CALGARY – The potential dismantling of NAFTA is a concern because of its impact on the overall North American economy, but its direct effect on Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) would be limited, CEO Keith Creel said Thursday.Transportation analysts have identified the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as sometimes threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump, as one of the biggest risks to Canadian railways this year. Negotiations to modernize the deal start again next week in Montreal.“We’re paying attention to it but, at a micro level, our direct commodity exposure is fairly modest,” Creel said on a conference call with analysts after reporting fourth-quarter financial results that slightly beat analyst expectations.“Thirty per cent of our business is cross-border, but this number overstates our true exposure,” said Creel. “Our cross-border is primarily agricultural products — stuff like grain, potash, fertilizers, chemicals … The reality is the U.S. relies heavily on these raw materials that we’re shipping south to support the overall economy.”St. Louis-based analyst Dan Sherman of Edward Jones said he agrees with Creel.“We need the wood, we need the potash. Those things are important for us,” Sherman said. “So we’re probably going to continue to buy it from Canada, and if there’s a slightly larger tariff, that’s going to make hardly any difference.”Analyst Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets said in a report earlier this month that a U.S. government move to disband the continental free trade agreement could cause a similar reaction to the immediate 10 per cent drop in market values in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.CP Rail said Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue grew by five per cent to $1.71 billion from $1.64 billion in the same period a year ago, aided by enhanced service offerings and strategic partnerships with customers.It said net income rose to $984 million in the last three months of the year from $384 million a year earlier. That was mainly due to a non-cash provision of $527 million to account for deferred income tax recoveries from U.S. tax reforms enacted in December, which more than made up for tax increases by the Saskatchewan and B.C. governments.Freight revenue from metals, minerals, and consumer products grew 30 per cent, while energy, chemicals and plastics jumped 20 per cent.Chief marketing officer John Brooks said on the call he expects 2018 revenue growth in “the mid-single digits” and adjusted earnings per share growth in the low double-digits, thanks to strong global potash demand, a large Canadian grain crop and steady coal shipments.Sherman said he’s also bullish on CP Rail’s prospects, noting it has more capacity to grow than its competitors.CP Rail says its operating ratio, a measure of operating expenses as a percentage of revenues, fell slightly to 56.1 per cent in the fourth quarter from 56.2 per cent in the year-earlier period. It was 57.4 per cent for 2017, down from 58.6 in 2016.For the year, revenue was $6.55 billion in 2017, compared with $6.23 billion in 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
HALIFAX – DHX Media Ltd.’s shares closed up more than 10 per cent Tuesday after it announced a deal with a division of Global Brands Group to boost distribution and sales of its Peanuts brand in China and elsewhere in Asia as the final step of its strategic review.The children’s entertainment company said late Monday it has also suspended its quarterly dividend, cut staff, and streamlined operations as part of the review it started in late 2017 as the company struggled with debt and poor financial results.Halifax-based DHX said the dividend cut will free up $10 million a year while operational changes will save about $11 million a year that it can put towards debt and future content.The news helped send the company’s share price to as high as $1.76 before closing up 14 cents or 10.3 per cent at $1.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company’s stock plunged by a third to $1.13 in mid-September to a six-year low after a weaker-than-expected preview of its fourth-quarter results.Going forward, the company will focus on its WildBrain business to capitalize on the rising popularity of YouTube for children, and on using its stable of shows and characters to produce premium original content for major streaming services.“We are well-positioned to enter our next stage of growth, focused on what we identified during the strategic review as the two largest opportunities for kids’ and family content,” said executive chairman Michael Donovan in a statement.The five-year agreement with Global Brands Group subsidiary CAA Global Brand Management Group LLP will see the firm work to increase Peanuts’ presence in Asia by extending the brand’s reach across multiple licensing categories.DHX said China and Asia hold the potential for significant growth of the Peanuts brand. The company said it expects a 35 per cent increase in revenues for the brand in the region over the length of the deal.The company sold a 39-per-cent stake in the Peanuts entertainment business to a Sony Corp. division for US$178 million in May, having bought 80 per cent of the business for US$345 million a year earlier.The strategic review also saw the company appoint a new leadership team including a new chief executive, chief financial officer, operating officer and commercial officer, cut its footprint by 3,150 square metres, and bring some Peanuts agency representation in-house.The completion of the strategic review came as DHX reported a loss attributable to shareholders of $14.1 million or 10 cents per share on $434.4 million in revenue for the financial year ended June 30. That compared with a loss of $3.6 million or three cents per share on $298.7 million in revenue for the previous year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX)
WASHINGTON — Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands.Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned.With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, wrapped up his visit – during which he met with top officials and others, visited camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and flew over the former conflict zone – to the country yesterday. Addressing reporters yesterday, Mr. Ban characterized his visit to the IDP sites at Manik Farm as “very sobering.” His mission to Sri Lanka sought to promote progress in three key areas: immediate humanitarian relief reintegration and reconstruction and an equitable political solution. In the joint statement also issued yesterday, Mr. Rajapaksa and Mr. Ban agreed that following last week’s end of military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the country has entered a new post-conflict phase and faces many obstacles relating to relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation. “While addressing these critical issues, it was agreed that the new situation offered opportunities for long-term development of the North and for re-establishing democratic institutions and electoral politics after 2 ½ decades,” it said, noting that the Government has committed to empower the people of the north, where fighting raged, both economically and politically. Further, the two leaders agreed that all communities’ grievances must be addressed and efforts made to promote a sustainable political solution to ensure long-term development, with Mr. Rajapaksa expressing his determination to commence a broader dialogue with all parties, including Tamil ones. “The Government should undertake certain confidence-building measures to clearly and unmistakably signal its good intentions in addressing root causes of Tamil and Muslim grievances,” Mr. Ban told reporters yesterday. During his two-day visit to Sri Lanka, he discussed with the President how the UN will aid the Government’s continuing efforts to address future challenges and opportunities. According to the statement, the world body will continue providing humanitarian assistance to the IDPs in Vavuniya and Jaffna, while the Sri Lankan Government will continue helping relief agencies and endeavour to allow IDPs to resume their normal lives as quickly as possible. “The Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Government expressing its intention to dismantle the welfare villages at the earliest as outlined in the Plan to resettle the bulk of IDPs and call for its early implementation,” it noted. Mr. Ban also called on the international community to fund the Common Humanitarian Action Plan, or CHAP, launched by the Sri Lankan Government and the UN, which seeks to meet the needs of those uprooted by the clashes. The large number of former child soldiers forcibly recruited by the LTTE was recognized by both the President and Secretary-General as an important issue, with Mr. Rajapaksa underscoring his firm zero tolerance policy and child-friendly procedures having been set up for their release and rehabilitation in centres, in cooperation with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations,” the statement said. “The Secretary General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law,” it added. “The Government will take measures to address those grievances.” 24 May 2009Addressing the aspirations and grievances of all communities, as well as finding a lasting political solution, is essential for long-term development in the wake of the end of the long-running conflict between Sri Lankan troops and separatist rebels, according to a joint statement issued by the Government of the South Asian nation and the United Nations.
Sri Lanka has decided to ratify the anti-personnel mine ban convention, also known as the Ottawa Convention.Northern and Eastern provinces in Sri Lanka have been severely affected by landmines and explosives due to the conflict situation which prevailed in the country. According to the latest figures, to date, 162 States have joined the convention and have collectively destroyed a total of over 48 million stockpiled landmines to date. (Colombo Gazette) The Ottawa Convention adopted on Sept. 18, 1997 came into force on March 1, 1999. This landmark humanitarian and disarmament Convention seeks to end the suffering caused by landmines.By joining the convention, each State Party undertakes to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines that it owns or that are under its jurisdiction or control, not later than four years and to clear landmines within 10 years of becoming a State Party. Providing assistance to mine victims and awareness raising also remains important aspects in the Convention. As a result a joint proposal made by MangalaSamaraweera, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and D.M. Swaminathan, the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to ratify the anti-personnel mine ban convention to create that background, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. The Government today said that the de-mining process is important for the resettlement of internally displaced persons and threats for the lifestyle and infrastructure development in the area by these explosives should be prevented.
The Government has called upon the local and foreign entrepreneurs to seize the best opportunity given by the government and invest in Sri Lanka.Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says the investors have been given enough incentives under Budget -2017 and this is the best time for any investor to invest in Sri Lanka. Treasury officials are working to give to life other proposals that will be implemented on January 01, 2017 and others from April 01, with the beginning of the new tax year respectively. “Local and foreign investors present conveyed their approval to the proposals in the budget as positive and conducive for the development of the economy with foreign investment that would generate employment as well,” the Finance Ministry said.On the question of a investor friendly visa process the Minister said it had already been addressed through the budget and a five year multiple entry visa will be give to such investors.The Minister also said all the banks that are operating in the country are making huge profits and therefore it is time the banks come out of their safety zones and lend to the people who want money. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister assured that all the proposals that have been incorporated in the budget would be implemented on time and some of the proposals have already come into effect. The 2017 budget has a unison approach under the unity Government and the Minister expressed the belief that all the proposals could be implemented as scheduled.Highlighting the incentives given to foreigners, the Minister said that the restrictions on foreign owned companies acquiring land for commercial purposes and restriction on foreign individuals owning apartments from the first floor have been removed.
Video of opening of session In an address to the UN Palestinian rights committee, Mr. Annan said only a clear resolve by Israeli and Palestinian leaders will break the impasse and restart the peace process. “There is no substitute for the two parties sitting down and working out with each other the details of an agreement that both peoples can live with,” he said.The 2002 Road Map, which was accepted by the parties and enjoys broad international support, “remains the most practical way of achieving the aspirations of both sides,” he said.”Today, I call on both parties to take immediate and specific steps to implement the plan without preconditions,” he declared.Specifically, he urged the Palestinian Authority to take resolute action to halt terror attacks by militant groups against Israelis. At the same time, he urged the Israeli Government to halt further settlement expansion and the construction of the barrier. Calling Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s announcement of a plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip settlements “encouraging,” Mr. Annan said he looked forward to a timetable. “An evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements should be seen as part of a broader process, an interim step that could revitalize stalled peace efforts, consistent with the Road Map,” he said, calling on the international community to help the two sides out of the present deadlock. Members of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation – must “try harder to bring the parties back to the negotiating table,” he added.Also addressing the session, the committee Chairman, Paul Badji of Senegal, said Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories was the major cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He stressed that peace hinged on the immediate implementation of the Road Map, relevant Security Council resolutions, the principle of the exchange of land for peace, and the initiative adopted by the League of Arab States at Beirut.Nasser Al-Kidwa, Palestine’s Permanent Observer, said Israel continued to commit war crimes and the systematic violation of human rights. The wall being constructed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, had deeply exacerbated the already grave situation. It completely undermined the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, as it would prevent the emergence of a viable and independent State. He added that Israel’s current attempts to formally depart from the Road Map were dangerous, and called for that plan’s implementation.At the outset of the session, delegates observed a moment of silence in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s deadly bomb attacks in Madrid.
Mr. Annan was called this morning by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who informed him of the appointment and assured him that Mr. Bolton would work with the UN on reform and a full range of other issues, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily news briefing in New York.Asked about Mr. Bolton’s past record of demanding accountability from the UN, Mr. Dujarric said the UN has “nothing against people who hold us accountable.” On the contrary, the UN has been dealing with accountability and would continue to do so in the months ahead, he added.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of LondonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph One of London’s biggest nightclubs can reopen just months after a council revoked its licence.Fabric, the iconic nightclub based in Farringdon, central London, was forced to close in September after Islington Council found it had a “culture of drug use” which staff were “incapable of controlling”.The venue was to appeal against the decision at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court next week, but reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Police and the council.The agreement, which introduces new conditions to the club’s licence, was approved by a judge at the court on Monday, a spokeswoman for the council said. FABRIC TO RE-OPEN!#FabricSaved pic.twitter.com/5vBOUpMofp— bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) November 21, 2016 Superintendent Nick Davies, from Islington police, said the club felt the force had “acted reasonably in the circumstances”.He welcomed Fabric’s offer to place additional conditions on its licence and a zero tolerance approach to drugs, and said police would continue to “robustly enforce the licensing objectives”.”We will be monitoring the ongoing conduct of Fabric and the activities that take place within it. If there are further breaches of the licence, Fabric should be in no doubt that they will be challenged by Islington police and action taken,” he said.”I know Fabric is a venue that holds a great deal of affection in people’s hearts. We had no choice but to take action to safeguard clubbers – and now Fabric has agreed to considerable changes, I hope the venue can continue to operate for many years to come within the boundaries of the new licensing conditions.” A crowdfunding campaign launched by its owners in September in an effort to save the venue raised more than £300,000, while a petition to reopen the club topped 160,000 signatures.A post on the club’s official Facebook page said: He said: “We needed to find a common-sense solution that protects both the future of Fabric and the safety of all clubbers – and we have. I especially want to thank Islington Council for working so hard to help find a solution.”The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone.”Over the past eight years, London has lost 50 per cent of its nightclubs and 40 per cent of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”Following the announcement, Fabric thanked those who had “united behind” the club. FABRIC ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Novelist (@Novelist) November 21, 2016 If the reports I’m hearing are true then YESSSSSS @fabriclondon ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀— TwEats Everything® (@eats_everything) November 21, 2016 The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyoneLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan A joint statement released by the council and the club following the decision said: “Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm.”It also recognises that there need to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability.”The statement added: “The authority welcomes Fabric’s acceptance of all these matters. It is now satisfied that Fabric’s directors and senior management understand precisely what has to be done to ensure that Fabric is a safe environment for young clubbers, and that zero tolerance to drugs means precisely that.”The club has also pledged to introduce a new ID scanning system, improve search procedures and introduce covert surveillance in the venue.London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who previously spoke out against the decision to close Fabric, said he was “delighted” that an agreement had been reached. Fabric….wow….congrats— Loadstar (@Loadstar) November 21, 2016 It includes a ban on anyone under the age of 19 entering the venue between 8pm on Friday and 8am on Monday and also states that anyone found in possession of drugs in the club or who tries to buy drugs will be handed a life ban from the venue.Islington Council said the changes, offered by Fabric, were “designed to ensure a zero-tolerance approach” to drugs.The club closed temporarily after the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds earlier this year, and in August Scotland Yard applied to the council for the licence to be reviewed. FABRIC IS REOPENING. GREAT NEWS!— trampa (@TrampaMusic) November 21, 2016 Fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @fabriclondon— Friction (@friction) November 21, 2016 It’s true. You saved fabric 🙏🙏🙏https://t.co/FFaEApotyo pic.twitter.com/dPjxbXEmqt— fabriclondon (@fabriclondon) November 21, 2016 People left tributes at the doors of Fabric nightclub when it was forced to close in SeptemberCredit:Getty Images The news was met with delight by fans on social media: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York THIS ‘SUPER MATERIAL’ isn’t ready yet, but it’s going to make future technologies so awesome.Meet grapheneGraphene, the pure carbon material that’s just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it’s 60,000 times thinner than clingfilm.Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesised from unique carbon sources — anything from pencil lead to cookies — and it has thousands of possible applications. The material Graphene, a form of carbon Source: Adrian Wyld/PAHow it’s madeHow is it possible for one material to have so many ideal characteristics?When you search “graphene” on the web, the most common picture you’ll see is a molecular lattice that resembles a honeycomb, or chicken wire.In reality, this depiction of graphene is perhaps the best way to understand its incredible properties: The structure is remarkably strong and efficient — even self-repairing — but it is essentially two-dimensional.As such, graphene is the most chemically reactive form of carbon, which also makes the material highly conductive and flexible, as well as strong.What people want to do with itSince graphene was finally isolated in 2003, scientific interest in the material has exploded thanks to a “land rush of patents” filed by companies like Apple, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and others around the globe.According to British patent consultancy CambridgeIP, China has filed for more than 2,200 graphene patents — the most of any country — followed by the U.S. with more than 1,700 patents, and South Korea with just under 1,200 patents.How people could use this ‘wonder material’1. Batteries. Probably the biggest issue with most mobile devices is that they constantly need to be recharged. But since 2011, when Northwestern University engineers found graphene anodes are better at holding energy than anodes made of graphite — with faster charging up to 10x — researchers have been hard at work experimenting with graphene compounds that can be scalable, cost-efficient, but most of all, powerful.Last May, Rice University researchers found that graphene mixed with vanadium oxide (a relatively inexpensive solution) can create battery cathodes that recharge in 20 seconds and retain more than 90% of their capacity, even after 1,000 cycles of use.2. Computer circuits. Last year, MIT and Harvard engineers successfully used DNA templates to pattern graphene into nanoscale structures that could eventually be fashioned into electronic circuits, although the researchers still need to improve the overall precision of the process before it can replace silicon in computer chips.The methodologies are still experimental and expensive, but the potential for graphene-based electronics, considering the upsides of the material, is simply too good to ignore.3. Smartphones. Between batteries and computer chips, it’s possible graphene will be the chief material used to compose the smartphones of the future.It could even be used for unbreakable smartphones, where users can soon twist and bend their phones at will since graphene can be used to create a rigid metal housing but also allow for a flexibility, even in the touch-screen display.4. Energy cells. Graphene could help us harness energy like never before. Batteries for phones and smartwatches are one thing, but solar and electric power could stand to benefit tremendously from the material, as well.Last year, the Michigan Technological University found graphene could power solar cells by replacing platinum, which is a key ingredient in solar cells but a highly expensive one at $1,500 an ounce.Thanks to its molecular structure, graphene has the conductivity and catalytic activity needed to harness and convert the energy of the sun without losing any efficiency of its own.5. Living tissue applications. A March 2012 issue of Nature predicted graphene could be used to create bionic implants, but more recently, the University of Manchester’s Aravind Vijaraghavan said graphene could interact with one’s biological systems — or “talk with one’s cells,” as he put it — which could eventually take the Internet of Things to new heights. Can’t read the graphic properly? Click the link below.Pic: PA Source: LinkGraphene isn’t the material doing the actual talking; the graphene simply lies beneath the synthetic phospholipid layers that do all the work, but does showcase the versatility of graphene and its ability to play nice with our own biological systems.Graphene in the futureBesides consumer electronics, the range of applications for graphene is practically endless.Since graphene’s properties are only exploited when the material is combined with other elements like gases, metals, and other sources of carbon, researchers are experimenting with graphene to create antennas, saltwater filters, windows, paint, airplane wings, tennis rackets, DNA-sequencing devices, tires, ink, and so much more.Samsung, which owns roughly a quarter of South Korea’s graphene patents, is dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into research for the material.With so many upsides to graphene, it’s easy to see why the technology world is so excited about the material’s potential. But just because it can do things better than silicon doesn’t mean companies are willing to overhaul their manufacturing processes just yet.Though Samsung’s recent development is promising, there is still not a foolproof way of mass producing graphene with machines, which means there’s no way to make money from it.It may take years or decades for graphene to fully manifest itself in industrial manufacturing, but until it becomes cheap enough to entice companies to use the material at a large scale, all we can do is daydream about the potential of this ultra-strong, ultra-thin super material and its effects on our technological lives.Read: Global breakthrough: Irish scientists discover how to mass produce ‘wonder material’ graphene>
I Love YouPR HandoutTollywood producers like Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary heaped praises on Kannada actor Upendra and director R Chandru at the team launch of their Telugu film I Love You.Upendra is the most popular Sandalwood actor in Telugu states and the makers of next Kannada movie I Love You are dubbing and releasing it in Telugu to cash in on his fame. They held grand function for the launch of its Telugu Teaser in Hyderabad on Monday. Upendra and the film’s cast and crew attended the event. Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary graced it as guests.Addressing this event, Dil Raju praised Upendra. The producer, who is likely to distribute I Love You in Nizam, said, “Back in the late 1990s, I would find Upendra’s movies quite crazy. It’s only after reading the script of Arya that I understood the nuances of balancing a negative character in a way that the audience love. I wish that I Love You will become a big hit in both Telugu and Kannada.”Lagadapati Sridhar said, “Upendra is a real star. His cult classic OM is one of my all-time favourite movies. With A, he became a cult star. With films like Son Of Sathyamurthy, too, he won our hearts. I know many people in my circle who really love him. He lives life king size and is a big inspiration to many. He is a fabulous actor, writer and has command over all the crafts of filmmaking. I Love You Telugu teaser launchPR HandoutThe producer said the I Love You would be hit with the young Telugu audience. Lagadapati Sridhar said, “I think he has once again made a film that every youngster is going to love. It shows post-marriage love and is a refreshing endeavour. I Love You comes with the caption Nanne Preminchu.”Lagadapati Sridhar also praised director R Chandru, saying, “He is the godfather of love stories, having made beautiful love stories such as Taj Mahal. When Charminar was remade in Telugu as Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini, it won the Best Romantic Movie award at the Jaipur Film Festival.”Meanwhile, Lagadapati Sridhar evinced his interest to produce Upendra’s next directorial venture. The Producer, “I want to do a straight Telugu film with Upendra as director. He has also entered politics with a people-centric agenda. I wish him all the success for the coming elections.”YVS Chowdary also praised both the actor and director of I Love you. He said, “If I have come to this stage in life, it’s only because of NT Rama Rao’s blessings. Coming to this film, its very logo is unique. Director R Chandru’s movies come with delicate sensibilities and human values. Upendra is a frank person and his characters in movies have no secrets. The caption Nanne Preminchu is so apt in his case.”YVS Chowdary added, “Long before an Arjun Reddy and a Rx 100 were made, Upendra did far more intense love stories. A and OM are the best examples. Puri Jagannadh’s characterizations are strong. Before him, Upendra came up with strong ones. I had the opportunity to work with him long back during my association with Vyjayanthi Movies as a co-director. He could have done an unbelievably crazy movie with even Chiranjeevi. He has always broken the rules of the game. His movies possess social values. He is forthright even as a politician. I wish him and director R Chandru all the best.”
US President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersBeijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of “blackmail” and warned it would retaliate in kind after the US president threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods, pushing the world’s two biggest economies closer to a trade war.Trump said on Monday he had asked the US Trade Representative to target $200 billion worth of imports for a 10 percent levy, citing China’s “unacceptable” move to raise its own tariffs.He added he would identify an extra $200 billion of goods-for a possible total of $450 billion, or most Chinese imports-“if China increases its tariffs yet again”.“Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States,” Trump said in a statement.Last week, he announced 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to retaliate with matching duties on US goods.The US leader warned Friday of “additional tariffs” should Beijing hit back with tit-for-tat measures.“The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable,” he said in explaining his latest decision.“I have an excellent relationship with President Xi (Jinping), and we will continue working together on many issues. But the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world.”China’s commerce ministry immediately responded by saying the US “practice of extreme pressure and blackmail departed from the consensus reached by both sides during multiple negotiations and has also greatly disappointed international society”.“If the US acts irrationally and issues a list, China will have no choice but to take comprehensive measures of a corresponding number and quality and take strong, powerful countermeasures.”The news hit stock markets in Asia, with Shanghai down almost four percent and Shenzhen tumbling nearly six percent, while Hong Kong fell more than two percent.Leading the fall in Hong Kong was Chinese telecom giant ZTE, plunging nearly 26 percent and shedding nearly two-thirds of its value since striking a deal with the Trump administration to lift a ban on using critical US components.But on Monday, the US Senate defied Trump by voting to overrule his administration’s deal with legislation to reimpose the ban on hi-tech chip sales to the company, whose fate has figured prominently in the trade talks.Trump is moving forward with the trade measures after months of sometimes fraught shuttle diplomacy in which Chinese offers to purchase more American goods failed to assuage his grievances over a widening trade imbalance and China’s aggressive industrial development policies.China had offered to ramp up purchases of American goods by $70 billion to help cut its yawning trade surplus with the United States, whereas Trump had demanded a $200 billion deficit cut.“Disregarding the consensus reached by the two countries, the US is playing fast and loose and once again stirring up a trade war,” said China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.“This way of doing things breaks faith with everyone,” Geng said.‘Unacceptable’ -The China trade offensive is only one side of Trump’s multi-front battle with the United States’ economic partners as he presses ahead with his protectionist “America First” agenda.Since June 1, steel and aluminium imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico have been hit with tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively.“This latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage, which is reflected in our massive $376 billion trade imbalance in goods,” Trump said of China’s retaliatory tariffs.“This is unacceptable.”Two decades ago, China’s economy was largely fuelled by exports, but it has made progress in rebalancing towards domestic investment and consumption since the global financial crisis erupted last decade-limiting the damage trade tariffs could inflict on Beijing.Still, strong exports this year have lifted the economy, which is now showing signs of losing steam under the weight of Beijing’s war on debt, launched to clean up financial risks and rein in borrowing-fuelled growth.Initially, 545 US products valued at $34 billion will be targeted by China, mimicking the Trump administration’s tariff rollout.Beijing wants to “demonstrate that things will be done their way or not at all,” said Christopher Balding, an economics professor at Shenzhen’s HSBC Business School, who believes Chinese policymakers prefer demonstrations of “power and control” over “technical policy rightness.”“It is a game of chicken,” Balding said.So far Beijing has targeted major American exports to China such as soybeans, which brought in $14 billion in sales last year, and are grown in states that supported Trump during the 2016 presidential election, as well as other politically sensitive products.Officials also drew up a second list of $16 billion in chemical and energy products to hit with new tariffs, though China did not announce a date for imposing them.More American targets are likely to follow as soon as the Trump administration follows through with publishing an expanded tariff list.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comVenerable Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia will be the home of the world-renowned Soulful Symphony for the summer. Over the years the Soulful Symphony has re-energized American music through the prism of the essential Black American cultural experience.The Soulful Symphony, a 75-piece American symphony orchestra, was founded by Darrin Atwater in Baltimore in 2000. Under his guidance, Soulful has presented an extraordinary blend of genres including, Gospel, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop and Jazz around the globe.Darrin Atwater is the conductor and founder of the Soulful Symphony. The orchestra will perform this summer at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Courtesy Photo)The three-show season for Soulful Symphony will launch this weekend, June 29, with a performance of #soulfulsetlist. On July 28, Soulful will continue with Slang. The orchestra will end the summer with Under an Open Heaven on September 14.Atwater, a native of Washington, D.C., made his orchestral debut as both a composer and pianist in May 1995 with the National Symphony Orchestra.Atwater, who is a composer, music producer, film composer, educator and arts advocate, has served as an exemplary ambassador for classical music artists of color. He has performed with a diverse list of musical titans including: Kathleen Battle, Jennifer Holiday and Wynton Marsalis.He has been a guest conductor with the Dallas Symphony, Memphis Brass, Columbus Symphony and from 2004-2007 Atwater was Composer-In-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony.
Some gamers have been reporting that Assassin’s Creed 3 game save data is being deleted after installing the DLC add-on The Hidden Secrets.The Hidden Secrets is the first DLC pack for AC3 and it’s already gotten off to a bad start. Xbox 360 gamers are reporting that parts of their player progress have now gone missing. Most importantly, it has deleted some players’ entire story mode progress, but leaves completed side missions untouched. It also resets gained money back to zero, and courier deliveries have to be completed again. However, the side effects vary from player to player.AdChoices广告One user posted on the Ubisoft forums that instead of having their main story progress deleted, they lost all their side mission progress instead. It’s likely that their data was erased because they were playing the game while downloading the DLC.In fact, the Community Developer at Ubisoft has recommended players avoid loading your AC3 save while The Hidden Secrets DLC is downloading in the background as this is what seems to be causing peoples data to go missing. It’s only affecting a small number of players, most of which are on Xbox 360, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take Ubisoft’s advice.Currently, the DLC is only available for Season Pass owners and it will be released for everyone on December 11. By then, Ubisoft will hopefully have fixed the issue, but affected gamers will be left waiting to see if it’s possible to get their lost progress back.More at Ubisoft, via Polygon
History has seen talented artists like Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Picasso. But how are lesser artists meant to measure up? Especially if the world has seen only one of their paintings? Johannes Gumpp was an Austrian painter who, in 1646, painted his own self-portrait. There are no other noteworthy works by him. There seem to be no other works by him at all. For some reason, his self-portrait is the only proof of his career.The reason it is so remarkable is because of how different it is: not just in its aesthetic, but in its content.Self-portrait by Johannes GumppAesthetically, it’s shocking — the self-portrait contains three heads. Content-wise, there are profound observations to be made.In order to create a self-portrait, an artist needs to see himself. In order to see himself, he needs a mirror. Artisans in Venice perfected the method of making glass mirrors in the previous century, meaning that by Gumpp’s time, he’d have had access to a perfectly detailed reflection of himself. There are two questions that concern this mirror, however.Firstly, how did he afford it? At the end of the 1600s, mirrors were such expensive luxuries that the Countess de Fiesque allegedly traded an entire farm for just one.Secondly, why did he include the mirror itself in the painting? Usually, when working on a self-portrait, an artist looks into the mirror and paints what he sees: himself and the surrounding still life. Until modern times when the technique was made popular by artists like Norman Rockwell, it was rare if not unheard of to paint the actual mirror itself into the work of art.Detail showing inscriptionGumpp’s curious style doesn’t end there, though. The face of the artist in the painting is not visible as his back is turned. Next to his body, Gumpp didn’t just paint the mirror he had looked into for the sake of creating his self-portrait, but he painted the self-portrait itself! His face is duplicated in both the painting’s mirror and the painting’s canvas. In total, there are three Gumpps.Interest in the self-portrait doesn’t end with its visual analysis. When considering Gumpp’s threesome, question arise about the number’s significance. Was he considering his youth, his adult life, and old age? Was he drawing parallels to the Holy Trinity?Self-portrait by Johannes GumppEven more interesting is that below each of his faces are two animals: a cat, positioned below the mirror, and a dog, positioned below the painting. There are three Gumpps in the self-portrait and there are three living beings in the self-portrait. While Gumpp’s two faces seem serene and unemotional, the two animals are clearly agitated, warring with each other. Could there be any significance behind these representations?Yet another question that arises is: where are they looking? Rather, why are they looking in those directions? It is obvious that the Gumpp in the mirror is looking back at the faceless body of the artist. What’s not so obvious is where the Gumpp on the canvas is looking. To hazard a guess, it seems like Gummp’s face on the canvas is looking out of the painting, out of the self-portrait, and at the viewer. Why is the portrait looking ahead? Why not the artist?Unfortunately, these are questions that will never be answered and mystery will forever surround the painter and his self-portrait.Read another story from us: The Models For “American Gothic” Were The Painter’s Sister And Their DentistBorn in Innsbruck in 1626, Gumpp was the son of an architect. The whole family was employed in the arts for centuries. That’s all that’s known about the family, though. There’s no proof of how he made a living, nor where his life’s work may have gone. All that’s known is that he created this singular piece that still amuses and confounds historians and art appreciators alike.
DUBAI — As summer temperatures soared outside, the world’s largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday in the Middle East’s tourist hub of Dubai – the latest in a myriad of new attractions here.The first visitors at the 1.5 million square-foot (140,000 square meters) park reflected the diverse crowds that visit and live in Dubai, home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Middle East’s largest mall and a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree that is dotted with luxury hotels.Saudi women dressed in abayas, the traditional loose black robes, and full face-veils, rode alongside tank-top wearing British tourists and Indian families on the park’s roller coasters and attractions.Several families with young children complained that some of the rides stalled. Others said they were thrilled by the adventure park’s indoor boulevard, which leads visitors through Marvel and Cartoon Network zones, a “Haunted Hotel” and a Lost Valley Dinosaur zone.The IMG Worlds of Adventure park recorded about 3,000 visitors on Wednesday as temperatures rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) outside.Ali al-Subai, a visitor from Saudi Arabia, said he was happy the Gulf region has a place like this to visit during the summer. The 26-year-old said he visits Dubai at least four times a year and hopes his country too can one day open similar theme parks.“It’s very, very nice. Better than I imagined,” he said. “We wish for this in Saudi Arabia – the rides, the cinemas.”Dubai ruler and United Arab Emirates Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid toured the more than $1 billion park earlier on Wednesday.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe adventure park is one of two major theme parks opening this year in Dubai, part of an effort to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2020, when the emirate is to host the World Expo. Last year, some 14 million people visited Dubai, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The highest share of visitors came from neighbouring Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia topping the list.Teens Abdullah Jameel and Sultan al-Suweidi, both from Dubai, said they enjoyed the park more than Universal Studios in Singapore. They said the IMG Worlds of Adventure park wins because of shorter lines and more exciting rides.They beamed after riding the Velociraptor roller coaster, which swoops through the indoor park, then juts out into the Dubai desert before going back inside. Another main attraction is the Predator roller coaster, with its sharp, vertical drop.Spider-Man too has his own ride, a spinning roller coaster that propels riders through a New York City skyline, soaring much like the fictional superhero would as he fights to save the city from the sinister Doctor Octopus. A Cartoon Network-themed Powerpuff Girls scrambler glides and spins riders upside down, while a 5-D theatre experience takes guests through an animated Ben 10 battle scene.The park aims to attract up to 30,000 visitors on peak days. Along with its 22 rides and attractions, the park offers visitors 25 retail outlets and 28 food and beverage outlets that are expected to contribute to nearly a quarter of the park’s overall revenue. At the high-end Marvel Vault store, an extravagant Hulk-inspired gold display that holds a pen with precious stones costs almost 115,000 dirhams ($31,300 USD).More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalDespite thrills at every turn, British tourist Tariq Collins said the entry ticket cost of 300 dirhams ($82) for adults and 250 dirhams ($68) for children was “a bit pricey.” He said there were not as many attractions for his five-year-old daughter as he’d hoped there would be.“Apart from that, great. Very nicely done,” he said, before adding that some of the rides were not working.The park’s Chief Executive Officer Lennard Otto said this is not uncommon in the theme park industry.“No theme park today, whether it’s Disney or Universal, has 100 per cent upkeep time on their rides,” he said. “Rides will break (down). They’re the same as any other technology. The key for us is to try and manage the experience after that.”Otto said the park plans to add five more attractions in the coming five years. It’s “definitely a new feather in Dubai’s cap,” and helps fill a gap in the Gulf market for quality entertainment destinations, he said.In October, a $2.8 billion theme park is slated to open on the main highway connecting Dubai with Abu Dhabi, the UAE seat of government.Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature a Six Flags, a Legoland waterpark and roller coaster, Bollywood-themed rides and shows, and a Motiongate movie-themed park with a Smurfs village.Abu Dhabi is already home to Ferrari World and is planning a Warner Bros. themed park. By: Aya Batrawy << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, September 1, 2016 Dubai opens Marvel theme park with minor hiccups Tags: Dubai
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Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Iran says it wants to put its own satellites into orbit to monitor natural disasters in the earthquake-prone nation, improve telecommunications and expand military surveillance in the region. The U.S. and its allies worry that the same technology could also be used to develop long-range missiles.Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the center was for Iran’s space-related security but that Tehran would also share the acquired data with other countries, the official IRNA news agency reported.Iran frequently announces technological breakthroughs that cannot be independently verified. It has long pursued space ambitions aimed at putting its own satellite into orbit as well as a manned space flight.“The base is aimed at securing the country’s space facilities and monitoring space objects especially satellites that pass overhead,” Vahidi was quoted as saying.The country has nine command and control ground stations for its space program including one in Syria, the country’s main Arab regional ally. The rest are located mainly in the central and southern parts of the country.Vahidi said the Delijan center used radar, electro-optic and radio tracking.In one of its most recent high-profile space announcements, Iran said in February that it send a monkey into space. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Comments Share Sponsored Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran said Sunday that it set up its first space tracking center to monitor objects passing in orbit overhead, the breakthrough claimed by the Islamic Republic in its space program.President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who inaugurated the facility near the town of Delijan some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Tehran, said the center will help the country to manage “activities of satellites” but was also capable of monitoring “very remote space,” according to the official IRNA press agency.
Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Philippine Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said Wednesday that talks between Forum Energy plc and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, to develop an area of the Reed Bank were at a preliminary stage. Both China and the Philippines would have to approve a deal, but Petilla expressed hope that a commercial agreement could be reached despite the long-raging disputes over the Reed Bank, a vast offshore area claimed by both countries.The majority owner of London-based Forum is a Philippine energy company, Philex Petroleum Corp. The talks were being held abroad, most recently in Hong Kong, Petilla said.The alternative to entering into a business partnership “is not to drill _ probably forever.” Petilla said.President Benigno Aquino III told foreign correspondents that any such deal with China would have to conform to Philippine laws. The Reed Bank, northwest of the Philippine province of Palawan, lies clearly within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, Aquino said.Territorial spats between China and the Philippines over parts of the South China Sea have worsened in recent years, straining ties.Chinese ships tried to drive away a Philippine exploration vessel at the Reed Bank in March 2011. A Philippine general deployed two air force planes but the Chinese patrol ships had left by the time the aircraft reached the contested area. Aquino said Wednesday that he briefly met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian summit in Brunei two weeks ago and discussed the territorial rifts.“We still maintained both our positions,” Aquino said. “But at least we’re talking.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A Filipino-British company has begun talks with China’s state-owned offshore oil producer for an oil- and gas-exploration deal in part of the South China Sea where Philippine and Chinese vessels were involved in a confrontation just two and a half years ago.If a deal is struck, it would be the first between China and the Philippines involving territory in the sea that both countries claim. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The territorial conflict has hampered oil exploration in the offshore area, Petilla said, but he added that the Philippines needed to find a way to tap its potentially huge oil and gas deposits to meet his country’s growing energy demand. Natural gas deposits at a nearby offshore field called Malampaya are expected to run out in 2024, he said, adding that it takes about a decade to develop such a gas field.China and the Philippines, along with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam, have been contesting ownership of mostly barren islands, islets, reefs and surrounding waters in the South China Sea for years. There have been fears that the disputes could spark Asia’s next major armed conflict and block free passage in the busy sea lanes, where the bulk of the oil and cargo that fuel Asia’s bustling economies are transported.This year, Aquino’s government challenged Beijing’s claim over virtually the entire South China Sea before an international arbitration tribunal. Aquino canceled a publicly announced trip to China to attend a trade fair last month after Chinese diplomats demanded that his government withdraw the legal challenge, Philippine officials said. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019
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