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Celebrated Moroccan Author Leïla Slimani to Tour Morocco

Rabat – Fresh from receiving the esteemed French title Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in March, bestselling French-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani will host events in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier to discuss her new book, Dans Le Jardin De L’Ogre [In The Garden Of The Ogre].Slimani’s second book Chanson Douce [Sweet Song] was a bestseller, selling 76,000 copies even before it won France’s highest literary award, the Goncourt Prize, in November 2016.Actress and journalist Fatym Layachi will accompany the author as she reads excerpts of her new novel in Rabat and Casablanca. In Tangier, 1987 Goncourt winner Tahar Ben Jelloun will join Slimani for a discussion on how to write and publish a book. The 36-year old studied at the French Lycée in Rabat, before pursuing a degree in political science and media studies at Sciences Po in Paris.As part of the French Institute’s cultural season, Slimani will be speaking at the National Library in Rabat on July 6, at Casablanca’s French Institute on July 7 and at Tangier’s Hotel El Minzah on July 8.An essay by the former Jeune Afrique author is due to be published by Les Arènes at the end of August. read more

UN wants media freedom

Asked about the Weliweriya incident, the UN spokesman said he had nothing to say on it at the moment.Meanwhile he said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is studying a set of recommendations on how the UN should act following the lessons it has learned on its role in Sri Lanka during the war. “About freedom of the media, that is something that the Secretary-General firmly believes is hugely important.  It’s important that journalists should be able to carry out their work unencumbered and free of intimidation,” the UN spokesman said. “We need to be better prepared for action when we see, at an early stage, human rights violations.  But as I say, I would anticipate the Secretary-General would have more to say on this subject next month,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The spokesman was asked to comment on reports that in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, there has been a lot of controversy about freedom of the press. The United Nations says journalists should be able to carry out their work unencumbered and free of intimidation.UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said this in response to a question raised by Innercity Press on Sri Lanka at the daily UN press briefing held yesterday (Friday). read more

Venezuela Annan hails peaceful conduct of referendum urges continued calm

In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Annan also welcomed the fact that an unprecedented number of Venezuelans demonstrated “a great sense of responsibility and respect for democratic values” by participating in the poll. Voters rejected the President’s recall, according to confirmation of preliminary results by the National Electoral Council as well as a declaration made by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Carter Center. “The Secretary-General once again appeals to all Venezuelans to settle all matters related to the referendum in the same civic and democratic spirit that prevailed during the voting,” the spokesman said. Last month, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser Diego Cordovez visited the country and all concerned committed themselves to resolve issues related to the referendum through consultations. Today’s statement called on them to engage in a constructive dialogue looking towards Venezuela’s future. “The United Nations will continue to support the people of Venezuela in their search for a peaceful solution to their political differences,” the spokesman said. read more

Alberta Utilities Commission approves AltalinkBerkshire Hathaway Energy sale

Alberta Utilities Commission approves Altalink-Berkshire Hathaway Energy sale by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2014 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the sale of a regulated power utility that owns about half of Alberta’s electricity transmission grid.The deal announced in May involves SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) selling Altalink to a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a holding company run by U.S. financier Warren Buffett.In July, Industry Canada approved the $3.2 billion deal on the condition that the new owner maintain jobs and be managed in Alberta.Industry Canada also said all of AltaLink’s earnings must be invested in the company, or elsewhere in Canada, for at least five years.The commission said Friday that in its evaluation of the sale, “there were no overriding concerns of negative financial impact to rates and service quality.”Jim Law, a commission spokesman, says Altalink will continue to be regulated in same way it was before the sale.He said the deal comes as Altalink is raising money to expand its electricity transmission network.“The commission found the purchase of Altalink should be a net benefit to ratepayers from a financing perspective,” he said Friday in a release.Altalink owns about 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines, as well as 280 substations, delivering electricity to about 85 per cent of the province’s population.Berkshire Hathaway Energy is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.Based in Iowa, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, with assets of some $70 billion, owns and operates some 284,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution lines.SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and is a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in the provision of operations and maintenance services.New Democrat Leader Rachel Notley said the sale is bad for Albertans.“Albertans paid for this infrastructure through their electricity bills and now it’s just going to be sold off to a foreign company that stands to make huge profits from it,” Notley said in a news release.“Electricity is an essential service and it should be managed for the benefit of Albertans, not in the interest of foreign company.“Once again, Alberta families are this government’s last priority. The PCs deregulated electricity market sticks families with unnecessarily high bills while private corporations make massive profits.” read more

Equifax says delinquency rates climb higher in Alberta and Saskatchewan

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2016 2:06 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Equifax says delinquency rates climb higher in Alberta and Saskatchewan OTTAWA – Delinquency rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan climbed higher in the second quarter due to the fallout from the drop in the price of oil.Equifax Canada said Thursday the delinquency rate for Alberta stood at 1.4 per cent, up 40.3 per cent compared with a year ago. The delinquency rate in Saskatchewan climbed to 1.2 per cent, a gain of 22.7 per cent.Newfoundland, which has also been hit by the downturn in oil, was up 19.4 per cent at 1.3 per cent.“They are still relatively low and that has to be kept in perspective, but we definitely are seeing the impact of the prolonged situation in those regions,” said Regina Malina, senior director of decision insights at Equifax Canada.“It looks like it is a fairly persistent situation so we’ll probably see these increases for a while until the region will adjust to the new economic situation.”The oil-producing provinces have been hit hard by the downturn in the price of oil as energy companies have slashed billions in spending and cut thousands of jobs.The rise in delinquencies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland came as the overall delinquency rate in Canada crept up 4.1 per cent to 1.1 per cent.Rates in Ontario were down 3.9 per cent at 1.1 per cent, while Quebec also moved down 3.3 per cent to 1.1 per cent.Malina noted that debt among seniors increased, but they were the only age group that saw its delinquency rate decrease over the past year.Delinquency rates for those age 18 to 25 were up 11.7 per cent at 1.8 per cent.“For the most part, older Canadians have always demonstrated an ability to handle their spending and what they owe. Millennials should be reminded to practice good budget and money management habits,” Malina said.According to data compiled by Equifax, the amount Canadians owe increased to $1.66 trillion in the second quarter, up 6.3 per cent compared with a year ago.The credit monitoring agency said instalment loans, auto loans and mortgage sectors had significant increases of 7.8 per cent, 7.6 per cent and 7.6 per cent year-over-year, respectively.Excluding mortgages, consumers owed on average $21,878, up 3.4 per cent from a year ago. read more

Noconfidence resolution…PPP slams Govt for attempts to escape constitutional provision

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIncumbent APNU/AFC wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue- PPP GSJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”No-confidence resolution… Govt has acted in bad faith, reneged on promises – JagdeoJanuary 6, 2019In “latest news”Foreign diplomats appraised by Opposition of Govt’s “sloth” in heading to ElectionsJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has slammed Government for its attempt to disregard the Constitution of Guyana. This move come as documents emerged on Saturday showing that Government plans to approach Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland to ask him to reverse the no-confidence vote, which brought them down on December 21, 2018.According to the document, which was written in the format of a legal opinion with Attorney General Basil Williams’ name attached to it, Government wants the Speaker to use his powers to reverse the vote; arguing, among other things, that 34 out of 65 constitutes a majority in Guyana’s National Assembly.The opinion argues that 50 per cent of the 65 votes in the National Assembly constitutes 32.5, which has to then be rounded up to 33, with an extra vote added to it making it 34. According to the opinion provided by the Government, passing a no-confidence motion is different from passing legislation. This argument which Williams is now using in his legal opinion was first peddled by Attorney Nigel Hughes; the husband of Government Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes.Nigel HughesThe opinion goes on to claim that since former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a Canadian citizen and had allegedly travelled on his Canadian passport, he forfeited his vote.In the opinion, Government admits that Persaud’s private travelling records were accessed from Guyana’s Immigration Department and states that a copy will be provided to the Speaker.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton ScotlandAs stated in the document, the Government also intends to challenge: Whether the Speaker can reverse the ruling that the No-confidence Motion was carried? What is the effect of the sub judice rule should the Speaker’s ruling be legally challenged in the courts” and “Whether the Speaker’s ruling on the vote can be quashed by the courts?”…………….No power…………….However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday denouncing the document and attempts by the Government “to subvert and trample upon our Constitution, the integrity of the National Assembly and indeed, the rule of law.”General Secretary of the PPP/C Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader made it clear that the Speaker’s role has come to an end, having previously ruled that the No-confidence Motion was carried. In addition, it was noted that Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs issued a resolution pursuant to the motion.“The Speaker has no further role to play in relation to the No-confidence Motion. Certainly, he has no review powers whatsoever over the already completed process. This ‘legal memorandum’ is the latest act of desperation of a power drunk group who wish to cling to power at all cost,” Jagdeo pointed out.Jagdeo noted that both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had previously accepted the results of the No-confidence Motion and had pledged to follow the Constitution and the steps it outlines.“The ‘legal memorandum’ constitutes an amalgam of misconceived and ill-conceived legal arguments and the citation of a host of case law authorities that are absolutely irrelevant to the propositions which they purport to support.”“In the circumstances, we reject this ‘legal memorandum’ as vexatious, frivolous and wholly irrelevant. The Speaker is urged to do likewise,” Jagdeo stated.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Former AFC MP, Charrandas PersaudWith the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”In light of the constitutional provisions, Jagdeo renewed his calls on the Government for them to immediately begin the preparations for holding General and Regional Elections in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution. read more

Storm abrewin Met Éireann upgrades weather warning ahead of Atlantic storm

first_imgUpdated 1.34 PMMET ÉIREANN HAS upgraded its weather warning from yellow to orange in a number of counties and predicted gusts of up to 90km/h this afternoon.The weather warning for the counties of Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford was issued in the past couple of hours.The southwest winds will strengthen tonight with gust of up to 120km/h possible in coastal areas.The severe winds are expected to continue into tonight and tomorrow and will remain until Tuesday when they will calm.Rain is expected to accompany the winds in the southwest of the country with rain turning to heavy possibly thundery showers in the afternoon. The last of the showers will clear the east coast later this evening.High seas could trigger some coastal flooding according to Met Éireann who also say that South to southeast gales or strong gales will develop on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea today.The thundery downpours may lead to local spot flooding inland also.AA Roadwatch say that motorists should avoid Sally Gap and Roundwood due to a serious risk of ice with strong cross-winds reported on the M8 Dublin to Cork Road between Fermoy and Rathcormack.Gallery: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its toll >Read: Flooding in Cork, flood warnings for Dublin, Northern Ireland >last_img read more

Statement by The Right Hon Perry G Christie Prime Minister and Minister

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, perry christie, value added tax, wendy craigg Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 05 Jan 2015 – Mrs. Wendy Craigg, having completed her statutory term as the Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, demitted office on December 31st 2015. Of special historical significance, Mrs. Craigg was the first female to hold this vitally important post in our national financial system. Moreover, she served with utmost distinction throughout her 10 year tenure as Governor and indeed in her prior post as Deputy Central Bank Governor as well.It is particularly laudable that Mrs. Craigg, a career central banker, worked tirelessly to ensure that the regulatory infrastructure for banks and trust companies in The Bahamas conformed to evolving international standards and best practices. At the same time she also saw to it that the monetary stability of The Bahamas was maintained by the application of sound and sensible monetary policies and standards.I applaud Mrs. Craigg for these outstanding achievements and thank her for her many years of dedicated service and unblemished integrity at the helm of the Central Bank. She has been a great credit not only to the Central Bank but to our entire nation.I am pleased that Mrs. Craigg will continue to be of service to our nation as an Economic Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister.I would also like to congratulate the new incoming Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. John Rolle, who formerly held the post of Financial Secretary and as such was the administrative leader of the Ministry of Finance. Indeed Mr. Rolle played a pivotal role in the implementation of recent public finance reforms, most notably, the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) regime. For that and for his many other sterling contributions to nation-building while at the Ministry of Finance, I thank Mr. Rolle most sincerely.In a very real sense, however, Mr. Rolle, in assuming his new role as the Governor of the Central Bank with immediate effect, is returning home. He, too, is a career central banker, and as such is ideally suited to his new appointment. I wish him well and predict that he will bring to this high office the same integrity, discipline, intellectual ability and expert grasp of monetary policy that distinguished his predecessor, Mrs. Wendy Craigg. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debtlast_img read more

Notice to the Public

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Provideniales – The command team of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are aware of numerous complaints in relation to obtaining Police records from the office at Police Headquarters on the Old Airport Road, Providenciales.Following an internal investigation there is a prima facie evidence of corrupt practices. Early this afternoon three (3) staff members were arrested and their homes searched under appropriate warrants.As a consequence of this police action, the Police Records Office has been immediately closed to allow a comprehensive collection of evidence and it will remain closed until at least Monday 31st July 2017.We are aware that there will be some members of the public who require to obtain an urgent Police record and persons who genuinely require an urgent record should attend at Police Headquarters between 9am and 12pm on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July where every effort will be made to facilitate requests.We understand this will cause disruption but ask that only genuine urgent requests are made at this time until we put in place alternative arrangements. A further media statement will be made as soon as regular service is in place. Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Weather Eye Pleasant days will follow scattered showers cool temperatures

first_imgStrike up another one for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. A beautiful day for the parade with dry pavement and temperatures in the comfortable range. There were a few sprinkles early in the morning, and I held my breath, but the rest of Saturday was another fantastic May day in the great Northwest.Now, today is another story with scattered showers, cool temperatures and a rumble of thunder here and there. This will linger into Monday, then high pressure rebuilds for pleasant weather Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the 70s.It will be cold enough aloft for snow in the higher ski areas today and Monday. Just when the snow begins to melt at the higher elevations, we get more snow. That’s OK; we will take all we can.Thirty-four years ago it was a clear, sunny day and a calm morning when Mount St. Helens erupted. I was outside looking the garden over before church when I heard the distant boom and noticed the towering plume of smoke and debris reaching for the heavens. I was surprised, and then not so much, as the mountain had been rumbling and shaking for a couple of months. A day one will remember forever.The coming holiday weekend appears to start off damp Friday and Saturday, then pleasant and dry. Stay tuned. The pattern this month has favored sunny, warm weekdays and cloudy, damp weekends. We’ll see if we can turn that around come June.last_img read more

4th of July events

first_imgMiami-Dade CountyCoca-Cola Presents: Fire on the Fourth Festival in Miami BeachCoconut Grove Independence Day celebration at Regatta ParkCoral Gables and Biltmore Hotel Fourth of JulyAmerica’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront ParkDoral’s Independence Day CelebrationHialeah Independence Day Celebration Presented by Hialeah ParkMiami Gardens 4th of July CelebrationMiami Springs Annual 4th of July CelebrationKey Biscayne 4th of July ParadeHomestead’s Annual “Race to the 4th!” Independence DayAventura’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks CelebrationNorth Miami Independence Day Celebration By the BayMiccosukee Resort & Gaming Freedom FestivalVillage of Pinecrest Independence Day CelebrationBroward CountyMargate 4th of July ExtravaganzaPembroke Pines July 4th CelebrationCity of Pompano Beach 2019 Fireworks ExtravaganzaFort Lauderdale 4th of July SpectacularDavie Independence Day Celebrations and Office ClosuresLauderdale-By-The-Sea’s 4th of July 2018Star-Spangled Spectacular 4th of July Celebration on Hollywood BeachSunrise Parade, Concert and Fireworks celebrationDeerfield Beach 4th of July CelebrationTamarac 4th of July All-American CelebrationMany government offices will be closed for the holiday. A list of Broward County offices closing for July 4th Holiday can be found here. Miami-Dade services affected or closed are listed here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rains lash Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Rain lashed several parts of Visakhapatnam district on Sunday. Various stretches of roads and neigbourhoods were submerged due to continuous rain since morning. A cyclonic circulation lies over north-west Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, extending up to 7.6 km tilting south-westwards with height. Under its influence, the Cyclone Warning Centre officials say that low-pressure is likely to form during the next three days. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In the next 24 hours, rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in places across the Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rainfall is likely to occur in Coastal Andhra, according to Sudha Valli, duty officer, CWC. Strong surface winds from westerly direction, speed reaching to 45-50 kmph likely along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh. State of sea would be rough to very rough. Hence, fishermen are advised not to venture into sea for the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Snapdeal Acquires Exclusivelycom Forays into Luxury Goods and Services

first_imgEmployees of Snapdeal, an Indian online retailer, sort out delivery packages inside their company fulfilment centre in Mumbai October 22, 2014. Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, has come a long way from his days as a business school student selling detergent in U.S. supermarkets. After final negotiations over a sushi breakfast earlier this month, Snapdeal on Tuesday unveiled a $627 million investment from Japan’s SoftBank, one of the high-profile early backers — and now major shareholder — in China’s Alibaba.ReutersDelhi-based shopping portal Snapdeal acquired premium fashion site Exclusively.com on Wednesday.The acquisition would help Snapdeal strengthen its fashion business and build on to its merchandise revenue in the fashion category to reach $2 billion this year. However, Snapdeal did not disclose the transaction details.The fashion business contributes to over 60% of Snapdeal’s total revenue, suggest estimates.”Under this partnership, Exclusively will complement Snapdeal’s existing ecosystem and will provide a consolidated offering for the luxury and lifestyle shopper, making it India’s first online luxury mall,” the company statement said.The Indian market for luxury products and services stands at $14 billion and is growing at 30% annually, a recent KPMG-ASSOCHAM report said.Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl disclosed that the company had witnessed a surge in demand for luxury products, while access to such products continues to be severely limited. Now, with the acquisition of Exclusively.com, the e-commerce major’s four-crore strong users will have access to a wide range of aspirational, high-end products and services.Currently, Exclusively.com carries stock from India’s leading fashion designers and their business houses. Some of those listed include JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Manish Arora, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar and Neeta Lulla.”With increased awareness and growing disposable incomes, premium and luxury consumption in India is seeing a significant upward trend. With the geographical limitations of the brick-and-mortar model, we strongly believe that the luxury and premium segments can only be grown by sharing access with the consumer,” Sunjay Guleria and Mohini Boparai-Guleria, co-founders of Exclusively said.last_img read more

Shahs Kolkata rally a flop show BJP chief insulted Bengal TMC

first_imgKolkata: Slamming BJP national president Amit Shah over his remark that the signals of all Bengali channels were lowered so that locals can be prevented from viewing his address, the TMC said everything was telecast and urged the BJP not to blame the media unnecessarily.Terming the rally as a flop show, taking to its Twitter handle, the TMC stated that either Amit Shah should prove his allegations or resign from his post. Calling the rally a “big flop show,” the TMC tweeted: “BJP has just concluded another flop show in #Bangla After the flop meeting BJP are looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked out. Blackouts and blackmailing are what BJP does. Don’t insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTMC spokesperson and MP Derek O’Brien said on Saturday: “Amit Shah should apologise within 72 hours or else we would take legal action.” He further added: “Who is Amit Shah? He can’t get away by alleging corruption against Mamata Banerjee. He has crossed the limits of decency by dishonouring the culture of Bengal… This state has a tradition and culture which Shah will never understand. Before commenting on Bengal’s culture, Shah should look into his own track record. We have the recording of the 27-minute speech of Amit Shah and if he does not tender apology we will take him to court.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDerek also maintained that the BJP is trying to play communal politics. Asked to comment on Shah’s statement that the Centre will complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi has any power to stop it, he said: “Trinamool’s stand is very clear. The party will stand by the genuine Indian citizens whose names have been dropped from the NRC. The relatives of the former President of India’s names have not been included in the NRC list. The names of many jawans have been omitted. BJP is playing divisive politics.” While addressing a BJP rally on Mayo Road on Saturday, Shah said: “Earlier in Bengal, people used to hear Rabindra Sangeet and now this has been replaced by the sound of bombs.” Shah added that only Modi can give corruption-free Bengal. Shah further added that Bengal is submerged in corruption and chit fund cases involving Sarada, Narada and Rose Valley. Bengal’s development is possible under Narendra Modi only, he maintained. Derek said: “Shah has attacked the personal integrity of Mamata Banerjee and the people of Bengal are not going to tolerate this.”last_img read more

Curiosity is a driving state for information Study

first_imgNow, two researchers from the University of Rochester propose that it is time to organise and focus on curiosity’s function, evolution, mechanism and development.“Curiosity is a long-standing problem that is fascinating but has been difficult to approach scientifically,” said study co-author Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences.“But we felt that the field has recently managed to develop new formal and quantifiable techniques for studying curiosity and that it’s worth getting the word out,” he added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Scientists have been taking notes about curiosity since the 19th century.Over time, studies have tried to differentiate curiosity by saying it is entirely intrinsically motivated (compared to information-seeking and risk-seeking). “But this type of definition runs into problems when determining the intrinsic motivation of babies, primates and other organisms that cannot communicate their inner world,” the authors noted.For their study, the authors used a working definition of curiosity “as a drive state for information” which can be observed in organisms as simple as nematode worms. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When the information-seeking becomes active, it’s reasonable to start talking about it as a minimal form of curiosity,” Hayden added.“This definition will be hard for some people to swallow. But by looking at it from an evolutionary perspective, scientists can make rapid progress,” he noted.One question still up for debate is whether curiosity always carries benefits – whether immediately or in the future.“It’s agreed that information allows for better choices, but curiosity can lead animals to pursue stimuli that aren’t necessarily useful,” the study said. While increasing curiosity reduces uncertainty and makes for better choices on what to explore, the animals’ brains are also wired to reward us for learning new information, which can put us at different risks.The authors also note that the study of curiosity overlaps with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other attention disorders.The authors hope that in addition to the understanding how curiosity is affected by disease, the future will bring new information about how curiosity is controlled, how it differs between childhood and adulthood, and the link between curiosity and learning.Finally, the authors are also optimistic that scientists will eventually agree on a way to classify curiosity. The paper was published in the journal Neuron.last_img read more

LOS ANGELES Calif – A stuntman who was pinned be

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A stuntman who was pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore on a TV production has settled a lawsuit with the actor and Paramount Pictures.Court papers show that a notice of settlement was filed March 29, and the sides are scheduled to appear in court in July to finalize it. No terms of the deal were disclosed.The stuntman, Steve de Castro, alleged Sizemore was intoxicated at a remote desert airport north of Los Angeles in July 2016 while filming the Paramount-produced USA Network show “Shooter” when he pinned and dragged de Castro.De Castro had to be airlifted from the set and left with broken bones and other serious injuries that he said have hurt his ability to work.State records obtained by The Associated Press showed that Sizemore, 56, was only supposed to be sitting in the unmoving SUV for the scene.“When, after rehearsals, the scenes were filmed for live action, Mr. Sizemore improvised at the end of the scene and drove away in his car,” said a Paramount investigative report given to the workplace safety agency Cal/OSHA. “Mr. Sizemore’s decision to drive was not in the script, and not expected to occur.”The agency issued no citations over the accident after determining it didn’t have jurisdiction because the stuntman was an independent contractor, not a studio employee.Lawrence B. Castro, attorney for the defendants, declined comment. Lawrence Grassini, attorney for de Castro, did not immediately reply to a message.Sizemore, whose addiction struggles have plagued his career and derailed comeback attempts, was fired from the show before the suit was filed.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2018 2:23 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stuntman pinned under SUV driven by Sizemore settles lawsuitcenter_img FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, actor Tom Sizemore arrives at the premiere of “The Expendables 3” in Los Angeles. A stuntman who was pinned beneath an SUV driven by Tom Sizemore on a TV production has settled a lawsuit with the actor and Paramount Pictures. Court papers show a notice of settlement was filed March 29. No terms were disclosed. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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