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Moeen Ali a doubt for second Ashes Test, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali is a doubt for the second Ashes Test against Australia as he struggles to recover from a cut on his index finger, captain Joe Root said on Friday.Moeen, whose bowling was affected by the cut during England’s 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba, would probably be retained as a batsman at Adelaide Oval in the match starting Saturday even if were unable to bowl, said Root.The skipper, however, would not rule out a potential Test debut for leg-spinner Mason Crane, depending on the conditions and if Moeen was deemed unfit to play.”We’ll have another look at things after practice and see how he is then and see if there’s any more damage to it and then we’ll have to make a decision from there,” Root told reporters at Adelaide Oval.”His batting’s been a huge part of our team for a long period of time now so I think he would still play as a batter.”I think we’ll have to look at the situation with Moeen, see how bad it is, look at the conditions but it’s definitely not out of the question,” Root added, when asked about the possibility of a debut for 20-year-old Crane.Moeen aside, Root said it was still too early to confirm whether his starting team was otherwise settled.”Not just yet, I think it’s important that we take everything into consideration,” he said.With England 1-0 down in the series, Root took some comfort in the damp conditions in Adelaide with rain likely to feature over the opening days of the first day-night Ashes Test.advertisement”It’s very English outside,” he said.”It’s forecast to be damp and that should play into our hands.”last_img read more

I, Tonya review – Margot Robbie doesn’t put a foot wrong

first_imgShare on Twitter Facebook Drama films Share via Email reviews Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Watch a trailer for I, Tonya. Pinterest Like the jaw-dropping triple-axel jump that made champion figure skater Tonya Harding famous, Margot Robbie’s performance in this satirical, postmodern tale of the disgraced star is a tour-de-force tornado that balances finely nuanced character development with impressively punchy physicality. Starring in a passion-project that she also produced, Robbie never puts a foot wrong as the proud Portland outsider (“Trashy Tonya doesn’t belong”) who outperformed her more privileged competitors, only to see her career implode after being implicated in a violent assault on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.Like the media frenzy that surrounded those infamous events, Craig Gillespie’s darkly comic film (from a sharp Steven Rogers script) filters its story through a prism of conflicting narratives that clash like blades on broken ice. The result resembles an adrenalised mashup of To Die For and Blades of Glory, with the stylish zing of American Hustle and a hint of the bruising domestic violence of Raging Bull.We first meet Harding as a plucky kid whose mother hits her with hands, hairbrushes and knives (“Oh please,” sneers Allison Janney’s chain-smoking LaVona, “show me a family that doesn’t have ups and downs!”). Later, Harding becomes a battered wife whose husband, Jeff (Sebastian Stan), thinks the best way to demonstrate his love is through death threats. Throughout, I, Tonya paints its subject as “a real person who never apologised for growing up poor and being a redneck – which is what I am”. A tough cookie in a sport full of little princesses, Harding makes her mark through extreme physical feats that few others would dare to attempt. But when Jeff and his fantasist-idiot sidekick, Shawn (a brilliant tragicomic turn from Paul Walter Hauser), decide to take competitive matters into their own hands, the result is as chaotic as it is catastrophic. Announcing itself as “based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly”, I, Tonya allows its key characters to speak directly to the audience, whether through faux interviews that reproduce the boxy frames of TV reportage, or through fourth-wall breaks during the fluid widescreen action. “This is bullshit, I never did this!” says Robbie’s Tonya as she sees off her abusive husband with a shotgun, only for Jeff to take pot-shots at her (“That’s not me,” he insists) to the strains of How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.At times I was reminded of Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People, another furiously entertaining portrait of unreliable pop narratives. Later, as Harding puts herself through a Rocky-style boot camp – tossing logs and lugging huge bags of dog food through the woods – coach Diane Rawlinson (Julianne Nicholson) turns to the camera and says: “She actually did this.” As for who did what in relation to the assault on Kerrigan, the film makes its sympathies clear while inviting audiences to decide for themselves what actually happened.center_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Figure skating The Observer Lending a propulsive edge to these kaleidoscopic stories are the ice-skating scenes, which are orchestrated like high-octane action sequences. Cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis and ice-skating camera operator Dana Morris conjure gliding images that evoke the in-your-face force of Harding’s routines, closer in tone to the crunchy musical car chases of Baby Driver than to any ice-ballet escapades. As for Robbie, every time she steps into the arena, she seems to be channelling James Caan’s gladiatorial Jonathan E from Rollerball.A soundtrack of smartly chosen tunes keeps the pace popping, from the cheeky use of Cliff Richard’s Devil Woman when LaVona first sets the three-and-a-half-year-old Harding (“she’s a soft four”) in pursuit of Rawlinson’s attention, to the brilliant use of Joanie Sommers’s Little Girl Bad as Tonya earns her “fuck you” moment and lands the triple axel.Amid the fallout of “the incident” that defined Harding’s villainous legacy (“It’s what you all came for, folks”), Rogers’s screenplay ensures that we never lose sight of her status as a survivor, someone seeking love and adoration in a world full of aggression, who habitually finds herself on the wrong end of a fist. It’s no surprise that Harding (who later took up boxing) became a “totally American” folk icon, her story inspiring documentaries, dramas, a musical, even a rock opera. “People either love Tonya or they’re not big fans,” says Rawlinson, “just like people either love America or they’re not big fans.” Whatever your views on the US in general and Harding in particular, you’ll leave this cheering for Margot Robbie. Bravo! Share on Messenger Margot Robbie: ‘I asked my girlfriends what they’d been through. And they were angry’ Read more Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on WhatsApp Margot Robbie Reuse this contentlast_img read more

TFA Indigenous Teams Depart for NZ

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to wish all National Indigenous Team members the best of luck, as they depart for a tour of New Zealand tomorrow. The tour will encompass seven days in three regions of Auckland, Hamilton & Wellington, as our top indigenous Women’s & Men’s Open teams showcase their talent, and are exposed to the elite level of the sport. Among the opposition will be the New Zealand Under 19s, Under 21s, and Open’s  Men’s and Women’s teams.  The initiative created by TFA in conjunction with the National Indigenous Advisory Committee, will be the first of the program, with many more tours & initiatives to follow in the future. The teams will encompass a mix of youth and experience. Six Australian Youth Squad representatives will take part in the tour, with Jordan Ah Sam, Jenaya Quan, Kristin Wuruki, & Jess Shaw in the Women’s and Kristian Congoo and Cody Green in the Men’s.  World Cup victor Bo De La Cruz will captain the Women’s team, ably coached by the experienced Harry Appo, while the Men’s team will be coached by current National 18s Men’s coach Ricky Luland.last_img read more

Clemson’s Week 4 Kickoff Time Announced

first_img The game will be broadcast on ACC Network.JUST ANNOUNCED: It’ll be another night game with 81,500 of our closest friends in Death Valley on Sept. 21, when the Tigers host Charlotte on @accnetwork. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/nJw5LZMdid— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 9, 2019Clemson is out to a 2-0 start this season, as expected. The team didn’t look great in Week 1, but still demolished the new look Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52-14.This past weekend, they hosted Texas A&M in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the non-conference slate, after a classic in College Station last fall. It wasn’t as competitive as even a 24-10 score would indicate.Charlotte is in its first year under former Austin Peay head coach Will Healy, who was hired after a bizarre situation, in which its first choice Mike Houston of James Madison was poached by East Carolina. The 49ers blasted Gardner-Webb in its opener, 49-28. On Saturday, conference foe Appalachian State knocked off the 49ers in a shootout, 56-41.Charlotte hosts Independent program UMass on Saturday. Clemson players run off the field after a forced fumble vs. Furman.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson has a trip up to the Carrier Dome, a place where the Tigers suffered a rare loss the last time they played there. After Saturday’s Syracuse game, Clemson returns home for one of its easiest tests of the year against Charlotte.The Tigers are set to host the 49ers for the first time in the two programs’ history. Charlotte didn’t move up to FBS until 2013.The 49ers have played Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, and Tennessee from the Power Five ranks. Clemson will be by far the toughest program has ever played.On Monday, Clemson announced that the game against Charlotte will be held at 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Province Takes Steps to Protect Offshore Workers

first_imgThe province is moving forward with legislation to better protect Nova Scotian offshore oil and gas workers. Energy Minister Charlie Parker today, May 3, introduced proposed amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act to establish one set of occupational health and safety rules for offshore energy workers. The amendments mirror changes introduced federally and in Newfoundland and Labrador this week. The federal government and two provinces have been working to adopt a common approach to offshore energy safety to fill a gap in legislation. “Industry and offshore employees need consistent regulations when it comes to health and safety on the job, especially since we’re dealing with an industry that overlaps federal jurisdiction and two provinces,” said Mr. Parker. “The proposed amendments will provide clear authority on issues of occupational health and safety, and better protect people involved in offshore oil and gas. “This legislation complements the work already underway to promote workplace safety in every industry across the province to ensure all workers, whether on land or sea, return home safe at the end of the day.” The amendments will clarify the roles and responsibilities of governments, regulators, employers and employees, add authority for occupational health and safety, and give regulators the authority to disclose occupational health and safety information to the public. The amendments will: ensure offshore occupational health and safety laws offer at least as much protecting for workers as onshore laws. protect employee rights support an occupational health and safety culture that recognizes shared responsibilities in the workplace separate occupational health and safety and production issues provide joint management by the federal and provincial governments comprehensively apply to offshore petroleum activities provide effective and efficient regulations The amendments will create more legal certainty and transfer provincial oversight to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education from the Department of Energy. The federal Natural Resources Minister, in consultation with the federal Minister of Labour, will remain responsible federally. The Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board will continue to administer Nova Scotia’s offshore regulations. The provincial changes will take effect after the federal amendments are approved.last_img read more

Toll rises to 16 dead more than 100 wounded in Kabul blast

first_imgKabul: The toll from a massive blast claimed by the Taliban in Kabul has risen to 16 dead — all civilians — with scores more wounded, an official said Tuesday. Monday night’s attack took place in a residential area near Green Village, a large compound that houses aid agencies and international organisations. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives that had been parked alongside a wall by Green Village. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Sixteen killed, 119 wounded in last night’s attack,” Rahimi said, noting a search-and-rescue operation had lasted through the night. Green Village is separate from the nearby Green Zone, a walled-off and heavily fortified part of Kabul that is home to several embassies including the US and British missions. The Taliban claimed the attack, which came as US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul to discuss a proposed deal that would see the US withdraw troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent security guarantees. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Residents in the area around Green Village were furious that their neighbourhood, which has been targeted before, had been hit once again and blamed the international presence. Locals set tyres on fire, sending plumes of thick, acrid smoke into the morning sky, and closed off a main road alongside the scene of the attack. “We want these foreigners to move out of our neighbourhood,” local resident Abdul Jamil told AFP. “This is not the first time we suffer because of them… We don’t want them here anymore.”last_img read more

Deadline coming for Personal Credit for Residential School Survivors

first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:The deadline is looming for Residential School Survivors still hoping to use the $3,000 personal credit (for education).In this edition we talk about the concerns that have come up for those trying to access the credit.We also discuss its potential to help the children and grandchildren of survivors.*Note: after our deadline, AANDC did reply pointing us to the “frequently asked questions” section from the court settlement’s website.last_img

Geckos in space: Novel robot takes a step to cosmos

first_imgA wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a small but important step towards a future in space, scientists said on Thursday.The tiny legged prototype could be the forerunner of automatons which crawl along the hulls of spacecraft, cleaning and maintaining them, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.Its footpads are covered with dry microfibres modelled on the toe hair of the gecko, which is celebrated for its ability to scuttle up windows and along walls yet not leave a trace. The lizard does the trick through millions of ultra-fine hairs called setae, which interact with the climbing surface to create a molecular attraction known as the van der Waals force.Researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University first built a 240-gramme (eight-ounce) tank-like gecko-bot, using tracks with microfibre treads.They then developed this into a six-legged climbing robot, nicknamed Abigaille.“This approach is an example of biomimicry, taking engineering solutions from the natural world,” said team leader Mike Henrey.The “dry adhesive” that helps Abigaille climb walls has now been put through its paces at a materials-testing lab at ESA’s European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.Replicating the vacuum and temperatures of space, but not the zero gravity, the tests found that the adhesive worked like a charm, the agency said.“A depth-sensing indentation instrument was used inside a vacuum chamber to precisely assess the dry adhesive’s sticking performance,” ESA specialist Laurent Pambaguian said in a press release.“Experimental success means deployment in space might one day be possible.”Abigaille’s six legs each have four degrees of freedom, which enables the “gecko-bot” to shift from horizontal to vertical environments.Dry adhesives in space are compelling because other options have to be ruled out for safety reasons.Sticky tape is a no-no because it collects dust, becomes less sticky over time and in a vacuum gives off fumes.Magnets, too, are out as they cannot stick to composite surfaces and their magnetic field could affect instruments.And Velcro is also excluded, as it needs a mating surface of hooks — and these can break off and become a hazard.Gecko setae are microscopic: their ends are just 100-200 nanometres, or 100-200 billionths of a metre, across. By comparison, the human hair is gigantic, being around 100,000 nanometres in diameter.“We’ve borrowed techniques from the micro-electronics industry to make our footpad terminators,” said Henrey.“Technical limitations mean these are around 100 times larger than a gecko’s hairs, but they are sufficient to support our robot’s weight.”last_img read more

Morocco’s Unemployment Rate Drops 0.6% in 1st Quarter

Rabat – Morocco’s unemployment rate has slightly dropped from 9.3% to 8.7% during the first quarter of 2015; improving the reported 9.3% during the same period last year, revealed the High Commission for Planning (HCP).According to the most recent data released by HPC on Wednesday,the overall rate of unemployment has decreased by 37,000 people at the national level, during the first quarter of 2015.The same source highlighted that the unemployment rate in urban areas across Morocco exceeds 13.4% while it reaches 3.3% in rural areas. The slight drop in Morocco’s overall unemployment rate from 9.3% to 8.7% indicates a decrease of 0.6%.HCP said the largest decrease in unemployment rate was noticed among adults aged 25-34 (-1.5 points) as well as among graduates (-0.9 points.) The largest increases, on the other hand, were recorded among youth aged 15-24 (+1.3 points).Nonetheless, HCP confirmed that the unemployment phenomenon remains more prevalent among young graduates, where the rate remained high at20.5%.In a previous release, HCP had published slightly different data indicating the unemployment rate in Morocco at 9.9% in the first three months of 2015, down 0.4% from the 10.3% during the same period in 2014.Fortunately, during the first three months of 2015, Moroccan economy managed to create 27,000 new jobs. This increase has benefited services sectors with 4,000 new jobs, agriculture and fisheries with 14,000 new jobs, and other industries (including crafts) with 9000 new positions.Edited by Karla Dieseldorff© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Thousands run for the cure

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Today thousands of people across Canada took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure.As around 4500 people took off running or walking in hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer today, some were running for the past.“My wife and my girls’ mom Cathy was diagnosed three years ago this week. Unfortunately she was one of the unlucky ones. She past away but we are all here about, 45 people, Cathys Crusadors in her memory,” says Brent Paszt.Cindy Csordas, a CHCH reporter, was running for her grandmother.“For me it has special meaning because when i was 14-years old my grandmother died of breast cancer and she battled it for most of my life. When I see people coming out to try and get that cure I’m doing it in her name.”Some, like Jennifer Kutlesa, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, were running for the struggle she and many others are now going through.“I was nursing my son i just had a little one, he was 8 months old when i was diagnosed. I thought it was a lump from nursing and I got it checked out. I’m under 45 and this is what happened.”As pink flowers were handed out to all the survivors, every one was running in hopes of a breast cancer free future.Around 5,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the most common cancer in Canada. The 4500 people who crossed this finish line are hoping to one day turn 5,000 into zero.Karen Morrison was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Last year, she walked 1km while going through treatment.“I never wanted to be thought of as sick I just wanted to go out there and do what I always did and make a difference and show people its doable.”With her family by her side she ran 5km this year and raised more than $20,000.“So that my girls don’t ever have to go through what I went through this past year. I said last year I was going to beat it and I have beat it.”A sea of pink, coming together for a cure. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Côte dIvoire UN refugee agency concerned over collapse of ceasefire talks

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced its concern at ongoing developments in Côte d’Ivoire following the collapse of ceasefire negotiations over the weekend. According to a spokesperson for the agency, the breakdown of the talks on Sunday has led to renewed fighting around the country and a continuation of a government-sanctioned programme to raze shantytowns in Abidjan, which has displaced thousands of local residents and foreigners, including refugees. While the governor of Abidjan announced on Friday that the burning of shanty towns was expected to be completed in one month, the Minister of Human Rights, during a visit to UNHCR’s office in the city the same day, said the demolition would be suspended for 10 days, spokesperson Delphine Marie told reporters in Geneva. The Minister told the agency that the move was not an operation against foreigners, as many Ivorians have also been affected, and that refugees have always been welcome in Côte d’Ivoire and remained so. “There is still no suspension, however,” Ms. Marie noted. “Such a suspension would be welcomed because it would give humanitarian agencies some more time to find alternative accommodation for the thousands of people, including migrants, refugees and Ivorians, who are being displaced daily.” Meanwhile, worsening conditions in another major city, Bouaké, including lack of water, electricity and food supplies, have prompted many residents to flee, the spokesperson said. “According to the Red Cross, between 150,000 and 200,000 residents of Bouaké have fled in recent days to escape fighting and insecurity,” she said. “Most of them are believed to have sought shelter with families of relatives in other parts of the country.” The situation along the borders between Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries remained tense and left the future of 72,000 refugees in Côte d’Ivoire uncertain, Ms. Marie said. UNHCR sub-offices in Guiglo and Tabou reported some movement across the borders towards Liberia, but there has been no large-scale population transfers. read more

Android leaps past iPhone in US shipments and market share

first_imgSteve Jobs has been known to say an unkind word or two about Google and its Android mobile operating system. In one report, he is quoted as saying, “Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone.” I think many consumers would agree that the iPhone isn’t going away anytime soon, but that’s not to say that Google doesn’t want to make a dent in iPhone’s market share. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google has done just that already.NPD Group states that Android has taking the lead over Apple’s iPhone as the dominant mobile operating system in the U.S. According to third quarter numbers, Android was installed on 44% of smartphones while the iPhone came in second at 23%. Another tech research firm, Canalys, found that during the quarter Apple shipped 5.5 million iPhones giving them an edge over RIM’s shipment of 5.1 million BlackBerry devices. In comparison, Google’s Android OS was shipped on 9.1 million smartphones which now gives Android a commanding lead.Sounds like it is in Mr. Jobs’ best interest to keep bad mouthing Google and its Android OS, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem that many consumers are listening.Read more at the Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Following his resignation FECCA congratulates Michael Ebeid for his work at SBS

first_imgFollowing the announcement of SBS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Michael Ebeid’s decision to resign from his position after seven-and-a-half years of service, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA) released a statement recognising his contribution to the field of media in Australia.“Michael Ebeid’s guidance of SBS has been transformative. He has expanded and widened the broadcaster’s audience, while remaining fiercely committed to all the values which make SBS such an integral part of multicultural Australia,” said FECCA chairperson Mary Patetsos.“Under Michael Ebeid, SBS TV, radio and online services truly reflect a diverse and enriched Australia. The news, information, entertainment selection and language selection options available on SBS provide a wonderful choice for those millions of Australians who seek high-quality news and entertainment. And the SBS in-language aid migrant participation in Australian life, with about 1.5 million podcast downloads of SBS in-language programs every month.”She went on to acknowledge that SBS is now, more than ever, a vigorous and visible embodiment of the ongoing success of Australia’s great multicultural society.Mr Ebeid’s departure has been described as “disappointing” by the network’s chairman Bulent Hass Dellal. This doesn’t take away from the fact that he is leavnig the broadcaster in a very strong position, especially after the success it saw with the World Cup ratings, with hundreds of thousands of people tuning in to watch the matches.Mr Ebeid himself spoke of the decision to step down as being “…one of the most difficult I’ve made.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NYCC The Cast of Star Trek Discovery Pitches Star Trek in War

first_imgMichelle Yeoh says to Isaacs, “If you don’t look after my baby girl @SonequaMG I’m going to come & kick your ass.” #NYCC #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.com/riS9yVgB3o— Star Trek (@StarTrek) October 7, 2017He’d better do a good job after that. Star Trek: Discovery drops a new episode every Sunday night on CBS All Access.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on targetcenter_img Star Trek: Discovery is a slightly darker Star Trek show than most fans are used to. Rather than an exploratory vessel helping out where they can, it’s set during war. That’s not a time period this series deals with that often. During a panel in the Theater at Madison Square Garden at New York Comic Con, the cast made a case for the show starting from a darker place. Hint: It’s in the name.The cast and crew put on a fantastic panel, hosted by real-life astronaut Mae Jemison. Not only is she actually a space explorer, she’s a serious Star Trek fan. She opened the panel with a quick story about how Star Trek has influenced the world and her own work. She even opened up her shifts on the Space Shuttle Endeavor with the words “All hailing frequencies open.”The panel being run by an astronaut underscored the show’s commitment to science. A significant portion of the panel was spent talking about the science behind the show. The producers talked about bringing scientific consultants in to ensure that everything has at least a basis in real science. That includes the spore-powered warp drive on the Discovery. They were inspired by a TED Talk from mycologist Paul Stamets called “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World.” The warp drive, they said, is theoretically possible. Jemison explained that a warp bubble is theoretically possible, which would allow us to travel great distances in a short amount of time without exceeding the speed of light. Of course the real-life physics of how much energy we’d need to generate such a bubble do get in the way. Still, the producers say that making sure the futuristic technology had a basis in science was important to them. That’s something Star Trek has always had.Jason Isaacs (Photo via CBS)One interesting thing that happened during the show’s “round table think tanks” of scientists was that they actually started having a Star Trek-style debate over the concept of beaming up. The lines, the producers said, were very clearly drawn between the different specialties. The scientists reportedly got very angry with each other over whether it was possible to beam a person from one place to another. The physicists all said it was technically possible, while the neuroscientists and biologists said you couldn’t reassemble the human soul. “You can’t reassemble what makes someone biologically alive and what makes them.” Man, that almost makes me want a Star Trek story set during the invention of the transporter. That debate sounds like the makings of a great episode. Of course, the producers said, they did incorporate aspects of the debate, such as what makes up a human soul, into the stories we’ll see in the first season.The greatest thing about Star Trek: Discovery is that even with the darker storyline, it feels so much like Star Trek. It’s not just us that thinks that. Sonequa Martin-Green told a wonderful story about the support she received from Lieutenant Uhura herself, Nichelle Nichols. Martin-Green got a little emotional telling the story because, as she put it, Nichols is a queen. She said Nichols came to the premiere and told her, “enjoy the moment. It’s yours now.” “So many of us owe so much to her,” Martin-Green said.The cast and crew also directly addressed the wartime plot and less hopeful tone of the new series. That, they said, is the entire reason for the show being set 10 years before the original series. First, Jason Isaacs defended his Captain Lorca in response to a question about how he’s a different kind of captain than the ones we’ve seen before. He’s excited to see a show set in a time before the Federation was fully committed to exploring. And not only (though partially) because playing a different kind of captain frees him of the pressure to live up to legends like Kirk or Picard.“This is wartime, there’s uncertainty,” he said. “They’re finding their feet. This is a wartime captain. What I love about the story we’ve created is that it’s not a story we’ve seen before. This is not a man I’ve seen before. He’s surrounded by idiots on a ship that is not prepared to do what needs to be done. He’s trying to stop everything that we love from being destroyed by these enemies. None of these people understand that, they have no idea what they’re doing.” Isaacs promised that having a captain like that on a science vessel will present an “ethical minefield” for these characters. “We’re giving you stuff to talk about after the credits roll,” he said. As Isaacs notice, that is something the best of Star Trek has always done.Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Aaron Harberts (Photo via Star Trek/Twitter)The producers of the show reassured the audience that they don’t see Star Trek: Discovery as being darker than the previous series. “Discovery” is more than the name of the ship, they said. This show will be about the Federation discovering itself. This is about how humanity gets to the optimistic, exploratory place we’re in during The Original Series. It’s how we develop concepts like “The Prime Directive.” If this universe doesn’t look like the Star Trek you’re used to, they say, that’s by design. This series isn’t about that. It’s about how they got there. As the series goes on, we should see the eternally optimistic universe take shape.  That’s the beauty of telling a wholly serialized narrative, they said. The world can end up in a different place from where it began. That’s they’re pitch anyway. Whether you buy it or not is completely up to you. Personally, it’s enough for me to stick with the show and see if they can pull it off.Easily the best surprise of the panel was the appearance by Michelle Yeoh. (Well, other than Wilson Cruz calling Anthony Rapp his “space boo” which is so good and pure.) Many fans were unhappy with the decision to kill Captain Philippa Georgiou off after only two episodes, especially since the ads sold her as the captain. It only seemed natural when the first fan question was whether she would come back at all. The voice asking it sounded vaguely familiar. Then, the cast on stage started shouting “no!” in disbelief. Michelle Yeoh was in the audience. They brought her up onstage, and she teased that she still had a little bit more to do in the series. They probably aren’t going to bring her back to life, but we’ll probably see her again in flashbacks or more messages like we saw in this weekend’s episode.She did have a message for Jason Isaacs, though.last_img read more

WWE star returns to the ring on Saturday in Canada

first_img Finn Jones Responds To Marvel/Netflix’s Decision To Cancel ‘Iron Fist’ Finn Jones WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower Twitter Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 7/20 Impact TV tapings in Windsor to air on Pursuit and Twitch Sigourney Weaver Pinterest Netflix Cancels Iron Fist Facebook WhatsApp Videos Articles Darren Young made his official return to WWE last night at the 12/20 live event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Young won in the opening match of the night against Justin Gabriel. Young had been out of action since April with a torn ACL in his left knee.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFinn Jones Responds To Marvel/Netflix’s Decision To Cancel ‘Iron Fist’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:40/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Mike Colter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next UK Trade Minister Says He Would Be Surprised If EU Refuses To Negotiate On Brexit Darren Young on WWE release “breaking him”, working with Bob Backlund, AEW thoughtslast_img read more

43 of the worlds highestpaid footballers play in the Premier League

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Football is notorious for being a sport where athletes can earn a generous salary, and it makes for part of an attractive employee value proposition for football clubs around the globe looking to recruit the newest talent.More than four in 10 (43%) of the world’s highest-paid footballers play in England’s Premier League, according to research by Axo Finans.Spain’s La Liga and the Chinese Super League each feature 15% of the world’s highest-paid footballers, while the Bundesliga in Germany has 10% of football’s high earners.The highest-paid footballer in the Premier League is Paul Pogba, who has a weekly salary of €325,827 (£275,330), and Cristiano Ronaldo ranks as the highest earner in La Liga, with weekly earnings of €410,092 (£346,528).The top three clubs that have the highest number of players earning over €100,000 (£844,411) are all in the Premier League; Manchester City has 18 players earning over this amount, Chelsea has 11 players, and Manchester United employs 10 players earning over €100,000 a week.The research also takes an unusual look at some of the traits the highest-paid players have in common; just under two-thirds (63.3%) of the world’s highest-earning footballers prefer to keep their hair short, while 17% would rather opt for a bald or shaved look. For those who are curious, the most common star signs among the biggest earners are Aquarius, Cancer and Taurus.Here at Employee Benefits, the most common trait among the team is a shared love of all things chocolate! Just in case anyone wanted to send us a Christmas present…last_img read more

Koten Out as Mansueto CEO

first_imgRELATED: John Koten’s Unusual DepartureJohn Koten has stepped down as Mansueto Ventures CEO, sources told FOLIO: Monday. An executive committee—made up of CFO Mark Rosenberg, Fast Company editor Bob Safian, and Inc. editor Jane Berentson—will lead the company until a replacement is named. The committee will report to Mansueto Ventures owner Joe Mansueto. The circumstances surrounding Koten’s departure were not immediately clear. Joe Mansueto did not respond to several e-mails from FOLIO: over the weekend. Koten did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.Koten’s resignation comes less than a week after the Web site Gawker posted a pair of strange memos he wrote to staffers.The first quarter was not particularly kind to Fast Company or Inc., with ad pages plunging 28.8 percent and 46.7 percent respectively, according to PIB figures.Mansueto—the billionaire who founded Morningstar Inc.—purchased Fast Company and Inc. in 2005 from Gruner + Jahr for $35 million.last_img read more

6 generations of Ford Explorers A history of the groundbreaking SUV

first_img 57 Photos 1991-1994 Ford Explorer: The breakout hitThe first Explorer was built off the Ford Ranger’s pickup truck chassis and shared a plethora of parts with its more utilitarian sibling, namely body panels ahead of the A-pillar and a dashboard. Although the Explorer resembled the (also Ranger-based) two-door Ford Bronco II compact SUV of the 1989 and 1990 model years, the Explorer was actually a full segment size larger.The two-door Explorer Sport was 12.6 inches longer and 2.2 inches wider than the Bronco II, while the four-door Explorer boasted an additional 22.4 inches of length. It was also more aerodynamic and modern looking, thanks to flush side glass, integrated mirrors and the lack of drip rails, which were still used on the Ranger of that period. The Explorer also came in a well-known, two-tone Eddie Bauer trim — a tie-in with the outdoorsy clothing store. The Eddie Bauer Explorer was enough of a hit that it returned for subsequent generations.Under the hood was a 4.0-liter, overhead-valve V6 that made a respectable (for the time) 155 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Later model years saw a 5-horsepower bump, but torque stayed the same. The V6 could be paired with a Mazda-sourced five-speed manual transmission or a Ford-designed four-speed automatic. The first-gen Explorer came with rear-wheel drive standard, but shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive was optional.Speaking of Mazda, the Japanese automaker sold its own version of the first-gen Explorer. Called the Navajo, it was based off the Explorer Sport, meaning that it was only offered with two doors. While the ’91 to ’94 Explorer was an immediate hit, the Navajo, unfortunately, never really resonated with buyers.The Explorer, however, did. In its first year, it sold 140,509 units. In its second year, it more than doubled that with 282,837 sales. By the end of 1993, the SUV had crested 300,000 deliveries. Ford Explorer begins with immediate success 20 Photos Second-gen Ford Explorer keeps playin’ the hits 2006-2010 Ford Explorer: Downward spiralThe 2006 Explorer brought about a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque channeled through a new six-speed automatic transmission. For the base Explorer, the previous generation’s 4.0-liter V6 carried on as the standard engine paired with a five-speed automatic, also from the previous generation.A Sport Trac variant continued with the fourth-gen Explorer, and was even offered in the racy (not really) Adrenalin (yes, spelled incorrectly) trim. Speaking of special editions, don’t forget about the Ironman Explorer from the 2007 model year. Hot stuff.The fourth-gen Explorer also boasted a tougher frame, improved suspension and a refreshed interior. Later model years added more tech and convenience features, but none of those upgrades appeared to speak to customers. In 2006, sales were down 25 percent from the year before to 179,229, and by 2010, sales were down to 60,687, largely a product of the failing US economy and consumers’ demand for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. The Explorer’s all-time low of 52,190 sales came in 2009 — roughly a tenth of what sales were at their peak nine years earlier. Speaking of tenths, the related Mercury Mountaineer sold an embarrassing 5,791 units in 2010, leading to its demise along with the rest of the Mercury brand. Ford Detroit Auto Show 2019 • 2002-2005 Ford Explorer: The thrill is goneContinuing the trend of being more family hauling-centric than off-road-ready, the third-generation Ford Explorer was no longer tied to the Ford Ranger. But it was still a body-on-frame SUV. Regardless of its truck-like roots, this Explorer was more car-like than ever before. A new independent rear suspension not only offered a superior ride, but it also freed up space for the newly available third row of seats, bringing the total occupant count to seven.The base engine was carried over from the second-gen Explorer: A 4.0-liter V6 making 210 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, but the third generation brought a more powerful 4.6-liter, single-overhead cam, all-aluminum V8 with 240 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The extra V8 power paired with body-on-frame construction meant this Explorer could tow as much as 7,300 pounds. You could also have the Mazda-sourced five-speed manual transmission with the V6, but that was only offered for the first model year, after which all Explorers were built only with the five-speed automatic. The Explorer Sport, still based on the previous-gen model, met its maker in 2003.In addition to the Explorer bidding farewell to the manual and a two-door configuration, the SUV also kissed its stellar sales figures goodbye. In 2002, the Explorer was still resounding with 433,847 sales for the year, but by 2005, sales were down 45 percent from three years earlier to just 239,788 units as more consumers ditched traditional SUVs for car-based crossovers.While the Explorer began to fade in popularity, it’s newest platform-mate, the Lincoln Aviator, was never a huge hit, and was grounded after 2005. 28 Photos 72 Photos Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ford Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 1 2011-2019 Ford Explorer: The resurrectionThe current, fifth-gen Ford Explorer is an example of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” After about a decade of car-based crossovers eating the Explorer’s lunch, Ford finally caved and engineered an Explorer — based on the Taurus sedan — that followed the lead of successful, car-based crossovers such as the Toyota Highlander.This strategy seemed to work in Ford’s favor. With 135,704 units sold in 2011, the Explorer more than doubled its volume from the previous year, while also beating the Highlander by more than 34,000 units. Sales kept climbing pretty much every year up to the fifth-gen’s 2017 peak of 271,131. Last year wasn’t bad for the Explorer, either, as it was about 10,000 sales shy of beating 2017’s record. Still, that was good enough to make the Explorer America’s best-selling three-row SUV.The Explorer’s resurgence definitely had something to do with drastically improved fuel economy. The fifth-gen started life with a 3.5-liter V6 pumping 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The Explorer’s new engine and car-based construction helped it to achieve 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive models and 18/25 city/highway mpg on front-wheel-drive versions. That’s much better than the gas-guzzling 2010 Explorer. When equipped with a V6 and four-wheel drive, the EPA rated it at 13/19 city/highway mpg. To appease budget-minded shoppers even further, the Explorer also came with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine rated at 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, allowing the first four-cylinder Explorer to achieve 20/27 city/highway mpg. That engine eventually gave way to a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.While a V8 was no longer offered, Ford was still adding more power under the hood. In 2013, the Explorer Sport slid back into the lineup, this time with four doors and a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 making an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A 0-60 time of less than six seconds was about two seconds faster than both the Explorer with the naturally aspirated V6 and the last V8-powered model.The SUV got a visual update in 2016, followed by more subtle visual tweaks in 2018. Throughout this generation’s nine years, Ford has also been injecting more tech into its midsize SUV. As a result, the 2019 Explorer offers the latest in safety and driver-assistance features such as collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automated parallel parking, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers. For those along for the ride, there’s built-in Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep everyone entertained. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend The Ford Explorer was instrumental in popularizing the SUV. When it hit the market for the 1991 model year, it followed the lead of the Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet S-10 Blazer by offering off-road capability and rugged styling with family-friendly utility.Almost 30 years later, the Ford Explorer is a lot different than when it first drove into suburbia’s garages, but it still serves the same purpose: To carry the family in comfort with at least the appearance of can-do capability. With an all-new, sixth-gen Ford Explorer set to debut ahead of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, let’s look back at the five generations it took to get us to this point. 2020 Ford Explorer: Can it keep the momentum?If our recent tale of the tape is any indicator, yes it can. The all-new, sixth-generation Explorer offers more interior space, tech, power and capability than before, which not only helps it stand out from the competition, but also should help it keep its sales crown.The new Explorer’s base price sees a $400 increase over 2019 to $33,760 (including a $995 estimated destination charge), but the sixth-gen SUV with no options will be a lot nicer than an option-free fifth-gen. First, it’ll have more power in the form of an EcoBoost 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough power and torque to tow up to 5,300 pounds, or 2,300 pounds more than this year’s four-cylinder Explorer.The new SUV will be able to haul more inside, too. With cargo space up 6.1 cubic feet to 87.8, it’s now roomy enough to haul a 4×8 sheet of plywood. Passengers will also benefit with best-in-class second- and third-row headroom.Enlarge ImageNo, that’s not an iPad. That’s the new Explorer’s available 10.1-inch touchscreen. Ford Tech also gets a major upgrade. The new Explorer comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Waze navigation on an 8-inch touchscreen, along with in-car Wi-Fi and four USB ports. Standard safety tech is also boosted to more competitive levels, thanks to collision-mitigation braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams and a self-washing rearview camera.That’s a good amount of content for a base model, but for those wanting to extract more out of the new platform, the Explorer Platinum (likely to start around $56,000) will come with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 making 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The beefier engine is also connected to a 10-speed automatic, but is paired exclusively with all-wheel drive featuring a front axle disconnect. The extra power means an additional 300 pounds of towing capacity to 5,600.Available tech and safety features will include embedded navigation on a vertical, 10.1-inch touchscreen featuring pinch-to-zoom functionality, a 360-degree camera, automated parallel parking, adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition, evasive steering assist, and rain-sensing wipers. For even more information about the new Explorer, check out our first-look.Ford will also be offering a hybrid version, as well as a performance-minded Explorer ST, but details about those won’t be released until the full 2020 Explorer lineup is unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.ford-explorer-generations-lineupEnlarge ImageDon’t you love a good-ol’ generational family photo? Ford 47 Photoscenter_img Comment More From Roadshow Tags SUVs Crossovers Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems Ford Explorer’s fifth generation is just what the doctor ordered Share your voice reading • 6 generations of Ford Explorers: A history of the groundbreaking SUV 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 50 Photos Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star See All Ford Explorer continues to evolve as SUV market reinvents itself 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer Fourth-gen Ford Explorer improves but doesn’t meet customer needs 1995-2001 Ford Explorer: Topping the chartsBecause most buyers rarely ventured off-road with their Explorers, the second-generation model’s redesign was enhanced for better on-road manners, thus further differentiating the Explorer from the Ranger pickup truck on which it was still based. The more off-road-inclined I-Beam front suspension was replaced with a new, independent wishbone setup, but a live axle still resided out back.The Explorer’s exterior design also put more distance between itself and the Ranger. Rather than looking like a pickup with a well-integrated camper shell, the new Explorer had a more rounded look all its own. There was a lot more power under the hood, too. For 1996, Ford began offering a 5.0-liter V8 engine making 210 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. In 1997, Ford added a single-overhead cam, 4.0-liter V6 to the option sheet. This modernized mill was good for 205 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The base 4.0-liter V6, however, was still making just 160 ponies. Also this year, V6 Explorers could be had with a five-speed automatic transmission — a very modern gearbox for the time.This generation of Explorer waved “goodbye” to its Mazda platform-mate after 1994, but the midsize SUV wasn’t alone for long. The 1997 model year brought about the Mercury Mountaineer, which came only with the 5.0-liter V8, but subsequent years made V6 power optional. By the turn of the century, the biggest news for the Explorer centered on its Firestone tires blowing out due to tread separation, leading to numerous rollovers, 271 deaths and as many as 23 million tires recalled by both Firestone and Ford. Meanwhile, the blue oval was adding a new pickup truck variant called the Explorer Sport Trac with four doors, a 14.3-inch longer wheelbase and a 4.2-foot, composite truck bed.When it came to sales, these were the Explorer’s glory days. At the beginning of the second generation, the SUV registered 395,227 deliveries for 1995. The Explorer reached its all-time peak in 2000 with 445,157 units. It closed out the generation a year later with a still-healthy 415,921 deliveries. 2020 Ford Explorer is better in almost every waylast_img read more

Haines museum gets huge donation more storage

first_imgThe Sheldon Museum in Haines received an early Christmas present last week worth an estimated $350,000. It’ll allow the museum to expand its collection.Download Audio:There’s really nothing too exciting about shelves. Most people probably don’t think much about them, expect maybe when it comes time to dust them off. But a shipping container full of high-quality shelving had museum director Helen Alten bursting with joy last week.“This is really exciting,” Alten said over the loud buzzing of a drill. “I first bid out compactor shelving for this room and brand new shelving was priced at about $350,000.”Dawson Construction employees assemble a maze of framing on Monday at the Sheldon Museum. (Jillian Rogers)Alten wrote a grant for the cost, but was turned down. The museum is overflowing with boxed collections that are crammed into inconvenient spaces, so an entire room dedicated to moveable, archival shelving is desperately needed. But without a donation or grant, the shelves were too cost prohibitive. Enter George Campbell.“I told him that we wanted to do this to expand our storage and George Campbell told me about shelving that was available.”The compactor shelving, as it’s called, was being given away by the state, at the state’s historic library.Shelf parts waiting to be assembled. (Helen Alten)“In my career, I’ve been in museums for 30 years, I have never seen compactor shelving be surplused.”The state office couldn’t find any takers for the giant shelves because of the high shipping costs, Alten says. Alaska Marine Lines donated the cost of shipping and Dawson Construction donated some installation time. There’s a grant pending currently that would pay for the rest of Dawson’s time and materials.“We may end up getting this completely free,” Alten said. “What makes this so special is that it’s all metal, it’s stainless steel, it’s powder coated and it’s completely inert. So, for preservation purposes, it’s the highest preservation standard.”The shelves run on a track, so a subfloor, carpeting and rails had to be installed in the museum basement before they were assembled. That all happened over the weekend.The mechanism that allows the shelves a smooth ride on tracks. (Helen Alten)“So we figure it will quadruple our storage capacities. It’s huge! One of the things we’ve been saying for years to people is that we can’t take it because we can’t store it, we don’t have enough space.”We take a stroll up the attic space so Alten can show just how crowded things have gotten.Dozens and dozens of boxes are stacked to the ceiling on bowing, wooden shelves. Alten says it will all be moved to the new setup downstairs, along with boxes of archives currently living above the staff offices. The empty upstairs area will become a children’s programming center.By Monday afternoon, the floor and tracks were in and framing installed. Alten is hoping for some volunteers to stop by thisweek to help place the actual shelves.“I’m so happy. I’m so happy. This is just amazing. They’re running smoothly, they’re working really well.”The museum is expecting a large collection sometime in the new year from Alaska Indian Arts, though the details have yet to be worked out. The prospect of getting 200 boxes of archives was the catalyst for the new storage project.Alten says at least now, they’ll be ready.last_img read more

Narendra Modi govt approves 100 disinvestment of Pawan Hans

first_imgThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the recommendation for disinvestment of 100 percent stake in Pawan Hans, a state-owned helicopter service company based in New Delhi.”CCEA has approved the recommendation for disinvestment of 100 percent shareholding of Government of India to strategic buyer identified through two-stage auction process in the CPSEs including Pawan Hans Ltd (PHL),” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a statement.Sinha further said that the CCEA had given in principal approval for strategic disinvestment of Public Sector Units (PSUs) during a meeting in the last week of October. Some of the PSUs that the Centre will entirely exit are Pawan Hans, Hindustan Newsprint, Ferro Scrap Nigam and Central Electronics, among others.At present, the Centre owns 51 percent stake in Pawan Hans, which was incorporated in 1985. Pawan Hans is a joint venture between the Central government and state-owned ONGC, having a fleet size of 46 helicopters.Pawan Hans was set up with the primary idea of providing helicopter services to the oil industry for offshore exploration operations, providing services in remote and hilly terrains and offering charter flight services for promoting tourism, according to Pawan Hans’ website.In September, it was reported that Pawan Hans is accelerating plans for an initial public offering (IPO) listing by the end of 2017 or early 2018. However, before that, the company is taking measures to expand its services to pose itself as an attractive entity for investors.Keen to join the regional connectivity scheme of the Central government, Pawan Hans aims to increase its revenues threefold to Rs 1,600 crore over the next decade from Rs 500 crore during the last financial year (2015-16).According to media reports, Pawan Hans said that it is planning to raise about Rs 350 crore from the market listing.last_img read more