Province Continues to Support Local Beef Producers

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Province Continues to Support Local BeefProducers More than 400 Nova Scotia beef producers affected by the marketimpact of mad cow disease have benefited from the producerassistance program announced in late November by the provincialgovernment. Since the program was announced, the province has delivered morethan $1. 7 million in funding to help producers who have had todeal with the impact of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE ormad cow disease). “Producer response to this program is going very well,” said Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Chris d’Entremont. “We haveapproved more than 400 applications and are still processingothers. The intent is to have a quick turnaround and get money toproducers as quickly as possible.” Under the Nova Scotia Beef Producer Assistance program, theprovince committed to provide producers with $100 per breedingcow. To be eligible, producers have to complete an applicationfor advance funding from the Canadian Agricultural IncomeStabilization (CAIS) Program. The deadline to register for the provincial program is March 1. In addition to the $1.7 million already delivered under theprovincial program, Nova Scotia farmers have received $850,000 infunding from the CAIS program. More applications will beprocessed and additional funds are expected to reach farmersearly this year. “Nova Scotia farmers and their families should be assured that wewill stand with them in these difficult times,” said theminister. To learn more about the Canadian Agricultural IncomeStabilization program, a series of information sessions will beheld from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on: — Monday, Jan. 19 in Baddeck at the Alexander Graham BellMuseum; — Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Antigonish at the Claymore Inn; — Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Amherst at the Wandlyn Inn; — Thursday, Jan. 22 in Truro at the Best Western Glengarry; — Monday, Jan. 26 in Wolfville at the Old Orchard Inn; — Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Digby at the Recreation Centre; — Wednesday, Jan. 28 in Yarmouth at the Rodd Grand Hotel;– Thursday, Jan. 29 in Bridgewater at the Wandlyn Inn. The CAIS program helps producers protect their farm income fromboth small and large income declines. CAIS program paymentsinclude contributions by producers, provincial and federalgovernments. For more information call toll-free 1-866-844-4276or see the website at: www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/prm.last_img read more

JSPL reports 87 cr net loss in Q1

first_imgNew Delhi: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on Wednesday reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 87 crore during the first quarter ended June 30, mainly due to higher expenses. The company had posted Rs 110-cr consolidated net profit during the same quarter a year-ago, JSPL said in a BSE filing. During April-June 2019, the company said its total income was at Rs 9,946 crore as against Rs 9,665 crore in the same period a year ago. The expenses during the period under review were at Rs 9,935 crore as compared to Rs 9,400 crore in April-June 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a separate statement, JSPL said the company produced 1.85 million tonnes (MT) of crude steel, up 12 per cent from 1.65 million tonnes in the first quarter of previous fiscal. The company sold 1.84 MT of crude steel as compared 1.61 MT in the year-ago period, registering a rise of 14 per cent. In Oman, Jindal Shadeed reported production of 0.39 million tonnes of crude steel as against 0.43 million tonnes in the same quarter a year ago. In Mozambique, mine at Chirodzi produced 614 kilo tonne run of mine, up 126 per cent year-on-year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn Australia, both the Wongawilli and Russell Vale mines remained under maintenance. Globally, the June quarter saw a contrasting phenomenon in steel, marked by gradual decline in steel prices against rising iron ore prices. Even in India, the downtrend in steel prices continued across various products for most steel manufacturers, both in long and flat categories. The reducing liquidity in the markets further exacerbated the steel demand during the quarter, the statement said. JSPL further said, the company has entered into a “share purchase agreement (SPA) to divest its stake in the Botswana coal mine project in South Africa for a consideration of around $150 million”. The proceeds from this divestment will be used to pare down debt, it said without divulging further details. As on June 30, 2019 JSPL’s total debt stood around Rs 39,000 crore.last_img read more

BOMB THREAT AT STRATFORD FESTIVAL CANCEL OPENING NIGHT CAUSES THEATRE EVACUATION

first_imgBomb threat at Stratford Festival cancels opening night, causes theatre evacuationOpening night of the Stratford Festival’s 2018 season has been cancelled – and the 1826-seat Festival Theatre was evacuated just half an hour before a full-house performance of The Tempest was set to begin because of a bomb threat against the theatre.Ann Swerdfager, publicity director at the festival, said on Monday that police had asked for the building to be evacuated.In a news release, Ms. Swerdfager said the festival cancelled the opening performance of The Tempest “on the advice of police” owing to a bomb threat. READ MORE Advertisement Stratford Festival opening night cancelled following bomb threatA bomb threat forced the cancellation of the opening night of the Stratford Festival on Monday evening and prompted an evacuation of as many as 2,000 people from the Festival Theatre.Police in Stratford, Ont., say they were called at approximately 6:45 p.m. about explosives being placed at the festival.Staff at the festival were immediately advised, police said. As many as 1,830 theatregoers at the Festival Theatre were affected along with actors and staff, said festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager. The nearby Avon Theatre was also ordered evacuated, though few if any people would have been inside. READ MOREBomb threat cancels Stratford festival opening night for the first time in 65 yearsIn an unprecedented move, the Stratford Festival’s opening night was cancelled Monday after police evacuated the Festival Theatre over an “explosives threat” just after 7 p.m.Just half an hour before the sold-out opening night performance of The Tempest was set to begin, police officers asked the hundreds of well-dressed patrons to immediately evacuate the theatre, telling them to go as far from the building as the Avon River and Water Street.Police, with the help of Stratford firefighters, set up a perimeter around the Festival Theatre, blocking off Queen Street, Water Street and Lakeside Drive. READ MOREOPENING NIGHT OF THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL CANCELLED AFTER BOMB THREATThe show will go on at the Stratford Festival, with increased security.Monday night’s opening of the festival’s 2018 season, a performance of “The Tempest” at the Festival Theatre, was cancelled after Stratford Police say they received a phone call around 6:45 p.m. from an unknown man who made a bomb threat against the festival.Police then advised festival officials about the threat and both the Festival Theatre, filled with just over 18 hundred people gathered for the show, and the Avon Theatre, which had workers getting it ready for shows, were evacuated with police then searching the grounds both inside and out. READ MOREOpening night of Stratford Festival cancelled, theatre evacuated after ‘bomb threat’The opening night of the Stratford Festival was cancelled Monday after a bomb threat.Spokesperson Ann Swerdfager told Global News that the event at the Festival Theatre in Stratford was evacuated after a “bomb threat” at approximately 6:45 p.m.No one was injured in the incident.Stratford Police said they “received a call that explosives have been placed ‘at the Stratford Festival.’ Both the Festival Theatre and the Avon Theatre were evacuated as a precaution. READ MOREStratford Festival theatres evacuated on opening night due to threatHundreds of people were forced to leave two theatres on the opening night of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ont., after police responded to a threat.Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson told CTV Kitchener that a call to police prompted them to ask theatregoers to leave the Festival Theatre, where more than 1,800 had gathered Monday night to watch “The Tempest.” The festival’s Avon theatre was also evacuated.Stratford Police Acting Deputy Chief Sam Theocharis later told reporters that a threat had been made over the phone at approximately 6:45 p.m. READ MOREStratford Festival opening night cancelled after bomb threatFor the first time in the Stratford Festival’s history, the opening night was cancelled Monday after a bomb threat was issued.Around 6:45 p.m, Stratford police received a call saying explosives had been placed at the festival. The Festival Theatre was evacuated and the Avon Theatre, where staff were working, was also evacuated as a precaution. About 1,830 people were forced to leave the grounds.Officers were searching the scene Monday evening and advised the public to stay away. READ MORE Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

One vote made surgical strike air strike possible

first_imgBhatapara: Amid claims of “misusing” the armed forces for electoral gain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the strength of “one vote” had enabled the surgical strike and air strike in Pakistan.Addressing a poll rally here in Chhattisgarh, Modi said the India of today carries out surgical and air strikes across the border and shoots down satellite in space due to the strength of “one vote” of the people. The Election Commission last week sought a report from poll officials in Maharashtra after Modi’s remarks at a rally in Latur, where he asked first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike. The report was sought in the context of an EC advisory issued last month asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces. Modi also stepped up attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying it was the mindset of the “sultanate” of the ‘Naamdar’ to abuse the deprived and treat them as slaves.last_img read more

We must escape this downward spiral Annan says following another deadly attack

“Yet again today – this time, in Safad in the north of Israel – a Palestinian terrorist has needlessly and pointlessly destroyed at least ten lives, including his own, while inflicting injuries on some 50 people and spreading fear and misery among hundreds of friends and relatives,” Mr. Annan said in his statement, which was released in New York. He also noted that others were killed when a gunman opened fire in Jerusalem.”Does it need saying, yet again, that these attacks on civilians are immoral and illegal, as well as politically counter-productive?” Mr. Annan asked. He pointed out that each day seemed to bring fresh news of death, destruction and suffering among innocent civilians, Israeli and Palestinian alike.”One side resorts to indiscriminate terror, the other responds with retaliation that is equally devastating in its effects on ordinary people,” he observed. “Each feeds the anger and hatred of the other, and then yet more innocent lives are swept away in the backlash.”The Secretary-General pointed out that worse still than the clashes was the fact that each act of violence further delayed “the only course of action that offers any hope of a lasting respite – namely, a return to negotiations on a political solution to the underlying conflict between the two peoples.””We must escape from this endless downward spiral,” said Mr. Annan, appealing to both sides to refrain from further retaliation and urging each not to allow any act by the other to deflect it from the search for peace. “I urge both to apply themselves, without further delay, to working out the details of the solution we all know must come sooner or later – the solution called for by the Security Council, of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in secure and recognized borders.” read more

Nova Scotia gets no bids for offshore exploration for third time in

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 10:32 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Oil companies have passed on exploration parcels put out for bid by Nova Scotia’s offshore regulator for the third time in four years, a trend the province’s energy minister says is symptomatic of a market downturn affecting the industry.The Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said Thursday that the 2016 parcels are located in shallow water on the Scotian Shelf adjacent to the Sable offshore natural gas project.The call for bids was issued on May 2 and the bidding closed on Oct. 27.Energy Minister Michel Samson said while he was disappointed by the latest results, he wasn’t caught off guard. There were also no bids in 2013 and in 2014.“It’s disappointing but not overly surprising considering the status of the industry and the fact that many of the largest players have cancelled projects throughout the world in light of the downturn in oil prices,” said Samson.He said the positive aspect is that the major companies who have already committed to exploration off the province haven’t left.“Companies have made a significant amount of research and investment … and they have maintained their commitments here in Nova Scotia, which I think speaks volumes to their confidence in our offshore,” he said.In 2012, Shell Canada Ltd. and BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd. committed more than $2 billion combined to search for oil and gas off the province’s coast.Statoil Canada Ltd. bid $82 million in 2015 to explore two parcels.Shell announced in September that it had abandoned the first of its deepwater exploration wells about 250 kilometres off Halifax, saying it didn’t find enough oil for commercial production.The oil giant said it had turned its attention to a second exploration well, Monterey Jack, which is located about 120 kilometres away.BP announced in March it had delayed the start of its exploration until 2018.The regulator said the next call for bids would be issued next spring. Nova Scotia gets no bids for offshore exploration for third time in four years read more

Quantcast announces 100 jobs for Dublin

first_imgMr Bruton added that he was determined to build on the jobs announcement in the coming months through the Action Plan for Jobs.Konrad Feldman, CEO of Quantcast said explains why the company chose Ireland: QUANTCAST, A DIGITAL advertising company specialising in audience measurement and real-time advertising, have 100 new jobs up for grabs in Dublin.Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, made the announcement announced that Quantcast is to establish its EMEA Operations Centre in Dublin with the creation of the jobs over the next two years. He said: Big data is a sector in which major growth is predicted in coming years, and in which Ireland has significant competitive advantages, between our existing base of companies in this sector, our skilled workforce and publicly-funded research in this area.center_img Dublin offers the rare mix of a vibrant local technology business scene, an exceptional talent pool and easy accessibility to Europe’s major markets, all instrumental in our decision to locate here.The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.Read: Sold: Government confirms sale of Irish Life for €1.3 billion >last_img read more

Get Ready For Earth Day With New Facebook App

first_imgWith Earth Day just one day away, many people are thinking about different ways that they can show their support for the environment. And a new Facebook app, called A Billion Acts of Green, lets users do just that.The idea behind the app is to get lots of people to do small, but meaningful, acts. You simply go to the app, type in what green act you plan on doing, and it gets added to the ever growing list. Things like taking public transit, or switching to LED light bulbs, or even organizing an Earth Day event of your own.So far a little over 72 million green acts have been logged, so there’s still quite a ways to go to reach a billion. But considering the size of Facebook, it doesn’t like it’s impossible.last_img read more

Most Advanced Male Sexbot Still Cant Take Out the Trash

first_img The next wave of RealBotix sex robots are coming soon—and they’ll satisfy more than your libido.Henry, a nearly six-foot-tall humanoid with rippling six-pack abs and a library of quippy one-liners, is one of the first “companions” aimed at women.Every part of him is customizable—down to the size and shape of his manhood. But, unlike the female cyborgs already on the market, this life-like doll isn’t entirely automated.Nor is he very bright.During a recent sit-down with the plasticized hunk, Wired‘s Erin Griffith was left, well, unstimulated by Henry’s conversational skills.“Henry and I are not hitting it off,” she writes. “First he ignores my question about how he spent the weekend. Then he tells me, cryptically, that he likes to get up early to spend time ‘working on himself.’ What does he mean by that? I ask. He isn’t sure.”Sometimes, the RealBotix work-in-progress admits, “I have too much information at the same time in my brain.”Nothing new there, right ladies?He’s a bit empty-headed (via RealBotix)Despite their obvious reason for being, these dolls are not really about sex, according to RealBotix founder Matt McMullen.Many customers just want someone—or something—to prop up on the couch while they spoon Ben & Jerry’s and binge Riverdale.“All of the little things that are nonsexual, I think, are often overlooked,” McMullen told Griffith—”surrounded by a bounty of 32F-cup boobs and 11-inch penises.”RealBotix tailor-makes each sex doll based on customer preference: elf ears, vampire teeth, porn star Stormy Daniels’ nipples. Still, fewer than 10 percent of its 400 annual orders are shipped to women or couples.“But female interest in Henry—a robot that, the company promises, will one day talk to you about your day, remember your hopes and fears, cuddle you, love you, and of course make love to you (or something)—has been notably higher,” McMullen explained.The sex robot revolution is coming (via RealDoll/Instagram)“He believes that an extra layer of companionship especially appeals to women,” Griffith wrote, nothing that women often ask if Henry can take out the trash (while men just want to know if Harmony will “bite their dicks”).He can’t (immobile body) and she won’t (rubber teeth). The inquiries, however, speak volumes to what sexbot manufacturers should be working to address.The RealBotix website primarily focuses on Harmony, an artificial intelligence platform that lets users create a unique digital personality for $20 a year. There is no explicit mention of Henry or the production of any male sexbots.For now, the niche market—seemingly open only to the independently wealthy, or incredibly desperate—is still in its infancy.As is Henry: “Be kind, because [he’s] a baby,” McMullen told Griffith.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on targetlast_img read more

Classiccar club still rolling

first_img After six decades of hot-rodding, the Slo Poks car club of Vancouver is alive and still revving their engines.With some 60 classic cars and hot rods on the 5-acre Felida spread of Joe Nye, club members Sunday celebrated the club’s 60th anniversary. About 200 people attended.“In the beginning, it was a race club. Strictly a speed club,” said member Chester Jennings, 75, who joined in 1956.He was driving a 1955 Oldsmobile “88 with factory stick” in those days. He recalls going to races around the area.“We went to Shelton, Dallesport, Madras, (Ore.), Aurora, (Ore.),” to race, he said.The National Hot Rod Association was in its infancy and the Slo Poks “were in their point system,” said Ken Moore of Vancouver, who joined the club in 1952. He was driving a 1937 Chevrolet then. Those original members were Vancouver High School kids who hung out at the Spic-N-Span burger joint.Why the name Slo Poks?Moore said lots of the boys liked to drive fast and decided, “we needed to tone that down” when naming the club.Today, the club has 121 members and meets Friday nights to socialize. They call those get-togethers “alleys” because the first meetings were in an alley behind a muffler shop in Hazel Dell, said longtime member Bob “The Reverend” Synoground.When he joined in 1975, Synoground was driving a 1940 Ford Coupe.“It belongs to another guy now, and it’s still in the club,” he said.Synoground said club members have cars worth $3,000 to more than $100,000.“It’s just the camaraderie,” Synoground said of the success of the club. “We’ve got millionaires and we’ve got working guys. … If you need to know something, or need a part, somebody will say, ‘Hey, my brother-in-law has one of those.’“The younger guys coming into the club, they respect us. We’ve got a lot of history behind us.”So much history, in fact, that Don Pennington, 69, has written “The Brotherhood of Speed — History of the Slo Poks Hot Rod Club.” It has 440 pages with 900 photographs and will sell for $25 when it is released in about a month, Pennington said. The Slo Poks emblem was created in 1952 by Roger Porter, still a member of the club.last_img read more

Car ignites after crashing into tree in Cutler Bay no injuries

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the aid of a driver who lost control and hit a tree to avoid a hitting dog in Cutler Bay, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Southwest 99th Avenue and Montego Bay Drive, at around 3 a.m., Saturday.When crews arrived, they found a blue Hyundai Veloster that had caught fire after hitting a tree.Officials said the driver lost control of the car trying to avoid colliding with a dog that was crossing the street.There were no reported injuries.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WalMart jumps into milk processing hits Dean Foods stock

first_imgWal-Mart Stores Inc said it will build a dairy processing plant in Indiana to supply private-label milk to about 600 stores, curtailing business with some suppliers in the retailer’s sole foray into food processing in the United States.The move — announced by Wal-Mart on Friday but not widely reported by media until Tuesday — helped spark a 12 percent slide in shares of Dean Foods Co, one of the suppliers of milk to the affected stores.In a securities filing on Tuesday, Dean Foods said the change by Wal-Mart could lead to the loss of 100 million gallons of “very low-margin private-label fluid milk volume” from late 2017. It said it did not expect any impact on the supply of its own national brands and would not be material on its results.Wal-Mart confirmed that Dean Foods would continue to supply milk for its Great Value and Member’s Mark private label white and chocolate milk to other Walmart supermarkets and Sam’s Club membership-based wholesale stores. The retailing giant is the largest grocer in the U.S. with more than 5,000 locations.The move comes with Wal-Mart’s profits weighed down by costs to increase wages and invest in its e-commerce operations. The retailer is also facing tough competition from Kroger and other national and regional grocery chains and has recently ratcheted up pressure on suppliers to help it lower costs.”This is a smart investment that enables us to aggressively manage costs, keep prices low for our customers and remain competitive with the majority of major grocery chains already bottling their own milk,” said spokesman John Forrest Ales.Wal-Mart said it would build a more than 2,50,000 square foot milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating more than 200 jobs. Due to come on-line in the summer of 2017, the plant will supply milk to stores in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and northern Kentucky, the company said.Eliminating intermediary suppliers would likely give Wal-Mart greater control over input costs and more closely align it with other grocery chains like Kroger and Texas-based H-E-B that have already set up their own milk processing plants.The shift also dovetails with Wal-Mart’s strategy of boosting its private brand offerings as a way to better compete on price, although the company said it did not have any plans for additional milk or food processing plants.last_img read more

BNP loses qualification to keep its registration Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader visits the Padma Bridge project on the Jajira side in Shariatpur on Friday. Photo: Aujoy KundaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said the recent verdict in the 21 August grenade attack case has proved once again that BNP is a terrorist organisation.“The BNP has lost its acceptability and it has no qualification to retain its registration with the election commission,” Quader said while inspecting the preparation of a rally venue on the Madaripur and Shariatpur side of the Padma bridge.The prime minister is scheduled to inspect the progress of the Padma bridge and inaugurate four projects on Sunday.   The Canada court earlier proved that Bangladesh Nationalist Party is a terrorist organisation, BSS quoted Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, as saying.The AL leader alleged BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman was the main plotter of 21 August grenade attack and he should have been sentenced to death. Tarique Rahman was given a life sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case.“BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia too cannot avoid responsibility of the attack and she should also be brought to justice,” said Quader.About BNP’s joining in the next general election, the minister said, “The BNP knows the best whether they will join the polls or not. Is there any instance in the world, where the opposition was brought to take part in election? On elections, the BNP talks one thing in the morning, another in the afternoon, and another in the evening.”“BNP’s moral base and image as a political party has hit the bottom,” Quader added.The road transport and bridges minister said five spans have been installed on the Jajira side of the bridge, one was installed on Mawa side and work is going on to install five more spans there.last_img read more

Polish mayor dies of injuries after attack

first_imgPicture taken on 5 May 2016 shows the mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz giving a speech during a commemorative ceremony at the St Petri Dom cathedral in Bremen, northwestern Germany. The mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, 14 January 2019, a day after a knife-wielding assailant stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event, local media reported. Photo: AFPThe centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event.”Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him,” said physician Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.Anti-violence rallies are being planned nationwide after Sunday’s shock attack on mayor Pawel Adamowicz, known for his liberal views and opposition to Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.The 53-year-old had been in a very critical condition after he suffered a serious wound to the heart and cuts to his diaphragm and abdominal organs, according to surgeons who operated on him for five hours.Video footage showed the attacker, who police said was wearing a press badge, bursting on to the podium and launching himself at Adamowicz, who had been waving sparklers with others on stage as the fundraiser was winding down on Sunday evening.After knifing the mayor several times, the man turned to the crowd with his arms raised triumphantly but was quickly tackled to the ground by security guards and arrested.- ‘Atmosphere of aggression’ -Paramedics resuscitated Adamowicz at the scene before rushing him to the hospital.Gdansk residents flooded blood donation centres following news that Adamowicz had received 15 litres (32 pints) of blood and required more of the rare O Rh- type.”There is an atmosphere of aggression in Poland,” a blood donor who identified himself only as Zygmunt told AFP, reflecting on the broader context of the attack.A local police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in Gdansk, a Baltic coast city with a population of around half a million that was the cradle of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in the 1980s.In a video recording of the attack posted on YouTube, the suspect was seen seizing the microphone and claiming he had been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the Civic Platform (PO) party and tortured.”That’s why Adamowicz dies,” he said.One witness told broadcaster TVN that the man appeared “happy with what he had done”.- Mayor for two decades -Adamowicz had been mayor of Gdansk for two decades and the opposition Civic Platform, the arch-rival of the governing PiS, had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal polls.Since winning office in 2015, the PiS has systematically blamed PO politicians for an array of issues, ranging from VAT fraud to the 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia that claimed the life of then president Lech Kaczynski, the identical twin brother of PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.Sunday’s fundraising event was part of a popular annual nationwide drive to purchase medical equipment for children and featured a colourful stage set-up including lights, smoke and pyrotechnics.- ‘Doubts about his sanity’ -The suspect had previously been sentenced to more than five years in prison for four armed attacks on banks in Gdansk, justice officials said.Prosecutors said the suspect would undergo a psychological assessment due to “doubts about his sanity”.Police were investigating how the attacker had been able to breach security to reach the podium, local police spokeswoman Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska told reporters.”We know that he used an identifier with the inscription ‘Press’,” she said. “Now we have to establish how it was obtained, was the accreditation in his name and was he really entitled to be there at that time?”This type of attack is rare in Poland. A similar incident occurred in 2010 when an assailant gunned down an aide at a regional PiS office before stabbing another PiS employee, who survived.last_img read more

MCU News Missing Hawkeye The Truth about Captain Marvel and More

first_imgStay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Don’t worry bro @renner4real we got you #hawkeye #infinitywar @Avengers @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/pU40cRIYbY— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 17, 2018OK, that’s better. It’s only fair that Hawkeye gets something like this after being snubbed by the real poster. But what if it had the other Avengers on it and was much more hastily photoshopped?Via Reddit/ProbastyWe’re definitely getting somewhere, but we need more emotion. A good movie poster needs to evoke an instant emotional connection with the film. It’s a busy time for Marvel fans. Many of us were already deep into our MCU rewatch before Avengers: Infinity War when the new trailer dropped on Friday. (I’m halfway through Phase Two!) Now, an entire weekend has gone by, and we’ve all had plenty of time to pour over every detail in that trailer. We all think we have an idea of the meaning behind each shot. If you’re right there with us, chances are you’ve noticed a few Avengers missing from the movie’s promotional materials. For instance, take a look at the poster.Avengers: Infinity War poster (Photo via Marvel)It’s a pretty sweet poster. All the major heroes from every movie so far in some kind of fighting stance, and standing under the looming figure of Thanos. But… someone’s missing. Someone who’s been around since the first Thor. Someone with a bow. Yes, this poster has a concerning lack of Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner is nowhere to be seen in any of the trailers, nor on this poster. His name isn’t even in that block of credits on the bottom. That’s a real rough way to treat one of the original five Avengers. Sure, he hasn’t had his own movie, and unlike Black Widow, nobody’s really clamoring for one, but still! He deserves more than this.Fans of the movie have picked up on Marvel’s egregious mistake, and are doing everything they can to fix it. for those who cant find hawkeye in #InfinityWar poster, here you go pic.twitter.com/EYzkfGWKnt— acapbob (@m0hdashraff) March 17, 2018There he is! Now, don’t you ever leave us like that again, OK Legolas? You almost gave Tony an Arc Reactor attack.Ant-Man (Photo via Marvel/Disney)Hawkeye isn’t the only superhero missing from the trailers, though. The trailers prominently feature one of Marvel’s lovable rogues, but the other is nowhere to be found. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has yet to make an appearance in any Infinity War trailer. Some think that’s because his role in the film may have… shrunk. There are a ton of superheroes in this movie, and not all of them are going to get equal screen time. That may mean that Scott Lang doesn’t get to see a whole lot of action in this one. But even if that is the case, don’t worry. Not only is he getting a whole movie in July, Fansided reports he may have a bigger role in the next Avengers.“We knew that because we had two films, Avengers 3 and 4, that in one movie we could push people to the forefront but then we could pull back in the second film and push other characters to the forefront who had less screen time in the first movie,” co-director Joe Russo said. This movie is the last big hurrah for the Avengers as we know them. For some actors, it may be their last Marvel movie altogether. It’s only natural they should get slightly more focus than the characters who still have a solo film or two in the pipeline. If Ant-Man makes a small (hehe) appearance in Infinity War, it only means he’ll be much more important in Avengers 4.Then there’s the somehow still ongoing question of Captain Marvel. Last week, we thought we heard pretty definitively that she wasn’t going to be in Avengers: Infinity War. That she filmed some scenes, but they were cut. That she would first get a full introduction in 2019’s Captain Marvel, before joining the fray in Avengers 4. Well, that might not have been entirely true. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Joe Russo finally, we hope, answered the question once and for all.“We have some great female characters in this, Captain Marvel is in it, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch… umm… we have Wakanda coming in – there’s a whole group of characters coming from the Black Panther universe,” he said. There it is. He said it; Captain Marvel is in this movie. And just so there are no more questions, he added: “We’re really, really proud of being able to introduce Captain Marvel in this one.” In this one. Not in Avengers 4, not in Captain Marvel, in this upcoming movie. It’s confirmed from the director’s mouth himself; we’re going to see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, let’s hope that puts the back-and-forth to bed for good.Avengers (Photo via Marvel Studios)One thing the interviewer hit on that really is incredible when you think about it is the sheer amount of superheroes in this movie. It’s even more impressive when you realize they all come from very different movies with wildly varying tones. A Guardians of the Galaxy movie is very different from an Iron Man movie, which is very different from a Thor or Captain America and so on. How do they put all that together and still end up with a coherent movie? A lot of collaboration.According to Comic Book, the directors of past Marvel Cinematic Universe had some input into how certain characters were handled, and what kind of tone their scenes would take. The Russo Brothers sought input from James Gunn for scenes featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Taika Waititi for Thor, Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, and Peyton Reed for Ant-Man. That sounds really smart. You don’t want these characters to seem like completely different people just because new directors are at the helm. The Cinematic Universe thing only works if you feel like you’re watching the same characters all the way through. I can’t think of a better way to accomplish that than to seek out the directors who’ve spent the most time on each individual hero.“I would say collectively, everyone in the Marvel Universe has been involved in this movie. We’re very close with all the directors. We love them all. We have a lot of conversations with people constantly. We had a lot of talking with Taika, because that movie [wasn’t] finished, and he had to execute things on set that we needed real information about tonally, about the direction it was going in,” Joe Russo said. “As far as how we’re working, we’re working in a real collaborate, united artists approach to the movie, in respect to hearing where people are taking their characters.”He said the director they talked the most with was Black Panther’s, Ryan Coogler. Because they were shooting at the same time, and Black Panther came out only a few months before Infinity War. “There was a lot of cross-collaboration there,” Russo said. Still no love for Hawkeye. [ by: ThaiPosterFanMade]#Avengers #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/MiE4qpF6j6— Popcornography (@PopCorn_Media) March 17, 2018Yeah, that’s the stuff. Powerful. Avengers: Infinite Bro-Hugs is going to kill at the box office. We might just have it there, but another fan went in a different direction. What if Hawkeye didn’t need to be added to the poster? What if he was already there? We’ve just been looking in the wrong place.last_img read more

Ancient natural fission reactor offers clues on how to store modern nuclear

first_imgA scanning electron microscope image of uranium ore from the Oklo natural nuclear reactor. Insets show fissionogenic Cs and Ba hotspots. Credit: PNAS © 2018 Phys.org Trace amounts of isotope from Fukushima disaster found in California wine More information: Evan E. Groopman et al. Discovery of fissionogenic Cs and Ba capture five years after Oklo reactor shutdown, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807267115AbstractUnderstanding the release and sequestration of specific radioactive signatures into the environment is of extreme importance for long-term nuclear waste storage and reactor accident mitigation. Recent accidents at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear reactors released radioactive 137Cs and 134Cs into the environment, the former of which is still live today. We have studied the migration of fission products in the Oklo natural nuclear reactor using an isotope imaging capability, the NAval Ultra-Trace Isotope Laboratory’s Universal Spectrometer (NAUTILUS) at the US Naval Research Laboratory. In Oklo reactor zone (RZ) 13, we have identified the most depleted natural U of any known material with a 235U/238U ratio of 0.3655 ± 0.0007% (2σ). This sample contains the most extreme natural burnup in 149Sm, 151Eu, 155Gd, and 157Gd, which demonstrates that it was sourced from the most active Oklo reactor region. We have discovered that fissionogenic Cs and Ba were captured by Ru metal/sulfide aggregates shortly following reactor shutdown. Isochrons from the Ru aggregates place their closure time at 4.98 ± 0.56 y after the end of criticality. Most fissionogenic 135Ba and 137Ba in the Ru migrated and was incorporated as Cs over this period. Excesses in 134Ba in the Ru point to the burnup of 133Cs. Cesium and Ba were retained in the Ru despite local volcanic activity since the reactor shutdown and the high level of activity during reactor operation. A team of researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Washington University has learned more about possible ways to store modern nuclear waste by studying an ancient natural fission reactor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of cores taken from the natural Oklo nuclear reactor and what they found. Explore furthercenter_img 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. As scientists continue to search for new more environmentally friendly ways to produce power, the old ways continue to generate waste. One such source is waste from nuclear power plants. Various options regarding how to store it long term have been discussed, but few have panned out, leaving waste to be temporarily stored onsite. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about what actually happens as nuclear waste decays over its active lifetime. To learn more, they traveled to Gabon, located in West Africa. At a location known as Oklo, there exists the remains of a natural nuclear reactor. Due to a variety of events, the site was the scene of naturally occurring fission approximately 2 billion years ago. The uranium-235 that drove the reactions has long since decayed, but the history of how that occurred remains.To learn more about what happened as the fissionable material decayed, the researchers took core samples and brought them back to their lab, which houses the Naval Ultra Trace Isotope Laboratory’s Universal Spectrometer. There, they were able to piece together the history of the radioactive material as it moved through its elemental states, some of which included isotopes. Of utmost concern was what became of the cesium that was produced as a byproduct of uranium fission. Cesium has been found to be particularly hazardous due to its high degree of radioactivity—it was released into the environment after both the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents. The researchers found that it was absorbed by an element called ruthenium, approximately five years after the reactor ceased. It was held there in place for almost 2 billion years.The researchers suggest that discovering that cesium had been contained by ruthenium offers some ideas on possible ways to deal with waste produced in modern reactors. They further note that ruthenium is too rare to use, but something like it might do the trick. They plan to investigate further. Citation: Ancient natural fission reactor offers clues on how to store modern nuclear waste (2018, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ancient-natural-fission-reactor-clues.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Caffeine during pregnancy not bad for babys IQ

first_imgTaking caffeine in moderate amounts during pregnancy does not cause any harm to child’s intelligence, says a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.The research, one of the first studies to focus on how in utero caffeine exposure affects a child’s future intelligence (IQ) and behaviour later in childhood, found caffeine did not lead to a reduced IQ or increased behavioral problems. “We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition or behaviour at four or seven years of age,” said principal investigator Mark A Klebanoff. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Researchers analysed a marker of caffeine in the blood of 2,197 expectant mothers who took part in the Collaborative Perinatal Project, conducted at multiple sites in the US in 1959-74. According to the researchers, this was an era when coffee consumption during pregnancy was more prevalent than today, as there was little concern regarding the safety of caffeine. Researchers looked at the association between a chemical called paraxanthine, caffeine’s primary metabolite, at two points in pregnancy. Researchers found there were no consistent patterns between maternal caffeine ingestion and the development and behaviour of those children at those points in their lives. “Taken as a whole, we consider our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine or the equivalent to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day,” said co-author Sarah Keim.last_img read more

Be alive and get a taste of heaven through Yoga Spirituality Grand

first_imgWith a mission to bring people to a higher consciousness of living, Grand Master started his journey in the year 2011 from the Himalayan Mountains. Yoga must reach the people who are disconnected from its source in an authentic yet adaptive manner.” I understood that yoga must be given to people in such a way that it will easily settle into their everyday lives. I thus began Akshar yoga as the overview brand name for all the various forms of yoga that are provided in their true form such as Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga , Ashtanga yoga and also the innovative forms of yoga such as Power yoga, Wheel yoga, Aerial yoga, etc. Each of these formats is clearly segregated and taught separately with a completely worked out syllabus and curriculum that gives you true and accurate information, thus forming what is today, Akshar Yoga.” he explains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the training of complete knowledge in so many fields, Grand Master Akshar says, “it is a prerequisite to be entrepreneur, innovator, motivational or a Guru. I am an entrepreneur when it comes to bringing Yoga to the masses, an innovator when it comes to making yoga new, challenging and appropriate for people of this day and age, a Motivational speaker for those who need a shoulder to lean on during tough times, a Life coach to my students and others who look up to me and all these sums up to a Guru.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs an innovator Grand Master always tries to invent something new while staying true and authentic to its teachings and benefits. Few of his innovations are – Akshar Yoga Wheel: A yoga prop that helps heal the body and also enhance yoga practice with the use of a circular shaped device that supports the body during the practice of asanas. AY Aerial Yoga: It is a form of innovation where a hammock suspends the practitioner in air while they experience yoga from a completely different perspective. The body remains supported by the specially designed hammock while they are free to practice asanas and movements to further explore their bodies. Super Brain Power Yoga: An innovation based purely on tradition. It is the channelizing of various practices and teachings within yoga for the benefit and growth of the mind. It has been separately choreographed for children and adults bearing in mind the different functioning, activity, use and growth of the brain. Grand Master has also trained yoga teachers all over the world and has had the pleasure of training some exceptional beings who are each becons in their respective fields. There have been Corporate industry giants, Athletes and celebrities like Anil Valluri, Wido Manhardt, Babita Phogat, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar to name a few. He suggests everyone to acquire knowledge and act accordingly. Once filled with the appropriate information to pursue dreams, do not wait or stand idle and wait for things to happen but charge ahead and make them happen for you.last_img read more

GSE Releases Report on Mortgage Origination

first_imgGSE Releases Report on Mortgage Origination Share Ellie Mae Loan Origination 2019-06-19 Mike Albanese Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report for May 2019 revealed the 30-year note rate dropped for the fifth-consecutive month to 4.52%.May’s rate of 4.52% is down from April’s rate of 4.61% and a decrease from 4.84% from May 2018.The report added that the time to close rose slightly from 40 days in April to 42 in May. Refinances closed in 37 days in May, which is a slight increase from the reported 33 days in April. Purchase loans closed in 44 days, increasing by one day from April.The Origination Insight Report focuses on loans that closed in the specific month, and the closing rate is calculated on a 90-day cycle, not a monthly basis.All closing times increased year-over-year, as in May 2018 closing times were 41 days, and purchases closed in 43 days. Closing times for refinances was unchanged at 37 days. “As the 30-year note rate declines for yet another month, we are seeing purchase and refinance activity on the rise,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Closing rates remain well over 75 percent and with the Mortgage Bankers Association reporting solid purchase volume and new inventory on the rise, we could be in for a very robust summer home buying season.”The report also found that the percentage of refinances decreased to 32%, while purchased made up 68% of total closed loans. The amount of adjustable rate mortgages fell slightly to 6.7% in May from 6.8% in April.Black Knight reported earlier this month that declining mortgage rates have resulted in 5.9 million refinance candidates in April, which is an increase of 2 million from March.According to Ellie Mae, the amount of refinances increased year-over-yer from 30% last May. The total amount of purchases fell year-over-year from 70%.May’s closing rate increased to 75.6% from 74.8% in April.Of all loans closed in May, 66% were conventional, 19% were FHA, 10% were VA, and other types of loans came in at 5%.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination June 19, 2019 499 Views last_img read more

Bipartisan bill passage clarifies lawful firearms possession by nonresidents

first_img Categories: Rendon News Legislation championed by northern Michigan’s Rep. Bruce Rendon to clarify the lawful carrying of pistols in Michigan by out-of-state owners was unanimously approved by the House today.“We’re making sure there’s no grey area in the law and no room for misinterpretation,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “People who can possess a pistol for lawful purposes in their home state are also recognized as legally doing so during visits to Michigan, assuming they abide by our laws as well.”House Republicans amended a portion of the penal code in 2012—also with bipartisan support—to remove the definition of ‘lawful purpose’ in reference to the safe transportation of pistols.“Disparities in already complicated regulations are the last thing we need,” Rep. Rendon said. “This change was necessary because people transporting pistols should have the freedom to stop for gas or food without fear of arrest. We want to ensure that well-meaning, pistol-owning citizens and visitors are law-abiding.”House Bill 4076 removes an unnecessary reference to the ‘lawful purpose’ definition that no longer exists, expressly illuminating the full intent of the law to allow non-resident pistol owners to carry their firearms in Michigan.Identical legislation passed the House 106-2 last year, but was not acted upon in the Senate as the 97th Legislature came to a close.HB 4076 will be considered further by the Senate. 25Feb Bipartisan bill passage clarifies lawful firearms possession by non-residentslast_img read more