Six diarrhoea deaths in Haryana CM’s constituency

first_imgThe Congress on Friday asked the BJP government in Haryana to take responsibility for death of six persons, reportedly due to diarrhoea, in the past five days in Karnal.Hundreds of protesters had on Thursday staged a dharna against Karnal’s new grain market committee authorities as the deceased had been mostly labourers working in the market. They gathered outside the market committee office with the body of Rohit, a teenager, and shouted slogans against the authorities, accusing them of not ensuring clean drinking water for the labourers.Hitting out at the BJP government, Haryana Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala accused the government of “criminal negligence”.“Six people have died in Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s constituency [Karnal] due to drinking contaminated water. Many are in hospital. This is inhuman. Will Mr. Khattar take responsibility,” asked Mr. Surjewala in a tweet.Labourers working in the grain market alleged that as many as six persons had died in the past five days due to “diarrhoea” as the area had been getting contaminated water. Several others were still admitted to various hospitals for treatment of similar symptoms of the water-borne disease, they alleged.The State health department has been organising health camps in the area for the last two days. “Around 80 persons have been detected with symptoms of mild diarrhoea. We have referred 18 of them to Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital and the Civil Hospital,” said Dr. Saroj, Deputy Civil Surgeon.last_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel must handle pressure better to beat Lewis Hamilton in 2018

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel must handle pressure better if he wants to wrestle the Formula One title back from Lewis Hamilton.Vettel should be kicking himself after missing out on a fifth F1 title. He lost his way in September and never regained the momentum as Hamilton went on to earn his fourth title, and third in four seasons with Mercedes.Hamilton’s winning margin of 46 points over Vettel does not reflect an often tense title battle, one in which Ferrari had a genuine chance of breaking Mercedes’ stranglehold until Vettel’s alarming dip.”I’m very hungry for next year,” Vettel said on Sunday after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “For the team it’s flat out from now.”It’s back to the factories until the cars are rolled out again for preseason testing in late February. The season begins with the Australian GP on March 25.Vettel has been fair play in defeat and has detailed why he thinks Mercedes was the superior team.”Look at the amount of pole positions, of race wins. Overall, we were not quick enough. Simple as that,” he said. “In the end you can break it down to a lot of details, this and that, but overall the package wasn’t good enough.”It is a somewhat convenient argument, too, for statistics tell only part of the story.Chasing its first drivers’ title since 2007, Ferrari was faster than Mercedes several times. The huge speed advantage Mercedes enjoyed since new engine changes came into play in 2014 was wiped out by Ferrari this year.advertisementThe uncomfortable conclusion is that Vettel self-destructed when poised to crank the pressure up on Hamilton.For all of his experience – 47 wins from nearly 200 races – Vettel is still prone to emotional swings that undermine him. He showed glimpses of that when bickering with his former Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen last year.After the Azerbaijan GP in June, Hamilton publicly spoke about Vettel’s vulnerability under pressure as something he could exploit.Vettel played a very weak hand in Baku.Irritated by what he perceived to be Hamilton’s deliberately slow driving behind a safety car – known in F1 as backing up – he accelerated alongside the British driver and then inexplicably swerved into the left side of his Mercedes.It was a clear error of judgment and Vettel subsequently apologized for dangerous driving. The two exchanged heated barbs afterward.Vettel’s red mist that day was as bright as his gleaming Ferrari.He escaped with a time penalty when a one-race ban was spoken of. The penalty itself was damaging, however, since it prevented him from finishing higher than fourth and so valuable points were needlessly lost.A second and momentous mistake from Vettel came at the Singapore GP. It perhaps defined the season itself.Before the race, Vettel was only three points behind Hamilton in the championship with seven races remaining. He was inspired in qualifying and took pole position on the sinewy street circuit. Better still, Hamilton was starting from fifth on the grid.It was the perfect scenario for Vettel to both regain the lead and pad it out at the next race in Malaysia – another track suited to Ferrari.A few seconds later, jaws were dropping and eyes bulging in the Ferrari garage – but for all the wrong reasons.Vettel went diagonally across the track to cut off Verstappen, starting from second. A four-car collision ensued that took them both out, along with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.With 25 points beckoning, on a track where no F1 driver has more podiums than him, Vettel scored none. The nightmare scenario concluded with Hamilton profiting from the chaos to win.It was a total gift, but somehow Vettel minimized the incident and the team spared him justifiable reproach.F1 observers pointed to Vettel’s previous verbal spats with Verstappen. In theory, he simply could not accept losing ground to Verstappen even though the Dutchman was not a title threat.While Hamilton strengthened his title bid Vettel went out of his way – literally – to undermine his own.Vettel will need to think twice if the red mist starts descending next year.last_img read more

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Javeline-thrower Neeraj Chopra wins another gold, here’s his successful journey and some facts about the game

first_imgNeeraj Chopra, famous javeline-thrower from India, has recently bagged another gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on Tuesday. Here’s a look at his successful journey and a little about the game.Read: Commonwealth Games: Know all about the game and the participantsNeeraj’s strategy: Chopra is getting better with every game he plays. This time, his best throw of 85.17 m was enough to grab the highest spot on the podium, leaving Moldova’s Andrain Mardare behind on the second spot with 81.48 m distance, while Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania took the bronze with his 79.31 m throw.AFI President Adille Sumariwala tweeted congratulating Neeraj:Well done Neeraj…keep going…Congratulations to Neeraj and coach Uwe Hohn (former World Record Holder in javelin throw). Thank you SAI and Govt of India for agreeing to send Neeraj to Finland along with coach for training on recommendation of Athletics Federation of India Sumariwalla OLY (@Adille1) July 17, 2018 Javelin-thrower Neeraj ChopraNeeraj’s career growth as a javelin-thrower:In 2016, Neeraj won a gold medal with a throw of 82.23 m at the South Asian GamesIn the same year, he won the IAAF World U-20 Championship with flying colours, setting a world junior recordHowever, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the last date for them was July 11, and he couldn’t make itIn 2017, he won another gold in the Asian Athletic Championship with a stunning throw of 85.23 metersIn 2018, he was praised for the best men’s javelin throw of the season at Commonwealth Games (CWG)In May 2018, he again made headlines by making a national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 metersadvertisementWhat is javelin throw?Javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin — a spear of about 2.5 m (8 ft 2 inches) in length — is thrown with force. Players gain momentum by running and throwing javelin towards the predetermined area. This game is played by both men and women. Representational imageHow is javelin played?Holding a metal-tipped javelin with one arm, a player has to throw it with full force towards the mark so that it covers maximum distance.The athlete must hold the javelin by its corded grip with his or her little finger closest to the tip of the implement (point where force must be applied).The men’s javelin is generally of at least 800 g and 2.6 m – 2.7 m length, while the women’s javelin is 600 g and 2.2 m – 2.3 m in length.An athlete must throw the javelin over the upper part of their throwing arm.Players should not cross the foul line, i.e., scratch line, at any time.The javelin should be thrown in a manner that the tip touches the mark within an area of 29-degrees, as it gives an advantage to the player, for the throw is measured from the tipping point.The athlete is given a chance to prove his mettle with at least four or six throws.Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingFacts about javelin throwJavelin evolved from the traditional practice of hunting and warfare.The game was first played in Ancient Greece, and later, got incorporated into the Olympic Games in 708 BC as part of the pentathlon.In 1986, the throwing distances were shortened by approximately 10 per cent due to this incident:In 1984, Uwe Hohn created a record of 104.80 m in East Germany and the throw went beyond the space available in the stadium. Since it was quite dangerous, authorities decided to reduce the distance of the throw.Read: CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win in Javelin ThrowInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Injured Harry Kane picked by England for Nations League finals

first_imgHarry Kane was selected by England for the inaugural Nations League finals next month even though he has yet to return to action for Tottenham after an ankle injury.The striker was included in an enlarged 27-man squad on Thursday for the tournament in Portugal, which will see England take on the Netherlands on June 6 for a place in the June 9 final against the host nation or Switzerland.Kane hasn’t played since April 9 when he was hurt against Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals.Tottenham’s season was extended by three weeks after the team reached the final of the Champions League. The team will play Liverpool in Madrid on June 1, which could be Kane’s first game back and his only competitive appearance before the Nations League finals.England coach Gareth Southgate said he was “keeping the door open” for Kane, the team captain.”He is working towards being fit for (Tottenham) for their final,” Southgate said. “We have to see how that progresses, really.”If Kane regains his fitness, he could end up playing three big games in nine days.”We are going to have to look post-Champions League final – we’ll have to assess everyone, really,” Southgate said, “because of the physical aspect of that game and the emotional fallout from that game.”Southgate’s preparations for the Nations League finals have been disrupted by England having all four representatives in the Champions League and Europa League title matches, which will take place a week earlier.There will be eight England players involved in the Champions League final – five from Tottenham and three from Liverpool. Arsenal plays Chelsea for the Europa League title on May 29, although there is only one player – Chelsea’s Ross Barkley – in the latest England squad from those two teams.advertisement”From our perspective, we just have to deal with it,” Southgate said. “I guess maybe people didn’t think about the possibility of one nation having so many players involved in that (Champions League) final. That’s the situation we’ve got.”But they are both going to be brilliant games to be part of.”Chelsea’s England contingent has been reduced after midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles tendon playing a friendly for Chelsea against New England Revolution in Boston on Wednesday. Fellow Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi was already ruled out with a similar injury.Midfielder Harry Winks was called up despite undergoing groin surgery late last month.Southampton forward Nathan Redmond was selected, two years after making his one and only appearance for England.The squad must be cut to 23 players by May 27.Also Read | Real Madrid sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht FrankfurtAlso Read | Manchester United to meet financial goals after turbulent seasonAlso See:last_img read more

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Carnival Makes Maiden Visit to Timor-Leste

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Carnival Australia, Carnival Corporation’s outpost for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, made the first ever cruise ship visit to Timor-Leste when P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel docked at the young nation’s capital Dili last weekend.Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry and Steve Bracks, special adviser on governance to the Timor-Leste Prime Minister, hailed Pacific Jewel’s visit as a significant step forward for the country.”After years of struggle, Timor-Leste finally won its independence only in 2002, but even five years ago few could have imagined nearly 2,000 cruise tourists going ashore in Dili,” Sherry said.”Australia has strong ties to Timor-Leste on its path to nationhood and there is no doubt that Australians have been willing the Timorese people and their country to succeed. So, the arrival of the first cruise ship is an affirmation of Timor-Leste’s potential as an attractive cruise destination and the part tourism can play to build its economy.”Saturday’s Timor-Leste call during Pacific Jewel’s return from dry dock and major refurbishment in Singapore was an opportunity to test Dili’s capacity to host a superliner visit.”Having hundreds of cruise visitors come ashore in Dili to experience the sights, sounds and culture of Timor-Leste is another positive stepping stone in the country’s progress as a free and independent nation,” Bracks said.”Pacific Jewel’s visit to Dili has been keenly anticipated by the government and the local community who are keen to make tourism a much valued feature of the local economy in a country that has so much to offer visitors in cultural experiences.”A second P&O Cruises’ call to Timor-Leste is scheduled for September 2016 when Pacific Eden will visit Dili.center_img My locationlast_img read more

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British Columbia detained in Syria last year freed after Lebanese mediation

first_imgBEIRUT — A British Columbia man who was detained in Syria last year after seeking adventure in the war-ravaged country has been released.Kristian Lee Baxter appeared at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.He broke down in tears saying he thought he “would be there forever.”Lebanon’s General security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, says Lebanese mediation helped secure Baxter’s release.Ibrahim said Baxter had been held in Syria since last year for “violating Syrian laws.” He didn’t elaborate.A statement from Global Affairs Canada says the government is “relieved” at Baxter’s release.The statement says consular services will continue to be provided to Baxter and his family.Baxter’s mother, Andrea Leclair told The Canadian Press last January, that her son messaged her daily because she was worried after he arrived in Syria on Nov. 26, but he went silent after his last message on Dec. 1.Leclair described her son as “a world traveller and adventurer” and said he visited a village near the border of Lebanon at the invitation of his girlfriend’s brother-in-law.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Antarctica unique cooperation yields results but challenges persist – UN report

While Antarctica continues to serve as a unique example of environmental cooperation among nations, a number of concerns – including the depletion of the ozone layer, the growth of tourism and the emergence of biological prospecting – call for a timely response by the world community, according to a report released at United Nations Headquarters in New York. “Designated as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science, Antarctica is the scene of successful international cooperation in research, in particular in connection with the study of global changes,” says the report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan prepared for the current UN General Assembly session. The wide-ranging document highlights recent activities under the 1959 Antarctic Treaty – a landmark accord that, in part, banned nuclear explosions over Antarctica and provided for freedom of scientific investigation in the interest of all mankind.Among positive developments, the report points to the opening or upgrading of nine stations to monitor the state of the region. It also notes the importance of such bodies as the Committee for Environmental Protection as a “dynamic forum” for addressing environmental issues related to human activity and the newly established Treaty Secretariat, which will become “a central repository of Antarctic information.” At the same time, the report flags a number of challenges and issues of concern that require speedy response. It notes, for example, that illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing for toothfish in the Southern Ocean still exceeds reported catches despite major efforts to address such activities. During 2003-4, “illegal, unregulated and unreported” toothfish fishing was estimated at 15,992 tons, up from 13,804 in 2000-1. “Further enforcement and cooperation are still required from all States involved to bring such activities to a halt,” the report says. Another area of concern is “tremendous” growth of the tourism industry in the area. According to the report, over the past decade the number of ship-borne tourists to the Antarctic Peninsula grew by more than 300 per cent. The 2004/2005 season recorded the highest number of ship-borne tourists totalling 27,324. The report underscores that an increase in high-risk, “adventure tourism” has been cause for concern partly because of the activity level and partly because of the increase in need for new search and rescue missions.Global warming has also become a “major threat” to the Antartica, the report says, noting in particular climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer. The report observes that several glaciers including Brown Glacier on Heard Island, and Collins Glacier on King George Island have retreated by several metres over three years, providing indications of continued glacial melting. A ripple effect has impacted animals in the area, with reductions in the breeding of three seabird species correlated with increases in sea temperature and the loss of penguin nests correlating to a decline in krill due to retreating pack ice, the report says.In conclusion, the report urges continued efforts to ensure that commercial activities will not impact on the successes of the Antarctic Treaty system, “in particular in securing Antarctica as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.” read more

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Meet Baby Sussexs new playmates

Watch the video above for a full rundown of who these little ones are. Royal baby Sussex, who is due any time in the next couple of weeks, will not only be born into one of the world’s most famous families but a growing collective of adorable young cousins.While we know the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child will be the first cousin of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (who, at just one year older, is likely to form a close bond with Harry and Meghan’s newborn), there are many other toddling royal relatives the new addition will grow up alongside. Potential playmates include second cousins Mia and Lena Tindall, fellow grandchildren of the Queen, Isla and Savannah Phillips, Harry’s godchildren, Zalie Warren, Florence van Cutsen and Jasper Dyer, and even some state-side playmates – Meghan’s best friend’s children, Brian, John and Ivy Mulroney. read more

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Nissan LEAF wins World Car of the Year award

first_imgJust in time for Earth Day, the all-electric zero-emission Nissan LEAF has been deemed the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show on Friday. It’s the first electric car to win this award in its seven-year history.The World Car of the Year award winners are chosen and voted on by a jury of 66 prominent automotive journalists from 24 different countries. The car, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery, can zip you along for 100 miles before it needs to be recharged. The LEAF can reach up to 80 percent of its fully charged capacity in just 30 minutes with a quick-charge port.Nissan Chairman and CEO Carols Ghosn thinks electric vehicles will make up 10 percent of the global auto market by 2020. The car has a list price of about $33,000, but you get a nice federal tax credit of $7,500, which brings the price down to about $25,000.Earlier this week we saw proof that electric cars aren’t as boring as some may think, and can actually put the pedal to the metal with a racing version of the LEAF. The LEAF NISMO RC can do 0 to 60mph in 6.86 seconds, and can reach speedups up to 93mph for about 20 minutes before it runs out of juice. Though it’s not going to win any Daytona 500 races, Nissan wanted to challenge the general bad rap electric cars get.The LEAF wasn’t the only electric car that got noticed at this year’s Auto Show, though. Had the Chevrolet Volt been eligible for the World Car Award, it may have taken first place. To be eligible, the car has to be available for sale on at least two continents between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 20, 2011. The Volt is only available in the U.S. and will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. However, it did win the Green Car of the Year award.via CNN Moneylast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img By Sean Murray Share1 Tweet Email Friday 10 May 2019, 8:55 AM Image: Shutterstock/Fotyma 11,928 Views Updated May 10th 2019, 8:55 AM EVERY MORNING brings you the headlines you need to know as you start your day.1. #CABOT FINANCIAL: Ulster Bank has said it’s “unacceptable” that a data breach resulted in its former customers’ details being compromised. 2. #COOLOCK: Unions are set to meet with management of Mondelez Ireland after it was announced that 70 jobs are set to go at its Cadbury plant in north Dublin. 3. #CLIMATE ACTION: Ireland has become the second country in the world to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency, after it was passed in the Dáil last night.4. #IPSOS MRBI: Fine Gael candidates are in the lead in each of the three European constituencies ahead of the upcoming election, a new opinion poll has found. 5. #TRADE WAR: The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods after last-minute talks to reach a trade deal failed.6. #BROADCASTING: RTÉ has said it is assessing each TV news report individually after blurring the faces of local election candidates. 7. #CHEQUE PLEASE: The government will not support new legislation to cover the payment of tips in restaurants but will seek a new “collective agreement” with restaurants and hotels.8. #RIP: Comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76.9. #SCAM: A fake heiress who conned New York’s elite has been sentenced for up to 12 years in prison.  May 10th 2019, 7:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. No Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Fotymalast_img read more

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Could this be Thessaloniki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram You might claim to know Thessaloniki; you might have dwelled there, walked around the streets and neighbourhoods, loved the food and people, absorbed the laid-back culture. Even if this is the case, you would still have trouble recognising the city as depicted in this photo from the 1860s with the city’s celebrated esplanade enclosed in the coastline walls that surrounded it until 1870. The photo surfaced on Facebook in a group aptly called ‘Old Photos of Thessaloniki’. Uploaded by group member Zacharias Semertzidis, who labelled it as the only photographic depiction of the Thessaloniki seaside before the demolition of the wall, the photo was hailed as a ‘Holy Grail’ by history enthusiasts who delved into speculation.The photo was taken by the Abdullah brothers (known as the Abdullah Freres), legendary Armenian photographers Viken (1820-1902), Hovszep (1830-1908) and Kevork (1839-1918) Abdullah, who had been active for more than 40 years in Istanbul, operating a studio in Pera from 1858 to 1867 (when they sold it to photographer Nicolas Andreiomenos) and becoming the official photographers of the sultan’s court. It was found in the National Archives of Hungary, labelled ‘Szaloniki’, as part of an album of 31 photos of Istanbul showcased at the 1867 International Exposition of Paris, and purchased by the noble Austro-Hungarian Festetics family. Despite the excitement of the new discovery, many challenged that the city depicted is in fact, Thessaloniki, given that it bears next to no resemblence to the city we know today. The photo is believed to have been taken from the top of the White Tower; some members of the Facebook group tried to compare it with modern photos, looking for landmarks. Others used Google Earth photos taken from the same angle as verification and identified the mountain skyline. Others confirmed it using different means, identifying the mosques marked by the minarets, such as the Kadı Kemal (Lonca Camii). More elements, other photos, press clippings, and so on were added, slowly confirming the authenticity of the Abdullah Freres photo, which serves as testament of the fleeting nature of things that are seemingly concrete. The 1867 Thessaloniki was radically transformed over the following decades. The walls, which were slowly eroding, and never considered to be very strong (they were easily overcome by the Saracenes in 904 AD) were demolished under order of the sultan, for reasons of public health; for one, the neighbourhood behind them were slums, inhabited by working-class people; on the other hand, they were preventing airflow within the city. Demolition began in 1869 and lasted until the first decade of the 20th century. The walls gave way to the ‘modern’ pier the sultan had envisioned and the debris was used to pave the still-standing Nikis Avenue. The inner city was also permanently changed after the fires of 1890 and 1917. Traces of the walls still exist in parts of the city, most notably behind the local courthouse.last_img read more

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Buy This Comic The Backstagers 2018 Valentines Intermission 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “It’s Valentine’s Day at St. Genesius Prep and the Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for some ROMANTIC adventures in the mysterious world behind the scenes! It’s the “seasons of love” for your favorite backstage boys! (No, you can’t wear pink backstage. Or red. Or glitter. Or cherub wings, Sasha.)”Look out. We’ve got an early dosage of love coming your way!THE BACKSTAGERS: 2018 VALENTINE’S INTERMISSION #1(W): James Tynion IV + Samantha Johns (A): Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina (C): Walter Baiamonte, Brittany Peer (L): Jim Campbell, Rebecca Nalty, Katy FarinaValentine’s Day. This day can be a bit of a sore spot. A bit of a drag. Or, a day to curl up with your loved one and do what you do. Either way, people have individual feelings about the holiday. I’ve never been one to dive into “holiday-themed” comics until two years ago. BOOM! Studios gave me life when bringing Christmas to Giant Days and I haven’t looked back since. This year, our favorite boys, The Backstagers are back! I’m an absolute sucker for anything dealing with these boys behind the stage. They’re back with creators, writer James Tynion and artist Rian Sygh, helming their original Valentines Day story with a few special guest to help them along the way. There’s so much to love about this supersized Valentine’s Day gem.via BOOM! StudiosBackstagers: 2018 Valentine’s Intermission #1 is written with the main story first with our original fantastic team with short stories by guests to tell a small perspective of everyone’s Valentine’s Day. Our main story, written by James Tynion IV with art by Rian Sygh, colors by Walter Baiamonte with Brittany Peer and lettering by Jim Campell is a delightful, yet critical look at Valentine’s Day through the eyes of Beckett that hits a little close to home.Beckett’s goes on an epic quest to separate himself from V-Day and the dance that will follow. He waits to partake in his favorite pastime, pizza and bloody horror movies with fellow backstager Aziz to combat the gross-ness of the holiday. Plans start to change when Aziz has a situation on deck, Bailey Brentwood (the coolest girl in the world) might be digging Brock Manchester (the coolest boy in the world), and he still has to do the lights for the V-Day play.For those who actively try to avoid everything dealing with Valentine’s Day, this one is for you. James Tynion IV writes the cynical beast that is within us all when it comes to the day through Beckett. I must admit, and this is being 100% bias, I loved this comic a little more for it. Tynion undeniably writes relatable characters that you immediately resonate with.via BOOM! StudiosIn this central story, Beckett goes through an epic journey in only thirty pages that from start to finish is incredible. Throughout the night, he goes through small changes of what he thinks about the holiday. He goes from cynical, heartbroken, a man of action, understanding and genuinely accepting his circumstances (with the help of Mr. Rample. Protect at all costs!). Who else can write that in such a short span of time and make it count but Tynion? Through Beck’s eyes, Tynion’s almost saying, YOU might not like the holiday, but the people who do, let them have this.Rian Sygh’s art is among some of my personal favorites in comics. Sygh has a way of showcasing every single character and giving them their own being and temperament. Each panel, Sygh’s pencils gives us something different, displaying emotions and actions that we associate with each character. One thing I adore about Sygh’s art is how playful it is. It never takes itself too seriously, always a little zany, always with an easter egg or two. It’s another central part of The Backstagers that makes it fun to read. Art has a feeling, and Sygh always seems like he has the best time with the boys. It makes it more of an enjoyable read when you can see the creators sincerely love what they do and adore the character they bring to readers.via BOOM! StudiosWalter Baiamonte teams with Brittany Peer for colors and they capture the holiday and the emotions on that day on every page. Baiamonte and Peer give us those beautiful valentines day colors such as pink and red, but mix it up a little-displaying pastel and loud oranges, neon pinks, blues and more. The Backstagers is a comic command so much presence with a palette that goes all over the place. Baiamonte and Peer do that well. It’s not messy, but its just as fun and detailed as Sygh’s art is. It’s a harmonic mixture between the light and the dark. The pastel and the neon. It makes the comic feel that much funnier and even more alive.Jim Campbell’s letters finish off this central story that gives it even more of the charm that’s needed. Campbell’s lettering in The Backstagers is some of my favorite because he places to where it heightens up the drama. This very much plays to each characters personalities and his strength. It’s rare for me to see a letterer who can match the flare of lettering to the characters and he very much does.via BOOM! StudiosWe’re not leaving this review without talking about the small, but unique bouns shorts you get within it. Tynion teams up with Samantha Jones to write three short comics for this V-Day special, and each is more adorable than the last. “Finding The One,” with art by Brittney Williams and colors by Rebecca Nalty, pens Jory against time as he tried to find the perfect valentine for Hunter. “Love Rodent #9,” with art by Caitlin Rose Boyle has the McQueen twins take a bit of Love Potion #9 and help them realize how much they adore their backstagers (and each other). Last but not least, “Of Mice and Munchies,” illustrated, colored and lettered by Katy Farina, gives us a look into Sasha’s Alice in Wonderland candy coma. Each story gives us a little piece of everyone’s personalized V-Day and shows who (and what) they love and care for the most.The Backstagers is a perfect way to start your weekend filled with love for the holiday. If you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or determined to take the Beckett route (I sure do), make sure you curl up with this Valentine special that will give you the warm and fuzzy just in time for the holidays. The Backstagers: 2018 Valentine’s Intermission #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.02/07/18 Releases – In addition to THE BACKSTAGERS: 2018 VALENTINE’S INTERMISSION #1 here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading (and will get you in the mood for love).Twisted Romance #1 by Alex de Campi, Magen Cubed, Sarah Harrocks (W), Katie Skelly, Sarah Harrocks (A) Image ComicsYoung Monsters In Love #1 by Various (W) Various (A) DC ComicsThe Snagglepuss Chronicles #2 by Mark Russell (W), Mike Feehan (P), Mark Morales (I), Paul Mounts (C), Dave Sharpe (L), Ben Caldwell (CA) DC ComicsRogue & Gambit #2 by Kelly Thompson (W), Pere Pérez (A), Frank D’Armata (C), VC’s Joe Caramagna (L), Kris Anka (CA) MarvelBackstagers V.2 by James Tynion IV (W), Rian Sygh (A), Walter Baiamonte, Brittany Peer (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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California Transitioning to AllElectric Public Buses by 2040

first_img California has 20 years to transition to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet.The Golden State’s Air Resources Board (CARB) last week set a statewide goal for public transit agencies to go all-electric by 2040.“A zero-emissions public bus fleet means cleaner air for us all,” CARB chair Mary Nichols boasted.“It dramatically reduces tailpipe pollution from buses in low-income communities and provides multiple benefits, especially for transit-dependent riders,” she said in a statement. “Putting more zero-emission buses on our roads will also reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases, and provides cost savings for transit agencies in the long run.”The Innovative Clean Transit regulation is part of an effort to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which currently accounts for 40 percent of climate-changing gas emissions and a whopping 80 to 90 percent of smog-forming pollutants.Eight of the state’s 10 largest transit agencies already operate zero-emission buses (including battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles). But that’s still not enough.Local riders can expect rapid turnover from gas wagons to all-electric carriers—from 153 buses on the road today to 1,000 by 2020.Full implementation, according to CARB, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 million metric tons over the next three decades—the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road.Plus, it will reduce tailpipe emissions—nitrogen oxides and particulate matter—by 7,000 tons and 40 tons, respectively, during the same 30-year period.California Gov. Jerry Brown last year reportedly “expressed an interest” in banning sales of diesel-fuel cars in hopes of reducing air pollution. China, France, and the UK have all announced plans to phase out gas- and diesel-car sales by 2050.More on Freak Out Over Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting AccelerationLondon Buses, Like People, Fuel Up On CoffeeIt’s Electric: Classic VW Bus Gets Modern OverhaulCalifornia Mandates Solar Panels On New Homes Man Completes ‘World’s Longest’ Journey By EVRolls-Royce Aims to Build the World’s Fastest All-Electric Airplane Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Will the Kanagawa gubernatorial election trigger an IR bid for Yokohama

first_imgWe are fast approaching the cutoff date for declarations of candidacy in the gubernatorial elections, part of the unified local government elections in Japan.This is an important election for potential IR operators with the results potentially changing the direction of IR bids. And while much of the focus is on the Osaka and Hokkaido elections, even in the Kanagawa gubernatorial election, where Yokohama is located, the issue of “yay” or “nay” for IRs is creeping into debates. Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The stance of current governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, is that a decision on whether to bid for an IR remains at the discretion of Yokohama city, the basic municipality. In the election, the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party), Komeito (Clean Government Party) and Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) have declared their support for Kuroiwa.While at one time the Constitutional Democratic Party’s support was also requested, they couldn’t agree on a stance for IRs and the request was canceled.There is a prime location at the Yamashita Wharf for an IR property in Yokohama under Mayor Fumiko Hayashi. Mayor is not one of the positions up for election in this unified local government election, but city council declarations of candidacy are on 29 March.After the declaration made by the Constitutional Democratic Party, there are plans to run a campaign in opposition of IRs. Furthermore, on the opposing side, the Japanese Communist Party has made their policy focus point, “Let’s join together to form a city council that says NO to casinos.”The opinions of the residents regarding IRs is widely divided.Chairman of the Yokohama Koun Kyokai (port operations association), Yukio Fujiki, started off this year saying, “There are examples of problem gambling right in front of us. I don’t want that for Yokohama. We aren’t a town that needs to act so selfishly.”On the other hand, Takashi Ueno, president of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said, “This is necessary for the economic development of Yokohama. I would love to make an IR bid a reality.”His comments can be interpreted as official support for the bid.Yokohama undoubtedly harbors a lot of potential as a large-city IR candidate. Perhaps the will of the people in the Kanagawa gubernatorial election will serve as a trigger to get Yokohama moving in IR negotiations. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

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Sweden arrests another suspect over Stockholm attack

first_imgSweden has arrested a second suspect over the deadly Stockholm truck attack, prosecutors said Monday.Four people were killed, including two Swedes, one Briton and one Belgian, when a truck mowed down pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm on April 7.Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national, confessed to driving the stolen truck and is being held in custody but investigators are still searching for possible accomplices.The second unnamed suspect was arrested on Sunday, the prosecution authority said in a statement, adding: “No more information can be given at the moment.”The prosecution has until Wednesday to decide whether the suspect should be formally remanded in custody.Police said they had jointly carried out the arrest with the Swedish Security Service “after a large amount of preliminary investigations had been processed.”No terror group has claimed responsibility for the rampage, which resembled vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and London.Construction worker Akilov is a father of four who was refused permanent residency in Sweden in June 2016. He went underground last year after receiving a deportation order, police said.He is known to have sympathies for jihadist groups, including the Islamic State (IS).last_img read more

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5 Palestinians killed at Gaza border Ministry

first_imgA Palestinian woman protesters carry and wear Palestinian flags as they stand amidst smoke from burning tyres during clashes following a demonstration near the border with Israel east of Gaza City on 26 October 2018. Photo: AFPFive Palestinians were killed Friday as fresh clashes broke out with Israeli troops on Gaza’s border with the Jewish state, despite Egyptian-brokered truce efforts, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.The five men, aged between 22 and 27, died in separate incidents along the border fence, the ministry said.The violence came despite talk of progress towards an Egyptian-brokered deal to end the months of often violent protests along the border.Israeli helicopters and planes later struck three bases of the Islamist movement Hamas in northern Gaza without causing injuries, the army said and witnesses said.The army did not comment on the deaths but said around 16,000 “rioters and demonstrators” had gathered along the border, with some setting tyres alight and hurling rocks, firebombs and grenades towards soldiers.Troops responded with “riot dispersal means”, a spokesman added.Three of the men were shot dead east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, while one was killed east of Jabalia in the north of the coastal territory, the health ministry said.A fifth man died east of Bureij in central Gaza when a hand grenade he was holding exploded accidentally, witnesses said.Palestinians have gathered for protests along the Gaza Strip’s border at least weekly since 30 March.At least 212 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the protests began, according to figures collated by AFP.The majority have died during protests, while smaller numbers have been killed by airstrikes and tank fire.One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the border in the same period.The protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in a 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now inside the Jewish state.They are also protesting over Israel’s crippling blockade of Gaza.Israel accuses Hamas of orchestrating the often violent demonstrations.Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and much of the international community considers the Islamist movement a terrorist organisation.Truce deal scuppered? -The fresh violence could also scupper hopes of a deal to end the months of protests.Egypt and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel with the aim of calming the situation amid fears of another war.Last week, a rocket fired from Gaza hit an Israeli home, narrowly avoiding killing a family. In response the Israeli army carried out air strikes on around 20 Hamas targets in Gaza.The London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Friday that a deal had been reached that would see the protests end in exchange for an easing of Israel’s blockade.Hamas officials denied a deal had been struck but confirmed to AFP that progress was being made.“We expect to reach an agreement very soon,” a senior Hamas official said earlier Friday on condition of anonymity.Israel also fully reopened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip this week following a week of relative calm.It allowed dozens of trucks of fuel paid for by Qatar into the strip, having previously banned their entry in response to the border violence.Israel says the decade-long blockade is necessary to isolate Hamas, while critics say it amounts to collective punishment of Gaza’s two million residents.last_img read more

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Italy blocks tougher EU position on Venezuela

first_imgStudents protest in front of the Italian embassy in Caracas in rejection to the position of the Italian government which blocked a European Union (EU) common declaration on Venezuela, on 4 February, 2019. Photo: AFPItaly on Monday blocked a bid to toughen the EU’s common position on Venezuela, diplomatic sources said, even as a dozen of its member states recognised opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader.After President Nicolas Maduro rejected an ultimatum to call snap presidential elections, Spain, Germany, France and Britain led a run of European countries in individually recognising the young National Assembly leader on Monday and called on him to organise free and fair polls soon.But an attempt to muscle up the bloc’s common position was vetoed by Italy, four diplomatic sources told AFP, with the coalition government in Rome divided over how to handle the Venezuela crisis.”It is clear that at the moment there is not going to be (a new common statement),” Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borell told reporters at a meeting of EU and Arab League foreign ministers.”There are still some who oppose it.”Some EU countries hoped to go further than a joint statement on Venezuela agreed 10 days ago declaring Maduro’s re-election illegitimate and warning of “further actions, including on the issue of recognition of the country’s leadership” if new elections are not called soon.Foreign policy positions require the unanimous support of all 28 EU countries, so Italy’s veto sank efforts to agree on a beefed-up version, which would have mentioned the recognition of Guaido by numerous member states.Rome rejected the stronger position because it regarded it as “interference” in Venezuela’s internal affairs, one diplomat said.Divisions over Venezuela emerged last week during an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Bucharest, with hardliners pushing to recognise Guaido, those with a more cautious line such as Italy and Greece and legalists like Austria and Luxembourg who wanted to reach consensus.Speaking to AFP, one minister remarked that the Venezuela debacle showed “we no longer have a common foreign policy”.last_img read more

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on His Favorite Star Trek Captain

first_imgStay on target A few weeks ago all of us here at the office lived out our nerd dreams when astrophysicist, game developer, cartoon, BoB nemesis, and beloved celebrity smart guy Neil deGrasse Tyson stopped by. Watch the lengthy discussion we had with him on our sister site But once our official cameras stopped rolling, the conversation kept going. And since the heir to Carl Sagan is an authority on all things space, naturally we talked about Star Trek (after we got him to sign our phasers). Tyson even shared an amusing anecdote about his favorite Trek captain, and fortunately, we recorded it.Check it out!Sorry TNG fans. We don’t know when we’ll be able to get Tyson to talk Trek again, but in the meantime why not tune into the Gifted and Talented Program on December 12 for more Star Trek discussion and a whole lot of other insanity.AdChoices广告 ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ last_img read more

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Sarawaks Redefining Global Tribes campaign trailblazes Europe at IMEX

first_imgSarawak’s Redefining Global Tribes campaign trailblazes Europe at IMEXSarawak’s most daring campaign to date, Redefining Global Tribes¸ gathered Europe’s top meetings and convention professionals to advocate for the prominence of business events in the global economy at IMEX, a landmark exhibition for global experts working within the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.Reinforcing the tribal summon, Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Convention Bureau emphasised the significance of the campaign’s presence, “Redefining Global Tribes aligns the vision of business events communities around the globe. Just as how the IMEX exhibition has transformed the landscape of Frankfurt by drawing Europe’s crème of the crop under one roof, Sarawak’s campaign has the potential to transform the global economic landscape through business events.”“Sarawak has always valued IMEX as a trusted partner and channel to reach out to the rest of the world. That is why we have also chosen IMEX as our pit stop for our Redefining Global Tribes world tour in May 2017,” concluded Roziman.Sarawak, the unassuming underdog located on the island of Borneo, made headlines last year for being one of the few 2nd tier destinations to successfully host the prestigious 55th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress 2016. The success gave rise to the destination’s latest campaign which was partly inspired by ICCA’s theme, Gathering of the Global Tribes.This new campaign will also see the assembly of global business events experts at the Tribal Warrior Challenge, an obstacle course event, in Kuching this August. Sarawak Convention BureauSource = Sarawak Convention Bureaulast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Regent Seven Seas Cruis

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has joined the plant-based cuisine movement by adding over 200 gourmet selections to its menus fleet-wide.Effective as of 1 October, luxury travellers who are following vegan or vegetarian lifestyles will have more plant-based fare options to choose from at breakfast, lunch and dinner when cruising with Regent Seven Seas.“For luxury travellers who are increasingly adding more plant-based cuisine to their meals, we’re offering even more imaginative selections of bold, flavorful appetisers, entrees and desserts, with craveable tastes and mouth-watering presentations,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises president and Chief Executive Officer. “Our expanded plant-based cuisine sets the highest benchmark in luxury cruising.”Som Tam Green Papaya Kelp Noodle SaladThe new options include: Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Mushroom Duxelles and Red Pepper Coulis; Falafel Fritters with Harissa Mayo, Cucumber, Mint, and Capers; Spiced Potato & Green Pea Samosas with Tamarind Chutney; and Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly (pictured below). These additions showcase a range of international cuisines, including, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, Malaysian, and more.Summer Berry Pudding ChantillyOther menu highlights include nourishing Power Bowls and Poke Bowls, hearty pasta and noodles, light and refreshing salads and soups and decadent items like an Impossible™ Cheeseburger and a Peach and Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal-Almond Topping.Plant based Hawaiian poke bowlLead image: Sweet and Sour vegetables with TofuGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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