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"DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police need help catching two crooks caught on camera at a Davie hardware store. They said the men stole several took kits, nail guns, and other hardware supplies on separate occasions. The crimes happened at a Lowe’s near Interstate 95 and Hiatus Road in August and November. If you have any information regarding the thefts, call police or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."
"DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A no-swim advisory has been lifted at the Deerfield Beach Pier. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County issued the advisory on Friday after waters by the pier did not meet state requirements. Officials lifted the advisory Tuesday after water samples they tested met state requirements. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."
"Govt officials confirm Trump can block US companies from operating in China The US president has not made an order as yet, only requesting for US companies to move out of China. An open database exposing records containing the sensitive data of hotel customers as well as US military personnel and officials has been disclosed by researchers. On Monday, vpnMentor's cybersecurity team, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, said the database belonged to Autoclerk, a service owned by Best Western Hotels and Resorts group. Autoclerk is a reservations management system used by resorts to manage web bookings, revenue, loyalty programs, guest profiles, and payment processing. In a report shared with ZDNet, the researchers said the open Elasticsearch database was discovered through vpnMentor's web mapping project. It was possible to access the database, given it had no encryption or security barriers whatsoever, and perform searches to examine the records contained within. The team says that "thousands" of individuals were impacted, although due to ethical reasons it was not possible to examine every record in the leaking database to come up with a specific number. Hundreds of thousands of booking reservations for guests were available to view and data including full names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, dates and travel costs, some check-in times and room numbers, and masked credit card details were also exposed. See also: Citizen Lab: WeChat's real-time censorship system uses hash indexes to filter content Data breaches are a common occurrence and can end up compromising information belonging to thousands or millions of us in single cases of a successful cyberattack. What is more uncommon, however, is that the US government and military figures have also been involved in this security incident. It appears that one of the platforms connected to Autoclerk exposed in the breach is a contractor of the US government that deals with travel arrangements. vpnMentor was able to view records relating to the travel arrangements of government and military personnel -- both past and future -- who are connected to the US government, military, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Within the records, for example, were logs for US Army generals visiting Russia and Israel, among other countries. CNET: California proposes regulations to enforce new privacy law Autoclerk facilitates communication between different hospitality platforms, and it appears that a substantial portion of the data originated from external platforms. In total, the database -- hosted by AWS -- contained over 179GB of data. At the time of writing it has not been possible to track the overall owner of the database due to the "number of external origin points and sheer size of the data exposed," the team says. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) was informed of the leak on September 13 but did not respond to the researcher's findings. vpnMentor then reached out to the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, and seven days later, the team contacted a representative of the Pentagon who promised swift action. Access to the database was revoked on October 2. TechRepublic: Financial industry spends millions to deal with breaches "The greatest risk posed by this leak is to the US government and military," the team says. "Significant amounts of sensitive employee and military personnel data could now be in the public domain. This gives invaluable insight into the operations and activities of the US government and military personnel. The national security implications for the US government and military are wide-ranging and serious." ZDNet has reached out to US-CERT and affected parties and will update when we hear back. Previous and related coverage Have a tip? Get in touch securely via WhatsApp | Signal at +447713 025 499, or over at Keybase: charlie0"
"The latest huge unsecured cloud storage find is in Autoclerk—a service owned by Best Western. “Hundreds of thousands” of hotel guest records containing sensitive personal data, all available on the internet with no authentication nor encryption. And, to make it worse, Autoclerk was also used for U.S. government travel. So terrorists could have tracked the movements of strategic staff. Here we go again. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we déjà vu anew. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Rollin’. AWS Data Lake Leak What’s the craic? Charlie Osborne reports—“Database leaked 179GB in customer, US government, and military records”: An open database exposing records containing the sensitive data of hotel customers as well as US military personnel and officials has been disclosed. … Autoclerk, a service owned by Best Western Hotels and Resorts group … is a reservations management system used by resorts to manage web bookings, revenue, loyalty programs, guest profiles, and payment processing. … It had no encryption or security barriers whatsoever. … Hundreds of thousands of booking reservations for guests were available to view … including full names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, dates and travel costs, some check-in times and room numbers. … It appears that one of the platforms connected to Autoclerk exposed in the breach is a contractor of the US government that deals with travel arrangements. … Within the records, for example, were logs for US Army generals visiting Russia and Israel, among other countries. … The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) was informed of the leak on September 13 but did not respond. Ouch. Lindsey O’Donnell adds—“Data Leaked By Autoclerk”: Autoclerk … was acquired by the Best Western Hotel and Resorts Group in August. … Autoclerk software is used by third-party travel agencies [including] HAPI Cloud, OpenTravel and Synxis by Sabre Hospitality Solutions. … Beyond the privacy implications of hackers getting their hands on PII of customers, researchers said that the reservation details of customers in the database could provide attackers with valuable clues to piece together fraud or phishing attacks. … The database could also have physically dangerous implications for victims … especially for potentially high-profile government or military personnel. Who found it? vpnMentor’s Noam Rotem and Ran Locar—“Travel Reservations Platform Leaks”: The leak exposed sensitive personal data of users and hotel guests, along with a complete overview of their hotel and travel reservations … with millions of new records being added daily. … This represented a massive breach of security for the government agencies and departments impacted. … We have contacted the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT). We outlined the nature of the leak, and the government, military, and DHS data that was exposed. However, at the time of publishing, they have not replied to our email, ignoring our concerns. … All this information is incredibly valuable for criminal hackers and online thieves. … For the US government, alarm bells should be ringing. … Criminals could pose as hotels or booking engines used by guests, crafting convincing emails to easily fool them. The effects could be devastating, both financially and personally. … This represents a major flaw in the data security apparatus around such sensitive information. Any company concerned with the travel logistics of high-level military personnel should be adhering to the strictest data protection practices. Ain’t that the truth? e-sushi—@originalesushi—feels the shockwave: You’ve probably seen it in the movies: that short, silent moment between the detonation of a nuke, and the blast that sets in to wipe you off this planet. That’s how job security must feel when you were in charge of the security of that 179GB database. Time to prosecute the CEO? rtb61 curbs your enthusiasm: Ahh padawan I see you do not understand, here is the lesson: lowest tender vs. safety and security. When you do it as cheap as you can, do not expect good outcomes—they will not happen. … Profit was the primary focus and costs are the enemy of profit, the blood enemy, the enemy to be ruthlessly, relentless attacked. And of course, the **** up turned into someone else’s problem after you have wandered off with the profits and bonuses. … [But] expect pretty rapid change after a CEO, board members and tech staff, receive years long custodial sentences. … You don’t think they would ever give a **** about actual security do you? Only if there is a profit in it. … The system has been ****ed by psychopaths and will routinely fail. A slightly less sweary Dean of Pentacles—@da_terry—gets all wistful: Remember the 90s, when things needed to be hacked? Today, everything is just laying around on the internet. I know, right? Marlin Schwanke asks, “Why Even Bother Reporting Breaches?”: Why even bother to report this stuff anymore? We should all assume that every bit of our personal information is freely available online and get over it. The way business runs their IT it doesn’t seem far off the mark. Business that amass and store consumer data in such a sloppy fashion should be shuttered. I won’t be holding my breath. And Doctor Syntax is IN: You’d think by now that hotel chains would have learned that (a) they really need to do a thorough annual audit of their own security, and (b) do the same in spades for any business they’re thinking of buying. … It’s going to take a few more big fines and lawsuits, big enough for the board and investors to notice. Even then it seems doubtful that they’ll manage to learn from the misfortunes of others. Meanwhile, Volatile_Memory randomly remembers: I stayed at a Best Western in Georgia (US) once and they had the username and password for their reservation system written on a note taped next to the computer. I told them about it and … was met with a bored stare. And Finally: This is how we roll Previously in And Finally You have been reading SB Blogwatch by Richi Jennings. Richi curates the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websites… so you don’t have to. Hate mail may be directed to @RiCHi or Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE. Image source: Raysonho (cc:0)"
"Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, left, knocks the puck away from Golden Knights center Cody Glass during the second period of Tuesday’s game in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after Alex Tuch (89) scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after right wing Mark Stone (61) scored against Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer, left, celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) scores on Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg, center, celebrates after a teammate scored against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) attempts a shot on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty, center, celebrates after Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) scored against Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) skates around Anaheim Ducks left wing Nicolas Deslauriers (20) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) skates around Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) checks Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) into the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks left wing Max Comtois (53) fights with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks left wing Max Comtois (53) attempts a shot on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) stops the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks left wing Max Jones (49) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Anaheim Ducks right wing Ondrej Kase (25) tries to skate through Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) attempts a shot on Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) skates around Anaheim Ducks left wing Nicolas Deslauriers (20) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS — The Ducks didn’t have a chance Tuesday afternoon because they didn’t give themselves a chance. They tossed the puck around like it was toxic and paid the price for their carelessness with a 5-2 loss to the opportunistic Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Golden Knights jumped the Ducks from the start, and it wasn’t as if they needed help to build a commanding lead. But the Ducks gave it to them anyway, sandwiching two egregious turnovers around an own goal as Vegas skated away with a 3-1 advantage entering the third period. Funny thing, too. The Ducks actually weathered an early Vegas onslaught to take a 1-0 lead on defenseman Korbinian Holzer’s first goal of the season, a chip shot that found the back of the net 8:13 into the game. It was more or less, all downhill from there for the Ducks. “It’s frustrating when we come out and we’re not ready to play,” Ducks goaltender John Gibson said. “It’s a privilege to play in the National Hockey League and it feels like some guys are starting to take it for granted and are just kind of happy to be here. We play a good game every now and then and we can’t string it together, put two in a row, can’t seem to get points.” Gibson turned away the Golden Knights again and again, but he was left to fend for himself far too often. Vegas outshot the Ducks by 43-28, including 22-5 in the first period. “We’ve got to find a way to be more consistent in our game,” Holzer said. “There are stretches in the game where we play really well and there are stretches where we play absolutely terrible. We can’t have ‘Gibby’ bail us out every night. It’s not the way we should play. It’s not a recipe for success.” The rest of the opening period unfolded in a nightmarish fashion of the Ducks’ own making. Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson lost control of the puck in front of his net. Mark Stone, who separated Sam Steel from the puck a nanosecond earlier, jumped on Gudbranson’s misplay and beat Ducks goaltender Gibson for the tying goal at 14:36 of the first period. Vegas then made it 2-1 in the closing seconds of the opening period. Or rather the Ducks did. Alex Tuch was credited with the tiebreaking goal at 19:40, when he swatted a loose puck beneath Gibson. The puck kept moving and then Ducks defenseman Josh Manson tapped it into his own net. The Ducks complained that a whistle should have halted play, but to no avail. Gibson later said he watched the replay during the intermission and admitted the call was correct. He even skated out and spoke to referee Dean Morton before the second period began. Related Articles Ducks goalie John Gibson credits break with improved play Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg picked to play in All-Star Game Ducks goalie John Gibson bemoans inconsistent play in OT loss to Flyers Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf finding new ways to lead Ducks ride second-period flurry to victory over Golden Knights “It was just kind of sitting there,” Gibson said of the loose puck that ended up squirting free before Manson mishandled it. “I think Manson went to grab it and it went into the net. I was upset with it and then I looked at it and (Morton) made the right call.” Late in the second period, after the Ducks had pushed back and actually began to generate sustained pressure in the Golden Knights’ end, disaster struck again. Adam Henrique’s clearing attempt sailed directly onto the stick of Vegas’ Reilly Smith, who beat Gibson for a 3-1 lead at 17:55. In the third, Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, including on a penalty shot that extended the Vegas lead to 4-1. Jakob Silfverberg’s team-leading 14th goal cut the Ducks’ deficit to 4-2, but Marchessault sealed it with an empty-net goal with 1:54 left. “It would be one thing if we had shown all year that we weren’t able to play with teams like this, but we have shown that we can,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “That’s where you kind of (hurt) yourself. It’s like if you go out and run a four-minute mile and you show up every day after that and you run a seven-minute mile. Something’s wrong because you showed you could do it.” 'Get that mentality that every night is going to be a hard working night, bear down, and hopefully we can string some games together'. Jakob Silfverberg is looking toward the new year with optimism! @AnaheimDucks are back in action Thursday vs the #Coyotes!#LetsGoDucks — FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) December 31, 2019 THAT'S OUT ALL STAR⭐️ Silfvy finds the net in the third for the @AnaheimDucks!@jsilfverberg33 | #LetsGoDucks — FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) December 31, 2019"
"Woody Guthrie's 1943 New Year's Resolutions are a powerful reminder to "Keep the hope machine running." I'd seen this before, but I was reminded of it when I saw Billy Bragg share a webcomic version of it on Facebook. But here are Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions from 1943. While they were written in the throes of World War II, I think we'd all do well by following their example every day and every year, but especially right now. 1. Work more and better 2. Work by a schedule 3. Wash teeth if any 4. Shave 5. Take bath 6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk 7. Drink very scant if any 8. Write a song a day 9. Wear clean clothes — look good 10. Shine shoes 11. Change socks 12. Change bed cloths often 13. Read lots good books 14. Listen to radio a lot 15. Learn people better 16. Keep rancho clean 17. Dont get lonesome 18. Stay glad 19. Keep hoping machine running 20. Dream good 21. Bank all extra money 22. Save dough 23. Have company but dont waste time 24. Send Mary and kids money 25. Play and sing good 26. Dance better 27. Help win war — beat fascism 28. Love mama 29. Love papa 30. Love Pete 31. Love everybody 32. Make up your mind 33. Wake up and fight Dance better. Beat fascism. Keep the hope machine running. I think that pretty much covers everything. Woody Guthrie’s Doodle-Filled List of 33 New Year’s Resolutions From 1943"
"The West Bengal government’s proposal was rejected after an Expert Committee examined it in two rounds of meeting. (File Photo/PIB) West Bengal Republic Day tableau: Twenty-two proposals, 16 from states and union territories and six from central ministries — out of a total 56 have been short-listed for this Republic Day parade, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. The Ministry had received 32 tableau proposals from states and union territories and 24 from central ministries and departments. “Out of these, 22 proposals, comprising 16 states/UTs and 6 ministries/departments, have finally been short-listed for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020 after a series of five meetings,” a statement by the ministry said. The West Bengal government’s proposal was rejected after an Expert Committee examined it in two rounds of meeting, it said. “The tableau proposal of the West Bengal government was not taken forward for further consideration by the Expert Committee after deliberations in the second meeting. “It is pertinent to mention here that the tableau of the Government of West Bengal was short-listed for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2019 as an outcome of the same process,” it added. There is a well-established system for selection of tableau for participation in the Republic Day Parade. The Ministry of Defence invites proposals from all states, union territories, central ministries and departments. The proposals are then evaluated in a series of meetings of the Expert Committee comprising eminent persons in the fields of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography, etc. The Committee examines the proposals on the basis of theme, concept, design and its visual impact before making its recommendations, the statement said. Due to time constraints, only a limited number of tableau can be short-listed for participation in the parade. “The selection process in vogue, leads to participation of the best tableau in the parade,” the statement added."
"Mumbai: The NCP and Shiv Sena on Thursday targeted Centre for rejecting Maharashtra's tableau for the Republic Day parade, with the Sharad Pawar-led party dubbing the move an insult to the state. However, the state BJP said that in the past Maharashtra's tableau had not featured in the January 26 parade many times. Republican Party of India leader and Union minister Ramdas Athawale said he would see to it that the state's tableau figured in the procession. NCP MP Supriya Sule claimed the Centre has denied permission to the tableaux from the non-BJP-ruled Maharashtra and West Bengal, adding the Modi government was behaving in a "prejudiced" manner. She said the two states had played a key role in the freedom struggle and the decision to deny permission to their tableaux was an "insult" of the people. "The Centre has rejected permissions to the tableaux of Maharashtra and West Bengal from parading on Republic Day. It is a festival of the country and the Centre is expected to give representation to all the states," Sule tweeted. "But the government is behaving in a prejudiced manner, giving step motherly treatment to the states being ruled by opposition parties," she added. The Parliamentarian from Baramati also shared a news report that claims that the Defence Ministry has rejected West Bengal's tableau for the Republic Day parade (on January 26). "You will have to explain why the tableaux of the two states were rejected. The chief minister of Maharashtra should probe the matter. It has to be found out who is responsible for this. Are there elements having loyalty to previous government? There may not be. But this has to be probed," Sena MP Sanjay Raut told a Marathi news channel. Sule and Raut were responding to reports that the Ministry of Defence has selected 22 tableaux out of 56 proposals for the Republic Day parade. The selected tableau will feature 16 states and Union territories and six Central ministries. Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad said the decision to reject the tableau has hurt the "asmita" (self-respect) of people of the state. The state BJP, however, said that Sule and Raut were misleading the people. @BJP4Maharashtra, the state BJP's Twitter handle, pointed out that Maharashtra's tableau had not figured in the parade on many occasions in the past. "Centre invites entries from 32 states of which 16 are selected rotation-wise. Along with it, eight central ministries are also selected...making the total count 24," it said. "Maharashtra's tableau was not selected even earlier as well. In 1972, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2016 Maharashtra's tableau was not selected," the party said. "Except two years, Congress was in power at the Centre as well as in the state during these years," the party added, asking why, then, the Narendra Modi government was being targeted. BJP ally and Union minister Ramdas Athawale said he will try to ensure that Maharashtra's tableau made it to the annual event. "I have no information so far whether Maharashtra's tableau will be there for the Republic Day Parade or not...but I will try to see that the tableau is there. "This is not a political issue," the Union Minister of State for Social Justice in a statement. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time."
"The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from birminghammail - What's On Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email As we enter a new decade, we take a look back at the bars and clubs we've loved and lost over the last 10 years. There have been many changes in the city centre since 2010 with lots of our favourite venues closing their doors forever and other relocating to alternative areas. Some club bosses said they struggled as a result of ongoing roadworks in the city, others were forced to close after their licences were revoked by the council. Here are some of our memories of Brum's nightlife over the last decade - please do tell us yours. Mechu Mechu was one of Birmingham's most glamorous nightclubs, a popular celebrity hangout with private booths and VIP areas. It opened in Summer Row in 2003 and enjoyed 14 successful years in the city. But, in March 2017, the club, bar and restaurant hosted a farewell party then closed its doors, having struggled as a result of the disruption from the Paradise roadworks. It reopened two months later as M Club , a sophisticated nightclub aimed at the over 30s. (Image: Emma Lee) Après Bar Within months of the closure of Mechu, its neighbouring bar Après closed too. Après Bar, which originally opened in 2002 with a 'Scandinavian lodge theme', screened major football and F1 fixtures on giant 3D plasmas. It sat next door to Mechu and was owned by the same company, Town and Country Inns. Sadly, it closed within months of its sister venue Mechu and was replaced with the Texan Sports Cafe Bar in August 2017 but this has since closed too. (Image: TripAdvisor) The old Snobs The original Paradise Circus site, near Fletcher's Walk, was home to Brum's legendary nightclub, best loved for its weekend and student Big Wednesdays, which cost just £4 to enter with your NUS card. It closed in September 2014 after 40 years in the same spot, opening just a couple of days later in Smallbrook Queensway following a £2 million renovation project. The new Snobs is just as popular but many Brummies still hold fond memories of the original venue, which hosted famous names such as Felicity Jones and the indie band Peace Remember the original 'face wall', the mirrored hallway and graffiti etched tables? Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Bar Risa Remember when Bar Risa hosted a 'Halloween Ebola breakout party' in 2014? Bosses were criticised for the event and staff apologised for 'huge error of judgement. In the same year, there were violent scenes when a man's throat was cut inside the venue and the bar hosted EDL supporters ahead of a rally in Centenary Square. In May 2015, the bar was shut down after disorder erupted outside the venue and police ordered an urgent review. As a result, Birmingham City Council suspended the licence. Later that year, the nightspot was reborn as 6 On Broad Street after a £1 million makeover then, in 2017, a further £1 million was spent on the venue and it became Rosie's. Gatecrasher Initially club brand Gatecrasher hosted nights at The Works on Broad Street then took over the entire club in September 2008. It became the biggest nightclub in Brum, with a capacity of 2,400 (only eclipsed by Dome II which had already shut). However, the nightclub lost its licence in November 2015. In June 2016, it opened as PRYZM following a £1.4 million relaunch. Chameleon Chameleon restaurant, cocktail bar and club opened in 2010 and described itself as “the place to be for sheer style and sophistication”. It was particularly popular as a place to party for the over-thirties, as had been its predecessor Henry's cafe bar. But the venue, on the corner of Victoria Square and Hill Street, abruptly closed in February 2018 when a letter from law firm CMS, secured to the door, said tenant Suitable Ventures Ltd was in liquidation. It reopened in November 2018 as Kongs , a late-night 1980s arcade gaming club, bar and nightclub where you can play Pac Man, ping pong and dance to 80s hip hop. Temple Street Social ‘British-themed’ restaurant Temple Street Social was part of the historic Somerset House in Temple Street. It closed in the summer of 2015 and remained empty for a couple of years. Then, in August 2017, it was reopened by South American restaurant chain Las Iguanas,specialising in food with a Latin flavour. The Bureau Bar The Bureau Bar enjoyed rave reviews for its food and won's Hidden Gem award when it launched in a stunning Grade II listed building on Colmore Row back in 2014. It boasted a roof terrace which made it a popular choice for New Year's Eve revellers keen to watch fireworks in the city. But, in January 2019, it closed its doors , telling BirminghamLive: "A lot of bars have folded in the area recently." The venue reopened in November as Henman & Cooper , a cocktail bar named after the architects who designed the 1902 building. Prisma Bar Prisma Bar was known for its 'Fusion Fridays' full of house and garage tunes and 'Scandalous Saturdays' boasting RnB. But the Bristol Street nightclub was closed down when Birmingham City Council revoked its licence over public safety fears in February 2018. This came after a gun and knife were brandished inside the venue and a man was slashed across the face. A hearing heard that Prisma had been hosting an event called Soca Junkie in one room and a private 30th party in an event called We Pray in another room. Rainbow Venues Rainbow Venues announced it was to close all of its clubs down in January 2018 after its licence was revoked by Birmingham City Council following a drug-related death at Rainbow Warehouse in Lower Trinity Street. The venue was ordered to shut down after student Michael Trueman, 19, was understood to have taken MDMA at a Halloween event and died in hospital the next day. The tragedy was the second drug-related death in two years at the Digbeth venue. The nightclub announced the closure with an emotive video on its Facebook page featuring supporters, DJs including Birmingham's Hannah Wants and promoters. Flares Flares was the disco venue of Brum, particularly popular with hen parties and revellers in fancy dress. You could expect plenty of ABBA and Gloria Gaynor songs at the popular Broad Street retro nightclub. Having previously been known as The Church in the 90s, the venue was reinvented in 2014 when it became known as kitsch party venue Popworld. Rococo and Mooch Bar Licensing chiefs slapped stringent conditions on Rococo on Broad Street following gang-related violence at the start of 2013. Mooch Bar took over from Rococo in 2014, declaring itself as 'Birmingham's most stylish bar' with a glamorous and chic interior. When news broke that the venue was going to be turned into a Coyote Ugly Saloon there was much excitement in Brum. The new venue opened in August 2019. The Sports Cafe The Sports Cafe in Broad Street was, as the name suggests, a popular place to catch all the latest football screenings. In 2011, it became Bliss nightclub and it was turned into Players Bar in 2014, which remains there today."
"Jacksonville, FL - I'm not sure how we'll look back at film in the 2010s. Much of it already seems like a blur, leaving me asking questions like, "Was that the Batman movie with Ben Affleck or Christian Bale?" or "Which of the five Spider-Man and five Star Wars movies did you like the best?" To put it another way, how are we supposed to really evaluate the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies theatrically released in this decade? Even Marvel movies represent only about half of the total comic book-related films produced in the 2010s. It’s just disorienting. It's mostly the product of monopoly capitalism. Fewer giant corporations own most of the franchises and intellectual properties today than even ten years ago. In pursuit of profit, studios fall back on less risky, tried-and-true bankable stories and franchises. To that end, we’ve seen an explosion of sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, spinoffs and more in the last ten years. We end up in absurd situations where Sony remakes Spider-Man every couple of years for no other reason than to stop their franchise rights from lapsing back to Marvel (owned by Disney). Now 20th Century Fox's Alien Queen is technically a Disney princess. Even movies that completely bombed in theaters but developed a cult following on home video, like Blade Runner, get treated like major franchises. The other factor driving all of this is the Great Recession. For most of us, the economy never recovered from the 2008 crisis. All capitalism can offer us anymore - especially my generation - is this fake, totally banal nostalgia for a past that supposedly didn't suck so much (it did; we were just kids). In Capitalist America, you might not have the money to see a doctor, but you can watch Gargoyles, or Lizzy Maguire, or a brand new Star Wars TV show on Disney+ for $6.99 per month. It’s appropriate that the 1980s weighed so heavy on pop culture this decade. We continue to live in the hangover of Reaganomics, and the billionaire reality-TV psychopath who came to encompass the greediest excesses of that era now sits in the White House. Rest assured, a similarly exhausting wave of 90s cultural nostalgia is on the horizon for the 2020s. Let’s hope that it’s limited to movies and music and not politics or economics. As less of us went to the movies in the aftermath of the recession, Hollywood increasingly came to rely on overseas audiences for ticket sales. This lends itself to studios producing bigger blockbusters, which are heavy on special effects and colorful characters but lighter on dialogue and story - since the latter, of course, has to get translated. But it wasn't just blockbusters. Even the supposedly 'high-brow' cinema adored by the rich and famous mostly sucked. Take a look at this decade’s Oscar winners and nominees: The King's Speech - a sendup to the British crown? The Artist - a silent film no one saw? Argo - thinly disguised propaganda for war with Iran? Birdman - an eye-rolling 'love letter' to rich yuppies in New York? All of these movies won Oscars for ‘Best Picture.’ Even on the off-chance that you saw them, does anybody really think these movies had anything important or lasting to say about the world? All that said, the 2010s wasn't all cynical garbage. There were plenty of outstanding movies, including many not on my list. But in the interests of cutting through the haze, I've highlighted 20 movies from the last ten years that stood out: 1. Free State of Jones (2016) - This isn't just the best Civil War movie ever - it's a revolutionary manifesto for organizing in the South. I wrote a full review back in 2016 for Fight Back!, which you can read here. 2. Sorry to Bother You (2018) - It’s the most pro-union, anti-capitalist movie made in the U.S. in several decades, delivering an original story and a legendary sci-fi plot twist worthy. Sorry to Bother You isn’t just great political art. It perfectly speaks to the struggles facing the working-class youth of today in an age dominated by monopoly corporations like Amazon and flooded with social media, low wages, high rent and soul-crushing jobs. 3. It Follows (2014) - Solidly one of the five best horror films I've seen, ever. Perfectly captures the dreadful inevitability of a nightmare. 4. Arrival (2016) - The most aspirational sci-fi film of the decade, and one that lays out Nietzsche's problem of the eternal recurrence in a hopeful way. Arrival left me believing that humanity has a chance to stop our impending climate and war-driven apocalypse and live better than we ever have. 5. Lincoln (2012) - Staggering and important portrayal of the political fight to abolish slavery in the United States. All the better because it's not an insipid biopic like the title might suggest. 6. The First Purge (2018) - The apex for the best original franchise to emerge from the 2010s. Every couple of years, The Purge series offered the most biting and timely political commentary at the movies or on television. With its Black working-class protagonists battling for survival against rich neo-Nazis, The First Purge, technically the fourth installment, represented the series at its most class-conscious. 7. Inception (2010) - I cooled on all of Christopher Nolan's movies over the last decade except for this one. Truly an exceptional mind-thriller that stunningly represents the way we perceive and construct ideas. 8. First Reformed (2018) - What does it mean to accept that the capitalist system we live under will lead to certain doom for humanity and the earth, but also to set aside that terrible realization enough to do something about it? How do you stave off nihilistic despair and embrace a positive vision worth fighting for? Those questions asked in First Reformed bring to mind Huey Newton’s writing about ‘reactionary suicide’ and ‘revolutionary suicide’ - something the film explores beautifully. 9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Without a doubt the best comic book movie of the decade. It's hard to even remember it's animated and not live-action. 10. Get Out (2017) - Jordan Peele was the source of some of the best comedy in the 2010s, but he also penned the perfect horror movie about racism and wealthy liberals - one that I suspect will go down as an all-time great in the genre. Get Out has forever raised the bar for socially conscious horror films. 11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - A rare sequel/reboot I didn't think we needed, but we did. Visually unparalleled, electrifying and revolutionary. 12. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Just a cut above practically every film in the Star Wars series. This is a movie that grapples seriously with guerrilla warfare and gives desperately needed texture to the Rebel Alliance 13. Django Unchained (2012) - Tarantino's first and last great film of the decade, set in the antebellum U.S. South. 14. El Libertador (2014) - Ignore that Netflix series. This staggering film about South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar’s life is unparalleled. You can see the mark of the late great Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who helped finance the movie, all over it. 15. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015) - Having organized in 2014 to win justice for Jordan Davis, the 17-year-old African American murdered in his car for playing rap music, I'm still floored by Marc Silver’s documentary on racist vigilante murder in Jacksonville, Florida. You can read my full review on Fight Back! News here. 16. Carlos (2010) - The Godfather trilogy of 1970s Marxist guerrillas. 17. Vox Lux (2018) - An underrated neoliberal dystopia about the fascist impulses of our popular culture, rooted right here in modern-day USA. 18. Ex Machina (2014) - Truly insidious sci-fi horror that will only become more terrifying as we progress further down the automation and robotics rabbit hole. 19. Inside Out (2015) - Delightful, insightful and soul-enriching for both young and old. It left an unforgettable mark on me like no Pixar movie has since I was a kid. 20. Nightcrawler (2014) - Diabolical look at the twisted capitalist ethos that pervades television media in this country. Go to your local news Facebook comments section if you think Nightcrawler is just fiction."
"Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 4S, a third-generation iPad, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all. His latest book, a children's book parody for adults, is called "The Kid in the Crib." Lex lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young kids. More by Lex Friedman When Apple introduced iCloud in 2011, it announced that every customer with an Apple ID would receive 5GB of iCloud storage space for free. You can add more storage at a rate of $2 per gigabyte per year, in 10GB, 20GB, or 50GB increments. But if you’re not interested in ponying up extra cash for iCloud storage, that 5GB can quickly get tight. That’s especially true if you use your iCloud storage allotment to back up your iOS devices. Some Apple customers find that they’re unable to back up both an iPad and iPhone to iCloud, because they don't have enough room. Does that mean you need to either pay for more storage or revert to old-fashioned iTunes backups? Not necessarily. Instead, it means you need to exercise a little extra manual control over how you send items—and more specifically, what you send—to iCloud for safekeeping. Once more unto the Settings app To start, open the Settings app on one of your iOS devices, and then tap iCloud. Scroll down and tap Storage & Backup. On the screen that appears, you’ll see the total amount of storage space you have on iCloud (5GB, if you haven’t upgraded), along with the amount of space that's still unused. Beneath that is a Manage Storage button. Tap it. At the top of the subsequent Manage Storage screen, you’ll see a list of all the iOS devices that you’re backing up to iCloud, including the current device. Examine the list closely. If it claims that you’re still backing up, say, the old iPhone 3GS that you haven’t used since before House was cancelled, you’ll want to delete its backup so that it stops gobbling up your precious storage space. Tap the unneeded device’s name, and then tap the red Delete Backup button that appears. If you instead tap the name of the device you’re currently using, you reach a screen offering fine control over the precise items you’re backing up for that device. The role of the Camera Roll On that screen, you’ll see the current size of your device’s backup, along with an estimate of how large your next backup will be. Below that, you'll see a list of apps that can back up their data to iCloud. With one exception, the list appears in descending order according to the amount of space each app requires to back up its data in iCloud. The one exception: Camera Roll is always first. It isn't always the biggest item on the list, but it often is; for example, my own iPhone’s Camera Roll accounts for 1.1GB of the phone’s 1.7GB backup. Tapping to turn off the Camera Roll brings up an intimidating question: 'Do you want to turn off Camera Roll backups and delete the backup data from iCloud?' You can choose Turn Off & Delete or Cancel. That first option is scary. If you think it means you'll lose your precious photos and videos, don't worry: You won't—or, rather, you probably won't. By default, iCloud backs up your iOS devices’ Camera Rolls. That way, if your iPhone croaks, chokes, or otherwise gives up the ghost, you can restore from iCloud and get all your photos and videos back. If you do tap Turn Off & Delete, then, you aren't deleting those visual memories from your device; rather, you’re simply freeing up the iCloud backup space they consume, and removing the ability to restore those photos from iCloud should disaster strike your iOS device. That isn't necessarily as risky a move as it sounds. Whenever you connect your iOS device to your Mac, you can back up its saved photos and videos to iPhoto. But even if you rarely—or never—sync your iOS devices over USB, you probably don’t need iCloud to back up your photos, thanks to Photo Stream, which keeps up to 1000 of the last photos you snapped over the past 30 days. Since the iCloud Camera Roll backup is really there only in case of emergency, and you’re likely to note a major emergency involving your iOS device in fewer than 30 days, you can generally trust that your photos are safe even if they’re not backed up to iCloud directly. (Photo Stream photos don’t count against your 5GB iCloud quota.) Merely turning off the Camera Roll backup will shave off a significant chunk of your iOS devices’ backups. That may be enough to allow you to back up all of your iOS devices without busting the 5GB cap. But you can do even more. Trim the app fat Depending on how you use your iOS device, you likely will want to continue allowing some apps to back up their data to iCloud. If you frequently create documents in an iOS text editor, create songs in GarageBand, or generate any content at all, and you don’t regularly back it up (or export it in some other fashion), you should use iCloud backup for those apps. But you probably don’t need to use iCloud to back up data from many other apps you use. And even if most of those apps account for only a few megabytes per backup per app, they can add up to a significant chunk of storage. For example, you might disable iBooks’ iCloud backup, since you can always restore your iBooks purchases from directly within the iBookstore. You probably don’t need to back up whatever data is stored by games for your kids, or games for yourself in which you don’t care about in-game progress or customizations that you might have made. And for apps that sync and back up their data on the Web—such as Instapaper—backup might be unnecessary, too. Careful, though: Don’t turn things off willy-nilly. For example, you might think, “Hey, I don’t need to back up my data from the Cards app!” And you may well be right. But if you were to learn that, after an iCloud restore, your old photo cards were now but a memory, you'd be crushed. Documents, data, and mail At long last, let’s back up one level from that device-specific screen in iCloud’s settings. (Remember, though, to configure the settings for Camera Roll and other apps on each iOS device you back up.) On the main Manage Storage screen, past the list of your devices, you’ll see two other sections: Documents & Data and Mail. The Documents & Data section refers not to the kind of content iCloud should back up, exactly; instead it refers to all those bits of data that iCloud syncs between your iOS devices (and, in some cases, your computer). This data counts against your iCloud storage allotment. Interestingly enough, this section of iCloud’s settings can even refer to data that you saved only on your Mac. In my case, it revealed several megabytes' worth of content I’d saved in Preview while exploring; deleting those old, unneeded documents freed up a little extra iCloud space. In addition, this section lists synced data from iCloud-leveraging apps and games. On my iPhone, that list includes Pages, Passbook, Keynote, and The Incident. I want my progress in The Incident synced between devices, and the sync data consumes just a single kilobyte, so it survives the cut. But if, for example, you see that Pages is taking up many megs (or more), you can tap it to get a listing of each document saved there, along with the amount of space it’s taking up. If you notice files you no longer need, clean ’em out. If you use iCloud as your primary email account, you may have your work cut out for you: All that mail counts against your iCloud quota. If you don’t regularly archive email offline, prune attachments, and delete what’s deletable, Mail may gobble up an increasingly large percentage of your iCloud quota. I don’t use iCloud Mail, but I found that it was—at first—claiming about 20MB of storage space. I logged in to and cleared out my initial welcome message and a few other test messages to whittle that number down, though it never hit zero: I do use my iCloud account for syncing Notes between devices, and that data counts against the Mail tally, too. Freedom can be free Combine these tricks—disable Camera Roll backups, curate which apps get to back up their data to iCloud, limit what types of data you sync with iCloud, and prune unneeded iCloud mail—and you can dramatically shrink the space required to back up your devices with iCloud. But if you just can’t trim enough iCloud-stored data to fit everything you need, Apple is always happy to let you pay for more space."
"Every change begins with a leadership decision. Making the decision to institute changes is not always easy. Being prepared, planning well, and being surrounded by a good team will make that decision a lot easier. Begin by putting yourself in a positive frame of mind. You are likely to experience higher than normal levels of stress and knowing this beforehand will give you the ability to be prepared mentally and physically. You will be the anchorperson and foundation, and with your steady hand will guide your team through the stressful events. Be a reassuring and active force throughout the whole process. It is impossible to prepare for every contingency, but planning for the known is a must. Add time or extra room to the schedule for the unknowns. When you encounter an unexpected event, your schedule should not be put off by much if you have built in some leeway. It will provide that buffer that gives you and your team the ability to deal with the unknowns and keep rolling with the change process Surround yourself with people that you can delegate to and be confident in their abilities and skills. Be precise and specific with your directions as when the change process begins you will be depending on these individuals and their talents. Communicating and providing feedback are the keys to successful delegation; make sure your team understands this. If communication fails or there is not accurate feedback the chances of a success are lessened. An issue that sometimes arises when delegating is micro managing. Keep an eye out to not micro-manage as you can quickly lose track of events and it will take time away from your main duties. Delegating is a skill that takes time as you must first learn the strengths and weakness of your team and know what tasks you can and cannot hand out. It may not be possible to always delegate, but when it can be done it will provide a great resource. Always be available during the change process. Before the change prepare your friends and family that you may not be available for social events. Reassure your team that you are there for them and you are here to provide them with the necessary resources to lead them through the change. Stress to them that you are available and focused on keeping the communications lines open. Always be aware of rumors, they will happen before during and after the change. Do not ignore any rumor, put out honest and clear communication as soon as possible. Reassure your team that if they hear a rumor to seek out more information from a reliable source. Remind them that spreading rumors helps no one and will cause more harm than good. Not everyone will agree on the change. Keep in mind that these types of feelings are normal, as people generally do not enjoy change and are sometimes made nervous by it. You will likely encounter pushback and resistance by a number of team members. Provide facts and data to show why the change is happening and reassure them the need and benefits of the change. These types of individuals are best suited to be educated about the change with information. If you are encountering an extreme case of pushback, provide them with some choices that still fall within the spectrum of the intended change. They should then feel more involved in the process and it will help alleviate the negative mindset they may be experiencing.It is vitally important to make sure that all stakeholders and employees are on board with a change. In order to continue increasing awareness and to build desire to support the upcoming change; the change management team must reach out to the organization at large. The force field analysis, developed by German social psychologist Kurt Lewin helps a change management team to: • Identify pros and cons of an option prior to making a decision • Explore what is going right — and what is going wrong • Analyse any two opposing positions. If concerns or issues arise, then steps must be taken to ensure awareness is continually raised and that desire to support the change is increased. Strategies that can help the change management team responsively address employees’ concerns include: • Engaging employees, providing forums for people to express their questions and concerns • Equipping managers & supervisors to be effective change leaders and managers of resistance • Orchestrating opportunities for advocates of the change to contact those not yet on board • Aligning incentive and performance management systems to support the change. Change is not exempt from Murphy’s Law. And even if something isn’t going wrong, change management team members must constantly be observing, listening, and evaluating the progress and process during a change. Below are several tools to help the team accomplish this. A feedback form is used to gather information from those involved in a change to help shape the remaining course of the change project. Instead of a paper form, feedback can be obtained through online surveys ( or Survey, an in-house questionnaire on the intranet, a few questions sent by email, or a focus group. The questions will vary depending upon the subject being queried. Open Feedback include asking participants for suggestions and comments. The compiled results of the feedback forms can be used by the change management team members to modify the project plan and/or the communication plan or to work with specific individuals or groups that may be providing roadblocks to success. Once a change initiative is underway, it is critical to sustain the change with reinforcement. The leader must make sure that the project and communication plan remain on track. They need to identify, and explore any issues from employees or stakeholders that have emerged, and review and consider any feedback gathered to date. Acting as a facilitator, the leader helps to bring about learning and productivity. Communication will be a byproduct of this by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, and supervision.He or she listens actively, asks questions, encourages diverse viewpoints, organizes information, helps the group reach consensus, and understands that the individual needs of team members will affect teamwork. The LEAD model provides a simple methodology for facilitating a participative meeting: • Lead with objectives: When clear objectives are stated up front, group energy is channeled toward achieving an outcome. The objectives shape the content of the meeting. • Empower to participate: In the Lead model, the facilitator is empowered to encourage active participation. • Aim for consensus: Getting the team to consensus will have members more likely to support and carry out the decisions of the team. • Direct the process: How the meeting progresses will influence the quality of the decisions of the team, and influences the commitment of team members. Leaders must differentiate between process and content. Content includes the topics, subjects, or issues; process is about how the topics, subjects, or issues are addressed. Because communications from managers and supervisors have been shown to have a significant impact on employees during a change initiative, it is appropriate that they be actively involved in celebrating success with employees as a result of positive performance. Celebrations can occur on three levels: 1. One on one conversation: In a private meeting, a supervisor should attest to the fact that due to the employee’s effort, a change was made, and how it is succeeding. He or she should extend verbal thanks to the employee. 2. Public recognition: Public recognition officially acknowledges outstanding performance and points out a role model that helped make a successful change happen. Supervisors should carefully consider who receives recognition, and not alienate group members who participated in the change but who many not have distinguished themselves as significantly. 3. Group celebrations: Fun or engaging activities are used to celebrate key milestones by a group. They include buffet or restaurant lunches, dinner events, or can include group outings to sports, amusement, or cultural events. It is important that these types of celebrations try to include the involvement of the primary change sponsor in some way. Professor Akindotun Merino Email: Twitter: @drakinmerino Fb: Phone: 08118048229"
"Get a daily rundown of the top stories on Urban Milwaukee I have joined a club that is bigger than it should be and is certainly one that I definitely do not want to belong to. On Christmas Eve, my beautiful friend Sheila Green was murdered by her brother who suffered from psychosis. So now, I am one of the approximately 40% of Americans who know someone who was killed with a gun. That is an obscenely high number and is probably a low estimate as that study was done in 2015. My wife, Sheryl, and I, met Sheila through mutual friends and through Sheryl’s work, when we first moved to Madison in 1985, as Sheila was an ultrasound tech at the same hospital where Sheryl did her medical residency. It was easy to become friends with Sheila as she had an ever present smile that always made you feel good when you saw her. Sheila was also a chocolate aficionado, purchasing only the finest chocolates and baking up scrumptious chocolate treats on a regular basis. She was kind enough to share her flourless chocolate torte recipe with my wife, who has made countless of them over the years, and we think of Sheila every time we eat one. Sadly now, we will fondly remember her with each future torte. Sheila came from a large family, and she was close with her many siblings. She did her best to care for her troubled brother. Sheila knew he owned a gun, and in fact, he had a concealed carry permit. She insisted that he not bring it to her home. For reasons we may never know, her brother did not honor that request on Christmas eve, and brought his gun to her home and shot and killed her. Sheila’s friends and family are all grieving now for such a needless loss. It is especially needless because there are extreme risk protection laws in 17 states also known as red flag laws which are specifically designed to prevent murders by people who are known to be dangerous. These laws authorize courts to issue a protection order, allowing the police to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who are deemed by a judge to be a danger to themselves or to others. Usually, the request for the order will come from relatives or friends concerned about a loved one who owns one or more guns and has expressed suicidal thoughts or discussed shooting people. Wisconsin, however, is not one of those states. Yet, it could easily have had this law in place in time to protect Sheila from her brother, who was a known danger who legally possessed a gun. This past October, Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session to consider two common sense gun control measures: universal background checks and red flag legislation. Despite the fact that 80% of Wisconsin residents support passage of these laws, Republican legislative leaders refused to vote on, or even debate these popular measures. In an utter act of contempt for voters, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald dismissed the Senate in 30 seconds and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos dismissed the Assembly in 15 seconds. Gov. Evers has considered calling another special session on these measures, but thus far, has not done so. One would like to believe that as society grows and learns, it improves. Yet, when it comes to gun control, the United States continues to behave as if there is nothing we can do to prevent gun violence, leaving our nation stuck in a warped 21st Century Wild, Wild West. This is my tenth gun control post on my blog in seven years, and while sometimes I feel like giving up, I persist, because too many innocent lives are being snuffed out on a daily basis. Sadly, this time, she was a friend. I grew up during the Vietnam War, and every Friday on the evening news, the anchorman would report the weekly body count of dead and wounded. My mother shared some wisdom with me at that time, that applies to every single gun death. She said that she wished that they did not publish the number of dead, because that made them anonymous and allowed people to forget that each life lost was a real human being with friends and family. The same is true with America’s out of control gun violence. I will not add the gruesome statistics to this post because I want every reader to read Sheila Green’s name, look at her beautiful smiling face, that will smile no more — and then call or e-mail Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald and demand that they find some courage to pass a red flag law. It is too late for Sheila, but it is not too late for the many lives who could be saved in the future. I sincerely hope that the loss of Sheila’s life will gain some purpose if the Wisconsin legislature passes a red flag law. We could even call it Sheila’s Law. Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Examiner. Jeff Spitzer-Resnick is a nationally recognized attorney with over thirty-four years of experience in the fields of civil rights, disability and education law. He runs Systems Change Consulting, a consulting and training law firm with a focus is on making progressive systems change in the areas of civil rights, disability rights, general and special education, and combating abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations."
"He said he's hopeful that this coming year will include a consensus surrounding the issue, though he lamented what he sees as the "minimization of the problem" of possible contamination of nitrates and so-called "forever chemicals" known as PFAS, which are found in firefighting foam and more. "The concern I have is that we have folks already saying, 'Well we can't overregulate this issue, we can't do this around this issue, we can't we can't,'" he said. As a key figure among Wisconsin Democrats, Evers said takes both down-ticket races and the presidential match-up seriously. Maintaining Democratic numbers in the Legislature, he said, "keeps my veto in place" as both GOP-led chambers currently lack enough members to override Evers' actions — something he said is especially important because of the approaching census and redistricting round. As for the presidential election, he stressed the need to get candidates to the state "and have the people in Wisconsin understand the issues that each of them care about and we get a good turnout in the primary, good turnout next fall." Share your opinion on this topic by sending a letter to the editor to Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less. Get local news delivered to your inbox! Subscribe to our Daily Headlines newsletter Sign up! * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy."
"Baku, January 1, AZERTAC "Problems of the IDPs are being resolved. This year, new apartments and homes were built for more than 5,000 IDP families and about 800 martyr families," said President Ilham Aliyev in his message of congratulation to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and the New Year. "Thousands of homes have been built for the residents of Shamakhi, Ismayilli and Aghsu districts affected by the earthquake. The absolute majority of the consequences of this major earthquake were eliminated in just 10 months. This is also a unique issue because it demonstrates our intentions and strength. The Azerbaijani government and leadership demonstrated again that they are always with citizens," the head of state emphasized."
"Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 1 Trend: "2019 will go down in history as a year of in-depth reforms. Political reforms, personnel reforms, structural reforms, economic, reforms in the political and social spheres have made us stronger. Our economy grew this year, the non-oil sector of the economy grew by more than 3 percent," said President Ilham Aliyev in his message of congratulation to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and the New Year. "Our foreign debt accounts for only 17 percent of the GDP. This is the ninth indicator in the world. In the following years, our foreign debt will decline further. Our foreign exchange reserves have grown by $4.5 billion this year, reaching a record high of $50 billion. Our currency reserves exceed our foreign debt more than five times. In other words, this shows the sustainability of the economic and financial opportunities of our country. Industrial production has increased, especially in the non-oil sector, by 14 percent. There is a 7 percent increase in agriculture. So the successful development of our country in all key areas is a reality," the head of state added. Follow Trend on Telegram. Only most interesting and important news"
"The Quadrantids can shower around 50 to 100 meteors in an hour. The start of 2020 is going to be with night sky lighting up with Quadrantid meteor shower on January 3 and 4. Stargazers in the UAE can expect to witness the spectacular starting Friday until predawn hours on Saturday when the meteor shower will be at peak. According to International Meteor Organization (IMO), the Quadrantids can shower around 50 to 100 meteors in an hour but have a narrow peak window compared to other meteor showers. However, the Quadrantids are considered to be one of the best because they are fireball meteors that come from larger particles of matter. Fireball meteors are much brighter, and their light and color lasts longer than your average meteor shower, according to The IMO predicts that the shower's peak will occur around 3am EST on January 4, and only last for about four hours. According to Dubai Astronomy Group, the best time to see it is before dawn, starting at 2 after midnight on the northeastern side. The group will be hosting a event at Al Qudra Lake from 10pm-3am. The Quadrantids will take place in the northern part of the sky and hence it will visible better from the Northern Hemisphere."
"If you haven’t made any long drive or desert plans during these cooool winter months yet, well then now you have the PERFECT excuse to do so this Friday. *Insert bad space pun* Sirius-ly you guys!! Grab your squad and plan for a quick trip to the desert this Friday night to catch the EPIC Quadrantid meteor shower taking place late at night from January 3-4 in full swing. Issa Happy New Year indeeeed! The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak late night on Friday, January 3 until the dawn of Saturday, January 4."
"The Department of Foreign Affairs assisted 1,723 Irish citizens caught up in major incidents overseas last year. These incidents included terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and Kenya, protests in Hong Kong and political instability in South America. Medical emergencies were the most common cause of contact, with 270 people requiring assistance for that. Over 260 families required the support of the Department following the death of a loved one abroad, while 243 people needed help with overseas arrests. Some 112 people were victims of crime in another country, while72 families required help tracing a missing person. The Department assisted these people through its consular office in Dublin, in its 80 embassies and consulates-general, and in the 94 honorary consuls around the world. One of the most notable cases in which the Department provided assistance was that of teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in a Malaysian rainforest after a 10-day search. In April 2019 a series of terrorist attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka left 259 people dead, many of them tourists. The Department of Foreign Affairs advised people to stay indoors and obey the curfew that was in place at the time, saying they could contact the Honorary Consul in Colombo for assistance if needed. Commenting on the figures, Minister Simon Coveney said: “Irish citizens continue to travel more often and more widely than ever before - meaning a greater frequency and complexity of consular cases. This presents ever-growing challenges in providing assistance for Irish citizens who get into difficulty overseas. “While most journeys overseas go smoothly, the 2019 statistics show that things can and do go wrong and that it is important to be prepared. As people consider travel plans for the year ahead, I urge them to get comprehensive travel insurance.”"
"Forgive the obvious pun, but our vision for 2020 starts here. As a news organization, it’s AIN’s job to stick to reporting on what has already happened. One exception is this time, every year. In the following segments, you’ll read what we believe to be the outlook for key elements of our industry for the next 12 months—views inevitably shaped by the past, but with an eye toward what we believe is just beyond the immediate horizon. You’ll get our take on the immediate future of eVTOL, not the lofty aspirations of the over-optimistic, but the cold reality; the bubbling cauldron of election-year politics as it impacts our industry; 2020’s outlook for what’s in line for the FBO industry; what’s on tap for OEMs in an ever-volatile market; avionics in the wake of the ADS-B (soft?) deadline; and what you can expect to see on the shop floors—and in the order books—of MROs. So, how did we do last year? Here are some samples of what we were projecting for 2019: eVTOL: “Even if eVTOLs win public acceptance and clear regulatory and technological hurdles, can OEMs and service providers deliver the technology at a price the general public can afford?” That remains the biggest open question in aviation. Touchscreens: “It won’t be a surprise to see more manufacturers adopting this technology, especially as younger tech-savvy pilots move up the flying food chain to more sophisticated aircraft.” Twelve months later, that seems on track. Supersonics: “Through 2019, Aerion and its partners will be initiating the process of selecting Tier 1 suppliers for the next phase of development.” This predated the February 2019 announcement of Boeing’s investment and involvement in the AS2 project. Since then, the program has gone largely silent. Come January 2021, we’ll take another look back at this year’s look forward."
"Mobile gaming is in an ugly spot, so a popular narrative goes, and that’s why Apple tried to tidy up the situation with its curated Apple Arcade subscription service. And we’re big fans of Apple Arcade! You should totally check out our list of the service’s best games once you’re done here. It’s a flawed narrative, though. Look beyond the chaff of flavor-of-the-moment, ad-riddled games and microtransaction-heavy “freemium” titles, and you’ll find games that are every bit as good as what you’ll see on Apple Arcade. Some of them are even better. And this list doesn’t even count many of the fun freemium games that dropped in 2019, which include Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour and Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls: Blades. You should check them out, too, but I find they’re a little too eager to dig into your pocketbooks for this list."
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"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from liverpoolecho - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Holly Willoughby rang in the new year surrounded by her family - all while sharing a cryptic message. The This Morning presenter has been enjoying time away from TV as she takes a Christmas break. Recently the host as been plagued by rumours of a feud with Phillip Schofield. Editor of This Morning Martin Frizell hit back at claims saying: "We have the smartest viewers watching telly and believe me they would be the first to notice any issues — they haven’t because there are none." The Mirror reports that ITV also refuted any unrest, saying in a full statement: “It’s deeply disappointing and unfair for Phillip to be the target of this sort of malicious gossip. "Phillip is a much respected broadcaster and colleague and this is absolutely not a description of This Morning that we recognise. "Holly and Phil are great friends both on and off screen and are popular among viewers and colleagues alike." However, Holly was keen to post a motivational and positive message for her fans to embrace in 2020. Posting a photo to Instagram, Holly could be seen with her three children and husband Dan. (Image: noholdenback/Instagram) They appeared to be waving at a burning 2020 sign whilst paddling in water. She captioned the post: "To kindness and love ... the things we need most... #ifyouknowyouknow." Also sharing a cryptic message was Amanda Holden - who used to work alongside Phil on This Morning. Sharing a collage of numerous snaps, she wrote: "I started 2019 with great determination and a new headspace which was to suffer no fools, to put my energy into good people and honestly not give a damn about the rest! "It's hard because I'm naturally a people pleaser .. but it's paid off and I have never felt stronger or happier. "Most importantly I never forget how lucky I am to have such love and true friends surrounding me. Thank-you for your positivity and support!! Here's to an even bigger 2020! #newdecade." She added: "#2019 has turned out to be one of the best and most extraordinary years of my life. So many ambitions and dreams realised "In the centre of it all my beautiful family. ..My anchor Chris.""
"America Ferrera has celebrated the new year by announcing she is expecting a second child with husband Ryan Piers Williams. The Ugly Betty actress is already a mother to one-year-old son Sebastian."
"By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A well-known businessman yesterday voiced fears that the “overwhelming majority” of Nassau residents may not feel the benefits even with the capital’s economy poised for “a good inning” in 2020. Sir Franklyn Wilson told Tribune Business that the increasing wealth gap between “the haves and have nots” appeared to be “off the radar” where the government was concerned, even though “fewer and fewer” Bahamians were seeing their share of national income increase. He argued that the cruise port’s $250m transformation, together with other multi-million dollar developments such as Baha Mar’s water-based theme park, The Pointe’s completion, the Gold Wynn and Hurricane Hole projects, and continued investment by the likes of Albany would ensure New Providence’s economy enjoys “a good year” - but only at the macroeconomic level. “I believe New Providence is poised to have a good inning,” the Arawak Homes and Sunshine Holdings chairman told this newspaper. “I think there’s a reasonable basis to think that New Providence will have a good year... “However, you know, while I say New Providence should have a good inning, those are macroeconomic numbers. While the macroeconomic numbers may be favourable, the impact on the majority of people may not necessarily follow as the gap between the haves and have nots continues to widen. “The pot as a whole is getting bigger, but fewer and fewer people are getting a decent share. Even when I say New Providence will have a good inning, I’m talking in macroeconomic terms which may not necessarily translate to the overwhelming majority of the population a year from now feeling any better off. The majority will not feel any better off.” Sir Franklyn said the government seemed to have forgotten the growing income inequality, and widening gap between rich and lower income Bahamians, given that none of its public statements or speeches had ever addressed the issue. “I have yet to hear any government minister make any statement that they see this as an issue,” he added. “I cannot think of any statement a cabinet minister has made which specifically addresses the imbalance between the haves and the have nots as a key public policy issue. This is not even on the radar of the authorities.” Concerns over income inequality, and a widening gap between rich and poor stemming from a middle class ‘squeeze’, have been voiced periodically ever since the 2008-2009 recession. Real per capita incomes took 10 years to recover to their pre-recession levels, hitting this mark only in 2017. Sir Franklyn, meanwhile, suggested that K Peter Turnquest, deputy prime minister, may come under pressure from his Cabinet colleagues to loosen spending and other fiscal controls in a bid to shore up the Government’s popularity just over half-way through its term in office. Asked about the Government’s ability to avoid a further sovereign credit rating downgrade post-Dorian, he replied: “Minster Turnquest, he is really giving it a good shot. He is trying. I’m sure he will do his personal best to try and avoid it. “I get the sense that there’s some restlessness within the Cabinet. They sense the popularity of the Government is not trending in a favourable direction, so they will push the minister of finance to do things which may not be consistent with avoiding that downgrade. I think a lot truly depends on the extent to which the Minister of Finance can be strong in the face of pressure from his own Cabinet colleagues.” The Government previously revealed it will have to seek Parliamentary approval to borrow an extra $508m to finance post-Hurricane Dorian reconstruction, blowing out its projected 2019-2020 fiscal deficit to $677.5m from the initially projected $137m. Its Fiscal Strategy Report also shows it borrowing a further $499m in 2020-2021, and $301.2m in 2021-2022, meaning that the Minnis administration is forecasting it will need to borrow some $1.479bn over its final three years in office and taking the national debt to nearly $9.5bn. The likes of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s have effectively taken a wait-and-see approach, though, seemingly preferring to assess how The Bahamas manages the post-Dorian fall-out and whether it can restrain any unnecessary spending before moving to again narrow the deficit. Sir Franklyn yesterday urged Mr Turnquest to follow “the Paul Adderley model” and “put country before party” in how he handles the public finances in the aftermath of the Category Five storm. He added that it was “likely to be significant” that Mr Turnquest was finance minister, rather than the Prime Minister, which was the structure employed by all Dr Hubert Minnis’ predecessors. “Thank God that we do not have that model where the Prime Minister is the de facto minister of finance,” Sir Franklyn told Tribune Business. “Experience has shown whether it was Pindling, Ingraham or Christie, it’s hard under that model to resist pressure to open up the purse. “Thank God we don’t have that model today. Hopefully, the deputy prime minister has the ability on his part to say: ‘Man, let’s not look at this thing in the short run’. The late Paul Adderley increased taxes right before the 1992 general election. He had to know that what he was doing was good for the country even if it was bad for the party. “I say to Mr Turnquest: ‘Keep in mind the Paul Adderley model’. Do the right thing. If you do the right thing for the country it may not be good for the party, but country first.”"
"By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian insurers yesterday urged the prime minister to “treat the industry with the respect it deserves” over its $2bn Dorian-related payout after he suggested it was “holding back” recovery efforts. Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, told Tribune Business that Dr Hubert Minnis and his officials knew where to reach the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) and the industry’s “major players” if they had any issues with their role following the category five storm. Responding after the prime minister was reported to have said that demolition of unsafe buildings on Abaco and Grand Bahama is being delayed while the insurance companies complete their claims assessments, Mr Saunders reiterated that the extent of Dorian’s devastation was bound to make this process take slightly longer than in previous storms. He also pointed out that the industry, and its loss adjusters, had been denied access to the worst-hit parts of Abaco for the immediate fortnight post-Dorian by the government as it sought to make the area safe. “If the prime minister has information, he or his representatives should come to the BIA, call us to a meeting and discuss it,” Mr Saunders told Tribune Business. “I don’t know where he’s getting his information from. “If you have an organisation that’s spent $2bn, somebody needs to pick up the phone. The prime minister knows all the big players in the insurance industry; if he has legitimate concerns with the insurance industry he’s the prime minister. He can summon us to a meeting and cure all this upset.” Dr Minnis had suggested, according to media reports, that the post-Dorian reconstruction and recovery effort was being “held back” because the insurance companies were still completing their claims adjusting work. “The insurance companies have not yet completed their job in terms of assessing and compensating individuals,” the prime minister said on Christmas Day. “So we are held back to some extent even by insurance companies... We cannot move buildings until they have been assessed by the insurance companies.” Asked subsequently for clarification, Dr Minnis said: “One of the challenges we have with Abaco is you cannot do much, not even within the yards. You have to wait for clearance by the insurance companies - those who have insurance - because if you were to demolish them then insurance companies can always argue that the building was not as bad as said. So you have to work hand in hand with them.” Bahamian property and casualty insurers earlier this month told Tribune Business that the industry’s total Dorian claims payouts are now estimated to come in at the upper end of the last $1.5bn to $2bn estimate, making the storm comfortably the largest ever loss event suffered by the sector and its reinsurance partners in this nation. Mr Saunders yesterday said he wanted to avoid getting into any ‘blame game’ or finger-pointing in relation to the Prime Minister’s comments, but revealed that he “just laughed” when he saw them in the newspaper. “Treat the insurance industry with the respect it deserves and call a meeting,” the RoyalStar chief told Tribune Business. “We’re all big boys. The industry didn’t even get access to Abaco for the first two weeks because the Government, rightfully so, said they didn’t want us there until they did what they had to do. “If the Prime Minister has a problem with the insurance industry he has all the resources to call a meeting with all its executives, some of whom he knows personally, and ask us what the hell is going on.” Sir Franklyn Wilson, RoyalStar Assurance’s chairman, told Tribune Business he, too, was unsure what the Prime Minister meant by his remarks that the insurance industry’s processes were “holding back” post-Dorian reconstruction. “I see the Prime Minister making comments that the insurance industry is slow, but in the case of RoyalStar where I am chairman we’ve done yeoman’s work. I don’t know what the Prime Minister is alluding to, but most of our adjusters were set to go home before Christmas because their work, their task was effectively done,” Sir Franklyn added yesterday. Mr Saunders had earlier this month told Tribune Business that RoyalStar had settled around 80 percent of its roughly 1,800 Dorian claims, while his Bahamas First counterpart, Patrick Ward, had revealed that 50 percent of its 2,000 claims had been paid out and agreed. “The industry has proven its weight and value,” Mr Saunders said then, “and doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves for being an economic stabilising force in The Bahamas. Imagine if the insurance industry was not here. Who else is going to pay that additional $2bn. “Every claim we are responsible for internally, all of our reinsurers, all of our network partners, we have a gross reserve of $325m. All in we have a total of 1,800 claims, and of those 1,800 claims we have satisfied and settled 80 percent of those. We’re slightly ahead of expected pace.”"
"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from walesonline - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A seven-year-old was among a handful of youngsters found carrying knives at school but could not be charged because they were below the age of criminal responsibility. Figures from Kent Police, obtained by the PA news agency, show 109 children were investigated for possessing, or threatening with, an offensive weapon or blade - or attempting to - in Kent from April 2017 to December 2019. The law says children aged under 10 cannot currently be charged with a crime. Two children, aged seven and nine, were prevented from being prosecuted for a knife-related offence because of their age, while a 10-year-old was also let off for the same reason, meaning he or she was likely suspected of committing an offence while still below the age of criminal responsibility. (Image: Mirror) Data showed the most common age for suspects was 14 (23 incidents), while 13-year-olds were involved in 21 incidents, and 15-year-olds were suspected of 20 offences. Five adults, aged 45, 35, 31, 19 and 18, were also investigated for having knives on school premises. Three of them, the 35-year-old and the two teenagers, were later charged with an offence. In total, 116 incidents were recorded by Kent Police during the two-and-a-half-year time frame. All but three of them involved a knife. There were 15 community resolutions, where police deal with low-level offences without resorting to formal criminal justice sanctions. Seven cases resulted in a youth caution, while "evidential difficulties" put an end to a potential prosecution in dozens of cases. On other occasions, the incident was either passed on to another body to deal with away from the courts, or a prosecution was deemed not to be in the public interest. The release of data by Kent Police follows similar disclosures by the majority of forces in England and Wales under FoI laws earlier in the year. A PA investigation in October found thousands of children had been caught carrying weapons in school, with suspects as young as four years old. Police seized scores of knives, blades and other sharp instruments, while a 14-year-old was found in possession of a sword. The total figure for England and Wales was expected to be much higher, considering a number of forces, including the Metropolitan Police, the largest in the country, did not provide data.e."
"When the dog starts to smell like Eau de Garbage, his breath is bad enough to peel paint off the walls, and people think he is a brown dog when really he is white, I know it’s time to give him a bath. Since I am the one who feeds, walks and cleans up after him, it has fallen to me to be the official dog bather as well. Naturally, there are many different books written on this subject, and many people who think they know the best way to bathe a dog, but I like to think that over the years, I have really perfected this particular duty of pet ownership. Having a vast amount of expertise in this area, I will share with you the procedure for the absolute best way to bathe a dog: 1) Fill tub with warm water up to your dog’s elbows. 2) Carefully lift dog into tub. 3) Chase dripping dog through house after he jumps out of the tub, out the bathroom, up the stairs, and onto your bed. 4) Drag dog back downstairs and bring him back into the bathroom. 5) THIS TIME, remember to close bathroom door behind you. 6) Lift dog back into tub. 7) Turn on water and shriek helplessly as hose attachment whips around spraying water everywhere. 8) Clean up water that sprayed everywhere. 9) THIS TIME, remember to switch off hose attachment before you run water. 10) When the water is lukewarm, switch faucet back to hose, hold dog firmly with one hand and spray dog until fur is soaked through. 11) Release dog to get shampoo that you left under the sink and shriek helplessly as dog shakes repeatedly and sprays water everywhere. 12) Clean up water that sprayed everywhere. 13) THIS TIME, remember to keep firm hold on dog as you apply dime-sized amount of dog shampoo to fur and work into a lather all over dog. 14) Scream, “NO, DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR!!!” when daughter opens bathroom door and comes in to see what you are doing. 15) Chase very soapy dog through house after he jumps out of the tub, out the bathroom, up the stairs and back onto your bed. 16) Make mental note to put “DO NOT OPEN!!!” sign on bathroom door next time you wash dog. 17) Drag soapy dog back downstairs and lift him back into tub. 18) Remember that floor is now quite slippery and take caution lifting dog. 19) Abandon dog to get ice pack from freezer. Apply to forehead where you slipped and banged head on side of tub. 20) Return to bathroom to find daughter, covered in dog hair and soap, in bathtub with dog. 21) Abandon dog to go wash daughter. 22) Realize you left bathroom door open when you went to wash daughter. 23) Go get dog off wet and soapy bed. 24) Drag dog back downstairs 25) Put leash on dog and drive him to professional groomers. This is a repeated Lost in Suburbia column, which has appeared in GateHouse Media newspapers since 2008. As Tracy Beckerman’s main column is shifting focus - her kids are grown and she has moved back to the city - we are rerunning her earlier work for readers who may have missed these the first time around. You can follow her on Facebook at and on Twitter at"
"INN turned to experts in the market to get a sense of what’s in store for investors looking to plug into the gaming industry in the new year. Gaming and the esports industry — characterized by massive video game tournaments — saw unprecedented growth in 2019 as investors recognized opportunity. Now, heading into 2020, the gaming sector is poised to further shift into a lucrative market as increased interest supports the growth of players in the space. Here the Investing News Network (INN) turns to experts in the market to get a sense of what’s in store for investors looking to plug into the esports industry in the new year. Why are Google and Apple are investing heavily in the gaming market? Read our FREE outlook report on the gaming market! Give me my free report! Gaming outlook 2020: A closer look at the numbers The esports industry is looking to capitalize on a successful 2019 moving into 2020 and beyond. In its 2019 global games market report, gaming research firm Newzoo states that the international gaming market could be worth US$196 billion by 2022. Mobile games in particular are projected to generate US$95.4 billion by 2022, driven primarily by smartphone activity. Cross-platform titles such as Mario Kart Tour on iOS and Android, a general increase in smartphone users and improvements to hardware and infrastructure are factors that will lead to the projected growth, according to the firm. The console segment, on the other hand, is set to reach US$61.1 billion in 2022, Newzoo estimates, boosted by the upcoming generation of Xbox and PlayStation systems, created by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony (NYSE:SNE,TSE:6758), respectively. PC gaming will be a bit slower in the coming years, according to the researchers, though it is gaining traction and could be valued at US$39.5 billion over the next two year period. In a previous interview with INN, Erik Dekker, senior vice president and portfolio manager with Dekker Hewett Group at Canaccord Genuity, said, “Gaming is bigger than film box offices, bigger than television, bigger than digital music. I think it’s about a US$116 billion market at this time.” Gaming outlook 2020: The growth of team organizations In esports, organizations like Team Liquid and OG are big generators of cash for the industry. Team Liquid, which has teams in many of the top esports leagues, currently has a merchandise collaboration with Marvel, and OG just announced a Counter Strike: Global Offensive team following its big Dota 2 win. Team support and attachment have been reflected in the sheer amount of interest in gaming tournaments, another important revenue stream for esport companies. In August, the Dota 2 The International 9 tournament had the world’s largest prize pool in history at a whopping US$34.3 million in winnings, and OG took home the top prize. But organizations are evolving to rely on more than just their athletes and tournaments — instead, they’re taking a holistic approach to branding and maintaining a public image. Why are Google and Apple are investing heavily in the gaming market? Read our FREE outlook report on the gaming market! Give me my free report! “It’s going to ultimately come down to teams that can create brand lifestyles, create great content programming and diversify the revenue streams to find more profitability,” Daniel Mitre, CEO of New Wave Esports (CSE:NWES), told INN via email. Mitre said the impressive growth of the sector has already led heavy hitters in gaming to throw their hats into the ring. The executive explained that companies like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Riot Games, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Tencent (HKEX:0700), have carefully crafted plans attached to their esports franchises and leagues. “None of this movement around big games, AAA publishers and developers is coming to a slow,” said Mitre. “In fact, it’s just going to start picking up further.” This sentiment was shared by another expert in gaming who is optimistic about the market’s trajectory. Haywood Securities investment banker Sean MacGillis said the skill of the gaming industry is in the flexibility of its revenue channels, which include everything from merchandise and ticket sales to advertising and sponsorship revenue. “The ability to monetize games is an order of magnitude larger than the ability to monetize traditional forms of content,” MacGillis explained. Gaming outlook 2020: Possible concerns in the new year Some experts have noted possible pitfalls for the industry, despite its recent levels of success. For Nick Mersch, associate portfolio manager at Purpose Investments, the biggest risks for the space could come with the hypothetical collapse of the Overwatch League, one of the biggest leagues in the sector. Mersch said a downturn for the league could turn off existing and prospective investors. “A lot of traditional sports owners wrote huge checks into teams in this league, and if they get burned here it will be difficult to attract capital back to the space,” Mersch told INN. According to a report from Variety, viewers for the Overwatch League Grand Finals grew by 16 percent in 2019, with the event reaching 1.12 million average viewers. Mersch said he’s also keeping his eye on the overvaluation that has plagued esports, pointing to a recent Forbes list ranking “the most valuable companies in esports” that still seems to exaggerate the values of some organizations on it, according to the expert. Why are Google and Apple are investing heavily in the gaming market? Read our FREE outlook report on the gaming market! Give me my free report! Other concerns have larger political implications. The ongoing US-China trade war dampened the growth of the sector, according to Trevor Doerksen, CEO of ePlay Digital (CSE:EPY), and could continue to do so into 2020, especially given China’s place as one of the world’s largest hubs for gaming. In 2019, it was projected that US$36.5 billion was spent on gaming in China, according to Newzoo. “Geopolitical forces and the US-China trade war muted global collaboration and access to markets, and important data that would help better understand and grow esports in 2019,” said Doerksen. The executive said there could be better access to content, games and data across both markets if the relationship between the two countries improves in 2020. Gaming outlook 2020: Investor takeaway Mersch said moving forward, the most important factor for gaming will be the work done by data firm Nielsen, owned by The Nielsen Company (NYSE:NLSN), in its esports division, which works to get accurate information on engagement and viewership data. In his view, Nielsen’s work could help close the existing gap between how the industry is growing and how it’s monetizing that growth, Mersch told INN. “To close this gap, Fortune 500 companies need actionable return of investment metrics in order to justify more (spending) in the space. Nielsen and other data analytic companies can provide this.” In terms of the overall health within the sector, Mitre told INN that the increasing popularity of gaming and its viewership will help in building a strong foundation for an interesting investment market. “We’ve always had this propensity to watch people play better than us, whether it’s standing at the arcade and watching someone play Street Fighter, or the emergence of a Twitch and YouTube influencer space watching other people play video games,” said Mitre. Don’t forget to follow us @INN_Technology for real-time news updates! Securities Disclosure: I, Danielle Edwards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article. Editorial Disclosure: The Investing News Network does not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the information reported in the interviews it conducts. The opinions expressed in these interviews do not reflect the opinions of the Investing News Network and do not constitute investment advice. All readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence."
"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from walesonline - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email More foldable smartphones and a new generation of games consoles are likely to be among the biggest new gadgets of 2020. Here is a look at what to expect over the coming 12 months in the world of technology. A 5G iPhone While some manufacturers have been quick to introduce 5G smartphones even as the network coverage only begins to appear, Apple is yet to bring the connectivity to the iPhone. Many believe this will change in 2020, with a 5G iPhone introduced alongside a number of other iPhone handsets. It would be seen as a watershed moment for the technology by some - Apple's status as a brand means that innovation is not always considered mainstream until the Cupertino firm is involved. By the time a 5G iPhone arrives - likely to be in September - 5G coverage should be far wider than it is currently - wide enough that Apple feels it is time to add the connectivity to its smartphone. The new console wars 2020 looks likely to be one of the biggest and most important years in the video games industry for some time. Not only is cloud streaming taking off, allowing console-standard gaming on mobile devices, but both Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation will launch their next-generation consoles in time for next Christmas. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have both been confirmed, complete with high-end specs which both say will make them the most powerful consoles either firm has ever made. It will be a redrawing of the battle lines for the two biggest names in gaming, as they compete to set the standard for the next generation of video games. More foldable phones As 2019 draws to a close, only Samsung of the major smartphone makers has a foldable device on sale in the UK - expect that to drastically change in 2020. Samsung itself has already hinted at new types of foldable phones which could be on the way, while Motorola's revamped, foldable Razr will also become available. Huawei's Mate X has gone on sale in China, but could 2020 see it or another Huawei foldable make it to Europe? A number of smaller firms are also likely to try and break the status quo too - some of which could choose to reveal themselves during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, early in the new year. Microsoft's Surface Duo and Neo Not quite fully-fledged foldables, but Microsoft's Surface Duo and Surface Neo will make their debut in 2020, attempting to be a new type of mobile device. Both gadgets have two screens bound together by a hinge and can fold into a number of positions. Both are due to go on sale at the end of 2020. The Duo is smartphone-sized, while the Neo is closer to that of a laptop or tablet - however, Microsoft is adamant neither should be considered as part of those categories. In much the same way the tech giant's Surface helped create the "two-in-one" category of tablet combined with laptop, Microsoft hopes the Duo and Neo can change how people use their devices every day."
"FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The City of Fort Lauderdale provided a New Year's Day update on the sewage main issues plaguing residents over the past month. Two crews were seen by Local 10 News crews on Wednesday, working on the latest spills. According to officials, those crews were doing cleanup and remediation work on the latest damaged pipes, which have been patched up. A total of six sewage main breaks have happened in Fort Lauderdale since the beginning of December. Restoration and remediation work is expected to continue this month. The gushing raw human waste flooded streets and properties, closing roads and contaminating waterways, like the Tarpon River and Himmarshee Canal. Residents now left wondering about the about the long term effects on their health and the health of the area’s waterways. Hector Park and Virginia Young Park have been closed due to the spills. The City of Fort Lauderdale set up several websites so that residents can have access to the most updated information. For updated information on sewage main repairs, click here. For the latest traffic advisories and road closures, click here. For any precautionary waterway advisories, click here."
"SCOTT, La. (AP) — The improper disposal of fireworks led to a New Year's Day house fire in Scott, officials said. First responders were called to a home shortly after midnight, Wednesday., KATC-TV reported. Fire and smoke were coming from the home's roof by the time firefighters arrived, they made their way into the attic and quickly extinguished the flames. All six of the people who were in the home were able to escape safely. Two pets were among the unharmed escapees. Firefighters said an investigation into the incident revealed that the fire was accidental. Apparently, a resident discarded used fireworks in an outside plastic trash bin that was placed next to the home. The fireworks were still smoldering when discarded and eventually, flames spread to one of the home's exterior walls before creeping into its attic. The house sustained major damage to its attic and minor damage to a living area."
"DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 26: A young fan reacts after getting the sneakers of Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons after a game against the Washington Wizards on December 26, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) With the season heading in a direction that no one saw coming, when should Detroit Pistons fans accept what this team is? It’s a rather arbitrary thing to even profess but if the Detroit Pistons are going to continue to lose games, at some point should the fans become content with that? With a franchise that for the last decade has had trouble looking ahead to the future and instead focusing all their time on the present, being forced into a rebuild may not be such a bad thing. After all, it’s overdue. As it stands, the Pistons are currently sitting on a 12-22 record and have lost eight of their last ten games. With the Lakers and Clippers on the horizon within the next three games, in all likelihood that record is going to continue to drop. With the way this season has gone Detroit has played a majority of these last few months with a heavily depleted roster. Injuries continue to pile up which has played a major role in the woes. The silver lining to this – if one can be found – is that it’s forced some of the Pistons younger players into elevated roles. Svi Mykhaililuk is a prime example, someone who was expected to see some time off of the bench, but was not expected to play 24 minutes per game like he has in his last six outings. Bruce Brown has been bouncing back in forth between shooting guard and his new role as one of Detroit’s point guards. Doing this has opened up an interesting wrinkle in his versatility and play making ability. His defense is ever improving and even his three-point shot is slowly starting to fall with more consistency. Prior to his injury even Luke Kennard was beginning to look noticeably more confident with the ball in his hands, and one can assume he’s been given the green light to shoot whenever he feels comfortable. His development is more or less on par with fan expectations, but the others may be slightly quicker than anticipated. So at some point, evaluating the current field of talent in the league versus what product is currently in Detroit – is it really the worst thing in the world if this team is forced to take a direction that they aren’t comfortable taking? No, it isn’t. Although this upcoming draft class currently feels slightly underwhelming, it’s undoubtedly front loaded with some interesting prospects at the point guard position – something that Detroit would likely utilize with their first round pick. It’s never going to necessarily be fun watching a team begin to tank, but when it’s inadvertently happening to begin with due to a lack of ability to compete – what’s the difference? If nothing else fans can find solace in the fact that they have a chance to secure a top draft pick. The current front office in Detroit has done a commendable job with their drafting in their short tenure. At the end of the day regardless of how many injuries are currently effecting the Pistons, it feels as if the decision should be clear to mail it in this season and at the very least – try to re-tool for next season. Blake Griffin‘s window is beginning to close so that doesn’t leave much time to keep messing around. Detroit needs a fresh start and whether or not they accept it willingly, it may arrive all the same."
"Two people were killed and six others were wounded when unknown suspects opened fire on a popular restaurant on 7th Street. An eyewitness has described his version of events that lead to the shooting of eight people in Melville, Johannesburg, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two people were killed and six others were wounded when unknown suspects opened fire on a popular restaurant on 7th Street. Two of the injured are in a critical condition in hospital. Gauteng police are calling for anyone with further information on the drive-by shooting to come forward. An eyewitness says a fight ensued before people were shot at randomly. “It was not the first time that there was shooting randomly with a car that is unknown, unregistered, unmarked. It was just a fight, three coloured guys and one black guy. They fought and dispersed, went to Liquid Blue and the other clubs. The fight happened here. These guys came back here and shot randomly. They shot anyone and anybody that didn’t know a thing,” describes the eyewitness. ‘Negative impact on business’ A business owner in Melville, Johannesburg has expressed shock over the shooting incident. Walter Niemand owns a Bed and Breakfast with his wife, not far from where the shooting took place. He says he fears that the incident will have a negative impact on their business and it may also affect international tourism. “We are all affected and it’s not just us as business people but it’s also for Melville, Johannesburg and the country. At the moment, we have guests from Holland, obviously, it won’t make a good impression and they will tell their family and friends in Holland what they had experienced here,” explains Niemand. ‘Residents terrified’ Residents of Melville say crime in their area has gotten out of hand and they are terrified. Some residents describe how they are feeling following the shooting. “Obviously we are shocked at what goes on around here. Melville is a really vibey area and it’s full of these beautiful and fun restaurants. Why do people want to come with aggression and just grab guns and shoot others? This is what happens in Melville, certain places operate as restaurants and they do not have entertainment licenses but they have loud music and DJs up to 3 in the morning. I never imagined there would be killings and injuries down the road from where I live,” residents say. Watch related video below:"
"You’ve finally secured a new job, and now you want to start off on the right foot, making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. You want to be careful not to make any career-ending mistakes, says recruitment specialist, Glassdoor. So, what should you never do when starting a new job? Here are 10 things to avoid: 1. Don’t show up late. You learned this in first grade, when the teacher began keeping track of tardies: Being on time matters. Especially in a new job. In fact, showing up late on the first day (or even in the first few weeks) is guaranteed to make a negative impression. To ensure you’ll be on time, test drive the route to your new job before you start so you’ll know how long it takes to get there. Factor in extra time if there’s traffic, construction, or other reasons to expect a delay. 2. Don’t dress unprofessionally. Before starting your job, talk with the hiring manager or human resources professional to make sure you understand what constitutes acceptable attire for your new workplace. There’s nothing more embarrassing than showing up in a getup that doesn’t fly with your supervisors — and making an unprofessional first impression. 3. Don’t blow off orientation. Many companies require new employees to go through an orientation or training process before starting a new position. While it may be tempting to skip these sessions or treat them lightly, don’t do it. Even if your training managers won’t be your direct supervisors, they are watching you. Avoid any behavior that could prompt a training manager to report your behavior back to your boss and team members. 4. Don’t expect hand-holding. No matter where you’re working, there are certain processes, tools, and forms that make up the standard operating procedures of your company. You may have been introduced to these through a very organized, systematic orientation, or you may feel like you’re expected to absorb them by osmosis. If you were formally informed, “consider yourself fortunate,” writes Heather Huhman, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “If not, don’t feel shortchanged or frustrated. Instead, take initiative and master the basics on your own.” 5. Don’t ask co-workers to do your work. It’s understandable that you may need help or guidance during your first few weeks at a new job, and asking co-workers for assistance or just to answer questions can be perfectly acceptable. But there’s no quicker way to make enemies than to ask or expect your new co-workers to do your job for you. Remember, you were hired because managers believed in your ability to get the job done. Ask for help if you need it, but believe in yourself and prove that you can do the work yourself. 6. Don’t take too many personal calls. The time you spend at work is for, well, work. Your employer isn’t paying you to chat with your girlfriend or even your kids’ babysitter. If friends or family members are prone to call you during working hours, remind them before you start your new job that you will now be working during certain hours and request that they avoid calling you during those hours. Make a personal policy of limiting personal phone calls and texts to your lunch break, except for during emergencies. 7. Don’t ask for more money. Most likely, you and your employer agreed to a certain salary during the hiring process. So don’t change your mind before you even show up at work. If you agreed to the salary offered, be satisfied with that. Don’t expect more money (and don’t ask for more) until you’ve worked long enough to prove your value to the employer. 8. Don’t try to change things. Of course you want to make a good impression as soon as you arrive at a new job, and show your new employer they made the right choice in hiring you. However, be cautious of suggesting new policies or strategies during your first few weeks, as it may not be the best way to demonstrate you are a team player. Plus, it could prompt some of your new co-workers to think twice about you as the right person for the job. At first, take time to really understand and learn your job, then over time, you can make suggestions and changes as situations arise, and as your input and expertise is called upon. 9. Don’t be dishonest. In a new job, there will always be a learning curve, and effective supervisors understand that. Inevitably, you’ll be asked to do something or expected to know something that you don’t yet know or know how to do. Rather than saying you can complete the task on your own, be honest. “Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” Huhman writes. “Honesty is a huge differentiator. Simply look people in the eye and say unabashedly and with confidence, “I don’t know. Let me find out and get back to you. Then do it.” 10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may be so eager to start your new job that you don’t want to stop and ask questions. But by skipping even the most basic questions, you are setting yourself up for failure. Rather than making a mistake that could cost the company time and money, ask questions about everything you need to know, from what your job responsibilities are to who can help you with Internet or phone problems, to how you get paid and much more. By following these tips from Glassdoor, you’ll be on your way to keeping your job and impressing your boss and co-workers. Read: Microsoft conducted a 4-day workweek experiment – here’s what happened"
"New Years-fresh starts, clean slates and new resolutions. Every first of January, people set New Year’s Resolutions in the hopes of improving themselves or their lives; but how best to make them stick? The following are a few tips to help with keeping what we resolve to do-or not do in the new year, according to experts: 1. Set intentions. An intention is a guiding principle for how you want to be, live, show up in the world and is the starting point to every goal. 2. Ask yourself why the intention or goal you set matters to you-and if it is realistic. Expectations that are too high can cause you to be too overwhelmed to start or maintain your goals. 3. Talk to people about your resolutions. This creates a support system as well as can hold you accountable. 4. Make a list of plans. Big goals can seem daunting, break your plan up into little things you can do each day to help achieve your ultimate goal. 5. Take the first step. Don’t procrastinate. You don’t need to wait until everything is just right. Get started now and make adjustments as you go along. 6. Ditch deprivation. Try not to approach your New Year’s resolutions from a place of deprivation, restriction or punishment. 7. Try not to focus on the end result. When you commit to the process of the goal, rather than the result, it’s easier to make it an enjoyable experience. 8. Take breaks. A goal should not consume your every thought and life, after all, is meant to be lived. 9. Plan for success. Instead of thinking about failing and what could go wrong, think of succeeding; put those positive thoughts out to the world. Worrying about failure is pointless and destructive. 10. Reward yourself. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small; you deserve it!"
"New 2020 is almost upon us and it’s going to be a landmark year for gaming. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are coming, some long-awaited titles like The Last of Us Part II and Final Fantasy VII Remake will finally arrive, and cloud gaming and other new ways to play will continue to make inroads. 2020 is going to be a year of transition and upheaval for our hobby, which means it’s a great time for all good little gamers to turn over a new leaf. To make some New Year’s resolutions that will improve your own situation and the gaming scene as a whole. Of course, sometimes it’s tough to come up with good resolutions, so I’m here to help! Here are a few 2020 gaming resolution suggestions to get your minds percolating… The Financial Year in Tech 2019: Highs, Lows, and Future Trends Slim Down Your Backlog in January and February It’s time to put your pile of shame on a diet. 2020 will eventually see some big releases, with March and April being particularly crazy, but the first two months of the year? Those are unusually barren, so it’s time to finally finish up some of those games that have been lingering for weeks, months, or even years. Personally, I’m finally going to see the end of Red Dead Redemption 2. It, uh, all turns out great, right? Truly Master at Least One Game While that aforementioned March-April period will be out of control (get ready for Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil 3, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more within the span of weeks) but, overall, 2020 is a transition year. Things will probably be a bit slower than usual, particularly if you don’t pick up a PS4 or Xbox Series X (we’ll talk about that later). That means, instead of increasing your pile of shame, 2020 is a great year to really drill down and master something. Really become good at a fighting or action game or 100 percent that new RPG. It’s more satisfying to master one game than half-finish a half dozen, and your bank account will thank you. Stop Fighting Steam and Epic’s Battles for Them Thankfully, it already seems to be dying down a bit, but the Steam vs. Epic Games Store Wars were the most pointless thing we devoted our time to in 2019. These massively-profitable companies don’t need you fighting their battles for them. Downloading an extra launcher is not a huge imposition, and we’re finally starting to see some real, consumer-benefitting competition, with both Steam and Epic offering some great promotions this holiday season. Arise: A Simple Story Review – A Good Life, A So-So Video Game I’d say you should all give up your console and NVIDIA vs. AMD wars as well, but I’m trying to keep these resolutions at least somewhat realistic. Stay Vigilant About Monetization 2019 was the year the loot box died (or least started writing up its Last Will and Testament) and it was regular players speaking up that forced the change. The big publishers certainly wouldn’t have given them up on their own. That said, do keep an eye out for new monetization schemes, because you know certain publishers are diligently working on their next big money-grubbing innovation. Don’t Buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X at Launch I won’t be sticking to this resolution myself, but if you don’t strictly need a next-gen console for your job like I do, wait a while to buy PS5 or Xbox Series X. Consoles are overpriced at launch and it takes a while before you know if a machine is going to be successful. Also, in most cases, the first great, truly next-gen games don’t come out until about a year into a console’s lifespan. Both the PS5 and XSX are probably going to be around for a while, so sit back, consider your options, and make an informed decision. Do Buy a Switch if You Haven’t Already But maybe you have some cash earmarked for a new console just burning a hole in your pocket? Well, if you haven’t already, go ahead and grab yourself a Switch. Yes, it’s not the most powerful machine on the market, but 2019 was the year Nintendo’s little system definitively proved it was more than just a gimmick. The Switch boasts a fantastic library featuring top-notch Nintendo exclusives, the best indies of the past five years, and a handful of surprisingly-solid triple-A ports. I’m a pretty platform-agnostic kind of guy, but this past year most of my gaming free time was spent on the Switch. You might be surprised to find the same thing happening to you. Don’t Be Jerks to People Who Make the Games You Love We’re all passionate about his hobby, but that passion can turn into anger when a game or series does something you don’t like. I totally get that, but that said, do keep in mind that games are made by real people, most of whom are just trying their best to make something that will entertain players, so don’t lash out at them. Most of the decisions you’re upset about were probably made by committee in fancy boardrooms, so reserve your anger for publishers, not the rank and file. Also, do try to support devs when stories of crunch or workplace toxicity come out. Happy devs make better games, so better workplace conditions benefit everyone. Play More Games With Friends I’ve always believed gaming is at its best when you’re playing with someone close to you on the same couch, or, failing that, a real friend over the Internet. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of just playing randoms online – to start thinking of the people you’re playing strictly as adversaries instead of friends. A lot of modern games, particularly battle royale stuff, really encourages that. I can guarantee you’ll feel a little better about the hobby, and have to absorb a lot less abuse from trolls, if you make the time to game with friends and family more often. Try Something New… As I’ve said, 2020 is a transition year, so why not branch out with something new? Give a genre you’ve never tried a spin, or give one you gave up on long ago another shot. Give that quirky indie a chance. A lot of 2019’s best games were off the regular beaten path, and the same will probably hold true for 2020. …But Don’t Be Ashamed to Like What You Like That said, while trying something new is worthwhile, don’t be afraid to wear your quirky gaming tastes on your sleeve. You don’t have to pretend to be into the next Call of Duty or Madden if you’d rather be playing weird Japanese visual novels. Or dense PC strategy games. Or candy-colored rhythm games. Or Pokemon Go. Or whatever! If you genuinely love CoD, that’s fine too. The gaming scene is more varied than ever, so you do you. So, there you go, a few suggested New Year’s resolutions for 2020. Of course, nobody’s forcing you to take my advice! What gaming resolutions will you be making in the new year?"
"SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ever notice your gym gets busier in January? Getting active is one of the top New Year’s resolutions that people make. “It’s interesting to watch how many stick with it and are here in February and March. It’s fun to watch them come and go and try and encourage people to do it,” a gym member and Wilbraham resident, Sue Rigney said. That’s because fitness, in many surveys we saw, was the number one resolution for people in the new year. Unfortunately, many people end up abandoning the resolution only a few weeks in. According to U.S. News and World Report, the failure rate for resolutions is 80 percent. “Some people set unrealistic expectations unfortunately sometimes. So it’s good to have a good set one,” Best Fitness front desk employee, Tyler Cote told 22News. Google Trends shows that searches related to exercise peak around January 1st every year. That’s when gyms also typically see a spike in membership sign-ups. The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association says 12 percent of new gym memberships happen in January, the most out of any other month. “I know we’re going to start seeing a lot of new people coming in because you know everyone has their fitness resolutions and once the new year comes everyone’s like let’s get on it. It’s the best time, new year new me,” Cote continued. Gym staff recommends starting a small goal that you can track for your New Year’s fitness journey to avoid taking on too much, too fast. “The first step is to come in the door,” Cote said."
"It's only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in 'sexy' stocks with a good story, even if those businesses lose money. But as Warren Buffett has mused, 'If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy.' When they buy such story stocks, investors are all too often the patsy. So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like H.B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL). While that doesn't make the shares worth buying at any price, you can't deny that successful capitalism requires profit, eventually. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed. View our latest analysis for H.B. Fuller H.B. Fuller's Earnings Per Share Are Growing. If you believe that markets are even vaguely efficient, then over the long term you'd expect a company's share price to follow its earnings per share (EPS). That means EPS growth is considered a real positive by most successful long-term investors. H.B. Fuller managed to grow EPS by 7.7% per year, over three years. That might not be particularly high growth, but it does show that per-share earnings are moving steadily in the right direction. Careful consideration of revenue growth and earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) margins can help inform a view on the sustainability of the recent profit growth. It seems H.B. Fuller is pretty stable, since revenue and EBIT margins are pretty flat year on year. That's not bad, but it doesn't point to ongoing future growth, either. In the chart below, you can see how the company has grown earnings, and revenue, over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart. NYSE:FUL Income Statement, December 31st 2019 More Of course the knack is to find stocks that have their best days in the future, not in the past. You could base your opinion on past performance, of course, but you may also want to check this interactive graph of professional analyst EPS forecasts for H.B. Fuller. Are H.B. Fuller Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders? It makes me feel more secure owning shares in a company if insiders also own shares, thusly more closely aligning our interests. So it is good to see that H.B. Fuller insiders have a significant amount of capital invested in the stock. Indeed, they hold US$22m worth of its stock. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that's only about 0.9% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders. Should You Add H.B. Fuller To Your Watchlist? One positive for H.B. Fuller is that it is growing EPS. That's nice to see. Just as polish makes silverware pop, the high level of insider ownership enhances my enthusiasm for this growth. That combination appeals to me, for one. So yes, I do think the stock is worth keeping an eye on. Of course, identifying quality businesses is only half the battle; investors need to know whether the stock is undervalued. So you might want to consider this free discounted cashflow valuation of H.B. Fuller. Although H.B. Fuller certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for. Story continues"
"Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We'll look at Hotel Grand Central Limited's (SGX:H18) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. Hotel Grand Central has a price to earnings ratio of 38.26, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 2.6%. View our latest analysis for Hotel Grand Central How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio? The formula for price to earnings is: Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS) Or for Hotel Grand Central: P/E of 38.26 = SGD1.30 ÷ SGD0.03 (Based on the year to September 2019.) Is A High P/E Ratio Good? A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. All else being equal, it's better to pay a low price -- but as Warren Buffett said, 'It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price'. Does Hotel Grand Central Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry? We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (26.6) for companies in the hospitality industry is lower than Hotel Grand Central's P/E. SGX:H18 Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 2nd 2020 More Hotel Grand Central's P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So investors should always consider the P/E ratio alongside other factors, such as whether company directors have been buying shares. How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios If earnings fall then in the future the 'E' will be lower. That means unless the share price falls, the P/E will increase in a few years. So while a stock may look cheap based on past earnings, it could be expensive based on future earnings. Hotel Grand Central shrunk earnings per share by 24% over the last year. And EPS is down 20% a year, over the last 3 years. This might lead to low expectations. Remember: P/E Ratios Don't Consider The Balance Sheet One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth. Such spending might be good or bad, overall, but the key point here is that you need to look at debt to understand the P/E ratio in context. Hotel Grand Central's Balance Sheet Hotel Grand Central has net cash of S$147m. This is fairly high at 16% of its market capitalization. That might mean balance sheet strength is important to the business, but should also help push the P/E a bit higher than it would otherwise be. The Verdict On Hotel Grand Central's P/E Ratio Hotel Grand Central has a P/E of 38.3. That's higher than the average in its market, which is 13.5. Falling earnings per share is probably keeping traditional value investors away, but the healthy balance sheet means the company retains potential for future growth. If fails to eventuate, the current high P/E could prove to be temporary, as the share price falls. Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, 'In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine. Although we don't have analyst forecasts you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow."
"No Patrick Beverley. No Lou Williams. No Terance Mann. Yes, Derrick Walton Jr. The 6-foot point guard from Michigan — via the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas and Germany’s Alba Berlin — finished 2019 by further ingratiating himself with Clippers’ fandom and his teammates alike. Walton, 24, chalked up a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to buoy the short-handed Clippers on Tuesday in a convincing 105-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings. “Yessssir boyyy hooping,” tweeted Beverley, who missed the first of what’s expected to be a few games with a sprained right wrist. Walton was, indeed, hooping: He curled comfortably around a Montrezl Harrell screen and sank a jumper; he buried a wide-open rainbow 3-pointer from the top of the arc; he buried another in a defender’s face; he recovered after being blocked by Bogdan Bogdanovic by popping up for another two points from the elbow — and looked exceedingly comfortable all the while. “He’s just solid, he knows he can score, he knows he can shoot the ball,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Sacramento who asked about Walton, who once scored 41 points in a G League game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. “It’s like the league doesn’t know he can do that so they’re going to keep leaving him open. He’s not going to hesitate.” Walton isn’t the flinching type. During his televised postgame interview with Fox Sports’ Kristina Pink, he answered a question about what he’s looking forward to in the new year — which tips off for the Clippers (24-11) on Thursday against the 12-22 Detroit Pistons (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket) and former Clippers star Blake Griffin, who’s been nursing a sore knee. “Just being a part of something special,” Walton told Pink in response to her question. “We’re preparing for something big. But you try to take it a day at a time…” At that point, veteran forward Moe Harkless interrupted, draping a towel over Walton’s head and giving the guard an affectionate noogie — which did not derail Walton’s train of thought: “… and know we got an end goal and just try to build blocks to make sure, at the end of the day, we’re most prepared for what we’re trying to get accomplished.” Before Walton was called up from Ontario to join the L.A. Clippers on Dec. 1, Walton was preparing for his current opportunity by stuffing stat sheets in the G League, with 13.4 points, 7.2 assists 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in his five games with Agua Caliente. Now, in 17 contests with L.A., he’s shooting an 55.6 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3-point range and is one of six regular Clippers with a positive — plus 1.2 — net plus-minus (the net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions). Just before this season began, Walton offered a hint of what he believed he could contribute. “I feel like I’m always silently confident,” he said. “Everything about this situation is about fitting and opportunities.” PISTONS AT CLIPPERSWhen: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket"
"SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard had far more success passing the ball in the first half than they did shooting it – and the Clippers still put up nearly 60 points. That, as Leonard pointed out afterward, bodes well for a franchise in serious pursuit of its first NBA championship. George had 21 points with season highs of 11 rebounds and nine assists to shake off a slow start, and short-handed Los Angeles thumped the Sacramento Kings 105-87 on Tuesday. Leonard scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help the Clippers to their 14th consecutive win in Sacramento dating to 2013. “That’s what championship teams are about,” said Leonard, who led Toronto to the title a year ago before signing with the Clippers in hopes of bringing a banner to Los Angeles. “Going through playoff runs, the best players aren’t going to play great some nights. It might be somebody off the bench or somebody (else) starting that has a big game that propels us to win.” Ivica Zubac added eight points and 13 rebounds and Maurice Harkless scored 12 points for the Clippers. Los Angeles also got a big lift from Larry Shamet and Derrick Walton Jr., who combined for 19 points. That was pivotal on a night when George shot 6 of 25 and Leonard was 8 of 21. “We just kind of hung in there,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. “We went zone a little bit and changed our look. I just like our defense.” The Clippers played without Patrick Beverley and sixth man Lou Williams. Beverley is nursing a sprained right wrist he injured during Saturday night’s loss in Utah, while Williams missed the game because of personal reasons. Richaun Holmes had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have lost eight straight. “They pushed us around out there and they had their way,” Sacramento coach Luke Walton said. “We have to come together and we’ve got to be mentally stronger, physically stronger and fight our way out of it. That’s the only way to get out of this type of slump that we’re in, and we’ve done it before.” Three days after a 13-point loss to Utah, Los Angeles took control in the first half despite both George and Leonard struggling offensively. The All-Stars missed 17 of their first 24 shots combined. Both got going after the break. Leonard made five of seven shots in the third quarter, and George – who missed eight of his first nine shots beyond the arc – made a 3 to open the fourth. George added another 3-pointer later that put the Clippers ahead 103-86. “I had the mindset of just go and attack, be aggressive, be physical,” George said. “I got the spots I wanted to. I got to the shots I wanted to. But it’s just that stretch for me right now where the ball’s not going down.” Even with Leonard and George struggling most of the first half, the Clippers still built a big lead on the slumping Kings late in the second quarter. Shamet’s 3-pointer gave Los Angeles a 57-40 halftime lead. Leonard got going in the third and the Clippers went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 19. Montrezl Harrell tipped in an offensive rebound then made a pair of free throws that made it 85-66. WIN, THEN LOSE, THEN WIN The Clippers have alternated wins and losses over the past nine games. George said that’s indicative of a team with new players still trying to adjust. “We’ve probably got one game under our belt where everybody’s been healthy,” George said. “We’re still learning each other. Our winning streak’s going to come, sooner than later I believe.” TIP-INS Clippers: Beverley was injured Saturday against Utah. Although X-rays taken on his wrist were negative, Beverley is expected to miss a handful of games. Kings: De’Aaron Fox had nine points and six assists after sitting out most of two games because of back spasms. … Sacramento’s losing streak is its longest since an eight-game stretch two seasons ago. UP NEXT Clippers: Return to Los Angeles to play Detroit on Thursday. Kings: Host Memphis on Thursday. Sacramento has won two straight home games against the Grizzlies but was beaten 119-115 on Dec. 21 in Memphis."
"Privacy-focussed messaging app Telegram has released a new update for the new year. The update brought along a number of new features, including: Theme Editor 2.0 Using the new theme editor in Chat Settings (or Appearance Settings on iOS), you can quickly tweak the style of elements in Telegram chats and add awesome gradients to both your messages and your background. Switch between tabs (Main Color, Background, My Messages) to see how deep this rabbit hole goes: Once you’re done editing, you can quickly share the result of your work with friends so that they can continue tuning your theme. Telegram bundled dozens of cool patterns to make it easy to get started and also a large number of predefined color schemes for Telegram’s default themes. Send When Online Telegram has also added schedule messages to be sent when your recipient comes online. The option is only available if you are allowed to see your recipient’s online status. Improved Venue Sharing Location sharing has been updated to make finding venues easier. You can now tap a place directly on the map to select it, rather than scrolling through a list of all the available venues. View Search Results as a List The Search function allows you to easily jump between messages containing a keyword – or sent by a particular person, or even from a certain day. Tapping the bottom bar will now switch to list view in case you want to see all the results on one page. On iOS, you can now also select several messages without leaving Search Mode. Podcast and Audiobook Support You’ve always been able to share files of up to 1,5 GB, but podcasts and audiobooks now get special treatment. Telegram apps will remember your last position when resuming playback of audio files longer than 20 minutes. If you’d like to make podcasts get to the point a little faster, try the new 2x button (which you already know from voice messages) that eliminates voice chipmunking in 96.8% of cases. On iOS, you can skip forward and back with high-precision scrubbing: just hold on the progress bar and slide your finger down, then left or right. New On Android Switch to Night Mode Faster Telegram has shielded your eyes in dark places with Night Mode since 2017. With the Night Mode Switch at the top of the menu you can tap the moon icon switch in and out of night mode faster. Maps now also support Night Mode, so you don’t accidentally burn yourself while browsing locations late in the evening. On iOS, dark maps turn on and off with the system dark mode. Speaking of which, we recently added the option to sync your Telegram theme with system dark mode on iOS 13. The app now also includes Sleek New Animations. Select Parts of Messages Following in the footsteps of the iOS app, Android now also lets you select a portion of the message text to copy or share, instead of only the full text. Multi-sharing from Other Apps Telegram has made it easier than ever to share content from other apps with your friends. You can now tap and hold to select multiple recipients – and even add a comment. Mark Archive as Read Clear up those extra unread message counters in your archive by tapping and holding the archive folder and marking them all read. Other Android Goodies You can choose video quality in a more intuitive way when sending videos. Sending contacts now uses a simple, card-style interface that won’t take up your whole screen (unless you pull up to expand it). When you’re done listening to a voice message with your phone up to your ear, Telegram automatically records a reply – but now you can disable that by turning off Raise to Speak in your Chat Settings. There is an additional 31 other fixes and improvements in the Android app. New on iOS Text Size, All the Way You’ve been able to adjust the size of message text on Telegram from the beginning, but now you can scale the font size throughout the app. Choose Your Browser External browsers are now supported for opening links – you can select your preferred app in Settings > Data and Storage > Other. Share Sheet Settings Your most popular Telegram chats were recently added to the iOS Share Sheet. In case you‘d like to control what can (or can’t ) appear there, you can use the new toggles under Settings > Data and Storage > Other > Share Sheet. Switch Accounts Faster You can use Telegram with multiple accounts, switching between up to 3 phone numbers without logging out. You can now swiftly switch accounts right from your home screen on iOS 13. Simply hold down on the app icon any time you need to change costumes. Storage Usage At a Glance The Storage Usage page has been redesigned to more quickly find the settings you‘re looking for. It also shows your device’s storage status, and how much space all those other pesky apps are using compared to Telegram. Cache-Clearing Shortcuts Selecting multiple messages in a group or channel gives you the option to clear the chat’s cache. Check out Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage for more options. Member Lists: The Shorter Scrolls Long member lists will collapse, so you can get to the ‘Leave Group’ button without scrolling. Alternatively, swiping on a group or channel from the chat list and selecting ‘Delete’ is even quicker. Find the latest download links at Telegram here. Via Neowin"
"tech2 News Staff End to end encrypted messaging app Telegram has announced a whole bunch of new features that will be seen on the app soon. These features were announced in a blog post last night. Being a security focused app, Telegram will now let developers who make open source apps to independently verify their code on GitHub and ensure that it is the same code that was used to build the app they downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store. The new features coming to Telegram have already started rolling out. Here are the major features. New Theme Editor 2.0 via GIPHY You will need to head to Chat Settings (Android) or Appearance Settings (iOS) to tweak how your Telegram interface looks. From changing the background to changing the chat window gradients, you can tweak the look to your heart's content. You also have predefined colour themes, where you can further tweak some things. Send When Online via GIPHY Telegram already had a feature to schedule your messages when the recipient came online, provided you are allowed by the recipient to see when they are online. Now you can also schedule Stickers along with messages, with or without sound. View Search Results as a list via GIPHY You can use the universal search feature to search for a particular word or phrase in a Telegram chat. But earlier you had to click on the up/down arrow to toggle between search results. The latest update shows you a list of search results thereby reducing the number of clicks required to go to your desired result. Podcast and Audiobook support This is a boon for podcast addicts. If you have an audio file or a podcast longer than 20 mins, Telegram will be able to remember your last played position. There's also a 2x speed dial for podcasts. Android updates Switch to Night Mode quicker via GIPHY Telegram on Android has supported Night Mode since 2017, but activating that involved a lot of steps. Now with just a single tap, you can switch between regular and night mode. This applies to the Maps as well. New ripple animations via GIPHY Select part of a message via GIPHY This feature has been there on iOS. Now the Android app will also let you select part of the message instead of the full text. Multi-sharing from other apps via GIPHY Telegram on Android will now let you share stuff with your friends from multiple apps. You can send a photo from Instagram or a tweet from Twitter to multiple friends and will even get an option to add a comment accompanying it. iOS updates Choose your browser External browser support has now been added for opening links. Head to Settings > Data and Storage > Other to select between in-app Safari, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera Touch among others. Share sheet settings You can control what does or doesn't appear in your iOS Share Sheet (which generally adds your most popular Telegram chats). Head over to Settings >Data and Storage > Other > Share Sheet and toggle according to your preference. Switch Accounts faster Just long hold on the Telegram icon and it will show you the other Telegram accounts. You can switch between up to three phone numbers without logging out. Storage usage at a glance You can get a quick look at how Telegram is using your phone's storage now. You can see the Telegram Cache, Other apps and Free storage. There is a button to clear Telegram Cache with a single click as well. Head over to Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage for more options. Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison."
"Payton places North Marion freshman finished fifth nationally in the Junior World Finals pole bending competitions held in Las Vegas North Marion High School freshman Payton Johnson notched her name at a national level, placing fifth in the 17-and-under pole bending category at the Junior World Finals held in Las Vegas Dec. 9-14. Johnson's three successive rides clocked 21.628, 21.522 and 20.475 for a 63.971 final. The first two qualified Johnson for the finale. "The first two rounds are where everybody gets to go," Johnson said of the field of roughly 40 riders. "Then the top 10 in the average get to go in the short round." Johnson stood at No. 6 going into the short round before improving with her final ride. Cassidy Evans of Yuma, Colo., took the top spot at 60.383 (20.655, 19.775 and 19.953). Johnson, who lives in the Broadacres area, said she was happy with her performance in Las Vegas, and she looks forward to more competitions in the future. "I think for my first time, it was pretty good," she said But perhaps the most enjoyable part of the adventure was meeting people from all over the country. "I got to meet a lot of different people from all kinds of places," Johnson said. "There were some super-nice people from Mississippi, and pretty cool people from Texas. I met people from Pennsylvania and California. That was a lot of fun." Johnson, who turns 15 this month, is a member of the Oregon High School Rodeo where she competes as an all-around cowgirl in barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, breakaway roping and goat tying. She qualified for the Junior World Finals earlier in the year at a national rodeo held in Red Bluff, Calif. Junior World Finals Pole Bending 17 and under results 1. Cassidy Evans, Yuma, Colorado, 60.383; 2. Mollie Compton, Cleveland, Oklahoma, 60.834; 3. Cashen Turner, Edmond, Oklahoma, 61.834; 4. Brianna Sharp, Brentwood, Calif., 63.020; 5. Payton Johnson, Aurora, Ore., 63.971; 6. Jill Hines, Snohomish, Wash., 64.063; 7. Mesa Allen, Thermopolis, Wyo., 65.560; 8. Madison Comozzi, Petaluma, Calif., 65.794; 9. Emma Hulse, Snohomish, Wash., 69.103; 10. Saige Smith, Touchet, Wash., 75.186. You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism."
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"Michonne is back for the second half of season 10 (Picture: AMC) The Walking Dead fans were left scratching their heads over whether they had seen Dania Gurira’s character Michonne bow out from the show for good, or whether her sword-wielding character could resurface in season 10. But now all has been revealed because TV bosses have teased Michonne’s return in the second half of season 10 as she and Virgil (Kevin Carroll) search for weapons on an island naval base. With these weapons, the survivors will be able to end their war against the Whisperers and their walker herd, although we still are none the wiser about how many more episodes Gurira will appear before her planned departure. Speaking about her exit, Gurira began: ‘It was overwhelming. ‘I mean, I haven’t talked about it yet because we haven’t really said I was done yet, so it was kinda just talking about it for the first time now but it was really overwhelming the love. They got me because I thought I was going home,’ she told But when will she leave? (Picture: AMC) Kevin has hinted at a juicy storyline (Picture: Gene Page/AMC) Speaking to TV Insider, Kevin hinted that Virgil might not be all he seems, leading to an exciting storyline. Advertisement Advertisement He explained: ‘I just want to tell [fans] that in this world of The Walking Dead, anything is possible. ‘At this point, I’m just excited for Virgil to get on the map, and start to mix it up in this world. ‘I am anxiously hoping that the fans can appreciate what this journey is about to be. ‘For people who love Michonne, this will be a rewarding piece of the journey for her. I think they’re going to have a good time with the twists and turns of this story.’ The actor also teased that ‘every facet of humanity is up for grabs because of everybody’s need to survive.’ So there’s a chance we could see Virgil turn… But Kevin was keeping schtum on that, adding: ‘I’m going to leave it at that, and tell them to have a great time figuring it out.’ The Walking Dead season 10 will return to AMC on 23 February. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the entertainment team by emailing us, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Rick Grimes might lose his hand in solo The Walking Dead movie trilogy in nod to scrapped comic storyline MORE: The Walking Dead manages to get even bleaker with original cast photo ahead of season 10B"
"Kevin didn’t specify which character it would be (Picture: Marvel Comics) Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting their first transgender character. After pleas for Marvel to include more LGBTQ+ characters in their franchise, Kevin appears to have delivered in The Eternals. When asked at the New York Film Academy whether there were any plans to introduce more diverse characters, specifically transgender characters, the 46-year-old producer said: ‘Yes, absolutely yes. ‘Very soon, in a movie, we’re shooting right now, yes.’ Kevin never specified which movie the character will appear in, but The Eternals is currently the only project in the middle of filming. The Eternals stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek. According to Kevin, The Eternals will also be getting a gay character, who is ‘married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is.’ Kevin revealed The Eternals also has a gay character (Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) On 7 December, a few lucky fans were treated to a first look at The Eternals, giving a glimpse at Angelina and Salma’s characters. Advertisement Advertisement Kevin hosted a panel at Comic-con in Sao Paolo where he unveiled a fresh look at Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow after the official trailer dropped last week. But it was The Eternals preview which had everyone talking as it’s been kept tightly under wraps since news of the movie broke earlier this year. And while the first look footage still isn’t available for the wider public, a group of lucky Comic-Con attendees were able to watch a short clip. According to Deadline, the video showed a blonde Angelina ‘kicking some major a*s’ during a huge fight scene and, frankly, we wouldn’t expect anything less. The rest of the heroes are then shown in different parts of the world before the footage closes with Salma’s character Ajak stating: ‘This world has changed us. We must protect it.’ Got a showbiz story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the entertainment team by emailing us, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Who is in the cast of Marvel’s The Eternals with Angelina Jolie and when is the release date? MORE: Marvel’s The Eternals’ Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie evacuated after unexploded bomb found on set"
"Slim down. Drop a few pounds. Make my scale happy. Reverse my clothes shrinkage. However it's worded, weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Not surprisingly, a lot of these resolutions fail: Unrealistic goals and trendy weight programs lead to frustration and burnout with a return to original behaviors (and the same resolution the next year). Instead, the focus when trying to lose weight should be creating permanent healthy habits through realistic weight loss goals fueled by minor tweaks to everyday routines. Not only is this strategy easier to stick to but it also adds up over time and helps prevent setbacks from derailing your end goal. What is a reasonable goal and how do you set one? Simplified, weight loss occurs when you burn more energy (calories) through activity and normal body functions than you consume through eating. A healthy weight loss goal is between 0.5 to 2 pounds per week — this amounts to a calorie deficit of 1750 to 7000 calories per week or 250 to 1000 calories per day. This deficit can be achieved by either eating less (reduction of calories in), becoming more active (increase in calories out), or a combination of the two. To set a goal, first determine what you want the end result to be (lose 10 pounds), how you want to get there (diet and/or exercise), and what your weekly goal is based on how likely you are to stick to a new plan (be honest, if cutting 1000 calories per day is impossible for you, start smaller and work your way up). To enact your new weight loss plan, focus on small changes to your daily habits to reach your daily goals. Try not to focus on your weight as it may fluctuate by 5 pounds per day based on what and when you eat and drink, if and when you exercised, and your stress levels and sleep quality. If you choose a daily weight check, do it at the same time every day, such as first thing in the morning. Adding an activity to your routine would help you quickly reach your daily deficit. Work out or play a sport for 20 minutes. Walk briskly or jog for 20-40 minutes. Do some yardwork or chores for 40-60 minutes. To burn 250 calories (these are estimates): Or decrease your caloric intake by 250 calories by making some easy food choices: Keep your caffeine fix by swapping a large frappe with a small cappuccino Replace a large order of fries with a small order Substitute an apple or baby carrots for a protein bar. So what tools can you use to help keep you on track with your weight loss plan? Health and fitness apps and other wearables can be very helpful as they can track activities and calculate energy burned; other apps log your food intake and calculate the calories you have eaten. HealthMetric is an all-in-one health and fitness app that personalizes your weight loss journey. With HealthMetric’s weight loss program, you set your goal and select a strategy to meet your goal: diet, exercise, or a combination. The app provides daily feedback on your progress, shows how others with similar goals are doing, and predicts how you'll do tomorrow to keep you motivated. In addition, you can use voice commands to search and record food, drinks, and exercises from our large, curated nutritional and activity databases. With HealthMetric, you control how to become: Healthier. Strong. Better. You."
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"KOTA KINABALU - The chief of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) who enjoys close ties with Umno leaders has said that Islam doesn't have the swearing of an oath as carried out by ex-premier Najib Razak recently, to deny his involvement in the murder of a Mongolian woman. PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was quoted on Wednesday (Jan 1) by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) news site as saying there is only the "li'an" oath in Islam, which is sworn by a husband and his wife in cases of suspected adultery where legal proof is unavailable. Datuk Seri Hadi was answering a question by a member of an audience who wanted to know about Najib's oath, at a talk in the Sabah capital on Tuesday (Dec 31), FMT said. According to Mr Hadi, an influential ustaz (Islamic cleric) in his party, there are no other legal oaths in Islam, though there are no restrictions against anyone wanting to take whatever oath, FMT reported. "But if the accused does not have any witnesses, it's best to keep quiet," he was quoted as saying. Najib on Dec 20 swore an oath in a mosque in Kuala Lumpur to deny an accusation that he gave the order to kill Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu. The accusation was made by former police commando Azilah Hadri, who was convicted in 2009 of the murder, in a recent statutory declaration (SD). Altantuya, 28, was shot and her body blown up with explosives in a gruesome murder in 2006. Najib carried out the controversial oath inside Masjid Jamek in Kampung Baru after Friday prayers. Mr Hadi - whose decision to get close to Najib, when the latter was Umno president, paved the way for close Umno-PAS ties today - warned against being too eager to take such oaths as it may incur Allah's displeasure, FMT said. The solemn oath, called sumpah laknat in Malay, is rarely uttered by Muslims as it calls for divine retribution on the party who is lying. Related Story Malaysia may reopen Mongolia murder case as Najib Razak vows innocence Related Story Dozens to be questioned over claim Najib Razak gave Altantuya kill order: Malaysia police chief Related Story Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib Related Story Murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu's family want justice in Malaysia lawsuit This was the second time that Najib has sworn using the sumpah laknat in dealing with the murder of Altantuya. Najib swore a similar oath in 2008 at the height of the controversy over Ms Altantuya's murder, in a mosque in Penang. When Najib made the second oath on Dec 20, retired military general Mohamed Arshad Raji was quoted as saying Najib should stop "making a mockery of the Islamic religious oath". Mr Arshad, chief of the National Patriot Association said, as quoted by Malaysiakini: "An allegation of murder is a very serious matter. It is not a trivial matter such as a chicken or a goat has gone missing in a kampung where the matter can be settled with a sumpah (oath)"."
"KUALA LUMPUR - Some 300 Muslim students gathered on Wednesday (Jan 1) to protest against Chinese educationist group Dong Zong for opposing a Malaysian government's plan to introduce Jawi writing in Chinese and Tamil schools. The peaceful gathering, organised by the Malaysian Muslim Students Coalition (Gamis), was held despite a warning by the police on Tuesday (Dec 31) that the organiser failed to obtained a permit from Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the police for the march. Police did not interfere with the protest held outside a popular mall in downtown Kuala Lumur. The college students held up placards and banners while listening to speeches by several speakers. One large banner in Jawi, complete with a clenched fist painted in red, read, 'People, rise to defend Jawi'. A placard read: 'Undergraduates rise to defend Jawi'. Earlier, some 150 students had assembled at the historic Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur mosque and were planning to march to the mall nearby. But they were advised against doing so by Gamis president Saifullah Baiduri, MalayMail online news reported, because holding a march without a proper permit is forbidden by a local law. Ethnic tensions rose last week after Chinese education groups - the United Chinese Schools Teachers' Association (Jiao Zong) and the United Chinese School Committees' Association (Dong Zong) - planned to hold a protest congress against Jawi's introduction. There are more than 1,200 Chinese and 523 Tamil primary schools in Malaysia that use either Mandarin or Tamil as the medium of instruction. In August, the ministry surprised most people by saying it would include Jawi writing in the Year 4 (Primary 4) syllabus of Bahasa Melayu in the vernacular schools, raising concerns over creeping Islamisation. These vernacular schools are run independently of national schools, and where the students, mainly Malays, are taught Jawi writing as part of Islamic studies. Related Story Put teaching of Jawi in Chinese and Tamil schools on hold, urges National Jawi Congress Related Story Tensions rise again over Jawi writing in Malaysia The police obtained a court order to stop the congress planned by the Chinese education groups, but allowed a National Jawi Congress to proceed on Sunday. The organisers of Sunday's congress that included prominent political activists urged the government to put on hold the teaching of a Jawi calligraphy module in the vernacular schools."
"The SKILLZ COVID-19 RESPONSE curriculum was developed in March 2020 to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. Grassroot Soccer ( and its team of curriculum advisors rapidly designed this sport-based tool as a way for coaches, educators, and parents to easily facilitate fun, simple, and effective sessions with young people (ages 9+). The curriculum aims to increase comprehensive knowledge on COVID-19, promote healthy behaviors such as proper handwashing, provide skills for mental wellbeing during stressful times, and dispel common myths about the disease. Use this SKILLZ COVID-19 RESPONSE curriculum to connect with young people either in schools or the classroom (if deemed safe by local health authorities) or remotely through video-conferencing and WhatsApp (where available). . Parents and caregivers can also use this tool to provide COVID-19 education to children at home. Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. Since 2002, GRS has reached over 2 million young people in 50 countries with life-saving HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. Other related documents are:"
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"The New Right Party is on the lookout for some new candidates to add to its electoral list for the upcoming elections who will boost its popularity, including some former members of the Zehut Party. New Right will possibly add one or two new candidates to its recent electoral lists, and may make some appointments based on the ability of such candidates to boost the party’s electoral appeal in specific sectors of the population.To that end, party coleader and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett met in recent days with figures in the newly established New Liberal Party, including Libby Molad and Refael Minnes, who were both candidates in the Zehut Party’s run for Knesset in the April elections.Zehut took 2.74% of the vote in that election, not enough to cross the 3.25% electoral threshold but enough to garner 118,000 votes, worth some three Knesset seats.Many of those ballot slips were likely cast by politically right-wing, economically liberal voters who could see New Right as a reasonable alternative to Zehut in the upcoming election, given the party’s right-wing approach to diplomatic and security affairs and its economic, free market liberalism.Sources in New Right confirmed that there have been contacts between Bennett and the former Zehut figures, but said that any agreement would see the addition of only one individual in an obtainable spot on the party list, and that any notion that New Right would merge with another party is not realistic.The source added that no decision on new candidates for its electoral list is imminent, and that New Right is looking at potential new candidates from a spectrum of population sectors and smaller parties.Such candidates could come from the Anglophone, French or Ethiopian communities, or from the community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.Additionally, the order of candidates on the New Right electoral list could be altered from its previous iterations, with the possibility that some candidates will be moved up or down.Molad said in response to the initial report about the contacts with New Right that the New Liberal Party is looking at “different connections with parties whose values overlap with the liberal values we bring with us,” adding that New Right is “certainly a worthwhile option,” but that “when we reach this river we will cross it.”"
"Living An Orange Dream Our CHEF for MIXMASTER CHALLENGE #36 is Temari 09. CHEF Temari challenges us to express the secret life of flowers... ➤ Your image must include one and only one flower though that same flower may be repeated up to 12 times. ➤ You must use a basically two-toned background with colors derived from your flower. ➤ Include at least one sphere or bubble. ➤ The image must have from two (min) to five (max) fairies and/or butterflies and/or bees. ➤ NO BIRDS. The flower(s) and spheres are my photography. Butterflies are from Photoshop. Thanks everyone for your views, awards, comments, invites and faves. Done"
"(Image by jinxmcc at Details DMCA By the Solstice bonfire I pulled him aside and told him about the colors The colors of spontaneous remission He the adjuster of bones listened While the fire fed on the darkness Of our annual lost-and-foundness Our circle much enlarged All of us were there for one thing And one thing only Gazing into the fire So long as I am you are we Are just like children here I'll tell you how it all got started (Have you noticed how that old tree Poised in the fire-glow seems to want To be photographed and shared) The reach of the fire is astounding The flames come apart Like a wing separating from the body of a bird As if flight were more important than life And as I told you my story Our faces were refreshed by the fire You, joint-healer, bone-mender, husband and father Me the old poet dream-worker, husband, father, son of my father Me out of work can you believe it But no matter We both know something that the other craved For surely just as the fire reaches up A vortex spirals down And out of this elision of realities comes remission The story starts when the old raven came to me When I was still partly raven myself Just when I was about to climb down into the human world It was then he fixed his gaze upon me And then I got sick and forgot what he told me And later there were the colors and I found myself Holding a baby and weeping and I was well And I was human as ravens do not weep And my bones were no longer hollow And such a wonder has never happened since But here we are and this too may never repeat"
"(Image by Isengardt at Details DMCA On day seven Creator grew restless And sadly contemplated All He had made that must be undone And then He began to pack up thing within thing Time He reversed So for a millisecond the whale Walked again And the primal mud Was once again Creator's pride and joy On day six the rivers He stopped from flowing The tides He stilled The sea surge He quieted with a look The wind He stopped it from blowing The storm He calmed The funnel He summoned it back Into the purple cloud On day five He paused to watch the horses Running across the plain He laid His palm across their wildness And they collapsed and slept The herd a heap And He saw that it wasn't good On day four The colors of the world He muted The stars He blew out of the sky The sun He extinguished The mountains flattened The sea He drank And all the waters of creation He sucked them dry fountain and spring The fires of the middle earth He snuffed just like a candle Day three All the creatures He had named He orphaned them He took their names back So all of life was nameless The sea and sky He joined back together So the fish and birds of the sky Looked at each other in a long moment Of awkward recognition And two by two all living things Feathered, scaled, naked and creeping Paraded from His memory Like fleeting images from a magic lantern Day two Energy He withdrew from matter So that wood and bone and metal and flesh Were all the same in His eye And spirit He removed from energy And He saw that it was not good On day one He stopped Because all His work was undone He allowed His sadness to spread into a great silence And into this silence Into this sadness He stole Himself away And was no more (Article changed on January 1, 2020 at 21:51)"
"Leftover Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Unexploded ordnance (UXO) are explosive weapons (bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc.) that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation, potentially many decades after they were used or discarded. The majority of UXO in Lao are cluster bombs. A cluster bomb is a small explosive submunition or bomblet that is delivered to its target in a large canister or shell. Cluster bombs are indiscriminate. They cannot distinguish between civilian and military targets. Their wide-area coverage and poor targeting mechanisms nearly guarantee that unintended victims will die or be injured, even when the weapons function as designed. Cluster munitions continue to kill long after a war ends because these weapons often fail to explode on impact as designed. (Source: Mennonite Central Committee) To see how a cluster bomb works and how it is detected and detonated, view the Multimedia Interactive Center (MIC)."
"By Jonah DeChants Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, made news earlier this year for his statements about transgender people. In a September meeting with HUD staff, Carson remarked that he was concerned about "big, hairy men" trying to use women's shelters. It is reported that his comments upset the HUD staff in attendance, causing one women to leave the room in protest. Carson later doubled down on his comments in a congressional hearing, declining to apologize and saying "I think this whole concept of political correctness – you can say this, you can't say that, you can't repeat what someone said – is total foolishness." While his comments demonstrate a lack of understanding of the needs of transgender people, his agency's moves to remove protections represent a real threat for transgender Americans who need shelter. As my research shows, transgender people experience high rates of discrimination in housing and shelter services, exacerbating their already elevated rates of homelessness. Disproportionate Risk of Homelessness According to the 2017 U.S. Trans Survey, a survey of more than 27,000 transgender people across the U.S. conducted by the nonprofit National Center for Transgender Equality, 30% have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. Twelve percent report at least one episode of homelessness in the last year. Once they become homeless, transgender people are also likely to experience discrimination and harassment when seeking shelter services. A study by the Center for American Progress found that 21% of shelters refuse to serve transgender women. While in a shelter, 70% of U.S. Trans Survey respondents reported harassment, sexual or physical assault due to their transgender identity. This discrimination makes transgender people hesitant to seek shelter – more than a quarter of respondents reported avoiding staying in shelter due to fear or mistreatment. Best Practices There is a small but growing body of literature on the experiences and needs of transgender people living in homeless shelters. Organizations that work on LGBTQ housing access, such as the National Center for Transgender Equality and True Colors United, recommend that shelters respect clients’ self-identified gender as best practice for housing transgender clients. In practice, this can include housing clients in the dorm of their self-identified gender; offering private living and bathing spaces; training shelter staff about transgender identities; and adopting inclusive language in administrative paperwork, such as intake forms. Recognizing both the high levels of need and the unique challenges faced by transgender people experiencing homelessness, the National Coalition for the Homeless adopted a nondiscrimination policy in 2003, which protects people on the basis of gender identity and expression. In 2016, HUD implemented new regulations to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing services. The Gender Identity Rule clarified policies for single-gender shelter facilities with shared sleeping or living spaces. It required all HUD funding recipients to respect the gender identity of transgender clients, housing them in facilities that align with their gender identity rather than their birth sex. It also removed a previous prohibition against asking about clients' gender identity, allowing providers to ask about gender identity and house clients accordingly. The rule included extensive guidance of how to safely house transgender clients, including information about bathroom facilities and how to deal with concerns or harassment from other clients. Weakened Regulations While the Gender Identity Rule provided important protections, I also see significant weaknesses. The nondiscrimination protections apply only to organizations which receive federal funding. Some shelters are run and funded by private, and often religious, organizations, and therefore do not have to follow this rule. Enforcement mechanisms are also weak. Individuals who have experienced discrimination may submit a complaint to HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. However, people experiencing homelessness may not be aware of their rights or have the capacity to submit a complaint while struggling to meet their basic needs. What's more, the protections that this rule offers may soon be undone. In May, HUD proposed a new rule that would give housing providers who get federal funding the right to establish their own policies regarding how to house transgender clients. The proposed rule states that organizations may use a client's sex to make decisions about where and how to house them, without providing any guidance about how to determine an individual's sex. The proposed rule is now working its way through the regulatory process, with advocacy groups meeting with HUD to discuss its potential impact. It is also supposed to go through a period of public comment. HUD has also scaled back enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, which protects against discrimination in housing based on race, religion, sex, ability, and other protected classes, by freezing investigations into discriminatory practices. This freeze includes investigations into discrimination against parolees and former inmates, people with disabilities and racial or ethnic minorities. The administration's decision to halt these investigations implies that they do not consider nondiscrimination protections to be a priority. That can further endanger transgender people experiencing discrimination in shelters and housing services. This article was written by Jonah DeChants, postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University for The Conversation. It was originally published on Dec. 16 and has been republished with permission."
"Robert Plant - Big Log Phil Collins played drums on this and 5 other tracks on the album. He also played drums on Plant's previous album Pictures At Eleven. This was Robert Plant's first hit as a solo artist after the break up of Led Zeppelin. Plant's lyrics were often influenced by the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. Big Log is a mythical, extended metaphor for a lost love: "My love is in league with the freeway... My love is the miles and the waiting." A Big Log is common lingo of tractor trailer drivers. It is the book in which their road hours are logged, therefore the connection between the road and love and the countless hours we all log on both. Many of the videos to Plant's songs take place in desert settings. The music video for the song was filmed on location in various areas around California and Nevada, including the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel in Death Valley Junction, California, the Calico Ghost Town in California, the Glass Pool Inn in Las Vegas, and in Crystal, Nye County, Nevada. The guitar solo is by Robbie Blunt who was a member of Robert Plant’s solo band at the time and got a co-writing credit on the song. Facebook Twitter Вконтакте Одноклассники Telegram Вступай в нашу группу ВКонтакте Комментарии Goblin рекомендует заказывать заказывать создание сайтов в cтраницы: 1 всего: 7, Goblin : 1 cтраницы: 1 всего: 7 Правила | Регистрация | Поиск | Мне пишут | Поделиться ссылкой"
"Women need to use various facial and beauty products to take good care of their skin. These products are not just limited to women, but are also essential for every man out there. Men are also vain in many ways. They want to look their best on all occasions by having a nice haircut, sporting a clean beard, and having pearly white teeth. Men have every right to look attractive to the opposite sex, and they also deserve to age gracefully. Investing in your physical appearance is always a significant advantage in everything that you do. Looking good will increase your chances of getting promoted for your dream job, it increases your self-esteem, and it makes it easier for you to meet the girl of your dreams. So if you are looking for hygiene products, here are the things that you should stock up on for your bathroom cabinet. Beard products If you are sporting a beard, it is essential to keep it clean and dry at all times. Aside from applying shampoo and conditioner, it would help if you also used a few drops of essential oils and special balm to help moisturise the skin and the entire beard. Combing it once or twice a day will help get rid of all the dirt that has been stuck in it. You may want to check out the products from online stores like for all your beard-related needs. Hair conditioner Regardless of if you are sporting a clean-cut or long hair, using a hair conditioner should be included in your hygiene product list. Some shampoos tend to dry your hair and scalp; that is why applying some conditioner will help you replenish lost nutrients. With continuous use, it will also make your hair smoother and stronger. Besides, having dry hair makes you prone to split ends which is something that you do not want to have. Sunscreen Too much sun exposure can lead to premature skin ageing and wrinkles. It is a must to use a sunscreen for your face and body to keep it protected all day. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to prevent getting sunburned. Remember that UV rays are harmful to the skin and cause certain types of skin cancer. Lip balm Extreme weather changes can cause your lips to become dry and chaffed. Even men should use a lip balm to keep their lips moisturised. Choose a product that is light, non-greasy and long-lasting on the lips. If you do not feel like using lip balm, you can use petroleum jelly. Lotion There are a lot of factors that can cause your skin to become dry and dull. Using a moisturising body cream can help improve your skin by making it soft and supple. For best results, you should apply lotion after taking a bath and before going to bed. Lastly, do not forget to apply toner and moisturiser on your face as part of your nightly skincare routine. These products will help your skin look fresher. Image:"
"When it came to souping up Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie for Valentine’s Day 2020, the self-professed bad gal had one designer in mind: Adam Selman, aka the man whose Le Specs collaboration took the modelling world by storm. The Hadid sisters and Kendall Jenner are Selman fans, and RiRi – who gives seriously good sunglasses – has worn her friend’s shades despite designing pairs herself over at So, does Selman have the same magic touch when it comes to underwear? “Lingerie is something I’ve always wanted to design,” Selman tells Vogue. “So many of my collections have been influenced and inspired by the detailing and fabrics. It was an easy pairing because Rihanna and I share so many core beliefs: our brands make people feel confident, powerful and joyful.” Read more: Rihanna Names Normani Savage X Fenty’s First Ambassador As Victoria’s Secret Cancels Show The Xclusive 19-piece underwear edit is split into two categories: Locket Down and Down The Aisle. The former is a play on words, but is as literal as it gets, according to the collection notes. Available in a metallic Goji Berry Red and Black Caviar, the vinyl foil spandex sets feature heart-shaped locket and key charm zipper pulls and rose gold hardware for the “bad ass babe”. Read more: Rihanna’s First Fenty Collaboration Is All About Big Boss Energy Down the Aisle, in contrast, is “deceivingly sweet”, all delicate ruffles and heart trims. Designed to be layered, mixed and matched, the separates have a vintage look, as well as that girl next door aesthetic. Each set is packaged neatly into a Savage X Fenty Xtra VIP box with a bonus collectors’ Rihanna phone ring. But it will be the campaign faces that sway you to click to buy, rather than the gift. Adesuwa Aighewi, Fiffany Luu, Joan Smalls and Paloma Elsesser are shot by Dennis Leupold in a wildly kitsch bedroom. “I’ve been really fortunate to have people from all different fields wear my brand,” Selman muses of the Adam Selman effect (his sportswear is also seen in gym selfies across Instagram). “I like that my brand is a community, and I think that’s what makes it feel like a ‘cult following’.” Add to that Rihanna’s loyalists across the globe – “She is just miles ahead of the industry, and her dedication and passion is beyond,” says Selman – and the duo is about to Fentify Valentine’s Day. For true bad gals who are allergic to the Hallmark holiday, the “naughty-but-nice” knickers will be available to buy through spring via additional drops. “Rihanna is the best,” Selman affirms. “Period.” The Locket Down box, $59.95 (£46), and Down the Aisle box, $39.95 (£30), are available to buy now at More from British Vogue:"
"The look of love (Picture: Getty) Oh, pasta. Whether you’re more of a linguini lover or mad for macaroni, there’s really nothing like a hearty helping of the feel-good dish. You might be prepared to give up a lot for veganuary 2020 – where people try to go vegan for a month – and you might think you can just get away with not sprinkling cheese on top of your beloved pasta, but what is pasta actually made from? Brace yourself and read on to find out whether or not vegans can eat pasta… Is pasta vegan? Like so many things in life, there isn’t a clear yes or no – it depends on the type of pasta you’re eating. When it comes to pasta, there’s usually two types: fresh pasta and pasta secca (aka dried pasta). Hnnng (Picture: Getty) Fresh pasta is usually made and cooked in the same setting and is usually not vegan because it can contain eggs, whereas dry pasta is nearly always vegan. Advertisement Advertisement If you’re making dry pasta for yourself at home, double-check the packaging but you’re most likely not going to fail veganuary as a result. If you’re eating pasta out at a restaurant, ask if the fresh pasta was made with eggs or oil. Giving up fresh pasta might be worth it though – especially if you want to boost your erections. Netflix documentary The Game Changers tested athletes to try out a vegan diet, and by switching to a plant-based diet, their eggplants noticed the difference, standing tall for up to 500% longer in one case. How is fresh pasta made? The typical ingredients for fresh pasta include flour, water, salt, and eggs – note that some fresh pasta can be made with oil instead of eggs, but it’s more likely than not to be made with eggs. First, the flour and salt are mixed together in a mixing bowl before a well is made in the middle of the flour. This is when the eggs are normally added; they’re cracked right inside the centre of the flour well. The flour is mixed into the eggs until a dough forms. Once that’s done, the dough is cut into the pasta shape of choice. You can buy vegan fresh pasta alternatives from most major supermarkets, including Waitrose’s vegan ravioli and Sainsburys’ non-egg spaghetti and shroomballs. How is dried pasta made? The majority of dried pasta, on the other hand, is vegan and made from just two ingredients. Advertisement Advertisement Most mass-produced dried pastas – which you can buy from supermarkets – contain just flour and semolina. Semolina, derived from a wheat product, is first mixed with water. This mixture then gets processed in bulk quantities by machines creating a sort of dough. This dough is then pressed through pasta molds to get the intended shape. MORE: No, doing Veganuary won’t turn you into a woman MORE: Is peanut butter vegan? Advertisement Advertisement"
"In November 2019, the Human Resource Development Ministry wrote to all institutes to ensure implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act. All 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have requested the HRD Ministry to exempt them from reserving positions in the teaching staff for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The premier business schools, which currently do not offer reservation in teaching positions, have been asked by the Ministry to provide quota in faculty positions for SC, ST, OBC and EWS candidates. According to officials, the B-schools have made the request saying they adopt a fair recruitment process and give equal opportunities to all, including disadvantaged sections of society. The IIMs have so far been following the 1975-order of the Department of Personnel & Training that exempted scientific and technical posts from the reservation policy. IIM- Ahmedabad is caught in a battle on the issue in the high court. In November 2019, the Human Resource Development Ministry wrote to all institutes to ensure implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act. A separate communication was sent to all IIMs on Wednesday to ensure ‘reservation of posts in direct recruitment’, considering the institute as a unit—as specified in the Act that came into effect on March 7, 2019."
"The air quality recorded at 9.38 am was 433 in the “severe” category. Delhiites continued to remain in grip of cold conditions on Wednesday as the minimum temperature settled at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below the normal, officials said. Twenty-nine trains were delayed for over two-nine hours due to weather conditions, they said. “The minimum temperature was recorded at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal,” a MeT official said, adding, the humidity was 97 per cent. The air quality recorded at 9.38 am was 433 in the “severe” category. According to the Meteorological department, it would be partly cloudly sky with moderate fog in the morning. The maximum temperature in the national capital would hover around 16 degrees Celsius."
"Conley Dr., 107-Adan Chavez Argueta and Mirella S. Chavez to Efren Serrano Hernandez, $250,000. First St., 408-Timothy M. Llewellyn and Janine Bowen to Paul W. Rankin and Debra J. Heibein, $959,900. Janwall Ct., 4-Rachel Roderick Clem to Jonathan R. Alexander, $255,000. AD President Point Dr., 7, No. B2-Beverlee M. and Donald H. Kohnken to Douglas M. Johnston Jr., $627,500. AD Second St., 530-John C. Kelly to Marcus Jeffrey Collier and Angela Marie Kinsella, $1.27 million. Summerfield Dr., 87-Joseph C. and Leigh M. Stanger to Hector A. Gomez Escobar and Ana H. Posada Quijada, $316,000. ANNAPOLIS-BROAD CREEK AREA Admiral Dr., 607, No. 102-Chopra & Chopra Corp. to Crystal L. Bennett, $261,500. Burtons Cove Way, 653, No. 11-Lori Goodin Mackenzie to Robert and Susanne McCown, $274,000. Cedar Park Rd., 1212-Ronald W. and Teresa B. Kaiser to Juliet Legear, $320,000. Conduit St., 117-Joseph P. Manck to Eric G. Shea, $615,000. Gingerview Lane, 2706-Patricia M. Podoley to Dennis and Donna Daniels, $555,000. AD Harbour Heights Dr., 14-John A. Logan to Daniel Testa and Jennifer Vieira, $269,000. Hideaway Ct., 2140-Hans J. Otten to Casey Rudd, $320,000. Pinewood Dr., 582B-Raymond F. and Mary B. Cooper to Diana Lynn Everline, $593,400. AD Riverview Ct., 516-Sally J. Rawls and estate of Melvin E. Rawls to Owen Christian Smith and Beth Ann Bigler, $305,000. Vanguard Lane, 104-Kristin L. and Ryan J. Sylvester to Lauren N. Schmiegel and Nicholas B. Moore, $430,000. ARNOLD AREA Andrew Hill Rd., 504-Richard H. and Lori E. Amos to Stephen A. Moynihan II and Sharon R. McNamara, $289,000. Candle Ridge Dr., 341-Ronnie J. and Debra M. Taylor to Emily Anne and Aleksandar Grujic, $455,000. AD Gilbert Rd., 1426-Thomas P. Davis and Ann C. Boughton to Brandon L. and Katherine M. Fields, $390,000. Masters Dr., 1278-Sallie S. and Peter B. Sarelas to Craig A. and Lucinda M. Schamburg, $325,000. Ridgeview Ct., 416-David J. and Mary Ann Barnes to John Richard and Amy Elisabeth Dodson, $435,000. Southern Hills Dr., 602-Charles J. Pastore to Nathan Murray, $185,000. AD Whetstone Dr., 1215-Robert J. and Janet H. Knight to Steven W. and Mary Kay DeGeorge, $628,500. BROOKLYN AREA Liberty Terr., 5606-Barbara A. Lindemann and Janet A. List to Crysta Tasker, $230,000. Sixth Ave., 111-Michele Jefferson and Michael F. Alt Jr. to Victor and Kathleen Battung, $275,000. AD CAPE ST. CLAIRE-SANDY POINT STATE PARK AREA Bay Head Rd., 1330-Michael A. and Carmina M. Gomolisky to Brent Robert and Kearney Bergin Doherty, $1.2 million. Deep Creek View, 556-Thomas H. and Kareen K. Whiteley to Abigail Naomi Murray and Daren Sertima, $445,000. Oak Tree Lane, 1048-Richard A. Greco to Kerry D. and Pamela Brithania McGee, $390,000. Saint Swithins Lane, 214-Ritu Sharma to Jeffrey W. and Heleana M. Burritt, $675,000. Sloop Dr., 1616-Ira K. and Loretta O’Neal to Ashley L. and Stephen R. Kurtinitis, $599,000. AD Windgate Dr., 758-Gregory Scott Daub to Joseph M. and Teresa A. Goodridge, $339,900. CHURCHTON AREA Carroll St., 5616-Morgan Hensley to Addison Klein, $259,900. AD Garret Ave., 1225-Bryan M. and Kaitlyn D. Akers to Matt B. Wadsworth, $325,000. CROFTON AREA Bancroft Lane W., 1717-David Stewart to Melvin E. Cureton, $227,000. Dana St., 1721-Daniel Thomas and Leigh Spencer McCarthy to Jules Michael Fritz, $335,000. Flatwood Ct., 1416-Raymond B. Harrison III and Marlene J. Robbins to Benjamin C. Abalos Jr., $245,000. Forest Hill Lane, 2040-Shannon M. St. John and Janet L. Smith to Emily Greer Spicer, $298,000. Nantucket Dr., 2330-Richard and Joan Evans to Jared P. and Kaileen N. Martin, $502,500. Sandwich Ct., 2400-Steven W. Strong and Indira A. Dahan to Honey and Bryce Livingston, $385,000. CROWNSVILLE AREA AD Maple Hill Lane, 623-Elizabeth A. Barr and estate of Albion F. Bacon to Lilliam E. Mendoza Toro, $299,900. AD Shelby Dale Lane, 1201-Karl H. and Kelli A. Calvo to Patrick D. and Michelle H. Herring, $725,000. Woodlands Rd., 1224-Penderbrooke Partnership to Mark A. Stump and Aun Kei Ariana Hong, $992,331. CURTIS BAY AREA River Rock Way, 7909-William J. Smith III to Wayne K. Walsh and Angela L. Stockham, $309,000. Swanhill Ct., 1192-Jessica M. and Nicholas R. Klug to Samantha Kay and Brien R. Derose, $265,000. DAVIDSONVILLE AREA Royale Glen Ave., 3304-Glenn S. and Kelley P. Sullivan to Melissa and Elliott Long, $699,999. Wayson Rd., 3839-Clayton S. Rogers to Donald Evan and Pamela Lee Smart, $1.29 million. EDGEWATER AREA Braxton Way, 284-Robert K. Jerome to Valyra Bacigalupi, $350,000. AD Chesapeake Dr., 1733-Old Line Real Estate Investments Corp. to Larry W. Andrews, $321,500. AD Hamlet Cir., 317-Robert Bole and Geraldine Wilkerson Smith to Jacqueline L. and Kenneth R. Yates, $457,750. Midland Rd., 1641-Branch Banking and Trust Co. to Dana and Kimberly Taylor, $65,000. Riverside Dr., 1511-Timothy E. and Susan B. Weddle to Phillip and Megan Grossmiller, $575,000. Williams St., 938A-Donald L. Larson and Christine Lynn Carlson to David C. and Tambra M. Burke Leizear, $435,000. GAMBRILLS AREA Carbondale Way, 1039-Antoine D. and Melissa Lynn Richardson to Salikram and Goma Devi Dahal Niroula, $370,000. Red Harvest Rd., 1115-William R. Grimmett to Samuel J. and Shannon R. Grimard, $445,000. AD Witchhazel Cir., 1545-U.S. Home Corp. and Lennar Corp. to William Rodriguez Madera and Piria Rodriguez, $478,990. Witchhazel Cir., 1553-U.S. Home Corp. and Lennar Corp. to John Paul Mercado Sanchez and Chickie Marie Flores Sanchez, $494,135. AD GLEN BURNIE AREA Burwood Ave., 426-Gary S. and Julie S. Oswalt to Harold Burns Jr., $280,000. Cory Dr., 1310-Danny Noonan Corp. to Roger Duque Colarte, $274,000. Ferndale Rd., 323-Joyce A. and George R. Wetzel to Mary Barnette, $305,000. Heritage Hill Dr., 6459-Karen Arriaga to Kebin McLean, $190,000. Long Towne Ct., 475-Keith Paterno to Omar Ledezma, $205,000. Montfield Lane, 300-James Venezia Jr. and Cindy L. Dawley to Jose Luis Barrera and Rafaela Lopez, $310,000. Rose Ave., 329-Ameri Star Homes Inc. to Zakery Ray and Samantha Jo Null, $359,629. Shetlands Lane, 309-Home Selling Solutions Corp. to David Garret and Chelsea Rae Nelson Hintze, $369,900. GLEN BURNIE-MARLEY CREEK AREA Annapolis Dr., 1566-Clare M. and Edward M. Connelly to Bailey E. Youse, $302,000. Briargrove Lane, 7514-Joy E. and Adam T. Eastlack to Austin Harclerode, $325,000. AD Crown Rd., 7215-Chelsea A. and Robert L. Gruss to Justin and Alexandria Barker, $300,000. Elton St., 8066-Robert and Ashley Grizzle to Arianna J. and Contraze D. Isaac, $444,000. Gatewater Ct., 360, No. C-Robert C. and Kathleen T. Cooper to Natashia A. Rhoden, $145,000. Hollywood Ct., 224-Amy N. and Jeffrey Toloczko to Vickie Hamilton, $279,900. Kuethe Rd. NE, 207-Travis Pham to Matt R. and Dominique Fenelon, $302,000. Morris Ct., 176-Miguel Antonio Pena and Patricia G. Martinez to Darryl and Justine Cooper, $295,000. New Jersey Ave. NE, 318-Jacqueline Kay Riggin and Jana Lynne Raup to Mark Wingo and Emily Kuzmiw, $199,999. Overhill Rd., 7720-Single Source Homes Inc. to Cicilee A. Petersen, $299,000. Stegman Pl., 1008-Garland Coleman to Gerald and Lesley A. Bright, $365,000. Timbercross Lane, 7663-Derik J. and Joni M. Wobbrock to Robert Antonio and Lorrie Marie Johnson, $320,000. HANOVER AREA Aragorn Ct., 7728-William J. and Janice L. Kaifer to May Tun Saung and David Griffin Wholey, $373,510. Crystal Brook Way, 7869-Yun Fan Zhu and Min Yong Chung to Chandra and Gowrie Chandramouli, $418,000. Fair Oak Dr., 1523-Esther and Pyung Kang Sharon Oh to Sharice Yvelle and Denvil Shirvin Ruan, $379,900. Honey Locust Lane, 7536-Christina E. and Gloria Butters to Richard T. Manipon, $378,000. Race Rd., 7400-Mountain One Realty Corp. to Elmer Ovidio Monroy Perez and Magaly Monroy, $327,000. LAUREL AREA Barbersville Rd., 418-Matthew W. and Sara Marie Phillips Sullivan to Luis E. Fuentes Martinez and Eva P. Fuentes, $325,000. Galaxy Way, 3160-Margaret L. Howard Gill and estate of Andrea Leonette Gill to Natasha Lashay Everett, $342,000. Spadderdock Ct., 3108-Marlene Torres to Valenti Duncan, $276,000. Sudlersville S., 3320-Insource East Properties Inc. to Tuan Nguyen and Truc Tran, $245,000. LINTHICUM HEIGHTS AREA Hammonds Ferry Rd. N., 419-George N. and Phyllis E. Potwin to Lauren Szech, $275,000. Oak Grove Rd., 509-Daniel C. and Natalie G. Bos to Norvik Khachatourian, $330,000. LOTHIAN AREA Lytham Ct., 4808-Casey Johnson and Crystal Waters to John E. and Patti L. Winterbottom, $610,000. Teton Dr., 645-Darcy Maloney to Robert F. Ogilvie III and Heather L. Yoder, $225,000. MILLERSVILLE AREA Gartelman Farm Dr., 8373-Matthew Papillion and Mary E. Oh to William E. Morales Fernandez and Yaribel Mendez Gonzalez, $405,000. Keith Ct., 226-Hae Yong Yoon to Veronica Jean Williams, $250,000. Norwood Dr., 8365-Christina L. Cleveland to Shawn M. Wurtz, $182,500. NORTH BEACH AREA Alder Pl., 650-Chad and Anne M. Jernigan to Kyle A. Wood, $293,000. ODENTON AREA Beechnut Pl., 2400-Eleanor L. Howell to Rachel Schmierer Davis, $315,000. Bunker Hill Ct., 2002-Wesley D. and Jennifer Huff to Leo Trimble Jr., $480,000. Commissary Cir., 2255-Marcy A. Gouge to Travis J. and Austin M. Downey, $289,900. Eagles Landing Ct., 317I-Luke M. and Mary Frances Tallent to Michael T. Suberu, $175,000. Lisa Ave., 490-Daniel Loveless and Christine Polucha to Theodore A. and Nina B. Martinez, $500,000. Nob Hill Way, 217-Yamilka Gordon and Aaron Bryant to Phillip D. Forsyth, $345,000. Rita Dr., 537-Richard John Moran to Opubo T. Agiobenebo, $285,000. Trout Run Ct., 622-Zachariah and Virginia Renee Ragland to Allison Blatch, $388,000. Winding Stream Way, 689, No. 204-Michele Tornabene to Reanne Shields, $229,000. PASADENA-ROCK CREEK AREA Abbey Ct., 8040F-Angela Marie Comberiate and James Michael Garippa III to Jerett Thomas Campbell, $150,000. Bayside Beach Rd., 1776-Jason and Johanna Gartside to Zachary J. Vito, $472,000. Bridge Dr., 721-Christopher W. and Kimberly F. Herman to Christopher M. and Heather M. Mekins, $520,000. Carol Dr., 8395-Kevin Michael and Jessica Elizabeth Cook to Dustin Cook, $210,000. Clear Blue Lane, 609-U.S. Home Corp. and Lennar Corp. to Frankie Lee Hadley, $416,790. Dobbins Lane, 411-Craig and Cindy Gartzke to John Louis and Grace Marie Barry Franco, $820,000. Fox Hollow Run, 1806-Sharon L. and Harold E. Stephan to Thomas K. and Jaclyn M. Hilton, $495,000. Handel Ct., 3625-Rebecca Hall Hagel to Daniel R. Collumb, $219,900. Hillside Rd., 1244-Gerald C. and Caryn A. Canfield to Donna D. and Mark Facciani, $789,000. Kings Bench Pl., 7839-Bryan Kernan to Jon Derick Hermann, $255,000. Mallow Ct., 7816-U.S. Bank National Association and TBW MTG Backed Pass-Through Certificate to Matthew Inch, $233,500. Old Crown Dr., 3446-Miguel and Priscilla Ruiz Goya to Nabin K. and Anju Gurung, $342,500. Red Lion Way, 7861-Department of Veterans Affairs to Joshua John Roos and Meghan Alice Ryder, $215,000. Seneca Terr., 253-William L. McFarland to Malcolm E. and Rebecca L. Stennett, $253,000. Willowby Run, 762-Thomas K. and Jaclyn Hilton to Samantha K. Connaster and Sean A. Saunders, $250,000. 209th St., 808-Wilmington Trust National Association and Lehman XS Trust to Kristin N. Lowery, $310,000. RIVA AREA Meadow Rd., 104-David C. Deacon to Stacy Dale Krusberg, $225,000. SEVERN AREA Brookstone Ct., 8031-Antwan William Harrington to Taryn Elyse Lambert, $218,500. Coldbrooke Dr., 7840-Leonard and Cynthia K. Campbell to Marcia L. Rider, $530,000. Golden Pine Cir., 7819-Susan Cimino to Ilya Victorovich and Angela Monique Polonchuk, $375,900. Lexington Dr., 8227-Irvin C. and Andriana M. Tuthill to Joel Parker, $255,000. Severn Rd., 1802-William C. and Janet M. Johnson to Ligia C. Pereira, $234,000. Tower Court Rd., 7941-Andrea and Sean Hinson to Shaun and Maureen McCoy, $350,000. Willow Branch Way, 1520-Toll VII Partnership to Pui Ngan Chan, $685,813. SEVERNA PARK AREA Bellevista Ct., 1112-Pauline D. and Roy W. Valcich to Joshua and Laura E. Girton, $725,000. Fairlane Ct., 432-Marysabel M. Nanney to Jeremy Allen and Laura Jane Keimig, $795,000. Lynwood Ct., 457-Deborah B. and Kevin T. Moore to Robert Douglas and Barbara Clare Miller, $465,000. Pawtucket Ct., 232-John Stephen Laferty and estate of Jean H. Laferty to Michael D. and Debra B. Ensor, $565,000. Rio Lane, 1043-Jennifer Accinelli and Marnie Tomasello to Melanie Lynn Hilley, $900,000. Stowaway Lane, 305-W. Terry Schoener to Kevin Michael Burdinski and Kendall Stacie Conder, $645,000. Wiltshire Lane, 245-Robert S. and Kristin M. Hanley to Marysabel M. Nanney, $1.6 million. SHADY SIDE AREA Filbert St., 4948-Christopher M. and Melonie M. Chinn to Thomas E. Beall IV and Laura E. Smith, $295,000. Shady Rest Rd., 1431-Whole Earth Properties Inc. to Nicholas Biello, $308,000. Howard County These sales data recorded by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation in August were provided by Black Knight Inc. For information about other residential real estate transactions, visit CENTENNIAL-BENSON AREA Blandford Way, 10210-Paul M. and Lynn P. Hottle to Jayson Beckman and Shahana Ahmed, $615,000. Carlee Run Ct., 3040-Christopher Rey Harvey to Erik G. and Allison B. Folkart, $820,000. Century Dr., 10102-Katherine Mary Rigby to Scott Rudolph and Janice Adalia Apple, $625,000. Dorsey Hall Dr., 4978, No. B4-Igloo Series III Reo Corp. to Kenneth R. and Christine A. Hendershot, $230,000. Firefly Way, 4053-Scott L. and Laurie A. Rasmussen to Thomas Albert Metzger and Karen Elise Wilson, $487,000. Golf Island Rd., 2609-Michelle Trabosh to John Michael and Deborah Jane Pearce, $900,000. Greenbriar Ct., 10301-Karen L. and Mark J. Aaby to Nino Dariush and Robin Myung Delossantos, $675,000. Hillsmere Rd., 9725-Concetta M. Molica to Sabir Zaman and Sadia Sabir, $401,500. Manordale Lane, 9001-Timothy Robert and Susan Rose Childers to Kwame Otibu and Grace Kena, $575,000. Mount Hebron Ct., 2194-Amir D. and Irene Khaksari to Dongkee Lee and Keun Hee Kim, $479,000. Quarterfield Dr., 11609-Michael J. and Jennifer E. Lyons Keefe to Khizar A. Khan, $950,000. Resort Rd., 10520, No. 310-Vantage Condominium Corp. to Jung Im Choi, $357,480. Terra Maria Way, 3066-Lawrence C. and Arlene J. Norford to Hannah and Anthony V. Zirrolli, $660,000. Windsor Moss, 11983, No. 67-Steve R. and Margaret Pierce to Glenn and Diane Severn, $615,000. CLARKSVILLE AREA Gilbride Lane, 13651-Jerry and Sheryl Rosburg to Scott E. and Melanie Uebele, $1.68 million. Linden Chapel Rd., 11824-Howard and Jeri F. Hessan to David J. and Ann Lorraine Haag, $1.16 million. COLUMBIA (EAST) AREA Banjo Ct., 7105-Heide K. Hood to Tamara S. Ray, $325,000. Carved Stone, 7314-Linda Lee Roberts to Kelvin Guevara, $285,000. Diamondback Dr., 9413-Steven A. and Rachel S. Dial to Eydi Sanchez Reyes and Sara Encarnacion Roa, $400,000. Emersons Reach, 9152-Bryan Bucio Salas and Roxana Bucio to Mary R. Levarity, $310,000. Happyheart Lane, 6858-Lois Agramonte to Eddy R. Carrera and Evelyn Jordan, $332,000. Lightning View Rd., 5401-Floyd C. and Shardell Spriggs to Wilber Moreno Gutierrez and Dalila R. Hernandez, $370,000. Millrace Ct., 5930, No. F304-Flagstar Bank to Anne T. and Joshua D. Gugel, $175,500. Pressed Gentian, 6531-Cassandra Foster to Wubalem Bekele Eshete, $212,500. Scarlet Petal, 6380-E-Trade Bank to Mitchell Greenberg, $295,000. Silver Trumpet Dr., 8310-Nina Zabolotna to Maiko Yanome, $305,000. Stag Horn Path, 7153-MTGLQ Investors to Anuj Patel, $224,000. Thomas Williams Way, 8500-Patricia Gray and Destiny Thomas to Jaime Manuel Centeno and Marta Magdalena Carranza, $350,000. Thunder Hill Rd., 5571-Ryan Pioquinto and Jennell L. Romero to Frankline F. and Solange Asah, $425,000. Watercress Pl., 5463-Lawrence V. and Irene R. Seastrum to John V. Runge, $410,000. Windharp Way, 6330-Grant and Charlene McDaniel to Joshua S. Edwards, $380,000. COLUMBIA (WEST) AREA Ashton Park Ct., 6205-John D. and Karen S. Vassar to Cody Marshall and Irina Allyn Henthorne, $525,000. Bright Passage, 11784-Lee E. and Clarissa B. Thomas to Michael and Mi Young Coomes, $616,500. Cedar Fern Ct., 5926-Imtiaz Chhatriwala and Nishreen Akolawala to Hai Tran, $325,000. Golden Hook, 6271-Amber M. Forrester and Adam B. Barkley to Lennox A. and Margaret A. Stephens, $375,000. Lightfall Ct., 11729-Thomas and Lou Ann Gilmer to Christopher J. Wallace and Andrea G. Shadick, $644,900. Slender Sky, 6225-Steven G. and Alice R. Lilly to Mark L. and Emily K. Johnson, $405,000. Symphony Way, 10732, No. 202-Minh Chaunguyen and Dominic Patrick Lewis Kerchner to Annette W. Tucker, $305,000. Tooks Way, 11316-Gwendolyn Dungy to Cynthia Lee Stewart, $532,500. Twin Rivers Rd., 10566, No. B2-Kelly J. Pike to Mary Melissa Simmens, $130,000. COOKSVILLE AREA Monticello Dr., 14041-David R. and Cynthia A. Desrochers to John Edward Orbegoso, $547,357. ELKRIDGE AREA Arbor Way, 6319-Jason J. and Claudia S. Morrissey to Calvin Manduna and Natoya Rosemarie Reid, $370,000. Collingwood Ct., 7108-David M. and Patricia S. Wheeler to Jose Medona Franklin and Roney Mathew, $709,900. Downs Ridge Ct., 6174-Saikat and Brooke Dasgupta to Richard E. and Alyce L. Dassing, $412,000. Elk Mar Dr., 7108-William G. and Lindsay M. Martin to Alice Liu and Ryan Scott Altenburg, $622,400. Latchlift Ct., 6222-Gail L. Hoffer to Edward W. Tracy and Elizabeth S. Culbertson, $600,000. Millstream Ct., 7975-Christine M. and Jesse James McGrath to Kedar Ghimire and Rebati Parajuli, $280,000. Paradise Ave., 5759-Joaquin Paredes Rivera and Celia Gonzalez to Tyler and Megan R. Alokonis, $230,000. Rowanberry Dr., 5959, No. 8-Sharon L. Leter to Thawng Hlei and Sung Thluai, $230,000. Singers Way, 7451-Dhananjay D. and Anshu Marathe to Angela D. Johnson, $399,000. Water Oak Rd., 7134, No. 246-Nicholas E. and Amanda Horowitz Bill to Tai Coker, $325,000. ELLICOTT CITY AREA Autumn Field Ct., 5429-Thomas J. and Sharon C. Sonni to Stephen J. and Rachel A. Swatkoski, $619,000. Bonnie Branch Rd., 4868-Marion A. and Francis E. Johnson to William and Jennifer Cooch, $363,000. Breakstone Ct., 7803-Edward R. and Nancy E. Croft to Harmanpreet Singh, $670,000. Burrows Lane, 2944-Junjie Song and Zhihua Geng to Ravichandra B. Muthoju and Thriveni Munaganti, $650,000. Jerseybelle Ct., 5417-Irwin L. and Christine M. Morris to Samuel Brewer, $630,000. Mintz Lane, 5119-Francis J. and Reda M. Meanor Duffy to Ritesh Seth, $825,000. Montgomery Run Rd., 8352, No. I-Chang J. and Nana C. Choi to Hwan Young and Alyssa Kim, $195,000. Normandy Dr., 2919-Stephen L. and Ruth R. Lauer to Jordan A. and Kacie M. Strausbaugh, $467,500. Quaker Brothers Dr., 8622, No. 27-Abhai and Rajita Tripathi to Johnson Somaram and Aruna D. Katikela, $320,000. Sandstone Ct., 7701-Andra and Gary Distefano to Matthew and Jessica Degner, $595,000. Streambank Way, 8505-Alec Beningfield and Cherrie L. Evans to Stephen Ward and Tamara Pearman, $680,000. Tyson Rd., 8202-Lilliam E. Mendoza Toro to Patrick C. Cohill, $515,000. Winding Ross Way, 8110-Mazhar Natour and Batoul Abbas to Sravanthi Nekkanti, $515,000. FULTON AREA Gunston St., 8816-Aaron J. and Heather C. Jaffey to Jennifer Dayle Smith, $715,000. Mulberry St., 7615-Ronald A. and Jennifer L. Butler to Jillian L. and William J. Lamont, $880,000. Terrace Lane, 11271-Deepa Kattail and Sameera Udipi to Bryian and Terry Tan, $709,000. GLENELG AREA Burntwoods Rd., 14010-Kerry H. and Robert C. Hite to Kristen Ashley Mandler, $485,000. Penn Cross Ct., 4004-Mitchell Louis and Susan Davis Coccia to Justin Charles and Kristen Meekins Liberto, $670,000. GLENWOOD AREA Hunt Valley Dr., 2855-Thomas J. and Rebecca Taylor to Elizabeth C. and John D. Williams, $1.27 million. HANOVER AREA Hanover Crossing Way, 6325-David Michael and Bonwyn Matarozza Preis to Patrick Joseph and Erin Rose Nyren, $435,000. Patuxent Quarter Rd., 6287-Linda Jo Byrd to Jamie L. and Angela M. Price, $510,000. JESSUP AREA Oak Meade Way, 8412-Kevin A. Scheminant to Tianna Reeves, $304,999. KINGS CONTRIVANCE VILLAGE AREA Birdhouse Cir., 9446, No. 12-Martin F. Jackson to Ashar Zaman, $320,000. Copperwood Way, 7045-Carmen Rosa Gelavert to Steven A. Dial, $330,000. Eden Brook Dr., 7323, No. E-28-Shannon Bisram to Melissa Ann Cisiewicz, $325,500. Little Bird Path, 7313-Ronald R. and Sherri L. Capurso to Denise Giardina, $375,000. Quarry Bridge Ct., 9521-Ronnie S. Kurlander and Katy Pardoe to Zahida and Arreba Aslam, $280,000. Setting Sun Way, 7456-Gabriel and Megan E. Bellagamba to Markela and Matthew P. Murphy, $330,000. Summer Park Ct., 9710-Susan E. Fischer to Chinthaka G. Hewadikdeniyage and Tonisha C. Herath, $290,000. MULLINIX AREA New Cut Rd., 18131-Richard H. Kolb Jr. to Nicholas Paul and Krystin Anne Locantore, $619,000. SAVAGE AREA Savage Guilford Rd., 8266-Douglas Carrol Slater to Wendy Lizette Castro Alvarado, $290,000. SCAGGSVILLE-LAUREL AREA Breamore Ct., 9385-Maury W. and Kelly F. Harris to Edy Asdrubal Ruano Osorio, $295,000. Churchill Way, 10419-Lee and Elizabeth Myers to Kimberly Maisel and Michael Stopek, $687,000. Fennel Way, 10011-Kwang S. Sauer to Colin and Jacqueline Albaugh, $640,000. Hadleigh Ct., 9632-Dana Wolfe Hesse to Yemisi O. Adesomo, $350,000. Light Moon Way, 8570-Colin B. and Jacqueline L. Albaugh to Robert Francisco and Lisa Anne Bote, $437,500. Melody Dr., 9014-Burkard Homes Corp. to Bishop J. Felix and James K. Modozie, $539,990. Peachtree Lane, 8715-Robert A. and Kimberly Grear Perone to Senait Murutse Desta and Daniel Tesfay Teklu, $610,000. Rock Ripple Lane, 9388-Kishan and Ekta Kapadia to Jarom and Erin Voyles, $425,000. Timber Oak Lane, 8715-Sterling National Bank to Susan and Robert Pate, $459,900. SYKESVILLE AREA River Rd., 785-Jelles N. Fonda and Kathryn A. O’Connell to Lin Wang, $810,000. WEST FRIENDSHIP AREA Fox Valley Dr., 3141-American Intl Relocation Corp. and Daniel Murtha to Samuel K. and Emma P. Tweneboah, $790,000. WOODBINE AREA Cattail Woods Lane, 1717-Gregory D. and Michelle D. Moore to Daniel and Elizabeth Dudley, $660,000. Woodbine Rd., 2070-Chad A. and Cory A. Zirk to Michele Marie and Shawn Alexander Gannon, $599,900. WOODSTOCK AREA Chaucer Way, 2105-Douglas S. and Margaret M. Kapustin to Anumalasetty Veeranjaneyulu and Sudharani Anumalasetty, $605,000. Folkestone Way, 10730-Sang Kyun Ryu to Sameer Siddiqui and Gauri Mehta, $510,000. Old Frederick Rd., 10884-Rodney W. Williams and Judith A. Carrithers to Michael R. Walton Jr. and Jodie Keenan, $800,000."
"Emory Lane, 16650-Patsy C. Herold to Julia Hernandez, $459,900. Hornbeam Dr., 4712-Clinton D. and Shenita Y. White to Stephen J. Tapparo and Luz M. Redondo, $685,000. Morgal St., 4410-Jeremy A. Schiffer and Rachel Werner to Daniel F. Rogers and Jennifer L. Gordon, $470,000. AD Veirs Mill Rd., 12732, No. 1-101-Steven W. Watts and estate of Bradley Nolan Watts to Janys A. Cabrera Diaz, $190,000. BETHESDA AREA Alta Vista Rd., 5511-Ihor G. and Catherine Murashchyk to Marco and Carolyn Macchiavelli, $707,500. AD Arrowood Rd., 7205-MSM Design Build Corp. to David Arash and Beth Javdan, $5.97 million. Bells Mill Rd., 6400-Ivan S. Dimitrov and James Norris Platt to Molly A. Herrera and Juan C. Herrera Trejo, $656,000. Brixton Lane, 9903-Jeffrey M. and Sheryl E. Prieto to Gabriel I. Parra and Natalia Gudino, $745,000. Burdette Rd., 8300, No. 502-Donna G. Smith and estate of Charles H. Goldberg to Kenneth H., Francine and Richard Shure, $680,000. AD Buttermere Lane, 6707-Irma Lee Westrell to Peter Glaser, $630,000. Exeter Rd., 7515-Barry L. and Sigrun F. Haase to Carlton Ervin, $3.5 million. Harling Lane, 4517-Anthony B. and Frank Crisafulli to Carlyle P. Thorsen, $889,000. Inglemere Dr., 9819-Masha Kruskal to Earle and Cynthia Ingalls, $830,000. Maple Ave., 4600-Richard Allen Lingle to Nathan K. Redmann and Bianca Elizabeth Bersani, $1.2 million. AD McLean Dr., 5605-Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders Corp. to Edward and Lerna Chaglassian, $2.33 million. Millwood Rd., 7208-Richard Coghlan and Sang Me Lee to Roman and Katja Elisabeth Heini, $2.65 million. Pelham Rd., 8507-George L. Richardson and Beatriz M. Romero Junquera to Huanhuan Deng and Bing Qi, $1.48 million. AD Rannoch Rd., 6800-John L. Stodola to Katherine E. Pappas and Craig D. Goldstein, $1.3 million. Sentinel Dr., 4970, No. 11-204-Kerry Lynn Edwards to Rae B. Wine, $564,000. Still Spring Ct., 8300-Eric Paul Hanson and Celia Noemi Cruz to Daniel P. Simon and Lisa Marie Yanni, $925,000. Vendome Dr., 9232-John D. Gordon and H. Allison Smith to Brian S. Gold, $1.44 million. Walton Rd., 5816-Natalie A. Albina to Stephen T. Power and Claudia A. Laguzzi, $1.58 million. Whitley Park Terr., 5450, No. 305-Cheryl L. Maltz and estate of Adrienne K. Maltz to Mohanlal, Panna and Dipti Mistry, $389,250. AD Winterberry Ct., 5-Guillermo Jose Aviles Mendoza and Juliana Kruse De Andrade Maia to Maria L. Bruno Ruiz and Daniel F.B. Ruiz, $852,500. AD BOYDS AREA Conrad Spring Rd., 15432-Rosemarie Borisow to James P. and Natacha C. Walsh, $765,000. Shiloh Church Rd., 23210-Joe D. and Mary V. Pace to Sam and Rima Abuobaid, $925,000. BROOKEVILLE AREA Briars Rd., 3422-Mark B. and Gail A. Gunod Green to Maura Burns and James Landers Sullivan, $519,500. Honeystone Way, 2302-Peter and Christina Donath to Vincent and Nicole T. Walker, $725,000. Saint George Way, 2515-Laura Kane and estate of Richard V. Fazio to Michael and Yelena C. Roshal, $727,000. BURTONSVILLE AREA Aldora Cir., 14119-Gary W. and Wendy Ann Whichard to Emmerson Nelson, $285,000. Bentley Park Dr., 14517-Daniel and Laura Davis to Tariq Shahzad and Humera Tariq, $660,000. AD AD Regalwood Terr., 4313-Gordon H. Fry to Nina M. Keach and Lou Deutschman, $300,000. Sorrento Ct., 14502-Tokozile and Rodwell Dlodlo to Akossiwa E. Atohoun, $290,000. CALVERTON-COLESVILLE AREA English Turn Dr., 13015-Itea Investments Corp. to Meseret Ibsa, $750,000. Lillian Lane, 111-Carol Delaney and Patrick J. Doyle to Mamoon Osman Hassan Saeed, $470,000. Peaceful Lane, 1415-Reginald L. Penny to Antoine D. Poole II and Marielys Montero, $435,000. Staley Manor Dr., 1743-Sarah M. Pevey to Harris Iqbal and Victoria Audrey Prevette, $310,000. Woodlake Dr., 3552, No. 19-Tara M. Royster to Titilayo O. Adigun, $365,000. CHEVY CHASE AREA Clifford Ave., 8804-Nancy B. and Condit N. Eddy to Patricia M. Diaz and Marcelino N. Andrade, $730,000. AD Falstone Ave., 4723-Brandon H. and Anna J. Lee to Helene Safire, $1.25 million. AD Inverness Dr., 3601-David J. Chorzempa to Brian P. and Cathleen D. Ciampa, $1.2 million. Levelle Dr., 9211-Steven D. and Kimberley C. Pearson to Rebecca S. and Daniel L. Weaver, $1.31 million. Wisconsin Ave., 5600, No. 1407-Terry Holtzman and estate of Mary Holtzman to Joseph E. Schwartz and Anne Weiss, $1.32 million. Wyndale Lane, 7404-Joy M. Leong to Robert A. Vricella, $975,000. CLARKSBURG AREA Basswood Hill Dr., 23114-Sun Kyung Yu to Mouhamed and Fatou Dioum, $430,400. Ebenezer Chapel Dr., 13070-Third Try Corp. to Manoj Maheshwari and Nitu Pasari, $515,000. Pond Pine Dr., 12109-Rui P. and Jessica Torres to Yong Guo and Shangwei Liu, $435,000. AD Winding Woods Way, 22002-Clarksburg Village Corp. to Jeffrey Glenn and Venita Yvette Scott, $601,395. CLOVERLY-EDNOR AREA Cantrell Rd., 14400-Musawwir A. and Tasnuva Khan to Luis M. and Edgar C. Loayas Aguilar, $550,000. AD Redgate Ct., 2-Roger M. Brown and Karen Jayne Doswell to Deborah Y. Clark, $706,000. DAMASCUS AREA Biscayne Lane, 9904-Lawrence and Lindsay Haley to Jason and Amanda Oakes, $395,000. Canvasback Way, 9958-Jessica M. McLaughlin and Mark R. Nettling to Yamila Medina, $249,000. Middleboro Dr., 10812-Susan M. Hensley to Junmin and Xiaoxiang Zhang, $550,000. Valley Park Terr., 25732, No. H-2-Jesus Arturo Parrau and Nicole Jennifer Hartwick to Caitlin Ann Caffrey, $259,000. AD DERWOOD AREA Cliffbourne Lane, 17817-Estate of Joan B. Carpenter to Kyle M. and Lynn E. Erickson, $515,000. Granby Rd., 6108-Florence M. Hallman and Patricia L. Boyer to Sonia Mundle Smith, $685,000. Nutwood Ct., 7609-Alan J. Diamond and Carol Janus to Laddawan Thirachawalit, $375,000. Wheat Fall Dr., 17521-John C. Vergelli and estate of Kathleen Ann Vergelli to Luis F. Retana and Betsy N. Lopez, $450,000. AD FOUR CORNERS-BURNT MILLS AREA Brewster Ct., 314-Andrew J. and Kristin A. Schrader to Cheryl Ann Hurwitz, $653,000. Dryden St., 1107-Laurie A. Yengo to Jodi Ilene Charles, $500,000. Glenwild Rd., 10615-Arceli Bacsinila to Ashley Nicole Macon and Shauna Natasha Davis, $482,500. Lowander Lane, 813-U.S. Bank and Legacy Mortgage Asset Trust to Yonas Nigatu Gurach, $440,000. Saybrook Ave., 9308-Laverne H. Havelka to Deanna L. Wright, $504,000. Sutherland Rd., 10003-Jared E. and Jennifer L. Gigliotti to Robert H. and Ashley S. Burch, $615,000. GAITHERSBURG AREA Barn Swallow Terr., 18728-Matthew and Shanna Bahen to James Michael Whalen, $276,000. Fertile Meadow Ct., 18023-Rajeev and Gunjan Jain to Maryonne A.C. Snow Smith, $350,000. Grosbeak Terr., 18632-Brian Williams to Dalicia Ashley Eschoe, $295,000. Hummingbird Terr., 9235-JLG Investments Corp. to Marc D. and Brandon Riley Goldstein, $325,000. AD Lindstrom Ct., 17615-Alan R. and Jan Briddell Stevens to Jaime Romeo Valiente Gallegos and Ruth Fransoli Valiente, $325,000. Pearlbush Dr., 7900, No. 302-Edward J. Maynes to Christine R. Kim and Ricky M. Zatz, $129,999. Tulip Dr., 110-Ashley J. White and Christopher A. Sibrizzi to Aaron K. and Anna K. Serrano, $400,000. GAITHERSBURG-NORTH POTOMAC AREA Apple Blossom Way, 112-Wen I. Wear and Jack Pai Young Liu to Kannan Chinnasamy and Harita Kannan, $610,000. Boat House Ct., 14-Qisheng Li and Jinwen Chen to Dun Liang and Sutan Wu, $771,000. Chestertown St., 122-Scott V. and Sharon L. Nystrom to Andrew and Jaclyn Nicoletta, $882,500. Clover Knoll Rd., 11925-Inge J. Caldwell to Eric Endicott and Heather Leeper, $515,000. Curry Ford Lane, 208-Suntrust Bank to Francis Aning Boddom, $320,000. Diamondback Dr., 506, No. 241-C.F. Sept Owner Corp. to Lok Wong Samson, $489,900. Fenceline Dr., 12-Maureen Q. Ponce to Umesh J. Rajani and Purvi R. Desai, $380,000. Helene St., 535-Blake E. and Ilene H. Godsey to Gary M. and Judith Lynn Katz, $809,900. Kimberly Ct. W., 785-Perfect Homes Corp. to Summer G. Martinez and Daniel Francis Cumberland Jr., $535,000. Linslade St., 724-Verna W. and Jerry C. Van Wert Jr. to Christopher Michael and Courtney B.K. Knaus, $800,000. Orchard Hills Dr., 111-Mark A. and Joanna Green to Ebrahim Rajabtabar Darvish and Hanieh Ataei, $550,000. Phelps St., 477-Rajesh Kumar and Anju Goel to Yang Liu and Yu Zhang, $624,000. Quince Orchard Blvd., 882, No. 202-Xiaoyou Chen to Anisur Rahman Palash and Afia A. Jahan, $115,000. Sylvan Glade Dr., 14440-Drew Evan and Ryann Leslie Morris to Shafiul and Mahabuba Alam Elahee, $1 million. Water Oak Dr., 15105-Jai Raj Narain and Tara B. Rajan to Chawan Elliot Barnes and Sadaf Afkhami, $620,000. GERMANTOWN AREA Ambassador Dr., 13600-Hao Ping Chai to Hwei Chun Chou, $259,900. Chalet Dr., 18140, No. 7-101-Hsiu Ling Hsu to Annette Richards, $178,000. Dairymaid Dr., 13139, No. 103-Fang Xu to Bowen Yang, $155,000. Esmond Ct., 27-Joseph Beall and Paul Yanoshik to Eric Robert and Keke Schuler, $308,900. Lake Park Dr., 19918, No. 922-Sandra and Maria Pazmino to Augustina Boamah and Kwame Konadu, $310,000. Lowfield Terr., 13413-Jasbir and Piari Singh to Mario and Janeth Andino, $345,000. Martins Landing Dr., 18700-Stephen P. Macloud to Michael L. Tash, $284,500. Moonwalk Ct., 18910-Chad and Amanda Berkhammer to Vitaly Avilov and Qi Zeng, $564,900. Rayfield Dr., 19425-Juan A. and Isabel Galvez Salgado to Scott and Mignonette Petersen, $401,000. Shipley Terr., 20209, No. 1-B-201-Hector A. and Jose Omar Andino Rivera to Hector Hermando Neira Herrera and Graciela Q. Neira, $180,000. Summer Oak Dr., 11527-Mark M. and Megan A. Jackowski to Timothy R. and Alena Lynn Carter, $305,000. Warrior Brook Dr., 19141-Zhengliang Bu and Lanlan Zhang to Robert Eugene and Danielle Ross Franklin, $409,900. Winding Creek Way, 12041-Francoise A. Andre and Apostol T. Vassilev to Jibran Misbah and Farah Reyaz, $322,000. KENSINGTON AREA Brunswick Ave., 10700-Roy E. and Herlyth B. Clark to Thomas G. and Madison Dickinson Hendren, $550,000. Flanders Ave., 5307-Silviu C. and Leana Cretu to Steven H. Ngo, $650,000. Midvale Rd., 11120-Jerome Rossignuolo and Chu Chu Lan to Timothy Jerome White Jr. and Ghazal Parsa, $769,000. Saul Rd., 4501-Jonathan George Mathis to Rosita Alyssa Baua Hermann, $699,000. LAYTONSVILLE AREA Flamingo Terr., 24340-James P. and Natacha C. Walsh to William Marshall Lee and Casey Christine Robertson, $380,000. Lochaven Ct., 20924-Donna M. Marino to Michael Anthony and Leslie Susan Gladu, $625,000. Watkins Rd., 9631-Suzanne and Donald L. Diddle to Scott D. Parello, $480,000. Woodfield School Rd., 25130-Joseph Allen and Cheryl Peters Wyatt to Patricia and Terry Nichols, $635,000. MONTGOMERY VILLAGE AREA Brassie Way, 9620-Shannon Frye Robb to Richard Pineda and Alicia D. Valle Toledo, $199,900. Copps Hill Pl., 18124-Fabiana I. and Ismelda Gaona to Marco Antonio Uceda Juica, $225,000. Hellingly Pl., 9728, No. 203-Anthony Malek to Nicolaas Johannes Van Staden, $114,000. Mills Choice Rd., 19023, No. 4-James I. and Tuanhwa H. Cheng to Leo Stanley and Konika A. Rodriguese, $130,000. Ravenglass Way, 8732-Patricia M. Benjamin to Nicolas E. Quinones, $195,000. Sterncroft Ct., 20504-Jesus Huaman and Frida Mojonero to Ketty E. Peraza and Cristofer Adalverto Gonzalez, $238,500. Transhire Rd., 19551-John Charles Marshall to Laurel Foster, $240,000. NEW HAMPSHIRE ESTATES-HILLANDALE AREA Hedin Dr., 9809-Clifford H. and Sandra Ivery to Saleela and Shailesh Kumar Sharma, $416,500. NORBECK-LAYHILL AREA Bel Pre Rd., 3750, No. 11-Andrew and Paulette M. Ladas to Marcos R. Tamayo Olivier and Carla A. Luis, $92,500. Camellia Dr., 12813-Gary and Elizabeth M. Gilliam to Erica S. St. Louis and Herbert Russell Frisby III, $475,000. Edelmar Terr., 3612, No. 127-A-Woodrow W. Hancock Jr. to Alice C. McGurty, $241,500. Greenery Lane, 2308, No. 302-13-Federal National Mortgage Association and BWW Law Group Corp. to Rasheda Akter and Nazifa Tazrian Munia, $189,900. Innsbruck Ct., 14420, No. 3-AB-Steve J. Chaney to Francisco N. Hernandez Savinon, $185,000. Interlachen Dr., 15101, No. 1-414-Estate of Barry Friedberg to Ann M. McDowell, $280,000. Island Creek Ct., 3423, No. 132-A-Robert S. and Emilene Werner to Katherine L. and Thomas G. Bugenhagen, $468,000. Leisure World Blvd. N., 3200, No. 619-Cindy Ann Gilman and estate of Freeda S. Wolf to Gail Roe, $404,000. Leisure World Blvd. N., 3330, No. 5-915-Roger D. Feldman and estate of Gertrude Coburn Feldman to Val S. and Judith Sasmore, $152,500. Ludham Dr., 3209, No. 193-A-Edward A. Perron to Sherry Lynne Stargel, $315,000. Nordic Hill Cir., 1651-Kenneth Cutler and Wioleta Laska to Eugenio J. Aleman and Maria C. Vassallo, $494,000. Redspire Dr., 13302-Dale and Lilyan Kang to Hoang M. Nguyen and Mai X. Huynh, $825,000. Weller Rd., 2604-Luciano and Lidia DiFranco to Tena Gebretsadik and Hana Wondimu, $450,000. OLNEY AREA Buehler Rd., 17816, No. 1-B-2-Luis Anthony Jaramillo to Peter J. and Joseph Toller Leicht, $125,000. Gelding Lane, 3811-Michelle R. Cascio to Paulina M. Kozorosky, $373,000. Overwood Dr., 17804-Maurice L. Vekeman Jr. to Nicholas Domenico Richards and Jennifer Steiger, $472,500. Shadowridge Terr., 18606-Cynthia L. Dunn to Seble Abebe and Mulugeta T. Fisseha, $421,000. POOLESVILLE AREA Hughes Rd., 17300-Jeffrey Dayton and estate of Leona J. Nelson to Jesse Ryan and Jennifer Loznak, $443,500. Spurrier Ave., 19812-Randolph C. and Nancy L. Halphen to Stephen and Angela Amanda Trice, $430,000. POTOMAC AREA Bartonshire Way, 1294-Donna R. Foley to Laurence Wade and Sarah Maria Tivnan, $710,000. Betteker Lane, 9905-Patrick D. and Mariella V. Young to Yan Zhang, $680,000. Brushwood Way, 13149-Jennifer M. Whitlow to Jeffrey T. and Michele Molyn Napoliello, $1.73 million. Cambridge Manor Ct., 9237-Kathleen J.S. and Stevan A. Varga to Sean Wesley Hiapo and Jill Renee Olson, $1.82 million. Conestoga Way, 9708-RBL Ventures Corp. to Kevin Kyuhong and Yoojin Choi, $930,000. Democracy Blvd., 10240-Barbara and Gerard P. Champaloux to Ejike Asiegbunam, $1.8 million. Fallsmead Way, 1203-Wai Keen Chung and Junqing Liu to Colter Thomas and Alana Wase Bell, $753,000. Inverness Ridge Rd., 8145-Donna F. Panagos to Xun Sun and Linnu Cao, $560,000. Lloyd Rd., 10325-Mark B. and Donna Tasso Johnson to John K. Wilson and Katherine J. Scoville, $829,000. Milbern Dr., 11612-Sheshagiri Rao and Kusum A.R. Kalavar to James P. and Calie B. Lillis, $735,000. River Falls Dr., 8304-Edward J. and Elizabeth C. Hudson to Blair Alexander and Elizabeth Goergen Silver, $1.4 million. Stratton Dr., 2001-Michelle L. Snyder and Jonathon S. Colton to Ira S. Miller and Allison Buchman, $775,000. Turnberry Dr., 9472-Paul A. and Susan L. Commander Samakow to Virun Lee, $880,000. Willowbrook Dr., 11137-Pei Ying and Diana H. Chen to Kevin P. and Angela R. Murphy, $1.09 million. ROCKVILLE AREA Azalea Dr., 868, No. 21-Prashant and Quenie Thi Nguyen Goswami to Ehud Inbar, $350,000. Barbados Pl., 5916, No. 59-Trudy Bernstein to Ari Payes, $399,000. Boiling Brook Pkwy., 4722-Andrew J. Horos to Mohd Sulaiman and Moska Hakimzada, $390,000. Brentford Dr., 5109-Joseph C. Werner to Jimmy Su, $365,000. Charles St., 335-Leqin Shi to Patrick Jose Raminhos, $317,000. Dundee Rd., 2002-Tian Zhou to Peipei Hu, $515,000. Ertter Dr., 4904-Steven T. and Karon C. Martinez to Christopher A. Yen and Luyao Zhang, $590,000. Gaither Rd., 1017-Morgan Chiu and Hsiaofang Yeh to Gregory and Dorothy Yahr, $525,000. Glenmore Terr., 2267-Lawrence G. Lazar and Leilei He to Natalia Komissarova, $765,000. Linden Square Ct., 5804, No. 41-Karla Olsen to Andrea Basdekian, $535,000. Luxberry Ct., 9, No. 4-Shulamith B. and Donald D. Weisman to Michael Anthony O’Sullivan and Janet Rae Fox, $570,000. Monroe St., 114, No. 302-Yuri Berman to Gennadiy A. Pavlyukovets and Natallia S. Kotseneva, $235,000. Old Georgetown Rd., 11710, No. 1226-Scott Christopher and Alina Elizabeth Hotaling to Majid Majd, $325,000. Paulsboro Dr., 957-Heather A. Mulloy to Nurgul Gelic, $495,000. Rolling House Rd., 11327-Ira B. Mirsky to Thomas and Ola Chen, $850,000. Rose Ave., 930, No. 1906-Pike & Rose Condominium Inc. to Melony and Robert Muller, $479,900. Strathmore Park Ct., 10400, No. 303-Steven D. and Laurie J. Macht to Gerard E. and Germana B. Mitchell, $800,000. Topping Rd., 4704-Ryan M. and Angela H. Harper to Bradly M. Bauman and Kristen Elmezzi, $470,000. Warfield Dr., 618-Kevin Frederic and Cynthia Jo Brooks to Lucy Angela Carone Elliott, $650,000. Wickshire Way, 11020, No. A-5-Corey and Emily Baker to John Carlos Wong, $625,000. SENECA PARK-CEDAR GROVE AREA Amber Ridge Cir., 12031-George A. and Traci D. Crawford to Adam Shuaib and Amanda Stegmiller, $350,000. Bent Creek Terr., 11318-Jill R. Freund to Belinda B. Nyarko, $350,000. Owls Nest Cir., 21255, No. UN40-Seung H. and Hannah Weerae Lee to Fenton G. Dobard Jr. and Alicia R. Tellis, $355,000. Royal Crown Dr., 12509-Brian and Irina Mitchell to Swayne J. Singh and Tigest Eyasu, $500,000. Sojourn Ct., 21003, No. 33-Janice A. Thomas to Vernette V. Vernon, $280,000. SILVER SPRING AREA Cassedy St., 2737-Melinda Campos and Gloria Zagorski to Daniel J. Zarin, $627,500. Easley St., 701-Gunnar Grodsky to Ahmed and Nihad Fawzy, $1.34 million. Kingsbury Dr., 9105-Stanford D. Gillis to Gregory S. Avicola, $630,000. Russell Rd., 9411-Paul Skafte to Samuel R. Gilbert and Erica E. Eisenman, $665,000. Washington Ave., 2207, No. W-203-Amy T. and Jason R. Barnard to Beatriz Rodriguez, $280,000. Second Ave., 8926-Tage Jacob Rainsford and Danielle Nichole Bird to Jason David Schellhardt, $735,000. TAKOMA PARK AREA Carroll Ave., 7342-Keith A. and Sara Mercedes Allen Sieverding to Alfred Clarence and Claire Joanna Bertrand, $715,000. Hudson Ave., 601, No. 312-Leslie Charles and estate of Judith Ann Hobbs to Clara Ines Vargas, $175,000. TWINBROOK AREA Debeck Dr., 1004-Laura S. Johnson to Isabelle Raquin and Jonathan Honigman, $482,000. Gilbert Rd., 1003-Richard and Debora Branthover to Jordan A. Stubbs and Carol Oser, $370,000. Lemay Rd., 5935-Andrew J. Wilks and Edward H. Walker to Rajeev and Sandra Purohit, $448,402. Rockcrest Cir., 30-Kevin William Green and Kimberly Pisabaj to Gibran Shaikh and Zuha Moin, $485,000. WHEATON AREA Bluff Terr., 101-Benjamin Scott Sammon to Connie Lynn Bacon and John Patrick Andrews, $535,000. Cone Lane, 11004-Dorothy S. and John J. Crnkovic to William Henry Washington Jr. and Keshni Naicker, $400,000. Georgia Ave., 9806, No. 22-301-John Justin Gradowski to Deborah Meetze Hinton and James Reid Rowlett, $230,000. Hardy Ave., 2814-Andreas P. Gelner and Adrienne J. Capkovic to Endalew K. Delegassa and Eleni G. Dinkalem, $366,000. Imperial Dr., 1702-Laura L. Letson to Matthew O. Spencer and Greta Claire Harman, $499,000. Lamberton Dr., 800-Robert H. and Angela C. Liberman to Moshe B. and Melissa Broder, $660,000. Lovejoy St., 11803-Yossi Alkoby and Judith Meira Gershater to Scott Weinberg and Julia Ashkanazy, $522,500. Woodland Dr., 9900-Sara A. and Angelique J. Willis Hilbrich to Matthew G. Dean and Deborah A. Williams, $525,000. Frederick County These sales data recorded by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation in August were provided by Black Knight Inc. For information about other residential real estate transactions, visit ADAMSTOWN AREA Mount Ephraim Rd., 1888-Tom P. and Maureen T. Lapsa to Lindsay Turner Johnson, $725,000. BRUNSWICK AREA Crums Hollow Dr., 801-David M. Kilpatrick to Kenneth V. and Krisztina Baglyas Janosko, $413,000. Orndorff Dr. W., 134-Kelly A. Watson Huffer to Matthew and Cheyenne Smith, $170,000. Virginia Ave. N., 12-Jeff and Sam Edgin to Karen P. Orens, $280,000. BUCKEYSTOWN AREA Keller Lime Plant Rd., 6787-Charles M. and Julie N. McGuffin to Joseph Brooks Gatewood, $339,000. BURKITTSVILLE-JEFFERSON AREA Camden Dr., 4105-Larissa Lefebure to Joseph and Elizabeth Longo, $347,000. Pecan Ct., 3445-Gerard J. and Shirley L. Long to Jonathan H. and Lori M. Paquin, $459,900. EMMITSBURG AREA Huntley Cir., 1325-Allen Ambush to Skylar D. Poole and Megan S. Degrange, $320,000. FREDERICK CITY-ADAMSTOWN VILLAGE AREA Avonshire Pl., 5620, No. D-Paul Werking to Lai Thang and Kippar Van, $183,000. Black Creek Lane, 7203-Michael T. Malafarina to Rachael Hallyburton and Patrick Koogle, $278,000. Clifton Rd. S., 6205-Eric Seth Epstein to Rusty J. and Nancy J. Mikulas, $235,000. Duke Ct., 5184-Taruan D. and Daphne S. Matthews to Damien Lamont Ricketts, $210,000. Essex Pl., 518-Marijka A. Grey to Mary Joe Bayley, $191,500. Granville Ct., 6638-Mandy Schall McAteer to Jason W. Brinkley, $285,000. Hollyberry Way, 590-Eric J. Miller to Lasker N. Ahmed, $198,000. Jefferson Blvd., 6624-Payton M. and Bethany L. Reid to Harry Russell and Sandra Sessa Lashley, $515,000. Killdeer Ct., 6737-Brett A. and Caitlin E. Vanorsdel to Ryan Hopkins, $245,000. McGrath Pl., 6631-Calli Marie Rooney Lear to Nestor Arnoldo Nunez and Elizabeth A. Holden, $295,000. Old Swimming Pool Rd., 4902-Walter L. Hepker and Rebecca G. Full to Brian P. Howie, $314,900. Rivendell Pl., 5583-Marc Aaron and Christine Apolito to Sheila R. Bonney, $282,000. Small Gains Way, 4949-Steven C. and Jessi D. Barmoy to Luis Banoscare, $322,000. Sweet Bay Ct., 5775-Katherine C. Kelley to Jennifer Lynn Buckley, $209,900. Timberwolf Dr., 1415-Linda Greenberg to Omar Adonay Mendez Carias and Tylyn A. Medrano, $368,500. Walcott Lane, 6511, No. 102-Jaime Thompson to Darla H. Alterescu, $226,900. Wood Duck Ct., 6770-Nathan A. and Jessica R. Vanhouten to Jianyong and Xiuqin Gao, $224,400. FREDERICK CITY-LIBERTYTOWN AREA Baldridge Cir., 6140-Steven B. and Kendall Klosky Tiffany to Erica F. and Anthony N. Cooke, $282,000. Bear Den Rd., 2563-Ronald L. Mallow and Robin N. Gordon to Todd and Gail Fineberg, $389,900. Bridgewater Ct. W., 9402-Razvan A. and Jennifer Simonica to James and Lauren Ji Kim, $409,900. Catoctin Ave., 209-Joseph M. Shoemaker to James E. Rippeon II and Aimee Leigh Rider, $237,500. Church St. E., 217-Katie A. Pribyl to Dianne Dain, $555,000. Derrs Ct., 1800-Jason R. and Kathleen A. Sepanic to Michael A. and Evelyne Anzick, $380,000. Dogwood Dr., 1604-Daniel W. Trombetta to Paul Fritz, $305,000. Egret Way, 2625-Tracy Tucker and Kathleen Martin to Sean Gibson, $315,000. Greenleese Dr. N., 1801-Jeffrey T. and Kari B. Enama to Zachary Alan and Courtney Marie Davis, $424,000. Holden Rd., 832-Calatlantic Group Inc. to Joshua Adam and Sarah Anne Loftus, $497,473. Jubal Way, 926-Phineas Cornell and Sharander Lakilia Jackson to Edmond D. Fuentes, $260,000. Lamp Post Lane, 2213-Sean M. and Amanda M. McWilliams to Shayna L. Scott, $290,000. McMurray St., 104-David W. and Kathryn L. Humphries to Jennifer A. Wilson and Lesley J. Vandever, $270,000. Mill Island Pkwy., 3030, No. 310-Joseph A. Alexander to Judith Westbrook, $327,000. Palatine Dr., 3000-Wormald Development Co. to Joan T. Reilly, $473,900. Quay Ct., 7984-David H. Shiben to Jamaal Anwar Jones, $220,000. Sherman Ave., 304-Tarah M. Zuniga and Edison Zuniga Sanchez to Amanda N. Barrientez, $216,000. Springwater Ct., 6509, No. 6401-Jennifer Bolling Laggini Palmer to Annie Walker, $190,000. Stoners Ford Way, 3025-Lorraine J. Stoltz and Marsha D. Flowers to David F. and Jeannie R. Knollman, $462,000. Village Square Rd., 2231-Debra A. Bowman to Janet Jenkins, $333,500. Wheyfield Dr., 1618-Michael G. and Linda J. Murray to Michelle Garrett, $286,000. Fifth St. W., 235-Rachel E. Kavanagh to Brian Patrick Walsh, $239,000. FREDERICK CITY-MOUNTAINDALE AREA Andover Lane, 1636-Roberto Serpas Salmeron to Justin A. Mawdsley and Carol L. Paulson, $282,400. Boulder Rd., 9404-Sabrina Elizabeth Smith to Ivan and Kensy M. Alvarenga, $235,000. Buell Dr., 93-Anthony and Melinda Hite to Blyden Bonar Jr. and Nancy Kobe, $250,000. Catoctin Ct., 2500, No. 1-2B-Timothy L. and Terri J. Cannon to Chengkai Dai and Yishu He, $170,000. Coach House Way, 2508, No. 1C-Chris A. Turner and estate of Barbara A. Salt to Karen M. Cappolella, $185,000. Dominion Dr., 2406, No. 2C-Daniel L. and Tama R. Plombon to Patricia A. Lawton, $176,500. Ellsworth Way, 2408, No. 2A-Frank E. Warner to Amy Haggerty, $164,000. Fox Hunt Lane, 8223-Thomas E. and Kathleen E. Igo to David Michael and Joli Naomi Chism, $441,500. Heather Ridge Dr., 416-Wayne Deyton to Joseph S. and Gillian A. Kulina, $125,000. Jordan Valley Way, 8329-Richard W. and Linda S. Revolinsky to Edwin and Jackeline Cartagena, $470,000. Livingstone Terr., 9-Amanda M. and Joyce A. Zimmerman to Kenyan L. Summers, $219,900. Millstream Dr., 1844-Embrace Home Loans Inc. to Jasbir Singh Matharu, $205,000. Runny Ct., 7002-Anthony S. and Jennifer J. Kokoskie to David W. and Kathryn L. Humphries, $340,000. Shelley Cir., 2508, No. 8-Mark and David Degirolamo to Elinor J. Rouff, $189,000. Timber View Ct., 244-L&A Holdings Corp. to Kyle L. Georgius and Lauren N. Hicks, $280,000. Wilcox Valley Dr., 2053-Tiffany A. Glover and Tracy A. White to Michael R. and Ruthann McFadden, $409,000. GARFIELD AREA Loy Wolfe Rd., 13500-Richard M. Pryor to Trystin R. and David H. Alexander, $450,000. IJAMSVILLE AREA Melbourne Pl., 7503-Paul D. and Susan L. Manny to Michael A. Chlebda, $565,000. Shel Mar Dr., 1907-Barry Edwin and Sharon Joy Wagman to Jose M. Cambron Espino, $510,000. LIBERTYTOWN AREA Liberty Rd., 11920, No. 204A-Richard Lee and Heather L. Rippeon to Brittney Nicole Rowse, $126,000. MIDDLETOWN AREA Boileau Ct., 3-Gary and Sharon Diane Gregoire to Connor R. and Brenda L. Smith, $225,000. Feldspar Rd., 4630-Brian T. and Lisa A. Edwards to Jason Robert and Allison Jacob Jachowski, $480,000. Myersville Rd., 8620-Arthur D. Tringali to Jason B. and Patricia M. Leffson Nalley, $355,000. Springbrook Ct. E., 7311-David T. and Mary E. Sweeney to Anita L. Bright, $192,296. MULLINIX AREA Autumn Ridge Ct., 902-Robert H. and Terri L. King to John F. and Jessica E. Fisher, $452,500. Foggy Bottom Ct., 13887-Delores A. and Theodore L. Schwartzbeck to Virginia Elizabeth and James Arthur Lagger, $442,000. Mitchell Ct., 13904-Luke Tanner and Beth Mitchell to William J. and Jessica M. Walker, $648,000. Streamview Ct., 6204-John and Barbara McIntee to Steve Kelbaugh and Suzanne Shipley, $499,900. MYERSVILLE AREA Hunters Knl., 1007-Jay Eric Rhoderick to Jeffrey and Lisa K. Gottlieb, $610,000. NEW MARKET-LAKE LINGANORE AREA Beach Dr. E., 6617-Daniel B. and Kellie C. Ganoung to Charles J. Franco Jr. and Leslie Wang, $255,000. Country Club Rd., 11233-Gary and Sharon Witt to Anthony Paul and Stefanie E. Lavin, $455,000. Fox Chase Rd., 6925-Raymond J. and Cynthia A. Geraghty to Matthew and Shanna Bahen, $400,000. Isaac Russell St., 534-New Market Residential Corp. and Oak Hill Properties Corp. to Sean A. and Kristen L. Chaffman, $520,000. Meadowlake Rd., 6933-Lisa Hamlin and Brian St. John to Andrew Spangler and Jennifer Hake, $495,000. Richard Roberts St., 400-New Market Residential Corp. and Oak Hill Properties Corp. to Nila Via, $520,000. Shalom Ct., 10003-MS Aspen North Corp. to Brad Michael and Courtney Renee Bahr, $500,990. NEW WINDSOR AREA Wildrose Ct., 15610-Timothy L. and Deborah A. McQuay to Kenneth Eugene and Elizabeth Ann Lamb, $347,500. ROCKY RIDGE-CREAGERSTOWN AREA Motters Station Rd., 14619-Bernard J. and Dawn Marie Hobbs to Zachery Bryan Fritz and Heather Michalena Pozzouli, $269,000. THURMONT AREA Moser Cir., 224-William D. Shadle and Brooke N. Hildebrand to Minerva Carrasquillo and Alex Vazquez, $196,000. Stoney Mine Ct., 3-Corey A. Totten to James R. McGrady, $299,900. Utica Ct., 10849-Thomas J. Ledwell to Brandon M. Smith and Ashley A. Brown, $475,000. URBANA AREA Bartonsville Rd., 5817-Landmark Investment Properties Corp. to Michael Kevin Walsh and Sheryl Anderson Fast, $285,000. Belvedere Dr., 9099-Wilmington and Lehman XS Trust to Naseer Nayeem and Huma Hakim, $565,950. Buckeystown Pike, 4310-Jonathan M. and Elisabeth C. Clinton to Leslie Curtis and Mitchell R. Poe, $500,000. Dunraven St., 9443-Greg A. and Elizabeth G. Warner to Dale Anthony and Linda Marie Urlacher, $400,000. Hawk Ridge Rd., 5518-MS Gladhill Farm Corp. to John Austen and Corinne M. Carter, $484,960. Kenway Lane, 9148-Damian and Eboni Williams to Adrian A. Dragulescu and Christina Masterman, $420,000. Pine Bluff Rd., 8415-MS Gladhill Farm Corp. to Thomas D. and Eileen M. Lantzas, $470,000. Singleton Terr., 3717-Mihallaq and Brunilda Dhima to Melissa C. Altieri and Patrick J. Wenzler, $370,000. Urbana Pike., 3625-Robin Michael and Christine Rochelle Reeder to Shuang Guan, $350,000. Wyndham Dr., 9752-William M. and Tina J. Cullum to Shawn I. and Juliet D. Hossain, $589,900. WALKERSVILLE AREA Discovery Blvd., 8526-Healthy Homes Corp. to Stephen J. Green and Janet L. Brumer, $195,000. Old Island Ct., 202-James F. and Shelly L. Mullen to Sabrina E. Smith, $447,000. WOODSBORO AREA Coppermine Rd., 11207-Bradley W. and Amber L. Seiss to Anthony and Charlene Bishop, $615,000."
"In August 2018, a tweet from Hopsquad Brewing hinted at the struggles the long-in-planning brewery was enduring to get up and running: “We’ve had more delays than we can count so we stopped promising (opening) dates.” But Hopsquad hasn’t let another year go by without opening its doors. In a section of North Austin that has become a hub for breweries, Hopsquad opened for the first time this weekend with four beers on draft in an airy, dog-friendly taproom. Cousins Alex and Cesar Limon transformed a warehouse, the former site of an office furniture supply company, into Hopsquad — just about next door to Circle Brewing and a quick drive to other area breweries such as 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, Oskar Blues and Celis Brewery. The new beer maker is easily visible from Braker Lane thanks to a facade completely covered in art by David Rocha. >> RELATED: Central Machine Works opens as massive brewery, beer garden in East Austin Hopsquad aims to stand out in a crowded local market by turning its brews into memorable characters such as the Lord Zanate IPA and Dutchess of Oltorf Holiday Roggenbier, both of which are on the opening beer list. All four current options are $5. Other beverages available include a cider from the neighboring Fairweather Cider and one red, white, rosé and sparkling wine each. A food truck, Tsuke Honten, is permanently on-site as the Asian fusion vision of chef Michael Che, who previously worked at two stellar sushi spots in Austin, Soto and Kyoten Sushiko, according to his bio on the food truck’s website. Check out Hopsquad at 2307 Kramer Ln. during the current taproom hours: 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday. (Hopsquad is open this Tuesday only, 6 p.m. to midnight, for New Year’s Eve celebrations.) The open hours may change as the North Austin brewery finds its footing. For more information, visit"
".......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Year’s Eve revelers can expect a chilly end to 2019. But no travel problems are expected — at least through much of New Year’s Day. A storm system moving in from the northwest could make things a little slick New Year’s night into Thursday. National Weather Service meteorologists said accumulating snow is expected in the western and central parts of the state, especially in the northern mountains. An accumulation of an inch or less is predicted for the Albuquerque metro on Thursday, with a little more than an inch expected in Santa Fe. A few additional inches are possible in the northern mountains. Rain mixed with snow is expected to spread across the eastern plains on Thursday. Cold temperatures are expected to remain throughout the week, with a possible warming trend coming during the weekend. Temperatures are expected to be between 5 to 10 degrees below normal Tuesday into Wednesday. The weather service is urging residents to protect pipes, pets and plants over the next couple days. Highs in the 40s and lows in the mid and low 20s are expected through the remainder of the week in the Albuquerque metro. Low temperatures are expected to be in the teens or single digits in northern New Mexico. Roads are expected to be slick in the western part of the state and in the northern mountains Wednesday night into Thursday. Gusty winds could also make travel hazardous along the I-40 corridor in eastern New Mexico. Cold, drier weather is expected Friday, with warmer temperatures Saturday and much of Sunday before another storm system moves across the state bringing more chances of snow late Sunday into Monday. ADVERTISEMENTSkip ................................................................"
"Open this photo in gallery Former McDonald's worker Cody Bondarchuk was overwhelmed by the response after he tweeted: 'I worked at McDonald’s for two and a half years and I put 11 nuggets in almost every 10-piece I made.' JASON FRANSON/The Globe and Mail Before he was a hero, a legend, “a true angel” and a national treasure – or, depending on your view, a communist, anarchist and unrepentant corporate thief – Cody Bondarchuk was just a man in Edmonton, about to have supper. It was 5:27 p.m. on Nov. 15, a Friday evening. Mr. Bondarchuk, 26, had been tucking into a 10-piece order of Chicken McNuggets with sweet-and-sour sauce, when he recalled something he and his co-workers had done when he was a teenager working at McDonald’s a decade earlier. And, as people do these days, he decided to share the thought on Twitter. Story continues below advertisement Mr. Bondarchuk wrote, “I worked at McDonald’s for two and a half years and I put 11 nuggets in almost every 10-piece I made.” Then he clicked the little blue button to send his tweet. “In the first hour, I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to get 100 likes and I’m going to be really proud of myself for tweeting out a stupid thing,’” Mr. Bondarchuk said later. “And then it just kept coming.” By morning, the tweet had 4,000 likes. When Mr. Bondarchuk took his lunch break that day, it had 100,000. Soon, the tweet was getting 10,000 or 15,000 new responses every minute, so many notifications his phone kept shutting off. People variously called him “a Real American Hero” (he’s Canadian), “the extra nugget angel,” “the hero we honestly didn’t deserve,” “Mr. Extra Nugget Giving Man,” “St. Nuggets,” and, the moniker that appears to have stuck: “The Robin Hood of Nuggets.” (Or, less formally, “The Robin Hood of Nugz.”) There were those who blessed him, wished him good karma, thanked him for his service and told him he’d restored their faith in humanity. As Twitter user @of_obvious wrote, about the experience of unexpectedly receiving 12 McNuggets in a 10-piece order, “It’s amazing how much of a gift that feels like.” The tweet also prompted others to share their own random acts of fast-food philanthropy, from a Burger King employee who tucks onion rings at the bottom of fry boxes, to workers putting extra cheese on tacos, extra pepperoni on pizza, extra bacon on Baconators. Story continues below advertisement There was every imaginable meme for “hero” or “gratitude,” and an oft-repeated reminder that “not all heroes wear capes.” The story of the viral tweet was picked up by news organizations around the world, including the New York Post, Today and Fox News, which speculated Mr. Bondarchuk “may have just become the most popular person on the internet.” The tweet was liked by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, then just days away from the launch of his controversial Cybertruck, and read aloud by Tom Hanks, just days after the release of his movie about Mr. Rogers, in a video celebrating “some of the nicest tweets on the Internet.” “That is a man who is not only being nice, but he’s feeding the world a little bit better and bucking the corporate strategy,” Mr. Hanks said after reading the tweet. “Bravo. That’s a nice thing to do.” Others weren’t so charitable. No small number of people called Mr. Bondarchuk a thief and questioned what would happen if every employee did what he had done. As @DaianaT1 noted, “That’s basically stealing, the nuggets weren’t yours so it’s not up to you deciding how many to put.” Story continues below advertisement Asked by @North_Resists if there is a “statute of limitations on grand-theft-nuggets,” Mr. Bondarchuk replied, “I hope so because I calculated it and I would owe Ronald about $1,600.” Others called Mr. Bondarchuk a socialist, a communist, an anarchist and a rebel (either compliments or insults, depending on the tweeter), and a small collection of truthers questioned whether he really gave away any extra nuggets at all. Appearing on a radio show in Toronto, Mr. Bondarchuk found himself paired with a former McDonald’s franchise owner who was adamant he should be arrested. But while Mr. Bondarchuk notes he was 14 to 16 years old at the time of the McNugget activity and wouldn’t do it now, he also isn’t apologetic about randomly redistributing pieces of corporate poulet to the populus. “Wealth inequality is not getting any smaller and it just baffles me that people could look at this and find fault with it,” he says. For the moment, the viral tweet has levelled off at about 15,000 comments, 81,000 retweets and upward of one-million likes. Mr. Bondarchuk’s followers on Twitter jumped to about 7,000 from 900, which he says has brought both additional expectation and scrutiny. Story continues below advertisement For now, Mr. Bondarchuk is using the moment to promote his podcast, Heart Half Full, and also hopes it could help his planned run for Edmonton city council in 2021. “It certainly gave me like a bit of a perspective into what exactly it means to suddenly be in the spotlight in a very big way,” he said. “I thought I loved attention, but even this was a limit for me.” Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Sign up today."
"A teenager is dead after a shooting in Brampton late Tuesday evening, Peel police say. Police responded to reports of gunshots at Alderbury Crescent and Autumn Boulevard minutes before midnight, Const. Akhil Mooken told the Star. The victim was identified by police as 17-year-old Jordan Henry. He was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries. Police reported a “heavy police presence in the area,” but have not disclosed any information regarding suspects. The Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau are investigating the incident. Get more of today's top stories in your inbox Sign up for the Star's Morning Headlines email newsletter for a briefing of the day's big news. Sign Up Now With files from Tom Yun. Read more about:"
"GREEN Senior citizens now have another choice for care as they age following the opening of the Village of Saint Edward. St. Edward offers independent living, assisted living and memory care units. There are 50 independent, 48 assisted living and 28 memory care units. So far, 14 residents have moved in, but many more are expected in early 2020. Annette Walters, director of Marketing for the Village of Saint Edward, said almost half of the independent units have been reserved. She said it is a good start considering the facility opened at the end of October. Construction was completed two months ahead of schedule and Walters said they are thankful for Alpha Construction, DeHoff Development and the city for being good partners. Saint Edward just recently received its license from the state for assisted living and memory care so it could begin taking residents. The facility offers plenty of common space areas for residents and their visitors. There are also several dining rooms, a pub, a library area, a fitness room, a beauty shop and a chapel where a service takes place three times per week. Walters said all the dining services are like a restaurant and there is a daily chef special. Residents can also order items a la carte. The facility has a private dining room for families if they want to host a gathering. Several different floor plans for each unit are available for residents including one and two-bedroom units. All independent rooms have a washer and dryer along with full kitchen appliances. The memory care wing of the building has its own entrance for family members as Walters said family members are given key fobs so they can enter. The memory care wing also has its dining area including seating at a counter where residents can watch the food being prepared. There is also a snoezelen room, which a sensory room where memory care residents can go to calm down. Walters said St. Edward’s strives on helping residents if they need to transition from independent living to assisted living and they don’t have to leave the facility. The entire facility offers several areas to sit outside and plenty of areas to walk. “This is a beautiful piece of property,” Walters said. “You want to take advantage of that.” Residents also take occasional trips including to Cleveland and Amish Country, just to name a few. Saint Edward has hired 60 employees and once it is fully staffed that number will go to more than 100. Walters said St. Edward is sensitive to who they hire and wanted to hire staff who care. She believes the fact the facility is faith-based and its quality staff makes it stand out from similar facilities in the area. Saint Edward is also a not-for-profit facility, so once someone’s finances run out, they can remain at the facility on Medicare. In 2020, Saint Edward plans to volunteer and give back more in the community, Walters said. They are also looking for volunteers who may want to come in and spend time with residents. “We have volunteers at all of our campuses,” Walters said. Saint Edward also has a facility in Fairlawn and a facility in Wadsworth, which just opened in June. The Wadsworth facility is already 70 percent full and the Fairlawn location stays full, Walters said. “We took on two big challenges in one year,” Walters said."
"There are a lot of fun ways to ring in the New Year. Many of them involve goals, champagne, and fresh starts (minus the diet, OF COURSE). But one way we really enjoy welcoming in the new? With a themed workout! We’ve done this for a few years now (see here for a fun one), but here’s the gist: we take the year and design a really fun full-body, no-equipment-needed workout around it. Since it’s now 2020, you’ll be doing 20 reps of the following 20 moves for one sweat-filled and heart-pumping workout! Grab a mat, some water, a towel, your favorite tunes (try these if you’re looking for musical inspiration), and get to it! (And, yep, for all the moves that you do on each side of your body — like lunges and mountain climbers — doing them on both sides one time equals one rep.) Feeling saucy? Do the whole thing two times … or even three times through! –Jenn"
"Now that the 2020s are officially upon us, it's only natural to wonder what the next decade of PC gaming will bring. Better graphics and faster hardware are a given, but considering how blindsided we were by some of the past decade's biggest, weirdest surprises —like loot boxes, Steam Early Access, and battle royales—it's also a safe bet that 2020 will have some strange surprises of its own. So everyone at PC Gamer is dusting off their crystal balls to try and predict some of the biggest stories and trends that will happen over the next 10 years. Riot becomes the new Blizzard Robin: Blizzard’s fortunes have seemed increasingly shaky over the last couple of years. Just when you thought the most unpopular thing they’d do in the decade was announce a mobile game, they decided to spark an international incident. Stories from inside the studio are troubling, too, with reports implying that the company culture may have been changing for the worse for years. Meanwhile, Riot’s made its play, announcing a billion games and an entire multi-media empire in one press conference. I don’t think all its gambles will pay off, but I could easily see its star being more ascendant than ever over the next ten years, while Blizzard’s increasingly dwindles. Fraser: Riot’s had even more issues that Blizzard, and while it’s designing several games that will inevitably compete with Blizzard’s, I don’t think it’s ever going to reach the same heights. It’s arguably been squandered, but Blizzard’s long legacy is part of the reason that, even now, it’s beloved by a legion of fans, whereas Riot has one game that’s infamous for its toxic community. I’m not sure how Blizzard is going to come out of the next decade and I wouldn’t be surprised if its popularity did dwindle, but I’m don’t think anything will replace it. Steven: Sorry, Fraser. I'm with Robin on this one. That one game you mentioned also happens to be the world's most popular with a daily player count that probably beats every Blizzard game combined. Toxic community notwithstanding, I think Riot's aggressive expansion is similar to Marvel's Cinematic Universe and has all the potential to be just as popular. (Image credit: Electronic Arts) BioWare fades away James: Dragon Age 4 sounds nice, but it can't land too short of Modern Classic if BioWare wants to bring back its former reputation as one of the better big-budget storytellers in games. With so many new vacancies left by longtime employees and the constant shuffling around of those who remain, my faith in BioWare's delivery is at an all time low. To be clear, I'm not hopeless, I'm just... not optimistic. Steven: I agree. I think this tail-end of the 2010s has shown that nothing gold can stay and sometimes beloved studios lose their way. With BioWare, I'm increasingly worried that they're no longer the studio I fell in love with 20 years ago. There's too much riding on Dragon Age 4, and that makes me worried that if BioWare cracks under the pressure again it'll be another Anthem-like disaster. VR finally breaks through Tyler: VR won't replace screens—that'd mean the death of popular genres, and be totally inaccessible for some—but by 2030 it will be much more popular. All-in-one headsets with built-in tracking will accurately detect the movements of our feet, hands, and joints, as well as our facial expressions, making our Sonic meme avatars extremely lifelike. James: I'm not convinced. I mean, I think it will be more affordable and accessible, but I think the inconveniences will quickly outweigh the novelty. Wearing a big headset, closing yourself off to your surroundings, holding a bright magnified image inches from your eyes—the effect is astounding, for a while at least. And then it's exhausting. And then normal. The adoption rate will swell and deflate with every incremental update or 'killer app' until the promise of a virtual world isn't all that exciting anymore. Half-Life: Alyx will be great, though. Chris: Maybe, but I think it's still going to give a lot of people motion sickness, which is something that might get even worse as the fidelity of VR gets better. That means a lot of people will still be slowly teleporting around inside games rather than using normal locomotion because it just messes with our brains and bodies in ways that no amount of technology can solve. Motion sickness is going to continue to keep VR a niche interest and a cool novelty rather than a breakout phenomenon. (Image credit: Mundfish) Ray tracing and 4K become the new standard Tyler: At the start of the '10s, people were complaining about not being able to read text on their SD TVs. In the decade that followed, 1080p became normal, and then 4K TVs became normal. Still, true 4K gaming (as in, no upscaling) is considered high-end today. This is a boring, conservative prediction, but I'm going to say that'll happen again: 4K fully replaces 1080p and 1440p sometime in the '20s, and by the end of the decade, 8K and up are the high-end choices. James: I'm too dumb to nod my head at the ray-tracing bit, but I'm fairly certain 4K will be the new 1080p. Just 10 years ago, the most popular resolution was 1280x800 . We're on pace to make 4K the norm. But what then? 4K is enough, right? What then? PC hardware advances will slow way down Jarred: I'm going to piggyback off Tyler here, but focus on processors and manufacturing technologies. The fun prediction would be to assume Moore's Law is alive and well and computers continue to progress in leaps and bounds. The reality: we're hitting a wall. Actually, we've been hitting walls for the past decade, but each new wall becomes taller and thicker. Ten years ago, a state-of-the-art CPU was manufactured on 45nm tech, and GPUs were on 55nm. We've gone through three or four transitions since then (32nm, 22nm, 14nm, and kind of 10nm for Intel; 40nm, 28nm, 16/12nm, and 7nm for TSMC). Ten years from now, I expect three transitions at most (eg, 5nm, 4nm, and 3nm), but the real improvements from each process shrink will become less noticeable. A Core i9-9900K or Ryzen 9 3900X will still be doing okay, but your graphics card will have been upgraded several times, because 4K 144Hz gaming isn't happening on today's GPUs. James: The time for smellovision is nigh. (Image credit: PUBG Corp) The most popular game is from a genre we've never heard of Tyler: Battle royale games didn't exist in 2010. Neither did autobattlers like Dota Auto Chess. Roguelikes were just starting to make a comeback as 'roguelites'. No one was using 'walking simulator' as a term of endearment or criticism. No one was searching for the term 'soulslike' until 2015. There were no 'strand games' that I can recall, because it's something Hideo Kojima made up. Only time will tell if he's on to something. James: Like, what's going to be so new that Fortnite kids think it's too obtuse or naive to get into? I couldn't have predicted Fortnite, but I'm thinking whatever comes next will come from the increased scale and level of simulation new technologies will allow. Better graphics aren't the thing, I'm thinking about how the novelty of 100 people shooting each other on an island was enough to birth BR. Layer in way more and much deeper systems, be it weather, physics, building, lighting—whatever really—and the new ideas will spill out of the dev scene and onto the internet. That's my aspirational take. It'll actually be something that emerges from dumb luck. We won't buy PC games anymore Harry: Ok, hear me out. I'm not saying we're all just going to up and put down our mouse and keyboards en masse, but by the end of 2030, individually buying games to keep will just seem weird. Services like Xbox Game Pass for PC will be joined by others looking for a lucrative slice of the subscription-service pie, and become ubiquitous. Just like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu did for the small screen, we'll be juggling various Game Pass-like products and never really own anything. Because we're millennials and don't deserve to. Rachel: I don't think we'll buy PC games anymore because I feel a majority of games will choose to take the free-to-play route. Many of the biggest games right now are free-to-play and I reckon this style of business model will be an overwhelming majority in 2030. Fortnite's micropayments model has overwhelmingly proven that it's a viable route for gaming companies. Instead of buying games, the focus will turn more to buying in-game virtual goods and premium features. (Image credit: Bay 12 Games) Dwarf Fortress simulates meta consciousness, dwarves realize they're inside the simulation Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams has said he wants to simulate all the "narratively interesting" aspects of existence, and I'm betting that means we'll 100 percent have a Dwarf Fortress Truman Show moment sometime in the next decade. Dwarves already have complex mental and emotional states, so it's not a leap to imagine them becoming self-aware enough to realize they're fictional beings inside a massive simulation. The question is, what will the do when they find out? Loot boxes will be a thing of the past Robin: Though some of their stealthier forms might survive—‘card packs’, for example—I think your run-of-the-mill loot boxes aren’t long for this world. There’s just too much scrutiny on them these days. If government regulation doesn’t kill them, publisher skittishness will, and they’ll end up banished to the same graveyard online passes got chucked in. The catch? I think they’ll be replaced by something even more insidious. James: Loot boxes will just get supplanted by data collection psyops. Destiny 2 is almost already there, a collection of feedback systems on a micro and macro level, from the recoil after pulling the trigger and the gas escaping from where the Cabal's head used to be to the little sound and animation that plays when turning in a bounty. Service based games are endless fonts of granular information, so the structures to tune player experiences to the individual will likely take shape. Attention will become a higher priority than how microtransactions are presented. We might see them disappear completely. (Image credit: Bethesda) Bethesda will stop making singleplayer games altogether Chris: Bethesda will release Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 at some point in the next decade, but after that? I wouldn't be completely surprised if we never saw another traditional singleplayer RPG developed by the studio. I don't much care for Fallout 76, and I'm not alone. But there must be tons of people still playing it because it keeps chugging along, and even the resoundingly unpopular Fallout 1st subscription has plenty members—pop into a session and you're bound to come across a few. I expect Bethesda will get better at making online games this coming decade, and if they do the focus will drift away from singleplayer RPGS entirely."
"Picking the best games of the decade is an increasingly tough task. The number of titles keeps expanding while the number of platforms has blossomed beyond consoles and PCs. Players encounter so much content that the job of winnowing all that down to a top-10 list is daunting. I haven’t played all the critically acclaimed titles. Games such as “Undertale” have escaped my purview, but I’ve played plenty of releases over the past 10 years. The list below isn’t based on quality per se, but it’s more personal. These are the games that had a lasting impact on me. They are the ones that I fondly remember or the titles that I still play today. That’s partly why titles such as “Minecraft” and “Fortnite” aren’t on that list. Although those are the two most important releases of the decade, they aren’t ones that I played very much. With that said, here are the games that were the most important to me over the past decade. 1 “Pokemon Go” — This unconventional take on the popular franchise had a surreal level of popularity when it was released during the summer of 2016. That enthusiasm has died down but the game remains a force. Of all the games I played this decade, this has had the biggest impact on my life. That’s because of the nature of Niantic’s location-based game. It’s a title that’s played outside in the real world and encourages players to explore their neighborhood to find pocket monsters. That pushes players to interact face to face and opens up opportunities to foster bonds between players. The magic of “Pokemon Go” is how it manages to build community. It’s a game that has led to real-life friendships and even a commitment to running. It’s a mobile title that has enriched the lives of players because its a game that exists beyond the screen. 2 “Hearthstone” — I tried and failed to get into “Magic: The Gathering” as a teenager but I gave the collectible card game genre another chance with “Hearthstone.” I wasn’t disappointed. Part of the success of Blizzard’s game is that the developers simplified the gameplay elements and put it on mobile platforms and tablets. It opened up the game to a huge audience and the accessible gameplay made it easy to pick up. The combination of the two has made it hugely successful and turned “Hearthstone” into a popular esport. The only black mark on its resume is the controversy over a Hong Kong protest this year. 3 “Dark Souls 2” — Those who love the Hidetaka Miyazaki’s “Souls” game have a moment when his games just click for them. They look beyond the difficulty and appreciate the lessons contained within the adventure. No other title this decade taught me more about patience, persistence and perseverance than “Dark Souls 2.” This isn’t the best game of the series, but it is the one that hooked me on to this style of gaming. Every encounter is fraught with danger and players feel the tension in every fight. Yes, the game is difficult and it can be obtuse at times, but it’s also the most rewarding experience I’ve had this decade. 4. “The Last of Us” — One of the most overlooked aspects of modern gaming has been the performances of voice actors. That has changed thanks in part thanks to the work of Naughty Dog, and the performances by actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson in this post-apocalyptic masterpiece. The visuals are gorgeous for its time and the gameplay mechanics are solid with a mix action and stealth, but it’s the world that Naughty Dog creates and the actors’ performances that invest players in the characters and transformed how we appreciate games. 5. “Red Dead Redemption” — This game kicked off the decade and set the bar for the open-world genre. The beautiful visuals coupled with an intriguing story and memorable protagonist in John Marston made this a game that fans enjoyed living with. It’s an adventure that used its environment to its advantage, creating a distinct take on the wild west. One that few games have been able to match. 6. “Mass Effect 3” — This title capped off arguably the best video game trilogy in years. It was also the culmination of years of storytelling as BioWare wrapped up a journey that began in 2007. What’s notable about this project is how the choices players made over each chapter impacted the totality of the finale. The ending itself was not without controversy and showed how games aren’t just one-way streets from developers to players. It is a collaboration in which those who make the games must listen to their audience. 7. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” — Nintendo’s first foray into an open-world “Zelda” was hugely successful and helped with the strong launch of the Nintendo Switch. “Breath of the Wild” was also the biggest departure from the series tried and true formula, but somehow it maintained the ethos of discovery and adventure. It was a series that needed a heavy dose of change and Eiji Aonuma and his team delivered. 8. “Monster Hunter World” — The disparity between the popularity of the “Monster Hunter” franchise in Japan and the U.S. has always been wide, but it has significantly narrowed thanks to this entry in the series. Not only has Capcom produced one of its most visually striking games, but by streamlining the mechanics it made it more approachable and addictive. All of this creates one of the best entries and one that broke out in the United States in a big way. 9. “Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World” — Every once in a while I have the urge to play a campaign of “Civilization.” Few franchises have had its hooks in me like that. The developer, Firaxis, has molded a successful franchise by launching a new chapter with improved visuals and mechanics, but over time, they have refined it through downloadable expansion packs. The process has made a great game perfect. The pinnacle of the series is “Brave New World,” where the team brings in ideas such as the World Congress, tourism and Great Works to add a new layer of depth to the late game. This game continues to be one I return to despite a solid sequel. 10. “Overwatch” — The rise of esports has been one of the major stories of the decade, and one of the games that capitalized on that is “Overwatch.” Blizzard’s team-based shooter was a hit because it allowed players of all skill levels to compete by allowing them to fulfill different roles. If someone doesn’t great quick-twitch skills or accuracy, they may have a talent at tactics or healing. That makes it more accessible and rewarding. I’ve spent hours playing with my brother and cousins and figuring out our own playstyles. Blizzard has done a great job at cultivating “Overwatch” as an esport, and with its Overwatch League moving its teams to local markets in 2020 and a sequel on the way, the future looks bright for the game."
"National-World Doctors are not optimistic one of the men stabbed at a New York Hanukkah celebration will regain consciousness, according to the victim’s family. Josef Neumann, who was one of five people assaulted Saturday in the upstate hamlet of Monsey, suffered multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and arms, his family said in a statement posted to social media by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council. Shoshana Bernstein, a spokeswoman for the Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, said the statement is accurate. “Doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness, and if our father does miraculously recover partially, doctors expect that he will have permanent damage to the brain; leaving him partially paralyzed and speech-impaired for the rest of his life,” the statement said. The family described Neumann’s condition as dire and said a weapon “penetrated his skull directly into the brain.” His right arm was shattered. “Our father has seven children, many grandchildren, a great grandchild, and brothers and sisters,” the statement said. “We shall not let this terrible hate-driven attack be forgotten, and let us all work to eradicate all sorts of hate.” Yisroel Kraus, who was a guest at the home of the rabbi where a man wounded the victims with a machete, described Neumann as a mentor and an “incredibly kind human being.” “One of the most selfless people I know,” Kraus told CNN. “Since I knew him he was a very poor man. He never had a dime to his name and always goes around collecting money for other poor families. It was never about himself.” Another survivor was hit in the side of the head by the suspect’s machete and doctors had to use three staples to close his wounds, Rabbi Shmuel Gancz told CNN Tuesday. Shloime Rottenberg, the son of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, had just finished the ceremony of lighting the menorah at his father’s home when the attack started, Gancz said. “They are grateful for what they deem a minor injury considering where else the machete could have hit him, such as his eyes,” Gancz said of Rottenberg and his family. Authorities identified the suspect as Grafton Thomas, 37. He pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder Sunday. A day later, he was charged by federal agents with obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill — a federal hate crime. A judge ordered him to be detained. Federal prosecutors said Thomas entered the rabbi’s home in Monsey, north of Manhattan, on Saturday night and told the dozens of people there “no one is leaving.” He attacked them with an 18-inch machete, with at least five victims suffering injuries ranging from slash wounds to a severed finger and a skull fracture, federal prosecutors said."
"The family of one of the men wounded in the stabbing rampage in Rockland County has released a photograph of his devastating injuries – showing him on a respirator with a heavily sutured, bloodied head. “This is the visual state of Josef Neumann who has been stabbed at the Hanukkah celebration Saturday night in the Forshay area of #Monsey,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council in Hudson Valley said in a Twitter post, along with the hashtag #MeJew. The 70-year-old father of seven was in critical condition after suffering a skull fracture and undergoing surgery on Sunday, his daughter previously told The Post. Neumann was stabbed multiple times, when alleged machete-wielding madman Thomas Grafton stormed the Monsey house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on Saturday, injuring five Hasidic Jews. “The knife penetrated his skull directly into the brain,” said his family, adding that he may never wake up. He also was cut three times on the head, once on the neck and his right arm was “shattered.” “Our father’s status is so dire that no surgery has yet been performed on the right arm,” the family’s statement said. The four other victims — including the rabbi’s 25-year-old son — had been treated and were released from the hospital by Sunday. Federal prosecutors say the accused assailant kept journals filled with anti-Semitic writing and used a cellphone to search for “Zionist Temples,” including on Staten Island. Grafton, 37, faces five state counts of attempted murder and five counts of federal hate crimes."
"MUMBAI: The much-awaited redevelopment of the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawls at NM Joshi Marg will begin only after the draw of lots for rehab buildings, said an official with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), on condition of anonymity. The state housing authority plans to conduct the draw of lots in a month’s time. However, the authority will finalise the date only once the ministry portfolios are distributed. The official asserted that as cabinet expansion has taken place on December 30, the portfolios accumulated with the six cabinet ministers, who took oath along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the first round, will now be distributed. Currently, NCP’s Jayant Patil is in charge of the housing ministry. Though a meeting was conducted with Minister Patil, only after portfolios are confirmed a detailed presentation about the BDD chawls’ redevelopment project will be made and the date for the draw of lots decided, explained the official. Interestingly, the NM Joshi Marg BDD Chawls Phase-1 project construction work was expected to begin last year after Diwali. However, unable to vacate the first 10 chawls the project missed the deadline, and the plan failed to take off. This paper had reported that in a bid to expedite the shifting of tenants, the MHADA has come up with an offer asking tenants to shift to transit houses wherein on first come first basis they will get an opportunity to participate in the lottery draw. By conducting this lottery draw, the participant tenants will know which floors of the new buildings their houses will be located. The lottery for rehab houses will be held from the top floors of the 22-storeyed building. Besides, MHADA will also sign an agreement with the lottery winners, giving a surety that they will get their houses back, unlike the city’s other stuck redevelopment projects undertaken mostly by the private developers. MHADA is drawing the lottery of top floor houses after tenants even after repeated appeals were not willing to leave their houses and shift to the provided alternative places. Following which, this offer was made in a bid to lure residents of getting houses on the top floors of the buildings once ready. So far, 252 families have shifted to the transit houses, informed the official. At NM Joshi, the authority as per the approved plans will construct seven towers comprising 22 floors each in phase-1, which will house 1,200 tenements. To construct the seven new towers, 10 existing chawls are required to be demolished first. The tenants of NM Joshi Marg, including Dadar-Naigaon BDD Chawl tenants, are provided alternative accommodation in mill buildings. Ruby Mill, Jubilee Mill, Prakash Cotton Mill, Western India Mill, Century Mill, and Bharat Mill are the six mills that have been identified and have a total of 1,127 transit houses, according to the MHADA. The then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had performed the ground-breaking ceremony in April 2017. However, till date, not a single brick has been laid. MHADA, on the other end, is still convincing residents to support the redevelopment of century-old BDD chawls, which have been planned costing of Rs 17,000 crore approximately. If successfully completed, about 16,000 families living in BDD chawls at NM Joshi, Naigaon and Worli will get new 500 square feet of flats free of cost."
"Uddhav Thackeray (R) and Ajit Pawar (ANI photo) No differences on portfolio allocation: Jayant Patil MUMBAI: Amid murmurs of resentment over distribution of ministries between alliance partners Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, leaders of the three parties held marathon meetings on Wednesday to finalise the allocation of portfolios.The cabinet was expanded on Monday with induction of 36 ministers which took its strength to 43, including chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.The leaders held several rounds of talks with Uddhav Thackeray during the day, sources said."Allocation of ministries has been almost finalized. All issues have been resolved. The allocation is expected to be announced by tomorrow," a source said.District guardian ministers and sitting arrangement of ministers at cabinet meetings were finalised on Wednesday, they said.Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Vijay Wadettiwar and Nitin Raut from the Congress, Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar from the NCP and Eknath Shinde from the Shiv Sena met Thackeray to discuss allocation of ministries.According to Congress sources, the party is upset that it was not given any of the ministries which have a bearing on rural areas, such as agriculture and cooperation."We can swap portfolios with other two parties. We are not demanding increase in the number of ministries," sources added.All three parties are facing disgruntlement of leaders who were not inducted in the cabinet.Among such MLAs are Congress's Sangram Thopte, whose supporters vandalised Pune Congress office on Tuesday, and NCP's Prakash Solanke. Both the parties claimed that they have been mollified.Shiv Sena's Tanaji Sawant is also unhappy over being ignored in the cabinet expansion, sources said.Bhaskar Jadhav, who had joined the Sena on the eve of assembly polls, claimed that party chief Uddhav Thackeray had made certain commitments to him, so he was confident that he would be made minister and the exclusion left him shocked.About a dozen Sena legislators are said to be upset over not getting place in the cabinet.On the other hand, the 12 Congress ministers visited Delhi after the swearing-in on Monday.Congress leaders, sources said, feel that the party has not got agriculture, co-operation, housing and rural development ministries which are concerned with rural parts of the state.Rural development, co-operation and housing are with the NCP and agriculture with the Shiv Sena, and the Congress is keen on getting at least two of these four departments.The Congress has been allocated revenue, PWD and energy, among other ministries.The NCP has 12 cabinet ministers and four ministers of state, the Shiv Sena has 10 cabinet ministers and four MoS while Congress has 10 cabinet ministers and two MoS.The NCP has bagged important portfolios of home and finance.Meanwhile, Maharashtra cabinet minister Jayant Patil has said that there were no differences between the allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress over the allocation of portfolios.Patil, who heads state unit of the Nationalist Congress Party, was speaking to reporters at Mantralaya, the state secretariat here."There are no differences between us," Patil told reporters when asked about reports of friction between the allies over portfolio allocation."
"Vision: Build long-standing institutional affiliations that promote democracy with nations currently developing democratic civilian and military institutions. Mission: The Office of International Affairs provides the Adjutant General and Joint Forces Headquarters staff advice and policy recommendations on international initiatives for the California National Guard. This includes the Security Cooperation components of the National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy aspects of international relations activities conducted by the California National Guard. The Office of International Affairs manages the State Partnership Program (SPP) with Ukraine. The SPP deploys California National Guard teams to Ukraine and brings Ukrainians to the United States for information sharing to assist Armed Forces of Ukraine in re-structuring, modernizing its forces, and strengthening principles of democracy and free market economies. Exchanges include information about the processes underpinning US military structures that result in subordination to civilian control, consensus building, methodologies for achieving objectives, and interagency coordination of civil/military issues. Future missions for International Relations will include partnerships with other countries to bring the same philosophy to these regions of the world as has been done successfully in the Baltics. Along with California many other state National Guards are providing bilateral engagement partnerships with their partnered nation. As the program evolves, it is becoming a sophisticated security cooperation tool of US National Security Strategy which brings together civilian expertise, multi-level government agencies, NATO, non-government organizations and commercial interests to address social, economic, military and political issues such as border security, base conversion, emergency response, interagency cooperation, civil-military relations and security cooperation. Numerous future reciprocal events will continue to strengthen the cooperation and understanding that both governments now enjoy. Of the several benefits SPP provides, one major contribution will continue to be the security and welfare of both our citizens."
"Two close associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer have been charged with funnelling foreign cash into a campaign backing his election. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, American citizens born in the Soviet Union, and described as aides of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on Wednesday at Washington international airport as they prepared to leave the United States on a one-way ticket. They had been scheduled to speak to the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry yesterday and today. A federal indictment alleges that they channelled $325,000 to a pro-Trump fund, America First Action, through a front company to disguise the origin of the money, which was from a person described in the indictment as “Foreign National-1”. It is illegal for foreign citizens to fund US politicians. Prosecutors…"
"FILE – In a Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 file photo, youngsters line up to see the Hershey’s Kissmobile during its stop in Berlin, Vt. The Hershey Company has confirmed that their small fleet of Kissmobiles won’t be hitting the road again in 2020. The decision, said Hershey Company spokesperson Jeff Beckman, was made due to the aging conditions of the vehicles. One of the vehicles will be taking up permanent residence at the AACA Museum, just down the road from Hershey’s main offices in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File) HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. will soon retire its vehicles that are shaped like its Hershey’s Kisses. The Hershey Kissmobiles, which are each made up of three massive Kisses candies, have traveled across the country since 1997. The chocolate company has confirmed that the 26-foot-long vehicles won’t return in 2020. The company decided to pull the aging Kissmobiles out of safety concerns for employees and the public, Hershey Co. spokesman Jeff Beckman said. It has also become more difficult to find replacement parts for the custom vehicles. One of the Kissmobiles will be available for public viewing at the AACA Museum in Hershey."
"ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a northern New Jersey rooming house that displaced more than two dozen residents on Wednesday apparently was sparked by fireworks being shot off outside the building. The fire at the three-story house on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth broke out around 4 a.m. and quickly spread through the building, sending heavy flames and thick smoke spewing from the house. No serious injuries were reported in the fire, authorities said, but at least 25 people who lived in the house were displaced by the blaze. A preliminary investigation found the fire was apparently sparked by fireworks, but it's not yet known who was setting them off or what type of fireworks were involved."
"Debaucherous evening last night? You’re probably dealing with veisalgia right now. More commonly known as a hangover, this unpleasant phenomenon has been dogging humanity since our ancestors first happened upon fermentation. Those nasty vertigo-inducing, cold sweat-promoting and vomit-producing sensations after a raucous night out are all part of your body’s attempt to protect itself from injury after you overindulge in alcoholic beverages. Your liver is working to break down the alcohol you consumed so your kidneys can clear it out ASAP. But in the process, your body’s inflammatory and metabolic reactions are going to lay you low with a hangover. Advertisement: As long as people have suffered from hangovers, they’ve searched in vain for a cure. Revelers have access to a variety of compounds, products and devices that purport to ease the pain. But there’s a lot of purporting and not a lot of proof. Most have not been backed up well by science in terms of usefulness for hangover treatment, and often their effects don’t seem like they’d match up with what scientists know about the biology of the hangover. Working overtime to clear out the booze Hangovers are virtually guaranteed when you drink too much. That amount varies from person to person based on genetic factors as well as whether there are other compounds that formed along with ethanol in the fermentation process. Advertisement: Over the course of a night of heavy drinking, your blood alcohol level continues to rise. Your body labors to break down the alcohol — consumed as ethanol in beer, wine or spirits — forming damaging oxygen free radicals and acetaldehyde, itself a harmful compound. The longer ethanol and acetaldehyde stick around, the more damage they can do to your cellular membranes, proteins and DNA, so your body’s enzymes work quickly to metabolize acetaldehyde to a less toxic compound, acetate. Over time, your ethanol levels drop through this natural metabolic process. Depending on how much you consumed, you’re likely to experience a hangover as the level of ethanol in your blood slowly returns to zero. Your body is withdrawing from high levels of circulating alcohol, while at the same time trying to protect itself from the effects of alcohol. Scientists have limited knowledge of the leading causes of the hangover. But they do know that the body’s responses include changes in hormone levels to reduce dehydration and cellular stress. Alcohol consumption also affects a variety of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, including glutamate, dopamine and serotonin. Inflammation increases in the body’s tissues, and the healthy gut bacteria in your digestive system take a hit too, promoting leaky gut. Advertisement: Altogether, the combination of all these reactions and protective mechanisms activated by your system gives rise to the experience of a hangover, which can last up to 48 hours. Your misery likely has company Drinking and socializing are cultural acts, and most hangovers do not happen in isolation. Human beings are social creatures, and there’s a high likelihood that at least one other individual feels the same as you the morning after the night before. Advertisement: Each society has different rules regarding alcohol use, which can affect how people view alcohol consumption within those cultures. Drinking is often valued for its relaxing effect and for promoting sociability. So it’s common to see alcohol provided at celebratory events, social gatherings and holiday parties. In the United States, drinking alcohol is largely embraced by mainstream culture, which may even promote behaviors involving excessive drinking. It should be no surprise that overindulgence goes hand in hand with these celebratory social events — and leads to hangover regrets a few hours later. Your body’s reactions to high alcohol intake and the sobering-up period can influence mood, too. The combination of fatigue that you experience from sleep deprivation and hormonal stress reactions, in turn, affect your neurobiological responses and behavior. As your body is attempting to repair itself, you’re more likely to be easily irritated, exhausted and want nothing more than to be left alone. Of course, your work productivity takes a dramatic hit the day after an evening of heavy drinking. Advertisement: When all is said and done, you’re the cause of your own hangover pain, and you’re the one who must pay for all the fun of the night before. But in short order, you’ll forget how excruciating your last hangover was. And you may very soon talk yourself into doing the things you swore you’d never do again. Speeding up recovery While pharmacologists like us understand a bit about how hangovers work, we still lack a true remedy. Advertisement: Countless articles describe a variety of foods, caffeine, ion replenishment, energy drinks, herbal supplements including thyme and ginger, vitamins and the “hair of the dog” as ways to prevent and treat hangovers. But the evidence isn’t really there that any of these work effectively. They’re just not scientifically validated or well reproduced. For example, Kudzu root (Pueraria lobata), a popular choice for hangover remedies, has primarily been investigated for its effects in reducing alcohol-mediated stress and hangover. But at the same time, Kudzu root appears to inhibit the enzymes that break down acetaldehyde — not good news since you want to clear that acetaldehyde from your system quickly. To fill this knowledge gap, our lab is working with colleagues to see if we can find scientific evidence for or against potential hangover remedies. We’ve focused on the benefits of dihydromyricetin, a Chinese herbal medicine that is currently available and formulated as a dietary supplement for hangover reduction or prevention. Dihydromyricetin appears to work its magic by enhancing alcohol metabolism and reducing its toxic byproduct, acetaldehyde. From our findings in mice models, we are collecting data that support the usefulness of dihydromyricetin in increasing the expression and activity of enzymes responsible for ethanol and acetaldehyde metabolism in the liver, where ethanol is primarily broken down. These findings explain one of the several ways dihydromyricetin protects the body against alcohol stress and hangover symptoms. Advertisement: We are also studying how this enhancement of alcohol metabolism results in changes in alcohol drinking behaviors. Previously, dihydromyricetin was found to counteract the relaxation affect of drinking alcohol by interfering with particular neuroreceptors in the brain; rodents didn’t become as intoxicated and consequently reduced their ethanol intake. Through this combination of mechanisms, we hope to illustrate how DHM might reduce the downsides of excessive drinking beyond the temporary hangover, and potentially reduce drinking behavior and damage associated with heavy alcohol consumption. Of course, limiting alcohol intake and substituting water for many of those drinks during an evening out is probably the best method to avoid a painful hangover. However, for those times when one alcoholic beverage leads to more than a few more, be sure to stay hydrated and catch up on rest. Your best bet for a smoother recovery is probably some combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, Netflix and a little downtime. Daryl Davies, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Southern California; Joshua Silva, Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Southern California, and Terry David Church, Assistant Professor of Regulatory and Quality Sciences, University of Southern California This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license."
"Hangovers are a multifactorial equation that may be a little hard to understand, but the solution is always the same: misery. ArturVerkhovetskiy via Deposit Photos Holiday parties, birthdays, reunions. These are all beautiful occasions to gather with our friends and loved ones, celebrate all the good things in our lives, raise our glasses to the bad ones, and drink for what’s to come. It’d be nice if we could do all that without a horrible, head-wracking hangover. Before you start scheduling hangover recovery time on your holiday calendar, know there are things you can do to make that bottle-ache a bit milder. And that’s the best-case scenario, because we’re sorry to tell you one cold, hard fact: there is no cure for hangovers. Like, none. Zero. What do you mean there’s no cure for hangovers? Exactly that, actually. For starters, science still doesn’t quite know what causes a hangover. Literature on the subject has identified three possible culprits: the direct effect of alcohol on the brain and other organs, the effects of alcohol withdrawal from these organs; and other non-alcoholic factors, such as the physiological effects of compounds created when the body processes alcohol, like methanol. It’s also challenging to define what a hangover is. The definition researchers generally agree upon is that it’s a condition characterized by a feeling of misery that can last up to 24 hours after the amount of alcohol in your blood drops to zero. As anyone who’s ever experienced a hangover will tell you, symptoms can vary both in nature and intensity, going from headache, nausea, and fatigue, to muscle aches, vomiting, lack of concentration, and anxiety. The symptoms you experience after a night of drinking will depend on multiple factors, like how much you drank, for how long, what it was, if you ate, what kind of food you devoured, if you danced, or smoked, and more. And that’s not even taking into account genetic predisposition to hangovers or family history regarding alcohol addiction. Considering these effects vary widely from person to person—and even from one hangover to another—it is very hard to study them, which makes hangovers a tough nut to crack. And then there’s the morality of curing them. “A possible explanation for the lack of scientific interest is that many physicians and researchers regard the alcohol hangover as an adequate punishment for unwanted behavior,” Utrecht University researchers Joris C. Verster and Renske Penning wrote in their 2010 paper Treatment and Prevention of Alcohol Hangover. According to them, it is possible that part of the scientific community may not want to find a cure for hangovers because doing so would make binge drinking that much easier. Ok, so how do I deal with a hangover? It's definitely easier to avoid a hangover than to cure it. ArturVerkhovetskiy via Deposit Photos Since we don’t know what causes hangovers, there’s no drug or homemade remedy that will get rid of one entirely. In fact, the only scientifically proven method to avoid a hangover is moderate alcohol consumption or good old abstinence. But since it is likely you will eventually have to deal with at least one hangover, it’s a good idea to know there are things you can do to make the day after a party a little less miserable. Rehydrate Dehydration is one of the main symptoms of hangovers. Alcohol inhibits the production of antidiuretic hormone, preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing water and resulting in the overproduction of urine. Add that to sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea (all possible hangover symptoms), and you end up with a sure case of dehydration. Drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume is a great way to prevent a bad hangover. If that ship has already sailed and you’re experiencing hangover-induced dehydration, you can always opt for a sports drink or make your own oral rehydration salts. All you need to do is mix two tablespoons of sugar and a 3/4 teaspoon of salt in four cups of water. Doing so will not only help you get that precious water back into your body, but will also restore your electrolytes. Beware of congeners If you’ve ever experienced a red wine-induced hangover, you know they’re some of the worst you can get, and congeners are to blame. These are the biologically active compounds that give alcoholic beverages their distinct taste, smell, and color. Research shows a higher concentration of congeners may have something to do with more severe hangovers, whereas drinking distilled spirits containing purer ethanol, such as vodka or gin, will result in milder or fewer hangover effects. When it comes to avoiding hangovers, the lighter the color, the better—stay away from rum, whiskey, tequila and red wine, which are among the alcoholic drinks with higher amounts of congeners. Sleep well Fatigue and muscle aches are two of the most common hangover symptoms, and you don’t have to be a doctor to know the best way to treat them: rest. But alcohol consumption disrupts sleep patterns, resulting in both less and worse sleep. Drinking also alters your circadian rhythm, which raises cortisol levels and causes a feeling similar to jet lag. It might be difficult, but a good way to combat a hangover is just to sleep. Give yourself the time to get some rest and bounce back. And if you made the horrible decision of making plans for early the next day, God help you. Be careful when taking Aspirin or paracetamol When you’re suffering from a hangover that features an intense headache, your first instinct may be to take Aspirin or paracetamol. Studies have shown alcohol can cause an inflammatory response in the body, so anti-inflammatory drugs such as these could have a positive effect."
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"After Idli in Chai, Video of Chicken Tikka Soaked in Tea Has Left Netizens in Splits In the 25 seconds long video clip the user can be seen pouring a cup of tea over a bowl full of chunks of chicken tikka. Trending Desk Updated: January 2, 2020, 6:24 PM IST (Image credit: Reddit / @ u/pocoschick ) The person who recently created a storm on social media by dunking an Idli in tea, has now shared a video clip wherein chunks “Chicken Tikka” have been soaked in tea. The person who goes by username, u/pocoschick on Reddit shared the video with caption, “Hey, Guys! When I posted the tea & idli video, u/wromit suggested that I should try "tandoori leg" with tea. I couldn't find a leg piece, but I found what they call “Tikka.” At first, I wasn't too sure about it, but after I tried it, I'm really digging the flavor. The after-taste was decent” In the 25 seconds long video clip the user can be seen pouring a cup of tea over a bowl full of chunks of chicken tikka. After the bowl is filled with tea, she mixes chicken and tea and eats the mix. It is not surprising that this combination did not go down very well with netizens, as a result most of the comments on the post are negative in nature. Some users commented on the absurdity of the combination, while some called this act disturbing. A user, who goes by the name DrAj111199991 on Reddit commented, “Why do you keep terrorising us like so? Who has paid you? ISI? How can they tolerate this either? Why you do this to me?” Another user which goes by the name RevengeOfPorolok on the portal wrote, “Poor chicken, got butchered twice.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time."
"Researchers have found that combining neurologic and blood pressure drugs may reduce breast tumour development. According to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, adding a medication used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines to a blood pressure medicine reversed some aspects of breast cancer in the offspring of mice at high risk of the disease because of the high fat diet fed to their mothers during pregnancy. "We believe that our research is the first to show that we can reverse some aspects of increased breast cancer risk found in offspring of mouse mothers fed a high fat diet during pregnancy," said study researcher Leena A Hilakivi-Clarke from the Georgetown University in the US. "This finding may have important implications in people because exposures in the womb to certain chemicals, or a mother's high fat diet, or being obese, can subsequently increase a daughter's breast cancer risk," Hilakivi-Clarke. According to the researchers, the key drug in the study regimen was valproic acid which, among several targets, inhibits histone deacetylase (HDAC), an important epigenetic silencer of genes. In contrast to mutations that permanently disrupt the normal functions of genes, epigenetic modifications are reversible. Valproic acid was combined with the blood pressure medication hydralazine that inhibits another critical epigenetic regulator, DNA methyltransferase (DNMT). Early treatment studies in people have shown that these two drugs can work in tandem to disrupt tumour growth. These research findings demonstrate how impactful an epigenetic methyl group addition or subtraction from DNA can be. Compounds that reduce methylation of tumour suppressor genes that are excessively methylated (hypermethylated) can be beneficial. However, these drugs can have the opposite effect if tumour suppressor genes are not hypermethylated; they may remove methyl groups from cancer-causing genes, making these genes more active and potentially leading to more aggressive cancers. The other key aspect of this finding involves the potential impact of diet on cancer risk. Many fruits and vegetables have compounds (such as flavones) that chemically react in the same ways as the HDAC- and DNMT-inhibiting drugs in this study. Some compounds in these foods, especially folic acid, have opposite effects. This research suggests that exposure to a high fat diet or endocrine disrupting chemicals in the womb might be reversed by the consumption of foods high in DNMT and HDAC inhibitors, while those who have not had such exposures might also gain a cancer protective benefit from consuming foods high in folic acid. The scientists noted, however, that their findings, particularly as they relate to diet, need to be studied in people. "Our next step will be to try to identify biomarkers in humans that indicate an exposure in the womb to diets or endocrine disrupting chemicals that could increase breast cancer risk later in life," said Hilakivi-Clarke. Follow @News18Lifestyle for more​ Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time."
"Over 25 missions planned in 2020: Isro chief 01 Jan 2020, 12:50PM IST Source: Times Now The space agency has already begun work on Chandrayaan-3, and Isro chairman K Sivan said it will cost Rs 250 crore (for lander, rover and propulsion module) and Rs 365 crore for launch. The total cost: Rs 615 crore. "Chandrayaan-3 will have a lander, rover and a propulsion module. The government has approved the project and we have formed the project team. Work is going on smoothly," Sivan said. "...We are targeting the launch for this year, but it may spillover to the next year," Sivan said, while sources reiterated that the internal target set for launch is November 2020. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which failed to land a probe on Moon in its first attempt in September 2019 (Chandrayaan-2) has its eyes still set on Earth’s natural satellite."
"This story is from January 1, 2020 (ANI) No stress on resources SSLV & Desi GPS Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News Subscribe Start Your Daily Mornings with Times of India Newspaper! Order Now BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which failed to land a probe on Moon in its first attempt in September 2019 (Chandrayaan-2), is set to launch Chandrayaan-3 this year. The third Moon mission is estimated to cost more than Rs 600 crore.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Isro chairman K Sivan said: “We are looking at a launch this year, but it may spillover to early next year. Chandrayaan-3 will have a lander, rover and a propulsion module given that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is fully functional. The government has approved the project and we have formed the project team.”Breaking up the cost, Sivan said that the lander, rover and propulsion module will cost Rs 250 crore, while launch service will cost another Rs 365 crore. “Together the cost would be Rs 615 crore,” he said, while another official told TOI that the internal target set for the crucial launch is November 2020. On Tuesday, agencies quoted Union minister Jitendra Singh saying that the launch will take place this year.TOI was the first to report that Isro had begun work on Chandrayaan-3 and M Vanitha, the project director of Chandrayaan-2 has been transferred making way for P Veeramuthuvel.Confirming this, Sivan said: “It is an Isro team, everybody is from our organisation. Yes, Veeramuthuvel has been identified as the project director. He was also associated with the Chandrayaan-2 mission.”Allaying concerns that big-ticket projects like Chandrayaan-3, Gaganyaan and Aditya (Sun mission) will hamper other missions the space agency has in its pipeline, Sivan said that there is no stress on Isro resources and that work will happen simultaneously.“We are looking at more than 25 missions this year and are confident that each project work will happen simultaneously,” Sivan said.Sivan had, in January 2019, set a target of about 30 missions for the year, but Isro managed only 13. “It was not because we were doing Chandrayaan, but because there was a delay in the supply of equipment needed for satellite missions,” Sivan added.Another senior official said that the Indian industry must improve the quality of electronic equipment to meet the agency’s current demand. “Earlier, we never spoke of numbers, but now we can assure that, and yet, we don’t have a good response from the industry,” the official said.Isro has demanded Rs 14,000 crore in the next budget (2020-21), Sivan said, and added that among the big projects in 2020 are: “Land acquisition for the second spaceport in Tamil Nadu’s Kulasekarapattinam in Tuticorin ... We will need about 2,300 acres for this.”Isro has already requested for Rs 120 crore for a new launchpad for SSLV (small satellite launch vehicle), which will be part of this proposed spaceport. Tamil Nadu government will acquire the land and transfer it to Isro. Sivan also said the first experimental flight of SSLV will happen this year at Sriharikota, while Aditya mission is scheduled for mid-2020.“We’ve also made progress with letting private players build PSLV, and we will enhance their participation even with SSLV,” he said.He added that the international agency regulating use of GPS-like systems in mobile phones has approved NaVIC — India’s own version of GPS — for use in mobiles.“NaVIC will soon be available for mobile phones. US chipmaker Qualcomm has collaborated with Isro on this,” Sivan said.In Video: Over 25 missions planned in 2020: Isro chief"
"Here’s how Marvel fans can watch Guardians Of The Galaxy online, including whether the movie is available to stream via Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. Today Guardians Of The Galaxy is hailed as one of the best movies that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spawned, but before its 2014 release, it was considered one of Marvel’s riskiest endeavors. Not only was it arguably a lot weirder than anything the MCU had attempted before, but Guardians Of The Galaxy was also adapted from a relatively obscure comic book series about a relatively unknown team of superheroes. Luckily for Marvel, Peter Quill and his motley crew proved a big hit with audiences and Guardians Of The Galaxy went on to rank as 2014’s third highest-grossing film. The James Gunn-directed movie got a sequel – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – in 2017 and since then the GOTG team has appeared in other MCU movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Related: Is Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 On Netflix? With a third Guardians Of The Galaxy film right around the corner, no doubt those new or old to the MCU will want to re-watch the first movie but is it available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime? Unfortunately, Netflix and Hulu members are out of luck as Guardians Of The Galaxy isn’t available via either streaming service. The movie is, however, on Amazon Prime to rent or buy and currently priced between $2.99 and $19.99 to watch in standard definition or HD. The reason behind Guardians Of The Galaxy’s absence on Netflix is the launch of the House of Mouse’s new streaming service Disney+ in November 2019. Disney has been steadily removing its Marvel movies from Netflix in anticipation of the Disney+ launch for the past couple of years. So, while Guardians Of The Galaxy isn’t available on Netflix it is on Disney+ alongside its sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and a ton of other Marvel titles including Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. Other options for watching Guardians Of The Galaxy include YouTube Movies, Google Play, iTunes and the Microsoft Store where the film is easily available to rent or buy. While Guardians Of The Galaxy may be unavailable for Netflix and Hulu subscribers, there’s still the upcoming release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3. to look forward to. The sequel is set to commence production once director James Gunn has finished working on the DCEU movie The Suicide Squad and is currently scheduled for release in 2021. Next: The Marvel/DC War is Over, Thanks to James Gunn Share Tweet Email"
"Thanos was finally dispatched (twice!) over the course of Avengers: Endgame, leaving long-time fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe pondering how future films in this series would fill the antagonist role he occupied. Thanos' defeat leaves the door open for another big Marvel villain to take his place; however, this formidable character is an enormously difficult act to follow. Thanos had been set up for six years as the primary foe of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ever since he turned around to deliver a grin during the credits of the first Avengers. Since then, his powerful nature in-universe had been made abundantly clear, especially after he actually pulled off his evil plan at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. After all of that hype and subsequent mayhem caused by Thanos, how exactly can the MCU deliver future villains that can measure up to this iconic foe? Well, the very defeat of that character could help open up the door for subsequent powerful adversaries to emerge over future Marvel Cinematic Universe titles. Considering things from the perspective of in-universe supervillains, a powerful figure like Thanos being completely off the table now leaves an opening for new foes to take his place. Nefarious individuals previously petrified to deal with Thanos and his gauntlet now have their chance to step out of the shadows and conquer the world. Related: Marvel Provides More Evidence Thanos Is Alive After Endgame The writers crafting the next wave of MCU storylines need to look at Thanos as a figure whose power kept equally formidable antagonists at bay. His defeat has left a power vacuum in the universe. Dormammu, The Mandarin, and even Doctor Doom (who Marvel again has the film rights to), can all now step-up to the plate as towering villainous forces because they don't have to contend with Thanos and all of his might. Marvel superheroes like Thor couldn't have been the only ones intimidated by Thanos — whose to say previously-unseen supervillains weren't also terrified of this purple beast? MCU Villains That Could Follow Thanos Of course, such fear has now been removed from the hearts of supervillains all across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Avengers taking out Thanos took out one threat, but it's easy to see that victory opening up the door for a whole avalanche of new threats to emerge. One could easily see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness featuring a version of Dormammu that, in the wake of Thanos being defeated, sees a chance for himself to garner heretofore unknown levels of power. Similarly, there's a whole slew of powerful villains whose film rights were previously owned exclusively by 20th Century Fox, such as the Fantastic Four property, that could emerge in the wake of Thanos' demise. Wouldn't it be a logical extension of Thanos being taken down for Galactus, now having to face one less challenger, to emerge as a multi-film baddie whose power dwarfs even those utilized by Thanos? The sheer power possessed by Thanos, as well as his pop-culture ubiquity, puts a great level of pressure on those tasked with creating future powerful villains for members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to face. But every ending is somebody else's beginning, and it's easy to see an outcome where the demise of Thanos at the end of Avengers: Endgame is an impetus for even greater supervillains to follow. Next: The Human Torch Exists In The MCU (But Not The Fantastic 4 Version) Share Tweet Email Star Trek Picard: How The New Series Can Avoid Voyager’s Mistakes"
"Want a different and majority elected, president in 2020? Trump has a MagaHatty cadre of street fascists who can disrupt Town Hall candidate meetings, his billionaires. and Putin, his Internet Hacking Agency, and Russo-American "Businessmen Corrupters." Winning against it will require that the Democratic party get at least 3 "battleground states" to adopt ranked-choice voting! The race is likely to come down to only five "toss up" states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Voters get to rank candidates in order of choice. If a candidate receives more than half of the first choices, they win, just like any other election. If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and voters who picked that candidate as 'number 1' will have their votes count for their next choice. This process continues until a candidate wins with more than half of the votes. This process is guaranteed to end with the most preferred candidate among all the votes as the winner candidate in our state situation it will produce a 270 vote electoral college. Second, rank and file democrats must, for this election only, abandon their self damaging diversity / identity theme, pitting women and minorities against each other! Make American values the main issue this time! Trumps' values are Vulgarian, from Slobovia and Skankostan! When Sanders says "I'm a socialist" only news media stupid talking heads claim it makes him un electable. Nobody sees Sanders virtue signaling this way as other than an expression of steadfastness, principle. Nobody thinks he alone, as President could make America a socialist nation. Furthermore, It would be stupid to scoff at the idea of another Hollywood actor running, like Ronald Reagan. Many of us did not like some of the values he stood for or some of his decisions. But no one could argue that he was ineffective, like Trump. A number of very prominent actors fit these qualities very well. Draft an actor who is a Democrat such as Tom Hanks! Hanks has exemplified good American values, in splendid films like Saving Private Ryan, Sully, Apollo 13, The Green Mile, Captain Phillips, Mark Felt, and A Beautiful Day Yes, even as Mr. Rogers! Try to draft Kevin Costner, who showed courage and other American values in Dances with Wolves, Robin Hood, JFK, A Perfect World, The Postman, Thirteen Days (about the Cuban Missile Crisis), The Guardian, and Hidden Figures. Or consider George Clooney who played in Three Kings, Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men. Even the writers of West Wing or Madame Secretary could do better and Tea Leoni would make a better President than Trump! Maybe even Pence, even for a caretaker year."
"Police have arrested a 38-year-old black man from Orange Country, NY, for stabbing five Jews in the home of a Hasidic rabbi in Monsey on the seventh night of Hanukkah. If you’re a New Yorker or a Jew or both, you’re asking why. Why has yet another African-American attacked Jews? Why has black-on-Jewish assault become a continuous feature of life in and around New York? Why now? The answer: Because the country is seized by the politics of victimhood, and there’s nothing that self-pitying “victims” find easier than blaming Jews for their misery. The names given to the bogeymen of today’s populism are all historical code words for Jews. On the populist right, this means the elite, the globalists and the media. On the populist left, it’s Wall Street, the wealthy and the 1 percent. If that isn’t enough, the left has also decided that Jews — a minority who make up 2.2 percent of the American population — are “hyper-white” and, in Marxist terms, actually part of the power structure that keeps minorities down. It’s no secret that right-wing populism has facilitated a violent, sometimes deadly, rise in Jew-hatred, but it’s forbidden to draw similar conclusions about the populist left. At least in public. There are two reasons for this: First, pointing out the problem on the right is a means of attacking President Trump. Second, addressing the problem on the left would mean facing the outsize role that black Americans have played in recent attacks against Jews. On the first point, it is not only wrong to blame Trump for right-wing anti-Semitism, it’s perverse. How anyone gets away with claiming that the president doesn’t condemn Jew-hatred is beyond me. He condemns it at every turn. He devoted an unprecedentedly large chunk of his last State of the Union address to denouncing anti-Semitism and vowing to fight it wherever it may arise. Trump recently moved to crack down against anti-Semitism on college campuses (and was denounced for it as a racist by the left). For his commitment to fighting Jew-hatred and his unfaltering support of Israel, he has earned the enmity of far-right anti-Semites. On the second point, the facts speak for themselves. Throughout 2019, African-Americans attacked Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn on a more-or-less weekly basis, and it barely ever made the mainstream news. It wasn’t until two members of the Black Hebrew Israelites shot up a kosher market in Jersey City in early December that the media was forced into acknowledging reality. The left’s leading populists have fetishized the victim status of certain minorities, including African Americans. They have made slavery and its legacy the focal points of American life. They have determined, without evidence, that police are on a campaign to kill unarmed blacks. And they speak generally as if we have suddenly been transported to a pre-civil-rights-movement America. What’s more, unlike Trump, some of the left’s leading populists have gone out of their way to steer their followers toward blaming the Jews. The stand-out figures here are Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Their public record of blaming Jewish money for corrupting American politics is so well-known that it needs no rehearsing here. And it has either been ignored or defended by the larger left. If you called either of them out on their anti-Semitism, you were charged with racism and misogyny. Omar so petrified Democratic leaders that they couldn’t even pass a House resolution condemning her blatant anti-Semitic remarks. But the problem on the left goes beyond Omar and Tlaib. And it goes beyond the rest of the Squad, who engage in constant anti-Israel theatrics. It stretches to the identitarian populism of most of the 2020 Democratic candidates for president, to the liberal garment-rending over the defeat of the anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn, to the intersectional gobbledygook that divides college campuses by ethnicity, to the Women’s March activists who embrace Louis Farrakhan and down to the community level, where, for example, the NAACP’s Passaic branch posts Facebook rants blaming tainted water supplies on the Jews. Historically, indulged victims have needed no encouragement in pointing their finger at Jews. Telling them that others are responsible for their woes has usually been enough to get them headed in that direction. But some on today’s left have given Jew-hatred an extra nudge. Their winks, dog-whistles and outright calumnies have served as a noxious propaganda campaign and led to a surge of minority anti-Semitism. With the attempted murders in Monsey, this can no longer be kept a secret, and maybe those who have facilitated it will begin to know a little shame. Abe Greenwald is senior editor of Commentary, from which this column was adapted."
"Get a daily rundown of the top stories on Urban Milwaukee The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked again Monday on what to do next after a circuit court judge ordered the state to purge more than 200,000 names from Wisconsin’s voter registration list. It’s the second time in less than a month that the commission, which is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, has been unable to agree on how to address the court order by a circuit court judge. That original order has since been appealed and a new lawsuit has been filed in federal court attempting to block it. Elections Commissioner Mark Thomsen, one of the panel’s Democrats, said those lawsuits should be allowed to play out before the voting rolls are changed. “It would seem to me premature and wrongheaded for the commission to jump ahead,” Thompson said Earlier this month, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty , known as WILL. They argued that the Wisconsin Elections Commission was violating state law by not removing thousands of people from voting rolls who were suspected to have moved. The voters were identified by what’s known as the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a nonprofit, multi-state system that helps member states keep their voter registration lists current. ERIC identifies people who may have moved after they file official paperwork with another government agency like the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Elections Commission voted earlier this year to send a mailing to more than 230,000 voters stating that they’d been flagged as having moved. But the commission’s original mailing also told voters that they would not be automatically removed from the state’s registration rolls until 2021. At the time, the Elections Commission argued that state law gave it discretion on whether to immediately rescind a voter’s registration. It said that discretion was necessary given the state’s previous experiences with the ERIC system in 2017, when voters who had not moved were mistakenly tossed off the rolls. Malloy rejected that argument, ruling on Dec. 13 that the state must remove the names from Wisconsin’s voter rolls immediately. Wisconsin’s Elections Commission met just days later, voting 3-3 on Dec. 16 on a motion that would have immediately purged the state’s voter rolls. With the commission’s even split, a bipartisan vote is required to accomplish anything. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, appealed the initial ruling in state court, and WILL asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly. At the same time, the Wisconsin League of Women Voters filed a new lawsuit in federal court in an attempt to block the initial ruling. Republican Dean Knudson, a former GOP state lawmaker who chairs the Elections Commission, said Monday that he felt it was important for the commission to take action following the court order by Malloy. “We are under a court order from the circuit court in Ozaukee County to follow the law,” Knudson said. “I wish the law was clearer. But I feel like we need to do our best to follow the law.” But the commission’s Democrats, like Ann Jacobs, said the system used to flag voter names was flawed and it was unclear if the state even had the authority to remove people. “The right to vote is of such power that the idea that we’re going to simply kick people off the rolls because of a poor data match is astonishing,” Jacobs said. The case is being closely watched because of Wisconsin’s potentially pivotal role in the 2020 election and its recent history of close finishes. For example, the 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court race and the 2016 race for president were both decided by margins of less than 1 percent, and the 2018 race for governor was decided by just over 1 percent. State Election Panel Deadlocks Again On How To Address Ruling On Voter List Purge was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio."
"He said he's hopeful that this coming year will include a consensus surrounding the issue, though he lamented what he sees as the "minimization of the problem" of possible contamination of nitrates and so-called "forever chemicals" known as PFAS, which are found in firefighting foam and more. "The concern I have is that we have folks already saying, 'Well we can't overregulate this issue, we can't do this around this issue, we can't we can't,'" he said. As a key figure among Wisconsin Democrats, Evers said takes both down-ticket races and the presidential match-up seriously. Maintaining Democratic numbers in the Legislature, he said, "keeps my veto in place" as both GOP-led chambers currently lack enough members to override Evers' actions — something he said is especially important because of the approaching census and redistricting round. As for the presidential election, he stressed the need to get candidates to the state "and have the people in Wisconsin understand the issues that each of them care about and we get a good turnout in the primary, good turnout next fall." Share your opinion on this topic by sending a letter to the editor to Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less. Get local news delivered to your inbox! Subscribe to our Daily Headlines newsletter Sign up! * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy."
"BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s acrobatic overhead kick gave Brighton a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League on New Year’s Day. The Iran striker’s bicycle kick in the 84th minute punished Frank Lampard’s wasteful Chelsea, which relied on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s late save against Neal Maupay to avoid losing. Jahanbakhsh started 2020 in style after only breaking a 20-match league goal drought in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. The goal on Wednesday canceled out the tap-in from Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the 10th minute. Christian Pulisic will look at three wasted openings that ultimately stopped Chelsea cementing their dominance, denying the fourth-place side another away victory after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal. The American dragged a shot wide from a well-worked and promising position. The forward had tormented Martin Montoya throughout the first half and outfoxed him twice in quick succession after the break, but he failed to find the target on both occasions. ___ More AP soccer: and"
"Apparently US national team star Christian Pulisic's hamstring knock wasn't a major one. Pulisic was back in Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's XI for the Premier League's first match of 2020, the Blues' 1-1 away draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday. 🔵🇺🇸👀Christian Pulisic watch: How did #USMNT star perform on his return to the Chelsea starting lineup v. Brighton? @JPW_NBCSports has minute-by-minute analysis on the #CFC winger ⤵️ — NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 1, 2020 Deployed wide left in Lampard's 4-2-3-1, Pulisic went 66 minutes and left the game with his side in the lead on Cesar Aspilicueta's 10th-minute goal. Brighton eventually leveled the match through Alireza Jahanbaksh's spectacular equalizer, an overhead kick from range. Lampard had ruled Pulisic out of Chelsea's previous match, a 2-1 come-from-behind win away at London rivals Arsenal, and there appeared to be concerns that a hamstring or groin ailment could keep the winger out several weeks. 100% healthy but thank you guys for the concern — Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) December 30, 2019 However, Pulisic took to Twitter to reveal, at the very least, those concerns were overblown. Wednesday's draw marked Chelsea's fourth match and the end of a typically busy league stretch over the holiday season. Their next match comes Sunday home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round before returning to league play on Jan. 11 at home against Burnley."
"The message to foreign women thinking of booking a holiday in Cyprus could hardly be more stark: if you are attacked don’t expect the authorities to help you. On the contrary, reporting a rape carries a significant risk that it won’t be properly investigated, as appears to have happened to the 19-year-old British woman who went to the police in Ayia Napa in July saying she had been gang-raped. Moreover, you might end up deprived of your own liberty. The teenager found herself convicted on Monday with inventing the whole thing, and faces a potential prison sentence when she appears at the Famagusta district court next week. Predatory young men, on the other hand, might easily come to the conclusion that they have nothing to fear. The case now has all the ingredients of an international incident, following a highly unusual intervention from the Foreign Office. A spokesman has described events in Cyprus as “deeply distressing” and says that the UK is “seriously concerned” about the young woman’s right to a fair trial. While limiting damage to the tourist industry may have been the primary concern of the Cypriot authorities, it has backfired spectacularly. The UK is also an important ally and has military bases on the island. Whatever is being said publicly, it’s likely that frantic discussions are taking place behind the scenes, seeking a way out of what is fast becoming a public relations disaster. It simply defies belief that more than 55,000 British women are lying about being raped every year While some elements in this shocking case are particular to Cyprus, it highlights a culture of disbelief towards victims that is almost universal. That distrust expresses itself in different ways, depending on the jurisdiction, and it appears that the investigation in Ayia Napa was flawed from the outset. In the UK, victims often complain about the length of time a rape inquiry takes, but the Cypriot investigation was over in just 12 days. How can a thorough investigation into an alleged rape with multiple perpetrators be carried out in such a short space of time? Yet all the accused boys were released and allowed to return home to Israel. The young woman’s legal team claim that local police failed to collect evidence from the hotel room where the incident took place, didn’t secure the crime scene and showed no understanding of the impact of traumatic events on the complainant’s memory. Instead of treating her as a young and vulnerable witness, they interviewed her on her own late at night, with neither a lawyer nor a family member present. The Cypriot police do not record interviews, so there is no independent record of what happened during the seven hours before the teenager signed a “retraction”, which she says she did under duress. This sequence of events is a stain on the Cypriot justice system, but what lies behind it is a hugely disproportionate anxiety about false accusations. Indeed it is one of the principal myths that undermine rape investigations, even though the idea that there are high levels of false allegations is unsupported by evidence. In the UK, a handful of widely publicised cases that ended in acquittals or a decision not to proceed to trial has tainted the entire system for investigating rape. Many people do not understand that a decision not to prosecute reflects an assessment of the available evidence, and does not mean the victim was lying. The Crown Prosecution Service denies the accusation that it has become “risk averse”, but there has been a 52% drop in the number of rape cases prosecuted since 2016, despite an increase of 43% in complaints to the police. According to the latest figures for the year ending in March 2019, there were 58,657 allegations of rape in England and Wales but only 1,925 successful prosecutions. Unless you are a dyed-in-the-wool misogynist, it simply defies belief that more than 55,000 women are lying about being raped every year. Unbelievable – at last, a rape drama that gives victims a voice | Fiona Sturges Read more The truth is actually much worse: a habit of treating women as untrustworthy witnesses has imbued our own criminal justice system with a corrosive degree of suspicion. It’s far from unusual for victims to face intrusive demands for personal information, including school and medical records. They are made to feel as though they, rather than their alleged attackers, have shameful secrets in their past. These developments have not gone unchallenged. The Centre for Women’s Justice is seeking a judicial review of the way the CPS makes decisions in rape cases, while the information commissioner is investigating a complaint from myself, the London victims’ commissioner and women’s groups about excessive demands for complainants’ private data. In the meantime there can be no doubt that thousands of sexual predators are going free. Some of them, no doubt, will attack again. And while we rightly shudder at the treatment a British teenager has received in Cyprus, we should not forget that our own criminal justice system is in crisis – or that it lets down rape victims every day. • Joan Smith is chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board"
"Mother of woman found guilty of lying about being gang-raped says Ayia Napa resort is unsafe The mother of a British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus has backed calls for a tourism boycott of the country. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that she supported the campaign and that she believed the resort town of Ayia Napa was unsafe. “The place isn’t safe – it is absolutely not safe. And if you go and report something that’s happened to you, you’re either laughed at, as far as I can tell, or, in the worst case, something like what’s happened to my daughter may happen,” she said. The teenager said she was raped by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in Ayia Napa on 17 July. But she was charged and the dozen young men, aged between 15 and 20, who were arrested over the incident, were freed after she signed a retraction statement 10 days later. The woman said her daughter was experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hallucinations, and sleeping for up to 20 hours a day because of a condition called hypersomnia. “She needs to get back to the UK to get that treated – that’s my absolute primary focus. She can’t be treated here because hearing foreign men speaking loudly will trigger an episode … “It needs resolving otherwise she’s going to carry on having this for the rest of her life,” the woman said. She said her daughter had planned to go to university this year after being accepted for the courses she applied for and being offered a bursary at one institute. “So, no question, she would have gone to university, but it was in a career that she wouldn’t be able to do with this ‘public mischief’ verdict, so – again, life-changing for her – she needs to totally rethink her options.” A crowdfunding appeal to raise money for legal support for her daughter has passed £80,000. The “help teen victim get justice in Cyprus” GoFundMe page was set up in August by the British lawyer John Hobbs to raise cash for the 19-year-old’s legal representation. The teenager claimed in court she was raped but forced to change her account under pressure from Cypriot police. The Foreign Office said the UK was “seriously concerned” about the fairness of the woman’s trial and it is understood officials have raised the “deeply distressing case” with the Cypriot authorities. Lawyers and campaigners criticised the justice system after the woman was convicted of public mischief at Famagusta district court, in Paralimni, on Monday. The psychologist who assessed the woman as part of her defence case, Dr Christine Tizzard, said she was concerned the trial had not fully considered that she had been diagnosed with PTSD. She told the Guardian: “The salient point is that she was diagnosed with PTSD. That’s a standalone diagnosis. It’s a valid diagnosis and it hasn’t really been fully represented. “Aside the fact it hasn’t been fully represented, it means she’s been unable to get the treatment she so sorely needs and every day she’s not having treatment the worse it gets.” The government of Cyprus has said it has “full confidence in the justice system and the courts”. Cyprus’s attorney general said on Tuesday he could not suspend the trial because the woman had levelled “grave accusations” against police investigators that had to be adjudicated in court. He said her allegation that police coerced her into retracting her rape claim “could not have been left to linger” so he could not move to suspend the trial. In a statement, Costas Clerides added: “Any intervention on the part of the attorney general, either for reasons of public interest or any other reasons, would have constituted nothing more than an obstacle to ascertaining the true facts of the case, as well as interference in the judiciary’s work.” Judge Michalis Papathanasiou said he believed the woman had made false allegations because she felt “embarrassed” after realising she had been filmed having sex in a video found on some of the Israelis’ mobile phones. The woman has been on bail since the end of August, after spending a month in prison, and could face up to a year in jail and a €1,700 (£1,500) fine when she is sentenced on 7 January."
"One thing is for sure, children love author Mo Willems in Jamaica Plain. Incredibly Willems had the 10 most popular kids books in terms of circulation for the JP Library Branch. The following lists were provided by the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The following are the top 10 most borrowed children's books, all by Willems. Should I share my ice cream? My new friend is so fun! The thank you book I love my new toy! I broke my trunk! I really like slop! I will surprise my friend Listen to my trumpet! Are you ready to play outside? Can I play too? Here's a list of the top 10 adult books, ranked by how much they went out. Only two of the 10 titles above are nonfiction: Becoming and Educated. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Becoming by Michelle Obama Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The Witch Elm by Tana French Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty"
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"Status Status: Vetoed on December 20 2019 - 100% progression Action: 2019-12-20 - VETOED MEMO.284 Text: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)Status: Vetoed on December 20 2019 - 100% progressionAction: 2019-12-20 - VETOED MEMO.284Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [HTML] Summary Expands which judges may solemnize a marriage to include all federal circuit court of appeals judges and all federal district court judges. Tracking Information Register now for our free OneVote public service or GAITS Professional trial account and you can begin tracking this and other legislation, all driven by the real-time data of the LegiScan API. Providing tools allowing you to research pending legislation, stay informed with email alerts, content feeds, and share dynamic reports. Use our new PolitiCorps to join with friends and collegaues to monitor & discuss bills through the process. Monitor Legislation or view this same bill number from multiple sessions or take advantage of our national legislative search. Title Expands which judges may solemnize a marriage to include all federal circuit court of appeals judges and all federal district court judges. Sponsors Roll Calls History Date Chamber Action 2019-12-20 Assembly VETOED MEMO.284 2019-12-20 Senate DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR 2019-06-18 Assembly returned to senate 2019-06-18 Assembly passed assembly 2019-06-18 Assembly ordered to third reading rules cal.299 2019-06-18 Assembly substituted for a8031a 2019-06-13 Assembly referred to judiciary 2019-06-13 Senate DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY 2019-06-13 Senate PASSED SENATE 2019-06-13 Senate ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1372 2019-06-06 Senate PRINT NUMBER 6330A 2019-06-06 Senate AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RULES 2019-06-05 Senate REFERRED TO RULES Same As/Similar To A08031 (Same As) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s6330a New York State Sources Type Source Summary Text Text Roll Call Roll Call Roll Call Bill Comments"
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"ATLANTA, GA — Long-time Atlanta Congressman and civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis, 79, said Sunday that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Doctors have told Lewis that he has a chance to beat the disease, and he plans to return to Washington, D.C., soon to begin treatment and return to work on Capitol Hill. Lewis recently learned from doctors following a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, that he has cancer. "I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now," Lewis said. "While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance. "So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the beloved community. We still have many bridges to cross." Prayers, well-wishes and encouragement for Lewis as he faces cancer were shared by state and national Democratic leaders, along with entertainment luminaries. If there's one thing I love about @RepJohnLewis, it's his incomparable will to fight. I know he's got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 30, 2019 .@repjohnlewis is America's conscience and Georgia's heart. We stand with him as he fights one more battle - to defeat pancreatic cancer. As he wages that war, he continues to do the people's work, buoyed by the prayers and good will of millions. God bless you, my friend. — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) December 30, 2019 Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, said, "John Lewis is one of the strongest people I know. He already beat Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan—cancer is next. Please join me in lifting him and his family in prayer." And actor Mark Hamill, star of the "Star Wars" films, tweeted, "I'm hoping with all my soul that civil-rights icon, conscience of our country & national treasure @repjohnlewis kicks cancer's ASS!" Lewis, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump for several years, recently gained attention for his impassioned comments urging his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote to impeach the president. The impeachment proceedings were a sad day in American history, he said. "It's a sad day, it is not a day of joy. …For some this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history," Lewis said. In January 2017 Lewis said that Trump's presidential election wasn't legitimate, making claims of Russian influence in the vote. In response, Trump had harsh words to say about Lewis' Fifth Congressional District, which includes downtown Atlanta, along with surrounding communities — some impoverished, others affluent. Saying the congressman should spend more time helping his district, Trump referred to the area as being "in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)." Georgia's Fifth Congressional District includes parts of Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties, including most of the City of Atlanta. Other cities included in the Fifth District are Brookhaven, Decatur, and South Fulton. Lewis is a member of the Democratic Party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and has served as a chief deputy whip since 1991 and senior chief deputy whip since 2003. He has been awarded many honorary degrees, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lewis said he will return to Washington in coming days to continue his work and begin a treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. The Congressman said he may miss a few votes during this period, but "with God's grace I will be back on the front lines soon." "Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey," his statement concluded. Lewis was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. As a student at Fisk University, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. Lewis risked his life on those rides many times by sitting in seats reserved for white patrons. He was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South, his biography says. From 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which he helped form, to organize student activism, including sit-ins and other activities. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963. In 1964, John Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis helped spearhead the protest march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday." News broadcasts and photographs showing the violence helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his office said."
"Peniel Joseph is the Barbara Jordan chair in ethics and political values and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a professor of history. He is the author of several books, most recently "Stokely: A Life." The views expressed here are his. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) The news that John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer represents a sobering reminder. This legendary man now faces a mighty challenge -- and the sad news of his illness reminds us of the fortitude so many brought to the civil rights struggle and the somber reality that we are slowly losing the generation that defeated Jim Crow segregation in America. Peniel Joseph Every generation that passes into history takes with it vital institutional memory that indelibly shapes contemporary notions of citizenship, freedom and democracy. Lewis' generation has done this in momentous ways. Beyond the quest for voting rights and struggles to end Jim Crow in public schools and neighborhoods lay the undiscovered country of full citizenship for everyone from semi-literate sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta to the unjustly incarcerated in big cities across America. The life and legacy of John Lewis encompasses the complex relationship between race and citizenship in America. The outpouring of love, support and concern that greeted the news of the congressman's medical diagnosis should be refracted though the lens of our own tumultuous time: an era marked by racial divisions, a democracy in peril and the alarming frequency of violence such as mass shootings and police killings of unarmed black people. In the age of Donald Trump, the possible loss of a statesman such as John Lewis matters more than ever. In that sense the nation now finds itself lamenting the potential loss of its best self, the side of the national character purposeful enough to believe that sacrifice inevitably led to democratic renewal and reinvigorated moral purpose. JUST WATCHED Rep. John Lewis on crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge (2018) Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Rep. John Lewis on crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge (2018) 01:11 John Lewis, through non-violent sit-ins, protests and demonstrations, helped to shape a generation of Americans who sought to transform a political reality long based on racial segregation, poverty and violence. As a Freedom Rider in Anniston, Alabama, in May 1961, Lewis experienced a brutal attack by a white mob that nearly killed him. Four years later, as the chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis faced off against mounted Alabama state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, emerging as one of the heroes of "Bloody Sunday" and experiencing another beating that left him with permanent physical scars, wounds that helped to heal America's political soul. Read More"
"An industry desperately looking for clarity. India’s ecommerce industry, estimated to be worth over $ 50 billion, remains enmeshed in regulatory flux. With the final word yet to be said on the National Ecommerce Policy, separate guidelines have been drafted by different ministries on issues such as consumer protection and data privacy confounding an industry in search of regulatory clarity.Hopes of a stable policy framework had gained ground in June, when commerce minister Piyush Goyal said India would have a comprehensive ecommerce policy within a year.This followed months of upheaval triggered by new rules specifying that FDI-funded marketplaces could only lend their platforms to third-party sellers and barred such entities from holding any stocks or selling their own goods directly to customers. Morgan Stanley estimated the regulations would drive up business costs and uncertainty, including for industry leaders Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart . So much so, that its estimate of when India’s ecommerce would touch $200 billion was pushed forward by a year to 2027.Now, as Ministry for Electronics, Telecom and IT drafts rules that will govern non-personal data, and norms for consumer protection are drawn up by a separate ministry, online commerce could be left to battle on multiple fronts."
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"New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held telephonic conversations with top leaders of Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, conveying New Year greetings and emphasising India's commitment to regional peace and security as well as 'neighbourhood first' policy. Modi spoke to King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. The prime minister also spoke to his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. "The prime minister conveyed to the leaders his New Year greetings and good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf," the PMO said in a release. It said Modi emphasised India's commitment to 'neighbourhood first' policy and the vision of shared peace, security, prosperity and progress for all of India's friends and partners in the region. In his conversation with Hasina, Modi congratulated her on being re-elected as the president of the Awami League for the next three years. The prime minister also expressed his condolence on the untimely demise of former High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Muazzem Ali. "He also stated that the upcoming birth centenary of Bangbandhu and 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh and establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties provided important milestones to further progress of the close India-Bangladesh ties, which is a priority of his government," the PMO said. In his conversation with the Bhutanese King, Modi highlighted important achievements of the last year which have led to further consolidation of special ties between India and Bhutan. The prime minister also mentioned that he was looking forward to the forthcoming visit of the King to India. In his talks with Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Modi expressed confidence that India and Sri Lanka would further enhance their friendly ties in the year 2020. Speaking to Prime Minister Oli, Modi expressed satisfaction over the progress in India-Nepal relations in 2019 with the completion of several projects. "He specifically noted the completion of Motihari (India)- Amlekhgunj (Nepal) petroleum products pipeline in a record time," the PMO said. "Both the leaders also agreed to an early inauguration of the Integrated Check Post in Biratnagar and the housing reconstruction project in Nepal through video conference," it said. In his conversation with the prime minister of Sri Lanka, Modi reiterated India's commitment to further expand the close and extensive cooperation with the island nation. Modi also wished the President of the Maldives Solih. "President Solih warmly reciprocated prime minister's wishes and expressed his keen desire to further deepen and strengthen the ties with India by enhancing the existing bilateral cooperation and exploring newer areas for working together," the release said. He, however, missed out Pakistan PM Imran Khan."
"New Delhi [India], Jan 1 (ANI): Newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here at South Block on Wednesday. During the meet, the Defence Minister extended his best wishes to General Rawat for a successful tenure ahead. On Tuesday, General Rawat received the guard of honour from all the three forces after demitting office on retirement as Chief of Indian Army. Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated former Army chief Rawat for taking over as the first CDS and called him an "outstanding officer" who has served India with great zeal. "I am delighted that as we begin the New Year and new decade, India gets its first Chief of Defence Staff in General Bipin Rawat. I congratulate him and wish him the very best for this responsibility. He is an outstanding officer who has served India with great zeal," Prime Minister Modi said in a series of tweets. General Manoj Mukund Naravane took over as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on Tuesday, succeeding General Bipin Rawat who has become India's first CDS. General Naravane previously served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He has taken over the reins of the Army amid prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan due to provocations by Islamabad through terror activities. (ANI)"
"Problems with the water supply at Salford Royal Hospital have been now resolved. A number of wards at the Ladywell Building were without running water on New Year’s Eve. Hospital bosses said the issue was affecting a number of patients staying on the wards. Bottled water was used on site and a temporary fix was put in place overnight, a spokesperson for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust said. The issue was permanently resolved by 10am on New Year’s Day. It is understood that engineers from United Utilities provided a temporary water supply overnight. The Ladywell Building houses a number of wards, the radiology unit and the ultrasound unit. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news. We are also on Instagram . If you are on the go, the M.E.N. app helps bring you closer to the latest news where you live. Available on iPhone and Android , the app can be tailor-made to bring you the latest on what matters to you. Breaking news, the latest on your football club, the pick of the week’s events and the latest travel - you can tailor the app to suit you. Our push notifications help highlight the biggest stories to you first."
"NEW Year's Eve fireworks and lanterns are feared to have sparked a horror blaze at a German zoo which killed 30 animals when it tore through its 'ape house'. Krefeld Zoo - located north of Dusseldorf and near the Dutch border - said its "worst fears have become reality" in the wake of this morning's shocking fire. 7 Chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans were killed in the horror blaze Credit: AP:Associated Press 7 The zoo said it's worst fears had become a reality in the wake of the inferno Credit: Alamy Live News In a post on Facebook, it said: "An unfathomable tragedy hit us shortly after midnight. Our ape building burned down to the foundation." Chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are among those that burned alive. Fruit bats, birds and other animals were also killed. However, two chimps called Bally and Limbo were saved from the flames by firefighters who heard their screams. Both suffered minor burns and the zoo director described their last minute rescue as nothing short of "a miracle". Bosses also revealed the nearby Gorilla Garden - home to one of its most famous residents - escaped the ferocious flames. 7 Orangutans at the zoo (seen above) are reportedly among the dead Credit: Getty - Contributor 7 Police officers are now investigating the exact cause of the deadly blaze Credit: Alamy Live News 'Gorilla Kidogo and his family are alive', the zoo wrote on Facebook in the early hours of today. Both the zoo and city officials said that they didn't know the exact cause of the fire and that police are investigating. They would not confirm reports by local media that New Year's fireworks could have sparked the killer blaze. However, reports from the scene claim three banned sky lanterns were found in the charred remains of the enclosure. MOST READ IN NEWS 'THEY'RE DEAD' Couple stabbed to death 'by ex in 4am knife rampage as witnesses screamed' BLOODY RIDDLE Caroline Flack’s boyfriend claims it’s NOT his blood on her bed in horror pic BEER WE GO! Boozy Brits celebrate New Year’s Eve with a VERY wild night on the town Exclusive BEDROOM BLOODBATH Shocking pic shows Caroline Flack's blood-soaked bed after 'lamp attack' Exclusive HALF WAYNE LINE Wayne Rooney builds full-size footie pitch at his £20m 'Morrisons Mansion' The Zoo said it was thankful for the many offers of help, but added: "We are still in shock and cannot yet say exactly if and where help is needed." The greenhouse-style building - which opened in 1975 - burned to the ground within a couple of hours, say reports. Orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, marmosets, epaulet fruit bats and birds were inside at the time. 7 The zoo will remain closed throughout the next 24 hours Credit: Alamy Live News 7 However the zoo's famous gorilla Kidogo escaped the blaze Credit: EPA"
"Monkey vs Monkey Man vs Man - Capitalism is SOCIAL DARWINISM (Image by photographymontreal) Details DMCA The power structure that now dominates the globe is a logical extension of the project for colonizing Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that the European imperialist powers began over five centuries ago. From the start of this project, it's been a constant rule for those in the colonizing powers that one's society is at war with a weaker enemy. The indigenous people, who have been portrayed as not capable of running things, have had to be brought under the colonial boot according to the ideology of imperial conquest. And in accordance with the global rise of capitalism that colonialism precipitated, the same dynamic of subjugation has existed between the poor and the rich. Throughout their efforts to defeat their enemies, the imperialist powers of the last millennium and the empires that came before them have constantly been fighting against adversaries that can't be totally subdued, even after they've been greatly weakened by slavery and mass extermination. The ethnic and religious groups that have been subjugated by imperialism have virtually all been able to survive, and have continued their cultures and their collective will to find self-determination. So they've constantly posed a challenge to the power of imperialism even as imperialism has ruled supreme, much like the existence of the proletariat has constantly put the rule of the bourgeoisie into question. The same tension has ultimately existed during every other unjust hierarchy. To maintain their control over this constant threat from the oppressed, the ruling class in the age of imperialism has used unprecedentedly powerful tools of warfare against groups which have stood in their way. Covert CIA operations alone are estimated to have killed at least six million people. The U.S. has used vast bombing campaigns, starvation sanctions, and most recently drone warfare to kill tens of millions of people since World War II. These methods of genocide have been replicated to great extents by Israel during its war against the Palestinians, and by Saudi Arabia during its war against the Yemenis. This all is added onto the millions of deaths that occur annually because of the poverty that's sustained by global capitalism, and to the frequent killings of poor people by the ever-deadlier police states throughout the capitalist world. Despite these methods of warfare, imperialism and corporate power continue to be challenged. American hegemony is declining amid frayings of alliances among the NATO powers, failures from the U.S. to carry out its foreign policy goals in countries like Syria, and the rise of Chinese influence. Massive protests have broken out in neoliberal Third World countries like Chile and Honduras, and worker struggles are intensifying in places like France. Those in the global underclass are fighting as hard as ever, and in places like the DPRK and Venezuela they've already gained dominance through proletarian democracy. A power struggle is still in motion. It's in motion because of the contradictions of capitalism, which have become heightened during the era of capitalist imperialism. By subjecting entire nations to invasions, severe poverty, and apartheid, imperialism makes the oppressive dynamics of capitalism so pronounced that revolts from the colonized people become inevitable. Added onto the conflict between bourgeoisie and proletariat that's inherent to all capitalist societies, this self-destructive aspect of imperialism has led to vast decolonization movements and successful socialist revolutions throughout the last century. As the U.S. empire weakens, this liberation movement is naturally gathering strength. The recent resurgence of Third World revolutionary energy is present even in Bolivia, where strong socialist and indigenous strains threaten to overtake the fascist regime that's been installed in the country. But there's still a way that the bourgeoisie can remain dominant in an era after the fall of the U.S. empire, and even in an era after the climate has collapsed. This transition can be accomplished by making the means for wielding political and social power-such as steady access to electricity, the ability to use weaponry, and reliable nourishment and shelter-available only to the rich. In the developed world, capitalism has sustained itself by letting most of the population share in the technological and economic gains that the system creates, however unequally they're distributed. The United States and most other core imperialist nations have never experienced a socialist revolution because conditions for the broad masses haven't deteriorated enough to provoke an effective class uprising. Many bourgeois leaders have deliberately tried to maintain this balance by allowing the welfare state to be expanded, which has deterred the proletariat from pursuing revolution. But faced with the collapse of the climate, the ruling class has overwhelmingly decided to keep making society ever more unequal instead of reducing inequality. Even in more progressive capitalist countries like Iceland, the prevailing decision within the political establishment has been to continue neoliberalism and not try to alleviate the wealth gap. Austerity has increased throughout almost the entire capitalist world since the 2008 financial crisis, wages have kept falling, and the power of the big banks and corporations is greater than ever. And the collapse of the climate hasn't driven capitalist governments to resist corporate power, it's caused there to be more privatization of services and more capitalist efforts to profit from crises. 2005's Hurricane Katrina and 2017's Hurricane Irma both caused there to be a wave of privatizations in the impacted areas, and the U.S. army and private military contractors used both disasters to increase the militarization of society. A recurring part of these responses to climate change has been an effort to more clearly define boundaries between the wealthy areas and the poorer areas. The lines between the wealthy areas (called the green zones) and the poor areas (called the red zones) was how the U.S. decided to distribute resources in Iraq during its post-invasion efforts to reconstruct the country. The green zone/red zone dichotomy, despite not usually being defined with such explicit language, is being increasingly applied to how resources are distributed around the globe. The homes and neighborhoods of the rich are protected from the threats of climate change-like was the case during 2018's California fires-while poor communities are the ones that suffer. There's a political purpose behind this environmentally created inequality, one that's understood by the billionaires who've prepared for a later stage of the climate crisis by creating luxury survival compounds for themselves. It's to deprive those outside the wealthy enclaves of the resources that they'll need to survive, or at least to live with modern comforts, as the climate deteriorates. The logical conclusion of climate apartheid, as this 21st century class divide has been called, is a new kind of despotism that's emerging while capitalism collapses. In a world that's no longer climatically stable, and where resources have become scarce, the capitalist class will only be able to maintain their status and lifestyle by concentrating wealth at the very top. In other words, by replacing capitalism with a nakedly oppressive system that has virtually no social mobility. Now that capitalism has reached the long-anticipated point where it consumes too much of nature to be able to sustain itself, the elites are creating a new system which is much more centralized and tightly controlled than the one that preceded it. Since the Industrial Revolution, bourgeois societies have typically been liberal, with freedom of expression usually being legal and the proletariat being able to heavily consume and make a living when the economy was doing well. But now democracy is deteriorating around the capitalist world, and the neoliberal economies are in a perpetual state of decline that makes economic participation harder for the proletariat. Whereas capitalist markets overall grew massively in the 20th century, in the 21st century they've been shrinking. Trade and economic growth are slowing down, and the post-recession economic expansion has been dependent on financial bubbles and beneficial mainly for those in the upper strata. In the U.S., unemployment and underemployment still haven't recovered from their pre-recession levels, and the global economy becomes more unequal every year. The next financial crash will create a situation far worse, one that's exacerbated by the decline of the dollar and by the irreversible economic damage of climate change. All of these destabilizing factors within capitalist markets are naturally causing capitalist political systems to become less free, and capitalist economies to be more controlled by the state and its partnered corporate monopolies. Economic and climatic disruptions have caused a global rise in reactionary politics and a subsequent decline in democracy throughout much of the capitalist world. And the 2008 crash has caused the U.S. government to transfer many trillions of dollars to the biggest banks, enabling these private financial institutions to become larger than ever. Similar trends will follow as the collapse of capitalism continues. Power, both political and economic, will become consolidated as the system eats itself. The capitalist class will remain capitalists in the traditional sense only when they're profiting in some way from the world's disasters, or when they manage to profit from the labor of the few proletarians who manage to get jobs within the isolated societies of the rich. Otherwise they won't exploit the proletariat nearly to the extent that they used to, because society won't even be functional enough for labor and commerce to be robust. Most of the people in the world will be driven into poverty, become climate refugees, or simply die off, leaving the bourgeoisie with no choice but to shrink their business operations and retreat to their green zones. In such a situation, the ruling class will still be the dominant group, and they could expand their power in new areas. They could pursue capitalist development in eventually hospitable places like Greenland and Antarctica, they could colonize Mars, and they could even build cities that float on the ocean. But they'll still need to stop the world's underclass from overthrowing them, which will be harder than ever after the climate and economy have collapsed. Whether the bourgeoisie can retain its dominance amid the riots, vast influxes of refugees, and massive organized rebellions will depend on whether the bourgeoisie or the proletariat gain the upper hand over political and military power. Next Page 1 | 2"
"We have come to the end of yet another year in the 21st century. You, like many, may believe that the decade ends on December 31, 2019. There are those who believe that the proper ending is December 31, 2020 and that the third decade in the 21st century rightly starts on January 1, 2021, but we will not allow that to detain us here. What we know for sure is that 2019 has ended. What we can say with great certainty and clarity is that the first two decades of this century have been as momentous as they have been tragic; as hopeful as they have been filled with despair for countless millions of people; as filled with opportunities for humankind as they have registered disappointments and missed expectations for many. Around the world 2019 was a year of political ferment. The British have had to face an election to end the wearying issue of Brexit. With the results of the last election favouring the Brexiters, there is greater confidence that Britain will leave the European Union, but with no clear prognosis of what the future holds. The Middle East, home of the birth of the three major religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — continued to be a cauldron of hate and dislocation for millions of people. I have become convinced that there would be better prospects for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians if they were left to work out their difficulties without interference from external parties such as America and Russia. But that is a subject for deeper analysis. Fires have burned in Chile, France, Bolivia, Venezuela, and other parts of the world as people register their protests against the excesses of their leaders, or as they rail against corruption in their societies. The evil forces of hatred, bigotry, and racism werre evident in parts of the world. The incivility in social discourse, spurred on by the Internet, continued apace. Americans, for the third time, have impeached a sitting president with all that this implies for peace and stability in the country. That nation's major institutions — the presidency, the Congress, intelligence agencies, and judiciary — have been severely tested by the intemperance and immorality of a president who lives by his own rules and who demonstrates proclivities of governance that would make Genghis Khan look like a good Sunday school teacher. In a year when the economy appears to be humming, the growing income inequality in that country has ensured that close to 60 per cent of Americans cannot find uS$400 to pay a bill without going into debt. Something is wrong with this glaring contradiction in the American economy. What hope is there that this problem will be redressed in 2020, a presidential election year, at a time when the country has never been more divided? Here in Jamaica we have managed to kill close to 450 of our fellow citizens in wreckages on the roads. In what seems to have now become gruesomely normative, we have murdered over 1,300 of our fellow citizens mainly by the gun. In fact, we have averaged over 1,000 murders in Jamaica over the past 20 years. A small country with such violent crime statistics cannot escape the inevitable shredding of its social fabric with all the negative psychological consequences attached. Yet, despite these frightening statistics and the growing gap between the rich and the poor, it would be foolish to write a political, social, or economic obituary for the country. The inconvenient and uncomfortable truth is that crime is where it is because, collectively, as a nation, we have allowed it to be so. Strong resolve on our part as citizens can hold our political representatives accountable in putting resources and sound thinking to the issue. It is not beyond us to contain the murderous few who derive pleasure from slaughtering others. We must not just sit on our verandahs or in our rum bars and jabber about corruption. We must become actively engaged in a movement to ferret out the corrupt among us — who, incidentally, are not just politicians) — and to insist on workable mechanisms of accountability to arrest the problem. As we enter a new year — and for some a new decade — the challenges will be no less than what we faced in the preceding ones. In fact, they might have become more urgent. But we are a resilient people and the country can sail to new horizons of achievement if we bend our collective will to the task. What we do know is that problems do not end because a new year starts. But a new year presents opportunities to look at old problems through, perhaps, better, and less jaded lenses. In keeping with the Socratic philosophy of the unexamined life not worth the living, personal resolutions will be made for self-improvement and relational enhancement among others. We must examine carefully what we resolve to do or not to do in the new year. What I know of resolutions that people make at the beginning of a year is that they tend to remain largely unfulfilled at the end of the year. For some people, their resolve begins to buckle or fade by March. A large part of the problem is that goals we set were never attainable in the first place. There was no strength of will attached to achieving them. Perhaps they were too audacious in the first place. Jim Collins and Jerry I Porras, in their still important book on business, Built to Last, coined the phrase “big, hairy, audacious goal” (BHAG) which encourages companies and individuals to aim high and to stretch their imagination in achieving success. All of this is good, but any goal we set must be tempered with reality and a heavy dose of common sense. So, I would advise what I do for myself. Yes, keep your resolutions big, hairy and audacious, but don't get ahead of yourself. I would urge simple, manageable, incremental steps towards one goal. Focus on what you intend to achieve like a laser beam and avoid toxicity in your personal space by not being in the company of the scornful and the envious. You can never achieve your goals by approaching life with the same habits, mindset, and attitudes that hobbled you in the preceding year. Change will not happen unless you manage it in small, incremental, manageable steps. A truly productive and healthy new year to you. Dr Raulston Nembhard is a priest and social commentator. Send comments to the Observer or"
"Warning: SPOILERS for Thor #1 The War of the Realms ravaged Thor's homeland, but by the end of the event, Odin the All-Father stepped down and crowned Thor as the new King of Asgard. Now, months after the end of the war, Thor has rebuilt his home. Gone are the shimmering golden palaces of his father's creation, with the seat of the king remade in wood and stone. But now what was once a golden paradise, remade into a medieval city, shaped by hammers... has just been rocked by the arrival of Galactus in Marvel's shocking Thor #1. As Thor readies himself to give his first speech to the Asgardians gathered around their new king -- a message readers can only assume would have reflected the same message sent by the remade land itself, Galactus comes plummeting down from the sky, smashing directly into city's inhabitants, and Thor instantly realizing that scores of his people will never get the chance to hear a speech ever again. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Related: Thor Takes His Hammer To Galactus in New Comic Cover The sight of Galactus wrapped in machine armor, decimating the crowd is a horrifying one, to be sure. Screams are heard, as bolts of lightning mark Thor's leap into the fight, prepared to kill Galactus for this invasion of his people's new home. Thankfully Thor has the presence of mind to stop before then, stopping short as Galactus pleads with Thor to understand the reason for his arrival. He has come to Asgard for help, since Thor is the only one who can stop the Great Black Winter. The newest unknown threat to Thor (and all life in the universe), and one that can only be stopped if Thor becomes the newest herald of Galactus. Right on cue the mourning rains of Asgard begin to fall, carrying on for weeks. The city officials of Asgard work, busying themselves with counting the dead and calculating the cost of Galactus's 'arrival.' And while they may try to ignore the silence of their new king, it is evident more than just Asgard's people died the day Galactus fell. Galactus' impact also means that Yggdrasil, the tree of life, has begun to die. How will thor possibly manage to correct these tragedies, and return to his brighter vision for Asgard's future? To have those questions answered, readers will need to pick up Thor #1! Find the full details below. THOR #1 Written by: Donny Cates Art by: Nic Klein Cover Art by: Olivier Coipel A BRAND-NEW, SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM TAKES THE KING OF ASGARD TO NEW REALMS OF GLORY! The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it. Thor #1 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics. Next: Marvel Reveals The Next Galactus Will Be [SPOILER] Share Tweet Email The King of Marvel's Universe is Finally Claiming His Throne"
"This article contains spoilers for Thor #1! Thor has just become more powerful than ever before. Jason Aaron's years-long Thor run has come to a dramatic close, and it's time for a fresh beginning for the God of Thunder. Aaron ended with Thor regaining his enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, and taking the throne of the All-Father of Asgard. Step forward Donny Cates, who's becoming one of Marvel's most prolific writers and the architect of all their cosmic plots. The first issue of Cates' Thor relaunch sees the God of Thunder prepare to give a speech to his people, one that's interrupted by the untimely arrival of Galactus, dying after exposure to a cosmic force known as the Great Black Winter. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Related: Thor's Shocking First Issue Makes Marvel's Asgard A Ruin According to Galactus, the Great Black Winter has revealed that Thor is destined to be his death. As a result, operating under the principle of "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer," Galactus appoints Thor Odinson as his new Herald, transforming him with the Power Cosmic. In the Directors' Cut, Cates describes the transformation like this: Thor rises, and he has been remade. His arm is back, as is his eye, and his hair is now LONG. Like down to his butt long. Like the nineties Thor that I love. He's also wearing a slick new costume, very sci-fi and slick. Mostly black and bright white. The white on his costume should be glowing like lightning. And the black should be made of a star field. His eyes glow as well. Crackling with energy. His hammer, a solid Mjolnir-shaped bolt of lightning. He has become cosmic-Zeus! His run sigil emblazoned on his chest. Smoke pouring off him. This is easily the most phenomenal power-up Thor has ever received. He's never exactly been a weakling, but now he possesses all the power of the God of Thunder; wields an enchanted hammer containing a God Tempest that can destroy entire star systems; has been granted the power of the All-Father himself; and also wields the Power Cosmic, meaning he should have all the powers of any other Herald of Galactus. He's officially the strongest Avenger, the mightiest god in any of Marvel's Pantheons, and the greatest Herald ever to serve Galactus. Donny Cates is a smart writer. That means he wouldn't have given Thor this level of power if he didn't have a story in mind that would demand it. What's more, in interviews Cates has insisted he still sees Thor as a young god, a flawed man given to fits of temper and in danger of being overcome by his own ego and pride. Galactus' prophecy - foretelling that the God of Thunder will, in fact, be the one responsible for his own destruction - suggests that Thor Odinson may well not be able to handle the vast, unfathomable powers that are now at his disposal. Will absolute power corrupt absolutely? Thor #1 is on sale now from Marvel Comics. More: THOR Confirms Superman & Wonder Woman Have Used Mjolnir Share Tweet Email Deadpool 3: Marvel Villains That Could Appear"
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"Ards and North Down council celebrating its Green Flag awards COUNCILS across Northern Ireland have spent more than £130,000 of ratepayers' cash in recent years entering themselves into awards competitions. The spending included entering awards to recognise well-managed public parks, gongs to celebrate publicity and marketing, and the "Loo of the Year Awards". Local authorities in the north have paid a total of £136,091.56 to enter 70 awards contests since 2017, records obtained by The Irish News reveal. A further £13,082.78 was spent attending ceremonies for those awards in which they paid an entry fee and subsequently received nominations. Public spending campaigners accused councils of misusing ratepayers' funds in "forking out for these trivial trophies". But councils defended the costs, saying that such gongs are an "important part of maintaining motivation" among staff. The figures were obtained through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Causeway Coast and Glens was the only one of the north's 11 councils to refuse to disclose the information, saying it would exceed FOI legislative cost limits. Antrim and Newtownabbey council spent the most on entering awards competitions at £34,508.25, followed by Belfast City Council at £31,931. Belfast spent £3,732 entering the Loo of the Year Awards in 2017 and 2018 and a further £196.39 on travel to attend the ceremony in 2018. Ards and North Down Borough Council also entered the Loo of the Year Awards in each of the past three years, costing ratepayers £1,592. Among the awards Antrim and Newtownabbey entered was the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Northern Ireland "PRide Awards", which cost £2,120 in the past three years. In 2019 it won a gold award in the "Best Use of Social Media" category and two silvers in the categories "Best Use of Content" and "Best Use of Influencer Relations" for a recycling campaign. Much of the spending among the councils went towards entering the Green Flag Awards, in which well-managed public parks and green spaces are awarded the accolade. The scheme is managed in the north by environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, criticised the spending on awards competitions. "Town hall bosses should not be misusing ratepayers' money in a pointless attempt to get some gongs," he said. "While going for grants and private sponsorship can bring cash prizes to the local area, these awards are a waste of time and simply see council officers patting themselves on the back at ratepayers' expense. "Local residents are the real judges of council performance, so perhaps authorities should focus on winning their approval instead of forking out for these trivial trophies." Belfast City Council, the north's largest local authority, defended the spending. "Our staff are committed to serving the interests and needs of all local residents to the best of their ability, as well as fulfilling the ambitions of the Belfast Agenda," a spokesman said. "As part of this, it is important to show appreciation for the invaluable contribution made by individuals and teams, where staff have demonstrated exceptional levels of service provision and effort, which in many cases, go well beyond the call of duty. "Reward and recognition is an important part of maintaining motivation and ensuring continued strength in overall performance, city leadership and the delivery of services for our ratepayers." In relation to the Green Flag Award, he said this is a "non-profit international accreditation scheme that recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces". -------------------- :: Council spending on entering awards contests: Number of awards contests councils paid to enter since 2017, and overall cost of applying for these awards. Antrim and Newtownabbey (6) £34,508.25 Belfast (12) £31,931 Ards and North Down (13) £29,123 Newry, Mourne and Down (9) £13,278 Derry and Strabane (5) £7,640.31 Lisburn and Castlereagh (6) £7,095 Mid Ulster (12) £6,141 Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (3) £5,220 Fermanagh and Omagh (3) £810 Mid and East Antrim (1) £345 Causeway Coast and Glens (refused to disclose information) TOTAL (70) £136,091.56 (Figures based on details disclosed by councils through Freedom of Information requests)"
"302.9k SHARES Share Tweet While ‘Joker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is billed as the original motion picture soundtrack, you need to be aware of what your buying here. It is the musical score of the movie composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir and does not include the many other songs played in the movie. You will have to go looking elsewhere for those. Now that we have covered what the CD is not, let’s talk about what it actually is. Guðnadóttir has opted for a classical style orchestra for this soundtrack, although there are occasionally some sound effects thrown in amongst the traditional strings, percussion and woodwind instruments. The accompanying material says that the composition ‘features the cello as the centerpiece of the score, leading string-based melodies played by a symphony orchestra of 90 musicians’. As you can see from the track listing below most tracks are quite short. The two longest tracks are probably pivotal moments in the film and possibly Joker’s life. 1 Hoyt’s Office 01:24 2 Defeated Clown 02:39 3 Following Sophie 01:33 4 Penny in the Hospital 01:18 5 Young Penny 02:01 6 Meeting Bruce Wayne 04:35 7 Hiding in the Fridge 01:23 8 A Bad Comedian 01:28 9 Arthur Comes to Sophie 01:39 10 Looking for Answers 00:51 11 Penny Taken to the Hospital 01:49 12 Subway 03:33 13 Bathroom Dance 02:08 14 Learning How to Act Normal 01:17 15 Confession 01:29 16 Escape from the Train 02:31 17 Call Me Joker 04:48 All told we have 17 tracks giving a running time of only 37 minutes which seems a little short to me. I should have said that the tone of the score is somewhere between sombre, melancholy and ominous depending on which track your listening to. One of the things you can’t say about it is ‘it’s a jolly little tune’. I have to say though that I thought it was very well done given the subject matter of the film. That last sentence brings me to point out that to get the very best out of this soundtrack you really need to see the film. It will give you goosebumps. The ‘Subway’ track always makes me nervous. Perhaps that’s why the CD is short on running time, any longer could lead to a breakdown. This is the first of Hildur Guðnadóttir’s work that I have actually listened to and I am very impressed. For any fan of the film who is not of a nervous disposition, then you really should treat yourself and get a copy. You can get the CD or Vinyl picture disc or even a coloured vinyl configuration whatever that is. Andy Whitaker December 2019 (pub: WaterTower Music, 2019. 1 CD 17 tracks 37 minutes. Price: £15.56 (UK). ASIN: B07YMGJL58) check out website: Share this: Pinterest LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Related Category: Music/Audio, Superheroes"
"Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Raphael Grisoni is welcoming the start of breathalyzer testing in Barbados on January 1, 2020. He told members of the media during a recent interview that breathalyzer testing was long overdue in Barbados, and indicated that, as a rum producer, Mount Gay wanted its products to be enjoyed responsibly. Grisoni said it was always hurtful to see people drinking irresponsibly. “We are also a member of an organization called the Barbados Alcohol Industry Association and what we like to see is our product being [used] responsibly and I think the breathalyzer is a good tool. . .,” he said. In November 2019, Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid announced that come January, motorists driving under the influence of alcohol will do so at the risk of being subjected to breathalyzer testing. As he delivered remarks during a service for the United Nations’ Day of Remembrance for Road Safety Victims, Dr Duguid said his Ministry was at an advanced stage with respect to the use of breathalyzer testing on drivers. The Minister said the introduction of such testing would go a long way in ensuring the safety of the travelling public. Grisoni said he was not concerned that the introduction of breathalyzer testing would have a negative effect on sales for the rum-producing company. “I think that it’s a question of habits. As we are exporting rum, we have a kind of visibility of what’s happening in other countries in Europe or even in the United States. “So there will probably be a time of adaptation, but in many parts of our region, people are drinking and not driving; they are taking taxis and I think it is a good opportunity for transportation services,” he said."
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"The South African government is enforcing stringent preventative measures to try to limit the reach of the coronavirus, particularly in the country’s more remote areas, which are already strained by ailing state health facilities and insufficient water supply. After the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 rose to 150 on March 19 2020, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille identified 37 sites across all nine provinces to be used as isolation and quarantine facilities. There were 202 confirmed cases the following day. The government plans to erect a 40km-long fence at the Beitbridge border post within the next month to prevent undocumented or infected people from crossing the border into South Africa from Zimbabwe and vice versa. De Lille said the project will cost about R37.2-million. Having already shut down all sporting and cultural events, state officials are now scrambling to try to limit disruptions to the legislative bodies that oversee the administration of the country. Municipal disruption While these bodies review ways to keep the country up and running, continued social restrictions might pose a threat to local municipal budgets. Councils have until May 30 to pass their budgets, but officials say the government’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people may prevent them from sitting to table their budgets. Council members have a grace period of 30 days, until the end of June each year, to comply with the budget deadline. Otherwise they risk being dissolved, forcing political parties to participate in by-elections. The Metsimaholo local municipality in the northern Free State had to hold by-elections in 2017 when its coalition council failed to approve its 2017-2018 budget in time, resulting in the council’s dissolution. Free State Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements spokesperson Zolile Lobe conceded that the coronavirus pandemic is going to disrupt council meetings. “We are concerned that the pandemic might disrupt the tabling of budgets, but we will assess the situation as it unfolds,” Lobe said, stressing that contact between officials will be minimal in line with the national government’s directive on social distancing. Residents of municipalities already in crisis, such as Maluti-a-Phofung in the eastern Free State and Makana in the Eastern Cape, are at the mercy of municipal officials to supply much-needed water to counter the spread of the virus. Despite a cancelled plenary sitting of the National Assembly on March 17, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) met on March 19 to endorse Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s decision two weeks ago to invoke Section 139 of the Constitution and dissolve the Tshwane council. The metro has been running without a mayor or municipal manager as several attempts to elect a new mayor have descended into chaos. Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said “every activity, public hearings and committee meetings included, are suspended” in line with government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The NCOP cancelled public meetings in three Gauteng municipalities that formed part of the three-day report-back session of the council’s flagship programme, Taking Parliament to the People. The North West provincial legislature has shut its doors to the public. “All outreach programmes of the legislature are suspended with immediate effect and will be resuscitated after 14 April 2020,” it said. Lobe said on March 19 that Thembeni Nxangisa, a Free State member of the executive council for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, was heading to QwaQwa to find ways to make water available to residents to improve hygiene. It has taken a life-threatening pandemic to get the government to respond to the area’s 10-year-long dry spell. The government plans to release water from Maluti-a-Phofung’s main water source, the Fika-Patso Dam, to give residents a fighting chance, said Lobe. “From today, Thursday to Sunday, the municipality is opening water to the people for hygiene purposes to curb Covid-19. We will also increase water tankers.” Adhere, or face charges On March 19, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stressed the importance of adhering to the Covid-19 regulations the government has put in place. She added that the government will be taking action against those who refuse medical treatment or take part in mass gatherings and intentionally infect others with Covid-19. Minister of Police Bheki Cele has vowed to clamp down on alcohol consumers and traders who do not adhere to the new restrictions Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted, which limit trading hours and customer numbers. Political parties are also taking heed of social restrictions. The Economic Freedom Fighters and the ANC have cancelled major gatherings and events, and the Democratic Alliance’s federal executive has postponed its policy conference that was scheduled to take place on April 4 and 5. This article was first published by New Frame."
"South Africa has decided to build a border wall with its southern African neighbour, Zimbabwe. According to authorities of the rainbow nation, the border wall is expected to keep undocumented migrants and individuals Infected with the Coronavirus from entering the country. According to South African public works minister, Patricia de Lille, construction of the border wall is a part of the emergency procedures adopted by the Cyril Ramaphosa led government to tackle the Coronavirus epidemic currently spreading across South Africa. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to the Coronavirus epidemic. According to the public works Minister, Ramaphosa ordered that border crossings into south Africa be closed but the measure will not be effective if the fences on the border are not secure. The ministers said further that; “A 1.8m (5ft 11in) high fence, stretching for 20km (12.4 miles), would be built on either side of the Beitbridge border, the main crossing between the two nations.” South Africa currently has 150 individuals Infected with the Coronavirus. Thousand of Zimbabwean citizens currently live in South Africa, many of them fleeing hard economic conditions and political violence in their home country. South Africa has tried to reduce migration from Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa in the past. Zimbabwe has no case of the Coronavirus so far although President Mnangagwa has ordered all schools to be shut from Tuesday as a precautionary measure. Related"
"A Rexburg Police Log stated that a BYU-Idaho student had $900.16 taken out from their student account in a Pell Grant and transferred into an account not belonging to the student. The theft was reported to police on Jan. 16. The University first reported to the police on Jan. 13 that less than 100 student accounts were compromised. School officials got in touch with the students to change their passwords. “BYU-Idaho understands the importance of its data security and protecting the information we maintain for our students,” BYU-I said in a statement. “We recently became aware of a security incident involving a small number of student financial accounts. The university immediately notified those students impacted directly and has been working with them on a case-by-case basis. With the assistance of a leading forensic firm, BYU-Idaho has launched an investigation; law enforcement personnel have been notified. If any additional accounts are identified, we will immediately notify the students and work with them to respond as necessary. As the university works to complete the investigation, we will look for opportunities to further enhance our existing security measures.”"
"BYU-Idaho has released a statement about Spring Semester 2020: “With the ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, Spring Semester 2020 courses at BYU-Idaho will be held remotely and online. Students will be able to complete courses wherever they reside. It is anticipated that campus will continue to be open and functioning. This change may require some adjustments in currently planned courses. Lab courses that cannot be adapted for remote delivery will be cancelled. Students may find it necessary to adjust their schedules as a result of these changes and can do so through the registration portal at Information regarding course changes will be available to students before the end of Winter Semester. For current and official BYU-Idaho communication regarding COVID-19, visit the I-Prepare website.”"
"Sudan allows private traders to export gold in bid to boost revenues Sudan has begun allowing private traders to export gold, a move expected to crack down on smuggling and attract foreign currency into the country’s cash-strapped treasury. Until January 1st 2020, when the decision was made, Sudan’s Central Bank had been the sole body legally allowed to buy and export gold and set up centers to buy the metal from small-scale miners. Hajooj Kuka, Analyst and Activist joins CNBC Africa for more on what the country is doing to revive the economy."
"More SAA directors on the way out as airliner awaits R2bn bailout SAA, the debt-ridden state-owned airliner is still looking for a R2 billion bailout from government. The airliner, which made its last profit in 2011, is also playing a game of musical chairs in the boardroom after the resignation of one of its directors, Martin Kingston. What does this mean for SAA and could we see job losses in the future? Aviation Analyst, Desmond Latham and Head of Trade Union Solidarity's Research Institute, Connie Mulder join CNBC Africa to give insight."
"The Sweet 16 is set in our mythical men’s college basketball tournament, and all four of the No. 1 seeds survived. More accurately, all four of the No. 1 seeds waltzed into the third round of the Big Dance, one of them at the expense of the Bay Area’s only entry in the field, Saint Mary’s. The Gaels were crushed Sunday 87-56 by Baylor, the top seed in the South Regional. Gonzaga also breezed, beating Oklahoma 88-70 to join Kansas and Dayton, both of which advanced Saturday. The four top seeds won by an average of 20.5 points. Only one Cinderella remains in the field — 10th-seeded Utah State, which won Saturday against No. 2 Florida State — but the Aggies almost got company Sunday. East Tennessee State, a 14-seed that had knocked off Seton Hall in the first round, gave BYU all it could handle before falling 100-97. Two 7-seeds advanced Sunday as Arizona and Providence ended the dreams of UC-Irvine and North Dakota State, respectively, a pair of 15th-seeded bracket busters who had knocked out San Diego State and Kentucky on Thursday. The Providence victory gave the Big East three teams in the Sweet 16. Five leagues have two; Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and the West Coast Conference. Rounding out the field are the SEC (Auburn), the Atlantic-10 (Dayton), and the Mountain West (Utah State). Here’s the Day 4 roundup of games: SOUTH REGIONAL No. 1 Baylor 87, No. 8 Saint Mary’s 56>> The Gaels’ season came to an agonizingly slow end. They fell behind early, trailed by 18 at half and by 33 with 11:44 to play. It was their worst loss since a 94-46 embarrassment at Gonzaga in February 2019. Butler (28-4) was led in scoring, as it has been all season, by its trio of guards. Davion Mitchell 20 points), MaCio Teague (17) and Jared Butler (15), none of whom had shot better than 42% during the regular season, all shot better than 50%. Jordan Ford, wrapping up a four-year career that could put his No. 3 in the rafters at Saint Mary’s, scored 24 points, but nobody else was in double figures. Malik Fitts, who made seven 3-pointers in the first-round victory over Rutgers, had only seven points. The Gaels (27-9) shot poorly from everywhere: 3 of 16 from behind the arc, nine of 15 from the free throw line, and 36.7% overall. (We did not attempt to reach coach Randy Bennett after this one.) No. 6 Virginia 63, No. 3 Michigan State 59>> The Cavaliers, who run-and-gunned their way to a season-high 82 points in the opening round (25 points over their season average) returned to character. With its slow-paced offense and smothering defense, Virginia held MSU to 25 first-half points, limiting the Spartans to 19 shots, seven of which they blocked, and forcing seven turnovers. Still, the Spartans had a chance to tie the game with 11 seconds left, but Rocket Watts missed a wide-open three from the corner and Virginia sealed the outcome with two free throws from Jay Huff. Mamadi Diakite had 21 points and eight rebounds for the UVA (25-7) and Braxton Key added 13 points and 13 rebounds. MSU (23-10) was led by three players with 11 points, including Xavier Tillman, who also had 11 rebounds. No. 2 Creighton 76, No. 7 Illinois 69 >>- The Bluejays, the only surviving 2-seed in the tournament, trailed by 11 points in the second half and were down 65-59 with 4:16 to play. But they closed the game on a 17-4 run during which they held Illinois scoreless on eight consecutive possessions. Denzel Mahoney came off the bench for 17 points to lead Creighton (26-7). Damien Jefferson had 15 and Ty-Shon Alexander and Marcus Zegarowski added 12 apiece. Kofi Cockburn had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Illinois (22-10). WEST REGIONAL No. 1 Gonzaga 88, No. 9 Oklahoma 70>> Cory Kispert led six players in double figures and the Zags broke open a close game midway through the second half. An 8-2 run — the first six points coming from Joel Ayayi –turned a 50-45 lead into an 11-point lead and the Sooners never got back within 10. Kispert had 17 points, Filip Petrusev had 12, and four others had 11, including Ayayi. Austin Reaves scored 17 to lead Oklahoma (20-13). No. 6 BYU 100, No. 14 Eastern Washington 97>> Zac Seljaas’ 3-point shot from the right wing broke a 93-93 tie with 1:37 to play, Andy Toolson followed with another three and the Cougars escaped the upset-minded Eagles from the Big Sky Conference. BYU made 13 of 22 three-point attempts (59.1%) and shot almost 60% overall (40 of 67) and then held its collective breath as a last-second shot by EWU circled the rim twice before spinning out. TJ Haws (26 points, 12 assists) and Yoeli Childs (26 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for BYU. Jacob Davison had 29 points for EWU (24-9). No. 7 Arizona 89, No. 15 UC-Irvine 66>> Zeke Nnaji had 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Wildcats put an early end to the Anteaters’ hope of pulling another upset. UC-Irvine, which shocked No. 2 seed San Diego State on Friday, led 17-16 after a 3-pointer by Jeron Artest (son of Ron Artest). But Arizona answered with a bucket and two free throws from Max Hazzard (grandson of the late Walt Hazzard) and the Wildcats led the rest of the way. Tony Rutherford had 15 points for UCI (22-11). Arizona’s Nico Mannion led all scorers with 19. MIDWEST REGIONAL No. 3 Duke 98, No. 14 East Tennessee State 89>> The upstarts from the Southern Conference, who had stunned Seton Hall in the opener, jumped out to a 7-1 lead. And that’s where Duke put a stop to things. The Blue Devils caught the Eagles at 16, passed them on a tip-in by Javin DuLaurier and never trailed after a 10-0 run put them ahead 49-39. ETU, winners of 13 straight, pulled within 78-75, but then went cold for almost six minutes as Duke rebuilt its lead to 13 and coasted into Sweet 16 for the 16th time in 20 years. Vernon Carey led the Blue Devils with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tre Jones, playing amid rumors that he will apply for the NBA draft, had 16 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Cassius Stanley also had 16 points. Patrick Good had 22 for ETU, which finished the season 31-4. No. 7 Providence 104, No. 15 North Dakota State 57>> The Friars jumped on the team that had KO’d Kentucky two days earlier, scoring the first seven points en route to a 20-5 lead. Providence led 51-33 at halftime and didn’t let up, outscoring the Bison 53-24 in the second half. Luwane Pipkins led six Friars in double figures with 19 points, hitting 5 of 7 treys. Alpha Diallo added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rocky Kreuser had 16 to lead North Dakota State (26-9), which had won 13 of its previous 14 games."
"LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in The Associated Press men’s poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in Waco. The Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) received 62 of 64 first-place votes from the national media panel to take over the No. 1 ranking for the second time this season. Kansas also was atop the poll for one week in December, when it seemed as if just about every school that ascended to No. 1 promptly lost in a topsy-turvy start to the season. “We’re a silent team that can make a run late in March,” Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson said after the 64-61 victory on Saturday. “We’re not going to get complacent from this one. We’re going to build off of it.” Baylor (24-2, 13-1) received two first-place votes and fell to second after its 23-game winning streak came to an end. Gonzaga was No. 3 after a loss to BYU, and Dayton jumped San Diego State for No. 4 after the Aztecs lost for the first time in a week when every team in the top 10 found itself in a new position from last week. The most notable change, of course, came at the top. “Baylor is the best team that we’ve played against since I’ve been in the league the last 17 years,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self, whose team begins its four-game finishing stretch against Oklahoma State on Monday night. “You could look at Oklahoma State in ’04 and you could look at (Texas) Tech in ’19, but I think Baylor has played better than both those teams at the same stage. I don’t know how it’s going to finish, but I certainly feel strongly about that.” Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team spent five weeks at No. 1, was equally effusive in his praise for the Jayhawks. “Kansas has really progressed since the last time we faced them,” he said. “We had a heck of a run. I never thought I’d see anyone do what we did. The Big 12 is so tough. Six straight years we’ve been the number one conference for a reason.” Baylor wasn’t the only team to take its lumps during an upset-filled weekend. The Cougars continued their climb to No. 17 after they knocked off Gonzaga on Saturday night, while UNLV ended the Aztecs’ perfect start with a 66-63 victory. Two more top-10 teams went down in a Big Ten shakeup Sunday when Maryland lost to Ohio State and Penn State lost to Indiana for its second defeat of the week. “We lost, and it’s the first time it’s happened (this season), so it doesn’t feel good,” San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn said. “We were all just trying to win the game, and it’s just played out the way it played out.” The Flyers (25-2) have won 16 straight to reach their highest standing in the poll since finishing third during the 1955-56 season, while the Aztecs (26-1) remain the nation’s only one-loss Division I team. They were followed by Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton in rounding out the top 10. The Seminoles climbed two spots ahead of their high-profile ACC showdown with No. 11 Louisville on Monday night. Related Articles Pac-12 recap: UCLA, ASU surge while Oregon collects key win CU Buffs women’s basketball upsets No. 11 Arizona Late UCLA run gives CU Buffs big disappointment in home finale Keeler: Are Tad Boyle’s CU Buffs the best in school history? No. 18 CU Buffs hold off USC “Florida State is just a team, they’re all really big, really long and really athletic,” Cardinals star Jordan Nwora said. “We’re going to pressure them, use the lane, and I feel pretty confident going into this game.” RISING AND FALLING The Blue Jays climbed from No. 15 into the top 10 for the first time since the 2016-17 season after beating then-No. 19 Marquette and then-No. 21 Butler last week. Their streak has moved them to within a game of Seton Hall — which climbed from No. 16 to No. 13 this week — in what has become an intrigue race for the Big East title. The biggest jump this week came from BYU, which followed a victory over Santa Clara with a resounding 91-78 win over Gonzaga. The Cougars climbed six spots to No. 17 with their eighth straight victory. Penn State took the biggest tumble from ninth to No. 16 after losses to Illinois and Indiana, while West Virginia fell three spots to No. 20 and Colorado dropped three spots to No. 21. IN AND OUT Michigan shot back into the Top 25 at No. 19 this week after the Wolverines ran their winning streak to five straight and seven of eight with victories at Purdue and Rutgers. Texas Tech and Michigan State also returned to the poll with the Red Raiders at No. 22 and the Spartans at No. 24. Marquette tumbled from No. 19 all the way out after losing to Creighton and unranked Providence. Butler fell out from No. 21 and Arizona from No. 24 after the Wildcats lost in overtime to Oregon on Saturday. AP college basketball poll Team Record Points Pvs. 1. Kansas 24-3 1,598 3 2. Baylor 24-2 1,532 1 3. Gonzaga 27-2 1,442 2 4. Dayton 25-2 1,413 5 5. San Diego State 26-1 1,287 4 6. Florida State 23-4 1,247 8 7. Duke 23-4 1,186 6 8. Kentucky 22-5 1,130 10 9. Maryland 22-5 1,124 7 10. Creighton 22-6 986 15 11. Louisville 23-5 966 11 12. Villanova 21-6 928 12 13. Seton Hall 20-7 842 16 14. Oregon 21-7 653 14 15. Auburn 23-4 643 13 16. Penn State 20-7 618 9 17. BYU 23-7 598 23 18. Iowa 19-8 489 20 19. Michigan 18-9 329 – 20. West Virginia 19-8 313 17 21. Colorado 21-7 291 18 22. Texas Tech 18-9 226 – 23. Ohio State 18-9 210 25 24. Michigan State 18-9 160 – 25. Houston 21-7 102 22 Dropped out of rankings: Marquette (19), Butler (21), Arizona (24). Others receiving votes: Arizona State 95, Illinois 82, Arizona 71, Butler 51, Virginia 50, Marquette 41, Stephen F. Austin 29, LSU 24, East Tennessee State 13, Utah State 9, Florida 8, Wisconsin 7, New Mexico State 2, Northern Iowa 2, Liberty 2, UCLA 1. Love sports? Subscribe to our Denver Sports Omelette newsletter to get the latest news sent straight to your inbox."
"In news that has absolutely destroyed my brain, OG reality TV star Paris Hilton just revealed she’s been playing a character up until now. Yes, Hilton has been laughing all the way to the fucking bank because her character on The Simple Life, and just her general persona has all been an act. I. AM. SCREAMING. Just days after we all collectively lost our minds over her Cooking With Paris video, the entrepreneur and socialite has revealed that her upcoming YouTube documentary This Is Paris will be the first time we get to see the real deal. During an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour, Paris revealed that her upcoming YouTube documentary is “completely different than anything [she’s] ever done before.” “Everything I’ve ever done before was more me playing that character again,” The Simple Life star said. “But with this, I really just wanted to pull the curtain back and show my real life — talk about things that are very hard to talk about and things that I’ve experienced in life but never discussed before.” So she’s pretty much saying that The World According To Paris and The Simple Life was acting. Give this woman a fucking Golden Globe. “I was having fun with it. I think, you know. I was in on the joke,” Paris said of the 2003 hit show The Simple Life, which she was pitched as “Green Acres meets Clueless.” But the 38-year-old heiress is finally reading to show us the real Paris Hilton is her new YouTube documentary. “In this film I discuss things I’ve never discussed before. I hope that people are going to see who I truly am,” she said. “It follows me in my real life, everything I’ve done before was me playing a character. I was talking about things that are very hard to talk about. It was an amazing experience but it was very scary. I was freaking out.” We really shouldn’t be surprised. She comes from a long list of uber-rich billionaire businessmen. The woman has simply mastered the art of branding. “At the same time, I built a huge brand off doing it,” she told PEOPLE at the event. “So, I don’t really regret it and I’m happy that people are going to finally see this film.” This Is Paris premieres on YouTube in May 2020."
"Depending on how old you are and when you came of age, the name Paris Hilton might mean a few different things to you. Advertisement Hotel megabrand heiress, reality TV star, singer — she’s kind of done it all. Now Paris is the focus of a brand new YouTube documentary, This Is Paris. As you might suspect, the documentary focuses on Paris herself as she grapples with establishing a new identity and brand for herself while accepting how many in the public see her. Paris is most notoriously known as one of the stars of The Simple Life, a reality show that first aired in 2003. Costarring Nicole Richie, the show followed the two children of celebrities as they navigated rural life. Advertisement On her role in the show, Paris explained to People, “I knew what I was doing but the whole world didn’t, so it was kind of frustrating to me to be perceived in that way because it’s not who I am at all. But it was such an amazing and entertaining show that I would just think of it as entertainment.”"
"Marvel star Mark Ruffalo took part in the Instagram game that tells you which character from the Avengers you are. The app’s new filter, which went viral soon after it was launched earlier this month, has been used by a number of celebrities – but Ruffalo seems to be the first actual Avengers: Endgame actor to post his result online. For those who don’t know, the filter flits through several choices before allocating you a character and telling you which character you are. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Obviously, it all means nothing, but it’s a bit of fun to pass the time – and Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the record-breaking Avengers series, gave it a go. The actor couldn’t feign his surprise when the Instagram app randomly allocated him... Hulk! (We’re going to hope he’s being genuine and this was the first time he tried). Shape Created with Sketch. Marvel films – ranked worst to best Show all 23 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Marvel films – ranked worst to best 1/23 Iron Man 2 23. Iron Man 2 barely holds together. Rather than act as a straight sequel to the surprisingly successful Iron Man, Marvel Studios decided to overstuff the film with universe-building references (Black Widow, Nick Fury and SHIELD’s Agent Coulson all make appearances) and two-dimensional villains (played by Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke). The result is a film without any direction that serves as a Trojan horse set-up for the Avengers. Marvel/Disney 2/23 Thor: The Dark World 22. When the Thor franchise lost its director Kenneth Branagh between the first and second films, it also had to kiss goodbye to the Shakespearean theatrics that had lent it a sense of goofy charm. Directed by Game of Thrones’s Alan Taylor, The Dark World prioritises its VFX effects above all else. It’s a dull affair: Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith is (by far) Marvel’s worst villain, being a pile of prosthetics with zero personality, while Chris Hemsworth’s Thor completes one of the most unrealistic London Tube journeys in all of cinematic history. Marvel/Disney 3/23 The Incredible Hulk 21. Edward Norton’s version of the smashing Hulk often gets forgotten by Marvel fans – and for good reason. Whereas Mark Ruffalo’s bumbling interpretation of the character has a gravitational charm, Norton’s moping monster is void of any charisma. With Liv Tyler phoning in her performance as love interest, Betty Ross, the film falls emotionally flat and serves only as a by-the-numbers origins story. Marvel/Disney 4/23 Avengers: Age of Ultron 20. Just in case we’d forgotten that the Disney corporation is an all-consuming titan that owns half of Hollywood, the sequel to 2012’s Avengers decided to sneak in a little corporate synergy: when Iron Man accidentally creates a sentient robot (voiced by James Spader) who decides the earth’s only salvation is through the destruction of humanity, he announces his grim plans with accompaniment of a little citation of the classic “I’ve Got No Strings” from 1940’s Pinocchio. It’s a moment that exemplifies how Ultron feels like a cold, calculated operation from Marvel Studios. It’s merely tick list of obligations to move us on to the next chapter of the MCU. Marvel/Disney 5/23 Thor 19. Although Kenneth Branagh’s introductory outing for Marvel’s God of Thunder fared perfectly well on release, it’s suffered massively from the MCU’s dramatic sense of progression over the years. Certainly, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is a strong, well-crafted character right out of the gate, and his plot against his adoptive father (Anthony Hopkins) is delightfully heightened. Yet, it arguably took until Thor: Ragnarok for Chris Hemsworth’s hero to develop much sense of character beyond the initial “fish out of water” trope. Marvel/Disney 6/23 Doctor Strange 18. A self-centred wealthy white man ventures to a distant land and realises his superhero potential – sound familiar? That’s because Doctor Strange and Iron Man are basically the same story, except one uses magic and the other explosives. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marveldebut impresses with kaleidoscope visuals but lacks the heart of Robert Downey Jr’s hero, leading to a film that wastes the talents of both Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen. Marvel/Disney 7/23 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 17. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a risky Star Wars-inspired romp through space, following a bunch of a-holes who form an unlikely familiar bond. For the second film, James Gunn decided to turn everything up to 11, cramming half a dozen interweaving storylines, leading to Chris Pratt’s gaunt Star Lord getting side-lined. The sequel did, however, introduce the now beloved line “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all”, shouted by Yondu as he gracefully falls from the sky. A wonderfully comedic moment in a film that misses on another half-dozen punches. Marvel/Disney 8/23 The Avengers 16. Marvel’s first crossover film was an unparalleled cinematic event – one that arguably changed Hollywood filmmaking forever, now that every major studio seems to be attempting the “shared universe” approach to franchises. Although the MCU has refined the template since, The Avengers still established the focus on humour, character, and heart that would come to define the success story of Marvel Studios. It’s a blockbuster that feels large on all fronts, delivering thrills not only in the “Battle of New York” finale, but in the creation of a team of characters that feel perfectly balanced and complementary. Marvel/Disney 9/23 Captain America: Civil War 15. Despite Captain America: Civil War (AKA Avengers 2.5) featuring Iron Man, Black Widow, and Ant-Man (as well as introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man), the film remains first and foremost about Captain America. And that’s perhaps why the stuffed blockbuster works – were it not for a central focus, Civil War could have fallen into the trappings of other Marvel sequels in being too convoluted. The Russo Brothers also direct one of the best actions scenes in Marvel history so far, the airport scene, which looks as if it leapt straight out of a comic book. Marvel/Disney 10/23 Ant-Man and the Wasp 14. While the first Ant Man was a mirror image of its star Paul Rudd, essentially delivering a studio comedy dressed in spandex, the second found a new trick up its sleeve in the form of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne – a smart, capable female hero who didn’t simply exist to serve as a caretaker for the male characters. Marvel/Disney 11/23 Spider-Man: Far From Home 13. What comes after the end? It’s the question that was hanging over the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame was sold to us as the ultimate, cumulative chapter in a series of 22 interconnected films. And yet, while Far From Home is distinctly mid-level Marvel fare, there’s a lot to be said for the fact it isn’t crushed under the weight of its own ambitions. It feels comfortably like the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, an epilogue, and a palate cleanser all at once. It also works perfectly well as a film about Spider-Man. AP 12/23 Ant-Man 12. Ant-Man should not have worked as a film. Just look at the title! Ridiculous to think a movie about a man with ant powers should work – let alone be a blockbuster success and part of the biggest cinematic universe going. Yet, despite production problems (Edgar Wright was initially meant to helm the film), Peyton Reed directs this hilarious heist film with aplomb, taking the Marvel world a little less seriously than others. Marvel/Disney 13/23 Avengers: Infinity War 11. Marvel redefined cinematic narratives once more in 2018, creating a single culmination to a decade’s worth of films. While it plays as total nonsense to anyone who’s a newcomer to the franchise (if that’s possible), it was, for fans, an unmatched emotional release. The Russo brothers faced the monumental task of making each crossover – from the Guardians of the Galaxy to the kingdom of Wakanda – work in a way that feels natural, while also ushering the MCU’s biggest villain, Thanos, into centre stage. Epic both in its sense of scale and stakes, Infinity War also stages one of the most memorable finales in blockbuster history. Marvel/Disney 14/23 Captain America: The First Avenger 10. With or without the beard, Steve Rogers aka Captain America has now become the brooding centre of the Avengers, but there was once a time when he was all about the old-fashioned heroics. Director Joe Johnston stayed true to the film’s 1940s setting in a film that embraces that pulpiness of early comic book history, as Steve punches Nazis and romances military officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), although her character is thankfully never relegated to the role of damsel in distress. Marvel/Disney 15/23 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9. Despite centring on a super-powered American nationalist, the Captain America trilogy has the most consistent quality in the MCU. Its crowning moment comes with The Winter Soldier – an adrenaline-fuelled conspiracy thriller that features a spectacular twist and provokes questions regarding modern day surveillance. However, given The Russo Brothers root the rest of the movie in realism, the bombastic CGI-heavy ending is a little ridiculous. Marvel/Disney 16/23 Captain Marvel 8. Brie Larson gives a superpowered performance as Carol Danvers, the actor playing a hero that's both relatable and aspirational, strong but vulnerable. While Captain Marvel may not revolutionise the studio’s formula, the superhero's debut outing provides a platform to show off her Thanos-annihilating powers. Thanks to a smart script, it also offers some of the very best character development in the MCU. Marvel/Disney 17/23 Spider-Man: Homecoming 7. While Spider-Man’s miraculous arrival in the MCU came with Captain America: Civil War, it was not until Homecoming that we truly got to know Peter Parker. Tom Holland’s incarnation swings past Andrew Garfield’s version, thanks to the film’s lower-stakes high school story allowing for intimate moments with the character. Along with including some great comic performances (Jacob Batalon as Ned stands out), Michael Keaton’s Vulture makes for a terrifying villain, and the twist is superbly done. Marvel/Disney 18/23 Iron Man 3 6. While divisive among Marvel fans, Shane Black’s superhero outing – with the writer/director’s sharp, stinging dialogue – brings Tony Stark's story arc to an end (or what should have been its end) with humour and heart aplenty. As Robert Downey Jr’s genius, billionaire philanthropist deals with PTSD and struggles with his robotic creations, we see an actor giving his all. While Civil War and the Avengers films dragged him back into action, fingers are crossed Avengers: Endgame will give the character a similar emotionally satisfying send-off. Marvel/Disney 19/23 Avengers: Endgame 5. It’s a film that’s hard to place within the MCU canon, simply because the majority of its emotional pay-offs only work due to the groundwork laid by over a decade of filmmaking. Avengers: Endgame is less about individual storytelling and so much more about the collective experience of cinema itself. This exists to be consumed in the dark, surrounded by loved ones, as you all cheer, gasp, and cry in unison. The fan service at work may, at times, feel a little outrageous in just how bold it feels, but Endgame earns the right to indulge. This, above all, is a celebration of these movies and their impact on the world. AP 20/23 Thor: Ragnarok 4. Completely transforming the Thor franchise in a single, effortless move, director Taika Waititi injected new energy into the MCU. Ragnarok is perfectly balanced both as a standard Marvel movie, with all the right heroics and world-building intact, and as a work belonging exclusively to Waititi, filled with the humour and charm he’d previously displayed in What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. By finding a way to incorporate individual voices into its massive franchise machine, Marvel found the secret to true long-term success. Marvel/Disney 21/23 Iron Man 3. Where it all started. Iron Man subverted expectations by not only reintroducing Robert Downey Jr to the world, but by showing that a relatively unknown B-character could be at the centre of a blockbuster. Other cinematic universes fail because they attempt to introduce too much (a mistake made in Iron Man 2). The first Iron Man, though, had a self-contained story that only hinted at a bigger world – a world that would eventually become a multi-billion-dollar franchise. Marvel/Disney 22/23 Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Blasting the Marvel universe into space for an adventure with a truly ragtag group of heroes, including both a talking racoon and a sentient tree-creature, Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the biggest risk the franchise ever took. And it paid off in spectacular fashion, with director James Gunn giving the superhero genre a light coat of B-movie glee. It also transformed Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt into the major box office draw he is today. Marvel/Disney 23/23 Black Panther 1. Although Black Panther still dutifully fulfils all the requirements of a Marvel film, providing a bridge to films both past and future plus ending in a cinematic battle filled with CGI trickery, Ryan Coogler’s achievement as a director is to use a familiar framework to tell a radical story within mainstream filmmaking. In the strife between Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, the ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger, he provided a nuanced, layered commentary on colonialism and black identity. It’s a film that triumphs both within its genre, bringing new perspectives to the superhero story, and outside of it, satisfying purely as a piece of narrative drama. Marvel/Disney 1/23 Iron Man 2 23. Iron Man 2 barely holds together. Rather than act as a straight sequel to the surprisingly successful Iron Man, Marvel Studios decided to overstuff the film with universe-building references (Black Widow, Nick Fury and SHIELD’s Agent Coulson all make appearances) and two-dimensional villains (played by Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke). The result is a film without any direction that serves as a Trojan horse set-up for the Avengers. Marvel/Disney 2/23 Thor: The Dark World 22. When the Thor franchise lost its director Kenneth Branagh between the first and second films, it also had to kiss goodbye to the Shakespearean theatrics that had lent it a sense of goofy charm. Directed by Game of Thrones’s Alan Taylor, The Dark World prioritises its VFX effects above all else. It’s a dull affair: Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith is (by far) Marvel’s worst villain, being a pile of prosthetics with zero personality, while Chris Hemsworth’s Thor completes one of the most unrealistic London Tube journeys in all of cinematic history. Marvel/Disney 3/23 The Incredible Hulk 21. Edward Norton’s version of the smashing Hulk often gets forgotten by Marvel fans – and for good reason. Whereas Mark Ruffalo’s bumbling interpretation of the character has a gravitational charm, Norton’s moping monster is void of any charisma. With Liv Tyler phoning in her performance as love interest, Betty Ross, the film falls emotionally flat and serves only as a by-the-numbers origins story. Marvel/Disney 4/23 Avengers: Age of Ultron 20. Just in case we’d forgotten that the Disney corporation is an all-consuming titan that owns half of Hollywood, the sequel to 2012’s Avengers decided to sneak in a little corporate synergy: when Iron Man accidentally creates a sentient robot (voiced by James Spader) who decides the earth’s only salvation is through the destruction of humanity, he announces his grim plans with accompaniment of a little citation of the classic “I’ve Got No Strings” from 1940’s Pinocchio. It’s a moment that exemplifies how Ultron feels like a cold, calculated operation from Marvel Studios. It’s merely tick list of obligations to move us on to the next chapter of the MCU. Marvel/Disney 5/23 Thor 19. Although Kenneth Branagh’s introductory outing for Marvel’s God of Thunder fared perfectly well on release, it’s suffered massively from the MCU’s dramatic sense of progression over the years. Certainly, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is a strong, well-crafted character right out of the gate, and his plot against his adoptive father (Anthony Hopkins) is delightfully heightened. Yet, it arguably took until Thor: Ragnarok for Chris Hemsworth’s hero to develop much sense of character beyond the initial “fish out of water” trope. Marvel/Disney 6/23 Doctor Strange 18. A self-centred wealthy white man ventures to a distant land and realises his superhero potential – sound familiar? That’s because Doctor Strange and Iron Man are basically the same story, except one uses magic and the other explosives. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Marveldebut impresses with kaleidoscope visuals but lacks the heart of Robert Downey Jr’s hero, leading to a film that wastes the talents of both Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen. Marvel/Disney 7/23 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 17. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a risky Star Wars-inspired romp through space, following a bunch of a-holes who form an unlikely familiar bond. For the second film, James Gunn decided to turn everything up to 11, cramming half a dozen interweaving storylines, leading to Chris Pratt’s gaunt Star Lord getting side-lined. The sequel did, however, introduce the now beloved line “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all”, shouted by Yondu as he gracefully falls from the sky. A wonderfully comedic moment in a film that misses on another half-dozen punches. Marvel/Disney 8/23 The Avengers 16. Marvel’s first crossover film was an unparalleled cinematic event – one that arguably changed Hollywood filmmaking forever, now that every major studio seems to be attempting the “shared universe” approach to franchises. Although the MCU has refined the template since, The Avengers still established the focus on humour, character, and heart that would come to define the success story of Marvel Studios. It’s a blockbuster that feels large on all fronts, delivering thrills not only in the “Battle of New York” finale, but in the creation of a team of characters that feel perfectly balanced and complementary. Marvel/Disney 9/23 Captain America: Civil War 15. Despite Captain America: Civil War (AKA Avengers 2.5) featuring Iron Man, Black Widow, and Ant-Man (as well as introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man), the film remains first and foremost about Captain America. And that’s perhaps why the stuffed blockbuster works – were it not for a central focus, Civil War could have fallen into the trappings of other Marvel sequels in being too convoluted. The Russo Brothers also direct one of the best actions scenes in Marvel history so far, the airport scene, which looks as if it leapt straight out of a comic book. Marvel/Disney 10/23 Ant-Man and the Wasp 14. While the first Ant Man was a mirror image of its star Paul Rudd, essentially delivering a studio comedy dressed in spandex, the second found a new trick up its sleeve in the form of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne – a smart, capable female hero who didn’t simply exist to serve as a caretaker for the male characters. Marvel/Disney 11/23 Spider-Man: Far From Home 13. What comes after the end? It’s the question that was hanging over the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame was sold to us as the ultimate, cumulative chapter in a series of 22 interconnected films. And yet, while Far From Home is distinctly mid-level Marvel fare, there’s a lot to be said for the fact it isn’t crushed under the weight of its own ambitions. It feels comfortably like the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, an epilogue, and a palate cleanser all at once. It also works perfectly well as a film about Spider-Man. AP 12/23 Ant-Man 12. Ant-Man should not have worked as a film. Just look at the title! Ridiculous to think a movie about a man with ant powers should work – let alone be a blockbuster success and part of the biggest cinematic universe going. Yet, despite production problems (Edgar Wright was initially meant to helm the film), Peyton Reed directs this hilarious heist film with aplomb, taking the Marvel world a little less seriously than others. Marvel/Disney 13/23 Avengers: Infinity War 11. Marvel redefined cinematic narratives once more in 2018, creating a single culmination to a decade’s worth of films. While it plays as total nonsense to anyone who’s a newcomer to the franchise (if that’s possible), it was, for fans, an unmatched emotional release. The Russo brothers faced the monumental task of making each crossover – from the Guardians of the Galaxy to the kingdom of Wakanda – work in a way that feels natural, while also ushering the MCU’s biggest villain, Thanos, into centre stage. Epic both in its sense of scale and stakes, Infinity War also stages one of the most memorable finales in blockbuster history. Marvel/Disney 14/23 Captain America: The First Avenger 10. With or without the beard, Steve Rogers aka Captain America has now become the brooding centre of the Avengers, but there was once a time when he was all about the old-fashioned heroics. Director Joe Johnston stayed true to the film’s 1940s setting in a film that embraces that pulpiness of early comic book history, as Steve punches Nazis and romances military officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), although her character is thankfully never relegated to the role of damsel in distress. Marvel/Disney 15/23 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9. Despite centring on a super-powered American nationalist, the Captain America trilogy has the most consistent quality in the MCU. Its crowning moment comes with The Winter Soldier – an adrenaline-fuelled conspiracy thriller that features a spectacular twist and provokes questions regarding modern day surveillance. However, given The Russo Brothers root the rest of the movie in realism, the bombastic CGI-heavy ending is a little ridiculous. Marvel/Disney 16/23 Captain Marvel 8. Brie Larson gives a superpowered performance as Carol Danvers, the actor playing a hero that's both relatable and aspirational, strong but vulnerable. While Captain Marvel may not revolutionise the studio’s formula, the superhero's debut outing provides a platform to show off her Thanos-annihilating powers. Thanks to a smart script, it also offers some of the very best character development in the MCU. Marvel/Disney 17/23 Spider-Man: Homecoming 7. While Spider-Man’s miraculous arrival in the MCU came with Captain America: Civil War, it was not until Homecoming that we truly got to know Peter Parker. Tom Holland’s incarnation swings past Andrew Garfield’s version, thanks to the film’s lower-stakes high school story allowing for intimate moments with the character. Along with including some great comic performances (Jacob Batalon as Ned stands out), Michael Keaton’s Vulture makes for a terrifying villain, and the twist is superbly done. Marvel/Disney 18/23 Iron Man 3 6. While divisive among Marvel fans, Shane Black’s superhero outing – with the writer/director’s sharp, stinging dialogue – brings Tony Stark's story arc to an end (or what should have been its end) with humour and heart aplenty. As Robert Downey Jr’s genius, billionaire philanthropist deals with PTSD and struggles with his robotic creations, we see an actor giving his all. While Civil War and the Avengers films dragged him back into action, fingers are crossed Avengers: Endgame will give the character a similar emotionally satisfying send-off. Marvel/Disney 19/23 Avengers: Endgame 5. It’s a film that’s hard to place within the MCU canon, simply because the majority of its emotional pay-offs only work due to the groundwork laid by over a decade of filmmaking. Avengers: Endgame is less about individual storytelling and so much more about the collective experience of cinema itself. This exists to be consumed in the dark, surrounded by loved ones, as you all cheer, gasp, and cry in unison. The fan service at work may, at times, feel a little outrageous in just how bold it feels, but Endgame earns the right to indulge. This, above all, is a celebration of these movies and their impact on the world. AP 20/23 Thor: Ragnarok 4. Completely transforming the Thor franchise in a single, effortless move, director Taika Waititi injected new energy into the MCU. Ragnarok is perfectly balanced both as a standard Marvel movie, with all the right heroics and world-building intact, and as a work belonging exclusively to Waititi, filled with the humour and charm he’d previously displayed in What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. By finding a way to incorporate individual voices into its massive franchise machine, Marvel found the secret to true long-term success. Marvel/Disney 21/23 Iron Man 3. Where it all started. Iron Man subverted expectations by not only reintroducing Robert Downey Jr to the world, but by showing that a relatively unknown B-character could be at the centre of a blockbuster. Other cinematic universes fail because they attempt to introduce too much (a mistake made in Iron Man 2). The first Iron Man, though, had a self-contained story that only hinted at a bigger world – a world that would eventually become a multi-billion-dollar franchise. Marvel/Disney 22/23 Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Blasting the Marvel universe into space for an adventure with a truly ragtag group of heroes, including both a talking racoon and a sentient tree-creature, Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the biggest risk the franchise ever took. And it paid off in spectacular fashion, with director James Gunn giving the superhero genre a light coat of B-movie glee. It also transformed Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt into the major box office draw he is today. Marvel/Disney 23/23 Black Panther 1. Although Black Panther still dutifully fulfils all the requirements of a Marvel film, providing a bridge to films both past and future plus ending in a cinematic battle filled with CGI trickery, Ryan Coogler’s achievement as a director is to use a familiar framework to tell a radical story within mainstream filmmaking. In the strife between Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, the ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger, he provided a nuanced, layered commentary on colonialism and black identity. It’s a film that triumphs both within its genre, bringing new perspectives to the superhero story, and outside of it, satisfying purely as a piece of narrative drama. Marvel/Disney “Which #Avenger am I? You won’t believe the SHOCKING result,” Ruffalo wrote before posting the video. Ruffalo will next return as Bruce Banner/Hulk in Disney+ animated series, What If…?, but there is currently no word on when the character will next appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor is currently promoting Todd Haynes film Dark Waters, which will be released in the UK on 28 February. Next up on the Marvel agenda is Black Widow, which will be released on 1 May."
"The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is by all-accounts the current juggernaut of Hollywood. Since its inception in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, the MCU has been on a steady incline as its popularity spreads across the globe and its box-offices continue to rise. To this day, the MCU has amassed an unbelievable $22.5 billion at the box-office with the average per film being a remarkable $980.5 million. While there is a spectrum regarding the 'success' of each of the MCU films, there has yet to be a flop or a 'box-office bomb'. No MCU film has had a 'rotten' rating according to Rotten Tomatoes and even the least commercially successful film still brought in a respectable $260 million. (Worldwide box office presented in parentheses.) 23 The Incredible Hulk ($263,427,551) via While its MCU-integration is fairly questionable, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk is technically considered one of the first MCU film. Starring the talented Edward Norton, the film was a decent showing of Bruce Banner’s struggle with his other angrier and destructive half and helped to kick-off one of the most successful film studios of all-time. 22 Captain America: The First Avenger ($370,569,774) Via: The first Captain America film was a breath of fresh air, jumping back in time and being a period piece set during the second world war. This origin story of Cap consequently has a distinct tone compared to other MCU films, and was a strong foundational piece in the story of Cap and the burgeoning MCU. 21 Thor ($449,326,618) via Another more ‘out-there’ MCU entry, the first Thor film went for a more Shakespearean feel for its Norse mythological tale. While its mix of elements of godlike royalty and rural USA didn’t always mesh well, the film still did well in establishing the Thunder God’s core plight and cast of supporting characters. 20 Ant-Man ($519,311,965) via The Verge Ant-Man has never been the most popular Marvel hero, however the studio did wise in narrowing the scope of his first solo film, creating an insular heist-like MCU movie based around the ever-charismatic Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. Pairing him with Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Pena helped to make Ant-Man a still-decent success. 19 Ant-Man And The Wasp ($622,674,139) via Time Even if it’s not by a wide margin, it’s always a good sign when a sequel does better and not worse than its predecessor. Ant-Man and the Wasp ever so slightly expanded on Scott Lang’s world, now bringing Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne (aka the Wasp) in as his superhero partner. Plus, with additions in Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne, this sequel suddenly had a lot going for it. 18 Iron Man ($585,174,222) via The film that truly kickstarted the MCU, 2008’s Iron Man really was a pivotal moment in cinematic history. Robert Downey Jr.’s perfect casting and portrayal of the charismatic yet deeply-flawed Tony Stark set a new precedent for superheroes and comic book movies alike. Many still see this film as the best of the MCU to-date. Related: 20 Actors Who Would've Been Great In These MCU Roles 17 Thor: The Dark World ($644,571,402) via Thor’s sequel film is generally regarded as one of the weaker MCU instalments. However, as is the case here, sequels still often do better than their predecessors thanks to a growing fanbase for the franchise/characters. The Dark World still had some good action and eventually would play an important early role in the lead up to the Infinity Stone saga. 16 Doctor Strange ($677,718,395) via The Sorcerer Supreme’s film was one of the significant character debuts of MCU’s Phase Three. Doctor Strange introduced the mystical side of Marvel that, in combination with the ever-great Benedict Cumberbatch, led to a strong debut for Doctor Strange. Fans have been waiting a long time now for the doctor’s second outing. 15 Iron Man 2 ($623,933,331) Via Iron Man has always been one of the largest MCU box-office draws. While his second film was not altogether the best, the film still ratcheted up the action and the stakes enough to surpass the revenue of the first film. Adding another Iron Man (War Machine) and some memorable villains was enough to make Iron Man 2 a resounding success. 14 Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714,264,267) via The Winter Soldier was the MCU’s attempt at a semi-political thriller – a somewhat risky move for a studio making superhero films. However, this film ended up receiving rave reviews and is generally regarded as one of the best films of the entire MCU. With a co-starring role for Black Widow, Fury, Falcon, and the new enigmatic & dangerous Winter Soldier, Cap’s second film did remarkably well. 13 Guardians Of The Galaxy ($773,328,629) via: Guardians of the Galaxy was the first major risk for Marvel. They banked an entire film on a pretty much unknown group of characters and set it in space where the film would have more-or-less no connections to the rest of the MCU. However, writer/director James Gunn ended up with a grand slam, instantly rocketing the Guardians family into stardom thanks to this action-packed, hilarious, and heartfelt film. 12 Thor: Ragnarok ($853,977,126) Via After the poorly received The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok changed up the formula of the Thor franchise drastically. Bringing on the eccentric Taika Waititi, Ragnarok ended up being a zany sci-fi adventure for the God of Thunder and his angry buddy, the Hulk, as they became trapped on a distant gladiatorial planet. The film was a massive success both commercially and with the critics. 11 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863,756,051) via: Guardians Vol. 2 didn’t shake things up much from the first volume, but simply carried on the adventures of this spacefaring team. Luckily, the old mantra of “don’t fix what ain’t broken” served the film well, and the Guardians' now-enormous fanbase flocked out for this bigger and better sequel. Related: 15 Marvel Characters The MCU Completely Ruined 10 Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880,166,924) via Moviedash There probably isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know the name ‘Spider-Man’. The old wallcrawler is arguably Marvel’s most recognizable & profitable character and so it was bound to be big news (and big money) when Sony finally agreed to terms to allow Spidey to enter the MCU. With a high school based story, the great Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and relative newcomer Tom Holland as Peter Parker, the film was a massive success. 9 Captain Marvel ($1,128,275,794) via BGR It took far too long for Marvel to come out with its first female-led superhero film. Luckily, it did eventually happen with the powerful Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, at the helm. Played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson, the film was successful on every front and incredibly cracked the $1 billion box-office mark. 8 Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1,131,927,996) via More Spider-Man = more money. The most recent MCU film has continued the studio’s upward trend of increased box-office. Far From Home continued from where Homecoming left off with Peter’s class going on a European school trip where Spidey finds himself face-to-face with Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal. 7 Captain America: Civil War ($1,153,304,495) Via: Civil War was, in all respects, pretty much an Avengers film. Containing almost all of the core members (minus Thor and Hulk), this film had the massive fan draw of seeing our Marvel heroes finally go toe-to-toe with one another. If that wasn’t enough, it also introduced the likes of both Spider-Man and Black Panther into the MCU. Now, really, who wouldn’t pay to see that? 6 Iron Man 3 ($1,214,811,252) Via The box-office increase from Iron Man 2 to 3 is quite remarkable with Iron Man’s final solo film more-or-less doubling its predecessor. While the film had some criticisms for its red herring portrayal of infamous Iron Man villain, The Mandarin, it was still an exciting film and steps above the dismal Iron Man 2. 5 Black Panther ($1,346,913,161) via Vox Like Captain Marvel, Black Panther was a necessary addition to the MCU and one that helped to address issues of representation within the franchise. On top of that important facet, Black Panther was, in almost every way, a fantastic film and it currently holds the highest MCU rotten tomatoes rating of 97%. This is another film whose sequel is highly anticipated. 4 Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($1,405,403,694) via If there’s one thing that’s going to make big money at the box office, it’s having a film with ‘Avengers’ in its name. The first Avengers sequel maintained the momentum of the original with the same core team and writer/director, Joss Whedon, albeit with a few new additions in Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, and the villainous Ultron. While it wasn’t nearly as popular with the critics, it still definitely made the big bucks. 3 The Avengers ($1,518,812,988) via The original MCU team-up and a pivotal moment in film history. The film that was the culmination of multiple years of set up, bringing together characters from various franchises in a way that likely hadn’t been seen since the 1930’s Universal monster films. The Avengers was a momentous success and cemented the MCU as the film-powerhouse that it is today. 2 Avengers: Infinity War ($2,048,359,754) via Infinity War was the first half of the gigantic climax of the first three Phases of the MCU. It was like the original Avengers on steroids with its culmination of a decade’s worth of films, pulling together characters from every MCU film while also introducing new ones like Thanos and his Black Order. This was the beginning of a film event like never before seen. 1 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) Via The big kahuna! Endgame – the film that broke every film record in existence. Not only was Endgame the final chapter in MCU’s first ‘lifespan’ but it was also a rollercoaster of a film with major twists, action, and ramifications for the numerous MCU heroes within. The film also provided a tangible gut punch for fans as they had to say goodbye to some of the now-most famous and beloved film heroes of all-time. Endgame truly had it all! Next: Ranking Our 20 Favorite MCU Characters By Who We'd Want To Be Share Tweet Email Share Next 15 Things We Know About John Wick 4 So Far"
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"WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Washington has dismissed one of several ongoing lawsuits charging that President Donald Trump has illegally profited off the presidency. The lawsuit the court dismissed Friday was filed by Democratic members of Congress in 2017. The court was not ruling on whether Trump violated the law. It just said that the approximately 200 members of Congress who brought the lawsuit lack the ability to sue. The lawsuit had charged that the president violated the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause by accepting benefits to his businesses from foreign governments without congressional approval."
"At least eight people in Germany who died of encephalitis likely contracted a rare virus from shrews, a small mole-like animal, that led to the fatal brain-swelling condition often caused by a viral infection. Researchers looked at brain tissue from 56 people who developed encephalitis between 1999 and 2019. Samples revealed that at least eight people who died of encephalitis were infected with Borna disease virus 1 (BoDV-1), Scientific American reported, citing a study recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. MYSTERIOUS VIRAL PNEUMONIA OUTBREAK IN CHINA LIKELY CAUSED BY NEW VIRUS, SCIENTISTS SAY Borna disease (BD), spread by the bicolored white-toothed shrew, is a fatal neurological disease that typically affects horses and sheep and is named after the city in eastern Germany where it first killed hundreds of horses in the 19th century. The findings published in the medical journal “confirm that the virus can infect humans and cause deadly encephalitis,” Scientific American reported. All eight of those who were infected with BD lived in rural areas and spent a lot of time outdoors. Many of the affected people had been around cats, which are known shrew catchers, as well. Researchers suspect the patients were exposed to the pathogen when the cats presented the dead shrews to their owners. They may have also inhaled dust that contained dried shrew urine (horses and sheep typically are infected after the small mammal urinates in hay.) However, exactly how the virus was transmitted to the patients is not yet known. As of now, there is no known treatment for the rare virus, which “triggers the host’s immune system to attack brain tissue,” as per Scientific American, and typically causes headache, fever and confusion, which is later followed by “deep coma" and death. That said, certain antiviral treatments are being considered. The findings “provide additional material for a better understanding of the disease,” Martin Beer, head of the Institute of Diagnostic Virology at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute in Germany and co-senior author of the study, told the publication. He noted that the risk of infection in humans is “pretty low.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Moving forward, the researchers urged medical professionals to test for BD in patients with an “unclear cause” of encephalitis. “BoDV-1 infection has to be considered as a potentially lethal zoonosis in endemic regions with reported spillover infections in horses and sheep. BoDV-1 infection can result in fatal encephalitis in immunocompromised and apparently healthy people. Consequently, all severe encephalitis cases of unclear cause should be tested for bornaviruses especially in endemic regions,” they wrote."
"Brides can make a lot of demands when it comes to their wedding day, but this might be taking things a little too far. When a woman started getting wedding RSVPs to someone else’s wedding in her email’s inbox, she was initially confused. Things got complicated, however, when the bride-to-be messaged her with a strange request. Reddit user ClockworkMoose shared their story to the site’s forums. She explained that after getting several RSVPs to a stranger’s wedding, she received an email from the bride-to-be, who shared the same first name as her. The bride-to-be said ClockworkMoose would have to give up her email account. The story continues, “I reply to that, no, and also, why? I get an email back in about 10 minutes. She says that she's got the same first name as me, and is getting married to a guy (with the same last name as ClockworkMoose). They've picked (ClockworkMoose’s real name) as their email account for RSVPs. She didn't realize I made the account, so I can either give my password to her or I can reset it and she can create a new one, whichever works for me!” BRIDE, GROOM EXPECT GUESTS TO SIT THROUGH TIMESHARE PRESENTATION AS PART OF DESTINATION WEDDING When the post’s author says she declined to give up her email account, the bride-to-be responded angrily and claimed that ClockworkMoose was ruining her life and wedding. ClockworkMoose says she eventually figured out that the bride-to-be sent out her wedding invitations with the email address on them, unaware it was already taken. Unable to recall all of the invitations, the bride-to-be seemed determined to take over the email account. After several angry emails, ClockworkMoose says she responded and offered to forward the RSVPs to the bride’s actual email address. “She sends back a nasty email full of expletives and name-calling again demanding my password or nothing,” she wrote. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Since then, a seemingly fed up ClockworkMoose says she’s been responding to RSVPs by telling people they’re not invited to her wedding. “This has the benefit of being 100 percent true, albeit deceptive,” she wrote. Surprisingly, this doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. Several commenters responded by sharing similar stories that they had to deal with. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS One user wrote, “Considering that something similar to the original poster’s story has happened to me not once but thrice, it's somewhat surprising how common this attitude is.” “I had a similar encounter with an Instagram account,” replied another user. “’FirstnameMiddlename’ and some idiot had the nerve to DM me and ask me to change mine so she could have it. At least this one was a kid/teen so I brushed her off but it baffles me when grown adults do this.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Another user chimed in, “I got it on Twitter once. It was some person that basically said I stole their identity by having the handle I had, and I had to give it to them. I pointed out I had been on Twitter a lot longer than them, and I wasn't changing. Has to be kids thinking they can just demand something they want.”"
"More detail has emerged about how a six-year-old boy who was missing for nine hours came to be found curled up asleep by the side of the M1 in roadworks. Aadil Umair Rahim had been on a school trip when he vanished from Newport Pagnell services, near Milton Keynes, early on Friday evening. Following a police appeal, more than 1,000 people joined officers and fire crews searching through the night for the young lad from Nottingham. His father Umair Rahim said on Sunday that the boy was "perfectly fine" and added: "Police told me he was sleeping when they found him." Aadil was discovered near roadworks by the northbound carriageway of the motorway at around 4.15am on Saturday. "I have no idea if he was outside for the whole nine hours," his dad told the BBC. His son and his classmates had been visiting museums in London and had stopped at the services for a comfort break when Aadil became separated from them. He expressed his gratitude to the emergency services and members of the public who "sacrificed their evening to assist with the search for our son". There were 54 searchers from four regions, three dogs and a boat also involved. The National Police Air Service was also drafted in. It was initially believed that Aadil was hiding somewhere in the service station, but as the hours passed concerns about his wellbeing grew. When Aadil was found, he was checked over in hospital but was found to be well, despite nine hours in the cold without a coat. Al Goffey, of Buckinghamshire Search and Rescue, described it as "a very cold Friday night" as temperatures hovered above freezing. The searchers were dispatched in all directions to find him. CCTV images showed Aadil running towards a car park but the camera did not pick up which direction he then headed. The Thames Valley Police helicopter was used during the search for Aadil, which began at around 7.15pm on Friday. Mr Goffey said Aadil had somehow "managed to walk through some fields" and was discovered near a footbridge close to Newbolt Close. Superintendent Amy Clements said the search had been a "challenging operation in difficult circumstances," but she was heartened by "the community response was immense". On Friday night, Highways England confirmed the services had been closed in both directions due to an "ongoing police incident." Get breaking news first on the free Manchester Evening News app - download it here for your Apple or Android device. You can also get a round-up of the biggest stories sent direct to your inbox every day with the MEN email newsletter - subscribe here . And you can follow us on Facebook here ."
"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Liverpool Echo - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A six-year-old boy who sparked a mass search when he went missing while at a motorway service station has been found overnight. Aadil Umair Rahim disappeared at Newport Pagnell Services on the M1 motorway on Friday evening, reportedly while on a school trip from Nottingham to London. Thames Valley Police began a search at around 7.15pm and announced Aadil had been found nine hours later, shortly after 4am on Saturday. The force said a large number of officers were involved in the search, as well as a helicopter from the National Police Air Service. After Aadil was found, his father Umair Rahim wrote: "My son has arrived and he is safe now. Thanks for the prayers. Shukar to Allah. "Thank to Thames Valley Police helicopter services fire department and safe and rescue department who worked tirelessly for 9 hours and found him safe. "There was more than a 1,000 people looking for him I'm thankful to everyone." Thames Valley Police Superintendent Amy Clements thanked the officers and members of the public involved in the overnight search. She said: "This was a very difficult operation involving a very young boy and we are relieved to say that Aadil has been found safe and well. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the local community, who immediately offered help in trying to find Aadil." On Friday night, Highways England confirmed the services had been closed in both directions due to an "ongoing police incident." Superintendent Amy Clements said: "This was a very difficult operation involving a very young boy and we are relieved to say that Aadil has been found safe and well. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the local community, who immediately offered help in trying to find Aadil. "Also, I'd like to thank those who have co-operated with police during this time. "This was a large operation in difficult conditions, so I'd like to also publicly thank the search and rescue teams who assisted in the search and the large number of officers involved. "We are so very glad that he has been found and are thankful to everyone involved in assisting that." On Friday night, Highways England confirmed the services had been closed in both directions due to an "ongoing police incident.""
"Dear Editor, On behalf of the vulnerable and seemingly voiceless, opinion-less youth of Saba, most of whom have been subjected to many injustices during their course of primary education on Saba, I request immediate action by those in authority, against the functioning of the Sacred Heart School. I am very dissatisfied with the quality of education at the Sacred Heart School and the unobtrusive, unintelligent and uninformed decisions that continue to be made by the current administration. Calls to the school board to address the below mentioned issues remain unaddressed and I have lost all confidence in the management of this school. The Sacred Heart School has come into direct violation of multiple rights of the child as per the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The information below gives an accurate illustration of this, as well as cases and occurrences that can be found edible, if investigated. However, for fear of victimization, the sources and other sensitive information shall not be named. Article 3 — All organizations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child” The Sacred Heart School has failed many students of this school by individuals pushing their personal agendas, engaging in unethical teaching practices. Many children at this school voice their concerns, worries and discontentment. In the same breath, they are swiftly dismissed. Many children are unhappy and unmotivated to actively participate in their school experience; this is currently known among the Principal and her staff at the Sacred Heart School. Article 12 — Children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.” The students of the Sacred Heart School continue to be shut down and dismissed repeatedly when they try to voice their opinions on matters that concern and directly affect them. Students continue to be blamed for the shortcomings of the management and staff; the adults of this institution do not hold themselves accountable for many incidents involving students, but rather, it is the child’s and parent’s fault. The students of this school have expressed no confidence and no trust in voicing their school-related concerns. Article 16 — Children have the tight to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their family and their home.” The Sacred Heart School has acted unprofessionally, unethically and biased on numerous occasions in creating a vulnerability among the students by exposing their personal information, be it school- or home-based, to individuals outside of the school. This has been done via popular social media platforms and also in verbal conversations. Article 23 — Children, who have any kind of disability should receive special care and support so that they can live a full and independent life.” The principal, acting on behalf of the Sacred Heart School, has on more than one occasion expressed that the school is unable to accommodate students with special education needs, which leaves these students without any access to primary education. To date, there is no plan to address this educational gap. There is no differentiated learning taking place at the Sacred Heart School; the different levels of cognitive abilities and learning styles are not being catered to — “one shoe must fit all”. Article 28 — Children have the right to an education. Discipline in schools should respect children’s human dignity. Primary education should be free. Wealthier countries should help poorer countries achieve this.” Parents have been forced to seek alternative options to the Sacred Heart School within the last academic year, two of which have been confirmed to have left the island, because of the incompetence in working on a more holistic and much-needed educational approach that includes children of different cultures, background and cognitive capacities. Article 5 — No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” The students of this school have been subjected to physical punishment, emotional abuse and educational neglect; a direct result of the failure to lead and protect each child under charge of the management of this school. The Sacred Heart School, has directly violated the Human Rights of their students, as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The methods of discipline in the Sacred Heart School are not all “conscious” as they preach and the principal is well aware of this. There is evidence to support claims that students are regularly physically punished (and injured), placed out of classrooms, made to stand in the direct sunshine and deprived of their break times and food. Students have been verbally lambasted in front of entire classrooms, through degrading and derogatory comments by their teachers. The Government of the Netherlands states, “In 2010 Leiden University and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) carried out a study into the scope and nature of child abuse. Every year an estimated 119,000 children experience some type of abuse.” There are five general types of child abuse, four of which the Sacred Heart School continues to demonstrate. Physical abuse: all forms of physical violence; Emotional or psychological abuse: an adult regularly berates the child, acts in a dismissive and hostile manner towards the child or intentionally scares the child; Physical neglect: the child does not receive the care and nurturing that it needs; Emotional or psychological neglect: continuous lack of positive attention for the child; Ignoring the child’s need for love, warmth and security. The UNICEF Situation Analysis of children in the Caribbean Netherlands (2019) notes the following about the common quality of education, factors that are specific to the shortcomings of the Sacred Heart School. Suitable education: Cases of exclusion and challenges with behavior problems; to which the Sacred Heart School has no plan of action. Participation at schools fragmented activities; not institutionalized. Furthermore, I am not confident that the current Principal, who, in my opinion, has shown a dire lack of administrative skills, organizational skills and professional vision and knowledge, is capable of promoting the Second Educational Agenda, which covers the years 2017 up to and including 2020, one of the main objectives of this education agenda being ‘Ensuring that students in the Caribbean Netherlands receive education in 2020 that is of adequate quality.” By her inability to: hire and retain qualified and experienced staff, provide a structure and school climate that is conducive to learning, be an advocate for all students of the Sacred Heart School, motivate and inspire staff members, be a team player, reflect on and admit to her professional shortcomings, communicate effectively with parents, teachers and other stakeholders, be transparent in all her professional undertakings, I do not think this is the type of administrator that the Sacred Heart School needs and deserves at this point in time. I believe that our children deserve better, better than what is currently being procured for the Sacred Heart School. As previously stated, I am not confident in the board’s ability to act impartially, as they have been made privy to many issues at this school and continue to ignore them. Therefore, I am calling on the Executive Council or anyone in The Netherlands, who may read this letter, on behalf of the people of Saba, to act in the best interest of our future generations. Despite the fabricated reports that paint a different story, the truth is that our children have been and continue to be victimized, ill-treated and imperiled to a less than adequate primary education. Enough is enough! Concerned Saban (Name withheld at the author’s request) Note of the Editor: The letter was signed by an individual. The original text has been adapted to reflect this."
"Sustainable fisheries plan for Caribbean Netherlands A means of existence under threat. BONAIRE--A 2019 policy brief was just released, outlining requirements for sustainably managing fisheries within the Caribbean Netherlands. Using five different studies, a four-phase roadmap was created to bring local stakeholders and government legislators together to secure the future of local fish stocks. Without action, a collapse of important fish species could be right around the corner, stated the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). “Maintaining healthy coral reef and fish populations is fundamental in sustaining both the traditional way of life and ever-increasing tourism throughout the Caribbean. Although fisheries within this region are better managed today than they were in previous decades, the Caribbean is still facing an overall decrease in fish stocks. “Managing the remaining fish populations requires balancing local cultural traditions with the reality of today's environmental conditions. Therefore, this must be a collaborative effort between residents, local and national governments, NGOs and buyers.” According to the release, to better define the challenges and needs of local fisheries five different studies were conducted on historical fisheries, market analyses, communication and awareness, social mapping and co-management. The goal was to provide insight into how these local fisheries can be improved and sustained for years to come. Although the final outcome of two of these studies are not yet available, preliminary results have been released to support the upcoming Sustainable Fisheries Plan by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality LNV. Mac & Field consultants, in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) NL, used these to produce a policy brief to help in the creation of the Sustainable Fisheries Plan. A common finding throughout each of these studies was that sustainable fishing practices are mostly lacking throughout the Caribbean Netherlands. This has led to an overexploitation or full exploitation of almost all commercial fish stocks. Although the Ministry of LNV is responsible for fisheries management, implementation and regulation is not possible without the support from all stakeholders. This requires that enough resources are dedicated to this process (e.g. fisheries staff and budget within the local public entities) and open communication between stakeholders providing a feedback loop to meet the evolving needs of each island. “Emphasising a co-management approach ensures the unique needs and desires of local stakeholders are considered in the design and implementation of a Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan. Fishermen must be included throughout each step of this process to maximise the likelihood that these regulations are implemented and complied with. Furthermore, new and non-traditional fishing activities (such as foreign fishing operations) should be considered within the management plan as well,” added DCNA. “If left unmanaged, a collapse of certain local fish species is likely. As fish stocks continue to decrease, local and foreign demand continues to increase while coral reefs essential for healthy fisheries continue to decline. By working together, a truly Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan can and should be created and implemented ensuring fish stocks are available to local fishermen for many years to come.”"
"VIENNA, 23 May 2018 – The importance of nuclear security was emphasized by speakers at today’s OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) meeting in Vienna, held under Slovenia’s Chairmanship. The meeting was a follow-up to the OSCE Decision on the Update of the OSCE Principles Governing Non-proliferation, which designates the FSC as a forum for discussions on issues relating to the effective security of all nuclear materials and nuclear facilities in the OSCE area. Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Chairperson of the Forum and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OSCE, opened the discussion by noting that two-thirds of all nuclear power plants in the world are located in the OSCE participating States. He added that OSCE participating States also account for 20 out of 30 countries with fully-fledged civilian nuclear programmes. Ambassador Benedejčič emphasized the importance of managing radioactive sources, which must not fall into the wrong hands. "Many terrorist organizations pose a potential threat to civilian nuclear facilities and subsequently to the peaceful use of nuclear technology and its applications," he said. Andrej Stritar, Director of the Slovenian Nuclear Administration, noted the importance of co-operation between power plant operators, the police and the military. He highlighted the lessons learned from a recent unannounced force-on-force exercise on the premises of the Krško nuclear power plant, and described the arrangements the country currently has in place for the event of an airplane crash or a cyber security attack. "Strengthening co-operation between civil and military authorities represents the main challenge," he said. Juan Carlos Lentijo, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighted some of the Agency’s activities in this field. He discussed the IAEA's central role in strengthening the nuclear security framework, including the assistance it provides in work related to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment and UN Security Council Resolution 1540. "Like the OSCE, we promote international co-operation, which we see as an effective way to bolster nuclear security globally," he said. Elena K. Sokova, Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, said: "The OSCE participating States own and host the lion's share of global nuclear facilities, materials and radioactive sources. Despite significant progress in strengthening nuclear security over the past 20 years, many challenges and vulnerabilities remain." She added that the OSCE participating States are at the forefront of emerging technologies that could have both negative and positive impacts on nuclear security and countering terrorism. "The OSCE’s ongoing work to counter terrorism, secure borders, combat trafficking in arms and human beings, and protect against cybercrime are integral elements in addressing nuclear security challenges," she said. "Both the individual participating States and the Organization itself are well positioned to contribute to policy changes and work with various branches of government, industry and the professional community to enhance nuclear security." Roger Howsley, Executive Director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), spoke of the need for personnel with responsibilities for nuclear security to be demonstrably competent. He called on OSCE participating States to support the development of comparable, certified professional training courses for nuclear security as already exist for aviation security, and to encourage the IAEA to take a lead role. He also said that WINS has become a member of the International Gender Champions Initiative and intends to identify and overcome the barriers to women's greater participation in nuclear security. "It is a fact that we need greater diversity to address the evolving threats," he said."
"Much more must be done to make radiotherapy treatment available worldwide, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a video message to mark World Cancer Day. “We need to do much more than we ever thought it was possible,” Mr Grossi said in the message recorded as part of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) 20 Leaders Campaign to mark the day. “With radiotherapy we kill tumors, with radiotherapy we ease pain, but in one-third of low- and middle-income countries there is a lack of radiotherapy treatment. Twenty-eight countries in Africa lack a single radiotherapy unit. In these countries a cancer diagnosis is often almost as a death sentence. This must change.” Radiotherapy is one of the most widely used therapies for cancer treatment, but access to this cost-effective treatment option is limited, or non-existent, in many parts of the world. With a growing cancer incidence worldwide, the need to make radiation medicine more widely available is pressing, particularly in the developing world. “Take breast or cervical cancer, these are easily treatable and curable in rich, industrialized nations,” Mr Grossi said in his message, highlighting that this not the case in poor countries, where 300,000 women die of cervical cancer every year. “This is a scandal. This must stop. The IAEA is ready to make radiotherapy treatment available in more countries,” he said. The IAEA helps countries establish nuclear and radiation medicine services, from resource mobilization to the procurement of equipment and training of medical professionals. The Agency will mark World Cancer Day at its headquarters with an event on Friday, 7 February, focusing on the role of nuclear and radiation medicine in the fight against cervical cancer. The event, which will be livestreamed, will feature prominent medical experts and high-level panelists and take place at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna."
"Q: My tenant wants to purchase the home he recently rented with the help of my real estate agent. I checked the listing agreement I signed with the agent and noticed that it states that if I sell the property to the tenant, I need to pay the agent an additional sales commission. I already pa…"
"The latest is in on millennials' delayed entry into homeownership, and it tells a grim story. Millennials only own 4% of American real estate by value - a lot less than the 32% of real estate value baby boomers owned at their age, according to new Fed Reserve data examined in the Economist. It's worth noting that there's a small gap in the median age of millennials and baby boomers in these two data points - 31 in 2019 for millennials compared to 35 for baby boomers in 1990. But, while it's likely millennials could narrow the real estate value gap within the next four years, reported Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post, it's unlikely they'll even reach 20% of the housing market. Crippled with student debt and financially behind due to the fallout of the recession, it's difficult for millennials to save for the skyrocketing cost of housing. First-time homebuyers will pay 39% more than first-time homebuyers did nearly 40 years ago. But there's more to millennials' slow path to homeownership than rising costs and saving difficulties. A shortage of starter homes and a surplus of boomer homes America is facing a shortage of starter homes. While millennials are expected to drive the housing market in 2020, most newly constructed homes in 2019 were devoted to "upper-tier housing" (homes costing at least $500,000), according to a report. It doesn't help that many of the starter homes that are available are being bought up by real-estate investors with all-cash offers. That's not to say there's an outright shortage of homes available: As baby boomers age, nine million homes across the US are expected to hit the market between 2017 and 2027, Laura Kusisto wrote for The Wall Street Journal. However, millennials just aren't interested in these homes. That disinterest can be tied to a variety of factors. For one, baby boomers' suburban houses are located in unappealing locations to younger generations, who prefer metro areas. They're also outdated and oversized for millennials, who prefer smaller homes with more modern designs. It makes sense, then, that some millennials prefer to rent instead of buying or would rather wait for the right home to appear. Ultimately, millennials either can't yet afford the investment of homeownership or don't think it's an investment worth making."
"San Francisco: Apple has launched Swift Playgrounds app for Mac as part of company’s Catalyst app initiative, designed to help bridge the software gap between its macOS and iOS platforms. The app requires no coding knowledge to use and is ideal for students who are just starting out with coding. “Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps,” the company said in a statement. Swift Playgrounds is built around a collection of Apple-created lessons, using puzzles and an interactive 3D world. “Now you can make robots do incredible things with code you write yourself. Learn to program-connected devices like the Sphero SPRK+, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, and drones by Parrot, and watch them come alive right before your eyes,” the company added. Swift Playgrounds for Mac is available from the Mac App Store and it is a free download."
"Apple has today released Swift Playgrounds for the Mac. This marks the first time the app has made the jump from iPad to Apple’s desktop platform. The app is based on its iPad counterpart and is built using Catalyst. That doesn’t mean that users should expect the app to look and feel like a straight port, though. Apple says that there is plenty in there to make sure this is a real Mac app. Swift Playgrounds for Mac is a truly native macOS app with great performance, built using the powerful Mac Catalyst technology in macOS Catalina. This brings many of the same features users love from Swift Playgrounds on iPad, to the Mac. In addition, the Mac app adds unique features and user experiences that take advantage of diverse screen sizes and physical keyboard. The app itself offers the same proposition as the Mac version. People won’t need any coding knowledge in order to try working with Swift Playgrounds, with the app walking them through some simple tasks and guides as they learn. Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for Mac and iPad that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let you explore many unique coding experiences. Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out, from twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve. The whole time you are learning Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build many of today’s most popular apps. Code you write works seamlessly as you move between Mac and iPad. Swift Playgrounds has been hugely popular on the iPad and people have been using it to learn how to code, just as Apple had intended. The arrival of a Mac version opens up additional possibilities for those wanting to learn. Not least for those who simply don’t have an iPad to install Swift Playgrounds onto. You can download Swift Playgrounds now, for free, from the Mac App Store. You’ll need macOS Catalina 10.15.3 to run it. (Download: Swift Playgrounds for Mac on the App Store) You may also like to check out: You can follow us on Twitter, or Instagram, and even like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple, and the Web. Related Stories"
"Local budget carrier Scoot will suspend all flights between Singapore and mainland China from Feb 8, amid the growing severity of the Wuhan virus outbreak. Scoot had said early on Friday (Jan 31) that it would suspend flights to 11 cities and reduce flights to eight other cities, but had stepped up its precautionary measures in line with those announced by the Government later in the day. Measures that the authorities announced to limit the spread of the Wuhan virus include the barring of all travellers arriving from mainland China who had been there in the past 14 days from entry or transit in Singapore. Scoot currently operates 100 weekly flights to 18 points in China, excluding Wuhan. It said that before Feb 8, some flights to China, such as those to Guangzhou and Qingdao, will be operating on reduced frequencies before the suspension kicks in till late March. Between Feb 2 and Feb 7, the flights operating to and from China will have limited in-flight services with no sales of food and beverage items. All customers will be provided with a food pack, including water. Customers booked on flights affected by the schedule change will receive a refund, said Scoot. The operator added: "Scoot will continue to closely monitor the coronavirus situation as the health and safety of our passengers and employees are our highest priority. "For now, Scoot flights between Singapore and all mainland China destinations after the above-stated suspension period will continue to operate as scheduled." Scoot is a member of the Singapore Airlines Group, which also includes Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. The two latter carriers also announced earlier on Friday that it will reduce the number of flights to mainland China in February, subject to regulatory approvals. In a Facebook post on Friday, SIA said that the airline as well as SilkAir would be cancelling some flights between Singapore and cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu and Chongqing. [Travel Advisory] SINGAPORE AIRLINES AND SILKAIR FLIGHTS TO MAINLAND CHINA Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will further... Posted by Singapore Airlines on Thursday, 30 January 2020 Affected customers will be notified and rebooked on other flights, SIA said. SIA currently operates 56 weekly flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, while SilkAir operates 36 weekly flights to Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Xiamen. For the latest updates on the Wuhan virus, visit here. This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction."
"SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional wing SilkAir will suspend some flights to China after fears over the novel coronavirus outbreak affected demand "significantly", Singapore's national carrier said on Monday (Feb 10). "Minimum connectivity" to several key cities will be maintained, SIA said. Advertisement Advertisement The move comes after demand for air travel between Singapore and China declined significantly as a result of the outbreak, said SIA on its website. As a result, services to some Chinese destinations will be "temporarily suspended until the situation improves", it added. Several SIA flights between Singapore and Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will be suspended between Feb 4 and Mar 29. Some SilkAir flights between Singapore and Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu and Chongqing will be halted during that period. Advertisement Advertisement SIA said that the group will maintain some connectivity to key cities. In response to queries, SIA told CNA that following the reduced frequencies, it will operate seven flights each to Beijing and Shanghai weekly, thrice a week to Guangzhou and once a week to Chongqing. "There are still many Singaporeans working and living in China now, many of whom will still require connectivity between Singapore and China," said SIA. "As the national carrier, we will continue to maintain minimum connectivity to the key cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing for now despite the reduced demand," added SIA. SIA had said on Jan 31 said it would reduce capacity on some of its routes to China in February due to the growing scale of the coronavirus epidemic. SIA's low-cost carrier Scoot also suspended flights to 11 Chinese cities from early February until the end of March and reduced frequencies to eight other Chinese destinations. Singapore on Friday raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange, after several cases of coronavirus without travel history to mainland China or links to previous cases. The virus has infected 43 people in Singapore as of Sunday, six of whom have been discharged. Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the Wuhan virus outbreak:"
"Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reports 7 additional cases of COVID-19 in Fort Bend County residents, bringing the county’s total to 19. The 7 new cases are: A woman in her 40s with international travel who has moderate symptoms and is in isolation at home A woman in her 50s with domestic travel to a region with widespread local disease. She has moderate symptoms and is in isolation at home A man in his 40s with domestic travel and mild to moderate symptoms, He is in isolation at home A minor child with domestic travel and mild symptoms who is in isolation at home A man in his 40s with domestic travel and moderate symptoms who is in isolation at home A woman in her 30s with domestic travel and moderate symptoms who is in isolation at home. A man in his 30s with moderate symptoms who is recovering in isolation at home. “Community spread is occurring thoughout the Houston region. Community members need to follow the social distancing ordinances issued by local, regional, and state leaders seriously. They are in place to help keep our most vulnerable residents safe and to minimize the impact on our healthcare system,” said Dr. Minter, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Director and Local Health Authority. “If you are not sick, you do not need to be tested. If you are sick and your symptoms are mild, please stay home and manage your systems as if you would for the flu.” The public can help: Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first. If you are in good health and have mild illness, stay home, and take care of yourself like you would for the flu. If symptoms worsen, call your doctor. Your doctor will help make the decision whether you should get tested for COVID-19 Practice healthy hygiene habits every day to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FortBendHealth) and check our website for regular updates ( Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information. ###"
"Monroe County Health Department received notification through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) of our first confirmed case of COVID-19 by positive lab test. The individual is a male in his 50s, who has had no known exposure via travel or contact with a confirmed case. The individual is isolating at home and will continue to do so based on WI Department of Health Services guidelines. A Monroe County public health nurse has spoken with the individual. The health department is actively identifying contacts that the individual may have had and will follow up with anyone who may have been exposed to provide appropriate guidance. “There is no need for the public to panic,” said Sharon Nelson, Director/Health Officer. “We have been preparing for a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County.” Monroe County Health Department wants everyone to know that you do not need a test to know what to do and to take the following steps to stop the spread of COVID-19: ? Stay home. Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house); ? Practice good hygiene o Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. o Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. o Avoid touching your face ? If you are having symptoms-fever, cough, difficulty breathing-call your doctor before going in. For more information, contact Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666 or look to reliable sources such as: ? Monroe County’s COVID-19 website: ? WI DHS COVID-19: ? CDC COVID-19:"
"Goats in a ghost town - animals take over deserted Welsh resort A goat is seen in Llandudno as the spread of coronavirus continues Llandudno, Wales, UK, March 31, 2020. [Reuters] A herd of Kashmir goats have invaded a Welsh seaside resort after the coronavirus lockdown left the streets deserted.The animals, who normally roam free on a nearby headland jutting out into the Irish Sea, have instead wandered into Llandudno where they have spent the past three days feasting on garden hedges and flowers. Like other countries affected by the global coronavirus crisis, the United Kingdom has imposed strict social distancing measures including shop and school closures, and the authorities are asking everyone to stay at home except for essential travel. With the streets of Llandudno unnaturally quiet, the goats have been free to wander the streets undisturbed. Town councillor Carol Marubbi said the goats didn’t normally come into town unless the weather was awful, but on this occasion she said they probably realized something unusual was going on because there were so few people around. “I think they’re probably feeling a bit lonely and they have come down to have a look around,” she told Reuters by telephone. Kashmir goats have lived on the Great Orme promontory near Llandudno since the days of Queen Victoria, when the species became popular in Britain due to a fashion for shawls made from their soft cashmere wool. For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper. Read Now » Marubbi said the herd of about 150 goats, some of whom had kids in February, were a well-known local attraction and most residents did not mind having their hedges nibbled by them. “I’m a big fan,” she said. “I love them because they are characters.” With millions of people stuck at home sharing light-hearted content online to alleviate the tedium of the lockdown, images and video of the goats roving around the streets were a hit on social media, with #goats and #Llandudno trending on Twitter. “Just love this. Looks like they are definitely in charge,” wrote Welsh Twitter user Sue Foster, a former primary school heart-ache. “Who we gonna call? Goat busters.” Are you suspecting that you have coronavirus? Before you rush to the hospital, do this quick easy self-assessment test. #StayHome #WashYourHands HERE."
"Send this page to someone via email The ramvolution has begun. A pack of wild goats is horning in on a tiny human community in Wales where the streets have been largely deserted due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The seaside resort town of Llandudno is typically rammed with tourists each summer, but the COVID-19 outbreak has forced everyone indoors and left plenty of room for visitors of another kind. READ MORE: Coronavirus clears beach for endangered sea turtle hatchlings in Brazil Locals have posted several photos and videos online of roughly a dozen wild Kashmiri mountain goats wandering around downtown Llandudno, where they could be seen hopping on benches and capering around on the pavement over several days. A goat is seen in Llandudno as the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, continues, Llandudno, Wales, Britain, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine One video shows the goats treating a retaining wall like a cliff face, standing precariously on the edge while munching on the scruffy grass growing between the stones. Story continues below advertisement Another video shows the goats wandering through a deserted downtown roundabout intersection. 0:35 Mountain goats spotted on the streets of Llandudno, Wales Mountain goats spotted on the streets of Llandudno, Wales “They are curious, goats are,” town Coun. Carol Marubbi told the BBC. “I think they are wondering what’s going on like everybody else.” [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] Local reporter and self-described “goat correspondent” Andrew Stuart has been breathlessly covering the story since Saturday through various Twitter yarns threads. “They’re still here,” he tweeted along with a photo on Tuesday. “They live here now I think.” I think I am now the man who stares at goats (in the middle of the road) — Andrew Stuart (@AndrewStuart) March 30, 2020 “I, for one, welcome our new goat overlords,” Stuart wrote on Monday, in a reference to The Simpsons. Story continues below advertisement They run Llandudno now and we just have to accept that as fact. Shenkin must be giving them tips from the Royal Welsh. — Andrew Stuart (@AndrewStuart) March 30, 2020 The goats typically live on the nearby Great Orme reserve, but they have been known to seek shelter in town during bad weather, Marubbi told the Evening Standard. The goats are said to have been introduced to the area back in 1907 after Queen Victoria received them as a gift from the Shah of Persia. Marubbi says the animals are well-regarded in the community, and there are no plans to call in a goatbuster. In fact, when it comes to distractions from COVID-19, this one might be the GOAT (greatest of all time) for residents of Llandudno. Story continues below advertisement “There isn’t anyone else around,” Marubbi said. “So they probably decided they may as well take over.” — Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know: Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate. Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities. To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here. Story continues below advertisement"
"news, local-news, Ken little, fruit and vegetable, port macquarie, business Straight-talking. Big-hearted. Decent. Those are some of the words used by others to describe Ken Little. He is best known for owning a long-standing fruit and vegetable store in Port Macquarie. But he is also widely respected for the huge amount of community work he does. Recently he was named our senior citizen of the year. But how much do you really know about him? What formed him and what makes him tick? Ken Little grew up on a farm at Ben Lomond near Glen Innes. He was the youngest child of 13. When he was born his father Benjamin was 67-years-old, his mother Ada only 38. His father had been left a widow with eight children with a farm to manage when his first wife died of cancer in the early 1940s. Ken's mother (who had two children of her own) was hired to work on the farm, manage the house and look after the younger children. Before long the two had fallen in love and had three more children, Jan, Benjamin and little Kenny. It was a simple childhood. On the farm he learnt the value of hard work. "From an early age before I went to school I would milk the cows, ride or walk 5km to school," he recalls. "Then after school I would round the cows up and separate the calves from their mothers so there would be milk for the next day. I also herded sheep." The family moved to Port Macquarie when Mr Little was 10. He attended Port Primary School and Port Macquarie High School. By his own admission he was an "average student". But what he lacked academically he made up with other skills. "I was always really active and independent, I played a lot of sport, fished a lot, played football," he said. The family didn't have a lot of money. His parents were on the old age pension. "All the money I got I had earned from the time I was eight or nine," Mr Little said. "My parents never gave me anything because they couldn't afford to." When he was not playing sport or surfing he spent his weekends picking fruit to earn money. Towards the end of school he also began to notice girls. Mr Little met his wife Judy at the Kempsey showground when he was only 17. "I liked her straight away, she smiled a lot, we got on," he said. He acknowledges it was easier to meet a partner back then but they were fortunate to find each other. When he left school he headed for Sydney like most young people. He had hoped to be a property evaluator but it didn't work out. He didn't like the city and missed the beach too much. Before long he was back in Port Macquarie, working in the fruit and veg department at Woolworths. Ironically, it was with one of his main competitors that his passion for the trade started. He set up Ken Little's Fruit and Veg in 1983. The small business originally run out of the Colonial Arcade. Disaster struck when Port Central was built. The road closures in Hay Street, loss of parking and heavy vehicle use in the area proved disastrous. "We lost 85 per cent of our trade in a year," he said. "I was stunned and devastated. I wondered if I could keep the business going and rebuild." The business almost went bust and Judy went back to nursing to keep the family afloat. Difficult decisions were made but eventually they moved the business to Munster Street in 1996. The business started thriving but then in 2007 disaster hit again when a deliberately lit fire ripped through the store. "Again I was thinking can I rebuild?" he said. "After lots of soul searching we decided to keep the business going for ourselves as we had put so much into it over the years, our staff and loyal customers," he said. "We were able to gradually build the business up again and pay our bills." The business now employs 45 staff and focuses on "giving customers what they want". His marriage to Judy has sustained him during difficult times. "Like any marriage we have our ups and downs," he said. "But we enjoy each other's company and we end up working things out. "Sometimes you just need time and patience. We are different in a lot of ways, she is very artistic, and I love to watch and play sport. We don't try and change each other and the differences work." He is proud but humble about his children's achievements. All have followed their passions. Eldest son Nigel holds a PhD in history and works for the Office of National Intelligence in Canberra. His second son Daniel is a talented former photographer. He is Ken's right hand man in the store. Daughter Naomi has travelled the world and currently lives in Denmark with her daughter working in marketing and design for an IT company. "Do you know what the cloud is?" he asks The Port News quizzically. Life can be difficult so how has Ken Little survived with such a sunny attitude? "I've had a good life," he said. "I try to enjoy all the simple things in life, I feel as though I live in paradise, I don't take anything or anyone for granted." He holds fast to some principles his father taught him: "Do unto others as you do unto yourself and if you have nothing nice to say about someone say nothing." He is involved in a range of sporting and community groups, he has been a mentor, coach, fundraiser. What advice does he give the many young people he encounters? "Try and stay positive," he said. "When you fall down pick yourself up, remember every problem has a solution no matter how bad it is. "Be a doer not a gonna, there are a lot of people in this world who make a loud noise that they are going to do this and going to do that but do nothing." The Port News series is called In My Life. We meet people of the Hastings and ask them what they have learnt in their lives. If you have a suggestion for the series email While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE. If you value local journalism, continue to support us and consider taking out a subscription. CLICK HERE for a 30-day free trial."
"news, local-news, Since the age of 10 Sam Willis knew he wanted to be a paramedic but he never imagined he would become a successful lecturer, author, editor teaching paramedicine in two countries. The English born and raised senior lecturer has now been in Port Macquarie over a year and said he loves what he does. "When I was about 10 I witnessed a car crash and watching the paramedics work I knew that was what I wanted to do when I grew up," Sam said. "The paramedics I saw that day instinctively knew what to do and I thought they had all the answers to help the people who were hurt and I knew then I wanted to do the same thing when I got older. "It hasn't always been an easy path to get where I wanted to go but I believe with passion and determination then you can get there. "When I started as a paramedic in England I never thought I would go on to teach at universities in two countries or be an author but that is my life." Mr Willis is a senior lecturer in paramedicine at Charles Sturt University based in Port macquarie, Mr Willis has a masters degree and is currently working towards a PhD in paramedicine, and said growing up his life wasn't easy but with a goal of where he wanted to end up his passion and drive got him there. "I didn't get the marks at school to go and study what I wanted to right away so I had to go to college before going to university," he said. "It wasn't easy and I had to make a lot of sacrifices but knowing what I wanted made it worth it. In the beginning I worked as an ambulance dispatcher and i didn't get into paramedicine the first time so it was challenging. "I did question what I wanted and if it really was what I wanted but deep down I knew it was." As a lecturer Mr Willis said he does sympathise with students who are struggling and prides himself on trying to help them. "When I was studying the course was challenging which did make it hard at times but I am a big believer in even if something is hard you should go for it." Mr Willis is the co-author and a contributor to a second edition of Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice, an accessible and comprehensive introduction to paramedic science and pre-hospital care, providing expert and up-to-date guidance on the essential theories and real-world practice of this dynamic area of emergency medicine. "The book came about because there aren't a lot of new books coming about about paramedicine and I wanted to change that. "The book has a large number of fantastic contributors who have ensured the book is relevant and up to date." The book is being launch at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie on March 10. Please register to attend here While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE. If you value local journalism, continue to support us and consider taking out a subscription. CLICK HERE for a 30-day free trial."
"Stream this playlist via Spotify or Apple Music. Music affords an escape, takes us back in time to reflect on the present, mirrors our aches and joys and offers serenity. As relentless news about the coronavirus continues, these songs were gifts during difficult times. This month, that included one of many disco bops from Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia, an industrial-metal anthem by Code Orange and Kelsea Ballerini's thoughtful country ballad about a divided America. Below you'll find an alphabetized list of NPR Music's top 20 songs of March 2020. Be sure to check out our top 11 albums from the month, too. Clem Snide, "Roger Ebert" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Eef Barzelay's stirring remembrance of the late film critic Roger Ebert suggests this mysterious human experience – this mortal world – is not what it appears to be. — Robin Hilton Code Orange, "The Easy Way" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Industrial electronics glitch and pulse in this soaring, metallic anthem calling out those who take the past most-traveled. — Lars Gotrich Dua Lipa, "Good in Bed" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY With fun and unexpected flourishes, Dua Lipa reimagines the mid-2000s piano-pop jaunt with a wink towards saucy jazz standards. — Cyrena Touros HAIM, "The Steps" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Love is messy and so is this dusty garage-rocker from LA's sunny sisters. Danielle Haim leans into that baaaaby like her life depends on it. — Lars Gotrich Hayley Williams, "Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Hayley Williams' skittering, botanical tribute to choosing cooperation and self-love over external comparison sagely enlists the help of boygenius, a supergroup whose very existence echoes the same thesis. — Marissa Lorusso Jacaszek, "November Early" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY With its clipped opening – like a distant radio signal crackling – "November Early" slowly intensifies with strings, keys and treatments, offering another spectacular fever dream from Poland's premiere electro-acoustic composer. — Tom Huizenga Kelsea Ballerini, "Half of My Hometown (feat. Kenny Chesney)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY America feels divided in so many ways; this tender ballad from one of country's most thoughtful young stars considers how those divisions play out within one person's heart, and how to bear them. — Ann Powers Kenny Barron/Dave Holland Trio, "Without Deception" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Two NEA Jazz Masters — Barron, a pianist, and Holland, a bassist — bring easy erudition to Without Deception. Barron's title track is a smart, Monk-ish swinger. — Nate Chinen, WBGO Kim Jinmook, "Misty Mountain/Sarod Sanjo" ♬ BANDCAMP In the early '90s, Kim Jinmook spearheaded a series of collaborations between traditional Korean and Indian musicians, discovering that a distinct, uncanny valley of expression lay between the two practices; ineffable, deep and arresting. — Andrew Flanagan Lakecia Benjamin, "Om Shanti" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY An Alice Coltrane chant turned Afrofuturist soul jam, with Benjamin's saxophone and Meshell Ndegeocello's bass backing Georgia Anne Muldrow's authoritative vocal. Peace, meet Power. — Nate Chinen, WBGO Lucinda Williams, "You Can't Rule Me" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Powered by Stuart Mathis' gutbucket guitar, this politicized declaration of independence from Americana music's leather-jacketed queen is the Rolling Stones song we didn't know we needed. — Ann Powers Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All-Stars, "Memory Song" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Propelled by tinkling chimes and gentle oscillations, this ode to remembering planet earth ("trees," "coffee," "candlelight"), from Monk's dystopian opera The Games, strikes a surprisingly pleasant tone, closing with a cacophony of caterwauling animals. — Tom Huizenga Mickey Guyton, "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY The most powerful feminist and anti-racist song by a country artist in recent years is a cry of the heart by a remarkable singer and writer who deserves to be a full-on superstar. — Ann Powers R.A.P. Ferreira, "Noncipher" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY The Wire and OutKast's Aquemeni get tangled up in a jumbled jazz, boom-bap non-sequitur that somehow rings true when little else does right now. — Lars Gotrich Roger Eno & Brian Eno, "Spring Frost" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY "Spring Frost" opens brothers Roger and Brian Eno's Mixing Colours, an ambient album perfect for these times. — Bob Boilen Rosalía, "Dolerme" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Self-quarantine allows a lot of time for thinking about old wounds, as in "Dolerme," a long exhale grieving the loss of an old flame's equal investment in love and pain. — Stefanie Fernández Swamp Dogg, "Billy" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Still in great, soulful voice, the 77-year-old Jerry Williams Jr. offers a heartrending country-soul weeper about a father mourning his lost wife. If you like classics like "Patches," you'll love this. — Ann Powers Tineke Postma, "In the Light of Reverence" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma has a modern ear, and on this flowing ballad she brings out the best in peers like pianist Kris Davis and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. — Nate Chinen, WBGO Waxahatchee, "St. Cloud" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY In a flurry of turning pages, Katie Crutchfield chooses forgiveness, delicately preserving an image of her past self as a young woman ablaze with promise. — Cyrena Touros Yael Naim, "Daddy" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY On this delicate and heartbreaking lullaby, the Israeli-French artist reflects on her father's death. "I'm trying my best," she sings, as the tears begin to fall. — Robin Hilton"
"Stream this playlist via Spotify or Apple Music. When Phony Ppl and Megan Thee Stallion debuted "Fkn Around" live at the Tiny Desk, we just knew it was going to be an instant hit. Now the studio version is out and, of course, it's made NPR Music's best songs of the month, along with new tracks from Thundercat, Waxahatchee and Marcus King. Below you'll find an alphabetized list of NPR Music's top 20 songs of January 2020. Be sure to check out our top 10 albums from the month as well. Cable Ties, "Sandcastles" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Mission-driven Australian trio stages a hypothetical argument with self-righteous naysayers by first listening to complaints ("I partly agree"), then by locating a message worth repeating until it builds to a roar. — Jacob Ganz Dan Deacon, "Become a Mountain" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Dan Deacon shows an unusually vulnerable side of himself and expresses that with a more stripped-down sound. "I was feeling emotionally very raw," Dan says, "and I wanted the music I was writing to reflect that." — Bob Boilen FACS, "Teenage Hive" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY If FACS' first record was a bold step through the door, and its second a pensive, deep breath, then the third is shaping up to be the spittle-scream that followed. Chaos in a bottle. — Andrew Flanagan Forest Drive West, "Parallel Space" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY A full-time dad and computer science teacher, the artist behind Forest Drive West blends old-school breakbeat with the spirit of Aphex Twin ambience for a new, never ending groove. — Tom Huizenga Hayley Williams, "Simmer" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Paramore's powerhouse singer sheds her skin for something darker and stranger; her dynamism bleeds through an ominous cloud. — Lars Gotrich Kasa Overall, "Show Me a Prison" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Listening to the powerful tribal-like trance pulsating through this meditation on injustice in the U.S. prison system feels like being on lock down, until activist Angela Davis, at the end, offers a ray of hope. — Suraya Mohamed Marcus King, "Beautiful Stranger" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY South Carolina's 23-year-old guitar slinger reveals himself as a love man who truly understands Al Green's legacy on this worthy throwback to the soul greats. — Ann Powers Oded Tzur, "Here Be Dragons" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY This, the title and opening track of Tzur's upcoming debut for the highly regarded label ECM, is a beautiful (and lovingly recorded) introduction to the Israeli saxophonist's curious whispers. — Andrew Flanagan Phony Ppl, "Fkn Around (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY While you decorate your desk with Megan's mantras for independence, beware: the secret sauce of this infectious single — that bubbling bass and Elbee Thrie's smooth hook — will seep into your brain. — Cyrena Touros Rafiq Bhatia, "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face (feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY From his fascinating project reinventing jazz standards, this duet shows how one of the most sublime pop hits ever was always a call to prayer. — Ann Powers Rosalía, "Juro Que" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY The global pop star was in festival mode last year, leaning into beats and collabs. "Juro Que" re-centers the flamenco at the heart of Rosalía's music. — Cyrena Touros Soccer Mommy, "Circle the Drain" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Humans have been writing about hearts for ages: breaking, aching, eclipsing, soaring. Soccer Mommy coins a new one on this dreamy, bummer-rock romp. — Cyrena Touros Thundercat, "Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Somewhere deep in a P-Funk wormhole, our cat-obsessed bass guru got very worried about his Instagram and wrote this brilliant bounce of a tune. — Mano Sundaresan Tõnu Kõrvits, "Tears-Fantasy" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY A supremely lyrical sensualist, Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits makes the orchestra sing in wistful sighs and luminous, falling figures while channeling England's Renaissance lutenist John Dowland. — Tom Huizenga Too Free, "ATM" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Arthur Russell-inspired, avant-disco realness hits the ballroom floor in a minimalist bop that both flirts with that cutie across the dance floor and elevates visibility, "to be seen by you." — Lars Gotrich Torres, "Good Grief" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY In the middle of Torres' heady album about fear and desire comes this blistering avowal of the right to sullenness (which also serves as a reminder of Mackenzie Scott's forceful skill as a guitarist). — Marissa Lorusso Ultraísta, "Tin King" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker work up a hypnotic groove here, but singer Laura Bettinson remains Ultraísta's secret weapon, cramming tons of personality into a deadpan, texture-first performance with just a few notes. — Daoud Tyler-Ameen Waxahatchee, "Fire" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Written on a drive over the Mississippi River, the first single from Waxahatchee's forthcoming Saint Cloud pulses with palpable warmth and radiates self-acceptance. — Marissa Lorusso Wilma Archer, "Last Sniff (feat. MF Doom)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY Archer wraps a classic turn from MF Doom in a joyful, funky, rich, orchestral soul. And this is just one of the standouts from his brilliant upcoming album, A Western Circular. — Andrew Flanagan Yoshinori Hayashi, "Bit of Garden (Prins Thomas Remix)" ♬ APPLE / SPOTIFY One of Japan's most exciting auteurs of dance, reinterpreted by one of Norway's. Both play in the disco sandbox, and here Thomas helps Hayashi's somewhat sleepy original become a montage-worthy driver. — Andrew Flanagan"
""To fight for, to die for" "To fight for, to die for" It was the late Senator Dominador Aytona, who before being elected to the Senate, was the chief budget officer of the Republic, and briefly Central Bank governor, who defined the General Appropriations Act or the national budget as “the economic program of the country in pesos and centavos.” As such, it can be argued that passing the budget is the most important piece of legislation for Congress to enact each year. It was during the martial law period that the Budget Commission was re-engineered into the Ministry of Budget and Management through the Budget Reform Decree issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, which strengthened the planning, programming and budgeting linkages of the office, with monitoring offices in every administrative region of the country. At the time, the legislature, Batasang Pambansa, was a mere rubber stamp of the Executive, further neutered by Amendment No. 6 of a Constitution “ratified” by the people under authoritarian rule. But with the re-birth of a system of checks and balances as provided for in the 1987 Constitution, congressional power of the budgetary system returned, and the House Committee on Appropriations, with its counterpart Finance Committee in the Senate, became the most highly-prized committees in Congress. Essentially, the budget process begins each year with the Development Budget Coordination Committee issuing guidelines to the different agencies of government as early as the last quarter of the preceding year. For the first three to four months of the year, agencies submit their proposed expenditure programs, which are then synthesized into what is called the National Expenditure Program. The proposed program of expenditures along with sources of financing, then goes to the President for final approval before presentation to the legislature. Submitted right after the President’s State of the Nation Address, Congress then reviews and goes through the process of enacting the General Appropriations Act based on what is referred to as “The President’s Budget.” It has the power to reduce and re-align the items in the President’s Budget. From the House, the appropriations bill goes to the Senate, even if simultaneous hearings on the expenditure program are held by both chambers to be able to enact the law within the year. Conflicting versions are reconciled in a bicameral conference committee where both houses meet to hammer out a final version, which is then passed by their respective chambers to become the General Appropriations Act for the succeeding year. The bicameral conference committee is thus labelled the “third house” of Congress. It is becoming increasingly clear, or in the parlance of the lawyers, abundantly clear, that the brouhaha in the lower House last week, which resulted in the surgical removal of the appropriations committee chairman, Isidro Ungab, replaced by a neophyte party list congressman, was all about control of the budget for the next fiscal year—2021. From the very beginning of his ascent to the speakership, Alan Peter Cayetano named 24 deputy speakers, many of them ceremonial, but for some who exercise “oversight” powers super-imposed over regular committee chairs. One such deputy speaker is the gentleman from Camarines Sur, who was also its former governor, and whose son is the current provincial chief executive—LRay Villafuerte, who I refer to as El Rey.El Rey is one of the more innovative local government officials under whose nine-year reign Camarines Sur displayed tremendous progress. He represents a new breed of dynamic local executives whose governance practices are anchored on vision rather than mere re-election. Because they produce results, the Villafuertes have been re-elected continuously from grandpa Luis to El Rey to Migz, the current governor who is El Rey’s son. But he can also be quite acerbic in language, “palaban” in the native patois, which he has been amply displaying in interviews now that he is a congressman. That made for interesting “sabong” coverage of the events of the last week in the HoR. Because of the importance of the appropriations committee, its chairmen are normally given presidential nihil obstat before the Speaker gets his House to approve of their designation. That the first committee chair in the present Congress is a veteran legislator from Davao City was thus presumably with palace blessings, or at the least, without objection. Little is known about the new appropriations committee chairman, who, while a businessman from the same southern city, is a newbie in legislation if not in government service altogether. But the fact that he was chosen clearly means that he should be able to work well with the Speaker and his alter ego on budgetary matters, El Rey. The other perspective one needs to scrutinize when the Magellan formula takes shape is the date of reckoning. The Lord Allan camp simply says it is October this year, a scant seven months from now. The Alan Peter camp strictly defines the timeline as beginning from July 22, 2019, the day Congress elected him. Fifteen months should therefore mean October 21, 2020, which is under normal timetable just a week before Congress adjourns for the Dia de Los Muertos holidays, and by which time, the House shall have passed its version of the GAA. Which means the Alan Peter camp shall have control of the most important piece of legislation prior to the presidential and national elections of 2022. If it had been an even split of the 36 months of the 18th Congress, then clearly Speaker Alan would helm the House until the end of 2021. But one could surmise that the Lord Allan faction wanted to have a major say in the 2021 GAA, and thus haggled for a Magellan formula, the now famous 15-21 split. The 2021 budget is the election budget. It will be the last time the members of both houses can partake of the bag of goodies so important for them to tout district achievements by way of “projects.” It also is the big scooper of election campaign funding for those so inclined, the kind Ping Lacson has been excoriating against for years and years on end. The 2022 budget is virtually useless for the re-election purpose of legislators, or for their passing the baton to their family herederos. By the time the appropriations are up for taking courtesy of the DBM’s notice of cash allotment, the ban on “project” spending begins. Hence, the 2021 budget is to fight for, and to die for."
"As our communities deal with the spread of the coronavirus, federal leaders must take bold steps to ensure the safety of the public, particularly the most vulnerable among us. While this virus will hit communities regardless of race, income, or zip code, this pandemic will cause both health and economic disruptions that exacerbate the existing disparities for low-income people and communities of color that have long harmed our nation. CALL YOUR SENATOR Please call your senators and ask them to pass the emergency House bill to help us navigate this public health and economic crisis. Early Saturday morning, the House passed an emergency bill that would allocate billions of dollars for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing, and other measures to help those impacted by this crisis. This is a necessary starting point that the Senate must pass now. Unfortunately, these measures are narrow in scope, leaving 80 percent of workers unprotected. While some large employers are doing the right thing and giving employees sick leave, a national policy is the most effective measure in this time of unprecedented national crisis. We need comprehensive legislation to follow this initial bill to protect all people, especially those with the greatest health and economic risks. We Need Comprehensive Public Health and Economic Supports Today, 100 million people — one in three people in the US — live in or on the brink of poverty where an illness, job loss, or unexpected expense can be financially insurmountable. At a time when officials are urging the public to stay home when they fall ill, millions of people lack paid sick leave and can’t afford to miss work to care for themselves or a loved one. This puts many people at risk for being the vector of an illness that can prove deadly for the elderly and immunocompromised. And as businesses take precautions or are forced through social-distancing norms to close, the resulting loss of income for workers and owners will cause increased numbers of people to fall behind on bills and risk their housing, health, utility, and food security. We must plan and act with the most vulnerable in mind to both stop the spread of this virus, and ensure that weeks and months of addressing this public health crisis don’t turn into years of economic hardship. Specifically, we are calling on federal leaders to champion the following policies: Pass a Paid Leave Policy for All Workers – Low-wage workers who cannot afford to lose a day's wages because of illness are less likely to seek medical care (for themselves and for their families) than workers who do have paid sick leave, and are 1.5 times more likely to go to work with contagious illnesses. This means that lack of paid sick leave is not only a problem for individual workers, but also a public health threat. Building on the House-passed version, a paid sick leave policy that covers all workers is urgently needed to address the new coronavirus outbreak and beyond to help protect the health and safety of the population. Ensure Emergency Income During Work Disruptions – We need to provide guaranteed income to help those facing disruptions to their income due to lost opportunities, funding streams, or customers. This includes small business owners and their employees, community-serving nonprofits, freelancers and artists, and workers in a gig economy who are not eligible for unemployment benefits but still must make their rent or mortgage payments. Place a Moratorium on All Evictions and Foreclosures and Ensure Housing Stability – We are in the midst of a housing crisis – We are in the midst of a housing crisis where 21 million renters and 17 million homeowners pay more than a third of their income on housing bills, making them extremely vulnerable to income disruptions. We need a moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures to prevent the economic fallout of the virus. We must also provide emergency housing vouchers for all unhoused people, and those facing eviction. And at a minimum, we need to stop displacing homeless encampments, and take measures to increase access to water, hand-washing stations, and sanitation at current encampments to support critical health outcomes. Prevent Utility Shut-Offs and Restore Water Service to All Households – Loss of income for households, workers, and small businesses will cause increased numbers of people to fall behind on bills and face utility services shut-offs. – Loss of income for households, workers, and small businesses will cause increased numbers of people to fall behind on bills and face utility services shut-offs. Over a third of US households are already at risk of inability to pay rising water bills. This is particularly concerning as washing our hands is our first line of defense against the virus. All public and private utilities should halt any utility shut-offs during this crisis, restore service to households currently experiencing a shutoff, and provide water delivery to all households with contaminated water systems. Ensure Hospitals and Health-Care Centers Are Safe Places for Immigrants and Anyone Seeking Care – We must eliminate all barriers to people seeking proper medical attention, regardless of insurance or lack thereof. This also includes ensuring no one’s immigration status will be questioned when seeking assistance. Hospitals and health-care facilities must make it clear in all languages that immigration status will not be questioned, and should take steps to ensure immigration enforcement officials are not permitted in buildings. Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Through the Incarcerated Population – In the US, – In the US, 2.3 million people are exposed to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in prisons and jails, which will contribute to the spread of the coronavirus as the incarcerated population interacts with staff and other visitors. At a minimum, we must ensure incarcerated people have access to medical care and personal hygiene products; release elderly people with underlying medical problems to parole supervision; and release those who have an anticipated release date in 2020 and 2021 to parole supervision. We are heartened by the swift actions that leaders in cities across the country are taking, proving once again that local leaders are national leaders. But we need policymakers at all levels to urgently address the threat of this current pandemic while ensuring we protect all struggling communities beyond this crisis. CALL YOUR SENATOR Please call your members to make sure they act without delay and strengthen the policies to help us navigate this public health and economic crisis."
"Coronavirus updates: San Francisco case count jumps to 105 Few tourists visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the the COVID-19 coronavirus. Few tourists visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate Image 1 of / 60 Caption Close Coronavirus updates: San Francisco case count jumps to 105 1 / 60 Back to Gallery LATEST, March 22, 10 a.m.: The San Francisco Public Health Department reported Sunday morning that the city now has 105 cases of coronavirus. The city didn't release more details on the 21 newly identified patients. March 22, 8 a.m. The greater San Francisco Bay Area endured its first weekend under stay-at-home orders issued by both local and state government as the number of cases continued to climb. As of Sunday morning, the number of cases in Alameda County rose to 71, Monterey to 7, San Francisco to 84, San Mateo to 110, Santa Clara to 263, Santa Cruz to 15, Solano to 15 and Sonoma to 23. Where cases have been confirmed in the greater Bay Area: ALAMEDA COUNTY: 65 confirmed cases* Fore more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health department website. *Number excludes infected patients in City of Berkeley, which has six cases CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 51 confirmed cases, 1 death For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department website. LAKE COUNTY: 0 confirmed cases For information on Lake County and coronavirus, visit the public health department website. MARIN COUNTY: 38 confirmed cases Fore more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health department website. MONTEREY COUNTY: 7 confirmed cases For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health department website. NAPA COUNTY: 0 cases For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN BENITO COUNTY: 5 confirmed cases, 1 death For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 105 confirmed cases For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN MATEO COUNTY: 110 confirmed cases, 1 death For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department website. SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 263 confirmed cases, 8 deaths Fore more information on Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department website. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 15 confirmed cases For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department website. SOLANO COUNTY: 14 confirmed cases For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department website. SONOMA COUNTY: 23 confirmed cases, 1 death For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department website. In California, 24 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: Sign up for 'The Daily' newsletter for the latest on coronavirus here. Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email her:"
"Mar. 19–Scroll through the gallery above to see images of the San Francisco Bay Area that’s under a shelter-in-place order to prevent COVID-19 spread. March 19, 9:45 a.m. UC San Francisco announced Thursday it’s working to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in coming weeks. Since March 9, UCSF Health has been testing about 60 to 100 inpatients a day with a test using “a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique” that’s similar to the one administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “PCR allows scientists to detect very small amounts of virus in a sample obtained with a swab from a patient’s nose and throat,” UCSF said in a statement. “The technique depends on the availability of special substances known as reagents (“ree-AY-gents”), which are in very short supply nationwide, as are the swabs used to obtain patient samples. UCSF is making every effort to ensure we have a robust and reliable supply chain for all the materials we need to maintain and expand our testing capacity.” UCSF is expanding its laboratory and as long as the medical center has access to testing reagents, it is on track to increase testing capacity to as many as 1,000 inpatients and symptomatic outpatients per day over the next few weeks. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and CZ Biohub are helping support the effort. March 19, 7:30 a.m. Three residents of the Atria Burlingame assisted living facility in San Mateo tested positive for COVID-19, according to ABC 7. The facility is now closed to visitors and the three residents are all hospitalized. KRON 4 reports that two additional residents are under hospital quarantine. San Mateo County Health Department and CDC are investigating the situation. Atria Burlingame wasn’t immediately available for comment on this story. Where cases have been confirmed in the greater Bay Area: ALAMEDA COUNTY: 31 confirmed cases Fore more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health department website. CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 41 confirmed cases For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department website. LAKE COUNTY: 0 confirmed cases For information on Lake County and coronavirus, visit the public health department website. MARIN COUNTY: 15 confirmed cases Fore more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health department website. MONTEREY COUNTY: 2 confirmed cases For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health department website. NAPA COUNTY: 0 residents, 2 patients treated in Napa, then transferred out of county For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN BENITO COUNTY: 5 confirmed cases For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 51 confirmed cases For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department website. SAN MATEO COUNTY: 80 confirmed cases, 1 death For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department website. SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 175 confirmed cases, 6 deaths Fore more information on Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department website. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 9 confirmed cases For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department website. SOLANO COUNTY: 8 confirmed cases For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department website. SONOMA COUNTY: 6 confirmed cases For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department website. In California, 14 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: Sign up for ‘The Daily’ newsletter for the latest on coronavirus here. –A full list of online coronavirus resources: Where to get your questions answered –What you need to know about Bay Area shelter in place orders due to coronavirus? –How ‘flatten the curve’ works in the coronavirus pandemic –How a mild case of the novel coronavirus can quickly turn deadly –Study shows how easily coronavirus can potentially spread –The two most common symptoms in coronavirus patients –Does smoking/vaping put you at a higher risk of coronavirus? –How coronavirus compares to epidemics of the past –Photos show empty US tourist attractions amid coronavirus crisis –How to tell if you have a cold, the flu, or coronavirus –6 things travelers should know in the age of coronavirus –The worst myths and misinformation about coronavirus –Out of hand sanitizer? Here’s how to make your own –Are children at a lower risk for coronavirus complications? –Are the elderly at a greater risk for coronavirus complications? –Why Taiwan’s COVID-19 death rate is shockingly low Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email her: [email protected]. (c)2020 the San Francisco Chronicle Visit the San Francisco Chronicle at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC."
"Tesla Autopilot death: Final report blames Tesla, Apple, and NHTSA Watch Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk today announced that the company has made its millionth Tesla electric car, some 12 years after it released the Roadster for consumers. Musk posted a photo of a red Model Y Tesla on Twitter announcing the milestone along with a group shot of the Tesla Factory workers responsible for manufacturing it. Musk's announcement was first reported by Electrek. Congratulations Tesla team on making our 1,000,000th car!! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2020 The Model Y will be Tesla's fourth electric car line, following the Model S, Model X, and the cheaper Model 3, which made up most of its production and deliveries in Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings report. Tesla reported that it produced 17,933 Model S and X vehicles in the quarter and delivered 19,450. It produced 86,958 Model 3 vehicles and delivered 92,550. It delivered 367,500 vehicles for the full year. Tesla is expecting deliveries in 2020 to exceed 500,000 units and for production to outstrip deliveries thanks to Model 3 production in Shanghai and Model Y production in Fremont, California. Model Y production in Shanghai is scheduled for 2021. Tesla says its Model 3 and Model Y production capacity in Fremont is 400,000 units per year, while its Shanghai factory can produce 150,000 Model 3 cars per year. It's also developing new facilities in Berlin to manufacture Model 3 and Model Y electric cars, which should start rolling out in 2021. Musk today suggested the Berlin Gigafactory should have a "mega rave cave" under the facility with an "epic sound systems & woofers the size of a car". Tesla should have a mega rave cave under the Berlin Gigafatory — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2020 Given Musk's taste for audacious publicity stunts, there's a chance he could build a Tesla underground club in a nod to Berlin's rave culture. SEE: The new commute: How driverless cars, hyperloop, and drones will change our travel plans (TechRepublic cover story) | Download the PDF version Musk posted the one million Tesla production milestone a few hours after Tesla shares fell 13.6% to $608 per share as investors fretted over oil output increases announced by Saudi Arabia and Russia this week. The prospect of cheaper petrol over the long term could dampen enthusiasm for electric vehicles in general. The other major concern is the impact of the COVID-19 virus on Tesla's Shanghai plant, which the Chinese government ordered to be shut for 10 days from 29 January. More on Elon Musk and Tesla electric vehicles"
"By Express News Service Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has announced that it has produced its one millionth electric car, thus becoming the first auto manufacturer to reach the milestone. It is a significant moment for the company that was founded only in 2003. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement by sharing a picture of the car — a red Model Y — on Twitter. The firm released its first consumer car, the Roadster, back in 2008, meaning it’s taken a little over 12 years to hit this million-car milestone. In its January earnings report, the company said it hopes to ship over 5,00,000 cars worldwide in 2020. Established automakers like Toyota or the Volkswagen Group each produce over ten million vehicles every year. Nevertheless, Tesla’s milestone is a tremendous accomplishment for an auto start-up that only produces electric vehicles and is indicative of how Musk says he works — building companies to solve problems based on their importance, not on his likelihood of success. Furthermore, the EV maker is also expected to start shipping its latest car, the Model Y, months ahead of its original “fall 2020” estimate. The Model Y will be Tesla’s fourth electric car line, following the Model S, Model X, and the cheaper Model 3, which made up most of its production and deliveries in Tesla’s fourth-quarter earnings report. The company said it produced 17,933 Model S and X vehicles in the quarter and delivered 19,450. It produced 86,958 Model 3 vehicles and delivered 92,550. It delivered 367,500 vehicles for the full year. It’s also developing new facilities in Berlin to manufacture Model 3 and Model Y electric cars, which should start rolling out in 2021. Tesla says its Model 3 and Model Y production capacity in Fremont is 4,00,000 units per year, while its Shanghai factory can produce 1,50,000 Model 3 cars per year. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Cybertruck is due to go into production in late 2021."
"With 2019 finally behind us – along with its glut of year- (and decade-) end lists of the best in music – it’s time at last to turn our attention to the sounds in store for 2020. And what better way to do that than with … a list!? Here’s a rundown of 13 albums to look forward to over the next few months, with release dates included when known. Selena Gomez, “Rare” (Jan. 10) Selena Gomez will release "Rare" on Jan. 10. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) The onetime Disney Channel star has never quite gotten the credit she deserves for her adventurous record-making. Sure, her and DJ Snake’s “Taki Taki” was a shameless Latin-pop play complete with a regrettable “fiesta”/”siesta” rhyme. But before that she turned the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” into the sinuous “Bad Liar,” while her last album, 2015’s “Revival,” feels now like a precursor to Billie Eilish’s whispery ASMR-core. Preceded by a No. 1 single in the grandly emotional “Lose You to Love Me,” Gomez’s new one promises more ear-grabbing textures, as well as her intimate thoughts on her breakup with the Weeknd and her recent health troubles (including a much-publicized kidney transplant). Halsey, “Manic” (Jan. 17) Heed that album title: Along with the country-ish “Finally / Beautiful Stranger” and the chart-topping EDM ballad “Without Me,” the latest from this style-hopping streaming native features far-flung hookups with Alanis Morissette (a clear influence), Dominic Fike and Suga of BTS (with whom she teamed for last year’s sprightly K-pop hit “Boy With Luv”). Pop Star Halsey will release a new album "Manic" on Jan. 17. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images) Green Day, “Father of All…” (Feb. 7) The pop-punk veterans will play stadiums this summer as part of a rock’s-not-dead package that also includes Fall Out Boy and Weezer. (Called the Hella Mega Tour, it’s scheduled to stop at Dodger Stadium on July 25.) Yet what’s appealing about the short and snappy songs on Green Day’s 13th studio album is that they sound like they were born in a tiny club. Tame Impala, “The Slow Rush” (Feb. 14) In the works since well before his headlining performance at Coachella last year, Kevin Parker’s fourth full-length as Tame Impala is his most painstakingly detailed yet, with trippy guitar lines and delicate vocal melodies over buoyant grooves that reflect his recent studio work with the likes of Mark Ronson and Kali Uchis. You’d call the result obsessive if it didn’t just make you want to dance. Grimes, “Miss Anthropocene” (Feb. 21) The Canadian singer and producer has spoken expansively about her oft-delayed follow-up to 2015’s “Art Angels,” most recently saying it’s “about a modern demonology or a modern pantheon where every song is about a different way to suffer,” as she put it in a published conversation with Lana Del Rey. But even Grimes knows that many listeners will be scrutinizing “Miss Anthropocene’s” knotty electronic pop for clues about her unlikely romantic relationship with Tesla’s Elon Musk. Dua Lipa, “Future Nostalgia” Last year’s Grammy winner for new artist has had disco and house music on her mind, to judge from “Electricity” and “One Kiss” – a pair of excellent collaborations with Silk City and Calvin Harris, respectively – and from “Don’t Start Now,” the delightfully rubbery lead single from her sophomore solo disc set for release sometime this year. The throwback sound suits Lipa’s throaty vocals, which have grown more soulful since her catchy but faceless 2017 debut. Ozzy Osbourne, “Ordinary Man” The 71-year-old heavy-metal pioneer found himself in the middle of the pop conversation last year when Post Malone recruited him for “Take What You Want,” their pitch-perfect power ballad from Malone’s smash “Hollywood’s Bleeding” album. Now, Osbourne is readying a record of his own that he made with Malone’s producer Andrew Watt; bassist Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith are also in the mix. Young Thug Hip-hop’s boldest dresser – not to mention one of its most distinctive vocal stylists – has several projects reportedly in the pipeline, including an album with the tantalizing title “Punk” and a full-length collaboration he’s said to have made with Juice Wrld, who died last month at age 21. Frank Ocean The elusive R&B auteur hasn’t revealed anything official about his feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s “Blonde.” But if he’s truly set to headline Coachella, as is widely rumored, then Ocean seems all but certain to time his new album to the April mega-festival (as Kendrick Lamar did a few years ago with “Damn”). Then again, Ocean’s recent string of singles led many to expect him to show up at November’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival – and we all know how that turned out. Haim L.A.’s premier sister trio isn’t making it easy to predict where the three will go on their third studio album. “Summer Girl,” the first of three 2019 singles, was a stripped-down Lou Reed-style jam, while “Now I’m in It” was classic uptempo Haim and “Hallelujah” a folky acoustic tune. Dixie Chicks, “Gaslighter” The outspoken country trio – whose last album, “Taking the Long Way,” came out in 2006 (and won Grammys for album, record and song of the year) – returned to the studio in 2019 for a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s “Lover.” Now they’re working with Swift’s right-hand man, Jack Antonoff, on a divorce-inspired record that lead singer Natalie Maines has described as “10 times” more “personal and autobiographical” than “Taking the Long Way.” Justin Bieber With appearances on tracks by a diverse array of acts including Luis Fonsi, DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran, Gucci Mane, Billie Eilish and Dan & Shay, Bieber hasn’t exactly been hard to hear in the half-decade since his last solo record, 2015’s Christian-themed “Purpose.” But this year, he’ll be nearly impossible to escape, with a comeback single, “Yummy,” set for release on Friday, followed by the late-January premiere of a YouTube reality series, a world tour that kicks off in May and an album that the now-married man says will be “different than the previous albums just because of where I’m at in my life.” Rihanna The wait for “R9,” as fans refer with increasing impatience to Rihanna’s upcoming ninth studio album, has become an internet joke – so much so that Rihanna herself got in on it recently with an Instagram post in which the singer (who’s been spending her time on acting, her clothing and beauty lines and a coffee-table book) captioned a video of a dancing puppy like so: “update: me listening to R9 by myself and refusing to release it.” Read or Share this story:"
"January is always an exciting time for music fans. Fresh from trawling the end-of-year lists, now it’s all about the best of what’s to come, with countless new albums on the horizon. As is always the case at this time of year, the rumour mill is in full motion — Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Haim, Cardi B and many, many more are among the artists on the brink of releasing new music in 2020, depending on who you believe. Here, we’ve cut through the noise to pick out 10 artists who almost definitely will come through with the goods — five of them have confirmed dates, others are sure to deliver within the next 12 months and the rest have dropped extremely strong hints that albums are on the way. Halsey — Manic (January 17) (Getty Images) More A worldwide arena filler, Ashley “Halsey” Frangipane might still be better known as the voice of other people’s songs. Her two UK number ones have been on Closer by The Chainsmokers and Benny Blanco’s Eastside. But her third album should cement her status as a queen of dark pop, containing hits of her own including Without Me. Kesha — High Road (January 31) (Getty Images) More Before her 2017 comeback Rainbow, Kesha Sebert couldn’t release music for five years due to a legal battle with her former producer. Finally she’s busy again, with her fourth album on the way. Her big voice wraps itself around rowdy pop with a country feel, with plenty of plucked guitar and cameos from Sturgill Simpson and Brian Wilson. Green Day — Father of All Motherf***ers (February 7) (Getty Images) More Story continues"
"Ask mayors or city managers of any coastal city in Florida what the No. 1 neighborhood issue is in their community, and they are not likely to say sea-level rise or crime. It’s vacation rentals. Indeed, go ask that question among St. Armands Key residents, on Longboat Key and especially on Anna Maria Island. It’s a national issue. Everywhere, elected leaders are struggling with how vacation rentals should be regulated and who should regulate them. Should Airbnb homes be required to meet all of the safety and licensing standards and regulations as hotels? Who should have jurisdiction, local governments or the state government? Once again in Tallahassee, the issue is on lawmakers’ agendas. Senate Bill 1128 and House Bill 1011 are proposing what former state Sen. Greg Steube of Sarasota (now Congressman Steube) tried for two years. That is have the state preempt local governments and rule all vacation rentals. This is a conundrum, to be sure. Government is best closest to the people. Citizens incorporate precisely to have control over their communities, not be ruled by the far-away state. But at the same time, you can make an argument that NIMBYism is so pervasive that vocal neighbors want their cities to ban vacation rentals altogether. In the process, they are forgetting all about property rights. Why should you be allowed to have 10 relatives stay with you but your neighbor be prohibited from renting his home to 10 of his old college friends? SB 1128 and HB 1011 are indeed flawed — mostly on the regulations they would create for those advertising vacation rentals. Both bills should be tabled. At some point, to craft a balanced law, legislators must realize this is an issue that requires thoughtful, rational examination and study outside the emotional and horse-trading confines of the annual legislative session."
"EDITOR: I have watched as these so-called vacation rental properties destroy neighborhoods, but the Republican-controlled legislature in Tallahassee seems bound and determined to push forward on House Bill 1011 and Senate Bill 1128 in their quest to take all control away from municipalities. EDITOR: I have watched as these so-called vacation rental properties destroy neighborhoods, but the Republican-controlled legislature in Tallahassee seems bound and determined to push forward on House Bill 1011 and Senate Bill 1128 in their quest to take all control away from municipalities. These are for the most part party houses put into residential neighborhoods. I'd bet my house that Ronnie May (quoted in a Jan. 22 Page 1A Record story), who has four of these vacation houses, lives in a gated community where they are not allowed."
"On Friday, Feb. 21 at 12 a.m. PST, Disney+ dropped the season seven premiere of Dave Filoni’s epic animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which premiered over a decade ago in 2008. The season is Disney’s latest success with the rights of “Star Wars,” after season one of its series “The Mandalorian” became the most-streamed show in the world. However, where “The Mandalorian” thrives due to creating new, original characters, “The Clone Wars” must rely on the main characters of the prequel trilogy to tell its story. The critical reception to the episode and rallying of fan support proves that Filoni mastered the art of building on existing characterization. During its original run from 2008 to 2014 on Cartoon Network, “The Clone Wars” was one of the most highly-rated shows ever on the network, received widespread acclaim for improving the characters of the franchise, and won multiple Daytime Emmy awards. While originally marketed as a children’s series, the seasons became darker as the audience aged, delving into the repercussions of war and the balance of good and evil in the Force. However, in 2013 the show was effectively canceled, and the remaining episodes that would tie up the war were scrapped. It was not until the acquisition of the series by Disney, with the creation of its streaming service, that a final season of 12 episodes to officially end the series was announced. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” takes place inside the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, which tells the story of Anakin Skywalker’s downfall from a Jedi Knight to Darth Vader after serving in a three-year war known as the Clone Wars. The Clone Wars take place before “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” during a period when both Skywalker and his master Obi-Wan Kenobi are generals in the war, and Skywalker is secretly married to Luke and Leia’s future-mother Padmé Amidala. When the series premiered in 2008 after a theatrical film release served as its pilot, supervising director Filoni juggled the narrative themes of Skywalker’s future fall and the villainy of Palpatine while also taking on the challenge of doing the impossible: making the Clone Wars interesting. The war is fought between a robot droid army called Separatists and an army of cloned men created by the Republic to be expendable soldiers with an enhanced aging process to ensure the maximum number of bodies. In every battle fought in this literal ‘star war’ droids and clones become blaster-fodder on alien planets while the Jedi are essentially a metaphor for the United Nations: attempting to create peace but with no ability to enforce it. The prequels were heavily criticized for the soulless nature of the war and the lack of stakes involved, as well as the ineffective portrayal of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. By contrast, in each 22-minute animated episode of “The Clone Wars,” Filoni took the time to flesh out these characters and explore the depth of the narrative themes at stake. In order to effectively portray Anakin’s growth into a Jedi master that takes place off-screen in “Revenge of the Sith,” Filoni created the character of Ahsoka Tano, a young female Jedi who becomes Anakin’s apprentice. Although initially seen as bratty, Ahsoka’s bravery, skill, and determination to do the right thing in wartime ultimately made her one of the most popular characters in “Star Wars” and a feminist figure. Ahsoka Tano also serves as an excellent sounding board for Anakin and the viewer as she questioned her master about the nature of the Jedi Council that requires them to be both soldiers and peace-keepers. In several episodes, Ahsoka questions these contradictions while Anakin is struggling to reconcile his marriage with his duty. By its very nature, the series has to balance foreshadowing what’s to come, but by choosing to focus on this reality Filoni ultimately paved the way for Luke Skywalker’s arc in “The Last Jedi,” where he states: “At the height of [the Jedi’s] powers, they allowed Darth Sidious to rise, create the empire, and wipe them out.” All main characters in the original series get arcs to develop their characters, but further fleshed out than any other characters, however, are the clones. The clone characters name-dropped in the saga (Cody, Rex, Fives, and Echo to name a few) are soldiers desperate to do their duty with a sense of individuality, formulating a culture of brotherhood among one another and using what little tools they have– hairstyles, tattoos, and body armor– to distinguish themselves from the masses. At first, the clones are passionate about the war they were created for. However, the longer all the dying stretches out the more disillusioned everyone becomes. The season seven premiere, 12 years after the first season began, returns to this formula by focusing on the clones and Anakin Skywalker. The episode, titled “The Bad Batch,” features the clones on a mission with several noticeably mutated clones whose glaring uniqueness serves as their strength, and Anakin watches as Rex lets his emotions fuel his mission– the same thing Anakin is constantly criticized for by his superiors throughout the series. By jumping back into the thematic plots that are its greatest strength, the premiere received widespread acclaim and the series was called “better than ever” by USA Today. The series does not pause to remind viewers of the events and characters they watched during the six-year break, instead of trusting (rightfully) that its fanbase will remember. Where so many other entries in the “Star Wars” franchise lead to frustration and discourse (i.e. the sequel trilogy), “The Clone Wars” has found a method that appeases “Star Wars” fans and actually builds on what people love about this fictional story. The series also proves that fans are willing to wait indefinitely to have closure. Season seven of “Star Wars:The Clone Wars” is released weekly on Disney+. Episode 2 will air on Friday, Feb. 28 at 12am PST. Sources: Observer, USA Today"
"It took six years, but fans of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will finally be getting the show's long-awaited seventh and final season. The six-year wait for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season 7 is nearly over. The first episode of the series’ final season will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, February 21, and Disney has unveiled a new clip and several images to hype up the beginning of the end. Like the show itself, Season 7 will focus on the end of the galaxy-spanning Clone Wars that defined much of the franchise’s mythology. The new clip from “The Bad Batch” teases a team-up with a squad of “favorably mutated” clone troopers, who will kick off the season with a mission behind Separatist lines. Per Disney: “The forces of darkness have amassed great power in their bid to transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire. With the Republic on a losing streak, Captain Rex fears the Separatists are using stolen data to help predict the Grand Army’s every move. As the threat of defeat looms, Rex teams up with experimental Clone Force 99, also known as the Bad Batch. Together, they embark on a high-risk mission behind enemy lines to uncover the truth behind the Separatist victories.” While the series’ new clip is focused on the Clone Troopers, plenty of fan-favorite Force users will be returning throughout the upcoming season, including Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, and Ahsoka Tano. Disney “The Bad Batch” was intended to kick off Season 7 several years ago before production on the series was stopped. The episode would’ve been part of a four-episode arc. One of the series’ writers released plot details about the story arc in 2014, when the series’ future was uncertain — and unfinished story reels were also released — but only time will tell how the experimental Clone Troopers play into the overall series. The seventh season of “The Clone Wars” will premiere a few months after Dave Filoni’s Disney+ tentpole “The Mandalorian” hit the streamer. Filoni served as creator and showrunner on “Star Wars Rebels” and is the showrunner for “The Clone Wars.” Like his animated series, “The Mandalorian,” which will return for a second season in October, enjoyed stellar fan reception. “The Mandalorian” Season 1 finale teased that the Darksaber, a black-bladed lightsaber that originated in “The Clone Wars,” would play a significant role in future installments. Given the interconnected nature of recent “Star Wars” projects — and Disney’s need to keep the franchise in the public eye — don’t be surprised if similar teases pop up in the upcoming “The Clone Wars” season. Check out the clip from “The Bad Batch” below: Popular on IndieWire Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here."
"On Sunday, March 22, Canada officially pulled out of the Olympics. Soon other nations such as Australia and Brazil followed suit, pulling out of the Olympics and urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make a decision on the postponement of the 2020 Games. RELATED: Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls react to Canada pulling out of the 2020 Games Monday, March 23, longtime IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today Sports that the event would be postponed. The IOC refused to confirm the postponement. Finally, on Tuesday, March 24, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he and the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, had come to an agreement during a phone call. The Olympics will be postponed and held ‘at the very latest’ summer 2021. After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021. — PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020 “Considering the current situation, in regards to the Tokyo Games,” said Abe, “as the host nation, in order to ensure that athletes from all over the world are able to compete in their best condition, and also in order to ensure the utmost safety for the spectators, I have asked him to consider postponing the games by about a year.” The IOC and Japanese government agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan, as a “beacon of hope”. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Olympics was set to run from July 24 through Aug. 9, and the Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6. This will be the first time the IOC has rescheduled an Olympics due to health threats."
"Tokyo: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hinted at the postponement of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games may become “inevitable”. The comments from Abe were his first acknowledgement that the 2020 Games may not open as scheduled on July 24, as the coronavirus marches across the globe causing unprecedented chaos. Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic committees meanwhile announced they will not send teams to the Games if they are held this summer, citing the health of their athletes and the general public. And Australia’s Olympic committee told athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Olympics in the northern-hemisphere summer of 2021. The IOC has also shifted its position on the Games, issuing a statement on Sunday saying it was stepping up planning for different scenarios, including postponement. The coronavirus has already had an impact, with qualifiers cancelled and events to celebrate the Olympic torch arrival and relay scaled back. Despite the measures, tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron displaying the flame in northeastern Japan, raising fears about whether the relay can be held safely."
"At least one person has been confirmed dead, following Saturday’s fire that gutted the Mgbuka Obosi Spare Parts Market in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra. The deceased, identified simply as G.O.D and Chairman of Zone 11 in the market, did not die in the inferno. He was said to have slumped in the market “after seeing that his five shops were completely destroyed by the fire.” He was reportedly rushed to a private hospital in the area but was said to have died later. It was gathered that the fire, which destroyed goods valued at millions of naira, started at about 1:30 am. Mr Edwin Okadigbo, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra command, confirmed the incident in Awka. Okadigbo, an Assistant Superintendent, said that nobody died in the fire because it occurred in the night when traders had all retired to their homes. He said: “No life was lost in the fire, but the chairman of Zone 11, one Mr G.O.D, slumped after seeing his five shops razed down by the fire. “He was rushed to the hospital but later gave up the ghost.” He said that the fire destroyed so many shops and goods because of the highly inflammable nature of the goods sold in the market. The NSCDC spokesman said that the fire was put out by men of the Anambra State Fire Service, assisted by operatives of other sister security agencies. He said that the cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained but suspected it could either come from electrical fault or wildfire from the neighbourhood. Meanwhile, the state Commandant of the corps, Mr David Bille, has expressed his condolences to the leadership of the market and traders, who lost their goods and other valuables, as well as the bereaved family."
"At least, one person has been confirmed dead, while four others escaped with varying degrees of injuries in a road mishap that involved a commercial bus and a motorcycle in Mbosi junction, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday. The incident which happened at about 12:30hrs on Tuesday, saw a crash involving the shuttle bus with registration no. WER 858 ZS and a motorcycle with registration no. MGD-708 QJ ridden by a man who is popularly known as ‘Action’ in the area. Spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Anambra State, Edwin Okadigbo said preliminary investigation revealed that over-speeding and loss of control on the part of both the bus driver and the motorcyclist may be the reason. He said, “The bus was approaching from Orlu direction and the motorcyclist known as “ACTION” from Uli was approaching from Total filling station, Ihiala direction, when both of them, while trying to avoid the pothole close to Mbosi Junction collided. “The motorcyclist smashed the front glass of the bus with his head. The victim and the driver and passengers of the bus were rushed to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala where the motorcyclist was confirmed dead while the bus driver is currently receiving treatment.” Okadigbo said the NSCDC in Ihiala, led by Divisional Officer SC Chinweze Chinenye and his personnel with other sister security agencies helped cordon off the area, and assisted in taking the victims to the hospital, and controlled traffic to allow free flow of vehicles. He added that the state commandant of NSCDC, Comdt. David Bille has ordered an investigation to ascertain other circumstances surrounding the incident."
"BHOPAL: As many as 8 lakh employees of BHEL, Railways, Post Office, BSNL, Banks, Income Tax, CPWD and others stood at par with the nationwide strike by 10 trade unions against privatisation and mergering of banks, in Bhopal on Wednesday. Demonstration and march (procession) marked the strike in the state capital. Bankers demonstrated at Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), Press Complex, impacting banking services in the region. They also put up 12-point demands including minimum wage of Rs 21,000 and pension of Rs 10,000 among all departments. The National Open Mass Convention of Workers organised by the ten Central Trade Unions namely INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC, independent federations and associations of various sectors including some independent unions called for a nationwide general strike against the anti-worker, anti people, anti-national policies of the Modi-2 Government. Western central Railways (WCR) Employees Union Philip Oommen said, “We have supported the strike on the basis of demands which are well justified. We hold demonstration to extend moral support to strike which was against central government anti-employees policies.” INTUC (BHEL) president RD Tripathi said, “All the trade unions were on strike in BHEL in response to the nationwide strike call against central government anti-employees policies. It was big strike against union government.” All India Postal Department Employees Association general secretary RN Parashar said, “It was successful nationwide strike against union government anti-employees policies especially economic policies. Employees from all the branches joined the strike.” As per protesters, the national economy is slowing down. The adverse effects are already being felt by the workers in unorganised as well as organised sectors in the form of large scale retrenchment and closures. In the name of the recession, the Central Government is taking steps such as reducing corporate taxes, and giving them big bonanza from the national exchequer while not a single penny is spent to ensure job security or employment allowance to the workers."
"Govt Warns PSU Employees Of Action As About 25 Crore People Set To Participate In Bharat Bandh Govt Warns PSU Employees Of Action As About 25 Crore People Set To Participate In Bharat Bandh The government has asked public sector undertakings to dissuade their employees from participating in the 'Bharat Bandh' called on Wednesday and advised them to prepare a contingency plan to ensure the smooth functioning of the enterprises. According to news agency PTI, ten central trade unions have said around 25 crore people will participate in the nationwide strike to protest against the government's "anti-people" policies. Trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC along with various sectoral independent federations and associations had adopted a declaration in September last to go on the nationwide strike on January 8. "Any employee going on strike in any form, including protest, would face the consequences which, besides deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action," said an office memorandum issued by the government." Don't Miss 33 K SHARES 14.7 K SHARES 4.8 K SHARES 7.7 K SHARES 5 K SHARES Suitable contingency plan may also be worked out to carry out the various functions of the ministry/department," it added. It also issued instructions not to sanction casual leave or another kind of leave to employees if applied for during the period of the proposed protest or strike and ensure that the willing employees are allowed hindrance-free entry into the office premises. The instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike, including mass casual leave, go-slow and sit-down, or any action that abet any form of strike. Besides, pay and allowances are not admissible to an employee for his absence from duty without any authority. The central trade unions are protesting against labour reforms, FDI, disinvestment, corporatisation and privatisation policies and to press for 12-point common demands of the working class relating to minimum wage and social security, among others. About 60 organisations of students and elected office-bearers of some universities have also decided to join the strike with an agenda to raise voice against increased fee structure and commercialization of education. The trade unions condemned the JNU violence and similar incidents in other university campuses and expressed their solidarity with students and teachers all over India. With PTI Inputs/Image Credit: Reuters/AFP"
"Campenaerts, Vorster win Nedbank Cycle Challenge Staff Reporter Sports Khomas Maurice Kambukwe Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts and Namibia’s top female rider Michelle Vorster were yesterday crowned champions of the 2020 Nedbank Cycle Challenge after winning their respective categories of the annual road racing event. Campenaerts completed the men’s 100-km road race in a time 2 hours, 11 minutes and 35 seconds to emerge victorious. The visiting Belgian finished eight minutes ahead of Nedbank Cycle Challenge two-time winner Dan Craven and Martin Freyer, who both clocked 2 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds. Meanwhile, local top female cyclist Michelle Vorster won the elite women 100-km race after completing the race in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 31 seconds ahead of second-placed Jagau Imke and Dreyer Risa who both finished with a time of 2 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds. Speaking to New Era Sport after the prize giving ceremony, Compenaerts, who travelled from Belgium to be part of this massive event, said the purpose of him being part of the race was to win. “The race was intense in the beginning but as it was going, I managed to get a chance to move and stretch my lead – that’s when I got a chance to go for a kill. My purpose for taking part in this competition was because the atmosphere of the race is great and that drove me to take part. My objective to take part was to win the competition,’’ said Compenaerts. On her part, Vorster said “I felt it was a relief after coming to the finishing line; it’s a great feeling after various years of working hard just to become number one. It’s a feeling that’s hard to explain. And also, it’s nice to see so many women take part in this competition”. Meanwhile, the Physically Active Youth (PAY) after-school programme yesterday received a massive boost when the winners and sponsors of the men’s 100-km race donated N$54 000 to the institution. Campenaerts said he was donating his winning prize money of N$12 000 to PAY as he was impressed with what the programme does to develop cyclists. “Dan (Craven) told me about the project; I said I do not have any jerseys that I can give to the kids. He said I should not worry about that. So, he took me to the project and I immediately fell in love with it. So, I decided that if I win this race today, I will donate my cheque to them,” he explained. He added that he hopes his donation will change lives at PAY, as he saw they are doing wonders in helping children with their education, while at the same time helping them enjoy their favourite sport. Not to be outdone, Craven also donated his second prize monetary winnings of N$9 000, with third-placed Martin Freyer also adding his N$6 000. With N$27 000 donated by the winners, Nedbank Namibia Managing Director Lionel Matthews doubled the donation, saying they are inspired by what the cyclists had done. - 2020-02-17 08:12:58 | 2 days ago"
"Nedbank Cycle Challenge done and dusted LIMBA MUPETAMI Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts and Michelle Vorster made easy work of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge in Windhoek yesterday. Campaenaerts broke away early from the rest of the pack to win in a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 35 seconds. Namibian cyclist Dan Craven beat Martin Freyer in the sprint for second place in a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes. The cyclist said he knew that he was going to win and thus cycled on his pace without any real threat from the rest of the contenders. Right after the race Campenaerts said he would donate his N$12 000 winnings to the organisation Physically Active Youth (PAY), which he visited last week. He said he was impressed with the work they are doing and knew from the start that he had to win the race in order to give them the money. Craven and Freyer also announced at the prize-giving that they would donate their N$9 000 and N$6 000 winnings to the same organisation, which is an after-school centre in Katutura that provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for youngsters from disadvantaged communities. The women’s 100 km race was easily won by Michelle Vorster (2 hours, 39 minutes, 31 seconds), who also on Saturday won the Nedbank Mountain Bike Challenge. In second place was Imke Jagau (2 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds), and in third was Risa Dreyer. Their winnings are the same as the men’s."
"Iraqi counter-terrorism forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 2, 2020. Two rockets hit the Green Zone in Iraq's capital of Baghdad, a day after Iran launched missile attacks on U.S. and other coalition targets at bases in Iraq, according to a report Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average pared gains on the heels of the reports of an explosion in Baghdad. The Dow Jones closed 161 points higher, but about 80 points lower than it had been just before the news. Iraq's military said that two Katyusha rockets fell inside the Green Zone, the section that contains the U.S. Embassy, other embassies of western nations and foreign businesses, according to Reuters. There were no casualities, according to the statement from Iraq's military. The White House and Pentagon had no immediate comment. The rockets were fired several hours after President Donald Trump declared that Iran appeared to be standing down from the U.S. — remarks that sent stock indices surging higher. On Tuesday night eastern time, Iran fired missile attacks against two Iraqi bases that house U.S. military and coalition forces. The barrage was retaliation for the killing a week earlier of Iran's top military leader, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in an U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. Trump on Wednesday defended the decision to target Soleimani, who has been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in the Middle East."
"Two rockets fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said. Police sources told Reuters at least one of the rockets fell 100 meters from the U.S. Embassy. "Two Katyusha rockets fall inside the Green Zone without causing casualties. Details to follow," the military said. Witnesses confirmed to Reuters that two loud blasts followed by sirens had been heard in Baghdad early Wednesday local time, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The blasts come at an especially fraught time, as Iran launched missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq overnight. That attack was in retaliation for the killing by the United States last week of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and raised concerns about a potential wider war in the Middle East."
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"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Mirror - daily news Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A mum has been praised by fellow parents after she posted a list of rules she believes all young women should follow. The 36 bullet points of tips and tricks are aimed to help to female get through life and has hit home with mums and dads, one of whom called it "excellent advice". With some practical things to do, like make your bed every day, and don't walk through alleys alone, they are listed alongside more mantras for life like: never lie to yourself and reserve "I'm sorry" for when you truly are. The list has been shared online more than 25,000 times, with more than 2,000 people commenting too. It ends with: "If in doubt, remember whose daughter you are and straighten your crown". One fellow mum said: "This is gooooood and I really like 23 and 28... and they are all things I wish I had been taught when I was little. Nicely done." Another woman added: "I truly loved this one, but the only one that hurts the most is knowing that I can't come home anymore... Because you're resting now Mommy, but when I could I definitely did. With my girls in tow." (Image: Getty Images) RULES TO TEACH YOUR DAUGHTER 1. Make your bed every day, even if it’s right before you get in it. 2. Don’t wear holey underwear…in case you’re in an accident and they cut your clothes off. 3. Travel light through life. Keep only what you need. 4. It’s okay to cry when you’re hurt. It’s also okay to smash (some) things; but, wash your face, clean your mess, and get up off the floor when you’re done. You don’t belong down there. 5. If you’re going to curse, be clever. If you’re going to curse in public, know your audience. 6. Seek out the people and places that resonate with your soul. 7. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. 8. 5-second rule. It’s just dirt. There are worse things in a fast food cheeseburger. (Image: REX/Shutterstock) 9. Happiness is not a permanent state. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse these. 10. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack your bag. 11. Never walk through an alley alone. 12. Be less sugar, more spice, and only as nice as you’re able to without compromising yourself. 13. Can’t is a cop-out. 14. Hold your heroes to a high standard. Be your own hero. 15. If you can’t smile with your eyes, don’t smile. Insincerity is nothing to aspire to. 16. Never lie to yourself. 17. Your body, your rules. 18. If you have an opinion, you better know why. 19. Practice your passions. (Image: Getty) 20. Ask for what you want. The worst thing they can say is no. 21. Wish on stars and dandelions, then get to work to make them happen. 22. Stay as sweet as you are. 23. Fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, art, music, literature, food and far-off places. 24. Fall hard and forever in love with nothing but yourself. 25. Say Please, Thank You, and Pardon Me, whenever the situation warrants it. 26. Reserve “I’m sorry” for when you truly are. 27. Naps are for grown-ups, too. 28. Question everything, except your own intuition. 29. You have enough. You are enough. 30. You are amazing! Don’t let anyone ever make you feel you are not. If someone does….walk away. You deserve better. 31. No matter where you are, you can always come home. 32. Be happy and remember your roots, family is EVERYTHING. 33. Say what you mean and mean what you say. 34. No one will ever love you more than I do. 35. Be kind; treat others how you would like them to treat you. 36. If in doubt, remember whose daughter you are and straighten your crown."
"CLAIMED sightings of UFOs reported to the RAF by terrified members of the British public are to be published online for the first time. The RAF ran a UFO unit for five decades but chose to shut it down in 2009 after it concluded none of the reports sent in offered evidence of a potential threat. 2 Claimed sightings of UFOs reported to the RAF are to be published online Credit: Workbook Stock - Getty Previously, records from the unit were given to the National Archives, often initially classified before being released after a specific number of years. But the most recent reports received by the RAF will be placed online, the PA news agency revealed following a Freedom of Information Act request. Members of the public reporting alleged UFO sightings are now directed to their local police force. A spokesman for the RAF said that "it had been assessed that it would be better to publish these records, rather than continue sending documents to the National Archives, and so they are looking to put them on to a dedicated web page". 2 Drawing of an 'alien spacecraft' spotted by two US servicemen during an unexplained incident in the Suffolk countryside in 1980 Credit: Alamy A clearance process for the documents is currently under way before publication, which is expected to take place "some time within the first quarter of 2020". In response to the FOI request, the RAF described the files it held as "comprising entirely of correspondence with members of the public". It added: "The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra terrestrial life and does not investigate UFO reports." Nick Pope, who used to investigate reports of UFO sightings for the MoD, welcomed the move. "Given the massive public interest in this subject, I'm pleased that these files will be released and made available online," he told the PA news agency. "The MoD have previously claimed that all the files have been released - only to find additional ones - so this latest move is bound to start a few conspiracy theories. "When I worked on the MoD's 'UFO desk' we didn't find definitive proof of extraterrestrial visitation, but there were so many bizarre and unexplained sightings that we didn't entirely rule it out. "I'm glad the public are to be given further insights into our work on these real-life X-Files." The Rendlesham Forest incident: Britain’s most famous UFO sighting The Rendlesham Forest incident took place in December 1980 over a series of at least two nights. On December 26, 1980, military personnel at the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk saw a strange light in Rendlesham Forest, which lies between the two bases. Three men were sent out to investigate where two of them encountered a small, triangularshaped craft. One man, Jim Penniston, got close enough to touch the side of the object. He and another of the airmen present, John Burroughs, made sketches of the craft for witness statements. Two nights later Deputy Base Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt and his team then encountered the UFO. He said later: "Here I am, a senior official who routinely denies this sort of thing and diligently works to debunk them, and I'm involved in the middle of something I can't explain." Despite an MOD investigation the Rendlesham Forest incident remains unexplained. Ex UFO-chief claims he quit US government over alien encounter 'cover-up' TOP STORIES IN SCIENCE Investigation GAME SHAME YouTube flooded with hardcore sex videos from Roblox, a video game for KIDS TRACK DAY You can now race pals in Mario Kart on iPhone and Android for first time ever MURDER ON THE NILE Famous 'mistress' mummy Takabuti was KNIFED to death in her twenties LOGGED OFF WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones this week – is yours on the list? SPACED OUT Elon Musk plots launch of 60 SpaceX internet satellites amid 'space junk' row In other news, a researcher claimed earlier this month that the discovery of alien life was not only "inevitable" but also "imminent". One Nasa scientist has admitted it's entirely possible that aliens have already visited Earth – and we simply never noticed. And, here are the mysteries we need to solve in order to prove the existence of extraterrestrials. Do you believe in extraterrestrials? Let us know in the comments! We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at"
"HUGELY popular viral video app Vine is back as 'Byte' – four years after being unexpectedly killed off. Byte is hoping to regain the popularity of Vine, which was loved for its rule of only allowing 6-second looping videos. 3 Byte is a new app designed to replace the void left by Vine Credit: Byte The mind behind Byte is Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, who has been working on the new app for two years. Just like Vine, Byte limits videos to six seconds in length – and loops them after they've finished. "Today we're bringing back 6-second looping videos and a new community for people who love them," Byte's creators wrote. "It's called Byte and it's both familiar and new. We hope it'll resonate with people who feel something's been missing." 3 Users will be limited to uploading videos no longer than six seconds – which will loop after finishing Credit: Byte It was originally supposed to launch in spring 2019, but was delayed for unknown reasons. Now the app is free to download and is available on iPhone and Android phones. Vine was founded back in June 2012, and was bought up by Twitter in October that same year – in what's believed to have been a $30million (£22.9million) deal. The app shot to popularity due to its short clips, with successful users often focusing particularly on comedy videos. It was free to download, and was available on phones, computers and even game consoles. But on October 27, 2016, Twitter announced that the Vine mobile app would be discontinued. In December 2016, it was confirmed that the Vine app would remain operational, but videos would be published directly to Twitter. A month later, Vine's community website was shut down and the app was renamed to Vine Camera – which was largely deemed a flop. 3 Byte was created by Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman Credit: Twitter In January 2017, Twitter launched an archive of all Vine videos, but there was no way to upload new content to the service. Many Vine videos still prove popular on YouTube today, and there's been significant interest in a reboot of the app. But Vine now faces stiff competition from rival app TikTok, a video app that's hugely popular with teens. Byte – will it be the next hit app? Here's what industry expert Paolo Pescatore, of PP Foresight, told The Sun... "Video is the next battle ground and is fast becoming a crowded place with too many services chasing few dollars. "There are some opportunities to be novel that will resonate with viewers. "Everyone wants to jump on the new thing but making money and attracting top quality content will represent the biggest test. "For now new services need to have eyeballs and content." Former Vine celebrities who have since transferred to TikTok are already turning up on Byte too. They include Lance Stewart, Chris Melberger and Josh Darnit. These online stars are likely attracted by the fact that Byte has vowed to start paying creators immediately – despite having only just launched. People on TikTok are coating their testicles in soy sauce in bizarre viral trend MOST READ IN TECH APPLE CRUMBLE Which iPhones are 'obsolete' and 'dangerous' in 2020? The full list CRIME TIME GTA 6 news 'on the way' as game-maker preps big announcement for next week CLEAN SLATE New Facebook button lets you see ALL your info other sites have given them LOGGED OFF WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones this week – is yours on the list? Investigation GAME SHAME YouTube flooded with hardcore sex videos from Roblox, a video game for KIDS ALL ABOARD Nasa's 'space home' where first ISS tourists will enjoy 'largest Earth window' In other news, teens were recently panicking over rumours that TikTok is shutting down. Experts this week warned TikTok users not to participate in a "stupid and dangerous" trend that saw teens upload videos of themselves blowing up iPhone chargers. And Instagram influencers are being propositioned with huge sums of money for sex on a daily basis. Will you be signing up to Byte, or has the moment passed? Let us know in the comments! We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at"
"Sarah Adina Smith’s latest will be of special interest to fans of “Black Swan” and “Bunheads”: the writer-director of “Buster’s Mal Heart” is working on a ballet drama. This calls for a celebratory plié. A press release announced that Amazon Studios and Anonymous Content have kicked off principal photography on Smith’s “Birds of Paradise.” Kristine Froseth (“The Assistant”) and Diana Silvers (“Booksmart”) star in the feature. An adaptation of A.K. Small’s 2019 novel “Bright Burning Stars,” “Birds of Paradise” takes place at “a prestigious ballet school in Paris, where the new girl (Silvers) befriends a grieving dance prodigy (Froseth) as the dancers compete for the school’s ultimate prize: to receive a contract to join the Parisian Opera’s ballet company,” the pic’s synopsis details. “As the pressure mounts and the girls are pushed to their physical and emotional limits, their bond is tested and they’re forced to ask themselves just how far they are willing to go to win.” Smith, who signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios last year, penned the script. “Sarah is a talented, visionary filmmaker who we’re so happy is part of the Amazon family, and we can’t wait to bring her next story to life with ‘Birds of Paradise,'” said Julie Rapaport, Co-head of Movies at Amazon Studios. “We’re also thrilled to be working with stars Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth who are both on the path to becoming the next household names with their undeniable talents.” Added Smith, “I wrote these roles specifically for Kristine Froseth and Diana Silvers, who I believe are going to take the world by storm. I’m honored to take this journey with them and so thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Studios once again in pursuit of bold, unapologetic filmmaking.” Smith’s debut feature, 2014’s “The Midnight Swim,” took home the breakthrough audience award from AFI Fest. Her follow-up, 2016’s Rami Malek-starrer “Buster’s Mal Heart,” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. On the small screen, her credits include “Hanna,” “Legion,” and “Room 104.” “I suspect that directing movies might be a lot like being a professional athlete,” Smith told us. “You have to keep your head in the game and your eye on the ball. And you can’t waste time mourning losses or celebrating wins — at least not until the game is over. Stamina, patience, precision of judgment — these are all the things I love about the job!” When asked what advice she’d give other women directors, she said, “I would tell them to do things their own way and don’t feel like you ever have to conform to the system, because the system was largely built by men. We need to take all the good lessons from the past and from those existing systems but also not be afraid to make our own rules,” she emphasized."
"Diana Silvers (“Booksmart”) and Kristine Froseth (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) will star in the ballet drama “Birds of Paradise” by writer and director Sarah Adina Smith (“Buster’s Mal Heart”). Amazon Studios and Anonymous Content have started principal photography on the feature, which is currently shooting in Budapest. Anonymous Content’s Trevor Adley and Dara Gordon are producing alongside Jonako Donley at Everything Is Everything. “Birds of Paradise” is based on the novel “Bright Burning Stars” from A.K. Small, and is set in a prestigious ballet school in Paris, where a new girl (Silvers) befriends a grieving prodigy (Froseth). The dancers must compete for the school’s biggest prize, to receive a contract to join the Parisian Opera’s ballet company. Also Read: Sam Claflin to Star Opposite Riley Keough in 'Daisy Jones & the Six' at Amazon “Sarah is a talented, visionary filmmaker who we’re so happy is part of the Amazon family, and we can’t wait to bring her next story to life with ‘Birds of Paradise,'” Julie Rapaport, Co-head of Movies at Amazon Studios, said. “We’re also thrilled to be working with stars Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth who are both on the path to becoming the next household names with their undeniable talents.” Smith added, “I wrote these roles specifically for Kristine Froseth and Diana Silvers, who I believe are going to take the world by storm. I’m honored to take this journey with them and so thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Studios once again in pursuit of bold, unapologetic filmmaking.” Also Read: Tessa Thompson Sundance Film 'Sylvie's Love' Acquired by Amazon Studios Smith’s credits including the pilot and second episode of “Hanna” for Amazon, as well as the first episode of Hulu’s “Looking for Alaska,” in which Froseth starred. Her other credits include “The Midnight Swim,” “Room 104” and “Legion.” Smith is represented by WME and Artists First and Jon Van Schaik, while Silvers is represented by WME and Anonymous Content and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman. Froseth is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller."
"Jajpur/Kalinganagar: People’s demand for industrialisation in Jajpur district seems to be on the wane as two industrial units failed to lay their foundation stones over the last two weeks due to stiff opposition by locals, a report said. The opposition of the residents stems from the fact that the firms were trying to take over the public land for establishment of their units and were ignoring employment of locals. Reports said Kesika Metallics had planned for its ground breaking ceremony near the Biju Patnaik Park at Kalinganagar March 7 while Darcl Logistics had planned its foundation stone laying ceremony Tuesday. Darcl Logistics had planned to establish its hub over 10 acre of land in Danagadi tehsil but its plan for laying the foundation stone was frustrated after locals opposed handing over the land, comprising a pastureland and playground, to the firm. This led to face-off between the locals and the police personnel present there. Locals alleged that when the district administration had imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPc over coronavirus scare, the Dangadi tehsil officials carrying out measurement of the land and the foundation stone laying ceremony are in clear defiance of the collector’s order. It is alleged that the firms overlooking the problems of the residents and the displaced has led to a sharp resentment among the locals. Moreover, the chances of getting employment in these firms were getting slimmer by the day on account of which locals are no longer enthusiastic about industrialisation. The firms which had earlier established their units here never tried to fulfill the aspirations of the local people on the fronts of employment and peripheral development. And this led to discontent among the people. The state government has planned to build Kalinganagar as a mega industrial hub for which many downstream industries from in and out of the state have expressed their interests to establish their units here. The locals were also annoyed on the construction of a logistics park on a forest land adjoining the land identified for Darcl Logistics. A local environmental outfit, Kalinganagar Parivesh Surakshya Samiti, has filed a case (42.2019) in the National Green Tribunal on construction of the logistics park. The case is sub-judice. Narayan Dixit, additional tehsildar of Danagadi, said they were measuring the land for handing it over to Darcl Logistics but postponed it due to opposition by locals."
"As the country gears up to celebrate the much-awaited Holi festival on Tuesday, 10 March, the Delhi traffic police has come out with a special traffic advisory to ensure smooth traffic, and more importantly to curb rash driving and road accidents on the day. It states, “ Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure safety of motorists on roads and check the incidents of drunken driving, over-speeding, reckless driving, zig-zag driving, dangerous driving, red light jumping, triple riding, driving by minor, driving/riding without helmet, performing stunts on two-wheelers, etc.”"
"Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY . Adjusting your skincare routine to your skin type is significant to finding a workable routine: normal, oily, combination or dry. Likewise, it's similarly important to base it on your skin tone or color. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, for example, people with darker skin tones face a unique set of skincare needs. Without proper hydration, dry skin can look gray and ashy. Hyperpigmentation — the overproduction of melanin in the skin — can be caused by UV rays and is probably the most common concern for people of color. the overproduction of melanin in the skin — can be caused by UV rays and is probably the most common concern for people of color. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation — wherein healing skin overproduces melanin — can leave a dark scar where a blemish once lived. Having said that, there is a slew of skincare products that can help promote healthier skin. To best protect, nourish and treat skin of color, we consulted doctors and experts on some of the best products to get you through your skincare routine.We sorted them through the six essential skincare ingredients experts recommended: Best SPF skincare for dark skin Every single dermatologist we consulted emphasized the importance of using sunscreen to promote skin health. Sounds obvious, right? People with darker skin are often told they don’t need sunscreen, which is a deeply incorrect and potentially dangerous piece of advice. “Daily SPF — at least 30 — is critical for prevention and treatment of hyperpigmentation, as well as for prevention of skin cancer,” Sara Perkins, MD, an assistant professor with the Department of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, told NBC News. “This is an absolute must for all skin types, including skin of color.” Perkins, who’s also the clinical advisor to Hims and Hers, considers EltaMD's SPF offerings her “top choice.” This tinted, mineral sunscreen protects your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays to prevent early signs of aging and burning. Hyaluronic acid is the hero ingredient in this moisturizer that doubles as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. For those prone to acne or hyperpigmentation, this sunscreen includes niacinamide (Vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants — which we'll dive into below. Perkins gave an honorable mention to La Roche Posay Anthelios facial sunscreen, as well. Jared Jagdeo, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and Ever/Body’s medical director, recommended SkinCeuticals’ take on SPF. “This product is outstanding, blends in perfectly to any skin tone and never leaves that chalky look,” said Jagdeo, who added that what really makes for a great sunscreen is your desire to use it everyday. This sunscreen is beloved by dermatologists because it was formulated to be fail-proof. “This specific sunscreen was studied in the real world and shown to be more effective in preventing sunburn as compared to sunscreens with lower SPF levels,” Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital's dermatology department, told NBC News. Best retinol skincare for dark skin Retinol is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging skincare. "This vitamin A derivative truly has clinically-proven anti-aging properties — but it can also help with pigmentation,” Perkins explained. “It's also very effective in the treatment of acne. These can be quite irritating so I recommend starting with the lower concentrations first.” As with any skincare product, it comes down to how you use it, and when. Over-the-counter retinols are best used in the evening. Irritation and dryness are common side effects. Pairing a retinol product with a moisturizer can help avoid some of that, Perkins said. Or you can use a gentle retinol oil like MARA Evening Primrose Green Tea Algae Retinol Face Oil. “This budget-friendly night treatment contains both alpha hydroxy acids, which help to unstick and exfoliate dulling, dead skin cells immediately, as well as retinol, which stimulates cell turnover and new collagen production over time,” Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles, told NBC News. “Together, these help to reduce the appearance of fine lines with regular use over two to three months.” The combo of retinol and hyaluronic acid is what makes this one a game-changer. “This retinoid serum visibly fills and reduces wrinkles, giving skin a smoother and more plumped appearance,” says Howard Sobel, MD, New York City dermatologist and founder of Sobel Skin. Best skincare with hyaluronic acid Another significant ingredient in skincare for most skin types is hyaluronic acid, “a natural sugar molecule that occurs in our body and helps to attract water, so it functions as a great moisturizer,” said Marisa Garshick, MD, a dermatologist at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in New York City. “It keeps the skin looking fresh and hydrated," Garshick told NBC News. “In darker skin tones, dryness frequently manifests as an ashy or grayish appearance of the skin,” dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, told NBC News. “Hyaluronic acid is a go-to ingredient to pump all skin types, and is particularly useful in those with darker skin. It acts like a sponge binding to 1000 times its weight in water.” And let’s not forget dark skinned men who, yes, also need to take care of their skin. Jagdeo recommends the DefenAge Men's Kit, its key ingredients including a proprietary peptide blend, along with soothing niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, designed to help users achieve a smooth, well-hydrated and improved complexion. He says it’s “ideal for the man who wants to look his best with an easy-to-use, all-in-one regimen,” adding that the “comprehensive kit addresses most skin concerns.” Best skin brightening products A lot of serums formulated to brighten skin also have the bonus effect of treating hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Zeichner recommended Neutrogena’s Bright Boost Serum. “Pigmentary disorders are extremely common among patients with darker skin types,” he explained. “Turmeric extract has long been used in skin care because of its ability to brighten unwanted pigmentation and even skin tone.” Bradley Bloom, MD, of Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, recommended SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum. “It combines some of the most effective brightening ingredients, including niacinamide, in a non-irritating formula,” he said. Jagdeo said he recommends SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense for one specific reason: “Discoloration defense is specially formulated with a combination of anti-pigment agents designed to even out the tone of the skin.” Best skincare with antioxidants Another heavily recommended ingredient by the dermatologists we consulted: antioxidants. To briefly summarize: "Antioxidant serums help protect your skin from the free radicals you're exposed to on a daily basis. They also aid in the prevention of fine lines and other visible signs of aging, and can heal and repair skin," Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book "Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist," told NBC News. Sapna Palep, MD, of Spring Street Dermatology recommended the ALASTIN Restorative Skin Complex. "It’s chock full of potent antioxidants to help even skin tone while also plumping the skin and combating fine lines and wrinkles.” Palep explained. "It’s so versatile for all skin tones, including darker complexions.” Hadley King, a board certified dermatologist, is a fan of The Everything Oil. “It contains cold pressed, organic prickly pear seed oil, organic avocado oil, organic sweet almond oil and organic aloe vera. These ingredients both hydrate and moisturize, and they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. And it's vegan, organic and cruelty-free and it's formulated without water, alcohol or silicone. It's also a great option for brightening, which is often a plus for dark skin tones. The ingredients work together to brighten the skin by offering antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory properties, increased cell turnover, hydration and increased collagen production. There are no potentially irritating ingredients to lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” Best Vitamin C-infused skincare Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, is a substantial antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and fights UV damage and pigmentation — not to mention helps stave off colds. You can get your Vitamin C from certain foods — or you can wear it on your face. “Formulation, packaging and storage are key here as it oxides quickly when exposed to light,” Perkins said about what readers should keep in mind. Vitamin C can go from useable to dysfunction seemingly overnight. Both Jagdeo and Palep recommended the C E Ferulic serum, which Jagdeo uses for both himself and his clients, and called “the hero product by which the rest of the cosmeceutical industry is measured.” It’s an investment — one Palep said is worth it, as it remains active for multiple days and the included dropper keeps you using precisely how much you need to with little waste. “It’s packed with antioxidants that work great on darker skin tones for brightening and destroying free radicals,” she added. King recommends Schaf Revitalizing Serum, which was formulated specifically for dark spots and fine lines, making it a great fit for dark skin tones. “Vitamin C boosts brightness through its antioxidant properties, hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin, and peptides help stimulate collagen production to diminish fine lines,” she said. It’s also vegan and cruelty free. The ultimate result everyone wants is one thing: Great skin. Skin care is self-care so treat yourself well. 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"Because pores exist everywhere on our bodies, there also exists the possibility for breakouts everywhere on our bodies. (Great!) But some of those pores are more prone to acne than others, like those that are more exposed to sweat, bacteria, oil, inflammation, and other pore-clogging, pimple-causing phenomena — and that includes your chest. I reached out to New York City-based dermatologists Dr. Robyn Gmyrek and Dr. Kenneth Howe to understand what causes chest acne in the first place, and how to get rid of chest acne should you want to treat these breakouts. According to Dr. Gmyrek, chest acne is basically the same thing as facial acne. “When a pore gets clogged by dead skin cells at the opening, sebum gets trapped inside. That creates inflammation, which leads to pimples and an overgrowth of bacteria,” she explains. Also like facial acne, the causes for chest acne are often multi-pronged. Some people have a genetic predisposition to acne, while some might experience hormonal breakouts. But along with biological factors, Dr. Gmyrek says that chest acne can be caused or worsened by excessive sweating, especially while wearing tight-fitting clothing. Occlusive clothing, like sports bras and compression shirts, trap sweat and oil, which leads to more bacteria and inflammation. Et voila: chest acne. Beyond showering ASAP after a workout, you can also use pimple-fighting products to keep chest acne at bay. But be mindful of the products you’re using to treat chest acne, as Dr. Gmyrek warns that “your chest skin is more sensitive to being dried out or irritated by medicated acne products than facial skin.” So if you’re using a concentrated spot treatment, use it sparingly and occasionally so you don’t exacerbate dryness. Dr. Howe adds that the risk of scarring is greater with chest acne, “particularly deeper acne cysts on the central chest" — so whatever you do, don’t pick at your spots. Dr. Howe says those resulting scabs and scars can take months to clear up. And if over-the-counter remedies aren’t working for you, Dr. Howe recommends paying a visit to your dermatologist. “Probably because the area is covered by clothes, a lot of patients neglect getting treatment for their chest,” he says. “But why continue to suffer, when we can clear it up?” That said, there are ways to treat chest acne at home. Start with these five dermatologist-approved products, listed ahead, which can help you prevent, treat, and get rid of chest acne for good. 1. Try A Spray-On Exfoliant Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray $25 | Amazon See on Amazon This Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray contains 2% salicylic acid, a mainstay ingredient for treating acne. But in this formula, soothing and hydrating ingredients like allantoin, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid counteract salicylic acid's drying effects, which might otherwise be too intense for the thin skin on your chest. Dr. Gmyrek points out that this spray can be helpful for treating hard-to-reach back acne, too, since the pump is designed to spray at any angle. "I love this stuff! This is the 3rd time I’ve repurchased it. I get bad breakouts on my shoulders and chest, and this spray clears them up within a few days and doesn’t dry out my skin," commented one satisfied customer. 2. Use An Acne-Fighting Body Wash In The Shower Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash $38 | Amazon See on Amazon If you have mild to moderate chest acne, Dr. Howe recommends using an acne-fighting body wash since they’re so easy to incorporate into your daily routine. (That said, Dr. Howe says that more severe cases of body acne might not respond to foaming cleansers, since they simply aren't left on long enough to thoroughly penetrate skin.) Like the Paula’s Choice body spray, the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash contains 2% salicylic acid, which is the highest percentage of salicylic acid permitted in an over-the-counter product. The formula also contains soothing ingredients like aloe, jojoba esters, and camellia leaf extract to keep dryness and inflammation under control. Dr. Gmyrek suggests using this body wash with a gently exfoliating washcloth or body scrubber to maximize its pore-cleansing powers. 3. Always Apply Sunscreen EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 $24 | Amazon See on Amazon I probably don’t need to tell you that tanning is bad for literally everything to do with your skin, but Dr. Howe specifically warns against tanning as a quick fix for body acne. “That might work for a few weeks,” he says, “but once you’re out of the sun your acne will undergo a rebound flare, and come roaring back even worse. Plus, you’ll have caused lifelong sun damage to your exposed skin.” For sun protection, Dr. Gmyrek swears by EltaMD products for acne-prone skin — they’re lightweight, non-comedogenic, and guard your skin against both UVB and UVA rays (the former are responsible for sunburns, the latter cause sun spots, and both can cause skin cancer). Use EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 on your chest (and the rest of your body) for up to 80 minutes of acne-safe, water-resistant sun protection. The non-greasy formula doesn’t leave behind a white cast, so it works beautifully on all skin tones. 4. Keep Pores Clean With Exfoliating Pads Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads $7 | Amazon See on Amazon Using salicylic acid-soaked treatment pads can be an effective, mess-free, and oddly satisfying way to treat chest acne. These Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads clear away dirt, oil, and other bacteria to treat current acne flare-ups and prevent future breakouts. A word of warning: Since they’re intended for treating facial acne, these pads are highly concentrated and might be too drying for run-of-the-mill chest acne. Reserve them for more severe breakouts, or if you have very oily skin."
"SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#biotech--NanoSurface Biomedical, a leading provider of biomimetic cell-based assay products and services, announced today the launch of the 384-well NanoSurface Plate™, the newest and highest-throughput offering of the NanoSurface Plates™ product line. NanoSurface Plates™ structure cell cultures into physiologically relevant tissue models by providing biomimetic topographic features that emulate the alignment of the native cellular microenvironment. For example, stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte cells can be cultured in NanoSurface Plates™ to create cardiac microtissues for predictive preclinical drug screening. Human stem-cell based assays hold great promise for modeling the safety and efficacy of drugs preclinically. However, these models can fail to properly represent human biology when the in vitro environment does not reproduce essential cues. Conventional glass or plastic cell culture dishes fail to imitate critical aspects of the native cellular microenvironment, resulting in cell cultures that do not adequately resemble the structure or function of native human tissues. NanoSurface Plates™ feature a softer nanopatterned culture surface that mimics the aligned architecture of the native extracellular matrix. Cells on NanoSurface Plates™ exhibit more physiologically representative structural and functional phenotypes. NanoSurface Plates™ can be used to enhance preclinical cell-based assays with a wide variety of cell types, including those with cardiomyocytes, skeletal muscle cells, neurons, migratory cancer cells, and many more. Dr. Nicholas Geisse, Chief Science Officer of NanoSurface Biomedical, will present data highlighting NanoSurface technologies at the scientific podium session “Cellular Technologies - Application of Organ-on-chips and Micro-Physiological Systems” at the annual Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening Conference on Monday, January 27. The focus of the presentation will be on engineering the cell niche to enhance iPSC-derived cardiomyocyte maturity and predictivity in a high-throughput, assay-agnostic manner. “At NanoSurface, we strive to make cells in the dish resemble cells in the body,” said Michael Cho, CEO of NanoSurface Biomedical. “The 384-well NanoSurface Plate™ allows drug developers to culture more physiologically relevant cells and tissues in a high-throughput, reproducible, and scalable format that will enhance their drug screening workflows.” 384-well NanoSurface Plates will be available March 2020. Pre-orders are available today via the NanoSurface contact form. NanoSurface Biomedical will exhibit at SLAS 2020 in Booth 2120. About NanoSurface Biomedical NanoSurface Biomedical is a biotechnology company based in Seattle, WA that develops biomimetic technologies to enhance cell-based assays and accelerate drug development. NanoSurface was founded in 2015. NanoSurface Biomedical Director of Sales & Marketing: Heejoon Choi, 800-913-4403 x702"
"Whether you’re a novice or a grandmaster chess player, you’ll love playing the game on our 2020 Battle for the White House set. Our commemorative chess set spares no detail. Each piece was painstakingly designed for likability and accuracy to enhance your chess-playing experience. Proudly display on a table in your study or office, or give as a coveted gift to someone special."
"Elders Katanning farm supplies merchandise manager Keith Daddow and farm supplies sales person Donna Smith have been jointly recognised for their outstanding performance with the Elders National Sales Performance Award at the annual One Elders Awards in Adelaide. ELDERS Katanning farm supplies sales person Donna Smith and farm supplies merchandise manager Keith Daddow have been jointly recognised for their outstanding performance with the Elders National Sales Performance Award at the annual One Elders Awards in Adelaide. The One Elders Awards recognise employees and teams whose performance and safety outcomes significantly contribute to business results, in addition to demonstrating the values of the pink shirt. This is due in large part to Ms Smith's and Mr Daddow's work on overall sales and significant growth in the Elders Katanning business. "It is such an honour to be nationalally recognised by our great company," Mr Daddow said. Elders said the pair's passion and 'can do' attitude made them "stand out from the pack" and seen them both share this prestigious national award for sales performance. Mr Daddow, who has the gate open at 6.15am (after his morning coffee) to get stuck into be the best he can be for his clients, said "if you love what you do it's an absolute pleasure to come to work". Mr Daddow is a fourth generation Elders man and Katanning born.He came back to the Katanning branch 18 months ago after previously managing the branch in the 1990s. He spoke glowingly of the flow-on effect of Ms Smith's enthusiasm within the branch."Donna is a wonderful person and 2IC at the store," he said. "I draw inspiration from what she and the team have achieved in the past 12 months and it's showing in the growth of the business. "We love our clients and we love coming to work. "The Elders Sales Performance Award is presented to an Elders employee that exemplifies the company's core values of innovation, teamwork, accountability, customer focus and integrity. "Recipients are recognised for their ability to drive safety culture and deliver financial and operational achievements.""
"PANAMA CITY, Fla. — It was a full house at the Panama City Center of the Arts on Saturday morning, as a local artist announced the winners of his annual student art contest. The contest, put on by Paul Brent, is in it’s 28th year, celebrating youth art while also spreading awareness on endangered animals. This year’s contest focused on endangered whales, challenging fourth graders across Bay County to depict the animals through several different mediums. Brent then judges the art and chooses winners from each school in Bay County, but he said seeing all of the art presented shows great creativity among the area’s children as well as dedication by teachers. “We have excellent art work and a great deal is due to both the talent of the young artists and the teachers they have,” said Brent. “The teachers get excited about these projects and as you can see we have very imaginative projects and the teachers provide the materials.” See below for a full list of this year’s winners:"
"Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from LincolnshireLive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Want to do more to help the planet? Retired languages teacher Geoff Jones, 75, of Burton Road in Lincoln, is just the man. He is so dedicated to saving the planet that he hasn't bought clothes for 20 years - and when knobs break on his pot lids, he replaces it with one from a drawer. Now the committed environmentalist has shared his ideas of how people can make a big difference. (Image: UIG via Getty Images) Grow your own fruit and veg Geoff says: "The main message about food is grow your own. If you can't or don't have the space at least buy local and seasonal, ideally organic. "People are used to buying strawberries and tomatoes in the middle of winter, and beans flown in from Kenya, that the pleasure of looking forward to produce coming into season has been lost." Meat is not off the menu Geoff does eat meat, although his wife Hilary is vegetarian. There is widespread concern about the harmful effects of clearing trees from large areas of land to raise livestock to supply the demand for meat. However, Geoff says: "Any meat I buy is locally-sourced, free-range and organic. "For Christmas I buy a pheasant or if there's a house full of guests I get a brace of pheasants for less than £10." "There's enough for a roast, a casserole, and a soup if you boil the bones." Good food does not have to be expensive Geoff says: "There's a fallacy that people cannot afford to buy good quality food. "You could buy a burger and chips but compare that to what you could get from the supermarket or market, particularly if you go at the end of the day when fruit, vegetables and meat are reduced." (Image: Paul Whitelam) Make your own compost at home Geoff says that anyone can make compost for the garden even if they don't have a big garden or allotment. He said: "I do demonstrations of how to make compost from just grass clippings and shredded paper. "I also use a lot of materials like cardboard and trimmings from my garden. "I don't have a green garden waste bin as I compost my garden waste and I put my recycling bin out maybe once every two to three months." Save water in the kitchen Geoff recommends not completely filling the kettle if you're only making one drink. He adds: "If you run the hot tap to get hot water, collect the cold water that comes out first before it gets hot and use this for something else like washing vegetables. "Don't wash up more than once a day. Only use the washing machine once or twice a week." (Image: Paul Whitelam) Turn lights off when you leave a room "This is a simple step towards saving energy," Geoff says. He also suggests switching to LED lightbulbs and not leaving the telly on standby. Cleaning products Geoff believes that having a cupboard full of chemical cleaning products is bad for the environment because they end up in rivers and seas. He said: "We use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda for cleaning worktops and windows and a bottle of bleach lasts us three years. "We also buy environmentally friendly washing up liquid and laundry liquid and Greens does refills of these." Reuse and repair Geoff says: "If something breaks we mend it. Clothes get mended and socks are darned. "If the knob falls off the lid of a pan then you can replace it with a knob off a chest of drawers and secure it with a nut and washer. "You can get your shoes mended at the cobblers. If you wash out a bread bag you can use it again 10 or 20 times. They make good freezer bags. "We also re-use glass jars and bottles." Shopping Geoff said: "Buy secondhand pots and pans and furniture. Charity shops are full of good stuff. "I have not bought any new clothes for 20 years apart from specialist items like walking boots or safety boots." You don't need to go everywhere in the car Geoff rides a bicycle, rides a motorbike and drives a car. He said: "If a journey is less than a mile or two, I walk. If it's two to three miles we cycle and if we are in more of a hurry we go on the motorbike. "The car is only used for longer journeys or if we need to transport bulky materials, and it does 2,000 miles a year at the most.""
"There are times when certain body problems can annoy us to no end because we can't find an obvious fix for them or don't have the kind of time to look for it. However, these issues aren't uncommon and can be easily fixed. So, here's a quick guide to the most common body issues that most men face and here are some simple solutions to them: 1. Chapped Lips © Getty Images Chapped lips are one of those problems that can be very easily overlooked by us. However, amongst all the facial features, the lips are one of the first to get noticed. So, it's always important to keep your lips moisturised so they look and feel healthy. For this, you need to invest in a lip balm that suits your lips. Try Nivea Moisturising lip balm. 2. Body Odour Body odour is natural and something everyone tends to have at the end of a tiring day. However, stingy body odour can, in fact, annoy other people. Here's a tip, instead of a deo, invest in a roll-on that you can keep handy at all times. So, whenever you feel the hint of your stench, you can quickly rush to the washroom, and after two swipes of the roll-on, you'll be as good as new. © Getty Images 3. Itchy Rashes © Getty Images For itchy rashes and painful blisters between the thighs that come from too much friction, gymming, and humid months you can always use a rash cream. While this may strike you as obvious, how many times have you actually gone to get a rash cream at a store? A rash cream takes no time in tackling these blisters leaving your skin as good as new. 4. A Jock Itch © Getty Images A jock itch or itchy balls is something you might face with if you don't have an intimate wash at home that you use regularly or if you don't change your underwear that often. For a natural intimate wash, use natural ingredients like tea tree oil and aloe vera gel that need to be mixed in the ratio of 1:7 respectively. This will soothe down the itch and nix any bacteria build-up. Shop The Story"
"AGRA: An armed man with a criminal background, Subhash Batham, held at least 22 children hostage at his daughter’s birthday party who was later killed in police action in a village located in India’s Uttar Pradesh. Subhash Batham, an accused in a murder case who was out on bail, held at least 22 children hostage after inviting them to his house for a birthday party of his daughter in Kathariya village in Uttar Pradesh’s Farukkhabad. One person was injured in his leg by a gunshot when some of the residents tried to open the door. Later, Batham had also hurled a crude bomb and fired gunshots on villagers and policemen rushed to rescue the children. Some reports said Batham held the children hostages, who were aged between six months and 15 years, for being wrongly framed in a murder case and wanted to pressurise the authorities for dropping the criminal charges against him. A local police officer told media that security personnel took the action with extreme caution in order to ensure the safety of the children locked inside the house. After the overnight stand-off, a special team of trained policemen and commandos killed him in a shoot-out, while two officers were also wounded in the operation. The hostages were rescued by the security team without any injury. According to the reports, Batham’s wife was also killed on Thursday night, after villagers reportedly beat her to death and threw stones at her when she attempted to run away from the scene. Comments comments"
"Authorities in northern India have rescued 23 children after killing a man who held them hostage for nearly 11 hours after inviting them to his home for his daughter's birthday party. Officer Mohit Agarwal said two police officers were injured after the man, identified as Subhash Batham, fired at them on Thursday night as they tried to enter his home in Kasaria village in Uttar Pradesh state. Home Secretary Avanish Awasthi said Batham's wife was also killed in the exchange of gunfire. Efforts to negotiate Batham's surrender had failed, police said. Agarwal said he was a suspect in a murder case and had been freed on bail by a court. The incident occurred in Farrukhabad, a small town 300 kilometres southwest of Lucknow, the state capital. The motive for Batham taking the children hostage was not immediately known. Agarwal said he was drunk when the police encounter occurred."
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