Photo: Wisconsin Fans’ Reaction To The Loss To BYU Is Going Viral

first_imgWisconsin's cheerleader waves the flag in the end zone for Badgers fans.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 27: A Wisconsin Badger cheerleader waves the “W” flag after a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls on September 27, 2014 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)Wisconsin has given us the first major upset of the 2018 college football season. The Badgers, the No. 6 team in the country, fell at home to BYU this evening.The College Football Playoff contenders fell when their Lou Groza Award watch list kicker missed a 42-yard attempt with less than one minute to play.BYU secured the win, 24-21.Wisconsin fans are hurting tonight, understandably. This reaction from some Badgers fans in the stands is going viral on social— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 15, 2018Tough day for the Badgers.Wisconsin can still achieve everything it wants to this season, though. The Badgers can still win the Big Ten and contend for a College Football Playoff spot but they’re going to need to start playing a lot better moving forward.last_img read more

Starry starry night

first_imgBaku: Eden Hazard scored twice and then admitted it was his parting gift as the Belgian’s brace helped Chelsea sweep away Arsenal to win 4-1 in the Europa League final in Baku. This match started at 11 pm local time on Wednesday in Azerbaijan, but it was Thursday by the time it came to life with a flood of second-half goals started by Olivier Giroud’s 49th-minute opener against his old club. Hazard then set up Pedro Rodriguez for Chelsea’s second before grabbing a double of his own — including a penalty — either side of Alex Iwobi’s consolation for Arsenal. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe Belgian is widely expected to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid after seven years in England, and this was the perfect way for him to bow out. “I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know,” the 28 year-old told BT Sport. “My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs so maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.” It is his, and Chelsea’s, second Europa League this decade, while it is Maurizio Sarri’s first major trophy as a coach. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”I am really very happy but the trophy is very important for the club,” Sarri said. “In the Europa League we played 15 matches, won 12 and drew three, so I think we deserved to win it.” Chelsea will be back in the Champions League next season, but there will be no return to Europe’s top table for Arsenal. Unai Emery’s side had to win here to qualify, yet they were not good enough on a bizarre night. Emery was hoping to win this competition for the fourth time. He will get another chance next season, but for now Arsenal’s 25-year wait to bring back a European trophy to north London goes on. “We tried and we worked but Chelsea were better than us and congratulations to them,” Emery said. Chelsea will remember their evening with fondness, as will Sarri, who 24 hours earlier had stolen the headlines when he angrily stormed off the pitch here during a training session in front of the television cameras. “Sarri is a great guy, a great coach and he deserves this,” said David Luiz of his coach. The few Chelsea supporters who came will not forget their night, but the fact there were reportedly only around 1,300 in Azerbaijan will be a source of regret for the club. UEFA’s decision to play the game here had been heavily criticised, with the difficulty and cost of coming to the shores of the Caspian Sea preventing many fans from travelling and meaning Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was controversially absent. Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev was in the crowd, but there were thousands of empty seats in a stadium which holds almost 70,000. That meant that, far away from the blood and thunder of a typical derby fixture, this had the feel of an end-of-season exhibition match on a foreign tour, for much of the first half anyway. The players seemed short of rhythm in a match played two and a half weeks after the Premier League season ended. It came to life though, with a moment of controversy when referee Gianluca Rocchi dismissed Arsenal appeals for a penalty as Alexandre Lacazette went down under goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s challenge. Granit Xhaka then saw his powerful strike from 25 yards graze the crossbar as the half-hour approached. Only after that did Chelsea stir, but Petr Cech — in his final match before retiring — blocked Emerson Palmieri’s shot and denied Giroud at the end of a fine move. However, as the clock ticked past midnight after a goalless first half, Chelsea went ahead when Giroud stole in front of Laurent Koscielny and stooped to head home Emerson’s cross.last_img read more

Iranian Prez Rouhani slams unprecedented US pressure

first_imgTehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the “unprecedented” US pressure on Tehran and urged unity among the country’s political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s. Rouhani’s comments on Saturday came amid rising tensions with Washington which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf. He said the renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country’s 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the (1980-88) war period, but during the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports and there were only sanctions on arms purchases,” Rouhani said, according to the state news agency IRNA. The President called for political unity to face down sanctions. “The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our revolution… but I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these difficult conditions provided that we are united.” The US-Iran escalation has put into question the future of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions. Iran has indicated it may resume nuclear activities if the other partners go along with American sanctions.last_img read more

UN agencies begin handing out relief in wake of deadly quake in

4 February 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies have started distributing emergency relief supplies, including food, tents and surgical kits, to thousands of people living in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which was hit by a major earthquake yesterday. At least 34 people are confirmed to have been killed and 300 others injured as a result of the quake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, which struck the province of South Kivu about 7:35 yesterday morning, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The epicentre of the temblor was about 20 kilometres north of the provincial capital Bukavu, and close to the border with Rwanda, where damage has also been reported. Parts of neighbouring Burundi were also affected, while the region has been shaken by a series of aftershocks.Nearly 100 buildings have collapsed in Bukavu alone, and more than 800 rendered uninhabitable, while the local dam and hospital have also been damaged. Schools, churches and a hospital were also damaged in the towns of Kabare and Katana, which are both closer to the quake’s epicentre.In Bukavu, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its local aid partners have started handing out emergency health and surgical kits and extra health personnel to help two local hospitals treat the wounded.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that more than 500 tents are urgently needed to provide shelter for Congolese who have lost their home, as well as supplies of drinking water. More food, tents and plastic sheeting are expected to be delivered tomorrow.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also working with UN agencies to assess the situation and determine how best to bring relief to locals, who are already suffering from months of fighting in the region between Government forces and armed rebels.Across the border in Rwanda, the UN Resident Coordinator met other UN officials and dispatched an assessment team to the town of Rusizi, close to the border with the DRC. Psycho-social support to the victims of the quake is seen as a priority issue. read more

Sri Lankan Community in France to receive solutions for longstanding consular issues

M. N. Ranasinghe, Controller General of Immigration and Emigration speaking at the event mentioned that while taking into consideration the difficulties expressed, the Department of Immigration and Emigration would look at ways and means of finding appropriate solutions in consultation with the relevant stakeholders of the Government. Further, he added that given the policy priorities of the present National Unity Government with regard to reconciliation, he is very hopeful at finding viable solutions. Members of the Sri Lankan community appreciated the initiative taken by the Embassy and the Department to explore avenues to find solutions to their existing issues. (Colombo Gazette) The Forum was attended by members of the Sri Lankan community representing all ethnic groups. They were given the opportunity to present common as well as individual issues and difficulties faced by them at present. Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris successfully concluded the first ever consular forum conducted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Paris with a view to address issues faced by the Sri Lankan Community in France pertaining to issuance of passports, registration of birth, citizenship certificates and issuance of dual citizenship certificates, the Foreign Ministry said today.On an invitation extended by Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja, a team of Senior Officials consisting of D. Swarnapala, Secretary, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, M. N. Ranasinghe, Controller General of Immigration and Emigration and K. P. Yogachandra, Deputy Controller, Overseas Missions, Department of Immigration & Emigration visited Paris and held discussions with the Embassy Officials as well as members of the community. read more

The Latest Former UK leader Blair says put country first

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s plan to leave the European Union (all times local):11:05 a.m.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that politicians face a critical juncture in history as they prepare to consider legislation meant to prevent the country from leaving the European Union without a deal.Speaking at the Institute for Government on Monday, Blair appealed to lawmakers to recognize that in modern British history, “there’s never been a more important moment for politicians to put country before tribe and national interest before self-interest.”Blair’s comments come as the House of Commons prepares to return from summer recess Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to try to pass a bill to block a no-deal Brexit, either by requesting an extension from the EU or some other means.Time is short before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline.___10 a.m.British Prime Minster Boris Johnson is getting tough with members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans.The so-called “rebels” are being warned that they will be suspended from the party if they take part in efforts led by opposition parties in Parliament meant to block a departure from the European Union without a deal.Lawmakers are returning from their summer recess this week for a brief session that promises to be a dramatic week in British politics.They are pledging to challenge Johnson’s policy that the U.K. will leave the EU on Oct. 31, even if there is no deal. Without such a deal, Britain faces a chaotic Brexit that economists warn would disrupt trade by imposing tariffs and customs checks between Britain and the bloc.The Associated Press read more

UN peacekeeping chiefs condemn killings in western Côte dIvoire

“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Pierre Schori, and the Force Commander, General Abdoulaye Fall, travelled to Duékoué today to assess the situation and see how best the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) can help restore peace to the area,” Stephane Dujarric said.UNOCI reported last week that unidentified attackers, armed with machetes, killed or wounded more than 100 people in the area, dealing a blow to the reconciliation attempts of the past month.Mr. Schori today condemned the murders and other abuses and urged all parties to avoid acts that could aggravate the situation.After the attacks, the UN mission said it reinforced its troops with mobile patrols and stationary units in the area, which is under Ivorian Security and Defence Forces (FDS) control.Cote d’Ivoire has been split into a government-controlled south and a rebel-held north – with some 6,000 UN and 4,000 French peacekeepers patrolling a buffer zone – since rebels tried to topple President Laurent Gbagbo in 2002. read more

State of play A look at the status of pipeline projects in

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 11:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Pipeline proposals just can’t catch a break these days.The latest hurdle came this week when an organization representing 82 Montreal-area municipalities came out against TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East Pipeline, drawing a sharp rebuke from politicians in Alberta and Saskatchewan.Here is an update on the status of other major Canadian pipeline projects:Keystone XL:TransCanada, the same company behind Energy East, applied for U.S. permission to build its Keystone XL pipeline in September 2008. The idea was to expand an existing cross-border pipeline to give oilsands crude a more direct route to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.At the time, TransCanada thought XL would proceed through the regulatory process just as smoothly as the previous Keystone phases. It was wrong.The stretch of pipe cutting a diagonal line from the Saskatchewan-Montana border to southern Nebraska became the focal point of the U.S. environmental movement and a political lightning rod in Washington.Debate over Keystone XL centred not only on the environmental effects on the American Heartland in the event of a spill, but on its broader role in climate change. Stop pipelines, the environmental groups argued, and you stop the development of carbon-intensive oilsands crude.After a seven-year regulatory saga, U.S. President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL in November — weeks before United Nations climate change talks in Paris.TransCanada set in motion a US$15-billion challenge under the North American Free Trade Agreement arguing it was treated inequitably. It has also launched a separate federal lawsuit seeking a declaration that Obama overstepped his constitutional power when he rejected Keystone XL.TransCanada maintains it has not given up on Keystone XL.Northern Gateway:Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would ship 525,000 barrels a day of oilsands crude from northeast of Edmonton to Kitimat, B.C. Its goal is to sell Alberta crude in lucrative Asian markets. A parallel line would bring 193,000 barrels a day of bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction.Northern Gateway has been hugely controversial. The idea of crude-oil laden supertankers navigating the choppy waters of the Douglas Channel on their way out to the Pacific is a non-starter for many British Columbians. The line also passes through huge tracts of unceded First Nations territory in British Columbia. Though Enbridge has signed agreements with many First Nations along the route, many — especially on the coast — are staunchly opposed.Enbridge has had a federal permit to build Northern Gateway since mid-2014, but recent developments have caused critics to declare Northern Gateway “dead in the water.”The federal Liberal government has signalled it intends to formalize a tanker ban on B.C.’s north coast.A recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling found the province did not properly consult First Nations over an agreement to cede decision-making power over Northern Gateway to the federal National Energy Board. The ruling essentially forces B.C. to make its own decision on Gateway — with aboriginal input. Observers say that decision could have implications for another controversial B.C. crude project, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.Enbridge says it’s still committed to the project, though it’s in no hurry to make an official go-ahead decision.The company is working to “re-engage” with First Nations and work out an updated cost estimate. The joint review panel’s report in late 2013 pegged the cost at $7.9 billion.Trans Mountain:The Canadian arm of U.S. energy giant Kinder Morgan is aiming to nearly triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline to 890,000 barrels of oil a day. The existing Trans Mountain line currently ships 300,000 barrels a day of various petroleum products from the Edmonton area to the B.C. Lower Mainland and Washington state.The project is in the thick of the NEB review process. It has faced stiff opposition from those who do not want to see more crude-filled tankers moving through the Burrard Inlet, including Lower Mainland mayors. The B.C. government has said it doesn’t support the project because it doesn’t meet its five conditions for crude pipelines.Kinder Morgan filed its regulatory application for the Trans Mountain expansion in late 2013. The National Energy Board hearing process for Trans Mountain has been highly criticized. Opponents have called on Ottawa to halt that review — and the one into Energy East — while the NEB process is revamped.Though the official cost estimate for the project remains $5.4 billion, Kinder Morgan Canada’s president said it’s looking like it will be higher because of currency swings, delays and design changes.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facilities are seen in Hardisty, Alta., on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The latest hurdle in the status of pipelines came this week when an organization representing 82 Montreal-area municipalities came out against TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East Pipeline, drawing a sharp rebuke from politicians in Alberta and Saskatchewan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh State of play: A look at the status of pipeline projects in Canada read more

Elderly Melanie woman killed in early morning accident

An elderly woman was early this morning killed on the Melanie Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) after she was struck by a minibus while attempting to cross the said road.The dead woman has been identified as 87 year old, Lydia Rodriguez of Lot 51 North Melanie, East Coast Demerara (ECD).<> understands that the accident occurred at around 06:00hrs.This online publication also understands that Minibus BKK 6714 which was being driven by Narsigh Jagsar of Supply Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was at the time of the accident proceeding west along the southern driving lane of the said road while the pedestrian was standing on the northern side.However, it is being reported that as the minibus approached, Rodriguez began to cross the road from north to south, ending up on the southern driving lane. As such, she collided with the vehicle and was flung unto the surface of the road.The woman who sustained head injuries was picked up by public spirited persons in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where she was pronounced dead on arrival there.A breathalyser test conducted on Jagsar showed no trace on alcohol in his system. He was however taken into Police custody where he is assisting with information. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Man charged with causing death of elderly woman gets bailMarch 22, 2018In “Court”2 killed as minibus turns turtle on ECD HighwayMarch 3, 2019In “latest news” read more

Guyanese among 271 immigrants arrested in the United States

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers have arrested “271 aliens as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who pose a threat to public safety.”On Wednesday, ICE said that the enforcement action ran from March 18 – 22. ERO officers made the arrests across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI).The Enforcement agency in a released statement posited that the immigrants who were arrested came from 36 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Bahamas, Bosnia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom.Moreover, it was outlined that out of the 271 immigrants “99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses and abuse of the elderly.”ICE said the arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, “including 76 in Miami Dade, 65 in Broward, 27 in Duval, 17 in Palm Beach, 14 in Hillsborough, 10 in Orange, seven in Seminole, five in Manatee, five in Lee, four in Pinellas, four in Brevard, three in Polk, three in Indian River, two in Volusia, two in Bay, two in Martin, one in Escambia, one in Gadsden, one in Lake, one in Osceola, one in Sarasota, one in St Lucie, one in Suwannee, 11 in Puerto Rico, and seven in the USVI.”The agency noted that during the operations, ERO was supported by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.According to the ICE agency, “arrested individuals who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal.”Additionally, it was also outlined that the “targeted individuals in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS says Guyanese among large number of immigrants nabbed in 2016December 29, 2016In “latest news”US immigration sweep: Guyanese among C’bean nationals nabbed, facing deportationApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Guyanese among Caribbean nationals detained during US immigration sweepNovember 30, 2017In “latest news” read more

Preacher Turns in an Episode Thats Wacky Bloody Fun and a Complete

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History By its nature Preacher is a mess. Often, that’s what’s great about the show. Sometimes though, in its efforts to bring us wacky chaos, it can lose the plot. Three episodes from the end of the season, at least it isn’t wasting time anymore. It picks up right after Starr presented Jesse to the Allfather and gives us one hell of an action scene. A sophisticated orchestral score underneath brutal violence is a bit of an overused joke on the show, but it still works. It’s funny and it makes the blood ballet feel all the more stylish. It’s also not the fight scene’s only gag. There’s a funny bit with an office-worker waiting for an elevator, and it also does the thing where it cuts away to Starr and Allfather casually listening to the chaos. It’s great. Jesse ends the fight quickly by putting a bullet in Allfather’s chest. He’s not dead yet though, so Starr still can’t give the game up. The fight scene ends the way it began: With Starr’s gun in Jesse’s face.The bullet didn’t even pierce Allfather’s heart as there’s too much in the way. It’s soon taken out, and Jesse’s captured once again. They strap him to a gurney and hook him up to a device that will coax Genesis out. The idea is that they’ll tunnel it straight into Humperdoo. As if his very appearance in any episode isn’t blasphemous enough, this one goes the extra mile and spills his guts everywhere. Because that’s what happens when you try to force Genesis into a vessel it didn’t choose. After a cleanup crew power-washes all the blood and intestines off the walls and floor, the Allfather reveals his backup plan. This makes the whole idea of humperdoo, the severely inbred offspring of Christ, even more disturbing. It turns out they’ve been cloning him. His chromosomes must be held together with scotch tape at this point, right?Humperdoo (Tyson Ritter) (Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Oh boy, and if you thought the opening fight set to classical music was a bit much, it was just a warmup for what comes halfway through the episode. The flying guts, the slow motion splatter makes the scene a literal gore ballet. As Jesse learns from the Grail’s geneticist they really do have an endless supply of Humperdoos. It’s just a matter of finding the exact right genetic cocktail to inject into the tap-dancing Christ child to make him appeal to Genesis. Starr puts a gun in Jesse’s pocket, but his hands are tied. There’s no way he can use it, and Starr is too much of a coward to pull the trigger himself. I appreciate that even if Jesse seems to have begrudgingly warmed up to Starr, the show still won’t let him be cool. He’s gross, he’s sexist and he’s ineffective when it counts. For now though, it’s making me real tired of Jesse being so willing to work with him. I want their pure antagonism back. Like when Jesse was making Starr shove contracts up his own ass.Before long, they find a way to inject a Humperdoo with Genesis and not have him explode. They inject him with a genetic cocktail containing the DNA of President Thomas Jefferson and Wayne Brady. They call it the Tom/Brady (also the episode title). That’s probably the loudest guffaw this show has gotten out of me all season. It works, and for the first time, Genesis doesn’t force its way out of Humperdoo. Instead, the Grail scientist shoots him. This particular clone wasn’t the messiah they had in mind, I guess. The Allfather calls for the real deal, but we’re not shown what that is. Maybe it’s the tap dancing one? Either way, its at least an intriguing cliffhanger to leave us on after a whole episode’s worth of plot spent goofing around. Not that I mind that much. Goofing around is fun. I just wish it didn’t take until the final minutes to start going somewhere. And that the titular line of the episode was more than a one-off joke, funny though it was.Karen Strassman as Dr. Louis Slotnick (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Back at Angelville, Madame L’Angelle is having nightmares after learning that Jesse’s after Genesis. In a scene that feels just off enough to be unsettling, she wakes up to find that the heist party has returned. Featherstone is dead and Tulip claims her souls are outside. She’s then met by an army of the dead, ready to drag her to hell. And with them is Jesse all Genesis’ed up to send her there. That scares her enough to call up Satan and renegotiate the terms of their deal. I’m so happy we got to see the devil again. His chummy business bro attitude and fire-and-brimstone appearance make me laugh every time. L’Angelle offers up Jesse, and Genesis, in exchange for the devil dragging Tulip to Hell.It’s a good thing that, despite what Madame L’Angelle’s dream implied, we didn’t skip the heist. Even with all the gory symphonies, watching Featherstone and Tulip bicker and snap their way through a soul robbery was the most fun part of the episode. Though the fake sexual harassment seminar wasn’t as funny as it could have been, it at least it gave Tulip and Featherstone more opportunities to insult each other. Their back and forth is entertaining. Corny workplace training seminars (yes, even harassment ones) can be great fodder for comedy. So it was a little disappointing that this one played it safe. Tulip and Featherstone were great, but the workplace harassment jokes were oddly tame and by-the-numbers. Especially for Preacher. There was an opportunity here to lampoon corporate culture and punch up at men in power, and the show just missed it. We’ve never seen Hoover this happy! #Preacher— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) August 13, 2018 As much as I appreciate the spectacle of this episode, and it had a lot of it, the story got a little lost in it. I love Preacher for its over-the-top wacky violence, but at some point, the story has to move forward. The characters have to do something meaningful. It can’t all happen in once scene at the end as a next episode tease. Here, the story was all over the place. The episode couldn’t focus on any one of its plots long enough to make any impact. And the scene breaks weren’t strong enough to justify switching over to another story for a while. It felt like the episode was jingling its keys at us from three different directions. It’s entertaining, sure. It makes us laugh, but it doesn’t take us anywhere. I’d say hopefully the final two episodes will be more focused, but knowing this show, that won’t be the case. All I really hope for is that in all the inevitable chaos, the big moments are given enough room to feel like they matter. Because at this point, even the gore and blasphemy are losing their impact.Think other Vertigo books should be TV shows? We’ve got a list here. Stay on target We learned a lot from this HR demo. #Preacher— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) August 13, 2018The rest of the heist is great, though. It turns out Featherstone didn’t only want to make Tulip grab a man’s ass, she wanted her to steal his security card. It’s the only way they can get into the room with the Soul safe. The safe hacking scene is fun too. It’s always great to watch Tulip show up people who talk down to here, and it’s especially satisfying here. Featherstone and Hoover are about as likable as The Grail gets, but you still want to see them fail, ultimately.The cliffhanger for this story is a little contrived, but it’s a fine comedy of errors and sets up a potentially exciting story for next week. The Devil sent his assistant to capture Tulip, but failed to give her a photo or any explanation beyond “woman with dark hair.” Tulip sees an opportunity to ditch Featherstone and return the souls herself, and sends the Devil’s assistant after her. Only Featherstone switched the briefcases before getting taken. So yeah, the entire story strains credibility, but it’ll bring Jody and Tulip up against an agent of Hell, Hitler, Arseface and the Saint of Killers. Huh. Given Tulip’s history, that last one should be real interesting. If Preacher can pull it off, which… no guarantees.Malcolm Barrett as Hoover, Nathaniel Woolsey as Kevin, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Cassidy’s storyline was easily the best for a second week in a row. It was the only one that had a real emotional journey in addition to wacky hijinks and violence. There was plenty of that too, of course. The Children of the Blood capture Hoover just before he tries to storm the basement and their debate about how they’ll kill him is some great comedic back-and-fourth. With Wicker Man references and a surprise detail about a random background character, there were some great jokes here. What really makes this story is Cassidy’s eventual discovery of what’s really going on with Eccarius. More than at any other point in the season, we really get to root for Cassidy as he puts the pieces together. First, with the woman he turned not returning his calls, then with Eccarius forgetting where he supposedly sent her, then it all comes together when Cassidy finds her airplane pillow in the trash, covered in blood.He stops Eccarius from killing Hoover at the last second, which I’m so happy about. He and Featherstone are part of the Grail, but their fun to have around. They may only be here to act as punching bags, but they’re our punching bags. The rest of the episode set up some exciting stuff for the final two, but this is the story I’m most looking forward to watching play out. The others could easily be mishandled, but the show’s been nailing this arc since it started.last_img read more

911 call for ride to Hooters ended with trip to Florida jail

first_imgMERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man wanted to go to Hooters so badly that authorities say he told 911 dispatchers he needed a ride to the restaurant because his grandmother had just suffered a stroke in the parking lot.Instead, 28-year-old Jonathan Hinkle got a ride to the Brevard County Jail Tuesday night after deputies searched for three hours for his grandmother. When they finally found her at another location, she said she hasn’t had a stroke or asked anyone for help.News outlets say Hinkle told the dispatcher he’d pay responders to take him to the Hooters on Florida’s Atlantic coast.Hinkle was arrested on charges of misusing 911. He was released on bond Wednesday night and records don’t list an attorney for him.last_img

Pogba Its hard to concentrate after World Cup win

first_imgPaul Pogba admits it’s been a struggle to concentrate this season after winning the 2018 World Cup with FranceThe 25-year-old midfielder’s ongoing feud with manager Jose Mourinho has done little to help Manchester United, who have equalled their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign in 29 years.Despite Pogba providing United with four goals and three assists in 10 games this term, the Frenchman’s displays have still been put into question.Reflecting on this to AFP, Pogba conceded that concentration has been an issue following France’s World Cup triumph in Russia.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars. For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer,” said Pogba, according to the Evening Standard.“But we like challenges, too. We have goals. For example, I’ve never won the Premier League, that’s an objective. I’d like to do that.”Pogba is expected to feature for France in tonight’s game against Iceland in Guingamp with kick-off set to begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

No 3 Justice Department Official Rachel Brand Will Step Down

first_img Share Jose Luis Magana/APAssociate Attorney General Rachel Brand speaks during the opening of the summit on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking on Feb. 2 at the Justice Department.The No. 3 official at the Justice Department will be stepping down after less than a year, leaving a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand is leaving her post. The source said Brand, who was sworn in last May, has been in talks about becoming the top lawyer at Walmart.For months, other sources said Brand has chafed at the limits of her post at DOJ. President Trump has repeatedly attacked the law enforcement agency and sought to cast doubt on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.Her role at the Justice Department was doubly important because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation, given his role with the Trump campaign. That left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein overseeing Mueller’s investigation, and Trump and GOP allies have attacked Rosenstein at times.Scrutiny of Rosenstein from conservatives allied with Trump escalated last week after a Republican memo authored by House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., detailed how Justice Department and FBI officials including Rosenstein authorized surveillance on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who had contact with Russians.Asked last Friday after the memo’s release whether he still had confidence in Rosenstein, Trump responded, “You figure that one out,” raising the specter he might fire the deputy attorney general. However, the White House quickly denied any plans to remove Rosenstein. But if he was let go, that would have left Brand next in line to oversee Mueller’s investigation, among Rosenstein’s other responsibilities.Brand is an expert in national security and helped defend the administration’s efforts to renew a foreign surveillance law. But she had a relatively small staff and a portfolio of issues that focused mostly on civil litigation, civil rights and other issues. In recent months, Brand delivered speeches in the administration’s fight against human trafficking.Her office oversees the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Tax Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services, the Community Relations Service, the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Information and Privacy, the Executive Office for United States Trustees and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.Brand was also a top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, helping pick nominees for federal judgeships. And she previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.“Rachel Brand is a lawyer of the highest caliber and integrity. I was proud to work for her in the Bush administration when she ran the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy and was proud to call her a colleague at [George Mason University’s] Scalia Law School,” national security expert and adjunct law professor Jamil Jaffer told NPR. “I’m certain that she’ll do great things going forward and will be in public service again in the near future.”The news of Brand’s departure was first reported by the New York Times.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Google Starts to Monetize Voice By Bringing Paid Digital Goods Subscriptions to

first_imgDevelopers who have built both voice experiences for the Google Assistant as well as an Android app can also let users access paid digital goods in both contexts. Paid digital goods are thus far only available in the U.S., but Google said that it plans to roll them out in additional countries soon.Google announced this path to monetize voice experiences as it unveiled a revamped Google Assistant experience on mobile, where users will now have it easier to switch back and forth between using their voice and touch.“Since the Google Assistant made its debut, we’ve noticed that nearly half of all interactions with the Assistant today include both voice and touch,” said voice actions group PM Tarun Jain in a  blog post Wednesday. “With this redesign, we’re making the Assistant more visually assistive for users, combining voice with touch in a way that gives users the right controls in the right situations.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Google Google is making it easier for developers to earn money with voice experiences: Developers are now able to charge their users for digital goods via Google’s Assistant, the search giant announced Wednesday. These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones.One of the companies making use of the new monetization feature out of the gate is meditation services provider Headspace, which now lets users of its service subscribe to its paid tier with simple voice commands.Another scenario highlighted by Google Wednesday: “Castle Master,” an interactive audio adventure for smart speakers and other devices with access to the Google Assistant, now lets users buy add-on packs to unlock additional gameplay through one-time purchases. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Overly critical parents lead to persistence of ADHD in kids

first_imgUsually, children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), a common behavioural disorder in kids, like poor concentration, hyperactivity and learning difficulties, tend to improve with age.However, the disorder does not improve in some kids and one reason may be the persistent parental criticism, reveals a new research.“Children with ADHD, whose families continued to express high levels of criticism over time, failed to experience the usual decline in symptoms with age and instead maintained persistent, high levels of ADHD symptoms,” said Erica Musser, assistant professor at Florida International University in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers studied a sample of 388 children with ADHD and 127 without, as well as their families, over three years. Of the children with ADHD, 69 per cent were male, 79 per cent were white and 75 per cent came from two-parent households. They measured changes in ADHD symptoms over that period and measured the parents’ levels of criticism and emotional involvement.Parents were asked to talk about their relationship with their child uninterrupted and were then rated by experts for levels of criticism — harsh, negative statements about the child, rather than the child’s behaviour —and emotional over-involvement — overprotective feelings toward the child, the study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, showed. Only sustained parental criticism was associated with the continuance of ADHD symptoms in the children who had been diagnosed with ADHD, the study concluded.last_img read more

Islamic State makes gains in Syrias central province

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The fighting in Homs killed at least 28 government troops and about 20 Islamic State group militants, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said hundreds were wounded.The Islamic State has a presence in the eastern countryside of Homs and has lately been pushing west. Twitter accounts affiliated with IS say its fighters reported advances northwest of the city of Palmyra.An activist based in Homs, Bebars al-Talawy, said IS seized a large government ammunition warehouse outside Palmyra and was bombing a nearby government-controlled airport.Al-Talawy said the extremists took advantage of government redeployment on Tuesday to Idlib province where troops are fighting to regain territory seized by rebels.Syria’s state news agency SANA said troops struck IS positions near Palmyra, killing many militants.In Qalamoun, the capture of Moussa Hill — at an altitude of 2,570 meters (8,431 feet) — gives a boost to Syrian government force and their Hezbollah allies as now they have wide areas in the region under their fire.Syrian state TV said the hill is now under the control of troops and their allies while Hezbollah’s Al-Manar station said fighters are destroying “the fortifications” that were erected by the militants. Al-Manar later showed footage of Hezbollah forces storming the hill under the cover of Syrian tank fire. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The capture of the hill comes after a string of defeats for government forces in recent weeks in the northwestern province of Idlib and the southern province of Daraa.Syria’s crisis has killed more than 220,000 people since 2011.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Wednesday seized more territory in Syria’s central province of Homs amid intense clashes with government forces that left dozens dead and wounded on both sides, activists said.Meanwhile, Syrian troops and members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group captured Mousa Hill, the highest peak in the rugged mountainous Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border, also Wednesday. The hill is part of an area where members of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria known as the Nusra Front suffered defeats over the past days.last_img read more

Fantasea Cruises withdraws from Whitsundays

first_imgThe ferry service company has announced its withdrawal from the Whitsundays, selling its operations in the region to Cruise Whitsundays.Effective 29 June this year, Cruise Whitsundays will take Fantasea’s rights to service Hamilton Island, the two Reefworld platforms on Hardy Reef, the vessel Charmer and the land and marina holding at Port of Arlie.The company said that it will continue its operations in Sydney, Palm Beach Ferries and the Townsville Magnetic Island ferry service.Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke said he was supportive of the decision as the island was consulted throughout all negotiations.Cruise Whitsundays owners Chris Jacobs and Rogers Dold added that the acquisition would build on the company’s already steady presence in the region.“With the additional passengers and services we have acquired from Fantasea, the economics of the business will be stronger and will allow us to focus on growth and innovation in these challenging times,” the owners said. “We can now look forward to a significant partnership with the whole Region. “The Whitsundays will be the winner here.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Busy Philipps is living up to her

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Busy Philipps is living up to her name.The actress is getting her own late-night talk show on E! called “Busy Tonight.” Production is set to begin this summer.Philipps made the announcement on Instagram. It’s fitting, because her popularity has skyrocketed due to her Instagram account where she posts about her life and observations of things around her. Recent posts chronicle her daughter’s missing stuffed animals, ongoing sinus troubles and her weekend at Coachella.Philipps has a role in the Amy Schumer movie “I Feel Pretty,” which was co-directed by her husband Marc Silverstein. She’s also working on a book of essays due out in the fall.Philipps previously appeared on TV shows like “Freaks and Geeks”, “Dawson’s Creek” and “Cougar Town.” by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2018 1:29 pm PDT Last Updated May 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Busy Philipps gets her own talk show on E!last_img read more

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