New Delhi: In an effort to combine utility and use of renewable energy for scalable adoption and mass acceptance, Indian Oil Corporation has commenced a pilot test-study of an indoor solar cooking system at Leh, Ladakh. The initiative was flagged off by Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director (Research & Development), IndianOil. Heeding the call of Prime Minister for developing low-cost indoor solar cooking solutions, IndianOil has tied up with Sun Bucket System, a US-based start-up working on solar energy-based products, to design, develop and commercialise an innovative, easy-to-use system that collects and stores solar energy as thermal energy for cooking.
Meryl Streep has been honoured with the Ally For Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.The award-winning actress spoke of the importance of equality, the work of the HRC and the bigotry of the new US government.“I am grateful to this incredible organization for what you’ve done, in such a smart, systematic and strategic way, to secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans,” she said. “Much of the credit for the advances in acceptance, advocacy and law comes in a straight line from your efforts. When I was a young girl growing up in middle-class New Jersey, my entire artistic life was curated by people who lived in the straightjacket of conformist suburban life. The goal was to put pennies in your loafers, to look alike and act alike. Standing out, being different was like drawing a target on your forehead. You had to have a special kind of courage to do it. Some of my teachers were obliged to live their whole lives hidden, covertly.“Human life has been organized in a certain way, the hierarchies set, who’s in charge, who makes the laws and who enforces them, pretty much the same way for, oh, about 40,000 years. Yes, I know, there were a small number of matrilineal cultures, some outliers who were more tolerant of difference, some so-called democracies 2,000 years ago (who excluded women and slaves, of course), but pretty much, throughout history, might made right, the biggest and richest and baddest was the best, and “The Man” was pretty much always a man. But suddenly, at one point in the 20th century, for reasons I can’t possibly enumerate in my two remaining minutes, the clouds parted. Something changed. For the first time in 39,999 years, women began to be regarded as, if not equal, at least deserving of equal rights. Men and women of color demanded their equal rights. People of sexual orientation and gender identification outside the status quo also demanded equal regard under the law.“Which brings us to now. We should not be surprised that fundamentalists, of every stripe, are exercised and fuming. We should not be surprised that these profound changes come at a steeper cost than we originally thought. We should not be surprised that not everyone is actually cool with it.“If we live through this precarious moment, if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is. His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government. To how we have relied on the goodwill and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office. How quaint notions of custom, honor and duty compelled them to adhere to certain practices of transparency and responsibility. To how it all can be ignored. How the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, their Constitution and Bill of Rights. The whip of the executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.“Here we are in 2017, the year the browser seems to have gone down. In danger of losing much of our information, we seem to be reverting to factory settings. But we are not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and harassment, oppression and hiding who we are. Because we owe it to the people who have died for our rights (and who died before they got their own). We owe it to the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement, like Paula Grossman, and to the people on the frontlines of all civil-rights movements, not to let them down.“Yes, I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, over-berated actress, who likes football, of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?“The weight of all these honors is part of what brings me to this podium. It compels me, against my normal instinct (which is to stay home), it compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven’t been written for me, but that come from my life and my conviction and that I have to stand by. It’s hard to stand up. I don’t want to do it. I want to read and garden and load the dishwasher. It’s embarrassing and terrifying to put the target on your forehead. And it sets you up for troll attacks and armies of brownshirt bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to. You have to. You have no choice, but you have to speak up and stand up and act up.”
COQUITLAM, B.C. — B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that parents with children enrolled in licensed childcare will start seeing savings of up to $350 a month next month.The child care fee reduction is available to families with children up to kindergarten age, who go to licensed child care and whose providers opt in. To date, providers have applied for fee reductions for more than 18,000 children, and more providers are opting in to savings for families every day. The fee reduction will result in savings of:$350 per month for each child in group infant and toddler care.$200 per month for each child in family infant and toddler care.$100 per month for each child in group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.$60 per month for each child in family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.“Parents in every corner of B.C. will start seeing their child care bills go down next month,” said Premier Horgan. “These fee reductions will offer families relief, and help people, particularly women, return to work. No one should be forced to choose between child care and other family needs.” In order to maximize the number of families receiving benefits next month, the government has extended the deadline for child care providers to opt in to April’s fee reduction until April 20th. After that date, providers can sign up for savings for future months at any time.However, not all childcare providers will be able to drop their fees starting next week. Adam Reaburn, owner of the Wiggle and Giggles Daycare in Fort St. John as well as Energeticcity.ca and 100.1 Moose FM, said that fees at his daycare will not be reduced April 1st. Reaburn explained that his Daycare has applied for the Childcare Fee Reduction Program, but the B.C. Government has not confirmed if the daycare has been approved to participate. He added and he doesn’t expect to hear anything before Easter, but that if Wiggles and Giggles is approved, the fee reduction would be applied to future bills.“Parents have been left to struggle with rising child care costs for too long,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy. “The child care fee reduction is the first step toward bringing down sky-high child care costs so that families can get ahead.”The child care fee reduction will help providers to keep their program competitive with other programs in their community. Those who choose to participate will receive an increase of 10 percent on top of their individual base funding to support operational expenses.
Toronto – China has instituted a ban on Muslim baby names in Xinjiang. The restriction will affect more than 10 million Muslim Uyghurs living in the heavily-militarized region.News of the ban came courtesy of a report from US-backed Radio Free Asia. Critics are calling it the latest in a growing number of restrictions being placed on the Uyghur population in what the government is calling a fight to stamp out “religious extremism.” Ugyhurs are the Muslim descendants of Silk road traders and have been established in the region for centuries.Islam, Quran, Saddam and Mecca are just a few of the names identified, although a full list of the banned monikers has yet to be published. The restriction also prohibits any reference to the star and crescent moon symbol. Any child bestowed a Muslim name at their birth will be denied a household registration, or “hukou.” Without this important document, the child will be denied social services including entry to public school.The Chinese government explained the decision by citing their concern that such names could “exaggerate religious fervor.” Uyghurs, on the other hand, are vigorously claiming discrimination and human rights groups agree.According to the Human Rights Watch China director, Sophie Richardson, “This is just the latest in a slew of new regulations restricting religious freedom in the name of ‘countering religious extremism.’”On April 1st of this year, the Chinese government also outlawed “abnormal” beards and veils in public places and imposed a punishment for anyone caught refusing to watch state television.Richardson called these restrictions “blatant violations” of internationally recognized, basic human rights protecting freedom of religious expression. “If the government is serious about bringing stability and harmony to the region as it claims,” she said, “it should roll back- not double down on- repressive policies.”Uyghurs aren’t the only people targeted by the bans. The government has also issued a “serious warning” to any government official deemed too lenient in his or her support for the restrictions.
Tim Hortons’ new chief executive has made a play to satisfy restless investors by increasing the restaurant chain’s debt to repurchase shares and changing its U.S. growth strategy.“This company and brand is woven into the fabric of Canada and I believe Tim Hortons has many opportunities ahead of it in Canada, the US, and internationally,” Marc Caira said Thursday during a conference call with analysts.The coffee and doughnut chain is going to borrow up to an additional $900 million to fund the repurchase of its shares. That’s on top of $100 million already earmarked for repurchases for the coming year. Over the next few weeks, it will decide whether to fund the added leverage through bank debt or a bond issuance.The company said it’s not certain how much it will actually spend on the revised stock buyback program, but the additional borrowing will preserve its flexibility to invest the business while creating value for its shareholders.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) has received regulatory approval to buy back up to 10 per cent of its publicly traded shares, raising a previous spending limit set at $250 million.In June, Tim Hortons came under pressure from shareholder Scout Capital Management, which called on it to revamp its U.S. expansion plans and borrow money to buy back shares. The push followed an reports earlier this year that U.S. investment firm Highfields Capital Management also wanted changes at Tim Hortons.Caira, who took over as chief executive last month, said the move Thursday will also allow the company to take advantage of low interest rates.“We will also be placing our debt ratios more in line with both our Canadian retail peer group and many of our U.S. restaurant peers with similar capital intensity.”By maintaining an investment grade rating, Tim Hortons will preserve its financial flexibility for its next stage of development.Chief financial officer Cynthia Devine said the added leverage and buying back shares will increase earnings per share and create shareholder value.Since it went public in 2006, Tim Hortons has repurchased about $1.7 billion in common shares while increasing its dividend by an average of 20.6 per year. Its market capitalization has increased to more than $9 billion from about $6 billion.Caira said the company remains committed to expanding its U.S. presence, but is looking at altering how it funds that growth. It has accelerated efforts to attract partners which would carry more of the financial burden, presumably in exchange for lowering Tim Hortons franchise royalties. He said the change should reduce capital deployed in the U.S. beginning next year.“I very much see the U.S. as being a must-win market for us. Based on the dynamics of the market, and the footprint we already have created, I believe the U.S. represents an opportunity for significant long-term earnings growth for us,” he told analysts.Tim Hortons said Thursday it earned $123.7 million or 81 cents per share, up from $108.1 million or 69 cents per share year ago.The increase was due to an increase in its Canadian operations, which offset a decline in its much smaller U.S. division.Total revenue for the company was $800.1 million, up 1.9 per cent from $785.6 million. Same-store sales, including corporate and franchised locations, grew 1.5 per cent in Canada and 1.4 per cent in the United States. Tim Hortons trimmed its full-year same-store sales guidance but maintained its profit forecast for the year at between $2.87 and $2.97 per share.The company was expected to earn 75 cents per share on $818.2 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Analyst Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity said while the results were ahead of expectations, they still demonstrated challenges in Canada with lower same-store transactions although same-store sales rose on higher pricing and product mix.He said Caira seems to be a lot more aggressive in implementing shareholder friendly initiatives and taking a new approach to the United States that should satisfy some investors.“Overall, I think it was definitely an interesting quarter, a solid quarter and a quarter where we really saw this company through the new direction of the new CEO. We could be seeing more shareholder friendly initiatives out of Tims than what we’ve seen in the past,” he said.Dley said the plans may not go far enough for some U.S. investors who want the company to take on even more debt. But he said the levels appear “reasonable” for a company with a conservative investor base.Unlike some restaurant companies that carry more debt, Tim Hortons’ business model requires investments to maintain and grow its business, said Devine. She added that substantially increasing the debt further could significantly increase Canadian withholding taxes due to its cross-border structure or added nondeductible interest expenses.Meanwhile, Caira said Tim Hortons needs to speed up how long customers wait in restaurants and drive-thrus as it operates in a competitive environment. It is doubling some drive-thru lanes and will consider simplifying its menu to remove products or sizes. The chain is also considering adding healthy choices and will soon sell its coffee for at-home brewing in Keurig machines. Tim Hortons CEO responds to unhappy investors by beefing up share buybacks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 9:51 am MDT
He claimed his home was vandalised, his friends shunned him and he lost his £100,000-a-year career helping to fix a $1 billion expansion project in Habshan Abu Dhabi in the UAE for energy firm GASCO.Mr Maughan, now 65, said: “I went from having a great career and a loving home life to a situation which cannot get much worse. How I’m still living is beyond me, I’ve just lived day by day by day and it’s all been put on me at no fault of my own.”The mistakes police made during their inquiries were unforgivable and left me walking around my own hometown thinking ‘is anyone looking at me?’ and all the major electrical engineering projects I was involved with were immediately and totally trashed by Durham Constabulary.”To get this result now against an uphill battle with the police who were determined to defend the case against them no matter what, feels like a miracle and should now clear my name in the eyes of the public and allow me to get on with rebuilding the rest of my life.”The investigation began in January 2008 when a friend of Mr Maughan’s partner called police to claim she has found the images whilst looking on the laptop.He had already left the the UK to work in Dubai for four months but officers seized the computer and arrested Mr Maughan on return to the UK the following April.He was quizzed and charged with 18 offences and a detective filed a report wrongly stating there were no viruses on the computer.But Mr Maughan instructed a computer expert who found 251 separate viruses and blamed the appearance of the images on “spyware.”A police computer expert was also instructed and also uncovered the malware. Mr Maughan was on bail for over a year after a £10,000 surety was offered by his father but he was ordered to give up his passport making it impossible for him to return to work.The charges were dropped at Durham Crown Court in May 2009 after prosecutors studied the expert reports and he sought £200,000 from police for aggravated damages.He said: “I cannot stress the magnitude of the overall stress and effect this has had on myself and my family. My partner has gone through hell and the torment she has had to endure is unimaginable – yet she stuck by me throughout.”It seemed the police were determined to use taxpayers’ cash to defend themselves leave me a broken man. I have gone from earning a good salary to receiving pension credits.”Whilst I’m pleased to get some financial recourse the amount of money is an insult after what we’ve been through. If the proper tests had been done at the time then we would not be here now.”I got named locally as a man who had indecent images and it was humiliating. One night at 1am a brick came through my window. Even though I cleared my name it feels like mud sticks and I’m not going to able to work anymore after what happened.”Everything I worked for which put me in such a good position had all been trashed now. We could have had a nice life, I worked for it and earned it and it was totally wasted.”In his report, computer expert Jonathan Wheatley said: “In my 15 years as an IT professional, I have never experienced a computer so heavily infected with malicious software.”It is difficult to establish with any degree of certainty the nature of the damage which may have been done during the time that the computer was in operation. An unprotected computer on the internet is vulnerable to many and varied forms of attack.”In legal documents from Leeds County Court, Durham Police agreed to pay £35,000 but did not admit liability.A force spokesman said: “Following the pursuit of a civil claim against Durham Constabulary after the arrest of a man in 2008, the force and the individual in the case have come to an agreement to settle the matter out of court.” John and partner Teresa McManners in 2009 on holiday in EgyptCredit:Allan Bentley/Cavendish An innocent businessman wrongly branded a paedophile when child abuse images were found on his laptop has won a damages payout from police after it emerged a virus was to blame.British electrical engineer John Maughan had been working in Abu Dhabi when he was contacted by detectives ordering him to return home as 609 indecent images had been discovered on his computer back home.Officers seized the device and on his return to the country Mr Maughan was charged with possessing indecent images and sent for trial. Whilst I’m pleased to get some financial recourse the amount of money is an insult after what we’ve been through. If the proper tests had been done at the time then we would not be here nowJohn Maughan But the case against the innocent grandfather collapsed when an independent examination of the computed revealed it contained 251 potentially toxic files – including 55 Trojan viruses – which wasn’t picked up by officers.It emerged the files were inadvertently downloaded when a friend of Mr Maughan’s long-term partner went to check the computer over mistaken claims he was having an affair.The subsequent infection – which occurred whilst the businessman was working abroad – caused a string of explicit images to spread onto the device’s hard drive.Mr Maughan, from Bishop Auckland, later sued Durham Police for malicious prosecution after it emerged a detective investigating the case insisted no virus had been found on the laptop – only for the force to instruct an expert who admitted the computer was in fact riddled with malware.After an eight-year legal battle he was awarded £15,000 compensation plus £20,000 costs in an out-of-court settlement.Whilst fighting to clear his name Mr Maughan’s father passed away and his partner of 35 years, Theresa McManners was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was admitted to a nursing home. 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TOP HANDBALL PLAYERS 2014world handball players 2014 The WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 is French star Nikola Karabatić. Nikola was a favorite of majority of 24 handball journalists from all around the world. Barca’s star has got also the biggest fan’s support in voting for the World Best Playmaker 2014 – 6,882 votes ahead of Domagoj Duvnjak and Aron Palmarsson.Nikola Karabatić won 88 points in total, far ahead of the biggest contenders – the Danish duo, Mikkel Hansen (59) and Niklas Landin (58), while Macedonian star Kiril Lazarov finished fourth with 57. The fifth is Spanish line-player Julen Aguinagalde with 49 votes in total.WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – TOP 5:1. Nikola Karabatić 882. Mikkel Hansen 593. Niklas Landin 584. Kiril Lazarov 575. Jule Aguinagalde 49 ← Previous Story +16 WARM IN DECEMBER: PSG humiliate Montpellier Next Story → HANDBALL WORLD UNITED: Over 171.000 votes for the biggest stars
LET’S FACE IT: life is terrifying. Here’s the worst of it.1. A poster falling off the wall at night Source: TumblrFalls down by day: irritation. Falls down by night: terrifying monster breaking down your door.2. Walking through a door and finding someone there unexpectedly Source: TumblrEspecially when you’re in a vulnerable position, like just out of the shower. Or you live with one of those people who move about silently, cat-like, and you can never tell where they are.3. When an unknown number rings your phone Source: WordPressWhat it definitely is: someone pestering you to take a questionnaire, or the Revenue saying you owe them thousands of euro, or a hitman with a contract out on you for some reason.What it definitely isn’t: Anything good.4. Accidentally sending an email to the person the email’s about Source: WordPressStage 1: lurch in the pit of your stomach. Stage 2: desperately trying to claw the email back, hit Cancel, quit all programmes (none of which works of course). Stage 3: despair and skin-tingling dread.5. The doorbell ringing when you’re not expecting anyone and you haven’t paid your TV licence yet Source: TumblrTHEY’VE COME FOR US.6. Suddenly realising you were supposed to prepare a presentation for the meeting that’s in five minutes Source: WordPressHow could you have forgotten? HOW? This is the end of everything.7. Getting a voicemail Source: PieceofheavenNone of your friends would leave a voicemail. This means it’s either your parents, or someone telling you you owe them money.8. Rolling backwards in your car on a hill start Source: WordPressCue desperate pedal-slamming; putting on handbrake AND footbrake; frantically checking to see you haven’t rolled into anyone. Then missing the lights and making everyone behind you honk furiously.9. Waking up hungover and realising your mother-in-law is coming round Source: PhotoBucketYOU’VE GOT TO HAVE POLITE TEA OUT OF A TEAPOT. YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE CONVERSATION. YOU CAN’T LIE ON THE SOFA AND WATCH COOKERY PROGRAMMES FOR HOURS. THIS IS HELL.10. Checking your bank balance Source: WordPressAnd staring into the terrifying money void.11. Bed jolts as you’re falling asleep Source: TumblrHigh likelihood that your body has been possessed by a demon of some kind.12. Sleeping through your alarm Source: MikethefanboyAnd the feeling when you finally wake up and see the clock.13. Reading through your sent messages the morning after Source: TvtomeNo words.The DailyEdge.ie Terrifying Moments Support Group is now in session. Please leave all contributions in the comments below.18 of the greatest Halloween pumpkins ever carved>26 wonderful photos of terrified Irish lads in a haunted house>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The fight to save the Greek Studies program at La Trobe University has been taken up with vigour by the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), who have given the Greek Studies program a deadline of this Monday to provide a solution to the problem of employing only one lecturer for the course. Bill Papastergiadis, president, GOCMV, met with Professor Christopher Mackie, the head of the Greek studies department on Monday to discuss with them ways in which the community can offer assistance to work together to protect the future of the last Greek studies program at a university in Australia. As it stands, the Greek studies program runs with only one lecturer, Maria Herodotou, after the contract of lecturer Despina Michael was not renewed for 2012. The meeting, which took place at Monash University and was also attended by Dimitri Minas, president, Pan-Macedonian Association, was set up for the Greek community to ask what La Trobe University planned to do given that a university program may fail to survive with only one lecturer. “It was important for me not to simply turn up and be critical of this, but rather to note our concerns and at the same time offer some solutions for them which might encourage them,” explained Mr Papastergiadis of the meeting. “If they are not going to put Despina back into that position, at least replace her with someone else who will also offer subjects relating to the classics, history, culture, migrations, those things with a Greek reference in them.” Mr Papastergiadis detailed ways in which the GOCMV can help the program, which included: access to promoting Greek studies to students in the GOCMV secondary schools; access to La Trobe University for people who are prepared to help fund and participate in these studies from the Greek community; provide support, as an industry partner, in the development of the ARC linkage grants; and assist in resources and access to archives. “I then said these are the things we can do but I said we demand that you have a person who teaches in the areas that we described,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos. In the meeting, he said Professor Mackie appeared to be committed in trying to find a suitable replacement for Despina Michael, and had someone in mind, and also seemed to “keen to engage with the Greek community to ensure [we] have a replacement or a new person teaching not only classics, but contemporary Greek related subjects”. “We agreed that he would, by this Monday [13 February], give me an outline of the types of subjects he has in mind, when this person would be employed and what he needed from us,” said Mr Papastergiadis. Following this, the Greek community would provide feedback on the content of the subjects and have another discussion on how this would be implemented. Mr Papastergiadis added that although he applauds the university for the reintroduction of Ancient Greek studies, he said that there would be a gap left regarding the subject matter that Ms Michael taught and was keen to have that rectified and discussed. He said Professor Mackie was looking for a suitable replacement for Ms Michael to be someone of “Greek background, with Greek language skills who is able to teach subjects referable to Greeks matters and also to broaden the scope of what used to be taught, for example it could be on Greek film, or current Greek political issues – in terms of what’s happening in Greece, and multiculturalism”. Mr Papastergiadis added that all in all, it was a “very positive meeting” for the Greek community.
Mort suspecte après un repas chez McDonald’sDimanche, un jeune homme de 22 ans est mort, une semaine après avoir dîné dans un McDonald’s de Marseille où il se rendait régulièrement. Le jeune homme a succombé à un œdème pulmonaire, l’enquête n’a pour l’heure n’a pas établi de lien formel entre cette mort suspecte et le repas pris par la victime quelques jours plus tôt dans le fast food.Dimanche, un jeune homme de 22 ans est décédé à Marseille dans des circonstances suspectes. L’hypothèse d’une intoxication alimentaire après un repas au McDonald’s est évoquée, mais le lien n’a pas été clairement été établi, rapporte la Provence. Une autopsie a été pratiquée lundi sur le corps de la victime et “a conclu à un décès par syndrome asphyxique en relation avec un oedème pulmonaire aigu hémorragique”, a indiqué le procureur dans un communiqué, précisant que le parquet a ouvert une enquête préliminaire afin de mettre au jour un “lien éventuel avec une intoxication alimentaire”. À lire aussiIntoxication alimentaire : une ado meurt à ChartresLe quotidien raconte précisément les circonstances de la mort du jeune homme qui n’avait jusqu’alors souffert d’aucun problème de santé particulier. Le 12 juin, le garçon de 22 ans a dîné au McDonald’s avec des amis. Tous ont à peu de choses près mangé la même chose. Après avoir passé une nuit normale, le jeune homme a commencé dès le lendemain à se plaindre de maux de ventre et de fortes fièvres. Inquiets, ses parents ont appelé leur médecin de famille, qui diagnostique alors une angine. Alors que le jeune homme dit avoir mal à la poitrine et avoir craché du sang, la praticienne lui a prescrit des antibiotiques et des anti-inflammatoires. Pendant les trois jours suivants, le jeune homme est resté très faible mais semblait malgré tout aller un peu mieux. Mais le dimanche 19, son état s’est soudainement aggravé. Vers 13h, le père du garçon a découvert son fils inconscient sur son lit. Les secours n’ont rien pu faire, le cœur du jeune homme homme a cessé de battre. Aujourd’hui, la famille de la victime n’a déposé aucune plainte. De son côté, McDonald’s a décidé d’ouvrir une enquête interne, mais la direction du fast-food insiste sur le fait que le fameux repas n’est pour l’heure pas officiellement mis en cause.Le 22 juin 2011 à 15:19 • Maxime Lambert
One of my biggest problems with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that none of the movies have opening theme songs. Some of the movies have interesting soundtracks and certain leitmotifs for different characters carry over across films, but I’m talking about full-on, lyrical theme songs. I’m talking “Star-Spangled Man” in Captain America: The First Avenger. Imagine how much more out of this world Thor: Ragnarok would be if it’d began with some splashy title sequence set to an original song by Flight of the Conchords or whoever else Taika Waititi is into.A catchy theme song can even make me forget about the bad movie it was paired with like “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar and “Gotham City” by R. Kelly from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Batman & Robin, respectively. Unfortunately, with the exception of the Oscar-award winning songs from the recent James Bond movies, theme songs don’t seem to pop up as often these days at the cinema. However, the blockbusters of 2016 have been a bit more musical than past years. From worst to best, here are the songs that had me launching Shazam as the end credits rolled.5. Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)- Fall Out Boy ft. Missy ElliottI thought the new Ghostbusters was pretty good. I mostly agree with our resident film critic Bob Chipman. But this remix of the iconic Ray Parker Jr. Ghostsbusters theme, arguably the best part of the original movie, was total junk. The rap-rock combo felt like such a relic of 2005 that I figured the song was recorded while the film was still in development hell, back when Fall Out Boy still mattered. What’s even crazier is that literally every other remix of the Ghostbusters theme featured in the film is vastly superior than this official pick. I’m partial to the cover by Walk the Moon.4. Sucker for Pain- Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Imagine Dragons ft. Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, and X AmbassadorsSuicide Squad actually has a few original songs. Along with “Sucker for Pain” there’s the hot Rick Ross/Skrillex/Jared Leto Joker collabo “Purple Lamborghini” along with the Twenty One Pilots track “Heathens.” However, “Sucker for Pain” stands out for a few reasons. One, it has about as many musicians are there are members of the Suicide Squad. Two, its spookhouse wailing and borderline Juggalo beats are precisely the kind of “dark” and stupid yet entertaining schlock I expect from the film itself. And three, it sounds so completely like a song that can only exist right now in 2016, contemporary to the point of ephemeral. It’ll already be dated and forgotten in a month. In that way, it’s like the 2014 Ninja Turtles rap.3. Deadpool Rap- TeamHeadKickThis one has a weird history. YouTube band TeamHeadKick recorded a rap about Deadpool back in 2013, because what comic character deserves a parody rap song more than Deadpool. However, when the film unexpectedly roared back to life, thanks to leaked footage, so too did this song. TeamHeadKick recorded an updated version with direct references to the movie that became an official part of the cinematic Deadpool canon. Ain’t that funny?2. Try Everything- ShakiraZootopia totally caught me by surprise. It’s a great socially and politically relevant Disney cartoon with some really incredible world building. Plus Idris Elba plays a buffalo. Any fiction writer can tell you that layering in a lot of tiny specific details about how your fantasy world works can really sell it to audiences. The Shakira-voiced gazelle singer in Zootopia isn’t vital to the movie’s plot, but her musical presence makes the world of Zootopia feels that much more alive. Plus, the song’s modern vibe sounds like it will age better than some other songs on this list.1. Sledgehammer- RihannaJust as Star Trek Beyond might end up being the actual best movie of the summer, its tie-in Rihanna track “Sledgehamer” might be the best movie tie-in song of the summer. Granted, the two don’t go together all that well. Rihanna tweeted lyrics from the chorus over two years ago, surely from a time before the song was paired with the film. But the music video has Rihanna doing crazy alien stuff. Plus she’s into vaporwave. What more could you want? The scariest part of the new Ghostbusters is this awful remix.<><>
Anyone who has sat through a Chucky movie knows how scary animatronic children’s toys can be. And the older they are, the more creepy they seem to be. Well, it’s 2016 and someone decided it was high time 1985’s best selling animatronic toy Teddy Ruxpin was, quite literally, ripped apart to reveal its creepy insides.The family that runs the YouTube channel What’s Inside are well known for cutting things open to find out what exactly is inside all these products we use every day. They’ve ripped open an electric bike, an Olympic Torch, fireworks, and a stun gun to name but a few. Now we have a Teddy Ruxpin undergoing a full body teardown.I felt a little bit sorry for Teddy Ruxpin during that video, and I think the use of a sledgehammer was a step too far. All they needed was a screwdriver or cutting tool to get through the plastic. Collector’s everywhere will be cringing if they could even watch the video at all.I was still in single digits back in 1985 when this teddy was a hit, but I don’t remember it. It made clever use of the left and right tracks on cassette tapes to allow for audio alongside a data stream telling the servomotors what to do. That way Ruxpin could move his eyes and mouth to match the audio for each story. There was also a companion toy called Grubby that could engage in pre-recorded conversations using a proprietary cable.Teddy Ruxpin had the 1985 version of DLC in the form of 39 stories you could purchase on tape. There was also many outfits you could buy, a TV series, and in 2005 a BackPack version was released which used digital cartridges instead of tapes.For anyone who misses Teddy Ruxpin being available, you’ll be pleased to hear a brand new version is planned for release in 2017. I suspect that one will include internal storage and WiFi for connection to an online story store.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Mar 2015 – No more time change after this weekend! The country will adjust clocks with the upcoming daylight savings time over the weekend; setting clocks forward by one hour on Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2AM. The government dubbing the season, “more sunshine for the Turks and Caicos” as a Cabinet decision, last year, determined the country would discontinue altering time based on the two seasons where time would either ‘spring forward’ or ‘fall back’. Hon Donhue Gardiner said: “This move will provide our visitor and residents with an extra hour of sunshine during our winter months, our peak tourist season.” He also cites it as good for commerce: “This will be good news for our resorts, bars and restaurants, as well as allowing our residents to enjoy a little more sunshine at the end of their day.” The move was delayed when commercial airliners said they needed more notice to adjust their flight schedules. Again, when you set your clocks forward on Sunday, it will be for final time – no more time change in the Turks and Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
DETROIT (AP) — A Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international jetliner with a bomb in his underwear told a federal court Tuesday that a radical Islamic cleric killed by the U.S. military is alive and called the United States a cancer.Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, made the statement as jury selection began for his federal terror trial in Detroit, where he is acting as his own attorney.“Anwar is alive,” Abdulmutallab told the court before questioning of potential jurors got under way. “The mujahadeen will wipe out the U.S. — the cancer U.S.”The government says Abdulmutallab, a well-educated Nigerian from an upper-class family, was directed in the attack by American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed Friday by a joint CIA-U.S. military air strike in Yemen.Abdulmutallab said he wanted to become a martyr on Christmas 2009, when he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam, according to the government.The failed attack was the first act of terrorism in the U.S. during the Obama administration, and it could have implications in the debate over whether terrorism suspects should be tried in civilian or military courts.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A precautionary advisory in Fort Lauderdale for water-related recreational activities has been lifted just in time for the end of winter break.After 145,887 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled along the 600 to 700 blocks of Northwest 13th Street, Monday night, a precautionary advisory to avoid swimming, fishing and jet skiing was issued for the Hidden Harbors apartments, located at 1752 N.W. Third Terrace.Fort Lauderdale City spokesman Matt Little said the cause of the spillage was a broken, 24-inch sewer main, which spewed untreated wastewater into the South Fork of Middle River.“As a precaution, we have taken samples and are currently testing,” he said early this week. “We will have test result in approximately 24 hours.”While the pipes were fixed, shortly after the spill, the advisory was in place until Wednesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Macha Bolarum: Overflow of the sewage has become a common sight in Krishna Nagar colony, Macha Bolarum here on Monday. It has been causing severe hardship to the locals travelling from this area. It also has become a challenge for the locals over here to deal with it every day.Speaking to The Hans India, Vinay Raj, a local, said this stagnated sewage is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes which has increased over here. As the sewage water gets accumulated in front of the houses, it is becoming very difficult to travel from that area. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us K Rupesh, a local, said the locals over here had given several complaints to the officials concerned about this issue and also requested the municipality to repair the drainage line, but no concrete step had been taken till date.Despite several complaints, verbal and posting message through the social media, no concrete step has been taken by the officials.
Mining and energy group Vedanta Resources expects to complete its merger with Cairn India early next year, a move that would boost the firm’s financial strength, Vedanta’s CEO said on Friday.Vedanta is among the resource firms hit by a collapse in commodity prices and it is also facing legal action and activist protests over its operations in Zambia.In a speech to a London shareholders’ meeting, CEO Tom Albanese said the rationale for the merger was compelling, which was why Vedanta announced improved terms in July.”The merger … will contribute significantly to our overall financial strength, not least through a potential re-rating, which will lower our overall cost of capital,” Albanese said, according to a copy of his speech.”We expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2017.”The deal, which will give Vedanta access to oil and gas explorer Cairn India’s $3.5 billion cash pile, has faced opposition from some big minority shareholders, including British-based Cairn Energy, but Albanese said he did not foresee obstacles.Vedanta’s debt to EBITDA ratio is 5.7 for 2016 compared with the level of around 3 analysts view as comfortable.Albanese told Reuters after the meeting that Vedanta had repaid close to $1.2 billion of bonds in the first quarter and had no further Vedanta Resources debt maturing until 2018.”We are committed to deleveraging the balance sheet,” he said, citing a share price rally – the stock has almost doubled since the end of last year – as proof of market confidence.Albanese also predicted the commodity price slump has ended.”My own personal view is that for the first time in more than five years, most commodities will end this calendar year higher than they began the year,” he said in his speech.To Reuters, he declined to comment on a case involving Vedanta’s copper mining in Zambia because it is being litigated.Protesters, under the banner of the activist organization Foil Vedanta, demonstrated at the shareholder meeting, chanting “shame, shame” and “looters, polluters” as executives walked in.In May, a high court judge decided that a claim could proceed in the English courts on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers seeking compensation following what they say is damage to their health and land caused by Konkola Copper Mines. Vedanta, which has a majority stake in Konkola, has appealed that decision and said Zambia is the appropriate jurisdiction. It expects to know the outcome of the appeal next year.
Pressure on airport security to avoid a repeat of the foiled Christmas Day attack is beginning to show, the Los Angeles airport police union calling on the U.S. government this week to implement mandatory full-body scans for all passengers at airports.The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association said metal detectors were no longer enough as they were unable to detect items with little or no metal.”All available technology and tools must be used to fix an obvious gap in security that puts airline travellers and crew members at risk” said union president Marshall McClain in a statement.”Testing of whole-body scanners at LAX has shown them to be highly effective in keeping dangerous materials off airplanes.”However, critics have slammed the use of full-body scanning technology, claiming its ability to see through clothing and create an image of the body amounts to a virtual strip search.”These scanners show starkly detailed images of the human body, which amount to an assault on the dignity of passengers and can be personally humiliating” American Civil Liberties Union’s Peter Bibring told the Los Angeles Times.But officials insist that full-body scans will be safer and more efficient than patting down passengers.Meanwhile, other countries have stepped up airport security following directives issued by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Monday to enhance screening of passengers from “state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest.”In Nigeria, Information Minister Dora Akunyili said the government would do whatever security checks the U.S. government requested.”It is for the good of everybody that everybody is searched thoroughly” she told the Canadian Press.Similarly, officials in Jordan are applying “enhanced techniques” to screen U.S.-bound passengers while passengers in Pakistan have been subjected to special screening and full body searches.Security officials in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport have also put passengers through additional screening procedures and compiled lists of “suspicious” passengers – based on their nationalities, travel patterns and ticket purchases – to monitor. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/170dc/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L