first_imgStory Links Four members of the Varsity Blues earned all-star nods as Ontario University Athletics announced 2019 field hockey award winners on Thursday.Emily Ziraldo, Hilary Ziraldo, Rachel Spouge and Katie Lynes were all honoured.A fourth-year midfielder/forward, Emily Ziraldo led the OUA in scoring with 15 goals in 12 regular season games in 2019. The Master’s of management of innovation student scored a career-high four goals in Toronto’s 4-1 win over Western on Sept. 14. This is Ziraldo’s third straight OUA all-star nod.Hilary Ziraldo, a fifth-year forward and pharmacology and biomedical toxicology major, receives her first career all-star honour after being named the OUA rookie of the year in 2015. The Toronto native ranked third on the team with six goals in 2019.Rachel Spouge, a fourth-year midfielder from Vancouver, scored four goals this season. The now three-time OUA all-star has been instrumental in controlling the midfield all season, defensively making key tackles and shutting down opposing team’s attack and outlet passing opportunities.Katie Lynes shone in her first season with the Blues. The third-year transfer from UMAss Lowell in the NCAA tallied six goals in 11 games.The Blues open the 2019 OUA championship versus the McGill Martlets this Friday, October 25 at 3 p.m., in Guelph, Ont.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgAfrican maths students are to benefitfrom a network of training centres, whichwill boost the continent’s complementof skilled scientists and researchers.(Image: AIMS South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa LambertCommunications, Perimeter Institute+1 519 569 7600, x5051• Arun SharmaNextEinstein South AfricaRELATED ARTICLES• SA hosts world science meet• New online university to fight cancer• Science university for Botswana• R50m for new research posts• SA-Uganda science agreementJanine ErasmusThe Cape Town-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a postgraduate academic institution, is to be the model for three maths training centres on the continent.The three centres are expected to serve as a nurturing ground for more world-class African mathematicians.According to cosmologist Neil Turok, founder of AIMS South Africa, the goal is to build 15 such centres across Africa by 2020, possibly in countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda.The project, dubbed NextEinstein, is Turok’s brainchild and has already led to the opening of a second AIMS centre at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.NextEinstein aims to boost capacity for scientific and technological education, research and development in Africa.The South African-born Turok is currently the executive director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, taking up his position after a stint as the Chair of Mathematical Physics at the UK’s Cambridge University. The non-profit Perimeter Institute, which focuses on scientific research and educational outreach, is to disburse the funds.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new venture in July 2010, saying that his government was pleased to support research into science and technology, as millions of people in developing countries already lead better lives because of it.The first centre is to be launched in Senegal in September 2011, with others in Ghana and Ethiopia following soon afterwards. The Senegalese government has allocated about US$1.3-million (R9.4-million) towards the facility, and has donated a parcel of land near the coastal city of M’bour, about 80km south of Dakar.The Canadian government has also pledged its financial support for the project, to the tune of C$20-million (R140-million). The money will go towards the construction of AIMS centres over the next four years.“With the announcement of major support for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Canada is also pioneering the sharing of knowledge and expertise as a route to development,” said Turok. “Just as ideas and innovation are the foundation of Canada’s new economy, they will be the basis of Africa’s future economic, educational, scientific and governance self-sufficiency.”Africa’s young EinsteinsAll of the new centres will be based on the Cape Town model, established by Turok in 2003. AIMS South Africa receives sponsorship and support from British philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, US actor Forest Whitaker, and business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, among others.Academic partners include the Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Western Cape universities locally, and the Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI universities abroad. An enthusiastic teaching body of both local and visiting lecturers ensures that tuition is of the highest quality, and often at no charge.According to the centre’s director Prof Barry Green, there is no shortage of willing teaching staff, and he felt confident that the other AIMS centres wouldn’t have any problem in attracting lecturers either.“AIMS is now generating a stream of well-prepared students entering many advanced areas of science,” said Hawking in 2008. “The NextEinstein plan, to create AIMS centres all over Africa, is even more exciting. Its implementation will have a major impact on the continent’s development. Not only will this be vital for Africa, I believe it will be important for the future of science because science needs Africa’s talents.”The theoretical physics genius, who attended the Canadian announcement, added that he was looking forward to meeting Africa’s potential young Einsteins.AIMS South Africa has already seen over 300 mathematics graduates from various African countries successfully complete the training course. With their skills and knowledge now at a globally competitive level, these students are able to apply to universities around the world for admission to postgraduate degrees. Many have been accepted into courses in Europe and the US, while others have successfully completed postgraduate degrees at South African universities.About 60 students are currently enrolled, but the expanded AIMS network of 15 centres will see about 750 scientists graduating across the continent each year. This bodes well for the future of African science and technology.The M’bour institute will take in 35 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The centre’s director Mamadou Sangharé said that it would employ local lecturers, but also draw foreign teachers from its own pool of partnerships, particularly those with French universities.last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts richard macmanus Read/WriteWeb’s Web 2.0 Summit coverage sponsored by Yahoo!At lastyear’s Web 2.0 Conference, Mary Meeker of MorganStanley outlined how mobileand Asia were set for big growth. At this year’s Summit, Meeker focused on videoand monetizing that. Mary speaks at a million miles per hour and data points go past faster thanone can type them. So check out the slides for all the data details. Some quick notes:It’s tough to succeed on the Web – around 2% of tech companies createclose to 100% of the wealth. International markets are becoming crucial, as US share of world internetusers falls from 37% to around 20% in 2007. China obviously, but also Indiaand Russia are noted by Mary.Mobile – entering the “adoption sweet spot” in 2007.Growth is still going up – especially outside the US.Just as Apple monetized online music, the market for online video ispoised for similar growthMomentum for online video continues to buildEffective editing of video will become more important – e.g. Yahoo’s The9.Audio search will become more popularOnly 13% of top 15 online retailers are pure internet plays (Amazon is #1)Watch where the younger generation goes Tags:#conferences#web#Web 2.0 Summit 2006 center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgConsider the hysteria surrounding SOPA and PIPA. These bills were drafted to protect intellectual property by curbing online piracy. If signed into law, the Department of Justice would be granted broad powers to block foreign websites that violate copyrights. American ISPs, search engines and advertisers would all be adversely affected. The backlash was frenzied.On January 18, 75,000 websites took part in a coordinated strike to protest the bills. 162 million people viewed Wikipedia’s blackout page. 350,000 emails flooded Congress through and Dozens of Representatives and Senators came out against the legislation – including, embarrassingly, three sponsors of the bills. Days later, SOPA was pulled. #EpicFail for @Congress.It’s hard to dispute the startling efficacy of anti-SOPA outreach, and the outsize influence of individuals who have grown up on the Web. By having a clear, tangible objective (Killing SOPA) and a coordinated action plan (Blackout Wednesday), online protesters converted social unease (No more Reddit? WTF) into political engagement (bombarding elected officials).The creators of KONY 2012, the most viral video ever, are also following this model of digital-to-actual netroots activism. Unlike SOPA, which had Web juggernauts (Google, Wikipedia, Facebook) and the entire tech industry involved, KONY 2012 grabbed eyeballs with a gripping video. The campaign’s goal is to have Joseph Kony, international war criminal, abductor and murderer of children, brought to justice by December 2012. At the end of March, the original YouTube video had over 86 million views.Engineered to spread – visceral and disturbing, passionate and provoking – KONY 2012 is the rare documentary that stirs more than it saddens. (After watching “No End in Sight,” or “Inside Job,” the overriding emotion is despair. Neither film offers solutions.)Where most commercials for politicians are clueless self-parodies – depicting the world as either impossibly optimistic, when they are about themselves, or frighteningly apocalyptic, when they are about the out-of-touch opponent, KONY 2012 instead takes its viewers seriously.Since the video was released, both the House and Senate introduced resolutions in support of disarming Kony’s militia, the LRA; and the African Union’s Security Council has deployed 5,000 soldiers to track Kony down.KONY 2012’s next step, “Cover the Night,” encourages activists to plaster their cities with campaign posters today. (Imagine waking and finding your entire neighborhood covered by peculiar ads.) By raising awareness of Kony’s brutality, it is believed more American political leaders will be pressured to take action. “Cover the Night” will be a telling experience. Since it requires activists to do more than type and click, a strong turnout will prove the campaign to be more than a trending meme.Building a digital campaign around a compelling narrative has also drawn critics to KONY 2012. Many argue that the campaign oversimplifies the issue, that its slick appeal exploits the plight of Africans. Take Angelo Izama’s essay, “Kony Is Not the Problem,” in The New York Times: “Campaigns like ‘Kony 2012’ aspire to frame the debate about these criminals and inspire action to stop them. Instead, they simply conscript our outrage to advance a specific political agenda – in this case, increased military action.”Similar to the debate around SOPA, it seems that dramatizing a political issue, framing the conversation for the general public, also risks diluting its nuance. However, to interpret KONY 2012 as a misguided attempt to manipulate is too harsh.Everywhere, in books and film, magazines and television, we are told of our country’s enduring problems: inequality of women and gays, the education gap, climate change, military overspending, etc. The issue isn’t a lack of intellectual discussion, but rather the sheer absence of political engagement. It’s not that we do not know; it’s that we do not care – or too few care enough to act.If advocates abstain from popular storytelling, from employing emotion to persuade, how else do you rouse a population to participate? If sports teams, consumer products and movies inspire so much loyalty, why not borrow some of their marketing techniques for politics – where the stakes and payoffs are so much higher?Stephen Colbert understands this. Originally titled “Hail to the Cheese Stephen Colbert’s Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign,” the comedian-candidate illustrated the onerous requirements for grassroots politicians.Later in 2010, he testified in front of Congress to draw attention to our jingoistic stance on migrant farm workers. In full character, Colbert captures the hypocrisy of our immigration laws ill-suited for a globalized economy: “America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables… I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”When was the last time you watched a congressional hearing… about anything?Colbert also brings much-needed criticism to the insidious and ubiquitous role of campaign fundraising. By promoting his own super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” Colbert mocks as he teaches: PACs can accept unlimited amounts of money from individuals, are generally used to fund negative ads, and are usually connected with candidates (which is illegal but easy to evade). No cultural icon is engaging the public in this playfully creative way. Nor has any public figure bothered to provoke young Americans to tangle with the Federal Election Committee.Nobody is arguing that digital petitions, viral videos and late-night TV will lead to American regime change. Twitter didn’t topple tyrants – protestors did. The Arab Spring wasn’t started by a tweet, but by a Tunisian – who set the desert on fire by using his flesh as kindling.The social Web isn’t the revolution, but a tool for revolutionaries. As Occupy Wall Street demonstrates, tech-savvy anger without a unified, actionable agenda is just noise. (OWS could make a convincing case for specific electoral reform – dismantling the winner-take all Electoral College, creating publicly funded campaigns or standardizing fair ballot access for third parties).While other areas of our culture are blazing with tech innovation, our modes of political activity remain stagnant. As Sean Parker, Napster founder and former President of Facebook, has noted, “Politics is one of the few remaining large-scale consumer-facing opportunities on the Internet … It’s a very interesting moment, where politics is a bit behind the rest of the economy in embracing these new technologies.”Putting his money where his mouth is, Parker founded the startup company Causes and has also invested in Nation Builder – both social platforms that rally like-minded individuals through activism and philanthropy.Another Parker-backed venture, Votizen enables activists to create coalitions based on public voting records. By combining the digital ties of social networks with actual political activity, Votizen hopes to lessen the influence of money and bolster voter-to-voter engagement.Where political institutions have failed to harness our discontent, this kind of technology has daring promise. As the digital protests surrounding SOPA, KONY 2012 and Stephen Colbert suggest, our underlying concern needs only to be sparked.Lead photo courtesy of Flickr/jackmcgo210. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img hamza shaban Barack Obama is on Instagram. He’s on Foursquare and Facebook, too. He’s even on Google+. On Election Day, he suggested that his pioneering Web presence wouldn’t end with the campaign, but would continue into governance. The new administration would foster innovative engagement, and Obama would become our first wired president. But does buying promoted tweets and having fewer “likes” than Vin Diesel and Adam Sandler inspire anything resembling citizenship 2.0? As Jon Stewart has observed, much of Obama’s Web presence today is merely asking for money. Tags:#Trends#web Guest author Hamza Shaban writes on Web culture and technology at He graduated from the University of Virginia.last_img read more

first_imgThe pictograms for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics were unveiled on Tuesday at an event to mark 500 days to go until the Summer Games.Pictograms for each sport, including the five new sports that will feature at Tokyo 2020, will feature on tickets, television graphics and venues and are one of the key visual elements of any Olympic Games.Baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and speed climbing will all feature at Tokyo 2020 as organisers target a younger audience.When Tokyo last hosted the Summer Games in 1964, it was the first Olympics to include pictograms and they have featured at every Games since. The concept was introduced to make all sports easy to comprehend across the world.”The sports pictograms were officially used for the first time at the 1964 Tokyo Games; Japanese designers, predecessors, pioneering designers, created this great legacy,” designer Masaaki Hiromura said.”Having that as our starting point, for the Tokyo 2020 Games we wanted a more modern design, incorporating athletes’ dynamism and trying to express their muscle movements, yet keeping it simple.”Organisers also used the opportunity to launch the Tokyo 2020 caravan project.A promotional bus will travel across the three prefectures most deeply affected by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami as Tokyo 2020 reflects the theme of ‘reconstruction Olympics’.The caravan will tour Tokyo before heading north to Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.Softball, the first event on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule, will begin in Fukushima two days before the opening ceremony on July 24.With 500 days to go until the start of the summer showpiece, organisers were confident that preparations are on schedule.advertisementMost of the venues are 50-70 percent complete ahead of test events that will kick off in earnest this summer.The new Olympic Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony, is scheduled for completion in November.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to carry out infrastructural upgrade of four St. Ann-based Primary and Infant schools. The schools to benefit are Philadelphia All-Age, Lower Buxton Primary and Infant, Keith Primary and Infant, and Hoolebury Primary and Infant. Senator Reid visited the schools on February 26. Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that the upgrading work forms part of the Ministry’s national infrastructure development programme, adding that the Government remains committed to tackling the infrastructural needs of schools across the country. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to carry out infrastructural upgrade of four St. Ann-based Primary and Infant schools.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that the upgrading work forms part of the Ministry’s national infrastructure development programme, adding that the Government remains committed to tackling the infrastructural needs of schools across the country.The schools to benefit are Philadelphia All-Age, Lower Buxton Primary and Infant, Keith Primary and Infant, and Hoolebury Primary and Infant. Senator Reid visited the schools on February 26.“We indicated to them where we are in the process in terms of ensuring that their facilities are improved. We are looking especially at their infant/early childhood department to make sure that they are up to standard. Many schools require upgrades in terms of their grounds. So, there will be some amount of paving done,” Senator Reid said.The Minister further noted that the establishment of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure is also in the pipeline for the schools.“Philadelphia, for example, they have some challenges with the Internet. We have to provide ICT solutions that are offline… updating data on tablets and so on. So, that will be something that we want to look at,” he noted.“Lower Buxton Primary is a large facility, but there are still some infrastructure needs there. There’s an ICT lab that needs to be established, so we will be partnering with them on that. Keith Primary as well. There is an unfinished building that needs to be completed. The grounds need upgrading, so that will be part of our programme of infrastructure improvement,” the Minister added.As it relates to cost, Senator Reid said the Regional Office has been asked to update the Ministry so that the requisite allocations can be made.last_img read more

first_imgzoom A fire that started in the vicinity of Houston Ship Channel, at a nearby refinery, in the morning hours of Friday was extinguished around 12 p.m. the same day, according to Houston Fire Department.The fire erupted at ExxonMobil in Baytown, TX, and“the huge plume of smoke sent into the air was visible from 22 miles away from downtown Houston,” GAC told World Maritime News.“As per Houston Pilots, no channel closure took place and it did not influence vessel traffic.”GAC added that, according to Exxon, there were no injuries at the site, and there was no need for the community to shelter in place at the time, though they continued to monitor air quality well after the fire was extinguished the same day.The fire at the chemical plant started when a cleaning fluid and heavy fuel ignited at the site, the fire department said.Relevant authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgDes changements au programme de délivrance graduelle du permis de conduire contribueront à réduire le risque de collision et de blessure pour les nouveaux conducteurs. À compter du 1er avril, la phase de l’apprenti conducteur du programme augmentera à 12 mois. « À l’heure actuelle, nous avons la phase de l’apprenti conducteur la plus courte au Canada, affirme Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. La prolongation de la phase de l’apprenti conducteur permettra au conducteur d’acquérir des compétences et de faire l’expérience de différentes situations et conditions sur la route. » « Il pourra également acquérir de l’expérience de conduite dans toutes les saisons. L’objectif est d’assurer la sécurité à long terme des nouveaux conducteurs et des autres conducteurs qui utilisent les routes. » Dans le cadre du programme actuel, la phase de l’apprenti conducteur est de six mois, ou de trois mois si un cours de conduite autorisé est effectué. Le programme actuel continue de s’appliquer aux permis d’apprenti conducteur obtenus avant le 1er avril. Selon le nouveau programme, la période minimale de l’apprenti conducteur sera de 12 mois, ou de neuf mois si un cours de conduite autorisé est effectué. Le nouveau programme s’appliquera aux permis d’apprenti conducteur obtenus le 1er avril ou à une date ultérieure. « La plupart des collisions qui surviennent sur les routes sont prévisibles et peuvent être évitées, souligne John Collyer, vice-président de l’Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse et membre du Comité consultatif sur la sécurité routière. Le renforcement du programme de délivrance graduelle du permis de conduire pourrait contribuer à réduire le nombre de collisions graves et mortelles. » Le programme a été mis en œuvre par le gouvernement provincial en 1994. Quiconque, peu importe l’âge, présente une demande de permis d’apprenti conducteur est visé par le système de délivrance graduelle. Le programme est formé de plusieurs phases pendant lesquelles les nouveaux conducteurs passent de situations à faible risque à des situations à risque plus élevé, après avoir acquis de l’expérience de conduite. Les conditions du programme incluent l’interdiction de conduire la nuit, un taux d’alcoolémie de zéro, des restrictions en ce qui a trait aux passagers et un cours de conduite obligatoire. Pour plus d’information, consultez le read more

first_imgIran: Iran said on Tuesday that US sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Twitter. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” Mousavi tweeted. Iran says the US drone was flying over southern Iran. Washington said it was downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Trump said that the sanctions were in part a response to the shooting down of the drone, but would have happened anyway. The latest sanctions are aimed at denying Iran’s leadership access to financial resources, blocking them from using the United States financial system or having access to any assets in the United States.Iran and the United States have been at odds since last year when Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers and reimposed sanctions on it. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters. Iran would not accept talks with the United States while it is under the threat of sanctions, Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, told reporters in New York. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more