NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool-branded appliances, curtailing a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years.In a note sent to its stores last week, Sears said that Whirlpool was making demands that would’ve made it difficult to sell those name-brand appliances at a competitive price.Sears has been ravaged by new competition for years, from stores like Home Depot and also from Amazon.com and other online retailers. It’s been closing stores as competitors take a bigger slice of the territory it dominated for decades. In the U.S., consumers buy most of their small appliances, from Walmart, according to market research firm TraQline. Amazon comes in second, with Sears placing fourth behind Target.The change to the Sears-Whirlpool partnership is effective immediately and Sears is also pulling from its floor products from Whirlpool subsidiaries like Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air.Sears said that it would sell off the remainder of its Whirlpool inventory. Its stores will now only sell its Kenmore products and other brands like LG, Samsung, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux and Bosch.Whirlpool’s CEO Marc Bitzer told investors Tuesday that the company told Sears in May that it would no longer supply branded products because it could not reach terms that were “acceptable to both parties.” He said Whirlpool will continue to supply the Kenmore products it makes for Sears.Bitzer also said the entire Sears business has declined over time and now accounts for only 3 per cent of Whirlpool’s global business, of which branded products are only a small fraction.The relationship between the two companies reaches back to 1916, when Whirlpool began making two types of wringer washers for Sears, Roebuck and Co., according to Whirlpool’s website. At that time, Sears operated exclusively through mail order. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company, now Sears Holdings Corp., also owns Kmart.Shares of Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, tumbled more than 10 per cent, or $18.30, to $164.20, in midday trading. The company had cut its profit outlook late Monday, citing rising costs. Sears shares fell 5.8 per cent, or 38 cents, to $6.18 in midday trading.
Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that people with disabilities not only make good employees, but that companies benefit greatly from employing them.“Persons with disabilities have the ability to make valuable contributions in the workforce as employees, entrepreneurs and employers,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day, whose theme this year is “Decent work for persons with disabilities.”“Whenever the opportunity arises, persons with disabilities prove their worth as productive members of the workforce,” Mr. Ban said. “That is why more and more employers are slowly coming to the realization that employing persons with disabilities makes good sense.”“Changing workplace environments and advances in information and communications technology are also giving persons with disabilities new avenues for seeking decent work,” the Secretary-General said.Economic factors will dictate more hiring of persons with disabilities, said Chris Sullivan, National Program Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Special Needs Financial Services, at a press briefing at UN Headquarters. There would be a global shortage of 31 million skilled workers by 2010, and companies would increasingly resort to the largely untapped pool of talented workers with disabilities.“The supply and demand cycle will turn the tide,” added National Business and Disability Council Vice President Judy Young. In addition, companies that hired persons with disabilities had come to recognize their contribution not only in terms of skills and productivity, but “in the innovative ways in which they are able to solve problems and accomplish tasks.”But a change of perception was needed, Ms. Young said. “Governments can dictate legislation, but cannot change attitudes. Attitudes only change when people with disabilities work side by side with people without disabilities, and each learn how to value each other and the contribution each brings to the workplace.”“It is all a matter of breaking down negative perceptions,” said Mr. Sullivan, who was born hearing-impaired. “You have to look at the person and not at the disability. That requires a tremendous change of perception in everyone, including the international community. But we are working on it.” His company employed persons with disabilities as financial advisors, propriety traders and staffers of the compliance division, he said. A Wall Street Consortium of Diversity was being formed and would hold its first meeting in New York in January, he added. Persons with disabilities also represented a large customer base, Ms. Young said, with an estimated $1 trillion in aggregate income worldwide. “Companies have long recognized that it is good business to hire workers who reflect their target markets,” she said. With advances in technology and accessibility, customers with disabilities were more often visiting businesses, in person and on-line.It was time, she said, “to turn the tide and recognize the power of people with disabilities as important players in the world economy, as productive workers and as viable customers.”In a related development, Spain became the tenth country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which introduces new international human rights standards to combat discrimination and promote equality of persons with disabilities. Spain’s Vice-President María Teresa Fernández de la Vega today deposited her country’s instrument of ratification, following Bangladesh and South Africa, which ratified on 30 November. Ten more ratifications are now needed for the treaty to come into force.Meanwhile, in an event to mark the Day at UN Headquarters in New York, eight pianists from around the world who have disabilities are performing tonight at a concert called “Unheard Notes.” The concert is being co-hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the New Heritage Theatre Group. 3 December 2007Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that people with disabilities not only make good employees, but that companies benefit greatly from employing them.
China’s first large homemade passenger jet to fly in 2017 FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, the first twin-engine 158-seater C919 passenger plane made by The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is pulled out of the company’s hangar during a ceremony near the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. After years of delays, China’s first large homemade passenger jetliner will take to the air for its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state media reported Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2017 4:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – After years of delays, China’s first large homemade passenger jetliner will take to the air for its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state media reported Monday.State-owned aircraft maker Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, based in Shanghai, has nearly completed work on the 175-passenger C919, the ruling Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily reported.The C919 was originally due to fly in 2015, but has been beset by delays blamed on manufacturing problems. It is now scheduled to enter service in 2019, aimed at competing with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, along with the Russian Irkut MC-21.Airbus and Boeing say the market for new aircraft will be worth more than $5 trillion over the next 20 years. Industry experts say China faces a tough slog capturing a significant share of that market, even with government support. Comac has 517 orders for the C919.Company officials couldn’t immediately be reached.The C919 is part of China’s efforts to develop a homegrown aviation industry in one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing air travel markets. China currently relies heavily on foreign-made aircraft.Last June, the ARJ21-700, China’s first homemade regional jet, made its debut flight carrying 70 passengers. The jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the party to transform China from the world’s low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields.The ARJ21, also made by Comac, is a rival to aircraft made by Bombardier Inc. of Canada and Brazil’s Embraer SA.
Tenova HYL has been contracted by HYBRIT to supply its direct reduced iron (DRI) solution as part of the world’s first fossil-free steel-making technology in Sweden.HYBRIT, a joint-venture project between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, was established in 2016 with an aim to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with hydrogen, a fossil-free steel-making technology. This would result in steel with virtually no carbon footprint, the company says.The Tenova HYL DRI technology will be used at HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden, which is expected to begin operations in 2020.“Thanks to the unique characteristics of its process and its specific expertise in direct reduction with high content of hydrogen, Tenova HYL perfectly fitted with HYBRIT project,” Tenova said.The company added that the “manoeuvrability” of production of the DRI module was another contributing factor, adding flexibility in terms of operations.Mårten Görnerup, CEO of Hybrit Development AB, said: “By using state-of-the-art production technology as a starting point, we will more quickly reach our goal of a fossil-free future.”HYBRIT’s goal is to have a solution for fossil-free steel by 2035.
Ivanhoe Mines and sinking contractor Aveng Mining have reached a new milestone at its Platreef PGM-nickel-copper-gold project in South Africa with Shaft 1 now at the top of the ‘Flatreef’ deposit, 780 m below surface.At the Shaft 1 intersection, the flat-to-gently-dipping deposit is an estimated 26 m thick, making it amenable to the sort of bulk-scale mechanised mining most PGM operators would dream of.This is the first time Platreef, in the Northern Limb of South Africa’s renowned Bushveld complex, has been intercepted by underground mining activity, according to Ivanhoe Mines.The mining team has now delivered first ore from the underground mine development to a surface stockpile for metallurgical sampling. “The estimated thickness of the mineralised reef (T1 and T2 mineralised zones) at Shaft 1 is 26 m, with grades of platinum-group metals ranging up to 11 g/t 3PE (platinum, palladium and rhodium) plus gold, as well as significant quantities of nickel and copper,” the company said.The 26 m intersection is expected to yield some 3,000 t of ore, estimated to contain more than 400 oz of PGMs.The 750 m station on Shaft 1 will provide initial, underground access to the orebody, enabling mine development to proceed during the construction of Shaft 2 – the mine’s main production shaft.The mining zones in the current Platreef mine plan occur at depths ranging from approximately 700 m to 1,200 m below surface.Shaft 1’s 750 m station will also allow access for the first raisebore shaft, which will have an internal diameter of 6 m, to provide ventilation to the underground workings during the mine’s ramp-up phase.As shaft-sinking advances, two additional shaft stations will be developed at mine-working depths of 850 m and 950 m. Shaft 1 is expected to reach its projected, final depth of 980 m below surface, complete with the stations, in early 2020.Shaft 2Excavation of the Shaft 2 box cut to a depth of approximately 29 m below surface is progressing well, according to Ivanhoe.Completion of the box cut will allow for the construction of the concrete hitch (foundation) for the 103 m-tall concrete headframe that will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar.Shaft 2, around 100 m northeast of Shaft 1, will have an internal diameter of 10 m, will be lined with concrete and sunk to a planned, final depth of 1,104 m below surface. It will be equipped with two 40 t rock-hoisting skips with a capacity to hoist a total of 6 Mt/y of ore. This is the single largest hoisting capacity at any mine in Africa, according to Ivanhoe.Headgear for the permanent hoisting facility was designed by South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation.In July 2017, Ivanhoe issued an independent, definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Platreef covering the first phase of production at an initial mining rate of 4 Mt/y. The DFS estimated Platreef’s initial, average annual production rate would be 476,000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, plus 21 MIb (9,525 t) of nickel and 13 MIb (5,897 t) of copper.
Réseau électrique français : “dangereusement vieillissant”, selon un expertLe Parisien a publié hier l’interview d’un ancien expert de la Commission de régulation de l’Energie, qui estime qu’en France, le réseau de distribution d’électricité ne répond plus à tous les critères d’efficacité et de sécurité.”Les ouvrages les plus vétustes n’ont pas été remplacés au fur et à mesure, comme il aurait fallu le faire. (…) La durée annuelle de coupure a augmenté de 50 % ces dix dernières années. Le réseau est devenu sensible à l’extrême aux aléas climatiques. A terme, les conséquences pourraient s’avérer dramatiques pour la sécurité des consommateurs”, a déclaré Michel Lapeyre.Ancien vice-président de la Commission de régulation de l’Energie (CRE, le “gendarme de l’énergie”), Michel Lapeyre avait cosigné quelques mois auparavant, lorsqu’il était encore en fonction, un rapport sur ce problème, rapport qui, estime-t-il, avait ensuite été “vidé de toute substance”. Interrogé sur le changement de statut d’EDF, désormais cotée en Bourse, il estime qu’il s’est fait “sans que soient instaurés les garde-fous nécessaires”, mais souligne “le dévouement et le professionnalisme” des agents d’ERDF. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles insists players of the club are hurt by their recent run of defeats and are desperate to turn things around.The Magpies have failed to claim victory in any of their first five games in all competitions, and are currently in the bottom three having only claimed one point from their four Premier League matches so far.But the Magpies captain disputes the idea that players are not affected by results to the same extent that supporters are. Rather, because football is the “priority” in their lives, Newcastle players can only fully relish other aspects of their lives if they record a positive result.Football, it kind of prioritises our whole lives; we put everything into it, with diet restrictions, preparations, anxiety before games,” Lascelles, who will become a father this week, told nufcTV, as quoted by Chronicle Live.“You put your whole life into football, and when you get just one victory it can make your whole week so much better.”“When you lose on a Saturday, your week can be terrible, and that’s how we all feel about it. That’s how important it is to us. That’s why we train as hard as we do; to give ourselves every possible chance of going out there on a Saturday and getting three points.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“At the end of the day, it’s not just about us; it’s about 52,000 Geordies that are paying good money to watch us play, the staff here working late to do their job, too.”“So, as players, the least we can do really is prepare the right way and work hard in training to put on a performance.”“It’ll be perfect timing for me if we win this weekend; with a baby coming, obviously three points would be lovely. The way we’ve been playing, we’re not far off it.”“We’re literally a few steps away from winning and we’ve had a tough start to the season, but now it’s about waking up and saying: ‘We need to start winning games now.”“It needs to change, and that’s what we’re looking to do on Saturday.”
URS Corp., a provider of engineering and construction services, furloughed about 3,000 employees, the most announced by a single federal contractor since the U.S. government’s partial shutdown began.The total includes employees idled by the closing of a government facility where they work or directives from U.S. officials to halt operations or cut staffing, San Francisco- based URS said Thursday in a statement. More employees may be furloughed if the impasses continues, URS said.“The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors,” Chief Financial Officer H. Thomas Hicks said in the statement. “We hope the situation is resolved as soon as possible to avoid additional impact on our federal business and our employees.”URS’s pullback showed the spreading effect on private business from the partial closing of government operations that began Oct. 1 with furloughs for about 800,000 federal workers. Federal agencies award more than $500 billion a year, or a rough average of $1.4 billion a day, to tens of thousands of contractors.The company is the 14th biggest U.S. government contractor with $3.9 billion in prime, or direct, awards in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It had more than 54,000 employees globally as of Jan. 25, according to regulatory filings.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers were notified of a reckless 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup that failed to stop for APD, and continued southbound on the Seward Highway, Tuesday.The investigation revealed Lance Colby Harrington, age 41 of Utqiagvik, stole a 2015 Toyota Tacoma from Anchorage, and continued driving in a reckless manner into Turnagain Pass.Harrington rammed a 2016 Dodge Journey SUV that was parked in a pullout near mile 72 of the Seward Highway, that was occupied by five people who received minor to no injuries, according to Troopers.Harrington left the scene of that collision and carjacked a nearby second vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Paul Caron, age 46 of Palmer. Harrington threatened Caron with a metal bar, and then smashed his rear window, attempting to gain entry to the vehicle.Caron attempted to drive southbound on the Highway and was later pulled from the vehicle by Harrington near mile 71 of the Seward Highway. Harrington stole the Chevrolet pickup and drove at high speeds southbound in a reckless manner.Harrington lost control of the pickup near mile 65 of the Seward Highway and skidded off the roadway into a ditch at high speeds and continued driving in the ditch until the vehicle hit a culvert and creek drainage ditch causing it to roll over multiple times.Harrington was ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the woods. Harrington emerged from the woods, ran to the highway, then attempted to take another vehicle that had stopped for the collision.Harrington was unsuccessful with attempts to leave the scene. Harrington was arrested on scene after resisting arrest with a US Forrest Service Officer and Good Samaritan off- duty law enforcement officers who were vacationing from another state.An Alaska State Trooper arrived on scene and took custody of Harrington. Harrington received minor to moderate injuries and was transported by EMS ground to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for treatment.All three vehicles were totaled. Harrington was charged with Robbery I, Vehicle Theft I (X2), Assault 3 (X2), Assault 4, Reckless Driving, Leaving the scene of MVC-I, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.Harrington was later released from the hospital and transported to the Anchorage Jail held without bail.
Avengers: Infinity War’s cliff-hanger ending left me fuming. The highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now, picks up the pieces of that story with a completely satisfying conclusion that winds down over a decade of movies.Directors Anthony and Joseph Russo have made a three-hour epic that flies by, just like Infinity War did in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Yet Endgame multiplies the scale tenfold. Adding Captain Marvel to the lineup of familiar faces, it has way more heroes, way more destinations and way more complexity. (For a spoiler-filled take on the film, read my colleague Rich Trenholm’s review.) Last year’s Infinity War revolved around bad guy Thanos’ quest to “balance” the universe by wiping out half of all life with the snap of his finger (aka The Snapture). Endgame brings the focus back to the surviving Avengers as they fight to resurrect the lost. Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Now playing: Watch this: Spoiler-packed review — so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is (kind of) a stinger When to take a pee break during Endgame Avengers: Endgame and every MCU movie, ranked I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 11 4:23 Now playing: Watch this: Endgame is the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it serves as a giant sequel to every MCU movie ever. Thankfully an in-depth knowledge of all 22 earlier films isn’t essential. The plot does jump around at times, which might confuse casual viewers, but bottom line: This thrill ride kicks off big and never lets up. It’s so much fun. Now that half the cast is out of the picture, the core Avengers and other surviving characters get more room for character development. The film dives into each hero’s motivations and history — especially important since this could be the final adventure for some of the longer-serving actors. Marvel Studios Standout Johansson dazzles, as Natasha Romanoff becomes a true leader who by Endgame sees Stark, Rogers and all the other heroes as a family she must protect. This Natasha is a far cry from the agent who feared the leak of her dark history in the past seven MCU films she’s starred in. Endgame sets her up well for her highly rumored solo film. Comments The shift in focus brings a change in tone, marked by the camaraderie between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the rest of the heroes who headlined 2012’s The Avengers. The villain-focused Infinity War was dark and deadly. With the likes of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man on board, this one goes lighter as it turns toward the heroes with plenty of humor and even some absurdity mixed in with the heartbreak and dizzying action sequences. 3:14 More Endgame Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order Now playing: Watch this: Of the core characters, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner take over the more absurd side of the story. In one way it’s fitting, considering the more comedic take both characters have moved toward since 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Yet of the arcs given to the original Avengers, theirs feels less epic due to their comic roles. Their antics are welcome, though at times their scenes feel a bit cringeworthy considering the overall effort to save lives. Marvel Studios Her stories get further amplified by the return of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, who embraces both his darker Ronin identity seen in recent trailers and his archer skills as Hawkeye. Barton didn’t make an appearance in Infinity War, and his return here both evolves the desperation the heroes are facing while giving audiences a return to the close friendship Romanoff and Barton have shared since 2012’s Avengers. Downey Jr. and Evans also get arcs showcasing the evolution of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers — fitting since the former kickstarted the MCU with 2008’s Iron Man and the latter is the first Avenger. The movie wastes no time pairing the two back up despite Stark being last seen stranded in space, and gives audiences the chance to see how strong they are working as partners instead of rivals as established in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 26 Photos Share your voice 2:09 Every single action sequence here deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. In Infinity War, the Russos demonstrated their ability to take action from Earth to space and back, and each of Endgame’s locations provide plenty of epic clashes and gorgeous vistas to relish. Even the more basic settings, like the Avengers’ headquarters somewhere in upstate New York, get made over into expansive environments. If you’ve enjoyed previous Marvel movies, see Endgame as soon as you can. And stay away from any leaks until you do. Originally published April 23. Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know 3:13 Movie reviews Marvel The Avengers
Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson, Alaska. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $14.8 million contract to a Palmer-based contractor for work on a missile defense-related project at Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson.Listen nowThe contract awarded to White Mountain Construction calls for construction of a secure facility for the radar site at Clear. The project is one of several going on at the $345 million radar, which is intended to improve the military’s ability to detect and intercept incoming enemy missiles.Jomo Stewart with the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation says the radar facility is one of many military construction projects under way at Clear, Eielson Air Force Base and the missile defense base at Fort Greely.“There are a number of military- and defense-related projects going on throughout the Interior,” Stewart said. “So, a substantial dollar figure, and a substantial amount of work.”FEDCO President and CEO Jim Dodson said last year that a total of some $1.5 billion in military construction work was scheduled through this year for the Interior. Stewart says that’s bringing more jobs to the Interior.“We, as much as possible, want to make sure as much of that work is conducted by local contractors, either directly or as subcontractors,” Dodson said.The $14.8 million entry control facility project at Clear is scheduled to be completed in September of 2020.
New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Thursday met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and asked her to enhance the city state’s allocation in the central taxes from Rs 325 crore. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Kejriwal said he asked the Finance Minister to invest more in Delhi and the national capital would pay back in the form of taxes as it (more investment) would help boost its economy. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Three points were discussed at the meeting. I told her that Delhi pays Rs 1.5 lakh crore as taxes to the Centre, but is getting only Rs 325 crore since 2003. Other states are getting more despite contributing less in terms of taxes. I also asked her to give Delhi Rs 3,000 of the Integrated GST, pending with the Centre.” Kejriwal, who met the Finance Minister at her office in the North Block along with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, said the Centre should also grant money to the municipalities. “Barring Delhi, the Centre is providing grants to all other municipalities,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “I assured her the Delhi government will fully cooperate with the central government for the city’s development. I also told her the two governments should work together for the city,” Kejriwal said. Delhi Finance Minister Sisodia had earlier met Sitharaman and had made similar demands. The full budget for 2019-20 will be presented in the Lok Sabha on July 5.
Golconda: The Metropolitan Legal Services Authority (MLSA), Hyderabad, on Friday conducted legal awareness programme at Government Girls High School (II Lancer), Golconda. MLSA secretary S Swathi Reddy explained to the girl students about the support and legal aid being provided by the Authority. She also provided insights into the legal provisions for girls and asked them to avail them in times of need. Elaborating on subjects like dowry, child marriage, child labour, she threw emphasis that they should be fought and brought under complete control. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Later, the MLSA secretary awarded the girl students, who took part in elocution, drawing and other competitions. During her interaction with students, she also tried to clarify their doubts. She called upon the school’s staff to maintain hygiene inside the class rooms and school premises so that students may not fall sick. Headmaster of the school S A Wajid Hashmi, advocate Mohammad Afzal and several other staff members were present on the occasion.
Wakanda Forever: New Fish Named After ‘Black Panther’ HomeThe Best ‘Avengers’ Toys I won’t deny that I didn’t start regularly reading Black Panther comics until celebrated author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates joined the book earlier this year. In fact, I wrote about how cool a move that hiring was. But Black Panther’s coolness spans the past five decades. And at New York Comic Con creators past and present appeared on stage to discuss the rich history and impact of Marvel’s Black African cat king.“Panther’s Rage” is one of the earliest acclaimed storylines for the character, and writer Don McGregor talked about the challenges he faced writing for a book essentially sent out to die. “I can’t believe we were publishing this in 1973!” said McGregor, noting how blatantly racist some of the material in Panther’s hub book “Jungle Action” was. So he fought against that, making a point to have an all-Black Wakandan cast. He even attempted to add several LGBT characters. McGregor teared up recalling a letter written by late African-American comic writer Dwayne McDuffie on how meaningful the “Panther’s Rage” story was to him. And as for how McGregor handled demands for more white people, he just had T’Challa fight the KKK!Christopher Priest, another hugely influential Black Panther writer in attendance, mentioned how he was among the first Black writers at Marvel and DC. But he wasn’t always allowed to take on the bigger characters. So with Black Panther, he thought about how he would approach a super smart and cool and capable character like Batman and made an even bigger statement by applying those traits to a Black character. It took some time for readers to adjust.But as cool and imaginative as T’Challa and his world can be, he’s still a human being. And human drama is what makes a character compelling. For Coates, T’Challa’s “dramatic tension” comes from his status as king of Wakanda. And his run directly addresses what it means for the most technologically advanced country in the Marvel universe to have as a system of government something as primitive as an absolute monarchy.However, some tidbits about that monarchy revealed by artist Brian Stelfreeze did demonstrate how Wakanda is cooler than the average kingdom. Did you know that in Wakanda darker skin equals more royal blood, or that the temple itself is shaped like a giant middle finger to the outside world?Black Panther is one of the first and most important minority characters in comics, and the panelists agreed reading about a superhero who looked like them was a mindblowing experience growing up. James Monroe Iglehart, currently playing the Genie in the Broadway version of Aladdin, talked about how comics, like theater, provided necessary escapism from a world especially hostile toward Black people. Things always work out in the story. Meanwhile, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC made the connection between mythology like the Black Panther and hip-hop music.Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, who said he was disappointed as a child to learn T’Challa wasn’t Hispanic, talked about how the company is building on the legacy of Black Panther with its push toward more diverse heroes. Just look at characters like the new Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Ghost Rider. And even within the world of Black Panther, there is room to explore more identities. Also on stage was Alisha Martinez, artist of the upcoming World of Wakanda spin-off. That series will highlight the women of the nation, including queer characters Ayo and Aneka. In fact, Martinez has yet to even draw T’Challa.With Black Panther more popular than ever thanks to recent and upcoming film appearances, it was great seeing where the character has been and the people who took him there. Now we just have to wait for his future.Vol. 1 of Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet is available now at Comixology. Stay on target
Kolkata: After conducting reconnaissance in disguise for several days, Income Tax officials seized Rs 1.5 crore of unaccounted cash and 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.63 crore from hawala operators in Bengal, an official said on Thursday. “Based on credible inputs regarding suspicious activities of unaccounted cash and gold trading activities being carried out at Burra Bazar area and nearby places, our officials seized more than Rs 1.5 crore in cash and 8 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs 2.63 crore in two days from hawala operators and unaccounted gold traders,” an IT official said. During the search and seizure operation, several incriminating physical and electronic evidences were seized, the official said. IT officials have so far seized over Rs 28.77 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from the state after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the official said.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Through various pictures and graphical presentations, we can express many abstract concepts, theories, data patterns, or certain ideas much clearer. Data can be messy at times, and simply showing the data points would confuse audiences further. If we could have a simple graph to show its main characteristics, properties, or patterns, it would help greatly. In this tutorial, we explain why we should care about data visualization and then we will discuss techniques used for data visualization in R and Python. This article is an excerpt from a book ‘Hands-On Data Science with Anaconda’ written by Dr. Yuxing Yan, James Yan. Data visualization in R Firstly, let’s see the simplest graph for R. With the following one-line R code, we draw a cosine function from -2π to 2π: > plot(cos,-2*pi,2*pi) The related graph is shown here: Histograms could also help us understand the distribution of data points. The previous graph is a simple example of this. First, we generate a set of random numbers drawn from a standard normal distribution. For the purposes of illustration, the first line of set.seed() is actually redundant. Its existence would guarantee that all users would get the same set of random numbers if the same seed was used ( 333 in this case). In other words, with the same set of input values, our histogram would look the same. In the next line, the rnorm(n) function draws n random numbers from a standard normal distribution. The last line then has the hist() function to generate a histogram: > set.seed(333) > data hist(data) The associated histogram is shown here: Note that the code of rnorm(5000) is the same as rnorm(5000,mean=0,sd=1), which implies that the default value of the mean is 0 and the default value for sd is 1. The next R program would shade the left-tail for a standard normal distribution: xThe related graph is shown here:Note that according to the last line in the preceding graph, the shaded area is red.In terms of exploring the properties of various datasets, the R package called rattle is quite useful. If the rattle package is not preinstalled, we could run the following code to install it:> install.packages(“rattle”) Then, we run the following code to launch it; > library(rattle) > rattle() After hitting the Enter key, we can see the following: As our first step, we need to import certain datasets. For the sources of data, we choose from seven potential formats, such as File, ARFF, ODBC, R Dataset, and RData File, and we can load our data from there. The simplest way is using the Library option, which would list all the embedded datasets in the rattle package. After clicking Library, we can see a list of embedded datasets. Assume that we choose acme:boot:Monthly Excess Returns after clicking Execute in the top left. We would then see the following: Now, we can study the properties of the dataset. After clicking Explore, we can use various graphs to view our dataset. Assume that we choose Distribution and select the Benford check box. We can then refer to the following screenshot for more details: After clicking Execute, the following would pop up. The top red line shows the frequencies for the Benford Law for each digits of 1 to 9, while the blue line at the bottom shows the properties of our data set. Note that if you don’t have the reshape package already installed in your system, then this either won’t run or will ask for permission to install the package to your computer: The dramatic difference between those two lines indicates that our data does not follow a distribution suggested by the Benford Law. In our real world, we know that many people, events, and economic activities are interconnected, and it would be a great idea to use various graphs to show such a multi-node, interconnected picture. If the qgraph package is not preinstalled, users have to run the following to install it: > install.packages(“qgraph”) The next program shows the connection from a to b, a to c, and the like: library(qgraph) stocksIf the data is shown, the meaning of the program will be much clearer. The correlation shows how strongly those stocks are connected. Note that all those values are randomly chosen with no real-world meanings:> data from to width [1,] “IBM” “IBM” ” 0″ [2,] “IBM” “MSFT” “10” [3,] “IBM” “WMT” ” 3″ [4,] “MSFT” “IBM” “10” [5,] “MSFT” “MSFT” ” 0″ [6,] “MSFT” “WMT” ” 3″ [7,] “WMT” “IBM” ” 3″ [8,] “WMT” “MSFT” ” 3″ [9,] “WMT” “WMT” ” 0″ A high value for the third variable suggests a stronger correlation. For example, IBM is more strongly correlated with MSFT, with a value of 10, than its correlation with WMT, with a value of 3. The following graph shows how strongly those three stocks are correlated: The following program shows the relationship or interconnection between five factors: library(qgraph) data(big5) data(big5groups) title(“Correlations among 5 factors”,line = 2.5) qgraph(cor(big5),minimum = 0.25,cut = 0.4,vsize = 1.5, groups = big5groups,legend = TRUE, borders = FALSE,theme = ‘gray’) The related graph is shown here: Data visualization in Python The most widely used Python package for graphs and images is called matplotlib. The following program can be viewed as the simplest Python program to generate a graph since it has just three lines: import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.plot([2,3,8,12]) plt.show() The first command line would upload a Python package called matplotlib.pyplot and rename it to plt. Note that we could even use other short names, but it is conventional to use plt for the matplotlib package. The second line plots four points, while the last one concludes the whole process. The completed graph is shown here: For the next example, we add labels for both x and y, and a title. The function is the cosine function with an input value varying from -2π to 2π: import scipy as sp import matplotlib.pyplot as plt x=sp.linspace(-2*sp.pi,2*sp.pi,200,endpoint=True) y=sp.cos(x) plt.plot(x,y) plt.xlabel(“x-value”) plt.ylabel(“Cosine function”) plt.title(“Cosine curve from -2pi to 2pi”) plt.show() The nice-looking cosine graph is shown here: If we received $100 today, it would be more valuable than what would be received in two years. This concept is called the time value of money, since we could deposit $100 today in a bank to earn interest. The following Python program uses size to illustrate this concept: import matplotlib.pyplot as plt fig = plt.figure(facecolor=’white’) dd = plt.axes(frameon=False) dd.set_frame_on(False) dd.get_xaxis().tick_bottom() dd.axes.get_yaxis().set_visible(False) x=range(0,11,2) x1=range(len(x),0,-1) y = *len(x); plt.annotate(“$100 received today”,xy=(0,0),xytext=(2,0.15),arrowprops=dict(facecolor=’black’,shrink=2)) plt.annotate(“$100 received in 2 years”,xy=(2,0),xytext=(3.5,0.10),arrowprops=dict(facecolor=’black’,shrink=2)) s = [50*2.5**n for n in x1]; plt.title(“Time value of money “) plt.xlabel(“Time (number of years)”) plt.scatter(x,y,s=s); plt.show() The associated graph is shown here. Again, the different sizes show their present values in relative terms: To summarize, we discussed ways data visualization works in Python and R. Visual presentations can help our audience understand data better. 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Share Virtuoso member TPI emphasizes luxury sales with latest round of regionals TORONTO — More than 250 TPI travel advisors and preferred partners shared ideas on how to increase luxury sales at close to a dozen regional meetings across Canada.“TPI is unique in the fact that while our advisors are independent contractors who run their own travel business with the freedom and flexibility they need, we offer the best peer-to-peer support in the industry. Our advisors get into business for themselves, but are never by themselves,” says Christine Winchester, National Director of Sales and Professional Development for TPI.“Having the opportunity to gather together at a regional meeting to learn from our valued suppliers — and from each other — is a great advantage to being part of the TPI family.”Jaime Murphy, a long-time TPI travel advisor, recently moved her business from Newfoundland to Edmonton. “For me, the greatest benefit of these meetings is the personal connections I’ve made. It has been essential in my business, especially since the move,” said Murphy. “Before this meeting, I wasn’t familiar with any of the partner representatives in Edmonton. Now I have those personal connections — and I know about new products that come with higher yields. I am very grateful we are presented with these opportunities. It’s why I love being part of TPI.”Michele Smith from Barrie, ON said her team walked away from the meetings with the reminder that luxury is not the same for everyone — that one size does not fit all. “Having face-to-face meetings with suppliers provides us with a very different experience than webinars. When you leave the office and attend a meeting, it’s another way to learn not only from the suppliers, but the other advisors and TPI staff in the room,” said Smith.Adds Sherry Petrasko, a TPI travel advisor based in Winnipeg: “I feel it is extremely important to attend these regional meetings if we want our business to thrive. It’s an opportunity to visit with other agents and share stories and tips of the travel trade. I always come away with so many ideas from other agents and suppliers.”Suppliers were on hand for the regional meetings as well. “TPI’s emphasis on developing luxury sales is truly welcome,” said Beverley Vickers, Director of Sales and Marketing, Canada, for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Having a luxury focus for regional trainings allowed me as a supplier to dig deeper into the relationships I have with interested TPI advisors and help them better understand the luxury cruise landscape. Being able to support the leadership message from TPI management is rewarding, especially since we are now seeing results.”Also taking part in several cities was Mahima Tripathi, CEO and Chief Brand Ambassador, Saleint Inc. “I thought the meetings went extremely well. The advisors engaged in conversations and asked relevant and important questions. TPI is awesome — and their passionate culture is displayed from top to bottom.”TPI will be conducting the next regional gatherings at its annual TPI Summit events, which will take place in nine cities across Canada April 2-13, 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Events, Sphere, TPI, Virtuoso Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Etihad Airways has launched its first ever scheduled flights linking Australia and Barcelona, via Abu Dhabi. EY49, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday morning (Thursday 29 November 2018) carrying a special delegation including dignitaries, media representatives, influencers and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team.The UAE national airline is celebrating the occasion in style by hosting a special event held at the historic Capella dels Angels, a sixteenth-century Gothic building which is now part of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), attended by leading figures from the local government, diplomats, media, corporate partners and travel trade.Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We have been tremendously excited about the launch of this service and what better time to arrive in Barcelona than the month Etihad celebrates its 15th anniversary.” airlinesaustraliaBarcelonaEtihadSpain
Go back to the e-newsletterBaillie Lodges says its long-held plans to create a luxury wilderness retreat on Tasmania’s rugged southeast coast will go ahead. Remarkable Lodge on the Tasman Peninsula will provide a welcome hike in visitor numbers to the region, around a 75 minute drive from Hobart and close to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site.Owners James and Hayley Baillie and their four young sons were joined by Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman on the lodge site at Crescent Bay when making the announcement on 28 February. The $20 million Remarkable Lodge will be the fourth property in the Baillie Lodges swag of Australian luxury lodges upon its completion in 2020.Remarkable Lodge will rest on its own spectacular headland, offering sea views extending to Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s highest vertical sea cliffs, as well as waterfalls, fascinating rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.The 43-hectare privately-owned property adjoins the Tasman National Park, promising a range of adventures for guests. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, dolphins and sea birds. Visitors witness a frenzy of diving gannets, magnificent albatross and sea eagles, cormorants and peregrine falcons.Renowned Tasmanian architects Stuart Tanner and Craig Rosevear collaborated on the vision. A contemporary wing-shaped design sits gently on the contour of the coastal landscape. Materials including stone, wood and concrete create an aesthetic true to the world’s best cool climate lodges, while each of its 20 suites deliver views of the Tasman Sea and its wilderness.The Great Room is the hub of guest activity, and includes a guest-only restaurant and bar, open fire and expansive terrace. Below is a bunker-style retreat with dedicated spa and indoor-outdoor swimming pool. Guests can explore Crescent Bay or take a short walk to Basket Bay and Remarkable Cave. A program of signature experiences of the destination are being developed, including a water-transported visit to the Port Arthur historic site, wilderness walks and a raft of marine adventures.Owner James Baillie says the philosophy behind the Baillie Lodges guest experience is to create a real sense of place in each of the destinations in which they operate.“After many years in the planning, Hayley and I are very excited to be adding the remarkable Tasman Peninsula to our collection of unique wilderness destinations around Australia,” Mr Baillie said.“We see a fabulous opportunity to harness Tasmania’s already thriving food and beverage offering including fine wines, island beers, small-batch whiskies and gins, as well as fabulous produce including cheeses, oysters, seafood and beef. “We believe Remarkable Lodge will provide a welcome boost to the local and regional economies. Not only will it create new, sustainable tourism jobs directly related to the lodge, but support industries including local tour operators, food and beverage producers, building suppliers and tradesmen, interior designers and local artists are also set to benefit.“The Tasmanian Government has shown generous support for the project with $1million committed to infrastructure allowing more visitors access to the Tasman Peninsula whilst preserving the region’s spectacular natural assets.”The Tasman Peninsula is recognised for its potential as a standout tourism destination, with its sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, caves and wilderness a draw card for high-end visitors seeking an active experience from a luxury lodge base. The challenging Three Capes Walk follows a route close to the lodge, while a hike up nearby Mount Brown promises panoramic views to Tasman Island and beyond.Work has already begun to fine tune the lodge’s design and guest experience concepts and will continue throughout 2018. Construction is expected to commence in 2019, with Remarkable Lodge flagged to open in 2020.The Baillie Lodges portfolio of luxury properties currently includes Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta.Go back to the e-newsletter
by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 5:31 am PDT Last Updated May 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alicia Keys among readers for audio edition of ‘Rebel Girls’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – Imagine Alicia Keys talking about Nina Simone, or Ashley Judd on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Keys and Judd are among the readers for an audio edition of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” and “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2.” The two audiobooks, coming out June 19 from Penguin Random House Audio, each feature 100 short biographies of famous women. The publisher told The Associated Press on Friday that other pairings will include Esperanza Spalding reading about Audrey Hepburn, Danai Gurira on Gloria Steinem and Samira Wiley on Beyonce.“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls,” co-authored by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, originated through a Kickstarter campaign. It was published in hardcover in 2017 and became a New York Times bestseller, with subjects ranging from Cleopatra to Serena Williams. This combination photo shows Alicia Keys at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on a Jan. 28, 2018,left, and jazz singer Nina Simone in London on Dec. 5, 1968. Keys is among the readers for an audio edition of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” and “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2.” The two audiobooks, coming out June 19 from Penguin Random House Audio, each feature 100 short biographies of famous women. Keys will talk abot Simone. (AP Photo)