Maria Sharapova has undergone a small surgical procedure on her right shoulder and will miss next month’s Miami Open in Florida, she said on Wednesday.Sharapova has not played since the St Petersburg Trophy four weeks ago when she withdrew before a second-round match.The 31-year-old former world number one has already said she would not play in the March 6-17 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.The Miami Open starts on March 19.”I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer,” Sharapova wrote on her Instagram page.”For 10 weeks post U.S. Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear. Although my shoulder got strong, it didn’t help the pain on impact.”After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal.”Sharapova, who beat defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki before losing in the fourth round at Melbourne Park in January, added that she was “incredibly committed” to returning to competition.Also Read | Knee injury forces Juan Martin del Potro to pull out of Indian Wells tournamentAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios saves three match points, beats Rafael Nadal in Acapulco
Finnlines Plc has started employer-employee co-operation negotiations concerning the crew of 36 people serving m/s Finnhansa.The company said that the operative use of the vessel has been unprofitable for a longer period, adding that the changes in environmental legislation, especially the so-called sulphur directive entering into force January1st, 2015, have brought the company to make initial plans concerning the sale of the vessel.” New sulphur directive might prompt other shipowners to turn to unpopular solutions. “The realisation of these plans may result in lay-offs or in the termination of all employment contracts of the crew.If realised, the plans do not affect the provision of maritime liner services or the service level offered to the customers.Finnhansa sails between Rostock and Helsinki, belonging to the Hansa-class of the Finnlines’ fleet.The sentiment across the shipping industry is that, although welcomed, sulphur emission cuts may trigger unforseen chain reactions such as the rise of CO2 emissions due to the increase in road shipping, which might lead to serious road congestions.It is also feared that countless sea faring jobs might be inadvertently put at risk.It is estimated that the refining of the low sulphur fuel required to meet the 2015 emission control area regulations in Europe alone will pump an additional 12 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.World Maritime News Staff; July 3, 2014 zoom M/S FinnhansaThe crew of m/s Finnhansa may be facing lay-offs as the vessel’s owner Finnlines faces hurdles on how to keep its profitability afloat.
There are about 1,400 fees charged by departments that are subject to increase. The increase will generate about $5.2 million in revenues to offset higher government expenses. A detailed summary of all increases to user fees and government charges is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/publications/userfees . The province will increase most user fees and charges by three per cent to better recover costs. Most increases will take effect Wednesday, April 1. Some increases will be later because of notification and system requirements. “User fees and other charges offset the costs of running important programs and services for Nova Scotians,” said Finance Minister Jamie Muir. The increase will affect most fees for services, licensing and regulatory functions by departments. Fees for government service organizations, such as school boards and health boards, will not be affected. The amount reflects the inflation rate over the past year. Aside from the general increase, some fees will increase by more than three per cent to better reflect the cost of services. These fees are: Agriculture lab fees Environment motive fuel and fuel oil fees Natural Resources lease and administration fees for wilderness recreation campsites on Crown land. Utility and Review Board motor carrier licence fees
A commitment to growth and excellence is taking a home-grown company from Meteghan River to the boatbuilding big leagues. Atlantic Canada’s largest privately owned, family-run boatyard, A.F. Theriault and Son, is hoping to capitalize on increased government spending to propel its growth. The province, through NSBI, has authorized $5 million in default guarantees to A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd., to allow the company to bid on government contracts this year that require performance, material and warranty bonding. “A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. has a long, proven track record of competing and winning,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “This type of support will help A.F. Theriault secure more contracts while maintaining good jobs for Nova Scotians, contributing to economic growth.” Most government contracts require performance, material and warranty bonding, which has become difficult for boatyards to acquire from insurance companies and banks. “This guarantee, and the support from NSBI, are a vital part of our growth strategy and will allow us to foster and channel our naturally competitive spirit,” said Arthur Theriault, president, A.F. Theriault and Son. The company received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Research Council in 2003 and the Laurier de la PME award in the processing category in 2009. “A.F. Theriault has been focused for years on the right things, especially innovation and competing in national and international markets,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, NSBI. “When there was a need for a solution that could open up more national contract opportunities, A.F. Theriault and NSBI worked together and solved it.” A.F. Theriault employs 125 people, including engineers, welders, electricians and other skilled tradespersons. The company often employs students through internships and apprenticeship programs, many of whom are later hired full-time by the company. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.
BANFF, Alta. – Several Indigenous elders were flown by helicopter into the backcountry of Banff National Park on Monday for a blessing ceremony as officials prepared to let recently reintroduced bison roam free.The trip organized by Parks Canada was part of the overall plan to release the bison into a larger area of the park.The animals disappeared from the region before the national park was created in 1885.No one from Banff National Park was available for an interview, but officials said in a statement that they are committed to recognizing the spiritual, cultural and historical importance of bison to Indigenous people.“Parks Canada has invited representatives of each Treaty 7 Nation and the Metis Nation of Alberta to participate in a private blessing ceremony on July 16, 2018, at the bison reintroduction zone in Banff National Park’s Panther Valley,” said the statement.“This ceremony is one of many events that have been held at key milestones in the bison reintroduction project.”One of the elders going on the trip said that he was happy to participate in another ceremony for the bison.“Before they brought the buffalo over there, our people blessed the park to welcome the buffalo back to the area,” said Leroy Little Bear, an elder with the Blood Tribe, or Kainai First Nation, in southern Alberta. “This is all part of the process of letting the fences down.“It’s a good followup.”Elders participated in two previous blessing ceremonies — one on the shores of Banff’s Lake Minnewanka in September 2016 and one in Elk Island National Park in January 2017.Sixteen plains bison from Elk Island were reintroduced to Banff the following month. Six bulls and 10 females were transported in crates by truck and helicopter into a fenced pasture in the remote Panther River Valley, about 40 kilometres north of the town of Banff.Each of the females had calves last spring, which brought the herd to 26 animals. Most of the females are expected to give birth a second time this year, but the calving season has been later than normal.The bison are to be released into a larger 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone on the eastern slopes of the park later this summer.There will be short stretches of fencing to keep the bison from wandering out of the park.Little Bear has also been involved with the Buffalo Treaty, an alliance of groups intent on bringing wild bison — historically known as buffalo to Indigenous people — back to their native habitats as a symbol of First Nations culture.“The dream of our elders is to have buffalo return any which way,” he said. “We’re excited about seeing them.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan, has ended a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory where she witnessed the challenges faced by Palestinian children.The trip by Dr. Chan – a pop singer, television personality and doctor of education – was aimed at giving her an understanding of the critical assistance UNICEF programmes provide to Palestinian children and women with financial support from donors including Japan.Dr. Chan visited Hebron’s Old City. She also travelled to Khan Al Ahmar, a poor Bedouin community lacking basic infrastructure such as electricity or running water. She saw how Bedouin children and families in even the most isolated communities receive primary health care from mobile clinics supported by UNICEF and partners.In the densely-populated enclave of Gaza – home to 1.6 million Palestinians, half of them children – Chan played with adolescents in a UNICEF-supported family centre supported by UNICEF. These safe recreational facilities bring children, if for just a few hours, a sense of normalcy.She visited families and heard about their challenges in accessing clean drinking water; 90 per cent of water from the aquifer from which Gaza draws its water supplies has been deemed unfit for human consumption. Chan saw water tanks — installed by UNICEF with funding from Japan – that allow families to receive clean water despite daily power cuts.“The situation in Gaza is very difficult for families,” Dr. Chan said. “The children I met opened my eyes to how resilient they can be in the face of hardship. I hope they will be allowed to fulfil their dreams and that both Israeli and Palestinian children will be able to live in peace someday.”Chan concluded her visit with a concert commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the presence of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the Japan representative to the Palestinian Authority. She performed in both Japanese and in Arabic in front of a packed Ramallah Concert Hall with children from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.Dr. Chan has a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and is the author of more than 70 books. Her first song was released when she was 14 years old. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1998.Source:UNICEF
Rock and Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame international recording artists The Platters are drawing on their historic roots to record a special EP produced by, for and with the people of America to support – and more importantly to promote – harmony, justice and peace in communities during these tense times in America.In association with PledgeMusic, a pioneer in the direct-to-fan platform that combines the experience of buying music and supporting a favorite artist into a more personal experience, The Platters will lead the People’s Recording; a six-track EP containing messages of hope, optimism and peace through song.People from all sectors of society are invited to Pledge for Peace with The Platters, in effect, taking on the role of executive producers of the project. Pledgers even will have the opportunity to perform on the recording as part of The People’s Chorus.The EP will be titled E-Peace: America in Harmony!, and will feature six tracks. It will include an original song written by The Platters Music Director Michael Larson, “The Love You Gave Me,” and new recordings in The Platters retro-contemporary style comprised of “Someday” (All-4-One), “Imagine” (John Lennon), “People Get Ready” (Curtis Mayfield) and “Amazing Grace” (Traditional), in addition to a secret bonus track, to be announced later this summer.The track, “The Love You Gave Me”, will be sung by a multi-racial/multi-ethnic group of children from various youth choirs in Massachusetts.100 percent of net money raised with the people’s pledges will support the recording and fund the 2015 Liberty Grant in Honor of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to be entrusted to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). This grant will be used for programs that provide mental health counseling for children and foster families, facilitate adoptions, find forever families for biological children that cannot return home, advocate for laws that protect children from physical and sexual abuse and provide education to single parents to help them reach career goals and become productive members our communities.The grant is named in honor of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who has long been a forward-looking thought leader and champion of liberty and equality for all Americans.In 1996, during a speech to Stanford law students, Justice Kennedy said, “Other countries are very concerned about the state of civility in our society and the order or disorder our criminal justice system presents.” An observation he made well before the current reported incidents of excessive force within some police departments that have sparked, at times, violent, racial unrest reminiscent of the civil rights era.Pledgers have the opportunity to take ownership and sign on as an executive producer on this project by contributing via the Pledge Music website. There are incentives for all levels of participants. Pledgers will have the opportunity to get signed CDs, a live CD of the group’s first recording in 50 years, Back to Basics with The Platters LIVE!, a signed set list, a custom voice mail message, a Skype vocal lesson from one of The Platters, a surprise phone call to someone they love, a Skype serenade, dinner for two with The Platters (includes two signed E-Peace CDs), a home performance (includes signed E-Peace CD), the opportunity to sing on E-Peace as part of The People’s Chorus (includes signed E-Peace CD), their name in the liner notes (includes signed E-Peace CD), a picture of the original members of The Platters, signed by founder Herb Reed, an E-Peace live in-studio visit (includes signed E-Peace CD), a VIP concert package for two, which includes two tickets to a U.S. concert of choice, a meet and greet with the band, U.S. airfare if applicable and more. To pledge, please visit www.pledgemusic.com/theplatters.“The Platters were at the nexus of music and social change during the ’50s and ’60s. Shouldering that legacy, it is only fitting that they would once again offer their voice as a bridge toward harmony, justice and peace. PledgeMusic stands by them with this unifying message,” said Jayce Varden, PledgeMusic Co-founder & Head of Global Campaign Operations.
LINCOLN, Neb. – A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada (TSX:TRP) in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week.The Nebraska Public Service Commission says in statement that a vote on the application will be held during its meeting on Nov. 20.Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners’ property using Nebraska’s eminent domain laws.The pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Opponents say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.South Dakota and Montana regulators have already approved the project.Environmental groups had persuaded former U.S. president Barack Obama to deny federal approval in November 2015. But President Donald Trump resuscitated the project in March, declaring that Calgary-based TransCanada would create “an incredible pipeline.”The Nebraska commission had been required to make a decision by Nov. 23, and must decide whether the project serves the public’s interests, based on evidence presented by lawyers and through public hearings earlier this year.The elected commission is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat.Company officials have said their preferred route is the most direct way to transport oil and that rerouting the pipeline would add millions of dollars to the project’s $8-billion price tag.
VANCOUVER — A new report from a Dutch non-profit group alleges Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes on its Mongolian mine.The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations report alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine.The group says that by using the seemingly token subsidiary in the lower tax jurisdiction of Luxembourg, rather than through the Canadian subsidiary that actually controls ownership of the mine, Rio Tinto has avoided paying an estimated US$470 million in Canadian corporate income taxes.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The report says the Mongolian government looked to terminate tax treaties that allowed Rio Tinto to access the lower tax rates, but that the company has been able to continue to access them because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.In light of the report, Canadians for Tax Fairness have called on the Canadian government to review its international treaties and introduce legal requirements to prevent abusive tax-avoidance practices.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ)
The United Nations today launched a $3 million flash appeal to meet the immediate needs of over 300,000 Guyanese – nearly half the South American country’s total population – affected by recent floods, including provision of safe water, adequate sanitation and healthy food and re-establishing health services and education.“This emergency may have gone unnoticed outside Guyana in the aftermath of the tsunami,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said, referring to the disaster that killed more that 200,000 people, injured over half a million more and left up to 5 million others in need of basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean nations in December.“But for those struck, the effects of the floods have been no less devastating than on the Indian-ocean beaches. Having witnessed the impressive generosity of donors for survivors of the tsunami, I hope that they contribute rapidly and fully to this appeal,” Mr. Egeland added.Drainage of the floodwaters has been extremely slow and even now, between 80,000 and 90,000 people still have water in and around their homes three weeks after the disaster struck. Many areas remain accessible only by boat and the water level is reportedly still as high as 1.2 to 1.5 metres in some villages, while rivers have swollen alarmingly.The risk of disease remains a major threat and poor sanitation, waste management and insect proliferation have rendered the waters highly infectious.Beyond meeting immediate needs, especially of vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating women, children and the elderly, the appeal will help kick-start rehabilitation by providing small farming communities with production inputs such as seeds, veterinarian services and equipment to rebuild their livelihoods and contribute to agricultural recovery.“Since the onset of the emergency, UN agencies on the ground have been working closely with the Government and other partners to provide emergency relief,” UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana Youssef Mahmoud said. “We need to keep supporting the affected population so they can get back on their feet, and actively participate in rebuilding their livelihoods as soon as possible.”
by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 4:27 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bovine tuberculosis discovery leads to quarantine for 30 Alberta ranches CALGARY – About 30 southeastern Alberta ranches are being quarantined after bovine tuberculosis was reported in a single cow from the province that was slaughtered in the United States.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday its veterinarians and inspectors are making contact with cattle producers in five Alberta agricultural zones and are working with provincial authorities to investigate the report.“The investigation is ongoing and it is not yet known how many animals will require testing,” said agency spokesman Denis Schryburt in an email.“The number of animals requiring testing will depend on a number of factors such as whether additional animals test positive and the movements of exposed animals to other locations.”He said the affected cow came from a ranch near Jenner, about 250 kilometres east of Calgary. The agency said the United States Department of Agriculture reported the case of bovine TB in September.The quarantine means that animals must remain on the ranch unless they are moved directly to an inspected slaughter facility, said Schryburt.Bob Lowe, chair of the Alberta Beef Producers, said ranches under quarantine could face additional costs of housing and feeding their livestock as winter sets in, instead of selling the animals.“As far as the Canadian cattle industry is concerned, it’s not a problem at all. It’s not a border issue, it’s not affecting markets,” he said.“But if you’re one of the producers that’s quarantined, it’s devastating.”If any infected cattle are found, the entire herd would have to be destroyed, he added.Bovine TB is a reportable disease in Canada and has been subject to a mandatory national eradication program since 1923, the agency said.It added that Canada is considered to be officially free of the disease although isolated cases may occur. It said the finding does not affect Canada’s current status.The agency said that bovine TB generally does not pose a threat to public health in Canada but individuals who have extended, close contact with an infected animal while it is alive are at risk of contracting the disease. Wildlife may also transmit the disease to livestock.– With a file from Ian Bickis in Calgary
Doctor Who stars have rejected claims that the show has become too PC, with one actor asking whether it is even possible to be ‘too’ correct.Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who play Yaz and Ryan in the show, instead praised the programme in an interview with Radio Times for being an “entertaining reminder” of important issues. Ms Gill said she believed the programme was ‘creating conversation’ on important issues. “It makes me laugh, because having the words ‘too’ and ‘correct’ in the same sentence is really bizarre to me. How can you be too correct about something?,” she said.”You do see some extreme comments under news articles. I’m only human and I do check and read them. But they don’t bother me and actually they’re creating conversation.” 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 appointment of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor in July was widely met with praise. Ms Gill and Mr Cole were brought on-board at the same time, along with Bradley Walsh, to play the Doctor’s companions in the series. Fans have reported a change in tone since Ms Whittaker stepped into the Tardis, with storylines focusing on racism, intolerance and other social issues.Two recent episodes have dealt with sensitive historical issues. ‘Demons of the Punjab’ saw Ms Whittaker visit India in 1947 against the backdrop of partition, while another episode retold the story of Rosa Parks and the struggle for civil rights. Fans commented on the controversial use of language during the prime time episode, including use of the words ‘paki’ and ‘negro’. Jodie Whittaker became the first female actress to play Doctor Who earlier this yearCredit:Sophie Mutevelian/BBC Studios But Mr Cole denied the recent historical episodes were too political saying they were instead encouraging viewers to engage with important issues. “Everyone’s going to have their own opinion – it is what it is. The fact that we can give everyone a little friendly, entertaining reminder of these issues is great,” he said.Last month, Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh described the idea that the programme was becoming too politically correct as “such a load of b******s” ahead of a guest appearance on the show. A New Year’s Day, rather than Christmas, special of Doctor Who will air this year on January 1st. The full interview with Ms Gill and Mr Cole is available in Radio Times magazine out today. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Coll and Mandip Gill play Doctor Who’s three companionsCredit:Simon Ridgway/BBC Studios
iPhone 5: Une révolution plutôt qu’une évolutionApple préparerait un iPhone 5 avec un nouveau design. La nouvelle mouture du plus célèbre des smartphones ne serait donc pas qu’une simple mise à jour de l’iPhone 4. Le site BGR (Boy Genius Report) fait état de nouvelles rumeurs concernant l’iPhone 5. Selon une source qualifié de fiable, l’iPhone 5 aura un nouveau design et il sera présenté au début du mois d’août et commercialisé avant le mois de septembre. BGR ne donne pas plus de détails sur le design, expliquant ne pas en savoir plus. Pour la date de présentation, tout le monde s’attendait à des annonces sur l’iPhone lors de la conférence annuelle sur les iPods normalement tenue en septembre, mais un évènement spécifique à l’iPhone pourrait donc être organisé début août. Les dernières rumeurs faisaient état d’une simple évolution de l’iPhone 4. Les spécialistes tablaient donc sur la sortie d’un iPhone 4S, comme cela avait été fait avec l’iPhone 3. Finalement, l’iPhone 5nous réservera peut-être plus de surprises. Fin mai, le PDG d’Orange Stéphane Richard parlait d’un modèle plus petit et plus fin. Le 22 juin 2011 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambert
Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Stay on target “You understand that?” #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/2CvxPTZAt9— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 13, 2018The rest of the episode wraps things up in short order after that. We get one last exciting action scene where Cloak and Dagger fight off the homicidal terrors while Ivan is the one to shut down the explosion. With their help, he’s able to do it and break out of his coma. Of course in the real world, he has no idea what happened or who these strange kids standing in front of him are. All he knows is he needs to see his daughter. Last week’s episode did a ton of work to make their reunion pay off. If we hadn’t spent all that time with Tandy t getting to know Mina, we wouldn’t care quite so much about this tearful meeting now. Not a lot of Marvel shows have managed this tight, well-paced storytelling. The show ends with another emotional hit. Rather than leave us on a cliffhanger, it gives us one last bittersweet moment to really mess us up. Tyrone digs out an old tape recorder and calls Tandy. Together, they listen to a recording he and his brother made years ago. Damn you’re ruthless, Cloak and Dagger.Last night’s Cloak and Dagger was, for the most part, standalone episode, which is weird for a first season with only ten episodes. I’m so glad they took the time to do this one, though. It encapsulates everything I want this show to be. Our two heroes spend the entire hour together. They argue, they fight, they help each other work through some real stuff. We’ve seen the two actors work well together before now, but this is the first time it’s happened for a whole episode. And honestly, more like this please. Their friendship is the emotional core of the show. It feels good to watch these two people learn to lean on each other as they confront their own traumas. Plus, we finally got to see them use their superpowers in a fight. I wouldn’t say no to more of that either.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Well, this was unexpected. A Marvel superhero show can go to any number of places, but the one place I wasn’t expecting was a time loop. And boy, did this one ever pack an emotional gut punch. The show takes a break from the heartbreaking events of Tyrone’s life to tug at our heartstrings with Mina’s backstory. When her dad still had his mental faculties, she would bake him a heart-shaped cookie every day. With the cookie came the promise that if he waited until work to eat it, he would come home safe. Yeah, as soon as that line was said, we all knew he wasn’t making it back. He goes about his day, learns that a shipment of safety tiles aren’t coming, demands to see Nathan Bowen, and that’s when the alarms start going off. We see the day the rig exploded.Back in the present, despite being scared for his life and at his lowest point, Tyrone agrees to help Tandy out. Hey, maybe at this point he’s grateful for the distraction. Tandy catches him up on what’s going on, and they head into Ivan Hess’ head. Tyrone has some issues with breaking into a hospital to touch a coma patient, and honestly, it’s refreshing to have someone comment on the weird stuff superheroes do. As fans, we take it for granted but some of the things superheroes do border on the creepy.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLT, AUBREY JOSEPH, TIM KANGThey go inside his head, and Tyrone is able to bring them through the locked door from last week. Inside, they find themselves on the rig on the day of the explosion. Ivan’s there too, fully conscious of everything around him. And only of the things around him. He’s been reliving the minutes leading up to the explosion over and over again for eight years. He only remembers life inside the loop, and has it all down to a science. He knows where to go, when to go there and the exact sequence of events. Now, Tandy and Tyrone are stuck in there with him, and they have to convince him that there is an outside world.This episode gives our heroes an immediate, tangible goal, which instantly gives it a feeling of urgency and excitement, more than previous episodes. It also has some great action scenes. Cloak and Dagger isn’t generally action-oriented, especially for superhero TV, but this episode let it show off its fight scene chops. The rig is full of Roxxon workers who’ve turned homicidal. Ivan explains why: The element they’re drilling for, he theorizes, has an effect on the human mind. It infects their minds with fear, turning them into violent killers. That might somewhat explain Tyrone’s power… For the first time, we see them using their powers in a fight. It’s cool and just a little scary. Nice to know that if the real fight scenes do come, the show will be able to handle them.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTAnd on top of that, it gets emotional. I mean really affecting, too. It turns out Ivan was talking to Tandy’s dad on the phone when the rig exploded. That’s who Nathan was talking to with Young Tandy in the back seat. As the phone rings, Tandy realizes she’ll be able to talk to her dad again, to hear his voice again. The moment is so well acted and directed, it hits us just as hard as it hits her. Suddenly, she forgets the entire reason she came here. All she wants to do is talk to her dad again. This leads to my favorite scene of the entire episode. Tyrone decides he’s going to try and stop the explosion himself, following Ivan’s instructions. Tandy’s conversation with her father plays over the entire scene as Tyrone dodges and teleports around the homicidal workers. He hits the fail-safe and closes the valve… and it doesn’t work. The ship explodes anyway. It so perfectly communicates the feeling of hopelessness and melancholy. Yeah, this one got to me.I love it when TV shows do a time loop episode. They’re my favorite Star Trek episodes, and one of the best Legends of Tomorrow. Cloak and Dagger really knocked it out of the park here. Yes, the overarching story only took a minor step forward by the end, but it really dove into the characters of Tandy and Tyrone, and their relationship with one another. It’s the first time they’ve really felt like a team. Thanks mostly to Tyrone refusing to give up even when Tandy gives him every reason to. She lies to get him to leave while she stays inside Ivan’s mind. All she wants is to keep talking to her dad. Tyrone goes back in, to find that Tandy has gone through the loop another 200-plus times, and she never wants to come out.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) AUBREY JOSEPH, OLIVIA HOLTThe way he eventually convinces her to get back on track is painful. At first, she doesn’t remember him. As he tries to force the phone away from her, she attacks him with her dagger. Finally, he tells her the truth. That she’s not really talking to her dad. She’s not telling him what’s really going on, where her life has gone, her drug abuse, nothing real. Yeah, this episode gets personal. Finally, he tells her to ask her dad something Ivan couldn’t know. Tandy asks the voice on the other end of the phone who’s in the backseat. When he doesn’t have an answer, she comes crashing back to reality. Now, all that’s left to do is get Ivan there. And that’s where the episode really, really got me.Both of them understanding just what it takes to bring memories back, they seize on Ivan’s cookie. At first, he doesn’t remember who made it. To him, it’s a theological question. It’s always been there. By the way, the idea of the time loop becoming the only existence someone’s ever known after long enough is a really interesting take on the idea. I don’t think the premise has ever been explored quite this way. Tandy makes an impassioned speech about how Mina (and herself, really) needs her father, even though she’s old enough that she won’t admit it. When she reminds him that Mina’s secret ingredient is cardamom, the memories come flooding back. This whole scene is so well-acted that yeah, I’ll admit it. I teared up. A little. More than a little. You finally did it Marvel. You got me.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has refused to comment on his future at St James’ Park, saying the future of the club is more important.After helping Newcastle United gain promotion in 2017, he has remained popular at St James’ Park, despite falling out with the management of the club following his comments on their lack of investment; a sentiment which most of the fans share.Speaking after their 2-1 victory at Turf Moor on Monday, the Spaniard refused to drawn on questions about his future, preferring to focus rather on Newcastle’s hectic festive fixtures.“When we talk about my future, talk about what can happen, we are talking about the future of Newcastle United Football Club, it’s not Rafa Benitez in the end,” Benitez told Sky Sports.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“If we sign the players, I will not take the players home with me, so they will stay there. And if they are good players, they can be the future also.“It’s a question of wait, go to January and see what we can do, and now is the time to enjoy.”“Yeah I am really pleased in England, pleased with the fans behind me,” he said when asked if he wants to stay at the club.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 14, 2018:Police moved National Grid locked out employees back to “their normal spot” on Ballardvale Street. Police remains on scene until a detail arrived. (7:20am)A Railroad Terrace homeowner spoke to Animal Control Officer about animal burrowing in her garden. (10:17am)Police and Fire Department responded to report of a trash truck fire near Market Basket on Main Street. (12:43pm)A caller stated he was behind Bus #4 and it appeared the axil was separating from the bus. Police contacted North Reading Transportation, who contacted driver. Everything checked OK. (1:33pm)A motorist found an owl laying in the roadway on Forest Street. Animal Control Officer responded. Owl flew away. No issue. (3:24pm)Police located a blue Schwinn bicycle near a rock wall on Middlesex Avenue. Police will contact DPW if bike is still there by Monday morning. (9:49pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 15: Police Called Over Pizza Delivery Dispute; Bad Crash At Woburn St. & Lowell St.; Injured FawnIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 18: Wilmington Man Arrested On Drug Charge; Bullet Found On Main St.; Dry Ice Experiment Confused With Gun ShotsIn “Police Log”
The U.S. is in the midst of negotiations with Canada over an agreement on Canadian lumber imports. Many U.S. sawmill owners argue that the Canadian mills receive government subsidies on government-owned lands, making it difficult for the U.S. market to compete. The 2006 softwood lumber trade agreement, meant to level the playing field, expired last year and a one-year freeze on tariffs, a tax on imported goods and services, ends in October. The uncertainty of new tariffs is affecting Southeast timber.Listen nowPart of the Tongass National Forest in April 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)The U.S. and Canadian governments have been at odds for decades on whether Canadian sawmills receive government subsidies, particularly “stumpage” fees, a tax on harvested trees. Mills in the states say that gives Canadian producers an unfair advantage in the U.S. market.The deal that was struck in 2006 was renewed in 2012. It was designed to keep Canadian timber within a certain price range. If it fell below that range, tariffs would be enacted. The deal expired last October, kicking in a one-year standstill period, including a freeze on U.S. tariffs.What this means for the timber industry in Southeast depends on the lens you’re looking through.Alcan Forest Products is based in Ketchikan, but operates in Canada as well. Alcan Partner Brian Brown said the uncertainty of a new trade agreement is making Canadian sawmills unable to commit to prices on Alaska logs.“We sell primarily in Canada, the red cedar log. Thirty to 40 percent of the red cedar we sell goes into Canada right now. The market is sort of a published-log-price market. We just did a shipment in there,” Brown said. “Right now, no one has been able to commit to a second one because of this duty. It’s hard to put a dollar figure on it because right now we’re in the same boat that the producers in Canada are. We don’t know what this agreement is going to consist of.”Brown said Alcan does three to four shipments into Canada a year. He said each shipment is about 600,000 tons and is valued around $1 million U.S. dollars. If a deal is not struck in October, the U.S. is likely to put tariffs on Canadian timber.“If you take a 15 or 20 percent cut on the price, that’s just speculation of what the price would be, it’s a significant amount of money,” Brown said.Brown said he doesn’t buy into the argument that Canadian companies are subsidized, and said he would prefer a free market and no tariffs.“For the sake of argument, I’ll say that’s true, that Canadian sawmills are being subsidized by their government. Who gets the benefit of that ultimately? It’s the U.S. consumer,” Brown said.Others in Alaska disagree. Owen Graham of the Alaska Forest Association said he would like to see the 2006 deal renewed. He said it’s needed not just because Canadian producers’ low operating costs, but also because the Canadian dollar is weaker.“I would say it affects our hemlock, which is about 30 percent of our production. Probably 70 percent of our lumber goes to the Lower 48 so to speak,” Graham said. “Of that, I would say the 30 percent of our hemlock that is just getting killed by the Canadians dumping low-cost lumber on the market, but it’s primarily because of the exchange rate.”Graham said those numbers are based on Southeast’s largest mill, Viking Lumber. Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch said he agrees that a renewal would be best. Most timber across Alaska is predominantly exported to foreign markets, mostly Asia, Maisch said.According to a Bloomberg report, Canada’s Trade Minister Chrysita Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman spoke last week at the G-20 summit in China, but a deal could not be reached. Freeland was quoted as saying “there is no guarantee we are going to get to a deal that works for both sides.”The deadline is October 12.
© 2011 PhysOrg.com New research suggests North American continent is a slow eroder To try to find out what has been going on with the Earth’s crust as far back in time as possible, the team took sediment samples from North and South America, Eurasia and Australia. They focused their studies on oxygen isotopes found in zircon in those samples reasoning that newer crust material would more closely resemble material found in the mantle, as external factors on the surface of the planet would impact those that have been exposed to the sun, erosion and other biologic entities.Because the ratio of oxygen-18 to oxygen-16 found in the crust is generally a narrow range and the oxygen-18 to oxygen-16 ratio on the surface is more broad, researchers can compare materials on the surface against those in the mantel to gauge how long those in the crust have been there, which in turn allows them to determine whether material in the crust is new, or has simply been recycled from below. By taking very precise measurements, the team was able to create an accurate time line of how material on the surface was formed.Specifically, they found that during the first billion and a half years of Earth’s existence, the rate of new crust formation was quite high (presumably due to meteorite collisions), at about 3 cubic kilometers annually which resulted in the creation of roughly sixty five percent of its current composition. About three billion years ago, however, smaller amounts of new material were created and more of the crust was simply recycled with material from the mantle.As a result of this change, the tectonic plates we see today began forming, growing ever more solid as the years passed, leading to the shifting that causes changes to the shape and location of the continents.The team next plans to explore the tectonic changes that occurred prior to three billion years ago, but acknowledge it will be difficult due to the dearth of rocks older than that lying on or near the planet’s surface. More information: A Change in the Geodynamics of Continental Growth 3 Billion Years Ago, Science 16 March 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6074 pp. 1334-1336. DOI:10.1126/science.1216066ABSTRACTModels for the growth of continental crust rely on knowing the balance between the generation of new crust and the reworking of old crust throughout Earth’s history. The oxygen isotopic composition of zircons, for which uranium-lead and hafnium isotopic data provide age constraints, is a key archive of crustal reworking. We identified systematic variations in hafnium and oxygen isotopes in zircons of different ages that reveal the relative proportions of reworked crust and of new crust through time. Growth of continental crust appears to have been a continuous process, albeit at variable rates. A marked decrease in the rate of crustal growth at ~3 billion years ago may be linked to the onset of subduction-driven plate tectonics. Citation: Study of isotopes shows recycling of Earth’s crust began 3 billion years ago (2012, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-isotopes-recycling-earths-crust-began.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — New research by a team of British Earth scientists shows that while the Earth’s crust was made up of new material for much of its early life, it later began to recycle material three billion years ago, leading to the development of the continents we know today. The research team came to this conclusion, as they report in their paper published in Science, after studying oxygen isotopes in zircon samples taken from several different points across the globe.
Remove “clicks” from audio files with GPU DeClicker by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2018 in Software – 12 commentsGPU DeClicker is a free program for Microsoft Windows systems to remove “clicks”, “pops”, “bit rots” and other types of noise from audio files.Designed primarily for audio files recorded from vinyl disks, GPU DeClicker removes noise from any supported audio file you throw at it.The current version of the program is listed as beta. While it works fine as it is, it comes without graphical user interface as this is still on the developer’s to-do list.Note: The application supports a GPU-mode which requires a CUDA compatible graphics card and driver. It falls back to CPU processing if a compatible video card is not detected.GPU DeClicker reviewGPU DeClicker is a command line program. Audio support is powered by libsndfile and limited to formats such as WAV, AIFC, PAF, FLAC or VOC but not common formats such as MP3 or AAC.This means that you need to convert files that you have to a supported format to have them processed by GPU DeClicker.Use of the program is straightforward. Use the command declicker.exe PathToAudioFile to process the selected audio file.GPU DeClicker supports parameters that you may use to target specific noise types:-h K — Defines the length of samples the program uses to calculate the prediction error rating for the current sample. A larger sample length improves error detection and increases the processing time.-I N — Prevents the replacement of sequences that are longer than N samples. Developer suggests to use N=8.-t M — Sets the threshold for detecting bitrots and other noise types. Default is 3.-n — Turns of GPU use if supported by the PC.-c O — Sets the number of coefficients for noise detection. Default is 4. Quality increases with the number of coefficients but processing time increases as well.-r P — Sets the number of coefficients for noise restoration. Default is 16.You may use one or multiple parameters or none at all if you want the audio file to be processed using the default parameters.Closing WordsGPU DeClicker is a specialized program. It is held back by the lack of support for popular audio formats and a missing graphical user interface. The latter is on the author’s to-do list and things should improve once it is added to the program.The program needs batch processing support for files. While you can create a batch script to process all audio files of a directory, using a GUI for that is a lot easier.If you have audio files, e.g. vinyl disk recordings, you may want to try GPU DeClicker to correct recordings with “click” noises and other types of noise.Now You: Do you use audio processing software?Related articlesFidelizer optimizes Windows’ audio outputHow to convert media to audio with AIMP3Ocenaudio is a an easy to use Audacity audio editor alternativeThe best audio and video information programs for WindowsTimbre: edit audio and video on AndroidSummary12345 Author Rating1.5 based on 3 votes Software Name GPU DeClickerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/declicker/ Advertisement
Many Turkish Cypriots spent their ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ holidays in the government-controlled areas as the downfall of the Turkish lira has made travels abroad a luxury.According to Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis, long lines were evident at the Ayios Dhometios crossing in Nicosia, as many Turkish Cypriots chose to spend their time in the government-controlled areas during the holidays of Kurban Bayramı.During the last weeks, heavy traffic was observed at the crossing, the paper said, while there has also been an increase in the crossings of Greek Cypriots to the north.The devaluation of the Turkish currency has had a negative impact also on travel agents that said that demand for travelling abroad has decreased. The Bayram holiday, travel agents said, was the period during which they were selling the most packages for trips abroad in the past.According to reports earlier in the week, it has become almost impossible for middle class Turkish Cypriots to travel abroad during the holiday because of the successive price increases.To avert profiteering, authorities in the north said they would be strict with those businesses found overcharging for products. A number of price and quality control officers were appointed by authorities to carry out checks in the market.‘Prime minister’, Tufan Erhurman, said after visiting three markets that he had found price differences on goods.In a post on his social media account, Erhurman said that opportunism during such periods should not be overlooked.‘Deputy prime minister’, Kudret Ozersay, has warned that those found taking advantage of the increase in the foreign exchange by overcharging for products, would be slapped with fines but also faced temporary closure of their businesses, even imprisonment.You May LikeRanker’Game of Thrones’ Plots That Were Completely AbandonedRankerUndoTact WatchMilitary Watch Everybody in United States is Talking AboutTact WatchUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameRelive Ancient Greece in this Strategy GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboola