Quick FactsThe 11th Zoofest/OFF-JFL festival, from July 11 to 17, is dedicated to showcasing emerging comedy, music, theatre and improve performers. In particular, OFF-JFL highlights the best new Anglophone voices.More than 135 artists will perform at 80 comedy and theatre shows in eight venues in the Quartier des spectacles.SPOT Zoofest is back with a new location on the Place des Arts Esplanade this year. This bilingual stage offers 12 days of programming from July 17–28.The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides funding to organizations that host arts festivals or seasonal professional-performance programs. It also supports organizations that back arts broadcasters.Related LinksCanada Arts Presentation FundZooFest Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter MONTRÉAL – The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today $10,000 in funding to support the 11th Zoofest & OFF-JFL festival in Montréal.The Canada Arts Presentation Fund support will allow the public to discover emerging music, theatre, entertainment and comedy talent at numerous multi-disciplinary performances held at several Montréal venues, and outdoor stages in the Quartier des spectacles.“It’s always a joy for an audience to discover new talent and to see bold and creative artists in action, bringing us novel perspectives and experiences. Zoofest & OFF-JFL festival is an important showcase for new and emerging artists, allowing them to experiment with new concepts. I encourage everyone let themselves be surprised by these emerging voices on the comedy scene.” – The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
The United States has taken note that the Government has yet to prosecute monks involved in attacks against Muslims and Christians in 2014.The annual US State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 released yesterday notes that the Government continued to permit the construction of Buddhist statues in non-Buddhist areas despite strong objections from members of the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian communities. According to the report, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) documented 85 incidents of attacks on churches, intimidation and violence against pastors and their congregations, and obstruction of worship services during 2016 compared to 87 such incidents in 2015. “The US Ambassador urged political leaders to take action to defend religious minorities and to protect religious freedom for everyone. The Ambassador encouraged the Government to make the national reconciliation process inclusive of religious minorities and to be protective of minority rights and sentiments. Embassy personnel also met with religious leaders to urge them to assume a leadership role in bridging the ethnic and religious divide in support of interfaith harmony. The embassy continued to support programs and host events designed to promote dialogue among religious and ethnic groups, and embassy officers met regularly with leaders and representatives from a broad range of religious groups to encourage them to play a leading role in reconciliation,” the report released by US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said. Multiple universities and mosques reported vandalism of Muslim prayer rooms during the year. Minority Rights Group International, an international nongovernmental organization (NGO), reported 60 instances of hate speech, acts of discrimination, or attempts to desecrate or destroy Muslim religious buildings in the first half of the year.The Centre for Policy Alternatives stated that several Buddhist nationalist organizations that regularly espoused hate speech continued to enjoy impunity from arrest and investigation, although not to the extent permitted under the previous government. Buddhist groups – including the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS or Buddhist Power Force), Ravana Balava (Ravana Power), Sinhala Ravana (Sinhala Echo), and the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa (Sinhala National Force), which claims ownership of the Sinha-Le (Lion’s Blood) campaign – continued to promote the supremacy of the country’s ethnic Sinhalese Buddhist population and propagated views hostile to members of religious and ethnic minorities. (Colombo Gazette)Download (PDF, 142KB)
(Photo: Swastika Trail sits on the edge of Puslinch Lake.)A street in Puslinch, Ont. will keep its name after council voted 4-1 against changing the controversial street name during a meeting on Wednesday evening.B’nai Brith Canada launched an online petition last month calling on the township to change the privately owned street name. According to The Canadian Press, members of the neighbourhood association held their own vote nearly two months ago in which a slight majority of residents said they wanted to keep the name. On Wednesday, council members said they did not want to overstep the democratic actions already taken by residents.Many residents who voted in favour of keeping the name say the roadway was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. Others argue the name is associated with hate and genocide. Jewish groups had urged council before the vote to change the name, saying the swastika symbol is still used by neo-Nazi groups and continues to appear in antisemitic vandalism.
MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local):8:30 a.m.Hawaii officials have closed a road leading to the summit of the state’s tallest mountain, the site of an embattled giant telescope project.The road was officially closed Monday, but protesters who say they’re protecting Mauna Kea from desecration had already blocked it.A group of elders tied together at the entrance to the road are expected to be arrested. After speaking with police, protest leaders say the group will step aside, but the elders will remain.Hundreds gathered to protest the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope, hoping to stop construction convoys from delivering equipment to the top.Another group of telescope foes have attached themselves to a cattle grate on the ground. Protesters are singing and chanting.Scientists hope building a massive telescope on a world-renowned location for astronomy will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.____8:00 a.m.Police have arrived to close a road leading to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain, where hundreds have gathered to protest building a giant telescope on land some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.Police are speaking with protesters gathered Monday at the base of Mauna Kea. Officials plan to close the road to the summit so that construction convoys can deliver equipment to the site.At the entrance to the road, there are about two dozen kupuna, or elders, tied together on the ground. Another group of telescope foes have attached themselves to a cattle grate on the ground.Officials say anyone breaking the law will be prosecuted. Protesters who blocked the roadway during previous attempts to begin construction have been arrested.Scientists hope building a massive telescope on a world-renowned location for astronomy will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.____7:45 a.m.More protesters who oppose building a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain are tying themselves together with rope to block a road to the summit.They sang and chanted as the sun came up Monday on the morning crews are expected to bring construction equipment to Mauna Kea.Hundreds have gathered at the site, which some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.Police are watching. Officials say anyone breaking the law will be prosecuted. Protesters who blocked the roadway during previous attempts to begin construction have been arrested.Telescope opponent Jennifer Leina’ala Sleightholm says she hopes construction convoys turn around and leave. She says protesters will remain peaceful.Scientists hope the telescope will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.____5:10 a.m.A group of elders has tied themselves together with rope, blocking a road to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain Monday morning.They are protesting the start of construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. No arrests were reported.Hundreds have gathered at the protest site.Officials say anyone breaking the law will be prosecuted. Protesters who blocked the roadway during previous attempts to begin construction have been arrested.Scientists hope the massive telescope will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.___4:05 a.m.State and local officials will try to close a road to the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain Monday morning to allow trucks carrying construction equipment to make their way to the top to begin construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.Hundreds of demonstrators are gathered to protest the construction.Officials say anyone breaking the law will be prosecuted. Protesters who blocked the roadway during previous attempts to begin construction have been arrested.Scientists hope the massive telescope will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.But some Native Hawaiians consider the land holy, as a realm of gods and a place of worship.___5:20 p.m. SundayAbout a hundred protesters are holding a vigil at the base of an access road to the construction site of the Thirty Meter Telescope.The protesters, who oppose building the telescope on what they say is sacred land atop Mauna Kea mountain, blew conch shells and held Hawaiian religious ceremonies Sunday. A police car drove by the scene.Work on the telescope is scheduled to start Monday. Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii’s highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.___3:30 p.m.At a short news conference Sunday, Gov. David Ige said that “respected the right of people to protest” at the site of the Thirty Meter Telescope as long as protesters behave lawfully.Ige noted that several hundred people were at a vigil Sunday near the construction site.“As construction begins, our number one priority is keeping everyone safe,” Ige said, adding that he wants to make sure construction workers and truck drivers have unimpeded access to the telescope site.Ige said that law enforcement agencies have prepared for every scenario, and they have co-ordinated their efforts.Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii’s highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help answer fundamental questions about the universe.But the site where they plan to build is considered by some Native Hawaiians as a realm of gods and a place of worship and prayer.___5:51 a.m.Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii’s highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.But the site where they plan to build is considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians — a realm of gods and a place of worship and prayer.The road to Mauna Kea’s summit will be closed Monday morning as trucks carrying construction gear start to make their way to the peak.Alongside them will be Native Hawaiian and other protesters who are willing to get arrested to stop the development.The project already has been delayed by years of legal battles and demonstrations, drawing attention from the likes of “Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa, who has Native Hawaiian ancestry and has voiced opposition to the telescope.The Associated Press
The United Nations Security Council today extended the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) through the end of January 2003, while calling on the parties – the POLISARIO Front and Morocco – to cooperate fully with efforts to resolve their longstanding dispute.Specifically, the Council called on the two sides to work constructively with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his Personal Envoy to the region, James Baker III. The Council also invited Mr. Baker to pursue efforts to find a political solution and voiced its readiness to consider any approach which provides for self-determination.The Council set up MINURSO in 1991 to implement a Settlement Plan between the two sides aimed at allowing the people of the Territory to participate in a referendum to determine whether Western Sahara should be independent or integrated with Morocco. Despite extensive preparations, the conditions for holding the referendum have never been met.Today’s resolution also addressed the humanitarian situation, calling upon the parties to collaborate with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the implementation of confidence-building measures, and to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to tackle the fate of those unaccounted for since the beginning of the conflict.The Council also urged the international community to “provide generous support to UNHCR and the World Food Programme in order to hep them overcome the deteriorating food situation among the refugees.” In addition, it welcomed the recent release of more than 100 Moroccan prisoners of war and called upon the POLISARIO Front to release without delay all those who remain in captivity.
On Tuesday, the Sixth Committee adopted a draft resolution calling for the Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism to reconvene in February to resume its elaboration of a draft comprehensive convention on international terrorism, which has encountered differences among Member States over inclusion of issues ranging from the battle against occupation to the actions of regular armed forces.In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he intended to consult with the chairman of the Sixth Committee and representatives of member states to see if there are ways for him to assist their efforts to agree on and conclude the convention during the General Assembly’s 60th session, which ends next September, as agreed by heads of state and government at last September’s UN World Summit.Only three weeks ago, in his latest push for speedy conclusion while visiting the Jordanian capital of Amman, where suicide bombers had just killed some 60 people and injured more than 100 others in an attack on hotels, he said adoption of a convention by 31 December “will be a wonderful New Year’s gift to the peoples of the world.”Finalizing the treaty has been elusive. A major sticking point has been the issue of exempting armed resistance groups involved in struggles against colonial domination and foreign occupation, on which General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said several key countries had taken hard positions.The Assembly still has to adopt the Sixth Committee’s draft and Mr. Eliasson said he was not giving up on the possibility of reaching an agreement this year. But, he added, “it is looking increasingly unlikely.”He said he would continue to consult with the Committee’s Chair but it was more likely that the search for an agreement would be deferred until February, as laid out in the draft.In his statement Mr. Annan urged all member states that had not yet done so to become parties to the existing 13 conventions on different types of terrorism. He voiced the hope that the Assembly would expedite adoption and implementation a strategy to promote comprehensive, coordinated and consistent responses to terrorism, developed from the elements he identified at an international meeting last March in Madrid.Then, at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security in Madrid, he outlined what he called the “five D’s” strategy: dissuading the disaffected from choosing the tactic, denying terrorists the means to carry out attacks, deterring state support, developing state preventive capacity and defending human rights in the struggle against the scourge.Today, he said he stood ready to amplify and further refine those elements if so requested by the Assembly.”In the meantime he is confident that the Security Council is ready to take any further measures that are necessary to deal with the threat of international terrorism, which continues to cause death and suffering to innocent people in many different parts of the world,” the statement concluded.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.”
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Visibly exhausted, battered and bruised, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller stood covered in grass stains in front of his locker at Sun Life Stadium with a forlorn look on his face. He and his team had just come up short against No. 12 Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, falling to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1) 40-35.After the loss, Miller said he planned to discuss with coach Urban Meyer and strength coach Mickey Marotti about whether he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.“(I have to) just think it out throughout the whole process and how it will go,” Miller said after the loss about his upcoming decision. “I don’t want to make no decision I really didn’t do my research on.”It looks as if the Buckeye signal caller will come back for one more year, though, according to reports by both ESPN and SI.com. No official announcement has been made by OSU. An OSU spokesman had no information about Miller’s decision when asked.Miller was sacked five times in potentially his last game as a Buckeye, taking plenty of hits and scrambling for control as he tried to rally OSU (12-2, 8-1) to its first postseason win in four years. The first sack of the game did the most damage, Miller said, injuring his shoulder.“On the first sack they had against me, I injured my shoulder. I know I landed on my elbow, but it shot right up to my shoulder, and it was hurting real bad,” Miller said.Miller said the injury nagged him all game and his pain level was “about like a nine and a half” on a scale of one to 10, but the last thing he wanted to do was come out.“You fight through it, because you’re a competitor,” said Miller, who did come out for a two-point conversion play after finding senior running back Carlos Hyde for a 14-yard touchdown that gave OSU the lead in the fourth quarter, 35-34.Meyer said he asked Miller if he could go after injuring the shoulder, getting a brief response from the junior: “I’m fine.”“He’s a soldier,” Meyer said during a postgame press conference. “I think on the two-point play he had to come out, but he said he was ready to go.”Miller’s toughness did not go unnoticed by his opponent either.“You tip your hat to a guy like (Miller),” Clemson redshirt-sophomore linebacker Kellen Jones said after the game. “You have to anticipate his move before he makes it, because before you know it, he’s out of there … He’s a great talent and it was great going up against him.”The Buckeye signal caller finished with 234 yards passing, completing 16 of 24 passes for two touchdowns, and running for two more scores. The second of his two interceptions all but sealed the win for the Tigers, though, as he was picked off by junior linebacker Stephone Anthony while trying to hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown over the middle with less than 90 seconds left.“I didn’t see (Anthony). It was good coverage, I’ll give him props,” Miller said about the interception. “That’s why he’s on the field too, he got a scholarship as well. He made a good play on the ball and I thought I had a man wide open, and he jumped right in front of it.“I thought I had Philly on a bender, and it was my mistake,” Miller said. “I’m not going to complain about anything, I’ve just gotta fix it.”It appears that Miller is planning to fix those mistakes in Columbus as he prepares for his senior season, despite alluding to the possibility of leaving early over the past month.“Oh, yeah. Of course. Definitely,” Miller said Dec. 18 when asked if he felt like his skills translated to the professional ranks. “Just like I came from high school. Coaches going to get you prepared, get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for. It’s another step in life.”If he does stay, Miller knows one man will play a huge part in getting ready for the next stage of his life.“I’ve got to think hard about it. I will talk to coach Meyer and see what he thinks,” Miller said. “He’s been through the process many times, so that’s the guy to go to. He never steers you wrong and ever since I got here, he took me under his wing and taught me a lot of things.”
Creating 3D models and animating them requires a lot of skill and takes years of practice before you become a professional. Typically an artist will have a mannequin sitting next to their PC as an aid to getting a pose right. But that mannequin can only act as a guide rather than a direct input for an on-screen model in a package like Maya or 3ds Max.Researchers at the University of Tsukuba and the University of Electro-Communications in Japan are aiming to change that by introducing a mannequin peripheral.It is called the Qumarion and consists of a physical mannequin that can be posed in multiple sitting and standing positions. Using QUMA technology, the data from 32 sensors and 16 joints on the model is relayed via USB to the 3D modeling software on a PC. The feedback is instant, allowing an artist to fine tune the pose on the real model and see it copied by the character on-screen.Although it looks perfect for the creation of 3D model posing and key frame animation, the creators believe it will mainly be used to create poses that then get traced over for 2D comic illustrations.At $750 for the complete kit, it’s not overly expensive for an artist to pick up and start experimenting with. At the very least, it should offer a better starting point with a model on screen than having to manually set a pose using a keyboard and mouse.The University of Electro-Communication isn’t new to the area of novel peripherals. Last year researchers there converted the vibration units contained in Sony’s DualShock controllers into a phantom vibration feedback system. Its aim is to make the feeling of getting stabbed or shot in a game more real.More at DigInfo.tv
The 1 December presidential election in The Gambia is now attracting the global community. Ecowas has conducted a pre-election fact finding mission. EU has conducted a human rights fact finding mission. Now the AU is also conducting a pre-election fact finding mission.It is therefore important for the government to put its house in order and prepare the country for genuine elections. This could be best done by releasing all prisoners who are connected to the 14 and 16 April and 9 May incidents and discontinue the trial of those who were arrested on 9 May, open up the state media to divergent views and dissenting opinions and put an end to all detentions without trial. These actions will go a long way in sanitizing the electoral process.
A reported houseboat fire at the Ridgefield Marina prompted a heavy response from firefighters Monday morning.Firefighters arrived on scene to discover the blaze was less of a fire and more of a minor electrical problem, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, a spokesman with Clark County Fire & Rescue.A fire was reported in a two-story houseboat at 5 W. Mill St. in Ridgefield just before 7:30 a.m.Multiple engines and at least one fireboat responded, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The large response was due to the fact that a houseboat fire would be difficult to fight, Dawdy said. Firefighters have to park engines a block or two away and walk equipment to the scene of the fire. The homes are close together, and on combustible platforms.“It’s a much more complicated thing and that’s why we had such a rigourous response,” Dawdy said.
SEATTLE (AP) — The mother of a missing Bellevue, Wash., toddler — or someone using her name and photos — created a profile on a dating website listing herself as a “sugar baby” seeking a “real man.”Police contacted the owner of the seekingarrangement.com website last week asking for information about Julia Biryukova. Owner Brandon Wade told KING-TV he gave police login information and account messages.The page was created July 25 by someone in Washington state identifying herself as JB, Wade said. The free profile required no proof of identity.The website offers “a secure place for like-minded Sugar Daddies, Mommies and Sugar Babies to meet each other.”JB signed up to be a sugar baby, “which means she’s looking for someone wealthy to take care of her,” Wade said. JB said she is “looking for financial stability and assistance. I am looking for a successful mentor. I am looking for a REAL man. YOU tell me YOUR ‘ideal’ arrangement!”The profile says “JB” expects “US$3,001 – $5,000 monthly.”The profile page features nine photographs of Biryukova and describes her as 30 years old, a non-smoker and non-drinker who can “speak fluent Russian, Ukrainian and English” and lives in Redmond. The last time JB accessed the account was October 26, Wade said.
Arcades have all but died out in the West, but in Japan they live on. Not just so that you can go play Street Fighter 2 or any number of classic shmups or other well-known fighting games. No, Japan continues to produce new arcade games to satiate the gaming masses, and developers don’t hold back when it comes to creating over-the-top arcade cabinets, too.Taito, a developer and publisher still best known for producing Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, also has a very popular series of games called Densha de Go! They are hugely popular train simulation games, with the first being released 20 years ago in 1995. And to celebrate that 20th anniversary Taito has decided to create a new arcade game and cabinet for the latest Densha de Go! release.As you can see, the cabinet recreates an almost full size replica of the front of a train where the operator sits. Here’s the in-development arcade cabinet, with all images courtesy of Famitsu and 4Gamer. <> The cabinet includes four displays, three of which act as windows showing the track and simulated outside world, where as the fourth forms the dashboard the player sits at. All the buttons from a real train are present, as are the two physical controls required to make the train move. This is a train-lovers perfect arcade game.Taito is owned by Square Enix, so it makes sense that Square’s VisualWorks (their CG studio) is taking care of the visuals while Taito gets the cabinet perfected. It’s far from finished, but the game and cabinet are set to be installed in Japanese arcades next spring. On release, the Yamanote line in Tokyo will be available to play, with other tracks and locations around Japan being added to the game in the months that follow.It’s very unlikely we’ll ever see this arcade cabinet making its way to the US or Europe, but I bet at least one train enthusiast will attempt to import it. Actually, it might be easier to create your own using an old train carriage, much like the guy who made his own flight simulator using a real Boeing 737 cockpit.
Understanding why green wave breakdown occurs may improve the green wave synchronization strategy and improve traffic flow in urban areas. Citation: Physics of ‘green waves’ could make city traffic flow more smoothly (2013, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-physics-green-city-traffic-smoothly.html Kerner’s paper, “The physics of green-wave breakdown in a city,” is published in a recent issue of EPL.Many large cities around the world, especially in Europe and the US, synchronize traffic lights on the busiest streets to create green waves. When a green wave works as intended, all vehicles within the wave can drive through a sequence of green traffic lights at a certain speed without having to stop at the signals. The timing of the lights can be controlled either by sensors or timers, and can be set up for traffic in one direction or both directions. Green waves have several benefits, such as allowing for higher traffic loads, reducing traffic jams, controlling traffic speed, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, and facilitating bicycle and pedestrian traffic.The biggest disadvantage of green waves is that, when the wave is disturbed, the disturbance can cause traffic problems that can be exacerbated by the synchronization. In such cases, the queue of vehicles in a green wave grows in size until it becomes too large and some of the vehicles cannot reach the green lights in time and must stop. This is called over-saturation. As more and more vehicles stop, the traffic can cause a gridlock where vehicles can’t move forward even when the light turns green because vehicles are backed up at the light ahead, which may still be red or turning green at the same time.The physics of this green wave breakdown has not been thoroughly studied until now. In his paper, Kerner used two kinds of models to investigate the underlying mechanisms. He identified several general features of green wave breakdown that are independent of the traffic flow model used, and also discovered that the physical characteristics of green wave breakdown depend crucially on which model is used. In one model, called a three-phase model, green wave breakdown occurs due to an initial speed disturbance (for example, a car turning onto the main road from a side street) that causes a moving synchronized flow pattern (MSP). In an MSP, vehicles move slower than in the initial free flow of green wave, causing delays that destroy the green wave synchronization with the traffic lights. The result is oversaturated traffic at the traffic signals.In the other model, called a two-phase model, an initial speed disturbance does not cause an MSP and the delays associated with MSPs. However, if the initial speed disturbance is large enough, and there is a large number of vehicles in the wave, then oversaturation and green wave breakdown can still occur. In both models, Kerner found that one or more phase transitions are involved in the breakdown process. Also, breakdown occurs with a certain probability of less than 1; in simulations runs with the same parameters, breakdown occurs at some times but not at others.While the models offer a theoretical explanation of how green wave breakdown may occur, experimental tests are needed to gather data and determine which model best fits the data. Kerner hopes that an empirical test will be performed in which the vehicle speed and flow rate are measured both upstream and downstream of a synchronized traffic signal. By studying speed disturbances and the possible emergence of MSPs, researchers could then determine the initial disturbances and how they lead to green wave breakdown.”This would be a very interesting test for an EU project,” Kerner told Phys.org. “However, as far as I know, there are no EU programs for such empirical studies of signal control. The problem is that my theory contradicts all classical theories of urban traffic, which, as is well known, do not work in the real world.” What causes traffic gridlock? More information: Boris S. Kerner. “The physics of green-wave breakdown in a city.” EPL, 102 (2013) 28010. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/102/28010 Explore further © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org) —If you’ve been lucky enough to catch all the green lights as you drive down a busy street, you may have been benefiting from intentional synchronization called a “green wave.” The green wave concept has been around in the US since the 1920s, but it doesn’t always work as it should. When traffic gets backed up for some reason, “green wave breakdown” occurs. In a new paper, physicist Boris Kerner at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany, has modeled and analyzed the causes of green wave breakdown, and the results may lead to better coordinated green waves and more efficient traffic flow. 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.
by NPR News Tom Goldman 8.23.19 5:00am The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide have won five national championships in the past 10 years. “That’s too many!” shout the haters, who especially love to pillory Alabama’s stern head coach Nick Saban. But in Alabama — and especially the team’s hometown of Tuscaloosa — there’s mostly devotion.A new college football season begins Saturday, and for the Crimson Tide, there is a renewed sense of mission. In last season’s national championship game, Alabama got walloped by rival Clemson. With a new season upon us, Saban and his team are determined to, as he likes to say, “not waste a failure.”A season approaches It’s a sweltering mid-August morning in Tuscaloosa, and the Alabama campus is largely deserted. Bryant-Denny stadium is empty, but you can hear a football season approaching.T-shirts are already stained with sweat as members of the Alabama marching band drumline rip their way through morning practice.Five, six, seven, eight…one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Band members count off as they move in formation without drums. Once the drumming starts, the rat-a-tat sound reverberates for blocks. This morning session is the first of three. That’s right: three-a-days for the group known as the Million Dollar Band.Hit your notes. Hydrate. Roll Tide!On the same morning, business is bustling at the Waysider. It’s the city’s famous Alabama football-themed restaurant where a small black chalkboard out front marks the number of days ’til the next kickoff.Inside, the walls are crowded with photos and paintings of players and coaches. Diners order from a menu with “Breakfast of Champions” written on the front. Including a woman whose striped shirt and lipstick match the school colors.”Every day you need to wear a little bit of crimson,” says Mary Jo Mason, a real estate professional who has lived in Tuscaloosa for 51 of her 78 years. She’s been a season-ticket holder for all 51 years and has cheered many national championships. Under the legendary Alabama head coach Bear Bryant, and since 2007, Nick Saban.Mason is buzzing about the upcoming season.”We’re riding high,” she says. “We have a great recruiting class and nobody ever questions Saban’s ‘process.’ And we’re looking forward to being in the [college football] playoffs and going into the national championship which is in New Orleans this year.”Indeed, for ‘Bama fans, heading into a new season these days isn’t a question of ‘how will we do?’ It’s more, who are we going to play for the title?Amidst her optimism, Mason doesn’t mention last season’s Clemson game. When asked to consider the national championship drubbing, Mason says she doesn’t have revenge on her mind.”I don’t care who we have [as a title game opponent],” she says, adding, “I just want to win the national championship. [Beating Clemson] should not be our focus. Our focus is us, and what we have to do to get there.”She sounds a lot like the head coach she reveres.”I felt like I personally needed to do a better job of keeping people focused,” Saban said a few hours later. He was talking about what he learned from the 44-16 beat down by Clemson.”I think one of the most difficult things is for the players to stay focused on not the outcome, but what does it take to do to get the outcome.”Trusting the process That is the foundation of his success. Getting young men to do what’s required to accomplish a lofty goal. At Alabama, it’s called “the process” and it’s a hallowed term in Tuscaloosa, albeit a big vague.Ask what the process is exactly, and you get different answers. But you’re not wrong if you say the process involves accountability, coachability, effort, discipline. Doing things the right way so many times and with such little deviation that you can’t do it wrong.”We’ve had good players who buy into the things that we do here,” Saban says, “to help them be more successful as people, students and players. And it’s worked fairly well for us.”In his 12 years in Tuscaloosa, Saban’s won five national titles [he also won one coaching at LSU earlier in his career]; he’s got 141 wins against only 21 losses; and he’s had more players drafted into the NFL than any other coach. His recruits are regularly among the best in the country. But there’s another important factor that links Saban’s success to Bear Bryant’s decades ago.”The one way in which they’re alike is that they had 100% confidence in what they’re doing,” says sports writer Cecil Hurt. He’s covered Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News since 1982.”But they also had the ability that very few people have,” Hurt continues, “to convey that confidence onto the people that they are leading. It’s one thing for you to be confident in yourself. It’s another thing for a room full of 18-to-21 year olds to be confident along with you.”After the Clemson loss, Saban didn’t lose confidence in the process. It just needed shoring up.”We didn’t have as good of accountability and preparation,” he says. “We have to have everybody put the team first. [And] those are all the things that we’ve tried to re-emphasize, to get our players to stay focused on.”The message has gotten through to players like senior defensive back Shyheim Carter.”People think just because we [are], you know, Alabama, we just going to walk in the stadium and win,” Carter says, adding, “it doesn’t work like that. We have to prepare just [like] everybody else, just [like] every other game.”Saban urges his players not to dwell on losses, or wins. But Carter says the Clemson defeat has come in handy.”When leaders on the team feel like practice is going sluggish,” he says, “they always say ’16 to 44.’ Remember that. And you know that kind of gives everybody an extra boost.”16 to 44. Alabama is first, even in defeat.Don’t waste time There was nothing sluggish about practice on this day. A loud horn sounded off when players were supposed to move to the next drill. Quickly. Saban was in the thick of it, wearing a straw hat with crimson-colored band, working with his defensive backs. He moved well, despite recent hip replacement surgery. That was in April. He was back at work within 36 hours of the operation.Saban doesn’t like to waste time.Indeed, before our interview, one of his assistants advised us not to meander with questions. Be direct. How will we know if it’s not working? His leg will bounce, we were told. Fast.Or maybe, we’ll get a snarl. Search “Saban rant” and YouTube is filled with clips of him yelling at practice or snarling at the media.There are moments of levity too. But those don’t always make it onto the highlight shows. We’re left with the snarl, which, in Alabama-unfriendly territory, has earned Saban nicknames like “satan” or the “Nicktator.”What does he think about his reputation as the dour leader of what’s been called a joyless juggernaut?”I don’t think that’s fair,” Saban says. “I think in this day and age it takes about 40 seconds for anything that you say or do to get out there publicly to be evaluated one way or the other. Obviously you can’t always please everybody but hopefully we can please the people in our organization and help them be more successful.”And, Saban says, they do have fun at Alabama.”It depends on how you describe fun. You know is it fun cutting up and doing crazy stuff that is not going to help you sort of be successful in the future? Or is [it] fun knowing you did your best to be the best you could be at whatever you choose to do? And that doesn’t mean you don’t laugh and enjoy yourself and the relationships that you develop while you’re doing it.”It also doesn’t mean it’s not hard.Saban is a perfectionist, which he says he got from “great” parents.”I worked for my dad in a service station,” he says, “and if you didn’t wash the car right you wash it again. If you didn’t do things the right way, you know there were consequences for it. So I guess it just became a part of how things are supposed to be done and need to be done for you to create any value for yourself and your future.”An admirable trait but it can be wearing on others. Saban certainly can be tough on his team. Thirteen assistant coaches have left Alabama in the past two years. They are in high demand, and many went to more prominent jobs, after having worked for a demanding boss.Former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Michael Locksley told the Wall Street Journal, “Every day you walk in that building you better bring your ‘A’ game. My goal was to show up every day and not have Saban have to rip my butt.”There are seven new coaches this season, and a renewed dedication to the process. Will it be enough for a seventh national title, giving Saban the most of any college coach in history?A final answer won’t come until January, when Alabama may be playing for another championship. But don’t ask Saban about that now, eight days before ‘Bama’s opening game of the season against Duke. It would ignore “the process,” and for sure get that leg working overtime.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Tide Rolls Back In: Alabama Hopes To Not Squander Last Year… Russell Lewis
Register Now » August 23, 2016 7 min read When I left my high-paying job at a successful private equity firm in San Francisco, I broke “the rules.” For the first time in my life, I felt free but also very afraid. It’s every financial professional’s dream to become a partner at a private equity firm where the compensation can amount to tens of millions in a lifetime. But me? I left the partner track to move to Tulsa. No, that’s not a typo. My fifth generation Native American roots were still there in my hometown where my parents had raised me 20 years before. I chose Oklahoma over New York, Chicago or San Francisco because I wanted to give back and transform the landscape of business in Tulsa. I am a builder in every sense of the word. I like to build businesses that contribute to the economy, but first I needed to search for and acquire a business that I could nurture.After 16 months of cold-calling entrepreneurs, in 2010 I finally unearthed the perfect company. The ConsumerAffairs website was originally created in 1998 as a news resource for journalists looking for trends in consumer complaints. Since then, my acquisition team has transformed the website from a complaint forum into a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform with more than 250 partner brands, representing 98 percent of our revenue and all our growth.Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup SuccessIn the process, a new revenue stream emerged involving subscriptions as opposed to advertisements. As we increased offerings and improved the overall user experience for consumers and businesses, clients expanded their partnership with us. We broke the rules, and it worked.Each month, more than six million visitors come to ConsumerAffairs.com to research, review and engage with the more than 5,000 brands represented on our site. Recent additions to our user experience include expert reviews, buyers guides, how-to articles and best match tools to grow the available resources we offer consumers as a platform for purchasing advice.Many CEOs have an idea of what they want to do with a business, but not many are thinking about how they can overhaul and revamp revenue streams. Collaborating with the brightest minds can help because the future value of a company is based on innovative ideas, products, services and revenue models that have yet to exist. Whether it’s relocating headquarters or adding new product lines and revenue streams, experiencing a breakthrough requires finding new ways to break the rules that bind most entrepreneurs. I threw away some of the top entrepreneurial rules shared among the business community to find a new level of happiness, prosperity and company success.Rule 1 — Follow the money.Anti-rule — Time is more important than money.I could have been a partner at a San Francisco private equity firm, but instead I chose to take a 60 percent pay cut and acquire my own company.Had I stayed at my 90 hour a week job, my career would have been purely about financial gain rather than the broader context of cultivating my own company. My acquisition of ConsumerAffairs.com has resulted in adding jobs to the overall Tulsa economy. Another benefit has been spending more time with my wife and two children. Unlike money, time is something that cannot be made.Rule 2 — Web-based businesses belong only in the Bay Area.Anti-rule: Anywhere but Silicon Valley.Bringing our headquarters to Tulsa was a pearl clutching moment because conventional wisdom says you’re supposed to build a consumer web business in Silicon Valley. Tulsa, Okla., is not typically seen as a tech town. It is still dependent on oil and gas even as we see declines in those sectors. Related: Why You Don’t Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon ValleyAlthough not being based in San Francisco has encumbered our product and ability to attract engineering talent, by headquartering in a smaller market, we have a significant cost structure advantage. It’s worth the trade-off in talent acquisition so that we can scale the company to further success without spending millions of dollars in rent to be located near Google or Microsoft. It just so happens that there is a lot of new development happening in Tulsa, making business overhead more affordable. As an early adopter, ConsumerAffairs is at the forefront of that economic development.Rule 3 — Don’t buy a technology risk laden company.Anti-rule — Acquire companies with innovative or technology potential.The processes of the original CEO from whom I purchased ConsumerAffairs were largely manual. When I acquired the company, I had to build a technology platform that did not already exist. After hiring a team of 29 engineers and four product managers to overhaul manual operations, the original business is now only 3 percent of our revenue.Even though we had to create a platform on top of the existing business, we’ve grown the company at a compound annual growth rate of 91 percent since 2012.Rule 4 — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.Anti-rule — When the ground is shifting under your feet, try pivoting even an established company.Conventional business wisdom says that entrepreneurs should not change anything about a stand-alone acquisition for at least two years — especially not its revenue model. Pivoting is supposedly only for start ups because achieving product/market fit and monetization is a near miracle for most, and earning money at something new is really hard. But with a business goal of doubling revenue consistently, we had to rethink our advertising-based revenue model, pricing and processes. I waited only 30 days to start tinkering.Breaking the two-year rule paid off when we launched the ConsumerAffairs for Brands accreditation program. The goal now is to dispute and enable the use of feedback and analytics to drive operational improvements in customer service and product offerings.Related: How ConsumerAffairs Survived Pivoting and Improved ProfitabilityOver the past two years, we have engaged more brands in solving consumer issues, expanded our platform to include dispute resolutions and offered brands a chance to provide documentation if they are unable to facilitate a resolution with a consumer. This is what’s unique about our partnership that no other review platform provides.Reducing reliance on the website’s advertising model enabled us to improve the consumer experience dramatically, and by developing new products born from the need to service brands, we have seen a massive return on equity. Rule 5 — Micromanage for better employee results.Anti-rule — Unleash your staff.Instead of micromanaging, I enable talent. Our corporate culture promotes freedom and responsibility by not having any rules. Some 60 percent of our workers telecommute. We offer unlimited paid time off with a paid vacation stipend. We maintain a well-stocked bar with the best beer selection for those who enjoy an alcoholic drink at lunch, and we have Uber on speed dial so that people can get home from work safely if they take good advantage of this employee perk. Freedom as a core belief is paying off. Our 2015 retention rate was 92 percent, which is unusual in the corporate and sales sectors. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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.
LOS ANGELES, California — Pink Floyd, the 1970s rock band known for its lush musical textures and meditative take on existence, is working on its first new album in two decades.The project is based on unreleased recordings made in 1994, according to a Twitter post by Polly Samson, wife of guitarist David Gilmour. The album will be the first new one from the band since “The Division Bell,” which was released that year.“Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River,’” Samson said in a tweet. “Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”Wright, a founding member of the band, died in 2008. So far, no word on whether original Pink Floyd co-founder, bassist and songwriter Roger Waters will participate, although the timing of the recordings makes it unlikely. Waters and Gilmour were tangled up in court for years over the latter’s use of the name Pink Floyd, after the original group split up in 1985.Pink Floyd achieved worldwide fame with the 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The album had a place on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 charts for 14 consecutive years.Durga McBroom-Hudson, one of the band’s touring singers, confirmed the upcoming release on her Facebook page, saying the recordings on the new album began during “The Division Bell” sessions as a side project.“It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks,” McBroom-Hudson wrote in the post.Shortly after, Pink Floyd’s website confirmed the news, revealing few more details.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Yusuf/Cat Stevens back with album, rare North America tour Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg New York hip-hop legend AZ gets ‘back to himself’ in new video filmed in Costa Rica Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new album
By George PsyllidesPARLIAMENT on Friday rejected three proposals that would have introduced cross voting in local, parliamentary, and European Parliament electionsThe three proposals were rejected by the majority of MPs, mainly from Akel, Diko, and Edek.Cross voting, a system allowing voters to opt for candidates from more than one party, came to the fore in 2015 but never looked like going through as the three opposition parties were against it from the start.Ruling Disy proposed cross-voting in local elections while the Green party submitted bills to introduce the system in parliamentary and EP elections.During the discussion, Disy MP Nicos Nouris said cross voting strengthened the voice of the people.Nouris said the party’s interest was not something recent, pointing out that there was a congress decision on cross voting.“Listening to civil society, we maintain the same political position,” he said.Green party MP wondered whether the parties opposing the proposals only wanted their hardcore supporters to show up in elections.“People are abandoning us, turning to abstention with disgust,” he said.The current system serves certain people who only cared about the party audience, Perdikis said, adding that cross voting was the medicine for abstention.Akel MP and head of the House interior committee, Eleni Mavrou, conceded that political life was decayed but that was caused by failure to fulfil pledges and serving other interests.Her party, she added, was ready to discuss modernising the political system but cross voting was not the remedy.She suggested that selecting individuals would worsen depoliticization and favour wealthy candidates with access to the mass media, returning democracy to the hands of the elit.Diko MP Panicos Leonidou said it would elect individuals who were not bound to election programmes and allow big parties to manipulate the electorate to vote for certain candidates.The argument was echoed by Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos who also added that his party’s unwavering position was not to change the electoral law a year before elections. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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