Maha Three of family stabbed to death

first_imgShirdi: Three members of a family, including a teenaged girl, were stabbed to death by a man who was apparently mentally unstable here in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. Two persons were also injured in the incident that took place at Nimgaon village in Shirdi temple town of Nashik district on Saturday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Somnath Wakchoure said. The accused, Arjun Panhale (50), who was apparently not mentally sound, had a tiff with a family residing in his neighbourhood over some cleanliness issue outside his house, he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Saturday, the accused went to his neighbour’s house and attacked three persons there with a sharp grass-cutting tool, killing them on the spot, the official said. The deceased were identified as Namdev Thakur (62), his wife Dagubai Thakur (50) and daughter Khushi Thakur (16). Two other persons received injuries when they tried to save their family members and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said. Panhale, who worked as a plumber, was subsequently arrested and the weapon used in the crime was seized, he said, adding that some paper clippings of crime news, rotten fruits and empty plastic bottles were found in his house. A case was registered against the accused under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder), he said.last_img read more

16yearold boy murdered after his shoulder brushed against accused

first_imgNew Delhi: A 16-year-old boy was murdered after his shoulder brushed against the accused at Central Delhi’s Nabi Karim area.Police said that two persons were arrested in the case. The accused have used a knife to attack the deceased. Another minor was injured during the scuffle. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that a PCR call was received on Sunday in which the caller stated that two boys were stabbed by a knife. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice reached the spot and during the investigation, it was found that two injured residents of Central Delhi were sitting on the door of stairs on the ground floor. “Two persons Mohammad Rizwan who resides in the same premises came with his friend Sehnawaj. Sehnawaj had an argument with deceased Why they are sitting on the door of the stairs. They had heated arguments first, Sehnawaj took out a knife and caused injury to deceased,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe investigating agency further said that the accused started running, Farman caught hold him, he again caused injury to his known person (another minor) on the abdomen. “One of the victims succumbed to this injury in RML. The another injured is under treatment and stable. Both alleged nabbed, the knife with blood stains recovered. A case under sections 307/302 IPC is registered,” police said. DCP further said that the argument started after the deceased shoulder was touched accused which led to the crime. In an alleged CCTV video of the incident, it can be seen that few persons were gathered near a house and suddenly scuffle took place. One of the persons started attacking another. Later one of the persons was holding his stomach and later fell on the ground after hitting scooty. The police nabbed the perpetrator with the help of CCTV footage from the area. Further investigation is underway.last_img read more

Fullyear profit at Unilever soars sales edge lower

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Consumer products multinational Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, says Europe’s hot summer and the sale of its spreads division helped drive up net profit to 9.8 billion euros ($11.2 billion) last year, from 6.5 billion euros ($7.5 billion) a year earlier.The company said Thursday that sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 fell 5.3 per cent to 12.15 billion euros ($13.9 billion). That contributed to full-year sales of 51 billion euros ($58.5 billion), down 5.1 per cent from 2017 due to the sale of the spreads division and exchange rate fluctuations.Unilever’s new CEO, Alan Jope, says 2018 was a solid year. He adds that “in 2019 we expect market conditions to remain challenging.”The Associated Press

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi Dies After Health Scare

Rabat – The 92-year-old Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi died on Thursday, July 25, the Presidency of the Republic has announced.Tunisian press agency Agence Tunis Afrique Press shared a brief notice from the press release to confirm the death of Tunisia’s first freely elected president.The late president suffered a health crisis last month. He was taken to the military hospital on June 27. Despite leaving the hospital, Essebsi’s health condition remained critical.Essebsi served as president of Tunisia since December 2014 after an Arab uprising across the region.In April 2019, the late president announced that he had no intention of running for presidential election again.Born in 1926, Essebsi completed his studies before entering the political field. He was a supporter of Tunisia’s independence leader Habib Bourguiba. The country gained its independence from France in 1956.Essebsi served in several positions, including as speaker of parliament, while Ben Ali was still in power.Essebsi’s expert fields were security, defense, and foreign affairs.Essebsi, a prominent political figure, led his country towards democracy after serving as Prime Minister following the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.Three years later, Essebsi was elected president of Tunisia.According to Al Jazeera, a presidential vote will take place on November 17 after parliamentary elections expected to take place on October 6.The leader of the Ennahda political party, Rached Ghannouchi, will run in the next parliamentary elections.“The decision to present Ghannouchi at the top of the party’s electoral list in Tunis 1 [district], is to have leaders of parties play a more important role at this crucial stage in the history of the democratic transition in Tunisia,” said Imed Khmiri, an Ennahda party official.The parliamentary race is expected to be fought closely by the Ennahda party, the secular Tahya Tounes party of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the Nidaa Tounes party led by the president’s son Hafedh Caid Essebsi, and the Courant Democrate party. read more

Industry watchers question Freedom Mobiles strategy to compete with Big 3

TORONTO – The company formerly known as Wind Mobile starts rolling out its new high-speed wireless network in Toronto and Vancouver on Sunday, as part of an incremental effort to better compete with the country’s Big Three wireless providers.But some industry watchers say the rebranded Freedom Mobile, which was acquired by Shaw (TSX:SJR.B) in a deal that closed in March, is unlikely to make a big difference immediately.In theory, Freedom’s beefed-up LTE network, an upgrade from its third-generation platform, should increase competition, said Marc-David L. Seidel, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.But its restricted launch isn’t a competitive entrance, he said. The service won’t start expanding to the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas until next spring, and to Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa next summer. Parts of southern Ontario, including Hamilton and Kingston, will join as of fall 2017.As a result, Freedom will have difficulty attracting new users with its “very limited footprint in Toronto and Vancouver,” Seidel said.“So it’s not going to be an incredibly strong force on the LTE side.”Another major hitch, he added, is that the company’s network coverage isn’t as robust as that of the Big Three telecommunications companies, Rogers, Telus and Bell. It’s also weaker than these rivals’ flanker brands, the less expensive Fido, Koodo and Virgin, respectively.Freedom CEO Alek Krstajic said that while the company’s coverage may be spottier, it offers a better experience because their network is less crowded. He likens it to driving on an empty highway and expects that to be the case for the next year or two, until about one million customers rely on the network.Krstajic also said he anticipates that coverage will improve after it acquires more spectrum at the next government auction.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang, however, wrote in a note that using the Freedom brand rather than the Shaw name suggests its network quality is not likely to close the gap “for some time.”New hardware requirements may be another impediment to Freedom’s price-sensitive customers considering an upgrade to its new high-speed network, said Seidel.Existing customers will need one of two smartphones to able to access it, and they’ll likely have to pay a higher price point than with their current 3G plans.The regular price to access the LTE network is $45 per month, which Seidel said could further discourage customers.He said Freedom will need to change its pricing strategy to concern its competitors.Krstajic said the company doesn’t plan to discount heavily, as it needs to be patient about gaining market share rather than offering unfeasibly low prices in order to become a sustainable fourth player.Still, he noted, Freedom’s LTE plan is at a significant discount to those offered by competitors when features like the amount of data offered are taken into account.Freedom is advertising a special offer of 6 GB for $40 a month for the first year. Meanwhile, 5 GB of data at the Big Three’s flanker brands would cost nearly $100 for the least expensive option.The company’s LTE plan price could drive its competitors to lower their prices, at least for prospective customers, said Fred Lazar, an associate professor of economics at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto.He believes Shawis well-positioned to become a fourth major player in the markets it services as it’s bound to attract individual customers, as well as small and mid-size businesses looking for less expensive, high-speed plans.“Can they pull it off? Who knows,” he said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Industry watchers question Freedom Mobile’s strategy to compete with Big 3 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Afghanistan UNbacked mine clearing project reports 34 killed during 2014

Over the year, MAPA was directly affected by 37 security incidents that resulted in 34 deaths among its personnel and 27 injuries, with an attack on a de-mining project near to a copper mine in Logar province in June and a second in Helmand province in December accounting for 19 of the deaths and nine injuries.“The total of 34 de-miners killed in 2014 is almost equal to the total number over the previous four years combined,” said a press statement released by the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), which is managed by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS). MACCA’s statement also countered reports in the Afghan media that two recent attacks on de-miners working for the Programme were carried out because they were clearing IEDs in an area of ongoing conflict.“We refute this explanation and once again condemn these attacks,” said the statement, referring to the December attack in Helmand province and another in Logar province on 9 January. “The clearance of IEDs where fighting continues is not the responsibility of MAPA and it has never conducted such clearance.”The statement notes that MAPA is involved in clearing explosive hazards but only in cases where fighting in an area has ended and internally displaced people have returned to their homes and requested the clearing of lands. In such instances clearance goes ahead only to improve public safety and when it avoids interference in active conflict.‘The preservation of MAPA’s neutrality is key to its continued services to communities in Afghanistan,” said the statement, stressing that support from the people was “paramount” to the Programme’s enduring success and resilience. “MAPA has never and will never implement any operations that go against that policy.”One of the largest mine action programmes in the world and the first ever humanitarian, non-military programme, MAPA comprises 50 national and international partners from commercial and non-profit spheres, with a 26 year history of cooperation that has seen over 23,000 hazardous areas cleared and a resulting decline in civilian casualties by almost 80 per cent.MAPA has maintained its humanitarian neutrality throughout its history, working with all Governments and operating to ensure the safety of Afghan civilians. read more

The Mets Hot Streak Should Carry Into September

The New York Mets are on some kind of tear right now. With a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, the Mets have won 21 of their last 29 games — a run that dates to July 25 and the handful of player acquisitions the team made before MLB’s trade deadline.The biggest catalyst for New York’s sudden success has been a vastly improved offense. Over that red-hot 29-game stretch, they’re averaging 6.2 runs per contest, or 46 percent more than the National League average.1After adjusting for park effects. By contrast, the Mets were scoring just 3.4 runs per game before their hot streak began, or 11 percent below the NL average. New York’s shift from ranking 26th in park-adjusted runs per game2Indexed relative to the league. through July 24 to No. 1 in the month-plus since is by far the biggest offensive turnaround any team enjoyed over that span:But how much of this improvement should we expect the Mets to retain going forward? To get a general sense of how much regression to the mean tugs on scorching August performances like those of the 2015 Mets, I gathered Retrosheet data on all MLB teams in the expansion era3Since 1961. and measured how much of a team’s August scoring-index boost (relative to its scoring index through July) carried over into September and October.4Including regular-season games only. The effect was slight, but significant: About 21 percent of a team’s August hike in scoring rate is “real,” in the sense that it can be expected to continue into subsequent months.And the Mets have reason to believe they can hang on to more than 21 percent of their offensive gains. One of their trade-deadline pickups, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, leads the team in offensive runs above average over the past 30 days. So at least part of New York’s scoring surge is due to talent they’ve added since July (as opposed to existing players simply hitting better, which is less sustainable). And, as our friend Jonah Keri pointed out Monday, the Mets also have the easiest schedule in baseball over the remainder of the season.Combine it with New York’s 86 percent probability of making the playoffs, and the Mets are looking like a far more credible World Series threat than they were earlier in the season. read more

Onetime Ohio State redshirts look for big role on offense

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.Whether a player isn’t big enough, good enough or mature enough to play right away — or if there is simply a more experienced player ahead of them on the depth chart — many have to spend a season looking on as a redshirt.The 2013 Ohio State football team had a handful of hyped-up recruits — and even a couple of returning players — who took a redshirt season. While some of those players still face an uphill battle for playing time, others are set to make an instant impact in 2014.Headlining the group of 2013 redshirts is redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is slated to start this season for the Buckeyes after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last week. Barrett, who tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, hasn’t taken a competitive snap outside of practice in nearly two years.“(Barrett) had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU backup quarterback Kenny Guiton) went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said at a Wednesday press conference. “(Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Before fall practice, Barrett had limited reps as a true freshman in 2013 and split time with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones in spring camp and during OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. In the Spring Game, Barrett completed 17 of 33 pass attempts for 151 yards through the air.Barrett was a four-star recruit coming out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, but still found himself buried behind more experienced players as a freshman. As the depth chart shifts heading into the new season, Barrett suddenly is on the list of key Buckeyes, and he won’t be the only one in that brand-new situation.At OSU’s annual media day on Aug. 10, Meyer rattled off the names of a few different players who weren’t as well-known in 2013 but could make an impact this season.“Dontre Wilson (and) Jalin Marshall are in a heated battle at the H-back position,” Meyer said. “Corey Smith and Michael Thomas have started the battle for top two or three receiver spots, and there is a bunch of guys, just don’t have time to go through them all.”While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.When a player redshirts for a season, they are allowed to practice with the team but can’t play in games, and retain the year of eligibility. Therefore, a player who redshirts their first season will still have four years of eligibility remaining. A player can also receive a medical redshirt if they sustain a season-ending injury. In medical cases, the NCAA determines whether or not the player will be granted the medical hardship waiver and retain a year of eligibility.Even though Smith is fighting for playing time against established players such as seniors Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, he still hopes to find a way onto the field in his first season playing for the Buckeyes.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Corey Smith said at OSU’s media day. “But I plan on having a big role.”OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith had high praise for the transfer student as well, calling him “one of the most talented guys” he has ever coached.“He is very talented,” Zach Smith said. “He has bought completely into the system instilled by coach Meyer, (OSU assistant athletic director for football sports performance) Mickey Marotti and myself.”Outside of Corey Smith, Marshall and Thomas, Barrett might have yet another target who redshirted last season.Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh didn’t play in 2013 for his first year on campus and had just one reception for four yards in the spring game, but OSU tight ends coach Tim Hinton said he’s come a long way since arriving in Columbus.“Marcus Baugh has really matured as an individual and as a player,” Hinton said at OSU’s media day. “He’s physically developing. There’s a lot of raw talent.”While Baugh might not be expected to carry the team with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett already on the roster, his development can serve as proof of hard work during a redshirt season.Baugh was initially suspended for the first game of his freshman season after being cited for underage alcohol consumption before eventually redshirting.Like Thomas, redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn saw the field as a true freshman in 2012 before finding himself buried on the depth chart the following year.In 11 games as a freshman, Dunn carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and even scored a pair of touchdowns, but went into last season behind now former OSU players Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall, as well as now-redshirt-senior Rod Smith and now-sophomore Ezekiel Elliott in the pecking order.After averaging nearly six yards per carry and scoring a touchdown in the spring game, as well as putting on a strong performance in fall camp, Meyer said Dunn, along with Rod Smith, is firmly in the mix at running back this season, even though Elliott is expected to be the No. 1 on opening day.“I give credit to Bri’onte and Rod,” Meyer said Aug. 17. “Every day they’ve worked their tails off.”Even though their college experience might have started off differently than they hoped, each of these redshirts could be looking to come out fresh and strong for the Buckeyes this season.OSU is scheduled to start its season Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State reaches NCAA tournament for first appearance in program

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) sits on the puck after a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team has made history — again.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and now have a shot to bring home their first national title with three straight wins. They will face fourth-seeded Boston College (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) in the NCAA quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.After losing 2-0 to Minnesota on Saturday during the WCHA Final Face-Off, the Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4 WCHA) were named an at-large team an at-large team in the tournament Sunday. Ohio State will compete in the tournament with Clarkson, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colgate, Northeastern and Boston College. Each winner of the quarterfinals will advance to the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four. Should Ohio State win, it would face the winner of top-seeded Clarkson’s matchup against Mercyhurst. Second-seeded Wisconsin will host Minnesota. No. 3 Colgate University hosts Northeastern University. Boston College holds the fourth seed in the tournament and hosts the Buckeyes. Following two straight losing seasons, Ohio State made history this season by claiming the program record for wins in a season and at one point was ranked third in the country, higher than ever before in program history. A win in the NCAA tournament would add another improbable feat to the continued turnaround under second-year head coach Nadine Muzerall, who was named WCHA coach of the year.The Buckeyes will lace up their skates and take the ice at the Conte Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. read more

Poll Should pubs be allowed open on Good Friday

first_img Short URL Poll Results: Poll: Should pubs be allowed open on Good Friday? A senator has tabled a bill to end the practice of having to close pubs on that day. Share38 Tweet Email 34,824 Views I don’t know (488) YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: ’We’ve outgrown this dated practice’: Bill tabled to open pubs on Good Friday> 119 Comments Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 8:26 PM Image: Shutterstock/Ievgenii Meyercenter_img Yes (15384) Image: Shutterstock/Ievgenii Meyer EVERY GOOD FRIDAY, pubs have to close their doors in Ireland.But one senator believes it is an “outdated practice”, and has tabled a bill that would end the compulsory closing of pubs on that date.Independent Senator Billy Lawless is supported by a range of fellow independent Seanad members in the move.Lawless said that Irish pubs are an “intrinsic part” of our tourism offering and that we’ve outgrown this ban.But some believe that pubs should have to close to mark the day – especially as it is just for 24 hours.What do you think: Should pubs be allowed open on Good Friday? No (7541) By Aoife Barry Feb 23rd 2017, 8:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le Salon international des inventions a ouvert ses portes à Genève

first_imgLe Salon international des inventions a ouvert ses portes à GenèveCe sont près de 800 exposants qui participent cette année au 40ème Salon international des inventions de Genève. Tous rêvent de trouver des investisseurs en proposant des innovations de toutes sortes : robots, systèmes anti-incendie, protections wifi, etc.Cette année, pour le 40ème Salon international des inventions de Genève, près de 800 exposants proposent quelques 1.000 inventions. Le salon, qui se tient jusqu’au 22 avril, répartit les trouvailles selon 21 catégories telles que la mécanique, l’outillage, les appareils médicaux, ou les arts ménagers, par exemple. Parmi ce milliers d’innovations, on trouve ainsi entre autres : un système permettant de garer rapidement sa voiture grâce à une mobilisation automatique des roues arrière ou encore un appareil capable de repousser les mites, les cafards, les souris et mêmes les chiens grâce à l’émission de plusieurs radiofréquences.Dans un tout autre registre, on y découvre également un séchoir à chaussettes hypra-rapide ou encore un simulateur de golf d’un nouveau genre. Pas de quoi s’ennuyer, donc. Mais les inventeurs venus de 46 pays différents ne sont pas là que pour jouer. Se rendre à Genève représente pour eux un gros investissement. En effet, dans un premier temps, il faut faire breveter son invention (ce qui coûte très cher) ; dans un second temps, il faut réserver un stand et séjourner 5 jours en Suisse. Si ces inventeurs consentent donc tous ses efforts, c’est dans l’espoir de trouver un financier, car “l’auteur d’une invention n’a qu’une seule et unique préoccupation, la commercialiser”. Ainsi, chaque année, des licences pour un montant supérieur à 34,2 millions d’euros se négocient à ce salon. “Tous les ans, nous avons des exemples d’hommes d’affaires qui veulent investir dans des inventions, et qui ont un coup de foudre pour un produit. En parlant avec l’inventeur, ils décident de l’aider financièrement à commercialiser son invention, nous en connaissons plus d’un qui ne le regrette pas aujourd’hui”, a indiqué Jean-Luc Vincent, fondateur et président du Salon des inventions de Genève cité par l’AFP.45% des inventions sous contrat de licence À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est comme ça que “Mircea Tudor, un Roumain inventeur du Roboscan, un scanner géant construit sur un camion, est devenu millionnaire en 6 mois, après avoir remporté le Grand Prix du Salon de Genève en 2009”, a expliqué M. Vincent. “Grâce au Salon de Genève, il a fait fortune en vendant son camion aux services douaniers de nombreux pays”, a-t-il dit. En effet, avec cette invention, les douaniers peuvent scanner le contenu d’un camion en un rien de temps. Au final, 45% des inventions présentées au Salon font l’objet de contrats de licence. A noter tout de même que chaque invention ne peut être présentée qu’une seule fois, ce qui garantit la nouveauté de chaque salon.Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site dédié : Le 19 avril 2012 à 18:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Twin Peaks Returned With a David Lynch Horror Movie

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: Best Twin Peaks ShirtsIn the New Twin Peaks Teaser, See Everyone Again After 25 Years With shows like American Gods and Legion using elements of surrealism to tell their stories, it’s the perfect time for the original TV surrealist to show everyone how it’s done. The third season of Twin Peaks picks up 25 years after the first, and most of what we all love about the series is here in some form. There’s a small-town murder that’s connected to some kind of secret. There’s the Black Lodge. There’s supernatural horror undercut by silliness and melodrama. And of course, there are all the characters we remember from the series’s original run. They’re still hanging out at the Bang Bang Bar, though it’s now filled with young hipsters as well as aging longtime patrons. That same haunting, slow ’90s synth-heavy pop is still performed onstage. It feels like returning home to a small town. Some things have changed, people have gotten older, but everything is basically the same.Last night’s two-hour premiere was closer in tone to Lynch’s movie prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, though it’s an immensely more satisfying follow-up. That movie was essentially Lynch showing us Twin Peaks the way he would have wanted to do it, free from the restraints of CBS. Well, those restraints are certainly off now that he’s on Showtime. As a result, the premiere was a two-hour horror movie that could only come from the mind of David Lynch. Only this time, it actually answered the questions we had after the original series ended.Cooper has spent the last 25 years in the Black Lodge, while his doppelganger has been living it up in our world. It’s not clear exactly what he’s been up to yet, but we know it’s nothing good. Expect that information to be drip-fed over the course of the 18-episode season. For now, we’ve seen him murder a couple of people, and make plans not to be sent back to the Black Lodge. Cooper, meanwhile, is seen speaking with Mike, a grown Laura Palmer and a tree with a weird brain attachment on top. That’s the evolved form of the Arm. It appears to be Cooper’s time to leave the Black Lodge, but he can’t do it until his doppelganger is back.Nicole LaLiberte and Kyle MacLachlan in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIMEProbably the biggest disappointment about the new series is how little time we spent in Twin Peaks. Instead, we got a time-jumping story that took place all around the country. In Twin Peaks, we mostly followed Deputy Hawk. He gets a call from the Log Lady (R.I.P. Catherine E. Coulson) warning him that something is missing, and it has to do with Dale Cooper. We learn that Cooper has also been missing. The Log Lady speaks in those familiar cryptic riddles that let us know it’s happening again. There’s another murder, this time a couple of states over. Bob, now seemingly bonded with Cooper’s doppelganger is involved. Hawk investigates the woods and appears to come across the Black Lodge. That’s all of the town we get in the two-hour premiere.I understand why it had to be this way. Twin Peaks was about a small town with a secret. After two seasons and a movie, we know what that secret was. It’s not a mystery anymore, and everyone who was involved has either slowed down and gone legit (Ben Horne) or had their once-illicit business legalized (his brother, Jerry). To find that mystery again, the show needed to go to North Dakota. And New York. And Vegas, for some reason. I guess it speaks to the quality of the premiere that the Vegas scene was the only bit that really felt unnecessary. It went nowhere and told us nothing other than a guy in Vegas is mixed up with a bad person. It’s possible that that person is Cooper/Bob. That’s it.Cornelia Guest and Matthew Lillard in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIMEThe scenes in New York were some of the best of the premiere. They were confusing, out-of-place and scary. Ironically, being geographically furthest away from Twin Peaks, Washington, they were where the series felt the most like the old show. A young man is tasked with watching a glass box on the top floor of a strange, old Manhattan building. Something is supposed to appear in there, but nobody will tell him what. (Get it? It’s a metaphor for rebooting Twin Peaks.) Of course, something does appear in the box while the guy is making out with his girlfriend on the job. A strange monster appears in the box and tears out the lovers’ eyes. It’s only at the end of the episode that we learn what the thing was. As Cooper finds an exit to the Black Lodge, he meets the Arm’s doppelganger, a much more menacing tree with a brain on it. As the Arm’s doppelganger yells “Nonexistence,” Cooper falls through existence. First to New York, inside the box, but the couple still outside the room. Then, he continues to fall. The creature that attacked the couple was the Arm’s doppelganger.Eyes played a large part in in the horrors last night’s premiere showed us. When the police find a woman has been decapitated in her apartment, one of her eyes has been taken out. The investigation leads the police to a school principal, whose been having an affair with the woman. These scenes are where most of the familiar elements of Twin Peaks reside, despite being a couple of states over. There’s comedy here that softens the gruesome horrors we’re witnessing. The detective’s flashlight doesn’t work right, and continually flashes on and off while they discover the fleshy… fingertip? …in the principal’s car. (Yes, there’s a little bit of Blue Velvet going on here.) Later in the jail cell, there’s some deliciously melodramatic nastiness between the principal and his wife, suggesting they’re both part of something that goes much deeper. All of this makes it even more startling when the camera pans over, and we see a bug-eyed, painted-black man staring at the camera a few cells over. His body turns into vapor, and his head rises. What? Oh, and then the wife returns home to find Cooper/Bob standing there. He shoots her through the eye with her lover’s gun.Michael Horse in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIMEIt’s been fun reading the reactions to the new series which strike me as similar to the reactions people had toward Fire Walk With Me. Some fans of the original series loved it, and others hated it. There’s not a lot of in between. Much like that movie, this was David Lynch giving us the best nightmare he could devise. Only now he’s got a couple more decades of filmmaking behind him. As a result, you can see heavy influences from movies like Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway. The story was told out of order, but more importantly, much of it used dream logic. There were familiar elements from the original series, but most of them were changed, or somehow out of place. Like any good nightmare, it never let us feel comfortable. It kept us on edge the entire two hours and picked its scares wisely. It may not have been the perfect return that everyone was looking for, but it was a pure Lynchian terror. What more could you ask for from a modern-day Twin Peaks?last_img read more

Clark County residents recall their impassioned work at Kaiser Shipyard during WWII

first_imgHal Berven, one of the Navy veterans who was featured in The Columbian’s Aug. 18 story about Vancouver-built aircraft carriers during World War II, died Aug. 22. Berven was 90.The first aircraft carrier launched in Vancouver had two names. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt christened it the USS Alazon Bay on April 5, 1943, but the name was changed to the USS CasablancaAbout 70,000 people were in the crowd on April 5, 1943, when Eleanor Roosevelt christened the first aircraft carrier built in Vancouver.Seventy years later, a few Clark County residents can still pick themselves out of photographs that were taken that day … although it’s a little easier for Mel Jackson than for most.Jackson’s photo shows two boys standing just a few feet from Mrs. Roosevelt, greeting her after a visit to the Kaiser Shipyard hospital; the 8-year-old boy on the left is Mel.Eleanor Pearson has a photograph of the crowd that gathered to watch the first lady christen the carrier, and she can put her fingertip on the bandana-wrapped head of a welder among the first few rows: That’s her, Pearson said.last_img read more

WSP identifies motorcyclist who died Saturday

first_imgA La Center man died in a traffic collision on Interstate 5 on Saturday night after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving, was flung from the motorcycle and struck by a nearby car, according to the Washington State Patrol.The crash occurred at 8:47 p.m. just south of the Gee Creek Rest Area and two miles south of Ridgefield. State Patrol say that’s when John T. Harlan, 53, was driving a green 2001 Kawasaki KL650 northbound in the interstate’s center lane and “lost control and laid down his motorcycle.”Harlan was thrown onto the roadway and hit by a northbound Honda Civic driven by an unnamed 16-year-old boy from Battle Ground, according to State Patrol. The teen driving the Civic swerved to avoid the motorcycle in the road, and his car struck Harlan.An off-duty paramedic who arrived on scene began administering CPR before rescue crews arrived, according to emergency radio traffic monitored Saturday night by The Columbian. Harlan, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, died at the scene. The teen was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.last_img read more

Gold prices rally in India to cross Rs30000 Sensex slumps 300 points

first_imgGold prices rallied on Friday to cross Rs. 30,000 per 10 gm after staying below the psychological mark for three days. The yellow metal gained Rs. 200 to close at Rs. 30,050 per 10 gm in Delhi bullion market even as silver shed Rs. 600 and ended at Rs. 40,500 per kg.Hardening prices have kept consumers away in India, the world’s second-biggest consumer of gold. The yellow metal had less takers this Akshay Tritiya mainly due to prices prevailing high.”This week’s demand was better than last week as consumers were making purchases for Akshaya Tritiya. Year-on-year basis demand was much lower during the festival due to higher prices,” Reuters quoted Aditya Pethe, a director at Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers, as saying on Friday.Gold demand in India saw a 39 percent decline during the quarter ended March 2016. The fall in the jewellery segment was higher at 41 percent and hit a seven-year-low, according to the World Gold Council.The fall was attributed to high prices and a long strike by gold jewellers to protest against the re-introduction of one percent excise duty.The fall in retail sales has led to a domino effect on the trade.”Jewellers have slowed down purchases. Retail demand is not picking momentum despite various promotional schemes launched by them,” Reuters quoted a Mumbai-based bullion dealer with a private bank as saying.Globally, gold prices are expected to hover in the range of $1,200 to $1,300 an ounce, according to financial news website MarketWatch.The rise in gold prices on Friday coincided with the fall in Indian stock markets due to disappointing retail inflation and factory output data released on Thursday after trading hours.The Sensex closed at 25,489, down 300 points, or 1.17 percent, from its previous close.last_img read more

BlackOwned Studio Tones Bodies

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROCaption: Maya Dennis (left), Jillian Carter (center) and Alexis Miller (right), all work at Sidebarre, a Black-owned barre company that teaches classes in D.C. and Maryland. Carter, 24, formerly a pointe ballerina, started the company in January after she noticed a lack of diversity at mainstream barre studios.“Shaking is a good thing,” barre instructor Maya Dennis tells a class of five students as they power through a complicated posture that finds them on their hands with one knee on the floor and the other bent leg moving up and down.Maya Dennis (left), Jillian Carter (center) and Alexis Miller (right), all work at Sidebarre, a Black-owned barre company that teaches classes in D.C. and Maryland. Carter, 24, formerly a pointe ballerina, started the company in January after she noticed a lack of diversity at mainstream barre studios. (Courtesy Photo)Dennis, 24, is one of three instructors at Sidebarre, one of a few Black-owned barre companies in the D.C. area.For the uninitiated, barre is a low-impact workout that uses repeated isometric movements to tone muscles. You know you’re doing it right when your body quivers.Incorporating elements from ballet, yoga, and Pilates, barre classes typically start with a warm-up, and offer individual movements tailored to strengthen legs, arms, glutes and the core. Instructors usually introduce a ballet barre into the workout. Weights are optional.With more than 700 studios popping up in metropolitan areas, barre is one of the hottest trends in fitness. Boutique studios — which includes barre studios — are driving growth in the health care industry, with more than 20 million people claiming membership in a boutique studio, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s 2018 report. Women are more likely to visit yoga/Pilates/barre studios, the report said.But when Jillian Carter, 24, a technically trained ballerina from Prince George’s County started taking barre at several chain studios two years ago, she noticed a diversity problem. She remembers being one of a few, if not the only Black student in class, and didn’t see any Black instructors, which made her feel isolated. The White women also weren’t as “warm and fuzzy” with her after class she would have liked, Carter said.So in January, Carter launched Sidebarre, a company that welcomes people of color and employs three Black instructors — Carter, her cousin Alexis Miller and Dennis.“I feel like in a lot of classes you don’t really see a lot of minorities and it really goes for other workout classes in this area,” Carter told the AFRO. “And so, I think our place is for the minorities to feel comfortable. It makes them the majority.”The women lead $15 classes at Cycled! in Takoma Park, at the Dance Institute of Washington, and at the University of Maryland, College Park. In September, the ladies will add a fourth location — Joe’s Movement Emporium in Hyattsville. All three women are technically trained in ballet and draw on that experience to choreograph classes that last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.Sidebarre favors upbeat music that keeps you going. At a recent class Dennis taught, her playlist included songs from Cardi B., Beyoncé, Pharrell, India.Arie and Drake.“We try to play music that people can sing along to,” Dennis told the AFRO. “I tell my class, ‘Sing if you want to.’ I feel like fitness should be fun, so we try to keep it fun and light-hearted for everybody.”A sweaty Breanne Palmer, 27, of Silver Spring, said the soulful playlist helped her fight through some of the more complicated routines in Dennis’ energetic class that featured moves that she said left her feeling like she was “dying.”“I love it, I love it a lot,” Palmer told the AFRO. “I feel like I’m shaking a lot and using a lot of muscles I haven’t worked.”Carter’s working on finding a program to certify her and the instructors, marketing her business and launching a prenatal barre class. She would love to open a Sidebarre studio one day.Until then, clients should embrace the beats and leave whatever isn’t serving them at the door.“When working out, put all stuff to the side to focus and zone in on your workout to get the best out of it,” Carter said.last_img read more

Lion at San José zoo needs a better home agencies order

first_imgThey also said the lion is eating appropriately every day and that his behavior, rest and activity periods and interactions with zookeepers are within normal parameters.The Simón Bolívar Zoo declined a request from The Tico Times to comment on the agencies’ orders to move the lion. Zoo spokesman Eduardo Bolaños recently told Channel 7 Telenoticias that the organization had filed an appeal against the government’s orders.Bolaños said the orders were “an imposition issued without any technical, scientific or legal foundations” and that they violate the zoo’s 1994 contract with the government.He also said the z00 administration has a renovation plan that it hopes will allow it to keep Kivú at the downtown zoo.Work, he said, is scheduled to begin this year on a new enclosure for the lion that would be “bigger than that recommended by the ministries’ report and in full compliance with international standards.”Recommended: No, Costa Rica is not closing its zoos Facebook Comments Kivú, the lion at San José’sSimón Bolívar Zoo, may soon be moved from his cramped, concrete enclosure. Officials from the Environment Ministry (MINAE) and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) inspected the lion’s cage in July and concluded that Kivú should be relocated to a better space within two months.The final inspection report, which was sent to the zoo on Sept. 7, orders the 18-year-old, captive-born lion moved to the Santa Ana Conservation Center. The center is a private refuge managed by Fundación Pro Zoológicos, which also runs the Simón Bolívar Zoo in downtown San José where Kivú currently lives.The report states that the 70-square-meter cage is unsuitable for the lion and that several parts of it, including the roof, are destroyed and put Kivú at risk. The report notes that the cage prevents the lion from expressing his natural behavior and lacks features that would allow him to hide from visitors.The report also notes that the lion “has lost opportunities to express his social skills” following the death of his partner Kariva five years ago.Environment Minister Édgar Gutierrez agreed with the report and said the lion’s current conditions “must change radically.”The inspection group included veterinarians, biologists and a lawyer. Their report noted that the zoo’s administration rejected the participation of a veterinarian from the National University.Improvements ordered to future and current cageOfficials gave the zoo administration a two-month deadline for conditioning a new home for Kivú, not a metal cage, in the Santa Ana refuge.The new space in the refuge should meet international standards for keeping wildlife species in captivity, according to the report. Specifically it must comply with all provisions outlined in the Lion Care Manual from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.The enclosure should be at least 115 square meters and should mimic an African Savannah with trees, plants, a pond and trails, the report adds.In the meantime, the lion will remain at the Simón Bolívar Zoo. But Minister Gutiérrez also ordered the zoo to make improvements to Kivú’s current cage, including adding features that resemble a more natural habitat, removing several metal structures and improving the cage’s surface, roof and drainage system.The minister also ordered the zoo to add plants, grass and bushes to create a visual barrier between the lion and the public so that Kivú can hide when he wants to.Officials also recommended improving the lion’s diet by giving him not only meat but also bones, feathers, fur and innards to stimulate his instincts.Recommended: Costa Rica zoo can be a depressing sight, but easy alternatives are fewKivú is skinnySeveral messages on the zoo’s social media sites criticize the lion’s poor health conditions and his visible weight loss. The zoo responded that the lion lost weight as a result of being under full anesthesia during recent physical examinations.Besides individual responses to messages, the zoo last week posted on its website and social media profiles an official statement signed by the zoo’s veterinarian Randall Arguedas and nutritionist Jessenia Vázquez. They said Kivú was recovering his physical condition, “considering his geriatric state,” and showed no signs of pain or apathy. Related posts:Ministries confirm relocation orders for Kivú the lion Officials demand the removal of Kivú the lion from public display Environment officials move Kivú the lion to a new home Kivú the lion recovers at his new homelast_img read more

Centaras new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modern

first_imgSource = Centara Hotels & Resorts Centara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, announced they are now taking bookings for their new COSI Hotel Samui on Chaweng beach, opening 1st December. It is the first property for Centara’s new COSI brand, designed as an innovative and affordable lifestyle hub for the new generation of digitally-driven travellers. Special introductory rates start at THB 1,515 (a little over $US 45) per night.“Living the COSI life is all about being simple, social and connected,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s about fun and freedom. We designed COSI so you’ll get everything you need to bring your lifestyle to your destination. And we’ll be showing up in the destinations you want to visit.”The new hotel brand features smart phone integration and free Wi-Fi, along with other technology, service, and design innovations that fit the lifestyle of today’s young-minded, tech-savvy traveller. Stylish décor and 24/7 digital social play spaces are part of the unique concept. COSI Samui also features a rooftop pool and all-hours lifestyle café for which guests receive a free daily credit to enjoy food or drink at any time of day or night.The location of the first COSI is ideal: Chaweng beach is the most happening destination on Samui island and COSI is right between the beach, shopping at Central Festival, and the food and entertainment scene along the shore. The airport is only 15 minutes away.“COSI represents a significant re-think of what a hotel can be,” explained Harry Thaliwal, Centara’s General Manager and Corporate Director of Operations Krabi, Samui, Vietnam and COSI). “If you said, ‘I wouldn’t pay for that,’ we took it out. If you said ‘…but I wish they had…’ we probably put it in. We changed COSI from a place to stay to a place to live.”Bookings made at will always receive the best rate.last_img read more

Vikings new 2020 brochure showcases a number of e

first_imgViking’s new 2020 brochure showcases a number of enhanced itineraries, including Kiev – Black Sea & Bucharest – a 12-day river cruise that will replace Viking’s current 11-day Kiev to the Black Sea itinerary. Priced from $5,795 per person, guests will now get to experience Bucharest, Romania’s elegant capital, as well as all the highlights of Ukraine — from Kiev to Odessa. A three-night pre-cruise extension package in Istanbul, Turkey, is now also available as part of the new Kiev, Black Sea & Bucharest itinerary.Following the release of its 2020 river brochure, Viking has announced that it will now offer free air travel to guests who book 2020 river cruises of 12 days duration or longer. This deal includes the following itineraries:· 12-day Paris to the Swiss Alps — Paris to Zürich or v.v. — from $5.495 per person· 12-day Cities of Light — Paris to Prague or v.v. — from $4,795 per person· 15-day Grand European Tour — Amsterdam to Budapest or v.v. — from $5,995 per person· 23-day European Sojourn — Amsterdam to Bucharest or v.v. — from $9,995 per person· 13-day Waterways of the Tsars — Moscow to St. Petersburg or v.v. — from $7,995 per person· 15-day France’s Finest — Paris to Avignon or v.v. — from $6,395 per person· 14-day Imperial Jewels of China —Beijing to Shanghai or v.v. — from $5,595 per person· 17-day Roof of the World — Beijing to Shanghai or v.v. — from $7,595 per person· 19-day Undiscovered China — Shanghai to Beijing — from $7,595 per person· 15-day Magnificent Mekong — Vietnam to Vietnam — from $5,795 per personStarting at $5,195 per person, Viking’s 10-day Holland & Belgium river cruise itinerary will no longer operate solely during tulip season and has been expanded to multiple departures throughout March, April and May 2020. Outside of tulip season, the day trip to Haarlem in the Netherlands will be replaced with a day spent in the fascinating city of Wesel in Germany.Due to increasing demand, a number of new 2020 departure dates have been released for Viking’s 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids river cruise in Egypt, sailing onboard both Viking Ra and MS Antares. This popular itinerary is currently priced from $7,695 per person.Two new departures have also been released for Viking’s previously sold out 15-day Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords ocean and river cruise combo. Priced from $9,990 per person, both combo cruises will depart on September 1, 2020 — one from Bergen to Basel and the other from Basel to Bergen.Viking’s eight-day Rhine Getaway river cruise now features two new included excursions: an informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and a walking tour through the historic town of Speyer. This itinerary is priced from $3,495 per person and also features two new optional excursions: a tour of the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle and a full-day tour of Heidelberg. With more guests looking to extend their destination-focused travel experience beyond the core cruise itinerary, Viking has also continued to add to the slate of pre- and post-cruise extensions for new and popular river itineraries. These fully escorted offerings include:Timeless Istanbul (New: Pre/Post Extension for the Kiev to the Black Sea itinerary) – Prior to or following the river sailing, guests can extend their experience and join Viking in Istanbul for three nights. Where East meets West, guests will visit important religious sites such as the “Blue Mosque” and legendary Hagia Sophia. Charming Brussels (New: Pre/Post Extension for the Holland & Belgium itinerary) – A perfect complement to the new itinerary, guests can explore Brussels, Belgium’s vibrant capital, during this two-night extension. Discover the lively café scene, multicultural roots and hidden architectural gems of this important river city.Historic Bruges (New: Pre/Post Extension for the new Holland & Belgium itinerary) – Guests can extend their journey with a three-night experience in Bruges, one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval cities. Guests will also enjoy exploring the surrounding area, including the architectural treasures of Ghent and the World War I battlefields of Flanders.From the Bulge to Remagen (New: Post Extension for the Paris & D-Day 75th Anniversary itinerary) – As a four-night extension option for this special itinerary, guests will continue to follow in the footsteps of Allied troops who marched across France toward Germany during World Wars I and II. Guests will visit Meuse-Argonne and Luxembourg American Cemeteries, the Bastogne War Museum in Belgium, walk the streets of the ancient city of Mainz and more.World War Battlefields (New: Post Extension for the Paris & D-Day 75th Anniversary itinerary) – Also offered during the special anniversary sailing, Viking will escort guests during a four-night cruise extension, exploring the battlefields of northern France and the Low Countries. Along the way, guests will visit Dunkirk, walk through the trenches of Flanders Fields and pay their respects to British and Canadian servicemen at the Menin Gate. Burgundy’s Vineyards (New: Post Extension for the Lyon & Provence itinerary) – During this three-night extension in France, guests can experience the grandeur of Dijon and the world-renowned wine country of Burgundy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will enjoy the French lifestyle while visiting the Ducal Palace, the local market designed by Eiffel, and the beautiful Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.Viking’s 2020 river brochure will be distributed nationally to travel agencies this week. Additional copies can be ordered via TIFS. BrochuresRiver cruiseVikinglast_img read more