Manulife names new Canadian chief as part of executive shuffle

TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. has appointed Marianne Harrison to head the company’s Canadian division, effective Jan. 1.Harrison has been president of Manulife’s John Hancock Long Term Care Insurance in the United States since 2008.Her appointment to lead the biggest business unit in the Manulife group follows the appointment of Paul Rooney as chief operating officer of the whole company.Both Rooney and Harrison will report to Manulife chief executive Donal Guloien.Harrison previously held senior positions at the TD Bank Financial Group, before joining Manulife in 2003. read more

Despite improvements childrens health in DPR of Korea still threatened UN

“What we’ve learned over the past eight years is that this Government is open to outside help, works hard to bring about positive change, and cares about its children. But we’ve also learned that the problems to be confronted are growing, not diminishing,” Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said after a three-day visit to the DPRK.Speaking in Seoul, capital of the neighbouring Republic of Korea, Ms. Bellamy said that despite international isolation and a political impasse with the West, the DPRK’s immunization rates have vastly improved while better systems for finding and treating cases of severe malnutrition are in place.But despite these successes since her last visit in 1997, the humanitarian crisis triggered by natural disasters in the mid-90s has been compounded by structural issues, such as global economic change, outdated infrastructure and inadequate government revenue, that cannot be solved through emergency relief alone.”This nation faces enormous challenges, and children remain extremely vulnerable to malnutrition, illness, and deaths that are entirely preventable,” she said.Noting that UNICEF’s efforts in cooperation with the Government are working, she said nearly 80 per cent of children are being vaccinated, up from 35 per cent, and some 60,000 malnourished children are receiving therapeutic feeding while work is underway to ensure that more communities get clean water.”All these efforts are the result of a growing partnership between the Government and aid agencies – the kind of partnership many thought could not work here,” she added.Ms. Bellamy, who met with the President of the People’s Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and government ministers, said she was impressed by the level of trust DPRK officials have developed with the aid community. But she noted that lack of access to parts of the country is an unresolved issue, and she pressed for more openness.UNICEF recently embarked on a new three-year programme with the Government, emphasizing nutrition for children, basic health care, improvements in the supply of water, and education. read more

Resource companies take TSX sharply lower amid emerging market worries

Resource companies take TSX sharply lower amid emerging market worries by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2014 6:54 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market plunged more than 200 points Friday as emerging market worries persuaded investors to avoid riskier assets like equities and commodities.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 215.21 points to 13,717.76 in a broad-based sell-off.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.21 of a cent to 90.31 cents US as Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate rose to 1.2 per cent in December, compared with 0.9 per cent in November, largely because of higher gasoline prices.Losses were even steeper in New York where the Dow Jones industrials racked up a sizable triple-digit loss for a second day, falling 318.24 points to 15,879.11 after plunging 176 points on Thursday. The Nasdaq was 90.7 points lower to 4,128.17 while the S&P 500 index was down 38.17 points to 1,790.29.Investors have been worried about sharp drops in the values of currencies in several emerging markets, including Turkey, Russia, South Africa and Argentina.These drops were sparked by moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut back on its massive bond purchases, a key stimulus measure that fuelled a rally on stock markets last year and also kept long-term rates low. But U.S. bond yields have risen as the Fed moves to taper its purchases.“If the expectation is in the U.S. that yields start going up, I think the investors who are now overseas in the Turkish, Argentinian, South African or Venezuelan bond markets don’t see the need to stay there anymore — so they repatriate their money,” said John Tsagarelis, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“So there’s a pretty quick outflow and you’re seeing that through the transmission mechanisms of the currencies first and then obviously the bond market and then things follow from there.”The rout in emerging market assets began a day earlier following signs that manufacturing was contracting in China, a major driver of global economic growth.Also weighing on markets has been a slew of fourth-quarter earnings reports out this week that have disappointed on revenue growth.“Many companies last year were coming in line or just coming in slightly below revenue expectations and then beating on EPS because of cost cutting and issues related to maintaining margins and so forth,” Tsagarelis said.“But I think if you don’t have topline growth, cost reductions can only go so far.”Investors are wary of a U.S. market that hasn’t experienced a serious correction in almost 18 months. The S&P 500 soared about 30 per cent last year.Much of last year’s rally was made possible by Fed stimulus in the form of massive bond buying. But the central bank announced last month it was cutting those purchases by US$10 billion a month to $75 billion.The Fed holds its next interest rate meeting next week and traders will be anxious to see if the Fed reduces its asset purchases further.In earnings news Friday, Procter & Gamble said its second-quarter net income fell 16 per cent to US$3.43 billion, or $1.18 per share as the world’s largest consumer products maker faced tough comparisons from a year ago, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally. But its adjusted earnings still beat expectations. Revenue was flat at $22.28 billion, short of the $22.34 billion in revenue analysts expected but its shares headed up 1.2 per cent to $79.18.North American indexes fell sharply during the week with the TSX down 1.23 per cent while New York’s Dow industrials gave back 3.52 per cent.The industrials group led decliners on Friday, down 2.55 per cent with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) losing $1.77 to $57.93 while Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) dropped $7.22 to $156.88.The base metals sector was close behind, down 1.98 per cent as March copper declined a cent to US$3.278 a pound following a five-cent retreat Thursday on the China manufacturing data. Teck Resources lost 54 cents to C$26.61 and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) lost 37 cents to $8.93.Financials were also a weight, down 1.61 per cent with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) 94 cents lower to $20.86, while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 93 cents to $70.49.The energy sector lost 1.38 per cent with the March crude oil contract down 68 cents to US$96.64 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) fell 71 cents to C$35.47 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shed 89 cents to $36.91.The February gold bullion contract rose $2 to US$1,264.30 an ounce as the gold sector lost early momentum and turned down about 0.7 per cent. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) lost 38 cents to C$21.05 and Kinross Gold (TSX:K) faded nine cents to C$5.15.The tech sector was the main advancer, with shares in business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) running ahead $10.81, or 10.79 per cent, to $111 as it posted a quarterly profit of US$53.5 million or 90 cents a share, down from $61.1 million a year ago. Revenue increased to US$363.5 million from $352.2 million. Open Text also said that it will split its stock two-for-one next month. TMX Broadcast Centre is pictured in Toronto on May 16, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LDCs UN calls for greater support to least developed countries adopts new

“We are pleased that a number of important initiatives have been put forward that will support the least developed countries to reach their full potential” said Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for the LDCs and Secretary-General of the conference.The three-day meeting, co-organized by the Government of Turkey and the UN, reviewed progress made by the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) since the adoption in 2011 of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).Challenges and opportunities in LDCsAt this Midterm Review, challenges and opportunities were considered in addition to recommendations for the next five years of implementation, taking into account the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement.The meeting, hosted by Turkey in the coastal city of Antalya, brought together around two thousand participants including high-level UN officials and representatives from government, international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector.It featured an inter-governmental plenary, four high-level roundtables, 25 side events, a private sector forum, a civil society forum and a pre-conference event hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Bangladesh.New initiatives and Political Declaration announcedA number of initiatives were announced, including the appointment of a “governing council” for the Technology Bank for LDCs, which will support access to and the better utilization of science, technology and innovation.“Strengthening global partnerships and supporting strong national leadership and ownership, will assist almost one billion people living in vulnerable countries as they work towards a bright and productive future,” declared Mr. Acharya, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.The meeting adopted a Political Declaration, in which participants highlighted how LDCs have experienced some recent progress in areas including reduced child and maternal mortality rates, gender parity in education and parliaments, as well as access to the internet and mobile networks.Economic growth has also been strong, even though its pace has been more volatile and below the average of the last decade. There has also been an increase in the number of countries fulfilling criteria, which will lead towards graduation from least developed status.Graduation from LDC status ‘not everything’“The key message is graduation is not everything,” Shamshad Akhtar, the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told the UN News Centre.“Least developed countries need to continue being recipients of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) because that is a very important cushion that they need,” she stressed. “But also how the ODA is deployed to build their resilience is also very critical.”Ms. Akhtar was referring to a financial pledge made by development partners to allocate the equivalent of 0.2 per cent of their Gross National Income (GNI) to LDCs, a commitment which was reaffirmed today at the conference.Emphasis on investmentAnother strong message in Antalya was that much more needs to be done to build productive capacity in agriculture, manufacturing and services, so that LDCs can work towards lifting themselves out of the category.Representing the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ashwani Muthoo told the UN News Centre that agriculture is the “backbone” to achieving this. Last year, nearly 70 per cent of the UN agency’s new annual commitment went to LDCs.“What is clear is that there is a great will at the local level and at the community level to do better, but they also need to be supported by good leadership and better governance,” Mr. Muthoo said. “As IFAD, we are there. That’s our mandate to support them, and we do realize the agenda is unfinished but together we will get there.”In addition, it was underlined how further development of infrastructure and access to energy will have far-reaching effects in LDCs, helping to eradicate poverty. Private sector development and the promotion of gender equality, all while building resilience, were highlighted as critical.“I believe all this can be done,” Jeffrey Sachs, an Advisor to the UN Secretary-General and an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Agenda who spoke at the meeting on financing options said, noting that the global community needs to be very “practical.”“My emphasis is on investment; investment in people, health and education, investment in infrastructure—the roads, the power, the fiber, the broad-band connectivity. Because if we can create that platform of strong infrastructure and human capital, the private sector capital is really amazingly large and mobile worldwide,” he explained.The global community also emphasized that initiatives providing LDCs with access to duty-free and quota-free markets, and offering favorable conditions under which exports qualify for preferential treatment, should be fully utilized, with a commitment to increase Aid for Trade to LDCs.Commitment to undertake a study that will consider ways in which LDCs can manage and withstand shocks such as natural disasters, health pandemics and economic volatility, was also reaffirmed.There are 48 LDCs in the world, which comprise more than 880 million people (about 12 per cent of world population), but account for less than 2 per cent of world GDP and about 1 per cent of global trade in goods. read more

Alarming disparity in broadband connectivity within AsiaPacific UN regional study finds

“As a result of this digital divide, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health, business and financial services,” Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said today in a news release.She also stressed that broadband connectivity is vital for the digital economy and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.The report, State of ICT in Asia and the Pacific 2016: Uncovering the Widening Broadband Divide, also notes that according to 2015 data, the other three subregions: South and South-West Asia, North and Central Asia, and South-East Asia have a combined 23.19 per cent fixed broadband subscriptions in the region, three times less than the East and North-East subregion.According to the regional form, the findings confirm that gap between advanced and developing countries in fixed broadband access is indeed widening, and unless targeted policy interventions are put in place, the trend will continue to the detriment of future development opportunities.“In response to the widening gap, ESCAP is promoting the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative, to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet across Asia and the Pacific, by strengthening the underlying Internet infrastructure in the region,” added Ms. Akhtar.The report also finds that the ESCAP region has witnessed a dramatic increase from 38.1 per cent of the global fixed broadband subscriptions in 2005 to 52.3 per cent in 2015.However, the report also shows that less than two per cent of the region’s population has adopted fixed broadband in as many as twenty countries, widening the ‘digital divide’ between high-income and low-income countries at an alarming speed.It further shows that the penetration of e-commerce is directly linked to access to broadband connectivity.“[This suggests] that enhancing information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure connectivity would increase business-to-business e-commerce in the region,” said ESCAP.The report also looked at emerging trends in developing online content, differential patterns of mobile broadband expansion and usage, as well as the impact of regulatory quality and investment in broadband adoption. read more

Information on Senate meeting held Feb 13 2019

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during the 667th meeting of the University Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 13. They can be viewed at www.brocku.ca/university-secretariat/facultyhandbookThe meeting’s summary report, which includes information on the amendments, is available online.,The meeting’s summary report, which includes information on the amendments, is available online.

White iPhone Vanishes from Verizons Site

first_imgWell, that didn’t take long. Roughly an hour or two ago we wondered out loud whether Verizon was getting first dibs on the elusive white iPhone 4. After all, the thing did appear on Verizon’s site.As we suspected at the time, however, the thing seems to have accidentally been carried over from Apple’s own product page. The image of the white iPhone has since been removed from the page. As you can see from the above and after shots, the spacing of the black iPhone is the same–Verizon seems to have simply deleted the white iPhone from the image.The latest from Apple has the white version of the popular handset finally hitting the market after months and months of delays. Looks like Verizon customers will have to wait, too.last_img read more

Sitdown Sunday How a ring of women allegedly recruited girls for Jeffrey

first_img IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Who recruited girls for Jeffrey Epstein?A circle of Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriends and employees are implicated in allegedly recruiting girls for him for sex. Some of the accusers have been speaking out about what allegedly happened.(New York Times, approx 11 mins reading time) Sitdown Sunday: How a ring of women allegedly recruited girls for Jeffrey Epstein Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Sep 1st 2019, 9:01 AM Image: ABACA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4789597 Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:00 AM Short URL Share23 Tweet Email1 4. Mushroom foraging saved me from my griefWhen Long Litt Woon’s husband died, she was bereft with grief. But learning how to forage for mushrooms helped give her a new focus in life. (BBC, approx 6 mins reading time)Following Eiolf’s death, Woon tried yoga, meditation – anything anyone suggested to help pull her from her sorrow. She didn’t go through the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – rather, she experienced it as an erratic mess. She felt detached from her friends and society in general.5. Jair Bolsonaro’s Southern strategyA longread about the Brazilian president and how he “borros from the Trump playbook”. (The New Yorker, approx 34 mins reading time)Like many autocrats, Bolsonaro came to power with a suddenness that alarmed the élites. He had run a low-budget campaign, consisting mostly of a social-media effort overseen by his son Carlos. At events with supporters, he posed for selfies making a gesture as if he were shooting a machine gun. He promised to “reconstruct the country”—and to return power to a political right that had been in eclipse for decades. In the inaugural ceremony, he vowed to “rescue the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat gender ideology, conserving our values.”6. Two sisters and the terrorist who came between themThe shocking story of two sisters, one of whom fell in love with a man in the US who became an Isis fighter and moved to Syria. The story of how the woman and her four children ended up living in a refugee camp, and her level of complicity in her husband’s actions, is explored here. (Elle, approx 28 mins reading time)In July 2012, a year after Moussa and Sam met, the two got married in a casual ceremony at home in Indiana. At first, Moussa lavished his wife with gifts and praise: “I know my husband loves me sooo much :)” Sam wrote on a photo posted to Facebook in November 2013 of a Subaru SUV. “on our way back from Pennsylvania with a new to me SUV!!” Moussa’s older brother Salaheddine, who lived with him in the U.S. for a time but now resides in Casablanca, said “he was a regular man, a regular Muslim, doing his prayers and working hard.”…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Grant Hadwin cut down the only giant golden spruce in the world. Why?(The New Yorker, approx 29 mins reading time)The golden spruce fell a couple of days later. Locally, the reaction was extraordinary. “It was like a drive-by shooting in a small town,” one resident of the islands told me. “People were crying; they were in shock. They felt enormous guilt for not protecting the tree better.” This was in part because, according to Haida legend, the golden spruce represented a person; and, later, a public memorial service for the tree, presided over by several Haida chiefs, was held “to mourn one of our ancestors.” But beyond the mourning, some Haida, as well as residents of the mostly white logging community of Port Clements (where the tree had stood), wanted revenge.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday>Comments are closed for legal reasons pertaining to the New York Times article.center_img She agreed. When Jeffrey Epstein tried to grope her while she was giving him a massage, wearing nothing but a thong, she brushed his hand away, Ms. Robson said in a 2009 deposition for a civil case. But she continued to visit Mr. Epstein’s mansion dozens more times, in a lucrative new role: a recruiter of other teenage girls from her school.2. The near crash of Air Canada flight 759A forensic – and scary look at a crash that was prevented at the very last minute.(Medium, approx 19 mins reading time)This article examines the sequence of events that brought flight 759 onto a collision course with four other airplanes, and demonstrates just how close it came to catastrophe. In the process it seeks to answer the question of what could have happened, why it did not, and how this near miss has served as an opportunity to prevent future disasters before they occur.3. In men, it’s Parkinson’s – in women, it’s hysteriaLaura Boylan, a neurologist, as suffering strange symptoms that she attributed to a cyst in her brain – so why did her doctors not believe her?(ProPublica, approx 25 mins reading time)The study prompted a furious letter to the journal’s editor from Dr. Laura Boylan, a New York City neurologist. She argued that the study’s results might demonstrate instead that symptoms thought to be psychogenic were actually the result of Parkinson’s, and that doctors were slow to identify the brain disease in women. “Disparities in healthcare for women are well established,” she wrote, adding, “Women commonly encounter dismissal in the medical context.” Jeffrey Epstein. No Comments 45,793 Views Jeffrey Epstein. Image: ABACA/PA Images By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Robert G Edwards linventeur de la fécondation in vitro récompensé dun prix

first_imgRobert G. Edwards : l’inventeur de la fécondation in vitro récompensé d’un prix NobelStockholm, Suède – Ce lundi 4 octobre, le physiologiste britannique Robert G. Edwards, 85 ans, a obtenu le prix Nobel de médecine 2011. Inventeur de la fécondation in vitro, il a offert à l’humanité un traitement de la stérilité, qui touche plus de 10% des couples dans le monde.C’est dans les années 1950 que M. Edwards a débuté ses recherches. Il est alors le premier à entrevoir la possibilité de réaliser des fécondations in vitro avec une réimplantation dans l’utérus. Il faudra attendre 1969 pour que le chercheur parvienne pour la première fois à réaliser une telle fécondation, mais les embryons ne se développaient alors pas au-delà de la première division. Robert Edwards a alors fait appel au gynécologue Patrick Sheptoe, mort en 1988, qui développa les premières techniques de récupération des ovules sur les ovaires. Mais très controversées, les recherches des deux scientifiques ont vu leur financement suspendu par les autorités britanniques. Une fondation privée a alors pris le relais, permettant aux deux hommes de poursuivre leurs expérimentations pour parvenir, le 25 juillet 1978, à la première naissance d’un bébé-éprouvette : Louise Brown.Depuis ce jour, ce sont quelque 4 millions d’enfants qui sont nés grâce aux travaux de M. Edwards. Les progrès de la médecine ont permis d’obtenir une naissance pour 20 à 30% des fécondations in vitro, les études à long terme permettant d’assurer que les enfants nés grâce à cette technique sont en aussi bonne santé que ceux conçus via des méthodes naturelles.Ce lundi 4 octobre 2010, Robert G. Edwards a été récompensé “pour le développement du traitement de la fécondation humaine in vitro. Ses découvertes ont rendu possible le traitement de la stérilité qui affecte une large proportion de l’humanité et plus de 10% des couples dans le monde” souligne le comité Nobel dans un communiqué.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 14:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître 10 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître 10 marsLes ruines d’une maison antique, un parc naturel pour pandas et les méfaits de l’excès de télévision, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 10 mars.  – Les tatouages révèlent le secret de leur durabilité. Des chercheurs français pensent avoir enfin compris pourquoi les tatouages ne disparaissent pas avec le temps. Le pigment serait en fait transmis de cellules en cellules. En mourant, les cellules libèreraient le pigment qui serait alors réabsorbé par leurs remplaçantes. Une découverte qui pourrait aider à améliorer les techniques de détatouage.- A Rome, des archéologues ont mis au jour les ruines d’une maison antique richement décorée. Vieille de 1700 ans, elle aurait appartenu au commandant d’un complexe militaire. Sa découverte a été réalisée sur le site de construction d’une nouvelle ligne de métro dans la capitale italienne.- La Vénus de Milo a retrouvé ses bras, ou presque. L’ONG Handicap International vient d’équiper une reproduction de la célèbre statue de prothèses de bras. L’opération vise à “interpeller le grand public” sur les quelque 100 millions de personnes ayant besoin d’appareils orthopédiques dans le monde.   – La folie des selfies gagne les manchots empereurs. En Antarctique, deux spécimens se sont malencontreusement filmés en découvrant une caméra abandonnée sur la glace. Leur vidéo d’une trentaine de secondes enchaine les gros plans et n’a pas manqué de faire rire les internautes. – Des chercheurs ont conçu un panneau solaire de nouvelle génération. Hybride, le dispositif ne se contente pas de collecter l’énergie solaire. Il est également capable de créer de l’énergie à partir des gouttes de pluie qui rencontrent sa surface. Il exploite pour cela une technologie se basant sur l’électricité statique.À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Les pandas auront bientôt un immense parc naturel rien que pour eux en Chine. Situé dans les montagnes du sud-ouest du pays, il affichera une superficie proche de celle de la Belgique, soit plus de 27.000 kilomètres carrés. L’objectif pour la Chine est d’y regrouper tous les spécimens et encourager leur reproduction pour préserver l’espèce.   – Regarder la télévision durant plus de quatre heures serait mauvais pour vos intestins messieurs. Des chercheurs ont constaté que les hommes accros à la télé avaient un risque 35% plus élevé de développer un cancer de l’intestin. Chez les femmes, en revanche, aucun lien similaire n’est apparu.- Le séjour dans l’espace de Scott Kelly a bien altéré son ADN. Selon des données dévoilées par la NASA, 93% des gènes de l’astronaute sont redevenus normaux après son retour sur Terre. Toutefois, les 7% restants seraient restés altérés. Cela pourrait causer des changements à long terme au niveau de son système immunitaire ou de la réparation de son ADN. D’autres analyses devraient être révélées d’ici quelques mois.Le 10 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doctor Who Comic Crossover Concludes With Omega

first_img Let me tell you a story about a TARDIS that just wanted some peace.It’s called “The Lost Dimension: Omega,” and it’s the grand finale of Titan Comics’ epic Doctor Who crossover.Over the past month, the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors have traversed all of space and time, trying to stop white holes of the Void from tearing apart the universe.Since the super accessible premiere issue hit shelves in October, the somewhat haphazard “Lost Dimension” series has taken readers to every end of the universe. But none of the Doctors’ individual stories (or those of his companions) measured up to the original story told in “Alpha.”A wonderful throwback for long-time fans, mashup is a nonstop bundle of excitement from tried-and-true Whovian writers George Mann and Cavan Scott, who also penned “Omega.”This week’s tale, while page-turningly lively, didn’t quite capture the spirit of its predecessor.“The Lost Dimension: Omega” variant covers (via Titan Comics)What it does particularly well, however, is wrapping up an eight-plus-issue plotline in a tidy bow (tie), with cameos from every incarnation of the titular Time Lord, and some fun interactions between our modern heroes.And with some beautiful art by Mariano Laclaustra (and assistants Fer Centurion). (It may be worth buying an extra copy of “Omega,” just to rip out a few pages to use as home decor.)The 32-page “The Lost Dimension: Omega” is on sale now for $3.99. Titan also this week released “Special #2,” featuring River Song and the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny.Now that the mystery of the Void has been solved and everyone returned to their rightful timelines, you can return to your regularly scheduled Doctor Who comics: The adventure continues for the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors this month.And, start the countdown to Christmas, when the First and Twelfth Doctor team up to save the world (duh) in this year’s holiday special, “Twice Upon a Time.” The festive episode marks the end for showrunner Steven Moffat and star Peter Capaldi, among other cast and crew, and introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fourth at the Fort Holiday a big blast

first_imgFort Vancouver park ranger Mike Twist used a long wooden wand with a smoking wick to ignite gunpowder inside a historical replica of a swivel gun — a small portable cannon used by Pacific Northwest fur traders in the early 1800s to scare away potential enemies.“Make ready,” Twist called out.A crowd of people — attired mostly in red, white and blue — simultaneously plugged their ears as the cannon fired.“That scared me,” Amelie Ellingson, 8, of Milwaukie, Ore., said. “But it was kind of cool.”Since the 1860s when the U.S. Army took over the fort, it’s been a tradition at Vancouver’s premier historical site “to make as much noise as possible on the Fourth of July,” Twist said.Friday was no exception. In addition to Twist’s “black powder” demonstration in front of the fort’s stockade, revelers at the Fort Vancouver National Site continued the noise-making tradition throughout Independence Day with fireworks, outdoor concerts on a main stage, a children’s parade punctuated with classic car horns and bagpipes and the squeals of children playing a menagerie of games.The day culminated with a 20-minute display of fireworks, synchronized to music. A crowd, estimated before the show at 30,000, counted down the show and cheered as the first salvo was set off at 10:05 p.m. The show started slowly, to drumming, then built to an early crescendo as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.“I hadn’t been here in 25 years,” said Viktoria Strommer of Vancouver, after taking in the fireworks display. “It was amazing.”In the late 1800s, soldiers at the post celebrated the Fourth with liberal imbibing, speech-making, artillery salutes, fireworks and picnics, Twist said. Someone in an official position would read aloud the Declaration of Independence.last_img read more

Unmanned commercial supply rocket explodes at liftoff

first_imgATLANTIC, Va. — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort. The accident at Orbital Sciences Corp.’s launch complex at Wallops Island was sure to draw criticism over the space agency’s growing reliance on private U.S. companies in this post-shuttle effort. NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to make station deliveries, and it’s counting on SpaceX and Boeing to start flying U.S. astronauts to the orbiting lab as early as 2017. The Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket blew up over the launch complex. The company said everyone at the site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. And nothing on the lost flight was urgently needed by the six people living on the space station 260 miles into space, officials said.Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set.Orbital Sciences’ executive vice president Frank Culbertson said things began to go wrong 10 to 12 seconds into the flight and it was all over in 20 seconds when what was left of the rocket came crashing down. He said he believes the range-safety staff sent a destruct signal before it hit the ground, but was not certain at this point.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra unfollows Siddharth Chopras bridetobe Ishita Kumar deletes Instagram pictures

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar.InstagramIt must be a difficult time in the Chopra household right now, with speculation going on about the wedding of Siddharth Chopra that was supposed to take place in April 2019. We had told you Priyanka Chopra’s brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding had been postponed because the bride-to-be, Ishita Kumar had to undergo an emergency surgery on the day of the wedding.Priyanka Chopra was in Mumbai to attend her brother’s wedding, but it never took place. The actress-producer cast her vote in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and also inaugurated her mother Dr Madhu Chopra’s clinic in Mumbai, after which she left for the US. Priyanka Chopra was seen just a day ago at the Billboard Music Awards 2019, looking stunning on the red carpet.But she is hush-hush about her brother’s wedding. Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas were in Delhi on February 27, 2019 for the roka and engagement of her brother Siddharth. Even as there were reports that the bride-to-be Ishita Kumar has deleted all the pictures of Siddharth and her from her Instagram, the lady seems to have deleted her entire account from the social networking application.Mumbai Mirror reports that Ishita Kumar had posted a picture from the hospital after her surgery, saying, “Recovering from surgery. Very painful but glad it’s over.” Ishita later posted another picture of hers at a resto-bar, with the caption, Cheers to new beginnings. With a goodbye kiss to beautiful endings.” Ishita Kumar last Instagram post.InstagramApart from the positive comments on her last post, Ishita Kumar also got a lot of questions from concerned people about her wedding. Read some of the comments here, one of which she liked before going off radar. Ishita Kumar likes comment against Siddharth Chopra.Instagram Comments on Ishita Kumar’s Instagram post on her wedding to Siddharth Chopra.InstagramNow, Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is nowhere to be found and we can only show some support to the girl. Siddharth Chopra’s account on Instagram has also gone private. Update: Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is back and she has posted new pictures with her friends. Ishita Kumar’s Instagram pictures deleted.IBTIMESIn 2014, Siddharth Chopra was engaged to Kanika Mathur and they were to get married in 2015. But the wedding that was to take place in Goa was called off. At the time, Siddharth had posted on Facebook, “Single. Ready to mingle. Go Goa Gone. Wish everyone a very happy 2015.”We hope things turn out well for Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar. To new beginnings!last_img read more

The Long Expensive Road To Montgomery Countys Commissioners Court Scandal

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 Share X Listen ScreengrabMontgomery County Road Bond Project MapMontgomery County wasn’t designed to handle today’s traffic. The rapid growth of the county is putting thousands more cars and trucks on the rural and suburban roads every year. And the congestion is only expected to get worse.So last August, Montgomery County Commissioners Court met to take citizens’ comments on a $280 million road bond. Ken Vaughn, a speaker from County Precinct 2, agreed with the need for the building program but not with how the commissioners proposed to pay for it.“We need to stop acting like Congress and burdening our children with our debt,” Vaughn said. “Our operations and maintenance should come out of our yearly budget. Whatever we need to do to do that, we need to pay that out of our yearly budget. We should never, ever again take up bonds to pay for maintenance.”County voters had defeated a road bond for $350 million the previous May. So when the court voted to put the smaller bond on the November ballot, and voters approved it, County Judge Craig Doyal breathed a sigh of relief. Houston Public Media spoke with Doyal this past February.“There’s just congestion out there because of growth that we were not able to address without those dollars. And this will give us an opportunity to start,” Doyal said.Courtesy of the Montgomery County website.County Judge Craig DoyalThe problem was that prior to that August session, Judge Doyal had held other meetings to discuss the road bond. These meetings, held in secret, included Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark, and Marc Davenport, a political consultant and husband of County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport. That’s according to their indictments by a grand jury. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended Doyal from office.“The Texas Open Meetings Act is a fairly obscure law, but it serves a fairly common principle,” says Christopher Downey, the Houston attorney who has been named special prosecutor in the case, “and that is that it is designed in its core to prevent the participation of government officials in any backroom dealing or any secret side deals.”Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says Commissioners Riley and Clark can continue to do their jobs, despite their indictments. Judge Doyal cannot. That leaves four members on the court, and the potential for tie votes, with serious business coming up.“The most immediate thing, this is a very clear cut one, county starts their budget hearings next month,” Lambright says.Violations of the Open Meetings Act are considered misdemeanors. If they’re found guilty, Doyal, Riley, and Clark could lose their jobs, though County Attorney Lambright says that convictions would only be the first step in the process. “Then you’ve got to get a finding eventually that that conviction constitutes an act of official misconduct,” he says.Judge Doyal will have the opportunity to challenge his suspension in late July. Whether the commission upholds the suspension or not, it will take several months more for the criminal cases against Doyal and the other three defendants to play out.Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston, says the cases could have long-term consequences for Montgomery County, thanks to the massive road bond that started it all.“This is a lot of money, and the county is going to be on the hook for paying this back,” Rottinghaus says, “and if the perception is that the government can’t handle it, then the voters may lose faith in the individuals involved, and it may be that in the future they decide to simply not vote in favor of those bonds.”Judge Doyal had been hoping to go back to voters for additional bonds, in order to meet mobility needs estimated at around $6 billion. Raising any of that extra money may have just gotten a lot harder.last_img read more

Jaguar Cubs Make Debut At Houston Zoo

first_imgTwitter via @visithoustonFour-month-old jaguar cubs, Fitz and Emma, made their debut at the Houston Zoo.There’s something new to spot at the Houston Zoo: two jaguar cubs.The nearly 4-month-old male and female cats made their first public appearances on Thursday. Named Fitz and Emma, the cubs are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in more than a decade.The Houston Zoo says the jaguar siblings were born on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with their mother, Maya. The cubs’ father, Tesoro, also is housed at the zoo.Jaguars are known for having dark spots on their light-color coats.Zoo officials say the cubs can be seen most mornings exploring their habitat with their mom. Fitz and Emma can also be out of public view in their night houses or caves.There’s something new to spot at the Houston Zoo: two jaguar cubs!! WATCH! https://t.co/2kCAQ7Cjs3 pic.twitter.com/E23QhmoOXw— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) November 10, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Jade Raymond Named Vice President of Google

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Raymond was named to the Variety 500 list last year for her impact on the video game and entertainment industries.Google will be hosting a keynote during this year’s Game Developers Conference. While Google has attended the conference and hosted events at the annual gathering since 2010, this will be the first time the company is holding a keynote. It’s unclear what the keynote will discuss, but the RSVP for the event says it is for “Google’s announcement” and a video posted today said it’s for the company to unveil its vision for the future of video games.center_img Games industry veteran Jade Raymond has been named a vice president of Google.Raymond announced the news over Twitter today. “I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!” wrote Raymond.She didn’t clarify what her role would be as one of the company’s vice presidents.Raymond got her start in the game industry as a programmer for Sony. She went on to work at Electronic Arts, then as a correspondent for The Electric Playground, and finally Ubisoft Montreal, where she was the producer of “Assassin’s Creed.” She went on to serve as the executive producer of “Assassin’s Creed 2,” “Watch Dogs” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.”She helped open the Ubisoft Toronto Studio and served as its managing director, helping to expand the studio. In 2015 Raymond joined EA and founded the Montreal-based Motive Studios. She left EA last year. In January 2019, she received the Legend award at the 8th Annual New York Game Awards.last_img read more

Costa Rica Panama to discuss border issues

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the government will send a high-level delegation to Panama this week to seek solutions to a dispute arising from the presence of several Panamanian vehicles in Costa Rica without proper registration.The Presidency Ministry also formed a working group involving representatives of various institutions to discuss several border issues. The group includes officials from the public security, immigration, foreign and finance ministries.Officials from the two countries held talks on Sept. 17, and a follow-up meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23. Among the topics to be discussed are immigration, security, territorial disputes, borders, drug trafficking, smuggling and social development, among others.According to a press release by the Foreign Ministry, Costa Rica and Panama “maintain excellent bilateral relations, and any situation will be addressed through friendly conversations.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Man dies in the sea off Paphos

first_imgA 54-year-old Russian tourist died while swimming in the sea off the Venus hotel in Paphos, police said on Saturday.His wife said he had entered the water at around 11am and 20 minutes later she saw him floating apparently unconscious.The man was pulled out and rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.He had arrived in Cyprus with his wife a few days ago and decided to go for a swim in Paphos.Reports said strong winds were blowing and the sea was rough at the time.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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