Top Stories: Wild Running Wheels, Windborne Illnesses, and Microbes in the Placenta

first_imgEven in the Wild, Mice Run on WheelsDo caged mice really like their exercise wheels, or are they just bored and neurotic? Scientists set up a simple experiment—outdoor wheels paired with infrared cameras—to find out. It turns out that even wild mice really enjoy running on wheels. For some reason, the animals seem to relish the feeling of running without going anywhere. The findings suggest that like (some) humans, mice and other animals may simply exercise because they like to. 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Now, we’re one step closer to understanding what causes it. A new study has found that the disease is at its deadliest when the wind blows from northeastern China. The findings suggest that the illness may be caused by an airborne toxin from that region—but just which one remains unclear.New Plan for U.S. Particle Physics: Go InternationalTo finally get started on building their next megaproject at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the United States’ sole particle physics lab, leading U.S. physicists say they’re willing to take a gamble. They want to stage the project as an international collaboration—even if that means ceding direct control of the experiment to a council of member nations.The Science of InequalitySocial mobility is an important concept for social scientists who study economic inequality and opportunity. But collecting enough of the right data to draw meaningful conclusions is difficult. And applying those findings to public policy is even harder. As part of Science’s free special section on the science of inequality, reporter Jeffrey Mervis explores these issues in four related articles. Placenta Harbors Bacteria, May Impact Fetal HealthResearchers have discovered a small community of bacteria living in a most unlikely place: the placenta, an organ long thought to be sterile. The discovery of a placental microbiome adds to speculation that no tissue in the human body is, in fact, sterile. The study also suggests that the placental microbes come from the mother’s mouth, so if you’re pregnant, take good care of your teeth!last_img read more

Malaika Arora Khan is miffed over hijacked ‘Munni’ gig

first_imgTwo actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi . Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.last_img read more

Juventus F.C. star Leonardo Bonucci set for shock transfer to AC Milan

first_imgJuventus defensive stalwart Leonardo Bonucci was on Friday set to complete a shock move to AC Milan for a reported transfer fee of around 45 million US dollar due to his alleged frosty relationship with the Turin football giants’ head coach Massimiliano Allegri.The 30-year-old, who has won 70 caps for Italy, arrived at Milan headquarters and the seven-time European champions released videos and images of the player meeting the city club CEO Marco Fassone.It is being reported that he will undergo his medicals later in the day before signing a five-year deal with a salary of eight million euros (9.16 million US dollar) per season at the club that currently boasts a project to take it back to its glory days. With this salary, he could be the Italian league’s highest-paid footballer.Bonucci is part of Juventus’ famed BBC defensive trio alongside Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini who have powered the Turin outfit to six Serie A titles and two finals in three Champions League campaigns.His future at Juventus has been uncertain for some time following a bust-up with Allegri in Februrary. There are also reports about him being unhappy with arguments with the coach and some players during the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in June in Cardiff.Bonucci was a summer transfer target for both Manchester City and Chelsea following a successful seven-year spell in Turin.He will now become the latest in a string of signings by Milan this summer. Under their new Chinese owners, they have already signed at least six players who can start for the team.advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka paid the price for dropping Shikhar Dhawan’s catch, says team manager Asanka Gurusinha

first_imgSri Lanka’s cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha today rued the dropped catch of Shikhar Dhawan, saying the team paid a heavy price as India finished day one of the first Test at 399 for three.Dhawan was on 31 at the time when his catch was dropped and the opener went on to score 190 off 168 deliveries.”It is hard to appreciate bowlers’ effort after you concede 400 runs in a day. India are a very strong side. We dropped a catch of Dhawan and then paid a price. Not sure what would have happened had that catch been taken,” said the manager at the press conference.Sri Lanka suffered a double blow as Asela Gunaratne sustained a broken thumb on his left hand while attempting a catch of Dhawan off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara. He has been subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the Test series and the hosts will be playing this game with just 10 players.”It was a double blow. We dropped the catch and lost a player,” said Gurusinha.”It’s sad. He will undergo a surgery in a short while.”Most probably he will be out for a minimum of four weeks. We will know in the next 48 hours about the time frame. He has fractured his thumb in three places. As soon as we saw the x- rays we knew it was very serious and we rushed him to Colombo,” the manager added.The Lankan bowling attack came a cropper as it simply failed to contain the Indian batsmen, particularly Dhawan who punished them with 31 fours and scored at a rate in excess of 100. He put on 253 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara, who also scored a century, remaining unbeaten at stumps on 144.advertisement”We know Dhawan wasn’t in the initial squad but then he came back into the side and showed the selectors what he is capable of. It was a good track for him and we also ended up bowling to his strength, and he capitalised on that,” said Gurusinha.”But we have to be honest that we didn’t bowl well. Nuwan Pradeep was the only outstanding bowler I thought. It’s a really good batting wicket. I heard Virat (Kohli) talking that it is a good batting wicket. We bowled on both sides of the wicket as well. Dhawan just took over the game. His 190-run knock was one reason we find ourselves in this situation.”However, Gurusinha expressed confidence that his batsmen could still turn the game around with a good show.”They will recall the manner in which Lanka beat India turning around a similarly dominant performance from the visitors on day one of the series back in 2015. You never know. This is Galle and after scoring 600 runs you can still lose a Test match.”Our batsmen have to just to go out and play good cricket. Let’s see what happens in the last two days. We need to first try and get India out tomorrow. We will probably bat somewhere tomorrow,” he said.last_img read more

Finally! Palace score first Premier League goal

first_imgCrystal Palace Finally! Crystal Palace score first Premier League goal in eighth match Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:51 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Palace Getty Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League Yohan Cabaye’s 10th-minute strike marked the club’s first league goal all season after they endured seven scoreless matches to begin the campaign Crystal Palace finally ended their Premier League scoring drought on Saturday, as they netting twice against Chelsea.Palace had failed to find the net in their first seven Premier League fixtures, conceding 17 times en route to losing all seven matches. 15/2 for Everton and Brighton to draw 1-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The run of futility set an English record for most consecutive matches lost to begin a season without scoring a goal. But in the 10th minute against Chelsea on Saturday, a Yohan Cabaye effort was deflected into the net off Cesar Azpilicueta and mercifully brought a run of 731 minutes without a Premier League goal to an end. 731 – Crystal Palace scored their first goal in 731 minutes of @premierleague action. Quenched.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017 Patrick van Aanholt was the last Palace player to score a Premier League goal when he netted in a 4-0 win at Hull City on May 14. Palace’s lead didn’t last long on Saturday, as Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised for Chelsea just seven minutes after Cabaye’s goal, though Wilfried Zaha ensured that Palace headed into the half-time break in the lead, as he scored their second goal of the season.Roy Hodgson’s men would go on to win the match 2-1, giving their flagging campaign a massive boost.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri believes his first season at Chelsea has been a success

first_img Premier League top four: who will stumble into the Champions League? Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Chelsea Maurizio Sarri Hide Show Share on Messenger Read more Barney Ronay news Thank you for your feedback. “Of course we have two very, very strong targets: we want the top four in the Premier League and to go to the final of the Europa League. If we are able to get to the final, then we will want to win the final. And so I think the season is, at the moment, good. It’s been a very difficult season. We lost two or three matches in the wrong way – without fighting – so the feeling, sometimes, is worse. But it’s only the first step. We need to improve more. We need to become competitive for the top. The first step, though, has been good.”The Chelsea head coach has accepted a decision, made by the club, Burnley and the Football Association, not to pursue his allegation that members of the visiting coaching staff had repeatedly referred to him as “a shit Italian” during Monday’s draw at Stamford Bridge.Sarri was sent to the stands after leaving his technical area, an offence which saw him fined £8,000, yet the comments allegedly made by Burnley’s staff, which Chelsea reported to the match official, would have constituted a breach of FA rule E3 (2) in referencing nationality and, if proven, opened the door to a suspension and heftier fine. Doing something right despite the hysteria: in defence of Maurizio Sarri Was this helpful? The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Instead, the FA indicated on Thursday that no further action would be taken around the fixture. Chelsea later issued a statement confirming issues “between both benches have been resolved between the coaches and clubs”.Sarri said: “It was a strong discussion but on the pitch, under pressure, and, in my opinion, a situation on the pitch has to remain on the pitch. I made a lot of mistakes on the pitch in the past. Under pressure it can happen.“I know very well you can say something sometimes that is not in your mind. I think that the situation is finished, and I prefer that the situation is finished. I think that the two clubs spoke, and they agreed that the situation is finished. I agree with the two clubs.” Share via Email Yet the season has actually been played out to grumbling discontent from the sidelines at the style of football mustered by Sarri’s side. Asked if it would constitute a failure if Chelsea did not secure a return to the Champions League, Sarri said: “No. No, we played a final, which we lost on penalties. We are in the semi-final in the Europa League. We are fighting for the top four. So the season, at the moment, is good. Maurizio Sarri will consider his first season at Chelsea a success whatever the outcome of the club’s pursuit of Champions League qualification, but he has challenged his players to secure a top-four finish and a place in the Europa League final in the weeks to come.Chelsea can open a six‑point gap over Manchester United, effectively knocking their hosts out of top‑four contention, by winning at Old Trafford on Sunday with qualification for Europe’s elite competition in their own hands. Sarri has also taken the team to a Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, and saw his side beaten on penalties by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. Share on LinkedIn Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Share on Facebook Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Premier League Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfers

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Reggie Bush, FOX Kickoff Team Will Be At USC This Friday Night

first_img Considering the status of his relationship with the school, it may be a significant moment for him to be so close.🚗Road Trip!🚗The cast of BIG NOON KICKOFF travels to the Coliseum for No. 10 Utah at USC this Friday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1.Joe Davis, Brock Huard and Bruce Feldman call the action at 9:00 PM ET.— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) September 16, 2019The now-retired running back reportedly called the team back several years back to mend the fences. But according to the Los Angeles Times, he did not explicitly apologized for his actions.Bush won’t be honored or acknowledged by USC at this particular game, but who knows what the occasion may bring. A closeup of Reggie Bush's face.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 07: Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush reacts before the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Friday’s matchup between Utah and USC will have a number of fascinating storylines around it, specifically for the Trojans. How hot is head coach Clay Helton’s seat? Is Urban Meyer a candidate to replace him? Can they upset arguably the best team in the Pac-12?But you can make the argument that the FOX Sports BIG NOON KICKOFF show could feature the best storyline of all. FOX is hosting their show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That means Reggie Bush will be making a rare return to his alma mater.Bush was a legendary running back at USC, winning countless accolades for the Trojans. But several years after he left school, he became the center of a massive controversy that tarnished his legacy.Bush became the center of an investigation into USC athletics for receiving thousands of dollars in gifts during his time there. Bush was ultimately stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy and the school was sanctioned for several years.last_img read more

Petrobras Halts Bunkering in Santos amid Fire

first_imgzoom Brazil’s oil major Petrobras has suspended bunker operations at the port of Santos, declaring a force majeure due to a fire at Ultracargo’s fuel tank storage that broke out on Thursday, April 2nd.The port authority decided to suspend bunker operations as the fire was not extinguished, which led Petrobras to declare a force majeure in bunker operations in Santos.The six tanks affected by the fire contain gasoline and ethanol, as informed by Ultracargo. The firefighting efforts already in their fifth day were focused on preventing the fire from spreading further.As a result, the port of Santos closed two of its docks, while the other 53 were operating normally.“We expect that our operations will be back to normal in two days and the force majeure won’t have an impact on bunker prices,” Platts quoted a Petrobras spokesperson as saying on Monday.The firefighters evacuated the area and there were no victims reported, according to Ultracargo.The cause of the fire is yet unknown.Ultracargo’s Santos facility has a storage capacity of up to 301,300 cubic meters of fuels, chemicals, vegetable oils, ethanol and corrosive products.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Chinese JV Inks Kumport Terminal Purchase Deal

first_imgzoom Cosco Pacific, China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) and CIC Capital Corporation have used the recent G20 summit in Ankara to officially sign an agreement with FIBA Holding to jointly acquire Kumport Terminal, Turkey’s third largest container terminal situated in the Ambarli Port Complex on the northwest coast of the Marmara Sea.Back in September, COSCO Pacific, CMHI and CIC Capital reached an agreement to, through their respective subsidiaries, buy a 65% stake in Fina Liman, an investment holding company whose only asset is its investment in Kumport, for around USD 920 million.The subsidiaries of COSCO Pacific, CMHI and CIC Capital hold 40%, 40% and 20%, respectively, of the shares in a joint venture company named Consortium SPV, which was formed specifically to manage Kumport Terminal.The agreement was signed in the presence of China’s President Xi Jinping and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.last_img read more

DSME’s Self-Bailout Plan Gets Green Light from Creditors

first_imgzoom Creditors of the financially troubled Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), led by Korea Development Bank, have reportedly cleared the shipbuilder’s USD 4.47 billion-worth self-rescue scheme, Yonhap reports citing industry sources.As disclosed, the plan would see DSME sell two of its five floating docks aimed at cutting costs and bolstering the yard’s liquidity.Previous reports said that DSME might have to offload some 14 subsidiaries at home and abroad by 2020 and lay off 1,200 workers in the next five years, along with a cut of up to 20 percent in wages to employees.Earlier the company informed it would cut its workforce by up to 10,000 by 2019.In its latest attempt to fight liquidity woes, the ailing shipbuilder decided to sell its Seoul headquarters building for USD 152 million to Koramco REITs Management & Trust Co.With this approval from creditors South Korean “Big Three” shipbuilders seem to have caught the last train to avoid bankruptcy as they battle industry headwinds. Specifically, earlier this month Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have also received clearance from their respective creditors to go ahead with their self-rescue plans.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

High Stakes

first_imgBreaking the legacy of Mauritius, Singapore topped in the foreign direct investment (FDI) race in India. In 2018-19, FDI flow from Singapore was US$ 16,228 million, as compared to US$ 8,084 million from Mauritius. It was the third time that Singapore edged out Mauritius in FDI race in India. Nevertheless, in 2018-19, the significance of Singapore outnumbering Mauritius in FDI race was that it was on a binge for sparkling growth, in contrast to FDI shrinking from Mauritius. In 2013-14 and 2015-16 when Singapore edged out Mauritius, it accounted for 24.6 per cent and 34.3 per cent share respectively of the total FDI flow in India. In 2018-19, its share went up further high when it accounted for 36 per cent of total FDI flow in the country. Also Read – A staunch allyThis trend pitches a ground that Singapore is assertive to top FDI in the years to come. Mauritius stint at the top place started shredding since 2018-19. It downsized nearly to half of its flow in 2017-18 – from US$ 15,941 million in 2017-18 to US$ 8,084 million in 2018-19. Correspondingly, FDI from Singapore surged by over 33 per cent in 2018-19. The main cause for the downslide was an abrogation of capital gain tax benefit under the new Double Taxation India Mauritius Tax Treaty. Also Read – Cuban pathosWith a tweak in India – Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty, which was applicable from 2017-18, Mauritius lost its tax-haven status. Hitherto, India did not have the power to impose a capital gain tax under the India-Mauritius tax agreement in 1983. India signed a Protocol in May 2016 for amendment of the Avoidance of Double Taxation Treaty with Mauritius. Under this, the capital gain tax exemption was agreed to be abrogated after 2018-19. Till then, 50 per cent tax exemption would be provided to the foreign companies, having shell companies in Mauritius and investment in India. Further, this exemption was available if the foreign shell companies spent more than Rs 2,700,000 in one year between April 2017 to March 2019. This creates a new dynamism in FDI structure in India. Against the backdrop of abrogation of tax exemption, which plugged the loopholes of FDI through Mauritius and became a detriment to the big revenue loss to the Government of India exchequer, Singapore emerged a new player in FDI dynamism, outsmarting Japan and European countries. This paradigm shift of foreign investment from Singapore will have multiple impacts because India has a strong economic partnership with Singapore. There are three factors which catalyse India’s strong economic relations with Singapore. First, Singapore is the 5th biggest export destination for India. India has a trade surplus with Singapore. Second, Singapore plays a key role in India’s Look East policy and is the key driver for ASEAN FTA in services. Third, Singapore is the major off-shore financial hub for many Indian companies due to the presence of large Indian diaspora. Over 6,000 Indian companies are registered in Singapore. Singapore has been playing a key role in the FDI boost in India. In the FDI pool, there are three sectors, which are the triggers for FDI. They are the service sector, computer and software, and telecommunications. Together, they account for one-third of total FDI flow in the country. Singapore accounts for the biggest share in these three sectors, paving the way for FDI boost in the country. An analysis of the investment from Singapore revealed that most of the investors were not the original Singaporean companies. They were MNCs and Indian companies, who routed their investment through their Singapore subsidiaries. Glaxo Smith Kline, UK, Telenor South Asia Investment Pte Ltd – a Norway subsidiary in mobile phone, Toto Asia Oceania Pte Ltd – a Japanese subsidiary in sanitary ware, Tokyo Marine Asia Pte Ltd – a Japanese company, Starfish Pte Ltd – a USA subsidiary in software, Alipay Singapore E-Commerce Pte Ltd – a Chinese Alibaba subsidiary in information services, E Bay Singapore Services and Amazon Asia Pacific Resources Pte Ltd – American subsidiaries in E-Commerce and the Indian companies, like Bharti Airtel, Triguna Hospitality Ventures, Flip Kart and Snapdeal having subsidiaries in Singapore were the major investors in India. Why a small country like Singapore emerged the biggest investor in India? What is the main attraction for MNCs to invest through their subsidiaries in Singapore? Singapore is a more safe place for foreign investors to re-route their investment by virtue of substantive bilateral tax treaty between the two countries. India and Singapore entered into a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in 2005. This contains the provision of Limits of Benefits. Under this, a foreign shell company in Singapore can enjoy the capital gain tax exemption, provided its annual expenditure on operations in Singapore is more than Singapore dollar 200,000 in two years and it is listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange. India–Mauritius Tax Treaty did not contain Limit of Benefits clause. In nutshell, Singapore has emerged as an important economic partner of India. Its ascendancy in ASEAN and an important source for financing infrastructure, after launching Asia’s Infrastructure Exchange, Singapore has become an important ally to India’s infrastructure development. In this perspective, even though India is reconsidering to revisit India-Singapore CECA, foreign investment from Singapore investment is unlikely to be dwarfed. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban waiting for Gucci

PHOENIX — The top civil rights organization for Sikhs in the United States says Nordstrom has apologized to the community for selling an $800 turban they found offensive, but they are still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it.Simran Jeet Singh is a senior fellow with the New York-based Sikh Coalition. He says the turban has a deep religious significance for the men of his faith and companies commodify something sacred to them.He recalled Saturday that Sikhs wearing turbans have been attacked in hate crimes, including a man killed in Arizona days after 9-11.Nordstrom said it wasn’t their intent to disrespect “this religious and cultural symbol”In February, Gucci apologized for selling a sweater that evoked blackface for many people. Emails seeking comment have been sent.Anita Snow, The Associated Press read more

Suspect sought in Halton theft and fraud investigation

A suspect wanted in a theft and fraud investigation has been captured on surveillance video and police are hoping the public can help identify him.Investigators say sometime during the early morning hours of Oct. 25, several items, including a debit card, were stolen from a vehicle near Dundas St. and Eighth Line in Oakville.The debit card was later used at several gas stations in Mississauga.Police are looking for a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, with light brown-blonde hair. He was wearing a dark coat and has a distinguishable tattoos across his fingers on his left hand.Anyone who may have information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Constable Mark Bingham at 905-825-4747, ext. 2216.Halton police are reminding residents of the following tips:Ensure your unattended vehicles are kept locked and secureNever leave personal identification or valuables in your vehiclePark in well-lit and attended areas whenever possibleNever leave spare keys in your vehicleIf you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunkRemove garage door openers, GPS navigation and cell phone devices and power cords from view when not in your vehicle read more

Atari plans to auction off all its game assets in July

first_imgBack in January Atari US filed for bankruptcy in New York, but hoped to sell off all its games assets in a single sale to pay off debtors. Initially interest was strong with more than 180 buyers coming forward. But as the months went by only 90 signed confidentiality agreements and then only 15 bids were placed, none of which were deemed high enough to make a sale viable.So now Atari is taking a different approach and will instead sell off all of its game assets over the course of a 4 day auction in July. That means instead of buying all Atari products, bidders will be able to secure individual IPs the company owns.It is thought that the series worth the most money comne auction day is Rollercoaster Tycoon, and to secure that you will have to place a minimum bid of $3.5 million. Test Drive will start the bidding at $1.5 million, the Humongous franchise of games requires $500,000, and Total Annihilation just $250,000. In total, the minimum bids for all the assets Atari is set to offer comes to $22.2 million.Although publishers may take an interest in some of the more high profile games, there’s still a chance the auction won’t happen. Atari needs to get it approved by a judge on June 11, after which the auctions are planned for July 16-19. Even then, not everything will be sold as Atari has a number of lesser known games series it wants to sell privately.It’s clear now that the original intention to sell the company as a whole and keep it operating isn’t going to happen. Instead, there’s a chance some of its best known games will get a new lease of life, but under the guidance of a new publisher.last_img read more

Its only getting worse Up to 80 beggars on Dublins city streets

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email THERE IS A cohort of around 80 men and women begging in Dublin city centre, a new report has revealed.According to the research, conducted by the Ana Liffey Project and presented to the Joint Policing Committee yesterday, there are many people who are sympathetic to those on the streets but there is a feeling that not enough is being done to fix the root causes of the problem.Most respondents wanted to differentiate between aggressive, sporadic begging and non-aggressive, organised profiteering.Of the 270 people surveyed, more than 85% think that the begging problem is getting worse while just 3% thought it had remained the same. The rest of the respondents were unsure.The study found that of the 80 regular beggars, there are about 10 to 15 at any one time who beg short-term for a specific reason or amount of money. This could be to pay for fares or a fine or to fill a prescription for medicine. Those begging on a regular basis often ask for money to put towards a hostel bed, a B&B, their rent, for drugs or for alcohol.While it is a criminal offence to aggressively beg for money, it is not illegal to request money from someone on the street.Some of those surveyed queried if organised begging was in operation in Dublin while other respondents mentioned feeling intimidated.A recurring theme was the extent of places where people are begging, including all over the city centre and further out – not just on the main streets but laneways, side streets, outside many public buildings including churches, train stations and car park paying machines. Homelessness and addiction are the main reasons people are begging. Both interviewees and survey respondents are concerned that people have to beg and want something done which tackles the root causes and not just the symptoms.“Direct action is being taken by people who go out on the streets with friends/neighbours to feed and bring shelter to those on the streets. There is also a view that some begging is organised and is an effective means to make an income. Regardless, begging is viewed as a social issue, it is not a criminal matter and should be addressed accordingly.”The beggar on the street asking people to help them get food and the organised criminal gangs profiting from on-street harassment need to be tackled, according to the Chair of the Joint Policing Committee at Dublin City Council.Cllr Daithí De Róiste said there needs to be a “two-strand approach” to dealing with beggars in Dublin.“Those begging for money or food and those looking to profit from the kindness of strangers are two very different things and need to be treated as such.Gardaí need to clamp down on organised professional beggars that are being run by east European gangs and are involved in aggressive begging at ATMs or outside pubs.“Then there is the beggar who is on the street due to social circumstances such as homelessness, alcohol or drug addiction. These are people who need our help and the last thing they need is to be punished for trying to survive. One law doesn’t cover everything. This is not a black and white issue.” A shoeless beggar on Liffey Street in Dublin on a near freezing December evening. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandTony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey, said: “The report found that people are generally sympathetic to people who beg. A visible police presence on the streets is important for a feeling of safety, but begging is not perceived as a problem which can be solved by policing.”He said that people do not see all begging as equal and that a line is drawn between aggressive and non-aggressive begging. He added that there is also a difference between begging during the daytime and nighttime.“Importantly, people do empathise with the situations of many people who beg. The situation in Dublin with regards to begging can be improved – broadly, by addressing the underlying causes of begging for individuals who beg; and continuing to police the issue of aggressive begging.”Read: Murder accused said he fell asleep in front of TV after beating woman to death with hammer >Read: Ibrahim Halawa’s family say he is now ‘dying’ in prison > By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland A young man begs on the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandAccording to the report: “There is a definite perception that begging has increased in Dublin city centre evident from both interviews and survey. A beggar pleads for money in Dublin. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Irelandcenter_img Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM 24,825 Views Mar 15th 2017, 6:20 AM 68 Comments ‘It’s only getting worse’: Up to 80 beggars on Dublin’s city streets at any one time There have been calls for a clampdown on eastern European begging gangs. A beggar pleads for money in Dublin.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews LA LA LAND

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Oh hey, look! An agreeable, well-meaning, perfectly adequate, decent but also lightweight and mostly forgettable movie being wildly overpraised presumably because it’s a pleasant distraction grounded in cinephile nostalgia and romanticism of Old Hollywood. Oscar Season comes earlier every year…Let me preface this by saying: The moment I originally got done watching La La Land I was over the moon about it – in large part because it finishes really strong. Whatever else you take away from me or anyone else about this movie, let it be said that it has an absolutely killer, elevating, devastating, knock-out home run of an ending. Bold, imaginative, clever… it feels like the kind of ending you’d make a whole preceding movie to justify – and I wouldn’t dream of giving it away. It’s as strong and transporting a moment as any sequence in any other film released this year; and since it only truly works in the context of payoff for the story that led up to it, it’s honestly worth seeing the film just to get said payoff.So yes. I walked out of that screening high on life and in love with the feeling the film left me in. I won’t deny that. And if I’d run a review right at that moment, it probably would’ve been an outright rave. But instead I’ve had time to think about it, and where I’ve arrived instead is that La La Land… just didn’t really leave me with all that much to think about.Not in the sense that it’s a simple movie – it is, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Simple is fine – often very powerful, as a matter of fact. But while the film is lovingly made, has a big heart that’s consistently in the right place and does eventually manage to actually “go somewhere” thematically; there’s just not much about it that digs in or even just sticks once it’s landed. That kind of lightweight fluffiness is absolutely intentional and clearly not the result of lack of commitment, but it’s ultimately so lightweight that no amount of commitment can really make most of it linger in the mind for very long. The most telling illustration of this? It’s a musical… but I couldn’t hum more than three notes of one song or repeat more than a handful of lyrics if you put a gun to my head.The central gimmick, at least, is clever enough: It’s an old-fashioned “making it big in showbiz” musical right out of the Golden Age but set in the present and applying the retro-gloss of genuine romanticism for Old Hollywood to an ironic romanticism of Los Angeles in 2016; illustrated by a bouncy opening number that imagines a sunny, joyful “spontaneous dance” sequence as breaking out in the middle of… a bumper-to-bumper L.A. freeway traffic jam. In terms of target audience, if you can get aroused by magic hour shots of Randy’s Donuts and Griffith Observatory, La La Land has your number.But whereas classic musicals of this type tended to focus on earnest young go-getters, our designated couple for this modern take turns out to be a pair of starry-eyed hipsters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. She’s a studio-lot barista with dreams of Hollywood stardom; he’s an insufferable piano prodigy who wants to lead a revival in old-school Jazz. The sparks fly, and they’ve got chemistry to spare, but their love becomes tangled up in her attempts to stage a one-woman show and his temptations to “sell out” as part of a pop act to support her and… well, to be plain about it: Assuming you’ve seen one other movie about relationships in the entertainment and/or music industries you already know where this is going.To be certain: While it’s playing, out it’s a lot of fun. The leads are well cast; the half-old/half-new aesthetic is handsomely realized and it never quite dips below “watchable.” I’ve seen people compare it to The Artist in that they’re both a case of the movie industry writing love-letters to itself so that the increasingly L.A.-centric film criticism and awards scene will fawn over it, but The Artist was actually kinda crummy. La La Land, at least, is a solid watch and a gorgeous looking movie. Director Damian Chazelle absolutely knows what he’s doing and while the music from Justin Hurwitz just isn’t very memorable and that’s kind of a fatal flaw in a musical… if it had been especially “bad” I might actually have recalled more of it. And like I said: Holy shit, it’s building to a HELL of an ending.Like I also said: I genuinely enjoyed the act of watching this movie and I imagine a lot of people will feel the same way. It’s fun. Immensely likable… but also kind of disposable unless you really like Ryan Gosling modeling strategically out-of-date men’s fashion that much. It’s a good enough movie, and it wouldn’t be fair to hold all the undeserved accolades it’s probably about to pile up against it, but still only just good enough.last_img read more

Citizen panel sets hearing on salaries for Leavitt council

first_imgWhat: The Vancouver Salary Review Commission, a citizen group that sets the salary for the mayor and city council, will hold its first meeting.When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.Where: Aspen Conference Room, first floor, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.Will the start of 2013 mean a raise for the Vancouver City Council?It’s not up to the city’s elected officials, but rather a citizen Salary Review Commission, which is set to hold its first meeting and public hearing Thursday.The five-person committee examines the mayor and city council salaries every two years to coincide with Vancouver’s biannual budget schedule.City council members have the opportunity to supply testimony to the council and state their case for any salary increases they believe are necessary, or lobby to keep their salaries static, as they did in 2010. The Salary Review Commission, under state law, cannot lower the mayor or city council’s pay.Mayor Tim Leavitt earns $2,200 a month; Mayor Pro Tempore Larry Smith gets $2,000; and the rest of the council is paid $1,781 for their part-time public service positions.Each also may choose to collect an average of $820 a month worth of health and life insurance and retirement benefits. In early 2011, the council voted to pay for the same percentage of health benefits that management and nonunion workers pay, or nothing for a single member to about $155 per month for family coverage.last_img read more