Vital UN food aid en route to displaced persons in northern Sri

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that 1,000 metric tons of critically-needed food assistance has been dispatched to a designated “safe zone” in north-eastern Sri Lanka, where more than 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting.The items were sent aboard a ship chartered by the Government of Sri Lanka, sailing under the flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and was due to be unloaded later today.WFP said the food aid would be sufficient to feed approximately 100,000 people for 20 days.According to the UN, the area of fighting between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) shrank from 300 square kilometres to nearly 58 square kilometres in February, with many civilians – the world body believes between 150,000 and 190,000 – sheltering in a 14-square kilometre “no-fire” zone in the northern Vanni region.Since road convoys to the Vanni region were discontinued in late January because of security concerns, WFP has dispatched nearly 2,220 metric tons of food aid using the sea route. Overall, the agency is providing food to 1.2 million people in the South Asian nation through emergency feeding and recovery programmes.UN humanitarian chief John Holmes last week characterized the situation in the north as “extremely worrying,” citing ongoing forced recruitment within the combat zone, and civilians not being allowed by the LTTE to leave the area. 2 April 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that 1,000 metric tons of critically-needed food assistance has been dispatched to a designated “safe zone” in north-eastern Sri Lanka, where more than 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting. read more

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Feds never did the work to understand Indigenous concerns on pipeline lawyer

VANCOUVER — Canada’s decision to approve an expansion for the Trans Mountain pipeline was a “one-way street” that ignored the economic and title rights of Indigenous people, a lawyer said Monday in the Federal Court of Appeal.Elin Sigurdson outlined arguments against the $7.4-billion project approved last November but now challenged by First Nations, two environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby.Indigenous groups were required to go to tremendous lengths to ensure all the necessary information about their rights was before the National Energy Board process, Sigurdson said.“Yet in return, despite their assurances of genuine engagement on Indigenous rights concerns on the post NEB phase of the review, Canada never performed the work that would assist them to understand the rights at issue or the impact on (First Nations), nor did the Crown provide responsive feedback,” said Sigurdson, who represents the Upper Nicola Band.Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, aims to double an existing Edmonton-to-Burnaby, B.C., pipeline with an additional 987 kilometres of pipeline in new and existing corridors, build a pump station, new docks and a storage facility.The project, that would triple the pipeline’s capacity and increase tanker traffic seven fold, risks the marine environment and threatens human health, Sigurdson.Given those risks, the Canadian government’s approval of the project should have been subject to strenuous and careful scrutiny, she said.“Canada never had the discussions nor did the work necessary to comprehend substantive concerns that remain outstanding.”Scott Smith, a lawyer for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said Monday that because the NEB didn’t assess the effects of marine shipping from the project, his client’s rights were violated and the lives of endangered southern resident killer whales would be jeopardized.He said an additional 348 tankers would annually ply Burrard Inlet, the heart of the nation’s territory, on their way to deliver diluted bitumen to markets with the catastrophic risk of spills that “Canada inexplicably refused to even consider.”The Tsleil-Waututh, or “People of the Inlet,” are dependent on the area for sustenance, spirituality, economy and transportation, he said.Smith said the NEB’s error in ignoring marine shipping was in turn repeated by the government, which failed to comply with legal requirements under environmental laws.He said the Tsleil-Waututh came to the table prepared to discuss and consider compromise as was required under the engagement process but was stymied on issues it raised repeatedly.“It encountered officials from Canada who were not decision makers and whose mandates were limited to listening and recording concerns and telling Tsleil-Waututh they would need to ‘agree to disagree’ on the core issues it raised. That is not the face of compromise.”Earlier Monday, Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation said that the federal government failed to fully consult or gain consent of First Nations for expansion of the pipeline, so they have had little choice but to turn to the courts in an effort to protect their land and water.Campbell told a news conference the government didn’t adequately study the impacts that a spill of diluted bitumen could have in the band’s waters, which isn’t good governance.Both the British Columbia and Alberta governments are interveners in the court action, on opposing sides of the argument. B.C. Premier John Horgan said during the election campaign this spring that “every tool in the toolbox” would be used to stop the expansion.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced in May that her province had been granted intervener status, saying the pipeline network is safe and her government would continue to stand up for Alberta to get shovels in the ground.Kinder Morgan has made progress on the pipeline expansion and said last month it had selected or reached agreements with six firms experienced in building pipelines and major infrastructure.The hearing is expected to last about two weeks.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. read more

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Scouting Western Michigan A look at the 2015 Broncos

There are four Ohio natives who currently suit up for the Broncos. Redshirt freshman cornerback Antione Stone went to Bedford High School, the same school OSU’s junior safety Tyvis Powell attended. Senior punter J. Schroeder is a Columbus native who attended St. Charles Preparatory School. Sophomore long snapper Wyatt Pfeifer is from Delaware, Ohio, and freshman wide receiver Giovanni Ricci is from the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland.Beyond the Buckeyes After Saturday’s game, WMU will have a week off to rest and prepare for conference play. The Broncos are set to open their MAC slate on Oct. 10 against the Central Michigan Chippewas in the “Battle for the Cannon” at home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The time of kickoff has yet to be announced. Starting right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has only lived in the United States for five years. The 18-year-old true sophomore moved to the U.S. from Botswana in 2010. Okorafor, who measures 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, had not played football prior to his immigration. He learned the game quickly, receiving many collegiate scholarship offers from Power 5 schools, including OSU, before settling on going to WMU. Michigan State’s Joel Heath (92) sacks Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell (11) during the first half at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sept. 4.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe next team scheduled to take on defending national champion Ohio State is the Western Michigan Broncos. The Broncos, who are members of the Mid-American Conference, head into Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium with one win in three tries.  Here is a look at the 2015 Bronco squad:Up and downIn its first three games, the Broncos have looked like a different team each week. WMU opened its season against then-No. 5 Michigan State, and surprisingly, the heavy-underdog Broncos put up a fight against their in-state foe in a 37-24 loss. WMU’s redshirt junior quarterback Zach Terrell threw the ball 50 times, completing 33 attempts for 365 yards — the highest regular-season passing total against MSU since Sept. 18, 2010. Even though it was a loss, there were enough positives to draw from the game to give WMU confidence moving forward. However, that would not last long as the following week the Broncos played Georgia Southern and got blown out 43-17. In that game, Terrell threw three interceptions, and the Eagles beat up the Bronco run defense for 413 yards. WMU bounced back in its next game, as it cruised through Murray State of the Football Championship Subdivision by way of a 52-20 victory.Terrell was much improved, throwing just one more incompletion (five) than he did touchdowns (four). The Broncos also hit their stride in the running game, as they totaled 237 yards after just having 43 yards combined in the first two games. It’s been a night-and-day difference for WMU in each of its games so far. Who knows which Bronco team will show up at the ‘Shoe on Saturday.Turnovers Although WMU has been inconsistent overall thus far in 2015, there has been one overarching theme for the Broncos. Unfortunately, it is probably one that coach P.J. Fleck and his players wish didn’t exist: turnovers. The Broncos have had multiple of them in every game they’ve played, and it’s certainly holding them back. Against the Spartans in the season opener, Terrell threw two interceptions. The first one happened early in the game when the Broncos were still deep in their own territory. It turned out to be costly, as it took Michigan State just two plays to go 27 yards for the game’s first score. The turnover total ballooned to four in Week 2 against Georgia Southern.Terrell threw three picks — which on two of them, the Eagles scored on the ensuing possession — and freshman wide receiver LeVante Bellamy fumbled on a kickoff. Last week, WMU coughed up the ball on two fumbles — albeit both were late in the game when the Broncos had all but sealed up the win over Murray State. The eight Bronco turnovers have allowed opponents to score a total 27 points on the possessions directly following them. The Broncos will have to clean up the sloppy play against OSU because as the underdog they can’t afford to give the heavily favorited Buckeyes extra chances with the ball. Brief Bronco biosThe backup quarterback for the Broncos is freshman Tom Flacco, whose older brother, Joe, is the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. read more

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New Minesight Planner Reconciliation Utility

first_imgReconcile material mined within a solid for multiple block models with the MineSight Planner Reconciliation Utility, just released by Hexagon Mining. Now integrated with MineSight Planner, the tool enables operational planning staff to quickly and easily perform reconciliation reserves on digblock or progress polygons within a solid and against multiple block models (for example, grade control and resource models). It is usually used for end-of-month reconciliation reports to compare the mined forecast versus what was actually mined. These results can also be compared with routed tonnes from the fleet management system using HxM Athena, to be released in November.The MineSight Planner Reconciliation Utility takes a validated end-of-period solid as one input and a series of designed digblocks or progress shapes from MineSight Planner as the other input, and builds as-designed solids, clipped by the end-of-period solid, for each polygon. These solids are reserved against as many block models as you need and stored into a MineSight Planner project.This can be the source Planner project, if you wish, but is more commonly a new project specifically set up for reconciliations. You can then generate reports and highlight any areas where there is a significant difference between the values reported in the grade control model and the values reported in the resource or reserve models. These differences often highlight issues with the resource modeling process and can be useful for ongoing planning in similar mining areas or materials.The tool also outputs any leftover or unplanned mining areas as solids so that you can track where mining did not go according to plan.The Reconciliation Utility solution is integrated directly in MineSight Planner so you can generate reports that provide model-to-model comparisons on the entire solid, as well as being able to drill down to the individual solids for further analysis.last_img read more

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Réchauffement climatique un nouveau texte présenté à Bonn

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : un nouveau texte présenté à BonnBonn, Allemagne – Six mois après l’échec du sommet de Copenhague, les délégués de 180 pays ont achevé leurs négociations à Bonn en étudiant un nouveau texte. Celui-ci est censé servir de base à la conférence sur le climat qui se tiendra à Cancun, au Mexique, en décembre prochain.Proposé par la Zimbabwéenne Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, qui préside le principal groupe de travail des négociations sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, ce texte a pour but de faciliter les pourparlers en synthétisant les différents points émis lors du sommet de Bonn.Parmi les propositions retenues figure celle, pour les pays industrialisés, de fixer un objectif de réduction de 25 à 40% des gaz à effet de serre d’ici 2020. Alors que jusqu’alors, l’année de référence par rapport à laquelle la réduction devait être atteinte était 1990, le texte ne le précise pas cette fois-ci. Encore une fois, plusieurs groupes dont le G77, qui représente les pays en développement, font part de leur crainte quant à la fin proche du protocole de Kyoto, seul traité contraignant les pays industrialisés à réduire leurs émissions de GES, et que ces derniers semblent vouloir définitivement enterrer. “Ce document, censé faciliter les négociations, les complique”, déplore Pablo Solon, le chef de la délégation bolivienne avant d’avertir : “Si ce document ressemble à ce qui sortira de Cancun, alors l’avenir de l’humanité est en danger”.Si de nombreux délégués s’accordent à parler d’une atmosphère constructive lors de la conférence de Bonn, nombre de désaccords demeurent. C’est notamment le cas du calendrier de versement de l’aide promise aux pays les plus pauvres pour les aider à faire face aux impacts du changement climatique. Trente milliards de dollars ont été promis d’ici à 2012, avec pour objectif 100 milliards par an à l’horizon 2020. Une promesse que les pays pauvres ne cessent de rappeler aux États développés et responsables, selon eux, du réchauffement climatique.Six mois après l’échec du sommet de Copenhague, plus personne ne croit en la possibilité de signer à Cancun un accord contraignant. Pour Yvo de Boer, le plus haut responsable climat de l’ONU, il y a très peu de chances que des objectifs de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre adaptés soient fixés au cours de la prochaine décennie (voir article).Le 16 juin 2010 à 16:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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12th Doctor Bill Reunite in New Doctor Who Comic

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Last we saw her, Bill Potts was jumping into the unknown for the adventure of an (after)lifetime. Now, making her Titan Comics debut, the inquisitive lunch lady is back by the Twelfth Doctor’s side—in the ninth century.When the TARDIS malfunctions, the Time Lord and his traveling mate land somewhere off the North Atlantic Ocean, amidst a throng of angry, confused Vikings (a constant companion for various incarnations of the Doctor).It’s not the sharp swords or the freezing conditions that they have to worry about, though.A new storyline begins (via Titan Comics)Two stars—one of which crashed into a nearby mountain—have fallen to Earth. Are they weapons of the enemy? Omens from the gods? Or something entirely more sinister?After donning a fur coat worthy of Notorious B.I.G., Bill joins the Doctor and their new Viking friends on a mission to uncover the shooting star mysterious spaceship.What they find, however, is more than they bargained for.Part one of “The Wolves of Winter” trilogy, written by Richard Dinnick with art by Brian Williamson, is on sale now for $3.99.George Mann, meanwhile, returns with the fourth and final installment of “The Twelfth Doctor: Ghost Stories.”Ghost Stories: part four of four (via Titan Comics)On Christmas Eve 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant mistakenly swallowed a wish-granting gemstone, gaining superpowers like those in his favorite comic books. Years later, that stone leads the Twelfth Doctor—and Grant, Lucy, and Jennifer—across space and time to find the other three missing pieces.Since landing in dystopian-future New York City, the Doctor and his groupies reunited with an old foe: Shoal of the Winter Harmony. And with Grand and Lucy off gallivanting somewhere, Lucy finally gets her moment to shine.But can she convince the Sycorax to stop the harvest and save the lives of several billion people?“The thing is, it always comes down to this. It’s never about taking it all on myself. About trying to protect everyone,” Lucy narrates. “But about trusting each other, and remembering, when we work together as a family, we can achieve anything.”“Ghost Stories” part four, featuring some beautiful illustrations by Ivan Rodriguez and Dijjo Lima, is available now for $3.99 from Titan Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Pachinko industry finds temporary bottom but outlook still bleak Govertsen

first_img Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions RelatedPosts Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase “While too early to call a trend … it is possible that the industry has found a temporary bottom,” he said. “This potential bottom is also evidenced by slightly higher headcounts during peak operating hours for Dynam.“With this in mind, we expect the next two fiscal periods to look quite similar to the just-reported 1HFY19, which in turn is cause for us to raise our FY20 estimates.”However, the good news is likely to be short-lived following new tax and pay-out regulations that will inevitably hit the pachinko industry hard in the coming years.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to increase sales tax from 8% to 10% in October 2019, while current results for Dynam and its peers have in part been boosted by the deferment of new machine purchases that will be needed to comply with incoming regulations.“While there are some signs of stabilizing revenue within low-cost parlors, the clock is ticking with respect to the new regulations that mandate lower volatility machines, which will necessitate higher volumes of purchases in the out periods that are currently being deferred,” Govertsen said.“At the same time, new lower volatility machines are likely to be less attractive to customers. It is for this reason that we continue to forecast a sharp decline in EBITDA in FY21 (a combination of declining revenue and increasing expenses as older high-volatility machines reach their mandated three-year life cycle and must be replaced by lower-volatility machines).Ultimately, we also view the headwinds as a discount M&A opportunity for Dynam in the out years as significant numbers of mom and pop parlors are unlikely to survive.“Between now and then we see little M&A activity and a largely stable number of halls in operation.” Load More Japan’s leading pachinko operators are likely to enjoy a more stable business environment over the next 12 months after registering higher than expected volumes in the six months to 30 September 2018, but the long-term outlook remains challenging as regulations continue to tighten, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.In a note discussing the FY19 financial results of Dynam Japan Holdings – which last week reported a 2.6% fall in gross pay-ins to ¥386.84 trillion (HK$26.62 billion) and a 4.7% decline in revenue to ¥73.58 billion (HK$5.06 billion) – Govertsen said that Dynam’s gross pay-ins had exceeded expectations while pointing to a similar performance by fellow pachinko operator Niraku GC Holdings. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

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State Lifts Burn Ban OKs Fireworks Before the 4th

first_imgState officials lifted bans today on open burning and use of fireworks for most of Alaska. They cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.Download AudioThe Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s map of active wildfires as of Tuesday.Credit AICCBoth the state Forestry and Fire Marshal’s Office lifted their respective statewide bans on burning and fireworks today, with some exceptions. Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says his agency’s decision is based mainly on increased rainfall and decreased temperatures that’ve set in over the past few days. And forecasts for more precipitation leading up to the weekend.“Conditions have moderated in a lot of areas, especially in anticipation of more rain,” Mowry said.Mowry says Forestry’s burn ban remains in effect in the Anchorage area and in western and southwestern portions of the state. He says the latter two areas haven’t gotten any of the showers that’ve helped reduce fire danger in the eastern Interior and southcentral.“They’re not getting any precipitation out by Tanana, Galena, McGrath area,” he said. “They haven’t gotten hardly anything, and fires are still pretty active out there.”Ken Frederick, a spokesman for the Alaska Fire Service, says wildfires burning on military training ranges and other federally administered lands haven’t gotten much rain, either.“Parts of the military zone – it’s still pretty dry,” Frederick said. “And it’s going to take a lot more than a couple of days to really make a difference on those fires.”Mowry agrees, and he emphasizes that Forestry is depending on members of the public to be very careful if they build a campfire or spark a charcoal barbecue.“We’re sort of counting on them to do that, because our resources are stretched pretty thin and we don’t need new fires.”Likewise, he says, with fireworks.“Y’know, (the) public really needs to be cognizant of how dangerous fireworks can be,” Mowry said. “Don’t be setting off fireworks in the woods or anywhere where it’s going to cause a fire.”The State Fire Marshal’s Office also urged extreme caution in a news release issued this afternoon to announce that it had canceled a temporary ban on the sale of fireworks in some areas. Those include the Fairbanks North Star, Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs, along with the Municipality of Anchorage, and the Tanana and Copper river valleys.Mowry says Forestry’s decision was based in part on numerous requests from the public to loosen restrictions, because of reduced fire danger and for July 4th celebrations.But he suggested fans of fireworks might want to wait until later in the year, when there’s less daylight to dampen the show.“Wait ’til it’s dark and you can enjoy them,” he said.Today’s announcements come on the heels of news that the amount of land burned by wildfire this month had set a new record. More than 2,400 square miles were blackened in June, easily breaking the old record for the month of just over 1,800 square miles, set in 2004.The AP reported there were 612 wildfires burning statewide as of Tuesday. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center says more than 1.6 million acres have burned so far this year.last_img read more

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Help for those in need for the holiday season

first_imgThe food bank of Alaska serves as a hub for community organizations across the state. A new farm bill program could help their partner organizations purchase refrigeration to store excess food. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)The lead up to the holidays can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and lonely. Financial pressure in the season of gifts and big meals can strain family budgets. Others don’t have family or friends to turn to. On the next Talk of Alaska we’ll hear from community members who help connect people to everything from food and housing to job assistance and friendship.Listen nowHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Jim Baldwin – Food Bank of AlaskaAlan Budahl – Lutheran Social ServicesLisa Aquino – Catholic Social ServicesLinks:Thanksgiving Blessing – Information on receiving a meal and volunteeringHoliday Giving – Ways to help programs at Catholic Social ServicesMitzvah Mall – Learn about local non-profits and ways to support the community in lieu of purchasing giftsCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

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14 Rohingyas die in trawler capsize in Bay

first_imgAt least 14 Rohingya people, including nine children, were killed as a trawler carrying them capsized in the Bay of Bengal in Ukhia upazila on Thursday.Chailau Chakma, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Ukhia-Teknaf circle, said the trawler carrying around 60 Rohingyas, who fled to Myanmar, sank in the Bay around 11am.Their bodies were recovered later in the afternoon.Twenty six people were rescued after the incident.last_img

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Angelic is the Flying Monkey Book We Didnt Know We Wanted Until

first_img “Humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically modified animals they used and abused for eons. But for one young flying monkey, QORA, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore. Instead, she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother… to lose her wings.”Flying monkeys, flying dolphins, a cult like Planet of the Apes society, super creepy mating vibes and an unusually brilliant protagonist, Angelic #1 has it all, and I already want more.ANGELIC #1(W): Simon Spurrier (A, C): Casper Wijngaard (L): Jim Campbell (D): Emma PriceAngelic #1, written by Simon Spurrier with Art by Casper Wijngaard is a new sci-fi fable coming to us from Image Comics. The saying “I’ve never read anything like this before” sticks in your head as you dive into this issue. It’s honestly one of the most original and imaginative comics I’ve read so far this year, and I can’t wait until Angelic #2.Angelic #1 centers on QORA, a girlmonk who goes against the norms that are set for her in her society. QORA is caught trying to take part in the Scrap Pack with boymonks, and she has to do Duties to receive forgiveness from The Makers for her actions. QORA’S a smart one. The more she questions what goes on around her, the more duties she has to do, but she doesn’t stop asking “Why?” She knows something up, but when Alfer, a higher boymonk comes on the scene, he tells her just what her next journey and how her faith will be proven. QORA is to become his low-wife. She is to bring new life at the expensive of her wings and… her freedom.via Image ComicsI’m already so into this new series. I’m still thinking about it now, and I haven’t finished the review. Angelic #1 is an imaginative story but laced inside that story is the work of deeper topics and rebellion at its best. Simon Spurrier continues to be quite a stellar writer. Spurrier’s sophomore hit with Image, his first being Cry Havok, is such a fantastic follow-up. He expands his sense of storytelling into something that we’ve never read before.One thing I love about Spurrier’s writing across his stream of comics is his world building. Angelic #1 feels like you’ve stepped into something that’s holy and sacred and most men dare not speak of it. This cult like Planet of the Apes society draws you into their beliefs and way of thinking. The society is even separated by what female and males do. They all have a place and duties, but QORA questions. QORA is a marvelous protagonist to follow. She’s so curious about everything that you want to follow her and discover the answers to her burning questions.Casper Wijngaard art is just… a dream. He knows how to take this world and Simon’s words and bring it into a clear vision that feels like a neon type Wizard of Oz. Casper has been one of the coolest artist and colorists since his work on Limbo (Image), but here he works within a palette of neon blues, pinks, and greens that make the issue even more engaging. Casper’s colors always remind me of a better Nicolas Winding Refn movie because it’s stunning.via Image ComicsRounding out this team is Jim Campbell and Emma Price. Jim can do no wrong when it comes to the world of lettering. In Angelic #1, bolding of certain words were so key to help you pay attention to them. It may seem like it happened a lot within the issue, but they were very much needed. You needed to focus on it to get the overall of the panel, especially when the big moments happen. Emma Price designs the issue, and she does a fantastic job. I love a beautifully designed cover. It always makes me want to buy the cover art as a poster. Emma and Casper capture what the comic is about in just the design alone.Angelic #1 is a coming of age that everyone should read. It’s not only an extraordinary world, but an imaginative vision to behold. You’ll be sorely missing out on something special if you miss out on this issue. Angelic #1 is available September 20th on Comixology, in print and at your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Everything that went wrong with SimCity

first_imgSimCity is one of the most beloved game franchises in the world, but EA might have burned all that good will when it launched the latest game in the series earlier this year. Right from the start there were serious issues with the gameplay and infrastructure supporting SimCity‘s online components.Rather than give gamers what they want, EA is selling balloons for $9. Now that we’re a few months out, let’s look at everything that went wrong with this highly awaited release.Always online is always a problemSimCity games used to be a solitary experience where you’d lord over your city like a malevolent king, raining destruction at will. Then you could rewind time and do it all over again by loading up a save, or become the kind-hearted, park-loving mayor your city so desperately needed. However, the new SimCity made things a little different and probably less satisfying.Even when playing alone, players have to be connected to the EA cloud, which autosaves the game and supposedly handles a few other tasks. Having the game automatically saved seems nice, but it makes it hard to obliterate your city for fun. There is no way to go back to a previous save.It has been said the game engine could manage everything locally, but EA shoehorned in the always-online component to combat piracy. EA disagrees, though.The always-online requirement is also troublesome for anyone with a sketchy internet connection. Losing the link to EA’s servers for more than 20 minutes will cause the game to automatically shut down. That’s no fun at all, and is downright aggravating when you learn that the online component isn’t really necessary for the game to run.Is it fixed yet? No, and don’t expect it to be. EA is pretty serious about the online components whether or not it was originally devised to combat piracy.Massive server congestionMaybe if the crazy online component of SimCity had worked at launch, people would be less upset. For weeks after the game went live, gamers were stuck waiting in line to play a single player game — there simply wasn’t enough server capacity to accommodate everyone. EA had to turn off features just to get the game running.Even when the servers were allegedly working, players often reported mysterious disconnections that made the game borderline unplayable. These issues left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Despite EA getting the server load under control, you’d never know it from a quick Google search. All you see is complaints from the launch window.Is it fixed yet? For the most part, yes. The servers are beefier and available in all regions. You can see the status online (US).Sims less simulated than first advertisedEA really talked up the AI in SimCity prior to release. We were told that you could actually track your little sim people throughout the day. They had jobs, lives, homes, and you could watch it all happen! Well, they’re still working the kinks out.The sims (or agents) don’t actually operate like individual beings. For example, when an agent leaves home in the morning, it simply goes to the nearest compatible open job available at the time. It doesn’t matter where it worked the previous day. Later, it leaves the job location and goes to the nearest unoccupied home. This matters because it causes businesses in certain areas to suffer because of the layout of roads, not the quality of the location.The AI was strangely broken in multiple ways at launch, as well. The game was unable to route traffic properly, even with sufficient road capacity. Sims would take the shortest path from A to B, even if that meant ignoring the four-lane superhighway and driving single-file across a field.Next page: Tiny cities and the nail in the coffin… 1 2last_img read more

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When Delhi feasted like Europe

Quartet of European Delights, which is a part of the ongoing V4 Festival, had a cultural evening with European performers Csillagszemuek (Starry-Eyed) Dance Ensemble. The foot-tapping dances, the colourful attires and the music was a complete European treat as one could go back in time when folk music dominated central Europe.The festival brought together traditional culinary recipes, menus, lively central European music and a photo exhibition at the same event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Hungarian group, Csillagszemuek (Starry-Eyed) Dance Ensemble, a group of 24 young people performed the vibrant and lively folk dances from Hungary and Europe. It was a visual as well as a musical treat as the boys tapped their foot to the beat.Chefs from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia were flown down to India for a special European food and breweries spread. At the bar there were nine different beer brands from the European country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’I cooked the duck like they do in Poland and there is chicken on the platter and some beetroot stock,’ said the chef from Poland who had come to India specially for the event. Hungarian cuisines like Goulosh were also prepared. With more guests turning up than expected, the food was quickly savoured with wine and beer.The nine varieties of beer which were served had distinct flavours.And if you thought you missed it, there’s another chance as a special Hungarian Cuisine Day will be hosted at the Eros Hotel on 4 November. read more

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Showcasing the benefits of tourism

first_imgThe month of October becomes ‘Tourism Month’ as the ‘Paryatan Parv’ entered into its third week of celebrations. The objective of the programme is to draw focus on the benefits of tourism, showcase the cultural diversity of the country and reinforce the principle of “Tourism for All”. The highlights of the countrywide celebrations included Yoga session and community and stakeholder sensitization programme for homestay owners in Jaipur, street food vendors in Goa, shopkeepers, rickshaw pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. The cleanliness drives were undertaken in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Gwalior, Trivandrum, and Hyderabad. The Institute of Hotel Management across the country also distributed specially designed trash bags as part of this drive to tourists at various locations in the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The Nehru Yuvak Kendras organised youth Parliament with lectures and discussions on the importance of tourism and youth involvement at Gaya and Sitamarhi, district level cultural programmes in East Champaran, walk along the river course, and water bodies in five districts of Odisha.The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MoDONER) organised tourism rally in Itanagar, adventure activities in Shillong, promotion of water sports at Umiam in Meghalaya. The state governments of Haryana, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Kerala organised cultural evenings, tourism exhibitions, workshops for tourism industry stakeholders, essay and painting competition for students. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Ministry of Culture along with the Ministry of Tourism organised a grand classical dance titled ‘Krishan Lilla’ by the famous classical danseuse and guru Dr Sonal Mansingh at Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur.Other central ministries are also participating in ‘Paryatan Parv’ by organising various activities. The Railway Ministry has illuminated some of the major railway stations in the country. Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, some of the major airports in the country have also been illuminated. The Online contests on MyGov platform for Dekho Apna Desh Photo Contest, Incredible India Quiz, Dekho Apna Desh Blog Contest have elicited a tremendous response. Smile India Smile, a Photographic Competition is underway on Doordarshan. India Tourism Offices in association with IHMs has organised various activities like sensitization programmes, nukkad natak, heritage walks, workshops for local public and stakeholders at locations across the country.last_img read more

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The Wicked Witch of the West Started Out as a Beauty

first_imgThe search for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind caused pandemonium at MGM in the late 1930s. The casting of another film, which would be released in the same year — 1939 — was almost as challenging for the studio. Weeks before filming began, all of the main roles in the musical The Wizard of Oz had been filled. Only the Wicked Witch of the West remained.Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West with Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939).In author L. Frank Baum’s book, which the beloved movie was based on, the character wasn’t much of a looker, resembling an old hag with pigtails and an eye patch.But Oz’s producer, Mervyn Leroy, wanted to take things in a decidedly different (read: dishy) direction.Inspired by Disney’s seductive wicked queen in Snow White, the animated film released the year before, Leroy wanted to make Oz’s witch beautiful and glamorous.Illustration of the Wicked Witch of the West by William Wallace Denslow (From the original Baum publication in 1900).He had just the actress in mind: gorgeous Gale Sondergaard, who had received an Oscar the year before for her work in the costume drama Anthony Adverse, which Leroy had directed. (It wasn’t a totally left-of-center idea: Sondergaard had previously played a witch in the Theater Guild’s 1928 production of “Faust.”)The actress was persuaded to test for the role. Donning a form-fitting sequin dress and a pair of perfectly arched eyebrows, Sondergaard was a stunner. Leroy was ecstatic — he had found his witch.Gale Sondergaard.Not everyone in the production department agreed — in particular, screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, who had expanded the role of the Wicked Witch from the book to the screen, and had written several unforgettable scenes for her, along with some killer lines, including “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!” and “Thought you’d be pretty foxy, didn’t you?” Our witch should be ugly, Mankiewicz insisted.The iconic appearance of Wicked Witch of the West as portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.So Leroy ordered the MGM makeup department to give Sondergaard the “ugly treatment.” The de-glamming didn’t work: The actress’s gorgeous and exotic features simply could not be hidden, even under layers of pancake makeup. (We should all be so lucky.)Gale Sondergaard, 1940s.Eventually, Sondergaard decided she didn’t want the role, believing playing a hag wasn’t all that great for her image or her career. She was forty at the time, a dicey time for any actress.The ugly witch, as we all know, would ultimately be played — brilliantly — by Margaret Hamilton, an MGM contract player. She was cast on October 10, 1938, a mere three days before filming started. And a green-complexioned icon was born.Read another story from us:Wizard of Oz – Stolen Ruby Red Slippers Recovered, 13 years LaterThe Wizard of Oz may not have panned out for Sondergaard, but she did pop up in another children’s classic the following year, playing Tylette the Cat in The Blue Bird, a 20th Century Fox vehicle for the studio’s mop top darling, Shirley Temple — who, ironically enough, had originally been considered for role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.last_img read more

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Win a luxurious 4night stay at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

first_imgWin a luxurious 4-night stay at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contests, Hawaii, Westin Hotels & Resorts Posted by Sharecenter_img HAWAII — Westin Hotels & Resorts has launched a new contest with Travelweek giving agents a chance to win a 4-night stay at the newly renovated and rebranded Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Hawaii.The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort has retained all the trademark selling points that make it such a well-loved property, plus it’s now debuting as the only renowned Westin wellness hospitality brand on the Island of Hawaii.The resort stretches along its namesake white sand beach on the Island of Hawaii. The Kohala Coast is known for its world-class shoreline, as well as for many cultural and archaeological gems nestled between centuries-old lava fields. Contemporary style contrasts with lush, manicured gardens and the endless blues of the sky and the ocean.Arnold Palmer designed the award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course. Two swimming pools, a 6,800-square-foot free-form family pool and an adult-exclusive infinity pool, overlook Hapuna Beach. Four reimagined dining venues are inspired by the island’s bounty.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFor a chance to experience all this and more, visit the contest page here to enter:http://www.travelweek.ca/contests/big-island-big-sweepstakes/ Friday, September 14, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Peace vigils for Nicaragua continue in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Protests in Nicaragua renew tensions with Costa Rica Safety fears lead CONCACAF to cancel women’s U17 event in Nicaragua PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard times Dialogue struggles forward, protests continue in Nicaragua Facebook Comments PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica on protests in their home countrycenter_img Nicaraguan residents of Costa Rica, Costa Ricans of Nicaraguan descent, and others concerned aboutrecent events in Managua and beyond have continued to show their support through peace vigils held in downtown San José.This weekend’s gathering took place Saturday at the Plaza de la Democracia.Last week, The Tico Times and community news organization Vecinos Activos explored the western San José neighborhood of La Carpio, Central America’s largest binational community, to speak to residents about their take on the events in Nicaragua. Read the piece here.last_img read more

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April 29 2019

first_imgApril 29 , 2019 USDA launches Organic Integrity Learning Center … PRESS RELEASESALINAS, CA – Coastline Family Farms a western vegetable Grower/Shipper with locations in Salinas CA, Yuma AZ and Brawley CA., announced today the formation of a new dry onion growing and packing joint venture with Madison Ranches located in Echo, Oregon.  The new venture will be named Madison-Cox Onions, LLC.Larry Cox, the CEO and grower/owner of Coastline said “My family has been growing red, yellow and white dry onions in the Imperial Valley of California for over 35 years.  With the dynamics of the produce marketplace, we wanted to consolidate our onion sales under the Coastline Family Farms structure and develop an all year round onion program on the west coast.  We have known the Madison family for some time, they have a reputation for producing high quality premium onions in the Hermiston region of Oregon and knew they would be the right partner to help expand our production footprint.”“Larry, myself, and our teams began discussing working together in the Pacific Northwest last fall.  We are very excited about the opportunity to put together a quality oriented, year round onion program.” said Jake Madison, a 4th generation farmer and CEO of Madison Ranches.  “Our two family farming companies are very similar which helps build a strong foundation of trust, shared values and a focus on a customer centric business model”.The Madison-Cox Onions joint venture will produce red and yellow bulb onions in Hermiston Oregon with the first harvest in September 2019 and shipping through March of 2020. Madison Ranches will be responsible for the production, storage, packing and shipping for the new venture. “We started construction this week on our new packing and storage facility which will feature a state-of-the-art, optical grading, sorting and packing line, capable of meeting the needs of our clients with onion bags ranging from 10-50lb.  We focused the design on automation and state of the art equipment in order to deliver a premium product to our customers. ” added Jonathan Miller, General Manager of the Madison-Cox Onions joint venture. You might also be interested in Origine Group and VariCom sign license deal for FR … center_img “Coastline Family Farms will handle the sales and marketing for the joint venture.” said Tonya Giotta, Vice President for Foodservice Sales.  The onion and vegetable sales veteran is joined by Carly Kwak-Bauch, Vice President of Product and Channel Development, both women previously worked together at River Point Farms and were tapped by Coastline to develop a new dry onion business unit.  “The addition of the Madison-Cox joint venture in Oregon, gives Coastline a year-round, integrated west coast supply base. This enables us to provide national and regional foodservice operators, distributors, wholesalers and retail clients with a consistent year-round supply of premium dry onions.” added Tonya.About Coastline Family FarmsCoastline Family Farms was founded in 1991 and is owned by Larry and Tina Cox. The company is a year-round grower-shipper of premium vegetables from California, Arizona and Mexico.  Four generations of the Cox family have actively farmed throughout California for over 95 yrs. Today the company grows permanent, rotational and vegetable crops on over 10,000 acres of farmland in conjunction with a handful of highly respected, quality-focused family growers.  This integrated grower/packer/shipper alignment, provides a product line which includes lettuces (iceberg, red & green leaf, and romaine) and a wide range of vegetables including cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, green onions, dry onions (red, yellow and white) and more.About Madison Ranches Since 1917 the Madison family has farmed the rich soils of the Southern Columbia Basin in Oregon. Today the fourth generation, Jake and Heather Madison manage nearly 10,000 irrigated acres producing onions, vegetables, seed crops, grains, organic crops, cattle, and feed crops.  Continuing the over 100 year tradition of sustainable agricultural farming, the Madison’s use pioneering water conservation practices including  cutting edge irrigation  management systems, aquifer recharge along with aquifer storage and recovery (sub surface water basin replenishment and storage), and green power generation (wind, solar, and hydro). Ed Treacy to take on leadership for PMA’s sustaina … Jazz apples off to Japan to Jazz up Golden Week …last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Marriott Rewards Marr

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMarriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, is being expanded to include Delta Hotels and Resorts, giving its 54 million members even more choice and flexibility when they travel. Marriott Rewards members can now earn points or miles and Elite night credits, and redeem for free night stays, at 21 Delta Hotels across Canada, with the brand’s 14 remaining Canadian properties joining the program in late April 2016. Delta Privilege members will also now enjoy the full benefits of Marriott Rewards membership, including the ability to earn and redeem points at over 4000 Marriott hotels globally across 17 distinct brands.“Marriott Rewards members are seeking ways to discover and experience more through travel. Marriott Rewards’ expansion to include Delta Hotels gives our members even more choice when traveling in Canada,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott Hotels of Canada. “The depth and breadth of the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands is now even stronger. The addition of Delta Hotels gives our guests more opportunity to experience the benefits of loyalty in ways that reflect their passions and lifestyles.”Delta Hotels features properties located in major Canadian centres of business as well as popular tourist destinations, including its flagship property Delta Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, and the elegant Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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