Study suggests bedrock stress a factor in frackingcaused earthquakes

first_imgNew research is digging in to why fracking causes earthquakes in some areas but not in others.A paper published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters suggests the likelihood of an artificial earthquake is heavily influenced by how stable the ground was before the energy industry showed up.“Some places appear to be particularly responsive to (artificially-)occurring earthquakes while other places aren’t,” said Honn Kao, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada and lead author.Scientists have known for some time that injecting fluids to dispose of wastewater or to free underground reserves of oil and gas can cause earthquakes.Regulatory records show there have been hundreds of seismic events since 2015 in a heavily fracked area of northwestern Alberta. Those earthquakes around the Fox Creek area have registered as high as 4.5 on the Richter scale — strong enough to rattle dishes and pictures.Alberta’s energy regulator has tightened restrictions on fracking in the area.Meanwhile, other regions see thousands of wells fracked while the earth remains still.While the link between fracking and earthquakes is well-established, precisely how that link works remains mysterious. Other studies have asked if it’s related to local geology or particular fracking practices, but Kao said he’s found a much more important contributor.“The background tectonic loading rate appear to be one of the predominant factors that control the region’s response to injection-induced earthquakes,” he said.In other words, the deep, underground shifting of Earth’s rocky tectonic plates create zones where tension is concentrated and stored like a coiled spring, called tectonic deformation. The sudden shattering of rock through fracking or the injection of high-pressure wastewater releases that pent-up energy in the form of an earthquake.The finding could help explain why western Alberta and northeast B.C. have a high rate of fracking-induced earthquakes and places such as Saskatchewan, which has thousands of fracked wells, doesn’t.“The Canadian side of the Rocky Mountains has a much higher tectonic deformation rate,” Kao said. “As you go from the Canadian Rocky Mountains eastward, the deformation rate drops quite rapidly.”Of all the fracking-induced earthquakes he and his colleagues studied, 98 per cent occurred in a 150-kilometre band down the Rockies where the subsurface rocks are naturally stressed.Those stresses aren’t the only way earthquakes are caused. Artificial temblors are common in Oklahoma, which has little of the underground tension found in Alberta.But there, Kao said, fluid injection may be big enough to cause problems on its own. Injection rates are 100 times higher there than in Canada, he said.Underground stress is probably best understood as a major contributing factor, Kao added.“It’s more of a competition of all these different factors.”The work has implications on how fracking should be regulated, Kao said. Regulations may need to be different in different regions, based on the tectonic tension deep underground.Kao said, in theory, those smaller artificial quakes might be a good thing. They may be relieving tension that would otherwise build up to a larger, more dangerous event.“We are reducing the occurrence of the future big earthquake,” he said. “Theoretically.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Toronto US stock markets up in broadbased advance on easing trade fears

first_imgCanada’s main stock market index closed up Monday along with U.S. markets amid elevated crude prices and lowering trade dispute fears.The further easing of trade fears came in part from U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets indicating a willingness to negotiate with China, while oil prices have remained over US$70 a barrel as speculations about disruptions remain high, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It’s two things today. It’s easing of concerns of a global trade war, and higher oil prices. I think the two are combining to lift equity markets, not only in Canada but on a global scale.”The potential easing of trade fears with China is a positive sign for better outcomes on other trade negotiations as well, said Fehr.“If we look back over the last several months, certainly the fears of a global trade war have soured investor sentiment periodically, so any evidence or signals that perhaps there’s going to be a softer approach or a more negotiated approach to trade relations and to things like tariffs, I think that’s showing up as a positive for investors.”The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 102.29 points at 16,085.61, led by the S&P/TSX capped energy index that rose just over two per cent.The rise in energy stocks came after another day of climbing oil prices as the June crude contract closed up 26 cents at US$70.96 per barrel. The June natural gas contract was also up three cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.The Toronto market has seen steady gains since early April, coming close to erasing a sharp drop in late January and early February. The index’s rise comes as Canadian equities play catch-up to a global rally, said Fehr.“We’ve seen the Canadian market lag for some time now, so I read this rally that we’ve seen as partly a bit of catch-up as we see investor sentiment broadly become a bit more positive.”He said a pullback in oil prices wouldn’t necessarily mean a big hit to energy stocks.“We did see crude prices rally quite sharply over the last several months, and the energy stocks didn’t keep pace. So I think to an extent, a bit of a pullback in oil prices doesn’t have to fully show up in the performance of energy stocks, just given there has been a gap that had developed there.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 68.24 points at 24,889.41. The S&P 500 index ended up 2.41 points at 2,730.13 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 8.43 points at 7,411.32.The Canadian dollar averaged 78.28 cents US, up 0.03 of a US cent.The June gold contract closed down $2.50 at US$1,318.20 an ounce and the July copper contract ended down two cents at US$3.09 a pound.Aurora Cannabis Inc. saw its share price drop 17 cents or 2.11 per cent to $7.90 after it announced a $3.2-billion all-stock offer for rival licensed marijuana producer MedReleaf to create what the company says will be the “undisputed world leader in cannabis.”last_img read more

Corrected study Building mining have high suicide rates

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a corrected study Thursday. CDC officials said the 2016 study ‘s mistakes included the misclassification of some workers as farmers instead of managers.The study looked at 22,000 people who died of suicide in 2012 and 2015, and what jobs they held. Men had the highest suicide rates.The 2015 suicide rate for men in construction and extraction jobs was 53 per 100,000. The second highest rate was seen in men who worked in arts, design, entertainment and media.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Federal government names Shopify CEO to chair digital industries strategy group

OTTAWA — The federal government says the head of Shopify will chair a strategy group looking for ways to attract more high-tech jobs to the country.Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of the company, will chair the digital industries table as one of six industry leaders that will lead an economic strategy table.Other group leaders already announced include advanced manufacturing chair Charles Deguire, co-founder of Kinova Robotics, agri-food chair Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients, health/bio-sciences chair Karimah Es Sabar, CEO of Quark Venture, and clean technology chair Audrey Mascarenhas, CEO of Questor Technology.The government says each chair will preside over a group of about 15 members to help guide federal efforts to create more opportunities for business growth in the sectors as part of the government’s goal of doubling the number of high-growth Canadian companies to 28,000 by 2025.It says the chair of the clean resources table will be announced in the coming weeks.Each table will present a report of its findings and recommendations by summer 2018. read more

Fonseka gets a road under his name

The road linking Ananda Mawatha and Ketawalamulla Road in Colombo 10 was toady named after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in recognition of his dedicated service for the protection of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.The CMC took this initiative on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena. Public Administration and Local Government Minister Karu Jayasuriya and Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil took part in today’s ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) The President had instructed the CMC to name a road after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who dedicated his entire career for the protection of the country, risking his own life, the Government said. read more

Police blotter Motorcycle stolen

Motorcycle stolen from drivewayA motorcycle has been stolen from a Walpole Street, Hagersville, address.Police say the motorcycle went missing from the driveway around 2:40 a.m. on Sept. 5. It is described as a white 2009 Suzuki motorcycle. Female charged with drinking and drivingA 28-year-old Dunnville woman is facing charges following a single vehicle collision on Northshore Drive in Dunnville.Haeldimand County fire, paramedics, and OPP responded to the collision around 2:03 a.m. on Sept. 6.The driver was uninjured but failed a roadside test.She has been charged with Driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Drunk driver facing chargesOn Sept. 7 around 10:19 p.m., a Good Samaritian observed a suspicious vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Concession 11, Townsend, and reported it to police.As a result of the report a 35-year-old Norfolk County resident has been charged with operation of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus, and driving while under suspension (two counts). Wallet stolen from vehicleA wallet was stolen from a pickup truck in Simcoe at around  8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.The vehicle, parked at a Norfolk Street North address, was entered by two unknown men, which set off the alarm system. Both men fled from the area.The owner of the vehicle later noticed that a wallet with personal and financial information was stolen during the entry. Engine stolen from propertyIn the early hours on Sept. 8 an engine was stolen from an 11th Concession Road, North Walsingham address.The engine, that was stored at the side of a shop on the property, is described as a Honda, 25HP, electric start engine valued at about $2,000. Attempted theft of tractorPolice received reports of an attempted theft of a tractor from a Norfolk County Road 19, Townsend address.At some point between Sept. 6 and 8 a tractor on the property was entered. The unknown suspects attempted to remove the tractor but were unsuccessful. Wanted person runs from policeA 19-year-old is facing charges after running from police on King Street in Delhi.On Sept. 8 around 2 a.m. a person wanted on another matter fled from police.As a result the 19-year-old has been charged with escape lawful custody, resist peace officer, and fail to comply with probation order (two counts). Drunk driver in stolen vehicleA 19-year-old of Six Nations man is facing several charges following an incident on Cockshutt Road in Norfolk.Just before 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 a Good Samaritan followed a suspicious person while they contacted police. Officers arrived and located a stolen vehicle nearby.As a result the male was charged with operation while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus, and possession property obtained by crime over $5,000. OPP investigate theft of pickup truckA locked pickup truck has been stolen from the driveway of a Cayuga Street, Caledonia address.The truck was removed at some point between Sept. 5 and 9.The truck is described as a black 2005 Ford F250 crew cab pickup truck.  It has a Georgia licence plate, black rims, a fibreglass tonneau cover and a Harley Davidson decal on the tailgate.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. read more

Iraq UN inspectors to meet government officials before departing Baghdad tomorrow

The Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, Hans Blix, and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed ElBaradei, already met today with the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN agencies in Baghdad. They are expected to have a second meeting with Iraqi officials in the evening to conclude discussions on the resumption of inspections, according to a UN spokesman travelling with the team.

New Cat wheel dozer has new cab refined transmission advanced monitoring system

first_imgThe Cat® 834, introduced in the mid-1960s, has set the standard for wheel dozer design and performance for almost 50 years, providing great productivity, durability and availability through multiple life cycles. The new 834K builds on the strengths of its predecessors with a completely new cab, drive train refinement, new monitoring and diagnostic features, new safety features and structural enhancements. Available blade types include straight, universal, semi-universal and coal, ranging in capacity from 7.9 to 22.2 m³.Rated at 370 kW, the Cat C18 engine used in the 834K is available in three configurations to tailor the machine for any region of the world: Tier 4 Final (Stage IV) using a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction system to control emissions; Tier 3 equivalent without after-treatment; and Tier 2 equivalent without after-treatment.The C18 uses the field proven Cat mechanically actuated, electronic unit-injection system for precise control of fuel delivery, yielding optimum performance and economy in all operating situations. Fuel-saving enhancements for the 834K include engine-idle-shutdown and engine-idle kick-down systems, and the delayed-engine-shutdown system protects the engine from hot shut-downs. An on-demand, hydraulically driven cooling fan reduces power draw for increased efficiency.The Cat 4F/3R planetary power-shift transmission used in the 834K features a new Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Shifting system, which is designed to provide greater machine momentum through shift points, enhancing performance and saving fuel. Forced-flow oil lubricates and cools the transmission high-torque clutches to ensure long component life.For increased productivity and precise control, the impeller clutch torque converter (ICTC) allows the operator to adjust rimpull from 100 to 25% in order to match hydraulic effort and rimpull to the operating situation. The ICTC system reduces tyre wear and permits full-throttle shifts for greater productivity.The 834K axles feature shaft-mounted, oil-cooled, multiple-disc brakes. The braking system can be equipped with auxiliary oil coolers for added protection. To reduce brake loads, an available automatic retarding system maintains a set downhill speed, minimising brake use.The 834K features a completely redesigned operator station, with automatic temperature control, new touch-screen display with soft keypad, electro/hydraulic parking brake, and the Cat Comfort III seat with air-ride suspension and integral controls—including the Steering Transmission Integrated Control (STIC) that allows convenient joystick steering. Interior sound levels also are significantly reduced to a quiet 71 dB(A).The 843K also is equipped with the Cat next-generation Vital Information Management System (VIMS™ 3G), which features a large touch-screen interface and easy-to-use navigation to keep operators informed of machine operating parameters. The system, with data-logging capability, features an Ethernet connection module and an integrated Cat Product Link telematics system, which transmits data to a secure web-based application (VisionLink™) for use by equipment managers.Reflecting the solid design of its predecessors, the new 834K retains its massive full-box-section rear frame that resists torsional shock and twisting forces. Heavy-duty steering cylinder mounts are designed to transfer and effectively dissipate steering loads into the frame. Blade- mounting push beams have a ‘through-width’ design, versus simply being attached to the sides of the frame, a design that dissipates the stress of blade corner-loading into a larger area of the frame.New for the 834K is a redesigned rear-axle trunnion, now wider and bolted directly to the frame rails, eliminating the previously used intermediate casting and allowing loads to be more effectively dispersed. In addition, the lower articulation point (lower hitch) has been strengthened with an increase in front frame plate thickness and a significant increase in pin diameter in conjunction with a larger bearing.Operator safety is a major 834K design focus and to that end it features a standard rearview camera, repositioned access ladders, full-perimeter railings and convenient ground-level panel that houses a stairway light switch, engine-shut-down switch and lockouts for the starter and transmission. Available for the 834K is the Cat Detect system, which supplements the rearview camera with radar sensors on the rear of the machine to provide both audible and visual indicators of objects in its working space.Routine service points are accessible from ground level or from large, skid-resistant platforms. Swing-out doors on both sides of the engine give ready access to daily maintenance items, and ecology fluid drains facilitate service and protect the environment. For added convenience, the Electronic Technician diagnostic port and the VIMS service port are conveniently located in the cab.last_img read more

One year in federal prison for XMen Origins pirate

first_imgUnfortunately it’s the norm today that most movies will be uploaded to file sharing networks either before or shortly after their official release. For some reason the movie industry has readily targeted downloaders rather than trying to weed out who stole the movie in the first place. But for once, the right person looks to have been prosecuted–at least for the digital piracy.In 2009, a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine found its way on to Megaupload a month before it was due to appear in movie theaters. The so-called “workprint” copy was unfinished, so unfinished in fact, anyone viewing this copy saw green screens and wires attached to actors used to help with the more acrobatic movements during action scenes.Hugh Jackman even commented on the leak, describing it as like getting a “Ferrari without a paint job.”The person who decided to share the movie illegally was tracked down, however. He is a 49-year-old New Yorker by the name of Gilberto Sanchez, and he’s just been prosecuted.Sanchez has received a sentence of one year in federal prison, which will be followed by another year on supervised release. He will also only have restricted access to computers during that time. As well as uploading the movie he promoted it at two other websites and had a history of piracy over several years. His reason for watching a pirated copy of the movie is the fact he can’t afford the high price of going to the theater.Does the punishment fit the crime? Yes, if you want people to be deterred from uploading movies, then it probably does. The message this sends is uploading movies could mean jail time. The other positive to take from this is the fact the original uploader of the movie was targeted.In an interview with the New York Times early last year, Sanchez explained that he actually bought the movie on DVD for $5 from a Korean man in a Chinese restaurant. After watching it with his grandchildren he uploaded it to Megaupload under the username SkillyGilly. The day after the leak of the movie was all over the news, and 8 months later in December 2009 the FBI had tracked him down and came knocking on his door.Read more at BBC News and Reuterslast_img read more

Private cancer patients getting access to drugs that public patients cant get

first_img By Christine Bohan Private cancer patients getting access to drugs that public patients can’t get is ‘incredibly unfair’ The Irish Cancer Society said that lifesaving medicines should be available to everyone who could benefit from them, not just people with private health insurance. Apr 14th 2019, 7:47 PM THE IRISH CANCER Society has said that private patients being able to access drugs for treating cancer which public patients can’t get is ‘incredibly unfair’.  The organisation made the comments after VHI, which is the biggest health insurer in the country, said it would begin offering the innovative new drugs to its members for the treatment of very advanced melanoma, breast cancer and lung cancer. The Sunday Business Post reported today that the drugs will not be available to people who do not have private health insurance with VHI. Professor John Crown, an oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, tweeted that the move was “welcome, but for the first time we now have differential public versus private access for cancer drugs”.  Short URL I will be seeing public patients with stages II-III HER-2+ breast cancer this week. What will I say to them?— ProfJohnCrown (@ProfJohnCrown) April 13, 2019 Image: DPA/PA Images 74 Comments The Irish Cancer Society said that lifesaving medicines should be available to everyone who could benefit from them, not just people with private insurance. “Private patients can already skip the queue for cancer tests,” said chief executive Averil Power. “Unless the government acts, the same will now be the case for some cancer drugs.”She noted that the drugs in question are expensive and don’t work for every person who takes them, “but can be of huge benefit to some patients”. “Where there is strong evidence an innovative drug will work for a particular person, their doctor should be able to give it to them, regardless of whether they are a public or private patient,” she said. The Irish Patients Association called on the government to immediately match public patients access to medicine which private patients can get.  Share2914 Tweet Email2 Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 7:47 PM File photo Image: DPA/PA Images 25,395 Views File photo Source: ProfJohnCrown/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google travaille sur un service de traduction vocale instantanée

first_imgGoogle travaille sur un service de traduction vocale instantanéeÉtats-Unis – Dans la même logique que son service de traduction de texte sur Internet, Google travaille sur un traducteur vocal instantané. Il pourrait bientôt équiper les Nexus One.Voilà un service qui devrait aider toute personne ne parlant que sa langue maternelle. Google travaille sur un traducteur vocal instantané qui permettra à quiconque de dialoguer avec un Chinois, un Américain ou un Péruvien. Encouragé par le succès de Google traduction, qui fonctionne à partir de textes écrits, le géant américain travaille à l’élaboration d’un outil de reconnaissance vocale et de traduction immédiate.Ce système, qui nécessite encore quelques mises au point, devrait être disponible dans deux ans. Il fera son apparition sur les mobiles animés par Android et en particulier le Nexus One.Le 9 février 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nucléaire le plus vieux réacteur du monde ferme ses portes en GrandeBretagne

first_imgNucléaire : le plus vieux réacteur du monde ferme ses portes en Grande-BretagneMercredi dernier, le 29 mars, le plus vieux réacteur nucléaire du monde a été définitivement arrêté à la centrale d’Oldbury, dans l’ouest de la Grande-Bretagne. Ce réacteur a fonctionné pendant 44 ans.La centrale nucléaire d’Oldbury, dans l’ouest de la Grande-Bretagne, a vu son dernier réacteur cessé définitivement son activité après 44 années de fonctionnement le 29 février dernier. Il était le plus vieux réacteur du monde. La centrale d’Oldbury comptait deux turbines lorsqu’elle a été mise en service en 1968. La seconde a été arrêtée il y a déjà huit mois.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Certains employés sont très émus, ils ont travaillé ici pendant 40 ans”, a affirmé le directeur du site, Phil Sprague, cité par Reuters. “Les gens de la salle de contrôle ont demandé de ne pas appuyer sur le bouton mettant fin à la production”, a-t-il raconté. Mais la grande majorité du personnel aura encore du travail pendant plus d’un an avec le démantèlement de la centrale. L’avenir du site est quant à lui déjà assuré. Une co-entreprise constituée des groupes allemands E.ON AG et RWE l’a en effet racheté en vue d’y construire d’ici à 2025 une nouvelle centrale nucléaire. Celle-ci devrait offrir une capacité de production six fois plus importante que celle qui vient de fermer ses portes.En près de quarante-quatre ans, la centrale d’Oldbury a produit plus de cent trente térawattheures d’électricité, autrement dit assez pour alimenter un million de foyers britanniques en énergie pendant vingt ans, selon Reuters. Le 6 mars 2012 à 18:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A New Puzzle Fighter for Mobile Devices Launches in Late 2017

first_imgStay on target ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX West One of Capcom’s best (but lesser-known) franchises is Puzzle Fighter. Outside of a re-release of the original game back in the early PS3/Xbox 360 era, we haven’t gotten a new entry in ages. After all this time, Capcom is finally resurrecting the long-lost series and bringing it to Android and iOS later this year.For those who may not know, the franchise began with the hilariously named Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. It featured child-like (or chibi) versions of Capcom fighters. Much like Capcom fighting games of old, SPFIIT was fast and furious. The same character models would be used in a spin-off called Pocket Fighter.Like the original Puzzle Fighter, the new game will have a character roster comprised of famous Capcom characters from franchises like Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Resident Evil, and more. These include favorites like Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, and Morrigan from the first game. New characters to the series include Final Fight‘s Mike Haggar, Devil May Cry‘s Dante, and Mega Man X.While this is certainly good news, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room: that Puzzle Fighter is a free-to-play mobile game. I know I’m not alone when it comes to my… displeasure when it comes to gaming on mobile devices. Knowing that a new entry in a series I hold dear is mobile-only certainly stings. Besides that, the fact Puzzle Fighter is free-to-play makes me fearful Capcom is going to toss all sorts of microtransactions in the game. It would be a crying shame to see the great Puzzle Fighter series reduced to a cheap cash-grab in that manner.Those attending this weekend’s PAX West event in Seattle will have a chance to play Puzzle Fighter. A soft launch will happen in select regions around the world soon. A global release is set for some time before the year is over.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

11 DC Characters We Want To See On Their New Streaming Service

first_img ‘Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at World PremiereReview: ‘DC Universe Online’ Soars on Nintendo Switch Stay on target DC Comics is jumping into the original streaming market with both feet – instead of pairing with an established streaming service like Netflix or Hulu (both of which have Marvel shows), they’re launching their very own service called DC Universe, which launches September 15th. The company has already announced a slate of live-action and animated programming, including Titans, Young Justice and Swamp Thing, along with lots of shows and movies from the vaults.If there’s one thing we love about DC, it’s their tremendous library of characters. Over nearly a century, some of the best minds in the comic book business have created heroes and villains that have stood the test of time. In this, we’ll present a pitch deck to DC Universe of eleven characters and teams we want to see on the streaming screen.The CreeperOne of many characters devised by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko for Charlton Comics, the Creeper’s real identity is Jack Ryder, a loudmouthed talk show host who gets dosed with a super-serum by a dying scientist and becomes one of the gaudiest superheroes ever. The Creeper’s whole deal is that he’s like Spider-Man amped up to the limit, wisecracking and daring danger to the point of psychosis. Ryder recognizes when he changes back to his normal self that his actions are going to lead to his death or worse eventually, but he also feels addicted to the thrill. It’s a cool concept that would lend itself well to street-level adventure.AmethystCreated in the mid-80s as an attempt to tap into a new female audience, Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld was a remarkably mature and complex story of political intrigue in an alternate world. When 13-year-old Amy Winston gets pulled through a magical portal, she discovers that she’s not only the heir apparent to Gemworld, but she’s also an adult woman there. When the nefarious Dark Opal threatens the peace, Amy must find her true self, embrace her powers and become a leader. DC has made cartoon shorts based on the concept, but this is a franchise that could use an adult, mature treatment. We’re not saying go full Game of Thrones with it, but there’s more than enough there to hang a prestige drama on.Shade The Changing ManAnother Ditko creation, but the Shade we’d like to see on DC Universe is the one from Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo’s mature readers re-invention in the mid-1990s. Rac Shade is a poet from the alternate dimension of Meta sent to Earth to stem “the madness,” an inchoate force that’s warping the fabric of reality as we know it. On the way, he meets a pair of women and takes them on adventures through the American nightmare. If you’re into FX’s Legion, this series could be the DC equivalent, with a protagonist always unsure of what’s real or not and a solid supporting cast. The comic has plenty of source material just waiting for adaptation.CheckmateFor the first team show on the list, we’d love to see DC’s super-spy covert unit Checkmate get the spotlight. Originally created as an offshoot of Task Force X (better known as the Suicide Squad), Checkmate works behind the scenes to advance America’s interests in a world full of super-heroes. Think Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but everybody has their act together, basically. Watching a super-efficient spy network operate in a world filled with people who can see through walls and read your mind is a really compelling premise for a show that could go easy on the effects and still be fun to watch.HitmanTommy Monaghan is one of the few new heroes from DC’s 1993 Bloodlines crossover to have any legs afterwards. When alien parasites land on Earth to feed, a fraction of their victims gain superhuman powers from the experience (the rest die, just in case you were thinking about trying it yourself). Tommy was a Gulf War vet turned small-time contract killer who ended up with X-ray vision and limited telepathy. Instead of strapping himself in spandex and fighting crime, he pretty much just stuck to what he was doing – hanging out in Noonan’s Bar, getting mixed up with girls and murdering people for cash. The series expertly blended comedy, action and pathos in a way that would be great for prestige TV.Challengers Of The UnknownFour strangers walk away from a plane crash unharmed, and realize that they’re living on borrowed time. So “Ace” Morgan, “Red” Ryan,”Rocky” Davis, and “Prof” Haley band together as the Challengers of the Unknown, with a remit to explore the DC Universe to every corner. Their globe-trotting adventures bring them in contact with the occult, the unexplained and the super-scientific. This would be a great vehicle for an X-Files-esque series that combined an overarching mythology with “monster of the week” episodes to really show viewers that DC is more than Metropolis and Gotham.SleeperEd Brubaker’s noir detour in the Wildstorm superhero universe (which DC owns, so it’s cool) is the perfect high concept for a streaming show. Holden Carver is a government agent embedded in a criminal syndicate under deep cover. Only one problem: the one person who knows that on the side of the good guys is in a coma, and Holden can’t get out without him. This kicks off a desperate story of betrayal, love and foregiveness that takes Holden to some very dark places. Although there are superpowers at play – Holden has the ability to absorb pain and transmit it to others – this is definitely not your everyday long underwear heroes story.Blood SyndicateMilestone Comics was DC’s attempt to craft an imprint to meet the needs of a more urban audience, hiring talent like Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan and others to create Black heroes and villains in their own universe. One of the most compelling books was Blood Syndicate, which followed members of two street gangs as they gained superhuman powers after chemical exposure. What was interesting about the book was how the characters handled it – some cleaned up their lives and tried to work for good in the community, while others abdicated responsibility. Think The Wire but Weebay can fly and we’re halfway there.The SpectreOriginally created in 1940, the Spectre is a character who holds true to his Golden Age roots as an implacable, often alien-seeming arbiter of justice. When police officer Jim Corrigan is murdered by common thieves, he’s denied entry to Heaven and instead sent back to Earth as a ghostly meter of ultimate punishment. The Spectre is relentless, exacting outrageous supernatural penalties on any lawbreaker who crosses his path, and watching Corrigan and those who love him have to deal with the pressure of an implacable avatar of vengeance is a recipe for solid drama.MidnighterYou’d probably have to unmoor him from his origins with the Authority – we’re not sure anybody has the budget for the dimension-spanning craziness of that show – but the Midnighter is just the guy you want to anchor a brutal solo series. The genetically modified hero has a biological computer that lets him run the numbers on combat before it starts, enabling him to predict enemy moves before they do them. Oh, and he just loves dealing out ass-whippings to wrongdoers. He’s also one of the DC Universe’s few openly gay heroes, and giving him a show on the streaming service would push that particular social boundary in a positive direction as well.Ambush BugYes, DC is known for grim and gritty classics like The Dark Knight, but equally important is the universe’s sense of humor. One of the wackiest characters to ever hit the comics page is Ambush Bug, originally devised as an annoying foe to Superman but later reinvented as a self-aware Everyman in a bright green unitard who regularly broke the fourth wall. I’m thinking an animated series in the vein of Batman: The Brave And The Bold were the Bug pops into the lives of various other DC characters and vexes them with hijinks before everybody learns a lesson in the end. He’d be a great character to serve as a lens to the DC multiverse.For more on underutilized DC characters check out how Black Manta can save the DCEU and why Static Shock is the best Black Spider-Man.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Washington State reinstates its electric vehicle tax incentive report says

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Kia Niro EV: Kia’s first long-range EV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Electric Cars Car Culture Tagscenter_img 66 Photos 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThe Nissan Leaf is one of many new vehicles that will qualify for Washington’s $2,500 state sales tax incentive when it kicks in in August. Chris Paukert/Roadshow Hey, we have some good news for you if you’re shopping for an electric vehicle in Washington state. The state EV sales tax incentives which originally expired last year have just been resurrected and are set to take effect on Aug. 1, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News.Washington Governor Jay Inslee reinstated the sales tax credit as part of a series of four pieces of clean energy legislation. The governor hopes that these bills will push the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road there to 50,000 by next year.The way the tax credits work in the Evergreen State will be a little different than the federal tax credit you’re used to hearing about. In Washington, new vehicles are subjected to a sales tax of 6.8%. With this tax credit, you’d be getting a rebate on the sales tax you pay up to $2,500 on new electric vehicles that cost less than $45,000. What’s even cooler is that buyers of used EVs can get in on the fun too. They can receive a rebate of up to $1,600 on the purchase of used electric cars that retail for under $30,000. When you consider how reasonable prices typically are for used EVs, that seems like a pretty sweet deal. Share your voicelast_img read more

Space shocker Earths moon is shrinking experiencing seismic activities

first_imgA total lunar eclipse is seen in Sydney on July 28, 2018.SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesA new study report published in the journal Nature Geoscience has revealed that the moon, earth’s only natural satellite, is slowly shrinking over time. This shrinking is causing wrinkles in the crust of the moon, and it is, in turn, resulting in the rise of seismic activities. Researchers made this conclusion after analysing images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. During the study, researchers analyzed 28 moonquakes from 1969 to 1977 and found that eight of these quakes were the result of pure tectonic activities.”We found that a number of the quakes recorded in the Apollo data happened very close to the faults seen in the [NASA’s Apollo and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter missions] LRO imagery. It’s quite likely that the faults are still active today. You don’t often get to see active tectonics anywhere but Earth, so it’s very exciting to think these faults may still be producing moonquakes,” said Nicholas Schmerr, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland in a recently issued statement.Seismic activities on the moon were recorded by seismometers that were placed on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 missions. Researchers believe that these quakes would have measured between 2 and 5 in the ‘Moment Magnitude scale’ if they had been on earth.Thomas Watters, lead author of the research paper revealed that the moon is tectonically very much active.Watters said that “it’s very likely that these eight quakes were produced by faults slipping as stress built up when the lunar crust was compressed by global contraction and tidal forces, indicating that the Apollo seismometers recorded the shrinking moon and the moon is still tectonically active.”Schmerr added that these new findings are actually emphasising the need to visit moon again in the near future. “For me, these findings emphasise that we need to go back to the moon. We learned a lot from the Apollo missions, but they really only scratched the surface. With a larger network of modern seismometers, we could make huge strides in our understanding of the moon’s geology,” added Schmerr. The new study report surfaced just a few days after NASA detected first seismic tremor on Mars. The tremor was detected by NASA’s Insight lander which has been exploring Mars surface since November. After detecting the Marsquake, experts at NASA revealed that the tremor was very small, but is an indication that Mars is seismically active.last_img read more

What internal changes might a company need to make when introducing an

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. June 30, 2008 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The first thing to to do is walk yourself through the process of adding the responsibility of running an e-business to what you’re already doing.Who will fulfill orders?Who will reply to customer-service inquries?How will returns be handled?What about shipping?Will you accept credit cards? Do you have a merchant account to do so? If not, how will you obtain one?It might be helpful to have a friend place a mock order and invent potential scenarios a customer might present. This will give you a solid feel for the processes and procedures you need to have in place.Good luck,Lena min readlast_img read more

Specialty Pulp and Paper Chemicals Market with top Countries data Regional

first_imgSpecialty pulp and paper chemicals are the raw materials used to produce specialty paper. These are the integral part of manufacturing process of paper and reduces the consumption of water and energy. It also improves the optical and functional properties of paper such as color, texture, brightness, strength, printing ability, and others during the paper manufacturing process. Some of the specialty paper chemicals include sodium hydrosulfite, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine, which are used as bleaching agents; sodium silicate, enzymes and various surfactants used in the de-inking process; and alkyl ketene dimer and alkenyl succinic anhydride used for sizing. Specialty paper has wide applications, which includes printing, labeling, and packaging in various sectors such as paper, food, textile, retail, and packaging.The global specialty pulp and paper chemicals market was valued at 15,568 million in 2016, and is projected to reach 22,829 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 5.6% from 2017 to 2023. In 2016, the functional chemicals segment accounted for approximately one-fifth share of the global market, in terms of value.Download Report Sample @ recycling of paper has gained considerable importance in the global paper industry over the past decade. The increased use of recycled paper results in an increased requirement for specialty pulp and paper chemicals. In addition, the demand for functional chemicals in various applications such as packaging, printing, and decoration is on an increase, thus driving the specialty pulp and paper chemicals market.The functional chemicals segment of specialty chemicals comprises of different types of dry-strength additives, wet-strength resins, fluorescent whitening, and sizing agents. The wide applications of specialty paper in different sectors demand different characteristics of papers related to its color, brightness, sizing, texture, and others. The use of functional chemicals has increased to meet the needs of the paper manufacturing industry, which contributes to the growth of the specialty pulp and paper chemicals market.Get a purchase enquiry @, due to the adverse effects of chemicals on environment and human health stringent regulations are drafted over their usage in manufacturing of specialty paper, which hampers the growth of the market. In addition, fluctuations in the price of raw materials and chemicals required for paper production is expected to restrict the growth of the specialty pulp and paper chemicals market. Nevertheless, specialty pulp and paper chemicals offer benefits such as improvement in productivity, reduced water, raw materials, and energy consumption that help control the overall cost of operation providing lucrative opportunities for the market in the upcoming years. Moreover, the use of new enzymes in the production of specialty papers is also anticipated to provide great opportunities for the specialty pulp and paper chemicals market during the forecast period.In terms of value, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA collectively contributed more than half of the share in the global market in 2016.Leading industry players:AkzoNobel N.V., Ashland Inc., Buckman Laboratories International, Inc., BASF SE, Buckman Laboratories International, Inc., Kemira Oyj, SNF Floerger, The Dow Chemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, Nalco Holding Company and Shell Chemicals.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

13 Canadian agents can land a spot on Costsavers global fam

first_img Posted by Share TORONTO — Costsaver has launched its first global fam trip, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers Trip, giving 13 top selling agents from Canada the opportunity to experience the company’s inaugural program in Asia next year.Following the launch of the Costsaver’s new Asia program, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers Trip, departing in May 2019, will visit Vietnam, offering agents the chance to test out Costsaver’s ‘Essentials by Us, Tailored by You’ concept for themselves.To qualify, agencies need to have as many guests as possible booked (and paid for) on Costsaver’s tours by March 18, 2019, with a minimum of four passengers on the new Asia collection.Top-selling agencies will receive a notification before the end of December 2018 to let them know they are in the running. In the months ahead, the shortlist will narrow, based on the agency’s sales of the Costsaver program, and each contender will receive regular postcard teasers revealing a new destination on the trip.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAgencies that receive a fifth and final postcard will be sending one lucky member of their staff on their way to Vietnam.The place is offered to the agency, who will then allocate it to one of its top frontline sellers of Costsaver within the team. Any booking for 2019 will qualify, including historical sales made prior to them announcement of the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers trip. Winners will be announced April 1, 2019.“Our Costsaver program for 2019 is already proving a winning formula for agents, opening up touring to a whole new audience,” says Costsaver’s Global CEO, Gavin Tollman. “Thanks to the trade, who have embraced the Costsaver concept and our ‘Ready to Go’ rate, sales are already 30% up to date year on year, with a highly successful expansion across Europe, North Africa, USA, Canada and South America.”Highlights on the Costsaver Clique trip will include Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast, as well as a farewell evening to round off the adventure.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterCostsaver’s new Asia program officially starts in January 2019 and will serve seven countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – from just $198 per person, per day.For more information about Costsaver, the Costsaver Clique Top Achievers trip and the new Asia program, agents are asked to speak to their local Sales Manager or visit Tags: CostSaver, FAMs Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, December 13, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> 13 Canadian agents can land a spot on Costsaver’s global famlast_img read more

VIDEO Costa Ricas Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky

first_imgAfter several small eruptions on Friday, Turrialba Volcano – located 50 kilometers east of Costa Rica’s capital – erupted at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday. According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), the volcano spewed gas and vapor and launched ash 800 meters into the air. The eruption lasted for 30 minutes.OVSICORI geologists report that the ash is being carried south and will fall primarily in areas immediately surrounding Turrialba. There have been no reports of ash in San José or the surrounding suburbs.OVSICORI officials reported increased seismic activity at the volcano earlier this week and warned that an eruption could be imminent. After a series of major eruptions in 2014, Turrialba Volcano had been inactive for the past several months. With this explosion and another last Friday, volcanologists say that the volcano is reawakening.“We are seeing a reactivation in the volcano, but it isn’t anything like the large eruptions we had last year,” OVSICORI official Javier Pacheco told daily La Nación. “This is a slow reactivation that has been underway since Oct. 10.” Related posts:Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Facebook Commentslast_img read more