Advertisement Norm Macdonald begins as host of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter that people used to get a ‘second chance’ when they admitted wrongdoing, but ‘now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.’ (PETER POWER / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald is apologizing for defending Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.Barr, who hired Macdonald to write on her original Roseanne series, lost her comeback series over a racist tweet.Louis C.K.’s production deal with FX Networks ended and a movie release was cancelled when he admitted to inappropriate behaviour following allegations from five women. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Macdonald told the Hollywood Reporter that people used to get a “second chance” when they admitted wrongdoing, but “now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished.” He also said he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.”That brought social media down on Macdonald, with some suggesting on Twitter it could lead to his new Netflix show being cancelled.In his apology tweet, Macdonald said Barr and Louis C.K. “both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions.”“If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry,” he said. Twitter
APTN National NewsThe federal government has long been criticized for its lack of commitment to First Nations child welfare.Critics say Indian Affairs has stuck to an outdated funding formula which puts First Nations children at a disadvantage.The Commons committee on Aboriginal affairs is studying the issue.Mary Polak, British Columbia’s minister of children and family development, appeared before the committee to talk about the situation in her province.
The 17th Marrakech International Film Festival kicked off on Friday.At a press conference on Saturday German actor Daniel Bruhl explained that the jury is “very interested to see fresh voices” in the fourteen films competing for the festival’s Etoile d’Or (Golden Star) prize.Asked about gender equality in the film industry, a topic broached at film festivals from Cannes to Venice, Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson said, “There were almost as many women involved in cinema behind the camera, in front of the camera, behind film festivals and in film festivals.” Johnson continued by applauding the Marrakech International Film Festival for having more women than men on the jury panel. “This jury happens to have more women and perhaps there might be an avenue for this to occur more often in the future, and I think that’s awesome.”Women’s roles and treatment in the cinema industry is improving. Film narratives are changing as “there are lots of different films and roles that do great business at the box office with women in lead roles,” said Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz.The FIFM celebrates the achievement and talent of women in film this year with six films directed by women nominated among the 14 films competing for the Etoile D’or. The female directors include Alejandra Marquez Abella, Sudabeh Mortezai, Lila Aviles, Sayaka Kai, Nadejda Koseva, and Eva Trobisch.The second day of the festival offered screenings of two motion pictures with women in leading roles: Alejandra Marquez Abella’s “The Good Girls” and Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy.” “The Good Girls” shines a crystalline light on upper-class women facing social decay during Mexico’s 1982 economic crisis. Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy,” winner of Best Film at BFI London Film Festival, sheds light on women from a different spectrum in society. The drama tackles sex trafficking issues among Nigerian migrant sex workers.Many stars turned up on the red carpet for the event: Kevin Dillon from Oliver Stone’s “Platoon,” Laurence Fishburne from “The Matrix,” “Burnout” director Noureddine Lakhmari, and the godfather of cinema himself, Robert De Niro. FIFM paid homage to Robert De Niro, awarding him the Etoile D’or Saturday evening for his immense body of work. Academy award winner and De Niro’s lifetime friend Martin Scorsese presented the award to De Niro.
21 December 2010A new international body aimed at reversing the unprecedented loss of species and ecosystems vital to life on Earth due to human activity has passed its final hurdle with approval by the United Nations General Assembly. A new international body aimed at reversing the unprecedented loss of species and ecosystems vital to life on Earth due to human activity has passed its final hurdle with approval by the United Nations General Assembly. In a resolution adopted by consensus, the Assembly yesterday called on the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to take the necessary steps to set up the Intergovernmental Science Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the final approval needed for the body for which the groundwork had been laid at UNEP-sponsored meetings earlier this year.“IPBES represents a major breakthrough in terms of organizing a global response to the loss of living organisms and forests, freshwaters, coral reefs and other ecosystems that underpin all life, including economic life, on Earth,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said today.It caps 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, launched in January to raise awareness and generate public pressure for action by global leaders on the vital link between biodiversity, ecosystems and survival, based on the premise that the world’s diverse ecosystems purify the air and the water that are the basis of life, stabilize and moderate the Earth’s climate, renew soil fertility, cycle nutrients and pollinate plants. IPBES, which in many ways mirrors the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that has helped to catalyze government action on global warming, will foster the search for government action needed to reverse the accelerating degradation of the natural world and its species, which some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression.Its role includes high-quality peer reviews of the wealth of science on the issue from research institutes across the globe and outlining transformational policy options to bring about real change.As to the economic costs, a UN-backed Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study last year estimated loss of natural capital due to deforestation and degradation at between $2 trillion and $4.5 trillion every year – “a staggering economic cost of taking nature for granted.” It said an annual $45 billion investment into protected areas alone could secure delivery of ecosystem services worth some $5 trillion a year.Outlining some of the potential benefits of IPBES, UNEP cited bringing to the attention of Governments so-called “new topics” identified by science. Some, for example, claim that evidence of deoxygenated dead zones in the world’s oceans took too long to migrate from scientific circles into the in-trays of policy-makers. Similar concerns exist over the pros and cons of biofuels. Some experts are convinced that many discoveries, from the identification of new lower life forms to the fast disappearance of others, remain within the corridors of research institutes and universities for many years before they reach the wider world, by which time it may be too late to act to protect the species concerned. Unravelling the precise role of animals, plants, insects and even microbes within ecosystems and their functions in terms of the services generated, from water purification to soil fertility, could also be a major thrust, UNEP said. While IPBES will support some capacity building in developing countries, a main role will be to catalyze funding to assist them.UNEP, as the interim Secretariat of the new independent body, will now organize a plenary or meeting of Governments in 2011, the first year of the International Decade of Biodiversity, to decide which country will house the IPBES and which institutions will host it along with other institutional arrangements.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one of several UN agencies that will be involved in setting up IPBES, noted that record growth in cultivated land, overexploitation of freshwater resources and fish stocks, massive pollution by fertilizers and erosion of certain natural environments such as mangroves and coral reefs in the past 50 years have led to the massive extinction of species.Some 12 per cent of birds, 25 per cent of mammals and 32 per cent of amphibians are now threatened with extinction within a century, it added.
“This second allocation within this year will enable rapid response to meet the urgent and critical humanitarian needs,” according to the relief official in the Central African Republic,” Fabrizio Hochschild, said in a statement released earlier today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The $12 million will fund projects covering various needs including health, the fight against malnutrition, education, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), protection and logistics support to restore humanitarian access.The funds made available will also enable response to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDP), host vulnerable communities and to support the IDP return phase.Mr. Hochschild stressed the importance of the continued donor support to the country’s Humanitarian Fund. “It is through their support that the CAR Humanitarian Fund was able to quickly allocate $1.5 million in August, through its emergency funding mechanism, to support the response plan for the cholera epidemic.” Brussels Donor ConferenceA week before the Brussels Donor Conference for the CAR, set for on 17 November and organized in support of efforts towards recovery and peace consolidation, Mr. Hochschild urged the international community to continue supporting humanitarian activities in the African country. “A lot has already been done but big challenges are still ahead of us. We need to continue with the mobilization so that our efforts will not be jeopardized and to ensure early recovery can take over from humanitarian issues.”Also, Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, recently stressed the importance of the Donor Conference.In his early October briefing to the UN Security Council on the work of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), he noted that, for the international support needed, the importance of the Brussels conference, for which the country’s five-year needs had been assessed and a framework for accountability created, “could not be over-emphasized.” Sustained international engagement had often been lacking in previous crises in the country, leading to relapse into violence. “While the primary responsibility rests with the Central Africans, we must ensure that this mistake is not repeated,” he stressed.
✓ Some early exits were more predictable than othersMen’s college basketball teams with at least eight losses in their opening games, including the First Four and round of 64, in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2017 ✓✓✓✓ Source: sports-reference.com Arizona1155– ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 ✓✓ Missouri1050– Murray State100 Pennsylvania Utah State90 ✓✓✓✓ Valparaiso80 VCU 6 6 ✓ ✓ Louisiana State850– Temple933– ✓✓✓✓✓6 Arizona✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Vanderbilt Oklahoma956– La. State ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Missouri✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Xavier922– School12345678910111213141516Total ✓✓✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓ East Tenn. State80 8 ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Pennsylvania110 SchoolOpening-round lossesShare as better seed than opponent 6 Iona90 Iowa State✓✓ A few familiar Cinderellas have provided some of the greatest moments in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But every shocking upset from a ragtag mid-major also means something else: a big-name school has fallen on its face in spectacular fashion.And it seems certain big-name schools are more prone to this than others. In tournaments over the past 10 years, Georgetown has lost its opening-round game playing as a No. 3, No. 6 and No. 2 seed. Arizona won a title and made a second Final Four in the 1990s but also peppered that decade with four losses in the opening round — and in each, the Wildcats were seeded No. 5 or better.So are certain schools uniquely susceptible to March heartache? We looked back over every team’s opening-round game since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985 — including the round of 64 and the play-in games known as the First Four.1The First Four got its start in 2011; play-in games between No. 16 seeds in earlier years were not included in this analysis. Some higher seeds do seem to head home early more than others — and a few of those well-known names are putting together an interesting range of losses.In the past 33 tournaments, 22 teams have made opening-round exits at least eight times.2We didn’t count round-of-64 losses that occurred after a team had won a play-in game. But most of those teams have typically been underdogs — teams that want to win, of course, but aren’t strictly supposed to. Brigham Young, for example, has lost its opening game 12 times, including once in the First Four, but never as a seed better than eighth.3The Cougars have lost as a No. 8 seed four times. Only eight of those 22 teams were seeded better than their opponent in half or more of their opening-round losses. One of those teams is Arizona, which has lost 11 times in the round of 64 and as the better seed in six of those games — most recently in 2016 as a No. 6 seed to a Wichita State team that had to win a play-in game just to be there. Missouri and Indiana have each lost 10 round-of-64 games, though only five of the Tigers’ losses came as the better seed, while the Hoosiers were the better seed in eight of their defeats. Georgia850– ✓ New Mexico ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Murray State ✓✓✓✓✓ Lost when seeded … New Mexico State1118– Indiana Georgetown, however, doesn’t show up in our list of biggest opening-round losers, even though it suffered high-profile losses to Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Ohio in 2010. Indeed, the Hoyas have lost at the start of the tournament only two other times since 1985, as a No. 6 seed in 2011 and a No. 10 seed in 1997.But Georgetown does have something interesting in common with Arizona and Missouri, teams with high numbers of opening-round defeats. All three have lost an opening-round game as both a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed — a distinction they share with Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State and South Carolina.4Syracuse, which in 1991 became the first No. 2 to lose in the round of 64 when it fell to Richmond, is the only one of the eight teams to share that distinction that hasn’t also lost as a No. 3 seed.This got us thinking: If a team already has round-of-64 losses from two of the top three seeds, how many different seed lines could it lose from?In this day and age, it would be tough to suffer opening-round defeat from every spot on the bracket (especially considering that a No. 16 has yet to fell a No. 1). Major-conference teams are almost guaranteed a seed somewhere between 1 and 11, so they have plenty of opportunities to fail from those seed slots.5Unless a mediocre team manages to win its conference championship, à la the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs, which were seeded 14th because of their 17-16 record. And 14 through 16 seeds are almost always automatic qualifiers from smaller conferences that will have a hard time ever reaching the higher seeds without moving to a power conference or magically transforming into Gonzaga. So, a reasonable goal — if you could call it that — might be to lose from 12 different seeds, or three-fourths of those possible.It takes a special kind of program to have a diversified portfolio of early tournament losses. It has to be good enough to make the tournament often but not so good that it never loses its opener. So teams like Kansas are out: The Jayhawks have made the tournament every year but one since 19856The 1989 tourney. but have lost only two of their 32 round-of-64 matchups. (Duke is in a similar position, with only two opening-round losses other than its two highly seeded defeats.) The team also needs enough regular-season inconsistency from year to year to receive tourney bids from many different seeds — a program that’s good enough for a No. 4 seed one year but just the right amount of mediocre for a No. 10 seed the next.This merit badge of losing might not be possible; no team has reached even the three-fourths mark. These are the programs with opening-round losses from at least six different seeds: ✓✓✓ 6 6 Vanderbilt850– Nebraska ✓✓✓✓✓✓7 Davidson80 Providence ✓✓✓✓ 8 Brigham Young1331%– W. Virginia Texas875– ✓✓✓✓ Montana80 Utah State Marquette 6 Princeton Georgia 6 Princeton911– Schools that are consistently inconsistentMen’s college basketball teams that have lost in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four or round of 64 from the most seeds, 1985-2017 7 6 6 ✓ Indiana978– ✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 6 Source: Sports-Reference.com ✓✓ These teams are closest to running the table, but they all still have a long way to go. Iowa State has some of the hardest seeds out of the way — losing as a No. 27To Hampton in 2001. and No. 38To UAB in 2015. — but also handling the tricky 12 and 13 spots. To get to three-fourths of the seeds, all the Cyclones need to do is lose from those middle seeds of 4 through 7, 9 and 11. (For a long-suffering fan of the cardinal and gold, this feels like an attainable goal.)West Virginia is another team with a good range of losses, and unlike the Cyclones, the Mountaineers actually have a chance to add to their total this year. West Virginia is seeded fifth in the East region — a seed from which it has never lost in the round of 64. The 5-vs.-12 matchups are already ripe for upsets, as we know, so I’ll be picking Murray State to take down the Mountaineers and hand them a fresh seed loss. Like Iowa State and West Virginia, Murray State has six differently seeded opening-round losses, but one of those already came from the No. 12 seed, unfortunately. Penn also could have built on its total this year, but it’s already lost as a No. 16 seed. (And, of course, we’re hoping that the Quakers make another kind of history.)The teams on top of our loser’s bracket, Arizona and Missouri, have lost as eight different seeds, an impressive feat. Both teams have been responsible for several busted brackets, having fallen from the second, third and fourth seeds. We were hopeful that each team could add a notch to its belt this year, but the selection committee didn’t come through for us. Arizona is missing a No. 7 seed loss, but the Wildcats were too strong, securing the No. 4 seed in the South region. Missouri had more options in the middle, needing a No. 5 or a No. 7, but no such luck for the Tigers (well, really, for us) — they ended up with the No. 8 seed in the West.No team wants an early exit from the tournament. But if you’re going to lose your first game, it may as well be in a new and interesting way.Check out our latest March Madness predictions.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Xstrata Mount Isa Mines has announced plans to sustain the future of its Mount Isa operations through expanded mining and concentrate production, while phasing out copper smelting at Mount Isa and refining operations in Townsville by the end of 2016. The future for the north Queensland operations includes the expansion of existing mines and the potential development of new ones at Mount Isa and the broader region. This would also include the continuation of lead smelting and the expansion of port facilities in Townsville and create long-term employment.“The shutdown of Xstrata’s copper smelting and refining operations in Queensland is a timely warning of the fragility of the Australian resource sector’s global competitiveness,” Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said.Xstrata Copper North Queensland Chief Operating Officer Steve de Kruijff said the plan to phase out the copper smelting and refining operations in north Queensland and focus on further development of copper mining and concentrate production projects had not been adopted lightly, but was a necessary response to changing global market conditions.He said: “Market conditions have been very challenging for copper smelting and refining operations as a result of overcapacity in the global market, low treatment and refining charges and increasing operating and capital costs. The economic viability of our Mount Isa copper smelting and refining operations has been under increasing pressure for a number of years and cannot be sustained in the long term. We need to evolve our business to ensure we can secure the future of our operations for the long term.“Our operational plan over the next five years will see significant investment in north Queensland to focus on exporting mineral concentrates, along with the development of the necessary infrastructure to increase rail and port capacity.”“Xstrata Copper has made it clear that the competitiveness of their smelting and refining operations had been ‘hit for six’ by the combination of cheaper, newer Chinese plant and rising costs here in Australia, and not in anticipation of a carbon price,” Roche said. ‘What the Xstrata decision does demonstrate is that even very energy-efficient operations such as those operated by them in Queensland cannot compete against cheaper alternatives.‘My fear is that these closures are a foretaste of what will follow if the Federal Parliament agrees to impose an uncompetitive carbon price regime on our trade-exposed resource sector industries.’De Kruijff underlined Xstrata’s commitment to its workforce and the surrounding communities. “We want to make it absolutely clear that we value our people. Our main priority is to ensure employees remain with the business and we will be working closely with our workforce to deliver retraining and retention packages to support our operations well into the future.”Xstrata holds worldclass mineral resources in Mount Isa which includes 587 Mt of zinc mineral resources and 416 Mt of copper mineral resources (Measured, Indicated and Inferred). These resources are potentially accessible through expanded underground and open pit operations, and concept studies into the further development of these substantial known mineral resources are progressing.Xstrata is currently investing A$63 million to expand its Mount Isa zinc-lead mining operations with four significant development projects currently under construction, and a further A$300 million of potential expansions under evaluation. This includes the A$274 million George Fisher mine expansion that will increase production by 1 Mt to 4.5 Mt by 2013, and the A$113 million Black Star Deeps open pit expansion to extend its life of mine to 2016.In relation to copper operations, Xstrata is currently investing A$589 million in the transformation of its Ernest Henry open pit mine to a long term underground mine and the construction of an associated magnetite processing facility. It has also recently announced an intention to invest A$175 million in the acquisition of two copper projects from Exco Resources. In terms of environmental performance, Xstrata has invested over A$275 million on more than 220 environmental initiatives since acquiring Mount Isa Mines in 2003 and is committed to investing an additional A$360 million to further improve environmental performance.Xstrata Mount Isa Mines will soon submit an Environmental Management Plan to the Queensland government outlining and seeking endorsement for Xstrata’s long-term strategy for sustaining its Mount Isa Mines operations. “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and we are committed to complying with all environmental objectives as required by the new regulations.”Xstrata will continue to work closely with the Queensland Government, its employees and local communities to implement its long-term strategy for sustainable operations in north Queensland.Roche said that all the evidence pointed to a revived CPRS-style carbon pricing scheme destroying jobs across the Queensland resource sector. ‘It is not too late for the federal government to embrace a better way – one that safeguards our global competitiveness.’He urged the Federal Government to follow Europe’s lead in taking a transitional approach to carbon pricing for emissions-intensive industries competing globally. The EU emissions trading system from 2013 will extend up to 100% free allowances to 73% of EU exports until 2020 to reduce the costs for those deemed to be exposed to significant competition from outside the EU.“At the top of that list are Europe’s mining, minerals processing and metals refining industries.” Roche also called on the Queensland Government to take a stronger position with their federal colleagues over the vital importance of safeguarding trade-exposed industries. “The Premier said recently that her carbon price ‘wish list’ included compensation for trade-exposed industries that was at least as favourable as under the CPRS.“The Premier needs to tell the Prime Minister that a CPRS-style approach to compensation is simply inadequate.” Roche said that under a CPRS-style compensation package the coal mining industry alone would incur carbon costs of A$18 billion by 2020 that would jeopardise investment and jobs in Queensland’s biggest export industry.
Diplomacy is Sophocles Kitharidis’ middle name. At just 23, the young political science and law student is taking on international relations head on. Sophocles is off to Brussels next week to participate in a mock NATO Youth Summit. Representing Armenia in a mock delegation filled with high achieving youngsters from all around the world, Mr Kitharidis is the only Australian to make it to the 2013 summit. “For the last two weeks I’ve been preparing a brief on the issues that we’re discussing,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “I’ve been looking at Armenia in a foreign policy aspect, so from my understanding, Armenia is hammering down on human rights and it’s increasing its presence in regards to its fight against terrorism.” Taking his role very seriously, Sophocles has even been in contact with the Armenian mission in NATO to get a further edge in the prestigious mock trial. “I think in order to succeed in foreign policy you have to make networks in international fields and gather the evidence,” he says. Going the extra mile is second nature for the determined student who hopes to one day become a senior diplomat for Australia. Despite being selected to represent Armenia in the Summit, Sophocles has made it his prerogative to discuss Australian relations and its future in NATO. He’s even organised a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to NATO and the European Union, Mr Duncan Lewis after the summit. On the discussion list for the two week trip: international military affairs, foreign policy and peacekeeping. Talking to the young Sophocles, you get the feeling you’re talking to a polished politician, choosing his words carefully. His knowledge base and firm stance on diplomacy will make him a hard delegate to beat. Asking him what makes a good diplomat and a strong foreign affairs policy for a country, he is quick to mention how important anticipating future interests or threats are for good diplomacy. “From what I’ve seen in politics and foreign affairs, it’s all about how proactive someone can be, not reactive.” He says Australia needs to equally focus its time in Asia and in Europe, and not neglect important players in the future. On his return, Sophocles won’t be taking off the diplomatic hat. After a very competitive selection process that included a written exam and an interview, Sophocles will be interning with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN). Jetting off to New York in September, Sophocles will be immersing himself in diplomatic briefs and research to help Australia in its international relations. After winning a seat on the UN Security Council for two years, Australia will serve alongside the permanent five members (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France) and the other nine non-permanent members. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for Sophocles, who will be witnessing first hand the influence Australia can have in international foreign affairs. “I’ll be based in the UN, so I’ll be primarily working with the third committee of the General Assembly, which involves international human rights and humanitarian affairs and to a degree peacekeeping as well,” he says. “I’ll also be working with the other committees. The first committee, which is non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament and the sixth committee which is legal affairs.” Sophocles’ international obsession is also thanks to his heritage. His Greek roots first introduced him to how important diplomacy can be with nations that have strong ties. When he gets spare time, you can find Sophocles working on the executive committee for the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria and Australian Hellenic Council. He is heavily involved in Australian Hellenic community affairs and one day hopes to work closely with Greece for Australia in diplomatic purposes. His obsession with all things diplomatic doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. By the end of this year, he’ll have completed his law degree at Deakin University and his postgraduate studies at the Australian National University. As to his namesake, Sophocles has one philosophy. “I think change comes from diplomacy”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A special fundraiser organised by the Achaean Federation and its member organisations in early February, in order to raise money for the new Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), managed to collect $7,200. The cheque with the donation was handed over to the board of the GOCMV at a meeting symbolically held outside the under construction building of the Centre for Contemporary Culture.Present at the meeting were President of the Achaean Federation George Kavalaris, the President of the Brotherhood of Kalavryta in Melbourne and Victoria and Public Relations Officer of the Achaean Federation Athanasios Salahas, the President of the GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis and the Secretary General of the Community Costas Markos.“The Community has undertaken an important initiative, which is visible to everyone, this building will be left as a legacy for future generations,” said Mr Kavalaris, who also called upon all other Greek Australian organisations in Melbourne to rally behind the GOCMV.“We have so many clubs, we are struggling to find members to fill in all those board positions, who is going to manage our properties?” he asked, and went on to state that as a community we do not have enough people to run our organisations.Mr Athanasios Salahas stressed that if we are to progress as a community, we need to pass on the leadership of our organisations to younger people. “Most of our organisations and clubs are withering away, even though they have money and properties,” he said, and called the wider Greek Australian community in Melbourne to rally behind the GOCMV, because this organisation seems to be the only one that can survive. Speaking on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, President Bill Papastergiadis acknowledged the donation and expressed his certainty that the Greek community in Melbourne and in Victoria is supportive of the initiatives of his organisation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
CAMAS — Camas has undergone a transition from mill town to picturesque small city throughout the last few decades, and Mike Hunsaker, who has gone through some changes himself, is looking to bring some edge to the city.This summer, most likely in July or August, Hunsaker said he will open Grains of Wrath in the city at 425 N.E. Birch St. It is a metal- and punk-themed brewery that he said he hopes will have a ” ‘take no prisoners, make no apology’ kind of attitude.”Before he tore the former Lemon-Aid Automotive warehouse down to its bones to build a modern, industrial-looking brewery, Hunsaker was a self-described “suit.”“I was an account executive hating life in a cubicle,” he said.The Washougal resident also worked as a sales director for a company that rented linens for events. Bored with all that, his friends dared him to quit to drive a truck, so he did that for about six years while living in his native Chicago. By that point, he started home brewing thanks to an affinity for beer and chemistry. He was encouraged to try to find a job in the industry, so he walked into a brewery in Virginia Beach, Va., and was hired.“I was a suit for years in an office,” he said. “I didn’t know (what I wanted to do). I was just kind of floating, hoping at some point to get into the brewing industry. I had no idea how until I walked into that brewery one day. It was a big accident. A nice accident, but a big accident.”Hunsaker left that Virginia brewery to take a job with Fat Head’s Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio, and after two years, he was hired as head of brewing for Fat Head’s new brewery in Portland, where residents weren’t always the most welcoming to Hunsaker and his Fat Head’s partners.
AFRO publisher Jake Oliver and honoree Simeon Booker. (Photo by Rob Roberts)The United State’s oldest African-American communications association celebrated its 70th anniversary along with honoring nine individuals for their contributions in capturing news for the Black community.“We honor nine living legends who have not only committed themselves tirelessly to the field of journalism, but to causes much larger than themselves or any of us,” Hazel Trice Edney, president of the Capital Press Club said in a message given to all of the attendees at its anniversary gala, “70 Years In The Black,” held at the National Press Club in Northwest D.C. on Dec. 4. The association’s mission is to increase and support the presence and role of African-Americans in communications.Honorees included Simeon Booker, legendary editor of Jet Magazine; Dr. Barbara Reynolds, founding editor of USA Today; April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Network; Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer Newspaper; Roy Lewis, photographer for National Newspaper Publishers Association (Black Press); Richard Prince, columnist for the Maynard Institute; Paul Brock, founding executive director for the National Association of Black Journalists; Joe Madison, radio talk show host for The Black Eagle on Sirius XM; and JC Hayward, D.C.’s first African American woman anchor.“It’s so exciting to see so many serious journalists, communicators from every walk of life,” Edney told attendees. The gala’s purpose was for Black communicators to look back as they prepared to move forward.Booker , 96, who has over half a century of experience working at Jet and Ebony magazines, the Black Press, the AFRO and the Washington Post is particularly known for providing news on and about the Black community through his weekly Jet column, Ticker Tape USA.“There aren’t many left like Simeon Booker,” Jake Oliver, publisher of the Afro-American Newspapers said during his introduction of the news monarch, referring to the sacrifice, commit and great risk Booker had to endure, for over 50 years, to bring news to the Black community.Throughout the night, Black media figures from across the communications industry shared stories, jokes and bits of wisdom from their varied experiences; whether on the job in the White House or from the stark reality that Black journalists aren’t always welcomed or appreciated.“The Capital Press Club, of course, is so special…the atrocities against African Americans are increasing and by the same token the numbers of African American journalists are decreasing and therefore the Capital Press Club is needed more than ever in order to tell our story,” Hayward told attendees.The club also presented the Raymond H. Boone Scholarship for Racial Justice in Journalism to Howard University student Megan Sims.
The answer, of course, is that it depends on the system. In principle, stable orbits should be possible for planets that are always much closer to one star than the other. But the devil is in the details — if scientists are going to spend valuable telescope time on binary stars, they need to know what they’re looking for. How close can two stars be to each other and still form planets? And even if planets form, can their orbits remain stable over billions of years? A small collaboration of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center (Elisa Quintana, Jack Lissauer), University of Michigan (Fred Adams), and the Carnegie Institution of Washington (John Chambers) has taken steps to answer these questions. Modern telescopes can measure the orbital parameters of binary stars quite accurately, so it makes sense to first ask what kinds of star systems will preserve the innermost region of the protoplanetary disk. The simulations of Quintana and her colleagues are fairly straightforward. After choosing the masses and orbital parameters of the two stars, 140 planetesimals (mass = 1% Mearth) and planetary embryos (mass = 10% Mearth) are arranged around one of the stars so that their overall mass distribution resembles that of a protoplanetary disk. “The disk is modeled after the Solar nebula,” Quintana explains, “we’re comparing the planet formation process in these binaries to models of the Solar System.” In other words, they are trying to find out what our Solar system might have looked like if the Sun were a binary star.The simulation calculates the force of gravity between every pair of objects and adjusts their positions accordingly at one-week intervals. When two objects collide, if their speeds are not too high, they stick together into a body of greater mass. Eventually, the system forms a handful of stable, massive planets similar to the inner solar system.”Each simulation takes approximately 3 – 4 weeks.” Quintana tells PhysOrg.com. “This corresponds to 100 – 200 million years of simulated time.” Dr. Quintana goes on the explain that this is actually rather short, because many planetesimals are thrown out of the disk or into the central star as the simulation progresses. “The same disk of 154 bodies around the Sun, without any giant planets or a stellar companion [to eject particles], takes twice as long.” To explore a wide variety of possible binary star systems and obtain statistically significant results, Quintana and her colleagues performed over a hundred of these simulations — that’s several years of computer time! All of their simulations form at least one planet, an encouraging result. It turns out that the most important factor is the companion star’s periastron, or point of closest approach to the star with the disk. A companion that gets as close as the orbit of Saturn (about 10 times farther than the Earth from the Sun) removes very little material from the inner disk, and even speeds up the process of planet formation by nudging the planetesimals into different orbits from time to time. A companion star that gets as close as Jupiter (about 5 times farther than the Earth from the Sun), however, will limit planet formation to the hottest central regions.“Over half of the binaries [in astronomical surveys] are wide enough to allow planet formation in the habitable zone of solar-type stars.” Quintana concludes. That fraction expands the catalogue of interesting stars significantly, but many possibilities remain unexplored.For example, it is entirely possible for compact binary systems to share a protoplanetary disk; the planetesimals would just orbit both stars at once. And there is no reason for just one of the stars to have planets! Another open question in whether icy planetesimals, which normally form beyond 5 AU, can still reach the inner disk to deliver water to the rocky worlds. “It is more difficult,” Quintana admits, “but there are many scenarios for having habitable planets in binary star systems.” Most of the disk is not treated in these simulations, and there could be plenty of room around or between the two stars for comets and even gas giants to form. The water will probably still be available, but it is too soon to estimate how much of it might reach these worlds.Physical simulations of planet formation have the potential to answer these questions and more. By the time Kepler and CoRoT start detecting Earth-like worlds, this line of research should have given us a good idea what to expect.Citation: “Terrestrial Planet Formation Around Individual Stars Within Binary Star Systems” by Elisa Quintana, Fred Adams, Jack Lissauer, and John Chambers, Astrophysical Journal (in press) 2007. Available online at arXiv.orgBy Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.Dr. Ben Mathiesen teaches physics at the American University of Paris. His agency Physical Science Editing helps scientists around the world achieve native English writing standards in their publications. Each circle in these plots represents a single simulated planet. The horizontal axis gives the radius of its orbit in astronomical units (AU; the Earth’s distance from the Sun), and the vertical axis gives the eccentricity of the orbit (zero is a perfect circle). The filled green circles represent our own rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The grey band indicates the solar system´s habitable zone. The lower plot shows planets from simulations where the point of closest approach between the stars is 10 AU (approximately equal to Saturn’s distance from the Sun). The inner disk has not been compromised; many planets form in and around the habitable zone. In the upper plot the companion star cuts this distance in half, and planet formation in the habitable zone is no longer likely. Scientific interest in the physics of planet formation is at an all-time high. Astronomers and physicists have reached a consensus on the underlying theory, or at least its outlines. A star is born from an immense cloud of gas and dust, which slowly contracts and heats up through the action of gravity. Some of the cloud falls towards the center, where it collects into a hot, dense ball of gas that will eventually become the star. The rest of the cloud orbits the center, contracting and flattening into a protoplanetary disk. Tiny grains of rock and ice stick to each other as they orbit within the disk, eventually growing into ‘planetesimals’ — small lumps of rock and ice similar to asteroids and comets. At this point gravity speeds up the process of planet formation considerably. Rocky planets form close to the newborn star, where the radiant heat prevents ice from forming. Icy planets form in the cold outer regions, but are much larger to begin with and quickly transform into gas giants. 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 list of confirmed extrasolar planets keeps growing, and has now passed two hundred members — almost all of which are gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. But the hunt is on for Earth-like worlds! With the successful launch of France’s CoRoT satellite (December 27, 2006) and the promise of NASA’s Kepler mission (due to be launched October 2008), the next five years should see the detection of numerous terrestrial planets around distant stars. But which stars should these telescopes be pointed at? Recent research has shown that these planets are probably quite common, and can even form in binary star systems. Explore further Citation: Terrestrial Planet Formation in Binary Star Systems (2007, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-terrestrial-planet-formation-binary-star.html Ploonets: Exiled moons may explain astronomical mysteries It is now thought that almost all stars are born with a protoplanetary disk — the question is under what circumstances these disks form useful planets rather than a mass of rubble. The method of choice is numerical simulations, which can follow the evolution of a disk by modeling its gas dynamics (in the early stages of planet formation) or the gravitational interactions between planetesimals (in the later stages). Such research has shown that planets should almost always form, at least around an isolated star like our Sun.Of course, star formation is a more complicated business.Stars rarely, if ever, form in isolation. More often, a giant molecular cloud will create dozens or hundreds of stars in relatively close proximity. Binary star systems, composed of two stars orbiting their mutual center of gravity, are actually just as common as singles. For stars the size of our Sun, about 50% form in binary systems.In the search for other worlds like our own, should we limit ourselves to stars like our own? Must we cut the field in half before we start looking? Might binary stars harbor Earth-like planets as well?
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December 29, 2014 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced they have signed a teaming agreement to leverage Forcare’s IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) functionality to further enhance their cross-enterprise data sharing abilities.By integrating XDS technology, imaging enterprises are able to discover and retrieve relevant patient images and reports, and share related documents with affiliated enterprises. Rapid access to information stored in disparate repositories across the enterprise also improves the productivity of radiologists and technologists by reducing unnecessary patient transfers and exams. In addition, leveraging XDS-I can reduce operational costs associated with the acquisition, storage, management and sharing of medical records. Intelerad and Forcare presented information on interoperability capabilities and products at RSNA 2014. 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