Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Realistic Steel Texture

first_imgThe R16 Cinema 4D updates add new texture effects. In this post, we share a tutorial and free project file for creating a realistic steel effect in C4D.Applying realistic textures in Cinema 4D is essential to ‘selling’ the realism of your models. As you may know, Cinema 4D has been updated to version R16 with a myriad of new features, one being a reflectance parameter to make texturing much easier.In the following Cinema 4D video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a realistic steel texture in Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Setting Up Textures in PhotoshopCreating Textures in Cinema 4DWorking with Bump and Reflectance ModifiersTexturing is a science and good texture usually requires the use of more than one program. For the following tutorial you will need to have access to Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop you can download a free trial from Adobe’s website.[maxbutton id=”25″]Follow along here [best viewed full screen]:Find free Cinema 4D textures and materials in our previous Free Textures and Materials post. If you want to learn more about creating textures in Cinema 4D or simply want to increase your 3D animation skills check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for texturing in Cinema 4D? Share in the comment below.last_img read more

Kolkata, where a metro service goes under the river

first_imgThe twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah, on either side of river Hooghly, will be soon connected by a metro service, part of which runs under water. The first tunnel connecting Howrah and Kolkata is ready.How long did it take?On March 22, a German-made tunnel-boring machine, christened Prerna, punched through the diaphragm of the proposed Metro station at Esplanade in Kolkata and came out on the surface of the earth. It marked the completion of an eventful journey of 23 months from April 21, 2016, when the machine was lowered into the ground on the other side of the river. Another tunnel-boring machine Rachna, running parallel to Prerna, is catching up and is just a few metres behind.What’s the distance under water?Having traversed a distance of 520 metres below the riverbed, the two tunnels, about 3.8 km long, are the first underwater transport tunnels in India. The depth of the crown of the tunnel below the riverbed is 13 metres. Experts who oversaw the construction of the engineering marvel say the challenge was not only boring the tunnel below the riverbed but taking it past some of the oldest buildings in Kolkata, two Jewish synagogues, the Raj Bhavan and a few dilapidated Railway buildings which could not even be evacuated.Why are the tunnels needed?The tunnels are the most crucial part of the East West Metro Project, a 16.6-km line connecting Salt Lake in the north-eastern fringes of Kolkata to Howrah Maidan on the other side of the river. Of the 16.6-km line, about 10.8 km will be underground and the rest will be through an elevated corridor.The mega infrastructure project, costing ₹8,474.98 crore, was delayed primarily by objections raised by the Archaeological Survey of India to a 3.8-km stretch running too close to three heritage structures. With the construction of these tunnels being almost over, work on the project has received a major boost.What’s the plan?Work on the next phase of the project, construction of tunnels connecting Esplanade to the Sealdah railway station, will begin in May.Once this phase is complete, two of the busiest railway stations, Sealdah and Howrah, located on the opposite banks of the Hooghly, will be connected. Kolkata Metro Rail, the agency executing the mega project, is hopeful that by 2021 metro services will be operational along the entire route.Why is it important for the city?The East West Metro Line will align with the existing 27.23-km North South Line, which ferries 6 lakh passengers on a weekday. This was the first metro railway in the country and has been operational since 1984.Considering the population growth, it is projected that by 2035, 10 lakh passengers will take the East West Metro daily. Among major Indian metros, the ratio of road space to city space in Kolkata is the lowest, at 6%. The only hope for the lumbering traffic system, suffering from want of road space, is the metro railway networks criss-crossing the city. Along with the East West Metro project, four metro networks are in the pipeline.last_img read more

Vijender Singh’s Olympic dreams over, wants Vikas Krishan to win gold

first_imgStar boxer Vijender Singh’s hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics were shattered when fellow Indian pugilist Vikas Krishan entered the semi-finals of the the AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan to book a Rio berth. Vikas out-punched Korea’s Lee Dongyun 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 75 kg category on Thursday.Vijender, who was eyeing a qualification to Rio ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece, however wished the fellow boxers good luck for the showpiece event starting August 4.”I wish Vikas all the best and I hope he gets a gold medal in Rio. My best wishes are also with Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) who have also qualified for the Games,” Vijender told PTI from Manchester.”I would have loved to have a shot at Olympic qualification but as things stand now, I will continue fighting in the pro arena. I am very happy for the boys who have qualified as they have done it against all odds,” added India’s first Olympic medallist, who fetched a bronze in the 2008 edition of the Games.Vijender, who also happens to be the country’s first World Championships medallist, had expressed a desire to give Olympic qualification a shot when AIBA flung the doors open for pro boxers after an extraordinary congress earlier this month.Vijender will next be seen in action on 16 July when he competes for the WBO Asia title belt against Australian Kerry Hope in the national capital.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

3rd Test, Day 2: Pujara, Kohli and Rohit dominate Australia

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoSportsCricketSportsCricketGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara added 170 runs for the third wicket at the MCG against AustraliaSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: APCaption: Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second century of the ongoing series on ThursdaySyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Virat Kohli missed out on his seventh century in Australia by 18 runsSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: APCaption: Nathan Lyon was left frustrated on multiple occasions as Australia dropped quite a few catches of his bowling on Day 2Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: APCaption: Rishabh Pant made a handy 76-ball 39 on Day 2 at the MCGSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: APCaption: Rohit Sharma scored his first overseas fifty since 2015 at the MCG on ThursdaySyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: India vs AustraliaBoxing Day TestMCGIndia cricket photosVirat KohliCheteshwar PujaraRohit SharmaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second century of the series while Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma hit half-centuries as India declared their innings on 443 for 7 towards the end of the second day’s play at the MCG.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c249681c003c1545901697_1418151_editCommentContent Publish date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 14:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY2NzYiLCIxMjA4NTIxIiwiMTIwNjU1MCJdLCJjYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxMjA4NTYxIiwiMTIwNzAzNSJdLCJzdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJwcmltYXJ5X2NhdGVnb3J5IjoiMTIwNjU1MCJ9770x433:last_img read more

Amendment to the Municipal Grants Act

first_imgThe province will continue to pay the 10 municipalities with university and hospital residences 100 per cent of the grants-in-lieu of taxes, which began in 2006-07. Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, introduced an amendment to the Municipal Grants Act, today, March 21. “Last year we increased the grants-in-lieu for property of universities, which has been a long-standing request of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities,” said Mr. Muir. “The change will allow the department to continue to cover the full taxes for property of university residences.” This amendment puts the existing practice of paying municipalities this grant-in-lieu into law. It would secure the benefit for ten municipalities including the Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Antigonish, Clare, Pictou, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Wolfville, Yarmouth and Colchester.last_img read more

Province Invests in Connected Communities

first_imgGovernment is investing in sustainable transportation as part of Budget 2016-2017. Applications are now being accepted for projects that connect residents with each other and community hubs. “The first year of the Connect2 program produced collaborative projects that helped link communities of all sizes,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Energy. “It’s great to see more Nova Scotians able to get to their neighbourhood schools, medical centres and business districts without having to always use their car.” This year, government will invest another $600,000 in Connect2, matching the 2015-2016 contribution. During the first year of the program, 26 projects were completed and about $2.3 million in community and other funding was invested. The Connect2 program provides funding to communities that want to build or promote sustainable travel routes for walking and biking trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. Communities, municipalities and organizations may apply before May 31. Successful projects are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects that focus on public education and engagement, such as marketing, maps, and online resources, are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000. Other highlights in the 2016-2017 budget related to sustainable transportation include $225,000 for community transportation improvements, marketing efforts, collection of information and analysis, and other transportation initiatives. For more information on the program, including how to apply, visitwww.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .last_img read more

Alexis Bledel Encourages People To Take Part On Election Day

first_imgTV star Alexis Bledel says her passionate belief in women’s rights is motivating her to get out and vote on Election Day this year.She’s speaking out on TakePart.com as part of the “Why I Vote” video series and says “I guess I just think about my mother and wanting her to make choices when she gets older that are fair and good choices for her health as well as the younger people in my family… I want them to be able to make choices that they feel are right for them and they can feel proud of. “Additional episodes feature: Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels on marriage equality: “I appreciate the fact that people have the right to not like gays and lesbians, but the thought of the majority being able to dictate and control the equal rights of a minority is terrifying to me.” Watch the full video here. TV legend Marilu Henner on our food system “You would never make cheese from the breast milk of your next door neighbor but you are sucking from the teat of a cow you don’t even know…” Watch the full video here. Tom Arnold on what he’d tell Congress if he was President, “The first thing I would do as President is I would go over to Congress and say ‘listen guys, people aren’t really digging me, and they f****ng hate you guys. So let’s put some s**t together man! Let’s build something out there for those people who can’t stand us.” Watch the full video here.More at TakePart’s election news hub at TakePart.com/Elections.last_img read more

Injaz Al Maghrib Association Meets Partners for Review and Goal Setting

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Injaz Al Maghrib Association met with its volunteer advisors and partners December 20th for it’s annual discussion of both its yearly outcomes as well as its 2017 goals.On this occasion, Chairwoman and CEO, Laila Mamou, expressed her heartfelt thanks to the volunteer advisors and partners specializing in the entrepreneurship education involved in the projects. She also took the opportunity to present the association’s annual management report. Since its creation in 2007, 27,845 young people have been trained by 1,190 volunteer counselors between 2015 and 2016, an 56% increase compared to the last year.The association hopes to reach 200,000 young participants by the year 2020. To aid in reaching this goal, Mamou speculated that, ”the association ought to focus more on long programs for a better result.”A long program stretches out over six months, two hours a week. This can lead to challenges including finding volunteer counselors or recommending people who actively serve the association,” she noted. She also pointed out that, Injaz Al Maghrib’s first goal is to assist as many young people as possible in taking advantage of the experienced volunteer advisors and fully committed partners, all of whom will play a critical role in the association’s 2020 timeline.From 2015-2016, 10.900 young people benefited from the association’s long programs. The association ultimately wants to see their interaction with these young people go beyond their current training programs so that, in time, they might be able to create their own businesses. With this goal in mind, the association’s ”Smart Start” program was launched for the exclusive benefit of young people, who’d successfully completed the flagship program of Injaz Al Maghrib Association.A total of 18 project owners benefited from this program from 2015-2016 and it should also be noted that the association is in the process of preparing seed projects for the financing of start-ups with the Attijariwafa bank’s Private Equity fund. read more

Oman Post will no longer send mail to Sri Lanka until further

Oman Post has announced that it will temporarily stop receiving any mail to be sent to Sri Lanka, “due to unforeseen circumstances”.In a statement online, the postal agency said, “We would like to inform you that Oman Post will stop accepting P.O. mail to Sri Lanka, Colombo due to unforeseen circumstances until further notice.” An official from Oman Post told Times of Oman that the decision came from the Sri Lankan authorities.“We received an email that Sri Lanka Post will not be accepting any international mail until further notice.” (Colombo Gazette)

OPP says wanted man may be in Golden Horseshoe Area

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a man who is known to frequent the Golden Horseshoe Area. Billy Shea, 27, is wanted as a result of a breach of his statutory release. He is currently serving a five-year sentence for multiple counts of robbery and motor vehicle theft. Police say Shea is known to visit Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Burlington, and Niagara Region. He is described as six-foot-two, 150 lbs, with brown shaved hair and blue eyes. Police say he has tattoos on both arms. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the provincial R.O.P.E. squad at 1-866-870-7673.

From North London to French Riviera Its Henry vs Vieira

PARIS — When they played together for Arsenal, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira knew the importance of getting one over on local rival Tottenham.Scoring in the North London derby helped them become club legends, cementing their place in the hearts of fans. Of Vieira’s 34 goals for Arsenal, none of them felt sweeter than when he scored against Tottenham.Same for Henry, who arguably got the best of his 228 club-record goals for Arsenal against Spurs — picking up the ball 70 metres from goal and carving through the midfield and defence before finishing with a powerful curling shot.Just like they did with France as World Cup and European Championship winners, the two prospered together for Arsenal and hit the ultimate height of an unbeaten season when Arsenal’s “Invincibles” won the league in 2004.On Friday they will be on opposite sides as managerial rivals when Henry’s struggling Monaco takes on Vieira’s consistent Nice.Nice is unbeaten in six games and comfortably poised in seventh place. Monaco is one place above the relegation zone in 17th on goal difference alone.“We’re doing breaststroke,” said Henry, using a swimming metaphor, after Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Amiens. “Sometimes we have our head underwater, other times we lift it up.”Given how Monaco rarely fills its 18,500-capacity stadium, Friday’s match won’t quite match the frenzy and fervour of the North London derbies of old at Highbury and White Hart Lane.But this match nevertheless has a derby feel to it, with the local sides just 20 miles (32 kilometres) apart on the French Riviera.“I know what it’s like, I’ve already played in it,” said Henry, who started his glittering career as a prodigious teen with Monaco in 1994.Henry used to love scoring against Spurs, but his players will have their work cut out doing so against a Nice side which has kept a single-season club record of six straight clean sheets heading into this game.As a strong and fiery midfielder, Vieira offered a protective shield to his defence. Those same combative qualities are now apparent in a Nice side which — although lacking firepower — has the fourth best defensive record in Ligue 1.But Radamel Falcao’s return to form will give Vieira a headache.Falcao scored twice against Amiens to take his tally to seven in 14 league games. Although both were penalties, the Colombia striker’s sharpness and movement were the best they have been in a turbulent spell for Henry’s Monaco.Since taking charge in mid-October, Henry has won only two of 10 games — both against teams hovering around the relegation zone. There have been some awful performances — notably a 4-0 home defeat to Club Brugge in the Champions League — but Henry has also dealt with a huge injury crisis.He has been forced to pick teenagers with no experience while battling for precious points. Paradoxically, this is starting to have a positive effect and a semblance of team spirit — so lacking earlier in the season — is slowly becoming apparent. It also highlights the remarkable strength of Monaco’s notoriously good scouting network, which produced France star Kylian Mbappe.Against Amiens on Tuesday, French football got a glimpse of the immense potential of 17-year-old midfielder Han-Noah Massengo, whose quick feet, even quicker thinking, and boundless energy were priceless to a Monaco side desperate holding on at 1-0 before Falcao’s last-gasp penalty made it 2-0.Falcao’s first penalty came about after defender Benoit Badiashile— another 17-year-old — was upended after reacting quickly to a loose ball in the penalty area.Without Monaco’s crisis, those two may never have got such an early chance to show their precocious ability.BALOTELLI’S DROUGHTWhile Falcao is coming back into form, Nice striker Mario Balotelli’s slump continues.Balotelli has not scored in 10 league games this campaign, a far cry from the previous two seasons when he top-scored for Nice with 18 and 15, respectively.A failed summer move to Marseille seems to have affected Balotelli’s fitness and form.“Mario’s lacking confidence, you can tell by the way he receives the ball,” Vieira said. “We all need to get behind him: the club, the fans. We have to put him in positions where he gets his confidence back. He’s very important for us.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

Maths anxiety may be fuelling a national crisis researchers say

More than three-quarters of children with high levels of maths anxiety are normal to high achievers The proportion of adults with functional maths skills equivalent to a GCSE grade C has dropped from 26 per cent in 2003 to only 22 per cent in 2011, according to the charity National Numeracy. Meanwhile, 57 per cent achieved the equivalent in functional literacy skills.Dr Denes Szucs, deputy director at Cambridge’s Centre for Neuroscience in Education and one of the report’s authors, said that there is a widespread misunderstanding that only low performing children suffer from maths anxiety.“This is actually a very frequent misconception that we have seen in decision makers,” he said. “They automatically assume people are anxious about maths because they are poor achievers.”In fact, more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of children with high levels of maths anxiety are normal to high achievers.  Dr Szucs went on: “Probably their maths anxiety will go unnoticed because their performance is good. But they are very anxious and in the long term their performance is suppressed.“This is a real danger here: these are children who are completely able to do maths at a normal level, but may keep away from it because they feel anxious.”The research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, also found that girls have higher levels of maths anxiety than boys. Students who have the condition face a vicious circle, with their anxiety leading to poorer performance and poorer performance increasing anxiety. Maths anxiety is present from a young age, researchers found, but can develop as the child grows.Josh Hillman, director of education at the Nuffield Foundation which funded the research, said: “Mathematical achievement is valuable in its own right, as a foundation for many other subjects and as an important predictor of future academic outcomes, employment opportunities and even health.“Maths anxiety can severely disrupt students’ performance in the subject in both primary and secondary school.“But importantly – and surprisingly – this new research suggests that the majority of students experiencing maths anxiety have normal to high maths ability.” More than three-quarters of children with high levels of maths anxiety are normal to high achievers “Maths anxiety” may be fuelling a national crisis, Cambridge University researchers have said, as they find that one in ten children suffer from “despair and rage” at the subject.The number of children who experience maths anxiety is a “real concern”, according to academics from Cambridge’s Faculty of Education and its Centre for Neuroscience.Researchers surveyed 1,700 British pupils aged eight to 13 about their feelings towards the subject.They found that ten per cent of children suffered from maths anxiety, meaning they had “overwhelming negative emotions” towards the subject, ranging “from rage to despair”.Other emotions triggered by maths included feelings of apprehension, tension and frustration, while physical symptoms included butterflies, a racing heart or struggling to catch breath.The phenomenon of maths anxiety is characterised as a “general sense of feeling the subject is hard compared with other subjects”, leading to a subsequent lack or loss of confidence.  “The project investigated individuals’ attitudes towards mathematics because of what could be referred to as a ‘mathematics crisis’ in the UK,” researchers said.  “Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when they are confronted by mathematics. This may be contributing to a relatively  low level of numeracy amongst UK adults.”   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. read more

Xenophon wants privacy to prevail

first_imgSenator Nick Xenophon wants to introduce a Private Senator’s Bill that will ultimately remove the rights political parties have to the general public. The bill – which he will present to parliament in August – already has the support of the Greens and Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie. “If the Government and political parties are genuinely worried about a right to privacy, maybe they should stop using sophisticated voter tracking software to keep tabs on their constituents without their consent,” Senator Xenophon said. As it stands, political parties are exempt from certain areas of the Privacy Act and can access information about voters without their consent. The public themselves has no access to this information and no idea of what it is or how accurate it is. Both major parties operate voter-tracking software programs that compile significant amounts of personal information. “The current rules are stacked in favour of political parties and politicians,” Xenophon told AAP. “It’s an incredible double standard and an act of breathtaking hypocrisy for the major parties not to support this.” Senator Xenophon will also seek to amend the Electoral Act to include a ‘do not contact’ register for politicians and political parties which will act like the ‘do not call’ register for telemarketers. Voters will be able to have their details removed from the rolls provided to politicians and political parties. “People should have the right to stop politicians and political parties from using the information contained on the electoral role to target them with tax-payer funded political advertising,” Xenophon said. “This information can include a person’s name, date of birth, address and occupation.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

From the Newsroom Projects are special way to tell stories

first_img As I’ve written about before, newspapers have their own colorful lingo. One of the terms that you’ll hear frequently is “spot news.” These are the meat-and-potatoes stories about something that happened the day before: a car wreck, a school board meeting. I even wrote a spot news story this week about the Parks Foundation of Clark County’s annual luncheon.But just like meat and potatoes, a menu containing all spot news does not create a pleasing diet. That’s why we do special projects.Though not a newspaper term, we use it to describe anything that is out of the ordinary, specifically those that involve a lot of photography, video and page design. We’ve done a lot of these special projects over the last few years. One of the most memorable was the six-part series on former Vancouver pastor John Bishop. We did so many projects, in fact, that we sat down at the start of the year and vowed not to do too many of them at once because they are too much work.You can guess how that turned out.By my count we’ve had three in the last three weeks, if you include this Sunday’s planned feature on Austin Justin, a determined little boy whose dream is to play hockey, but was born with a genetic defect that made it impossible for him to walk, let alone skate. Photographer Alisha Jucevic has been following Austin for more than a year, and now he’s — well, I really enjoyed the follow-up story, and I think you will, too. Look for it in the morning.Two weeks ago, Alisha teamed up with reporter Patty Hastings for a special project about a group of monks who live in White Salmon, how they came to be there, how the community supports them and vice versa. And last Sunday, Calley Hair and Amanda Cowan presented the first in what we plan to be a year-long series about what it’s like to be 3 years old, featuring the irrepressible Tobias Adams. Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.comlast_img read more

No Senators vote in favor of OcasioCortezs Green New Deal

first_imgNo Senators vote in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’s, “Green New Deal” Posted: March 26, 2019 AP, March 26, 2019 Updated: 2:50 PMcenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday defeated a proposal to take up the Green New Deal as both parties shunned an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats.Majority Republicans forced the vote as they seek to turn the Green New Deal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections. Democrats called the GOP’s move a “sham” and said it carries its own political risk by mocking an issue that a growing number of Americans care deeply about.Senators voted 57-0 against a procedural motion to take up the nonbinding resolution, which calls for the U.S. to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.Four Democrats joined all 53 Senate Republicans in opposing the motion to take up the climate plan. Forty-three Democrats voted “present” to protest the GOP’s action. Democrats accused the GOP of quashing debate by blocking public hearings and expert testimony about the consequences of inaction on climate change.In shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels, the Green New Deal calls for virtual elimination by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.The plan has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race.However, Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said Tuesday he opposes the Green New Deal. The former Colorado governor said the proposal sets “unachievable goals” and shuns the private sector.Republicans say the plan would devastate the economy and lead to a huge tax increase. They call it more evidence of the creep of “socialism” in the Democratic Party, along with “Medicare for All” and a sweeping elections reform package that would allow public financing of congressional campaigns.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky scheduled the vote on the Green New Deal, saying it would force Democrats to take a stand on a plan that “might sound like a neat idea in places like San Francisco or New York” but would result in communities across the country being “absolutely crushed.”By “basically outlawing the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford,” the Green New Deal would “kill off entire domestic industries” and eliminate millions of jobs, McConnell said. The plan could lead to a spike in household electric bills of over $300 a month, he said.Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the Green New Deal “ridiculous” and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies on the Senate floor. He said he was treating the plan “with the seriousness it deserves.”Lee’s remarks enraged Democrats, who called climate change deadly serious, citing recent floods in the Midwest, wildfires in the West and hurricanes in the South.“Climate change is not a joke,” said Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, the bill’s lead Senate author. “Mocking it is shameful.”New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of a half-dozen senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Republicans treat climate “as a game” and said Democrats “will not fall for this stunt.”Addressing climate change “should be our nation’s moonshot” in the 21st century, Gillibrand said, calling it a generational challenge similar to the race to the moon in the 1960s.“We don’t know if we can get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years, but why not try?” she said at a rally before the Senate vote.Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Democrats were being hypocritical by refusing to vote for their own plan. “I’ve never seen a bill sponsored by a dozen people who don’t want to vote on it,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Green New Deal FacebookTwitter AP last_img read more

Fairbanks man charged with North Pole mothers murder

first_imgA North Pole woman is dead, and her son is charged with her murder.Listen nowAlaska State Troopers report that 59-year-old Vivian Osborne was found deceased, the victim of an apparent homicide, at a North Pole home Sunday afternoon.They say her son, 33-year-old Travis Reed of Fairbanks, was located in a locked bedroom at the residence, arrested and charged with first degree murder.Troopers say they were called on to check on Osborne Sunday. A family member reported not hearing from her since Thanksgiving, and that Reed may be at the home, and possibly under the influence of methamphetamine.Osborne was the owner of Arctic Qiviut, the first fiber mill in Alaska.Vivian Osborne was the subject of Alaska Public Media’s 49 Voices last year.last_img

Yamuna floods homes thousands shifted

first_imgNew Delhi: With floodwaters of the Yamuna having swamped their homes, people living on the banks of the swollen river are in despair with many having gone back to their villages, and around 14,000 shifted to relief camps. As monsoon rains pounded the upper reaches, neighbouring Haryana released water from the Hathini Kund dam flooding the homes of those living near the Yamuna’s banks. The water has been steadily rising since Sunday. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Those who have chosen to stay in relief camps are having to struggle with shifting whatever is left of their belongings to the temporary government shelters. Several farmers engaged in small-time farming near the Yamuna Khadar and Kisan Colony area in the national capital said they have lost all hopes of earning a livelihood with the rising Yamuna waters destroying their crops. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Devendra Kashyap (32), ‘pradhan’ of Yamuna Khadar area, told IANS that around 200 farmers of the area are dependent on farming. “There are many families who are dependant on only farming. Now due to the water level rise in Yamuna, they have lost their standing green vegetables,” said Kashyap. According to a Delhi government official, close to 14,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi were evacuated till Tuesday noon as the river flows at 206.08 metres and has crossed the danger mark. Advertise With Us The Yamuna is expected to get more water by late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, a Flood and Control Department official said. Several ‘jhuggis’ in Yamuna Khadar and Kisan Colony have been inundated. The Delhi government has set up 46 relief camps with 2,120 tents having electricity, water, food and toilets across the city. Several people living in the area have also refused to move to relief camps set up by the Delhi government. An official present at the site told IANS that people are coming to relief camps but after having their meals they return to their houses which are half-submerged. “We vacated our houses after the authorities told us about the situation. I had been living for the last five years near Old Yamuna Bridge. Due to the sudden rise of the water level, we have lost many things in our home which we made with our hard-earned money,” Vikram Singh, a farmer, told IANS. The water discharged from the barrage — which provides drinking water to Delhi — normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. Hundreds live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they are being moved to safer places since Sunday. “Till Tuesday, over 13,635 people from low-lying areas across the city have been shifted and the process is underway. More people will be shifted as we are expecting more water by late Tuesday night,” the official added. The river flows through five districts — North, North East, Shahdara East, Central, and South East — of Delhi.last_img read more

Preacher Finds a Fake God and a Kinder Hitler

first_imgStay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Preacher’s second season started off stronger than we ever could have hoped for after the first. We’ve had three plot-filled episodes with plenty of violent action to keep things fun. Eventually, the show had to pump the breaks, and now’s as good a time as any. Of course, the episode didn’t really feel much slower. All the little plot detours it explored were interesting and will be important later. They just didn’t have any payoff this episode, nor did they move the main story forward at all. But hey, it wasn’t any less fun, so who am I to complain?The most interesting story this week was Eugene’s. Where we got a brief glimpse of what Hell looked like last week, this episode spent considerably more time there. It turns out Hitler isn’t nearly as scary as you’d think he’d be. I guess 72 years in Hell will soften a person up. When a bully named Tyler starts picking on Eugene, Hitler stands up for him. When Eugene’s Hell door shuts and locks him out, Hitler offers Eugene his Hell, so he won’t get thrown in The Hole. (We’re never shown exactly what The Hole is, but we’re assured it’s a torture far worse than reliving your most painful memory over and over again.) Preacher loves making us feel uncomfortable by playing with our taboos. The fact that it successfully made us sympathize with Adolf Hitler feels like a series-appropriate combination of hilarious and messed up.Noah Taylor as Adolf Hitler, Ian Colletti as Eugene (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Eugene’s friendship with Hitler doesn’t last long. When his Hell memory machine breaks down, the warden warns Eugene that niceness and loyalty will not be tolerated. “This is Hell. Act accordingly,” she says. So, when Tyler leads the rest of Eugene’s Hell block mates in beating up Hitler, Eugene almost comes to his rescue. Then, he remembers what the warden said, and realizes that even in Hell, throwing your lot in with Hitler isn’t the smartest move. He enthusiastically joins in the beatdown. The point of this storyline, aside from giving us insight into the prison-like bureaucracy of Hell, is to turn Eugene/Arseface into the person we know from the comics. In season one, he was a sweet yet flawed kid. Then Jesse accidentally sent him to Hell. When he comes out, he’s not going to be that nice kid anymore. He will escape Hell, and he’ll become a major problem for Jesse when he does.The rest of the episode was divided between Tulip’s dealings with Victor and Jesse’s continued search for God. Well, an actor who played him. While watching TV, Cassidy sees an old PSA for victims of Hurricane Katrina (starring Frankie Muniz!) that features the fake God from last season. Turns out he’s a local New Orleans actor. They track down the guy’s agent and learn that the actor disappeared after his last audition. The one where he played God. After Cassidy hilariously pretends to be a Game of Thrones casting director, (“Even Dinklage flies Business”), they get hold of the actor’s audition tape. For now, that’s about as far as they get. Jesse watches it over and over again, noting that it ends with the actor getting the part, getting shot and being sent to heaven. He swears he must be missing something, which is the only indication we get that this detour will be worthwhile. Not that I was itching to watch Jesse tour more jazz clubs, but this hunt for the actor didn’t get him any closer to God, either. That line about missing something at least promises that the tape will be important in the future. We’ll just have to hope it pays off eventually.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Jesse’s search is interrupted by Cassidy finally breaking down and admitting that Tulip may be in trouble. He’s been trying to hint that Jesse should be worried all episode, but Jesse’s been too consumed by his search to pay attention. Finally, he comes out with it, and Jesse tracks down Victor’s house. Tulip’s part of the episode was spent building up to this climactic scene. Tulip was held captive in the home of the apparent gangster she betrayed. She walked around the house to find that everyone hated her. She tried to fight her way out, but ended up getting knocked out by Victor’s torturer. Now, Jesse comes to the rescue, using The Word to make everyone hold still. We get a wonderful, slightly silly fight scene with the torturer, who’s use of earbuds and loud music make him impervious to The Word. It’s the kind of scrappy fight scene we’re used to seeing from Tulip, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun watching Jesse scramble around a workshop for weapons.It’s a good thing the episode ends with such an amazing fight. After an episode fully of interesting mini-plots and no major developments, it gave us some necessary catharsis right before leaving us on a cliffhanger. It turns out Victor is Tulip’s husband. So that’s why she couldn’t get married at the casino. Oh, and remember the Saint of Killers. He’s finally reached, New Orleans. So those are two difficult things Jesse will have to deal with next week. Even though the plot didn’t move forward much at all, this episode of Preacher was still a fun detour. It helps that we know these things will be important in the future. The episode still felt like the show was getting all its pieces in place, but it still managed to make that fun to watch. I still can’t get over the fact that they almost made you feel sorry for Hitler. Almost. Even if he was nice to Eugene, I can’t say I’d resist an opportunity to get a few good kicks in at der fuhrer’s face.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Cancun city worker dies after being hit by speeding car

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — A city worker from the Directorate of Public Services of Cancun died on Monday afternoon after being hit by a speeding car.The city worker was patching holes along a stretch of roadway in Region 96 of Cancun when an oncoming car hit him. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.Police say the worker was using a machine to patch holes in the road along Andrés Quintana Roo Avenue when a speeding car ignored the orange work cones and hit the man. The impact of the hit was severe enough to throw the worker several meters.Although paramedics were called, it is reported that he died instantly. The deceased has been identified as Jorge Alberto M.A. who was a worker with the city of Cancun.The man driving the Chevy car, 33-year-old Eduardo Antonio S.G., was arrested by police and made available to the Public Prosecutor for culpable homicide.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more