SEE PICS: Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter clicked on a movie date

first_imgNot just their acting debut, Bollywood’s star kids also make headlines for their personal lives. The grapevine is buzzing with stories of Sridevi’s elder daughter Jhanvi Kapoor being in a relationship with Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother Ishaan Khatter. The two are currently gearing up for their B-Town entry and have been often clicked together, sparking rumours of a budding romance. Speculation is also rife that Jhanvi will be launched in a Karan Johar film opposite Ishaan.Jhanvi and Ishaan were snapped by the paparazzi last night at the screening of the Hollywood film, Baby Driver. Both kept their look casual – while Jhanvi sported the classic white tee on blue denims look, Ishaan opted for a grey tee with dark grey bottoms.Photo: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen ShahReports were doing the rounds that Shahid advised Ishaan to focus on his career and not Jhanvi, but it looks like the 21-year-old is in no mood to heed his elder brother’s advice.It is being said that Jhanvi and Ishaan might be paired together in either the Hindi remake of Sairat or the remake of The Fault In Our Stars.ALSO READ: Not Sairat, Jhanvi Kapoor-Ishaan Khatter to romance in The Fault In Our Stars remake? ALSO READ: Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter arrive together for Baywatch screeningALSO READ: Jhanvi-Ishaan to Sara-Harshvardhan: The link-up rumours that made headlines ALSO WATCH: Star kids are B-Town’s next big thinglast_img read more

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Greek Freak (37 Points) Leads Bucks Past Celtics, 108-100

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee’s 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks’ season opener on Wednesday night.“I passed the ball to Delly,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter— and the biggest assist of the game, as well. “And that’s what Delly does.”One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward — perhaps for the entire year — the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.Antetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Dellavedova scored 15 points, including the 3-pointer with 45 seconds left after the Celtics cut the lead to two points.“I thought Giannis made a great play at the end, trusting his teammate,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “Just to trust his teammate down at the end to make a play … he got off the ball and Delly made a big shot.”Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut, and Jaylen Brown had 18 in a subdued home opener for the Celtics, who underwent a near-complete overhaul over the summer even after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.Although Irving and No. 3 draft pick Jayson Tatum appeared in a Celtics home uniform for the first time, Hayward was left to wish them well in a pregame video in his hospital gown from his hospital bed. After cheering Hayward during his scoreboard appearance, the Celtics fans broke into a chant of his name during the first half.“Like he told us before the game, we got that message — before the whole arena got the message — he’s fine,” Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. “Personally, it was tough seeing, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve just got to adjust.”But the team was unable to make up for the absence of the player who was expected to be their key offseason acquisition when he signed a four-year, $128 million contract to rejoin Brad Stevens, his college coach, in Boston.The Celtics trailed by seven heading into the third quarter before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking a 69-64 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the Bucks regained the lead with six minutes to play, holding Boston without a basket for about five minutes.FIGHTING WORDSBoston’s Marcus Smart and Dellavedova traded hard fouls early in the second quarter, leading to some shoving and a technical foul for the Celtics guard. First, Smart went to the floor with a bit of a hip check. Later, Smart seemed to embellish his fall when Dellavedova ran into his screen.Smart came up and put his chest into the Bucks guard, and Milwaukee’s John Henson reached in to try to restrain him. Dellavedova was called for a common foul and Smart was given a technical.TIP-INSBucks: Returned to the road for their season opener. Before opening at home the past two seasons, the Bucks had tipped off on the road for 30 years in a row. … Greg Monroe went to the locker room in the first quarter with a cut on the side of his head, near his right eye, and said he had “a couple of” stitches. He and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes…. Antetokounmpo’s 37 points were the third-most in his career.Celtics: No. 3 overall draft pick Tatum had eight points and nine rebounds. … Brown had his left wrist taped after the game and said “sprained it or something.”UP NEXTBucks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night.—JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Grading the Uniforms: All-White Rocks Against Baylor

first_imgWhite cleatsThe paisley pattern on the back of the helmetscreen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-25-37-amIntimidation (5)All white is up there with all black as far as intimidation goes. The chrome stripe, chrome facemask, and reflective lettering on the pants gives it an extra element that other schools don’t have when they wear all white.Accessories (5)All white everything. It’s clean. It’s icy.screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-27-02-amWin (0)It was winnable, but we came up short.screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-28-11-amIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I will be grading OSU’s uniforms each week using a criteria consisting of five categories.Four of the five categories are on a scale of 1-5. The helmet will have its own rating; aesthetics will be a rating of the flow of the uniform as a whole; the intimidation factor will simply be how intimidating the uniform looks; the accessories will be a rating of the gloves, socks, shoes, and sleeves. Additionally, the Cowboys get a point for winning. A perfect score is 21 points for the GOAT.Helmet (3)This was the helmet that we all wanted to see as fans a couple of years ago. The concept was solid, but it just wasn’t quite what we thought it would be with the all white uniforms against Texas Tech last season.Regardless, it’s a slick helmet by itself.Aesthetics (5)The all white looks really good with the black numbers. There are a couple of factors that the equipment staff has added which take this combo to the next level:last_img read more

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Teacher Completes Training with JEEP’s Help

first_imgFor Jemima Miller Givans, the stipend earned from being a participant in the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), assisted her to complete her tertiary studies. “The programme has helped me to put more money together to help finish my final year at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College,” she informs JIS News. Like Us Facebook for More News and Information Ms. Miller Givans was among a group of 121 individuals who were employed by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce during the summer, as the Ministry’s contribution to the programme. She worked at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) for six weeks, doing administrative work. “I was doing data entry, putting in all the persons who were involved in the export market in Jamaica, the hoteliers, and the small business persons. I had to interact with all of them and find out if they are still in business or if there are anything that can be done to link them with the small farmers in Jamaica,” she says. Ms. Miller Givans explains that persons in the programme are able to gain experience and earn an income. “Maybe you’re not earning what you would want to, but at the same time, you are gaining experience which is an asset in the world of work. So, I think it’s a good programme,” she adds. The JEEP Co-ordinator in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Selvin Hamilton, says the participants were employed during the summer months of June, July, and August for one month in most cases, and worked in various departments within the Ministry. “We identified that our best application of this process is in the area of summer employment and so we would target youth school leaving universities and  colleges, because that’s the large portion of people who are unemployed and although some of them are going to school, some of them definitely require a summer job to help them  pay their school fees and to continue school and JEEP does cover areas like this,”  Mr. Hamilton tells JIS News. He says that through JEEP, the Industry Ministry is looking to train young persons already involved in the craft industry, giving them a chance to hone their skills. “We have another project where we are going to train some people…and we would then take on the job of placing them in organisations for them to get work experience,” he points out. “These skills we would have already identified where we would likely get them employed, once we speak to the companies which are involved in it,” Mr. Hamilton says, adding that the participants will benefit from the work experience and the stipend. He says that the persons who have benefitted from the programme are very grateful for the opportunity. “They are excited; some of them never even thought they would get a job and then they have been given a job to be put in a normal working environment, so they can learn work ethic and learn about specific skills, and  understand how the Ministry works. They are able to make their contribution and some of them have made some real excellent contribution,” Mr. Hamilton points out. Thanks to the JEEP, several previously unemployed Jamaicans are getting a chance to earn an income, while gaining valuable work experience. The JEEP, although administered by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, cuts across nearly all government Ministries and their respective agencies. In the meantime, Members of Parliament, other political representatives, government agencies, citizen associations, church groups and non-governmental organisations are being reminded that they can make submissions to the JEEP Secretariat, for projects to be executed under the initiative. The JEEP is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skill levels. During phase one of JEEP, which ended recently, approximately 15,000 persons were employed in several Ministries and Agencies, undertaking tasks in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, education and intensive labour. For phase two, $6 billion has been earmarked to be spent on projects in  the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries;  Labour and Social Security; and  Housing;  HEART Trust/NTA and the National Housing Trust (NHT), among others. It is projected that some 35,000 persons will be employed during this phase of the programme.last_img read more

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New YouTube test to hide comments on videos in India

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to curb the spread of hateful and racist comments on its platform, Google-owned YouTube is experimenting with hiding comments on videos by default and the test has gone live in India. The new feature, being experimented on Android for now, hides the comments that are displayed below the video unless a viewer taps the “Comments” button. “We are testing a few different options on how to display comments on the watch page. This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” a YouTube spokesperson told IANS. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Even though the test feature is on by default currently, creators have the choice of turning the feature off which would traditionally display comments under their videos like the usual format. For now, it remains unclear if YouTube would expand the experiment from Android to iOS or not. For those who visit YouTube for videos and not to comment could easily keep themselves out of any hate, misinformation, toxicity or controversy that may have come up in the “Comments” section. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails In February, YouTube announced that it would no longer recommend videos that “come close” to violating its community guidelines, such as conspiracy or medically inaccurate videos like those claiming the earth is flat or making false claims about historic events. In a similar attempt and to channelise user-focus on sharing and viewing better and sensible content on its platform, Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is also planning on hiding the ‘Like’ counts for posts on its app.last_img read more

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Quentin Blake Designs Stunning Seasonal Gifts For Survival

first_imgBritish illustrator Quentin Blake has designed charity Christmas products for Survival International.“As a Survival International Ambassador I am delighted to have illustrated new seasonal cards, giftwrap, and a cloth bag for Survival’s annual fundraising catalogue,” said the artist, best known for illustrating the books of Roald Dahl. “I have been a supporter of the charity for a long time and have always been impressed by their work for threatened tribal peoples around the world.“Buying Survival’s cards and gifts provides the charity with vital income and is an easy way to help their urgent campaigns. I hope you can support Survival this season and share their important message with your family and friends.”This collection of unique gifts and cards exists solely to help fund Survival’s urgent work – defending the rights of threatened tribal peoples all over the world. You can find the products here.last_img read more

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Protesters block Fort road

Organised by the joint opposition which includes the UNP, the protest was against the use of force by the army to disperse a protest demanding water in Weliweriya recently. (Colombo Gazette)Picture courtesy Azzam Ameen Opposition protesters got to the streets and blocked a section of the road near the Fort railway station this afternoon during a protest against the incident in Weliweriya.A reporter tweeted images of the protest which showed the people holding placards on the road and disrupting vehicular traffic. read more

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Visiting artist displays work at a Vancouver intersection

Donna Szoke’s art, shown here on a colourful screen outside the CBC, is on display in Vancouver.A video installation by an assistant professor of Visual Arts is being displayed at a Vancouver intersection to celebrate the city’s 125th anniversary.Donna Szoke’s two-minute animation “Canoe” is playing on the CBC screen on Hamilton at Georgia. In the digitally altered image, the silhouette of a canoeist and a moving canoe are seamlessly replaced with the background image of the moving water and sky. The animation was created by digitally redrawing 1,800 frames.Szoke is a visiting artist at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. She has also produced numerous video and film works and shown her work internationally.“Canoe” is showing as part of Vancouver’s 2011 Public Art Program.• See the animation read more

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Liberia kidnapped nurses returned to UN visibly shaken but safe

“UNHCR officials involved in the release said the five nurses were visibly traumatized by their 10-week ordeal and three were suffering from malaria,” Ron Redmond told the press in Geneva. After being held since 20 June, they were handed over to agency staff by two representatives of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) late Monday at the Liberia-Guinea border “and are now safe in the southern Guinea town of Nzerekore.”According to the spokesman, the nurses were taken to Macenta for a police check and then to Nzerekore where they received medical care before spending the night in a hotel, where they were able to call their families. High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers welcomed the release and voiced gratitude to the local Guinean authorities for their assistance in providing security during the process.At the time of their abduction, the nurses were working for a local non-governmental organization (NGO) called Medical Emergency Relief Cooperative International (MERCI), providing care to refugees and displaced at a UNHCR-sponsored clinic. read more

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Muskrat Falls is best option despite 12 billion hike in costs premier

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 5:04 pm MDT Muskrat Falls is best option despite $1.2 billion hike in costs, premier says ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project is the best plan to meet Newfoundland and Labrador’s future energy needs, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said Tuesday even as her government raised the predicted price tag by $1.2 billion.The megaproject in Labrador is now estimated to cost $7.4 billion, up from the $6.2 billion the government calculated when it announced plans to build it two years ago.“The simple fact is Muskrat Falls stands on its own merit,” Dunderdale told a news conference packed with government supporters in a St. John’s ballroom.“Its benefits will be felt throughout the Atlantic region, across the country, around the globe, but most importantly by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”Provincial Crown corporation Nalcor Energy said it’s recommending the province sanction its plan with Nova Scotia private utility Emera (TSX:EMA) to harness power from the lower Churchill River in Labrador.It released an arm’s-length report from Manitoba Hydro International on Tuesday that says Muskrat Falls would cost $2.4 billion less over 50 years than if Newfoundland relies on its oil-burning plant in Holyrood and other power sources.The province’s Progressive Conservative government is expected to decide later this year whether to approve the project capable of producing 824 megawatts. It says it expects first hydro to flow in 2017, if sanctioned.But critics of Muskrat Falls pounced on what they called a public relations stunt meant to gloss over yawning information gaps.Nalcor included in its new numbers assumed benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a promised federal loan guarantee — even though that deal is not final.It also shaved a contingency fund in case of cost overruns to $730 million, down from about $1.1 billion earmarked in 2010, saying that half the engineering work is now done so cost estimates are more certain.And it did not offer a clear per kilowatt-hour rate for Muskrat Falls power. But Nalcor has posted an online calculator that it says allows customers to see how their utility bills would be cheaper over the long term under this plan.Nalcor president and CEO Ed Martin said Tuesday that higher Muskrat Falls capital costs are for completed engineering work and the price of various improvements, including a repositioned power house to enhance water flow. Stronger transmission towers built to withstand fierce ice and wind storms have also been upgraded.Dunderdale said the project would eventually generate enough revenue to cover its costs, including the repayment of debt. At peak construction, it would employ 3,100 people, she added.But Emera’s cost to fund a subsea transmission link to bring power to Nova Scotia has not been updated pending a regulatory review. That is expected to exceed $1.2 billion.Asked about missing or unpublicized data, Dunderdale said Muskrat Falls is the most scrutinized project in provincial history.She also downplayed recent criticism aimed at Manitoba Hydro International after the Wuskwatim hydroelectric project on the Burntwood River in northern Manitoba mushroomed to an estimated $1.7 billion from its projected cost of $900 million. Manitoba Hydro, parent company of MHI, was a co-partner in the development that came online last summer.Dunderdale said Muskrat Falls was also endorsed by global energy analyst Navigant Consulting and the provincial consumer advocate. Navigant used 2010 data from Nalcor to conclude that Muskrat Falls is the cheaper energy option by about $2.2 billion over the 50-year life of the project.“Our commitment to the sanction decision remains the same,” Dunderdale said. “We will make a decision that is truly in the best interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”Opposition parties will have a chance to review the latest cost estimates along with reports on wind power and natural gas before a debate on Muskrat Falls in the legislature.Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball said he’ll keep pushing for a chance to question expert witnesses, and NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said Tuesday she won’t take part without details from a final federal loan guarantee.“We have a responsibility to the people of the province to make sure that we are really debating from full knowledge,” Michael said.Emera spokeswoman Sasha Irving said ratepayers in Nova Scotia will get full disclosure on costs for the Maritime link of the project at hearings before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The company is waiting on the loan guarantee before filing its numbers with the regulator, she said.Dunderdale has been saying for weeks that talks are in the final stages.In an email Tuesday in response to an interview request, federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Ottawa supports Muskrat Falls as an economically viable project that will cut greenhouse gases and create jobs.“We will continue to review the project in consultation with our independent financial adviser.” No timeline for a deal was provided.Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said higher labour costs will likely raise his province’s share for the Muskrat Falls subsea link. It’s expected to deliver 170 megawatts of energy a year or about 10 per cent of the province’s total needs for 35 years.Dexter said the real question for Nova Scotians is whether the project remains the cheapest option as the province weans itself from coal-fired generating plants. He said he believes Muskrat Falls is the best alternative but provided no figures to back the claim.Under legal contracts signed in July, Emera has until July 2014 to opt out of Muskrat Falls.Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said the province needs to know the costs for power bills before it signs on.“(Dexter) keeps talking about this being the lowest cost option yet he can’t tell you the number. How does he know that?”The project has been on the drawing board in one form or another for decades. In 1980, it passed an environmental assessment but was set aside due to market access and financing issues.Concerns over loss of animal habitat and effects on traditional native lands have also stalled progress in the past and are the subject of ongoing protest.But Dunderdale said the time to move forward is now.“It’s taken us all a long time to get to this place. But during the last 10 years we have made remarkable progress. This is not the time to rest on our laurels. 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PQ government will survive first budget as opposition shies away from election

PQ government will survive first budget, as opposition shies away from election by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 7:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois government appears poised to survive its biggest early test as a minority government, with the opposition grumbling over its newly tabled budget but unwilling to trigger an election over it.The minority government presented Tuesday its 2013-14 budget months ahead of the usual schedule, knowing that its rival Liberals would be embroiled in a leadership race this fall.The bet appears to have paid off.The Coalition party announced it would vote against the budget. The Liberals also promised to vote against it — then swiftly added that they would not do it in sufficient numbers to topple the government.The Liberals’ interim leader said it would have been irresponsible to risk an election less than three months since the last one, then he added a warning: there will be a non-confidence motion tabled in the legislature in several months unless the PQ changes course.“This budget will chase away investors,” said Liberal interim boss Jean-Marc Fournier.“This budget is the equivalent of an economic-development plan — one for Ontario.”The opposition fumed that the PQ tax policies would make the province a less competitive and more unpredictable business climate.An income-tax increase for the province’s higher earners is one of the main concerns cited by both the Liberals and the Coalition party.Coalition Leader Francois Legault was more categoric in his reaction.He insisted that all 19 members of his right-of-centre party would be present in the national assembly to vote against the budget unless major amendments are made, particularly the income-tax hike on those who earn more than $100,000.“If it brings us to an election, then it brings us to an election,” Legault said before dismissing any chance his party would seek to form a coalition government with the Liberals.Former Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand said he opposes the budget, but indicated it would be up to his caucus to decide later Tuesday whether the party would ultimately support it. Fournier announced later in the evening that the government would be allowed to survive.It is possible that only some of the Liberals’ 50 MNAs would show up for the vote.Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau called the budget ”rigorous” and said he believes it will be passed.“I have lots of difficulty believing that the opposition parties could reject this budget,” he said.The budget will see the province eliminate its deficit during 2013-14. The projection keeps the province in line with a pledge made by the previous Liberal government.To reach its goal, Premier Pauline Marois’ government introduced several measures, such as capping annual infrastructure expenditures, cutting back increases on program spending and raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol.The budget also calls for income-tax hikes on the well-off, something the two major Opposition parties vehemently oppose.Marceau defended the tax increases when asked about them during a news conference before he tabled the budget.“I understand that our wealthy families already pay a significant share of our taxes,” he said. “But in recent years, most of the burden has been on middle-income families and we feel that it was unfair.”Budget highlights include:— The price of a carton of 200 cigarettes will climb by $4. The measure is expected to bring in an additional $130 million in 2013-14.— A bottle of beer will cost three cents more, a bottle of wine 17 cents more and a bottle of spirits an extra 26 cents. The government believes it will collect an extra $100 million.— Hydro-Quebec will lose 2,000 jobs through attrition. A planned hydro rate hike will be lowered.— Capital investments on infrastructure will be capped at $9.5 billion a year, compared with the previously announced figure of $11 billion.Marceau said the government was able to balance the books for Canada’s most-indebted province primarily by controlling program spending, adding revenues and curbing infrastructure expenditures.“We will achieve fiscal balance in 2013-14 and maintain it thereafter,” Marceau said.“There was no question of letting things slide.”The Opposition parties highlighted many concerns with Marceau’s budget.Bachand criticized the document for curbing infrastructure expenditures by $7.5 billion over five years in a province known for its crumbling roads, bridges and hospitals.He even recalled the deadly overpass collapse a few years ago in Laval.“We have to renew our infrastructures, they’ve been neglected for 25 years,” he said.Legault said few details were given in the budget about the spending cuts, the mining industry and the future of university funding.The government has not spelled out details in two sensitive areas: its stated plan to raise mining royalty rates, and its plan to eliminate planned university tuition hikes. The mining plan was among the factors cited by the Liberals, as they argued that the PQ’s ambiguity would scare away investors.The earlier-than-expected budget appeared to be an attempt by Marois to limit the chances that her minority government became the victim of an Opposition takedown.The PQ has insisted the unusual budget date is a matter of fiscal responsibility, not politics.The party said its own accounting shows that Quebec’s economic picture is worse than the previous government claimed.With just a slim majority in the legislature, Marois needs support from at least one rival for her budget to pass.The PQ, which tabled its first budget since losing power to the Liberals in 2003, aimed to shake off doubts it can be a capable economic manager. The party hoped to build credibility with Quebec’s business community, all while staying true to the party’s left-leaning grassroots.Marois ran on a platform significantly to the left of the other big parties, with a program that stirred concerns within the business community. read more

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German business confidence drops for 3rd month in a row amid Ukraine

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 2:23 am MDT BERLIN – German business confidence fell for a third consecutive month amid ongoing concerns about the economic impact of the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, though consumer confidence in Europe’s largest economy remained robust, surveys showed Friday.The Ifo institute said its closely watched business confidence index, based on responses from some 7,000 companies, fell to 108 points in July from 109.7 points in June. It was a worse showing than economists had expected.Businesses’ assessment of their current situation and of the outlook for the next six months both fell.Andreas Rees, an economist at UniCredit, pointed to uncertainty over “what all the recent events could mean for exports and domestic demand,” despite Russia’s relatively small share of German trade. But he cautioned against overinterpreting the Ifo index’s third straight decline, arguing that “a collapse or anything similarly dramatic is not in the pipeline.”Separately, the GfK research institute said its forward-looking survey of German consumer confidence showed a slight improvement, rising to 9 points for August from 8.9 in July.“Despite the escalation in the situations in Israel and Ukraine, German consumers continue to be exceedingly optimistic this summer,” GfK said in a statement. It noted, however, that its most recent poll of some 2,000 people was conducted before the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.Germans’ economic outlook remained good, GfK said, with consumers’ income expectations rising to the highest value the institute has recorded since German reunification. However, their willingness to buy declined after being bolstered the previous month by the European Central Bank’s decision to cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 0.15 per cent. German business confidence drops for 3rd month in a row amid Ukraine, Middle East concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Football Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki presents Ohio State with 78inch

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates one of his two first-quarter touchdown reception against Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won, 33-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker said he can jump as high as the ball is thrown. Even that might not be enough Saturday when he and the Buckeye defense attempts to cover Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.The massive receiving target is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but looking at him, he might be even bigger. He towers over defensive backs and runs faster than linebackers. But Gesicki’s most impressive skill is his vertical leap as he consistently corrals passes above the outstretched arms of defenders.“He’s a very, very good athlete. He makes catches that men his size usually can’t make,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “Great flexibility in his upper body, can torque his body in all different ways and he has good hands.”Before the season, Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list — given to the nation’s top tight end — and honored as a preseason first-team All-American. He’s lived up to his billing through seven games as he has pulled down 24 receptions for 228 yards, including five touchdowns.The Nittany Lions have talent at every skill position on offense — five players have between 16 and 32 receptions — so they don’t need to force feed Gesicki. They can pick and choose when to use quarterback Trace McSorley’s largest target.“He’s another wide receiver, really,” Schiano said. “He’s positionally called a tight end but he has the skillset of a wide receiver.”Defenses have not found any easy fixes for covering massive, skilled tight ends like Gesicki. “Because the kid can run so well in cover, you’ve got to put an athlete [on the tight end], well now you’ve got a matchup problem: size,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson said. “You put a big guy who can match up size, a lot of times that guy can’t cover.”OSU junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) prepares for a play during the season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes have already to try to cover a receiver-like tight end once this season in Week 2 when they had to deal with Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, a massive 6-foot-5, 254-pound weapon in the Sooners’ receiving game. Andrews got hurt in the first quarter and did not return, but he stayed healthy long enough to make two catches for 23 yards and to demonstrate how the Buckeyes defend against talented receiving tight ends.In the first drive, five different defenders lined up to cover Andrews on different plays — cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, safety Damon Webb and linebackers Malik Harrison and Baker. Safety Jordan Fuller has also garnered reps in the slot this season, where Gesicki often lines up, and Schiano hinted he might be used there Saturday night. Ohio State will not — and can not afford to — use just one player to cover Gesicki. If the Buckeyes were to solely use cornerbacks and safeties to cover the tight end, Gesicki could jump over them. And if they just used linebackers, Gesicki could out-run them, find open holes for McSorley to throw or pull them away from the line, leaving space for running back Saquon Barkley to make plays.For a defensive coordinator, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as each position group seems potentially exploitable by the massive tight end.“[Gesicki’s] about 6-foot-7,” Schiano said. “We’ve just got to have different ways to try to get people on him.”Though Ohio State’s defense has not faced many talented tight ends this season, it has struggled against the ones it has faced, as well as taller receivers like Indiana’s 6-foot-4 wideout Simmie Cobbs. When asked how the Buckeyes will be able to stop, or at least contain, Gesicki, Baker paused and pondered the question for five seconds before answering.“Don’t allow it to be a jump ball,” Baker said. “Be physical on him before he even gets the chance to jump like that. When it’s that high, he’s going to be a tough one. Just got to play through his hands and some way, some how get it out.”Baker and a multitude of other defensive players will be called on to outjump the 6-foot-6 former volleyball player, a nearly impossible task. Even Schiano was still searching for solutions. When Schiano was asked by a reporter which defender could stop Gesicki, he said, jokingly, “You tell me who is the best matchup.” read more

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Les dinosaures avaientils le sang chaud

first_imgLes dinosaures avaient-ils le sang chaud ?Les scientifiques ont longtemps pensé que les dinosaures étaient des animaux à sang froid, tout comme les reptiles actuels. Mais une étude récente basée sur la puissance physique des crocodiles montre qu’un dinosaure à sang froid n’aurait pas eu assez d’énergie pour pouvoir se déplacer.Pour que les dinosaures règnent en maître sur la Terre pendant 200 millions d’années, il fallait bien qu’ils possèdent une force physique épatante. Déplacer des corps de plusieurs centaines de tonnes ne devaient pas être chose aisée, encore plus pour les espèces carnivores comme le T-Rex à qui l’on attribue de bonnes qualités de chasseur. Aussi, les dinosaures étaient-ils à sang froid comme les reptiles, ou à sang chaud comme les oiseaux et les mammifères d’aujourd’hui ?Dans une étude parue sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs australiens et américains ont tenté de trouver une réponse en comparant les performances physiques des crocodiles marins (Crocodylus porosus) à ceux de mammifères de la même taille. Les crocodiles sont des animaux à sang froid qui peuvent maintenir leur température corporelle autour d’une moyenne de 30°C. Mais le terme sang froid est en vérité trompeur : un animal ne peut pas avoir de corps froid à proprement parler, les réactions chimiques de son corps nécessitent une température élevée. Si leur température interne baisse trop, ces réactions deviennent impossibles et l’animal meurt. Les animaux à sang froid se distinguent donc par le fait qu’ils ne produisent pas leur propre chaleur interne : ils utilisent la chaleur environnante et surtout celle du soleil pour réchauffer leur corps. Les animaux à sang chaud, quant à eux, produisent leur propre chaleur grâce à l’activité de leurs cellules, ce qui leur demande une plus grande dépense en énergie.Des crocodiles pas si forts que çaLes crocodiles marins peuvent peser jusqu’à une tonne et ont pour réputation d’être extrêmement puissants. Toutefois, suite aux relevés musculaires et sanguins effectués par les chercheurs, ils ne seraient pas aussi monstrueux que l’on pourrait le croire. Un crocodile de 200 kg ne produit que 14% de l’énergie crée par un mammifère de la même taille, et ce chiffre baisse au fur et à mesure que la taille augmente. Et bien que la force de leur mâchoire les rendent dangereux, les crocodiles ne sont pas extrêmement actifs et vifs. Il se nourrissent surtout de proies en train de se noyer ou déjà mortes, et même si il leur arrive de chasser sur les berges, ils ne sont pas aussi dynamiques que les grands carnivores, tels que les lions.Les dinosaures devaient être endurantsÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Aussi, “les résultats montrent que les crocodiles à sang froid manquent non seulement de l’énergie brute pour l’exercice, mais aussi de l’endurance nécessaire présente chez les mammifères à sang chaud”, explique, via un communiqué publié sur le site de l’université d’Adelaide, le professeur Roger Seymour, auteur de l’étude. “Les dinosaures ont dominé les mammifères dans les écosystèmes du Mésozoïque. Pour cela ils devaient avoir une bien plus grande force musculaire et une plus grande endurance qu’une physiologie de type crocodilien aurait pu le permettre”, ajoute-il. Ils ne devaient donc pas avoir le sang froid comme on l’avait supposé jusqu’ici mais bien le sang chaud comme les mammifères ou les oiseaux. Une conclusion qui s’appuie également sur l’une des précédentes études réalisées par le professeur et concernant la moelle osseuse. Celle-ci avait permis de conclure que les dinosaures étaient possiblement plus actifs que les mammifères actuels.Le 22 juillet 2013 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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11 Forgotten Anime Series From The 90s That Still Hold Up Today

first_imgStay on target Serial Experiments LainOne of the best things about anime in the 1990s is that the otaku generation was starting to grow up, and they wanted to see something more than traditional stories for children. The result was ambitious productions like Serial Experiments Lain, which delivered a tone unlike anything else on the market. The story of a young Japanese girl who plugs into a global communications network and discovers that the boundary between the real and digital world is a little blurrier than she thinks, Lain was trippy, deep and remarkably compelling. The nature of identity in cyberspace was a new concept at that time, and the anime split its protagonist into a trio of avatars, each representing a different personification. The visual style is also sharp and well-considered, with animation doing a lot of heavy symbolic lifting. Brain PowerdYoko Kanno’s score for Cowboy Bebop is one reason that series still stands as one of the classics of the medium, but she did great work all through the decade. Her music elevates Brain Powerd from an ordinary giant mecha anime into something a bit more stylish and compelling. The plot isn’t anything unique – in a post-apocalyptic Earth, pilots of giant robots must stop an alien spacecraft that has crash-landed from reactivating and wiping out what’s left of humanity. Mecha designs by the great Mamoru Nagano are spectacular, blurring the boundary between artificial and organic with grace, and they’re animated wonderfully. Some of the dialogue and character beats feel a little awkward, but the series is still very much worth watching.TrigunProduced by Madhouse, one of the most dependable names in action anime, Trigun adapted Yasuhiro Nightow’s popular manga into a brisk, compelling series starting in 1998. Protagonist Vash the Stampede is an iconic anime leading man – a mysterious amnesiac with a huge silver gun who has pledged never again to take a human life. That oath causes him all sorts of problems and results in a ton of property damage. What’s interesting about Trigun is how it takes inspiration from American Westerns and gives them a Japanese twist. Episodes can be somewhat formulaic, building to wild, superhuman gunfights, but they also tackle surprisingly complex moral dilemmas with grace and intelligence. The visual design isn’t as advanced as some other series on this list, but it’s still a very worthwhile watch. Irresponsible Captain TylorAnime has walked the “captain of a massive spaceship” ground hundreds of times, but the 90s were an era of twisting cliches into new forms. Irresponsible Captain Tylor recast the commanding officer of the battleship Soyokaze as a flighty, unpredictable young man instead of a grizzled veteran, and the show swung freely between goofball comedy and remarkable drama. It’s a great example of how producers of anime were starting to recognize the tropes they grew up with and refashion them into stuff that worked for a new, more literate generation of viewers. The show tapped into a very Japanese anxiety about becoming successful even if you’re not qualified to do so, as Tylor continues to “fail upwards” despite his attitude. It’s kind of hard to imagine a time when anime was hard to find. Before Crunchyroll and other streaming services, to get your hands on Japanese animation you had to buy expensive VHS tapes at the mercy of whatever American company wanted to license them and subtitle or dub English over them. In the 80s, that was virtually impossible, but by the 1990s a real market had developed here, and it triggered an exciting period of advancement and experimentation.The art form of Anime flowered during the grunge years, and the shows and movies produced then have influenced thousands of creators. Come with us as we revisit 11 of the hottest nearly-forgotten animated joints of the decade.Nadia: The Secret Of Blue WaterThe 90s were prime creative time for Hayao Miyazaki, and he contributed the concept for this series directed by Hideaki Anno. The series is set in an alternate universe where the titular girl wants to return to her home in Africa and winds up entangled with Captain Nemo and his famous submarine as they battle the forces of Neo-Atlantis. This is early work from the studio Gainax and they lost a ton of money on the production, but the final product is very impressive. It’s an adventure tale at heart with plenty of traditional anime tropes but it also touches on dark topics like colonialism and the cost of war. One of the reasons it didn’t become more popular in the United States is that the VHS released by Streamline was dubbed atrociously badly. The show got a much better DVD and Blu-Ray release in 2014 that handled the voices much better.AdChoices广告 Revolutionary Girl UtenaFor a little while in the 90s, it looked like Utena was going to be the next iconic Japanese series to really make it big in the West. The unconventional teenage girl who decides to become a prince (yes, you read that right) introduced a new wave of genderfluidity into the medium, captivating an audience of receptive teen girls. When protagonist Utena enrolls at Ohtori Academy, she’s dropped head-first into the bizarre conflict over fellow student Anthy, known as the Rose Bride. Swordfights, intrigue and lesbian romance crash head-on into each other in this wild and unpredictable series, which addresses some complex social issues. The very European-styled visuals make it stand out even more. Slam DunkCompared to the comic book industry in the United States, the manga of Japan is both financially healthier and more interesting. While superheroes dominate on this side of the Pacific, Japanese comics cover a massive range of genres. One of the most popular series of the decade was Slam Dunk, the story of a lovestruck teen who joins the basketball team to impress a girl but realizes that he has a true love for the game itself. The anime adaptation premiered in 1993 and a few episodes were dubbed for American audiences, but most of it wasn’t aired here. It’s a vivid and gutsy series that replaces combat with sports without sacrificing any drama or tension. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… The Big OHitting right at the end of our decade (the first episode aired in October of 1999), The Big O really distilled just about every advance in the medium into one stylish, fun show. Many 1990s anime took existing tropes and tweaked them, and this one runs with the “boy and his giant robot” into a very new direction. Roger Smith is a “negotiator” in Paradigm City, a metropolis that was struck by a mysterious wave of amnesia 40 years ago. It folds in a strong neo-noir sensibility – although there’s a ton of science fiction trappings, Roger is a detective at heart, using information as a weapon as he tries to get to the source of the amnesia. Animators Sunrise worked on Batman: The Animated Series, and you can definitely see some of that show’s unique visual flair at play here.BerserkA great example of how anime has changed in the last few decades is comparing the 1997 adaptation of ultra-violent manga Berserk with the more recent 2016 version. The new one is dependent on CGI for action scenes, looking clumsy and losing so much of the visceral action that the series is famous for. The 1997 take didn’t get to take any of those shortcuts, and it’s a far better product for it. Guts is a mercenary who swings a massive sword through all kinds of foes in grisly battles. The series worked because it committed to an epic storyline without wasting any time. The shonen anime stereotype of Dragon Ball Z-esque rising tension before fights gets thrown out the window here, with propulsive plotlines that hinge on solidly-built characters that feel real and rational. Susumu Hirasawa’s score is also worth noting. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ping-Pong ClubComedy in anime is sort of a tough art – it’s easy to have shows that pander to younger sensibilities, but in the 90s some studios started pushing outside those boundaries. 1995’s Ping-Pong Club, based on a manga series by Minoru Furuya, manages to be amusing for all ages. The series follows the misadventures of a middle school table tennis club composed of a number of ridiculously outsized personalities, from perverted leader Maeno to “panty master” Tanaka and hairy half-American Goro. One thing that’s interesting about Ping-Pong Club is that each episode is just 12 minutes long, more like an Adult Swim show than a typical anime series.Blue SeedBased on a popular manga series, Blue Seed didn’t get the exposure it deserved in the States, possibly because it has a sort of generic premise saved by awesome execution. Momiji Fujimiya is an ordinary high school student until she discovers that she’s the latest in a bloodline of princesses with the power to send legendary monsters called Aragami to their eternal sleep. She joins up with a government agency tasked with hunting them down to learn more about her family and the twin sister she never knew. Blue Seed is a smart, propulsive action series with some pretty great monster designs and a solid plot. Yes, it’s leavened by some crusty tropes (panty shots and the like), but it still holds up solidly today.Need more anime in your life head over to our section here.last_img read more

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Rosey on Roman Reigns 3 Minute Warning debut

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Twitter When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Now Playing Up Next WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Videos Articles Lindsay Lohan Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.With a family tree that has branch after branch of greatness it’s easy to continue the legacy with each generation and today’s guest of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, Matt Anoa’i’s family continues to produce future stars in the wrestling business. Known for his portrayal of Rosey an imposing member of the short lived tag team 3 Minute Warning and the fun loving S.H.I.T (Super Hero In Training) alongside Shane Helms, Matt Anoa’i’s contribution to wrestling extends much further then his time in the WWE.Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-10-21T21_00_00-07_00Matt Anoa’i AKA Rosey On His Brother Roman Reigns Rise To Stardom:https://youtu.be/u5aKVMrr3UMThe sheer amount of stars his family has produced:The fact my family has grown as big as it has is actually extraordinary in itself. To be honest with you, I really don’t think there is going to be another family that’s going to top the amount of professional wrestlers in WWE that’s associated or tied into the same last name. We’ve produced a lot of family members going into WWE. Moving forward with that, it’s not going to slow down. We’ve got young bucks on the rise as we speak and lookout because they will make it one day. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with the Anoa’i family name, the Fatu family name it’s got everything to do with for some reason we’ve got a killer drive for this business and whoever is on the way up that’s their goal.The overwhelming success of his brother Roman Reigns and did it surprise him how fast he has developed:I knew he was going to do something like that with whatever he did. I’m not trying to say anything that is stereotypical, that’s just his life. That’s just the way he’s been watching him grow up. It was going to happen regardless of whether it was in football or being the superstar at WalMart he’s just got “that” and it’s just the way it’s always been with him. It didn’t surprise me but the quickness of everything did because time does fly by and now that I look at it three or four years ago he was just getting into this business and now he’s sitting on top of the wrestling world.Advice he received from his father Sika when getting into the “family business”:He basically said exactly this: “Son, if you want it, go out and get it. Nobody is going to come knocking on your door to give it to you so get your ass out there and get it.” So I listened and I started down in New Orleans. I worked my way around the country. I went down to Puerto Rico and worked my way around there and all the way to actually signing a WWE contract in 96.Training under his Uncle Afa:My Dad has a certain way of teaching things and my Uncle has a certain way of teaching things and everyone has a different way of teaching. They might be brothers but they have different styles and I was just lucky enough to grab a bunch of different little things from everybody. Having Samu as a mentor and one of my cousins, he worked pretty close with me and just getting all this information from several of my family members it made a very big impact at a very young age.Appearing briefly in ECW and WWE alongside Samu as The Samoan Gangsta Party:I remember a little bit. I ain’t going to lie to you I was f*cked up pretty good through those days so there was a lot of times where I forgot what happened the night before and was just happy I was waking up in a hotel. I don’t exactly know who’s hotel, but it was somebody’s. At that point in time I did like what ECW was dishing out and it was fun to walk into a locker room and smell blood and see a little bit more of an old school type of thing. It brought me back to when I was between like 8 and 15 years old running the roads with my cousin The Tonga Kid down in the Gulf Coast area. It kept it un-corporate for a little while. Everyone knew it was all moving to be corporate and business attitudes but ECW was a nice shot of having a lot of fun. With WWE, there were some things that happened that I really didn’t understand since I was still relatively new to the business and specifically with WWE. I let my cousin handle his business with Vince and my cousin just called me up and said we are going to move on from here so I just packed my bag and said alright lets go. I told them that I will be back and they said they know I will and it just pushed it of a little bit longer but it was none of my business at the time on why we didn’t stay very long.Teaming with Jamal AKA Umaga as 3 Minute Warning:I was very comfortable with it and I know he was too. It seemed to fit pretty well that we were both around the same size and both had the same understanding of how we wanted to work our matches and how we wanted the wrestling world to view us. We seemed to mesh pretty good but we are family too so that didn’t mean that we didn’t have our fair share of the down part of being around each other for more than we were our own families, but for the most part it was just something that clicked and it turned out that it worked out pretty good and of course when we split we were still pretty much okay on the back end of that. My cousin is very missed and I miss him every day and I’ve got a picture of him on my end table right next to my bed and I talk to him every day. He was a hell of a guy and I love him very much.How they were approached about their debut and the attire they were told to buy:We didn’t have time to soak it in. We didn’t know we were doing that until the day of the show. Arnie came up to us and gave us some money and said we’ve got to go to the mall and get some clothes and that we were starting that night. We didn’t know what we were going to get and he said “Hip-Hop” clothes. So hell-yeah, we kind of bypassed the mall and found a spot in the worst part of town where we knew we could pick some sh*t up and I think we bought it in an Indian convenience store and I don’t know why but for some reason in the ghetto you can always find 6XL shirts in “Hip-Hop” fashion.Matt Anoa’I also discusses his entire run with the Hurricane, winning the tag titles, being the S.H.I.T, backstage skits with the Rock, working as a face, more on Three Minute Warning, not liking Rico as their manager, the HLA segment and much more.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com  & twitter.com/twomanpowertripRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 50.54%0:04Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest O. T. Fagbenle Triple H and Stephanie on the countdown to FOX debut, New Day commentary from Tuesdaylast_img read more

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Santa stops at local hospital brings holiday cheer

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Santa made a special stop in Miami for a parade that brought smiles to many excited children.Jackson Memorial Hospital held their annual Santa parade, Tuesday.The Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School marching band joined Saint Nick along the parade route.City of Miami Fire Rescue stopped by too and gave Santa a hand by raising him high above the parade in their fire engine’s ladder.Many of the patients watching him out their windows were filled with holiday cheer to last them throughout the season.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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IFCI shares gain 13 IDBI Bank up 4 on NSE IPO news

first_imgAfter opening with modest gains, the BSE Sensex rose in afternoon trade and was hovering around 26,300 levels at around 2.45 pm. The rally was led by TCS, Tata Steel, Wipro, Asian Paints and HDFC. Shares of IDBI Bank and IFCI gained on news of NSE filing papers with Sebi for its IPO.Read: NSE IPO: Exchange files papers to raise Rs 10,000 crore in mega public offeringTCS was trading 1.22 percent higher at Rs 2,344, Tata Steel was up 1.07 percent at Rs 392,  Wipro was up 1.20 percent at Rs 475 and HDFC was trading at Rs 1,250.IDBI Bank shares rose 3.37 percent to Rs 69 apiece while IFCI was up 13.16 percent. IDBI Bank has 1.5 percent and IFCI has 3.1 percent stake, respectively, in NSE.Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) shares were almost flat at Rs 5,281.Trading is lacklustre in the absence of global or domestic cues; the first set of corporate data is expected to come next week when automobile companies report their volume sales for December 2016, the first full month of demonetisation. Analysts expect weak numbers in view of the persisting cash crunch, since sales in rural areas are heavily dependent on cash.Car makers in India include Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), Hyundai Motor, Honda, Renault India, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Tata Motors and Ford Motors, while the major players in the two-wheeler space include Hero Motocorp (HMCL), Suzuki Motors, Honda Scooter and Motorcycle India, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Co.Manufacturers in the commercial vehicle segment include Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors and Eicher Motors.In November, passenger cars posted a growth of less than 0.50 percent, while the two-wheeler (2W) segment registered 5.85 percent fall, when compared to sales in November 2015.Benchmark stock market indices opened with modest gains on Thursday in the absence of triggers. The futures and options (F&O) contracts for December expire at the end of the session.Also read: NSE IPO: Exchange files papers to raise Rs 10,000 crore in mega public offeringThe BSE Sensex was up 21 points at 26,231 at around 10.20 am while the NSE Nifty was also trading almost flat, with gains of about 15 points at 8,050. Top Sensex losers were TCS, ONGC and Wipro.An update by Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. said that auto sales for December are likely to disappoint, given the persisting currency ban woes.”The demonetisation impact could continue to hurt consumption and thus results in the near term. Auto volumes are expected to get hurt. Hero is likely to be the most impacted. Overall global cues remain mixed. Broad range for Nifty is seen between 7950 to 8100 in the immediate short term,” the brokerage said on Thursday.The textile sector is expected to get a significant boost in the upcoming budget. “In a departure from the trend of marginal annual hikes in recent years, the textile ministry will likely see a substantial jump in fund allocation for it in the coming budget as the government steps up focus on labour-intensive sectors,” Nirmal Bang said in a note.Another brokerage house said that markets would look for cues in the context of Budget 2017.”Amidst the recent kerfuffle in domestic markets, hopes may amplify in the coming days as December series contract expires today and the focus may shift to the oncoming Union Budget. Sizeable expectations about a tax payer friendly budget drop in while the demonetization related restrictions are set to end on December 31,” Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services said.The rupee opened at 68.24 to the US dollar.last_img read more

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Kung Fury Director Joins Team of Another 1980s Throwback Short Film

first_img People waiting for Kung Fury 2 might have to wait longer, but in the meantime, the director has joined the team of another like-minded short film.David Sandberg, the Swedish director and star of Kung Fury joined the team of Blood Machines, along with Seth Ickerman, in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign, and once you check out the upcoming movie, you can see why.Blood Machines is a sequel film to the music video for “Turbo Killer” by Carpenter Brut. I wasn’t able to gleam this fully from the video itself, but apparently it’s about “two space hunters chasing the female ghost of a machine through the galaxy.” You can kind of see that represented, but mostly it’s a lot of cyberpunk/fantasy visuals combined with a good electronic beat and some really tense close-ups.The video was also directed by Seth Ickerman, who is actually a French directer team composed of Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard.The Kickstarter has already surpassed its initial goal of around $78,000 and at the time of this writing, still has 13 days left. Stretch goals include additional merchandise for backers and VR videos.Video Playerhttps://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/2693347/video-725470-h264_high.mp400:0000:0006:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kung Fury is a short, 30 minutes, which is just enough time to enjoy the 1980s tropes and visuals before it grows tired. It has everything that people throw into throwbacks and B-films: ninjas, Norse gods, Hitler, dinosaurs, and cops. It’s a bit crowded and nonsensical, but for 30 minutes, it’s fun and, at the very least, doesn’t take itself seriously. For bad movie, cheese, and schlock fans, it’s worth the watch.Sandberg also held a crowdfunding campaign for it, which ended up raising $630,000. His past experience with Kickstarter, along with their similar aesthetics, made the team-up inevitable.“Bringing David on board is a natural association for us after ten years in our garage,” Ickerman said in a press release. “He went through the same process and what he did on Kickstarter with Kung Fury and later on with the distribution is a true reference for us in terms of maintaining the creative control of his film, while reaching out to a world audience and bridging the garage and professional mindsets.” 80s action movie parody Kung Fury kickflips its way onto YouTube Stay on targetlast_img read more

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US jury convicts Costa Rican man in 485 million insurance fraud case

first_imgNo related posts. A federal jury in Virginia, in the United States, convicted former insurance executive Minor Vargas on Monday of all counts in a $485 million fraud scheme in which he was accused of lying to clients and investors about the financial stability of his company, CBS News reported.Vargas, 60, was president of Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., a company that sold bonds guaranteeing funding for life-settlement companies, which buy life insurance policies from insured people at less than face value and collect the benefits when those people die.The U.S. government said Provident sold $485 million in bonds based on fraudulent financial statements. According to prosecutors, Vargas not only misrepresented the company’s assets but also lied when he told clients, investors and regulators that Provident was protected by reinsurance agreements with major companies.Vargas faced one count of conspiracy and three counts each of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 23 and could face a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison.In Costa Rica, Vargas became a publicly prominent person by founding magazines and newspapers. He was also involved in professional soccer as president of Saprissa, one of the top teams in the country.He later bought two soccer franchises and began a synthetic turf business that won several contracts for replacing soccer fields for local professional teams. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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