PUCSL rejects CEB request to procure 55 MW of power

However the PUCSL has rejected the request saying the CEB had violated the provisions of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act which is applicable on any procurement of electricity. Among its services, the Commission ensures that the electricity sector in Sri Lanka has adequate investments, greater availability, efficient supply, and improved quality of services for electricity consumers. The Commission also regulates the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of Electricity.The PUCSL came into operation in 2003 when the first group of Commissioners and its Director General were appointed. (Colombo Gazette) The  Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has rejected a request by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to procure 55 MW of power.The CEB had said in a letter to the PUSL that it had obtained cabinet approval to obtain emergency electricity from a private company. Established by The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka Act No. 35 of 2002 by Parliament, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka performs a vital role as a multi-sector supervisory body regulating certain physical infrastructure industries in the country. read more

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The Latest Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill

HONG KONG — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):5:50 p.m.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has sparked months of demonstrations in the city, bowing to one of the protesters’ demands.The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. It sparked massiveprotests that have become increasingly violent and caused the airport to shut down earlier this month.But Lam said in a pre-recorded television message on Wednesday that the government would not accept other demands, including an independent inquiry into alleged police misconduct against protesters. However, she named two new members to a police watchdog agency investigating the matter.Protesters have also called for the release of those detained without charges, but Lam said this was unacceptable.A lawmaker said the withdrawal of the bill was too little, too late.___5:30 p.m.Hong Kong’s government met Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that leader Carrie Lam will formally withdraw an extradition bill as protesters have demanded.Local broadcaster TVB said television stations had been told to be on standby to air a pre-recorded announcement by Lam at 6 p.m. (1000 GMT).The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. Lam has suspended the bill, but protesters want it entirely withdrawn. They also want democratic reforms to Hong Kong’s government and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesters.The Associated Press read more

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Global cooperation vital to weigh benefits risk of genetically modified trees –

“It is very important that environmental risk assessment studies are conducted with protocols and methodologies agreed upon at national and international levels,” the study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. “It is also important that the results of such research are made widely available.”Potential traits of interest for GM trees are increased wood production, improved wood quality and resistance to insects, diseases and herbicides. Production and processing costs of wood or chips could also be reduced, as well as the financial and environmental costs for pulping. But deploying GM trees is not without risks, FAO warned. Transgene instability, plantation failure, poor wood quality, development of tolerance to the modified trait by insects or disease organisms and the escape of modified genes into natural ecosystems are potential risk factors.“Genetic modification is not intrinsically good or bad,” FAO forest genetic resources expert Pierre Sigaud said. “A regulatory framework to govern research and application of genetically modified forest trees on a case-by-case basis is essential. The issue goes beyond the country level, since pollen flow and seed dispersal do not take account of national boundaries, and since wood is a global commodity.” The study noted that research and applications of biotechnology in forestry are advancing rapidly, with the United States, France and Canada being the most active players among developed countries and India and China the most active among developing nations and those in transition.Overall, GM activities in forestry are taking place in at least 35 countries, with the vast majority apparently restricted to the laboratory with some supporting field trials, FAO said. Only China has reported the commercial release of GM trees – around 1.4 million plants of the populus variety on 300 to 500 hectares in 2002.Mr. Sigaud said it was not yet possible to reach conclusions on the potential impact of genetically modified forests because of the lack of reliable information. The economic value of forest products in global trade is far less than that of agricultural products, and the economic rationale for employing biotechnology in forestry has not yet been clearly demonstrated, he noted. read more

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Judge approves another settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

Judge approves another settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has approved a partial $25.6 million settlement in the lawsuit over the state’s disastrous deal with 38 Studios, the video game company started by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital Inc. agreed to settle to get out of the lawsuit brought when 38 Studios failed after receiving a $75 million state loan guarantee. The settlement approved Tuesday brings the amount the state has recovered to $42 million.The lawsuit is still pending against Schilling and other 38 Studios executives, as well as First Southwest, which acted as Rhode Island’s financial adviser in the deal.A mediator told The Associated Press after the hearing that he is in active settlement discussions with the 38 Studios defendants, which include Schilling. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2016 11:07 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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RPA calling on Govt to lower taxes on fuel to ease

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRPA, rice farmers protest Ministry of Finance for reduction in fuel pricesJune 21, 2018In “Business”Cabinet considering options to reduce impact of increased fuel prices- JordanJune 23, 2018In “Business”Opposition Leader unimpressed by Govt’s sloth in dealing with fuel crisisJune 29, 2018In “Business” The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) says it is calling on the Government to immediately lower the taxes on fuel to ease the burden on the productive sector.Highlighting the increasing financial hardship facing the agriculture sector, the RPA explained that farmers who are currently harvesting have been experiencing an increase in transportation costs from an average of $200 to $800 per bag of paddy due to poor conditions of access.“Many have been forced to use a combination of poor dams and weed infested waterways and this increase in fuel prices might very well be the proverbial last straw. Additionally, most farmers are currently involved in land preparation exercise and sowing of their fields and in the latter case most fuel is being used compared to the crop duration so the increase is coming at a really bad time for the farmers” said the RPA.As such, the Association said it is calling on incumbent Administration to follow in the line of its predecessor and re-implement the sliding rate on taxes to cushion the impact of international price increases.“To do nothing but collect exorbitant taxes will stifle production and affect thousands of lives” the RPA said. “This is certainly not the good life that was promised and the Government inaction on this matter is not an option and we are insisting on an immediate reduction in percentage taxes being collected and we know that the Government knows that they can still realize the amount budgeted for with a reduction. We will accept no less.”State-owned, GuyOil Service Stations have increased their gasoline prices from $200 per litre, to $230, while diesel and kerosene have leaped to $214 per litre and $145 per litre, respectively.Moreover, observations at other service stations have revealed that Shell Gas Stations now offer gasoline at $247, and diesel at a whopping $233, while Rubis service stations are charging $236 for a litre of gasoline and $226 for diesel. read more

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GPL updating customers database seeking publics cooperation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElectricity losses – a big blot on our nation’s escutcheonFebruary 1, 2014In “Opinion”GPL launches “Whatsapp Meter Read”August 26, 2017In “Business”GPL “smart metres” to be introduced next yearSeptember 15, 2019In “latest news” The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) has launched a nationwide survey to update customers’ information and is soliciting the cooperation of citizens.Divisional Director of Commercial Services, Rhonda La Fargue says the survey which is expected to be completed by year-end will begin in Georgetown and extend to other regions.The first phase will take place in Sophia, Liliendaal, Pattensen, Turkeyen C and D and Cummings Lodge. It is intended to test and improve the accuracy of the company’s database.“The meter is our tool to measure the customers’ consumption, so we need to have that accurate information in our database to make sure that what we have is what is out there and vice versa. Basically, what we are trying to do is go door to door and ensure the accuracy of the information out there to match it with the information we have in our database…Customer information such as meter numbers, the location of the meter, which building it’s servicing, get a feeling if the meter is an older meter or a newer meter, if the meter needs to change and that kind of thing,” La Fargue told the Department of Public Information (DPI).La Fargue added that personnel conducting the survey will be identified by uniforms and badges. She also said customers can call telephone number 226-2600 extension 1520, to verify the identity of the person who visits their premises. Customers may also visit the company’s website and Facebook page for photographs and names of personnel contracted to carry out the verification exercise.“All the staff is required is to do is to be pointed in the direction of your meter. Everything they need to do will be executed at the meter. This includes recording the meter’s number. If you have a prepaid meter, then please, have your Customer Interactive Unit (CIU) at hand. There is no need for them to come into your homes to check out your wiring and stuff like that. The bulk of the work is done at the meter,” she explained.The survey is funded by the power company and data collected will be used to improve the efficiency with which service is provided to customers by the utility company which is currently undertaking major upgrades in its distribution network. GPL encourages customers to give their full cooperation to its personnel.The last countrywide survey and update of GPL’s database were conducted in 2014. read more

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False years and Big Bird The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week in which the pressure on Health Minister James Reilly continued to be heaped on, with no signs of it easing.Facebook reached a billion users, there was a widespread search for a missing five-year-old in Wales, Enda Kenny was on the cover of TIME magazine and Mitt Romney insisted that he loved Big Bird.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

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Thuggery of the highest order Brothers who staged terrifying home invasion avoid

first_img Jun 20th 2017, 5:26 PM By Gordon Deegan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share95 Tweet Email1 “Thuggery of the highest order”: Brothers who staged ‘terrifying home invasion’ avoid jail Ronan and Jamie Carey were both given three-year suspended sentences for the crime. TWO WEST CLARE brothers who subjected their aunt, uncle and young cousins to a ‘terrifying home invasion’ ordeal two years ago have walked free from court.At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys said that Ronan Carey (25) and Jamie Carey (26) had engaged “in thuggery of the highest order” when invading the home of Fergus Downes on 30 August 2015.Judge Keys imposed suspended three-year sentences on Ronan Carey and Jamie Carey and a 16-month suspended sentence on Gary O’Gorman (26) for his minor role in the incident.Judge Keys said that he was prepared to suspend the jail terms because of the relationship between the offenders and the victims, the €5,000 in compensation paid by the offenders, their remorse and “also to avoid possible conflict in the future”.He said: “I am mindful that the Careys and Downes are related and that, hopefully, this will bring an end to the dispute and that there will be no further trouble between the Downes and Carey families.”Judge Keys said that he regarded the attack by the Careys on the Downes home in the west Clare village of Kilmihil as “very serious” and the attack occurred only hours after Ronan Carey carried out a mid-day assault on his then 14-year-old cousin, Evan Downes on Church Street in the village.In a statement to gardaí, Evan Downes said that Ronan Carey got out of his car at 12pm on 29 August and threw him on the ground and started kicking and punching him.The teen suffered a broken hand in the attack which was witnessed by one-passer who saw Carey head-butt Evan Downes who dropped to the ground and then received three or four kicks.The boy’s father, Fergus Downes brought his son to University Hospital Limerick where the teen had a cast put on his broken hand.The two returned to their home at 1.50am only for Downes to see four figures, Ronan Carey, Jamie Carey both of Church Street, Kilmihil and their first cousin, Gary O’Gorman of Treamanagh, Mullagh and a fourth man coming up the hill towards their home.Downes said: “They are coming up the hill, call the gardaí.”In the attack three cavity blocks were thrown – two through the windows of the Downes home and another through the window of Jason’s – Evan’s brother – car. During the incident, Ronan and Jamie Carey entered the home.Jason Downes was protecting the front door where a cavity block came through.He said: “It hit me straight on the head, [my] head and eye [were] bleeding.”An ambulance arrived and Jason Downes spent the night at hospital where he required nine stitches across an eyebrow and five stitches in his hand.In a victim impact statement to court, he said: “I had to be stitched back together. I was badly attacked and assaulted. This incident has left me very afraid to do anything.I could have been killed if that block hit me in the wrong place.Jason Downes added: “I don’t know why they did this to us – I know they blame my younger brother for damaging their tractor.”In the case, Ronan Carey pleaded guilty to assault, burglary and criminal damage while Jamie Carey pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage, while O’Gorman pleaded guilty to criminal damage.Counsel for Ronan Carey, Mark Nicholas SC said: “This was a disgraceful episode and the whole tragedy of this is that they are cousins. Ronan Carey’s dad is a brother of Mrs Downes. They used to get on great and this spoiled their relationship.”Judge Keys said that O’Gorman was peripheral to what occurred where he admitted to throwing a stone that broke a window of the Downes home.Read: ‘I’m ecstatic that this monster is going away for 12 years’: Woman raped at gaming convention speaks outRead: Landline operator fined after sending bills to pensioner for service it didn’t provide 44 Comments 32,313 Views http://jrnl.ie/3454770 Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 5:26 PMlast_img read more

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Kiggins Theatres latest Science on Tap to explore love sex and technology

first_imgSex robots are here to stay.If you want to keep your browser history free of “sex robot” searches, the newest installment of Kiggins Theatre’s Science on Tap will answer some questions for you. The 7 p.m. Wednesday discussion, titled “Sex, Relationships and Technology,” addresses sex robots, online dating and how technology is impacting romantic relationships.Kris Gowen, a sexuality educator and co-founder of the sex education consulting group Beyond the Talk, will lead the event. Gowen is the author of “Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide.”Gowen said the majority of her discussion will focus on the psychology around online dating decision-making, as well as the evolving technology of sex robots.“People are advancing robot technology in all sorts of domains, and whether people choose to use it or not in a sexual way is up to them,” Gowen said.“It’s not a matter of ‘is it here?’ or ‘will it be developed or not?’ ” she said. “It’s going to be developed, so it’s just a matter of, how are robots going to be integrated into our daily lives, whether they are in a sexual way or in other ways. This is how the future is unfolding, and it’s a good idea to just learn about it and have your own ideas and form opinions about how you’re going to use these technologies or not moving forward.”last_img read more

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San Diego Fleet to host donation drive for Alpha Project and blood

first_img KUSI Newsroom San Diego Fleet to host donation drive for Alpha Project and blood, food banks SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Alliance of American Football team the San Diego Fleet will host a community drive Monday to collect donations of food, blood and necessities like clothes and soap.The event is the Fleet’s first-ever donation drive since beginning play in the AAF in February. Donations made at the event will benefit the San Diego Blood Bank, the Alpha Project and the San Diego Food Bank. Residents who make a donation at the event will receive two free tickets to the team’s last regular-season home game April 14.“Donations are critical to the San Diego Food Bank since we are currently feeding 350,000 people per month in communities throughout San Diego County,” said James Floros, president and CEO of the San Diego Food Bank. “On behalf of the food bank’s staff and family of volunteers, we thank the San Diego Fleet for giving back to the community and helping our fellow San Diegans in need.”The Alpha Project is accepting donations of clothing, blankets, soap and shampoo. The food bank is seeking canned and non-perishable goods like soup, beans, peanut butter, rice and baby formula.The community drive is scheduled to begin at noon at SDCCU Stadium at 9449 Friars Road. Posted: April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Missing dog found after 8 years

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – Animal services reunited a dog who went missing for eight years with its owners, this past weekend.Pia-zadorables’s owner was on vacation eight years ago when a workman left the door open at her Boca Raton home and the dog ran off.“Someone had left the door open. She’s gone, never to be seen again,” Penny Howard, the owner, said.When Palm Beach County Animal Control picked her up Friday, she was covered in fleas and ticks. Now she’s back with her owner. They discovered who she belonged to thanks to a microchip.“A mess, perfect dog for me, took her home. After about a year and a half she let me pet her,” Howard said.Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton called her Tuesday with the good news.“I run up there. I’m hysterical crying. They go, ‘Well we have a dog here with your microchip with your phone number.’ I went ‘Oh my God, that’s Pia! She’s alive,’” Howard said. Officials said they think whoever picked her up originally didn’t have her scanned for a chip.Howard said anyone who finds a stray pet, remember to have them scanned.“If you find a stray dog, take them immediately to a vet or one of the shelters and they can scan the dog, because there’s another owner grieving and that dog can be returned if it has a microchip,” Howard said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Haren Pandya murder case 12 convicted for killing exGujarat Home Minister

first_imgAccording to the CBI, Pandya, who was a minister in the then Narendra Modi-led state government in Gujarat, was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state.Twitter12 men accused of killing former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya in 2003 were convicted by the Supreme Court on Friday, July 5. The court dismissed the PIL filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which sought fresh court-monitored probe into the killing.Imposing a ban of Rs 50,000 on CPIL for filing the PIL, a bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said that no further petition would be entertained in the case.The court allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government questioning the Gujarat High Court order, which absolved the convicts of murder charges in the case. The CBI had termed the acquittal, dated August 29, 2011, as being erroneous.According to the CBI, Pandya, who was a minister in the then Narendra Modi-led state government in Gujarat, was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003, in Ahmedabad near Law Garden during his morning walk.The SC had admitted the appeal filed by the CBI and state on January 5, 2012.last_img read more

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Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity

first_imgMembers of the public look on during congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on 22 March, 2019. Photo: AFPWomen across New Zealand wore makeshift hijabs as a statement of peace and solidarity on Friday, a week after a white supremacist killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch.Rafaela Stoakes, a 32-year-old mother of two, said wearing the Islamic head covering gave her an insight into what it means to stand out and feel part of the minority.On Friday morning she covered all but a few locks of her dark chestnut-coloured hair in a loose red and white scarf, crossed neatly beneath her chin and tucked into a black hiking jacket.She was one of many women embracing #HeadScarfforHarmony, to make a stand against the hate espoused by the Australian man accused of killing dozens of worshippers.Headscarves were also worn as a mark of respect by policewomen and non-Muslim volunteers directing the crowds around the site in Christchurch holding communal prayers on Friday.Many were wearing a headscarf for the first time.”It is amazing how different I felt for the short time I was out this morning,” Stoakes told AFP.”There were a lot of confused looks and some slightly aggressive ones,” she said.”I did feel a sense of pride to honour my Muslim friends, but I also felt very vulnerable and alone as I was the only person wearing one.””It must take a lot of courage to do this on a daily basis.”The gesture caught on nationwide — in offices, schools and on the streets — as well as at the ceremonies held in Christchurch to mark one week since the killings at the hands of a self-avowed white supremacist.Women flooded Twitter, Facebook and other social media — which played a key role in allowing the gunman to spread his message — with their images.Kate Mills Workman, a 19-year-old student from Wellington, posted a selfie on Twitter wearing a green headscarf.”If I could I would be attending the mosque and standing outside to show my support for my Muslim whanau but I’ve got lectures and I can’t really skip them,” she told AFP, using a Maori language term for extended family.”Obviously this is all spurred on by the terrible tragedy in Christchurch, but it’s also a way of showing that any form of harassment or bigotry based on a symbol of religion is never okay,” she added.”As New Zealanders, we have to make a really strong stand.”Although the headscarf has been the subject of contentious debate over gender rights in the Islamic world, for Stoakes the day has been a lesson in how pious Muslim women often do not have the option to melt away into the background when they feel vulnerable.”We can nod and pretend to agree with people who we are afraid of, or plead ignorance if we feel in danger of confrontation,” she said.”But a Muslim is just right out there. Like a bullseye. Their hijabs and clothing speak before they do.”last_img read more

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Stop by and watch Sonys PlayStation 4 announcement at 6PM

first_imgIt has been six long years since lines formed all over the world for the PlayStation 3. Sony is finally ready to update their popular gaming console, with what we are guessing will be the all-new PlayStation 4, via a globally broadcasted live stream.We’ve had rumors, renders, leaks, and hype all leading up to that bright light shining down on a pedestal with Hirai Kaz standing next to it. The next generation console, often referred to as Orbis, has huge shoes to fill. The last two version of Sony’s console have offered a secondary reason to own the console. For the PlayStation 2, the console doubled as a DVD player in a market where DVD players were still fairly expensive. For the PlayStation 3, the Blu-Ray support is still better than many of the low or even mid range standalone players on the market today. There’s no new optical media for Sony to support in this release, leaving only the ability to deliver a fantastic console gaming and media experience as its only weapon.From the leaks so far, we’ve seen the new controller in various stages of development. The light bar across the top looks like it is designed to work with Sony’s motion sensing properties, adding more functionality to the SIXAXIS controller for the PS3. We’ve seen whispers of a new camera experience, possibly designed to compete with the Kinect’s ability to deliver a controller free gaming experience. There’s even some suggesting that there will be smartphone and tablet control for the new console. Sony has done quite a bit with mobile recently with PlayStation certifications, and hopefully that means for more than just Sony’s smartphones and tablets.Starting at 6PM, Sony’s UStream account will be broadcasting live from the NYC event. Geek.com will be live, on-site to deliver a hands on account of the new console just after the event!last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews Star Trek Beyond

first_imgI feel like I should put this in some context for those of you who might be new readers now that I’m here on Geek.com: I fucking hate the first two Star Trek reboots.I’m talking pure, straight, uncut, unabashed, unadulterated, unmigitated hate for both of them and everything they represent, top to bottom. I hate the new continuity, I hate spending a whole first movie justifying the new continuity, I hate reworking Kirk as a generic douchebag with daddy issues, I hated that godawful Roberto Orci “Truther” conspiracy horseshit in Into Darkness, I hated trying to crib from Wrath of Khan, I hated the magic blood, I hate the lens flares, I hate that everything looks like it’s taking place in a fucking Apple Store, I hate that they wasted the time of a bunch of promising, talented young actors – and also Chris Pine – and I am exceedingly sick of J.J. Abrams and his goddamn “Mystery Box.”And, yes – I liked The Force Awakens just fine; but I’m not about join the mass-amnesia movement in pretending that Abrams (as a director) isn’t a thoroughly average talent bogged down by some truly bad instincts just because he (finally) got the job done when finally paired with a project that played to his limited skill-set of picking interesting actors and imitating the directorial aesthetics of earlier movies. No thanks.Bottom line: I was over and done with this franchise even before everyone else was, we’re getting a new Trek TV show in the original timeline so who even cares at this point, and thusly I went into Star Trek Beyond with about the biggest chip on my shoulder one can have and still meaningfully function as a film critic… and from frame one I was knocked out of that headspace and hooked. Star Trek Beyond is the real deal: It’s a great Summer blockbuster, as worthy an entry in the Star Trek canon as we’ve had in well over a decade (probably the best overall movie in the franchise since The Voyage Home in 1986 by this critic’s reckoning), a great sci-fi blockbuster in its own right, and just a flat-out good movie. Not perfect, short of a “classic,” but especially this year it goes over like gangbusters.To be clear: This isn’t just a matter of it taking three tries for the reboot concept to gel, because the smartest thing Beyond does is act like the previous two movies didn’t really happen. There are some minor references to plot stuff as it relates to the development of the characters and they obviously have to do some housecleaning because Leonard Nimoy has passed (both he and Anton Yelchin receive special posthumous dedications) but otherwise this could easily have been the first movie – and, frankly, I’ll be doing my best to pretend it is precisely that whenever possible.Because straight from a quietly understated opening, everything that’s so far been… well, shitty about the previously garbage “reboot universe” is gone. There’s no mystery box shenanigans, no moronic conspiracy plot, Michael Giacchino’s score – the only unreservedly good non-cast-related thing about the first two installments – is used to strikingly superior effect, the cinematography is better (good riddance, lens flare!) and the design and aesthetic are colorful, vibrant and awe-inspiring in that weird retro pop-pulp way that Kirk-era Trek works best in. Honestly, in terms of overall effect it’s probably the closest that any Star Trek movie has come to being a big-budget version of the original series (as opposed to the six movies starring the original series’ crew, which were more “continuation” than adaptation.)And in that respect it comes very close to being the Star Trek movie I’ve always wanted to see: A big-scale realization of Roddenberry’s original big, imaginative, adventurous, quasi-utopian optimism, sense of wonder and possibility brought to life as a reflection of how you remember sci-fi shows of the Space Race-era to feel in that dreamspace where you can look past the cheap sets and the studio backdrops. And given the fucking artistic violation that the first two reboot movies committed against the material, just getting the “feel” of it right would’ve been improvement enough… but there’s actually a reason for it.See, the movie wisely spends most of the first act not just expertly reacquainting us with the characters and their world but also very deliberately lavishing visual and narrative attention on both The Enterprise and Yorktown, the new Federation deep space colony that’s at the focus of the plot. Along with showing off some truly inspired production design, it turns both locations into monuments to technological achievement, diversity of culture, and overall fusion of societal and scientific progress; effectively presenting them as a crystallization of the idealized vision of a better future that Star Trek at its core has always been about.And it does such a stellar job at this that when Idris Elba shows up as the new bad guy, “Krall,” the plot can swing straight into action: All we need to know is that he very specifically wants to destroy those symbols and those people and, just like that, we’re immediately invested.Which is also (partially) why it’s not so bothersome at all that the actual plot is pretty-much back to basics: Krall is hunting for some ancient superweapon component that just happens to be in The Enterprise’s macguffin collection, so he manipulates Kirk and company into scuttling the ship on a wasteland planet under his control. This leads the escaping crew to be split up into several different scattered away-teams that have to find their way back together and thwart the evil plan in a conflict that also thematically pits the Federation ideals of a diplomatic, unity-focused future against a more conflict-driven macho military-scifi ideal embodied by Krall; who (as is the custom of the series) has a Shocking Secret he can’t wait to tell you but, unlike the infamous bad-guy twist from Star Trek Into Darkness, feels thoroughly earned when it arrives – even though you’ll probably have figured it out beforehand.This is all Star Trek boilerplate, yeah – but it works because it allows Justin Lin to do what he does best as a director: Use big action as a showcase for character dynamics (and also for a scene-stealing breakout turn by Sofia Boutella, last seen as “Gazelle” in Kingsman: The Secret Service) as an alien warrior. Lin is, of course, best known as the filmmaker who successfully transformed the Fast & Furious franchise from a (mostly) bullshit late-90s bromantic melodrama into a globally-beloved over-the-top automotive-superhero saga. But while he’s unquestionably a top-level action stylist the true strength he brought to that series was juggling characters and relationships through narrative – and the main thing that makes Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s screenplay for this one emphatically better than the dogshit screenplays (courtesy Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof) the previous two had to work with is that they’ve conceived a genuine ensemble piece rather than another tiresome Kirk-centric hero’s journey… which is doubly helpful because Chris Pine is sadly still the weak link of the whole undertaking.Instead, what we get is the first Star Trek movie in ages that really feels like it’s about the whole Enterprise crew in both a literal and thematic sense. Everyone is on pretty-much equal footing and the variety of sub-stories at play makes the whole production feel big and expansive even though it really takes place in a handful of locations.Now it’s not a perfect movie by any means: It moves a little too fast, a handful of scenes feel like they could’ve used more connective tissue and while Lin does some amazing things with digital camera moves to create inventive action scenes built around the idea of relative artificial gravity in space there are a few times where you’d wish he’d make do with a simple shot-reverse-shot instead of swooping the camera around all time. It also feels like it’s been cut down from a longer edit that it could’ve benefitted from… but then again if a main criticism of a movie is that you wanted it to be longer – that usually means it’s a good movie.And yet, as much as I liked this… I’m also left kind of (for lack of a better term) pissed off – not at the film, but at the realization of how much better a state this series would be in had this actually been the state of the rebooted Trek all along! Instead, now that someone has finally figured out how to make this whole endeavor work it’s almost a decade since it began and these people will probably want to move on to other ventures soon enough. I mean… damn it – we could’ve had this all along – imagine what we’ve missed out on!Bottom line? Star Trek Beyond caught me completely by surprise and knocked me on my ass. Providing we’re not counting Captain America: Civil War (given that it came out in spring, technically), this could very well end up being the top-tier blockbuster of 2016 – not a bad turnout, as surprises go.Live long and prosper.***1/2 out of 4 starslast_img read more

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Dads play pivotal role

first_imgFathers play a surprisingly large role in their child’s development – from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, a new study has found. The findings published in two academic journals Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Infant and Child Development, provided evidences of the father’s importance to a child’s outcomes and reinforces the idea that early childhood programmes should focus on the whole family, including mother and father alike.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study found that fathers’ parenting-related stress had a harmful effect on their child’s cognitive and language development when the children were two-to-three years old even when the mothers’ influences were taken into account. Fathers’ influence also had a larger effect on boys’ language than girls’ language. Parental stress and mental health issues affect how parents interact with their children and subsequently, childhood development, revealed the study. “There’s this whole idea that grew out of past research that dads really don’t have direct effects on their kids. But here we show that fathers really do have a direct effect on kids, both in the short term and long term,” said Claire Vallotton, Associate Professor, Michigan State University. Using data from about 730 families the researchers studied the effects of parents’ stress and mental health problems such as depression on their children. Fathers’ mental health had a long-term impact, leading to differences in child’s social skills (such as self-control and cooperation) when the children reached fifth grade.  In fact, fathers’ depression symptoms when children were toddlers were more influential on child’s later social skills than were mothers’ symptoms, suggested the research.last_img read more

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Netflix Tracking Some Android Users Physical Activity

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 And Surface Book 2 Users Report CPUs Throttling

first_img Ads by Amazon Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийReports and complaints began trickling in after the aforementioned firmware update for the Surface Pro 6. The consensus is the problem is being caused by the Intel CPU flag BD PROCHOT, a feature that can be used by any peripheral that’s designed to throttle the CPU to maintain system temperature at a safe level and avoid overheating.A Microsoft representative told TechRepublic that the company is already aware of the issue and that it’s going to roll out a fix via a firmware update soon.User ReportsFor those who can’t wait for the solution to arrive, some users have reportedly had success in fixing the problem themselves by removing their devices from their docks or unplugging their AC adapters.Others have also said that rebooting doesn’t solve the issue, but a few have said that reformatting their devices worked.”So far a complete resetting (format) got the device to a functional state again … I fear that the next Windows update or firmware update might break the good state again,” one user wrote.Are you experiencing the same thing on your Surface Pro 6 or Surface Book 2? If so, feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know. TAG Microsoft, Surface, Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN $39.99$39.99 Surface 2019 Pen, Active Stylus Pen,Microsoft Stylus Pen for… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN ENDS IN ENDS IN Microsoft Surface Pen Platinum Model 1776 (EYU-00009) ENDS IN Bestseller Bestseller (25) $128.38$199.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Close The Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 are being throttled down to 400 MHz.  ( Ashkan Forouzani | Unsplash ) Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 units are reportedly running at significantly lower speeds.The issues are said to have started turning up after an Aug. 1 firmware update.Surface Throttling IssueAs reported earlier by TechRepublic, the devices are being throttled down to 400 MHz. To put things into perspective, the Surface Pro 6 with an Intel Core i5-8250U runs at 1.6 GHz with up to 3.4 GHz boost and the Surface Book 2 with a Core i5-7300U at up to 3.5 GHz with Max Turbo. In other words, the drop in speed has a huge impact on these devices. (57) Surface Book Surface Pro Charger 65W 15V 4A AC Pow… Bestseller $29.99$29.99 ENDS IN All (73) $2720.19$3299.00 $99.99$99.99 Surface Pro Charger Surface Pro 4 Charger, KSW KINGDO 4… 65W 15V 4A AC Power Adapter Charger for Microsoft Surfac…center_img DEAL OF THE DAY AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches (1332) DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Bestseller (882) Bestseller Microsoft Surface Dock (PD9-00003) Bestseller (612) Microsoft Surface Book 2 15″(Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, … $39.99$39.99 Bestseller $25.98$25.98 (169) Related Products ENDS IN Ads by Amazon (407) DEAL OF THE DAY $29.99$29.99 102W 15V 6.33A Power Adapter Charger for Microsoft Surfac… Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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Elite team nabs alleged taxi hitmen

first_imgOfficers from Bergville SAPS and Newcastle POP were assisted by Katlehong TRT and, receiving guidance from the Uthukela Cluster Crime Intelligence Unit, the group traced and arrested the five suspects, who were found together in a house at Sebokeng, Gauteng.During the arrests, police seized an unlicensed Vektor Z88 pistol and 18 rounds of ammunition, as well as explosives.The suspects, aged between 25 and 35 years old, are currently facing charges in Gauteng relating to the possession of the firearm, ammunition and explosives.Arrangements are currently underway to bring them to KZN to face charges of murder and attempted murder in Bergville. Thus far, the five suspects face four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Five alleged taxi ‘hit-men’ were arrested by an elite team of officers in Gauteng on Monday. The men face charges of murder and one attempted murder case linked to ongoing taxi violence in the Bergville area.Early this year, we reported on a smouldering taxi faction feud that erupted into a full-scale wild-west style clan war, leaving five people dead. The war caught Bergville police off-guard (at the time) as they scrambled to restore order in the Stulwane area of Bergville.The Uthukela Cluster Crime Intelligence Unit played a vital role in the tracing of five suspects alleged to be involved in cases of murder and attempted murder in the Stulwane area of Bergville.The five were arrested in Gauteng on Monday, May 30.last_img read more

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Pretty Little Liars alum Janel Parrish weds in H

first_img‘Pretty Little Liars’ alum Janel Parrish weds in Hawaii by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 5:53 am PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WAIKANE, Hawaii – “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish and longtime boyfriend Chris Long have gotten married.The wedding took place Saturday in Hawaii, where she was born.The 29-year-old posted a photo on Instagram of the couple kissing at their rehearsal dinner. Parrish wrote she was “loving my husband so much.”Parrish played Mona Vanderwaal on the teen drama series.Wedding guests included several members of the “Pretty Little Liars” cast and crew.last_img read more

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