Supernatural Fans Light Up Jared Padaleckis ComicCon Appearance

first_imgSupernatural star Jared Padalecki got the surprise of his life at Comic-Con this week when more than 7000 fans held up candles in support of his Always Keep Fighting campaign.The audience held up the candles during a panel discussion with the stars of Supernatural, and Padalecki was moved to tears by the show of solidarity.“Thanks you to anybody and everybody that had ANY part whatsoever in the Always Keep Fighting Hall H tea light event,” he wrote on Facebook. “As I travel back to Vancouver from San Diego Comic-Con, with my partners in crime Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard, the enormity of what happened is finally starting to sink in….“I am beyond moved. I feel so blessed, and grateful, and honored to be a part of the magical Supernatural Family. Sitting on that stage in Hall H, I initially mistook all of the lights for cell phone cameras. It’s difficult to discern specific shapes and faces with all of those stage lights shining on you (and, it’s quite intimidating up there, sitting in front of 6,500 people!!). Then, when I had a light given to me with an explanation of what it was and what it stood for, I was (and am still) gob-smacked.”Padalecki started his Always Keep Fighting campaign earlier this year to support To Write Love on Her Arms, after opening up about his own fight with depression.“I think people who are dealing with severe depression or having suicidal thoughts often believe that the world would be better without them in it and that the people around them would be “relieved.” I wish I could tell them that they are mistaken,” he said. “It’s extremely painful to lose somebody to suicide. The pain and the questions don’t really ever leave. I still can’t talk or think about my most recent encounter without breaking down. To those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I would beg them to continue their brave struggle, and I would implore them to seek help.”Fans who took part in the candle event at Comic-Con were also given a card that read: “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not seven the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness… And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire… Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Condo developers increasingly using art to stand out and land buyers

first_imgTORONTO – It would be easy to mistake the lobby of the One o One condos in midtown Toronto for a nightclub or graffiti-splashed alley.Instead of the muted colours and cookie-cutter designs that fill many condo buildings, developer Camrost Felcorp hired Toronto artist Anthony Ricciardi to create seven murals splattered with bright paint and a rainbow of drip marks.The flashy pieces put the building in a growing group of condo complexes whose hallways, lobbies and outdoor grounds are being emblazoned with massive murals, ornate sculptures or dozens of commissioned art pieces or custom photographs.Among the installations that have cropped up outside Toronto condos in recent years are a set of tall jagged red posts, a blue tangled rubber band-like sculpture and a handful of white whirlpool installations.Real estate veterans say such art is an attempt by developers to bring a community feel to shared spaces, but also a bid to attract buyers. Large installations are popping up at an increasing rate, they say, because many developers are realizing their benefits after the city started encouraging builders to allocate a minimum of one per cent of every project’s construction costs on public art.Ricciardi, a corporate finance worker in the real estate industry who only recently decided to pursue his art full-time, said so far developers have been a boon for business.“In the next two years I have four major projects with developers and they will all include sculptural and interior work,” he said. “Developers have been doing this forever, but I don’t think enough artists or people know about it.”Heela Omarkhail, senior manager of strategic initiatives at developer the Daniels Corp., agreed, saying her company has been attempting to raise awareness of art in the condo world by collaborating with local artists, especially those early in their careers.Daniels turned to such artists for the two-tower, One Park Place development in Toronto’s downtown Regent Park neighbourhood. In the north tower alone, it commissioned more than 25 pieces of local art, including four sculpture installations, that filled lobbies, hallways, amenity spaces, the party room and even change rooms.In another of the company’s Regent Park buildings, Omarkhail said Daniels hung in the lobby a quilt called Regent Park: A Love Poem — a nod to the fact that it was patched together by locals who wanted to be part of the community’s revitalization.To highlight such pieces, Daniels often keeps the art behind a black sheath for weeks during move-in before unveiling it at an open-house night, where artists mingle with residents.It’s even taken art to the next level by partnering with Artscape, a not-for-profit organization, to put together a musical production starring theatre stars and Regent Park locals.It is “hard to say” whether the production or condo art convinces buyers to purchase a property, but Omarkhail figures it at least “enhances the relationship between the buyer and the building because…every art piece or plaque has a story.”“Their sense of home isn’t the four walls of their unit,” she said.“It extends beyond into those common spaces and really changes the feeling when you arrive in that building.”David Moos, an art consultant for Camrost Felcorp and a former curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, said in the development realm he is seeing a “widespread consciousness” around the value of art that includes both high-end, fine art and low-end pieces he calls “decorative.”The average person won’t instantly see and know how acclaimed a piece of fine art is just by looking at it, but even having art in a condo building could contribute to how world-class the city it is in is perceived to be, he said.“Some developers take pride in propelling Toronto forward and have realized the role that fine art can play and want to participate in enhancing the urban environment in the most ambitious, sophisticated and impactful way,” he said.“Toronto deserves the best, most original and inspiring art and developers can participate in making that happen.”last_img read more

QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange officially placed in bankruptcy

HALIFAX — Less than three months after one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges was shut down amid a swirl of controversy, a bid to restructure Vancouver-based QuadrigaCX has failed and the virtual company has officially entered bankruptcy proceedings.The move, approved today by a Nova Scotia judge, marks a turning point for the 115,000 users who are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.The transition to the bankruptcy process means Ernst and Young, the court-ordered monitor overseeing the case, will be granted enhanced investigative powers as a trustee under the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.The insolvent company was granted protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear that the company had no real assets and no employees — and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.The exchange was shut down Jan. 28, more than a month after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India.Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to access $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.The Canadian Press read more

UNs Middle East envoy urges halt to demolitions evictions in East Jerusalem

1 December 2009The top United Nations envoy to the Middle East today reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate end to demolitions, evictions and the instalment of Israeli settlers in Palestinian neighbourhoods, as he visited the Sheikh Jarrah area in East Jerusalem, outside a house that was occupied by settlers. “Provocative actions such as these create inevitable tensions, undermine trust, often have tragic human consequences and make resuming negotiations and achieving a two-State solution more difficult,” read a statement issued by the spokesperson for the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.Last week senior UN political official Haile Menkerios told the Security Council that Israel’s refusal to freeze settlement activity was one of several key challenges to the peace process. Mr. Ban has issued a series of statements recently calling for a halt to Israeli settlement activity and the demolition of Palestinian homes and evictions in East Jerusalem. In October he stated that Jerusalem must be the capital of two States – Israel and Palestine – with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all, if peace in the Middle East is to be achieved. read more

Greece Cyprus Israel US discuss energy cooperation

ATHENS, Greece — Energy ministers from Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the United States say they have been deepening their co-operation in the energy sector, noting that while energy issues can create regional tension, they can also foster co-operation.Cyprus Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis, speaking after talks in Athens, said he had received support from his counterparts from Greece, Israel and the U.S. regarding his country’s right to drill for natural resources.Tension has been mounting between Cyprus and Turkey over energy exploration, with Cyprus calling on Turkey to halt drilling for gas in waters where the ethnically divided east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz also expressed hope for speedy progress on the East Med pipeline, a project to link eastern Mediterranean gas deposits to Europe.The Associated Press read more

Review Button location sets LGs G2 phone apart G Pad 83 tablet

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Button location sets LG’s G2 phone apart; G Pad 8.3 tablet has full HD screen by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 4:48 am MDT SEOUL, South Korea – LG’s flagship mobile gadgets — the G2 smartphone and the G Pad 8.3 tablet — are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power.But making an impressive Android device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive mobile market, which probably pushed LG Electronics Inc. to make some bold design decisions in a bid to differentiate its G series from Samsung’s Galaxy line and Apple’s iPad Mini.The G2 was released last month in the U.S., while LG said Thursday it will start selling the G Pad in the U.S. on Nov. 3.For the G2, LG moved the power and volume controls to the back of the phone. For the G Pad, LG added a full HD screen. The resolution on the G Pad’s 8.3 inch screen, measured diagonally, is better than what’s on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 and Apple’s iPad Mini, though Apple is expected to refresh its lineup next week. Slightly smaller, 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon have full HD screens comparable to LG’s.LG’s design choices set the G2 and the G Pad apart from “me, too” Andevices trying to catch up with Samsung and Apple, but they might also limit their appeal.Not everyone will be pleased with having to change the basic habits of smartphone operation. They will scratch their heads looking for those buttons just as I did.It took a couple of days before my index finger ceased pressing a volume key when I intended to press a power key. But after that, I realized having a power button on the back makes it easier to use a big handset with one hand. The G2 has a 5.2-inch screen.LG came up with a double-tap gesture to activate the phone. I found it easier and quicker than pressing a home button and then sliding to unlock as with my iPhone 4S. This double-tap to start also applies to the G Pad.LG removed the physical home button on the front for the G2 and the G Pad. Instead, virtual buttons for back, home and menu actions appear when the screen is activated. I preferred these virtual buttons over physical ones because I could touch them with the same gesture and pressure I applied to the touch screen. One downside of Samsung’s Galaxy devices is that the touch screen and the three buttons for home, back and menu options all need a different level of pressure to be activated.LG’s virtual buttons rotated with the screen when I tilted the G2 or the G Pad to a horizontal, landscape mode. That made them easy to access when I watched a movie in the landscape mode with the G Pad. Removing the physical home button also gives the screen more space in the phone.But the design elements that make the G2 and the G Pad different from rivals stopped there.LG has packed the G2 with other features, but many of them were no better than what is already available. For example, a feature called Task Slider allows multitasking by swiping the screen with three fingers to hide or reopen an application. But Android users are familiar with an extended press of the home button to bring up a list of applications in use, which is quick and more intuitive.The G2 will be a great choice, but only for people who don’t mind re-learning how to use a smartphone. In the U.S., the G2 smartphone is available at $200 with a two-year service contract or $600 without a contract from a carrier.Although the tablet is offered at 550,000 won ($515) in South Korea, the U.S. price will be just $350. That’s comparable to the $329 for the iPad Mini and $400 for the Note. It’s a decent choice — for the better screen — but wait to see what Apple announces next week before deciding.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter: read more

Nepal Pillay welcomes Supreme Court ruling against amnesty for serious crimes

“I now call on the Government of Nepal to urgently implement this important decision, in the spirit of working towards genuine and lasting peace, and to respect the demand of the Nepalese people for justice,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The 2006 peace accord that ended the conflict in Nepal had agreed to establish a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate human rights violations that occurred from 1996 to 2006, during which at least 13,000 people were killed and 1,300 went missing.In March 2013, the Nepalese Government passed an Ordinance to establish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and sought to provide it with the power to grant amnesties for serious human rights violations. The Court ruled on Thursday that the provisions of the Ordinance concerning amnesties, limitations on criminal prosecution and a 35-day limit for filing cases contravene fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Nepal, its justice system and international law.It also ordered the Commission to meet international standards, including with regard to guarantees of autonomy and impartiality, and ensure the involvement and protection of victims and witnesses.“The Supreme Court’s decision to block amnesties is the first step towards ensuring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not be used to avoid or delay criminal investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related cases,” said the High Commissioner in the statement.Ms. Pillay also stressed that further work is needed to reinforce criminal justice in Nepal as many serious human rights violations, including torture, sexual violence and enforced disappearances are still not properly sanctioned by domestic law. “I call for the rapid amendment of criminal laws and procedures in line with international law,” she said. The senior official said that her office (OHCHR) stands ready to provide support and advice to the Government throughout this process. read more

It wont happen overnight Launch of new body to improve culture in

first_imgHe said the composition of the board was based on feedback from the public consultation. He said it was important the banking sector should be represented on the board by people in senior positions as they can influence companywide decisions. However he said the body was also mindful that the board “needed to represent independent voices, including the voice of the public”. Acting CEO Marion Kelly said the public feedback in the consultation “makes sobering reading” but it was necessary for the sector to listen to these views.“Through the consultation we have identified a role for the IBCB to help banks be more transparent, and to benchmark their progress in changing the way they conduct themselves for the good of their staff and the people and communities they serve,” she said.“Each of the five founding member banks has its own internal culture change programme underway and progress is being made. However, the bank employee culture survey shows that more work is required to create an open environment where staff feel comfortable to raise concerns, where concerns are listened to and where staff’s sense of well-being is a key focus.” Marion Kelly, acting CEO of the IBCBAngela Black, chief executive, Citizens Information BoardProfessor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law at Trinity College DublinDara Deering, executive director and head of retail banking, KBC Bank IrelandJane Howard, CEO, Ulster BankPadraic Kissane, financial adviser Ger Mitchell, group HR director, Permanent TSBRobert Mulhall, managing director, AIB Consumer BankingVincent Mulvey, group chief risk officer, Bank of Ireland GroupGareth Murphy, acting general secretary, Financial Services UnionPhilip O’Leary, managing partner, head of commercial department, FitzGerald Legal & AdvisorySue O’Neill, chair of the Small Firms Association (SFA) and managing director of Shellcove (AMC)Martin Stapleton, chair of the Farm Business Committee, Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA)The Central Bank of Ireland’s director general financial conduct, Derville Rowland, today said the establishment of the IBCB was a welcome step on the roads towards building a consumer focused culture in retain banking.However she said it was “not a substitute for effective regulation, assertive supervision and robust enforcement”.The decision to establish this new body came after the full scale of the tracker mortgage overcharging scandal emerged. The Central Bank assessed the behaviour and culture of the pillar banks after the scandal and found that while all five had taken steps to reinforce the consideration of the consumer interest, some had “a distance to travel”.The Central Bank has said this remains the case today. “I would like to be able to tell you that all the banks addressed the questions we raised and that they passed that test with flying colours. But in reality, it was a mixed picture,” Rowland said.While some plans were better than others, only one bank submitted a truly considered, comprehensive plan. We have given the banks our feedback. Now they must take it on board and address those shortcomings.Today the Irish Banking Culture Board (IBCB) said it aims to rebuild trust in the sector and promote fair customer outcomes. “Following a loss of trust in the banking sector, rebuilding wider society’s confidence in the industry will not happen overnight; it will take time, courage and commitment,” said IBCB chair Mr Justice Hedigan. “That journey begins in earnest today, informed by the voices of bank staff, customers and stakeholders from across Irish society.” Related Read Monday 15 Apr 2019, 10:06 AM Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions By Michelle Hennessy 04.10.18 Number affected by tracker mortgage scandal rises – it’s now over 38,000 A NEW BODY which will work to improve the culture of the Irish banking sector has launched today.The board is funded by five Irish retail banks – AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank.The Irish Banking Culture Board (IBCB) will be required to publish regular summary reports to measure progress.It will be chaired by retired Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice John Hedigan. Other members of the board are: Apr 15th 2019, 10:06 AM Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productionscenter_img Share154 Tweet Email1 ‘It won’t happen overnight’: Launch of new body to improve culture in Irish banks The board is funded by the five pillar banks and chaired by a retired Court of Appeal judge. 47 Comments Short URL 17,020 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alleged people smuggler arrested transporting 50 refugees into Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 50 people into Greece. According to Greek police, they spotted the van on a highway near the border of Greece and Turkey on Saturday, but when they tried to signal the driver to stop, he sped off leading police to chase him down.Inside the van police found men, women and children, all standing and packed in tightly, 30 of whom were from Syrian, 19 from Iraq and one from Afghanistan.On Sunday it was revealed the refugees had each paid €1,500 (AUD $2276) to be transported from Turkey into Greece.The 30-year-old man driving the van has since been charged with endangering the passengers’ lives.Meanwhile another man was caught smuggling 10 refugees from Afghanistan into Greece on Saturday.last_img read more

Dark Souls III beaten in 44 hours using 2 dance mats

first_imgFinishing a Dark Souls game in an unconventional manner seems to be a popular thing among some hardcore gamers out there. Players have beaten the notoriously difficult games using peripherals like Donkey Kong bongos and Guitar Hero guitars. These feats were for previous games in the franchise, so it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to beat the latest game, Dark Souls III, in an equally unorthodox fashion.A Twitch streamer who goes by the awesome handle of ATwerkingYoshi used two dance mats in order to beat the game. He isn’t the first to play a Dark Souls game using this peripheral, but he is the first to have finished Dark Souls III with it. While his final time of 44 hours and 26 minutes isn’t exactly noteworthy (others have beaten it much faster), it is impressive considering that it was his first time playing through the game. Though he died 364 times, he still managed to do what most would deem impossible. Below is footage of ATwerkingYoshi defeating the game’s final boss: Soul of Cinder.Over on Reddit, the streamer offered additional information about this playthrough. His weapons included a Heavy Dark Sword and a Yhorm Greatshield. The easiest boss he faced was Yhorm the Giant, while the most difficult was Dancer of the Boreal Valley. His build was: 40 STR, 24 VIG, 36 END, and 25 VIT.  Everything else about his character was default.As if completing Dark Souls III with dance pads wasn’t enough, the streamer eventually wants to beat the game using Donkey Kong bongos. Before that, however, he does plan on finishing a game with a conventional controller. How novel.last_img read more

700 gifts were prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurquoise morning cameras were rolling as over 700 gifts were prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Providenciales at Fortis last night for their Annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony set for Sunday. Despite the sudden loss of George Taylor, who usually plays the role of Santa Claus at the event, a Santa will be on site to continue the tradition of riding in on the fire truck to hand out the presents. The Kiwanis Club and other community members will begin to erect the tree on Saturday morning. Look out for the highlights of the gift wrapping on Friday’s Turquoise morning on PTV8 at 7am. Related Items:last_img read more

Bahamas advance delegation to CARICOM arrives in Haiti

first_imgPHOTO CAPTIONSMinister of Transport & Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, centre, led the Bahamas advance delegation to CARICOM, pictured upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 22, 2018.  The Minister is also pictured (right) being greeted by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams.  (Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Related Items:CARICOM, haiticenter_img TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas Information Services by Matt LauraFebruary 23, 2018 – PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) arrived in the Republic of Haiti late Thursday afternoon.The conclave will be held Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation will participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional assembly.Led by Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, the advance delegation was met at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams and Embassy Staff.The Bahamas’ full delegation is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is the Head of Delegation. Prime Minister Minnis will be accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional assembly include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking. CARICOM Heads will also discuss the Enlargement Policy for the Community with a view to addressing applications received for Associate Membership in CARICOM. The Caribbean Community currently comprises 15 Member States and 5 Associate Member States. Member States include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Member States include: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos. CARICOM Heads of Government convene two meetings annually. The major meeting is the Regular Meeting of The Conference, which is a formal meeting that is held annually during the first week of July and which coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas, on what is now known as CARICOM Day.  Inter-Sessional Meetings of The Conference are held annually in either February or March and are less formal and less ceremonial than Regular Meetings.  The bi-annual meetings provide CARICOM Heads with the opportunity to cover a wider range of topical issues within a given period.last_img read more

ASA RFS Volumes a Missed Opportunity for Biodiesel

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes for 2018, calling for biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, the same level established by EPA for 2018. For the advanced biofuels volumes, EPA has proposed 4.24 billion gallons for 2018, below the 4.28 level established for 2017. American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore signaled ASA’s frustration with the levels in a statement:“The lack of growth in the biomass-based diesel volumes and the reduction in advanced biofuels volumes is certainly disappointing and a missed opportunity by the Administration to demonstrate their support for the U.S. biodiesel and soybean industries. As a point of reference, there were approximately 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel utilized in the U.S. in 2016. ASA and our biodiesel industry partners have urged EPA to set the RFS levels for biomass-based diesel at 2.75 billion gallons for 2019. To have the levels proposed be no higher than called for in 2018 and less than what is being utilized in 2016 is disappointing and would miss an opportunity to utilize surplus soybean oil to diversify our fuel supply and boost jobs, particularly in rural America.“ASA believes the volumes for the biomass-based diesel category and the over-arching advanced biofuels category should be higher to capitalize on the opportunity to boost domestic biodiesel production. ASA, along with the National Biodiesel Board, supported RFS volumes at a level of 2.75 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel in 2019 and 5.25 billion gallons of total advanced biofuels for 2018. The advanced biofuels volume requirements provide an important market opportunity for soy biodiesel, which is the most prevalent fuel to qualify as an advanced biofuel.”The levels proposed do not take full advantage of an opportunity to further promote the viable, domestically produced renewable fuel industry that is U.S. biodiesel. This is only the beginning of the process, and in the coming weeks ASA and U.S. soybean farmers will meet with EPA and others in the Administration to demonstrate the value of increased biodiesel volumes for both farmers and consumers nationwide.”last_img read more

Adult with special needs goes missing in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An adult who suffers from special needs went missing, Tuesday, in Pembroke Pines.According to Pembroke Pines Police, 25-year-old Kuidannis Osorio went missing just before 10 p.m. near 1551 N.W. 81st Ave.Osorio lives in a group home and reportedly has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. Police said he became upset when he was not able to locate his wallet.Officials added that the 25-year-old left on foot heading northbound.Osorio has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt and gray/blue shorts.If you have any information on his whereabouts, or have seen a man matching his description, please call 911 immediately.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Anna Wintours 60 Minutes Episode Watched by 102 Million

first_imgThe numbers are in: Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s highly-anticipated 60 Minutes profile drew 10.2 million viewers for CBS on Sunday, according to Nielsen’s rating data released today.  That’s about a million more than NBC’s Dateline drew for its exclusive interview with ailing actress Farrah Fawcett on Friday.Executives at CBS are said to be pleased by Wintour’s draw—6.4 percent of U.S. households were tuned in, generating a 12 percent share—considering the weekly show, which airs at 7:00PM EST, is on while it’s still daylight. (A 60 Minutes interview with Barack Obama in the darkness of November, for instance, drew 25.1 million viewers.)It’s unclear how many more online viewers the piece drew—though it was picked up by blogs including Gawker, New York magazine’s “The Cut” and Radaronline, among other outlets. Click here to watch the entire Wintour segment.last_img read more

Youth hacked dead in Kushtia

first_imgA young man was hacked to death allegedly by his cousin at Jhalupara of Kushtia’s Sadar municipality on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Mithun Mandal, 28, son of Enat Ali Mondal of the area.Mithun locked into an altercation with his cousin Mawla Mandal Shimul around 9:00pm, said Nasir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kushtia model police station.At one stage, Shimul hacked Mithun with a sharp weapon, leaving him critically injured, said the OC quoting witnesses.Later, the injured was taken to Kushtia General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.On information, police recovered the body.The reason behind the murder could not be known immediately, said the OC.last_img read more

5 More Podcasts for Comic Fans

first_img Spotify Lands Deal With Obamas to Produce Exclusive PodcastsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone As I moved over to start a humble little spot in comics, I realized that there was a lot of things out there that could help you learn about the craft, the people and creators that made comics ever so delightful. I’m one of those people who love listening to people talk about comics. It fuels me when creators and lovers of comics go on and on about it. It’s a passion that you have to be on the ball for real and to hear another express that desire to create stories, whatever they may be, is admirable.One way we can hear that passion is through podcasts. There are some fantastic comic podcasts geared towards the art of comics and graphic novels, but also talk about different things related (or unrelated) to the topic at hand. Between you and me, those are always the best kind. K. Thor already brought you some spectacular comic podcasts to check out and now I’m here to bring you some more.The Longbox Podcastvia The Longbox PodcastSome of the best types of podcasts are the ones that are completely off-kilter, especially when it comes to comics. With The Longbox Podcast, Matthew Murphy and Tyler Olsen give deep into their favorite recs of the week, some classic titles, films, tv, news and a smorgasbord of all that sweet, sweet comic stuff. Matthew and Tyler are phenomenal together. You come for the comics but stay for the chemistry because the two of them are out of this world. They funny, have the knowledge, and you want to be friends with them. It feels like you’re in the room with them, listening to two friends talk about comics and that’s what you want from your podcasts.The Longbox Podcast just celebrated its 100th episode! I mean, it depends on who’s counting, but 100 episode in a comics podcast is an amazingly fantastic fleet. Trust me. You can listen to The Longbox Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and check out their Twitter and Website. Go follow these good boys.Women of Marvelvia Women of MarvelThere’s something said about women in comics. We’re very much still a rarity according to some. I don’t know how. However, we continue to do our damn thing and make great strides in creating and talking about the medium we love the most. Women of Marvel focus on this and so much more. They provide amazing conversations and roundtables with topics from the comics community but spanning out into TV and film. They often bring other editors, producers, showrunners and more in from Marvel to give you their stories as well.Women of Marvel are hosted by some of the top coolest ladies at Marvel including Sana Amanat, comic creator and editor and Judy Stephens, producer at Marvel Digital. They’re joined by Adri Cowan, social media manager and formerly Janine Shafter, editor for some X-Titles (they were so good.) They rotate quite frequently and bring on other dope ladies that are within Marvel’s wall to sit down and chat. It’s a terrific show with a brilliant focus on ladies that make a difference in Marvel talking with others who make a difference in Marvel for fans. Join Women of Marvel on iTunes, Overcast and Marvel’s website.Issue Zerovia Issue ZeroThere’s no one else that has a voice like “Fearless” Fred Kennedy, and I doubt there ever will be. Kennedy hosts Issue Zero, where he talks about anything and everything nerdy. He conducts interviews with some of your favorite nerdy people in comics, TV, films and video games. When he speaks to people in this podcast, it’s not only entertaining but downright funny. Kennedy keeps you engaged until the end. You’re laughing with them, and it’s easy to get lost in episodes.Kennedy is also a radio personality, TV host and a comic writer himself. He’s written a comic for Chapterhouse called The Fourth Planet, a visually stunning concept sci-fi comic with extremely other-worldly art by Miko Maciaszek. You can find Issue Zero on iTunes, Libsyn and you can follow him here on Twitter.As an extra special gift that I found, Fred even interviewed the boss lady herself, Sheilah Villari. You can listen to that episode here. (Do it. Do it!)Comic Book Clubvia Comic Book ClubIf you guys have ever listened to Last Podcast on the Left, Comic Book Club feels like the boys club of comics where Last Podcast on the Left feels like the boys club of murder. That may not make sense now, but you’ll understand what I’m talking about when you listen. Hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben, Comic Book Club is a live comic book talk show. The hosts hold a live show at The PIT Loft in NYC AT 8 pm. It’s pretty rad to listen to, especially if you like guys who just want to read comic books and talk about them. LePage, Tyler and Zalben discussion reminds me of listening to guys in comic shops chopping it up over their pulls of the week.You can listen on iTunes, Google Play, and iHeartRadio. You can also check out their ever-growing TV podcasts that talks Legion, Preacher, Riverdale, Krypton and American Gods right here. Also, psst, lovely boss lady Sheilah was on an episode of this one too with Void Trip’s Plaid Klaus. Listen here!Serious Issues: A Comic Book Podcastvia Serious IssuesWhen I did a comics podcast, the one thing I loved was talking about the comics. I loved just going down the list of issues or graphic novels that I read for that week. With Serious Issues, it makes me feel so nostalgic for that time. Serious Issues is one of my favorite comic podcasts right now. You not only get the issues from that week discussed, but you also get the lovely banter of two people who go through a lot of comics. Serious Issues is hosted by Andrew Levins and Siobhan Coombs in a comic book shop called King’s Comics in Sydney, Australia.Between the two of them, they compile the comics they read for that week and just discuss them no matter if they’re good, bad or have different opinions. The banter is hilarious. The hosts are absolutely lovely and honest in the way they talk about comics that will leave you amped for what they’ll say next. You can listen to Serious Issue on iTunes, Planet Broadcasting, and Stitcher. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Nintendo Switch is Officially the FastestSelling System of All Time

first_img 2017 was without a doubt the year of the Nintendo Switch. Today, Nintendo announced Switch is officially the fast-selling console of all time in the United States. As of December 12, the system has shipped 10 million units worldwide. Over 4.8 million have been sold in the U.S. The previous console to hold this distinction was the Nintendo Wii.“Fans across the country have experienced the joy of playing their favorite games at home or on the go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO in today’s press release. “Now that many more people have received Nintendo Switch systems for the holidays, we look forward to bringing them fun new surprises in 2018 and beyond.”The press release also broke down some interesting percentages. 60 percent of Switch users own Super Mario Odyssey while 55 percent own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. More than 50 percent of users own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 20 percent have Splatoon 2. Nintendo also boasted about the large number of third-party titles on Switch. These include: Fifa 18, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Sonic Mania, Ultra Street Fighter II, Doom, Skyrim, and many more.Today’s announcement even teased what Switch fans can expect in 2018. Games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and a new Yoshi title are expected to release this year. Publishers such as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, Capcom, SEGA, Take 2 and Bethesda, and a number of independent studios will continue supporting Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid in 2018.2018 will truly test the Nintendo Switch’s longevity. 2017 was certainly an exceptional year for Switch, but can Nintendo sustain that momentum this year? Given how we’re less than a week into the year, it’s hard to discuss what Nintendo will or won’t do in 2018. Hopefully, one of the upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts will give us a clue of what to expect. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – speed of light may be wrong fungus

first_img Explore further Mechanical oscillators translate an applied force into measureable mechanical motion. The Standard Quantum Limit is imposed by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, in which the measurement itself perturbs the motion of the oscillator, a phenomenon known as ‘quantum back-action.’ Credit: Kevin Gutowski Physicist suggests speed of light might be slower than thought ( —Last week saw the physics community buzzing as a physicist suggested that the speed of light might be slower than thought—James Franson of the University of Maryland posted an article in a peer-review journal putting forth the idea that the speed of light might be slower than we think due to vacuum polarization. If he’s right, it’s going to mean a lot of upheaval for astrophysics in the coming years. Also, a team of physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible. They found a way to use an engineering algorithm to greatly reduce the set-up time for daily recalibrations needed for quantum computers. Another pair of physicists at King’s College in London wonder should the Higgs boson have caused our Universe to collapse? They suggest observations by researchers with the BICEP2 collaboration last March show that we shouldn’t have been around to observe what occurred, thus something new must be present. Another team of physicists at the University of California built an experiment with not much force: Researchers detect smallest force ever measured—their laser and trapping system based on optics detected a force not much above the Standard Quantum Limit.Also, after recent revelations regarding the speed at which bacteria develop resistance to antibacterial agents, welcome news comes as a team unearths what may be a secret weapon against antibiotic resistance—a soil fungus found in Nova Scotia. It’s effective against New Delhi Metallo-beta-Lactamase-1—one of the most dangerous antibiotic-resistance bacteria out there. In other news from the biological community, pesticides threaten birds and bees alike, study says—by a Task Force advising the International Union for Conservation of Nature—it’s the same chemicals that are believed to be responsible for killing bees all over the world.Technologists have kept busy as well, as news of a robot valet to park cars at German airport has been making waves. Also, a team in the U.K. has announced: Hydrogen breakthrough could be a game-changer for the future of car fuels—they’re found a way to store the fuel in a safer way by using ammonia as an energy source.And finally, good news on the medical front, as a study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides and autism. They found that pregnant women living near farms that use pesticides have a 2/3 increase in chance of having a baby that develops the disorder. Finding the source, is of course, the key to prevention.center_img © 2014 Citation: Best of Last Week – speed of light may be wrong, fungus fights resistant bacteria and link between pesticides and autism (2014, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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