Alberta Energy Regulator suspends fracking well linked to Monday earthquake

first_imgSYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site linked to an earthquake that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.Natural Resources Canada says the 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in central Alberta around 5:55 a.m. on Monday.The regulator says Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at the site.It says Calgary-based company must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April and specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to Monday.The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.  Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.“A Vesta representative contacted the AER through the 24-hour emergency response number at 06:20 a.m. on March 4, 2019, and informed the AER that seismic activity of magnitude 4.32 was detected due to Vesta’s fracturing at the site, and that Vesta had shut down the fracturing operation,” the regulator said in a release Tuesday.“All operations at the site are suspended immediately unless otherwise directed in writing by the director.”There were no immediate reports of damage but the community of Sylvan Lake said the power went out in most of the town Monday morning.Natural Resources Canada’s website says the tremor was classified as a light earthquake.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN summit adopts 10year plan to help lift developing countries out of

13 May 2011The action plan calls for a greater role for the private sector, more aid to poorer countries and the removal of unnecessary trade barriers. Participants at a United Nations summit today outlined a 10-year plan to support the world’s most vulnerable countries overcome poverty, calling on the private sector to play a greater role in the fight, urging wealthy nations to step up their aid commitments and demanding the elimination of many trade barriers. The Istanbul Programme of Action to spur development and economic growth was made public at the end of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) after five days of discussions in the Turkish city. The summit focused on ways to harness the potential of the 48 countries – many of them in sub-Saharan Africa – classified as LDCs so that they can lift themselves out of poverty and develop economically. Under the programme of action, affluent countries have committed to realizing the target of spending 0.15 per cent to 0.20 per cent of their national incomes on official development assistance (ODA). If implemented, this would represent a significant increase on current levels of aid. The plan also calls for the abolition or reduction of arbitrary or unjustified trade barriers, and the opening up of markets in wealthier countries to products from poorer nations. The agreement in Istanbul followed several months of negotiations, and a call at the opening of conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a “comprehensive and ambitious Programme of Action for sustained economic growth” in the LDCs. The programme of action emphasizes the strengthening of the productive capacity in LDCs – building infrastructure, enhancing human capital and governance capabilities. Economic reforms in many poor countries over the past decade have led to favourable business environments, and a boom in the prices of the primary commodities in the international markets have resulted in rates of growth that exceeded both worldwide and developing countries’ averages. “The productive capacity is mainly the basic infrastructure that is required as a prerequisite for any foreign direct investment or even domestic investment,” said Cheick Sidi Diarra, the UN High Representative for the LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, at a news conference. It includes energy, innovation and technology transfer and investing in agricultural productivity to boost food security and employment in LDCs. “The stress on productive capacity is favoured by LDCs as a means to modernize and diversify economies, create jobs and engage sustainable means to eventually eradicate poverty,” said Mr. Diarra. The growth has, however, been uneven among LDCs, and the resultant dividends in terms of improved living standards have not been substantial or sustained, according to Jhala Nath Khanal, the Prime Minister of Nepal, which currently holds the LDC chair. Mr. Diarra also noted the valuable role of the private sector in defeating poverty. “Private sector orientation of the economy is of particular importance, but the private sector is not enough to bring wealth to the common men and women in the countries, particularly the LDCs. That’s why this plan of action comes up with a balanced role between what the State has to do and what the private sector has to do.” Donor countries also committed to supporting programmes to improve the capacity of the youth through providing them with skills, jobs opportunities and health care. An estimated 70 per cent of LDCs’ population are people under the age of 30, Mr. Diarra said, adding they had an “untapped potential” to give impetus to their countries’ economic growth. They made commitments to come up with special investment support regimes to encourage corporations in the developed world to invest in poorer countries. The incentives could include tax exemptions, assured market access and investment protection, Mr. Diarra said. Developed countries also agreed to support national disaster reduction and mitigation programmes in LDCs, and to facilitate South-South transfer of “lessons learned” on disaster preparedness. The conference also resolved to work out a smooth process from transitioning from the LDC category when countries attain the required social development benchmarks, saying States have in the past been reluctant to “graduate” for fear of losing the benefits associated with being a member. The LDCs and their development partners committed to ensuring good governance, rule of law, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment and inclusive democratic principles. The conference was attended by 7,000 participants, including government delegates, senior UN officials and representatives from other international agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Intact inks deal for The Guarantee Co of North America and Frank

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:IFC) TORONTO — Intact Financial Corp. has signed a deal to buy The Guarantee Co. of North America and Frank Cowan Co. Ltd. from Princeton Holdings Ltd. for $1 billion in cash.The Guarantee is a specialty lines insurer in Canada and the U.S., while Frank Cowan is a managing general agent focused on specialty insurance.Intact is a provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada and a provider of specialty insurance in North America.The company says the acquisition will bolster its position and add new products for the high net worth customer segment.Princeton Holdings will continue to own Cowan Insurance Group, Cowan Asset Management and Fountain Street Finance.To finance the transaction, Intact says it has access to its own capital resources and bank facilities and may evaluate capital markets alternatives.“The acquisition of The Guarantee Co. of North America and Frank Cowan Co. is strongly aligned with our strategic and financial objectives,” Intact chief executive Charles Brindamour said in a statement.“We are delivering on our objectives to grow in Canada and build a leading North American specialty platform. I’m enthusiastic about what we will accomplish by leveraging the combined expertise of our teams and our expanded offering.”The deal, which is subject to regulator approvals, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.Specialty lines insurers typically underwrite more difficult and unusual risks or higher-risk accounts, such as professional liability, marine and aviation. read more

CMHC says the annual pace of housing starts picked up in September

CMHC says the annual pace of housing starts picked up in September OTTAWA – The rate of new housing starts hit their fastest pace since 2012 in September, topping expectations and driven by continued strength in condominium construction.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased to 230,701 units in September. That was up from 214,255 units in August.Economists had expected the annual pace in September to come in at 200,000 starts, according to Thomson Reuters.BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said Canadian homebuilding has gone from “a controlled simmer to a rolling boil.”“First, residential construction looks to be a bigger support than most expected in the second half of the year, which is good news on the growth front,” Kavcic said.“But, second, we probably can’t sustain this level of homebuilding activity for long before excess supply concerns start to build.”The six-month moving average increased to 202,506 for September, up from 195,804 in August.CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan attributed the strength to the launch of some major rental housing projects as well as continued strength in condominium construction.“As a result, trend activity is now above the projected annual pace of around 190,000 new households. This underscores the continuing need for inventory management to minimize the number of completed but unsold units,” Dugan said.The pace of urban starts increased by 7.7 per cent in September to 216,194 units as both multi-unit and single detached urban starts increased. Multi-unit urban starts increased by 10.5 per cent to 157,919, while single-detached urban starts increased by 0.8 per cent to 58,275 units.The annual rate of rural starts was estimated at 14,507 units.Regionally, the pace of urban starts increased in Quebec, the Prairies, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia, but decreased in Ontario.The report on the increase in new home starts came as Statistics Canada reported its new housing price index was up 0.3 per cent, due in large part to higher prices in Ontario.The combined region of Toronto and Oshawa saw prices climb 0.6 per cent over the previous month, while Hamilton increased 0.8 per cent.On a year-over-year basis, the new housing price index was up 1.3 per cent in August.TD Bank economist Diana Petramala noted the strength in new home construction over the last six months is consistent with the acceleration in housing demand and prices.“The increased appetite for Canadian housing will likely keep construction elevated through the rest of 2015 and first half of 2016,” Petramala said.“However, with interest rates likely as low as they are likely to get, some of the steam in housing demand will likely fade as pent-up demand becomes exhausted.” by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Russia smash Poland – Clear win for Montenegro and Romania

The first four matches of the European Play-Off for the Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany have been played on Saturday with clear advantage of almost all home teams.Montenegro – Belarus 34:27Russia – Poland 31:20Ukraine – Spain 24:24Romania – Austria 34:29 ← Previous Story Nine clashes at Women’s WCh 2017 Play-Off Next Story → Women’s WCh 2017 – EURO Play-Off results

IBM celebrates 100 years of invention and breakthroughs

first_imgIt’s coming up to IBM’s 100th anniversary, which is set to happen on on June 16 this year. As part of the celebrations the videos you see above and below have been released as a reminder of what IBM has achieved over those years.For younger generations, who just know IBM as that company registering thousands of patents every year, it may not register that this technology giant created the precursor to the modern PC, was the computing power behind the Apollo shuttle missions, put in place the system that would become the universal barcode, invented the relational database, DRAM, fractal geometry, and that little nub on laptops you can use instead of a mouse.Highlights of the video include a discussion of the System 360 which was a huge risk for IBM at the time when production lines were running out of memory. But today over 70% of the world’s data resides on those systems proving it was a huge success and the right risk to take.Project SABRE, first developed in 1958 to solve a problem airlines had with managing customer data, is still used today by Amtrack, the 911 system, Expedia, Travelocity, and many more. It was meant to handle thousands of transactions a day, but scaled to now cope with 30,000 a second.Another project all geeks are thankful for is the IBM Personal Computer. A team of 12 young engineers managed to create the first prototype of what became the PC in just four months. Other facts you may not know are that the motherboard was developed by a woman on that team and that Pac-man was used as a test case for whether the machine worked.Not satisfied with just creating the IBM Personal Computer a team at the company was tasked with answering the question: “What if you could redo computer architecture from scratch the right way?”. The result was the RISC architecture.Away from technology IBM was forward-thinking when it came to people. Not just employing those that could make the breakthroughs, but also not discriminating against anyone. In 1914 they employed the first disabled workers, in 1934 the first women were employed for technology positions, and in 1935 IBM ruled they would get equal pay to men in the same positions. Then in 1953 the company decided to make it clear they would not discriminate against race, color or creed going forward and decades before anyone else.More recently IBM has been involved with the Genographic project which uses DNA as a tool to track back humans to their beginnings. But the work being done, the data collected, and the systems being produced could one day lead to a very much more personalized health care solution tailored to the individual.This second video shows one person for every year IBM has been around giving a short history of the company.  It’s more evidence if any were needed as to how influential the people who form IBM have been.I wonder what the IBM videos created in 2111 to celebrate the 200th anniversary will show?via Engadgetlast_img read more

Lazios director calls for teams change in mentality

first_imgLazio director of sports Igli Tare urged his side to claim a win in their clash against Eintracht Frankfurt in the bid to boost their confidence.Simone Inzaghi’s men have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form and have found it difficult to win games on the local scene.“This game certainly is important, for the victory we haven’t had in a while and to rediscover our confidence,” the director told Football Italia.“We decided to make many changes ahead of Monday’s match with Atalanta, but we still want to put in a good performance and end the group stage on a high.“If I knew what the problem was, I wouldn’t be here! We are missing a great deal in terms of mentality and must realise that at a certain level we’ve got to be there mentally for the whole game. Our approach to the last few matches was not appreciated.Inzaghi admits Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Simone Inzaghi admits Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio amid reports.  Reports are rife in England that Manchester United are close to a…“We must try to dominate from the start, so our reaction in the second half isn’t good enough. We don’t need alibis, as we must try to play every game to the best of our abilities and go for the win.“Last season should’ve taught us a lesson, as we missed out on the Champions League by one point.”Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been criticised in the media and even fans turned against him with an offensive banner.“He has been working hard, the statistics show he ran over 13km on Saturday. He is missing a goal, some decisive moment that can increase his confidence.“He is still 23 years old and has to understand how to handle situations. He’ll emerge eventually, we just need to leave him be.”last_img read more

Benitez Christmas period will be key for Newcastles survival

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes the next few weeks will be crucial if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier LeagueA run of seven points in their last three games has moved Newcastle up to 14th in the league table.But the Magpies are only a point clear of the bottom three with 15th-place Burnley awaiting them at Turf Moor on Monday.Matches against relegation rivals Huddersfield Town and Fulham will come up just before Christmas.And, on the back of securing back-to-back wins before the international break, Benitez hopes to keep up the momentum.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you are so close to the other teams, any win is massive – and two wins is even more important,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“I think the international break is bad for us, but at the same time it gives us time to recover and spend time with our families.“We can come back with more energy and, if we can get another couple of good results, I’ve always said November and December will be so important for us.”“We have a run of games up to Christmas which will be difficult, but we have a chance in all of them.“I always said this would be an important period for us.”last_img read more

Pricey Ducati motorcycle swiped from Brickell apartment building

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The owner of an expensive motorcycle is reeling, one day after, he said, thieves swiped the brand-new vehicle from his apartment building in Brickell.According to the victim, he valet parked his Ducati motorcycle at the building, located along the 1000 block of Brickell Avenue, Saturday.A short while later, the owner said, a white van drove up to the 10th floor, where the motorcycle was parked. Surveillance video shows two subjects getting out of the van, dragging the Ducati into the back of their vehicle and driving off.The owner had just bought the motorcycle a week ago and was told his vehicle would be targeted.“The bike cost 50 grand,” said owner Jeannot Pierre. “I was so excited about the bike. I drove it a couple times. I parked it in front of my car because the guy even told me, ‘Like, look, be careful with your bike, ’cause people want to steal that bike,’ so I parked it in front of my car, locked it — I did everything I could possibly do to keep the bike secure.”If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Members of 100 Black Men of South Florida donate Thanksgiving meals

first_img(WSVN) – The group 100 Black Men of South Florida came together to help feed families for the upcoming holiday.They continued their mission of spreading the joy of Thanksgiving by handing out over 1,000 meal boxes to individuals and families in need, Saturday.For two decades, the group has served Florida residents in need with baskets of traditional Thanksgiving meals.“It’s very important to us to make sure that our mentees see us giving back in the community and participate in giving back into the community by helping to package together all of the Thanksgiving boxes,” said Steven Johnson, president of the 100 Black Men of South Florida.The group was able to distribute full meals to over 48 different community-based organizations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties with assistance from Publix and UPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Esquire Cares Part I

first_imgI wrote a while back that most magazines were not particularly concerned with that ambassador to the reader, the table of contents page. Still true—but Esquire is an exception to the rule. TOChinations at the magazine predate January’s redesign—the book has a history of putting collaged, structuralist, and sometimes even more whimsical arrangements on its contents page. One (from late last Fall) put content in the form of an array of cubes—it looked more like a recent NYT infographic than anything else. Stunning and inefficient, that version took four pages rather than the usual two.None of the magazine’s recent contents pages are your parents TOC, into which text is unceremoniously poured and routinely formatted. As a whole the pages vary in interest (to my mind the “issue map” version [above, bottom] is a hum-drum take on old gimmick of previewing spreads—first done (I think) by Talk) but as a group they delightfully show the potential of the page.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Buy Jandos new book!]last_img read more

Enemys enemy is my friend

first_imgOn the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd’s response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 per cent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 per cent invective against the Trinamool, the applause was thunderous.The editor who passed on these “findings” to me was then a key figure in the Kolkata establishment. He was amplifying something he liked to believe. So opposed to Mamata was he that he claimed some credit for helping stitch together what was patently an absurd arrangement: The Congress and the CPI-M would hold hands in Bengal, but fight each other in Kerala. They were trounced.Jaitley’s unflattering report about Mamata’s electoral fortunes can be easily explained. His meetings, obviously organised by RSS cadres, consisted of crowds who were presumably anti-Mamata. His narrative also revealed that, in charting out a future in Bengal, the BJP saw Mamata as a much more formidable obstacle than the Congress-Left combine.That outcome is precisely what the BJP is up against, now that Amit Shah is preparing the turf for the 2019 elections.In this framework, how does the communal violence following Basirhat play itself out? First, it must be registered that there have been a dozen or so clashes in the state after Mamata’s re-election. It must be said to the credit of the CPI-M’s 36-year rule: Communal riots were almost non-existent. Some of what is happening now is clearly part of the BJP’s effort to create an atmosphere conducive to communal polarisation.It is difficult to see how the BJP can profit from efforts at Hindu consolidation in a state with anywhere between 30 to 35 percent Muslim population. In the absence of a reliable census, these are the figures most parties privately cite. Promoting communalism would leave this bloc vote consolidated exactly where it is: Behind Mamata.Considering that this very same vote stood four square behind the CPI-M for 34 years, mostly under the charismatic Chief Ministership of Jyoti Basu, its support for Mamata need not theoretically be seen as permanent.This probably is the desperate hope the CPI-M nurses. To enhance Mamata’s vulnerabilities it has thrown its lot with the BJP: An enemy’s enemy is my friend.Just as the self-defeating formula, CPI-M + Congress, for the May 2016 elections was credited to CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, the strategy of attacking the Trinamool just when it is in the RSS-BJP line of fire is widely believed to be the line enunciated by former party chief, Prakash Karat.Quite clearly the party has not yet digested the harsh reality that it was trounced by the Trinamool, that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was West Bengal’s Gorbachev. In the rush to reform both had lost control.The Marxist government’s conflict with peasants in Nandigram in March 2007 set into motion a series of events which ultimately dethroned the CPI-M. Karat’s diagnosis was that the anger of Muslim peasants had been stoked by a combination of Jamiat, Trinamool and Naxalities.Muslim peasants fearful of losing their lands for a Special Economic Zone was the basis on which CPI-ML groups worked hard to mobilise a powerful movement. Jamiat may have played a role since the peasants were Muslim. The only party in the fray to take electoral advantage was the Trinamool.It was a masterstroke of political opportunism by Mamata. Having lost the 2006 assembly election, she turned her fortunes around using Singur and Nandigram as fulcrums.A leader’s political durability in Kolkata can sometimes be measured by political currents in neighbouring states — Tripura, for instance.Possibly inspired by Mamata’s rise, the president of the Congress in Tripura, Sudip Roy Burman, switched to the Trinamool.But when he saw the Modi wave sweeping across Uttar Pradesh and the TV channels, he turned up in Guwahati to promise support to the BJP’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.Now, Agartala is rife with rumours that six TMC MLAs are likely to join the BJP in the coming weeks. In other words, the BJP, which had no member in the assembly, will suddenly have six.Tripura has been under CPI-M rule for the past 32 years. But the anti-CPI-M vote mostly rallied around the Congress in the past. As elsewhere in the country (West Bengal too), the Congress has reduced itself to a virtual non-entity in the state. At the grassroots, this space is being occupied by the energetic BJP cadres. Taking a holistic view, these must be seen as some of the chinks in the Trinamool armour.last_img read more

Razer lets you pretend you own a MacBook for the price of

first_imgPerhaps you purchased an iPad Pro instead of a real computer to save a little money and get all the cool iOS apps. It’s really just a big iPad, though, isn’t it? If you’ve been wishing you had a MacBook instead, Razer is coming to your rescue with a robust keyboard cover than makes your tablet look like a laptop. Oh, but isn’t there already an official smart keyboard cover? Yeah, but Razer’s has mechanical keyswitches.Like all keyboard cases for the iPad, the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for iPad (it’s not named after a snake like Razer’s other products) connects to the device over Bluetooth. It wraps all the way round the back of the device and has a metal kickstand that holds the tablet up with a hinge rather like a laptop. The polycarbonate cover portion is detachable as well. Apple’s cover can charge the tablet via the proprietary smart connector, but Razer’s keyboard doesn’t do that. Its power supply is only for itself.As for the keyboard, one of the things that makes it look more laptop-like is the thicker frame. That’s because each and every key on the keyboard has a mechanical switch. These low-profile switches provide true tactile feedback and more travel than the keys on the official smart cover, or even a regular laptop keyboard. Razer says each switch is good for 80 million keystrokes. Interestingly, the actuation force is 70g on these switches. That’s toward the high end for a mechanical keyboard. A standard blue switch is around 55-60g.If this keyboard sounds like the perfect companion for your iPad Pro, you’ll have to drop $169.99 — that’s the same price as Apple’s official cover. The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case goes on sale today on the company’s website and in select retail stores.last_img read more

Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape

first_img Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of The findings could help scientists better understand the cause of the X-rays generated from peeled tape, which is thought to be associated with the surface roughness of the tape. Information about the tape’s surface roughness could also be used to explain the maximum emitted photon energy of the tape.The scientists also suggested that, by understanding the tape’s surface roughness after peeling, manufacturers could build in a specific roughness during the production process that could stabilize the adhesion, resulting in tape that can be used multiple times without losing its adhesive properties. Peeling at low velocity results in a rough surface, while peeling at high velocity results in a smoother surface. Scientists found that both surfaces exhibit unexpected fractal scaling properties. Image credit: B. N. J Persson, et al. ( — Clear cellophane tape – which can be found in almost every home in the industrialized world – may seem quite ordinary, but recent research has shown otherwise. In 2008, scientists discovered that, when peeled, Scotch tape produces X-rays that are strong enough to image the bones in a human finger. In a new study, scientists have further investigated what happens when clear tape is peeled, and found that the tape’s surface roughness displays a fractal pattern. The findings may lead to a better understanding of the processes involved in peeling, the origin of the X-ray emission, and in the design of better tape that can be reused repeatedly. Citation: Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from These images show the surface profiles of the adhesive side of peeled tape, obtained with the use of a white-light interferometer. A-D show a smooth surface due to fast peeling, while E-H show a rough surface due to slow peeling. A, B, E, and F are at low magnification, while C, D, G, and H are at high magnification. Image credit: B. N. J. Persson, et al. Explore further More information: B. N. J. Persson, et al. “Surface roughness of peeled adhesive tape: A mystery?” Europhysics Letters, 92 (2010) 46001. DOI: 1209/0295-5075/92/46001 Finding rough spot in surface measurement 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 study’s authors, Bo Persson from FZ-Julich in Julich, Germany (who was also a coauthor of the X-ray study), Alexander Kovalev and Stanislav Gorb from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany, and Matthias Wasem and Enrico Gnecco from the University of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, have published their results in a recent issue of Europhysics Letters.In their study, the scientists used a white-light interferometer as well as an atomic force microscope to look at the tape’s sticky surface after it had been peeled off a hard substrate. They found that slowly peeling the tape leaves behind a rough, white surface on the soft rubber adhesive layer (the white color is due to the large light scattering from the rough surface). On the other hand, peeling the tape more quickly leaves behind a smoother, transparent surface (transparent because there is less light scattering from the smoother surface).In addition, the scientists were surprised to find that both the rough and smooth surfaces exhibited fractal scaling properties over a wide range of length scales, with a fractal dimension that is typical for surfaces produced by crack propagation. The scientists did not expect this result because of the influence of the surface free energy. That is, elastically soft solids such as the tacky rubber adhesive should deform at short length scales in order to reduce the surface free energy. This should result in a much smoother surface at short length scales (or high magnification) than would otherwise be expected. This effect had already been observed in a different context, but could not be detected on the rubber film of the peeled tape.last_img read more

Sufi takes a route to Delhi

first_imgSaturday, November 18 will see AR Rahman, along with some other respected names from the music fraternity coming together to perform at Qutub Minar for an evening of Sufi music, poetry, and folk performances. The Sufi Route, by Friday Filmworks, INvision Entertainment and Invloed Matrix, established to encourage and nurture a holistic alternate music experience, is hosting its first ever concert in the Capital. It is bringing to the fore artists such as the magical Sufi singing duo Nooran sisters, the super talented folk and Sufi singer from Bikaner Mukhtiyar Ali, the ever smiling Punjabi Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, the soulful Sufi singer Dhruv Sangari, well –known poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, the young and talented lyricist and writer Manoj Muntashir, Urdu poet Kaamna Prasad, and one of the few women story tellers in the oral tradition of Dastangoi, Fauzia Dastango. To add to the magical night, The Whirling Dervish Ceremony from Turkey will also be performing at Sufi Route. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo conclude the evening, AR Rahman will be performing at the grand finale.Speaking at The Sufi Route press meet and announcing the festival, Oscar winning music maestro A R Rahman said, “For me, Sufi means destroying the evil in your heart. I am grateful to the organizers for this concert. This is something I cherish very closely. The need of the time is that spirituality and love which Sufi gives should be shared in humanity. “Sufi music is an expression of peace, freedom and diversity. The concert is unlike any other that India has witnessed in a long time, in many aspects. The Sufi Route is the first Sufi festival in India, as an ode to the origins of the genre. It is also the only time in recent memory that two ancient and culturally rich roots of Sufi music – Turkish Tasawuf and Indian Sufism – are blending together on this scale. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe promoters of this ‘music led peace festival’ have designed the event to be age agnostic and welcoming to anyone with an ear for alternative music and poetry. They have also created The Sufi Route to be a travelling, global platform, with plans for Indian artists to have an encore in Turkey in the next edition, followed by concerts in UK and UAE.The tickets are available at and the festival will go on between 1 pm and 10 pm on November 18.last_img read more

On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in M

first_imgOn the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City In this photo taken in Mexico City on Oct. 31, 2017, a woman bends over to talk with a child as they look at a Day of the Dead altar placed inside the pyramid-shaped Diego Rivera Museo Anahuacalli, a museum built from black volcanic rock to house some 50,000 statues and other pre-Hispanic artworks collected by celebrated Mexican painter. Several sketches for Rivera’s murals are also displayed inside the structure. (AP Photo/Anita Snow) by Anita Snow, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2018 7:28 am PDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img MEXICO CITY – With her unibrow, braided updo, colorful clothing and moustache, the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an idiosyncratic cult figure in the United States.Kahlo has an equally passionate following in her native Mexico City. Her face is plastered on everything from handbags and jewelry to wall hangings and aprons. Her husband, the late muralist Diego Rivera, was better known during their lifetimes but she’s eclipsed him in fame since their deaths in the 1950s.All around Mexico City, Frida and Diego-philes can find the couple’s work at over a dozen museums and public spaces. Here are some stops on the Kahlo-Rivera trail:___CASA AZULThe Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as Casa Azul or the Blue House for its cobalt blue walls, was Kahlo’s birthplace and childhood home. She later lived there with Rivera for several years during their marriage. It opened as a museum in 1958 and is maintained to look as it would have in the 1950s. It’s one of Mexico City’s most popular museums, with about 25,000 visitors monthly. Displays include some of Kahlo’s artwork, including a still life of watermelons called “Viva La Vida,” or “Long Live Life.” But the real appeal is the memorabilia and other personal items, with earthenware pots in the kitchen, and Kahlo’s corsets and colorful clothing. Located at Londres 247, Colonia Del Carmen, Coyoacan.___DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO HOUSE AND STUDIO MUSUEMKahlo lived on and off in another blue house in the southern neighbourhood of San Angel, a smaller structure connected by a walkway bridge to a white and pink house-studio once occupied by Rivera.The couple lived there beginning in 1934. The buildings designed by painter and architect Juan O’Gorman are surrounded by tall cactuses and located a block from the San Angel Inn, a popular restaurant. Huge papier-mache skeleton and Judas figures populate Rivera’s sunlight-flooded studio. Located at Avenida Altavista and Diego Rivera, Colonia San Angel Inn.___DOLORES OLMEDO MUSEUMThis museum is the former home of a famous patron of the couple. It houses one of the most important collections of work by both artists, including some two dozen by Kahlo. Among the best known are Kahlo’s “The Broken Column” and “Self Portrait with Small Monkey.” (Note that this collection of Kahlo’s work is in Italy through June.)The sprawling complex of stone buildings dating to the 16th century also displays works of other Mexican artists. Luminous green and blue peacocks and hairless xoloitzcuintle dogs roam the grounds. Located at Avenida Mexico 5843, Hacienda La Noria, Xochimilco.___DIEGO RIVERA MUSEO ANAHUACALLIThis museum is a pyramid built from black volcanic rock to house some 50,000 statues and other pre-Hispanic artworks collected by Rivera. Several of his sketches for murals are also displayed. Located at Museo 150, Coyoacan.___MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTSeveral of the couple’s works are displayed here, including “The Two Fridas,” one of Kahlo’s most famous paintings. Located at Reforma and Gandhi, Chapultepec Park.__DIEGO RIVERA MURAL MUSEUMThis small museum is home to Rivera’s well-known mural “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.” Initially created for a restaurant in the Hotel Prado, the mural was moved to the new museum after the hotel was nearly destroyed in the deadly 1985 earthquake. Located at Balderas and Colon, Colonia Centro.___FINE ARTS PALACEThe Palacio de Bellas Artes houses several Rivera murals, including “Man, Controller of the Universe,” which features a workman surrounded by machinery. Several other important Rivera murals can be seen inside the palace, along with works by other muralists like David Alfaro Siqueiros. Located at Juarez and Eje Central, Centro Historico.___NATIONAL PALACERivera painted a series of murals on the stairway walls and corridors of the Palacio Nacional, some depicting the conquest of Mexico by Spanish conquistadors including Hernan Cortes. Other murals feature pre-Hispanic cultures including the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations. Located at Plaza de la Constitucion, Centro Historico.____SAN IDELFONSO COLLEGERivera’s mural “The Creation” can be seen at this museum and cultural centre, which is regarded as the birthplace of the Mexican mural movement. Works by other muralists including Jose Clemente Orozco are also displayed. Located at Justo Sierra 16, Centro Historico.___DOLORES SUMPInside a monument to Mexico City’s water system called the Carcamo de Dolores, Rivera painted a little-known mural, “Water, the Source of Life,” in a pool. The work was designed to be viewed underwater but the pool was drained when it became clear that the work would slowly be ruined. Rivera also designed a fountain featuring the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Located at Rodolfo Neri Vela, Second Section, Chapultepec Park.___ETCETERAA restaurant named for Kahlo, La Fonda de Frida, is located in the trendy Condesa neighbourhood.Additional Rivera murals can be seen at the capital’s La Raza National Medical Center and on the outdoor walls of the Education Department’s downtown headquarters.On Saturdays and Sundays, the Blue House sells tickets for a bus that runs between that museum and the Diego Rivera Museo Anahuacalli. The bus leaves Casa Azul at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are 150 pesos (about $8) and include admission to both museums.last_img read more

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