DETROIT – The Trump administration is overstating claims of auto safety and reduced costs in justifying its proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel economy requirements that were aimed at making cars more fuel efficient.On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged a freeze of fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, rather than toughening them through 2026.Currently, vehicles would have to get around 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2020. The agencies contend that freezing standards would make roads significantly safer, but auto experts say the administration’s claims stretch credulity.A look at the claims:EPA and NHTSA: “The administration is focused on correcting the current standards that restrict the American people from being able to afford newer vehicles with more advanced safety features, better fuel economy, and associated environmental benefits.” — news release Thursday.NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King added at a news briefing that if the Obama EPA’s standards are left in place, they will raise the average cost of vehicles by $2,340 through 2025. The price increase would deter people from replacing older cars, keeping more of them on the road. Without the increase, more people could afford to replace older vehicles with newer ones that are safer and pollute less.THE FACTS: The agencies are overstating the impact of potential price increases. Auto industry experts say vehicle prices already are on the rise because people are switching from cars to more expensive trucks and SUVs. They’re willingly paying more, pushing the average price to a record $35,000 this year.Even if higher mileage requirements raise prices by $2,340, they say it won’t deter many people from buying new vehicles. Most people buy based on the monthly payment, analysts say. That increase would cost only around $34 per month, says Jeremy Acevedo, an analyst with the Edmunds.com auto pricing website.“That’s not much at all,” he said.___EPA, citing potential benefits from freezing mileage standards: “Increased vehicle affordability leading to increased driving of newer, safer, more efficient and cleaner vehicles … Over 12,000 fewer crash fatalities over the lifetimes of all vehicles built through model year 2029. Up to 1,000 lives saved annually.” — EPA fact sheet released Thursday.THE FACTS: These claims overstate the safety benefits. While newer vehicles are safer due to better engineering and safety features such as more air bags, automatic emergency braking and blind spot detection, auto safety experts say the difference between vehicles made 10 years ago and now isn’t that huge, and the number of lives saved can’t really be calculated.Decade-old vehicles have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control which stop drivers from losing control, two major safety advances. And vehicles with reduced mass actually can be safer because newer metals can be stronger than heavier steel.“The car I traded in two cars ago already had anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “From a safety perspective, I’m not sure that they’re significantly, really vigorously less safe than they are today.”___EPA assistant administrator Bill Wehrum: “We’ll leave the standards at a place where we’re not imposing undue costs on manufacturers.” — news briefing Thursday.THE FACTS: Not exactly. Even if the U.S. freezes its mileage requirements, the European Union, China, Japan and other nations will continue to increase theirs, which already are more stringent. Since most automakers sell vehicles worldwide, they’ll have to develop new technology such as electric cars anyway to satisfy other markets. The U.S. may not get the new technology as quickly as elsewhere. If new technologies aren’t sold in the U.S., the cost per vehicle is higher, Rizzoni says.“The best way to reduce the cost of new technology is to spread it over as many vehicles as possible,” he said.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheckEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,903.49 up 98.76 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 71 cents, or 9.9 per cent, to $7.88 on 25.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 21 cents, or 2.35 per cent, to $8.71 on 14.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $2.23 on 9.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $5.32, or 11.96 per cent, to $49.82 on 8.3 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 20 cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $45.90 on 6.3 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 13 cents, or 4.91 per cent, to $2.78 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (TSX:PNC.A). Unchanged at $1.19. The newspaper publisher announced Thursday that Paul Godfrey is stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by president and chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod. Godfrey, who has been Postmedia’s CEO since the company was founded in 2010, will stay on as executive chairman. The announcements came as the owner of the National Post and other Canadian newspapers announced a $1.4 million net loss for the quarter ended. Nov. 30.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Up 11 cents, or 2.92 per cent to $3.88. Aimia says it has completed the sale of its Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada and used the majority of the proceeds to repay debt. The company says gross proceeds from the sale totalled roughly $497 million after adjustments related to working capital. At closing, about $308 million was used to repay and terminate Aimia’s credit facility and redeem all of its outstanding senior secured notes. About half of Aimia’s 1,500 employees will move to Air Canada as a result of the transaction.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Police have arrested two suspects for alleged murder and betrayal after finding the body of a man in the morning of May 14 near the coastal road of Hay Chmaou in Sale. One suspect is the victim’s wife.In a statement issued Friday, authorities said that they found the body of a man who suffered violence. Information from the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance helped authorities to arrest two suspects: a man and the wife of the victim.The suspects, according to the statement, were in an illegal sexual relationship, which may have been the cause of the alleged murder. The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident.
The federal Liberals and Ontario Tories are blaming each other for the impending loss of 550 jobs at Bombardier’s railway car plant in Thunder Bay, Ont.Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Wednesday in a statement that Ontario Premier Doug Ford failed to deliver on a promised contract for the facility in her hometown that could have saved jobs.“While our federal government and the hardworking people in my community worked to save jobs at the Bombardier plant, Doug Ford sat on his hands and made empty promises. His government let these critical investments lapse.”Ontario Premier Doug Ford shot back that his government has put forward a $28.5-billion Toronto-area transit plan that could help keep the facility afloat, but he hasn’t “heard hide nor hair” about funding from Ottawa.“They’ve been sitting on their hands,” Ford told reporters at a premiers’ meeting in Saskatoon.“My message to the federal government is, We put our money where our mouth is. Where is their money?” Bombardier Inc. announced Wednesday it is laying off half of the 1,100 workers at the plant as two major contracts in Ontario — for Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx GO Transit rail cars — are slated to come to an end by the end of the year.The layoffs will come down Nov. 4, Bombardier said.The company pointed to “the cyclical nature of our business” as well as the Trump administration’s Buy American measures.The threshold for local content requirements on public transportation projects in the U.S. sits at 65 per cent, and will climb to 70 per cent this fall. The rules also require final assembly south of the border, further threatening Bombardier’s dwindling Canadian operations.“A company like Bombardier has no choice but to have an American manufacturing footprint and supply chain. Therefore, we cannot fully leverage our Canadian manufacturing footprint and expertise,” Bombardier said in a statement.The transportation giant has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.In a statement Tuesday, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney urged the company to work with her government to come to an agreement to save jobs at the plant.The layoffs mark another point in the contentious relationship between the federal Liberals and the Ontario Tories, particularly over the billions in spending on infrastructure.Multiple members of Ford’s government also served in the previous federal Conservative government, giving them an understanding of how federal cash flows to provinces, territories and cities.Federal insiders said they expected some friction, but a source at one of the first closed-door meetings between the two governments said the Ontario side made it clear they would not be able provide extra help to more quickly move federal infrastructure money.
In a written decision handed down today by presiding Judge Richard May, The Hague-based court granted prosecutors 100 extra days in court from 16 May – the original date by which the evidentiary process was to have been completed – to present evidence from some 118 witnesses and wrap up the case.Prosecutors had appealed earlier this month for an indefinite extension, chiefly until all prosecution witnesses could be identified and allowed to testify. But the lawyers appointed by the court to advise Mr. Milosevic, who is mounting his own defence, argued that by granting such a request, the prosecution case could become “excessively long and oppressive.”Judge May said the extra 100 days struck a balance between the two opposing views. He noted that while an indefinite extension would make the trial excessively long, namely for the accused “who has to meet this case and mount a defence,” it would be “in the interests of justice to allow some variation in the time limit to allow the prosecution more time to call further witnesses it regards as essential.”The trial, which started in February 2002, has been disrupted by Mr. Milosevic’s frequent bouts of ill health. It has heard evidence from more than 180 witnesses covering three conflicts spanning almost a decade of his 13-year rule. In April, the court had agreed to an extra 54 trial days to make up for some of the lost days. The Tribunal takes a three-week break in August and also takes regular breaks to allow Mr. Milosevic to rest.
Bruce Forsyth on Play Your Cards RightCredit: London Weekend Television/REX FEATURES Sir Bruce Forsyth on Sunday Night At The London Palladium in 1959Credit: ITV / Rex Features 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. Sir Bruce cemented his place in the hearts of the nation following his stint as the host of ITV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium in 1958.He also hosted the BBC flagship show The Generation Game from 1971 to 1977 and again at the beginning of the 1990s. At its peak, the show attracted more than 20 million viewers.He started his career in showbiz at the age of 14 with a show called Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom and made his first television appearance as a child in 1939. Returning to the stage at GlastonburyHe was a crowd-pleaser to people of all ages and at the age of 85, Sir Bruce stepped out on to the stage at Glastonbury in 2013 to a standing ovation where he performed a host of classic songs and teased the Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger.He returned to the stage for the first time in nearly two decades with his live one man show at the London Palladium in March 2015, where he was hailed as “a legend” and greeted with a standing ovation.Later that same year, Sir Bruce suffered a serious fall at his Surrey home.The entertainer underwent surgery and, after tests were carried out, doctors discovered that he had suffered two aneurysms. Sir Bruce never allowed the arrival of cult and alternative comedians, with their often coarse material, to influence his own traditional type of comedy which continued to draw in viewers by the millions. He remained a sure-fire, non-stop ringing cash register for the TV companies, particularly the independent ones.And he boasted, with some justification, that his performances appealed not only to the older generation, but to youngsters as well. But Sir Bruce had never been more popular. And in 1995, the year after his final Generation Game appearance, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Variety and three years later he was awarded an OBE. He was to be awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2005. The Apprentice and Question Time. Lady Wilnelia said at the time she hoped he would be able to perform again, but added: “He doesn’t want to do anything publicly until he’s 100% well. I respect that.” Sir Bruce was a father-of-six, with five daughters from his first two marriages and one son from his last and current marriage, which was to Puerto Rican former Miss World, Wilnelia Merced.The couple married in 1983 and have remained devoted to each other ever since. Show more He underwent surgery in 2015 after he suffered two aneurysms, which were discovered when tests were carried out following a fall at his Surrey home.The veteran entertainer has been out of the limelight for a while and last year was too frail to attend the funeral of close friends Ronnie Corbett or Sir Terry Wogan.He announced that he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing in April 2014, after nearly 10 years as the presenter of the show.Over the years he had showed no signs of slowing down and in 2013 stepped out on to the stage at Glastonbury to a standing ovation, where he performed a host of classic songs and teased Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger.Video highlights of a career that spanned generations TV companies had no fears about their ratings when Sir Bruce was on the screen. He excelled as a singer, a dancer and a comedian and was also – although this was not widely known – an accomplished jazz pianist, often appearing with Sammy Davis Jr. One of his Palladium roles, refereeing the Beat the Clock feature, gave a hint of Sir Bruce’s future TV career: he went on to host some of the most popular TV game shows of the entire 1970s and 1980s.He appeared with many top names, including Tommy Cooper, Dudley Moore, Harry Secombe and Frankie Howerd. This last partnership developed into a series known as Frankie and Bruce. Sir Bruce also regularly appeared in sketches with sports stars, including boxer Henry Cooper, jockey Scobie Breasley, swimmer Anita Lonsborough, former tennis champion Fred Perry and snooker player Joe Davis.Subsequently, he was to reign supreme at the helm of the BBC flagship show, The Generation Game, from 1971 to 1977 and again at the beginning of the 1990s. At its peak, the show attracted more than 20 million viewers.And although his television appearances were prolific, Sir Bruce also appeared in several successful films, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and Star! (1968).His ITV series Play Your Cards Right was a huge success, although it ended with an uncharacteristic sour note, when he accused his bosses of taking the show off without telling him, even though it was drawing audiences of around the 14 million mark. “I think I’ll be completely at peace when it does happen to me because I’ve been so lucky. I’ve had a wonderful career,” he told Radio Times.He also recalled the pain his family went through, when his brother John died in the Second World War.How he spent his later yearsSir Bruce was a father-of-six. His first marriage to Penny Calvert in 1953 produced three daughters.In 1973, he married his television co-host Anthea Redfern and would regularly ask her on screen to “Give us a twirl” and “What do you do, my love?”. That marriage produced two daughters, but was dissolved in 1982.In 1983, he married the Puerto Rican former Miss World, Wilnelia Merced, who would later become Lady Wilnelia. There was one son from this marriage.In his later years, Sir Bruce spent much of his time relaxing in Puerto Rico. He was an avid golfer, proclaiming in Who’s Who that his handicap was 10. He regularly played at Wentworth Golf Club, very close to where he lived. Reports in 2016 also claimed the TV stalwart would be announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry but his manager said that Sir Bruce had made “no formal or informal decision” about leaving showbusiness.The star once gave his thoughts on death, saying: “As I get nearer to it, I fear it less because with the tiredness one gets at times, you think, ‘Is it just like having a nice long sleep?’ I wouldn’t say I fear it. Lady Wilnelia last year told the Mail On Sunday’s You magazine about her husband’s health struggles following his life-saving surgery.She said she found it difficult to think about a future without the man she’d been married to for 36 years.”I don’t think about it too much. I hope I’ll be prepared somehow, but it doesn’t feel real. He’s the man I fell in love with because his brain is there.”He has a bit of a problem moving, but we still laugh and talk. I pray, I believe. The main thing is that he’s doing well. The pain is more emotional; sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh.”The Puerto Rican 1975 Miss World winner spoke about how he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and still had a keen interest in TV, watching the Olympics, One of his most surprising appearances was hosting an edition of the TV hit show Have I Got News For You in 2003. The show was built round him and included a very politically incorrect item called The Iraqi Play Your Cards Right. Ian Hislop, one of the regulars on this programme, said later that only Sir Bruce could have got away with this – and successfully.The Strictly Come Dancing eraAnd in 2004, when in effective semi-retirement, Sir Bruce was brought back to host a new version of an old programme: Strictly, Come Dancing.This was a huge tribute to a man whose essential style of entertainment, although basically unchanged, had remained as fresh and popular as ever it was. He hosted that programme with all the verve and energy of a man half his age. Indeed, as a sprightly, lithe 80-year-old, with the slogan “keep on dancing”, he was hosting the huge BBC TV hit, Strictly Come Dancing. He demonstrated that, even at that age, and beyond, he could still sing with gusto and dance with professional verve.In that show, which became a national Saturday-night institution, he regularly drew attention to his age, modifying one of his already famous catch-phrases to “I’m not doddery – doddery I am not …” inciting the audience to join in.The TV shows that made him famousHis principal claim to fame before that was probably his hosting of the long-running and highly-successful TV series The Generation Game. But he was no less popular in Play Your Cards Right and in Bruce’s Price is Right.His energy was as phenomenal as his catch-words were infectious. Nearly every performance began with the greeting: “Nice to see you … to see you nice!” Or when a contestant in one of his many game shows excelled himself, Sir Bruce would chant: “Didn’t he do well?” He was no less renowned for his poses as a man of muscle. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly presenting the final of the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing in 2012Credit: Guy Levy/BBC He took part in the 2012 Olympic relay when he carried the torch outside the BBC’s White City buildings in west London, which stand on the site of the White City Stadium that hosted the Olympics back in 1908.Having to pull out of a live show due to illnessSir Bruce, the frontman of Strictly Come Dancing since it launched, pulled out of a live show in October 2013 after being taken ill with flu.Before that, the much-loved star last missed a programme through illness in 2009.Sir Bruce announced he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing in April 2014.Show producers regularly scheduled rest weeks during the series to help Sir Bruce cope with the workload of fronting three months of weekly live programmes. Sir Bruce Forsyth with his wife, WilneliaCredit: David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran television star, has died at the age of 89.In a statement, his manager Ian Wilson said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last eighteen months.”With a twinkle in his eye, he responded “I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!” Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.”The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel.”There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Sir Bruce’s family is respected at this most difficult time.” Sir Bruce was hospitalised in March and spent five nights in intensive care at St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey after developing a severe chest infection, according to reports. Even into his 70s and 80s, he danced with as much vigour as a man half his age and although he good-naturedly teased his contestants on the game shows, with his rapid-fire wit, he was always careful never to humiliate them.Born into a Salvation Army familyBruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson was born into a Salvation Army family in Edmonton, north London on February 22 1928. He attended the Higher Latimer School, Edmonton, but his heart, even as a small boy, was in show business.At the age of 14, he left the family home and was touring Britain as The Boy Bruce – The Mighty Atom. He made his broadcasting debut in 1942 and was an instant hit. He told one BBC interviewer: “I want to be famous and buy my mum a fur coat.”He played the ukulele, the accordion and the banjo with equal prowess and spent some 20 years performing in church halls, sleeping in luggage racks and waiting for the big break. He did a two-year spell at London’s famous Windmill Theatre – “We never closed” – and appeared in several double acts.How he became Britain’s highest-paid entertainerWhen he received the call in 1958 to host Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Sir Bruce was on the verge of leaving showbusiness. He was booked for two weeks, but stayed for five years, by which time he was Britain’s highest-paid entertainer, earning £1,000 a week. BBC Director-General, Tony Hall said: “Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.”I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved.”He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.” Bruce Forsyth at his home on the Wentworth Estate near Virginia WaterCredit:Clara Molden A star who was brash, but never vulgarHis comedy, although often brash, was never downright vulgar. And Sir Bruce disliked the cult of “reality TV”, saying that it involved no “performance” as such and was often offensive.He once said: “Although I am cheekier now than I was 40 years ago, I’m not downright dirty. It really is lavatory humour and sexual where it is not even a double entendre. It’s just dirtiness for the sake of it. I don’t do that and a lot of people respect that.” From Generation Game to Strictly: How Sir Bruce made his mark on British TVSir Bruce Forsyth was one of the most talented, versatile and popular TV entertainers of his generation.He was knighted in the Birthday Honours of 2011 after his supporters, including many MPs, had campaigned for several years for him to be awarded this honour.With his witty asides, his cheeky smile and his displays of mock outrage, Sir Bruce topped the bill wherever he went for well over half a century.He was still performing with as much zest as ever right into his 80s.
Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc, a global leader in off-highway truck customisation, has “revolutionised” a new version of their Autogate® Tailgate – a PHIL innovation unveiled 50 years ago specifically for Komatsu rigid frame trucks. With its introduction in 1969, PHIL’s Autogate Tailgate was the first commercially available tailgate and it says has since become the de facto standard in off-highway truck tailgates utilized in quarries and mines around the world. PHIL unveiled this newest version of the Autogate Tailgate at the 2019 AGG1 Academy & Expo.“The new design reflects PHIL’s commitment to keep pace with client feedback and constantly innovate new ideas to maximize efficiency and minimise maintenance on the ever-changing models of off-highway haul trucks available. PHIL’s new Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks is designed with a traditional outrigger that bolts to the undercarriage of the off-highway truck. This new design does not require any welding to the frame, allowing operators to retain Komatsu’s original OEM truck frame warranty. The design’s new ‘banana superstructure’ provides the stability, quality and structural integrity that Philippi-Hagenbuch is known for without sacrificing best-of-class opening clearance at full dump. The new design minimises frustrations of end-user service departments concerning premature tailgate chain wear and roller-box maintenance found previously on tailgates designed for Komatsu rigid frame trucks.”As with PHIL’s entire line of Autogate Tailgates, a three-year warranty is standard when installed with PHIL Installation Supervision Assistance or at their Peoria, Illinois factory. Optional body seals, fluidic seals and cushion pads are available to further customise PHIL’s Autogate Tailgates for unique applications. When capacity is a concern, the PHIL Autogate Tailgate for Komatsu rigid frame trucks can also be built up for sideboards. Sideboards are available in one-inch increments from 6-inches to 40-inches in height and provide a unified body height while increasing the volumetric capacity of the truck body, helping operators achieve optimal loads.The newest Autogate Tailgate and its full slate of options are available for order on Komatsu HD405-8, HD465-8 and HD605-8 haul trucks. Retrofit kits to convert legacy tailgates for Komatsu HD series rigid frame trucks in -5, -7 and -7EO models will be available in late spring 2019.
CORK’S CIARAN SHEEHAN is to move to Melbourne next January to join AFL club Carlton Blues.The 22 year-old, who starred for Ireland in the recent International Rules series against Australia, is to take up a two year-contract with the side.The offer to Sheehan to sign for Carlton came in the wake of the recent second test in Croke Park. Laois player Zach Tuohy is already an established member of the club while Louth’s Ciaran Byrne is a new recruit who is joining the club for next season.Sheehan previously spent four weeks during the summer of 2009 training with Carlton but opted not to sign with them full-time, citing homesickness as a key factor in his decision to return to pursue a career in the GAA.But he has now opted to try his hand at Australian Rules again.“It’s a great opportunity that I didn’t want to turn down”, Sheehan told TheScore.ie. “I thought a lot about it and didn’t take the decision lightly.“Leaving home is very tough and not playing for Cork or Eire Og is a difficult thing to take. But this is something I wanted to do so I’m going to go for it.”The departure of the 2010 All-Ireland senior winner is a major blow to the Cork senior footballers who he has been involved with for the past four seasons.Sheehan last lined out for Cork in August’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin while last Sunday he featured for his club Eire Og in their Cork intermediate hurling final defeat to Kanturk.Sheehan first emerged onto the inter-county scene when winning a Munster minor football medal with Cork in 2007. Twelve months later he won a Munster minor hurling medal with Cork.In 2009 he won Munster and All-Ireland U21 football medals with Cork before in 2010 lining out on the Cork team that defeated Down in the All-Ireland senior final.Cork keeper Alan Quirke has retired from inter-county footballPearse O’Neill calls time on intercounty career with Rebels
Gap’s CEO says the retailer wants to shift Banana Republic from a ‘historically’ ‘skinny brand’ to one that’s more ‘inviting’ (GPS) MARITIME PIRACY BY Somali gangs has reached a six-year low, according to a new report from Control Risks.The number of piracy incidents from 1 January 1 to 1 October 2013 was down 90 per cent from the corresponding period in 2012.The huge reduction is due to a few key factors.“Adherence to best management practices by crews and vessel operators; a significant naval presence offshore; and the continued use of armed security on board vessels. Additional onshore factors, such as the development of local security forces, have also played a part,” according to the report.Still, “suspicious approaches” continue in the region and pirate groups “remain operational.” In 2014, activity is “likely to remain at a relatively low level, with periodic spikes.”Here’s the snapshot of global piracy. Look at the crazy drop in the Horn of Africa.via ControlRisks- Steven PerlbergEU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates>Two hostages freed after rescue operation in Somalia>Women ‘embarrassed’ after dressing as pirates to meet former Somali hostage> Disney CEO Bob Iger believes that Disney and Apple would likely have combined if Steve Jobs were still alive One chart reveals how the cost of insulin has skyrocketed in the US, even though nothing about it has changed Volocopter has created an autonomous flying taxi you can hail with your smartphone
Comments Tags Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows were all canceled. Sarah Shatz/Netflix The sprawling beast that is Disney has, it turns out, a downside. Jeph Loeb, chief of Marvel TV, suggested he’d been left out of the loop when it came to Netflix canceling its Marvel TV shows, following the streamer’s breakup with Marvel TV overlord Disney.”The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix of which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet,” Loeb said in an interview with Deadline published on Monday.In 2017 Disney dropped the bombshell that it would be pulling all its movies from Netflix by 2019 and not renewing its contract with the streamer. While it got on with plans for its own mammoth streamer, Netflix went on to cancel its Marvel TV shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. The heroes in the first four of those shows had formed the groundbreaking Defenders crossover miniseries in 2017.Outside Netflix, many streamers that share Disney corporate parenthood currently host Marvel TV shows. Two of those on different platforms will see another groundbreaking crossover: Cloak & Dagger on Freeform and Runaways on Hulu.Loeb touched on what Marvel TV looks for in a streamer relationship. “A lot of times the reason why Marvel lands on a platform is because of the people. When they get it, when they want us,” Loeb said.Red flags come in the form of big agendas.”I’ve been on the other side of that, I’ve been the writer producer, who’s tried to work with the network, and there’s a whole agenda that’s going on that you don’t know anything about, you’re just making your show,” said Loeb, who’s written for Smallville and Heroes.In talking about Marvel TV’s embrace of animated shows, including the idea of an animated Deadpool, Loeb brought up the Defenders and confirmed he was putting together a team of heroes again but in the world of animation. This band of misfits, including Howard the Duck, will be known as the Offenders and have a place on Hulu. Loeb also confirmed Ghost Rider and Helstrom projects are in the pipeline.One thing Loeb had to clear up is that Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television, is in charge of all those Disney Plus shows coming out, like Loki and Hawkeye. He did confirm Marvel TV is going to do shows with Disney Plus, but has no announcements for us yet.Netflix and Disney did not have a comment, while Marvel TV have not yet responded to a request for comment. 7 Share your voice TV and Movies 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Marvel Netflix
The Houston Grand Opera has raised nearly $10 million to offset losses blamed on Hurricane Harvey-related flooding last year that swamped its performance venue.The Houston Chronicle reports the Wortham Theater Center should reopen this fall and feature a Sept. 26 concert with Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez.The opera relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center following Harvey with performances in a makeshift theater. Opera officials on Wednesday, during the group’s annual meeting, reported a 10 percent drop in attendance but overall anticipate more funding.The Houston Grand Opera company projects losses of $15 million over three years.HGO’s regular annual operating support is expected to reach $17.2 million this summer. That’s $1.2 million more compared to a year earlier, due to 86 new patrons and trustees. Share
Kolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department, in association with the state Social Welfare department will soon undertake a drive to make government and public sector websites accessible to visually challenged persons.A discussion for making government websites visually impaired friendly was held on Friday, in presence of senior officials of both the departments. The IT department has plans to make websites read itself out, so that it can be of help to somebody who is too tired to have a look at the screen of the computer. He/she can simply close the eyes and listen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Read Aloud extensions on internet browsers like Google Chrome can be an option as well. These ‘Text-to-Speech’ extensions are often free and offer themselves to customisation (slow or fast reading speeds),” a senior official of IT&E department said, adding that talks have already been held with Webel on how to proceed with the plans. The things that have come up during the discussion include websites with images which may have an alternative text-based information so that the “Read Aloud” feature can explain the matter to the user. The contrast ratio between background and foreground colour should be large and the contents should be navigable by arrow keys. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are also ready assist any private company on making their websites friendly for the visually impaired,” the official added. It may be mentioned that all state governments across the country have been pushing for making websites user friendly for disabled people. The Bombay High Court has recently directed the Maharashtra government to ensure that all its websites are user-friendly for disabled people. The direction was passed on the basis of a Public Interest Litigation filed by city-based NGO Disability Rights Initiative pleading for such an order.
Reminder that the initial promo literally pretended that a dude with long hair was a girl so that they could play on Megan’s bisexuality without actually validating it just for viewers I’m MAD #BachelorInParadiseAU pic.twitter.com/N1Hwnf1djw— GRACE (@GraceGarde) April 17, 2018 Lol way to set up the sneak peak ads to look like Megan kissed Elora.. @channelten that’s pretty shitty to advertise queerbaiting it would have been nicer if there was actually some same sex couples #BachelorInParadiseAU— Krystal Birch (@birchyyk) April 17, 2018 So Thomas gets a fair go on the show by being brought back but the rest of us got queerbaited #bachelorinparadiseau— Eliza Berlage (@verbaliza) April 17, 2018 I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU, CHANNEL 10. WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU #BachelorInParadiseAU pic.twitter.com/IHKwtQH7I1— amy (@aryagendry) April 17, 2018 @oshergunsberg @BachParadiseAU you need to explain why you queerbaited the viewers, and why you naught it was okay to do that. #BachelorinParadiseAU— Sabina roundhill (@sabinaroundhill) April 17, 2018 Viewers were teased with what they thought would be a same-sex kiss on Bachelor in Paradise. | Photo: Network Ten GAYSTARNEWS- Bachelor in Paradise is a reality show which bring former contestants together from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The contestants are sent to a tropical location to try and find love with each other.In the lead up to the latest season, Network Ten which airs Bachelor in Paradise, teased audiences with a clip of bisexual contestant Megan Marx kissing a brunette with long hair.‘She’s absolutely gorgeous, she’s definitely my type of girl,’ Marx said in the promo, while footage of fellow contestant Elora Murger played.That’s when the promo clip then cut to the steamy hot tub kiss.Many presumed Marx was kissing a female contestant, but it last night’s episode the mystery brunette turned out to be Canadian contestant Thomas Perras.Here’s the part of the promo where Channel 10 deliberately cut together Megan talking about Elora with her kiss w/ a long-haired brunette, to make it seem like they were going to deliver a same sex couple. Turns out it was Thomas. Queerbaiting at its finest. #BachelorInParadise pic.twitter.com/ywKqzC0YUb— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) April 17, 2018QueerbaitingPeople watching the last night’s show were not happy with Network Ten for teasing a potential same-sex kiss in the promo. Viewers were quick to accuse the network of queerbaiting.One of the definitions of queerbaiting is the ‘practice to hint at, but not actually depict, a same-sex romantic relationship between characters in a work of fiction, mainly in film or television. The potential romance may be ignored, explicitly rejected or made fun of.’People are madViewers were mad that Network Ten used Marx’s sexuality to lure in a bigger audience. Many LGBTI people were disappointed they’d been given a false hope that they might see a queer love story on commercial television.so the ‘bisexual’ relationship on #BachelorInParadiseAU presented in the promos is actually just a megan and a guy with long hair. bisexuals such as myself love queer baiting!!! we love it so much it makes us feel so validated !!!!!— evie (@yeevz_) April 16, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… We done been baited #BachelorInParadiseAU #queerbaiting— Emma Kirby (@DrEmmaKirby) April 17, 2018 OMG MEGAN IS KISSING A WOMAN!…A BEARDED WOMAN!?Oh no wait, that’s right Channel 10 just queer-baited us for 2 months.Soz. #BachelorInParadiseAU pic.twitter.com/aHzmDV2NwB— Mark (@markp_) April 17, 2018 Just weeks after being celebrated for starring the first openly queer contestant, Bachelor in Paradise Australia is under fire for queerbaiting viewers. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bachelor in Paradise’s bi contestant ‘disappointed’ at queerbaitingMeet Australia’s first openly LGBTI Bachelor in Paradise cast memberThe Bachelor Australia’s Brooke Blurton just came out as bisexualRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/angry-viewers-have-accused-bachelor-in-paradise-of-queerbaiting/
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Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Patrick Peterson has returned 19 punts this season,picking up 414 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns have won games for the Cardinals,and his average of 21.8 yards per return easily leads theleague. So maybe it should be no surprise that the Cardinalsrookie is garnering recognition, including being named asthe best kick returner by Chris Wesseling ofNBCSports.com.The explosive rookie has already tied the franchise’scareer record with three punt-return TDs, highlighted by a99-yard score to beat the Rams in overtime. All threetouchdowns have gone for more than 80 yards, leavingPeterson with a gaudy 21.8-yard average that will havepunters avoiding him going forward. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Having a weapon like Peterson changes game plans, as teamswill likely stop kicking towards him. That will lead toshorter punts and maybe more mistakes, giving theCardinals better field position. It’s interesting to remember Peterson was drafted to playcornerback and not just return kicks, and the rookie isimproving in that area too. The fifth-overall pick out of LSU, the Cardinals appear tohave a winner in this one. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After big rookie seasons, athletes often try to avoid the “sophomore slump,” a drop in production the next season.According to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown shouldn’t have a problem maintaining, if not improving, his production next season.Harmon projected Brown as one of three sophomore wide receivers who will exceed fantasy football expectations in 2015.Much like T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace, John Brown came out of nowhere to contribute in Arians’ offense in his first NFL season. While Brown produced the least impressive raw stats of the trio, there is a caveat here. Hilton and Wallace got 16 games of Andrew Luck and 15 games of Ben Roethlisberger, respectively. Brown was forced to play 13 games with a Drew Stanton/Logan Thomas/Ryan Lindley triumphant of sadness taking turns behind center. If you take the numbers Brown recorded in the six games Carson Palmer played in, and stretch them out for a full season, his campaign suddenly looks even better.John Brown performed markedly better when the team’s starting quarterback was in the lineup. Had Palmer played out the full season, it is not out of the question Brown would have finished right in line with Hilton’s 2012 season. The two players have very similar skill sets, and are both in the 5’10 and 180 pound Arians’ mold. For his encore, Hilton recorded 82 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. No one should rule out Brown having a similar season, if Carson Palmer plays all 16 games.Brown caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season out of Pittsburg State. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Per Harmon’s projections, Brown would have had 53 catches and 840 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 targets had he played all 16 games with starting quarterback Carson Palmer last season.“Smokey” will be joined in the receiving corp by veteran Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.The other wide receivers Harmon listed are Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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