Long-lost 1923 silent movie turns up at Chicago Film Archives
CHICAGO — It played in Peoria, and everywhere else.Then, the world’s only remaining copy of a 1923 silent melodrama produced by Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, presumed lost by film historians, remained stashed for decades in a box of unmarked and highly flammable nitrate film reels. The box sat perilously close to a hot-water heater in a closet, in a house, in Peoria.Now, Chicago Film Archives has digitally transferred and restored the rarity titled “The First Degree,” about a sheep farmer with a secret and the climactic courtroom confrontation that spills the beans. Directed by Edwa...
Thailand’s Banpu buys Vietnam wind farm, expanding renewable business
BANGKOK, NNA — Thailand’s major energy producer, Banpu Public Co. will spend about $66 million to buy an operating wind farm in Vietnam.The acquisition of the El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm will help strengthen Banpu’s long-term presence in Vietnam where the integrated energy solutions company has started developing the Soc Trang wind project, it said in a media statement.The investment is made through BRE Singapore Pte. Ltd (BRES), an associate company, in which Banpu holds a 50 percent stake through its subsidiary, Banpu NEXT Co. Banpu has secured a power purchase agreement for 20 years with Vie...
NNA Business News
Mac Engel: Stanley Cup format is great, but no sport needs fans in the stands more than the NHL
The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best postseason in pro sports, but hockey can’t go it alone on TV.Hockey needs butts in seats more than any other sport.One, for the money. The NHL relies gate revenue more than a basketball, baseball or football.Two, for the scene. The atmosphere for a NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game tops a postseason basketball, baseball, or even a football game.Fans banging on the glass, and the pendulous “ohhhhhhs” and “aaaaaaaahs” of the crowd are an essential part of the fabric of a Stanley Cup playoff game.“The reason everyone goes gaga over playoff hockey is the inten...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Daniel Neman: How fifth-grade science can help stop climate change
You probably remember your fifth-grade science: plants absorb carbon dioxide, which, through a process called photosynthesis, is converted into carbohydrates and oxygen.The carbohydrates help the plant grow. The oxygen is a waste product that allows the rest of us to breathe.Carbon dioxide, of course, is one of the biggest greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change — it is the second most abundant of those gases after water vapor. It would be helpful, then, to store some of that carbon in the ground, where it would not be released into the atmosphere for centuries, and then only ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Why are some endangered species ignored?
This is part 1 of a series written by Mongabay columnist Jeremy Hance. Part 2 will be available on Thursday. Meet the Tanzanian gremlin. Shhhhhh … though. She’s shy. But check out those bat-like ears. And those massive eyes. And that long scaly tail that ends in a flamboyant bush. And look how tiny she is: at around 100 grams (3.5 ounces) she’s the size of a newborn chihuahua. Yes, I know her name isn’t actually the Tanzanian gremlin, it’s the Rondo dwarf galago (Paragalago rondoensis). But I prefer gremlin. For one thing, let’s be honest, most of us probably don’t know what a galago is (it’s ...
Japanese fabric maker Komatsu Matere to set up sales subsidiary in China
TOKYO, NNA – Komatsu Matere Co. will establish a wholly owned sales subsidiary in Suzhou, an eastern Chinese coastal city, next month following the closure of a plant due to a removal order by the Chinese government.The Japanese company, which produces fabrics for fashion clothing, swimwear and fitness attire, plans to open the new local unit with a capital of $3 million, which will also play a role in production management with factories in China, it said last Friday.Komatsu Matere had produced various types of fabrics at Komatsu Seiren (Suzhou) Textile and Dyeing Co., its plant in the city i...
NNA Business News
Searing heat will make COVID-19 racial disparities worse
WASHINGTON — Scientists say the nation is experiencing another public health emergency that will further exacerbate the coronavirus crisis: extreme heat.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the next three months will be hotter than normal for much of the country; 2020, it says, likely will rank as one of the hottest years on record.Communities of color, particularly lower-income Black and Latino neighborhoods, will be particularly affected. Extreme heat likely will push more residents into crowded cooling centers, where they may be exposed to the virus, and worsen ...
Lions QB Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19 list
DETROIT — The coronavirus does not discriminate.Tall, short, skinny, fat, star quarterback or little-known backup.On Saturday, the Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he either tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday or was around someone who had.Stafford is the biggest-name player in the NFL to go on the list during the first five days of training camp.Lions players, including Stafford, reported to camp Tuesday and took their first COVID-19 test, a nasal swab in a trailer outside of their Allen Park practice facility. They return...
Detroit Free Press
'Everybody Loves Raymond' star calls out Ellen DeGeneres' apology over toxic work environment: 'It comes from the top'
Not everybody loves Ellen.A day after Ellen DeGeneres issued a heartfelt apology to the staff of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” over an alleged “toxic” work environment, fellow comedian and TV star Brad Garrett took to Twitter to let the world know that he’s not really buying it.“Sorry but it comes from the top,” the stand-up comedian and star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” tweeted early on Friday, tagging the Emmy Award-winning host.“(I) know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge,” he added, sharing a story about DeGeneres’ public apology to her staff.On Thursday, DeGener...
New York Daily News
Aichi Steel, part of Toyota, turns Chinese magnet-processing unit into subsidiary in bid for market share
TOKYO, NNA - Toyota Group affiliate Aichi Steel Corp. aims to penetrate the Chinese electric vehicle market by turning its local magnet processing unit into a subsidiary and increasing its production capacity.Aichi Steel has bought enough shares of the unit to gain a majority stake, a company spokesman said Friday. It acquired the shares in Zhejiang Aichi Mechanical & Electrical Co. through private share placement, the spokesman said.Following the deal, Zhejiang Aichi’s capital reached to 41.5 million yuan ($5.93 million), the company said in a statement Tuesday. Zhejiang Aichi will boost its ...
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