Hundreds march on state capital Bismarck to have their say about the

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsAfter a turbulent weekend in North Dakota over the Dakota Access pipeline, water protectors took their message straight to the capital Monday.Hundreds of supporters joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and marched on Bismarck.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

HBC RioCan joint venture explores sale of downtown Vancouver property

first_imgTORONTO – A joint venture between Hudson’s Bay Co. and RioCan Real Estate Investment trust says it may sell its downtown Vancouver property.RioCan-HBC JV says in a statement that it’s engaged with CBRE and Brookfield Financial Real Estate Group to explore a sale.The Granville Street property is currently occupied by a Hudson’s Bay department store, which has a long-term lease.Interim CEO Richard Baker says any sale would include the continued operation of the store.The joint venture also says it expects to close on a $200-million mortgage on the property and the proceeds will be distributed proportionally to its partners.The joint venture owns or controls 10 flagship properties in Canada.last_img

Aquaman outswims Poppins Bumblebee with 674M debut

first_imgNEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theatres.The DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman,” which cost Warner Bros. $200 million to make, arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it has grossed more than $400 million in three weeks of release. Including advance previews, the Jason Momoa-led “Aquaman” reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theatres, bringing its global total to $482.8 million.“Aquaman,” directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing “Justice League” spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of “Wonder Woman.” The film garnered an A-minus Cinemascore from audiences.For the studios, the weekend was as much about setting themselves up for Christmas to New Year’s, when theatres are routinely packed through the week. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, studio executives said the weekend was an unpredictable and distraction-filled one, competing with some of the busiest shopping days of the year.“We really kick off starting Tuesday,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, who said the “Aquaman” performance came in just above the studio’s $65 million forecast. “With kids not really returning to school until January 7, this aligns the stars for us in a really positive way.”Returns were more modest for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff, though each had reason to expect strong business through the holidays.“Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall, debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend and $31 million since opening Wednesday. That was on the low side of expectations for the musical, which cost $130 million to make.“May Poppins Returns,” which co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, will depend heavily on legs through the holiday season. On its side are good if not spectacular reviews (77 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), an A-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers and four Golden Globe nominations.“It’s a great weekend to start yourself off on a launch pad into the holiday period,” said Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney. “We’re looking forward to great word of mouth building over the next few weeks. And we’re looking forward to a long run.”“Poppins” still narrowly edged “Bumblebee,” which opened with $21 million. That, too, is a soft beginning for a film that cost about $135 million to make after tax credits. It’s also far off the pace of the “Transformers” films, the last of which (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) debuted with $44.7 million in summer 2017.But “Bumblebee,” a “Transformers” prequel directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, has something the Michael Bay films never had: good reviews. “Bumblebee” was the weekend’s most acclaimed new wide release with a 94 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.“The pre-Christmas preoccupation for moviegoers affected everyone. All movies were impacted slightly by that,” said Kyle Davies, head of distribution for Paramount. “It doesn’t concern me. We played really well with great reactions. The game plan has always been that we’re now starting that play period where people go multiple times over the next few weeks, and that’s the whole point.”“To me, this weekend was a dress rehearsal for the big push that starts Christmas Day,” added Davies.Also in the mix is Sony’s well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which slid to fourth in its second week with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The film also made one of the best debuts for an animated release in China where it was no. 1, grossing $26.1 million over the weekend.Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” added $9.3 million in its sophomore frame, bringing its two-week total to $35 million. Bradley Cooper, who co-stars in “The Mule,” could also celebrate his “A Star Is Born” crossing $200 million domestically.Largely overlooked in the onslaught at theatres was STXfilms’ “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez. The romantic comedy debuted with an estimated $6.5 million in 2,607 locations, drawing an audience that was 70 per cent female.But the weekend’s real flop was “Welcome to Marwen,” the Robert Zemeckis-directed fantastical drama starring Steve Carell as an imaginative man whose scale model town helps him rehabilitate after a trauma. The film, which cost at least $40 million to make, earned just $2.3 million in 1,900 theatres. It’s the second straight flop for Universal (which teamed with DreamWorks for “Marwen”) following “Mortal Engines.” That $100 million film debuted last weekend with $7.5 million film in ticket sales.Yet the weekend managed to nearly equal the box office of the same weekend last year when “The Last Jedi” was in its second week of release and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opened. Ticket sales for the “Star Wars”-less weekend were down a mere 2.1 per cent, according to Comscore.Year to date, the domestic box office is up 7.5 per cent and was expected to just eke past 2016’s record $11.38 billion sometime late Sunday or early Monday, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.“The collective and cumulative strength of these newcomers, particularly ‘Aquaman,’ and a huge slate of holdovers gave us a stronger weekend than anyone imagined,” Dergarabedian said. “A superhero movie in December can make up for not having a ‘Star Wars’ movie in December.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:1. “Aquaman,” $67.4 million.2. “Mary Poppins Returns,” $22.2 million.3. “Bumblebee,” $21 million.4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $16.7 million.5. “The Mule,” $9.3 million.6. “The Grinch,” $8.2 million.7. “Second Act,” $6.5 million.8. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” $4.6 million.9. “Welcome to Marwen,” $2.4 million.10. “Mary Queen of Scots,” $2.2 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Economist Piketty to study Kerala model of growth

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said a nodal officer would be appointed to help eminent economist Thomas Piketty to study the state’s model of growth. Vijayan said this after returning from a tour to Europe, where he had a detailed discussion with Piketty. “On my visit to the Paris School of Economics, I had a discussion with Piketty and he mentioned a detailed study of India’s economic situation was not possible as the government was unwilling to share the country’s economic data,” said the Chief Minister. According to Vijayan, Piketty was keen to study the Kerala model of growth if the government shared the state’s economic data. “Since he said that, we have decided to appoint a nodal officer for it,” said Vijayan. “The French economist also expressed wish to visit Kerala and interact with economists and universities here. We have extended an invite to him,” Vijayan said.last_img read more

Morocco Moves up Six Positions in FIFA Ranking

Zurich  –Morocco’s football team moved up six positions in the FIFA world ranking to stand at the 82nd rank. Germany, the World Cup champions, stayed ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands in an unchanged top five.FIFA top 10: 1. Germany (1725 points).2. Argentina (1538 points)3. Colombia (1450 points)4. Belgium (1417 points)5. Netherlands (1374 points)6. Brazil (1316 points)7. Portugal (1160 points)8 . France (1160 points)9. Spain (1142 points)10. Uruguay (1135 points)

Annan condemns latest suicide bombing in Baghdad

“The Secretary-General is repulsed and outraged by the deaths of a large number of children, among other civilians, in the latest suicide bombing today in Baghdad,” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York.“As the Secretary-General has said repeatedly, there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of civilians – much less children, who are our hope for the future. Nothing will be accomplished by today’s killing of innocents,” the statement said.In Baghdad, Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, yesterday co-chaired a roundtable on the reform of that country’s justice system, in which he said that strengthening the rule of law was vital to restoring public order and respect for human rights in Iraq.Yesterday’s session, convened chiefly to examine the current needs of Iraq’s Justice Ministry, placed a special emphasis on Iraq’s correctional facilities and the juvenile justice system. read more

Plan B After investors pull out of BC interest in planned NS

Plan B: After investors pull out of B.C., interest in planned N.S. LNG facility up HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia company looking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Canada’s East Coast says it’s seeing an uptick in interest since an LNG megaproject slated for the West Coast was scrapped last week.Paul MacLean with Bear Head LNG Corp., a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., says after more than a year of wooing western Canadian shale gas producers, the Nova Scotia project is getting attention.“We’ve been working with western basin producers over the last year-and-a-half presenting Bear Head as a complimentary option to what was proposed for the B.C. LNG project,” MacLean, strategic and regulatory affairs adviser, said in an interview. “It was sort of a plan B.”But with Petronas and its partners pulling out of the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia, Bear Head is hoping to become the top choice for producers looking to get landlocked natural gas to markets.“We’re not really relishing the fact that Petronas has decided to withdraw their project by any means, but we are experiencing an increase in interest as a consequence of that decision for sure,” MacLean said.In a fiercely competitive energy market grappling with a global oversupply of natural gas and a prolonged period of depressed prices, the cancellation of the West Coast megaproject appears to give the East Coast terminal an edge.The proposed $5-billion LNG export facility in Cape Breton already has construction and environmental permits as well as federal approval for a licence to export LNG and import natural gas from the United States.“We’re the only fully permitted LNG project in Atlantic Canada,” MacLean said, noting that the construction phase would require 1,500 workers while the terminal would create 150 permanent jobs. “We’re shovel-ready.”Bear Head’s sister company, Bear Paw Pipeline Corp., also has approval to building a 62.5-kilometre pipeline that would run between Goldboro, N.S., to the export facility planned for Point Tupper. The $235-million pipeline would connect to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, which runs from Goldboro to Massachusetts.The company’s ambitious proposal would see producers in Alberta ship natural gas through TransCanada Corp. pipeline to North Bay, Ont., which MacLean said is currently underutilized and has sufficient capacity. From there, Bear Head would build a new pipeline to Goldboro, a distance of more than 1,700 kilometres.Building the so-called greenfield pipeline from Ontario to Nova Scotia would require deals from producers up front, something MacLean said he’s optimistic Bear Head can obtain within the next year or so.The company plans to get pipe laid and the terminal up and running by 2022 or 2023.While western Canadian producers would be able to deliver natural gas to domestic markets from Alberta to Nova Scotia along the way, the final destination would be overseas.“Nova Scotia geographically is positioned extremely well for accessing global markets,” MacLean said.The natural gas, shipped through pipeline in a gaseous state, would be liquefied at the Point Tupper terminal, loaded onto tankers and exported to northwestern Europe or other international markets, he said.Yet Toronto-based independent energy consultant Tom Adams, a self-professed watcher of Atlantic Canada’s “energy adventures,” called the proposed Nova Scotia facility “silly talk.”“I’m a long-time skeptic of all the Atlantic Canada LNG proposals,” he said. “But this is the longest of the long shots.”While Adams called the planned Bear Head project a “theoretical possibility,” he said it’s not practical.He said western Canadian producers would be better off shipping natural gas south of the border, to the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the border between Texas and Louisiana, for example.Adams said if the market is not attractive enough to get British Columbia — positioned close to energy-hungry Asian markets — into the LNG business, then “Nova Scotia is just not even worth talking about.”Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. bought the site in Point Tupper from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in an $11 million deal that closed in August 2014. by Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 2:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New clothing text book service desk and cash back program at the

It’s been a busy summer of planning for the Campus Store and students will benefit from the changes.With the first day of classes around the corner, the Campus Store “is excited about the new initiatives that we are bringing to our customers,” says Director Dan Lewis.“Last year we kicked off the dynamic pricing model for textbooks where we compare prices daily with competitors and this year we have continued to identify ways to add value and source affordable options for the students at Brock.”Along with opening a textbook service desk and sourcing more used and rental book options, the Campus Store has launched the Campus Store Cash program where students receive $5 of Campus Store Cash for every $100 spent on textbooks. The cash can be redeemed on any regular priced item at all of the Campus Store locations.In the clothing department, results of the successful Would U Rep It event have hit the retail floor.“The new ‘Student Choice’ line is identified in store by a gold sticker that indicates products that were voted on by our customers,” Lewis says, noting 400 students participated.The new product line brings brands such as Campus Crew, Cutter and Buck and 47 Brand into the mix along with fashion-forward styles that resonate with the student body.Also new this year is a partnership with the Goodman School of Business, where a Goodman product line will be sold in the store with a percentage of the proceeds going back the Goodman student“The product line is in its infancy however the possibilities are endless,” says Lewis.He said the Campus Store continues to evolve to meet the needs and wants of Brock students.“Continual improvement is important to us and ensuring that we are enhancing the Brock student experience is at the forefront of our decisions” says Lewis. read more

Michael Vick To Wear Special Flak Jacket To Protect

The Philadelphia Eagles have taken new measures to protect Michael Vick’s oft-injured ribs.The team’s franchise quarterback will be under center for the team’s Sept. 9 regular season opener at Cleveland, only this time sporting a unique Kevlar flak jacket/vest that will cover up more of his torso than the one he was wearing when he took a helmet to the ribs in the Eagles’ second exhibition game at New England.“I really can’t explain what goes into this type of material,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday. “I’m just trying something different – that’s all I can tell you.”NFL quarterbacks have been wearing flak jackets for roughly 30 years to better protect the ribs they expose while passing the football.Some in the past have proven too bulky and restrictive, while some quarterbacks have just found wearing them at all to be annoying.But Vick, who says he’s still sore from the shot he received from Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham that knocked him out of his second preseason game in as many weeks, says he doesn’t foresee any problems.“It’s Kevlar,” he said, adding that his current one is a much lighter version of the one he first tried. “I’m looking forward to it … to give me protection and just to see what comes out of it. It’s going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it’ll be a better fit.“You can barely feel them, the way we get them fitted.”X-Rays taken at Gillette Stadium last weekend showed no broken bones or fractured cartilage, as were the MRI and CT scan he underwent on Tuesday. Vick, instead, bruised his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-Rays on his thumb, which were also negative.The 32-year-old four-time Pro Bowler has completed just one full season (2006) over his 11-year NFL career, leading some to question whether he will have to alter his style of play to stay healthy. Rib injuries have sidelined him for three games in each of the past two seasons.Philadelphia, which is expected to be a strong NFC contender this year, hosts the Jets on Thursday to wrap up the preseason. read more

Geek deals 269 for 24inch Dell IPS WUXGA LCD with 3 year

first_imgLCD monitors can actually be a very mixed bag. While we all know that you typically do get more from a product with a higher price tag, there is such a huge variety of different monitors and the technology that underpins them that it very much pays off to be a more educated consumer.At the top of the huge variety of consumer LCDs are IPS-based monitors. These use an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel, which is able to transmit more of the light passed through each pixel and do so with a wider viewing angle. So not only do you get an LCD monitor that doesn’t wash out or invert colors when you view it off-center, but it also means that the colors are more vibrant and true.Typically these monitors are significantly more expensive than their less ideal TN and PVA panel counterparts, but a newer version of the technology called eIPS has helped reduced costs and bring it into mainstream LCDs.Dell’s Ultrasharp line has long been a good combination of technology, features, and value. The U2412M is their 24-inch model, offering up a 1920 x 1200 resolution delivered over your choice of VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort connections. The latter digital connections can also be easily adapted to nearly any connection-type you like, including HDMI. We especially like the 16:10 WUXGA resolution, offering more vertical pixels than the usual 1080p display.The U2412M also has a four port USB hub built-in for convenient connection of your peripherals. The other real star feature of the U2412M isn’t in the technology, but rather the service. It comes with a 3 year advance exchange warranty, meaning Dell will send you a replacement monitor should yours ever need service. Then you just send yours back in the pre-paid box and you are left with minimal downtime.While the U2412M goes on sale at Dell fairly often, this is the lowest price we have seen yet. Under $300 for a premium 24″ LCD is a good deal to start with, but when you add in the IPS panel and warranty coverage, this is a downright smoking hot offer.Click here to start at Dell.com. Apply coupon code: DTJHR33$9BQ744 for total $99.90 instant savings. This deal expires September 22 or sooner.last_img read more

Porter to start for Ireland as Furlong and Henderson set to miss

first_img Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:04 PM Feb 21st 2018, 7:04 PM https://the42.ie/3863655 Short URL By Murray Kinsella 150 Comments Porter to start for Ireland as Furlong and Henderson set to miss out James Ryan is set to return to Ireland’s second row for the Six Nations clash with Wales. JOE SCHMIDT IS set to hand Andrew Porter his second international start in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales in Dublin on Saturday [KO 2.15pm], as Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson could miss out through injury. Porter is set for his second start for Ireland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO22-year-old Porter is set to take over from Furlong in Ireland’s number three shirt, with the Wexford man struggling due to a hamstring injury.While Ireland refused to rule Furlong out yesterday, it increasingly looks like he will not feature against the Welsh.Head coach Schmidt could also be without second row Henderson, with the Ulster man carrying a hamstring issue since the clash with Italy two weekends ago. Again, Ireland stated yesterday that the lock was ‘hitting his markers’ but he may not be fit in time to face Wales.21-year-old James Ryan is set to return to Ireland’s starting team after recovering from a groin issue and he could partner Devin Toner in the second row.Dan Leavy is set to join Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander in Ireland’s back row, while Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will line up in the halfbacks again.There is a tight call for Schmidt to make at loosehead prop, with Cian Healy and Jack McGrath both having shown good form, but Healy may edge that battle.Chris Farrell is set to take over from the injured Robbie Henshaw at outside centre, partnering Bundee Aki in the midfield, while Schmidt looks likely to name a settled back three of Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale and Rob Kearney. Farrell is set to be included at 13. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOFergus McFadden is favourite to return to Ireland’s 23 shirt, while Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion are set to be the other backline replacements.Jack Conan’s ball-carrying impact may see him edge out Jordi Murphy for the back row spot on Ireland’s bench – both were involved in last week’s training camp in Athlone – while John Ryan, McGrath and Sean Cronin could provide the front row cover.Schmidt is set to officially name his team at 1.45pm tomorrow.center_img Follow us: the42.ie 41,657 Views Possible Ireland team v Wales:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Chris Farrell12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Andrew Porter4. James Ryan5. Devin Toner6. Peter O’Mahony7. Dan Leavy8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Sean Cronin17. Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Quinn Roux20. Jack Conan21. Kieran Marmion22. Joey Carbery23. Fergus McFaddenThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Scotland name side aiming for first Six Nations win over England in a decadeBastareaud back from ban as France make 5 changes for Friday night’s game against Italy Share93 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man dies trying to avoid fine

first_imgA 19-year-old man has died in Athens after jumping from a trolley bus when he was caught travelling without a ticket.The incident occurred late on Tuesday night on the Number 12 trolley bus, which was heading from central Athens to the western suburb of Peristeri.The exact circumstances remain unclear but the teenager, named by some reports as Athanasios Kanaoutis, struck his head when he jumped from the vehicle.He was taken to Aghia Olga Hospital in Nea Ionia but at around 1.30 a.m. he was moved to the Geniko Kratiko Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.The trolley bus driver and ticket inspector have been arrested and are being questioned in connection with the incident.There are conflicting reports about what happened on the vehicle. OSY, the public company that manages road transport, alleges that the 19-year-old argued and fought with the inspector when he was discovered to be travelling without a ticket.This has not been confirmed so far by the police. Other reports suggest that the passenger said he and his parents were unemployed and unable to pay for the 1.40-euro ticket or any fine before he jumped from the trolley bus.Transport authorities recently stepped up efforts to tackle fare dodging, employing volunteer inspectors who receive a 10 percent share of the fines they issue. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece rejects UNs proposal on FYROM name issue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in a longstanding dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s official name, on Monday described as “very constructive” talks in Athens with Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos that focused on the envoy’s new proposal for a settlement.Despite the fact that Athens rejected Nimetz’s new proposal for the name Upper Democracy of Macedonia to become FYROM’s official name – objecting to the fact that the determinant “upper” is not geographical – the mediator said he had gained “a much clearer understanding” of Greece’s stance which would help him in his effort to find a solution.According to sources, Venizelos set out Greece’s objections in detail but emphasized that Athens is ready to contribute actively to the continuation of negotiations with the aim of finding a mutually acceptable solution. In the event of a settlement, Athens is willing to seek ways of supporting Skopje by boosting trade and supporting the country’s bid to join NATO and the European Union, Venizelos reportedly said.Nimetz left Athens later in the day to fly to Skopje, where he is to meet with FYROM government officials and seek their response to his proposal, which was submitted to both Athens and Skopje in April.The mediator reportedly emphasized that the negotiations would be tough and that both sides should show understanding for each other’s position if progress is to be made.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

A grave disservice

first_imgLambis Englezos – the man who helped unearth the remains of WWI Diggers buried anonymously at Fromelles in northern France – has embarked on a new campaign, to ensure all war graves in Australia are properly maintained. A voluntary advisor to the Office of Australian War Graves and the Victorian RSL, Mr Englezos has become the spokesman for a group of historians who have identified scores of WWI soldiers’ graves in barely marked plots at Heidelberg’s Warringal Cemetery and elsewhere. The evidence at Heidelberg – neglected graves of soldiers who died of war-related causes having returned from the Western Front damaged psychologically – is compelling. With their original headstones removed (part of a decommissioning process that began in the 1960s and has only recently come to light), the soldiers’ names are hardly recognisable on small metal plates affixed to the broken headstone. No details of their war service are included. Some of the soldiers’ names and service details are included 30kms away on commemorative plaques at Springvale Garden of Remembrance. The matter has brought into sharp relief the Commonwealth’s policy of only maintaining a single place of commemoration. Gardens of Remembrance have become the focus for official commemoration of Australia’s war dead, seemingly often at the expense of grave sites, which are left to families to maintain. Where the serviceman has a plaque in a Garden of Remembrance, under the Office of Australian War Graves’ policy, the department does not automatically maintain the grave. The servicemen buried at Warringal Cemetery – who suffered from shell shock – died in the Military Mental Ward (Asylum), 16th AGH, Mont Park, Victoria, (now part of La Trobe University campus) in the 1920s. “It’s not good enough. We have a duty to give these soldiers back their dignity and identify these men properly where they lie,” Mr Englezos told Neos Kosmos. “We need to acknowledge their service. Ashes and headstones of WWI soldiers are being removed from cemeteries and hundreds lie in unmarked dirt plots.” President of the Hellenic sub-branch of the RSL, Steve Kyritsis said he shared Mr Englezos’ concerns over the Warringal plots. “These soldiers deserve a proper grave,” he said. “The Australian government has an obligation to honour these servicemen at their place of burial. Though it’s a federal issue I think the state government should also look into this matter. It’s a government responsibility.” Mr Englezos is also concerned over reports of veterans’ ashes – supposedly held in perpetuity – being thrown out, as Melbourne cemeteries look for more space. The Albert Park-based campaigner and fellow activists are lobbying state government to amend the Victorian Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 to prevent cemeteries dispensing with ashes without the agreement of families of the deceased. Current legislation allows cemeteries to disperse ashes if a family do not request an extension to their safe-keeping beyond 25 years. In a statement provided to Neos Kosmos by the Victorian government, Hugh Delahunty, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, said the issue of the war graves at Warringal Cemetery “has been and remains a matter for the Commonwealth Government through the Office of War Graves”. This issue of ashes removal is due to be considered by a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Cemeteries and Crematoria under the portfolio of Victoria’s Health Minister David Davis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Piéger le CO2 dans les fonds marins grâce au phytoplancton

first_imgPiéger le CO2 dans les fonds marins grâce au phytoplanctonSelon une étude publiée dans la revue Nature, piéger le CO2 dans les grands fonds marins seraient envisageable. Pour cela, des expériences de “fertilisation” des océans avec du fer ont lieu. Cette méthode favorise la floraison de phytoplancton qui capte le CO2.Avec le réchauffement climatique en cours, de nombreux scientifiques cherchent de nouveaux moyens pour capter le CO2 qui est un des principaux gaz à effet de serre (GES). Parmi les méthodes envisagées : piéger le dioxyde de carbone au fond des océans. Comme le rapportent des chercheurs dans une étude publiée hier par la revue Nature, “la fertilisation de l’océan en ajoutant des composants à base de fer a provoqué une floraison de phytoplancton, dominé par des complexes d’espèces microscopiques, poussant une quantité considérable de dioxyde de carbone vers le fond des océans”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’expérience a été menée en 2004 dans les mers australes par l’équipe dirigée par Victor Smetacek, de l’Institut de recherche marine de Bremerhaven en Allemagne. Mais les scientifiques restent prudents. Selon eux, cette étude n’a pas permis “d’évaluer avec certitude la durée de la séquestration” de ce carbone. Toutefois, au cours des cinq semaines d’observations la floraison de la diatomée (un complexe d’espèces de phytoplancton) était à son apogée quatre semaines après la “fertilisation”. Or, les floraisons de phytoplancton fertilisé au sulfate de fer “peuvent séquestrer du carbone sur des échelles de temps calculées en siècles dans les couches d’eau juste au-dessus des fonds marins et même pendant plus longtemps dans les sédiments à [plus de 1.000 mètres de] profondeur”.Pour résumer les résultats de cette étude, Michael Steinke, de l’Université britannique d’Essex, explique : “comme les plantes sur la terre ferme, le phytoplancton, issu de la photosynthèse, et flottant dans la mer, capte le CO2 à la surface de l’océan et lorsque ce phytoplancton meurt, il coule au fond de l’océan où une grande partie est piégée dans les sédiments profonds pour des centaines d’années”. Selon le scientifique, ce transfert de CO2 contribue ainsi à maintenir la température dans des normes viables sur Terre.Bien que cette méthode soit très intéressante pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique, M. Steinke estime qu’elle ne sera pas réalisable à grande échelle. Le principal problème, selon lui est de “trouver le bon endroit pour de telles expériences” ce qui est “difficile et coûte cher”.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 18:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Top Green Monday 2018 Deals Amazon Echo Xbox One S 1TB Consoles

first_img If you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can still get all your gaming, tech, and smart home gifts on another shopping holiday this year: Green Monday.Green Monday, which is taking place on Monday Dec. 10, falls exactly two weeks before Christmas. In 2007, eBay created Green Monday to give customers another chance to catch up on holiday shopping and score major discounts on products. Even though Green Monday doesn’t receive as much hype as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some retailers still slash prices and offer good deals on the annual shopping holiday.This year, major retailers, including Amazon and Walmart, are treating customers to some noteworthy Green Monday deals. From Amazon Echos to Xbox One S 1TB Consoles, here are the top 10 Green Monday deals for gaming, tech, and smart home products.Save $120 on the Neato Robotics 945-0235 Botvac Wi-Fi Connected D3 Robot Vacuum Cleaner at WalmartSave $80 on the Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 Laptop at DellSave $100 on the All-New Sonos Connect: Amp on AmazonSave $71 on the GoPro HERO7 Silver Digital Action Camera at AmazonSave $71 on the Xbox One S 1TB Console – Minecraft Creators Bundle on Amazon Save $50 on the Lenovo Smart Display With Google Assistant on AmazonSave $25 on the Google Smart TV Kit: Google Home Mini and Chromecast at WalmartSave $20.11 on the Battlefield V PlayStation 4 Video Game at Walmart Save $20 on the Echo Dot (3rd Generation) on AmazonSave $15 on the Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Green Monday Deal: Sleep Better With This Weighted Blanket That’s Under $1009 Unique Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season (And They’re On Sale!)15 Cool Tech Gifts for Music Lovers Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on targetlast_img read more

Youve Decided to Implement a Paywall Now What

first_imgInstituting a paid subscription model online is frankly unwise unless you’re focused on customer experience feedback. It is that simple.So many media companies are experiencing the same evolution: declining traditional ad revenue, clients becoming their own media brands, influencers becoming advertiser darlings and a business model that requires holding on for dear life to dreams of the past. What’s the answer? Gated premium content?Our industry is buzzing with conference programs, consultants and articles focused on media companies’ unique position to migrate into “all-access” paid subscriptions. Many media companies are enthusiastic about the potential revenue stream, but don’t fully understand the significant shift in thinking that is required.For example, the shift means you can no longer look at your subscribers as a volume target focused on satisfying advertisers and giving confidence to your ad sales team. Instead, you need to look at transitioning them into “membership” within your brand’s unique association. This requires active communication that will go in the face of the old school thinking of, “We don’t need to ask anyone what is going on in the industry, our publication sets what is going on in the industry.” In this model, “members” need to understand the benefits of their investment and be confident that for every one dollar of a subscription investment, they will gain back three in privileged knowledge, access and professional authority. The only way to satisfy paid subscribers—and expand that base—is through a two-way channel of communication. They need to know the media resource is listening. Now is the time, therefore, to learn from some of the most successful membership associations about effective member retention and expansion tools if you wish to flourish in this paid landscape.Listening, in this case, consists of a direct outreach effort by your team combined with a significant focus placed on subscriber research. To be clear, this is more than just a readership study. In this case, an ongoing, “forever open” study, enabling subscribers to provide insights when they want to, using the device(s) and mediums of their choice.Here’s a rundown of some essential requirements for success:1. NPS (Net Promoter Score): This simple question is essential to member retention as your success will be dependent on converting “ambivalent” subscribers to “promoters.” You ask a single question, such as: “On a scale of 0–10, how likely are you to recommend this website to your colleagues?” One simple number choice will identify your “promoters” (9 or 10), neutrals (7 or 8) and “detractors” (0-6).Now you can take action by addressing the concerns of the “detractors” to encourage renewal of their subscription.  “Promoters” are then leveraged to expand your paid subscription opportunity and help build your business. Doing this tracking quarterly, since it is only one question, will allow everyone on your team to see the positive and negative momentum of your strategy. This is more important than who you choose as a paywall vendor. It is critical to the relationship you must have with your subscribers—current, future and returning.2. Ask paid subscribers about the topics they care about the most, and how satisfied they are with what you are providing. This will map a content plan down to demographic and regional interests allowing content creators the opportunity to expand efforts on what is most important, identifying information needs not being satisfied, as well as eliminate activities that are of the lowest importance. With so many demands, understanding what to emphasize and what to reject is critical.3. Analysis of subscriber verbatim comments: The best CX survey platforms can aggregate keywords and align them with levels of satisfaction. If the survey remains open and is ongoing, it will provide essential focus points for subscriber satisfaction, renewal and outreach. Aligning “Price,” “News,” “Features,” “Video,” “White Papers,” “Events,” etc. with satisfaction will create an effective growth-map for your business.4. Heat maps: Some CX survey platforms enable you to predict subscribers’ reactions to promotions, offerings, advertising and more, thus providing direction before even conducting A/B testing.5. Ask for your members’ needs and fulfill them. Throw away the “people won’t buy what you give away for free” thinking and replace it with “people will always buy information that provides them a competitive advantage in their career, company, home and interests.” The key here is staying on top of what that “information” need is, as it is forever evolving.6. Marketing Automation and Inbound Marketing should be vital investments in your strategy, but before you invest a moment in these efforts, like the paywall vendor, ask your audience what will motivate them to action. Again, these triggers will be identified through an active CX survey effort.What makes a great CX survey platform? Byron Zanopoulo, managing director of Signet’s Sibyl Surveys, says he “focuses on flexibility and ease of reporting. Every organization has its own specific needs in data collection and reporting. Specific to ‘Subscriber Experience’ research for media brands using a paywall, this means having the ability to collect data unobtrusively through all touchpoints in all mediums and push the analysis and reports to those obsessed with the continual delivery of the most valued content.”We no longer drive onto unknown roads without a reliable GPS. Entering into a paywall subscription strategy is no different. It requires robust, ongoing research into customer satisfaction for direction. Too many of your peers have gotten lost driving unexplored roads because they believed they alone knew better. Even companies that reject paywalls because they have tried it and believe it can’t be done successfully may not have used a listening tool.Are you listening?last_img read more

Kapil Sharma elated as he celebrates prebirthday bash on The Kapil Sharma

first_imgThe team of Kapil Sharma ShowTwitterKapil Sharma will turn a year older on April 2, 2019, and before the special day arrives, the comedian-actor had a mini pre-birthday party with his The Kapil Sharma Show 2 family on the sets of the show.Kapil’s fan club has posted a few pictures from the birthday celebration on Instagram where the comedian is seen elated as he and his TKSS family gorge on the beautiful cake. Kapil’s mother was also a part of the celebration.Ever since The Kapil Sharma Show is back with its new members including Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek, fans have been showering it with lots of love. Many celebrities including Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn and others have already graced the show to promote their films.Recently, the 37-year-old comedian-actor, who has been a victim of social media trolls just like any other celebrity, revealed that he has learnt to ignore them.At an event, Kapil elaborated his thought on trolls in his own funny way and called them “unplanned children”. When asked how he reacts to trolls on social media, the comedian said: “There are three kinds of followers on social media, one is fans, the second are fans who are also critics and the third breed is of velle (useless) ones. I thank fans who tell me or bring to my notice constructive criticism, but then the third breed has no job but to just spread negativity,” Mid-Day quoted him as saying.He further added: “They are like unplanned children who have come to the world without any planning. They were born because the weather was good. But I have understood that the only way to ignore them is to not pay any attention to them. Initially, I used to react, but now I have started ignoring them. Today, with free data available, people are always on the phone and don’t even give a second thought while talking nonsense on social media.”last_img read more

YouTube Robotics Creator Simone Giertz Reveals She Has a Brain Tumor

first_img“This is not a goodbye,” she said. “I’m planning on becoming super-healthy, and being able to keep on building shitty robots and making videos for you.” Giertz, who got emotional in the video, also expressed gratitude for the support of her fans, as well as her family, friends and business team.The 27-year-old’s YouTube bio says she’s “Swedish but sound[s] American just to confuse you.” She currently has 982,000 subscribers to her channel on YouTube, which she joined in March 2013. In her most popular video, with 7.5 million views to date, she documents spending 48 hours locked in her bathroom to prove she could endure a mission to space; the video was sponsored by Google’s Making & Science Initiative.According to her LinkedIn bio, Giertz briefly attended Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she studied physics, and worked as an editor at the Swedish Institute.Watch the full video below, or at this link: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Simone Giertz, a popular YouTuber with nearly 1 million subscribers who specializes in building robots, said in a video Monday that she has been diagnosed with a substantial brain tumor that will require surgery.In the video, she said she has had a swollen right eyelid for about a year. After feeling pain in her eye recently, she had an MRI scan last week — which revealed a tumor about the size of a golf ball. “I don’t even like golf, but I do like my brain, a lot,” she said in the video, with her trademark deadpan humor.Giertz said she will need to undergo extensive brain surgery, which is scheduled for the end of May. “The good news is that I’m probably not dying,” she said. According to Giertz, the tumor appears benign but said that her full prognosis won’t be known until after her operation. She plans to post updates on Twitter and Instagram about her status.last_img read more

See Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurants as Anime Hotties

first_img KFC’s Loaded Cheetos Sandwich Is Here to Sabotage Healthy DietsFinally, You Can Buy a KFC Drumstick That Will Last Forever Stay on target <><> Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You’ve probably got your favorite fast food chain, right? You head to McDonald’s for some tasty burgers and KFC for a delicious bucket of chicken. And you know the fast food chains’ mascots too? Colonel Sanders is a jolly old fellow who wants you to shop at KFC for all your chicken-fried needs. Ronald McDonald is a clown, of course, and you’ve got the rest of the restaurants either without a mascot or just using different kinds advertisement.What if some of your favorite fast food and restaurant chains took it upon themselves to create newer, younger mascots? They might look something like this. Yes, they’re anime-styled portraits of characters like Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Wendy from Wendy’s, the Hamburglar, and more.Honestly, some of them are pretty cringeworthy (the whole idea is, if you ask me) but there are some very talented artists on the case here. If for some reason a “hot” Hamburglar really does it for you, or the weird way people have transformed Wendy into a sneering ojou-sama, but hey — it’s still pretty entertaining anyway.AdChoices广告You can see all the illustrations in the gallery below. Just don’t be surprised if you start seeing your favorite fast food stops when you’re getting some grub to eat in a totally different way. It could happen, you know. What’s next, a McDonald’s dating sim?Check out all of OzumiiWizard’s amazing art on Facebook!last_img read more