Local Authorities in Fez Ban Female Bartenders

Rabat – Local authorities in the city of Fez recently passed a new rule banning female bartenders from serving alcohol at local bars, citing safety reasons.A report by the daily Assabah newspaper in its Thursday edition said the branch of Morocco’s intelligence service Les Renseignements Généraux (RG) in Fez summoned the managers of local bars, restaurants, and nightclubs licensed to serve liquor to let them know about the new rules.According to the same source, the managers were given strict instructions not to employ women as bartenders, not to serve alcohol to minors, and not to allow prostitutes in their establishments, saying such practices “will not be tolerated.” Under the new rule, bars must close at 11:00 pm, restaurants that serve liquor must close at 1:00 am, and nightclubs must be closed at 3:00 am.Tourism professionals in Fez have expressed their “dismay” at the new decision. In particular, these establishments rely heavily on employing female bartenders and giving prostitutes privileges so as to attract costumers.The National Federation of Hotel Industry FNIH condemned the new measures, saying they will certainly affect the financial health of their businesses.Sector professionals raised concerns that the new rules will likely worsen the temporary economic decline, which is marked by a decrease of revenues, generally caused by a fall in the tourist arrivals and overnight stays.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Cops arrested over security breach

They were arrested after a security breach where a member of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security division had been found near President Sirisena with an armed weapon at the Angunakolapelessa event last month. (Colombo Gazette) Two policemen have been arrested over a security breach at an event attended by President Maithripala Sirisena recently.An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a police Sergeant who were responsible for the security of the President at an event he attended in Angunakolapelessa recently were arrested and remanded till June 1. read more

Imperial Oil eyes sale of NS refinery or converting it to a

Imperial Oil eyes sale of N.S. refinery or converting it to a terminal by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2012 3:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Imperial Oil Ltd. is eyeing the sale of its refinery in Halifax, citing global competition and lower demand for gasoline — particularly in Europe.A decision is expected on a sale or other alternative, including having the operation in the Dartmouth community converted to a terminal, by the first quarter of 2013, Imperial executive Gilles Courtemanche told a news conference Thursday.“The demand for diesel has grown by a factor of five, but gasoline demand in Europe today is lower than it was in 1970,” said Courtemanche, vice-president of refining and surplus for Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO).“So that is causing surplus gasoline production,” he said. “The Dartmouth refinery operates in the highly competitive, over-supplied Atlantic basin, which as you all know is open to significant global competition.”Courtemanche said there are a couple dozen potential buyers in a variety of businesses. He cited an airline company that bought a refinery recently in Pennsylvania to meet its needs as an example of the diversity of possible buyers.About 200 employees and 200 contractors work at the refinery and related terminals in Dartmouth, Sydney, N.S., Corner Brook, NL, Sept-Iles, Que., and Cap aux Meules in the Magdalen Islands.Converting the refinery to an import terminal would require about 20 to 25 employees, Courtemanche said. The refinery now processes almost 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day.He said the Halifax airport and the Department of National Defence need a secure supply of fuel and “our commitment is to maintain that security of supply via a terminal as opposed to refining the crude oil and turning it into finished products.”Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said Imperial Oil’s announcement would be felt most by its employees.“This will be a difficult day for a lot of people at that refinery,” Dexter said at the provincial legislature. “It will be a difficult day for the community.”The company’s decision comes two months after the provincial government extended a tax break for the refinery for five years.But Dexter said he has no regrets providing that relief.“Anybody who thinks that putting higher taxes in place for the refinery will make it more attractive as an asset for sale is really in la-la land,” he said.“We have to be concerned, as governments, about things like energy supply and security and what these things mean when you fail to keep this kind of a key piece of the economy.”Nova Scotia once had three refineries. If the Imperial Oil facility were to shut down, it would leave the province without any.The Dartmouth refinery began production in 1918 and has a capacity of about 88,000 barrels a day. It produces a wide range of petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating fuel, marine fuel, heavy fuel oil and asphalt.Imperial Oil is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, Canada’s largest petroleum refiner and a key petrochemical producer in addition to running a coast-to-coast supply and retail service station networks, operating as Esso.Shares in the company were down 1.6 per cent or 68 cents to $41.32 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Lootings as Venezuela power cut drags on

A supermarket worker inspected the damage done to a store looted in Caracas (Reuters)(BBC) Venezuela’s government has ordered schools and businesses to remain closed on Monday as a power cut drags into a fifth day. The opposition says at least 17 people have reportedly died as a result of the blackout. Residents in the capital, Caracas, told the BBC’s Will Grant of their growing despair.Each hour that passes without power in Venezuela brings more havoc and stress to a country already on edge.Pro-government motorcycle gangs, known here as “colectivos”, roam the dark streets enforcing order at gunpoint while there were sporadic episodes of looting amid the desperation.By its very nature, a clear picture of the blackout has been difficult to obtain over the past four days.Many parts of the country are still cut off and it is hard to get a full account of their situation. Even when the electricity returns, it is often patchy and only lasts for a few hours before dropping out once again.What is clear, though, is that since the power outage hit on Thursday, huge swathes of Venezuela have been struggling to cope.Without internet, mobile phones, banks, credit-card machines, electric cookers or air-conditioning, ordinary life is bordering on the unbearable for many people, especially in low income communities.On the edgeLittle wonder some are ready to snap. “I have a two-year-old son. Yesterday evening there was nothing to eat,” Majorie says, visibly angry outside a supermarket in the Terrazas del Club Hípico neighbourhood in CaracasA shop near her home was looted, she says, and a neighbour gave her some boiled rice.“I liquidised it, added a little sugar and fed it to my son. But today when he asks me for food, what am I going to give him? I can put up with the hunger. As adults, all we need is a glass of water. But what’s a child supposed to do?”Behind us as we speak, a group of mothers, equally desperate and distressed, start to bang on the doors of the shuttered supermarket, demanding to be let in.Inside, the cash registers and card machines were not working and the staff were only accepting US dollars in payment.“We don’t use dollars in this country, we don’t earn in dollars, we earn in Bolivars”, says Majorie, her voice rising once more. “We don’t want to loot stores, we don’t want to cause problems. What we want is food. We’re hungry.”Fighting for survivalFor others, the issue is even more grave than a chronic lack of food.Patricia (not her real name) works as a lab technician in a children’s hospital in Caracas.Worried about getting into trouble for speaking out, she meets me at some distance from the JM de los Rios hospital to talk about the impact of the blackout on the patients.“On Thursday, no-one had any information as to why the emergency generators didn’t start, what was happening or why everything was still dark in the intensive care unit.” A colleague told her that the children in that ward were being kept alive by manual respiration.There were babies that were just days old in the neonatal unit and others that were months old in the “intermediate care” unit.“As we walked through the ward, we saw a mother crying and we found out that one of the babies in intermediate care had died”, Patricia explained.Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, one of the newborns in the neonatal ward died later that first night, too.A generator was eventually delivered to the hospital, but in a sign of the chaos reigning during the blackout, it was delivered not by health or government officials but by the feared colectivos.No money, no funeralAnd it is not just food security and healthcare which are falling apart, even laying someone to rest has become almost impossible.María Errazo’s son was killed in the poor neighbourhood where she lives on Thursday, when the power cut first hit. Since then, his body has been held at the Bello Monte morgue.With most government offices closed since Thursday afternoon, Ms Errazo has not been able to get hold of the required paperwork to view her son’s body or to have it released for burial.And because the few offices which are open cannot print or connect to the internet, she has not received official confirmation of how her son was killed either.But even if Ms Errazo could bring her slain son home, she could not afford the funeral. Venezuela’s rampant hyperinflation has wiped out the value of the little savings in Bolivars that she has.“We don’t have the money,” she says stoically of not being able to lay her son to rest. Banks are closed and there is hardly any mobile phone coverage. “I can’t even make calls to try to find a solution,” she says.As night fell, we got word that the same supermarket we had visited in the morning was being ransacked.We rushed there, arriving in time to see dozens of local people being detained and their mothers, wives and daughters hysterical with rage at the National Guard.“What were we supposed to do?” screamed one woman at the guardsmen. “Our grandkids are dying of hunger.”Her urgent plea marked the end of another day in Venezuela’s chaotic descent into darkness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBlackout brings Venezuela to standstillMarch 8, 2019In “latest news”‘We want food!’ Looting and riots rock Venezuela dailyJune 13, 2016In “latest news”Venezuela police arrest 400 for looting in food shortageJune 16, 2016In “Regional” read more

ABBs System 800xA receives KEMA certification for electrical integration

first_imgController interface for integrating intelligent electronic devices and other power system components passes rigorous KEMA conformance tests for global IEC 61850 standard. IEC 61850 is the global communication standard for Power Distribution and Substation Automation. System 800xA’s unique ability to integrate wide variety of intelligent electronic devices provides a single platform for process and electrical systems, resulting in significant operational and energy efficiency benefits. Founded in 1927, KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. KEMA’s Protocol Competence and Test Center is the leading certification organization for IEC protocols, and is the first independent test organization authorized by UCA (Utility Communications Architecture) International Users Group to perform the official IEC 61850 conformance tests and issue certificates.This certification assures that System 800xA’s AC 800M controller is in full compliance with the global IEC 61850 standard for electrical devices.  ABB has been delivering integrated process and power automation systems for many years, and has been active in the development IEC 61850, which ensures global consistency and interoperability of industrial electrical system components.The IEC 61850 standard, along with other emerging technologies, has lowered the investment barrier for customers to integrate the process and power devices on their plant floors. The demand for integrated process and power automation is growing in traditional markets that are heavy energy users, such as mining and metals.By integrating power and process systems on the common 800xA platform, customers optimise the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.  According to ARC, typical savings can result in a 20% reduction in CAPEX (capital expenditures) and OPEX (operating expenditures) by integrating these two, usually separate, automation infrastructures.ABB’s groundbreaking extended automation System 800xA has improved industrial productivity, safety, and operational profitability for customers in virtually every industry and every region.last_img read more

Consumers and firms ordered to pay over €44m to creditors last month

first_imgNEW FIGURES SHOW that the courts awarded more than €44 million to creditors for unpaid debts by consumers and firms last month, the highest amount in nearly a year.Figures released by the business and credit analyst website, Vision-net, also show that banks went to the courts in an effort to recoup €23 million in personal debts owed to them in just one month.This meant the banks accounted for 56 per cent of the total value of court judgements awarded against consumers last month with other creditors including the Revenue, credit unions and professionals services firms.Commercial judgments this month amount to more than €19 million, the highest in over two years while Vision-net figures also show that 114 Irish firms failed this month, down 16 per cent on April 2012.Dublin accounts for almost half – 47 per cent – of failing business and is followed by Limerick and Wicklow. Of the 114 failing firms, 68 were liquidated, 43 had receivers appointed and two went into examinership.But in more positive developments, there was a 16 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of business start-ups this month with a total of 3,238 companies setting up.“[Economic] fragility is particularly evident in the huge amount owed to banks which are increasingly going to court to have personal debts repaid,” Christine Cullen from Vision-net, said.“Our figures only show court judgments, so it is likely that the scale of personal debt is higher than what is officially recorded.”She said that the new personal insolvency arrangements are “an important intervention” but added: “Given the scale of debt, the Government must not allow lending institutions to disproportionately veto debtors entering debt settlement arrangements.”Read: One in five company directors is a woman (and she’s most likely to be called Mary)last_img read more

Theres no emergency Christy Dignam rolls back after saying cancer has returned

first_img Image: James Horan/Rollingnews.ie Image: James Horan/Rollingnews.ie Share919 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3439196 By Sean Murray Jun 12th 2017, 9:12 AM ‘There’s no emergency’: Christy Dignam rolls back after saying cancer has returned Reports had emerged over the weekend that Dignam’s cancer had returned. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 12 Jun 2017, 9:12 AM 20 Comments Updated 1.42pmASLAN FRONTMAN CHRISTY Dignam has dismissed reports that his cancer has returned, contradicting a direct quote he had earlier given to a journalist from the Irish Sun.Speaking on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM, the veteran singer claimed that “there’s no emergency, I’m dancing” when the presenter asked about the story published over the weekend where he’d said his cancer had returned.He said that his blood tests “go up this week and down again the next”.News had emerged over the weekend based on an interview with the Irish Sun, that Dignam’s cancer, which he had been first diagnosed with in 2013, had returned.In audio heard by TheJournal.ie from that interview, Dignam can be clearly be heard saying “the cancer is back at the moment”.The Aslan singer also told the Sun: “I got a terrible shock. I got the result from my monthly blood test that I’m most afraid of. It was the worst news I could get, that this negative protein is growing inside my body.All I can do now is more chemo but I’m not confident. Your blood develops an immunity to treatment so there’s no guarantee it’s going to work.The news was followed by an outpouring of support, with well wishers expressing the hope that Dignam made a swift recovery.Speaking today, however, Dignam appeared to contradict this earlier statement, calling the news an “exaggeration”.“My bloods fluctuate,” he said. “They go up again this week and down again next week.There’s no emergency. I’m dancing… that was just a load of garbage.Aslan were speaking to Dempsey to promote their upcoming gig next month in the Iveagh Gardens, which the band said would be the first outdoor concert in Dublin since playing the Ilac car park in 1998.They were accompanied by a documentary team who are making a film about the band, and have been following them for some time.‘I’m sick of them at this stage,” Dignam joked.Read: Finbar Furey and Christy Dignam wowed audiences last night with a stunning duetRead: Rumours Christy Dignam has died are “just rumours”, say bandmates Short URL 51,969 Views last_img read more

See Thors Transformation in Hilarious Avengers Endgame Set Clip

first_img Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ Stay on target Avengers: Endgame, which is now available on digital, features bittersweet behind-the-scenes footage, including Chris Hemsworth’s hilarious transformation into the “new Thor.”The superhero, who is known for his ripped physique, received an interesting makeover for Avengers: Endgame, Polygon noted. Instead of looking like a body builder, Thor packed on a couple of pounds and grew out his blonde hair. In the funny video below, Hemsworth explains what it was like to transition to the new version of Thor, including sporting a fat suit and wearing a longer ‘do, while filming the movie.“Being able to do this new version of Thor is hugely liberating and fun,” Hemsworth said in the video.His co-stars, including Paul Rudd and Tessa Thompson, also commented on how Hemsworth’s sense of humor didn’t go away, even if his character was a bit different in Avengers: Endgame.“We’re shooting a superhero film, and here is one of the most recognizable superheroes, but he’s just turned into a new character,” Rudd explained. “What Chris [Hemsworth] does with that character and how it just kind of has this shift, his excitement was really palpable.”Thompson added, “He’d been playing the character for a while and really wanted to find something new. He has such dexterity as a talent, he’s incredibly funny.”The God of Thunder, from beginning to end. #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/QJvpbrpziT— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 24, 2019For more behind-the-scenes clips, watch Avengers: Endgame on digital services and on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Blu-ray on Aug. 13.More on Geek.com:Avengers: Endgame Directors Share Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Funeral‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Show Off Goofy Moments in Blooper Reel Clip‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Ask Russo Brothers Hilarious Questions at SDCClast_img read more

Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Oct 2015 – Sandals Resorts International cleaned up at this weekend’s World Travel Awards which was for the first time held in Great Exuma, in The Bahamas. Although company CEO, Adam Stewart was unable to make the gala at the Sandals Emerald Bay, he should have been pleased to hear that when it came to Caribbean’s Leading prizes, Sandals and Beaches and Island Routes again got the gold. Beaches Family All Inclusive was named best family all inclusive in the region and the TCI Beaches also earned an individual prize. Island Routes is leading tour company, Sandals Emerald Bay is leading conference hotel and Sandals was named Caribbean’s Leading Hotel brand. World Travel Awards is hailed as the Oscar’s of the Travel industry and its creator, Graham Cooke said: “What a night for Sandals! Over the past two decades the brand has grown into an institution here in the Caribbean and that success has been recognised by our voters…” The World Travel Awards was hosted by TV personality Andrew Kennedy and former Miss Bahamas and broadcaster, Anastagia Pierre with entertainment from the Crusaders Junkanoo Group, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band and Alia Cole. Recommended for you Related Items:adam stewart, beaches, Sandals Resort International, world travel awards Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCIlast_img read more

Body Found Floating Off Coast of Point Loma

first_img Posted: November 9, 2018 November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A body was found floating in the ocean Friday off the coast of Point Loma.The discovery was reported about 9:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Lifeguards retrieved the corpse and transported it to their Mission Bay headquarters, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes.No description of the deceased person was immediately available. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Body Found Floating Off Coast of Point Loma Updated: 1:58 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Farm Groups Meet on Tax Changes

first_imgA coalition of agricultural stakeholders met earlier this week to share information about continuing work in the House of Representatives toward a broad tax reform package. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has said that his committee will pass a reform bill by year’s end, and Member-only meetings are reportedly taking place.ASA was part of a coalition that wrote to Senate leaders in June regarding their work on a reform package. That letter referenced a discussion draft circulated in the House that could force larger farms that have used cash accounting into the accrual method.“The discussion draft also recommends harmonizing farm and ranch cash accounting rules with other businesses resulting in the termination of cash accounting for family farm corporations with average gross receipts between $10 million and $25 million… Cash accounting combined with the ability to accelerate expenses and defer income gives farmers and ranchers the flexibility they need to manage their tax burden,” the coalition stated in the letter.At this time, there is no clear path in the Senate on a tax reform bill. However, the House is reportedly still considering the changes in cash accounting they floated earlier this year.ASA will remain engaged in the tax reform debate as it progresses this fall.last_img read more

Strange circumstances see Delta Corp 2Q19 income fall but future growth signs

first_img RelatedPosts Load More Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Entertainment on the agenda in India as first details of SPiCE 2020 conference released However, Govertsen said that Delta Corp would have booked a double digit increase in its key gaming operations segment if not for one of its three offshore casinos being grounded for much of the quarter and evening alcohol sales being banned during the recent elections.He also noted a 30% decline in Delta shares since early May, due in part to “an absurd tax evasion allegation that Delta owes GST on wagers rather than revenue.”Govertsen added, “We expect a near-term clarification on the taxation situation, which should find that taxes should be levied on revenue, not wagering (in line with international standards).”Union Gaming has maintained a Buy rating on Delta Corp shares on the back of numerous positive catalysts which also include the impending move of all Goan offshore casinos to land. Leading Indian gaming operator Delta Corp has recorded a slight 3% fall in income for the three months to 30 June 2019. But the decline is far from an accurate reflection of the company’s performance with the temporary absence of one of Delta’s three offshore casinos and an “absurd tax evasion allegation” having negatively impacted results, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.Delta reported income of 194.72 crore in 2Q19, down from 195.51 crore in the same period last year and from 213.53 crore in the first quarter. The results included a 2.6% increase in income from gaming operations to 181.37 crore, offset by reductions in both online skill gaming operations and hospitality operations. Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019last_img read more

Waterskiing squirrel to retire after final performance at XGames

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WSVN) — A squirrel known for using a toy boat to water ski is set to retire after one final performance.Twiggy the squirrel performed her final act at the X Games in Minneapolis, Minn.The squirrel has been wowing fans for nearly 40 years, teaching them about water safety.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Endgame confirms it Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger

first_img In Endgame, Captain America’s story stands out as the Russo brothers lean into the overarching theme of loss. The story (mostly) takes place five years after Thanos’ deadly finger snap in last year’s Infinity War. The tone for the movie is set with the opening track — Steve Winwood’s Dear Mr. Fantasy: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, Something to make us all happy, Do anything, take us out of this gloom.”nullCap in Avengers: Endgame.  Marvel Studios Some of the Avengers cope with that loss by — SPOILERS AHEAD — wallowing in self-pity, drinking beer and playing video games (Thor at his funniest). Or going on a bad-guy killing spree (Hawkeye, at his most disturbing) or focusing on putting the past behind them (Stark, at his most detached). Cap not only doesn’t let that devastating loss take him down, he has the strength to help others deal with it. He hosts a self-help group with other survivors struggling with the aftermath of Thanos’ evil plan. “The world is in our hands. We gotta do something with it,” he tells the group, with a touch of world-weary sadness. “Otherwise Thanos should have killed all of us.” It could be a mushy, overly sentimental scene, but it’s not. It’s another moment that shows us that Captain America’s true superpower is his humanity. And it’s not the only moment in Endgame that makes the point that this is a man who’s more than his star-spangled suit and cool Vibranium shield. In a quietly touching scene — SPOILER — a time-traveling Rogers comes across his photo on the desk of Agent Peggy Carter, the woman he loved, lost and can’t forget. But it’s not a photo of our buff superhero in his cool costume. It’s a snap of that skinny kid from Brooklyn, taken before he got the serum boost.   I’m pretty sure it’s the same photo Carter puts away in Rogers’ file at the end of The First Avenger, as she’s coming to terms with his loss. He promised he’d take her dancing, right before he ditches his plane into the ocean to save New York from oblivion. As he takes one for the team, he stares at the photo of Carter he carries around in his pocket compass. My lip quivered just a bit over their goodbyes when I saw the movie eight years ago.And it did again earlier this week as I watched a new ending to their story. It’s his abiding love for Carter that prompts Captain America to do a hero handoff to his friend Sam (the Falcon) and retire from the Avengers, after Thanos is vanquished, of course. MAJOR SPOILER HERE — I applaud screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for giving Rogers the chance to rewrite his story so he and Carter can share the life together they wanted. Captain America has certainly earned it. As Endgame comes to a close, we see Rogers and Carter finally get their dance while the old World War II ballad “It’s been a long, long time” plays. It’s a lovely moment. And it delivers an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  11 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spoiler-free review: Ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is a tiny audio stinger Avengers: Endgame’s biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions Here are the best times to take a pee break during the film 3:14 Share your voice Last fall, when Chris Evans tweeted that he’d had an “emotional day” wrapping filming on the fourth Avengers film and that playing Captain America “over the past eight years has been an honor,” fans of the Marvel superhero flipped out. Many feared Cap — aka Steve Rogers — would be killed off in Avengers: Endgame, which opened in theaters worldwide this week.Well — MAJOR SPOILER HERE — fear no more. Captain America doesn’t die. But he does end his run as an Avenger in an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  And I say that as a huge Captain America fan. He’s my favorite Avenger — and the fact that we’re both from Brooklyn is only part of the reason. It’s because he embodies the ideals — bravery, honesty, loyalty, nobility — that get overlooked when we talk about what makes someone a superhero in movies these days.  So I braced myself for a future in which the very prolific and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe would plod on without him. But four days after seeing Endgame, I’m genuinely happy with how his story plays out in the Russo brothers’ funny, smart, moving and masterful follow-up to last year’s semi-annoying cliffhanger, Avengers: Infinity War. (Our spoiler-free review calls Endgame an epic “thrill ride” and our spoiler-packed review calls it “so close to being perfect.”) Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Originally published 8:04 a.m. PT.  26 Photos Comments Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Sure there’s a lot to unpack in Endgame, but Rogers gets the hero’s ending he deserves, and that’s why I’ve been telling friends to go into the flick dehydrated. You don’t want to skip a single minute of this three-hour, one-minute-long epic for a bathroom break (though my colleagues have figured out three scenes where you can run out if you really need to). So while I’ll miss Captain America, Endgame does a great job of reminding me why I’m glad to have known him at all. If Tony Stark/Iron Man is the brains, Thor the brawn and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanova the soul of the Avengers team, Cap is the heart, showing us how one good guy can make all the difference. And I’m not talking about superpowers here. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGERCap in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Jay Maidment When we first meet Rogers in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, he’s a skinny and asthmatic but earnest Army reject, desperately trying to enlist so he can fight the Nazis during World War II. He gets his wish with help from German scientist Abraham Erskine, who’s developed a super soldier serum that transforms Rogers into the mighty, muscular superhero. Erskine (played by an endearing Stanley Tucci) explains why he tapped Rogers, calling him “a good man”: “The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So good becomes great, bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows … compassion.”We see just how much of a good man he is over and again in The First Avenger, including how he throws himself on top of a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers or when he goes into an enemy camp on his own to save his childhood friend, Bucky. He gets knocked down by a bully but stands up each time,  offering up his now signature line: “I can do this all day.”And I love the moment when Cap confronts the villainous Red Skull, head of the evil Hydra cult. Red Skull asks why Dr. Erskine chose Rogers for his serum? Red Skull: “So, what made you so special?Rogers’ answer: “Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”Humility is its own superpower. At a time when our world is fractured, with some espousing the same un-American values he fought against successfully 75 years ago, Cap is a role model we can all get behind. Some argue he personifies an idealized version of American values and plays into audience nostalgia for a time that never existed. Maybe. But who doesn’t want a leader who’s honest, humble, compassionate, courageous and noble, a team player able to earn the trust of those around him so much so that they’re willing to go to the end of the line with him? More Endgame Marvel Captain America Iron Manlast_img read more

BSE closes points 3474 down on Oct 14

first_imgBSE closes points 34.74 down on Oct 148.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 34.74 down on Oct 148.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.74 points down to stand at 26,349.33. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.25 points down to stand at 7,864.00. DEN and ATUL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 5.10% along with BF UTILITIES LTD. and LIC HOUSING FINANCE LTD. with an increase of 4.60% and 4.46% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DLF and HCC with a decrease of 28.46% and 6.48% along with SUNTV and KAILASH with a decrease of 5.73% and 5.27% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 74.02 points at 17,260.86 while the banking sector is up 93.75 points at 18,026.60 and the reality sector is down 144.43 points at 1,419.23. The Indian currency is up 0.48% at Rs 61.39 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.74 points down to stand at 26,349.33. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.25 points down to stand at 7,864.00. DEN and ATUL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 5.10% along with BF UTILITIES LTD. and LIC HOUSING FINANCE LTD. with an increase of 4.60% and 4.46% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DLF and HCC with a decrease of 28.46% and 6.48% along with SUNTV and KAILASH with a decrease of 5.73% and 5.27% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 74.02 points at 17,260.86 while the banking sector is up 93.75 points at 18,026.60 and the reality sector is down 144.43 points at 1,419.23. The Indian currency is up 0.48% at Rs 61.39 per dollar.last_img read more

Candy Crush Saga causes mans thumb tendon to rupture

first_imgIt’s no secret that there are free-to-play mobile games on app stores created in such a way as to make you want to play them all the time. This in turn leads to a subset of players becoming addicted to those games while spending a small fortune on in-app purchases. For one man, it also resulted in him rupturing a tendon in his thumb.The 29-year-old man in question is addicted to playing Candy Crush Saga. He spent 8 weeks playing the game all day with his left hand while using his more dominant right hand to attempt to function as a normal human being. At some point he became unable to move his left thumb and experienced chronic pain. Doctors soon discovered his “left extensor pollicis tendon” had ruptured.We’ve all heard of BlackBerry thumb–a form of repetitive strain injury from pressing buttons repeatedly, but in this case the injury surprised doctors because of one thing: the intense pain the man should feel, but didn’t during play.The tendon injury was at its thickets point, which apparently is very painful to the point of being unable to ignore it. However, his addiction to the game meant that pain was blocked while he played, which could only have made the problem worse and eventually led to the rupture. The study’s conclusions of this case suggest there’s research to be done in the field of video games, addiction, and injury.With the popularity of Candy Crush Saga and similar repetitive tapping games, it seems unlikely this tendon rupture will be an isolated case. What I don’t understand is why he didn’t do something earlier about his thumb. Sure, he played all day, but he had to stop to eat and sleep, at which point the pain would become very noticeable.last_img read more

Social skills helped shape modern human face

first_imgThe evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”last_img read more

Travelport reaches another milestone

first_imgTravelport, a leading travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, today announces another significant merchandising milestone as Air India has become the 50th airline to sign up for Travelport Rich Content and Branding – the third component of Travelport’s industry-leading Merchandising Platform.Travelport Rich Content and Branding is a highly progressive technology which enables airlines to more effectively control how their fares and ancillaries are visually presented and described on travel agency screens, bringing them more in line with the airline’s own website experience. The solution has received significant support and interest from airlines since its introduction earlier this year. Fifty airlines have now signed up to participate, including leading carriers such as Delta, Avianca, Sun Country Airlines, Peruvian Airlines, Ryanair, British Airways, Iberia, easyJet, SilkAir, Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines and United Airlines.When launched on Travelport Smartpoint agency desktops later this year, Rich Content and Branding will allow travel agents to access rich content and extended descriptions aggregated into their usual booking flow to better inform and encourage customers’ purchasing decisions around fares and ancillaries.Speaking at the Global Business Travel Association in Los Angeles this week, Kurt Ekert, Chief Commercial Officer, Travelport, commented on this significant achievement, “We are extremely pleased with the industry recognition and support we have received on our Merchandising Platform.  The signing of fifty airlines for our Rich Content and Branding technology is a testament that our airline partners fully support and share our views on the way forward in how fares and ancillaries are presented to travel agents. Being able to leverage graphical content and providing a holistic brand experience will be a key factor for airlines to successfully differentiate themselves. At the same time, access to rich content allows travel agents to be more informative about product features and benefits, enabling them to influence customers’ purchasing decisions and increasing up-sell and cross sell opportunities.” Source = Travelportlast_img read more

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first_img 8 Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Much has been made of Rosen’s confidence, but a great deal of it is because, reasonably or not, he doesn’t feel like the NFL game is all that different than what he faced in high school or college.“It’s pretty much the same from high school, to college, to the NFL,” he said of his calm pocket presence that allowed him to extend plays and complete balls with defenders bearing down on him in a 20-17 loss last Sunday.Related LinksThe Consensus Week 5: Cardinals entrenched at the bottomPFF: Josh Rosen tops Baker Mayfield’s high grade for rookie QB debutCardinals’ Steve Wilks: ‘Our offense is getting ready to flourish’Week 5 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers“Your offensive linemen get better with your defensive line and vice versa. It’s just when things go bad, it just hurts more.”Two anecdotes from head coach Steve Wilks’ Wednesday press conference stand out about Rosen’s strong play that saw him complete 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown:1.At one point Sunday, Wilks admitted he wasn’t as trusting in his rookie quarterback as he should have been.“Clock was running down, we were about to get a delay of game. I called timeout,” Wilks said. “After that series he was coming over the sideline and he said, ‘Coach, I got it. I’m looking at the play-clock. Trust me, I got it.’“I love it. I love the confidence. I love that he’s in control. I’m all for it.”center_img 2.A handful of drops by Arizona’s receivers marred Rosen’s stat line, and while his encouragement of his teammates was caught on the sideline cameras a few times, another uplifting conversation was had between the 21-year-old rookie and the 43-year-old Phil Dawson, who missed two field goals that could have changed the complexion of the game in Arizona’s favor.“He said Josh came up to him after the game,” Wilks said of Dawson. “Here’s an older guy, a veteran guy and he’s getting encouraged by a rookie quarterback. It just speaks volumes to what Josh can do not only on the field for this team but off.”EXTRA POINTS— Rosen’s first career touchdown pass from Sunday was also second-year receiver Chad Williams’ first career touchdown catch. That caused a minor dilemma regarding who gets to keep the football involved on the play: “See if you can cut it in half or something. Get like one side painted,” Rosen quipped. “We’ll figure it out.”— WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), CB Bene Benwikere (spine), DE Markus Golden (knee) and DT Corey Peters (elbow) did not practice on Wednesday, Wilks said. They are all day-to-day but expected to be healthy enough for Sunday’s game in San Francisco. TEMPE, Ariz. — The game has not looked too fast for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.Arizona head coach Steve Wilks felt like the rookie’s unflappable nature, along with his confidence and command, were satisfactory reasons to throw him into the fire, first in an attempt of a late comeback against the Chicago Bears two weeks back. Ditto for Wilks’ decision to move Rosen into a starting role heading into what became a loss to the Seattle Seahawks this past week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kis

first_imgMember of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl A member of Japanese pop group Tokio, Tatsuya Yamaguchi attends a press conference Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Tokyo. Yamaguchi acknowledged Thursday that he is facing a criminal investigation related to an allegedly indecent act with a teenage girl. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP ) by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2018 2:11 am PDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TOKYO – A member of the popular Japanese male pop group Tokio apologized Thursday for forcibly kissing a teenage girl at his home.Tatsuya Yamaguchi, 46, said he would suspend work with the band and other entertainment projects.Yamaguchi acknowledged at a news conference that he kissed the girl at his home in February when he was drunk. The girl, who was with her friend, fled and reported it to police, prompting an investigation.“I’m so sorry that I caused her to suffer,” Yamaguchi said. “As a minor, she must have been frightened by an adult male.”Yamaguchi has not been charged and his agent, Johnny & Associates, said in a statement that the two sides have reached a settlement. Public broadcaster NHK said prosecutors are likely to drop the case after the girl’s side retracted their complaint.The case is the latest in a series involving sexual misconduct that have rocked Japan, where awareness and support for victims and the #MeToo movement have been slow to grow.Yamaguchi said he was not aware of what he had done to the girl until he was contacted by police more than a month later. He said he fell asleep after talking to the girls for about an hour and they were gone when he woke up.Yamaguchi and other members of the group are “special ambassadors” on an Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour project promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The organizing committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government are co-sponsors.“Given Mr. Yamaguchi’s significance to us as a special ambassador to the Flag Tour, it is very disappointing for Tokyo 2020,” the organizers said in an email to The Associated Press. They said they will discuss how to respond to the situation.“It’s extremely regrettable. That’s all I can say,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said.The suspension of Yamaguchi’s work has forced Japanese television networks to change their scheduled programs. Shops and restaurants in Fukushima prefecture removed posters showing Yamaguchi, who helped campaign for the region’s recovery from a severe accident at a nuclear plant.In recent weeks, a senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat resigned over sexually suggestive remarks to a female reporter, and the governor of Niigata prefecture stepped down after acknowledging he gave cash and gifts to women he dated from an internet site.Former Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda resigned last week after a magazine published sexual comments he allegedly made to a female reporter.Responses by the ministry and other top officials have tended to put the blame on the victim instead. Finance Minister Taro Aso has defended Fukuda, repeatedly suggesting that the reporter might have framed him, adding to the outrage of women’s groups and opposition lawmakers who are now demanding Aso’s resignation.___Associated Press sports writer Stephen Wade contributed to this report.last_img read more