Cairo or Bust for Nefertiti

first_imgPhoto by Philip Pikart; Neues Museum, Berlin She has been dead for more than 3 millennia, but Queen Nefertiti is kicking up diplomatic dust between Cairo and Berlin. Today, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities demanded the return of a famous bust of the queen which has been in Berlin since its discovery in 1912 by German archaeologists. Egypt has been trying to get her back since the 1920s—Adolf Hitler refused to send her back in the 1930s—but now it is bringing more pressure to bear. Council chief Zahi Hawass made the request in writing to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation which oversees the Neues Museum where Nefertiti now reigns. Hawass said in a statement that the council is asking that “this unique treasure be returned to the possession of its rightful owners.” Egypt maintains the discoverer misled Egyptian authorities after its discovery. But the initial German reaction was dismissive. A foundation statement (German, here) noted that the bust was removed with permission by the Egyptian government. “There can be not talk of anyone being fooled,” the statement read. A German foreign ministry spokesperson noted at a press briefing today in Berlin that the council request is not a formal government request, since it was addressed to the foundation, and since it was not signed by the Egyptian prime minister or foreign minister. The 3300-year-old limestone bust, which still boasts vibrant colors, has become an icon of female beauty and power and reflects the unique style of the Amarna period. Nefertiti was wife of Akhenaten, the pharaoh who abandoned the old gods during his New Kingdom reign, and he spurred a radical new style in Egyptian art as well as religion. For now, it seems Nefertiti will stay in Berlin. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Go trekking this summer

first_imgRupika, 33, emailed to ask how she can stick to her workout routine when travelling. You have a regular fitness routine you’ve stuck with all year. Here come the holidays, and wreck your well-planned exercise regimen. But if you prioritise fitness and are flexible, you can manage things easily. A few tips:1. Use the outdoors and get moving. You could go for a walk through a specific neighbourhood or for a trek, since you mentioned that you are going to the hills. How about getting a group together for some tag races while you get that heart rate going?2. Break up your workout. Segment your workout into three 10-minute sessions that you can squeeze in each morning, noon and evening. Use the time you do have, even if it is five minutes.3. Have a plan B. If something thwarts your best intentions, have a backup plan. For example, tell yourself, ‘Tomorrow, I will walk at 4 pm, but if I’m still shopping, I’ll do it at 6:30 pm.’ If you typically exercise in the evening, you may want to switch your routine to mornings just during the holidays.4. Set realistic goals. Instead of working out five times a week, you may have to settle for three.Always have a pair of running or walking shoes with you, along with a set of light hand-held weights, and a clean pair of socks. If all else fails, you have the minimum equipment necessary to get in a walk.What matters is your total calorie consumption and the total calories expended over the entire holiday period. One or two splurges aren’t going to derail your efforts, so go ahead and have fun.advertisementNeesha Maria Bukht is a certified fitness trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). She works with Talwalkars Gym, Mumbai. Bukht writes regularly on fitness and is also a certified dietician. Write to her at Neesha.b@preventionindia.comlast_img read more

Khan faced career crossroads when fight vs Pacquiao collapsed

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte 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 MOST READ The 31-year-old Khan, who owns a record of 31-4, 19 knockouts, aims to prove that he can come back and contend for the crown again.“It’s all about now, rebuilding my career, making the big fights happen, there are some big names out there. I want to fight for a world title within three fights. I really belong at world title level, getting into the ring in Liverpool is just going to get me back moving again, it will show me where I am, and how long I need for a world title fight.“I want the big names. I don’t want the easy fights, but then again I want to see how I feel and how my body feels. I want to fight whoever is at the top, that’s the type of fighter I am.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES READ: Pacquiao-Khan fight off—report “When that fight didn’t happen it put me on a really bad downer. I thought ‘where am I going to go from here’. I really put all my eggs in one basket and thought ‘this is the fight I really want,’” Khan told Sun Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Then I had the hand injury, and I was waiting for the hand to get better. “When Pacquiao went and I heard Kell Brook went up a weight I thought ‘where do I go from here.’”Pacquiao went on to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia while Khan is on his way to ending a two-year hiatus on April 28 in Liverpool, England against an opponent yet to be named. Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPBritish boxer Amir Khan feared for the worst when his supposed showdown with Manny Pacquiao last year fell apart.The bout with Pacquiao was supposedly Khan’s ring return after he got knocked out cold by Canelo Alvarez in 2016.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto #KicksStalker: What flavor are your Jordans? ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Liverpool vs Napoli team news: Mane back in front three

first_imgLiverpool have their fate in their own hands when they host Napoli in the final Champions League group-stage fixture at Anfield on Tuesday.Group C has played host to the most unpredictable series of matches with not a single team having been confirmed for the knockout round, and there is everything left to play for.The Reds will only be able to progress to the last 16 of the competition should they manage a victory by more than two goals against Napoli or a 1-0 win – a scoreline such as 2-1 will not be enough to see them through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Napoli will advance to the next phase should they avoid defeat to Liverpool, while PSG’s hopes of securing their last-16 spot hinge on their result against Red Star. Game Liverpool vs Napoli Date Tuesday, December 11 Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision NOW fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher Defenders Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Moreno, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Henderson, Camacho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Keita Forwards Salah, Firmino, Mane, Sturridge Dejan Lovren only makes the bench as recovers from concussion, while Joe Gomez has been sidelined for an extended run with a broken ankle.Nathaniel Clyne is suffering from a knock while the likes of Dominic Solanke (groin) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ACL) have also been ruled out.Sadio Mane returns to the starting XI after starting the 4-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday on the substitutes’ bench following a recent foot injury.Liverpool XI:  Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Lovren, Keita, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi. Position Napoli players Goalkeepers Meret, Ospina, Karnezis Defenders Rui, Luperto, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Hysaj, Albiol Midfielders Allan, Callejon, Ruiz, Hamsik, Zielinski, Diawara Forwards Malcuit, Mertens, Insigne, Rog, Milik The Italian side will be without the services of defender Vlad Chiriches and attacker Simone Verdi for the trip to Anfield due to injury, though the likes of David Ospina, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon have returned to the starting line-up.Dries Mertens will lead the line alongside Lorenzo Insigne.Napoli XI: Ospina; Maksimovic, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui; Callejon, Allan, Hamsik, Ruiz; Mertens, Insigne.Subs: Karnezis, Ounas, Zielinski, Hysaj, Ghoulam, Diawara, Milik.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are priced at odds of 8/13 to win, according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 7/2. A win for Napoli is priced at 9/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Dries Mertens Napoli 2018Jurgen Klopp’s side will hope to play to the home advantage of Anfield when they welcome Napoli on Tuesday evening, and will need to dig deep in order to produce the result that will allow them to progress to the last 16.Liverpool started their Champions League positively with a 3-2 win against PSG at home, but have lost all of their away trips in Europe so far – with a 2-0 loss to bottom-placed Red Star their biggest disappointment yet .The Reds were unable to turn around a 2-1 loss away to PSG in their most recent European outing but have the chance to take a last-16 spot away from Napoli, who only need to avoid defeat to progress.Liverpool enjoyed a 4-0 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday which will allow them to head into the fixture at Anfield full of momentum, though Napoli also managed a 4-0 win in Serie A against Frosinone.Group C is the only Champions League group not to have a single team confirmed for the last 16, with three of the four teams in the group still having a shot of advancing to the knockout round.The home side are unbeaten in the Premier League and climbed to the top spot following Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea at the weekend, but crashing out at the group stage will be a severe disappointment for Klopp and co after falling to defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the final of the competition last season. 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War Eagle

first_imgOSU beats OU – Obviously all of this is null and void if this doesn’t happen.OSU doesn’t ge’t jumped by Stanford (who plays Notre Dame) or Virginia Tech (who plays Virginia and Clemson) – They shouldn’t, especially after beating OU.If LSU beats Arkansas, they play in the SEC title game. If Arkansas beats LSU, Alabama plays in the SEC title game (or so says Brad Edwards).The scenarios (winners in bold)Bama beats Auburn | LSU beats Ark. | LSU beats UGA: Bama is in, LSU is in, game of the century of the year part II.Bama beats Auburn | LSU beats Ark. | UGA beats LSU: Bama’s in, and LSU is still probably in. I don’t think there’s any way they drop below #3 after the season they’ve had, even with a loss to Georgia.Bama beats Auburn | Ark. beats LSU | Bama beats UGA: Bama’s in, Arkansas is in, somehow LSU gets left out. OSU is way out, probably still #4.Bama beats Auburn | Ark. beats LSU | UGA beats Bama: Arkansas would have one loss, Bama would be out with two losses, and LSU would stay in. LSU Arkansas rematch. No joy in Stillville.Auburn beats Bama | LSU beats Ark. | LSU beats UGA: Arkansas and Bama would both have two losses, OSU and LSU would play for the title.Auburn beats Bama | LSU beats Ark. | UGA beats LSU: Bama’s out, Arkansas is out, and OSU could be #1 playing #2 LSU for the title.Auburn beats Bama | Ark. beats LSU | UGA beats Ark.: Bama’s out (two losses), Arkansas is out (two losses), and LSU and OSU would play for the title.Auburn beats Bama | Ark. beats LSU | Ark. beats UGA: This is not good for the Cowboys. Bama would be out, Arkansas would definitely be in the title game and I think LSU would stay above OSU because losing to Arkansas at home > losing to Iowa State anywhere.So of the eight scenarios, OSU plays for the title in three of them, I think.The most likely scenario would be a Bama win, and two LSU wins which would mean OSU would finish the year #3, but as we all saw last weekend (well, just watch this)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWhen Lane Kiffin got the job at USC I, like many of you, wondered what in the world he’d done to deserve one of the ten most coveted head coaching jobs in college football (granted, it was on discount at the time because of their probation issues). He’d just gone 7 and 6 with Tennessee and before that driven the Raiders into the ground to the tune of 5 and 15.Well Lane, I’m sorry, and you’ve completely redeemed yourself.I was in Los Angeles for most of this last week. We went out to an improv show on Friday night after the Iowa State game and I was pretty bummed out. My wife, of all people, told me, “hey, there’s plenty of football left to be played, they have to pick somebody from the one-loss teams, right? Why not us?” I laughed her off at the time and probably told her I’d give her a hypothetical amount of money (that I could actually not afford to give her) to spend at Anthropologie if OSU made the national title game. That’s how sure I was of it.Then Clemson got stroked, OU fell in Waco, and SC hung on in Eugene.And all of a sudden we have a race for #2 on our hands. The back door is wide open (LSU has the front on lockdown) and OSU is just waiting for Gene Chizik to invite them in to the title game party.Let’s take a look at the eight ways the following SEC games (LSU vs. Arkansas, Auburn vs. Alabama, and Georgia vs. [SEC West team] in the SEC title game) could play out, with a few assumptions first:last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino and his broken Spurs hit their lowest ebb

first_imgMauricio Pochettino Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Sportblog Share on Facebook Brighton pile pressure on Pochettino as Tottenham lose Lloris to horror injury So, does he think the talk of crisis is too strong?“No. If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s normal,” Dier replied. “For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in but we have to be, like we are right now, all together and push through it.”Is the stuff about the squad being unsettled and it being the end of the cycle not the case then?“I know it’s not the case,” Dier said. “That’s what I think. My opinion.”Harry Winks echoed the mood of defiance and at times such as these, it should be noted that it is not easy for players to front up. Lesser characters than Dier and Winks do not bother. Spurs need personality, a united front, and so this was a good look.“It’s important we don’t get carried away with things and look too deeply for people to blame for how poor we’ve been,” Winks said. “At the end of the game we went over to our fans and apologised because we are Tottenham Hotspur and that performance wasn’t good enough. To all the fans who watched this and all those who travelled, we apologise.“For the majority of the season, we haven’t shown what we are about. It’s important we reflect and realise it’s not been good enough. No excuses. The manager has been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and he’s taken us to new heights. We are going through a bit of a rough patch – that happens in football, every club goes through it. It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times.”Spurs are under siege and perhaps the international break has come at a good time for them. The brutal truth on the pitch was that it looked as though something was broken in the team and the question that tracked them from Brighton to London was whether Pochettino can fix it.Just before managers are dismissed by clubs, or they choose to walk away, there is always a moment when the players look passive to the point of helplessness; they are off the pace and their opponents play around and through them too easily. Goals go in without much resistance being shown. The negative momentum consumes them and, despite the players’ best efforts and all the fighting talk, the situation seems irretrievable. Spurs ticked all of the unwanted boxes on Saturday.Hugo Lloris’s gruesome elbow dislocation in the act of giving up the first goal to Neal Maupay on three minutes set a horrible tone and Dier questioned why a replay of the goalkeeper’s arm bending in the wrong direction was shown on the big screen. “They showed it, I’m not quite sure why – so we saw,” he said. Yet it was the latest example of Spurs caving in after a setback, of the insecurity that has come to colour the mood around the team.Pochettino is said to be “honest and calm” about the escalating situation and if one Spurs manager deserves the time to turn things around, it is him. What the Argentinian has done for the club since 2014 and the never-to-be-forgotten highs he has provided have been well-documented. The travelling fans chanted his name inside 30 seconds at the Amex, although there would be boos from the same enclosure when he substituted Son Heung-min in the 73rd minute.Pochettino has time to reflect over the next week or so and, essentially, to ask himself whether he retains the confidence and motivation to drive an upturn in form which has been poor for a long period. The team have won just nine of 29 matches in all competitions.The players, too, need to return for the home game against Watford on Saturday week with renewed focus and vigour and, in some cases, that means trying to put to one side the gripes about money, contracts and transfer opportunities that they have had. Spurs, and Pochettino, are at the lowest of ebbs. Topics Read more If looks could kill there would now be a crime scene at the mixed zone in Brighton’s stadium, around the spot where Eric Dier stopped to speak to those who wanted to make sense of how Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham tenure is unravelling. Dier is a laid-back guy but he is big and extremely tough, and there was genuine menace about the long pauses before some of his answers.Spurs had been dismal in losing 3-0 to a team who had previously not won at home since 2 March, and the nonperformance came hard on the heels of the 7-2 Champions League humbling against Bayern Munich in north London last Tuesday. Read more Share on LinkedIn Brighton & Hove Albion features Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email “The situation is clear,” Dier said. “We are obviously going through a difficult period and that’s the end of the situation.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Serge Gnabry scores four in brutal Bayern’s 7-2 humiliation of Tottenham Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Former Alabama Star Joining Nick Saban’s Staff

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After seeing several of his assistants depart for the NFL and other college jobs, Nick Saban has gotten to work replenishing his staff.According to BamaOnLine, Saban is adding former special teams ace Vinnie Sunseri as a graduate assistant this coming Fall.Sunseri split time as a defensive back and a special teams player from 2011 to 2013. He was a part of Alabama’s back-to-back national title teams in 2011 and 2012.During his three years with the Crimson Tide, Sunseri recorded 105 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, two pick-sixes, five passes defended and a fumble recovery.New Chapter… Same school?? pic.twitter.com/jJiFro9g04— Vinnie Sunseri (@vsunseri3) January 17, 2019After leaving school following his junior year, Sunseri was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent two years in New Orleans but only played sparingly.He joined the Patriots in 2016 but was cut and signed to the 49ers practice squad the next week. He was promoted to the 49ers’ active roster late in the 2016 season but was released early in 2017.Sunseri joins an Alabama staff that has lost a significant number of staffers this off-season.Assistant head coach Dan Enos has gone to Miami (FL), offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is now head coach of Maryland, wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is now at Michigan, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is now with the Browns, and offensive line coach Brent Key has gone to Purdue.last_img read more

Litgas Eyes LNG Market

first_imgzoom Lithuanian natural gas supply and trading company Litgas is planning to enter a small scale LNG supply and bunkering market with Statoil. The companies are currently analyzing cooperation opportunities and plan to agree on the form of cooperation within the second quarter this year.”The Klaipeda LNG terminal is the only LNG terminal of such size in the Baltic Sea capable to reload LNG to smaller LNG bunkering vessels,” said Dominykas Tuckus, CEO of Litgas. ”The Klaipeda LNG terminal is closer to our potential clients than other terminals with similar capabilities. We have a competitive advantage from that perspective.” According to Tuckus, Litgas already started discussions with potential clients and is seeking to conclude preliminary agreements.The opportunity to cooperate on small scale LNG and bunkering areas was included in the 5-year LNG supply contract for the Terminal signed between Litgas and Statoil in August 2014.last_img read more

COMEDIHA WELCOMES QUEBECOR AS A STRATEGIC PARTNER

first_img Facebook QUÉBEC CITY – ComediHa!, a comedy leader in Québec and across the French-speaking world, is pleased to announce that Quebecor has a acquired a minority interest in the entirety of its assets. Quebecor’s expertise and resources, combined with those of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a minority shareholder since 2012, will provide ComediHa! with unprecedented support to help propel its growth throughout Québec and internationally, for the benefit of Québec artists and cultural workers.“This is great news not only for ComediHa! and its employees but for the entire comedy industry and the people who work in it,” said Sylvain Parent-Bédard, Founding President and CEO of ComediHa! “Within the past few months, we have adopted a strategic plan to help us tackle the many challenges that are transforming the global entertainment industry. Quebecor’s arrival will be a powerful driver for our growth and enable ComediHa! to position itself as a comedy industry leader in Québec and the French-speaking world. The new synergies with Quebecor and the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ will enable us to export more Québec cultural content internationally and create new opportunities and better support for artists in our industry.”“Quebecor is proud to team up with ComediHa!, an organization that is growing at a remarkable pace and has become one of the most influential players in the booming comedy industry,” said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “Together, we will be able to strengthen our positioning in the entertainment industry and leverage our complementary activities to create more new content for more platforms. It will be a pleasure to work with Sylvain Parent-Bédard, a creative and visionary entrepreneur, and his team.” Advertisement Advertisement “The Fonds de solidarité FTQ has had front-row seats to the recent successes of ComediHa!, having invested in the Agency in 2012,” said Gaétan Morin, President and CEO of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. “Those successes were made possible by the hard work and creativity of Sylvain Parent-Bédard and his entire team. The new partnership announced today will strengthen the position of ComediHa! as a Québec cultural industry leader, at home and abroad.”Making people laugh around the worldSylvain Parent-Bédard will continue overseeing all ComediHa! teams and operations, and its head office will remain in Québec City, where it has been since the Agency was founded. Business as usual will continue at the Montréal and Los Angeles offices.ComediHa! has grown rapidly in the last three years. Its stable of artists and creators under management has expanded significantly, its roster of original television productions and creations has lengthened (notable additions in the last year alone include File d’attente, Comédie sur mesure and Roast Battle), new broadcast platforms have been developed and its reach has increased in all parts of Québec.About ComediHa! Voir la vie en drôleComediHa! is a major creator of comedy content distributed through multiple broadcast platforms, including live and televised. Its 60 full-time permanent employees and more than 1,400 temporary employees and freelancers have a passion for “making people laugh worldwide.” ComediHa! has over 20 managed artists and creators. Its offices are located in Québec City (head office), Montréal and Los Angeles. The content it creates and produces reaches millions of comedy fans around the world. ComediHa! also produces ComediHa! Fest-Québec, a major festival held in Quebec City in August. Since it was founded in 1997, ComediHa! has produced over 3,000 live shows and more than 500 television shows.Website: www.comediha.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/comedihaAbout QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Québec-based Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/QuebecorAbout the Fonds de solidarité FTQThe Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a capital development fund that channels the savings of Quebecers into investments. With $14.3 billion in net assets as at May 31, 2018, the Fonds has helped create and maintain over 194,746 jobs. The Fonds has more than 2,839 partner companies and 667,417 shareholder-savers. More information: www.fondsftq.com Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Moroccan Autonomy Plan For Sahara Serious Credible Basis For Reflection French

first_imgRabat – The Moroccan autonomy plan is a serious and credible basis for reflection to settle the Sahara issue, French economy minister Pierre Moscovici said.France has always considered that the Moroccan autonomy plan is a serious and credible basis for reflection to settle the Sahara issue, Moscovici told radio channel “Medi 1” on Friday.Referring to the Maghreb integration, the French minister said that France believes in regional integration, stressing the economic cost of non-integration regarding growth, employment and prosperity prospects for the region’s peoples. On obstacles facing this integration, mainly the artificial dispute over the Sahara, he noted that it is up to the region’s countries to work towards achieving this integration.Regarding the economic partnership between Morocco and France, Moscovici underlined the exceptional and solid aspect of the Moroccan-French economic ties, recalling that France is the Kingdom’s top supplier, client and investor with over 40 businesses and 750 branches, that is 120,000 jobs.last_img read more

Egypt Islamists to rally outside court for Morsi trial

first_imgCairo — Islamists planning protests when deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s trial starts next week said Friday they will rally outside the heavily guarded court, raising the prospect of clashes with police.“The mass rally on Monday… should be outside the (Police Officers’ Academy) building in Tora,” the Anti-Coup Coalition, which is led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement.The Coalition, which demands Morsi’s reinstatement, also called for rallies across Egypt starting on Friday. Interior ministry officials say 20,000 policemen will be deployed on Monday to guard the south Cairo academy hosting the trial and to secure Morsi’s transport to the makeshift court room.Morsi, held at a secret location since the military overthrew him on July 3, is charged with inciting the murder of protesters outside his palace in December 2012.He is to be tried along with 14 other defendants.The Islamist’s supporters have been battered by a police crackdown since his ouster. About 1,000 people have been killed in clashes and more than 2,000 arrested.The campaign of arrests of Islamists has left much of their leadership in jail and restricted their ability to organise mass protests.The Anti-Coup Coalition says it believes in peaceful protest, but it has not shied away from confronting the police.On October 6, almost 60 people were killed in clashes when the Islamists tried to march on Cairo’s Tahrir Square while the military and its supporters commemorated Egypt and Syria’s 1973 war with Israel.last_img read more

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says company will pare its mobile applications to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2013 4:55 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer thinks the Internet company will be able to please more people with fewer smartphone applications.Mayer says she hopes to winnow Yahoo’s portfolio of mobile applications from the current 60 to 75 programs to about a dozen. Her remarks came during a Tuesday appearance before investors in San Francisco.It marked the first time that Mayer has spoken at an investment conference since she defected from Google Inc. to become Yahoo Inc.’s CEO seven months ago.Since joining Yahoo, Mayer has stressed that the company needs to come up with a better mobile strategy to ensure its services become ingrained as daily habits that “delight and inspire” its users.If Yahoo succeeds, Mayer thinks the company will be able to sell more advertising. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says company will pare its mobile applications to about 12 programs read more

Dow Jones industrial average closes at record high after surprise surge in

Dow Jones industrial average closes at record high after surprise surge in hiring last month NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at another record high after the U.S. government reported an unexpected surge in hiring last month.The Dow rose 167 points, or 1.1 per cent, at 15,761. JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs rose the most in the Dow. The index also closed at a record high on Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 23 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,770, just one point below the all-time high it set on Oct. 29.The Nasdaq composite rose 61 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 3,919.Trading volume was heavier than usual.Treasury prices fell after the U.S. reported that employers added 204,000 jobs last month, more than economists expected. The yield on the 10-year note jumped to 2.75 per cent, the highest in six weeks. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2013 2:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Crown is unfair in its portrayal of Prince Philip says Downton

In the second season, the Duke of Edinburgh – played by actor Matt Smith – is depicted as having a strained relationship with The Queen, and hints at him being unfaithful to his wife.He is also seen as being strict on Prince Charles, influenced by his own upbringing.Fellowes added: “Now I’ll be punished for that, because it’s a great success and it deserves to be. But I don’t know. The Duke of Edinburgh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I think that a lot of it was based on, obviously, very good research, but some of it was not. And some of it was extrapolation from a rumor or someone’s rather prejudiced account, and then it was presented as fact. I’m not sure that’s just,” he added. Downton writer Julian FellowesCredit:Rii Schroer for the Telegraph The Duke of EdinburghCredit:Getty Images Europe Downton writer Julian Fellowes “I think when people are . . . doing a good job and popular and loved, do they deserve it? In that sense, I’m not sure they do.” The Crown wasn’t fair in its portrayal of Prince Philip as the show “extrapolated rumour” and “presented it as fact”, the writer of Downton Abbey has said.Julian Fellowes praised The Crown creator Peter Morgan but admitted he was uncomfortable with “dramatising people who are still alive”.“The Crown is a wonderful piece of work,” Fellowes told Vanity Fair. “It was beautifully acted, beautifully written.”For me, I’m not completely comfortable with dramatizing people who are still alive and still living their lives, because I think it’s possible to be unfair.”And in the second series, I didn’t think it was fair to Prince Philip, to the Duke of Edinburgh, based on very little.”  read more

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for selfemployed

first_imgTHE COMMITTEE FOR Social Protection today said the issue of access to welfare for self-employed workers was being considered by the government.The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk (SEADK) who said that there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people in this country.Kevin McArdle of the SEADK told the committee that the issue has become serious in the last few years due to the economic downturn and his organisation wanted equality for self-employed people in the payment of PRSI.Former self-employed worker Fred Matthers expressed is frustration at “the sense of unentitlement and the bureaucracy”. He said his adult children had been denied grants because of his perceived earnings and said he had left his local VEC in tears when he went to get information about entitlements.“I find it very humiliating,” he said. “Self-employed people should not feel like you’re some kind of second class citizen in the state.”ContributionsCurrently, self-employed workers who pay Class S PRSI are entitled to widow’s pension, guardian’s payment, state pension, maternity benefit, adoptive benefit and bereavement grant. They are also entitled to jobseekers allowance based on a means test of earnings from the last 12 months.Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea said there needs to be more clarity on the welfare payments that the self-employed are entitled to.“There’s a widespread perception that once you’re self-employed, you have no access to jobseekers and in my own area I have to say that perception is encouraged,” he said.O’Dea said the system of means testing based on a person’s earning in the last 12 months was “perverse” as earnings for a self-employed person can be erratic.Representatives of the Department of Social Protection said figures from a KPMG actuarial review of PRSI last month estimated that the cost of of extending jobseekers benefit to self-employed people could cost up to €87 million euro in 2013.In order for a person to receive the contributory pension and jobseekers benefit they would be required to pay 16 per cent PRSI and if invalidity pension is added to this, a self-employed worker could be required to be up to 17.3 per cent.Teresa Leonard of the Department of Social Protection said local authorities were aware of the downward trend in the economy and have been asked to take account of that when assessing social welfare entitlement.Leonard said certain areas have not been finalised as the committee is continuing to review the issue and  it will submit its report when their examinations are complete.Related: Reform to self-employed PRSI contributions could be “too expensive”>last_img read more

End of the World cam conducts a hunt for Nibiru

first_imgWhether or not the world as we know it will end on December 21 is a topic you can’t really escape hearing about this week. The folks at Slooh have decided that, instead of waiting for it to happen, they will conduct a daily public hunt for a rumored stellar object that is on a collision course with Earth.The Slooh robotic telescope service has granted many users the unique ability to gaze into the cosmos using nothing but a web browser and a Flash plugin. The actual observatory, located in the Canary Islands, takes their robotic telescope and uses an patented image processing system to show everyone what is going on in space. So, what do we do with an absurdly expensive robotic telescope and an Internet connection? The obvious answer is that you conduct public hunts for Nibiru, the likely non-existent planet that may or may not be on a collision course with Earth, depending on who you ask.One of the many possible ways that the world might end as a result of the Mayan calendar resetting on December 21 is planetary collision. There is a planet — albeit one that has never been confirmed as being real — that is headed right for us. The planet is called Nibiru.eek!Also, we know that in 1995 Nancy Lieder founded a website to tell everyone about her experience with gray aliens that called themselves Zetas. They left a communication device in her brain, apparently. She predicted that Nibiru or “Planet X” would pass by Earth so close that civilization as we know it would be over. Despite being assured by world renowned astronomers that if there were a planet due to collide with us in a few days we would only need to step outside and look up to see it, the team at Slooh will spend some time with their robotic telescope confirming that for everyone.Now, the Slooh robotic telescope does also get used for some really great things. To be able to pay for a membership to a service that allows you control of a telescope you can control from your couch is amazing, and the Slooh team host regular Google+ Hangouts that include interviews with experts from all over the world.Slooh’s “Hunt for Nibiru” is really just a fun way to show a wider audience that this technology exists, but on December 22nd I think this particular space show will need a different name.via Slooh Eventslast_img read more

Hardship for fashion label Arthur Galan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Luxury Australian fashion label Arthur Galan AG has been put under voluntary administration.The announcement was made on Friday, when founder and designer Arthur Galan took to his personal Facebook page to announce the move.“I feel very sad today, as I have had to put my family-owned business into administration,” Mr Galan wrote. “Everyone is aware that the retail industry is challenging and I have tried very hard to make it work, throwing everything I have into it. Unfortunately I have had to make this tough decision.”The brand’s financial difficulties are being attributed to its rapid growth over a short period of time.According to retail analyst Brian Walker, luxury brands like Arthur Galan with a high price point are highly affected by the fluctuations in the Australian dollar, not to mention high rents and the introduction of chains Zara and H&M.The label, best known for its tailored mens and womenswear, was often sported by red carpet celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Rebecca Judd and Jennifer Hawkins. Having garnered a cult following, the brand was being stocked by 22 stores, and by its department store partner Myer; however, due to poor sales, a number of the stores have been forced to shut their doors.Though word got around earlier this year that AG was looking for additional investment partners, sources cited by The Sydney Morning Herald claim the news of administration came as a complete surprise.It’s not all doom and gloom however; Mr Galan confirmed that he will be staying on with the brand in a creative role, with a vision to return the label to the “AG you all remember”. “The brand has been sold and the new owners have decided to return to where it all started – menswear,” he wrote.Myer’s ongoing support for the brand was also confirmed in a statement released following the announcement. “We have worked closely with Arthur over the years and we will continue to be a supporter of the business under the new owners,” a Myer spokeswoman said.Mr Galan acknowledged and thanked his staff, which he says have been an integral part of the brand and Arthur Galan family “in a time that is very difficult for all involved”.last_img read more

The Orville Focuses on Story and Is Funnier For It

first_img Nearly halfway through its first season, The Orville has grown noticeably more confident in itself. It no longer feels like its jokes are apologizing for its sincerity. In both this episode and last week’s, the jokes came from the characters. They felt natural and driven by the story, rather than holding it up. Even if the running gag’s premise in last night’s episode was a little forced, the unrelenting nature of Malloy’s jokes made it impossible not to laugh. (Though seriously, why does he know so much about the turn of the millennium car rental companies? I like history a lot, but I couldn’t tell you the slogan of a 1890s horse-drawn carriage dealer.)The Orville continues to do some pretty cool things on a modest budget. This show may not have Star Trek money, but it can animate a cool-looking ship battle. I don’t even mind anymore that the space travel scenes look like a video game. At least they look like a good one. The episode begins with The Orville defending a small mining colony from the Krill, this series’ stand-in for Klingons. We get a pretty fun ship battle, made more exciting by the fact that the Krill ship is much bigger than The Orville. One thing this show always did well is sell Malloy’s and LaMarr’s exceptional piloting skills. From day one the ship is made out to be a modest, conventional exploratory ship. It’s a few years old, even. This thing wasn’t designed for giant space battles, so everyone feels like Malloy and LaMarr are surviving by skill alone. It makes them a lot more fun to watch than they’d otherwise be.Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)The crew finds an intact Krill shuttle in the wreckage of the battle, and the Union develops a plan. They don’t know much about the Krill. Only that their religion puts them above all other creatures. That, in their minds, gives them a divine right to pillage resources from any planet they want. This still being a Seth MacFarlane show, I was worried this would turn into Reddit Atheism: The Episode, but it didn’t. Save for a couple brief, ultimately inoffensive remarks, the story instead veered into an interesting moral dilemma for Mercer and Malloy to deal with. Disguising themselves as Krill survivors, they infiltrate a ship hoping to make copies of the Krill holy book. The hope is that if the Union can learn more about their enemy’s beliefs, they might be able to broker peace.A lot of the humor of the episode comes from the fact that Mercer and Malloy have no idea how to act on a Krill ship, yet for plot reasons, can pass anyway. After a prolonged, funny sequence where they try to think up good fake Krill names, the best Ed can come up with are Devon and Chris. And yes, the constant barrage of car rental jokes after they find out that the Krill god is named Avis wore me down to the point where they became funnier with each successive crack. Unfortunately, nobody learns all that much about The Krill, other than their worship service involves stabbing a human head. Before long, Mercer and Malloy find a prototype bomb on board. The Krill plan to use it to wipe out the human mining colony. They plan to blow up the bomb, and the ship with it, but soon find out there is a whole classroom of children on board.Scott Grimes, Seth MacFarlane and guest star James Horan (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)That’s the kind of moral conundrum you want from a show inspired by Star Trek. Here though, they don’t handle it nearly as elegantly as TNG would have. For all the time they spend making copies of the Krill bible, it really should have been more important to the story than it was. It’s not hard to imagine what the Star Trek solution would have been, especially since it was the Union’s plan from the beginning. Mercer and Malloy could have found some common ground buried in their copies, and used it to form a temporary truce. It didn’t have to end the war and affect everlasting peace, it just had to have both sides come to some kind of agreement, even if only for a little bit. That’s the optimism that The Orville doesn’t share with Star Trek.  Instead, they save the children by keeping them in the classroom, and use what they know about Krill biology to sunburn them to death. At least it looked pretty cool. If you can’t give us hope, you can at least give us gruesome alien death.The most promising thing about this show though, is that even when the characters let you down, it doesn’t let them off the hook. It’s an indication that they know what they’re doing. They know that’s not how Star Trek would have done it, and the characters are worse off for not acting in a Trek-like manner. Mercer can claim the moral high-ground for himself because he didn’t kill the children, while the Krill certainly would have. But since he horrifically murdered the ship’s entire crew in front of them, they will grow up hating humans. He is made fully aware that, though he saved the colony, he perpetuated the cycle of hate and violence. He doesn’t get a joke or a smarmy rebuttal. He knows there will be consequences for his actions, and the show is going to make him live with that. That’s way more than I ever expected from The Orville.Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)For the second week in a row, The Orville struck a nice balance between story and humor. The jokes weren’t as strong as they were last week, but there were still plenty of laughs to be had. Even if they were all at the same joke made over and over again. This week’s episode succeeded because it focused on story first. It put Mercer and Malloy in an unfamiliar situation and let the humor come naturally from that. That’s all I want from the comedy on this show. With that handled, it could focus on the difficult situation it put these characters into, and tell a good story. It feels like The Orville has really found its footing. Now, we’ll just have to see where it can take itself from here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC last_img read more

Global Warming Boosts Risk of LightningIgnited Fires

first_img Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on target Lightning-induced fires are expected to escalate across the Mediterranean and regions in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to global warming.A new study co-led by Portland State University found that climate change increases the risk of fires ignited by electrical discharge.Researchers examined the relationship between lightning-caused fires, rising temperatures across the Southern Hemisphere, and natural climate variability in drivers of worldwide weather: El Niño-La Niña, the Indian Ocean Dipole, and the Southern Annular Mode.The first, known as ENSO, is the periodic warming and cooling of winds and sea surface temps over the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Similarly, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) marks the irregular oscillation of sea-surface temperatures between the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean.Odd-man-out SAM (Southern Annular Mode) describes the north-south movement of westerly winds surrounding Antarctica.Of the three, SAM had the strongest impact on fire activity, due to lower precipitation and higher temperatures, according to a paper published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.In its positive phase, the westerly wind belt contracts toward Antarctica, leaving large areas of South America, South Africa, and Australia rain-free. Recent positive trends in SAM are attributed to increasing greenhouse gas levels and the hole in the ozone layer.“Now the winter is not as rainy, and the summer is longer, drier, and warmer,” study author and PSU geography professor Andrés Holz said in a statement.Doesn’t sound so bad, huh? Well, these changes could spell fiery disaster for certain regions, where a lack of moisture allows soil and vegetation to dry out and ignite more easily.Most notably, researchers discovered a stronger correlation between the three climate modes (ENSO, IOD, and SAM) on fire activity during the 21st century than the last decades of the 20th century, directly implicating global warming.“We think that by having warmer oceans and warmer temperatures in general, we’re going to see higher evaporation and heat transfer, and thus higher frequency of convective storms that in turn results in more lightning-ignited fires,” Holz said. “And with a climate mode such as SAM stuck in its positive, fire-prone phase that seems to amplify climate change, it doesn’t look good.”This doesn’t mean every shrubbery you pass will be ablaze. In fact, areas that are dry year-round should see a decline in fire activity, unless there is a strong increase in rainfall.Last year, a NASA-funded report confirmed that lightning storms, which exacerbated recent fires in Alaska and northern Canada, are likely to move further north with climate change.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more