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first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is usually a bit of a mob scene at the Iqaluit airport at lunch time, but on Monday it was a little crazier than usual.All of a sudden, a dance mob erupted.Around 40 people ambushed travellers with their moves and APTN National News was there.last_img

first_imgNation to Nation The opposition members of Nation to Nation’s political panel took the government to task over why it forced Angela Shisheesh into court to get permission to tell the world about her ordeal at the notorious St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany, Ontario.Ottawa and the church currently control her testimony because of a previous settlement.NDP MP Charlie Angus has been a strong advocate of Sheeshish’s struggle.His colleague, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson, was asked about the issue during N2N’s political panel.“Decades of what any of us would call torture, institutionalized pedophilia, people in the highest level of responsibility inflicting the worst abuse of power. And ruining generations of families,” Malcolmson told N2N Host Todd Lamirande.“So how on earth the government, the Canadian government, can allow itself to be characterized in any way as not on the side of the families and not doing everything to bring the real criminals to justice here.”As well, the government of Canada is set to make marijuana legal this July.However, chiefs in Ontario and Quebec say it’s happening too fast.And First Nations are not fully prepared for the impacts.AFN Ontario regional chief Isadore Day says the First Nations he represents want more involvement.“We feel that the government needs to take another year, “ he told Lamirande. “They need to work with us directly. There needs to be a fair share. We need set asides. We need investments in community safety.”And earlier today Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett made an announcement on a National Council for Reconciliation.It will be a body that will report back to the government on the progress of reconciliation.Treaty Six Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will sit on its interim board.“For me I think we’ve made some very, very important progress but what we need is the council,” he said. “We need the monitoring of all this good activity and perhaps some coordination because there’s a lot of things that are happening where we can learn from each other.”Littlechild will be joined by five other board members, Max Fineday, Dr. Mike Degagne, Clint Davis, Jean Teillet and Edith Cloutier, for a six month term.You can subscribe to the Nation To Nation podcast below:last_img read more

Fez – As part of Morocco’s new policy of diversifying its economic and political partners, the royal visit to China comes at a time when Morocco is witnessing a sustained human development. The major objective of this visit is the promotion of investment and trade between the two countries.After the consolidation of economic, social, and political relations with Africa, India, Europe, Russia and the Gulf States, Morocco is turning to China, which is one of the richest and most developed countries, and the most populated worldwide, with a population of just less than a billion and a half.With the signing of a number of commercial, social, and cultural agreements between the two countries, China will become one of the largest investors in Morocco in almost all sectors. Last year, Chinese investments in Arab and Islamic countries reached more than $ 64 billion. Within this context, the Chinese Central Bank has signed with its Moroccan counterpart, Banque du Maroc, a three-year partnership agreement with a grant estimated at $1.53 billion.The agreements signed during the royal visit will double the size of Chinese investments in Morocco, as well as the volume of trade and cooperation between the two countries, which will contribute to job creation and the promotion of economic, social, and cultural exchanges.Morocco’s vision geared towards strengthening relations with the Republic of China is part of a new strategy to overcome the threshold of cooperation with its traditional partners. This new approach also aims to strengthen cooperation and diversified global partnerships for the creation of huge industrial and commercial projects in areas such as automotive, aviation, infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as health and food security, culture and other vital sectors. This vision of Morocco comes in the wake of political changes facing the world today, especially regarding the strengthening of security, stability and management of regional crises.Moroccan and Chinese officials signed 15 agreements concerning public-private partnerships. The first one plans for the establishment of an industrial and residential park between Morocco and the Chinese group Haite, which operates in several sectors such as civil and military aviation, aerospace components, energy, mining,  Insurance and Real Estate . This industrial park will be located in the Tangier region, north of Morocco.Haitea Group also signed a memorandum of understanding with Morocco-China International and BMCE Bank of Africa. This marks the creation of another Sino-Moroccan industrial park, an investment fund of one billion dollars, targeting the sectors of aeronautics, financial, industrial parks and infrastructure, the launch of a fund management company and the strengthening of partnership in the life insurance field in China, the aircraft leasing and technical partnership to initiate a new bank dedicated to the sector of new technologies in China.The second agreement signed is a cooperation agreement in the field of investment and finance between the Government of Morocco and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).An agreement was also sealed between the bus manufacturer Yangtse, the Energy Investment Company (SIE), Marita Group, and Banque Centrale Populaire. It aims for the purchase and construction of an electric bus manufacturing unit in Morocco. This manufacturing unit, which will require an investment of 1.2 billion Dirhams, will manufacture electric buses of the new generation.The strategic partnership between Morocco and China will also encourage Chinese and Moroccan investors, facilitate the transfer of capital and expertise, and strengthen tourism, particularly after the royal decision to facilitate the travel of Chinese citizens to Morocco, through the abolition of visas, which were in force in the past.This partnership is a great opportunity for Morocco, for the next phase of bilateral relations will be characterized by the activation of cooperation related to the creation of new businesses, and by accelerating the pace of global political, economic, security and cultural cooperation.This initiative strengthens the role of Morocco in the world, which has become more present with a leadership increasingly independent in its regional and international geostrategic orientations, whether on the political or commercial levels.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK manufacturing was boosted today as Toyota announced the start of production for its new Avensis model at its Burnaston factory.The introduction of the revised, UK-built, Avensis will reach showrooms early next year and reaffirms Toyota’s commitment to Burnaston and to UK manufacturing. Burnaston is Toyota’s largest production site in Europe and has benefited from £1.15 billion investment since it opened in 1992 and, as the centre for all Avensis production, has built three generations of the model since 1997.Tony Walker, Toyota Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director, said, “This is great news for Burnaston, we are proud to be starting work on the new Avensis, a car that is central to Toyota’s European strategy and a key model for the UK. British-built, and with petrol engines sourced from Toyota’s Deeside factory plus ultra-efficient diesels, it is a stronger market contender than ever before.”Unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new-look Avensis builds on the spaciousness, practicality and fuel efficiency that are the established hallmark qualities of the model, delivering sharper contemporary styling, a quieter and more comfortable cabin and improved driving dynamics. In addition, its top-selling 2.0-litre D-4D engine has been significantly revised to achieve lower emissions and better fuel economy: with CO2 levels brought down to 119g/km, it strengthens Avensis’s appeal as a high value proposition, particularly for fleet operators and company car drivers.For more information about UK automotive manufacturing download SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2011. read more

A first-year English Literature class will be taught this spring using a hybrid format that incorporates in-class and online learning, as well as a month-long reflective period to write an essay.Imagine getting a required humanities credit knocked off your to-do list this summer.Now imagine one taught by an award-winning professor and with an entire month to finish a major assignment after classes end.Welcome to ENGL 1F91, English Literature: Tradition and Innovation.The full-credit course, taught by Dean of Humanities Douglas Kneale, covers the who’s who of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present. And it does it in an innovative way that’s new to Brock’s spring term course offerings.The course is a hybrid of intensive learning with classes running 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two weeks followed by a one-month interval that allows students time to reflect on texts they’ve studied and work on an essay free of the demands of daily class.There is no final exam.“Because the course is compressed, it would be too much for students to read sonnets in the morning and complete an essay in the afternoon,” said Kneale, who has used this format to teach at the graduate level at another university. “Just worry about reading book nine of Paradise Lost for today. Don’t worry about finishing a paper on it.”Douglas KnealeDaily classes with Kneale consist of lectures, seminars with teaching assistants, review and an online assessment.A portion of the final mark is also allocated to online writing and grammar exercises tailored to the class by Brock’s Essay Zone, which helps students sharpen their writing skills.The hybrid format ensures the class appeals to all types of learners, Kneale explained.“It’ll allow us to steep ourselves in the study of literary history, genre and interpretation. For two weeks, we’ll just swim around in a sea of literature,” he said.During the month-long reflective period, students will be able to contact teaching assistants for help or questions about course material.Kneale, who won a teaching award when he was at Western, said he’s looking forward to getting back into the classroom.“I love to keep my hand in teaching and this gives me an innovative way to do it,” he said.The course is open to 100 students. In addition to being a humanities context credit, Kneale said it’s the perfect gateway course for students hoping to go on in English, either honours or as a double major.To learn more about this course or other context credits being offered this spring, visit the course listing online.Read Super Spring will be bursting with new course offeringsRead Coaching theory one of several quick credits offered this spring Read Clown doctor in the house this summer at BrockRead Learn anywhere with spring term courses online read more

Building solidarities is the theme of the ninth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum happening Saturday at Brock University.The event will bring together 30 community organizations along with scholars, activists and citizens for a day of sharing knowledge and building relationships.The MA Program in Social Justice and Equity Studies and the Social Justice Research Institute will host the annual event, planned by graduate students and faculty members.“Students in the SJES program are always looking outward in an attempt to create tangible impacts within our communities,” explains Carissa Taylor, currently pursuing her degree in the program. “The Niagara Social Justice Forum gives us the opportunity to focus our passion for social justice into an event that will leave a lasting impression on the community, even if we ourselves do not stay here after graduation.”More than 200 people are expected to attend the forum.“People return from year to year because they value the chance to learn about social justice issues and connect with others in a festive atmosphere,” says Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director in the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies.Among those returning this year are three graduates of the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies—Cristina Murano, Tomee Sojourner, and Jodielynn Harrison—who will each run one of the Forum’s 12 workshops.On Feb. 3, in the lead-up to the main event, the Forum will co-sponsor a screening of Avi Lewis’s new documentary, This Changes Everything, at the Brock University Film Series (BUFS).Check out the full schedule for Saturday’s forum here.The Forum ends with a screening of Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum, a short documentary by Gwendolen Cates that “aims to inspire people, indigenous and non-native, to consider our collective responsibility to sharing territory 400 years after the Two Row Wampum Treaty was first created,” according to the film’s web site. The screening starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.The screening will be followed by a panel presentation by several Indigenous (Six Nations) and non-Indigenous participants.“Overall this event aims to reflect on how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can build partnerships to recognize, renew and re-create Indigenous cultural and environmental knowledge,” explains Margot Francis, a professor in Sociology and member of the organizing committee.The panel presentation is of particular interest to Taylor. “The focus on Indigenous people is significant given the recommendations following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings. Talking about Aboriginal issues in such an accessible space is really central given the work that needs to be done to recognize the lasting effects of colonization in Canada.“This is a free event, but registration is required. Registration includes free parking, lunch and childcare. read more

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate attacks the basket in the first half of the Buckeyes’ win against Miami on Dec. 30, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentEnding the nonconference schedule without a signature loss has proved as difficult as winning one of college basketball’s premier conferences the past two seasons for Ohio State.With a win against in-state opponent Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Chris Holtmann would finish his first nonconference schedule as the Buckeyes head coach without taking on substantial damage to its NCAA Tournament resume.Veterans Keita-Bates Diop, Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate didn’t allow the RedHawks (7-6) to ruin that narrative.Miami cut Ohio State’s 17-point, second-half lead to just five points in a little more than four minutes, but a 10-0 run with less than three minutes gave the Buckeyes (11-4) enough separation to finish upset-minded Miami, 72-59 in their final tuneup before 16 straight Big Ten games. Bates-Diop recorded 19 points and nine rebounds, guard C.J. Jackson, Williams and Tate finished with 16, 15 and 11 points, respectively.Ohio State accomplished its goal by ending the nonconference slate with a victory, but it wasn’t anywhere near the performance Holtmann envisioned.“We didn’t play with enough assertiveness,” Holtmann said. “I thought at times — more than at times — they were more physical than we were … I think we got to answer the bell better than we did today in terms of just playing with more physicality.”Leading by seven at the half, it seemed like just a matter of time before Ohio State began to run away with the game. It was quite the opposite.When Ohio State took its biggest lead of the game, Miami sophomore forward Bam Bowman, who entered the game averaging 4.8 points per game, hit three of his five triples to boost the RedHawks back into the game.Freshman Dalonte Brown made a layup with 6:03 remaining to cut the Miami deficit to just three. The next two possessions, Jackson and Williams hit back-to-back triples. Tate followed that up with a second-chance layup to give the Buckeyes a double-digit lead they would finally hold on to.There were certainly moments in the game Holtmann was recalling after the game when bringing up a lack of physicality, but the 10-0 stretch was identified as the moment Ohio State made winning plays.With five minutes remaining and Ohio State leading by six, Jackson rolled his ankle on a missed layup, creating a man-up transition opportunity for the RedHawks. Jackson hobbled back down to the weak-side of the floor and took a charge. Next possession, Jackson found Williams for a 3 that gave the Buckeyes a nine-point lead.“It was a really important play,” Holtmann said. “I’ve been on him, I’m on him a lot on those kind of things, but he’s really playing with a lot of confidence. He’s playing aggressively. He’s playing free and he’s making an impact on both ends.”Jackson had six assists to three turnovers Saturday as he continues to improve and gain confidence in the offense. But what Ohio State’s offense failed to do against Miami was put them away at the first chance.Even in the first half when Ohio State had a quick 5-0 run to lead by seven, Miami continued to trade buckets and keep the Buckeyes within arm’s reach.That’s a narrative that will have to change moving forward.“We just needed to get consistent stops,” Williams said. “We can’t trade baskets with anybody. Especially going into Big Ten play, you trade baskets, the next thing you know you’re down 20. We needed to nip that in the bud as soon as possible.”Notes:It was announced before the game that Tate had suffered a left shoulder sprain during practice Thursday and was questionable to play. Wearing a patch on his left shoulder, Tate remained in the starting lineup and played 28 minutes.The injury was unrelated to Tate’s past shoulder injuries, per a team spokesperson. Tate missed the remainder of his sophomore season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum on the same shoulder in late February 2016.Holtmann said Tate was very limited in Friday’s practice and with the team having three days off for the holidays, Tate’s endurance has taken a hit.“I didn’t think he was in a very good rhythm. I didn’t think his conditioning was very good,” Holtmann said. “I just don’t know right now if he’s in a good-enough shape for him to play the way we want him to play, to be quite honest. It happens to anybody who’s been off, but he’s had more days off and he’s got to get in better shape.”Now, this isn’t a coach taking a shot at his senior leader. Holtmann has said before that Tate’s body is just prone to becoming out of shape quickly if he doesn’t have the constant stimulus of practice and games. The injury didn’t limit his range or the way he played the game, so it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. C.J. Jackson becoming reliable scorerBates-Diop has been the star on Ohio State’s team this year, which has diverted much of the attention away from Jackson who just scored double-digit points for the sixth time in the last seven games. With his 4-for-6 performance from 3 against Miami, Jackson is now shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc.Bates-Diop shot just 6-of-18 overall and 0-for-6 from 3 Saturday. It’s likely he will have a few games like that moving forward in conference play, which is when Jackson’s contributions could be most important.Where does Ohio State stand?At 11-4, with two Big Ten wins and no signature losses, Ohio State is in a good spot for the only thing that matters in college basketball — the NCAA Tournament.“I look back at our nonconference as we complete it and I feel good about it,” Holtmann said. “Certainly there’s maybe one of two that we would’ve liked to win that particular game.”He will never discuss his team’s prospectus of making the tournament in late December, but he seems aware of areas the Buckeyes must improve on for the second half of the season.“Now the challenge is can we learn from some of these things where we have to get better,” he said. “Because if not, we’ll be in for a really, really challenging stretch.” read more

A veterinarian examines a dog  A veterinarian examines a dog Credit: Sergei Savostyanov Dog owners are no longer allowing pets to die as insurance industry figures show a rise in complex “super vet” procedures.Pet insurers paid out a record-breaking £785 million in 2018 to cover the unexpected costs of owning a pet, figures from the Association of British Insurers show.The jump in the cost was driven by a significant increase in the average claim size as veterinary treatment becomes increasingly sophisticated, the ABI said. The average claim cost climbed by £36 year-on-year to £793 in 2018.Over the past decade, the average claim has increased by 75 per cent, while the average premium has increased by 50 per cent, according to the ABI’s data.  The ABI said some examples of claims include PetPlan paying out more than £40,000 for a terrier since its “covered for life” policy started in 2010. The terrier has had several treatments for a serious congenital lung disorder, the ABI said. Research by consumer analysts at Mintel found average pet insurance premiums for dogs rose 6 per cent to £324 in 2017, while cat cover went up 7 per cent to £171. By comparison the average home building and contents insurance policy now costs just £162 a year, according to the AA British Insurance Premium Index.Meanwhile it appears that pet owners are becoming more dissatisfied with the value of pet insurance as calls about it to the Financial Ombudsman, which oversees complaints about insurers, soared 113 per cent from 727 in 2013 to 1,554 in 2018.The ABI’s senior policy adviser for pet insurance, Joe Ahern, said: “There is no NHS for animals, so if you’ve not got a pet policy in place – you risk having to foot veterinary bills out of your own pocket.”These can often be in the thousands of pounds and vet treatment is only getting more expensive, not less.”It’s promising to see the average premium coming down regardless of this trend and I’m pleased to see our members paying out more than ever before to protect the wellbeing of pets across the country.” It also said Direct Line, another insurer, had recently helped a French bulldog that had fractured its leg, with the claim costing £7,300 in total.  But average premiums were down slightly for the first time in eight years, at £279 in 2018 compared to £281 a year earlier. It comes as separate research found insuring pets can be more expensive than insuring a house and all its contents. 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. read more

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS told the Troika it will examine the possibility of introducing tight deadlines to speed up the processes used to repossess second homes.The promise relates only to non-principal private residences so includes buy-to-let properties which became popular investments for families and other ‘amateur landlords’ during the Celtic Tiger.In the latest Memorandum of Understanding, published by the Department of Finance today, the government said it would look at building on the expedited proceedings already used by the Commercial Court by the end of next month.Noonan said that his department and the Central Bank are “taking steps” to ensure that when repossession is merited, the procedures will be “timely and accurate”.“All appropriate safeguards are in place to keep distressed but cooperating mortgage borrowers in their homes with repossession of principal dwellings as last resort,” read the MOU. “Nonetheless, efficient repossession procedures are needed for those cases where other sustainable solutions are not available.”The specialist judges appointed to deal with personal insolvency cases could be assigned to deal with repossession cases, where necessary.Latest mortgage arrears figures revealed that one in eight accounts are behind in their payments by more than 90 days.Other promises made to the Troika at the end of the 11th review include the provision of a funding model for Irish Water and enabling measures to increase the share of generic drug usage by the end of next month, including the compulsory prescription of generics.A definitive time plan for the introduction of water charges will be announced in the last three months of 2014, according to the document.Honohan: Banks threatened repossession in 62 per cent of ‘sustainable solutions’Read: Central Bank will share Anglo Tapes analysis with gardaíAnti-eviction activists vow to protect Kanturk family homelast_img read more

first_img THREE MEN ARE due to appear before court this afternoon charged in relation to a gun seizure in Dublin earlier this week.Four men were arrested following the seizure of firearms at Greenogue Industrial estate, Baldonnel, Co Dublin on Tuesday.Gardaí recovered fifteen firearms, including a number of revolvers and semi-automatic weapons.They also seized one sub-machine gun and one assault rifle, as well as 1,300 rounds of assorted ammunition, a substantial amount of cash and documents related to bank accounts.Three of the men are due to appear before the Dublin District Court at 2pm today in relation to the seizure.A fourth man was released on Wednesday without charge.Speaking about the seizure on Tuesday, Detective Superintendent Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) said that gardaí had foiled “an imminent attack”.Comments have been disabled as people have been charged in relation to the investigationRead: ‘It has saved lives’: Gardaí uncover cache of loaded guns in west Dublin warehouse 3 men charged over Dublin gun seizure The men are due before the Dublin District Court today. Share Tweet Email No Comments Friday 27 Jan 2017, 1:17 PM Short URL 12,378 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Image: Jan 27th 2017, 1:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgL’équitation, un sport bon pour l’esprit et le corpsPour se tonifier avec plaisir, Maxisciences vous propose de (re)découvrir les bienfaits de l’équitation.L’équitation pour garder la forme…Monter à cheval est un exercice très complet : cela fait travailler les muscles des jambes, du dos et du ventre, permettant d’évacuer les tensions et d’obtenir un meilleur maintien. Cette musculature viendra soutenir la colonne vertébrale, évitant le mal du siècle : le mal de dos. L’oxygénation d’une balade au grand air est également un très bon atout santé pour les citadins. Enfin, la communication avec l’animal est très intéressante comme aide dans les troubles psychiques et relationnels.…et les formes !C’est le grand atout de l’équitation : on travaille sans s’en rendre compte. Mieux qu’un cours d’abdo-fessiers, monter à cheval joue sur les adducteurs et à long terme, fusèle les cuisses puisque l’activité est pratiquée en endurance. Pas de prise de volume comme avec le vélo, l’équitation a au contraire tendance à étirer en longueur. Le 17 octobre 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Maybe we shouldn’t have expected a show about time travel to follow standard TV conventions of when certain types of episodes air. That said, it was still surprising to see a fully Christmas-themed episode of Legends of Tomorrow nearly two months after that particular holiday. It was also a particularly patriotic episode, reminding us exactly what makes America so special. It was like celebrating two holidays at once. Just not anywhere near when they actually take place.After an admittedly hilarious summary by Mick Rory (“Who writes this crap?”), we see the now-evil Rip Hunter in full redcoat uniform announcing to the British army that George Washington has been killed. He gives the soldiers modern automatic rifles to squash what remains of the rebellion. (Someone on the writing staff has been reading Harry Turtledove, I’d bet.) In a conversation with Eobard Thawne, we learn that this is a plan to lure the Legends to revolutionary America, kill them and take their fragment of the Spear of Destiny.It works. Though they realize it’s a trap, the size of the aberration is too large for the Legends to ignore. They have to go back in time to save George Washington. They infiltrate a Christmas party Washington attends the night before his crossing of the Delaware. Sarah finds Washington, but the party is interrupted by Redcoats with assault rifles. Washington, ever honorable, refuses to retreat, but Sarah and Mick force him out of the house to safety. This leads to a pretty awesome fight scene with Steel blocking bullets and Atom flying around, punching British soldiers.Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Things go bad as Rip activates a device that drains power from the Waverider as well as Ray’s suit. He also makes his new nature clear to the Legends when they find him. When Sara calls out to him, he shoots her, and the Redcoats capture Washington and Mick. Jax and Martin rush Sara to the ship, but with all the power gone, it looks like there’s no saving her. Sara puts Jax in charge just before passing out. Atom, stuck in his small form, has to go into the ship’s internals and restart it. Martin has to take the bullet out of Sara before it kills her. Oh, and Rip is currently trying to break down the ship’s door, so Jax has to deal with that.Meanwhile, Nate and Amaya have a nice talk while tracking down Mick and Washington. They’ve been flirting all episode long and take the opportunity to ask each other what dating was like in their respective time periods. Amaya is shocked to learn about Tinder and the idea that men and women have sex for fun. Not that she’s completely opposed to the idea. After a surprise attack from two British soldiers, Nate takes a fall into the freezing River. Amaya uses her Seal power to save him and helps cure his hypothermia. Doing that requires skin-to-skin contact, and of course, one thing leads to another, and Amaya learns what Nate was talking about first hand.This relationship works, which is surprising. Romance has not been one of Legends‘s strongest elements. It works partially because they’ve taken enough time getting here that the buildup and flirting feel natural. The other reason is that Nick Zano and Maisie Richardson-Sellers have great chemistry together. Their interactions feel real and fun. Finally, Legends of Tomorrow has a couple worth rooting for.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Back on the Waverider, Rip gains entrance and storms the ship. As Jax fights off a random Redcoat, Rip tears the place apart looking for the Spear fragment. Jax defeats the soldier and runs from Rip, who offers to bring his father back if Jax gives it up. Fortunately, Jax is stronger than that, refusing to give up the spear. He leads Rip into a trap, but Atom triggers it early while running from a rat. Rip finds Martin and Sara, and threatens to choke Sara to death if Jax doesn’t give him the Spear. Jax does, but Rip crushes her throat anyway.Jax grabs a gun and goes to kill Rip, just as Atom gets the power working again. Gideon comes back online just in time to save Sarah’s life. Jax finds Rip, who implies that the darkness he’s showing was always inside him. Given the death of his infant son, Rip feels there’s no point in protecting history, so he might as well destroy it. That feeling wasn’t just put there by Thawne. Jax is about to shoot Rip, but Sara arrives in time to stop him. She convinces Jax to drop the gun. On Christmas, we remember to be our best selves, she says.Held prisoner in the British camp, Mick is frustrated by Washington’s commitment to honor. He’s ready to die with honor, refusing to break out and “return to Mount Vernon, a scoundrel.”  Mick isn’t having it. He gives Washington a speech about how being American means being a misfit and a proud outcast. He possibly inspires Washington to start using sneak attacks and shooting from behind trees. You know, the way America actually won the revolution.The next morning as Washington is about to be hanged, Mick shoots an explosive barrel and a pretty awesome 18th-century fight ensues. Nate and Amaya show up just in time to shield Washington from the Brits’ bullets and Washington, with his newfound sense of what it means to be an American, suggests a retreat.Franz Drameh as Jax. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)As the episode draws to a close, Nate and Amaya collect the remaining assault rifles from the British and leave Washington to prepare for his midnight river crossing. History is restored, but now Mick is a revolutionary hero with a statue in Washington D.C. The episode ends on a feel-good note with the Legends celebrating Christmas together as a family. Amaya tells Nate that while she had fun the previous night, she still thinks teammates shouldn’t date. Nate says he’s OK with it, but he clearly has feelings for her. Sarah assure’s the Legends will recover the spear and rescue Rip. It’s a heartwarming ending for Christmas in February.Legends of Tomorrow has been knocking it out of the park ever since they got back from the midseason break. This episode had decent action, lots time-travelling fun and some truly great character work. The unseasonal Christmas theme allowed the show to go to some dark places while keeping the levity and humor that makes it great. Jax also got some sorely-needed fleshing out. It was smart of the writers to put him in charge and let us see him in his darkest hour.This is the kind of episode Legends should do more of. It focused on developing the characters while still keeping the time-travel superhero hijinks we love about the show. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but the show nailed it last night. As an added bonus, it instilled a sense of patriotism that’s been hard to come by recently. The whole “outcasts and proud of it” speech was corny, but given real world events, it felt necessary. Sometimes, you need corny. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters is coming to theaters on May 31 and the eerie flick’s final trailer confirms fans’ greatest fears: The titans, also known as monstrous mega-creatures, are back to make Earth their hunting ground.On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures released the final trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and it provides more detail on what humanity is up against and if Godzilla, a grotesque creature, could save them all from this strange invasion. The movie stars Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown, who witnesses Godzilla’s awe-like fighting abilities in the movie.Crypto-zoological agency Monarch has no idea what they’re in for though: In the film, they have to strategically come up with a plan of attack against this ginormous monsters. Thankfully though, Godzilla is here to fight off Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate enemy, the three-headed King Ghidorah, who makes Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-breathing dragons look like a snack.Will they be able to survive this ancient super-species apocalypse? Maybe Godzilla will be a mysterious ally for all of mankind.More on ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Unveils Deadly Creature Squad11 Most Monstrous Godzilla ToysGodzilla Atomic Blasts Its Way Into SDCC Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgRepublican Dino Rossi said Thursday he would oppose congressional budget earmarks if he wins election to the U.S. Senate.But in an interview with The Columbian, the former state senator and two-time gubernatorial candidate would not say how he would promote economic development in Southwest Washington. Clark County has suffered double-digit unemployment since early 2009.Rossi declined to say whether he’d work to funnel economic development dollars to the region, as Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has done during her years as chair of the powerful transportation appropriations committee.He was more interested in discussing how the Democrats’ health reform bill would hurt the private sector.“I won’t do what Patty Murray did in voting for the health care bill,” he said. “It will cost Boeing $150 million in just the first year.” He predicted that the bill would cost jobs in Southwest Washington, as well.“This campaign is really about the function of government and allowing the private sector to do what they do best,” Rossi said.Asked whether he would fight for federal funding for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River — the most important federal issue facing Clark County — Rossi noted that he supported a new bridge as part of a state transportation plan he unveiled during his 2008 run for governor. But he couldn’t recall whether his 2008 plan called for including light rail as part of the bridge project. (His plan said light rail was acceptable, but tolling should be used only as a last resort). And he seemed unaware of regional disputes over the scale and design of the bridge.last_img read more

first_imgCamila Cabello’s Instagram postInstagramShawn Mendes and Camila Cabello seem to be ready to go public with their relationship. They sure aren’t trying to keep it on the down low anymore.Reportedly, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes pretty much confirmed their relationship as they were spotted kissing in public in San Francisco. Both the singers were seen making out in a restaurant.The 22-year-old songstress was snapped by a fan in the arms of the Stitches singer. It looked like a scene from their recent collaboration Senorita, as Mendes is wearing a similar white tank top. Shawn and Camila look adorable together. The duo is apparently nicknamed Shawnmila. Shawn MendesVictoria’s Secret Official Instagram (victoriassecret)They were seen packing on the PDA ahead of Shawn’s concert in Oakland concert. Ever since the release of Senorita in late June, rumours have been doing the rounds, that they are in a romantic relationship. The fan captioned the snap ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes.’ Camila recently announced her split with former beau Matthew Hussey and seems to have found a comforting shoulder. Could Shawn have been the reason for Camila’s break up? There are those who are speculating that, Shawn may have been why Camilla broke up with Matthew Hussey.She was seen at both of Shawn’s LA shows and praised him on Instagram to her 35 million followers. ‘You’re unreal. @shawnmendes,’ she posted. ‘@shawnmendes you couldn’t be more amazing. wow.’ Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are successful pop stars in their own right, each having their own successful careers, and together they make quite the power couple. And if Senorita is anything to go by, fans will be eager for more collaborations from them. You can check out the video here: THANK GOD THERES NO CACTUS. #shawmila— ???????????????????? ® (@shawnmilatea) July 13, 2019last_img read more

first_imgReuters file [Representational Image]Walmart Inc’s online retailer Flipkart has told the Indian government the company faces the risk of “significant customer disruption” if the implementation of new curbs for e-commerce is not delayed by six months, a source told Reuters.India’s new foreign investment restrictions will, from Feb 1, bar e-commerce companies from selling products from firms in which they have an equity interest and also ban them from reaching deals with sellers to only sell on one platform.In a letter to India’s industries department earlier this month, Flipkart Chief Executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy said the rules required the company to assess “all elements” of its business operations, according to a person privy to the communication.”Redesigning numerous elements of our technology systems to ensure that we can validate and evidence our compliance, in such a compressed period of time, has caused us to divert significant resources,” Krishnamurthy wrote in the letter. The new curbs were only announced on Dec. 26.He also said the regulations could cause “significant customer disruption” if the deadline for compliance wasn’t extended. He asked for a six-month delay.The contents of Flipkart’s letter have not been previously reported. Flipkart declined to comment.Indian officials have said the government is unlikely to change the policy’s implementation date. The industries department declined to comment for this article.The policy move has jolted Walmart, which last year invested $16 billion in Flipkart in its biggest ever deal, and Amazon, which has committed $5.5 billion in India investments.Industry sources have said the new policy would raise compliance costs and force Amazon and Flipkart to review their business arrangements in the country.Flipkart and Amazon have both started working on approaching thousands of sellers on their platforms to ensure the companies comply with the regulations, three sources aware of the matter said, even as they seek a deadline extension.For Flipkart, the process would take five-to-six months, said one of the sources, who told Reuters: “the company is right now focusing on working with sellers (for compliance), all rest is on the back burner”.UNFAIR MARKETPLACE?India’s small traders had complained that large e-commerce companies used their control over inventory from their affiliates to create an unfair marketplace that allowed them to offer deep discounts on some products. Such arrangements would be barred under the new policy.Amazon told Reuters last week it had written to the Indian government to seek an extension of four months. With more than 400,000 sellers and “hundreds of thousands of transactions” daily, Amazon said it needed the time to understand the policy.Flipkart, in its letter, said the group has more than 80,000 employees and contractors and the number of shipments and packages which move daily were between 500,000 and 600,000.The new policy “imposes several new conditions, which we believe could potentially have undesirable impacts on the continued growth of e-commerce in India”, Krishnamurthy wrote.The company added that it wanted to work with the federal government to promote “pro-growth policies” which can help develop the e-commerce sector. Before the policy change, Morgan Stanley estimated India’s e-commerce market would grow 30 per cent a year to $200 billion in the 10 years up to 2027.The US government has been concerned and earlier this month told Indian officials to protect Walmart and Amazon’s investments in the country, citing “good relations” between the two countries, Reuters reported on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Riverdale was one of the midseason’s biggest surprises on TV. A teen soap opera based on Archie comics with a Twin Peaks influence turned out to be good. Yes, it was a little trashy and supremely melodramatic, but it was some of the most fun we had watching TV all year. It was easy to get sucked into the interpersonal drama of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Cheryl Blossom. They hooked us early with a mystery, solved it in a single season, and still kept us begging for more. Today, during a panel at San Diego Comic Con, we got our first look at Season Two.The panel gave us a lot more than that, though. In addition to the intriguing season two trailer, we got to see all the bloopers from the filming of season one. As you can imagine on a show like this, there’s a lot of silliness behind the scenes. The CW put the bloopers together with the trailer on their YouTube channel, so we can all watch the actors screw around before getting deadly serious.As you’d expect, it looks like the second season will focus on who the shooter in Pop’s diner was. From the looks of things, Archie’s dad isn’t dead, thankfully. But the shooting seems to have shaken the entire town. Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom is still the creepiest part of the show. With her mom in the hospital, face in bandages, Cheryl looks to be torturing her. What is she talking about when she says “everything will be better?” We’ll find out soon enough, but I’m sure it’s deeply unsettling.Some good news came out of the panel, though. The second season of Riverdale will be a full 22 episodes long. This show needs the extra length. Since the first season had only half the number of episodes to work with, the pacing suffered. It had to cram so much plot into each episode, it never had a chance to slow down and let a big moment land. The extra hours should help the story of season two significantly.It’ll also allow the show to focus on characters outside the main four. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said we can expect a lot more of Kevin Keller, who’s been upgraded to series regular, and Josie and the Pussycats. That’s definitely welcome news, as they stole the show whenever they were on camera. According to Vulture, we can expect to meet a few new characters this year. Veronica’s bad boy ex from New York is going to make an appearance and cause trouble for everyone. There might even be a romance between Josie and Reggie.This season promises to push all the characters into the darkest places we’ve seen them in yet. No word on whether we’ll see Betty’s dark wigged alter-ego again, but actress Lili Reinhart described her as a “tortured soul” this season. The appearance of Veronica’s ex will push her into an even darker place than we saw from Betty in season one. And of course, Archie isn’t going to take his dad’s shooting very well. The only exception will be  Cheryl Blossom, who was already pretty dark in season one. Now, she’s even worse. Madelaine Petsch says Cheryl becomes a lot colder and meaner in season two.Obviously, they can’t give away too much before the season airs, but we don’t have to wait that long to find out what all this means. Riverdale returns to The CW on October 11.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img The leader of the Google labs that gave life to the Google Glass smart glasses is coming clean about where the program went wrong.Google X lead Astro Teller said at the South By Southwest Interactive festival Tuesday that the company put too much emphasis on the “Explorer” program, which got the smart glasses in the hands of early adopters, tech press and gadget evangelists. Teller said the Explorer program itself was a good idea, but it put “too much attention” on Google Glass before it was truly ready for primetime.Teller was pretty relaxed about the mistake, though.From Mashable:“We made one really great decision, and one not so great,” explained Astro Teller, the head of Google X division where Glass was conceived and managed, to a packed ballroom at SXSW Interactive. “The great decision was to do the Explorer program. The thing that we did not do well is that we allowed, and sometimes even encouraged, too much attention to the program.”Google posted revenue of $18.1 billion in its most recent quarterly earnings. 1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 18, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgU.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Central American leaders, including Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís, during the Summit of the Americas on April 10 and 11 in Panama, according to Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González and U.S. sources.President Solís confirmed Wednesday that he and Obama would have a brief face-to-face meeting sometime on Friday.Solís said he would make the case to Obama to include Costa Rica in the proposed $1 billion aid package designated for the so-called Northern Triangle countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala.The aid package, which has yet to be approved by the U.S. Congress, is currently aimed primarily at improving public security and creating economic opportunities in the hopes of decreasing illegal immigration from those countries to the U.S.Solís said he and Obama would also discuss combating extreme poverty, U.S. policy in Latin America and pending issues from Obama’s previous visit to Costa Rica in May 2013 to meet with then-President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014).He said they might also discuss Russia’s newly-invigorated military ties with Nicaragua.The two world leaders will participate in three events in total during the summit, including one with members of the Central American Integration System (SICA).Solís and Obama have only met once, at a reception during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York in September 2014.The 7th Summit of the Americas’ theme is “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas.”AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Cuba, Venezuela likely to overshadow Central American issues at Panama summit Cuban dissident held briefly in Panama ahead of summit Presidents Obama, Solís meet at Summit of the Americas After 23 years, the US is dropping its claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism. Here’s what it means.last_img read more

first_imgTheir self-described ‘annus horribilis’ over, Air France-KLM has returned to profit, recording a 10.7 per cent jump in overall revenue.Recently released first quarter results revealed the net income of Air France-KLM rose to €736 million for the three months to the end of June, a massive jump from its €426 million loss of the previous year, one of the airline’s worst financial years on record.The increase was helped by a one-off gain made from Air France-KLM’s stake in Amadeus which raised €1.3 billion in its initial public offering in April, reported the Financial Times.However, according to the newspaper, analysts were impressed by the airline’s quicker than expected turnaround.“These figures certainly are stronger than what the market was expecting,” Deutsche European airline analyst Geoff van Klaveren told the newspaper. Despite disruptions to air travel following the Icelandic volcano eruption, the airline posted a 2.2 point growth in passenger load factor and 6.8 point increase in cargo load factor as capacity was reduced by 4.9 per cent.Air France-KLM maintained caution in its full year projections, claiming, “Our objective for Full Year 2010-11 is of operating break-even.” <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more