24 days agoSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!

first_imgSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer remains convinced Manchester United are on the right path. Solskjaer thinks his side have performed well despite not getting positive results. The Red Devils are in tenth with nine points from seven games following the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday.And Solskjaer says his side have been unlucky not to get more points from their performances.”There are many things we look at that gives me loads of confidence,” he said. “You can talk about performance, but results matter. “You can talk about results – I can talk about six out of seven good performances that weren’t as bad you thought.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Feasting: Pizza Beach Teaches How to Take the Best Food Photos

first_img To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.We’ve all been there. You’re eating an amazing meal and want to document the deliciousness on social media, but your phone camera just isn’t doing it any justice. No one wants the bright light of a flash going off at their table or making friends wait for you to frame the perfect shot while their food gets cold. But one of the best parts of eating is sharing the meal with others, even if they can’t be sitting right next to you. So we brought in Rosa, the Instagrammer extraordinaire of Pizza Beach in NYC, to give us a few tips on getting the best shots.Pizza Beach opened in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood this past winter, bringing much needed laid-back surf vibes when everybody was freezing. The menu features everything from both traditional and modern pies, baked in their wood-fired oven, to fresh pastas, seafood and seasonal salads. The wine list is extensive and there’s no shortage of tropical cocktails if you’re looking to get your buzz on. But our favorite part of Pizza Beach is their amazing Instagram. With a mix of mouth-watering food photos and wanderlust-inducing beach shots, it keeps us coming back for more on the daily. So we asked the brains behind it for five expert tips on taking the best food photos. Check out Rosa’s recommendations below.1. Natural light. I always snap photos either outside in our outdoors seating area or on the tables by the big window of our french doors. Nothing brings out the colours and textures of the food more beautifully than natural light.2. Be quick! When taking food photos, time is of the essence. Salads can wilt, cheese loses its yummy, stringy gooyness and basil leaves get soggy. So the quicker you snap, the better.3. Proportions. Even when I snap just half of a dish or a quarter of a pizza, I choose the yummiest looking part but keep in mind the proportions of the image. The eye loves symmetry and I adhere to that when taking food photos as closely as possible.4. Feast photos. Some dishes, no matter how delicious, don’t photograph as well as others – take scrambled eggs, for example. A little trick I have is to arrange less photogenic dishes in an aerial ‘feast’ photo as I like to call it. This way you also show off an array of other menu items.5. Variation. In my opinion, there’s nothing more boring than an Insta with food photos only. That’s why I like to mix it up. I incorporate photos of our exterior art by Nick Walker, merchandise, beach pics, interior photos and trips to Union Square Greenmarket. I think these lifestyle shots give depth and life to an Instagram account.Follow @pizzabeach on Instagram  Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Remontowa Bags AHTS Deal

first_imgMay 26, 2014 zoom Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A., member of Remontowa Holding, has won a new contract for the construction of an anchor handling, tug and supply (AHTS) vessel.The vessel will be built for Canadian – Norwegian joint venture, than she will be used for a charter to one of the largest oil companies in the world – ExxonMobil. The AHTS will be built according to Rolls – Royce Marine design.The vessel is destined for satisfying the general demands of the offshore industry, primarily – ice management including monitoring of freezing level and – if necessary correcting course of moving icebergs to protect offshore installations in region of Labrador and Newfoundland.Furthermore vessel will be used for passenger transport and evacuation, oil recovery and fire-fighting protection.The newbuild will be equipped with a water monitor, which will break the pack ice around the platform and prevent from formation of ice cover.The Rolls – Royce Wave Piercing hull will cut through the waves, minimize the shipping of green water and ensure a safer and more pleasant journey. The robust hybrid propulsion system will increase the vessel operational flexibility and reduce fuel consumption.Delivery of this vessel is scheduled in fourth quarter of 2015.Remontowa Shipbuilding has a great experience in building offshore support vessels. During last 10 years the yard has delivered 40 offshore support vessels enjoying an excellent reputation and customer recognition.last_img read more

Price of oil cruises past US60 mark as TSX retreats from recordsetting

first_imgTORONTO – Crossing the US$60 oil barrier wasn’t enough to steer the Toronto stock index out of the red ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend, as Canadian cannabis companies experienced a volatile trading day.The February crude contract climbed 58 cents to US$60.42 per barrel on Friday, its highest level since June 24, 2015.Despite oil’s momentum, energy stocks fell on the S&P/TSX composite index, declining 12.82 points to 16,209.13 as the TSX retreated from its two-day record streak. On Wednesday and Thursday, the commodity-heavy index closed at all-time highs of 16,203.13 and 16,221.95, respectively.“It’s a bit mixed,” Steve Belisle, a senior portfolio manager of equities at Manulife Asset Management, said of the divergence between crude prices and oil and gas stocks.“That said, a lot of focus is put on the spot prices on the short end of the curve but what’s important is the long of the curve and where it’s heading. … Stocks have already been pricing in higher crude prices.”Moreover, Belisle added, “it’s pretty quiet day in terms of volume. Any movement you’re seeing must taken with a grain of salt.”Included in the TSX’s broad-based decline was the health-care sector after major pot producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) had their stocks temporarily halted earlier Friday after share prices dropped by nearly 15 per cent within a short time frame.Canopy Growth and Aurora, as well as other marijuana companies, recovered most or all of their losses at the end of trading on Friday. Aurora closed at $9.60, up 66 cents or 7.38 per cent, while Canopy was down 2.20 per cent or 67 cents at $29.74.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes experienced modest losses on the final day of trading for 2017.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 118.29 points to 24,719.22. The S&P 500 index was down 13.93 points to 2,673.61 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 46.77 points to 6,903.39.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.71 cents US, up 0.27 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract gained four cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The February gold contract climbed $12.10 to US$1,309.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down one cent to US$3.30 a pound.North American stock markets will be closed Monday.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Overhauled oil policy to apply from 4th bid round DGH

first_imgNew Delhi: The overhauled oil and gas exploration licensing policy will be implemented from the 4th bid round, likely sometime in June or July, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has said. Junking two-year-old revenue bidding model for award of acreage for exploration and production of oil and natural gas, the Union Cabinet had in February approved a policy for awarding blocks based primarily on exploration commitment such as drilling of wells. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis was aimed at attracting the elusive private and foreign investment to raise domestic output. “Parameters of new policy reforms published vide resolution dated February 28, 2019 shall apply from OALP-IV onwards only,” the DGH said in a notice. Oil and gas blocks for exploration are bid out under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). 2nd and 3rd round of OALP bidding is underway with last date of bidding set for May 15. The fourth round is expected by end June or July, official sources said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostUnder OALP, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually. The two windows of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31. With the notice, DGH attached the official notification that overhauled the exploration policy. Breaking from the two-and-a-half decade old practice of having a uniform contractual regime for all sedimentary basins in the country, the new policy provides for different rules for areas that already have producing fields and ones where commercial production of oil and gas is yet to be established. Irrespective of the basins, producers will get complete marketing and pricing freedom for oil and gas in future bid rounds, said the notification detailing rule changes approved by the Union Cabinet on February 28. Oil and gas acreage or blocks in all future bid rounds will be awarded primarily on the basis of exploration work commitment, it said. While companies will have to pay a share of revenue from oil and gas produced in Category-I sedimentary basins such as Krishna Godavari, Mumbai Offshore, Rajasthan or Assam where commercial production has already been established, they will be charged only prevalent royalty rates on oil and natural gas in the less explored Category-II and III basins. “To expedite production, concessional royalty rates will be applicable if production is commenced within four years for onland and shallow water blocks, and five years for deep water and Ultra-deepwater blocks from the effective date of the contract,” it said. India began bidding out oil and gas exploration acreage in 1999 under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) that awarded blocks to companies offering maximum work commitment. But companies were obliged to share with the government profits made after recovery of cost. Two years back, the BJP-government brought in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) that provided for blocks being awarded to companies offering maximum revenue at different levels of prices and production. HELP failed to either raise output or attract new players. The notification said the new policy was being formulated “to increase exploration activities, attract domestic and foreign investment in unexplored/unallocated areas of sedimentary basins, and enhance domestic production of oil and gas”. While blocks in Category-1 basins would be awarded on basis of exploration work and revenue share in the ratio of 70:30, those “in Category-II and Category III Basins will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bids based exclusively on the exploration work programme.” “The contractor will have full marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis. Discovery of prices will be on the basis of transparent and competitive bidding. No exports will be allowed. There will be no allocation by Government,” the notification said. The contractor will have liberal freedom to transfer/exit the block provided work programme has been adhered to. However, a suitable penalty mechanism will be devised for non-completion of the work programme. The notification said in case of the existing contracts, marketing and pricing freedom to sell on arm’s length basis through competitive bidding will be permitted to those new gas discoveries whose Field Development Plan (FDP) will be approved for the first time after the date of issuance of the new policy. In case of nomination fields given to national oil companies, marketing and pricing freedom will be provided subject to the condition that FDP for new gas discoveries is approved by DGH. “To incentivise additional gas production from Administered Price Mechanism (APM) fields, reduction in royalty by 10 per cent of the applicable royalty will be granted on the additional production over and above Business As Usual (BAU) scenario. BAU scenario will be approved by DGH on third-party evaluation,” it said. Existing contracts already having marketing and pricing freedom would continue on the existing terms.last_img read more

Rich Kids of Morocco Display their Wealth on Instagram

Taroudant – Moroccan teenagers belonging to wealthy families have joined a social media phenomenon that has attracted rich kids of the world.Inspired by Rich Kids of Instagram, Moroccan kids from well-to-do families use RichKidsofMorocco on Instagram to display their extravagant lifestyle and share with others their luxurious possessions.The Morocco-based Rich Kids of Instagram account appeared on Instagram on October 10 and has picked up more 1400 followers. Since its first publication, the account has already recorded 58 shots. Selfies with luxury cars, poses on a classy yacht, pictures of clean beaches and at the edge of blue lagoon pools, and other extravagant pictures reveal the excessive life style of these wealthy kids.Rich people from all over the world are always inclined to distinguish themselves in private groups where money rules. read more

Bouknadels Train Incident Death Toll Grows to 7 Public Prosecutor Opens

Rabat – The public prosecutor at Rabat’s court of appeal announced the opening of an investigation into the train incident, which took place between Rabat and Kenitra on Tuesday.According to a statement from the public prosecutor office, members of the Royal Gendarmerie will investigate the tragedy to determine the cause and circumstances of the incident.The Passengers and witnesses will also give their statements on the incident. Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: Government Must Learn to CommunicateThe death toll from the incident rose to seven people, while at least 125 were wounded. Seven of the injured people are in a critical condition, including the driver of the train.The victims were transferred to Mohamed V military hospital in Rabat at the request of King Mohammed VI, who ordered an investigation into the incident. read more

Moroccan Wife Accuses Australian Man of Assault He Says Hes the

Rabat – An Australian man has alleged that his Moroccan wife punched herself in the face to frame him for domestic violence after gaining a visa through their marriage.Faisal Khan from Sydney and Asmae from Morocco met online on a popular Muslim dating website, Muslima.com.According to Khan’s statements to Australian program “A Current Affair” aired on the 9News channel, the newlywed couple enjoyed eight months of a normal married life until one night in April when their usual arguments metamorphosed into something more. CCTV footage shows Asmae leaving their apartment, entering an elevator, and punching herself twice on the left side of her face, leaving visible bruises under her eye and on her cheek. Police arrested Khan on charges of assault, however he vehemently denied the accusation, reported Australia’s 9News on December 3, describing the incident as “a case like no other.”Read Also: Operation Smile for Children with Cleft Palates Returns to MoroccoThe assault charges, which carry up to a seven-year prison sentence, were lifted when the CCTV footage emerged.Khan said that the couple constantly argued, and he had had enough of his wife’s “demands” in the months prior to the incident. Khan also listed expensive items he had allegedly bought for his wife: Gucci tracksuits, leather jackets, jewelry, shoes, holidays, and fine dining. He also complained of sending money back to Asmae’s family in Morocco.“All this traveling, going back and forth, all the functions, receptions, engagements, jewellery stuff, probably about $200,000,” he said.In addition, Khan asserted that he spent $20,000 on legal fees and searched for hundreds of hours for the footage.Khan claimed that by arresting him, the police “unwittingly” “helped” Asmae steal his belongings, including designer sunglasses, expensive watches and a laptop.Read Also: Mobile Film Festival Features 2 Moroccan Films Tackling Sexism, MigrationWhile Asmae did not give her version of the story, the husband claimed that she is “very, very dangerous.” He stated: “I entered and she said to me that ‘you think you are smart and you’re talking to lawyers about me, now see what I do to you.’””I am the victim now. I got used and abused over and over again emotionally, mentally, financially — you name it. I’m the victim. She did that so now it’s her turn to face the consequences,” he complained.It is not known whether Asmae suffers from mental or psychological instability. However, the CCTV footage was enough evidence for prosecutors to remove the assault charges from her husband.Yet, the footage raises more questions than it provides answers: Was Asmae also prey to abuse? How far can an estranged woman go in a foreign country with a husband demanding her immediate deportation? read more

Ban urges greater cooperation between UN and Russia on global governance

22 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the strong partnership between Russia and the United Nations at a meeting with the country’s President Dmitry Medvedev and called for even greater cooperation on global governance issues, including climate change and sustainable development. “Russia has a special role to play in addressing regional and global challenges climate change, sustainable development, the food crisis and also situations, as you said, in the Middle East, Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and the Korean Peninsula,” said Mr. Ban when he met with Mr. Medvedev in Moscow. “Those are some areas of my agenda. And I would like to really count on your strong support, and leadership and guidance in continuing my work as Secretary-General,” he said. The Secretary-General briefed Mr. Medvedev on his recent trips, including his visit to Ukraine where he participated in the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster and took part in the summit on safe and innovative use of nuclear energy. At the meeting he convened on Libya in Cairo that brought together the UN, the African Union, the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the European Union, Mr. Ban informed Mr. Medvedev that it was agreed that international community should continue working closely together in accordance with Security Council resolutions. Earlier, the Secretary-General met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during which he underlined the importance of Russia’s continued support for the UN to advance a common global agenda. At a joint news conference with Mr. Lavrov, the Secretary-General told reporters that their meeting focused on global peace and security, poverty eradication, sustainable development, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear energy safety. “The dramatic events which we are seeing in the Middle East and North Africa underscore the need for people everywhere in the world to live in freedom with prosperity, and to live with dignity,” Mr. Ban said. He stressed that the UN will continue to work with the Member States to support those who have a genuine longing for freedom, greater democracy and liberty. “On global governance, climate change and sustainable development, we affirmed the importance of international cooperation. These challenges go beyond national boundaries,” said the Secretary-General. He said he had conveyed his gratitude to President Medvedev for his efforts to address development issues at the forum of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies and for strengthening the role of the UN in global economic governance. “As a member of the G8 and G20 and BRICS [the grouping that refers to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa], Russia is in a unique position to support the UN’s role in global governance,” Mr. Ban emphasized. “Beyond the Climate Change Conference, I am counting on Russia’s strong and active engagement in the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro,” he added. He stressed his appreciation of Russia’s broad support for the UN – “its political backing … its resources … and most importantly, Russia’s guidance and direction as we navigate the challenges ahead.” read more

36000 Pakistani quake victims have already left relief camps for home UN

Millions are estimated to have lost their homes in the quake, which killed more than 73,000 people and injured nearly 70,000 more. With 134 emergency staff and 60 mobile technical and camp management teams, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is currently supporting the Pakistan authorities in caring for more than 125,000 survivors living in 153 camps. Camp dwellers say some of their main concerns are the availability of land, repairing damaged roads, shelter, drinking water and food in their villages, UNHCR reported.One returnee from a camp in the Batagram area, where some 15,000 people have left the camps since 10 March, described his situation as very difficult.“I am not happy staying here but then I will not be happy back in my village either because I will have no home yet,” said Gul Bashir, who left with his family of six last Friday. He hopes to rebuild his home, but in the meantime he plans to pitch his tent next to where his home, still in rubble, once stood in the village. read more

The Triple Crown Slump Is Even Slumpier Than You Think

The Triple Crown Slump Is Even Slumpier Than You Think

On Saturday, California Chrome became the 34th horse to win the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, and thus the 34th horse with a chance to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, to be held June 7. Of the 33 previous horses that had such an opportunity, 11 succeeded — from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978.The last 12 horses to win the Derby and the Preakness have failed to complete the Triple Crown, which has a historical success rate of 33 percent. The current slump is unlikely: The odds of it happening by chance are about 1 in 130 — nearly the same as the 2011 Atlanta Braves failing to make Major League Baseball’s playoffs with 18 games remaining and an 8.5-game lead for the wild card.Another way to assess the likelihood of the slump is to use the historical odds at the time each race occurred. For example, in 1979, when Spectacular Bid entered the Belmont with the Triple Crown at stake, about 52 percent (11/21) of such attempts had succeeded. The success rate for horses when Pleasant Colony entered the Belmont in 1981 was 50 percent (11/22). And before Alysheba’s attempt in 1987, it was 48 percent (11/23), and so on. (The results for this approach are below.)But the 12 races in question aren’t the only Triple Crown attempts to fall short: They’re the only ones we knew about at the time. What if time weren’t a constraint?In order, the Triple Crown races go, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Let’s ignore order. Since 1979, there have been five horses that won the Preakness and Belmont but came up short in the Derby — let’s call these failed “reverse” attempts. There have been two horses that won the Derby and the Belmont but not the Preakness — let’s call these failed “gutshot” attempts. (All seven horses ran in all three events.) This brings our total failed Triple Crown attempts since 1979 to 19.Between 1919 and 1978, horses actually converted atemporal Triple Crown attempts at a higher rate than temporal ones, winning their “final” leg in 55 percent of opportunities (33/60) versus 52 percent in the Belmont alone.Here are year-by-year cumulative odds for the temporal and atemporal slumps:Note that I used a logarithmic scale on the y-axis, so each gridline represents the event being 10 times less likely than the gridline below. From this perspective, the atemporal Triple Crown slump looks spectacular.If you think those figures seem ridiculous, let’s look at the odds posted by the favorites at the Belmont each year.The odds of all 11 horses that raced in the Belmont losing at their race odds (by chance) are only 1 in 20,000 —  about the odds of a random pitcher throwing a perfect game on a given night (and that’s not counting I’ll Have Another, who in 2012 was 4:5 to win but scratched on race day).Although historically comparable pari-mutuel odds won’t be available until the Wednesday before the Belmont, various online/offshore futures markets list California Chrome at close to even money.This seems high relative to the overall Belmont conversion rate of 33 percent (much less the dismal rate in recent years), but there’s good news for California Chrome in our analysis as well. Factoring in atemporal Triple Crown attempts significantly increases the chances that the present slump has a legitimate cause, but it also mitigates the slump’s impact on the historical record. Including our 19 failed attempts since 1979, horses have converted 42 percent (33 of 79) of such opportunities. read more

A remarkable time in the gold market says RBC Capital Markets

first_imgRBC Capital Markets held its fifth annual Gold Conference at Claridge’s in London yesterday. The conference brought together senior executives from the industry’s leading mining and production companies and addressed the latest issues to impact the sector. Opening the conference, Doug Guzman, Head of Global Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets, said: “As the global economy recovers from a recession, second only to that of 1929, we are truly at a remarkable time in the gold market.  Compared to our first London conference in 2005 when gold was $468/oz, gold is now at an all time high of $1,117/oz.“Whether the gold price has risen to all time highs in response to investors looking for safe haven investments, or as gold prices respond to the monetary and fiscal stimulus being applied by central bankers and governments, investors have benefited from holdings in physical gold and gold stocks. At RBC, we expect gold to continue to benefit from this stimulus and trade up to the $1,200 level late this year or early 2010. ”Aaron Regent, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barrick Gold was among the speakers sharing insights at RBC Capital Markets’ Gold Conference. Regent said: “Our portfolio of operations is on track to meet our production and cost targets for 2009 and we continue to expect our gold production to increase and our cash costs to decrease in 2010 as we start to benefit from our new generation of low cost mines. In addition to our continued focus on meeting our operating objectives, Barrick has recently taken a number of important steps to enhance its strategic positioning in a strong gold price environment. We have dealt decisively with our gold hedges, which will be completely eliminated within 12 months. We also increased our exposure to metal prices by monetising part of the silver stream at Pascua-Lama, which provided additional financial capacity to purchase 70% of El Morro, adding another high quality gold-copper asset to our project pipeline.”Also speaking was Evgueni Ivanov, Chief Executive Officer, Polyus Gold, who said: “Polyus is currently one of the world’s leaders in terms of capacities additions, and we have a massive pipeline of projects, aiming at entering the global top five of gold producers.  The growth of the metal production is ready to start in 2009, with the expected total output of gold at 1.3 Moz.”Graham Briggs, Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Gold Mining also attended. He said: “The first quarter of FY10 marked the start of Harmony’s ‘Four-phase Growth Path’, the objective of which is to produce more ounces from those assets we have and to acquire further ounces through acquisitions and strategic partnerships.”Other companies sharing insights at the conference were, Agnico-Eagle Mines, AngloGold Ashanti Goldcorp, Franco-Nevada, Gold Fields, Goldcorp, Kinross Gold, Newcrest Mining Limited, Newmont Mining, Randgold Resources and Yamana Gold.To access the audio webcast, visit: http://www.wsw.com/webcast/rbc107/.  The webcast will be available for 30 days after the conference.last_img read more

ComicCon at 50 From hotel basement to massive cultural blowout

first_img3:00 Share your voice Too much to go around? Artists like Agnes Garbowska, who has illustrated covers for My Little Pony, Transformers and Powerpuff Girls, say they’ve seen Artists’ Alley, a section of the show floor for artists, shrink and grow over the years. Not every Comic-Con attendee she meets realizes when a movie or TV show started off as a comic book. Sometimes, there’s some enlightening to do.”I find myself educating people about comics,” Garbowska said. She doesn’t mind, though. As someone who used to hide her childhood comic books to avoid being labeled too “weird,” she’s happy to see a broader acceptance of geekery. She would, though, like to see more cross-promotion between the source material and its adaptations.agnes.jpgAgnes Garbowska sets up shop in Artists’ Alley at SDCC.  Anges Garbowska For Vault Comics, a publisher founded in 2016, being relatively new to the show is a benefit, said CEO and publisher Damian Wassel. Even when it comes to attracting folks who didn’t necessarily come to SDCC for the comics, Vault can still grab their interest, Wassel said. “It’s not hard for me to get somebody who’s mostly come for film and TV, news or video game demos to take a moment and look at something new, because that’s ultimately what they’re there for, to experience new things,” he said. New things, for example, like being surrounded by fans in elaborate costumes. Professional cosplayer Yaya Han has seen cosplay catch on, with more people embracing the idea of dressing up either as characters from their favorite geek properties — or just their own imagination.  The hottest cosplay we expect to see at Comic-Con 2019 tony-kimTony B Kim at his first SDCC in 2006. Tony B Kim “Nerd culture has merged with and swallowed whole the rest of popular culture, and [Comic-Con] really is part of that,” said Rob Salkowitz, author of the book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment. When that merge started exactly depends on who you ask. But there’s no mistaking that one of the biggest changes to Comic-Con has been the rise in popularity of TV shows and movies that might have once been deemed the sole purview of the nerdy crowd. Consider that from 2013 until now, 10 TV series have spun off from some of the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throw in another nine or so for DC. That’s a lot of angst and spandex.In the past decade, properties like the MCU, Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Harry Potter have gripped the zeitgeist like a Devil’s Snare. Many people can probably find Mordor on a map and definitely know which Hogwarts house they belong to. Avengers: Endgame is this close to becoming the top-earning movie of all time globally, having already raked in north of $2.7 billion in ticket sales. “The water cooler talk around the office used to be about who won the big game over the weekend, and now it’s about who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne,” said Kim, that lucky guy who walked right in the Comic-Con door in 2006. Kim runs an apparel company called Hero Within that makes licensed clothing. He also runs the site Crazy 4 Comic Con, a blog with news and updates about SDCC. The whole thing started on March 21, 1970, at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The one-day “minicon,” as it was dubbed, was followed that August by a three-day event attended by around 300 guests, including sci-fi powerhouse Ray Bradbury, legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby, and author A.E. van Vogt, whose narrative style influenced Philip K. Dick.Since those groundbreaking ’70s events, the expanding reach of geek culture has meant that fandom, which is absolutely central to Comic-Con, has had to adapt to welcome those drawn by movies and television shows rather than just comics. And growth rarely comes without growing pains.  41 Photos More Comic-Con 2019 Cosplay medics are here for your costume emergency 2:40 Comments Among those I spoke with, there’s a dream floating around that one day, waiting in line at Comic-Con (the queues are notoriously long) will be a thing of the past.”Every line you want to stand in to get into a panel you want to see — there’s an opportunity cost for the billions of other things that you’re not seeing,” Salk said.Queues aside, there doesn’t seem to be much debate that SDCC will go strong for a long time. Just how strong depends on whether the current interest in all things nerdy holds out over time.sean-forneyComic book artist Sean Forney at SDCC.  Steph Forney “Everything is cyclical,” said comic book artist Sean Forney, who’s been attending Comic-Con since 2009. “I’m sure at some point it probably won’t be as mainstream.” However, he thinks there will always be enough to keep the SDCC and geek culture moving forward.There’s certainly potential — we’re about to start a new phase of Marvel movies, there are rumors of a Game of Thrones prequel series and the latest Star Wars trilogy is wrapping up, but clearly it won’t be the final stop in the universe. This year’s con could be the jumping-off point for a whole other round of reasons to stay invested in Big Geek. Salk sees nerd culture as nearly too big to fail, at this point. Attending Comic-Con had been Han’s Holy Grail, and she finally made it there in 2007, though that first year, there weren’t as many cosplayers as she’d expected. Han said the art of cosplay gained traction, with more folks suiting up and more mainstream press showing up to chronicle the capes, wigs and foam weapons until about 2015. That’s when she said cosplaying reached a plateau, in part due to the saturation of other conventions. “San Diego was the place to be seen for a lot of cosplayers,” said Han, who has dressed up as everyone from Elektra to Catwoman and Jessica Rabbit. She chalks up the slowdown to the emergence of numerous culture conventions around the world, as well as the desire of cosplayers to throw on some civilian clothes and take in Comic-Con programming just like everyone else, without having to worry about squeezing their steampunk hoop skirt into an auditorium chair.  Originally published June 26. Comic-Con has changed in other ways too. For one, it’s gotten harder for convention-goers to get hold of exclusive must-have merchandise you can only get at SDCC, said collector Ken Choy. There’s not always enough to go around, but in the world of broader hype, some items are popping up at retailers as what are called exclusives. In one sense, this makes SDCC more accessible to those who can’t be there. On the other, those exclusives get a little less, well, exclusive, said Choy, who these days focuses on Harry Potter collectibles and appears on Comic-Con panels about collecting.”It’s like, too much of a good thing is not working out,” Choy said of the proliferation of shared exclusives in retail stores.Comic-Con 2069 So what’s ahead for the next 50 years? There’s not exactly a clear image of, say, Comic-Con 100, but many agree tech has a larger role to play. Choy, the collector, lauds SDCC’s implementation of a lottery system that decides who will participate in a collecting or signing session. That way, you don’t spend your time waiting in line only to walk away without that must-have Funko figure. How Marvel, Game of Thrones will make SDCC 2019 epic Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more celebs have tips on having a great con Pack this gear to survive the SDCC madness like a superherocenter_img All the best cosplay from Comic-Con 2018 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises But no matter what happens, longtime attendees hope the event keeps comics at its core, and stays a prime spot to be themselves. “People come from all around the world to be in a place where they feel like they belong, and they belong to each other,” Kim said. “We all need that.” Comic-Con: Cool gear and collectibles you can get without heading to SDCC 5 15 Photos 90 Photos Cosplayers flock to SDCC every year with capes and wigs in tow.  Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images In 2006, long before Tony B Kim sold licensed superhero apparel for a living, he was just a guy who walked up to the door of San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, bought a ticket and marched right in. Thirteen years later, it’s hard to imagine Kim, or anyone else, getting into SDCC without months of planning — and a prayer to the hotel gods. The massive event, which started in 1970 as a gathering of about 145 comics fans in a hotel basement, has blown up into one of the world’s most highly concentrated — and highly anticipated — celebrations of geek culture. Almost 50 years later, it attracts more than 130,000 attendees and consumes not only the San Diego Convention Center, but the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, and seemingly any available green patch or open hotel within reach. SDCC — which this year runs from July 18-21 — spills out everywhere, not unlike geek culture into the mainstream. If you see Chewbacca and Thor walking down the street and overhear snatches of conversation about who should really play Batman, you’re in the right spot.  Comic-Con Culturelast_img read more

Lawsuit against TSMC could block new devices from entering US

first_imgApple’s A12 Bionic is one of the many chips manufactured by TSMC.  Apple GlobalFoundries, a US-based semiconductor foundry, is suing chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company over patent infringement. It claims that TSMC has violated 16 of its patents and is looking to block devices that have the offending technology from entering the US and Germany. While not widely known to US consumers, TSMC-made chips can be found in a host of consumer electronics from the likes of Apple, Qualcomm, Google, OnePlus, TCL, Lenovo and Motorola. Companies like Apple and Qualcomm design their own processors — such as Apple’s latest A12 Bionic and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 — but TSMC does the actual manufacturing of the alleged infringing chips, which then make their way into devices such as the iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3.  2 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 34 Photos Pixel 3 struts a polished and compact design Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Google Lenovo Motorola Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Lawsuit against TSMC could block new devices from entering US See All Now playing: Watch this: 3:38 • A total of 20 companies are listed as defendants in GlobalFoundry’s lawsuits, which were filed Monday with the US International Trade Commission, the US federal district courts in the District of Delaware and the Western District of Texas, and the regional courts of Dusseldorf and Mannheim in Germany. In addition to looking to block the import of products that have chips that allegedly infringe on its patents, the company says it is seeking “significant damages from TSMC based on TSMC’s unlawful use of GF’s proprietary technology in its tens of billions of dollars of sales.” “While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, GF has bucked the trend by investing heavily in the American and European semiconductor industries, spending more than $15 billion in the last decade in the US and more than $6 billion in Europe’s largest semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facility. These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the US and European-based innovation that powers them,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of engineering and technology at GlobalFoundries. “For years, while we have been devoting billions of dollars to domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments. This action is critical to halt Taiwan Semiconductor’s unlawful use of our vital assets and to safeguard the American and European manufacturing base.” In a statement on Tuesday, TSMC said it’s still reviewing the complaint but is confident the allegations are baseless. “TSMC is proud of its technology leadership, manufacturing excellence, and unwavering commitment to customers,” the company said in a release. “We will fight vigorously, using any and all options, to protect our proprietary technologies.”Originally published Aug. 26.Update, Aug. 27: Adds statement from TSMC. Share your voice Tags Comments iPhone XS and XS Max: Bigger, faster, plus better battery… Phones Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrierlast_img read more

Corrections nominee aims to improve safety for intoxicated people who are detained

first_imgLast year, Dean Williams found many problems with the state Department of Corrections that contributed to the deaths of dozens in Alaska’s prisons and jails.Now he will be in position to do something about it.Download AudioImage in the public domain; accessed via Wikimedia Commons, Sept. 14, 2015.Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday nominated Williams to be corrections commissioner.Williams expressed an interest in changing how the department handles people who are detained when they’re severely intoxicated.“Putting high risk individuals who are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, who have committed no crime, in a jail cell with other people in same condition, is not acceptable. And I’m going to work to get there. We do need other alternatives. And so, it’s on the radar.”In August, Walker asked Williams and former FBI agent Joe Hanlon to conduct a review of the department after several high-profile inmate deaths.Williams and Hanlon found problems including inconsistent investigations, a lack of adherence to rules by officers, and the use of solitary confinement for minor infractions.The report recommended investigations of deaths that take place in corrections facilities be handled through an external review.Williams worked in the juvenile justice system for more than 30 years. He has served as special assistant to Walker since July.Walker says the fact that Williams wrote a report critical of a department he will now lead is not a problem.“He’s the best person for this, to take on this task, and so I don’t see a conflict on that. Actually, in some respects, I see a bit of a benefit as far as when he says he’s going in eyes wide open, … that couldn’t be truer.”Former Corrections Commissioner Ron Taylor resigned after the report was issued.Both Walker and Williams praised the service of interim Commissioner Walt Monegan, who also had applied for the permanent job.last_img read more

Young Alaskans sue the state demanding action on climate change

first_imgEsau Sinnok, of Shishmaref, is one of 16 young Alaskans suing the state. He’s shown here in 2015, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others at the COP21 climate meeting in Paris. (Photo courtesy Arctic Youth Ambassadors)Sixteen young Alaskans are suing the state, demanding Gov. Bill Walker’s administration take action on climate change.Listen nowIt’s the second such legal action in the last six years. In 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court dismissed a similar lawsuit, Kanuk v Alaska, from six young people asking the state to reduce carbon emissions, among other recommendations. The justices ruled then that it’s not for the courts to set climate policy and that those decisions must be made through the political process, by the Legislature and the governor.The new lawsuit says, essentially, the state has made its choice, and by encouraging oil development and permitting projects that emit greenhouse gases, Alaska is actively making climate change worse. The plaintiffs argue that violates their constitutional rights to, among other things, “a stable climate system that sustains human life and liberty.”The suit argues it’s time for the courts to intervene.Andrew Welle is one of the lawyers representing the young plaintiffs. He said they want the state to produce a plan to reduce carbon emissions, including from the state’s major industries.“There needs to be a way for Alaska to address the emergency that’s being compounded by its government,” Welle said. “If that results in reductions of oil and gas extraction, that could be a component of the plan.”Welle works for Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based nonprofit that has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of young plaintiffs in states around the country and in federal court. Our Children’s Trust also backed the previous suit in Alaska.The complaint, Sinnok et al v State of Alaska, is named for lead plaintiff Esau Sinnok, 19, who is from the community of Shishmaref on the Chukchi Sea coast. Shishmaref has voted to relocate because of rapid erosion due in part to the loss of sea ice. The lawsuit argues that climate change threatens “the very existence” of Sinnok’s “home village and native culture.”Seb Kurland, a high school senior in Juneau, is another plaintiff. Kurland, 18, said young Alaskans have a particular stake in how the state handles climate change.“I think a lot of young people in Alaska are very aware of this issue,” Kurland said. “We’re on the forefront of it, we see the impacts firsthand, we see how they alter the world around us.”Kurland was one of 19 teenagers with the advocacy group Alaska Youth for Environmental Action who filed a petition with the Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this fall, asking the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The state denied that petition, arguing the request posed “significant consequences for employment and resource development”.But the Walker administration has promised that some sort of climate plan is in the works.It’s not clear yet what that plan will include, or when it will be released.last_img read more

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat 6 other

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat 6 other

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat and six other national level functionaries of the organisation have joined Twitter. Besides Bhagwat, Suresh Joshi, Suresh Soni, Krishna Gopal, V Bhagaiah, Arun Kumar and Aniruddh Deshpande have joined the micro-blogging site and their handles have also been verified. So far, none of them has tweeted anything. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Bhagwat has followed RSS after joining and amassed over 4,000 followers at the time of filing this report. The RSS’ official Twitter handle has over 1.3 million followers and has, till now, been the organisation’s platform for releasing statements and dissemination information. They also have a verified Facebook page with over 54 lakh likes.last_img read more

Dengue outbreak Govt confirms 40 deaths

Dengue outbreak Govt confirms 40 deaths

first_imgDGHSThe government on Sunday raised the dengue death toll to 40, reports UNB.Thirty-nine of the deaths were recorded at hospitals in Dhaka city, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.Ten of the deaths occurred in August while 24 deaths were recorded in July, the control room says.Since January, 41,178 people were hospitalised with dengue. Of them, 32,384 had made full recoveries.Currently, 8,754 patients, including children, are being treated at hospitals across the country for dengue.In the last 24 hours, the control room said 2,334 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals. Of these, 981 cases were in the capital city alone.last_img

AAA Expects 50 Million Americans To Travel Over Thanksgiving

AAA Expects 50 Million Americans To Travel Over Thanksgiving

first_img Share image via Unsplash If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, you’ll have even more company than last year. AAA predicts that 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 and the most since 2005. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood. More than 45 million will travel by car between next Wednesday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the auto club said Thursday. About 4 million will fly, a 5 percent increase. AAA and research firm IHS Markit base their forecast on recent and predicted growth in the economy, consumer spending, household wealth and other measures. Road trips will cost more, however. The national average for a gallon of regular is $2.56, up from $2.16 a year ago. Car-rental rates are also higher than last year, and so are many hotel rooms, according to AAA. But average airfares on the most popular routes within the U.S. will be the lowest in five years, the group says. Separately, trade group Airlines for America expects the busiest air-travel day to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, followed by the Wednesday before it. Here are some tips from experts on how to handle the stress of traveling over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays: — Apps like those from AAA and GasBuddy can help you avoid traffic snarls and find the cheapest gasoline. — If you’re flying, take early flights. Lines at security checkpoints tend to be shorter in the early morning, and flight delays build during the day, which can lead to missed connecting flights in afternoon and evening hours. — Summer Hull, who writes the Mommy Points travel blog, recommends checking the perks on your credit card. You might be entitled to free checked bags, a discount on in-flight food and drinks, lounge passes or other goodies. — Kids 12 and under don’t need TSA Precheck to use the shorter lines if they’re with a parent who has Precheck. — Safety experts advise buying a seat for babies and toddlers, but if you’ve got a “lap child” under 2 who is flying free, bring a birth certificate copy because airlines sometimes ask for proof of age. — If you get bumped off an oversold flight or your flight is delayed excessively, know your rights to fair treatment and compensation. You can find them on the U.S. Department of Transportation website . — Chris McGinnis, founder of the TravelSkills blog, suggests booking hotels around office parks, which tend to be very quiet and offer great rates because there are few business travelers during the holidays.last_img read more

Canada and Sweden most LGBTfriendly travel destinations

Canada and Sweden most LGBTfriendly travel destinations

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Overall, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Malawi garnered particularly negative scores, with Russian Federal Republic Chechnya coming dead last in the index, due to the the state-organised persecution and killings of homosexuals in 2017 taking place there.The SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index is assembled using 14 criteria in three categories. The first category is civil rights. Among other things it assesses whether gays and lesbians are allowed to marry, whether there are antidiscrimination laws in place, or whether the same age of consent applies to both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Any discrimination is recorded in the second category. This includes, for example, travel restrictions for HIV positive people and the ban on pride parades or other demonstrations. In the third category, threats to individuals by persecution, prison sentences or capital punishment are assessed. Evaluated sources include the human rights organization “Human Rights Watch”, the UN “Free & Equal” campaign, and year-round information on human rights violations against members of the LGBT community. The recent introduction of marriage equality has improved Germany’s position in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index, ranking the most LGBT-friendly destination countries. Germany now shares third place with eleven other countries. Canada and Sweden find themselves at the top of the list. The SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index is updated annually and informs travelers on the situation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in 197 Countries and Territories.For the first time this year, the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index also takes into account the legal situation of transgender individuals. Canada gets full marks in this criterion and thus manages to secure joint top spot in the Index for the first time, along with Sweden. The top ten LGBT-friendly countries further consist of mostly European Union countries that have already introduced marriage equality legislation, such as The Netherlands, France, Spain and Belgium. The SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index also sees improvements in Israel, Colombia, Cuba and Botswana. On the other hand, due to numerous killings of gays, lesbians and transsexuals in 2017, Brazil has been rated down markedly compared to previous years. The USA are also on the losing side, now being ranked on 39th rather than their previous 34th place. This is mostly due to attempts by the Trump administration to curtail transgender rights in the military as well as repealing anti-discrimination legislation that had been introduced under the previous government. Like this:Like Loading… Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Share this: More articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more