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Indian mens archery team bags Olympic quota women misfire

first_imgDen Bosch (The Netherlands): Indian men’s recurve archery team secured the Olympic quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games by storming into the quarterfinals of the World Championships but there was heartbreak in store for the fancied women’s side here on Wednesday. The men’s team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav put up a superlative show, posting a 5-3 win over Canada to secure three-athlete quota for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAt the 2016 Rio Olympics, India had an individual entry in Das, who had made a prequarter-final exit. “We finally made it. We are gelling well as a team and looking forward to Tokyo now. This is the moment to keep going for 2020,” two-time Olympian Rai, a member of the London Olympics, said. But it turned out to be a day of contrasting fortunes for the women’s recurve team as senior archer Laishram Bombayla Devi misfired once, while Komalika Bari exposed her inexperience costing them the match 2-6 against lower-seeded Belarus. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesThe women’s team will have a last chance in 2020 World Cup Stage III in Berlin where top three in the secondary tournament will grab the final Olympic quotas. Blaming luck, the three-time Olympian Bombayla said: “In practice, I was shooting well but there was misfortune and something happened during the competition and I misfired. It could have been an easy win. We will try our best next time.” Bombayla’s misfire meant India shot a poor 43 against Belarus’ 52 in the first set. In the second set, Bombayla and Komalika shot 3 and 5 and it proved too much for Deepika Kumari, as they lost 44-52 to trail 0-4. The trio finally came good in the third set winning it 53-51 to make it 4-2 but Karyna Kazlouskaya, Karyna Dziominskaya, Hanna Marusava sealed the issue 6-2 with a 53-51 win in the fourth set. Indian team in the women’s compound section, which is a non-Olympic category, entered the quarterfinals with a commanding 236-226 win over France. Led by Muskan Kirar’s outstanding display, India women’s compound team (2099 points) finished third in the ranking round behind Colombia (2111) and Korea (2101) and advanced directly into the pre-quarters. The 19-year-old from Jabalpur shot 54 perfect arrows which included 24 times X (closest to the centre) for an overall score of 701 points over the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round. Having finished in the top-eight, Muskan Kirar got a bye into the round of 32 in the individual section. 29th seed Abhishek Verma, Bhagwan Das (35th) and Rajat Chauhan (88th) of men’s, and Jyothi Surekha Vennam (17th) of women’s advanced to the round three in the compound section. India also remained in the medal fray in the compound mixed pair event where Verma and Muskan entered directly into last-16 with a top eight finish in the ranking round. India face Germany in the compound mixed pair pre-quarterfinals. Compound men’s team, who got a 14th place in the ranking, defeated their Spanish opponents 235-229 in the first round but only to end their campaign after losing to third seeded Turkey 234-238.last_img read more

The Globe and Mail leads 2017 National Newspaper Award nominations

first_imgTORONTO – The Globe and Mail has received the most nominations for the 2017 National Newspaper Awards, with 18 entries on the list of finalists.The Toronto Star was next with 12 nominations while Montreal’s La Presse nabbed eight.The Edmonton Journal and Winnipeg Free Press each earned three nominations, while The Canadian Press, the London Free Press, the National Post, the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver Sun/Province received two each.Seven other organizations received one nomination apiece.In all, the NNA Awards office announced on Monday 63 nominations in 21 categories, selected from 881 entries for work published in 2017.The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 4. Winners will receive $1,000.Here are the nominees:Arts and Entertainment: Eric Andrew-Gee, Globe and Mail, for an attempt to reconstruct the disputed and tangled Indigenous heritage of renowned Canadian author Joseph Boyden; Robert Cribb and Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star, for exposing the profits earned by ticket resellers manipulating sales for concerts by some of the world’s most popular performers; Stephanie Nolen, Globe and Mail, for reporting on how Canadian writer Alberto Manguel was faring as director of Argentina’s national library.Beat Reporting: Sean Fine, justice reporter for the Globe and Mail, for an examination of Canada’s judicial system after time limits on criminal proceedings were imposed by the Supreme Court; Marina Strauss, who covers retailing for the Globe and Mail, for a package of stories that included coverage of the demise of Sears Canada and internal strife at Tim Hortons; Caroline Touzin, La Presse, for stories on the health beat, including a report on the dangers posed by sugary, high-alcohol drinks that are popular with young people in Quebec.Breaking News: Bryan Passifiume, Calgary Herald/Calgary Sun, for coverage of a raging wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park; Globe and Mail team, for coverage of the killing of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the Quebec City suburb of Ste-Foy; La Presse team, for reporting on an attack by a white supremacist on the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec in Ste-Foy that left six worshippers dead.Business: Robert Cribb and Marco Chown Oved, Toronto Star, for reports revealing that Canada is a tax haven for foreigners looking to hide their money; Nicholas Keung, Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Jennifer Wells, Jim Rankin and Kelsey Wilson, Toronto Star, for a series on the use of temporary migrant workers in Canada’s food industry; Grant Robertson and Tom Cardoso, Globe and Mail, for uncovering the fact that at least $1 billion in fines for securities violations have gone unpaid and unenforced by regulators across the country.Columns: Lawrence Martin, Globe and Mail; Melissa Martin, Winnipeg Free Press; Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal.Editorial Cartooning: Serge Chapleau, La Presse; Bruce MacKinnon, Halifax Chronicle Herald; Malcolm Mayes, Edmonton Journal.Editorials: Jackson Doughart, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal; Tony Keller, Globe and Mail; Christina Spencer, Ottawa Citizen.Explanatory Work: Kate Allen, Toronto Star, for a story that looked at the effects of climate change not on humans, but on other residents of this planet, from bumblebees to shrubs; Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, for exploring the grizzly bear trophy hunt from multiple perspectives including locals, researchers, First Nations, politicians, environmentalists and tourism operators; Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star, for delving into whether an imam who came under attack for anti-Semitic remarks had actually said what he had been accused of saying.Feature Photo: Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press, for a photo of a Canada Summer Games volunteer wearing a ballcap adorned with collectible pins; Ashley Fraser, Ottawa Citizen/Ottawa Sun, for an image of a surfer on a foggy day; Olivier Jean, La Presse, for a photograph of a beehive being fumigated.International: Isabelle Hachey, La Presse, for a series of stories about the war in Syria; Stephanie Nolen, Globe and Mail, for stories about suicide, political crisis and desperation in South America; Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, for stories about torture and corruption in Asia.Investigations: Robyn Doolittle, Globe and Mail, for “Unfounded,” which revealed how frequently police forces across the country concluded that sexual assault allegations, even in cases with seemingly strong evidence, did not warrant the laying of charges, or even further investigation; Isabelle Hachey, Yvon Laprade, Gabrielle Duchaine and Agnes Gruda, La Presse, for “Le Montréal sans-papiers,” an in-depth look at the precarious and clandestine lives of refugees and their families who try to survive in Montreal, a so-called sanctuary city, without legal status; Sara Mojtehedzadeh and Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star, for “Undercover in Temp Nation,” an investigation into how immigrant workers and other temporary employees risked life and limb in a Toronto bakery.Local Reporting: Grant LaFleche, St. Catharines Standard, for a series of stories on the impact of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest; Randy Richmond, London Free Press, for exposing scandalous conditions and mismanagement at a local detention centre; Amy Smart, Victoria Times Colonist, for a series that delved into barriers that still exist for individuals wanting to take advantage of medical assistance in dying.Long Feature: Katie Daubs, Toronto Star, for the profile of a man who chronicled Canada’s roadside attractions on the internet; Richard Warnica, National Post, for an in-depth profile of Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant that explains why its subject can’t seem to stop himself from going too far; Jesse Winter, Toronto Star, for tracing the heartbreaking story of a man, raped as a child by his uncle, who was failed by family, friends, governments and the justice system.News Photo: Darryl Dyck, Canadian Press, for an image of a mother clutching her eight-year-old daughter at the charred remains of their remote First Nations home after a forest fire; Ian Willms, Globe and Mail, for a photograph of an asylum seeker from Nigeria fleeing to Canada on a cold, dark night; Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun, for a picture of congregants mourning three members of their church who had been killed when a thief fleeing police crashed into a passing minivan.Photo Portfolio/Essay: Todd Korol, Globe and Mail, for an essay looking at the life of rodeo cowboys following the suicide of a bull rider; Martin Tremblay, La Presse, for an essay documenting the story of refugees crossing the border shortly after the election of Donald Trump left them feeling threatened down south; Ian Willms, Globe and Mail, for an essay on 22 asylum seekers who crossed into Canada near the town of Emerson, Man.Politics: David Akin and Chris Selley, National Post, for coverage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s secret visit to a private island owned by the Aga Khan; Robert Cribb, Marco Chown Oved and Alex Boutilier, Toronto Star, for a series that revealed where politics and the offshore tax-haven industry intersect in Canada; Noor Javed and Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, for reports on dysfunction at the York Region Public School Board.Presentation: Jeremy Agius and Matthew French, Globe and Mail; Patrick Bertrand, Henri Michaud and Benoit Dussault, Le Journal de Montreal; Toronto star team.Project of the Year: Dan Fumano and Matt Robinson, Vancouver Sun, for an investigation into the case of Phillip Tallio, who still maintained his innocence after 34 years of incarceration for the murder of a child; Jane Sims, Morris Lamont and Brice Hall, London Free Press, for “27 Minutes,” which documented how a woman improbably ended up alive and well after being submerged in ice-cold water for almost half an hour after a car accident; Doug Speirs and Ruth Bonneville, Winnipeg Free Press, for “Class of 2017,” a 13-year journey to document the major and minor milestones of childhood and adolescence for a group of children born in the year 2000.Short Feature: Marcus Gee, Globe and Mail, for explaining what the death of a small-city newspaper would really mean for that community; Ingrid Peritz, Globe and Mail, for recounting the devastating experience of a man who survived the Quebec mosque shootings; Philippe Teisceira-Lessard, La Presse, for illuminating the lives of a farm couple as they sadly abandoned their life’s work.Sports: Steve Buist, Hamilton Spectator, for “Collision Course,” a series of stories that explored the impact of concussions on retired Canadian football players; Marty Klinkenberg, Globe and Mail, for reporting on the aftermath of the suicide of a young Canadian bull rider; Sunaya Sapurji, the Athletic, for “Grassroots to Gold,” a series comparing how countries other than Canada develop their hockey players.Sports Photo: Nathan Denette, Canadian Press, for a shadowy image of a tennis star making a shot; Michael Robinson, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, for a shot of a basketball player desperately lunging to keep the ball in bounds; Andrew Francis Wallace, Toronto Star, for a photograph of a rugby player with a badly mangled finger.last_img read more

Dramatic dance work The Golden Penis offers feminist outlook on contemporary masculinity

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “I always saw myself as this nice, gentle guy who would go slowly in a relationship, but I realize I was doing that with the goal of being rewarded with sex. I would get angry if, after putting a great deal of work into a relationship, the girl would friend me instead of rewarding me with sex and that made me angry.“That is such a revolting attitude to take when going into any relationship. It’s deceitful. It’s manipulative. This kind of attitude is at the basis of male privilege because it means I feel I am entitled to sex from every relationship I put any effort into.”Ikeda says he learned another important lesson recently when he talked to a female artist he knows in Calgary. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Calgary dancer and choreographer Mark Kunji Ikeda has taken off his blinders.Ikeda feels he has spent his adult life perpetuating the dark undercurrents of male privilege and rape culture, and has created a dance and theatre piece called The Golden Penis which he hopes will help others open their eyes and ears as he has.“I never considered myself sexist or misogynistic, but when I began talking recently with some male and female friends I realized I held so many negative views and feelings as far as women go,” says Ikeda. Twitterlast_img read more

Elderly Moroccan Mohamed Ez Zioui Dies in Sicily Building Collapse

Rabat – Firefighters found the body of Mohammed Ez Zioui, a 73-year-old Moroccan man, under the ruins of a building that came down when a gas cylinder exploded on Tuesday in the town of Delia in Sicily, Italy, reported Canicatti Web on Wednesday.Building Collapse Sicily, ItalySeguo News said his body is likely going to be buried in Morocco. Having lived in the village for 30 years, Ez Zioui was known as “Giovanni.” He used to sell bracelets, lighters, and watches.Read Also: Italian President Honors Moroccan Man for Saving Italian Doctor’s LifeEz Zioui, a widower who two sons no longer lived with him, was alone at home when the cylinder exploded.Mayor Gianfilippo Bancheri called the accident “a real tragedy that has left no one indifferent in the town.” read more

Efforts on to rope in Indian fishermen for Katchatheevu festival

Speaking after a co-ordination meeting held here in connection with the festival, he said Sri Lankan refugees would not be allowed to attend the annual event which is attended by both Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.He said officials from Navy, Coast Guard, Revenue and police departments participated in the coordination meeting chaired by Revenue Divisional Officer Ramapradeepan. He said that ID cards were necessary and laptops and cameras would not be allowed into the islet. (Colombo Gazette) Though India ceded Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka through treaties in 1974 and 1976, pilgrims from the country are allowed to take part in the annual church festival in the islet. Around 4,000 pilgrims from India attended the festival last year. As Rameswaram fishermen continued their protest and stuck to their boycott decision demanding release of boats seized by Sri Lanka, an official said efforts were being made to persuade them to provide vessels for taking pilgrims to Katchatheevu for the annual church festival, the Press Trust of India reported.The fishermen would be persuaded to give 100 boats for taking the pilgrims for the St.Antony Church festival on February 20 and 21, Co-Ordinator of the festival Sahayaraj told reporters in Rameswaram on Wednesday. The fishermen from Rameswaram and several other places have decided to boycott the festival demanding release of the boats seized by Sri Lanka. They have also staged a fast. read more

President claims he does not interfere in appointments

He said that even when he was the Health Minister he did not direct anyone on the transfers of doctors or nurses. Sirisena rejected the claims and insisted that even the he does not even make telephone calls to any Minister on Ministry appointments. President Maithripala Sirisena claims he does not interfere in any Ministry appointments.The President says he has been accused of directing Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne on some key appointments. “I had said that the respective heads of departments must address those issues and that it does not involve me,” he said.The President said that he believes Ministers should be allowed to ensure the Ministries under them and the services they offer operate smoothly. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US to provide 39 million in military financing for Sri Lanka

In Singapore the Secretary outlined the security pillar of the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy and announced nearly $300 million in additional funding intended for South and Southeast Asia. US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo had traveled to Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia recently for bilateral and multilateral meetings to advance the security of the United States and the region, and to underscore our support for a rules-based order, reaffirm our commitment to friends and allies, and demonstrate the robust engagement in the Indo-Pacific. The US Department of State said that it will provide approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval.“We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,” the US Embassy in Colombo said. US Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert had said earlier that the funding represents a significant investment in the US security relationships with Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Pacific islands, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and others.“The investment focuses on four key areas that are critical to ensuring a free, open, and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region. This includes maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response, also peacekeeping capabilities and countering transnational crime. As part of the maritime security theme, we launched the Bay of Bengal Initiative to help enhance the capacity of civilian and military maritime actors in this vital region, which is home to important sea lanes linking the Indian Ocean to East Asia.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Deep Panuke offshore project gets authorization to begin flowing natural gas

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 10:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Deep Panuke offshore project gets authorization to begin flowing natural gas HALIFAX – The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has given Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) the green light to start the flow of natural gas from the Deep Panuke offshore natural gas project.In a statement Friday, the federal-provincial regulator said the Calgary-based energy giant can begin shipping gas to its production field centre offshore and ultimately to market.The board said it issued the authorization after reviewing the company’s readiness for operations and receiving assurances that the facilities are suited for the work and personnel are properly trained.The authorization means the energy giant can start the flow of natural gas, but it’s not clear when that will happen.“From our perspective, this is probably one of their last major hurdles,” said Steve Bigelow, executive adviser for the board. “It’s Encana that’s got the final call now on exactly when they’ll proceed with first gas.”A spokesperson with Encana was not available for comment.The project has been plagued by delays since it received regulatory approval in 2007 and was initially supposed to go into production by late 2010.Encana put the development on hold temporarily in January while an investigation was carried out into why an electrical fire broke out on a production platform off the coast of Nova Scotia, causing the evacuation of 46 people.Dutch-based SBM Offshore, which owns and operates the platform on behalf of Encana, said last fall that natural gas wouldn’t begin flowing until prior to June 30.The province has said it stands to receive between $50 million and $300 million in royalties over Deep Panuke’s forecasted lifespan of 13 years.In its authorization, the board said Lloyd’s Registry also certified that the facilities are fit, are in compliance with regulations and can be operated without polluting the environment.The board said it will conduct an ongoing program to monitor regulatory compliance for the production phase of the project.Deep Panuke is located about 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax. read more

Canadian dollar treks higher as key commodities lift inflation steady

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar got a boost Friday on higher commodities prices while the latest figures on inflation held steady.The loonie finished up 0.92 of a U.S. cent to 79.50 cents after Statistics Canada reported February inflation data showed lower gas prices offset higher prices for nearly everything else.The federal agency said the consumer price index rose 1.0 per cent in February compared with a year earlier, mostly as a result of lower fuel prices. Gasoline prices were 21.8 per cent lower in February compared with the previous year, while fuel oil tumbled 23.4 per cent, the report said.Statistics Canada also reported that retail sales fell for the second consecutive month in January, dropping 1.7 per cent to $41.4 billion. Excluding sales at gasoline stations, retail sales were down 0.8 per cent.“Canadian inflation figures look weak, largely because of depressed oil prices, but the Bank of Canada is keen to stress the economy won’t see deflation,” said Dennis de Jong, managing director at UFX.com in a note.“However, the pressure is now firmly on the board to consider readjusting its neutral policy with sluggish retail sales also of concern.”In commodities, the April crude contract in New York, which expired on Friday, rose $1.76 to US$45.72 a barrel.Metals were higher with the April gold bullion contract ahead $15.60 to US$1,184.60 an ounce and the May copper contract soaring 10.1 cents to US$2.76 a pound.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter Canadian dollar treks higher as key commodities lift, inflation steady by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2015 7:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Recital series to showcase student talent

The stage is set for the stars of Brock’s Department of Music to shine.Student talent will be highlighted during a month-long recital series that begins Friday, March 2.The inaugural performance will feature violinist Jessica Tigchelaar, a second-year student, accompanied by Luis Molina on the piano. The show will take place at the Concordia Seminary Chapel on campus, where half of the recitals will take place. The remaining shows will happen at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.The series will feature Brock’s most talented performers, who enrol in recital courses for credit following a rigorous audition process.Details for the following performances are available at the respective links:   Friday, March 2: Jessica Tigchelaar and Luis Molina   Monday, March 5: Rebecca Heathcote and Karen Lam   Friday, March 9: Alyssa Shanghavi and Gary Forbes   Monday, March 19: Ryan Baxter   Saturday, March 24: Jesse Luciani   Sunday, March 25: Eric Godfree   Monday, March 26: William Sadler and Lesley Kingham  Monday, April 2: Luis MolinaFourth-year pianist Luis Molina accompanies Jessica Tigchelaar on stage Friday, March 2. Molina then has his own solo performance Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. read more

Real Good You Guys Kyle Kallgren and Brows Held High

first_imgStay on target I don’t really like art house movies. I tend to be a concrete thinker with a tendency towards escapism, so I gravitate towards goofy genres more than anything with complex thematic abstraction. However, while I don’t like art house films, thanks to Kyle Kallgren I can appreciate them.Kallgren produces a YouTube series called Brows Held High. Like many movie-focused YouTube channels, Brows Held High explores older movies known for being very strange. Unlike most of those channels (many of which I also love, like Brad Jones, Diamanda Hagan, and of course RedLetterMedia), Kallgren focuses on serious, artistic films rather than schlock. And, instead of focusing on bizarre humor (though there’s still plenty of it), he focuses on serious analysis. And his videos are really, really interesting because of it.Derek Jarmon’s Blue is just a weird “film” that only shows the color blue? Well, yes. But as Jarmon’s last film it was also an expression of the blindness he was experiencing from AIDS-related complications at the end of his life. And the very color blue is historically a luxurious novelty, since blue as a pigment was incredibly rare and expensive until the last century or two, making the long, deep saturation of vivid indigo itself the portrayal of something we currently take for granted but was once as precious as gold or platinum.Anna Biller’s The Love Witch is a visually lush movie that evokes filmmaking from the 1960s and 70s with its use of color and staging, and at first glance it seems to be a passionate homage to exploitative genre schlock. It isn’t, and Kallgren goes into great detail of the subtle, deep feminist themes of the film, and how nearly all of the apparent visual shout-outs to genre films of the time are actually much more direct, precise references to different movies. And how the running theme in the film, and all of the movies it references, aren’t about the titillation of the female form, but of the expression of femininity as a concept worthy of character study and not simply as something to be held as a contrast to masculinity.Yes, Kallgren talks about social concepts including feminism, and how different works of art explore them. Either deal with it or don’t watch. Art is fundamentally tied to the views of the artist and the time and place in which the art was produced.He also goes into painstaking detail of over a dozen Shakespeare adaptations, from Ran to West Side Story to 10 Things I Hate About You, exploring how each one deals with the source material through the lens of the filmmakers and the world around them. And wow, do the works of Shakespeare get taken in wildly different directions.Kallgren doesn’t limit himself to “art house” or “important” or “literary adaptation” films. Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension isn’t just a cult classic, it’s a blueprint for the evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the interconnected references between comics and films we now take for granted. And Polygon’s Monster Factory isn’t just a funny look at glitches, it’s an exploration of finding art in a medium by thoroughly breaking it, a process filmmakers, playwrights, musicians, and animators have all explored in their own works as their media evolve.Brows Held High has helped me appreciate a wide swath of films I wouldn’t have otherwise paid any attention to. Kallgren is insightful and informative, with an extensive knowledge of the scholarly aspect of film history and critique, and that comes through in his videos. What is so easy to write off as artsy for artsiness sake becomes deeply interesting thanks to Kallgren’s ability to give context for exactly what a weird shot was taken or a strange line was read. I’m still not going to seek out art house films on my own, but Kallgren has helped me understand and respect them in ways I hadn’t considered from my concrete, surface perception of them. By the way, he’s also on Patreon, if you want to support this kind of entertaining analysis.He’s real good you guys. Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory.The Senate narrowly passed the legislation on a party-line vote, 51-48, after midnight with protesters interrupting with chants of “kill the bill, don’t kill us” and Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly calling for order. Upon passage, Republicans cheered, with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin among them.The early morning vote came hours after the GOP rammed the bill through the House, 227-203. But it wasn’t the final word in Congress because of one last hiccup.Three provisions in the bill, including its title, violated Senate rules, forcing the Senate to vote to strip them out. So the massive bill was hauled back across the Capitol for the House to vote again on Wednesday, and Republicans have a chance to celebrate again.Hours earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has worked years toward the goal of revamping the tax code, gleefully pounded the gavel on the House vote. GOP House members roared and applauded as they passed the $1.5 trillion package that will touch every American taxpayer and every corner of the U.S. economy, providing steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, and more modest help for middle- and low-income families.last_img read more

The Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance And Maritme Security Summit 2015

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security, conference Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour, 26 Mar 2015 – The Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Conference 2015 was convened at the Melia Nassau Beach this week. This is the third year for the security conference which was cohosted by The Ministry of National Security and The Royal Bahama Defence Force. Conference organizer, Mr. Alexander Stephenson, stated that “CABSEC 15 seeks to promote regional cooperation and the exchange of information in order to combat transnational organized crime and to enhance security throughout the Caribbean Basin”. The Minister of National Security, Hon Dr. Bernard Nottage, addressed the conference on Wednesday morning where he appraised panelists and delegates of the government-backed Sandy Bottom project, a major financial investment and capital development project, designed to ensure that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is well equipped to provide effective maritime dominance for the security of Bahamas territorial waters. Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Tellis Bethel, also addressed the conference where he spoke on the modernization and decentralization process currently underway at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Captain Bethel stated that important keys to regional security include transformational leadership, government support and regional partnerships. Other notable attendees included: Ambassador Secretary of Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States, His Excellency Adam Blackwell, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union, Her Excellency Paola Amadei, High Commissioner of Canada to the Bahamas, His Excellency Robert Ready, Commodore Hans Lodder, Commander Netherland Force in the Caribbean/Director Dutch Caribbean. Countries and territories represented at this year’s CABSEC meeting were: Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, and Dominican Republic. Delegates from: Barbados, Curacao, Germany and Mexico were also in attendance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

ALERT 31 – HURRICANE IRMA – 12AM UPDATE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – ……IRMA MAKING LANDFALL ON THE CAMAGUEY ARCHIPELAGO OF CUBA AS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE……HURRICANE WARNINGS FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS EXCLUDING RAGGED ISLAND HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.    HENCE THE ALL CLEAR HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS, LONG CAY AND SAMANA CAY.HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND RAGGED ISLAND.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, AND RAGGED ISLAND.  A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS. AT 11:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.1 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 77.7 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 110 MILES WEST OF RAGGED ISLAND, 120 MILES SOUTH OF MAR BAY ANDROS AND 201 MILES SOUTH OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 13 MPH. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED BY LATE SATURDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF IRMA SHOULD MOVE NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA THROUGH SATURDAY, NEAR THE FLORIDA KEYS SUNDAY MORNING, AND THEN NEAR THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA SUNDAY AFTERNOON.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 160 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.    IRMA IS ONCE AGAIN A CATEGORY FIVE (5) HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES FROM THE CENTER.TROPICAL STORM WINDS ARE NOW OCCURRING OVER ANDROS, LONG ISLAND, EXUMA, RAGGED ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR AND RUM CAY.    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BEGIN IN NEW PROVIDENCE BY 1AM.EXTENSIVE TO SEVERE FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES.THE COMBINATION OF DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND LARGE DESTRUCTIVE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 15 TO 20 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE NEAR THE EYE OF HURRICANE IRMA.    RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST ARE ASKED TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND INLAND.  SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT 03:00AM SATURDAY.ISSUED BY:  SHAYVONNE MOXEY-BONAMY Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Tedesco pleased to see hard work pay off in Schalke win

first_imgSchalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco was pleased to see his side’s efforts rewarded with a 2-0 win over Galatasaray on TuesdayGoals from Guido Burgstaller and Mark Uth sealed the win for Schalke and gave them a four-point cushion over third place Galatasaray.With two games left in Group D, Schalke is now in a strong position to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.And Tedesco credited the team’s preparations as key to Tuesday’s crucial win at the Veltins-Arena.“I am very happy for my team, as they work so hard,” Tedesco told the club website.“We have worked on scoring goals and creating chances a lot in training. We did some drills with the ice hockey goals, whereby the players had to score from crosses.“The main thing in training was ensuring that we were creating enough chances, something which I can directly influence.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“You must come up with simple plans to stop poor runs – just like ours at the start of this season.“I think you can start believing in yourself and relying on your teammates after more and more wins.”Following a poor start to their Bundesliga campaign, Schalke have now won their last three matches.“We are going in the right direction, winning games and have some real confidence now,” added Tedesco.“After our poor run, we have learnt not to drop off – not in training, or on the pitch, otherwise you will have no chance in the Bundesliga.”The Royal Blues will travel to Portugal to face-off with Group D leaders FC Porto in their next Champions League fixture on November 28.last_img read more

CA State Senator Ben Hueso on latest updates to Coronado Bridge

first_imgCA State Senator Ben Hueso on latest updates to Coronado Bridge January 25, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Safety is a constant concern when it comes to the famous Coronado Bridge.California State Senator Ben Hueso joined us on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the latest measures being taken to ensure safety for all. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out

first_img 0 “I’ll be here for you I’ll — I’ll be here for you…” Netflix After a few teasing images, producers have released Black Mirror season 5’s individual episode trailers ahead of the season premiere. The new season of Charlie Brooker’s dark anthology debuts exclusively on streaming service Netflix on June 5.SmithereensStarring: Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, Topher Grace.A cab driver with an agenda holds a businessman hostage as the cabbie’s life quickly spins out of control. 1:47 Culture TV and Movies Tags Rachel, Jack and Ashley TooStarring: Miley Cyrus, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport.A lonely teenager longs to be friends with her favorite pop star. But the celebrity’s television persona doesn’t necessarily reflect reality. Netflix drops trailer for Black Mirror season 5center_img Share your voice Post a comment Fans say the Black Mirror series, a Netflix Original which started in 2011, has pushed boundaries from the beginning. In suspenseful standalone episodes, the show focuses on how technology has transformed our lives and the potential repercussions. Past episodes have played with the darker sides of social media, robots and voice assistants. The last we saw of Black Mirror was Bandersnatch, a choose-your-own-adventure interactive movie. Devotees watched it over and over, wondering how many endings were possible.  Striking VipersStarring: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Ludi Lin.A husband, struggling to conceive a child with his wife, reunites with an estranged college friend. The choice may’ve been a mistake.  Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Councilman Nick Mosby Joins Baltimore Mayoral Race

first_imgBaltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (Facebook Photo)Baltimore – Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, D-Dist. 7, announced his plans to run for mayor via The Baltimore Sun on Saturday, Oct. 24. He told The Sun he planned to make the announcement official at a campaign event scheduled for the next day at Madison Park North on North Avenue. In the interview, Mosby said he was the “transformative” leader that the city needs – able to work effectively in the boardroom or in the streets.Mosby is married to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. He joins another councilman, Carl Stokes, as well as former Mayor Sheila Dixon and state Sen. Catherine Pugh in the race for the mayor’s office.Earlier Saturday, Dixon opened her new Station North headquarters. After being escorted into the building by members of the marching band City Wide Goal Stars and speaking with 50 or more supporters, Dixon spoke with media gathered at the event. She said her experience sets her apart from the other candidates.“Right now, we’re at a crucial stage in the city and it needs someone experienced who can hit the ground running, who can get within the city government, get our agencies back up and functioning,” she said. “We can’t take the time to give people a learning curve; we can’t afford it.”Dixon said the 1701 N. Charles St. location of her campaign office is ideal because it’s easy to get to from all parts of the city.“I’ve always tried to have it in the center of the city so that people can get access from the east side, the west side, southwest,” she said. “Here was a good place because the arts district is a really phenomenal community and area where there’s so much going on, people making a commitment, small businesses are being developed in this area.“We’re now on the line where if [there is] someone who doesn’t have transportation, they can take the circulator to get here if they want to come up and volunteer. Of course, you have the bus line on North Avenue.”She said she also planned to open satellite offices throughout the city. She already has one in Canton and said she would be adding offices on York Road and in Park Heights.last_img read more

Apple Must Ditch the MacBook Butterfly Switch to Regain Trust

first_img Author Bio Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Henry T. Casey, oncenter_img As Apple rolled out its new MacBook Pros in May, I scanned its press release for one word, and one word only: keyboard. Completely absent from the announcement, Apple’s troubled keyboard switches have become the elephant in the room that even the company doesn’t want to acknowledge.But those who read about the new MacBook Pros throughout the tech press, including here at Laptop Mag, found a message that wasn’t fit for Apple’s own announcement. The company made a change to the material in the mechanism to make the Butterfly keyboard more reliable, a change that Apple didn’t detail for reporters.A lack of answersSo, what is this mysterious change that’s supposed to stop keys from getting stuck or creating double-clicks? Tech dissectors iFixit used Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy – shining an infrared light and measuring the amount of light absorbed – to figure out the materials.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-macbooks-need-new-keyboards?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The new keys feature a new switch cover, with the 2018 material likely being a kind of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, a kind of plastic), and the 2019 material matching polyamide, which is known as nylon. Unfortunately, the firm couldn’t deduce how this would help. Also, the metal dome in the switch, which could contribute to key failures, may have changed.All those maybes and could haves you’ve seen above don’t need to be there, though, as iFixit didn’t need to be the ones to try and fathom the new keys. Apple’s decision not to explain the change fully doesn’t help me want to invest in a new MacBook, something I’ll need to do sooner or later (my MacBook Pro is from 2012).Should we trust this new keyboard?The Butterfly-style switch – notorious over the years for failures and spawning class-action lawsuits – has created a serious problem: distrust in Apple.iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens hopped on the phone with me to help break it down, telling me, “we don’t know what [Apple’s] failure determination is, we know they’re unreliable, that there are two failure modes: with keys sticking or clicks not registering.””Having something as important as a keyboard be so divisive is untenable for a product with only a single vendor,” said iMore editor-in-chief Rene Ritchie.While Ritchie notes that “Some people prefer the feel of the new keyboard, others hate it,” and that “This alone should prompt changes, any and all issues aside.”Apple may not have told us what’s improved in the keyboard, but Wiens is ready to give them some credit: “I would imagine they made the changes for a good reason, that they think it will improve the reliability, so my expectation is that it will improve the reliability,” Wiens said, before strongly emphasizing the word “somewhat.””Will it fix the issue completely?” he asked, almost rhetorically, “I kinda doubt it.” “Having something as important as a keyboard be so divisive is untenable for a product with only a single vendor.” — Renee Ritchie, iMore editor-in-chiefI’ve heard too many horror stories to disagree, as I often recoil when I see the butterfly keys.When asked if Apple’s lost the public’s trust on this topic, Wiens told me “I think so, it sure seems like, this is attempt number 4, after their previous three attempts where they said ‘it’s fixed now.’ — yeah, I am skeptical.”When I asked Mr. Ritchie about the switch’s reputation, he said that while the amount of MacBook keyboard problems could be higher than we know, the increased “negative sentiment” may be induced by “clickbait and social pile on.”MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands”Either way,” Ritchie said, “the butterfly keyboard brand has been damaged to the point it may no longer be viable or worth salvaging. “These keys are even pushing users away from Apple’s ecosystem: “Everyone I’m talking to is talking about whether they’re going to skip to the Dell XPS line,” Wiens said, before revealing that he “just bought a HP Elitebook 1050 G1, and it’s been great.”A bit surprised that he switched (I couldn’t), I asked if he’d been using a Mac before. “I had a 2012 MacBook Pro, which I still think is the best MacBook Pro they’ve ever made.”How can Apple reverse course?When asked if a new keyboard (such as the switches in Apple’s Magic Keyboard) would fix things for him, Wiens disagreed.”It would take more than that,” he said. “We rate these things on our repairability scale, and these MacBooks are getting a 1 out of 10, so I’ve got lots of other problems with the design, in addition to the keyboard.””What’s crazy about this is no one else in the world is having problems with keyboards, this is something that the industry solved thirty years ago.”— Kyle Wiens, iFixit CEOWiens agreed with me, though, that “in terms of the keyboard recommendation, it would take a different mechanical design.” This is why I read the Apple press release looking for the word “keyboard,” as Apple will need to switch from the Butterfly keys for me to be comfortable recommending MacBooks again.This all feels insane. As Wiens told me, “What’s crazy about this is no one else in the world is having problems with keyboards, this is something that the industry solved 30 years ago.””Apple has consistently told its designers ‘don’t worry about repairability, it’s fine’ and that attitude needs to change,” Wiens said, noting “Apple’s got smart engineers and designers, they could figure out a way to make these things repairable and not increase the thickness. They’ve just chosen not to.”What should you do?My mom needs a new laptop and she wants a MacBook, and I’m having trouble recommending one. Even though I’ve never, personally, found a failing keyboard in a MacBook I was using, I don’t feel comfortable — after everything I’ve seen and read — recommending that she buy one. Apple says it’s trying to cut down repair times to “next day” turnaround, but even that’s too long if you need your laptop.The current MacBook Airs don’t even have the new and tweaked keyboard, instead featuring the previous generation of the switch. So, I’m doing something that disgusts some of my colleagues: recommend that my mom buy the pre-Retina MacBook Air, which has the old, trustworthy keyboard — and an ever-aging 5th Gen Intel processor (PCs are up to the 10th generation).Most people facing this situation would do what Mr. Wiens did: switch to a PC. I tried to do so last year, and found that I just couldn’t stomach switching to Windows, even with the very-similar Huawei MateBook X Pro.MORE: 2019 MacBook Pro Unveiled: 9th Gen Intel CPUs, New Butterfly Keys”Rumor has it the next MacBook Pro redesign has an all new keyboard with new switches, so a lot of the current angst around the long-term fallout of any of this may be short lived,” said Ritche. For all of our sakes, I hope he’s right.I also hope my 7-year-old MacBook Pro lasts to see its 8th birthday this fall, when Apple would likely roll out a new model. If it bites the dust before then, I’ve got a hard decision to make. Credit: Laptop Mag; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Henry T. Casey, last_img read more