Chelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Isco to play with Eden Hazard – not replace him.The Sun says Chelsea are readying a £70m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Sarri sees Real Madrid maestro Isco, 26, as the perfect foil for the Belgian.As a creative midfielder with brilliant technical ability, Isco would no doubt slot in seamlessly to ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge.And the plan for the Italian gaffer is to use Isco, who plays mainly on the left-wing, to allow Hazard to flourish in his new central role.They will make a £70m bid for him today with the hope of securing a £250,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year contract in the first week of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Maguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire is confident he’ll break his Manchester United scoring duck. The summer signing has yet to score in six Premier League appearances for United. Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal, Maguire said: “I see myself as a threat.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch. “I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: To say the The Tale of a Town struck a nerve with Canadians is clearly an understatement. After making a number of Tales around Ontario, in 2014 the pair turned it into a national project and have since made shows about and for every province and territory in the country. They’ve raised over half a million dollars in government and foundation support and employed 119 artists along the way.READ MORE Facebook Advertisement In 2008, Lisa Marie DiLiberto had an idea: to make a theatre production celebrating Canadian main streets and downtowns. This came to her while touring across Canada, but she decided to make the new production about the neighbourhood she was then living in: Parkdale.Among the team that she brought together was Charles Ketchabaw, a theatre technician with a background in radio. The production they made, The Tale of a Town, gathered oral histories from people living in Parkdale and presented them in a storefront theatre, using a combination of live actors and recorded media.Nearly a decade, 124 towns, 3,259 interviews, 157 performances, one marriage and two kids later, DiLiberto and Ketchabaw are bringing The Tale of a Town — Canada to Theatre Passe Muraille next week, as part of a nationwide tour that visits Milton, St. Catharines, Kingston and Burlington early next year. Lisa Marie DiLiberto and her husband Charles Ketchabaw gather information and recollections about main streets and downtowns across Canada for their Tale of a Town theatre series. (TINA LIETTE) Twitter
The last time the Ohio State wrestling team beat Iowa in 1966, Woody Hayes was still the Buckeyes’ head football coach. Archie Griffin had yet to play a down for OSU, let alone win two Heisman Trophies. The United States was in the middle of the Vietnam War under President Lyndon B. Johnson. And everyone, including the coaching staff, involved with the OSU wrestling team had yet to live in a world that saw their school win against Iowa. That all changed Friday night though, after the No. 7 Buckeyes toppled No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, at St. John Arena. Besides being the team’s first win over the Hawkeyes in 46 seasons, the win was also a look into the future of Buckeye wrestling. With seven freshmen or redshirt freshmen starters, OSU is arguably one of the youngest teams in not only the Big Ten, but in Division I wrestling. Freshmen Johnni Dijulius, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, Derek Garcia, Andrew Campolattano and redshirt freshmen Logan Stieber and Josh Demas won a combined 25 state championships in high school. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Tessari, Garcia and Campolattano are all four-time state champions. Out of those seven, six were able to defeat their Iowa counterpart, and those six victories accounted for all but one of the wins OSU scored against the Hawkeyes. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber and Garcia knocked off the No. 2-, No. 3- and No. 6-ranked wrestlers, respectively, in their weight classes by a combined score of 17-7. Just two weeks ago, some were questioning if the youth of the Buckeyes was catching up to them after dropping their first two matches of the season on the road to ranked competition against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 4 Minnesota. Most of those sentiments, though, were put to rest against an Iowa squad that had yet to lose a Big Ten duel this year. Besides being a memorable moment for the program as a whole, Garcia said he thinks finally beating the Hawkeyes proves the legitimacy of their team. “We went out and we didn’t wrestle our best against Nebraska and Minnesota and I think we kind of had a little downer there,” Garcia said. “But we showed everybody right now that we are real.” Hunter Stieber, who defeated a two-time All-American in Iowa’s Montell Marion, agreed that this was a big statement for a young Ohio State team with aspirations of winning it all. “It feels amazing. It’s awesome. Everyone wrestled extremely well … it was amazing, everyone came together, worked hard all week, worked hard all year,” Hunter Stieber said. “We had a few bad dual meets, but I mean, we’re still in the hunt. We can compete and make a run at the national title this year as a team.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said he knew what he was getting himself into when he left Hofstra to lead the Buckeyes. “We came here for this,” Ryan said. “We knew this was called the sleeping giant. It’s far from over. I know the men on the other side of the mat. Those guys were teammates, and I know how they react when they get punched in the nose. They do not fall down, they punch back.” OSU still has three duels left in the Big Ten, including a road trip to defending national champion Penn State next Sunday, Jan. 29, before the National Duals, Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships begin. Ryan said the battle is on. “Ohio State is officially in a fist fight,” he said. “I’m very proud of this group of guys.”
The Children’s Program of the Essential Theatre in collaboration with the Bright Star Theatre Company will present, “Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement”, a show highlighting the important events and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. The show will be on Feb. 26 at 4 p. m. at the William O. Lockridge- BellevueNeighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic Street S.W. Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-328-0569.
HONOLULU — The 2018 Global Tourism Summit, taking place this year in Honolulu from Oct. 1-3, is now open for early-bird registration.Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, this year’s summit will focus on sustainability as a fundamental theme and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:Individuals: Full Summit Registration, Oct.1-3: $325, a savings of $100 ($425 after July 31)Group Package (Min. of 8 people): Full Summit Registration, Oct. 1-3: $325 per person, a savings of $100 per individual. (Mix and match different attendees during the conference)Student and Faculty Members: Full Summit Registration, Oct. 1-3: $150Student: 1 Day Summit Registration, $50 (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)Individuals: 2 Day Summit Registration, Oct. 1-2: $315Individuals: 2 Day Summit Registration, Oct. 2-3: $295More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Participants can register for the summit via the dedicated website www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com.“The variety of registration options offers flexibility and provides interested attendees, especially those from Hawaii, several ways to participate in the summit based on their work schedule,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO.This year, keynote speakers will include: Stephen England-Hall, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand; Chris Malone, managing partner of Fidelum Partners on the topic of ‘The HUMAN Brand’; and Mike Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International.“HTA is excited to present a powerful and relevant Global Tourism Summit again this year with the primary objective of building collaboration and dialogue on challenges and opportunities the Hawaiian Islands, and destinations around the globe, face in managing tourism responsibly into the future,” added Szigeti.Information on sessions, programs and speakers are available on the dedicated website, in addition to sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. The summit schedule will continue to be updated as additional sessions and speakers are confirmed. Tags: Global Tourism Summit, Hawaii, HTA Travelweek Group Posted by Registration now open for 2018 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, July 6, 2018
Fox International Channels (FIC) has launched a new on-demand service, Fox Play, for pay TV subscribers in Poland. Polish operator Vectra will be the first to offer the service to its subscribers, allowing them to watch full series and shows from the Fox and Fox Comedy channels.Viewers able to access the service via the foxplay.pl website with smartphone and tablet apps for iOS and Android due to launch soon.
Vivendi has pulled out of its planned acquisition of an 89% stake in Mediaset Premium and submitted an alternative proposal to take a 20% in the pay TV outfit after the emergence of what it described as “significant differences” in its analysis of Mediaset Premium’s results.Vivendi said that its CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine wrote to Mediaset’s management on June 21 to inform the Italian broadcaster’s management of its concerns. The media giant said that it submitted its alternative plan to Mediaset yesterday.Mediaset acknowledged that it had received a communication from Vivendi with the alternative proposal, which it said changed the value of the agreement and of Mediaset’s capital.Vivendi said it would go ahead with the exchange of 3.5% of its capital with Mediaset, but that it would only purchase 20% of Mediaset Premium instead of the agreed 80%. It said it would purchase a further 15% of the pay TV unit’s capital in three years through a convertible bond issue.Mediaset made it clear in its statement that Vivendi’s proposal was a surprise and that it was not agreed. It said it was contrary to the commitments made by Vivendi in its April 8 agreement with Mediaset. It said it would pursue its rights by all means available.The Italian company’s board will meet later this week to disucss its interim results and is expected to address the matter.Vivendi for its part said that it still had a “desire to build a major strategic alliance with Mediaset and Mediaset Premium”.A Vivendi spokesman told DTVE that differences had emerged as a result of due diligence performed by Vivendi after its April agreement. She said that Vivendi remained committed to finding an agreement and to its strategy to build media assets in Italy and southern Europe.Continued losses at Mediaset Premium helped push its parent company into the red in the first quarter, posting a loss of €18 million as against a profit of €0.6 million for the same period last year.Mediaset shares fell sharply on the news.
We should be done to the downside in the precious metals Well, you don’t need me to tell you what happened in gold yesterday, as it’s pretty much self-evident from the Kitco chart posted below. After the HFT boyz hit the price at 7 a.m. GMT in London on their Friday morning, the price traded pretty flat until the Comex open—and then more short selling appeared, with gold hitting its low tick a minute or so after 9 a.m. in New York. The price retested that low shortly after 11 a.m. EDT—and then rallied until shortly before the Comex close—and then chopped sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. The CME Group recorded the high and low tick as $1,202.40 and $1,160.50 in the December contract, which is the new front month for gold. Gold finished the day at $1,172.90 spot, down $25.90 on the day—and well off its low. Net volume was over-the-moon at 275,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement It was more or less the same price chart for the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got creamed for 5.09 percent. The dollar index closed at 86.18 late on Thursday afternoon in New York—and then did nothing until around 12:35 p.m. in Hong Kong on their Friday afternoon. Then away it went to the upside in two separate rallies, with the second one starting at 8 a.m. in New York. The 87.11 high tick came about 11:15 a.m. in New York. By noon the index had sold off a bit—and from there it traded flat into the close. The index finished the day at 86.91—up another 75 basis points. After an up/down/up move that netted out to zero during early Far East trading, palladium also got hit at the Zurich open. From that low it rose quickly into positive territory—and rallied unevenly until shortly after 1 p.m. EDT—and from there it traded sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. Palladium finished up a very respectable 15 dollars on the day. The prices of both have very similar structures over that period of time, but look at the big difference in tonnages held. In gold, the tonnage held topped out at the very end of 2012—and has been falling ever since. Silver tonnage bottomed out just before mid-2012—and has been increasing ever since. You have to ask yourself why this is the case in silver—and who is depositing all this metal? Then there’s the record U.S. Silver Eagle/Canadian Maple Leaf demand so far this year in the face of a less-than-robust investor/retail market. I know this to be true, because I work in it three days a week. Ted Butler’s ‘Mr. Big’ has been buying every coin in sight and, once again you have to ask yourself why this is happening. Then there’s the “unblinking” long holders in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report. Ted says that, at least in silver, they’ve been building this long position for a bit over a year now—and at the moment it’s a hair over 40,000 contracts, or 200 million ounces—something I mentioned in my COT commentary further up. But these “unblinking” long holders exist in all four precious metals in the Managed Money category—and one wonders how deep their pockets have to be to withstand the margin calls they must be getting. Once again the question—who are they and why are they doing it? Then there’s the little matter of the over-the-top and manic in/out movements in silver at the Comex-approved depositories for the last three and half years. And as I mentioned in my discussion of the HUI and Silver 7 charts, you have to wonder who was buying all the mining shares that have been falling off the table lately. As Ted Butler pointed out in his quote today, the stars appear to be all lined up to resolve these dichotomies—and maybe answer some of the questions asked—with a violent move to the upside, as the Comex table is set. The only thing missing is some sort of triggering event—and whatever it is, it will most likely be ugly. So we wait some more. That’s all I have for the day—and the week. See you on Tuesday. Here’s the 6-month dollar index chart—and looking at the price action vs. the RSI trace, I’d be hitting the bid at the open on Monday if I was long the U.S. dollar. Platinum’s price action on Friday was a mini version of what happened to gold and silver—and the low tick in that precious metal came after 9 a.m. EDT. From there it recovered a decent amount—and was only closed down 8 bucks on the day. The gold stocks gapped down 7.5 percent in the first few minutes of trading on Friday. They recovered a bit in the next half hour before chopping unsteadily sideways for the remainder of the day. The HUI finished down another 5.0 percent. Here’s Nick’s chart. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver, although there was a bit of rally around the noon London silver fix. That all vanished, as the low tick of the day came minutes after the open of Comex trading. From that low, the silver price chopped unsteadily higher into the close. The high and low were recorded as $16.515 and $15.635 in the December contract, an intraday move of a bit over 5 percent, which is the second day in a row that sort of intraday move has occurred. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.175 spot, down 28.5 cents from Thursday’s close. Net volume was sky-high once again at 74,000 contracts, which was the same net volume as we had on Thursday. As you can tell, we’re back to being oversold in both these metals—and in crude oil, it appears that all attempts to break the price much below the $80/barrel mark haven’t been overly successful. I would suspect that we’ve seen an important bottom in the price of WTIC as well—as Ted Butler pointed out in his quote above. As I ponder the big silver deposit that was made in SLV yesterday, which I just stumbled upon before I started on this paragraph, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the tonnages held vs. the share prices of both GLD and SLV over the last six years. Of course I thank Nick Laird for the charts. The HUI has lost almost 17 percent during the last three trading days of the week. I haven’t kept track of the loses for the silver equities, but I’m sure they’re of the same magnitude. However, one serious question you should be asking yourself at this point is who the buyers are that are scooping up all these shares that John Q. Public and the mutual funds are selling in a blind panic? Whoever they are, they have very deep pockets—and I would guess that they own a large chunk of the outstanding shares of most precious metal mining companies by now. If not that, then at least almost all of the ‘float’ in each one—and it will be interesting to see how willing they are to sell on the next rally, if they sell at all. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the November delivery month showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that November open interest in gold is down to 55 contracts—and silver’s November o.i. is sitting at 119 contracts, down 45 contracts from Thursday’s report, after subtracting out Monday’s delivery. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 8:43 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. But when I checked back at 2:41 a.m. EDT this morning, I was amazed to see that an authorized participant had added 958,452 troy ounces of silver to SLV. Just think about that for a second. Since its $17.40 spike high at the Comex open on Tuesday morning, to its $15.80 spot low around 8:25 a.m. EDT Friday morning, the silver price has been clubbed for $1.60. Not only was no silver been removed from SLV during that time period—but the above amount was added. We’ll see what SLV has to report on Monday and Tuesday, as there’s always some delay. It was another big sales day over at the U.S. Mint yesterday. They reported selling 8,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 425,000 silver eagles. Assuming that October’s sales numbers aren’t revised on Monday, the U.S. Mint sold 67,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—21,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—5,790,000 silver eagles—and 400 platinum eagles during the month just past. Based on these sales figures, the silver/gold ratio stands at 66 to 1. By the way, the 5.79 million silver eagles sold last month is the highest sales month of the year, at least so far. Ted’s big buyer[s] has been gorging itself/themselves because, as I said the other day, these sales in no way represent actual consumer demand, which still remains quiet. But, having said that, our bullion store had one of its biggest sales day of the year on Friday. I’m sure that was a scenario repeated all across North American during the last day or so. It was another decent day for gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They reported receiving 75,100 troy ounces of the stuff—and shipped out only 3,547 troy ounces. The big receipt was at the HSBC USA depositories. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was nothing reported received, but 419,317 troy ounces were shipped out the door for parts unknown—and three quarters of that was out of the JPMorgan depository. The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was more or less what I expected, as there was slight improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver. In silver, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report declined by 436 contracts, or 2.18 million troy ounces. The Commercial net short position now sits at 70.8 million troy ounces. Ted Butler said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market remained more or less unchanged during the report week at 12,500 contracts, or 62.5 million ounces—which represents almost 90 percent of the total Commercial net short position. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money increased their record short position in silver to another new record, as they added 1,161 short contracts during the reporting week. The unblinking non-technical funds that also reside in the Managed Money category, added another 344 contracts to their long positions, which now totals 40,577 contracts. In gold, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report improved by 6,034 contracts, or 603,400 troy ounces. Their short position now sits at 9.89 million troy ounces. Ted said that it appeared that JPMorgan added about 2,000 contracts to their long-side corner in the Comex gold market—and they are now net long 18,000 contracts. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the traders in the Managed Money category actually covered 1,994 contracts of their short position in gold, but they also sold 4,415 long contracts which more than made up for it. There were no changes in the Managed Money in palladium—and in platinum the Managed Money sold 1,196 long contracts and added 530 short contracts. As I said in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, whatever minor improvements that appeared in Friday’s COT Report, would pale into insignificance compared to what that report would show if it were generated at the close of Comex trading yesterday. Without doubt we’re at a new record high short position in silver in the Managed Money category, along with improvements in the Nonreportable/small trader category as well. But, as Ted pointed out on the phone yesterday, the really big changes will show up in gold, as these same Managed Money traders dumped what was left of their long positions—and went massively to the short side. If we get past the Tuesday cut-off without a price incident to the upside, next Friday’s COT Report, along with the companion Bank Participation Report, should be one for the record books. So we wait. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and some of which I’ve been saving for today’s column. Some of the best absolute must read stories that I had been saving, ended up in the Critical Read section of my Friday missive, so if you didn’t get the opportunity to read them all yesterday, you have the remainder of the weekend to make amends. We are set up for violent price reversals to the upside for silver and for all the COMEX/NYMEX metals. Maybe the setup can get stretched out a little longer, but it looks stretched out enough to me by historical standards. We’ve gone too low in price on too many important commodities as a result of this stupid and manipulative machine trading. There’s a payback and a counter-reaction to the price distortions we’ve witnessed and it seems to me that the payback is at hand. I think the technical funds have been lulled into a sense of complacency, particularly in silver, by how easy the commercials have let them off the hook when they held extreme short positions recently. But just because the commercials have let the technical funds buy back shorts at prices close to upside penetrations of important moving averages previously, doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Just because the technical funds think they will be able to buy back silver shorts near the $18 mark, that doesn’t necessarily make it so. The commercials can demand much higher prices before selling. There will come a day when the commercials won’t be nearly as accommodative to the technical funds as they had been previously and that will be a great day for silver investors. That day seems at hand to me. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 October 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is from 1967—Canada’s centennial year—and I remember that event and this tune like it was yesterday, even though both happened 47 years ago. Linda Ronstadt does the honours—and it was her first big hit. The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is something that I’ve posted before, but it’s been awhile, so I thought I’d revisit it today. It’s the Élégie, Op. 24 composed by Gabriel Fauré back in 1880. It was originally written for cello and piano—and the orchestral version of the work was premiered in 1901. It was a smash hit. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a great video of it in either iteration, so I had to settle for the one linked here. It’s the youtube.com video I posted last time, with Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Pettinger. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio track is wonderful. Enjoy! Well, unless I’m entirely off base, we should be done to the downside in the precious metals. Both gold and silver were taken down to lows that I, quite frankly, didn’t think were possible—especially in silver. But as long as the Managed Money in the technical fund category are prepared to go short, that kept the down-side pressure in place—and that has certainly been the case since 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. And if silver prices remain low for any length of time, it’s Ted Butler’s opinion that a lot of primary silver producers will be out of business, despite whatever gold, zinc, lead and copper credits they’re getting. Here are the 6-month charts for gold, silver—and WTIC Cypress Development Corp. is a Canadian gold, silver and base metals exploration company developing projects in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and in Nevada, U.S.A. Cypress holds a 100% interest in the approximately 1140 acre Gunman Zinc-Silver Project located in White Pine County, northeast of Eureka, Nevada. 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Twenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback. The title comes from a favorite story that Wamariya heard from her childhood nanny about a girl who disappears leaving no trace except beads. In her prologue, she writes, “Often, still, my own life story feels fragmented, like beads unstrung.”Wamariya was just six and her sister Claire, 14, when the fighting began in 1994. Their parents sent them to their grandmother’s house, located closer to the border with Burundi, with the hope that they’d be safer there.After several days of sleepless nights filled with the noise of bombs exploding, there was an ominous knock on the door. Their grandmother told the sisters to run. Together, they traveled thousands of miles, often by night, usually by foot, sometimes by truck and once by boat on a route that took them to Burundi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa before being granted asylum by the United States in 2000.Wamariya went on to graduate from Yale. Now 31, she is a human rights advocate and speaker based in San Francisco. We spoke to her about her experiences and about the 25th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The conversation has been edited for clarity and for length.Was it difficult to relive your story in your book?I have spent 15 years learning how to best share our experiences and I had to sacrifice every part of my privacy to share my story. You have said you don’t like the word genocide. The word is clinical. It has been used to quantify the numbers of those killed. But it does not tell you about the [individual] people who were hurt or lost.It is just the entry point for talking about the horrors and what actually happened [in Rwanda] and elsewhere. I am more interested in expanding on how it feels, the emotional, personal side of the horror, the before, during and after.You also prefer not to be called a “refugee.” What vocabulary should we use? I would prefer being called by my name or a person who sought refuge.The word refugee leads to stereotypes or expectations that don’t allow us to see who someone is. During our travels, Claire and I learned to speak seven languages, but you could see the surprise in the faces of anyone who thinks that people seeking refuge [could not have such knowledge or] did not have a meaningful life before they fled. We need to see beyond the projections that we cast onto each other. In America, we all have stories about how we [or an ancestor] sought refuge. We clash when we forget that was the case or when [we] start to believe that one person’s refuge story is better than or worse than another’s. You wrote that you found a way to begin talking about those horrors after you read Elie Wiesel’s Night, his memoir about the Nazi genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust. I read it when I was in eighth grade [in Chicago]. It awakened me to a shocking side of humanity. It offered me words to feel what I had thought was unspoken, and Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison gave me the freedom to speak. You later wrote about Elie Wiesel in a submission to the Oprah High School Essay Contest and said that maybe if Rwandans had read Night, they wouldn’t have decided to kill one another. That essay also led to your appearance on Oprah, who arranged to fly your parents and siblings from Rwanda to her studio for a surprise on-air family reunion.We had not seen each other in 12 years. I felt gratitude and joy that I still have yet to find words to describe. But also anger that nothing could restore the time we had lost with each other. I have learned to forgive … all that happened to separate us.Do your parents talk about the past?My parents live in a never-ending present, unable to talk about what happened to us. At first it was frustrating, but now I can understand that attitude. Your story is deeply intertwined with that of your older sister, Claire. Tell us about her. She is a heroine, like Xena the princess warrior, real and of our time. The map [of where the sisters traveled] is all Claire, her decisions about which place would be farther from wars and give us opportunity to live freely and to be seen for who we are and have a sense of agency and where we would have respect. For the past 10 years she has worked with many who have sought refuge in Chicago and with an organization called Women United for Immigrants and Refugees.You discuss the many difficulties of living in refugee camps in Burundi and elsewhere. How did you feel as a person?It is easy to get lost because all aspects of who you are, at least the things that used to make you a person, are stripped away.What are the important points for refugees to share?The person who has lived and survived in these conditions has to break the silence and talk not only of gratitude but the horror in these camps. In most, people have to walk at least hours to fetch water. Monthly food portions, if camps are lucky to receive any, are [often] maize.I invite everyone who is involved with refugee camps to have a meaningful conversation [with the refugees] they serve about what would make these places a place of refuge.What are your thoughts as you commemorate the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide? Every American and every person who wants to know what hate can do should look at what happened in Rwanda. If you want to know that peace is possible, you should also look at Rwanda now: [Rwandans] working together every day to create peace and to live beyond hate. I am very proud of Rwandans.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
By Raya Al JadirThe only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service.John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals doing extraordinary things in the local community” – only weeks after being told he had lost his (pictured (SIA) licence because of new regulations.He had held his licence for six years, but it was downgraded in December because new rules state that a door supervisor must be able to escort a person up and down a flight of stairs and, if necessary, be able to restrain a customer.Although he has some martial arts training – has a blue belt in karate – he is unable to “sit on somebody”, as he says he would need to be able to do under the new rules, because of how long it would take to get out of his wheelchair safely.As a result, he can now work at retail locations such as Primark or Marks and Spencer, but not at licensed venues such as bars and nightclubs.SIA has told Young (pictured) it is looking at whether it will be able to make reasonable adjustments for him and other disabled people, but that any changes to its licensing rules are unlikely to be introduced until early 2017, because they would need to be approved by the home secretary.Even if that happens, he will have to complete another course – costing £240 – and resit his exams later in 2017 before he can resume his career.He said: “If a black or Asian or gay person can do the job, why can’t a disabled person? If you are not discriminating against others, why the disabled?”He said that “if SIA had their way then no disabled person would be able to apply for the licence in the future.“Given the right opportunity and reasonable adjustments being made, we can contribute to the economy.”He said his fight against SIA had been a “one-man crusade”, although he praised the support of his Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, and the Hertfordshire council-funded employment agency Work Solutions.An SIA spokesman said the organisation did not comment on individual cases, but was “committed to tackling equality and diversity issues”.He said: “Following a number of deaths and injuries involving physical intervention by door supervisors, we were directed by the Home Office to require all door supervision licence holders to obtain a top-up qualification on physical intervention when they renewed their licence in order to ensure public safety. “Those not wishing to take the top-up training are eligible instead to renew their licence as a security guard.” He said the top-up qualification “includes escorting and disengagement skills”, and added: “We understand that some door supervisors may not be able to complete the training that leads to the top-up qualification. “We are fully considering what steps can reasonably be taken to avoid the disadvantaging of disabled people, while at the same time ensuring the safety of members of the public.“Any proposals regarding amendments to our licensing criteria for disabled people would be subject to a consultation.”A Home Office spokesman said the department did not think there was anything it could add to the SIA statement.Young had wanted to join the armed forces as a child but was unable to do so because of his impairment.He decided instead to join the security industry, as it was “a way of serving the country and making it secure in some way”.He said: “I thought there are so many disabled people who spend huge amounts of money in pubs and nightclubs… so why not apply to security jobs and show people that disabled people like me can do the job.”He qualified after attending a college in Hertfordshire in 2009, where the only adjustment he needed was a scribe to write his answers for him, with his exam held in private with his own invigilator.Young, who also works as a disability awareness trainer, has been a member of the charity Bushey and Watford Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB) since the age of 17, nearly 30 years ago.As a former chair of the club, which takes its members on activities such as bowling and rock-climbing, he has worked to improve access within the community and to promote PHAB’s work, as well as improving the outlook of young disabled people.He has also qualified as a disability athletics coach, and runs coaching sessions in the community.Young will be one of 33 recipients of a BCA medal of honour at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament next week.He said he was “elated” to be recognised with a British Citizen Award, and added: “It is a good thing to be recognised, but I don’t do it for the applause, I do it because it is something that needs doing for the good of the disabled community.”He said: “I do what I can do; I know that if my work will help me that it will also help many other disabled people.“My voice is not just my own, but it is for the disabled community. For me, it is about keeping disabled issues and disabled rights in the public domain and in the public interest.”He added: “Sometimes I feel like a third-class citizen when it comes to goods and services, and in 2016 you should not feel like that.”
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n returning from holiday, sitting on my mat, was a newsletter from Christies. The back cover advertising; the sale, of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s, private collection. LINKIt struck me, Blog; that I hadn’t heard, that the ever beautiful Nancy, had passed on. I looked online, to see that it was in March. Studying the catalogue; it was full of the most tasteful, but not overly-expensive, furniture, momentos, and mostly costume jewelery, from right the way through their lives. Many available, from just a few hundred dollars. One; a bronze, of Reagan, playing a cowboy, with a reserve of $500 – $800. Wouldn’t a relative, or friend of the family, rather have that, at home, as a way to remember Uncle Ronnie? No. They’d rather have the monkey.I can’t speak for America, but the most unnatractive thing, about the British middle-class, is the way you can see them, all desperately funking for elderly relatives, to snuff it, so they can get their hands on a few quid, for the first time in their lives. Why aren’t they worrying about earning and spending their own money? It’s been okay to under-achieve, because they’ve always known, about the big chance, coming right towards them.Nancy Reagan has only been gone for a few months. And how long did it take them to prepare the photos, dimensions, and values for the auction? She must have still been warm, when they got to work. Look around you, Blog. Look at all of those faces. If you’ve got a few quid: THEY CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOU IN THE GROUND.Over and out, B x
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Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Download Our Free Android App Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: Ronen Tivony | NurPhoto | Getty Images –shares Add to Queue Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in U.S., Canada to $4B Next Article Guest Writer Marijuana edibles have long been an area where rapid growth is anticipated. Now, a marijuana market research company has put a number to it: $4.1 billion.That’s the amount consumers in the United States and Canada are expected to spend on marijuana edibles by 2022, according to projections in a report from ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics. It seems far from a pie-in-the-sky estimate considering consumers in both countries spent $1 billion on edibles in 2017. Marijuana edibles have moved so fast into the mainstream that they were named a food trend of the year for 2018 and have quickly created opportunities for entrepreneurs. “Legal cannabis-derived edible products, from candy and chocolate to infused beverages, is a sector worth watching over the next few years,” the report stated. “It has become clear that the legal cannabis market is about much more than inhaling the smoke of smoldering cannabis flower.”Related: Marijuana Wins Big in the MidtermsKey TakeawaysOther than the stunning $4.1 billion number by 2022, highlights from the report’s other findings included the following.In Colorado, 64 percent of adult-use marijuana customers tried an edible; the number is 55 percent in CaliforniaEdibles are projected to grow from 12 percent to 14 percent of the total cannabis market by 2022, while flower drops from 50 percent to 36 percentEdibles’ share of the total cannabis market has already more than doubled, from 5.4 percent in 2011 to the current 12 percentWorldwide sales of cannabis-based products are expected to reach $32 billion by 2022 (it was $9.5 billion in 2017)All this signals opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs who want to get in early on what ArcView and BDS Analytics expect to become one of the biggest areas of growth in the adult-use cannabis industry. As the report notes, branding and standing out from competitors is easier with edibles, where individualized packaging and marketing can distinguish a brand on a dispensary shelf.Related: Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?Attracting Big IndustryThe potential for edible marijuana sales already has attracted the attention of giants in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, according to a letter in the report from Tom Adams, the editor-in-chief of ArcView and managing director of BDS Analytics.He noted the several recent develops in the marijuana-infused beverage market. They include the $4 billion investment by Constellation Brands into Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., the plan at Molson Coors Brewing Co. to develop a cannabis beverage and the fact Heineken NV’s Lagunitas brand already sells a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beverage.It’s even more impressive when considering that beverage sales make up only about 6 percent of edible cannabis sales in the U.S. Clearly, these companies see the potential for big growth. “That is clearly just the start of what will be a product innovation explosion as major CPG companies come rushing into the legal cannabis market in the years ahead,” Adams wrote.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Edibles 3 min read dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 15, 2018 A new report sees the market for edibles growing from about $1B to $4B by 2022, apparently at the cost of smoked marijuana.
Intelligent Engagement Platform unlocks the power of personalisation for every marketer – no data science degree neededNGDATA announces a new platform that transforms marketers’ ability to tailor campaigns to individual consumers, enabling them to set up data-rich, insight-driven customer campaigns in minutes rather than weeks.NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform (IEP) has been engineered to overcome the challenges of turning huge volumes of data into individually tailored campaigns which create a unique experience for each customer.Traditionally many organisations have struggled to stitch together data from various sources to gain a true picture of consumers. What’s more, brands often lack the tools needed to connect every customer interaction across a growing range of channels, making it difficult if not impossible to adapt interactions with timely and accurate data. Finally, businesses in every sector are facing a chronic shortage of data science skills needed to turn data into actionable insight that result in revenue.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First HireThe Intelligent Engagement Platform enables any marketer to supercharge their omni-channel interactions with rich and comprehensive insight on the unique Customer DNA of each individual. The IEP provides a simple and intuitive user interface that enables marketers to design and manage holistic, contextualised and individually-relevant campaigns at the push of a button. An evolution of the NGDATA CDP (Customer Data Platform) product, the IEP builds on these capabilities to further develop self-service analytics, orchestration capabilities and ‘out of the box’ use cases to facilitate faster time to market.“Customers expect a highly personalised relationship with brands, but all too often businesses are drowning in data and unable to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” said Doug Gross, CEO at NGDATA. “Turning data into insight has traditionally been a job for specialists, and it can typically take around a week to set up a new customer-focused campaign with all the relevant metrics.“NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform makes it simple and fast for any marketer, even those without data and technical skillsets, to design and implement customer-centric campaigns for a huge range of use cases to deliver on marketing goals. What we’ve added with the IEP is an intuitive push-button approach to using this insight to achieve specific goals.”Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website PerformanceThe new capabilities enable marketers to set up and manage individualised customer experiences in minutes, and to visualise audiences and measure consumer sentiment in real-time. They can also refine metrics as they go, ensuring the most accurate, relevant and timely experiences are recommended automatically by the IEP. The extensive possibilities presented by the IEP include ‘out of the box’ solutions to solve common marketing pain points, such as: driving customer acquisition in financial services, increasing the average transaction value in retail, and running customer retention and loyalty programmes in telecoms and hospitality contexts.Geert Van Mol, CDO at Belfius, one of Belgium’s top ten banks and long-standing NGDATA customer, adds: “The new NGDATA platform will put customer analytics and AI in the hands of our marketers and will help our marketing organisation to play in a whole new league by delivering the most effective and hyper-personal customer engagement in real-time on a daily basis”.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euNGDATA’s Intelligent Customer Engagement Platform is centred on three core capabilities:Unified Customer View, that provides a holistic, contextualized Customer DNA.Real-Time Omni-Channel 1:1 Interactions, enabling marketers to supercharge channel and execution systems with real-time actionable insights into individual customers, thereby maximizing targeting precision.Self-Service Analytics and Machine Learning, including capabilities such as audience clustering and lookalike modelling to discover, analyse and predict emerging opportunities from customer data. This enables marketers to deliver more relevant customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online NGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver Data-Driven, Individualised Campaigns in Minutes, Not Weeks PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 3:10 pmJune 18, 2019 customer engagementDoug GrossIntelligent EngagementMarketing TechnologyNewsNGDATA Previous ArticleSalesforce Research: State of Connected Customer Redefines Customer ExperiencesNext ArticleAppTek and yellaUmbrella Announce Systems Integration Partnership to Provide Market-Leading Tools for Media Localization
Citation: Scientists develop haptic interface with seven degrees of freedom (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-scientists-haptic-interface-degrees-freedom.html Provided by Chinese Association of Automation 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. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an even more expansive haptic interface that allows for seven degrees of movement. The most common haptic interfaces typically have three degrees of movement. The research findings were published on the January 10th issue of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, a joint bimonthly publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation..”With the development of human robot interaction technologies, haptic interfaces are widely used for 3-D applications to provide the sense of touch,” wrote co-author Zeng-Guang Hou, a professor at the State Key Laboratory of Management and Control for Complex Systems. “These interfaces have been utilized in medical simulation, virtual assembly, and remote manipulation tasks. However, haptic interface design and control are still critical problems to reproduce the highly sensitive touch sense of humans.”Hou and his team designed a haptic interface based on a modified delta mechanism. This mechanism has a static base platform to which three identical chains are connected and lead to a moving platform. The mechanism can use each chain to move in a different direction.”The main advantage of this architecture is its low inertia, the critical element of haptic device design, because its actuators can be mounted on the fixed platform,” Hou wrote, referring to how little effort it takes to make the mechanism move. “In addition, a mechanical wrist can be added to the moving platform to realize the rotational degrees of freedom.”The engineers designed a controller to sense motion and display how much force the operator should exert. The interface is controlled via an algorithm that helps maintain equilibrium.”Experimental results show the good control performance of this interface,” Hou wrote of his team’s simulations and prototype tests. “The dynamic model and the haptic controller can be used as references for model based control systems to improve the performance further.”According to Hou, the proposed haptic interface is also appropriate for true haptic interaction, such as the touch sense of a mobile phone’s vibration setting, and teleoperation applications, such as surgical procedures. Haptic interfaces allow humans to handle dangerous or delicate materials. From laparoscopic surgery to radioactive waste removal to the simple act of putting a mobile on vibrate, robotics are getting touchy. Explore further More information: Jian-Long Hao et al, Development and evaluation of a 7-DOF haptic interface, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (2017). DOI: 10.1109/JAS.2017.7510769 Magnetic levitation gives computer users sense of touch
© 2018 AFP Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. Explore further Citation: Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit (Update) (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-800k-users-bug-unblock.html Facebook admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.”We know that the ability to block someone is important,” Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a blog post.”We’d like to apologize and explain what happened.”Blocking someone on Facebook prevents them from seeing posts in a blocker’s profile; connecting as a friend, or starting Messenger conversations.Blocking someone also automatically “unfriends” the person.”There are many reasons why people block another person on Facebook,” Egan said.”Their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying.”People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added.The software bug did not restore any severed friend connections at the social network, but someone who was blocked could have been able to reach out to a blocker on Messenger, according to Facebook.”While someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience,” Egan said of the glitch.The vast majority of the more than 800,000 people affected by the bug had only one person they had blocked be temporarily unblocked, according to Facebook.People affected by the bug will get notifications encouraging them to check their blocked lists.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year was grilled by the European Parliament and the US Congress about a massive breach of users’ personal data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. 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. Facebook—its corporate symbol shown here in a file image—says it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service
In this May 31, 2016 photo, Joel Ortiz, center, poses for a photo with Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and public schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, right, during a luncheon for public schools valedictorians in Boston. Ortiz, who studies information technology at University of Massachusetts, Boston, was arrested on July 12, 2018, at Los Angeles International Airport, on suspicion of using his tech skills to hack victims’ personal cell phones and steal millions of dollars in digital currency. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP) Citation: Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme (2018, August 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-boston-student-accused-millions-digital.html Joel Ortiz was taken into custody July 12 at Los Angeles International Airport ahead of a flight to Boston, according to prosecutors. The 20-year-old faces more than two dozen charges including grand theft, identity theft and computer hacking, court documents show. He’s held on $1 million bail.The Santa Clara County, California, public defender’s office, which is representing Ortiz, declined comment. A number listed for his home in Boston was disconnected.The elaborate scheme involved taking over victims’ phones, allowing him to reset passwords and access online accounts containing electronic assets in the form of Bitcoin, Coinbase, Bittrex and Binance, the criminal complaint said.In one case Ortiz allegedly walked into an AT&T store and impersonated a victim in order to get a new SIM card, which gave him control of the victim’s phone. He obtained access to the victim’s “financial and personal identifying information, tax returns, private passwords” and siphoned $10,000 from a cryptocurrency account, according to police report.In several instances Ortiz allegedly impersonated victims over text messages and convinced friends and family members to “loan” him digital funds, court documents said.At one point Ortiz allegedly stole $10,000 from a California resident, and then tried to get more, calling the victim’s wife and sending a text to the victim’s daughter that said “TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN,” the documents said.Court documents identify more than 20 victims who live in California, and prosecutors say they know of additional victims outside of the state.Ortiz enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston and studies information technology, said school spokesman DeWayne Lehman.Ortiz was the 2016 valedictorian of Another Course to College, a small public college preparatory school in Boston, and was honored alongside other top students across the city at a luncheon that year with Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and other officials at a downtown hotel.At his school, Ortiz was the lead robot software programmer on its robotics team, taught other students the basics of software coding and “led efforts to teach computer science,” according to a Boston Public Schools’ press release touting the students’ accomplishments.The school system said Ortiz “loves science and technology,” is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Chinese.Boston Public Schools spokesman Daniel O’Brien declined to comment. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A Massachusetts college student who was named his high school’s valedictorian for his savvy tech skills hacked into unsuspecting investors’ personal cellphones, email and social media accounts to steal at least $2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin, according to documents provided by California prosecutors Wednesday. US charges Iranian over ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The dam is to be completed in 2019. 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. Flowing more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) through the wilderness, the Romaine River in the Cote-Nord region of Quebec is about to hit a literal wall at 51 degrees north latitude with the erection of the fourth and last power station.Once completed, the construction project—which started in 2009—will see the cold, clear waters of one of Canada’s longest untamed rivers flood surrounding lands claimed by indigenous tribes.From a distance, the bright lights at the site where more than 800 heavy dump trucks, drills and giant backhoe loaders are in use look like reflections of stars in the night sky.The teams from Hydro-Quebec are working on two fronts. They are razing a mountain to make room for the power station. They are also erecting a dike 500 meters (1,640 feet) long and 90 meters high that will hold back the water to be used to generate electricity.Quebec has a power surplus, so the government is hoping to sell the power produced here to its American neighbors to the south—and in turn do its bit to help alleviate global warming. Gilbert Pietacho, a foreman at the dam construction site, is also a member of a local indigenous tribe—he says he was against the project at first, because it will flood traditional hunting grounds, but he is now on board Dangers of dam buildingThe construction site extends over several kilometers: there is a full cement factory, an infirmary for workers, offices, a quarry and a dynamite depot.”This is a major project—there are many different stakeholders, many simultaneous activities, and many dangers to manage daily,” including inquisitive wolves and bears, says Christian Guimond, who is in charge of the dam’s construction.Already four workers have died, which forced the public utility Hydro-Quebec to suspend construction in 2017 while it reviewed its workplace safety practices. There’s now a greater awareness of the risks for workers, said Guimond.From atop a nearby mountain peak, he points to a kilometer-long tunnel and a ditch built to divert the raging river in order to start construction of the dam itself on the dry riverbed. Two construction workers get ready to go up in a lift at the massive Hydro-Quebec construction site, which stretches over several kilometers Costing more than Can$6.5 billion (US$4.9 billion), it is among the top 10 largest infrastructure projects currently underway in Canada, ranking behind two nuclear plant refurbishments, three other hydroelectric projects and a new Toronto subway line.For residents of the region, the hydroelectric project has been a mixed blessing, creating jobs in a remote and economically-depressed region but flooding the local indigenous people’s traditional hunting grounds.”I didn’t want it at first, but I needed work… when I got my first paycheck, I changed my mind about it,” said Gilbert Pietacho, a foreman and member of the Innus of Mingan.His father, who is also chief of the small tribe that lives on a reserve on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, is a fierce opponent of the project.The chief has the backing of environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, which have decried huge hydroelectric dams as “ecologically devastating.” “It pains me, makes me sad what we’re doing to nature,” said Patricia Bacon, a 24-year-old Innu who came here to work at the cafeteria in order to pay for her university studies. “But times have changed—every house must have electricity now.” Hydro-Quebec plans to sell the clean energy generated by the Romaine project—the Romaine 4 dam is seen here—to customers in the northeastern United States Export to USOnce fully operational in 2021, the four power plants on the river will cumulatively generate 1,550 megawatts of electricity, enough to power a city or an estimated 1.5 million homes.Since the 1970s, hydroelectricity has supplied 90 percent of Quebec’s power needs.The new Quebec provincial government of Francois Legault, with the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has pledged to build even more dams once the Romaine project is completed.The aim is to export as much power as possible to the United States, saying it would be “the biggest contribution that Quebec could make to the planet.”Other provinces also have big hydroelectric projects on the go, such as Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls, Manitoba’s Keeyask and British Columbia’s Site C. Neighboring Ontario, meanwhile, is spending Can$25 billion to refurbish two aging nuclear power plants. Tajikistan launches giant dam to end power shortage Citation: In Quebec, Canada’s newest hydroelectric dams nearly ready (2018, November 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-quebec-canada-hydroelectric-ready.html A view of Hydro-Quebec’s Romaine 1 dam floor in Canada—the huge construction project, ongoing for a decade, is nearing completion Pierre-Olivier Pineau, an energy specialist at HEC university in Montreal, expressed doubt after visiting the Romaine project about the need for more power plants, pointing to Quebec’s current surplus energy.”In the northeastern United States, there is a great desire to decarbonize electricity production in New England or New York state, so there is a real opportunity for Quebec,” he told AFP.”La Romaine could provide this renewable energy.”However, more transmission lines connecting the power stations to US buyers still need to be approved and built. © 2018 AFP Since the 1970s, hydroelectricity has supplied 90 percent of Quebec’s power needs—the four new plants will generate enough electricity to power a city, or 1.5 million homes Explore further On a frigid night, the roar of heavy machinery chipping away at rock echoes through Canada’s boreal forest: in the far north of Quebec province, four massive hydroelectric dams that will produce “clean energy” for the northeastern United States are nearing completion. A Hydro-Quebec employee looks out over the spillway for the Romaine 3 hydroelectric dam in Quebec—the hope is to attract more and more US customers with the prospect of clean energy