“Toy Story 4” Characters Visit O.C. Boardwalk

first_imgBy Phoebe PrettymanIt was not your average Friday evening on the Boardwalk. The “Toy Story 4” RV made its splashy debut in front of the Ocean City Music Pier amid an enthusiastic reception from big crowds.The lines stretched along the Boardwalk filled with children accompanied by their parents awaiting their chance to see what the movie-themed RV had to offer. There were carnival games, multiple spots for photo opportunities and trivia. Everything featured the characters from “Toy Story 4,” including Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and Forky.All of the children patiently waiting their turn expressed their excitement for the new film. One explained how she loved the first three “Toy Story” movies and was thrilled to see the new one. Another said that he was excited to learn about the new characters featured in the film. The family-friendly event was a huge hit for kids of all ages. It accomplished the goal of getting people excited for the new Disney-Pixar movie leading up to its release on June 21.The “Toy Story 4” RV is scheduled to go on a “Summer Road Trip” promotional tour. It will travel all over the country to 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Denver.Families line up for a chance to see Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the other characters from “Toy Story 4.”The sign in front of the Ocean City Music Pier announces the arrival of the “Toy Story 4” RV. Two young fans of “Toy Story 4” get a closeup view of the movie-themed RV parked on the Boardwalk during a promotional stop in Ocean City.last_img read more

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Greencore accused of attack on workers’ rights

first_imgGreencore has been accused of an attack of its workers’ rights by union Unite, as 236 staff face redundancy.Unite has filed a complaint with the Ethical Trading Initiative against Greencore in Hull, which makes cakes and desserts for a number of leading supermarkets.It has accused it of “abolishing overtime, shift and bank holiday premia for all workers, the majority of whom are on the national minimum wage”.According to Unite, the manufacturer is also threatening to make 236 people redundant and replace them with agency workers, as well as breaching employment law by issuing individual notices to terminate contracts and re-engage on workers on the new, and less preferable terms and conditions, before the end of the legal consultation period.Greencore announced in May that 236 jobs were at risk at its east Hull site after reportedly losing a £7 million contract with Sainsbury’s. The firm has been warned by Unite that it must put an end to these practices, or it will feel the full force of the union.Jennie Formby, national officer, Unite, said: “We’re not prepared to sit back and allow blatant breaches of the Ethical Trading Initiative code which is there to protect workers from exploitation. Unite is now making a formal complaint to the ETI Board.”last_img read more

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Investors targeting backers of planned 1.2GW Vung Ang 2 coal power plant in Vietnam

first_imgInvestors targeting backers of planned 1.2GW Vung Ang 2 coal power plant in Vietnam FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Investors with assets totaling $3.6 trillion are writing to sponsors and financiers to urge them withdraw from Vietnam’s Vung Ang 2 coal power station project, which they say is incompatible with Paris agreement goals on reducing emissions.The action highlights a shift in strategy among shareholders concerned about the impact of climate change from selling their shares in coal mining and power companies to pressuring banks and contractors involved in projects.The letter being sent to the Vung Ang consortium on Thursday has been written by Nordea Asset Management’s head of responsible investment Eric Pedersen, and backed by other investors including the Church of Sweden and Brunel Pension Partnership.“Vung Ang 2 is fast becoming the prime exhibit in the case against companies taking on irresponsible transition risk on coal plants, not to mention the obvious conflict with the commitments of those same companies to align with the Paris agreement,” Pedersen said in a statement on Wednesday.The 1.2 gigawatt Vung Ang project, one of a number of coal power stations under construction in Southeast Asia, is being built to meet Vietnam’s surging demand for power, with the support of the Japanese and Vietnamese governments.The letter is being sent to all sponsors, financiers and contractors involved in the project, according to the statement. They include Mitsubishi Corp, Korea Electric Power, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Mizuho Financial Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.[Aaron Sheldrick]More: Investors heap pressure on Vietnam’s Vung Ang 2 coal power projectlast_img read more

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Argentina Hosts 2018 South American Defense Conference

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo September 06, 2018 “We live in a time in which peacekeeping operations demand military and civilian leadership,” said Argentine Army Lieutenant General Bari del Valle Sosa, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces, as he addressed defense leaders in his country. Argentina hosted the 2018 edition of the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) for the first time in Buenos Aires, August 28th-29th. “The global security environment is the most complex, volatile, and unpredictable of all. Given this challenge, strengthening our strategic awareness capabilities to adopt measures to forecast and create mechanisms to avoid conflict or facilitate crisis management, must be a priority.” U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which sponsors the annual meeting, inaugurated SOUTHDEC 2018. “Welcome to SOUTHDEC! Thank you all for joining us. Your presence is a testament to your commitment to our shared security, and to the strength of our ties between our many nations,” Adm. Tidd said. “SOUTHDEC is the perfect forum to identify these opportunities, together, to share ideas to enhance collaboration and coordinate our actions.” Under the theme South American military contributions toward world peace, participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay Peru, and the United States discussed the armed forces’ responsibility in peacekeeping operations, while sharing experiences and lessons learned on the topic. Canada, Spain, the United Nations (UN) Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Georgia Army National Guard, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, the Argentine Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Inter-American Defense Board also attended the event as observers. SOUTHDEC 2018 was carried out under the framework of camaraderie among partner nations, whose commanders discussed the regional contribution to peacekeeping operations and military support for interagency work, in addition to regional armies’ support to missions from other government agencies. For two days, participants addressed the topics in roundtables and bilateral meetings. A seminar for senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) was conducted simultaneously, to discuss NCOs’ professional development and the educational system for their professionalization in the region. Common goals “SOUTHDEC enables us to coordinate the armed forces’ efforts in the region to focus on common goals, considering that we all share the same values in terms of democracy, human rights, etc.,” said General Arturo Merino Núñez, chairman of the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We participate in peacekeeping missions, and one of our greatest contributions was Haiti. We are now in the process of evaluating where to deploy our troops in the future. We still have 59 men deployed in different missions worldwide.” “SOUTHDEC allows us to have an open and frank dialogue about all threats and problems in the region,” said Army General Juan Bautista Yepes Bedoya, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces. “The threats are the same, such as narcotrafficking, illegal weapons, explosives, and smuggling, among others. The latest is illegal immigration.” Admiral Paulo Gómez Benítez, commander of the Paraguayan Navy, stressed the importance of this issue for the region. “Peace is the most important thing in the world; development is impossible without peace. What we should always protect is peace,” he said. “We have limited experience in peacekeeping operations, but we learn a lot when we listen to other countries’ experiences, so we can improve our performance in the future.” Regional peacekeeping force Most participating nations in SOUTHDEC 2018 have extensive experience in UN peacekeeping missions. Experience and lessons learned in each mission provide blue helmets and each country force unprecedented opportunities for development. “There’s a new outlook on peacekeeping missions,” Lt. Gen. Del Valle said. “We’re trying to develop something from scratch, an element that would enable us to think about regional coordination, a regional organization to act in these types of missions, and slowly develop methodologies to move forward in this direction.” Colombia supported the idea. “We need to get together and create a great regional peacekeeping force with the same norms and training, so that each country can make a contribution,” Gen. Yepes said. “That’s the way we should go, so all countries in the region can walk in one direction.” The idea also made sense for Chile. “South America contributes a great deal to worldwide peace and security through the participation of its armed forces in worldwide peacekeeping operations,” said Gen. Merino. “We must consider the possibility for our region to be much more integrated with peacekeeping operations, in which we could have a combined force of several nations to enable better participation in future peacekeeping operations.” SOUTHDEC 2018 concluded with attendees committing to continue coordinated regional work to promote peace. “We live in a peaceful continent, but peace isn’t infinite. We face new threats and challenges,” Argentine Minister of Defense Oscar Raúl Aguad said at the closing ceremony. “The fact that you are gathered together fosters peace in the continent, a fraternal bond between the peoples of South America. This extraordinary cooperation and closeness with the United States is a guarantee for our people and a relationship that we need to leverage in this era of challenges.” Every year since 2009, SOUTHCOM carries out SOUTHDEC to promote communication among defense leaders about issues of common interest and to improve regional cooperation. Brazil will host SOUTHDEC 2019.last_img read more

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Microsoft vulnerabilities doubled in the past 6 years

first_imgResearch revealed the number of reported Microsoft vulnerabilities more than doubled since 2013 with 700 coming in 2018, representing a 110% increase in reported vulnerabilities over the last six years.Those are some of the findings from Atlanta-based privileged access management firm BeyondTrust’s “Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report 2019.” The research provided the latest insight into security vulnerabilities facing organizations today, as well as a five-year trends analysis to better equip organizations to increase their IT security posture and keep networks and systems safe.This year’s report identified the following highlights:Microsoft vulnerabilities continued to rise in 2018, with a total of 700 vulnerabilities discovered. This represented a 110% increase in the overall number of reported vulnerabilities over 6 years (2013-2018). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Tanjungpinang mayor dies at 59 after testing positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe mayor was first admitted to the hospital on April 11 after experiencing shortness of breath. Swab test results later revealed that he had contracted COVID-19.Syahrul’s wife, his grandchild and personal doctor had also tested positive for COVID-19 and were undergoing intensive treatment.His burial will take place in accordance with COVID-19 health protocols, Tjeptjep added.Syahrul is the second regional leader to die after contracting the virus. On April 2, Aptripel Tumimomor, at that time the regent of North Morowali in Central Sulawesi, passed away after days of treatment at Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi.At the time of his death, a COVID-19 rapid test showed negative results for him. However, the result of the swab test — which came out four days after his death — revealed that Aptriptel, 53, had COVID-19. (trn)Topics : Tanjungpinang Mayor Syahrul passed away on Tuesday following weeks of intensive treatment at Tanjungpinang Regional Hospital, Riau Islands, after testing positive for COVID-19.Riau Islands COVID-19 task force head Tjetjep Yudiana confirmed that Syahrul, 59, had died at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.News of the mayor’s death was confirmed by the head of Riau Islands’ COVID-19 task force, Tjetjep Yudiana.last_img read more

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Arsenal in race to sign Marcelo as Brazil left-back asks to leave Real Madrid

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jul 2019 8:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link627Shares Arsenal are in the race to sign Marcelo from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Arsenal are in the race to sign Marcelo as the Brazilian left-back has asked to leave Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The 31-year-old has spent 13 seasons at Madrid, winning four La Liga titles and the Champions League four times.But his place in Zinedine Zidane’s side is now under threat after Madrid completed the signing of French left-back Ferland Mendy in a £47 million deal from Lyon earlier this summer.According to Sport, Marcelo wants to leave Madrid this summer having received several offers and his representatives are in talks with the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelo has asked to leave Real Madrid this summer (Getty Images)The report claims that Arsenal are among the teams who have registered their interest in Marcelo, but the Gunners face strong competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementParis Saint-Germain, Juventus and AC Milan have also made Marcelo aware of their interest and he is now considering his options.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMarcelo is currently on holiday after he was surprisingly dropped from Brazil’s squad for their Copa America campaign.Arsenal, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen their defensive options ahead of the new season and are also in talks with Celtic over a deal for their left-back Kieran Tierney.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal in race to sign Marcelo as Brazil left-back asks to leave Real Madrid Advertisementlast_img read more

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IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

first_imgThe Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has elected new members of its council for the 2018-2019 biennium.Category (a) includes ten states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.Category (b) comprises ten states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.Category (c) encompasses 20 states not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.The council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the assembly, for supervising the work of the organization. Between sessions of the assembly, the council performs all the functions of the assembly, except that of making recommendations to governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.The newly elected council will meet, following the conclusion of the 30th Assembly, for its 119th session on December 7 and will elect its chair and vice-chair for the next biennium.The 30th Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from November 27 to December 6, 2017. All 172 member states and three associate members are entitled to attend the assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body.The assembly, which meets once every two years in regular session, is responsible for approving the work program, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the organization. It also elects the organization’s 40-member council.last_img read more

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STX Gets AiP from LR for LNG-Fuelled MR Tanker

first_imgClassification society Lloyd’s Register has presented STX with approval in principle for a 50,000 dwt MR tanker design capable of using LNG as fuel.STX incorporated an LNG-fuelled propulsion system into their existing conventional MR tanker design with technical assistance and support from LR, ensuring that the design is in compliance with the new IGF code as well as LR’s Gas Fuelled Rules, covering other applicable requirements.LR also supported STX in carrying out a risk assessment of the LNG-fuelled propulsion system for the vessel design.“The experience and know-how that has been built to date has been utilised to develop this new LNG-powered MR tanker. The design enables the lowest possible fuel consumption and allow owners to select a design that will meet the future SOx and NOx emission challenges,” EK Choi, Chief Technical Officer of STX, said.“It’s been an exciting project where we are delighted to have been able to support STX in incorporating LNG as a fuel option,” Young-Doo Kim, LR’s North Asia Technical Support Office Manager, added.last_img read more

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Police rule at Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival

first_imgDavin Fraser closed off the day’s activities as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) athletics club teams ran away with most of the spoils at the Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun Day at the Police Sports Club Ground, yesterday.On a day loaded with excitement, however, it was Walter Grant- Stuart’s win in the men’s 5000m cycle race that really got the crowd animated as they unanimously backed the one-handed cyclist.The differently-abled athlete started out with a 200m head start over his competiters, and that was more than what he needed as he maintained the lead throughout the race.As he gained momentum and began lapping a number of his opponents the crowd became even more enthusiastic to see him succeed and many rose to their feet as they cheered him on, breaking out in resounding applause after he rode down his final lap and took the win.In the men’s 4x100m, Kevin Abbensettes,who ran the second leg, ran the race of his life as he established Police in the lead, taking over after a sharp start from Stephon Boodie. On the third leg, Linton Mentis simply needed to preserve that lead, paving the way for Davin Fraser to bring home an easy win.Differently-abled cyclist Walter Grant- Stuart gunning in the lead of the men’s 5000m race at yesterday’s Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival (Samuel Maughn photo)The second place went to Super Upcoming Runners (SUR) ‘A’ team, and the Mercury Fast Laners (MFL) boys took the third place.The preceding women’s 4x100m was just another opportunity for Police to dominate, with Police ‘A’ team taking first place, and Police ‘B’ ending with third place. The SUR women team of Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, Cassie Tixie and Cassie Small finished in third place.Running out of lane three, Police’A’started off with Kezia Bess handing over to Tandika Eastman, who blazed ahead of the pack on the straight.Coming around the turn the team depended on Shauncel Adams to sustain the lead and she did not let them down.With Alita Moore on the final straight the team had no problem closing off with a gapping win ahead of SUR. Cassie Small ended for SUR, while the team also had Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, and Cassie Tixie.The Police ‘B’ team started off with Cindy Fraser, while Tasnica Lovell ended, and Tandika Burgess and Shauncel Adams completed the team.Police also had the female distance medley, the 4x200m mixed, and the male and female sprint medley relay wins. The men’s sprint medley in particular had the packed crowd thrilled as Police dug deep and climbed from third to emerge victorious.Tyrell Peters gave SUR a power start that made them seem almost certain for the win of that 1500m medley relay, but Police still had a card up their sleeve. It was Quacy Morian on the final 800m leg that really pulled the team through, as he closed in on SUR’s Ronaldo Thomas almost 50m lead, and took him down by the first 300m in.Another 300m and Thomas was almost at risk of even losing the second place finish as UG’s Salim Yussuf challenged him on the turn. But Yussuf had nothing left in him to fight with on the final straight, leaving the second place for SUR, and seeing UG finishing in third place.last_img read more

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