CALGARY — Trinidad Drilling Ltd. says it has struck a deal to sell its three drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia for about $114 million instead of moving them to the United States as it announced earlier this year.The Calgary-based drilling company says it will realize about $69 million from the sale of the rigs, with the rest payable to a partner.Trinidad says it will upgrade three wholly-owned rigs already in the United States for about $16 million to meet customer demand in Texas, in lieu of the Saudi-bound rigs.Trinidad had wanted to move the rigs to the U.S. to take advantage of high demand there but CEO Brent Conway says selling is a better option because the funds can be used for its capital program or to repay debt.The company is in the midst of a review of strategic options to create additional value for shareholders.
Credit cards are displayed in Montreal in a Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Amount Canadians owe compared with income ticks lower but still near record high OTTAWA – The amount Canadians owe compared with their income ticked lower in the first quarter but remained near record levels as mortgage debt continued to climb.Statistics Canada said Wednesday the amount of household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the quarter compared with 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.That means that for every dollar of disposable income, Canadians owe about $1.67.Economists and policy-makers, including the Bank of Canada, have raised concerns about household debt and see it as a key risk to the economy.Low interest rates have fuelled the growth in household debt in recent years, but the central bank has started dropping hints that may be changing as the economy has improved.Canadians should be thinking about what their finances would look like were interest rates to rise, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said this week.Royal Bank economist Laura Cooper said the cost of servicing debt has remained broadly unchanged in recent years, but households’ sensitivity to rate hikes is likely greater now than when rates have risen in the past.“Non-mortgage debt tends to command higher borrowing rates and variable payments, leaving households increasingly vulnerable to a looming uptrend in interest rates,” Cooper wrote in a report.Household income gained 0.9 per cent, Statistics Canada said, greater than the 0.7 per cent increase in household credit market debt.Total debt, which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled $2.041 trillion in the first quarter. Mortgage debt represented 65.7 per cent of that, up from 65.6 per cent during the last three months of last year.“While indebtedness has recently stabilized for Canada as a whole, it still remains elevated, leaving households particularly sensitive to rising rates,” TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said in a note to clients. “Moreover, averages do not tell the full story, with risks still rising in Ontario.”Household net worth at market value rose 2.2 per cent to nearly $10.534 trillion. Households borrowed $27.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis in the first quarter, down slightly from $27.6 billion in the previous quarter.Mortgage borrowing increased $2.7 billion from the fourth quarter to $20.9 billion, while demand for consumer credit and non-mortgage loans fell $2.8 billion to $6.5 billion.Statistic Canada’s report came as the Teranet–National Bank national composite house price index, which measures homes sold at least twice in their history, hit a new all-time high for a 16th consecutive month. The index gained 2.2 per cent last month, the largest gain for May in the 19-year history of the index. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 7:06 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The International Day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force on February 12, 2002. This protocol, which sets the minimum age for recruitment into armed forces in conflict at 18, has been ratified by 167 States.Is the international approach fit-for-purpose?Meanwhile, the United Nations University (UNU) has been collaborating with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Luxembourg and Switzerland, to examine whether the international community’s approach to this scourge is effective, or requires adjustments.The goal is to use the empirical findings of the research to inform programmatic guidance for actors in the field and to effectively disengage children from armed groups.In their report, titled Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict, researchers suggest that most children do not so much “opt” into conflict as “grow” into it.According to the report, conflict structures the information they see and the choices they make. It pulls and pushes them in many directions. Conflict erodes their relationships. It exacerbates their needs and exposes them to untold risks. Conflict shapes their identity and heightens their need to find meaning in their lives.Ultimately, the forces of conflict narrow the paths available to children, and tragically, for many, lead to exploitation, violence, and trauma.These findings undermine the conventional wisdom that “violent extremism” or ideology is predominantly responsible for driving children into armed groups.The report proposes five principles for more effective international efforts to prevent and respond to child recruitment and use by armed groups: avoid programmes focused primarily on ideological factors; only incorporate ideological components where individually necessary and where they can be embedded into larger, holistic efforts to address the needs and risks of children; ensure all interventions are empirically based; rigorously assess interventions over the long term; and engage children not just as beneficiaries, but as partners. “Children can only be freed from armed groups and forces through a comprehensive reintegration process, including medical and psycho-social support, as well as educational programmes and trainings,” the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said Monday, on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.“Without a strong political and financial commitment to the reintegration process, re-recruitment is unfortunately likely to happen in many conflict situations,” Ms. Gamba added.Despite progress, boys and girls continue to be recruited, kidnapped, forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces. The recruitment and use of children happened in all 20 country situations covered by the mandate entrusted to Ms. Gambia and her office.Sixty-one parties to conflict out of 63 are listed for this grave violation in the 2016 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the issue, making it by far the most widely-spread violation.“It is our responsibility to show these children that there is hope outside of conflicts, that they can live in peace and security and be allowed to live their dreams,” Ms. Gamba, reminded.
It has been about two weeks since Naughty Dog released The Last of Us for the PS3 to overwhelmingly positive critical reception. The Last of Us asks more from you than a standard video game does, though, and the way you respond will not only determine your view of the game, but possibly your view of the entire medium.Like various television shows, Naughty Dog grew up with its audience. The humor in South Park was once about cursing and farts, but while the show maintained those two timeless institutions of comedy as it grew older it began tackling delicate political issues and making clever social observations. Naughty Dog followed a similar route, beginning life with the cartoonish mascot platformer Crash Bandicoot, moving on to the colorful, lighthearted adventure Jak and Daxter, which by the second sequel, was a dark, moody, mature game — a stark contrast from the original.The team then took on the Indiana Jones-style action adventure with Uncharted, a game that featured a healthy amount of moral ambiguity and murder. Despite those themes, the Uncharted series is largely a fun, lighthearted romp. Now, with The Last of Us, there isn’t a romp to be had, only a bleak, cruel world in which survival is often not an ideal choice.The game, as you might’ve heard, is phenomenal.Semantics arguments about the quality of the game — meaning the pure gameplay mechanics — aside, the overall experience of TLOU is one of the best in gaming. In fact, I wouldn’t be the only person to wonder aloud if Naughty Dog’s fungal zombie apocalypse simulator is the first instance we’ve had of video game literature.Next page: Come on, literature? 1 2 3
La production de cacao menacée par le réchauffement climatiqueSi d’ici à 2050, la température globale augmente de 1 à 2°C, certains pays comme le Ghana ou la Côte d’Ivoire verront leur production de cacao menacée. Cette alerte est émise dans un rapport publié par l’International Center for Tropical Agriculture.Des chercheurs de l’International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), basé en Colombie, ont publié un rapport dans lequel ils révèlent la menace qui pèse sur la production de cacao de certains pays d’Afrique, tels la Côte d’Ivoire ou le Ghana. Si en 2050, la température augmente de 2°C comme le prévoient les experts, certaines zones d’Afrique de l’Ouest deviendront impropres à la production de cacao, alertent les chercheurs sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) du CIAT.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Comme le souligne Le Dr PeterLaderach, l’auteur principal de l’étude publiée jeudi, la hausse des températuresa déjà un impact sur les cultures de cacao de quelques zones d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Or les petits exploitants agricolesde Côte-d’Ivoireet du Ghana assurent à eux seuls plus de la moitié de la production de cacao mondiale. En Côte d’Ivoire, cette culture représente 7,5% du PIB, tandis qu’au Ghana, elle compte pour 3,4%.La rapport prévoit que les zones les plus propices à la culture de cacao seront celles situées à des altitudes plus élevées. “Mais le problème est que la plus grande partie de l’Afrique de l’ouest est relativement plate” explique le Dr Laderach. En outre, la recherche de nouvelles zones pour la culture de cacao pourrait engendrer un important déboisement, la destruction d’aires protégées et d’habitats importants pourla floreet la faune. Le rapport préconise donc de se concentrer sur les zones déjà existantes, en diversifiant les cultures des exploitants locaux, mais aussi par exemple, en plantant des arbres dont les feuilles protègeront les plants de cacao de la chaleur.Le 8 octobre 2011 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambert
DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target Legends of Tomorrow really came into its own last season. With The Flash growing ever more somber, Legends emerged as a fun, wacky superhero alternative. One episode in and this season is already doubling down on what worked. Well, after starting the episode with a truly frustrating decision. The second season ended with something really exciting. As a result of all the time manipulation in the finale, they ended up in a present day Los Angeles that had dinosaurs running around. I couldn’t wait to see what they did with that. As it turns out, absolutely nothing.We saw another brief glimpse of a T-Rex walking around a city before a suddenly put-together Rip Hunter appears. Since time has gone all the way wrong, Hunter spent five years developing an organization to replace the Time Masters. In that time, the Time Bureau has become very efficient at fixing the anachronisms the Legends caused. So, only 15 minutes after Rory entrusted the team with the Wave Rider, he returns to take it away. Los Angeles is cleaned up, and the Legends are forced back into normal lives. Everything that follows is a lot of fun, but it’s hard not to feel cheated. We were baited with something truly amazing and ridiculous, only to have it taken away in the episode’s first five minutes. I realize this show requires some kind of reset every season, but what was the point of this? Admittedly, the episode’s actual plot is enjoyable, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what we all imagined a dinosaur in L.A. story could have been. You can’t show us a T-Rex in a modern city and do nothing with it. Haven’t they ever heard of Chekhov’s T-Rex?Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)I’d be angrier if seeing the Legends try to adjust to normal life wasn’t so funny. Sara’s working at a bootleg Bed Bath and Beyond, where she has the same fantasies of murdering her boss that we all do when we work those jobs. The difference is she has the skills to plan out exactly how she’s going to do it. Nate is trying to be Central City’s second superhero, but it’s not working out. They’ve got Wally and Wally is the best. Ray is forced to work at an app developer in Silicon Valley, where nobody appreciates his work. Jax and Martin have moved back home, where Martin is spending some time with his now-pregnant daughter. Also, Nate, and Amaya have broken up, and Nate doesn’t want to talk about it. I think there’s more to the story than that, which we’ll learn as the season goes on. As we saw at the end of the episode, she’s back in her hometown in the 1940s, defending it from poachers and colonialists. I guess the Time Bureau may have forced them apart. Her existence in the modern day would certainly count as an anachronism. My only question is, are they going to bring her back, or is this the show’s way of getting us to Mari McCabe?Rory actually did make it all the way to Aruba, where he’s running up a room service tab at a private resort he almost certainly doesn’t intend to pay. It’s there he finds an anachronism the Time Bureau missed. Julius Ceaser is on the beach, planning to conquer the new land he finds himself in. (His constantly flapping face-cover somewhat muffles his voice. It’s a reminder that this show doesn’t exactly have the highest budget.) He contacts the rest of the Legends who decide to get the band back together. It’s satisfying to watch everyone reunite, and it’s also interesting to learn that the Bureau isn’t infallible. They may be more professional than the Legends, but they miss some pretty big things. To prove to Rip that they can still do their old jobs, they steal their ship back, get it repaired and capture Caesar.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Simon Merrells as Caesar (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW )Now it wouldn’t be a Legends of Tomorrow episode if they didn’t royally screw things up. Because none of them can keep their mouths shut, the team lets slip that Caesar is betrayed and murdered by Brutus. The general steals a history book from Nate, and the Legends learn he went on to conquer the entire world. Home, for them, no longer exists. This is the point where it felt like Legends of Tomorrow was truly back. They see a problem, try to solve it, and end up making things worse. That’s the fun of this show. It’s also great that when the Time Bureau tries to fix things for them, they screw up too. Since The Legends aren’t all heroes, they can recognize less-than-honorable tactics. They instantly figure out that Caesar has set a trap, and save the day with their superpowers. See? There’s a good reason to employ criminals. This show may not have given us more than five seconds of a T-Rex in L.A., but it gave us superheroes fighting Julius Caesar. That’s not a bad consolation at all.In the end, Rip gives them their ship back, acknowledging that their loose cannons, but damn it, they get results. Plus, he vaguely hints at a coming threat that they just might want the Legends around for. We really have nothing to go on as far as what that threat is, but we’ll find out soon enough. Even with the bait-and-switch beginning, Legends of Tomorrow’s season premiere was a hell of a lot of fun. All summer, my Tuesday nights were lacking ridiculous superhero action, and I’m so happy this show is back. It’s big, it’s stupid and I wouldn’t have it any other way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Dozens of adorable seals are stranded in a Canadian town after bad weather delayed their journey to the ocean.Roddickton-Bide Arm, which is located in Newfoundland and Labrador, reported that the cuddly visitors have swarmed the community, prompting residents to take action to help them.Few out for a crawl today pic.twitter.com/Qbb5pazTmD— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 6, 2019Sheila Fitzgerald, the town’s mayor, said roughly 40 stranded seals were seen by residents, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Fitzgerald has requested assistance from Canadian authorities, who’ve tried moving the seals back to their original route.According to Fitzgerald, the town has had similar experiences before, where some seals have become confused and ventured to nearby driveways and roads after local coves froze over. However, Fitzgerald finds this current scenario very problematic, because two seals have already died from potential traffic incidents.Seal on the road in Roddickton. I guess someone should call DFO and report that the people are killing them, then you’ll see how quick they’ll show up pic.twitter.com/rD4Hnx6WvU— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 4, 2019Last week, locals began spotting the seals around town, and thought they would find their way back, The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram reported. A Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesperson told The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram that the seals might have been confused, because they couldn’t access the sea due to strong winds.To date, the seals haven’t been able to find their way back. Fitzgerald said more should be done to protect the animals and return them to their habitat.“We’re seeing them more lethargic, they’re not moving as fast,” Fitzgerald told The (Newfoundland and Labrador) Telegram. “It’s really disheartening for people to watch these animals suffer.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Woman Looking for Cat Finds 7-Foot Alligator in Storm DrainWatch: Cute Polar Bear Cub Opens Its Eyes for the First TimeScientists Could Soon Develop ‘Birth Control’ for Mosquitoes
October 17, 2018 Posted: October 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — You can tell it is almost election day by the the number of political attack ads. For the next three weeks the airwaves will be full of them.So far we have seen very few, if any political debates. Many incumbents are rejecting debates, and the challengers are not happy about it.Congressmember Scott Peters agreed to a debate with his opponent, Omar Qudrat, but no media was invited to attend.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more details on why less politicians are deciding to forego debates this election season. More candidates choosing not to participate in debates, using other media Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Dan Plante
PORTLAND — Portland police on Monday defended their use of batons to shove Occupy Portland protesters from a camp they had held for weeks, and also revealed that bottles and an open pocketknife had been thrown at police officers during a confrontation hours before the camp was taken down.Riot police moved into the camp shortly after noon on Sunday, using batons to shove a cluster of protesters out of the camp and dragging out those who resisted, including some who were holed up in a makeshift fort made of plywood, pallets, shopping carts and other debris. A total of 51 protesters were arrested during the Sunday afternoon action. It came several hours after thousands of people had filled an adjacent street during the night to try to hinder police in carrying out Mayor Sam Adams’ order that protesters had to leave the camp by midnight Saturday.There wasn’t much left of the camp when riot police entered it. Many protesters and the homeless people who lived there since Oct. 6 had moved out. Most of the tents had been taken down. What was left was a scattering of tents and a makeshift fort built of plywood and debris. At least one demonstrator, Justin Bridges, was hospitalized after being dragged away by police. Demonstrators took to Twitter to accuse police of using excessive force when they dragged Bridges from the front lines, saying authorities aggravated a prior back injury. Police said Bridges fell and officers pulled him out of harm’s way and had no way of knowing his medical history.
WASHINGTON: The White House has formally nominated Mark Esper as the new Secretary of Defence as it struggles to fill the top Pentagon post that has been vacant for over six months. The letter of nomination was sent to the US Senate on Monday afternoon, A day before Esper’s scheduled confirmation hearing, reports Xinhua news agency. Esper, who previously served as the Acting Defence Secretary, will be relieved of the role until his confirmation as early as Thursday. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy, will act as the top Pentagon official until Esper’s confirmation. Since former Secretary of Defence James Mattis’ resignation last December, the Pentagon has undergone the longest without a formal head in history. Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who became Acting Secretary this January, gave up his nomination after a history of violence between his family members surfaced. Esper, then secretary of the Army and a Washington political insider, was tapped as Shanahan’s replacement. Aged 55, he was a graduate of West Point and served combat roles in the Gulf War. His career spanned across the government, think tanks and the private sector.
Profit bookings, coupled with the ongoing political turmoil and delay in the passage of a key economic legislation subdued Indian equity markets during the morning trade session on Thursday.This led a barometer index of the Indian equity markets to trade flat during the morning session, a day after it made healthy gains of nearly 260 points.The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was trading flat during the morning session.Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was flat. It marginally declined by 5.15 points or 0.07% at 7,860.80 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 25,893.84 points, was trading at 25,833.04 points (at 9.50 a.m.) – down 17.26 points or 0.07% from the previous day’s close at 25,850.30 points.The Sensex has so far touched a high of 25,922.47 points and a low of 25,833.04 points during the intra-day trade.
Make in India: Samsung infuses more funds for Noida plant expansion In Picture: [From left] Mr. HC Hong, President & CEO, Samsung India Electronics and Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Akhilesh Yadav at an event in Lucknow to sign a MoU between Samsung India Electronics and Uttar Pradesh Govt to expand its Noida manufacturing facilitySamsung Press KitGlobal consumer electronics major Samsung is investing more funds for the company’s smartphone manufacturing plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, giving boost to the central government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.Samsung, which leads as the top smartphone-maker in India committed Rs. 1,971 crore to enhance the infrastructure of its Noida plant. As per reports, Samsung employees around 45,000 people in its three research labs and two manufacturing plants across India, including 10,000 plus people in UP alone.Also read: Samsung to buy AI-developer Viv Labs, owned by original Apple Siri creators; Will Galaxy S8 come with AI-assistant?With the infusion so much money, it looks like the company intends to consolidate more share in Indian smartphone market with local-market-oriented phones and software. For instance, S bike mode, ultra data saving mode, battery optimization which we see recently released Galaxy J series are India-region specific phone features.Even the Samsung’s proprietary phone interface Tizen, an alternative of Google’s Android is designed and developed, here in India.”In line with our commitment to ‘Make in India’ and living by our promise to ‘Make for India’, we are pleased to receive the Uttar Pradesh Government’s approval to invest in the state and expand our manufacturing base here in India. As digitization expands across the country, we are witnessing an increase in the adoption of electronic devices, appliances and mobile phones. A bigger and more robust manufacturing facility will help us address the needs and demands of our growing customer base across the country and the region. We plan to further the Samsung innovation promise across our Refrigerator, Mobile and LED TV range, offering the latest and best of the world to our customers,” HC Hong, President and CEO of Samsung India, said in a statement.In a related development, Samsung rival Huawei, which is currently placed as world’s third biggest smartphone-maker, opened a mobile phone assembling unit in Chennai.Read more: Make in India: Huawei opens smartphone-manufacturing unit in ChennaiOther prominent smartphone vendors which have already set-up plants in India include Lenovo, Xiaomi and OnePlus, among others.
With Durga Puja around the corner, Bengal is the flavour at Dilli Haat. What better reason for shopaholics to pick up handicrafts and exquisite saris from the state which is known for saris? A total of 32 self-help groups from various districts of West Bengal have taken over Dilli Haat. They are a part of a West Bengal government organised initiative which is being organised at Dilli Haat. ‘This has been organised so that Bengalis in Delhi can do their puja shopping. It is also an opportunity for artisans from West Bengal to showcase their wares,’ said a West Bengal government official. Apart from 10 stalls each for handlooms and handicrafts, there are two stalls for jute products and a food court that is selling delicious snacks like cutlet, luchi alur dom, mishti doi among others. Members of the Savitri self help group has travelled all the way from North 24 Parganas with jute shoes, bags and jewellery. ‘We have already finished most of our stock and more will be coming soon. Business has been good over the weekend,’ says a happy member. Others have travelled with kantha stitch saris, kurtas, dupattas and stoles. These are in fabrics like cotton, tussar, silk and georgette and have beautiful kantha work done on them. The renowned Dhaniakhali taant saris are there too. One stall we liked had leather products from Santiniketan. There were pretty coin purses, moneysaver pouches, sling bags, folders and others. Go take a look.DETAILAt: Dilli Haat, INAOn Till: 30 September
In order to make Valentine’s Day special by providing great food and ambience, Shangri-La’s-Eros Hotel will offer an array of exquisite and lavish offerings to those who want to make their day of love extra special and romantic.Tamra provides the perfect ambience with romantic tunes, beautiful flower arrangements, decorations in colours of red and white and heart shaped balloons further elevating the theme of Valentine’s Day, which will create the perfect atmosphere that one would enjoy being in with their loved one. Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi and his talented team will put across an international menu. Buffet with a glass of champagne or a glass of wine priced at Rs 6000 plus taxes for a couple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the theme-”Love is in the air” at Sorrento (the new Italian restaurant.), an extravagant five-course degustation menu where each course has been specially curated by Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi and Italian Chef Luigi Ferraro with love and interestingly titled as love birds, fire and passion.The five-course degustation menu with a glass of champagne has been priced at Rs 8999 plus taxes for a couple. A menu is incomplete without a desert course and so Mister Chai has come up with a special menu curated by Executive Pastry Chef Sukanta Das, which will fill the hearts of the lovers with sweetness. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Valentine special artesian chocolates have been exclusively crafted with unique flavour combinations such as Red Lips in which green chili is infused in lemon juice and is blended in ivory white chocolate, Tamarind Dark in which sweet tamarind puree is imbued in Belgium dark chocolate and more. Chocolate stilettos and chocolate heart with artesian chocolate have been specially prepared for the day of love.In addition to these, Mister Chai has specially concocted a Valentine’s Day mocktail – “Amour De La Vie” signifying the love of life prepared with fresh strawberries and soda.
If you’re a Xiaomi fan and are looking to upgrade your smartphone or buy a new one, now might be the right time to do so. That’s right, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is available at a hefty discount for a limited time so be sure to take advantage of the offer. The Mi Mix 2S is Xiaomi’s current flagship smartphone with powerful internals, an all-screen display, and a stunning design. If you’re interested, be sure to take advantage of the limited time discount.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S IS At An All Time Low At $399.99 – Massive DiscountXiaomi is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world. One of its high-end devices, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now available at a 41 percent discount. The device boasts the latest internals and a killer display that puts all other Android smartphones to shame. It’s an all-screen design and does not feature the controversial notch up top, which many of you are not a fan of.Head over to this link to get the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S At just $399.99Moving on towards the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, it features the latest Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage capacity. The display is 5.99-inch which stretches out to all four corners of the device. The camera is great and the smartphone overall feels high end and top notch. With Xiaomi’s custom skin on Android – MIUI 9, there are a bunch of solid features in store for users as well.the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is available at a hefty discount of 41 percent which brings the price down to just $399.99. However, do take note that the offer is available only for a limited time. In addition to this, the official price of the flagship from Xiaomi ranges to almost $530. So you’re getting a pretty solid discount on the device. Furthermore, since only a limited number of units are available, it would be wise to act fast.Head over to this link to get the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S At just $399.99Be sure to avail the discount as soon as you can, if you fail to do so, the discount on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will revert back to its original model. There will be more discounts shared later on, so be sure to stick around.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S discount? Would you be willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submit
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Fitzgerald was one of only four players to land on Sando’slist for the fourth straight year, joining Rams runningback Steven Jackson and defensive end Justin Smith andlinebacker Patrick Willis of San Francisco.The other offensive member was left guard Daryn Colledge,who beat out three others for the mention. Sando’s explanation:Arizona’s Daryn Colledge edged out the 49ers’Mike Iupati at left guard. Colledge, as a seasonedveteran, was more consistent. Iupati was outstanding onhis best plays. Colledge, signed from Green Bay in freeagency, upped the standard for the position. I thought hewas strong as a run blocker in particular.On the defensive sideof the ball, there were two Cardinals as well.Defensive end Calais Campbell got the nod, as did middlelinebacker Daryl Washington. Campbell led the team with 8sacks and knocked down 11 passes, while Washington rankedfourth in the division with 106 total tackles.And on specialteams, it was no surprise that Sando gave the nod torecord-setting Cardinals punt returner Patrick Peterson asthe kick returner. Peterson tied an NFL record with fourpunt returns for touchdowns, and amassed the 2nd-most puntreturn yards in a single season in league history. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals aren’t headed to the playoffsdespite going 7-2 over their last nine games, but today,five players received “honors” from NFC Westblogger Mike Sando of ESPN.For the fourth straight year, Sando named his All-NFC West Offensiveteam, and for the fourth straight year wide receiverLarry Fitzgerald was on it. Fitzgerald didn’t have abanner year as far as number of catches, but he did makethe most of the ones he caught. The Pro Bowler had 80receptions for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. Comments Share Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
This image released by TCM shows TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz, left, and director Ava DuVernay who is bringing 17 of her favorite classic films to Turner Classic Movies’ “The Essentials” series. (Anne Marie Fox/TCM via AP) Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favourite classic films AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 6:14 am PDT LOS ANGELES — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work.Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s schedule — which included editing her “Central Park Five” Netflix miniseries and prepping the DC film “New Gods,” among other projects — was if she and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz ruminated about 17 films in one marathon day.The new season, which launches Sunday, May 4, will include widely known films like “West Side Story,” ”Dog Day Afternoon” and “Gandhi” as well as films that may not be as familiar, like “Losing Ground.” The Associated Press got a front-row seat to the conversations between DuVernay and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz at the taping last month in Los Angeles.It was a film lover’s dream tuning into the in-depth dialogues between the two cinema fiends. Their talking continued even after the cameras stopped rolling, from the pronunciation of actor John Cazale’s name to Queen Latifah’s attempt to make a film about singer Ethel Waters and whether or not it was appropriate to discuss Lena Horne’s personal affairs. The two didn’t shy away from talking about films that may be problematic now but were important at the time either, like Vincent Minnelli’s “Cabin in the Sky,” which was the first musical to feature a cast of all African Americans.There’s no denying it was a long day, with a wardrobe change and everything, but it was worth it for both.“It’s like we’re going on a second date,” DuVernay said as she walked onto the iconic living room set — where the fire is fake but the books are real — in her second outfit of the day. “I’ve changed my clothes. You have, too.”“And I didn’t even wait three days to call you,” Mankiewicz said.Some of the films Mankiewicz had never seen before DuVernay put them on her list, like Haile Gerima’s “Ashes and Embers,” about a Vietnam veteran returning home, and Kathleen Collins’ semiautobiographical “Losing Ground,” both from 1982. Others he had seen before, but said he appreciates in a different way after his talks with DuVernay, like “Dog Day Afternoon,” ”Harlan County U.S.A.” and “The Battle of Algiers,” which he now counts among his top 10 or 15 favourite films.Indeed, part of the reason for having a filmmaker like DuVernay collaborate for the series is because of the unique perspective she’d bring as a black woman filmmaker. And she did not disappoint.DuVernay programmed documentaries, first features and important films by black filmmakers like Julie Dash, who directed and produced the groundbreaking film “Daughters of the Dust.” She also included works from female directors like the late Agnes Varda’s first film “La Point Courte” and Chantal Akerman’s “The Meetings of Anna”; international films that had a profound effect on her, like Satyajit Ray’s debut “Pather Panchali”; and important landmarks in representation, like “Sounder” and “Claudine.”“People who love movies benefit from thinking globally about film — globally literally and globally figuratively,” Mankiewicz said. “In America, we had a class system that kept more than half the people out of being the leading voice in making this art form, and Ava is proving to be a conduit for helping us unlock that.”In fact, in making her selections, DuVernay chose a number of films that weren’t in the TCM library at all, including both “Losing Ground” and “Ashes and Embers.”DuVernay said there wasn’t a deep bench of black filmmakers in the catalogue, but that TCM was “really responsive in going out and getting those licenses” in order to air the films for a wide audience.DuVernay still recalls the first movie that inspired her to her eventual path in filmmaking — “West Side Story.” It was her aunt that introduced it to her, and she can barely contain her infectious giddiness while discussing.“It was such a seminal moment for me,” DuVernay said.She’s hoping the films that she chose for “The Essentials” might have that same effect on someone else.“To think that you could, hopefully, attract new audiences to TCM to watch some of this and to think that it could change people in the way it changed me was really exciting,” she said.DuVernay is looking forward to audiences discovering 1982’s “Losing Ground” and Kathleen Collins in particular, who she considers on par with any of the white male contemporaries of the time, like, “a Woody Allen, per se.” The film was never released beyond screenings at film festivals and Collins died in 1988 at the young age of 46.“It was just a slice of life from her perspective and yet because she was a woman and because she was black it went nowhere,” DuVernay said. “And now that film has been forgotten by so many — not even forgotten, it’s never been known.”She continued, “That’s one that especially as a black woman filmmaker, I feel so connected to wanting to make sure people know her, know that she existed, know what she said and what she put out in the world and to really appreciate that she just was.”And Mankiewicz was more than happy to sit and listen and learn.“She was very eager to talk about these movies which were very important to her,” he said. “But the real beneficiaries are TCM fans. We win in this deal.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
A few alumni visit for spring break. [from top left] Adam Nordfors managed the agriculture department for 4 years and now studies at ASU Arizona State University in Tempe. Kim Young Soo interned in construction, graphics and model restoration and now studies at AU, the University of Arizona in Tucson. Little Robert and Anisa lived at Arcosanti with their mother Yvonne Brooks from 2002 to early 2005. Yvonne worked in landscaping. [Photo & text: sa] This is where everyone comes together for news, for introduction of visitors and new ideas, for lost and found, show and tell, and general announcements for the day and week. [Photo & text: sa] March 20, 2006 Morning meeting happens at 11:45 am on every work-day. [Photo & text: sa] This gigantic old parachute got wet during recent rain and snow. As it fills the north Vault during drying time, it’s many patches become visible. It echos with incredible history. [Photo & text: sa]
Cypriot banks and cooperatives could face capital needs that exceed by some €1.5 billion the €2.5 billion of EU support funds earmarked for the banking sector, Moody’s ratings agency said on Thursday, as assets deteriorate amid the severe recession.Moody’s, which kept the island’s banking system outlook on negative, said Cyprus was going through a deep and prolonged recession that will further strain the already highly stressed operating environment.“In this context the outlook reflects the formidable challenges facing the banks, namely acute asset-quality deterioration, continued concerns over their solvency, and intense funding and liquidity pressures,” Moody’s said.The agency said it expected a 12 per cent contraction of GDP in 2013 and 6.4 per cent in 2014.There will be a sharp drop in domestic consumption, further contraction of the real-estate sector, and reduced business volumes in financial services, given the impairment of the banking system’s offshore business model, Moody’s said.The economic contraction will worsen the already bad asset quality, leading to exceptionally high loan-loss provisions.The agency said it expected problem loans to rise to over 35 per cent of gross loans by year-end, likely leading banks to require additional capital, above recent recapitalisations.“Under Moody’s central scenario, the Cypriot banks and cooperatives could face capital needs that exceed by some €1.5 billion the €2.5 billion of EU support funds earmarked for the banking sector,” Moody’s said.From that amount, €1.5 billion will be used to cover the capital shortfall of cooperative banks, leaving €1.0 billion as a cushion.Moody’s also expects banks’ reliance on central bank funding, which totalled €11.3 billion in August, to rise further.This is the result of deposit outflows that followed a Eurogroup decision to ‘bail-in’ or seize depositors’ cash in the island’s two biggest banks, as part of the island’s bailout.Bank of Cyprus (BoC) was the biggest of the two banks deeply affected by the €10 billion bailout.The second, Laiki, was wound down. Large depositors in that bank saw amounts exceeding €100,000 seized and what remained was merged with BoC.Almost half – 47.5 per cent — of uninsured deposits in BoC were also seized to recapitalise the lender.Depositors received equity in return.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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