Bhutanese Ambassador to India meets Assam CM

first_imgGuwahati, Dec 4 (PTI) Bhutanese Ambassador to India Maj Gen Vetsop Namgyel today called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here and the two made a strong pitch for the growth of the entire region.The chief minister and the ambassador discussed issues such as cultural and sporting exchanges and tapping of tourism potential of Assam and Bhutan, an official release said here.Informing Namgyel about the two-day Global Investors Summit to be held here from February 3, Sonowal invited Bhutan to participate in the event.Namgyel also expressed his countrys keen interest to participate in the summit.Bhutan is looking forward to tap Assams tourism destinations considering its sprawling tea gardens, unique and colourful culture and national parks, he said.Sonowal said Assam can also develop and promote various sports in the Himalayan country.The Ambassador invited Sonowal to visit Bhutan which he accepted in principle, the release added. PTI DG NN LNSlast_img read more

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AEK Beats PAOK 1-0, Panathinaikos Defeated Panionios in Greek League Playoffs

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK Athens and Panathinaikos both won 1-0 in the penultimate round of the Greek league playoffs on Sunday.AEK beat PAOK, and Panathinaikos defeated Panionios.Tassos Bakasetas scored AEK’s only goal in the 42nd minute with a low drive from the edge of the area.AEK had chances for a wider margin, but Lazaros Christodoulopoulos sent a penalty kick wide in the 6th and Bakasetas headed wide in front of an empty goal in the 24th.Earlier, Robin Lod scored for Panathinaikos with a powerful strike from just inside the area in the 17th.AEK has a 1-point lead over both PAOK and Panathinaikos, with Panionios a further 4 points behind.Sanctions over the abandoned Panathinaikos-PAOK game could determine who gets to join Olympiakos in Champions League playoffs.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Not thinking about similarities to 1992, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after New Zealand win

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team is not thinking about similarities to their title-winning campaign in 1992 at the World Cup 2019 after they handed New Zealand their first loss of the tournament on Wednesday in Birmingham. The former champions kept their chances of qualifying to the semi-finals alive with only their 3rd win of the ongoing World Cup.Pakistan’s campaign in World Cup 2019 has had a spooky similarity to the 1992 World Cup as history seems to have repeated itself so far. Just like 1992, Pakistan had 5 points from 7 matches before they faced an unbeaten New Zealand. Much like 1992, Pakistan completed a successful chase against the Black Caps in 49.1 overs at Edgbaston on Wednesday.New Zealand vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Highlights | Report”We are not thinking about the 1992 World Cup, we are taking game by game here. We are confident as a team and hopefully, we will do well,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said after Pakistan’s 6-wicket win over New Zealand.Right, NOW it’s getting spooky.#WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/qdCjRwGAJjCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019Pakistan were a deflated unit after they lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs (DLS) on June 16 on Manchester. Sarfaraz and his teammates faced severe criticism and even were at the receiving end of some nasty personal abuse. However, the former champions have fought back well with two wins on the trot (against South Africa and New Zealand).On Wednesday, Pakistan came out with a spring on their steps as Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi ripped apart the New Zealand top-order. Shadab Khan got the prized wicket of Kane Williamson for 41 in the middle overs but New Zealand recovered well and posted 237 on a bowler-friendly wicket at Edgbaston after a fine unbeaten 97 from James Neesham.Pakistan lost their openers early but Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam combined to see off a stiff threat from left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner on a wicket that started to offer a lot of turn.advertisementPart-timer Kane Williamson broke a steady stand by removing Mohammad Hafeez but Babar Azam and Haris Sohail combined to stitch a match-winning stand of 126 runs for the 4th wicket.Babar Azam remained unbeaten on 101 after dominating the New Zealand bowling attack with his class and Haris Sohail played another fine knock of 68, days after his match-winning knock against South Africa.Heaping rich praise on Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed said he has not seen a better innnings in ODI cricket than Babar’s stoke-filled hundred vs New Zealand.”… The way Babar and Haris batted… To me, Babar played one of the best innings I have seen. It’s a tricky pitch, we wanted to bat fifty overs. Credit to Haris as well for the way he handled the pressure. It was not easy to face the off-spinner,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.The Pakistan captain added: “Good to see the results today. Whenever Pakistan team is pushed to the corner, we do well. It’s a great team effort.”With 7 points from as many matches, Pakistan face Afghanistan next in Leeds on June 29 before taking on in-form Bangladesh on July 5 at Lord’s, London.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderAlso Read | It is great: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Chris Gayle’s retirement backflipAlso See:last_img read more

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Bilic paying price for West Ham ineptitude

first_imgWest Ham United Bilic paying the price for West Ham’s ineptitude Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 16:07 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slaven Bilic West Ham Getty Images West Ham United Premier League West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town The Croatian’s job is hanging by a thread ahead of a fixture against Huddersfield but it is the club’s owners who should be facing the chop As the final whistle blew at St James’ Park on May 24, 2015, West Ham’s players trudged down the tunnel, unaware that within minutes their manager, Sam Allardyce, would be sacked.The Hammers issued a statement on their website almost immediately after the final whistle announcing that Allardyce would not be continuing as manager, after a 12th-placed finish in the Premier League.West Ham 10/11 to beat Huddersfield Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Our target is to recruit a manager that will build a team capable of saying a fitting farewell to the Boleyn Ground next year and do justice to the outstanding surrounds we will call home from August 2016,” joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan said at the time.A long-reaching search was enacted to find Allardyce’s replacement, with a lengthy shortlist drawn up by Gold and Sullivan.Marcelo Bielsa was approached, only for the club to cool on the prospect of appointing him after learning that he did not speak English and wished for a higher transfer kitty than the £25 million on offer.Attention switched to Rafael Benitez – who, ironically, is now managing Newcastle – and talks with intermediaries led the club to believe a deal could be done to lure him away from Napoli.Marko Arnautovic, West Ham UnitedSullivan has since confirmed as much, though a shock offer from Real Madrid saw him instead head to Spain, and Bilic was then hired.His first season back at the club for whom he formerly played went swimmingly, as the Hammers finished seventh, with much of his success attributed to the emergence of Dimitri Payet as a genuine creative force and the emotion of the club’s final season at Upton Park.Moving to the London Stadium raised problems, however, with West Ham unable to replicate their superb 2015-16 form. A disappointing opening to the Premier League season followed an embarrassing defeat to Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League. Before January, the club won just six league games, having employed a scattergun transfer policy in the summer.Of 10 acquisitions, only Manuel Lanzini has been a hit, with the likes of Havard Nordtveit and Ashley Fletcher already sold on.Come January, a bombshell dropped, with the club’s best player deciding he wished to leave.Payet scored 18 goals and made 25 assists in 66 appearances for the Londoners, but suddenly decided he wished to return to his native France.Bilic casually mentioned this in a press conference, sending journalists and club officials alike into panic mode. The club initially wished to keep him, as senior sources repeatedly insisted, upon the news breaking, that no offers would be entertained.Payet responded by insisting that he would not play for the club again and was ensconced in his homeland, with no intention of returning to England.Mark Noble West HamThe owners of the club subsequently made it clear that they would accept a bid worth £30m. It is unclear if this was communicated to Bilic, but a compromise with the French club was reached, and a deal of £25m was agreed. Robert Snodgrass was signed to fill the gap, and he has already left the club, since insisting that he was repeatedly played out of position.Following Payet’s departure, West Ham failed to win a match between February 11 and April 8, when the crisis was somewhat averted with a 1-0 win over Swansea City.A run of three draws and a 1-0 win over Tottenham followed, and the latter result appears ever more significant as the Hammers’ turgid season continued.The victory did much to change fan perceptions of Bilic, as the Hammers’ bitter rivals saw their title hopes go up in smoke at the London Stadium. Sources at the club were upbeat in the immediate aftermath, batting away questions of Bilic’s future. There was a hope that a summer of investment would fix numerous problems.Four of last season’s signings – Snodgrass, Nordtveit, Fletcher and Sofiane Feghouli – left the club once the window opened, as did goalkeeper Darren Randolph.A marquee deal was struck for Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper joining on loan from Manchester City, but the club were unable to include a purchase agreement, to the chagrin of Bilic.HD Slaven Bilic West Ham Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedPablo Zabaleta was signed on a free from City, though the right-back – a title winner at the Etihad Stadium – has been deployed at centre-half by Bilic since his arrival. Marko Arnautovic, too, was recruited from Stoke City, and was sent off in his second appearance for a vicious elbow during the club’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton.Bilic vetoed a deal for a third City player, Kelechi Iheanacho, after Sullivan had successfully negotiated a £20m transfer, including a buyback clause. He instead joined Leicester City. Olivier Giroud was also pursued, but no deal was struck, with the Frenchman choosing to remain at the Emirates Stadium. Javier Hernandez instead arrived, and Bilic was forced to claim that the Mexico international – a proven commodity in the Premier League – was his first choice. It remains unclear if that is actually the case.William Carvalho, a player Bilic asked to be signed, remains at Sporting Lisbon, as the club engaged in a game of brinkmanship, unwilling to add £5m to a £35m bid. Sporting and the Hammers have since engaged in something of a war of words, culminating in the Premier League club threatening to sue for libel after being labelled the “dildo brothers”, due to their line of business.And, after a summer that was meant to fix the problems at West Ham, the club sit bottom of the league, losing all three of their games thus far and conceding 10 goals.The results, and the aimless nature of the Hammers’ play, have left Bilic on the brink. Sullivan and Gold are again considering a managerial change, but they are as much to blame as the Croatian.Bilic is merely paying the price, yet again, for an extended period of ineptitude at West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Ohio State Reporter Calls Out ESPN For Its Urban Meyer Coverage

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a black Ohio State jacket.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes prior to the game Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Jeff Snook, the veteran college football reporter/author who’s broken multiple stories on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga, took to Facebook this morning to pen a column on his thoughts about everything that has transpired.One of this thoughts: ESPN’s coverage of the Urban Meyer story needs to be called out.“ESPN STICKING TO ITS PREMATURE NARRATIVE IN OHIO STATE MESS UNTIL THE BITTER END,” Snook’s column is titled.Snook has reported that the mothers of both Zach Smith and Courtney Smith have spoken out in defense of the former Ohio State Buckeyes’ assistant coach.From his report:(Zach Smith’s mother, Lynn) Bruce said that Courtney’s mother, Tina Carano, also heard her daughter state her plans against her husband for his infidelities. The mother and daughter have become estranged over the issue, Bruce claimed. She said Tina Carano also believes Zach Smith never struck her daughter.“Her own mother is backing Zach in this issue and I am sure that makes her mad,” she said. “They do not speak anymore.”Reached this afternoon, Tina Carano would only communicate via text messages and backed Lynn Bruce’s version.When asked if she believed her daughter’s claims of physical abuse, she replied, “I believe that Zach was removing himself from an argument and I do not believe he intentionally abused her. I do not believe he actually intentionally swung or punched her … no.”Snook has called out ESPN for not covering these angles of the story.“Realize that no evidence to the contrary of any of these characterizations has or will make it to any of ESPN’s various channels. Once the story line is set, it is set in concrete. You almost wonder if someone wearing a suit in Bristol, Conn., released an in-house memo carrying that directive.And this attitude, which we have seen before, is dangerous. Very dangerous,” he writes.There are many at ESPN who believe Urban Meyer will keep his job. However, Paul Finebaum has called Meyer an “arrogant fraud” on multiple occasions.“ESPN has avoided pursuing the truth from the beginning, pegging their hopes on one solitary character. They must be praying that Courtney Smith turns out to be credible,” Snook writes.You can view the full column here.last_img read more

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Crystal Unveils Episode 3 of ‘Culinary Journeys’ Exploring Australia

first_imgMIAMI, April 2, 2019 – Crystal Cruises has released the third episode in its 12-part video series highlighting the flavors of the world, this time featuring Adelaide, Australia. In the latest installment of “Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Chef Jon Ashton,” the celebrity chef samples Adelaide’s local honey and olive oil, guided by local food expert Mark Gleeson. From a local hive of more than 20,000 bees to Adelaide’s oldest public market, viewers can follow the journey from shore to ship, as Chef Ashton returns to Crystal Serenity with his learnings to create a dessert inspired by the featured ingredients. Chef Ashton and Crystal’s own Executive Pastry Chef, Harold Neufgang, collaborate to create a delectable olive oil cake with homemade honey gelato, taste-tested by Crystal entertainers before being served to guests in Waterside. Visiting an array of locales around the world with Crystal Serenity, the “Culinary Journey” video series features local chefs, farmers and expert guides showcasing the signature dishes – and tips for preparing them – in an array of locales, taking him and viewers off the beaten paths into the heart of each place’s culinary spirit. The videos air every two weeks, published on Crystal’s Crystal Insider blog and/or Crystal Cruises’ YouTubechannel.  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.last_img read more

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Artist Installs Huge Sculpture of an Ear on Waterfront

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Artist Installs Huge Sculpture ofan Ear on Waterfront A local artist will install a huge sculpture of an ear on theHalifax waterfront today, Sept. 11. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited said An Ear to the Skyis a three-metre (10-foot) sculpture of an ear that will beanchored in the water along the boardwalk at the foot of MorrisStreet near Tall Ships Quay. The sculpture will appear to be listening to the harbour’sambient sounds. It will also transmit the sounds of the harbourto a headset located on the wharf and will absorb all audio wavesin its vicinity. The corporation was approached by artist Ilan Sandler, who wantedto secure a location along the waterfront to help peopleappreciate and understand what happens beneath the water’ssurface of Halifax Harbour. The piece will be available for viewing, and listening, betweenthe hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 16. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1971, Mr. Sandleremigrated with his family to Toronto in 1977, where he lived forthe next 20 years. He earned a bachelor of science from theUniversity of Toronto, an honours fine arts certificate from theOntario College of Art and Design, and a master’s degree in finearts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His giantlawn chair, Double Storey, is currently on view at the TorontoSculpture Garden. He also has installations currently on displayin St. Louis, Mo. and Philadelphia, Pa. After living in the U.S. for six years he recently moved toHalifax. He is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with digital mediaand industrial materials to build time-based installations andsculpture.last_img read more

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Canada has high level of confidence USMCA will be ratified in US

first_imgNEW YORK — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada takes seriously comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump about withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement.But Morneau told a gathering in New York today he had no insight into when that might happen.And the finance minister said he has a “high level of confidence” that the new pact negotiated to replace NAFTA will be ratified by all three countries involved.Morneau made the comments at an event co-hosted by Politico and the Canadian consulate in New York.He said it’s clear U.S. lawmakers are in the first stages of negotiations toward ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.On Saturday, Trump told reporters he planned to give formal notice of his intentions to withdraw from NAFTA, which would give American lawmakers six months to approve the USMCA or have no free-trade pact with Canada and Mexico.“We take everything seriously,” Morneau said when asked whether he took the president’s comments at face value.“While we’ll have to watch and ensure we get through this next stage, we have a high level of confidence that’s achievable.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN refugee chief urges more international aid for Colombians who have fled

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres has called for more international cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of Colombian refugees in Ecuador who have fled more than 40 years of fighting between the Colombian Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs. Mr. Guterres, on a week-long visit to Ecuador and Colombia, the country with the largest population of concern to UNHCR with some 3 million people uprooted by the conflict, met yesterday with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in the capital, Quito, and was today visiting a refugee shelter and border communities in the north to discuss the challenges they face. Thanking the Ecuadorean people for their exceptional generosity, he said the international community had an obligation to help Ecuador, which is home to the largest refugee population in the region, fulfil its international responsibilities. UNHCR and the Government estimate that up to 250,000 Colombians have fled to Ecuador and the numbers keep growing, with an average of 700 people a month asking for asylum. Many others who cross the border do not register but are still able to enjoy Ecuador’s hospitality and protection. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it would be able to continue feeding almost 8,000 Colombian nationals in Ecuador thanks to a nearly $400,000 contribution from the Government of Spain. “It will greatly help the Colombian refugees, especially the most vulnerable, get on with their lives until the situation at home becomes more stable,” WFP Representative in Ecuador Helmut Rauch said.Later yesterday, Mr. Guterres travelled to Lago Agrio near the northern border with Colombia, one of the poorest and least developed regions in Ecuador. Many refugees live there among local communities that often lack basic infrastructure and access to services. Mr. Guterres visited several UNHCR projects that benefit both refugees and the local population, including a health centre and a primary school. He stayed overnight at the border and was leaving tonight for Colombia, where he is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with high-ranking government officials tomorrow.Later in the week, he will visit Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in the west of Colombia. Both have suffered greatly as a result of the armed conflict there. During a conference in Bogota on Friday, Mr. Guterres will present the main findings of a UNHCR study of the changes in displacement trends and the Government’s response to the crisis in the past three years. He will also launch the 2007 ‘Year for the Rights of Displaced People Campaign’ to highlight and lobby for the rights of the displaced. According to the Government, some 170,000 Colombians were forcibly displaced last year alone. The authorities have significantly stepped up their aid efforts but the displaced are not always able to enjoy their rights to material help, long-term solutions and above all to a life free of violence and persecution. The 2007 campaign aims to encourage the search for practical solutions. 13 March 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres has called for more international cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of Colombian refugees in Ecuador who have fled more than 40 years of fighting between the Colombian Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs. read more

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Syria Security Council express grave concern over presence of troops in Golan

UN peacekeepers are in the area to monitor the 1974 disengagement accord agreed upon by Syria and Israel after their 1973 war.“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the risk that all military activities in the area of separation conducted by any actor pose to the long-held ceasefire and the local population,” according to a statement read out by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the rotating Council presidency for the month of March.Mr. Churkin said that the 15-member Council “also underscored the increased risk the situation poses to United Nations personnel on the ground” including the firing on UN personnel and facilities, carjacking of UN vehicles and the detention of the 21 military personnel from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).The Council noted that the Government of Syria has the primary responsibility for safety and security of UNDOF’s personnel and called on all parties to respect UNDOF’s privileges and immunities and “to ensure the security of and unhindered and immediate access for United Nations personnel carrying out their mandate.”The statement comes one day after Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous briefed the Council on the security risks and operational challenges facing UNDOF. He told journalists after the closed-door session that UN peacekeepers reduced their activities in response to the presence of armed groups from the Syrian conflict and have taken additional security measures, which include the use of more armoured vehicles.In that context, the Council welcomed the provision of “additional security upgrades and equipment.” Council members also urged UNDOF to consider the temporary use of alternative ports of entry and departure to ensure safe personnel rotation. read more

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Cambodia UN expert urges political leaders to urgently return to negotiating table

Wrapping up week-long visit to Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, stressed that the ongoing political and social tensions have a direct impact on the enjoyment of human rights by all Cambodians. In statement issued by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), he said that “flexibility on both sides to reach a political compromise is needed.” The country, he noted, “has to begin its reform agenda, including judicial, electoral and parliamentary reforms” as outlined in his previous reports.The UN expert said his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen was “frank, cordial and informative”. He praised the political leader for sending “an important signal to the international community that he is ready and willing to seriously address the human rights issues in the country by extending full cooperation during this visit and engaging in meaningful dialogue.”He noted, however, that there has been a “worrying change from a tolerant to a repressive response of the Government to public protests.”Earlier this month, military police opened fire on striking garment workers in Phnom Penh, reportedly killing at least four people. According to OHCHR, the strikes by garment workers pressing for higher wages added fuel to the political demonstrations organized since July by the opposition party to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and a re-run of the election.Mr. Subedi reiterated today his call on the Government to ensure a “thorough, credible and independent investigation” into the shootings, including who issued them and who carried them out.The Special Rapporteur, who condemned the violence exercised by some demonstrations, also reiterated that any use of force by the Government must meet the tests of “necessity, legality and proportionality.”He also urged the Government to overturn the current ban on demonstrations in force since 4 January, stressing that the legal basis and justification for such a ban was lacking.Among other issues raised during his visit, and in meetings with officials, human rights experts, citizens and others, Mr. Subedi emphasized that the Government must work to ensure that the national minimum wage is set at a sufficient level to provide workers and their families with a decent standard of living, to be reviewed periodically, based on data, analysis and participation, not repression. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Subedi will present his next report to the Council at its September 2014 session. read more

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Halt imminent executions of Kurdish prisoners UN experts urge Iran

Executions of cousins Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, and Ramin Hossein Panahi – detained at the same prison – are due to take place on Saturday.“We urge the Government of Iran to immediately halt their executions and to annul the death sentences against them in compliance with its international obligations,” said Agnes Callamard and Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteurs on arbitrary executions and on the human rights situation in the country, respectively.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zanyar and Loghman Moradi were arrested in August 2009 for the alleged murder of the son of an Imam in Marivan, Kurdistan province. They were subsequently held at an intelligence detention centre for nine months without formal charges or the opportunity to challenge the legality of their incarceration.They were also severely beaten, tied up in restricted stress positions and threatened with rape, in order to force them to confess to the murder. In December 2010, they were brought before the revolutionary court in the capital Tehran where they were sentenced to death by public hanging in a trial that “apparently lasted only 20 minutes.”“During the trial, they both denied the charges in court and explained that they had confessed to the crimes only due to torture following their initial arrest,” said OHCHR, noting that the Iranian Supreme Court upheld their convictions, and that the allegations of torture was not investigated.The news release also stated that fears of their imminent execution have been raised amid reports that they were transferred to solitary confinement on 5 September, their families asked to visit them, and their access to telephones restricted.The experts also reiterated their previous calls to halt Mr. Panahi’s execution – reportedly due to occur at the same time – and annul his death sentence in light of reports that he did not receive a fair trial and has been tortured in detention.Mr. Panahi was arrested last June for alleged membership of the Kurdish nationalist group Komala, was repeatedly beaten in detention, denied medical care and access to a lawyer, and held in solitary confinement until January.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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New year brings Brock Talks back to St Catharines library

Gladiators of Pompeii, the planet’s artistic inspiration and the invisible history of radioactive mice will be highlighted by Brock experts during an upcoming public lecture series.Brock Talks returns to the St. Catharines Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The free series connects scholars in Brock’s Faculty of Humanities with the local community.The January talk, “Invisible Animals,” features Associate Professor Donna Szoke, whose work examines the human relationship to animals through prints, videos, art installations and media artwork. Szoke contributed to a Toronto exhibition on Digital Animalities this past November.Her work includes a free app mapping nuclear waste at a Niagara Falls, N.Y., storage site, where more than 270,000 mice used in radioactive experiments have been buried. Her most recent piece, Midst, uses video projectors and fog machines to create animations of large animals on a wall of fog to explore issues of encroachment of cities into wild space.Szoke will talk about her work as “research-creation” and explore how making art is a form of doing research and creating new knowledge. The Second Brock Talks session of the year will take place Feb. 27 and feature Earth Sciences Professor Francine McCarthy. In her presentation, “Scientific Insights from Poets, Painters and Philosophers,” McCarthy will explore research as a creative endeavour and look at how artists interpret and draw inspiration from the natural world.The final Brock Talks event this season takes place March 12, when Classics Instructor Nadine Brundrett will speak on “Spectacular Games in Ancient Pompeii.” Brundrett will share how the destruction and preservation of the city of Pompeii in 79 CE by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius offers insight into the daily lives of ancient Romans, including diverse spectacles used to provide entertainment. In addition to gladiatorial combat, bull fighting, boxing, Greek athletics and even pantomime acting were common practice.Brock Talks is a collaboration between the Faculty of Humanities and the St. Catharines Public Library. The series connects community members with current Humanities scholarship at Brock.All talks are held at 7 p.m. in the Mills Room, Central Library and are free.What: Brock Talks, a free public lecture seriesWhen: Jan. 15, Feb. 27 and March 12Where: St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, 54 Church St., St. Catharines read more

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Horse smuggler talks about drugging animals before illegal slaughter

first_imgTHE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL continues to grow legs with fresh revelations that a smuggling conspiracy has been running for years across Ireland and the UK.BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme uncovered details about the criminal activity and reporter Jennifer O’Leary spoke with one man who claimed to be involved in a gang.The activities led to horsemeat that was never fit for human consumption entering the food chain. One of the smuggling routes is believed to have started in Ireland but it is still unclear where all this horsemeat has landed.The animals were exported through Belfast.The insider told the BBC that sellers knew why their horses were being bought.“They did know they were going to a factory but they thought they were going for dog food.”He also revealed that forged documentation, bogus microchips and stimulating drugs were used in the process.Those involved would insert bogus microchips under the skin of the horses, according to the gang member. Many of the creatures were also given drugs to make them appear healthier.“Some of them weren’t in the best condition,” he said. “But to stimulate them and get them on their feet again, you’d give them certain cortisone and bute.“If a horse had a heartbeat and could walk, he would stand up on the lorry until he got to England.”Some of the horses were delivered to the Redline Abattoir in Chesire which is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency over “horse passport matters”.The firm’s parent group say they have never knowingly slaughtered an animal with false documentation. It also insists that hundreds of horses have been turned away from the abattoir because of inadequate passports.Passport DatabaseMeanwhile, the suggestion of a national passport database in Ireland has been met with some scepticism by those in the industry.Speaking to Morning Ireland, the director of one of the bodies approved to issue horse passports said that although the plan is worthwhile, it is also incomplete.Tom Reed of Irish Warmblood Stud said, “What is being proposed is a band-aid so the Department can look like it is doing something.”He believes there is an opportunity now – because of the ongoing food industry crisis – to take steps that would put Ireland in the lead within the EU on this issue. And to ensure a stable, transparent and safe food chain.The organisation would like to see just one body issue one type of passport for horses which would include an image of the animal. It has also called for bute audits across the industry.The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) has urged the authorities to seek prosecutions over the horsemeat controversy.President Eddie Punch said that processors had “obviously made mistakes” but also pointed blame towards retailers.“Supermarkets say they are shocked…yet surely they didn’t believe they could sell burgers for the cheap price they were selling them for?”Read: Ikea investigating faecal bacteria found in almond cakeMore: Birds Eye says products containing horse DNA came from Irelandlast_img read more

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MCU News Legion Jessica Jones get trailers Black Panther PushUps More

first_img Marvel just had a big weekend at the movies, but the studio’s TV department is no slouch either. Not everything Marvel Television has produced has been great, but they’ve certainly had more hits than misses. And two of their best shows are seeing their second seasons debut within the next couple months. The first is Jessica Jones. We only have two and a half weeks to go until we catch up with our favorite alcoholic hero for hire. Yeah, as much as the show has fun with that fact, Jessica does have some issues. And in the latest trailer for Season Two, it looks like she’s at least trying to get help.Yeah, this season’s looking real good. There’s no real indication in this trailer of who the villain is or what the main external conflict will be. (We already know Jessica is full of internal conflicts.) It does tell us we’re getting a deeper look at Jessica’s past in this trailer. We also get more Luke Cage, which just makes me happy. I know he and Night Nurse have a thing now, and it looks like Jessica finds a new fling this season, but Luke and Jessica are just perfect together. I admit, I’m biased towards what’s canon in the comics, but if all these Defenders shows don’t end with Jessica and Luke married, I’m going to be very disappointed.Another great thing about this trailer: Jessica kicks so much ass in it. Yes, she’s dealing with some real heavy stuff, but that means she has legitimate reasons to be angry. And as much as group therapy is probably a healthy step forward for her, punching bad guys through walls works a lot quicker. Season One of Jessica Jones remains my favorite Marvel Netflix show, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second… ever since I finished that first-weekend binge. We won’t have to wait much longer. Jessica Jones Season Two hits Netflix on Friday, March 8.The other series dropping its second season soon is FX’s X-Men-based Legion. A highlight of last year, showrunner Noah Hawley used Marvel Comics characters to tell a completely different kind of superhero story. David Haller, played by Dan Stevens, was diagnosed with schizophrenia that turned out to be, essentially, a powerful, malicious psychic parasite. David had the Shadow King living in his brain, presenting himself as people, dogs, and creepy paper mache murder children. The biggest surprise of the show was Aubrey Plaza, who slowly morphed from funny to creepy to the scariest performance we’ve ever seen from her. Good news. In the trailer for Season Two that came out today, she’s back.She’s still terrifying. This teaser doesn’t tell us too much, but it is a reassurance that the show hasn’t lost its overwhelming, confused sense of reality. The quick cuts and visual effects make you feel like your losing your sense of what’s real and what’s not, which is exactly what Lenny/Shadow King wants. It’s a sign that, even though David defeated Lenny in his head, her effect on him, her torment of him isn’t over. Legion will return to excite, terrify, confuse and overwhelm all of us on April 3.Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Cover (Art by Trevor von Eeden, via Marvel)Marvel still has plenty of new TV shows to come too. They announced this morning that Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is being developed for TV. It’s going to be an animated series on one of the Disney channel, which is actually a pretty perfect. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is one of those books that doesn’t sell well as individual issues, but the graphic novels are very successful, particularly with younger audiences. Don’t let that stop you from reading it, though. It’s a fantastic comic, and a great example of some of the excellent, original work Marvel comics has been putting out over the last few years.The animated series is produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland, of black-ish and grown-ish. It’s about a nine-year-old girl named Lunella Lafayette who saves the world with her dinosaur pal and super-intelligence. It’s a fun comics series, and it should make a perfect show for kids.  It’s still in development at this point, and it hasn’t been decided on which of Disney’s TV networks it’s going to air. It’ll either be on Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior. I’d probably guess Disney XD, since that’s where most of their Marvel animated series ends up. Depending on how this turns out, I may have to start watching a Disney channel again.Over on the movie side of things, Marvel is riding high off Black Panther’s record-breaking opening weekend. Earning more than $400 million worldwide, it’s now the most successful February debut of all time. With good reason too. It might just be the best film Marvel Studios has put out. As excited as we all are for Avengers: Infinity War in May, it has a really tough act to follow now. Not only in terms of overall quality, but its villain too. Erik Killmonger is the strongest, most well-rounded Marvel villain yet. Thanos has his work cut out for him.Black Panther (Photo via Marvel)A lot of Black Panther’s success can be attributed to its cast. Director Ryan Coogler assembled some phenomenal actors to help bring Wakanda to life. Notably, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Killmonger, and Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia. As commanding as they are on screen, they are hilarious and adorable together off screen. As first revealed during a Twitter Q&A session last week, Jordan lost a bet to Nyong’o at some point during the filming and/or promotion of Black Panther. Jordan owes Nyong’o a certain amount of push-ups, which she can collect at any time no matter what Jordan is doing. She has taken full advantage of her power over her co-star, and Jordan’s been a great sport. As seen in this video Nyong’o shared. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target They are so cute together, their flirty behavior towards each other has sparked questions about whether or not the two are dating, and if not, why not? We typically don’t cover celebrity dating on this website, but it’s just impossible to see these two interact with each other and not root for them to get together. And besides, you don’t willingly do pushups (and stay on the ground) on command for just anyone. All this means fans on Twitter have been shipping the two actors non-stop and all but begging them to date.Chadwick Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo: Screenshot via Marvel/YouTube)Black Panther didn’t only set up a possible real-life romance though; it also did a lot to set up Marvels next and biggest movie. As the last movie before Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, had to do a little more than introduce us to new characters and places. While we were engrossed in the story of T’Challa and Killmonger, marveling (ha) at Wakanda and growing ever more enamored with Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Black Panther was dropping hints into its credits scenes about the upcoming Infinity War.A video by Nerdist breaks down the hints, the biggest of which has to do with the scene where (spoilers if you haven’t seen it), T’Challa reveals Wakanda to the rest of the world. It’s implied that he will reveal that the country owns vast resources of Vibranium. Not only is it a sign that T’Challa intends to share some of Wakanda’s technology and resources with the rest of the world, it may be a sign of how the Avengers will have to fight Thanos. We’re talking about a villain who can bring down a moon. They’re going to need something beyond an inspiring group shot to defeat him. Wakanda’s Vibranium may play a large part in giving the Avengers the upper hand. Literally, in Bucky’s case. Another post-credits scene showed a revived, de-Winter Soldiered Bucky missing an arm. We know he has two in the Infinity War trailer. It’s possible, likely even, that Bucky is due for a new Vibranium arm.Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly (Photo via Marvel)Finally, there’s the matter of the Soul Stone, which has still not made an appearance in the MCU. The video guesses it’s in Wakanda, which would explain the more mystical elements of the film. It could also show up in Infinity War, based on some leaked LEGO playset instructions. (Those are actually a fairly reliable source of leaks.) Others aren’t so sure we’ll see the Soul Stone that soon. Comic Book theorizes that it won’t show up until Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is one of the movies releasing in between Infinity War and Avengers 4. They think there’s a reason it hasn’t shown up in any of the Marvel movies so far. It’s not in this plane of existence.Ant-Man and the Wasp will focus on the return of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. She’s been trapped in the Quantum Realm. How she gets out, we don’t know. It’s not a place Scott Lang would normally be able to access. The theory is that the Soul Stone will have something to do with her escape. If it’s been trapped in the Quantum Realm this whole time, that would explain why even Thanos has had trouble getting his hands on it. It would also be a great way to build hype for Avengers 4 if they wait until after Infinity War to bring the stone into the story.Whenever you think we’ll see the Soul Stone, it won’t be long until we have an answer. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018. That’s not very far away at all.last_img read more

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Stocks have best week in nearly 2 years

first_imgNEW YORK — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.Investors were able to set aside dismal third-quarter results from Amazon. The giant online retailer’s shares took a beating, but that wasn’t enough to drag the rest of the market down.After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe’s economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get back to basics. Wall Street is in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, when companies report their quarterly results. Ultimately what drives stock prices higher is the potential for that company to earn more profits, so higher profits generally mean higher stock prices. “What matters most to the market are earnings expectations and corporate fundamentals, and so far they’re looking pretty good,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. Profits for S&P 500 companies are up 5.6 percent from a year ago so far this earnings season, according to FactSet, which is better than the 4.6 percent growth the market was looking for before the season began.last_img read more

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Is Neha Pendse getting married ExBigg Boss contestant breaks silence on celebration

first_imgAbhijeet Khandkekar, Shruti Marathe, Neha Pendse, Hemangi Kavi,InstagramEx-Bigg Boss contestant Neha Pendse’s recent goofy picture with Marathi TV actors Abhijeet Khandkekar, Shruti Marathe, and Hemangi Kavi, had sparked rumours that the actress has finally got engaged. Many people commented on the post that Neha was finally getting married and that’s why she was celebrating the occassion with her close friends. Some even speculated that Neha has signed the second season of Bigg Boss Marathi.Putting all speculations to rest, Neha opened up about the reason behind her group photo and why they were celebrating together. Abhijeet Khandkekar, Shruti Marathe, Neha Pendse, Hemangi Kavi,Instagram”I am not getting hitched. Neither I have got engaged. Nor I am entering Bigg Boss Marathi. They are my core friends and we have been planning something since some time now. Well, that culminated recently and that’s how we celebrated,” Neha told India Forums.Neha has a huge fan following on social media and often gives a glimpse into her personal life to her fans. Recently she shared a bold picture wherein she was seen unzipping her pants while flaunting her toned figure in a black monokini T-shirt. Neha PendseInstagramFor the uninitiated, Neha had put on a lot of weight after she suffered a heartbreak in her relationship. She changed her diet, started eating every two hours and resorted to pole dancing to lose all that extra flab.The May I Come In Madam? star was one of the first celebrities to get evicted from Bigg Boss 12 but she garnered huge fan following even with her short presence.last_img read more

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In Texas Insurance Companies Say Theyre Victims Of StormChasing Lawyers

first_img X 00:00 /01:25 NOAANational Weather Service radar as Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Some people in the insurance industry say ever since Hurricane Ike in 2008, they’ve become victims of abusive lawsuits.“The lawsuits that we receive — I’ve been served over 400 times since Hurricane Ike — they’re boilerplate. They’re all the same, the allegations are the same,” said Tim Maloney, an insurance adjuster from North Texas testifying to a Texas Senate committee looking into how the industry handles claims for storm damage.Insurance companies said lawyers learned from Ike how to swoop into neighborhoods following a bad storm and convince homeowners they’d been under-paid for wind or hail damage.“The only reason I can see for that is because the law is so favorable here, that almost every (lawsuit) claim is profitable,” testified Greg Farnik, a lawyer with an insurance company in Dallas. “This is a statewide problem,” Paul Solomon told senators.Solomon is a lawyer for State Farm, a company that last year agreed to refund millions of dollars in premium over-charges to Texas homeowners. Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin, referred to the settlement in questioning Solomon and said the insurance industry should be careful about complaining that it’s a victim of Texas laws.“So before you declare the entire name of the game, let’s be clear that the way you make money is by collecting premiums and not paying. The perfect deal would be to collect premiums and never pay a claim, right? (Solomon) I disagree, because if we did that we wouldn’t be in business. People wouldn’t want to use us. (Watson) Well, pay as few and as little as you can is the name of the game at State Farm, (Solomon) I would disagree with that also, I think that’s a mischaracterization of what we do.“Under questioning by senators, Solomon said many of the storm damage lawsuits seek about $65,000 and eventually settle for $15,000 to $20,000. He said in the rare cases when the lawsuits actually went to trial, the insurance company was found to owe nothing in about half the cases.The senators on the Committee on Business & Commerce will consider recommending curbs on so-called frivolous litigation when the full legislature meets this January. Listenlast_img read more

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The Flash Season 4 Premiere Recap

first_imgStay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis It’s been too long since we last checked in with Team Flash. After last season’s finale left us on a big time-traveling cliffhanger, the wait for last night’s premiere felt especially long. Fortunately, this season doesn’t skip a beat getting us all up to, um, speed. The show switches things up for Season Five with Nora West Allen providing the pre-show narration. Which she’s apparently doing in the scene to everyone at the party. It’s her way of catching everyone up on just who she is and how she got here. Her superhero name is Excess, so named by her mother because she always did everything in excess, getting way in over her head. That’s why she’s here in the first place. She went back in time to help Barry destroy The Thinker’s satellite. Now, she can’t run fast enough to open up the Speed Force and she’s stuck here.Barry, being… Barry, is immediately skeptical. He can be a little annoying like that. Still, even he can’t deny the similarities between him, Iris and Dawn. A quick test at S.T.A.R. Labs proves it. She is Barry and Iris’ daughter. Their interactions are sweet, and Barry and Iris fall into parent roles immediately. We can actually see what kind of dad Barry will be, always fussing over his future daughter’s safety and worrying about messing up the timeline. Even if he’s totally proud that she knows her forensics. Her relationship with Iris on the other hand, is a little more strained. Where she’s usually all to eager to talk about the future, she clams up around Iris. Almost like she’d rather be with her dad than her mom. We’ve heard of daddy’s girls, but this is a little extreme.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West – Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWIt turns out Barry was right to worry about messing up the timeline, though. When Gridlock attacks the city, The Flash rushes into action. What’s supposed to be a routine one-and-done battle grows out of control when Nora shows up to watch. Barry, ever the worrying parent, is distracted by her presence, giving Gridlock an opportunity to punch Flash into the ocean and escape. She’s going to stick around for a while too. Though Cisco finds a way that would theoretically send her home, Wally returns from the Waverider with some news. The Legends’ Gideon scanned her speed data and found negative tachyons. Those are slowing her down, rather than speeding her up. She physically can’t enter the Speed Force. And those negative tachyons mean getting near the Waverider is a bad idea. So that option’s out.Or maybe not. Barry notices something strange she says before they try running into the Speedforce the first time. That she and Iris have their whole lives together. It’s not, as we thought, that Iris dies. It’s the event that’s been hanging over the entire show since the very first episode. That article by Iris West Allen, “The Flash Vanishes.” That date is approaching. It happens right after Nora is born, and as she shows him in a newspaper clip from even further into the future, he never comes back. Barry was worried about experiencing all Nora’s firsts out of order. Now, he knows he never gets to experience them at all. And Nora isn’t actually infected by Negative Tachyons. She’s carrying them in a device on her body. She just wanted to spend time with her dad. Who knew reality-altering time travel could be so cute?Gridlock — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWBefore they can really deal with that though, Gridlock attacks again. This time, he’s about to bring a whole plane down. His motivations are as spotty as they are all episode. He wants a guy’s briefcase that probably contains money or something? It doesn’t matter. It gives us a big perilous setpiece to kick off the season. It doesn’t get much more exciting than a downed airplane headed straight for downtown Central City, and the solution is appropriately bombastic for a season premiere. The Flash has to vibrate the plane fast enough that it phases through the buildings and lands safely in the river. Though he can apparently do that in the future when he fight Mob Rule, (nice hinting at future episodes there, Flash), it’s a little beyond him right now. Thankfully, he has two other speedsters to help him out, including the forever superior Wally West. Fight me.Barry’s relationship with Nora is the clear highlight of this episode. It’s a new dynamic we haven’t seen yet, and more importantly, it allows Barry to grow as a character. One of the most frustrating things about The Flash in previous seasons has been Barry’s inability to change. He seemingly learns the same lessons and gets into the same hallway arguments over and over again. Part of that comes with the territory as a Villain of the Week-style show with intentionally light serialization, but it gets old after enough repetition. That’s why Nora is such a welcome blast of fresh air in the premiere. She forces Barry to take on a different, more proactive role. The battle with Gridlock is exactly the easy, unremarkable defeat it was meant to be. Cisco vibes Flash, Kid Flash and Excess on board the plane at the exact moment it begins to fall and Gridlock is briefly powerless. They slap the dampening cuffs on him, and he’s no longer a threat. The real point of this sequence is forcing Barry to teach Nora how to phase. The episode cuts between Barry’s dialog and Harrison Wells’ from Episode One when Barry first learned this trick. He’s the mentor now. It’s a new look for Barry, but it looks good on him.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWWith the airplane and building’s saved, all that’s left is to send Nora back to her own time. Cisco and Caitlin have figured out a solution because Barry hasn’t told anyone she was faking the negative tachyons. I guess we’ll have to have the keeping secrets lesson again at some point this season. As much as Barry’s grown, he’s still doing that, so baby steps I guess. The Can-I-Talk-To-You Hallway set has to get some use this season, after all. Overall though, I can’t complain too much about the season premiere. Sure, the villain was an afterthought, but that’s not what the episode was about. Nora’s introduction to the team will be good for the season, and it’s sweet that Barry wants to give her some father-daughter time before he disappears.Speaking of, I’m glad they’re finally bringing that newspaper article back into focus this season. There’ve been more pressing issues in the past, but with Nora in the picture, Flash’s disappearance feels that much closer. It’s something the team is going to have to deal with and prevent. Especially since we now know he never comes back. It adds some meaningful stakes to a show that often feels a little too light on substance. To that end, the premiere also does a decent job at setting up a few mysteries for the season ahead. Caitlin Snow, for example, still can’t summon Killer Frost. Though she now remembers that Killer Frost has been with her since she was a child, that means certain details in her memories aren’t adding up. Particularly where her father is concerned. Dibny does some private detective work and uncovers a greater mystery that should be fun to explore as the season goes on: The doctor who signed her father’s death certificate doesn’t exist. The certificate is a fake.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Katie Yu/The CWSpeaking of Dibny, I’m so glad the show decided to keep him around. He’s the perfect comic relief when the show starts to get a little too serious. Especially here as he starts to figure out all the weird time travel stuff. As an audience of comic book fans it makes perfect sense to us. In fact, one of the most endearing things about this show is its willingness to embrace the weirder aspects of Flash canon and make them work on TV. It’s always nice to have a reminder just how strange and alien this would all be to the average observer, though. It helps the show reestablish itself too. The Flash is back in all its weird, wacky and endearingly earnest glory.We also get a very brief look at Cicada, this season’s big bad. In the comics, he was an abusive and murderous Catholic priest in 1900 who was struck by a bolt of lightning during a suicide attempt. That gave him the power of immortality as long as he killed and absorbed others’ life-forces to recharge. How much of that backstory makes it into the TV show remains to be seen. His abilities certainly seem to be here though. It looks like he’ll be hunting down the metahumans of the week after they’re captured and killing them. What his plans are and just how powerful killing these metahumans makes him, we’ll have to watch the rest of the season to find out. After this premiere, I’m cool with that. Summers are tough without Team Flash.The Flash airs Tuesdays, 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on The Flash:The Flash Season 4 Finale RecapThe Flash Season 4 Episode 22 RecapThe Flash Season 4 Episode 21 Recaplast_img read more

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Mexican firm acquires Monteverde dairy company

first_imgNo related posts. The Monteverde dairy company was taken over by Mexican firm Sigma Alimentos, the weekly El Financiero reported.Sigma acquired 100 percent of the shares of Monteverde, which produces milk and other dairy products and is “Costa Rica’s leader in the segment of mature cheeses,” the company said in a press release.The firm entered in Costa Rica in 2002 after buying a charcuterie factory and currently has operations in Mexico, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic and Perú.Although the amount paid by the company was not disclosed, Sigma said that the former partners of Monteverde will become only milk suppliers of Sigma Alimentos Costa Rica, the new owner.The decision to sell the company was adopted Monday at a meeting of shareholders, after a proposal to sell was presented last December.Mexico is the third largest international investor in Costa Rica. A total of 33 Mexican companies employ 18,856 Costa Ricans who receive annual salaries of $240 million, a report from the Mexican Embassy stated last February.Monteverde has its factory and processing plants in the town of the same name located at the Pacific province of Puntarenas.It started in 1951 when 12 Quaker families from Alabama arrived in that community with the goal of making their home in Costa Rica.In 1953, they founded the company Productores de Monteverde, and a year later, after building the physical plant, the production of cheese began. Monteverde Gouda was the first pasteurized cheese in the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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