first_imgMOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next What she also hopes to do, of course, is win a second gold medal in her sport’s fastest event, to go along with the one from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Vonn missed the Sochi Games four years ago after tearing ligaments in her right knee and has said this will be her last go-round at an Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe was asked this week how her health is at the moment.“Everything’s great. I feel like a million bucks,” she said with a smile. “And 33!” View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Vonn, generally considered the greatest female ski racer in history, was in strong form heading into these Olympics, winning the last three World Cup downhills she entered beforehand.Most consider her the favorite, and she looked good in training runs. She produced the fastest time Sunday and the third fastest Monday despite easing up before the finish. In the final practice Tuesday, she was fourth fastest, trying different racing lines to see which created the most speed.“Some of the lines I took (Tuesday) I think were faster, others not,” Vonn said course-side, before going to analyze her run on video. “Everything feels pretty good.”Vonn promised an “all or nothing” effort.“There’s really no need to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation,” she said. “If I’m nervous then I’m going to lose anyway, so what’s the point?”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match LATEST STORIEScenter_img United States’ Lindsey Vonn competes in women’s downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women’s downhill at the Pyeongchang Games.“I’ve tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just focus on the moment, the right here and the right now. And I think later I’ll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me,” Vonn said ahead of Wednesday’s contest. “But you can’t get too sentimental right now, because I still have to race. I still have to be focused. And afterward, I’ll do some reflecting.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TWO GOLDSThere will be no repeat Olympic champion in this race, even though there were two winners — yes, two — in 2014.Four years ago, Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin tied for the downhill title with the same time down to the hundredth of a second. It was the first time in 78 years of Olympic Alpine skiing there were double gold medals.Maze and Gisin have since retired; Gisin’s younger sister, Michelle, is in the lineup and was second fastest in the final practice run Tuesday. The bronze medalist last time, Lara Gut of Switzerland, is also a strong contender.COURSE DESCRIPTIONRacers consider this a course that is neither particularly creative nor particularly steep, so the skiers need to generate pace on their own. “It’s easy,” Italy’s Nadia Fanchini said. “Very beautiful, but very, very easy.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Here are other things to know about the women’s downhill:SURPRISE! NO LEDECKAThe woman responsible for one of the most stunning Alpine results in Olympic history will not be in the starting hut four days later.Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who had only once finished as high as seventh place in 19 career World Cup races, came out of nowhere to beat Vonn and others and win the super-G on Saturday.She’s also a snowboarder, though, and instead of entering the Alpine downhill, she will switch to her other sport and try to qualify Thursday in the parallel giant slalom. That would make Ledecka the first athlete to compete in ski racing and snowboarding at the Winter Games.Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who edged Vonn in March to win the only World Cup downhill ever raced on this track, called Ledecka’s double duty “one of the coolest things in the whole Olympics.”The last women’s super-G champ who skipped the downhill at the same Winter Games was Diann Roffe of the U.S. in 1994.NO SHIFFRIN, TOOThe altered Olympic program of back-to-back race days has not helped Mikaela Shiffrin.Shiffrin opted out of the downhill after the schedule was changed late Monday by forecast strong winds, moving the Alpine combined event forward one day.She will now focus her energy on Thursday’s combined, which adds the times of a downhill and one run of slalom, her specialist discipline.last_img read more

first_imgShane Warne announces his retirement from IPLWithin minutes of reaching London after spending two weeks in India with her son Damian and beau Shane Warne, Elizabeth Hurley, 46, tweeted: “@warne888 Give my love to all the boys! Back soon xxx”. The 41-year-old cricket legend, trying hard to impress his long-distance,Shane Warne announces his retirement from IPLWithin minutes of reaching London after spending two weeks in India with her son Damian and beau Shane Warne, Elizabeth Hurley, 46, tweeted: “@warne888 Give my love to all the boys! Back soon xxx”. The 41-year-old cricket legend, trying hard to impress his long-distance lover, had earlier tweeted: “Found balance and calm in my life-father to my 3 wonderful children-excited by what the future holds. Can’t change the past but can put the future right.”Cricket’s ultimate lover boy wants to settle down, now that he has announced his retirement from the game that brought him both shame and fame. Warne has been working towards this for the past four years. He led Rajasthan Royals to victory in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was then paid $400,000, an amount that remained unchanged for the next two years. This time around, Warne doubled his wages ($800,000) and reduced his girth. The cricketer has shed 7 kg to tip the scales at 86 kg, coloured his hair, whitened his teeth and sought facials at his hotel spa in Jaipur after every match, denying the botox claims of a British tabloid.In Jaipur, home of the Rajasthan Royals, clay replicas of the legend have flooded the market. Recently, a ball boy at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium walked up to Warne to gift him a clay replica. An elated Warne extended his hand. Instead, the boy touched his feet. In an instant reflex, the spinner lowered his hand and touched the boy’s head, saying: Jai Ho.advertisementHis team members, standing close, were impressed. Among them was South African all-rounder Johan Botha, who has already asked his team to win three of the remaining four matches as a tribute to Warne. “This is the time to show what he means to us,” an emotional Botha told reporters.IPL 4 will be Warne’s final port of call with cricket. Expectedly, he wants to reach out to almost anyone and everyone. There have been times when he has even pushed away guards to allow fans to shake his hand and hug him, even walked into the stands for an impromptu jig.Last week, a Royals official told team co-owner Shilpa Shetty that he counted Warne signing a record 450 autographs on a day the Royals lost a game. The team are nowhere near their inaugural ipl-winning form but Warne-currently joint third on the wicket-takers’ list in ipl 4-is king.Those who watched him bowl and those who faced his wild, soaring leg-breaks, say they will never see anything closer to perfection. “The genius will be missed,” says former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid. Legendary spinner Bishen Singh Bedi, says: “Everyone will miss him for everything he did for the game and himself.” Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan feels Warne’s departure could actually push leg-spin out of the game. “Warne revived leg-spin when experts the world over thought it to be extinct.”So will the magical whizz of his deliveries, especially the one in the 1993 Ashes Test at Old Trafford when Warne had one that bounced a foot outside leg stump, cut back viciously to clip Mike Gatting’s off-stump. Till date, sports cognoscenti call it the most famous in cricket history.Wickets kept falling, so did women. Yet, Warne the showman easily blended with Warne the cricketer. He returned in 2004 from a 12-month hiatus to scalp 26 Sri Lankan batsmen in three Tests. In 2005, he picked up a record 96 victims. The nationalist streak in the genius eventually surfaced when he helped Australia reclaim the urn and quit at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes series.He was brilliant, unstoppable with the ball, his magical spin encouraging him once to tell a dissenting umpire: “They’ve come to watch me bowl, not you.” Former England captain Mike Atherton wrote in one of his columns: “He oozed action, he radiated star quality.” What’s more, he knew it.last_img read more

first_imgOpener Alex Hales and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow led a steady recovery as England reached 171/5 against Sri Lanka at stumps on a rain-shortened first day Thursday of the opening Test.Seamer Dasun Shanaka took three wickets in two overs on debut to put England in trouble at 83/5, but Hales – 71 not out – and Bairstow – unbeaten with 54 – fought back. (Scorecard )Shanaka removed Alastair Cook and Nick Compton in four balls, and snared home favourite Joe Root for a duck. Cook was caught behind for 16 attempting an expansive cover drive, leaving him 20 short of 10,000 Test runs.No. 5 James Vince made nine runs on his test debut, while big-hitting allrounder Ben Stokes blasted three fours but lasted only nine balls for 12.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) Ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament, Congress today said there is no change in its stand on the three principal demands on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill and it is still awaiting the governments offer on the issue.”Till the time the government doesnt share with us its offer on the issue, we will not comment. There is status quo on GST bill. There is no change in our stand,” party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said amid reports of a thaw between Congress and the BJP on the issue.Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha where the Constitution Amendment Bill is pending, said though a proposal from the government has come to resolve the pending issues, Congress is yet to decide on it.”Government has given a proposal for resolving pending issues. We will decide. There is still time for the Parliament session. We will put forth our views and hold discussions with government sitting across the table,” he said.Singhvi was more categorical in stating that Congress is firm on its three demands, two of which had been backed by the government-appointed panel on the tax reform legislation which seeks to bring in uniform tax regime across the country.”Congress is never dogmatic or unreasonable. It has never practised rigidity on this issue. The government hasnt proposed anything. Till the government spells out its proposal our stand is as it is,” he said.Azad and Anand Sharma, the Deputy Leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha, met party president Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day to discuss the issue. However, Singhvi said the meeting was not limited to a particular issue.advertisementCongress has been demanding a cap of 18 per cent as part of the Constitutional Amendment bill to which the government is not agreeing. Insiders say, this very demand has become a sticking point between Congress and the government.The government plans to push the Constitution Amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha for roll-out of GST in the Monsoon session beginning July 18. The bill was approved by the Lok Sabha earlier. PTI SKC NSD ZMN NSDlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Hiroki Kuroda was much better than last time out. Still, he wasn’t good enough to keep Robinson Cano from leaving Yankee Stadium with two straight wins.Cano doubled and drove in two runs, shrugging off the boos in his return to New York, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees 4-2 May 1 behind an impressive pitching performance from rookie Roenis Elias.“Sometimes pitchers are going to be better than you,” Derek Jeter said. “He threw really well. He’s not a typical lefty who tries to trick you. He gets it up there pretty good.”Michael Saunders had three hits, including an RBI double, and Elias struck out 10 in seven innings as the Mariners won their fifth in six games following an eight-game skid. Seattle took both games in a rain-shortened series that marked Cano’s first trip back to New York after leaving for a $240 million, 10-year contract last off-season.The All-Star second baseman was booed again and finished the series 2-for-9 with three RBIs. Seattle has won four straight at Yankee Stadium dating to last season.“There weren’t any expectations from the crowd today. I just wanted to go out and take care of business,” Cano said. “You have to understand the fans, but it is not going to be a distraction for me.”Kuroda (2-3) gave up four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings, lowering his ERA slightly to 5.14. It was an improvement over his previous outing Friday night, when the 39-year-old right-hander was hammered in a 13-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “A lot of nights that’s going to be good enough to win.”Elias (2-2) gave up a leadoff homer to Jacoby Ellsbury but not much else in his first appearance against the Yankees. The left-hander from Cuba threw 73 of 110 pitches for strikes, starting 75 percent of his 28 batters with a strike. He allowed six hits and one earned run while walking two.“Pretty good stuff from that young man,” Girardi said.Yoervis Medina worked a perfect eighth, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his sixth save.Ellsbury, who sat out April 29 with a sore left hand, sent Elias’ fourth pitch to right field for his first home run with the Yankees. It was New York’s first leadoff shot since Jeter connected at the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 21, 2012.“It was nice getting that first one. Too bad it couldn’t come in a win,” Ellsbury said.Elias, who skipped Triple-A, struck out the next three batters and settled in from there. Showing good command of a sharp curve, he induced two double-play grounders and struck out the side in the fifth.“He was hitting his spots. He was getting ahead,” Jeter said. “He’s got a good arm.”Cano hit an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring groundout in the third after Jeter made an error at shortstop.Brad Miller dumped a two-out RBI single in front of hesitant left fielder Brett Gardner in the fourth. Saunders followed with a ground-rule double that made it 4-1.“I thought my split was inconsistent,” Kuroda said through a translator. “There were some good pitches, but the ones that got hit were bad pitches.”New York cut it to 4-2 in the sixth on Brian McCann’s run-scoring single with two outs after Cano was charged with an error. Elias retired Yangervis Solarte with two on to end the inning.The Yankees did not get another baserunner until a two-out single by pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki in the ninth.“We know we’re going to hit. We know we’re going to play better. It’s going to come,” Carlos Beltran said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Russia’s FESCO Transportation Group and Rusagro Group have signed an Agreement of Intent to arrange a special-purpose technology based on FESCO’s Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port infrastructure to handle export agricultural products.The agreement is intended to optimize the supply logistics of Rusagro goods to the Asia Pacific countries through the new technologies implementation and special-purpose container utilization.The development of infrastructure is expected to increase export volumes handled through the Russian Far East without significant investments.“Rusagro Group is developing its business in the Russian Far East. The volumes for sale are increasing due to the growth of land bank and improvement in farming. The signed Agreement is the essential part of the operational optimization and expansion of customer base,” said Maxim Basov, Rusagro CEO.In 2015, Rusagro Group and FESCO signed a cooperation agreement to increase transshipments of export grain through the Port of Vladivostok, and later concluded a contract to handle Rusagro grain. First shipments started in January 2016.“Since starting the cooperation with Rusagro in 2015 FESCO is constantly developing its services to provide full logistics support for the client. We appreciate our core clients and we are focusing on efficiency and services improvement. We are planning to agree final terms of the project for the new site in the nearest future in order to start its implementation in 2017,” said Alexander Isurin, FESCO President.last_img read more

first_imgJournalist and Children’s Health Fund board member Jane Pauley is reminding donors that the chance to triple your gifts to the charity ends on Friday.“As a journalist, I’ve spent my life on deadlines,” she wrote. “Today I’m writing to you about a deadline — because time is running out for you to triple your gift for children’s health.“For the next few days — until midnight on Friday — we can triple the impact of your support for our nation’s kids.“With back-to-school season on top of us, it’s critical that we give every boy and girl the healthy start they deserve. Your generous gift helps us do just that.“Every dollar you donate by midnight, August 30th, will be tripled—making sure we send boys and girls back to school healthy and ready to succeed.“I’ve seen first-hand the impact of Children’s Health Fund’s work, but none of it would be possible without your support. Please, open your heart to the thousands of boys and girls relying on us every day.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Hecla Mining Co. says it’s buying Vancouver-based gold miner Klondex Mines Ltd. for $605 million with a mix of cash and shares.Idaho-based Hecla will gain control of Klondex’s Fire Creek, Midas, and Hollister underground gold mines in Nevada, while Klondex will spin out its True North mining operations in Manitoba into a new entity for existing shareholders.Hecla says its focus is high-grade underground mines so Klondex’s operations will fit well into the company and add production while minimizing dilution.Klondex produced 189,500 gold equivalent ounces in 2017, short of its guidance of between 210,000 and 225,000 ounces.News of the deal helped send Klondex’s share price up 62.2 per cent to $2.92 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, though well off the $7.54 high the stock traded at in September 2016.Along with operations in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, Hecla also runs the Casa Berardi mine in Quebec where it recently secured a $40 million loan for expansion from Investissement Quebec.last_img read more

At least seven accidents were also reported on the Southern Expressway and the Katunayake Expressway as a result of the poor weather. Lightning killed two people and electricity was disrupted in some areas today as heavy rain experienced in the country since yesterday began to take its toll.The Police said that two people were struck by lightning at a paddy field in Welikanda. The victims were aged 17 and 33. Landslide warnings were also issued for several areas while the spill gates of some reservoirs were opened as water levels rose.Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said that the heavy rain was expected to continue around the country today. The Department of Meteorology also warned of lightning and urged the public to take precautions. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, the Ceylon Electricity Board said that electricity was disrupted in Kegalle, Rambukkana, Matugama and Agalawatte following heavy rain today. read more

“These preliminary figures may rise,” the Mission said today, explaining that at least two attackers wearing police uniforms stormed the Shi’a mosque while several hundred worshippers, including many women and children, were at Friday prayer. According to UNAMA, one assailant detonated his suicide vest outside the mosque, while another continued inside, indiscriminately killing and wounding people. The Mission expressed its condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack and wishes a full and speedy recovery to those injured. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility, stating that two of its suicide attackers targeted a Shi’a mosque in Kabul, noted the Mission. “This latest in a series of attacks targeting members of the Shi’a community at worship has no possible justification,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA. Such attacks directed against congregations and places of worship are serious violations of international law that may amount to war crimes, he emphasized. International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship, and also places a specific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to carry out their work. Yesterday’s attack was the sixth attack this year targeting Shi’a mosques in Afghanistan, killing a total of at least 64 civilians and injuring at least 118, according to UNAMA. Four of the attacks occurred in Herat and the other two in Kabul. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for three of the six, including yesterday’s attack. read more

first_imgCentral African Mining and Exploration Co (CAMECO), the AIM company focussed on Africa, has announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2007. Chairman, Phil Edmonds, said “I am very pleased to report another year of exceptional development for CAMEC. This has been a transformational year where we have rapidly expanded and built on our position as a pan-African fully integrated exploration, mining and production company. We have achieved strong revenue growth for the period with a turnover of £69.5 million (2006: £11.0 million) and that the significant investment in our flagship Luita SX/EW facility is starting to reap dividends, as it is now producing both copper cathode and cobalt concentrate. Acquisitions, including BOSS Mining and SABOT, have been instrumental in our growth and in this vein we are now making a full offer for Canadian listed Katanga Mining, which again has the potential to dramatically enhance our position, by building the company into one of the leading producers of copper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and potentially the world’s largest producer of cobalt.”Operationally, much of our focus has been related to the Luita SX/EW plant, which is now contributing to revenues. The strategy has been to focus on the rapid development of production, rather than near term profitability. As a result the plant has been designed on a modular basis to expedite production, allowing us to take immediate and growing advantage, as modules are added, of the present high metal prices. The Luita plant is in the process of being completed on schedule and within budget. In addition, its modular design and the reinvestment of early stage cash flow means that the plant is fully funded from existing CAMEC resources and operating cash flow. The project development is on track to achieve our targets of annual production capacity of 40,000 t of copper and 6,000 t of cobalt by end of March 2008 and 100,000 t copper and 12,000 t cobalt by December 2008. “We are aggressively pursuing development programmes at our fluorspar and coal projects in South Africa while our investment in the Pfula platinum project, on the Bushveld complex in South Africa and alongside Impala Platinum, gives us a significant attributable platinum resource base. In Mozambique we continue to develop our coal and agricultural operations. Notably, there now seems to be a global interest in Mozambique coal, as highlighted by recent merger and acquisition activity, while the market at large is also starting to focus on agricultural operations. In Mali, we are advancing our bauxite licence areas with a comprehensive exploration programme. Across the region new opportunities are constantly being reviewed as we seek to continue to expand on CAMEC’s position as a pan-African exploration, mining and production company with a broad and exciting portfolio of investment assets. “Control of logistics is crucial to our operational success and we have accordingly raised our number of Volvo trucks and trailers in SABOT to 450, to ensure that we continue to reap the strategic and logistical benefits that we derive from owning that business in support of our regional growth.”The strategic development of our assets has contributed to our financial performance and I am pleased to report a pre tax profit of £15.7 million (2006: £1.1 million loss) on turnover of 69.5 million (2006: £11.0 million). This is despite an amortization of goodwill charge of £3.5 million.”It is a testament to the whole CAMEC team that we have achieved this financial performance, while at the same time constructing, in 12 months, a state of the art copper cobalt SX/EW facility in the DRC which is already producing copper cathode, and also dealing with the suspension of operations by our joint venture partner on the Mukondo concession area. With regards to the immediate future, our rapid production growth and installation of additional SX/EW modules at Luita as well as the development of the mines at Disele and Kababankola should drive financial growth in the coming year. In addition, management is confident that its continued efforts to achieve a resolution to the Mukondo situation will be successful and, if so, this will contribute to the financial performance in the second half of this year.”I am also pleased to announce that later today we will be issuing our Offer Document for Katanga Mining. This will contain a more comprehensive review of CAMEC’ activities as well as a detailed explanation of the terms of the transaction. The Board is confident that it will obtain the support required to ensure the deal is concluded. Consultancy firm, Behre Dolbear, has produced a [NI] 43-101 compliant Technical Report on the DRC mineral properties for the purpose of the offer. The combined businesses of CAMEC and Katanga will create a leading copper cobalt company with growing production as well as quantified and increasing resources. Management believes that the deal will create significant value for both companies’ shareholders through the realisation of financial and operational synergies. The combined group should achieve a higher valuation rating than either company alone. The new entity will also be well placed to exploit any attractive value creating opportunities that may arise from further consolidation amongst copper cobalt producers in the DRC and elsewhere.”last_img read more

first_img Poll Results: 28,614 Views Nov 30th 2016, 9:30 AM No (12360) Short URL 114 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Poll: Is Fianna Fáil right to ask Bertie to come back? Fianna Fáil Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said that Bertie “deserves a second chance”.center_img BERTIE AHERN MAY be about to return Fianna Fáil, after the party’s chairman in Dublin Central confirmed that he’d been invited to rejoin the party.Branch chair Brian Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.It’s expected a letter will be drafted by Fianna Fáil HQ informing Ahern of the local branch motion.According to a person familiar with the process, it would then be up to the former Taoiseach to send in an application to join, much like any other member of the public.Considering the application is from a figure as high profile as Bertie Ahern, it’s likely the issue will be dealt with by the National Executive.So what do you think? Is Fianna Fáil right to ask Bertie to rejoin the party? By Sean Murray Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 9:30 AM Share169 Tweet Email1 YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote No interest/No opinion (1216) Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Yes (3196)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s economic sentiment index fell significantly in February, the Institute for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) announced last week. The monthly economic sentiment index dropped to 47.2 points in February from 55.4 in January, a new all-time low. The report recorded worsening conditions in all sectors of the economy with the exception of the services sector, with manufacturing and retail sectors hit harder.Consumer confidence fell afresh in January, reflecting worsening predictions of Greek consumers over the country’s economic condition and their households’ financial situation. last_img

first_imgNucléaire : le parc français n’est pas exempt d’incidentsDimanche a eu lieu à Matignon une réunion de crise rassemblant les hauts responsables du nucléaire français, afin de “tirer les enseignements utiles des événements japonais” concernant les risques liés aux centrales.58 réacteurs répartis sur 19 centrales et âgés en moyenne de 25 ans : la France est un pays hautement nucléarisé, tout comme le Japon. D’où la réunion réunissant hier les ministres concernés, le PDG d’EDF, la présidente d’Areva et d’autres hauts responsables du secteur, pour faire le point sur les questions de sécurité.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLa France compte quelques zones à risques sismiques : les Alpes, les Pyrénées et la région de Nice. Si la centrale de Cruas, dans la vallée du Rhône, repose déjà sur des plots antisismiques, celle de Fessenheim, en Alsace, comprenant 2 réacteurs en activité depuis 1977, “a été construite selon les règles sismiques des années 1970. Depuis, les connaissances (…) ont évolué”, explique la physicienne Monique Sené, cofondatrice du Groupe de scientifiques pour l’information sur l’énergie nucléaire (GSIEN), qui estime que les améliorations apportées sur ce site ne sont que des palliatifs.Mais bien plus que les séismes, les inondations constituent un problème potentiel majeur. La tempête de 1999 avait inondé plusieurs parties de la centrale du Blayais, en Gironde, provoquant l’arrêt de 3 réacteurs sur 4.Des incidents intrinsèquement liés au fonctionnement, notamment sur les systèmes de refroidissement, peuvent également se produire. Sur une échelle de gravité allant jusqu’à 7 (type Tchernobyl), les plus graves connus en France, survenus à la centrale de Saint-Laurent, dans le Loir-et-Cher, en 1969 et en 1980, atteignaient  le niveau 4 : ‘contamination ou surexposition d’un travailleur sur place, rejet de radioactivité à l’extérieur sans risque important hors du site’. Selon le président de la Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité (Criirad), ce sont environ “un millier d’événements, de gravités diverses, qui affectent chaque année nos centrales”. Le 14 mars 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgIf you were a fan of comic books during the 90s then you no doubt remember the monster that was Image Comics. In a move that was unheard of at the time, seven of Marvel’s biggest artists left the publishing giant to form their own independent studio. Image exploded right out of the gate and became so big that it rivaled Marvel, DC, and Valiant Comics. It also established many of the tropes and stereotypes that 90s comics have become infamous for.Since we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Image Comics, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the original books released by the company. Not all of these can be considered great, but they are each an important part of Image’s history.SpawnSpawn was the most high-profile of Image’s launch books, and it is one of the two that is still being published today. It told the story about a murdered soldier named Al Simmons who made a deal with a demon to be resurrected. Simmons came back with great powers but was horribly disfigured; making it impossible to return to a normal life. With his powers, he battled demons, cyborgs, and even child molesters.Todd McFarlane wrote and drew the first dozen issues before handing over pencil duties to Greg Capullo. This team would go on to create some of Spawn’s most memorable early adventures. Spawn went on to have a successful toy line, an HBO animated series, and a feature film that is best forgotten.WildC.A.T.S.Like a lot of Image’s early books, WildC.A.T.S. was a title that looked great but lacked much substance. It told the story of a group of heroes who fought against aliens called the Helspont who (naturally) wanted to take over the Earth. WildC.A.T.S. was the foundation for Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Universe, which was its own imprint within Image.Wildstorm was sold to DC Comics in 1998, and all of its characters were folded over into that universe. The Wildstorm characters played a prominent role in DC’s line-wide New 52 initiative to varying degrees of success. Since DC Rebirth, the Wildstorm characters have all but gone missing. The company does still own them, so it’s possible that WildC.A.T.S. will be resurrected in the future.YoungbloodYoungblood was the creation of the notorious Rob Liefeld (he created X-Force, you know). Youngblood #1 was the first book Image released and was the biggest selling independent title of the time. Based on an idea he had for a Teen Titans series, Youngblood’s premise is that, if they were real, superheroes would be treated like celebrities.Though it had a best-selling debut issue, Youngblood received a ton of criticism over its poor writing, crude art, and inconsistent schedule. Even celebrated writers like Kurt Busiek and Alan Moore weren’t able to save the book. There are multiple reasons given for why Youngblood ultimately ended up failing, but most of the blame centers on Rob Liefeld himself. This is a shame because the book did have the potential to be something worthwhile.ShadowhawkShadowhawk is easily one of the most criminally overlooked of Image’s early titles. However, it was one of the better books released at the time. It centered on a vigilante who was infected with HIV and wanted to use his remaining days fighting crime. Many books (especially Image’s) were extremely unrealistic, but Shadowhawk was relatively grounded for the most part.Shadowhawk wasn’t the only African-American Image character, but his stories did center on race, urban crime, and dealt with subjects few comics dared to. It had a social awareness the other Image books completely lacked. At the time, it was almost revolutionary to even read a book that delved into issues of race the way Shadowhawk did. Image has brought Shadowhawk back several times over the years, but perhaps with everything currently happening in America, now would be a great time to revive him.Savage DragonLike Spawn, Savage Dragon is an original Image Comic that has continued to be published to this day. Unlike Todd McFarlane’s creation, Savage Dragon is still being drawn and written by its original creator: Erik Larsen. Because it has had the same artist and writer, Savage Dragon contains one of the most consistent tones in all of comic books.Even though he was a giant muscular green man with a fin on his head, Savage Dragon acted like a regular blue collar worker. He was a cop who fought all manner of super villains in the streets of Chicago. But despite that, he managed to be someone you’d like to have a beer with. Like most of Image’s books, Savage Dragon stories were gritty. However, they never descended into obscene territory (for the most part). Savage Dragon is still a worthwhile comic book, even after all these years.WetworksWetworks was meant to be one of Image’s launch titles in 1992. However, due to the death of Whilce Portacio’s sister, the book was put on hiatus until 1994. There wasn’t much that helped set Wetworks apart when it launched — save for the first issue’s blood-smeared cover.The title would continue (with delays) for 43 issues before being canceled. It reappeared in the mid-2000s, but this only lasted for 15 issues. Not to knock the original creators or anyone who ever worked on Wetworks, but the series is forgettable for a reason. It just never did anything truly unique.CyberforceCyberforce was as 90s as a 90s comic could get. It featured mutants whose powers were enhanced by cybernetics — basically, a whole team of X-Force’s Cable. Marc Silvestri initially wrote and illustrated the series but would eventually hand these duties over to other creators.Cyberforce ran for 35 issues before ending. In 2007, Silvestri reinvented the series to have more of a cyberpunk flavor. The five issue mini-series was actually well-received. This is something that can’t be claimed by any of the other attempts at resurrecting early Image books like Wetworks and Youngblood.This article was about the Image founder’s first books, but I do want to quickly look at some of the other books released by the company in the 90’s. Like with the Image founding fathers, these books were by artists who wanted to have control over their creations. Though most of these titles stuck close to the superhero formula that made Image famous, there were hints of the diversity the company would be eventually be known for.The Maxx: One of the weirder and more esoteric Image books of the time, The Maxx featured Sam Keith’s unusual but visually intriguing art style. It would be hard for even a die-hard fan of this series to explain exactly what the plot was about, but that is part of this book’s appeal. The Maxx was also adapted into a short-lived (but excellent) animated series on MTV.Pitt: Artist Dale Keown made a name for himself on The Incredible Hulk thanks to his powerful rendition of the famous gamma-irradiated monster. Pitt was essentially the Hulk with a different head and giant claw hands. Like many of Image’s books, this title was plagued by numerous delays.Astro City: Though it featured superheroes, Kurt Busiek’s Astro City was unlike the majority of Image’s superhero books. Astro City did a great job of both embracing superhero tropes and deconstructing them. Some stories were personal while others were epic in scope, but each painted a picture of what it was like to be a citizen or hero of the titular metropolis.Gen¹³: The series that helped propel J. Scott Campbell to super stardom, Gen¹³ was one of the biggest hits from Image during the mid to late 90s. Though the book wasn’t different than others of the time regarding content, its kinetic and eye-catching art helped give it a fan base that is still going strong today.WitchBlade: A lot of Image’s books featured female heroes who were little more than eye candy for young boys. Though WitchBlade fit that mold from a stylistic standpoint, the title’s lead was a three-dimensional character. The adventures of NYPD detective Sara Pezzini were eventually adapted into a mildly successful TV series on TNT.The Darkness: Created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl, The Darkness combined elements of crime drama and the supernatural. The series became a best seller and would eventually spawn two video game adaptations that were equally as well-received.Bone: The most visually and stylistically different from Image’s 90s books, Bone was and is a critically acclaimed series. Bone was only an Image book from issues 21-27, but it proved that the publisher was open to all types of comics, and not just superheroes. In many ways, Bone laid the groundwork for the diverse and unique Image Comics that readers have been enjoying for the past ten years.last_img read more

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is seeking public input on plans for the expanded Ridgefield Community Library. In 2018, the Ridgefield Community Center board donated its building, which is attached to the current library, to Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.People are invited to share their input on what features they’d like to see in the expanded library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 7 in the community center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.By taking over the community center space, the library can grow from its existing 2,055-square-foot space to up to 11,000 square feet. The library district recently hired Johansson Wing Architecture to develop options and architectural designs for the expanded library, and hopes to start construction this fall.last_img

first_imgFor the 12th consecutive quarter, The Atlantic is reporting gains in print and online revenue. In third quarter 2011, overall advertising revenue is up 19 percent, with digital ad revenue soaring 41 percent and print up 3 percent over the third quarter of 2010. Mobile apps accounted for 2 percent of overall digital ad revenue for The Atlantic in the third quarter, according vice president and publisher Jay Lauf.For the year-to-date, digital advertising is up 27 percent and is expected to exceed the 40 percent growth The Atlantic experienced in 2010 by the end of the year.Print revenue is up 6 percent for the first nine months of the year.  The Atlantic posted its first profit in decades in the fourth quarter of 2010 and reps say the brand is “on track” to post a multi-million dollar profit in 2011, something predicted during a keynote address at the Folio: Show last June by Atlantic Media president Justin Smith.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following FIVE openings over the past week:Full-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Math Strategies Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time Freshman Volleyball Coach at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Speech & Language Pathologist at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Shared Educational Assistant at Woburn Street SchoolLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 10 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job OpeningsIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgFemale aedes mosquitoLocal government and rural development (LGRD) minister Tajul Islam on Wednesday said the deputy commissioners have been asked to take effective measures to prevent the spread of dengue, reports UNB.”An anti-mosquito drive will be conducted between 25 and 31 July,” he told reporters after attending the second sessions on the fourth day of the deputy commissioners’ conference at the secretariat.Replying to a question about the ineffectiveness of mosquito medicine, Tajul said the city corporations will collect samples of mosquito kit and retest it.”A certificate is being taken from the World Health Organisation for the medicine used to prevent the spread of mosquito. We’ve sprayed medicine approved by the WHO,” he said.The number of dengue patients has increased this year.Earlier, health minister Zahid Maleque said the hospitals have received many dengue patients and are treating them.Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, is spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon said the medicines they are using to kill the mosquitos are “slightly less effective” but assured that the situation “is under control”.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 per cent, the WHO says.last_img read more