BC replaces Saskatchewan as fossil fuel thorn in Trudeaus side

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost the harshest critic of his plan to impose a carbon tax with Brad Wall’s surprise announcement Thursday that he’s retiring as Saskatchewan’s premier.But just as Trudeau pulled that persistent thorn from his right side, he was stabbed in the left side by another thorn as British Columbia’s fledgling NDP government unveiled plans to block construction of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.The twin announcements underscored the political teeter-totter Trudeau has been riding as he attempts to prove it’s possible — indeed necessary, in his opinion — to simultaneously combat climate change and build new pipeline capacity to get western Canada’s fossil fuels to tidewater.Wall has threatened to go to court to prevent the federal government from imposing a carbon tax of $10 per tonne — rising to $50 in 2022 — on provinces that don’t implement a carbon pricing regime of their own by next year.Saskatchewan is the only province that has flat-out refused to even consider carbon pricing, which Wall maintains would devastate the province’s already struggling oil and gas industry.While his successor will doubtless carry on the crusade, along with federal Conservatives led by fellow Saskatchewanian Andrew Scheer, Wall has been the most articulate and highest-profile opponent of the scheme with a knack for simplifying the complicated issue. For instance, he’s summed up the federal carbon tax plan as “a ransom note.”“He was a fierce defender of Saskatchewan and western Canada on this critical issue so it is a loss in that sense,” Conservative Sen. Denise Batters, a long-time friend and supporter, said in an interview.Just how much relief Wall’s departure will give the Trudeau government on the carbon pricing front remains to be seen.“Whenever a person who has cut such a large figure, certainly in Saskatchewan politics but also on the national scene, when a person of that longevity and strength decides to make a break and go do something else, it’s obviously a major change,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who holds the Liberals’ only seat in Saskatchewan, said in an interview.“What will result from that, who the successor will be, how it will effect the policy debate about various issues from time to time remains to be seen.”Goodale praised Wall’s unquestioned “passion” for Saskatchewan and pointed out that, apart from the climate change file, he has worked co-operatively with the federal Liberals on a host of other issues: health care, child care, infrastructure, softwood lumber and the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Wall briefly stoked renewed speculation Thursday that he may jump to the federal political arena when he said he’s leaving politics in Saskatchewan. “I should have said anywhere,” he clarified later.Goodale said the federal carbon pricing plan is “an absolute linchpin” for getting approval of any pipelines.“With carbon pricing in place, we can not only argue the economic gains that come from pipelines … but also the environmental integrity of the process because it is rooted in that fundamental principle of carbon pricing,” he said.Yet, just as Wall’s departure will silence the leading critic of Trudeau’s carbon tax plan, the government has to contend with a newly minted NDP government. It reasserted Thursday its campaign vow to use “every tool available” to block Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which the Trudeau government has approved.In the few weeks following the new government’s swearing-in last month, there was briefly some small hope among federal Liberals that Premier John Horgan might back off. Indeed, the pipeline wasn’t even mentioned when Horgan had a first, congenial meeting with Trudeau a couple of weeks ago, at which the two leaders chose instead to focus on issues upon which they agree.That hope was dashed with Thursday’s announcement that B.C. is joining the legal fight against the pipeline. The Horgan government also warned Kinder Morgan, which had planned to start construction in September, that the province has rejected five of eight environmental management plans required to begin work on the project because of inadequate consultations with effected First Nations communities.“Until that has been completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of some private land and some clearing of right-of-way, cannot put shovels in the ground,” said B.C.’s environment minister, George Heyman.A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the federal government “will stand by” its decision to approve the Trans Mountain expansion, “based on facts and on evidence and what is in the national interest.”“We have taken an approach to resource development that will grow our economy and protect the environment,” Alexandre Deslongchamps said. “Our government believes that these priorities go hand-in-hand.”Goodale said the Trudeau government only approved the Trans Mountain project after thorough, comprehensive and inclusive consultations “where all points of view were heard and treated respectfully and taken into account.”last_img read more

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MP Brosseau says she rejected Liberal overture because NDP is family

MONTREAL — Quebec New Democrat MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau says she rejected an overture from the Liberals and will run for the NDP in the next general election.In an interview with Le Nouvelliste newspaper, the MP for Berthier-Maskinonge and NDP House leader said she was recently contacted by the Liberals but there were no serious discussions. She said her political family is the NDP.Brosseau, 34, was first elected in 2011 when the orange wave swept Quebec, resulting in the election of 59 New Democrats in the province.An Ottawa bar manager before the election, she won despite the revelation that she had vacationed in Las Vegas during the campaign. Her poor command of French at the time was also questioned.Brosseau has since earned a reputation as a hard worker, forging ties with people in her riding and improving her French.In 2015, she was re-elected in Berthier-Maskinonge with more than 42 per cent of the votes, far ahead of the second-place Bloc Quebecois candidate.“My door was never open, and there were never serious discussions,” Brosseau told Le Nouvelliste of the Liberal contact. She did not identify who reached out to her.“I was approached, but I never even began that reflection. It doesn’t interest me. My family is the NDP.” The Canadian Press read more

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CP NewsAlert Canadian among those killed in floatplane crash in Alaska

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Global Affairs Canada has confirmed one Canadian is among the dead in a midair crash between sightseeing planes in Alaska.The department says the name or hometown of the victim is not being released due to privacy reasons.The United States Coast Guard says four people died when two floatplanes collided as they carried cruise ship tourists on sightseeing flights near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday that two others were missing.The ship left from Vancouver on Saturday.A Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan this afternoon.More coming.last_img

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Court says BC cant restrict oil shipments in key case for Trans

first_imgRail cars carrying pipelines sit idle in Kamloops, B.C. Lucy Scholey/APTNThe Canadian PressBritish Columbia’s top court has ruled the province cannot restrict oil shipments through its borders in a decision that marks a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.The province filed a constitutional reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen.A five-judge panel agreed unanimously that the amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act were not constitutional because they would interfere with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.Justice Mary Newbury wrote on behalf of the panel that the substance of the proposed amendments were to place conditions on and, if necessary, prohibit the movement of heavy oil through a federal undertaking.Newbury also wrote that the legislation is not just an environmental law of “general application,” but is targeted at one substance, heavy oil, in one interprovincial pipeline: the Trans Mountain expansion project.“Immediately upon coming into force, it would prohibit the operation of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in the province until such time as a provincially appointed official decided otherwise,” she said.“This alone threatens to usurp the role of the (National Energy Board), which has made many rulings and imposed many conditions to be complied with by Trans Mountain for the protection of the environment.”B.C. argued that the proposed amendments were meant to protect its environment from a hazardous substance, while the federal government and Alberta said the goal was to block Trans Mountain.Newbury wrote that even if the legislation was not intended to single out the expansion project, it has the potential to affect _ and indeed “stop in its tracks” _ the entire operation of Trans Mountain as a carrier and exporter of oil.She said the National Energy Board is the body entrusted with regulating the flow of energy resources across Canada to export markets, and it has already imposed many conditions on Trans Mountain.She added that the expansion is not just a British Columbia project because it affects the whole country.The proposed amendments would have meant that Trans Mountain Corp., and any other company wishing to increase the amount of heavy oil it transported through B.C., would have had to apply for a “hazardous substance permit.”The permit application would have had to detail the risks to human health and the environment from a spill, plans to mitigate those risks and financial measures, including insurance, that ensured payment of cleanup costs.A provincial public servant would have had the authority to impose conditions on a hazardous substance permit and cancel or suspend the permit if the company did not comply.Saskatchewan, Trans Mountain Corp. and Enbridge Inc. also argued in court against B.C.’s proposed permit regime, while First Nations, cities and environmental groups supported it.Lawyer Kegan Pepper-Smith represented Ecojustice in the case and said the decision leaves B.C., its communities and the environment exposed to a potentially disastrous oil spill.“The issue at the heart of this case goes far beyond a single pipeline project. What was at stake is the B.C. government’s ability to step in and enact laws that will better protect communities and the environment when federal measures fall short,” he said in a statement.B.C. Attorney General David Eby was set to hold a news conference later Friday. The province still may appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, which must automatically hear reference cases.Premier John Horgan’s minority NDP government took power in 2017 on a promise to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the pipeline expansion. There is still plenty it could do to stop the project, said Peter McCartney, a climate campaigner with the Wilderness Committee, in a statement.McCartney said the government could add conditions to its provincial environmental certificate, such as demonstrating the ability to clean up a diluted bitumen spill completely. Horgan could also order a public health and safety review of the project and assess the risks of a catastrophic oil spill or fire at the tank farm in Burnaby, B.C., he said.The province announced the legislative amendments in January 2018, sparking a trade war with then-Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who retaliated with a ban on B.C. wines in her province.Premier John Horgan eased the tension by promising to file a reference case asking the Appeal Court whether the amendments were constitutional, prompting Notley to suspend the wine ban in February 2018.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. Construction was paused last August after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the federal permits.The project would triple the pipeline’s capacity to carry diluted bitumen from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver, and increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Notley goes to bat for Trans MountainAlberta Premier Rachel Notley kicks off a cross-country speaking tour on the importance of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Monday in Toronto. The National Energy Board recently refused a request for a speedier hearing on allegations that the City of Burnaby is deliberately obstructing construction of the pipeline expansion by refusing to issue necessary permits.Moment of truth for Keystone XLThe Nebraska Public Service Commission votes on Monday whether to approve the permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the last regulatory hurdle for the controversial project. The original Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil in South Dakota late last week, giving critics of the XL pipeline fresh ammunition to push for a no vote.The bread is how much?George Weston Inc. and Metro Inc. are reporting quarterly results on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The conference calls will present the first opportunity for investors to get some answers regarding allegations of price fixing on bread products, which is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Competition Bureau.Trade data to shed light on real GDPStatistics Canada releases September figures for wholesale and retail trade, employment insurance and quarterly financial statistics for enterprises for the third quarter. CIBC economists expect softness in wholesale numbers and a rebound in retail, and are predicting a 1.7 per cent real GDP pace for Q3.Sino-Forest lurches onThe Ontario Securities Commission holds a sanctions and costs hearing for Sino-Forest on Monday in Toronto. In July, the regulator ruled that the company and several of its top executives defrauded investors and mislead investigators by overstating the now defunct timber company’s assets and revenue.last_img read more

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Delhi govts DIP asks departments to remove advertisements

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s publicity division DIP has asked various departments to remove advertisements funded by the government after the model code of conduct came into effect on March 10. The Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) has also directed the departments to form teams to inspect its premises and remove any such advertisements while asking them to maintain strict vigil in this regard. The DIP has directed heads of all the departments to ensure that such advertisements are not displayed, aired or broadcast as model code of conduct came into force with announcement of the schedule of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on March 10. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic In a letter by DIP Sandip Mishra earlier this week, the heads of department of the Delhi government have also been directed to ensure that no such advertisements are displayed at government premises. Mishra in the letter stated that if any such advertisements are on display, being aired or broadcast through radio or television channels, it should be immediately removed or discontinued. “Strict vigil is to be maintained to ensure that no such advertisement comes up during the operation of model code of conduct. “The department must constitute a team to regularly inspect its premises and remove any such advertisement,” said the letter. During the model code of conduct, no advertisement can be displayed in any newspaper, magazine, outdoor media and aired or broadcast on radio and tv channel at government expenses. The use of government premises for advertisement is also not allowed.last_img read more

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Study finds little environmental enforcement in oilsands incidents

EDMONTON — A study of thousands of environmental problems in Alberta’s oilsands has found that fewer than one per cent have drawn any enforcement action.Independent researchers Peter Lee and Kevin Timoney have assembled a database of more than 9,000 environmental incidents since 1996.The incidents vary from unplanned releases into the Athabasca River and the discovery of unregistered waste sites, to excessive smokestack emissionsThe study concludes the province’s records on environmental contamination are incomplete and riddled with errors, leaving no way to really understand industry’s impact on the region.The researchers also found that enforcement action was only taken in 0.9 per cent of the more than 4,000 cases where an oilsands facility broke an operating condition.Timoney says the same problems recurred time and time again, suggesting environmental performance isn’t improving.Both Lee and Timoney are environmental researchers who have been critical of the oilsands in the past.The current study is not published in an academic journal, but has been peer-reviewed. read more

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Ohio State dominates Florida AM 760

The Ohio State Buckeyes lit up the scoreboard as they pushed their record to 4-0 Saturday, defeating the Florida A&M Rattlers 76-0.The Buckeyes started out fast, scoring early and often against the Rattlers. After throwing an interception on the first drive of the game, redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton recovered and threw four touchdown passes before the end of the first quarter, spreading the ball around in the process.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, junior wide receivers Evan Spencer and Devin Smith and senior running back Carlos Hyde all caught passes for scores from Guiton, helping OSU jump to a 34-0 lead.Guiton’s success this season in Miller’s absence is a result of how much he has pushed himself and developed, according to OSU coach Urban Meyer.“He pushed himself academically, and he’s an exceptional guy,” Meyer said of Guiton. “He’s an efficient player right now, he’s an incredible manager, coach on the field so, you know, his time came. It’s not because he had the buckeye in his pocket or his lucky T-shirt; it’s because he worked hard with the position coach to get ready for his opportunity and boy did he.”It was Hyde’s first action of the season after being suspended by Meyer for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Hyde finished the game with 41 yards on five carries to go along with his touchdown catch.With his return, one of the game’s story lines was how he was going to fit into the offensive system moving forward. Meyer addressed that following the game.“I think you have three (running backs) that are above the others right now, you have Jordan Hall, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde are the top three backs,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-senior running back) Jordan Hall gives you flexibility, too. I’m evaluating what to do.”OSU continued to pile it on in the second quarter, as Hall scored his second touchdown of the game on an 18-yard scamper to give his team a 41-0 lead.Guiton set the OSU record for touchdown passes in a game just before halftime, when he connected with Spencer in the back of the end zone for his sixth scoring toss. That score gave the Buckeyes a 55-0 lead at the break. Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, and said it was “a lot of fun” setting a record like that.“It’s a blessing. Like I said, thank God, thank the O-linemen. I had all day,” Guiton said. “The coaches wanted to come out throwing the ball around, I thank them for the trust they put in me to be able to do that, and I just trust the receivers and make plays.”With the game in hand, OSU’s backups started the second half and played the rest of the game. Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliot found the end zone for the first time in his OSU career in the third quarter on a 16-yard run. He scored again later in the quarter on a 13-yard run, as the Buckeyes took a 69-0 lead into the fourth quarter.Redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones ran 10 yards for a touchdown late in the game to make the final score 76-0.Starting redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said the defense’s goal was to not allow FAMU to score any points, and that it felt good to achieve that goal.“As a defense we shut them out,” Roby said. “That was our goal and we were able to accomplish that, so that’s always a good feeling, leaving a game with a goose egg.”A moment of silence was taken before the game to honor Maria Tiberi, an OSU student who was killed in a car accident Sept. 17. Meyer said they presented the Tiberi family with an OSU football helmet.“Once again with a heavy heart and sympathy and prayers for (the Tiberi) family,” Meyer said. “We gave them a helmet, and you wish you could do more for that family.”OSU is scheduled to start Big Ten play next Saturday against Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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Thought youd got away with that parking fine 10 years ago Think

first_imgRecipients are therefore being forced to contact their local magistrates court in order to trace what their alleged offence was. In one incident a man was charged with a driving offence, despite being abroad at the time, but as a result of the mounting late repayment charges was left with no choice but to pay up.Mark Thornton, 46, of Kilburn, North London, told the Mail on Sunday how, out of the blue, he received an official letter demanding £183. “Someone else in her shared house put her name on the licence. But she had no way of proving that.”The Ministry of Justice have since said that those who believe they are being wrongly accused can appeal at magistrates court.An HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman said: “The Historic Debt project was set up to tackle outstanding debt.’It has collected £9 million, including compensation owed to victims of crime. Anyone who believes they have been wrongly contacted can appeal through their local magistrates’ court.”A spokesman added that not all debtors have been contacted at this time and that the pursuit of following up the debts will continue.If you have been contacted the Ministry of Justice advise that you make immediate payment or contact the National Enforcement Service contact centre. Tens of thousands of people have been left bewildered after receiving letters and text messages demanding payment of hundreds of pounds in fines dating back over a decade.The demands for unpaid parking tickets and invalid TV licences have been issued in a bid to claw back millions of pounds lost from historic fines.The orders are part of a scheme being run by the Ministry of Justice with the help of new technology, using databases held by other government departments and online tracing tools which have even managed to locate people who have moved homes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Since the scheme was launched in September 2016 around £9 million has already been recouped for the taxpayer, but it was not until March this year that the Historic Debt team expanded their tracing activity to include outstanding debts of over 10 years old.The letters have however left many people confused with some even believing it was a scam and ignoring the requests all together.The confusion can be blamed in part to the letters failing to include information on the particular incident in question, leaving people to wonder how they are able to prove their innocence. He said: “It didn’t actually say what the fine was for but eventually we were told it was for an untaxed vehicle. My wife and I were living in Switzerland in 2010, when it was supposed to have occurred.“’We didn’t have the paperwork any more and we didn’t want to rack up more fees so we just paid it. It felt Kafka-esque.”The government department responsible has advised that it has been contacting debtors in order to seek payments and further enforcement activity will follow where appropriate.Such incidents were also reported by The Mail on Sunday with some recipients being hit with further charges from bailiffs and threatened with court action.Sandra Straupmanis, 54, of Shadwell, East London, received a demand for £205, which related to non-payment of a TV licence seven years ago.Her son, Dagnis, 29, said: “My mother was very distressed. She rang the number on the letter and discovered it was for a property she had long moved out of.last_img read more

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Patients living in the country get a raw deal from the NHS

Patients who live in the country are getting a raw deal because rural hospitals are under-funded, research suggests.A study by think tank The Nuffield Trust says the way the NHS distributes funding is “unclear, unfair and fails to fully compensate remote and rural areas for the extra costs they face”.As a result, patients in isolated areas are faced to wait longer for treatment, and are far more likely to fall victim to bedblocking, the analysis finds.The research found that the funding situation has become so precarious that six of England’s smallest and most remote hospital trusts now account for nearly a quarter of the £1bn NHS provider deficit.And it said funding formulas failed to take proper account of the fact those living in rural areas were likely to be older and sicker than the average population.On average, at small remote hospitals just 84 per cent of patients were treated in Accident and Emergency within four hours, compared with 90 per cent of those in other trusts, the analysis found.Just 79 per cent of those needing treatment began it within 18 weeks, compared with 85 per cent of those elsewhere.The number of days lost to bedblocking was far higher in remote small hospitals, the analysis found, with 118 per 1,000 admissions, compared with 81 per 1,000 admissions in other trusts. And their average deficit was four times that of other trusts, the study found.Researchers said NHS trusts in rural areas were facing cost pressures which were not properly compensated.This included difficulties recruiting staff, meaning higher reliance on costly agency staff, the study commissioned by the National Centre for Rural Health and Care found. Other extra costs included more time spent by staff on the road, visiting different sites, or patients in the community, meaning less “productive” hours.And it said previous research had found that those in rural areas tended to be sicker by the time they used health care services, perhaps because access was more difficult.As a result, diseases such as cancer were diagnosed later, when treatment is more expensive, and less likely to be successful, such studies found.Rural populations are older, with 24 per cent of the population being over 65, compared with 16 per cent in urban areas, data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs shows.The factors used to decide how funding is allocated take at least £1.3 billion a year away from rural areas, the study found.Professor John Appleby, the Nuffield Trust’s chief economist and director of research, said:  “The evidence is mounting that small and remote hospitals face higher costs that they cannot avoid, with comparatively poor performance against key NHS measures and dire financial positions.“It is certainly worrying that the methods used to allocate funding to these hospitals are inconsistent, obscure and depend so heavily on judgment. We recommend that the true scale of costs is examined again, and that national bodies are much clearer about how they make their funding decisions.”Jan Sobieraj, chief executive of the National Centre for Rural Health and Care, said: “This report is showing us that there is growing evidence that rural healthcare is not properly funded.”“The choice that trusts in these areas have is to either have a deficit, or find themselves in danger of not having enough resources to cover the service.”The report said efforts to adjust funding to recognise unavoidable differences in the cost of land, buildings and labour have been in place since the early 1980’s but tended to work to the advantage of urban areas.And it said attempts to give small uplifts to some remote areas had been allocated in an “arbitrary manner” leaving some with nothing extra.Analyists said changes in the funding formulas would leave rural areas disproportionally worse off from April, with hopes that some improvements could be seen from 2020.An NHS England spokesman said: “People in every part of the country will benefit from NHS funding rising by at least 17 per cent over the next five years, as part of investment worth £570 billion to support the long term plan for the health service.“The NHS funding formula is overseen by an independent panel, and already accounts for unavoidable costs related to providing services in rural areas, and we will continue to work with local hospitals and health groups to ensure that the formula is based on the best possible evidence of the needs of different communities.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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80s Nostalgia Lives on in AmeriKarate

first_imgStay on target I have been trying to figure out how to describe AmeriKarate to people ever since reading the first issue, and I think it has to fall somewhere between Footloose (of which AmeriKarate is dangerously aware) and Regular Show. With the Regular Show cartoon and comic ending, there has been a very niche void in my life. The show had this weird, goofball thing going for it that made it feel very genuine. The series especially had an affinity for the 1980’s, a decade which just recently has become old enough to have a nostalgia for.  However, as much as I miss it, AmeriKarate #1 by Corey Kalman, Brockton McKinney, and Devin Roth has jump kicked its way into my heart.via Action Lab – Danger ZoneAmeriKarate #1(W) Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman (A) Devin Roth Sam Kickwell was the best of the best–until a terrible karate accident involving his brother and ninjas convinced him to hang up his black belt. Now he and his appendage-less sibling have moved to a town that has outlawed martial arts; a place they can finally be at peace—until the fateful day his enemies arrive, forcing him back into the only life he’s ever known: Karate fighting for America.The first issue, written by Corey Kalman and Brockton McKinney, with art by Devin Roth, is published by the Danger Zone imprint of Action Lab Entertainment. Danger Zone is the more adult humor, NSFW side of Action Lab’s output, a line in the vein of Icon from Marvel or even Vertigo from DC. When I say that AmeriKarate is more adult-skewing, I don’t want to undercut just how enjoyable this book is. The 80’s sensibilities are cranked all the way up, with the main character, Sam Kickwell, coming across as someone along the likes of James Dalton from the movie RoadHouse, and Brock Sampson from Venture Brothers. While it may seem that I am comparing AmeriKarate to too many things, the book is completely aware of everything that it is referencing, with one of the variant covers being a recreation of the Footloose poster. Despite how it feels like an extension of Regular Show‘s place in pop culture, the sense of humor is more of a solid throwback to more absurd cartoons, such as Dexter’s Lab, or Ren & Stimpy,via Action Lab – Danger ZoneTons of martial arts, ridiculous plot points, and even more ridiculous characters help to make the very animated world of AmeriKarate come to life. The art, by Bob’s Burgers‘ designer Devin Roth, reminds me more of the Cartoon Network series Clarence than anything, with absurd proportions and saturated colors that help give the book a feel unlike anything else. The colors are a real powerhouse on this book, with lots of bright colors contrasted well to really keep your eye glued to the page. Absolutely insane, and a ton of mindless fun, AmeriKarate is a book that is downright enjoyable. Some of the characters fall flat, and no one seems to have much of an agenda beyond the lead, Sam, but this isn’t a bad thing. There might not necessarily be much to it, but it has so much charm that you don’t notice. AmeriKarate #1 is available tomorrow, March 1st, in stores and online at Comixology.com from Action Lab Entertainment. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? last_img read more

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How Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Traumatized a Generation

first_img Kids have an interesting relationship with horror. Although there’s plenty of parental panic about traumatizing little ones with dark stories, there’s also research that indicates that the human race developed the genre as a way to help our brains wrestle with issues of uncertainty and survival that our lives no longer have to deal with. At the end of the day, kids like being scared and they’re willing to spend money to make it happen.Goosebumps has long been the big name in pre-teen fright, with author R.L. Stine churning out a flabbergasting number of volumes splashed with lurid candy-colored covers and formulaic chapters. But one other literary franchise has staked out its own area of middle-grade horror and traumatized kids since the early 1980s. Entire generations have grown up with the three Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, their bite-sized tales of terror lodging in our brains like the rotten tooth of a ghoul.(Photo Credit: Amazon)Each Scary Stories volume follows a simple formula — a few dozen tales of the supernatural and unusual, none of them running more than a handful of pages. They’re short, sharp shocks to the system, wasting no time in setting up a premise and following it to a grim conclusion. Although not overwhelmingly gory, they dabble in violence, with grim fates befalling many protagonists at the hands (and hooks) of killers of all stripes.According to the American Library Association, the Scary Stories books were the top books that parents tried to get censored from libraries from 1990 through 1999. What was it about these slim volumes that captivated kids and infuriated grown-ups? Let’s explore how they came to be and the trauma they left behind.The Man Behind the MurderOne of the most compelling aspects of the Scary Stories books is the odd tone they’re written in. Dispensing with the overheated drama of most middle-grade horror, the tales are delivered in a flat, nearly emotionless affect. They resemble nothing as much as folktales, efficiently walking the reader from setup to gruesome punchline with no wasted motion.That makes sense, because author Alvin Schwartz was a folklorist by trade before he hit a gold mine in the fright business. He was a type of literary aggregator that has all but vanished in the Internet age, hanging out at Princeton’s Firestone Library chewing through the stacks and transforming his finds into mass market versions for school-age children. He published parenting books, arts and crafts guides, and most notably collections of jokes and tongue twisters gathered from public domain sources. But when he discovered the seminal collections of urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand (most notably The Vanishing Hitchhiker), he started collecting a different kind of narrative.Horror stories thrive on formula, and Schwartz knew that the time-honored structure of urban legends was a reason for their virality. There are no morals to be had, no last-minute triumphs, just bad things happening to ordinary people. He assembled an initial bouquet of a few dozen and started shopping them to publishers. His previous success made them a solid investment, and the first Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was released in 1981.Schwartz understood that ghost stories are an oral tradition, so before sending each volume off to the publisher he took the manuscript to his bathroom (for the acoustics) and read each story out loud three or four times, making sure they were paced briskly and comfortably for hearing around a flickering campfire or in a dark sleepover bedroom.The end result is a collection of stories that seem both surprising and familiar, expertly crafted to be shared and returned to the oral traditions from whence they came. And they made HarperCollins a lot of money, with over seven million copies sold.Nightmares in InkNo appreciation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark would be complete without mentioning the series’ chilling illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Rendered in scratchy, blotchy ink washes, they add a note of grotesquery to the proceedings that has long captivated young readers. Some of the more iconic illustrations, like the ones for “The White Woman,” have crept into our collective unconscious, looming behind our eyelids when we sleep.Gammell’s drawings aren’t explicit. There’s barely a drop of blood on view. But something about their skewed perspectives and blown-out lighting brings you into an unsettling world. They dispense with realism to trade in a visual language that is very rare in children’s fiction, one of surreal exaggeration and deliberate obscurity. It’s often what you don’t see in the artwork that makes it scarier. There’s no doubt that the books wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without his contributions, and Schwartz agrees.In 2011, after decades of parental complaints, HarperCollins released updated editions of the books with new drawings by Brett Helquist. While these weren’t bad by any means, they lacked the otherworldly madness of Gammell’s work and the fan base erupted in complaint. By 2017, the publisher had relented and republished all three volumes with the original art restored.Parents Just Don’t UnderstandIt’s impossible to talk about the Scary Stories books without touching on how absolutely insane they made a certain type of parent. There’s a reason it topped the American Library Association’s “most challenged” list for an entire decade (and well into the 2000s). Parents all over the country were shocked that their precious little angels were gleefully gulping down these gruesome stories instead of whatever wholesome entertainment they offered.By 1992, once all three Scary Stories books had been published, right-wing groups like Concerned Women for America were launching attacks on all sorts of objectionable literature, pressuring libraries across the country to pull books like J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye from shelves. Schwartz’s books also landed on that list, both the Scary Stories trilogy and an even more anodyne book of ghost stories for younger readers, In a Dark Dark Room.Alvin Schwartz passed away in 1992, just as the furor over his books was reaching a fever pitch. But he loved the challenge, gleefully mocking the terrified parents while also understanding that controversy was the absolute best thing for books like his. And, of course, the books kept selling and hooking new generations of kids.Flickering PicturesA series with the name recognition of Scary Stories is catnip to Hollywood producers looking for an easy payday, but adapting the tone and content of Schwartz’s book to the screen is a challenging task. The closest thing we can think that has managed is the late, lamented Channel Zero, which took inspiration from Internet-based urban legends — “creepypasta” — to deliver four rapid-fire seasons of deeply unsettling supernatural fables. But those stories were typically both significantly longer and more open-ended, not like the short sharp shocks that the books deliver.It looks like the film, which is set in 1968, will take a sort of interconnected anthology approach. The plot follows a group of teenagers — a little older than the book’s target audience — who discover a book of horror tales in a decrepit mansion. In classic Evil Dead style, reading this book is an incredibly bad idea, as it unleashes the nightmarish fictions into the real world. That’s a workable way for scenario writers Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan to play the hits from the series over the course of an hour and a half.Preview images and trailers from the movie indicate that we’ll see animate scarecrow Harold, spider-riddled Ruth from “The Red Spot” and, of course, the White Woman stalk our teen heroes. But with such a deep bench of nasties to pick from, director André Øvredal (best known for the excellent Trollhunter) surely has some surprises in store.One of the most interesting things about the premise to me is how the quest of the main characters — to destroy this cursed book of nightmares — mirrors the frenzy to ban the Scary Stories books themselves in years gone by. If Alvin Schwartz is watching from somewhere, I’m sure he’d approve.Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark hits theaters August 9, 2019.More on Geek.com:Lana Del Rey Sings ‘Season of the Witch’ Cover in ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ TrailerGuillermo Del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer Teases Bone-Chilling Stories20 Years Later: How ‘Blair Witch Project’ Changed Horror Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Trailer11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People Parts Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard helping out in the community

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Sailors from USS Bonhomme Richard helping out in the community 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship and the third American warship to bear the name, will hold a handful of community relations events throughout the county today to meet with members of the community.The Navy dubbed the day of events “13/13 Day,” representing the ships 13 departments doing 13 different events around the county.More than 1,100 sailors are expected to participate in the event to share their pride in serving on the USS Bonhomme Richard, which arrived in San Diego after spending six years based in Sasebo, Japan, and build a rapport with county residents.Six of the ship’s departments will hold beach cleanup events at Silver Strand, Mission Beach, Presidio Park, Pacific Beach, Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove.Several departments will also hold cleanup events in Balboa Park and the Chula Vista Veterans Home. Two departments are expected to collaborate with Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Posted: May 15, 2019 Updated: 11:07 AM May 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter #BHR is taking over San Diego right now!! #RevGators from 13 departments are doing 13 community relations projects across the city at the same time!! Check out some of the photos! pic.twitter.com/or0paHJmBi— USS Bonhomme Richard (@LHD6BHR) May 15, 2019last_img read more

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Costa increases barista pay

first_imgCosta has increased the pay of its 12,500 baristas, effective today (1 October 2015).Baristas at Costa-owned stores will now be paid a minimum of £7.40 an hour, and £7.20 prior to the completion of their training period.The coffee chain has increased the pay of its London-based baristas to between £8.20 and £9 an hour.The pay rise will apply to all staff, including those under the age of 25.The new hourly rates for trained baristas are higher than the government’s national living wage of £7.20, which will come into effect in April 2016 for workers aged 25 and over.  Chris Rogers, managing director of Costa, said: “Our baristas are the heart and soul of our business and make Costa the successful [organisation] it is today. “We have been working on introducing new rates of pay and progression scales for some time now and today’s announcement represents a significant investment in our teams. “We have chosen to pay the same rates to everyone as we strongly believe that if two people are making the same contribution they should receive the same pay and that it should be linked to training and skills levels, not age.”last_img read more

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Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song 18th Latin GRAMMYs

first_img Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song mon-laferte-wins-best-alternative-song-18th-latin-grammys 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Facebook News Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY “Hello, it’s my first Latin GRAMMY. The first time … it’s fair to cry, it’s the first time, yes! Thank you very much: Manú Jalil, Lalo Del Aguila and Allan — we made this record together. To all of the work team, the record company. To Juanes, for being so generous and for singing with me. I am very nervous. I don’t know what else to say. Thank you very much and I am very happy, [fellow] colleagues. I feel honored that you have voted for my song. Thank you.” — Mon LaferteThe win marked the first career Latin GRAMMY for Laferte. “Amárrame” is featured on La Trenza, which was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. The other Best Alternative Song nominees were “Antonia” — Sig Ragga, songwriter (Sig Ragga), “Apocalipsis Zombi” — Roberto Musso, songwriter (El Cuarteto De Nos), “Apocalíptico” — Rafael Arcaute & Residente, songwriters (Residente), and “Integridad” — Stephen Marley & Danay Suarez, Songwriters (Danay Suarez feat. Stephen Marley). Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Twitter CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song | 18th Latin GRAMMYs Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Residente Wins Best Urban Song ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? 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Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Song Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Prev Next Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Chilean singer/songwriter wins first career Latin GRAMMY for Juanes collaborationTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 2:01 pm Chilean singer/songwriter Mon Laferte won Best Alternative Song for “Amárrame” featuring Juanes at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. 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Atlas Jewellery to reshuffle board at AGM next week

first_imgAtlas Jewellery, which has been in the headlines recently following the arrest of its founder M M Ramachandran for defaulting on repayment of loans worth over Rs 900 crore, is scheduled to hold an annual general meeting on 28 September.The AGM will see a ‘special notice’ to expel members Lukoo Sugunan Madathiparambil and Ajith Kovooril Muraleedharan from the board of directors. The move comes after Madathiparambil and Muraleedharan alleged that their appointment to the board happened “without their knowledge”. Both of them said that “they were just small-time employees”.Madathiparambil was just a Class X pass out carrying out small-time administrative work at Atlas Jewellery while Muraleedharan’s educational qualification was just Plus-II, Indian Express reported. The company had claimed that Muraleedharan possessed a graduate degree in IT with over six years of experience.Atlas Jewellery has decided to replace the duo with Supratik Chatterjee and Sunil Pant. While Chatterjee has more than 36 years of experience in banking and held various positions at top public sector banks in India, Pant has over 37 years of experience in banking sector. In the recent post he held, Pant worked as the chief general manager of SBI at its corporate office in Mumbai.The company took back its decision to re-appoint Shrirang Vasant Khadilkar as a non-executive independent director following his recent resignation from the board.Surprisingly, the AGM notice to shareholders did not mention anything about the arrest of Ramachandran and the debt he owes to banks.last_img read more

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Charges framed in MPS Group scam

first_imgKolkata: Charges have been framed in connection with the chit fund scam of the MPS Group. According to sources, charges were framed against Chief Managing Director Pramathanath Manna and the company MPS Greenary Developers Limited.Charges have been framed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (420B IPC) and criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent (409 IPC). According to the sources, the charges were framed in Bidhannagar Court on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a chargesheet in connection with the case in June and the investigating officers had come to know that the group had collected Rs 2,900 crore from the market through various chit fund schemes. The investigating officers also came to know that CBI is continuing its probe in connection with this case.This comes at the time when CBI has taken up cases to probe 25 other financial institutions in the state, which allegedly collected money illegally.So far, the central investigating agency had been carrying out probe against 56 such companies. Now, the number has gone up to 81.last_img read more

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Mozilla Firefox 5801 fix for Windows pageload issue

first_imgMozilla Firefox 58.0.1: fix for Windows page-load issue by Martin Brinkmann on January 29, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: February 01, 2018 – 47 commentsMozilla will release Firefox 58.0.1 in the coming 24-hour period to address a critical issue on Windows machines that causes page load failures in the browser and a critical security issue.The update is not out yet at the time of writing but it will soon be released via the web browser’s automatic update functionality. You can run manual checks for updates in Firefox by clicking on the menu icon and selecting Help > About Firefox from the menu that opens.Users who prefer to download new versions instead can do so on the Mozilla website after the release as well.Mozilla Firefox 58.0.1The preliminary release notes list one issue as fixed in Firefox 58.0.1.When using certain non-default security policies on Windows (for example with Windows Defender Exploit Protection or Webroot security products), Firefox 58.0 would fail to load pages.Bug 1433065, Firefox 58 is not loading any pages (including about: pages), is the main tracking bug for the issue. The user who opened the bug on Bugzilla describes the issue as Firefox not loading any web pages, including local ones, and showing a white background instead.He reported that certain exploit mitigation settings would cause pages to not display correctly in Firefox. Validate Stack Integrity (StackPivot), Validate API Invocation (Caller Check), Simulate Execution (SimExec), and Import Address Filtering (IAF) caused the white page issue in Firefox while Export Address Filtering (EAF) crashed the browser instead.The number of users affected by the issue is unclear but it appears to be large enough to warrant a bug fix release.A security issue is patched in Firefox 58.0.1 as well. It addresses a critical issue in which unsanitized output in the browser user interface could lead to arbitrary code execution.Firefox 58.0.1 has two unresolved issues which affect Firefox 58.0 as well:Users running Firefox for Windows over a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) may find that audio playback is disabled due to increased security restrictions.Users running certain screen readers may experience performance issues and are advised to use Firefox ESR until performance issues are resolved in an upcoming future release.We will update the article shortly after the official release of Firefox 58.0.1 to link directly to the download and official release notes.Now You: are you affected by the issue?SummaryArticle NameMozilla Firefox 58.0.1: fix for Windows page-load issueDescriptionMozilla will release Firefox 58.0.1 in the coming 24-hour period to address a critical issue on Windows machines that causes page load failures in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive Flash Deal 50 Units Of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro At 115

first_imgHey guys, Gearbest sent over a coupon code worth $115 and just wanted to drop that here in case anyone is interested in buying. The Xiaomi Promotion is going on and this is the perfect time to buy if you are planning to get an ultrabook of this class.Stock Limited Deal: $115 off ‘Macbook Replacement’ Xiaomi Mi Notebook for Wccftech readers Use Coupon Code: XiaoMi|Pro0413There are very few offerings out there in the windows segment that can take on Apple’s offerings in the aesthetics and design department. The Mi Notebook Pro is probably the only one that actually succeeds. Unashamedly following the design philosophies of the Macbook Pro, the Mi Notebook Pro does what most ultrabooks fail to do: couple an incredible form factor with incredible power. Thinner than the Macbook Air itself, the Mi Notebook Pro packs a very impressive punch with the 8th Generation Kaby Lake – R quad core processor and the GeForce MX150 Pascal 2GB graphics card.Xiaomi is quietly but surely taking over the windows ultrabook market space for the mainstream user. 5 years ago, barely anyone had heard of them, but today they are seen as one of the most promising companies that are on their way to becoming the giants of the future. The Xiaomi Notebook Pro series particularly caught my eye considering how immensely well built the notebooks are and how well specced they are. Battery capacity60 watt (min) Display15.6 ″ FHD344.16mm x 193.59mm Battery performanceOnline video player 6 hoursLocal video playback 9 hoursWeb browsing 8.5 hours CacheL3 cache 8MB SSD256GB PCIe × 4 NVMe SSDMaximum read speed of 1.5GBsCan be extended with an additional hard drive capacityPortable external hard drives support InterfaceUSB-C with 1.5GBs transfer speed x 2USB 3.0 1.5GBs transfer speed (BC1.2 fast charging support) x 2Full-size HDMI port x 13.5mm Headphone microphone jack x 1Triple SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC) x 1 FeaturesSupport fingerprint identification PackageMi Notebook x 1Power Adapter x 1USB Type-C charging cable x 1User Manual x 1 Graphics cardNVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphic Battery type4cell lithium-ion polymer batteryUSB Type-C fast charging — 50% charge in 35 minutes ProcessorEighth Generation Intel ® Core ™ i7-8550U AudioRealtek HD Audio Codec ALC298Harman Infinity ™ customized dual speakers, professional speaker, high power 2.5Wx2Dolby Audio ™ Panorama soundHeadphones with a microphone support (except Apple headphones) Resolution1080 X 1920 (142 PPI)170 ° wide viewing angle16: 9 widescreen Weight1.95 kg RAM Up to 16GB DDR4 2400MHz 15% faster than DDR3, low power consumption 5 to 10% Share Tweet Submit ModelMi Notebook Pro 15.6 Operating systemPre-installed Windows 10 Home Chinese Edition Contrast ratio800: 1, 300 nit brightness Border and screen proportionSuper narrow frame: 6.52mmScreen proportion 81.5% VRAM2GB GDDR5 Highest frequencyUp to 4.0GHz Featuring premium components and a design philosophy that seems to go toe to toe with Apple itself, its little surprise that its proving to be such a popular product. One of the biggest problems if you are a potential customer, is that their products are incredibly hard to find on the US mainland and any Amazon seller overcharges for them. Buying directly from a chinese retailer willing to ship all over the world like Gearbest, solves that problem. Webcamera1MP camera supports 1280×720 video calls with a digital array microphone The GPU MX150 is more than capable of handling just about all RTS and MOBAs as well as AAA games (at low-medium settings) at 60 FPS. This is a much better experience than most of the integrated GPUs that usually ship with ultrabooks.Xiaomi is clearly gunning for Macbook Pro owners willing to shift to the Windows 10 ecosystem and makes no secret of it. This level of ambition is admirable and they even proudly showed off the performance metrics of the Mi Notebook Pro, which outperform the Apple Macbook Pro. Considering the Mi Notebook Pro is thinner, lighter, more powerful and can play games, it really is a no brainer if you are willing to go with the Windows OS.The Mi Notebook Pro outperforms the Apple Macbook Pro.This is the ideal combination of gaming performance and portability and if you are in the market for a machine that can offer a little more computational punch than the traditional dual core variants without sacrificing portability then look no further – this is quite literally it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Specifications WirelessIntel 2X2 dual WiFi antennaSupport 2.4GHz, 5GHz dual frequencySupport 802.11ac network protocol, compatible with 802.11 b / g / nMaximum speed up to 867Mbps ManufacturerXiaomi BluetoothBluetooth 4.1last_img read more

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Google launches beta version of Deep Learning Containers for developing testing and

first_imgYesterday, Google announced the beta availability of Deep Learning Containers, a new cloud service that provides environments for developing, testing as well as for deploying machine learning applications. In March this year, Amazon also launched a similar offering, AWS Deep Learning Containers with Docker image support for easy deployment of custom machine learning (ML) environments. The major advantage of Deep Learning containers is its ability to test machine learning applications on-premises and it can quickly move them to cloud. Support for PyTorch, TensorFlow scikit-learn and R Deep Learning Containers, launched by Google Cloud Platform (GCP) can be run both in the cloud as well as on-premise. It has support for machine learning frameworks like PyTorch, TensorFlow 2.0, and TensorFlow 1.13. Deep Learning Containers by AWS has support for TensorFlow and Apache MXNet frameworks. Whereas Google’s ML containers don’t support Apache MXNet but they come with pre-installed PyTorch, TensorFlow scikit-learn and R. Features various tools and packages GCP Deep Learning Containers consists of several performance-optimized Docker containers that come along with various tools used for running deep learning algorithms. These tools include preconfigured Jupyter Notebooks that are interactive tools used to work with and share code, visualizations, equations and text. Google Kubernetes Engine clusters is also one of the tools and it used for orchestrating multiple container deployments. It also comes with access to packages and tools such as Nvidia’s CUDA, cuDNN, and NCCL. Docker images now work on cloud and on-premises The docker images also work on cloud, on-premises, and across GCP products and services such as Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Compute Engine, AI Platform, Cloud Run, Kubernetes, and Docker Swarm. Mike Cheng, software engineer at Google Cloud in a blog post, said, “If your development strategy involves a combination of local prototyping and multiple cloud tools, it can often be frustrating to ensure that all the necessary dependencies are packaged correctly and available to every runtime.” He further added, “Deep Learning Containers address this challenge by providing a consistent environment for testing and deploying your application across GCP products and services, like Cloud AI Platform Notebooks and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).” For more information, visit the AI Platform Deep Learning Containers documentation. Read Next Do Google Ads secretly track Stack Overflow users? CMU and Google researchers present XLNet: a new pre-training method for language modeling that outperforms BERT on 20 tasks Curl’s lead developer announces Google’s “plan to reimplement curl in Libcrurl”last_img read more

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