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Euronavs Grounded Tanker to Be Refloated on May 4

first_imgzoom The recently grounded crude oil tanker M/T Alex could be set free on May 4 as the proposed ship refloating plan received approval from relevant authorities, according to the ship’s managers Euronav Ship Management.Namely, the Indonesian Authorities approved the salvage plan on April 27 and provided a permit for the lightening operation to be performed.According to the current tentative schedule the lightening operation will start on May 1.The approval was granted after the ship’s managers hired two salvage firms, SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia, to carry out the salvage works which will include lightening of the 299,446 dwt vessel by ship to ship transfer of cargo.M/T Alex ran into trouble in mid-April when it got stuck on a soft mud bottom while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra.Continuous monitoring of the ship’s condition “has confirmed no breach of hull, cargo containment, or mechanical failures,” according to Euronav.Various inspections and surveys including an assessment of the ship’s hull damage by Class have been completed, Euronav said, adding that the 2016-built tanker is still safely aground at the same position between Borneo and Sumatra.last_img read more

Palaniswami US visit TN attracts investments worth over Rs 2700 cr

first_imgChennai: More than 16 firms in the US have committed investments to the tune of over Rs 2,700 crore in Tamil Nadu during the ongoing visit of Chief Minister K Palaniswami to that country, the state government said on Wednesday. During an investors meet in New York on Tuesday attended by the chief minister, 16 companies had signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make investments worth Rs 2780 crore in different fields in the state, an official release here said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The companies included Jean Martin, Scitus Pharma, Novitium Labs, Aspire Consulting and Zillion Technologies. Besides, Haldia Petrochemicals signed an agreement for an in-principle investment of Rs 50,000 crore to set up a plant. “The Chief Minister (also) held direct talks with representatives” of various companies “to promote investments” in the state, it said adding he highlighted the infrastructure facilities being provided for smooth running of the business in the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The new investments will benefit youth (in Tamil Nadu) as over 20,000 jobs will be created,” it said. At the investors meeting attended by higher officials of Caterpillar and Ford Motors, who have already invested in the state, Tamil Nadu was showcased as a preferred destination for investments in the sectors of Fintech, Aerospace and electric vehicles manufacturing, it added. Palaniswami embarked on a three-nation tour last week, saying the visit was aimed at garnering more foreign investments for Tamil Nadu. Earlier, he had visited the UK and would stopover in Dubai enroute to India, where he would meet potential investors. He is scheduled to return home on September 10.last_img read more

Montreals transit commission allows homeless to take refuge from winter cold

first_imgMONTREAL – As the frigid winter days set in, homeless people in Montreal are once again being invited to take refuge in the city’s subway stations.Philippe Schnobb, the head of the city’s transit commission, says that while many cities remove homeless people from train and subway stations, the Societe de transport de Montreal takes a different approach.“In Montreal, its a very different situation,” he said in a phone interview Thursday.“Homeless people are allowed in the (subway), and with our partnerships… we have a group of people who can intervene, we have specialists who can take care of them, talk with them, give them some services if they need.”For the last five years, the transit agency has teamed up with social organizations to offer services to the homeless at several subway stations.These include sending social workers to several different stations and offering a shuttle service to local shelters once the transit system shuts down for the night.Community workers, including some who were formerly homeless, can send people to mobile health clinics or work with them on finding a place to stay, Schnobb said.Schnobb says there have been about 3,500 “interventions” with homeless people this year, up from just more than 400 when the program started.He says the approach, which essentially transforms the subway into “the biggest day centre in the city,” goes beyond what many other cities are doing and could serve as a model for others in the future.Representatives from Calgary and Toronto said neither city has specific policies on allowing homeless people to stay in their train or subway stations.Calgary does send peace officers to check on their welfare and “attempt to get them to a care facility within Calgary if needed, especially if the weather is cold,” city spokeswoman Sherri Zickefoose wrote in an email.In Edmonton, there’s a policy of keeping light rail stations open all night long when the temperature dips below a certain temperature in order to give people a warm place to sleep, a cityspokesman said.Schnobb says it’s impossible in Montreal to leave the subway open all night because of construction and maintenance.He says that’s why the shuttle, run by the Old Brewery Mission, ensures homeless people aren’t simply kicked onto the street.“(The shuttle) is sent to pick up the homeless people in the station to make sure they are brought to a shelter, but if they don’t want to go to a shelter, they have everything they need to stay outside in the night,” he said.Last week, the City of Montreal announced it was investing $778,000 to help its homeless population this winter season.Their measures include hiring outreach workers, providing funding to the shuttle service and opening beds at emergency shelters.Despite the outreach efforts, too many homeless people in the subway are still being ticketed for minor infractions, according to the director of a legal clinic that helps them.Bernard St-Jacques says homeless people still regularly get tickets for offences such as loitering, drinking in public or not paying subway fares.While he commends the transit commission for its actions, he says the approach needs to go beyond the homeless to sensitize employees and transit users to the realities facing homeless people.He believes that if more people knew about the outreach efforts, they’d be less likely to call authorities to lodge complaints against the homeless.“They’re saying, ‘We’re accompanying these people rather than legalizing them,’ well, I don’t agree, we’re still legalizing them,” he said in an interview.“But, if we showed people how we are accompanying people, that we’re trying to find other solutions, maybe we’d lower the number of complaints and irritations in a general way.”last_img read more

Reports: Trump considering picking Herman Cain for Fed board

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering nominating Herman Cain, a political ally and former presidential candidate, for a seat on the Federal Reserve board, according to news reports.The White House declined to comment, but Axios and the Wall Street Journal reported that Cain is being considered. The president has already said he plans to nominate another conservative ally, Stephen Moore, for a separate vacancy on the board. Moore’s nomination has encountered criticism that he is unqualified and too politically focused for a Fed board seat.Axios quoted two unnamed senior administration officials as saying Trump wants to nominate Cain but wants to await his background check.Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination but dropped out after allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

Indonesias finances water supplies and apes set to benefit from UN green

28 September 2011Conserving key forests in Indonesia could generate billions of dollars in revenue, up to three times more than felling them for palm oil plantations, under a United Nations carbon reduction plan that would also secure water supplies and protect critically endangered orangutan apes, according to a report issued today. Conserving key forests in Indonesia could generate billions of dollars in revenue, up to three times more than felling them for palm oil plantations, under a United Nations carbon reduction plan that would also secure water supplies and protect critically endangered orangutan apes, according to a report issued today.Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), governments are negotiating a mechanism to provide payments for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and other activities (REDD+), creating incentives for developing countries to cut global warming gasses from forested lands by putting a financial value for the carbon stored in forests.Overall forest degradation through agricultural expansion, conversion to pastureland, infrastructure development, destructive logging and fires currently account for nearly 18 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire global transport sector and second only to the energy sector. Many coastal peat-rich forests in Sumatra, where dense populations of the last 6,600 Sumatran orangutans survive, may be worth up to $22,000 a hectare at current carbon prices, compared with less than $7,400 a hectare when cleared for palm oil plantations, according to the report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under its Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), which Indonesia requested.“Prioritizing investments in sustainable forestry including REDD+ projects can, as this report demonstrates, deliver multiple Green Economy benefits and not just in respect to climate, orangutan conservation and employment in natural resource management,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.He noted that here had been a reported 50 per cent decline in water discharges in as many as 80 per cent of rivers due to deforestation in the Aceh and North Sumatra regions, with serious implications for agriculture and food security including rice production and human health. The report recommends designating new forested areas for REDD+, taking into account the multiple benefits for carbon storage, orangutan habitat conservation and the protection of ecosystem services, while expanding palm oil plantations on land with low current use value and avoiding agricultural and timber concessions where conservation value is high.The forested peatlands of Sumatra are among the most efficient carbon stores of any terrestrial ecosystem. In the last two decades, 380,000 hectares of Sumatran forests were lost to illegal logging each year, with an annual loss in carbon value estimated at more than $1 billion.Nearly half of Sumatra’s forests disappeared between 1985 and 2007 and in the last decade, close to 80 per cent of the deforestation in the peatlands was driven by the expansion of oil palm plantations, while over 20 per cent was due to other uses, such as candlenut or coffee production. Fewer than 6,600 Sumatran orangutans exist in the wild today, down from an estimated 85,000 in 1900, a 92 per cent drop. If this rate were to continue, the Sumatran orangutan could become the first of the great apes living today to go extinct in the wild, with local populations in parts of Sumatra disappearing as early as 2015. read more

Air Canada CFO says it could navigate a recession better than 10

MONTREAL — Air Canada’s second in command says the company is better prepared for a potential recession than it was for the financial crisis a decade ago, when the company was plunged into four consecutive years of losses.Chief financial officer Mike Rousseau says he is “highly confident” that a recession “of equal severity” would weigh far more lightly on the balance sheet of the country’s biggest airline.Speaking at a CIBC investment conference in Montreal, Rousseau cited more debt-free airplanes, greater flexibility in Air Canada’s labour contracts, its recent purchase of Aeroplan and its low-cost Rouge subsidiary as key differences.He brushed aside concerns about ultra-low-cost competitors, which include an expanded Flair Airlines Ltd., soon-to-launch Canada Jetlines Ltd. and WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s Swoop offshoot.Rousseau says Air Canada has replicated Swoop’s fare structure on some routes and could expand Rouge if budget competition grows.With more than $1 billion in losses in 2008 and a share price that tumbled to 78 cents the following year, Air Canada rebounded over the following decade to earn $167 million in 2018 and boost its share price above $43 on Wednesday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press read more

East Timor UN disappointed with light sentence for peacekeepers killer

Prosecutors had sought a 12-year sentence for Jacobus Bere, one of four suspects charged in the killing of New Zealand Pvt. Leonard Manning, who was tracking a group of armed militia on 24 July 2000 in Suai District, near the border of West Timor, Indonesia. “The prosecution had asked for a 12-year sentence, and the verdict was half of that, so I can only be disappointed with this light sentence,” said Sergio Vieira de Mello, who is also UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for East Timor. “The killing of a United Nations peacekeeper in cold blood should be considered a crime of severe gravity, and the sentence should reflect that,” he said. “We hope there will be an appeal which would result in the full sentence sought by the prosecution.” read more

TSX advances as BCE takes Bell Aliant private Repsol mulls Talisman bid

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX advances as BCE takes Bell Aliant private, Repsol mulls Talisman bid by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2014 6:29 am MDT A multibillion-dollar deal in the telecom sector and a potential purchase in the Canadian oilpatch helped push the Toronto stock market higher Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 79.25 points to 15,394.38 — the latest in a string of record-high closes.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) is moving to privatize affiliate Bell Aliant (TSX:BA) in a deal worth roughly $3.95 billion. The telecom giant already controls 44 per cent of the regional telecommunications company.Bell Aliant shareholders will receive cash and BCE shares for a combined value of $31 per share. BCE shares were up 81 cents to $49.82, while Bell Aliant shot up $3.34 to $31.53.BCE said it plans a capital investment of $2.1 billion across Atlantic Canada over the next five years to continue the rollout of broadband wireline and wireless for consumers and business users.“This acquisition is the next logical step and BCE’s large national buildup in acquiring all of this subsidiary will simplify their corporate structure, eliminate costs and increase operating efficiency throughout BCE,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.Also, Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) acknowledged that it has been approached by Spanish energy giant Repsol. Talisman added that “there is no assurance that any transaction will be agreed.” Talisman shares soared $1.40 or 13.25 per cent to $11.97.The Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a cent to 93.21 cents US.In New York, Boeing helped depress the Dow industrials as the aerospace giant reported a profit of US$1.65 billion, or $2.24 a share, beating estimates of $2.01 a share. However, revenue of US$22.05 billion narrowly missed expectations of $22.23 billion and its shares slipped 2.34 per cent to $126.71, even as Boeing boosted its earnings guidance for the year.The Dow lost 26.91 points to 17,086.63 .A well-received report from Apple helped push the Nasdaq to its highest level since September 2000 — up 17.68 points to 4,473.7.Apple Inc. reported a 12 per cent increase in its quarterly profit, exceeding analyst estimates as iPhone shipments rose 13 per cent compared with a year earlier and its shares gained 2.6 per cent to US$97.19.After the close, Facebook posted earnings per share ex-items of 42 cents, a dime better than estimates. Revenue of $2.91 billion beat extimates of $2.81. However, its shares were off 0.6 per cent in after-hours trading.The S&P 500 index added 3.48 points to a fresh record close of 1,987.01.Traders also kept an eye on simmering tensions between Russia and the West as Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said two Ukrainian military fighter jets had been shot down in the eastern part of the country.There was relief on markets Tuesday after the European Union stopped well short of moving to jump to so-called Phase 3 sanctions against Moscow for its support of Ukrainian rebels. Such sanctions could cripple the Russian economy and possibly derail a fragile European economic recovery.On the TSX, the metals and mining sector was ahead 1.44 per cent with September copper unchanged at US$3.21 a pound.The energy sector climbed 1.24 per cent, while September crude oil in New York rose 73 cents to US$103.12 a barrel.The gold sector slipped about 0.52 per cent as August bullion faded $1.60 to US$1,304.70 an ounce. read more

More than 8 million used cars sold in 2016 – a new

8.2 million used cars change hands in 2016 – a 7.3% uplift on the previous year.Q4 demand surpasses 1.8 million – up 5.5% and the biggest final quarter on record.1Superminis still UK’s most popular body type, but SUVs enjoy biggest growth, with demand rising 16.9%.Growth registered across all fuel types, with alternatively fuelled vehicles leading, up 32.5%. Britain’s used car market reached record levels in 2016 with 8.2 million vehicles finding new owners – an uplift of 7.3% – according to figures published by SMMT. Meanwhile, 1.8 million used cars changed hands in the fourth quarter, with a 5.5% rise in October making it the second busiest month since the switch to a biannual new car plate change – the busiest month being April of the same year.The market reflected the changes in new car consumer tastes, with smaller car demand showing no sign of slowing. Superminis were again the best-selling body type accounting for more than a third of all used car sales whilst transactions of city cars grew 11.5%. Of all body types, however, SUVs’ popularity rose fastest – up nearly 17% to take an 8.3% share of the market.Although petrol still leads as the used fuel type of choice with more than 4.6 million traded, its market share fell slightly by -1.5% as alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) and diesel demand enjoyed greater growth, again reflecting the shift in new car sales to diesel over the past decade or so. Used AFV registrations rose 32.5%, while diesels increased 11.1% and petrol transactions grew 4.7%.Regionally, 14.9% of all used cars changing hands in 2016 did so in the South East, followed by the North West where more than one in 10 of the UK’s used cars were sold (10.4%), and the East with 9.8% market share.Britain’s best selling used car remained the Ford Fiesta, closely followed by the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa. Meanwhile, silver remained the number one used car colour choice ahead of black and blue, while brown entered the top 10 in place of gold.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, On the back of a record 2016 for UK new car registrations, it’s further good news that our used car market is in such good health. Strong demand is testament to the quality, reliability and appeal of cars on sale today, with used buyers enjoying more choice, more low emission, safety and connected technology than ever. Providing economic conditions remain stable and interest rates low, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see growth in this sector continue in 2017.1 The second biggest Q4 on record was 2015 when 1,772,640 used cars changed hands.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK engine manufacturing posts double digit growth in August as exports drive

Engine production rises 11.9% in August with more than 150,000 made for export and home markets.Overseas demand drives growth in the month, up nearly 20% compared with last year.More than 1.7 million new British engines made so far in 2017, 55.8% for export.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s great to see recent significant spending on production facilities and new technology continue to deliver returns. However, for UK engine plants to keep attracting this investment, it’s crucial that we maintain barrier free trade with our key markets to ensure that demand for new cars and the engines that power them stay strong.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lucks comeback could serve as encouragement for Tannehill

INDIANAPOLIS — When Ryan Tannehill looks across the field Sunday, he’ll see an encouraging sign in Andrew Luck’s comeback.Six years after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tannehill seven picks behind Luck, Sunday’s starting quarterbacks seem to be following similar paths.Both missed all of last season with injuries. Each is trying to make a late-season playoff run. And Tannehill hopes to prove he, like Luck, can successfully return from a problematic throwing shoulder.“I know he was dealing with stuff throughout the off-season,” Tannehill said. “I don’t know exactly what he had going on, but I have a ton of respect for Andrew and he’s playing really well right now.”Actually, Luck is playing the best football of his career — more than 21 months after undergoing surgery for a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder.Throughout his extended absence, Luck dealt with physical pain and mental anguish, brought on at least partially because he couldn’t help his teammates when they most needed him.Tannehill understands after missing the previous five games with an injured shoulder capsule.Similar to Luck, Tannehill had to be shut down at one point from throwing.But last week’s bye gave Tannehill enough time to get back. Coach Adam Gase announced Tuesday that Tannehill would be back in the lineup against Luck, even though Tannehill acknowledges he may play the rest of the season through the pain.“I’m not quite 100 per cent, but I feel confident and have made all the throws that I’m going to need to make over the course of a game,” Tannehill said. “Everyone is confident that no further injury is going to be caused by playing through it at this point, with where it’s at in the healing process, and confident moving forward.”The Dolphins need Tannehill to be at his best. They haven’t scored a touchdown in nine quarters and are one of five teams, along with the Colts, tied at 5-5 for the AFC’s No. 6 playoff spot.This week’s challenge could be daunting.During their four-game winning streak, Indy’s defence is allowing just 17.5 points per game and Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in seven consecutive games. If the conference’s reigning offensive player of the week throws three more Sunday, he will break a tie with former Dolphins star Dan Marino and tie former Colts star Peyton Manning for the second-longest streak in league history.Luck also is on pace to set career highs for completion percentage and passer rating — not bad for a guy some thought would never regain his pre-injury form.“I am not going to go and play the game of looking back to different years and comparing and contrasting,” Luck said. “It just doesn’t fly in my mind. But I do think that every week I feel a little better.”And if Tannehill’s body starts feeling better, perhaps the results will follow.“I think you have to step in and play your game. I feel confident,” Tannehill said. “I feel completely confident that we can do all the things that we’ve done in this offence.”Here are a few other things to know about Miami’s matchup with Indianapolis:WELCOME BACKDolphins running back Frank Gore returns to Indianapolis for the first time since becoming a free agent last winter.While Gore wants to show his former team what it’s missing, the Colts still hold Gore in high regard.“He’s legendary, not just in this building,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “I’ve been on other teams and every team I have been on they talk about Frank. He has set the standard for (pass) protections.”UNDERUSEDMiami’s Kenny Stills has only 19 receptions this season, but four have gone for touchdowns and he’s likely to see more balls thrown his way with receivers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant out for the rest of this season.“We’ve had opportunities where he does get behind the defence and we can’t get the ball to him,” coach Adam Gase said. “It’s a little frustrating probably for me. He doesn’t say much about it.”IN PERSPECTIVEColts kicker Adam Vinatieri became the NFL’s career leader in regular-season wins (210) last week. During Wednesday’s team meeting, Reich put the milestone in perspective for his young team.“I said imagine if you had a 13-year career in the NFL that would be pretty awesome,” Reich said. “Then I said imagine if you went 16-0 for 13 seasons — you’d still be chasing Vinny for the wins record. That’s quite an accomplishment.”ON THE ROAD…The Dolphins have lost four straight road games by a combined score of 138-59. And since the middle of last season, they’ve lost nine of the past 10 outside their home stadium.Miami hasn’t played at Indianapolis since 2013, but it did win that game in Luck’s second season.___AP Sports Writer Steven Wine also contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: and Marot, The Associated Press read more

Handyman killed in hit and run at Land of Canaan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian killed at Soesdyke, cop detainedAugust 13, 2017In “Local News”Driver flees after crushing pedestrian at Good HopeSeptember 29, 2018In “Crime”Cyclist in Parc Rayne accident succumbsNovember 28, 2018In “Crime” The Police are now hunting for the driver of a green double axle motor lorry who escaped after hitting down a pedestrian on the Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday morning.Dead is Eon Sam, called ‘Yankee’, who is said to be in his mid-50’s and without a fixed address.The accident reportedly occurred sometime around 05:00h while the pedestrian was attempting to cross the said public road.An eyewitness disclosed that the motor lorry was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road when he collided with the pedestrian who was attempting to cross the roadway from east to west.After hitting the man, the driver of the lorry reportedly continued to proceed South at a fast rate of speed.The eyewitness, who was at the time traversing on the said public road, told Police that he after seeing what had transpired; he exited his vehicle and attempted to stop other vehicles.However, he reported that another motor vehicle which was proceeding south ran over the pedestrian and also continued to proceed south.The eyewitness then made contact with the Police and reported the incident.Sam was reportedly deported from the United States some six years ago and has since been doing odd jobs following the closing down of Barama Company Limited where he was formerly employed. read more

ASOBAL Round 20 Barcelona with an easy job in Vigo

Barcelona only had trouble in the opening 20 minutes of the match when hosts Academia Octavio managed to remain close to Barcelona when it comes to scoring. However in the final of the first half Barcelona made fine 4 goals advantage, and in the second half just confirmed why they are currently the best ASOBAL team and in the end won the game with 38:26. ← Previous Story DHB-Pokal F4: HSV Hamburg vs Flensburg, THW Kiel vs Melsungen Next Story → Hungary: Important away victory for Pick Szeged ASOBALBarcelonaoctaviovigo read more

Scientists use a virus to create a natural pacemaker inside the heart

first_imgNormally, a pacemaker is a little artificial device implanted into the body in order to keep the heartbeat regulated. However, scientists managed to create something of a “natural artificial” pacemaker, by injecting a genetically modified virus into the heart of a guinea pig which able to turn a portion of the heart into a pacemaker.Researchers say the beating of the heart is controlled by less than 10,000 cells, referred to as pacemaker cells. The gene Tbx18 is usually active in the heart when pacemaker cells are being formed during embryo development. In this scenario scientists used a modified version of the virus to infect heart cells with Tbx18, which turned infected cells into ones that took on the distinct qualities of pacemaker cells. The virus was injected into seven guinea pigs, and five of those seven generated new heartbeats from the new pacemaker cells.Though the test was conducted on guinea pigs, the Tbx18 gene was actually a human gene, so researchers feel the method could work on humans. Of course, just because the experiment succeeded on five out of seven guinea pigs doesn’t mean researchers are going to jump right into injecting human hearts with viruses that alter cells. However, this kind of “natural artificial” pacemaker would alleviate many problems associated with the standard artificial electronic iteration. One of the researchers of the study, Dr. Hee Cheol Cho, notes that the new method would remove battery problems, or “complications such as displacement, breakage, [or] entanglement of the leads.” Along with those complications, artificial pacemakers don’t grow with young patients, whereas this new method would.Due to the delicate nature of the procedure — essentially mutating heart cells with a virus — the method is nowhere near human testing, as it requires much more testing on animals. However, if that proves fruitful, the human heart could one day become its own pacemaker.via BBClast_img read more

DC Looks Back on 25 Years of Batman The Animated Series

first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Whatever you think of DC’s current efforts at adapting their legendary superheroes, no one can deny the massive impact of Batman: The Animated Series and the DC Animated Universe it spawned. Arguably the definitive Batman, DC animation is still taking cues from this incarnation of the Caped Crusader.The hugely influential cartoon celebrated its 25th anniversary at New York Comic Con by announcing a Blu-ray re-release of the series. You’ll have to wait until 2018 to watch that gorgeous show in its best possible quality. But we got to talk to some of the folks behind B:TAS and you can read their thoughts right now.“It sounds immodest, but I always knew it was going to be a hit,” said co-creator Bruce Timm. “I had no doubts about the quality.”On its own merits the show was great dramatic moody fun that deserved success, but Timm also mentioned several lucky outside factors that helped it become such a smash hit, factors he is very grateful for. Hot on the heels of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie in a culture not yet so saturated with superheroes, people were really into Batman. Batmania was at levels even higher than the Adam West days, so of course the cartoon benefited from that.When Batman: The Animated Series premiere in 1992 it was also at the vanguard of a new wave of children’s animation, raising the bar from glorified 1980s toy commercials like He-Man and G.I. Joe. Warner Bros had just seen much success with Tiny Toon Adventures, a more artistically ambitious (and expensive) show. That convinced the studio to also let Batman take more risky, pricey chances.Not every idea made it through. In between consulting psychiatrists for insight on Two-Face, Producer Alan Burnett pitched an episode tracing the history of the gun that killed Bruce Wayne’s parents that got axed because the network felt it was too extreme. But otherwise the show had ample amounts of creative freedom.That pulpy creative freedom led to countless awesome bits like Akira animation references and a striking red sky that was “convincing” instead of realistic. Burnett praised the Art Deco look concocted by Timm and partner Eric Radomski. The freedom also led to an entirely new character in Harley Quinn. While Timm was reluctant to keep using the character because he feared it humanized a Joker they wanted to be menacing, writer Paul Dini and eventually the fans insisted otherwise, and it was ultimately a smart decision. Harley Quinn is now a key player in the Bat-mythos and large DC universe.Harley Quinn will forever be associated with actress Arleen Sorkin, but these days she’s typically voiced by Tara Strong, an extremely prominent voice actress in her own right. During our roundtable interview Strong wore the forest outfit Ashi (another character she played) sported during the later episodes of Adult Swim Samurai Jack. And we learned Strong studied under Sorkin to perfect Harley’s “basket case” tenor.Strong is also an important part of Batman: The Animated Series history because she is the voice of Batgirl, a character she collected comics of. Compared to Harley, Batgirl is much more grounded with a “she’s got it” kind of attitude, so keeping the characters distinct is no trouble. But other DC characters she has tackled have required a little more fine tuning. It was initially tough for Strong to play Raven on Teen Titans in a way different from her other past “tragic, dark teenager” roles. And for her recent turn as young Batman on Justice League Action she totally cribbed from Kevin Conroy.Seeing as Strong has voiced Quinn in the recent Batman: Arkham video games, and is a vocal advocate for voice actors, I asked her for her thoughts on the recently resolved voice actors strike in video games. Strong was happy to see “forward momentum” and that the actors got at least some of what they asked for.Strong initially refused to perform in video games because of lengthy, damaging, unrealistic performance demands from teams who didn’t even have voice directors. She sees games as artistically and professionally no different from movies or television, and since unions in those industries had already fought those fights with fickle bosses in the past, they shouldn’t have to repeat them know. So by the time Strong is voicing a “Harley Quinn hologram” she hopes the working conditions will be even more fair.Finally we got to hear the soothing voice of Batman himself, Kevin Conroy. We learned that Tim Drake is Conroy’s favorite Robin, that he would love to play Batman in adaptations of Hush or A Death In the Family, and that he thinks Batman and the Joker couldn’t exist without each other.Conroy also had nothing but great things to say about his collaborators. While Mark Hamill has yet to tell him any Star Wars spoilers, Conroy praised his generosity and wished that audiences could see his rubbery facial transformation when voicing the Joker. “He devours the microphone.”And of course, that pairing wouldn’t have been possible without Andrea Romano, the retiring voice director legendary to nerds like me who paid attention to cartoons credits. “She’s good at getting people who play well together.” Conroy recalled a voice session for Mask of the Phantasm where Romano allowed him to keep challenging himself to go deeper, and more emotionally vulnerable. The result was one of the most beloved theatrical Batman films.Conroy said he was always “amazed” and “ecstatic” whenever he would see new animation come in. It was so beautiful. It didn’t feel like a cheap kids TV cartoon because they “did the show like a movie.” Watch that beauty all over again when Batman: The Animated Series hits Blu-ray in 2018, or rewatch your DVDs, or do both. It’s worth it. It’s Batman.Buy Batman: The Animated SeriesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rodriguez was little depressed about Real Madrid – Heynckes

first_imgBayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has revealed that James Rodriguez was “a little depressed” about leaving Real MadridAfter an impressive display for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup, Rodriguez sealed a move to Real during that same summer and settled in well to his new surroundings at the Spanish capital with 13 goals in his first La Liga campaign.However, due to both inconsistency and the high level of competition at the club, Rodriguez found himself more of a fringe player at Real in his second season and was notably absent in the Champions League final.After joining Bayern on a loan in 2017, Rodriguez suffered a slow start to life in the Bundesliga under Carlo Ancelotti.But since the appointment of Heynckes earlier this season, the 26 year-old has thrived at the Allianz Arena and looks set to make his stay with Bayern a permanent one in the summer.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He was a little depressed,” said Heynckes, according to SportsKeeda.“I took care of him, I had lots of talks with him, and step by step he found confidence. He is more relaxed within the team.“Our fans here, when they see him play football, they enjoy it. Above all he is a player who has fantasy, has an overview.“He is more open-minded and gives the impression he feels well and has settled in Munich. I think this is most fundamental.“He has been learning German, but as you know with Spanish speaking players it is difficult for them to learn. But I can speak with him.”last_img read more

At least 40 killed in Afghan airstrike

first_imgAn injured Afghan boy lays on a stretcher outside a hospital in Kunduz on 3 April, a day after an airstrike on a madrassa. Photo: AFPAn Afghan official says at least five civilians and 35 insurgents have been killed in an airstrike by Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province.Nematullah Temori, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kunduz, said Tuesday that 55 civilians were wounded in the attack a day earlier in Dashti Archi district. He said a government delegation is investigating the incident.Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish earlier said the airstrike targeted Taliban fighters and killed more than 30 of them, including nine commanders. He said large number of fighters had gathered in the area to hold a military parade.The Taliban said in a statement that the airstrike hit a madrassa, or Islamic religious school, killing and wounding more than 100 clerics, religious students and other civilians.last_img read more

Two tankers struck in fresh attacks in Gulf of Oman

first_imgOil tanker A picture taken on 13 May 2019 off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah shows the A Michel tanker under the flag of the United Arab Emirates, one of the four tankers damaged in alleged `sabotage attacks` in the Gulf the previous day. Photo: AFPTwo tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crew have been evacuated, shipping sources said on Thursday, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck.The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, part of the Royal Navy, earlier said it was aware of an incident in the Gulf of Oman.”UK and its partners are currently investigating,” the group said without elaborating.Oil prices surged by 4 per cent after the report that raises tensions in the Gulf, which have been heightened by a dispute between Iran and the United States.The area is near the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway through which a fifth of global oil consumption passes from Middle East producers.Two tankers, the Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, had been evacuated and the crews were safe, four shipping and trade sources said.There was no immediate confirmation from ship operators or authorities in Oman or the United Arab Emirates, in whose territorial waters four tankers were hit last month.The shipping newspaper Tradewinds reported that a tanker owned by Norway’s Frontline had been struck by a torpedo off the coast of Fujairah, one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It cited unnamed industry sources.Frontline was not immediately available for comment.One shipping broker said there had been an explosion “suspected from an outside attack” that may have involved a magnetic mine on the Kokuka.”All crew safely abandoned the vessel and was picked up by Vessel Coastal Ace. Kokuka Courageous is adrift without any crew on board,” the source said.Another source said the Front Altair reported a fire caused by a “surface attack” and that the crew had been picked up by nearby vessel Hyundai Dubai.The UAE had said that the 12 May attacks on four vessels off the coast of Fujairah, a main bunkering hub, were likely caused by limpet mines and bore the hallmarks of an operation most likely by a state actor.Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United Nations blamed Iran. Tehran has denied any involvement.last_img

Barry Wants to Replace Father in Ward 8

first_imgMarion C. Barry (Courtesy Photo)Marion C. Barry has been putting up signs for months throughout Ward 8 as he runs for to fill the former District City Council seat hisdeceased father, Marion S. Barry.As he walks through the southeast Washington neighborhood, almost everyone knows who he is. Many have known him since he was a child.His notoriety, however, has worked in his favor and against him. Some say that he is immature and unfit for the position and is riding on the name of his father, who served three terms as mayor and was on the council when he died in November.Others say he has a unique connection with Ward 8 that makes him the perfect person to serve.“It’s challenging when some of the people that I thought would be supportive aren’t,” Barry said, “but I have a passion for the people in this community.“I grew up here, I’m from here. I know the people here, but at the same time, I’ve also had the blessing of having a father where I have been exposed to the government end.”Barry has not held any elected or legislative positions.His opponents have held titles in the ward from chairman of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission to elected representative for the State Board of Education. Still, Barry has been able to stand and compete, say some.“I was impressed, because I didn’t know what to expect from him,” said LaChett Landrum, after a recent candidate forum. “I have a higher respect for him after this. I just don’t know about his experience or if this is long term.”Barry on the campaign trail with his many supporters. (Courtesy Photo)Barry’s strengths lie in his relationship with residents, said Liz Matory, his campaign manager.“The most rewarding part has been to watch him grow and watch how residents interact with Marion,” Matory said. “It’s like this organic connection that’s really inspiring”Barry says that his impact is shown through his construction business, which has created jobs for hundreds of the residents. The most recent project was the new $142 million Ballou High School.Barry said he is providing jobs in the ward with the highest unemployment.“I am the only candidate that has built schools and rec centers in this area,” Barry said. “Ward 8 residents need opportunity and jobs, and I am the only one who has directly given residents jobs and built in this community.”In conversations with voters and political pundits during candidate forums and debates, the the criticism is Barry is summed up in the refrain “He’s just not ready.”Barry’s foibles, have been documented, from run-ins with police for drug allegations and driving offenses to temper flare-ups, including a clash with his father that led to him being barred from a local hospital.In his most recent incident, Barry, who is currently on probation for an earlier offense, in January, when he allegedly threw a trash can at a bank teller window.“I’m going to have someone waiting for you when you get off, you bitch,” he is alleged to have told the clerk.This makes his critics concerned about whether he has the maturity to work with other members of the council. His campaign said Barry is at an unfair disadvantage, because the media and his critics don’t pay attention to the good that he does.“He’s never been in the media for anything positive that he’s done.” said Carl Thomas, director of field operations for Barry’s campaign. “They always want to catch him in those ‘gotcha’ moments, when in between those ‘gotcha’ moments he’s been doing things that really are extraordinary and should be highlighted as well.”“But I think that the people of Ward 8 really understand who he is, what he is, where he comes from, what his understanding is and his level of expertise as it relates to following thisThe Earth Day Celebration at the National Mall was a joint initiative with the Global Poverty Project.process, you know, because he’s been around this his whole life.”Barry said yes, he has had some bumps along the way, but he feels that he is the best to represent the ward given his background.He said he plans to improve the school systems by investing more money into the extracurricular activities of school. It would also lower the crime rate among youth and they would have the resources to spend their time on more productive activities, he said.“I want to make sure that they have a full school experience instead of just their report card,” he said. “I want to put more money into the band, athletic equipment, ROTC exchange programs, so that when the child wants to go to college, they actually have a resume.”Barry said he also has a particular interest in public housing, a hot issue in Ward 8 with the imminent destruction of the Barry Farms public housing. It’s demolition will displace 400 residents to move.Barry said he wants to create more job opportunities for the residents.“This is where former slaves and the children of slaves established their first homes and businesses,” he said. “I would like to see Ward 8 stay predominantly black and at the same time, develop a strong middle class with black-owned businesses.”Some who have been longtime observers of Ward 8 politics said Barry’s campaign is “a joke.”“You know it’s bad when the people who changed your diapers won’t vote for you,” said an attorney who has worked in the community.Barry counters that he has a unique experience, seeing the issues of the ward and how they are dealt with since he was child.“I have love for this city and I understand the importance of maintaining this community and developing a strong middle class,” he said.There will be early voting on April 21 at Malcolm X Elementary School. General voting is on April 28.last_img read more

Manoj Bajpayee Mohit Raina join Mrs Serial Killer

first_imgManoj Bajpayee and Mohit Raina have joined Jacqueline Fernandez in the Netflix thriller Mrs Serial Killer. The film, which stars Fernandez in the titular role, is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. “It has been a couple of years since our short film, KRITI, which created quite a massive buzz in the digital world. Loved every moment on the set with Shirish Kunder as a director. When Shirish reached out to me with this role in Mrs Serial Killer, I couldn’t delay in saying yes to it as I found the script quite engaging. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is my first film with Netflix and it has been a memorable journey with them. And about the film, as Shirish says, ‘What you see is not necessarily what you get’,” Bajpayee said in a statement. Raina, who shot to fame with television show ‘Mahadev’, and further cemented his profile with blockbuster Uri: The Surgical Strike and Zee 5’s original ‘Kaafir’, is now making his debut on Netflix. “I have had a fantastic experience bringing a conflicted character to life in Mrs. Serial Killer, and his dynamic with the other characters in the film only adds to the mystery surrounding him.” “This is my first film with Netflix and the idea of reaching over 149 million people across the world at one go is truly overwhelming. I have had a blessed year and want to present the best yet with this film,” he said.last_img read more