Dausa Lok Sabha seat poses a challenge to BJP

first_imgThe Dausa Lok Sabha seat in Rajasthan has posed a serious challenge of credibility to the BJP following a political slugfest, which has held up finalisation of the candidate’s name despite the process for filing nominations in the election’s fifth phase having begun on Wednesday. The last date of filing papers is April 18.The constituency reserved for Scheduled Tribes has several contenders who are backed by different factions in the party. BJP leaders Kirori Lal Meena and Om Prakash Hudla are reportedly locked in a fight over the seat, with Mr. Meena claiming ticket for his wife Golma Devi, who is a former Congress and National People’s Party leader and legislator.Mr. Hudla, who was elected an MLA from Mahuwa on the BJP ticket in 2013 after defeating Ms. Golma Devi, is seeking the party’s candidature from Dausa for himself with the active support of former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. He had fought the 2018 Assembly election as an Independent from Mahuwa and defeated Mr. Meena’s nephew Rajendra Meena.Veteran BJP leader and Union Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government Jaskaur Meena, who was elected an MP from Sawai Madhopur in 1999, claimed earlier this week that the party was making a move to give ticket to her from Dausa. Though the BJP promptly refuted her claim, there is a likelihood of her selection as a “compromise candidate”.However, the BJP will find it difficult to ignore Mr. Meena, who wields a considerable influence on the Meena voters. ‘Decision soon’BJP in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Rai Khanna said on Friday that a cross-section of party workers were being consulted and the party’s parliamentary board would shortly take a decision to field the “best candidate”.last_img read more

Here’s a list of the women teams and athletes who have been making us proud while we didn’t even cheer for them

first_img‘You won’t be able to do this’, ‘Not a woman’s job’, ‘sports are not meant for girls’, ‘a woman can’t do what a man can’ — these are just some of the things a woman get to hear every time they try to rise above stereotypes for achieving something new. Even when it comes to sports, women teams receive little to no response from the people as well as from the authorities.The patriarchal society in some way or the other tries to hold women from doing things they wish to do. However, despite all the discouragement and hardships, there are many women who decided not to pay heed to the naysayers and moved on to break barriers and reach new heights in their quest to fulfill personal dreams and ambitions.After a phenomenal victory over Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup, the Indian women’s cricket team has proved that despite all the odds, they can do as good as men and in some cases, like this one, even come out better than men. Today, let’s know and appreciate some of our real heroes:1. Women’s Hockey World Cup 2002This was the first time the women’s hockey team made the nation proud in a tournament which was so dramatic that it inspired the script of Shah Rukh Khan starrer movie ‘Chak De!’ in 2007.2. Kabaddi Queen, Mamatha PoojaryThe girl from the small village of Hermunde in Karnataka’s Udupi district turned out to be so good that by 2006, three years into her tryst with the game, she represented Ind2010, she took part in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, and in 2012, she captained the national kabaddi team.She was honoured with the Arjuna Award and also the Rajyotsava Prashasti. As captain of the Indian women’s kabaddi team, she led her team to victory in the finals of the 2012 Kabaddi World Championship. She has won 12 gold medals for India.advertisement 3. International wrestler, Neetu SarkarA former child bride is taking down stereotypes – on and off the mat.At 13, Neetu Sarkar’s cash-strapped parents married her off to a 43-year-old man with mental disabilities in her home village of Bhiwani. She ran away after three days — a move that sparked fury and opposition from her family. She was quickly married off to another husband. At 14, she gave birth to his twin sons.Neetu decided to take up wrestling because her family was having financial troubles. She started training at a facility in Rohtak and her hard work paid off soon. She won her first bronze medal at a national event and after that there was no looking back. Neetu has gone on to win medals at many national and international events. 4. Biker, swimmer and athelete, Deepa MalikDeepa Malik was 30 when she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour that confined her to a wheelchair. She became a paraplegic (paralysed from waist down). But the strong woman decided against spending her life in a closed room. She pursued biking, her first love, and also started swimming.Deepa became the first female athlete to represent India at the Paralympics. She won the Arjuna Award in 2012. She has 54 national gold medals and 13 international medals in various sports. 5. The conqueror, Arunima SinhaThis 27 year-old is first Indian amputee to climb the Mt. Everest. A former national football and volleyball player, she lost her leg after she was pushed from a running train while resisting an attack from thieves in 2011.While dealing with pitying murmurs of, “Who will marry you now,” and the absurd conspiracy theories that followed, she made a decision. She would climb Mount Everest.In 2013 she did just that, becoming the world’s first female amputee, and the first Indian amputee, to achieve this feat. Earlier this year she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Petrounias Honoree at Navarino Challenge 2017

first_imgATHENS– The Olympic “family”of Navarino Challenge grows and returns for a 5th consecutive year October 13-15, in Messinia and Costa Navarino.Every year, the Challenge honors the athletes who stand out for their overall contribution to sports. The honoree at this year’s event will be the Olympic gold medalist in Rio and World Champion in the rings, Lefteris Petrounias.He has already won a gold Olympic medal, two gold medals in the world gymnastics championships, as well as four gold and one bronze in European tournaments and championships in rings.The event has won multiple awards, including the Gold Ermis Award as best sports tourism event, another at the Sports Marketing Awards 2017, and two gold awards atSports Events/Branded Events.The Challenge now comprises not only the event with the most sports activities but also with the most Olympic sports, contributing to the promotion of sports and Greek tourism.Registration for Navarino Challenge continues at a strong pace and everyone can take part by completing the special entry form available online: activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2017.The Vikos company will support the event with the natural mineral water Vikos, while ambassadors and organizers will travel with cares of Ford Motor Hellas.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Our electronics systems are slowly opening their eyes

first_imgBefore you start reading this, I would like to ask you to close your eyes for 10 seconds. Please do this now.It’s tough, right? We really need our eyes and are pretty powerless without them. The first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to open then, and the last thing we do in the evening when we go to sleep is to close them.The history of our eyes started 270 million years ago. The Trilobite was the first species that developed this compelling new sensing mechanism: the power of sight. It turned out to be very potent. Using the power of sight, it was easier for the Trilobite to search for food, keep an eye on its family, and flee from predators. This new sense was possibly one of the driving forces behind the Cambrian Explosion, a period in which many new species originated in a relatively short period of time.We are now on the eve of a new revolution in which our electronics will also adopt the power of sight. A large part of this new sensing component has already been widely adopted by our electronics in the form of their cameras. At home in my family of five, I count about thirty. Two cameras per mobile phone and tablet; one in each laptop; we also have a few digital still cameras; and then there are some cameras gathering dust as part of our old cell phones that haven’t yet been recycled.So the eyes are already there. They’re small — the selfie camera of a phone is just a few square millimeters –capture a pretty high-quality image, and cost just a few dollars. Today, these cameras are primarily used to capture, store, and distribute images. The next big step is to build devices that actually understand what they’re seeing, or — if not fully understand what they’re seeing — at least interpret the images and use this information to take appropriate action.We’re not really sure how to do this though. How do people recognize a picture of their niece in a fraction of a second? How are we capable of reading text in any font? How do we drive a car when it’s raining and dark, or drive it slowly through a crowd when it’s busy in the city?Fortunately, much progress has recently been made in this area. Previously, image recognition algorithms had to be carefully hand-crafted — a labor-intensive task with non-stellar results. But now there’s been a breakthrough with the use of deep neural networks. One key advantage of this technique is that you train the networks by simply showing many examples. More importantly, these networks are much better in generalizing, and recognize images with a much higher accuracy than what was possible just a few years ago, even rivaling us humans at some image recognition tasks. Combining this technology with image processing techniques that are more grounded in classical math, such as optical flow or SLAM algorithms that deduce the locations and movement of objects, we can build highly powerful intelligent systems that understand what they see.These image processing techniques, however, require huge amounts of computing power and storage. According to neurologists, humans use about half of our brain power for the sole task of visual processing. Fortunately, Moore’s law helps, and we can now extract teraops of compute power from silicon. Even so, neural networks can still bring a large compute cluster to its knees. The next step we need to make is not research anymore, but one of good engineering. In order to solve the compute problem, we need special embedded vision processors that can work the transistors much more efficiently than standard CPUs or GPUs. We need design tools that shrink and optimize the neural networks for minimal compute and memory usage while maintaining their ability to perform their detection tasks well. And we need to develop software tools that make it easy to use and implement such image processing software in lower power, low cost silicon. Making efficient silicon and tools for visual processing is exactly what we at videantis have been working on for many years, and we’re excited that our technology is now rapidly being adopted by the market.But we’re still only at the beginning, and there are still many good product ideas and strategies to come that will use this new electronic power of sight. Of course, we know that with a proper set of eyes our cars can drive themselves, and drones can automatically deliver our packages or food, but what about cameras that keep an eye on us all day to see if we’re still healthy? How about a washing machine that really knows when the laundry is clean, or an oven that prevents the potatoes from burning? The possibilities are endless.Electronics that can see — I’ve got my eyes set on that! Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical center_img Continue Reading Previous How Engineers deal with End-Of-Life issuesNext Bluetooth mesh solution cuts time-to-marketlast_img read more

In The Spotlight – Nathan Wong

first_imgIn the fortieth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Nathan Wong, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and how he got involved in Touch Football. Name: Nathan WongNickname: WongyAge: 19Affiliate: Hornsby LionsOccupation: Logistics Assistant for David JonesPosition: Link/middleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans TasmanHow you got involved in Touch Football: My rugby league coach got me to try it out when I was younger.Favourite player: Put BerrymanWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Speechless.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Put Berryman (: Favourite sporting moment: Any Michael Jordan highlights Any superstitions: NoneFunniest Australian teammate: Tashie (Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.Any travel plans for after World Cup: To go see the Queen in London (: Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

Didi Ke Bolo gets more than 1L calls on Day I

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s first-of-its-kind unique public outreach campaign titled ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) has received an overwhelming response with more than one lakh people making calls on the #DidiKeBolo phone number that was announced by her at a media conference on Monday. More than 50,000 people across the state have shared their opinions and problems through the digital platform www.didikebolo.com.”In the last 24 hours, more than 1 lakh people have called on the #DidiKeBolo phone number. Currently, 250+ people are working round the clock on this. We are further ramping up our resources to handle the overwhelming response. We thank you for your patience! Please note that this is over and above the 50k+ people who have shared their opinions or problems through our digital platform – http://www.didikebolo.com,” stated the Twitter page named “Didi Ke Bolo” that was launched soon after Banerjee’s announcement on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe post was retweeted by a number of TMC MPs and MLAs to spread awareness regarding the initiative. District presidents across the state made announcements about it as well. Atin Ghosh, who is the working president of TMC of North Kolkata district informed the councillors and borough chairmen about it in detail while for South Kolkata, party district president Debasish Kumar undertook a similar exercise. The MLAs will be doing media conferences across the state on Wednesday to spread the message. As part of the programme, TMC representatives will reach out to the families and share the phone number: 9137091370 that will enable people to put across their views, grievances, if any, directly to Didi. The target set up by the TMC is to reach around 1.6 crore families that comprise 80 percent of the total households in Bengal in the coming 20 months ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections.last_img read more

UNESCO head meets with UNs top gender equality relief officials

The contributions that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) can make in the areas of gender equality and humanitarian aid were the focus of talks between the agency’s chief and top world body officials.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underlined the importance of linking health and education during her meeting yesterday with Michelle Bachelet, former Chilean president and head of the newly-created UN Women, or the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.Established in July by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly, UN Women will oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs.It merges four UN entities: the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).Gender equality is one of UNESCO’s two global priorities for the period of 2008-2013 and a pillar of her mandate, Ms. Bokova – the first woman to head UNESCO – said.She also met yesterday with Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, detailing UNESCO’s expertise and successes in post-conflict and post-disaster situations.Ms. Bokova also spoke of her agency’s vital role in restoring education in affected communities, including Haiti and Pakistan, and the establishment of early warning systems for tsunamis and other ocean-related hazards worldwide.For her part, Ms. Amos, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed her interest in strengthening cooperation among UNESCO and other UN entities, highlighting the importance of expanding the reach of early warning and prevention mechanisms around the world. 24 September 2010The contributions that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) can make in the areas of gender equality and humanitarian aid were the focus of talks between the agency’s chief and top world body officials. read more

UN chief joins with European and Islamic officials to urge calm on

In a joint statement, Kofi Annan, along with the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the European Union’s (EU) senior representative for foreign and security policy, said there should be a “spirit of friendship and mutual respect” not only between countries but also between believers of different religions.“We are deeply alarmed at the repercussions of the publication in Denmark several months ago of insulting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and their subsequent republication by some other European newspapers and at the violent acts that have occurred in reaction to them,” said the statement, which was endorsed by Mr. Annan and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu of the OIC and Javier Solana of the EU.“We fully uphold the right of free speech. But we understand the deep hurt and widespread indignation felt in the Muslim World. We believe freedom of the press entails responsibility and discretion, and should respect the beliefs and tenets of all religions.”The three signatories to the statement went on to say that the “anguish of the Muslim World” was shared by all individuals and communities who recognize the sensitivity of deeply held religious belief, but called for an immediate end to the violence.“In particular, we strongly condemn the deplorable attacks on diplomatic missions that have occurred in Damascus, Beirut and elsewhere. Aggression against life and property can only damage the image of a peaceful Islam. We call on the authorities of all countries to protect all diplomatic premises and foreign citizens against unlawful attack.”Today’s joint statement on the cartoons is the latest move by the Secretary-General to try and defuse the explosive situation that has led to protests and concerns in many parts of the world.In a separate news release, also issued today, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged “all parties to avoid acts and statements that might further inflame the current situation.”“Respect for Afghanistan’s pluralistic culture, values and history, based on Islam, is a fundamental principle of the work of the international community in Afghanistan,” UNAMA added. read more

A list of Alberta cabinet members Hughes to Energy Horner picks up

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Here are the members of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s cabinet listed in order of precedence.Alison Redford, Calgary-Elbow: Premier, President of Executive Council, Chair of Agenda & Priorities.Thomas Lukaszuk, Edmonton-Castle Downs: Deputy Premier, Chair of Operations Policy Committee.Doug Horner, Spruce Grove-St. Albert: President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance.David Hancock, Edmonton-Whitemud: Minister of Human Services, Government House Leader.Cal Dallas, Red Deer-South: Minister of International & Intergovernmental Relations.Diana McQueen, Drayton Valley-Devon: Minister of Environment & Sustainable Resource Development.Fred Horne, Edmonton-Rutherford: Minister of Health.Ken Hughes, Calgary-West: Minister of Energy.Jeff Johnson, Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater: Minister of Education.Verlyn Olson, Wetaskiwin-Camrose: Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development.Jonathan Denis, Calgary-Acadia: Minister of Justice & Solicitor General, Deputy House Leader.Doug Griffiths, Battle River-Wainwright: Minister of Municipal Affairs.Robin Campbell, West Yellowhead: Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Deputy House Leader.Heather Klimchuk, Edmonton-Glenora: Minister of Culture.Manmeet Bhullar, Calgary-Greenway: Minister of Service Alberta.Wayne Drysdale, Grande Prairie-Wapiti: Minister of Infrastructure.Stephen Khan, St. Albert: Minister of Enterprise & Advanced Education.Ric McIver, Calgary-Hays: Minister of Transportation, Deputy House LeaderChristine Cusanelli, Calgary-Currie: Minister of Tourism, Parks & Recreation. A list of Alberta cabinet members; Hughes to Energy, Horner picks up Finance by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2012 3:42 pm MDT read more

NHS faces unpalatable decisions about levels of care warns hospitals trade body

first_imgHospitals will have to make “unpalatable” decisions about care levels and jobs unless the NHS gets an increase in funding, the head of one of the service’s largest trade bodies has warned.NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said the health service is “increasingly failing to do the job it wants to do, and the public needs it to do, through no fault of its own”.He warned that senior hospital trust managers face a “stark choice” between investing the money needed or “watching the NHS slowly deteriorate”.He called for “an open, honest, realistic, national debate on what gives” if no more money is made available to health trusts in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23. Mr Hopson’s intervention comes the day before senior NHS England directors face the Commons health select committee.Professor Keith Willett, director for acute care, and Pauline Philip, urgent and emergency care director, will join health minister Philip Dunne in being grilled by MPs.It also sits against a background of junior doctors planning week-long walkouts in October, November and December in protest over a new contract. Mr Hopson, whose organisation is the trade association for acute hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services in the NHS, suggested that if there is no more money available it could lead to rationing of care, shutting down some services, formally relaxing performance targets, increasing charges, and “more explicitly controlling the size of the NHS workforce”.He added: “These are all approaches adopted by other public services such as prisons, local government and the police when faced with similar funding challenges over the past decade – though they would clearly provoke public unease and ministerial anxiety if applied to the NHS.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know the NHS is under pressure because of our ageing population, but we rightly expect the service to continue to ensure that patients get treated quickly.” We face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorateChris Hopson, NHS Providerscenter_img He told The Observer: “Thanks to the dedication of staff, NHS performance rarely goes off the edge of a cliff. As the 1990s showed, instead we get a long, slow decline that is only fully visible in retrospect.”It’s therefore difficult to isolate a single point in that downward trajectory to sound a warning bell.”But NHS trust bosses are now ringing that bell – we face a stark choice of investing the resources required to keep up with demand or watching the NHS slowly deteriorate.”Trusts will, of course, do all they can to deliver efficiency savings and productivity improvements. But they are now saying it is impossible to provide the right quality of service and meet performance targets on the funding available.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Google News une nouvelle fois condamné en Belgique

first_imgGoogle News une nouvelle fois condamné en BelgiqueCondamné une première fois en 2007, Google News a une nouvelle fois perdu son procès contre les éditeurs de presse belges représentés par la société de gestion des droits d’auteurs Copiepresse. Accusé de publier des contenus sans l’autorisation de leurs auteurs, le portail d’actualités de Google a été débouté par la cour d’Appel de Bruxelles.En 2007, Google News avait été condamné en première instance pour avoir publié des articles issus de journaux belges, tels que Le Soir, L’Echo, ou La Libre Belgique, sans autorisation. Après avoir cessé de diffuser les contenus des journaux membres de la société Copiepress, et décidé de ne plus référencer du tout certains titres belges, Google a fait appel de ce jugement. Mais le groupe a une nouvelle fois été condamné le 6 mai dernier, rapporte le site ZDnet.Si le géant de la recherche sur Internet assure que son référencement est tout à fait légal, le tribunal a tranché en faveur des plaignants. Une décision que Google affirme être en train d’étudier afin de “définir les mesures éventuelles à prendre”. Comme le soutient le porte-parole Al Verney, “le référencement avec des titres brefs et des liens directs vers les sources est non seulement légal, mais encourage aussi les utilisateurs à lire les journaux en ligne”. Alors que la firme envisage un pourvoi en cassation, CopiePress dit espérer que le géant de Moutain View “aura l’intelligence de rechercher une solution équitable pour mettre fin à cette situation”.Le 9 mai 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Videos after NXT Ciampa attacks Gargano Cole vs Lorcan Tag Team Match

first_img Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Twitter Tom Keene Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE posted the following videos after last night’s WWE NXT on the WWE Network.Adam Cole vs. Oney LorcanHeavy Machinery vs. Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick MossKona Reeves returns to NXT next week Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 50.25%0:05Remaining Time -2:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economylast_img read more

Suncity Group grows staff numbers by 235 in 2018

first_imgSuncity also revealed that MGM Suncity VIP Club recently became the ninth Suncity VIP Club in Macau to be crowned with SGS Qualicert Service Certification. The group currently operates VIP Clubs in Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Incheon, Phnom Penh and Danang.Suncity had announced over the weekend a series of key moves in 2019, highlighted by the acquisition of an unspecified stake in Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd – operator of Tigre de Cristal Resort & Casino in Russia.It will also launch a new app, Sun Travel App, as part of the group’s plan to become an “all-round service platform integrating tourism, entertainment and gaming.” RelatedPosts Macau junket operator Suncity Group saw its total number of employees increase 23.5% in 2018 to 4,574, located in seven regions around the globe, the company revealed on Tuesday.Details of the group’s rapid growth were outlined in a press release about Suncity’s 12th annual staff party, “Sun Superstars”, which saw around 2,200 team members gather at the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel on Monday. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load Morelast_img read more

Environmental Study Assesses Impacts of HorseThemed Development at Ft Ord

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A proposed mixed-use development of 711 acres at the former Fort Ord centered around horse racing presents a variety of challenges, including water availability, the destruction of coastal habitat and other environmental impacts, according to a newly released 2,140-page environmental impact report.To go forward, the city of Seaside, Calif., would need to decide the benefits of the Monterey Downs project outweigh its “significant unavoidable impacts,” according to the report required under California law. The city is processing the project’s application.The project calls for a thoroughbred racetrack and training facility, 6,500-seat arena, nonprofit Monterey Horse Park, a master-planned, mixed-use village with 1,280 housing units, a “Country Walk” commercial center, swim and tennis center, hotels, office space, and open space and habitat preservation areas, reported the Monterey Herald.The availability of water likely would challenge only the last three phases of the project. There are adequate water allocations for the first three phases, allowing those to go ahead — a veterans cemetery, horse park and 473 homes in the first phase; 124 homes in the second phase; and 100,000 square feet of commercial, a 200-room hotel and 5,000 square feet of recreational uses in the third phase.Until more water is secured, the subsequent three phases would remain on hold, covering the race track and arena, half of the residential development and about three-quarters of the commercial development, according to the story. Those phases could go ahead if Seaside were to reallocate water from other projects or if the local water service provider succeeds in recycling additional water or if a seawater desalination project comes to fruition.Many of the hundreds of comments to the draft version of the report came from individuals supporting Monterey Downs.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Dec 9 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Gov rolls out budget overhaul, including income tax, PFD reductionRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageWednesday morning Gov. Bill Walker released his plan for dealing with the state’s mammoth budget deficit. It includes Alaska’s first income tax since 1980, and a complete overhaul of how the state uses the permanent fund — effectively cutting PFD checks in half next year.Income tax? Smaller PFD? How Alaskans feelAPRN StaffSo what do Alaskan’s think about the budget proposal? We sent reporters out around the state to check on two of the biggest potential changes — a state income tax and a smaller PFD.Education reform changes only part of No Child Left BehindLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe Senate today passed an education bill, and the president is expected to sign it on Thursday. Both Alaska senators voted for it, as did Congressman Don Young in the House.EPA: Failure to report Wainwright munitions dump was oversightRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksFort Wainwright has settled alleged violations of its hazardous waste permit for $60,000. The Environmental Protection Agency says the Army failed to report an abandoned ammunition dump.VPO accused of raping teen previously celebrated at AFNEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeA substitute village police officer from the dry village of Selawik is in jail in Nome awaiting trial.Anchorage Centennial gets audit for ‘financial mismanagement’Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly is requesting an official audit after a review surfaced alleging financial mismanagement in the city’s Centennial Celebration.Settlement reached over Seward coal facility disputeEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Alaska Railroad and Aurora Energy have agreed to an out of court settlement in a dispute involving a Clean Water Act permit.Galena elder Sidney Huntington dies at 100Tim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaSidney C. Huntington passed away on Tuesday in Galena.  He was 100 years old.Sidney Huntington remembered for hard work, passionTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaSidney Huntington leaves behind not only a long list of accomplishments, but an entire philosophy of life.last_img read more

Letting go slowly Govt to divest up to 25 stake in 4

first_imgFile photo of Indian Navy’s Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari being escorted by tugboats as it arrives at Mazagon Docks Ltd, a naval vessel ship building yard, in Mumbai, India, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/FilesIn a major boost to the Narendra Modi administration’s disinvestment drive to sell equity stakes in profitable PSUs to raise funds, the government is considering selling up to 25 percent of its equity stakes in four state-run defence companies under the control of the department of defence through IPOs (initial public offerings) for sale of shares, the Financial Express reported on Friday.The government is looking to sell stakes in Mazagon Dock Ltd, Bharat Dynamics Ltd, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd. It has invited proposals for the IPO by 3 pm on August 18, the daily reported.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been divesting strategic stake in several public and private companies to meet its ambitious Rs 72,500 crore ($11.38 billion) divestment target during the year to March 2018.The government raised Rs 46,247 crore through disinvestment In the last financial year 2016-17, the highest ever amount earned by sale of equity stake in PSUs, though falling short of the original target, as was expected.In this financial year, the government has sold equity stakes in Hindustan Copper through a recently concluded OFS (offer for sale), Cochin Shipyard, HUDCO, L&T (held through SUUTI) and Dredging Corporation, among others.An intensifying processIn fiscal 2018, the government plans to sell 10 percent equity stake each in three major state-run railway companies IRCTC, Ircon and IRFC via IPOs. The Union Cabinet has also approved listing of five state-run general insurance companies, which is likely to begin only in the next financial year with the first listing possible by September-October. The government is also reportedly looking at selling 10 percent equity stake each in capital goods major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and energy company Oil India Ltd.Financial portal Moneycontrol.com said on Friday that the government is gradually selling its stake in companies held through SUUTI (Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India) in the open market. The government has mulled selling SUUTI’s equity holdings several times, and is also reportedly considering including SUUTI stakes in its proposed next CPSE ETF – the exchange-traded fund of public sector enterprises – which it plans to launch in the current financial year 2017-18, Moneycontrol said.In June, the government sold 2.5 percent equity stake in engineering major Larsen & Toubro held through its investment arm SUUTI for more than Rs 4,000 crore. In February, SUUTI sold 2 percent from its 11.7 percent equity stake held in tobacco major ITC Ltd in a block deal for reportedly Rs 6,700 crore. State-run insurer AMC Life Insurance Corp of India was the buyer in the deal.Previously, in 2014, SUUTI sold 9 percent equity stake in Axis Bank, raising Rs 5,500 crore in the process.last_img read more

Building block of thermal computer operates at 600 K

first_img Sidy Ndao and Mahmoud Elzouka, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering, developed this thermal diode that may allow computers to use heat as an alternate energy source. Credit: Karl Vogel /University of Nebraska-Lincoln Engineering Illustration and scanning electron micrographs of the NanoThermoMechanical rectifier. Credit: Elzouka and Ndao. Published in Nature Scientific Reports. The entire device consists of 24 pairs of moving and fixed terminals, along with two thin-film platinum microheaters that independently control and measure the temperatures of each pair of terminals. When the fixed terminal is hotter than the moving terminal, the gap is large, resulting in a low heat transfer rate. When the moving terminal becomes hotter than the fixed terminal, the moving terminal moves closer to the fixed terminal and the gap decreases, leading to a higher heat transfer rate. At this scale, the heat transfer physically occurs due to a process called near-field thermal radiation, which results mainly from the tunneling of evanescent surface waves between two closely spaced surfaces. This demonstration is the first time that near-field thermal radiation has been used to operate a thermal diode at high temperatures. Doing this has been difficult due to the technical challenges in controlling the nanoscale gap.Tests showed that the thermal diode can operate at temperatures of up to 600 K, and the researchers expect that higher temperatures with improved performance are possible through design optimization. Another benefit of the method is that the thermal diode can be easily implemented, as it does not require exotic materials but instead uses standard techniques already known to the semiconductor industry. Explore further Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org)—Researchers have built the hottest thermal diode to date, which operates at temperatures of more than 600 K (326 °C). Thermal diodes may serve as the building blocks of future thermal computers, which could run at temperatures at which today’s electronic computers would quickly overheat and stop working. The researchers, Assistant Professor Sidy Ndao and graduate student Mahmoud Elzouka at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, have published a paper on the NanoThermoMechanical diode in a recent issue of Nature’s Scientific Reports.”We have demonstrated the building block of what could be the thermal computer of the future, and it works at very high temperatures,” Ndao told Phys.org. “For someone who also actively works in electronics cooling, it makes you wonder ‘What if we stopped cooling electronics all together?'”Unlike electronics, NanoThermoMechanical memory and logic devices use heat instead of electricity to record and process data; hence they can operate in harsh environments where electronics typically fail. A few examples include the exploration of planet Venus with average temperature over 400 °C, and deep-Earth drilling for petroleum and geothermal energies. Also equally important is the opportunity that this technology presents for waste heat recovery with the development of thermal batteries.”The function of a thermal diode is to allow heat to flow primarily in one direction but not the other, similar to how an electronic diode allows electric current to flow primarily in one direction. This ability to control the direction of flow enables diodes to produce two distinct levels of a signal, forming the basis for the “0” and “1” binary logic levels.The new thermal diode achieves two distinct levels of heat flow by controlling the distance between two surfaces: a moving terminal and a stationary terminal. The researchers showed that changing the relative temperatures of the two terminals changes the gap size between them, which changes the amount of heat transfer, which in turn depends on the direction of heat flow. Thermal memory thrives at extremely high temperatures More information: Mahmoud Elzouka and Sidy Ndao. “High Temperature Near-Field NanoThermoMechanical Rectification.” Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep44901 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. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Building block of thermal computer operates at 600 K (2017, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-block-thermal.html This is the first time that the relation among these four factors—temperature, separation gap, heat transfer rate, and heat flow direction—has been exploited for use in a thermal diode. last_img read more

Key Radiology Technology Updates to Prepare for RSNA 2017

first_imgFeature | RSNA 2017 | November 20, 2017 | Dave Fornell Key Radiology Technology Updates to Prepare for RSNA 2017 Links to all the key articles in ITN from each technology area covered at RSNA 2017 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):VIDEO: RSNA Technology Report – MRIMRI Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Enhanced Clinical Performance With MRI AdvancesVIDEO: MRI Gadolinium Contrast Retention in the BrainSoftware Advances in MRI TechnologyVIDEO: Neuroimaging Advances at RSNA 2016FDA: No Harm in MRI Gadolinium Retention in the Brain News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Artificial Intelligence in Radiology:How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical ImagingVIDEO: Machine Learning and the Future of Radiology – Eliot Siegel, M.D.Artificial intelligence Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Expanding Role for Artificial Intelligence in Medical ImagingVIDEO: Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging DiagnosticsVIDEO: Development of Artificial Intelligence to Aid Radiology – Mark Michalski, M.D.ACR Data Science Institute Structures Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Radiology Care Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Digital Radiography (DR) X-Ray:VIDEO: Technology Report – Digital Radiography SystemsDigital Radiography Facing Major Change in 2017Digital Radiography (DR) Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Transitioning to Digital RadiographyMobile DR Keeping Pace With HealthcareVIDEO: Agfa HealthCare Previews the DR800 Digital Radiography System – sponsored contentVIDEO: Fujifilm Presents Latest Innovations in Digital Radiography at RSNA 2016  – sponsored contentVIDEO: Mobile X-ray With the DRX-Revolution – sponsored content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 3-D Printing:The Future of 3-D Printing in Medicine3-D printing Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Applications in for 3-D Printing and Computer Aided Design in Cardiology – Dee Dee Wang, M.D.The Use of 3-D Printing in Cardiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Here is an aggregation of ITN content for all major radiology technology areas this past year. These topics will be discussed in sessions at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in Chicago, Nov. 26 – Dec. 1.  Radiology Business:Two Key Issues Keeping Radiologists Up at Night in 2017Opportunities for Growth in a Competitive Radiology ClimateVIDEO: Critical Issues in Radiology Administration – Angelic McDonald, MSRS, CRA, FAHRAVIDEO: The Consolidation Trend in Radiology BusinessVIDEO: Data-Driven Decision-Making for Radiology Management – Kent Hutson, M.D.VIDEO: Role of Medical Imaging in Value-Based CareCMS to Cancel Mandatory Cardiac Bundled Payments and Joint Replacement Payment ModelRSNA 2016 Predicts the Future of Value Imaging Radiology Information Technology:VIDEO: Technology Report – Enterprise Imaging 2016PACS Replacement and Optimization Strategies11 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a New PACSVIDEO: The Future of Imaging Informatics – Paul Nagy, Ph.D., FSIIMBuilding A Cybersecurity Team in RadiologyVIDEO: The Role of Analytics in Value-Based Healthcare – Woojin Kim, M.D.VIDEO: How to Build An Enterprise Imaging System – Louis LannumPACS Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Remote Viewing Systems Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Enterprise Imaging Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Enterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging MarketVIDEO: Clinical Decision Support Requirements for Cardiac Imaging – Rami Doukky, M.D.VIDEO: What to Look for in PACS Workflow EfficiencyVIDEO: Defining Enterprise Imaging — The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup – James Whitfill, M.D., and Christopher Roth, M.D.Technology Features of Remote Viewing Systems for RadiologyVIDEO: Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative Technology at HIMSS 2017VIDEO: Philips PerformanceBridge Practice: At-a-glance Insights Across Your Imaging Equipment – sponsored contentVIDEO: Agfa Strategies to Achieve the Enterprise Imaging Health Record – sponsored contentVIDEO: A Perspective on Enterprise Imaging Accessibility and Intelligence – sponsored contentVIDEO: Konica Minolta Discusses Exa Enterprise Imaging Solution at SIIM 2017 – sponsored contentVIDEO: Mach7 Enterprise Imaging and Workflow Solutions – sponsored contentVIDEO: TeraMedica Presents Enterprise Imaging Strategies at RSNA 2016 – sponsored contentVIDEO: Philips IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition – sponsored contentVIDEO: NTT Data Services Transitions Clinical Imaging into Clinical Intelligence – sponsored contentVIDEO: Conserus Workflow Intelligence From McKesson Helps Improve Quality and Efficiency – sponsored contentVIDEO: Sectra Enterprise Image Management Solutions  – sponsored content Ultrasound:Advances in Ultrasound SystemsVIDEO: Trends in Ultrasound at RSNA 2016Ultrasound Imaging Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Resona 7 Premium Ultrasound System – sponsored content Angiography and Mobile C-arm Systems:Trends in Interventional Lab Imaging SystemsAdvances in Cardiac Imaging at RSNA 2016Mobile C-arms Going DigitalAngiography Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Interventional X-ray AdvancementsVIDEO: Demonstration of Shimadzu’s Trinias Interventional X-ray System – sponsoredVIDEO: GE Presents its Latest in Interventional Image Guidance – sponsoredcenter_img Flat Panel Displays:Technological Advancements in Flat Panel DisplaysFlat Panel Displays Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017VIDEO: Eizo Celebrates 45 Years of Expertise – sponsored content What Vendors Plan to Display at RSNA 2017 – Use dropdown menu to search by modalityVIDEO: Key Trends, New Technology at RSNA 2016VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Technologies at RSNA 2016 Women’s Health:Breast Density Reporting Advances on National and State LevelsThe Evolution of Breast Imaging TechnologyVIDEO: Cleveland Clinic Roundtable Discussion on Stereotactic Breast ImagingVIDEO: Personalized Breast Screening and Breast Density – Nancy Cappello, Ph.D.,Women’s Health Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017The Advancement of ABUS TechnologyEstablishing Breast Imaging Technology StandardsVIDEO: Implementing Advanced Breast Imaging TechnologyVIDEO: Innovative Breast Cancer Screening for Women With Dense Breast Tissue – GE Healthcare – sponsored content Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Contrast Media:Recent Trends and Developments in Contrast Media Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Computed Tomography:VIDEO: RSNA Technology Report – Computed TomographyWhat to Consider When Buying a New CT ScannerComputed Tomography (CT) Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Expanding Applications for Computed TomographyVIDEO: Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative New Cardiac CT Technology at SCCT 2017The Future of CT Colonography ScreeningVIDEO: Latest Trials on Cardiac CT Compared to Functional Testing – Matthew Budoff, M.D.,VIDEO: Role of Cardiac CT in Value-based Medicine – Leslee Shaw, Ph.D.,VIDEO: What to Consider When Comparing 64-slice to Higher Slice CT Systems – Claudio Smuclovisky, M.D., The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Nuclear Imaging:Advances in Molecular ImagingVIDEO: PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology – Prem Soman, M.D.,Nuclear Imaging Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017The Past, Present and Future of PET/MRI ScannersPrecision PET Imaging to Advance Personalized Cancer ManagementVIDEO: Implementing CZT SPECT Cardiac Protocols to Reduce Radiation Dose – Randy Thompson, M.D. Radiation Dose Monitoring:Utilization of Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical ImagingVIDEO: Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical ImagingThe Basics of Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical ImagingRadiation Dose Management Products Being Displayed at RSNA 2017Rising XR-29 Penalties Spur CT Dose Management InnovationEssentials of Pediatric Imaginglast_img read more

Pierre Audis journey from Lebanon to AixenProve

first_imgPierre Audi’s journey from Lebanon to Aix-en-Provence This 2015 photo released by the Dutch National Opera shows opera director and arts programmer Pierre Audi, who is wrapping up a 30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera to take charge of the month-long Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected summer music festivals. (Sarah Wong/Dutch National Opera via AP) Aix marks the spot where Pierre Audi is planting his next flag in a lifelong crusade for innovation and diversity in the performing arts, passions that trace back to his boyhood in Lebanon.The celebrated opera director and arts programmer, wrapping up a 30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera, is taking charge of the monthlong Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected summer music festivals.What’s more, he’s also keeping his job as artistic director of New York’s Park Avenue Armory and also undertaking some high-profile directing assignments, starting with Wagner’s “Parsifal” to open this year’s Munich Opera Festival.Some might think this demanding schedule would pull him in conflicting directions, but Audi doesn’t see it that way.“I know my journey must sound bizarre to people. They think I’m either a lunatic or a charlatan,” Audi said in an interview at his third-floor office in the Armory recently. “But for me, I don’t regard it as many things. It’s all one stream.”That “stream” is a dedication to the performing arts, with an emphasis on risk-taking and combining diverse forms and cultural influences to attract new audiences.He began doing that in 1980 when — fresh from studying history at Oxford — he founded the Almeida Theatre in London in a decaying Victorian-era library and lecture hall. Audi staged festivals of avant-garde plays and music, transforming the space into one of the city’s most respected venues — and in the process helping turn the rundown Islington neighbourhood into one of London’s priciest.“The only mistake I made was I never bought a flat near the theatre, which I now regret,” Audi said.The idea of working in an unconventional space came naturally to Audi because growing up in Lebanon, where he lived until his family moved to Paris and then London, “there was no theatre, no place to do anything.“So I saw a lot of things in Roman ruins, open-air antiquities,” he said. “They framed the performance, they were the decor. So for me that is sufficient. If you have a slice of history the audience can dream in that framework.”That’s one reason he took the job at the Armory, where the 55,000-square-foot drill hall can be reconfigured to fit just about any presentation. “Again, it’s a salvage space,” he said, “which in its nakedness can frame a play, a dance, an opera, a concert without additions but by managing the space.”The “Parsifal” production, starring tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and soprano Nina Stemme as Kundry, will be in a more conventional venue at the National Theater, home of the Bavarian State Opera. This marks the second time Audi has directed Wagner’s last work, and he came to the project in a roundabout way.The company’s intendant, Nikolaus Bachler, had commissioned artist Georg Baselitz to design the sets, “and it was almost impossible to find a director willing to take on someone else’s idea,” Audi said. He agreed because of his friendship with Baselitz.“I don’t need to do ‘my’ ‘Parsifal.’ I need to serve Georg’s vision,” he said. He declined to discuss in detail what that vision is other than to say it’s “quite a minimalistic production with abstract sets. He wants it to be very mysterious … but exactly how it will be articulated in terms of light and action is something we will find out at the end of June,” when it opens.Audi’s first “Parsifal” offered a bleak ending, but he won’t be repeating himself. “I think in this version I won’t make the chorus die,” he said with a smile.He’ll also direct an opera by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag based on Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” for Milan’s La Scala in November. And he’ll return to his old company in Amsterdam for a production in June 2019 of parts of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seven-opera cycle “Licht.” That staging, spread over three evenings, will take place not in the opera house but in a circular industrial building.Audi said he has no plans to direct operas at Aix, but he will be “commissioning a lot of new works, fostering new talent and transmitting a love of the arts to a new generation,” things his predecessor, Bernard Foccroulle, has made a priority during his 20 years in charge. Foccroulle remains in place through the 2018 season, and Audi will announce plans for the future on July 6.One project especially dear to his heart is the festival’s Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, which brings together promising musicians from countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, including his native Lebanon.“We can’t just sit back and continue to make Western opera as if the rest of the society hasn’t moved,” he said. “A lot of these countries need to express sometimes very painful messages. Music and poetry can be a powerful vehicle.”Audi, 60, will continue to make his home in Amsterdam, where his two young children are in school. But he said he decided to accept the Aix assignment because “I’ve always been fascinated by festivals,” where “there is no routine, instead there are surprises.”“The great thing about Aix is that it’s a risk-taking festival,” he said, “and there is no such thing as a festival without risks.”center_img by Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 5:23 am PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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