Bureau Veritas Classes Brazil’s Largest Floating …

first_imgzoom Petrobras’ P-55 Floating Production Unit (FPU), the largest and the first of this kind entirely built in Brazil, is on its way to the Roncador Field, Campos Basin, where it will be installed in a water depth of 1,790 metres.The column stabilized semi-submersible has a capacity of 180,000 bopd and 6,000,000 cu m of gas. The unit is classed by Bureau Veritas. BV group companies also provided a wide range of verification and support services which made the major project possible.Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and head of Bureau Veritas’ Marine and Offshore division says, “We are immensely proud to see this major offshore production unit on its way to its deepwater site. It is a real demonstration of the capacity of Bureau Veritas to help offshore operators to develop safe and effective offshore capacity. We have very large and technically skilled teams in Brazil who have been working closely with Petrobras for the last six years to deliver this project. The range of services we have contributed brings together our skills and experience with marine floating units, risk and safety of energy plants and equipment and our ability to manage major multi-site complex projects.”BV group services to the P-55 project include classification and statutory certification plus:– Design review for the entire project including structure, mechanical systems, electrical and automation, process, safety, hydrodynamics and the mooring system.– Independent Risk and Safety studies performed during the FEED and detailed design phases, including PHA, HAZID, HAZOP, SIL/LOPA, dropped objects and collision studies, gas dispersion, fire, explosion and flare CFD 3D simulations and noise studies.– Design review of lower hull structural integrity during assembling phase at Estaleiro Atlantico Sul.– Independent structural studies performed by Tecnitas for the lifting of P-55 lower hull megablocks (up to 2,500 tonnes).– Design review and second party inspections on behalf of Petrobras for the assembly and installation of the P-55 Steel Catenary Risers (SCR) export lines.– P-55 flexible risers and flowlines Type Approved by Bureau Veritas.The P-55 was designed by Petrobras R&D Department (CENPES) and GUSTO (deck box and topsides). It was built over several sites simultaneously. The main ones were the lower hull fabrication and assembly at Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) in Suape, Pernambuco state and main production modules fabrication, integration and commissioning by QUIP at Estaleiro Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul state. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Bureau Veritas, October 22, 2013last_img read more

New Mumps Vaccination Program Launched

first_imgNova Scotia’s post-secondary and Grade 12 students will be offered a second dose of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine under a program being launched as part of the province’s response to the mumps outbreak. Post-secondary students have an increased risk of getting measles, mumps and rubella. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends post-secondary students be offered a second dose of MMR vaccine. “This vaccination program provides the best possible safeguard for these students,” Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection said today, July 25. “It will not only cover all students studying at Nova Scotia’s public and private post-secondary institutions, but also all Nova Scotia students enrolled as post-secondary students outside our province.” Mr. Barnet said he is pleased with the co-operation between his department and the province’s post-secondary institutions to develop the program. There have been 461 cases of mumps in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began in February. It is the third outbreak of mumps in the province since 2005. “Nova Scotia’s post-secondary leaders were only too happy to partner with the department on this important initiative, as many of our institutions, particularly those in metro, have first-hand experience in dealing with the outbreak,” said Dr. Bill Barker, president of University of King’s College, speaking on behalf of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. Under the program, vaccinations will be available at university health clinics and other clinics to be held at some post-secondary institutions. Post-secondary students may also get an MMR vaccination from their doctor. They are encouraged to do so this summer, if possible, before returning to school. During the 2007-08 school year, a second dose of MMR vaccine will be offered to all Grade 12 students and to any Grade 11 students who have not already had two doses. This will be done through school immunization clinics held by Public Health. “The school immunization program will only be done for one year as this is the last graduating class which has not been offered two doses of MMR as children,” said Dr. Robert Strang, deputy chief medical officer of health. In Canada, people born after 1970 were likely offered a single dose of MMR vaccine. Those born after 1996 or 1997 have been offered two doses. Most people recover but mumps can sometimes lead to more serious illnesses for adults. Those who become ill may contract encephalitis (an infection of the brain), meningitis (swelling of the covering of the brain), arthritis and deafness. Some men develop painful, swollen testicles and, in rare cases, become infertile.last_img read more

UK to unveil postBrexit immigration plan amid business fear

first_imgLONDON — The British government is publishing long-awaited plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of European Union citizens to the U.K.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the proposals to be published Wednesday set out a “skills-based immigration system built around the talent and expertise people can bring, rather than where they come from.”At present, all EU nationals can live and work in Britain under the bloc’s free-movement rules, but that will end after the U.K. leaves in March.The government is proposing no limit on the number of well-paid, skilled immigrants who can settle in Britain, but curbs on “low-skilled” workers.Many businesses are warning that a clampdown on less well-paid immigrants will choke off the supply of workers to sectors including hospitality and health care.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Iconic French Singer Charles Aznavour Dies at 94

Rabat – One of the most successful French singers in the world, Charles Aznavour, died at the age of 94 Sunday night.The singer’s press agents announced his death to AFP Monday, October 1.According to French outlets, Aznavour died in his sleep at his home in the Alpilles, in southern France. Aznavour, born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian, was undoubtedly the greatest living French-speaking songwriter and one of the greatest voices of modern popular music.Named by CNN as the “Entertainer of the Century” in 1988 with a career spanning 70 years, Charles Aznavour boasts over 100 million records sold; 1,200 songs; 80 feature films; 294 albums; hundreds of gold, platinum, and diamond records; and thousands of concerts in 94 countries around the world.Charles Aznavour had played and recorded in seven languages and saw his songs covered by many artists, such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Sting, Placido Domingo, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, and many others. read more

Ban welcomes outcome of monthlong nuclear treaty review conference

28 May 2010The latest review meeting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) wrapped up today by reaffirming the resolve of the five Member States with nuclear weapons to eliminate their arsenals and calling for a United Nations-sponsored conference in 2012 to establish a nuclear-free Middle East. The final document of the five-yearly review forum called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the co-sponsors of a 1995 resolution proposing a Middle East free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to convene a conference to be attended by all States in the regionThe document specifically reaffirms “the importance of Israel’s accession to the Treaty and the placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] safeguards.”Israel is not a member of the NPT and does not admit to having nuclear weapons. Two other non-members, India and Pakistan, admit openly to their nuclear arsenals, as does the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which in 2003 announced it was withdrawing from the treaty.In a statement issued by his spokesman, in which he called the month-long review conference a success, Mr. Ban particularly welcomed the agreement on a process leading to the establishment of a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.“A strong spirit of compromise and cooperation has delivered a significant agreement to build a safer and more secure world,” it said, adding that the action plan lays a solid foundation to further strengthen the treaty and address the challenges that lie ahead.“The agreement on concrete actions will advance all three pillars of the treaty – disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy,” the statement declared. “He welcomes the firm commitment of the nuclear weapon states to advance their efforts to eliminate all nuclear weapons. He also welcomes the strong commitment of the States Parties to prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.”The review conference resolved that Russia and the United States, which together with three other nuclear-weapons States (Britain, China and France) are NPT members, would seek an early entry into force of a treaty they signed earlier this year to reduce their nuclear arsenals.“The conference reaffirms and recognizes that the total elimination of nuclear weapons is the only absolute guarantee against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons,” the document said, also stressing the vital importance of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).It called on all states to take all measures to prevent nuclear proliferation with wider safeguards against diversion of fissile materials from civilian reactors and other sites, enhanced physical protection and improved capabilities “to detect, deter and disrupt illicit trafficking.”It also called on those States that have not yet done so to join a host of international treaties that can further the non-proliferation of nuclear materials, including the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.It urged the DPRK to fulfil its commitments under the now-suspended six-party talks which sought to resolve the crisis over the country’s nuclear programme.“The Secretary-General encourages State Parties to translate all of their commitments into concrete action,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in the statement, welcoming “the successful outcome” of the conference.“He looks forward to working with the international community toward realizing the common goal of a world without nuclear weapons. As Secretary-General, he will spare no effort to assist the States Parties in implementing their agreement.” read more

TSX Wall Street end flat on mixed commodities disappointing earnings

TORONTO — Mixed commodities prices and disappointing earnings reports left stock markets in Toronto and New York flat.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 13.76 points to 13,379.14.Consumer staples suffered the biggest sector loss on the TSX, with shares in Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), the owner of Sobeys and Safeway chains, plunging more than 14 per cent. Empire says it lost $1.36 billion in its last quarter as it wrote down the value of its western business, primarily the Safeway chain. Its shares fell $3.94 to $22.83.Commodity markets were mixed as the April contract for benchmark North American crude oil shed 45 cents to US$37.84 a barrel, while May copper gave back a penny to US$2.22 a pound. April gold advanced $15.40 to US$1,272.80 a troy ounce and April natural gas added four cents to US$1.79 per mmBtu.The Canadian dollar gave back 0.54 of a U.S. cent to 74.93  cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average pulled back 5.23 points to 16,995.13, while the broader S&P 500 composite index edged up 0.3 of a point to 1,989.57 and the Nasdaq lost 12.22 points to 4,662.16. read more

SPTSX composite breaks through 16000 mark for the first time

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index broke through the 16,000 mark for the first time in trading this morning, boosted by the health care and energy sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 55.47 points to 16,008.98, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 21.69 points to 23,412.50. The S&P 500 index was down 2.71 points to 2,578.36 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 15.34 points to 6,716.60.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.81 cents US, up from an average price of 77.68 cents US on Friday.The December crude contract was up one cent to US$53.91 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.00 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.10 to US$1,273.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.10 a pound. read more

Canadian drug makers hit with 11billion suit for pushing opioids despite risks

TORONTO — Canadian drug makers enriched themselves at the expense of vulnerable patients by illegally and deceptively promoting highly addictive opioids that have killed thousands in recent years, a proposed class action filed Wednesday asserts.The untested statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court seeks more than $1.1 billion in various damages from almost two dozen companies, including some of the biggest pharmaceutical names in the country such as Apotex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson and Johnson and the Jean Coutu Group.The suit, filed on behalf of patients who became addicted to prescribed opioids, also seeks a declaration that the companies were negligent in how they researched, developed and marketed opioids starting in the 1990s.“The defendants knew that anyone who injected opioids would be at significant risk of becoming addicted,” the claim asserts. “As such, the defendants breached statutory and common law duties to the plaintiff and class who became addicted to opioids for which the defendants owe damages.”The proposed representative plaintiff is Darryl Gebien, of Toronto, a doctor prescribed the opioid Percocet for a ligament injury in his thumb. Gebien became addicted, the claim asserts.“Dr. Gebien’s addiction had a significant and lasting impact on his life,” the claim states. “Dr. Gebien lost his licence to practise medicine. He lost his job. He was incarcerated. He lost custody of his children.”Opioids are a powerful narcotic that can induce an addictive, euphoric high that requires higher doses over time to maintain effectiveness and avoid symptoms of withdrawal. The drugs were not widely prescribed for pain treatment because they were considered too addictive but that approach changed in the mid-1990s.“The defendants promoted opioids as safe, effective and appropriate for long-term use for routine pain conditions,” the claim states. “The aggressive marketing efforts of the defendants were incredibly successful.”No statements of defence have been filed and there was no immediate comment from any of the drug companies. Purdue has previously said it marketed its products in accordance with the rules.The abuse of opioids has become a widespread public health crisis, with fatal overdoses becoming epidemic across North America. They have killed more than 20,000 Canadians over the past 20 years and about 4,000 new deaths occur annually in Canada. In the United States, opioids kill more people than car crashes.Lawyer Kirk Baert called the lawsuit “long overdue.”“These companies need to be accountable for the harm they have caused to thousands of Canadians,” Baert said.The named defendants make, market, distribute and sell opioids in Canada. Some of the drugs such as fentanyl, oxycodone, and tramadol have become household names in light of the ravages they have wrought.The statement of claim alleges the companies indulged in a pattern of “false and deceptive” marketing by, among other things, telling patients that opioid use for pain relief would improve their quality of life without any adverse effects such as addiction or withdrawal issues.“The defendants knew or ought to have known that their representations regarding the risks and benefits of opioids were not supported by, or were contrary to, scientific evidence,” the claim asserts. “(They) advised health-care professionals to ignore signs of addiction on the basis of an unfounded condition they called pseudoaddiction.”Last year, the British Columbia government, which declared a public health emergency in 2016, also filed a proposed class action against pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to recoup the health-care costs associated with opioid addiction. That suit named 40 defendants. Other provinces have also considered taking such action.This month, the maker of OxyContin in the United States was hit with another state lawsuit that alleges it kept pitching the painkiller to doctors even after its sales representatives raised concerns about inappropriate prescribing. The lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, which has said it may have to go bankrupt, made Pennsylvania at least the 39th state to sue the company. read more

Electricité lUE mise sur les énergies renouvelables pour 2050

first_imgElectricité : l’UE mise sur les énergies renouvelables pour 2050L’organisation écologique Greenpeace vient de présenter à Bruxelles un rapport sur les énergies renouvelables et la façon dont elles pourraient se développer en France si la priorité du nucléaire à l’accès aux réseaux était supprimée. Selon l’association, les énergies vertes pourraient assurer près de la totalité des besoins en électricité des pays de l’Union européenne.Greenpeace affirme que si les énergies renouvelables, et notamment le solaire au sud et l’éolien au nord, se voyaient débarrassées de la priorité actuellement accordée au nucléaire, elles pourraient couvrir d’ici les vingt prochaines années 68% des besoins en électricité de l’UE. En 2050, ce taux pourrait passer à 99,5% assure l’association. Citée par l’AFP, l’organisation écologique s’insurge dans son rapport baptisé La bataille des réseaux, de voir les éoliennes “souvent arrêtées en période de pointe de production pour laisser un accès prioritaire à l’électricité produite par les réacteurs nucléaires et les centrales alimentées au charbon, impossibles à stopper”.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéGreenpeace appelle alors les gouvernements européens à mettre un terme à cet accès prioritaire accordé à l’électricité nucléaire. Les investissements induits par un tel changement, qui nécessiterait le développement de nouveaux réseaux et infrastructures, sont estimés à 70 milliards d’euros d’ici à 2030. 28 milliards d’euros supplémentaires devraient être ajoutés lors des vingt années suivantes.”La France n’est pas une île et ne pourra pas être une île. (…) Les acteurs sur le marché français comme EDF pourront retarder la montée en puissance des renouvelables, mais ils ne pourront pas la stopper”, a averti Jan Vande Putte, responsable de Greenpeace à Bruxelles. Le 4 février prochain, se tiendra un sommet consacré à l’énergie qui réunira les dirigeants européens. Avec ses 58 réacteurs nucléaires, la France joue un rôle central dans les réseaux transeuropéens.Le 19 janvier 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE currently looking into allegations about Randy Orton backstage with writers

WWE currently looking into allegations about Randy Orton backstage with writers

first_imgFacebook Google+ WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event center_img WWE has confirmed they are looking into allegations made against Randy Orton by former WWE writer Court Bauer stemming from an incident backstage during his tenure.According to a report by F4WOnline, the allegations resurfaced this week after a Reddit user revived an old story Bauer told during a 2012 edition of the MLW podcast.The transcription detailed what Orton would do with new writers hired by WWE.“For every new writer that would show up, he come in the room, put his hand down his pants, pull out his dick, touch himself, then say, ‘I’m Randy Orton, shake my hand. Oh, you don’t want to shake my hand? You’re big leaguing me? That’s f*cked up man. Should I tell Vince and Steph you wont shake Randy Orton’s hand?’”Bauer himself stated he was able to avoid this situation with Orton when Stephanie McMahon walked into the room at the time Orton was allegedly reaching into his pants.When reached for comment on Twitter, Bauer said he had “no qualms” with Orton and that someone simply decided to revive the old story on Reddit.Nah. Someone found a podcast I did 6 years ago and ran with it. Got no qualms with Randy. pic.twitter.com/hb1S3VxzAE— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 11, 2018When reached for comment, WWE said they were “looking into the matter.” Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two championship matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks from Charlottelast_img read more

Strictly Business Innovation thats down to earth

first_imgThe sky is the limit, or so it seems, when it comes to collecting, organizing, and dispensing information. The cloud has become our chosen image for seemingly limitless information storage warehouses, reflecting our confidence that all information soon will be at our fingertips all the time.That cloud of collected knowledge — if not necessarily insight — hung over the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks at Tuesday’s Clark County PubTalk. Of the five local and regional companies on hand to make seven-minute business pitches, four were talking about moving information in and out of cloud storage. They pitched products that pushed technologies in ways that will help people save money, time, or both.Just one of the businesses took a different route — perhaps best described as below the clouds rather than in them. Irrigation Accessories, based in Vancouver, described a recently developed innovation in what are called boombacks, which are water-dispersal attachments to the massive “center pivot” sprinkler systems used on vast farms. Its products are not something you or I would ever buy, but we all benefit from this technology when we eat consistently fresh vegetables.The company’s “Hose Boom” boombacks, company owner Jon Johnston explained, effectively spread irrigation water more evenly over the soil, improving water infiltration into soil and reducing runoff. That means less water used, and less pollution from runoff.The technology is less than glamorous. Farm irrigation, if we think about it at all, is something we take for granted. But asked to choose which company they would invest in, the PubTalk audience favored Irrigation Accessories over any of the four more dazzling startups: Knowledge Vault, of Camas, which manages and organizes information from countless sources for home, business, or education; Dwellingo, of Portland, which is developing information-sharing technology for homebuyers and sellers; Mobile Warrior, of Ridgefield, with a system for managing reports and record-keeping in the trucking industry; and What’s Crowded, of Camas, compiling information that will help consumers avoid crowds in restaurants and other public places.last_img read more

Get the Nebula Mars II portable projector for an alltime low price

first_img Amazon The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Anker While you’re scoping out TV deals for the playoffs, the big game and other big-screen-worthy viewing (free movies, anyone?), don’t forget what is arguably the cheapest path to the biggest “screen” of all: a projector.If you’re looking for a permanent, real-deal projector to mount in your living room, that’s a great option, no question — check out our list of best projectors, which include models in the $500 to $800 range. And if you’re looking to the future, like me, you should keep your eye out for deals on ultra-short-throw models, which I think will be the next big thing in this space.But if you prefer something portable, something that can easily go from room to room while offering a totally self-contained viewing experience, there are options there as well. And I’ve got a deal on one of the best.For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Anker-made Nebula Mars II portable projector for $359.99 with promo code MARSCNET. That’s $110 off the current Amazon price (and $200 off the current Walmart price!).See it at AmazonIf you’re thinking that still seems rich for a portable projector, it’s all relative. Most of the mini-projectors I see nowadays (those in the $100 range) offer much lower resolution, weak speakers, limited battery life (or no battery at all) and other shortcomings.The Mars II (sequel to the popular, but slightly flawed, Mars Portable Cinema) offers full 720p resolution, 10-watt speakers, a 4-hour battery, auto-focus and Android 7.1. It also offers automatic and manual keystone adjustment and a practical image size of up to 150 inches.Don’t expect a super-sharp image at that size, though, not with a 720p projector. But you can easily go to, say, 100 inches and still enjoy a pretty crisp picture.The built-in Android OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps. You can plug any source into the projector’s HDMI port, but obviously that source’s power requirements may limit overall portability.In my brief and informal product tests, I was impressed by image brightness and quality and the loudness of the speakers. Auto-focus could be a little slow when moving the projector around. But once it’s parked, it’s all good.Much as OS navigation has improved over the original Mars, this thing would be downright incredible with a Fire TV or Roku UI. For now, it’s very good — vastly superior to any cheapie projector out there and an affordable alternative to a big-screen TV.I’m not sure I’d choose it for the Super Bowl (you kinda want 1080p there), but for bingeing the likes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Good Place, Travelers and the like? Absolutely.Your thoughts?humble-dynamite-comics-bundleFor as little as $1, you get 13 DRM-free digital comics. Pay $18 and you get 50. Humble Bonus deal: If you like comics, even a little bit, Humble’s new Dynamite bundle is exactly that.See it at HumbleFor just $18 (the highest tier), you get nearly 50 digital comics, all of them DRM-free. Some of the titles lean toward the adult side, with sexy-time stuff like Barbarella, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle and Vampirella. But there’s also plenty of mainstream material, including Battlestar Galactica (yay!), Bob’s Burgers (double yay!), Green Hornet, Game of Thrones and John Wick.They had me at Bob’s Burgers, so I’ve grabbed the bundle already. There’s no quick or automated way to view the comics on a mobile device, but I was able to get them onto my iPad fairly easily using the Comic Flow app mentioned on Humble’s how-to page.As always, a portion of the proceeds goes to charity, making this an even bigger win.eivotor-dashcamTwenty bucks! Eivotor Bonus deal No. 2: Can a $20 dashcam possibly be any good? I don’t know, but it might be worth $20 to find out.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Kcovss (via Amazon) has the Eivotor 1080p dashcam is $19.99 when you apply promo code U9UQHVTZ. Intrigued? Take note that the vendor reports having only about 200 units available; if you see a different seller listed, it means Kcovss is sold out and the code won’t work.See it at AmazonFor whatever reason, this product has no user reviews, even though Amazon reports it having been available since March of last year. On paper, at least, it looks solid: 1080p resolution, a 3-inch LCD, motion detection, loop recording, night vision and so on.You’ll have to BYO microSD card (up to 32GB) for storage, same as with most dashcams. I’m no expert when it comes to these products, so if you see something that raises a red flag (other than the lack of user reviews), by all means shout it out in the comments.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Post a comment Tags Share your voice Projectors Car Tech Digital Media 0last_img read more

What To Expect From Viz Media For the Next 3000 Years

first_imgStay on target ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Anime and manga slingers Viz Media had a scattershot assortment of new announcements at its panel at New York Comic Con. Fans of Naruto and old-school 90s anime should be pleased with what’s coming down the pike.First of all, the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Back in 1986, Viz published Legend of Kamui, a story written and drawn by Sanpei Shirato about a ninja who fled his clan, for English-speaking audiences. That predates the 1989 U.S. theatrical release of Akira, typically credited as the entryway to anime for Westerners. Y’know, if we’re not counting the Astro Boy or Speed Racer television shows from the 60s.But anyway, onto the good stuff!AdChoices广告Viz is publishing Yona of the Dawn, a manga described as a “shojo Game of Thrones,” by Mizuho Kusanagi.Ranma ½, one of the best anime from the 90s based on Rumiko Takahashi’s manga, is getting limited edition sets on Blu-ray.The Pokémon Cookbook by Maki Kudo is coming soon, full of easy and fun recipes. Apparently, there will be sushi recipes that involve Magikarp.Legend of the Galactic Heroes via Viz MediaOne of the bigger announcements: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, by Yoshiki Tanaka, is getting more English-language volumes. You can expect to see volumes 4, 5, and six next year. It’s a series with a lot of political sci-fi goings-on. And it’s a prose book! That means it’s text-only. No pretty pictures, except for on the covers.Here’s a neat or horrifying fact: There are, currently, 72 volumes of Naruto. They 32.4 pounds, which is equivalent to 225 cups of instant ramen. The Naruto anime is, currently, at 687 episodes, which equals about 252 hours, or 10 days and 10 hours of anime. So far! The latest series, Naruto Shippuden, is on-going.There will be hardbound editions of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga.The old Super Mario Adventures comics that ran in the pages of magazine-slash-advertorial Nintendo Power from 1992 to 1993 have been in collected, once again, in a new edition. The story is by Kentaro Takekuma, with art by Charlie Nozawa. Take it from, as someone who ran home from school every day to check his mailbox for the latest issue of NP, it’s one of, if not the best, bits of Super Mario media out there.Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time via Viz MediaThere’s a new hardbound edition of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga by Akira Himekawa on the way.The anime After Hours, a yuri story about the Japanese club scene is on the way, along with Anonymous Noise, about a girl entering the music industry. Fans of shojo drama are pretty much set with these two.Another big reveal: Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda is getting translated. About a survivor of the Russo-Japanese War who learns about hidden Ainu gold, this manga series won the 2016 Manga Taishou Award. All the crowd saw was a splash image of the first volume cover art, but there was also the promise of bear fights a la The Revenant. Hopefully, it’s not as boring and pretentious!Next up, Tokyo Ghoul: re, written and illustrated by Sui Ishida, is coming in English. A sequel series to Tokyo Ghoul, all we know so far is that it’s “coming soon.”Sailor Moon via Viz MediaSailor Moon fans have a lot to look forward to. First, the recent Sailor Moon Crystal series is getting limed edition Sets. This particular adaptation is a lot closer to the original manga, but with poorer animation than the 90s series.Speaking of, the original Sailor Moon series is finally getting its third series, Sailor Moon S, released stateside with a new English dub. It will be available uncut for the first time in limited edition sets available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 2016. Get your Rainbow Moon Chalices ready, Pretty Guardians.If shojo’s not your thing then how about some shonen? Naruto Shippuden, which will never end in our lifetimes, continues with DVD Set 28. It contains episodes 349 to 36, and it’s all uncut and all about Kakashi. It’s a standalone story arc, which hopefully means you can jump in and jump out of this particular range of episodes and feel satisfied. Because who has time for ten days and 10 hours of ninja anime? Sorry, sorry. Stupid question.And because Naruto can’t just end with his story, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, will be coming our way soon. It’s about Naruto’s son, and unlike Naruto, he doesn’t even wanna be the next hokage! Which kind of makes it like Legend of Korra, I guess. Fathers, sons—complicated stuff.Hunter x Hunter, which airs on Toonami every Saturday night, is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD in the coming weeks. Episodes one to 13 will be collected in regular and steel book editions with variant cover art, which you can buy at Best Buy. Of course, you can also read the manga for free on Shonen Jump.Pokemon via Viz MediaThe last major announcements were for a new Pokemon art book, The Art of Pocket Monsters Special, which collects sketches, storyboards, and never before seen manga panels from the Pokemon Adventures manga. It’s coming out next year.Lastly, Vampire Knight Memories, a manga about a high school girl who attends a “night class” full of vampires, is on its way in English. Team Yuuki, all the way.And that about does it for Viz Media at NYCC 2016. Forget about the next 30 years, as you can see, there’s enough anime and manga for the next 300 centuries.last_img read more

An ode to classical beats

An ode to classical beats

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre is hosting a musical evening titled An Ode to Indian Classical Music featuring Bishnumurari Chattopadhyay (popularly known as Champak). The  show that will witness Khayal, Thumri, Tarana and Bhajan will also Siddhartha Bhattacharyya will be accompanying Chattopadhyay on tabla. The classical singer believes that nothing rotates and run without the existence of God. With his larger-than-life heart, he owes his success story to many people in life. “I was initiated in music by my elder sister Purabi Chatterjee, a well-known classical vocalist and exponent of Nazrulgeeti. And then, my trainings with vocal maestro, Prof. Subhas Chakladar, a disciple of legendary Ustad Mehendi Hussain Khan of Rampur Gharana, and Ustad Abdul Gaffur Khan of Jaipur Gharana enhanced the skills,” shares the singer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Having completed his MA in Music from Kolkata, he took taalim of ‘tala’ and ‘laya’ from the Tabla maestro, Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. A recipient of Sangeet Gunakar from ‘Sadarang Sangeet Samaj’, West Bengal, Bishnumurari has the distinction of participating in a large number of music conferences in Kolkata and Delhi. With more than 25 years experience in teaching music, he has also directed group performances in Bengali light, semi-classical music, Nazrulgeeti, and composed songs of different genres, including devotional hymns for agomoni, bhajans, raga-based songs, adhunik songs and patriotic songs in Hindi for children, which have been universally appreciated. Champak has had the opportunity to regale great maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar with his performances from time to time, and get their invaluable appreciation and blessings.When: May 25Where: Amaltas Hall, India Habitat CentreTiming: 6:30 onwardslast_img read more

Lawmakers approve 2013 national budget

first_imgWith 27 votes in favor, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly approved on Thursday evening the 2013 national budget, which will total ₡6.4 trillion ($12.8 billion). Fifty-seven percent of the budget will be financed by taxes and regular income, while 43 percent will be paid with debt.The bill had passed a first-round debate Tuesday in a 29-15 vote, just a few hours after the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled unanimously that the earmarking of ₡3.6 billion ($7.2 million) for municipalities is unconstitutional because “it did not detail the specific destination of funds as required by law.National Liberation Party top lawmaker Fabio Rojas said Thursday “the [Sala IV] ruling is not binding, and the questioned funds barely reached 0.25 percent of the budget. Therefore, the budget’s approval does comply with the law.”Lawmakers from the Social Christian Unity Party, Citizen Action Party and Libertarian Movement Party voted against the bill. PAC’s top lawmaker, Yolanda Acuña, said “the budget has serious errors,” and that was the reason she voted against it. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Jail for 2 blamed for New Zealand cargo ship spill

first_img Comments   Share   Judge Robert Wolff from the Tauranga District Court sentenced the ship’s captain, Mauro Balomaga, and navigating officer, Leonil Relon, both of the Philippines. The two had already pleaded guilty to operating the ship dangerously and altering documents after the crash. They had earlier been granted name suppression by the court, but that expired when they were sentenced.A preliminary report released by transport investigators in March found that the Rena took shortcuts to try to reach port by a deadline.Maritime New Zealand, the agency responsible for shipping in New Zealand, said it was pleased with the sentences.Keith Manch, Maritime New Zealand’s director, said in an email Friday that an investigation by his agency found that the two senior officers, who were responsible for navigating the ship, had breached basic principles of safe navigation in their rush to get to the port. He said that even after a series of missteps, there was still a chance the men could have averted the disaster.About 10 minutes before the 2 a.m. crash, he said, the reef appeared as an echo reading on the Rena’s radar.“At this stage, there was sufficient time to make an effective alteration of course and avoid the reef,” Manch wrote. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Instead, the captain assumed the reading came from a small ship, Manch said. After unsuccessfully trying to look for the ship in the dead of night, Manch said, the captain dismissed it as a false reading and continued on into the reef.Manch said that both officers acknowledged making alterations after the grounding to the ship’s GPS log, its passage plan and its computer to mislead investigating authorities.“This offending is also very serious in that it caused genuine confusion for investigators trying to piece together the events that led to the grounding,” he said. “It is vital that when these types of events do take place, we can find out how and why they have happened to help prevent such an event happening again.”Costamare, the Greek-based company that owns the Rena, said in a statement that it acknowledged the verdict against the two men.“We will continue to meet our responsibilities, as their employer, to ensure their welfare and that of their families, as they complete their sentences,” the company wrote.The wreck of the Rena remains on the reef. It split in two earlier this year, with the stern section sinking and the bow section remaining above water. Salvage crews continue the slow process of removing containers from the wreck. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The captain and the navigator of a ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef last year in what authorities have called the country’s worst maritime environmental disaster were each sentenced Friday to seven months in jail.About 400 tons of fuel oil spilled on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga and at least 2,000 sea birds died in the Oct. 5 grounding of the cargo ship Rena. Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ___Follow Nick Perry on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nickgbperrylast_img read more

Sydney a favourite among travellers

first_imgSydney makes the top ten destinations for TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Destination Awards. Sydney has leapt four places this year to make a top ten appearance in the global Traveller’s Choice Destination awards.Paris and New York were listed as the top two travellers’ destinations, as revealed in TripAdvisor’s fifth annual Destination awards.‘The City of Lights’ rose three spots from last year’s rankings to beat out the ‘Big Apple’ in 2013.London, Rome, Barcelona, Venice, San Francisco, Florence, Prague and Sydney rounded out the top ten global favourites.Sydney held its position as travellers’ favourite destination in both the South Pacific and Australia.Queenstown jumped a spot from last year to become the number two favourite in the South Pacific, while Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley made its first appearance in the Top 25.70 percent of the top ten destinations on the South pacific list could be found in Australia.Melbourne retained its second place ranking among Australian destinations, while Queensland managed to secure four top ten spots on the Aussie list; Cairns, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and Port Douglas.“The awards highlight 412 winners worldwide and these impressive destinations offer something unique for every traveller type to help them plan their next perfect trip,” TripAdvisor chief marketing officer Barbara Messing said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

Markets Down Big Time Housing May Be Better Investment

Markets Down Big Time Housing May Be Better Investment

first_imgMarkets Down Big Time, Housing May Be Better Investment Share January 7, 2016 575 Views Housing Investment Stock Markets The Collingwood Group 2016-01-07 Staff Writer U.S. Stock Markets are down big in this New Year.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is off to its worst four-day start to a year on record, according to FactSet stats that go back to 1897.But housing values are up, leading many to ask if it’s a better investment then equities.We are still waiting for final numbers for last year but tight supplies of homes for sale is pushing prices ever higher, with annual gains soaring in most major markets. Home values in October were 5.2 percent higher than a year ago according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Price gains were even larger in the nation’s top 20 housing markets, at 5.5 percent over last year.Plus, there were more sales of both existing and new homes last year. Based on numbers reported through November, new-home sales were up 13 percent and existing-home sales were up 7 percent.The Collingwood Group Chairman Tim Rood says “The stock market drop is proof buying and investing in U.S. housing is a far better strategy.”  He says, “While not every American dreams of owning stock – the majority of them have a bias for living indoors. That bias coupled with the record affordability rate for homeownership are net positives for housing.”   Rood adds, “Homeownership is the last legitimate wealth creation opportunity for most Americans.”Collingwood Group Managing Director Tom Cronin perhaps sums it up best, “Real Estate appears, and is reported to be, frothy in many markets, but hey, you can live in it …You tell me what’s a better investment.” in Commentary, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Click here to learn more about The Collingwood Group.last_img read more

Kevin Kolb has completed 129 of 227 passes for 17

Kevin Kolb has completed 129 of 227 passes for 17

first_imgKevin Kolb has completed 129 of 227 passes for 1,706 yardswith eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in his firstseven games as a Cardinal, numbers that don’t exactly puthim among the NFL’s elite. However, in a season that has been highlighted byincredible offensive displays and quality QB play, Kolb’sstruggles put him near the bottom of the NFL.At least, that’s how Sports Illustrate’s Jim Trotterfeels, as he ranked Kolb 24th…out of 32 signalcallers. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The big trade that brought him from Philadelphia hasproduced only one win. Kolb has been uncomfortable anduncertain in the new offense, which requires him to holdthe ball longer than he did in the Eagles’ West Coastsystem. He also tended to lock onto Larry Fitzgerald formuch of the first month. His development could be hinderedby the case of turf toe he suffered last week. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Kolb is ranked ahead of Sam Bradford, Tarvaris Jackson,Blaine Gabbert, Curtis Painter, Matt Moore, the Redskins’duo, Tim Tebow and Carson Palmer, but sits behind ColtMcCoy, Joe Flacco and Christian Ponder.Yeah, that’s probably not the group the Cardinals figuredKolb would be in when they traded Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round draft pick for the former Eaglesbackup.As Trotter notes, though, much of Kolb’s problems stemfrom being uncomfortable with the offense, something thatis understandable given how little time the QB has spentin it. However, when rookies like Cam Newton and AndyDalton are experience success, it does give reason forpause.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Ultimate Driving Tours

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUltimate Driving Tours is hosting an epicurean journey to celebrate the guide that brought driving and gastronomy together: Michelin. Guests will indulge in fantastic roads, phenomenal cars and fine dining from Beaujolais to Burgundy, Champagne and Paris on a gourmet adventure to remember.Highlights:Spending three days comparing a selection of luxury and super-sport cars throughout the country backroads of France.Enjoying the stunning French countryside from Beaujolais to Burgundy and Champagne, including rolling hills covered in vineyards, picturesque lakes and charming cobblestone villages.Enjoying signature dining experiences at a selection of Europe’s most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants in Lyon, Beaune, Champagne and Paris.Staying at a selection of stunning châteaux, historic luxury villas, abbayes and opulent hotels throughout the tour, while being immersed in the history for which these regions are famed.Indulging in a VIP guided tour of Champagne houses and caves in Reims including gourmet lunch and tastings of iconic and boutique producers.Experiencing the Crazy Horse burlesque show in Paris – a mesmerising celebration of femininity, creativity and audacity.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more