Japan Faces Grim Search and Rescue Missions (PHOTOS)
Japan's soldiers have been assigned the grim task of searching for victims and survivors of Friday's 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
In the days after the tragedy, they combed northeastern coastal towns and cities. They face vast expanses of wreckage and debris.
Rescuers found less survivors five days since the quake struck, with the number of bodies recovered increasing.
Among the images being taken were signs of a life gone by. One rescue worker was seen leafing through a family photo album.
Miyagi prefecture has been among the hardest hit. The prefecture includes Sendai, a city of over 1 million people, which was a focus of attention in the immediate aftermath of the quake as airborne cameras captured widespread flooding which swept away cars, boats, light aircraft, homes and small buildings.
The scene was equally devastating in other cities in the prefecture such as Kesennuma City, about 60 miles north. Higashimatsushima, about 20 miles north had similar scenes.
In the adjacent prefecture just north, Rikuzentakata and the fishing town Otsuchi reflected many of the same scenes. Some survivors in Otsuchi were seen looking through long lists of names at a collective center for evacuees.
Meanwhile American troops gave some aid to search and rescue missions, with helicopter flights over Sendai.
ISE FX Canadian Dollar* ST: the downside prevails.
Update on supports and resistances.
Resistance3 : 119.75
Resistance2 : 116.75
Resistance1 : 113.5
Last Price : 109.7
Pivot Point: 113.5
Support1 : 108
Support2 : 105.5
Support3 : 103
Our preference: Short positions below 113.5 with targets @ 108 & 105.5 in extension.
Alternative scenario: Above 113.5 look for further upside with 116.75 & 119.75 as targets.
Comment: even though a continuation of the technical rebound cannot be ruled out, its extent should be limited.
*USD/CAD Index: the ISE Exchange measures the strength and weakness of the US DOLLAR versus the CANADIAN DOLLAR. For details go to www.ise.com
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetCheryl Cole
Market & Research Corp. (MTRE.OB) Signs Investment Banking Agreement
Market & Research Corp.’s President, Gary Stein, announced today that the company has signed a definitive agreement designating a nationally recognized Investment Bank to become the Investment Banker to finance Market & Researchâ€™s previously announced acquisitions.
Mr. Stein commented, “After more than two months of discussion and reviewing offers and proposals we have decided to accept a proposal submitted by the Bank as its banker’s breadth of knowledge of the market and research area and the investment banking experience of its principals, is extensive and deep. Its proposal was deemed to be the one that will provide the best opportunity for our shareholders and provides an efficient way to achieve our desire to trade on the New York Stock Exchange-AMEX.”
“The Bank is a member of FINRA, MSRB and SiPC, making them a valued partner,” Stein added. “We are pleased that the Bank recognizes the long-term growth outlook of our business strategy and equally pleased with their access to institutional investors. Each of Precision Opinion, InMarketing Group and Quantum Research Services d/b/a Aspen Media and Market Research, Ltd., remain committed and have reaffirmed their respective acquisition agreements.”
Martin Licht, Executive Vice President, added, “We again wish to thank our shareholders for remaining patient as we want to insure that we make the best possible arrangements for both the Company and its Investors. A number of activities will transpire over the next several months and we will continue our commitment to remain transparent.”
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetBerenice Bejo
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetBerenice Bejo
New Fire found at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4
A new fire was found at the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 on Wednesday morning in Japan (Tuesday night in New York time), reported CNN.
The fire, the second in two days, occurred at the northeastern corner of the Reactor 4 building.
Information on the effect of it on radiation levels is not yet available. The first fire did not elevate radiation levels for a sustained period of time.
The first explosion at Reactor 4 created two big holes in the container that holds the nuclear fuel rods. The fuel storage area then ignited into flames, resulting the direct release of radioactive materials into the atmosphere.
Reportedly, much of the leaked radiation came in the form of steam from boiling water, which is not as dangerous as if it were emitted by the fuel rods directly.
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetActress Berenice Marlohe
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetActress Berenice Marlohe
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetFrench model Sarah Marshall
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetJessica Chastain
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetJohn Hillcoat (L), Jessica Chastain (C) and Shia Labeouf (R)
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetSean "P. Diddy" Combs
Energtek, Inc. (EGTK.PK) Anticipates Growing Profits In India
Energtek, Inc., leading developer of the revolutionary ANG (Adsorbed Natural Gas) process for the containment and transportation of natural gas, is expecting its Indian subsidiary, Moregastech India Private Limited, to report its first revenues during the final quarter of 2009. Some see it as just the first move into a profitable future for the company, based upon a huge anticipated demand for its proprietary technology.
The subsidiary is working closely with an Indian entity to augment the countryâ€™s pipeline infrastructure through the use of Energtekâ€™s ANG system, which allows gas from the pipeline to be transported to industrial and commercial sites using low pressure bulk transportation. As a result, areas not served by pipelines can now enjoy the reduced cost and low pollution qualities of natural gas, without the expense of transporting high pressure compressed natural gas.
Conservative estimates of revenues for just these initial Indian projects go from $5 million in 2010 to approximately $20 million in 2012, with continued increases thereafter. Multi-year agreements are expected with consumer clients, primarily in North-Central India. In addition, there are many more customers that are out of reach of Indiaâ€™s current gas pipeline network, providing additional opportunity for Energtekâ€™s mobile bulk transportation.
Lev Zaidenberg, Energtek CEO, commented on the effort behind the companyâ€™s progress in India. â€œWe have been working in India for a long time to create the conditions that will enable our subsidiary to generate significant revenues. We expect these efforts to start yielding results in the near future, following the final approval of our technology by Indian authorities. This initial project represents a major step for LMP(TM) technology, and will provide a model that is possible to replicate in larger scale throughout many additional regions in India.â€
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Cannes 2012 Red CarpetModel Bianca Balti
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetModel Barbara Palvin
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetModel Madalina Ghenea
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetShia Labeouf (L), Jessica Chastain (R), Tom Hardy (C) and Jason Clarke (2ndL) with director John Hillcoat (2ndR)
Cannes 2012 Red CarpetFilm selection " Un Certain Regard "Jury member Leila Bekhti
Cheryl Cole stood out as the vixen of the French Riviera over the weekend at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The Girls Aloud singer arrived at the 65th Annual Cannes for the screening of the film Amour, by director Michael Haneke, looking ravishing in white and crimson.
Cheryl Cole opted for a Stéphane Rolland Couture gown with white sheath dress and a voluminous mermaid skirt of crimson feathers. She paired her outfit with diamond jewelry and a sparkling red clutch.
The Mirror reported that Cole would only attend Cannes for 150 minutes, because the beauty needed to make it back to the UK in time for the premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting. Cole appears as herself in the film, which stars an ensemble cast consisting of Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks and Chris Rock.
It's hectic for Cheryl at the moment, launching her comeback single, 'Call My Name,' which happens to coincide with the release of the film. But she planned to go to Cannes a while back, along with the other L'Oreal spokeswomen, the Mirror reported. Her visit is being timed with military precision. She is jetting in, attending a party and leaving in the time it takes most people to unpack. The cost is astronomical but it's important Cheryl's there, a source added.
Cherly Cole, along with Eva Longoria and Beyonce Knowles, is a spokesmodel for L'Oreal Paris. This partnership includes a promotional appearance at the French film festival wearing the brand's cosmetics paired with a stunning red carpet gown.
Cole will fly in on a private jet, then dash to the event. She has a selection of outfits, worth around 10,000 pound all together, and a range of diamonds to wear, the source added to the Mirror.
The 28-year-old surely made the most of her time at Cannes, delivering quite the entrance in her Rolland gown on day five of the French film festival.
Other red carpet stunners included Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood and Jessica Chastain in Gucci.
Mistress of ceremony of the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Berenice Bejo, also looked glamorous on day four of the soiree. Bejo wore a coral and seafoam pleated gown with a bodice decorated with floral embroidery. Bejo had promised that she would show off her very best at Cannes this year.
It's very important to play the game and give people something a little bit glamorous and, you know, not too normal, she told Hello! Magazine recently. I love it when actors make you dream a little bit, as they used to do.
Check out photos from the red carpet on days four and five of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.