Paragon Shipping Places Order for Three Kamsarmax …

first_imgzoom Paragon Shipping Inc., a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, has signed shipbuilding contracts for three eco-design Kamsarmax drybulk carriers. These eco-design Kamsarmax newbuildings have a carrying capacity of 81,800 dwt each, and will be built at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co.Two of the newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and one is scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015. The total consideration for these three newbuilding contracts is $91.65 million.Commenting on the developments, Paragon Shipping’s Chairman and CEO, Michael Bodouroglou stated: “We are pleased to announce the purchase of three more eco-design vessels that are a direct compliment to our current fleet. With this order, we have increased our newbuilding orderbook to 7 drybulk vessels and one containership, which brings our total fleet to 22 vessels and improves our fleet profile significantly. We believe we are at the start of a strong year for the drybulk market and are positioning Paragon to take advantage of an improving market.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Paragon Shipping, March 6, 2014last_img read more

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German reporter freed from Turkish jail pending trial

first_imgBERLIN – A German reporter detained in Turkey for more than a year was released from jail pending trial, even as six other journalists and newspaper employees were sentenced Friday to life imprisonment by a Turkish court.Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the German daily Die Welt, was detained as part of a Turkish government clampdown on civil society in the wake of a failed coup attempt in 2016.The 44-year-old, who has both German and Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Istanbul on Feb. 14, 2017, on terrorism and propaganda charges that he denies. His case and that of five other German citizens still held in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons badly soured relations between the two countries.German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed his release Friday, saying she was happy for Yucel and his family “who had to endure a very difficult year of separation.”A picture tweeted by lawyer Veysal Ok showed Yucel outside jail embracing his wife.Germany’s foreign minister later told reporters that Yucel was on his way to an Istanbul airport and can “freely leave Turkey.”Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the court appeared to have set no conditions on Yucel’s release, and insisted it didn’t result from any kind of deal between Berlin and Ankara.“I can assure you there were no agreements, no quid pro quo and no — as some people call it — deal in this case,” Gabriel said.Merkel, who met Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, said the reporter’s release “shows that talks aren’t futile.”But she noted that others, including several Germans, remain in Turkish custody.“We know that there are other, perhaps not so prominent, cases of people that are in Turkish jails and we hope they’ll enjoy a quick legal process and the rule of law too,” she said.Turkey’s state-run news agency reported that a court ruled Yucel should be set free pending a trial, after approving a prosecutor’s indictment seeking between four and 18 years in prison for the journalist for “engaging in terrorist propaganda” and “inciting public hatred and enmity.”Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Die Welt’s publisher Axel Springer, said the company was “endlessly relieved that Deniz Yucel can finally be free after more than a year in detention.” He added that the case underlined the importance of press freedom and the need to continually defend it.Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported that a court in Istanbul sentenced six journalists and newspaper employees accused of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt to life prison terms Friday. They include Ahmet Altan, the former editor-in-chief of Taraf newspaper, his brother, journalist and academic Mehmet Altan, and prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak.The journalists were accused of links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the July 15, 2016, failed coup. Gulen denies the accusation.The defendants were charged with attempts against Turkey’s constitution and membership in a terror organization.___Suzan Fraser in Ankara contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Israelis and Palestinians Renew a Fragile Ceasefire

By Josh BabbRabat – The violence, which erupted on Monday and stretched into Tuesday, was set off by a botched Israeli commando raid into Gaza on Sunday night which killed seven Palestinians, among them a Hamas commander. One Israeli soldier was also killed in the fighting.In response to the raid, Hamas, the group administering the Gaza strip, and other militant factions launched more than 400 projectiles mostly aimed at the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot, killing one and injuring 18 others. Read also: Conflict Escalates, Israeli Airstrikes Rain over GazaIsrael retaliated with dozens of airstrikes aimed at military targets and other structures used by Hamas, damaging several homes in the process. Reports from inside Gaza also stated Israel target the buildings housing the Al-Aqsa television channel and Al-Amal Hotel. Late Tuesday, Hamas leaders announced a ceasefire, and Israel soon followed suit. The sudden announcement sparked celebrations in Gaza.A joint statement by Palestinian groups in Gaza read, “Egypt’s efforts have been able to achieve a ceasefire between the resistance and the Zionist enemy. The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it.A right-wing member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government confirmed the rumors of Israel’s agreement to the ceasefire, although the member himself insisted he was against such an agreement. The announcement angered residents in Sderot who took to the streets in protest, lighting tire fires and chanting “Disgrace!” and, referring to Netanyahu’s nickname, “Bibi go home!”Read also: Morocco’s Field Hospital in Gaza is Ready to Care for Wounded PalestiniansThe fact that Israeli officials were reluctant to publicly state their decision demonstrates the balancing act the government has had to strike while attempting to reach a long-term agreement with Hamas, which Israel views as a terrorist group. According to the Washington Post, “Analysts say that the two sides are not interested in another round of conflict but that both are grappling with internal pressure to show strength.”The outline of the deal, being brokered by Egypt and funded by Qatar, includes much needed economic relief for Gazans in exchange for Hamas clamping down on border demonstrations, which made international headlines earlier this year. read more

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Football Members of Ohio State defense and special teams receive AllBig Ten

Ohio State redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley (35), redshirt senior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) and redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6), prepare for a play during the third quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorSeven Ohio State defenders and three special teamers were honored on All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced Tuesday morning.Defensive ends Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard, cornerback Denzel Ward, safeties Jordan Fuller and Damon Webb and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones represented the Ohio State defense, while punter Drue Chrisman, kicker Sean Nuernberger and kick returner Parris Campbell came from special teams. Cornerback Damon Arnette, defensive end Jalyn Holmes and linebackers Jerome Baker and Chris Worley were named honorable mention All-Big Ten.The conference named Bosa and Lewis first-team All-Big Ten defenders by both coaches and media. Bosa has accumulated six sacks and one forced fumble. He also has 28 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis has picked up five sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. He also has 14 tackles, two recovered fumbles and one forced fumble.Ward was named to the first-team All-Big Ten by the media and the second-team by the coaches. He ranks third in the conference with 13 passes defended, and has one interception. Ward blocked a punt in Ohio State’s win against Penn State and an extra point in Saturday’s win versus Michigan.Hubbard was named second-team all-conference by coaches and the media. He has 36 tackles, the most by any Buckeye lineman. He has 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.Webb, Fuller and Jones were selected to the third-team All-Big Ten team. Webb, who was picked to the media team, leads Ohio State with three interceptions. Fuller was selected to the team by the coaches and has two picks. Jones was named third-team by the conference’s coaches and has five tackles for loss, including a sack.Campbell was voted second-team All-Big Ten by the media for his 36.6-yard kick-return average on nine returns, which includes an 82-yard kick return against UNLV. Chrisman and Nuernberger were named third-team all-conference. Chrisman ranks third in the Big Ten in punt average, and Nuernberger has hit 14-of-17 field goals and made all 65 extra point attempts. read more

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Leapfrog and ALS Minerals offer core data solution

first_imgLeapfrog 3D modelling software can now interface directly with ALS Minerals Webtrieve core data retrieval service for seamless checking and verification. Leapfrog Mining, developed by ARANZ Geo, is fast, dynamic, 3D geological modelling technology with innovative workflows that the company states “enables the best possible understanding of the geology.” According to ARANZ Geo, Leapfrog enables accurate and consistent visualisation of data providing confidence in the interpretation and modelling from early exploration to mine remediation. Multiple hypotheses can be explored, new data added and course corrections made easily as the project proceeds.Since it was first introduced in 2004 Leapfrog has been adopted by a number of leading mining and exploration companies. The interaction of the two packages offers users many distinct benefits. Leapfrog users can seamlessly view source information as part of the Leapfrog workflow, reducing interruptions and optimising usability. The ALS user can quickly visualise core data in 3D, which speeds up interpretation, evaluation and understanding of the data. This augmentation of Leapfrog & Webtrieve is available now via Leapfrog’s latest release 2.4.2. As part of the collaboration, ARANZ Geo is offering all ALS clients a 30-day evaluation licence at no cost, which can be requested on the Leapfrog website.The ALS Webtrieve data retrieval service has recently been expanded to include core images from core photos. The core photos are rendered into a single down-hole, depth registered image. Geochemical data may be plotted with this image, and anomalies interrogated with respect to the core photo. Photos at anomalous geochemical locations can be magnified to view details of fracture density, mineralogy, texture. The ALS Minerals service includes long term, unlimited photo archival and on-line viewing via the Webtrieve on-line data system.last_img read more

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Two Connacht players narrowly escape axe attack at Dusseldorfs main train station

first_img Share Tweet Email Mar 9th 2017, 11:53 PM Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 11:53 PM Short URL Heenan could see stretchers inside the train station. “We left the station to get food”, Heenan told The42. We can’t have been gone more than an hour and got back to that. The station and everything near it was on lockdown – police and helicopters everywhere. We saw loads of police under a bridge with the road closed off. Then we saw the station and just asked people what had happened. There was a reporter taking photos who let us know. Fortunately, we didn’t get any closer than that. We could just see all the police and people on stretchers inside the station”.Heenan and Robinson-McCoy returned to their hotel, situated a couple of kilometres away, on foot and saw a litany of emergency service vehicles on their way to the scene. Source: ebenedict1986/YouTube“On the whole walk him, there were police, fire trucks and ambulances racing through the streets. Locals were a mixture of upset, emotional and confused – a lot of people were wondering what was going on”.One man was arrested, police said, correcting earlier police reports of two arrests.Five injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf’s main train station in Germany 32 Comments http://the42.ie/3279975 center_img 38,703 Views TWO CONNACHT RUGBY players narrowly escaped the axe attack that occurred at Dusseldorf’s main train station earlier tonight and which left five people injured.Jake Heenan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy had been in Germany to watch Wednesday night’s Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica and were preparing to travel back to Ireland via Dusseldorf on Friday.They planned on spending Thursday night in the city and headed towards the Central Station earlier this evening to do some sight-seeing. By Eoin O’Callaghan Two Connacht players narrowly escape axe attack at Dusseldorf’s main train station Jake Heenan and Dominic Robertson-McCoy were in the German city tonight. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Mission NEEMO  utiliser des Jetpacks pour explorer des astéroïdes

first_imgMission NEEMO : utiliser des Jetpacks pour explorer des astéroïdesCes derniers jours, une équipe de la NASA dirigeant la mission NEEMO a testé des Jetpacks à 19 mètres sous la surface de l’océan Atlantique. Selon les experts, cet outil serait idéal pour effectuer des explorations à la surface des astéroïdes.Se rendre sur la surface d’un astéroïde est une tâche délicate que tente de résoudre les chercheurs de la NASA à travers la mission NEEMO (Extreme Environment Mission Operations). Pour simuler l’environnement de faible gravité, le laboratoire Aquarius a été construit à 5,6 kilomètres au large de Key Largo dans l’archipel des Keys, à 19 mètres sous la surface de l’océan Atlantique. Au sein de ce cylindre d’acier de 3 mètres de diamètre et de 14 mètres de longueur, une équipe composée de six aquanautes dirige une recherche sur le développement de technologies destinées à l’exploration des astéroïdes. Lors de leurs dernières séances de simulations subaquatiques, les chercheurs ont testé le Jetpack, un outil peu commun qui pourrait dans le futur assurer les déplacements des astronautes sur les astéroïdes. L’appareil, porté sur le dos, est composé d’un propulseur alimenté par une batterie. Ce système ingénieux permet ainsi de se déplacer très rapidement et facilement d’un endroit à un autre. Pour l’heure, les résultats de la simulation se montrent plutôt encourageants. “Il est rapide, facile et très cool” écrit sur le blog de la NASA Steve Squyres, membre de l’équipe et chercheur à l’Université de Cornell aux Etats-Unis.Facile d’arriver jusqu’à l’astéroïde, difficile de s’y arrêterÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUn petit problème toutefois : s’il est très facile de se rendre sur l’astéroïde, y rester est une autre affaire ! Pour résoudre cette difficulté, les chercheurs ont eu l’idée de faire appel à une autre technique. En utilisant un long mât télescopique muni de gros aimants à chaque extrémités, ils ont été capables de se déplacer lentement mais efficacement, un peu comme une chenille. Cette seconde méthode a été baptisée “boom” par l’équipe d’aquanautes. “Les astronautes pourraient utiliser le Jetpack pour réaliser de longue distance, puis un  “boom” pour effectuer de petits mouvements une fois à la surface de l’astéroïde”, souligne Steve Squyres cité par Discovery News.Depuis 2001, la NASA envoie régulièrement des équipes au sein du laboratoire Aquarius. Cette séance d’expérimentation, prévue pour une durée de 13 jours est la quinzième du genre. C’est cependant la première fois qu’une équipe d’astronautes simule l’environnement d’un astéroïde, une nouvelle mission qui pourrait aboutir vers un nouveau type d’exploration annoncé pour 2025 par le président Barack Obama.Découvrez la séance de simulation des aquanautes de la NASA en images sur Maxisciences Le 27 octobre 2011 à 15:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Colin Trevorrow Fired From Star Wars Episode IX Into the Sun

first_img Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing the currently untitled Star Wars Episode IX, Disney and Lucasfilm announced today. So someone else will have to bring the latest Star Wars trilogy, full of fun and memorable characters like Rey and Finn and Constable Zuvio, to a close in December 2019. Someone else will also have to figure out how to handle the tragic death of Carrie Fisher when it comes to General Leia’s story. Overall we’re feeling pretty… mixed.On one hand, Colin Trevorrow sucks. His indie debut Safety Not Guaranteed was pretty good. But his bump up to the blockbusters Jurassic World, while hugely profitable, was bad. And his most recent smaller film The Book of Henry was so next-level bad folks have been calling for his Star Wars dismissal for months. Call it Josh Trank syndrome.With The Last Jedi being written and directed by legit auteur Rian Johnson, we’d hate to see Disney repeat the mistake of the original trilogy by having a mediocre talent bungle the ending after a stellar middle chapter. JJ Abrams was already bad enough. Trevorrow had been attached to Episode IX since before The Force Awakens even came out in 2015, so hopefully his replacement is not only better but capable of working with this truncated schedule.On the other hand, the move also continues a disturbing trend of Disney’s Star Wars machine being totally unable to hold onto the actual artists with the vision needed to make a movie, the thing that drives the sales of the products like nifty drones. Here’s where I would write about corporate oversight and tediously planned out “cinematic universes” ruining art, citing examples like Edgar Wright on Ant-Man or Patty Jenkins on Thor 2 from Star Wars’ Disney sibling Marvel.But I already wrote that exact article when Lucasfilm already did this exact same thing with former Han Solo directors Lord and Miller just a few months ago. Star Wars looked at Marvel’s mishandling of directors and said, “Hold my mouse ears.” At this point, Disney is burning through artists faster than I can chastise them for it!This isn’t to say Star Wars is doomed. Porgs and evil BB-8 aside, The Last Jedi looks good. But when basically every new Star Wars movie has production problems this significant, problems that all seem to trace back to corporate oppression of creative human beings, it’s hard not to get discouraged. It’s hard not to see decades of new Star Wars episodes and spin-offs more as threats than promises. Stop making more Star Wars! And to think, we were just celebrating Force Friday. Here’s hoping Colin Trevorrow has a pleasant time in director jail with his bunkmate Marc Webb.With Trevorrow out, who do you want directing Star Wars Episode IX? George Miller? Ava DuVernay? The Wachowskis? Spielberg? Justin Lin? Hideo Kojima? Will Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy just cut out the middleman and do one herself? Where’s Cool George Lucas when you need him?View as: One Page Slides1/81. The cast of the Han Solo movie before the directors were fired months into shooting.2. If Lord and Miller could make The Lego Movie awesome and not pointless, why would you fire them from your Han Solo movie?3. A long time ago, a very cool writer and director named George Lucas (seen here) resisted studio meddling and made a movie called Star Wars. Given all the director drama, the Disney folks in charge of Star Wars now didn’t learn the right artistic lessons.4. Auteur theory gave us legends like Steven Spielberg, but the studios controlling big franchises like Star Wars struggle with the idea of giving directors creative control.5. Edgar Wright spent almost a decade working on Ant-Man before before Marvel pulled the plug since Wright’s style didn’t “fit” with the MCU. Lame.6. Not all auteurs with total control are great, though. Consider Tyler Perry.7. After being replaced by Alan Taylor on the bad Thor sequel, Patty Jenkins replaced Michelle MacLaren to make a fantastic Wonder Woman debut film.8. No matter who directs it, a Han Solo origin film is just a bad idea.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Riverdale Rescues Cheryl and Its Mob Story

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Maybe I’ve just accepted that Archie is perpetually a frustrating character on Riverdale. Maybe that makes his constant bad decisions and dopey lines easier to tolerate. It’s also possible the show has realized it’s made Archie the dumb one, and leans into it wherever they can. Either way, in this episode, it worked for the story. It’s the first time organized crime Archie feels natural. Sure, he’s being taken advantage of by Veronica’s parents, but he deserves to be at this point. And the earnestness with which he digs himself deeper into this hole is almost admirable at this point.Much of the early parts of the episode focus on the school election. It didn’t need to be. Eventually, there’s so much else going on in this episode you wonder why so much time was spent on student politics. It does give us a chance to see how far Archie is straying from his dad. He fully supports the idea of a for-profit prison being built in the poorer area of town where a school used to be. He even refers to it as “the future” at one point. God, the show is really showing us who Archie is, huh? The first part of the episode is mostly concerned with which votes are going where. Jughead won’t’ get the Serpents’ votes as long as he’s running with Betty, the daughter of a south side traitor. This actually sets up a decent plot point later in the episode, so I’ll give them this one. Slightly more pointless is the shirts vs. skins arm wrestling scene between Archie and Reggie for the jock vote. They’re barely pretending this is anything more than fanservice at this point.KJ Apa (Photo via The CW)At this point, I couldn’t be any less interested in the school election story. The school paper being the only source of real news in town is so ridiculous, it’s enrapturing. Plus, by its very nature, it pushes the story forward. This election isn’t either of those things. Thankfully, the episode realizes it has bigger things on its plate and moves along. Archie’s electoral incompetence gives way to mobster incompetence, which is much more fun to watch. He accompanies Hiram Lodge to a meeting with some business associates making a surprise visit. They want a 25 percent cut of the prison’s intake in exchange for their support. That’s enough to torpedo the whole enterprise before it starts. They point out that Hiram doesn’t have the influence he once did. After all, his posse includes a high school kid. Archie tries to talk tough to these guys and it’s the funniest damn thing anyone’s ever seen. He even tries to take credit for getting rid of a conspirator against Hiram and the guy who attacked Veronica at the cabin. OK, sure Archie.But this is the point where Archie’s story starts to land. He’s still being controlled by the Lodges and he’s too dumb to see it, but he’s at least being given slightly more agency in his own story. Or at least, he’s being given more rope to hang himself with. Even though it’s frustrating to watch him blow off his dad and start arguments about how a private prison is good actually, he’s at least fun to watch here. Even though he gets laughed out of the room, Hiram is proud of him for trying. When Hiram feels he has no choice but to take the deal, Archie thinks of a way out. In exchange for the sports vote at school, he convinces Reggie to start up that vaguely fascistic Red Circle group. Only now they’re the Black Circle. Because they’re more extreme, I guess. They give a pointed “stay out of Riverdale” message to Hiram’s associates, and blow up their car. Hey, if this season can’t give us a good mystery, I’m glad they’re dialing up the pulpy mobster absurdity.(Photo: Screenshot via The CW)It works too. The men run out of town, and Archie is rewarded for his efforts with a fancy new car. After all, the Lodges say, he’s going to be driving their daughter around. He should have the appropriate wheels. I do wish we’d seen more from Mary Andrews. Mostly because Molly Ringwald is great and I always want to see more of her, but her relationship with Archie is what this series needs to show more of. She’s the one who sees how much he’s changed. She’s the one to call him out, to look him in the eye and ask “who are you?’ Archie needs someone like that in his life, and I only hope she comes back for more episodes.This really was an episode that got better as it went on. Early scenes felt a little aimless. Like it wasn’t quite sure where it was going. Fortunately, those quickly gave way to a grouping of scenes both exciting and scary. That’s especially true for Cheryl’s storyline this season. You really get the feeling that Riverdale wrote itself into a corner with her story. It put her in gay conversion therapy. In real life, it’s a horrific practice that does serious psychological damage to young kids. Riverdale has not shown itself to have the chops to tackle something like that. The writers must have realized that too because the show doesn’t even try. It’s probably for the best that the show didn’t depict true psychological torture, but reducing the practice to pointless physical labor and a few bad movies wasn’t a great choice either. The worst the episode shows is the nun gaslighting Cheryl about where the potato sacks were supposed to go. I did like the black and white anti-gay education video Cheryl imagines to star Kevin and Moose, though. That was hilarious. Doubly so because the actors played it up into the most homoerotic conversation they possibly could.Vanessa Morgan, Ashleigh Murray, Camila Mendes (Photo via The CW)The episode kicks this story into gear when it comes time for the rescue mission. It finally brings back that Cheryl-Josie story from the fall, but it’s only used for Penelope to scare the Veronica, Josie and Toni off their investigation. For Josie, it works. She’s understandably angry about the things Cheryl did to her and refuses to help. I like that the show didn’t completely forget its own story, but I’m disappointed it meant no more Josie in the episode. Hopefully, they don’t completely drop this plot again as quickly as they picked it back up. Thanks to a surprisingly harrowing scene where Cheryl’s grandmother crawls across the floor to call the school and warn Toni, the girls figure out where Cheryl really is. Kevin confirms that the Sisters do do gay conversion therapy, because that’s where he finds eager young men to hook up with.At least Kevin actually has some degree of agency in this episode. He’s finally more than just the dude with the camera. He helps Toni and Veronica’s rescue sneak into the compound to rescue Cheryl. Though they wear the most hilariously impractical outfits, they still make it in just fine. Toni finds Cheryl in the middle of movie night, and they share a sweet, Hollywood-style kiss in front of the projector. Because there are no chaperones or guards during movie night for some reason. Eh, I’ll forgive that, since it led to this triumphant moment. The nuns are coming though, and the three girls’ escape scene is so good. I love watching them run through a muddy tunnel while a group of nuns speed-walks behind them like Terminators. Even when the story isn’t the best it could be, the cinematography is always fantastic.Vanessa Morgan, Camila Mendes (Photo via The CW)By the time we get to the last scenes of the episode, every one of them is super tense. The characters are all in dangerous situations, and the episode starts to feel scary. That’s what made it so fun to watch. It turned an episode that started as a strange student election story to one of the better episodes of season two. A lot of that had to do with Betty’s story. It finally does something meaningful about Chic, even if it’s not what the early part of this arc promised. We were told Betty brought a monster into her house, but this episode makes him seem more like a moron. Like sub-Archie levels of stupid. It all starts when the car Betty and Chic dumped in the lake is pulled out of it. Worried that the Cooper family could be implicated in someone’s murder, Chic goes out to chase down any possible loose ends.As a result, he brings one big loose end into the Coopers’ home. The murdered guy’s ex-girlfriend figures out what’s going on and extorts the family for money. Then, she brings over they guy that threatened Chic with a box-cutter a few episodes back, and they take over the house. In the end, the Serpents prove they always take care of their own, even when one of their own defects as hard as Alice has. I wish we could have seen exactly how they got to that conclusion, but it’s still a satisfying way to resolve this situation. Jughead and the serpents chase the bad guys out of the Cooper house, and Alice promises to stop being so terrible to people from the south side. More than that, she throws Chic out of the house and it looks like she’s hooking up with Jughead’s dad now. That’ll make Jughead and Betty’s relationship super awkward. I guess they wouldn’t technically be brother and sister…? Yeah, it’s still squicky.Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick (Photo via CW)This was a seriously packed episode of Riverdale, and yeah, it got a little messy. At least it was a fun mess, though. It was a mess that gave us meaningful forward progress. It had too. The Carrie: The Musical episode is coming up. I don’t know why that had to happen, but I won’t complain. It should be fun at the very least. This episode was about getting as many stories as possible to a good stopping point before the musical happens. It accomplished that goal in a stylish, scary and uniquely Riverdale way. It’s all we can ask for, really.center_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img read more

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Pour into the holidays with wine tour

first_imgClark County wineries and tasting rooms have a special after-Thanksgiving treat for residents and out-of-towners alike aimed at bringing them out of their turkey-induced coma. Beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday, vintners will be swinging wide their cellar doors to help shoppers stock up on locally crafted wines for the remaining holiday season. Learn more about the wineries and get a printable map at this website.Andee Mowrey, sales and marketing manager at English Estate Winery, says the Clark County Wine Country Thanksgiving was spawned from an early November meeting of several area winemakers and tasting room owners. Along with print advertising, social media is being leveraged through scheduled Facebook blasts in an effort to draw a wider audience to the burgeoning Southwest Washington wine scene. Tasting fees were dropped to anywhere from one-half to one-quarter what people will find in the Willamette Valley for the event, and area vintners will be making use of estate-grown grapes as well as sourcing from Eastern Washington, Hood River, Ore., and beyond.last_img read more

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2 tortoises allegedly stolen from Phils Berry Farm

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Two large tortoises were allegedly stolen from a family business in Homestead, and the owners are asking for the public’s help to get them back.According to the owners of Phil’s Berry Farm in Homestead, tortoises Dots and Speedy were taken from a mini petting zoo on the property, Friday night.“We have a little tiny petting area,” said business owner Philip Marraccini, “and missing now are my two tortoises.”Both tortoises weigh over 60 pounds, but thieves still managed to get away with them in the middle of the night.The business, located near Southwest 248th Street and Coconut Palm Drive, is frequented by customers and students on school tours.The owners took to social media and contacted Miami-Dade Police. They are willing to provide a reward for whoever can help them locate Dots and Speedy.If you know anything about their whereabouts, contact police Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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In battle for Libyas oil water becomes a casualty

first_imgA Libyan boy displaced from the town of Tawergha fills containers with water at a displaced camp in Benghazi. Photo :AFPWhile Libya’s oil lies at the heart of three months of fighting over Tripoli and years of power struggles before that, water is becoming a far bigger concern for its people.Interruptions to water supplies are common after eight years of near-anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted, but a wider crisis is now coming to a head in a country made up mainly of arid desert and split between competing administrations.In western Libya, finding clean water has become difficult because both the power grid and water control system have been damaged in an offensive by forces loyal to eastern-based Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli, where the UN-backed government is based.”Drinkable water is a daily issue for my family,” said Usama Mohamed Dokali, a cashier in a cafe in Tripoli, who buys bottled water when he can and gets it from a charity when his money runs out. Other people fill bottles from wells and hope for the best.Looting and neglect have made the situation fragile and armed groups have exploited the unrest. In May, gunmen pressing officials to release a detained relative forced water workers to turn off supplies to all of Tripoli for two days.The United Nations has warned all sides that water should not become a weapon of war, but the water system is already badly damaged in western Libya where the capital is located, according to unpublished reports by the water authority and the United Nations Childrens’ Agency.Even local bottled water in a country which sits on Africa’s biggest proven oil reserves has become contaminated.If the damage does not get fixed, there could be a “sudden, unexpected, uncontrollable and un-prepared for” shutdown of the main water pipeline system, the water authority said in a March presentation to international organisations seen by Reuters.”The consequences will be catastrophic as there is no viable alternative water supply system,” it said.That warning of a possible systematic failure, echoed in a draft UNICEF report the same month, is the most dramatic sign of a collapse of state services in what was once one of North Africa’s richest countries.It would have far-reaching consequences in a country where lawlessness is being exploited again by Islamist militants, armed groups and people promising to smuggle African migrants and refugees to Europe.”An estimated 4 million people would be deprived of access to safe water,” UNICEF Libya spokesman Mostafa Omar said by email, listing cholera, hepatitis A and diarrhoea, a major childhood killer, as the likely result.”Great Man Made River”Poor public services were one of the drivers of the uprising against Gaddafi, but a 4,000 km (2,485-mile) pipeline system known as the Great Man Made River (MMRP) was a world-leading civil engineering project when it was built in the 1980s.Some 80 percent of the population of six million live along or near the northern Mediterranean coast and depend on fresh water pumped via its pipelines from vast aquifers further south, where Libya’s abundant oil reserves also lie.Ground water in coastal areas is salty and contaminated by sewage and around 80 per cent of desalination plants have broken down, water authority officials and diplomats say.The pipes supply Libya with more than 70 per cent of its fresh water and remain crucial because desalination plants are complicated to fix and vulnerable to attack, officials at the United Nations’ children’s agency say.People dismantle well heads to sell the copper and tribesmen living in the neglected south close or destroy pipes to press their demands with officials in the capital.As a result, 101 of 479 wells on the western pipeline system have been dismantled, Abdullah El-Sunni, head of the Tripoli-based water authority said in an interview with Reuters. Asked if there could be a water crisis, he said power cuts were already threatening supplies.Since the central monitoring room of the pipeline system for western Libya was hit around early May, engineers have been unable to gauge water pressure and flows. A Tunisian maintenance firm working on the system left because of the fighting.”The water flow to Western Libya has dropped from the normal flow of 1.2 million cubic metres per day to about 800,000 cubic metres per day now, due to sabotage and lack of funding and maintenance,” Sunni said.Across Libya, demand has risen to 7 billion cubic metres annually, up from 5.5 billion in 2011, as farmers and others have drilled wells or tapped reservoirs, Sunni said. By 2025, Libya will need 8 billion.The draft UNICEF report, which has yet to be finalised, listed kidnapping of water workers and looting of equipment among many problems.”If not addressed properly and immediately, these threats and damages could lead to the complete failure of the MMRP,” it said.Sunni said water quality had been affected by a lack of treatment, due to a shortage of funds for chemicals and equipment, and some officials agree with residents who say water in the taps is not fit to drink.”All water is contaminated,” said Badr al-Din al-Najjar, head of the National Centre for Disease Control, listing problems such as harmful bacteria or a high-salt content. “There is no drinking water, especially from the state.”The problem has been building since Gaddafi’s overthrow, when officials stopped investing in facilities that had been looted, damaged or allowed to deteriorate in the chaos.HealthLibya sits on Africa’s biggest proven oil reserves and is pumping the highest volumes of crude since 2013.But the $34 billion budget is mainly used to pay armed groups, an overstaffed public service and fuel subsidies or is simply stolen, diplomats say and some Libyan officials admit. The government says it is committed to fighting corruption and its economic reforms have helped.Haftar, a former Gaddafi-era military commander, is allied to a parallel administration which has hired thousands of employees and fighters.In Tripoli, Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s UN-backed government has brought some order but armed groups have forced the state to give them and their partners jobs or contracts.Sunni said water infrastructure needed 2 billion dinars ($1.4 billion) of investment but his authority got 60 million dinars last year and nothing yet this year due to the war.Serraj said in an interview that funding for Libya’s development and basic services had to be diverted to equip troops and treat the wounded.While instability since 2011 has eroded living standards, with GDP of around $7,235 per capita, Libya is still an upper middle income country, according to the World Bank.But it now depends on the UN and other international organisations for a multitude of services, including building water tanks for the one-in-five schools without piped water.”Libya and Tripoli have been without water for many, many hours for two months…so how can children wash?” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, Libya Special Representative of UNICEF.The agency also carries out basic childhood vaccinations and the United Nations and other international bodies provide food for displaced people and even medical kits to state hospitals to treat civilians and fighters on both sides of the frontline.”The health system is about to collapse,” Najjar said.Authorities have banned swimming in the Mediterranean in and around the Tripoli because sewage gets pumped unfiltered in to the sea. 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TESS Finds Smallest Habitable Exoplanet 31 Light Years Away From Earth

first_imgClose Three exoplanets orbiting a star in the southern constellation of Pictor gave astronomers the opportunity to study potentially habitable worlds. TOI 270 b was slightly larger than the Earth’s size and resembles a similar rocky environment.  ( NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center | Scott Wiessinger ) NASA’s exoplanet hunter detected one potentially habitable world that is larger than Earth and two others, whose types cannot be found in the Solar System.The newly-discovered exoplanets orbit a nearby star called Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Object of Interest (TOI) 270.Astronomers reported the discovery in a study published in the journal Nature Astronomy on July 29 Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementEarth’s Super TwinAstronomers predict that the innermost planet orbiting TOI 270 b is a rocky planet that is about 25 percent larger than Earth. It has a revolution of 3.4 days and a distance to its star that is about 13 times closer than that of Mercury to the Sun.Due to its proximity to its star, TOI 270 b is hot with temperatures reaching around 490 degrees Fahrenheit (254 degrees Celsius). Its mass is also 1.9 times than that of Earth’s.The other two exoplanets, TOI 270 c and d, are 2.4 and 2.1 times bigger than the Earth’s size. They orbit the same star every 5.7 and 11.4 days respectively.Unlike the b world, the two other planets have similar composition with Neptune’s gaseous environment.”It is uncommon for planets to have sizes between 1.5 and two times that of Earth for reasons likely related to the way planets form, but this is still a highly controversial topic,” said co-author Fran Pozuelos, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liège in Belgium. “TOI 270 is an excellent laboratory for studying the margins of this gap and will help us better understand how planetary systems form and evolve.”Temperate WorldA particularly interesting part of the system is the outermost planet called TOI 270 d. It has the lowest temperature of all the other worlds, which is about 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66 degrees Celsius).Co-author Adina Feinstein, a PhD student at the University of Chicago, said TOI 270 will be observable by the James Webb Space Telescope for over half a year.Future studies may explore additional rocky planets at farther distances, where lower temperatures could allow the formation of water on the surface. TAG exoplanet, TESS, James Webb Space Telescope All Search ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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HALs ms Oosterdam arrives Down Under

first_imgShane Hobday and Jason McGregor (Sydney Port Authority) with ms Oosterdam Captain Arjen C van der Loo accepting welcome plaque. Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam arrived in Sydney for her Down Under summer season yesterday.Oosterdam, the first HAL Vista-class ship to be based in Australia, will undertake a series 10-28 day voyages to New Zealand and the South Pacific.Holland America Line Sydney-based director of sales Tony Archbold told e-Travel Blackboard, “The arrival of Oosterdam means a 25 percent increase in capacity” joining ms Volendam this wave-season.HAL opened a dedicated Australian office last August and the number of Australians travelling with the cruise line has “grown impressively” said Mr Archbold.The 82,000 tonne liner offers a variety of stateroom options from verandah suites, ocean-view to interior staterooms providing generous personal space and a variety of prices points to suit all budgets.Oosterdam guests will enjoy exceptional dining and enrichment programmes during every sailing. Options include cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Centre and the world’s first Digital Workshop at sea powered by Microsoft Windows.Jerrol Golden Holland America Line’s Manager International Public Relations, who escorted e-Travel Blackboard for a full ship tour and luncheon in the Pinnacle Grill restaurant, said HAL itineraries are very port orientated. “This season there will be eight New Zealand cruises offering spectacular scenery and exciting shore excursions on HALs port intensive itineraries” she said.ms Oosterdam Captain Arjen C van der Loo accepted a welcome plaque from Sydney Port Authority during the ship’s turn-around yesterday marking her inaugural visit to Australia.View more photos on our Facebook page Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img read more

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Qantas posts profit Emirates alliance assists

first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Through expanding partnerships with China Eastern and its alliance with Emirates, Mr Joyce expects Qantas International to become more competitive than ever before in Asia. Qantas Airways has returned to profit, following its strategic partnership with Emirates and further growth in its domestic operations. Despite the positive result, Qantas’ international business is still a sore point, however, the airline’s three other arms – Qantas domestic, Qantas Loyalty and Jetstar – are excelling. Domestic operations also contributed to financial gains. “In FY2013 we maintained our profit-maximising 65 percent share of the domestic market, with combined domestic earnings of more than AU$450 million,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “We are continuing Jetstar’s strategic expansion across Asia.” Qantas shareholders will not receive a dividend for the year. “We halved Qantas International’s losses compared with last year,” Mr Joyce said. Mr Joyce said the airline is in a strong position and the turnaround of Qantas’ international business is on track, with the company growing its network and reducing costs. The airline’s underlying profit before tax doubled in FY2013 to reach AU$192 million. Qantas also announced the appointment of two new board members, with investment banker Maxine Brenner and businesswoman Jacqueline Hey joining as non-executive directors. Australia’s national carrier posted a net profit after tax of AU$5 million for the 2012/13 financial year after losses of AU$245 million the year prior, the ABC reported.last_img read more

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Cathay Pacific will launch a seasonal nonstop ser

first_imgCathay Pacific will launch a seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town from 13 November 2018 to 18 February 2019, directly linking the South African city with Hong Kong for the first time.The three-times-weekly service will be operated by state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft.Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, a booming aviation market. Growing our reach to destinations that are not otherwise served from Hong Kong creates considerable new opportunities for business, trade and tourism, in addition to strengthening our home hub.”Hogg added that the new service will meet customer demand for travel to the scenic Western Cape throughout the southern hemisphere’s peak summer months, as well as provide an additional option for South African-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via Hong Kong.*All times local Cape TownCathaylast_img read more

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Rangali Island Maldives – Reported by Elite Trave

first_imgRangali Island, Maldives – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFollowing an $8 million renovation, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has added three new suites to its roster of luxe accommodations. The award-winning six-star resort, situated over two islands, has been part of an ongoing refurbishment that started with the transformation of its 28 Water Villas, which were altered into contemporary overwater retreats in November.It has now upped the ante with the Premiere Water Suite, a 3,282-square-feet hideaway perched upon stilts above the lagoon. A feeling of lightness and liquidity pervades the rooms: two bedrooms with beds that appear to float above the floor, sunken Jacuzzi’s in each of the two bathrooms, and a living area with floor-to-ceiling windows create an illusion of infinite space. A spacious wooden deck, graced with two swimming pools, faces west to showcase the theatrical Maldivian sunsets.The two equally new and spectacular Beach Suites boast nearly 7000-square-feet of tropical opulence. One suite faces west, taking in decadent dusk views; the eastward-gazing sibling is steps from the island’s coral reef. Each suite has two separate bedrooms with open-air bathrooms. The garden, equipped with two plunge pools, leads to unending white sandy beaches, the mecca for all Maldivian pilgrims.www.conradhotels.hilton.comlast_img read more

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Maze Runner author James Dashner dropped by lite

first_img“Maze Runner” author James Dashner dropped by literary agent FILE – In this July 11, 2015 file photo, James Dashner, author of “Maze Runner” attends the 20th Century Fox press line at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Dashner has been dropped by his literary agent. In recent days, Dashner has faced allegations of sexual harassment. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Maze Runner” author James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, has been dropped by his literary agentMichael W. Bourret said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “under the circumstances” he could no longer represent Dashner.“I couldn’t in good conscience continue working with James, and I let him go yesterday,” Bourret said.A comments thread on the website of School Library Journal includes allegations about Dashner, “Thirteen Reasons Why” author Jay Asher and other popular writers for young people. Earlier this week, the head of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators told the AP that Asher had been expelled. A spokeswoman for Asher disputes whether he was kicked out, but confirmed Wednesday that his agent had dropped him.“Mr. Asher is no longer working with the Andrea Brown agency,” Tammy Taylor wrote in an email to the AP. “He respects and understands their position, given the current climate.”The allegations have led to an anguished discussion on social media among writers and readers in the children’s book community. “Princess Diaries” novelist Meg Cabot tweeted that she was “saddened and angered that this sort of behaviour has gone on for so long. It should not and WILL NOT.” Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the acclaimed “Speak,” tweeted to “Male allies” that when women “see predators mouthing the same sentiments or RTing #MeToo posts, we become even more wary.” Ally Condie, who wrote the million-selling “Matched,” tweeted “I wish publishing were immune from the toxicity, but it is decidedly not.”Dashner’s publisher, Random House, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “The Maze Runner,” a million-selling dystopian science fiction series, is also the basis of a lucrative film franchise. The most recent release, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” came out last month. In 2017, Random House announced that Dashner was working on a book for adults, “The Waking.”The industry newsletter Publishers Lunch first reported that the agents of Asher and Dashner had dropped them.center_img by By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2018 1:34 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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