MPTF Hosts StarStudded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

first_imgTelevision’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty Images For MPTFThe television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to MPTF’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “We are grateful to our sponsors and to all our donors from the television community for their support of this evening and throughout the year.”The 11th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Anthony Anderson, Julie Bowen, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Robert DeNiro, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Donald Glover, Tony Goldwyn, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Eric McCormack, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, Kasia & Jeffrey Tambor, Milo Ventimiglia, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, and Shailene Woodley.The Executive Host Committee included Susan & Matt Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Julie Chen & Leslie Moonves, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Channing Dungey & Scott Power, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Karen Kehela Sherwood & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, Ally Walker & John Landgraf, and Dick & Noelle Wolf.This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE TV, and Target.Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Uzo Aduba, Riz Ahmed, Sasha Alexander, Jaimie Alexander, Debbie Allen, Aziz Ansari, Lauren Ash, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Bayer, Samantha Bee, Jillian Bell, Zach Braff, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Titus Burgess, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Michael Chiklis, Priyanka Chopra, Gary Cole, Mike Colter, Laverne Cox, David Cross, Viola Davis, Guillermo Diaz, Sarah Drew, Minnie Driver, Clea DuVall, Natalia Dyer, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Tom Ellis, O-T Fagbenle, Edie Falco, Fortune Feimster, Ben Feldman, Joseph Fiennes, Scott Foley, Jason George, Paul Giamatti, Walton Goggins, Ginnifer Goodwin, Max Greenfield, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Dennis Haysbert, Lydia Hearst, Patricia Heaton, Cheryl Hines, Jackie Hoffman, Anders Holm, Julianne Hough, Abbi Jacobson, Ashley Judd, Joe Keery, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Kirby, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Landecker, Ali Larter, Tatiana Maslaney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack McBrayer, Kelly McCreary, Joel McHale, Kyle MacLachlan, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Janelle Monae, Ryan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Noth, BJ Novak, Danielle Panabaker, Lana Parrilla, Dolly Parton, Mandy Patinkin, Jeremy Piven, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Posen, Andrew Rannells, Retta, Sam Richardson, Angela Sarafyan, Susan Sarandon, Reid Scott, Sarah Silverman, Alexander Skarsgård, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Abigail Spencer, Darby Stanchfield, Sharon Stone, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Jessica Szohr, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Trachtenberg, Alan Tudyk, Keith Urban, Courtney B. Vance, Lena Waithe, Matt Walsh, Kate Walsh, Susan Kelechi Watts, Ed Westwick, Samira Wiley, BD Wong, Evan Rachel Wood, Alison Wright, Bellamy Young, and many more.The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.last_img read more

Jury hears 911 call made after the shooting death of Six Nations man

first_img(Jon Styres from Six Nations of the Grand River was shot and killed in 2016) The Canadian PressA murder trial taking place in Hamilton, Ont., just outside Toronto, which has some similarities to the racially fraught trial and acquittal earlier this year of Gerald Stanley, a white Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, is being closely watched by First Nation leaders.“Indigenous people will not feel safe until there is a justice system in place that values Indigenous lives,” said Six Nations Chief Ava Hill.Hill said in a statement that Styres’s death has had a “significant impact” on the community.Peter Khill, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Styres on Feb. 4, 2016, though he does not deny that he hit the 29-year-old with a pair of shotgun blasts.On Wednesday, Khill’s wife testified that there had been numerous break and enters and car thefts in their rural community in the months before her husband shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to steal his truck.Melinda Benko, told jurors she woke him up around 3 a.m. after she heard loud knocking or banging noises outside their home near Hamilton.Her husband got his shotgun from the bedroom closet, loaded it and headed out the back door while she looked out the window, she testified.Benko saw the silhouette of a person in the passenger seat of the truck, then a blinding light coming from the breezeway between the house and garage, followed by yelling and two loud, echoing blasts accompanied by flying sparks, she said, adding that she could not tell at first who had fired the shots.“I was hoping Pete would shoot first if he had to,” said Benko, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.“I just freaked out and called 911.”The Crown played the nearly 15-minute 911 call for the jury, in which Benko describes the series of events, adding that her then-boyfriend had shot a man who was trying to steal their truck.Khill can later be heard telling the operator that he fired in self-defence after seeing Styres in the truck raising his arms as if he had a gun.“It looked like he was literally about to shoot me so I shot him,” Khill said over the phone. “I didn’t want to lose my life… Looking at him now it doesn’t look like (he has a gun).”Benko testified on Wednesday that she and Khill had been “on edge” in the days leading up to the shooting.The couple moved into their house around Binbrook, Ont., about six months earlier and there had been “a lot of chatter in the community” about break and enters, car thefts and people being hurt by intruders, she said.The week before the shooting, Benko was home alone while Khill was on a business trip and on two separate occasions she heard what she believed was someone trying to unlock the back door using the electronic keypad, Benko said.Both times she opened the back door and found no one there, but the couple was concerned enough that Khill changed the back door’s key code once he got home.Benko told the court she thought at first that the noise she heard on the morning of Feb. 4, 2016, could have been someone in the covered breezeway between the house and the garage, kicking through one of the windows into the basement, trying to get into the home.A police officer who was at the scene has previously testified that Khill recounted a similar version of events after being taken into custody.“I’m a soldier. That’s how we were trained. I came out. He raised his hands to like a gun height. It was dark. I thought I was in trouble.“Does self-defence mean anything in court?” Const. Matthew Robinson said Khill told him.Khill, a 26-year-old mechanical technician and licensed millwright at the time of the shooting, served as a reservist with a Brantford artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.He has been on bail since shortly after his arrest.The jury heard Tuesday that police did not find a gun on or near Styres, but an officer who attended the autopsy said they found a hinged knife closed and clipped in his pocket.Investigators also found a soldering lighter, a flashlight and a cellphone charger in and among Styers’ clothes, Det. Const. Doug Moon told the court.A pathologist removed several shotgun shell components from Styers’ chest wall and right arm, Moon said.Styers was wearing a T-shirt and three sweatshirts when he died, each of which had a hole in the chest and a hole in the right shoulder, he added.The Crown showed the jury a photo of the tank top Styers was wearing under his T-shirt, which appeared to be covered in read more

ICBC says 40 percent of residents have failed its online refresher test

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC says that many B.C. residents could benefit from re-learning the rules of the road after launching its Drive Smart Refresher Test less than three weeks ago.The insurance corporation says that over 45,000 British Columbians logged on to take the test, which is similar to the knowledge test that residents write when attempting to get their learner’s licenses.ICBC says that if the refresher test were treated like the knowledge test, which requires a minimum score of 80 percent to obtain a learner’s licence, over 18,000 or 40 percent, would have failed. Based on the completed tests, drivers had the most difficulty with what to do around emergency vehicles, minimum following distances, and the meaning of road signs.Interestingly, ICBC said that questions related to texting while driving had near-perfect scores, despite police handing out more than 34,000 tickets for using an electronic device last year alone.“What’s just as important as knowing the rules of the road is putting them into practice whenever you drive,” said ICBC’s interim vice-president responsible for road safety, Lindsay Matthews. “No matter how many years of experience you have under your belt, we can all benefit from shedding bad driving habits and refreshing our knowledge.”Here are some of the top questions that were answered incorrectly:When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of under 80 km/h, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 40 km/hWhen approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of 80 km/h or over, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 70 km/h.The minimum following distance when behind a large vehicle or a motorcycle on a high-speed road, should be: 3 seconds.The minimum following distance in bad weather or slippery conditions on high-speed roads should be: 4 seconds.Drivers are required to yield to a public transit bus that is signalling to enter traffic: on all roads where the speed limit is 60km/h or lower.The number of crashes in B.C. peaked in 2017, with 350,000 crashes happening in the year, or 960 a day. The total cost of claims in 2017 was $4.8 billion, equivalent to $13 million a day.To take the Refresher Test, visit: read more

Another manager out at Norfolk County

The house-cleaning at Governor Simcoe Square continued Friday with word that another senior manager has departed.This time it is Yakov Sluchenkov, Norfolk’s former general manager of employee and corporate services. The county announced Sluchenkov’s departure in a news release Friday afternoon.“On behalf of the mayor, council and administration I wish to thank Mr. Sluchenkov for his service to the county and wish him well in his future endeavours,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said in a news release.“Norfolk residents elected their county council and provided a clear mandate for change. This is an important step in streamlining the corporation and consolidating these key services areas.”The consolidation the mayor refers to involves the amalgamation of Norfolk’s financial services division with employee and corporate services.As part of this restructuring, Norfolk announced Thursday that treasurer and general manager of financial services James Johnson was also no longer employed at the county. His interim replacement in the treasury division is Kathy Laplante, Norfolk’s manager of financial planning and reporting.Sluchenkov’s departure means that Norfolk’s human resources division and communications department will report to Norfolk’s incoming interim CAO Chris McQueen.Norfolk County announced Thursday that McQueen – the former director of internal control and organizational performance at Niagara Region – will assume his new duties next week.McQueen takes over from former interim CAO Harry Schlange, who served his last day on Thursday. Schlange is set to take over as the full-time CAO in the Town of Grimsby.In a sense, Norfolk has come full circle with the amalgamation of corporate services and the treasury division. When the new Norfolk came into being in 2001, the treasury department and corporate services were under the leadership of former Simcoe treasurer Frank Gelinas.Chopp was asked Friday if there were other restructuring shoes to drop given the flurry of activity in recent weeks.This has included the departure of Pam Duesling, former general manager of development and cultural services. Duesling recently accepted a similar position with Brant County.Chopp said the changes made to date have been a collaboration between Norfolk council and Schlange. Schlange, she said, listened to council’s objectives and provided guidance while council reserved final judgment on his recommendations.Chopp added that major moves going forward will be up to McQueen.“Any future changes would be at his discretion,” the mayor said.It is normal administrative procedure for senior managers to select the team they wish to work with. As an example, Chopp recently said it will be up to the new CAO to name Duesling’s read more

Landlord who failed to fit smoke alarms jailed over deaths of young

Bains had been on trial for manslaughter but the charges were dropped after he admitted the health and safety violations.Sentencing him on Wednesday, Mr Justice Males, told him: “Your failure to fit smoke alarms was a significant cause of the children’s deaths. Logan Taylor (left) and Jake Casey died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroom 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. Logan Taylor (left) and Jake Casey died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroomCredit:MEN Media “Thus the harm caused by your failure could not have been more serious.”Bains was the director of property management company Prime Property Estates (Yorkshire), which maintained around 140 homes in the Huddersfield area on behalf of private landlords for a 10 per cent cut of the rent. Detective Superintendent Steve Thomas, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We also hope that this case is a stark reminder to landlords and letting agents to treat their responsibilities seriously and they have an obligation to ensure that all properties are fully equipped with all adequate safety measures to ensure the safety of their tenants.”West Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dave Walton, said: “Had there been working smoke alarms in this property, the outcome could have been very different and these brothers could have had a future to look forward to.”As firefighters, the importance of having working smoke alarms is a message that we try and get over to the public day in and day out.””This landmark case shows how vitally important it is that landlords and letting agents take their responsibilities seriously or the consequences do not bear thinking about.” Bains was jailed for a year in a prosecution believed to be the first of its kindCredit:SWNS Ms Taylor told the two-week trial, which ended when the manslaughter charges were dropped, that she asked Bains “time after time” to fit alarms at the house he managed in Alder Street.In an impact statement read to the court, she said: “I don’t think I will ever recover from this awful tragedy. The worst thing is I won’t get to see my boys grow up.”The judge said that tests carried out by investigators showed that Ms Taylor would have had “a few minutes” to rescue her two boys if an alarm had been fitted.Ms Taylor and Mr Casey, the boys’ father, said in statement after the hearing: “We do hope that this case highlights this important issue and for people to know their responsibilities as landlords or letting agents and to take appropriate action to ensure that any property they are responsible for has working smoke alarms. A landlord who failed to fit smoke alarms inside a rented house where two boys died in a fire has been jailed for a year following a landmark case.Kamal Bains was told his inability to install smoke detectors at the property in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was a “significant cause” of the deaths of Logan Taylor, three, and two-year-old Jake Casey.The youngsters died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroom in February 2016 as their mother Emma Taylor was beaten back by heat as she tried to rescue them, Leeds Crown Court heard.Bains, 51, of Stableford Gardens, Huddersfield, whose property company managed the house, admitted a breach of health safety law on Monday in a case believed to be the first of its kind.West Yorkshire Police said the prosecution was the first to be brought since legislation was passed in October 2015 which requires private sector landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties. Bains was jailed for a year in a prosecution believed to be the first of its kind The house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where the two children died in a fireCredit:Tom Kershaw/SWNS “Such a simple check could have saved the lives of our boys and we want to ensure that this does not happen to anyone else.” The house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where the two children died in a fire read more

Major investment in MTUs main site for the development of nextgeneration engines

first_imgRolls-Royce Power Systems says it “is investing in the development of next-generation combustion engines at MTU that stand out for their ecological soundness and cost efficiency.” The first new test stands in Friedrichshafen, MTU’s lead site and main R&D location, officially went into service on July 27. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested some €40 million in the new testing facilities at MTU. MTU is a Rolls-Royce Power Systems brand in the Rolls-Royce Land & Sea division.“This move is making space for new developments in every sense of the word. Technology on the combustion engine of the future is going to be even more complex than that of its predecessors, so we have to make absolutely sure that we have the capacity to carry out tests and trials on our new products reliably and intensively,” explained Dr Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, at the opening ceremony. Rolls-Royce Power Systems will be using the new facilities not only to test further developments on existing engine series, but to break into new territories. New combustion processes, advanced technologies for electronic regulation and control and, from mid-2016, alternative fuels such as gas are some of the latest developments that will be put under scrutiny at the test stands. All these areas have relevance for MTU engines used in mining, both in surface and underground applications.A special feature of the new testing facility is the gallery that has been erected above each test stand booth. This will play a role in the development of exhaust aftertreatment systems: “Exhaust aftertreatment is one of our technologies for MTU engines. We are making a major research effort in this area because we want to develop diesel particulate filter and SCR technologies as far as we can ourselves. That will put us in a position to provide customers with a complete systems package.” Exhaust aftertreatment systems will enable engines to meet the strict emissions standards coming into force in the future.“Today’s ultra-modern test stands are the prerequisite for tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies. Chilling machines, heat exchangers, steam generators and various fuel formulations allow a whole spectrum of engine operation scenarios to be simulated – from biting cold to tropical humidity. State-of-the-art measuring and analysis systems support test stand technicians and development engineers in their work by enabling them to monitor results and replicate and document them precisely. Sophisticated technologies also come into play in the way the test stands themselves are run. In addition to conventional dynamometers, electrical gensets will also be used to simulate rapid load changes. The electrical power they deliver will also be fed into the factory’s own power grid.”Construction of the 5-storey, 9,000 square metre building that houses the test stands was begun in spring 2013 and recently completed. The first three test stands for testing 2,500 kW engines were set up in the first phase. Now underway is construction of a gas supply network for gas engine research that is to go into service in mid-2016. Further test stands can also be installed according to requirements.last_img read more

Serbias Vukovic We were wasted Momir Ilic We entered history

At the press conference after the defeat against Denmark, the Serbian side had no reason to be disappointed. The players and coach were very satisfied with the 2nd place and the Silver medal. Serbia’s coach Veselin Vukovic, players Marko Vujin and Momir Ilic, all agreed that this was a major step forward for Serbian handball, and that this medal will have huge impact on Serbian handball future.– I have congratulate Denmark on the brilliant final game. Perhaps it would have been too much to beat the Danish two times after not having them beaten for so many years. After the game against Croatia the players were very psychologically and physically exhausted, and I believe that might have had its effect in the final game.  – said Serbia’s coach Veselin Vukovic.Momir Ilic was satisfied with the achievement, despite the defeat:– I would like to thank all the fans for the fantastic support. Congratulations to the Danish on the Gold Medal. Before the tournament we desired such a good result, and this is a great success for all of us. I’m proud of it as a team captain. We achieved a great success, and I’m proud of it as a Captain.Marko Vujin mentioned that the previous two weeks have been huge success for Serbian handball:– We made a huge step forward for our handball. Few people expected us to get so far. Great step forward for Serbian handball. This a good direction, and we’re proud of having won “visum” to the WC and the Olympic Games qualifications. We wasted ourself against Croatia, and the Danish were simply better. We should strive on achieving even better results in future. ← Previous Story Greatest comeback ever! Wilbek: “Hansen made the difference” Next Story → Polish Kielce gets all three medals from EURO 2012:Stojković: Good As It Gets! read more

Retired Irish footballer Paul McCarthy dies suddenly aged 45

first_img 8 Comments Very sad news reaching us this morning that former #BHAFC, Wycombe and Oxford defender Paul McCarthy died suddenly yesterday aged just 45.— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February 20, 2017 McCarthy alongside Rockmount schoolboy team-mates including Roy Keane. Source: Rockmountfc.comMcCarthy joined Brighton as a trainee in 1989 and would also go on to enjoy spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Hornchurch and Ebbsfleet United.He was an important part of the Wycombe team that reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2001 — going out to Liverpool 2-1 at Villa Park. Share94 Tweet Email 63,473 Views Feb 20th 2017, 10:47 AM Source: BHAFC ⚽️/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ben Blake Follow us: Retired Irish footballer Paul McCarthy dies suddenly aged 45 The Cork-born defender spent a large part of his career with Brighton & Hove Albion. Rest in peace, Macca. The legacy left by you and your team-mates will be passed down many generations of #Chairboys fans.— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) February 20, 2017 The Cork native came through the ranks at Rockmount and played on the same underage teams as current Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. EX-IRELAND U21 footballer Paul McCarthy has passed away at the age of 45.The former Brighton & Hove Albion defender, who made 217 appearances and scored six goals for the Seagulls between 1988 and 1996, died suddenly on Sunday. Source: Leicester Retro TV/YouTube Source: Wycombe Wanderers/Twitter Monday 20 Feb 2017, 10:47 AM The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Five wins out of six against Dundalk but Cork City remaining groundedFormer Norwich defender planning to follow Seamus Coleman’s pathlast_img read more

Here we go again

first_imgPolice in Athens have fired tear gas in attempts to disperse protesters as violent scenes broke out amid a national day of strike action in protest at government spending cuts.More than 30,000 workers convened near the Greek parliament on Wednesday to voice their opposition to the PASOK government’s ongoing financial austerity program, which has come as part of the country’s EU bailout.Athens police estimate the crowd to be numbered 18,000, but the trade unions that organised the protests said the capacity was closer to 60,000.The demonstrations came on a day of nationwide general strikes, when Greek public servants joined private workers in walking out of work.Three police officers were injured in clashes – one after he was set alight by a petrol bomb – with protesters, though police chiefs said they were relieved the demonstrations hadn’t resulted in more injuries.One man arrested by police had been carrying an archer’s bow and arrows, as well as an axe.Transport in the country went into lock-down, with around 100 international flights cancelled while public transport between the country’s main cities was virtually non-existent.Prime Minister George Papandreou said he understood the feelings of protesters, but indicated that protesting itself wasn’t enough to stop the government’s policies.“Sometimes I would like to be out there protesting myself because I am not happy about what is happening, but it isn’t enough to protest,” he said.Source: The Journal Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Monstro Mechanica is a Thrilling Adventure with the Seeds of Corruption

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “A new series starring Leonardo da Vinci, his female apprentice, and their wooden robot! At the height of the Renaissance, warring factions vie for control of Leonardo da Vinci’s destructive arsenal. The only thing standing in their way is Leonardo’s young apprentice and her nine-foot tall mechanical bodyguard. Together, they navigate a world of wicked men and war machines, determined to save Leonardo from the world—and the world from Leonardo.”MONSTRO MECHANICA #1(W + L): Paul Allor (A): Chris Evenhuis (C): Sjan WeijersIf there were some beginning words to describe Monstro Mechanica #1, it would be Assassin’s Creed meets Young Pope. Monstro Mechanica #1, written by Paul Allor with art by Chris Evenhuis and colors by Sjan Weijers, is a trip back to the Renaissance to see Leonardo Da Vinci do more besides creating famous pieces of art, but to build weapons as well. The plot of Monstro Mechanica has the potential to be something so fresh and exciting. However, it doesn’t leave much as the narrative drudges and tries to pull something that isn’t quite there yet.via AfterShock ComicsPaul Allor finds a thrilling adventure with the seeds of corruption, but he does a lot of telling and not showing, which is the opposite of what you’d like. I found myself growing impatiently restless with this comic. I understand that the corruption runs thick. I’d love to see more of action instead of men just plotting and planning (and slyly insulting) each other. His script is thick with expository but still leaves you in the dark.Allor starts to lay the characters down like an established chessboard pieces. I found myself not really caring about Leonardo (or the rest of the holy gentlemen) as much as I would like. The feeling may change in upcoming issues. Instead, I found myself enamored with the growing relationship of Isabel and the robot. Isabel very much becomes the stand out in this tale. Her relationship with Leonardo’s robot as his primary caretaker is almost a little more interesting then Leonardo or the corruption happening behind the scenes.via AfterShock ComicsSomething that caught my attention while reading was how much time they spend on establishing gender. This is for both Isabel and the robot. This would be something incredible as a one and done, however, in this context it seems unnecessary to talk about so much. Isabel dresses as a boy to keep her apprenticeship with Leonardo and walk the streets. Isabel and Leonardo have a massive exposition about what gender the robot is that lasts a good couple of panels. Again, as cool as this may be, it feels unnecessary, especially if you want to get to the big picture going on.Chris Evenhuis’ art looks like a painting. Every panel is laced with superb and astonishing details that you find yourself carefully examine as you read. From the backgrounds, costumes, facial expressions and objects, he lays this Italy out for you and all the players in it. Evenhuis brings an adrenaline rush to the comic. Sjan Weijers matches her colors with Evenhuis’ art and creates an atmosphere that’s out of this world. These two are made to create together and build visual worlds. She dips the world in earth tone colors like orange, red and browns that warm you. She creates a mood that builds on the corruption and seediness. Her lighting and shadows plays with the aura surrounding the narrative and keeps you holding to what might be in those shadows.via AfterShock ComicsI’m holding on for Monstro Mechanica. With stellar art and steller coloring, it can be one fantastic comic. It has a lot of things to achieve regarding narrative. You’ll become interested in some of the character dynamics, especially between Isabel and the robot. Monstro Mechanica allows you to soak up Italy in 1472, but isn’t quite there yet with its story. Monstro Mechanica #1 will be available on Comixology on December 13th and your local comic shop.last_img read more

Weather Eye: Highs will be near 50 degrees, with rain, for next week or so

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Are you getting tired of the chilly weather? Then I have a forecast you will like. Well, maybe part of it. Highs will rise to 50 degrees or so the next seven days, and compared to the last several days, it may feel a bit like spring.With clouds and continued east winds, the best we could do Sunday was 38 degrees for a high — the coldest high temperature since Feb. 21. As of 4 p.m. Monday, we had topped out at 43 degrees, which was also Saturday’s high.We have a series of wet-weather systems coming our way the next week and a half, and with that will be high temperatures around the 50-degree mark. The bad news is that with the warmer temperatures, we will have plenty of rain. The National Climate Center on Monday issued their outlook for the weather through Dec. 20, and we are slated to have warmer than average temperatures and above normal precipitation.That means rain in the valley and high-elevation snows. The central and north Cascades in Washington are expected to receive 3 or 4 feet through the upcoming weekend. Closer to home, Mount Hood will have less with snow levels averaging higher than the passes at times. Timberline and Meadows may fare well but may also have a slushy mess if freezing levels go too high for short periods.Looking toward Christmas, it sure doesn’t look like a white one like the snow we had on Christmas Eve last year, but some forecast models hint colder air may arrive.Meanwhile, enjoy the somewhat balmy weather — at least no worry about freezing for a while.last_img read more

Okaka set for Udinese switch

first_imgWatford striker Stefano Okaka is expected to complete a switch to Serie A side Udinese in the next few days according to reports in Italy.Football Italia reports Okaka will arrive in Udine on Sunday and undergo his medical 24 hours later with the deal set to be wrapped up by Monday.Rumours are rife in Italy that the 29-year-old will join the Zebrette on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.The former Italy international last played in Serie A with Sampdoria, leaving in the summer of 2015 to sign for Anderlecht and then Watford.Okaka has only played a cameo role for the Hornets’ in the first half of the season, managing just 47 minutes of competitive football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, making this a straightforward deal.#Udinese, medical visits for #Watford’s #Okaka set for Monday— Pablito (@ilcano22) January 4, 2019last_img read more

County cuts building permit time

first_imgClark County has cut the time it takes to get a permit to build a single family home in half, taking turnaround from 23 days to 11 days.The reduction in days is the result of a weeklong brainstorming session between multiple county departments and local contractors. The goal was to apply a “lean” process to the county permitting operation that reduces the amount of work while achieving the same results.The brainstorming session, facilitated by the Washington State Auditor’s office, resulted in Clark County identifying where permits typically hit snags in reviews and moving those troublesome items to the start of the application.“We want to get the review done early so it’s complete,” said Marty Snell, the county’s director of community development. “That way, (other parts of the review) know the work has already been done and they don’t have to check on it.”Several review components, such as stormwater and plot planning, will now be conducted when developers initially apply for a permit. Snell said that will also allow for staff to assist in identifying incomplete applications, and improve customer service.last_img read more

Fatal car crash kills 2 in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fatal car crash killed two people in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the car crash, just before 7 p.m., Tuesday, along Northwest 17th Avenue and 79th Street.Miami-Dade Police said two people died as a result. There were no transports from the scene, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dirtybird Campout 2018 Mija Just Blaze Phase 1 Lineup Announced

first_img Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced dirtybird-campout-2018-mija-just-blaze-phase-1-lineup-announced The first-ever East Coast edition of the camping-themed underground music festival has announced its initial lineupBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2017 – 12:45 pm San Francisco-based underground tech house and bass music label Dirtybird Records’ yearly three-day Dirtybird Campout music festival is all set for its inaugural expansion to the East Coast in February 2018.The new festival is aptly titled Dirtybird Campout East, and standing tall atop the first batch of performers announced are big names like Just Blaze, Mija and Soul Clap, along with label boss Claude VonStroke and Dirtybird festival mainstays such as Justin Martin, Christian Martin, J. Philip, and Justin Jay. In keeping with its West Coast forbearer, the first East Coast edition of the festival will feature a broad range of talent encompassing techno, trap, hip-hop, deep house, tech funk, and all manner of sub genres in between.Dirtybird Campout East will take place on Feb. 2–4 in St. Cloud, Fla. Tickets will go on sale on Nov. 4.London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points EastRead more Dirtybird Campout 2018: Mija, Just Blaze, Phase 1 Lineup Announced Email Facebook Twitter News last_img read more

Full Show Houston TimeSavers And WarToys Feb 2 2018

first_imgOn Friday’s Houston Matters: HISD is considering recommendations for a number of low-performing schools. We discuss what it might mean for the students and staff of these campuses with Superintendent Richard Carranza.Then, were dozens of Houston-area properties bought with millions in stolen money? That’s what the Mexican state of Veracruz wants to know. The government filed a series of lawsuits in Harris County this week. We talk with reporters from the Houston Chronicle about the allegations.Also this hour: Time is a valuable thing when you live in a city as big and as busy as Houston. So, how do you save time in Houston? What little things can save us a couple of minutes here and there? We talk it over with Dwight Silverman and Lisa Gray from the Houston Chronicle, and we welcome your time-saving tips.Plus: From problems with Galveston’s police pensions, to Texas schools teaching Mexican-American Studies without a textbook, our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of this week’s news.And a photography exhibit called War-Toys aims to draw attention to the plight of children in war-torn countries.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030

first_img Shifting the world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy as early as 2030 — here are the numbers ( — New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal. 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. Achieving 100 percent renewable energy would mean the building of about four million 5 MW wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants. Mark Delucchi, one of the authors of the report, which was published in the journal Energy Policy, said the researchers had aimed to show enough renewable energy is available and could be harnessed to meet demand indefinitely by 2030.Delucchi and colleague Mark Jacobson left all fossil fuel sources of energy out of their calculations and concentrated only on wind, solar, waves and geothermal sources. Fossil fuels currently provide over 80 percent of the world’s energy supply. They also left out biomass, currently the most widely used renewable energy source, because of concerns about pollution and land-use issues. Their calculations also left out nuclear power generation, which currently supplies around six percent of the world’s electricity. — Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials, Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.040– Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies, Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.045 Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, at the entrance to the River Mersey in North West England. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Citation: Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030 (2011, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further To make their vision possible, a great deal of building would need to occur. The wind turbines needed, for example, are two to three times the capacity of most of today’s wind turbines, but 5 MW offshore turbines were built in Germany in 2006, and China built its first in 2010. The solar power plants needed would be a mix of photovoltaic panel plants and concentrated solar plants that concentrate solar energy to boil water to drive generators. At present only a few dozen such utility-scale solar plants exist. Energy would also be obtained from photovoltaic panels mounted on most homes and buildings.Jacobson said the major challenge would be in the interconnection of variable supplies such as wind and solar to enable the different renewable sources to work together to match supply with demands. The more consistent renewable sources of wave and tidal power and geothermal systems would supply less of the energy but their consistency would make the whole system more reliable.Delucchi is from the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, while Jacobson belongs to Stanford University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. They first began to study the feasibility and affordability of converting the world to 100 percent renewable energy sources in a Scientific American article published before the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009.The pair say all the major resources needed are available, with the only material bottleneck being supplies of rare earth materials such as neodymium, which is often used in the manufacture of magnets. This bottleneck could be overcome if mining were increased by a factor of five and if recycling were introduced, or if technologies avoiding rare earth were developed, but the political bottlenecks may be insurmountable. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Over 60 students hurt in Perambalur bus accident

first_imgOver 60 students were injured when a private school bus plunged into a ditch in Perambalur city of Tamil Nadu on Thursday.The accident took place around 8: 30am when the bus was heading towards a school, after picking up students, police said. The injured students (boys and girls) were rushed to a hospital. The Tamil Nadu police have arrested the errant bus driver. He was arrested from the accident site, police said.Earlier it was being said that 50 students were injured in the accident. However, later, it came to light that over 60 were injured. The accident took place when the school bus hit a median and fell into the ditch near the collector’s office. Students alleged that the driver was speeding. They also accused him of rash driving. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHearing about the accident, parents of all students, aboard the school bus, gathered outside the hospital.The parents and the students have alleged that there were about 127 students on the bus, which is against the norms. However, the headmaster of the school claims that only 63 students were on the bus when the accident occurred, adding that this was the first accident.District official Munuswamy called for a meeting to discuss the accident with the private school.last_img read more

Minister inaugurates Khadi pavilion at trade fair

first_imgAmid much fervour and gaiety, Minister of States (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh inaugurated the exclusive Khadi Pavilion of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at 38th edition of India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan on November 15. The theme of this one of the largest trade fairs for this edition is ‘Enterprises from Rural India’.KVIC has set up over 100 stalls, in which different Khadi and Village Industries institutions from nearly all the states of the country are showcasing the most exquisite products created by the genuine fingers of rural artisans. This iconic annual event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) would give a proper platform to the rural artisans to showcase their skills in the National Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpressing happiness and enthusiasm, after formally inaugurating the pavilion and taking the popular ‘Selfie with Gandhiji”, the MSME minister said that the commitment and zeal shown by the artisans and entrepreneurs indicate that the whole nation has taken the appeal and observation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Only with this degree of dedication, we can follow our PM’s doctrine of ‘Earlier Khadi for nation, then Khadi for fashion and finally Khadi for transformation. The Ministry has already chalked out some plans – to brighten and enhance the artisans associated with Khadi and Village Industries,” he further added. Corroborating similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena expressed saying that with such an enthusiastic approach of artisans and entrepreneurs, Khadi and Village industries are all set to catch the audience at the show.last_img read more