BC elk wears antlerfull of inner tube after second year tangling with

first_imgYOUBOU, B.C. – A Vancouver Island elk is once again festooned in debris, the second year in a row the young male has inadvertently decorated itself during mating season.Conservation officer Scott Norris says the elk has managed to entwine a deflated inner tube in its antlers while wandering in bush near Youbou, west of Duncan.Norris says the elk had to be felled last year by a tranquilizer so officers could unwind some rope and a tarpaulin it had wrapped around its head, limiting its sight and preventing it from feeding properly.Norris says the deflated inner tube doesn’t seem to bother the animal and there’s hope conservation officers won’t have to intervene this year.Young bull elk can show aggression during mating season by beating their antlers on bushes, and Norris says that’s likely how this elk became entangled for a second time.Conservation officers and animal safety groups say the elk, this year dubbed Tuber, will be closely watched to ensure his rubber headgear doesn’t cause him any harm. (CFAX)last_img read more

Federal threat to impose higher carbon tax on Manitoba misguided minister

first_imgVANCOUVER – Manitoba’s sustainable development minister says a federal threat to impose a higher carbon tax on the province is misguided and reveals a breakdown of co-operative federalism.Rochelle Squires said her government is standing firm on its promise to bring in a carbon tax of $25 a tonne next year and to keep it at that rate, citing other climate measures her province has brought in.Ottawa has demanded provinces implement either a cap-and-trade system or a tax that would start at $10 a tonne in 2018 and ramp up to $50 a tonne by 2022.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously said his government will impose an increased carbon tax on Manitoba if the province doesn’t co-operate, and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna echoed his remarks Friday.McKenna, speaking to reporters after a meeting of provincial, territorial and federal environment ministers in Vancouver, said her government will review the provinces’ prices annually to make sure they’re consistent with the national standard.If not, the federal government would implement a “backstop” to bring the price up to the federal rate, she said.“We certainly hope that all provinces step up, but if not, then we do have our plan that we would have to take action on,” she said.Squires said this response was “very misguided.”“We’ve been clear all along that carbon pricing is one aspect of our very comprehensive, made-in-Manitoba climate and green plan,” she said in an interview.“What we’re seeing is an erosion of co-operative federalism. We started off with an agreed-upon goal of reducing our carbon footprint to this backstop.”Asked whether Manitoba was willing to go to court over the issue, Squires said the province did not want to spend money, taxpayer resources or time on the dispute.“All Canadians are expecting us to get the job done on climate. We want to get to work. We don’t want to have this lingering situation with Ottawa,” she said.She said Manitoba has been a climate leader, pointing to its development of hydroelectricity, and that the province’s plan would reduce emissions more than the federal government’s “backstop.”Most provinces have already agreed to follow Ottawa’s proposal. Saskatchewan is the only one threatening not to impose a carbon tax at all.British Columbia introduced a carbon tax in 2008 and increased it annually until 2012, when it reached $30 a tonne. The minority NDP government has said it will increase the tax by $5 a year until it reaches $50 in 2021, a year before Ottawa’s deadline.After their meeting the ministers released a new report, in the form of a publicly accessible website, which shows that Canada has made significant reductions in air pollutants, including smog and acid rain.The report says improved air quality was estimated by Health Canada to have prevented 4,100 deaths, 2,200 hospital visits and 770,000 asthma events in 2011, the most recent data provided.They also announced new air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide, which would reduce emissions that are linked to health effects such as decreased lung function, respiratory health problems and environmental impacts.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

TORONTO ENTREPRENEUR BRINGING AFRICAN FASHION TO THE MAINSTREAM

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook The Nigerian designer first launched ÖFUURË five years ago, and since then has amassed an Instagram following of over 139,000 fans, including some of the music and fashion industries’ biggest names. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A young Toronto-based designer is bringing the beauty of African prints to the world with her colourful collections of swim wear, boots, and dresses that will brighten up even the dreariest of Canadian winters.At just 22 years-old, fourth-year Ryerson student Tehilah Abakasanga’s clothing brand ÖFUURË has been taking the fashion industry by storm.Now she’s back in the city for a month-long pop-up at 2581 Yonge Street, which will last until December 29. Twitterlast_img read more

Tax break helps UnitedHealth 4Q earnings 2018 guidance soar

first_imgUnitedHealth Group’s earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017, and the nation’s largest insurer hiked its forecast well beyond expectations largely due to help from the federal tax overhaul.UnitedHealth said Tuesday that it added $1.2 billion in 2017 non-cash earnings, as its fourth-quarter and full-year corporate tax rates were cut.The $1.5 trillion tax cut plan that Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump sped into law last month also has prompted other companies to raise forecasts for the new year and announce employee bonuses. UnitedHealth said it will dedicate most of the benefit it receives from the law to accelerating investments in data analytics and technology.Shares climbed about 2 per cent Tuesday.Fourth-quarter earnings climbed to $3.62 billion, as total revenue rose over 9 per cent to $52.06 billion. Adjusted earnings came in at $2.59 per share, excluding the tax overhaul gain. That also trumped Wall Street expectations.Analysts forecast earnings of $2.51 per share on $51.54 billion in revenue for the Minnetonka, Minnesota, company, which is the first big insurer to report results every quarter.Health insurance is still the biggest revenue generator for UnitedHealth Group Inc., which covers more than 49 million people. But it now pulls in most of its operating earnings from its Optum segment. That business provides pharmacy benefits management and technology services and also operates clinics and urgent care and surgery centres. Optum operating earnings jumped 22 per cent to $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter.UnitedHealth is feeding that segment with a nearly $5 billion deal announced last month to buy DaVita Medical Group’s hundreds of clinics and extend the reach of its health care services business to several more states.Analysts who follow UnitedHealth see more growth potential in Optum and its array of products focused on cutting costs and improving health care. Those are big concerns in an economy where medical costs annually rise faster than wages and inflation.Operating earnings for the company’s UnitedHealthcare insurance side climbed about 29 per cent to $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter. The insurer booked gains in several types of coverage, including Medicaid, the state- and federally funded program for the poor. More states are turning to insurers to manage this coverage.UnitedHealth also saw a nearly 12 per cent, fourth-quarter revenue gain from its international business, which covers more than 4 million people. The insurer said late last month that it will spend about $2.8 billion to buy a health care provider and insurer that operates in Chile, Columbia and Peru.Overall, UnitedHealth earned $10.56 billion last year on more than $200 billion in revenue. It expects revenue in 2018 to range between $223 billion and $225 billion.UnitedHealth now expects adjusted earnings of $12.30 to $12.60 per share in 2018, up from an initial forecast for $10.55 to $10.85. That’s far better than the $11.44 per share that Wall Street was projecting, according to a survey by FactSet.Shares of UnitedHealth climbed $5.29 to $233.86 in late-morning trading Tuesday. The stock advanced about 38 per cent last year, with the price surging past $200 and setting several all-time highs.last_img read more

We Are Happy to Have Benatia Says Juventus CEO

Rabat – Moroccan footballer Mehdi Benatia is mesmerizing the world with his high determination. Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta expressed his admiration for Morocco’s football superstar and his good character.Maratto said that the Atlas Lion “did very well in Roma,” recalling the player’s career with Bayern Munich. “He went to Bayern, where he had some difficulties and we bought him.”The Italian football executive said that the club is very delighted to have Benatia playing for the Old Lady (Juventus). “His main qualities are his temperament and his experience,” said Juventus’ CEO.  Benatia had currently played 9 games with the Italian giant, conceding a single goal in all these appearances.Juventus has also named the Moroccan footballer as its player of the month of November.The title recognizes the footballer’s great performances with his Italian team in their most decisive games, including those against Spanish rival FC Barcelona and the Italian team Crotone. On December 23, the 30-year old netted a fabulous game against his former team, AS Roma.Several international teams are targeting the footballer. Recently this month, British football team F.C Arsenal made an EUR 35 million offer to Juventus for Benatia.  Juventus, however, did not accept Arsenal’s offer.The international player, who is also Morocco’s national football team captain, did his utmost to help Moroccans during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. The footballer netted a great goal against Cote d’Ivoire on November 11. The game finished with 2-0 win for the Atlas Lions, who thus secured a place for the 2018 World Cup second round that will take place in Russia next summer. read more

Takata air bags claim another life after Arizona crash

DETROIT — Another person has died from shrapnel hurled by a faulty Takata air bag inflator.Honda says the death happened in Buckeye, Arizona, on June 8, 2018. The company says it was only told of the death recently.The unidentified driver is the 24th person to be killed by the air bags worldwide. More than 200 people have been hurt.Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the bags. But it can deteriorate due to high temperatures and humidity and explode too forcefully, spewing metal shrapnel.Honda says the driver of a 2002 Honda Civic died in a hospital on June 11.The Associated Press

Jamaica Second paternity test positive for pastor accused of sex with

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaican pastor arrested on sex charges involving minorAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Jamaican pastor accused of raping minor granted $1.5m bailAugust 23, 2017In “Court”Jamaican pastor accused of impregnating 12-y-o agrees to DNA testAugust 25, 2017In “latest news” (Jamaica Gleaner) A second paternity test has all but concluded that the Kingston pastor who is facing criminal charges for repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl is the father of her infant child, Gleaner sources have revealed.According to sources, the test has revealed that “there is a 99.999 per cent chance that pastor Kenneth Blake cannot be excluded” as the child’s father.The test was requested and paid for by Blake, pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, and reportedly conducted earlier this month by Caribbean Genetics, based at The University of the West Indies.Blake made the request in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in April this year after the first paternity test, which was conducted at the government forensic laboratory, also concluded that there was a “99.99 per cent” chance that he could not be excluded as the father.He argued at the time that the test conducted by the government lab was tainted.Able-don Foote, the attorney representing Blake, told The Gleaner that he had no comment on the latest development.Blake is scheduled to go on trial on March 4 next year in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.The alleged victim, who is now 15 years old, gave birth to a boy on November 30 last year.Blake, 56, has been charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching, and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.Gifts To Keep Her QuietThe Gleaner first reported that he was arrested in August last year by investigators from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.The charges were filed after the child gave investigators a detailed statement in which she accused Blake of having sex with her at his St Andrew home in 2015 when she was 12 years old.It is alleged that during the first encounter, the clergyman forced himself on the child after giving her older sister money to “buy some things” downtown.Following this, according to the girl’s account to investigators, he began rewarding her with gifts to keep quiet about their sexual encounters.However, Blake has denied the allegations and insisted in court that it was part of an extortion attempt by the mother of his accuser. read more

Power restored to 50000 homes as ESB continue to repair Storm Doris

first_imgPower restored to 50,000 homes as ESB continue to repair Storm Doris damage 3,000 homes are still without power as Met Éireann has warned that the weather will remain very changeable into next week. Calm after Storm Doris this morning in Dun Laoghaire Source: John CoveneyThe majority of ESB customers who had their power cut off by Storm Doris should have their supply reconnected by now, but there are some 3,000 homes still without electricity.Over 50,000 homes have had their power restored  after the storm caused serious damage on Wednesday night, as well as traffic disruptions Thursday morning. https://jrnl.ie/3255832 Source: ESB Networks/Twitter Early indications suggest that the early days of next week will be cold and changeable, with rain or wintry showers at times. Cold and frosty at night too, with some icy patches in places.Updated at 1pmRead: Looking for a job? The Defence Forces are recruiting >Read: On Brussels trip, Kenny says Brexit deal should include provision for united Ireland > Source: ESB PowercheckMet Éireann has warned that weather will remain very changeable in the coming days and into the early days of next week.Outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the west will spread to the rest of the country by this afternoon, with the rain turning persistent over Ulster.There’ll be heavy rain and wind overnight, mostly in the west. Then on Saturday, according to the latest forecast, it will be wet and windy all morning “and into the afternoon with strong and gusty southerly winds and rain in all areas, heavy at times”.Brighter, less windy conditions with sunny spells will follow eastwards later in the afternoon and early evening.The night will be cold, and Sunday will be windy and mostly cloudy again – with strong winds in some areas by the afternoon. The North Bull Wall in Dublin Source: Sam BoalSunday night will see sub-zero temperatures, and heading into next week: 24,785 Views Share34 Tweet Email Our crews are working hard to get everyone back as quickly and safely as possible here are some pics from the ongoing repairs #stormdoris pic.twitter.com/VORfzQDixq— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) February 24, 2017center_img 18 Comments By Daragh Brophy The ESB say they’re working hard to restore power to the remaining houses without power caused by 610 separate faults located in the following areas: Julianstown, Drogheda, Navan, Balbriggan, Swords, Ashbourne, Mulhuddart, Arigna, Carrick on Shannon, Mohil, Ballaghadereen and parts of Castlebar, Tuam, Cavan, Longford and Sligo. Friday 24 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM Feb 24th 2017, 1:30 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ryanairs chair resigned from Ubers board after a sexist remark about women

first_img Take me to Fora Jun 14th 2017, 1:50 PM Ryanair’s chair resigned from Uber’s board after a sexist remark about women David Bonderman has served as a director at the low-cost carrier for over two decades. RYANAIR’S CHAIRMAN DAVID Bonderman has resigned from Uber’s board of directors after making what he called an inappropriate remark about women at a company meeting.The news comes shortly after Uber’s board voted to adopt the recommendations of a workplace review led former US attorney general Eric Holder’s law firm.The ride-sharing company commissioned the inquiry after former engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post that described her experience of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at Uber.A 13-page document from Holder’s firm – made public yesterday – did not outline the investigation’s findings about Uber. But its recommendations implicitly expose a startup-turned-goliath that permitted misconduct, had few policies to protect employees and ran with little board supervision.Uber founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence yesterday. The company declined to say if Kalanick’s decision was related to the report.Earlier this week, it was announced that Emil Michael – vice president for business and a close Kalanick ally – was also leaving. David Bonderman with Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary Source: RollingNews.ie‘Careless and inappropriate’Now director David Bonderman has resigned from Uber’s board after making an offensive comment about women.In an exchange with fellow director Arianna Huffington, Bonderman said that if a woman was added to the board there likely would be more talking.The ill-timed remark – which can be heard in a recording obtained by Yahoo – was made at a staff meeting to discuss how Uber would reform itself after Holder’s investigation into alleged sexual harassment at the company. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3443697 By Fora Staff Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images Share2 Tweet Email1 center_img Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 1:50 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: In a statement announcing his resignation, Bonderman said the comment was careless and inappropriate: “I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud.”Bonderman has served as a director at budget airline Ryanair for just over two decades. He is also an officer, director and shareholder of 1996 Air GP Inc, which owns shares in the low-cost carrier.The American businessman is the co-founder of private equity investment firm TPG. He also serves on the board of directors of CoStar Group and General Motors.With reporting by Associated Press.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie 18 Comments Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images 18,071 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sony arrête la production du Walkman à cassettes

first_imgSony arrête la production du Walkman à cassettesLe géant de l’électronique a confirmé aujourd’hui l’arrêt imminent de la commercialisation des baladeurs à cassettes Walkman. Les ventes cesseront lorsque le stock des modèles livrés sera épuisé au Japon.C’est une page qui se tourne pour ceux qui se l’étaient arraché à l’époque. Le Walkman à cassettes, sorti en 1979, a été le premier équipement personnel permettant de se promener avec ses chansons. Une façon révolutionnaire d’écouter de la musique à ce moment-là. En trois décennies, Sony affirme en avoir vendu plus de 220 millions à travers le monde. Le premier modèle de cet appareil, le TPS-L2, s’est ensuite décliné en une lignée de lecteurs stéréos. Aujourd’hui elle perdure avec les modèles numériques à Compact Disc (CD, le Discman), Mini-disc (MD), disque dur ou mémoire flash. Pour autant, le terme “Walkman” a encore de beaux jours devant lui. Cette appellation désigne toujours couramment les lecteurs mp3 de la marque. Sony a d’ailleurs annoncé qu’il continuerait à les produire malgré le succès de la musique dématérialisée.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 19:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Orange rafle la mise avec son offre quadruple play

first_imgOrange rafle la mise avec son offre quadruple playGrâce à ses forfaits Open, l’opérateur dépasse le million de clients pour son offre Internet-Téléphone-TV-Mobile.Selon Les Echos, Orange viendrait donc de dépasser le cap du million. De nombreux nouveaux clients se sont laisser séduire par Orange, mais pas seulement. Les clients actuels ont également pu basculer sur cette nouvelle offre à partir de 49,90 euros par mois (en gardant votre mobile sinon les tarifs se trouvent ici). Orange aurait attiré 107 000 nouveaux clients dans le marché ADSL ce dernier trimestre alors que Iliad (Free) Bouygues et SFR ont récupéré respectivement 73 000, 96 000 et 29 000 abonnés.L’opérateur doit se frotter les mains, surtout avant l’arrivée de Free Mobile, qui incitera le groupe Iliad à proposer également une offre quadrule play. Cependant, une petite ombre au tableau pour Orange: son offre Open réduit forcément ses marges…Le 24 novembre 2011 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

How Rogue One Connects to the Greater Star Wars Universe

first_img Rogue One: As Star Wars Story tells the tale of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who was separated from her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) at a young age. Recruited by a young Rebel Alliance, Jyn is tasked with seeking out a Rebel leader from her past to hear an important message sent from her father to outsider Rebel figure Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). She’s sent with Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) a Rebel agent and his reprogrammed droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) to the once-holy city of Jedha to see if she can find Saw and retrieve the message from a defecting Imperial pilot. Also around is a new villain – Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) – who’s aspirations to hold higher office in the Empire’s political structure lead him to develop the power source for the Death Star. Krennic has a distinct white uniform and towering black “Death Troopers” but his menace is mostly kept to political maneuvering after he realizes he had a defector in his midst.The story itself is a war film, which starkly draws a contrast between it and the so-called “Saga” movies (the numbered episodes pertaining to a Skywalker). This isn’t about Rogue Squadron, the legacy property; it’s about a new group of characters that get to be lovable and interesting for a single film. Your milage may vary on how these characters contribute to the greater Star Wars universe, but as a film, Rogue One is an exciting narrative of a group of people coming together to execute a single goal.One of the things that make Rogue One: A Star Wars Story unique is how much it references and re-establishes aspects from both the new-canon of Star Wars and the old Expanded Universe. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Gareth Edwards, like J.J. Abrams before him, is a Star Wars fan. We’re now living in an era where someone besides George Lucas is allowed to make a Star Wars movie. However, we lost some stuff getting here, like the Expanded Universe. Old Star Wars video games, novels, comics, cartoons and role playing games all became “Legends” content while Disney started the Star Wars canon with just the movies and the Clone Wars animated series. Since certain Legends content has been refreshed back into the Star Wars universe, just interpreted for the new-canon; surprisingly Rogue One has some of those too!Ultimately, a person’s enjoyment of Rogue One is dependent on a degree of Star Wars fandom, especially early on in the story when the characters are being established for the first time: do references to A New Hope (and a couple of characters from the Star Wars prequels) make you giggle with joy? Rogue One delivers there. Despite being the first stand-alone or “anthology film” in the Star Wars Universe, it throws out connections and references to so much existing Star Wars material that it’s hard to imagine an action movie fan being happy with just watching Rogue One. You have to watch the movie, then watch A New Hope immediately, then get all those old LucasArts CD-Roms out of storage and play them!Rogue One is a movie by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans, and if you’re a geek like me, here’s why:Blue MilkEveryone was on the edge of their seat wondering: Will Rogue One: A Star Wars Story be the Star Wars movie where we finally see the return of everyone’s favorite turquoise-tinged lactose delivery system? You can rest easy, the Star Wars blue milk, last seen on a Tatooine Moisture Farm in Episode IV: A New Hope makes a 2016 cameo in the movie’s pre-title sequence. It’s not much of a spoiler to say it’s in the Erso family kitchen – just keep an eye out while people are rushing around.Kyber CrystalsRogue One makes it official, the crystal in a Jedi’s lightsaber is called a kyber crystal. Or, as blind Force monk Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) puts it in the film: “The strongest stars have hearts of kyber.” The lore of kyber crystals really begins in Star Wars: The Clone Wars when a group of Jedi padawan were taken to a crystal cave on the planet Ilum to assemble their lightsabers. In the old “Legends” Star Wars canon, it didn’t have to be a kyber crystal at the core of a lightsaber. It usually was, but there were also different gems or small machinery in the lightsabers of lore. After Lucasfilm wiped the continuity in 2012 after the Disney purchase, a lost Clone Wars episode and a few mentions on the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels started developing the story around the crystals of varying size that could be used to harness great power. Catalyst, the Rogue One prequel novel, follows Galen Erso studies with kyber crystals as Orson Krennic tries to use his research to develop the Death Star.The Legends history of the Kaiburr Crystal was first introduced in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye; the first Star Wars expanded universe novel by Alan Dean Foster, the one that was published in 1978…before The Empire Strikes Back. The plot of that book features a single Kaiburr Crystal that enhances a person’s connection to the Force if you posses it. That’s why Luke and Vader and other Jedi and Sith in the Legends cannon so prized Kaiburr shards for making lightsabers: it was naturally Force-attuned. In the new-continuity, all Kyber crystals, regardless of size, are attuned to the Force, it’s just about cutting them and aligning their “day and night” lattices. It’s a long story. So long a story it’s a novel, and it’s called Catalyst.Guardians of the WhillsIn Rogue One, Chirrut and Baze describe themselves as “Guardians of the Whills,” which basically makes them traveling Force battle monks. However, the reference to the “Whills” is Star Wars oldest references. The 1973 outline of the story that would eventually (after many drafts) become Star Wars is titled “Journal of the Whills, Part I “ by George Lucas. It follows a “Jedi-bendu” named “Mace Windy” and his padawan “C.J. Thorpe.” Although Lucas refined the idea into the movie, we know as “A New Hope,” many of the original themes in his Whills outline served as fodder for the prequels.Only recently have references to these very early Lucas outlines started to permeate the Star Wars lore. In some of the Revenge of the Sith ancillary material (specifically the annotated screenplay and the novelization), we’re told Qui-Gon Jinn learned how to exist as part of the Force after death from a Shaman of the Whills, an ancient species/order that pre-date the Jedi and the Sith. All the things that the really powerful Force users talk about – preserving one’s consciousness after death or straight-up immortality – were supposedly mastered by the Whills. This got even more confusing with the Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Lost Season” episode called “Voices” which introduced “Force Priestesses” that trained Qui-Gon Jinn in preserving his consciousness, but they never completed their training (why Qui-Gon can’t manifest as a full Force Ghost). Rogue One is the first in-film mention of the Whills in the Star Wars Universe, so knowing that some pre-history has been locked into place is tantalizing (and who says Liam Neeson can’t come back for some voice work?)Saw GerreraSaw Gerrera being in Rogue One triggers mixed feelings for fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where he originally appeared. Saw and his sister Steela were resisting the Separatists on the planet of Onderon during the Clone Wars and the age of the Republic. The Jedi were all generals of the Army of the Republic (clone troopers), and the Jedi High Council decided not to send a full army to Onderon. Instead they send Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Rex the clone trooper. They helped train the few resistance fighters who successfully repelled the Separatist threat, though Steela was killed.According to Star Wars: Rebels, Gerrera resisted the Empire as much as he resisted the Separatists, fighting off Agent Kallus if the ISB when he came to Onderon. Saw’s new group is called the Partisans and eventually will be one of the factions that make up the Rebel Alliance. We know a bit about the reputation of Saw Gerrera from a brief mention he gets in the novel Star Wars: Bloodline, which is set after Return of the Jedi. Then, one of the Republic Senators mentions to Princess Leia that Gerrera’s Partisans were considered terrorists by some standards. In Rogue One, we get to see the Partisans at the height of their reputation – screwing with the Empire the best they know how. Gerrera’s group, and the man himself are more threatening than any version of the Alliance we’ve seen on screen so far. Also, Gerrera at this point is more machine than man, and how that happened. is some history that still needs to be filled inVader’s CastleHold onto your butts – Vader’s Castle is totally in Rogue One. Now, no one calls it Vader’s Castle, and the planet that it is located on never gets mentioned, but it appears pretty clear that Vader has attendants of his own that serve the Sith Lord. Unlike his traveling hyperbaric chamber that we see him use in the original trilogy, the scarred Anakin Skywalker prefers to pass his time entirely out of his prosthetics and submerged in a healing Bacta Tank (like what they put Luke in in The Empire Strikes Back after the Wampa attack and Taun-Taun rescue). Krennic flies to meet Vader at this place, and we get an establishing shot of the building on a ridge next to a river of lava.Where this is located is still up in the air. Anytime molten lava is involved in a Darth Vader scene, the first thought is the planet of Mustafar, where Anakin lost his battle to Obi-Wan. However, Mustafar has a lot of lava and a lot of peaks so the building have to be platform based, above the lava. The planet that we see Vader’s castle on could also be the first look at Vjun, the acid-desert planet, which would legitimately mean that the castle is Bast Castle made manifest on screen. Bast Castle is the name of Vader’s non-canonical castle as it appeared in the Dark Empire II story. There it was being used for a post-Vader group of dark Jedi called the “Dark Side Elite.” If that sounds like just a Legends version of the Knights of Ren, you might not be far off – establishing Vader has his own base of operations with his own red Imperial Guards and cloaked underlings means there’s a whole side to Vader in the new-canon that has yet to be explored.UPDATE: The Rogue One Visual Dictionary CONFIRMS Darth Vader’s “Lair” is on Mustafar, built on top of an expansive “Sith cave” under the lava field. Blue SquadronBlue Squadron of the Rebel Alliance didn’t actually appear named on-screen until Return of the Jedi when Ten Numb flew Blue Five. In the first Star Wars novelization (originally titled Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker) which has several differences from the theatrically released A New Hope, Luke was on Blue Squadron, not Red Squadron during the Death Star trench run. After that, the Expanded Universe of Star Wars filled out the exploits of Blue Squadron during the Galactic Civil War to include a scout unit for the Tantive IV (the ship Leia is on at the beginning of A New Hope) and a role in the attack on the Death Star in LucasArts’ first Star Wars CD-Rom game, Star Wars: Rebel Forces (pictured above is Merrick Sims from the game and the Blue Leader’s last name in Rogue One is “Merrick!”).In Rogue One, Blue Squadron is not restored to a Tantive IV scout mission, but they do appear in a space battle along with the Red and Gold squadrons we know are mere weeks away from flying with Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin. The mere presence of Blue Squadron is nice, as we’re finally following it (potentially) through the known canon. The Marvel Star Wars comics had a crossover event last year called “Vader Down” where Darth Vader crash-landed on a planet, and the Rebel Alliance tried to take him out (it didn’t work). Those crossover comics included Blue Squadron and is set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Their inclusion in Rogue One bookends A New Hope, which is as close as having the Death Star participation of Blue Squadron restored as we’re likely to get. Go Blue!Bail Organa and Tantive IVThe involvement of Jimmy Smits in Rogue One is one of two casting Easter Eggs connecting the prequel trilogy to Rogue One. The other is Genevieve O’Reilly who played a young Mon Mothma in Revenge of the Sith, though the scene where she was named was cut, so it ended up being a blink-and-you’ll miss it appearance. Here, Mon Mothma acts more like who she will become in Return of the Jedi (“Many Bothans,” etc.), but is also joined in the early Rebel Alliance by Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) at the base on Yavin IV.There’s was a clip including Bail Organa released before Rogue One was released, so it’s not a spoiler to say that he’s in the movie, nor is it a spoiler to say that he ends up on Alderaan, so we won’t be seeing any more Bail Organa on-screen. In a line while Jimmy Smits is walking off screen as Bail Organa for the last time, you can hear him say he has a mission for “Captain Antilles.” This is the first indication that we’re going to see the Tantive IV frigate at the end of the film, the one that gets captured by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer at the beginning of A New Hope. What’s unclear in the chaos of the last five minutes of the movie is if we actually see Captain Antilles while his ship makes a speedy escape with “hope.” We do get to see what makes Vader pissed off enough to choke out Antilles with his bare hands in Star Wars.Below are the SPOILER Star Wars connections (and resurrections!). Go see Rogue One first!Ponda Baba and Doctor Cornelius EvazanThe duo younger me would call “Pig Nose and Butt-Face” are, in fact, in Rogue One on the planet Jedha. Although it appears they only have hours to escape the city after their run in with Jyn and Cassian. This time, they decide not to go on blabbing about how they are “wanted men” or how many systems they have the death sentence on for gross medical malpractice and torture. They’ll be doing that in mere weeks in a Mos Eisley Cantina. Although boosting may be brought on by drink for Dr. Evazan, Ponda Baba just doesn’t seem to like people. He gets all grunty in Rogue One and the same thing gets them both on the wrong end of a lightsaber in A New Hope. Damn, kid, find some chill. Just because you don’t like anybody doesn’t mean you have to be such an a-hole about it.Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess LeiaIn Rogue One’s best hidden special effect, Peter Cushing reprises his role as Grand Moff Tarkin after dying in 1994. Since this connection has been so well hidden in the film’s marketing, it’s unclear exactly how this trick was pulled off, but we do have some clues from other recent movies (Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man) and television (Anthony Hopkins in Westworld). Reddit readers were quick to notice that British actor Guy Henry briefly popped up on the Rogue One IMDB page as Tarkin, suggesting he could have been the actor on set playing opposite Ben Mendelsohn. Then, like Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, all available footage from the Lucasfilm archive of Cushing in the 1977 Star Wars would have been used to create a hyper-realistic digital mask. What’s unclear is how much of Tarkin’s performance is archival and how much is Guy Henry and someone doing their best voice-over impression. Certain phrases like “fire when ready” can be pulled from original takes, but how Tarking says “Krennic” in the film is still a toss up between sewing together clips (similar to how Alec Guinness says “Rey” in The Force Awakens by clipping the middle of him saying “afraid”), or a good impressionist. What’s also interesting is that we see some full-body Tarkin in Rogue One, which must have been difficult as most of Grand Moff Tarkin’s canonical appearances don’t include his shoes.Tech geeking out aside, this isn’t necessarily Tarkin’s re-entry into new-canon as the James Luceno novel Tarkin was released in 2014 as part of the early new Expanded Universe. That book tracked Tarkin’s rise through the fall of the senate and his quick ascension in the Empire to someone that’s Darth Vader’s equal in the eyes of the Emperor. The relationship between Vader and Tarkin is also expanded upon, giving more weight to why Vader would act like an enforcer for both the Emperor and a high-ranking Imperial official. After Tarkin, the Grand Moff showed up in animated form in Star Wars: Rebels when he came to quash the seeds of a Rebellion on Lothal. Both Tarkin and Vader received redesigns in the Rebels style for these appearances, but while it’s James Earl Jones voicing Vader in both Rebels and Rogue One, Tarkin in Rebels is played by voice-actor Stephen Stanton. If we want to continue to pull the thread of digitally resurrected Tarkin, Stanton is also in Rogue One as the voice of Mon Calamari General Raddus, so how hard would it have been to have him stitch together some lines on the side? Stay on target As a Star Wars fan I am incredibly thrilled, grateful and honoured to play Leia and be part of this beloved and amazing universe.#RogueOne— Ingvild Deila (@Ingvild_Deila) December 16, 2016The very end shot of Princess Leia, or Carrie Fisher circa 1977, is pulled off with a similar effect to Tarkin, and doesn’t look like it required the actual Fisher to be on set at any time. The Leia of The Force Awakens looks and sounds different, and a whole bunch of footage from A New Hope exists of Fisher in that era. We do know for sure who stepped in to play the role under the digital make-up for this one: actress Ingvild Deila.Familiar Fleet FacesGold Leader Dutch Vander (actor Angus MacInnes) and Red Leader Garven Dreis (actor Drewe Henley) are in Rogue One, no digital tricks. Using footage from the original 1970s run on the Death Star, the leader of the Red X-Wing Squadron and the leader of the Gold Y-Wing Squadron both make appearances in the movie. Their dialogue is re-worked, so when Gold Leader tells his Y-Wings to look out for the turrets, he’s talking about the turrets on the shield gate, not the turrets on the Death Star surface. When Dreis asks where Red Five is going, he’s not talking about Luke breaking formation, he’s talking about Rogue One’s doomed version of Red Five who is about to be blown up by a TIE fighter over Scariff (making an open spot for Luke in the Battle of Yavin). It’s nice to see the actors again, however brief the shots may be and it saves geeks like me a lot of trouble matching helmets to 1977 footage if the movie uses the actual footage and lines I’m used to.During my first screening, a fellow critic leaned over to me and asked: “Where’s Biggs?” I said “I don’t know,” but that’s just because I didn’t have time to explain: The A New Hope novelization, radio drama and some deleted scenes all confirm that at the time the Tantive IV is captured above Tattooine, Biggs is still hanging out with Luke on the planet about to join the Rebellion. It’s during the events of A New Hope that Biggs gets to Yavin IV and takes over a spot in the Rebel fleet. Which calls into question just how much action Biggs saw before dying. Oh, Biggs.Rebels ConnectionsStar Wars: Rebels, the animated series on Disney XD, tells the story of the beginning of the Rebel Alliance and is set before the events of both A New Hope and – it turns out – Rogue One. Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group tweeted that the events of Rogue One takes place after the end of the animated show’s narrative. This makes sense with Rogue One leading directly into A New Hope, but the placement of the Rogue One easter eggs actually provide some general spoilers to the series if it really takes before the Battle of Scarif (Chopper lives?).Specifically, there are three Rebels easter eggs I can find:Before Jyn and Cassian decide to go to Scariff with their rogue Rebel forces, but after the meeting where the Alliance council decides against it, “General Syndulla” is paged. This is either Hera Syndulla’s father Cham or Hera’s received a promotion since Rebels season three.As the Rebel comms officer is running out to tell Mon Mothma that Jyn and company have engaged the Empire on Scariff, Chopper rolls off screen on the left. Keep your ears alert whenever you’re watching a Yavin IV scene, because you can hear him doing his trademark bleeps and bloops fading away.It looks like The Ghost is in the Rebel Fleet in the space battle of Scariff! It’s for sure a VCX-100 light freighter and it’s in several shots. No one ever talks to the Ghost on comms, but if we just saw Chopper on the ground on Yavin, of course it’s the Ghost! Well, maybe we want to hope for multiple VCX-100s, because although the ship can be seen flying around after the Rebels have taken out the shield gate, it looks like the it might crash on Vader’s Death Star before getting away. I’ve only seen the movie twice and I’m not sure what to make of that, maybe I’m seeing things. That’d be a very downer way of having the Rebels crew survive their series but never have to be referenced in later time period films…they just blew up after the battle was over.center_img Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions last_img read more

Babbel I fear for Kovacs future at Bayern Munich

first_imgFormer Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel fears that the internal pressure that coach Niko Kovac has from the club board could lead to an early end of his reign in chargeThe pressure is mounting on the Croatian with Bayern currently on a four-game winless run in all competitions.Last time out the Bundesliga champions suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach and are now sixth in the league table and four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.Bayern president Uli Hoeness has already announced that he will defend Kovac to the end.But Babbel knows first-hand how big the pressure of getting Bayern back on track will be for Kovac.“The problem is if you work in a club like Bayern, not only the press will put pressure but within the club too,” Babbel told SportsMax. “I know from my time there. Nothing changed.“Players can go to Hoeness or Rummenigge. Then you as a coach you have no chance because they’re crying here and there. This is the biggest problem. You have two big men in the office. If they don’t support you, you have no chance.”“For me, it is not normal. You can’t start with seven wins then play a draw against Augsburg,” Babbel said. “They had chances to win the match but Manuel Neuer made a mistake. From there, everything has gone the wrong way.“It’s very strange. I don’t know what’s happened. I know the coach is good, the players are good. If they are fine together, they will bounce back and win games.”Harte Arbeit und gute Laune zum Wochenstart bei @R13_official und Leon #Goretzka! ☀💪 #packmas #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/GZm21lyKg9Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 15, 2018Babbel, who now manages Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers after retiring in 2007 from playing football, questioned the motivation levels of the Bayern squad.“Problems not only at Bayern but Manchester United. Players aren’t recognising who they are playing for anymore,” said Babbel.“The privilege to play for a club like this. How much money they earn. They’re not performing and giving everything. They’re not top professionals.”He added: “From the outside, maybe the team is a bit too old. They’ve been playing together for a long time. I watched them last season live and they didn’t look hungry anymore… Too many players at Munich have stayed for too long.“There’s not much fresh air in the team. It’s always the same. Maybe this is one of the reasons things aren’t working.”Babbel won nine trophies in total at Bayern, which included three Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Cup in 1996 before leaving for Liverpool in 2000.last_img read more

Man stabbed dead in Khulna

first_imgA man was stabbed to death allegedly by some unidentified miscreants in Amtola area of the city early Saturday.The deceased was Harun-or-Rashid, 35, son of late Khan Abu Hasnat.A gang of miscreants picked Harun up from Chhanda Bazar area around 1:30am, said Mamtazul Haque, officer-in-charge of Sonadanga police station. They, later, stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.After being rescued, the injured was rushed to Khulna Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 4:30am.Police, meanwhile, arrested three activists of Juba League Rasel, Sheikh Selim, and Raju Hawlader, in connection with the murder.last_img

Now you can see what its like to be standing on Mars

first_imgNo, Google Street View didn’t come to Mars (but we’re thinking about pre-writing the story anyway for when that inevitably happens). Instead, panoramic photographer Andrew Bodrov put together a Street View-like image that allows you to pan around Mars from the Curiosity rover’s point of view.The image, in which you can zoom and pan around below, is composed of 138 individual pictures. He did a phenomenal job, because the seams are barely noticeable, unlike Street View. At a glance, you might assume the landscape is some random desert on Earth, but after carefully examining the landscape, you’ll notice there’s something alien about it. The ground has tints of blue and purple, and the sky has a weird, blurry hue. Aside from the barren, strangely tinted landscape, the Sun appears smaller than it does on Earth, which you can see if you swing the camera up a little bit.The images were taken on April 27 of this year with the rover’s robotic arm, onto which the camera — Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) — is mounted. The final composite image stretches 30,000 pixels wide. As you can imagine, commenters already want a flat image to be made available so the panorama can be compatible with the Oculus Rift (which is something that NASA has already worked up). If you notice, there’s no blink of light piercing up through the ground, either.last_img read more

Anantara announces dates to Bangkoks 2018 Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

first_imgAnantara Hotels and Resorts has announced the dates for the 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. The event will be…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay Aussie rugby team gets naked to raise world cup fundsPeter Tatchell in Moscow to push LGBT+ rights ahead of World Cup9/11 hero who fought off terrorists and inspired rugby’s gay World Cup SAWASDEE:last_img

Crime Prevention Safety tips and awareness when you are in a vehicle

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Public Safety officers help keep our roads safe over the Easter weekendIf approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.If strangers loiter near or in your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.Hijackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.If your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual(s) involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car. Your life is more valuable than your possessions.Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime.Do not give strangers a lift.A gear lock is an affordable and very effective anti-theft device.If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage.Do not open your garage doors before your gates are closed.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! You spend a significant amount of time in your vehicle, whether it be driving to work, going to see family or maybe even embarking on a holiday for the entire family.Being in your vehicle for long periods of time on different roads can pose a risk to you and your family.These tips can keep you and your loved ones safe in this regard:Ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition when you plan to go on a journey.Ensure that the fuel tank of your vehicle always has sufficient fuel.Always lock your vehicle’s doors and keep the windows closed.Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.Avoid stopping in remote places.Park your vehicle in places that are well lit.If a stranger wants to talk to you while in your vehicle, do not open the window wide – 5cm is enough to have a discussion.If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers; rather be rude and drive away.Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.Vary the route you travel to work and back, if this is possible.Also read: 5 road safety tips for Easter travellerslast_img read more

Korean Air wins top award for Best Business Class Red

first_imgKorean Air wins top award for ‘Best Business Class Red’Korean Air wins top award for ‘Best Business Class Red’Korean Air has taken the top award in the ‘Best Business Class Red’ category in the 2017 Business Traveller ‘Cellars in the Sky’ airline wine awards. ‘Cellars in the Sky’, which celebrates the best first and business class wines served by airlines worldwide, announced the winners at a ceremony in London on February 20th. Korean Air received the gold medal in the ‘Best Business Class Red Wine’ category for serving Haselgrove Catkin Shiraz 2014 in its Prestige Class (Business Class). In addition, the airline also received the bronze medal in the ‘Best First Class Red Wine’ category for serving Chateau Du Tertre 2007. Business Traveller, the global travel magazine, has been running the renowned ‘Cellars in the Sky’ awards annually since 1985.  Approximately 400 wines from 30 carriers, including Korean Air, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, were submitted for the 2017 awards. The winners are determined by blind tastings conducted by a panel of wine experts.Korean Air serves a total of 49 wines on board, including 15 wines chosen specifically for First class. The airline maintains the highest level of quality by purchasing wines from eleven countries, depending on consumption and trends. Korean Air also pre-orders some wines 3-4 years in advance of the expected in-flight service to secure wines in the best condition and local speciality wines are also served, according to the flight destination.Korean Air holds a global reputation as an airline of ‘world class in-flight service’; awards received include the Mercury Award for the airline’s traditional Korean in-flight meal, Business Travellers’ Best Airline Award in the entertainment category and PAX International’s award for Best In-Flight Meal Service in Asia.Reference1.     Haselgrove Catkin Shiraz 2014Gold Medal in the ‘Best Business Class Red Wine’Service route: Oceania“Catkin Shiraz 2014” comes from the Haselgrove Winery in McLaren Vale, an internationally renowned wine region in South Australia. The wine is made from high quality grapes, which are grown with environmental friendly agriculture. Catkin Shiraz gives hints of plum, oak, chocolate and matches various dishes including meat and cheese. (90 Points by Robert Parker)2.     Chateau Du Tertre 2007Bronze Medal in the ‘First Class Red Wine”Service route: Europe“Chateau Du Tertre” is produced in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France and rose to worldwide fame in the 19th century thanks to the 1855 classification Grand Cru Classe.The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and matured for 18 months in oak barrels. It features an impressive and deep colour with strawberry and raspberry notes. Giving a rich fruit flavour, Chateau Du Tertre matches with main dishes and cheese.Source = Korean Airlast_img read more

Event Famil photosMandarin World ToursMTASouth K

first_imgEvent & Famil photosMandarin World ToursMTASouth Korea MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Grace Wall and Sandy Sirianni were recently hosted on a Mandarin World Tours South Korea Study Tour, with a seven-day itinerary that included visits to the Baekje Cultural Land, a Korean Historical Theme Park in the South Chungcheong Province, the southern port city of Yeosu, Pusan and Yeonpyeong Ski Resort in Mount Seorak National Park and the venue for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics games.They were also afforded the opportunity to see firsthand one of South Korea’s most sacred sites -the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple. Located in the spiritual capital of Gyeongju, the temple dates back to the 5th century and is home to many of the country’s national treasures.Grace Wall (left) and Sandy Sirianni at Bulguksa Templelast_img read more

Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFocus on fitness this spring at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Delight in a series of five personal yoga, Pilates or fitness training sessions in our state-of-the-art Fitness Center. Using traditional yoga and Pilates techniques, the latest TechnoGym equipment and special Kinesis Wall, our trainers will create a personalized fitness routine to help strengthen and tone every aspect of the body. Join us at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston to shape up or keep fit this season.Who: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, BostonWhen: Offer available March 14, 2011 through April 30, 2011Where: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 76 Boylston StreetCost: USD400 for 5 private sessionswww.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more