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The Weeknd to headline Jingle Ball concert in Toronto

first_imgHighlights of last month’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas air Thursday and Friday on CTV Two. The show features performances by U2, Sia, Sting, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and OneRepublic.Bell Media also announced Thursday that the streaming service iHeartRadio is now available in Canada, although its official launch is on Monday.By The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, hits the stage hot off his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he teased new music and revealed a new, more subdued, hairdo.Virgin Mobile says presale tickets for members are available Oct. 8 while general-public ticket sales start Oct. 11. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Homegrown stars The Weeknd and Alessia Cara are among the headliners bound for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Nov. 25 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.The big-ticket lineup also includes the Chainsmokers, Hedley, Serena Ryder, Belly, Kardinal Offishall and Kent Jones.But the buzziest name is sure to be The Weeknd, whose performance will coincide with the worldwide release of his new album, Starboy. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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3-day meet of RSS’ highest policy-making body starts in MP

first_imgGwalior: The annual meeting of the highest policy-making body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) began here on Friday. The meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is being attended by around 1,400 select representatives from 11 regions and 43 provinces (in Sangh parlance) and will also see the participation of its chief Mohan Bhagwat. The convention will deliberate on the current national, social and religious scenarios in the country and pass some important resolutions, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Arun Kumar had earlier told reporters here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! It will also decide the RSS’s year-long programmes on various activities, including those in the field of education, he had said. Seeking to refute any link with the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Kumar had said the meeting is always held in March, and it would have no discussions related to the general election. The concluding session, which will be held on March 10, will see RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi dwelling on issues like Ram temple construction, Pulwama terror attack and India’s air strike on terror camps in Pakistan, Kumar had informed.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka offers relief package to revive tourism industry hit by Easter attacks

first_imgColombo: The Sri Lankan government has announced a one-year debt moratorium and subsidised working capital for the tourism sector as a slew a measures to help revive the tourism industry hit hard by the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The relief package comes as the official tourism arrival figures released on Tuesday, the first monthly report since the terror attacks, showed that Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals declined 7.5 per cent in April 2019 compared to the same period last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said April recorded 166,975 foreign tourists in the country compared to 180,429 in April 2018, a 7.5 per cent dip in arrival of tourists from abroad. State Minister for Finance Eran Wickremeratne said the debt moratorium will be given by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to tourism sector institutions and individuals, on a case-by-case basis. The moratorium period will be until March 31, 2020 for both capital and interest payments granted to the tourism sector as of April 18, 2019, the minister said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe interest subsidy is borne by the government on outstanding credit facilities, both capital and interest, he said. The working capital debt and interest will be treated as separate loans to be repaid from July 2020. Working capital loans will be based on revenue of hotels. Up to 75 per cent of the interest will be subsidised, the state minister said. The Value Added Tax on hotels will also be reduced to 5 per cent from 15 per cent, Wickremeratne said. Duty free importation will be allowed for security equipment such as handheld metal detectors, walk-through metal detectors, baggage x ray inspection equipment and vehicle scanners. The bombings, which targeted three Christian churches and three Colombo hotels, killed over 250 people, including 44 foreigners, and injured over 500, including 37 foreigners. Tourism industry officials said there have been 70 per cent cancellations of prior bookings after the attacks. The US, China, the UK, India and Australia were among the countries which issued travel warnings on Sri Lanka following the blasts carried out by local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ).last_img read more

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Field hockey knocks off Michigan

An offensive burst led the No. 19 Ohio State field hockey team to a win over rival Michigan Sunday.Sophomore forward Maria Briones led the Buckeyes with two first-half goals in the 4-3 victory.Freshman forward Berta Queralt also scored in the first half for the Buckeyes. Queralt drilled her shot into the top shelf, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0.“It was just a beautiful goal,” coach Anne Wilkinson said. Michigan struck back just two minutes later, but Briones’ second goal pushed the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-1 at the half. Early in the second half, OSU increased the lead to three when junior Aisling McKeon finished a pass from Queralt.Both Briones and Queralt admitted that the Buckeyes relaxed after building the three-goal lead, letting Michigan back into the game. The letdown forced the Buckeyes to fend off a late Michigan rally led by midfielder Meredith Way, who finished the game with two goals and an assist.The Wolverines scored two unanswered goals, making it 4-3. “They kept coming at us, which we knew they would,” Wilkinson said.The Buckeyes are now 3-2 against the Wolverines in their last five meetings. OSU also improved to 8-1 at home this season and has won 10 of its last 11 games overall.The Buckeyes improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten with the victory and are now second place in the conference. OSU will battle Michigan State for the conference’s top spot Wednesday in East Lansing, Mich. MSU is currently first in the Big Ten at 3-0. read more

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Archbishop of Canterbury preparing for Royal wedding by listening to Stormzy

Stormzy performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017 Credit:WireImage The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby In March he officiated as she was baptised and confirmed into the church in a secret ceremony, describing it as “beautiful” and “very special”. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin WelbyCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for the Daily Telegraph Stormzy performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017  “I’ve made a couple of cack-handed mistakes over the last couple of weddings I’ve been involved in and I’m thinking this is probably not a good moment to make it a hat-trick.”He has previously admitted to fearing he might drop the ring during the service Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When asked by presenter Lorna Bailey how he’s preparing himself, the Archbishop said a line from grime artist Stormzy’s song, Blinded By Your Grace, was helping him in the run up to the nuptials.Mr Welby explained: “There’s a line in that – ‘I stay prayed up and get the job done’ – I think that sort of sums it up. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Archbishop of Canterbury is taking inspiration from a Stormzy song as he nervously prepares for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.The Most Rev Justin Welby will officiate the highly anticipated ceremony on May 19, but even the Church of England’s most senior cleric is not safe from the nerves of the big day.Speaking on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire he told of how he is preparing for the ceremony.Mr Welby said: “I’m always nervous at weddings because it is such an important day for the couple – whoever they are.” Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:WireImage The Archbishop, who is the second most senior figure in the church after the Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, has already had an instrumental role in preparing Ms Markle for the wedding. read more

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Man found dead following suspected hitandrun

first_imgA MAN HAS been found dead following what gardaí believe to have been a hit-and-run incident in Co Clare.The man’s body was found in Tobairtaoscain, Ennis, Co Clare, shortly after 10pm last night.Gardaí are now investigating what they believe to be a fatal hit-and-run incident in which the man was killed.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have been in his late 20s.The area has been sealed off for a technical investigation.last_img

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Greenpeace 12 millitants jugés pour avoir bloqué un convoi duranium

first_imgGreenpeace : 12 millitants jugés pour avoir bloqué un convoi d’uranium France – Douze militants de Greenpeace vont être jugés par le tribunal correctionnel de Créteil pour avoir bloqué en mars dernier un convoi d’uranium en provenance d’Areva à destination de la Russie. Des peines allant de 750 à 1.500 euros d’amende ont été requises contre les écologistes.Dans le cadre de sa campagne dénonçant l’envoi d’uranium appauvri en Russie par Areva, Greenpeace a bloqué de nombreux convois ces derniers mois. Dans la nuit du 10 au 11 mars dernier, douze militants se sont ainsi enchaînés aux voies de chemin de fer et aux wagons d’un train pour bloquer l’un des convois en provenance de l’usine Areva de Pierrelatte dans la Drôme. Ils réclamaient un “moratoire sur l’exportation de déchets nucléaires”. Jugés pour entrave à la circulation d’un train, ils connaîtront la décision du tribunal le 3 mai prochain.À lire aussiGreenpeace : une vidéo choc pour sauver la Grande barrière de corail Le procureur a requis des peines d’amende allant de 750 à 1.500 euros, tandis que Greenpeace s’insurge contre ce procès “absurde”. Yannick Rousselet, porte-parole de l’association, regrette qu’il soit “reproché aux militants de Greenpeace d’avoir enfreint la loi française encadrant la circulation des transports de marchandises alors qu’ils s’opposaient à un trafic scandaleux et opaque de déchets nucléaires dangereux qui échappe à toute réglementation”. Et d’ajouter : “La France laisse Areva et EDF faire en Russie ce qu’elle considère comme un crime sur son territoire national”.En tant que partie civile au procès, la SNCF a chiffré son préjudice à près de 83.000 euros, assurant que le blocage du convoi avait affecté la circulation de quatre-vingt-trois de ses trains. Le 22 avril 2010 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Expect Familiar Faces in Better Call Saul Season Three

first_imgSeason three of Better Call Saul is on its way, and AMC just released a new teaser featuring our favorite slimy lawyer being literally added to a lineup.#BetterCallSaul is back in the line-up this spring. pic.twitter.com/tNEKz3v3HK— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) January 3, 2017The best part of the show has been watching the slow transformation of Jimmy McGill from (mostly) honest advocate for the elderly to the slick, shady criminal lawyer we know from Breaking Bad. Actor Bob Odenkirk has teased in the past that a major event will steal Jimmy’s innocence and compassion, turning him into Saul. Could the teaser be showing us part of that?Fans should also maybe brush up on Breaking Bad. References to Saul’s parent series are expected to flow freely in the upcoming season. Why? Well, on Dec. 15, 2016, the Better Call Saul Twitter account posted a tweet promising “more Breaking Bad to come” in season three. The tweet also contained a video supercut of Breaking Bad references from the show.There’s more @BreakingBad_AMC to come in #BetterCallSaul Season 3. pic.twitter.com/irkE9tJ4hF— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) December 15, 2016Even more exciting, we can expect more than just a few offhand references from season three. A few major characters will likely make their spinoff debut. Most notably, we know that Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) will return thanks to some savvy fans picking up on the clues in season two’s episode titles.In an interview with Vanity Fair back in April, show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould said they were impressed with how quickly fans figured out that Fring would return. Though, Gilligan did say they were hoping to keep the note at the end of season two a mystery for at least a few months. So much for that.Gilligan also mentioned that just because Fring is back, we shouldn’t expect to see him right away. He’s going to be the same man we knew and feared in Breaking Bad: Cautious and hard to find.Fring isn’t the only character who might return this season. According to a Huffington Post interview with Betsy Brandt, who played Walter White’s sister-in-law Marie, there’s a possibility that she and Hank (Dean Norris) will appear. “You know, it’s definitely been discussed, and I feel like that’s something that we could see,” she said.Better Call Saul will return to AMC for its third season this spring.Well is this doesn’t confirm it…I’m back!! What you’ve been waiting for, the rise of Gus is coming! Check this out…#PollosHermanos pic.twitter.com/CLQubJVWNK— Giancarlo Esposito (@quiethandfilms) January 11, 2017last_img read more

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Volkswagen plans job rotation for key roles to improve oversight

first_imgVolkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) plans to limit the time staff can remain in certain roles, its supervisory board chairman told a German weekly, in a step to improve oversight at the German carmaker.VW said in September it had cheated U.S. emissions tests and installed software capable of deceiving regulators, wiping billions of euros off its market value and forcing out its long-standing chief executive.”We are planning a rotation principle for certain functions. The employees concerned will spend only a limited time in certain positions before moving on,” Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told Welt am Sonntag in an interview.Earlier this month, the carmaker said only a small group of employees was responsible for the incidents and there was no indication board members were involved in what has become the biggest business crisis in VW’s history.It said then that future engine software would be developed “with a four-eye principle”.Chairman Poetsch told Welt am Sonntag that increasing job rotations would pose a challenge due to the high complexity of some of the roles, but said VW could draw on the expertise of employees across the group.”It’s easier said than done. There are few employees that are able to program an engine control unit. But we have these people across the different brands. For example, experts at Audi (NSUG.DE) could switch to Porsche and from Porsche to VW and so on,” Poetsch was quoted as saying.last_img read more

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WATCH Priyanka Gandhi mocks PM Modis cloudradar theory about Balakot airstrikes

first_img Close Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressed a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.TwitterCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “cloud-radar” theory on Balakot airstrikes where he suggested that during the operation clouds could prevent Pakistani radar from detecting Indian fighter planes.Addressing a rally in Indore’s Rajwada Chowk in Madhya Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi said that PM Modi is such a “defence expert that he thought, the weather is cloudy and the planes won’t come on radars”.Watch the video here:#WATCH Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress in Indore, Madhya Pradesh: He is such a defence expert that he himself decided who will manufacture planes, he decided those who have never made a plane in their lives will make it…..He thought, weather is cloudy, it won’t come on radar. pic.twitter.com/ZnnoZd5xM8— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2019Amid cheers from the crowd, the Congress leader stepped up her attack on PM Modi. Priyanka Gandhi said that Modi promised a corruption-free government but went ahead and perpetrated a “Rs 30,000 crore Rafale scam”. “He is such a defence expert that he himself decided who will manufacture planes, he decided those who have never made a plane in their lives will make it,” she said.In an interview aired on May 11, PM Modi had said, “The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large, the opinion of experts was – what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy… second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have raw wisdom, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed.”The comments that were made by PM Modi in the interview was shared by the official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and BJP Gujarat pages. Later, the tweets were deleted. But, the video of PM Modi’s interview went viral on social media with jokes and memes on his cloud theory.Taking on PM Modi for berating the achievements of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, she said Modi was like a school student, who knowing that he would lose the race, deliberately falls and starts blaming others for it.She further alleged that the Prime Minister had no time for the poor and the one time she saw a photograph of him holding a child in his arms, it turned out to be that of BJP chief Amit Shah’s grandchild and not of some ordinary citizen.Modi is a “cowardly” politician as he does not have the courage to listen to the voice of the public, she told the gathering. Eight parliamentary seats of Madhya Pradesh will vote for the last phase of polling on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23; results will be declared on the same date. PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of lovelast_img read more

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Rohingyas to be shifted UN calls Myanmar brutality unfathomable

first_imgThis file photo taken on 10 October 2017 shows Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar arrive at the Naf river in Whaikyang, Bangladesh border. In a final report released on 18 September, a UN probe says six members of Myanmar`s military including commander-in-chief senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Vice Senior General Soe Win should be investigated for `genocide` against the Rohingya after more than 700,000 from the Muslim minority were driven into Bangladesh since August last year. — Photo: AFPBangladesh will next month start moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island, officials said Tuesday, despite warnings the silty strip is prone to violent weather.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled on 3 October to officially open newly-constructed shelters for the displaced Muslims on Bhashan Char, a muddy islet that only emerged from the Bay of Bengal in 2006.The controversial plan is already behind schedule. Officials previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon began.The navy has fast-tracked construction of shelters and evacuation centres for 100,000 refugees and nearly three-quarters of the project is complete, a senior disaster management official told AFP.”Initially, 50 to 60 Rohingya families will be relocated in the first phase beginning next month,” said the official, Habibul Kabir Chowdhury.Bangladesh, a low-lying riverine country vulnerable to rising sea levels, is prone to tropical cyclones, especially in the Bay of Bengal between April and November.Hundreds of thousands have died from natural disasters in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.The plan to relocate refugees there was revived after 700,000 Rohingya Muslims, fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into southeast Bangladesh and overwhelmed existing refugee camps.Rights groups have warned the silty strip is uninhabitable and prone to flooding and other natural disasters, and urged Bangladesh to drop the idea.But the government pumped $280 million last November into transforming it into a habitable site.A navy official told AFP a three-metre-high (nine feet) embankment had been erected around the entire island to make it flood-resistant.”We’re ready to receive refugees,” he said, asking for anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the press.Secretary of the disaster ministry, Shah Kamal, said the refugees would be able to access humanitarian relief on the island and receive training in skills such as fishing.Officials say refugees will not be forced to leave existing camps in Cox’s Bazar district, among the most crowded places on earth and prone to landslides, disease and other dangers.”If we can ensure full humanitarian assistance to them, I don’t see any reason why they won’t come to the island. We’ll convince them,” said Chowdhury, the disaster official.Myanmar military brutality ‘hard to fathom’AFP reports from Geneva: The level of brutality used by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya minority is “hard to fathom”, a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.”It is hard to fathom the level of brutality of Tatmadaw operations, its total disregard for civilian life,” Marzuki Darusman, who heads a fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar, told the UN Human Rights Council, referring to the nation’s military.He presented the mission’s 444-page report which lays out in horrifying detail a vast array of violations committed by Myanmar’s powerful military, especially against the Rohingya Muslims.A brutal military crackdown last year forced more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee over the border to Bangladesh. Demands have mounted for those who waged the campaign to face justice.Myanmar’s army has denied nearly all wrongdoing, insisting its campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017.But the UN team said the military’s tactics had been “consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats”.The report said an estimated 10,000 people were killed in the crackdown and that was likely a conservative figure.In his presentation Tuesday, Darusman detailed massacres in Rohingya villages, describing how people unable to escape “were rounded up and separated by sex.””The men were systematically killed. Children were shot, thrown into the river or onto a fire.”Women and girls meanwhile were routinely gang-raped, with many of them “physically and mentally tortured while being raped,” he said, pointing out that many had been severely bitten, in what appeared to be “akin to a form of branding.”Darusman said the “scale, cruelty and systematic nature (of the sexual violence) reveal beyond doubt that rape is used as a tactic of war.””We have concluded that… the acts of the Tatmadaw and other security forces fall within four of the five categories of genocidal acts,” he said.”All the circumstances are such as to warrant an inference of genocidal intent.”A shorter version of the mission’s report, published last month, had already called for Myanmar’s army chief to resign and for him and five other top military commanders to be prosecuted in an international court for genocide.The longer version, presented Tuesday, also called for Myanmar’s military, which dominates the Buddhist-majority nation — holding a quarter of all seats in parliament and controlling three ministries — to be completely removed from politics.Darusman lamented that Myanmar’s government had not cooperated with the mission’s probe.”Democracy requires a government that accepts scrutiny,” he said, stressing that “it requires a legal framework that guarantees these rights for all, without discrimination.””In this regard, the democratic transition in Myanmar had barely begun and now it has come to a standstill.”last_img
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How MONDO Collectibles Bring Art to Fandom Merch

first_imgStay on target You’re probably familiar with MONDO given the waves the company makes every time it drops a new limited-edition poster or screenprint. Those prints, which are made by a curated selection of artists and come in limited quantities, often sell out almost instantly. The company also boasts a deep selection of special-edition vinyl records drawing from the most fascinating corners of film score lore. But the brand’s collectibles division has stepped its game up in a big way over the last few years, making a strong impression with a wide array of products. From sixth-scale action figures to collectible Tiki mugs to enamel pins, they bring an artistry to fandom merchandise and collectibles you don’t see often these days.Geek.com recently had the chance to chat with Brock Otterbacher, the division’s Creative Director, to talk about the company’s upcoming slate of releases, what goes into making a great MONDO Collectible, and how the brand has gone about bringing the love and care we’ve learned to expect from MONDO into the world of toys and collectibles.Geek.com: Let’s start from the top: how did MONDO Collectibles get started?Brock Otterbacher: Yeah! About six years ago one of our former creative directors had asked me to come on board and start a toy line. I had been at Sideshow Collectibles and left around 2011. We had worked with MONDO while I was at Sideshow so a couple years later out of the blue he told me they wanted to start a toy line and wanted to know if I could help. It was pretty unglamorous! Just, “Hey, do you wanna start a toy line?” “Yeah!” And that was that.Geek.com: Between the brand’s presence at SDCC and a bunch of announcements that came up around that time, what do fans have to look forward to in the near future from MONDO Collectibles?BO: We do all kinds of products, everything from small vinyl figures to statues to Tiki mugs. So as we’re going into the next few months there are a few more figures from our Masters of the Universe ⅙-scale line coming up. The first preorders for our Mondo Mecha series, which is gonna be our all-encompassing robot line, will be up soon. We’re taking Captain America and reinterpreting him as a Japanese-influenced mecha. We’re going to be reinterpreting a number of characters but also including characters that are already robots as well. We’re starting with Cap and a new version of our previously-released Iron Giant. Originally it was a 16-inch but this one is going to be 12-inches. It’ll be a little more affordable and hopefully people who missed out on the first one can get in on it. We also just launched our MONDOIDS line, our collection of vinyl figures with interchangeable heads. They’re very much influenced by the gross-out toys of the ‘80s like Madballs that we grew up on. Series 1 ships in October. It’s our excuse to have fun with every license possible. It’s got everything from Gremlins to Marvel to Jurassic Park.Geek.com: Yeah, speaking of which, you guys work with a ton of incredible properties. There’s such a wide array, so I’m curious to know how you and your team go about deciding if a property is a good fit for MONDO.BO: That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? It’s a little experience, a little science, a little math, and a little black magic. I always try to look at it in terms of what niches we can fill in this world. What hasn’t been done yet? Years ago when we were first talking about doing something for Masters of the Universe I realized I had never seen a sixth-scale He-Man before. It was an easy call. But in the case of our Batman: The Animated Series line, I’d always wanted to see versions of those characters done in a way that as much as possible matched the animated series itself. Because of the size we’re able to hide articulation a little bit better and we can make them appear as though they’re animated cels.Geek.com: Yeah, it’s interesting how they compare to other figures produced in tandem with the series and it’s wild how much it looks, as you said, like an animated cel drawing.BO: That was always the big push. We do have an advantage of working from a larger scale than others have, and I think what DC Collectibles has done with their B:TAS line is great. But when afforded the much larger size, you can do a lot more with the articulation, paint, etcetera. But that’s kind of what we look for: places we can fill the gaps.And with our Mecha line, part of the joy is reinterpreting characters. That’s just something I’d never seen before. I’d seen it done as customs, you know, painting a Gundam like Wolverine, but what if there was a licensed product built that way from the ground up? What would Captain America look like as a giant anime robot? It’s using imagination and working with a lot of great people to figure out what fits the best. It’s hard to define what does and doesn’t. I can pretty much say yes or no if you shout out a name. It’s a gut feeling.Geek.com: I think that speaks very well to the way the brand has defined itself. You can pretty much name a property and know immediately if it’s a MONDO property.BO: Yeah, and we’ve totally tried to reach outside of our comfort zone before. We did Cass and Jesse from Preacher and, you know, they didn’t do gangbusters but the product turned out really well. That was more of an experiment in figuring out if we could do a fully rendered painting reinterpreted in 3D sculpture as close as possible, with a paint job that forced the lighting and perspective of a painting on it. I think they look great. It wasn’t the smash-hit we’d hoped it would be but it still turned out good. Even if it didn’t blow up, we still have a good product that comes out of it and reached outside of our comfort zones. There’s always room to try something new, to take a risk.Preacher: Cassidy Statue (Photo Credit: Mondo)Geek.com: Is that pretty comparable to what you guys did with the Batman: Red Rain statue?BO: Kind of! That’s one of three instances in which we made a product that started as a poster, the other notable one being the Harley Quinn one. We have the rights to be able to reinterpret our posters as statues and right away I was like, I can imagine how this one would go. Same with the Harley Quinn one. In the case of the other, our Spider-Gwen statue, it was already going to be a poster but we looked at it and kind of helped push it towards something that would be a little more approachable as a statue. Sometimes you work with artists who have already made a poster, sometimes you help push a poster’s design towards something you can work with. And in the case of the Preacher ones we knew it was going to be reinterpreted as a statue from the start. As a toy collectible division we work with a lot of artists who don’t do posters but are amazing in their own right, from sculptors to printers.Geek.com: Walk us through the process of what it’s like to create one of your sixth-scale figures.BO: It’s different for every product we do. Those are developed a bit differently from statues. We always start with an idea that turns into a concept. How will we approach this? Are we reinterpreting it? Are we being accurate to the character? Once the concept is done and approval is given, we work with a sculptor. Within that, there’s a lot of other factors. With sculpting you’re turning a piece of 2D art into something 3D. Some things already transfer well, some things have to be adjusted or revised. We may say hey, let’s add a metal cap to the end of He-Man’s scabbard as a nod to Battle Cat. Or we’ll adjust his face a little more or add a new accessory. All of that happens in sculpting.Generally from there, if it’s hand-sculpted it gets molded. If it’s digitally sculpted we make a 3D print of it. From there we do multiple 3D prints and refine it, and from there we go to painting. That’s the phase that really solidifies the product. You don’t actually know what the thing is REALLY going to look like until you see it painted. At SDCC we had a number of products that I’d seen in every single phase of but hadn’t seen assembled and painted. Once I see them put together though, that’s when I fully see what we’re doing. From there we go to the factories and develop our packaging, the sort of second cherry on top after painting. We try to make them a work of art in and of themselves.Geek.com: The boxes are very well-designed, yeah. They’re worth keeping and really complete the package.BO: We’re a company that was founded on two-dimensional art, you know, prints and posters and record sleeves. That’s why people buy our stuff, the art. Why not have that on our packaging and our 3D products?Geek.com: Is there a single piece or product that the company has made that you’d consider your favorite?BO: Tough one. One of our first was the larger scale Iron Giant figure. A lot of talented people worked on it and our factory really killed it in terms of production. Nobody had really touched Iron Giant in 15, 20 years so I’m pretty proud of that. I think it’s more, to me, looking at our He-Man line or Batman line. I always try to do something familiar but new, something that makes you look at it and go oh, I haven’t seen that before. So for example, Mattel never did a Skeletor figure with an articulated skull. Jaw, yes, but a full skull that you can make look around in his hood? Never been done. So we did that in ours, and it’s such a minimal thing but it’s a cool touch. That’s what I find myself most proud of, the thing you don’t even realize is there until you’re holding the figure and see it.More on Geek.com:The Most Powerful ‘He-Man’ ToysThe Craziest and Coolest Batman ToysWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsToy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ Toys last_img read more

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Rural is urban with a time lag

first_imgKolkata: Rural is urban with a time lag, said Alpana Parida, managing director, DY Works, while addressing the third edition of the Rural Marketing Dialogue organised by CII.Parida said that the drivers of “behaviour and motivation” in rural areas are different from the urban ones. The belief system in rural areas is pegged on revering abundance, socio-economic and socio-political power and uncertain future. This, in turn, influences rural buying patterns, according to Parida. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe told the marketing strategists, decision-makers, CEOs and academics present at the seminar that products that cater to “sensorial fulfilment”, have a better scope in rural India as wealth and success are very “visible” and not “line items on paper”. While giving examples of rural beliefs and trends, Parida said as villages have grown up on local drinks which are healthy and substantial, drinks manufacturers can look at innovative health beverages to get a grip on this market. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedParida stressed that rural marketing is more than “small packets, shiny packaging” and the specific product innovations, blending with the environment and belief structures of this unique and integral part of India, would go a long way in successfully establishing various brands. Rajesh Shukla, managing director & CEO of People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (PRICE), said with “39% of rural rich spread across 600,000 villages across India” and with “55% of the national income coming in from the villages”, desegregation of information across geographies and understanding attitudes are keys to the success of rural economy. The Rural Marketing Dialogue focused on the rural FMCG sale that is estimated to be $100 billion, up from the current $12 billion, by 2025.last_img read more

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Poultry Feed Market on Target to Reach 1577151 Million by 2023

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “Poultry Feed Market by Feed Type and Region: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025,” the global poultry feed market size is expected to account for $157,715.1 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2019 to 2023. In 2018, the complete feed segment led the poultry feed market, followed by the concentrates segment. Growth of the complete feed segment is supplemented by rise in global population, increase in poultry meat demand, and surge in poultry production.Download Sample PDF Brochure: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5392According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the demand for food is estimated to grow by 60% between 2010 and 2050, whereas the demand for animal protein is expected to grow by around 1.7% per year. Thus, this factor is expected to contribute toward the growth of the poultry feed market during the forecast period.Increase in investments in poultry feed mills, poultry houses (for both broiler and egg production), and slaughterhouses is currently booming in Western and Eastern Africa. The investments in Africa are done by local people, international agribusiness firms that are already involved in businesses in Africa, international agribusiness firms seeking for new opportunities, or African countries (such as Morocco or South Africa) that are investing in neighboring countries. For example, Sedima, a giant of the Western African French-speaking countries, was established in 1976 with only 120 chicks. Over the years, Sedima witnessed a number of improvements and investments. Presently, the company owns a slaughterhouse with stork equipment and with a capacity of 4,000 to 6,000 chicks per hour. In addition, it works in collaboration with KFC to supply its broiler meat. Thus, investment in poultry infrastructure throughout African region is expected to accelerate the growth of the poultry feed market.Furthermore, rise in animal protein demand is expected to remain a key driving factor of the global poultry feed market during the forecast period. In addition, increase in demand for fast food and processed food coupled with rise in poultry exports from Asia-Pacific is expected to further strengthen the market growth. Moreover, upsurge in poultry consumption in North America on account of rising beef prices is expected to contribute toward the market growth. Lenient government regulations regarding the use of feed additives to boost the quality of poultry feed in countries such as China, India, and Brazil is expected to further complement global poultry feed market growth. In addition, lack of any religious implications on poultry meat that are associated with beef and pork drive the growth of the market. However, surge in prevalence of poultry diseases, such as bird flu, is expected to restrain the market growth.Make an Enquiry for Promocode Of Discounted Price: @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5392The global poultry feed market is segmented based on feed type and region. Depending on feed type, the market is classified into complete feed, concentrates, and premix. Complete feed is a mixture of various concentrate feed ingredients in suitable proportion. Commonly used ingredients in poultry feed include grains, barley, maize, minerals and vitamins among others. This nutritional feed consists of grains, and protein supplement such as soybean meal, maize, along with added minerals and vitamins. The nutrition or feed requirement of poultry birds depend on various factors such as age, weight, rate of egg production, growth rate, and climatic condition among others. Thus, the above factors have resulted into wide variety of feed formulations. The cost of complete feed is also low mainly due to low cost of ingredient and higher production that is expected to escalate the market growth.According to FAO, annual meat consumption in China alone is predicted to increase from about 50 kg per capita today to approximately 70 kg per capita by 2030. Moreover, rapid urbanization and increase in disposable income in the region are expected to be the prime drivers of the market. In addition, rise in government initiatives to increase meat production to meet the rising food demand is expected to boost the market growth.Top Key Players: Cargill Inc., Cargill Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., Alltech, ADM Animal Nutrition, Perdue Farms Inc., J.D. Heiskell & Co., Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., Hi-Pro Feeds, Inc., and Southern States Cooperative.Key Findings of the Poultry Feed Market:Based on feed type, the complete feed segment was the highest contributor to the global poultry feed market in 2018, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6%.The concentrates segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% from 2019 to 2023.The premix segment is estimated to register a CAGR of 9.5% from 2019 to 2023.Asia-Pacific held the largest market poultry feed market share in 2018, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2019 to 2023.For more Market Insights, Visit: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/poultry-feed-marketAbout Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Three LGBTI activists killed in Mexico over the weekend

first_imgThey found Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega, and Carlos Uriel López in Taxco, a city within the Mexican state of Guerrero.The Washington Blade reports the men were at a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday when ‘a group of men tried to extort money from them’.They refused and the group of men returned, forcibly placing the three activists in a van before driving away. One local paper showed photos of their deaths — they appeared to be fatally shot in the head. Another said they were tortured before their deaths.‘The loss is for a society that demands equality’All three men were active in Mexico’s LGBTI community.Estrada, 35, organized Taxco’s annual Pride march as well as a gay beauty contest. López was his partner.‘We are sad, depressed,’ Gaby Soberanis of the LGBTI group Diversidad Guerrero told the Washington Blade.‘They were young. They had a future ahead of them. The entire state’s LGBTI rights movement is sad, is in mourning.’Lol Kin Castañeda, a lesbian activist and a member of the Mexico City Constituent Assembly, tweeted about their deaths. She also tagged Guerrero Gov. Héctor Astudillo. GAYSTARNEWS- Rubén Estrada, one of the activists | Photo: Facebook/OBITUARIO TAXQUEÑO Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Taxco, Guerrero asesinaron a mis compañeros activistas LGBTTTI Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega y Carlos Uriel López. Mis condolencias a sus familiares y amistades. La pérdida es para una sociedad que exige igualdad, libertad y fin a la violencia.Exigimos justicia @HectorAstudillo— Lol Kin Castañeda Ba (@lolkincast) June 18, 2018The tweet reads: ‘The loss is for a society that demands equality, freedom and an end to violence. We demand justice.’Activists often condemn anti-LGBTI stances and violence in Mexico.Earlier this year, a gay couple from California were shot while on vacation in the country.Mexico was also one of the deadliest countries, along with Brazil, for trans men and women in 2016. That same year, a congressional committee rejected a same-sex marriage bill.Most recently, FIFA is opening disciplinary hearings against the country for their fans using anti-gay slurs at the World Cup.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Authorities found the bodies of three LGBTI activists shot dead in Mexico on Sunday (17 June). LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupPolice review 88 gay Sydney murders and admit ‘we got it wrong’Chechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/three-lgbti-activists-killed-mexico/last_img read more

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Cancun to host free pet sterilization clinic

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Veterinary clinics in the city of Cancun are offering a free spay and neuter clinic to cat and dog owners.The free clinic will be held April 28 and 29 to help curb the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the city. The sterilization campaign is organized by Cancun veterinary clinics and civil organizations who will be assisted by dozens of volunteers.City residents wishing to have their pet sterilized can participate in the clinic with recognized photo identification. The clinic will begin at 8:00 a.m. on both days and will be held at the Serapio Rendón Alcocer primary school of Supermanzana 77.Veterinarians say they have a limit of 100 pets per day. To take advantage of the free spay and neuter campaign, residents can simply show up with their identification and their pet.In March, the municipality of Solidaridad held a free vaccination clinic around various parts of Playa del Carmen for National Anti-rabies Vaccination Week.Every year, several free sterilization and vaccination campaigns are held throughout the state, mostly in the high-temperate months. Additional campaigns will be held again in August.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Malawi says no Sudanese leader AU says no summit

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Associated PressBLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) – Malawi won’t host an African Union summit next month after a dispute over the southern African country’s refusal to host Sudan’s leader, who faces war crimes charges, the vice president said Friday.“Much as Malawi has obligations to the AU, it has also other obligations,” Vice President Khumbo Kachali said in a statement on state radio. “The Cabinet has decided not to host the summit.” Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Last month, Britain said its central bank would work directly with the Reserve Bank of Malawi to help it cope with the impact of currency devaluation. Also last month, Britain _ a former ruler of Malawi _ pledged 20 million pounds ($32 million) to help stabilize the Malawian economy and 10 million pounds for the country’s health system.Last year, Mutharika expelled Britain’s High Commissioner to Malawi after the envoy was quoted in a local newspaper as expressing concern that the president was increasingly intolerant of criticism and asserting that human rights were under attack. Britain, then indefinitely suspended aid to Malawi, which in the end invited the envoy back.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Earlier, according to Kachali, the government had received a letter from the AU saying that it had no right to dictate who could attend the AU summit set to open July 6, and if it insisted on barring Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, the summit would be moved to AU headquarters in Ethiopia. Summits normally rotate among AU members states.Joyce Banda has steered an independent path for Malawi since stepping in as president in April after the sudden death in office of Bingu wa Mutharika. Mutharika had welcomed al-Bashir at a regional summit last year.Sudan’s al-Bashir has visited African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries despite International Criminal Court warrants for his arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.Speaking at a news conference in May, Banda said a visit by Sudan’s president would be frowned upon by Malawi’s international donors.Banda has worked to repair ties with donors strained by her predecessor. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund said it and Malawi had agreed to a three-year, $157 million aid package. The IMF had described its work in Malawi as off-track under Mutharika, who had refused to devalue the currency as the IMF had advised. In May, Malawi devalued its currency by one third. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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US repatriates remains of Vietnam War servicemen

first_img Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. officials have sent what are believed to be the remains of at least three American servicemen killed during the Vietnam War to the United States for identification.Army Lt. Col. Patrick Keane of the U.S. command in Hanoi whose job is to account for Americans missing in action says the remains are believed to be those of servicemen killed in plane crashes. They were recovered in the past month in three central Vietnamese provinces _ Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Nam.center_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 treatments for adult scoliosis A repatriation ceremony took place Friday at Danang International Airport.According to the U.S. office, 689 sets of remains have been repatriated from Vietnam since the war ended in 1975. Another 1,664 Americans are still unaccounted for from the war, including 1,282 in Vietnam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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