Minister Offers Condolences

first_imgFisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ron Chisholm is offering his condolences to the family of Gerald and Gerry Blackburn, whose bodies were recovered today, May 28, off Prospect. The two fishermen were reported missing yesterday after they failed to return home. “This is a tragedy and loss for our fishing industry and communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blackburn family and friends,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Nova Scotia fishermen face difficult conditions as they carry out their activities on the ocean.” Mr. Chisholm wishes to express his thanks to the local fishing boats, the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP divers, helicopter crews and the ground search and rescue volunteers for their quick response, as well as everyone in the community who supported the search efforts.last_img read more

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Mistaken identity Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. – A Saskatchewan family is once again searching for their missing dog after a case of mistaken identity.On Tuesday, Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found near Moose Jaw.Duncan was certain that the dog was his beloved Georgia that had run off from his wife’s parents’ farm in July 2017 about 500 kilometres away during a thunderstorm.A vet said the big dog showed signs of starvation, has a tumour on her tail, a little bit of arthritis in her hips, and some sores around her eyes.But after CTV News broadcast a story about the reunion, Duncan’s phone rang — it was a woman from a farm in nearby Caron, Sask., who said she thought the dog belonged to her and is named Bella.Duncan says to be certain they met Wednesday morning and the dog went straight from him to her real master.“They have had her since she was a pup for 13 years now and when she got out of my truck, I could just tell that she knew the owner right away,” he said in an email.“She jumped into the car just like she had belonged all along.”Duncan says he shared pictures of Georgia with Bella’s owner and they couldn’t believe how much they look alike.He says right up to their meeting, he was very sure the dog was his, especially after how she responded to his two young sons.Duncan says it was a sad day for his family, but a happy one too, because the dog is really home.“We are happy for Bella to go back to her farm with her family. In a way, it was kind of like we got to spend one last day with Georgia.” (The Canadian Press, CTV Regina)last_img read more

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Annan voices concern over DPR of Koreas reported nuclear plans

If confirmed, the allegations, announced by the United States State Department, “would not be in conformity with the DPRK’s international obligations, including under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” the spokesman noted in a statement on Mr. Annan’s behalf. The development would also run contrary to international efforts to reduce and eliminate weapons of mass destruction. Welcoming the consultations that have already begun among interested countries, the statement stressed that “issues related to weapons of mass destruction must be accorded highest priority.” Washington’s announcement followed recent high-level discussions between US and DPRK officials in Pyongyang. read more

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Iraq returns more Kuwaiti property UN reports

Iraq has handed over to Kuwaiti officials items of Kuwaiti property not related to its national archives, a UN spokesman said today in New York.The handover took place yesterday in Umm Qasr with the help of the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).Earlier this month, Iraq notified the UN envoy dealing with the return of missing Kuwaiti nationals and property, Yuli Vorontsov, that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would welcome Ambassador Vorontsov’s visit to Baghdad. No date has been set for the trip. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,324.01 up 11.23 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 7.01 per cent, at $2.29 on 8.54 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Down three cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $4.63 on 5.05 million shares.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Equipment financing. Up 14 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $14.49 on five million shares. The Toronto-based company announced Monday it had signed a deal to provide lease financing for up to $2 billion worth of rail cars to Trinity Industries. It will also acquire a US$245-million portfolio of financial assets from a subsidiary of GE Capital secured by helicopters. Both deals are expected to add to earnings in the second half of next year.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down nine cents, or 1.17 per cent, at $7.62 on 4.46 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 38 cents, or 1.10 per cent, at $34.96 on 4.45 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (903.99 up 1.92 points):Northern Gold Mining Inc. (TSXV:NGM). Miner. Down half a cent, or 16.67 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 7.70 million shares.Zodicac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil and gas. Unchanged at five cents on 5.89 million shares.Company reporting major news:Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B). Airline. Up 26 cents, or 6.97 per cent, at $3.99 on 1.46 million shares. The regional carrier boosted its quarterly dividend by 50 per cent to 11.25 cents per share in the wake of a recent arbitration win against Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Chorus had cut its quarterly payment to shareholders in half to 7.5 cents per share in May amid uncertainty about the arbitration process. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 3:45 pm MDT read more

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Brock Model UN shines in NYC

After months of preparation and hard work, the Brock Model United Nations team proved it has what it takes to impress on a global stage.The 25-member team, consisting of students from a variety of programs and years, recently returned from New York City after its most successful season yet at the National Model United Nations conference.The event drew about 6,000 students from around the world to the bustling metropolis, where from March 18 to 22 they ran a United Nations simulation. Each team is tasked with representing a different country and debating current global issues from that country’s stance. The teams then work together to negotiate and create successful resolutions. Brock’s group, which this year represented Spain, earned a Distinguished Delegation Award, which is presented to the Top 10 per cent of teams in attendance.In addition to the group honour, second-year Political Science students Emma Evans and Jessica Beaupre won awards for Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their work on the United Nations Environment Assembly.Second-year Political Science students Jessica Beaupre and Emma Evans won awards for Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their work on the United Nations Environment Assembly.Club President Jenelle Taylor, a fourth-year Political Science student, said the team — the biggest delegation in Brock Model UN’s five-year history — is thrilled with its showing.“It’s so fulfilling to be a part of something that aims to help make a difference in the world, and to be recognized for those efforts,” she said. “This is the biggest team we’ve ever taken and the best we’ve ever placed. We worked so hard; it was incredible.”That success is due in part to the months of training and research the team put in before the conference arrived. It began with team tryouts in September, with preparations for New York, including weekly debating exercises, beginning soon after.Taylor said students from all years and majors are welcome to tryout, as it’s often a benefit to have people with different perspectives and areas of expertise at the table.While students from some institutions receive course credits or even monetary compensation for their participation in the conference, Brock’s team is driven solely by the passion of its members.Political Science Associate Professor Blayne Haggart, the club’s faculty advisor, said the team runs like a well-oiled machine that requires no faculty intervention. While some monetary support is received from Brock University Students’ Union and the Department of Political Science, the trip to the conference is funded mainly through fundraising initiatives hosted by the students.Haggart credited the team for the impressive showing at what is essentially the “NHL of the Model UN.” “These students are going to do great things in the world and all of Brock should be proud of them,” he said. “This is also a great way to fly the flag internationally for Brock. It puts our name in front of the world and is an attractive opportunity for prospective students.”Taylor, who graduates this spring and will pass on the reins as president, hoped to encourage students to tryout for the team that has left a lasting impact on her life.“It gives you experience in so many areas — public speaking, writing skills, teamwork and working under pressure, and the networking opportunities are invaluable.”And, as part of the conference, students get to visit the United Nations headquarters.“You get to sit in the seats of UN ambassadors. It’s so inspiring,” she said. “I’m sure it helped a lot of students to envision where they want to be in the future.”More information on the club is available on the Brock National Model United Nations Facebook page. read more

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Ohio State baseball hopes to continue hot streak vs Ohio Toledo

OSU senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff (32) takes a cut during a game against Hofstra on March 18. OSU won 12-1.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team is set to play two games over the next two days: at Ohio University on Tuesday before returning home to face Toledo a day later. The Buckeyes are packing their bags with a little extra momentum after a solid start to Big Ten play over the weekend.On Sunday, the Scarlet and Gray claimed their first conference series win, thanks to a walk-off home run by redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic. The two-run dinger was Bosiokovic’s team-leading sixth of the season, also ranking No. 2 in the conference. The 2-1 series win over Northwestern moved OSU’s overall record to 14-7-1 on the year. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last eight games dating back to March 12 when they toppled UNLV. Hitting the sweet spot The Buckeyes’ keys to victory over their improved play as of late have been staying out of their own way by playing clean baseball through limiting errors and finding timely hits to win in come-from-behind fashion. Senior third baseman Nick Sergakis is tied for first in the Big Ten with 37 hits and leads OSU with a .420 batting average. The co-captain of the team on Sunday said OSU has to get a more balanced production up and down the lineup.  “It just seems like we’re ‘live by the long ball, die by the long ball,’” Sergakis said. “That needs to turn around. We need to find ways to manufacture runs without doing it all with one swing. We need to go out there and be scrappy.” OSU coach Greg Beals said he would like to see a more balanced attack from his hitters as well, as the team’s .265 batting average ranks just ninth in the Big Ten. “That’s something that we certainly need to figure out,” Beals said. “We don’t need those guys to tear it up, but we need something. We need the bottom of the order to be productive. I think more than anything is we need to get them at-bats and get them into a comfort zone and get them as many reps as possible.” Scouting Ohio OSU’s toughest test of the next two matchups will perhaps come against the Bobcats, who enter the showdown in Athens, Ohio, with a record of 10-13. The Bobcats carry a team batting average of .292, although more than half of their starting lineup bats over .300.The Bobcats are led at the plate by redshirt senior catcher Cody Gaertner. He leads the team with a .340 average, while senior infielder John Adryan leads the team with seven home runs and 21 RBIs. Rob Smith is in his third year as coach and led the Bobcats to a 25-win improvement last season, which was the largest increase in the NCAA last year.Ohio’s pitchers hold a team ERA of 4.34, limiting opposing batters to a measly .223 batting average. Beals said the Bobcats do look good on paper, but the biggest thing the Buckeyes can do is worry about what they can control: themselves. “We’ve just got to go play good Ohio State baseball and play up to our capability,” Beals said. “(We have to) make sure we’re ready to answer the bell, even though it’s not a conference game, but it is a road game against an in-state rival.” A look at ToledoToledo is amid a tough start to the season, with 22 of its 25 games being played away from home, resulting in a 4-20-1 record. That recipe for disaster could continue, as the Rockets are set to head to Columbus to face the Buckeyes on Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium, a location where OSU is 6-1 to start the season. Toledo and OSU have faced off twice already this season, both times during the opening series in the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida. OSU won the first matchup 7-1, while the two teams tied 5-5 in Game 2, as the game was called because of time constraints for return travel.Freshman outfielder Ross Adolph is one of Toledo’s lone bright spots, as he leads the team with a .294 batting average, but overall Toledo as a team is batting a lowly .196 for the season. The pitching staff as a unit sports an eye-popping ERA of 5.79, and OSU’s hitters are looking to be able to capitalize on the mismatch. However, in an attempt to stay grounded, Beals said his team will have to focus on taking games one at a time, as his players have been coached all offseason to not overlook their opponents. “I think the important thing is that we just stay in the moment and don’t look too far ahead and take care of it one game at a time,” Beals said. “The thing that our guys understand is that these midweek games with two in-state rivals, those are big games. They’re games that these schools look at as marquee games on their schedule playing Ohio State.”Pitchers’ chance to shine Freshman righty Ryan Feltner (0-1, 6.30 ERA) is scheduled to be on the bump for the Buckeyes against Ohio. He will be trying to improve upon his last outing versus Xavier. The Musketeers chased him after 4.1 innings after he allowed 10 hits and five earned runs. Beals said Feltner’s inconsistent start to the season can be attributed to his freshman’s adjustments to the college game. “I think the thing with freshmen that you always battle is consistency,” Beals said. “(Feltner’s) had really, really good outings, and his last outing he was just up in the zone. I think the thing that we’re talking to Ryan more about than anything is just trusting his stuff and executing his quality pitches. He’s got good stuff. He’s going to have a great career here at Ohio State.”Redshirt sophomore pitcher Austin Woodby is lined up to get the spot start for OSU against Toledo. Over his nine appearances this season for the Scarlet and Gray, Woodby has compiled a 3-1 record and a 4.6 ERA, including a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The midweek start for Woodby would be his first of the season, which could lead to an increased role for the Hudson, Ohio, native if Feltner’s struggles continue. The game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Athens on Tuesday evening, while Wednesday’s home tilt against the Rockets is slated for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. read more

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Womens lacrosse falls to Penn State in seasonending loss

The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.” read more

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Russia could ease imports embargo on Greek products

first_imgRussia is mulling loosening its embargo on agricultural products from some European Union countries, including Greece, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.In an interview with Izvestia newspaper published this week, Peskov said that under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Moscow is not entitled to exempt an EU member state from sanctions against the bloc.However, he said, direct deliveries of agricultural products can be substituted by “imports of raw materials [to be processed at] Russia-based facilities.”The Greek government has asked Russia to partially lift the food embargo it imposed in summer 2014 in response to EU sanctions, which has taken a hefty toll on exports.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les premiers bébés français issus dovocytes congelés sont nés

first_imgLes premiers bébés français issus d’ovocytes congelés sont nésLes deux premiers enfants nés après congélation d’ovocytes en France ont ouvert les yeux mardi à l’hôpital Antoine Béclère de Clamart, dans les Hauts-de-Seine. C’est une première en France. Les jumeaux Jérémie (3,2 kg) et Keren (2,8 kg), tous deux en bonne santé, sont nés grâce à une technique de congélation lente, explique le professeur René Frydman. Dans le monde, plusieurs centaines d’autres enfants ont vu le jour après congélation d’ovules, mais ce n’était pas encore le cas dans l’Hexagone.Selon le professeur, “la loi autorise (…) à préserver des ovocytes par congélation, mais pas avec la méthode la plus performante (la vitrification ou congélation ultra rapide) sous prétexte que toute innovation est assimilée à de la rechercher sur l’embryon”.René Frydman avait aussi été le premier à mettre au monde un bébé-éprouvette français, Amandine, en 1982. Le 4 novembre 2010 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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Budget cuts could cost Alaska State Troopers a helicopter

first_imgAlaska State Troopers have already grounded one of their two search and rescue helicopters due to budget cuts, and officials say if changes aren’t made they may not be able to afford the other.KTVA-TV reports that the Fairbanks-based helicopter Helo 2 has been grounded indefinitely since July due to budget cuts and currently troopers can only afford to keep the Anchorage-based Helo 3 in use through June 2016.Troopers have had to contract with outside companies for search and rescue missions both because of bad weather and because of the high cost of using a helicopter.Search and Rescue coordinator Lt. Steve Adams says despite the costs, they do not turn down search and rescue missions, though outside companies can sometimes cost more money and take more time.last_img read more

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House Fisheries urges pressure on BC over transboundary mining

first_imgMore than a dozen working and legacy mine sites are located in watersheds that are shared between British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. (Image courtesy of B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)A legislative committee heard from mine critics on both sides of the border during a Tuesday hearing in Juneau. It’s part of an effort to pressure British Columbia to tighten its mining regulations to reduce the threat of pollution from transboundary mines. After hearing exclusively from mine critics, Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, said the House Fisheries Committee’s 90-minute hearing on transboundary mining wasn’t meant to be anti-mine.“We are simply asking our neighbors across the border to adhere to best and safe practices when mining in our shared watersheds,” the committee’s chairwoman said, “which is clearly something they have a poor track record with.”The “poor track record” Stutes referenced is the Mount Polley disaster in 2014.A tailings dam breached, releasing billions of gallons of mine waste into salmon rich streams in British Columbia. The mining company Imperial Metals was never fined by B.C. regulators.Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis said that’s evidence that Southeast’s fisheries and visitor economies are vulnerable to future mishaps.“We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves from the risks of potential contamination from the Canadian mines upstream,” Landis told the committee by telephone.In 2015, Gov. Bill Walker signed a formal pact with his B.C. counterpart to ensure closer cooperation over shared watersheds.Late last year the Walker administration went further, urging B.C.’s government to require mine projects to post full reclamation bonds. Financial assurances are used to ensure the public doesn’t foot the bill if a mine goes belly up or suffers a catastrophic failure.Alaska’s fishing industry supported the move, noting reclamation bonds are industry standard and required for Alaska mines.“United Fishermen of Alaska continues to support this request,” UFA Executive Director Frances Leach said, “to ensure that the state resources are not harmed by Canadian large scale mining developments and the headwaters of transboundary salmon rivers.”Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission – an independent Canadian economic think tank – has urged reform for B.C.’s mining regulations.Despite the laws on the books, in practice polluters in B.C. often don’t pay – as was seen at Mt. Polley, the committee heard.“When a company knows it might not bear all of the costs of a risk it poses, in terms of the harm it might cause, it has less of an economic incentive to reduce that risk,” EcoFiscal Commmission researcher Jason Dion said by telephone from Ottawa. “And so from our perspective, that’s a really, really important shortcoming.”Notably absent at the hearing was anyone from the mining industry or Dunleavy administration. Alaska lawmakers recently wrote a letter urging the administration to not lose focus on the issue.But the Department of Natural Resources confirmed to CoastAlaska that a cabinet-level teleconference will be held on transboundary mining on June 18.It will include the commissioners of Alaska’s departments of Environmental Conservation, Natural Resources and Fish and Game and top-ranking officials from B.C.’s mining and environmental ministries.It will be the sixth meeting of the bilateral working group of Alaska and B.C. governments that was initiated in 2015.last_img read more

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Boss Lady Deepika Padukone to coproduce and star in 83 the film

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramActress Deepika Padukone is all set to star in the film ’83 that stars her husband Ranveer Singh as cricketer Kapil Dev. If reports are to be believed, Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in the film, directed by Kabir Khan. Not only that, but Deepika Padukone is also co-producing the film, say reports.The film ’83 is based on the Indian cricket team’s historic win at the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament in 1983. Ranveer Singh has been prepping for the role along with the other team members, and now his wifey Deepika Padukone joins him as his onscreen wife as well.Bollywood actresses these days are smart and sharp as far as business decisions are concerned. Within five to 10 years of making money through movies, events and endorsements, they begin producing films and opening their own businesses or investing in existing startups. Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Lara Dutta, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor – you name it and they have done it.Actress Deepika Padukone, too, entered the fray when she began investing in businesses through her company KA Enterprises LLP with her father Prakash Padukone. The firm was incorporated on April 7, 2014, with its registered address in Mumbai.KA Enterprises has invested in startups like Purplle, Furlenco, and Danone’s Epigamia. They are looking for fresh investments. Deepika Padukone already has a fashion line All About You that sells on Myntra. The actress is also producing her first film, Chhapaak, in which she stars as real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.Instagram”When she was narrated the story of ’83, she loved it because it’s not just inspirational but also extremely emotional. She and Kabir have been friends for years now. So, she decided to come on board as a co-producer, too. This will be the second venture under her banner,” The Times of India quotes a source.last_img read more

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Obama To Speak At Baker Institute Tuesday Evening

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:39 Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters/PBS NewsHourFormer President Barack Obama will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute tomorrow evening. Obama will share the stage with former Secretary of State James Baker at an event marking the institute’s 25th anniversary. Historian Jon Meacham will moderate the discussion.Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, said Obama and Baker will talk about their respective experiences at the summit of power. “You know, what worked for them when they were in office? What didn’t work for them when they were in office? How did Washington work, how did Washington not work when they were in office? What are some of the issues that perhaps a bipartisan consensus can be arrived at in our current situation?” Djerejian said.The event will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the institute’s website. Sharelast_img read more

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Sonys Funimation Ends Anime Licensing Pact With Crunchyroll

first_imgAccording to Funimation, the list of Crunchyroll titles that will roll off FunimationNow has not been finalized yet so. Some top titles that will now be available on FuninamtionNow in subbed episodes include: “My Hero Academia” (pictured above), “Cowboy Bebop,” “Space Dandy,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “Assassination Classroom,” “Snow White with the Red Hair” and “Death Parade.”In addition, with the end of the Crunchyroll deal, on Nov. 9, Funimation’s channel will no longer be available on VRV, the digital-subscription aggregation platform run by Otter Media’s Ellation.FunimationNow costs $5.99 per month (or $59.99 for a one-year subscription). The service is currently available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to the titles listed above, Funimation’s catalog includes “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan,” “Shin Godzilla” and romantic-fantasy smash hit “Your Name.” Funimation Films’ latest theatrical release is Toho Co. Ltd.’s “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes,” which the company said is its second-highest box-office release garnering $5.7 million during its Sept. 25-Oct. 11 release.Under their now-expired pact, Crunchyroll and Funimation each shared anime titles across streaming, home-video and electronic sell-through channels. Crunchyroll focused on subtitled content while Funimation specialized in English-dubbed programming of Japanese anime (“broadcast dubs”).In July 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks acquired a 95% majority stake in Funimation for about $143 million. Funimation is housed in SPT’s new direct-to-consumer unit headed by chief digital officer Eric Berger. Formed as part of a reorg this summer, the unit consolidates Sony Crackle along with Funimation, Film1 and Animax services.Founded in 1994 as Funimation Productions, the company is now based in Flower Mound, Texas, near Fort Worth. Read the full memo to Funimation staff from Fukunaga:All,I am writing to share some important news. Effective immediately, Funimation will once again independently acquire, market and distribute anime to the entire community – to both sub and dub fans. This new future is a result of our acquisition by Sony Pictures Television and additional investments Sony is making in our business to make Funimation a global sub and dub anime brand. As such, we’ve made the decision not to renew our collaboration with Crunchyroll, a relationship that ended amicably this month.Our goal has always been to improve the fan experience and expand the reach of anime. We exceeded our goals in the past couple of years and have established ourselves as the anime industry’s most advanced streaming platform, expanded our global footprint, and accelerated our dub speed to market for new episodes coming out of Japan. While our partnership with Crunchyroll is ending, we are excited about the future, the support of Sony Pictures Television and their commitment, alongside ours, to build the best experience for anime fans globally.We have enormous respect for the relationship we forged with Crunchyroll and will be working with them closely over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition in terms of our respective catalogs and offerings. That said, there will be some immediate changes ahead as we unwind the partnership. On November 9, 2018, our subscribers will have access to several hundred subbed titles when our catalog reverts to Funimation, while a handful of dubbed titles will no longer be available on FunimationNow. All the titles licensed during the partnership will continue to be shared with Crunchyroll and available to FunimationNow subscribers.Thank you for your tireless work and dedication as well as your unwavering commitment to bring the best anime to the most people possible.Please join me and the senior management team for an all-hands meeting. We will be able to address any questions you may have then. In the meantime, I would direct you to the special FAQs created for fans and subscribers that are now live on the Funimation blog. Anime distributor Funimation has ended its cross-licensing deal with Crunchyroll after two years, as Sony-owned Funimation looks to expand globally.The decision to not renew the 2016 pact with Crunchyroll — now fully owned by AT&T after it acquired Chernin Group’s stake in Otter Media — stems from Funimation’s own acquisition by Sony Pictures Television a year ago.Sony is making additional investments in the Funimation to make it “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand,” Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO, wrote in an Oct. 18 internal memo obtained by Variety.According to Fukunaga, the deal with Crunchyroll “ended amicably this month.”With the end of the pact, as of Nov. 9, 2018, FunimationNow streaming subscribers will have access to several hundred subbed anime titles when the catalog reverts to Funimation, while “a handful” of dubbed titles will no longer be available on FunimationNow, according to Fukunaga’s memo. All the titles licensed during the partnership will continue to be shared with Crunchyroll and available to FunimationNow subscribers. Gencenter_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Easing Atmospheric CO2 Levels Using Nanotubes and Sunlight

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University have determined a way to use arrays of nanotubes in a solar-based process to convert carbon dioxide and water into methane and other hydrocarbon fuels. Their method may provide a new way to reduce carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere—rising due to our planet’s heavy use of fossil fuels—as well as produce alternative fuels. The rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion using this method is 20 times higher than that of previously published research. The work is described in the January 27, 2009, online edition of Nano Letters.”Every 12 days the world consumes about one billion barrels of oil, which represents the release of almost 1 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” said the study’s lead researcher, Craig Grimes, to PhysOrg.com. “One way of dealing with this problem is by recycling the CO2 into a high-energy-content fuel, but this makes sense only if a renewable energy source, like solar energy, can be used in the process.”This type of solar-based conversion process only works if a photocatalyst—a material that reacts with light—is used to convert the CO2 into hydrocarbons. A photocatalyst that utilizes the most solar energy possible is the best option.One popular photocatalyst candidate for the job has been titanium dioxide, also called titania, because it can powerfully react with oxygen. But so far, researchers haven’t been able to make titania perform adequately despite experimenting with a variety of forms, such as nanoparticles, pellets, and multi-layer films.Grimes and his colleagues used arrays of titania nanotubes. They created the nanotubes using a technique that incorporates nitrogen into the nanotubes’ structures, which the researchers initially thought would help increase the conversion rate (this turned out to be true only in a very limited capacity).The process also yields a high total surface area compared to other forms of the material, a property that aids in the conversion. To further boost the process, the group scattered an ultra-thin layer of platinum and/or copper “cocatalyst” nanoparticles on the surface of the array.The nanotubes were as long as 140 micrometers (millionths of a meter) in length and a diameter of about 115 nanometers (billionths of a meter). The total size of each array sample was about 2 centimeters square and the group created several samples.The researchers made two reaction chambers, each with a window at the top to let in sunlight. They loaded one sample into each chamber and evacuated the air out, producing a vacuum, and sealed them. Next they pumped CO2 through a tank of water and into the chambers, flushing it through via intake and outtake valves for 10 minutes.This all took place outdoors on sunny or mostly-sunny days on the Penn State campus. The samples were left outside for 2.5 hours, up to a maxiumum of 3.5 hours, between about 12:30 and 4:00 p.m.Analysis of the chambers’ interiors showed that the predominant product of the conversion was methane, with some ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane, along with other materials in very small concentrations. The conversion rates were high, although comparing the results with other published results was rather difficult, according to the group.”Most of the previous results were achieved using nanoparticles illuminated by ultraviolet light, so we were not exactly comparing apples to apples,” said Grimes. “But going by the weight of the material, we could figure out that the rate of hydrocarbon production we achieved is at least 20 times higher than those previous studies.”Grimes and his group attribute their success, in large part, to the cocatalyst particles they used. They think that a homogeneous distribution of both types could further increase the conversion rate.More information: Nano Lett., 2009, 9 (2), pp 731-737 DOI: 10.1021/nl803258pCopyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Easing Atmospheric CO2 Levels Using Nanotubes and Sunlight (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-easing-atmospheric-co2-nanotubes-sunlight.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further City dwellers can have an outsized impact on curbing global warming A digital photograph of one of the reaction chambers under natural sunlight. Photo courtesy Craig Grimes.last_img read more

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Researchers offer possible explanation for lack of radiation flash from gas cloud

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Comparison of the pv-diagrams from spring 2013 (data already presented in Gillessen et al. 2013b), late summer 2013 and spring 2014 (new data). The blue line corresponds to the Brackett-γ based orbit from Gillessen et al. (2013b), along which the pv-diagram is extracted. We have blended out the range between −660 km/s and +240 km/s to avoid emission from the mini-spiral (Paumard et al. 2004) visible at these wavelengths. The scaling is adjusted in each map individually to optimally show the structure of the gaseous emission; the maps cannot be compared photometrically to each other. Credit: arXiv:1407.4354 [astro-ph.GA] Journal information: arXiv Explore further The gas cloud, named G2, was first spotted back in 2011, moving towards Sagittarius A*, the super massive black hole believed to exist at the center of our galaxy. Scientists expected a sudden surge in X-rays and radio waves and maybe even a possible brightening of infrared light from the site. Instead, as the gas cloud encountered the black hole, nothing much happened. The cloud simply changed shape a little bit with little to no fanfare, leaving scientists who had trained a lot of telescopes on the Milky Way’s center, feeling let down. In their paper, the researchers in Germany offer a possible explanation regarding why so little appeared to happen.G2, the researchers suggest, is actually part of a continuous stream of material that was ripped from the envelope of a star as recently as just a hundred years ago. They note that G1, another gas cloud spotted over a decade ago, has an identical orbit to G2, and is even in the same plane. They believe both clouds are actually little more than clumps in a much bigger cloud that is essentially a stream of gas that has been traveling towards the center of the Milky Way for a century. And because of that, they suggest, the clumps simply brush Sagittarius A* as they approach and pass by, because of the impact on them exerted by the rest of the stream. If true, it would seem likely that there are other clouds also present in the stream, which are perhaps destined for a rendezvous with Sagittarius A* someday—if so, one of them might produce the fireworks the scientists had been anticipating. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany has offered a possible explanation for the lack of fireworks during the interaction between a gas cloud and the black hole believed to be at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. In their paper uploaded to the prepress server arXiv, the researchers suggest that the expected fireworks didn’t happen because the gas cloud is actually a dense clump that is part of a continuous stream of matter and because of that it only brushed the black hole rather than gushed into it.center_img More information: The Galactic Center cloud G2 and its gas streamer, arXiv:1407.4354 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1407.4354AbstractWe present new, deep near-infrared SINFONI @ VLT integral field spectroscopy of the gas cloud G2 in the Galactic Center, from late summer 2013 and spring 2014. G2 is visible in recombination line emission. The spatially resolved kinematic data track the ongoing tidal disruption. As expected for an observation near pericenter passage, roughly half of the gas in 2014 is found at the redshifted, pre-pericenter side of the orbit, while the other half is at the post-pericenter, blueshifted side. We also present an orbital solution for the gas cloud G1, which was discovered a decade ago in L’-band images when it was spatially almost coincident with Sgr A*. The orientation of the G1 orbit in the three angles is almost identical to the one of G2, but it has a lower eccentricity and smaller semi-major axis. We show that the observed astrometric positions and radial velocities of G1 are compatible with the G2 orbit, assuming that (i) G1 was originally on the G2 orbit preceding G2 by 13 years and (ii) a simple drag force acted on it during pericenter passage. Taken together with the previously described tail of G2, which we detect in recombination line emission and thermal broadband emission, we propose that G2 may be a bright knot in a much more extensive gas streamer. This matches purely gaseous models for G2, such as a stellar wind clump or the tidal debris from a partial disruption of a star. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers suggest gas cloud could reveal black holes near center of Milky Way galaxy Citation: Researchers offer possible explanation for lack of radiation flash from gas cloud interaction with Milky Way black hole (2014, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-explanation-lack-gas-cloud-interaction.htmllast_img read more

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Facebook Boss Is Still Techs Most Popular CEO

first_imgFebruary 26, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read He’s still got plenty of likes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg still beats out Apple’s Tim Cook and all the other Silicon Valley CEOs in a nationwide popularity contest.According to a new poll conducted this week by Morning Consult, nearly half (48 percent) of the 1,935 registered voters surveyed view the Facebook chief favorably. About one in four like Cook, who just barely nudged out Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for second place.The public still remains split on whether the Apple CEO is in the right as he continues to fight with the FBI over unlocking the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters: 51 percent said Apple should help the FBI unlock the phone, while 33 percent said no.But even if Zuckerberg is the most well known and well liked Silicon Valley celeb, consumers admit when it comes to their own privacy, they’re not confident what they’re sharing on Facebook is secure. Half of the poll respondents said they expect Facebook is sharing “a lot” of their personal information. And while more than half of voters said they trust Apple to keep their data secure, less than a third said the same of Facebook.Zuckerberg was in Germany on Thursday, a country where he’s drawn harsh criticism from politicians over the company’s privacy policies. When asked specifically about privacy and data security, Zuckerberg said “That’s too complicated; I don’t want to get into that tonight.” Register Now »last_img read more

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Rediscovered US Carrier Sank in Historic WWII Duel

first_imgAn antiaircraft gun from the wreckage of the USS Lexingon, a U.S. Navy carrier that was sunk during the Battle of Coral Sea in World War II. Credit: Navigea Ltd.When the aircraft carrier USS Lexington sank beneath the surface of the Coral Sea, it represented a significant casualty of history’s first clash between carriers during World War II. 76 years later, an expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced that it had rediscovered wreckage from the carrier known as “Lady Lex” lying on the seafloor about 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.The loss of the USS Lexington took place during the Battle of Coral Sea: a battle that marked the first time rival aircraft carriers ever engaged one another in combat with ships from opposing surface fleets never coming within sight of one another. On one side, the Imperial Japanese Navy had launched a seaborne invasion force, including a light carrier and two fleet carriers, aimed at taking Port Moresby in New Guinea for the purpose of building an air base that could threaten Australia. On the other side, the U.S. Navy sent USS Lexington and another carrier, USS Yorktown, along with supporting warships from the Royal Australian Navy to intercept the Japanese force.Both sides adopted a philosophy of “the best defense is a good offense” by seeking to find and knock out the rival aircraft carriers before the other side could retaliate. On May 7, the battle began in earnest with U.S. and Japanese scout planes mistakenly reporting that they had found the other side’s main carrier forces. Japanese air attacks crippled a U.S. oiler ship and sank its escort destroyer. On the other side, U.S. Navy planes drew first carrier blood during the battle by sinking the Japanese light carrier Shoho.[embedded content]The pivotal events of the Battle of Coral Sea took place the next day. On May 8, U.S. Navy planes struck and damaged the Japanese fleet carrier Shokaku, but failed to locate the sister carrier Zuikaku that was hiding under the cover of low clouds. Japanese warplanes retaliated by bombing both the USS Lexington and Yorktown; they also struck the Lexington with torpedoes.Still, the Lady Lex remained afloat and operational until additional explosions spread fires throughout the ship. After the carrier’s crew was forced to abandon ship, the U.S. Navy’s escort destroyers deliberately scuttled the Lexington and sent the ship to the bottom.The USS Lexington was not the first carrier to ever go down in battle. On September 17, 1939, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the British carrier HMS Courageous not long after the start of World War II in Europe. Almost two and a half years later, the U.S. Navy’s first aircraft carrier called USS Langley was intentionally scuttled by its own escort destroyers after being left dead in the water from crippling attacks by dive bombers from the Imperial Japanese Navy. And the Japanese light carrier Shoho was sunk before the Lexington during the Battle of Coral Sea.A destroyer alongside USS Lexington (CV-2) as the carrier is abandoned during the afternoon of 8 May 1942. Note crewmen sliding down lines on Lexington’s starboard quarter. Credit: U.S. NavyThe Battle of Coral Sea showed that both sides did not quite know how to best defend their precious aircraft carriers in that first major clash of carrier forces during the early stages of World War II. But during the Pacific campaign, the U.S. Navy would eventually learn how to keep more escort warships, such as cruisers and destroyers, clustered around their aircraft carriers to provide a better defensive curtain of antiaircraft fire against attacking dive bombers or torpedo bombers, said James Goldrick, a retired rear admiral of the Royal Australian Navy and a naval historian, during an expert panel discussion commemorating the Battle of Coral Sea at the University of New South Wales Canberra..The loss of the USS Lexington and damage to the USS Yorktown initially gave the Imperial Japanese Navy a tactical victory in the Battle of Coral Sea. But the Japanese forces suffered a strategic defeat by being forced to abandon their planned invasion of Port Moresby that would have raised the threat to Australia.In addition, the damage to the Japanese carrier Shokaku and the loss of many carrier planes and pilots meant that both Shokaku and its sister carrier Zuikaku sat out the upcoming Battle of Midway that took place from June 4-7, 1942. Meanwhile, the USS Yorktown was repaired in two days after briefly docking at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and was able to join the carriers USS Enterprise and USS Hornet as they steamed to intercept the large Japanese force headed for the island of Midway.A sonar image with showing locations of wreckage from the WWII carrier USS Lexington. Credit: Navigea Ltd.That next battle saw the Japanese lose four fleet carriers in exchange for the U.S. Navy’s loss of the USS Yorktown. The Imperial Japanese Navy’s loss of so many carriers, carrier planes and experienced pilots meant that Japanese forces were forced to take a defensive stance for the rest of the war.The overwhelming industrial might of the United States combined with key technological advantages and superior strategic vision to grind down the Imperial Japanese forces in the Pacific, according to historian Cathal Nolan in his book “The Allure of Battle.”From 1941 to 1945 the Kaigun converted or built just 15 carriers, mainly smaller seaplane types. Some were launched late in the war when there were no aircraft or trained pilots to equip them in their designed role. By 1945 Japan lost 334 warships and hundreds more auxiliaries. Over the course of the war, U.S. warship production exceeded that of all other navies combined. The U.S. Navy in 1945 put to sea over 1,000 warships, including 141 carriers (all types) and many tens of thousands of warplanes, supported by 232 submarines and swarms of auxiliaries: troopships, transports, oilers, hospital ships and others. The gap in the merchant marine was even greater.World War II represented the only war where rival carrier forces have gone head to head. Since that time, the U.S. Navy has maintained the largest carrier force of any country and continues to update its carrier fleets with the new Ford-class aircraft carriers. Modern U.S. carriers represent nothing less than mobile, nuclear-powered air bases that each carry about 6,000 personnel and 70 aircraft.A Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo bomber from the USS Lexington. Credit: Navigea Ltd.There is no doubt that carriers remain incredibly useful and powerful in terms of supporting various military operations and projecting national power. But it’s also likely that the age of carrier dominance cannot last. Even the best-protected carriers face a growing variety of threats from modern torpedoes, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. A number of war games and simulations carried out by the U.S. Navy and its allies have resulted in “you sank my carrier” results.Some military experts point out that “too big to sink” carriers represent a hugely expensive form of the U.S. Navy putting much of its offensive striking capability in one basket–each Ford class carrier and its accompanying aircraft cost approximately $20 billion–which could theoretically be lost in a single blow. Furthermore, the investment in carriers often weakens the offensive capabilities of supporting ships such as cruisers or destroyers that must focus on protecting carriers.Those who doubt the wisdom of investing heavily in carriers have suggested spreading out future naval assets. They envision the future U.S. Navy having fewer carriers but a more diverse array of survivable or expendable assets such as submarines, drone ships and drone aircraft. But for now, the U.S. Navy seems set on building and maintaining a force of 12 carriers and their supporting fleets. It remains to be seen whether the ongoing commitment to a strong core of carriers proves wise in any future clash of major powers.MORE ABOUT: aircraft carriers, Battle of Coral Sea, carrier battles, first carrier battle, naval battles, sunken warships, U.S. Navy, USS Lexington, weapons & security, World War II, World War II aircraft, World War II technologieslast_img read more

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