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REPLY: “Everything-as-an-interface” is The New Paradigm Resulting From Reply’s “New Interfaces, Zero Interfaces” Research

first_img TAGS  Facebook Local NewsBusiness Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp REPLY: “Everything-as-an-interface” is The New Paradigm Resulting From Reply’s “New Interfaces, Zero Interfaces” Research Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNATIONAL VIEW:Cuomo duck and cover-upTHE POINT: Hidden nursing home deaths demands investigation.Next articleObytný komplex “Aman Residences, Tokyo” a nový hotel pod značkou “Janu Tokyo” jsou zlatými hřeby projektu renovace městské zástavby čtvrti Toranomon-Azabudai Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Doherty and Mac Lochlainn both support a three candidate strategy

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Doherty and Mac Lochlainn both support a three candidate strategy Sinn Féin sitting TDs in Donegal have backed the bid by Cllr Gary Doherty to be approved as a general election candidate.Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig Mac Lochlainn have issued a joint statement saying they would welcome Gary Doherty’s inclusion as a third Sinn Féin candidate.They say while it would present a significant challenge, the party’s members across Donegal are energised and up for the challenge of getting three Sinn Féin TDs in the newly formed single Donegal constituency. Twitter Previous articleBody found near Manorcunningham during search for missing manNext articleSocial finance seminar this evening for community groups and clubs in Donegal admin Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By admin – October 14, 2015 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Homepage BannerNews Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Starbucks operator SSP set to make 5,000 redundancies

first_imgUp to 5,000 roles may be made redundant at travel sites operator SSP due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus outbreak.With very few people passing through airports and railway stations, almost all the company’s sites, which include Uppercrust and Starbucks units, have been shut down. As a result, the business has seen sales crash 95% year on year in recent months.SSP said even plans to introduce ‘air bridges’ would bring only a slight increase to short-haul travel, and the number of long-haul flights was expected to remain very low. With social distancing measures in place, recovery in rail passenger numbers, currently down about 85%, was expected to be slow, it added.As a consequence, the business predicted it would only have reopened 20% of its UK sites by the autumn and revealed it was starting a major restructure.SSP today (1 July) warned that, if the pace of the recovery continued at the current level, this could lead to up to around 5,000 roles becoming redundant from head office and UK operations.Only the UK part of the global business has been affected by the plans, because of expected faster recovery, the longer durations of furlough support or contractual lay-off arrangements in other parts of the world.“Covid-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and on SSP’s businesses in all geographies,” said SSP group CEO Simon Smith. “We are beginning to see early signs of recovery in some parts of the world and are starting to open units as passenger demand picks up.“However, in the UK, the pace of the recovery continues to be slow. In response to this, we are now taking further action to protect the business and create the right base from which to rebuild our operations.”Smith added that the business would ensure it retained the flexibility to ramp up operations and quickly reopen sites if sales improved over the summer.“The medium-term prospects for the group remain positive,” he stated. “The objective of the action we are proposing today is to ensure that we manage through this pandemic, rebuild our business as demand recovers and, in time, deliver long-term sustainable growth for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”While group sales were down 95% in April and May, they have recovered slightly and were down 90% in June, thanks to increases in Continental Europe and North America.last_img read more

Virtual lecture from Rome explores the influence of artist Raphael

first_imgThe Nanovic Institute for European Studies hosted a virtual lecture Tuesday titled “Raphael in Rome,” where Ingrid Rowland, professor at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, led a virtual lecture from her home in Rome and discussed some of her research of Raphael’s work in the Eternal City.The first half of the lecture commenced with Rowland analyzing several influential works of art by Raphael. The lecture closed with a brief question-and-answer session in which participants, including faculty and students, posed questions for Rowland to answer.One of the art pieces Rowland analyzed during the lecture was “Madonna della seggiola.” It depicts Mary embracing Christ while John the Baptist watches from the side. Rowland cited this work as a representation of how Raphael changed his style of painting. Elizabeth Prater | The Observer Professor Ingrid Rowland analyzed Raphael’s “Madonna della seggiola” as an example of how he changed composition in his paintings.“Raphael figures out that composition is a process of abstraction and the way that he paints changes. You get paintings like ‘Madonna [della seggiola]’ where you can see all of this looks totally lifelike,” Rowland said.Rowland described seeing this painting as “deeply emotional.”“When I first saw this painting, I really just burst into tears,” she said. “It’s so moving and so perfect. But at the same time, on a technical level, he is brilliantly just taking the human body and slightly improving it, making it slightly better than it really is. … That’s a real master of work. You take reality and you shift it.”Rowland explained the impact Rome had on Raphael. A primary influence was Pope Julius II. Attributable to the Pope’s decision to commission the best artists of the time, Rome was revolutionized in culture, artistic mastery and style.Pope Julius II commissioned Raphael to paint four apartments located in the Vatican Palace. She said Bramante, one of the architects for the Pope, snuck Raphael into the Sistine Chapel to get a sneak peak of Michelangelo’s work before it was officially released. She mentioned this source of competition as an influence in Raphael’s work, alongside the social and political context of Rome during this period.Rowland said that it is evident from some of Raphael’s work that he imitated some of Michelangelo’s work.“I think [in ‘School of Athens’], Raphael’s saying, ‘I can do those colors. I can do paintings as beautiful as Michelangelo,’” she said.“School of Athens” depicts philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle and even portrays a form of the artist, Raphael, himself. Elizabeth Prater | The Observer In addition to talking about the technical elements of Raphael’s works, Rowland explained her personal connection to his work.Professor Rowland commented on her emotional connection to “School of Athens.” “The first time I saw this painting in any form was a partial reproduction in a little art book I got for my ninth birthday,” she said. “I love this painting because I knew what was going on with all the people and knew that they were exactly where they were supposed to be. The fact that Raphael could communicate this to a nine-year-old is an amazing confirmation of his mastery.”Clemens Sedmak, interim director of the Nanovic Institute for European studies, introduced Rowland as a fellow of the Institute for European Studies.“She is a citizen of the world, and specifically, a citizen of Rome. Ingrid writes and lectures on classic antiquity, the renaissance and the age of the Baroque,” Sedmak said.He said Rowland “has been trained in Classics, Greek Literature, and Classic Archaeology.”Additionally, Sedmak stated that Rowland is a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Scientists and part of a plethora of other organizations.Tags: architecture, Raphael, Rome, School of Athenslast_img read more

England regain Euro crown, but Scots make it a nail-biter

first_img England’s men are the kings of Europe once again. Having lost the title in 2011, they regained the crown by beating Scotland 4½ – 2½ in the final at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Jutland, Denmark. The foundation was built in the morning when England won both foursomes thanks to Neil Raymond and Amateur champion Garrick Porteous, who beat James Ross and Ewan Scott 4 and 2, while Max Orrin and Nathan Kimsey overcame Graeme Robertson and Jack McDonald by the same margin. But the singles proved a nail-biting affair. Robertson gained the Scots first point with a 1 hole win over Callum Shinkwin only for Porteous to restore England’s advantage with a 3 and 2 success over McDonald. When Bradley Neil got home by 2 holes over Toby Tree then score was 3-2. It was left to Orrin to see England to the necessary fourth point but he had to bounce back from trailing to Scott Borrowman to force extra holes and won it on the 19th. The other game between Scott and Kimsey was halved by mutual agreement as England was already assured of the title. “It was a great performance,” said England Performance Director Nigel Edwards. “The lads stuck to the task when Scotland put us under pressure. Some great play coming down the closing holes. “The morning foursomes were crucial it gave us the edge. Hats off to Scotland who played a truly great match and were true sportsmen of the highest order. That was a great final and it was a huge relief to win. “The whole team played their part in the victory, contributing in so many ways. The players really appreciate all the support from England Golf, from the Board, the staff and everyone else involved. “Graham Walker and Terry Casey galvanised a real team effort, not just this week but over the last few years.” In the third place match, France beat the Netherlands 5-2. 13 Jul 2013 England regain Euro crown, but Scots make it a nail-biter last_img read more

Kootenay Cup within reach for Nelson after amazing showing in Kimberley

first_imgTeammate Dylan Gyr was close behind, earning silver (classic) and bronze (skate), while Rohan Moola persevered admirably through equipment difficulties to finish 5th and 6th. Ira McKimm, skiing as a Juvenile, pulled off two very impressive silver-medal finishes against national-level competition. Being on the road didn’t hurt the Nelson Nordic Ski Club as the Heritage City club experienced some great results during the Kootenay Cup Cross Country Race this past weekend in Kimberley.Under dazzling sunshine and brisk East Kootenay cold, over a dozen Nelson-area Nordic skiers competed against skiers from BC, Alberta, the Yukon and Washington State. In temperatures barely reaching minus 15 degrees Celsius (the minimum permitted for racing) seven young racers, aged 6-15, drew on their training to give some impressive and gritty performances.In the Atom Girls category, Aleah Smith brought home a 2nd place in her classic race (in a field of 20 skiers), and a 4th place in the skate race. Peewee Boys Kaelum Smith and Ollie Gyr earned themselves 5th and 6th places respectively (out of 15) in classic, and 6th and 4th in skate. In the Midget category Felix Barron clinched gold in the classic race and silver in the skate race. Eight adults from Nelson Nordic Ski Club also competed. In the Masters II Women’s category, Louise Poole came first in both the 20 km classic and the 15 km skate events.In the Masters II Men’s category, the Nelson team “owned” the podium, with George Edney just edging out Kim Poole and Jay McKimm for a one-two-three finish in the 15 km skate event.In the 20 km classic race, Kim Poole and George Edney came second and third respectively. Skiing in the somewhat shorter-distance Recreational categories and earning chocolate medals for their efforts, were Jennie Barron (gold), Sarah Waterhouse (silver), Janet Connolly (bronze), Erik Leslie (silver), and Kurstun Smith (bronze). The Jackrabbit and Track Attack skiers sincerely thank all their coaches – especially Kaj Gyr and Roger Fontaine, for their attention and encouragement at this event – and the hard-working wax tech dads, Erik and Kurstun.The team was also grateful to Kimberley Nordic Club members, who put on a generous and delicious spread of food for the racers on both days. Racing was not the only focus of the weekend. The skiers also enjoyed snow skating, hot tubbing, and a banquet with great food and dancing. “Just hanging out together was the best part,” said one young skier. The Kimberley races were the first two of the 2016 Kootenay Cup series, sponsored by TECK.The third set of Kootenay Cup races go this Saturday here in Nelson. All local Nordic skiers are warmly invited to join in the fun.To register, go to Zone4.ca and search for “Nelson Kootenay Cup”. Deadline is Friday Jan 15, 8 pm.last_img read more

Audio: Traveling the Pan Borneo Highway with Mongabay’s John Cannon

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Mongabay staff writer John Cannon, who traveled the length of the Pan Borneo Highway in July and wrote a series of reports for Mongabay detailing what he discovered on the journey.The Pan Borneo Highway is expected to make commerce and travel easier in a region that is notoriously difficult to navigate, and also to encourage tourists to see the states’ cultural treasures and rich wildlife. But from the outset, scientists and conservationists have warned that the highway is likely to harm that very same wildlife by dividing populations and degrading habitat.Cannon undertook his 3-week reporting trip down the Pan Borneo Highway in an attempt to understand both the positive and negative effects the road could have on local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems, and he’s here to tell us what he found. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with our adventurous Middle East-based staff writer John Cannon, who recently traveled the length of the Pan Borneo Highway to assess the positive and negative effects the road could have on local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems.Listen here:Cannon spent three weeks traveling the proposed route of the Pan Borneo Highway which is being built to connect the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The idea is to make commerce and travel easier in a region that is notoriously difficult to navigate, and also to encourage tourists to see the states’ cultural treasures and rich wildlife, from elephants to clouded leopards and crocodiles.But scientists and conservationists have warned that the highway is likely to harm that very same wildlife by dividing populations and degrading habitat.You can also read his six-part series detailing the trip and his  “5 revelations from traveling the Pan Borneo Highway.”Here’s this episode’s top news:‘Full-blown crisis’: North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970At the UN, losing the race against time to fight climate change‘The Blob’ is back: Pacific heat wave already second-largest in recent historyWould you like to hear how Mongabay grew out of its founder’s childhood adventures in rainforests and a fascination with frogs? Or how a Mongabay editor reacted to meeting one of the world’s last Bornean rhinos? We now offer Insider Content that delivers behind-the-scenes reporting and stories like these from our team. For a small monthly donation, you’ll get exclusive access and support our work in a new way. Visit mongabay.com/insider to learn more and join the growing community of Mongabay readers on the inside track.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify or Pandora. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.A mother Sunda clouded leopard and her cubs on a road in Sabah, still image from video footage shot by Michael Gordon.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Borneo Orangutan, Deforestation, Elephants, Environment, forest degradation, Forests, Habitat Degradation, Infrastructure, Interviews, Mammals, Mitigation, Orangutans, Podcast, Roads, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 14

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: Volkswagen South Africa » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Here baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company basedin the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on theproduction line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on theproduction line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on the production line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker adjusts a machine that extrudes plastic and rubber components.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 14: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

A Certification Program for Net Zero Energy Projects

first_imgGreen builders can pursue an Energy Star label, an Earthcraft label, a Passivhaus label, or a Health House label for their new homes. But one Seattle-based nonprofit group has decided that we need another new label.Even though there are many ways to combine construction strategies and renewable-energy systems to produce buildings that can operate at net zero energy, the International Living Future Institute decided it is time to introduce a certification system for projects aiming for NZE performance.Last week in Toronto, during the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the ILFI announced the launch of Net Zero Energy Building Certification, which is linked to the institute’s stringent Living Building Challenge program. Certification through the NZE Building Certification program, ILFI says, will be based on performance rather than modeling. NZE projects anywhere in the world can apply for consideration, although candidate buildings must be operational for at least 12 months before they’re evaluated.A variety of renewable-energy systems can be used, including passive solar, photovoltaics, wind turbines, solar thermal, direct geothermal, water-powered microturbines, and fuel cells powered by hydrogen generated from renewably powered electrolysis.The institute’s green reachWhile many projects, including some marketed by production builders, are touted as net-zero-energy performers, those that qualify for the NZE Building Certification will have to meet the following Living Building Challenge requirements:The NZE building’s construction and renewable-energy system curb the project’s contribution to the effects of sprawled development.The building operates at net zero energy.The project is built in a way that does not preclude another building from achieving net zero energy operation as a result of excessive shading.Renewable-energy systems must be incorporated into the building in ways that are “attractive and inspiring.” Formerly known as the Living Building Institute (until April of this year), ILFI now manages the Living Building Challenge program; the Cascadia Green Building Council, a green building advocacy group for builders in the Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska; Natural Step Network USA, which advises businesses on environmentally sustainable practices; and Ecotone Publishing, which produces books about green architecture and design.last_img read more

EC seeks report from DM on Nashkar’s controversial remarks

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of East Midnapore on the derogatory statement of BJP candidate from Tamluk, Siddhartha Nashkar.During an election campaign in Tamluk, Nashkar allegedly made some derogatory remarks on Friday and allegedly urged the BJP workers to beat up other party activists. Following the incident, various political parties moved to the Commission demanding action against the BJP candidate from Tamluk. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a detailed report from the DM and also the video of the election rally. The Election Commission will examine the video footages of the BJP candidate. They will take a decision after going through the video. It may be mentioned that many BJP candidates have courted controversy in the recent past for their derogatory remarks and it seems to continue unabated. BJP’s Basirhat candidate Sayantan Basu, Dilip Ghosh contesting the elections from Midnapore, Babul Supriyo contesting from Asansol had been under the scanner of the Election Commission for triggering controversies. It may also be mentioned here that some polling personnel from Birbhum have urged the Election Commission to keep an eye on Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool Congress president of the district, on the day of elections as they fear that Mondal may try to intimidate voters.last_img read more