Greater Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), on Friday, held its 114th board meeting and sanctioned a budget of Rs 4,260.40 crores for the fiscal year 2019-20 which will be spent on various infrastructural and other developmental works.The authority has also allocated its share of Rs 300 Cr for the development of Noida International Airport at Jewar. As per officials, the Greater Noida authority has it’s 12 percent share in the first phase development of the airport project which amount to 500 crores to GNIDA. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”This year the GNIDA’s budget is 17 per cent more than the last year. We have kept on priority the upcoming International Airport at Jewar and have allocated a major portion of the budget for its development. The airport project, after being fully operational, will be the largest airport in the country while the city will definitely wear wings of development” said Anup Chandra Pandey, GNIDA Chairman and Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Government. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe decision came a day after Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) floated global bidding and has announced to share its funding. The YEIDA board has also sanctioned Rs 425 crores for the development for the airport project on Thursday. Apart from this, the GNIDA board has also decided to construct 10, 000 houses under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY). “The state government has set up a target to construct 10, 000 houses under PMAY scheme while the board has approved the plan to implement the target. We will float tenders while the allotted builders will be given 2.5 lakh rupees as subsidy under the scheme” added Pandey.
CALGARY, A.B. – The proponent of an LNG export terminal in Nova Scotia has struck a deal to merge with an Alberta natural gas producer.In a joint news release, Pieridae Energy Ltd. CEO Alfred Sorensen says the merger with Ikkuma Resources Corp. is a key step taking it to a final investment decision on its proposed $10-billion Goldboro LNG project.Pieridae shares on the TSX Venture Exchange fell more than 24 per cent to $3.40 by noon Friday while Ikkuma stock on the same market more than doubled from a close of 30 cents on Thursday to as much as 66 cents, before retreating. Pieridae says owning natural gas reserves is important to complement the feedstock needs at Goldboro LNG, which is to produce about 10 million tonnes of super-cooled liquefied natural gas per year to ship mainly to European customers.Sorenson has said the project, which hopes to utilize loan guarantees from the German government, could be approved for construction in the next few months pending permit approvals and contract agreements.The companies said the deal values each Ikkuma share at 86 cents, noting shareholders are to receive 0.1926 of a common share of Pieridae and 0.1 of a share of a new company that will hold certain oil assets, for each share tendered.
TORONTO — Canadian online storytelling platform Wattpad is bringing clickable reads to a bookstore near you.The Toronto-based company announced in a press release on Thursday that it’s setting its sights on the offline book market with the launch of a new publishing division.It says Wattpad Books will leverage data-based insights from its audience of more than 70 million to publish proven hits from its diverse online community of writers.Wattpad Books plans to roll out its first batch of releases across Canada this fall in partnership with Vancouver-based distributer Raincoast Books.The slate includes six genre-spanning titles for young adults, some of which the company says have been read tens of millions of times online.Wattpad says hundreds of stories on its platform have already been turned into best-selling books through partners and adapted into TV, film, and digital projects.Among the company’s biggest success stories is Anna Todd, who transitioned from a Wattpad reader into one of its most popular authors. Todd’s “After” series inspired by superstar boy band One Direction netted millions of reads, transforming the fledgling Los Angeles-based fan-fiction writer into a bestselling publishing powerhouse.The Canadian Press
IHFJunior Handball World Championship Four months before the beginning of Junior World Championship in Greece (17 to 31 July, 2011) handball people and fans around the Globe are asking, how is possible that a draw for Tournament still isn’t organised? We looked at the IHF’ website or page of the Greek organisers, but without success. No even a date, when Draw will be held?What funny is that in the meantime all Serbian media published a news about a draw, even a statement of their squad members about chances in the Preliminary Round and matches after.Here are the results of the draw by some media:Group “A”: Denmark, Germany, PAN AMERICA 2, Russia, Korea and Asia 3,Group “B”: PORTUGAL, PAN AMERICA 1, Spain, Hungary, Tunisia and PAN AMERICA 4,Group “C”: Slovenia, Sweden, Qatar, Algeria, Greece and Pan America 5Group “D”: Serbia, France, Egypt, Oceania winner, Pan AMERICA 3, Africa 4Who knows, what is the truth? ← Previous Story Anna Loerper signs two years deal with Team Tvis Holstebro Next Story → Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz on the way to Wisla Plock?
By Cianan Brennan https://jrnl.ie/3044462 Monday 24 Oct 2016, 10:08 PM He similarly argues that easing the financial situation of first-time buyers, something critics dispute the new tax rebate’s ability to achieve, “may support a greater level of construction of new homes”.Lane also suggests that an unwanted effect of the rebate could be to see first time buyers attempting to purchase more expensive properties, which could see the expansion of total household debt (albeit, this is slightly mitigated by the government’s reduction of the minimum deposit condition from 80% to 70%).The governor further queries the rebate given the disparity between the numbers of new homes being bought versus existing property sales.Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has been scathing in his response to the letter.“Today, in his response to me, he (Lane) has confirmed that in fact the Central Bank was not consulted on the merits of the scheme before it was announced,” Doherty said.Given that this scheme was mooted months ago, this is hard to explain.“It is now time to drop this scheme before any permanent damage is done to the economy. I will be proposing a deletion of this scheme from the finance bill this week,” he added.Read: ‘Show some backbone’ – new report harshly criticises Ireland’s culture of media ownershipRead: ‘Micheál needs to stop with his spin’ – Doherty hits out at FF leader over tax cut criticisms Short URL 21 Comments Oct 24th 2016, 10:08 PM Source: RollingNews.ieTHE CENTRAL BANK has outlined what exactly its issues were with the government’s first time buyer scheme as outlined in the recent budget.In a letter (which can be viewed here) to a number of TDs, the governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane outlines two strands of thinking regarding such subsidy schemes that seem to run along the same lines as much of the criticism that was focused on the €20,000 tax rebate when it was first announced: Share24 Tweet Email2 such schemes run the risk of reducing activity that would have occurred in their absence – ie, while some new buyers for a property would be found, existing ones would be forced from the saleraising demand in the housing market “will just tend to put upward pressure on prices”, with sellers of properties “effectively gaining more than the recipients of the study”Lane argues that the operation of the scheme successfully would first require a “full-scale evaluation project”, something which “falls outside the scope” of the Central Bank. Central Bank outlines exactly what its problems are with the First Time Buyer scheme Governor Philip Lane has today outlined his concerns to a number of TDs. 21,112 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Une mise à jour sur Opera La navigateur internet norvégien s’est vu offrir une mise à jour améliorant sa stabilité et sa sécurité.En attendant l’arrivée d’Opera 12, qui en est à sa version bêta, Opera 11 continue son œuvre et s’est doté d’une mise à jour 11.64. Une nouvelle version qui ne comprend néanmoins pas d’améliorations notoires ni de réelles nouveautés, explique Clubic. Il s’agissait, pour l’éditeur, de corriger certains problèmes de stabilité et surtout de sécurité. Un dysfonctionnement constaté sur les pages d’authentification des services en ligne eBay et Paypal est également résolu grâce à Opera 11.64. Reste que pour retrouver de réelles avancées, comme la prise en charge des attributs HTML5, l’introduction de l’accélération matérielle, ainsi qu’un gestionnaire de thèmes repensé, il faudra bien attendre la sortie d’Opera 12.Le 11 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Quand le gaz échappé d’une montagne d’ordures fournit de l’électricité aux PhilippinesGrâce au méthane dégagé par une décharge dans un bidonville de Manille, la capitale des Philippines, les habitants peuvent bénéficier d’une électricité gratuite.La décharge de Payatas, un bidonville de Manille, a été la première des Philippines à être équipée d’un mécanisme permettant de convertir son méthane en électricité. Grâce au programme des Nations-Unies destiné à lutter contre le changement climatique, le méthane dégagé par les ordures en décomposition est récupéré par des tuyaux qui le conduisent jusqu’à une centrale électrique toute proche.Or, transformer ce méthane en électricité est intéressant à plus d’un titre puisqu’il évite également qu’il soit relâché dans les nappes phréatiques et dans l’atmosphère. En effet, le méthane est un gaz à effet de serre (GES) accusé de contribuer au réchauffement climatique. De plus, le transformer en électricité permet aussi de réduire la consommation d’énergies fossiles. L’électricité générée ne peut pour l’heure pas être acheminée dans l’ensemble du bidonville mais les habitants y ont accès dans un hall de la centrale. “Ça nous aide bien à réduire la facture d’électricité”, explique une habitante dont le mari, gardien, gagne 200 dollars par mois.Mais comment fonctionne ce système ? C’est en vertu du Mécanisme de développement propre (MDP) mis en place en 2005 par l’ONU que les pays industrialisés financent des projets qui permettent de réduire les émissions de GES dans des nations moins riches. En retour, les pays qui payent bénéficient de crédits destinés à leur permettre d’atteindre les objectifs d’émissions prévus par le protocole de Kyoto. Une quantité de gaz équivalent à celle dégagée par 18.000 voituresÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est ainsi que des milliers de projets d’énergie verte ont vu le jour dans les pays en voie de développement depuis le début du MDP : fermes éoliennes, stations solaires, barrages hydroélectriques… C’est ce type de projet qui a permis la mise au point de la centrale de Payatas en 2008. Chaque année, cette usine rapporte des centaines de milliers de dollars en revendant l’électricité directement sur les réseaux philippins. Sa capacité a même augmenté en passant à de 200 kilowatts à un mégawatt.Citée par l’AFP, Jennifer Fernan Campos, présidente de Pangea Green Energy Philippines, qui exploite la centrale indique : “le volume du gaz à effet de serre recyclé sur Payatas est équivalent à ce que dégagent 18 000 voitures. Et le méthane récupéré ne risque plus de polluer les nappes phréatiques de la zone”. Néanmoins, ce système n’est pas encouragé par des associations de défense de l’environnement, comme Greenpeace, qui estiment que produire de l’électricité à partir des gaz de décharge est une incitation financière à augmenter le volume des déchets. “Avoir de tels projets encourage à générer des ordures, plutôt que les éliminer, parce qu’on en a besoin pour faire marcher l’usine”, estime ainsi Beau Baconguis, de Greenpeace Philippines. De son côté, Jennifer Fernan Campos soutient que son projet s’est accompagné de mesures de réduction des ordures. Le volume serait ainsi passé de 1.800 tonnes par jour il y a quelques années, à 1.200 aujourd’hui.Le 6 avril 2013 à 09:34 • Maxime Lambert
Tags Comment The EyeQue VisionCheck straps onto your smartphone and presents you with a series of exams to check your vision. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Scientists expect blurry vision to plague 50 percent of the population by 2050. That’s a lot of people who will need to flock to an optometrist to get a prescription to correct their vision.But what if you can’t afford to go to the doctor? Or don’t want to go in every year for minor vision changes? With the help of MIT researchers, EyeQue developed EyeQue VisionCheck, a device that makes it easier for people to check their vision. This small device that looks like half a pair of binoculars promises to help anyone correct their vision, and it won an Innovation Award at CES 2019 — but can it really replace going to the eye doctor? I tried it to find out.Read more: How to find your eyeglass prescription without getting an exam 1 What is EyeQue VisionCheck?At the eye doctor, you peer into what’s called an autorefractor — that bulky machine where you rest your chin and forehead on plastic stabilizers, peer into some peepholes and tell your doctor about the images you see. Autorefractors shine light into your eye and measure how the light bounces back from the retina using a technology called Shack-Hartmann, named after the scientists that developed it.EyeQue uses a technology patented by MIT researchers called Inverse Shack-Hartmann, which is essentially a self-administered, manual refractor. Where to get it: Find VisionCheck in the EyeQue store. Cost: The EyeQue VisionCheck device retails for $69, which includes a one-year all-access membership to EyeQue for one person. After the first year, an annual membership costs $4.99. You can share a single VisionCheck device among many people, as long as each person has their own account and membership to ensure personalized and accurate results. If you and a friend used the same account, the results would become void because VisionCheck averages all of the test results in a single account to provide a prescription.EyeQue VisionCheck gives you Eyeglass Numbers, which are similar to a prescription, but they don’t have a doctor’s sign-off. You can use your Eyeglass Numbers to purchase glasses at online retailers. EyeQue How does it work? Using the VisionCheck is simple, but not necessarily easy: First, charge your EyeQue VisionCheck device, download the app and register your device with your serial number.After you’ve set up an account and answered a set of introductory questions, strap the device onto your phone using the included silicone strap. Take the practice exam.Take the series of three exams that unlock your “Eyeglass Numbers.”The exams involve nine attempts on each eye to overlap red and green blocks to make one yellow block. You’ll peer into the VisionCheck and use the buttons on the top of the device to bring the blocks close together or move them apart. When you think you’ve successfully overlapped the red and green blocks, move onto the next attempt. EyeQue does not provide people with prescriptions, and instead calls them Eyeglass Numbers, presumably in an attempt to ensure customers don’t replace their annual eye exam with the VisionCheck tests (more on that below). However, the presentation of the Eyeglass Numbers looks very similar to the prescription sheet your optometrist gives you. You can still use them to purchase glasses at online retailers such as Eye Buy Direct, but the Eyeglass Numbers are intended as a sort of intermediate check-up between comprehensive annual exams. Enlarge ImageMy Eyeglass Numbers from the EyeQue VisionCheck Amanda Capritto Putting EyeQue to the testWhen I received my EyeQue device in the mail, I eagerly opened the box and then immediately put it aside until I got on a demo call with EyeQue’s director of marketing, Phoebe Yu. Right out of the box, I could tell this device would need some explaining. While I’m sure many people could figure the device out on their own, it’s definitely a bit complicated at first. It takes a bit of fiddling to properly strap the VisionCheck to your phone, and I personally had trouble looking into the device with my left eye at first. Unless I seriously squinted my right eye, it was like I was peering through a peephole into a room with blackout curtains. Eventually, I figured it out, and it’s good that I did: Yu said that the device is looking for distance discrepancies, so it works best if you gaze at a faraway object with your non-testing eye. The initial learning curve is pretty sharp, but I got the hang of it after some practice. It took me about 10 minutes to complete the practice exam, but only about 12 minutes to complete all three exams and unlock my Eyeglass Numbers.Overall, the experience was pretty fun — it felt kind of like playing an old-school video game. So, did EyeQue get my prescription right?Yes and no. Not the answer you were expecting? Let me explain. My eyeglass prescription is sphere -0.5, a very small nearsighted prescription. I wear glasses when I need to focus on things at a moderate distance: while driving, watching movies, going to art exhibits, walking around new cities (so I can read signs), etc. Eyeglass prescriptions give you three numbers:A spherical number, which indicates a correction for nearsightedness or farsightednessA cylindrical number, which indicates a correction for astigmatism An axis, which indicates where the astigmatism is on your eye and which direction (vertical, horizontal or in between) your eye curves. If your prescription contains a cylinder number, it must also contain an axis. If your prescription contains no cylinder, it either means you don’t have astigmatism, or your astigmatism is so slight that it’s not really necessary to correct it. My EyeQue Eyeglass Numbers? Sphere -0.25 and cylinder -0.25 for both eyes, with an axis of 166 for my right eye and an axis of 39 for my right eye. When I protested with concern, Yu explained to me that optometrists sometimes combine the sphere and cylinder numbers into one when they’re both very small like mine. Often, the single number (in my case, -0.5), can correct blurry vision and/or astigmatism.I called my eye doctor to confirm, and he said that Yu was right — sometimes it’s just not worth giving patients a more complicated prescription with different measurements for each eye — though he couldn’t confirm that that’s what he did for me unless I were to come in and take another exam. Share your voice All the gadgets for getting healthy at CES 2019 Read more: The best places to get cheap glasses onlineMore on blurry visionTo understand how EyeQue VisionCheck gets your Eyeglass Numbers, it helps to consider some basics about eyes and why people need glasses in the first place. Light enters the “window” of your eye, or the cornea, and passes through your pupil, the dark center of your iris. Behind your iris sits a lens that focuses the light coming into your eye. The lens automatically flattens to see far away, and shortens to focus on items close by. The cornea, pupil and iris work together to focus the light on your retina, located on the back surface of your eye. Hundreds of thousands of light-sensitive cells line your retina and send electrical signals through the optic nerve to your brain, where the image you see projects. Blurry vision is caused by the shape of your eye and can occur in three main ways: If your eyeball is too long, the light will focus in front of the retina, causing objects in the distance to appear blurry. That’s nearsightedness or myopia (you can see near, but not far).If your eyeball is too short, light focuses behind the retina and cause objects nearby to appear blurry. That’s farsightedness or hyperopia (you can see far, but not near). If your cornea is not smooth, light focuses on multiple areas within your eye, which causes astigmatism. Astigmatism causes objects both far away and nearby to look blurry. Whichever way blurry vision presents, it’s referred to as “refractive error,” which the VisionCheck device measures with its red-block-green-block exams. Read more: Should you be using blue-light blocking glasses?Does it really replace my annual eye exam? No — even EyeQue’s staff will tell you that you still need to see your optometrist. EyeQue’s technology is smart, but it’s still not a replacement for the accuracy and expertise of a trained professional. Also, your eye doctor conducts a comprehensive eye health exam and looks for much more than just your eyeglass prescription. Optometrists check for signs of degenerative conditions, colorblindness, eye strain, dry eye and more, which the EyeQue device can’t check.Who should get it?I’m no eye doctor, but I wouldn’t recommend EyeQue to anyone who’s never gotten their prescription checked by a professional. If you think you might need glasses but have never had them before, definitely see an optometrist. EyeQue can be a great complementary device for people whose prescriptions change often. For example, as you get older, you may notice that you have more and more trouble looking at nearby objects, such as your computer screen. This is called presbyopia and worsens over time, so EyeQue could help you stay on top of a progressing prescription. As someone who only wears glasses as needed, I can’t see EyeQue as a significant part of maintaining my eye health, but the concept is certainly cool and worth keeping your eye on — pun totally intended. 21 Photos The weirdest stuff we saw at CES 2019 Personal care 2:46 Now playing: Watch this:
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:58 The United Kingdom ranked as Houston’s Number 10 trading partner last year.More than 140 British companies have offices in Greater Houston, including major oil companies like BP and Shell, which have their North American headquarters here.And trade between Houston and the UK added up to about $5.5 billion in 2015.These numbers are all from the Greater Houston Partnership.John Diamond, a public finance professor at Rice University’s Baker Institute, said for Houston, the biggest impact from the Brexit will come from the decline in exports and oil prices, but it will be limited.“I would say overall, that the impacts on Houston and Texas will be relatively small,” he said. “Maybe larger than some places that aren’t centered around oil and trade, but overall relatively small.”Diamond said the main issue – at least in the short term – is the lingering uncertainty now that Britons voted to leave the EU.“There’s just no certainty in the current situation,” he said. “It makes it very hard for firms to determine how much to produce and where to produce goods.”It’s that anxiety that has driven down the value of the pound and boosted the dollar. That’s what impacts both exports and the price of oil.Patrick Jankowski, an economist and vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership, agrees with Diamond’s thoughts.He also said there will be a long-term effect on some of the 64 Houston firms that have branches in the UK.“It’s as simple as, if you have an office in London and you’re using your office in London to serve the continent, now you probably need an office in London and an office in Bonn or office in Paris or Berlin or somewhere,” Jankowski said.The formal process of leaving the EU is expected to start once Prime Minister David Cameron steps down in October.But the two economists said uncertainty will remain until the terms are worked out, and firms know what trade rules they’ll be dealing with. Share
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. DC Ushers in a New Era With Legend Brian Michael BendisBrian Michael Bendis Takes Over Both Superman Books This Summer We’re so excited to start working with @BRIANMBENDIS! pic.twitter.com/v1tgsMaNTr— DC (@DCComics) November 7, 2017 This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned! https://t.co/S1x5JDmGTt— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) November 7, 2017This is potentially exciting news for both companies. While Marvel is losing one of its best writers, it gives them the opportunity to bring in some new blood. As much as we love Bendis’ work on the Miles Morales-starring Spider-Man series, this provides a significant chance for Marvel to get a writer of color behind the character. The same can be said for Riri Williams in Invincible Iron Man. With Marvel’s comics division struggling the way it is, getting some new writers in can only be a good thing for the company.Over on the DC side, they’re obviously getting one of the greatest comics writers in the business. During his long and storied tenure at Marvel, Bendis was behind some of the company’s best story arcs. He was a huge part of why I got into comic books in the first place. Back in the early 2000s, he was writing some of the best stories Marvel had to offer. Since then, he’s (mostly) continued to stun with each new arc. As Bendis moves on from assembling Avengers to uniting a Justice League (possibly, we don’t know exactly what he’ll be working on), here are some classic Bendis Marvel arcs you definitely need to check out.Art by Alex Maleev (via Marvel)Daredevil (Vol. 2, #26-81)Bendis wrote one of the greatest Daredevil arcs the character has ever had. Daredevil’s secret was out, his true identity revealed in a tabloid. Matt Murdock spent some time cooped up in his apartment while reporters gathered outside. He denied the rumor, sued the tabloid for libel and even started dating someone knew: Milla Donovan, whom he eventually married. Things didn’t go too well for the couple after that, with Donovan filing for an annulment after Matt has a mental breakdown.This arc dove deep into Matt Murdock’s psychological issues and really explored why he feels compelled to put on a devil costume and protect Hell’s Kitchen. The neighborhood itself came alive on the pages, thanks to Alex Maleev’s fantastic art. His heavy inks and blotchy shading gave Hell’s Kitchen a palpable grit, while Bendis populated it with characters and dialogue that felt real. Bendis also showed his flair for the dramatic monologue throughout this arc. One particularly memorable on comes as he beats the hell out of Bullseye for trying to kill Milla. He really drives home what a worthless human being Bullseye is, and it’s the most epic speech anyone ever gave the character. A slightly less violent example comes when Daredevil visits a support group and hears how he’s positively impacted the lives of Hell’s Kitchen residents. That’s where we learn a lot about why Daredevil keeps doing what he does, and what he hopes to accomplish with it. It’s a truly fantastic story arc, and a must-read for any fan of Bendis or Daredevil.Art by David Mack (Via Marvel)AliasThis Marvel Max series led to the best Marvel TV series so far, and introduced the world to Jessica Jones, depressed alcoholic hero for hire. At 28 issues, the entire series is worth reading, but the final arc is the most important one. “Purple” has Jessica looking into a string of murders committed by The Purple Man. Over the course of the five-issue arc, Jessica’s past with the character is revealed, and she is forced to confront her trauma. This powerful storyline had enough going on in it that Marvel Television and Netflix were able to get an entire, tightly focused season. Read the comic it’s based on, and you’ll see The Purple Man is just as terrifying on the page as he is when David Tennant is playing him.The very first story arc of the comic series is amazing as well. The first nine issues perfectly set the tone for everything to come. Jessica is hired to investigate a girl’s disappearance and is drawn into a vast political conspiracy involving Captain America. Yeah, Netflix isn’t touching that anytime soon. If you like Jessica Jones, it’s worth following the character through all her subsequent appearances. After Alias ended, she moved onto The Pulse with her boyfriend/eventual husband, Luke Cage. After that, she showed up on and off in Marvel’s crossover events, and series like New Avengers before headlining her own series once again in 2016’s Jessica Jones. All of them are great, but you can’t beat the original Alias.Art by David Finch (Via Marvel)New AvengersDefinitely one of the coolest series Bendis worked on during his time at Marvel. After blowing up the Avengers we all grew up with, Bendis put together a new team of heroes to save the world. When a host of supervillains broke out of The Raft, an island prison designed to hold the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous criminals, Iron Man and Captain America are forced to put together a new team of heroes. The problem: Tony Stark is struggling financially, and can’t bankroll the team the way he used to. Also, most of their old teammates were gone. The New Avengers consisted of Luke Cage, Sentry, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man and Wolverine. The team-up was exactly as cool as it sounds.Spider-Woman turned out to be a Skrull Queen acting as a double agent. While that led to some shocking twists and interesting storylines over the comic’s run, it really wasn’t the best use of a character that certainly deserves better. As a result, Bendis gave the real Spider-Woman her own limited series…Art by Alex Maleev (Via Marvel)Spider-WomanAfter the events of Secret Invasion, the real Spider-Woman replaced her imposter in the New Avengers. At the same time, she was given her own miniseries. Once again drawn by the incomparable Alex Maleev (he and Bendis make an amazing pair), the series followed Spider-Woman’s attempt to rebuild her life after the damage done to it by the Skrull Queen. She’s approached by an alien-hunting agency called S.W.O.R.D., and becomes an alien hunter. This seven-issue miniseries is a spy story through and through, with Spider-Woman running up against Hydra and taking on a Skrull impersonating Spider-Man.Though there had been a few limited Spider-Woman series before this one, it was the first time she’d been given a significant, meaty comic book series to call her own. 2009’s Spider-Woman mattered in a way her previous incarnations didn’t. She had a complex personality. She had a real effect on the Marvel universe. It’s a shame it didn’t lead to an ongoing solo comic, but it made her future appearances in New Avengers that much more exciting.Art by Gabriele Dell’Otto (Via Marvel)Secret InvasionOf the many Marvel crossovers with “Secret” in the title, this is the good one. Bendis’ work on New Avengers led to two fantastic miniseries. Spider-Woman was one and Secret Invasion was the other. Bendis spent years of New Avengers foreshadowing a full-scale invasion of Earth by the Skrulls. With 2008’s Secret Invasion, he delivered the massive superheroes-vs-aliens fight we’d all been waiting for. With Earth now occupied by shape-shifting aliens, all the Marvel superheroes had to question who their friends really were. Never knowing who was a hero and who was a Skrull led to an exciting event series full of cool twists and intrigue. It also gave us an excuse to have our favorite superheroes turn their powers on each other. Isn’t that what these crossovers are all about?Art by Mark Bagley (via Marvel)Ultimate Spider-ManWhen Marvel decided to update Spider-Man’s origin story for a new audience in 2000, Bendis turned out to be just the guy to write it. He took the familiar story of Peter Parker and expanded it. He spent more time on Peter’s relationship with Uncle Ben, so you really felt it when he died. As Ultimate Spider-Man went on, it went off in its own crazy direction completely unlike the Earth-616 version we were used to. It even had its own take on The Clone Saga which was way better than the 90s version. Not that that’s especially difficult, but still!Ultimate Spider-Man’s greatest contribution to comics is almost certainly Miles Morales. The Ultimate universe was always about taking familiar characters in completely different directions. What better way to do that than by having Peter Parker die? Miles Morales wasn’t just the first Black and Hispanic Spider-Man. He was the best Spider-Man. Free from the baggage that haunted Peter Parker, Bendis could tell a completely different kind of Spider-Man story with Miles. More than that, he was just a more likable, charismatic kid than Peter ever was. Miles and Peter from Earth-616 eventually met into two Spider-Men crossovers before Marvel united all their universes into the one we have now. They weren’t quite good enough to mention here, but they do have some nice moments together. The sequence where Peter goes into parent mode before beginning Miles’ training is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen in this series.Art by Esad Ribic (via Marvel)House of MBendis was behind a lot of Marvel’s best crossover events. (And also one of its worst. Sorry, Civil War II.) House of M might be the craziest of them all. Following Scarlet Witch’s mental breakdown (the one that necessitated the creation of the New Avengers), the remaining Avengers meet with the X-Men to figure out what should be done with her. They argue over whether she should be killed or simply talked to, but before they can come to any kind of decision, Scarlet Witch remakes all of the reality in Magneto’s image. House of M is only an eight-issue miniseries, but it affected all of the Marvel series running at that time. When done right, these kinds of events can be really exciting. House of M did it right. It was cool to see the Marvel universe flipped on its head like this, and really let us see what the world would look like if Magneto had his way.It also drastically reduced the mutant population in the Marvel universe, leading directly to the Avengers vs. X-Men story, the return of the Shadow King and all sorts of big universe changes. It’s not often that a comics event like this makes has a real, meaningful impact on the universe.Art by Sara Pichelli (via Marvel)Spider-Man (2016)When Marvel merged all its parallel universes into one single continuity, some fans worried that Miles Morales would take a backseat to Peter Parker. Instead, they emerged as two very different, equally necessary versions of Spider-Man. In Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker was the billionaire tech CEO of Parker Industries. His comics had much more of a James Bond feel, with lots of globe-trotting and a reliance on gadgets. Peter Parker’s Spider-Man was saving the world. In Bendis’ Spider-Man Miles Morales was taking on the role of the high-school street-level superhero. That’s a huge part of Spider-Man’s appeal, and as Peter’s storylines got bigger, it was good to have a Spider-Man story that was more in line with the superhero’s roots.It also plays with the fact that Miles is from a different universe in some interesting ways. Some of his family members remember their past lives and others don’t, allowing the character dynamics to play out in cool ways. Most of the fun of this series comes from the fact that Miles is a normal, slightly nerdy teenager defending New York from supervillains. Add in his friendship with Ganke, and his interactions with Ms. Marvel and Goldballs, and you have one of the more enjoyable ongoing Marvel comics. Of all the projects Bendis is leaving behind, this is the one we’ll feel the most. But hey, as Bendis himself said, “change is good.” Maybe after all these years, it’s time for someone else to have a turn at writing Miles Morales. The comics industry awoke to some shocking news this morning. Brian Michael Bendis, one of the company’s biggest stars, signed an exclusive multi-year contract with DC Comics. The comics publisher mentioned as much in a tweet that was shortly confirmed by Bendis himself.
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Kolkata: Madhumita Chatterjee (32), a resident of Chinsurah’s Kanakshali area in Hooghly died at a privatehospital in the district on Friday after she received serious injuries on her head after she fell off from a moving e-rickshaw. The incident triggered tension in the area as her family attacked her husband alleging that she was subjected to constant torture at her in-laws’ house. The accused husband, Tamal Chatterjee, often beat her up. As a result, she was in tremendous mental agony, locals claimed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victims’ father-in-law was also heckled by an irate mob on Friday morning. The victim got married to Tamal in 2016. The family members of the woman alleged that the accused husband used to pressurize her for money. After being informed police reached the spot and rescued the husband and his father from the mob. They have started a probe and are looking into the allegations of torture. Some of the locals are also being interrogated in this connection. According to the district police, the victim died due to an accident as she fell off from a running e-rickshaw. It will be investigated whether she was subjected to mental and physical torture at her in-laws house, a senior police officer said.
Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Costa Rica-based airline SANSA inaugurated this week a new route from the Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José to the Limón Airport on the Caribbean coast. The airline uses Cessna Grand Caravan 208B airplanes with a capacity of 12 passengers for a 40-minute flight. Prices start at $50 one-way.SANSA will offer five flights per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.For more information, visit www.flysansa.com. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:Southwest Airlines announces new routes to Costa Rica, Mexico ‘Snowpocalypse’ strands air passengers in Costa Rica United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times
November 21, 2014 507 Views Movers & Shakers Solutionstar 2014-11-21 Tory Barringer Share In a recent company announcement, Nationstar subsidiary Solutionstar named Chad Neel as its EVP of servicing solutions.Neel joins Solutionstar from McCarthy and Holthus, LLP, where he was director of corporate strategy. Earlier in his career, he served as senior managing director and division president for more than a decade at Lender Processing Services, where he oversaw several different business units.”We’ve looking forward to leveraging Chad’s broad experience and successful operational track record by having him lead several of our business units,” said Solutionstar President Shawn Stone. “We believe he will immediately add value and expect we’ll soon see the development of new products and services.”In his role at Solutionstar, Neel is tasked with leading and growing the firm’s existing Servicing Solutions business, including its Homesearch.com auction and online marketing platform and its asset management, REO closing, short sale management, recovery, and field services businesses. He will also focus on launching new products, technologies, and services for the company’s customers.”Solutionstar is a rapidly growing organization providing exceptional products and services to the real estate and mortgage industries. I’m looking forward to helping the company expand into new areas,” he said. in Headlines, News Solutionstar Names EVP for Servicing Solutions
Go back to the enewsletterKey points:TravelManagers achieved 12 consecutive months of record sales, a milestone of 550 personal travel managers and launched individual PTM websites during a successful 2018Company credits success with a focus on personal and professional development, including dedicated training days, webinars and one-on-one meetingsThe company’s annual National Conference in August 2018 included the announcement of several new initiatives, including a new partnership with Luxury Escapes as the sole home-based network and inaugural retail partnerTwelve consecutive months of record sales, reaching a milestone of 550 personal travel managers (PTMs) and launching individual PTM websites were just a few of the highlights from a year of success for TravelManagers in 2018. TravelManagers’ parent company, House of Travel, has forecast turnover of $1.8 billion.“These achievements, and many more, come as a direct result of the experience, expertise and passion to deliver excellence for which our people are renowned,” explains CEO Grant Campbell, who notes that the company’s PTMs have an average industry experience of more than 20 years, with more than half having chalked up at least five years with TravelManagers.Professional developmentRecognising that investing in their people reaps great rewards both for the individuals and for the company, TravelManagers said it focused considerable attention on personal and professional development throughout 2018.“Along with nine dedicated airline product and fares days and six dedicated cruise training days this year, our BPMs have organised and attended over 800 one-on-one meetings with PTMs and 479 cluster meeting in metropolitan suburbs and regional centres,” explains Campbell.In addition to these face-to-face meetings, Campbell says 258 webinars were run by the National Partnership Office (NPO), providing updates on a range of topics, both internal and partner supplier-related.“We also ran 26 specific corporate webinars that were supported by dedicated corporate classroom workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and at the annual National Conference in Hawaii.Professional development also included 248 opportunities for worldwide product and destination famils, with 132 PTMs taking part in 15 famils that were exclusive to TravelManagers.New initiativesCampbell says TravelManagers are constantly seeking ways to enhance the business. Accordingly, several new initiatives were announced at the company’s annual National Conference, which was held in Hawaii in August.“The conference brought together more than 200 PTMs, so it was an ideal venue in which to announce our new partnership with Luxury Escapes as their sole home-based network and inaugural retail partner,” Campbell said. “Our exclusive partner status means that we are the only retail travel network with direct access to Luxury Escapes’ prominently advertised and promoted holiday content.”Also announced at the conference, TravelManagers’ new Network Assistance Program (NAP) is an initiative aimed at supporting its members’ health and wellbeing.“Our PTMs can choose their own work hours and location, so it’s important they still have the support and camaraderie they would enjoy in a traditional office environment,” Campbell explains. “The retail travel environment is not without its stresses and challenges, but NAP is designed to provide PTMs with access to expertise across a wide range of professional services, covering everything from anxiety and anger management to mediation and conflict resolution.”Campbell says feedback from the conference regarding these two initiatives mirrored feedback on the conference overall, which was overwhelmingly positive.“Our 2019 annual national conference has been confirmed for 9–11 August in Perth,” adds Campbell, noting that although the 2018 conference was a great success, the company will be looking to deliver something even better this year.On breaking records“We started 2018 by being recognised as Scenic’s top performing national home-based agency network for the fourth year running, and concluded with PTM Jo Patton winning the 2018 Avis Scholarship of Excellence – the second consecutive year that a TravelManagers personal travel manager has won the award.”However, not being content to rest on their laurels, Campbell says TravelManagers are looking to continue breaking records in 2019, and adds that they are off to a strong start. Last weekend, TravelManagers was once again recognised by Scenic at its annual ‘Night of Stars’ event, collecting the Highest Sales Home-Based Australia-Wide Sales Award.“Our first full business week this year saw us welcoming six newly-signed PTMs for their induction training – a fantastic omen for the year ahead,” Campbell reports. “Despite the record-breaking achievements by many areas of our business in 2018, we have plenty more planned for 2019, and we are looking forward to seeing what successes this year will bring”.Lead image: TravelManagers first inductees for 2019 from left to right are PTMs: Dominic Bellissimo (NSW), Sally Tobing (Vic), Julie Marchese (WA), Lauren Oliver (Vic), Jade Marshall (Vic), Breeanna De Ruysscher (Qld), welcomed by Chief Operating Officer, Grant Campbell.Go back to the enewsletter
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