PRRD holds special meeting on next steps for Caribou Recovery

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board held a special meeting on Friday, August 23, to hear about the next steps for Caribou Recovery in the Peace Region.Presenting to the Board on the next steps for Caribou Recovery were Community Liaisons Blair Lekstrom and Lorne Brownsey. Also in attendance was Cassie Doyle of Environment and Climate Change Canada.Brownsey says he was appointed by Premier John Horgan to facilitate an engagement process that aims to establish a pathway to conclude the Caribou Recovery agreements and in a manner that reflects the concerns of all community members.- Advertisement -According to Brownsey, they have two goals that focus on the recovery of caribou and ensuring the success of the affected communities, while also maintaining a form of dialogue that will allow community members to have future input on the matter.Doyle says establishing a leadership table and a common knowledge base is important when it comes to Caribou Recovery.“That’s exactly what we were thinking through is a leadership table that would be able to oversee and provide input for the development of the Section 11 and the Partnership Agreements. I think that establishing a common knowledge base is really important to ensure that everything is known, from on the state of the caribou, on the economic analysis, and that is shared and everybody has an opportunity to question the experts that have done that work.”Advertisement Lekstrom says he remains optimistic that they can develop a path forward, adding that it will take everybody at the table to form a resolution on the Caribou Recovery Program.“I remain optimistic that we can find a path forward but it will take, as it was laid out here, everybody at the table to find that resolution.”The full special meeting can be found on the Regional District’s website.last_img read more

The ‘Magic’ of Disney? New Software Automatically Edits Video Footage

first_imgDisney has developed a new software application that can ‘intelligently’ automate the video editing process.You’ve probably heard of the “magic” of Disney. The following method created and developed by the research team at Disney has developed an algorithmic method for video editing that is about as close to magical as you can get.The video editing method was created as a way to edit multiple cameras angles together, without any humans in the post-production process. The method is extremely complicated, but in-short, it’s secret lies in the softwares ability to recognize action in the scene. Using some basic cinematography techniques like cutting on action and not breaking the 180 degree rule, the program makes informed decisions when choosing angles.This isn’t going to replace anyone’s job, at least not yet anyways, but it does show how the rules of cinematography can be used to tell a story.Here’s the explanation video:This video was first shared by the Disney Research Hub.Thanks for sharing guys!We’ll be interested to see how this technology progresses. As of right now it seems like this is just a process designed to help edit videos in a social context, but in the future who knows? We might just see this software make its way into the professional video editing world. Quite frankly, if a robot wants to act as as an assistant and put together rough cuts (that we can go in and tweak), there may be some practical applications for this.What do you think of this new process? Is this technology a good or bad things for pro video editors? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

10 injured as militants trigger IED blast again in Pulwama

first_imgEight Army personnel and two civilians were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) fitted in a vehicle near an Army patrol in the militancy-hit Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said.They said the multi-vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving on the Arihal-Pulwama road when the IED was detonated, injuring the personnel travelling in a bullet-and-mine-proof Casper vehicle.The site of the IED blast is 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Major killedIn another incident, an Army officer and a militant were killed during an encounter in Anantnag.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said Major Ketan Sharma, 32, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, was injured when a search party of the security forces encircled hiding militants and came under “heavy fire” at Badoora village in Anantnag’s Achabal area in the morning.“Sharma was evacuated to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.Two other Army officials, including Major Rahul Verma, suffered injuries in the day-long exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces in Anantnag. “One militant was killed in the ongoing operation. His body was retrieved and his identity and affiliation are being ascertained,” said the police.Referring to the IED blast, Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said it was “a failed attempt” to attack the mobile vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles. “Alertness of the patrol party helped to minimise the damage,” said the spokesman.The police spokesman confirmed that six soldiers were injured in the IED blast, which inflicted severe damage on the Army vehicle.The attack on the Army vehicle comes days after Pakistan intelligence agencies reportedly shared information on the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s plans to carry out a major attack using a vehicle to “avenge” its chief Zakir Musa in Pulwama on May 24.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Maradona wants to keep coaching UAE club Al Wasl

first_imgDiego Maradona has said he would like to continue as coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl team despite the club’s announcement of his dismissal.Maradona, expected to meet with the club’s board of directors, said on Wednesday he was confident that they would be “willing” to keep him and they would “reach a good deal,” reports Xinhua quoting local media.”I would like to say that I have always wished to continue in this marvellous land that has received me so well. I am especially grateful to the sheik (Ahmed bin Rashid) for having welcomed me and given me the opportunity to coach a team from the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona said in a statement.Maradona last year signed a 4.1 million-dollar two-season contract with Al Wasl Football Club and the contract ends in 2013.But after the club ended its 12-team league season in eighth place, with no championship wins, the board, headed by Rashid, announced via Twitter it was letting Maradona go.Maradona said he had already talked with club owners about the key issue of buying talent and improving Al Wasl’s performance on the field.”In the past few days, we have been talking and trying to reach a deal on buying players, a necessary requirement for winning championships that make the club’s fans happy and make sheik Ahmed happy, too,” Maradona said.”Regretfully, the club has announced something I don’t agree with, because my wish was and is to continue coaching Al Wasl and if the club can’t buy players due to a lack of budget, there is always the possibility of talking it over with the board and finding solutions,” Maradona added.advertisementlast_img read more