HHI Seeks Regulatory Approval in Japan for DSME Takeover

first_imgzoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Wei-Te Wong South Korean shipbuilding group Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has commenced the process to obtain regulatory approval in Japan for its acquisition of compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). HHI is working on submitting a regulatory approval application to Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), a Tokyo-based government agency regulating economic competition, Yonhap News Agency reported.In March this year, HHI signed a formal contract to proceed with the takeover of its smaller rival DSME. The deal was inked with Korean state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB), the majority shareholder in DSME owning a 55.7 percent stake in the company.Under the deal, KDB would sell its DSME stake, that has an estimated value of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.85 billion), to HHI. The bank would transfer its DSME common stock to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks. Additionally, the bank would consider providing KRW 1 trillion as a financial boost to DSME.HHI earlier said that the main prerequisite for the realization of the transaction is the receipt of all government licenses and permits as well as the approval of business combination by domestic and foreign regulatory authorities.Two months ago, HHI officially launched the process to gain the necessary approvals for its DSME takeover. The shipbuilder has so far submitted requests to antitrust regulators in South Korea, China, Kazakhstan and is in the process of submitting the application to the European Union.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Art of the MeetCute How to Write a Romantic Introduction Scene

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement When we think of the “meet-cute” we think of Harry meeting Sally on a bickering road trip from Chicago to New York, Annie Hall stumbling over her words talking to Alvie in the tennis clubhouse, or (an underrated one in my opinion) when professional bank robber Jack meets US Marshal Karen in the trunk of a car. (That one’s “Out of Sight”, by the way.) The meet-cute is one of the oldest conventions in Hollywood – it’s something that audiences expect and even crave – which is why its crucial to deliver a strong one that hits all the right buttons. The rom-com lives or dies by the meet-cute. But you know what else does? The buddy-cop action comedy. Brushing off the meet-cute as just a chick-flick gimmick is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.Think about when Danny Glover’s Murtaugh meets Mel Gibson’s Riggs in “Lethal Weapon”. Murtaugh mistakes Riggs as a person off the street, pulling a gun in the police station and runs to disarm him—only to be flipped onto his back by Riggs himself. Murtaugh, on the floor and winded, immediately finds out that this man is his new partner. Sure, it’s not a romantic comedy, but isn’t that meeting just as important as the meetings in the aforementioned romantic movies? And isn’t that meeting cute in a clever way? The meeting, and the relationship that follows, works because it hits all the right notes. The short scene serves as a lesson for writers trying to capture the same spark.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

WatchDollarama Inc hikes dividend by 125 as profit rises almost 30

MONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says its fourth-quarter profit rose about 21 per cent to $100.3 million — above analyst estimates.It also announced a hike to its quarterly dividend, which will rise by 12.5 per cent to nine cents per share, starting on May 7.Dollarama’s profit amounted to 76 cents per share, up from 59 cents per share or $83 million in last year’s fourth quarter.Analysts had estimated 71 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 75 cents per share on a fully reported basis.Dollarama gets higher price target as bigger dividend, further multiple expansion expectedCanadian Tire, Dollarama bucking the retail trendSales for the Montreal-based company rose to $669 million for the quarter ended Feb. 1, up 14.9% from a year earlier, while sales for comparable locations were up 8.5 per cent.The company says comparable-store growth was driven by a 3.6% increase in the number of transactions and a 4.7% increase in the average transaction value.A year earlier, Dollarama’s sales were hurt by bad weather in its core markets during the 2013 Christmas sales period.Its shares closed Tuesday at $66.30, after hitting a record high of $66.62 earlier in the session. read more

Canada prepares for drug patent concessions to clinch freetrade deal with EU

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 6:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada prepares for drug patent concessions to clinch free-trade deal with EU OTTAWA – As free trade talks with the European Union reach the endgame, Ottawa is signalling it is prepared to give the Europeans at least part of what they asked for on drug patents — a move that could cost Canadians up to $900 million a year.With negotiations at the bureaucratic level nearing closure, International Trade Minister Ed Fast will meet his European counterpart in Brussels next week, taking the discussions to the next level.He and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hope to hammer out the most contentious details of the agreement in hopes of bringing it to a close in the coming weeks — although both Canada and Europe are indicating that discussions will likely drag on into the new year.“The things that are really difficult are being saved till the end,” said John Weekes, a trade consultant who was the chief negotiator for NAFTA and who is now advising the generic drug industry.“The presence of the ministers will create a different dynamic.”At the same time, the government has launched a public relations blitz in Canada designed to convince Canadians that the free-trade deal with Europe will mean better sales of “iconic” Canadian goods such as maple syrup and Tilley hats, and bring in benefits to the tune of $1,000 extra per family per year.But the PR exercise is not going anywhere near the intellectual property issue that has clouded the talks from Day 1.Government and industry sources say Fast is willing to give the EU somewhat stiffer patent protection for brand-name pharmaceuticals, despite intense pressure from the generic drug industry in Canada, health care advocates as well as several provincial governments who don’t want to see their drug costs rise.But government officials are also warning that it’s not over until the fat lady sings, since the final rounds of any trade negotiation are full of give and take — and drug patents are right in the centre of that dynamic.“Negotiations are continuing and the negotiating teams are engaged in focused discussions on the remaining issues, covering a wide range,” said Adam Taylor, a spokesman for Fast.“Speculation on any final outcomes would be precisely that — inaccurate speculation.”Isabelle Robillard, the spokesperson for Canada’s Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies, refused to comment while the talks are still ongoing, although sources say the brand-name industry is quietly celebrating victory.The generic drug industry, meanwhile, is not admitting defeat.“We’re still hopeful,” said Jim Keon, president of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association. “We haven’t been told of any final decision.”NDP trade critic Don Davies said increased patent protection wouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker for the official Opposition. The NDP will wait to see the final agreement in its entirety and weigh the overall pros and cons before taking a position on it.Still, Davies said it seems a “curious” negotiating strategy to telegraph Canada’s willingness to cave on drug patents. And it underscores the danger involved in negotiating trade deals behind closed doors with no public input.“I do think that Canadians need to know that the Conservatives are pursuing, under the guise of trade policy, they’re including many other policies that I think Canadians wouldn’t support if they weren’t buried in a trade deal,” he said.An internal government calculation of the effect of stiffer brand-name patent protection pegs the cost at between $367 million and $903 million a year, since longer patents mean provincial governments, employers and consumers will wind up buying brand-name drugs for a longer period rather than cheaper generics.But it could be worse. A full concession to EU demands on patent-term restoration would extend brand-name patents by an average of 2.66 years, and cost Canadians between $795 million and $2 billion a year, according to government calculations obtained last month by The Canadian Press.Sources say Ottawa is not willing to go that far, but could settle for a more moderate version of the EU demands.“It wouldn’t surprise me at all, because that’s the trajectory we’re heading down anyway,” said Ottawa-based international trade consultant Laura Dawson.Brand-name pharmaceutical companies, with head offices mainly based in Europe, have long been at war with the generic industry in Canada, lobbying constantly for changes in the drug patent regime that would tilt regulations in their favour.In the European trade talks, the EU has put forward three demands on drug patents: patent term restoration to make up for the time brand-name drugs wait for regulatory approval; 10 years of data exclusivity, instead of eight; and beefed-up legal rights for brand names to appeal patent decisions.Europe and the brand-name industry have argued that Canada’s patent regime is below international standards — an argument echoed by the United States and many within Canada’s business community.And even the generic drug industry is willing to entertain a change in the avenues for legal appeals, if it means making a more coherent system for an industry known for its litigious nature.Canada has not been willing to discuss any of the demands until now — leaving one of the most contentious agenda items until the very end of the talks.Now, federal officials are under intense pressure to deliver a final deal, said Dawson. And since ceding ground on pharmaceutical patents will probably be demanded of Canada in upcoming trade talks with Pacific nations anyway, a partial concession with Europe — in return for something else — seems like a wise move.“Canada is really feeling a lot of pressure to conclude this agreement,” Dawson said. “The Canadians are sweating.”It’s not clear what Canada would get in return, although better access to European markets for Canadian beef and pork is likely on its list of possibilities.The federal government says the trade agreement with the EU would boost bilateral trade by 20 per cent, and add $12 billion a year to Canada’s economy — gains that translate to an average of $1000 a year per family, or 80,000 new jobs. read more

UN envoy commends plan to setup deescalation zones in Syria as promising

“Today in Astana I think we have been able to witness an important, promising and positive step in the right direction in the process of de-escalation of the conflict,” said Staffan de Mistura, who witnessed today’s signing.He is in Astana as an observer to the latest round of the Astana talks aimed to bolster the ceasefire regime brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran in late December 2016. “The hard work of Iran, Russian Federation, Turkey and the presence at the senior level of the United States of America and of Jordan has produced something that we believe as a UN is a very significant, and in my opinion – our opinion – is a promising step,” Mr. de Mistura also noted. While details of the de-escalation agreement between the three guarantor parties have not been made public, expectations have been raised that it will lead to greater humanitarian access for the 6.3 million Syrians still living in the country. Speaking to journalists today, Mr. de Mistura said that “if and when” the de-escalation agreement becomes concrete, it would be “conducive and helping” the intra-Syrian discussions. “We hope it is going to be concrete in the next two weeks for the resumption of the Geneva talks,” the UN envoy said. The intra-Syrian talks taking place in Geneva, held in parallel to the Astana talks, aim for a political solution to the six-year conflict. The discussions are guided by UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), focusing on matters of governance, a schedule and process to draft a new constitution and the holding of elections as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned process to end the conflict. The last round wrapped up in March.In addition to today’s agreement, Mr. de Mistura said that the three guarantor countries, plus Jordan and US, have been discussing humanitarian demining in Syria and the issue of detainees, missing people and abductees.“Both areas have not been yet formally finalized but we believe is being almost finalized, we believe, in imminent discussions. This is also a very good development. Conclusion: this is an important day,” said Mr. de Mistura. read more

Alonso to be powered by Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Fernando Alonso will be powered by Chevrolet for his second attempt to win the Indianapolis 500.Alonso is entering the race with McLaren, which had a 70 per cent win rate from 1968 to 1970 when partnered with Chevrolet that included 23 consecutive victories. The IndyCar Series currently has only two engine providers, Chevrolet and Honda, but McLaren has a strained relationship with Honda.The Honda problems made it difficult for McLaren to find a partner for Alonso’s latest attempt to win the “Triple Crown of Motorsports.” Alonso was powered by Honda and drove in a McLaren alliance with Andretti Autosport when he raced at Indy in 2017. He led 27 laps until his engine expired.The retired Formula One champion won the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year and the Monaco Grand Prix in 2006. Indianapolis is the final race the Spaniard needs to join Graham Hill as the only drivers to have won all three.___More AP Auto Racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State depth chart brings questions few answers

Click to enlargeJust days from the season opener, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer released his first depth chart of the 2014 season, and while it answered some questions, it created others.The defensive line — arguably the most talented unit on the team — had an interesting note on the depth chart as senior defensive lineman and recently named team captain Michael Bennett is listed as a co-starter along with junior Tommy Schutt.Bennett, who has been named by some as a potential first-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, said he was “dinged up” during fall camp, which opened a door for Schutt.“At least for the first game, it’s more of a dual thing,” Bennett said of his co-starter status with Schutt. “I’ve said it before: Tommy could start anywhere else in the country. It is sort of a three-man rotation in the middle.”Even though he said he was banged up during fall camp, Bennett said he will be ready to go against Navy.“I am perfectly healthy now,” he said. “I took my time, came back and should be ready.”The cornerback position opposite senior Doran Grant was also too close to call, as redshirt-freshmen corners Eli Apple and Gareon Conley are listed as co-starters as well.Grant said he has seen both Apple and Conley mature during their time at OSU and added he has been assured of their abilities.“I am very confident in both of them,” Grant said. “Especially Eli — Gareon too. They are both athletic guys who have tremendous talent, and they are very coachable. They are growing up … and I can see it, so I am very confident.”The quarterback position, which was occupied by senior Braxton Miller for the past two years under Meyer, is set to be filled by redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett as he replaces Miller, who is out for the season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered on Aug. 18. Despite the quarterback competition between Barrett and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones being so close throughout camp, Meyer said Wednesday there is no plan in place to rotate quarterbacks. “We are not going to do that,” Meyer said. “(Jones) will just be on call and be ready to go.” The running back position, which was thought to be led by sophomore Ezekiel Elliot, now lists him as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel.Meyer had mentioned redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn as a possible candidate for touches during fall camp, however Dunn’s name did not appear on the initial depth chart.Despite that, Meyer said he has confidence in all of his running backs“I feel really good about our running backs,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I am excited to go watch them play. Bri’onte and Rod were kind of written off, you notice we didn’t talk about them much, but they are not written off anymore. They had a good training camp.”Meyer said his original plan was to play Samuel at the H-back position, but because Samuel played so well at running back in camp, Meyer left him at that position. “He just was so productive in the spring at running back, we kept him there,” Meyer said. “We are all anxious to see what he can do.”The success of the running backs weighs heavily on an offensive line that returns just one starter from last season. According to the depth chart, two spots on the line remain to be filled. Meyer named redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin the starter at right tackle on Aug. 16, as Baldwin joined junior Taylor Decker (left tackle) and redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein (right guard) as the only named starters across the line. Battles are ongoing for the left guard and center positions.Meyer again has co-starters listed at both positions as redshirt-freshman Billy Price and senior Joel Hale occupy the left guard spot, while junior Jacoby Boren and redshirt-senior Chad Lindsay occupy the center spot. Although there are question marks on the depth chart, OSU offensive line coach Ed Warinner said that he has full confidence in his young unit. “I am satisfied with where we are at,” Warinner said. “We don’t have the same experience (as last year). We have a hungry offensive line, they are aggressive, they are well-trained, they are strong and they are ready to make their mark.”Despite saying Monday that six receivers had earned the right to play, Meyer has seniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer listed as starters at the two wide receiver positions.In addition, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall are listed as co-starters. Meyer said Monday Wilson and Marshall are part of a receivers corps that “all deserve playing time.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Navy Midshipmen Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

These are the 25 rarest PS3 trophies

first_imgEvery gamer has an achievement/trophy that he or she is particularly proud of. After pulling off a difficult technique or hunting down that last collectible there’s a certain satisfaction to seeing a notification that confirms your hard work was recorded for the world to see. But have you ever wondered which trophies are the most rare, across all the games out there?PSNProfiles.com, a third-party site that imports data from PSN accounts, has a list of every trophy they track, sortable by rarity. PSNProfiles doesn’t have every PSN username in its database, so the figures may not be 100% accurate, but with more than 800,000 tracked profiles it has a decent sample size to work with. Scanning through the 25 rarest trophies provides an interesting look at what makes certain accolades more uncommon than others.(Note: PSNProfiles calculates rarity as number of players who earned a trophy/total players for that game. Unearned trophies are excluded, which is why there aren’t more gold and platinum ones in the top 25.)Nearly half the entries on the list are from pinball games (like Zen Pinball 1&2 and The Pinball Arcade), and almost all of those are silver-level. So in terms of rarity, it helps that pinball is a niche genre without a lot of players, but enough pinball fans are getting bronze trophies in those games seems to keep them out of the top 25. Almost all of DC Universe Online’s seven trophies on the list are bronze, however, no doubt because it’s free-to-play status means that many gamers try it but quit before getting very far.Tougher gold trophies appear on the list for Fight Night Champions, Burn Zombie Burn, and Blacklight: Tango Down — all well known titles, but not wildly popular. Only three hard-won platinum trophies show up in the top 25, for Major League Baseball 2k10, Time Crisis, and (once again) Fight Night Champions.Here is the full list from PSNprofiles:Fight Night Champions – Platinum Trophy Unlock all other trophies – 6 of 27,309 PlayersDC Universe Online – Bottle Opener Complete 250 Battle for Earth Duos – 22 of 96,742 PlayersDCUO – Let’s Get a Rally Going! Rally 50 iconic allies in Assault: Headquarters arena matches – 18 of 96,742 PlayersDCUO – Putting the Safe Back in Safehouse Win 100 Assault: City Safehouses arena matches – 20 of 96,742 PlayersZen Pinball – Leader of the resistance – Collect all 10 medals! – 14 of 41,927 PlayersDCUO – Not Even a Scratch Defeat Ra’s al Ghul in the Unpaid Dues operation without allowing Felix Faust to take any damage – 26 of 96,742 PlayersDCUO – How to Train Your Wizard – Unlock the Doctor Fate and Felix Faust Legend Battle Avatars – 32 of 96,742 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – God of Death – Complete the Final Mission and defeat the evil deity amid the stellar cataclism on the Moon Knight table – 1 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Brimstone Biker – Beat all of the villains including the final boss on the Ghost Rider table! – 1 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Maximum tuning – Fully upgrade one of the parts! – 1 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Bison is finished – Defeat the evil crime boss! – 1 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Pinball General – Collect all 10 medals! – 1 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball – Lost Civilization – Discover the Lost Civilization by completing the final mission! – 15 of 41,927 PlayersFight Night Champions – Squat Thrusting – Obtain boxer level 60 in OWC – 12 of 27,309 PlayersDCUO – Organic Gardening – Defeat Swamp Thing in the Seeds of Rot operation without destroying any Children of Nature seed pods – 39 of 96,742 PlayersMLB 2K10 – A Job Well Done – Unlock all Trophies – 1 of 1,880 PlayersBurn Zombie Burn – Friend of d6 – All Developer medals – 27 of 39,830 PlayersZen Pinball – Genshin defeated – Complete the last Chapter of the Story Mode. – 31 of 41,927 PlayersBlacklight Tango Down – Gearhead – Unlock all gear and weapons! – 3 of 4,413 PlayersDCUO – This House is Clean – Complete the feats: My Life as a Robot, Hostage Negotiator, and Spacial Delivery – 64 of 96,742 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Supremacy – Complete each mission from Cap and Red Skull, find at least one Howler, defeat Red Skull in the Final Clash on the Captain America table – 2 of 3,008 PlayersZen Pinball 2 – Pyramid – Neutralize the defense system of the Pyramid! – 2 of 3,008 PlayersGhost Recon Future Soldier – Takeover Domination- Be part of a squad match where your team wins by more than 500 points – 21 of 27,509 PlayersTime Crisis – Storm Razer – Earn all trophies – 10 of 12,995 PlayersPinball Arcade – Medieval Wizard – Complete the Wizard Goals on Medieval Madness – 2 of 2,449 PlayersSo what should developers take away from this list? Pinball games are probably too hard, don’t make a trophy that you only get if you earn all the other trophies, and don’t sign up for the sequel to DC Universe Online.last_img read more

Eldorado Gold granted permits for mining project in Halkidiki

first_imgMining giant Eldorado Gold got the green light to move forward with a controversial investment in Halkidiki, after an arbitration panel ruled in its favour. The Canadian company was in dispute with the Greek state over the mining project at Madem Lakkos, which saw its permit procedure put on hold, following claims that Eldorado’s 2014 technical report on the Madem Lakkos metallurgy plant violated the environmental terms of the 2003 contract it signed with the Greek state.“We believe this decision provides a foundation to allow us to advance dialogue with the Greek government in order to define a mutually agreeable and clear path forward for our Kassandra investments,” reads the statement of Hellas Gold, the canadian company’s branch which controls the Halkidiki Mines. The company is planning its next moves, with a meeting with Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis to take place after orthodox Easter.“We look to the Greek state to fulfill its obligations under the transfer contract including issuing the outstanding permits for the Skouries project,” notes the company in its statement, stressing that “the full, efficient and responsible development of the Kassandra assets will benefit the Greek state and its citizens, the local communities, our shareholders and our teams of Greek employees.”In its initial response, the Ministry stated that it will honour the pledge to respect the panel’s ruling but set three criteria that must be fulfilled to make sure that the mine will “produce pure gold,” and called the investment to proceed with the widest possible social consensus. This was seen as a nod to the significant proportion of locals who oppose mining in the forested country’s north because they believe the activity would hurt the regional tourism industry, destroy the area’s rich vegetation and pose a contamination risk to the groundwater. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Buy This Comic Abbott 1

first_img “Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.”ABBOTT#1(C+W): Saladin Ahmed (I): Sami Kivela (C): Jason Wordie (L): Jim Campbell (CA): Taj Tenfold (VCA): Micaela DawnThere’s always something special about a comic that just tells you like it is. It doesn’t hold any punches and can still deliver a surprise that promises to knock you out. Abbott #1, a new series by BOOM! Studios and created and written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Sami Kivela, colors by Jason Wordie and letters by Jim Campbell, produce that type of comic. They deliver a story that makes you turn the pages with its strong narrative and enthralling characters, especially its lead, Elena Abbott.via BOOM! StudiosSaladin Ahmed develops Abbott #1 with such a strong presence right out the gate. He entangles us in a time of racial tension and divides in 70s Detroit that makes part of the story, but not the WHOLE story. Yes, tensions are very high in this world which makes you uneasy when reading but works so well to rack up even more of that edginess.He embraces it every single bit of this era. He also doesn’t stick to one element of the story but brings in another one, an otherworldly one. That might make you say, “Where the hell did that come from?!” However, you don’t realize what is thrown at you because it’s so well-built into the story. It proves how much Ahmed can allow this narrative to shine even more with high anticipation and apprehension for whats coming next.via BOOM! StudiosOne thing that stood out to me within this first issue was the dialogue. Ahmed knows how to write dialogue that emerges so casually and tells a story that doesn’t become still, but continuously leaves you turning the pages to know what they’ll say next. The characters very much bring this dialogue to life with vibrant, heavy and sometimes raw material that leave you aghast. Elena Abbott is already one of my favorite comic characters of 2018 so far. This is just from the first issue. She’s literally the “black Lois Lane” of this series. Abbott quickly dominates whatever room she’s in. She’s not taking crap from anyone and in turn becomes one of the most intense yet strong-minded and booming characters in their introduction.Sami Kivelä illustrates this comic like a pulp comic in a modern take that catches your eye immediately. He creates such an outstanding design and looks with his pencils that portrays the era and highlights the characters flawlessly. You can tell within Kivelä’s art that every feature is essential. Within Kivelä’s art, we have these small yet memorable character pieces that you wouldn’t pick up if it weren’t for him. Kivelä and Jason Wordie’s colors create an integrated mixture of gritty and tough Detroit in the 70s, but making each panel a work of art.via BOOM! StudiosJason Wordie’s colors also bring a type of atmosphere of pulp noir in the air of the comic. He plays with neons, warms, and dark cools to lower the mood of the comic. Wordie makes you feel like something is lurking behind every corner. He keeps you in suspense with his colors, playing with the time of day against the autumn leaves falling.Jim Campbell just knows what to do with his letters when he goes into a comic. Campbell knows how to match the tone of the comic with his letters. He also matches the art for placement to highlight characters. I admire his placements of Abbott’s article writings and the way that he breaks those down into these little snippets of what she writes on each page.Abbott #1 is a comic to watch out for. Filled with grit, snark, violence and a little of the supernatural, Abbott #1 is bound to leave you feeling a bit of tension in your stomach, but all over satisfied till the end. Abbott #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.01/24/18 Releases – In addition to ABBOTT#1 here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Kid Lobotomy #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Tess Fowler (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Aditya Bidikar (L) Black Crown/IDWAltered History Of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor (W+A) Oni PressDoom Patrol #10 by Gerard Way (W), Nick Derington & Tom Fowler (A & I), Tamra Bonvillain (C), Todd Klein (L) DC ComicsMine: A Celebration Of Liberty And Freedom For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood GN by Various (W) & Various (A) ComicmixLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Deadly Northern California fire destroys more than 1K homes

first_imgUPPER LAKE, Calif. — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said another 440 buildings, including barns and warehouses, have also been destroyed by the fire, which is now the seventh most destructive in California history.The huge Redding-area blaze, which started July 23, forced 38,000 people from their homes and killed six. It has scorched 180 square miles (470 square kilometers) and is 35 percent contained.New blazes continued to explode and threaten more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.North of San Francisco, a fire threatened homes in an old ranching and farming area near Covelo. About 60 homes were ordered evacuated as the blaze erupted late Tuesday and winds whipped flames through brush, grass, oak, pine and fir near the Mendocino National Forest, officials said.The area was only about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of where twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties have burned an area nearly three times the size of San Francisco, destroyed 10 homes and threatened 12,000 more.last_img read more

McAvennie insists Celtic have a better team than Rangers

first_imgFormer Celtic striker Frank McAvennie insists his former club have a better team than Rangers, as both club go head-to-head for the Scottish Premiership title.The 59-year-old has been impressed with Celtic’s transfer dealings this month, after they brought in Vakoun Issouf Bayo from Slovakian club Dunajska Streda in a £2 million move as well as Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah on loan from West Brom and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.McAvennie, who won the league and cup double with Celtic in 1988, insists he is looking forward to seeing Weah in action in particular and feels the 18-year-oldcan add another dimension to the Brendan Rodgers’ side going forward.“If you look at the two teams, I still think Celtic have a better squad,” he said, according to Evening Times.“If they turn up and play to their capabilities they will win more games than they will lose.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I think Bayo looks a great player from what I have seen. And Weah reminds me a bit of myself. Apparently, Brendan is wanting to get things over the top. I haven’t seen that for years. I haven’t even heard anyone talk like that for years.”“I watch games and I say: ‘Look at that space in behind! Why does nobody turn the defence around?’ I know the game has changed, but when defenders push you up you have got all that space. With the pace of the game now everybody wants it in to feet. Why don’t they just get it over the top?”“This boy has come in and that is what he is talking about. Brendan thinks he has got the legs to go over the top and turn them around. Maybe he is going to play two. That might be a new thing for Scottish football – teams starting to play two strikers. That will be a change.”last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 612 December 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 6 and 12 December 2018 were:Strike called off as Shelter employees accept 4% pay increaseThree-quarters of employees favour wellbeing investment over Christmas partyGrantley Hall launches employee engagement platformCancer Research UK tops list of best not-for-profit organisations to work forTwo-fifths of organisations have established a culture of wellbeing in 2018Average salaries for new jobs increase by 28.9% in the UKEXCLUSIVE: Kohler Mira hosts two-week mental health awareness eventMore than a third of parents take unpaid leave to care for sick childrenEXCLUSIVE: 54% are concerned about decision-making when accessing pension benefitsPoll: Christmas party tops the list of gifts from employers this yearlast_img read more

Premiere Ginger Root Is A OneMan Band In Charming Ohio Video

first_img Premiere: Ginger Root Releases “Ohio” Video premiere-ginger-root-one-man-band-charming-ohio-video Premiere: Ginger Root Is A One-Man Band In Charming “Ohio” Video Email News Ginger Root from Southern California is following the footsteps of Toro Y Moi’s atmospheric beats and Vulfpeck’s funky sounds. Watch the exclusive premiere of their latest video for “Ohio”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 9:23 am SoCal band Ginger Root led by singer/songwriter Cameron Lew is making atmospheric pop music that will have you pressing play over and over again for their infectious upbeat rhythms. The band’s latest video single “Ohio” is no exception.Lew’s soft vocals instantly put you at ease as an equally soft piano and guitars, drums and bass that he plays all by himself, come together. Wearing his signature black rimmed glasses and a helmet in the video, Lew is surrounded by ’70s neon-style lighting as a camera rotates around him playing all his instruments. The video was originally set to be shot outside in Huntington Beach, Calif., but due to strong winds that Lew says “never [happen] in Huntington Beach,” the set had to be taken indoors.Influenced by Toro Y Moi, the band’s latest music is reflective. Songs on Ginger Root’s most recent album, Mahjong Room, are about trying to figure out the future. Many of the songs were written during a time in which Lew, who has a film school education, was thinking of dropping out of college. But “Ohio” was actually about the moments after his time in school.”‘Ohio’ is about me debating whether to move far away from home after college,” Lew told the Recording Academy. “For a quick moment before graduating, I wondered what it would be like if I just up and left Southern California, left my friends, left my family. Not necessarily to Ohio, but somewhere totally different than where I’m from.”center_img Facebook Twitter “Ohio” is representative of a kind of change that is just hard to imagine. “January’s cold/Where I’ll be when I move to my Ohio/But why is it so hard to believe?” Lew sings.A huge fan of GRAMMY winner Feist’s songwriting, Lew is practically a one-man band in Mahjong Room, the follow up to Ginger Roots debut EP Spotlight People. The rising frontman got his start in music when his parents gifted him a guitar for Christmas just so we would have “something to do.””After learning through the included DVD, I started to pick up other instruments,” he said. “It wasn’t until high school were I learned how to record what I was playing, where music became a huge part of my life.”Catch Ginger Root live on a U.S. tour with Houston trio Khruangbin:Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AveNov. 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic TheatreNov. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallNov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union TransferDec. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music HallToro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance”Read morelast_img read more

2019 MercedesBenz AClass Sedan starts at 32500

first_img Sedans Luxury cars 12 Photos Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar Car Industry 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 52 Photos More From Roadshow Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 81 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 0 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Mercedes-Benz,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments 26 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 56 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 49 Photos 18 Photos 68 Photos Mercedes-Benz 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 69 Photos 4 10 Photos Enlarge ImageIt’s a good’un, and an affordable one, at that. Andrew Krok/Roadshow We’ve already reviewed the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and loved it, but we didn’t know quite how expensive it would be. As it turns out, it’s pretty darn affordable for the quality it packs.The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 will start at $32,500 for a front-wheel-drive model. If you live in snowier climes or just want the extra peace of mind of four driven wheels, adding all-wheel drive tacks another $2,000 onto the equation.There’s a solid amount of standard equipment in there, too. All A-Class Sedans get Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to LED headlights and safety systems like automatic braking and hill-start assist. Its 2.0-liter I4 gas engine puts out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and it comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.Of course, the price only goes up from there. There are plenty of ways to send the price to the stratosphere — the 7-inch screens can be updated to 10.25-inchers, there are aesthetic packages galore and other available techy bits like keyless access and a suite of active and passive safety systems.With the A-Class Sedan’s price where it is, expect the forthcoming CLA-Class to be a bit more expensive. Not only do Mercedes’ swoopy-coupe variants typically cost more, the CLA-Class is more powerful and a little better equipped than the A-Class with frippery like gesture control. Tags Post a comment Share your voice Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Mahie Gill about daughter with livein boyfriend Wasnt hiding will eventually share

first_imgIt was just yesterday that the news of Mahie Gill revealed that she has a daughter with her live-in boyfriend and ever since then, the actress has continuously been on trends. Mahie, who is known for her impactful and bold performances in films like Dev D and Saaheb, Biwi aur Gangster; revealed that her daughter, Veronica, would turn three-years-old next month.Talking about why or whether she kept it a secret, Mahie Gill opened up in an interview with Mid-day and said, “It wasn’t a secret. A lot of people knew about it and I used to roam out in the open but nobody saw me. I am a very private person and I just don’t like to talk about my life, unless asked. It’s just that I never spoke about her. It so happened, that somebody asked me this question and I spoke about it. Even now, if I wasn’t asked about it, I wouldn’t have said anything. Not that I was hiding her (Veronica). It’s just that it wasn’t there in the newspaper.”Talking about when would she share the picture of her daughter with the world, Gill said, “I am getting a lot of calls for her pictures (laughs). I will eventually share her picture. I don’t know how, haven’t thought about it. It just happened all of a sudden. Since two days, I can only hear Veronica, Veronica around me. Let me see if I want the pictures to come out.”Mahie Gill would soon be seen in Family of Thakurganj, a film about a family where everyone is a rowdy. Mahie, who was also seen in Dabangg 2, shares that she wouldn’t be a part of Dabangg 3 as it is a prequel.last_img read more

Doctor Who Tuesday Trope Noodle Incident

first_img From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. And while Bill Watterson may have coined the term, there are no shortage of these in Doctor Who.The Noodle Incident (via Bill Watterson)NOODLE INCIDENTMeaning: Something from the past that is referred to but never explainedVariations: Noodle ImplementsUsage in Doctor Who: Provide glimpses into the Doctor’s past lives and allow the writers to have a little fun at the expense of historyA mysterious alien steals a time machine, runs away from his home planet, and travels through all of space and time with a rotating cast of companions.Is it any wonder the Doctor keeps so many secrets?Doctor Who overflows with noodle incidents (named for an unexplained event often referenced in Calvin and Hobbes) like Strega Nona’s magic pasta pot under Big Anthony’s care.Often used to avoid explanation (Rory apparently left his phone charger in Henry VIII’s en suite in “A Town Called Mercy”) or allude to historical events (the Doctor claims in “Voyage of the Damned” that he got the last room at the inn on the first Christmas), these dropped breadcrumbs merely insinuate a past or future that we’ll probably never know.Master of allusion, showrunner and part-time writer Steven Moffat has turned noodle incidents into a sort of running gag.It turns out the Doctor partied with Santa Claus (a.k.a. “Jeff”) and Albert Einstein at Frank Sinatra’s hunting lodge in the 1950s. And he has the photo to prove it.Clara Oswald once met Jane Austen—”amazing writer, a brilliant comic observer, and … a phenomenal kisser.”Oh, and the Doctor spent a night with Pope Benedict IX (who was apparently a woman with a real flair for the castanets) in 1045.Moffat notably subverted the trope in two-parter “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead,” when an excitable River Song mentions several occasions the Doctor has not yet experienced, including a picnic on Asgard and the crash of the Byzantium.Once the Time Lord sees the smoldering wreckage of the ship atop a stony plateau in “The Time of Angels,” however, the noodle incident becomes moot.Similarly, Noodle Implements are used to suggest an off-screen act—zany scheme, exotic sex—by listing a set of objects in context.In “The Impossible Astronaut,” for instance, the Doctor—sitting in the Oval Office—requests “a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, 12 Jammy Dodgers, and a fez.”It also works for the Fourth Doctor, whose pockets, famously full of unnecessary odds and ends, would be turned out every time he searched for something necessary.What is your favorite Doctor Who Noodle Incident? Share yours in the comment section below.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

International Space Station making laptop migration from Windows XP to Debian 6

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: training.linuxfoundation.org/w … -for-linux-migration Citation: International Space Station making laptop migration from Windows XP to Debian 6 (2013, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-international-space-station-laptop-migration.html Although Linux machines, like Windows, are not malware-proof, the fact that Linux is an open source operating system means that a community overseeing a Linux distribution can issue quick notices and quick patches. Debian’s site claims that mails sent over to the mailing lists get answers in 15 minutes or less and by the people who developed it. They also note that their bug tracking system is open and encourages users to submit their bug reports; users are notified when the bug was closed. “We don’t try to hide the fact that software doesn’t always work the way users want,” according to the Debian site.An incident in 2008 apparently made space-station personnel more aware than ever of a computer virus’ ability to disrupt operations in the absence of support from an open source community. That was the year the station computers were infected by the Gammina.AG. Virus after an astronaut brought an infected USB or flash drive into orbit. The virus infected other computers on board.Chuvala and NASA selected Debian, a system that uses Linux or the FreeBSD kernel. Debian can run on almost all personal computers. Ubuntu, which is a popular Linux-based operating system, said on its site that “Debian is the rock upon which Ubuntu is built.” Debian began in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, as a new distribution to be made openly in the spirit of Linux and GNU. The ISS adopted Debian 6. The Linux Foundation stepped in to assist with tailored training in the form of two courses, Introduction to Linux for Developers and Developing Applications For Linux. The courses prepared them for developing apps related specifically to the needs of the ISS.center_img (Phys.org) —The International Space Station has decided to switch dozens of laptops running Windows XP over to Debian. What Linux fans have been saying for years—that Linux delivers greater stability and reliability for public and private computing environments—resonated with Keith Chuvala, the United Space Alliance contractor manager involved in the switch. The change at the International Space Station is all about the replacement of dozens of laptops with XP being switched over to Debian 6. Chuvala said, “We needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could.” The Year of OpenSolaris This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions

first_img More information: R. John Wallace et al. A heritable subset of the core rumen microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav8391 Explore further As the planet continues to warm due to human-related activities, scientists continue to look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if it might not be possible to reduce the amount of methane released by cattle. Livestock have been found to contribute up to 14.5 percent of such gases worldwide. Far less methane is released into the atmosphere each year than carbon dioxide, but methane is better at trapping heat.The researchers note that prior research has shown that the primary generator of methane in cows is the rumen—the first stomach. When a cow eats grass, it goes into the rumen, where a host of microbes reside along with other digestive materials. The host microbes work together to break down the carbohydrates via a fermentation process. As part of that process, hydrogen is produced by certain types of bacteria, and then archaea combine carbon dioxide with the hydrogen to produce methane. Contrary to common belief, most of the methane is belched out of the cow’s mouth.To find out if cows could be coaxed into producing and belching less methane, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of the microbes that exist in the rumen of several types of cows from several sites across Europe. In all the team collected samples from more than 1000 cows. Study of their rumen microbiome showed that half of all of the microbes in them had 512 species in common. They also found that 39 of the microbes made up a core that plays a major role in determining not just how much methane is produced, but also how much milk. The researchers are now looking into the possibility of manipulating the cow rumen biota to see if it is possible to bring about changes that will result in less methane production. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows Citation: Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions (2019, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-core-cow-microbiome-dictates-dairy.htmlcenter_img An international team of researchers has found that a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and methane emissions. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes DNA testing they did on rumen microbes in cattle in several European countries and what they found. Journal information: Science Advances © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Coining a bright future

first_imgNo nation can advance and progress unless it has acquired competence in education. Education, with its various disciplines, has a great contribution in the growth of a nation. The post independence era has undergone some considerable changes owing to a rapid and an incredible global progression. New policies and strategies have affected the overall growth and development of nations leading to a new scenario and further transformed the profile of education. The educational segment, with its multiple challenges, warranted professional competence and industrial talent to seek substantial gains in terms of imparting education to the masses and ultimately make the country’s human resources more fruitful. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana— Ambala, erstwhile known as Maharishi Markandeshwar Education Trust, was founded with the objective of social, educational and economic upliftment of society in the year 1993. It has become a symbol of quality education in technical, professional and medical streams in northern India and has been carrying on its lineage for over 18 years. These institutes are also approved by the regulatory bodies like Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Indian Nursing Council, Indian Association of Physiotherapists, and All India Council for Technical Education etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMMU MULLANAMM University at Mullana is the oldest and the flagship campus of the MM University Trust. Established in 1995, MM Engineering College was the first amongst the long chain of educational institutions under MM University Trust. Just as the college expanded horizontally in size, it also rose vertically, acquiring the post graduate courses in engineering, science and humanities, attaining the peak with the introduction of medical college. The institute was declared a deemed university by the UGC in 2007. The world-class sprawling 75 hectare university campus today houses a multi-specialty hospital with Out Patient Department (OPD) and emergency services. The constituent institutions of the University are MM Engineering College, MM Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management (MCA), MM College of Dental Sciences and Research, MM Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, MM Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management (Hotel Management), MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, MM Institute of Management, MM College of Nursing, MM College of Pharmacy, MM Institute of Nursing, and Department of Law. MMU SOLAN Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Solan, is spread over an area of 47 acres on Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway at Sultanpur Road, Solan. Established as a multi faculty university in 2009, the university has been operational with admissions to School of Medical Sciences, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Computer Technology and School of Business Management. MMU AMBALA As a part of its expansion programme, the MM University Trust has developed another 40 acre campus at Sadopur on Delhi-Chandigarh National Highway near Ambala for providing professional education to the people of the surrounding region.Beginning with graduate and post-graduate courses in Engineering and Technology, Architecture, Business Management and Computer Technology from the 2010-11 session, it also offers M.Phil programmes to qualitatively enhance the research skills. In the coming years the Sadopur campus plans to begin programmes in medical sciences, dental sciences, nursing, fashion technology, etc. PLACEMENT CELLThe training and placement activities of all institutions under MMUT are coordinated at a joint placement cell of the university. A dedicated team of members relentlessly makes sincere efforts to create corporate contacts. More than 300 companies have visited various institutions of MMU for on-campus placements. SUCCESS & GLORYThe Maharishi Markandeshwar University Trust (MMUT) has several firsts to its credit. It opened the first self-financing Engineering College, Medical College and Deemed University in Haryana. MM Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology was the first private hotel management college to be established in State of Haryana. It has received top ranking in various surveys conducted by accredited agencies. Internationally, it has won the NASA System Engineering Award and has been accredited as a premier institute by ASIC, UK.MISSIONTheir aim is to prepare students with an integrated and technology-oriented education for a better career and to be worthy citizens of a global society. Also, to achieve perfection the aspirants and knowledge seekers resort to modern means and trends in technical and professional education.last_img read more