VIRTUAL TEACHERS: UK university to trial ‘hologram’ lecturers

London – VIJAY SHAH via LEO KELION and BBC News A university in the United Kingdom will become the first in the world to introduce ‘holographic’ teaching staff for its students, according to a report by national broadcaster BBC News.  Imperial College London is bringing in 3D projection technology that will emit ‘holograms’ of lecturers who are unable to attend their lectures in person. While the teacher will not be physically present, the futuristic technology will carry across their voice and body movements. Similar technology was used for a Tupac Shakur music concert at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival … Continue reading VIRTUAL TEACHERS: UK university to trial ‘hologram’ lecturers

PHOTO MOMENT: Canadian elf coin

  A 25-dollar pure silver coloured coin issued by Canada in 2016. The coin, part of a popular and recent tradition of countries issuing coinage with full-colour scenery and even holographic elements, shows a mythological ‘woodland elf’ on the reverse. The elf, dressed in green hat and suit, is busy at work building a wooden birdhouse amidst typical northern Canadian forest scenery. The obverse features a unique profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin was recently launched by the Royal Canadian Mint, based on a design by local artist Jesse Koreck, and is being sold at face value in … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Canadian elf coin

CALGARY STABBING: Man attacked on Friday night; hospitalised

Calgary, CANADA VIJAY SHAH via ReportCA.net An unidentified man was viciously attacked and stabbed in the southwest of the Canadian city of Calgary on Friday night, according to a brief report by online regional news site ReportCA.net yesteday. The man sustained serious stab wounds and was found at around 11:30 pm local time on Friday night. He was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, the site reports. Calgary police officers were called out to a car park close to a pub on 11 Avenue and 8 Street South-West in a touristy part of the city, near the MEC sports … Continue reading CALGARY STABBING: Man attacked on Friday night; hospitalised

CANADA SAVING TIME: Clocks go forward this weekend

Montreal, CANADA VIJAY SHAH via Montreal Gazette and ReportCA.net Residents in most parts of Canada are being notified that they will need to change their clocks an hour forward as much of the country switches from standard time to daylight saving time this weekend, meaning they will technically lose an hour of sleep, the Montreal Gazette reports via ReportCA.net. The time change kicked in on yesterday night towards this morning and those who have not yet made the change are being encouraged to reset their watches and clocks to avoid arriving an hour late for work tomorrow, the Gazette advises. … Continue reading CANADA SAVING TIME: Clocks go forward this weekend

HUMOUR MOMENT: Snow-shovelling – There’s no app for that?!!

with Vipul Bhundia (image contributor) Those of you who are currently living or visiting the United States and Canada, or do not live there but have been following the news this past week, are presumably very much aware of the weird weather phenomenon that is gripping the north American continent. A body of extremely bitter cold air from the Arctic tundra has meandered its way down south and has enveloped the continent in very cold temperatures close to -40 to -50 degrees Celsius, coupled with heavy snow drifts. This phenomenon has been referred to by both meteorologists and the news … Continue reading HUMOUR MOMENT: Snow-shovelling – There’s no app for that?!!

PENNIES DOWN THE DRAIN: Canada bids farewell to 1 cent coins

“Look after the pennies, and the pennies will look after the pounds” – traditional English proverb This month, the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg, Manitoba state, will mint the last of Canada’s one-cent coins or ‘pennies’. Rapidly-rising costs of metal and production at the mint mean that it now costs 1.5 cents to produce each coin, so they are now a loss-making initiative. Inflation of the Canadian dollar has rendered the 1-cent nearly worthless and businesses and consumers do not see any point in the penny any longer. After a hundred years of history, the very last one-cent coin came … Continue reading PENNIES DOWN THE DRAIN: Canada bids farewell to 1 cent coins