Province to Remove Restrictions to Sunday Shopping

first_imgIn response to a Supreme Court decision today, Oct. 4, regarding Sunday shopping, the province will amend regulations that restricted retail stores from opening on Sundays and holidays. “The Supreme Court decision is clear,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We will not be appealing the court decision, and we will not be looking for other ways to enforce Sunday shopping restrictions in Nova Scotia.” The premier said regulations restricting Sunday shopping will be amended to be effective this Sunday, Oct. 8. The province’s decision means that retail store openings will not be restricted by the government. Retails stores of all types may choose to open on Sundays and other holidays, with the exception of Remembrance Day. “If we are going to have Sunday shopping in Nova Scotia for grocery stores, we will not be drawn into a situation where government must decide what is a grocery store and what is not. The rules will be the same for all retail outlets, creating a level playing field for all retailers in Nova Scotia, regardless of what they sell,” said Premier MacDonald. Protection for retail workers already in place will be extended to other workers affected by this decision. “Government has gone to a considerable effort to maintain this unique part of Nova Scotia life. The court has made its decision, and in many respects, so have Nova Scotians, on this issue.”last_img read more

PNB and Allahabad Bank launch loan products linked to repo rate

first_imgNew Delhi: Leading state-owned lender Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank on Tuesday announced linking of their retail loans with the Reserve Bank’s repo rate, which will make loans cheaper. Punjab National Bank launched PNB Advantage, a retail lending scheme linked with the repo rate effective Tuesday. “In the new schemes rate of interest will be 0.25 per cent less than the existing applicable rates based on MCLR. The new rates will vary from 8.25 per cent to 8.35 per cent for housing loan borrowers and 8.65 per cent for car loan borrowers,” PNB said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalExisting customers of the bank will also have an option to switch over to new Repo Linked Lending Rates (RLLR) with minimal charges, it said. Allahabad Bank said it has benchmarked its loans up to Rs 75 lakh with the external benchmark linked rates (EBLR), comprising the repo rate as one of its constituents. To ensure quicker transmission of policy rate adjustments, the bank has decided to price its housing loans up to Rs 75 lakh and Mudra loans sanctioned with effect from September 1, 2019, with reference to EBLR, Allahabad Bank said in a regulatory filing. The EBLR is made up of RBI’s repo rate– at which the apex regulator gives short term loans to banks–, an average of last ten years net interest margin of the bank rounded off to the nearest 5 basis points and credit risk premium on internal credit risk rating. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”However, the borrowers shall have the option for either marginal cost of funds based lending rates (MCLR) linked loan or EBLR linked loan at mutually acceptable terms,” the bank said in the filing. Also, all the saving bank deposits of Rs 40 lakh and above will be linked with external benchmark with effect from October 1, 2019, it added. The announcements come days after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that banks will launch repo rate and external benchmark-linked loan products that will lead to reduced EMIs for housing, vehicle and other retail loans. Earlier, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das had exhorted banks to price their loans with repo rate for a faster transmission in a falling interest rate regime.last_img read more

Ottawa open to settling Indian residential school claim from Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal government says it is open to settling a legal battle with Indian residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador, according to a spokesperson for the federal Indigenous Affairs department.Federal government lawyers are preparing to launch their arguments before the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador against a claim from Indian residential school survivors from that province. Justice Canada’s lawyers are expected to begin their arguments the week of Feb. 1.The case, which is in the midst of trial, has already heard arguments from the lawyers representing survivors from five schools which operated in province until 1980. The outcome of the case could impact between 1,000 to 2,000 survivors, according to one of the lawyers representing the former students.Indigenous Affairs issued a statement Friday saying Ottawa is still reviewing the case and hasn’t ruled out seeking a negotiated settlement. The statement said federal lawyers indicated they planned to proceed with the trial out of a technical necessity.“The government of Canada is open to exploring other options to address this claim,” said the statement from Indigenous Affairs. “In the meantime, this is an active litigation and the government must continue to respond to the requirements of the court.”One of the lawyers involved in the case said he’s received no indication from Ottawa it plans to settle this matter outside of a trial.“It’s been radio silence in terms of settlement,” said James Sayce, a Toronto-based lawyer representing survivors.Ottawa argues that it is not responsible for what happened at the five Indian residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador because it had no direct involvement in any of the schools’ operations.The schools were founded before the province joined Confederation in 1949. The last school closed in 1980. Ottawa provided funding to the province for the schools.“Canada is essentially saying, we didn’t build the schools and we didn’t have employees staffing the schools even though we paid for the schools and knew what was going on, there wasn’t a direct enough connection between Canada and the administration of the school,” said Sayce.Sayce said Ottawa’s position is ludicrous.“Their position has been essentially: They are not our responsibility, these children, these Aboriginal children who were our responsibility in the rest of Canada were not our responsibility in Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.The legal team for the survivors uncovered internal federal legal opinions from the 1950s and 1960s revealing Ottawa recognized it held legal responsibility for Indigenous people living in Newfoundland and Labrador.NDP MP Charlie Angus says Ottawa needs to immediately drop the case if it’s serious about reconciliation.“Get it out of the courts and get it out now,” he said.Angus wrote a letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould this week urging her to direct federal lawyers to begin settlement talks with the residential school survivors in the spirit of reconciliation.“Regardless of how the court ends up ruling, it appears to me, that refusing to settle the matter will be contrary to statements and be breaking commitments made by yourself, the prime minister and the minister of Indigenous and northern affairs before, during and after the election,” wrote Angus, in his Jan. 21 letter. “I am sure you will agree that in the matter of reconciliation with those who were victimized by the residential schools that words are not good enough. Action is required.”Survivors from residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador were not included in the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement that created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.As one of its 94 “calls to action,” the TRC called on the Trudeau Liberal government to settle claims from survivors not covered by the existing settlement agreement.Trudeau has said his government would accept all the TRC’s recommendations.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Meet Nutmeg Could this be the worlds oldest cat

first_img“We celebrate his birthday in March every year so we know it was around March 1990 when we got him,” Mr Finlay told the Newcastle Chronicle.“I sorted out [an] abscess on his neck and then we took him to the Cats Protection League to check him over. The vet there said he was an adult, around five years.”They say the secret to Nutmeg’s long life is his love of chicken.“He comes in every morning at 5am from his bed next door and we get up and feed him. We have no children so he is our baby.”The Westway Veterinary Group posted photos of Nutmeg celebrating his birthday on Facebook. Corduroy, aged 26, is officially the oldest cat in the world. He lives with his owner, Ashley Reed Okura, in Sisters, Oregon, in the United States. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The secret has been allowing him to be a cat – hunting and getting plenty of love,” explained Mrs Reed Okura when Corduroy was crowned by Guinness World Records.Born on August 1, 1989, Corduroy and his owner have been companions since he was a tiny kitten and she was just seven years old.  Here’s how the world’s oldest cat went from animal shelter to Instagram star.A feline previously named the world’s oldest cat tragically died just days after breaking the record. Could this cat living in the UK be the oldest in the world?A couple from Newcastle believe Nutmeg may be a record-breaking feline, claiming he has reached the grand old age of 31.Liz and Ian Finlay are looking for documentation to support their claim for the cat they adopted as a stray.The couple say they took Nutmeg, who they found in their garden in 1990, to their local Cats Protection League, where vets told them he was at least five years old.last_img read more

Bank of England is trying out plastic banknotes could it happen in

first_imgIRELAND AND OTHER Eurozone countries look unlikely to follow in the footsteps of the Bank of England by introducing plastic banknotes, the European Central Bank has confirmed.A switch from paper notes to polymer ones is on the cards in England and Wales after a three-year study found the new notes last longer, are cleaner and more difficult to counterfeit.However, a spokesperson for the ECB said that although plastic notes were recently considered for the euro notes, cotton paper was seen as the best material for security reasons, and because Europeans have grown used to how the notes feel.“We looked at all options when, quite a few years ago already, we had to take a decision on the material to use for banknotes,” the spokesperson told TheJournal.ie in relation to the new €5 note unveiled at the start of this year. “The outcome of that analysis was that cotton paper is the best material for euro banknotes”.He cited security and cost aspects as the main considerations behind the decision.Polymer bank notes last around 2.5 times longer than paper notes, but are also twice as expensive to produce. A change would also mean that all sorts of banknote handling machines would have to be updated, further adding to the cost.Instead, the ECB decided to go  for the best of both worlds.“Considering all options, we decided to use cotton/paper with a coating, which increases the life cycle of a banknote by 50 per cent but which is only marginally more expensive,” the spokesperson said.The new plastic notes notes, which are made of polymer, are slightly slippier and more bendy than existing notes but still easy to fold. The Bank of England is rolling out a consultation  process at the moment to take the public temperature on the new notes, and has said that if there is public opposition, it will back down on using them.Read: Bank of England to consider plastic banknotes… Should Euro be next? > Read: ‘Don’t be involved in crime’ say gardaí about stolen banknotes >last_img read more

All Chrome OS hack attempts fail at Pwnium 3

first_imgThe operating system that powers Google’s Chromebooks managed to survive Pwnium 3 without being hacked.Pwnium is Google’s hacking contest at CanSecWest, focused on finding exploits within the Chrome operating system. It was started last year as an alternative to Pwn2Own because Google didn’t like the contest’s lack of disclosure requirements. At this year’s Pwnium, the exploits must be demonstrated on a fully patched Samsung Series 5 550.Before CanSecWest started, Google pushed out fixes for 10 vulnerabilities in Chrome. Six of these patched vulnerabilities had a “high” ranking on Google’s severity index and four netted payouts of $1,000 in Google’s pay-for-bugs program. Three bugs that received a payout from Google use vulnerabilities in browser navigation handling, frame loader, and in SVG animations. The other bug Google paid for used a memory corruption vulnerability in web audio.Google had set a ceiling of $3.14159 million for potential exploits discovered at Pwnium. It had broken down the attacks into two categories with a different prize amount based on the complexity of the hack:Guest mode browser or system compromise using a web browser (logged-in user compromise also acceptable) – $110,000Compromise with persistence on device using a web browser (guest to guest with interim boot) – $150,000While there was no winning entry for this year’s Pwnium, a Google representative said in a statement Thursday afternoon that they are currently evaluating one entry that may qualify as partial credit.Last year at CanSecWest’s Pwnium, and Pwnium 2 at the Hack In The Box security conference in Kuala Lumpur, a hacker known as ‘Pinkie Pie’ managed to hack Chrome netting a prize of $60,000 at each conference.last_img read more

Indonesias selfie monkey threatened by hunger for its meat

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Artush Indonesia’s ‘selfie monkey’ threatened by hunger for its meat The native Indonesian monkeys are eaten by locals who compare them to ‘wild boar or dog’. Image: Shutterstock/Artush Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM But here the habitat is getting smaller – and people are eating the monkeys.Authorities and activists are stepping up efforts to persuade villagers on Sulawesi island to stop consuming the critically endangered monkeys, one of many exotic creatures that form part of the local indigenous community’s diet.The animal, whose scientific name is Macaca nigra, is part of a kaleidoscope of exotic wildlife found across Indonesia, including tigers and orangutans, who face a range of threats from poachers to the destruction of their habitat.On a recent trip to Sulawesi’s Tangkoko nature reserve, some of the amber-eyed, black-haired macaques, known in the local language as “yaki”, frolicked in a small river while others climbed palm trees and knocked coconuts to the ground.Among those living in Tangkoko is Naruto, who shot to fame after grabbing a British wildlife photographer’s camera and snapping some selfies. 4 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3321130 Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Andrea IzzottiThe pictures led to a legal fight after animal rights activists PETA brought the case to a San Francisco court arguing that Naruto should own the copyright – a claim rejected by a judge last year.The approximately 2,000 monkeys living in the 8,800-hectare (21,750-acre) reserve enjoy protection because they are in a restricted area, but that is not the case for about 3,000 others estimated to be in jungles elsewhere in the province of North Sulawesi.‘Tasty like dog’The macaque’s meat is prized by the ethnic Minahasan people, a largely Christian group in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, who have no reservation about eating exotic animals, unlike Indonesia’s Islamic communities.“I like the taste, hot and spicy, it is similar to wild boar or dog,” Nita, a 32-year-old local Minahasan who gave only her first name, told AFP.At a market in Tomohon city, a stomach-churning array of burnt, mutilated animals were on offer.Black crested macaques – flame-roasted and whole, with pained grimaces etched on their faces – were on tables for sale alongside piles of sliced-open pythons, burnt bats and dogs.The macaques and some other animals at the market are protected by Indonesian law and officials have in the past raided the site, leading to violent clashes with vendors.But the trade in exotic creatures was still booming during a recent visit, with some local travel agents even offering tours to adventurous foreign travellers.The demand for the meat has prompted Minahasan hunters to go far and wide in search of the macaque, heading in pickups to remote parts of the island.‘Nail in coffin’The population of Macaca nigra in its natural habitat on Sulawesi has dropped more than 80% in four decades, from an estimated 300 per square kilometre (0.4 square miles) in 1980 to just 45 per square kilometre in 2011, researchers say.The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the monkey as critically endangered. As well as being threatened by their status as a local delicacy, the monkey’s natural habitat is being destroyed by expansion of settlements and agricultural lands.As the population has fallen, the local wildlife protection agency and activists have started campaigning to save them.Tents manned by activists explaining that the monkey is protected have been set up at local markets, while billboards have been put up by roadsides to warn people that they face up to five years in jail if they hunt the creatures.NGOs and the local government have pushed schools to include lessons on conservation, including about the Macaca nigra, in their curriculum.Campaigners have also reached out to churches in the mainly Christian area to urge priests to preach that humans are the guardians of Earth and must protect endangered creatures like the monkeys, said activist Siwi.They are also seeking to highlight the macaques’ key role in supporting biodiversity. As they swing through the jungle canopy, the macaques disperse seeds and encourage growth of some trees, according to Stephan Lentey of the Macaca Nigra Project NGO.But campaigners warn that villagers’ hunger for the meat heaps extra pressure on a creature already threatened by habitat loss.Hunting the animals for food “is the final nail in the coffin for a dwindling population,” said Simon Purser of the Sulawesi-based Tasikoki wildlife rescue centre.© – AFP 2017Read: Anger over calls for 50,000 deer to be culled in WicklowRead: A short history of mice: The little rodents have been with us for much longer than we thought By AFP THE CRESTED-BLACK macaque shot to fame when one of the monkeys snapped grinning selfies and became embroiled in a US court battle – but the tussle over copyright is the least of the rare animal’s worries.In a remote corner of their native Indonesia, amid smoking volcanoes and dense jungles, the monkeys face a far greater threat as they are aggressively hunted to be eaten.“In other places some macaque species are facing extinction because of shrinking habitat,” Yunita Siwi from Selamatkan Yaki, a foundation that campaigns to protect the primate, told AFP. 10,601 Views Apr 8th 2017, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share14 Tweet Email last_img read more

Téléchargement le procès dEmule Paradise souvre aujourdhui

first_imgTéléchargement : le procès d’Emule Paradise s’ouvre aujourd’huiVincent Varade, créateur du site Emule Paradise, passe à partir d’aujourd’hui devant le tribunal. Sa plateforme a généré le téléchargement illégal de sept mille films.Son icône est célèbre : “la mule” est connue dans le monde entier. Le logiciel de Vincent Varade, qui a permis à nombre de particuliers de télécharger des fichiers (musique, films, séries…) a été fermé en 2006. Néanmoins eMule a permis le téléchargement illégal de sept mille films et de milliers de mp3 grâce au peer-to-peer (P2P), selon ConseilJuridique.eu. A son apogée, le site accueillait 300.000 visiteurs par jour et son propriétaire a, selon les rumeurs, mis 400.000 euros de côté à l’étranger, acheté une Porsche Cayenne et a fondé une société au Luxembourg. Le procès face aux plaignants, l’Association des Producteurs Indépendants, l’Association des Producteurs de Cinéma, ou encore la Fédération Nationale des Distributeurs de Film, doit durer jusqu’au 2 février. Le 31 janvier 2011 à 10:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pearson to celebrate 80th anniversary of Chkalov flight

first_imgRussian officials from Seattle will visit Pearson Air Museum on Saturday to celebrate a much more harrowing trip to Vancouver by three countrymen.The National Park Service will observe the 80th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s landmark transpolar flight from Moscow to Pearson Field. The 10 a.m. event at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., is free.Participants are scheduled to include representatives from the Russian consulate in Seattle. The program will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial to the flight just west of the air museum.Chkalov, along with copilot Georgi Baidukov and navigator Alexander Belyakov, landed at Pearson Field at 8:22 a.m. on June 20, 1937. Their flight over the North Pole — the first of its kind — took 63 hours and 16 minutes.“The incredible journey made by Chkalov, Baidukov and Belyakov was more than just a feat of human endurance and a technological achievement; it was a major moment in U.S.-Russian relations before the Second World War,” Bob Cromwell, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s chief of interpretation, said in a news release.In the museum, visitors will be able to tour “A Red Bolt From the Blue,” an exhibit that highlights the history of the transpolar flight.last_img read more

Four escape burning Ogden home

first_imgA family’s teenage daughter woke to flames in an Ogden Neighborhood home, and roused her three family members before the fire destroyed their house, the Vancouver Fire Department said today.Two adults, the teenager, a female toddler, and the family’s two dogs escaped without injury in the 10:30 a.m. fire, that sent flames shooting out the back of the residence, Firefighter Joe Spatz said.Sixteen firefighters from Vancouver fire and Fire District 6 arrived on at the house at 7908 N.E. 28th St., to heavy smoke from the front and heavy smoke and flames at the back, Spatz said.Firefighters knocked back flames from the outside before heading in to extinguish hot spots, he said.The main body of the fire was taken out in 10 minutes, and the fire was under control in 20 minutes, Spatz said.Investigators said the fire broke out in the rear living room of the residence, though the exact cause could not be determined, Spatz said.The house is owned by Judith Brown, according to county property records. Spatz said it was a total loss, with damage estimated at $215,000.The American Red Cross was on scene to provide assistance to the family.last_img read more

Hefner Im Buying Not Selling

first_imgAccording to Hefner, Bell shouldn’t even bother. In a second announcement, which hit news wires Tuesday afternoon, Hefner reasserted that he believes his offer “is in the best interest of the company.” Over Twitter, he (or whoever tweets for him, under his handle) also reaffirmed that he is not interested in any sale or merger of PEI, selling his shares to any third party or entering into discussions with any other financial sponsor. Here are his tweets, in chronological order: @hughhefner: Penthouse is just looking for publicity. They’re not in the picture.@hughhefner: My interest in taking Playboy private is prompting some crazy rumors. Playboy isn’t in play. I’m buying, not selling.@hughhefner: I’m concerned about our minority stock holders & the future of the magazine & the brand. @hughhefner: I support my management team & think we’re on the road to recovery. Going private should help.Hef could in fact block selling Playboy to other potential buyers. If bids do roll in at a value greater than Hef’s then the company’s board of directors would most likely put pressure on him. But would it make a difference? If he’s as steadfast as he says he is, any other deal wouldn’t go through without his consent to sell his stake.Here’s the entire text of Hefner’s proposal:July 8, 2010 Board of Directors Playboy Enterprises, Inc. 680 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 Attention: David Chemerow Gentlemen: I am writing to you to inform you that I am interested in negotiating a transaction with our company to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Class A and Class B Common Stock of PEI that I do not currently beneficially own. In this transaction, I intend to partner with Rizvi Traverse Management LLC (“Rizvi Traverse”). Rizvi Traverse is a private equity firm with a special focus on the entertainment and media sector. Rizvi Traverse currently owns or has investments in International Creative Management, Summit Entertainment, Newbridge Capital and Clearscope Partners. Rizvi Traverse can bring significant resources to our company to help accelerate its growth. Given my many relationships with our company – founder, editor-in-chief, chief creative officer, holder of 69.5% of the outstanding voting Class A common stock and 33.7% of the total outstanding shares of capital stock, I expect that a Special Committee of the Board of Directors will be formed to consider this transaction. I look forward to working with the Special Committee to move this transaction forward as expeditiously as possible. I believe this proposal is in the best interests of our company and its minority stockholders. The proposal provides an excellent opportunity for the minority stockholders of PEI to realize liquidity for their shares at a significant premium to market values. I believe the proposal will also reinvigorate the company I founded and create a lasting legacy for the Playboy brand, a brand we have all worked hard to establish as one of the most widely recognized and popular brands in the world. Please be advised that out of my concerns for amongst other matters the Playboy brand, the editorial direction of the magazine and our company’s legacy, I am not interested in any sale or merger of the Company, selling my shares to any third party or entering into discussions with any other financial sponsor for a transaction of the nature proposed in this letter. I expect continuity of senior management through and following the transactions contemplated by my proposal. I am open to participation by continuing members of senior management in the new entity I and Rizvi Traverse propose to form to complete the acquisition (“NewCo”). Based upon conversations with Rizvi Traverse which are in turn informed by Rizvi Traverse’s due diligence to date, I am in a position to propose that NewCo would acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock not currently owned by me for $5.50 per share in cash. In accordance with the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, the same per share price will paid to Class A and Class B common stockholders. The proposed per share consideration represents a 39.9% premium over the closing price of the Class B common stock on July 7 and premiums of 43.4% and 80.9% over the average closing prices for the last 30 days and one year,respectively. Rizvi Traverse informs me that it has contacted major lenders regarding potential financing for this transaction and Rizvi Traverse is highly confident that ample financial resources will be available to complete this transaction. I and Rizvi Traverse contemplate that the definitive agreements will not contain a financing contingency. This confidential indication of interest is non-binding and no agreement, arrangement or understanding between or among me, Rizvi Traverse or Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has been or will be created until such time as definitive documentation has been executed and delivered by all appropriate parties, and any proposed agreement, arrangement or understanding has been approved by the Special Committee and the Board of Directors, as appropriate. In that regard, you should be aware that while I have engaged in discussions with RizviTraverse in connection with this proposal, I have not entered into any agreement, arrangement or understanding with Rizvi Traverse concerning the transactions proposed in this letter. This indication of interest and its contents are confidential, and should not be disclosed to any third parties, except to the extent that legal counsel to the Company advises the Board of Directors in writing that disclosure is required by applicable law or disclosure is made on a confidential basis to the Company’s legal and financial advisors. I and my legal and financial advisors at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Moelis & Company, LLC look forward to the earliest possible opportunity to discuss with the Special Committee and its legal and financial advisors the path to complete a mutually acceptable transaction. Very truly yours, Hugh M. Hefner UPDATE: Penthouse Owner Offers $210M for PlayboyApparently Hugh Hefner’s announcement this week that he wants to take Playboy Enterprises private—and the media swarm that followed—has the Playboy founder on the defensive. If not about the offer itself or if it is substantially below the fair market value for the company, then definitely about other parties stepping forward to place their own bids.Shortly after Hefner announced his proposal to purchase all of Playboy’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock for $5.50 per share (he already owns 69.5 percent of its Class A and 27.7 of its Class B stock), I spoke with Marc Bell, CEO of Penthouse magazine owner FriendFinder Networks. He didn’t offer up many details but said he expected FriendFinder to submit a bid for Playboy “within the next few days.” (An e-mail came in as I was writing this saying FriendFinder will go public with its proposal for Playboy at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. It has retained Imperial Capital, LLC as financial advisor for the process.)last_img read more

North Pole Suing Over Groundwater Pollution

first_imgThe city of North Pole is suing two recent owners of an oil refinery over groundwater pollution.The lawsuit blames current refinery owner Flint Hills Alaska Resources and previous owner Williams Alaska Petroleum for releasing hazardous substances into the groundwater beneath the refinery.Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the lawsuit filed Wednesday identifies sulfolane as one of the substances. The lawsuit says the contamination has made groundwater unfit for human consumption.Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook says the company has no comment. Williams Alaska representatives couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the Thanksgiving holiday.The lawsuit says the contamination has damaged the local real estate market and development efforts, resulting in revenue losses.last_img read more

Yogi Adityanaths cabinet reshuffle postponed

first_imgLucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) The much awaited cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been postponed. The reshuffle which was to take place on Monday was deferred late on Sunday as reports came in of the deteriorating health of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi. Preparations for the swearing in ceremony had begun and legislators, who were to be sworn in, were asked to reach the state capital. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Distribution of invitation cards was suddenly stopped late on Sunday and officials confirmed the postponement of the swearing in ceremony. This was to be the first cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi government since its formation in March 2017. The Yogi government has a total of 43 ministers, including the Chief Minister. There are 18 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State with Independent charge and 13 Ministers of State, including two Deputy Chief Ministers — Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The maximum strength of the council of ministers can be 15 per cent of the Assembly’s total strength. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 seats and hence, the state can have a maximum of 61 ministers, including the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, official sources said that the expansion and reshuffle was likely to take place later this week “if all goes well”.last_img read more

Gun Issued to Lupe Valdez Goes Missing

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSA gun loaned to Texas’ Democratic nominee for governor while she was sheriff of Dallas County is missing and she is working with her former department to find it, authorities said Monday.Lupe Valdez was sheriff for 13 years before stepping down in December to become a longshot challenger to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. In a statement, spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez said “it is possible that this weapon could have been stolen or misplaced during Sheriff Valdez’s moving transition and she is working with Dallas County Sheriff Department to locate the firearm.”Dominguez said the weapon was a 9mm Beretta loaned to the sheriff in 2011.Dallas County sheriff’s department spokesman Raul Reyna said the case was under investigation.“If it is recovered, the firearm will be readily identifiable” Reyna said in a statement.Valdez is a heavy underdog in Texas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat governor in 28 years. She won the nomination in a May primary runoff and would become Texas’ first Hispanic and openly gay governor, if elected.Valdez has accused Abbott of insufficiently addressing gun safety in the wake of a gunman killing 10 people at a high school near Houston in May. The governor responded to the shooting with a 43-page plan that included improving gun storage safety laws.In June, Valdez wrote in an editorial in the Houston Chronicle that parents should be held accountable if “reckless storage of weapons” allows children to gain access to a firearm.last_img read more

How MONDO Collectibles Bring Art to Fandom Merch

first_img You’re probably familiar with MONDO given the waves the company makes every time it drops a new limited-edition poster or screenprint. Those prints, which are made by a curated selection of artists and come in limited quantities, often sell out almost instantly. The company also boasts a deep selection of special-edition vinyl records drawing from the most fascinating corners of film score lore. But the brand’s collectibles division has stepped its game up in a big way over the last few years, making a strong impression with a wide array of products. From sixth-scale action figures to collectible Tiki mugs to enamel pins, they bring an artistry to fandom merchandise and collectibles you don’t see often these days.Geek.com recently had the chance to chat with Brock Otterbacher, the division’s Creative Director, to talk about the company’s upcoming slate of releases, what goes into making a great MONDO Collectible, and how the brand has gone about bringing the love and care we’ve learned to expect from MONDO into the world of toys and collectibles.Geek.com: Let’s start from the top: how did MONDO Collectibles get started?AdChoices广告Brock Otterbacher: Yeah! About six years ago one of our former creative directors had asked me to come on board and start a toy line. I had been at Sideshow Collectibles and left around 2011. We had worked with MONDO while I was at Sideshow so a couple years later out of the blue he told me they wanted to start a toy line and wanted to know if I could help. It was pretty unglamorous! Just, “Hey, do you wanna start a toy line?” “Yeah!” And that was that.Geek.com: Between the brand’s presence at SDCC and a bunch of announcements that came up around that time, what do fans have to look forward to in the near future from MONDO Collectibles?BO: We do all kinds of products, everything from small vinyl figures to statues to Tiki mugs. So as we’re going into the next few months there are a few more figures from our Masters of the Universe ⅙-scale line coming up. The first preorders for our Mondo Mecha series, which is gonna be our all-encompassing robot line, will be up soon. We’re taking Captain America and reinterpreting him as a Japanese-influenced mecha. We’re going to be reinterpreting a number of characters but also including characters that are already robots as well. We’re starting with Cap and a new version of our previously-released Iron Giant. Originally it was a 16-inch but this one is going to be 12-inches. It’ll be a little more affordable and hopefully people who missed out on the first one can get in on it. We also just launched our MONDOIDS line, our collection of vinyl figures with interchangeable heads. They’re very much influenced by the gross-out toys of the ‘80s like Madballs that we grew up on. Series 1 ships in October. It’s our excuse to have fun with every license possible. It’s got everything from Gremlins to Marvel to Jurassic Park.Geek.com: Yeah, speaking of which, you guys work with a ton of incredible properties. There’s such a wide array, so I’m curious to know how you and your team go about deciding if a property is a good fit for MONDO.BO: That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? It’s a little experience, a little science, a little math, and a little black magic. I always try to look at it in terms of what niches we can fill in this world. What hasn’t been done yet? Years ago when we were first talking about doing something for Masters of the Universe I realized I had never seen a sixth-scale He-Man before. It was an easy call. But in the case of our Batman: The Animated Series line, I’d always wanted to see versions of those characters done in a way that as much as possible matched the animated series itself. Because of the size we’re able to hide articulation a little bit better and we can make them appear as though they’re animated cels.Geek.com: Yeah, it’s interesting how they compare to other figures produced in tandem with the series and it’s wild how much it looks, as you said, like an animated cel drawing.BO: That was always the big push. We do have an advantage of working from a larger scale than others have, and I think what DC Collectibles has done with their B:TAS line is great. But when afforded the much larger size, you can do a lot more with the articulation, paint, etcetera. But that’s kind of what we look for: places we can fill the gaps.And with our Mecha line, part of the joy is reinterpreting characters. That’s just something I’d never seen before. I’d seen it done as customs, you know, painting a Gundam like Wolverine, but what if there was a licensed product built that way from the ground up? What would Captain America look like as a giant anime robot? It’s using imagination and working with a lot of great people to figure out what fits the best. It’s hard to define what does and doesn’t. I can pretty much say yes or no if you shout out a name. It’s a gut feeling.Geek.com: I think that speaks very well to the way the brand has defined itself. You can pretty much name a property and know immediately if it’s a MONDO property.BO: Yeah, and we’ve totally tried to reach outside of our comfort zone before. We did Cass and Jesse from Preacher and, you know, they didn’t do gangbusters but the product turned out really well. That was more of an experiment in figuring out if we could do a fully rendered painting reinterpreted in 3D sculpture as close as possible, with a paint job that forced the lighting and perspective of a painting on it. I think they look great. It wasn’t the smash-hit we’d hoped it would be but it still turned out good. Even if it didn’t blow up, we still have a good product that comes out of it and reached outside of our comfort zones. There’s always room to try something new, to take a risk.Preacher: Cassidy Statue (Photo Credit: Mondo)Geek.com: Is that pretty comparable to what you guys did with the Batman: Red Rain statue?BO: Kind of! That’s one of three instances in which we made a product that started as a poster, the other notable one being the Harley Quinn one. We have the rights to be able to reinterpret our posters as statues and right away I was like, I can imagine how this one would go. Same with the Harley Quinn one. In the case of the other, our Spider-Gwen statue, it was already going to be a poster but we looked at it and kind of helped push it towards something that would be a little more approachable as a statue. Sometimes you work with artists who have already made a poster, sometimes you help push a poster’s design towards something you can work with. And in the case of the Preacher ones we knew it was going to be reinterpreted as a statue from the start. As a toy collectible division we work with a lot of artists who don’t do posters but are amazing in their own right, from sculptors to printers.Geek.com: Walk us through the process of what it’s like to create one of your sixth-scale figures.BO: It’s different for every product we do. Those are developed a bit differently from statues. We always start with an idea that turns into a concept. How will we approach this? Are we reinterpreting it? Are we being accurate to the character? Once the concept is done and approval is given, we work with a sculptor. Within that, there’s a lot of other factors. With sculpting you’re turning a piece of 2D art into something 3D. Some things already transfer well, some things have to be adjusted or revised. We may say hey, let’s add a metal cap to the end of He-Man’s scabbard as a nod to Battle Cat. Or we’ll adjust his face a little more or add a new accessory. All of that happens in sculpting.Generally from there, if it’s hand-sculpted it gets molded. If it’s digitally sculpted we make a 3D print of it. From there we do multiple 3D prints and refine it, and from there we go to painting. That’s the phase that really solidifies the product. You don’t actually know what the thing is REALLY going to look like until you see it painted. At SDCC we had a number of products that I’d seen in every single phase of but hadn’t seen assembled and painted. Once I see them put together though, that’s when I fully see what we’re doing. From there we go to the factories and develop our packaging, the sort of second cherry on top after painting. We try to make them a work of art in and of themselves.Geek.com: The boxes are very well-designed, yeah. They’re worth keeping and really complete the package.BO: We’re a company that was founded on two-dimensional art, you know, prints and posters and record sleeves. That’s why people buy our stuff, the art. Why not have that on our packaging and our 3D products?Geek.com: Is there a single piece or product that the company has made that you’d consider your favorite?BO: Tough one. One of our first was the larger scale Iron Giant figure. A lot of talented people worked on it and our factory really killed it in terms of production. Nobody had really touched Iron Giant in 15, 20 years so I’m pretty proud of that. I think it’s more, to me, looking at our He-Man line or Batman line. I always try to do something familiar but new, something that makes you look at it and go oh, I haven’t seen that before. So for example, Mattel never did a Skeletor figure with an articulated skull. Jaw, yes, but a full skull that you can make look around in his hood? Never been done. So we did that in ours, and it’s such a minimal thing but it’s a cool touch. That’s what I find myself most proud of, the thing you don’t even realize is there until you’re holding the figure and see it.More on Geek.com:The Most Powerful ‘He-Man’ ToysThe Craziest and Coolest Batman ToysWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsToy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ Toys last_img read more

Miyazaki is Coming Out of Retirement Again

first_imgStay on target A Studio Ghibli producer stated that acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki will probably be drawing storyboards until he dies, which is apt considering he’s once again left retirement to make a film.In the NHK television special Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao–translated to The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki–which aired Sunday, Miyazaki has already begun storyboard work on Kemushi no Boro, or Boro the Caterpillar, and hopes to have it done before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Miyazaki famously retired from making feature films three years ago but has been working on shorts for the Studio Ghibli museum. One project was Boro the Caterpillar, the story of a caterpillar so small “that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” The plan was for it to be a 12-minute short that would premiere at the museum next year, but Miyazaki has expressed his disappointment with the results and hoped it’ll make for a better feature film.Since the film could take up to five years to make (with hopes it’ll take less time), Miyazaki will be 80 years old by the end of production.So far, the film hasn’t been greenlit yet by the studio, but considering this is Hayao Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio and has been the name behind some of its biggest moneymakers, you can expect it’ll probably get approved.Miyazaki has gone in and out of retirement a few times, so the news isn’t that surprising. The last time he said it, which was to a crowd of over 600 journalists in 2013, he iterated that he really meant it, citing problems with age. He added that he would continue to draw, but that he would step away from directing animated features.His last animated feature was Kaze Tachinu, or The Wind Rises, which was the highest grossing film in Japan in 2013. That movie felt like a swan song, as it encompassed some motifs and themes that Miyazaki had included in his work and told the story of creation and old age.However, even though The Wind Rises was a good film to go out on, we’re sure Boro the Caterpillar will be worth the wait. This is Miyazaki after all. AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant last_img read more

Kendrick Lamars Partners With Nike to Sell New Shoes at Concerts

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on targetcenter_img Will our capitalist nightmare ever end? No, of course not. And it’ll just keep getting worse. Our latest digital tragedy? Selling shoes via AR at Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming concerts thanks to a partnership with Nike and a collaboration with the company’s SNKRS app. Essentially, at a predetermined point in the concert, attendees will have the chance to order these rare shoes. Those familiar with the SNKRS app will notice that this works a fair bit like the app’s current “Stash Spot” feature. Essentially, the app alerts users to head to a specific location for the opportunity to order shoes. A bit like a Pokemon go raid, only you get fancy sneakers instead. And also spend a hundred bucks or more. In this case, this may well be one of the only ways to get your hands on a pair of Cortex Kenny III (Lamar’s new line of Nike shoes). The Stash Spots are typically very small, but in this case, anyone in the concert venue will be able to order them, provided there’s still some available. The first use of the new feature was last night at the Forum in Los Angeles, and there are four more planned. They will be May 19 in Houston, May 29 in New York City, June 5 at Boston, and June 15 in Chicago. This won’t be the only chance to get the shoes, according to Digital Trends, but it will be one of the only surefire shots. Users can still use the regular ol’ stash spots as well as other events and promotions on the app to get them. And that’s the thing that burns me a bit. I love Kendrick, and I love great shoes. But the idea of a concert being interrupted for what is essentially another advertisement is… c’mon. Can’t we just enjoy things? AR is really cool too! And has a lot of potential, but if I’m at a concert, I’m there for the music. Like even if it was just having the app and being there would work to qualify you, that’d be one thing. But leave the music alone. Am I old? Does that make me the old man yelling at the cloud? I’m in my mid-20s… that’s like a million in internet years. Maybe my time has come.last_img read more

Joining Hands for mood art

first_imgThe exhibition is organised by IKA art, from December 7 and will continue till December 12, curated by Gaurav Chawla, Ruchi Chadha and Sumita Kathuria at the open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre.In a society we all are Individuals but collectively we play a role to upgrade and for betterment of the society. Collectively we can make an impact and do wonders, till being Individuals with an individual and unbiased view point . It is a Show to prove that being collectively as a group , yet independent in approach we can work together in a progressive society and contribute to make it better for all. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Participating Artist- Bharti Chopra, Amol Satre, Gaurav Chawla, Harminder Bhoparai, Neeru Suri, Kapil Kapoor, Kaniska Oswal GUpta, Jyoti Lahiri,Praveen Verma, Ruchi chadha, Shrish v.mitwkar, Sumita kathuria, Tara S.A part of the sale proceeds of the art works will go to Svackshee Sansthan, Alvar, a NGO promoting girl child education in Mewal region of Alvar, Rajasthan , India.When: On till December  12 Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

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