Statistics Canada reports trade deficit shrinks to 42B in January

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed to $4.2 billion in January as higher oil prices helped exports rise faster than imports.The result followed a revised deficit of $4.8 billion for December compared with an initial reading of a deficit of $4.6 billion for the final month of 2018.Economists had expected a deficit of $3.5 billion for January, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Statistics Canada said total exports rose 2.9 per cent to $47.6 billion in January, the first increase since July 2018. Excluding energy products, exports rose 1.2 per cent in January.Meanwhile, total imports rose 1.5 per cent to a record $51.8 billion in January, boosted by imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts.Imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts rose 52.6 per cent to a record $2.7 billion due to higher imports of airliners from the United States. The Canadian Press read more

Missing Vietnamese oil tanker believed hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore search

by Eileeen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2014 12:30 am MDT Missing Vietnamese oil tanker believed hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore; search on AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Vietnamese oil tanker has lost contact with its operator and may have been hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore port almost a week ago, officials said Wednesday.If confirmed, it would be the 12th such case of piracy since April in Southeast Asia, where tankers have been hijacked, cargo stolen and later released, according to the International Maritime Bureau.In Vietnam, Nguyen Vu Diep of the Hai Phong Sea Products Shipbuilding company said they lost contact with the Sunrise 689 and its 18 crew members several hours after it left Singapore en route to Vietnam on Oct. 2.The tanker, which was carrying 5,225 tons of gas oil, was last detected about 115 nautical miles (213 kilometres) off Singapore and was due to arrive at Cua Viet port in Quang Tri province early Wednesday, he said. Gas oil is a type of fuel oil distilled from petroleum.“There are almost no possibilities of technical failure or bad weather,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s likely that the tanker was hijacked.”Col. Ngo Ngoc Thu, deputy commander of Vietnam’s coast guard, said maritime authorities from Malaysia and Singapore were scouring the area to try to find the tanker.Noel Choong, who heads the IMB’s piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur, said the ship was classified as missing and believed to have been hijacked. He said all its communications equipment appeared to have been switched off or destroyed, and the vessel can’t be detected by satellite.In previous cases, tankers carrying gas oil, diesel or lube oil have been boarded by pirates and taken to an unknown location, and only released later after their cargo was stolen, he said.The IMB has informed Interpol about this latest case and also urged ships to be on the lookout for the missing vessel and for pirates, he said.“We just hope that maritime authorities will co-ordinate to find the tanker,” Diep said. “The crew members’ life could be at risk if they failed to act quickly.”___Associated Press writer Minh V. Tran in Hanoi, Vietnam, contributed to this report. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 9 depth chart prior to Penn State

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Demetrius Knox (78) awaits a play call during the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win against Nebraska on Oct. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 9 depth chart Tuesday for its upcoming matchup against Penn State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Only two notable changes came from the updated depth chart.Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox was listed as the starting right guard this week after being listed as co-starter with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell last week. Knox started in place of injured redshirt junior Branden Bowen against Nebraska. The kickoff specialist for the week has been listed as redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger. Nuernberger was listed as the starter last week against Nebraska, but freshman Blake Haubeil was the kickoff specialist at the beginning of the game and held the role throughout the matchup.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes, left tackle Jamarco Jones, running back Mike Weber and H-back Parris Campbell were all listed as starters at their respective positions. Holmes, Campbell and Weber are listed as co-starters at defensive end, H-back and running back, respectively, while Jones is the lone starter at left tackle. All four dealt with injuries during the Nebraska game, but head coach Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference he expects them to be ready to play.The depth chart can be found here. read more

Parents at cheating public schools should ask for a refund

first_imgHe echoed calls from education experts for teachers to be barred from setting exams that their own students will sit after both Winchester and Eton College suspended staff accused of telling their pupils about questions which would be in the test.   Students are “completely disadvantaged” by advance knowledge of the exams and therefore their families could consider demanding a refund of part of the up to £38,0000 a year fees, Robert Halfon MP told the Daily Telegraph. Parents at the leading public schools caught up in a “cheating” scandal should ask for  their money back, the Chair of the Education Select Committee has said.  center_img Both schools were forced to nullify the exams in question and the…last_img read more

Russian cyber hackers targeted police inquiry into Skripal nerve agent attack

Russia has attempted to hack into Scotland Yard’s novichok murder inquiry, The Telegraph understands. Police believe that Russian-based hackers tried to infiltrate the investigation into the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, which targeted the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Officers believe that Russians had tried to compromise cyber security systems at the Metropolitan Police about a fortnight ago at about the time that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were… The Skripals survived the assassination attempt in march but Dawn Sturgess, 44, a mother-of-three, died just over a week ago while her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, remains critically ill after being poisoned accidentally. read more

Duchess of Sussex embarks on makeshift maternity leave as she scales back

The Duchess of Sussex may have carried out her last official public engagement before the arrival of her baby, with no other appearances currently in the diary.The Duchess, who is around eight months pregnant, joined the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, after visiting Canada House with the Duke.There are currently no further engagements in her diary, although sources said they could not entirely rule out a hastily-arranged appearance if the right invitation came up and the Duchess was feeling well. She will continue to hold private meetings.On Wednesday, the Duchess held a  meeting at Kensington Palace with the Royal National Theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger. The Duchess of Sussex on International Women's Day Speaking about the impending arrival, Meghan told Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns last week when he asked about her pregnancy: “We’re nearly there.”They met at a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s investiture. The Duchess of Sussex on International Women’s DayCredit:AFP She is believed to be around six weeks away from the arrival of her first child, which she has said is due in late April or early May.Meghan and Harry’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild. read more

Obama warns of social media dangers in interview with Prince Harry

An undated handout picture issued by Kensington Palace courtesy of the Obama Foundation on December 17, 2017 shows Britain’s Prince Harry (R) interviewing former US president Barack Obama (L) in Toronto, Canada as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme which is to be broadcast on the 27th December. (Photo: AFP)LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former US President Barack Obama told Britain’s Prince Harry he was concerned social media was “corroding civil discourse”, in what he said was his first interview since leaving the White House, aired Wednesday.“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities,” he told the prince, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.“They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. Things aren’t as simple as they’ve been portrayed in whatever chat room you’ve been in,” he added.“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground.”The interview was recorded in Toronto, Canada, in September on the sidelines of the Invictus Games, the athletic tournament created by Harry for wounded former soldiers.Despite admitting concern over the future of the US, Obama, who did not mention his successor Donald Trump by name, said he felt a sense of “serenity” on leaving the White House.“There was a sense that we had run a good race,” he added.On his new routine, Obama told the prince: “I wake up later, it’s wonderful to be able to control your day.”The prince opened the discussion by saying: “This is the first interview you’ve said ‘yes’ to doing since you handed over the reins”, to which Obama replied: “that’s true”.Harry is due to marry his US actress girlfriend Megan Markle on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle near London.According to British press reports, civil servants are concerned that a wedding invite from the couple to Obama could cause a further rift between Britain and Trump following a series of high-profile spats. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrince Harry’s visit to Guyana confirmed – will include tours to Kaieteur Falls, IwokramaNovember 10, 2016In “Local News”CAREER CHANGE: What next for Obama’s Chinese impersonator?November 12, 2016In “World”CASTRO: What political prisoners?March 22, 2016In “Regional” read more


← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” beat Slovakia twice Next Story → NOVI SAD IS READY FOR GAZPROM SSL F4 gazprom handballSEHA F4 Four more days are left until SEHA GSS League’s final tournament in Novi Sad. Preparations for SPENS to catch the highest possible level look are underway. On its entrance, great poster clearly states the reason of its new activation, F4 tournament with CO Zagreb, Vardar, Tatran and Meshkov as actors in main roles.In front of the hall people can see something you definitely can not see everyday in your neighbourhood. Gazprom South Stream has decided to bring its huge pipes to the heart of Novi Sad from their construction site in Serbia – Sajkas plateau. But those are not just pipes. Those pipes are 6 meters long and 3,5 tons heavy. Each! They have advertising materials for League’s main sponsor printed on them. Pipes have diameter of 1420 mm. Unusual advertisement was brought on steel cranes and it took workers more than 3 hours to put it all together. It will, without doubt, be a perfect place to take a photo as a memory on Novi Sad’ spectacle in League’s third season. read more

Aaron McKenna What our water shortages tell Web Summit investors

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY wheeled out his familiar shibboleth at the Dublin Web Summit, about how the government is making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. As is so often the case, his lofty rhetoric didn’t match up with the experience of many visitors who’ve arrived to find the capital on overnight water rationing.Just like if we visit a foreign city and are told the water is dodgy, our impression of the place in general is reduced. By the time the problem is fixed, we’ve gone home and aren’t too interested to check back in and see if Banana Republic has sorted its issues while we’re just happy to be back in civilization, where the water runs clear and safe.This is the second time this year that the capital of this great little country in which to do business has had its water supply curtailed. Things like rolling blackouts or water shortages tend to occur in poorly run parts of the world. The very presence of water restrictions is a bit of a red flag to overseas investors who might be getting their first taste of Ireland through the excellent Web Summit.If this first world country, where rain and green fields are an intrinsic part of the national mythos, can’t provide adequate water to its capital city… what else might the Irish be bad at providing for?Dublin operates at the brink of its capacityThat’s an interesting question. The current water shortage in Dublin seems to be down to some mysterious shift in the chemistry in one of our biggest reservoirs, baffling experts. In and of itself, this is not the fault of those who provide us with safe drinking water.What is the fault of The Powers That Be is that Dublin operates at 1 per cent spare capacity at the best of times. As journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes has pointed out, most first world cities operate with about 20 per cent spare capacity. This drop off in capacity at one reservoir wouldn’t be an issue if we had that kind of headroom.To an investor visiting the Web Summit I suppose this would send one message: the Irish are very bad at planning ahead. After all, it’s not like we have suddenly developed a taste for taking long showers. Demographic shifts and population growth and so on tend to happen at relative glacial pace, and there have been reports stretching back into the 1980s on the precarious situation developing for Dublin.During the boom, when Dublin’s inhabited square footage exploded, it was obvious that the city would need more water capacity.The debate on how and where Dublin would get its water dragged on for years with no resolution. Lack of political will, even when funds were readily available for every silly project TDs could imagine; significant regional wrangling over where the water would come from; and never-ending planning battles have all stood in the way of solving a fairly straightforwardly important problem.The last water shortage in the capital this year, along with several in the past couple of years, occurred because cold weather cracked ancient pipes that have been in the ground since Queen Victoria ruled us in her vast Empire. A third of all the water produced in Dublin, which we pay good money to filter and clean and make fit for human consumption, leaks into the ground.While Dubliners were arguing with the provincials over who got what water and at what price, we might have bought ourselves some time by digging up more old pipes and replacing them with new ones. But no, this great little country in which to do business doesn’t seem to be able to think even in terms of proper Band-Aid, let alone cure or prevention.Now businesses in the city, which pay extortionate rates and water charges, have to shut up shop, send staff home early and forego revenue because they don’t have water to service their customers. Seems to me like a fairly crappy place to do business, really.Very few of the Web Summit attendees will be setting up coffee shops. But the disruption they’ve seen will be a lasting impression. They’re not here for the long run, and they’re not too likely to listen to very much by way of official excuses for the water shortage.We will soon be paying directly for our water in homes, much as businesses do already. We already pay for that water through general taxation, so you might just say that we’ll be paying even more for it in the near future. Yet, countrywide we have shortages and leakages and contaminations of our water supply.Frankly, we ought to start sending the government bills for all the bottled water we have to use when the water supply goes bad.As for poor old Dublin, it’s very clear that the city cannot be supported by its water supply. Proposals to pipe water from the Shannon tend to get backs up outside of the city, but the entire country needs to recognise that if the economy of the capital suffers because it can’t get enough of something as fundamental as water, the rest of the country will suffer also.Dublin is our largest economic centre. It is the place that foreigners thinking of investing here see first and foremost. It is also, incidentally, a net outflow contributor to much of the rest of the country; paying more in taxes than it receives in government spending. The city needs some water in return.This has been clear for decades. Irish governments that want to be able to claim to be good at pretty much anything at all might start by avoiding practical demonstrations of their stupidity, such as having to turn off the taps at night in a country famous for its rain.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

Happy World Toilet Day

first_imgNational Unfriend Day and World Toilet Day both in the same week? I think I finally understand what it’s like for our friends in England with Christmas and Boxing Day so close to one another. Unlike the decidedly jokey National Unfriend Day, however, today’s World Day has a serious bent. The event, led by the World Toilet Organization (WTO) and 16 “toilet organizations” was first commemorated in 2001. The event was developed to shed some the 1.8 million people a year who die due to a lack of sanitation. That’s more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.AdChoices广告World Toilet Day’s organizers are asking people around the world to take part in a “big squat” for one minute. “This purposeful title is presented in a direct, but humorous way to lighten the discomfort many cultures have with discussing the topic openly,” says the organization. “People around the world are asked to squat in public for one minute in support of World Toilet Day, driving home the point ‘where would you go?’ and how people without toilets are forced to go in public places.”The WTO is asking participants to inform local media representative about their squatting plans and to upload a shot of them in action to the World Toilet Day site.last_img read more

16000 people woke up with no power this morning

first_img File photo Image: Julien Behal PA Archive/PA Images Mar 22nd 2017, 12:26 PM By Sean Murray Share4 Tweet Email 14,121 Views Short URL Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 12:26 PM 16,000 people woke up with no power this morning Just over 6,000 were still without power as of midday today. File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Source: ESBThe spokesperson said: “There were 113 different faults across the network, and our teams have been working to restore power to all of our customers.”No time could be given for when all the faults would be fixed, but it is hoped that work will be completed later this afternoon.Updates on faults across the ESB network can be found on its powercheck website here.A weather warning was in place until this morning, with freezing temperatures overnight and heavy rain and snowfall in some areas.Snow and ice were expected to make way for heavy rain as today wears on, with temperatures hovering in the mid-single figures.Read: There’s snow everywhere* and here are the pictures to prove itRead: Snow and ice grip the country as weather warning in place on frosty morning CONDITIONS OUTSIDE WERE wintry today, and the weather greatly affected the ESB network, with around 16,000 customers waking up with no power this morning.As of 12.10pm this afternoon, power had been restored to a significant chunk of these homes and businesses.An ESB spokesperson told that 6,193 customers were still affected by outages just after midday today.The worst affected areas are Thurles, Tralee, Portlaoise and Waterford. Image: Julien Behal PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

Europe Moins démissions de CO2 dici 2020

first_imgEurope : Moins d’émissions de CO2 d’ici 2020Mercredi 11 juillet, la Commission européenne a présenté ses propositions de lois destinées à réduire de manière plus conséquente les émissions de gaz à effet de serre des automobiles d’ici les années 2020.Des automobiles moins polluantes pour 2020, tel est l’objectif que s’est fixé la Commission européenne. Des propositions ont été présentées ce mercredi 11 juillet afin de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre à 95 grammes de CO2 par kilomètre d’ici 8 ans. Actuellement, les véhicules actuels relâchent en moyenne 135,7 grammes par kilomètres. Si ces résolutions ont déjà été envisagées dans le passé, la Commission européenne a tenu à les remettre sur l’avant de la scène en détaillant également leur mise en place. Ces mesure sont “bénéfiques pour tout le monde” et “d’un bon rapport coût-efficacité”, a déclaré auprès de l’AFP Connie Hedegaard, commissaire chargée de l’action pour le climat. Elle poursuit : “Elles vont stimuler l’innovation et la compétitivité dans l’industrie automobile et, par conséquent, créer de nombreux emplois”. Selon les études menées par la Commission, le propriétaire d’un véhicule neuf homologué pourrait réduire ses coûts en matière de carburant jusqu’à 340 euros la première année et entre 2.900 et 3.830 sur une durée de treize ans.Les entreprises de constructions automobiles ont d’ores et déjà affiché leur scepticisme sur les objectifs fixés qu’ils estiment “difficiles à atteindre”.  “Ce sont les objectifs les plus contraignants au monde (…) Plus sévères que ceux aux Etats-Unis, en Chine ou au Japon”, estime Ivan Hodac, secrétaire général de l’Association des constructeurs européens. Les propositions devraient être à l’avenir soumises au Parlement européen et aux Etats membres. Le 13 juillet 2012 à 13:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Burton boss I dont want to scare my players before Man

first_imgNigel Clough will not go into too much detail about Manchester City’s qualities to his Burton squad as he doesn’t want to frighten themThe English third division side will go up against City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with the first leg to take place at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.While forward Lucas Akins dares to dream of causing an upset, manager Clough’s main focus is ensuring his players don’t get cold feet.“We’ve not gone into any detail with them because that will frighten the life out of them,” said Clough, according to Belfast Telegraph.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They know. They watch Match of the Day every week. They know exactly how good they are.“We’ll approach it exactly the same way we did against the Championship clubs and Burnley. We can’t do too much on them because we don’t know what team they’ll play.“It helps in some ways because we can focus on ourselves, do our jobs and hopefully they’ll have a terrible night which is what it will take for something to happen in our favour.”The first leg will start at 20:45 (CET) next Wednesday.last_img read more

Harris County Halts Investigation Of Voters Flagged By Secretary Of State

first_img Share Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at a polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring.Harris County is halting its investigation of individuals flagged by the Texas Secretary of State as potential non-citizen voters.Harris County Special Assistant Attorney Douglas Ray told Houston Matters this week that the original list the county received had 29,822 names.The number of names decreased to 11,555 after following instructions from the Secretary of State to remove people who had registered at the Department of Public Safety, presented evidence of citizenship, or had registered to vote at a naturalization ceremony.At that point, county officials conducted an audit of 150 randomly picked names and “of those 150 names, we were able to affirmatively confirm that 51 of them were American citizens,” Ray told News 88.7 on Friday.The county has now suspended its review of the list indefinitely. Three lawsuits have been filed against the Texas Secretary of State over the statewide list, which some have categorized as an attempt to purge the voter rolls.The lawsuits allege that people on the list are being unfairly and illegally targeted in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.“The most prudent thing for us to do at that point is to stop our review of the list all together and to wait for the outcome of the litigation,” Ray said.Harris County didn’t send any notices to challenge the voter eligibility of the individuals on the list. But other counties, such as Galveston, did send notices and have been sued.last_img read more

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 7 Jack and the Three Blind Archers

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready,’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.“Jack and the Three Blind Archers” features a plot that, seven episodes in, is already well familiar to Samurai Jack fans: Our eponymous hero hears of a way to travel back to the past and defeat his nemesis, Aku, struggles to achieve this goal, and ultimately falls short of it, leaving him stranded in the future for at least another episode. But as in most Jack episodes, the draw here isn’t really the plot, but the way in which the show’s creators use tropes and cliches to subvert expectations and teach us something profound about their protagonist.You’d be forgiven if, watching the show in order in 2016, you rolled your eyes at yet another episode of Jack venturing to obtain some means of traveling into the past and then, in the end, failing. Especially coming, as this episode does, immediately after “Jack and the Warrior Woman.” But it’s important to recognize a few things about the nature of the show, so as to grade it on the appropriate curve.First off, and perhaps most importantly, television in 2001 was a very, very different place than it is now, especially in regards to true serialized storytelling. Sure, going back for decades you could find television series that had lightly serialized elements: Will they or won’t they romances, recurring villains, running gags, etc. But truly serialized television shows – like you would expect from an ongoing comic book series – were somewhat rare at the time. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an extremely influential show in this regard, had only been around for a few years. And another, The Sopranos, was only in its third season. The field is even more barren if you restrict yourself to cartoons, as Avatar: The Last Airbender wouldn’t debut for another four years.Though I, as part of this ongoing rewatch, am checking out every episode of Samurai Jack in order, on a weekly basis – and I encourage you to do the same – the simple fact of the matter is that the show wasn’t designed to be watched that way. Not really, at least, and this is why, when watched in order, the show can sometimes begin to seem somewhat repetitive. Another reason behind this is likely the neither fish nor foul status of the show, as it straddled the line between fun, funny, one-off children’s entertainment and more serious, serialized adult fare.A perfect example of this blending of tones is seen in the army of vicious, savage looking vikings that open the episode. They’re a malicious, unruly horde, accompanied by longship-esque tanks, wielding high-tech dragon guns, and led by a berserker cloaked in animal skins. But when they are assailed by clouds of arrows – set loose from the tower they aim to storm – instead of being confronted by blood, guts and gore, we learn that the vikings, like most of the cannon fodder on Samurai Jack, are actually robots. This allows the episodes creative team to sell the threat posed by the three blind archers in the tower, without running afoul of any ratings issues.And let’s take a minute out to talk about that creative team, shall we? “Jack and the Three Blind Archers” is the first episode since the three-part premiere to feature Genndy Tartakovsky as the sole director, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the casual, contemplative pacing of many of the episode’s best scenes – a pace that could only be managed by someone with supreme confidence in their abilities as a storyteller. And the men behind the story itself? They’re no slouches either, as the writing and storyboarding team is comprised of Mark Andrews, the writer and director of Pixar’s Brave, and Bryan Andrews, who co-created Sym-Bionic Titan with Tartakovsky and Paul Rudish as well as worked with Tarkakovsky on the storyboards for Iron Man 2’s climactic action scene.All that’s fine and good of course, and the creative team’s later accomplishments certainly speak to the pedigree of the show, but what about that repetitive plot? What does “Jack and the Three Blind Archers” do differently from “Jack and the Warrior Woman” or even “Jack in Space” for that matter?The answer lies not in what happens in the story – Jack chooses to forgo a potential avenue to achieve his goal – but why he makes that choice and what it signifies about him. After freeing the archers, returning their sight and minds to them, Jack learns that they had been trapped by the tower and its magical well when they wished to become great warriors. Their wish carried a cost, however, which led to their being transformed into a trio of amazingly adept archers, but ones trapped in the bodies of blind dogs in what appears to be an Egyptian style, an aesthetic also nodded at through the beards the archers wear in human form.Instead of risking whatever the well might take from him, or whatever prison it might condemn him to, Jack uses his wish to destroy the well and its dark magics, preventing it from taking anyone else, but also preventing his trip back into the past. At first, this doesn’t seem terribly different from “Jack in Space,” in which Jack chose to protect the astronauts instead of traveling back into time, but there’s something crucial in the moments leading up to Jack’s choice.Significantly, the archers had wished to become great warriors, a path that we have seen Jack walking since the opening moments of the series’ first episode. In fact, Jack’s training was once again mentioned in this very episode courtesy of a flashback to his time fighting blindfolded with a group of monks. In sacrificing his own goals for another cause, in refusing to sacrifice his humanity for victory, knowing that what he wanted would have come at too great a cost, Jack has, somewhat ironically, achieved exactly that which the three archers had desired: He has become a great warrior.Join us next time as we discuss episode eight of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack vs. Mad Jack.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

Smriti Irani inaugurates Jute Expo in city says export of products has

first_imgKolkata: The export of jute products and its diversified items has gone up by 24 percent in the last five years, said Union minister for Textile Smriti Zubin Irani.She was addressing a gathering after formally inaugurating the “Artisan Speak and Jute Expo” at the recently restored heritage currency building in the city. It is an outreach initiative of the Union ministry, which will be held here from January 7-10. “We have seen a growth of 24 percent in exports of jute products and diversified products in the last five years. Today we also celebrate the legacy of jute in the country,” Irani said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned here that delegates from around 14 nations and over 70 buyers are participating in the four-day programme. The Textile industry is the second largest employment sector in India, following the agriculture sector. The sector comprises various fields like cotton, jute, silk, wool, man-made fibres, powerlooms and handicrafts. The event mainly aims at promoting Indian handlooms, handicrafts, silk and jute and providing a platform for marketing and business linkages with both international and domestic buyers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe organisers believe that it will open new opportunities for artisans to exhibit their products. The theme pavilion has an impressive display of handloom products developed by the weavers, along with live demonstrations of exclusive weaves. One of the main objectives of the programme is to create awareness about the textile industry by inviting international buyers, agents and other marketing organizations, apart from establishing Business to Business (B2B) connects. This also gives a platform for viable marketing to improve exports and domestic presence. Secretary of Ministry of Textiles Raghvendra Singh, who was also present in the programme, said the ministry has been trying to find ways and means to enhance the income of weavers and also to connect them with garment manufacturers to increase their margins. The ministry is also supporting weavers and craftsmen in 40 districts of India, Singh added. The event will also showcase textile expositions by many renowned fashion designers from India and NIFT. The expositions will promote Indian jute, silk, handloom and handicrafts. The visitors can choose from a mix of handloom, handicraft, silk and jute products and learn about GI tagging of Baluchari, the pride of the Bengal heritage in the iconic old currency building.last_img read more

Uber drivers are now subject to continuous background checks

first_imgUber is going to be watching drivers much more closely.Image: Getty Images/spencer plattBy Karissa Bell2018-07-14 00:44:45 UTC Uber will soon be watching its U.S. drivers much more closely.The ride-hailing service will be expanding its driver background checks so that drivers will be continuously monitored for certain types of criminal charges, the company revealed Friday. The change, which was first reported by Axios, will ramp up Uber’s ability to keep tabs on its drivers. Previously, the company completed background checks when drivers signed up for the service, but it was difficult to monitor after the initial process. Now, Uber will be able to run these types of background checks continuously, so they can be notified as soon as a driver is charged with a new offense.The system, which Uber has reportedly been testing since the beginning of July, will monitor for the types of charges that disqualify someone from driving for Uber, such as felonies, violent crimes, and sexual offenses. The checks will be completed by third-party companies, Checkr and Appriss.“Safety is essential to Uber and we want to ensure drivers continue to meet our standards on an ongoing basis,” Uber’s vice president of safety and insurance, Gus Fuldner, said in a statement. “This new continuous checking technology will strengthen our screening process and improve safety.”The new background check system is U.S.-only for now, and there’s no word on if it might expand internationally. Fuldner told Axios the new background check system has already seen some success, even though it hasn’t been tested with all drivers yet. He said 25 drivers have already been removed as a result of the system.Background checks have been a contentious issue for the company in the past. Uber has previously faced criticism for not being thorough enough with its background checks, and there have been a number of high-profile cases of Uber drivers assaulting passengers. (CNN puts the number of U.S. Uber drivers accused of assaulting passengers at 103.) The company is trying to close some of the gaps that may have let drivers who should have been disqualified stay in its system. Whether or not it will actually have an impact on violent incidents is another matter.last_img read more

Peru aims at doubling exports and tourism

first_imgPeru’s new Trade Minister Eduardo Ferreyros has announced his goal to attract seven million tourists to Peru and export $70 billion of goods per year by 2021.Ferreyros’s aim essentially means doubling both the annual number of visitors to Peru as well as the value of Peru’s exports by the end of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s five-year term in 2021.Ferreyros has proposed creating an ‘exporters’ ombudsman’ who will advocate for Peru’s producers who experience problems with unnecessary red tape, delays and other costs. “We want to centralise all the problems that users report and find solutions to make life easier for the people,” Ferreyros said.Ferreyros also wants to launch a ‘One Window’ program where exporters can complete all paperwork and other legal procedures in one place. Peru has seen success with similar programmes which simplified business registration. The platform, which will be called VUCE 2.0, will connect with the other member states of the Pacific Alliance to facilitate procedures in Chile, Colombia and Mexico.The Minister also wants to establish a working agreement to draft a free trade agreement with India within the first 30 days of his term. He will look to enact an agreement with Honduras, expand the current agreement with Brazil and push Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership.last_img read more

Flagstaff Ariz – An NFL team will keep 53 player

first_imgFlagstaff, Ariz. – An NFL team will keep 53 players on itsactive roster,along with a few more on the practice squad. Grabbing one of the coveted spots is tough, but doing soas a player whonot one team thought was worth drafting in April can beeven morechallenging.That is the issue facing former Arizona Wildcats PaulVassallo and GinoCrump, as each is trying to make the roster after collegecareers that weresolid, but not spectacular by any means. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke A receiver, Crump didn’t even make much of an impact inTucson as a receiver until hissenior year, when he caught 65 passes for 610 yards andtwo touchdowns.Still, he was overshadowed by Raiders draft pick JuronCriner last season,and rarely was his team’s top option. “I actually was the number one receiver for like a week,”Crump joked, “butI just try to come out here and show the coaches that I’mready to work andthat I deserve to be here.” – / 23 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more