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first_imgKolkata: Two separate incidents of disruption in Metro services occurred on Saturday, leading to inconvenience for the passengers. The first incident took place in Netaji Bhavan at around 3.45 pm, when a Kavi Subhas bound rake developed technical snag. A door of the Metro rake did not open at the station, triggering panic among the commuters. The rake was halted at the station and the passengers were asked to deboard. Metro staff members posted at the station rushed to the spot, along with Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans. After the passengers were evacuated, the empty rake was taken to the car shed. Metro Railway officials did not take any risk, keeping in mind the recent incident in which a middle-aged man was killed after falling from a running train inside the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan stations. In the second incident, another Kavi Subhas bound rake was halted at Jatin Das Park station after two doors of a coach remained shut owing to some technical problems. All the passengers travelling in the rake were eventually evacuated to avoid any untoward incident.last_img read more

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first_imgFBI agents are still reeling from Director James Comey’s unceremonious dismissal, their surprise at the manner of his ouster coupled with questions about who will next lead the bureau.Many agents working in field offices across the country learned Tuesday about their director’s firing in much the same way he did: from news reports that flashed on television screens and buzzed on phones.They privately described a day afterward spent processing the news, swapping praise about their former boss, and grappling with angst that Comey wasn’t given a chance to notify employees. Many saw him as a strong and supportive leader even if some believed he at times set the bureau on the wrong path. And many did not want to see him go, especially in the midst of the bureau’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that “countless” FBI employees had lost faith in Comey’s leadership. But the president of the FBI Agents Association, Thomas O’Connor, said he was known to be responsive to their concerns, and he called the firing a “gut punch.”As part of the backup for the firing, the White House released a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that blasted Comey’s handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails, namely his announcement that Clinton should not be charged before reopening the investigation days before voters went to the polls. That placed FBI agents in an uncomfortable position of having their historically apolitical work thrust into the centre of a national election.Retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko said some agents believed Comey went too far.“There are those voices inside, but I think he still enjoyed broad support and great respect by the workforce,” Hosko said.In New York, where Comey once headed the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, agents were told stories about the former director, including how he used to call agents’ cellphones to congratulate them after finishing big cases, said a current official. Most current employees spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of restrictions about interactions with the media.Across the FBI’s field offices, Comey was known for a plainspoken speaking style, peppering prepared remarks with avuncular advice, life lessons and humour. His casual demeanour – he’d regularly appear without a suit coat at freewheeling meetings with reporters, dabbled with Twitter and joked often about the toll the job had taken on his imposing height – served for many agents as a welcome change from the bureau’s historically buttoned-up culture.At speaking appearances, he’d urge young agents to relish their lives outside the FBI, demanding that they take time to tend to their families – and to sleep. He’d say how he strove to be sensitive to the feelings of subordinates, aware that cross words or a bored look during a conversation could “hurt them in ways that would last.”A farewell letter from Comey that circulated among friends and colleagues said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or on “the way it was executed.”He said in the letter that though he’ll be fine, he will miss the FBI and its mission “deeply.” Comey said that “in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.’He also said “it’s very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”The letter was posted online by CNN Wednesday night. A person who had seen the note confirmed to The Associated Press that the online version was authentic.Andrew Arena, a former special agent in charge, said current FBI employees he spoke with as news of Comey’s ouster spread worried about the future of the bureau.“Where are we going, and what’s our direction, and are we going to be politicized?” Arena said. “Uncertainty is not a good thing.”As Justice Department leaders interviewed four candidates for the role of interim FBI director, some were anxious about whom Trump would select as Comey’s permanent replacement. Jack Eckenrode, a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, said the administration “will be hard-pressed to find someone who possesses his unique combination of personal qualities as well as his respect for the rule of law.”Associated Press Writers Jake Pearson in New York, Denise Lavoie in Boston, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles, Amy Forliti in Minneapolis and Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn., contributed to this report.last_img read more

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first_imgClyde Wagner, Luminato’s executive producer, is leaving the arts festival to take charge of the three theatres owned by the City of Toronto – the Sony Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.I’d call it a rescue mission, because each of these three theatres has lost its way in recent years. Now, they need to be reinvented in order to help Toronto solidify its place as one of North America’s top theatre destinations – a reputation that also depends on the Mirvish organization with its four theatres, a lively fringe scene and two internationally renowned summer festivals (Stratford and Shaw) within easy reach of the city.Despite a spiffy renovation, the Sony Centre (formerly the O’Keefe Centre) has never quite recovered from the departure of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada to the new Four Seasons Centre opera house a decade ago. In the same period, its neighbour, the St. Lawrence Centre, lost its mandate as the place where original Canadian plays could draw large audiences and achieve mainstream success, instead relying first on shows already certified as hits in London or New York, and later driving away long-time subscribers with obscure plays from Europe.Further north, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts has never recovered from the shock and damage inflicted when its former operator, Livent, crashed amid charges of fraud – which eventually landed Garth Drabinsky and his Livent partner Myron Gottlieb in jail. The largest of its four spaces, once the home of major Livent musicals, became a white elephant; eventually, it was reconfigured as two smaller spaces, entailing a loss of almost 1,000 seats.That’s why Toronto City Council decided the three theatres should be merged, under the name Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT). In 2015, veteran cultural activist Robert Foster and councillor Gary Crawford were appointed as a task force to deal with the future of the three theatres. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Marrakech – The European Union (EU) signed, Wednesday in Marrakech, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) and with the Employers’ Association (CGEM), to support the Moroccan non-state actors in their activities on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Signed on the sidelines of the Pre-COP (held on October 18-19), this MoU aims to support financially the Moroccan non-state actors.This financial support is part of the EU’s program “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” that aims to promote partnerships and synergies between the local players in fighting poverty and achieving sustainable development. Several participants in the signing ceremony stressed the importance of the COP22, slated for November 7-18, as an essential step in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, adding that the EU’s support to the Moroccan civil society confirms its strategic role in the implementation of the said Agreement. read more

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WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey says economic growth increased throughout the United States from April through mid-May, fueled by home construction, consumer spending and steady hiring.Eleven of the Fed’s banking districts reported “modest to moderate” economic growth, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. The 12th, in Dallas, reported strong growth.The survey is based on anecdotal reports. The mostly favourable results of the latest survey suggest that the economy and the job market are improving despite tax increases and government spending cuts that took effect this year.But the modest or moderate improvement reported for most regions appears to fall short of the strong and sustained growth that several Fed members have said is needed before the Fed starts tapering its bond purchases. Those purchases have helped keep interest rates at record lows.The Fed has been assessing the job market’s health in considering when to start scaling back its support for the economy, including $85-billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. The information from the latest Beige Book will discussed along with other economic data at the Fed’s next policy meeting on June 18-19.Investors are paying closer attention to the Fed after minutes of the past meeting showed that several members favoured reducing the bond purchases if the economy demonstrates strong and sustained growth. And Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional panel last month that the Fed could slow the pace of the bond purchases over the next few meetings, if the job market shows “real and sustainable progress.”Still, most of Bernanke’s testimony last month focused on the many risks the U.S. economy still faces and the help the Fed’s support programs have provided.And recent data paint a mixed picture of the economy’s health.Home sales and prices are rising, helped by the Fed’s low interest-rate policies that have helped make mortgages cheaper. The auto industry is also on pace for another solid year, in part because rates on auto loans remain low.Steady job growth and low inflation have allowed consumers to keep spending, even after higher Social Security taxes have reduced their paychecks this year.Still, U.S. factories are feeling the impact of weaker global growth and deep cuts in U.S. government spending that have made businesses more cautious. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of manufacturing activity fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009, the last month of the Great Recession.And while the service sector continued to expand in May, the ISM’s survey of those firms showed many held back on hiring. Service firms have been the main source of job gains in the past several months.The biggest measure of the economy’s health comes out Friday when the government releases the May employment report.Economists forecast that employers added 170,000 jobs, roughly in line with April’s pace, while the unemployment rate remained at a four-year low of 7.5 per cent.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the January-March quarter but many analysts believe growth is slowing in the current April-June period to around 2 per cent. Fed Survey: Economic growth improves modestly in most of US, giving Fed leeway with stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:16 pm MDT read more

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The NBA Playoffs Are Finally Getting Faster

2016Round 194.99 Since 1996, the regular season has indeed been played at a faster pace than the postseason in all but one year. But based on how the playoffs are thought of as a slog, you would expect the rate of slowdown to be massive. That has not actually been the case. On average, playoff games over the past 22 years have been played 2.42 possessions per game slower than regular-season games — roughly 2.6 percent slower than regular-season games in that span. But even the rate of the postseason slowdown has been dropping off of late.In 1997, the playoffs were 3.4 percent slower than the 1996-97 regular season. By 2000, the drop in pace reached 5.7 percent. In other words, the truism, back then, actually was true. Since the turn of the century, however, it has become increasingly less true. And in 2015, the playoffs were faster than the regular season for the first time in at least 20 years.This year’s conference finals figure to see an even smaller drop-off in pace. The Celtics ranked 23rd in pace during the regular season at 98.24 possessions per game, the slowest among the four remaining teams. The three regular-season matchups between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers were played at an average of 101.71 possessions, while the three Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets games averaged 103.57 possessions. Even if the Cavs-Celtics series is slower, the rate at which the Warriors and Rockets rack up possessions should make these conference finals one of the fastest playoff rounds in recent memory — especially if that Western Conference series is as close as many think it will be and lasts six or seven games. (The first two games of the Eastern Conference finals averaged 95.20 possessions, per NBA.com’s calculations; while the West’s opening game was played at a 100.12-possession pace, confirming the expectation that it will be the faster series.)But the expected difference in pace between the conference finals highlights one other NBA perception that has largely held true over the years: Western Conference games are a bit faster than those in the Eastern Conference, and Eastern Conference basketball slows down in the playoffs more than Western Conference basketball does.Thanks to the NBA Advanced Stats database, we are able to isolate games played between Eastern Conference teams and those played between Western Conference teams for every regular season since 1996-97. The West has been the faster conference in 18 of the 22 seasons. The gap between the conferences has at times been portrayed as wide, and for a good while (from 2006-07 to 2014-15), this was true. But the East has rapidly caught up over the past few years, and it has actually been the faster conference each of the past two regular seasons.The playoffs are another story. While regular-season games played between West teams since 1997 have been 1.36 possessions faster than those contested between teams from the East, the average West playoff game since 1997 has been 2.88 possessions faster than the average East playoff contest. 2017Finals103.14 2015Finals94.78 2016Finals95.38 2018Round 299.94 2018Round 197.52 Source: NBA Advanced Stats The fastest playoff rounds have been in recent yearsNBA playoff rounds with the most possessions per 48 minutes, 1997-2018 Based on possessions per 48 minutes, the recently completed second round of the 2018 playoffs was the third-fastest playoff round since 1997, which is as far back as the NBA Advanced Stats database reaches. Not only that, but this year’s first round was the sixth-fastest. And of the 15 fastest rounds in the past 22 years, 14 of them have come in the past four years.Of course, it makes a good deal of sense that playoff basketball is getting faster, because regular-season basketball is getting faster as well. The league average pace during the 2017-18 regular season was 99.57 possessions per 48 minutes. That’s nearly 10 full possessions faster than the 1996-97 campaign, which was played at an 89.78-possession pace. The rate of change is also quickly rising: This year’s regular season was more than five possessions per game faster than the league was even five years ago.1The 2012-13 season was played at a 94.44-possession pace. With the game getting faster each season, it’s worth examining just how big the drop-off between regular-season and postseason basketball really is — if it exists at all. 2016Round 295.89 When the NBA regular season winds down, fans most likely hear some variation of this old adage on one studio show after another: “In the playoffs, when the games slow down, they’re going to have some problems.”The idea is that run-and-gun teams will see their pace come to a grinding halt once the postseason starts; teams will focus on getting back on defense and will give away less in transition. How much this hurts up-tempo teams in the playoffs is hotly debated. The idea that the game slows down, though, is not. It’s just a truism. But is it even true? 2002Conf. finals97.14 2016Conf. finals97.28 YearRoundPace 2015Conf. finals97.71 2017Conf. finals100.24 2015Round 196.85 2017Round 195.85 2015Round 297.21 2017Round 298.08 Even the conferences’ drop-offs from their regular-season pace has been starker in the East than in the West. On average, Eastern Conference playoff games have been 3.06 possessions slower than those played during the regular season. In the West, the differential has been just 1.54 possessions.Much of this can be pinned on one man: LeBron James. James’s teams — a constant presence in the East playoffs for more than a decade — not only play slower than most believe, they also like to slow the pace even more during the playoffs, in an effort to allow James to control every inch of the floor. His teams, either the Cavaliers or the Miami Heat, have played slower in the Eastern Conference portion of the playoffs than in the regular season in 12 of the 13 years he has made the playoffs, including this year. On average, they’ve played 3.40 possessions slower, and this year they’re 6.70 possessions slower.Interestingly, James’s opponents have been able to speed his team up in all but one of his NBA Finals appearances.2The exception was 2007, James’s first trip to the championship round, when his Cavaliers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. If the Cavaliers beat the Celtics and get to the finals again, the smart bet would be on the Warriors or Rockets being able to speed up the Cavaliers this year as well. If that happens, and if the conference finals are played at as fast of a pace as I think they’ll be, it’s possible that this year’s playoff pace will surpass that of the regular season. And if that happens for the second time in four years, we have to start rethinking the idea that getting to the playoffs slows down the game at all.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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first_imgEarlier this month during a talk focused on developments in Caterpillar’s underground division, more details emerged of the proof of concept battery-electric trial carried out underground earlier this year on its R1300G LHD.Susan Gaugush, Commercial Manager for Caterpillar Underground, said in tests at a mine in Sudbury, eastern Canada, against its diesel-equivalent, the R1300G had surpassed the company’s expectations.“What we were expecting versus what we got was very interesting,” she told a group of journalists, including IM, at the company’s Tinaja Hills facility in Tucson, Arizona.The trial involved the LHD performing a brake test (to simulate driving the bucket into the muck pile), travelling forward, stopping and performing the bucket cycle (lifting and lowering) and reversing back to the brake test location. This was repeated for 30 cycle runs.The company assumed the results would show a three times reduction in terms of heat generation when comparing the battery-electric LHD to its diesel counterpart. “We actually saw a seven-and-a-half times improvement,” Gaugush said.Also, the energy cost was ten times less for the battery LHD based on the equivalent duty cycle, coming in at $3.66/run compared with the diesel machine’s $37.50/run.The company is still a good few years away from launching a battery-electric machine as it looks to tackle the industry need to improve safety, reduce ventilation requirements and operate at increasing depths, but its initial trial bodes well for future developments.Gaugush said the company had taken a lot of what Caterpillar has applied in other parts of its business – in track-type tractors, electric-drive haul trucks and micro-grids, for example – and “leveraged it into a battery-electric motor”.While Cat and Gaugush did not want to reveal what battery chemistry the company was using for this trial – explaining this could change in the future as the sector continues to evolve – she did say the trial involved the use of fast-charging technology, which saw the loader’s battery go from a 20% capacity to full charge in around 15 minutes.The company’s aim is to eventually create a battery-electric loader that can work continuously for some four hours before requiring re-charge, while it hopes to remove the need for continuous battery change-out through an underground charging system.Gaugush said there was potential for the company to apply the testing process it used on this LHD to underground truck technology, but Cat, which has partnered up with at least one undisclosed company on this project, is currently pursuing further test work on the R1300G.Jay Armburger, Caterpillar’s Product Manager for Underground Technology, previously said underground electrification will bring with it substantial industry benefits, not just a reduction of greenhouse gases.“Mining operations are going deeper and deeper in search of larger reserves and higher-grade ore,” Armburger said. “With that depth comes significant challenges with ventilation and temperature management. It takes a lot of capital investment to put in the infrastructure for ventilation systems and air conditioning systems. Battery electric machines really bring significant cost savings to these customers.”One customer working with Caterpillar on this solution estimated a $40 million or more saving on capital expenses by reducing the volume requirements of ventilation shafts, he said. “Their vent reduction requirements can be reduced by 40%, and inlet and return shafts can be reduced up to 24%.”last_img read more

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first_img Share885 Tweet Email2 By Cianan Brennan Dáil welcomes Bill to ban fracking in Ireland The Bill to ban the controversial fossil fuel exploration process has passed its first stage in the Dáil. http://jrnl.ie/3050702 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:42 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,902 Views Oct 27th 2016, 9:42 PM 41 Comments Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Christopher BoswellA BILL CALLING for the banning of fracking in Ireland has passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann.The Bill, a private members’ motion brought by Fine Gael Sligo TD Tony McLoughlin, received cross party support in the Dáil chamber.A relatively new industry, hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of blasting deep through shale rock to access gas and fuel deposits contained therein.The process is currently under moratorium in Ireland pending the publication of a report on it from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).That report is due in six months time. The Bill was previously expected to be delayed until that time.There are no outstanding applications for a licence to frack in Ireland.This evening in the Dáil, environment minister Denis Naughten, a native of Roscommon which forms part of the shale-rich area in Ireland’s north-west, welcomed the bill as “another step in protecting our environment and future”.“To be quite clear, there is no great strategic imperative or agenda by Government to pursue the use of fracking,” the Minister said.The primary aim, as legislators, is to ensure that we give proper consideration to the issues and evidence, avoid unintended consequences, and provide legal clarity.The Bill will now move forward to the committee debate stage.Read: Corbyn’s Labour are dead against it, but what’s the up-to-date situation with fracking in Ireland?Read: Poll: Should fracking be banned in Ireland?last_img read more

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first_imgHe doesn’t give us a whole lot to work with. Just his face next to Nick Fury’s nameplate. That’s enough to get us excited to see Coulson again. As great as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become, it’s just not the same as seeing Coulson in the movies, palling around with Marvel’s biggest heroes. That includes Nick Fury. Those two haven’t appeared together since the season one finale of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is still one of my favorite episodes. It was so cool watching them take on embedded Hydra agents mutated by Kree blood. I can’t wait to see them in action together again in a proper MCU movie.Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo via Marvel Studios)Of course, before any of that, we still have Avengers: Infinity War coming up in just two weeks. We’re certainly excited for it, and a whole bunch of other people are too. By all accounts, this is going to be the biggest Marvel movie made yet. Not just in terms of scope or the number of superheroes in it. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis told Variety that Infinity War is pre-selling more tickets than the last seven MCU movies combined. That’s a wild amount of money this movie has already made before anyone has even seen it yet.And the last seven Marvel movies have been pretty successful themselves. Black Panther is currently the highest-grossing movie Marvel has ever made. Pre-sale tickets for that movie were so hard to find, Lupita Nyong’o had trouble getting opening night tickets, and she’s in the movie. Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Captain America: Civil War also made serious bank. And Avengers: Infinity War is on track to outpace all of those movies combined.“Infinity War’ has built up such unprecedented anticipation that it’s pacing to break records, the likes of which we have never seen before for a superhero movie,” Davis said in the interview. “Moviegoers are rushing to guarantee their seats in advance for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about movies of the decade.” He’s not wrong about that.Peter Dinklage (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)We’ve been hearing about this movie for so long now; you almost have to wonder what surprises Avengers: Infinity War has in store for us. And the answer is still “all of them.” Disney and Marvel Studios have gone to great lengths to make sure as few people know about what’s going to happen in this movie as possible. Now, they’re teasing another secret. Who is Peter Dinklage going to play?That’s right, Tyrion Lannister is in Infinity War too, and the directors are being very coy about who exactly he’ll be in the movie. All we really know about it is it’ll be a significant part that will feature in Avengers 4 as well. That’s not a lot to go on. During an interview with Joe.ie, they remained very tight-lipped about any details we didn’t already know.All they said about Dinklage’s role: “It may take you a beat or two, but you’ll certainly recognize him.” That was Joe Russo, with Anthony adding that that’s all they can say. What makes this even harder is in a Marvel movie, Dinklage can be playing almost anyone. In Game of Thrones, you knew exactly which character he was going to be. That’s not the case here. Especially with the Joe Russo’s admission that it’d take us a beat or two to recognize Dinklage. That means he’ll probably be in makeup or some form of CGI. Not very helpful at all. Fortunately, we don’t have much longer to wait to find out. We can all look closely for Dinklage to show up in Avengers: Infinity War on April 27. Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Great news for fans of private investigators and unhealthy drinking habits. Just over a month after the second season of Jessica Jones dropped onto Netflix, the show would come back for a third, the streaming service announced. While the second season never quite reached the highs of the first, and suffered from plodding pacing at times, it became a fantastic, emotionally affecting season of superhero TV. A great character can make up for a lot of shortcomings in the story department, and Jessica Jones had two. We watched Jessica deal with the fallout of her encounter with Killgrave and the trauma in her past. We also got to see Trish Walker slowly become Hellcat.That alone makes season three a must for this show. You can’t give us a whole season of turning these friends into rivals and not give us the fight. Jessica Jones has always been more than that. It’s an exploration of trauma and abuse. It’s a smart, stylish noir mystery. All centered around a heavy-drinking woman with super strength. It’s only been a month and a half since the last new Jessica Jones, and I already want more. Though my liver could probably use a break. I know Jessica’s drinking is presented as a problem, but the show makes all the whiskey look so good.That’s not the only TV news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, though. Freeform put out a new trailer for their upcoming series, Cloak and Dagger. This one has more in common with Hulu’s Runaways than it does Jessica Jones. It stars two teenagers in New Orleans with very different, but somehow linked superpowers. As they begin seeing each other, they realize their powers become stronger when they’re together. So far, the show looks pretty cool.I love the light and dark effects, and it looks like a very good teenage superhero shows. If the past year of Riverdale and Runaways have taught me anything, it’s that I secretly love teen dramas. But only if they’re based on comic books. The doomed romance angle of this show could be really interesting. Despite a similar tone and age group to Runaways, there are no plans for any crossovers yet. The two shows are an entire country apart. But certain MCU elements will show up. The Roxxon Corporation features heavily, for example. The 10-episode first season of Cloak and Dagger premieres on June 7.Over on the movie side of the MCU, one character is preparing to make the jump back from TV to the big screen. Clark Gregg hasn’t been seen in a Marvel movie since The Avengers, when Loki stabbed Agent Coulson through the back. He’s since only appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where we learned Coulson underwent a hellish procedure to keep him alive. No one in the movies outside of Nick Fury knows that, though. As far as they’re concerned, he’s still dead. Fortunately for him, Captain Marvel takes place in the past. He’s not dead yet, and as evidenced by Clark Gregg’s Instagram post, he’s in a Marvel movie again. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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WWE stars reveal Christmas wishes The New Day tell the story of

first_img WWE posted a video on Christmas Eve to Twitter featuring current RAW stars Zack Ryder, The Riott Squad and Mojo Rawley revealing their Christmas wishes.You can check out the post featuring the video below:EXCLUSIVE: #MerryChristmas from The #RiottSquad, @ZackRyder & @MojoRawleyWWE! #Raw pic.twitter.com/1oXXQ8WtBX— WWE (@WWE) December 24, 2018The New Day tell the story of “The Night Before Christmas”WWE posted a video on Christmas Eve to Twitter with current Smackdown stars The New Day telling the story of “The Night Before Christmas.” The trio even brought in some of their humor into the storytelling. You can check out the post featuring the video below:Simply put: #TheNewDay are great #Christmas storytellers. pic.twitter.com/N3fzwenWp9— WWE (@WWE) December 24, 2018 Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img WhatsApp Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

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first_img“We’re in a relatively enviable position because we have a successfulpublication already,” Wolff told FOLIO: at the time. “All we’re doing is going to themarketplace and saying, ‘You were OK with a crappy product, now how canyou not be even more enthusiastic about an obviously better product?’” First it was rumors that investors in Prometheus Global Media were looking to unload the company, which publishes The Hollywood Reporter and AdWeek. Now CEO Richard Beckman, who’s giving up day-to-day oversight for a new “brand development” assignment that will take him out of the country for extended periods of time, is denying speculation in a New York Post story that he will be leaving the company (The Post broke the news of Beckman’s new role). Beckman [pictured] tells the Daily Beast that he’s not leaving and the change in responsibility is “not out of the ordinary for a small company.” Prometheus Global Media (previously called e5 Global Media), backed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, bought the Adweek Media Group titles, along with The Hollywood Reporter and four other brands from Nielsen Business Media in late 2009. Beckman, who previously served as CEO of Conde Nast’s Fairchild Group (where he picked up the nickname “Mad Dog’), has attempted to “consumerize” the trade titles, hiring former Us Weekly editor Janice Min as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter and Newser founder and controversial Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff as editorial director of Adweek (in a letter introducing the revamped Adweek-which merged sister titles Mediaweek and Brandweek–Wolff said, “this is not your father’s trade magazine”) last_img read more

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Admissions on the rise in municipal corporation schools

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Many parents, including corporators of the city have been admitting their children into municipal corporation schools. Some are donating fans, LCD bulbs, TVs and other things to the schools as the corporation has strengthened the schools in all fronts. The headmasters and teachers of municipal corporation schools are putting their efforts to increase the number of admissions in the school by convincing the parents. First division corporator Kadali Rama Krishna admitted his daughter Maha Lakshmi in tenth class in corporation high school. Dasari Siva Murthi donated fans and tube lights to corporation primary school in Gandhipuram on behalf of Dasari Priyanka Charitable Trust. K Krishna Murthi who got promotion as school assistant donated LCD TV to Brodipeta Municipal Corporation School.last_img read more

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first_imgJSW Steel on Friday posted a net loss of Rs 923 crore for the December quarter. The company recorded a turnover of Rs 9,562 crore and net sales of Rs 8,621 crore, according to a regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange. “In the third quarter we had to review the overseas investments made between 2007-2010 since prices of crude oil, coal and iron ore have significantly fallen from the time of investment and as per the appointed external agency, an impairment charge had to be taken in the December quarter. The company has taken an impairment hit of Rs 2,122 crore in the December quarter,”  The Financial Express quoted Seshagiri Rao, joint Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer, JSW steel as saying. The Sajjan Jindal’s owned company reported the lowest EBITDA per tonne since 2008 at Rs 3,443 per tonne in the third quarter of the FY16.”The reported EBITDA per tonne was lower than what it should have been mainly because of a planned shutdown of 3 blast furnaces which had some fixed costs that had to be taken in the profit-and-loss statement, else the EBITDA per tonne without fixed costs despite shutdown which would have been about Rs 4,700 per tonne” Rao added.The company’s steel production was reportedly down by 15% at 2.70 million tonnes, while the saleable steel output was down by 16% at 2.55 million tonnes.In the same period last year, the company posted a profit of Rs 328.94 crore mainly due to the impairment charge the company took on its four strategic investments it made overseas.last_img read more

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COMMENTARY Will Reparations Become Democrats Campaign Theme

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaA new refrain could be taking center stage during the 2020 Presidential Campaign.Senators Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both 2020 presidential candidates, said they support reparations for African Americans to redress the legacy of the slavery.“I think that we have got to address that again. It’s back to the inequities,” Senator Kamala Harris said during in an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. “America has a history of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)The senators’ statements came as many are observing the 500thanniversary of the transatlantic slave trade and the 400th year since the first African was brought to Virginia.“I think that we have got to address that again. It’s back to the inequities,” Harris said during in an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. “America has a history of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said.Harris continued:“We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed and so we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.”When she told the radio show’s host, Charlamagne Tha God, that “Livable Incomes for Families Today,” the Middle Class Act tax cut plan is one way to address the rising costs and the inequities of living in the U.S., the host asked if her comments were about reparations.“Yes,” Harris said.She also noted the “systemic racism” in the criminal justice system.“We have a problem with mass incarceration in particular of black and brown men,” Harris said. “There is no question that no mother or father in America should have to sit down when their son turns 12 and start having the talk with that child about how he may be stopped, arrested or killed because of the color of his skin,” she said, addressing police brutality.Warren also said she supported reparations for both African Americans and Native Americans.“America has an ugly history of racism,” Warren said after addressing Democrats at an annual state dinner in New Hampshire, according to The Boston Globe.  “We need to confront it head-on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change.”Warren later expanded on her ideas for Native American reparations in a statement, writing that, “tribal nations have unique interests, priorities and histories, and should not be treated monolithically.”“I fully support the federal government doing far more to live up to its existing trust and treaty responsibilities and that includes a robust discussion about historical injustices against Native people.”She continued:“Tribal nations have a government-to-government relationship with the federal government, and they deserve a seat at the table in all decisions that will affect the well-being of their people and their communities.”Another Democratic Presidential hopeful, Julian Castro, also has said he endorses reparations.A 2017 article in Quartz, noted that to “repair this breach, it’s becoming increasingly clear that reparations for black slavery and its legacy—including Jim Crow—must be part of the equation.”The article continued:“Facing what activist Randall Robinson calls ‘the debt’ to people of African descent, those of us who are low on melanin content (aka ‘white’) will have to address the often uncomfortable history of how lighter skin color conferred, and continues to confer, economic advantage. To do otherwise is to live a destructive lie, perpetuating a perverted myth of deservedness that holds back our entire society and each of us individually.”As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in his groundbreaking 2014 Atlantic article, reparations are “the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.”“Reparations,” he continued, “beckons us to reject the intoxication of hubris and see America as it is—the work of fallible humans. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future,” Coates said.last_img read more

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first_imgDevi is an unlikely advocate on an issue that many people in India refuse to acknowledge.She didn’t even know about HIV until she was offered the job.‘As an elected representative I will take legal action against anyone who discriminates on the basis of HIV/AIDS but my hope is that one day very soon my neighbor nearby who is positive has the courage to talk about it freely,’ she said.Since it started regular testing in 2003, the scheme has seen a ten-fold increase in new HIV cases. BUt as a result they are more quickly linked to appropriate health services and information.The scheme has also help PLHIV get food at subsidized prices and has provided almost 300 paralegals with sensitization training.Indian HIV stigma‘When I was first diagnosed I felt I was the world’s only HIV patient,’ said 32-year-old, Mukesh.Mukesh is now the coordinator of the District Network of People Living with HIV in a nearby town.He channelled his despair into collectively mobilizing what is now a 300-strong network of positive people.‘By helping people get tested, monitoring follow-ups on anti- retroviral therapy, and providing counseling, we try and address the harsh discrimination we face in society and advocate for our rights,’ he said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Nirmala Devi is leading the fight against HIV in her small Indian community. | Photo: Samrat Mandal/UNDP India An uneducated, mother-of-two is leading the charge in her small Indian village’s fight against HIV.center_img Nirmala Devi was just elected the village leader working with those at high risk of acquiring HIV in rural areas.Devi helps to link them up with local health services, encourages behavioural change, and advocates for policy change.About 2.4 million people are living with HIV in India, which is one of ten countries in the Asia Pacific that accounts for 90% of new HIV cases.But a unique government scheme in India run with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is trying to change that. The Link Worker Scheme engages people in rural parts of the state, Chhattisgarh, to train them in how to help people at risk of HIV.‘They call me the leader that only talks about HIV/AIDS,’ Devi said.She’s working in Pauwara village in Durg district in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Far-right leader claims Trump exposé was made up by ‘gay sociopath’India fights HIV with Valentine’s Day march at gay cruising spotElton John tells Facebook: Fight AIDS rather than turn a quick buckRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-the-woman-helping-end-hiv-in-her-small-indian-village/last_img read more

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This week in the Peace Corps Cacao in Talamanca

first_imgRelated posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating English learning This week in the Peace Corps: Sports for Costa Rican youth This week in the Peace Corps: Brick to Bread ovens This week in the Peace Corps: Building sustainable recycling projects ​Cacao is a plant that can be found in various regions of Costa Rica. Some Peace Corps Volunteers get the chance to work alongside chocolate cooperatives, seeing the process from start to finish. Pictured here, members of a chocolate cooperative from the southern Caribbean region of Talamanca are prepping the ingredients for their final product, fresh chocolate bars. Peace Corps Volunteer Billy gets the opportunity not only to help with the hands-on work, but also to provide support through business coaching and marketing for the budding business venture. Courtesy of Peace Corps Costa RicaThe Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page.  Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 5:39 am PDT American man dedicated life to finding treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Islandcenter_img HALIFAX — An American-born man, who became a famed Nova Scotia treasure hunter, has died.Dan Blankenship, who was in his mid-90s, died Sunday.He was a staple on “The Curse of Oak Island,” a reality TV series on the History channel that was set on the 57-hectare island on Nova Scotia’s south shore.His son David Blankenship said today they hoped to have a memorial service on Thursday, likely in Martins Point, N.S.The Oak Island legend began in 1795 when curious teenage boys began digging at the site, thinking they might find a pirate’s buried treasure.Theories on who may have buried treasure on the island range from pirate Blackbeard to the Knights Templar.Blankenship became engrossed in the legend of Oak Island after reading a “Reader’s Digest” story in 1965.“I handed the article over to my wife and said, ‘Read that’ and so she read it and, in so many words, said, ‘So what?’ I said, ‘Well, No. 1, there’s treasure on Oak Island, and No. 2, I’m going to be instrumental in getting it,’” he said in 2010.“That was the beginning.”Blankenship co-owned the island with a group of investors, including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are doing the major work on site now. The search for treasure has been featured during the reality TV show’s six seasons.Previous digs at the so-called money pit site — a circular depression discovered by one of those boys in 1795 — uncovered a layer of stones below the surface and layers of logs every three metres, as well as layers of charcoal, putty and coconut fibres, to a depth of 27 metres.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Matt Nager for TIME One of the Stanley brother’s greenhouses growing cannabis near Wray, including terrorism.Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow "Atalji’s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me I have countless fond memories with him He was an inspiration to karyakartas like me I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit" he said The West Bengal Chhattisgarh Tamil Nadu Puducherry Madhya Pradesh Tripura and Gujarat governmentsdeclared a half-day holiday intheir offices and educational institutions on Friday as a mark of respect and declared a week-long State mourning on Thursday State government officials have said that during this period the national flag will be flown at half-mast In Madhya Pradesh Vajpayee’s home state there will be no official entertainment programmes a government order said ANI reportedthat the Supreme Court and the Registry will also observe a half-day holiday on Friday and will work till 1 pm West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb travelled to Delhi on Thursday evening to pay their last respects to the BJP leader However the Maharashtra government did not declare a public holiday on Friday since it is already a holiday on account of Pateti the Parsi new year The BJP-led state government has not declared an additional holiday as part of national mourning due to Vajpayee’s death the official said on Thursday The Karnataka governmenthas however declared seven days of mourning A government release said that due to the flood situation in some parts of the state other than those involved in the relief work schools colleges and government offices would have a holiday on Friday With inputs from PTI Follow latest updates on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral (left to right): EVAN SAITTA/FIELD MUSEUM/UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL AND TOM KAYE/FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT; STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE SOURCE; FIRDES SAYILAN/SHUTTERSTOCKCOM Top stories: fresh-baked fossils cloud-seeding algae and how ancient farmers braved global cooling By Frankie SchembriAug 17 2018 4:30 PM These labmade fossils could reveal how dinosaurs really looked By baking their own fossils with pressure heat and clay scientists have now found a way to examine the changes soft tissues experience over millions of years of fossilization This approach may allow researchers to “reverse engineer” what ancient animals looked like when they still roamed Earth This alga may be seeding the world’s skies with clouds When one of the ocean’s most abundant microorganisms—the Emiliania huxleyi alga—dies it sheds its tiny calcium carbonate shell A new study reveals that bits of this shell are sometimes flung into the air by waves and become the kernel on which water vapor can condense to form droplets which in turn become clouds Animal fat on ancient pottery reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistory Around 6200 BCE, Jay Talerman,com. Health secretary Vaughan Gething said that in 2007. and forward Al-Farouq Aminu 19.

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