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Pak PM holds NSC meet amidst IndoPak tension

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee to hold consultations with the country’s top civil and military leadership over the sudden spike in tensions with India. Khan called the meeting after the army alleged that India used cluster bombs to target the civilian population in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Indian Army on Saturday termed as “lies and deceit” Pakistan’s allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control. The NSC meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other top officials. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a series of tweets, Khan said that it’s time for US President Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue. “President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken” by Indian forces, he said, adding that this has the “potential to blow up into a regional crisis”. Last month, Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied Modi making any such request. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn another tweet, Khan said the people of Kashmir “must be allowed to exercise their right to self determination according to UN SC resolutions.” “The only road to peace & security in South Asia runs through a peaceful & just settlement of Kashmir,” he tweeted. He also alleged that India was using “cluster munitions” and asked the UN Security Council to take note of this. Khan also condemned alleged Indian attacks on the civilian population. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the political leadership of Pakistan needs to come on the same page and “send a message of unity and solidarity”. Also, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday asked Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Dr. Yousuf Ahmed Al-Othaimeen to take notice of the situation in Kashmir, state-run Radio Pakistan reported. Secretary General of OIC assured the Foreign Minister for taking notice on situation and to extend full cooperation. Earlier Sunday, chairing an emergency consultative meeting at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Qureshi alleged that Indian “designs are an attempt to disrupt the regional peace.”last_img read more

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Smallbudget indie flick Maudie becomes Atlantic Canadas hottest movie

first_imgHALIFAX – The small-budget biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis has become an unlikely Atlantic Canadian blockbuster.“Maudie” is the region’s No. 2 film, with a higher per-screen average last weekend than the top-grossing The Fate of the Furious, according to Mongrel Media, the film’s distributor.“‘Maudie’ had a weekend per-screen average of $7,239 in the Atlantic provinces,” Alison Zimmer, Mongrel’s theatrical sales co-ordinator, said Wednesday.“It definitely over-performed in Atlantic Canada.”The drama stars Oscar-nominated British actor Sally Hawkins as the reclusive Nova Scotia artist whose hands were riddled with arthritis, and American Ethan Hawke as her fish peddler husband, Everette.It opened in limited release on April 14, and is currently being shown on 30 screens, half in the Atlantic region. A total of 75 screens will play “Maudie” across Canada by this weekend, including theatres in Corner Brook, N.L., and Antigonish, Amherst and Truro, N.S.People have lined up around the block at some theatres, and at least one Halifax junior high school plans a field trip Thursday to see it.The success has exceeded initial expectations, said Zimmer, although she adds that she knew Maudie would be an East Coast hit — it is set in Nova Scotia and was filmed in Newfoundland.“Seven of the top 10 theatres were in Atlantic Canada this past weekend,” said Zimmer during an interview.The independent Fundy Cinema in Wolfville, N.S., planned two showings, but owner Noemi Volovics added two more after they entirely sold out.“‘Maudie’ has done very well for us,” Volovics said. “I would say probably more than half of the audience (are people who) never come to this theatre.”Aisling Walsh directed and Sherry White wrote the Canada-Ireland co-production. It has received critical acclaim at various festivals around the world and captured the Super Channel People’s Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.Lewis, who lived in poverty for most of her life, sold her paintings from her home near Digby, N.S., for as little as $2 and $3. She died in 1970, but her paintings have since sold for up to $22,000.Two of her works were ordered by the White House during Richard Nixon’s presidency after Lewis achieved national attention through an article in the Star Weekly and was featured in a CBC TV documentary.Zimmer said they expect the film to be released in the United States, U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan later this year.A Halifax native, Zimmer said she understands why the film was so successful in the Atlantic provinces.“It’s a story of a Canadian female artist, which is something we don’t get the opportunity to see very often,” she said.“There’s a lot of pride.”last_img read more

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Schools close as spring snow storm tracks toward Maritime provinces

first_imgHALIFAX – Schools are closing across the Maritime provinces as a spring snow storm tracks toward the region.Environment Canada says between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow is expected in P.E.I., northern Nova Scotia and eastern New Brunswick by Thursday evening.Meanwhile, southern and eastern parts of Nova Scotia can expect the snow to become mixed with rain and ice pellets.A slew of schools have been cancelled in P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ahead of the low pressure system’s arrival.The Confederation Bridge is also warning of possible travel disruptions due to high winds.Environment Canada is calling for up to 30 centimetres of snow in parts of Newfoundland.last_img read more

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New report published on 500 Tamils missing while in Army custody

“For years the ITJP has been collecting names of those who disappeared at the war end from survivors and now has more than 300 names and photos displayed in a bilingual website. This and other lists collected by activists and family members inside Sri Lanka were analysed by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) to produce a statistical analysis of what the total number might look like – the names already collected and the ones not yet enumerated,” ITJP said.Yasmin Sooka, executive director of ITJP, says: “In 2011 the first report cited 20 disappearances, then we found 103 names in 2014-2015, earlier this year it rose to 280, and now our colleagues at HRDAG believe it’s as many as 500 people. This shows the importance of continuing to gather information and the need to do this both inside Sri Lanka and outside where many of the key witnesses from the war period have fled.” (Colombo Gazette) “They represent the largest number of disappearances in one place and time in the country’s history,” according to the report. The International Truth and Justice Project and HRDAG have published a report on 500 Tamils who disappeared while in Army custody in Sri Lanka in 2009.The report is titled “How many people disappeared on 17-19 May 2009 in Sri Lanka?” and Patrick Ball, director of research at HRDAG, is the lead author. Ending the 26-year civil war, the Tamils surrendered to Sri Lanka in May 2009. According to the report, Sri Lanka has a very large number of disappeared people, and even in the context of the high frequency and great magnitude of disappearances in Sri Lanka, the three days of 17-19 May, which occurred at the end of the war, were extraordinary. read more

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Brock confers honorary doctorate on Liz Palmieri

Philanthropy isn’t just about rich people cutting cheques. Instead, said retired Niagara Community Foundation Executive Director Liz Palmieri, philanthropy is about helping your community in whatever way you can.That was the message delivered by Palmieri Tuesday morning as she addressed the first group of graduands at Brock University’s 2016 Spring Convocation.Palmieri was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo. It comes at the end of a career in the non-profit sector that spans more than three decades, including leading the Niagara Community Foundation since its inception in 2000. Under her leadership, the Foundation raised more than $28 million in endowment funds and granted more than $8 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education, recreation and community development sectors.In her address, Palmieri said charity will play an integral role in the life journey of the graduating students.“Philanthropy is more than wealthy people making big donations. Its true meaning is the effort or inclination to increase the wellbeing of humanity or, more simply, caring for your community,” she said.Palmieri is well known in Niagara for the community engagement, fundraising and humanitarian work she has done over the years.In addition to the Niagara Community Foundation, from which she retired on May 5, she has worked or volunteered with organizations such as the Rotary Club, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Niagara Artists’ Centre, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara, Niagara College Foundation and the YWCA.She also helped found Niagara Connects, an important agency launched with the support of the Niagara Community Foundation, and was part of the group who developed the City of St. Catharines’ first cultural policy. Arts and culture is a thread flowing through much of her civic work.Palmieri told the graduands Tuesday that they could also play a big role in their community and practise philanthropy by volunteering at food banks, coaching sports, tutoring others and helping to fundraise for various causes.“As you start the next leg of your journey into your community, wherever that is, please keep philanthropy as a core value, a key princple to guide you through your life,” she said.“Thank you on behalf of all of those whom you’ve supported in the past and will be supporting in the future.”To see Palmieri’s address, see the video below. The hon doc ceremony and Palmieri’s speech start at 26:00.Also receiving an honorary doctorate from Brock Tuesday was Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a palestinian physician who has become an internationally recognized human rights activist.Read full coverage from the first day of Spring Convocation.Watch Palmieri’s convocation address here: read more

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Michael Bublé to present next years Brit Awards

first_img 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. The awards, known as the biggest night of the UK music scene, usually take place in February and Bublé has been nominated for a gong at the ceremony three times before, but is yet to get a win.British stars usually front the event, although in the past Kylie Minogue and Ru Paul have been among the presenters.Brits boss and Sonny Music chairman Jason Iley said: “This is a huge coup for The Brit Awards and we are delighted to announce Michael as our host for 2017.”He is an extremely talented and charismatic world-class entertainer much loved by the British public.”Michael will add an exciting element to our show in 2017.” Canadian crooner Michael Bublé is to shake up The Brit Awards by being drafted in to host the 2017 ceremony.The singer has been signed to take over from Geordie presenting duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who have hosted the awards evening for the last two years.Bublé told The Sun: “It’s a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music. Even though I didn’t grow up as a Brit I’ve always been well aware of The Brit Awards and their impact globally.”As a fan of music this is the perfect gig. I’m very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music.”last_img read more

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Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle spotted buying Christmas tree together in

first_imgPrince Harry has been spotted choosing a Christmas tree with his new girlfriend Meghan Markle in south London.The pair were spotted buying a 6ft-tall tree from a firm in Battersea Park on Monday night before staff gave them bunch of mistletoe.The Prince, 32, and his 35-year-old TV star girlfriend – who he has been dating since August this year – popped into the Pines and Needles store. The Prince now lives in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate moved into when they were newlyweds in 2011 before they moved into the plush Apartment 1a, Princess Margaret’s old home.Prince Harry is expected to spend Christmas at Sandringham, but Ms Markle is unlikely to be joining him, as royal convention means partners are only invited  to join the festivities once they are engaged to a family member.The purchase of a Christmas tree together has prompted speculation that the couple may enjoy an early Christmas together in London. Ollie Wilkinson, a 22-year-old staff member who was working when the Prince came to the store, said: “The girl who served him is American so she didn’t realise it was him. Me and the other guy were netting a huge tree and eventually looked up and realised it was him. He had a woolly hat on.”Because his girlfriend is American they were chatting about living in this country and he was asking about how many trees we sold a year and how much we donated to the charity.”Then I gave him a bunch of mistletoe – he smelled one of the berries and said it ‘smelled a bit weird’ and [Meghan] said she liked it. Then they got into the car. They walked off holding hands with [Prince Harry] holding the tree in one hand.”Onlooker Gary Spence said: “It was a bit weird seeing Prince Harry browsing the Christmas trees. I thought he’d go for the biggest one around, but he just wanted a little six footer.”Pines and Needles have had a number of celebrity customers, with Madonna, Elton John and Noel Gallagher all snapping up Christmas trees in the past. Staff at Pines and Needles Show more Ms Markle discussed missing home food at this time of year with her server Zaqia Crawford, a fellow US native.The 30-year-old said: “I had no idea who he was at all. I was talking to the girl mostly – she was really nice. She told me that she was from LA and I said it was sunny over there and she said ‘yes it’s cold over here’. We talked about the food here and in the United States and what kind of things I like to eat here. “He asked me what my favourite thing to eat here was and I said I don’t know, I’m home sick. They offered to help me [with the tree] because I was struggling a bit”. Rather than buying a 12ft tree for £186, the couple plumped for a 6ft non-drop Nordmann Fir, for which he paid £65. Harry also donated £1 to charity.According to sources, the Prince did not buy a Christmas tree stand, which sells for £20.95, or festive lights for £29.95, or pay a £15 delivery charge to get the tree delivered to his home in Kensington Palace.Staff said he left holding hands with Ms Markle with the tree under his arm after browsing the trees for around 30 minutes – and is believed to have taken it to his home in Kensington Palace by car, around two miles from Battersea Park. 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.center_img Ollie Wilkinson, a 22-year-old staff member who was working when the Prince came to the store, said: “The girl who served him is American so she didn’t realise it was him. Me and the other guy were netting a huge tree and eventually looked up and realised it was him. He had a hat on.”Because his girlfriend is American they were chatting about living in this country and he was asking about how many trees we sold a year and how much we donated to the charity.”Then I gave him a bunch of mistletoe – he smelled one of the berries and said it ‘smelled a bit weird’ and [Meghan] said she liked it. Then they got into the car. They walked off holding hands with [Prince Harry] holding the tree in one hand.” Staff at Pines and NeedlesCredit:Paul Grover The firm was set up by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle in 1996, when they were just teenagers and spotted a gap in the market and transported trees from their home in Scotland to London.Sam Lyle confirmed that Prince Harry and Ms Markle bought the tree on Monday night.He said: “We have looked after some of Britain’s highest profile names for nearly 20 years but you could have heard a pin drop – or a needle –  when Prince Harry and Meghan walked into the store.”They were completely charming together and blissfully unaware that our jaws had hit the floor. They chose a gorgeous Nordmann Fir and walked away after exchanging Christmas pleasantries.”We hope we can add them to our list of illustrious names who buy from us each and every year. There would certainly be a rush from our staff should they ask us to decorate it, too!” I gave him a bunch of mistletoe – he smelled one of the berries and said it ‘smelled a bit weird’ and [Meghan] said she liked itOllie Wilkinson, staff memberlast_img read more

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Kindle Daily Deal sells ebooks for next to nothing

first_imgAmazon is known for its daily deals. Its Gold Box Deal of the Day offers \ discounts on all sorts of products from the entire box set of The Wire to vacuum cleaners and Blu-ray players. Amazon also offers a free Android app each day available to download in the Amazon Appstore. Today, Amazon announced a new Kindle Daily Deal for all of the millions of Kindle owners looking to score an e-book at a discounted price.The deals go live at 12 a.m. PST each day and run for 24 hours. Unlike the deal sites that offer discounted devices at a first-come-first-serve basis, you won’t have to worry about the deal “selling out.” It’ll be there for the entire day.We have to admit, the discounts are quite good. Today’s deal is Kate Dicamillo’s young adult fiction novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The e-book was previously $5.59, but today it’s offered for $1.39 (75 percent off). The products offered in Amazon’s daily deals aren’t the outdated MP3 players that nobody wants to buy, nor are they the mediocre books that are published and then quickly taken off the shelves. Today’s deal comes from a Newberry award-winning author, and the book has received a 4.5-star rating from 333 Amazon users.In addition to the Gold Box deals, the Appstore deals, and now the Kindle deals, Amazon also offers an Amazon MP3 deal each day for discounted digital albums. And let’s not forget about the little acquisition Amazon made with Living Social, the biggest Groupon competitor out there. Amazon truly knows the way to our frugal hearts.You can follow @AmazonKindle on Twitter to get the latest updates each day.via GeekWirelast_img read more

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Schmidt unlikely to ring the changes for Italy trip but Ryan could

first_img 16,739 Views By Murray Kinsella Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 6:09 PM Analysis: Ireland tried to play at Murrayfield but just weren’t good enough at it‘He was the first guy I looked up to as a youngster’: Stander on van der Westhuizen Short URL Android Feb 8th 2017, 6:09 PM Schmidt unlikely to ring the changes for Italy trip but Ryan could get recall Ireland travel to Rome to take on the Italians in round two of the Six Nations.center_img Share47 Tweet Email 30 Comments JOE SCHMIDT IS set to recall Donnacha Ryan to his Ireland team to face Italy on Saturday in the Six Nations, but wholesale changes are unlikely.The Munster man was left out of last weekend’s match day squad that lost to Scotland, although he did travel to Edinburgh as 24th man. Ryan helped Ireland to their first-ever win over the All Blacks last November. Source: INPHO/Billy SticklandRyan is now expected to return to Ireland’s team for the first time since the November defeat to New Zealand in Dublin, with Iain Henderson possibly making way.Schmidt is due to name his team tomorrow and it may also feature Cian Healy at loosehead as Ireland have been pondering rotating the experienced 29-year-old in for Jack McGrath.McGrath has, of course, been a pillar of this Irish side and is generally one of the first names on the team sheet, but Healy’s ever-improving form may see him get a first start since the November win against Canada.Schmidt is not expected to ring the changes this week, however, with the head coach having stated in the aftermath of the Scotland defeat that he was unlikely to make any “knee-jerk” reactions to a disappointing Six Nations opener.Johnny Sexton remains on the comeback trail, meaning Paddy Jackson appears likely to partner Conor Murray in the halfbacks again. Meanwhile, Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose’s centre combination should be given a chance to gel further at Test level.Captain Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong are set to continue in the front row alongside McGrath or Healy, with Devin Toner possibly alongside Ryan in the locking department. A starting back row of CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip seems likely again.The back three is one area where the competition for places is very strong, particularly with Andrew Trimble back in training.The Ulsterman is a strong option to start, while Simon Zebo could potentially shift to fullback, although there is still some sense that Schmidt may keep faith with last weekend’s starting back three of Zebo, Rob Kearney and Keith Earls.If that is the case, Trimble could come onto the bench in place of Tommy Bowe, even if Tiernan O’Halloran would be deserving of a shot in the 23, while Schmidt also has options in the back-up second row slot with Ultan Dillane and Henderson vying for the 19 shirt.Schmidt is due to name his team at 1pm tomorrow afternoon.Possible Ireland team:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Paddy Jackson9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath/Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy/Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Josh van der Flier21. Kieran Marmion22. Ian Keatley23. Andrew TrimbleSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTunes http://the42.ie/3228310 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Pourquoi le vaccin antigrippe est moins efficace chez les hommes que chez

first_imgPourquoi le vaccin anti-grippe est moins efficace chez les hommes que chez les femmesLe vaccin contre la grippe se révèle moins efficace chez les hommes que chez les femmes. Une étude récemment publiée aux Etats-Unis estime que ce serait dû à la testostérone qui régulerait le système immunitaire et limiterait les réactions excessives.On sait depuis longtemps que les hommes sont plus vulnérables que les femmes face aux infections bactériennes, virales ou parasitaires. Toutefois, on ne sait pas pour quelle raison. De même, le système immunitaire des hommes répond moins bien aux vaccins contre la fièvre jaune, la rougeole ou l’hépatite. Et le vaccin contre la grippe n’échappe à la règle, selon une étude publiée dans les Comptes-rendus de l’Académie américaines des sciences (PNAS).Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques de l’Université Stanford (Californie) et de l’Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) ont suivi un échantillon composé de 34 hommes et de 53 femmes vaccinés contre la grippe. Ils ont ainsi constaté que la réponse immunitaire suite à la vaccination s’était révélée plus importante chez les femmes que chez les hommes. Du moins pas chez tous, d’après les résultats obtenus.  Un lien entre réponse immunitaire et testostérone Les chercheurs ont noté que chez les hommes ayant un niveau de testostérone (l’hormone masculine) peu élevé, la réaction des anticorps a été plus ou moins comparable à celle des femmes. Cette remarque vient compléter de précédentes recherches menées sur des animaux et suggérant que les hormones mâles exerçaient des propriétés anti-inflammatoires. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon ces études, la testostérone pourrait interagir avec la réponse du système immunitaire puisque celui-ci lutte contre les pathogènes en déclenchant une inflammation. Le principal auteur de la recherche, le Dr Mark Davis, professeur d’immunologie à l’Université de Stanford, explique que la réaction du système immunitaire semble réduite par l’activation d’un groupe de gènes liée à un niveau élevé de testostérones. Eviter les réactions excessives “Il s’agit de la première étude à montrer une corrélation claire entre les niveaux de testostérone, l’activité de gènes et la réponse immunitaire chez les humains”, estime le spécialiste repris par l’AFP. Selon les chercheurs, le fait que la testostérone (qui participe notamment à la force musculaire) affaiblisse le système immunitaire chez l’homme permettrait  d’éviter les réactions immunitaires excessives et donc réduirait l’efficacité d’un vaccin. Mais pourquoi réduire les réactions immunitaires excessives ? D’après les spécialistes, ces dernières pourraient se révéler bien plus délétères pour l’organisme qu’une trop faible réponse. Les femmes sont d’ailleurs beaucoup plus sujettes à des inflammations excessives que ne le sont les hommes. Au final, un système immunitaire moins sensible mais qui est souvent sollicité, comme chez les hommes au cours de l’évolution, paraîtrait plus adapté pour assurer la survie, suggèrent les auteurs.Le 28 décembre 2013 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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DeWitt Construction mounts evergreen atop 130foot crane in Salmon Creek

first_imgNow THAT’S how you put up a Christmas tree, Will Barnes said with a grin.And in this particular case, “up” means w-a-a-a-y up.While it’s pretty much a standard living-room sized tree, the 7-foot evergreen is the most visible Christmas display in Salmon Creek.That’s because of its position on top of a 130-foot construction crane.The crane is parked in DeWitt Construction’s equipment yard, just west of Interstate 5 and north of Northeast 134th Street.When workers decided to cheer things up a bit for the holidays, the big crane looked like a good place to start, said Joe Ploium, shop superintendent.One person suggested that Ploium buy some lights to decorate the crane boom.Ploium responded: “How about a tree and lights?”Ploium picked them up Tuesday at a home-improvement store, and then, “we laid the boom down,” he said.Rick Smith and Denver Morrise worked to get the tree mounted on the end of the crane boom, strung lights on it, then hoisted the boom.They had the tree lit up for people driving home from work Tuesday night.They did a little more work Wednesday afternoon, adding a star. This was not one of those daddy-standing-on-a-chair exercises in topping the Christmas tree.It meant lowering the crane boom to the ground, and welding the 6-foot, star-shaped metal framework to a steel support.Then Morrise hoisted the boom back up with its augmented display that was almost 145 feet tall.“You can see it from the freeway,” Ploium said.From a distance, the tree looks like it’s floating in midair, one of the guys said.There’s another element of this project that’s beyond the usual scale: the extension cord that keeps the lights going.Unlike suburban rooftop decorators, the DeWitt crew didn’t have to plug together a bunch of 20-footers to reach the top. It’s just one extension cord.In most cases, DeWitt’s construction crews are not working next to an electrical socket, Ploium said, and the company gets custom-made extension cords. “They make them as long as we want.”last_img read more

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Wynn Resorts clears final litigation as Steve and Elaine Wynn settle

first_imgBy Ben Blaschke and Andrew W ScottFormer Wynn Resorts boss Steve Wynn and ex-wife Elaine have agreed to settle the latter’s remaining claims relating to the alleged breach by Wynn in 2012 of a Stockholders Agreement between the two. Load More RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan The settlement will also see Elaine Wynn release her claims against both Wynn Resorts and its General Counsel Kim Sinatra, with the company subsequently dropping its counter-claim emanating from the litigation that was first filed in 2012.The news, announced in an SEC filing early Tuesday Macau time, marks a significant moment for Wynn Resorts which has now settled all litigation relating to the Stockholders Agreement and subsequent forced redemption of co-founder Kazuo Okada’s US$2.7 billion stake in 2015. Okada was also part of the original Stockholders Agreement.In the two months since Steve Wynn stepped down from the board amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations, Wynn Resorts has been actively looking to clear the decks in the midst of ongoing investigations by the Nevada and Massachusetts and the impending re-licensing process in Macau.The company last month dropped all claims against Okada in a lawsuit stemming from his 2012 dismissal from the board, with Wynn Resorts identifying the Japanese gaming mogul at the time as an “unsuitable Person” amid allegations he provided improper hospitality at Wynn properties to Philippine gaming officials to the tune of US$110,000 in a bid to win favor for his Okada Manila project.It also reached a US$2.6 billion settlement agreement with Okada’s former companies Aruze USA and parent Universal Entertainment relating to the forced redemption and accrued interest. Okada was dumped from the Universal board in 2017 after the company discovered evidence of fraud.The litigation just settled between Steve and Elaine Wynn had specifically related to the validity of the Stockholders Agreement, which had granted Steve Wynn voting control of Elaine Wynn’s 9% stake. The forced redemption of Okada’s shares saw Elaine Wynn claim the Stockholders Agreement was no longer valid and she took the matter to court in 2015 after losing her seat on the board – a fact she attributed to her having approached Wynn Resorts and Ms Sinatra specifically over Steve Wynn’s behavior.Wynn Resorts said in this morning’s filing that “neither the company nor Ms Sinatra made any payment,” in relation to the settlement announced today.But it also begs the question: what now for Steve Wynn? For the first time in many years he is not fighting for his business in the courts, although he still faces proceedings as a result of sexual misconduct allegations. He has no hotel or casino to run. He’s 76 years old and has been legally blind for eight years due to ongoing retinitis pigmentosa.He has nothing left to prove, but if he did, he has nothing left to prove it with. Except a big pile of cash.last_img read more

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Fort Lauderdale duplex fire harms 3 dogs

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out, Friday morning, inside of a Fort Lauderdale duplex.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue quickly arrived and put out the flames on Northeast Eighth Street and 17th Terrace.According to firefighters, three dogs were rescued from the burning house. All three were treated with oxygen and are expected to be OK.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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GRAMMY Camp Alumnus Jahaan Sweet On Working With Drake Eminem His Mentor

first_imgNews GRAMMY Camp Alum Producer Jahaan Sweet Shines grammy-camp-alumnus-jahaan-sweet-working-drake-eminem-his-mentor-boi-1da Facebook Wow, what a way to kick off your career. From there, can you walk through how you were able to connect with the likes of a Drake or an Eminem or the Carters? How does that play out from your side?It’s definitely a blessing. I would say that none of that would have been possible without my bro Boi-1da. Boi-1da definitely was very, very instrumental in bringing me around town to a lot of sessions with him because he had a lot of time. He was doing Drake music from the very beginning, and they have a great relationship.Before I got in the mix, it had been maybe a half a year of us just always creating music together and being in the studio together. He finally just one day said, “Hey, man, you want to come with me to work with Drake?”I was, like, “Man, of course.” Drake is my favorite rapper. Well, just not even just rapper, just artist, period. It was just a dream come true. Then, he also got in to work with Beyoncé and Jay-Z on their project, and he was thoughtful enough to say, “Hey, man, I really want to bring my guy, Jahaan, Jahaan Sweet.” They were super, super receptive to it, super nice about it, and it was an amazing experience. We were in Paris field working. It was amazing.Same thing with Eminem, [Boi-1da] has a great relationship with Eminem, and he was just really being like a mentor and always having me around and being super fair. That’s really how those opportunities came for me. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t even I would have even gotten close to that.What have you learned most from Boi-1da as your mentor? First, I would probably say just work ethic and the importance of just being a good person and doing good business. I see how he does business. I see how he treats everybody. He’s such a great person, and I feel like, more than anything, that’s the most important thing is to treat people fairly and try to make sure you’re being the best version of yourself that you can be. That’s probably the biggest takeaway I have of him. He’s such a hard worker as well.WATCH Behind The Board: Boi-1da On Beat Making, His Beginnings & Working With DrakeI want to ask you about GRAMMY camp. What was your mindset back 10 years ago going into attending Camp? What about your skillset? Man, I’m still the same way to this day! When I was getting ready, I was excited for the opportunity to work with new people, meet new people, and that was also my first time coming to L.A. I knew that my skillset wasn’t that great, but it was just so good to be around people who were all there to learn and create together. I feel like that’s the biggest takeback I have of GRAMMY Camp: It was amazing to have all those people together under one roof, all in the same vicinity, all doing creative things.What were some experiences at GRAMMY Camp that stuck with you your first decade in the industry?Man, working with [GRAMMY Camp faculty director] Jason Goldman. He’s a great guy, and he was such a good, carefree band director. I feel like when I first starting touring with Kehlani, I was able to understand how to conversate with an artist and know just the right things to say and how to make them feel comfortable. Also, relationships, I feel like, through [GRAMMY Camp], it helped me just understand how the music industry works. Hey, I’m still friends with some of those people to this day.What advice do have for teenagers who say, “I see you landing all these huge records. I want to do that”? I would say, once again, meet as many people as you can. Try to build genuine relationships with people. I feel like that’s one of the most important things I would tell anybody that young.Life, not just music, is all about relationships, and the best thing you can ever do is always make sure you maintain great relationships. –Jahaan SweetThat’s great advice, and congrats on everything! Lastly, what’s next for you? Man, I’m always just making music. That’s a hard question for me to always answer. Most of the times, I’m doing something and not even knowing exactly what I’m doing or where it’s going or what’s happening. I’m just always just constantly just trying to create and work with as many people as I can and see where that takes me.GRAMMY Camp offers tracks in audio engineering, electronic music production, music business, music journalism, performance, songwriting, and video production. The five-day program is open to talented high school students from the U.S. and will take place in Los Angeles this summer. For more information and to apply by the March 31 deadline, visit the GRAMMY in the Schools website. Read more Twitter center_img GRAMMY Camp Alumnus Jahaan Sweet On Working With Drake, Eminem & His Mentor Boi-1da Email A decade after attending the premier music industry experience for high school students, Sweet has worked with some of hip-hop’s finest—and he’s just getting startedNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 26, 2019 – 4:31 pm How do you go from a music-loving high schooler to a legit songwriter/producer working with Kehlani, Drake, Eminem, The Carters, Ty Dolla $ign, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and more? Just ask Jahaan Sweet.The Jacksonville, Fla., native rocks a unique blend of talents built upon a classical background, a jazz obsession and futuristic instincts. “I have a natural feeling when it comes to music, but I also learned a lot,” says Sweet. “Understanding theory is definitely a massive part of it. I’m always listening to classical and old jazz records. That’s where the sound and harmony come from. At the same time, I love the rhythms of hip-hop and R&B right now. It’s a balance.”This time 10 years ago, Sweet was a high school student looking for ways to grow his passion for music into a career. Fortunately, he found GRAMMY Camp, an interactive summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music led by working music professionals. Known by those who’ve participated by its unofficial slogan, “This is NOT fantasy camp,” the program aims to provide teenagers with a real-world view and hand-on experience in the music industry.Success at GRAMMY Camp is not about being discovered overnight, but rather about discovering if and how your own passion for music can be developed into a career. For Sweet, the program marked the beginning of a successful journey toward living his dream, and it involved tons of hard work along the way. And while he humbly admits, “I’m still trying to find that breakthrough moment,” the future looks bright for the accomplished young producer. We caught up with him on the phone to chat about his remarkable credits list, his GRAMMY Camp experience, and more.  When Kehlani’s debut mixtape You Should Be Here came out back in 2015, I did a double take when I heard you co-wrote and produced six tracks on it. I said, “Wait, I know Jahaan Sweet from GRAMMY Camp 2009!” How did you get in position to work with her?It was amazing, man. I was just grinding in New York. I was still in school. I was going to the studio at night. I would just go to MBK Studios in New York, and I would just be there all the time. One day, she just walked through, and I was, like, “Man, who is that singing? Her voice is really dope.”We got introduced, and from there, we just kept working, always making music… I did two [songs] on the Cloud 19 project that she had. We had a few other loose records that we put out, and then we just started just sending music back and forth to her all the time. I came out to LA. We worked together. Pretty much, just all the things that we were working on just compiled into You Should Be Here. I guess that was really my first entrance into, “Oh, hey, Jahaan Sweet, he’s a music producer, a new music producer,”… It happened right before I graduated school in 2015.last_img read more

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BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Bank Donates 1500 To WCTV

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) recently gave $1,500 to Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) to support community media.WCTV is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to serve the residents of Wilmington, Massachusetts. WCTV produces content for a Wilmington audience and seeks out producers from the community. It is a welcoming place for students interested in multimedia production. WCTV works with the school department on content and training. The facility is open to the public and welcoming of new ideas and new members.WCTV accepts programs of all kinds. While most of their content is Wilmington-centric and focuses on issues facing the town, they also have producers who like to showcase their talents and interests, including sports, tech or books, just to name a few. WCTV doesn’t rely on ratings to decide what constitutes a good program. They are dedicated to working with producers to turn their vision into a reality.“WCTV is a great creative outlet for those in the community who are interested in starting their own program,” stated Nick Iudiciani, Wilmington Branch Manager at the 230 Lowell Street location. “It’s an opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about the television medium and try their hand at video production.”To learn more about WCTV, please visit their website.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)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… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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BP to lay off more workers in Anchorage

first_imgDownload AudioBP says it is planning to further reduce its workforce in Alaska as the state continues to struggle with low oil prices.BP spokeswoman Dawn Patience told KTUU-TV on Monday that about 4 percent of the company’s workforce will be cut. Most of the affected positions are based in Anchorage.Patience did not specify the exact number of positions. A 4 percent cut would be about 84 positions.The announcement comes after BP revealed plans last week to reduce the active rig count at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope from five to two. It also follows the company’s January announcement that it would reduce its Alaska workforce by 13 percent, or about 270 jobs.Patience says the latest layoffs will take effect later this year.last_img read more

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Kalank movie review and rating Heres what critics say about this period

first_imgKalank movie review and rating.InstagramMulti-starrer Kalank has been one of the most awaited films of this year. Co-produced by Karan Johar, the period drama features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha in key roles.Kalank is a high budget movie with a stellar star cast. The trailer of the film gave a glimpse of the grandeur of the film, and fans are eagerly waiting to watch the movie. However, many of them are sceptical about the film, and are waiting for reviews from critics to know if Kalank is worth watching or not.As the film released worldwide on April 17, a lot is being said about Kalank on social media. Varun’s character is one of the main attractions in the film. His robust look in the movie attracted a lot of eyeballs.On the other side, Alia’s character has a lot of mystery associated with it. The trailer showed her character romancing Zafar, played by Varun, but again she was seen marrying Aditya’s character.Another important aspect of Kalank is the reunion of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in the film. Nonetheless, Kalank received mixed response from the critics. While some of the critics applauded the film, some others found it high on visuals but poor in terms of content.Read critics’ reviews and rating of Kalank:The Times Of India: “At 2 hours and 48 minutes, with a tighter edit the story could have wrapped up much sooner though. Kalank is a true labour of love that tells you a story laced with beautiful moments that will tug at your heartstrings.” Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.NDTV: “Kalank has unmistakable contemporary resonance because it celebrates the transformative power of love in the time of rampant hatred. The film is worth a viewing not only for what it says, but also for how it packages its pacifist statement.” Rating: 3 stars out of 5.Hindustan Times: The visuals linger. A necklace fastened around Roop’s neck with velvet drawstrings; a fake bird in a theatre performance spectacularly getting its wing cut off; a harp the size of a house; and the first time Zafar meets Roop. During a Ram-Leela performance at Dussehra, he shows up with wet, blue-skinned Rams rising from the water behind, and when the lovers touch, burning Ravana heads cast a glow on their encounter. Kalank often feels too much, and I only wish it made me do the same. It is a stunningly plated meal, but needed salt. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5The Indian Express: There is enough and more here, plot-wise, for a bunch of films. But finally, despite Dhawan and Bhatt’s histrionics (the former looks as if he could belong to that era, and Bhatt stays watchable), and Dixit’s wondrous dancing abilities (nobody can touch her when it comes to the grace she displays when she is on the floor), Kalank doesn’t really lift off the screen. The whole feels like a giant set, stately and ponderous and minus impact; the characters all costumed and perfumed and largely life-less, sparking only in bits and pieces. As a character says, two-thirds into the film, ‘yeh kissa yahin nipat jaata’. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5Koimoi: All said and done, Kalank is surely not from those “kuch daag” which are good. It’s a skid mark on every actor’s filmography associated with the movie. Stuns visually & that’s about it! Me to Karan Johar after this: Peeche dekho, peeche toh dekho (Baahubali). Rating: 1 star out of 5Words for #Kalank #KalankReview Kalank is a Perfect Example that High BUDGET, Multi Starcast, Massive Sets and Wide Release will nvr ensure Success, if your FILM LACK SOULKalank = GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY WASTED D*I*S*S*A*P*O*I*N*T*I*N*G 1.5*/5 #VarunDhawan #AliaBhatt— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) April 17, 2019#OneWordReview…#Kalank: DISAPPOINTING.Rating: ⭐️⭐️Doesn’t live up to the expectations… Writing, music, length play spoilsport… Few dramatic portions work… Second half engaging in parts… Good climax… Varun, Alia, Madhuri, Aditya, Kunal Kemmu top notch. #KalankReview pic.twitter.com/rJgyNi3Ain— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 17, 2019last_img read more

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Tom Holland Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya hold special prescreening at a Childrens

first_imgThe Spider-Man: Far From Home cast are doing some really good work when it comes to promotions. While the film is set to release this week, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya visited a Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and even hosted a special screening for them!As reported by E! News, the three stars who play pivotal roles in the movie, were part of a really good promotional activity as they held an advanced screening of the film for the patients and family members at a Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. On the same, Holland even said, “We wanted them to be the first people to here on the West Coast to see it.” Tom Holland at the Far From Home screeningInstagramThat’s not all. Tom Holland and even Jake Gyllenhaal donned their respective costumes for the promotional event. The 23-year-old put on his famed red, black and blue spandex superhero suit. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal got his globe helmet and even the cape which brought together his Mysterio costume. The two actors also got into the skin of the character and did a few Spidey and Mysterio stunts for the kids and families.Later on the same day, they even attended the star-studded world premiere of the film. As Zendaya walked the red carpet, she posted a picture from the night and wrote, “The spidey suit, but make it fashion.” Tom Holland, on the other hand, raved about his co-stars as he wrote on Instagram, “What a night. It’s finally here. I’m so proud of this movie and can’t wait to share it with you. It was a labour of love and we made it for you. Thanks to everyone who came out last night. Love you all.” Zendaya at the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From HomeInstagramSpider-Man: Far From Home is all set to release on July 4, in India. The film is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L Jackson, Marisa Tomei and more. As the film has been released elsewhere in the globe, there have been but good things said by critics for the movie. Some have even claimed it to be the befitting end to the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.last_img read more

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NTSB Report Cargo Plane That Crashed Near Anahuac Appears To Have Hit

first_imgNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)This photo shows an aerial view of the debris field left by Atlas Air Flight 3591.A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about the deadly plane crash that occurred near Anahuac on February 23 indicates the aircraft appears to have hit turbulence a minute before it entered a steep descent that ended when the plane smashed into Trinity Bay.According to the report, “small vertical accelerations” suggest Atlas Air Flight 3591 entered turbulence soon after the pilots had descended to avoid a band of precipitation as they approached Houston’s Bush Intercontinental  Airport. The three people aboard the aircraft, two pilots and a passenger, died in the accident.Seconds after leveling off around 6,200 feet, the cargo plane’s engines surged to “maximum thrust” and it briefly pointed its nose 4 degrees up, according to flight data. The jet then rapidly swung to point 49 degrees downward and began its drop toward the muddy bay, the federal agency said.NTSB spokesman, Keith Holloway, said the agency is still investigating the underlying cause of the sharp change in pitch. It’s a move that alarmed aviation experts.“Obviously, going 49 degrees nose down is beyond a radical move,” said Todd Curtis, a former Boeing safety engineer who runs AirSafe.com. “That’s not something an airplane should be doing, especially at that altitude.”Curtis said it remains unclear whether a problem with the plane’s systems or human action was primarily to blame for the crash. If it’s a technical issue, he said, that could warrant a broader review of the widely-used Boeing aircraft.The NTSB previously said cockpit audio suggests the pilots lost control while passing over Trinity Bay, about 40 miles east of Bush Intercontinental Airport.Before the crash, the plane’s stick shaker, which warns of an imminent engine stall, did not activate, according to the NTSB. That means it’s unlikely the pilots pointed the nose down to avoid stalling.As the plane dropped, the agency said, it accelerated to 495 mph and gradually pulled up to a 20-degree descent. Curtis said this suggests the crew were trying to pull out of steep fall.The jet, which had been carrying cargo from Miami for Amazon and the US Postal Service, disintegrated upon impact with the shallow bay.The NTSB said investigators found one of the plane’s engines and some landing gear west of the rest of the debris, which was spread over 350 yards of the swampy area.Tidal waters carried some parts of the plane and much of its cargo south, and some wreckage was recovered up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the crash site, according to the NTSB. Sharelast_img read more

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