Teekay Firms Shuttle Tanker Order at SHI

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has sealed the order for two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers with Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO).The shipbuilder said today in an exchange filing that it has signed a sales and supply contract with Teekay for the tanker pair.The contract, worth KRW 309.2 billion (USD 274 million), contains options for two additional vessels.SHI’s current orderbook value stands at KRW 10.4 trillion.The two ships are slated for delivery by January 2020.Earlier this month, Teekay said that, upon delivery, the 154,000 dwt vessels will provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil).As informed, the new vessels will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, including LNG propulsion technology.What is more, Teekay Offshore revealed plans to transfer its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers (ShuttleCo).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Bangladeshs 2nd LNG Terminal Starts Operations

first_imgBangladesh has commissioned its second LNG terminal with the launch of operations of FSRU Summit LNG offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.According to Excelerate Energy, the FSRU completed commissioning of the LNG terminal, owned by Summit LNG Terminal, on April 29, 2019. The terminal has a send-out capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) of natural gas.In August 2017, Summit entered into a 15-year charter agreement with Excelerate for the FSRU. In addition to providing the vessel, Excelerate acted as the owner’s Engineer for Summit in regard to the fixed infrastructure components of the terminal, which included a subsea plug, mooring system, and subsea pipeline.“The successful completion of the Summit LNG Terminal represents a significant positive change to Bangladesh’s energy supply – helping bolster local industry while benefitting the citizens of the country,” Steven Kobos, Excelerate’s Managing Director, said.In August 2018, Excelerate commissioned its Moheshkhali Floating LNG (MLNG) terminal – Bangladesh’s first LNG import facility. MLNG has so far imported 27 cargoes of LNG and delivered in excess of 70 million MMBtus of natural gas into the Bangladeshi market, which represents an increase in gas supply of over 10% during this period.last_img read more

Jet failure a wakeup call part of blame lies on policy makers

first_imgSeoul: The failure of Jet Airways should be a “wake up call” for the aviation industry and at least part of the blame should be at the doorstep of the policymakers as the cost structure is high, SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh has said. Low-cost carrier SpiceJet is expanding its operations and is set to take on lease 30 planes that were flown by Jet Airways, which suspended operations in April due to cash crunch. SpiceJet has at least 100 aircraft in its fleet now. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsNoting that the grounding of Jet Airways was “very sad”, Singh said that internal factors and high costs were among the reasons for its failure. “Jet Airways grounding is something which is very sad and it should be a wake up for all of us in the aviation sector and the policymakers. I think Jet Airways was an iconic brand, and at least part of the blame for its failure has to be at the door step of the policymakers. “…High cost structure which is being imposed on aviation has certainly led to its downfall and of course, internal factors. The fact that Jet had a cost structure which was probably uncompetitive and as airlines came, it became tough to get yield commensurate with cost structure,” he said in an interview. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefJet Airways operated for nearly 26 years, with an extensive network of domestic and international flights. Indian aviation sector has high growth potential, but airlines have been flagging concerns about high costs, especially for aviation turbine fuel (ATF) that accounts for over 40 per cent of an airline’s operational expenses. Singh said high taxes on ATF, certain infrastructure charges as well as high import duty on aircraft parts and services are among the factors which make the domestic aviation sector “uncompetitive”. “To compete increasingly with global carriers, it is important that we find a cost structure which is competitive with them. “We need to relook at the way airports are being bid and ensure that we pass on competitive airport cost as well as to airlines. If you want to be a global hub, your charges at airports have to be commensurate with other global hubs… If you do not make them competitive, then you will not be a global hub. We need to look at this in a more holistic fashion rather than just through the prism of Jet Airways,” he noted. About the overall industry sentiment after the Jet Airways crisis, Singh said in the short term, the airline suspending operations helps other carriers. “It… increases the yields. It enables SpiceJet to grow at a pace which otherwise may not have been possible. But these are short-term advantages; but in the longer term, we need to ensure that the overall aviation sector is healthy. For that to happen, we need to fix the underlying problems. I hope that the government will go some distance to do that,” he noted. Speaking on the sidelines of the just-concluded global airlines’ body International Air Transport Association’s annual general meeting here, Singh said the aviation sector is a huge force multiplier for the economy and tourism. “It is important that we benchmark our sector with what is happening globally… I think there is understanding in this (Indian) government as was evident in the last term that they need to make the sector competitive,” the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet said. SpiceJet plans to hire up to 2,000 staff of Jet Airways, including pilots and cabin crew. The airline has already taken more than 1,100 such people. To a query about rival IndiGo’s dominant market share, Singh said that monopolies are not good for business but did not elaborate. “I don’t want to comment on any particular airline except to say that what IndiGo has achieved is something all of us have to be proud of. As far as government, regulators and aviation sector are concerned, it helps the aviation sector to have a balance and be competitive. Obviously, monopolies are not good for business. I would think that everybody will work towards creating balance in competition,” he said. IndiGo, which operates more than 1,300 flights daily, had a domestic market share of nearly 50 per cent in April. During the same period, SpiceJet’s market share stood at 13.1 per cent, as per data from aviation regulator DGCA.last_img read more

More human remains found near Toronto home linked to alleged serial killer

first_imgTORONTO – More human remains have been found in a ravine next to a Toronto property where police investigating an alleged serial killer previously found the remains of seven men with ties to the city’s gay village.It is the second set of remains discovered since police began digging Wednesday near the house where Bruce McArthur, who is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, worked as a landscaper.Police recovered body parts of seven men from large planters at the same property in the winter months, but have yet to find the remains of one man, Majeed Kayhan, who they allege was murdered by McArthur.“The best-case scenario is those remains that we’ve recovered are matched up to remains we’ve already recovered,” lead investigator Hank Idsinga said Friday as investigators continued digging with the help of cadaver dogs.The remains were discovered Thursday and have been sent for testing with a post-mortem examination set for Monday, Idsinga said.McArthur, 66, of Toronto, is alleged to have killed Kayhan, Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.Idsinga said it’s unclear how long police will continue to search, suggesting the process could take weeks.“The officers are down there digging through the area by hand,” Idsinga said. “It’s a slow process. It’s a very meticulous process.”Police have searched about 100 properties linked to McArthur, but have only found body parts at the one Toronto property.“It’s a terrible case for the families out there and the victims,” Idsinga said of the latest discovery.He said they continue to investigate several outstanding missing persons investigations along with cold cases dating back several decades.“I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up,” Idsinga said.“We’ve laid eight charges and we may at the end of the day only have eight victims, we just don’t know yet.”McArthur’s case is scheduled to return to court on July 23.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra Joins Girl Up Campaign

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, the award-winning actress and musical artist, announced thos week that she is joining the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign.In her role as Girl Up Champion, Chopra will help raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide girls around the world with life-changing opportunities like the chance to go to school, see a doctor and stay safe from violence.“As a Champion for Girl Up, I am lending my voice to a cause that is very close to me. I come from a country where girls are not treated fairly – many girls are kept out of school, get married at a young age, and don’t have access to health services,” said Chopra. “I am joining Girl Up because I firmly believe in the campaign’s mission, that every girl, no matter where she is born, should grow up safe, healthy and empowered. Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential.”A Bollywood icon and an Indian National Film Award-winner, Chopra has starred in dozens of films and has become one of India’s most celebrated actresses. She is launching her music career with the release of her forthcoming debut album. Chopra also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote the education of girls in India. She is one of the narrators, alongside Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, of the film Girl Rising.“Priyanka is a strong advocate for adolescent girls. In addition to being a widely respected actress and singer, she brings a personal passion and drive to uplift girls around the world,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, director of Girl Up. “Together with Priyanka and her global platform, Girl Up will continue its work to advance the needs and rights of girls everywhere.”Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

US industrial output climbed a healthy 09 pct in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. industrial production jumped a solid 0.9 per cent in October as factory activity recovered from the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that manufacturing activity surged 1.3 per cent last month. Many of the gains came from a sharp increase in the production of chemical and petroleum and coal products. Motor vehicles and metals also posted decent gains. But factories are also benefiting from favourable conditions around the world.“The pick-up in global growth and the weaker dollar have triggered a broader turnaround in the prospects for the manufacturing sector,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Mining activity slipped 1.3 per cent in October as Hurricane Nate caused a brief decline in oil and gas drilling. Production at utilities rose 2 per cent.Over the past year, industrial production has increased 2.9 per cent.The Fed report is among the many indicators that factories are roaring back in recent months.Over the past year, manufacturers have added 156,000 jobs. That’s the strongest annual growth since the middle of 2015.Manufacturing hit a rough patch roughly two years ago when a strengthening dollar hurt exports and falling energy prices led to fewer orders for pipeline and equipment. But manufacturing has been steadily rebounding this year amid a stronger global economy.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said recently that its manufacturing index dipped to 58.7 in October from a 13-year high 60.8 in September. Anything above 50 signals that U.S. factories are expanding. Manufacturers have reported expansion for the past 14 months.last_img read more

EU Canada and Norway write to President on death penalty

The Delegation of the European Union, the missions of the EU Member States in Sri Lanka as well as the diplomatic missions of the Governments of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka have written to President Maithripala Sirisena to verify the worrying information in the public domain about the intention of the Sri Lankan Government to resume implementing the death penalty after a moratorium of more than 40 years, an EU statement said today.The diplomatic missions have made known in their letter that they strongly and unequivocally oppose capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases. “The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity, does not have any proven deterrent effect, and allows judicial errors to become fatal and irreversible,” the statement said. The letter has been signed by the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Germany in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Italy in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Romania in Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka.The Government announced last week it will implement the death penalty on repeat offenders of drug trafficking who are on death row in prison. The diplomatic missions have requested the President to maintain the moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and to uphold Sri Lanka’s tradition of opposition to capital punishment. Officials have already identified 18 convicts who are on death row who will be taken to the gallows.No execution have taken place in Sri Lanka since 1976 and as a result new hangmen are to be recruited for the hanging. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Agrium CEO slams activist investor Jana says proposals all wrong

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Fertilizer giant Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) is showing no signs of warming to an activist hedge fund’s plan to improve the company, with CEO Mike Wilson saying Monday there’s no reason to seek a compromise because Jana Partners LLC’s ideas are “all wrong.”In feisty remarks to sell-side analysts in New York, Wilson ridiculed Jana’s notion of breaking up the company into separate retail and wholesale companies.“I get questions like ‘Mike, why don’t you just embrace them, for God’s sake? Why don’t you make a compromise? Let’s get this thing over with,’” he said“Well, the answer is, their prime objective is to split our company. That is the wrong thing. That’s huge value destruction. Their views on working capital, operating costs, operation rationalization, on governance — they’re all wrong.”The roughly four-hour-long presentation was meant to provide analysts a “deep dive” into Agrium’s retail business, which the company’s management argues is worth more now than it would be on its own.An oft-repeated number was the 480 per cent return Agrium shareholders have seen since its integrated strategy began in 2005.In both the analyst presentation and in a briefing with journalists, Wilson quipped that investing in Agrium was the only thing Jana has done right since the saga began.A corporate split isn’t the only demand Jana has made since it first approached Agrium privately in May, but it is the proposal that has garnered the most attention.Among other things, Jana also wants Agrium to cut costs, allocate capital more effectively, improve governance and disclose more information about its retail business.Jana is now Agrium’s largest shareholder, with a six per cent stake.In November, Jana announced it wants five of its nominees to join Agrium’s board. Its slate includes Jana managing partner Barry Rosenstein, former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief and three men with the executive experience in distribution that the fund says is lacking on Agrium’s board.In a release, Rosenstein said it was good to see Agrium respond in detail after nearly eight months, but added that there are some key problems that still haven’t been addressed.“Nowhere has Agrium made a case that shareholders would not benefit from the experience and shareholder perspective that our candidates bring, nor have they explained why shareholders should have blind faith in a board which repeatedly failed to address basic issues like capital allocation and disclosure until we pressed them to do so.”While Jana generally prefers to solve problems privately with management, Rosenstein said getting its directors elected to Agrium’s board is a bigger focus than reaching a compromise.“Agrium management seems to be taking our analysis very personally, which is a little strange, but there’s not much we can do about that,” he said in an email to The Canadian Press.“The fact is that management does not get to cherry-pick the directors that will oversee them, and Agrium should be welcoming the experience and fresh perspective that Jana’s nominees will bring to the board. There’s nothing personal about that — it’s just good corporate governance and we’ll stay focused on that.”Wilson told reporters there’s no good reason to appease Jana with board seats.“Based on everything we’ve seen today, there’s no reason for us to want to give them a seat on the board,” he said.“Why would you compromise when their position is so wrong?”Wilson said the last time he met with Rosenstein was in October. Since then, the two have been lobbing criticism of each other through the media.“If you can’t have a constructive dialogue with him, why have it?” Wilson said.Wilson is preparing to meet with major shareholders over the next few weeks to discuss the company’s overall outlook, and it’s likely that Jana, as the biggest investor, will be on that list, he added.It’s looking likely that the fight will be decided by a shareholder vote, which Wilson conceded can get expensive, but “you’ve got to do the right thing,” he said.Agrium normally holds its annual general meeting in May at its suburban Calgary headquarters.Among the reasons to keep Agrium intact, Wilson said, is that it enables the company to make big acquisitions, relay key market information and keep a strong balance sheet.He said Agrium would not have been able to buy agribusiness Viterra’s retail arm — made available when Swiss-based Glencore agreed to buy Viterra last year — if not for its existing corporate structure.Another benefit to keeping the company in one piece is that the retail segment can pass along market observations that help the wholesale business and vice versa.For example, it’s helpful for the retail segment to learn about a contract the wholesale side made to sell potash to China. Likewise, the wholesale segment can benefit from knowing what farmers are telling retailers.And Wilson said Agrium is financially stronger now than it would be split up, with higher credit ratings and debt capacity allowing for more stability.Jana has applauded recent Agrium steps to double its dividend and buy back $900 million in stock, but Wilson said he was “amazed” the fund took credit for those.Agrium shares closed down $1.21, or 1.05 per cent, at $114.15 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Agrium CEO slams activist investor Jana, says proposals “all wrong” read more

Report on bloated Ontario hydro pensions says taxpayers covering most costs

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report on bloated Ontario hydro pensions says taxpayers covering most costs TORONTO – Ontario taxpayers are putting in almost $5 for every $1 employees are putting into unsustainable pension plans at Ontario’s energy agencies, costs that pose a “significant risk” to electricity prices, according to a government-commissioned report released Friday.Employees at the provincial transmission utility Hydro One provided a scant 12 per cent of contributions to their pension plan, compared to 81 per cent forked over by the Crown corporation, the report found.Ontario Power Generation wasn’t much better, with employees putting in just 24 per cent of the contributions compared to 76 per cent by the publicly owned utility.Compared to other public-sector pension plans, those at Ontario’s electricity agencies — including the Independent Electricity System Operator and Electrical Safety Authority — are “generous, expensive and inflexible,” special advisor Jim Leech said in his report dated March 18.Employers are responsible for a larger share of the pension contributions compared to other plans and bear all risks that can increase pension costs, which are ultimately borne by ratepayers, customers and shareholders, he said.The report also warned that none of the four pension plans, which collectively have about 18,000 active members and 19,000 retired and deferred members, is stable.“The plans are far from sustainable,” Leech wrote. With employer contributions already high, none of the plans have the ability to absorb further market fluctuations, lower-than-estimated investment performance or costs associated with pensioners living longer.“Should plans go further into deficit, the sponsors and, ultimately, ratepayers will be required to pay even larger contributions,” the report said.In 2012, total contributions from all sources of the four plans were approximately $585 million, with $106 million from employees. The employer contributed $480 million, comprising about $365 million in current pension expense payments and $115 million in special payments required under law for deficits.The report noted that all elements of the pension plans, including benefit levels and employee contribution rates, were negotiated through collective bargaining. The generous provisions include unreduced early retirement, maximum survivor benefits permitted by law and a “rich” benefit formula which uses the employee’s best three years plus bonuses in some cases, the report said.Ancillary benefits account for a big chunk of the costs, it said, adding that the base pension represents less than 52 per cent of the total pension costs. And it’s taking its toll on the balance sheets of the government-owned corporations.ESA, which is responsible for electrical safety, including the licensing of contractors and electricians, has absorbed a 115 per cent increase in annual pension costs into its operating budget over the last three years, the report said. In the last fiscal year, it ate up about 10 per cent of the not-for-profit corporation’s revenue.The four energy companies also provide supplementary pension plans that provide additional benefits that are paid from the company’s general revenues, which have a cumulative unfunded liability of about $490 million.Leech, former CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, is recommending that the employer-employee contribution ratio for all four plans move to a target of 50/50 over the next five years.The governing Liberals asked Leech to look into the energy sector pension plans following a damning report in December from the province’s auditor general.Bonnie Lysyk found OPG contributed “disproportionately more” to its pension plan that its employees, with a funding ratio of 4:1 or 5:1, significantly higher than the 1:1 ratio in the public service. OPG is also solely responsible for financing its pension deficit, which stood at about $555 million.The report was quietly posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website on Friday, a move the Progressive Conservatives called suspicious.“They continue in the legislature to talk about being open and transparent, but when something like this comes along, it’s so blatantly obvious that they’ve gone out of their way,” said Tory finance critic Vic Fedeli.“It was available before the election, it was available while the legislature was sitting and they did not release it then. They released it on the Friday of a long weekend in the middle of the summer more than four months later. That’s all very suspect, but very typical for this government.”Skyrocketing hydro bills are the biggest concern for most of the people he spoke to during the pre-budget hearings, Fedeli said.“When you see the cost of these pensions and you know that that transfers directly to hydro rates, it infuriates people in Ontario even more,” he added.Beckie Codd-Downey, a spokeswoman for Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, said the government will “review the report in consultation with union representatives to assess the recommendations.”Note to readers: CORRECTS lede to show that taxpayers putting in $5, not $6. by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2014 1:28 pm MDT read more

Purify Fuel and Solvay launch new additive blend for dieselpowered engines

first_imgPurify Fuel and Solvay say they have developed a nanotechnology-based fuel additive blend designed to improve fuel efficiency, increase power and reduce harmful emissions in existing diesel-powered engines.First marketed 18 years ago, Solvay EOLYS Fuel Additives, an essential element in Purify Fuel’s fuel additive formulations (nanO2®), have been used in more than 16 million new engines with similar nanotech combustion catalysts. They are designed to reduce greenhouse gases and regulate emissions while improving fuel efficiency.Through this effort, Purify Fuel’s nanO2 Fuel Additive Blends leverage Solvay’s nanotechnology expertise to create diesel fuel additive blends that reduce harmful emissions while improving fuel efficiency, Purify Fuel said. “The nanO2 Fuel Additive Blends can be introduced without any upfront costs to the 400 million diesel engines not already equipped with pollution control devices,” the company said.John Carroll, CEO of Purify Fuel, said: “It is exciting to be part of this partnership, and to be working on a technology that will make meaningful impacts to transform the rail, marine, fracking, mining and power generation industries, leading to a significant reduction in harmful emissions on a global scale.“While we all know the world needs faster conversion to renewable sources, there is still a great deal of infrastructure that is operating on diesel that will take years to convert. We have a proven solution that is available now, that reduces costs, and improves air quality.”Sebastien Meric, Executive Vice President of Solvay Special Chem, added: “We are pleased to combine our 30 years of expertise in technologies for exhaust emission control & fuel efficiency with Purify Fuel to tackle both increasing emission and fuel consumption challenges.”This global technology, which will be available in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, provides advantages, according to the company, such as:Reducing harmful emissions by up to 35-55%;Improved fuel efficiency offsets the cost of the emissions-reducing fuel additive, and;Operator savings of 6-12% on net fuel costs.Carroll added: “If operators of existing engines implemented nanO2 to reduce emissions by 30%, it would have the equivalent effect of removing 100 million diesel trucks off our roads – buying the world more time to implement smart pollution control technologies.”last_img read more

Colocate your Raspberry Pi in a massive datacenter for free

first_imgSo you’ve got a Raspberry Pi and you’ve been wanting to make it part of the cloud, but you don’t want to do it with your own internet connection? You’re in luck! The global hosting specialists at EDIS have come up with a rather clever new way to show its support for the RasPi project: offering colocation services for the diminutive computers at no charge.That’s right, it won’t cost you a thing. Well, apart from the money you’ll spend on shipping and the purchase of your Raspberry Pi.Once your Raspberry Pi has been delivered to EDIS in Austria, engineers will hook up power and drop in an ethernet cable. You’ll be provided with a 100MBit connection and 100GB of traffic each month. Need a physical reboot? No problem, EDIS will make it happen in 24 to 48 hours — and they won’t charge you for the assist.Your precious Pi isn’t stuck at EDIS once you send it away, either. If you decide you’d like it back for some additional hands-on tinkering, just ask for it back and they’ll ship it to you for €10 or less.Apart from the bandwidth allowance, EDIS has a couple other caveats. You’ll need to supply your own USB cable to provide power to your Raspberry Pi, and you can only use SD card or USB thumb drives for storage — cavernous external hard drives are not permitted.Still, if you’re looking for yet another low-cost way to play with your Pi in a different setting, EDIS’ free colocation plan might be just fit the bill.More at EDISlast_img read more

Buy This Comic Angel City Town Without Pity

first_img “Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the Volante mob. When her best friend turns up dead in a dumpster behind the Chinese Theater, Dolores starts her own investigation of the “April Fool’s Killer.” As she gets closer to the truth, Dolores will go up against the studios, the corrupt homicide division, and even her own gangland contacts – and uncover a scandal that shakes the very foundations of Tinseltown.”Angel City: Town Without Pity is everything a crime thriller lover would delight in. This comic keeps you guessing until the very last moments. It’s truly a one of a kind gem that everyone should get ahold of.ANGEL CITY: TOWN WITHOUT PITY(W): Janet Harvey (A): Megan Levens C): Nick Filardi (L): CRANK!I’m in love with true crime. That shouldn’t have been the first sentence coming into this review, but it’s true. Stories set in the ’30 or ’40s classic Hollywood era bring me in everything, but that might also the film nerd in me arising as well.There was an alarming and hefty amount of stories that go unnoticed and unheard from that time. In a time where everything was corrupt, morality was slim to none, and nothing was off limits, it became an era that hurt more than helped. Angel City: Town Without Pity takes all of what happened back in the days (and even now) and brings it to us in a crime caper riddled with intrigue, determination and pure guts in the face of absolute corruption.via Oni PressJanet Harvey invokes so many different types of stories to make this vision a reality. Her writing’s so well crafted and suspenseful. It’s bound to keep your fingers turning to the next page to know what happens next. Angel City reads like a neo-noir it almost reminded me of films like Double Indemnity, The Third Man, Chinatown, and more.The comic reads as a throwback to different crimes and events that happened, but retelling it in a way that’s fresh, vibrant and well done. For example, the crime itself committed by the April Fools Killer is almost reminiscent of the Black Dahlia’s murder in the 1940s. The studio system of corruption, gangsters, “models” and greed all call back to MGM’s double dealings in stories such as Girl 27. It’s such a significant piece of history told in one story.With Harvey’s words comes Megan Levens fantastic art. Her cartoon style is a match made in heaven for this comic. A brilliant thing to notice about Megan’s art is that her line work carries a lot of emotion, in particular on the faces of the characters that bring out their sadness, happiness, and any other type of emotion you can think of.However, with Megan’s art in full focus, Nick Filardi’s colors make this comic what it is. Filardi takes Levens’ lines and creates a superb noir tone. He makes the comic gritty, emotional and a bit raw. CRANK! rounds out this phenomenal team with unique lettering that hits with this comic so wonderfully.via Oni PressYou’ll want to get your hands on this comic. I don’t think I can recommend it enough. It has excellent characters, intense suspense, a crime of the century and so much more. Also, make sure you read the last few pages of Angel City: Town Without Pity for some of the remarkable histories that inspired this story. This book is out now digitally or in print.8/16/17 Releases – In addition to Angel City: Town Without Pity, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Gotham City Garage #1 by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (W), Brian Ching (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), Rafael Albuquerque (CA) DC ComicsSpy Seal #1 by Rich Tommaso (W, A ,CA) Image ComicsGenius Cartel #1 by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (W), Rosi Kampe (A) Image ComicsPlanet of the Apes Archive Vol. 1 by Doug Moench (W), Mike Ploog, Tom Sutton, Herb Trimpe (A) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Is the Worlds Smallest Computer Really a Computer

first_imgStay on target Not to be outdone by IBM, the University of Michigan has created the “world’s smallest computer.”Though whether it should really be considered a computer is up for debate.Traditionally, when you unplug a desktop or laptop machine, its programming and data are still accessible once you turn the power back on. But these new microdevices—from IBM and Michigan—lose all prior input as soon as they lose energy.AdChoices广告“We are not sure if they should be called computers or not,” David Blaauw, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, admitted. “It’s more of a matter of opinion whether they have the minimum functionality required.”Blaauw led the development of this new system—a follow up to 2015’s Michigan Micro Mote (M3)—alongside Dennis Sylvester and Jamie Phillips, als professors of ECE.At first glance, the wee device looks like an impressively tiny data processor: It boasts RAM, photovoltaics, processors, wireless transmitters, and receivers—all in a package smaller than a grain of rice.A package one-tenth the size of IBM’s microscopic machine, introduced in March. The computer, according to Mashable, costs less than 10 cents to manufacture, and packs “several hundred thousand transistors,” allowing it to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.”But beating IBM at its own game is not easy: The Michigan team had to figure out a way to run their Lilliputian mainframe at very low power.“We basically had to invent new ways of approaching circuit design that would be equally low power but could also tolerate light,” Blaauw said.Designed as a precision temperature sensor, U-M’s latest device converts temperatures into time intervals, defined with electronic pulses.The so-called computer—capable of reporting temps in miniscule regions (i.e. a cluster of cells) with an error rate of about 0.1℃—could also be reimagined for “a variety of purposes,” like oil reservoir monitoring, tiny snail studies, and surveillance.But for now, researchers are exploring its use in oncology, answering questions about temperature in tumors.“Since the temperature sensor is small and biocompatible, we can implant it into a mouse and cancer cells grow around it,” collaborator Gary Luker, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, said in a statement.“We are using this temperature sensor to investigate variations in temperature within a tumor versus normal tissue and if we can use changes in temperature to determine success or failure of therapy,” he added. Alan Turing Chosen as New Face of England’s £50 NoteKano’s DIY Two-in-One Laptop For Kids Runs Windows 10 last_img read more

Officials remove dozens of animals from Deer Park home

first_imgDeer Park officers investigating concerns about animal cruelty in a Deer Park home north of Spokane found 140 animals living in unsanitary conditions.KREM-TV reports that the SCRAPS animal protection officers who found the animals on Friday called it a “deplorable situation.” They said the conditions at the home were “horrific.” The owners told the officers that they wanted to start a farm.The officers said a rough count included 64 rabbits, 72 chickens, two turkeys, four goats, three pigs and three dogs.Some of the animals did not have water while others had water that was dirty with algae or feces. The property was covered in garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste. Some of the animals were in small cages and others stood in their own waste.All of the animals were taken to a veterinary center. After they recover, they will be put up for adoption.last_img read more

Ayodhya dispute Supreme Court allows mediation to continue

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She called the making of it “one of those weird cosmic things that just happened.”“I played it for my friend and he got very emotional and he was like, ‘Thank you!’ And he actually got back together with the girl after that song. It’s a magic song.”Cara said it was the first song she’s written from someone else’s perspective. But she said it was easy to pull from her own experiences — and pain — to relate to the song.You’ll be able to hear about her pain — or “pains” — on her new album, from her own breakup to learning how to be happy alone to — simply put — growing up.“I was 18 when I first started in the industry — it’s hard enough to figure yourself out at that age, but then to figure yourself out in front of many people with so many eyes on you and ears on you is very challenging,” the 22-year-old said. “That was causing a lot of strange dissonance within myself. 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