Fearful feline fetched from floe Winnipeg firefighters save cat stranded on ice

first_imgWINNIPEG – Firefighters are known for helping cats stuck in trees, but earlier this week a crew in Winnipeg was dispatched to a different kind of feline fix.Members of the fire and paramedic water rescue program fetched a fearful furball from an ice floe in the Assiniboine River.Photos posted on the firefighters union website show rescuers in an inflatable boat paddling out to the ice where they pulled the grey-and white cat aboard.A final photo shows the presumably relieved kitty being cradled in one of her rescuers arms.The four-footed wanderer was taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society.The cat’s ear tattoo and microchip allowed its owners to be contacted.“Happy to report this incident had a happy outcome for the stranded pet,” the website says.The cat remained at the humane society on Friday because it was “still very stressed and requires further assessment and care.”last_img read more

The Latest Tahoe storm warning Reno advisory Saturday

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The Latest on the winter storms at Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada (all times local):5 p.m.Up to another 14 inches (35 centimetres) of snow is possible overnight in the mountains around Lake Tahoe where a winter storm warning runs from 11 p.m. Friday through 3 p.m. Saturday.Nearly 2 feet (61 cm) of snow has fallen over the past 48 hours at Tahoe-area ski resorts.The latest in a series of storms could bring snow accumulations to the valley floors around Reno and Carson City, where a winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to noon Saturday. Up to 2 inches (5 cm) is possible in town and 4 inches (10 cm) in the foothills.The National Weather Service says travel on mountain passes around Lake Tahoe could be very difficult Saturday with gusty winds producing poor visibility especially in higher elevations___10 a.m.Another winter storm is making its way toward Lake Tahoe where nearly 2 feet (61 centimetres) of snow already has fallen at several ski resorts and more than 4 feet (1.2 metres) is reported further south in the highest elevations of the central Sierra along the California-Nevada line.The National Weather Service says the most recent snowfall Thursday and early Friday totalled about 20 inches (45 cm) at Northstar, Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose on the highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.As much as 53 inches (134 centimetres) of snow was reported at Mammoth Mountain ski area three hours south of Tahoe.Precipitation has been mostly in the form of rain in the valleys, including Reno where a record .61 inch of rain fell at the airport Thursday, breaking the old record of .32 set in 2000.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Algeria Expels Migrants to Niger in Deplorable Conditions RFI

Casablanca – Hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees have been sent to a camp in Tamanrasset in the process of being expelled from Algeria.Accounts from the site suggest they are being held in deplorable conditions.Algeria has recently begun deporting hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees towards Niger, going against the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, both of which protect the rights of migrants and refugees. A camp in Tamanrasset, in the south of Algeria, currently houses several hundred migrants and refugees. Personal accounts from the camp site shared with RFI Afrique indicate inhumane treatment of the deportees.According to RFI, the people being held in the Tamanrasset camp were fed very poorly: One meal a day — “rice with two bottles of milk for 25 people. No milk.”“The police won’t let us outside. If we go out, they beat us. They’re treating us like dogs,” one migrant tells RFI.Authorities, says the same source, later let migrants and refugees leave as of December 8, while others were put in vehicles headed to Nigeria. “I’m going to spend the night outside and sell my phone to by a bus ticket [back to Alger]” one person told RFI.Sources close to the case added that Nigeria itself hadn’t agreed to receiving the migrants but to serve as a transit zone.Controversy surrounding Algeria’s expulsion of hundreds of migrants and refugees has made the rounds this week. On Friday, December 9, the Human Rights Watch issued a report demanding that Algeria halt the deportations and respect the 1951 Refugee Convention. read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Sep. 9-Sep. 13.INCREASED DIVIDENDSDevon Energy Corp .09 from .08Fortis Inc .4775 from .45Guaranty Bancshares .18 from .17Philip Morris Intl 1.17 from 1.14Store Capital Corp .35 from .33SPECIAL DIVIDENDSCheetah Mobile ADR .50NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEEagle Point Income CompanySC Health Corp (and warrants)NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETS10x Genomics Inc Cl A (IPO)Digirad Corp perpetual pfdSmileDirectClub Inc (IPO)SpringWorks Therapeutics IncWisdomTree Cloud Computing FundSTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSENextEra Energy pfdSeadrill Partners LLCNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSHydrogenics CorpSatsuma Pharmaceuticals IncCORPORATE NAME CHANGESApollo Global Management Inc LLC toApollo Global Management IncApollo Global Management Inc LLC 6.375pc pfd A toApollo Global Management Inc 6.375pc pfd AApollo Global Management Inc LLC 6.375pc pfd BApollo GLobal Management Inc 6.375pc pfd BAppliance Recycling Centers of America toJanOne IncOch-Ziff Capital Management toSculptor Capital Management IncThe Associated Press read more

In setback for drone industry NTSB says aircraft regulations apply to reckless

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 10:34 am MDT In setback for drone industry, NTSB says aircraft regulations apply to reckless use of drones WASHINGTON – The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions.The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, ruled that small drones are a type of aircraft and fall under existing FAA rules.The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus in 2011. Pirker allegedly flew the drone, which weighed less than 5 pounds, at “extremely low” altitudes, including under a pedestrian bridge and directly at a person, causing the individual to duck out of the way. He had been hired to make photos and videos of the campus.Pirker appealed the fine, saying his aircraft was effectively no different than a model aircraft and therefore not subject to regulations that apply to manned aircraft. An NTSB administrative law judge sided with him in March, saying the FAA hasn’t issued any regulations specifically for drones and therefore can’t determine their use.The FAA appealed the decision to the four-member safety board, which said Tuesday that the definition of an aircraft is very broad.“An ‘aircraft’ is any ‘device’ ‘used for flight in the air.’ This definition includes any aircraft, manned or unmanned, large or small,” the board said. The board sent the case back to the judge to decide if Pirker’s drone was operated recklessly.The FAA said in a statement that Pirker operated the drone “in a careless or reckless manner” and the fine “should stand.”The decision strengthens the FAA’s position as the agency tries to cope with a surge in use of unmanned aircraft, some weighing no more than a few pounds and available for purchase on the Internet and in hobby shops for as little as a few hundred dollars.More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold worldwide in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in U.S. skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily — a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual.“It’s a huge win for the FAA, and signals it’s not going to be the Wild West for drones, but a careful, orderly, safe introduction of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system,” said Kenneth Quinn, a former FAA general counsel.But Pirker’s attorney, Brendan Schulman, said the NTSB ruling “is narrowly limited to whether unmanned aircraft systems are subject to a single aviation safety regulation concerning reckless operation.”“The more significant question of whether the safe operation of drones for business purposes is prohibited by any law was not addressed in the decision,” he said. Several cases challenging the FAA’s ban on commercial drone operations are pending in federal district court in Washington.The FAA has barred commercial operators from using drones, with the exception of two oil companies operating in Alaska and seven aerial photography companies associated with the movie and television industry. Even those exceptions have come with extensive restrictions, including that a requirement that the operators of the remote control aircraft have an FAA-issued pilot’s license the same as manned aircraft pilots. The aircraft also have to be kept within the line of sight of the operator and may fly no higher than 400 feet.A wide array of industries as varied as real estate agents, farmers and major league sport teams are clamouring to use small drones. Amazon wants to use drones to deliver small packages to customers. Congress directed the FAA to safely integrate drones of all sizes into U.S. skies by the fall of 2015, but it is clear the agency won’t meet that deadline.Congress also directed the FAA to first issue regulations permitting widespread commercial use of small drones, usually defined as weighing less than 55 pounds. Agency officials have indicated they expect to propose regulations for small drones before the end of the year. However, it may be months to years before those rules are made final.Meanwhile, the agency is poised to issue a series of special permits to a wide array of companies that have applied for exemptions to the commercial ban similar to the exemptions granted to the film industry. More than 120 companies have applied for special permits.Among those close to being granted are permits to monitor and spray crops, inspect smokestacks and natural gas flares, and to inspect pipelines and power lines.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2017 2:27 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,533.47 down 247.73 points):Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 54 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $54.20 on 12.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 12 cents, or 4.76 per cent, to $2.40 on 9.4 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.35 per cent, to $3.66 on 7.7 million shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Down 23 cents, or 5.10 per cent, to $4.28 on 7.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 49 cents, or 2.01 per cent, to $23.85 on 6.3 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 3.30 per cent, to $4.39 on 6.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down $1.65, or 1.68 per cent, to $96.61 on 3.7 million shares. Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest lender, reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter results Friday on the back of solid earnings from its Canadian banking, wealth management and capital markets businesses. RBC, the second of the five big banks to report quarterly earnings, had $3.03 billion of net income during the quarter, up 24 per cent from a year ago. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

FAMU Hazing Ringleader Sentenced to 6 Years in Robert

Dante Martin was sentenced to six years in prison.Dante Martin was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion, but the victim’s family was dissatisfied with the punishment.“If people are not held accountable for what they are doing, then what is the system about?” Champion’s mother, Pam Champion, said. “That’s the key in sending a strong message. That’s what we’re missing here.”Prosecutors sought nine years in Champion’s beating death during a November 2011 band hazing incident. Multiple character witnesses and several letters of support persuaded Judge Renee Roche to give Martin a lenient sentence. She called him a “remarkable young man” and said she wanted him after prison to have a life he could develop.“Forgiveness doesn’t have a role in the legal system. The role of the legal system is punishment,” Roche said. “All other things are secondary.”Martin was convicted in October during a trial in which prosecutors said he was the ringleader of the ritual. Defense attorney Dino Michaels said he planned to appeal the sentence. Martin was the first of 15 former band members to stand trial in the death of Champion, who was from Decatur, Georgia, outside of Atlanta.The case crystalized the little-known culture of hazing in FAMU’s noted Marching 100 band, which was suspended for more than a year while school administrators worked to reset the program. Champion’s parents said a stiffer penalty for their child’s death would have served as a greater deterrent for future abuses. They also disagreed with the notion their son consented to hazing.Martin was visibly nervous at times during the hearing. He was remorseful in addressing Champion’s family. “This is something I will live with for the rest of my life,” Martin said.Previously, former band member Jessie Baskin received 51 weeks in county jail after pleading no contest to manslaughter charges. Several others have been sentenced to combinations of community service and probation. The final three former band members charged in Champion’s death have trials set for April.While they wanted a longer sentence for Martin, the victim’s father said he does not possess any disdain for any of the defendants.“This is a decision that [Martin] made,” Robert Champion Sr. said. “And sometimes you make a wrong decision; you have to pay the price for that.” read more

Deepfat fryer row MasterChef judge claims Mary Berrys criticism is an attack

first_imgWallace’s attack comes as the latest series of Bake Off gets under way, with 12 hopeful cooks battling for Berry and fellow judge Paul Hollywood’s approval. Berry told Good Housekeeping about her desire to make children more healthy.”Many people think children must have chips. I don’t think any household should have a deep-fat fryer,” she said. “I never fry a doughnut. If you want a doughnut, go and buy one once in a blue moon. It’s about everything in moderation.”  The Great British Bake Off 2016  Gregg Wallace at his Restaurant 'Wallace and Co' in Putney, London MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has waded into the deep-fat fryer row, claiming that Mary Berry’s criticism of the kitchen appliance is “an attack on our British way of life”. The Great British Bake Off judge told Good Housekeeping magazine that she does not think any home should contain a deep-fat fryer. She also spoke out against fizzy drinks for children.Now Wallace has launched a withering attack on the 81-year-old food writer, saying that “our nation was built on chips and spam fritters”. He added that Berry’s stance against the appliance “isn’t just an assault on the deep-fat fryer but on the traditional British psyche”. Wallace, 51, said that while “we probably did use the fryer a little bit too much” when he was young, fatty food is fine in moderation. Gregg Wallace at his restaurant, Wallace and Co, in Putney, London, which closed in 2014Credit:REX/Shutterstockcenter_img The line-up for this year’s Bake OffCredit:Mark Bourdillon Writing in The Sun, he said: “Just thinking about it takes me back to happy times when what we call dinner now was known as ‘tea’ and we ate it around five o’clock. Dinner was what you had at school at midday.”The smell of deep-fat frying was universal back then, wasn’t it? It brought families and friends together.”I love Mary dearly but this is an attack on our British way of life. We fry things, that’s what we do. It’s like banning the wok in China or outlawing the pizza oven in Italy. It’s ludicrous.” 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.last_img read more

Determining the best slurry system solution for your operation

first_imgGIW Industries’ Slurry Loop demonstration provides visitors to the company’s booths at exhibitions a live close-up view of the slurry process that they could never witness in normal operations. The Slurry Loop, a portable pipe system modelled in clear plastic tubing, provides a way to see how the physics of particle transport works inside a slurry system. The next demonstration will be at the CIM 2015 Convention in Montreal, May 10-13.GIW’s resident slurry pump expert Reab Berry usually conducts the demonstrations, which highlight three essential concepts of particle transportation in pipelines:Small particle transport — Surprisingly, not large particles, but small particles the size of beach sand are the most difficult to pump.Cyclone operation — In the clear loop, a miniature cyclone demonstrates how particle separation happens inside a slurry system.Incline pipelines — In a moveable section of the model, visitors see how surging occurs in an inclined section of a pipeline.The demonstration highlights essential concepts of particle transportation in pipelines.Berry, who is an experienced trainer with more than 50 years in the industry, says “this demonstration has a high appeal to a wide variety of attendees, including customers, equipment representatives, potential customers, operators, plant managers, professors, consultants, a lot of students — and a few competitors.”Providing an open forum for training and education is a core value of GIW Industries. Throughout its history, the company has offered formal training courses in slurry transport and pump maintenance, and regularly partners with universities and standards organizations to create documentation and train students. The company actively integrates training into all aspects of its customer service. And the GIW Hydraulic Lab is an internationally known research centre that continually brings the industry ground-breaking developments in computerised methods for pump selection and slurry wear analysis, and numerous advancements in slurry pump and pipeline technology.last_img read more

Puzzlebox Orbit is a toy helicopter you control with your brain

first_imgIf you have ever taken one of those classes in college that aims to, for example, teach you “physics as related to popular movies,” then you’ve already experienced what “fun education” is supposed to be like. Now, with a Kickstarter campaign that already reached its funding goal, educational company Puzzlebox aims to give everyone the chance to own a toy helicopter you control with your brain, and learn something along the way.Rather than teaching you how Spider-Man should actually be able to swing around New York like in that college course, Puzzlebox includes educational hardware and software guides with each helicopter. Dubbed the Puzzlebox Orbit, the goal of the toy is to not only make you feel like you have telekinetic powers, but to learn something about building and customizing your own hardware and software.Puzzlebox aims to release lessons on how brain-controlled devices actually work, as well as how infrared signals can pilot the helicopter. With the Puzzlebox Orbit, Puzzlebox is testing their hypothesis that this kind of product can not only be a successful educational tool, but be commercially viable. Now that the project has hit its goal, Puzzlebox will freely release and distribute all of the material related to the Orbit, such as hardware schematics and source code.The Orbit is a toy helicopter encased in a protective orb, in order to prevent the toy’s blades from bumping into objects it might fly into. Puzzlebox notes that while RC helicopters have a reputation for being fragile, their Orbit has survived multiple falls and crashes throughout the testing process.Puzzlebox is offering two models of brain-controlled helicopter — one that can be controlled with smartphones and tablets, and one self-contained unit that comes with the pyramid stand pictured above. The units are controlled via a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, but simply use a different base of communications — a mobile device or the pyramid. The Orbit receives infrared signals from either communications base, but the pyramid station is capable of sending out infrared signals that can be programmed to control other IR-based toys, or even a television.Now, your brain can’t tell the helicopter to fly in complicated aerial patterns. However, different patterns — such as hovering, or flying across a room —  can be set to specific mental states that are measured by the headset. Once the specific mental state is maintained, the signal is sent off to the helicopter, and the Orbit flies in the appropriate pattern.Though the project has already met its minimum funding goal of $10,000, there are still 16 days left to back the project, and some neat rewards for doing so. A small pledge of $10 will get your name added to a list of sponsors included on the website and within the software, whereas a pledge of $149 will net you an Orbit system along with NeuroSky headset.If you want to back the project, or are simply interested in learning more, head on over to the Kickstarter page before the funding phase is over in a couple weeks.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha 10,681 Views Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 8:45 AM Short URL For those of you getting paid this week: happy payday. Treat yourself. Source: Shutterstock/Lisovskaya NataliaEVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #UNSUSTAINABLE: Providing emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in Ireland costs nearly three times more than Direct Provision centres.2. #OPIOID CRISIS: A US judge has ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis.3. #SCOIL AN GHLEANNA: A small south Kerry primary school has made history by becoming the first to transfer from Catholic to multi-denominational patronage, RTÉ reports.4. #BACK TO SCHOOL: St Vincent de Paul has reported a 4% increase in the number of families looking for help with back-to-school costs this summer.5. #AMAZON FIRES: Brazil has rejected an €18 million aid offer from G7 countries to fight ongoing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, as more fires break out.6. #DISTILLERIES: The Irish Whiskey Association has lodged several complaints with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland about what it claims is the mislabelling of whiskey products, the Irish Times reports.7. #MUCKAMORE ABUSE: An investigation has so far identified 1,500 crimes committed against patients with learning difficulties in one healthcare ward, the Irish News reports exclusively.8. #LIBEL LAWS: Catherine Murphy has said that she isn’t surprised that John Delaney used defamation actions against the Irish media, saying that individuals should not be able to use defamation laws to try to “hold media outlets to ransom”.9. #THE TROUBLES: It’s the 40th anniversary of the killing of Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others in Sligo, as well as the killing of 18 British soldiers at Narrow Water in two separate IRA attacks.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 1 Comment https://jrnl.ie/4783469 center_img Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Aug 27th 2019, 7:48 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday It’s back-to-school week, so a few educational stories are making the headlines today.last_img read more

Nuage de cendres retour à la normale pour le trafic aérien espagnol

first_imgNuage de cendres : retour à la normale pour le trafic aérien espagnolEspagne – Tous les aéroports espagnols sont à nouveau ouverts. Ils avaient été fermés hier, suite à de nouvelles perturbations dues à l’éruption du volcan islandais Eyjafjöll. L’aéroport de Valence, le dernier encore fermé avant 8 heures ce matin, a finalement rouvert en Espagne. De nombreux aéroports avaient cessé leur activité dans la journée de mardi, suite à la présence d’un nouveau nuage de cendres, inoffensif pour la santé mais dangereux pour le trafic aérien.Au total, environ 1.000 vols avaient été annulés jusqu’à 19 heures, surtout dans les îles Canaries et en Andalousie. Le 12 mai 2010 à 11:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

Dragon Ball Heroes Introduces A Very Different Goku

first_img Watch: This ‘Dragon Ball’ Fan Quit His Job to Set a World RecordNew Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way If you’re unfamiliar with Dragon Ball Heroes, it looks like you may want to acquaint yourself quickly, that is, if you want to check out a brand new version of hero Goku, after all. Dragon Ball Heroes is a trading arcade card game in Japan that features various hero avatars, the ability to collect various types of Dragon Balls, and tons of cool lore unique only to the story. If that sounds cool, the news gets even cooler. A promotional anime was created just for Dragon Ball Heroes, and it’s pretty darn awesome.Why? Well, just check out the new version of Goku. Pretty cool, right? As the Dragon Ball Heroes story goes, this is actually Goku Xeno, a very different version of the hero we all know and love. As such, he isn’t a clone of regular Goku or anything like that, but a different personality entirely. In fact, he’s been around for quite some time, first debuting in Dragon Ball Heroes.AdChoices广告Goku Xeno is all duded up in a tight black shirt, loose pants, and a long red robe with a blue sash. He’s even got his old power pole from his youth on his back, tied with a string. He’s extremely different from Goku, and sounds a bit like Goku Black, but without being an evil jerk. He’s a lot more mature, and especially callous when compared to the real Goku everyone knows and loves. Think of him as a combination of Vegeta and Goku but a little less arrogant, and you’ll have an idea of who Goku Xeno is.As far as the promotional anime and what it means for Goku Xeno and crew, here’s the anime synopsis:“Trunks returns from the future to train with Goku and Vegeta. However, he abruptly vanishes. The mysterious man “Fu” suddenly appears, telling them that Trunks has been locked up on the “Prison Planet,” a mysterious facility in an unknown location between universes. The group searches for the Dragon Balls to free Trunks, but an unending super battle awaits them! Will Goku and the others manage to rescue Trunks and escape the Prison Planet?”Hopefully, we’ll get an English dub of this episode so we can learn more about Goku Xeno, but for now we’ll be content with this awesome character. He’s pretty sick, for real.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Maharshi total worldwide box office collection Is it a profitable venture for

first_imgMaharshiTwitterThe team of Maharshi starring Mahesh Babu and Pooja Hegde has been celebrating its success, but the movie is yet to recover the investment of some distributors even after 12 days.Released in the theatres on May 9, Maharshi opened to fantastic response and collected over Rs 100 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. In just four days, the movie returned Rs 64 crore for its distributors, who have shelled out over Rs 100 crore on its theatrical rights.All the distributors were thrilled over the massive response for Maharshi in its opening weekend and had hoped that the movie would fetch huge amount of profits in the coming days. Producer Dil Raju, who has jointly bankrolled it with Ashwini Dutt and Potluri V Prasad, held a success party on May 12 and revealed how excited the distributors were.Dil Raju had said, “I’ve asked them to pay the amount of money equal to the final collection Bharat Anu Nenu has earned in each territory. They obliged. And now they are backing me by saying that they are super happy with the collections. They are asking me for a hug. That’s the true feeling coming from their heart.”But their excitement was short-lived as the collections dropped during the weekdays and also in the second week. Maharshi has struggled to recover them the remaining 36 percent of their investments in the next eight days. It is yet to return some amount of investments to them.As per the reports, Maharshi has collected around Rs 175 crore gross at the worldwide box office in 12 days (till its second Monday). The movie is estimated to have earned a total of Rs 90 crore for its global distributors. It is likely to fetch them Rs 10 crore, the remaining amount of their investment in the coming days.According to reports, Dil Raju himself has distributed Maharshi in Nizam and Vizag and the prices of their theatrical rights are valued at Rs 24 crore and Rs 9.6 crore, respectively. The movie has earned him over Rs 25 crore in Nizam and Rs 9 crore in Vizag. The movie has earned its valued price and is set to earn profits in coming days.Maharshi has returned almost 100 percent of the investments to the distributors in areas like East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur. The movie is struggling to break the even in Nellore, where it might incur a loss of few lakhs to its distributors. Its current pace of collections show that the film would incur huge losses its distributors in Ceded, where it is yet recover over 25 percent of their investment.Maharshi has not only returned 100 percent of the investments to the distributors in Karnataka and other parts of India, but also earned them small amount of profits. Overseas distributors have reportedly shelled out Rs 14 crore on its theatrical rights and it has recovered them nearly Rs 12.50 crore. The current pace of collection in the international market will incur them small amount of losses.Dil Raju and team has projected Maharshi as a blockbuster success in the theatres and they held some parties to celebrate its success. Mahesh Babu visited some theatres in the Telugu states to thank the viewers for their support. The makers might have hefty sum from the film, but the prospects of distributors are very little. Hence, it is really hard to call it hit venture for them.last_img read more

Gran Turismo 6 bug Players gifted 190 worth of ingame credits

first_imgMany PS3 owners will have picked up a copy of Gran Turismo 6 to play in the last few days. It’s receiving very positive reviews, but unfortunately, does include some pretty shocking microtransactions. The worst offender being a Jaguar XJ13, which costs $196, or 20 million in-game credits.However, some players won’t need to find nearly $200 to spend in order to instantly unlock the XJ13. That’s because a glitch has been found that gifts anyone playing the game 20 million credits. You can see the process to unlocking those extra credits in the video below:In order for this to work you need to have the v1.01 update applied to the game. Then simply buy the Mercedes-Benz Concept from GT Vision for 1 million credits — roughly $13. Once owned, delete your Gran Turismo 6 game data using the Game Data Utility in the XMB. This will remove the v1.01 update. When you launch the game again without the update applied you’ll be able to sell the Mercedes you just purchased and your credit total will sit at 20 million credits.Obviously Sony now knows about this bug and developer Polyphony Digital should have it fixed shortly. If you decide to use it, though, just be aware that Sony may decide there’s a consequences or two to doing so. I have no idea what that may be, but if you are enjoying playing the game it’s probably best not to attempt this credit grab.It’s amusing that such a bug exists and gifts the player enough credits to purchase the most expensive car on offer. You can bet there’s a fair few extra Jaguar XJ13s being driven around in-game today. Sony says microtransactions are for busy people. I’d add that glitches also work really well for busy people, and have the added bonus of being much cheaper.last_img read more

Up the Amazon River on a cargo boat

first_imgRelated posts:To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Travelers beware: Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon Honduras to convert US-built airbase into airport for capital IQUITOS, Peru — We have to get our entrance stamp for Peru before the office closes at 5 p.m. The cargo boat is scheduled to leave for Iquitos at around 8 p.m., so we have some time to kill in the little port of Santa Rosa. It’s basically a row of wooden shacks with corrugated iron roofs by the Amazon River.Workers load kilos and kilos of fish into a container with ice. It must be hard work for them under the blazing sun and in this Amazonian heat and humidity. Their shirts are soaked with sweat.We sit down for a beer and watch the sky above the jungle turn purple and red. Smoke rises from the houses between the hazy jungle growth, and when the sun sets we see lights switch on, on the Colombian side of the river in Leticia. This is the point in the Amazon jungle where the three countries Brazil, Colombia and Peru come together. From here, you can go by boat to the east, into Brazil towards Manaus, or like us, you can move against the current into Peru, to Iquitos. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesIquitos is one of those places we have wanted to see for years. It’s an outpost of civilization: Almost 400,000 people living in the biggest city in the world that’s not connected to anything else by road. This means you can only get there by boat or small airplane.After sunset, when our cargo boat heads off, we hang our hammocks from the metal rails on the upper deck, which is basically built on top of the roof. The boat is divided into three parts: The first deck is for cargo – from freezers to scooters and piles of bananas; The middle deck is overcrowded with dozens of locals of all ages; And the upper deck is just me, my travel partner, a blaring television and three Peruvian men. As you have to take the stairs to get to the bathrooms, most people don’t want to be up here. The sleeping quarters on the top deck of the cargo boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesOne of the Peruvian men, in his 50s with a thick mustache, introduces himself as Gustavo Palomino Boza. We chat a bit while the boat finds its way out into the river. It turns out Gustavo just broke up with his girlfriend and decided to move to Leticia, to start life over again – according to him it’s easier to find work in Leticia as it is not as full of restaurants as Iquitos, yet. He’s headed back to Iquitos now to get his stuff.I lie down in my colorful hammock, which a wrinkled lady in a little roadside shop in Leticia sold me for a few dollars, and watch the dark trees along the riverbank. The sound of the motor rattles, but the view of the jungle, which is softly lit by moonlight, is mesmerizing.The boat stays close to the bank, as the current is less strong there. A worker from the boat comes by to collect the 80 soles ($25) for the three-day boat ride, which includes food. For awhile the television has a signal, and everyone is glued to the image of an Evangelical priest giving a sermon. But earlier than we expected every sound on the boat, except for the engine, dies down, and people lie silently in their hammocks. Jungle life means early sleeping, early waking. A girl brushes her teeth on the boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesRiver of cocaine“Sometimes the narcos use a boat like this one,” Gustavo, the friendly Peruvian man, tells us the next morning. We are leaning on the railing in the early morning, observing the little village where we just stopped to let some people get off the boat. Apparently Gustavo saw some suspicious packages unloaded during the night, which he thinks may have been cocaine. The only thing I had seen during the night, when I awoke a bit shivering from the cold wind blowing over the boat, was an old man taking a leak in the corner of the deck. That’s the way you avoid having to take the stairs to the mid deck for the toilets.“Sometimes they are on a little boat,” he says, launching into a lecture on the local trafficking business. “This is basically lawless territory. I would use a submarine if I were them, like they do in Central America. It would save a lot of hassle and dodgy middle-of-the-night transactions.”The waiter, a transvestite boy with an attitude, brings our breakfast: sweet porridge in a cup and two rings of dry bread. The trip on the cargo boat isn’t what you would call a gastronomic experience. Lunch consists of rice, a few vegetables and half a chicken wing; Dinner is a watery chicken soup. But, along the way the boat stops at many little villages, where the locals are keen to earn some income by selling fresh fish with cassava to the hungry travelers for a dollar a plate. The author playing chess with another passenger. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesThe first part of the journey, from Leticia to a small jungle city called Caballococha, is where the Amazon divides Colombia and Peru. It’s an area famous for drug trafficking, just like the Putumayo River some 130 kilometers to the north. In 2012, Peru became the biggest coca producing country in the world — surpassing even Colombia — and somehow all this production has to find its way through the Amazon to the consumer markets in the U.S. and Europe.After breakfast we stop at Caballococha, where a group of teenagers climb up to our upper deck and hang their hammocks. They could have easily been from Lima, with their fancy clothes and smart phones, taking selfies as they install themselves near the electrical outlet to be sure they can charge their devices during the trip.But they weren’t from Lima; They’re the nouveau riche of the jungle. Caballococha has become a big coca producing area since a genetically modified version of the coca plant emerged that can resist the humidity and heat of the lower jungle. Coca production in the area means more money around for kids like these to buy smartphones and fancy clothing.The silent jungle The bar on the boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesIt’s amazing how many villages, how much human activity we pass during a day. I always imagined the Amazon as a vast tract of jungle devoid of human civilization, where anacondas hang dangling from trees, monkeys jump all over each other and play and jaguars drink from the river at clearings in the forest. Instead, we see village after village of wood and corrugated iron, people in motorized canoes moving along the river, and piles of plastic waste on the river banks. In between these villages, you only see the trees. It’s a phenomenon called the ‘silent jungle’ in conservation circles: The wildlife has run away from human encroachment, leaving only silence behind.Still, with some 1,500 different bird species in the Amazon, which is more than Europe and the U.S. combined, there are opportunities to spot them all day: Predators circling high up in the air; Herons on the waterside. As we pass the next little village, we see the famous pink dolphin gliding through the water. They are curious creatures, attracted to the sound of the motor. They come a bit closer to see who we are. The Amazon is home to two different species of river dolphins: grey and pink, the latter of which can grow to up to three meters long. They like to hang around at the convergence zones, where side rivers connect to the Amazon, a good place for hunting disoriented fish.We hang over the railing to catch a glimpse of their pink skin as they lift their heads above water to breathe. Their curiosity can be dangerous for these creatures: Some fishermen hunt them to use their meat as bait for the carnivorous Mota fish. This is mostly done in Brazil but slowly starting to happen in Peru, also. The dolphin are safe with us today, though. A village on the Amazon River. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesBack in civilizationAfter two days on the boat we start to get into a certain rhythm of lying in our hammocks, chatting with people and playing chess. We watch the loading during stops at little villages, where the workers pull the chains of the crane, their shirts soaked in sweat.And at certain moments, the rain pours down in such enormous quantities it feels like you might as well be in the submarine Gustavo was talking about. The sound of millions of drops drumming the roof of the boat and flaps on the side has a soothing effect. A downpour in the Amazon viewed from the cargo boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesOne afternoon, just after we pull away from one of the villages, everyone gets excited. A Brazilian girl, with whom I played some chess earlier that day, had left the boat to take a look around the village. She hadn’t returned in time. We go to the deck to see if she is on the pier, and right at that moment we can see her running to the docks. Some of the Peruvians try to persuade the captain, a chubby old man, to turn around, but he won’t hear of it.We can see the girl jump into one of the motorized canoes and chase us. We have to slow down to turn back into the Amazon from the little tributary we’re in, so the girl manages to catch up with us and climb back on the boat. People on the boat are more aware of their fellow passengers than it had seemed. A girl on the boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesGuidebooks and bloggers warned us of people stealing luggage on the boat, but after two days we have the feeling we can basically leave our stuff behind when we go to the middle deck for a coffee. But maybe it’s because we have Gustavo and the others around us, who we have befriended and who take care of our stuff like we take of theirs when they need to leave.On the last morning, as we get closer to Iquitos, we see more and more boats pass by on the river. Some are speedboats moving back and forth to jungle resorts. They can cover the same distance we did in 14 hours — saving time but taking a toll on passengers’ backs with the constant bouncing over the waves. The first glimpses of the city are chimneys atop the only factory there. It’s the electricity company that provides Iquitos with power for their lights and television sets. A passenger on the Amazon River cargo boat. Eline van Nes/The Tico TimesAs we enter the dirty and industrialized port of Iquitos, we see the large stacks of wood, trunks and sawdust. There are cargo boats loaded full of trees. It’s the big war of the Amazon: organizations and environmentally-minded locals try to conserve the last bits of rainforest, while other locals cut down trees for a few bucks and corrupt local governments ensure the big shipments make it out of the jungle. According to a report from Global Witness, between 2002 and 2014 some 57 environmental activists were killed in the humid Peruvian jungle — mostly over land rights, mining and illegal logging.The harbor of Iquitos is a mess of people running over the muddy roads, cargo ships being offloaded, and little boats passing by with their noisy homemade engines. After we say goodbye to our friends from the boat, we jump onto a mototaxi that takes us to our hostel. As we ride into the noisy city of Iquitos, where hundreds of mototaxis rule the road, we would almost forget this is still a city in the middle of the jungle.It seems we are back in civilization. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Italy deploys 20000 to protect sensitive targets

first_imgROME (AP) – Italy increased security Thursday at 14,000 sites, and assigned bodyguards to protect 550 individuals after a nuclear energy company official was shot and letter bombs directed to the tax collection agency.Under the enhanced measures, Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri deployed 20,000 law enforcement officers to protect individuals and sensitive sites. In addition, 4,200 military personnel already assigned throughout Italy will be redeployed according to new priorities. Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements `’Based on a thorough analysis of the situation, Interior Cancellieri has confirmed the need to maintain a high level of vigilance, strengthen the security measures against sensitive targets and those exposed to specific risks,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.Authorities will also increase intelligence to `’neutralize” the risk of subversive actions `’that can be nourished in moments of tension,” the statement added.A group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation last week claimed responsibility for the shooting of Ansaldo Nucleare CEO Roberto Adinolfi, and pledged in a letter to the daily Corriere della Sera to carry out further actions against Ansaldo’s parent company, the state-controlled Finmeccanica.Italian anarchists sent a letter bomb that exploded at the Rome headquarters of the Equitalia tax collection agency last December, injuring the directory. FAI also claimed responsibility for a series of letter bombs sent to embassies in Rome in December 2010.More recently, a letter bomb was intercepted at the same office this month, and a Molotov cocktail exploded outside an Equitalia office in Livorno. In addition, there have been numerous reports of letters with suspicious powdery substances sent to Equitalia offices. Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img

LoanSifter Google Enter New Strategic Partnership

first_img Share November 9, 2011 462 Views LoanSifter, Google Enter New Strategic Partnership A new strategic partnership between “”LoanSifter, Inc.””:https://www.loansifter.com/index.aspx, and “”Google””:https://www.google.com/ will give consumers access to online mortgage lending and real-time pricing. Through Google’s comparison ads, LoanSifter will facilitate the comparison of loan products among multiple providers using its technology platforms. [IMAGE]The comparison ads created by Google are designed to assist potential borrowers in collecting quotes from mortgage lenders based on their specific loan qualifications, and LoanSifter’s automated pricing module and real-time database of investor pricing and eligibility information will give Google users access to products from the company’s lenders. The relationship between the entities will also provide LoanSifter’s participating lenders with leads, drawn from those that qualify online.LoanSifter client Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation spoke out on the partnership with Google, and Greg Ulrich, production manager for Fairway, said, “”This saves us money, allowing us to pass a greater savings to the consumer. We chose [COLUMN_BREAK]LoanSifter for our Google auto-quoting because it enables us to customize our pricing more accurately and effectively. Other vendors require manual supervision, which would have been problematic in keeping up with market shifts.””Consumers are directed to Google’s comparison ads when they conduct an online search for mortgage-related terms within the company’s website, and the proprietary ads allow users to anonymously enter details on the loan they desire, including amounts and credit scores. Once an individual has contributed the relevant information, Google compiles multiple offers from lenders, enabling a side-by-side look at the options the borrower has access to when seeking a mortgage loan. The anonymity protects consumer’s private information and eliminates the need for a potential borrower to fill out extensive paperwork when gathering general mortgage loan pricing and product data. LoanSifter’s intuitive module is the ideal integration for Google’s comparison ads, as LoanSifter boasts the most comprehensive real-time pricing and qualifications database in the industry; additionally, LoanSifter possesses leading tools for mortgage bankers, loan officers, and secondary departments seeking to price, market, and manage loans.Bruce Backer, president of LoanSifter, commented on the collaboration with Google, saying, “”Our relationship with Google will be of tremendous benefit to both lenders and consumers. A growing number of borrowers are using the Internet to find the best possible mortgage deals, and Google’s immense popularity makes it a first stop for many. Borrowers benefit from the side-by-side comparison in an open marketplace, while lenders benefit from LoanSifter’s ability to accurately price mortgage scenarios on their behalf.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-11-09 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

Kevin Kolb may get the bulk of the attention but

first_imgKevin Kolb may get the bulk of the attention, but he’s not the only player the Cardinals poached from the Philadelphia Eagles roster.The Cardinals signed linebacker Stewart Bradley to help solidify a defense that struggled in 2010, and the 27-year-old thinks he’s a good fit in the desert.“It’s definitely a linebacker defense. There are four of us out there,” Bradley told USA Today.“The structure of the defense is just a different mindset, I feel like. It’s more … intuition and your football sense. You kind of get to go out there and you run around an kind of just be yourself and make more plays.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Bradley is exactly the type of linebacker who can make plays. Though he tallied just 60 tackles last season, it’s important to remember he was returning from an ACL injury and, in his one full season as a starter, collected 108 tackles for one of the league’s better defenses. So, while Kolb has grabbed the headlines, it would be wise to not discount what Bradley will do. Chances are if the Cardinals win the NFC West, they’ll owe the Eagles a thank you card for all their help. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2018 11:41 am PDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Super Bowl week to feature Snoop Dogg, J. Lo, Pink, Cardi B FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Pink performs “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Pink will sing the National Anthem before Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, and will perform a concert Friday night at NOMADIC LIVE! at The Armory. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Snoop Dogg will be celebrating Super Bowl week with two of his favourite things: worship and women.The rapper, who is working on a gospel album, will headline BET’s annual pre-Super Bowl gospel concert and the Playboy party in a busy week also featuring performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Cardi B and the Chainsmokers. Super Bowl 52 takes place Sunday at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.The biggest of the stars is Justin Timberlake: Before he headlines the halftime show, he will hold a listening party Thursday at Paisley Park for his new album, “Man of the Woods,” to be released Friday.The week also includes performances by Diddy, DJ Khaled, Kelly Clarkson, Migos, Imagine Dragons, Busta Rhymes, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Ellie Goulding and Post Malone.last_img read more