first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s crude oil production fell over 4 per cent in the financial year 2018-19 after aging fields of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) missed the target, official data showed Thursday. India produced 34.2 million tonne of crude oil in the fiscal year ended March 31, down from 35.7 million tonne in the previous year, according to data released by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas here. ONGC output dropped to 21 million tonne from 22.25 million tonne in 2017-18, while OIL saw a 2.5 per cent dip to 3.3 million tonne. Fields in the private sector saw a production drop of nearly 2 per cent to 9.8 million tonne mainly because of lower output at Cairn India’s Rajasthan oilfields. ONGC production was lower due to technical issues at its Mumbai and Neelam Heera fields in the Arabian Sea and less than the production at Santhal and Balol fields in Gujarat. During March, the country’s total crude oil production fell to 2.85 million tonne from 3.04 million tonne in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal year. Natural gas production, however, edged up to 32.9 billion cubic metre (BCM) in 2018-19, from 32.6 BCM in the previous year as ONGC produced 5.3 per cent more gas at 24.67 BCM. Higher production by ONGC made up for a nearly 14 per cent drop in output from private sector fields at 5.47 BCM. This was a result of shutting down of two more wells at Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore D1-D3 gas fields in the flagging KG-D6 block, the ministry statement said. Indian refineries produced 2 per cent higher fuel and other petroleum products at 257.2 million tonne in 2018-19 on a better showing by state-owned firms. State-owned refiners such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) produced nearly 3 per cent more fuel at 151 million tonnes in 2018-19, while private sector refinery throughput was nearly 3.5 per cent lower at 88 million tonne after both Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refineries and Nayara Energy’s Vadinar units in Gujarat produced less.last_img read more

28 May 2007Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience the head United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who voiced appreciation for support the agency has received from the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience the head United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who voiced appreciation for support the agency has received from the Catholic Church.“It is a great honour to express in person my gratitude to His Holiness for his invaluable support in favour of the world’s hungry,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“I hope that the already excellent collaborative work with the Catholic Church which, like WFP, is an institution with truly global reach, can be strengthened further.”WFP works with a number of Catholic organizations, including Caritas Internationalis which, through its network of over 40 member organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, distributed 85,000 tonnes of food in 2006. The agency also has partnerships with the Jesuit Refugee Service in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in Colombia, the Community of St. Egidio, and with many other Catholic-inspired NGOs, including the German Malteser Hilfsdienst, which works with WFP in Sudan and Myanmar.“The moral authority of the Holy Father and his appeals for peace, justice and security are highly encouraging for us. We know we can always count on the partnership and precious help of Catholics and Catholic organizations,” said Ms. Sheeran.During the war in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the Vatican donated two ambulances to the Lebanese chapter of Caritas. The vehicles were sent to Beirut through the WFP-managed humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi.Ms. Sheeran also thanked the Holy Father for mentioning, during his pastoral visit to Brazil, the WFP and the “Walk the World” march against hunger on 13 May. During the audience, the WFP chief invited His Holiness to visit the agency’s headquarters in Rome. read more

Sri Lanka has once again topped the list for searching for the word “sex” online this year, according to Gooogle.Google trends found that the word “sex” was most searched for online in Sri Lanka followed by Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia and Tunisia. The Western Province topped the list from where people searched for the word “sex” with Nugegoda the city from where the word was most searched for online. Colombo was in fourth position. (Colombo Gazette) read more

PORT DOVER You could be part of a piece of art.Michael Barber, an artist from Port Dover, has started working on his piece entitled Water Mother, a wood-and-resin sculpture that combines woodworking and sandblasting.The project is being made for Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL). GAGL commissions artists to create collaborative pieces to connect locals to their surrounding waters.Barber held his first participatory event at Powell Park in Port Dover on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The next event will be held in the same location on Saturday, July 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.“People are interested in the project, and the cause, and the whole waterlution theory,” said Barber. “It’s amazing when you ask people to create one mark that symbolizes their commitment to the water, just how much thought goes into it.”The public has been asked to participate by creating a mark that Barber will then sandblast into the piece, symbolizing the commitment each person is making to take better care of the water around Norfolk, including Lake Erie.Participants that wish to have their mark in Water Mother must attend one of Barber’s events. They will fill out a survey about their involvement in the water and their artistic ability. Once the survey is complete participants are given a small piece of paper on which to draw their mark.  The mark is then transferred to a sheet that will allow Barber to sandblast the design.The participants were steadily arriving Wednesday, with at least one person at the table at a time to create their mark. Barber is hoping for at least 200 marks to complete the piece.“We’re getting the marks and that’s exactly what we were hoping for.”Barber was among artists that submitted a proposal for a community-engagement project to strengthen local residents’ relationship with the Great Lakes. The project is in partnership with Norfolk County.People will be able to see their mark on the piece once it is completed. It will be on display at the Norfolk Arts read more

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the funding will be used to inoculate 520,000 children under five years of age in Banadir, in the south-east, Lower Juba, in the south, and Puntland, the north-eastern semi-autonomous region of the country. “The vaccination drive will help prevent the spread of the disease to other locations, particularly those inaccessible to vaccination teams,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini.A nationwide catch-up campaign will be conducted in the next six months as part of the overall measles control strategy. The disease is one of the leading killers of young children in the country, where one in five die before their fifth birthday. There were over 1,350 suspected cases of measles in March and April 2014 – four times more than the number during the same period last year, and nearly 1,000 cases were reported in May alone, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“This is extremely alarming,” said Dr. Ghulam Popal, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Somalia Representative. “We know there has been extremely low immunization coverage among Somali children and we need to urgently ensure as many as possible are immunized.”The measles outbreak is particularly worrisome given the lack of access to health services in the country. Somalia faces some of the worst health indicators in the world, with only 30 per cent of people having access to a nurse or doctor. “A high number of Somali children are malnourished and therefore far more susceptible to illness such as measles – which kills many children under five or leaves them blind, deaf or with brain damage,” said Sikander Khan, the UNICEF Representative for Somalia.The emergency aid comes from the OCHA-managed UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is one of the world’s largest sources of humanitarian funding. It will be complemented by $300,000 from the Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund. read more

first_img Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 9:29 AM 21 Comments Mar 6th 2019, 9:29 AM Short URL Share45 Tweet Email1 Wintry showers and frost forecast for the weekend The weekend will see unsettled weather with blustery conditions and heavy rain in some places. 36,328 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Zorina Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE WEATHER FOR the rest of the week will bring a mix of sunshine and unsettled conditions, but the weekend is expected to be cold and wet across the country. According to Met Éireann, this morning began mostly cloudy, with some heavy rain in Ulster. Rain will continue in Ulster and north Leinster throughout the day, but elsewhere there will be some bright spells. Temperatures should reach 10 degrees in the south with mostly fresh, gusty northwest winds. Tonight will remain windy, with rain in Ulster clearing eastwards throughout the night.Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees are forecast. Thursday and Friday will be mostly dry bright days with occasional showers, turning wintry in some places.The weekend will see unsettled weather, with blustery conditions and heavy rain in some areas. It will get very cold in the evening, with showers turning wintry overnight and with frost developing in many areas.Sunday is set to remain very cold, with a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers.  By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Zorinalast_img read more

first_imgL’expérience CLOUD lève le voile sur la chimie des nuagesLes premiers résultats de l’expérience CLOUD menée par le Cern, apportent des éléments précis sur l’impact des rayons cosmiques sur la formation des aérosols, ces potentielles “graines” de nuages. Un élément clé dans l’étude du climat, relaye SciencesetAvenir.C’est une expérience inédite que conduit actuellement le Centre européen pour la recherche nucléaire. Baptisée CLOUD, celle-ci s’intéresse de près aux aérosols, des particules peuplant notre atmosphère et qui possèdent un rôle primordial dans le climat. Jusqu’à présent, la complexité de leur action restait méconnue, d’où l’intérêt des chercheurs du Cern. Ainsi, l’objectif de l’expérience CLOUD, pour Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets, est de mieux comprendre les liens entre le rayonnement cosmique qui parsème la Terre et la formation des aérosols, à partir desquels peuvent se constituer des nuages. En vérité, les aérosols peuvent se former de plusieurs manières. Alors qu’une partie est directement émise par des processus naturels ou par des activités humaines, une autre se forme à l’aide de certains gaz présents dans l’atmosphère. C’est ce qu’on appelle le processus de nucléation, précise Science et avenir. Le but de CLOUD est alors de parvenir à quantifier plus précisément ce processus chimique afin de pouvoir mieux modéliser les phénomènes climatiques.C’est ainsi que pour la première fois, des chercheurs sont parvenus à quantifier avec précision le taux de nucléation des aérosols. L’équipe internationale dirigée par le physicien Jasper Kirkby a mené cette expérience dans des conditions expérimentales entièrement contrôlées dans une chambre d’acier de 3 mètres de diamètre. Les gaz entrant dans la réaction de la nucléation (acide sulfurique, vapeur d’eau, ammoniac) y ont été exposés à un faisceau de protons produit par l’accélérateur du Cern. Les rayons cosmiques sont en effet des faisceaux de particules de haute énergie produits dans la galaxie par des supernovae, d’où le rôle de l’accélérateur. En atteignant la Terre, ces rayons ionisent l’atmosphère. Selon les hypothèses des chercheurs, c’est alors ce rayonnement qui stimule la nucléation des aérosols et qui a donc au final un effet sur la formation des nuages. Une expérience inédite aux premiers résultats très précis”Les précédentes expériences qui ont été menées ne donnaient pas un taux très précis de nucléation, la marge d’incertitude était très grande”, explique Paolo Laj, spécialiste des aérosols atmosphériques au Laboratoire de glaciologie et de géophysique de Grenoble (LGGE, CNRS). Au contraire, “CLOUD donne un taux de nucléation d’une grande précision, y compris en présence d’ions, ce dont on ne disposait pas jusque là”.C’est ainsi que l’observation a mis en évidence que les ions augmentent le taux de nucléation des aérosols. Mais l’expérience a également montré que lorsque l’altitude est plus élevée, l’incidence est plus importante : à 15 kilomètres d’altitude, cet impact est plus fort que dans les couches basses de l’atmosphère. Plus intéressant encore, à environ un kilomètre de la surface de la Terre, les trois composants habituels de la nucléation ne suffisent pas pour produire la quantité d’aérosols observée dans le monde réel, expliquent les chercheurs. Même la présence d’ions ne rétablit pas la balance. Ce qui suggère que d’autres éléments entrent donc également en jeu, comme des composants organiques capables de stabiliser la nucléation. La prochaine étape de cette expérience est donc de quantifier l’apport de ces composants d’origine naturelle ou humaine.Orage à l’horizon : des conclusions déjà déformées À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Ces résultats étaient pour ainsi dire, très attendus par les scientifiques car l’effet des rayons cosmiques sur la formation des nuages fait l’objet d’un vif débat entre scientifiques. Mais faire la part des choses reste nécessaire : les résultats de CLOUD ne permettent pas de tirer des conclusions sur la formation des nuages, puisque l’expérience n’observe que la nucléation des aérosols. “Rien ne dit que dans l’atmosphère la majeure partie de la nucléation vienne de la présence d’ions, analyse de son côté Paolo Laj. “S’ajoute ensuite le problème de l’évolution de ces particules pendant plusieurs jours”.  La nucléation n’est en effet qu’une étape dans le processus de condensation qui lui, permet la formation de gouttelettes puis de nuages. La création de particules plus grosses, voire de véritables nuages dans la chambre de l’expérience CLOUD, est une étape ultérieure de l’expérience. Le 28 août 2011 à 13:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgQuatre des six réacteurs de Fukushima vont être démantelésA partir du 20 avril, quatre des six réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire accidentée Fukushima Daiichi n’auront plus d’existence administrative a annoncé Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) qui va désormais s’atteler à les démanteler.La loi japonaise prévoit que le parc de réacteurs nucléaires du pays passe de 54 unités à 50. Ainsi, le 20 avril prochain, quatre des six réacteurs de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi n’auront plus d’existence administrative. C’est l’annonce très attendue qu’a faite hier Tepco, l’opérateur de la centrale. Les deux autres réacteurs eux ne disparaissent pas des listes administratives bien qu’ils n’aient pas la moindre chance d’être remis un jour en fonction, rapporte l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les quatre réacteurs de la deuxième centrale de la préfecture de Fukushima (Fukushima Daini), eux aussi stoppés à cause de la catastrophe, subiront sans doute le même sort même si Tepco dit ne pas vouloir y renoncer pour le moment. Le gouvernement nippon et l’exploitant estiment qu’il faudra environ quatre décennies pour démanteler les unités 1 à 4 de Fukushima Daiichi, le tout avec des techniques complexes. Pour l’heure, le Japon n’utilise qu’un seul réacteur sur les 54 dont il dispose. Or, celui-ci devrait prochainement être arrêté pour une session d’entretien.A compter du 6 mai donc, la production d’électricité d’origine nucléaire du Japon sera donc nulle et ce pour une durée inconnue. Le redémarrage des réacteurs exploitables sera par ailleurs conditionné au passage d’examens techniques et à l’approbation du gouvernement et des élus locaux, ce qui allonge considérablement l’échéancier habituel.Le 17 avril 2012 à 12:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgKhalid Khan feels endlessly optimistic about his adopted country.“This is still the United States of America,” he said. “There are always people on the fringes, but I have faith in the great majority. The greatest strength of this country is the system. The way the founding fathers set it up, it’s all going to work out.”Khan is one of the founders of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, Clark County’s only mosque. It’s located on a tucked-away dead-end street near the bottom of Hazel Dell, and Khan said he’s grateful for its low profile. But he added that the mosque did receive some unsolicited attention from neighbors — around Election Day and again after President Donald Trump issued an executive order limiting international travel from mostly Muslim countries.First came a voicemail from a concerned couple, offering to escort local Muslims to the polls. Khan called them to thank them and point out that vote-by-mail means a generally harassment-free election experience. After the victory of Donald Trump, somebody else sent a general “letter of support” and friendliness to the mosque, Khan said. Khan thanked them, too.The Sunday after the executive order was issued, worried Muslims showed up at their mosque to discover that Valentine’s Day had arrived early: their front doors had been anonymously decorated with construction-paper hearts by neighbors promising their love and support:“We love our Muslim neighbors.”“Thank you for bringing us light.”“Our hearts are open to refugees.”“Large-hearted, honest, fair and kind” is how Khan has found Americans in his nearly 50 years here, he said. That’s a vast generalization, of course, but for the most part, this immigrant said his experience of America and Americans has been nothing short of “fantastic.”last_img read more

first_imgPapa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the company’s board Wednesday, hours after apologizing for using the n-word during a May conference call with a marketing agency.Schnatter, a Trump donor who stepped down as the pizza corporation’s chief executive in January after he said that National Football League player protests were hurting his pizza sales, was the subject of a news report in the business publication Forbes that documented his use of the racial slur. He confirmed the allegation in his apology.“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said in a statement. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”Forbes reported that Papa John’s executives were on a call with the marketing agency Laundry Service when Schnatter made the remark. The group was going through a role-playing exercise meant to better prepare for public-relations challenges.Schnatter was asked how he would separate himself from racist groups online and responded by “downplaying the significance of his NFL statement,” Forbes reported.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United transfer target Milan Skriniar has broken his silence regarding talks over his future.The Inter Milan defender is reportedly a target for Manchester United and a host of other top clubs across Europe but he insists he’s only focused on playing for the Milan club.The Slovakia international is on the radar of United as Mourinho looks to reinforce his defensive options, and while the 23-year-old is flattered by the speculation, he is keeping his feet on the ground.“When some coach like Jose says that he is looking for a player like me or somebody else, it’s always nice, but I don’t know why these rumours continue,” he told ESPN FC.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve not said anything to anybody, just what you can see on the web.”“Even if Jose is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world, it’s not something I think of because I’m playing for Inter and am happy here at Inter.”“I’m happy in Milan, it’s a great city, even when my parents or friends come here, we have a look around and I’m happy here and relaxed here. When the results are going well too, it’s all even better.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Consumers Union has reached a tentative agreement with the Newspaper Guild of New York that avoids having to make the layoffs that loomed more than a week ago.In coming to the agreement, the union produced enough cost savings to secure a guarantee from CU management that the 21 employees submitted for dismissal in early July will not be laid off. The Newspaper Guild represents the company’s union members.In May, Consumer Reports projected an operating loss for its next fiscal year beginning June 1. After management-related salary and bonus cuts, the company turned to the union to find an additional $1.8 million in cost savings. A formal round of negotiations was triggered July 2 when CU submitted a list of 21 employees scheduled for layoffs if the union could not produce the cuts. The union could not come up with the entire $1.8 million, but it found enough to mollify management into terminating the layoff threat. “We’re pleased to have worked with the Guild to come to a tentative agreement that is subject to a vote of union members and that achieves cost savings in a way that avoids the impending layoffs,” said Mike D’Alessandro, Consumers Union’s chief of staff and chief negotiator for management.According to a Guild report, the agreement says the union will forego a 3 percent wage increase—a major target of management early on. Instead, union employees will receive one or two lump sums totaling 4 percent if and when CU can afford to pay it. The agreement goes on to say that if CU can show $8 million in net operating income at the end of the fiscal year, it will pay the entire 4 percent. At $6 million it will pay 2 percent. CU will not have to pay the wage increase if its “unrestricted reserves” fall “below $20 million over its $50 million bond covenant.”The union has also offered a suspension of the company’s 401k match for 2010, its eye-exam benefit, and tuition reimbursement program for 2010.Management has agreed to give half-day Fridays to union members for summers 2009 and 2010. In the meantime, if management decides to restore any of its benefits, union members, through a “me-too” clause, will get the same benefits.The agreement is scheduled for a ratification vote on Friday, July 17.last_img read more

first_imgUS secretary of defence Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on 15 February, 2019. Photo: ReutersActing US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval.A US defence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Shanahan was likely to approve the $3.6 billion being redirected from the military construction budget.By declaring a national emergency, Trump can use certain Department of Defence funding to build the wall.According to the law, the defence secretary has to decide whether the wall is militarily necessary before money from the military construction budget can be used.”We always anticipated that this would create a lot of attention and since moneys potentially could be redirected, you can imagine the concern this generates,” Shanahan told reporters travelling back with him from his trip to Afghanistan, the Middle East and Europe.”Very deliberately, we have not made any decisions, we have identified the steps we would take to make those decisions,” Shanahan said.He added that military planners had done the initial analysis and he would start reviewing it on Sunday.Officials have said that the administration had found nearly $7 billion to reallocate to the wall, including about $3.6 billion from the military construction budget and $2.5 billion from a Defence Department drug interdiction fund.The US defence official said Shanahan would meet with the service secretaries in the coming days to pick which specific projects the money should come from.Shanahan said that planners had identified the different sources of money that could be used, but he had not decided specifically what projects it would impact and ultimately it was his decision.”I am not required to do anything,” he said.Shanahan said he did not expect to take money away from projects like military housing.Poor standards of military housing were highlighted by recent Reuters reporting, which described rampant mold and pest infestations, childhood lead poisoning, and service families often powerless to challenge private landlords in business with their military employers.”Military housing, what’s been interesting- I’ve received a number of letters, I’ve had lots of feedback, do not jeopardize projects that are underway,” Shanahan said.”As we step our way through the process we’ll use good judgment,” Shanahan said.The Republican president’s move, circumventing Congress, seeks to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a border wall that Trump insists is necessary to curtail illegal immigration.Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners.”We are following the law, using the rules and we’re not bending the rules,” Shanahan said.last_img read more

first_imgDowntown was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners and McDermott Will & Emery. Advisors for AVL included Stephens Inc., The Raine Group and Offit Kurman. Downtown Music Holdings, the parent company of Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music-distribution, rights-management and artist-services businesses, including AdRev, CD Baby, DashGo and Soundrop, the company announced today.The deal was in the vicinity of $200 million, according to Music Business Worldwide; a rep for Downtown declined comment.A pioneer in digital distribution for independent artists, the company, which was a launch partner for iTunes in 2003, has a client base that now includes over 900,000 artists, labels and other rights holders, which is claims is the largest independent sound recording catalog in the music industry. Collectively, AVL’s portfolio companies distribute and monetize over 10 million tracks across content streaming services including Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 AVL will be led by CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux (pictured above, right), who is based in Portland, Oregon.“Tracy and his team have built a portfolio of music businesses operating at unmatched scale. AVL’s technology, diverse offerings and artist-first approach are well-positioned to power some of the fastest growing segments of the industry,” said Downtown founder and CEO Justin Kalifowitz (pictured above, left).“This transaction will allow us to take the services we offer the independent music community to the next level,” added Maddux. “We are excited to continue to build leading platforms that help artists release, promote and monetize their music all around the world.”According to the announcement, this acquisition makes Downtown “the leading provider of end-to-end services to artists, songwriters, labels, music publishers and other rights holders.” Its global footprint will include over 300 employees spanning 14 markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.“Beyond shared values, the acquisition of AVL expands upon our existing portfolio and represents Downtown’s strategy of developing and investing in preeminent music businesses serving the full spectrum of music creators,” added Kalifowitz.Established in New York in 2007, Downtown has emerged as a major force in publishing and the industry as whole. Its publishing division ranges from Gershwin & Heyward’s “Summertime” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine” to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” Its Songtrust division, a global royalty collection provider, serves over 170,000 songwriters and music publishers across 1.6 million song copyrights. Following the acquisition, which is expected to close in early April and is subject to certain customary closing conditions, AVL Digital and its portfolio companies will continue to operate as a separate subsidiary of Downtown Music Holdings.AVL’s physical product divisions, Disc Makers, BookBaby, and Merchly, will be acquired in a separate transaction by the Disc Makers executive team as part of the newly-formed DIY Media Group. Disc Makers and AVL’s digital distribution businesses will maintain their strategic partnership to enable artists to offer both digital and physical products.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After a successful closed beta last summer, Bandai Namco held an open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ this past weekend. Unfortunately, a great deal of folks (myself included) were unable to get in due to server issues. Because of this, the company has announced it will launch another beta before the game’s January 26 launch. This beta is expected to run for 24 hours.Thanks to all of you who playtested the Open Beta of DRAGON BALL FighterZ, your participation was invaluable and we’ve decided to do another round of open beta testing (24hr. period). Dates & times to be announced soon, stay tuned! #DBFighterzBETA— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) January 16, 2018Though an exact date wasn’t given, it’s reasonable to assume the new open beta will happen this upcoming weekend. There will surely be a large amount of folks trying to get in some quick matches during the 24-hour period. Hopefully, Bandai Namco learned enough from the previous beta and will deliver a smooth online experience. The company no doubt wants to work out any kinks before the official launch. The last thing anyone wants is for issues to happen when the game is available to everyone.Arc System Works has released a number of high-quality fighting games for the past two decades. The company will no doubt make it onto the radar of many after the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ. As I’ve said before, this is the Dragon Ball Z game everyone has been waiting for. Its art style and wild animations look like they’ve been pulled straight out of the popular anime. Despite the Dragon Ball trappings, this is still very much an Arc System Works game. Hopefully, those who’ve slept on the company will check out titles like Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2 or BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend.Dragon Ball FighterZ releases on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 26. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.center_img No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019 last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve fallen in love with many a food mash–up in the past – but the latest culinary hybrid just earned a special place in our hearts (and, obviously, our stomachs). Part sushi and part burger, the sushi burger is all kinds of amazing. Sushi burgers, which basically consist of burger buns made out of rice and can be made with anything from traditional beef patties to region–specific favourites like tofu and roe–topped fish, aren’t necessarily a new, new thing. When you have a sushi burger of your own and are getting ready to dig in—you’ll want to proceed with caution. These bad boys can definitely get a bit messy, and some sushi burger enthusiasts recommend sticking to a fork and knife or a pair of chopsticks instead of trying to eat these like real burgers.(Courtesy: Delish)last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The three-member committee constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of 16 puppies submitted a report to the hospital on Wednesday.In its three-page report, the committee has held the two nursing students responsible for the killing the animals on the basis of which the hospital authorities have decided not to allow them to attend classes till the probe is complete. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that the two accused nursing students — Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman who were arrested on Tuesday in this connection have been granted bail by Sealdah Court on Wednesday. They were eventually sent to judicial custody for their failure to submit the bail bonds. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe report which was submitted by the committee to the hospital superintendent will be sent to the Swasthya Bhawan, the officials of which will take the final call in this regard. The inquiry committee held three other nursing students responsible for their involvement in the crime. Steps would be taken against the three others who are said to be third year students of nursing. According to sources in the state Health department, all the accused may be debarred from pursuing their courses if they are found guilty following the completion of the investigation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Health department may also decide the fate of other three including two staff members of the hospital. It may be mentioned that a large number of animal activists belonging to various organisations and some TV artistes congregated outside Sealdah Court where the two accused students were produced. “We want justice for the puppies who were brutally killed and demand stringent action against the perpetrators. Animals cannot be killed in this manner,” an animal lover said outside the court on Wednesday. Some students from Presidency University and Jadavpur University staged a protest demonstration outside NRS Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. Rubia Mondal, a researcher of Presidency University, had allegedly faced the wrath of some doctors at the hospital. Mondal later lodged a police complaint alleging that she was hurled abusive languages and threatened with dire consequences on a social networking site. The two accused have been granted bail on condition of Rs 2,000 registered security and Rs 2,000 local security. But because they failed to submit the bail bonds within the court’s time, the duo has been sent to judicial custody. They will be facing Test Identification (TI) parade on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgKelly Slater is arguably the greatest surfer ever, and the 11-time world champion is still doing ridiculous stuff at 46.While riding a wave during the recent Pipe Masters Event – insert weed joke here – Slater was knocked off his board while in the barrel, but miraculously was able to grab his board, get back on it and finish his run. This makes no sense at all, and you can see by Slater’s reaction that he surprised himself by pulling off the improvised save.G.O.A.T’s do G.O.A.T things. This is pretty gnar gnar bruh.last_img read more

first_imgA380 to run Guangzhou-Sydney route from October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. China Southern will utilise one of its five A380s on the Guangzhou-Sydney route as part of a major overhaul to Australian operations.The A380 will begin flying the route on 27 October 2013, replacing the current A330-300.“Australia remains our most important overseas market and the test bed for our global strategy,” China Southern executive vice president Chen Gang said.Both Melbourne and Sydney will receive China Southern’s latest A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft, containing flatbeds in business and personal screens throughout, by the end of October this year.The airline introduced new A330-223 aircraft on Brisbane and Perth routes earlier this month.Australian and New Zealand passengers travelling on the Canton route will soon be able to obtain visa-free entry to Guangzhou.“Our Canton Route via Guangzhou is the new and exciting way for Australians to fly and we are absolutely thrilled that they will soon be able to stop over in this vibrant city with a free transit permit for up to 72 hours to try some authentic Cantonese Yum Cha, enjoy the local culture and shop ‘til they drop,” Mr Chen said.last_img read more

first_img Related1 in 3 holidaygoers feel ‘guilty’1 in 3 holidaygoers feel ‘guilty’Brits intend to spend the same amount on this year’s holiday as in 2008Most British holidaymakers are intending to spend the same amount on their holiday this year as they did in 2008Brits more likely to plan ahead for their forthcoming holidayMore Brits are planning their holidays in advance to find the best deals Eight out of ten Brits think that their overseas holiday will be their most important luxury of 2009, according to the results of a new survey.Research by Club Med showed that a further 50 percent of people were planning to take one to two holidays over the course of this year, which suggests that a number of people are making sure they have a holiday to look forward to.Head of Club Med UK Laurent DeChorivit predicted that 2009 will see more people looking for value-for-money deals and hassle-free holidays.”However, this year will bring added pressures and with them a greater demand for relaxation and time away,” he said.Almost a third of survey respondents (31 percent) will book flights to short-haul destinations, while 23 percent were planning a long-haul break.European beach holidays were among the most popular holiday choices, as were winter sun deals.Website has advised families to compare the prices of all elements of their forthcoming holiday before they book.Get your travel ideas here! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more