New Delhi: The Commissioner of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Varsha Joshi has issued yet another advisory reiterating the need to prevent and control vector-borne diseases in Delhi.She has called for prevention of mosquito breeding at source and made it clear that a reduction in this respect is the only effective tool for prevention and control of these diseases. “Prevention and control have become essential as there is no specific treatment against Dengue and Chikungunya. Vector mosquitoes breed mainly on the artificial collection of clean water in desert coolers, uncovered storage containers and old tyres. During the rainy season, the possibilities of accumulation of water increases,” Joshi Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murdersaid. The SDMC Commissioner also said that a pointed effort needs to be made in schools, colleges, offices and workplaces with respect to spreading awareness about the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. Joshi said that various agencies in the health sector have reported mosquito breeding in different parts of Delhi and have also expressed deep concern over this issue. As part of the advisory, the Commissioner has requested heads of all Educational Institutions and offices to ensure that overhead tanks and other water containers are kept properly covered with a Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingslid. She has also asked that officials of the SDMC be provided with access to these overhead tanks so that they can check for possible instances of breeding. Joshi has asked residents to switch to coolers designed by the National Centre for Disease Control which prevents mosquito breeding. She added that heads of offices nominate nodal officers to ensure compliance of advisory and proper prevention and control of water-borne diseases across their complex. She reminded residents that failing to ensure clean and hygienic premises despite several warning might lead to legal repercussions as per the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation by- laws.
Official: 3rd pilot aided next-to-last Lion Air flightOfficial: 3rd pilot aided next-to-last Lion Air flight
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
JAKARTA, Indonesia — The chairman of Indonesia’s transportation safety agency has confirmed that a third pilot was in the cockpit as the flight crew struggled to keep the plane aloft during the next-to-last flight of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on Oct. 29.However, Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee, on Thursday disputed reports citing recordings of cockpit discussions during that flight.The third pilot, qualified to fly Max 8s, was deadheading aboard the Oct. 28 flight from Bali’s Denpasar airport to Jakarta when the jet encountered the same problems that appear to have caused it to crash a day later.The three pilots managed to resolve the issues and safely reached Jakarta.Tjahjono said the NTSC interviewed the pilot but legally cannot publish its findings.The Associated Press
SNC-Lavalin considering all options after Codelco contract cancellationSNC-Lavalin considering all options after Codelco contract cancellation
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is leaving the door open to a lawsuit against Chile’s state-owned copper mining company, which has terminated its contract with the construction giant.A spokesman for SNC-Lavalin tells The Canadian Press that the company is looking at all options to determine whether to take legal action.The Montreal-based engineering firm has said it was “appalled and surprised” that state miner Codelco ended the US$260-million contract due to alleged quality issues and delays in subcontractor payments and project execution.The contract, awarded in November 2016, included engineering, supply and construction of two new acid plants for a smelter at the Chuquicamata mine in northern Chile.SNC-Lavalin is now demobilizing the job site and preparing dispute-resolution actions to recover some of the roughly $350 million in losses, which the company blames on Codelco and subcontractors.Analyst Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity says investors should not expect any recovery in 2019 and that such a big project cancellation will hurt SNC’s reputation in the mining industry.
Trump Kim begin second nuclear summit on hopeful noteTrump Kim begin second nuclear summit on hopeful note
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
In the Vietnamese capital, Trump and Kim are expected to discuss the verifiable dismantlement of the Yongbyon nuclear complex and other weapons facilities in North Korea in exchange for a declaration of a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, or an easing of economic sanctions on the country.Trump and Kim will sign an agreement after the summit, according to the White House. U.S. officials hope the document will show tangible progress beyond the vague commitments made in Singapore. As members of the international community, Washington and Hanoi could help “make North Korean into a great economic power,” he said, if Pyongyang abandons its nuclear weapons program.After the brief one-on-one greeting between the leaders, they proceeded into a social dinner at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, a French colonial-era five-star hotel.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney accompanied Trump at the dinner. Kim was flanked by Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. “I think this one, hopefully, will be equal or greater than the first (summit),” Trump said. “And I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country…and I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen, and we will help it to happen.” Kim said that the two countries have overcome distrust since they last met in June in Singapore for the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit, and that he would “do his best” to produce greater outcomes that will be welcomed by all. Trump will meet with the press after holding what he calls “big meetings” with Kim on Thursday, the White House said.Given Trump’s apparent eagerness to claim a big foreign policy win in the run-up to his 2020 re-election bid, and his recent remark that he is in “no rush” to denuclearize North Korea, some analysts suspect he may be tempted to focus on less challenging issues such as declaring an end to decades-long enmity with the country.Asked by an American reporter if the two leaders will issue an end-of-war declaration, Trump said, “We’ll see.” In a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hours before the summit, Trump discussed how Vietnam — once an enemy of the United States — could be a model for North Korea in terms of economic prosperity. U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is ready to help North Korea achieve its economic potential as he and the country’s leader Kim Jong Un began a two-day meeting, but it remains to be seen if concrete denuclearization steps can be agreed upon.In their second summit in Hanoi, Trump and Kim, smiling and laughing, shook hands, with the 72-year-old president hailing his “great relationship” with the leader in his 30s with whom he once traded harsh insults. Aside from prodding Kim to give up North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Trump — at the request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — is also likely to ask that Pyongyang resolve the issue of its abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.At the Singapore summit, Kim had promised to work toward “complete” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while Trump committed to providing security guarantees to Pyongyang.Yet there have been few conciliatory signs since then, with the United States demanding North Korea dismantle its arsenal with international verification, and Pyongyang calling for a lifting of the sanctions.North Korea has also sought a declaration to end the 1950s conflict as a first step toward guaranteeing its security. Proponents say such a confidence-building measure would facilitate denuclearization.Such a statement is not legally binding and would only represent a symbolic end to the war, which was halted with an armistice, not a peace treaty.The armistice was signed in July 1953 by the U.S.-led United Nations Command, North Korea and the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army. If a peace treaty were to be signed, it would undergo a multilateral process involving North and South Korea, the United States and China. (Courtesy Kyodo News)
California irrigation district ends dispute agrees to clean up contaminated water onCalifornia irrigation district ends dispute agrees to clean up contaminated water on
October 3, 2019October 3, 2019
by Scott Smith, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 3:10 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRESNO, Calif. – The nation’s largest irrigation district agreed to clean up contaminated water in California’s fertile Central Valley in a tentative deal announced Tuesday, settling a decades-old dispute with the federal government.Westlands Water District will clean up water tainted by salt that has accumulated in soil from years of irrigation, general manager Thomas Birmingham said. Federal officials have failed for more than half a century to do the work that the district will undertake, he said.The Department of the Interior estimated the cleanup to cost $3.5 billion, based on a project the government had proposed several years ago but never completed.Westlands, however, did not say how much it would spend on the cleanup, but district officials said they agreed to fix the problem, whatever it takes. Birmingham said Westlands can do it for less.Critics say the district and the U.S. Department of Interior secretly forged the agreement that wipes away large amounts of the district’s debt and potentially gives it greater access to the state’s scarce water supplies amid a record drought.Responding to critics, Birmingham said negotiations were done in private but were not secret.“They feel the need to attack anything that benefits Westlands,” Birmingham said. “Westlands, by doing this, is undertaking significant risks and obligations that we currently don’t have.”The tentative deal requires final approval by Congress.The district supplies irrigation water to 700 family farms that grow everything from almonds to tomatoes on land in the San Joaquin Valley stretching from Firebaugh and Kettleman City. The district makes up a large part of Central California farming, which leads the nation in producing fruits, vegetables and nuts.The settlement also relieves Westlands of $350 million owed to taxpayers for its part in building the Central Valley Project, the system of canals that delivers water to providers as far south as San Diego.It grants Westlands an indefinite water contract, rather than one that has to be renewed every two years. Farmers within the district also will no longer have to limit their farms to 960 acres.Those terms worry U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., who urged federal officials for more transparency in the settlement. McNerney represents residents along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a major source of Westlands’ water.He and other members of Congress were briefed Friday on the settlement.“It’s a sweetheart deal,” McNerney said. “There’s a lot of concern about what’s in the agreement.”The Department of Interior also said it had briefed members of Congress.McNerney, who expects that Congress will approve the deal, said he is not assured that Westlands will fulfil its obligation to clean up the contaminated water.U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, a California Democrat who also was briefed, said the details they were presented are old. The settlement affects California’s farming industry and the details of the negotiations are too important to be hidden from view, he said.“The Department of Interior should be whacked badly for the secrecy in this agreement,” Garamendi said.The water district agreed to retire at least 20 per cent of the 614,000 acres of farmland included in the district, which will limit the amount of federal water it can receive. In the last two years of drought, the district has received no federal water.Federal officials will withhold water supplies from the district unless Westlands upholds its end of the bargain, Birmingham said. Critics say the deal gives the district priority over other customers that receive federal water, which Birmingham denies.“That’s the biggest hammer the government could have to ensure Westlands fulfills the obligation,” he said._____This story has been corrected by removing reference to Westlands Water District paying $3.5 billion for the cleanup. The district says it does not know exactly how much it will spend. Also corrects to say 20 per cent of farmland in the Westlands district will be retired from use instead of 16 per cent. California irrigation district ends dispute, agrees to clean up contaminated water on farmland
OHL Roundup Bode Wilde stars in overtime as Spirit down Battalion 43OHL Roundup Bode Wilde stars in overtime as Spirit down Battalion 43
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Bode Wilde scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Saginaw Spirit defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-3 on Thursday in Ontario Hockey League action.Brady Gilmour and Damien Giroux also scored for the Spirit (12-9-2), while Ivan Prosvetov made 28 saves for the win.Kurtis Evans, Justin Brazeau and Brandon Coe had goals in regulation time for the Battalion (10-11-2).Christian Purboo stopped 32 shots for North Bay.Saginaw did not score on its three power plays and the Battalion went 0 for 2.—PETES 8 FRONTENACS 2PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Nick Robertson had a hat trick as the Petes routed Kingston.Liam Kirk had a pair of goals, including the eventual winner, for Peterborough (13-11-0), while Adam Timleck, Matt McNamara and Austin Osmanski rounded out the attack.Ian Derungs and Kallaway Mercer replied for the Frontenacs (7-17-1) .—COLTS 7 OTTERS 5ERIE, Pa. — Ben Hawerchuk struck twice as Barrie rolled past the Otters.Jacob Tortora’s goal early in the third period stood as the winner for the Colts (12-10-1), while Tyson Foerster, Tyler Tucker, Aidan Brown and Lucas Chiodo also scored.Gera Poddubnyi had two goals for Erie (9-13-1), while Danial Singer, Chad Yetman and Ryan Martin chipped in.—KNIGHTS 7 STEELHEADS 4LONDON, Ont. — Adam Boqvist scored twice as the Knights sank Mississauga.Evan Bouchard’s power-play goal in the second period was the winner for London (16-4-2). Paul Cotter, Nathan Dunkley, Billy Moskal and Alex Formenton added goals of their own.Owen Tippett, Cole Carter, Alan Lyszczarczyk and Ryan McLeod supplied the offence for the Steelheads (14-7-2).The Canadian Press
New Atlas Copco Boltec EC takes underground mine bolting to the nextNew Atlas Copco Boltec EC takes underground mine bolting to the next
September 24, 2019September 24, 2019
Atlas Copco says it “has taken underground rock bolting and reinforcement operations to the next level with the introduction of the new Boltec EC, equipped with the sturdy, accurate and stable BUT 45 boom. Boltec EC is a fully mechanised bolting unit based on Atlas Copco’s well-known bolting platform that provides high productivity and precision in the installation of rock bolts in lengths of 1.5-6 m at heights of up to 13.5 m.”The new rig is designed to improve productivity, safety and comfort for the operator.Paul O’Neill, Product Manager at Atlas Copco, explains: “- This new rig is fast, accurate and stable for bolting in large mining applications. With Atlas Copco’s already high-tech platform we are now offering several levels of automation to suit customer requirements. This includes great features such as Bolt Angle Indication and Bolt Plan Navigation.”The Boltec EC is built on a sturdy, articulated carrier with four-wheel drive. It is equipped with the new BUT 45 heavy duty boom for direct, fast and accurate positioning between holes and has a reach of 13.5 m. The BHR 20 feed rotary unit is versatile and robust and also has a double rotation unit for ±190o degree feed roll-over and ±135o feed rotation.Designed for a hole range of 35-64 mm, the rig is equipped with the COP 1435 (14 KW) rock drill which has a frequency of 80 HZ and an impact energy of 170 kJ, providing up to 30% higher penetration rate than the already successful COP 1132.Boltec operator Markku Paakkolanvaara at the Kemi mine in Finland, says: “I have used Boltec rigs for about five years and now I have been working with the new rig for about three weeks. I am extremely satisfied with it, especially with the boom which feels much steadier and also gives a much better reach.” Among other tasks, the rig has been used to drill holes for power lines and water pipes and has installed some 3 600 bolts at an average rate of 120-130 bolts per shift.Supervisor – Underground Contracting at Kemi mine, Ari.M.Keskitalo, is also impressed by the performance of the new rig and its BUT 45 boom. “I think the Boltec is beyond comparison, especially for the fast installation of bolts in large quantities, he says.“I also believe that service and maintenance costs will decrease significantly with the new Boltec and that the slide pieces and bearing housings will last longer. I think this rig exemplifies the lead Atlas Copco has over its competitors with regard to bolting rigs.”Further orders have been placed in Scandinavia for the new Boltec EC including Sweden’s iron ore mine LKAB and the Swedish mining contractor Bergteamet.
BHP teams up with NREL to clean up legacy mining impacts developBHP teams up with NREL to clean up legacy mining impacts develop
September 24, 2019September 24, 2019
BHP says it has partnered with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to work with local universities to find a sustainable way to both clean up legacy mining impacts and develop biomass to be used as feedstock for biofuels from these impacted lands and water.The company said: “BHP’s commitment to putting health and safety first, being environmentally responsible, and supporting our communities extends to mine sites that are no longer operating, including those BHP acquired after mining was completed.“In many cases, historical practices at these sites have resulted in environmental impacts. BHP works hard to address these site-based concerns in collaboration with regulatory agencies and local communities.”The collaboration between BHP, universities, and research institutes will study species of plants and algae that can be used to aid in cleanup of impacts from uranium mining in the soil and water through phytoremediation, and then produce biodiesel and other value-added products from these brownfield sites in arid climates, BHP said.This first 24-month programme will identify and test native and other compatible species of algae and plants for their phytoremediation capability and metal uptake as well as safe and efficient ways to process the harvested phytoremediation crops into useful bioproducts. The laboratory and field studies will build on current literature and peer studies, according to BHP.“The planned programme also intersects with existing work at BHP to accelerate the development of carbon capture systems in a range of applications, noting that many of the nature-based options to remediate land also remove CO2 from the atmosphere,” BHP said. Synergies between these development programmes will be sought, including the potential to enhance CO2 removal rates and accelerate CO2 use “pathways”, it said.NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, is DOE’s premier National Lab devoted to research and development of renewable energy and materials technologies, according to BHP.“It focuses on creative answers to today’s energy challenges. These include breakthroughs in fundamental science and new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives. Through their work, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy,” BHP said.The universities involved in this study are the Nuclear Sciences department at Oregon State University, the Sustainable Trades and Advanced Technologies department at Santa Fe Community College, and New Mexico State University Departments of Plant & Environmental Sciences and Chemical & Materials Engineering.
After 8 years YouTube uploads surpass 100 hours every minuteAfter 8 years YouTube uploads surpass 100 hours every minute
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
I find it surprising that YouTube has actually been around for 8 years now. It doesn’t seem that long ago online video was brand new and pretty low quality. Today, 720p and 1080p video is the norm, full movies streaming is commonplace, and online video looks set to kill disc-based content releases in the not too distant future.Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has regularly been setting new records with the amount of content being uploaded and streamed to users. In May 2011, Google announced that YouTube was handling 48 hours of video uploads every minute. By January 2012 that had increased to 60 hours a minute. Jump forward to today, and YouTube has hit three figures–every minute now sees over 100 hours of video uploaded. That’s 1 hour and 36 minutes of video every single second. Or 250 days worth of video every hour being added to the service.Handling such a large amount of video will surely keep the staff at Google’s data centers very busy. Adding new storage and servers to cope with all that content must be a never ending job, and it’s certainly going to keep hard drive manufacturers fighting hard to be YouTube’s storage supplier.The rate of uploads doesn’t look like it will level out any time soon, either. In fact, Google is pushing for more video with the recent launch of 53 subscription channels. And if even a small percentage of those video uploads can generate revenue beyond just advertising, Google will continue to push for more content. A hundred hours a minute today will most certainly look tiny in comparison to uploads in just a couple of years from now.
Donegal hotel named best in Ireland for fifth year in a rowDonegal hotel named best in Ireland for fifth year in a row
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Donegal hotel named best in Ireland for fifth year in a row TripAdvisor revealed its 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards this morning. Image: Harvey’s Point Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3203421 Image: Harvey’s Point Short URL By Cliodhna Russell Jan 24th 2017, 7:16 PM Share260 Tweet Email6 45,762 Views Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 7:16 PM HARVEY’S POINT HOTEL has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row.The hotel review website revealed its 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its website this morning.These were the top five Irish hotels listed:Harvey’s PointAshford CastleThe Merrion Hotel Dublin Killarney Park HotelHayfield Manor CorkHarvey’s Point Hotel was also ranked ‘10th Best Hotel in Europe’ in the TripAdvisor European Awards, three places higher than its 13th place in 2016.The Lough Eske hotel also ranked ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ for service and 2nd in Ireland for ‘Romance’. Harvey’s Point hotelier Deirdre McGlone said she was ‘over the moon’ with the news.“Words can hardly express the excitement that we feel, having won No. 1 Hotel in Ireland on TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row.This award belongs to our dedicated team, each of whom play their part in the Harvey’s Point success story. Our heartfelt thanks to our many guests who wrote so favourably of their experiences at Harvey’s Point.One of the many reviews of the hotel featured on the TripAdvisor said:The concierge opened our room door and said ‘Welcome to heaven,’ and he wasn’t wrong!McGlone added, “We are immensely proud of this great achievement which encourages us to raise the bar even higher in delivering the highest possible standards of hotel-keeping and hospitality.”Harvey’s Point has also been named ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’ in the Georgina Campbell Guide Awards.Read: These are the 10 best restaurants in Ireland*>
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
The Pancretan Association of Melbourne voted in their new committees last Sunday, with Tony Tsourdalakis handing over the reigns to newly elected president John Nikolakakis. Tsourdalakis, who was the president for four years, successfully held out his four-year term for the association. Other roles on the board include: John Rerakis, A’ Vice President; Dimitris Papadimitrakis, B’ Vice President; Mary Rissakis, Treasurer; and Aggie Mihelakis, Secretary.The Pancretan Womens Auxillary voted Zina Axarlis as president and the Pancretan Youth Club voted in Yiota Xanthos as president. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
Initially introduced by Mattel after their attempt to secure the Star Wars license fell through, Masters of the Universe were one of the biggest toy successes of the 1980s, boasting a seemingly endless array of ultra-buff warriors and a few comely female companions, each with their own unique gimmick. Here’s our rundown of the coolest He-Man toys, from retro sculpts to modern updates.Mondo Tees He-Man Action FigureThe character of He-Man evolved quite a bit in the fiction surrounding the toy line. Originally he was just a Conan-esque barbarian, but when the cartoon series premiered he got a medieval backstory as Prince Adam, the scion of Eternia, who could raise his magic sword aloft and transform into the shirtless ass-kicker. Geek culture Mecca Mondo announced a new line of Masters toys last year, and it’s only fitting that He-Man is their first entry. This is a pre-order — the line won’t ship until the Fall — but it’s already guaranteed to be a hot collector’s item. You can wait.Get it at Amazon.comModulok Action FigureNearly all of the male Masters of the Universe toys were cast from the same basic body mold, which saved Mattel a lot of money but resulted in pretty similar-looking characters. When there was an exception, though, it was pretty damn cool. Modulok was introduced in 1985 after the first wave of Evil Horde enemies, and he was like nothing the series had seen before. Composed of 22 individual pieces, he could be reformed and arranged in dozens of different configurations. This was a mind-blower at the time and the revised Classics version is just as cool today.Get it at Amazon.comTrap-Jaw Action FigureOf all of Skeletor’s many weird henchmen, few were quite as iconic as Trap-Jaw. In continuity, he was a criminal from an alien dimension brought to Eternia by Skeletor who nearly defeated He-Man before being injured and reduced to a mere lackey. His metal arm featured a modular socket in which he could affix all sorts of weird weapons like a hook, claw and laser beam. This 2008 sculpt was part of the Masters of the Universe Classics line and really goes all-out on the detail. I love that it still includes the little loop in his helmet so he can slide down a zipline, though. That was always fun.Get it at Amazon.comSideshow Collectibles Skeletor StatueThe cadaverous ruler of Snake Mountain is one of the most iconic cartoon villains of all time, a blue-skinned beefcake with a skull for a head and a lot of cronies to do his bidding. Skeletor craves conquering Castle Grayskull, which will increase his mystic might to a level sufficient to take over an entire universe. This incredibly detailed statue from Sideshow Collectibles stands over 21 inches high and weighs 15 pounds. The paint job is painstakingly accurate, with tons of undertones and accents that will make him the centerpiece of your villain collection.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop OrkoOne of the few characters created for the TV series and then retroactively inserted into the toy line, Orko was the comic relief character for Masters, a floating “Trollian” magician from another dimension. Fun bit of trivia: he was originally named “Gorpo” in the first script drafts. Whatever you call him, Orko was the guy responsible for delivering the little morals and messages at the end of many episodes. Now you can have him in Funko Pop form, which is a pretty good match for his general aesthetic.Get it at Amazon.comMega Construx Castle GrayskullGetting the original 1980s Castle Grayskull playset will require a big chunk of time on eBay or a lucky garage sale somewhere. But why not make one yourself instead? Mega Construx — the high-end Mega Bloks line from Mattel — has the He-Man license, and they’ve used it for a number of pretty cool kits. The Castle Grayskull is far and away the beefiest, measuring over 3,600 pieces and featuring tons of cool elements, like a hinging structure, multiple floors, working missile launchers and six scale figures to play with. Yes, they’re compatible with Legos, too, so you can have a crossover.Get it at Amazon.comSuper7 Laughing Prince Adam FigureThe often cheap Filmation animation used for Masters of the Universe looks incredibly hokey today, and footage from the show has found its way into remixes and memes for quite some time. One of the more famous bits involves He-Man’s alter ego, the inexplicably wimpy despite having the exact same body shape Prince Adam, laughing maniacally at whatever. The lunatics at Super 7 took inspiration from the meme and actually released a SDCC exclusive figure with a brand new laughing head sculpt for the serious fans out there, of which everybody should be one.Get it at Amazon.comMasters of The Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. SetWe’re in very strange times, when toy lines can mix and mingle in previously unimaginable ways. M.U.S.C.L.E. Things were a brief but bright 80s fad, a collection of small rubbery fighters based on the Japanese Kinnikuman manga about absurd pro wrestlers. And now, in 2019, there’s He-Man versions of them. This set of 20 bright yellow figures includes such Eternia luminaries as Kobra Khan, Tri-Clops, Evil-Lyn and of course some He-Men and Skeletors. There’s even a Castle Greyskull. What more could you ask for in this life?Get it at Amazon.comSuper 7 Los Amos SkeletorMasters of the Universe wasn’t just a local phenomenon. Countries all around the world got their own versions of the TV show and toy line, often with some unusual localizations. In Mexico, it was called Los Amos del Universo, and the creators of the tie-in comics didn’t have access to everything so they had to make some strange choices. Most notably, Skeletor’s color scheme was wildly different, with a lurid pink face, turquoise body and lime green armor. Toymaker Super 7 created this near-bootleg take, scaled at G.I. Joe size, for hardcore fans and it’s pretty awesome.Get it at Amazon.comKing Randor StatuePrince Adam’s dad had a pretty sweet mustache but didn’t seem to be that effective a ruler, leaving it up to his kid and his pet cat to defend Eternia against all sorts of villains and creeps. He’s also so dumb he doesn’t realize that Prince Adam and He-Man are the same person. That said, he’s still royalty and we have to treat him with a modicum of respect. This excellent statue of King Randor all kitted up for battle and wielding a mighty sword was sculpted by the Four Horsemen and even comes with a fur cape.Get it at Amazon.comShe-Ra Action FigureOriginally devised as a way to get girls into the Masters fantasy franchise, She-Ra has really come into her own in recent years with a new Netflix series that brings it up to modern sensibilities in fine form. The long-lost sister of Prince Adam kidnapped by the malevolent Hordak and raised on Etheria, where she was brainwashed to serve in the Evil Horde until she found the Sword of Protection and embraced her magical alter ego. Solid figure here in classic six-inch style with all the accessories you’d expect.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:The Best Avengers ToysThe Most Fatal Mortal Kombat ToysThe Most Ruling Game of Thrones Toys Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long
Oregon seeks compromise on Columbia salmon fishing reformsOregon seeks compromise on Columbia salmon fishing reforms
September 19, 2019September 19, 2019
SALEM, Ore. — The chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has offered to compromise with the Washington commission over their differences regarding the Columbia River salmon reforms.Earlier this year, the two state commissions approved reforms starting this year in how salmon are allocated between sport and commercial fishermen and allowable commercial fishing methods.Oregon opted for a plan more friendly to commercial fishing than did the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown then scolded the Oregon commission for reneging on a 2013 agreement to limit gillnetting to off-channel areas and told it to change the policy by April 3.Michael Finley, chair of the Oregon commission, sent a letter to Brad Smith, chair of the Washington commission, on Tuesday detailing his compromise proposals.By species, here is a look at Finley’s proposals:Spring chinook — The states agree on an allocation of 80 percent of the Endangered Species Act impacts to sportsmen and 20 percent to the commercials.
Baha Mar bankruptcy filing hailed as a way to save projectBaha Mar bankruptcy filing hailed as a way to save project
September 17, 2019September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:china construction, maha mar, nassau, plp, US bankrupcy court Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Elections Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – The $3.5 billion Baha Mar yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Developer Sarkis Izmirlian said the construction delays and opening delays by China Construction America, which is majority-owned by the Chinese government has caused revenue problems and they cannot continue the business as usual. Forbes online reports that: Baha Mar’s board of directors decided that Chapter 11 “is the best path to provide the time to put in place a viable capital structure and working relationships to complete construction and successfully open Baha Mar.” Izmirlian released a statement and said the filing was made in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. An impasse on how much the Bahamas government actually owes for road works taken on to reconfigure West Bay Street delayed millions of dollars moving from the Bahamas Government to the China Construction company. A Tribune newspaper article last week exposed that finally the Bahamas government agreed to pay $21 million road works to China Construction; China Construction expects more like $58 million for the road works. One thousand workers are said to be on the payroll, and now face never being compensated for the some of their time spent working at the resort. Still, the PLP Administration believes the project in Nassau, will be salvaged. Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Bahamas: Brave wins, Cooper wins, Mitchell wins, Lynes wins for new PLP leadership
To be Loki or not to be Loki Marvel releases superhero playsTo be Loki or not to be Loki Marvel releases superhero plays
September 10, 2019September 10, 2019
Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Post a comment Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel help kids spin comics, learn to read Iron Man’s Endgame lakeside cabin is yours to rent on Airbnb Keanu Reeves, superhero? Marvel really wants him to join the MCU In Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play, written by Masi Asare,Kamala, Kahn tries to boost Ms. Marvel’s superhero image by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and friendships begin to suffer. To become the hero she always wanted to be, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is — imperfections and all. Share your voice TV and Movies Comics More Marvel Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know 26 Photos 1:20 Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play is written by Karen Zacarías. It follows Doreen Green (also known as Squirrel Girl) on her adventures at Empire State University as she makes new friends — and protects them from super villains.Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play is written by Christian Borle. In it, teenage Thor and Loki compete with and prank each other as usual. But underneath all the mischief, the two Princes of Asgard discover their own brotherly bond. So far there are only three plays to choose from, but hopefully more are on the way. If Marvel and Samuel French are taking requests, a play all about Captain Marvel and her cat-like alien pal Goose would be fun to see on stage. Hint, hint. Captain Marvel Marvel Thor New plays featuring Marvel superheroes are available for schools to license for student performances. Marvel If high school students can pull off a play all about sci-fi horror film Alien, why not Marvel superheroes?Marvel Comics and licensing house Samuel French are teaming up to release a series of three one-act plays about Marvel superheroes written specifically to be performed by high school students, the two companies announced Tuesday. The Marvel Spotlight plays include Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play; Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play; and Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play. The plays can be officially licensed by schools. Tags 0
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
A Qantas plane lands at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia on 22 February. Photo: ReutersAustralian police will be able to conduct random identity checks at airports under sweeping new security laws, the government said Tuesday, amid heightened terror fears following an alleged plot to bring down a plane.There has been growing concern over attacks by radicals inspired by Islamic State and other groups, with a foiled effort last year in Sydney to target an Etihad flight with a crude bomb.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new powers-which mean officers at airports would no longer need a reason to ask for ID-were necessary in “dangerous times”.“There is no law that requires you (to carry ID) but it’s hard to think of anyone that wouldn’t have some ID and wouldn’t be able to say a bit about themselves,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.He said recent suicide bombings in Indonesia’s second city Surabaya were a reminder that authorities “need to be ever vigilant” in Australia and elsewhere.Passenger and baggage scanners at domestic and regional airports will also be upgraded to match those already in place at international terminals, in measures costing nearly Aus$300 million ($226 million).Screening will be strengthened for inbound air cargo and international mail, with some 190 Australian Federal Police officers either deployed at airports or providing tactical and intelligence support.Authorities say they have prevented 14 attacks in recent years. Several other terror attacks have occurred, including the 2014 siege of a central Sydney cafe in which two hostages were killed.
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
In this file photo taken on 6 September 2018, a rescue dog from the Mexican Navy, Frida, takes a break during a training session in Mexico City. Photo: AFPFrida the rescue dog, a labrador retriever who gained worldwide fame for her heroics after the earthquake that devastated Mexico on 19 September 2017, officially retired from duty Monday.Frida, who adorably sniffed through the rubble in her protective goggles and booties in the hours after the tragedy, was sent into doggy retirement at 10 years old in a ceremony at the canine unit of the Mexican marines.”Our dear labrador Frida is starting a new era,” said Deputy naval minister Eduardo Redondo.”Frida stole the heart of all Mexico and thousands more abroad… Her bark always gave hope, and in moments of pain and uncertainty she brought relief.”Frida saved 12 people’s lives across her decade-long career as a search and rescue dog, the navy said.The emergency response efforts she took part in included earthquakes in Haiti and Ecuador in 2010 and 2016, respectively, and an explosion at the headquarters of Mexican state oil company Pemex in 2013.Her job after the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico City was to look for survivors in the rubble of the Rebsamen elementary school, where 19 children and seven adults were killed.Frida’s handlers removed her famous mask and booties at the ceremony, and she received a chew toy as a symbol of her new life in retirement.”Frida, mission accomplished, with honor,” said Redondo.
Texas Medical Center Makes Preparations Ahead Of Possible Flooding From HarveyTexas Medical Center Makes Preparations Ahead Of Possible Flooding From Harvey
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
X Allison was the most expensive tropical storm in history and it certainly took its toll in the Med Center. Flood waters destroyed research projects that had been going on for years. Underground electrical systems and emergency generators were also knocked out of service. It’s estimated the Med Center suffered about $2 billion in damages.Since that time there’s been a lot of upgrades to flood gates and subway doors designed to protect those facilities. As to when they make the call to close those gates, Roberta Schwartz with Houston Methodist Hospital says all it depends on how high the bayous rise.“When they reach about seven feet is when we start putting up our protection,” says Schwartz.Another big concern for Med Center hospitals is how to keep the power on during an outage. Schwartz says they’ve moved their emergency generator to higher ground.“And we have tested and tried those generators during Ike, during other storms, and we’ve had no problem with our generators,” adds Schwartz.And what about cars parked in underground garages?Schwartz says they’ll make an announcement before they close any flood gates so people can get their vehicles out. 00:00 /00:55 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
BALTIMORE – Clinton resident Allisa Queen teaches Pre-K4 at a Washington D.C. charter school. She also has two little girls: Jasmyn, age6 and Sky, age 4. So, she has given the subject of universal pre-K a lot of thought.Jasmyn is in first grade at a Prince George’s County public school. Sky spends all day at a child development center “It’s like a big daycare center,” Queen says. She chose to put her there because she liked the center’s educational program, and because she didn’t qualify for the county’s public pre-k program.“You have to be pretty much dirt poor to get in,” she said. “They don’t have a lot of programs if you are middle class.”She also said that county’s current half-day program doesn’t work well for her schedule since she and her fiancé work full time.Lt. Governor Brown read to Pre-K students for Read Across America Day. (Photo Courtesy of www.governor.maryland.gov)The idea of whether or not it’s economically feasible to make free pre-K available for all Maryland four-year-olds is just one subject in a highlyvolatile gubernatorial race.Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has vowed to make it a reality for the entire state, should he win the race. Brown’s plan would call for a half-day program by 2018, and a full-day program by 2022. He says he would pay for it with gambling revenue. However, his Republican opponent, Larry Hogan, says that it might not be possible.“I support pre-K, number one,” Hogan said in an Oct. 7 debate that aired on WJZ-TV in Baltimore. “He runs commercials saying I don’t support Pre-K and that I’m going to take $300 million out of the pockets of kids and give it to big corporations. That’s not true. What the lieutenant governor is talking about is expanding it to pay for everybody in the entire state but he doesn’t really have a plan about how to accomplish that and he’s not talking about how to pay for it and he’s not talking about making this happen until 2022. So basically, it’s a campaign promise that he’s trying to mislead voters into thinking he’s going to make happen and I’m not.”Queen says both in her life and in the classroom, she sees the difference pre-K makes.She says she wasn’t enrolled in a pre-K program and remembers struggling to catch up. She was an only child and stayed at home until kindergarten. “It was a rough transition,” she said.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, left, and Republican candidate Larry Hogan hold a debate. (Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP)And at work, she says that she has seen how children who have not had any form of formal education struggle in the beginning.“They have to hit the ground running; they are more likely to be fidgety, and it’s harder for them to follow directions for doing things like standing in line,” she said. “They’re just really lost.”It also makes the task of teaching a bit harder; they have to figure out how to get the kids who are behind up to speed while holding the interest of the kids who already know a bit more.Shannon Simpson, mother of a three-year-old and a librarian at Johns Hopkins, has her daughter enrolled in a private, all-day program in Baltimore City. She says she always knew that any child of hers would be enrolled in a pre-k program.That’s because she loved her pre-school experience so much and because she and her husband have noted how much he struggled as a result of not attending pre-school.“I went to preschool and I remember it as a really magical time. I’m still Facebook friends with the people I went to preschool with,” she says.“I think that preschool should be mandatory absolutely and it should be paid for by the state. I’m sure there will be people who opt out. That’s fine, too. Everything I’ve read and everything I’ve seen shows that when states pay more money for educating kids, they spend less money later on negative things like prison.”The lieutenant governor seems to agree.“I think that every Maryland four-year-old should have access to quality pre-k,” Brown said during the Oct. 7 debate. “If you ask a university president or a kindergarten teacher, how do we best prepare kids for college readiness or the work forcethey all start with expanding pre-k. Mr. Hogan opposes the expansion of Pre-k. He says we can’t afford it. I say we can’t afford not to do it.”
Vice Medias David Purdy Exits to Join Music Video Company StingrayVice Medias David Purdy Exits to Join Music Video Company Stingray
September 1, 2019September 1, 2019
Popular on Variety Purdy has been a a member of Stingray’s board of directors since 2017. “David’s experience in driving growth and revenue generation within the television and media industries will be a huge benefit to Stingray,” said Eric Boyko, president, co-founder and CEO of Stingray. “I am thrilled that he has joined our experienced management team and look forward to leveraging his expertise to accelerate our momentum in the marketplace.”“I have been following Stingray’s story for years and am continually amazed by its management team’s ability to rapidly and efficiently bring innovative solutions to market, and spring into action when opportunities present themselves,” Purdy commented. “Stingray has almost limitless potential for growth across numerous business lines in the music and media industry, both in Canada and internationally.”Separately, earlier this month Stingray announced an unsolicited $120 million bid for Music Choice, which is owned by Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Sony Corp. of America, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, EMI Music Publishing, Arris and Microsoft.Stingray is based in Montreal, Québec. The company produces and sells services including audio TV channels, premium TV channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music and music apps. Stingray claims it reaches 400 million consumers in 156 countries and that its mobile apps have been downloaded over 90 million times. Stingray, a multiplatform music and video services provider, has hired David Purdy — formerly Vice Media’s chief international growth officer — in the newly created position of chief revenue officer.In the new role, Purdy will oversee all aspects of Stingray’s revenue expansion including advertising, and sales efforts.At Vice, which he joined in 2016, Purdy worked on the launch and worldwide expansion of the Viceland TV channel, including its deal with SBS in Australia. In addition, he worked on mobile partnerships including a deal for Vice content to appear on Partner Telecom and expanded the distribution of Vice content on platforms such as Hulu.Previously, Purdy held various senior roles at Canada’s Rogers Communications over a 15-year career. As VP of content and video product management, he worked across the company’s mobile, cable TV, broadband and media divisions. He was responsible for creating and launching next-generation content bundles and products that went beyond the traditional cable TV offerings. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15