San Francisco: With a new “Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature”, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time. “Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual product samples that work on a full range of skin tones. Currently in alpha, AR Beauty Try-On is available through FameBit by YouTube, Google’s in-house branded content platform,” Aaron Luber, Head of Branded Experiences, AR and VR, Google wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The company said it tested this experience earlier this year with several beauty brands and found that 30 per cent of viewers activated the AR experience in the YouTube iOS app, spending over 80 seconds on average trying on lipstick virtually. The feature splits the screen horizontally and while the top part shows the YouTube tutorial, the other part uses the front facing camera to let users capture themselves and try on AR filters and virtual makeup samples. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails M·A·C Cosmetics is the first brand to partner with FameBit to launch an AR Beauty Try-On campaign. “Using this new format, brands like M·A·C will be able to tap into YouTube’s vibrant creator community, deploy influencer campaigns to YouTube’s 2 billion monthly active users, and measure their results in real time,” Luber said. In addition, Google is also bringing three-dimensional assets to display ads with its first immersive display format called Swirl which is currently only available through Display and Video 360 which is a single, integrated tool that helps creative, data and media teams work together to execute end-to-end campaigns.
TORONTO – The physical and mental health of people living in Grassy Narrows is “significantly worse” than other First Nations since mercury was dumped into a river system near the northern Ontario reserve half a century ago, a new health survey suggests.The community commissioned the survey to examine the fallout of eating fish caught from nearby waterways contaminated by mercury. It found that there are fewer elders in the community, which the report suggests means that people are dying there prematurely.“The results provide clear evidence that the physical and mental health of (Grassy Narrows community) members is poorer than that of other First Nation communities in Canada and Ontario,” said the report. The health and well-being of the community “cannot be understood without taking into account their history of mercury poisoning and its consequences,” it said.It also found that 33 per cent of residents have lost a close friend or family member to suicide, which is five times the rate documented in other Ontario First Nations. Twenty eight per cent had attempted suicide — more than double the rate of other First Nations.“If any of you have ever had a family member or a close friend who has committed suicide, you know the anguish that it creates for each and every one of us,” said Donna Mergler, a mercury expert at Universite du Quebec a Montreal, who conducted the study.Residents over the age of 50 who reported eating more fish as children also had experienced poorer success in school and are two times more likely to have an annual income of less than $20,000, she said.More than 80 per cent of community members took part in the survey, which included a lengthy questionnaire administered to more than 300 adults in Grassy Narrows ranging in age from 18 to 80 between December 2016 and March 2017, Mergler said.Community officials said Mergler’s report is “the most comprehensive assessment of the health of the community to date” and included comparisons to First Nations regional health surveys done in 2008 and 2010.Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle called the results of the survey “a very dark picture.”“But at the same time, our people are doing the best they can to live under the conditions they’re living in,” Turtle said.Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system since a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the river systems in the 1960s. The contamination closed a thriving commercial fishery that devastated Grassy Narrows’ economy.“Because of the discovery of mercury, things have come to a stop and, as a result, our people have suffered health-wise and also in terms of self-esteem,” Turtle said. “When a person doesn’t have a job, it leads to despair and many in our people have turned to alcohol.”The Ontario government has pledged to spend $85 million to remediate the river and the federal government has committed to funding a treatment centre that the community believes will cost about $4.5 million, but a feasibility study needs to be completed to determine the cost.Turtle said the Ontario and federal governments need to do more to help the community, calling on them to implement the study’s recommendations that include increased funding for physical and mental health programs, a long-term care facility on the reserve to address issues of mercury poisoning and programs for food security.The report also said people who reported being diagnosed by a medical professional with mercury poisoning were almost six times more likely to have a neuropsychological disorder, five times more likely to have stomach and intestinal problems, and three times more likely to have blindness or vision problems.“We need more (from the government) because it’s been a devastation of a whole way of life, a whole way of culture that we need to rebuild,” Judy Da Silva, the environmental health co-ordinator for Grassy Narrows.“I don’t want to appear the victim, because we’re not, we’re fighters. We are going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep doing what we have to do to bring justice to our people.”In a statement Thursday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said if her party forms government after the June 7 election, they will implement the recommendations of the report.“Grassy Narrows is one of the clearest examples of how governments of all stripes have failed to treat First Nations with the respect they deserve,” Horwath said.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, May 29———POPE OPEN TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY, PM SAYS: Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools. The Pope — himself no stranger to the cause of social justice, he noted to Trudeau — seemed open to the idea, the prime minister said as he related the broad strokes of their private conversation at the Vatican. “He reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world,” Trudeau said after he arrived back in Rome. Pope Francis also expressed his enthusiasm for working with the prime minister and the Canadian bishops on finding a way forward on the issue of an apology, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — as one of the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark 120-year history and tragic legacy of residential schools.———SCHEER GETS HERO’S WELCOME FROM TORY CAUCUS: New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is basking in a hero’s welcome on Parliament Hill. The Saskatchewan member of Parliament was feted by his fellow MPs and leadership rivals alike as he arrived Monday to address the Tory caucus, fresh off a thrilling final-ballot win in the party’s leadership contest on the weekend. He called the role a great honour, but an even greater responsibility. Scheer touched on all of the same themes he delivered following Saturday night’s win, hailing the efforts of the other 12 candidates who sought the job and singling out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier in particular. Bernier was the presumptive front-runner throughout the race and the leader throughout Saturday night’s nail-biting process of elimination, right up until the last ballot. He did not stop to speak to reporters prior to Monday’s meeting. Scheer did have significant support among other elected MPs going into the campaign, about two dozen by the end of it. Many of the rest had backed fellow MP Erin O’Toole.———NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE PREGNANT: NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton says she is expecting a baby in November. Ashton, a Manitoba MP, is one of six candidates seeking the party’s top job. The leadership race is scheduled to wrap up in October, when rank-and-file members pick a successor to Tom Mulcair. Ashton says she plans to carry on her work, adding she will continue to reach out to party members, activists and progressives across Canada. She says she intends to visit B.C. and the Atlantic provinces in the next two weeks. Ashton’s rivals in the race include Quebec MP Guy Caron, Ontario legislature member Jagmeet Singh, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran and B.C. MP Peter Julian.———SACRED FIRE LIT TO LAUNCH MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY: A sacred fire ceremony in Whitehorse has marked the first family hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. About 30 people gathered in a circle at sunrise for traditional prayers and songs as the fire was lit this morning. It will burn until the hearings conclude in Whitehorse later this week. Forty families are registered to testify before the commissioners in both public and private hearings between Tuesday and Thursday. Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous females by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare. Yukon minister responsible for the women’s directorate, Jeanie Dendys, says 41 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the territory over several decades. Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston says he’s pleased the families of missing and murdered women in the territory finally have a chance to present their stories and share their challenges.———CANADIANS WEIGH IN ON PLANNED ACCESSIBILITY LAW: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed. The priorities were laid out in a report, released by the federal government Monday, summarizing eight months of consultations held with Canadians from coast to coast. It says participants wanted to see laws that would help lower stubbornly high unemployment rates for those with disabilities, reduce the number of buildings inaccessible to those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and remove accessibility barriers for the country’s air, rail, ferry and bus transportation systems. The report also says Canadians have voiced a strong preference for the government to set up an independent body to oversee compliance with the new laws, which are expected to come before the House of Commons in early 2018.———GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FAMINE RELIEF FUND: Aid agencies are urging Canadians to respond generously to the federal government’s matching fund for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East, calling it a response to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. The Liberal government said Monday it would match donations made by Canadians to registered charities to create a famine relief fund for more than 20 million men, women and children who are at risk of starvation. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the fund would support Canadian and international organizations working to provide assistance in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen and neighbouring regions. Bibeau said the government’s window to match donations is from March 17 to June 30. Millions of people in the four affected countries and neighbouring regions are in need of necessities including water, sanitation services, shelter and urgent food assistance, Bibeau added.———JUDGE BANS ABORTION PROTESTS AT NEW BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL: As provinces across Canada move to establish protest-free “buffer zones” around abortion providers, a judge has banned anti-abortion activists from demonstrating outside a hospital in northern New Brunswick. Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Reginald Leger granted a permanent injunction against protesters outside the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. The anti-abortion picketers, affiliated with the 40 Days for Life campaign, put the safety of patients and employees at risk, Leger said in his recent decision. The ruling comes amid efforts across the country to strike a balance between the constitutional right to free expression and ensuring safe access to health-care services without harassment or intimidation. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Monday he plans to introduce legislation that would create safe zones outside abortion clinics in that province, citing reports of harassment at an Ottawa clinic. The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduced a law last November, modelled after British Columbia’s Access to Abortion Services Act, to keep protesters at least 50 metres away from an abortion clinic.———FILINGS SHED LIGHT ON BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE: Boeing says its trade complaint against Bombardier is designed to prevent the Montreal-based rival from using subsidies to build a larger version of the CSeries plane that would directly compete with its own flagship narrowbody 737 aircraft. Last week, Boeing filed a document with the U.S. International Trade Commission that sheds new light on the tit-for-tat dispute between the two aerospace manufacturers. In the 109-page filing, Boeing said Bombardier would be positioned to build a full-fleet of single-aisle planes — repeating a strategy employed by French aerospace company Airbus — if Canadian subsidies to Bombardier are left unaddressed. Bombardier said in a separate filing that Boeing’s effort to shut down its innovative technology from the market is “misguided,” adding that the complaint is tantamount to asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to imagine a hypothetical world in the future.———QUEBEC TABLES BACK-TO-WORK CONSTRUCTION BILL: The Quebec government tabled a bill Monday forcing the province’s striking construction workers back on the job by Wednesday. In response, a coalition of construction unions promised to contest the bill in court, saying the legislation favours construction companies. Thousands of workers gathered in front of Quebec’s legislature earlier Monday to voice their disapproval of the government’s decision to end their strike after five days. The back-to-work bill maintains current working conditions for the province’s 175,000 construction workers and grants them a pay raise of 1.8 per cent. It also opens an immediate five-month mediation period after which the unions and construction companies will be required to enter into arbitration. Members of the legislature are expected to debate the bill late into the night but the Liberal majority in the legislature will ensure it passes. Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien said before tabling her bill that both sides had months to negotiate a new agreement and added that every strike day costs the Quebec economy $45 million.———ONTARIO TAXPAYERS FOOT $120K BILL FOR GIANT DUCK: An Ontario government grant of about $120,000 that is going toward a giant rubber duck for Canada 150 celebrations is ruffling some feathers. The 18.6-metre, 13,600-kilogram yellow duck is being brought to Toronto by the Redpath Waterfront Festival, reportedly at a total cost of $200,000, combining other funding. It’s being billed as a tourist attraction — with particular Instagram and selfie appeal — and will also be taken to other communities in Ontario. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they’re unclear on the giant duck’s connection to Canada’s heritage celebrations and call it a waste of taxpayer money. Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon says the province has been funding the waterfront festival for the past three years and it does a good job promoting tourism. She cautions against focusing too much on the duck, adding she thinks it is much ado about nothing.
MONTREAL – Francois Legault tried to divert attention from his immigration policies Tuesday, as a report from a research institute undercut his campaign rhetoric on newcomers and two new polls placed his Coalition Avenir Quebec in a virtual tie with the Liberals.Following Monday night’s English-language debate in which he was attacked for wanting to expel immigrants who fail to pass a values and French-language test, Legault came out hard against Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard.The Liberals can’t defend their record on education and health care, Legault told reporters on Day 27 of the 39-day campaign. Furthermore, the Coalition leader brought back a thus far under-used weapon against Couillard: corruption allegations.“(Couillard) is trying to run a fear campaign,” Legault said south of Montreal. “He doesn’t want to talk about the investigation into corruption in his party.”Corruption scandals have dogged Couillard’s government since he won the 2014 election, primarily involving alleged misdeeds committed by the previous Liberal government under his predecessor, Jean Charest.Le Journal de Montreal reported in June that investigators with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit had grown frustrated with the length of probes into the Liberals and lamented how arrests of former party fundraisers had been postponed.Immigration-related matters aren’t the only issue voters should be thinking about ahead of the Oct. 1 election, Legault said.“Quebecers need to take everything into account when they go to vote,” he said. “Don’t forget the past 15 years (of Liberal rule).”Couillard, speaking to reporters after delivering a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade, dismissed the allegations he was running on fear.“I’m the one making people afraid?” Couillard asked rhetorically. “I think the people who are afraid are those would be subjected to a (French-language) test and then expulsion.”The Liberal leader reiterated his past comments about the Coalition leader, some of which he used during Monday’s debate.“Legault doesn’t talk about immigrants in a positive light,” Couillard said. “But these people help Quebec.”Earlier on Tuesday, a Montreal-based research institute released a report revealing immigrants are having an easier time finding work and more of them are choosing to remain in the province.The study said the unemployment rate for immigrants between the ages of 25 and 54 has declined dramatically since January, from 8.1 per cent to six per cent in August, and that 84 per cent of newcomers who arrived in Quebec in 2010 were still in the province by 2015.Legault has often stated an older statistic indicating one-quarter of immigrants who arrive to Quebec eventually leave the province.The study also revealed, however, immigrants who have arrived in the province in the past five years and who are between 25 and 54 are having a more difficult time finding work, as their unemployment rate is at a stubborn 14 per cent, compared to 9.3 per cent in Ontario.Also on Tuesday, two polls were released that indicated the Coalition’s support was tending downward.Mainstreet Research released a poll conducted Sept. 14-15 that surveyed 1,665 Quebecers, indicating the Coalition was at 29.1 per cent and the Liberals at 28.6 per cent.The Parti Quebecois came in third at 21.5 per cent and Quebec solidaire had 17.1 per cent in the poll, which had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.A new Leger poll that surveyed 3,017 Quebecers between Sept. 14-17 who participated in the company’s online panel, put the Coalition at 31 per cent and the Liberals at 30 per cent. The PQ finished with 21 per cent and Quebec solidaire at 14 per cent.Tuesday was a difficult day for Legault.He was incapable of naming the only Canadian province that is officially bilingual.After he tried to avoid answering, he told reporters, “I’ll take that (question) into deliberation.”A reporter then told him the correct answer: New Brunswick.Earlier on Tuesday, PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee reiterated his party’s position on immigration, saying only those who already speak French should be admitted into the province.He said it is possible to fill job vacancies across Quebec and at the same time ensure newcomers speak French.There are 270 million people around the world who speak French, he said east of Montreal.“It’s possible to find tens of thousands of those people per year to come here.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story; a previous version said the study was conducted by Quebec’s statistics bureau
APTN National NewsOTTAWA – The road to a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women began Tuesday when the Trudeau government provided some details of the first phase of consultation that includes meeting with local families Friday.That private meeting will happen at a downtown Ottawa hotel as reported by APTN National News Monday.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. “Today’s announcement has been a long time coming,” said Bennett. “Over the last decade many, many voices have been heard asking for a national inquiry … this is a priority for me, my colleagues and the federal government.”The former Conservative government, under Stephen Harper, refused to call an inquiry saying they didn’t need another report. After Harper’s defeat the Conservative opposition surprised many by announcing recently they support an inquiry.“We’re very pleased to have the leader of the Opposition on side now,” said Bennett.Tuesday’s announcement follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise of an inquiry into the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women over the last three decades.The three ministers will hear from families across the country then meet with Aboriginal organizations, leaders and provinces to hear what they want the inquiry to look like.“We are already getting lot’s of advice. We have committed to listening to families first,” said Bennett. Starting with families is a sign of respect said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum.“The families must be comfortable with the inquiry as it unfolds and be able to participate at every step along the way,” said Achneepineskum in a statement. “We acknowledge their grief and know that this will be a difficult and painful process. We are prepared to participle in a process where the families are well supported, the appropriate resources are in place and the right people are at the table.”Following those meetings, Bennett, Wilson-Raybould and Hajdu will sit down and develop the scope of the inquiry that they hope to announce next spring.The second phase is the actual inquiry. “No inquiry can undo what happened, nor can it restore what was lost, but it can help us find a way forward,” said Wilson-Raybould.Families have already told the ministers that they hope the inquiry stops another family from feeling the pain they do.The Trudeau government’s approach to the issue is night and day compared to Harper’s. During his time in office almost 300 Indigenous women were found murdered, died under suspicious circumstances or went missing. Funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada was also slashed year after year, as reported by APTN in September in this story.Canadians can also play a role in the first phase of the inquiry, said Bennett.“There will be an online component to this process. This will include a website that includes background information that can help all Canadians better understand this issue. It will also include an online survey and discussion guide available in the coming weeks,” said Bennett. “The discussion guide will help focus meetings by highlighting important elements and key questions about the inquiry’s design. The online survey echoes three – these questions and will provide access to all concerned Canadians.”Hajdu said Indigenous women represent four percent of the female population and yet 16 per cent of all murdered women in Canada.“Over the years, many studies have attempted to explain these disparities,” she said. “Some have linked this violence to the long-term impacts of racism, sexism, colonialism and the devastating impacts of residential schools on Indigenous men, women and communities.”She said a range of socioeconomic and health challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation, mental health and substance use issues also contribute.“Indigenous women continue to live in poorer socioeconomic conditions than non-Indigenous women, which means that they’re at a heightened risk of experiencing violence,” said Hajdu. “That’s why family members and loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be at the centre of this process. National Aboriginal organizations, provinces and territories and Indigenous women’s organizations, along with representatives from a range of frontline service workers will also be essential voices. We will make sure that they can be heard.”email@example.com@aptnnews
BEIJING — The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada (all times local):11:30 a.m.A former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release a top executive of Huawei won’t work.In a tweet, Roland Paris says, “Perhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law country. There’s no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide.”Paris was responding to reports from Beijing that China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.Le called Meng’s detention “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warned of “grave consequences” if she is not released.___9:40 a.m.China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released.A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had called in Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – Gibson Energy Inc. says the sale of its trucking arm means it has completed all of the non-core asset sales it targeted a year ago as part of a strategy to focus on its Alberta oil storage and handling assets.The Calgary-based company, which helps send one in four barrels of crude exported from Western Canada through its Hardisty terminal in central Alberta, says it will pocket about $100 million from the sale, bringing its divestiture proceeds to about $325 million since early 2018.It says Trimac Transportation has agreed to pay about $70 million for the trucking assets and a Trimac affiliate is to pay $30 million for property in Edmonton containing a field office and shop, with the deals expected to close later this year. Gibson previously announced the sales of its environmental services and wholesale propane businesses for about $225 million.The company reported 2018 net income of $151 million on revenue of $6.8 billion, up from $44 million on $5.7 billion in 2017, as it invested $302 million to build new storage tanks in Edmonton and Hardisty and a pipeline in the U.S.It plans to spend $200 million to $250 million on capital projects this year.
OTTAWA — Swedish fighter-jet maker Saab says it has not decided whether it will participate in the $19-billion competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Saab’s Gripen fighter is the only non-U.S. plane still in possible contention after fellow European firm Airbus Defence and Space pulled its Eurofighter Typhoon from the race last week.Airbus blamed the cost that non-North American companies must bear to ensure their planes meet a specific security requirement, which French firm Dassault had also cited when it withdrew its Rafale fighter from the competition last year.Airbus also took issue with the Canadian government’s decision to ease a policy that required bidders to legally commit to investing in Canada following a U.S. complaint that the policy violated Canada’s agreement as a partner in developing the F-35 stealth fighter.Saab Canada president Simon Carroll tells The Canadian Press his company is very interested in entering the Gripen into the Canadian fighter-jet competition but is still reviewing the security requirement, among others, before making a decision.Boeing’s Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 are the other two fighters beside the Gripen still in contention in the high-stakes competition, which officially kicked off in July.The Canadian Press
Ausenco has been awarded three new Create phase EPCM contracts expanding its reach across Canada and into West Africa. Ausenco’s Process Infrastructure business will deliver these three projects with revenues of A$27 million over the next two years. CEO Zimi Meka said “Each of these contract awards demonstrates the depth of our service offering and geographic reach of our business. Our Process Infrastructure business has achieved standout earnings growth this past year and these latest wins further demonstrate the benefits of our diversification strategy and our global reputation for project delivery to underpin further growth.” Ausenco will deliver on an EPCM basis the Create phase expansion of Cytec Industries’ C$125 million phosphine plant in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The expansion is anticipated to double Cytec’s existing phosphine production capacity. This contract builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement in the expansion project, which includes the provision of Innovate phase pre-feasibility and feasibility studies since early 2011.Ausenco will deliver the Create phase (EPCM) contract for the $75 million upgrade of rail and port infrastructure for TiZir’s Grande Cote Operations, mineral sands project in Senegal, West Africa. The project is expected to be completed in September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’ previous work in delivering the Evaluate phase feasibility and early study assessments for the upgrade.In Canada, Ausenco will deliver the Innovate and Create phase (EPCM) work in providing detailed engineering design and construction management for the expansion and upgrade of a carbon and paste plant at Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminium smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia. This new work is scheduled to be completed by September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’s previous early phase work on the project during 2008.
The snappily titled tome WikiLeaks Documents Expose US Foreign Policy Conspiracies was pulled from Amazon after being offered as a download on the UK version of the site. Despite the deepening controversy around the whistle blowing site, however, Amazon insists that it played no part in the removal of the eBook.“We did not remove the title,” a spokesperson for the site told PCMag, “and are verifying that it was removed from sale by the author.” Amazon apparently opted not to remove Heinz Duthel’s book, since it didn’t actually include any of the classified material presented by WikiLeaks. According to a note on the book’s Amazon page, “This book contains commentary and analysis regarding recent WikiLeaks disclosures, not the original material disclosed via the WikiLeaks Website.”Amazon drew criticism from WikiLeaks supporters earlier this month after booting the site from its servers over concerns that it was hosting illegal information. Operation Payback, the decentralized group behind recent DDoS attacks on MasterCard, Visa, and Paypal sites, recently announced its intentions to target the retailer, but ultimately failed to build up enough support amongst its supporters.
Jarrett LeClaire and his wife, Ilene, were newlyweds trying to start a family when Ilene discovered a small tumor in her right breast.A biopsy led to the 42-year-old’s diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer. The Vancouver couple were dealt a series of blows over the weeks that followed. Misread tests led to a false diagnosis of inoperable Stage 4 cancer and recommendations to begin planning Ilene’s funeral.The LeClaires were relieved to learn the original diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer was correct. Ilene underwent mastectomy surgery in early June 2009 and assumed she would finally be free of the cancer that had shaken her world for months.Two days later, the LeClaires learned Ilene would need another surgery. The surgeon wasn’t able to get negative margins — a certain amount of cancer-free tissue surrounding the tumor — to ensure the cancer was completely gone. The LeClaires also learned that second surgeries, called re-excisions, aren’t uncommon. The re-excision rate for women with early-stage, impalpable (unable to feel) cancer is about 25 percent.“I was mad that it wasn’t over,” Jarrett LeClaire said. “And I was scared there was a possibility this cancer was still in my wife.”
State-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) has announced plans to acquire Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli, as cash-rich Chinese companies press ahead with their overseas-buying spree to diversify operations.As per the plan, a unit of ChemChina will initially pay about €1.8bn (£, $1.9bn) to buy a 26% controlling stake in Pirelli owned by Camfin, which is controlled by the family of Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera.Subsequently, the company would make an offer to buy the remaining shares at about €15 a share. The deal values Pirelli, one of the symbols of Italys manufacturing industry, at around $7.7bn.Beijing-based Chemchina is one of Chinas industrial majors, with notable presence in businesses such as petrochemicals, oil processing, agricultural chemicals, rubber products and chemical equipment.Pursuant to the agreement, the operation and management team of Pirelli will be kept stable, and new business growth strategy will be defined. The transaction is subject to approvals by the competent Chinese and foreign governmental authorities, ChemChina said in a statement.With a history of more than 140 years, Pirelli is currently the fifth largest global tyre manufacturer, generating annual revenues of more than €6bn from 160 countries. It is currently the sole tyre supplier to Formula 1.Pirelli would be combined with ChemChina subsidiary China National Tire and Rubber, which is the market leader in China for steel radial tyres and off-the-road tyres.We are delighted with the opportunity to team up with Mr Marco Tronchetti Provera and his team to continue to build together a world class organization and a market leader in the global tyre industry, said Jianxin Ren, ChemChina chairman.The partnership with a global player like ChemChina, through its affiliates, represents a great opportunity for Pirelli. CNRCs approach to business and strategic vision guarantee Pirellis development and stability, said Provera.The acquisition is expected to strengthen Pirellis development plans, reinforce the coverage of strategic geographical areas, and through integration, enable the company to double its volumes in the industrial tyre business. Close
Idea Cellular’s deal with Videocon to buy 4G spectrum is likely to be “restructured” as the telecom operator may be liable to pay Rs 496 crore in taxes if the deal doesn’t get completed before June 1 this year.In its budget presented this week, the government proposed to levy service tax on spectrum trading deals starting June.”The additional service tax would logically get subsumed within Idea’s overall costs in the context of the spectrum-trading transaction with Videocon, but there is a possibility that both companies may have to restructure the deal if it does not close before June 1,” a person familiar with the matter, told The Economic Times.In November last year, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles â€” Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) â€” from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore, which was double the amount paid to acquire spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.Idea, India’s third-largest telecom carrier, had said it would use spectrum bought from Videocon to roll out 4G LTE services in the two circles.”The only way Idea can skirt the additional service tax levy is by closing the spectrum trading deal with Videocon by May 31 latest, since the new rule will be effective June 1,” tax expert Dinesh Kanabar, CEO of Dhruva Advisors, told the daily.However, the new service tax may not impact the spectrum sharing deals made by Reliance Jio and Reliance Comminucations (RCom). “The provisions are not retrospective and their deal is already done with relevant payments made by Jio,” said experts.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
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Kolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden is bringing in a white tiger from the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park popularly known as Patna Zoo to augment the tiger population in the city zoo. Apart from the white tiger, six blackbucks and a pair of sambar deer will also be brought from the Patna zoo. The animals are being procured as a part of exchange programme with the Alipore zoo sending a female zebra to Patna.”The six-year-old white male tiger that we are bringing from Patna zoo is mainly for the purpose of breeding to increase the tiger population at the zoo. The white tiger has yellow gene so cross breeding can be done with the yellow tigers as well,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Alipore Zoo presently has three white tigers — Bishal, Rupa and Rishi and three Royal Bengal tigers Payel, Tista and Raja. Tigers remain compatible for mating from the age of 5 to a maximum of 9 years. However, all male tigers at the zoo are over the age of 10 years. So the white male tiger is being brought from outside. “We are trying to make arrangements to procure the tiger by next week while the sambar deer and blackbucks will be brought after the summer months. It will be easier for them to adjust to the weather in the city after summer,” a senior official of Alipore Zoo said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe zebra population at the city zoo is presently ten with seven females. Two of the three males are juveniles and there is the only one adult male in the mating game. Five of the seven adult females are fit for breeding but they have only one partner. The female zebra that will be sent is aged around six years. “We are in talks with a number of zoo to bring an adult male zebra,” the official added. The Alipore Zoo presently has three sambar deer and a single deer. The six blackbucks will make our deer population reasonably healthy. The Patna Zoo has a single male zebra Chottu. The plan is to mate him with the female being procured from Alipore Zoo to augment the zebra population.
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The announcement was made in conjunction with the 81st annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Las Vegas.The agreement with Radlink provides DePuy Synthes Companies with exclusive rights to market the Radlink Galileo Positioning System (GPS) featuring Surgeon’s Checklist for use with DePuy Synthes Companies’ hip replacement systems.The GPS provides surgeons with real-time intra-operative imaging and navigation, and easy-to-follow steps that are designed to help them address key challenges in hip replacement; these include component positioning, sizing, leg length and offset restoration for all surgical approaches. With advanced intraoperative imaging that processes and displays in only four seconds, the GPS has the potential to significantly reduce the time, labor and expense associated with traditional digital imaging technology.This is DePuy Synthes Companies’ second agreement in less than a year to expand access to enabling technologies for use with its products and solutions. An agreement signed last fall between DePuy Synthes Companies and Blue Belt Technologies of Plymouth, Minn., for the Blue Belt Navio Surgical System has resulted in the first clinical use of the Navio System with DePuy Synthes Companies’ SIGMA High Performance (HP) Partial Unicondylar Knee. 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PARIS (AP) – French troops will stay in the West African country of Mali at least until July, amid tougher-than-expected resistance from Islamic fighters, officials have told The Associated Press, despite earlier government promises to begin a quick pullout within weeks.France’s leadership has painted the intervention against al-Qaida-backed radicals in Mali, which began in January, as a swift and limited one, and said that France could start withdrawing its 4,000 troops in Mali in March and hand over security duties to an African force. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project France’s defense minister seems to be seeking wiggle room on the timetable for a pullout. And one French diplomat acknowledged: “Nobody believes the French presence will be over in six months.” Some analysts say even that’s optimistic.In the latest fighting, military spokesman Col. Thierry Burkhard said Thursday that about 1,200 French, 800 Chadian and an unspecified number of Malian troops are closing in on an unspecified number of extremist fighters in a roughly 25-square kilometer (15-mile) zone in the Adrar des Ifoghas range near the Algerian border in northeastern Mali.The oval-shaped area south of the town of Tessalit is the “center of gravity” of a new French operation involving helicopter gunships, fighter jets, mobile artillery pieces and armored vehicles, Burkhard said. He declined to provide details because the operation was ongoing, but indicated that French fighters had killed about 40 insurgents over the last week or so.Burkhard said he believes al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb was active in the area. AQIM is one of three militant groups that controlled northern Mali for 10 months before France’s Jan. 11 invasion sent them scurrying into rural areas. And he left little doubt that the armed extremists are digging in for a long fight. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “They are sustained in a region they know very well. … They have established defensive, underground positions, positions that their different members can change between, and logistically _ with pre-positioned weapons and food depots,” he said. “They want to hold this area in a durable way.”French politicians, wary that public support for the war could quickly sink, are increasingly seeking to play down expectations and gird for a long-term commitment.“The hardest part is yet to come. … It’s more complicated because we have to be on the ground, with a fine-toothed comb, slowly, meter after meter practically, on a territory that’s still rather vast but where the terrorists have been reduced,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio on Tuesday. “We’ll take this to the end.”France’s government has said it plans a gradual drawdown starting in March. As the diplomat put it: “That doesn’t mean we’re going to pull out 1,000 all at once, but even if we pull out 100, that will be considered by the French public as the start of a withdrawal.”After France’s longtime participation in NATO’s Afghan mission, and its major role in helping topple Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, French officials are wary about getting bogged down in yet another war _ and setting timetables about withdrawal is both uncomfortable and uncertain. Sponsored Stories Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories ___Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Pressed on the time frame in an interview with France-2 TV last week, Le Drian said: “We are not there for a long time. We have no intention to stay.”From the get-go of their military campaign on Jan. 11, the French have summed up their military strategy as stopping the advance of jihadists from unruly northern Mali toward Bamako, the capital, and freeing the northern cities the radicals had controlled for 10 months, imposing harsh Islamic rule. Those two goals have largely been achieved through French air power and long-distance artillery strikes.The third pillar of the French campaign is proving the hardest: rooting out rebel holdouts in the Ifoghas range near Algeria’s border, and rallying African troops to take over stabilization and peacekeeping efforts once the French leave.That plan was dealt a blow last week when about two dozen reputedly crack troops from Chad, another former French colony with familiarity operating in desert terrain like northern Mali’s, were killed in a gunfight in the Ifoghas.Lining up African military support, which has already been sputtering, could run into greater hurdles if their troops are getting killed. Since the operation began, French officials estimate that hundreds of insurgents have been killed; two French soldiers have died. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona One reason the French are likely to stay for a while is that they are the only Western power with the wherewithal to act militarily in West Africa.“Generally when an army says it’s going to pull out its troops, it never does withdraw them all. In other words, you can imagine special forces, logistics teams are going to stay there, and maybe in support of the African armies that are supposed to take over,” said Laurence Aida Ammour, a security and defense expert focusing on West and northern Africa at the Institute of Political Science in Bordeaux.Much of the international community has given moral and political support to France, but limited its payouts. European trainers for Malian soldiers are expected to help, and several Western allies have helped with logistics support including transport planes.The United States is helping with intelligence-gathering, notably with unarmed drones flying out of neighboring Niger. Under U.S. law, the American government _ which had been training Malian forces before the military coup last year _ cannot provide aid to countries run by or with a major component of control of unelected juntas.National elections in July are supposed to give Mali’s wobbly government more legitimacy, notably so that countries like the United States could offer their blessing and support. Patients with chronic pain give advice But the combat in rugged Sahara Desert mountains is growing harder, and there’s a rising threat that the militants will turn to suicide bombings, hostage-taking and other guerrilla tactics.One French diplomat acknowledged this week that a French military presence is expected to remain for at least six months. Two other French officials told The Associated Press that the French will remain at least until July, when France is hoping that Mali can hold elections.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the military campaign.Any French pullout in March is likely to be small and symbolic, leaving behind a robust force to try to keep the peace in a poor and troubled country, the officials say. Mali was largely peaceful until a coup last year led to a political vacuum that allowed militants inspired by an extreme form of Islam to grab control of the country’s north.France, which is winding down its 11-year presence in Afghanistan, has now spent more than (EURO)100 million ($131million) on fighting in Mali over the past six weeks, and is facing the prospect of another protracted and costly intervention against far-away jihadists.
Qatar Airways celebrates the inaugural E-Prix in RomeQatar Airways celebrates the inaugural E-Prix in RomeThe award-winning airline and ABB FIA Formula E Championship joined forces once again in Rome to celebrate their exciting partnershipQatar Airways hosted activities for families and visitors of all ages at its stand in the Allianz E-VillageThe unique international sporting event attracted tourists and sport enthusiasts from all over the worldAfter expanding its highly-successful sponsorship of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship earlier this year, Qatar Airways this weekend celebrated its partnership in Rome where the airline was represented as the Official Airline Partner of the 2018 CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ, held on Saturday 14 April. After much anticipation, the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ arrived on the city’s streets last week with a 1.76 mile track between Cristoforo Colombo and the Palazzo dei Congressi. As Official Airline Partner, Qatar Airways hosted a lounge inside the Allianz EVillage, where families and sport enthusiasts were able to take part in a variety of activities, including a photo booth with fun pictures to share on their social media channels and other competitions.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “After an exciting Formula E season last year, Qatar Airways is delighted to have renewed our partnership not only as title sponsors for the E-Prix in Paris and New York, but also as Official Airline Partner to the Rome and Berlin events.“Formula E was a natural choice when choosing an environmentally friendly sporting partnership for Qatar Airways and we were especially pleased this year to support the Rome EPrix as we continue to celebrate enhanced ties with Italy, where we fly to Rome, Milan, Pisa and Venice from our home and hub in Doha.”Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, Mr. Alejandro Agag, added: “After an outstanding historic first race in Rome, we’re delighted to have Qatar Airways on board as a partner for both E-Prix in Rome and Berlin, along with being title sponsor for our events in Paris and New York – the season finale double-header of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”As part of a new three-season deal, announced in Doha in January this year, Qatar Airways reaffirmed its continued title sponsorship of the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix, which this year takes place on 28 April, as well confirming the title sponsorship of the Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix on 14 and 15 July. The enhanced partnership also revealed Qatar Airways as the Official Airline Partner to the exciting events that unfolded in Rome this weekend, alongside the Berlin E-Prix, on 19 May this year.Qatar Airways believes in the power of sport in bringing people together, thus sponsors many top-level sporting events around the world. As well as sponsoring Formula E, Qatar Airways is also the Official Airline Partner of FIFA, which includes 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.Qatar Airways proudly flies one of the youngest fleets in the sky, featuring the world’s most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly aircraft. The airline operates a fleet of more than 200 modern aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.The airline is continuing its ambitious expansion plans, and will launch a host of exciting new destinations this year, including Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece and Málaga, Spain.As well as being voted Skytrax ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2017 by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national flag carrier also won a raft of other major awards at last year’s ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.xSource = Qatar Airways
John BoesThe Cardinals’ inability to convert on third downs and the lack of a running game combined with continued struggles on defense lead to another road loss for Arizona. Final Score: Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals head to Seattle for their first NFC West game, taking on the Seahawks. Pete Carroll’s team is 0-2 and, quite frankly, has looked bad to begin the season, and most think the Cardinals should come away with a win. Will it be easy? Hard to say, it is the Cardinals. Tell us what you think happens in the comments below. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Tyler BassettThe Cardinals will return home 2-1 because their offense is better – much better – than the Seahawks offense. The suspect Cardinals defense is going to be able to slow down and stop the Seahawks. Final Score: Cardinals 23, Seahawks 10 Final Score: Cardinals 24, Seahawks 10 Kyndra de St. AubinFor the Cardinals to win the game they need a healthy Beanie Wells. After last week’s rushing performance of just 15 attempts for the entire team…it was obvious to me that they need to run the ball more to be successful and to run the ball more…they need to have a healthy Wells on the field. It came out in the injury report Thursday that he was limited with a hamstring injury. Hopefully it’s not something that lingers. The Cardinals will be more of a threat offensively overall if they can accomplish more on 1st and 2nd downs and I think they do that with an effective running game. If they run the ball well….it will open up Larry Fitzgerald and the passing game. It will keep the defense on their toes and the Cardinals will avoid being predictable on offense. Carter NackeSeeing as how the Seahawks have only scored 17 points this season, the Cardinals should win this duel of the birds. New starting QB Tavaris Jackson is not overly talented and should not be able to exploit the Cards’ faltering CBs. Seattle’s O-line is struggling as well, so the Cards should be able to stop Marshawn Lynch. With bad specials teams and a bad overall defense, the Seahawks are once again looking at damage control rather than a win. Final Score: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 7 Joe HuizengaUsually knocking a team’s starting quarterback out of the game leads to an increased chance of winning. This Sunday though the Cardinals need to keep Tarvaris Jackson IN the game. He’s been awful this year and has yet to put up 200yds in either of his two performances. Load up the box, make Jackson pass and the Cardinals should get to 2-1 without too many problems. Final Score: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 20 0 Comments Share Paul CalvisiPaulie Pigskin: The Seahawks are struggggling on offense. In two losses, Seattle has rushed for a total of 95 yards, allowed 10 sacks, and registered exactly one play that has gained more than 25 yards. Seahawks will unveil their NFC West banner, but then it’ll become a banner afternoon for the Big Red. Big, Big Win! Final Score: Cardinals 34, Seahawks 10 Adam GreenThe Seahawks are bad — really bad. The Cardinals basically need to stay out of their own way, ie: don’t turn the ball over, don’t make mistakes, and they’ll win this game comfortably. Expect to see the Cardinals play a complete game, looking good on both sides of the ball.Final Score: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 10 Top Stories Chris Hamblin D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Jon BloomThe bad news for the Cardinals is that they are going to “False Start Field” having mastered that along with other infractions elsewhere in the first two weeks. The good news is they get to battle an offense that would have trouble competing in the Pac-12. I know, it’s shocking that I’d actually diss a unit that includes not one but two Cal running backs, but Pete Carroll may have just received the first of many bagels this season with Sunday’s 24-zip blanking courtesy of Pittsburgh. After a mind-boggling amount of thought, I think the good outweighs the bad this week. Final Score: Cardinals 24, Seagulls 20 The Cardinals are lucky. Nothing is better for a team that has struggled to stop the pass than an offense led by Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. This is the perfect “get right” game for Arizona. I expect the defense to be aggressive and create a few turnovers and look much better than they have so far this season. For the offense ball security and establishing a running game are two things I need to see. Kevin Kolb has been up to the challenge so far this season but on the road in his first division test I expect him to shine for the first time.Final Score: Cardinals 41, Seahawks 14
Geneva, Switzerland – Maîtres du Temps, a new haute horlogerie brand, announced the completion of a successful serious of events in Russia and Ukraine on September 9th and September 11th. These followed the global launch of Maîtres du Temps in April 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, and a 10-day tour of Asia in June 2008.Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps, was accompanied to Russia and Ukraine by legendary watchmaker Mr. Roger Dubuis, one of three master watchmakers behind the creation of Chapter One. The series of presentations of Chapter One—the inaugural timepiece by Maîtres du Temps—began in Moscow and continued on to Kiev.The Triumph Gallery, a pillar of contemporary art in Moscow, held a high-profile unveiling and press conference that featured Chapter One set against the backdrop of the Signs of Time exhibition project. Guests who were invited to examine the inaugural timepiece experienced an aesthetic thrill. The debut of Maîtres du Temps became a day to remember for creativity, art and style.“It was both exciting and a special privilege for Maîtres du Temps to present Chapter One in the bustling markets of Moscow and Kiev,” said Mr. Holtzman. “The Russian and Ukrainian consumer has a great appreciation for luxury goods of outstanding quality, and that is compounded by a respect for complicated timepieces and the finer things in life.”“This was my first time visiting Moscow and Kiev, and I was very impressed by the atmosphere. The heritage and the history, the colors of the cities, and the stunning architecture left an unforgettable impression of the past and an appreciation of the potential for the future,” said Mr. Roger Dubuis.He added, “During our presentations, I felt that Chapter One was extremely well received and appreciated by the people of Russia and Ukraine. The interactions I had with the media were extraordinary. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for their genuine interest and for allowing me the opportunity to better know an exceptional watch culture illustrating a strong appreciation for the art of watchmaking.”Chapter One is a world-first combination of complications and is the result of a unique collaboration between master watchmakers Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis and Mr. Peter Speake-Marin. The timepiece features a manual-wind mechanical movement, one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, day of the week indication on a roller and a patented precise moon phase indication on a roller. Chapter One’s tonneau-shaped case is available in a limited series of 11 pieces with a suggested retail of US$400,000.About Maîtres du Temps – Founded by Steven Holtzman, Maîtres du Temps, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a new haute horlogerie brand whose concept is to develop innovative, interesting and exclusive timepieces through collaborations of the world’s most accomplished independent master watchmakers. Each limited-series mechanical masterpiece is the symbiosis of the experience, art and technique of the craftsmen assembled for each collection.Media Contact Margaret Pane Maîtres du Temps 100 North Wilkes-Barre, Suite 303 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Telephone: (+1) 570 970 8888 firstname.lastname@example.org www.maitresdutemps.com