Albert Lee To Perform At Safety Harbor Kids 9th Annual Polo Classic

first_imgMalibu nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids, will be hosting their 9th Annual Polo Classic at the historic Will Rogers Park in Pacific Palisades on September 10th featuring Grammy winning guitarist, Albert Lee.Also performing will be internationally acclaimed singer/actress Josie Achaval singing the national anthem to begin the event.Guests will include music icon Peter Asher who will emcee the event, author, Marnie Greenberg, Co-Creator of the universally acclaimed Yuen Method to delete stress and pain on the spot and the cast of Bravo reality TV show, Vanderpump Rules including James Kennedy, Ariana Madix, and Tom Sandoval.Held at the Will Rogers State Historic park, the venue offers mountain and ocean views and has been the filming location of movies including Star Trek IV (William Shatner, Nichelle Nicols 1986). Old Hollywood royalty including Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Walt Disney, and Gary Cooper also frequented the polo estate formerly owned by 1930’s entertainer Will Rogers.The event is a charity fundraiser for education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children. Guests will enjoy a gourmet luncheon, open bar, wine tasting, high tea, special half time entertainment, an art exhibit and silent auction. While enjoying the polo match, guests can relax in the VIP lounge in private cabanas with chamber music and an orchid garden.Supported by luxury automotive dealer Bentley Beverly Hills who will allow guests to test drive their new Bentley Bentayga, and high end property company Engel & Voelkers, who has a long history of polo tradition, the Gatsby style event will also include a red carpet photos, champagne divot stomp and vocal performances. Guests are encouraged to wear white. Last years attendees included Caitlyn Jenner and John Savage (Deer Hunter, 1978).The game of polo is played between two teams of four men on horseback on a field about three times the size of a football field. The object is to hit a ball with polo mallets down the field and through two goalposts for a goal. There are six periods of play known as “chukkers” and each chukker is seven minutes long. If you have never been to a polo match, it is exciting and exhilarating to watch as the horses go thundering by with players risking life and limb swatting at a ball the size of a baseball while riding full speed on horseback. It pays to pay attention as the ball can fly off the field into the spectator area.Founded in 2007, Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) is a 501c3 nonprofit formed for the purpose of enriching the lives of parentless and homeless children through education in the areas of college, career, music and the arts. To attend or donate visit www.safetyharborkids.org for ticket information.last_img read more

TIFF 2019 CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA SLATE OFFERS A GLOBAL SNAPSHOT OF THE

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO — The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled today the lineup for its 2019 Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme. The rich slate of titles from 48 countries features a wide range of thought-provoking stories that delve into cultural issues and social struggles in poetic and captivating ways. Introducing 21 works directed and co-directed by women, this year’s edition of CWC focuses on fractured families, self-exploration, female-driven narratives, and the consequences of social and political crises.“Contemporary World Cinema is a place where different cultures meet,” said Kiva Reardon, International Programmer and new Lead Programmer for the section. “The vision for the programme is to help expand the cinematic canon and push the definition of what has previously been deemed as fundamental. This is a selection of essential, urgent cinema. It has been a pleasure to work with my fellow programmers in this new role to offer bold stories and invigorating films that ask our audiences to reflect on their position in the world.”“Contemporary World Cinema is the heartbeat of the Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head. “This is where audiences feel the pulse of what’s happening now all around the world in screen storytelling. It takes a strong curatorial vision to shape that vast variety of films. I’m glad we have Kiva Reardon on the job as CWC Lead Programmer.” Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With contributions from Cameron Bailey, Brad Deane, Giovanna Fulvi, Steve Gravestock, Dorota Lech, Michael Lerman, Michèle Maheux, Diana Sanchez, and Ravi Srinivasan, Reardon has decided to emphasize the importance of showing the current state of the world through the lens of international, deeply talented filmmakers who help guide us through the reality of our social and political environments.The African continent is represented in the lineup by eight films beaming with creativity. Opening the programme is Atiq Rahimi’s third feature, Our Lady of the Nile, which follows a group of Rwandan girls in a Catholic boarding school. The bewitching work, which boasts hypnotic cinematography, foreshadows the country’s 1994 genocide. The programme also serves as a platform for acclaimed regional projects such as Jenna Bass’ South African road movie Flatland, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s Knuckle City, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s Terminal Sud, and Amjad Abu Alala’s mystical You Will Die at Twenty.Winner of the Grand Prix in Cannes, Mati Diop’s exploration of migration, Atlantics, leads a bold wave of films exploring pressing global issues: Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante presents an examination of his country’s political wounds with La Llorona, in which civil war victims haunt their torturer’s life; Laos’ first and only female director to ever present a film at TIFF, Mattie Do, couples family loss and time-travelling in The Long Walk; and Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu offers a daring allegory on toxic masculinity in a remote Indian village. Other award-winning films included in the slate are Synonyms, the Golden Bear–winning film from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, and the recipients of the 2019 Cannes Jury Prize: French director Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables and the Brazilan film Bacurau, co-directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles.This year’s CWC slate is also rich in contributions from internationally renowned actors — both in front of and behind the camera — with Mexican actor Gael García Bernal’s second film as director, Chicuarotes; Austrian performer Karl Markovics’s third feature, Nobadi; Dutch actor-turned-director Halina Reijn’s Instinct; and an extraordinary performance from Iranian icon Golshifteh Farahani in Manele Labidi’s Arab Blues. Produced by US powerhouse Jada Pinkett Smith, Minhal Baig’s Hala is a coming-of-age story about an American Muslim teenager trying to balance her relationship with her strict parents and her own desires. The film is inspired by Baig’s own life and brings to the screen a fresh look at the teen experience.Other highlights in the programme study the complexity of family dynamics, such as Taiwanese Chung Mong-Hong’s lyrical A Sun, which focuses on a fractured father–son relationship. Balloon, directed by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden, tells the conflicting struggles of a family dealing with China’s one-child policy. And Yaron Zilberman returns to TIFF with the World Premiere of Incitement, the first-ever fiction film to depict the cataclysmic assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.Spotlighting the struggles and triumphs of women in societies around the world are: Maryam Touzani’s domestic epic Adam; Hikari’s 37 Seconds, which follows a young manga artist who uses her craft as a tool of self-discovery; and Sharipa Urazbayeva’s Mariam, the story of a strong Kazakhstani mother and her drive to help her family survive. Films centring on working-class women include internationally acclaimed Bengali director Rubaiyat Hossain’s Made in Bangladesh, which follows a factory worker fighting for dignity in the world of fast fashion; The County, from Cannes prize–winning Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson; and Edward Burns’ intriguing family portrait Beneath the Blue Suburban Skies.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.Films screening as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme include:37 Seconds Hikari | Japan/USACanadian PremiereAdam Maryam Touzani | Morocco/France/BelgiumNorth American PremiereArab Blues (Un Divan à Tunis) Manele Labidi | FranceNorth American PremiereAtlantics Mati Diop | France/Senegal/BelgiumNorth American PremiereAtlantis Valentyn Vasyanovych | UkraineNorth American PremiereBacurau Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles | BrazilNorth American PremiereBalloon (Qi Qiu) Pema Tseden | ChinaNorth American PremiereThe Barefoot Emperor Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens | Belgium/Netherlands/Croatia/BulgariaWorld PremiereBeanpole (Dylda) Kantemir Balagov | RussiaNorth American PremiereBeneath the Blue Suburban Skies Edward Burns | USAWorld PremiereBlow the Man Down Danielle Krudy, Bridget Savage Cole | USAInternational PremiereBombay Rose Gitanjali Rao | India/United Kingdom/QatarNorth American PremiereChicuarotes Gael García Bernal | MexicoNorth American PremiereThe Climb Michael Angelo Covino | USACanadian PremiereCorpus Christi (Boze Cialo) Jan Komasa | Poland/FranceNorth American PremiereThe County (Héraðið) Grímur Hákonarson | Iceland/Denmark/Germany/FranceInternational PremiereDogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) J-P Valkeapää | Finland/LatviaNorth American PremiereThe Father (Bashtata) Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva | Bulgaria/Greece/ItalyNorth American PremiereFlatland Jenna Bass | South Africa/Luxembourg/GermanyNorth American PremiereA Girl Missing (Yokogao) Koji Fukada | Japan/FranceNorth American PremiereHala Minhal Baig | USACanadian PremiereHenry Glassie: Field Work Pat Collins | IrelandWorld PremiereIncitement Yaron Zilberman | IsraelWorld PremiereInstinct Halina Reijn | NetherlandsNorth American PremiereThe Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) Karim Aïnouz | Brazil/GermanyNorth American PremiereJallikattu Lijo Jose Pellissery | IndiaWorld PremiereKnuckle City Jahmil X.T. Qubeka | South AfricaInternational PremiereLa Llorona Jayro Bustamante | Guatemala/FranceNorth American PremiereLes Misérables Ladj Ly | FranceNorth American PremiereThe Long Walk (Bor Mi Vanh Chark) Mattie Do | Laos/Spain/SingaporeNorth American PremiereMade in Bangladesh Rubaiyat Hossain | France/Bangladesh/Denmark/PortugalWorld PremiereMariam Sharipa Urazbayeva | KazakhstanNorth American PremiereMaria’s Paradise (Marian paratiisi) Zaida Bergroth | Finland/EstoniaWorld PremiereNobadi Karl Markovics | AustriaWorld Premiere*Contemporary World Cinema Opening Film*Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame du Nil) Atiq Rahimi | France/Belgium/RwandaWorld PremiereThe Perfect Candidate Haifaa Al-Mansour | Saudi Arabia/GermanyNorth American PremiereRed Fields (Mami) Keren Yedaya | Israel/Luxembourg/GermanyInternational PremiereResin (Harpiks) Daniel Joseph Borgman | DenmarkWorld PremiereSo Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang) Wang Xiaoshuai | ChinaNorth American PremiereSpider (Araña) Andrés Wood | ChileInternational PremiereA Sun (Yang Guang Pu Zhao) Chung Mong-Hong | TaiwanWorld PremiereSynonyms (Synonymes) Nadav Lapid | France/Israel/GermanyNorth American PremiereTerminal Sud (South Terminal) Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche | FranceNorth American PremiereThree Summers (Três Verões) Sandra Kogut | Brazil/FranceWorld PremiereVerdict Raymund Ribay Gutierrez | Philippines/FranceCanadian PremiereA White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur) Hlynur Pálmason | Iceland/Denmark/SwedenNorth American PremiereThe Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) Diao Yinan | China/FranceNorth American PremiereYou Will Die at Twenty Amjad Abu Alala | Sudan/France/Egypt/Germany/Norway/QatarNorth American PremierePreviously announced Canadian features screening at the Festival as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme include: And the Birds Rained Down, Antigone, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Castle in the Ground, The Last Porno Show, Tammy’s Always Dying, and White Lie.For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/cwcFestival ticket packages start at $110. See all the Contemporary World Cinema films using your 10-ticket regular flex pack. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.2033 or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 11 while quantities last.TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NET#TIFF19Facebook.com/TIFFAbout TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributorsincluding Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.The Contemporary World Cinema programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Sun Life. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Former Native Womens Association president living in a tent outside Edmonton

first_img(Former NWAC President Marilyn Buffalo at the door of her home in Edmonton. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsEDMONTON — Marilyn Buffalo never thought she would be homeless at age 65. The former Native Women’s Association of Canada president is now sleeping in a tent in Maskwacis after losing her rental home in Edmonton last week.The home was expropriated to make way for the Valley Line LRT expansion on the city’s south side.Buffalo lived in her 3,300 square foot home for six years along with her four children, one of their spouses and two grandchildren.Last August she first received notice of the expropriation, however she thought she would have plenty of time before she had to leave. Then in January she received a registered letter that said she had to leave by the end of March.“I said, ‘No, I’m not leaving,’” said Buffalo. “I didn’t want to uproot my family in the middle of winter.”At that point city officials along with her landlord gave her till the end of June to find new accommodations. It still wasn’t enough time. Although Buffalo is self-employed she didn’t have the resources to acquire a new home.Buffalo has been a single mother for 35 years and practices the traditional family setting of living under the same household with some of her now adult children and their families. “This is the home that they know they can come to. It’s a big loss for everybody. Because now we don’t have a place to gather,” she said.She was forced to pack up all of her belongings and put them into storage while under added stress from family members getting seriously ill and one committed suicide in the last few months.Her one son, wife and their children were able to recently find a small home to rent, but everyone else that lived in the home has been displaced, including her 45 year old daughter Rhonda Buffalo. Rhonda has been a student for the past year and will be sleeping alongside her mother in a tent until she finds work again. She struggled with depression and anxiety over the past few months but said her main concern was staying strong for her children.“It feels scary and empty,” said Rhonda. “But we just keep going. We’re trying to take it one day at a time.”Buffalo said she understands they aren’t the only Albertans facing homelessness and that she wants to share her story to shed light on the issue.“Somewhere there’s a human dignity for individuals like myself, but no one offered us an olive branch of any kind,” she said.She did attempt to enter into negotiations with city officials in the hopes they could help with moving costs. After three meetings the discussions turned sour.But later on, a small settlement agreement was reached that cannot be disclosed for legal purposes, but Buffalo said it hardly made a difference.“The fact is it clearly put me out on the streets. We have no place that we can go and advocate.”Buffalo has had an extensive career. In addition to her work at the Native Women’s Association, she established the native studies program at the University of Alberta, she was a policy advisor to several levels of government and is also a residential school survivor. She attended the final Truth and Reconciliation event in Ottawa last month and said it was painful to hear Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson speaking to reconciliation when issues such as homelessness are so rampant in the city and seemingly ignored.“It brought tears to my eyes…How do you reconcile healing and wellness and reconciliation for our people when thousands of us are being impacted by these laws that don’t protect anybody except the powers at be?”Renters have few rights in Alberta when it comes to expropriation, however Buffalo said she is an descendant of the original First Nations that lived in the area long before the city was established, the city sits on “Indian land” and that it should make more efforts to address Aboriginal homelessness.A 2012 study conducted by Homeward Trust found that out of 2,174 homeless people surveyed in Edmonton, 46 per cent of them were Aboriginal.“100 years later we’re facing the same expropriation that my ancestors have faced,” she said, adding that if Edmonton is serious about reconciliation efforts it’s going to take a lot more than signing protocol and “feel good” agreements with area chiefs. That governments need to look at amending laws and legislation to accommodate Indigenous people living in cities.She believes the lack of supports and resources for urban Aboriginal people contributes to other issues.“This speaks to poverty, child welfare and missing and murdered Indigenous women. If you’re a homeless person and a mother and you have no means of putting food on the table or don’t have shelter- the root cause is poverty. You’re children get taken away. People give up. A lot of our people, especially women are falling through the cracks.”Brad Smid, project manager for the Valley Line LRT called the situation unfortunate.Marilyn Buffalo (right) with her daughter Rhonda. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“We obviously don’t want to see that happen to anyone affected by the project. We are definitely committed to fair treatment of all parties to the process. We try to give a lot of lead time and communication in advance for them to find alternative housing, to understand the expropriation process and their rights.”Buffalo said she is living proof that homelessness can happen to anyone. Nevertheless she will continue to search for a suitable place to live. She refuses to stay on “skid row” or in accommodations that are run down and in some cases crawling with bed bugs and other pests currently available for rent in Edmonton.Buffalo is travelling to Montreal this week to attend the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly. She has also been nominated to once again serve as president of the Native Women’s Association. Friday, she will learn if she is voted into that position where she says if elected she will continue to be an advocate for Indigenous women.By sharing this experience of now being homeless she hopes it will make a difference for others in the same boat.“I am not alone. We need leadership with a heart to implement change in policies. I recently spoke to graduates at the 40th Anniversary of the Natives Students Association at the UofA…In the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘If only they knew where I am.’ I told them ‘you can’t give up’.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

12 People Dead as Fishing Boat Sinks in Southern Morocco

Rabat – A fishing boat sank off the coast of Dakhla on Friday night, and all the boat crew except one person, are missing.According to local sources, the boat called“Ashraf” sank at around 10 p.m after seven hours sailing, claiming the life of 12 persons.The only survivor was admitted to the hospital to receive necessary medical treatments. Mohamed Mabrouk, the only survivor, told Dakhla24 that the tragic accident happened abruptly after “a big wave hit their boat and crushed it,” leaving no space for the boat crew “to take security measures or to call for help.”“The boat is well equipped with measures and equipment of safety,” he said, but “it came all of a sudden,” he added.He said that he was hearing the shouting of his colleagues but couldn’t see them because it was dark.The survivor owes his survival to a piece of wood from the broken boat. He tenaciously clung to it the whole night. For his good luck, the waves pushed him towards the shore until a rescue boat recognized him early Saturday and rescued him.The coast guards and local authorities started searching for the corps of the drowned men, and an investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the tragic accident.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

ITAK reiterates demand for opposition leader post

The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) today demanded the post of opposition leader to be given to ITAK leader R. Sampanthan.ITAK noted that since the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have decided to form a National Government the post of opposition leader should be given to ITAK. Since the UNP and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the main alliance member of the UPFA have decided to form a National Government, ITAK says Sampanthan should be made opposition leader since ITAK has the most number of seats in Parliament after the UNP and UPFA. (Colombo Gazette) A statement by ITAK said that the UNP won the recent Parliamentary election and secured the most number of seats in Parliament while the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) came second and ITAK third. read more

Preparations for summit on sustainable development go global UN official says

Mr. Desai, who will serve as Secretary-General of the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, next September, said that events in New York this week would build on the results of earlier regional activities, which included round tables and various intergovernmental and inter-sectoral meetings. Yesterday, the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Finance (Second) Committee started its debate on “Environment and Development,” focusing on the Johannesburg Summit, Mr. Desai said. The first meeting of a high-level advisory panel appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan was also held on Monday. The main objective for the Johannesburg forum will be to “try to put some flesh and bones” around the concept of sustainable development in a few key areas, Mr. Desai stressed. That meant linking the poverty agenda to environmental issues, a connection that was obvious since 70 per cent of the poor depended on land, water and forest for their living, and health issues depended greatly on water, sanitation and air quality.The second challenge for the conference, according to Mr. Desai, will be to deal with the sustainability of consumption and production, with the intention of formulating policies to meet both the demands of developing countries – where consumption and production levels are still low – and the management of high consumption levels in industrialized countries. The Summit agenda will also deal with ecosystems – water, forest, biodiversity and oceans.Overall, the Summit will have to look at how these issues can be addressed through policies, programmes and institutions, as well as the finances, technologies and organizations needed to implement the outcomes, Mr. Desai said.”What we’re looking for is political commitment, practical steps and partnerships between governments and others actors — like business, local authorities, state unions cooperatives and others,” he noted. The Johannesburg Summit will be a 10-year follow-up to the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that adopted Agenda 21, the programme of action that serves as the blueprint for achieving global sustainable development. read more

Time Warner 4thquarter earnings up revenue flat raises dividend 11 per cent

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Time Warner 4th-quarter earnings up, revenue flat; raises dividend 11 per cent NEW YORK, N.Y. – Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that net income grew 51 per cent in the last three months of 2012 even as revenue was largely unchanged. Rising fees from cable and satellite companies and higher ad revenue at the TV networks offset revenue declines at the movie studio and magazine businesses.The company also announced a dividend increase and a new plan to buy back shares. Its stock jumped to its highest level in more than a decade.The television networks business drove the quarter’s performance as revenue there grew 5 per cent, offsetting declines elsewhere. The Warner Bros. studio business had a weaker release lineup in the most recent quarter, though it managed to report an operating profit with an emphasis on higher-profit TV production. The Time Inc. magazine business, the smallest of the three, has announced layoffs to reflect reduced demand for print editions.During a call with analysts, Time Warner executives credited original programs for much of its successes. First-run shows such as a revamped “Dallas” contributed to ratings improvements at Turner cable channels, while series such as “Girls” and “Game of Thrones” helped HBO sign up more subscribers. TV shows produced by the Warner Bros. studio also are finding renewed life on Netflix and other Internet video services.The TV shows also helped the Warner Bros. business generate its second-highest annual profit ever even without new Harry Potter movies. The final one came out in the summer of 2011.Time Warner said net income was $1.17 billion, or $1.21 a share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, up from $773 million, or 76 cents a share, a year earlier.Adjusted for one-time items, earnings came to $1.17 per share. That beat the $1.10 per share that analysts surveyed by FactSet expected.Revenue edged down to $8.16 billion from $8.19 billion a year ago. Analysts expected revenue of $8.22 billion.Time Warner also said Wednesday that it is raising its quarterly dividend by 11 per cent to 28.75 cents per share. It’s payable March 15 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 28. Time Warner said it marks the fourth consecutive year of dividend increases in the double-digit percentage.The company also said its board has authorized $4 billion in stock buybacks, which tend to increase the stock price for remaining shareholders. The new authorization replaces prior buyback plans, which resulted in $3.5 billion in buybacks from Jan. 1, 2012, to Feb. 1, 2013.Time Warner’s stock increased $2.05, or 4 per cent, to close at $52.01 Wednesday after rising as high as $52.72 earlier, its highest level since 2002.Time Warner is estimating $60 million in charges this year related to an announced layoff of about 500 employees at the magazine business, or about 6 per cent of the division’s global staff of 8,000. The company has been trying to cut costs to reflect decreases in revenue and the need to invest in more ways to deliver content on multiple platforms and devices.In the fourth quarter, revenue at Time Warner’s TV business grew 5 per cent to $3.7 billion.That business has gotten stronger in recent years as U.S. cable and satellite operators have been paying more to carry channels such as TNT, TBS and CNN on their lineups. The company also had more U.S. subscribers for the HBO premium channels and saw growth internationally across the TV business, despite unfavourable currency-exchange rates. Revenue from those distributor and subscription fees rose 7 per cent.Ad revenue at the networks increased 3 per cent because of better rates, more NBA games shown on Time Warner channels and increased viewership at CNN during the presidential election season. Licensing and other content revenue fell 9 per cent mostly because of a shutdown of TNT operations in Turkey.At the Warner Bros. studio business, revenue fell 4 per cent to $3.7 billion, largely because of a weaker lineup. The same quarter in 2011 had revenue from the home release of the final Harry Potter movie and the video game “Batman: Arkham City.” Theatrical releases of the first “Hobbit” movie and “Argo” in most recent quarter weren’t enough to offset those declines.But operating income increased 29 per cent to $552 million. Fewer releases mean fewer expenses to market the movies and make prints for theatres, though executives also credited the studio’s TV production business, which is seeing increased demand from networks for first-run shows and reruns and from the likes of Netflix looking for more content for their services.The Time Inc. magazine business saw revenue fall 7 per cent to $967 million as ad revenue fell and the company no longer had money from a school fundraising business sold in early 2012. Subscription revenue was flat.The company expects 2013 adjusted earnings to be up in the low double-digit percentage, an estimate that reflects the anticipated restructuring charges at Time Inc. It was $3.28 per share in 2013, meaning the projected range is $3.61 to $3.77. Analysts had expected earnings of $3.66 per share for 2013. by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2013 7:01 pm MDT read more

Strike action at South Dublin County Council deferred after LRC intervention

first_imgA DISPUTE OVER pay cuts at South Dublin County Council could be resolved at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) after the union involved accepted an invitation to talks.Impact said these will take place next Monday, and they have rescheduled planned strike action for 10 July.However, limited industrial action will continue.The strike involved a refusal to man public counters or phone lines between certain hours, work overtime, cooperate with evening meetings, and to carry out duties designated for a higher grade.The union says that 600 members took part in the industrial action, with offices in Tallaght and Clondalkin forced to close.Several libraries were also unavailable to the public.The industrial action follows council management revealing plans to cut the pay of 150 workers, having already reduced the wages of 13 others.Unilateral pay cuts are in breach of Haddington Road agreements, union official Peter Nolan said.Previously: South Dublin County Council offices close in strike over pay cuts >last_img read more

Dave Stall Live to Ride fundraiser

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Good Morning San Diego auto expert and New York Mike showed off some Harley-Davidson motorcycles ahead of special fundraiser Sunday, March 3rd.The San Diego Harley-Davidson “Live To Ride” Special Fundraiser is at San Diego Harley-Davidson. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a ride to Mt. Soledad at 10:30 a.m.There will be the National Color Guard and speeches and the ride ends with a party at San Diego Harley that includes Lunch, Music, Raffles & fun for the whole family, according to organizers .Proceeds help men’s mental wellness as suicide prevention.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, March 1, 2019 Posted: March 1, 2019 Dave Stall: Live to Ride fundraiser Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of July 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are several opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Reading Community Concert Band(Sponsored by Analog Devices)Monday, July 2, 7:30pm-10pmFun on the Fourth CelebrationWilmington Town CommonLarry GilbertTuesday, July 3, 6pmThursday, July 5, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, June 29, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks?  Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of June 24, 2018)In “Community”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of April 22, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of July 23, 2017)In “Community”last_img read more

BJP leaders injured while burning effigy in Warangal

first_imgTwo BJP leaders suffered burn injuries while burning chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s effigy in Hanamkonda in a protest against the rape of a nine-month-old baby. The BJP leaders staged a protest at Ambedkar statue demanding action against the accused Praveen who raped and killed the nine-month-old baby. During the protest, the leaders burnt the effigy of KCR and suffered injuries. Warangal urban district leader Padmareddy suffered burn injuries on her hand while another leader Srinivas caught on fire during the protest. However, the BJP leaders put out the fire and shifted the injured to MGM hospital. The condition of Srinivas is stated to be critical.last_img read more

Odiyan director VA Shrikumar Menon booked for defamation

first_imgKalyan jewellerstwitterA defamation case has been registered against a famous director and a former magazine editor for uploading a video on Kalyan Jewellers on YouTube channel. Prominent feature film director VA Shrikumar Menon and Mathew Samuel were booked after Thrissur-based Kalyan Jewellers complained that they posted fake news through a YouTube channel RedPix 24×7, owned by Samuel. Shrikumar MenontwitterThe duo had claimed that Kalyan Jewellers would be the next Nirav Modi from Kerala as they had taken Rs 10,000 crore loan, mainly from State Bank of India. Both of them have been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 500 (defamation) and 469 (forgery to harm reputation).The chief general manager of Kalyan Jewellers, KT Shaiju, filed the case against Menon and Samuel with the Thrissur West Police. “The video was produced and uploaded to shatter the public trust on Kalyan Jewellers. Earlier, Kalyan Jewellers has given the contract of ad films to Shrikumar Menon. But at present, Kalyan jewellers has not issued any advertisement contract to him. Hence, it is suspected that Shrikumar Menon tried to take revenge on Kalyan Jewellers by producing the video along with Mathew Samuel,” noted the complaint, reports Mathrubhumi.However, Menon has denied claims of having any role in the fake news being spread online. I myself came to know of all these through media reports…If I receive any official intimation in this regard, I will face it legally,” he said, reports The New Indian Express.Shrikumar Menon directed the Mohanlal starrer ‘Odiyan’ and also several advertisements for Kalyan Jewellers, including their tagline “vishwasam athalle ellaam” (meaning ‘trust is everything’) and Mathew Samuel is a former editor of Tehelka magazine, which is famous for its investigative journalism and sting operations.last_img read more

A1 Accused No 1 movie review Heres what cinegoers say about Santhanams

first_imgSanthanam’s A1: Accused No. 1.PR HandoutA comedy movie does not necessarily have to be logically-correct sequences and Santhanam’s A1: Accused No. 1 is one such film which can be thoroughly enjoyed if watched without worrying about the flaws in the flick.The movie with a run-time of close to two hours revolves around a girl named Divya from the upper caste played by Tara Alisha Berry and Saravanan (Santhanam). She desires to marry a fearless don but is very particular about tying the knot with a man from her community.After falling in love with Saravanan, she decides to part ways with him as he belongs to a different caste. But her feeling for him is reignited after he saves her father Ramanathan’s life (Yatin Karyekar). Unfortunately, her father disapproves their love. What follows next is the best part of the film.The movie lacks freshness in content but the viewers are not complaining because it has ample elements to break their funny bones. The performances of not just Santhanam but all the supporting artists backed with well-written one-liners make it an enjoyable outing.A1: Accused No. 1 has garnered positive reviews from the viewers. Check out how the cine-goers have responded to the film:Sreedhar Pillai: #A1,a timepass fun ride ,lots of howlarious moments. An out & out @iamsanthanam show with his one-liners, accompanied by an array of comedians. Some hilarious scenes are put together with not much of a plotline. Before U put your thinking cap its end titles (108 minutes)!Kaushik LM: #A1 1st half – Enough comedy from @iamsanthanam & his sidekicks to give us a jolly-good time. Slim Santa is in good form. There are lotsa caste-related stereotypes in a typical love story between a local guy & a Brahmin girl. The interval block justifies the title ‘Accused No.1’Rajasekar: #A1 #AccusedNo1 is a jolly fun entertainer. Go with your friends and laugh out loud. The crisp run time (1hr 50 mins) is a plus. There are a few logic issues here and there but that’s acceptable for a popcorn entertainer #TimePassKollywood Cinema: #A1 #A1Review – #KcReview 3.25/5 Unlimited Comedy Entertainment from #Sathanam. Woow #Sandy is back in full form. Crisp Timing is major plus Dont miss to watch in big screen. #A1Film – Stress BusterReview Ram: #Aadai (Tamil) – Interval – Weird, interesting, gutsy and different. The prank sequences are fun and will connect well with the youth. The title credits was personally a superb shock for me. The flow of characters, situations and plot-points are engaging. ‘Fine’ so far. Really wish @iamsanthanam tries something beyond these template ‘Ponna Kattikaradhuku Poradura Hero’ scripts. @Music_Santhosh’s music is a big misfit to this commercial potboiler. The North Indian heroine @taraalisha01 completely failed to justify the Brahmin girl role. #A1 – 2/ 5. Madcap rom-com that entertains, but only in a tiny form. Coco actor ‘Redin Kingley’ has done well. Could not happily react to #Santhanam’s counters. Lot of unpleasant humour, also problematic as it deals with the differences in society without proper understanding. #A1 – Interval – Rarely laughable. The extra punch added to a dialogue in a normal situation feels force-fit, has a lot of cheap humour too. #Santhanam yet again goes in the usual rom-com way, I believe he’s capable of doing much more as a hero. Songs are messy. ‘Dull’ so far.Prashanth Rangaswamy: #A1movie Interval – Lollu sabha @iamsanthanam is back. Sirichu mayakkame vanthidum pola, pinni pedal eduthu irukaanga . There is one paattukku ethir paattu matter – Nichayam trend aagum ! .Sidhu: #A1movie: Debutant director Johnson has tried his best to not hurt sentiments while weaving around a comical tale involving castes – it works to an extent. A few good segments and nice wordplay do bring in the laughter! #A1movie: Generic, yet jolly. The laughs keep coming at regular intervals thanks to the presence of @iamsanthanam and a good support cast. At a runtime of less than two hours, it gives you what you expect of it. Watchable entertainer!Sathish Kumar M: #A1Movie It is a Must Watch for people who love ##Santhanam’s comedy. Our #Santa is back in style and entertain us yet again. Happy to see #Santhanam in complete form throughout the film. He makes us LOL in many scenes. His introduction scene has come out very well #A1Movie Absolutely no logic, but Vintage Santhanam’s comedy magic throughout the film. A complete comedy entertainer in Kollywood after long time.last_img read more

Meta glasses to place virtual reality worlds at fingertips w Video

first_img(Phys.org) —Yawn. Two startup visionaries claim they have just the device to replace keyboard and mouse forever and ever. Where have you heard that before. But maybe these two have something important. Meron Gribetz, the startup founder and CEO and Ben Sand, the co-pilot and evangelist, are behind something called the Meta wearable computer headset, which consists of stereoscopic glasses and camera. It’s the way computers always should have been: wearable, viewed through both eyes, and directly controlled using the entire arms and hands, according to its founder and CEO Gribetz. The belief is that the future of computing is in this technology that can display information from the real world and control objects with one’s fingers, Tony Stark-style, at low latency and high dexterity. Meta founder and CEO Gribetz referred to the technology as the keyboard and mouse of the future. 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. A “meta 1 Dev Kit” will be available for $750. The SDK provides gestures and finger tracking, general depth data that works with objects in range of the depth camera, RGB data and surface tracking (access planes and meshes of surfaces in the real world, so virtual objects can be anchored to them, or augmented in other ways.”Our software stack is very open. Our depth camera exposes all depth data at the low level and at the higher levels give you access to object meshes, fingers/hands and gestures.” More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/5 … ed-reality-interface Google Glass may run with laser-projected keyboard This is a technology project that dates back several years, when the initial concept for a dual screen 3-D interface took hold. Lab work on the software and hardware included building the first 3-D occlusion algorithms to mesh the real and virtual world together in realtime. Supported platforms are Windows 32bit/64bit. Other platform support is still in development. Scenarios in which the Meta system might be applied include surgeons who could be assisted by floating 3-D models of CAT scansA number of sites commenting on the device made note of its less than ideal bulky looks, calling attention to the big size of the glasses. Meta’s team is planning to improve on the looks, though, and intends to have a next iteration as lighter and more fashionable. meta is a Y Combinator backed augmented reality venture and right now, the focus, in the form of a Kickstarter campaign, is to lure more developers on board, and their campaign seeks funds for making the Meta systems for application developers. The goal is $100,000; the project will be funded if at least $100,000 is pledged by June 16. At the time of this writing, they raised $75,393.center_img © 2013 Phys.org Meta grew out of a Columbia University project where a team built advanced surface tracking algorithms. The algorithms allow the anchoring of virtual content to the real world, without use of fiducial markers.The Meta effort in wearable computing eyewear is not to be treated as competition for Google Glass, which may be an easy connection to make once the words wearable computing and spectacles are mentioned. The Meta team makes a point of calling out the two as different. As their promotional video said, “This is true augmented reality, not just popups from the corner of your eye.” The Google Glass display is different, as Meta’s is in the center of the field of view rather than above the eyeline. The role of the two are different, if one thinks of Google Glass as a helpful companion while navigating city streets, looking for landmarks, restaurants, or translations for signs in foreign languages. Meta’s augmented reality eyewear is immersive applied to games, for example, played in front of your face or to working on a surface, while you use your hands to interact with your virtual reality. The system includes 3-D glasses supplied by Epson and a 3-D camera to track the user’s hand movements. Explore further Citation: Meta glasses to place virtual reality worlds at fingertips (w/ Video) (2013, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-meta-glasses-virtual-reality-worlds.htmllast_img read more

WATCH Pathetic excuse for a man steals foul ball from little kid

first_imgThere are certain kinds of reprehensible sports fans that deserve to be called out publicly, chief among them is “Guy who takes foul balls from little kids.”This abhorrent species reared his ugly head again last night during a Rangers spring training game, when a young kid struggled for a foul ball that sat tantalizingly out of his reach on the mezzanine.That’s when “that guy” swung into action.He easily jumped over a railing and got the ball, but instead of giving it to the kid, like a decent human being, he scurried off with a lifetime souvenir reminder of what a gigantic piece of garbage he is. Nice job, dude, you’re 30 something and collecting baseballs is your thing. Tell everyone about it when you’re loading up your delivery bag with hot and delicious pizzas.Shame!Don’t be that guy. Don’t EVER be that guy. Brutal…. pic.twitter.com/gsg1tmhUqZ— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) March 18, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO David Blaine came over to Tom Bradys house and ate glass

first_img Advertisement David Blaine is widely regarded as the best magician in the world. He recently paid a visit to Tom Brady and Gisele at their house, and stayed for a bite to eat.Blaine wasn’t interested in the avocado ice cream, instead, he ate glass. Brady fed it to him to confirm it was real. Tom faked like he was going to eat the glass too, but it would have totally blown his diet.Maybe for his next trick, Blaine could magically sheds like 15 pounds. He’s lookin’ beefy.Watch the two G.O.A.Ts:last_img read more

Disney D23 Expo 2019 Schedule Dates and the Latest Marvel and Star

first_imgTCL 8-Series Lighting TestMore 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 UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:1001:10 D23 is Disney’s big fan club, drawing its name from the D in Walt Disney’s last name and the 23 from 1923, when he founded the company. It’s been around since 2009.When is the D23 2019 Expo?The 2019 D23 Expo just kicked off today (August 23) and will run to Sunday, August 25. Today’s panels began at 10:30 a.m. local time (1 p.m. Eastern).What’s going on right now at D23 Expo?Today (Aug. 24), we found out where Kit Harrington’s landing in the MCU. The New York Times’ Kit Buchanan tweeted that the former Jon Snow will be “joining ETERNALS as a non-Eternal, Dane Whitman (who is also known as Black Knight).”A Black Widow teaser was shown as well.Black Panther 2 Announced!Yes, we now know when to expect more of Wakanda’s greatest heroes. Black Panther 2 — directed by Ryan Coogler — is coming May 6, 2022.Just announced at #D23Expo, Ryan Coogler returns to direct Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER 2, in theaters May 6, 2022. pic.twitter.com/9zfcFzOi6zAugust 24, 2019A Disney+ trailer launched near the start of the Disney+ panel:All these favorites, and more, are coming to Disney+. Start streaming on November 12 in the US. pic.twitter.com/oeIs3XwH3eAugust 23, 2019Marvel announced a new Moon Knight show for Disney+, as well as a new She Hulk show!Just announced at #D23Expo, SHE-HULK, an original series from Marvel Studios, only on Disney+ pic.twitter.com/EmfcKjqI6eAugust 23, 2019Disney also debuted the trailer for The World According to Jeff GoldblumAn extraordinary look at ordinary things. The World According To Jeff Goldblum. Original Series. Streaming November 12 only on Disney+. pic.twitter.com/jLJ5uXJxaXAugust 23, 2019Marvel announced that Kat Dennings, Randall Park, Katherine Hahn and Teyonah Parris will be joining the cast of Wandavision, which many are reporting will be half-retro comedy and half MCU epic.More MCU characters may be coming to D23: The Watcher and a Celestial were spotted on a Phase 4 banner at the expo. News just broke of a Ms. Marvel Disney+ show and a new role for Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) in the MCU, quite suspicious given the timing of D23 Expo.On the Star Wars front, Disney confirmed that a new, untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series is coming, and that Ewan McGregor is indeed signed on. There’s also a new The Mandalorian trailer:Bounty hunting is a complicated profession. @TheMandalorian, an original Star Wars series, starts streaming November 12, only on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/FIWYIWPaITAugust 24, 2019Reportedly, Star Wars: The Last Skywalker footage teased Darth Vader’s helmet making an appearance. There’s also going to be a new Clone Wars season coming to Disney+.Oh, and Disney gave us a name for the Marvel Land coming to Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Paris: Avengers Campus.Can you live stream the D23 2019 Expo?Sadly, Disney’s only screening a select few panels. At this page, you’ll learn about the panels that they are showing, which include Behind the Art of Disney Costuming (Today, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific), Marvel Comics: Marvel’s 80th Anniversary (Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific) and Heroines of the Disney Galaxies (Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific).What do we expect from the D23 Disney+ panel?Since Marvel revealed a lot of its Disney+ content at San Diego Comic-Con, we’re guessing that D23’s panel will focus on the streaming platform’s other shows. Hopefully that means Star Wars stuff.Yes, there is still a lot of teasing they could give us for The Mandalorian ahead of the Nov. 12 launch date, including a trailer. Since D23 Expo loves its celebrity cameos, it’s also possible that show-runner Jon Favreau could appear to talk about the show as well as his work in the MCU, where he plays Happy. While we’re not expecting that Disney will bring Spider-Man back into the fold today, the D23 2019 Expo should give us a lot to talk about. Primarily, the first day of the show is expected to feature news about Disney+, the new streaming service coming to the platform.In terms of what to expect from D23, the house of the mouse could show more of Star Wars: The Last Skywalker, which is coming later this year. Marvel’s also been mum about its Hulu lineup, known as The Offenders, and D23 is definitely a place where we could see more of M.O.D.O.K., Howard The Duck and the rest of the gang.What is the D23 Expo?Dubbed “The Ultimate Fan Event,” the D23 Expo is a biennial (occuring every other year) event where Disney puts on a big shindig for its most ardent supporters. Stars and creators talk at panels, and the company reveals news regarding upcoming movies and amusement park content. As always, the D23 2019 Expo is being held in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

More Scientists Now Think Geoengineering May Be Essential

first_imgMore Great WIRED StoriesWhat does it mean when a product is “Amazon’s Choice”?My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in JapanPlant silhouettes foreshadow the effects of climate changeWhy Siri wasn’t built to smack down harassmentUS companies help censor the internet in China, too🎧 Things not sounding right? Check out our favorite wireless headphones, soundbars, and bluetooth speakers📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Geoengineering is defined by the Oxford Geoengineering Program as “the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change.” There are two main types. One is shading the earth from solar radiation, of which the shroud of sulphates in the stratosphere is emerging as the quickest, most effective, and least costly. The other is to remove more CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than nature currently achieves — so-called negative emissions.Right now the oceans absorb a lot of CO2. One way of helping them take more is likely to be on the Cambridge unit’s agenda. It involves seeding the oceans with iron to stimulate growth of marine algae. The resulting algal blooms would, the theory goes, soak up CO2 from the water and cause more to be absorbed from the atmosphere. Concerns range from the effects that such blooms of algae could have on the marine food web to uncertainty about whether such local absorption would actually increase the ocean’s total uptake of carbon.A second, more measurable idea involves removing carbon from the atmosphere, either by the massive deployment of devices to extract CO2 from the ambient air — known as direct air capture —or by more natural methods. One of those would be to turn large areas of land over to carbon-absorbing crops, probably trees. The harvested biomass could then be used as fuel in power stations, and the emissions from burning them reabsorbed by new crops. The net emissions could be zero.If biomass burning were combined with technology to capture and bury the carbon emissions from the power plants — delivering a technological combo known as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) — emissions could be negative. In theory, the more you burned, the more CO2 you would suck from the air. Geoengineering the climate to halt global warming has been discussed almost as long as the threat of warming itself. American researchers back in the 1960s suggested floating billions of white objects such as golf balls on the oceans to reflect sunlight. In 1977, Cesare Marchetti of the Austria-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis discussed ways of catching all of Europe’s CO2 emissions and injecting them into sinking Atlantic Ocean currents.In 1982, Soviet scientist Mikhail Budyko proposed filling the stratosphere with sulphate particles to reflect sunlight back into space. The first experiments to test the idea of fertilizing the oceans with iron to stimulate the growth of CO2-absorbing algae were carried out by British researchers in 1995. Two years later, Edward Teller, inventor of the hydrogen bomb, proposed putting giant mirrors into space.Still, many climate scientists until recently regarded such proposals as fringe, if not heretical, arguing that they undermine the case for urgent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. A group of scientists writing in Nature as recently as April last year, called solar geoengineering “outlandish and unsettling… redolent of science fiction.”But the mood is shifting. There is broad, international scientific agreement that the window of opportunity to avoid breaching the Paris climate target of staying “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), is narrowing sharply. A pause in the rise in CO2 emissions that brought hope in 2015 and 2016 has ended; the increase has resumed at a time when we should be making progress toward a goal of halving emissions by 2030, says Johan Rockstrom, science director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research. CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere—the planetary thermostat—are now at 415 parts per million (ppm) and rising by almost 3 ppm each year, reaching levels that have not been seen in 3 million years. “We have two years left to bend the curve” downward, says Rockstrom. The scientific case for this route is compelling. Most of it could be achieved on existing damaged and degraded forests. The World Resources Institute estimates that globally there are 7.7 million square miles of forests degraded by logging or shifting cultivation that could be restored. That is an area twice the size of Canada.Some planting, especially of nitrogen-fixing species in poor soils, could help speed up the restoration, says Robin Chazdon, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut and author of an influential book called Second Growth. But mostly, given the chance, forests will regrow naturally.In fact, natural regrowth is usually better than planting, since “allowing nature to choose which species predominate during natural regeneration allows for local adaptation and higher functional diversity,” she says. A study published in March by 87 researchers, including Chazdon, concluded that “secondary forests recover remarkably fast” with 80 percent of their species typically back in 20 years and 100 percent in 50 years.It looks like it could be a win-win, delivering a climate payoff on the scale of geoengineering without any of the downsides. Tim Lenton of Exeter University, a proponent of research into geoengineering, says it could be an ideal solution. “I am against introducing new forcings such as sulphate aerosol injection in the stratosphere,” he says. “But I am in favor of emulating and enhancing natural feedback loops and cycles, such as regenerating degraded forests.”It would, he says, strengthen the biosphere’s natural forces of self-regulation that British scientist James Lovelock has termed Gaia. Lenton has a new term for what is required. Not geoengineering, but Gaia-engineering. This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Once seen as spooky sci-fi, geoengineering to halt runaway climate change is now being looked at with growing urgency. A spate of dire scientific warnings that the world community can no longer delay major cuts in carbon emissions, coupled with a recent surge in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, has left a growing number of scientists saying that it’s time to give the controversial technologies a serious look.“Time is no longer on our side,” one geoengineering advocate, former British government chief scientist David King, told a conference last fall. “What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years.”King helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, but he no longer believes cutting planet-warming emissions is enough to stave off disaster. He is in the process of establishing a Center for Climate Repair at Cambridge University. It would be the world’s first major research center dedicated to a task that, he says, “is going to be necessary.”Technologies earmarked for the Cambridge center’s attention include a range of efforts to restrict solar radiation from reaching the lower atmosphere, including spraying aerosols of sulphate particles into the stratosphere, and refreezing rapidly warming parts of the polar regions by deploying tall ships to pump salt particles from the ocean into polar clouds to make them brighter.United States scientists are on the case, too. The National Academies last October launched a study into sunlight reflection technologies, including their feasibility, impacts and risks, and governance requirements. Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, said: “We are running out of time to mitigate catastrophic climate change. Some of these interventions… may need to be considered in future.” For one thing, most of the sulphate particles, like those from Pinatubo, would not stay aloft for more than a couple of years. Planes would have to keep flying and spraying ever-larger quantities essentially forever, or the world would resume warming with redoubled force.For another, while the sulphate shroud might keep down global temperatures, the suppression of solar radiation could well create massive changes in weather systems and rainfall patterns, which are mostly driven by solar energy. The Asian monsoon, on which 2 billion people depend for their food crops, might shut down. The accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would have many other effects, such as acidifying the oceans.“The fact that researchers at one of the world’s top universities are costing the deployment of such a radical scheme shows how urgent the climate change problem has become,” says Peter Cox of the University of Exeter in England. It also underlines concerns about who would be in charge of such endeavors.Steve Rayner of the Oxford Geoengineering Program at Oxford University says “the technology’s potential to promote conflict… is likely to be substantial.” A decade ago, he helped draw up the Oxford Principles, which call for “public participation on geoengineering decision-making” and its regulation “as a public good.” But when push comes to shove how would that work? Which world leaders would we trust with our climate?Critics say even researching such technologies creates a moral hazard, because by suggesting an easy fix for global warming, it encourages delay in ending our addiction to fossil fuels. The stratospheric sulphate plan “may well encourage weaker action on emissions reduction,” says Joanna Haigh, an atmospheric physicist at Imperial College London. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) enthusiastically adopted BECCS in its fifth assessment, published in 2014. It said most scenarios for keeping warming below 2 degrees would require “the availability and widespread deployment of BECCS and afforestation in the second half of the century.”It could happen. Biomass burning is increasingly popular in power stations. And carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a proven technology, though not yet adopted at scale. That could soon change, following the announcement this month that industrial emitters in the European ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Ghent plan to join forces to pump 10 million tons of CO2 a year into adjacent offshore gas fields.But critics say the problems with BECCS are manifold. The land requirement would be huge. And the forests created to provide the fuel would be monocultures of fast-growing tree species like eucalyptus and acacia. If the land were taken from farmers, then who would feed the world? And if it were taken from existing natural forest areas, the carbon benefits of BECCS would largely disappear, says Simon Lewis of University College London. That’s because plantation forests typically hold only 5 percent as much carbon as mature natural forests. The study’s prospective authors held their first meeting in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. Speakers included David Keith, a Harvard University physicist who has developed his own patented technology for using chemistry to remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere, and Kelly Wanser of the Marine Cloud Brightening Project, which is studying the efficacy of seeding clouds with sea salt and other materials to reflect more sunlight back into space. The project is preparing for future field trials.China too has an active government-funded research program. It insists it has no current plans for deployment, but is looking, among other things, at how solar shading might slow the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers. Maybe there is a simpler solution. Maybe the most promising answer lies in going back to nature — in restoring natural forests. A broad coalition of environmentalists – from those who embrace corporate environmentalism, such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to the British anti-capitalist columnist George Monbiot – have recently endorsed this “natural” climate solution.Their touchstone is a 2017 paper by Bronson Griscom of TNC and 24 others, which concluded that a third of the measures required between now and 2030 to keep the world on track to stabilize climate could be achieved cost-effectively by boosting natural ecosystems. They could take an extra 11 billion tons more CO2 out of the air each year. This could be done mostly by reforestation, but also by better soil management, the protection of carbon-rich wetlands such as peatlands, and growing more trees on farmland. Some experts contend we may be approaching a moment when nothing other than geoengineering can meet the international community’s promise—made when signing the UN Climate Change Convention at the Earth Summit in 1992—to prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” Myles Allen of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute says: “Every year we are not even trying to reduce emissions is another 40 billion tons of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere that we are blithely committing future generations to scrub out again.”Possible geoengineering schemes and schedules are now being discussed. Take this plan published last fall by Gernot Wagner, executive director of Harvard University’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program:In 15 years’ time, as the impacts of warming worsen, planes loaded with sulphate particles start taking off from airfields around the world. They fly to 65,000 feet, well above existing air lanes, and spray their loads into the stratosphere: 4,000 flights in the first year, 8,000 in the second, 12,000 in the third, and so on until, after another 15 years, fleets of purpose-built, high-altitude tankers are making 60,000 flights annually.The thickening shroud of particles would fight climate change by mimicking the output of volcanic eruptions that deflect solar radiation streaming into the atmosphere. Famously, the eruption of sulphate particles from Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 caused a global cooling of up to 0.6 degrees C for the following two years. The planned 15-year human-made “eruption” would shave 0.3 degrees off warming, halving the likely increase during that time.The sulphate spraying would, Wagner and a co-author said, be “remarkably inexpensive,” at not much above $2 billion a year over the first 15 years of deployment. Much cheaper than actually cutting emissions. So mission accomplished? Not quite. In fact, arguably not at all. Proponents see this not as a substitute for emissions reductions, but as a “biological bridge… to a zero-emissions economy.” The plan fits the Oxford definition of geoengineering, though they avoid using the term.last_img read more

EPharmacies Market Size Share set for accelerated growth by 2024

first_imgContact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.com Inquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3190870?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the EPharmacies industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the EPharmacies industry, followed by industry news and policies. The EPharmacies Market research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data and statistically-supported and industry-validated market data and projections with a suitable set of assumptions and methodology. It provides analysis and information by categories such as market segments, regions, and product type and distribution channels. The EPharmacies industry includes companies primarily engaged in planning and designing residential, institutional, leisure, commercial, and industrial buildings and structures by applying knowledge of design, construction procedures, zoning regulations, building codes, and building materials. By Market Players: The Kroger Co., Walgreen Co., Wal-Mart Stores EPharmacies Table of Contents Chapter 1 Executive Summary Chapter 2 Abbreviation and Acronyms Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Market Landscape Chapter 5 Market Trend Analysis Chapter 6 Industry Chain Analysis Chapter 7 Latest Market Dynamics Chapter 8 Trading Analysis Chapter 9 Historical and Current EPharmacies in North America (2019-2024) Chapter 10 Historical and Current EPharmacies in South America (2019-2024) Chapter 11 Historical and Current EPharmacies in Asia & Pacific (2019-2024) Chapter 12 Historical and Current EPharmacies in Europe (2019-2024) Chapter 13 Historical and Current EPharmacies in MEA (2019-2024) Chapter 14 Summary for Global EPharmacies (2019-2024) Chapter 15 Global EPharmacies Forecast (2019-2024) Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key Vendors The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the EPharmacies industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the EPharmacies industry, followed by industry news and policies.center_img For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end. The Global EPharmacies Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones. Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3190870?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Anil Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. About Us: We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.last_img read more

Toys for Joy campaign a huge success

first_imgWeaving through the streets and belting out Christmas songs such as ‘Jingle Bells’, it was three nights of merrymaking, all for a very good cause. The list of places to visit included Victory Haven and Meena Place, among others.In the residential areas, children and their parents rushed out into the streets to be part of the action and walk away with some Xmas treats.Santa’s weary but happy helpers (aka Ladysmith Gazette staff) then took a well-deserved break and are now back at work to bring you the news in the new year! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith Gazette staff – together with ABI, the Biddulph family and Sharaj Ambulance Services – were out and about on December 18, 19 and 20 to spread some joy by handing out toys, sweet parcels and Coca-Cola to underprivileged children in the Ladysmith area.This, as you probably know by now, was part of the annual ‘Toys for Joy’ campaign.The initiative saw the dynamic team once again heading out in a convoy, hauling ‘Santa’s Sleighs’ (filled with all sorts of goodies) and bringing some Christmas cheer to the little ones who are not so fortunate.last_img read more