Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Set for James Lapine Movie & More

first_img Viola Davis Set for James Lapine Movie Two-time Tony winner Viola Davis has been tapped to star in indie film Custody, penned and directed by three-time Tony winner and Into the Woods scribe James Lapine. The Wrap writes that she will play a judge who is emotionally touched by a custody case in the courtroom drama. Davis, of course, has just come off killing it in the first season of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Role at Richard III’s Reburial Benedict Cumberbatch read a new poem at the reinterment service for (his very distant cousin) King Richard III on March 26 at the U.K.’s Leicester Cathedral, according to BBC News. As previously reported, the Oscar nominee and Olivier winner will play the monarch, who in 1485 was the last English king to die in battle, in an upcoming BBC drama. Richard III’s skeleton was discovered underneath a car park in Leicester in 2012. Al Pacino Heads to the London Stage Before Al Pacino returns to Broadway in David Mamet’s China Doll this fall, he’s allowing audiences across the pond a chance to get up close and personal with him. The two-time Tony and Oscar winner will appear in An Evening With Pacino at London’s Eventim Apollo on May 22; subsequent dates in Glasgow and Dublin will be announced imminently. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Lea Michele to Headline Sex Comedy With Kate Upton Former Glee star and Broadway baby Lea Michele is teaming up with Kate Upton to appear in road trip sex comedy The Layover. Deadline reports that the William H. Macy-helmed film will feature the pair as BFF’s who end up falling for the same man. Production is set to start soon.last_img read more

‘Concerned About Self-Bonding, Top Federal Mining Regulator Wonders About Collusion’

first_img‘Concerned About Self-Bonding, Top Federal Mining Regulator Wonders About Collusion’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Benjamin Storrow in the Casper Star Tribune:The top federal mining regulator expressed “grave concerns” with the country’s coal reclamation program on Wednesday and openly questioned whether states and mining firms were colluding to avoid their cleanup obligations.Joe Pizarchik’s comments represent a notable escalation in the debate over self-bonding, or coal companies’ unsecured cleanup liabilities. The director of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has kept a low public profile since questions began to mount last year over mining firms’ ability to pay for reclamation.But in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Pizarchik said a wave of bankruptcies called the self-bonding program into question. Self-bonded companies are allowed to post their assets as collateral on future reclamation costs, provided they can pass a financial stress test.Two companies, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, notably retained their self-bonding status in Wyoming right up until they filed for bankruptcy.“People are concerned whether disturbed coal mines will be reclaimed by the bankrupt companies, whether the bankrupt companies will use bankruptcy court proceedings to abandon their legal obligations to restore the land and water, whether the cost to restore the land and water will be shifted to taxpayers, and whether the existing regulations are adequate to protect people, society and the environment from the adverse effects of coal mining, as was envisioned by Congress when it enacted (the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act) nearly 40 years ago,” Pizarchik said.Self-bonding has emerged as a national issue in recent months, as mining firms filed for Chapter 11 and environmentalists voiced concerns about companies’ ability to pay for cleanup.Yet it is arguably most pressing in Wyoming, the country’s top coal mining state, where three bankrupt mining firms have a combined $1.6 billion in self-bonds…..Pizarchik, in his remarks, did not single out any state for criticism. But he did applaud states that have transitioned away from self-bonds.In 2014, Texas required a subsidiary of Luminant Mining to replace $1.01 billion in self-bonds with cash bonds. Colorado regulators last month required Peabody Energy to provide replacement bonding for $27 million in cleanup costs.“Why were the states like Texas and Colorado successful in getting replacement bonds from bankrupt companies, and other states did not,” he said. “Was there any kind of collusion, malfeasance out there? I think the public needs to know the answers to those questions.”Full article:  http://trib.com/business/energy/concerned-about-self-bonding-top-federal-mining-regulator-wonders-about/article_f5f5565a-2a8b-52e9-8d4f-c68d28f76c39.htmllast_img read more

John Terry calls on Chelsea players to get behind Jose Mourinho

first_imgJohn Terry says Chelsea’s underperforming players remain united behind manager Jose Mourinho. The champions are 16th in the Premier League after Southampton on Saturday inflicted a fourth loss in eight games. Terry started for the second time in six matches but the now familiar defensive failings were all too evident, leading to speculation Mourinho might be sacked, like many of his predecessors. “We need to be hungry like we were. Like many teams find, it is difficult to come back after winning the Premier League, we have seen it with Man City. “We are suffering a bit of late but we have big characters in the dressing room and we will remain together along with the manager and get ourselves out of this.” Chelsea resume after the international break at home against Aston Villa on October 17. “Once you can get one win you build on that,” Terry added. “We must win at home to Aston Villa after the international break, which is maybe a good opportunity for players to go away and clear their heads and come back after that and really kick on, because we need to start winning football matches.” The Blues boss has repeatedly denied fractures in relationships within the squad, particularly with Terry, who has now publicly spoken of his support for Mourinho. “We have a big group of players and we have the best manager who we remain behind and we remain together,” Terry told chelseafc.com. “That is what you do in tough circumstances. I have been here a long time and I have seen managers come and go and if anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be Jose Mourinho. “And the players will remain together and fight, and keep fighting for the supporters because they were excellent on Saturday.” Chelsea paraded the title and the Capital One Cup through west London just five months ago and the speed of the decline is alarming. Terry reckons a lack of confidence is a major factor, but maintains there will be a response from the players. “We are not in the familiar position we are normally in,” the 34-year-old added. “We find ourselves in it and it is down to the group of players and the manager to get ourselves out of it and we must do that very soon. “Generally I think we are looking low on confidence but we have a big group of players in that dressing room and we need to stand up, which we will do. There is no difference from last season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Blind Fish Lead the Blind

first_imgImagine miniature subs that can negotiate tight spaces or murky waters in the dark.  Meet Snookie: a device created by researchers at the University of Technology Munich, who took their inspiration from blind cave fish.    The report on Live Science says that the blind Mexican cave fish Astyanax mexicanus is born with eyes that degenerate in adulthood, because eyes are of no use in the darkness of its cave habitat.  Instead, the fish has a heightened sensitivity along its lateral line – a sense organ running from gill to tail that contains “hundreds to thousands of fine sensory hairs located on the scales or in tiny ducts beneath the skin.”  Like the inner ear, the article says, the lateral line can pick up tiny variations in pressure and water flow that give it an exquisite sense of its surroundings.  An African frog uses its lateral line to distinguish between edible and inedible insects purely on the vibrations they set up in the water.    So why not build a similar organ on robotic submarines?  That’s what the team at University of Technology Munich did.  Their “Snookie” swimming robot “can orient itself in murky waters with an artificial sensory organ inspired by the lateral line.”  It had to be small enough to get into tight places but large enough to hold all the electronics.  They found out that getting a sensory picture from pressure vibrations is harder than with light, but it’s good enough to report pressure changes less than one percent in a tenth of a second from obstacles and movements a hand’s breadth in front and on either side.    Who would have thought that blind cave fish would inspire robots?  One day, Snookie’s descendents could inspect sewer lines, investigate shipwrecks, locate flight recorders, assist scuba divers, and much more.  They might even swim in swarms and explore environments with teamwork.  Undoubtedly their descendents will be products of intelligent design – not mutation and selection.This fun and interesting story needs one clarification; the fish’s lateral line did not “emerge” by evolution as if stimulated from its dark cave environment.  It was already there, as it is in most fish and amphibians.  They have what they need; landlubbers have what they need – by design that we can study and imitate.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Le secteur des produits chimiques en Afrique du Sud

first_imgLe secteur des produits chimiques d’Afrique du Sud, y compris la production de carburant et de plastiques ainsi que de produits pharmaceutiques, est le plus important de ce type en Afrique et a ete identifie par le gouvernement comme un facteur essentiel de la croissance economique.Il domine la fabrication en Afrique du Sud en ajoutant plus de valeur a l’economie que tout autre secteur et representant plus de la moitie des emplois crees par la fabrication dans son ensemble.Alors que l’industrie reste dominee par des societes locales, plusieurs multinationales possedent des points de distribution locaux et plusieurs se sont impliquees dans la fabrication locale.Les secteurs secondairesL’industrie est dominee par le secteur secondaire des produits chimiques de base, dont les carburants liquides, les olefines, les solvants organiques et es derives mineraux industriels representent ensemble 31% de la production de produits chimiques du pays.Les 10 autres secteurs secondaires sont les produits en plastique (environ 20% de la production), les produits pharmaceutiques (8%), les produits chimiques inorganiques (8%), les polymeres et les caoutchoucs primaires (7%), les produits chimiques organiques (6%), les produits en caoutchouc (5%), les produits chimiques formules en gros (5%) et les produits chimiques formules pour la consommation (5%) et les produits chimiques fonctionnels ou de specialite (5%).Alors que trois de ces secteurs secondaires (les carburants, les produits chimiques et pharmaceutiques formules en gros) ont une production plus elevee que celle attendue etant donnee la taille de l’economie en general. L’industrie des produits chimiques d’Afrique du Sud est relativement limitee en termes de normes internationales.Sur les 80 000 types environ de produits chimiques de base ou purs actuellement fabriques de façon commerciale dans le monde, l’Afrique du Sud en fabrique environ 300, dont la plupart sont des matieres premieres, des produits de faible valeur a volume eleve.La strategie du gouvernementLes exportations de produits chimiques d’Afrique du sud ont augmente a un rythme moyen annuel d’environ 19% depuis 1999, s’appuyant sur de nouveaux accords commerciaux et une plus grande competitivite, consequence de couts de fabrication moins eleves et de fournitures minerales et organiques abondantes pour la fabrication. Les couts de l’energie sont relativement bas en Afrique du Sud et le secteur beneficie d’un acces a l’eau et a la vapeur efficace et rentable.Cependant, on importe plus qu’on exporte. Le gouvernement a pour objectif de corriger ce desequilibre grace a son cadre de politique industrielle national recemment introduit qui vise a encourager les exportations a forte valeur ajoutee du pays.L’industrie locale est dirigee vers le secteur en amont competitif au niveau international et le secteur en aval qui presente un fort potentiel de developpement est neglige.Corriger cette erreur aiderait l’industrie a augmenter ses avantages (ou ajout de valeur), ses exportations et l’emploi. La production en aval demande plus de main d’œuvre et fait intervenir un plus grand nombre de petites entreprises.L’enrichissement est la cle de cette strategie. L’Afrique du Sud possede un avantage naturel en reserves minerales mais la plupart sont exportees sous forme brute. Cependant, il existe des opportunites importantes de transformation de ces materiaux, en utilisant la main d’œuvre locale, en des produits chimiques inorganiques a valeur ajoutee pour l’exportation.Le gouvernement et l’industrie travaillent aussi ensemble pour trouver des moyens d’exploiter des ressources inexploitees comme les grandes reserves de fluorine.Le plastiqueLe secteur du plastique d’Afrique du Sud se porte bien d’apres une etude recente dans Engineering News, de nombreuses usines en aval fabricant des produits qui peuvent etre competitifs au niveau mondial du point de vue de la qualite et de la performance.Les emballages dominent, avec plus de 50% du marche local. Le secteur a ete tres malmene il y a quelques annees avec l’introduction de droits sur les sacs en plastique afin de limiter la pollution de l’environnement.Mais les perspectives sont bonnes, le gouvernement ayant identifie la fabrication de plastique comme un secteur createur d’emplois essentiel.La production de polymere est un domaine potentiel de developpement. L’Afrique du Sud exporte  des tonnages importants de polymeres , d’apres la Plastics Federation of SA, mais importe toujours de grande quantites d’intermediaires du polymere, comme le polystyrene, qui ne sont pas fabriques sur place.La plupart des entreprises de plastique en Afrique du Sud sont petites, et plus de 800 societes travaillent dans le secteur de la transformation du plastique. Certaines sont tres innovantes, comme Timber Plastics, qui recycle les dechets en plastique comme les bouteilles d’eau et les transforme par moulage en poteaux, planches et poutres.Les technologies de transformation du gaz en liquideL’Afrique du Sud est le leader mondial de la synthese a base de charbon et des technologies de transformation du gaz en liquide. Elle fait partie des producteurs les moins chers d’ethylene et propylene du monde grace a son acces abondant a du charbon de qualite inferieure et des technologies de traitement de pointe.Les produits pharmaceutiquesIl existe de grandes opportunites pour les fabricants de produits pharmaceutiques en Afrique du Sud, le gouvernement prevoyant de developper l’industrie locale en encourageant la production locale de produits pharmaceutiques a forte demande, comme les medicaments antiretroviraux utilises pour traiter le VIH/Sida.Le gouvernement vise aussi a aider au developpement des competences scientifiques et technologiques necessaire pour favoriser la croissance du secteur.Les preoccupations ecologiquesLes preoccupations ecologiques sont un facteur essentiel du developpement du secteur des produits chimiques. L’Afrique du Sud a adopte des normes internationales dans ses politiques ecologiques en introduisant des reglementations pour encourager une gestion de l’environnement cooperative et en fournissant des directives pour le rejet des dechets dangereux.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :Department of Trade and IndustryStatistics South AfricaChemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationSouth African Chemical InstituteCHEMISSAPlastics Federation of South AfricaEngineering NewsBusiness Daylast_img read more

Top 7 Most In-Demand Tech Skills For 2013

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair The cloud computing craze is still going strong, if tech job hiring trends are any indication. Specifically, companies are looking for software developers who specialize in things like virtualization and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) development, with familiarity with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies. According to one survey of IT execs, 25% of companies are planning on hiring people with SaaS and related cloud-computing expertise in 2013.  In general, SaaS and virtualization are both buzzwords often cited as being on-the-rise on job search sites. Of course, SaaS and PaaS (not to mention whatever-else-as-a-service) can utilize any number of specific programming languages and technologies (more on those below). Suffice it to say that if a given skill helps companies utilize cloud infrastructure or virtualize any aspect of their computing needs, it’s in high demand.See also: Tech Jobs in 2013: Open Source All The Way Down6. IT Project ManagementOne of the most sought-after tech job skills isn’t all that technical. Slinging code, maintaining infrastructure and designing software are all really important, but they’re kind of useless without somebody to see the project through to completion. That’s why certified project managers can pull in six figure incomes and why 40% of IT executives are looking to hire project managers in 2013. 5. JavaScript (And Related Technologies) On the Web, JavaScript is what makes things interactive, especially now that the rise of tablets and smartphones has bumped Flash from prominence. Whether it’s the ever-popular jQuery framework or the JSON data interchange standard, companies need JavaScript-focused talent like never before. In fact, JSON is the most in-demand skill on CyberCoders.It’s worth noting that when people say “HTML5,” they’re often referring in part to JavaScript. That’s because what makes Web apps look and feel so app-like is CSS and JavaScript, not just the plain HTML itself. If you’re looking to learn Web programming, JavaScript is the place you want to end up. If you want to start slow, a framework like jQuery could be the way to go. 4. Java / J2EEJava and the J2EE development platform are popping up more and more on job hiring boards. Indeed, Java/J2EE developers are going to be in high demand throughout 2013, according to a survey from Dice. Unlike hot new technologies like Android development and HTML5, demand for Java skills has been fairly consistent over time, although it has been on the rise in the last few years. 3. PHP / MySQLIt may lack the sexiness of mobile development or newer Web programming technologies, but PHP is still very important. The open source scripting language runs on more than 20 million websites and powers high-profile sites we deal with every day, including Facebook and Wikipedia. Any blog, news site or other website built using WordPress or Drupal is making use of PHP as well. It’s all over the Web, even if you can’t see it by clicking “view source.” PHP is currently ranked as the most sought-after skill on Elance, with MySQL and WordPress also cracking the top ten. There are more than a quarter of a million PHP programming gigs listed on Elance alone. 2. iOS DevelopmentIt comes as no surprise that iOS developers are sought after. Most sources that track job talent demand rank iOS development or related skills like Xcode and Objective-C programming very highly. As Apple’s sales in both tablets and smartphones has exploded, so too has the demand for developers who can build apps for the iOS ecosystem. iPhone and iPad development have been trendy for a few years now, but it’s actually accelerated pretty dramatically in the last two years. After years of slow but steady growth, demand for iOS development skyrocketed over the course of 2011 and 2012, according to data from the job aggregator site Indeed. If you’ve been meaning to try your hand at building apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, now is a good time to get into it.  If you promised yourself you were going to beef up your tech skills in 2013, now is the time to get moving.But where to start? With so many languages, platforms, protocols and other technologies, it’s hard to know what’s worth spending your limited free time to learn. Based on surveys and data from a variety of sources, ReadWrite has put together a list of seven of the most sought-after tech skills for this year. 7. All Things “Cloud”  john paul titlow 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#cloud computing#HTML5#iOS#JavaScript#Jobs#mobile technology#tech skills 1. HTML5 / CSSWhere would the Web be without HTML? Nowhere, really. This simple markup language is literally what the Web is made of, with cascading style sheets (CSS) making everything look nice and JavaScript adding interactive functionality. It’s only natural that the language at the heart of the Web would be in high demand, even as native mobile app development and back-end cloud technologies command bigger ad bigger chunks of IT budgets. In fact, as tablets, smartphones and cloud-hosted services proliferate, the importance of the Web grows along with it. Consumers still need to access their cloud-hosted SaaS services via their Web browser. And studies show that tablet owners still love the Web. After years of relative stagnation, HTML has made big advances in recent years with HTML5, which is now supported by the latest versions of all major Web browsers. Meanwhile, the design options available via CSS3 and the interactivity provided by JavaScript have pushed the Web even further, blurring the line between Web-based and native apps. HTML5 makes a 23-year-old markup language cool again – and back in high demand. Elance and Indeed both rank HTML as one of their most sought-after job skills, while other studies routinely point to it being in strong demand.As a bonus, it’s relatively easy to learn compared to the other skills on our list.PHP photo by Robert Agthe. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

LJP MP Ram Chandra Paswan passes away

first_imgLok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP from Bihar’s Samastipur Ram Chandra Paswan died on Sunday afternoon following a brief illness. He was 57.Ram Chandra Paswan, the younger brother of Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, passed away at 1.24 p.m. at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here.He was admitted to the hospital last week after suffering a heart attack.The body will be kept at his residence in New Delhi and on Monday, at the LJP office in Patna for paying last respects. He will be cremated in the Bihar capital on Monday evening.He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.“With profound sadness, I am informing that my dearest and youngest brother Ram Chandra Paswan, MP Lok Sabha has passed away today at 1.24 p.m. in Dr Rammanohar Lohia Hospial, Delhi,” Ram Vilas Paswan said.Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan said the body will be kept at the late minister’s residence at 18, Rajindra Prasad road here after 5 p.m. for paying last respects.“The body will then be taken to Patna, where it will be kept at Lok Janshakti Party’s office there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paying the last respects. He will be cremated at 4 p.m. in Patna,” he said.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla were among those who condoled his death.Ram Chandra Paswan was a four-time MP and was first elected in 1999.He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and then again for the third time in 2014.In May 2019, he was elected to the Lower House of Parliament from Samastipur in Bihar for the fourth time on a LJP ticket.“Sad to hear of the passing of Shri Ram Chandra Paswan, MP (LS) from Samastipur, Bihar. He remained committed to serving those at the grassroots and contributed much to the well being of the people of Bihar. Condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues,” President Kovind tweeted.The Vice-President said, “I express my condolences on the untimely demise of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother and Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji.”Mr. Modi said Ram Chandra Paswan worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden and spoke about rights of farmers and the youth.“Shri Ram Chandra Paswan Ji worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. At every forum he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti,” the PM tweeted.The Lok Sabha speaker too offered condolences to the bereaved family members. “I am sad to learn about the untimely demise of Lok Janshakti Party’s Lok Sabha MP Ram Chandra Paswan ji. I pray to God to grant his soul a place in his feet,” he tweeted.“Anguished to learn about the passing of Shri Ram Chandra Paswan ji, MP from Samastipur, Bihar. He will always be remembered for his efforts to empower the poor and marginalised. My deepest condolences with the Paswan family and his supporters in this hour of grief,” Home Minister Amit Shah said.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the MPs residence and paid homage.last_img read more

Millions of Chickens dead in the US means more expensive eggs in

first_img Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jun 2015 – What does the sanctioned slaughter and mass deaths of 43 million chickens in 15 United States have to do with us here in the Turks and Caicos; well according to Graceway Supermarkets it has led to more expensive eggs in the grocery store. Since an outbreak of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu in the leading egg producing states in the US, the market has seen a 120% spike in egg costs since April due to the extreme shortage of the breakfast time staple. It is being called the most catastrophic hit to the industry ever, with 10% of the United States’ hen laying chickens wiped out. Ken Burns, General Manager of Graceway Supermarkets brought the issue to light in a press release yesterday to Magnetic Media; he says it explains the rise in prices of eggs imported from the US. Related Items:chicken, death, gracewaY SUPERMARKETS, ken burns, US Recommended for you No medical report yet in Capron deathlast_img read more