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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg UN fund provides 60 million for humanitarian efforts in DR Congo

The financial aid will be used to support the humanitarian work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies in the country. Some $55 million will go toward interventions across DRC, while $5 million will be held in reserve to provide a rapid response in case of humanitarian emergencies. The Pooled Fund is aimed at improving health and education, food security, water and sanitation, nutrition and protection for the vast African nation’s population. Last month, the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) reported that a large proportion of the country, which is as big as Western Europe, remains at peace, but that enormous challenges remain, such as human rights violations, high infant and maternal mortality, and what was described as an “epidemic” of sexual violence. So far $205 million from the Pooled Fund has supported more than 400 projects in the country, reaching 20 million of the most vulnerable people. This year’s donors to the Pooled Fund are the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. 7 May 2008The “Pooled Fund” which was established by the international community in 2006 and is coordinated by the United Nations has allocated $60 million to 163 humanitarian projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Trudeau to push trade pact in EU leaders summit as France moves

MONTREAL — Lawmakers in France begin their ratification of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the leaders of the 28-country bloc to Montreal today.Trudeau has been pushing hard for a win on trade and foreign policy after two difficult years marked by a rough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the Trump administration and the deterioration of political and trade relations with China.Trudeau will talk up the merits of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a series of events in Montreal over the next two days.But Wednesday’s legal development when the French National Assembly begins its consideration of France’s ratification bill is also a prime focus for Canada’s Liberal prime minister, who will be fighting a federal election this fall.Sources in France and Canada, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the talks, say Trudeau lobbied French President Emmanuel Macron for more than a year to introduce the bill, and that those efforts finally paid off last month in Paris during their most recent face-to-face meeting.Almost all of CETA — in excess of 90 per cent — went into force in September 2017 under what is known as provisional application, but individual ratifications by EU member countries will bring it fully into effect.That would mean a win for the international trading order that has been under assault by U.S. President Donald Trump.“It’s an essential step. We’re very pleased with our co-operation with the French government,” International Trade Minister Jim Carr said in an interview.Carr will be meeting his EU counterpart Cecilia Malmstrom in Montreal. He said the French move towards ratification is a significant step in Canada’s broader goal of diversifying Canada’s export markets.Trudeau was in Paris in early June after attending the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in France and Britain, and he and Macron emerged with news that France would move forward with CETA’s ratification. The introduction of the bill in the National Assembly is a first step in a process that the French government hopes will lead to full ratification by the end of 2019.Macron and Trudeau have talked about the agreement repeatedly — in Paris in April 2018, in a telephone conversation a year later, and other face-to-face meetings. Macron is a staunch Europhile and open supporter of CETA, but he has had to tread cautiously because of populist opposition to trade deals in France and across Europe.Canada has lobbied French lawmakers, businesspeople and farmers, an effort that included more than two dozen visits to various regions of France by Isabelle Hudon, the Canadian ambassador.Trudeau also made a direct appeal to French lawmakers in an April 2018 speech to the National Assembly, the first time a Canadian prime minister addressed that body.“Let us ask ourselves this question: If France cannot ratify a free-trade agreement with Canada, what country can you imagine doing it with?” Trudeau asked.CETA gives Canadian businesses preferred access to 500 million European consumers, and a $24 trillion market. In 2018, Canada’s exports to the EU increased by seven per cent to more than $44 billion.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Number of displaced people grows as Syria violence continues says UN agency

The humanitarian crisis generated by the ongoing Syrian conflict is rapidly growing as refugees from the Middle Eastern country continue to flee the ongoing violence and spill over into neighbouring areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the amount of registered refugees seeking sanctuary in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq has grown by over 12,000 – increasing from 157,577 to 170,116 in just the past three days. The agency has noted, however, that the real number of refugees was likely to be higher than the reported amount as not all refugees were registering with authorities.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. In the previous two weeks, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.Pointing to the situation in Turkey, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told a media briefing in Geneva, that the country had witnessed “a further sharp rise” in the number of Syrians crossing its borders. “UNHCR is scaling up its humanitarian assistance in Turkey and will provide family tents, blankets, kitchen sets and other relief on an emergency basis to assist the Government of Turkey in addressing urgent needs,” Mr. Edwards said, adding that with the latest arrivals there were now almost 65,000 Syrians spread across nine Turkish refugee camps. Mr. Edwards also noted that the situation in Jordan, where refugee numbers were also climbing, was equally grim. Over 60 per cent of those arriving at the country’s Za’atri camp in the past week have been children and the camp was now hosting some 7,655 people.“At the Za’atri camp we are working to improve conditions for the refugees, including the possibility of replacing tents with prefabs,” he said, speaking of UNHCR’s relief efforts. “More sanitation facilities are also being built and the ratio of people to toilets is improving.”Along with the refugee agency’s presence, Mr. Edwards told reporters that UNICEF was also actively participating in relief efforts at Za’atri, bringing in water to the camp on a daily basis, while the World Food Programme (WFP) was providing over 12,000 meals a day.In Iraq, where an estimated 15,096 Syrians have sought refuge, the spokesperson said that UNHCR will continue to help local authorities expand a camp in Al-Qaem while discussions for a fourth camp in the Al-Kasak area of Rabi’aa were underway. Despite the recent reports indicating an escalation in violence across the country, Mr. Edwards also noted that UNHCR operations in Syria were continuing undeterred, providing refugees with food, registration and counselling. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that a lack of access to medical facilities, compounded with severe staffing shortages in hospitals, was further aggravating the Syrian health care system.Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, WHO’s Director of the Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, Dr. Richard Brennan, said that the UN health agency would continue to support four mobile clinics, serving approximately 90,000 people in the governorates of Rural Damascus and Homs. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Senior UN relief official warns of demographic challenges and growing humanitarian needs

“This means that they are really on the verge of a life-threatening situation, and we must do more, better, and faster,” the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “I fear that it’s going to take an awful lot more than humanitarian aid – it’s going to take much greater engagement by the development partners,” he added. The Humanitarian Coordinator said that in the area around the Lake Chad Basin – which borders Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – about 2.2 million people are displaced from their homes because of the “horrific” actions of Boko Haram as well as government counter-insurgencies. He also expressed concern over the fact that in 20 years’ time, the population of the Sahel region will double to 300 million from 150 million. “Unless the countries of the Sahel tackle this demographic challenge which faces them, the countries will get poorer, communities will suffer more, enrolment rates will go down, not up, fewer women will have access to health care, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – just to mention one hot topic – will not be met,” Mr. Lanzer said. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), across the entire Sahel region, more than 23.5 million people face food insecurity, 5.9 million children are malnourished, and at least 4.5 million are displaced by the effects of conflicts. The people in the region are among the world’s poorest and are struggling with food insecurity, environmental degradation and violent extremism at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, the Humanitarian Coordinator emphasized. “I believe the time is ripe and it’s absolutely vital that there be a greater, broader, deeper international engagement across the Sahel, whether it’s on questions of stability, trade, development, such as infrastructure, or, indeed, tackling the humanitarian issues, because if we do not, there’s no question in my mind, that a tempest with incalculable proportions awaits us in the future,” Mr. Lanzer said. In response to a journalist’s question on the threats posed by Boko Haram, the Humanitarian Coordinator emphasized that more awareness and a “deeper appreciation” are needed regarding the issue within the four governments of the region, as well as across the membership of the African Union (AU). Africa’s Sahel region covers parts of northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, northern Burkina Faso, the extreme south of Algeria, Niger, the extreme north of Nigeria, central Chad, central and southern Sudan, the extreme north of South Sudan, Eritrea and the extreme north of Ethiopia. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Dealing with the heat

Joanne Boekestyn, administrative assistant, and her Psychology co-workers recently bought a new fan to handle the heat.As temperatures soar this week, Facilities Management recommends Brock staff refrain from opening windows or operating unnecessary heat-producing equipment.In an email to the Brock community July 6, Facilities Management advised that temperatures are nearing the mid 30s, with a humidex in the high 30s to low 40s. The heat wave will continue for the next several days, with humidity levels expected to exceed 70 per cent.The remainder of the message is as follows:“Higher than normal indoor temperatures on campus will be expected as the capacity of the central chilling plant will be exceeded. Please refrain from opening windows, propping open doors, operating any heat producing equipment which is not necessary, as well please shut off any lighting that is not required. Offices with windows should close blinds when possible to keep out radiant heat.If your area is experiencing any extreme or ongoing cooling issues please notify Facilities Management at x3717 or email facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca or David McArthur, manager of mechanical services, at x3278 or email dmcarthur@brocku.ca so the situation may be investigated.We thank you for your patience.Please notify your staff and co-workers.”The Weather Network forecast for St. Catharines is predicting 65 per cent humidity tonight and tomorrow. Temperatures will reach 30 C by tomorrow afternoon, but feel like 39 C, with a chance of thunder showers.To view the weather forecast at any time, click the weather button in the top right-hand corner of The Brock News. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Tayler Hill Ohio State womens basketball getting their legs back

With the Ohio State women’s basketball team on the verge of missing its first NCAA tournament berth since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the possibility of coming up short is starting to sink in for the Buckeyes. However, it’s not the possible absence from the tourney that has shaken the team most, but rather the coming to terms with losing its star senior guard, Tayler Hill, at the conclusion of this season. Hill is averaging 21.1 points per game, which leads all scorers in the Big Ten. “I think (Hill) deserves to be one of the best players in the country despite the team’s record this year,” said Ohio State redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes. The Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) have been plagued by illnesses and injuries all season long, which are partly to blame for the 4-7 record in conference play. Yet even in times of trial, Hill’s performance on the court has rarely faltered. Following a 68-45 win against Indiana on Jan. 17, Foster said “Hill didn’t have her legs,” from being ill in the days before the game. Hill, though, still managed to keep Hoosiers’ standout senior forward Aulani Sinclair to five points on 2-for-15 shooting. “She is a hard worker and will do anything it takes to help this team to be successful,” Stokes said. Hill’s hard work and dedication to the game can be traced back to her basketball days at South High School in Minneapolis, Minn. Hill ended her four-year varsity career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) with 3,888 points. After graduating from OSU, Hill said she wants to play in the WNBA and play basketball overseas. Foster said he believes Hill is going to be a high draft choice. “She’s a very good defensive player,” Foster said. “I think her versatility really makes her a valuable attribute. She can score, she can play the point, and she can play from the perimeter … All those things are a big deal to a coach.” While Hill said she would love to play on any team in the WNBA, she would prefer to play in Minnesota. “Playing at home would be great because of family,” Hill said. Hill’s native WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx, are regarded as one of the top teams in the league, especially with the recent addition of former Connecticut standout Maya Moore. The Buckeyes, though, will likely have big shoes to fill with the loss of Hill. But Foster is assured that the offseason will serve as an opportunity to get better. “There are a number of candidates that are going to play for that position,” Foster said. After losing to Nebraska, 58-39, Thursday night in Lincoln, Neb., the Buckeyes are set to play Minnesota Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Womens Hockey Ohio State opens WCHA tournament with 60 win against Minnesota

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) prepares to send the puck back down the ice in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team dominated Minnesota State in the first game of a three-game series in the opening round of the WCHA tournament Friday with a 6-0 victory at the OSU Ice Rink.Ohio State redshirt junior Kassidy Sauve did not play due to an injur. In her place, freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen saved all of the Mavericks’ 21 shots.“Zeglen controlled the pucks,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “The rebounds she got, she put them in the corner. It wasn’t just a win. It was a well deserved win.” Ohio State junior forward Maddy Field pulled off a hat trick, scoring one first-period goal and adding two more in the third period.“Maddy Field stepped up,” Muzerall said. “She’s been going in waves with scoring goals. Her role is a goal scorer, so mentally that was really good for her confidence and very deserving. She’s been working very hard on that part of her game.” Field’s final goal was her 16th of the season.“I’ve kind of been struggling on that end,” Field said. “It was nice to be able to put the puck in and I think it was a really nice start for the team.” Junior forward Charly Dahlquist, junior defender Lauren Boyle and freshman forward Emma Maltais also scored one goal apiece for the Buckeyes.“I thought we did a really good job of incorporated all five people in the offensive zone,” Muzerall said. “We did a good job on keeping their shots to the outside on Zeglen. She made some good [saves] but, I think we also did a good job, defensively, on keeping them to the perimeter.”Ohio State moved relentlessly early in the game and took a three-goal lead within the game’s first period. Dahlquist opened the game with a goal just 1:56 after the puck dropped, then Field and Boyle each scored with less than four minutes remaining in the first period.Minnesota State sophomore goaltender Chloe Crosby was replaced by junior goaltender Katie Bidulka after 46 minutes of play. Crosby had 16 saves and allowed six goals. Bidulka saved all five shots she faced.Muzerall said the Buckeyes’ strategy did not alter despite entering tournament play for the first time this season.“Our strategy is to simplify the game, at this point to me it’s a mental toughness,” Muzerall said. “We were just preparing them to have that toughness and to be relentless on the puck and no regrets.”Two weeks prior to the tournament opener, the Buckeyes traveled to Mankato, Minnesota, and split a series against the Mavericks. Earlier in the season, Ohio State swept a series against Minnesota State.“Six [to] nothing after we split with them two weeks ago,” Muzerall said. “I’m proud of the girls, they got it done tonight.” The Buckeyes will once again face off with the Mavericks at 3:07 p.m Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink with the chance to advance to the second round of the conference tournament. read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Rio signs up three Chinese EPC contractors for Oyu Tolgoi power plan

first_imgRio Tinto has entered into agreements with three Chinese EPC contractors that could potentially solve the company’s domestic power challenge at its majority-owned Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold operation in Mongolia.The three state-owned contractors – China Machinery Engineering Corp, Harbin Electric International Co Ltd and Power Construction Corp of China – have been asked to submit a bid for the engineering, design and construction of a power station.“The agreement entered into with each bidder provides that, where a bidder submits a conforming bid and it is not accepted by Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Oyu Tolgoi LLC will pay $500,000 to that bidder to offset the costs of preparing that bid and the early engineering and design work packs,” Rio, which has a 33.5% indirect ownership interest in the limited company, said.In its June quarter results, released earlier this week, Rio said Oyu Tolgoi LLC was “progressing studies and preparations for suitable power solutions and continues to discuss the provision of domestic power with the Government of Mongolia”.Earlier in the year, the Southern Region Power Sector Co-operation Agreement, under which Oyu Tolgoi was committed to working with the Government of Mongolia on a Tavan Tolgoi Independent Power Provider project, was cancelled.The government gave the company four years, from February 2018, to find a domestic power supply for the operation.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Compass staff at Blackpool NHS hospitals conduct twoday strike in pay dispute

first_imgImage credit: UnisonApproximately 300 members of staff employed by private health contractor Compass, working at NHS hospitals in Blackpool, are undertaking two days of strike action in an ongoing pay dispute.Cleaners, caterers, porters, receptionists and security staff who are employed by Compass at Blackpool NHS Teaching Hospitals, St Helens Hospital and Whiston Hospital are conducting strike action, in conjunction with trade union Unison, on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August 2019.Unison has stated that Compass employees in Blackpool are paid the national minimum wage rate of £8.21 an hour, while comparable NHS staff earn at least £9.03. The trade union has calculated that this amounts to a difference of £1,600 a year for full-time employees.Compass staff on strike have further stated that they do not receive shift bonuses for working on weekends and bank holidays, and that they receive statutory sick pay, whereas NHS employees receive a more comprehensive sick pay scheme.Strike action was originally held on 31 July 2019. Negotiations between Unison and Compass stalled after a pay offer of £80 back pay to employees at St Helens and Whiston Hospitals was disapproved by trade union representatives.A spokesperson at Medirest, part of the Compass Group, said: “We are disappointed for patients and their families that Unison have decided to go ahead with this strike. Pay rates are set out in our client contracts and agreed in partnership with our NHS trust clients. Medirest has been working with employees, union representatives and our trust clients since May, endeavouring to reach a fair settlement.“We made an improved offer to our [employees] at Whiston last week which included a 16% increase in the hourly rate for domestic and catering staff and a 14% increase for security staff and is evidence of our commitment to finding a solution to this dispute. In the meantime our focus is to ensure that we maintain our duty of care and the high standards expected from Medirest during the industrial action.”last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg BSE Jumps 225 Points Ahead of Union Budget 2015

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley was set to present India’s national budget for 2015-16 amid high expectations from all stakeholders in lifting overall growth, reinforced by the positive agenda set by the Economic Survey for “big bang” reforms.”As the new government is to present its first full year budget, it appears India has reached a sweet spot and that there is a scope for big bang reforms now,” the survey, tabled by Jaitley Friday said, preparing the ground for the latest annual budget.Ahead of budget presentation, scheduled at 11 am in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley met President Pranab Mukherjee, who was himself a finance minister, and was also present at the customary meeting of the cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside Parliament House.In the meanwhile, the stock markets were all fired up, hoping for some positive outcomes from the budget to lift corporate fortunes, leading to the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) jump some 225 points, or 0.75 percent.The gain followed another rally Friday that saw the 30-share benchmark index gain zoom 474 points or 1.65 percent, based on the positive tone set by the Economic Survey, which predicted an 8-8.5 percent growth for the next fiscal and said double digit expansion was now within reach.This will be Jaitley’s second annual budget, with the first one tabled in the middle of the year after a major victory in the national elections for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In a way, the finance minister then had himself raised expectations from his second budget due Saturday.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Not many people have been part of a franchise so early in

first_imgTiger ShroffPR HandoutBaaghi has created a benchmark as the franchise has given Bollywood it’s youngest superstar with Tiger Shroff. Tiger Shroff is the face of this successful franchise, which has seen blockbuster numbers at the box office. Tiger is the only young actor in Bollywood to hold a franchise so early in his career.Now, the actor will be a part of the third installment of the action franchise Baaghi, which makes Tiger the youngest actor to have a film franchise after his name.Talking about the same Tiger said, “Over the years, Baaghi has become my home ground. It’s definitely a pressure that we have to scale up every time. Not many people have been a part of a franchise so early on their career, so the pressure was bigger because I had just stepped in the industry and my second project turned out to be a franchise film, and since then, I had to take that forward. Thanks to the audience that they accepted my work and while we are working on the next film, we are trying something new”.Tiger has gained an omnipresence amongst the masses with his acting skills, consistency as well as jaw-dropping dancing, donning his muscular appearance- which makes him the popular face across the tinsel town.Winning the label of Student of the Year after the release of the film, Tiger as Rohan has captivated the audience with his performance.After the humongous success of Baaghi 2, Tiger will be next seen in an untitled film with Hrithik Roshan, Baaghi 3 and an official remake of Rambo.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Edelweiss gets nod from IRDA to set up insurance company in India

first_imgEdelweiss General Insurance Company (EGIC) cleared the first step in becoming an insurance company in India with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) approving its registration application, as disclosed by Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. in a corporate filing.EGIC will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd., according to the corporate announcement.Edelweiss mainly focuses on general insurance broking market and its services include risk monitoring and management in business firms, managing insurance portfolio, designing insurance programs for companies and management services.The company also offers insurance products covering asset/property insurance, marine insurance, personal insurance, business interruption insurance, liability insurance and financial insurance.Shares of Edelweiss Financial posted a gain of 2.92 percent to close at Rs. 79.40 on the BSE on Monday.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg BCL man beaten to death in Chittagong

first_imgSudiptaA leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, was beaten to death by miscreants in Chittagong on Friday, says police.The deceased is Sudipta Biswas, 30, assistant secretary of BCL Chittagong city unit.Sadarghat police station officer-in-charge Marjina Akhter said someone called Sudipta on the phone and he went outside in the morning.Later, police recovered his body from Nalapara area around 11:30am.Police are investigating into the incident, she added.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Westworld Season 2 Details Coming to SDCC

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Stay on target The new fan favorite and breakout cyberpunk hit, Westworld, will be prominent at San Diego Comic-Con this week. A panel for the show is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd at 4:15 pm PST. Geek.com would like to get you all up to date on the latest from Westworld before all the revelations come to light on Saturday.First, and most importantly, Westworld will be back for season two. Those of you who weren’t sure can now breathe a sigh of relief. Better still, many of your favorite characters including Ed Harris as William will be returning for the next season. Peter Abernathy as played by actor Louis Herthum and Talulah Riley’s hostess character will both have increased roles for season two.We are also going to be introduced to some new characters. So far, it’s been confirmed that one of these new characters, Grace, a tourist that will be played by Katja Herbers of The Leftovers fame. There is speculation that actor Zahn McClaron from Fargo, but that is yet to be confirmed.Unfortunately, Jimmi Simpson’s future on the show is unsure. There are currently no announced plans to bring him on for season two to reprise his role of the younger William. While we can’t completely rule out the possibility, we shouldn’t count on it.If that news might be a little too much for you, then you’re going to need to sit down before you read this next sentence. Westworld may not be back until 2018, possibly in the fall.There are some really good reasons for that. First and foremost, if it comes back in the fall Game Of Thrones will likely have wrapped up by then, so giving Westworld a little time and relaunching it after they wrap up means they’ll get far more attention. That’s a good thing. Additionally, this gives more time to work on the show and do it right; no need to rush. Some of my favorite shows including The Venture Bros. always takes an extra year or two between seasons, and it’s helped keep the quality of the show high season after season.Secondly, taking a hiatus may lend itself to the plot of the second season. According to Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan in a conversation with fellow co-creator Lisa Joy, the story in season two will not take place immediately after where season one ends. Having some extra time between the two seasons can add to the impact of that kind of story telling and potentially allow information that we may have missed to slowly come out as the story unfolds.That should catch you all up on where Westworld is now leading up to the panel on Saturday. If you’re at San Diego Comic-Con go check out the panel on Saturday at 4:15 pm over at Hall H. You’ll get to see Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson, James Marsden, Shannon Woodward and many others moderated by musician and Comedy Bang Bang alum Reggie Watts. If you’re not able to make it, come back to Geek.com where we’ll give you the latest news on Westworld.View as: One Page Slides1/51. Bordello Madame Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) must service the darkest desires of Westworld guests (via HBO)2. Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores (John P. Johnson/HBO)3. Shannon Woodward, Jeffrey Wright in Westworld (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)4. Anthony Hopkins (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)5. Angela Sarafyan as Clementine (John P. Johnson/HBO)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Produce HigherQuality Business Videos With This Smartphone Gimbal

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. June 6, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Video just might be one of the most vital tools in an entrepreneur’s marketing toolbox. Seriously, the market is so hungry for videos in 2019. But outsourcing a team of professionals to shoot your branding videos can get expensive. Fortunately, in this day and age, we are blessed with an incredibly high-quality camera that lives in our phones.Rather than spending a ton of money on video equipment, invest in the simple, but super helpful VILTA Handheld Smartphone Gimbal, which offers stabilization and drastically improves video quality.Yes, even if you have the newest iPhone on the market, you cannot avoid that shaky footage that makes viewers feel uneasy. Hands shake, it’s just the way it is. But this smartphone gimbal holds your phone in place to give you smooth and stable video footage, no matter where you are.This gadget uses Bluetooth to let you instantly switch between landscape and portrait modes on your phone and allow you to get precise adjustments using a manual focus wheel. The companion app, which is compatible with Android 5.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later, even lets you enhance your footage with slow motion, POV mode, panoramas, and filters. Oh, and did I mention it lasts up to 17 hours on a single charge?Who needs fancy equipment? Invest in your promotional videos by picking up this $89.10 VILTA Handheld Smartphone Gimbal with promo code: DAD10.  Register Now »last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Hot days cool nights and rain for Cancun Riviera Maya

first_img For the two-day period during the passing of the front, the Cancun, Riviera Maya region can expect northwest winds from 25 to 35 kms/h with very hot daytime temperatures of between 34 to 36 C degrees and nighttime temperatures of between 17 to 19 C degrees.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Cold Front No. 36 will arrive in the region bringing cool temperatures and rain to Cancun and Riviera Maya for Tuesday and Wednesday. The cold front, says Adrián Martínez Ortega the general director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection, will arrive along the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday morning and quickly move to the southeast. center_img The Sistema Meteorológico Nacional reports stationary Front No 36 is located on the northeast portion of the country moving rapidly to the southeast. As it moves, it is causing a drop in nighttime temperatures, brisk wind and rains over its area of influence. They say the front will quickly travel through the Gulf of Mexico, gradually beginning to influence the Peninsular region and the State of Quintana Roo during Tuesday and Wednesday. last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Get The Stone River eLearning Lifetime Membership For An Amazing 99 Discount

first_imgLearning literally never stops, no matter how old you are. If you want to survive in this ever changing world, then you need to learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and stay up to date with whatever is going on in the world of technology. To help you achieve this, Wccftech is offering a discount on the Stone River eLearning Lifetime Membership. The offer is limited so hurry up and avail it now!Stone River eLearning Lifetime Membership featuresWith the Stone River eLearning you will get full access to 170 courses, 2000 hours of online learning and unlimited lifetime subscription! The courses cover everything from iOS mobile development to graphic designing. You can even get unlimited eBooks, personal guidance and certification exams. Here are highlights of what the deal has to offer: Access to all current content; 170 courses & 2,000+ hours All level courses available on web & mobile programming, web design, game app creation, 3D-animation & more Instruction for using Bootstrap, Unity 3D, Java, Python, MySQL, node.js, CSS & more Unlimited free certification exams, personal guidance on what to learn, eBooks, & a 1-year subscription to CodeMag Skills for advancing your career or learning a hobbyImportant Details Length of time users can access this course: lifetimeAccess options: web streaming, mobile streaming Certifications of completion are included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 60 days of purchase Experience level required: all levels Restrictions: access your account on only 1 device at a timeRequirements Internet browser required (mobile or desktop)The company behind this amazing deal is committed towards providing people with learning opportunities in areas ranging from technology to business. The courses have been designed by trained and professional individuals and you are guaranteed quality education. You won’t have to spend a lot and you will be getting a lot of advantage from just a small investment.Original Price Stone River eLearning: $11,500Wccftech Discount Price Stone River eLearning: $59 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Barceló celebrates industry partners hotel brands loyalty program

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, October 27, 2016 Tags: Barceló Hotel Group Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Barceló Hotel Group showcased just how much the brand has evolved over the years at an industry event last night in Brampton, Ontario called ‘Evolution.’Speaking to a full room of travel agents and industry partners, Barceló representatives were on hand to showcase the company’s four brands: Royal Hideaway, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels, and Allegro Hotels.It was announced that the hotel chain will push for growth in South America, as well as focus on niche markets, particularly Cozumel for scuba, Cabo San Lucas for golf, and weddings and honeymoons. In addition, a new BDM for the meetings and incentive market has been hired – Brad Richards.Barceló also gave a special shoutout to industry partners, including Transat Holidays, Sunwing, Air Canada Vacations and WestJet Vacations.Much of the evening focused on the Barceló Hotel Group loyalty program – Barceló Partner Club. For each booking agents enter in their Barceló Partner Club account, they will receive perks that can be redeemed for resort stays. Plus, meeting planners have their own exclusive space and can take advantage of benefits. This applies to all bookings made this past year at all Barceló hotels.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTo join, register at barcelopartnerclub.com to receive a username and password. Access your account and enter all bookings you’ve made this past year to start redeeming your perks. Barceló celebrates industry partners, hotel brands & loyalty program Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Category: ghretnfqgevpepdg Biofuel pioneer forsakes renewables to make gasfed fuel

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Alan Shaw, the chemist and executive who led a six-year effort to turn inedible crops into fuels to displace gasoline, has renounced the industry he helped pioneer and decided the future instead lies with natural gas.Formerly chief executive officer of Codexis Inc., the first advanced biofuel technology company to trade on a U.S. exchange, Shaw now says it’s impossible to economically turn crop waste, wood and plants like switchgrass into fuel. He’s trying to do it instead with gas, in his new post as CEO of Calysta Energy.Shaw’s views put him at odds with the emerging segment of biofuels that’s invested about $3 billion since 2008 in the United States developing processes that turn biomass into new types of fuel. Amyris Inc. and Gevo Inc. are among producers that have yet to make fuel on commercial scales and slid since their initial public offerings.“Everybody but me is still in this nightmare,” Shaw, 50, said in an interview in San Francisco. “This model is broken.”Codexis kicked off its biofuel program in 2006 with backing from Royal Dutch Shell, the first oil company to support the development of enzymes that break down organic material into sugars that are fermented into ethanol.The company shuttered its biofuel research program with Shell in August and “refocused our business on the pharmaceuticals market,” according to Codexis’s April 2 annual report. “Cellulosic fuels and chemicals are not widely manufactured at commercial scale because their unit production economics have not yet been shown to be competitive with incumbent petroleum.”Shell provided $375 million in backing over six years, said Shaw, who left the company in February 2012. Meaghan Barbin, a Codexis spokeswoman, didn’t reply to questions about its current biofuels efforts.The collapse of U.S. gas prices to 1990s levels, owing to the shale-gas bonanza, is sucking investment away from traditional biotech companies and delivering it to startups focused on fossil-fuel feedstock, such as Calysta.Siluria Technologies Inc. CEO Edward Dineen stepped down in January from the same post at biofuel company LS9 Inc. to commercialize a Massachusetts Institute of Technology process for converting methane into ethylene, the world’s most valuable chemical commodity with about $175 billion in annual sales. Ethylene can be used to make fuels, and Dineen plans to license Siluria’s catalytic technology to petrochemical companies.“The world seems to be finding more and more gas, so I feel very comfortable with the feedstock story here,” said Dineen, who remains on LS9’s board.While companies such as Poet and Abengoa have been producing standard corn ethanol for years, businesses seeking to develop the next generation of cellulosic biofuels from non-food crops have struggled to perfect their technology, because of a host of obstacles.Shaw said he doubts these ventures will be viable, mainly because the biomass feedstock needed to run the plants isn’t as easy or cheap to produce as the companies promised. It takes about six metric tons of raw material to yield a ton of ethanol, a “huge” amount, he estimated.Shaw’s efforts at Codexis helped put advanced biofuels on the map, and Codexis was the first company to convince public markets to support the idea of a biological process for making ethanol, gasoline and diesel from plants with its April 2010 IPO, said Ben Kallo, an analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. in San Francisco.Shaw “introduced industrial biotech to public investors,” Kallo said. “He did kind of sell the vision.”The vision has yet to become reality. Codexis shares closed at $2.24 Tuesday, down 83 percent from the IPO price. Gevo halted production in September at its flagship plant after production yields fell short of expectations. Amyris and Solazyme Inc. are getting most of their revenue from selling small volumes of high-margin chemicals.Those markets aren’t as large as the “multi-billion” dollar fuel opportunities the companies emphasized in their IPO road shows, Shaw said. “You cannot convert biomass, or sugar, into large volume chemicals because you’ll never make money,” he said. “Specialist oils, yes, but that’s not what this was about.”It’s too soon to write off the entire field, said Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson. The South San Francisco, California-based company created algae that eats plant sugars and produces oils that are processed into fuel or chemicals.“Advanced biofuels is in its infancy compared to wind and solar,” Wolfson said in an interview. “These kinds of things take time.”While some of the early promises about the industry’s potential may have been overstated, Wolfson said, “I vehemently disagree with the observation that you can’t make money converting biomass or sugar into fuel at large volume.”Amyris isn’t “making any bets on the timing of the commercial viability of cellulosic sugars,” Joel Velasco, a spokesman for the Emeryville, Calif.-based company, said in an email. “Cellulosic sugar is going to take a long time to be commercial.”Conventional biofuel producers are also moving into advanced biofuels. Poet, the second-largest ethanol producer, and Abengoa, which operates Europe’s largest ethanol refinery, are planning to open plants in the U.S. this year that will turn plants into cellulosic ethanol.“There are still plenty of very big players who are very sophisticated, making very big bets” on advanced biofuels, said Wolfson.The basic concept behind advanced biofuels, using bioengineered microorganisms to digest organic matter and produce hydrocarbons, is sound, Shaw said. The flaw is basing an industry on plants.“What’s wrong with this picture is the feedstock is wrong,” he said. “Not the product and not the biology.”Non-food biomass feedstock will eventually be available at an economical price, said Gevo CEO Pat Gruber. The Englewood, Colo.-based company uses corn to make isobutanol, a compound that may be blended with gasoline or converted into hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals. Its system also works with crop waste and other plant matter.Other companies in the biofuel supply chain, including Virdia Inc. and Beta Renewables, are developing techniques to efficiently extract sugars from plants, streamlining the process and making it more cost effective, Gruber said. “It’s too early to call the game about anything related to advanced biofuels.”Shaw joined Calysta as CEO in October. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is focused on a type of bacteria known as a methanotroph, or “methane eater,” that converts the carbon in gas into diesel fuel through a fermentation process.“When methanotrophs eat methane, they produce hydrocarbons,” he said. The company also makes commodity chemicals, using lab-engineered enzymes.He’s not the only biofuel pioneer embracing gas. Coskata CEO William Roe last year decided to switch to gas from wood waste for its first commercial project.“People have been trying to convert gas to liquids for a long time,” said Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at the California Institute of Technology.“Back in 2004, we didn’t anticipate the abundance of gas that was going to be available,” said Arnold, who co-founded Gevo and formerly served on Amyris’s scientific advisory board. “That’s a big change, and it would be foolish not to consider that with a biological route.”© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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