ScienceShot: Spider Sex Depends on a Third Set of Legs

first_imgSpiders may not have what some men crassly refer to as their third leg, but they can’t get by without the real thing. New research reveals that, without a third set of legs, the male road tarantula (Eupalaestrus weijenberghi) can’t score a mate. The hairy South American spiders use their legs to create vibrations that can be irresistible to females, which live for a decade in contrast to his 60-day lifespan. But it turns out that all of his eight legs aren’t created equal. The third pair from the front is key to completing courtship, apparently because it is perfectly positioned to produce critical vibrations, researchers report in the August issue of the Journal of Arachnology. When they immobilized his third pair by tying it up with a bit of thread, she just wasn’t interested. The bondage experiment marks the first time that scientists have been able to document this leg of the tarantula’s sex life, they note.last_img read more

Federer on verge of Wimbledon immortality

first_imgVictory over Croatian giant Marin Cilic will also give him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.“I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around,” said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The first three, four months were just like a dream really. So this is something I was working towards, you know, Wimbledon, to be in good shape. I’m happy it’s paying off here now.”Federer admits his form in 2017 has surprised even himself after he shut down his 2016 season to rest a knee injury in the aftermath of his brutal five-set semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ While ‘Big Four’ rivals Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal failed to even make the semi-finals, Federer has been reborn.He came into Wimbledon having radically pruned his playing schedule, skipping the entire clay court season.Wimbledon is just his seventh event of the year; 28-year-old Cilic is in his 15th.Federer, reveling in the spotlight of having played all his matches on Centre Court, has hardly been troubled on his way to the final.He has lost serve just four times and spent four and a half hours less on court than Cilic.Federer also boasts a 6-1 career record over Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion who has made his first Wimbledon final at the 11th attempt.However, Cilic’s game is made for grass and 12 months ago he led Federer by two sets to love and held three match points in an epic quarter-final which the Swiss superstar eventually claimed. ‘Roger’s home court’When Cilic won his only Slam in New York three years ago, he demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.“I don’t want to say it’s more relaxed going into it because I have a good head-to-head record against Marin, even though the matches were extremely close,” said Federer.“But it’s not like we’ve played against each other 30 times. You feel like you have to reinvent the wheel.  Harden intent on winning title in wake of new deal Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img This combination of pictures created on January 29, 2017 shows Switzerland’s tennis player Roger Federer holding up his 18 Grand Slam titles. 1st row, from left : Australian Open 2017, Wimbledon 2012, Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2009, Roland Garros 2009, US Open 2008. 2nd row, from left : US Open 2007, Wimbledon 2007, Australian Open 2007, US Open 2006, Wimbledon 2006, Australian Open 2006. 3rd row, from left : US Open 2005, Wimbledon 2005, US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2004, Australian Open 2004, Wimbledon 2003. / AFP PHOTO / STFFive years after his last Wimbledon triumph, Roger Federer can capture a record eighth All England Club title Sunday and become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the modern era.With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon’s most senior champion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s more straightforward, in my opinion. I think that’s nice in some ways. It’s a nice change, but it doesn’t make things easier.”Cilic is only the second Croatian man to reach the Wimbledon final after Goran Ivanisevic, his former coach, who swept to a memorable title victory in 2001.A win on Sunday would also make him the first Wimbledon champion outside of Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in 2002.However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in New York three years ago.Cilic has fired 130 aces at Wimbledon this year and dropped just 10 service games.“This is Roger’s home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game,” said Cilic.“Obviously I’m going to look back, 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match against him here. But it’s still a big mountain to climb.”Federer’s defeated semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych sees only one winner on Sunday.“I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older. He’s just proving his greatness in our sport,” said the Czech. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games He has 30 wins and just two losses this year and he has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a set.‘Unbelievably excited’Sunday’s match will be his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors.“It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament,” said Federer, who has been tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 final.“All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling. “Yeah, unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. 11 finals here, all these records, it’s great. I’m so close now.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

We were let down by Asian Games Special Organising Committee, say private hoteliers

first_imgIt was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms,It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms it booked were not used. In the private hotels built with special concessions for the Asiad only 160 rooms out of the 872 kept aside for AGSOC guests were actually used.The new public sector India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels which received preferential treatment from AGSOC were somewhat luckier – AGSOC used 523 out of the 576 rooms it booked in ITDC’s newly-constructed hotels. The AGSOC had reckoned that it would be needing 2,800 rooms in all for Asiad but in the event it needed only about 1,400 in all the hotels. Wild Estimates: On the face of it, there was little excuse for AGSOC officials getting their estimates so wildly wrong, AGSOC was under an obligation to provide shelter for certain categories of guests, ranging from technical delegates, sports officials, cultural troupes, the foreign press and VIPs.These were all people who would have planned their journeys in advance – not trippers who made plans on the spur of the moment. In the normal course of events, AGSOC should have known how many people to expect.Admits Jitendra Bhargava, AGSOC’s officer-on-special duty (accommodation): “Our demand was based on the estimates given by the technical directorate of AGSOC which fell short by over 40 per cent.”advertisementThe unfinished Capital Park hotel in central DelhiAGSOC officials, blame a combination of factors, ranging from adverse publicity about dengue fever and the Akali agitation to plain bad marketing, the inability of travel agents to bring in groups and uncertainty about the completion of hotel projects kept people away.Says Tarlochan Singh, director (publicity) AGSOC: “Till the last moment we were not sure about the actual room availability, and foreign guests wanted confirmed bookings.”Criticism: Understandably, private hoteliers were extremely annoyed. Says Narinder Suri, 39, executive director, finance, of Surya Sofitel: “We have been badly let down by the AGSOC. They kept saying that they would be sending us guests who never arrived. It was with great difficulty that we were able to organise over 170 rooms for the Asiad.” Adds Om Munjal, executive director of Siddhartha Hotels in a similar vein: “We are terribly disappointed with AGSOC. Some of the bookings they gave us at the last minute finally never turned up.” Officials counter such arguments on the plea that many of the privately run hotels were far from ready to entertain guests.Some guests moved from the Surya Sofitel, Hyatt Regency and Hotel Centaur because the facilities were hopelessly incomplete. Says K.P. Singhdeo, chairman of the Asian Games Accommodation Committee: “We would have flooded all the hotels with guests but unfortunately there were no takers for some of the hotels. Even hard selling on the part of my boys didn’t work.” Adds Bhargava: “People who came for the Asiad didn’t want to stay in the semi-finished hotels with limited number of five-star facilities.”There is little doubt that on this score at least AGSOC officials are on firm ground. Most private hotels opened temporarily only to avoid adverse publicity and the penalty clauses that the Government might have imposed had they not been ready.Even hotels like Meridien and Bharat, which made it in the nick of time, wrote to the AGSOC saying that they were in a position to provide 100 rooms each.Technically they may have been right but the heaps of mud and machinery that were lying at both sites were hardly calculated to help provide a congenial atmosphere for guests.In fact, it is no secret that the hotels were obliged to honour their commitments, even if symbolically, because they had received preferential treatment in the matter of loans from financial institutions, allotment of cement, foreign exchange and speedy disposal of their other needs. Admits a senior official of the Finance Ministry: “By writing a letter to AGSOC that a certain number of rooms we’re ready for Asiad, some of these hoteliers have been able to escape public criticism. It’s another matter that they have no guests for their rooms.”Unreal Estimates: Ultimately, the blame for the hotel fiasco must be shared by AGSOC and Tourism Ministry which made hopelessly unreal estimates about the number of additional tourists who would be attracted to India by the Asiad.Six months ago, the then tourism minister, A.P. Sharma told Parliament that Delhi would need 2,500 hotel rooms beyond the 3.801 already in existence. He also said that the 12 new hotels under construction would add 2,650 rooms in time for the Asiad. However, only 1,448 rooms were actually ready in time; but this did not prevent the ministry from recommending preferential treatment for the hotel projects.advertisementAs the Asiad loomed closer, ministry officials soon realised that they had been over optimistic in their estimates. In May 1982, AGSOC had booked 2,800 rooms. By mid-October the booking was scaled down to 2,100. In the end, AGSOC actually used only 1,180 rooms in the ITDC hotels and slashed their bookings with private hotels to just 300 from an original 1,150.Now that the Asiad is over, most of the private hotels have abandoned pretences and gone back to being the construction sites that they really are. Admits Subir Bhowmick, the general manager of the Taj Palace: “We are closed for renovation. To meet Asiad requirements, the rooms were temporarily done up.” Adds Mrs Suri of Surya: “We will resume our business only after two months.” The rooms in other hotels were being offered at less than 30 per cent of the actual room tariff of Rs 600.”As and when the new hotels do open, it seems only too likely that Delhi’s new innkeepers will have trouble keeping their noses above water. The actual turn of events during the Asiad appears to indicate that there will never be any real need for so many new hotels in Delhi. More than 80 per cent of the Asiad rush was accommodated in existing hotels or the projects which were started before 1980.And when all the 4,300 rooms are ready by 1984 there will be more than 7,000 rooms available in Delhi. Unless the number of tourists arriving in Delhi rises by at least 50 per cent, occupancy rates are likely to tumble to around 40 per cent.But as the hotel owners try to figure out how to make their great stone edifices paying propositions, the bureaucrats who once foresaw a roaring trade are busy thinking up explanations for having spent Rs 250 crore on projects which now hardly seem necessary.last_img read more

Altico Capital invests Rs 130-cr in 2 projects in Mumbai, NCR

first_imgMumbai, May 20 (PTI) City-based NBFC Altico Capital has invested Rs 130 crore in two residential projects in the megapolis and the NCR.”Altico, with a focus on senior secured lending to residential projects in the real estate sector across Tier-1 cities in the country, closed two deals aggregating Rs 130 crore in NCR and Mumbai,” the company said in a statement.The NBFC has closed a Rs 50 crore transaction with Noida- based Lotus Greens group for a residential project named Arena I, which is part of a larger Sports City development in the city.In the second deal, the company invested Rs 80 crore in Mumbai-based Shree Sai group for a residential project named The Nest in Andheri West.”The funding proceeds for the NCR project shall be utilised for construction of the project, while Shree Sai will use the funds for refinancing the existing lender and for finishing the construction of the project,” the release said.The company, had in the recent past, funded the Lotus Green group for a 300-acre Sports City project in Noida, wherein it invested Rs 450 crore along with a co-lender.”We believe it will take some time for sales to pick up in NCR and therefore will be very deliberate in putting capital to work in this market. We will look at last mile financing for projects in advanced stages of construction and sales,” companys Chief Executive Sanjay Grewal said.He further said the company will also evaluate and fund projects wherein corporate houses such as Godrej have tied up, under joint development arrangements, with existing land owners and developers to market and construct projects under their corporate brands.advertisementAltico Capital is backed by financial sponsors including Clearwater Capital Partners, Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Varde Partners. PTI PSK DK ANU RYSlast_img read more

Abhishek Bachchan was asked how he could afford a vacation. His response is savage

first_imgWhile many celebrities prefer to shun sadistic trolls, Abhishek Bachchan knows how to put the haters in their place. Over the years, Junior B has lashed out at anyone who has tried to make unsavoury comments about him, his wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya.Yesterday, Abhishek slammed a false news report for suggesting that he and Aishwarya had fought on their return from Paris. In response to his tweet, a Twitter user asked, “Not worked for last 3 years but has money for vacation ! How ?” Abhishek replied, “Because, sir, I have several other businesses that I run apart from acting and producing movies. Sports being just one of them.” Abhishek is the owner of Pro Kabaddi League team Jaipur Pink Panthers and a co-owner of Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC.In another incident, Abhishek responded to a person, who wondered why director Anurag Kashyap had cast him in his next film after having worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and others.”Yay, he called me a film star!!!” Abhishek replied. When the person said what he had ‘meant’ to say was that Abhishek was the ‘son of a movie star,’ Abhishek answered, “Oh You ‘meant’ Chalo, I’ll consider it a Freudian slip.”In 2015, Abhishek lashed out at a Twitter user who brought in Aaradhya, while talking about the actor’s career. Abhishek said, “Don’t like my movies? That’s cool. Will work harder to make movies you like. Bringing my daughter into it is NOT cool,” he had written.On the work front, Abhishek will be seen in Manmarziyan, which will release in September.advertisementALSO SEE: It’s a family reunion for Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya in London PHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya celebrate France’s World Cup 2018 win in ParisPHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya are setting Paris on fireALSO WATCH | Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on daughter Aaradhya, Cannes 2018 and morelast_img read more

Dutch Grand Prix returns to F1 calendar after 35 years

first_imgThe Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Zandvoort seaside circuit for at least three seasons from 2020 and after a 35-year absence from the calendar, Formula One announced on Tuesday.The race is sure to be well attended with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, 21, boasting a huge following as his country’s most successful driver and Formula One’s youngest ever race winner.Dutch beer giant Heineken will be the title sponsors and the hosting agreement is with a partnership of SportVibes, TIG Sports and Circuit Zandvoort.”From the beginning of our tenure in Formula One, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport’s historic roots in Europe,” said Formula One chairman Chase Carey in a statement.”Next season therefore, we will have a brand new street race that will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as the return to Zandvoort, after an absence of 35 years.”We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula One in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races,” he added.SandSurfSpeed>> #F1 1 (@F1) May 14, 2019Verstappen is third overall in the championship after finishing third in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, with plenty of supporters in attendance.”It’s just an iconic, historic track,” he said.”I have raced there before with F3 and it was a lot of fun. I compare the track a little bit with Suzuka… It’s a pretty quick track and it’s always good and exciting to have new ones on the calendar.”advertisement”It’s very cool, and with no run off, it’s quite hard to find the limit. On some other tracks it’s a bit easier but that also makes it more exciting.”Next year’s race will be the 31st time the Dutch Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One World Championship, with Zandvoort making its first appearance on the calendar in a 1952 race won by Ferrari’s Alberto Ascari.The late British world champion Jim Clark won there a record four times.The last Dutch Grand Prix was in 1985.”I think a Dutch Grand Prix, with the popularity of Verstappen, is going to be immense. I think that’s positive for Formula One,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters at the weekend.The race deal is the second, after Vietnam, negotiated by U.S.-based Liberty Media since taking over the sport in 2017 and ousting former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.The French Grand Prix at the southern Le Castellet circuit returned in 2018 after a 10-year absence but that deal was done by Ecclestone.last_img read more

Naidu meets Rahul Opposition conclave in Delhi on May 21

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21, two days ahead of Lok Sabha results to chalk out a post-poll alliance.Naidu met Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state, sources said. In a brief meeting, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief is believed to have discussed the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue, the voting percentage in the recently held five-phase polling besides the Andhra Assembly election developments, the sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe sources said Naidu and Gandhi also discussed the post-poll scenario and more or less agreed to call a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21. Naidu will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee apart from attending her rallies on Wednesday and Thursday. According to Naidu, there were only three possible scenarios. One- a Congress-led government, two- a government of regional leaders where Congress would support from outside, or a government where both Congress and regional parties would join. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe Andhra Pradesh CM was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50 per cent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPATs. The apex court dismissed the petition following which the parties again met the Election Commission to press their demand. With two more rounds of elections to go, opposition parties are planning to meet the President after the elections are over, to impress upon him not to call the single largest party to form the government in case of a split verdict, sources said.last_img read more

Concerns over northern land grab

The National Peace Council notes that shortly after the end of the war in May 2009 the government promised to resettle the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in their original places of residence. This necessarily implied that private land would be restored to their rightful owners. This was one of the recommendations in the government-appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. “The general practice in the country is that when the government wishes to take over large tracts of land for a public purpose it discusses this matter with the affected population and with their political representatives, and gives the necessary time for legal objections to be made through the judiciary.  We also note that the recommendations of the LLRC are completely opposite to the course of action that the government has embarked upon,” the National Peace Council said. The LLRC recommended that the government de-militarize the administration of the North as soon as possible and release private lands taken over by the security forces to the people.The National Peace Council believes that any decision that severely affects the lives of large numbers of people needs to be taken in consultation with the elected Provincial Council after it is constituted.“Therefore we urge the government to reconsider its decision to take over the vast extent of privately owned land in the North in the light of what the LLRC has recommended with a view to fostering national reconciliation in a manner that meets with international standards,” the National Peace Council said. (Colombo Gazette) It says the government move to take over the land of the war-affected people has caused agitation and panic amongst the thousands of affected people in over 24 villages who continue to be displaced and living in camps who now stand to lose their lands forever and given rise to disaffection amongst the majority of people living in the Northern Province. Concerns have been raised over moves by the government to acquire over 6381 acres of privately owned land in the Jaffna peninsula.The National Peace Council says it appears to be a hurried plan on the part of the government to acquire large extent of land prior to the establishment of a legitimate and popularly elected civilian administration for the formerly war-stricken Northern Province. “There is concern in the Northern polity that the purpose of this land acquisition is to change the demographic composition with settlers from outside being registered on the Northern electoral lists.  In Kokilai, Mullaitivu and adjoining villages such as Vannankulam, Uradikulam, Thaddamalaikkulam, Pannaiyandaukulam, Akkaraivelli, Vathamadu, Kamankulam, Amayankulam, there are media reports of 3000 such families being settled,” the National Peace Council said. read more

UN senior officials urge political focus in Mali efforts while aid agencies

“We should redouble our efforts to ensure that the political process, which is key to Mali’s stability in both the short and long term, is not overshadowed by the equally essential military operations underway,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the fourth meeting of the Follow-Up and Support Group on Mali held in the West African country’s capital, Bamako.Mr. Feltman spoke alongside the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, Roman Prodi; Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa; Anthony Banbury, Assistant-Secretary-General for Field Support; David Gressly, Head of the United Nations Office in Mali (UNOM); Aurelien Agbenonci, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali and other senior officials. The meeting also included representatives from the African Union, European Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).In his remarks, Mr. Feltman also discussed the challenges ahead in the holding of presidential elections are tentatively scheduled for 7 July and legislative elections on 21 July.“We call on the international community to step in and provide timely financial and logistic support for the elections,” Mr. Feltman said, noting the UN is intensifying its efforts in support of preparations for “free, fair, transparent and credible polls” in keeping with international standards.“We hope that ongoing security operations as well as the appointment of the Commission for Dialogue and Reconciliation will help overcome these challenges and pave the way for inclusive and credible elections,” the UN political chief added.Mr. Feltman also noted that UN Security Council was expected to make decisions “soon” on the options presented in the latest report of the Secretary-General on Mali, which include the establishment of a possible UN peacekeeping mission in the country. Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today reiterated its appeal for $144 million to cover basic protection and assistance needs for Malian refugees and internally displaced people. “So far we have received only 32 per cent of this amount,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva. The funding would provide for the expansion and construction of transit centres, provision of supplementary and therapeutic food, shelters and other relief items, and delivery of basic services such as health care, water and sanitation and education, Mr. Edwards said.In addition to the 282,000 people displaced in Mali, there are more than 175,000 Malian refugees in surrounding countries – with 75,850 in Mauritania, over 49,000 in Burkina Faso, and some 50,000 in Niger.UNHCR expects an additional 45,500 refugees during the remainder of the year, based on existing rates of arrival. “Many recent arrivals are in worse condition than the refugees who arrived in 2012, requiring immediate relief and attention,” Mr. Edwards said quoting information from UN staff on the ground.He added that the situation is aggravated by prevailing food insecurity due to the ongoing drought and series of crop failures affecting the entire Sahel region, which includes Mali.Also today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it has a funding gap of 76 per cent or just over $20 million to meet emergency needs of Malians in 2013. UNICEF’s priorities in northern Mali over the coming months are to get more than 300,000 children back into classrooms after 15 months without school, as well as to prevent malnutrition and strengthen child protection systems, the agency’s spokesperson Marixie Mercado said in Geneva.“Most schools had been looted, and infra-structure damaged,” Ms. Mercado said. “Half of health facilities were not working. Water supply was poor and of poor quality. The vast majority of teachers and health workers were still not at their posts, especially outside of urban zones.”Education in Mali is also on the agenda in Washington DC. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown, are hosting discussions on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund spring meeting to boost the quality and equality of education, focusing on Mali and seven other countries. read more

EPCUK opens new bulk mining and quarrying emulsions facility in Derbyshire UK

first_imgEPC-UK, a market leader within the UK commercial explosives and blasting services sector for mining and quarrying, has officially opened its new bulk emulsion facility at the company’s Rough Close Works site in Derbyshire. Designed to deliver the necessary infrastructure required to enhance the safety of the company’s emulsion manufacturing process, the state-of-the-art site – which is a result of the company’s biggest investment in 25 years – was formally unveiled by Olivier Obst, Chairman and CEO of the EPC Groupe. The bulk emulsion, otherwise known as Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANIB), is the primary raw material in EPC-UK’s Blendex range of site-mixed bulk explosives and is used by the company’s ‘Rock-on-Ground’ service teams, as well as by its direct supply customers.The new facility has been created by adapting existing buildings to enable EPC-UK to house the process equipment and raw material storage vessels. Two new structures accommodate an Ammonium Nitrate silo, used at the beginning of the process and a final product silo at the other. A new steam and condensate line have also been installed whilst the access road to the plant has been widened and a new weighbridge installed. “As an Upper Tier COMAH site (Control of Major Accident Hazards), EPC-UK ensures that the production of its emulsion matrix meets the most stringent safety requirements and this new plant is built to the latest standards in order to be compliant with UK legislation, as well as meeting international and EPC Groupe standards.”“Using Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) in accordance with BS EN 61511 (Functional Safety) to achieve the highest levels of safety, the facility provides a safer and more ergonomic working environment for both operations and maintenance personnel.  It is understood that it is the first emulsion plant to comply with the majority of the criteria cited. From a design perspective, significant attention has been paid to the facility’s ability to heighten safety with the incorporation of new control system displays, the variety of access and egress improvements and the colouring and labelling of process pipework.”Commenting on the importance of the new emulsion plant, Chris Barlow, Operations Manager at EPC-UK’s Rough Close Works operation, explains: “This is the largest investment the EPC Groupe has made in the UK for some years.  Not only is it allowing us to ensure stringent safety standards are adhered to, it is also enabling us to create a manufacturing process that is more efficient in terms of energy usage, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and production costs, whilst having the flexibility to vary production rates.”The plant’s combination of advanced infrastructure and innovative equipment also serve to improve production turnaround times, meet primary environmental targets to produce zero waste and provide an appropriate facility for EPC-UK to deliver enhanced levels of competence training. “By working to such exceptionally high levels within the emulsion plant, we are ensuring that EPC-UK’s emulsion production is truly ‘Best in Class’ for functional safety,” continues Barlow.Following the opening ceremony at Rough Close Works, special guests and employees of EPC-UK were given the opportunity to look around the new facility, understand its role and ask any questions they wished to be answered. “The opening was an extremely fitting start for our new facility, with Olivier Obst’s attendance demonstrating the importance of the site, not only to EPC-UK but also to the wider EPC Groupe,” concludes Barlow.last_img read more

618 kept in hospital over Christmas despite being cleared by docs

first_imgMORE THAN 600 patients have been cleared to leave hospital this Christmas – but can’t leave because alternative arrangements have not been put in place.More than 90 per cent of these people are elderly. Figures obtained by Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) show that 618 patients could remain in hospital over Christmas despite being cleared to leave by a senior doctor.It says that almost 90 per cent of these people are elderly patients over 65 who cannot leave as alternative arrangements have not been put in place.The HCCI said that according to the HSE’s own calculation “each night in a hospital bed costs between €800-900″. By the HSE’s own reckoning, this conservatively estimates the waste in excess of €525,000 per night or the equivalent of 25,000 hours of home care. HCCI said that the main reasons for the delay include people waiting for home help, a home care package, approval for nursing home care under the Fair Deal scheme, access to a rehabilitation facility, or equipment from the HSE.Michael Harty, chair of HCCI, described the figures as “shocking”, saying that the HSE “is wasting over €500,000 per night on delayed discharges” and that “this year’s public health spending will require an additional budget of €199m”.It suggested that the government “needs to act now to ensure that elderly, frail people can access appropriate funding and return home from hospital as soon as possible when they are fit do so”.HCCI recommend an end to the ring-fencing of one type of care over another and increased home care funding to enable faster discharge. It says this could save millions each year and free up much-needed resources to safeguard frontline services.“More importantly, it could also help elderly, dependent people to live longer at home and prevent unnecessary admission in the first place,” said HCCI.Read: Delayed discharges “cost the HSE €540,000 a night”>last_img read more

Apple deux nouveaux MacBook Air officiellement présentés

first_imgApple : deux nouveaux MacBook Air officiellement présentésÉtats-Unis – Apple a dévoilé ses nouveaux MacBook Air. Deux modèles très attendus de 11,6 et 13,3 pouces qui, selon le PDG d’Apple, allient les points forts de l’iPad et du MacBook Pro.Le nouveau MacBook Air de 11 pouces utilise un processeur Intel Core 2 Duo 1,4 GHz ou 1,6 GHz, 2 Go ou 4 Go de mémoire vive (au choix), une carte graphique Nvidia Geforce G 320M et un disque dur SSD dont la capacité peut varier entre 64 et 128 Go.À lire aussiPourquoi y a-t-il des barres sur les touches F, J et 5 du clavier ?Le modèle 13 pouces, lui, intègre un processeur Intel Core 2 Duo 1,86 GHz ou 2,13 GHz, les mêmes caractéristiques que son jumeau concernant la mémoire vive et la carte graphique et un disque dur SSD dont la capacité peut varier entre 128 et 256 Go.Les nouveaux MacBook Air ne sont pas destinés aux grands joueurs. Réservés à une utilisation bureautique et internet, la lecture de vidéo HD est aussi possible.Côté performances, les disques durs SDD autorisent une meilleure réactivité, moins de bruit et moins de consommation énergétique. Ainsi, la version 11 pouces totalise 5 heures d’autonomie et la 13 pouces, 7 heures, Wi-Fi activé.Le prix, lui, varie entre 999 à 1.299 dollars (environ 700 à 925 euros).Le 21 octobre 2010 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gaming and tourism help drive Macau GDP growth in 2Q18

first_img APE completes new installation of Konami’s “Fortune Cup” at MGM Cotai RelatedPosts Load More Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling Macau’s gaming and tourism sector played a key role in driving Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the three months to 30 June 2018, which rose 6.0% year-on-year in real terms.The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said that the GDP boost was due to the steady growth in exports of services and private consumption, despite growth slowing compared with the 9.2% increase in 1Q18. MGM Cotai ramp drives MGM China to 26% increase in net revenue in 2Q19 External demand was a key contributing factor, particularly from the exports of good which rose 30.0% and the exports of gaming services and tourism services, which increased by 13.7% and 13.0% respectively. Imports of goods increased by 10.0%.Private investment in fixed assets fell by 18.9% year-on-year due to the successive completion of large-scale tourism and entertainment facilities, including MGM COTAI, and residential buildings.For the first half of 2018, the economy of Macau grew by 7.6% year-on-year in real terms, with the exports of goods up 20.3%.Exports of gaming services and tourism services rose by 15.1% and 16.3% respectively over the six months to 30 June 2018.last_img read more

Officers body cameras capture them saving choking babys life

first_img“It felt scary because what if a car could have hit us, or I can’t pull over quick enough for us to, you know, reach her,” she said.However, the officers said they were just doing their job and they simply were in the right place at the right time.“Having kids, you never want that to happen to any person let alone a child that can’t do anything about it,” Oklander said.“We could have very easily backed up an officer on a different side of the city and we might have been there two or three minutes later, and when somebody is not breathing, two or three minutes is life or death,” Oklander said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WSVN) — Body cameras captured two officers in Shaker Heights, Ohio rushing to save a choking baby girl.Officers Ryan Sidders and Alex Oklander initially thought they were helping a disabled car when they responded to the scene Tuesday.“We pulled up behind the car, we saw a female exit the car and frantically run to the passenger side rear of the vehicle and appeared to be in some sort of distress,” Sidders said.However, when they realized the the woman’s 2-month-old daughter was choking, they jumped into action.“The baby had what seemed to be milk or something coming out of her mouth and or nose,” Oklander said. “That’s when we administered the back thrusts.”After multiple efforts, the officers were able to free the baby’s airway.The mother, Tamica Pruitte, said she was more than thankful for the officer’s help. last_img read more

IHE ends in Delhi

first_imgIndia International Hospitality Expo (IHE), which was recently held at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida became the most powerful networking forum by witnessing an astounding line up of trade discussions, knowledge sessions, master classes, awards night and more.This year, the event hosted more than 650 exhibitors from all over the world into the broad categories like Food & Kitchen Equipment; Furnishing, Lifestyle & Décor; to name a few Global brands also launched their latest products as part of the IHE platform. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeople like Chef Manjit Gill, President IFCA; Chef Devender Kumar, President, ICF; Hari Dadoo, Fair President; and others contributed immensely for making IHE a bigger and successful event. With support from top industry bodies like Indian Angel Network HOTREMAI, ARCHII, PPFI, FSAI, ICF, IFCA, and FSSAI, and others, the show saw a new culinary height this year. IHE had a robust conference programme with top hospitality professionals as speakers, a series of Masterclasses by world-renowned chefs from India and abroad, wine sommelier training by a renowned Italian sommelier Luca Carmignani; a hospitality-inspired fashion show and an FSSAI conclave on Food Safety – IHE’ 19. Besides, a host of competitions in the food arena were also a part of the event. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWorld recognised CEO’s, GM’s and executive chefs of restaurants and hotel chain owners made for stellar panelists for conducting various knowledge sessions. This year the expo emphasised on Himachal Pradesh being the ‘Focus State’ with several events being organised by the Tourism Department of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and Himachal Tourism Development Corporation. International countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, and others supported the expo by displaying an array of products and services from their region. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman IEML and Director-General EPCH said, “IHE 2019 concluded on a very satisfactory note. We had over 22,000 visitors from all parts of the country. We are thrilled to see the response from overseas.” Seeing this success and interest among the visitors, the next edition will take place from August 5 – 8, 2020, he informed. Hari Dadoo, President of the fair, said, “This edition of IHE was much more successful than last year. We plan to make the next edition much bigger and better.”last_img read more

Key Windows Tools Vulnerable to Hackers Researcher Disappears

first_imgThere’s a serious vulnerability in the Windows Task Scheduler, according to Twitter user SandboxEscaper (via The Register). Specifically, it resides in the Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) interface, a Windows mechanism that helps a client process communicate with a server process.The vulnerability could allow hackers to gain administrative access on a Windows system.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 According to the mysterious researcher, who deleted his or her Twitter account soon after disclosing the vulnerability and declaring “I don’t [expletive] care about life anymore,” the flaw is known as an elevation-of-privilege bug.This means that if you download and run a malicious piece of software, it can gain access to privileges it shouldn’t have, such as those assigned to system administrators.CERT Coordination Center analyst Will Dormann confirmed that the vulnerability exists in a fully-patched Windows 10 system. He is “currently unaware of any workarounds.”MORE: Best Free Windows Antivirus SoftwareA Microsoft spokesperson told The Register that the company will “proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible.” The next scheduled Microsoft round of patches comes out on Sept. 11, so we will likely have to wait until  then.This isn’t the first time researchers have uncovered such a vulnerability in Windows systems. Just a few weeks ago, a group of Israeli security experts at the Black Hat security conference revealed an elevation-of-privilege vulnerability resulting from Cortana’s data retrieval process. Recent updates patched this flaw.And in June, the company released an update to Windows 365 to patch a similar bug in Microsoft Outlook.While unpatched vulnerabilities can be scary, remember that no one has actually exploited this flaw yet. 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Darwin showcases its unconventional assets

first_imgDarwin showcases its unconventional assetsThe NT Convention Bureau recently staged a four day Unconventional Darwin Showcase, attracting 20 business events planners from the association and corporate sectors, as well as Business Event planner specialists.  Similar Showcases will follow in Uluru in mid-October and in Alice Springs in early May 2018.The event highlighted Darwin’s status as a business centre of global significance, with its range of specialty sectors such as tropical and remote health, critical and emergency health care, mining, aquaculture and agribusiness.Technical tours included the renowned National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s warehouse facility and local not-for-profit organisation, Helping People Achieve.Diverse dining options available in Darwin for Business Events were showcased and included a casual welcome lunch at the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort as guests arrived from their interstate flights, which set the scene for the program.   A poolside lunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin also provided a taste of the relaxed informality and excellent cuisine for which Darwin has become renowned.Impressive dinners were held at Wharf One in the Waterfront Precinct and at iconic CBD crocodile attraction Crocosaurus Cove. The expansive lawns of SKYCITY Darwin played host to the final evening dinner, with a pre-dinner surprise display of outback horsemanship, working dog handling and award-winning country music delivered by the Katherine Outback Experience.   Fusion Exhibition and Hire Services created stunning table-top décor for both the Wharf One and SKYCITY Darwin dinners.The group also undertook a Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tour near Humpty Doo, with young representatives from the local Adelaide and Mary River Region community providing fascinating insights into cultural traditions and protocols, as well as the skills required for spear-throwing and basket weaving.Rebecca Thompson, Sponsorship & Events Manager with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine talked about how much her perceptions of Darwin had changed as a result of the Darwin Showcase.“Visiting the NT this time, I’ve learned it’s about so much more than crocodiles! The cultural elements and artworks are everywhere! For an Australian, this is truly the place to experience Indigenous culture,” she said.The Showcase program included ‘NT Meets the Market’ business sessions at the Darwin Convention Centre, which enabled planners to meet in one-on-one appointments with 17 Darwin and Top End operators. They also heard from a range of speakers regarding why they should choose Darwin for their business events.Accommodation was hosted across three properties – Club Tropical, Hilton Darwin and DoubleTree by Hilton, Darwin. Site inspections were also arranged of other Darwin residential meeting facilities including Oaks Elan Darwin, Vibe/Adina, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade and the adjacent Darwin Entertainment Centre.Source = NT Convention Bureaulast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12 2018 8

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 8:09 am PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An Emmy statue appears on stage at the 70th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) The Latest: No time for Samira Wiley to process Emmys nomcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on the nominations for the 70th annual Emmy Awards, which are being announced Thursday by in Los Angeles (all times local):11:30 a.m.Samira Wiley says she had no idea she would find out she was nominated for an Emmy Award while presenting the nominations Thursday morning.Wiley says her category, best guest actress in a drama series, wasn’t on the list of categories she and actor Ryan Eggold were to read. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington surprised Wiley with the news during the presentation.Wiley says she didn’t think she was going to have to process whether she was nominated at all in public. The actress’ nomination is one of 20 that “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned Thursday.After the presentation, Wiley moved straight to interviews, so she hadn’t yet had a chance to join a group text chain with her co-stars. She says the show’s bounty of nominations, up from 13 last year, feels like a “real graduation.”After a whirlwind morning, Wiley says she wants to take some time for herself to process the nomination, her second.Wiley says, “I’m going to take a moment today … to have a moment by myself and just reflect and think and be thankful.”___11 a.m.Globe-trotting food chronicler Anthony Bourdain has received several posthumous Emmy nominations on Thursday.Bourdain’s CNN series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” got six nods, including two personally for Bourdain as executive producer, host and writer. A seventh nod went to his “Explore Parts Unknown” on took his life in early June in eastern France, where he was working on an episode of his show. He was 61.Also a celebrated author, Bourdain was known for using culinary traditions as a storytelling tool to explore cultures around the globe.He won Emmy Awards from 2013 through 2016 for outstanding informational series or special for “Parts Unknown.”___10:20 a.m.Bill Hader says he was excited but exhausted when he heard the news Thursday morning that he was nominated for best lead actor in a comedy series for HBO’s “Barry.”It wasn’t the only Emmys love for Hader, who on Thursday also received nominations for his writing and directing on the series, and for returning as guest host on his old show “Saturday Night Live.”Hader is in Toronto shooting “It 2” and says there’s no time to pop open champagne or party with his colleagues. He spoke to The Associated Press while eating breakfast before getting picked up for an all-night shoot on the horror sequel.He says the nominations for “Barry” feel especially good, since it’s the show’s first season and that he’s pleased for co-star Henry Winkler, who received a supporting actor nomination.___9:45 a.m.Sandra Oh has made Emmys history by becoming the first nominee of Asian descent in the leading actress in a drama series.Oh was nominated Thursday for her role in the BBC America series “Killing Eve” as a spy hunting a female assassin.The 46-year-old Canadian-born actress has five previous drama supporting actress nominations for “Grey’s Anatomy.”A study of the 2015-16 season released last year concluded that characters of Asian or Pacific Islander descent remain underrepresented on television, even on shows set in major cities.___9:20 a.m.Music stars in competition for Emmys this year include John Legend, Bruno Mars and Sara Bareilles.Legend and Bareilles each earned acting nods for their roles in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.” Mars earned a nomination for outstanding music direction for his first TV special, CBS’ “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo.”Legend, who has won several Grammys as well as an Oscar and a Tony, could become an EGOT if he takes home outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.The term EGOT refers to someone who has won one of all the major awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also on their way to EGOT status: The composing duo earned a nomination for outstanding original music and lyrics for “In the Market for a Miracle” from Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!”___9:10 a.m.The Emmy nominations for outstanding reality competition show have been announced. The nominees are: “The Amazing Race”; “American Ninja Warrior”; “Project Runway”; “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; “Top Chef”; “The Voice”.The field is identical to last year, when “The Voice” took home the Emmy statuette. “The Voice” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” tied for most nominations for a reality program with 10 apiece.The Emmys ceremony airs Sept. 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” as hosts.___9 a.m.HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has received the most nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards, but the haul could not stop Netflix from becoming the most-nominated network atthis year.Netflix is the network received 112 nominations this year, up from 91 last year. Its nominations were spread around numerous shows, including “Stranger Things,” ”The Crown,” ”GLOW” and “Godless.”“Game of Thrones” received several supporting acting nominations, including for Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.___8:45 a.m.“Game of Thrones” roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids.HBO’s fantasy saga is a two-time best drama winner that sat out the last year’s awards.It’s returning to face formidable competition: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honours last year, drew 20 bids, with “Westworld” close by with 21.Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is the top comedy with 16 bids. It will face newcomers including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Barry,” starring Bill Hader.The revival of “Roseanne,” cancelled because of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf.“Saturday Night Live,” riding high with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods.The previous high for “Game of Thrones” was 24 nominations in 2015. It got 23 nods in 2016 but wasn’t eligible last year.The Emmys ceremony airs Sept. 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” as hosts.___8:40 a.m.The Emmy nominations for the top television drama and comedy series have been announced.The nominees for best drama series include: “The Americans,” ”The Crown,” Game of Thrones,” ”The Handmaid’s Tale,” ”Stranger Things,” This Is Us” and “Westworld.”The nominees for best comedy series include: “Atlanta,” ”Barry,” ”black-ish,” ”Curb Your Enthusiasm,” ”GLOW,” ”The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ”Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”___8:35 a.m.The 2018 Emmy nominations for lead actors in a drama series have been announced.The nominees for best actor in a drama series include: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Ed Harris, “Westworld”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”; Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” and Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld.The nominees for best actress in a drama series include: Claire Foy, “The Crown”; Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Keri Russell, “The Americans”; Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld.”___8:30 a.m.The nominees for lead actor in a limited series or movie include: Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”; Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose,” Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”; John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert”; Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror.)”___This story corrects Plemons’ last name.___8 a.m.The final preparations are being made for the 2018 Emmy nominations.Actors Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Ryan Eggold, who starred in “The Blacklist,” will read this year’s nominees beginning at 8:25 a.m. PDT. About an hour before the nominations, Wiley, wearing a burgundy dress and gold heels, stepped out into the lobby of the television academy and snapped photos in front of a giant screen promoting the 70th annual Emmys.Dozens of journalists have cameras set up to record the announcement, which will be made on a giant stage decked out with four giant Emmy statuettes.Wiley is a possible nominee for “Handmaid’s Tale,” which won best drama series last year.The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” as hosts.___3 a.m.Blockbuster movies typically are snubbed by the Oscars, leaving fans grumbling, but TV’s top prize takes a different approach.When the 70th Emmy Awards nominees are announced Thursday morning, popular series including HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” NBC’s “This Is Us” and CBS’ “Mom” are likely to be in the running.“Game of Thrones” is a two-time best drama series winner. It’s back in the running for honours for its next-to-last season after a production delay kept it out of the 2017 competition.Its biggest adversary is “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the dystopian drama that captured last year’s top series prize and acting awards for Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel among its eight wins.The Emmy Awards ceremony airs Sept. 17 on NBC.last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 5:00 am PDT Big plans in store for Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ series AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — Dav Pilkey and his publisher have high hopes for the next installments of his bestselling “Dog Man” series.On Tuesday, Scholastic announced a first printing of 5 million copies for “Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild,” which comes out Dec. 24. By comparison, Michelle Obama’s million-selling “Becoming” had an announced first printing of 1.8 million, since raised to more than 3 million.Next August, Scholastic will release “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls,” the seventh of Pilkey’s graphic novels about the crime-fighting superhero. Pilkey, also known for his “Captain Underpants” books, said in a statement that the “Dog Man” books were inspired by his years of feeling like a “misfit” in school. In second grade, Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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