MONTREAL – Management at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que., agreed on Friday to restart negotiations with its 1,030 locked-out employees.The announcement was made by Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien, who told reporters she had “satisfactory” meetings with both sides at her office in Quebec City.“Very good meetings, we are very satisfied,” she said. “Both sides are aware of the economic issues and they are ready to sit down again.”Management at the ABI smelter locked out its employees on Jan. 11. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.A mediator is expected to contact both sides and schedule a meeting, Vien said, adding the dispute is between a private company and its employees and the government can’t interfere.She said, however, that she asked both sides to choose representatives who are competent to negotiate and who have a mandate to reach a deal.The union said Friday it has never stopped wanting to negotiate.Alain Croteau, head of the Quebec section of the United Steelworkers, said “we have been waiting for a call for one month.”Local union president Clement Masse said “as soon as the employer says they are ready to return to the negotiating tale, we will return.”Masse said he’s ready to work on the company’s offer but he won’t submit the same one that was recently rejected by 80 per cent of his members.
The charges result from the spill of 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil from a Husky pipeline near Maidstone in west central Saskatchewan.About 40 per cent of the leaked crude made it into the waterway, forcing communities downstream to shut off a main source of drinking water for almost two months.Husky was permitted to restart the pipeline in October after repairs to the line were tested and inspected. The company said the pipeline buckled and leaked because of ground movement. CALGARY, A.B. — Husky Energy Inc. is facing provincial charges carrying a maximum $1-million fine resulting from a pipeline leak that fouled the North Saskatchewan River in July 2016.The Saskatchewan government says Calgary-based Husky is to appear in Lloydminster, Sask., provincial court on Thursday to face one charge of unlawfully permitting the discharge of a substance that caused an adverse environmental effect.In a statement, it says Husky will also face federal environmental charges, with those details to be announced later this week.
21 February 2012Language is a key ally in the fight against discrimination, the head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, warning that the world’s linguistic diversity was nevertheless a “fragile heritage” at risk of being lost. Language is a key ally in the fight against discrimination, the head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, warning that the world’s linguistic diversity was nevertheless a “fragile heritage” at risk of being lost. In her message commemorating the thirteenth edition of International Mother Language Day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underscored the importance of language preservation in safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage and promoting creative diversity.“Linguistic diversity is our common heritage. It is a fragile heritage,” stated Ms. Bokova. “Language loss impoverishes humanity. It is a retreat in the defence of everyone’s rights to be heard, to learn and to communicate.” Noting that over 50 per cent of the estimated 6,700 spoken languages worldwide are in danger of disappearing by the end of the century, Ms. Bokova added that languages “are who we are; by protecting them, we protect ourselves.” International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date commemorates the day in 1952 when Bangladeshi students in what was then East Pakistan demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, were shot and killed by police.Ms. Bokova also pointed out that allowing excluded population groups, such as indigenous peoples, to learn their mother tongues in the classroom from an early age would promote equality and social inclusion. “Cultural diversity is as important as biological diversity in nature,” Ms. Bokova noted. “The vitality of languages depends on all those who speak them and rally round to protect them.” Adding to the celebrations, a 30-minute short film narrated by Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt was screened at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.The film, entitled Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue, explores diverse linguistic and cultural practices from around the world, pointing out how quickly some languages are disappearing while introducing the native tongue as a crucial vehicle for maintaining culture.
The report stated that four English language and two Sinhala language newspapers however did not co-operate with the PCCSL, which is a voluntary self-regulatory body of the newspaper industry having the support of the Newspaper Society, Editors’ Guild, Free Media Movement, Working Journalists Association and four other media organizations including a trade union. They are the Federation of Media Employees Trade Union, Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum, Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance and the South Asian Free Media Association – Sri Lanka Chapter. Siri Ranasinghe, Editor of the Lankadeepa, N. M. Ameen, Editor of the Nawamani newspaper and Mohanlal Piyadasa, Chief Sub Editor of the Deshaya were re-elected by the general membership of the PCCSL at the AGM to the Board of Directors of the PCCSL.The other members of the Board of Directors representing separate media organizations are Kumar Nadesan (Chairman, nominated by SLPI), Sinha Ratnatunga ((Deputy Chairman, nominated by TEGOSL), Manik de Silva (nominated by the SLPI), Nimal Welgama (nominated by the NSSL), B. M. Murshideen (nominated by FMM) and Duminda Sampath (nominated by SLWJA). (Colombo Gazette) The CEO’s report said that the PCCSL’s autonomous Dispute Resolution Council headed by former Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Nihal Senviatne met bi-monthly to inquire into complaints that required their attention.The report also stated that workshops were conducted for most newspapers in their Newsrooms while training for provincial journalists on ethical reporting and for government officials and the public on the Editors’ Code were conducted in Colombo, Jaffna and Galle. The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 142 complaints last year. Of the 142 complaints, 85 complaints were valid complaints falling within the purview of the PCCSL mechanism with the Editors publishing a ‘Right of Readers’ for 38 of them, Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL said in his annual report for 2015.CEO Sukumar Rockwood said that the Sinhala press which comprises 43 per cent of the country’s newspapers attracted a majority of the complaints. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly. He said that as many as 278 complaints were resolved directly by editors providing a ‘Right of Readers’ to the aggrieved parties.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TV, newspapers, magazines the top info sources for Canadian investors: BMO by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 8:00 am MDT TORONTO – Traditional media such as TV, newspapers and magazines remain the main sources of information and advice about investments, according to a new study.A Canadian online survey of about 1,000 adults found 57 per cent indicated traditional media as their prime source of investment information.The Pollara survey was sponsored and published Friday by Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO).TV news and business news shows were favoured by 36 per cent of the respondents.Printed newspapers and magazines were the choice of 30 per cent, while online editions of such publications got the nod from about 24 per cent and radio was the choice of 12 per cent.Pollara found the social media source with the biggest support was Facebook, at nine per cent, followed by blogs, mobile investing apps, Twitter and LinkedIn.The survey of 1,020 Canadians aged 18 or older was conducted between July 26 and 30.
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2013 3:43 pm MDT TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) reported a loss Wednesday totalling $520 million in its latest quarter as it wrote down and closed the sale of its U.S. annuity business.The insurer said the loss amounted to 84 cents per diluted share and compared with a profit of $383 million, or 64 cents per share, a year ago.Included in the results was a $674-million loss on the sale of the U.S. annuity business and another $230 million due to assumption changes and management actions related to the deal.Excluding that business, the insurer said it earned an operating net profit from continuing operations of $422 million or 69 cents per diluted share for the quarter, compared with $459 million or 77 cents per share a year ago.The average analyst estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters had been for an adjusted profit of 64 cents per share.“Sun Life’s results were driven by strong underlying performance across our four strategic growth pillars,” president and chief executive Dean Connor said in a statement.“We generated another strong quarter of sales growth, with wealth sales up 25 per cent, insurance sales up six per cent and continued growth in value of new business. We also benefited from favourable market conditions.”The gains were offset by the impact of Sun Life’s annual review of actuarial assumptions and management actions.In Canada, Sun Life earned $229 million for the quarter compared with $237 million a year ago.Sun Life U.S. lost $765 million for the quarter compared with a profit of $18 million due the sale of the annuity business. Excluding the sale, the U.S. operations reported a profit from continuing operations of $79 million, the same as a year ago.MFS Investment management, Sun Life’s wealth management business, earned $61 million, up from $46 million a year ago, while Sun Life Asia earned $11 million compared with $35 million in the third quarter of 2012.Sun Life sold its volatile variable annuity life insurance unit for US$1.35 billion to Delaware Life Holdings earlier this year.The U.S. annuity business has faced challenges in recent years due to low interest rates, volatile stock markets and an increase in the capital required by regulators. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Insurer Sun Life Financial reports Q3 loss on sale of U.S. annuity business
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “But once headlights hit me, I really couldn’t see.”Ms Liscombe, of Swansea, had previously had laser eye surgery to treat glaucoma – a build-up of pressure in the eye that can cause permanent sight loss or damage.She then experienced unusual side effects from the surgery which resulted in her eyes becoming highly sensitive to light. But Ms Liscombe’s vision has been restored – and she says it has changed her life.She added: “Once the dressing came off and my pupil dilated again, it was instant. It was gone straight away. Mr Saldanha truly is a marvellous man – he’s amazing.”Consultant Mario Saldanha said the problem was caused by light entering Ms Liscombe’s eyes.He used a tiny scalpel to put in a layer of tattoo ink – and the operation was a success.Dr Saldanha said: “For Mrs Liscombe, we used a tiny, precise scalpel to create a pocket in the centre of the cornea over where she had the laser.”We then put in a layer of tattoo ink and closed the pocket.”It’s like having a filter in the clear window of her eye but without affecting the coloured part, and retaining the artificial opening. It worked instantly.” A grandmother has had ink tattooed onto her eyeballs to act as sunglasses to protect her sensitive vision.Mandy Liscombe, 63, had the pioneering NHS treatment to have the ink put into both her eyes after being plagued with eye problems for five years.Doctors told her to try wearing coloured glasses and contact lenses – but Mandy found that nothing was working.So she finally underwent pioneering treatment to have tattoo ink injected onto the corneas of her eyes.Ms Liscombe now has a pair of shades inside her eyes following the procedure at Singleton hospital in Swansea, South Wales.She said: “I became extremely light-sensitive. It affected me when I was watching TV or when I was in the theatre or cinema.”Sometimes I felt it wasn’t safe to drive in the dark. I drive early in the morning to go to work and I drive the grandchildren.
Apple chercherait à se passer de SamsungEn conflit avec la marque sud-coréenne pour des histoires de violation de brevets sur ses smartphones, Apple continue pourtant d’avoir recours à Samsung notamment pour les processeurs de son iPad 2. Selon les rumeurs, la marque aurait néanmoins fait appel à un autre fournisseur.C’est une drôle d’histoire qui lie Apple à Samsung. La marque à la pomme et le constructeur asiatique se livrent ainsi bataille pour des violations de brevets sur les smartphones mais continuent paradoxalement de travailler ensemble. C’est en effet Samsung qui fournit 100% des processeurs des tablettes tactiles et des smartphones. Mais Apple semble avoir trouvé le moyen de s’en passer, annonce Reuters, relayé par L’Expansion.À lire aussiSurface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air : Microsoft attaque Apple, mais qui est le meilleur ?En effet, Apple testerait en ce moment même un nouveau fournisseur taïwanais, TSMC, pour les processeurs de ses futurs appareils. Si selon les analystes, il est trop tard pour transférer l’intégralité de l’approvisionnement d’Apple à TSMC, numéro 1 mondial des fournisseurs de puces, les futurs modèles de la marque devraient bien être équipés de ces processeurs taïwanais.Néanmoins, selon les estimations évoquées, Samsung devrait gérer encore 70-80 % de la production des puces destinées à Apple et TSMC devrait récupérer les 20-30 % restants, comme l’explique Numerama.com. Le divorce technique entre les deux marques ne semble donc pas être pour tout de suite. Le 20 juillet 2011 à 12:35 • Maxime Lambert
Les Vikings étaient capables de naviguer la nuit grâce à cet étrange disqueSelon une nouvelle étude, les Vikings utilisaient un disque appelé Uunartoq couplé à la pierre de soleil pour s’orienter en mer durant la nuit. L’histoire se souvient des Vikings comme de redoutables pilleurs sans le moindre scrupule. Cette sinistre réputation, cultivée au cours des siècles, semble avoir pris petit à petit le pas sur la véritable nature de ce peuple marin aux facultés de navigation exceptionnelles. Les Vikings étaient en effet capables de traverser tout l’Atlantique du Nord le long d’une ligne presque droite. Pour réaliser un tel exploit, ils s’aidaient d’instruments certes primitifs mais remarquables leur permettant de s’orienter. L’un de ces instruments, connu sous le nom de disque Uunartoq, est un petit rond en bois. L’objet a été retrouvé en 1948 lors de fouilles dans un couvent situé au Sud-Ouest du Groenland. Bien que seule la moitié de l’objet ait été retrouvée, les chercheurs le décrivent comme une sorte de roue dentée d’environ 7 centimètres de diamètre. Dès sa découverte, le disque Uunartoq a créé un débat, opposant deux courants de pensées différents quant à sa nature. Certains chercheurs voyaient effectivement en cet objet une simple fonction décorative. D’autres, au contraire, présumaient déjà son importance dans la navigation allant jusqu’à invoquer le rôle crucial joué par l’instrument lors de la traversée historique de 2500 kilomètres, depuis la Norvège jusqu’au Groenland.Utile pour la navigation À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une équipe d’archéologues de l’université Loránd Eötvösen, en Hongrie, s’est récemment repenchée sur ce mystère. Leur étude a consisté à examiner et analyser le disque Uunartoq avec les outils de recherche actuels afin de proposer une interprétation plus juste. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society A, confirme l’usage de l’objet dans la navigation. Selon les chercheurs le disque Uunartoq a certainement été utilisé non pas de manière indépendante mais combiné avec d’autres instruments. L’objet en bois permettait aux marins d’utiliser la pierre de soleil pour s’orienter même lorsque le soleil était bas dans le ciel, voire en dessous de l’horizon. De cette manière, la navigation était possible au-delà du coucher du soleil, en s’appuyant sur les lueurs du crépuscules pouvant durer toute la nuit à ces hautes latitudes.(Crédit photo : Proceedings of the Royal Society A)Le 30 mars 2014 à 09:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Slowly but surely, Vancouver is evolving into a food-cart destination that could one day rival the thriving culture of Portland – but with an emphasis on the “slowly” part.The past decade has seen many new carts hit the streets, but the measured pace of progress has been a source of occasional frustration for some of Vancouver’s food-cart operators, and a handful of recent closures has led to concerns that the momentum may have stalled.“Where have all the food carts gone?” asks Kurt Müller, who operates Black Dog Hot Dogs at the corner of Franklin and 13th streets, as well as a couple of other spots downtown. “I don’t see any new ones really coming in.”Most of them are still around, and a few vendors have recently set up shop. But there have been some notable closures, and the loss of even a few carts is acutely felt — there are still around 20 vendors in Clark County overall, according to a Visit Vancouver USA list.“I think (food-cart growth) has kind of plateaued,” says Steve Valenta, owner of The Mighty Bowl restaurant. “I’m surprised they’re not taking off more.”
By Madiba SinghatehThis is that time of the year when migratory birds journey from the Northern parts of Europe to escape the hostile winter season, to the deep south in Africa and other parts of the world, south of the Mediterranean.According to researchers, various numbers of species of birds, migrate to the deep-south, but that some areas south of Europe, receive these flying feathered guests in higher proportions, than others.According to the research, the two primary source of their travel is food and nesting place. As winter approaches and the availability insects and other sources of food drop, birds move to the southern hemisphere where they can get food and nest. Escaping the hash cold weather is a motivating factor but many bird species including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available to them. Sedentary birds on the other hand, do not migrate.The most famous long distance migrant birds are termed as ‘regular migrants’ such as swallows which breed in Europe and spend the winter in Africa.It’s stated that even blackbirds could be winter visitors from Eastern Europe, to less cooler places in southern Europe.The most striking evidence that birds were migrating came in 1822 when a Germany hunter shot down a white stork with a curious appendage of an arrow impaled through its neck. The arrow was from central Africa, leading naturalists conclude that the stork had travelled thousands of miles. In 1906 bird-watchers started putting rings on the legs of white storks and began learning where they wintered in sub-Saharan Africa.Scientists and bird-watchers have uncovered the migrations of thousands of avian species. Nearly half of known bird species are migratory, moving from one habitat to another, with the change of seasons and their migration routes have emerged after years of adaptation. Some researchers speculate that migration arose when birds in the tropics expanded their ranges into temperate habitats. Another view is that many species originated in temperate zones and evolved to spend the colder part of the year in the tropics.Wildlife conservationist Kawsu Jammeh of the Gambia Parks and Wildlife Conservation Office, said migratory birds fly from Europe to Africa and Asia, between the three regions through the East Atlantic flyway and the Gambia is located in North West Africa in what is called the up welling marine eco region that harbours lots of underground water; that because of the underground water that exists in West Africa, makes the area rich in fish diversity and creates fishmeal abundance for migratory birds that depend on fish, to come to the Gambia, Senegal and other West African countries; that some birds spend lots of time wintering in the Gambia, as some even stay to make a new home.Jammeh said another reason for the migration of birds is because they are the real global citizens and they move to a series of wetlands along the East Atlantic coast, from Europe, to Morocco, Guinea Conakry, Central and Eastern Africa, for food and to breed.Mr. Jammeh said catching some of these birds depend on national and international laws, but that there are national game hunting Laws which is part of conservation; that in the Gambia, they have species that are not protected by Law because they are considered pests that destroy crops; that there is need for their population to be reduced but not to disappear. He said they have Laws that allow game hunting.Badala Park Bird Watchers Concerned about ‘Migratory Birds’Yankuba Jammeh said the problems these birds encounter during migration is illegal hunting or those killing them for sport; that there are two types of bird hunting the regulated and the unregulated; that game hunters are given licences and are regulated and based on this study, they know those that are endangered; that in the Gambia, species such as storks are eaten by locals.The bird watcher also indicated that they have what they called rare species but they come in every five or seven years; that some species come from as far as North America.Senegambia Bird Watchers Also Express ConcernKaramba Touray and his team of bird watchers said that birds like Osprey, Caspian terns, and the Peregrine Falcon are migrant birds that visit the country regularly, but complained of the degradation of the country’s natural forest cover where they are losing their habitats; that a place like the Tujereng Woodland has almost gone disappeared; that this is the place where falcons nest; that even tourist complain of seeing the same birds every year, but are disappointed that there are dwindling, due deforestation, caused by urbanization.
Fire crews are mopping-up and clearing brush and debris near the containment lines in the southern portions of the fire. Hot spots are extinguished up to 300 feet into the burn. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters made exceptional strides over the weekend in moving toward completing fire suppression objectives and the fire is now 72 percent complete. There was no forward movement of the fire and acreage decreased by 185 acres due to more accurate mapping, according to the Incident Command Team.The fire is roughly 102,027 acres with 315 crew members on staff and remains at 5.5 miles from Sterling. Crews spent a majority of Sunday doing mop-up or extinguishing hot spots in the Upper Jean Lake area. Smith: “Smoke could build up depending on the wind direction, it could head up towards Anchorage, but more than likely it will head towards Cooper Landing.” Operations Sections Chief Hans Smith: “It’s been watched pretty heavily over the last 4-5 weeks, and right now it’s what we call in a ‘monitor control status’ we are not doing a lot of work on it. There is a lot of fire out in the mountains, it’s not necessarily moving around, but it’s in terrain that is fairly inaccessible.” Much of the fire area is unstaffed; aircraft will closely monitor the fire for hot spots, but minimal fire growth is expected.Cooper Landing could see smoke in the area this morning and sections of Sterling Highway may be impacted with smoke. Later in the day winds are expected to shift southwest and may clear the air along the highway and Cooper Landing. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Share your voice Enlarge ImageYour neighbors will probably appreciate the shift to interior sound synthesizers, even if you won’t. Mercedes-Benz Automakers have been on a tear lately with their exhausts. Whether it’s the muted crackles and pops of AMG’s straight-six mild hybrid setup or the all-out insanity of the Jaguar F-Type R, OEMs have upped their noise game in a big way over the last several years. But, apparently, it’s all about to come crashing down.Mercedes-AMG is warning that its upcoming new line of sporty vehicles will be a fair bit quieter than in generations past, Motoring.com.au reports, citing statements that Mercedes-AMG product planner Bastian Bogenschutz made during a press drive for the A45 S. The timing couldn’t be worse, because these cars pack the M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever. That deserves some noise.The aforementioned hot hatch and its sedan-ish sibling, the CLA45 S, are AMG’s first cars coming out under new European regulations concerning exhaust loudness. In case you’re wondering why automakers can’t just hide the sound away in a specific mode, it’s because the regulations measure the loudest exhaust system the car has on offer. Enlarge ImagePeople have been cutting out catalytic converters and replacing exhausts for decades. This isn’t a problem the aftermarket can’t solve. Mercedes-AMG Even worse, Europe’s regulations are about the flip the bird (or the V, depending on your country of origin) to the rest of the world. Borgenschutz told Motoring that the company could design different exhausts for markets outside Europe, but cited complexities and cost for reasons why the company won’t do that.I hope you like synthetic sound, because that’s what automakers plan to use in order to provide some sort of aural symphony in lieu of the cannons out back. Heck, a number of ’em already have these systems in place, whether that involves physical tubes channeling intake noise to the cabin or electronic systems that pump sound through the speakers. Major noise fans can always upgrade to an aftermarket exhaust, as there are many companies building exhausts out there, each with their own unique note. Those third-party bits can get mighty expensive, though.While that’s a big old bummer, it’s unclear just how many automakers will follow in Mercedes-AMG’s footsteps and make things quieter across the board. Jalopnik’s David Tracy pointed out that, during a recent drive of the Alpina B7, BMW’s representatives told him the European-spec car had a quieter exhaust than the car destined for the US. Then again, the B7 starts at $142,800, so maybe Alpina can pony up the dough for a second exhaust system. Worse comes to worse, it’s nothing a reciprocating saw can’t solve. 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers Auto Tech Sports Cars Performance Cars Tags More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door 0 31 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz
Tags Spider-Man: Far From Home is Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time Tom Holland would ‘love’ a Spidey movie with Maguire, Garfield Keanu Reeves, superhero? Marvel really, really wants him to join the MCU More on Marvel 32 Photos Sony’s representative echoed that, saying Sony was “grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”The Sony rep also stated they hoped things might “change in the future.” Originally published Aug. 20, 2:44 p.m. PT.Update, 9:16 p.m.: Adds statement from Sony representative. 17 Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Live look at literally every Spider-Man fan right now pic.twitter.com/tNWCILYjDH— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) August 20, 2019 There are still two planned movies starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man yet to come. It’s possible that your average fan may not notice a difference between those two movies and Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: Homecoming, both of which were made under the Sony-Marvel agreement.What’s this deal, anyway? While he’s long been a Marvel character in the comics, movie Spider-Man is a Sony Entertainment franchise character. In 2015, Sony and Marvel made a deal to work together on several Spider-Man films, and it seems to have been a wall-crawling success. Spider-Man: Far From Home, made under the Marvel-Sony deal, recently became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time earning $1.109 billion globally.The reaction online has been instantaneous, with many blaming Sony for the issue. me watching Sony take away Spider-Man 3 on a cliffhanger : pic.twitter.com/3VahMdefFS— ᴋᴇɴᴅᴇʟʟ🕸 (@DaKendellFire) August 20, 2019 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Sphero Spider-Man Share your voice Kevin Feige returning to Marvel execs after the Sony meeting:#SpiderMan pic.twitter.com/3hm2fuQ0Y9— Catorade (@ethan_cator) August 20, 2019 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Comments Is Spider-Man on his own going forward? Sony Pictures Will Marvel Studios and Sony Entertainment stop working together on Spider-Man movies? As of Tuesday, the future for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man seemed murky. A statement sent to CNET seems to confirm the issue focuses on Marvel super producer Kevin Feige’s involvement in upcoming Spider-Man movies.Deadline reported that a high-level dispute between the two companies means Marvel Studios President Feige won’t produce any more Spider-Man films, and that Marvel will no longer be involved in the Spidey movie universe.Marvel didn’t return a request for comment. A Sony representative suggested the issue was over production credits. Sources say negotiations are ongoing.More recently, in a statement sent to CNET, a Sony representative confirmed Disney’s reluctance to have Feige serve as a producer on Sony-led Spider-Man movies was a major part of the issue.”Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” the spokesperson said. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”Feige is the producer often thought to be the mastermind behind the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 3:04 Marvel Spiderman Sony
Yamaha’s recently launched Alpha scooter booking is set to touch 14,000 marks in India by the end of March 2014.The scooter, which was launched at the Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi is said to be receiving good response from two-wheeler lovers in the domestic market. Roy Kurian, vice-president, Yamaha Motor India Sales, speaking to AutoCar Professional said, “We are hopeful of recording 14,000 units of Alpha sales by this month (March) across the country. Bangalore, which is among the biggest two-wheeler markets in India, holds a pre-eminent position for us.”Priced at 48,175 (Mumbai ex-showroom), Yamaha Alpha received 3,500 booking from the IT city Bangalore. Yamaha, which has a total of 120 dealerships in South India, hopes to sell 20,000 Alpha scooters every month. In Karnataka, Yamaha had 25 dealerships and the overall two-wheeler market in Karnataka is around 90,000 vehicles a month.Yamaha Alpha, a 113 cc automatic scooter comes powered by 113cc air-cooled 4-stroke two-valve single cylinder engine, which can pump in a power of 7.1 Ps and a peak torque of 8.1 Nm. It claims to deliver a fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl.Seated on a wheelbase of 1270mm, the scooter measures 1,795mm in length, 675mm in width and 1124mm in height and the Alpha scooter packs features like telescopic suspension and great storage capacity of 21 litre. The scooter is offered in Black, White, Grey, Red and Magenta colour options in the sub-continent market.Currently, Yamaha markets Alpha, Ray and Ray Z in the Indian market. The company also offers YBR110, FZ16 and YZF R15 motorcycles in the country. In February, Yamaha reported a 32.5 percent increase in sales at 42,548 units as against the 32,097 units in the same month last year. The company has also cut the prices of their scooters and bikes in India, following the excise duty reduction announced in the interim budget 2014-15.
Chuck Zoeller/APMichael Oreskes has resigned as chief of NPR’s newsroom following accusations of sexual harassment.Updated at 1 p.m. ETNPR’s senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment from several women.“This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior,” NPR CEO Jarl Mohn wrote in an email to NPR staff on Wednesday. “I have received his resignation, effective immediately.”In a statement, Oreskes said, “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”Oreskes was placed on leave Tuesday night following a report in The Washington Post about allegations by two women that they had been harassed in the late 1990s. As NPR’s David Folkenflik reported: “They included similar accounts of unwanted and unexpected kisses during business meetings.”He also has been accused of harassment by an employee at NPR, David reported:“Meanwhile, a current NPR employee is going public with her account of filing a formal complaint with the network’s human resources division in October 2015. Rebecca Hersher says she considers the incident less severe but nevertheless felt it crossed a line and made her uncomfortable. At the time a 26-year-old assistant producer on Weekend All Things Considered, she said Oreskes hijacked a career counseling session into a three-hour-long dinner that delved into deeply personal territory.”Oreskes came to NPR from The Associated Press in the spring of 2015.“When anyone, but particularly someone in power, violates a policy, acts in ways that are inappropriate, or takes steps that do not contribute to building a positive workplace, it breaks a trust,” Mohn wrote on Wednesday. “That trust is about looking out for each other, doing the right thing, and acting as one team. It is sacred to me. I am committed to rebuilding trust, and my leadership team is as well.”The two incidents from the late 1990s, as described by the Post, happened when Oreskes was Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. As David reported:“Both women tell similar stories: After meeting Oreskes and discussing their job prospects, they said he unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths. The Post did not disclose their names, stating they spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage future employment prospects. The women also shared their allegations with NPR management in mid-October.“Hersher, a science reporter and producer at NPR, told David that the conversation with Oreskes over dinner in 2015 became “increasingly uncomfortable as the conversation veered into personal matters involving relationships and sex.”She described her reaction to the exchange: “I went to the train station, and I called my best friend; I cried on the phone to her. I went home and then I cried to my boyfriend. It undercut my confidence in a way that was surprising to me.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away After finishing 5-11 the Arizona Cardinals were far from the best team in the NFC West last season. However, they did lead the division in a few unique categories.According to ESPN’s NFC West blog, the Cardinals have the best stadium in the division.University of Phoenix stadium, which was also home to the Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship game last season, features a retractable roof and the first fully retractable field in the country. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories While Qwest Field in Seattle may have been the only other legitimate contender for “Best Stadium in the NFC West,” the retractable field would have been hard to beat. The natural-grass surface spends about 150 days each year basking in the Arizona sunshine, requiring only about an hour to slide back inside on a massive tray weighing 17 million pounds (the rough equivalent of 47,200 Deuce Lutuis). Cardinals players get to escape the heat on game days while playing on a natural-grass surface that ranks among the very best in biannual player surveys.Not only do the Cardinals have the best stadium in the division, they also have the best training camp venue.“It’s far enough from Phoenix to escape the blistering heat, but close enough for fans to turn out in large numbers,” ESPN’s Mike Sando writes.It is certainly nice for the Cardinals facilities to get recognition, however, it would be even nicer if the lockout ended and the Cardinals were able to use the best training camp venue in the near future. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share
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