MIRABEL, Que. — Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business.On Tuesday, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for goods-handling and infrastructure.Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the money will go toward building 20,000 square metres of warehouse space for air freight and logistics.It will also fund an expansion to the main aircraft parking lot and upgrades to the neighbouring road network.Ottawa will contribute $50 million to the infrastructure project and the Montreal airport authority will offer up $57 million.Garneau says the goal is to beef up trade volumes, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – Canadian Pacific Rail’s more than 3,000 train operators walked off the job late Tuesday night while a second group of workers reached a tentative contract settlement with the rail company.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said its workers walked out at 10 p.m. EDT as negotiations continued with the assistance of federal mediators.That announcement came just minutes after CP Rail said a tentative deal had been reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 360 signalling workers who were also poised to walk off the job at 10 p.m.The Teamsters said the strike by its members began despite “best efforts to reach a negotiated settlement,” adding it is “willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike.”It also said commuter train services in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are operated by Bombardier, not Canadian Pacific, and Teamster members who operate trains in those cities are Bombardier employees and will not go on strike.As a result, said the Teamsters, commuter train services would not be affected by the walkout.Via, however, had already cancelled passenger rail service starting Tuesday morning in Ontario between Sudbury and White River.CP Rail has said it will use qualified management staff to handle signalling and switching tasks so trains can continue to operate.However, the strike could force the railroad to shut down its freight service at a particularly bad time for grain farmers. Shippers had said they expected talks would fail, resulting in the third CP Rail strike since 2012.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier in the day that the federal government would not be rushed into introducing back-to-work legislation, preferring instead to employ various levers to motivate both sides to reach a settlement.Trudeau also said his government would not do as the Conservatives did and favour employers.“Quite frankly, we have companies that have gotten used to the fact that in certain industries, the government in the past was very quick to legislate against unions,” Trudeau said during a conference in Toronto.“We are not going to do that.”If eventually forced to intervene, said Trudeau, the Liberal government won’t be giving the advantage to employers.Even before the strike began, the livelihoods of Canadian grain farmers were already threatened because shipping was severely disrupted over the past winter due to extreme cold.“You always hope for a miracle but we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a stoppage,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said there was little that could be done to prepare other than to notify farmers that deliveries will have to be rescheduled and tell overseas customers they could receive late shipments.“We’re just coming off of a year where we had poor rail service even though we didn’t have a work stoppage and we are trying to maintain relationships with our customers,” he added.The train operators voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to back their contract demands in early April and voted 98 per cent to reject CP’s final offer last Friday.Both unions gave the railway notice over the weekend that they plan to walk off the job to support contract demands.— Companies in this story:(TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)
BEIJING — U.S. and Chinese negotiators have opened talks on a vexing trade war as Beijing reported its exports rebounded in January despite tariff hikes by President Donald Trump.Economists and business groups say the two days of negotiations that started Thursday allow too little time to resolve the array of disputes under discussion. They say Beijing hopes to persuade Trump that enough progress is being made to forestall more tariff hikes.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.Customs data released Thursday showed China’s exports rose 9.1 per cent in January from a year earlier, recovering from December’s 3.5 per cent decline. But imports of U.S. goods plunged 41 per cent.The Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the destruction of the Shepherd’s Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlements in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood.Israel’s refusal in late September to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the Palestinian territory occupied in the 1967 six-day war prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.Mr. Ban said the demolition which took place yesterday “only serves to heighten tensions,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“It is deeply regrettable that growing international concern at unilateral expansion of illegal Israeli settlements is not being heeded. Such actions seriously prejudice the possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The Secretary-General again called on the Israeli Government to take “whatever steps are necessary” to freeze settlement activity anywhere in occupied territory, the statement added. 10 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the destruction of the Shepherd’s Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlements in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood.
Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource.“Forests for People” is the main theme of the International Year of Forests, which was launched at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York attended by world leaders, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai and forest experts.The General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, on which at least 1.6 billion people depend for their daily livelihoods and subsistence needs. Forests are also home to over 60 million people, mainly members of indigenous and local communities, who reside in forests.“By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests – and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them,” noted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Today’s launch ceremony, presided over by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, is part of the high-level segment of the UN Forum on Forests, an intergovernmental policy forum dealing with forest-related issues.Mr. Deiss noted that it is very meaningful that the International Year of Forests follows on the heels of the International Year of Biodiversity (2010), which concluded with the adoption of a new strategic plan containing targets on significantly reducing, by 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, and sustainably managing forestry to ensure biodiversity conservation.In his speech at the launch ceremony, Sha Zukang, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, noted that political interest in forests has been rising, and stressed that that interest should be translated into action.“We have to make sure that the billions of dollars pledged towards forests and climate change financing is actually released and applied to sustainable forest management,” Mr. Zukang said.Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Forum’s Secretariat said: “Every one of us, all seven billion people on earth, has our physical, economic and spiritual health tied to the health of our forest ecosystems. Throughout 2011, we will celebrate this intricate, interdependent relationship between forests and people,” she said.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), also noted that forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. “But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss,” he added.Forests cover about 31 per cent of total land area, amounting to just under 4 billion hectares, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which today released its “State of the World’s Forests” report.The report, which is published every two years, stresses that the forest industry forms an important part of a “greener” economy and wood products have environmental attributes that would appeal to people.The industry is responding to numerous environmental and social concerns by improving sustainability of resource use, using more waste materials to make products, increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions. For example, 37 per cent of total forest production in 2010 came from recovered paper, wood waste and non-wood fibres, a figure that is likely to grow to up to 45 per cent in 2030, with much of that growth from China and India.“What we need during the International Year of Forests is to emphasize the connection between people and forests, and the benefits that can accrue when forests are managed by local people in sustainable and innovative ways,” said Eduardo Rojas, FAO’s Forestry Director. Ms. Maathai noted in her address at the launch, as well as in a briefing to reporters, that the value of the International Year is the opportunity to “explore the value of the trees, the forests and the environment, as well as the value of the environmental services that these resources give us.”She added that too often forests and the services they provide are taken for granted and seen as resources that are unlimited. “But we all know now that we are facing situations where these forests are disappearing,” she told reporters. As part of the launch, international filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand will premiere his short film “FOREST.” The ceremony also featured clips from winning films from the International Forest Film Festival which was organised by the UN Forum on Forest Secretariat in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. 2 February 2011Recognizing the role that forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people worldwide, the United Nations today kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of this important resource.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market eked out a mild gain Friday as shares of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion rose ahead of its planned new smartphone launch.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 2.44 points to 12,602.18 while the TSX Venture Exchange inched ahead 0.17 of a point to 1,240.25.The Canadian dollar rose 0.01 of a cent to 101.58 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that the country’s trade deficit with the world jumped to $2 billion in November.Meanwhile, information technology stocks provided major lift in the market, up 3.8%, as RIM shares led the sector. The company’s stock (TSX:RIM) rose 13% to $13.31 on very heavy volume of more than 12.4 million shares.RIM shares have been on a volatile ride in recent months as investors await the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system and devices on Jan. 30.On Friday, promotional materials for the new BlackBerrys leaked onto some technology blogs, a day after thre top three U.S. cellphone carriers each announced they would support the new devices.But an analyst at BMO Capital Markets lowered his price target for RIM stock to US$9 from $12 on Thursday, based on revised earnings estimates for the coming year and 2014 following a visit to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Financial stocks fell 0.08% as weakness in the U.S. sector spread to the Canadian market.Wells Fargo, the biggest mortgage lender in the U.S., earned a record $4.9 billion in the fourth quarter, up 25% from the same period a year before. But investors worried that the results showed signs that its giant mortgage business was losing momentum.Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) shares lost 13 cents to $24.67.In New York, the Dow Jones industrials gained 17.21 points to 13,488.43 while the Nasdaq was 3.87 points higher at 3,125.63.The S&P 500 index gave back 0.07 of a point to 1,472.05, pulling away from the five-year high it reached on Thursday.The Commerce Department said that the U.S. trade gap widened 15.8% in November to its widest point in seven months. The deficit was grew to $48.7 billion.In commodities, oil prices fell after China’s inflation rose to levels that could affect the country’s growth. February crude was down 26 cents to US$93.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.European countries are also facing their own uphill battle to restore economic growth. The economies of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro are in recession and unemployment is soaring across the region.Gold prices backtracked with the February contract down $17.40 to US$1,660.60 an ounce.PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN) said it has budgeted $675 million for capital projects this year, with a focus on growing production from the Cardium formation in Alberta. Shares of the company were down 20 cents to $10.09.Shares of Boeing fell after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was launching a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing’s 787 after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week.
Lawrence said Katchal Islands had one school and higher education was available only in Port Blair.“We are 24 hours away from Port Blair and most of the families are so poor to afford hostel facilities for their wards,” he said.“The Tamils also lack health facilities. All that you will get there is medicine for fever. If you have stomach ache, you have to take a helicopter to Port Blair for treatment. Helicopter fare costs Rs 4,000 per head. But constant rain affects helicopter service. A ship travels between Port Blair and Katcal Islands once a week,” said Mayakrishnan, one of the members of the association. “Even though the Calcutta High Court had ordered the Andaman and Nicobar Island administration to evolve a scheme to resettle us in a non-tribal area in 2012, no effort has been taken to implement the order,” said G.D. Lawrence, joint-secretary of the Katchal Tamil Settles Youth Welfare Association here on Monday. He is one of a handful of graduates from the community. “My classmate died during child delivery as there was no medical facility. How long can we suffer? What prevents them from resettling us in non-tribal area as it settled around 50 families in Hutbay islands with five acres of land and other facilities,” Mr Lawrence asked. “Now they are witnessing upward mobility, thanks to reservation policy well integrated with the local Tamils. A boy from the community has become an IAS officer,” he said. Settled on tribal lands in Katchal Islands in Andaman and Nicobar in India and kept away from the outside world’s attention, 161 plantation workers of Tamil families face an uncertain future, The Hindu newspaper reported.They were unable to undertake any economic activities on the land as the tribal community had sought reclamation of the land and resources after tsunami wreaked havoc on the island in 2004. “Now our family has grown into 226. So we just want two acres of land, a house and employment for one family member. The administration is responsible for our present situation because it settled us despite the fact that there is no scope for permanent settlement for us there,” he said.A total of 48 families of Indian origin were settled in the tribal areas of the island under a pact signed between then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Srimao Bandaranayke in 1964. At the time of settlement between 1974 and 1976, they were given half an acre of land, a single bedroom house and employment for two members of a family in the rubber plantation on daily wages. Sri Lankan expert V. Suryanarayan said when it came to settlement of plantation Tamils, the policy of the Indian government was ill conceived.“When they arrived in Tamil Nadu, they were given business loan. But they were not capable of using the money and they ended up as bonded labourers in Kodaikanal and daily wage labourers to the Badaga landlords in Kothagiri in Nigiris,” he said.Some of them were absorbed in the State-owned TANTEA. Instead, the administration had formulated a scheme under which they were given a tsunami model house on a 200 square metres of land. Whereas in 2003, the administration had promised to allot 4.5 acres land, a two-bed room house and employment for two members of the family for five to six years in a rubber plantation, Mr. Lawrence said.
Sri Lanka says it remains committed to work with countries in the region and beyond to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Government today strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.The Foreign Ministry said that the Government and people of Sri Lanka extend condolences to the victims and their families.
Earlier in the week, MONUC also repatriated 55 former soldiers from Rwanda, along with 59 dependents, who had been housed by the DRC Government at the military base in Kamina to Kigali. Another 64 ex-combatants were returned last Friday. The Mission said that since the start of the repatriation operation in October, about 600 former combatants and their dependents have been returned home to Rwanda.
“Performance of Road Map obligations is the way to move forward towards the shared goal of a sovereign, contiguous and democratic Palestinian State, living side by side in peace and security with Israel,” Mr. Annan said of the plan, which is sponsored by the Quartet consisting of the UN, European Union, United States and Russia.Otherwise a solution to the decades-long conflict remains elusive, after the hopes raised by Israel’s disengagement from Gaza were tamped down by violence, he told the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, at which many other delegates spoke.Mr. Annan said that renewed action on the Road Map could take advantage of the new opportunity that has emerged due to the agreement to open the Rafah crossing and facilitate other freedom of movement, which could bring about tangible benefits to Palestinians who have suffered due to the events of recent years.”I strongly urge the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships to work with each other, with Quartet Special Envoy James Wolfensohn, and with the Quartet to ensure that the agreement is implemented in full and on time,” he said. The coming elections would have an important bearing on the peace process, he said, but should not distract from the essential work of building mutual trust.”Palestinians need to be assured that the future viability of a Palestinian State will not be eroded by settlement expansion and barrier construction. Israelis need to be assured that their security will not be compromised by failure to act decisively against terror,” he said.Jan Eliasson, President of the General Assembly, also urged the parties to build on the achievements of the past several months by making progress along the Road Map.”It is crucial that Palestinians and Israelis no co-operate to the fullest extent possible. Actions which could aggravate the situation and increase suspicions and mistrust must not be undertaken,” he said, stressing that the international community should focus its assistance on capacity-building programmes as part of a development strategy for a future Palestinian state.In addition to this morning’s programme, a dance performance, a film screening and other activities are scheduled to mark the Day of Solidarity at UN Headquarters.
SEW-EURODRIVE says it is experiencing significant growth into Southern Africa, boosted by the introduction of latest technology such as its IE3-compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors. The OEM has doubled its exports into this region within three years.The OEM is represented in 12 countries in Southern Africa, with Angola, Zimbabwe, and Zambia representing the most significant opportunities for future expansion, notes Marcio Sicchiero, Head of Exports at SEW-EURODRIVE.He explains that the OEM has divided the continent into different sales regions in order to retain better control over internal pricing, and to improve customer service and aftermarket support. Industries represented include mining, which also accounts for the largest orders and biggest values.Sicchiero comments that he has managed to double export volumes into Southern Africa over the last three years. “This has been on the back of extremely tough times recently, especially due to the slump in commodity prices, which has had a major impact on the mining industry.”While greenfield mining projects have largely been stalled due to the financial crisis, a lot of mining companies have looked to redesign their mineral-processing plants, or introduce added efficiencies. “This is where SEW-EURODRIVE’s extensive product range plays a major role, as energy efficiency and environmental awareness are key drivers for us,” Sicchiero emphasises.However, he adds that the rout in commodity prices is likely to have bottomed out by now. “We are likely to see an increase in the short term, whereafter prices will level out at a more realistic level, indicating that the market will have returned to normal.”The emphasis on cost-cutting has also meant added interest in refurbishment and repair as an alternative to extensive capital investment in new equipment. “Our customer service and aftermarket support, coupled with the quality of our products, in addition to factors such as our industry-best lead times, gives us a distinct advantage in the export market,” Sicchiero concludes.
STILL IMAGES FROM the next episode of Love/Hate reveal some more troubling times for Nidge.The trailer has already revealed that he’s got a dose of man flu, and that he’s still being watched by Detective Moynihan and co as he moves around the city.We’ve also seen hints that Lizzie and Wayne are closing in on Nidge, and these new images reveal that they might finally come face to face… Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: Rte Source: RteRTÉ has also revealed the opening sequence to this week’s episode, which features a troubled Tommy, a very patient Trish, and poor Nidge’s snot rags: Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio BroadcasterLast week’s Love/Hate: Dildos, holy communion and Nidgey tears>You can catch up on all of our Love/Hate recaps and coverage here>
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing is holding public hearings to discuss the registration processes and support available to overseas trained doctors seeking full registration in Australia.The first of these meetings was held last Friday where the committee spoke with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and various medical associations. The department discussed where and how the registration process takes place; the Medical Board of Australia told the committee what their process are, as did the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Association, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.Committee chair, Steve Georganas MP, talking to Neos Kosmos said; “This inquiry is aiming to explore the registration process and support that’s available for these overseas trained doctors. This inquiry will also explore how we can remove impediments that exist and to promote pathways for these doctors to achieve full Australian qualifications without lowering any necessary standard that are required by colleges and regulatory bodies as we have exceptional standards in Australia.”The need for overseas trained doctors stems from their contribution in rural and regional areas. “We know overseas trained doctors make up a significant part of Australia’s medical workforce, especially in Australia’s rural, regional areas and remote areas,” Mr Georganas said.He said the Overseas Trained Doctors Association spoke freely about members they represent who are overseas doctors. “In many cases, the members have worked in London for many years – in other words people who have worked in a system very similar to ours – are finding the process very incumbent and very frustrating. At the same time we have a need for these people to be out in the rural areas yet they can’t get registered or are finding the process extremely frustrating in terms of getting registration. We are hearing that story repeat itself constantly and that’s one of the reasons we are looking into this area.”Mr Georganas expects this inquiry to go right to the end of the year, during which time the committee will speak to people concerned all over Australia, overseas doctors, hospitals and health centres who recruit doctors. The recommendations will then be tabled in parliament and presented to the minister to act on them. “Our job is to come up with the best information and do the best research we can and then come up with recommendations that will make the system better,” he said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Head of Afkos Industries, Paul Afkos, has developed a new luxury hotel in the town of Kastoria that has given a boost to the townsfolk and the tourism industry in Greece.The hotel, Afkos Grammos Luxury Collection Boutique Hotel, is the brainchild of Mr Afkos, who wanted to give back to his place of birth. “It was my duty,” says Mr Afkos. “I wanted the hotel to open early to provide immediate assistance to those people who need work.” The 60-year-old invested 28 million US dollars in a 109-bed hotel in Kastoria and the development gave 25 families in the area work. “This is the kind of help that the Greeks of Australia can give,” says Mr Afkos.The official launch of the hotel will take place on May 26 this year, and Mr Afkos has invited 168 Kastorians of the diaspora to take part. He has also invited prominent Western Australian politicians such as Deputy Premier Dr Kim Hames and former mayor Dr Peter Nattrass.The hotel, located in the village of Nestoria, overlooks the scenic Aliakmonas River and Grammos Mountains and is just ten minutes from the city. The hotel offers 4-star accommodation including an a la carte restaurant and two cafes. Mr Afkos was 12 years old when he migrated to Australia from Kastoria but has never forgotten his roots. He migrated to Western Australia where he has become a successful businessman and philanthropist.He received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2003 and the Prime Minister’s Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 for services to the business community, the Hellenic community of Western Australia and services to the sport of soccer in Australia. In 1991, Mr Afkos co-founded the A-League side Perth Glory and was deputy chairman, director and shareholder until 2003.
La structure du virus du chikungunya représentée en 3DLes chercheurs du Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS) et ceux de l’Institut Pasteur sont parvenus à élucider les structures tridimensionnelles qui enveloppent le virus du chikungunya. Une découverte essentielle pour la mise au point de stratégies préventives et thérapeutiques.Afin de mieux comprendre comment le virus du chikungunya opère, se compose et s’active, les chercheurs de l’Institut Pasteur en collaboration avec ceux du Centre national de recherche scientifique sont parvenus à établir en 3D la structure des protéines de surface du virus. Cette innovation a pour but de mieux connaître le virus et son fonctionnement afin de pouvoir par la suite mettre au point des traitements curatifs et de prévention efficaces. Ainsi, le CNRS explique que les protéines de surface du virus, dont la structure a été établie de manière tridimensionnelle, recouvrent en réalité la particule virale du virus du chikungunya et permet son infiltration dans les cellules du corps humain.Cette découverte, effectuée par l’Unité de virologie structurale de l’Institut Pasteur, a également été permise grâce au laboratoire PROXIMA1 du Synchrotron SOLEIL, ainsi que la société Global Phasing Ltd qui se situe à Cambridge en Grande-Bretagne, et la plateforme de production des protéines recombinantes de l’Institut Pasteur. Chaque protéine a été transposée en 3D par cristallographie, et le rôle de chacune a ainsi pu être déterminé dans le processus de production et d’invasion du virus. Ainsi, les chercheurs ont trouvé par exemple que la protéine E2 avait pour rôle d’aider le virus à se fixer sur la cellule-cible et la protéine E1 à assurer la fusion entre membrane cellulaire et virus, explique le CNRS. Pour rappel, le virus du chikungunya se transmet à l’homme par le biais de piqures de moustiques et provoque chez les personnes infectées des douleurs articulaires aigües.Le 3 décembre 2010 à 15:52 • Emmanuel Perrin
How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target We’re aways into the first season of The Orville now, and it still feels like we’re only just now getting to know these people. I’m O.K. with that, though. The show got off to an uneven start because it had to figure out what kind of show it wanted to be. As the season’s gone on, we’ve seen The Orville become much more comfortable with itself, and the result is a much better show than anyone was expecting. Some episodes are funnier than others. Others tell a more serious story and only have one or two jokes. That’s one of the show’s biggest strengths. The jokes never get in the way of the plot. Even when they’re truly groan-worthy, they’re over in a second, and we’re already onto the next story beat. The show has figured itself out. Now, it just needs to properly introduce us to its characters.That was the major letdown of last week’s episode. Despite having the story completely centered around John LaMarr, we learned nothing new about him. The story happened to him, rather than him driving the story. And because the show did such a bad job of giving him a character beyond Malloy’s dick joke buddy, it was hard to really care about his fate. As a result, I was disappointed when the show kept him on the ship in favor of Isaac this week. The show needs to take another crack at developing his character soon. After watching the whole episode, it’s clear why they did it. Isaac and Dr. Claire Finn also needed fleshing out, and this episode did that perfectly. Claire especially benefits from having a story centered around her. As the ship’s medical officer, she’s an important character. It’s about time we really got to know who she is.Penny Johnson Jerald, guest star Kai Wener, Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)Isaac has also been underused. Introduced to us as “crazy racist,” the show thankfully didn’t go there and instead just gave him a superiority complex. He doesn’t deal in stereotypes; he just believes artificial beings are superior to biological ones. Still not a great attitude, but it’s way better than it could be. Especially since the superiority complex manifests itself as a curiosity. It’s his job to study biological lifeforms so his species can better relate to others. They may have some problematic attitudes towards other species, but at least they recognize that they all have to coexist in the same galaxy. At least they try to make it work. It all makes for some well-done insensitive robot jokes. He doesn’t understand peoples boundaries, or how to comfort a kid when they’re scared. His awkward interactions with Claire and her kids are funny and endearing. It’s this exact kind of character work this show needs to be doing right now.The episode opens with Claire about to take her kids to a theme park planet for a family vacation. The younger one is excited about it, the older one is entering those surly teen years and doesn’t want anything to do with his family. Lamarr is going to take them, but he has to stay behind and upgrade the Orville’s navigation systems. Isaac goes instead, and the friction between his reserved, emotionless exterior and the chaotic nature of a family road trip (or space trip, rather) is where most of the comedy in this episode comes from. On their way to the planet, the kids’ fighting causes the ship to veer off course into a wormhole. They end up thousands of light years away with a cracked hull. They’re forced to crash-land on a war-torn moon, and Claire gets separated from Isaac and the kids. She’s taken prisoner by a doomsday prepper who won’t let her leave. Meanwhile, Isaac and her two kids search for her.Guest star Brian Thompson (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)The premise of a logical being confronted with illogical children has been done before. I think Star Trek has done it a few times. The Orville pulls it off really well, though. The slow build of Isaac’s annoyance is fun to watch, and Mark Jackson can play it surprisingly well with his face completely covered. The biggest laugh the episode got from me is when the kids are fighting over a handheld game while Isaac leads them through the woods. You can see him try to ignore their arguing before he finally snaps and shoots the game system. “The game is never to be spoken of again.” It’s all in service of a really sweet story where the kids, despite/possibly because of their arguing, grow on Isaac. They teach him how to show sympathy and comfort another person. That advice comes in handy when Claire’s youngest, Ty gets sick after drinking contaminated water. Isaac sees her terror and offers his hand in comfort. It’s a weighty, touching moment that the show pulls off really well.The episode is also paced really well. Stakes are established early on when Claire’s captor tells her about the war and the bioweapon released into the moon’s water. He tells her that the people outside have resorted to cannibalism. The danger her kids and Isaac are in is immediately clear. There’s even a bit of uncertainty about if the Orville can rescue them in time. They learn that Claire’s shuttle never reached its destination, and go looking for her. But since they’re still in the middle of an upgrade, they can only rely on their most rudimentary systems and star charts to navigate space. Fortunately, they’re able to figure out what happened pretty quickly. The show does a good job of justifying how they piece the events together. It doesn’t feel too easy; it’s just an intelligent crew putting the evidence together. Even the glory hole joke was pretty funny.Guest star BJ Tanner, guest star Kai Wener and Mark Jackson (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)Once again, The Orville focused on its characters, and the episode is so much better for it. We got to spend some real time with Dr. Finn, learning where she’s coming from and how she handles tough situations. After last night, she just might be the coolest character on this show. The way she escaped the prepper and taught her son to stun enemies in the middle of a battle certainly made me want to see more from her in the future. It also helps that Penny Johnson Jerald is far and away the best actor on this show. It was also interesting to watch Isaac grow fond of her family. As the series goes on, I can easily see him taking on a Spock or Data like role. The closer he studies human society, maybe his ideas about artificial superiority will change. That would actually make for some really interesting stories down the line. For now, the baby steps in that direction are well-written and seriously adorable. He tells Claire that he children are loud, disrespectful and insubordinate, and that he’s very fond of them. It’s a nice little moment, and I’m excited to see where the show takes his character from here. Especially since it just got renewed for a second season.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
HYDERABAD: Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Saturday assured that Section 144 will be lifted soon in Jammu and Kashmir where it was in place after the abrogation of Article 370. “There was peace in Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. Section 144 will be lifted within a week to ten days and that there will be normalcy in the Valley soon. For the past 70 years, Indians were like aliens in their own country and now the abrogation of Article 370 has led to an extension of the Indian Constitution in totality to Jammu and Kashmir. At many places, Section 144 has been relaxed in Jammu and Kashmir,” Reddy said at National Seminar on Cyber Security at Institute of Engineers here. “Pakistan was trying to mislead people by giving false reports. Similarly, some political parties in the country also misled people for their own vested interests,” he said. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “Communication was also being restored in some places and will be done soon in many places. There are no signs of havoc in Jammu and Kashmir. We are just taking precautions, if provoked then things will be settled as soon as possible. After the abrogation of Article 370, we can see that people are much happier than before.” The minister said that Jammu and Kashmir will have developed in the industrial sector and the culture of the state will be recognized. Parliament recently withdrew special status to the Jammu and Kashmir and also passed Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act 2019, reorganizing the state in two Union Territories–Jammu and Kashmir with Assembly and Ladakh without it.
Close Chirs Jericho is a legend in the WWE and might one day make it to the company’s coveted hall of fame but for the moment things do not look good for the wrestler. In a recent interview with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on Sirius XM, Jericho said that he is now banned from WWE.Jericho had signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling earlier this year and the new wrestling promotion is seen as WWE’s biggest competition. This is the reason WWE has debarred him from their company. “I’ve talked with him a couple of times. But I’m kind of public enemy number one there now. I’ve been kind of removed from the annals of history,” Jericho said when asked if he had spoken to Vince McMahon before signing for AEW.”I asked the other day if I could have a couple of their guys on my podcast to promote Mania and I was told, ‘No, it’s not appropriate because you’re in AEW.’ I am banned from WWE.” Talking about the ban he said that although the WWE Network does have his content, he has been edited out of some other videos. Wikimedia Commons / Concerttour”I think my stuff is still on there [WWE Network]. I haven’t been disgraced. But as far as I know, they had to take some videos down from UpUpDownDown of me playing. Took that off. They edited some stuff from The Edge & Christian Show that had my name on it,” Jericho said.Jericho also spoke about Hall of Fame speeches and how the main event stars should be given more time to speak than those who are the opening acts. “Here’s the problem though. When you have something like the Hall of Fame that’s so subjective. Once again, you can’t have one guy go 45 and then Stone Cold Steve Austin I think went five minutes or ten minutes. If someone’s gonna talk for 45 minutes it should be Steve,” said Jericho.”They should weight it on, ‘Listen, we love you, but you’re the opening match. The opening guy. You get, you know, ten minutes. You’re lucky to be in it.’ And as you get to the top, the main event guy, you go as long as you want within reason. I think that’s the way to do it.” WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment.Mark Mainz/Getty ImagesJericho had signed for AEW in dramatic fashion. Being the final act of a historic press conference, Jericho almost gate-crashed the event saying, “I’m here because I believe in doing something different, I believe in doing something new.””It’s what I’ve always done my entire career. I’m a maverick. I’m an outlaw. I’m a pariah. I’m Chris Jericho, baby. I’m not here just to change the world. AEW is not here just to change the world. We are going to change the whole universe,” Jericho had said. WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Kurt Angle
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Under Wilkes’ direction, Imagine at present is working on the docu-series “She the People,” featuring actress-playwright Sarah Jones traveling the country to examine issues of sex and power for women. Actor Bryce Dallas Howard is at work on “Dads,” a feature doc that aims to take a humorous look at fatherhood in the modern era.Imagine bolstered its documentary production infrastructure with the recent hiring of HBO alum Sara Bernstein as executive VP.Apple has yet to disclose launch or distribution plans for its video content. The company has a slew of original series in various stages of production and development.(Pictured: Imagine’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years”) Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series.The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president.The deal suggests that Apple sees docu films and series as an important element of the video platform the tech giant has been working on for more than 18 months. In September, Apple acquired global rights to the feature doc “The Elephant Queen,” which will screen later this month at the Sundance Film Festival.Imagine’s push into documentaries began a few years ago with such projects as “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years,” directed by Howard, and “Jay-Z’s Made in America,” “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” and “Inside Deep Throat.”