GC Foster principal takes a dive at swimming pool project

first_imgThe state of the swimming pool at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has been a sore point for decades. Current principal of the institution, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, said it will cost $91 million to repair the facility, which has never been used since it was built in 1980. In late 2014, Minister of Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had announced that Government would be donating the funds to repair the pool via the Sports Development Foundation. However, Graham-Royal told The Gleaner yesterday that she had since learned that the funds, which had been earmarked for the pool work, had been spent on refurbishing the synthetic track at the institution, which was reopened last October. The track cost $171 million to repair. Graham-Royal said because of the clay soil at the Spanish Town-based sporting college, repairing the track had cost much more than the projected figure. Successive principals over the last few years have threshed around with the idea and as recently as 2008, the estimate to repair the Olympic-sized swimming and diving pools was at $50 million. GETTING THE MONEY Graham-Royal, who became principal of the institution in 2014, said fixing the pool will be her next ‘big’ project and said she does not intend to begin the project until she is sure she has all the money to complete it as she does not want to start and not be able to finish. “(I need) at least three quarters of it because it wouldn’t make sense; it means work would have stopped,” she told The Gleaner. Students of the school, who train to be teachers of physical education, must now use a tiny pool in Old Harbour for swimming lessons. “So I have to pay more than $10,000 monthly for them to learn to swim. You’re not a complete PE teacher until you’re able to swim,” Graham-Royal, herself a graduate of the G.C. Foster College, who later studied abroad, said. “When I went to the University of Mainz in Germany to study, I could not graduate until I learned to swim,” she added. Meanwhile, Graham-Royal also noted that the institution as also losing money as there were some interested parties who would have used the facility had it been operational. “Just this morning some students from a university in Canada called. They had a contingent of 50 and wanted to come for the summer,” she said. “So we are missing all of that. We really do need some private sector injection. We can’t do it otherwise,” she concluded.last_img read more

Initial findings from necropsies suggest blunt trauma for two whales found dead

first_imgNORWAY, P.E.I. – Marine mammal experts have released their initial findings after hauling three of the six North Atlantic right whales found dead in Canada’s eastern waters to the shore for post-mortem examinations.The Marine Animal Response Society says preliminary observations suggest that two of the endangered animals suffered blunt trauma, but it’s too early to rule out other underlying problems.The group says a third whale suffered from “chronic entanglement,” and all of the carcasses were in an advanced state of decomposition.It says experts will continue analyzing the results and are set to release a final report within the next two months.The society says more than 40 people were involved in the animal autopsies conducted in Norway, a tiny hamlet near P.E.I.’s northwestern tip.It says the “unprecedented die-off” of six North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last month represents about one per cent of the estimated 525 endangered animals now in existence.last_img read more

Hugh Jackman Attends Fashion For Haiti Event

first_imgDonna Karan, together with the CFDA and eBay, celebrated the launch of “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” on Thursday, April 11th with a celebratory cocktail reception at Urban Zen.Hugh Jackman, Donna Karan, Deborra-Lee Furniss, Steven KolbCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanDesigners and industry influencers gathered to support the project which will benefit the Haitian Artisan Project – a special project from Donna Karan’s Urban Zen organization. Among those who attended were Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness, Kenneth Cole, Vera Wang, Rachel Roy, Charlotte Ronson, Nicole Miller, Mara Hoffman, Monica Botkier, Pamela Love, Olivier Theyskens and Anna Corinna Sellinger.Hugh Jackman at Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts Launch EventCredit/Copyright: Billy Farrell, via FTP EdelmanThe “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts” collection will be auctioned off exclusively on eBay, eBay.com/fashionforhaiti, beginning on Monday, April 22 at 11AM ET / 8AM PT through May 2. During this time, you can bid on the designer-embellished hearts ornaments, with 100% of proceeds from the auction benefitting Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs, vocational education, and highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans. eBay has a legacy of partnering with designers and celebrities to raise funds for charitable causes and celebrating original design is an important part of that vision. With “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” eBay will provide its global platform to raise awareness and financial support for this important cause.The world’s largest marketplace and leading platform for charitable giving eBay has partnered with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and the CFDA (Council for American Fashion Designers) for “Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts,” a collective partnership that brings together more than 150 CFDA designers, including Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Olivier Theyskens and more in an effort to raise social consciousness and funds for the Haitian Artisan Project.last_img read more

MONTREAL STUDIO AUDIO Z LAUNCHES MICROWAVESTUDIO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With production budgets getting smaller and smaller, and content creators having to develop multiple skills such as video and audio, micowave.studio offers on array of recipes developed over the years, and tested on thousands of advertising projects. “Technology has only recently allowed us to bring this project to fruition” says Martin Rouillard, who runs research, development and innovation at Audio Z.YouTubers, podcasters, video editors and multimedia studios, will now have the possibility to offer a better audio experience, without having to go through the painstakingly complex process of putting a professional audio mix together. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On May 23rd 2018, Montreal studio Audio Z launches it’s latest service: microwave.studio (https://microwave.studio/) ; an innovative intelligent audio mixing platform, created specifically with digital content creators in mind. Just like the microwave in our kitchens never replaced a high-end restaurant or a master chef’s talent and skills, microwave.studio doesn’t replace professional sound recording studios. “But for projects like a 3 hour podcast, a quick radio ad or an audiobook, microwave.studio can be a great solution”, stated Serge Laforest, Audio Z’s founder and président.Audio Z – Located on the 26th floor of the Stock Exchange tower, Audio Z has made a name for itself as a key player among Montreal’s audio post-production studios. Aside from 8 fully-equipped studios, music composition and mixing services, Microwave.studio is the third online service created by Audio Z, the two others being Webcargo.net and MSTR.TV.last_img read more

Ooyala is opening an office in Chennai expanding

first_imgOoyala is opening an office in Chennai, expanding its presence in India in a bid to “fuel innovation” and “expand global reach”.The Telstra-owned video publishing, analytics and monetisation firm said that it plans to hire people for the new office in roles spanning engineering, product development, operations, IT, professional services and technical support.Ooyala said the new Chennai office will help it to expand its global presence, providing “another local team for its burgeoning Asia-Pacific customer base”.Customers in this region include Viacom18’s OTT service Voot, Singapore’s Mediacorp, Media Prima in Malaysia and Australia’s National Basketball League and National Rugby League.last_img read more

Harmonics NSG Exo The timing and nature of the ro

first_imgHarmonic’s NSG ExoThe timing and nature of the rollout of sophisticated CMTS-type equipment at the edge of cable and other fixed networks has emerged as one of the key talking points of this year’s ANGA COM expo in Cologne, as vendors adopt various positions in preparation for the adoption of next-generation broadband technologies by MSOs.Harmonic used the show to launch it NSG Exo distributed CCAP device, which the technology vendor claims will set it apart from rival providers in the space as it combines remote PHY and MAC layers – respectively the layer of a system that handles the physical transmission of data, and the media access controller that handles its generation – in a single device that sits at the edge of the network.David Whitehead, director of pre-sales and technical services at Harmonic, described the NSG Exo as “a small form-factor CMTS…for multiple dwelling units (MDUs) that have existing in-building coax”.“It’s a very simple way of doing doing data and voice over that infrastructure,” he said.Whitehead said Harmonic’s product primarily targets telcos looking to deliver services to the MDU market, while cable operators “do not typically address those MDUs very well or they already have a solution”, he said.The technology is designed to enable service providers, including telcos, to rollout DOCSIS-based data services to the MDU market with a device that sits at the end of their fibre plant, typically in the basement of the apartment building, and enables the provider to deliver services to individual homes via existing in-building coax. According to Harmonic it could also be suitable for cable operators that have yet to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 services and have not yet invested in DOCSIS 3.0 headends.“Today it’s for voice and data although we have built additional capabilities into the box to do IP video – that is on the roadmap of future functionality,” said Whitehead. The indoor version of the product will be commercially available in the third quarter of this year, he said.“The distributed architecture approach to CCAP puts different pieces of the functionality in different places. This is directly in line with our larger CCAP solutions – there is nothing proprietary,” said Whitehead. He contrasted this with solutions that split the MAC and PHY layers, most typically by deploying a remote PHY device and retaining the MAC layer at the headend. “With the MAC at a different location you have to do the [communication between the two] in a proprietary way,” he said.Other technology vendors have deployed remote PHY products ahead of a fully remote CCAP architecture becoming standard.At ANGA COM, technology provider Teleste announced a tie-up with CCAP-compliant CMTS vendor Casa Systems to deploy a remote PHY-based next-generation access system.Hanno Narjus, senior vice-president, video and broadband solutions, Teleste, said that Casa Systems would upgrade its CMTS to support a remote PHY architecture while Teleste would provide QAM and OFDM modulators in the optical node at the edge of the network.“We need the protocols in place to ensure that the Casa back office works with our remote PHY solution,” he said.Narjus said he believed the solution would meet CableLabs standards, even though the communication between MAC and PHY layers of a distributed system has yet to be fully standardised. “We are confident a standard will be produced. We believe that we can launch these solutions with the best time to market, and we are working parallel to the standards development,” he said.Large marketNarjus said Teleste and Casa Systems expect to have a proof of concept in place by the end of this year and that he did not not believe there would be deployments of the technology ahead of standards being in place. However, he said Teleste wants to be in a position where it can deliver products to the market quickly once the standard is set.Narjus said that the main difference between distributed CCAP and remote PHY is that with the latter the cable modem control functionality resides in the CMTS.“We don’t take sides on remote PHY versus distributed CCAP. But for major MSOs the likelihood is they will adopt remote PHY because they have got legacy CMTS systems in place, and they want to keep as much as possible in the central office,” he said. “Distributed CCAP is more viable for greenfield operators or telcos that don’t have the legacy CMTS infrastructure. For major MSOs, remote PHY will be the next evolutionary step.”Narjus said that Teleste could support both architectures. “There are different segments and markets and we can serve both telcos and cable segments as well as both established and developing markets,” he said.Narjus believes the potential market for such solutions is very large. He points out that millions of MDUs across Europe have coax inside that is typically used to deliver a communal satellite or terrestrial signal to homes but is not connected to a network. There is also a large potential market in the hospitality sector, he said.Arris, a major CMTS vendor, is also planning to deploy remote PHY products ahead of distributed CCAP. According to Cornel Ciocirlan, chief technology officer, EMEA at Arris, one of the main factors leading operators to take a step-by-step route towards a more distributed architecture is the fact that they have not hitherto deployed such sophisticated equipment out in the field in uncontrolled conditions.“Distributed CCAP makes sense is some specific situations but not for the majority of the operator networks out there. It is a bridge too far right now because they need to be comfortable with putting such a complex device out in the field,” he said.Ciocirlan said that the digitisation of optical transmission enabled by both technologies offers a major incentive to operators to invest in the infrastructure. For major cable operators such as Comcast in the US, the deployment of remote PHY and digitisation of the fibre network allows them to extend the life of their existing network and take advantage of the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard to deliver higher-speed services.last_img read more