California wineries assess wildfires longterm effects

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colours. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.The fires had only a minimal effect on the area’s wineries, according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and policy group. Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 90 per cent of this year’s harvest already was complete, the institute said.Most vineyards were spared due to their high moisture content, and some even helped save surrounding structures by acting as fire breaks.But many operators are now grappling with other long-term effects from the fires that killed 43 people and wiped out 8,900 buildings: making up for losses from being closed at the busiest time of year, assessing the impact of smoke and other environmental damage on this year’s vintage, and persuading tourists to return after weeks of news coverage of the fires’ devastation.One of the most graphic scenes of destruction to emerge was that of the Signorello Estate winery engulfed in flames. Lost in the fire was the Napa winery’s signature stone hospitality building. A kitchen, corporate offices, a wine lab and owner Ray Signorello Jr.’s home also were destroyed.“We lost all our servers, systems, computers, the things we used to do business,” Signorello said. But he plans to rebuild and says he’s “trying to get people back to work.”At Cardinale Winery in Oakville, where just one Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is made from prized mountain appellations each year, winemaker Chris Carpenter is eyeing the grapes cautiously. He was a rare winemaker willing to say the fires’ effects would be felt for years, noting there also will be environmental issues to contend with.Only 50 per cent of Cardinale’s harvest was finished when the fires erupted, and he’s worried about smoke tainting what remains.“All the questions are unknown right now, and we hope to have a handle on that after fermentation,” Carpenter said.Carpenter said he had a chance to try some smoke-tainted wines in 2008, and they were not very pleasant – like a bacon-flavoured wine.“If we sense any of that, we won’t bottle,” he said.Things already appeared to be returning to normal for guests at Sonoma’s Gundlach Bundschu winery, where dozens of tourists soaked up the sun outside the tasting room a few weeks after the fires. Nearby blackened hills were the only visible reminder of what recently occurred.The winery celebrated its reopening with a community party that raised $16,000 for a fund to help fire victims, said sixth-generation vintner Katie Bundschu, who oversees marketing and sales.“It was a place to come and give each other hugs,” said Bundschu, whose own family has been dealing with the loss of her parents’ home.Now the push is on to lure visitors back to the three counties, which together saw more than $3.7 billion in tourism spending in 2016.Wineries are filling the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle with ads. “We are open and welcome you back to Napa!” read one. Some are donating their tasting room fees to wildfire relief charities.The state’s tourism commission, Visit California, is spending $2 million on an advertising campaign to encourage visitors to return.“Tourism is the wine country’s lifeblood,” said president and CEO Caroline Beteta. If the groups hosting fundraisers spread their goodwill across the region, she said, “I think they will be back and running and be able to host the world as they were before.”Once people understand everything is not burned down, tourism will return within a few months, said Eric Luse, the winemaker and owner of Eric Ross Winery in Glen Ellen.Standing outside his empty tasting room and looking at passing cars, he mused, “If you’re not optimistic, you are in the wrong business.”last_img read more

Torstar hires publisher chief editor of Swedish daily to lead editorial strategy

first_imgTORONTO – Torstar Corp. says it has hired an experienced manager, editor and publisher from Sweden to be its senior vice-president of editorial, effective Jan. 2.Fredric Karen has been at Stockholm-based Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish Daily) since 2002, where he has been chief editor and publisher since 2013.The Toronto-based company says Karen will lead the “digital transformation” of its news operation, by developing its editorial strategy in keeping with ongoing efforts to combine data analytics and marketing to target ads and editorial content of most interest to its readers and advertisers.As part of the transition, the company’s flagship Toronto Star erected a partial paywall that limits free access to its online and digital content to five articles per 30 days. It also began offering full access to paid subscribers, starting Sept. 27.Torstar says Karen will work with senior editorial and department leaders at all its daily and community publications in Ontario and the StarMetro commuter publications in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.He’s expected to live in Toronto after moving from his current home.“He brings to Torstar a deep commitment to quality journalism, a determination to address difficult times in the media industry and a proven record of digital innovation that will help our company as we move transition [sic] to a more digital future,” said John Boynton, Torstar’s president and chief executive officer.Like most traditional newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, Torstar has been undergoing a years-long decline in advertising revenue due to competition from digital media and changing consumer habits.In addition to the Toronto Star, Torstar owns numerous online and community publications, six other Ontario daily newspapers in Hamilton, Waterloo Region, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Peterborough as well as StarMetro free commuter publications Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.__Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B).last_img read more

UN and relief agencies set priorities for helping Central African Republic

The projects, which will cost $29 million, will provide life-saving assistance to one million people, including 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 3,000 Sudanese refugees. They were identified as meeting criteria which included saving lives, operating in a conflict zone, and working to a clear deadline. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes welcomed the ranking exercise and called on the international community to support the projects generously. “Stating clear priorities and mobilizing money in line with them has been a long-standing aim in the aid community. I am pleased to see that NGOs and UN agencies in CAR have joined forces and shown that this is possible,” he said. Most of the 37 priority projects provide emergency health care, protect displaced populations, in particular women and children, and ensure that populations affected by violence have access to food and water. “Prioritizing the projects in the appeal helps us to be sure that we are reaching people who need aid the most,” said Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR. “It also shows our concern for transparency and accountability when implementing humanitarian programmes.” 4 February 2008United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the impoverished Central African Republic (CAR) have identified more than 30 high-priority projects in a ranking exercise designed to improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the aid they provide. read more

How The Patriots And Rams Got To The Super Bowl

Before the season began, FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions gave the New England Patriots a 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, while the Los Angeles Rams had just a 3 percent chance. Now, each is on the cusp of the championship. In the video above, Neil Paine walks us down the winding paths these two teams took to the big game and looks ahead to how they will match up in Atlanta on Sunday.

Bill Gates and his 82inch Perceptive Pixel Windows 8 tablet

first_imgThe original Microsoft Surface was supposed to be a table-like PC that multiple users could collaborate on together. It may have taken them a little while, but Microsoft’s designers eventually figured out this wasn’t the best idea. With that realization the Surface was re-imagined into the recently released tablet PCs known as the Surface RT and Surface Pro, but the concept of a huge, touch-sensitive tablet-like device didn’t die. In fact, Bill Gates recently showed off the massive collaboration screen lives on at Perceptive Pixel.When Microsoft acquired Perceptive Pixel, manufacturers of a massive touch screen, it was assumed that the company was planning something exciting. During the Windows 8 product announcement, Microsoft showed off exactly what the company had in mind: an 82-inch Perceptive Pixel display attached to a powerful Windows 8 machine. The system, basically a huge tablet, is a gigantic realization of the touch-friendly world Microsoft has finally stepped into with Windows 8 and their Modern UI.Perceptive Pixel currently has a 55-inch model as well at the 82-inch model, both which feature a Gorilla Glass screen and are supposedly capable of detecting an unlimited number of touches. The latency on a Perceptive Pixel display is so low that using one with Windows 8 has been described as feeling like you are actually touching the tiles on the Start page. Naturally, you’d expect Bill Gates to have one of these lying around.During his recent Reddit AMA, Gates decided to show off how he was answering questions so fast after several participants showed surprise at his level of engagement. Gates stood just beside the massive glass display with the comment he was writing that would include the link to the photo, on order to show that it was really him.One of the major features in the Perceptive Pixel display is the Active Stylus that allows for subpixel accuracy when writing letters on the massive screen. Combine an Active Stylus with the great handwriting recognition in Windows 8, and it’s not hard to see how Gates was able to keep up with Reddit during the AMA. Gates noted during the event that he expects the price for these displays to come down over time and be pervasive, leaving many eager to try one out.Considering there’s not a single mention of pricing for the 55-inch or the 82-inch Perceptive Pixel displays on their website, it’s hard to tell what Gates meant when he said the cost would come down. It’s unlikely that we’ll be replacing our televisions with these incredible displays anytime soon, though it’s hard to imagine a geek that wouldn’t be excited by the idea of being able to walk up to a display like this and have some fun.last_img read more

Sky and Discovery reach 11th hour deal for channels to remain on

first_imgFans of the channel had taken part in a #KeepDiscovery campaign online, with many threatening to cancel their Sky TV packages if a deal wasn’t reached.War of wordsPrior to last night’s agreement, Discovery had accused Sky of “using what we consider to be its dominant market position to further its own commercial interest over those of viewers and independent broadcasters”.Sky previously said Discovery’s “price expectations” were “completely unrealistic”. Source: Sky Ireland/TwitterA statement from the TV provider noted: “We have worked really hard for more than a year to get a deal done for our customers with Discovery, so we are disappointed with their misleading claims and aggressive actions. We now feel it’s time to set the record straight. Because despite our differences, we love Discovery too.We were prepared to pay a fair price for the Discovery and Eurosport channels and invest more in those channels to make them even better for our customers.“We have offered hundreds of millions of pounds to Discovery, a $12 billion American business, but that wasn’t enough. They asked the Sky Group to pay close to £1 billion for their portfolio of channels, many of which are in decline.”Read: Watch any Discovery channels on Sky? They’re set to disappear next week GOOD NEWS! All our channels are staying on Sky. We can’t thank you enough for your patience & support. Best fans in TV! #KeepDiscovery— Discovery Channel UK (@DiscoveryUK) January 31, 2017 Feb 1st 2017, 7:18 AM 25,704 Views 49 Comments Discovery thanked viewers in a statement, saying it couldn’t reached an agreement without them.“Your support over the past few days has been truly amazing and we look forward to bringing you more of the TV you love in the weeks, months and years to come.” Sky and Discovery reach 11th hour deal for channels to remain on air Eurosport, TLC and several other channels were scheduled to go off air from today. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Randy Fenoli and Martha Stewart on TLC’s popular show Say Yes to the Dress Image: TLCcenter_img Source: Discovery Channel UK/Twitter Share Tweet Email6 Randy Fenoli and Martha Stewart on TLC’s popular show Say Yes to the Dress Image: TLC Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet By Órla Ryan Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 7:18 AM Short URL SKY HAS REACHED a deal with Discovery to keep its channels on air.The last-minute deal was struck last night. Several Discovery channels were set to disappear from Sky and Now TV packages in Ireland and the UK today.The two companies had engaged in a tit-for-tat exchange about the issue after previous negotiations for a new carriage deal broke down.In a statement, Sky said: “Great news, we can confirm that Sky will continue to carry the Discovery and Eurosport channels.“This means you can still watch channels including: Animal Planet, Discovery HD, Discovery History, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Science, Discovery Shed, Discovery Turbo, DMAX, Eurosport1, Eurosport2, Investigation Discovery, TLC and Quest.”Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s UK and ROI CEO, told “We are pleased that we will continue to carry the Discovery and Eurosport channels on Sky.The deal has been concluded on the right terms after Discovery accepted the proposal we gave them over a week ago. This is a good outcome for all Sky customers.Discovery was looking for more money, claiming Sky paid it less than a decade ago – despite adding new channels and increasing viewership.Sky said Discovery “accepted the proposal we gave them over a week ago”, whereas Discovery said they reached a new agreement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vets say new dog breeding guidelines need to improve standards

first_imgVets say new dog breeding guidelines need to improve standards Submissions received during a public consultation process differ on “a significant number of issues”. By Órla Ryan Jun 17th 2018, 8:01 AM NEW GUIDELINES FOR dog breeding establishments need to improve the standards at such organisations, Veterinary Ireland has said.VI, which represents veterinary practitioners around the country, has called on the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) to make sure the guidelines are published by the end of the month, as previously promised by Minister Michael Ring.A spokesperson for VI said the new guidelines “are needed to give adequate direction and clarity to operators of Dog Breeding Establishments (DBEs) and to Local Authority Veterinary Inspectors (LAVIs) and also to further improve standards at these establishments”.The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 came into force in 2012. The then Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, under whose remit the issue previously fell, concurrently introduced DBE guidelines to assist organisations to comply with the Act and to help LAVIs to apply it.The guidelines were put in place to increase awareness around welfare standards and to aid good practice in dog breeding throughout the country. They deal with matters such as the construction and maintenance of establishments, and their registration, operation and management.The DRCD is currently drafting revised guidelines, taking account of the 117 submissions received as part of a public consultation process from 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2017. These submissions and a summary report were published on the department’s website in February 2018.Differing viewsThe report notes: “The submissions received through the public consultation process contain many differing views on a significant number of issues e.g. size of kennels, staff-to-dog ratio, breeder obligations, buyer obligations, licensing of DBEs, feeding, etc.“Each submission was reviewed and considered, relevant suggestions were extracted and the data was compiled into a database for further analysis.”A spokesperson for the DRCD told it’s expected that the revised guidelines “will be ready for approval by Minister Sean Kyne, who is responsible for the Control of Dogs Act, later this month”.“The Department is currently identifying any legislative amendments that may be required. File photo of a corgi 12 Comments Share133 Tweet Email File photo of a corgi Image: Shutterstock/Veronika 7833 While the focus is currently on developing revised Guidelines, broader issues relating to enforcement of regulations and licence conditions were also raised in the course of the public consultation.“The Department is also considering whether further measures are required in these areas,” the spokesperson said in a statement.A total of 258 DBEs were registered with local authorities at the end of 2017. A DBE is defined as any establishment at which six or more female dogs, over the age of six months and capable of breeding, are kept.DBEs include hunt clubs, dog rescues and boarding kennels as well as establishments where dogs are kept specifically for breeding.Court cases Speaking about the need for revised guidelines, Dr Gerry Neary, President of Veterinary Ireland, said: “There has been a significant improvement in the standards of DBEs in Ireland since the commencement of the Act in 2012.”However, he added that, while most DBE operators are compliant and cooperate with LAVIs to improve their facilities and standards, local authorities have issued 31 improvement notices and four closure notices to DBEs between 2013 and 2017.Improvement notices are issued by local authorities in cases where they are satisfied that there has been a contravention of the Act or of conditions attached to the DBE registration, or where the DBE poses a threat to public health or animal welfare.Closure notices, which require the DBE operator to cease breeding or keeping dogs at the establishment, are issued where local authorities are satisfied that there is a serious and immediate threat to public health or animal welfare.Of the 10 improvement notices issued by local authorities in 2016, four were appealed by DBE operators to the District Court. “This high rate of appeal is due in part to a lack of clarity in the current DBE guidelines,” Neary said. 11,344 Views Short URL Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM Image: Shutterstock/Veronika 7833 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Haut débit la France compte près de 20 millions dabonnés

first_imgHaut débit : la France compte près de 20 millions d’abonnésFrance – Fin 2009, la France comptait 19,7 millions d’abonnés. Le nombre de personnes connectées au Net ne cesse de croître et a augmenté de 10% l’année dernière.Internet continue à se démocratiser en France. Les prochaines offres à bas prix devraient permettre aux abonnés de franchir allégrement la barre des 20 millions de connectés au haut et très haut débit. L’Arcep, autorité française de régulation des télécommunications, a publié le chiffre de 19,7 millions d’abonnés au 31 décembre 2009. À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseL’ADSL représente l’écrasante majorité des abonnements enregistrés (95%). Sur la quarantaine d’agglomérations où sévit le très haut débit, le cablo-opérateur Numéricable a procédé à 220.000 connexions sur les 290.000 existantes.  Les 70.000 restantes sont reliées via la fibre optique. Du côté de l’ADSL, Orange compte le plus grand nombre d’abonnés avec près de 9 millions de clients devant Free et 4.450.000 connectés. En revanche, France Telecom subit une lourde chute puisque 6,4 millions de consommateurs ont abandonné leur abonnement.Le 16 mars 2010 à 14:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Can You Shoot 3050 Feral Hogs in This Browser Game

first_img As long as America continues to be held hostage by the evil gun lobby and its craven conservative enablers in Congress, nothing will be done to stop these tragic and frustratingly preventable mass shootings like we just saw in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. If you’re looking for ways to help, CBS News as some good charity options. Also, please consider voting.But if we must live in Hell the very least we can expect are some dank vaguely related memes. Considering I was offline most of this weekend, imagine how utterly confused I was to see literally everyone talking about shooting 30-50 feral hogs in 3-5 minutes to protect their kids on the yard. If you still aren’t up to date, here’s the “context.”Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?— William McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) August 4, 2019Even if you didn’t catch this original tweet the “30-50 feral hogs” memes absolutely exploded on Twitter with a speed and intensity the likes of which I haven’t seen in a long time. People really did need a release after suffering through such torment. And the meme is now leaking into other parts of the internet, like free browser games.Developed by Bookska on, this 30-50 feral hogs game has you doing just what the tweet says: shooting those wild pigs to save you kids. The keyboard controls are a little wonky and the time/kill requirements are beyond unreasonable. But maybe that just proves the point that no one actually needs these out of control assault weapons.The game was submitted under a tag suggesting it was part of an entire game jam of games based on the meme. But this is the only entry so far. Other folks have just been posting screenshots of swell swine slaughter in games like Far Cry and— Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) August 6, 2019It’s ridiculous that this is what we’re talking about, instead of doing something to solve the very real gun problem. However, despite what disingenuous politicians may say, video games are not the problem, even video games about shooting 30-50 feral hogs. The problem is obviously guns. Games don’t even need defending. But for more, read why video games are not a factor in mass shootings on our sister site Stay on target Memes Brought Back ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom’Here Are Vintage Photos of Cats Doing Human Things last_img read more

Update Terriers abandoned in Escondido up for adoption

first_img Ginger Jeffries February 21, 2019 Ginger Jeffries, Posted: February 21, 2019 Updated: 7:22 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- We’ve been following the story of dogs being left for dead in Escondido parks.  It happened twice in one week, first a litter of pups just days old, and then again with two young terriers left in a garbage bag.Today those two terriers have been nursed back to health and they’re up for adoption.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on the investigation.Original story: Update: Terriers abandoned in Escondido up for adoptionlast_img read more

Woman caught crawling through McDonalds drivethru window to steal food cash

first_imgCOLUMBIA, MD (WSVN) — Just call her the Hamburgler.Surveillance video captured a woman crawling through the window of a Maryland McDonald’s drive-thru after closing to get a refill.The woman can be seen going through the window, getting a drink and then wandering off to get more.Though her face can be clearly seen in surveillance footage, she pulls her shirt over her head as she continues going through the restaurant.The video then shows the woman filling a box with food before passing it to someone outside and taking off.Howard County Police released the video, asking for the public’s help identifying the woman seen in the footage, and are offering a $500 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Doordarshan journalists body recovered from canal in Haryana

first_imgAMBALA: The body of a journalist was recovered from a canal at Dhela Majra village near Ambala City on Saturday, police said. The body was fished out from the Narwana branch canal and the deceased was identified as Rajesh Sharma, a reporter of Doordarshan (Hisar). Police said the journalist, a resident of Ambala City, was missing since August 6. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us His wife had lodged a complaint with the Ambala police in this regard. The cause of death is yet not clear. Sharma had left his mobile phone and car in the house on July 6. He was reportedly under stress for the past a few days, police said. The body was fished out by divers from the canal.last_img read more

When Salman Khan threatened to jump off Aishwarya Rais apartment at midnight

first_imgDid Salman Khan actually hit Aishwarya Rai Bachchan?TwitterIt wouldn’t be wrong to say that Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s relationship has been and will remain the most talked about and controversial affairs in the Bollywood industry. After breaking up with Salman, Aishwarya had revealed in an old interview that there had been many times when Salman had got physical with her. Though Salman had maintained that he had never beaten Aishwarya at any point of their relationship, he had admitted to an incident when the Dabangg Khan had created ruckus outside Aishwarya’s house in the midnight.According to reports, Salman, who was madly in love with Aishwarya at that time, wanted to marry her and even asked for her approval to getting married. It was this time, when Aishwarya was at the top of her career and wasn’t ready to settle down anytime soon.Salman apparently was not happy with Aishwarya’s response and had reached her apartment on a night of November 2001 and kept banging the door of her house in a fit of rage. The apartment was on the 17th floor and eyewitnesses had said that Salman had even threatened to jump off the building if Aishwarya didn’t comply to his demands. He literally kept banging the door till 3 am in the morning and his hand had even started bleeding by then. Aishwarya had no choice but to open the door and let Salman in.The incident had spread like wildfire in the industry and for several months, both Salman and Aishwarya had maintained a stoic silence over the issue. Four months later, Salman had finally come out and confirmed the incident adding that the media had overhyped it.”The incident is true, but it was overhyped by the media. I have a relationship with Aishwarya. If you do not fight in a relationship, it means you do not love each other. Why would I squabble with a person who is a stranger to me? Such things happen between us only because we love each other. Now, even the police have barred me from entering that building,” Salman Khan had told The Times Of India in February 2002.Moreover, Aishwarya’s father had even filed a police complaint against Salman for his vile behaviour. But Salman had said that he had realised his mistake and had no grudge against Aishwarya’s father.”Her parents are very nice people. They are orthodox like my family. They have heard about my past affairs and they didn’t like me in the life of their daughter. It is my fault, not theirs. I should have understood it earlier. They never stopped me from meeting with Aishwarya despite the fact that I treated them badly. Aishwarya did not like my behaviour towards them just as I would not appreciate anybody misbehaving with my father. Aishwarya’s father is completely justified in complaining against me. I have no grudge against him,” Salman had said.Well, there’s no two thoughts in saying that ‘anger can lead you to your own destruction.’last_img read more

Electricity Battle Between Edison and Tesla Comes to Life in New Film

first_imgThe Current War, a film based on the true story of the race between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla to light up New York City, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is coming to the big screen in 2019 after an unusual delay. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017 but was one of several completed films that found itself dropped from its original distributor, The Weinstein Company, in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s scandal in the fall of 2017. It has since found new distribution.“The film, which is a dramatization of real-life events, will follow the tumultuous journey of Thomas Edison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, as he attempts to use his DC technology to introduce light to Manhattan,” said Variety. “However, his initial efforts are obstructed when businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon)  and his partner Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) rival the inventor with Tesla’s own AC electrical current.”Benedict Cumberbatch to play Thomas Edison. Photo by Dunlop Tyres China CC by SA-4.0Set in 1879 when Edison was on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan, the film delves into how his plans were thrown into disarray by Tesla and his backer Westinghouse. Theirs was one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history.In the trailer, Edison says, “This is a battle of the greatest minds of America,” to which Westinghouse threatens, “If you want to be remembered, it’s simple: Shoot a president. But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.”Michael Shannon to play George Westinghouse. Photo by Clementine Delia CC by SA-3.0Described (arguably) as America’s greatest inventor, Edison was prolific and had more than 1,000 US patents in his name. George Westinghouse was an entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and is seen as a pioneering force behind the electrical industry as he was the main backer of the brilliant Nikola Tesla, whose AC current was actually a better model than Edison’s DC. Westinghouse put all his resources into the competition with Edison.Nicholas Hoult to play Nikola Tesla. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC by 2.0The film shows the competing styles and influences of Edison and Tesla. Edison, backed by J.P. Morgan (Matthew Macfadyen), dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Tesla, backed by Westinghouse, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on their alternating current.The film was written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver), directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and produced by Martin Scorsese. In 2017, some of the reviews were negative, and since then Gomez-Rejon has reportedly made substantial changes to the original footage, swapping out the film’s musical score, cutting its run time, and adding new scenes. Eventually, the film was bought by David Glasser’s newly established 101 Studios.Check out the trailer below:Media reports said that producer Harvey Weinstein was in the midst of supervising the film’s editing process when the New York Times published the first of many shocking allegations connected to the producer.In an interview, the director said he realized in 2017 that the film was not ready to be seen. “I knew in my heart, and every fiber of my body was saying, it’s not ready,” Gomez-Rejon told Deadline of the Toronto festival experience. “I was drowning in notes, to the point I was addressing them more than editing the film. I’d get them from London, and then more from New York. We rushed the mix, ADR, sound. You go in knowing [Harvey Weinstein’s reputation for re-cutting films]. People warned me to be careful and I was determined to not be another casualty until I saw the [Toronto] cut and felt like an idiot. I went in fearless, and then suddenly you realize you are a casualty, a footnote.”Related Article: FBI releases long held Nikola Tesla documentsCritics speculate that The Current War could now be a contender for major film awards.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Has the Ashley Madison Hacker Been Identified

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine August 27, 2015 How Success Happens 2 min read Listen Now The Ashley Madison hack, which posted the information over 32 million accounts, may have been performed by the Twitter user with the name “Thadeus Zu,” according to a security researcher.Brian Krebs, the researcher, pointed to the account’s owner based on past postings to the social media side and other Twitter information that led him to believe he’s part of the “Impact Team” responsible for the attack. But Thadeus Zu has spoken out against the accusations, tweeting, “They’re eyeballing the wrong dude here, man,” according to the publication.Krebs has targeted Zu for numerous reasons, including citing information that Zu has hacked government sites in the past and has played AC/DC songs once the hack was completed. The Ashley Madison hack, meanwhile, had the song “Thunderstruck” played from the company’s computers. Per The Independent:He also appeared to tweet links to the huge data dumps from the hacks, before they were picked up by the mainstream media, according to Krebs. Krebs said his initial interest in the account had come about because it posted a link to Ashley Madison source data soon after it was released.“Thadeus Zu — whoever and wherever he is in real life — may not have been directly involved in the Ashley Madison hack; he claims in several tweets that he was not part of the hack, but then in countless tweets he uses the royal “We” when discussing the actions and motivations of the Impact Team,” according to Krebs.“But one thing is clear: If Zu wasn’t involved in the hack, he almost certainly knows who was,” added Krebs. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

Gender nonbinary activist is the new face of beauty campaign

first_imgJacob Tobia. | Photo: FluideThey chose to partner with Fluide because it is ‘a cosmetics company inspired by and built for the gender nonconforming, trans, and nonbinary community’.‘I know that we are taking steps to end this erasure. I know that we are taking steps towards ensuring that nonbinary and gender nonconforming beauty is appreciated, celebrated, and loved in every shade, every body hair configuration, every pigment, every skin tone, every curve,’ Tobia wrote.Fluide for all queers Fluide is a US based cosmetics company that makes ‘cruelty-free makeup for all gender expressions, gender identities and skin tones’.Its lipstick and nail polish colors are named after queer spaces around the world. Their names are a tribute to the ‘importance of safe spaces for the LGBTQ community’.The company donates 5% of its profits to organizations that support the health and legal rights of the LGBTQ community.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . How much of our gender is a performance?How I’m fighting the feminists who are crowdfunding money for transphobiaUK PM wants to ‘de-medicalize’ changing your legal genderRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The artist and filmmaker will front Fluide’s Uncuffed collection of lipsticks and took to Facebook to celebrate. They said it was a personal milestone and also an achievement for the entire gender non-binary community.‘After years of being overlooked by the beauty industry, it feels like such a milestone in my life and in my career,’ Tobia wrote on Facebook.‘For generations, gender nonconforming people have been trailblazers in the fashion and beauty world, but our contributions have often been overlooked, erased, or displayed on bodies other than our own.’Tobia said the world was quick to embrace gender nonconfirming ‘fashion’ but left people behind.‘Gender nonconforming looks have been paraded on cisgender bodies, bodies that do not have our same power, bodies that have not experienced the stigma, isolation, or marginalization that people in the nonbinary community have faced,’ they wrote. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Jacob Tobia is one of the world’s most high-profile non-binary activists and they’ve just landed an historic deal as the new face of makeup line. Jacob Tobia. | Photo: Fluide GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Philippine factory where 72 died suspected of breaking law

first_imgAt least 104 workers at the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. were recruited by an illegal sub-contractor, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said. She said owners will be summoned to answer the charges next week.Officials couldn’t say how many workers were at the factory in Valenzuela city, a northern Manila suburb, because records were lost.It was one of the worst fires in the country after the 1996 disco blaze that killed 162 people. Another fire at a budget hotel in 2001 killed 75.Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, chairman of the Committee on Labor of the House of Representatives, said he will open an inquiry into the tragedy focusing on the occupational safety practices of the factory.Another representative, Magtanggol Gunigundo Jr., said the building that was gutted did not have fire sprinklers.National police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said they will file charges against “all those accountable and those at fault.”The International Labor Organization urged the Philippines to tighten its labor safety and health standards, while national workers’ federations criticized labor officials for lax inspections of workplaces.“Everyone has the right to work in a safe and healthy environment, regardless of the industry they are in or the type of work that they do. We can make workplaces safer by improving working conditions in factories,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement. MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A factory where a fire killed 72 people violated employment laws, the Philippines’ top labor official said Friday, as more witness reports emerged about the victims being trapped behind iron grill bars shouting for help.The workers who died Wednesday fled to the second floor of the two-story rubber slipper factory but iron grills on windows prevented their escape, according to a relative and witnesses. A congressman said Friday that the building lacked fire sprinklers. Workers at a nearby factory told ABS-CBN television that people watched helplessly as many of the victims were begging for help from the windows as flames and black smoke engulfed the building. Top Stories Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Workers slides the coffin of one of the fire victims into apartment type-crypts during a mass interment Friday, May 15, 2015 at a public cemetery in Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines. Police will open a criminal investigation into the fire incident at Kentex rubber slipper factory as a relative of several of the victims said the blaze had trapped workers in the building’s second floor where iron grills on windows prevented their escape. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Lito Ustarez, vice chairman of the left-wing May One Movement labor federation, said workers at the factory had reported that in addition to barriers on windows, which are used to prevent theft but are a violation of occupational health and safety regulations, the company also did not conduct fire drills.Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the fire was apparently ignited by sparks from welding work at the factory’s main entrance door, triggering an explosion of the chemicals used to make the slippers. Workers fled to the second floor where they were trapped, he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Capital Economics Predicts Further Drops in Homeownership Rate

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Capital Economics Predicts Further Drops in Homeownership Rate With the homeownership rate already at its lowest point since 1995, “”Capital Economics””: predicts further decline before a rebound occurs. [IMAGE]The analytics firm predicted last July that the homeownership rate would fall to a low of 64 percent, and the firm is sticking to that forecast. The firm suggests the 64 percent low will come sometime “”within a year or so,”” and when it does, the market will have about 9 million more renters and only 400,000 more homeowners than it did in 2004 when the homeownership rate peaked. In the first quarter of this year, the rate “”dropped””: 0.4 percentage points to 65 percent. While the peak of 69.2 percent in 2004 “”never looked sustainable,”” according to Capital Economics, the current rate “”is now as far below its trend level as it was above it in the boom.”” [COLUMN_BREAK] One of the major contributors to the ongoing decline in homeownership is the high level of foreclosures that continues to challenge the market. As of the end of 2012, the market held 1.9 million homes in foreclosure. While some of these loans might be cured, Capital Economics predicts at best, the result will be a 0.8 percentage point decline in the homeownership rate. In the first quarter of this year, the greatest decline in homeownership took place among those ages 35 to 44, which Capital Economics interprets as evidence that foreclosures are a major source of changes in the owner and renter markets. Another factor contributing to the declining homeownership rate is tight lending standards. According to data from Ellie Mae, many lenders are demanding FICO scores of about 745, while the average score is lower than 700. Relying on an average annual household formation of 1.2 million, Capital Economics calculates about two-third of new households will rent, resulting in an additional 0.3 percentage point drop in the homeownership rate over the next year. With a 0.3 percentage point drop resulting from tight lending standards and a 0.8 percentage point drop resulting from foreclosures, the homeownership rate is set to reach the 64 percent mark Capital Economics predicted last summer. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Census Bureau Credit Standards Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-03 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img Share May 3, 2013 464 Views last_img read more

Market Conditions Trouble Buyers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination April 22, 2016 531 Views First-time homebuyers are faced with two major challenges in the housing market that are keeping them from purchasing a home: scarce inventory and higher home prices.In more than half of the largest U.S. housing markets, home values are rising quickly among entry-level homes, according to first quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports.This phenomenon is fueled by a devastatingly low supply of homes for sale on the market. Zillow reported that there are 5.9 percent fewer homes for sale in the U.S. than a year ago and 10.4 percent fewer entry-level homes for sale this year compared to last year. “The findings signal difficult times ahead for first-time homebuyers looking to enter the market. Going into home-shopping season this spring, buyers will find fewer homes in the bottom and middle of the market—the homes most affordable for first-time buyers,” the report stated. “The trend also highlights the different experiences buyers are having in the recovering housing market. Buyers looking for the most expensive homes will find slower price growth, a larger selection, and less competition this spring than entry-level buyers who are likely to face stiff competition, bidding wars, and very few homes to choose from.”According to Zillow’s data, home values rose 4.8 percent to $186,200, while rents rose 2.6 percent to $1,389. More than a third of the homes available for sale in the largest U.S. housing markets are in the most expensive segment, or the top third of the overall housing stock in the market. Top-tier homes occupy over half the inventory in nine markets.”It’s going to be a tough home-buying market this spring, especially for first-time buyers or even people looking to move up into a slightly more expensive home,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.  “In order to stand out in a competitive market, buyers should get pre-approved for a loan, find an agent who has experience with bidding wars, and consider coming in at the asking price, so the seller knows they’re serious.” Market Conditions Trouble Buyerscenter_img First-Time Homebuyers Home Prices Housing Market Inventory Zillow 2016-04-22 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

The stunning showcase of more than 300 spectacular

first_imgThe stunning showcase of more than 300 spectacular items, such as loans from royals, celebrities and the Cartier Collection itself, provided a magnificent backdrop for the agents, who also enjoyed some bubbles and canapes and heard from Bianca Winataputri, Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Australia. Back in May, Travel Monitor reviewed Cartier: The Exhibition, on display at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra until 22 July 2018 – and Qantas Holidays recently wowed 30 ACT agents, hosting them in the capital for an exclusive showing of the exhibition. agentsCartier:The ExchitioneventNational Gallery of AustraliaQantas Holidayslast_img read more