S N Patro elected as Odisha assembly speaker

first_imgBhubaneswar: Ruling BJD heavyweight Surjya Narayan Patro was unanimously elected as the speaker of the 16th Odisha Assembly Saturday. The seven-time legislator’s name was proposed by Leader of the House and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister B K Arukha. There was no other candidate for the post of speaker, Protem Speaker Amar Prasad Satpathy said. After 70-year-old Patro’s name was announced as the Speaker, he was escorted to the Speaker’s podium by the chief minister and senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “I congratulate the new speaker,” Patnaik said. Mishra said, “We hope the new speaker will function above political considerations and give protection to the opposition to further strengthen democracy.” “I am happy that the House elected me to the post of the speaker unanimosuly. I thank the leader of the house and chief minister, and all the MLAs for their cooperation,” said Patro, who became the 22nd speaker of the Odisha assembly. As the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has 112 MLAs in the 147-member assembly, the election to the post of speaker was a mere formality. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France While the BJP has 23 MLAs, nine belonged to the Congress, the CPI(M) bagged one seat and there is an Independent member. Patro was elected to assembly seven times from Ganjam district. He represented Mohana seat four times and got elected from Digapahandi thrice, including the recently held polls. He was first elected to the assembly in 1990 on Janata Dal ticket from Mohana and continued to win all the elections since then. Patro has served as minister of different departments in the governments headed by Biju Patnaik and Naveen Patnaik. In the previous government, Patro was food supplies and consumer welfare minister.last_img read more

Nurses protest against decision to phase out general nursing course

first_imgKolkata: A state-level nurses’ organisation protested near the gate of NRS Hospital and Medical College in Kolkata on Wednesday against the Indian Nursing Council’s decision to phase out the General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course.Besides, the association, Nurses Unity, also alleged discrimination in pay scale of the state government in all nursing sections. A delegation submitted a memorandum to CM Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna, after which the protest was withdrawn. “How can they just abolish a course, which has been there since years. We are against the decision and have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” said Parbati Pal, secretary of Nurses Unity. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Liberal MPs urge dropping criminal penalties for all illicit drug use

first_imgOTTAWA – Even as Justin Trudeau prepares to deliver on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana, Liberal MPs are pushing the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.The prime minister has so far drawn the line at pot legalization, but he’s now being pressured to go much further in a resolution developed by the national Liberal caucus for consideration at the federal party’s national policy convention in April in Halifax.It is one of 39 resolutions that the party opened up for online discussion Tuesday.Others call for the decriminalization of prostitution, establishing a minimum guaranteed income, expanding universal health care to include coverage of prescription drugs and building a fixed-link bridge from the mainland to Newfoundland and Labrador.On illegal drugs, the caucus resolution urges the government to adopt the model instituted in 2001 in Portugal, where treatment and harm reduction services were expanded and criminal penalties eliminated for low-level possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.There, a person found in possession of a drug for personal use is no longer arrested but ordered to appear before a “dissuasion commission” which can refer the person to a voluntary treatment program or impose administrative sanctions.Since Portugal adopted the new approach, the resolution says, “the number of deaths from drug overdoses has dropped significantly, adolescent and problematic drug use has decreased, the number of people in drug treatment has increased, the number of people arrested and sent to criminal courts has declined by 60 per cent, and the per capita social cost of drug misuse has decreased by 18 per cent.”The resolution urges the government to treat drug abuse as a health issue, to expand treatment and harm reduction services and re-classify low-level drug possession and consumption “as administrative violations.”The MPs are touting the Portugal model as a way to deal with the opioid crisis. Almost 3,000 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016, a number that’s expected to have grown in 2017, they note in the resolution.Online discussion of the resolutions will run until Feb. 14.Through an online vote, the 39 resolutions will then be whittled down to 30 that will be debated at the convention.From those 30, Liberals at the convention will choose up to 15 priority resolutions that they want included in the party’s election platform in 2019.The Halifax convention is the first to be held since the party did away with paid memberships and opened itself up to anyone willing to register, for free, as a Liberal. Registered supporters can now take part in policy development, attend conventions and vote in leadership or local riding nomination contests.The 39 resolutions represent the top three priorities chosen by grassroots Liberals in each province and territory, as well as by the party’s youth, indigenous and seniors’ commissions and the national caucus. The online discussion and vote on the 39 is open to all registered Liberals, who are also entitled, on a first-come, first-served basis, to attend the convention.Under the traditional process, in which each riding association across the country elected delegates to attend conventions, the party could ensure a reasonable gender, age and regional balance among attendees.That won’t be possible under the new, more open approach. But the party is attempting to ensure as many people as possible will be able to attend by keeping convention fees much lower than it has charged in the past.Youth who register before Feb. 9 to go to the convention will pay just $95, while adults will be charged an early-bird fee of $349. Those who register after Feb. 9, will pay an additional $100.Registration for the convention opened on the weekend and the party says hundreds have already signed up.last_img read more

Molson Coors has worst trading day since 2005 as results widely miss

first_imgMONTREAL – Molson Coors Brewing Co. had its worst trading day in more than a decade after the company widely missed expectations largely due to weakness in the United States.The company’s shares sank more than 15 per cent to US$60.64 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange, hitting a nearly four-year low. That was the biggest one-day fall since April 2005.The loss was less severe in Toronto where fewer of the company’s shares are traded. The stock closed down 6.7 per cent to C$93.51, one cent above a 52-week low.The Denver and Montreal-based company said its sales fell 4.8 per cent to US$2.33 billion in the first quarter compared to the prior year quarter.Sales in the U.S., which account for more than 70 per cent of global revenues, were down 5.8 per cent.Canadian sales decreased 2.5 per cent to US$283.8 million. They were also down in Europe and international markets.Net earnings attributable to shareholders were US$278.1 million or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with US$208.5 million or 96 cents per share a year ago.The profits included a US$328-million gain from an adjustment on the purchase of Miller International and increased pricing.Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter tried to downplay the results, noting they came in a small quarter and as the entire U.S. beer industry had a softer-than-anticipated start to the year.“We do not see these results as indicative of our full year performance versus our plan,” he said during a conference call.Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings for the three months ended March 31 fell about 40 per cent to US$104.3 million or 48 cents per diluted share.That compared with US$172.2 million or 80 cents per share in the prior year.Molson Coors was expected to post 78 cents per share in adjusted earnings on US$2.45 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.The company endured some unique challenges in the quarter, including delays in ramping up a new ordering system at a U.S. brewery, but the underlying beer trends in the U.S. really spooked the market, said analyst Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones.“There’s been a lot of concerns about the slowdown in the broader beer industry and I think it’s hard to know how much of that is due to weather and how much of that is potentially due to the acceleration in the declines,” she said in an interview.Weissman said Molson Coors has done a good job generating cash.“But it’s an unforgiving market. There’s some industry challenges and I think the reaction today reflects that.”Canadian pre-tax profits were US$9.1 million, down from US$20.9 million the prior year quarter when it gained US$8.1 million from a price adjustment on the sale of its stake in the Montreal Canadiens.Molson Coors said Canadian volume decreases — including Coors Light and Molson Canadian — came in the backdrop of a weak industry in Western Canada and higher inventory levels in Quebec as it was in the midst of union contract negotiations.Meanwhile, the brewer said it is preparing to introduce several new beers into Canada, including Coor’s Edge, a non-alcoholic product. Other brands will be Leinenkugel Shandy and Henry’s Hard Soda.“I think what they’re trying to do is leverage some of the innovation that they’ve had in the U.S. and the successes that they’ve had in the U.S. and bring them into other market,” added Weissman.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TPX.B, NYSE:TAP)last_img read more

CEO behind purchase of Bombardiers Q400 line to keep production in Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – The head of the B.C. company that scooped up Bombardier Inc.’s Q400 turboprop business has pledged to keep all manufacturing already in Canada within the country.The Q400 series is a “natural fit” for Longview Aviation Capital, chief executive David Curtis said in an interview.“We like to say, ‘It’s the same colour of paint.’ In other words, the same production processes.”Bombardier announced on Thursday it is selling the Q400 program to a Longview subsidiary for about US$300 million, on top of the sale of its flight training business to CAE Inc. for about US$645 million.The Montreal-based company manufactures roughly 28 to 30 Q400 aircraft annually at its Downsview property in Toronto, land that the company sold earlier this year to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.Bombardier has a lease on the property until 2021, with a two-year extension option.“There’s no question, the writing’s on the wall — we’ve go to move,” Curtis said.“We don’t know yet what we’re going to do, and until we get in there and talk with the folks about what’s the market opportunity, we don’t have any decisions.”Any future production site will “absolutely not” leave Canadian soil, he said. “We wouldn’t outsource it.”Longview, whose subsidiary Viking Air Ltd. makes turboprop aircraft such as the Twin Otter, intends to maintain supply chains for the Q400 series that currently stretch from China to Ireland to Mexico, he added.The deal, which is slated to close in the second half of 2019, positions Longview to more than triple its annual revenue to $1 billion, Curtis said.Union and opposition leaders in Quebec spoke out against Bombardier’s move Thursday to lay off 5,000 workers, including 500 in Ontario and 2,500 in Quebec, as part of a restructuring plan that cuts more than 12 per cent of its Canadian positions.Mary Ellen McIlmoyle, president of a Unifor local that represents some of the 2,100 workers at Bombardier’s aerospace wing at Downsview, said her members feel “betrayed.”“During bargaining in April, the company said they were keeping the Q400,” she said. “It was a huge shock when we found they turned around and sold it.”Workers’ lack of certainty about the Downsview facility — which makes cockpits and wings, among other components — after 2021 is their “biggest concern,” she said.“Our members are worried about it being moved to B.C.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:CAE)last_img read more

Morocco Main Supplier of Fruits and Vegetables for Spain: FEPEX

Rabat – Morocco is officially the principle provider of fruits and vegetables for Spain.The new data was released by FEPEX, the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants, based on calculations from the Directorate of Customs.According to the same data, imports of Moroccan beans and fruits to Spain have increased a total of 221% in the last 5 years according to FEPEX. In 2012 they recorded a total of 128.7 million euros, and in 2016 the figure increased to 413.3 million euros spent on Moroccan produce.Moroccan produce currently represents 18 % of fruit and vegetable imports in Spain. In 2016 vegetable imports alone reached 237.6 million euros. According to FEPEX, this represents an increase of 14 % when compared to 2015. They specified that 132 million euros corresponded to beans and 32.4 million euros to tomatoes.The importation of fruit to Spain has also demonstrated growth, totaling 176 million euros. This is 36 percent more than the previous year during the same season. Raspberries increased by 60 percent, blueberries 32 percent and strawberries by 38 percent.France follows Morocco with 13.6 percent of Spain’s total fruit and vegetable imports.Overall in 2016, the Spanish fruit and vegetable import total increased 17 percent, according to the information released by customs and analyzed by the FEPEX. read more

Gotas comment upsets Rishad

“The tolerance that the Muslims have evinced in the face of provocative attacks on their places of worship and of their faith itself as well as their practices as Muslims which have been going on for more than one year now speaks for itself. In any country there are individual criminals such as murderers, smugglers, rapists and drug peddlers belonging to every community, to deal with whom there are laws. However, a tendency prevails today to depict a picture portraying the Muslim community as a whole as the culprit when a crime is committed by an individual Muslim while offenders belonging to other communities are treated as individual offenders,” he said in a statement. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said the he and his party, the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC), deplored the statement made by Defense Secretary Gotabaye Rajapaksha alleging Muslim extremism in the country.He said that the statement seemingly gives credentials to the false claim made by certain communal elements. The Minister said that the elements are hired by some invisible forces to discredit the government in the international arena by whipping up communal hatred through cooked-up stories. The Minister further said that pre-independence Sri Lanka had witnessed the Muslim leaders of that time contributing no less to the independence struggle than the leader of other communities. He said that there has not been a single incident where a Muslim had been identified to have or arrested for having involved in extremist activities.“Under these circumstances, Muslims all over the country deplore the said statement and are highly perturbed particularly at a time when there is sudden eruption of hatred directed at Muslims by certain interest elements which we believe needs to be investigated to get to its root. The ACMC as a partner in the government has stood with it in times of need. Therefore it is in the same spirit as well as in the best interest of the community that we represent that we call upon the defence secretary to clarify this statement so as to dispel any mistrust that the particular statement has created,” he said. read more

Encana reports US331M profit on earlier than expected production bounce

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2017 5:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Higher production of more profitable products in the second quarter allowed oil and gas producer Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) to handily beat analyst expectations while posting a US$331-million net profit.“Our core assets have returned to growth, delivering our planned mid-year production bounce ahead of schedule,” said CEO Doug Suttles on a conference call Friday.“We continue to enhance well productivity across the portfolio and, as a result, we now expect the core assets will deliver 25 to 30 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.”The Calgary-based oil and gas company, which presents its results in U.S. dollars, reported Friday net earnings per share of 34 cents, compared with a loss of US$601 million, or 71 cents per share, in the same period last year.Its operating earnings were 18 cents per share, well ahead of analysts’ average estimate of four cents, according to Thomson Reuters.Encana has sold non-core assets over the past four years to reduce debt, with the result that production has fallen from 528,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2012 to 353,000 boe/d last year.Its updated guidance shows that overall production this year is expected to average about 315,000 boe/d as growth in its core four production areas — the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada and the Eagle Ford and Permian in the United States — is offset by the sale of assets in Colorado and Louisiana that would have contributed about 18,000 boe/d.Encana said it produced about 316,000 boe/d in the three months ended June 30, slightly above analyst predictions, of which about 40 per cent was higher value liquid hydrocarbons like oil and condensate and 60 per cent was less profitable natural gas.In the same quarter last year, its production of 368,000 boe/d was weighted 64 per cent to gas.The company expects to increase its oil and liquids ratio to about 41 per cent by the end of 2017.Encana said it would leave its 2017 capital budget at between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion despite recent oil price volatility.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Encana’s annual shareholder meeting would be held today, but it was on May 2. Encana reports US$331M profit on earlier than expected ‘production bounce’ read more

New UNbacked report finds alarmingly high levels of elephant poaching across Africa

“Africa’s elephants continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory and with over 20,000 elephants illegally killed last year, the situation remains dire,” said John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).The report by the Convention’s Secretariat says that although the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s is levelling off, poaching levels continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in elephant populations across Africa.Three key factors cited for the higher poaching levels are poverty, weak governance and the demand for illegal ivory in consuming nations, according to a news release issued by CITES.The report identifies monitored sites where poaching is increasing (33 per cent of monitored sites), including Dzanga Sangha (Central African Republic), as well as those sites where a decline in poaching has been observed (46 per cent), such as Zakouma National Park (Chad). Some populations of elephants continue to face an immediate threat of local extinction.The report also shows a clear increase in the number of large seizures of ivory (shipments over 500 kilogrammes) made in 2013, before the ivory left the African continent. For the first time, the number of such seizures made in Africa exceeded those made in Asia, according to CITES. Just three African countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – accounted for 80 per cent of those seizures. Large-scale ivory seizures are indicative, said CITES, of transnational organized crime being involved in the illicit ivory trade.The report, which contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring Illegal Killing in Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), will be discussed at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee next month in Geneva. read more

Talented teenage showjumper weeps in the dock as hes jailed for injuring

first_img 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. Pendergast was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to take an extended re-test. Aspiring showjumper Harlee Pendergast Pendergast, of Eltham, south east London, met at night in a car park with other enthusiasts to compare their modified cars at an industrial estate in Strood, Kent.Kent Police went to clear the group out after neighbours complained about the noise they were making, but moments after two of the officers got out their vehicles to speak with them, Pendergast was seen speeding and swerving towards them.The car then lost control and shot into the air, according to witnesses, before colliding with 15 bystanders.Detective Constable David Holmes, the investigating officer for this case, said: “While we accept that Pendergast did not set out to seriously injure people, his reckless and indefensible behaviour put a large amount of people at risk of harm. Pendergast, from Eltham, was speeding around an industrial estate in KentCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER Police said it was ‘extremely fortunate’ Pendergast didn’t kill someoneCredit:FERRARI PRESS AGENCYcenter_img Forensic evidence suggests that the Mini was driving at 69mph in a 30 mph zone in the moments leading up to the collision. As he got to around 20 metres away from the spectators, he was travelling at at least 47mph.Gudrun Young, defending, said it was a one-off event which was very much out of character and that Pendergast has not got behind the wheel of a car since.She revealed the horserider had shown “profound and genuine remorse” and had been on anti-depressants since the accident.She told the court: “He is a serious, thoughtful, compassionate and hardworking individual who never deliberately hurt anyone.”This has had a deep and profound effect on him. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of his victims.”Pendergast  pleaded guilty to four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of withholding information to obtain motor insurance, as he had also failed to inform his insurance company with details of modifications he had made to his car. Harlee Pendergast, 18, was jailed for 18 months A talented showjumper with ambitions to represent Great Britain has been jailed for dangerous driving after he smashed his car into 15 people. Harlee Pendergast, 18, lost control of a modified Mini One while doing 69mph in a 30mph zone and ploughed into a crowd of fellow car enthusiasts in September last year.He was jailed for 18 months and wept in the dock as he was sentenced.Four people were seriously injured in the incident, including one who became trapped under the car.  “He made a conscious decision to speed through the estate performing dangerous manoeuvres and clearly did not have any consideration for the wellbeing of those around them.”It is extremely fortunate that those injured did not lose their lives that night.”last_img read more

Tax incentives for exploration and mineral exports continue to support Australian economy

first_imgA statement last week from Brendan Pearson, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia notes the December Quarter National Accounts confirm the ongoing contribution of minerals exports to economic growth in Australia. Figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that mining and finance made the largest contributions to Australia’s trend growth of 2.3% in the year to December 2014 (0.5 percentage points each).Further, the increase in gross value added by mining in the year to December 2014 (seasonally adjusted) was:A$60.2 billion (16.3%) for iron ore miningA$21.1 billion (6.7%) for coal miningA$134.6 billion (8.9%) for mining as a whole“While the industry faces a more constrained environment, it is important not to take for granted the gains secured from a larger mining industry and the extent to which they endure,” he said.“If the growth in mining (including oil and gas) had been zero in the year to December 2014, then:The Australian economy would have been A$134.6 billion smaller in seasonally adjusted termsAustralia’s GDP for the year to December 2014 would have been A$1.444 trillion instead of A$1.578 trillion in seasonally adjusted termsAustralia’s trend growth rate for the year to December 2014 would be 1.8% instead of 2.3%.“[These] National Account figures reflect just how important the long-term success of the mining industry is to the overall national economy.”The MCA and Pearson also welcomed the passage of legislation to implement an Exploration Development Tax Incentive (EDI) for investment in small mineral exploration companies undertaking greenfields mineral exploration.“The EDI is timely with the value of mining exploration falling by more than 40% over the past four years and Australia’s attractiveness as a destination for mining investment declining.“The passage of the legislation is an important achievement for Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane who has consistently championed the case for removing structural obstacles to minerals exploration.“The minerals industry also commends the bipartisan support for the legislation provided by the Labor Party, led by Shadow Resources Minister, Gary Gray.“The passage of the EDI sends a strong signal to investors that the Australian government backs the mineral exploration sector for the long-term and will go some way to addressing Australia’s fall in investment attractiveness as reported by the Fraser Institute Survey recently.“The EDI should provide an additional boost to Australian junior exploration firms at a time when other countries have acknowledged the challenges of continuing exploration.Earlier last week, the Canadian government extended the exploration tax credits offered to its miners for another year and has broadened the scope of the credits in an effort to boost mining exploration activity.The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) have also congratulated Macfarlane on the passage through Federal Parliament of the new measures designed to boost minerals and energy exploration.QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the Exploration Development Tax Incentive scheme passed by the Senate was bringing Australia into line with jurisdictions like Canada in encouraging exploration investment and activity.Under the scheme, eligible (pure) explorers can convert a portion of their tax loss to exploration credits, which are then available to shareholders as a tax deduction. The scheme starts on July 1 2015 and will be capped at A$100 million over three years before a review.“Industry has been calling for a federal exploration incentive scheme since 2009, and it’s a credit to Minister Macfarlane that his legislation passed the Senate with the full support of the Labor Party, led by shadow resources minister Gary Gray,’ Roche said.Picture: Dampier Salt, Rio Tinto Diamonds & Mineralslast_img read more

The 9 Top Furries in Fighting Games

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target So, furries are kind of a big thing in the fighting game community now. At least, SonicFox is, as the undisputed world champion of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The dude can wreck your team of Saiyans while wearing a freaking custom mascot head. But he isn’t the only furry out there.I’m sure every FGC circle and sub-circle and bathroom anime game ring has its share of closeted and low-key furries (who aren’t all fursuiters, which is itself a specific subset, by the way), but I’m not talking about them. Whatever helps you keep your combo string, go with it. I’m talking about fighting game characters. There are some hardcore furries out there in game rosters, and here are some of the best ones.First, a few ground rules. Furry in this context is defined as a human who desires and makes the choice to assume animal traits to some extent. So no catgirls like Felicia from Darkstalkers or the Kaka clan from BlazBlue; if you were born with animal parts, you aren’t a furry. You’re a… fur-person. And on the other side you aren’t a furry if you just like animal iconography. That wolf on your belt buckle doesn’t make you a furry; you need to actually be sporting some animal parts in some way. With those limitations in mind, here we go.King (Tekken)King is the identity of two luchadors in the Tekken series, and if they were simple luchadors with wrestling masks they wouldn’t be on this list. But King I and King II both wear big radical jaguar heads that look so realistic they could claim to be very humanoid cat people. And they wear these heads as a choice, because of how committed they are to the legacy of King.Tizoc/King of Dinosaurs (King of Fighters)Okay, first off, King of Dinosaurs is Tizoc. I know Ogura says he isn’t. He’s lying. The dude’s Tizoc. And both forms are furry as hell, just like King. Tizoc is another luchador who wore a griffon mask and winged cape. When he turned heel, he put on a dinosaur mask. Again, these aren’t themed wrestling masks, they’re real-looking fursuit (feathersuit/scalesuit) masks. Also, he debuted in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, so he’s double furry.Cham Cham (Samurai Showdown)I had to read her SNK Wiki page a few times to make sure she’s a furry and not a cat-person. Well, the technical term is anime catgirl, which can be either one. Some catgirls are like 10% cat and so have ears and tails and that’s just what they are. Some are cosplayers. Cham Cham is the latter. She wears cat ears and a tail, and her paws are clearly gloves. Furry. Though her brother Tam Tam is a cursed monkey, so he doesn’t count.Poochy (Power Instinct)Look at him. Look at him. I don’t care if Power Instinct is more dead than Power Stone, this is the most literal furry fighting game character ever.Rock (Soul Calibur)Anyone can be a caveman barbarian dude. Astaroth is basically a caveman barbarian dude. Rock took it a step further and put on a rhino head. Add huge fur Ugg boots and you get a 16th century furry who’s big on ungulate theming.Lucky Chloe (Tekken)Lucky Chloe is easily the most popular and beloved new Tekken character and I’m going to wait a moment for fans to finish writing their angry comments and emails. She’s a teen idol who’s very big into cats and built an image around being a cute catgirl. Ears, tail, a big shrug with fuzzy paws that look ridiculous to fight in, she’s full-on Japanese furry.Cheetah (Injustice)Yes, Cheetah is technically a cat person because of a curse that made her that way. That isn’t a fursuit or makeup. I’m still going to call Cheetah a furry because her change was elective. She decided she wanted the power of a cheetah god and went through the ritual that made her one of the angriest catgirls in fighting games. So she’s a furry.Jyazu (Kizuna Encounter)Jyazu is the leader of the terrorist group Jaguar, so of course he dresses like an evil bird person. I don’t get it either, but he has a rad bird skull with glowing eyes for a mask, and big dumb claws, so I call furry.Literally Everyone in Bloody RoarOkay, Primal Rage and Darkstalkers don’t count because they’re all animals and monsters from the beginning, but Bloody Roar (originally called Beastorizer, which is awesome) is about human characters who can turn into beasts on command. That’s the Platonic ideal of furry.Spider-Man might not technically count as a furry, but he is a human who does what a spider can, and you can read our review of his latest game! For the darker side of furry fandom, our own K. Thor Jensen explores Nazi furries. And if you just want some new games, here are the newest ones to look out for in September. Follow all gaming news here.last_img read more

Netflixs canceled Marvel shows Disney may revive them after all

first_img4:51 Tags Since 2016, Netflix has been the first place to watch Disney’s movies with a subscription. That deal made Netflix the go-to place for the biggest US blockbusters of the last three years. The top two movies of 2017 and the top three movies of 2016 and 2018 were all from Disney. Netflix has been the place to binge them all. But Disney decided against renewing that Netflix deal as it plotted its own competitor. So starting with Disney’s 2019 slate of movies, all those films are destined for Disney+. But Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows are complicated. Netflix has put out five original series based on Defenders’ characters in partnership in with Disney. This year, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. But the terms of their original deal could restrict Disney+ from any revivals until 2020, according to a report. At the same time, Netflix still has subsequent seasons of other Defenders series — Jessica Jones and The Punisher — set to come out in 2019. So some of the Defenders gang is staying at Netflix for the time being. Marvel, like Star Wars’ Lucasfilm and Pixar, are part of Disney. They’ll all be packaged into the new streaming service. The service will also include its own exclusive originals. They’ll include a live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian, being developed by Jon Favreau; a Star Wars Rogue One prequel TV series, starring Diego Luna, and a live-action Marvel series focused on Avengers character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. First published Dec. 18 at 10:16 a.m. PT. Update on Dec. 19 at 8:01 a.m. PT: Adds more context. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Share your voice Netflix canceled its original production of Marvel’s Daredevil last month.  Nicole Rivelli/Netflix Maybe Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will live to fight another day. Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive in charge of the company’s planned Netflix-rival streaming service called Disney+, said he’d consider reviving the programs, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility,” he said of resurrecting the canceled series he called “very high-quality shows.” Netflix declined to comment. Disney, which is taking over major parts of 21st Century Fox, is aiming to build a Hollywood fortress with the resources to battle deep-pocketed tech-media companies like Netflix. Disney’s plan to launch a competing streaming service has turned the company’s relationship with Netflix on its head. After this year, Disney will mostly disappear from Netflix.  Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo 27 Comments Marvel Disney Netflix TV and Movies Digital Media Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

People being charged extra for 4G services

first_img4g networkMobile phone operators were charging between Tk 100 and Tk 110 for upgrading a SIM to Fourth-Generation (4G) network services.The operators on Tuesday said they were taking Tk 100 as replacement tax imposed by the National Board of Revenue, Bangladesh.But experts said there can be no justification to charge Tk 100 as customers had already paid all types of tax when they bought the SIMs.This time a customer is not buying a new SIM, they are just upgrading the SIM instead, the experts pointed out.Prothom Alo investigations found that mobile phone operator Grameenphone was charging Tk 110 while RobiAxiata and Banglalink were taking Tk 100 for upgrading a SIM to 4G services.The mobile operators were not taking any money from their ‘special customers’ like Grameenphone Star, Robi Dhannabad and Banglalink Priyojon package holders.The operators also said they were paying the money to NBR on behalf of their ‘special customers’.The customers were provided with extra facilities as part of their business strategy, the operators added.Grameenphone’s head of corporate affairs Mahmud Hossain told ProthomAlo that the operator was taking Tk 100 on behalf of the government.And a customer is being given 1.5 gigabyte internet data and service for Tk 10, Mahmud Hossain added. Telecommunication research institute Learn Asia’s researcher Abu Sayed Khan told ProthomAlo that the variation in charges suggests discrimination.That means those who are rich are being awarded while the poor are being charged. “This is unacceptable.”“I didn’t know the special discount for certain customers. No discriminative policy is acceptable. I’ll tell the BTRC to take action in this regard.”The tax imposed by the NBR will be discussed with finance minister to revise the decision, the minister added.Bangladesh has entered a new era with launching 4G services in the country.Earlier on Tuesday, the mobile phone operators launched the 4G services across the country through several programmes in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgIllustration of shootingAn activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS) was shot to death by some miscreants at his house in Babupara area of Baghaichhari municipality on Friday evening.The deceased was Bashu Chakma, 42, an activist of PCJSS (MN-Larma).Unidentified miscreants stormed into his house and opened fire on him around 7:30pm, leaving Bashu dead on the spot, said MM Manjur, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari police station.Two locally made pistols were recovered from the spot, he added.last_img read more

Hand sanitisers may be harming your child

first_imgParents take note! Hand sanitisers may do more harm than good, warn scientists who found that these alcohol-based, scented products may tempt young kids to swallow the substance – leading to serious consequences such as stomach pains, nausea and even coma.Hand sanitizer of the alcohol-based type is genrally preferred to hand washing with soap and water in most situations in the healthcare setting. It is generally more effective at killing microorganisms and better tolerated than soap and water. But researchers from US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention have also identified serious consequences, including apnea, acidosis and coma in young children who swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo characterise paediatric alcohol hand sanitiser exposures in the US, data reported by poison centres among children aged 12 years during 2011 to 2014 were analysed.Hand sanitiser exposures were defined as a poison centre call reporting an exposure to either alcohol hand sanitiser exposure or a non alcohol sanitiser product. Alcohol-based versions typically contain some combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or n-propanol. Calls reporting co-exposures to other agents were excluded to minimise confounding effects. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study found that majority of intentional exposures to alcohol hand sanitisers occurred in children aged 6-12 years.During 2011 – 2014, a total of 70,669 hand sanitiser exposures in children were reported, of which 65,293 were 92 per cent alcohol exposures and 5,376 were 8 per cent non alcohol exposures.These data also indicate that, among older children, exposures occur less frequently during the summer months.The reason for this seasonal trend is unknown but might be associated with flu season or more ready access to hand sanitisers during the school year, researchers said. The recommendations provided by the researchers included, hand washing with soap and water. Increasing awareness of the potential dangers are associated with intentional or unintentional ingestion of alcohol hand sanitisers.”Caregivers and health care providers need to be aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with improper use of hand sanitiser products among children and the need to use proper safety precautions to protect children,” researchers said.Reports of children drinking hand sanitizer have risen steadily since 2005, but the trend has increased in the last six years.The CDC also reports that about 6,000 children between the ages of 6-12 reported ingesting hand sanitizer — meaning these children were more likely to have drank sanitizer purposefully. Sanitizers can also skin damage. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills the bacteria but washing hands also removes those little microbes from the skin entirely. It can lower the child’s immunity and the triclosan present in some sanitizers can wreak havoc on the health of the young ones. That odour of sanitizers that is due to the inclusion of a compound called phthalates is also a reason for the problems caused by it. These compounds easily leach into foods and then into the body. So using a sanitizer instead of soap before a meal might not be that good an idea. The CDC recommends that children should wash their hands with non-alchoholic soap and water in a non-healthcare situation.So, if you’re in a rush, feel free to use your trusty hand sanitizer. But remember that it’s not a replacement for good ol’ fashioned washing and the actual non-alcholic soap should be the first choice.last_img read more

Brave browser gets private tab with Tor option

first_imgBrave browser gets private tab with Tor option by Martin Brinkmann on June 29, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: September 28, 2018 – 54 commentsThe makers of the Brave web browser announced a new feature today that introduces an option to open private browsing tabs with Tor for that added bit of privacy.You cannot really say that Brave is just like any other browser out there. While it is based on Chromium code and supports pretty much all the web standards that Google Chrome supports because of it, it is different in several key areas.Probably the biggest is the attempt to disrupt the advertising industry and one of the main revenue streams for web publishers. Brave includes ad-blocking technology by default and uses an electronic currency called BAT.BAT is given to websites by users who get the currency either by viewing privacy-focused advertisement or by purchasing currency from BAT. So, users earn the currency for browsing the web and they may reward websites or cash out instead.Private Tab with TorThe most recent version of Brave, download it here and released earlier today, introduces the new Private Tabs with Tor feature. Tor is a free software project that protects its users from traffic analysis and network surveillance.Brave’s private tabs feature is another useful feature that most other browsers don’t support natively.The integration of native Tor functionality in Brave gives Brave users an option to improve privacy and security when using private tabs. Firefox users could install the Private Tabs extension in pre-Firefox 57 versions of the browser but the extension is not compatible with Firefox 57 or newer versions, and there is no alternative.Private browsing blocks certain data locally so that it is not recorded by the browser. What private browsing does not do is block data that is recorded remotely or protect user privacy by hiding the IP address or through other means. That’s where Brave’s new feature steps in.Private Tabs with Tor help protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest Wi-Fi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier.Brave users can select the new Private Tabs with Tor option from the main menu. The tab that opens highlights that it is a private tab and that Tor is enabled.It includes a description that explains what Tor does in case users selected the option without really knowing what Tor does and what effect using Tor has on the browsing.While Tor does hide the IP address and protects your browsing from snooping ISPs, employeers, hackers, or even state actors, it may also slow down the browsing or result in some sites working differently or not at all.It is a good thing that Brave describes the good and the issues that users may experience on the page. It is easy enough to disable Tor just by flipping the Toggle.The tab highlights the Tor session as well so that you know that this particular session is connected to Tor. The connection process is dead simple as it is fully automated. The feature is in beta right now and there are no options right now to modify the Tor configuration. The developers plan to add options that let users choose exit node geolocations.Private Tabs with Tor uses the DuckDuckGo search engine by default but users may switch to other search engines easily.You can read Brave’s announcement here.Brave announced that it contributes back to the Tor network by running Tor relaysClosing WordsBrave is always good for a surprise and the integration of Tor should increase the browser’s attractiveness further. The company started opt-in ad trials recently.SummaryArticle NameBrave browser gets private tab with Tor optionDescriptionThe makers of the Brave web browser announced a new feature today that introduces an option to open private browsing tabs with Tor for that added bit of privacy.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefighters called after bus crashes into lamppost near hospital

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFirefighters were called after a bus crashed into a lamppost near a busy hospital this afternoon. A fire crew from Crewe were called to Smithy Lane, near Leighton Hospital, just after 2.30pm today (Monday July 15). Some fuel leaked from the vehicle following the collision. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:   “Fire crews were called to a bus crash on Smithy Lane, Crewe. The bus had collided with a lamppost and began leaking fuel. “Firefighters used absorbent pads to mop up the fuel and then used ratchet straps and a v-strut stabiliser to stabilise the lamppost.” It is unclear if anyone was hurt as a result of the accident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Barge Travel Connection is offering a range of spe

first_imgBarge Travel Connection is offering a range of special offers, to suit all types of travellers, on select Europe sailings when booked before 3 April 2018. These include*:Single Traveller Offer – No Single SupplementUp to 20% off chartersUp to 20% off single cabinsFree Gondola Ride through VeniceBarge cruises are all-inclusive – accommodation, transfers, meals and daily excursions. *On select sailings. Must be booked before 03/04/2018What is barge cruising? Want to know more? CLICK HEREView brochure online, or download pdf here bargecruisingearlybirdsEuropelast_img read more

If you are going to draft a quarterback — a franch

first_imgIf you are going to draft a quarterback — a franchise quarterback at that — it’s safe to say you usually get a closer look and spend more time with the young QB before you select him. Earlier this week the Cardinals left owners meetings in New Orleans and headed to Missouri to have dinner and workout Blaine Gabbert. That’s what you do when you like a prospect and someone you may be selecting to call signals for your team. So, as far as Cardinals fans are concerned — unless something changes — Newton will not be throwing passes to Larry Fitzgerald.In the long list of “who will be the Cardinals starting quarterback next year” go ahead and put a thick line through Newton’s name. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke On Thursday evening we learned quarterback Cam Newton’s travel plans for the next couple of weeks. In those plans nine NFL teams are scheduled to either bring him to their place or head to Auburn University for a visit with the Heisman Trophy winner. The Arizona Cardinals are not one of those nine teams. What does that tell us? It tells us the Cardinals are very unlikely to be taking Cam Newton with the No. 5 overall pick. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more