Moeen Ali wears a wristband as he fields during the second day of the third cricket Test match of the series between England and India in Southampton on Monday, July 28, 2014. Photo: AP.The International Cricket Council has warned England cricketer Moeen Ali not to wear the wrist bands related to the Gaza unrest again. An ICC rule says that players should not wear messages related to “political, religious or racial activities” during matches.Earlier, the all-rounder was photographed wearing wristbands saying “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” while batting for England in the third test against India on Monday.The England and Wales Cricket Board told The Associated Press it did not believe Moeen had committed any offence, while adding that it did not know he was going to wear the wristbands on day two of the match.Moeen Ali hits a shot during the second day of the third cricket test match. Photo: AP.But the 27-year-old Moeen, who was out for 12, could still be in trouble from cricket’s governing body ICC whose regulations do not allow players to display political, religious or racial statements on their clothing and equipment while taking part in international matches.Azizulhasni Awang, a Malaysian cyclist competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was reprimanded by his team last week for wearing gloves saying “Save Gaza” and warned he would be expelled if he did it again.Moeen Ali is unlikely to face punishment after being photographed wearing wristbands saying Save Gaza. Photo: AP.Israel launched its military operation against Gaza’s Hamas rulers three weeks ago, saying it wants to decimate Hamas’ ability to fire rockets at Israel. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed since then with Israel losing 43 soldiers and two civilians, as well as a Thai worker.- Associated Pressadvertisement
A day after self-styled Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan was convicted in a 15-year-old rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana, Punjab and neighbouring areas find themselves wrapped in a blanket of arson, restrictions and unrest.Swinging into action today, the Haryana government authorities sealed 36 Dera ashrams in areas including Kurukshetra, Ambala and Kaithal among others.This comes in response to orders of the High Court that announced that all losses caused to property by Gurmeet’s followers will be compensated by Dera properties. Soon after which, the sect removed the mention of all its ashrams in various parts of north India from its website.District administration and police sealed two ashrams of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Kurukshetra, today. #RamRahimSingh pic.twitter.com/bPziK7YdNd- ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2017In a spate of latest developments, the Chandigarh Police has arrested six bodyguards of Ram Rahim and seized arms, kerosene oil tins from them.In addition, over 600 people have been sent into preventive detention and 60 vehicles of Dera supporters impounded.Meanwhile, curfew in Punjab’s Mansa town has been relaxed for four hours and 10 paramilitary companies have been deployed in Haryana’s Rohtak city.The violence that ensued after the verdict, has till now claimed over 30 lives including seven women and injured as many as 250 people.Also Read:Violence after Baba Ram Rahim conviction: How Khattar failed on three occasions in as many years Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport erupts across 3 states in baba’s nameWATCH | My Take: Time for PM Modi to act against Khattar government in Haryana advertisement
Mikel Merino Newcastle’s Merino delighted with ‘better than Fabregas’ chants Alberto Piñero Last updated 2 years ago 20:11 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Newcastle United Premier League The 21-year-old midfielder was amused to earn the praise of his new side’s supporters and revealed his admiration for Rafael Benitez EXCLUSIVEMikel Merino was delighted to hear Newcastle United fans label him better than Cesc Fabregas after his bright start at the club.The 21-year-old midfielder joined the newly-promoted Premier League side from Borussia Dortmund on an initial loan deal, which includes an obligation to buy him after 20 appearances.Newcastle 21/10 to beat Swansea Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Spain Under 21 international has played in all three of Newcastle’s league games this season and has made an immediate impression on fans.And Merino is happy to hear the amusing chant the Magpies fans have already made about him.”I was very amused,” he told Goal. “‘He comes from Spain, he has a lot of class and he’s better than Fabregas’, they more or less sing. I saw it on Twitter, it was very funny.”Merino had signed a five-year deal with Dortmund in February 2016 after joining from Osasuna but was coveted by several sides this summer after making just nine appearances in all competitions.A return to Spain was raised as a possibility, but he opted to team up with Rafael Benitez.”It was a busy summer. I think [Newcastle] was the right decision. Newcastle pushed for me, and what a player wants is to feel loved and valued to prove what he is capable of doing,” he said. “Newcastle gave me that. “The city is very nice, the team is great, the coach is one of the best there is and I can learn a lot from him, so in the end it’s a place where I can learn a lot.”I wanted Benitez to be at Newcastle, and it struck me that he trusted me. He is one of the best and I can learn a lot from him. He is very meticulous, takes all of his options into account and knows a lot about football. That comes in handy when you’re young.”I’m not 100% yet. But eventually I’ll get to that level. For now I am adapting to the speed and pace of the Premier League. But I’m becoming a footballer again. I have been able to play at the start of the season start and that is very important.”Despite his limited role in Thomas Tuchel’s side last season, the Spaniard says he learned a lot in Germany.”Last season helped me to see professional football differently. To see that not everything is as beautiful as before. To learn from it, to know that we must continue fighting even if things go wrong. I matured a lot as a footballer and as a person.”Merino was on the Dortmund bus when it was attacked by nail bombs en route to their Champions League clash with Monaco, heavily injuring defender Marc Bartra, and described the terrifying scene as passengers feared for their lives.”Normally I would be at the back with Marc Bartra, but that day I sat in the front, because there was a free space,” he said. “I put my headphones at full blast, and as we went 10 metres, I heard a super loud, deafening sound. We did not know where it came from. “The bus ended up on two wheels because of the blast. When we looked, we could not see anything. Only smoke. The windows were broken. The people on the floor, no one knew what was going on, some screaming, there was blood. It was a shock. “We didn’t know whether to move forward or to remain still. We thought that if they had put a bomb and we were not dead, they could arrive with guns to finish the job. “If we went ahead, they could have had more bombs as well. At the end, we moved forward and moved away from the area of the explosion. There were people who got off the bus, but I did not dare. We were terrified. It was pretty hard. But in the end what you have is the memory to value what we have more.”Dortmund saw Ousmane Dembele leave for Barcelona this summer in a deal which could reach €147 million, and Merino is sure the 20-year-old attacker will impress at Camp Nou.”I do not know if I expected him to reach that fee,” he added. “But I expected that he was of the level to sign for Barcelona. He is a great player with a bright future. “The market is as it is and these figures are paid. Beyond the money that has been spent, the signing is very good for the future that awaits Dembele. He is a great player: plays with both feet, very, very fast, able to change any game at any time. For players like that you pay a lot of money. I suppose it will take some time, but he will do very well in La Liga.”
Centene shares are tumbling after Humana took the rare step of publicly refuting reports that it’s interested in buying the company.Centene Corp., based in St. Louis, is in the midst of a $15 billion takeover of WellCare, another insurer specializing in government funded health coverage.Humana said in a prepared statement Monday that it will not make a bid for Centene, which specializes in running state-based Medicaid coverage programs. Humana is one of the nation’s largest providers of privately run Medicare Advantage plans.Companies normally do not comment on potential deals. But Humana Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, said it made an exception due to “significant investor speculation and persistent market rumours.”Centene shares dropped more than 8% in early trading while Humana’s stock climbed 5%.The Associated Press
16 December 2008The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders continued United Nations-sponsored talks on the reunification of the Mediterranean island today, pledging to meet again before the year’s end to examine issues concerning state and federal law. In May, Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.Speaking to the press after today’s meeting at the UN Protected Area in Nicosia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, reported that the two leaders focused their discussions on external relations and the powers of a federal government.The leaders are slated to return to the negotiations on 22 December, when they will discuss the relationship between laws passed by the federal government and legislation created by the country’s constituent states.The full-fledged power-sharing negotiations, central to the reunification process in Cyprus – where UN peacekeepers have been deployed since March 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities – began in September.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today informed Parliament that an investigation has been launched into reports that a Government Minister was protecting five underworld leaders.A media report today quoted a senior police officer as saying that five underworld leaders had been appointed as the private bodyguards of a Minister. The media report said that the Police were unable to arrest the five underworld leaders as they had the support of the Minister. Wickremesinghe said that the media report did not quote the name of the Police officer who gave the details so the newspaper was asked to furnish information related to the allegation. (Colombo Gazette)
The medical community was partially blamed last week for the problems Norfolk has encountered with legal marijuana grow-operations in the rural zone.Mayor Kristal Chopp took over-prescribing doctors to task in Ottawa and again at Governor Simcoe Square during a meeting of Norfolk council.Chopp made an issue of dubious prescriptions at the annual general meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Chopp reiterated her suspicion that doctors are writing “fraudulent” prescriptions at council Aug. 22, the day after the AMO conference ended.Chopp made a presentation on the issue in Ottawa to the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus (WOWC), of which she is a member. WOWC represents 15 upper- and single-tier municipalities in south-western Ontario. Together, these municipalities are home to more than three million residents.“It was interesting in the room how split it was,” Chopp told Norfolk council last week.“Either there was a complete lack of knowledge of the distinction between a ‘licensed’ producer and a ‘designated’ producer — of course — the designated producers being the ones that are causing us the challenges. Then the other half of the room put their hands up to say they too have similar problems in their community.“There is an appetite to band together to put some pressure not only on the federal government from the licensing side of things, but also the provincial government in terms of these doctors who are issuing fraudulent, essentially, prescriptions for sometimes upward of 500 plants to patients for personal consumption. I’m pretty sure we all know no one is smoking 500 plants.”Chopp took it a step further near the end of last week’s conference in Ottawa when she came to the microphone during AMO’s annual “bear pit” session.The bear pit provides a forum for delegates to raise issues with Ontario cabinet ministers and provincial officials that were not on the conference agenda.Chopp encouraged officials in the attorney-general’s office to investigate physicians who regularly write prescriptions for large amounts of medical marijuana.Chopp’s concerns are not new. The Ontario Provincial Police have expressed concern in recent years that a significant amount of legal marijuana produced for medicinal purposes is finding its way onto the black market.The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) was asked last week to provide scenarios justifying the prescribing of hundreds of plants per year to an individual. Spokesperson Lisa Murray speculated it might have something to do with the potential for a large percentage of plants to die before reaching maturity. However, OMA had nothing further to say about Chopp’s allegation at press time Tuesday.Chopp makes the distinction between “licensed” producers – that is, grow operations regulated by Health Canada – and “designated” producers.Due to a court ruling involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, holders of prescriptions for medical marijuana can delegate responsibility for producing the cannabis they need to third-party growers.Whereas Health Canada has strict rules governing odour, security, light pollution and the like for federally-licensed grow facilities, no such oversight applies to designated growers.Designated growers can produce marijuana for up to four clients. If each client has a prescription for 500 plants a year, a grower can conceivably produce as many as 2,000 plants per annum.Many basic greenhouses in Norfolk and elsewhere have been given over to this purpose. Because they lack strict controls, the pungent aroma of marijuana fills the air as the plants inside reach maturity.Many people find the skunk-like odour offensive to the point of nausea and have – on occasion – sought relief by temporarily relocating themselves and their families to alternative lodgings.Norfolk’s planning department responded earlier this year with a dedicated set of regulations requiring specific setbacks for legal grow-ops from sensitive land uses such as homes, schools, churches, daycare centres, hospitals and the like.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 74-62 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team surprised many with a breakout 2017-18 campaign that ended with a 24-7 overall record and 15-3 conference record. For the successful season, three Buckeyes were named to various All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced Monday.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was named to the first team by both media and coaches. Senior Jae’Sean Tate was named second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and was honorable mention by the media. Center Kaleb Wesson was named to the All-Big Ten freshman team. Bates-Diop averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while playing in 32.7 minutes per game. He finished the regular season with 12 double-doubles and scored more than 20 points a dozen times. He was one of two unanimous selections for the first team by both the coaches and media, along with Michigan State forward Miles Bridges.Tate finished the regular season with an average of 12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Tate was on the All-Big Ten honorable mention team last season. Wesson had an average of 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
The tortoise family Credit:West Midland Safari Park The baby pancake tortoise was named FinnCredit:West Midland Safari Park Pancake tortoises usually inhabit the mountains of Kenya and Tanzania, however Finn’s mum and dad arrived from Amsterdam a few years ago as part of the programme.Meet Pumpkin: This adorable orphaned raccoon thinks it’s a dog Steve Slater, Deputy Head of the Discovery Trail, said the species are classified as ‘vulnerable’, making Finn’s arrival even more exciting.“The keepers excitedly opened the incubator after waiting many weeks and were completely shell-shocked to discover this little but very important find — the very first baby of this species at West Midland Safari Park,” he said. “The pancake tortoise is a species of flat-shelled tortoise, in the family ‘Testudinidae’. Its common name refers to the flat shape of its shell. Unlike other tortoises, the shell on a pancake tortoise is actually flexible making them lighter and speedier than other tortoises.“The biggest threat to pancake tortoises is habitat destruction and being taken for the pet trade. Due to its vulnerable status, they are now the subject of a breeding programme in European zoos, which ours are a part of.” An adorable pancake tortoise has left keepers shell-shocked as the newest arrival at West Midland Safari Park.The tiny tortoise, which is about the size of a 50p coin, has been named Finn and hatched on July 3. Posing for the camera Credit:West Midland Safari Park Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Welcome back to Geek.com’s Origin of the species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction, or horror races or species, delving deep into history, fiction, mythology and etymology. Check out our previous installments on orcs, zombies, and robots!I love elves. I’ve loved them for years. Loved them deeply and consistently ever since I learned that my name, Aubrey, is actually an English version of the German Alberich, a name which means “elf power.” While the kids in my elementary school didn’t really understand why that’s cool, I knew the truth: Elves are one of the absolute dopest fantasy races out there, and being named after one was totally cool in 1990s Virginia, even if people didn’t fully realize it.The trouble – the reason that people didn’t fully appreciate how badass my name was – is that during the thousand-plus years that folks have been talking about them, we’ve drastically altered what the term “elf” actually refers to. These days, when someone says “elf,” chances are that they think of something that more or less resembles Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings flicks. That’s because, as with orcs and most all Western fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien’s influence looms extremely large.But the LotR movies aren’t free from other influences, as their depiction of the elves as a martial race with a predilection for archery bears the mark of another elf-heavy bit of fiction: The Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, and other Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings. But those campaign settings? By and large they were invented by people who were absolutely in love with the world of Middle Earth and were eager for a way to spend more time there by melding the setting with their wargaming hobby. Naturally, this brings us back around to Tolkien.An Englishman, Tolkien was a scholar of Anglo-Saxon myth, tradition, and folklore (among other things), which served as a basis for much of his Middle Earth cosmology. But while today we see “English” culture as containing bits of French, Celtic, and countless other traditions, the region, its language, its original religion, and especially its folklore is all Germanic in nature.Elves, in one form or another, exist in practically all Germanic cultures, from Germany itself to England, all the way up into Scandinavia. Typically, they are heavily associated with forests, fields, and wild places, and are said to be exceptionally beautiful. Outside of that, however, classic depictions of elves vary wildly across cultures, making them out to be everything from benevolent helpers to malevolent predators.In medieval German texts, for instance, elves are seen as wicked, monstrous figures, but that wasn’t always the case. If you go back further, German elves were seen in a more positive light, as evidenced by names like the aforementioned Alberich, which date from that period. Likewise, ballads of the Middle Ages often position elves as tempters and temptresses, but depending upon the individual song, elves can be positioned as seducers or outright rapists.While much of Germanic folklore depicts elves as forest spirits existing in our own world but staying hidden from us, Norse mythology takes a different approach. In that particular cosmology, elves are seen as wholly different races, residing on worlds separate from our own. These elves are divided into light elves and dark elves, they possess somewhat more power than humans, though less than full-on gods, and they make their homes upon Alfheim and Svartalfheim, respectively.Discussing elves – especially dark ones – in Norse mythology is tricky, however, because of none other than Snorri Sturluson. A historian and poet, Sturluson is the primary reason that we, in 2016, still have access to such an abundance of old Norse literature, myth, and folklore. One of his most important works is the Prose Edda, which he wrote, compiled or, most likely, did some combination of the two. It’s a phenomenal piece of work, but the problem is this: Sturluson was a Christian.Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a Christian – let me get that out of the way before people in the comments go apoplectic. But at the time that Sturluson was writing, his native Iceland was in the process of conversion from the Norse religion to a Christian one. This process was a slow one that never quite took hold like it did in other European nations, as evidenced by the many people in Iceland who still believe in the country’s elves and “hidden folk.” As a result, Sturluson made certain changes when collecting, adapting, and writing about his country’s beliefs and folklore.Most of these changes were made in order to bring traditional Norse and Icelandic beliefs in line with Christian ones, and they included potential edits that might have made the Norse patriarch of the gods, Odin, more similar to the Jesus of the Christian religion. Another change, one that has more bearing on this discussion, is the depiction of two types of elves, light and dark, mirroring the angels and demons of the Christian cosmology. Some scholars account for mentions of dwarves living in Svartalfheim, the home of the dark elves, by suggesting that Sturluson conflated the two creatures.The conflation of elves with other creatures isn’t unique, however, as it also happened again during the Elizabethan era. This time, however, it wasn’t the stout, rock-biting, mountain-dwelling dwarves that got smashed together with elves. It was the fairies.Germanic, and specifically British, culture has a long tradition of tiny woodland spirits. Sprites, brownies, kobolds, gnomes, and more, they’re all seen as types of mostly benevolent, mostly tiny, mostly magical, mostly hidden creatures. Poets, artists, and playwrights of the period all began to depict elves as just one more type of fairy, reducing their sizes and even sometimes giving them wings like their more flight-based cousins. The most notable example of this is perhaps William Shakespeare’s fairy/elf-heavy Midsummer Night’s Dream, which not only smashes together older concepts like Puck, Robin Goodfellow, and hobgoblins, but also features the king of the fairies, Oberon, whose name is derived from, you guessed it, the German Alberich.What are your favorite depictions of elves in literature and pop culture? You aren’t allowed to say “The Keebler’s” (they betrayed Dril) but we will accept any and all Vulcans (high elves) or Romulans (wood elves). Santa’s helpers count, too.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the elf-heavy sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.
Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You can tell we’re getting to the end of Once Upon a Time because the show is just doling out the reveals left and right. If there were another season in the fall, you could see some of these stories being saved for that. I don’t think anyone involved with the show expected another six seasons, but there are enough stories being juggled here for two or three. It’s easy to imagine a version of this season where Victoria Belfrey and Drizella remained the villains until the end. Then next season would be Gothel and Facilier, and the final season would be the real Dark One/the redemption of Rumplestiltskin. But that’s not the realm we’re living in. We only get this one epilogue season, so it’s all happening in these last remaining episodes.Even if there was going to be another season, this would have been the right time to do away with the curse. There are two episodes left in the season, which means now is the time to get everyone on the same page for the coming two-part battle. Most of this episode focuses on Regina and Lucy trying to get Henry to believe. He started to at the end of last week’s episode, but after kissing Jacinda didn’t break any curse, he’s gone back to his boring adult ways. He’s still in love with Jacinda and wants to be a parent to Lucy, but in this world. Where there’s no magic. There may be a different actor playing him, but Henry can still be the most annoying kid sometimes.Jared Gilmore, Lana Parrilla (Photo: ABC/Jeff Weddell)Speaking of which, the flashbacks in this episode are all in Storybrooke with young Henry (hey, it’s Jared Gilmore!) about to graduate high school. We only see him, Regina and Granny in all these scenes though. Kind of like they could only get the rest of Storybrooke back for a short amount of time, and had to choose their episodes carefully. These scenes start with Henry receiving a sweet classic car for graduation, which comes with the expectation that he’ll stay in Storybrooke for college. Storybrooke has a college? How? Who teaches there? Does the rest of the country know about it? Not that it matters, because he doesn’t want to go there. He wants to go out into the world, move away and possibly study film at UCLA. So Regina has to learn to let go.Fortunately, that doesn’t turn into a big fight that lasts the whole episode. With as much as her character has been through, you’d hope she’d be so understanding by this point. She accepts that her little boy is growing up, and it’s time for him to leave the nest. She doesn’t even freak out when he gets into a minor scrape in his new car. Scratches and dents are part of life, she says. She gives him applications to prestigious universities all over the United States, including Madison because… he likes cheese. You know what? I’ve heard of worse reasons to choose a college. And Henry gets into every college he applies to because he’s such a good writer. What a little asshole. But the poor baby is having doubts. He tells his mom it’s because he had to lie in his college essays (because nobody’s ever done that before), but really it’s because he’s nervous about leaving home.Lana Parrilla, Alison Fernandez, Andrew J. West (Photo via ABC)In Seattle, most of the episode falls into a pattern. Regina tries something to get Henry to remember who he is, it doesn’t work, he gets annoyed. First, it happens with a memory potion from Weaver, but that plan didn’t work with Zelena in San Francisco. Why would it work now? For some reason, Regina doesn’t try headbutting Henry’s memory back, even though it’s worked every time before. Not that I think it would this time, I just think that would have been really funny. Next, she digs up Victoria Belfrey’s grave to get her hands on the second storybook. The one that Henry wrote after becoming The Author. The thinking is, since touching the storybook brought Emma’s memories back way back when, it’ll work for Henry too. Only it doesn’t. He touches the book, and feels nothing. He starts yelling about how he is an adult who only believes in the real world. Like adults do.He does make a good point though, and this is where the episode drops its biggest reveal on us. If all that stuff is true, where are Emma and Snow White and Prince Charming? Why aren’t the heroes trying to find them? Somehow, that question makes Regina realize that the heroes don’t know they’re missing. The curse didn’t just send them all to a fake neighborhood in Seattle that, given the few geographical clues we’ve seen, should be in the middle of Lake Union. It sent them back in time. Yep. Those flashbacks with Henry’s graduation aren’t flashbacks. They’re just what’s happening on the other side of the country in Maine. That’s a pretty big bombshell to just drop in our laps, Once Upon a Time.Andrew J. West, Lana Parrilla (Photo via ABC)It turns out to be the key to getting Henry’s memory back, though. Regina slips his adoption papers into his bag, and out of curiosity, he calls the home phone number listed on the sheet. His younger self picks up, and all the memories come flooding back. All triggered by his memory of getting grad advice from a creepy dude who wouldn’t identify his name. He WAS that creepy dude. Henry helps his younger self through his anxieties about moving away, and leads him to a present that almost went forgotten: A magic bean that would allow him to come home. By the way, that advice? Home isn’t a place; it’s the people? Yeah OK, Once Upon a Time. I also enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok. I guess you can’t get too mad at Disney for ripping itself off. That is kind of the premise of this show, come to think of it.The rest of the episode sees Weaver finally bringing Rogers up to speed on what’s really going on. Magic is real, and Eloise Gardner is really an evil witch named Gothel. She’s controlling Tilly/Alice in the Coven of Eight so they can summon a storm that wipes out all of humanity. Yes, we finally learn that’s what Gothel’s goal was. The stakes would certainly have been higher this season had we known that from the start, but it doesn’t matter. It never gets brought up again, and won’t be an issue in the next two weeks. Seriously. Rogers tries to save Tilly, but touching her throws him away. He and Weaver ask Margot to try and get through to her, but Tilly tearfully says she can’t leave. Then, she shrinks all three of them to miniature size.Rose Reynolds (Photo via ABC)So now it looks like all is lost. The spell is going to work. Regina has confronted Gothel with a baseball bat, but is easily outmatched. Thankfully, Henry believes now and rushes to his mother’s aid. He begs her not to leave him, and kisses her forehead. That’s the true love’s kiss that breaks the curse. As rushed as all this feels, this part of the episode really works. Andrew J. West’s emotional scenes have an authenticity to them you don’t always get from this show. It would have been so easy for this scene to feel saccharine and cheesy, but he makes it work. It’s genuinely emotional, which makes this whole climax better. With magic back in the world, Alice is released from the spell, and she, Robin and Hook rush to fight Gothel. Hook puts himself at great risk to hold Alice’s hand, and lend her strength. Margot follows suit, and Gothel is defeated surprisingly easily. I will say though, that shot of her turning into a tree is surprisingly horrifying. It looked painful.So that’s it. Gothel is defeated, and the curse is broken. There are still two episodes left though, so where does it go from here? That’s where it starts feeling like they’re cramming another season or two worth of story int a two-part finale. At first, you think the big bad is going to be Samdi. After all, he steals Belle’s Up-inspired adventure book. Rumplestiltskin goes to get it back, and almost kills Samdi before realizing Belle wouldn’t want him to. So they fight Samdi next week, right? Well, no. As soon as Rumple backs off, Samdi gets stabbed in the back. The Wish Realm version of Rumplestiltskin has come to Hyperion Heights. So that’s the final battle of Once Upon a Time. Rumplestiltskin will have to defeat the darkest version of himself. I’m getting a real Zelda II vibe from this whole thing.Robert Carlyle (Photo via ABC)This episode wasn’t without its problems. The repetition of trying to get Henry to believe wore thing quickly, but was resolved in a short enough amount of time. And then, after so much build up to Gothel’s curse plus the reveal that she wanted to wipe out humanity, that was cast aside way too easily. That should have been the big scary threat for the next two episodes. It’s hard to take whatever’s next seriously if these characters can just solve the end of the world in less than 40 minutes. But for all those problems, this was a seriously fun episode of Once Upon a Time. It was exciting wondering when and how Henry would get his memory back. The build-up to the curse breaking was played up so well, I was enthralled when Henry finally did it. This episode was exciting, emotional, and set us up for a promising series finale. Even if it did cut a few story corners to get there. Stay on target
The Syngenta “Good Growth through Advanced Analytics” program won the 2015 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The Franz Edelman competition acknowledges significant contributions of analytics and operations research in the profit and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1972, cumulative dollar benefits from Edelman finalist projects have reached nearly $225 billion.The “Good Growth through Advanced Analytics” program is a Syngenta soybean breeding team initiative using advanced mathematics and new technologies to develop higher yielding soybean varieties. Through increased genetic gain, the program is improving soybean variety accuracy, selection intensity, genetic variation and generation time without using more land, water or inputs.“Syngenta is committed to addressing the global food security challenge,” said Joseph Byrum, Syngenta Global Head Soybean R&D. “Agricultural productivity must increase in order to feed a global population. It’s an honor for our team to be recognized with this award for our efforts to make crops more efficient.”The award, now in its 44th year, is respected as the world’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in applying advanced analytics to benefit business and humanitarian outcomes. Edelman finalist teams have improved organizational efficiency, increased profits, brought better products to consumers, helped foster peace negotiations and saved lives.To read more, click here. To see a video and learn more about Syngenta’s “Good Growth Through Advanced Analytics” project, click here.
Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show:columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.comThey look real, take dozens of hours to craft and will cost you if one is destined for your mantle.More than 400 people took in the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show over the weekend in Vancouver.It was the show’s 27th year, and visitors marveled at the precision of these ducks, fish and wildlife creations.“The quality of the work in this show is world-class,” said Darrell Wilson, who traveled from Calgary, Alberta, to display his pair of great horned owls, one 20 inches tall and the miniature just 6 inches. He walked away with the People’s Choice award on Sunday. “Lots of patience. Lots and lots,” Wilson said of taking wood and turning it into a startlingly realistic owl.The show offered more than 250 works from 76 artists from 14 states and three Canadian provinces.Afton Coppedge, 25, of Milwaukie, Ore., was at the show to support her dad, James Coppedge, who entered an owl.“I think it’s amazing,” she said of the creations. “It’s unbelievable that people have this level of talent.”The show was at the Water Resources Education Center on the Columbia River, and Coppedge called it “a lovely venue.”While some of the works stood nearly 21/2 feet tall, there was fascination with the small.Gary De Cew, 60, of Anaheim, Calif., took first place in the mini floating decoy division. He used tupelo, a wood found throughout the South, to craft his hen pintail duck. If you want to buy the little beauty, “I’d ask for $500,” he said.Those hollowed out mini-ducks were floatedduring the show, and each needed to be able to right itself.“I’ve been carving since 1988,” De Cew said, He is a former Los Angeles County deputy sheriff.He said he makes his patterns and studies photos of birds on the Internet. He also owns a “study skin” of a duck, helping him be precise with details.While birds were everywhere, some artists carved fish, and there was a buffalo and a moose.Show chairman Don Baiar of Vancouver is with the Vancouver Feather & Quill Carvers. He said he worked “a couple hundred hours” on his pair of American widgeon ducks. He carved the 7-inch drake from tupelo gum wood and the 5-inch hen out of bass wood.“I started carving birds in about 1980,” Baiar, 70, said. “It’s very relaxing” He uses hand tools, power tools and wood-burning tools.“You contour each feather,” he said, pointing to the drake. “I use a high-speed grinder. They’re like a dental tool. You have to burn one little feather, a barb at a time.” Vancouver’s Don Baiar was the chairman of the show’s 27th year. He is with the Vancouver Feather & Quill Carvers.
Ryanair is to change its calendar for annual leave from April to March to January to December from 1 January 2018.As a result of the change, the airline has had to allocate annual leave to pilots in September and October, leading to the cancellation of approximately 50 flights a day between 21 September and 31 October 2017.Ryanair has attributed the flight cancellations to trying to allocate a full year’s annual leave allowance for pilots into a nine-month period between April and December 2017.Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer at Ryanair, said: “Ryanair is not short of pilots, we were able to fully crew our peak summer schedule in June, July and August, but we have messed up the allocation of annual leave to pilots in September and October because we are trying to allocate a full year’s leave into a nine-month period from April to December. This issue will not recur in 2018 as Ryanair goes back onto a 12-month calendar leave year from 1 January to 31 December 2018.“This is a mess of our own making.”
Jubilee Bus stand: Most common issue that has become a serious cause of concern is the live wires that are seen hanging in different areas across the city. It makes no difference if it is the inner roads of any area or the busy roads. A live wire was exposed from the ad banners at the Jubilee bus stand. The condition of the wire is being neglected by the authorities for more than a month now. This poses a serious threat to the commuters who cross the roads from this road divider. It may also pose a danger to the people who rush to their work.
Only 15 per cent of parents thought that popular social media websites such as Facebook provided a positive influence on a young person’s character, said the poll from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham.The team of researchers found that 40 per cent of parents were “concerned” or “extremely concerned” about the negative and potentially harmful impact of social media.“There are some surprising findings in the poll, not the least the low level of agreement that social media can enhance or support a young person’s character or moral development,” lead researcher Dr Blaire Morgan said in a university statement. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the report, 24 percent of the respondents said forgiveness and self-control were the qualities that were least present in them, followed by honesty (21 per cent), fairness (20 per cent) and humility (18 per cent).“Sixty percent of parents named anger and hostility as the most negative trait displayed, followed by arrogance (51 per cent), ignorance (43 per cent), bad judgment (41 per cent) and hatred (36 per cent),” the report noted.Meanwhile, the top five character strengths promoted at least once a month on social media sites were identified as humour (52 per cent), appreciation of beauty (51 per cent), creativity (44 per cent), love (39 per cent) and courage (39 per cent).
Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 2 German Shepherd dogs went missing during the early hours of this morning (January 26) after their owners’ house was broken into in the Hospital Park area.One of the dogs is white and responds to the name ‘Grim’, while the other dog is black and brown and goes by the name ‘Rocky’.Also read: Help find Doc’s missing petsThe dogs are described as being very friendly.The owners are desperate to find their “missing family members”.If you have seen them, please contact 0717932413 or 0834071842
Source = Hilton Hotels Hilton Darwin concludes revitalisationThe April reopening of the swimming pool concluded an 18-month long refurbishment of the Northern Territory’s only five-star CBD hotel, Hilton Darwin.The Berger Hotel Group, owner of the Hilton Darwin, invested more than $10 million upgrading all 236 guest rooms, lobby hallways and entertainment areas, and introducing a new Fitness Centre, adjacent to the outdoor pool on the 10th floor. The hotel also offers Darwin’s only Executive Lounge – serving continental breakfast, evening drinks and canapés. The hotel also boasts five meeting rooms on a dedicated events floor and sophisticated seafood restaurant, Mitchell’s Bar & Grill.“Hilton Darwin’s refurbishment has set new standards for the city’s upscale hotel market,” said Martin Kendall, area general manager, Northern Territory, Hilton Worldwide. “The renovations have introduced a new standard of luxury to Darwin, and coupled with the hotel’s stunning harbour views and ideal CBD location, have further cemented Hilton Darwin’s position as the city’s premier hotel for business and leisure.”Guest rooms and public areas are light and contemporary featuring energy efficient lighting. The styling marries light tiling with dark pure wool carpets, solid timber and leather furniture, all new local artworks, muted wallpapers and natural tones for a warm and comfortable ambiance. Guests enjoy quality finishes throughout, such as the granite vanities and frameless glass screens in the new bathrooms.Hilton Darwin is located on Mitchell Street, overlooking the Esplanade, within walking distance of all major corporations and government offices, Darwin Convention Centre, shopping and dining precincts and is a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport. Stay at Hilton Darwin
December 16 , 2018 Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken … You might also be interested in The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified a California farm as a possible source of the multistate E. coli outbreak, but it says that the finding on this farm does not explain all illnesses. The FDA said investigators had identified the strain of E c.oli causing the current outbreak in a sample collected in the sediment of an irrigation water at a ranch owned and operated by Adam Bros. Farming, in Santa Barbara County.The strain isolated from this sample matched those collected from ill persons in this outbreak using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS).The company hasn’t shipped any romaine since Nov. 20, the FDA said.Experts are working with the farm to determine how contamination occurred and what corrective actions need to be taken before the next growing season.”Adams Bros is cooperating with the FDA and CDC in this outbreak investigation. They have committed to recalling products that may have come into contact with water from the water reservoir where the outbreak strain was found,” the FDA said.”The finding on this farm, however, does not explain all illnesses. The FDA’s traceback activities of romaine lettuce will continue as FDA works to determine what commonalities this farm may have with other farms and areas that are being assessed as part of the investigation.”It added that this information allows the FDA to slightly modify its recommendations.”Given the identification of the outbreak pathogen on the one farm, the location of farms identified in the traceback, and the fact that the lettuce on the market at the peak of the outbreak should be beyond shelf life, there is no longer a reason for consumers to avoid romaine from San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Ventura Counties, in California, provided it was harvested after November 23, 2018,” it said.On Dec. 13 Adams Bros announced it is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 – 30 “out of an abundance of caution”, clarifying that none of the recalled product has tested positive for E. coli.
October 15, 2010Welcome to the October 3, 2010 workshop participants![back from left]:Aaron Korostyshevsky (2 weeks), Michael Johnson,Thomas“TJ”Murphy and Gene Borrows.[front from left]:Alicia Dallstream, Olivia Zanfardino (scholarship),special guest Paolo Soleri, Jessica Carione from Italy and Steven Clarke.