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first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling failed to get a piece of the general Budget pie, despite heavy expectations. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang faction) has pulled up the BJP government for skipping out tea and tourism industry, the economic backbone of this region.”Raju Bishta, the newly elected MP from the Darjeeling constituency had assured all round development of this region in his election manifesto. He even won with a huge margin of 4 lakh. However, there is nothing for this a region in general and Darjeeling in particular. The record margin victory failed to pay off,” stated Anit Thapa, General Secretary, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThapa stated that a few days ago, Bishta had announced that Darjeeling would get a Central University, but there was no such mention. “The government has decided to develop 17 world class tourism points. Darjeeling has failed to make it to the list also. With election over their commitment to this place is gone also,” alleged Thapa. “However, this is nothing new. In the past also the BJP has time and again failed to live up to its commitments,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt is sheer betrayal, feels the GJM. “Yet again they have betrayed Darjeeling. When they can’t even ensure development, will they be able to carve out Gorkhaland?” questioned Thapa. Even the tea industry feels let down. “The government’s decision to levy 2% TDS on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore annually will come as a major letdown for the tea industry. There are many tea gardens where more than a crore has to be disbursed in the way of wages,” said Sumanta Guhathakurta, president, DBITA. Ram Avatar Sharma, president of the Dooars Chapter of the Tea Association of India, said: “The government should have brought tea under Ministry of agriculture from the present ministry of commerce and industries. The Union government should give more impetus and help in the export of tea.”last_img read more

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first_imgFlorida: The interim selection panel of Cricket West Indies has named Jason Mohammed as the replacement for Andre Russell for the first and second matches of the three-match Twenty20 International series. Mohammed (32) has so far played nine T20 internationals and has also captained the West Indies in T20 internationals and the 50-over format. Russell was named in the original 14-member squad for the first and second matches to be played in the Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhUS subject to him passing a fitness assessment prior to the series. The all-rounder experienced some discomfort while playing in the GT20 tournament in Canada and informed the interim selection panel of his unavailability for the upcoming series. The West Indies are the reigning ICC World T20 champions and will face India at the Broward County Stadium in Florida on Saturday and Sunday. The final match of the series will be played in Guyana on Tuesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We welcome Jason Mohammed into the squad for the first two T20 matches here in Florida. “He is a player with a lot of experience in all three formats and has done well for Trinidad & Tobago as well as for Guyana Amazon Warriors,” said Floyd Reifer, the interim head coach of the West Indies. “It is not easy to the fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped the West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions. “We believe Jason is capable of good performances and we back him to perform at this level and win games as well,” Reifer added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe One Drop Foundation, Guy Laliberté’s international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by launching ‘10 Waves of One Drop.’This series of fundraising initiatives will offer unique celebrity experiences through Charity Network’s online auctions and sweepstakes to benefit One Drop, with half of the proceeds going to the celebrities’ charities of choice.“10 Waves of One Drop is a creative and atypical celebration of the power of generosity,” Guy Laliberté said. “Since One Drop’s inception, we were lucky enough to count on the support of dozens of celebrities who share my desire to change the world in a bold and positive way. For our 10 years, I have asked them to join us with their charity of choice, so that this online celebration can generate an impact not just for One Drop, but for 10 other extraordinarily important causes.”In just a decade, One Drop has raised more than $120 million to help improve access to safe water, and is on the way of helping transform the lives of more than 1 million people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.This new fundraising initiative will be promoted through the Charity Network and its two digital fundraising platforms, Charitybuzz and Prizeo. From November 2017 throughout 2018, uniquely-tailored experiences will be launched every month featuring celebrities from all walks of life such as Shakira (supporting Pies Descalzos), Rafael Nadal (Rafa Nadal Foundation), Michael Douglas (One Drop Foundation), Jack Nicklaus (Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation), and Ferran Adrià (elBulli Foundation).The first 10 Waves of One Drop experience is launching on Charitybuzz with legendary elBulli chef Ferran Adrià. It offers the opportunity to have the world-renowned chef reinvent your favorite childhood dish with an exclusive tasting in his company at the newly opened Enigma Atelier in Barcelona.“I am truly happy to be part of this philanthropic celebration and to offer an original experience that will raise funds to help people without access to safe water around the world,” said Adrià.To learn more about 10 Waves of One Drop and bid on the first auction lot with Ferran Adrià, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgSinger songwriter Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & Casino on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM.Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & CasinoThe benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, will be held in the Pechanga Theater. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.com.Accompanying Jackson are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals) and Jeff Young (keyboards). Also performing is John Trudell’s BAD DOG with Joel Rafael.The benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, celebrates Quiltman Sahme, a traditional American Indian singer and drummer from Simnasho in Warm Springs, Oregon. In August of 2017, Quiltman lost his family home in the Warm Springs Reservation wildfire.In the early 1980s, Quiltman began performing with American Indian activist, speaker and poet John Trudell. Trudell was a leader of the Occupation of Alcatraz in the late 1960s and Chairman of the American Indian Movement from 1973-79. He passed away in December 2015. Quiltman continues to sing with the original band members of John Trudell’s BAD DOG. John Trudell’s BAD DOG includes Mark Shark (guitars), Ricky Eckstein (bass & keyboards), Billy Watts (guitars), Debra Dobkin (percussion), Quiltman and his son Teewhanee Sahme (traditional vocals) along with Joel Rafael (vocals).For more information, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsLeah Anderson was on her way to go skating at the arena in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation when she vanished in January.Two days later her disfigured body was found on a busy walking trail.The 15-year-old Cree girl had been murdered.Initial reports suggested she’d been mauled by wild dogs.A few days later an autopsy would confirm someone had killed her in the remote community about 570 km northeast of Winnipeg.“You can just imagine how gruesome that was. I play that in my head,” said Anderson’s aunt Patty Duke MacDonald Thursday.The band posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest this week said MacDonald.Anderson is the poster child of why there needs to be a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, said her aunt.Calls for an inquiry have fallen on deaf ears within the Conservative government who refuse to pay for one.That hasn’t stopped others from trying to make it happen.Just yesterday Aboriginal affairs ministers from the provinces and territories agreed to pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper.They met in Winnipeg and, together, will write a letter asking for an inquiry.It’s something just a few months ago they didn’t want to do. British Columbia is the only province who didn’t join their counterparts in the request.The president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada was in Winnipeg and said the agreement came after a few hours of negotiations.Michele Audette was there because she’s pushing for a public inquiry.“I told them I never give up and will make sure they follow their words to do what they said,” said Audette. “It’s a step. There are many things that need to be done. Never give up. Never bend.”It’s the first time provincial and territorial leaders have jointly asked for an inquiry. They’ve been meeting as a working group.There are more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls across the country according to NWAC who did a comprehensive study a couple years ago.The numbers keep adding up.“We jointly call upon the federal government to call a national inquiry into this matter of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls,” said Manitoba’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson to the media on Wednesday. “This is a really significant move.”Robinson is the chairman of the working group and will mail the letter to Harper.A public inquiry once again was mentioned in Question Period on Parliament Hill Thursday. The NDP and Liberal parties support one.They have to look no further than the case of Anderson as to why there needs to be one.Her father was murdered in 2003 in Thompson, Man.Her mother struggles with addictions and lost custody of her kids, including Anderson.That’s why she was living with family in God’s Lake.But last year started to go to school off-reserve in Cranberry Portage, Man.Anderson was home for the Christmas holidays. She left to go skating Jan. 4.The day she was found on Jan. 6 she was to fly back. School only goes to Grade 9 in God’s Lake.MacDonald said the community has about 1,500 people and at the time of the death the ice roads were closed.The only way in or out was to fly.She’s convinced the killer, or killers, live there.“What bothers me is how they have no leads. They have nothing. It’s only 1,500 people who live in the community. Whoever did this is still in the community. The roads were closed. You know it wasn’t an outsider,” said MacDonald.The RCMP told APTN National News the case remains open and is active.MacDonald said it’s believed Anderson was dumped on the trail where she was found.“They couldn’t identity her. You know someone had blood on them. Why would someone hide this?” she said.Police were able to confirm it was Anderson by doing a head count of the community.Anderson was the only person missing.“It’s just awful because it’s my brother’s baby girl. It’s just devastated us,” she said. “She was already a victim. She was only five when her father was murdered. Then to lose her mom.”Anderson was a happy teenaged girl.She had been picked to be a youth chief. Last summer she won a singing contest.“She was really big into our traditions,” said MacDonald. “She just loved the culture.”Anderson was given a traditional Cree funeral.A couple days before her murder Anderson updated her status on Facebook.She wrote: “Shine bright like a diamond.”kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Defined-benefit pension plans in Canada generally ended 2017 in better financial condition than they’ve experienced for most of the past decade, according to figures released Wednesday by Mercer.The international pension consulting firm’s Canadian index of pension health — based on a hypothetical, representative fund — stood at 106 per cent on Dec. 29, up from 102 per cent at the beginning of the year and a dismal 70 per cent after the 2008-09 financial crisis.“Equity markets had crashed and interest rates were very low. And both those things meant that pension plans were pretty poorly funded,” said Manuel Monteiro, who leads Mercer Canada’s financial strategy group.Two major reasons for the turnaround have been extra payments by plan sponsors and the recovery of stock prices.“Interest rates haven’t really helped. … But equity markets have done well and companies have putting lots of money into these pension plans to get them fully funded,” Monteiro said.According to Mercer estimates, a typical balanced pension portfolio with a combination of equity and fixed-income investments would have returned 5.3 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2017.The firm said many of the Canadian defined-benefit pension plans that it tracks were fully funded, or very close to fully funded, at the end of the year.The median solvency ratio for Mercer’s 604 pension clients in Canada was 97 per cent — meaning half of the pension plans had enough assets to cover at least 97 per cent of their obligations.That’s an improvement from the end of 2016, when the median solvency ratio for Mercer clients was 93 per cent.Looking ahead, however, Monteiro cautioned that plan sponsors should consider lowering their level of investment risks.“Obviously, if we do have another market downturn, we could see the funded positions of the plans deteriorate pretty significantly,” he said.Defined-benefit plans have become less common in recent years because of the cost and financial risk they pose to employers if investments perform poorly.According to a Statistics Canada report issued summer, defined-benefit plans accounted for 67.1 per cent of employees with a registered pension plan in 2015, down from a rate of over 90 per cent in the 1980s.Many employers have opted for other retirement options that put them at less financial risk and two provinces — Quebec and Ontario — have moved to relax the rules for defined-benefit plans under their jurisdiction.Monteiro said both Quebec and Ontario have moved away from requiring that a defined-benefit pension plan have enough assets to cover retirement benefits even if the sponsoring company goes out of business or can’t make up the fund’s shortfall.“They’re basically saying that you don’t need to keep your plan fully funded on a solvency basis. You only have to keep it funded on a going-concern basis, which assumes that the plan and the company can continue forever.”The federal government introduced legislation to create a new category of target benefit plans that would give plan sponsors leeway to reduce the level of retirement benefits if its unfunded liabilities reach a certain threshold — but that proposal is still before Parliament.Monteiro said that his sense is that the federal government may not bring in target benefit plans or do so very slowly, and that there may not be many sponsors that make the switch from defined-benefit plans.“But if they did, it would tend to push this index down because plans wouldn’t have to fund on a solvency basis.”last_img read more

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On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 47.61 points to 15,939.23.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 30.53 points to 23,431.39.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 19.67 points to 2,580.07.The Nasdaq composite index was up 139.90 points to 6,696.67.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.73 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 77.94 cents US.

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NEW ORLEANS — Oil and gas companies made $159.4 million in high bids Wednesday for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, down from sales in March and a year ago.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 29 companies bid on 144 tracts. That’s about 1% of the tracts offered.The March sale drew $244.3 million in high bids on 227 tracts, and the one in August 2018 brought $178.1 million in bids on 144 tracts.A news release said this year’s total high bids are the highest since 2015.Agency statistics indicate totals of $419.2 million this year and $561.5 million in 2015. Totals were $174.5 million in 2016, $395.9 million in 2017 and $302.8 million last year.In the decade preceding 2015, Gulf lease sales averaged $1.6 billion a year.The Associated Press read more

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe of Uganda as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.She will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania who the Secretary-General thanked for her outstanding and dedicated service to the UN and her commitment as a powerful advocate for his efforts to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination all around the world, according to the announcement from Mr. Ban’s office.Currently, Ms. Wandira-Kasibwe is Senior Adviser to the President of Uganda on Population and Health and a Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Microfinance Support Center Ltd. From 1993 to 2004, she served as Vice-President of Uganda; the first woman in Africa to hold such a position. A surgeon with a Doctorate of Science Degree in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health, Ms. Wandira-Kasibwe has played a pivotal role in the public health agenda as well as in the political landscape in Africa. As a member of the Constituent Assembly, she made a significant contribution to the drafting of Uganda’s 1995 Constitution. She is highly committed to the HIV response and is an active member of the influential group Champions for an HIV-free Generation.According to the announcement, there has been significant progress in halting the HIV epidemic in Africa. In 2011 there were 32 per cent fewer AIDS-related deaths on the continent than in 2005, and also 33 per cent fewer new infections in 2011 compared to 2001. However, Africa remains the continent most affected by HIV. Of the 34 million people living with HIV worldwide, 23.5 million are in sub-Saharan Africa, which is 69 per cent of all people living with the virus. As Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Ms. Wandira-Kasibwe will help advance the AIDS response in Africa by advocating for the pro-active engagement and involvement of all sectors of society. read more

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“Forests are not only a critical part of the climate solution – they hold multiple benefits for all members of society,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an announcement about the initiative.The New York Declaration on Forests, a non-legally binding political agreement, calls for the restoration of more than 350 million hectares of forests and croplands, an area greater than the size of India. Deforestation is a significant contributor to climate change. Trees, which store carbon, release it when they are burned during slash-and-burn land clearing of forests, for example. If it works as expected, the initiative would avoid between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year by 2030. That is equivalent to removing the carbon emissions produced by the one billion cars that are currently on the world’s roads.“The New York Declaration aims to reduce more climate pollution each year than the United States emits annually,” Mr. Ban noted. In support of the Declaration, 20 global food companies, most recently Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, announced their pledges to deforestation-free sourcing policies of palm oil. The world’s largest palm oil companies – Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources and Cargill – also committed to work together to implement and join the Indonesian Business Council in asking incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo to support their efforts through legislation and policies. Taken together, the share of palm oil under zero deforestation commitments has grown from 0 to about 60 per cent in the last year, with the potential to reduce up to 450 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually by 2020. That is the equivalent of 2 billion tonnes in the period through 2020.Among other announcements, 26 governors from Peru and Liberia presented new forest policies and pledged to cut deforestation by 80 per cent.Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guatemala, Uganda and several other countries are set to make national pledges to restore more than 30 million hectares of degraded lands.Also today, the Consumer Goods Forum, a coalition of 400 companies, called on Governments to pass a legally binding climate deal in Paris in 2015 that includes REDD+, including large-scale payments to countries that reduce deforestation. More than 120 Heads of States and Government, business, finance and civil society representatives are today expected to announce commitments that will reduce emissions, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action. They are taking part in Mr. Ban’s one-day Climate Summit at UN Headquarters. read more

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first_imgLABOUR TD DOMINIC Hannigan has called for a clear-out of the Labour old guard as the party considers its future under a new leader.In an interview aimed squarely at Labour TDs such as Ruairí Quinn, Pat Rabbitte, Emmet Stagg and Brendan Howlin, Hannigan said Labour needs to change and that “the arrogance needs to be removed”.Hannigan also said he is thinking about whether or not he will run for leader following Eamon Gilmore’s departure.The first-term Labour TD for Meath East said the party needs to radically change if it is to regain the trust of voters.“I’m clear about… one thing,” he told RTE One’s Morning Ireland. I don’t think the answer is going to come from people who have been within Leinster House for the past quarter of a century.He suggested TDs such as Alex White and Gerard Nash as well as possibly himself as part of the “next generation” who should lead the party.A clear split has opened up in Labour between TDs serving their first and second term – eight of whom put forward a motion of no confidence in Eamon Gilmore shortly before he resigned –  and older, more established politicians who have served for many years.Asked if he wanted a complete clear-out of older TDs, Hannigan replied: “I think that’s necessary”.He said the election results had been “dreadful” for Labour. “It was a wipeout,” he said.There is a “real danger that after the next election… the party will be gone. Gone the way of Kodak, gone the way of the PDs,” he said.When asked whether he had the necessary experience given his recent election, Hannigan said:President Obama didn’t have executive experience before he was elected, neither did people like Tony Blair, so I wouldn’t overestimate experience.“Let’s be clear about the type of experience that we need,” he said. “What we don’t need is experience of 25 years of a bunker in Leinster House”.He described how during the election campaign people had looked at Labour leaflets and just turned away. “We have to put our hands up” and apologise, Hannigan said.He described the departure of Eamon Gilmore as a “sad but necessary removal”. “We’re not prepared to let the Labour party die at the next election”.Read: The contenders: Labour’s leadership battle is taking shape, but one minister has ruled himself out > Read: Here’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader > Video: In his last big interview, Gilmore firmly believed he’d be Labour leader in 2016 >last_img read more

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first_imgTHE BRUTAL MURDER of a British soldier on a London street has the hallmarks of a militant Islamist attack but one conducted by ‘lone wolf’ operators – which experts describe as a security nightmare.Counter-terror police are investigating Wednesday’s attack in which two men hacked Drummer Lee Digby to death in broad daylight. They were shot and wounded by police and are now in hospitals under armed guard.The gruesome nature of the murder — some witnesses say the men tried to decapitate their victim — their politically-fuelled rants to passers-by, and their apparent desire for publicity all point to militant Islamist extremism, experts say.But the small scale of the attack — far removed from the massive destruction of the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States and the coordinated suicide bombings in London in 2005 — fit with fears that lone operators are now a serious threat.“The problem with amateurs is they just do something — and that’s what makes them dangerous,” John Gearson, professor of national security services at King’s College London, told AFP.Police outside Kings College Hospital in London where one of the suspects was brought for treatment (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)“This is a departure from the established type of attacks that you see or the established plan that you see of terrorism causing mass murder,” explained John O’Connor, a former head of the Scotland Yard police headquarters’ ‘Flying Squad’ detective unit.“The bottom line is that it could spring up anywhere and that’s the concern. It’s very difficult to keep a tab on where this is going and where the threat level is,” O’Connor told the BBC.Security experts have long been warning of the risk of terror attacks from individuals who slip under the surveillance radar.Soldiers at Wellington Barracks in London keep guard after the attack on Drummer Lee Rigby. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Last year Jonathan Evans, the head of British spy agency MI5, warned about the threat from “lone actors” who were hard to identify because they used everyday weapons, often did not belong to any group and did not attend terror training camps abroad.“The one thing that will be causing them (security forces) not to sleep at night is the ‘lone wolf’,” RUSI security analyst Margaret Gilmore told AFP ahead of the Olympic Games in London last year.Attempt to maximise the publicity of the attackAlthough the investigation is at an early stage, experts have pointed to the similarities between the London murder and the acts of Islamist fanatics in extremist videos broadcast on the Internet.Matthew Henman, senior analyst at defence group Jane’s, highlighted the targeting of a soldier, and said the suspects’ failure to flee the scene and tirades before filming onlookers suggests “an effort to maximise publicity of the attack”.A floral tribute outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed the security services “will not rest until we know every single detail of what happened and we’ve brought all of those responsible to justice”.He acknowledged reports that the two suspects may have been previously known to the intelligence services, but praised the work of the security forces in foiling plots up until now.The murder was the first fatal Islamist attack in Britain since 52 people were killed in suicide bombings on the London transport system eight years ago.Since then, surveillance has been stepped up, as have border controls, and many plots have been disrupted.Some of these have targeted British soldiers, who were once told not wear their uniforms in public due to a threat from Irish republicans, but in recent years have been encouraged to do so.Last month, three British men were jailed for planning terror attacks, including at Royal Wootton Bassett, a town which for years was the first to receive soldiers killed in Afghanistan.Another pair were jailed the same month for planning terror acts including an Al-Qaeda-inspired plot to send a remote-controlled toy car into an army reservist centre.In 2008, another man, Parviz Khan, was jailed for life for plotting to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier. He admitted he intended to film his beheading.- © AFP, 2013Read: Woolwich victim named by UK Ministry of Defence > Read: Emergency meetings after soldier ‘decapitated’ in London machete attack >last_img read more

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first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “Arachnids in the UK,” episode four of Doctor Who season 11.Have you ever arrived home from vacation, only to realize you’d rather still be jet-setting around the world on another adventure?That’s what Yaz, Ryan, and Graham’s faces so clearly say as the TARDIS lands them back in Sheffield, conveniently just outside PC Khan’s flat.Invited in for tea, the quartet (minus Graham, who’s nipped home for some self-reflection and a supernatural tête-à-tête) enjoy a full three minutes of R&R before finding another mystery to solve.Jodie Whittaker, once again, shines as the Thirteenth Doctor, a witty, muddled, humane alien “still figuring [herself] out.”Forget giant spiders: The power struggle between the Doctor and megalomaniac businessman Jack Robertson (Mr. Big Peter Florrick Chris Noth) gives the episode its underlying dynamic.Jack Robertson (Chris Noth) is Trump 2.0 (via BBC)Trump 2.0, Robertson is a hotel magnate with political ambitions and scheduled bathroom breaks—and a tendency to mask the dangerous truth.Showrunner and writer Chris Chibnall’s political satire plays out most boldly in the resort kitchen, where POTUS’s name is bandied about and Graham and Ryan suggest the spider infestation is actually a Russian assassination attempt.“They don’t need giant spiders,” expert (and utterly forgettable character) Dr. Jade McIntyre said. “They’d just pop a tiny poisonous one on your pillow.”Bathtub-sized arthropods aside, Robertson (a metaphor for the current U.S. social and political climate) is the true villain of this episode.By the end, even the most arachnophobic viewer could feel for the dying mutants. But only those brainwashed by an egotistical, unscrupulous tyrant would follow Robertson’s path of immorality.Meet the Khans: Sonya (Bhavnisha Parmar, left) and Hakim (Ravin J. Ganatra, center) (via BBC)The good news is: More Yaz!Between meeting her dad (Ravin J. Ganatra) and sister (Bhavnisha Parmar) at home and saving the country from murderous insects with her mom (Shobna Gulati), we finally got some insight into the police officer’s world—one she’s barely hesitant to leave.Despite the risks, Yaz, Ryan, and grieving step-grandad Graham (who Bradley Walsh plays with such sincerity it breaks my heart) all but demand to join the Doctor—to see more, to do more, to experience more.This is the first time (in recent memory) that the Doctor—perhaps more maternally inclined than her predecessors—seems reluctant to take on travelers.“You’re not going to come back as the same people that left here,” she tells the trio. “Be sure. All of you. Be sure.”They might be, but I’m still not. Graham, a retired bus driver and widower, and Ryan, stuck in a dead-end job with an estranged dad, aren’t leaving much behind. Yaz, on the other hand, has the most to lose: a loving family, a ladder-climbing position in law enforcement. I just hope she makes it out of this alive.Missed episode three of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “Rosa,” as well as a lineup of 15 real-life historical figures who appeared on the show. Also, watch British journalist Stacey Dooley absolutely kill it in this Who-themed tango on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.Doctor Who glossary (for all your British-to-American English needs):Daft: Silly, foolishNip: Go quicklyHoover: Generic term for vacuum cleanerUni: University, where British people go for a bachelor’s degree (In the UK, “college” has another meaning—where many students go for two years after completing compulsory schooling at 16, in order to prepare for exams to get into university)Sacked: Firedlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel slammed Usain Bolt’s attempt at becoming a professional footballerThe sprint king has been on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months and scored his first two goals as a footballer last week.Bolt has made it clear that he wishes to earn a permanent contract with Mariners after turning down a two-year offer from Maltese champions Valletta.But Babbel, who now coaches fellow A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers, dismissed Bolt as nothing more than a publicity stunt.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“As a PR campaign, it is sensational,” Babbel told Blick.“But, honestly, I cannot take that seriously.“I saw him play. That’s never enough in a hundred years. As a player, I would feel like a fool.”Babbel won nine trophies in total at Bayern, which included three Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Cup in 1996 before retiring in 2007.last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia’s Star Entertainment Group has received state government approval that will see it invest an additional AU$2 billion into a new “mega masterplan” for its Queensland IR development projects in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.The masterplan, a joint project between Star and its Hong-Kong-based partners Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium, includes construction of five new hotel towers at The Star Gold Coast, four of which have been added to earlier plans and will be built on Broadbeach Island along with associated resort facilities. Load More Suncity Group cites “high costs” and “lack of demand” as Australian VIP Clubs closed Domestic growth pushes Star Entertainment Group forward despite reduced spend by International VIPs RelatedPosts Along with the four additional towers, the AU$2 billion-plus expanded masterplan includes multiple new bar and restaurant precincts, increased entertainment and retail options and extensive new resort facilities.“The masterplan in its entirety would see The Star Gold Coast boast more tourism accommodation than any other resort in Australia,” said Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier.“The 3000 hotel rooms and apartments would also exceed what the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands in Singapore offers and be on a scale to compare with the largest integrated resorts in Las Vegas.”Bekier added that the latest segment of the masterplan is over and above the already-committed multi-billion-dollar investments from the consortium partners into Southeast Queensland, including at Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane.“Once the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane transformation is complete, and if The Star Gold Coast masterplan is rolled out in full, we will have tourism assets across SEQ worth around AU$9 billion,” Bekier said.“This includes the original assets on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and the considerable and ongoing investments we have made in both those destinations.“We are delighted to receive the State Government’s approval of our expanded masterplan. Our site at Broadbeach is the perfect location for continued development of tourism assets that will deliver to the Gold Coast an integrated resort capable of competing with the best on a domestic, regional and global basis.“This would be a project of incredible scale, delivering substantial economic benefit to the State from jobs and increased tourism visitation.” Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 Septemberlast_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A memorial bench will soon be installed in the Veterans Lot of the Wildwood Cemetery in honor of the late Lance Corporal Timothy F. Ryan III.Ryan, a lifelong Wilmington resident, graduated from Wilmington High School in 2005 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps soon thereafter. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Ryan was honorably discharged in December 2010. He passed away in May 2011 at the age of 23 after a battle with PTSD.The bench is being donated by friends of Ryan, who organize a Wiffle Ball fundraiser in his name each summer.“It’s a beautiful memorial to Tim and all veterans we’ve lost to PTSD,” said Veterans Director Lou Cimaglia. “I knew Tim. I coached him in Pop Warner. He was a fine young man and a stand-up Marine.”Selectmen unanimously approved Cimaglia’s request, on behalf of Ryan’s friends, at its recent board meeting.The bench will be installed next to the flag pole in the veterans lot, allowing visitors the ability to sit and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Invites Residents To Participate In Memorial Day Ceremonies & ParadeIn “Government”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John F. Conner, 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi:The Congress on Monday dissolved all its district committees in Uttar Pradesh following the party’s dismal performance in Lok Sabha elections in the state. IANS had on June 20 reported that the Congress was considering dissolution of its district committees in Uttar Pradesh. In the Lok Sabha elections, the party won just one seat — Rae Bareli represented by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi — out of the total 89 seats in the state. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us Congress President Rahul Gandhi lost the family stronghold of Amethi to Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani by a margin of 55,000 votes. Congress General Secretary K.C.Venugopal said the action was taken based on proposals given by general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who were in-charge of eastern and western Uttar Pradesh respectively. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us The party has appointed a two-member committee for each Assembly seat going into bypolls in the state. Leader of the Congress in the Assembly Ajay Kumar Lallu has been appointed in-charge of the organisational reshuffle, said an order issued by Venugopal. The order also said that the party will form a three-member disciplinary committee to examine complaints of indiscipline in the party during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party had on June 19 dissolved the Karnataka Congress Committee.last_img read more

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first_imgAs rumored in March, Bethesda has waited until May to reveal that The Elder Scrolls won’t remain a single-player focused series for much longer. Come next year we will all be playing The Elder Scrolls Online MMO.Full details of the game will require you pick up the June edition of Game Informer magazine whose cover you can see above, which should hit stores in the next week. However, some information has dropped to whet our appetites.The Elder Scrolls Online is by no means a new game. Zenimax Online Studios has been working on it for several years, and for that reason alone a launch next year (on PC and Mac) doesn’t seem outside the realms of possibility. At its helm is game director Matt Firor, whose previous MMO successes includes Dark Age of Camelot.As for the game’s setting, the events will center around “daedric prince Molag Bal” with the environment spanning the whole of Tamriel a millennium before Skyrim‘s storyline occurs. In other words, Bethesda is keeping the MMO on a totally separate timeline to the main series, which makes a lot of sense if they want to keep selling both types of game side-by-side.Game Informer is promising a teaser video tomorrow morning, and then a screenshot of the game later in the day. Beyond that, there will be a slow drip feed of information over the coming weeks and months I imagine.Of course, what we all want to know is when does the beta start and how do I get on it? I’m sure Bethesda has a plan in place and hopefully something will become available to play before the year is over.More at Game Informerlast_img read more

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first_imgOhio State looked fine last night, despite what social media saidOhio State trailed 14-13 at halftime, on the road against Indiana last night, causing a predictable social media pile on that the Buckeyes were overrated, and had no shot to contend for a national title.The Buckeyes ended up blowing out the Hoosiers in the second half to win comfortably, and Colin feels as strongly about his prediction they will win the national championship as he did before the game.Ohio State has a re-tooled offense and young secondary, so it’s not shocking a bunch of teenagers didn’t come out firing on all cylinders, in what was the biggest home game in the history of Indiana football.Social media is a distorted reality, and making sweeping conclusions on a snap-by-snap basis is just dumb. The Buckeyes will be fine, despite what Twitter says. NFL players shouldn’t complain about Roger Goodell’s power since they gave it to himEzekiel Elliott awaits the results of the appeal of his six-game suspension, and many reports say it will likely be reduced. Many argue that six games was too harsh of a penalty given the circumstances, and that Roger Goodell is more dictator than commissioner.As often happens, players have vocally expressed outrage that Roger Goodell, alone, wields the power to unilaterally decide suspensions, rather than a more democratic way to levy punishment.Colin thinks it’s ludicrous for players to complain about Goodell’s power, since they approved it in the last collective bargaining negotiations. Additionally, it’s not like they weren’t aware of Goodell’s reputation for harsh punishment when they come into the league. His nickname is “The Sheriff” after all.The best option for NFL players is to not give him the chance to dish out punishment by not getting in compromising situations in the first place. Elliott is a prime example. Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst joins the show to talk overreaction to Ohio State’s opener; what he expects this weekend between FSU and Bama; if Washington has a clear path to the Final Four; and the return of Klatt’s Almost Upset of the Week.Nick Wright –  Host of First Thing’s First joins to explain why Roger Goodell has too much power; why Kyrie Irving isn’t a superstar; and surprisingly defends Andrew Luck.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to discuss Roger Goodell’s power, and why Jim Harbaugh is overrated.Albert Breer – MMQB columnist joins the show to talk Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension appeal, and the potential looming court battle.last_img read more

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first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 45-year-old motorcyclist has died following an accident on a Staffordshire road this afternoon. Police and paramedics were called to the accident on the A518 in Lower Loxley, between Stafford and Uttoxeter, at around 1pm. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The road remains closed while a police investigation into the accident continues – and police are asking for anyone with information to contact them. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the A518 in Lower Loxley. “The incident, involving a motorcycle and a land rover, occurred at approximately 1pm today (24 May). “Colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service attended. Read MoreFirefighters rescue pregnant cow from pond “Sadly, the motorcyclist, a 45-year-old man, died at the scene. The man’s family have been informed, and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. An investigation into the circumstances of the collision is now underway and the road remains closed. “Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 355 of today.” West Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called to reports of a motorcyclist who had been in collision with street furniture on the A518. Read MoreLive: Traffic held due to ‘multi-vehicle’ accident on M6 Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were to the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the man in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and also administered advanced life support. “However, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”last_img read more

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