APTN National NewsThe architects responsible for helping rebuild a Quebec First Nation have won the Governor General’s Medal for architecture.Emergency Architects Canada is rebuilding the Anishinabe community of Kitcisakik located about 350 kilometres north of Montreal.APTN National News visited the community last November and reporter Danielle Rochette offers a look back.
Rabat – On Wednesday, Morocco’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), Ahmed Reda Chami, reaffirmed the importance of the strategic EU-Morocco partnership in light of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the EU- Morocco fisheries deal.The Moroccan diplomat, was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) saying that the court has confirmed the validity of the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco, and “distanced itself from the political opinion of its advocate general [Melchior Wathelet].”On Tuesday, the ECJ confirmed the validity of the fisheries agreement, separating the court opinion from specific ECJ members, such as Advocate General Melchior Wathelet, based Luxembourg-based ECJ, who said that the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement should be declared null and void because it includes Western Sahara. Chami told the press that the ECJ has crushed the goal of Polisario and its supporters, who were previously appealing the EU agreement with Morocco.“The determination and willingness of both parties to move forward transcend anything that is likely to strain their longstanding partnership,” said Chami.The Moroccan diplomat added that the EU and Morocco maintain contact in a “climate of serenity and trust” to tailor their agreements to the rulings of the European Court of Justice.Chami echoed a statement made by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, who told Le360, “nothing in the [ECJ’s] verdict challenges the political legitimacy of Morocco to conclude agreements regarding the Moroccan Sahara with the EU.”Backing Bourita’s argument, Chami said that Morocco will not accept any agreement that does not involve its southern provinces.Underscoring the importance of the agreements between the two parties, Chami said that the EU and Morocco share a strong desire to strengthen their partnership.“Beyond the commercial aspect, the Morocco-EU partnership is reinforced by various agreements at different levels,” including police cooperation with Interpol, migration, crisis management in the Mediterranean, security issues, and the fight against terrorism and extremism.Chami, who is also the president of the Morocco-EU friendship group in the European Parliament told MAP, “it is with a serenity that we can approach the next trade negotiations between the EU and Morocco.”In a joint statement issued after the ruling of the ECJ on Tuesday, February 27, Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, and Bourita “took note of the verdict handed today by the EU Court of Justice” on the fisheries deal between the two parties andhave agreed to further reinforce their political dialogue and preserve the stability of their trade relations.Fishery ties between Morocco and the European Union date back to 1988. Negotiated four years ago, the fisheries agreement provides annual permits without restriction, according to the European Union. Since that time, partnerships between the two entities have expanded to involve protocols from different fields, including trade activities.Morocco Keen on Preserving its SovereigntyDuring the government council meeting today, Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, stressed that Morocco always strives to preserve its “sovereignty, unity, and belonging to its southern provinces,” in whatever agreement the country signed.Commenting on the ECJ’s ruling, El Othmani said that this matter is “being followed by King Mohammed VI personally.”El Othmani noted public interest in this topic, adding that he has been following the matter with the Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs.The Moroccan head of government emphasized that the EU and Morocco are determined to preserve their partnership and its future.El Othmani added that Morocco “is flexible in negotiation, cooperation, and partnership and is proud that its international relations are diverse and balanced.”
“There’s frustrations because we had such a very dry start to the year and the rain came at the time where we needed it the least,” said Jacob, but he noted farmers still have time.“It’s mid-September. We’ve got lots of time and producers can make a lot of progress in a little bit of time … This is kind of like second quarter of the football game and you’re behind. You can still make it up.”Twenty-five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 31 per cent of the crop is combined. The southeast region has 24 per cent combined and the west-central region 18 per cent. The east-central and northeast regions have eight per cent combined while the northwest region has seven per cent.Eighty-three per cent of fall rye, 79 per cent of winter wheat, 66 per cent of field peas, 63 per cent of lentils, 28 per cent of barley, 10 per cent of durum, seven per cent of spring wheat and four per cent of canola is now in the bin. An additional 36 per cent of canola is swathed or is ready to straight-cut.Estimated average crop yields for the province are 39 bushels per acre for field peas, 1,452 pounds per acre for lentils, 35 bushels per acre for canola, 23 bushels per acre for flax, 36 bushels per acre for durum, 42 bushels per acre for spring wheat and 66 bushels per acre for email@example.com TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Recent rainy days have brought harvest to a halt, with the amount of of the crop in the bin sliding far behind the average for this time of year.Eighteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 11 per cent last week, but this remains well behind the five-year average of 43 per cent, according to the most recent provincial crop report issued this week.Over the week of Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, most of Saskatchewan received some rain, ranging from trace amounts up to 51 millimetres around Big Beaver. Since then, the southern part of the province has continued to see wet weather. Between Sunday and Thursday this week, Coronach received 76 mm of rain, Moose Jaw saw 67 mm, Regina 51 mm and Swift Current 38 mm.“Harvest is pretty much at a standstill. (The rain) wasn’t welcome, but you kind of have to just go with the flow and take what you’re given,” said Cory Jacob, a crop extension specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture.“It’s caused a lot of downgrading issues now in especially the sale crops. With that much rain they start to kind of bleach, sprout, stain.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Now farmers are waiting for warmer, windier and drier weather before returning to the field. With the forecast calling for some sunny days ahead, Jacob hopes the ground will be dry enough by early next week if warm weather holds throughout the weekend. The recent rainfall has made for a soggy road just outside of Regina. Harvest has ground largely to a halt.
The Secretary-General hopes that this new development “will contribute to ending the hemisphere’s longest armed conflict and to building sustainable peace for the Colombian people,” his spokesperson said.Today’s announcement follows a peace agreement between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Some 600,000 people have died since the conflict between the country’s authorities and the FARC began in the 1960s.In November, after talks in Havana, Cuba, authorities and FARC representatives released a joint statement saying a deal had been reached leading the rebel group to disarm and to form a political movement. It also included provisions for enhancing the role of women, which Mr. Ban also welcomed.The two sides are working to end the long-running conflict through full implementation of the General Agreement for the End of the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace, signed two years ago. In the past month, they also agreed to work together to combat drug trafficking.
Rachel Weber running at Tracktown USA last June during the NCAA championship. Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weber.She keeps her head up, chin down, eyes level while gliding through each stride with even distance as her hair whisks side to side. Rachel Weber, a fifth-year at Ohio State in strategic communications, is a runner’s runner.“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love and competing and the adrenaline that you get,” Weber said.Weber finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Tracktown USA last June in Eugene, Oregon. It was the last time she would run for the Buckeyes, but she doesn’t plan for it to be her last visit to that track.Although she has ran out of eligibility at Ohio State, this was not her last meet competing against other collegiate programs.Ohio State has continued to have ties to Weber’s post-collegiate running career almost a year after she took off her scarlet and gray jersey.Professional track and field isn’t as straightforward as well-known leagues like the NBA or NFL. Runners sometimes compete for track clubs, which are often smaller in scale, or they receive sponsorships from brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas that allow them to support their career.There also is separation between professional and post-collegiate. Weber runs for Columbus Running Company and it supports her. However she is not getting a salary to run for it, although it pays her for as an employee who works at its store.“I am really, really fortunate that Columbus Running Company supports me and they help support gear, travel and teammates and it’s awesome,” Weber said. “When I graduate hopefully I will be looking to be up more on that professional level with a professional contract.”She has a new coach, Rob Meyers, an Ohio State alumnus who has the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:41) in school history and the fifth-fastest mile time (4:03) in school history.Meyers met Weber through the running camps that he and his family host in the summer. Weber was a volunteer who brought an infectious smile to running, Meyers said.“I knew that she was really energetic and positive. She was passionate for the sport,” Meyers said. “As for as the running camp side of things go, we obviously invited her back.”Their relationship changed last summer when Weber reached out to Meyers to become her personal coach.“First I was a little caught off guard, but the more I thought about it, she needed to stay in Columbus to finish her education” Meyers said. “It seemed like something that I was able to work out and I was excited about.”Beyond working with Weber, Meyers coaches cross country and track and field at Fairfield Union High School. Weber has assisted him, working as a volunteer coach and training there for outdoor season. Competing for Columbus Running Company has sometimes led Weber to race against her old teammates. In the indoor season, Weber ran at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.“Meyo is one of the nearest and dearest meets to my heart. For I have had several really, really poor races there.” Weber said, “Like some of the worst races in my entire college career.”This past Meyo Invitational had some slight differences. Mainly, she was competing against Ohio State in the 800-meter run, the event in which she set the school record several months before — though none of Ohio State’s runners competed in the same heat.Weber’s goals for the meet also slightly changed. This year it was to make the U.S. Track and Field standard at 2:03 and the International Association of Athletics Federations standard at 2:02. Weber won her heat, but she ran a 2:07.Even while no longer with the Buckeyes, there was nothing new to the meet for Weber.“Even in college like we would show up with the team but then it was like I had my own up and a lot of times I was the only one running a certain event,” Weber said. “I had to get really good at being independent and having my own warmup routine and own warmup schedule.”During the winter, Weber also trained at the French Field House alongside the current Buckeyes and intermingled with them between exercises. She even saw a personal trainer from Ohio State before her practice. Sara Vergote, Ohio State’s distance and cross country coach, took some time and helped Weber out during one of her most intense practices of the year, in which the goal was for Weber to push herself as far as she could possibly go. Vergote said she stopped Weber when she started to lose her running form and risk injury. All along this road, Weber was driven by her love for running. Speed just followed her afterward.She started running 5ks with her mom, Christine Weber-Wheeler, when she was just five years old. Growing up Weber wanted always wanted to be an athlete — just in soccer. “I played club soccer and so I always envisioned myself like oh, ‘I’m going to be the next Mia Hamm,’” Weber said.But her passion switched to track, specifically the 400-meter dash. At Dublin Coffman, she moved up to the 800-meter run and finished third at the high school state championship meet, then came to Ohio State. During her time at Ohio State she broke the school record for the 800-meter run record (2:02) and posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter run. Weber’s passion for running spreads out much further though than the events she ran or the times she has clocked.“Like I still would choose to run again and again and again because of the friendships that it’s given me and the fulfillment that it gives you,” Weber said.She has gone to the Columbus Marathon, not to run, but to cheer on the runners. In addition to her work at Fairfield Union, she also volunteers at Dublin Coffman.“She is an amazing influence to have for these athletes.” Meyers said.For Weber, the Olympics has been the dream, but she knows the odds can be tough to predict. Olympic qualifying at Tracktown USA — back in Eugene — happens one day every three years.“I think it’s a wonderful gift to have to be able to compete and experience the joy and the freedom that running bring me.” Weber said, “So my goal is to enjoy the entire process leading up to the Olympics.”
Earlier this week at PDAC in Toronto, The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, participated at the International Mines Ministers’ Summit that took place during the meeting’s International Convention Trade Show & Investors Exchange.The Ministers met with 14 counterparts from all regions of the world “to strengthen mining relations and foster collaboration between key international partners, non-governmental organisations and industry leaders.” During the summit, against the backdrop of the theme “The Mineral Industry as a Building Block of Strong Nations”, the Ministers emphasised the need to ensure that exploration and mining is undertaken in a sustainable manner, and that communities and Indigenous peoples are meaningfully engaged and benefit from development.They also reiterated the critical role that governments play in ensuring that clear and stable processes are in place to promote investment and ensure that mining continues to be a source of jobs, prosperity and opportunity for communities across the globe. The Ministers “took the opportunity to underline Canada’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and to promote Canada’s brand as a global leader in exploration and mining development.”“Canada remains one of the global leaders in sustainable development, innovation, environmental stewardship and Indigenous engagement. This Summit is a unique opportunity for mining leaders to come together in a multi-sector dialogue to discuss common issues, share experiences and collaborate,” said Carr. Freeland added: “I am thrilled that Toronto and Canada are welcoming the mining world at PDAC this week. We are firmly committed to seeing trade and investment in overseas markets benefit local communities while enhancing economic growth in Canada. This is an important opportunity to continue highlighting Canada’s leadership in corporate social responsibility and mining around the world.”
A blaze destroyed a two-story house Wednesday morning in northern Clark County. Fire personnel responded shortly after 7 a.m. to the 37000 block of Northeast 81st Avenue. When they arrived, the fire had breached the roof of the home and a garage on the property had collapsed, said Gordon Brooks, assistant chief for Clark County Fire District 10. District 10 firefighters, as well as those responding from Clark County Fire & Rescue, could see a column of smoke miles away from the scene, Brooks said. The home was unoccupied, and the owners are known to primarily reside there on weekends, Brooks said. A passerby first noticed the blaze when the house was already engulfed. “Well, the biggest challenge was the delayed reporting,” Brooks said. Fire personnel spent about two hours actively fighting the blaze, Brooks said. The structure was declared a total loss. Four engines, three water tenders and four chiefs from District 10, Fire & Rescue and Clark County District 13 responded to the blaze. Firefighters remained on scene Wednesday afternoon and were hoping to save some of the home’s contents, Brooks said. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn’t letting this one slip away.Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an undrafted rookie to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl victory over Seattle on Sunday night. But Brady’s imprint was all over the Patriots’ sensational fourth-quarter rally for their fourth NFL championship of the Brady-Bill Belichick era.“You know, whatever it takes,” the record-setting Brady said after throwing for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit. “Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us … but we held strong, we held together, and it’s a great feeling.”The Patriots (15-4) had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks (14-5), who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Then Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson’s pass and complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after Butler’s first career interception.“It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award. “It was a lot of mental toughness. Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that’s what it took.”Brady surpassed Joe Montana’s mark of 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes with a 4-yarder to Danny Amendola to bring the Patriots within three points.
Officers with the Patrol Division located the body of an adult male lying in the lower parking lot. Officers have closed that area of the parking lot, according to the Nixle report from APD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Anchorage Police Department responded to the report of a body found in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo, around 7:45am, this morning. In a social media post from Alaska Zoo “the Alaska Zoo will be closed until further notice as we cooperate with an Anchorage Police investigation.” There will be a large police presence at the zoo as detectives investigate so be advised of possible delays in the area. Anyone with information about this investigation, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1).
An aircraft Air India Express, the subsidiary of India’s national carrier Air India. The budget carrier is mulling to lease some of the grounded aircraft of Jet Airways to beef up its fleet strength, especially in the Gulf sector where flight cancellation because of aircraft shortage is a major passenger concern. Air Indian ExpressAir India and budget arm Air India Express are examining the possibility of leasing out some Boeing aircraft of crisis-hit Jet Airways that have suspended all national and international flights, according to media reports.Jet, India’s first private airline Naresh Goyal founded in 1992, halted all operations on April 17 after it became impossible to carry on as leasing companies grounded all leased aircraft over non-payment of dues and Jet’s own aircraft were grounded after oil companies stopped fuel supply over pending bills. Though the leasing companies have flown out some of the aircraft for use elsewhere, many are still in the hangars of airports in India.Air India is already discussing with banks to whom Jet owes a debt of about Rs 8,500 crore a proposal to lease five of Jet Airways wide-body Boeing 777s, the Economic Times reports. Air India Express, which operates flights mostly to Persian Gulf destinations from mainly South Indian airports, is interested in the Boeing 737 aircraft gathering dust.”We are looking at leasing (B737 of Jet Airways) aircraft but there is no firm decision on this issue so far. As a matter-of-fact, there are a lot of other things that have to be looked at, like slots, sectors and timings, among others,” Air India Express Chief Executive Officer Shyam K Sunder told PTI over the phone from Kochi, the airline’s headquarter. When asked about the number of planes that his airline could induct from Jet Airways, he said, “We don’t have a target number.”Air India Express, which has a fleet of 25 Boeing 737 planes, operates mostly to the Gulf destinations from Kerala and other South Indian airports. It also operates in the Southeast Asia sector besides to North and West India as well as on some domestic routes. The airline owns 17 and the rest are on lease.Jet Airways has on its fleet, though grounded now, a large number of B737 aircraft. They included four 134-seat B737-700, 65 planes of 168-seat B737-800 category, two 166-seat B737-900 aircraft, and four 184-seat B737-900ER planes. Jet Airways has five 174-seat B737 MAX 8 aircraft on its fleet, but have been grounded on regulatory intervention following the worldwide grounding of that type of aircraft after an Ethiopian Airline crash near Addis Ababa on March 10, within five months of a similar crash of an Indonesian Lion Air flight near Jakarta. An Air India aircraft. Air India is planning to lease Jet Airways’ grounded wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft. ReutersShyam Sunder also told PTI that the airline is recruiting 50 commanders from Jet Airways, of which 20 have already been hired. “We have already recruited a lot of pilots. We have about 20 of them already, all from Jet Airways as at present only Jet pilots are available in the market. Our intention is to hire up to 50 pilots. So we will be inducting another 25-30 pilots going forward,” he said.Meanwhile, Air India is eyeing the 10 aircraft B777-300ER 346-seat aircraft that Jet owns along with the routes. “Subject to approvals and financial viability, we can examine the possibility of taking five B777s on wet/dry lease basis from SBI (that heads the lenders’ consortium), the terms for which can be mutually thrashed out,” Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani said in a communique to SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, according to a report in the Economic Times. The consortium now has a 50.1 per cent stake in Jet following the debt-equity conversion.”We are Air India, are indeed saddened by the turn of affairs at Jet Airways, a scenario that is creating considerable inconvenience to the travelling public. In tune with Air India’s role and responsibilities as the national carrier, we would be happy top alleviate this inconvenience by considering the possibility of operating a few B777 aircraft, on their established routes,” Lohani said in his letter of April 17, according to the report. The letter mentions the Mumbai-London-Mumbai, Delhi-London-Delhi, Mumbai-Dubai-Mumbai, Delhi-Dubai-Delhi and Delhi-Singapore-Delhi routes, according to the report.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoMain opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will win the next parliamentary polls by a margin of 75 per cent seats if the election is free and fair, the party’s standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said on Friday.He made the forecast, citing the landslide victory of the pro-BNP panel in the just-held Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election.”If the next general election is held in a free and fair manner like that of the Supreme Court Bar, the difference of percentage in seats to be secured by the BNP and the Awami League will be 75,” Moudud predicted, addressing a protest programme.It was organised by pro-BNP group Zia Nagarik Forum at National Press Club, demanding release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, now jailed in a graft case, and an atmosphere for participatory general elections.The pro-BNP panel led by current president Joynul Abedin and general secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokin swept the Bar elections as results were announced on Friday. Pro-Awami League won only four posts compared to the pro-BNP panel’s 10 posts, all leading ones.Moudud, himself a senior lawyer, said the Bar election results are indicative of the public support towards the BNP.The BNP leader also mentioned that the opposition party would launch movement should the ruling party continue to ignore their demand for holding a free, fair and participatory general elections under a party neutral administration.Dwelling on the country’s graduation from the LDC status, Moudud said development is meaningless unless there is democracy.”True development is not possible without development. Bangladesh would have attained the status of developing country 6-7 years ago, had the BNP been in power,” he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoBoth prime minister Sheikh Hasina and speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Tuesday submitted their nomination papers to contest the general election from Rangpur-6 (Pirganj), reports UNB.Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury submitted two nomination papers — one for Sheikh Hasina and another for herself- to assistant returning officer and Pirganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer TMA Momen around 12:30pm.She first handed over Sheikh Hasina’s nomination paper to the assistant returning officer.After submission of the nomination papers, the speaker said it is not her personal matter. “The party will decide who will contest the election from the constituency,” she added.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on public administration ministry HN Ashequr Rahman and upazila chairman Nur Mohammad Mandal, Pirganj municipality mayor Tazimul Islam Shamim and acting president of Pirganj Upazila Awami League Azizur Rahman Ranga were present during submission of the nomination papers.In 2014, Sheikh Hasina was elected from two constituencies –Rangpur-6 and Gopalganj-3– in the 5 January parliamentary elections. But she vacated Rangpur-6 retaining Member of Parliament (MP) from Gopalganj-3.Later, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was elected MP in a by-election to Rangpur-6 (the parliamentary seat no-24).
Kingdom Life Church will host Kingdom Come 2015: A Have Life Community Event and give away 100,000 pounds of fresh groceries on August 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 125 N. Hilton Street. The free event will feature a job fair, health fair, children’s zone, haircuts and makeovers, and voter registration. The Have Life Community Event is an outreach initiative to meet the tangible needs of Baltimore City residents. Throughout the day attendees will have access to free health screenings, employment opportunities, community resources, and senior services. The grocery giveaway will consist of 100,000 pounds of fresh meat, vegetables, and fruit distributed in bags to feed recipients for a week – a supply for approximately 10,000 families. In addition to nourishment, children will receive 1,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies.The event will also include an inspirational message of hope delivered by Pastor Michael Phillips of Kingdom Life Church. For additional information about the Have Life Community Event contact Chanel Crowder at 443-253-2965.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 10, 2015 This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Now How Success Happens 3 min read Amazon’s proprietary Kiva robots are state-of-the art inventory fetchers, saving humans from walking up to 11 miles per shift, some experts estimate. They’ve helped Amazon build some of the most efficient warehouses on the planet. Now Clearpath Robotics of Kitchener, Ontario, is looking to upend that dominance with its automated guided vehicles (AGVs), i.e., mobile robots. It’s a unique opportunity—and challenge. Direct human labor (picking, packing, sorting) remains one of the most expensive cost centers for e-commerce. The implications of easily automating such processes could be a game-changer for fulfillment centers and third-party logistics companies—a study from Janney Capital Markets estimates that robots could reduce fulfillment costs by 20 to 40 percent. Humans still retain an edge; they can quickly identify objects and manipulate them with just the right amount of force. By comparison, machines are ham-handed, especially if an object is unfamiliar, awkwardly shaped or sitting on a dark shelf. Clearpath’s bots are out to close that skills gap. “Our technology is fundamentally different from the one Amazon uses,” says Simon Drexler, Clearpath’s director of indoor industrial systems. “Our robots operate in collaboration with what human beings are already doing, meaning you can implement them within operations in facilities that already exist.”While Amazon’s robots navigate warehouses by reading bar codes on the floor, Clearpath’s intelligent AGVs will roll through an environment, laser-scan it and store it in their onboard memory. (They are scheduled for full release by late fall.) “Integration is a relatively minor process,” Drexler says. “We can get a fleet of robots up and running in a matter of days.”Clearpath was founded in 2009 by four mechatronics engineering students from the University of Waterloo working to develop robots for U.S. Army minefield operations. The initial bots were unmanned vehicles designed for what the company calls “the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs”—mining, disaster response, harbor surveillance and agriculture.Clearpath’s recent pivot into warehouse automation is an outgrowth of what its engineers have learned and perfected in the past six years through lucrative research contracts with Microsoft (for its Xbox Kinect motion-detection game console), Honda, NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “System design and algorithms are central to good robots. Fast robots must also be smart—able to pick up red T-shirts instead of blue ones,” says Jim Beretta, head of Customer Attraction, a Cambridge, Ontario-based B2B marketing consultancy. “Clearpath are experts at developing systems to do this.”But Amazon still casts a large shadow, and so does Google (with its self-driving car). At stake is a slice of the application of advanced robotics across healthcare, manufacturing and services, which could have an estimated potential economic impact of $1.7 trillion to $4.5 trillion per year by 2025, according to McKinsey & Company. Even a small slice of that pie would mean billions for the privately held Clearpath, which has seen its partnerships drive revenue growth of 200 percent year over year since 2010. (The company would not provide specifics.)Clearpath’s ultimate goal is to remove humans from fulfillment centers altogether. “The long-term vision,” Drexler says, “is for a manufacturing or fulfillment facility where you can literally shut the lights off because everything is automated.”
Patek Lab/Duke University The mantis shrimp is neither a mantis nor a shrimp, but it does wield perhaps the most stunning strike in the animal kingdom. Sitting below its face are two hammers, which the crustacean cocks back and launches at its prey with such speed that it shatters snail shells and tears crabs’ limbs right of their bodies. These things are ornery, and will even fight a human given the chance. For the mantis shrimp, the only tool they have is a hammer, and all the world looks like a nail.But perhaps that’s not giving the mantis shrimp enough credit. Because like any good scrapper, this critter can’t just throw punches willy nilly—it’s got to strategize. Just how much so, scientists report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The first righteous bit: They found that depending on the shape of a marine snail’s shell, a mantis shrimp will change up its punching strategy. And the second bit: The researchers validated these strategies with something called Ninjabot, a machine that replicates the legendary strike of the feistiest crustacean on Earth. So the mantis shrimp doesn’t just come across a snail and bash the hell out of it at random. It customizes its strategy based on the shape of the shell, like a boxer adapting to different opponents. And like a good boxer, it’s extremely perceptive about its target. Crane isn’t sure yet how exactly the mantis shrimp sizes up the shell—it could be sight or feel or even chemosensory cues. But what’s clear is the predator deliberately takes the snail into its maxillipeds, small appendages it uses to feed, rolling the shell around before jamming it into the substrate and making its strike, which lasts mere milliseconds.Really, that makes the mantis shrimp more like a patient archer than a boxer. All the aiming and planning and setting up has to happen before the critter releases its strike—it can’t adjust once the hammers are let loose. “It takes a really long time in order for an animal to be this fast,” Crane says. It’s persistent too: The researchers caught one mantis shrimp hitting a shell 460 times.Far from being a “brute” that its power would suggest, the creature relies on complex behaviors that it adapts to different prey. All the world may still be a nail to the mantis shrimp, but it’s no mere hammer. Snails, though, they’re a whole other challenge for the mantis shrimp. The researchers looked at species with three shell types in particular. The first, known as “low-spired,” is a squat shell with a wide aperture, or the opening where the meat of the snail pokes out. The second, known as “high-spired,” is a much longer, less girthy shell with a small aperture and pointy apex, or tip. And the third is something in between, with a wide aperture like the first, only a bit lengthier.When presented with a snail with a wider opening, a mantis shrimp attacks that bit relentlessly. “Overwhelmingly they’re just hitting the aperture the whole time,” says Stanford University biologist Rachel Crane, lead author on the new paper. “They rarely hit the apex, and then they also avoid the whorl.” The whorl being the center bit, basically everything that’s not the opening or the tip.“The story with the higher-spired shells is more complicated,” says Crane. In general, the mantis shrimp tends to start by hitting the opening like it did with the squatter, low-spired shells. But as they work at the shell, they switch to striking that pointy tip. “Which is weird,” Crane adds. “Based on how cracks spread through a shell, it’s unlikely that strikes at the aperture would weaken the apex.” A mantis shrimp’s punch is so fast and powerful, it produces what’s known as cavitation bubbles. When the hammer launches at prey, it develops an area of low pressure, in which vapor bubbles form. These suddenly collapse to release a shockwave that supplements the punch and increases the local temperature up to 8,500 degrees F. That heat is only fleeting, but the strike is so intense, it will often knock prey like crabs out cold. So what’s going on here? Enter Ninjabot. The machine is set up much like an actual mantis shrimp appendage. It’s got a spring, which stores energy, a hammer, which does the hammering, obviously, and a latch, which lets loose the hammer. With this machine, the researchers could replicate the same forces of a mantis shrimp punch on different parts of the shells, only in a more controlled way. (Good luck asking a mantis shrimp to punch on command.)What they found is that—as the mantis shrimp’s behavior suggests—the aperture is the sweet spot. “When Ninjabot hit the aperture the first couple of times, the shell would usually break off a little bit, so pieces of the lip would chip away,” says Crane.But. That success rate plummeted pretty rapidly on high-spired shells with relatively small apertures. “It seems that the aperture with these high-spired shells is a strategy of diminishing returns,” Crane adds. “So they start off and it seems like it’s going to be really successful, but likely due to aspects of the shell’s morphology, that gets less and less successful over time.” So the predator switches from striking the opening to striking the tip.What the mantis shrimp definitely doesn’t do, though, is switch and strike at the whorl. It’s pretty much indestructible for our boxer, which the researchers also confirmed with Ninjabot. “The easy answer is that the whorls are terrible,” says Crane. “The mantis shrimp never hit them.”
Break Even Homebuyers Renters Zillow 2016-02-04 Staff Writer When deciding whether or not to buy or rent a home, purchasing a home is typically more favorable in many of today’s housing markets, depending on how long a buyer plans to stay, but one generation still struggles with the buy vs. rent decision.After buying a home, the break even point of the purchase becomes the next important factor to consider. Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon analysis for the fourth quarter of 2015 found that buyers break even 1.9 years faster than renters on the same home in 70 percent of housing markets.Zillow says that homebuyers’ ability to break even on a home purchase in less than two years is due to ” low interest rates, healthy home value forecasts, and the relatively fast pace of rents in recent years.””On average in the U.S., you don’t need to plan on living in a home for even two years to make purchasing the home more financially advantageous than renting it over the same time period,” Zillow noted.In some cities such as Washington (4.5 years), Los Angeles (4.1 years), and San Diego (3.4 years) buyers would need to stay in a home for at least three years to break even, according to Zillow. Dallas and Indianapolis have the shortest break even points at 1.3 years.”Financially, it’s still a better deal to buy a home than rent it, assuming you’re planning to stay in the home for at least a couple years,” Zillow said.The millennial generation (under 35 years) struggle with the decision to buy a home because of job mobility, Zillow reports. On average, this generation works at the same place for an average of three years. It may not make sense for them to buy a home if this is case, even if the mortgage is more affordable.”Even with record-high rents in job centers like San Jose, Boston and Washington. putting off a home purchase might be the best financial decision for a young person who has saved enough for a down payment, depending on how long they intend to stay in their jobs and homes,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow Chief Economist. “Young workers face a lot of hurdles on the way to homeownership, including saving for a down payment in the first place and deciding where and when to settle down. The latest Breakeven Horizon gives young people another data point to consider when they’re making this important financial decision.”Zillow continued, “In general, rents are flattening across the country and expected to continue to stabilize, a factor that could lengthen the Breakeven Horizon as homes continue to appreciate.”Click here to read the full report. February 4, 2016 598 Views Homeowners on Fast Track to Break Even on Purchases in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … EU: Spanish citrus group labels South African mand … “There are more mandarins this year both from Spain and Morocco,” he said. “The starting prices for the first weeks were about the same as last season, but now with more fruit coming from Spain and Morocco, like Nardocotts – as well as more Orri from Israel – we will have to see how the market reacts.”Zuri said there could also be more challenging conditions in the U.S. mandarin market with California supplies. This season Israel is expecting a 70% rise in Orri exports to North America to around 9,000MT.Betsalel Ohana, export manager of Planet Israel, said there was usually very strong demand for Israeli Orri mandarins.”Orri is the real crown jewel in Israel’s mandarin exports,” he said. “It is a very attractive variety that is very tasty and very sweet. They fetch the highest prices, which sometimes reach around US$3 per kilo, which is a very good price.”He expected prices would come down over the coming weeks as volumes increased in the market, but said it was hard to know to what extent.Along with Orri mandarins, red grapefruit is another important Israeli citrus product. Zuri said that sizing would also be larger for grapefruit this year, but unlike the mandarins, he said this would limit export opportunities.”The grapefruit season started a bit on the slow side. Total exports will be smaller than last year, maybe 10% or even 20% lower, because the fruit is too big for export,” he said, adding that more fruit would likely be sold to the juicing industry, which pays high prices.Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan are among the biggest buyers of fresh Israeli grapefruit. Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … Peru expecting 8% uptick in citrus exports … January 28 , 2019 Israeli exports of its domestically developed mandarin variety, Jaffa Orri, will be up significantly year-on-year this season but there could be greater competition with other origins in the European market, according to one exporter.Rafi Zuri, citrus category manager as Galilee Exports, told Fresh Fruit Portal while there would be larger volumes of the fruit – driven almost entirely by a bigger crop in the country’s central growing regions – it was unlikely to top the record set during the 2016-17 season.”The Orri season started in December, so we’re still in the beginning,” he said. “It’s a bit early to say where it’s going, but for sure there will be more Orris than last year – it appears there are 20 – 30% more (around 90,000 metric tons) and a higher proportion of larger sizes. He attributed the larger sizing to warm summer and autumn weather and plentiful rain over recent months.Most Orri mandarins are sent to the EU market, where France is the main destination, followed by other western European countries like Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.Market conditions this year might be more challenging than last season due to increased competition with other mandarin supplying countries, he said You might also be interested in
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Q&A: Celine Dion’s fashion mentor Law Roach on collaborating with the star by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2017 3:05 am PDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Slipping pop superstar Celine Dion into the latest designer threads is one of the perks of being Law Roach.The Los Angeles-based style authority was chosen by the Quebec singer nearly two years ago to help redefine her wardrobe with designs fresh off the runway. Together they’ve proven themselves comrades in creativity by serving looks that have impressed even the fashion elite.“She always reinforces my love for fashion,” Roach says of working alongside Dion.“When we started her collaboration it was apparent she wanted to do something new — something just fashion forward.”What happened was beyond their wildest imaginations.Dion stole the show at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards by coupling her jaw-dropping rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” with an equally stellar white-winged Stephane Rolland gown. She’s also kept onlookers marvelling at her inventive blends of luxury brands on the streets of Paris.“Trust me, this is Celine,” says Roach, who credits himself as an “image architect.”“This has always been Celine. I just don’t think the world had the opportunity to view her that way at all.”Roach, who counts Top 40 singer Demi Lovato and actress Zendaya Coleman among his other clients, talked to The Canadian Press about working with Canada’s diva of the power-pop ballad.CP: You were first introduced to Celine at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but she knew your work from other celebrity red carpets. Upon meeting her, did you immediately start pitching ideas?Roach: We had a really brief conversation about fashion … and what she was looking for. I planned my case — for lack of a better phrase — and told her that, of course, I knew exactly who she was and I knew the brands she liked to wear. I talked about some of my favourite moments, that I thought she was sometimes ahead of her time and people didn’t understand that. A couple days later I got the offer to go to Paris.CP: So you’re hired by one of the world’s biggest music stars. What’s the first one-on-one session like?Roach: We were there for like five hours and literally laughed, joked around and played in clothes the entire time. It was amazing. When you come into an intimate situation with this person, like I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect and how she would treat me. When I came in, she was so nice and tangible, she was honest and at times vulnerable. Literally she has no fear when it comes to fashion. There is nothing that I will bring Celine that she’ll just say, “No.” She will always want to try it on and know why I brought it to her, then we collaborate on looks.CP: How do you prepare for a day of fittings? When you’re dressing her for several weeks — like you did at Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week last summer — it must be a major project.Roach: My team and I start preparing probably a few weeks before we actually go. Shopping, requesting things from designers and talking to designers about maybe doing something custom. (Fitting sessions) can go all night because she loves it so much. Sometimes with certain people it’s a chore. Like, a fitting is another thing you have to squeeze into your day. For Celine, it’s a time to let go of the world and come into this fantasy.CP: Do you ever see something on the rack and say, “Oh that’s Celine”?Roach: Absolutely. It’s everything though. It could be a cool leather jacket or a couture gown. It can be a shoe, sneaker or a T-shirt. There’s nothing that she doesn’t like or won’t wear. I literally can be anywhere at any time and be like, “Oh Celine would love that.”CP: Many of Dion’s best ensemble choices at Fashion Week were photographed as she stepped outside her Paris hotel. With the paparazzi watching her styles so closely, do you think using the hotel exit door is the latest way to showcase a new look?Roach: The Royal Monceau in Paris is legendary — that is her catwalk. It’s so funny because I met some new friends when I was in London and they were like, “We stay at Celine’s hotel.” That hotel has (become) synonymous with Celine. It was famous for Michael Jackson dangling the baby over the rail, but now it’s famous for Celine’s exit every morning while she’s in Paris.— This interview has been condensed and edited.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Stylist Law Roach is shown in a handout photo. Roach has played a key role in helping Celine Dion enter the fashion world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Silas Vassar, III
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Fundraising is monopolizing everything” Just before opening her door she says “That’s why campaign-finance reform is so important It’s the mother reform the reform that makes all the other reforms possible” She opens the door to accept a large thin box “You look like an actress” the messenger says Nixon has grown accustomed to this: “I am Sex and the City” Nixon’s most famous role is but a beat in a conversation dedicated to the role for which she’s now auditioning To those who hadn’t followed Nixon’s activism before she announced her candidacy she’s still Miranda Hobbes the tough-talking best friend from six seasons’ and two movies’ worth of Manhattan exploits But to New York politicos she’s a rising challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo New York politics has long been defined by personality and often haunted by scandal (The state’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman resigned on May 7 after allegations of his abusing women were published by the New Yorker “I have not assaulted anyone” Schneiderman told the magazine) Nixon appears for a celebrity almost prosaically scandal-free Her persona–the smart relentlessly logical law nerd from Sex and the City–precedes her and may help make her case Supporters say Nixon has already begun pushing Cuomo further to his left Since Nixon began her campaign in March the governor has announced that he intends to restore voting rights to paroled felons and signaled that he may legalize marijuana saying “The facts have changed” Nixon’s campaign calls this “the Cynthia effect” Cuomo allies contest this pointing to liberal accomplishments like New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 and the state’s $15 minimum-wage plan and paid family leave policy His campaign in a statement said “The governor’s long record of progressive accomplishment is irrefutable Any claims otherwise should be seen for what they are: baseless election-year rhetoric” A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Nixon’s support among Democrats at 28% trailing Cuomo by 22 points “Power never concedes without a challenge” Nixon says “And so that seems particularly true of Andrew Cuomo” While the 2018 midterm election has many first-time candidates taking on establishment politicians the most watched among them have been Democrats challenging Republican candidates who support the President Nixon’s opposition a man who she says has few core beliefs is a member of her own party Nixon will need to convince Democratic primary voters that she’s better equipped to carry out a governing vision than a two-term incumbent experienced at handling the levers of power Listening to her clear often lengthy but plainspoken answers it doesn’t seem impossible Stranger things have happened and recently I talked with Nixon on the afternoon of May Day after she took part in a morning protest against private prisons Nixon closely trailed by reporters is aware of her ability to draw the media’s attention “The press I watched them” she says “They were trying to get me in the crowd and they were trying to find me but then what was happening was so profound You could see the cameras turn from me and they started filming what people were doing and what people were saying” The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor inherently understands politics’ “theatricality” a word she used to describe her May Day rally Up against a governor born into a political dynasty who has mastered the gestures that play in New York she’s willing to play the skeptic “Cuomo is such a skilled politician that I think sometimes he’s too skilled” she says “Sometimes it bites him in the butt He’s very cognizant of investing money in things you can take a photo next to” Nixon has been an activist for progressive causes for 17 years She says she has been urged to run for governor since at least 2010 the year Cuomo was elected Billy Easton executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education a coalition that fights for public-school funding recalls Nixon’s working in 2007 to buttonhole Republican lawmakers in Albany the state capital to get more funds “She’s one of the key players in making that happen” Easton said Despite the availability of the governor’s bully pulpit Cuomo does not appear invincible In 2014 a little-known law-school professor named Zephyr Teachout got 34% of the Democratic primary vote against the then first-term governor And Nixon’s more visible campaign is riding the wave of female activists and candidates who emerged in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s election loss “I do think sometimes out of defeat there can be victory” Nixon says of Clinton “And I think that she inspired so many people including me to run in a way that had she been elected I would not have felt that same need” She pauses considering another inspiration point “And Bernie Sanders too frankly” Nixon says she finds inspiration in both of the 2016 Democratic rivals whose supporters fought bitterly at times “I think I’m a candidate of this time” she says “If you take Hillary’s message and you take Bernie’s message it’s not hard to combine them and say the Berniecrats have to do a better job of talking to people across the board and the Hillary–I don’t know what the nickname is the Hillaryheads we have to really get serious about income inequality and about how our country is more and more stratified And that’s how we end up with a Donald Trump” Nixon draws inspiration from emerging candidates this year as well including Stacey Abrams the woman making a pathbreaking run to be Georgia’s first black female governor Nixon remarks on how impressed she was that Abrams didn’t “find that daunting–she said I’m going to be the first” Does Nixon wonder about the symbolism inherent in her own run: a woman in a same-sex partnership (either would be a first for the governor of New York) running against … “A bully” she asks (I had been thinking a straight white man) “I really don’t and when people say it back to me it’s very nice but I never vote for anybody because of the category they fit in except maybe progressive” As our conversation ends Nixon apologizes twice for having been “long-winded” then knocks on an interior window to bring out her wife Christine Marinoni an education activist who had been doing some household chores Nixon seemed doubly advantaged–a star accustomed to sharing her mystique with her public and an insurgent candidate making connections not available to a traditional politician For someone in the middle of an already contentious race in a high-drama state Nixon was almost normal Whatever happens in the election she’s cleared the first hurdle with a bit of help from the jostling force of recent history The outsider given to long answers and challenging the mainstream seems in 2018 a natural politician Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the May 21 2018 issue of TIMEis funny on screenCazau also saidco/ZHUKVqW7yN Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 22 summit That coin features the silhouettes of Kim and Trump in front of a backdrop 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