Students Celebrate Renewable Energy Projects

first_imgA student showcase about renewable energy is allowing the minds and talents of Grade 9 students to shine on the province’s green energy future. Grade 9 students from across the province are displaying renewable electricity projects today, June 7, to family, educators, and elected officials in Truro. The projects include a solar powered drawbridge, video and power points, and a wind power debate. The student showcase is part of The Energy Around Us, a pilot program developed by the Departments of Education and Energy to encourage learning about renewable energy, its potential uses, and the role it plays in the province’s electricity and environmental sectors. “Government understands decisions made today will impact future generations,” said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks and Education Minister Marilyn More. “Educating our young people about the importance of renewable energy in creating good jobs and a greener province is the right decision for today and for the future.” By 2020, Nova Scotia intends to supply 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Today that number is 12 per cent. The Energy Around Us program encourages students to use science, math, social studies and art to explore the world of renewable electricity through hands-on projects. The program connects to social studies, science and language arts outcomes within the Grade 9 curriculum. Kathryn Creaser, a teacher in New Germany, said the program encouraged students to look at how renewable energy affects their daily lives. “The students really embraced the opportunity to research the topic of renewable energy and how it relates to them and their community. They enjoyed the freedom to explore the subjects that mean the most to them when it comes to renewable energy, and they made a real effort to present their findings in a creative and informative way,” said Ms. Creaser. “It’s wonderful that students will have a chance to share what they’ve learned, see projects from other schools and meet peers from other parts of the province, especially with a shared focus on greener energy and a stronger economy for their future.” Schools participating in the showcase are: Park West School; Pugwash District High School; Shelburne Regional High School; New Germany Rural High School; Canso Academy; Central Kings Rural High School; Inverness Education Centre/Academy; Advocate District School; Rockingstone Heights School; and Digby Regional High School.last_img read more

Budget and beyond

first_imgHow does one determine the finances of a country where the growth rate is slowing, banks are sceptical to lend and tightening fiscal space leaves little scope for adventurism? That is the impossible conundrum facing Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first woman Finance Minister in the Modi government’s new Cabinet. It will be interesting to note how she addresses these pertinent issues facing the Indian economy when she rises in Parliament on July 5 to deliver her Budget address. Also Read – A staunch allyIt would not be a stretch to argue that Sitharaman is facing the toughest task of all ministers in the Modi cabinet. The two significant hurdles currently ailing the economy are that of growth and employment. As soon as the new government was sworn into power, the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed that the GDP growth had fallen to a 5-year low in the last quarter of the previous financial year while another report released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) stated that the unemployment in the country had touched a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. Although the government has said the latter figure is not comparable to previous years, it is still an issue that Sitharaman will look to address in her first budget. Also Read – Cuban pathosAt first glance, it might seem that issues of growth and unemployment are linked and solving the former would address the latter. However, this would be a dangerous assumption to make for the Indian economy. India has had an infamous trend of jobless growth due to its economy being primarily service-led. In fact, even during its fastest-growth period between 2004 and 2009, only a million jobs were created in the five-year period when more than a million jobs were needed on an annual basis. This only goes to show that both issues need to be resolved independently and, at least for the latter, the problem is more structural in nature. So, solutions must be a combination of short-term and medium-to-long-term. Even though these solutions will pertain to policy decisions that extend beyond the Budget, allocating finances in the right places of the economy is a good place to start. No electoral compulsions are also tied to this Budget, so it has the potential to be bold and as target-oriented as possible. To address the issue of a growth slowdown, it is necessary to go to its root cause. There are two sides to the story: supply and demand. In the supply side, to put it simply, India’s credit system is clogged. The capital of Indian banks is locked up in Rs 14 lakh crore of stressed assets and, despite all efforts to the contrary, the resolution mechanism is still slow. The public sector banks (PSBs), which account for two-thirds of the banking system, are facing serious capital shortages, which has made them risk-averse and, thus, wary of lending. As credit availability dries up, the fuel that drives investment vanishes, slowing the latter. Gross fixed capital formation, or investment in plant and machinery has dipped to 31 per cent from 34.3 per cent of the GDP in 2014. Meanwhile, the demand side of the issue lies in falling domestic consumption as evidenced in the latest data provided by the Ministry of Finance, which shows the growth in the sale of two-wheelers falling into negative territory. However, this is only a sign of the slowing economy as people are left with less disposable income to spend on goods. Once investment revives, the money will flow through the system and consumption will pick up. So, the Budget needs to focus on reviving investment and the obvious tool of boosting public investment is also not available as the fiscal deficit is well above its target already. Moreover, history shows that governments have a tendency of reducing expenditure post-elections. And the target to revive investment should be to allay the prevailing risk aversion of banks. One way is to use the surplus RBI capital for bank recapitalisation. There will be more clarity on this front once the Bimal Jalan Committee submits its report later this month. An additional solution, which is also more structural in nature, would be to implement the recommendation of the PJ Nayak Committee to set up a Bank Investment Company as the holding company for various state-owned banks. This would create a certain autonomy in operations of public banks without government interference and improve their lending behaviour. The second issue of job crisis is a long-standing problem for India and cannot be resolved in a Budget or two. The Budget can only provide a fiscal stimulus package like the one India saw implemented in 2009 as a response to the financial crisis. But a more long-term redressing of the problem is crucial as I’ve argued through these columns before. Improving the productivity of India’s labour through education and skilling is indispensable. Beyond that, a data-based approach towards policymaking can also prove helpful here. Employment elasticity, a measure of how employment varies with economic output, can be measured for the economy and each sector within it. Targeting investment within sectors with the highest employment elasticity can maximise the job-creating capacity of the economy. India is in dire need of such novel ways to resolve its most challenging facets of the economy. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Manisha Kapoor, a senior researcher at Institute has contributed to the piece. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Dr Jill Biden Responds To Attack On Save The Children Office In

first_imgIn response to this week’s attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. Board Chair, on behalf of its Board of Directors today issued the following statement:“Our hearts are broken, and our prayers are with the victims, our beloved colleagues, and their families.“While Afghanistan is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous places to work in the world, Save the Children has been dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan children and their families for more than 40 years. Through community-based education and healthcare programs in 16 provinces across the country, we have reached more than 1.4 million children. And when disaster strikes, our staff is ready to respond, ensuring that we quickly meet the needs of the most vulnerable children.“While we are united in our sorrow we remain determined to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives yesterday through the work of Save the Children. Our mission will guide us through this trying time – we will continue to serve the children of the world with hope and courage, and we will continue to defend the safety of the men and women who heed that call.”last_img read more

April coach registrations well down

‘Comparisons with last April’s distorted market were always likely to be both painful and suspect,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘More operators than many expected tried to beat the 1 May 2006 deadline for digital tachographs, so last month’s figures look a little lame by comparison. The numbers fell from 296 to 136, below the 155 units more typical of April in recent years. Registrations will remain disjointed for a few months, but when these exceptional times pass we expect a return to stability.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Big bus rolling year total of 2,543 at April a respite, but mainly for single deckers. Big single deck buses down 27% for the three months to April. Double deck buses down 60.4% on same three months in 2006. Coaches figures well down by comparison to last April’s distorted performance. read more

Steven Smith David Warner return to Sydney grade cricket

David Warner finds a reason to smile during a club game (Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo– David Warner and Steven Smith, who had been banned from playing international and domestic cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the Newlands ball-tampering incident, marked their returns to grade cricket in Sydney with a 98-ball hundred and a 92-ball 85 respectively on Saturday.Warner, turning out for Randwick-Petersham in the NSW premier cricket competition, reached the milestone when he clipped St George’s Josh Hazlewood, who was returning from injury, behind square leg. He celebrated his century with his trademark leap in front of his family. Smith fell 15 short of a hundred for Sutherland, in his first match after returning from an abdominal strain that had sidelined him from Barbados Tridents’ last three matches in the Caribbean Premier League.Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson was set to team up with Smith at Sutherland but a calf injury forced him to pull out of the game. Watson spoke glowingly of the crowd – reportedly more than 1000 were in attendance at Glenn McGrath Oval.“To be able to see so many people come along to a grade game is incredible,” he told the Canberra Times. “We see the crowds that come along to a Sheffield Shield game or a JLT Cup [game] as well, it’s nothing compared to this. It’s very impressive.“The support he [Smith] got today shows everyone makes mistakes and that people do forgive. How Steve has handled it is how you’d expect from someone who cherishes playing for Australia; appreciates the privilege that he’s had. This is just another step along the way for him most importantly getting back in the Australian team.”Steven Smith clicks a selfie with fans during a club game (Getty Images)Sutherland captain Williams, who shared a 50-run stand with Smith, said: “Obviously it was set up ideally for Steve to come in and control the innings. The atmosphere just kept building up and up as the innings went on.“The noise they made. The anticipation when they were clapping us along. The long pause when the wicket fell for Smithy as he was coming down to the gate is something you’re not used to every week.”Warner and Smith will be pleased to have scored runs after particularly lean stints in the Global T20 Canada and the subsequent CPL. They will continue to play grade cricket and are set to go head-to-head at Coogee Oval in November. They will not feature in the Sheffield Shield, though, after New South Wales opted against challenging the ban imposed by CA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Warner and Bancroft to commence returns through NT Strike LeagueMay 29, 2018In “Sports”‘I have come to terms with everything’ – SmithMay 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

International Mining Project News presents its fortnightly round up of global mining

first_imgInvestment and consolidation have been the main priorities for mining projects as they look forward to the end of the year and beyond. Xstrata is one of those looking further ahead with the approval of an ambitious $4 billion development plan that could release lucrative returns on its low cost, and long life, Peruvian copper project. The company isn’t putting all of its eggs into one basket however with over $2 billion invested in Antapaccay and an Australian underground thermal coal mine. Also in Australia Territory Resources has revealed a $4.6 million exploration program after increasing its ore reserves by 50% – guaranteeing iron ore production until 2013.Batavia Mining have been battling with wet season delays to make a strong start to drilling at its own Australian iron ore project – and has been rewarded for its determination with kilometres of continuous hematite iron ore with grades of over 50% Fe. Old hand Rio Tinto has been concentrating on expansion and investment, with the company bringing its Pilbara expenditure up to $1 billion in its drive to push iron ore operations to180 Mt/y within six years. Despite the growing worries of recession Harmony Gold and Newmont’s copper/gold JV won’t find it difficult to discover investors – extended drilling has opened up the project’s mineral resource to almost triple gold and copper resources while doubling its molybdenum resources.Elsewhere Africa’s resources sector continues to heat up with a new country entering the fray to develop its mineral wealth, while Nevsun Resources have almost finished its silver/copper/zinc/gold project bringing Eritrea one step closer to having its first modern day mine. The Minas Moatize mine, in Mozambique, is also making steady progress with the imminent arrival of a mobile wash plant to help produce the projects first trial shipments of export thermal and coking coal.In Mexico SilverCrest Mines is looking forward to its first metal pour after a faultless safety performance at its two thirds operational gold/silver mine and Geologix have found good recoveries at its Mexican copper/gold sulphide resource. After a long wait Kinross Gold has managed to find approval for its Russian gold/silver investment while Vale has released an extensive update on its projects in Brazil, Peru and New Caledonia.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

US officials plan to reduce accidents by proposing talkingcars system

first_imgNEW CARS COULD be required to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems fitted in as US regulators draft a proposal supporting it.By using this system, drivers will be alerted if the car senses it’s going to crash into an object or another car. It’s hoped that introducing this system will significantly reduce the rate of accidents and collisions on roads.Cars will be able to communicate with each other by using short-range radio signals and would be able to exchange vehicle information such as speed, location and the direction they’re travelling.No date was given for when automakers would need to introduce it or what the cost might be, but US officials aim to have a proposal developed before early 2017. Once the regulations are in place, automakers would be required to put in GPS sensors and software into vehicles.The US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said data from a Transportation Department study, which started in 2012, showed that the technology could help prevent 80 per cent of potential accidents from happening.Both automakers and researcher have been working on developing technology to reduce collisions. While advancements have been made, other systems like developing a network which allows multiple cars to communicate with each other will need to be introduced.Read: 54 million self-driving cars to be on the roads by 2035 >Read: Good sign for 2014? Car sales zoom ahead by 33 per cent >last_img read more

Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eightyearold nephew

first_img 14,928 Views A DUBLIN MAN who as a teenager sexually abused his eight-year-old nephew within a “deeply dysfunctional” household will be sentenced next month.The Central Criminal Court heard that the accused man, who was 16-years-old when the abuse began, was also having a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship with one of the adults in the house.He was convicted of the sexual abuse of the boy following a trial last year.During the trial the victim told the court that his uncle “did what he should not have done to any child.” He said during his evidence that he found it disgusting to speak about it in front of women.The accused man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, was convicted last November by a jury of eight counts of indecent assault, one count of anal rape and one count of sexual assault on dates between 1988 and 1991.Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing until 20 February next.A local garda told Orla Crowe Senior Counsel, prosecuting, that the accused man had been living with the victim’s family. The boy said that when he was about eight years old the accused man would “feel and fondle” him when he came home from school.The victim said what the accused man did to him “hurt so badly” and would take place in various locations at any time of day. He said he was assaulted physically and threatened that he would be killed if he revealed what was happening.He said the accused man would ask him to have sex “like an adult” and tell him he was “a good little boy.” The abuse eventually escalated into anal rape.The victim made first made a complaint in 2011 and the accused man denied the allegations when interviewed by gardaí.In his victim impact statement he said as a child he felt disgusted about what was going on.He said he had been kicked out of school as a teenager due to his temper. He began drinking and smoking cannabis so he was able to forget the abuse. He said he did not feel safe and sometimes woke up at night thinking the accused man was coming into his room.The man said he was afraid to do normal things with his own children such as change their nappies or bathe them because what had happened to him. He felt angry he was unable to do these things and was also over-protective of the children. He said his whole life had been affected by the abuse.The garda agreed with Mary Rose Gearty Senior Counsel, defending, that a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old.Gearty asked the court to take into account the circumstances in which her client grew up and what had occurred in the household in relation to her client. She said it was a “deeply dysfunctional family.”She said that her own client’s early years had been difficult and he had been thrown out of his mother’s home as a young teenager and suffered drug addiction issues.Comments have been closed as the case is ongoing.Read: Court hears father would leave £50 on his daughter’s bedside locker after sexually abusing her Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 6:20 AM Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URL Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eight-year-old nephew A “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old. By Fiona Ferguson Jan 24th 2017, 6:20 AM last_img read more

GOP Ponders Length of FY17 Continuing Resolution

first_imgRepublican leaders to date have not made any decision as to how long a fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) would extend, but House conservatives are making clear their preference for a stopgap spending measure that lasts until March 2017.A CR almost certainly will be needed for most, if not all, spending bills to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins in October, as the regular appropriations process appears to be coming to an end. Conservatives are pushing for a CR that lasts about six months to avoid the last-minute negotiations on an omnibus spending measure that typically take place behind closed doors as the December holidays approach.“The last thing we want to see is some kind of a shutdown scenario in December, and then basically giving the president everything that he asks for,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) told CQ.Other Republicans, especially appropriators, favor a shorter stopgap, including Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.“I would, yeah,” Rogers told reporters. But he added, “It’s just beginning to be talked about.”Discussion of a six-month stopgap has largely taken place only in the House, with at least one Senate appropriator leaning toward finishing work on FY 2017 appropriations before the end of the congressional session.“The problem with pushing these things out too far [is] you’ve got the old year to consider and you’ve got the new year to consider, and you really get into a time crunch,” Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) told CQ.Democrats similarly favor finishing the process in 2016. Placing spending on autopilot for the first half of the fiscal year cheats agencies out of the opportunity to start new programs, said Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the chamber’s Democratic whip and a senior appropriator.“Try to run the Department of Defense on a CR. You know the bottom line or top dollar number, but to put into each one of your agencies, sub-agencies, the same amount of money as last year, is not a good way to govern and it’s certainly not a good way to respect the taxpayers’ dollars,” Durbin said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UP Minister Raza wants Muslims to wear saffron

first_imgLucknow: UP Minister for Minority Affairs, Mohsin Raza, on Friday asked all Muslims to wear saffron clothes, saying it is a “gift from Allah”. “Saffron is not a gift from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but a gift from Allah. The colour symbolizes light. If students and teachers in ”madrasas” wear saffron, their lives will see a new light,” he said on Friday. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us The minister said that people from the Chishti sect also wear saffron and their tradition is older than the BJP. “Muslims should not have a problem in wearing saffron because it is already an established tradition. I will be happy if the clerics discuss the issue with intellectuals because saffron is a symbol of light and energy,” he said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Raza has earlier been in the news for issuing advisory to madrasas on Independence Day, supporting the Triple Talaq Bill and even supporting Adityanath”s stand on the “Ali and Bajrangbali” controversy. Raza, a former cricketer, is now the Muslim face of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and is often seen wearing saffron kurtas.last_img read more

Coca Cola Now Sells Milk Invests in Dairy Brand FairLife

first_imgCoca Cola, famed for its carbonated drinks, is now shifting focus slightly; it is investing in “Fairlife” – a diary products company.At a recent consumer conference, Sandy Douglas, the senior vice president of Coca-Cola North America announced that they will be launching Fairlife in the United States by December and its products will cost double the average price of milk and other dairy products in the market.Why?Fairlife’s products are supremely healthy. Fairlife milk products will carry 50 percent more protein and 30 percent less sugar and will be completely lactose free. They also have a unique filtering system through which they can improve the nutrients in milk.Take a look at this video below:”It’s basically the premiumisation of milk. Our ambition there is to create the Simply of milk,” Douglas said at the conference adding that the test markets have responded extremely well.”…we’ve created a joint venture with a bunch of dairy farmers who are innovative leaders in the dairy industry. So you put that next to Simply and you have a nutrition beverage company with tremendous growth potential,” he said.Douglas also said that the business will take some time to accelerate but when it does pick up, it will “rain money” on the company.”Now to be clear, we’re going to be investing in the milk business for a while to build the brand so it won’t rain money in the early couple of years. But like Simply, when you do it well it rains money later. And we can deliver with our business portfolio before the milk comes on full profit line,” he said.Sexy Ads for Milk? Fairlife has already started advertising in the United states but its campaign seems a little too racy for a milk brand.Fairlife Official WebsiteFairlife has already started advertising in the United States but its campaign seems a little too racy for a milk brand. A few print ads show women dressed in “splashing milk” while captions like “Drink what she’s wearing” and “Milk that Mooves you” are scrawled in bold letters above one of them.The social media is abuzz with these new ads and most think they are ridiculous! But in its defense, FairLife says that the ads were inspired by classic pin up girls. The ads have been created by London-based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.”His (Wieczorkiewicz’s) Milky Pin-Ups collection turns real milk into high fashion to recreate the classic mid-20th century pin-ups of American artists like Gil Elvgren (1914-1980),” Fairlife explains on its website.”Wieczorkiewicz’s work epitomizes our fairlife philosophy of embracing the future, with a nod to what’s wholesome and timeless. We hope that our fans recognize an instant classic in our purely nutritious milk,” it added.last_img read more

Full Show Impaired Drivers and Reimagining Houston Streets Sept 19 2018

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: There’s an epidemic of traffic fatalities in Houston caused by impaired drivers, and it’s going unchecked. That’s the Houston Chronicle’s latest analysis on traffic deaths. We learn more.Also this hour: Local experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Houston is a city designed for automobiles, and our massive urban sprawl is not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly. But is there a way to change that?And some Houston researchers are documenting the history of “Green Books” — travel guides from the Jim Crow era that listed businesses, hotels, and restaurants that would serve black travelers.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. 00:00 /50:36 Listen We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Why DCs Darkseid is Better Than Marvels Thanos

first_img ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Says This One Scene Made Him CryDid Cate Blanchett Wear the Infinity Stones to the BAFTA Awards? Stay on target We’re all still recovering from the epic first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. The first part of the final phase of this first era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings together Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Blonde Widow, One-Eyed Thor, Punished “Venom” Captain America, and who knows who else. And of course the evil force pulling them together is famous new internet meme Thanos.Given the sheer scale of his threat, hopefully Josh Brolin and the Infinity Gauntlet can reverse Marvel’s trend of bad villains before it’s too late. But as far as purple rocky space tyrants go, my main man is still Darkseid, perhaps my favorite comic book villain this side of Black Manta. Yes the recent Justice League movie made of mockery of Darkseid’s uncle Steppenwolf and his Parademon army. But Darkseid and the surrounding Fourth World mythos dreamed up for DC by comic book god Jack Kirby is still some of the most incredible cosmic work the medium has ever produced.If you want to get caught up on Darkseid, The New Gods, Apokolips, and all of that business you can buy the massive, comprehensive Jack Kirby Fourth World omnibus this holiday. I know I will. But that’s a lot of comics to read. The people need to know why Darkseid is better than Thanos right the Hell now. So we’re here to help.1. His EyesDarkseid is a giant craggly god who shoots homing lasers, Omega beams, out of his dang eyes.2. His NameDarkseid spells his name “Darkseid” and rules the planet Apokolips, spelled like “Apokolips.”3. His GoalsAs opposed to being in Death’s friend zone, Darkseid is obsessed with something called the “Anti-Life Equation,” which might be one of the coolest series of words.4. His RoleDarkseid is the final boss of Justice League Unlimited and the magnificent DC Animated Universe.5. His VoiceDarkseid has been voiced by everyone from Michael Ironside to Andre Braugher to Weird Al Yankovic.6. His TacticsDespite being jacked, Darkseid prefers to manipulate his enemies, even if it’s by turning into a dumb cloud in Smallville.7. His RuthlessnessDarkseid once tricked Superman into making a sex tape with another superhero’s wife.8. His SwaggerDarkseid walks with his hands behind his back in Injustice 2.9. His ImitatorsJim Starlin, the creator of Thanos, has even admitted that Thanos began as a rip-off of Darkseid, since he was the coolest New God.So yeah, those are some very objective, factual reasons why Darkseid is better than Thanos. Nothing more to see here. But in the spirit of bipartisanship we can at least agree that both are better than similar bald beefy baddies like Mongul and “Thanoseid,” the Darkseid/Thanos fusion from Marvel/DC’s Amalgam universe. Apocalypse from X-Men is up there, but then the last X-Men movie proved it is possible to screw up a premise as great as “Oscar Isaac is the original mutant mummy.”I have no doubt that Avengers: Infinity War will be awesome given the cast, writers, directors, and importance of the film to Marvel. And I’m looking forward to seeing Josh Brolin actually get to act as Thanos in something longer than a glorified cameo. He’s going to be a space thug fighting half of Hollywood with a magic glove!But if Thanos does become an iconic villain in larger pop culture, I can’t lie and say I won’t be slightly bummed out. Even if DC does eventually get its act together, and that’s a big if, a fantastic cinematic interpretation of Darkseid will still inevitably be compared to Thanos. In reality, it should be the other way around. Oh well. If I need cheering up, I’ll just go watch Justice League (the cartoon) again.Buy Fourth World by Jack Kirby OmnibusBuy Infinity Gauntlet Graphic NovelLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

John Legend Is Google Assistants First Celeb Cameo

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Stay on target Hey Alexa, how much does a Google Home speaker cost?This week’s rollout of John Legend’s velvety voice on Google Assistant has me seriously considering an AI swap.Initially revealed at last year’s Google I/O conference, the celebrity cameo is finally available in the US on any device with Google Assistant, including Google Home Hub and Android or iOS smartphones.“Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions every day. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday,” Manuel Bronstein, VP of product for Google Assistant, wrote in a blog announcement. “Well, that dream can now be a reality.”Turn on the singer-songwriter’s dulcet tones in the settings of the Assistant app or by simply telling your device to “talk like a Legend.”Then sit back and relax to the sound of Legend’s lilting words as he makes jokes or answers questions like “What’s the temperature outside” or “Why is the sky blue?”You can even get a bit cheeky with the EGOT winner by asking “Hey Google, who is Chrissy Teigen?” or “Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?” Or, for the ultimate treat, try “Hey Google, serenade me.”(Other Easter eggs, as spotted by CNET: “Are you John Legend?”, “Who’s your celebrity crush?”, “What’s your favorite song?”, “What’s your best pickup line?”, “Compliment me.”)Talk fast, though, because Legend’s voice is available only for a “limited time.”“Cameo voices on the Assistant have been one of the top requests we’ve heard from you, and with the help of state-of-the-art speech synthesis model WaveNet, they’re now a reality,” Bronstein said. “We hope you enjoy hearing John’s voice as the Google Assistant as much as he enjoyed his time in the recording studio.” More on Launches Voice-Enabled Grocery Shopping with Google AssistantGoogle Assistant Now Books Reservations in 43 StatesGoogle Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delayslast_img read more

5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat

first_imgThe blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.”Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers”, says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach. Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.last_img read more

IHC to showcase breathtaking performances

first_imgFrom Brazil to Italy, Iceland to Tunisia – the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has once again travelled across the world to curate its fantastic line-up for 2019. They are celebrating their 17th anniversary with a diverse range of breathtaking performances, which communicate across language barriers and define the social, cultural, and emotional bonds humanity shares together.Besides the display of Indian art, performers from across the four continents also have come together once again, to showcase a dazzling array of talent. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the audiences of all ages will enjoy this new magical journey. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from February 1-9, at Indian Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has now grown into one of Asia’s largest and most prestigious puppet festivals. Graced by thousands of visitors each year, it has thrilled, moved and inspired audiences from across the globe. The festival is nurtured and supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. For over thirty years, the trust has been the center for creative and innovative puppetry work, with a mission to educate, enrich, and transform communities. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProduced by Teamworks Arts, the festival’s creative environment enables puppeteers, artists, and performers to stretch their imagination and to deliver unforgettable and stunning performances. With tremendous acclaim and support from groups and performers across the world, the festival has brought to India over 150 international puppetry companies and promoted numerous indigenous productions. Countries which have participated and showcased their works include the UK, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, USA, among others. “It’s been over thirty years of Ishara puppet theatre and the love for puppetry has grown in people. For us, 2019 is the year of celebration, and one will witness that in the performances of the new groups from Brazil to Iceland along with various unconventional acts like the one by Italy using soap bubbles as a medium for puppetry. There’s a lot in store and we are delighted to have the audience experience it all”, says Dadi D Pudumjee, Founder, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.last_img read more

Porter passengers now eligible for TSA Pre✓

first_img Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Porter passengers now eligible for TSA Pre✓ Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Good news for Porter passengers – the airline has joined the TSA Pre✓ program, which means faster security screening when travelling from the U.S.Expedited screening at designated checkpoints may allow passengers to keep on shoes, belts and light outerwear, as well as leave laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on baggage.“TSA Pre✓ allows our passengers to have an even quicker airport experience when departing from the U.S.,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This is especially true when matched with the convenient arrival process found at our home airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.”When the TSA Pre✓ symbol is displayed on a boarding pass, passengers may use designated screening checkpoints. In March 2018, 93% of TSA Pre✓ passengers waited less than five minutes to clear security.All members of Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓ Application Program are eligible for TSA Pre✓ screening. Canadian citizens enrolled in NEXUS are also eligible, as are U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents who are members of NEXUS or SENTRI.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?When making a reservation, passengers should provide their trusted traveller membership number or PASS ID, also referred to as a Known Traveller Number (KTN), in the designated online field of their reservation, when speaking with Porter’s call centre or to their travel agent. The KTN may also be entered in a VIPorter frequent flyer profile, where it will be stored for future reservations made directly from individual profiles. Tags: Porter, TSA << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Yellen Higher rates wont derail recovery

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought to reassure worried lawmakers on Thursday that when the Fed begins to raise interest rates, it will be careful not to derail the economy.Delivering her second day of congressional testimony, Yellen responded to concerns from some Democratic senators that once the Fed does start raising rates, it could set back job market and income gains.Both Sens. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Charles Schumer, D-New York, told Yellen that with inflation at such low levels now, it would be a mistake for the Fed to begin raising interest rates too quickly. The more prudent course, they said, would be to keep rates low and give the labor market more time to heal from the Great Recession. Yellen said the Fed was facing a delicate balancing act in achieving its dual goals of achieving maximum employment and stable prices.“We don’t want to cut off job growth and income growth, and we do want to see inflation move up to 2 percent,” Yellen said. “We would not be pleased to see it linger indefinitely below 2 percent.”In an appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen reiterated her view that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will likely begin raising rates this year. The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record low near zero since December 2008, and it has been nine years since it has actually raised the federal funds rate.Yellen said that the Fed wants to see further improvement in the labor market and have greater confidence that inflation is moving back toward its 2 percent target before it starts raising rates.Yellen’s appearance before the Senate panel was less confrontational than her appearance Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee.Before the House panel, a number of Republican lawmakers took Yellen to task for refusing to turn over documents the House panel subpoenaed. The documents are connected to an investigation of a possible Fed leak of market-sensitive information in October 2012. Yellen has said she was withholding some documents upon the advice of the Fed inspector general that turning the material over could jeopardize an on-going investigation. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Members of the Senate panel did not bring up the leak investigation. Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate are sponsoring legislation aimed at making the Fed more accountable to Congress. Yellen repeated comments she had made before the House panel that the Fed is already among the most transparent central banks in the world and urged Congress not to make changes that could undermine the Fed’s ability to conduct monetary policy.On monetary policy, Yellen said that she did not believe the Fed is overly influenced by concerns about financial markets.“We can’t completely ignore what is happening in the markets,” she said. “It is one element of our evaluation, but I don’t think we pay undue attention to it.”Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, pushed Yellen to be tougher in reviewing the “living wills” that the nation’s large banks are now required to submit each year. The wills detail to regulators how they could be shut down in the event they become insolvent.These wills were required in the 2010 overhaul of financial regulations aimed at avoiding a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. But Warren and others have complained that regulators have not been tough enough in enforcing this provision of the overhaul law. Comments   Share   Top Stories Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 16, 2015, before the Senate Committee. Yellen told the committee that when the Fed begins to raise interest rates, it wants to make sure that it doesn’t derail further gains in U.S. jobs and incomes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Yellen told Warren that if the living wills the banks submit are not adequate “we are certainly prepared to say they are not credible.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Long weekend strikes long delays

first_imgPassengers flying in and out of Sydney International airport today and over the long weekend may experience delays as customs and quarantine officers as well as Qantas workers walk off the job.Upcoming airport workforce strikes follow a two hour walk-out held on Tuesday this week, and will see staff stop work today and Saturday 1 October between 6.00am to 7.00am, 8.00am to 9.00am as well as 7.00pm to 8.00pm.Coordinating the industrial action, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) national president Michael Tull explained stoppages were designed to prompt employers to offer “decent and affordable pay rises”.“We regret any inconvenience our action may cause for travellers and we are encouraging people to factor possible delays into their plans around these times,” Mr Tull said.“Our members only take industrial action as a last resort, but unless we see a pay deal that matches the rising cost of living, the level of industrial action could increase in coming weeks.”Mr Tull added that it was time for management to “get serious” about pay negotiations as agreements for Quarantine and Customs past their expiry date by up to three months.  News of further strikes over the long weekend come as a double whammy to travellers, as up to 3,800 Qantas staff prepare to walk-off the job for one hour on Friday 30 September, disrupting travel plans for up to 8,500 Qantas domestic and international passengers.Qantas advised that as a result of the one hour strike starting a 8.00am according to each airport’s local time around Australia, it has been forced to cancel two flights on the eve of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals as well as delay 39 other services.“We’re sorry that the TWU is taking their grievances out on our passengers over a pay dispute,” Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said. “We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruptions.“This really couldn’t have come at a worse time with passengers trying to get to the AFL and NRL Grand Finals and many families heading away for the school holidays.”The Flying Kangaroo said it is currently contacting affected customers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgclient discountsInsight Vacations Available for a limited time until 12 April 2017, Insight Vacations is offering savings of $500 per couple on flights when booked in conjunction with any 2017 Europe, USA or Canada tour.If flights have already been booked, guests can still take advantage of this offer with the discount being applied to the tour instead.  Plus, agents can also combine this with Insight’s 5% Early Payment Discount available on many 2017 Europe, USA or Canada tours to save even more for their clients.For more information call 1300 727 767 or contact your local sales manager.last_img