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Defence plan calls for cyber and drone attacks to meet 21st century

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will add hundreds of new elite special forces commandos, wage offensive cyberwarfare attacks and deploy armed drones to international battlefields as part of its military response to new global security threats.The hotly anticipated new defence policy review released Wednesday identified a wide range of harrowing and borderless threats, including the “grey zone” of hybrid warfare, ever-present terrorism and climate change.The review anticipates that some of Canada’s military operations will include government-sanctioned cyberattacks and drone strikes on foreign threats, and an increased role for special forces in overseas missions.“Technology and the changing nature of conflict itself have fundamentally altered the landscape on which we operate,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said as he introduced the review at a news conference in Ottawa.The review said Canada’s new, elite and futuristic approach to war fighting will respect domestic and international laws.However, the very nature of the cloak of secrecy that envelops almost all of Canada’s special forces, as well as the active expansion of fighting in cyberspace, will likely raise questions about transparency and civil liberties.The policy increases the ranks of special forces by 605 people. They will get new airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools.The special forces are made up of elite JTF-2 commandos and the Joint Incident Response Unit, which is responsible for responding to nuclear, chemical and biological attacks, a contingent of 2,000 in all.There are about 200 special forces commandos deployed in northern Iraq on a mission focused mainly on training Kurdish fighters. However, Canadian special forces have engaged in gun battles in Iraq as they’ve ventured onto the battlefield for training.In March, the government revealed that some of the special forces took part in the battle to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL when an undisclosed number of soldiers accompanied Iraqi forces in the city.The review says cyberspace is becoming an increasingly hostile place with an increase of state and non-state actors posing threats, and concludes that “a purely defensive cyberposture is not sufficient.”The review says the military will launch “active cyberoperations against potential adversaries in the context of government authorized military missions.”While non-state actors — terrorists — proliferate and exploit cyberspace, the review says, “the most sophisticated cyberthreats come from the intelligence and military services of foreign states.”The review doesn’t name specific countries, but highlights the threat posed by “hybrid war,” something associated with Russia and accusations it has tried to influence elections in foreign countries, notably the U.S. presidential contest that brought Donald Trump to power.“Hybrid methods are frequently used to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of a national government or international alliance,” the review said.“By staying in the fog of the grey zone, states can influence events in their favour without triggering outright armed conflict.”That presents challenges for how Canada and its allies should respond, notably the application of NATO’s Article 5 that says an attack on one member country constitutes an attack on all 28 countries in the alliance.The use of armed, unmanned drone aircraft will also become a feature of future Canadian Forces operations, the review predicts, as Canada faces new threats from “weaponized” drones.Paul Hannon, the executive director of Mines Action Canada, warned that there is great international concern about the growing use of autonomous weapons.“Talks in Geneva at the UN are demonstrating that autonomous weapon systems cannot comply with either International Humanitarian Law nor International Human Rights Law,” he said.“Canada should lead a global effort to ensure a machine or algorithm never is delegated the authority to select and engage a target without meaningful human control.Climate change is also singled out as a threat, one which knows no borders, because of its ability to force mass migrations of people, which can create humanitarian crises and spark fights for scarce resources.last_img read more

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Grassroots coalition continues fight against fossil fuel development in Gulf of St

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsA grassroots coalition of environmental groups, scientists and Indigenous people held a press conference and march in Halifax Wednesday in their effort to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from fossil fuel development.For years having called for a moratorium on offshore oil and gas projects in the Gulf, the Offshore Alliance is now concerned that the federal government is preparing to hand over decision-making authority in some parts of the environmental assessment process to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum boards.In a discussion paper released by the government last June the Liberals said in their review of environmental assessment regulations that they are considering creating a single agency responsible for leading all major project assessments. In the case of offshore oil development in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, some of the tasks would be delegated to the province’s petroleum boards.It’s a proposition that doesn’t sit well with the Alliance.“We are here today to emphatically demand that the federal government ensure that the petroleum boards never be allowed any decision-making powers in the environmental assessment process, period,” said John Davis of the Clean Ocean Action Committee, one of the groups that makes up the Alliance.Davis explained that the petroleum boards, which are comprised of appointed individuals, many of whom have worked in the fossil fuel industry, would be in a conflict of interest if given any decision-making authority in the environmental assessment process since they are mandated to facilitate offshore oil and gas development.“Making offshore boards responsible for environmental assessments will do the exactly opposite of what the Trudeau government promised,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, director of the Sierra Club of Canada’s Atlantic chapter, referring to Trudeau’s campaign promises to repair what she and others have called severe damage to Canada’s environmental assessment regulations by the former Harper government.Following the media conference dozens of people marched to a Liberal party office in Halifax to deliver a letter to MP Scott Brison, with a request he pass it along to the prime minister.The letter demands that the Liberals do not follow up on the discussion paper proposal to give the petroleum boards any authority in the environmental assessment process.Protecting right whales in the GulfOn Tuesday federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was in Moncton to announce new measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Last summer 12 of the already endangered North Atlantic right whales died in the Gulf, and only between 400 and 450 remain in the world.LeBlanc announced new regulations on snow crab fishing in the Gulf, including the amount of rope permitted to float on the ocean surface, in order to reduce the likelihood of whales becoming entangled. He said that most of the right whale carcasses necropsied last year the majority of them died as a result of fishing gear entanglement or being struck by transport vessels.Members of the Offshore Alliance said Wednesday that while the new measures are a step in the right direction, they don’t adequately protect the whales and other species from harm.“I think we’re in a sort of crisis mode with the right whales and we’re just looking at the immediate threats, but we do need to look at a broader picture and not degrade their environment, which can prevent them from effectively mating, or feeding, or [can affect] their prey,” said Lindy Weilgart, an adjunct professor of biology at Dalhousie University.Weilgart explained that seismic testing that has taken place in search of oil in the Gulf has likely had negative impacts on the right whales, since “everything has to do with sound” for marine species “because sound travels so efficiently underwater.”She said seismic blasts are among the loudest sounds on the planet, and that when subjected to it the whales’ calls become “masked”.“Masking can cause right whales to blunder into fishing gear, or in the paths of ships, killing them. These are the main contributors of right whale deaths,” she explained.LeBlanc said Tuesday that the government did not consider the impacts of oil and gas development in the Gulf when discussing how better to protect right whales.“We’ll continue to take every step necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector does not represent a threat to endangered species and to other sustainable fisheries,” he said, when pressed on the issue.“Nobody should think for a minute that we won’t take all of the measures necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector isn’t sustainable, isn’t environmentally responsible, and doesn’t represent a threat to endangered species,” LeBlanc said Tuesday.Mi’kmaw grandmother and water protector Doreen Bernard spoke at Wednesday’s media conference about the importance of protecting all water and marine life.She said while some Mi’kmaq leaders have spoken out against oil development in the Gulf, most haven’t — and that it will take a united people to stop the threat she says fossil fuel development poses to the land, water and people of Mi’kma’ki.“The water is the same in Gaspésie as it is in the Bay of Fundy, where our territory is. And the rivers that are connected,” she said, referencing the Mi’kmaq Treaty Truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River, where warriors and water protectors are trying to stop Alton Gas from dumping brine into the water.“It’s just as important that we talk about support for the people who are protecting the water, whether it be Alton Gas and the Shubenacadie River, Bay of Fundy, or Gaspésie, or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I feel like we need to come together on this, on what our responsibilities are.”APTN News requested comment from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna regarding the Alliance’s concerns.That request was passed on to Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency, where a spokesperson responded by email but did not address any of the coalition’s concerns.jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

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Spains Real Betis Wants to Sign Moroccos Youssef EnNesyri

Rabat – Spanish football club Real Betis is interested in recruiting Moroccan international footballer Youssef En-Nesyri, who currently plays for Leganes.Spanish sports news outlet AS said that the 21-year-old footballer is his club’s top scorer this season, with 10 goals.Other local and international news outlets also speculated that Arsenal wants to hire the young Atlas Lion. Read Also: Morocco’s En-Nesyri in Running for La Liga Player of Month with MessiIn February, En-Nesyri gave his football club Leganes the first hat-trick in its history in a match against Real Betis.“It was not a personal success, but a collective effort of the team and scoring a hat-trick will always be memorable for me,” said the Fez native.En-Nesyri signed a four-year contract with Leganes in August 2018.He started his football career in the youth team of the Maghreb AS.The footballer was summoned to join the Atlas Lions in 2016 when he played a friendly match against Albania. En-Nesyri also played with the Moroccan national football team in the 2018 World Cup. read more

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TESO wants India to act on Lanka

“At the same time, we believe that India, by proposing a resolution seeking U.N.’s intervention, will put an end to the present situation (of Tamils’ alleged hardships) and enable them choose their rights,” it said, adding India should take all efforts in this regard. An appointment had been sought from the U.N. Secretary General and dates for the visit would be finalised after that, he added. (PTI) Later, speaking to reporters, Mr. Karunanidhi called for more cooperation from the Centre to address the grievances of the ethnic Tamils, alleging they had perennially been at the receiving end of the Sinhalese.“There is information that it is not satisfactory,” he said when asked if he was satisfied with India’s rehabilitation measures for the Tamils. Hinting that India’s rehabilitation efforts for Tamils in post civil war Sri Lanka were “not satisfactory,” the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation on Wednesday asked the government to take the lead ahead of Colombo to ensure their welfare.India should also move a resolution in the U.N., demanding its intervention to allow the Tamils to decide their rights, a meeting of the recently revived TESO, chaired by DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, said. India has taken up among others, housing projects for the internally displaced Tamils in the island nation with some of them being handed over to the beneficiaries on Tuesday.Asking the government to play a proactive role on Tamils’ welfare, the DMK chief said: “The Centre should take the lead ahead of Sri Lanka in ensuring welfare of Tamils. It should respond and cooperate (to this demand),” Mr. Karunanidhi said.Mr. Karunanidhi, who had led a TESO conference in Chennai on August 12, 2012, said the resolutions adopted at that meeting will be handed over to the U.N. by his party Treasurer M.K. Stalin and MP T.R. Baalu. Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assurance to Mr. Karunanidhi that India placed the “highest and most important” priority on resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced Tamils, a TESO resolution said this would give “some solace” to the people of Tamil Nadu. read more

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Curfew reimposed in Kandy from 8pm tonight to 5am tomorrow

The Police curfew has been re-imposed in Kandy from 8pm tonight to 5am tomorrow, the Police said.

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In Cairo Annan says international alliance is working for peace in Middle

“There is a real international alliance for peace working on this issue – the Americans, the European Union, the Russian Federation, the Arab leaders and the United Nations, are all agreed that we should push for full implementation of the Mitchell plan,” Mr. Annan told reporters at Cairo Airport, referring to the report of a committee headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell. “There has been too much suffering in this region, too much suffering for Palestinians and Israelis who have lost many loved ones for us not to try to end this tragedy,” the Secretary-General said.”We should do whatever we can to bring this tragedy to an end,” he added. “I hope my visit to this region will help move the process in the right direction.”Mr. Annan observed that there was a limited timeframe for action. “I think we have a fleeting moment, a fleeting opportunity which we much seize and seize promptly, and I hope the parties see it this way, otherwise we may lose an opportunity,” he said.While at the airport, the Secretary-General met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib. Later, he held talks with Amre Moussa, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. Speaking to reporters after that meeting, Mr. Annan pointed to recent progress. “When you look back a couple of weeks ago, you see a difference in the situation,” he said, noting that the level of violence was “considerably lower” than it had been before. “We also have another qualitative difference: the parties have both accepted the Mitchell recommendations,” he added. “The parties have agreed to a ceasefire.””Peace cannot be imposed,” Mr. Annan observed. “Peace has to be worked out with the parties concerned and I think this is what is happening.”While at the airport, the Secretary-General met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib, who was in transit. Mr. Annan’s schedule also includes a meeting today with Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. Tomorrow he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt before proceeding to Damascus, Amman, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Ramallah during the remainder of the week. read more

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UN envoy wraps up visit with Syrian agreement to withdraw from Lebanon

“All my meetings were conducted in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation which has characterized my mission since its very beginning,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for implementing Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias, extending Government control over the whole country and holding free elections.Mr. Roed-Larsen told a news conference in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, that although he raised all four elements of the resolution he focused primarily on the Syrian withdrawal and Lebanon’s upcoming parliamentary elections in his talks with the countries’ leaders, who agreed that a UN team would verify the pullout.He impressed on the Lebanese authorities the necessity of holding free and fair elections according to schedule, which is by the end of next month. “The Secretary-General believes that these elections are a primary instrument for safeguarding the continued stability of the country,” he said.Mr. Roed-Larsen will now report back to Mr. Annan, who will in turn report to the Security Council later this month. “The Secretary-General believes strongly that the implementation of resolution 1559 should proceed in such a way that would best ensure and safeguard the unity and stability of Lebanon, of Syria and of the wider region,” the envoy said.He added that he would continue his talks to secure full implementation of all parts of the resolution. read more

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Bird flu outbreak in DPR of Korea contained UN agency reports

Thanks to the culling of nearly 220,000 infected chickens, vaccination of others and strict biosecurity measures, the recent outbreak of bird flu in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been successfully contained, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.The agency urged the country to continue surveillance on affected farms and elsewhere to ensure that no residual infection remains from the H7 strain, which is unrelated to the H5N1 bird flu virus that has claimed dozens of human lives in other parts of Asia over the past year.“The virus appears to have been eliminated from the three infected farms by combining culling of around 218,000 infected chickens, vaccination of unaffected birds in unaffected poultry houses and strict biosecurity measures,” said FAO consultant Les Sims, who travelled to the DPRK to advise veterinary authorities on bird flu control.FAO sent three experts to the country to assist national authorities in diagnosis and disease management after it requested UN help earlier this month.The DPRK has acted promptly and appropriately and has provided essential information in a timely manner, Mr. Sims said.Further south, the H5N1 strain, which health authorities fear could kill tens of millions people worldwide in a worst-case scenario, has infected 90 people, about 50 of them fatally, since the first human case linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand was reported in January last year. Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in Southeast Asia in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that continuing transmission of this strain to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, unrelated to the H5N1 virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide. read more

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ESPN Commentator Clarifies Comments About Venus Williams Said He

Surely Doug Adler will be fired after comparing Venus Williams to a gorilla?! #sick— Lana Angel Nadal (@Rafasgirlalways) January 19, 2017 Venus Williams (@WTA Twitter)An ESPN commentator has apologized for a remark he made about tennis player Venus  Williams that led Twitter to demand he be fired. So far, the network has not done so, but it has removed him from further broadcasts.Doug Adler found himself in hot water over his description of Williams’ assertive playing style as she was on her way to beating Stefanie Voegele in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday, Jan. 18.“[Voegele] misses a first serve and Venus is all over her,” Adler said. “You see Venus move in and put the guerilla effect on. Charging.”The former tennis player clarified on Thursday, Jan. 19, that he was likening Williams’ approach to “guerilla” tactics, according to the Associated Press. He also said he “simply and inadvertently chose the wrong word to describe her play.”A statement issued to the AP by ESPN acknowledged the error but later revoked Adler’s reporting duties.“During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection. He apologized and we have removed him from his remaining assignments,” the statement read.Williams emerged with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Voegele, but many viewers were stuck on Adler seeming to compare the seven-time Grand Slam winner to a primate. They called for him to lose his job because of it.ESPN commentator, Doug Adler, compared Venus Williams to a gorilla. He must be fired NOW!— Agent Provocateur (@De_Imperial) January 19, 2017 Your move @ESPNTennis @espn. That Doug Adler person needs to lose his job for being stupid & racist #VenusWilliams #AusOpen https://t.co/b5EA3FFRwf— Shashana (@Shashana80sKid) January 19, 2017Other viewers felt Adler meant “guerilla,” not “gorilla.”A tennis commentator just said “guerilla” in reference to Venus Williams’ play. Media will turn that into a racist “gorilla” statement watch— Tyler Keemer (@T_Keem) January 19, 2017 That’s not true. I’ve heard him call hundreds of matches, tv & radio. He meant Guerilla as in soldier bro. He loves Venus Williams. #tennis https://t.co/yVbwlzrFMx— Crackbillionair (@crackbillionair) January 19, 2017The Williams sisters are no strangers to this type of controversy. In 2012, when Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title, an ESPN sportswriter originally titled his headline, “Serena Rides Savage Serve to Title” before it was changed to “Serena Rides Huge Serve To Title.”Both Venus and Serena Williams were compared to men in 2014 by Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev. He deemed the championship-winning duo the “Williams brothers,” according to Atlanta Black Star.“I thought [his comments] were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time,” Serena said at the time. “I thought they were in a way bullying.“I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well … but the WTA and the USTA did a wonderful job of making sure that in this day and age … for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks,” Serena added, noting the $25,000 fine imposed on Tarpischev by the WTA. read more

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Microsoft to offer 99 Xbox 360 with 15 subscription

first_imgThe cheapest Xbox 360 you can pick up from a store today is $199. But that is about to get cut in half by Microsoft if you agree to sign up for a 2-year subscription.Apparently the deal will be made available through Microsoft’s own stores initially. It will see you pay $99 up front and then $15 per month for a minimum of two years. In return you get an Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect plus a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. There’s also the promise of some additional benefits such as free content streams.The equivalent package today including two years of Live Gold would cost you about $390. This deal saves you $290 initially, but ends up costing you a minimum of $460 before you’ve bought any games. If you don’t have the cash now, but want the console, then that may be acceptable, however, there is another problem.Signing up for this subsidized Xbox 360 means you’ll be paying to use it until at least May 2014. By then we’ll probably have a successor to the console on store shelves. It’s possible Microsoft may offer you a way out of the subscription by purchasing a full price Xbox 720, but if they don’t there will be an early termination fee to pay.As a subsidized hardware deal it isn’t actually that bad. The overall cost is only $70 more than you’d pay cash, but it does tie you to payments for the next 24 months. For Microsoft, it’s a way to offer their hardware as the cheapest console on the market, and they are sure to push that in marketing for the deal.More at The Vergelast_img read more

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The Essential Characters of XMen The Animated Series

first_img Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men I probably don’t need to tell you that X-Men: The Animated Series probably had the best version of the Dark Phoenix Saga, where Jean Grey is possessed by a benevolent cosmic force that turns dark. There’s a whole third season arc about it that is long and pretty much universally celebrated. The thing is, X-Men: The Animated Series goes far beyond the Dark Phoenix saga to deliver adaptations of old X-Characters and cameos from the greater Marvel Universe. Some of these characters end up being essential to understanding the full backstory to your favorite X-Men or X-Villains, others are characters who were uniquely and maybe best defined by their portrayal on the show.Below, I’ve highlighted some of the essential characters that appear in X-Men: The Animated Series (that ARE NOT the Phoenix Force) and make arguments as to why they aren’t just cool, they’re essential (except Alpha Flight, who I think should be on every list about this show).Ms. MarvelThough technically not an X-Men in the way that we conceive of the team, Ms. Marvel is an integral character to understanding X-Men: The Animated Series because the cartoon version of Rogue shows up with her power set. Rogue is flying and has super strength right off the bat in the animated series which are additions to her comic book portrayal where she only has the power to drain/copy mutant powers. It’s revealed in season two that Rogue’s beefier powerset in the series is because she drained all the powers from Ms. Marvel!The episode in question is “A Rogue’s Tale” where Professor Xavier’s absence causes Rogue to become haunted by a blonde woman she hallucinates. The episode’s place in the overall mythology positions the bigger reveal to be that Mystique was Rogue’s adoptive mother, but the conclusion of that flashback also shows that Rogue took all of Carol Davers’ powers, leaving her in a coma and Professor X was keeping Carol’s personality at bay in Rogue’s mind. By the time the episode ends, everyone is better except poor Ms. Marvel, who is still in a coma so Rogue can continue to fly and be super strong.Senator KellyIn season one, Senator Kelly was running for President on an anti-mutant platform and provided the political face of the human enemy while Bolivar Trask’s Sentinels and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants provided more fantastical enemies for the Professor and his X-Men. In “Days of Future Past,” Mystique tries to assassinate Senator Kelly while disguised as Gambit. The X-Men manage to foil that plot with some help from Bishop and right when Senator Kelly looks like he might be open to talking to Charles Xavier about Mutant Rights, he gets abducted.In the season one finale, Master Mold had captured Kelly for brainwashing and the X-Men had to rescue him as well as defeat the Sentinel threat. In between seasons, this leads to Kelly’s election and when he appears in “Til Death Do Us Part” makes his first act as President to pardon Hank McCoy – meaning Beast finally gets out of not-a-popular-character jail a mere fourteen episodes in. Sure, President Kelly’s actions lead to the rise of the racist Friends of Humanity anti-mutant group who oppose how nice the President is being to mutants, but Kelly always was quick to denounce the mutant hate with an abbreviated but heartfelt blurting of support.Alpha FlightTo be fair, Alpha Flight only shows up for one episode of The Animated Series called “Repo Men” where they try to capture Wolverine and take his Adamantium skeleton. This version of the team is Vindicator (who is called Guardian in the comics), Shaman, Puck, Northstar, Aurora, Sasquatch, and Snowbird (though no one says Snowbird’s name, maybe because she didn’t have a toy coming out). Vindicator’s wife, Dr. Heather Hudson (who would go on to be Vindicator herself in the comics) also shows up to trigger some Wolverine flashbacks.Comic book scribe Len Wein wrote this episode and it sticks out as having an abrupt beginning and ending that makes little sense. Luckily, the main plot is about chaining Wolverine up and showing how Alpha Flight, the Canadian super-team aided in the making of Wolverine (including Heather Hudson and Logan reading together- sweet!). This lesser Canadian team never pops up again in the series to do anything substantial (they are shown as helping Earth cities evacuate in the Phoenix Saga, but they don’t speak), which makes this addition to cartoon Wolverine’s origins both bizarre and bizarrely-essential to understanding this weird series. Plus, this episode has some of Cathal J. Dodd’s best work as Wolverine.BishopBishop’s power is that he can absorb and re-direct energy, which actually doesn’t come into play as much as you’d think it would considering the entirety of this series uses special laser and energy blast effects to show the powers of mutants. Instead, Bishop is mostly used as a hot-headed time-travelling soldier with a big gun. Which was great when he showed up in the first season two-parter “Days of Future Past” taking the place of the comic book Kitty Pride.As the series progressed, Bishop remained the same, but the series also transformed Cable (who made the list as well!) into a time-travelling soldier. Then Bishop’s main character traits had to lean heavy on two tropes: 1) Bishop knows something is wrong but fails to stop it, and 2) Bishop fires his gun at stuff, and it causes no damage until the last time when it causes the perfect damage. Considering Bishop should – by all logic – be a boring character, all of his episodes in X-Men are pretty good episodes. To the point where it’s hard to deny that Bishop was essential in some ineffable way to the series.CableThe first season has Cable show up more like his 1990’s anti-authoritarian anti-hero persona, and it fits in that narrative when our X-Men get trapped making a dam in slave labor conditions. At that point, you need a cocky and mysterious mercenary-type individual to help with the jail break. Fans of the comic know that Cable is Nathan Summers, the grown son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey, so having him as something of an easter egg in “Slave Island” and “The Cure” was fun (like when Moondragon shows up in the background of a season four episode).Then, in season two, Cable was revealed to be from the future, but they never made mention of the Summers family connection. In the series, Cable is from the year 3999 when the apparent final battle against Apocalypse is taking place. Cable has to jump back to 1990 with Bishop – who at this point is a very similar character – to save his young son Tyler in “Time Fugitives, Part 1 and 2.” Putting Cable at ideological odds with Bishop worked once, but by the time Cable returned for season four’s “Beyond Good and Evil,” Tyler was grown and Cable was so similar to Bishop that Bishop gets banished from the plot once Cable shows up. Meaning this character kind of ate the potential of another essential character while not diminishing either.ApocalypseApocalypse is a daunting force in the X-Men comic books, bringing about the “Age of Apocalypse” a few different ways (most recently during Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event). The animated version of the character ends up being more of a Doctor Claw archetype (the villain of Inspector Gadget). Prone to monologuing to either hero or villain that is around to take in his view of the world, Apocalypse is an arch villain in every possible way. Cable keeps trying to stop him in the past to win a war with Apocalypse in the future, which seems entirely unavoidable. That means that there’s nothing the X-Men did in their animated series that stopped the inevitable future of Apocalypse Vs. Humanity.Like a lot of X-Men villains, Apocalypse’s powers are easy to animate through beams and blasts when he’s not shifting in size or monologuing and the design, pulling more directly from the comics than the X-Men Apocalypse movie did, is colorful and pops with pinks and purples. It’s not that the animated Apocalypse is better than his comic book counterpart, it’s that he’s the big villain of the series…well, that and humanity’s inherent fear of things that are different.JubileeJubilee is the point of view character for X-Men: The Animated Series, so she is by default essential, even if this isn’t the best version of the Jubilee character that fans have seen (call me crazy, but I like Vampire Mother Jubilee – of recent comics – better than animated Jubilee). You can tell how her Jim Lee “Blue Team” costume was updated to be a super-90s yellow trenchcoat and ever-present boxy pink glasses.Even though Jubilee doesn’t always have a lot to do with her fireworks powers, the character became popular as the teenager stand-in for the young Saturday Morning audience. Because of that, Jubilee is probably the most cameo’d X-Man to show up in the film universe for absolutely non-essential reasons. Katrina Florece played Jubilee in X-Men and saw all of her lines hit the cutting room floor. Kea Wong plays X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, but – again – she has nothing to do. Jubilee was going to show up in X-Men: Days of Future Past but got cut before casting and finally Jubilee got some lines in X-Men: Apocalypse as played by Lana Condor. But she’s still unessential in the movies, while fully central to the animated series.MorphMorph was a character chosen for the X-Men team in “Night of the Sentinels,” the show’s pilot. Morph was based on a character called Changeling that had actually appeared in X-Men comic books before. Changeling was an adversary of the X-Men that could change his shape. Eventually, Xavier swung Changeling, but the character wasn’t long for the X-Men and was killed. Since he was dead in comic book canon, it was an easy choice to make him dead in the second episode of the series to provide some stakes. They also changed the name to “Morph,” because DC Comics had a trademark out on another character called “Changeling” at the time.In the series, Morph is a friend to all the X-Men, especially Wolverine when he’s seemingly killed by a Sentinel. Then, in season two he pops up being controlled by Mister Sinister and having a split personality: a good Morph who still loves his former X-Team, and a bad Morph who thinks his teammates left him for dead in a Sentinel battle). Once Morph is brought back to life by ret-con, he actually has some of the better emotional baggage of the series since he shares it with the audience: we totally saw the X-Men leave him for dead. We thought he was dead too. But not Morph.The entire series is available for download or purchase from Amazon.  Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Update Brings Joker Stage Builder and More

first_img After sort of leaking details a few days ago, Nintendo just randomly announced that the 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available today. Free additions include the (much more robust looking) Stage Builder, video editing features, and support for the new Smash World mobile app. But even more exciting, the update finally lets us play as first paid DLC character Joker from Persona 5. He brings the whole Persona universe with him including new stage Mementos, new music and Mii costumes, and even cool new stylistic flourishes.See for yourself.Part of what made Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, my favorite game of last year and the reason the Nintendo Switch ended up winning the year, so majestic was how packed with content it was. Every character ever. Over one hundred stages. Nearly a thousand songs. A brand new lengthy single-player campaign. More Spirits than you could ever recognize.But the game was somewhat lacking when it came to bringing back cool side modes from other games in the series. There are plenty of options for playing the core fighting game offline, online, and against hordes of enemies. But that’s basically it. However, in a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate commercial, Nintendo may have accidentally revealed the return of one of the franchise’s coolest side activities.Did you see it? Right at the beginning of this trailer we see the Smash Bros. menu. However, in this slightly blurry version of the menu we can make out an option for “Stage Builder,” a feature from past games that’s currently absent in Ultimate. So it’s all but confirmed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a Stage Builder mode, probably coming later this month in the 3.0 update that also adds new DLC character Joker from Persona 5.At least in past games, Stage Builder is just what it sounds like, a way to build your own Smash Bros. arenas and share them online. In Brawl, this meant plopping different blocks and hazards into a grid, changing the theme and music for extra atmosphere. You could make a well of spikes or a bouncy castle. The Wii U had fewer pieces but you could draw more elaborate platform shapes with the GamePad touch screen. Hopefully Ultimate, true to its name, combines elements from both and then some. Super Mario Maker has really raised the bar for Nintendo level editors.So it’s really just a matter of time before we’ll all be making our own stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Hopefully a Nintendo Direct will provide more details soon. With Stage Builder coming back we also hope other past Smash modes return. A previous datamine that hinted at Stage Builder also mentioned Home-Run contest. And we’d love to Break The Targets again.For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate read our review and browse our guide on every character in the game. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

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Homeless families find RV parks more affordable living option

first_imgWOODLAND — Valerie Guerra, 34, lives in an RV park, but she considers herself and her family to be homeless. Lewis River RV Park, located next to the river and a golf course, operates more like a campground. It’s an easier entry point for low-income families with older RVs that may not be allowed in costlier RV parks.Guerra said there have been issues at the park around clean water, the septic system and electricity, and the family buys all of its drinking water. (Carole Harrison, deputy director of Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Departments, said there are no open investigations or complaints related to Lewis River RV Park.)“It’s been really expensive paying for water,” Guerra said.But, the RV is a step up from when the family lived in a tent.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says several factors weigh on whether someone in an RV should be considered homeless: The RV is in disrepair, the occupants don’t have access to sewer, water or electricity, and the RV is parked in an unusual spot or a place where it’s not allowed.Kate Budd, executive director of Vancouver-based Council for the Homeless, explained it another way. A person with an RV is considered homeless if they don’t have amenities that make it a suitable place for habitation, such as running water or access to a working toilet. She said her agency’s Housing Hotline is contacted every day by people living out of their vehicles.Nineteen percent of Clark County’s homeless population sleeps in a vehicle — a car or an RV. That’s according to the latest homeless census conducted in January, which found a growing number of people are unsheltered.last_img read more

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Trial begins for motorist who fatally hit a UCSD student

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Anchorage skier Scott Patterson exceeding his Olympic expectations

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Scott-Patterson-video.mp400:0000:0001:32Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Patterson will toe the start line of the men’s 15 kilometer skate race, which can be streamed live tonight, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m.APU skiers Erik Bjornsen and Tyler Kornfield will also compete in the men’s 15 kilometer skate race. Alaska sent a record number of athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.Listen nowIn his debut race at the Olympics, Anchorage skier Scott Patterson hoped to finish in the top 30. He finished the skiathalon in 18th place.“It was a pretty amazing finish for me,” Patterson said.That finish, Patterson said, has him setting his sights even higher for the next race.last_img

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Building it up

first_imgOld buildings have a charm of their own and adding to the list of some great old houses in the Capital is the Switzerland Embassy building. And they are all set to celebrate this 50-year-old building with an event called Constructing the Future.The celebrations were kicked off by the Swiss ambassador to India, Dr Linus Von Castelmur,  who inaugurated the exhibition with a guided tour of the embassy and his residence.As part of the celebrations the embassy opened its doors to the general public on 16 November. Talking about this plan, the ambassador said, ‘Most Indians who see the Embassy building think it is 10-20 years old, even 30 years old. Nobody thinks it is 50 years old!’ Adding that people would find the architecture of the place very interesting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Celebrations for the half century also included exhibitions on architecture and design in the embassy including a week long exhibition of Bijoy Jain’s Studio Mumbai.The exhibition also includes a collection of photographs of 33 key projects made around the theme of Sustainable Development. The media persons present were given a personalised tour by architects Christian Muller and India-born Snehal Shah.Discussions were held on the topic of sustainable construction headed by experts from Switzerland and India, including Ariel Huber, Andrea Deplazes, Emanuel Christ, Ashok B Lall, Aromar Revi, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava, Zeenat Niazi, Meret Ernst and Itu Chaudhuri.last_img read more

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Civil protection relocate wandering crocodile at Zihuatanejo beach

first_imgZihuatanejo, Guerrero — A crocodile was capture and relocated after it was seen on a local beach at Zihuatanejo.Personnel from Civil Protection of the State of Guerrero were called to the beach after people reported seeing the large reptile wandering. The call came in around 2:00 p.m. that a 2-meter crocodile was seen near Playa Linda, a popular beach area.Emergency 911 handled the call. Animal officials went to Estero del Chaneque where they found the 2.5 meter reptile. With ropes, they managed to capture and secure it.Civil protection say that often, these reptiles leave their habitat in search of food or to mate. He was relocated to an estuary.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Reactive JavaScript Course eBook Bundle Is Up For A 94 Discount

first_imgWeb development is becoming a huge part of our lives and many careers depend on its existence. If you are among the people who are passionate about this field, then Wccftech has something in store for you. We are offering the Reactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle at an enormous discount. JavaScript is the language that supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles and focuses on website behavior. It provides web developers with the knowledge to operate effectively and more intelligently than before.Reactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle featuresThe time is short and the discount is great. Only the smart ones won’t miss out on this opportunity. Are you smart enough to recognize this opportunity? Every course and eBook in the bundle has something different to offer. Here are some of the highlights for what each course has to offer:Mastering JavaScript – Explore and Master Modern JavaScript Techniques to Build Large-Scale Web AppsJavaScript Design Patterns: 20 Patterns for Advancing Your JavaScript Skills – Deep Dive Into JavaScript Design Patterns to Write Pragmatic Code for An Array of Real-World Programming SituationsReactive JavaScript Programming – Become Efficient and up-to-date with Reactive JavaScript Programming TechniquesReactive JavaScript Programming – Everything You Need to Know to Build Flawless and Robust Websites with the MEAN StackAngular 2 Deep Dive – Dive Into the Core Architectural Components and Concepts of Angular 2React and React Native eBook – Use React and React Native to Build ApplicationsAngular 2 Cookbook eBook – Discover Over 70 Recipes to Face Every Challenge in Angular 2 Head OnNode Cookbook eBook – Over 60 High-Quality Recipes Covering Debugging, Security, Performance and MoreReactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle is brought to you by Packt Publishing. The company’s mission is to help the world put software to work in easier ways. It has been working towards this mission for a while now and has successfully published 4,000 books and videos.Original Reactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle Price: $552Wccftech Reactive JavaScript Course & eBook Bundle Deal Price: $29 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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New Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy Technique Aims to Preserve Sexual Function

first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more June 18, 2018 — A multicenter clinical trial being led by UT Southwestern physicians is testing a technique for sparing nerve bundles and arteries involved in sexual function to preserve potency in patients getting radiation therapy for prostate cancer.“Nowadays, mortality after treatment for localized prostate cancer is as low as 1 percent at 10 years,” said Neil Desai, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, and principal investigator of the POTEN-C trial. “By contrast, as many as half of all patients being treated for prostate cancer will experience some decline in sexual function. It is appropriate, therefore, that our focus has shifted to this aspect of quality of life.”The new technique being tested involves reducing the dose of radiation on one side of the prostate, where imaging shows no cancer, in order to spare nerves and blood vessels on that side. To achieve this goal, patients in the study will be treated with a highly precise form of radiation called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SAbR), and a spacer gel (SpaceOAR) will be placed between the rectum and prostate, which may help reduce the radiation dose to nerve bundles involved in sexual function. Half the patients in the study will be randomly assigned to the new radiation technique with reduced dosage on one side and half will receive standard SAbR.Kevin Stanfield of Mount Vernon, Texas, said he became a detective, scoping out all the options – watch-and-wait surveillance, surgery, radiation – when he learned he had prostate cancer, which had taken his grandfather’s life. Radiation and participation in the POTEN-C trial were the options Stanfield chose.“The potency was a big deal,” said Stanfield. “It’s not that I’m some sort of Romeo or anything, but my wife is a few years younger than me. We enjoy our time together.”Stanfield will be one of 120 patients enrolled in the study, which will include patients at up to nine major medical center sites. All patients in the study will be followed for two years. UT Southwestern will lead the clinical trial.The POTEN-C trial builds on prior work done at UT Southwestern Medical Center,.Robert Timmerman, M.D., professor of radiation oncology and neurological surgery, has been at the forefront of national efforts to advance stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, or high-intensity, high-precision radiation therapy in prostate cancer. SAbR means fewer radiation treatments for patients as well as less damage to healthy tissue, and it has become standard treatment in many situations. Timmerman holds the Effie Marie Cain Distinguished Chair in Cancer Therapy Research.UT Southwestern also was part of clinical trials proving the value of the biodegradable spacer gel SpaceOAR that is used to protect the rectum from damage during radiation treatment for prostate cancer.The POTEN-C trial incorporates both prior projects, culminating in what Desai hopes will be a way to reduce the burden of therapy on men and their partners. “We’re using advances in MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] to locate the disease, the SAbR technique’s precision, and now the SpaceOAR gel to plan a new approach to reducing sexual dysfunction. We are excited to be able to combine the results from the last 10 years of research to improve the outlook for our patients who require prostate cancer treatment.”Stanfield said he realizes as a participant in a blinded randomized study, there’s no guarantee he will get the nerve bundle-sparing technique, but that does not bother him. “I might get the new treatment or I might not; however, if I don’t I will still get the best that’s available now. I’m really excited about being a part of this,” he said.“Basically, we’re trying to give men more choices, trying to preserve their potency up front. If this ends up being a positive trial, it’s a pretty big deal for our field,” Desai said.The POTEN-C trial is funded by Augmenix, the maker of SpaceOAR gel.For more information: www.augmenix.com News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | June 18, 2018 New Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy Technique Aims to Preserve Sexual Function POTEN-C trial will combine SpaceOAR spacer gel and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy to spare nerve bundles and arteries near the prostate News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

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Hawaii airline to test electric hybrid for commercial flight

first_imgHawaii airline to test electric hybrid for commercial flight Tags: Hawaii Monday, April 29, 2019 By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> KAHULUI — Hybrid electric planes will be put to the test by a Hawaii airline hoping to use them for short-haul commercial flights.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that Mokulele Airlines and Los Angeles-based aircraft design firm Ampaire plan to test a model hybrid on Mokulele’s Maui route in September or October.The companies say a hybrid plane would provide lower operational costs as well as additional routes and more frequent flights. Hawaii is a good fit for the service because communities rely on short-haul flights to travel between islands.The collaboration will include the loan of Mokulele’s pilots and hangar space at Kahului Airport on Maui to Ampaire.Officials say Mokulele was acquired in February by Southern Airways, but the partnership with Ampaire will continue.In October 2017 reports emerged that a Boeing-backed start-up in partnership with JetBlue are looking for hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to take flight for JetBlue by 2022.And back in October 2018 Heathrow Airport promised that the first electric-hybrid aircraft to use the airport will see landing charges waived for a year. Sharelast_img read more