Prince William Jackie Chan Yao Ming And David Beckham Join WildAid For

first_imgAs government leaders gather in London to discuss new measures to counter wildlife trafficking, WildAid and conservation’s top stars released two new messages as part of the world’s largest campaign to reduce the demand for endangered species products.WildAid’s Whole WorldCredit/Copyright: WildAidOne message, “Whole World”, features The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, NBA great Yao Ming, and a crash of rhinos courtesy of GreenScreen Animals. The other, “Tools of the Trade”, co-produced with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), features action star Jackie Chan, Spike a white rhino, and a computer-generated rhino made of weapons.Yao Ming, Prince William and David Beckham behind the scenes of WildAid’s Whole World MessageCredit/Copyright: Kristian Schmidt – WildAidLast year, Chinese media including CCTV, Xinhua, and, donated over US$100 million of media space to the campaign and, together with a government ban, is attributed with reducing China’s shark fin consumption by 50-70%.“Sadly all the wild rhinos in the world can [fit into Wembley Stadium] with room to spare,” said The Duke in WildAid’s latest message. “Together we can save our wild rhinos. When the buying stops, the killing can too.”“Whole World” asks viewers to imagine the world’s entire rhino population fitting inside Wembley and how we could increase their numbers by stopping trade in rhino horn.“Ask your friends and family never to buy rhino horn,” said David Beckham.WildAid ambassador and former NBA star Yao Ming has seen the poaching first hand on two visits to Africa while filming an upcoming documentary with WildAid. “We can fill [Wembley] and many more [stadiums] if we can stop the illegal trade,” Yao says in the new message.Jackie Chan – WildAid’s Tools Of The TradeCredit/Copyright: WildAidLongtime WildAid ambassador Jackie Chan came to London to urge government officials to redouble their efforts to stop illegal wildlife trafficking. “If you are buying rhino horn you may be paying for more than just the horn,” said Chan in a new message. “You’re paying for guns, bullets, poisoned arrows, chainsaws, axes, and machetes to hack off the face of the rhino. And you are paying for the life of a beautiful creature.”In “Tools of the Trade” Chan dodges weapons as a ‘rhino’ is built of the tools of the poaching trade. After the ‘rhino’ is assembled, it collapses under its own weight, and the 6,300-pound Spike rises from the pile of weaponry. The message closes as Chan appeals to viewers not to buy rhino horn products. It will be screened extensively in conjunction with a billboard campaign in China and Vietnam.South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs recently announced that poachers killed 1,004 of the country’s rhinos in 2013, compared to 13 in 2007.“Just as with the drug trade, traditional focus on enforcement in producing countries has not worked – we must address the demand side if we are to save these animals,” said WildAid’s Executive Director, Peter Knights, who is speaking at this week’s International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at London Zoo.“From our vantage point on the ground in Africa, law enforcement alone cannot protect Africa’s wildlife from the demand of millions of consumers,” explained African Wildlife Foundation CEO Dr. Patrick Bergin, who is also attending the wildlife symposium in London. “As a global problem that demands a global solution, we need the voices of Jackie, Yao, and others to help draw attention to this crisis in consumer countries like China and Vietnam before it’s too late.”A recent survey from WildAid, AWF, Horizonkey, and the Yao Ming Foundation indicates a large portion of China’s population is unaware that rhino horn products come from poached rhinos, yet a greater number of residents support government enforced bans.To learn more about this campaign and ongoing efforts to stop the demand for rhino horn please visit or wishes to thank the production teams that created and produced these new messages including Homestead Productions for “Tools of the Trade” and Rebel at Outsider for “Whole World”.last_img read more

BC now Canadas leading province for film and TV production report

first_img Facebook In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Zachary Quinto, left, and Karl Urban appear in a scene from “Star Trek Beyond”, that is filmed in Vancouver. Kimberley French / AP Advertisement Advertisement British Columbia has become Canada’s leading province for film and television production, surpassing Ontario for the first time, according to a new report from Canadian Media Producers.B.C. has long been known as Hollywood North, but in truth, despite a nickname that makes it seem like the giant of Canada’s film and TV industry, it has never been the busiest province when it comes to media production. Ontario has always led the way, with B.C. vying with Quebec, the home to Canada’s French-language production industry, for second.But things changed last fiscal year (the period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017), according to Profile 2017, as B.C. broke clear of its two main competitors due primarily to an explosion in the foreign location and service (FLS) production sector, as Metro Vancouver became even more of a hot spot for new series on streaming platforms and major Hollywood blockbusters like Deadpool 2 and Star Trek Beyond. FLS production in British Columbia increased by 46.8 per cent last year, accounting for over $2.31 billion in volume. Per the report, Star Trek Beyond alone contributed $69 million to the province’s economy during the production’s 78 days of filming.British Columbia now accounts for 62 per cent of Canada’s FLS production. Ontario is second in the category at just 23 per cent.Per the report, “Both B.C. and Ontario now host nearly $3 billion in film and television production annually,” giving a massive boost to the national economy and creating thousands of jobs in both markets.Film and TV production in Canada created 171,700 full-time jobs in 2016-17, with the majority coming from these two provinces. But 2016/17 marks the first time B.C. has created more, with 24,120 direct full-time jobs in the industry — just 40 more than Ontario — and another 60,870 full-time jobs generated by the industry, over 6,000 clear of Ontario’s 54,080.Full-time employment created in Canada by film and television production. Screenshot /CMPIn total, it was an incredible, record year for the Canadian film industry, as production volumes in Canada last year reached an all-time high of $8.38 billion.While the spike in FLS production was most pronounced in British Columbia, the rest of Canada saw major gains as well, jumping by 42.1 per cent to $3.76 billion in 2016-17 — “the highest level this country has seen,” per the report.Annual FLS production by type in Canada. Screenshot / CMPCanada has been a major benefactor of the modern content explosion or, as its commonly being called, the “age of abundance.” With more channels and streaming platforms creating and delivering mass media than ever before — Canadians have access to nearly 800 television channels, for instance — there are more opportunities than ever in the Canadian film and television industry, and the country has worked hard to court the big spenders.Companies like Netflix, Facebook, Apple and Amazon are striving to build massive libraries of video content, and spending billions to do so. Next year alone, Apple is reportedly prepared to spend US$1 billion on global video content. Netflix is expected to spend US$7 billion and Amazon Prime will spend upwards of US$4.5 billion.But the surging demand from foreign producers is creating new challenges: suddenly, one of the largest concerns is whether Canada has the ability to meet it without threatening Canadian media in the process.“The theme of last year’s Profile was transition, tempered by both uncertainty about evolving business models in production, distribution and content exploitation,” said CMP in the report. “This year, it is clearer that the demand for content is there. What remains unclear is how the content creation business models — currently prevailing in Canada — and supporting government policies can meet this demand in a sustainable manner.”The report goes on to explain that, despite Canada’s policies designed to support Canadian content, in a market this wide open, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Canadian productions, films especially, to thrive locally.“Capturing more than 3% of its domestic box office for Canadian films remains elusive,” it reads.But even there, British Columbia is leading the way. According to the report, the volume of theatrical films made by B.C.-based producers increased by 92.7 per cent in 2016/17 to $79 million. And Canadian television production from B.C.-based producers increased by 26 per cent to $504 HARRISON MOONEYcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Wind Project Could Threaten Niagara Falls Base Opponents Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A proposed wind farm on the shores of Lake Ontario could pose a threat to training activities at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, according to local opponents of the project.Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy has proposed building 70 turbines about 25 miles from the base in the towns of Somerset and Yates.“If there’s the simplest little hiccup in this base’s operation, why give Washington bureaucrats in the Department of Defense and the Pentagon an easy reason to say, ‘Let’s close this base’?” former New York state Attorney General Dennis Vacco asked during a news conference Wednesday in front of the base’s main gate. Vacco was retained by Somerset to fight the wind project, reported Buffalo News.The turbines would be in the flight path for drones expected to fly training missions from the Niagara Falls base to Fort Drum in Watertown, after construction of a command center is completed at the air reserve station, Vacco said.“There is military air space over Lake Ontario,” said Eric Durr, spokesman for the New York National Guard.The base’s lack of encroachment has been a key attribute that has helped it avoid closure in the past, according a letter sent to the state Public Service Commission by three retired colonels from the base.“The construction of these turbines could indeed pose a serious encroachment threat into the MOA [military operating area],” the letter said. The retired officers wrote the letter at the request of Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group opposed to the wind farm.Officials at the air reserve station are not taking a position on the wind project, according to the story. “We’re performing the mission as always, and we’re awaiting the outcome of the study,” spokeswoman Maj. Andrea Pitruzzella said in reference to an obstruction evaluation the FAA will be conducting. “We certainly appreciate across the board that everyone involved is considering our mission,” she said.last_img read more

Wilmington Contractor Settles Allegations Of Illegal Asbestos Work Dumping At Muse Ave

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Contractor Tells His Side Of Story Regarding 13 Muse Ave. DemolitionIn “Letter To The Editor”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”BREAKING: Board Of Health Fines Contractor $6,000 & Revokes Septic License Over Muse Ave FiascoIn “Government” BOSTON, MA — A Wilmington contractor and his two companies will pay up to $125,000 to settle allegations that employees illegally removed and disposed of asbestos and construction debris while demolishing a home in the town, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.“Construction and demolition work involving asbestos must be done in a safe and legal way to protect workers and the public,” AG Healey said. “We will take action against contractors who illegally dispose of asbestos and put the public at risk of harm.”The consent judgment, entered Friday in Suffolk Superior Court, settles a lawsuit filed by the AG’s Office that alleges Langone Development Group, Inc. (a contracting company), 3 Holly Street, LLC (the property owner), and Jonathan S. Langone (the president and manager of both companies), violated the state’s clean air law while haphazardly knocking down a single-family house in Wilmington. The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to remove exterior asbestos shingles from the house and did not take any necessary safety precautions.The AG’s Office alleges the defendants’ actions caused a visible dust cloud of asbestos to be emitted in the air, putting the health of their workers and residents in the Wilmington neighborhood at risk.The lawsuit also alleges that the Langone and his employees violated the state’s solid waste management act by illegally dumping large pieces of construction debris in a deep pit they dug on the property, even though they reported that solid waste from their demolition activities would be disposed of at a permitted facility, as required.“Massachusetts requires protective measures whenever asbestos removal, handling and disposal are involved in order to protect the public from the health hazards associated with airborne asbestos fibers,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Persons who seek to avoid costs by violating applicable laws and regulations will be subject to enforcement including appropriate penalties.”Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants will pay up to $125,000 in penalties, with $25,000 suspended for three years pending compliance with the terms of the agreement.Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in a wide variety of building materials, from roofing and flooring, to siding and wallboard, to caulking and insulation. If asbestos is improperly handled or maintained, fibers can be released into the air and inhaled, potentially resulting in life-threatening illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, and long-term disease for which there is no known effective treatment. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin membranes of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart, that may not show up until many years after exposure, and that has no known cure, although treatment methods are available to address the effects of the disease.AG Healey has made asbestos safety a priority, as part of the office’s “Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air” Initiative that was announced in March 2017 to better protect the health of children, families, and workers in Massachusetts from health risks posed by asbestos. Since September 2016, the AG’s Office, with the assistance of MassDEP, has successfully brought asbestos enforcement cases that together have resulted in more than $2.8 million in civil penalties.For more information on asbestos and asbestos-related work, visit MassDEP’s website outlining asbestos construction and demolition notification requirements.This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Meghan Davoren of AG Healey’s Environmental Protection Division, with assistance from Senior Regional Counsel Colleen McConnell, Asbestos Program Section Chief John Macauley, and Asbestos Program Environmental Analyst Grady Dante, all of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

New Koomeys Law of power efficiency parallels Mooree Law

first_img © 2011 Report shows data centers not using as much power as projected This is not the first time Koomey’s name has been in the news, just last month he was the lead author of a paper that showed that electricity consumed by data centers in the U.S. and around the world grew at a slower pace (from 2005 to 2010) than had been predicted by a 2007 U.S. EPA report. This time around, Koomey, in collaboration, with Intel and Microsoft has been studying how much electricity is used relative to processing power, by computers in a historical context. Way back in 1956, for example, ENIAC, one of the first true computers, used approximately 150 kilowatts of electricity to perform just a few hundred calculations per second. Using historical data, the team created a graph comparing the amount of computing power of the average computer (from supercomputers to laptops) with the amount of electricity it needed and found that over time, energy efficiency improvements from the 1950’s till now, have moved in virtual lockstep with increases in the amount of processing power: energy efficiency, they found effectively doubled every 1.57 year. Because of this, they predict that the trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.This is important as computing platforms have become more mobile and end users increasingly tend to place more value in power efficiency (because it means longer battery life) than in how fast their Smartphone or tablet is able to produce results. Thus, it’s possible that Koomey’s Law will become the rallying cry on into the future, much as Moore’s Law has been in the past. Though hopefully, new engineers won’t start to fudge on Moore’s Law to get these results, as that could lead to small devices that last for weeks on batteries alone, but are sluggish. ( — For most of the computer age, the central theme in computer hardware architecture has been: create more computational power using the same amount of chip space. Intel founder Gordon Moore even came up with a “law” based on what he’d seen up to that point to predict how things would go in the future; that computing power would double every year and a half. Now Jonathan Koomey, a consulting professor at Stanford has led a study that shows that the electrical energy efficiency of computers has been following roughly the same path. He and his colleagues from Microsoft and Intel have published the results of their study in EEE Annals of the History of Computing that shows that the energy efficiency of computers has doubled nearly every eighteen months (now called appropriately enough, Koomey’s Law) going all the way back to the very first computers built in the 1950’s. Transistor counts for integrated circuits plotted against their dates of introduction. The curve shows Moore’s law – the doubling of transistor counts every two years. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further More information: Implications of Historical Trends in the Electrical Efficiency of Computing, July-September 2011 (vol. 33 no. 3)pp. 46-54. electrical efficiency of computation has doubled roughly every year and a half for more than six decades, a pace of change comparable to that for computer performance and electrical efficiency in the microprocessor era. These efficiency improvements enabled the creation of laptops, smart phones, wireless sensors, and other mobile computing devices, with many more such innovations yet to come. The Web Extra appendix outlines the data and methods used in this study.via Technology Review Citation: New ‘Koomey’s Law’ of power efficiency parallels Moore’e Law (2011, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Mudgal other stalwarts to feature in Jaipur cultural fest

first_imgJaipur will witness a star-studded week when music stalwarts like Shubha Mudgal and Vidya Shah will come forward to perform at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) as a part of Navras 2017 – a performing arts festival, spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 – 26. The festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and sufi, classical, pop and fusion music. The idea is to give the audiences a chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSays Pooja Sood, DG, JKK, “We are proud to present a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in art, music, dance and theatre to the audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences enrich themselves in experiencing theatre, dance and music in new and diverse ways.”Noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish, will be opening the festival with a sonorous performance. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions – Ganapati by Adishakti andTimeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The festival will also witness the premier of ‘Phool Kesula Phool’ – a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal. JKK will also be presenting ‘Tilchatteyki Diary’, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. In an attempt to introduce audiences to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras. For example, in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision and no production design. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and then he/she has to improvise and make it interactive. Dil-o-Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamuna tehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors. As the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they will also get to ‘taste’ ‘Dilli ka khaana’ which will be served as a part of the reading session. Directed by Anuradha Kapur, this work borders between theatre and a reading.There will also be an exhibition, ‘Women on Record’, curated and designed by photographer Delhi-based ace photographer Parthiv Shah on March 26. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 of Jawahar Kala Kendra till the end of April, is a showcase of a world of incredible women, of black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .last_img read more

Stop Thinking Killer App and Start Thinking Killer Experience

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. David Polinchock has worked in the virtual reality (VR) and experiential advertising space since the 1990s, and he’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly for using VR and augmented reality (AR) to create marketing events and experiences. At the Propelify 2017 Innovation Festival, he gave a talk about three big ways technologists, marketers and companies need to improve their use of VR and AR to create amazing experiences in the future.Related: 3 Ways Augmented Reality Will Find Its Way Into Your Life in 2018 and Beyond1. Include elements of the real world to create a more engaging VR experience.“How many times have you seen a VR setup that includes a table, a chair and a head seat?” Polinchock asked. “Where’s the sense of falling into the story?” Instead of just focusing on the tech, Polinchock wants companies to use real-world elements in their VR setups to enhance the total experience. Polinchock offered up a few creative, low-budget ways companies could incorporate physical elements of the real world into a user’s VR experience. For example:A tourism board wants a user to experience a particular beach. Craft a VR experience where the user sits in a sandbox and smells sunscreen while wearing a headset.A VR experience that takes place in the woods? Try adding a few potted plants to the room with the VR setup, so when the user walks around, branches occasionally brush over their cheeks or arms.At a VR experience about conquering fears, users in head seats “walked on a ledge” in VR — and in actuality, Polinchock recounted. Users stood on a small ledge, a few inches off the ground, with their back to a wall, while also walking a ledge on a super-tall building in VR.Related: What Are the Legal Issues That Stare at Augmented/Virtual Reality?2. Possibilities for the future of AR.To Polinchock, AR is a totally different world than VR. The key to creating a great AR experience? “We don’t want to walk down the road and see virtual billboards jumping at our faces. But, we do want interesting information that helps us get through the day,” he said. A few exciting possibilities he sees for AR include:A building plaque that pops out diagrams and text with significant historical information about a siteWalls, statues or monuments that relay information, key dates and importance of a site or artworkFacial recognition technology that could remind you of where you met someone or of pertinent info like a birthday, job, or other details that would make networking easier3. Complete the experience.Polinchock used to work as a character actor at Disney, and he credits Disney for fully immersing their visitors at the theme parks. “Even when you’re waiting in line, you’re fully in their world,” he said.Polinchock finds companies using VR for marketing experiences often don’t give users a similarly immersive experience. “If someone doesn’t know how VR works, don’t just drop them into the room. Because then, they’ll go into an experience, don’t get the whole story, and then don’t think the tech works,” he said.Related: This Vital Storytelling Principle Is the Key to Producing Great VR and AR ContentRather than just plopping a headset on someone, Polinchock wants companies to educate users in advance on what they should expect to see, hear and feel from the VR experience — before the experience begins. By fully prepping users of the possibilities of the VR experience awaiting them, more users will have truly relevant, engaging and informative VR experiences. Watch highlights from Polinchock’s talk at the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival. What do you think about the future of AR and VR? Follow @propelify on Twitter for more on innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit our website to sign up for a complimentary Propelify Insider membership to receive future access to our full video library of incredible content and talks from innovators and entrepreneurial changemakers. 4 min read April 1, 2018last_img read more