10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more

Alberta shrugs off BCs legal challenge on wine ban says much more

first_imgHorgan’s government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – which got the green light from the federal government in late 2016 – and Notley’s government views the move as a back door way to kill the project by strangling its financial viability.Notley and Bilous have said the Trans Mountain expansion is critical because Alberta’s crude oil sells at a sharp discount on the North American market due to pipeline bottlenecks and to a lack of access to a better price on overseas markets.“The cost to the Canadian economy is significant,” said Bilous.“We have one buyer, which is the U.S., (and) the differential is somewhere around $30 (US a barrel). We’ve lost out on billions of dollars.” The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada project has faced delays despite the federal approval.In December, the National Energy Board stepped in to announce it would allow Kinder Morgan to bypass permit delays in Burnaby. Over the weekend, Horgan’s government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.Along with the wine ban, Notley has also retaliated by scuttling talks to buy $500 million worth of electricity from B.C. She has also struck a 19-member task force of politicians, academics, finance and business leaders to find other ways to put pressure on B.C.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear the project will go ahead and that Ottawa has the final say on pipelines. Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts and Notley has promised further retaliatory measures this week if there is no progress on resolving the impasse. B.C. upped the ante Monday in its cross-boundary trade dispute with Alberta, by invoking the dispute settlement process over the wine ban under Canada’s free-trade agreement.Under the agreement, the two sides have four months to resolve the dispute before an arbitration panel kicks in.Bilous said Alberta won’t even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.“B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they’re doing is unconstitutional,” said Bilous. “A province cannot dictate what goes in a pipeline. That is a federal jurisdiction. They need to acknowledge that, recognize it and ensure that this pipeline moves forward.”The wine ban, imposed Feb. 6 by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, affects $70 million worth of wine from B.C. a year _ about 17 million bottles.The dispute began three weeks ago, when B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not take additional levels of crude from Alberta until it could be sure there are measures in place to handle spill safety.center_img EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta’s economic development minister is shrugging off a legal challenge filed by British Columbia over Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine.Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue.“Let’s compare the (maximum) $5 million in a fine versus the billions of dollars of investment and the thousands of jobs,” Bilous told reporters at the legislature Tuesday. “We know what our priority is, and that’s getting this pipeline built.”last_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more

Providenciales Airport Reopens Today

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Airport opened today, PLS, providenciales international airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Providenciales Airport is to be reopened today at 11:00 AM.The airport, which was closed to the public- only offering emergency services- is to be fully operational today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The tourism district of Grace Bay was resilient and stood strong in the face of the Category 5 Storm which produced extreme winds, heavy rainfall and intense storm surge across the islands.   Reports have indicated localized flooding, and damages to roofs, some property and landscape damage, and loss of electricity were experienced as a result of the Hurricane.   Fortunately, there have been no reports of loss of life.Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is currently conducting assessments throughout the island and working with government and local relief agencies to ensure that other services are returned to normal as soon as possible. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale lands in Provo November 16 US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’last_img read more

Newcastle qualify for fourth round after six goal thriller

first_imgNewcastle United have booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after an enthralling 4-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.In a thrilling FA Cup third round replay, Newcastle United ran out 4-2 winners at Ewood Park and qualified on 5-3 aggregate in a night full of end-of-end attacking football. Sky Sports reports.The first meeting between the two sides earlier this year at St James’ Park ended in a 1-1 draw and a replay was booked.Sean Longstaff gave Newcastle United the lead one minute into the game, and Callum Roberts doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 22nd minute.Rafa Benitez’s side was comfortable and in cruise control after going two goals up halfway into the first way.But Blackburn wouldn’t throw in the towel yet, as they probed and asked questions of Newcastle’s defense and finally breached it in the 33rd minute through Adam Armstrong.The deficit is now cut in half and the home support started to believe, and it paid off in additional time as Lenihan Darragh equalized to make it 2-2.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Newcastle had blown a first-half two-goal lead and Benitez will have surely given them a piece of his mind in the dressing room during the break.With the aggregate now 3-3, both teams tried and failed to score in the remaining 45 minutes of the second half, and the game went to extra time.The tie looked set to be decided by penalties, but Joselu and Ayoze Perez both scored in the 105th and 106th minute respectively to hand Newcastle a 4-2 victory and a place in the FA Cup fourth round.The Magpies will face Watford at home in the fourth round slated for 26th January.last_img read more

October 3rd PFD Deposit Day

first_imgAccording to the Permanent Fund Website payment schedule:Direct Deposit Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on September 26th, 2019 will be distributed on October 3rd, 2019.**Paper Check Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on October 11th, 2019 will be distributed on October 24th, 2019. Dunleavy: “Finally, now that the budget has been addressed, the full PFD will be the focus in this next special session, the sole focus. I will not let up until the remaining funds are appropriated for the full statutory PFD. I know Alaskans understand this decision and I appreciate all of your input.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited on Thursday, October 3. Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider dividends of about $1,600 this year. Last year’s capped payout amounted to $1,600 checks. Dunleavy: “While there are some that support the full statutory formula, unfortunately some do not. In this years budget the Legislature sent me a $1,600 appropriation for the PFD, again not following the statutory formula.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend for residents paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year. Dunleavy said he considered this a ‘partial PFD payment’ and that the legislature understands their jobs are not finished and they must fix this “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

Cover Price Experiments

first_imgSome of us may remember back in 2007 when celebrity lifestyle magazine OK! made the decision to increase its cover price. Like a copycat younger sister, Bauer Publishing followed suit.But after more than two years of solid newsstand performance, Bauer’s Life & Style and In Touch took a tumble, dropping 30 percent and 27.7 percent in overall paid circulation and 30.2 percent and 28.7 percent in single copy sales, respectively, in the first half of 2008, according to ABC’s Fas-Fax survey. A Bauer spokesperson attributed this to “celebrity weeklies increasing their prices across the board, resulting in a 10 percent decline in newsstand sales for the first half of this year.”OK!, however, saw single copy sales increase 19.4 percent and verified circulation up 11.8 percent during the first half of 2008, after upping its cover price to $2.99 in 2007. Being “in sync with what readers are looking for” is key to the magazine’s success, says OK! general manager Kent Brownridge. “It’s all a perceived value question.” When OK!’s price increased again to $3.49 in mid-2008, the magazine experienced no decline in newsstand sales.Are increased cover prices really the culprit in Bauer’s newsstand slide? Brownridge offers that Bauer’s cover prices were “amazingly, dramatically low,” and that in his opinion, they are now at the proper cover price of $2.99; high former sales were a result of “ridiculously low [cover] price[s].” While this may be old news, “sales on newsstands have been dropping for reasons other than just cover price,” says Active Interest Media COO and group publisher Andrew Clurman. Here, publishers discuss what factors, other than cover prices, allow titles to stay ahead.‘Newsstand Darwinism’TAM Communications owner Buzz Kanter cites “Newsstand Darwinism” as the main component of sales: only the strong and swift to react to the market will survive. In his own overcrowded field of automotive and motorcycle magazines, Kanter expects as much as one third of the titles to fold in the coming year. Wholesalers and retailers, he thinks, will promote category leaders, while weeding out those titles that can’t keep up.In 2008, Active Interest Media raised cover prices on Backpacker and Blackbelt from $3.99 to $4.99 and $4.99 to $5.99, respectively. “Cover price increases contribute to the fall, but value also plays a great part in sales. As the economy becomes tighter, people are more selective in what they’re buying,” says Clurman. He determines cover price by looking at the category, competitive titles and where the market is. Clurman also considers which way sales are trending. “If you think you’re below the competition, increase the cover price,” he says.Kanter’s Harley-Davidson focused magazine, American Iron, has experimented with bumping cover prices, resulting in no sales fall off, as well as lowering it to offer better value to readers, and decent profits to wholesalers and retailer partners. American Iron has remained at its cover price of $5.99 since early 2008. The cover price for RoadBike, Kanter’s smaller circulation magazine focusing on import bikes, is “much less aggressive,” only raising its cover price a total of $2—from $2.99 to $4.99—over the past decade. In Clurman’s experience, lower prices have never lifted sales. “We haven’t gone down to $.99, but we’re selling niche publications to a self-selecting audience. They’re not a market heavily influenced by a $.99 or $1 difference.”  2009 DecisionKanter jokes that it doesn’t take six PhDs and a Ouija board to make a decision on newsstand price. “We’ve found that American Iron’s single copy sales are relatively flat, but virtually all of the competing titles are significantly down,” he says. In 2009, Kanter has decided to let cover prices ride. Clurman cites Backpacker and Blackbelt’s sales as flat in 2008, and has also made the decision not to increase cover prices in 2009. Brownridge’s intention for OK!? “We won’t raise it in near future. It’s right where it should be.”last_img read more

McCain Amendment to Reignite Debate over Use of War Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR When Senate debate on the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill begins next week, one of the most high-profile amendments lawmakers consider will be Armed Services Chairman John McCain’s proposal to provide an additional $18 billion in war spending to pay for new weapons and higher Army force levels that the Obama administration did not request.The Arizona Republican’s amendment would “reverse short-sighted cuts” and “halt dangerous reductions to the end strength of the military services” by adding the funds to the department’s uncapped overseas contingency operations account, according to a written statement. Earlier, McCain had said he would provide the extra funds by seeking to raise the statutory cap on defense spending.The amendment would authorize $2.4 billion to increase the size of all four services, reported CQ Roll Call. “We cannot change course soon enough. This amendment is the Senate’s opportunity to do just that,” McCain said.McCain’s plan differs somewhat from the funding approach included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill. The House measure calls for shifting $18 billion from the OCO to base budget items, a move that would require the next administration to request supplemental funds for overseas operations before next May.Last week, Senate Democrats objected to a motion to start consideration of the bill, forcing the chamber to postpone debate until it returns from its Memorial Day recess June 6.Democrats indicated they wouldn’t support McCain’s proposal without an agreement to provide an equivalent funding boost for domestic programs. The amendment would upend the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last year to lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending.There are “serious discussion now going on among the caucus about what’s the best approach,” said Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.last_img read more

DOD Not Shying Away from Preparing for Climate Impacts

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The military is quietly taking steps to address the effects of climate change on its infrastructure, particularly coastal installations vulnerable to rising sea levels, even as the Trump administration has tried to downplay the issue across the federal government. On the surface the Pentagon has limited its use of the phrase “climate change,” but the department’s efforts to respond to weather-related risks have largely continued since President Trump took office, reports the Washington Times.On the Atlantic Coast, for example, Marine Corps leaders say they will consider building a sea wall to protect Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., from rising water levels; on the opposite coast, the Navy has partnered with the city of San Diego to monitor and prepare for sea-level rise. “DOD has not changed its approach on ensuring installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of challenges, including climate and other environmental considerations,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb.What has changed is the willingness of senior military leaders to talk explicitly about climate change. “We don’t see them talk about climate change, but we see them talk about ‘resilience’ and the need for enhanced resilience at military bases,” said Jonathan Gensler, the founder of Tennessee-based energy efficiency firm Revive Energy.Photo courtesy of Air National Guardlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 22 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 22, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning.In The Community: Act 10 of Wilmington will present its 3rd Annual Cabaret at 7pm in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of performances from Wilmington High School and Tewksbury High School students. The entire show is directed, produced and choreographed by the students. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free admission for ages 3 and under. Refreshments will be for sale for $1 each. All proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Please come and support these talented kids with big hearts to make their fundraiser a success!At The Library: The library is holding a touch-a-truck event for kids from 10am to noon. Needleworkers will also meet from 10am to noon. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings May 2526

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9am-3pmWhere: 825 Main StreetDetails: Multi Family Yard Sale. Household items, clothes, DVD’s, games, something for everyone. [Source: Craigslist]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 3-4)In “Community”last_img read more

NASA replaces Boeing Starliner astronaut before first crewed launch

first_img NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures NASA astronaut Mike Fincke (pictured) steps in to replace Eric Boe. James Blair/NASA/JSC Due to medical reasons, NASA has had to swap out one astronaut for another.NASA astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke will replace Eric Boe for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, scheduled to launch later in 2019.”Boe is unable to fly due to medical reasons,” NASA said in a statement Tuesday, but he will stay on the mission as assistant to the chief for commercial crew at NASA’s Johnson Space Center — the role Fincke previously held.Fincke is a seasoned replacement, having completed three space trips since joining the astronaut corps in 1996. He has spent 382 days in space and performed nine spacewalks.Fincke joins astronauts Nicole Mann from NASA and Chris Ferguson from Boeing for the mission.The Starliner’s Crew Flight Test will be the first manned launch of the spacecraft, which is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, a partnership with Boeing and SpaceX aiming to launch humans to the International Space Station (ISS).If successful, Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, reportedly due to make its first launch — unmanned — on Feb. 9, will mark the first time in history NASA has sent astronauts to space on systems “owned, built, tested and operated by private companies”.NASA retired its Space Shuttle Program in 2011, and says working with Boeing and SpaceX will allow American astronauts to launch to the ISS from the US using American-made rockets for the first time since the closure. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img 22 Photos Tags Sci-Tech Boeing NASAlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing

first_img Frost Giants, magical melee weapons, a whirlwind LOTR-style catchup voiceover intro covering Norse mythology: I’m in my element already with this one. Psyched. https://t.co/SGYWuyxmiw pic.twitter.com/Ec3lOzhesJ— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 26, 2019 I don’t know what this movie is about in any way, but I do know that’s no way to treat a librarian. #DoctorStrange https://t.co/k3AxPAc5oh pic.twitter.com/MIelZxL6q5— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 17, 2019 Now I’m done, and it feels great. Granted, my marathon wasn’t quite as intense as my CNET co-worker Abrar Al-Heeti’s 59-hour back-to-back run, but it was still pretty intense. Now I’m caught up with the rest of humanity, ready to find out what comes next. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 2:04 Marvel Bagheera was always my favorite from the Jungle Book. After meeting the enigmatic T’Challa in Civil War and knowing this was up for best picture, the anticipation is high. https://t.co/k3AxPAc5oh pic.twitter.com/E4DtV69k3d— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 14, 2019 26 Photos 4/9 Seeing this in the theater with my 2 daughters. They’re psyched too, and tell me they’re glad Captain Marvel is a girl. https://t.co/cbaRaU9fRn pic.twitter.com/5xwcahdUJL— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 20, 2019 4 Avengers: Age of UltronThe first Avengers is still my favorite and sets a too-high bar. This one was packed with HUGE action and sets up Civil War perfectly, but it lacked the cohesiveness and little gems of character development that could put it over the top. Scarlet Witch is awesome though.  4/5 Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 20 Thor (2011) 4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) The Incredible Hulk (2008) The Incredible HulkNot good. It had its moments, particularly during the setup and with the introduction of wacky Mr. Blue. But overall it’s much more of a downer than the first two, and kinda plodded along. 21 2:23 4/13 My biggest question going into this one is how he can openly be a super hero, no secret identity, just living his billionaire life as Iron Man. Also, psyched to see Samuel L’s real Nick Fury credit! pic.twitter.com/SeUDXKBQeu— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 24, 2019 15 3/19 Tesseract is misbehaving in my house, my house #TheAvengers2012 https://t.co/SGYWuyOXa4 pic.twitter.com/76HXJNUDzn— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 29, 2019 Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order How to watch every Marvel movie and TV show in the perfect order Avengers: Endgame countdown: How to stream every Marvel movie before April 26 Everything Avengers Endgame at GameSpot Katz’s month-long MCU marathon, final ranks Captain America: The Winter SoldierGoing in, I’d heard from multiple people that this was their favorite MCU movie overall, and I can see why. It’s a masterpiece of tight pacing and unbelievable action tempered by nuanced character building and, yes, realism in a comic book movie. Now playing: Watch this: Doctor StrangeMy third-least-favorite so far. It has a lot of cool-looking effects, plenty of magic and the best cloak ever, but the characters are poorly developed and I never got a good handle on the new mythology and storylines. After Ultron I’m dying to know what happens with Tony and Cap and Thanos that new dude with the stone in his forehead. But first I guess a man with Ant powers. Since I don’t have Disney Plus yet so I’m just gonna rent is now OK? https://t.co/k3AxPAc5oh pic.twitter.com/nylbfiRXdF— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 12, 2019 More Marvel Anyway here’s my final reports and twitter threads along with my personal rankings (note: I am not a real expert). For everyone who followed along and gave me advice on twitter, thanks.  Guardians of the GalaxyI watched this one and Vol. 2 as a Friday night double feature, and both felt less connected to any of the other films. Still a blast though. I like this one better because it’s funnier — best rapid-fire dialog of the MCU — and I enjoyed meeting all the colorful characters for the first time.  ThorAll of a sudden the superheroes are gods. There’s magic, space travel and mythology set in a breathtaking new fantasy multiverse. To this nerdy D&D alum, Thor was manna from Asgard. 1:58 3:13 2:10 3/25 19 This scene from Captain America reminds me of the perspective shot from Fellowship with huge Gandalf and tiny Frodo on the wagon. pic.twitter.com/DUdSRK0FV5— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 18, 2019 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) I can’t believe this far into my MCU Odyssey I’m watching another Spider-Man movie. After Spidey’s surprise intro in Civil War I’m hoping they continue to keep it crispy fresh. https://t.co/LTqv4Ew1E4 pic.twitter.com/BDK858aFhx— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 16, 2019 Iron Man 2Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable, especially after The Incredible Hulk. The quintessential scene was Tony drunk at his own birthday party shooting the watermelon. Priceless. 4/18 Thor: RagnarokI laughed, then laughed again, but not too hard. This installment was so entertaining, so different from the first two Thor films that it ended up being the best surprise of all of them. And Kate Blanchett as Hela was as intimidating and powerful as Galadriel herself. Ready to Ragnarok. https://t.co/XjyJTIYwlX pic.twitter.com/q21aySXO4k— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 19, 2019 Post-Avengers and the Thanos cameo at the end, remembering how Tony nuked that mothership full of invaders before falling back to Earth, guessing he tries to go it alone in this one, hoping the ensemble shows up anyway. #ironman3 https://t.co/SGYWuyxmiw pic.twitter.com/isBZdyptqg— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 1, 2019 4/11 2:14 2:01 From Drizzt Do’Urden to Eöl, Morrowind to Menzoberranzan, Dark Elves have never let me down. Hoping this isn’t the first time. #thorthedarkworld https://t.co/SGYWuyxmiw pic.twitter.com/y7uAYZdY2f— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 3, 2019 This is the end. Well, not the #endgame an end of sorts: the last MCU movie I’m seeing for the first time. Based on the first Ant-man, hope is high. https://t.co/GNPhTsG4S1 pic.twitter.com/CetDjgsiOg— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 23, 2019 What my month-long Marvel binge taught meAlright, some crazy people like my colleague Abrar Al-Heeti are watching them all back-to-back, and more power to her. I can’t begin to imagine doing that.  Avengers: Infinity WarOh my god. I can’t believe that just happened. This one started out incredible and just got better. After nearly 20 movies where superheroes proved mostly invulnerable, the coming of Thanos and the final cliffhanger were perfect counter-programming. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Runtime (hours) Captain MarvelSeeing this right after the IW finale restored hope in the best possible way. My daughters loved it and I appreciated the introduction of an ultra-powerful hero who could potentially help resolve the Endgame. And seeing Fury again made it even better. 2:29 4/19 14 Date watched Captain America: Civil WarI didn’t quite buy the schism between our heroes, but that’s beside the point. Watching a team of “enhanced individuals” develop animosity and deal with all the realistic repercussions of powers in an otherwise normal world overcame my quibbles. That and the near perfect fight scenes. Captain America: The First AvengerI really liked it. I was totally unfamiliar with the story. The CGI’d small-to-large hero, the Captain’s stage career and the period setting in general were refreshing highlights. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Ant-ManReally entertaining, original and among the funniest installments, this one just kept giving unexpected gifts. I loved the innovative powers and how he uses them, as well as the great character development from all three protagonists.  1 Doctor Strange (2016) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017) 3:13 13 11 Even maintaining my relatively leisurely pace of roughly a film every 1.7 days I feel like I missed plenty of stuff, and am already looking forward to rewatching them. The good news is that I was able to appreciate them individually and as a group. Here’s a few takeaways.I legitimately loved many more of these films than I thought I would. The best are superb examples of moviemaking and even the worst had great moments. I don’t regret watching any of them.My favorite overall so far is Infinity War, followed by the first Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok. The first two are multi-hero ensembles while the latter was just a friggin’ blast. Some of the origin stories were great too. My favorites were Spider-Man: Homecoming, the original Iron Man and Captain Marvel. My experience of the last one was enhanced by watching in the theater with my daughters.What impressed me most about the MCU, especially after watching them all in close succession so the in-world build was fresh in my mind, was the way the characters came together and interacted. The level of humor was consistently awesome in many films. The funniest to me was Thor: Ragnarok but Ant-Man (the original) and Spider-Man: Homecoming were up there too. I can also see why a lot of people love the two Guardians films, but I thought they tried too hard.The action sequences rocked but Winter Soldier and Civil War stood out, as did a couple of the the major battles in the original Avengers, Age of Ultron and the incredible epic clashes during Infinity War. The freeway fight in Winter Soldier was the best in the MCU.The gut-punch at the end of Infinity War hit all the harder because of the affinity I had developed in such a short time with the heroes. I was glad to have Captain Marvel and Ant-Man to help recover afterward.My final four watch order deviated from official CNET canon because twitter. I can see why some people might enjoy IW and Endgame back-to-back, but I really wanted to watch all the end-credit scenes (I’m kind of a completeist), and following that canon meant I would’ve had to skip a few to avoid spoilers.  The Avengers (2012) 3/17 I’m ready for you guys now.  Marvel Studios You know something? These Marvel movies are pretty good.Until about a month ago I’d never seen any of them all the way through. No Iron Man, no Captain America and definitely no Avengers: Infinity War. It was a glaring cultural blind spot. The release of Avengers: Endgame provided the perfect excuse to fix it.So in anticipation of Endgame’s release on April 26, I’ve spent a good chunk of my recent evenings watching all 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve ingested more superhero awesomeness than any mortal should. I managed to avoid spoiling anything, which would make the Russo brothers happy. And I’ve also been live-tweeting my random dumb thoughts as I watch, because sharing is caring. Now playing: Watch this: 5 2:21 4/16 Iron Man (2008) 7 2:06 4/12 Ant-Man (2015) 1:57 2:03 2:04 The AvengersEasily the best one yet, and a contender for my top 10 favorite movies of all time. All those personalities, motivations and superpowers kept me enthralled without becoming entangled. Another level altogether. Share your voice Spider-Man: HomecomingThe most fun of any MCU installment yet, with a pitch-perfect high school hero who does more to endear himself in five minutes than some of these guys do over two or three films. And Michael Keaton as the antagonist gets a killer surprise twist that scared teenage me to death. 2:16 3 I’m watching every @Marvel movie (for the 1st time) before #Endgame and I need your help. Assuming I skip the mid & end credit scenes from AM+Wasp and Captain Marvel to avoid spoilers, which watch order should I follow? Chrono by release or ending with 3 wars? #NoSpoilers— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 17, 2019 Iron Man 3I came out of The Avengers hoping for more superhero world-building, but what I got was all-too-human Tony dealing with PTSD and getting help from a scrappy kid in Tennessee. Still a lot of fun despite the narrower scope. 1:55 12 The 10th MCU installment already feels like something entirely new. #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy https://t.co/z5QghhAJOp pic.twitter.com/CH1d4QazYk— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 5, 2019 Thor: The Dark WorldThis one was a disappointment — barely better than The Incredible Hulk — and not just because the dark elves were meh. It seems like the most generic superhero of the series so far: too much empty action, not enough care. Iron Man 2 (2010) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 18 3/21 2 So “Ultron” is a name I’ve never heard before. And I have no idea how old he or she is. Guess that’s about to change. https://t.co/k3AxPAc5oh pic.twitter.com/ASup43AJJR— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 10, 2019 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2Plenty of LOL moments and an absolutely killer final scene, but this one felt bogged down in the second half by a less-than-compelling villain, repetitive set-to-music scenes and running gags that ran long. Baby Groot was hella cute, but I like grown-up Groot better. 4/4 Iron Man 3 (2013) 4/22 Black PantherEpic in scale and beautiful to watch, this one maintained an approachability in its secondary characters and plenty of jaw-dropping action. The most original setting in the MCU was pure moviemaking joy to see realized.  3/31 Iron Man Even better. Tony Stark’s playboy character threw me at first, but the awesomeness of his gadgets, his personal quest to make real power armor, and the overall humor really won me over. I have some catching up to do, it’s Friday night and the first GoG just wrapped up so it’s double feature time. I expect more laughs, garishly pigmented skin, space dogfights and classic 70’s R&B. https://t.co/z5QghhAJOp pic.twitter.com/8KtWfzRccu— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 6, 2019 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Starting Iron Man. I can’t imagine any scion of a military contractor getting such scads of good press today. Also, there were a lot more magazines in 2008. https://t.co/z0FjelJOVj pic.twitter.com/fI19kWZH6W— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 20, 2019 8 16 Avengers: Endgame review — Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Endgame and every other MCU movie, ranked from worst to best Marvel star Brie Larson talks Audi E-Tron, EV ownership and more Way before Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a huge risk Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014) 2:27 17 1:55 3/23 3/28 The Incredible Hulk. People have told me it’s one of the worst, totally skippable, etc. But I’m no skipper. I’m in it for the whole enchilada. And it’s Edward Norton. How bad can it be? https://t.co/SGYWuyxmiw pic.twitter.com/YQDYX7qQvP— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) March 22, 2019 2:09 Captain America: Civil War. I’ve heard nothing but good things. After the Ant-man end credits I gather Tony won’t be much help with Bucky here. Beyond that, no clue. I’m strapped in and ready for action. https://t.co/XjyJTIYwlX pic.twitter.com/OmHCHdEmv1— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 12, 2019 Tags 4/20 2:16 4/15 10 More MCU goodness Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 4/2 Black Panther (2018) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Rank Since I’m watching these in the canonical order I started with the first Captain America. Now I’m finally up to the second. Much has happened, so much more to come. I do like winter. https://t.co/SGYWuyxmiw pic.twitter.com/tp3WszNxEi— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 5, 2019 So she’s gonna do in 2+ days what’s taken me more than a month. @alheeti_3 is truly the Hulk to my Loki. #punybinge #abrarsmash https://t.co/h0dBIyyuFR— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 19, 2019 1:52 Ant-Man and The WaspMy marathon ended on a relative low note, but I’m fine with that. Although very funny and packed with family love, cool concepts and visuals, this felt like the most derivative of the sequels and, unlike Captain Marvel, unnecessary to the broader MCU-scape (at least so far). My favorite part was the first post-credits scene. Thor: The Dark World (2013) Been a long time coming. I still have two movies to go but this one already feels like the beginning of the #endgame I have the sneaking suspicion not all of our heroes will make it out alive. https://t.co/MCgA3TCxug pic.twitter.com/MjBblnI406— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 20, 2019 9 15 Photos Originally published March 17.  1:52 7 Comments 2:10 6 2:13last_img read more

Sensex to End the Year at 26900 Yuan Devaluation to Weigh HSBC

first_imgGlobal brokerage firm HSBC has kept its Sensex target for calendar 2015 unchanged at 26,900, saying China’s yuan devaluation could have a “domino effect” on the rupee, triggering heavy capital outflows. The firm has revised its target to 26,900 in May this year, down from 30,100. The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 27,931.64 on Wednesday, 100 points above its Tuesday close.HSBC has cautioned over recent offloading of shares by foreign investors in Indian markets. Overseas investor had pulled out $500 million from Indian equities, marking the highest weekly outflow in 74 weeks.”Continued logjam in Parliament combined with the devaluation of the yuan led to a sharp spike in outflows from India,” The Economic Times reported, citing a note by HSBC’s Jitendra Sriram and Vikas Ahuja.The Modi government failed to pass the land acquisition bill and the goods and services tax (GST) bill in the recently-concluded monsoon session of Parliament, as the Opposition disrupted both the Houses over the Lalit Modi row.”The delay in passage of key legislations such as GST and the Land Bill has kept investor sentiments subdued,” said the analysts.The depreciation in rupee as a result of yuan devaluation by Chinese authorities is also weighing on the domestic stock markets.The rupee has fallen by over 2% against the US dollar since China’s announced its currency devaluation move last week.Besides, global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday trimmed its growth estimate for India to 7% in the current fiscal year ending March 2016 from a previous forecast of 7.5%, citing lower-than-expected monsoon rainfall witnessed so far across the country.last_img read more

Taxman chomps away at discounts ecommerce firms face the heat

first_imgEmployees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru on August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaE-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon have appealed against an income tax order of last year which if implemented would force them to pay tax at a time they are engaged in cut-throat competition for market share in India.The issue involves money spent by e-commerce companies on marketing through deep discounts, an Economic Times (ET) report said on Saturday.So far, these discounts were clubbed by these companies under marketing costs, to which the income tax department had objected in a recent assessment order by pointing out that these costs constitute capital expenditure which may aid future revenues.The income tax department said that by giving discounts the e-commerce companies are creating intangibles which can aid future revenues.Reclassifying discountsThe department felt that such discount-related expenses can’t be classified as marketing costs, and instead, should be reclassified as capital expenditure. Hence, these should not be deducted from revenues, ET reported, adding that this practice has been causing huge losses for e-commerce firms.The companies had approached the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Bengaluru, last month after an assessment order of last year asked them to reclassify marketing expenditure as capital expenditure.The assessment orders were passed last year and applied to all e-commerce companies, the report said.If the tax department’s methodology is followed, e-commerce companies could turn profitable and be liable for tax in India, ET said in its report. For, these customer discounts have been classified by e-commerce companies as marketing expenses and deducted from revenue, leading to huge losses on their balance-sheets.Flipkart and Amazon’s appeal was heard last month but the CIT (appeals) did not take an immediate decision.Sanjay Sanghvi, partner (tax) at law firm Khaitan & Co, was quoted as telling ET that the quantum of business expenditure to be incurred is the prerogative of the business concerned to decide. “The Assessing Officer (of income tax) has no say in dictating terms of business to a taxpayer, as to how to run his business. There are enough judicial decisions supporting this proposition,” Sanghvi was quoted as saying. The logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaA new harassment routeThe newspaper quoted experts as saying that the revenue department’s stand could open a Pandora’s Box for several startups and e-commerce companies as it dictates how entrepreneurs must conduct their businesses.Amit Maheshwari, partner, Ashok Maheshwary & Associates, was quoted in the ET report as saying that if such tax demands are made, then several startups including e-commerce companies and FMCG companies who are in the B2C space will start facing the heat from the tax department and end up being embroiled in litigation.”The taxpayers may have to argue that these expenses are incurred every year and are necessary to run the business and create demand for their services, and without such expenses these startups may just fold up,” Amit Maheshwari, said in the ET report.Online retail giant Amazon has secured approval to stock and sell food and groceries in India, potentially expanding its business in the fast-growing economy where it is in a pitched battle with home-grown rival Flipkart.Reuters had reported last month that Amazon plans to invest $500 million in the food segment, over and above the $5 billion it has already committed to investing in India.Deep customer discounting will play a major role in the company’s strategy to tackle the under-penetrated online grocery market in India which is the traditional preserve of mom-and-pop stores.Venture-funded Flipkart, whose backers include Tiger Global, Tencent Holdings and Microsoft, also plans to move into the groceries space.last_img read more

BNP alleges reign of terror by ruling party

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the ruling party has established a ‘reign of terror’ in the country by defying rules, reports UNB.”Under the rule of the current government, the ruling party terrorists have turned the entire country into a state of terror by disrespecting the laws and rules,” he said in a statement.The statement was issued protesting against the attack on Feni unit Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal president Zakir Hossain Jasim’s business centre.Fakhrul also alleged that the government has continued attacks and repression on BNP leaders and activists to politically harass and humiliate them.The BNP leader claimed that the ruling party ‘cadres’ attacked ‘Sensive’ Hospital in Feni owned by Jasim, leaving its many staff and nurses injured.”The attack on a service-providing institution has demonstrated how much severe the government’s brutal attitude towards its opponents,” he observed.He demanded the government arrest the attackers and mete out exemplary punishment to them.last_img read more

US Navy probes after female Marines pictured naked

first_imgUS naval investigators are probing allegations that Marines distributed nude pictures of female service personnel taken without their knowledge, officials said Monday.The explicit photos, shared on a secret Facebook page which has since been taken down, reportedly showed female Marines and other women in various states of undress.Posts on the website, called “Marines United,” also contained lewd comments about some of the women.“The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in Marines United, a closed website,” the United States Marine Corps (USMC) said in a statement on its website.“This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust and degrades the individual. The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior, which undermines its core values.”Because the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy, the scandal is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).“NCIS is investigating those who are posting explicit photos without the permission of the person in the photos, which is potentially a felony. Beyond that, NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations,” the agency said in a statement.Fox News reported that those with access to the site included active-duty and retired male Marines, Navy personnel and British Royal Marines.The head of the US congressional committee that oversees the military called the website “unacceptable.”“Revelations of this sort of treatment against fellow Marines are troubling,” said Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.“Degrading behavior of this kind is entirely unacceptable. They and the nation deserve better.“I expect the Marine Corps to investigate this matter fully with appropriate consequences for those who willingly participated.”last_img read more

Arte Público Press Interview Dr Kathleen Contreras

first_imgArte Público PressDr. Kathleen Contreras – Author of Harvesting Friends Arte Público PressHarvesting Friends by Dr. Kathleen ContrerasGardening, generosity, redemption and delicious food all come together in the new bilingual children’s book Harvesting Friends/Cosechando amigos by Dr. Kathleeen Contreras. Lupe loves to work with her mother in their salsa garden. Lupe notices that some of their tomatoes are missing and eventually comes upon a young boy from her school attempting to steal the tomatoes.  Lupe offers him a deal – share the labor and share the bounty. Pretty soon the entire neighborhood is participating in their new community garden, making new friends and enjoying delicious food together.   Listen More information available at www.artepublicopress.com 00:00 /19:56 Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Contreras.   X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more