If you move on, you’ll face a page prompting you to enter banking or credit card information and a flimsy explanation as to why they need your money before they can pay you in full.These phishing attempts seem obvious, but they have an advantage over traditional email scams. Maria Vergelis, a security researcher at Kaspersky, suggests the attack’s novelty makes it dangerous.”The ‘calendar scam’ is a very effective scheme, as currently people have more or less got used to receiving spam messages from e-mails or messengers and do not immediately trust them,” Vergelis said. “But this may not be the case when it comes to the Calendar app, which has a main purpose to organize information rather than transfer it.”A similar scam hit Apple Calendars in late 2016.Kaspersky recommends turning off the “automatically add invitations” option in Google Calendar’s Settings and deselecting the “show declined events” box in the nearby View Options menu. If you’re still unsure how to navigate potential scams, check out PCMag’s guide on how to detect and avoid phishing attempts. Register Now »last_img read more

Ethiopian wins AFRAA Airline of the year award

first_imgEthiopian wins AFRAA Airline of the year awardEthiopian wins AFRAA Airline of the year awardEthiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it has won Airline of the Year Award, for the sixth consecutive year in a row, by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) during its 49th Annual General Assembly held on November 13, 2017, in Kigali.The AFRAA annual awards recognize excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in airlines, individuals and service providers in the African aviation industry.Mr. Busera Awel, CCO & Mr. Henok Teferra, VP Strategic Planning and Alliances while receiving the award Ethiopian Airlines has been chosen for its remarkable performance revealed through its exceptional profitability for the financial year ended June 2016, exemplary cooperation with other African carriers, cargo development in the continent, and significant expansion of its route network helping to connect Africa together and with the rest of the world.Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “As a truly indigenous and home-grown PanAfrican airline owned, managed and operated by Africans, we are highly honored to receive this recognition by fellow sisterly airlines in the continent for the 6th consecutive year. I would like to thank AFRAA and sisterly airlines in the continent for recognizing our efforts in nurturing cooperation with other sisterly African Airlines and in availing efficient passenger and cargo networks within, to and from the continent, while registering sound financial performance and record profit in 2016.Africa is at the heart of our 15 year fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. Already seven years into this strategy, we have surpassed all our goals in passenger number, cargo uplift, fleet size, revenue, profitability and customer service with our recent 4 Star airline recognition by SKYTRAX, the premier customer service rating organization in our industry. We currently serve 55 African cities, the largest network in the continent, connecting them with each other and to more than 100 international destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas using state of the art aircraft offering superior on-board aircraft such as the B787s and A350s.Air transport is an essential and critical public service and a key enabler for socio economic development and integration in our continent. African governments should create more conducive environment for the airline industry in the continent so that African carriers are enabled to play their rightful role in ensuring the flow of investments, trade and tourism to the continent.”Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline. On November 8, 2017, SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, has certified Ethiopian as Four Star Airline. SKYTRAX has also awarded Ethiopian as SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff  in Africa, two times, and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian has received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa.Source = Ethiopian Airlineslast_img read more