Maddox addresses relationship with Brad Pitt

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Angelina Jolie’s son Maddox has finally broken his silence on his strained relationship with father Brad Pitt. Maddox, 18, has entered Yonsei University in South Korea but has indicated that he is not sure that he will be visited by the Hollywood actor, reports mirror.co.uk. Pitt has been busy promoting his films Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and Ad Astra and Maddox is uncertain when he will see the 55-year-old. The portal InTouch has reported that Maddox was approached by a paparazzi and asked whether he would be seeing Pitt anytime soon. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe said: “I don’t know about that, what’s happening.” He then went on to say “whatever happens happens,” before speaking about college life and how he is coping as a freshman. Maddox said he is adapting to sleeping in a dorm and that he hasn’t learned how to speak Korean as yet. Pitt and Maddox became briefly estranged around the time Jolie and the Legends of the Fall actor began divorce proceedings before they were brought back together later in 2016.last_img read more

Suncor to spend 14B to replace cokefired boilers with cogeneration units

first_imgCALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it will spend $1.4 billion to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oilsands base plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta.The company says the units will provide steam generation for its extraction and upgrading operations and generate 800 megawatts of power.The change will also help reduce costs. Suncor says replacing the coke-fired boilers with cogeneration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with steam production at the base plant by approximately 25 per cent.Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions are also expected to be reduced by approximately 45 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.The project is expected to be in-service in the second half of 2023.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Peacebuilding office teams up with UN entities to combat sexual violence in

3 February 2010The United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office has joined forces with a network of over a dozen other UN entities to prevent sexual violence in armed conflict and respond effectively to the needs of survivors. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in response to calls from women’s groups, rape survivors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), formed the inter-agency network known as UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict in 2008.The network brings together experts on various issues, including peacekeeping, HIV/AIDS and human rights, to help stop rape and other sexual crimes in conflict-ridden countries. Assistant-Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support Judy Cheng-Hopkins said joining the network will help the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) cross-reference with 12 other UN entities and close the gap on how to prevent the scourge of sexual violence in conflict and better help survivors. “Women are entitled to full and equal participation in all peacebuilding processes, and there is a need to address the impact of sexual violence on their capacity to participate,” she stated. Her office was set up to support the efforts of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which was established in 2005 to help struggling States avoid slipping back into war and chaos. There are currently four countries on its agenda – Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic (CAR).In addition to support from the PBC, countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects.Efforts to combat sexual and gender-based violence have been reflected in the work of both bodies. For example, the Strategic Framework for Peacebuilding in the CAR, adopted last May, includes important commitments for the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, including the provision of human rights training for security forces, as well as identification and support to victims of violence.In addition, the Peacebuilding Fund currently funds 12 projects to support women affected by conflict, including in Liberia, where it supports the improvement of prosecution services targeting crimes of sexual and gender-based violence, among other things. In a related development, Mr. Ban has announced the appointment of Margot Wallström of Sweden as his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.This comes in response to a request made by the Security Council last September for the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative to provide coherent and strategic leadership to address sexual violence in armed conflict. read more

UN invites States to sign international treaties during General Assembly session

The annual treaty event, which was initiated in 2000, is an awareness-raising occasion by the UN Secretary-General, who is the depository of the 550 multilateral treaties that establish the rules of conduct for States. The event is intended promote participation in the treaty framework internationally and nationally.“As is customary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of State and government present in New York for the opening of the 66th session [of the General Assembly] to demonstrate their continuing commitment to the rule of law by undertaking treaty actions with regard to the highlighted treaties or with respect to any of the other 550 for which he is a depository,” said Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, the head of the Treaty Section of the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), at a news conference at UN Headquarters.This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week and the week that follows at UN Headquarters where heads of States and Government will be gathered for the high-level General Assembly session.The event is entitled ‘Towards Universal Participation and Implementation’ and highlights some 64 treaties that address the status of refugees and the challenges of forced displacement and statelessness, human rights, disarmament and non-proliferation, the prevention and suppression of acts of terrorism and organized crime, as well as sustainable development and protection of the environment.Since 2000, the annual treaties event has resulted in 1,591 new treaty actions, according to Ms. Goettsche-Wanli.Udo Janz, the Director and Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New York, told reporters that the UN refugee agency is this year encouraging States to sign, ratify or to accede the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. 16 September 2011Member States were today invited to sign, ratify or accede to various international treaties during this year’s high-level General Assembly session next week, with a special focus on multilateral accords that deal with United Nations priorities, including human rights, disarmament, the prevention of terrorism and the protection of the environment. read more

Contractors picked for controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

CALGARY — The company behind the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says it has picked contractors to work on the project extending between Alberta and British Columbia.Kinder Morgan Canada says it has selected or signed agreements with six firms that have experience in building pipelines and major infrastructure projects in both provinces.The company says contractors will directly hire individuals and sub-contractors, and there will be employment opportunities for local, regional and Aboriginal communities.Construction on the $7.4-billion project is expected to begin this month, and the company says it will take about 28 months to complete.The National Energy Board said last week the company has met the 157 conditions necessary for the expansion of a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.The project would triple the capacity of an Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver area, but it has faced fierce opposition from several groups, including First Nations and environmentalists. read more

Chinese training ship arrives in Sri Lanka on goodwill visit

The Chinese officers and sailors on the training ship will visit ship of the Sri Lanka Navy, exchange ideas with Sri Lanka Navy training officers, instructors, and cadets from Naval and Maritime Academy, take part in a friendly basket ball and soccer match with their Sri Lanka counterparts. In addition, the Chinese side will hold a deck reception on the training ship Qi Jiguang, which will also be open to local visitors in Sri Lanka. Designed and built in China, Qi Jiguang Ship was commissioned in PLA Navy in February 2017, subordinate to Dalian Naval Academy. The ship is named after the hero Qi Jiguang of Ming Dynasty. Her mission is to inherit glorious traditions, cultivate excellent servicemen and carry out military diplomacy.According to the plan, in combination with ocean-going practice, Qi Jiguang Ship has visited Oman, Portugal, Italy. She will depart for Thailand on 14 November. The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked at the Colombo Port today on a four-day goodwill visit.During the ship’s port call in Colombo, Rear Admiral Yan Zhengming, superintendent of the PLA Navy’s Dalian Naval Academy and commanding officer of the training ship’s ocean-going mission, is scheduled to call on vice admiral S S Ranasinghe, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, and Rear admiral NPS Attygalle, Commander Western Naval Area. read more

Construction of stalls for relocated vendors moving apace

Vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf will finally be able to resume their trade, as construction of stalls commences for their relocation at the Route 42 Bus Park.<<>> on Monday visited the area where the vendors were being assisted by construction workers to build a wooden structure of the same dimensions. The section allocated for the relocation was cordoned off and each vendor’s space was demarcated.While speaking with the stall owners, many said that they were working assiduously to finish construction before month end, since the busy Christmas shopping season will commence soon.A stalls under construction“Well, we have like two more weeks till the month end, so that should be good way. Now is the time that everybody hurrying ‘cause not too long they mark off the stand number,” said a vendor, who was positive that all would be completed in a timely fashion.He expressed that vendors’ income faded when the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) ceased operations at the Stabroek Wharf. For a few months, he managed to sell in the community but it was inadequate.“Christmas coming so we trying to catch all that we miss for since September time. A lot of money we lose…you couldn’t sell how you used to.”The wooden stalls are elevated on concrete blocks so that deconstruction would be easy. There is also a concrete section in progress which is expected to house restroom facilities.The Council had decided at a previous statutory meeting that the vendors would have to construct their own stalls as one would cost approximately $400,000. The area was cordoned off with steel barriers and there is no access to vend. This has since been changed to chain-link fencing.During their wait before confirmation was given to construct stalls, the vendors anonymously highlighted their concerns about being placed on the breadline as they feared victimisation.City Hall presented a budget of $23 million, which was used to construct barricades and groundwork. As such, it was determined that the Council could not stand the cost of constructing stalls for some 82 vendors.  It was decided that the vendors would be solely responsible for the construction, exclusive of electrical lighting.This decision was taken after the question was raised as to whether the Council could have taken up the mantle of building the stalls. The Town Clerk, Royston King responded, “We don’t have the money to do it.”It is mandatory that the eight feet by ten feet structure with a maximum height of 13 feet be constructed with wooden materials and six weeks after completion of the stalls, a sum of $85 per square foot per month will be collected for sanitation and other services.The Wharf remains on the agenda for rehabilitation, which is slated to last for two years at the cost of some $400 million. During this time, bus parks will remain displaced, even as commuters and drivers complain of petty crimes in the new locations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStabroek Wharf rehab: City Council has no money to construct stalls for vendorsSeptember 18, 2018In “Business”Stabroek Wharf rehab: plans afoot to relocate vendors, minibus parkApril 22, 2017In “Business”Fire ravishes stalls at Stabroek Market WharfNovember 20, 2018In “Crime” read more

Greece in mourning after twin girls thought missing are discovered dead

first_imgA father’s agonising ordeal grasped the attention of the entire nation last Monday, during the harrowing fires in Attiki Greece.A missing persons alert was shared around the country as young father Yiannis Philipopoulos thought he had seen his daughters in a TV newscast (pictured below).Philipopoulos and his wife, had reportedly spotted the two girls in videos aired on SKAI and Alpha channels showing them boarding a fishing boat along several other survivors.Screengrab of the two girls Philipopoulos mistook for his daughters as they appeared on TV.The last time the couple saw their little girls Vasiliki and Sofia, they were enjoying school holidays in their grandparents’ care.Philip, 74 and Sofia, 61, had also been reported missing.The search for the Philipopoulos twins went viral and even spread abroad. It became both a story of hope and fear for their safety.In the meantime the father had provided authorities with DNA samples to help them identify the missing girls and their grandparents.The tragic grandparents who also perished in the Mati fires.After a nationwide search it was discovered that the two girls in the video were someone else’s daughters and had been reunited with their family.In a tragic turn of events, a Facebook post by relative Angelo Kontos came to end the saga:“The epilogue has been written. All 4 found hugging each other. Not even death could tear them apart,” Mr Kontos wrote.Yiannis Philipopoulos had been searching for his daughters since the fires broke out on Monday. Photo: iefimerida.grMany more have taken to social media to share photos of their loved-ones as the death toll rises and several people remain missing or unidentified. At this point, little hope remains with officials advising it is highly unlikely there will be any survivors found in the area afflicted by the fire. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

GEEK PICK Legend of Zelda Classic Sword

first_imgStay on target For all of the well-deserved praise The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gets for reinvigorating the classic, acclaimed Nintendo franchise, a lot of its innovations can be directly traced back to the very first Legend of Zelda on the NES in 1986. While there’s certainly a gulf in their technological execution, on a design philosophy level both games share a love of nonlinear open-worlds that encourage experimentation and a true uncompromising sense of adventure. In a way, the series came full circle in a really beautiful way.Given its popularity coupled with Nintendo Switch, there’s plenty of Breath of the Wild gear merchandise out there. Not that long ago we told you about this replica bow and arrow set. However, if you want to honor a more old-school piece of Zelda weaponry, check out this Legend of Zelda Classic Sword ($20) from ThinkGeek. Being from an 8-bit game, this sword comes from a time when objects could only be rendered in colorful squares. So instead of a sharp curvy blade, this is really just a bunch of rounded rectangles in the vague shape of a sword. The modest size arguably makes it more of a big dagger anyway.It’s cute and quaint though, pressing all your nostalgia buttons. Plus, for a game inspired by exploring childhood caves, it feels right this 13 ¼” long sword would be completely safe in the hands of a child. You can’t poke your eye out with pixels. To aid in your 8-bit immersion, the battery-powered sword also makes iconic retro Zelda sound effects when you swing it around.Even considering Zelda’s illustrious history, I think Breath of the Wild’s sheer quality converted a lot of folks into hardcore fans. So maybe they’ll want to go back and see where it all began, especially since the Switch’s online subscription will include the original Zelda among other NES games. But you can play NES Zelda IRL with this classic Zelda Sword.For more on Zelda check out our takes on the Champions’ Ballad DLC. And other Zelda-like games on Switch like Okami and Minit. Be sure to add to your Breathe of the Wild collection with Link’s Master Sword Letter Opener. And follow all of Zelda’s adventures here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Conte believes Man City can dominate for years

first_imgAntonio Conte believes that Manchester City are capable of dominating the Premier League for yearsThe Citizens were recently confirmed as the new Premier League champions, last Sunday, after local rivals Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to lowly West Brom.City have now equalled United’s record from 2001 by winning the league title with five games remaining and are on course to break two further records at the end of this season with Chelsea’s record points tally of 95 points under threat with Pep Guardiola’s side on 87. Also up for grabs is their own goalscoring record at 103 goals during the 2009/10 season with the current squad on 93 goals.Conte, who won the Premier League with Chelsea last season, believes that City stand above every club in the league and are the one side that are truly capable of mounting a challenge both domestically and in Europe.“Manchester City is one club that can continue to dominate, to win, not only in England, but also to fight for the Champions League.” said the Chelsea boss, according to Football365.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“They have the possibility to do this. It is a very strong club, they have an important squad with great players and are a club that want to invest and improve. There are a lot of things that are right.”Although they do have a game in hand against Tottenham in the league standings, Conte admits it will be difficult to recover from an eight point gap to their London rivals at this stage of the season. But the Italian insists that, despite the odds, Champions League football is still the target for Chelsea.“We have to try until the end to reach this target.” admitted the 48 year-old.“If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it’s not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not?“We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won’t be easy to get three points.”last_img read more

Womens World Cup Draw is done

first_img24 teams will play in France next year to see which is the strongest nation in women’s football on the planet24 countries will play from June 7 to July 7 in France for the chance to lift the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.The draw took place today at La Seine Musicale in Paris.France and South Korea will open the tournament on June 7, as the hosts were seeded as leaders of Group A. They are accompanied by Norway and Nigeria.Steph Houghton, Manchester City, Manchester UnitedHoughton looks to create more history with the City Women Manuel R. Medina – September 4, 2019 Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play in the Women’s Super League this Saturday, and for skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.Germany leads Group B, with China, Spain, and South Africa. Meanwhile, Group C is made up of Australia, Italy, Brazil, and Jamaica.England, Scotland, Argentina and Japan make up for Group D. While Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, and the Netherlands are on Group E.And current champions, the United States, will take part of Group F together with Thailand, Chile, and Sweden.The 24 teams will play in nine different cities in France.last_img read more

Water Sewerage Worker charged in voter fraud on bail

first_imgPhoto credit: Nassau Gaurdian Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – A 27 year government employee is saying he is not guilty of voter fraud; not guilty of trying to register twice and receive two voter cards.  The 57 year old man from Harbour Island, Eleuthera yesterday appeared in court and was granted 5,000 bail eventually.Andrew Johnson works at the Water and Sewerage Corporation and is represented by attorney, Philip Hilton who demanded that his client be treated fairly.   Hilton had a problem with the way Johnson was shackled and brought to court and requested that his client be released and allowed to return to his home in Briland.Hilton said Johnson’s image is ruined, and pointed to the fact that the Police flew into Eleuthera to arrest his client; he insisted on a speedy trial so that Johnson would not be denied a right to vote in the next general election.   It is alleged that in February, Andrew Johnson, under oath knowingly made a false statement to the revising officer.  The matter is adjourned until April 25 and could run until May 1.#MagneticMediaNews#manchargedinvoterfraud#waterandsewerageworkerarrested#voterfraudinBahamas Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #manchargedinvoterfraud, #voterfraudinBahamas, #waterandsewerageworkerarrestedcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Trump Rally in Houston Moved to Toyota Center Due to High Ticket

first_imgTrump campaignPresident Donald Trump at a campaign rally.President Trump’s scheduled rally in Houston next week has been moved to a larger venue.The “Make America Great Again” event was originally scheduled for Monday evening at NRG Arena. That venue seats, at most, 10,000 people.The Trump campaign says ticket demand prompted them to move the rally to Houston’s Toyota Center, which has room for 19,000 people.The President is coming to Houston to campaign for Senator Ted Cruz and other Republicans heading into the midterm election.Earlier this year he had pledged to hold the Texas rally at the largest stadium in the state. The largest Texas venues can host as many as 100,000 people. Sharelast_img

MovieBob Reviews STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI SPOILERFREE

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is The Last Jedi Good?It’s great!Whew!Yeah, I was worried too. But it’s great.Better than the last two?I think so. Better than Force Awakens and Rogue One, better than the Prequels. Probably better than Return of The Jedi – probably.What’s it about (no spoilers, please!)?It picks up immediately after the end of the last movie, with Rey following up on Jedi-related business with Luke Skywalker on that island planet, General Leia and Poe Dameron working help the last of The Resistance outrun the First Order in a fleet-vs-fleet space-chase and Finn teaming up with new character Rose to hunt down some technology that will aid in the escape.How much time do we get with Leia?Obviously, it was going to be a big deal seeing Carrie Fisher onscreen for one more movie no matter what, but she’s actually a HUGE part of the film this time and… look, I won’t spoil, but in a movie where almost every character old or new with a name you’re supposed to remember gets at least one BIG “moment” to themselves hers is an all-timer (you’ll know it when you see it.) Same goes for Luke – they’re both a significantly bigger part of the film this time around, even as the storyline is increasingly much more about the new generation of characters.So we’re still doing the meta “sequel about sequels” thing?Yes. It’s “about” Star Wars itself the same way The Force Awakens was… but in a more subtle, opaque way that’s eventually a kind of “anti-nostalgia” in terms of what it’s looking to say about the characters, their world and what things need to be going forward. To put it in as non-spoilery terms as I can: If Awakens was about The Resistance and The First Order repeating the cycle of The Rebellion and The Empire, this one is all about how they have to become their own things and what the proper way to get there is going to be – and that’s exciting.How is Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), the new hero character?She’s delightful – a different sort of character (in several respects) that you don’t often see in a role this prominent in big movies. In terms of the “new generation inheriting the legacy” meta-narrative, she’s the contemporary-fan: Someone who’s the same generation as Finn, Poe and Rey and is already seeing them as Resistance icons but also able/willing to assert herself when she sees them as in the wrong – the actual-warfare version of a fan who wants to keep their faves “honest” via social-media callouts. She’s also a “worker’s voice” voice for class-consciousness, which becomes important toward the middle of Act 2.How are the returning new generation characters, overall?It’s difficult to discuss them without spoilers, as they all have fresh arcs to play out in this one that are directly tied to important parts of the storyline. Poe Dameron gets a much bigger role this time around, but in an unexpected way. Finn gets to show more dimensionality and be on the receiving end of having to evaluate the limits of his perspective while still being the “everyman” character. Rey… anything I could note in detail about where Rey’s story goes is going to be a spoiler, but suffice it to say her storyline is very much about driving home the “Who’re you calling predictable?” aspect of the broader uncharted-territory theme of the overarching narrative – and I’m kind of in love with how upset certain points that drive this home are going to make certain people who’ve spent two years smugly trying to “figure out” the new films ahead of the filmmakers.Does it do anything significantly different than other Star Wars movies?Constantly. We’re seeing all new planets and all new types of planets, different sorts of creatures and tonal/stylistic techniques that break the mold in terms of visuals, action styles and narrative devices that aren’t typically used as part of the Star Wars visual language. There’s a dialogue exchange, played for laughs, in the first few minutes that’s completely unlikely any back and forth we’ve heard before in the series, and in many ways it feels more like a proper WAR movie than even Rogue One did: With events that come into play in sudden random bursts and many of the characters frantically scrambling to stay on top of things like you do in actual chaotic situations that you just don’t see in big movies away.Is it possible to name some highlights without spoiling anything ?I’ll certainly try: We see at least three new Force Abilities we haven’t before (I mean entirely new, not Kylo-Ren-freezing-a-blaster-round stronger versions of classic powers style things). There’s a lightsaber battle that hits a perfect balance between the aggressive broadsword fencing from the originals and the wuxia-inspired swordplay from the Prequels. The Porgs are a fun addition to the menagerie and don’t wear out their welcome. The specific manner in which a certain beloved character’s appearance is realized got me physically choked-up (you’ll know it when you see it.) The the red/white “salt terrain” of the planet where Act 3 plays out makes an action scene look like something out of an arthouse flick. There’s a “holy shit!!!” moment of villain-obliteration so bad-ass most movies would end on it that this one uses to close-out Act 2 because it knows its finale is that strong.Are there problems?A few, and they aren’t necessarily minor. The main issue is that, as with The Empire Strikes Back, having the bulk of the storyline (apart from Rey/Luke doing the Luke/Yoda thing elsewhere) be an evade-and-pursue narrative means that there isn’t a comfortably-rigid three act structure to follow. What more or less counts as Act 2 is a little overlong and involves A LOT of sequences where characters make the same mistakes repeatedly, have things go wrong at random and generally manage chaos, so it can feel a little ungrounded at points – particularly an extended digression with Finn and Rose that doesn’t end up counting for much plotwise (but DOES serve to touch on some issues that franchise has kind of ignored since The Phantom Menace and sets up the film’s basically-perfect final shot.) Not significant wounds, but imperfections certainly.Any other reservations?After seeing what Rainn Johnson did here as director, it’s hard to be excited about going back to a thoroughly-average stylistic-mimic like JJ Abrams for the next one.What recent blockbuster NOT connected to the Star Wars franchise would it compare to?In terms of tone? Dunkirk. In terms of theme? Thor: Ragnarok.And you recommend it?Unreservedly. One of the best blockbusters of the year. 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Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms

first_img Citation: Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms (2011, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-firm-genetic-modification-coax-spider.html The effort, conducted with research partners from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wyoming, strove to combine the advantages of silk created by spiders, with silk created by silkworms. Spiders create webs from silk that has a very high tensile strength and is very elastic; it can be stretched to almost one and a half times its own length without a problem; but unfortunately, spiders aren’t big producers of such silk, needing only to create a simple web. Silkworms on the other hand are big producers of silk, due to their natural inclination to use it for creating a cocoon. Thus, it was deduced, if silkworms could be induced to create the same kind of silk as spiders, and at the same rate they normally produce regular silk, we humans could benefit by garnering rapidly produced strong silk.The research was led by Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame and was founded on a process he has developed called the piggyBac, which is where a piece of DNA can be made to insert itself into the genetic material of a cell. Used in conjunction with Sigma’s proprietary CompoZr® Zinc Finger Nuclease (ZFN) technology, spider silk genes were transferred to silkworm cells, causing silkworms to produce a type of silk that is a combination of their natural silk, and that of the silk produced by a spider. The new silk, as yet unnamed, is far stronger and more flexible than any other silk ever produced by silkworms and the researchers believe that by removing some of the DNA material from the silkworm genes prior to the addition of spider material, they can produce something even better in the near future.Because techniques have already been developed for producing mass quantities of regular silk using silkworms, all of the parties involved are confident that they will soon be able to produce a silk so strong it might one day replace Kevlar in bullet proof vests, or provide surgeons with sutures strong enough, and elastic enough to allow them to perform life-saving procedures in far less time. It’s possible that one day this new super-silk might make regular silk something that’s only used for creating very soft comfortable clothes. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — In what many in the textile industry have for years been calling the holy grail of materials science, genetic engineers from Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. have succeeded, using Sigma Life Science technology, in creating genetically modified silkworms that are able to produce a silkworm/spider silk combination that is much stronger and more elastic than natural silk, paving the way for improved products such as sutures, other medical devices and even airbags. Scientists genetically engineer silkworms to produce artificial spider silk (w/ Video)last_img read more

Losing to the Celtics is better for LeBrons legacy than getting swept

first_imgLosing to the Celtics is better for LeBron’s legacy than getting swept by the WarriorsLeBron facing an 0-2 hole as the series heads to Cleveland. Colin picked the Cavs before the series, but doesn’t see any way they can win 4 out of 5 games with an invisible supporting cast.In terms of legacy, he thinks LeBron is better off getting bounced by the Celtics than limping into the NBA Finals and getting swept by a Golden State team hunting dynasty status. Historically, Finals losses become hard-wiring into fans memories, but early exits get passed over and forgotten. Even with Jordan, everyone cites his perfect Finals record, but his pre-Finals playoff losses to the Pistons and other early outs are entirely left out of the discussion. These Warriors are better than MJ’s BullsThe Warriors look like destined to win their third title in four years, and will be considered as a dynasty by most people with a brain if they get it done. Even though MJ’s title teams have gone unquestioned as the greatest in modern NBA history, Colin thinks these Warriors would beat them comfortably head-to-head.The position by position matchups are heavily in favor of Golden State, except for Jordan, and they have three of the best shooters in NBA history. The Bulls didn’t have enough shooters to keep up with the Warriors. People are handcuffed by the past, but things get better over time. These Warriors are unquestionably better than MJ’s title teams. Also:– Colin’s Common Sense NBA Awards– Buy, Sell or HoldGuests:Nick Wright – Host of FS1’s First Thing’s First is in-studio explaining why the Cavs still have a shot; why he disagrees with Colin that losing to the Celtics is better than getting crushed in the Finals;Caron Butler– 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio explaining what it’s like to cover KD; and why Kobe was the toughest player he guarded in his career.Jordan Schultz – Yahoo! Sports NBA Writer joins the show to explain why he thinks the Lakers are the favorites to land LeBron.last_img read more

Girl nine airlifted to hospital with lifethreatening injuries after accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA nine-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road. The girl, a pedestrian, was involved in a collision with a silver Hyundai, which also collided with a blue Mazda, on Lower Milehouse Lane between Knutton and Cross Heath at around 4.30pm this afternoon. The girl, who police say is from the Newcastle area, has been left with potentially life-threatening or life-changing injuries. She was initially taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital but is now being flown to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The road remains closed near Morrison’s according to traffic data company Inrix. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Staffordshire Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Newcastle-under-Lyme this afternoon (September 9). Read MoreCounterfeit cigarettes seized near Stoke-on-Trent The road remains closed while the police investigation continues (Image: Inrix) “Officers from the Staffordshire & West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are currently at the scene and an investigation is underway. “If you witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage that could assist with the investigation, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 543 of September 9.”last_img read more

Analysis WestJet and Delta want to expand with a joint venture Whats

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, March 9, 2018 Analysis: WestJet and Delta want to expand with a joint venture. What’s the impact? This story originally ran in the March 1st, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — When WestJet gave notice that it was ending its nearly eight year relationship with American Airlines, and all the codeshares and frequent flyer miles that went with it, the news came just a few weeks after it announced it was looking to expand its existing relationship with Delta Air Lines, one that would far exceed any relationships that Canadian air carriers have had with foreign air carriers. What’s the impact for the Canadian travel industry?The proposed new deal, first announced in December 2017, would see WestJet and Delta establishing a joint venture (JV) relationship, subject to Canadian and U.S. governmental approvals.Initial reaction might be along the lines of, “WestJet and Delta already codeshare, so what’s the big deal?” The difference between codeshare and JV partners is that an airline JV deal takes the partnership to a whole other level.The anti-trust immunity that goes along with airline JVs means that the airlines cooperate on everything, from scheduling to pricing to marketing and, critically, sharing the revenue from transborder flights.The good news for the two carriers is that by offering full access to each other’s networks, a JV should help Delta and WestJet increase their competitive share of the lucrative transborder market.Delta flies to hundreds of small U.S. markets that WestJet could never hope to serve itself. And conversely, WestJet offers Delta dozens of Canadian markets that Delta can’t reach today.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThis should apply downward pressure to prices from competing airlines.It’s also no secret that WestJet has ambitions to expand its frontiers to Asia, Europe and South America. With coordinated planning with Delta, one of North America’s largest carriers, these ambitions should be attainable in a much shorter time.For WestJet and Delta’s JV relationship to work, the two carriers need approval from both Canadian and U.S. regulators. Air Canada and United were blocked from implementing a similar arrangement back in 2012.Air Canada accounts for a large share of transborder capacity, upwards of 45% by some estimates, and Canadian regulators argued at that time that an Air Canada/United JV would create an uncompetitive advantage.There are also reports, as recent as June 2017, that Air Canada and United are seeking to again pursue a joint venture, now that Canadian federal regulations for JVs could potentially loosen up.Delta has plenty of experience in JVs, with a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, experience that began with the first trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. Delta and Northwest merged in 2008.Delta has expanded its global footprint over the past few years, buying minority stakes or forming joint ventures on five continents. With this agreement, if it goes through, Delta will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world’s biggest aviation segments spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and North America.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Now here’s a closer look at Delta’s other North American JV partner, Aeromexico. The Aeromexico / Delta relationship intensified in 2011 when Delta purchased a 3.5% percent equity stake in Aeromexico, one of its codeshare partners.In exchange Delta received a seat on Aeromexico’s board of directors. In 2015 the two carriers applied for the antitrust immunity for a JV and by the time both governments approved the JV application in May 2017, Delta owned 36.2% of Aeromexico with additional purchase options that can take its stake up to 49%.This proposed JV with WestJet suggests that an equity investment could be expected, as Delta moves to strengthen its footprint in the American arena, especially now that WestJet will expand overseas with the arrival of the Boeing Dreamliner 787s it has on order, with delivery starting in 2019.With Delta and WestJet’s JV announcement the proverbial pebble has been tossed into the water and there are ripples forming already, with potential impact for passenger market share, equity stakes, tariff fights and aircraft fleet adjustments.Michael Schoenberger is an aviation and travel industry expert and freelance travel writer.This story originally ran in the March 1st, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. By: Michael Schoenberger Tags: Delta Air Lines, Feature Story, Trend Watch, WestJetlast_img read more

Club Med extends Travel Agent Day with monthlong prize giveaway

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Club Med, Travel Agent Appreciation Day TORONTO — Though Travel Agent Day may last for only one day (May 2), Club Med is “giving back to the pillars of the travel industry” with an extended Travel Agent Appreciation Month.The newly launched ‘Agent Calendar’ is a dedicated website featuring daily goals for agents to complete for a chance to win a grand prize of 30,000 Great Agent points, the equivalent to a five-night stay in one of Club Med’s North American resorts.The calendar will follow the same concept as an Advent calendar, prompting daily tasks to complete from May 1-31. As there are no time limits or deadlines to play, agents can easily go back through days they may have missed and play in past challenges.Each week, the most active participants earn the chance to win a spot on the Travel Agent Advisory Board and use their experience and professional knowledge of travel industry trends to further Club Med’s developments. This includes helping to craft the vision for Club Med’s first Canadian resort, set to open in Charlevoix, Quebec in December 2020. At the end of the month, the agents who participated in the most challenges will be entered into the grand prize draw.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“We are so proud to be represented by this group of talented, driven and knowledgeable leaders,” said Jacinda Lowry, National Sales Director, Club Med Canada. “It was only natural that we repay our most trusted partners in a big way and thank them for their continued contributions to our success.”For more information on Club Med’s Travel Agent Month and the Agent Calendar, go to en.clubmedagents.ca/training-tools-benefits/travel-agent-calendar/. Club Med extends Travel Agent Day with month-long prize giveawaycenter_img Share Monday, April 30, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Travel agents can ensu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTravel agents can ensure their clients experience an unforgettable Christmas in Europe thanks to APT’s latest festive travel offers.The award-winning luxury travel operator is celebrating Christmas in July by offering groups of family and friends the chance to save up to $13,490 when they sail on one of its festive European river cruises.For a limited time only, book a full price cabin and receive the second cabin half price on Magnificent Europe river cruise departing on the 18 November, 2 December or 16 December 2016.With the saving, a group of four friends who book two cabins between them to travel together will pay from just $7271 per person, twin share.APT is also extending its savings to solo travellers, waiving the solo supplement on the same three seasonal sailings, so that single guests pay from just $9695 per person.Both offers apply to APT’s 17-day Magnificent Europe White Christmas and New Year’s Eve which departs on the 16 December 2016.The cruise takes guests on a stunning journey from Budapest to Amsterdam aboard one of APT’s latest luxury riverships.Highlights include a special Christmas feast in Bamberg, a New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration in Amsterdam, a visit to Melk Abbey, home to a fabled Christmas tale and the chance to sample gluwhein, roasted chestnuts and seasonal treats while soaking up the festive atmosphere in the many local towns and villages.In addition, guests will enjoy two Royal Signature Experiences – a journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train, authentic replica of the Imperial Royal train of the Hapsburgs; and a private musical soiree at Vienna’s newly refurbished City Palace, featuring members of the Mozart Boy’s Choir.Price includes all meals aboard the cruise; complimentary beverages throughout; room service and butler service in select suites, all sightseeing and entertainment; and transfers, port charges and tipping.Offer is valid for all bookings that are made on select dates and deposited by 31 August 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more