VANCOUVER, B.C. – An advocacy group that argues for the interests of taxpayers will be asking the courts to allow it take part in separate legal cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in a dispute over federal and provincial jurisdiction.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it will request permission for intervener status in order to fight against the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan and in favour of getting pipelines built through B.C.A reference question filed in the B.C. Appeal Court by the provincial government is asking it to affirm its right to protect the province from the threat of a diluted bitumen spill. The group is also applying to the courts for standing in the Saskatchewan case where the provincial government wants a ruling on whether the federal government can impose a carbon tax.Federation director Aaron Wudrick says it’s critical that Canadian taxpayers be represented at both proceedings where federal and provincial jurisdictions will be clarified.The federation says it will be filing the intervener applications over the coming weeks.The federal Liberal government has already announced that it will intervene in the B.C. case, which could decide the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Edmonton-area to port in Burnaby.Kris Sims, the B.C. director for the federation says the Canadian way of life and economic prosperity depend on oil and gas and British Columbia must stop efforts to block the expansion.“We are going to bat for taxpayers in this fight because without a robust economy, and without access to affordable oil and gas, people in B.C. won’t be able to drive to work, the cost of everything will surge and they won’t be able to pay the taxes that our governments impose on us,” Sims says.
BEIRUT — Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities.Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas begin forming before dawn. Taxi drivers are crossing the border to Lebanon to stock up on fuel — and then doubling their rates. Drivers can be seen pulling over because their gas tanks are empty.The shortages are largely the result of Western sanctions on Syria and renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, a key ally. But they have sparked rare and widespread public criticism of President Bashar Assad’s government just as he has largely succeeded in quashing the eight-year rebellion against his rule.Western sanctions imposed after Assad launched a violent crackdown on Arab Spring protests in 2011 crippled the country’s oil industry, which once provided 20 per cent of government revenues. Over the course of the war, Syria’s main oil fields fell into the hands of the Islamic State group and then U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.Iran, which has provided vital military support to Assad, extended a $3 billion credit line for oil supplies beginning in 2013. Russia, another key military ally, has helped cover shortages in cooking gas.But the Iranian aid appears to have dried up as the U.S. has restored tough sanctions following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement. In November, the U.S. Treasury Department added a network of Russian and Iranian companies to its blacklist for shipping oil to Syria and warned of “significant risks” for those violating the sanctions.Syrian officials say oil imports stopped in October and have appealed for patience.Syria produced 350,000 barrels per day before the war and exported more than half of it. Now it is down to around 24,000 barrels a day, covering only a fraction of domestic needs, said Mustafa Hassweiya, head of the state company for distribution of fuel.“It is a vicious economic war against us,” Hassweiya told al-Ikhbariya TV station.Earlier this month, the government limited fuel for private cars to 120 litres per month. On Monday, it limited the purchase of fuel to 20 litres every five days. Households are allowed one 8-kilogram (18-pound) gas canister every 23 days through a smart card system introduced last month. Gas stations have been ordered to remain open around the clock but many are unable to do so.Officials blame the shortages on sanctions, but many Syrians point to government mismanagement and corruption. The government’s handling of the crisis has provoked widespread criticism, even on state media and in parliament.Syria is Here, an anonymous Facebook page that reports on economic affairs in government-controlled areas, says officials cut in line to fill up their tanks and take more than is allowed. It criticized a televised tour by the oil minister to purportedly normal petrol stations, saying it trivialized the crisis.“Is it so difficult to be transparent and forward? Would that undermine anyone’s prestige?” the post asked. “We are a country facing sanctions and boycotted. The public knows and is aware.”The government has since ordered the fuel allotment for state vehicles cut in half.When another Facebook Page, Hashtag Syria, reported anticipated price hikes for subsidized fuel, government officials accused it of inciting panic and causing a run on gas stations. The site refused to take the news down and asked the ministry for comment, “instead of the threats.”The site manager was arrested. Hashtag Syria said the ministry decided to punish the site manager “instead of dealing with the real problem.” It called on the security agency holding the manager to either release him or put forward charges.The arrest drew rare public criticism from lawmakers and editors of state-run newspapers.“This is laughable,” media professor Nahla Eissa told a presenter on Ikhbariya TV who had suggested the site was to blame. “No rumour, big or small, can be responsible for the situation we are in.”The government’s resources have been further strained by the need to provide subsidized fuel to large areas captured from insurgents in recent years. Eight out of 10 Syrians are living below the poverty line, according to the U.N., and many cannot even afford the subsidized fuel.Economic hardship and anger at government corruption were among the main grievances that ignited protests in Syria in 2011. The government’s use of lethal force, and the rise of an armed insurgency, eventually ignited a full-blown civil war.Jihad Yazigi, an economist and editor-in-chief of The Syria Report, said fuel and gas shortages are “the worst” the government has faced. He said it is likely to respond with more rationing and with greater reliance on smuggled oil, possibly from Iraq. Other experts have estimated that Damascus buys 20 per cent of its fuel from middlemen in Syria’s Kurdish areas.Danny Makki, a London-based Syrian journalist who is currently in Damascus, said anger is rising again over deteriorating services. “It is a pressure cooker,” he said.Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press
In his interim report to the Security Council, the Secretary-General calls for the immediate release of more than 1,350 prisoners held by the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO), some for more than 20 years.Mr. Annan also draws attention to the situation of Saharan refugees in the Tindouf camps in Algeria as a matter of “growing concern” and appeals to the international community to provide generous support to the UN’s refugee and food agencies that are providing humanitarian assistance to those in need.As for the ceasefire in the territory, the Secretary-General notes the passage without incident of the Paris-Dakar rally through Western Sahara on 3 and 4 January. “There has been no indication on the ground that either side intends to resume hostilities in the near future,” he observes.The Security Council is expected to hold consultations on Western Sahara next Tuesday. The Secretary-General will also report on the future of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) before the end of its present mandate on 28 February.
Concluding its annual world conference today, the United Nations labour agency approved a programm for its next year that focuses on the creation of decent work for more of the word’s population, in a global economic environment that it said is creating jobs much too slowly.”Faced with a global jobs crisis that involves trillions in GDP growth but just a trickle of new jobs, we need as many good ideas as we can generate to guide our future course of action,” Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia said in his wrap-up of the 93rd International Labour Conference in Geneva. “The credibility of democracy and open markets are at stake,” Mr. Somavia added. “This conference has risen to the challenge by providing a rich laboratory of ideas for our efforts to make decent work a global goal.”In a press statement, the ILO said its new program includes action at the local, national, regional and international levels to create decent jobs for both men and women to address the crisis. Other priorities include the need to eliminate forced labour, create jobs for youth and improve safety at work.Guest speakers at the conference addressed globalization and the need for decent work. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria and current President of the Arab League, called for the social consequences of globalization to be considered at the Millennium Summit in September. President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the current Chair of the African Union (AU), urged Africa’s development partners to help make decent work agenda of the ILO a global goal.During the course of the meeting, ILO’s 178 member States also discussed the situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories, the state of labour standards in Belarus, Colombia and other countries and ongoing efforts to stop the use of forced labour in Myanmar. Delegates also considered the current state of working hours and how to balance the need for flexibility with measures to protect workers’ security, health and family life, ILO said.The Conference marked the fourth World Day Against Child Labour by calling for the elimination of child labour in one of the world’s most dangerous sectors – small-scale mining and quarrying – within five to 10 years. This “call to action,” it said, was aimed at freeing the estimated 1 million or more children aged five to 17 who currently toil in dangerous conditions in small-scale mines and quarries around the world.More than 3,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers participated in the conference, which began on 31 May.
Washington Redskins fans can breath a slight sigh of relief for quarterback Robert Griffin III because MRI results revealed that he has a sprained knee and not season-ending ACL injury.Griffin took the MRI after Sunday’s 31-28 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, but Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told ESPN Sunday that “everything is clear” in regards of significant ligament damage to Griffin’s right knee.The Redskins rookie quarterback was injured in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, when Ravens defensive linemen Haloti Ngata hit him at the end of a 13-yard run. Griffin limped off the field, only to return a few plays later and come right back out to fall to the field. He was helped off the field by fellow teammates.“I knew I needed to get out at that point,” Griffin told reporters after the game. “I couldn’t move. At some point you have to do what’s right for the team. And if I’m playing the rest of that game, I probably would have hurt myself even more.”Griffin headed to the locker to take an X-Ray and doctors told him that his ligaments felt fine.“I’m not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like,” Griffin said. “And it doesn’t feel like an ACL. … If I felt that, I’d be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody’s praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation. I’m not too nervous, but I’ll definitely be praying during the MRI.”Griffin proceeded to move the Redskins down the field after Ray Rice scored a 7-yard touchdown run, to put the Ravens up 28-20 with 4:47 remaining. He marched the Redskins down the field in an attempt to tie the game, but knew his leg was in too much pain once Ngata hit him.“I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course,” Griffin said with a smirk. “It hurt really bad.”Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds remaining in the game. He then ran in for the two-point conversion, which led to the winning field goal kick by Kai Forbath in overtime.Griffin was 15 for 26 for 246 and a touchdown pass before leaving the game. He also carried the ball seven times for 34 yards.Wyllie said that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will update Griffin’s condition on Monday, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns still remains uncertain.
Though it was the final home game for senior center Jantel Lavender, the biggest ovation of the afternoon might have been for Sarah Schulze. The 80-47 win against Wisconsin on Sunday was the senior forward’s second appearance since Ohio State’s Jan. 16 matchup against Michigan State, when she tore a medial collateral ligament (MCL), meniscus and an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. At the time, some feared her season — and her career at OSU — might be over. “They gave me the option to play,” Schulze said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “I can never get this back, so even though I’m not 100 percent now, I can still get in and bang a little. It’s totally worth it.” Schulze and Lavender were honored before the game alongside senior teammates, guard Alison Jackson and guard Brittany Johnson. Lavender had to wipe away tears as she embraced her teammates. For Schulze, her first home game since the injury was equally as emotional. “I’m just happy I’m playing and just having a second chance to actually be on the court,” she said. “I was just soaking up today.” After Schulze hit a three from the top of the key with 8:07 left in the first half, the Schottenstein Center crowd gave her an extended ovation. It was her only field goal of the game, and her only points since her injury. Schulze committed three fouls and didn’t attempt a shot in the Buckeyes’ 76-74 victory at Purdue on Feb. 20. She started in 17 games before the injury. In her absence, coach Jim Foster inserted freshman forward Ashley Adams, who has been a mainstay ever since. “With the timing of Sarah’s injury, whether or not Ashley was ready, she was thrown in there,” Foster said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “How she’s progressed on the floor has been a big deal.” Freshman forward Martina Ellerbe started in the first game Schulze missed, Jan. 20 at Illinois, but Adams has been in the starting lineup ever since. Adams averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game coming into Sunday’s game. Schulze played 13 minutes Sunday after only playing four minutes at Purdue. She said her knee injury has caused her to become a more cerebral player. “I’m not as explosive anymore, so I have to really play smarter,” she said. “Whenever I jump, I have to pay attention to how I land. It’s almost like I’m a step behind from where I used to be.” OSU (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) will travel to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis to play Iowa on Friday.
Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentIt took nearly the entire first quarter, but once things got started for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team they never looked back.Trailing 2-1 in the opening quarter of their first round NCAA lacrosse tournament matchup against the Towson Tigers the No. 3 Buckeyes found their scoring touch, and scored 15 of the game’s final 19 goals on the way to a 16-6 victory.The game, played in Ohio Stadium, was the first time the Buckeyes have hosted a home playoff game in program history. Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander said he understood the importance of the moment, and was not willing to let his team lose.“It means a lot to play a home game in ‘the Shoe.’ We are truly honored to play there and we want to thank everyone who made that happen,” Alexander said. “As seniors, we didn’t want to go out with a loss at home. The whole team bought into that mentality and we worked to have a win for our fans.”OSU’s leading scorers this season were the difference in the match, with sophomore midfielder Jesse King scoring four and senior attacker Logan Schuss and freshman attacker Carter Brown both adding three goals of their own.“In the first quarter we struggled,” King said. “We weren’t really playing our game. Once we started setting up our offenses, we started clicking like we usually do.”Senior midfielder Trey Wilkes continued his successful season by winning 18 of 23 face-offs and preventing the Tigers from sustaining significant spells of possession.Coach Nick Myers thought that the domination of the faceoff statistics was a huge part in turning the game in OSU’s favor.“For me the turning point in the game and I think for the men was the third quarter when Trey (Wilkes), Michael (Italiano) and Darius (Bowling), our wing play, really got hot. We started to stack possessions on top of each other,” Myers said. “I think offensively we found a rhythm and defensively we didn’t really feel like we needed to play as much defense as we were in the first half.”A lot of OSU’s success this season has been given to their star players, but Schuss said that it is much more about playing as a team rather than individual performances.“We’re definitely feeding off each other,” Schuss said. “It’s a great feeling when you can go into a game and know that it’s not one guy doing it all. You have six to seven guys who are scoring.”King said he understands the contributions that Schuss brings to the team, but sees how other players can capitalize on having a player of his caliber on the field.“We have Logan out there and he draws a lot of attention,” King said. “That makes it a lot easier for the rest of us to find open spots or seams. Other guys are now stepping up and becoming bigger threats so that opens him up as well.”With the win, the Buckeyes are set to take a trip next week to College Park, Md. to take on Cornell, who beat No. 6 Maryland 16-8 in their first round matchup.Even though the Ivy League school didn’t earn one of the top eight seeds in this year’s field, Myers will not allow his team to overlook Cornell.“Cornell has been at the top of the rankings all year. They have a great coaching staff and they have a lot of top players too,” Myers said. “We have our hands full but we’ll continue to focus on us. We’ll just rest tonight and get right back to work tomorrow and focus on the next challenge.”The Big Red have two of the nation’s top scorers, as Rob Parnell and Steve Mock are both in the top 10 in points per game, and boast an offense that scores over 14 goals a game.OSU is scheduled to take on Cornell in College Park, Md. on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. for a spot in the final four.
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DAVID DIMBLEBY LOOKS like a sharp-suited 75-year-old, but on his right shoulder the journalist has something a little different to his BBC peers.The septuagenarian was so taken by the idea of tattoos while doing some recent filming that he went and got a scorpion permanently inked on his shoulder.The BBC reports that Dimbleby told the Radio Times that while making the maritime series Britain and the Sea, he had a black pencil mark drawn on him.He decided that it was ‘wimpish’ to just have it drawn on, and that he “needed to man up” – so went under the tattooist’s needle.However, he drew the line at doing a Cheryl Cole and getting his bum tattooed.Britain and the Sea will be shown on BBC One on Sunday.Read: Dublin woman celebrates her 80th birthday by getting a tattoo… of sweet peas>
Google lance sa librairie numérique aux Etats-UnisGoogle Books fait son apparition aujourd’hui aux Etats-Unis et débarque ainsi sur le marché des livres électroniques. La bibliothèque virtuelle propose plus de 3 millions de titres numérisés. Après Amazon et Apple, Google lance sa librairie de livres numériques aux Etats-Unis. “Nous pensons que ce sera la plus grande e-bibliothèque du monde”, a expliqué à l’AFP une porte-parole de Google, Jeannie Hornung. Tout le monde pourra utiliser cette bibliothèque. Il suffit, pour cela, de naviguer sur un ordinateur relié à Internet. Mais des applications dédiées aux appareils portables doivent également faire leur apparition : utilisateurs de smartphones, iPad ou iPhones pourront en profiter.Si plusieurs liseuses seront compatibles avec Google Books, le Kindle d’Amazon se verra privé de cette e-bibliothèque.La librairie électronique affichera les meilleures ventes suggérées par le New York Times. Par ailleurs, elle a conclu des partenariats avec 4.000 éditeurs et assure que ses prix seraient “concurrentiels” avec le reste du secteur.Google, qui souhaite mettre en ligne tout le savoir du monde, affirme avoir déjà numérisé depuis 2004 plus de 15 millions de livres écrits en 400 langues dans une centaine de pays.Cette année, aux Etats-Unis, près d’un milliard de dollars concerneraient les ventes de livres électroniques, selon le cabinet Forrester Research. Environ 7% des internautes américains adultes lisent des livres numériques. Un taux qui devrait doubler l’an prochain d’après le cabinet. Actuellement, le Kindle d’Amazon domine ce marché.Google Books devrait faire son apparition à l’international en 2011. Le 6 décembre 2010 à 18:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pollution : les sacs plastiques interdits en Italie dès le 1er janvierAlors qu’en France, le Sénat vient de repousser la taxation des sacs plastiques distribués en caisse à 2014, l’Italie interdira dès le 1er janvier prochain les sacs non biodégradables. Une mesure qui a fait l’objet d’un moratoire pendant un an, afin de permettre à l’industrie du plastique de s’y adapter.A partir du 1er janvier 2011, seuls les sacs en plastique biodégradables seront autorisés en Italie. Cette mesure avait été proposée dès 2007, mais ce n’est que quatre ans plus tard qu’elle entrera enfin en vigueur, malgré l’opposition de l’industrie du plastique, qui réclamait une prolongation du moratoire, assurant que la loi manquait de clarté et risquait de perturber les consommateurs. La ministre de l’Environnement Stefania Prestigiacomo a rejeté cette demande, estimant que “les producteurs ont eu assez de temps pour se préparer eux-mêmes à ce changement”.Alors qu’aucune mesure analogue n’a encore été mise en place à l’échelle de l’Union européenne, cette décision a en partie été motivée par la très grande utilisation de sacs plastiques des consommateurs italiens. Ces derniers utilisent en effet presque le quart de l’ensemble des sacs produits dans l’Union Européenne (UE), mais se disent aujourd’hui prêts à changer leurs habitudes. Stefania Prestigiacomo, qui estime que “le développement durable est fait de petits changements à notre mode de vie qui ne nous coûtent rien et peuvent sauver la planète”, est soutenue par 73% des consommateurs italiens, a révélé un récent sondage.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the gunman who, they said, opened fire outside of a synagogue in Northeast Miami-Dade, sending one of its members to the hospital.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting outside the Young Israel of Greater Miami Temple on the corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and 171st Street, just after 6:30 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said the victim, later identified by temple members as 68-year-old Warren Lipschutz, was approaching the front door of the house of worship.“He was here waiting for me outside every day to help me with my walker. I just had hip surgery,” said Rabbi Dovie Lehrfields, a member of the synagogue.Officials said a black Chevrolet Impala had circled the synagogue several times as Lipschutz was walking toward the building.“It circled once again, and by that time the victim was approaching the door,” said MDPD Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.Police said the vehicle pulled up near Lipschutz as he was just inches from the synagogue’s front entrance, and the subject got out. “There’s a tree that slightly interferes, but we were able to see a gun,” said Rabbi Koby Litowich.It was at that moment when, officials said, the subject discharged his firearm, striking Lipschutz in the leg.“Shots were fired. The victim tried to duck behind the bench,” said Litowich.Surveillance video from more than a block away from the synagogue picked up the sound of gunfire.Area resident Brito Fernando said he was working on his vehicle just feet away from the synagogue when the first shots were fired.When asked how many gunshots he heard, Fernando replied, “Like six.”In total, police said, the driver fired eight rounds. .@MiamiDadePD are currently passing out this flyer as they search for who shot a man Sunday at a NE Miami-Dade synagogue. @wsvn #7News pic.twitter.com/I4ohByJ8XL “Scary. Terrifying. There’s no words,” said Litowich.“It’s unfortunate that outside a house of prayer, something so terrible and evil can happen,” said Zalmy Mochkin.A rabbi at the temple noticed a pattern with the uptick in shootings and attacks near other synagogues.“This happens not just in this synagogue, other synagogues have had this as well,” said Lehrfields.As police try to determine a motive, members of the synagogue were also left wondering.“I don’t know if he was aiming to hurt a Jew or the synagogue,” said Lehrfields. “It so happens that the gentleman was sitting there. I say may he be apprehended, and may he be given the justice that’s coming to him, according to the law.”Raksin’s brother said Sunday’s shooting brings back terrible memories. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Paramedics transported Lipschutz to Aventura Hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition. He is expected to be OK.Parishioners who know the victim described him as a devout, helpful and loyal member of the community. They said he comes to Young Israel to pray daily.“He’s a wonderful person,” said Lehrfields. “Everybody loves him.”Fernando said he also knows the victim.“I see him every Sunday,” he said.Monday afternoon, 7News cameras captured markings on the temple’s wall where parishioners believe bullets struck. “Four years ago, my brother was murdered just a few blocks from here, and they still haven’t caught the murderer,” he said.Despite the shooting and active investigation, the synagogue remains open.“I’ve had a concealed weapons permit for many years. I’ve only carried my gun with me at night, but as we’re talking now on camera, I’ve got it in my pocket,” said area resident Mark Goldstein.Neither the synagogue nor police have released surveillance video of the incident.Investigators said they are searching for a black Chevy Impala with dark tinted windows. Its model year is between 2006 and 2013.Police described the subject as a man between 20 and 25 years old with a slim build and short cropped hair. He is considered armed and dangerous.The Young Israel of Greater Miami Temple has set up a GoFundMe for Lipschutz. If you would like to donate, click here. Meanwhile, police officers went door-to-door passing out flyers with a picture of a dark colored Impala. Officers have remained along Northeast 171st Street on and off since the incident.“Anytime that someone is shot sitting outside a synagogue, it’s gonna create fear in the Jewish community,” expressed Yeheda Kaploun, who lives near the synagogue, “and it has to be addressed by the highest level.”“Every day that I’m walking, I’m always afraid that I’m going to get shot,” said the brother of Yosef Raksin, the New York City-based rabbi who was shot and killed near Young Israel back in 2014.Police said they do not yet know whether or not the incident can be categorized as a hate crime.“If we can’t be safe where you want to be able to go and worship and pray, then what kind of a country are we living in?” Zabaleta said. “That’s why we want the community to come close together, let’s come together on this. Somebody had to hear something. They had to see something.”Those who attend the synagogue reacted to the shooting. — Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 29, 2019
Twitter Facebook Rapper Pouya On His Experience With Anxiety | Mental Health Awareness Month NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 10, 2018 – 5:01 pm Rapper Pouya Talks Living With Anxiety News The Miami-based artist candidly talks about how living with anxiety has impacted his life Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 10, 2018 – 5:05 pm The career of a rapper is rife with high-stress situations, from the pressure to perform in the studio and onstage for fans, in addition to the late nights, early mornings and time on the road. For Miami-based rapper Pouya, living with anxiety has proved to make his career choice a little more complicated. Email Pouya Raps On Living With Anxiety rapper-pouya-his-experience-anxiety-mental-health-awareness-month The Recording Academy caught up with Pouya, who sat down with host/songwriter Charlie Travers in his hometown Miami and opened up about how his life has been impacted by anxiety, which started when he was still a teenager.”One day in school I was not feeling good, so I went home and then the next day I was starting to feel these feelings that I didn’t enjoy,” says Pouya. “I started to get a racing heart, sweaty palms, this and that, my mind started racing too fast, I started thinking I was going to die, started having panic attacks. I didn’t know what this was for almost six, seven months until I went to therapy. … They’re like, ‘Oh, you have anxiety, you have an anxiety disorder.'” I don’t remember what it was like to not have anxiety— kevin (@Pouyalilpou) May 9, 2018Pouya certainly isn’t alone. A 2016 Help Musicians UK study found that an astounding 71 percent of the musicians they surveyed experienced panic attacks or high levels of anxiety. And artists from Adele to Miley Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz have all revealed a struggle with anxiety.At the time he was diagnosed, Pouya didn’t know what anxiety was. He only knew that it something was keeping him from his favorite activities such as skateboarding — he later picked it back up when he realized the exercise helps calm the anxiety. Though Pouya still feels nervous at times — before performing, for example — he’s learned to cope better in social situations.”It’s still something that I deal with to this day, but I’ve learned to cope with it a little bit better,” Pouya says. “Sometimes I have really bad weeks, really bad months and sometimes I have really good months.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Oculus Quest 5:18 43 Photos 13 See it Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is a bold bet on the future. James Martin/CNET If you list people’s complaints about virtual reality, they usually include how expensive the headsets can be, how clunky they are to connect by wire to a computer, and how there aren’t enough compelling games and apps.Facebook believes it’s about to make a big dent in all that with its new Oculus Quest.Powered by a self-contained onboard computer, the device is more powerful than the entry-level $199 Oculus Go and works with a pair of hand controllers.It can play many of the popular games on the high-end computer-connected Oculus Rift S, like the popular rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing movie tie-in Creed: Rise to Glory. It’s also got an upcoming Star Wars game, Vader Immortal, planned around its upcoming launch.And it’s priced at $399, less than other high-end headsets like the new Valve Index or HTC Vive, both of which start at $499. This is gonna be a big year for VR. Mark Zuckerberg $398 Share your voice For game developers like Survios, which made Creed: Rise to Glory, that means coming up with even more must-have titles that work well with the new device. James Iliff, the company’s co-founder and creative chief, said he’s already pushing his teams to build their next games with the Quest in mind.”The Quest is a starting point,” he said. What excites him about it is the wire-free design, including cameras that can track your movements, so when you duck in the real world you do so in the game world too. That, in addition to offering the same hand controllers the higher-end Rift already uses, makes it a compelling device.”Quest is finally a synthesis of all these different technologies,” he said. “Things are taking longer, but progress is happening.”That’s likely how Zuckerberg feels too. “This is gonna be a big year for VR,” he said Tuesday while talking about the Quest and Rift S launch plans. “These are a real step forward.” Mentioned Above Oculus Quest We took Oculus Quest on vacation Bottom line, it attempts to answer most of people’s complaints about VR headsets so far. And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks that could be a game changer.The Quest is “the all-in-one headset that we’ve all been waiting for,” he said Tuesday while announcing the device’s shipping date of May 21 during his company’s F8 developer’s conference. “Quest just blows people away.”CNET’s Scott Stein agreed, declaring the Quest “the best thing I’ve tried this year.”What we don’t know, even with all that, is whether it’ll succeed. Now playing: Watch this: Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Tags Comments Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR The VR world has been riding a wave of hype for years. It started in 2012, when Oculus was a startup, co-founded by the device’s teenage inventor, Palmer Luckey. In a Kickstarter video, the company pitched a $300 headset that promised to let you “step into the game.”Fast-forward seven years, with a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 launch of the then-$599 Oculus Rift, and VR hasn’t yet proven to be the world-changing technology it promises to be. Headset shipments, which started in 2016 at about 6.6 million units, are estimated to rise just to 8.4 million this year, according to estimates from market watcher Nielsen’s SuperData Research.”VR has no necessity to it yet,” said Stephanie Llamas, who oversees VR research at SuperData. The technology has caught on with gamers, artists and tech enthusiasts, she added, but it’s struggled beyond that. That’s where she thinks the Quest could succeed. Facebook boasts at least 50 titles that will be available around when the Quest launches, including that Star Wars game.”The Quest could be the opportunity to bring in the second wave of users,” she said. “It depends.”Facebook sees the Oculus Quest as the next big step in VR. James Martin/CNET Beginning the QuestThe Oculus Quest and Rift S aren’t just new devices from Facebook’s VR division. They represent a second generation of VR, from one of the most influential device makers in the industry. One way Facebook is telegraphing the importance of the Quest is through retail stores. The company is updating its retail displays for stores like Best Buy with new large touchscreens that help people learn what the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are, what games and apps are available for them, and why they’re different.The company’s also expanding its retail presence into GameStop retail stores, in an effort to draw gamers too.”We hope the Quest will mark an inflection point,” said Sean Liu, director of product management at Oculus. The company is beginning to sell to businesses as well, and plans to begin offering software to manage fleets of VR headsets soon. “There’s a lot of foundation work we need to do, and I think this is a stride in that direction.”Unlike the original Oculus Rift, the Quest doesn’t need a computer, a bunch of wires or additional sensors. It’s all self-contained. Sarah Tew/CNET Betting on QuestSome nagging issues could hold the Quest back. A recent survey by IDC sponsored by PlayStation VR maker Sony found that some of the top reasons people still hold off buying VR devices are the cost of hardware and a lack of compelling games and experiences. Lapsed VR users don’t have enough reasons to keep coming back.”Getting people to put the headset on for multiple hours per month is hard,” said IDC analyst Lewis Ward, who authored the study. He found that on average, VR owners spend less than seven hours per month in the headsets. That makes owners question the wisdom of their $250 to $800 purchase, not including the cost of a game console or PC to power their devices, he said. “What can be done to drive up hours of use?” he said. “You’ve got to drive that number up. And then those people will go tell their friends, ‘You gotta put the headset on, you’ve gotta try it.'” Things are taking longer, but progress is happening. James Iliff, COO at Survios CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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Indian police have arrested ten university students for playing PUBG, the hugely popular smartphone game described by one minister as a “demon in every house”.The arrests occurred Wednesday in western Gujarat state, where local authorities enforced an outright ban on PUBG last week over concerns about its impact on the “behaviour, conduct and language” of those playing it.The students were released on bail later the same day, police inspector VS Vanzara said Thursday.Another police official, Rohit Raval, told the Indian Express newspaper the game was “highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing” they did not even see police approaching.Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game — which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.But concern has been raised in other parts of the country, where close to half a billion people are online and cheap smartphones and data plans are bringing more first-time users into the digital realm.Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.A minister in coastal Goa state described the PUBG as “a demon in every house”. Last month, a mother complained to prime minister Narendra Modi about her son’s addiction to online games during a public interaction and he replied: “Is this the PUBG one?”Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series “The Hunger Games”, PUBG is free to download and pits players stranded on islands against one another in a virtual fight to the death.
For the first time, physicists have entangled a qubit with a “qutrit” – the 3D version of the 2D qubit. Qubit-qutrit entanglement could lead to advantages in quantum computing, such as increased security and more efficient quantum gates, as well as enable novel tests of quantum mechanics. Explore further Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity Citation: Physicists Demonstrate Qubit-Qutrit Entanglement (2008, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-physicists-qubit-qutrit-entanglement.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The research team, composed of physicists from the University of Queensland, the University of Bristol, and the University of Waterloo, has published its results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. The researchers made qutrits with biphotons (two correlated photons), resulting in “biphotonic qutrits.” Then, they entangled these qutrits with photonic qubits (made with one photon) using a combination of linear optic elements and measurements.A qutrit, just as it sounds, is the quantum information analogue of the classical trit. Due to its quantum mechanical nature, a qutrit can exist in superpositions of its three basis states. This is similar to how a qubit can exist in superpositions of its two states. Because of the qutrit’s 3D nature, though, it can carry much more information than the qubit. (A string of n classical bits holds 1n states, a string of n qubits holds 2n states, and a string of n qutrits holds 3n states.)Many researchers have investigated the possibilities of entangling a qubit and qutrit, hoping to develop a valuable tool for improving quantum computing and exploring novel quantum phenomena, among other things. The authors’ result now makes such theoretical proposals experimentally testable.“For me, the significance our paper is about how entangling systems to a qubit can be a great way to manipulate that system,” co-author Benjamin Lanyon of the University of Queensland told PhysOrg.com. “In our example, we use this technique to dramatically extend the range of possible transforms on qutrits – these higher dimensional quantum information carriers, which offer loads of advantages, but are otherwise really difficult to handle.”In their study, the researchers show that qubit-qutrit entanglement can be a useful resource to manipulate the difficult-to-handle qutrits. The scientists built a non-linear qutrit polarizer, which involves creation of the entanglement and destructive measurement of the qubit. The result is to temporarily remove a single qutrit state from the qutrit’s superposition. Lanyon explains that this is an example of a measurement-induced nonlinearity (MINL), which is known to be an extremely powerful tool to manipulate qubits and realize an optical quantum computer. “Measurements on the output of optical circuits built from only linear elements (such as beamsplitters, phase shifters and mirrors) can give rise to a non-linear evolution of the input optical field, i.e. for all intents and proposes, the photons seem to have interacted,” said Lanyon. “This is surprising, since photons do not naturally interact in these systems, and the effect is called a measurement-induced nonlinearity. In the context of our study, the MINL gives rise to the non-linear evolution required to generate entanglement and remove a single logical state from a qutrit superposition.”He also gave a visual description. “Consider that there are a number of different paths that the photons could take through the optical circuit,” he said. “As in the double-slit experiment with electrons, the photons take all these paths at once, and, at the output, we end up with a large superposition. Now let’s make a measurement of the whole (or part) of the output state. Certain results mean that certain paths were not taken – and therefore we can get rid of paths this way, conditional on getting certain measurement outcomes. Very clever measurements can leave you with a path history that results in entanglement.”The researchers also propose a number of extensions to their work. For example, a pair of entangled qubit-qutrit states could be used to create qutrit-qutrit entanglement, which would first require entangling the two qubits. High-brightness single-photon sources currently in development will help with these kinds of future experiments. The researchers also propose that using MINLs as a manipulation technique is not limited to photons, but can be applied to any type of bosonic quantum information carrier.The scientists predict that higher dimensional entanglement will have applications including optimizing security in quantum information systems, and increasing channel capacity for quantum communication, among other uses. More information: Lanyon, B. P., Weinhold, T. J., Langford, N. K., O’Brien, J. L., Resch, K. J., Gilchrist, A., and White, A. G. “Manipulating Biphotonic Qutrits.” Physical Review Letters 100, 060504 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. 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(PhysOrg.com) — Computer graphics have come a long way since the birth of Atari Games over 30 years ago. Today, computer graphics seem very real and some day researchers will pull graphics out of your television or computer display and integrate them into real-world environments. By using Nvidia’s new Tegra platform, the game’s maps are generated by pointing the phones camera at a 2D drawing printout lying on a table. The end result shows a realistic 3D world with buildings popping up, as players move the real world around the game map placed on the table. Motion controlled devices for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s new Natal platform are already being used to enhance gamers experience. By using the Natal platform, as the control mechanism, body movements can easily be converted into game movements. The ultimate goal would be to merge game graphics with the real world. The day will come when video games are played outdoors and project into the real world around us. In the future augmented reality will have a more profound effect on the way in which we develop and interact with computers.Via: PCAuthority© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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. This new technology, called augmented reality or AR, will further disguise what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell.Up until now AR has been used extensively in movies and been mostly confined to Hollywood. Today, it’s now possible to shoot augmented reality by using only a mobile phone.The video below demonstrates basic AR in action. The AR scene involves an AR shooter shooting at zombies and using skittles as bombs to blow up zombies. Security Alert: Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your Phone Explore further Citation: Augmented Reality: Science Fiction or Reality? (w/ Video) (2009, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-augmented-reality-science-fiction-video.html
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