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Tripura on alert after dengue outbreak in Bangladesh

first_imgThe Tripura government has sounded an alert across the state, following an outbreak of dengue fever in neighbouring Bangladesh, a top official said on August 5. The administration has come up with an advisory for people travelling to Bangladesh from the State.“After we came to know about the outbreak in Bangladesh, we have issued an alert in all the eight districts. We have also launched an awareness campaign and made arrangements to fight the disease,” Secretary of the Health Department, Debasish Basu, told PTI. Bangladesh is facing one of its worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks, with the government confirming 15,369 such cases since January 1. Of those, 9,683 patients were diagnosed between July 1 and July 30.“The government is working to tackle dengue,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had recently told an emergency meeting of the ruling Awami League party. Custom officials said on an average, around 1,200 Bangladesh nationals travel to and fro the neighbouring country through eight check posts every day.last_img read more

Two medium-intensity earthquakes jolt Chamba in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgTwo medium intensity earthquakes hit the Chamba region on the Himachal Pradesh-Jammu & Kashmir border on Monday afternoon, the National Centre For Seismology (NCS) said. The first tremor, which had a magnitude of 5.0, was reported at around 12.10 p.m. The second one, having a magnitude of 2.7, occurred at 12.57 p.m., the NCS said. The epicentre for both quakes were located at a depth of 5 km.last_img

Sports Wrap: Dravid-Ganguly record battered, Argentina good enough without Messi and more

first_imgSourav Ganguly-Rahul Dravid batting record broken by England pairNottinghamshire opening pair of Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels went on to break a long-standing batting record for the highest List A stand in England held by India greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly on Monday. Self-belief, aggression key to Virat Kohli’s success: Rohit Sharma Getting India to the number one position in Tests and providing full support to skipper Virat Kohli are the two things on Rohit Sharma’s mind right now.Copa America: Di Maria, Banega star as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega were in red-hot form on Tuesday as Argentina, in the absence of captain Lionel Messi, edged past Chile in their Copa America opener.Euro 2016: Focus on England, not transfers, Hodgson tells players England manager Roy Hodgson has reportedly banned player-agents from the team hotel in Chantilly during the Euro 2016 tournament.Serena Williams passes suspended Maria Sharapova as top woman earnerWilliams ended the Sharapova’s 11-year reign as the world number one women’s money earner in sports by hauling in $28.9 million in combined prize money and off-field earnings over the past 12 months.last_img read more

England field 2 spinners, recall Sam Curran for 4th Test against India

first_imgEngland have recalled all-rounders Moeen Ali and Sam Curran for the fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from August 30. While Moeen did not play the first three Tests at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Trent Bridge, Curran made way for Ben Stokes in the third Test.More significantly, Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a broken finger at Trent Bridge, will play the penultimate Test of the five-match series. Jos Buttler will keep wickets.England won the first two Tests before India bounced back to win at Trent Bridge courtesy of another fine batting performance by Virat Kohli. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also returned to form while the pacers continued to impress.Hadik Pandya took a five-wicket haul in the first innings to hasten England’s collapse before Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets in the second innings to seal victory for India.England will be relieved with the fact that Bairstow has been cleared to play. Skipper Joe Root, meanwhile, said Chris Woakes was not fit to play this week.”Chris Woakes is not fit to play this week and Ben Stokes has a slight issue so for the balance of the side Moeen Ali comes in for Ollie Pope,” Root said. “Jos Buttler is going to keep. It’s a lot to ask Jonny to do it with a broken finger, he’s fit to bat. We have to do the best thing for this team to win the game. There are no guarantees in international sport.advertisement”We’ve bounced back from difficult defeats before and that’s the challenge for us to do it again here.”England team for fourth Test: Cook, Jennings, Root (c), Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Curran, Rashid, Broad, Andersonlast_img read more

HSH Nordbank’s Shipping Loan Loss Provisions Still High

first_imgzoom Due to persistently difficult conditions in the shipping market seen during the first half of 2016, loan loss provisions for shipping at Germany’s HSH Nordbank, one of the world’s biggest providers of shipping finance, remained high.These conditions led to further restructuring requirements for legacy shipping loans in the first half of the year, thus accounting for a large proportion of the high pre-guarantee net loan loss provisions of EUR -520 million, compared to EUR -119 million reported in the first half of 2015.Compensation for the guaranteed portfolio came to EUR 671 million, against last year’s EUR 326 million, resulting in positive post-guarantee net loan loss provisions of EUR 151 million seen in the first half of 2016, compared to EUR 127 million reported in the same period a year earlier.After a muted start to the year, HSH Nordbank increased its profit for the first half of the year. This was particularly underpinned by real estate and corporate client business, a swifter reduction of legacy assets in the shipping business and the systematic cost-cutting course, the bank said.At the end of the first half, HSH Nordbank achieved a group net result after tax of EUR 160 million, up from EUR 147 million seen a year earlier, and “is well on course for the change of ownership planned for 2018.”However, the bank’s CEO Stefan Ermisch said that the profit reported in the first six months is no indication of the bank’s full-year performance due to the persistently difficult conditions in the shipping markets and the historically low interest rates.Even so, Ermisch said that he is confident that the Core Bank “will continue to perform well in 2016 and that, along with the group as a whole, it will be able to report a positive result, albeit a substantially lower one than in the previous year.”At the end of June 2016, the bank transferred a portfolio of non-performing loans from ship financing with a volume of EUR 5 billion to hsh portfolio-management AöR of majority owners Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, and was thus relieved of an appreciable volume of legacy assets.last_img read more

Kailash Gahlot makes surprise inspection at Burari transport office

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday held a surprise inspection at Burari Transport Authority here and suggested changes for smoother fitness test for three-wheelers. “Made a surprise visit today to Brurari Transport Authority. Interacted with lots of three-wheeler drivers. Have suggested few changes which will further smoothen the process of fitness for three-wheelers,” he tweeted. Last year in July, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal went for a surprise inspection to the Transport Authority in Burari and called it a “den of corruption”. He had directed changes after which the auto drivers find it easy to get certificates and other documents from the authority.last_img

Lankan woman feels she is best to lead Maryland

“One of the questions that gnaws [at] me, given my personal story, is what if instead of coming to this country in 1980, my family had to flee Sri Lanka today? Would they even be let in?” she asked, alluding to the current administration’s anti-immigrant policies. “President Trump, he can demonize immigrants to our country, but the truth for me is there’s a family just like mine out there who applied, and they waited their turn, and they want to work hard and pay their taxes and raise a family and live a decent and safe life here. Just as immigrants before them have for generations.”“I know that that story is not only personal to my family, but it’s fundamental to the American experience,” she added. “To me, that is the American dream.”Aside from her past, part of what influenced Vignarajah to run for Governor of Maryland is the lack of female representation in her state’s government. As she told Cosmopolitan, no woman currently holds an elected federal or statewide office in Maryland. “While we have made significant progress in many ways, there are clearly some serious shortcomings,” she explained, adding, “If President Obama and the First Lady taught me anything, it was how a fresh perspective and new generation of leadership can change the world.” The Hill reports five other Democrats are already vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland, but none of them have Vignarajah’s unique perspective on the world. As governor, she says that she will “focus on what matters most — improving schools, increasing wages, reducing crime, treating drug addiction, alleviating traffic, investing in infrastructure, and protecting our treasured environment.”Vignarajah is very open about how her early life has impacted the way she sees our country and the vision she has for its future. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the 37-year-old spoke candidly about how her parents fled Sri Lanka when she was just 9 months old as the country descended into a civil war. As a woman, a Sri Lankan immigrant, one of the chief architects of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative, and wife of the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, Krishanti Vignarajah is the antithesis of the current administration. But that’s a major part of the reason why she announced her candidacy for governor of Maryland earlier this month.“I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter and all children in Maryland will not have the same opportunities my parents gave me when they brought our family here when I was a baby girl,” Vignarajah declares on the front page of her website. “The deficit in leadership from our current Governor could not come at a worse time.” A study from earlier this year found a correlation between political representation and quality of life for women. In other words, states with little or no female representation in the state legislature tended to score lower on factors like equal pay and women’s reproductive rights, while states with women in government received higher marks on such factors. Maryland was actually amongst the top performers.However, if there’s a silver lining to the fact that women are still woefully underrepresented at every level of American government, it’s that more women have expressed interest in running for office than ever before. EMILY’s List, an organization which helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected to public office, has heard from 11,000 women so far this year.And even though she’s only been in the race for less than a month, Vignarajah already has advice for other women running for office. “Don’t doubt yourself,” she told Cosmo. As the aspiring governor says on her website, “We need a new generation of leadership that will make progress at home, while standing up to a White House that threatens the very values that unite and define us.”  (Courtesy plus.com) As Upworthy points out,, Vignarajah has never held public office before, but she has an enviable history in politics. Prior to her role as policy director for Mrs. Obama, the Yale-educated new mom served as a senior adviser to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton  and John Kerry. She adds, “I hope Marylanders will agree this time the best man for the job is a woman.” read more

Government nominates seven members to Parliament Select Committee

The Government has nominated seven members to 12 member Parliament Select Committee.The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has nominated Dinesh Gunawardena, S.B. Dissanayake, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Wimal Weerawansa, Thilanga Sumathipala and Udaya Gammanpila to the Select Committee. However the United National Party had earlier said that the UPFA cannot appoint the highest number of members to the Parliament Select Committee as it is not recognised in Parliament as the Government.

Suspect steals car from senior at Burlington gas station

Halton police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a car from an elderly woman after fleeing the scene of a crash.Police say there was a collision around 2:40 p.m. Thursday near King and Plains roads in Burlington.It’s alleged that one of the drivers fled the scene and ran to a nearby gas station. Police say the man then stole a vehicle from a senior who was pumping gas and fled eastbound on Plains Road. The woman was not injured during the interaction. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. McLeod of the HRPS Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-825-4747, ext. 2385 or Crime Stoppers.

Precarious work technological advances drive basic income interest

Precarious work, technological advances drive basic income interest Policy-makers and the public in Canada and around the world are eyeing the basic guaranteed income scheme again, buoyed by an evolving labour landscape and technological advances that have left them wondering if today’s social services are enough. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Plume by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – In the mid- to late 1970s, every single person in one rural Manitoba city received $1,255 a year — roughly $7,500 in today’s dollars.The amount increased depending on the number of people living in each household, maxing out at $3,969, or nearly $23,500 in 2016 currency, for a family of five or more.The people in the Dauphin, Man., experiment didn’t have to work to receive this stipend. If they did, their benefit dropped 50 cents for every dollar they received.The residents of Dauphin just had to exist to receive their full guaranteed annual income.About four decades later, policy-makers and the public in Canada and around the world are eyeing the basic guaranteed income scheme again, buoyed by an evolving labour landscape and technological advances that have left them wondering if today’s social services are enough.Finland plans to launch a basic income pilot next year. The Swiss will soon vote on unconditional basic income in a referendum.Closer to home, the Ontario government’s latest budget promises to run a pilot in the future and multiple politicians across Canada have expressed interest in studying the idea.“I think people are simply looking at the state of the economy and they’re starting to focus on changes that have been taking place for a very long time,” said Evelyn Forget, a professor at the University of Manitoba, who studied the so-called mincome experiment in Dauphin and continues to research data from the pilot.One of these changes, she said, is that work is no longer a permanent, nine-to-five gig with health coverage and a pension. Instead, it takes longer for people to land stable employment and many shuffle between short-term contracts without such benefits, she said.In the Greater Toronto Area, for example, 60 per cent of workers have stable, secure jobs, according to a 2013 report on precarious work. Insecure employment has spread beyond jobs in the service sector to the white-collar workforce as well, a followup report found.This changing labour force is prompting people to rethink how governments deliver social programs, said Forget, and realize that current solutions like income assistance are expensive and for the most part, ineffective.“I think tensions are building in our society,” said Wayne Lewchuk, a McMaster University professor of economics and labour studies, who co-authored both reports in conjunction with United Way Toronto & York Region.“More and more people are questioning … the wisdom of how we’re organizing our labour markets and our economy.”Lower wages and precarious employment lower a person’s purchasing power, he said, and more people spending less negatively effects the economy.A guaranteed basic income could be a way to prime the economic pump, Lewchuk said.Another change in the workforce could come from technological advancements that will eliminate jobs, some basic income advocates argue.Millions of positions will be lost over the next several years thanks to disruptive labour market changes, according to a World Economic Forum report published this year.No job is safe from machine-outsourcing, writes Scott Santens, a basic income advocate who lives in the U.S. off of a crowdfunded monthly basic income.He argues people need to prepare for a world where their income isn’t dependent on the jobs machines can do, but instead should be given a stipend to sustain themselves while doing the kind of work they still find valuable.Forget believes it is a matter of continued public interest and political will for basic income to become reality.“I think it’s almost inevitable, eventually, that this kind of a policy will be implemented.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Swedish court acquits soccer player of matchfixing charges

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court has acquitted a former Premier League player of match-fixing charges.Dickson Etuhu, a former central midfielder with Swedish club AIK and Nigeria’s national team, had been charged with trying to bribe teammate Kenny Stamatopoulos to fix the result of a league match against IFK Gothenburg in May 2017. The game was cancelled after Stamatopoulos, AIK’s goalkeeper, told the team he had been approached by Etuhu.Stockholm District Court judge Carl Rosenmuller says it was”words against words,” and thatEtuhu had”completely denied”proposing to fix any match.Etuhu, who played for Manchester City, Preston, Norwich, Sunderland and Fulham in England, also played for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Womens WCh 2013 24 teams are ready – Russia Sweden and Croatia

List of Women’s WCh 2013 participants are known. Next December the most important female handball tournament this year will miss TOP teams as Russia, Sweden and Croatia.Here are the complete results of European qualifications:Spain – Macedonia 27:16 (16:8), the first game 27:21Romania – Slovakia 30:22 (18:14) 23:21Poland – Sweden 32:31 (17:15) 26:23Czech Republic – Iceland 26:21 (15:9), 29:17Denmark – Turkey 31:26 (13:15) 42:24Russia – Netherlands 21:33 (10:11) 27:26Ukraine – Germany 22:25 (10:11) 16:24Croatia – France 26:30 (12:13) 18:18In Serbia will have to play well as representatives from other continents:Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Algeria and DR CongoAsia: Korea, China, JapanPan-America: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Dominican RepublicOceania: AustraliaMontenegro as European champion, Norway as World Champion, Hungary (third in Europe) and Serbia as organiser were already qualified.Draw for WCH 2013 will be held next Saturday in Belgrade. handball serbiaWCh 2013 handballWomen’s Handball World Championship 2013 ← Previous Story HSV Handball celebrate EHF CL trophy with 10.000 fans Next Story → Carlos Ruesga joins MKB Veszprem read more

Weather looks promising and check out this gorgeous Co Clare sunrise

first_imgTwitter/@WindGirl Met EireannCaitriona Diviney sent us this gorgeous image of the sun rising in Liscannor in Co Clare, looking down over Lahinch. Stunning. WELL LAST WEEKEND was pretty pleasant weather wise, and today at least looks like it will be a decent day in most parts of the country  – cold but dry with just a few showers.Get out to blazes and enjoy it while it lasts!Here’s the latest rainfall radar from Met Eireann:last_img

Kinect hacker puts himself in the VR body of an anime character

first_imgI won’t fully pretend to understand the anime gaijin, but whatever the source of their fixation, no one can deny that they’ve gifted geekdom with more than their fair share of ingenious hacks, costumes and projects.It was probably only a matter of time, then, that some plucky anime lover with a gift for hacking took a stab at fusing his love for brightly colored cartoons and the gesture-sensing software of Microsoft‘s Kinect to put himself inside an anime.In this case, that hacker is developer Nao_u, who decided to use the Kinect to put himself inside a 3D representation of a wide-eyed anime teenager boasting azure pig tails as long as her slender body. He’s rolled out a sort of Virtual Reality simulation of the Sailor Moon experience, beaming himself through his Kinect into the body of Vocaloid’s Miku Hatsune.What’s cool is he’s not just controling Miku’s skeleton: he’s also wearing a pair of Vuzix’s VR920 LCD glasses to allow him to actually see through the eyes of his character as well.Sure, this isn’t the way most of us would use a Kinect — to put ourselves in the body of a virtual teenage girl — but heck, if someone comes up with a way to put ourselves in the body of the Doom space marine or Gordon Freeman, we’re there.Read more at Ada Fruitlast_img read more

La Cites refuse de protéger les coraux précieux

first_imgLa Cites refuse de protéger les coraux précieuxDoha, Qatar – La Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a rejeté dimanche après-midi une proposition des États-Unis et de l’Union européenne visant à réguler les exportations des coraux rouges et roses précieux qui sont utilisés pour orner des bijoux. Après avoir refusé de protéger le thon rouge, la Cites a décidé de ne pas prendre de mesures pour sauvegarder les coraux rouges et roses précieux. Avec 64 voix pour, 59 contre et dix abstentions, la proposition n’a pas obtenu la majorité nécessaire des deux tiers des États présents lors de la réunion de la Cites qui statue sur le sort de nombreuses espèces menacées depuis plusieurs jours et ce jusqu’au 25 mars prochain.En 2007 déjà, une proposition d’inscription de ces coraux utilisés en bijouterie depuis des millénaires avait été rejetée par la Cites. Cette proposition des États-Unis concernait les trente-et-unes espèces de la famille des Coralliidae rouges et roses de grand fond. Elle visait à les inscrire à l’Annexe II de la Convention, ce qui aurait contraint les pays exportateurs et importateurs de contrôler et exploiter les coraux de façon responsable et durable. Seules sept de ces trente-et-unes espèces sont réellement menacées, mais les autres leur ressemblent tant que leur inscription aurait facilité les contrôles des douanes. En danger en raison de leur surexploitation, les colonies de Corallium rubrum de Méditerranée atteignaient autrefois jusqu’à 50 centimètres de haut. Aujourd’hui, plus de 90% des colonies ne mesurent pas plus de cinq centimètres et parviennent rarement à la maturité sexuelle. “Dans le Pacifique c’est encore pire: 85% des débarquements sont morts depuis longtemps”, a déploré le délégué américain Ernie Cooper.Outre leur surexploitation encouragée par leur très haute valeur marchande (le kilo de corail peut atteindre 1.500 dollars), les coraux sont également menacés par le réchauffement climatique. “La hausse des températures et l’acidification des océans provoquent une mortalité de masse sur les récifs” ont averti les États-Unis.Le 22 mars 2010 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Photophobie définition causes traitement que faire

first_imgPhotophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La photophobie désigne une sensibilité exacerbée à la lumière. Dans certains cas, elle peut être la manifestation d’une maladie bénigne ou plus sévère, d’une migraine ou d’une méningite.Qu’est-ce que la photophobie ?La photophobie est un trouble visuel, ponctuel ou chronique, caractérisé par une sensibilité oculaire anormale à la lumière. Selon l’intensité de la photophobie, le sujet ressent une simple gêne ou une douleur plus ou moins intense, le forçant à rechercher l’obscurité pour s’apaiser.Cette intolérance à la lumière peut se manifester, quelle que soit la nature de la source lumineuse (rayons du soleil, feux d’une voiture, flamme d’une bougie, lampe électrique, écran d’ordinateur).Les symptômes de la photophobieEn cas de photophobie, l’exposition à une source lumineuse peut entraîner une gêne ou une sensation de brûlure oculaire. Le sujet peut éprouver le besoin de plisser ou defermer les yeux pour la soulager. Il peut aussi ressentir une fatigue oculaire, avoir une vision trouble et souffrir de sécheresse oculaire. S’il se force à garder les yeux ouverts malgré la douleur, ils se mettent généralement à larmoyer. D’autres symptômes peuvent aussi accompagner la photophobie selon son intensité et sa cause (maux de tête, nausées, yeux rouges).Les causes de la photophobieDans de nombreux cas, la photophobie n’est pas liée à une maladie. Elle touche de préférence les personnes aux yeux clairs (yeux bleus ou verts) : leurs iris contiennent peu de pigments, ce qui explique pourquoi leurs yeux ont plus de mal à se protéger de la lumière. Cependant, il est recommandé de consulter votre médecin traitant ou un ophtalmologue quand une photophobie apparaît, car elle peut parfois être le symptôme d’une maladie. Parmi les pathologies possibles, on retrouve surtout des maladies oculaires comme la conjonctivite (inflammation de la conjonctive), la kératite (inflammation de la cornée), un glaucome (excès de tension oculaire) ou encore un décollement de la rétine. La migraineet la méningite(inflammation des méninges dont les principaux symptômes sont la photophobie, une nuque raide, d’intenses maux de tête, de la fièvre, des vomissements et une éruption cutanée) sont d’autres causes possibles de la photophobie. Une carence en vitamine B2 ou la consommation de certaines substances (drogues, médicaments) peuvent également occasionner une intolérance à la lumière.Le traitement de la photophobieÀ lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousLorsque la photophobie est simplement liée à la pigmentation de l’œil, elle peut être combattue en portant des lunettes teintées et en réduisant la luminosité de son écran. Dans les autres cas, son traitement passe par celui de sa cause.Il peut notamment reposer sur une supplémentation en vitamine B2 et une adaptation du régime alimentaire, ou s’appuyer sur l’utilisation de divers médicaments selon la pathologie sous-jacente…Le 27 juillet 2017 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trumps EPA Lowers Standards for Radiation Exposure

first_imgFormer Oklahoma Attorney General, notable enemy of the environment, and feverish climate change denier Scott Pruitt seems to be making it his goal to make you and everything else alive on earth a lot less safe. He’s already pushed for slashed research budgets — especially for the climate — and refuses to acknowledge the role of climate in storms or wildfires. It looks like he’s taking aim at radiation safety standards next.A new set of instructions for EPA agents bumps the “safe” radiation exposure far, far higher than it was under Obama’s presidency. Previously, the document said that all radiation above background levels was a hazard, the new report says that “radiation safety experts” claim that “exposure of 5-10 rem (50-100 mSv) usually result in no harmful health effects because radiation below these levels is a minor contributor to our overall cancer risk.”Problem is, that’s just not true. That level is widely recognized to be quite dangerous. One rem is a pretty sizable dose, enough that typically, the unit millirem, or “mrem” is used. For context, the regulatory limit for the public is about 100 mrem per year, so the proposed limit is 50-100 times even that,“[It] really is a huge amount of radiation,” Daniel Hirsch, director of environmental and nuclear policy at University of California Santa Cruz, told Bloomberg. “The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules.”With these new rules, one in 86 workers exposed would get cancer. That’s still not much, but given that it is CANCER and we already had the tools and equipment to successfully mitigate that level exposure — because we were doing just that — it’s completely insane to think that this is acceptable. It puts many lives at critical risk, too. Even worse is that these are rules for clean-up crews in the case of an emergency, like spilled waste. The US already had a really bad track record of taking care of its public health and safety officials (see: how 9/11 first responders were treated), so it’s particularly disheartening to see the US once again throw out the health and safety of those risking their lives for the rest of us.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Boomerang gallery exhibits works by children — and one famous parent

first_imgMonte Wolverton’s father, Basil — the mastermind behind early comic-book creations including “The Strange Adventures of Meteor Martin” and “Professor Ploop’s Parade of Peculiar People” — didn’t teach him to draw. But he did provide his son the tools and the sensibility, building Monte his first tilted drawing table and allowing him the thrill, one time, of inking one bold line of the MAD Magazine he was working on.Likewise, Monte Wolverton didn’t teach his daughter, Monika Spykerman, to draw, just provided the tools and attitude — including his own living example of art as a real pastime, not frivolous self-amusement.“Dad was always drawing and there were always drawing materials everywhere,” she said. “I engaged with it naturally. I felt connected to my dad and my family history.”Spykerman hasn’t taught her daughter to draw either, but 14-year-old Annika is busy filling sketchbooks with Anime-style characters. She has her own artistic inspiration, but there’s no doubt that generations of family artists have been “generally influential. It’s hard not to do art” when you grow up in this family, she said.“I knew I did a good job as a parent when Annika said to me one morning, ‘I just need a really good inking pen,’ ” Spykerman said.last_img read more