Coco Gauff partners with McNally for 1st WTA doubles title

first_imgWashington DC: US teen Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who electrified Wimbledon with a fourth-round singles run last month, captured her first WTA title Saturday at the Washington Open in women’s doubles. Gauff and partner Catherine McNally, who combined to win last year’s US Open junior women’s doubles title, defeated Hungary’s Fanny Stollar and American Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-2 to hoist their inaugural WTA trophy. The teens jumped into each others arms and later hugged in celebration of the breakthrough milestone triumph. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGauff defeated idol Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon and rescued two match points on the way to beating Polona Hercog in the third round before eventual champion Simona Halep eliminated her. Gauff, in her first post-Wimbledon singles appearance, qualified for the Washington main draw but lost her first match 6-4, 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. McNally, a 17-year-old American who made only her fourth WTA appearance in singles, took her first three tour match wins to reach the semi-finals, where she lost 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Saturday to Italy’s Camila Giorgi.last_img read more

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14yearolds drowning death linked to sugary alcoholic drinks Quebec coroner

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec coroner has found that alcohol played a role in the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a stream behind her school in Laval, Que., last year.Martin Larocque concludes that Athena Gervais died of drowning and possible hypothermia in the context of excessive consumption of a sweetened alcoholic beverage.A report released today concludes Gervais consumed most of three 568 ml cans of a beverage called FCKD UP — the equivalent of 12 glasses of wine — in the span of half an hour on Feb. 26, 2018.She didn’t return to class that afternoon and her body was found three days later in a stream in a wooded area.Larocque concluded that Gervais likely became disoriented due to the effects of alcohol and fell into the stream by accident, where she drowned in only two feet of water.Quebec and Canadian health authorities have moved to limit the sale and production of sugary, high-alcohol drinks since Gervais’ death, but Larocque says more action is needed to counter the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption in youth.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cross Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

first_img“Those regulations are definitely there for a reason, but we were trying to come up with a better model,” he said.Dedicated infrastructure corridors have had success in other jurisdictions, including Europe and Australia, Fellows said.Pipelines are very good at generating economic benefits at both ends of the line, and not so much in the middle _ but roads, rail, electricity and telecom can help people all along the route, Fellows said.“You might not make everyone 100-per-cent happy, but the goal is to try to make everyone a little bit happier than they are now,” said Fellows, who co-wrote the paper with Andrei Sulzenko. OTTAWA, O.N. – The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a major pre-election policy speech to dust off a similar idea. Scheer promised, if he wins October’s election, that he would to work towards establishing a cross-country “energy corridor.”He said planning for the route would be done up front, in consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities. A right-of-way would make it easier to lower environmental assessment costs, improve certainty for investors and increase the chances more projects will be built, Scheer said. Interest in a coast-to-coast corridor has picked up in recent years. Energy infrastructure proposals have failed to secure approval due to tough regulatory processes and community concerns over environmental impacts.For instance, the shortage of pipeline capacity out of oil-rich Alberta has created a bottleneck that’s harmed both the provincial and national economies. Sellers have had to sell at deep discounts because there simply isn’t the transportation capacity to get oil to willing buyers.In the last few years, a few academics and senators have recommended the federal government give the corridor concept a serious look, even though making it happen would be a big, multi-jurisdictional undertaking.Scheer’s pitch appears to have drawn inspiration from a 2016 University of Calgary paper that offered possible solutions through a northern corridor for transportation and infrastructure.G. Kent Fellows, who co-authored the report, said the right-of-way could be used for roads, rail, pipelines, electricity transmission lines and telecommunications. The study’s proposed 7,000-kilometre corridor would also serve communities well north of the existing east-west routes that run closer to the U.S. border. In concept, a main line and offshoots would connect ports in northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to Churchill, Man., eastern Quebec and Labrador.The hurdles of consultations and regulatory oversight for new projects are significant, Fellows said.center_img The creation of a corridor could take decades, or even half a century, and a “back of the envelope” calculation estimates it could cost something like $100 billion, Fellows said.The study caught the attention of a Senate committee, which took a closer look at the concept in 2016 and 2017.In a 2017 report of its own, the committee called the corridor idea a “visionary, future-oriented infrastructure initiative” that would create significant economic opportunities for Canada and help develop northern regions.“Because an initiative of this scale and scope would likely take decades to complete, the federal government _ on a priority basis _ should ensure that a feasibility study on the proposed northern corridor is undertaken,” said the committee report.Senators recommended the government dedicate up to $5 million to the University of Calgary to support further research into the corridor.The committee report noted how a 1971 report by Richard Rohmer _ an air-force veteran of D-Day who became a prominent land-use lawyer with the ear of governor general Roland Michener _ proposed the development of a “mid-Canada” corridor, recommending federal, provincial and territorial governments make it an urgent priority. Rohmer imagined a massive transportation network for goods and people could turn communities such as Flin Flon, Whitehorse and High Level into major new urban centres.The report was presented then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau but the committee said his government never moved forward on the idea.Christopher Ragan, a McGill University professor, said he recalls the University of Calgary corridor study and he thinks it’s “quite a striking idea” that makes a lot of sense.Ragan, who served on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory panel, said he’s glad Scheer has taken up the concept of a corridor and bringing it to the public’s attention as a serious idea.On climate change, Ragan said the country will want to find ways to get through tough approval processes to run more east-west energy grids. For example, he said clean electricity could move from British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba into Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario to help displace fossil-fuel generation.Ragan is also head of the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of academics focused on economic and environmental solutions.“I don’t frankly care whether it’s an old idea or a new idea _ but it is a new idea in terms of a real-world, policy practical discussion … It’s good that you actually have politicians starting to talk about this.”last_img read more

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Moroccan Government Council Approves African Free Trade Area Bill

Rabat – The Moroccan government council adopted a bill ratifying the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) on Thursday, announced Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.The bill has yet to be brought before Parliament for ratification.The agreement aims to facilitate integration between African markets, El Khalfi said.  The agreement would consider that the areas of regional economic communities remain the pillars of CFTA’s establishment, he added.The council reiterated the same interpretation that Morocco made when it signed the agreement establishing the African CFTA.Morocco’s signature of the agreement does not imply that it recognizes the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, also a member of the African Union, restated Khalfi.Only 16 percent of all African trade is with other African nations, a low rate in contrast to the EU, where 70 percent of all trade is between EU members.Read also: Moroccan Exporters: Free Trade with US Did Not Profit MoroccoThe CFTA should cover five regional blocks: the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).The TFTA is a proposed entity made up of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), and East African Community (EAC).Last May, Morocco signed the agreement to establish the CFTA at the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda.Morocco returned to the AU in 2017 after a 33-year absence. read more

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Government may ban IUSF

He also said that student intimidation in the form of ragging at times forces students to skip classes out of fear which is a violation of their human righs. He said that human rights groups fail to identify this and as a result students continue to be oppressed at universities.The Education Ministry says there is no bar to taking legal action against any student or student organization believed to be involved in ragging. Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne told The Sunday Leader that under the anti-ragging laws a student involved in ragging can be jailed or fined or both. According to the University Independent Conversion Movement ragging has left 15 dead and 25 paralyzed.Convener of the movement Yukthi Ekadeera said that a further 6000 students had left university, 2 committed suicide and 2 were raped as a result of ragging. Dr. Navaratne said that the IUSF is seen as an undemocratic student union which intimidates other university students. He said that information is being collected on the IUSF and there is a possibility that the union will be banned over charges of being undemocratic, violating human rights and damaging university property.IUSF convener Sanjeeva Bandara, insisted that the IUSF is not an undemocratic student group and is not involved in ragging.He also said that ragging is something common in universities which is however now being politicized using isolated incidents. The government is considering banning the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF), reports said on Sunday.The Inter University Students Federation is a student union body which campaigns for the rights of University Students. Bandara said that some students involved in ragging claim to be members of the IUSF when they are not and moves to ban the student group is a conspiracy to suppress students rights. However the Higher Education Ministry says the IUSF has also been accused of instigating student violence, ragging and other un-democratic acts. read more

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Ole Miss lets go defensive coordinator after season finale

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi has announced that defensive co-ordinator Wesley McGriff will not return to the coaching staff next year, one day after the Rebels finished the season on five-game losing streak.McGriff has led the Ole Miss defence the past two seasons. Ole Miss gave up about 36 points and 483 yards per game this year, which were two of the many defensive statistics that put the Rebels at or near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.Ole Miss (5-7, 1-7 SEC) lost 35-3 to No. 22 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Thursday.Coach Matt Luke thanked McGriff in a Friday morning statement for “his hard work and dedication to Ole Miss.” He added that “despite the challenges his unit faced this season, we can be better on that side of the ball.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 .The Associated Press read more

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Player of the Year not the right award for Turner

Evan Turner will not win the Naismith Player of the Year award.The college basketball award is not equivalent to the NBA Most Valuable Player award, which is why Ohio State’s junior guard will not win.There is no doubt that Turner would be on a short list for an MVP award. That can be supported by Ohio State’s record during his injury absence compared to when he’s been on the floor.However, he is not the best player in the nation. He can’t go onto a court and dominate the game regardless of what opposing defenses do to try to stop him, like other players around the country can.Turner cannot do what Kentucky guard John Wall can do with the ball by manipulating defenses to his liking to score or dish it to a teammate.Turner cannot do what Connecticut guard Jerome Dyson can do by scoring every way possible against the then-No.1  ranked team in the country, Texas.Even Notre Dame center Luke Harangody has a case to make with his 24.7 points per game, good for second in the nation.Yes, Turner is the best in the Big Ten, with the only competition coming from Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel. Also, Turner should get a lot of recognition for his talent and his importance to OSU, who fell from the Top 25 without him. He will be an All-American at the very least and will most likely garner other accolades as well.For those who believe Turner should get the Player of the Year award as if it were based solely on a player’s value to his team, I have one name for you: Wayne Chism.The senior forward from Tennessee has not endured more pain than Turner, but his team endured a bigger loss than the Buckeyes.When OSU lost Turner, it lost its best player for a few games and anticipated his comeback so it could make the NCAA Tournament.In Tennessee, the team lost four of its players, including Tyler Smith, because of an off-the-court incident that involved their arrest. Soon after, the team indefinitely suspended those players.Chism picked up right where Smith left off and became the leader of the Volunteers, who went on to beat No.1 Kansas and No. 23 Mississippi since their dismissal.Therefore, the main case Turner had for winning the Naismith Award instead favors Chism. There is a lot of basketball yet to play and this could all change, but the fact is that the Naismith Award is for the Player of the Year, not the Most Valuable Player. read more

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Forget proper tests lets pit HTML5 against Flash in a game of

first_imgThe debate over whether HTML5 is better than Flash, or whether the recent addition of GPU acceleration and 3D APIs will keep Flash on top, will rage on for months or years. We want to know which one is better sooner than that, though.The guys over at codecomputerlove.com seem to have the same desire, so they decided to pit Flash against HTML5 in a game of Pong. The classic game sees two players each in control of a bat hitting a ball back and forth. In this experimental game the left half of the playfield is created in Flash, while the right side is done in HTML5.Which is better? You tell us. Either play both sides yourself or get a friend involved and battle it out. In our tests so far Flash is just edging out the newcomer.In terms of performance we really can’t tell them apart and we tend to agree with codecomputerlove when they say:The Flash Vs HTML5 debate has caused much discussion over the recent months and it certainly got us thinking here at Code. We believe the two technologies are not in competition and each have their purpose, but thought it might be amusing to actually put them in direct competition. Read more at Flash Vs. HTML5last_img read more

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Work together Colombian peace official tells Northern Ireland during Dublin visit

first_img‘Work together’, Colombian peace official tells Northern Ireland during Dublin visit Presidential Counselor for Stabilization and Consolidation, Emilio Archila, is visiting Dublin today. Emilio Archila is visiting Dublin today. Image: Counsel for Stabilization We should consider “the consequences of the consumption of cocaine in well-off parts of the world is resulting in for poor people in the areas where the coca is grown”, Gilmore said. Archila warned that people in Ireland and Europe who purchase cocaine are contributing to violence in Colombia. “When you demand something that is criminalised,” he said, you are helping “increase violence in Colombia”. “It is possible that people are not conscious they are causing it,” he added. PatienceUltimately, Archila said that peace agreements were all about patience. Change, he said, does not happen overnight. The UK government has repeatedly been accused of putting the Good Friday Agreement at risk over its Brexit strategy. In the House of Commons on Monday, hours before parliament was suspended, one Tory MP warned that “to many in this place, and indeed in the country, the delivery of the Good Friday agreement was ‘job done’”.When put to Archila that this was a widely held view in the UK, he laughed out loud. “The signing of an agreement produces nothing. And it produces nothing but the opportunity to change the way how things have been going on in your own country.”“To have the possibility of dreaming that the things that happened to this generation and the past generation will not affect future generations. And so it is something that you cannot trust. It is something that you need to construct,” he said.  https://jrnl.ie/4807245 05.08.19 How no-deal Brexit makes direct rule nearly inevitable in Northern Ireland Emilio Archila is visiting Dublin today. By Dominic McGrath 3 Comments Image: Counsel for Stabilization Short URLcenter_img 4,661 Views REMEMBER THAT YOU must “work together” – that was the message to Northern Ireland’s rowing political parties from the man in charge of implementing the 2016 peace agreement in Colombia. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, the Presidential Counselor for Stabilization and Consolidation in Colombia, Emilio Archila, said that he couldn’t offer specific advice to the region – which has been without a government for nearly three years – but said that parties should work “to overcome whatever difficulties you find”. Archila is in Ireland to meet with the government and Irish politicians to provide updates on the historic agreement between the Colombian administration and the left-wing militant group FARC in 2016. While he was not involved in the negotiation of the historic 2016 agreement, which was negotiated between the Colombian government and FARC, Archila has been charged with ensuring that the peace agreement is fully implemented. He said that the country had learned a lot from the peace process in Northern Ireland. “We have learned from the Irish experience that it is not something that you understand but something that you need to be continuously analysing and changing,” Archila said.  It has been very enlightening that the idea of the peace-building has changed the society. It has changed the relations between the people and the government, the people and power, the people and police. It has changed the way Irish people look at each other, so we want to learn from that. The 323-page agreement in Colombia was reached in November 2016, after an initial deal was narrowly rejected in a referendum put to the Colombian people. The agreement was then revised and ratified by the Colombian parliament. Archila said that he believed that such a referendum – which saw former president Álvaro Uribe and other critics trash the agreement for conceding too much ground to FARC – was not “appropriate”. “I think that the way that the referendum was handled was, in my opinion, not a good idea. It divided the opinion of Colombians and it divided the opinion of Colombians without enough information,” he said. “The fact that the Colombian people were divided and said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ makes things a little bit more difficult,” he added. Concerns have grown in recent months that Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, has undermined the agreement, which was negotiated by his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos to end the 52-year battle against FARC.  Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has been criticised for this approach to the agreement. Source: Fernando Vergara/AP/Press Association Images“I can assure anybody that is criticising President Duque for not implementing the agreement or going so fast as he should, they should take the time to see the results. It is not the rhetoric that talks. It is not the rhetoric that will change Colombia,” he said. However, he acknowledged that ‘playing politics’ with the agreement has caused headaches for those trying to implement peace with FARC. Last month, a group of former FARC rebels announced that they would be returning to arms and accused the government of betraying the agreement. Duque promised harsh action against them and blamed Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolás Maduro for backing the fighters. “I do not think this is going to erode the process. But it is a problem. What really concerns me is having another gang of narco-traffickers and narco-terrorists being supported by Venezuela. That is something that could do damage to the Colombian people,” he said. CocaineThe cocaine trade remains one the biggest issues facing Colombia. In 2017, cocaine production in the country reached record levels, according to UN statistics, rising 31% to 1,400 tonnes. Addressing the Oireachtas committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade in April, former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, now the EU special envoy for the peace process in Colombia, said that countries like Ireland need to consider how drug policies impact on poorer states.  Related Reads Friday 13 Sep 2019, 1:56 PM 30.09.18 Old wounds, new problems: A drive along the Irish border before Brexit Share12 Tweet Email1 Fri 1:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Texas une marée noire sétale au large suite à la collision de

first_imgTexas : une marée noire s’étale au large suite à la collision de deux naviresTexas, États-Unis – La collision d’un remorqueur et d’un pétrolier a engendré, samedi matin, le déversement de presque 2 millions de litres de pétrole au large de Port Arthur. Alors que l’Eagle Atome, un navire de 245 mètres de long, s’apprêtait à livrer du pétrole à une raffinerie de Beaumont, au nord de Port Arthur, il est entré en collision avec le remorqueur Dixie Vengeance, qui traînait deux péniches. Si aucun blessé n’est à déplorer, cet accident a engendré une fuite de 1,7 million de litres de pétrole, ont annoncé les garde-côtes américains. Et de préciser qu’il pourrait s’agir de pétrole brut.Les agences texane et fédérale de l’environnement ont installé un barrage flottant de près de 1,2 kilomètre pour contenir cette fuite, et un périmètre de sécurité a été établi autour des deux bateaux.Une enquête est en cours pour déterminer les causes de l’accident.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La France accueille lultrabook en fibre carbone le Dell XPS 13

first_imgLa France accueille l’ultrabook en fibre carbone, le Dell XPS 13L’ultrabook de Dell première génération débarque enfin sur notre territoire, alors que la seconde génération ne devrait plus tarder.Nouvel ultrabook star outre atlantique, le Dell XPS 13 arrive enfin sur nos côtes, avec ses qualités indéniables de fabrication: capot en alu, écran en verre Gorilla Glass (polymère très fin et résistant de Corning) et de la fibre de carbone pour le châssis. On croirait presque parler d’automobile. L’ultrabook de Dell, au delà de ça, affiche des caractéristiques relativement courantes avec un processeur Core i5-2467M (Intel Sandy Bridge), un bi-coeur Hyper-Threading cadencé entre 1,6 et 2,3 GHz. Le Dell se dote d’une mémoire vive de 4Go (DDR3), associé à un SSD de 128 GB, du WiFi, du Bluetooth, port USB 3.0 et 2.0, une sortie mini DisplayPort et casque, ainsi qu’une webcam.Avec sa diagonale de 13,3 pouces, le Dell XPS 13 vient d’envahir notre marché, pour un prix de 1.000 euros en configuration de base (1.180 euros avec un SSD de 256 GB, 1.400 euros avec un Core i7-2637M).Le 14 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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AntiBlack Panther Group Shut Down Stan Lee is OK More MCU News

first_imgStay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Saw this on Reddit. Hhaha. My last day on IW. The final exit. pic.twitter.com/UfzWXfzODB— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 2, 2018The idea of The Hulk carrying a hobo bindle is just about the funniest thing in the world. You can almost hear the sad piano music from the 1978 series as you look at that photo. Of all the Marvel actors whose contracts are ending after Avengers 4, I think we’re going to miss Ruffalo the most. Black Panther is breaking records before it’s even out. It’s amazing trailers and phenomenal cast helped it sell the most presale tickets for any other superhero movie. That’s a big deal. People are excited about this movie, and it sounds like that’s for good reason. Its premiere earlier this week was met with enthusiastic reviews. From the sounds of things, Black Panther might actually be as good as it looks. Not everyone is so happy about that, though. A Facebook group popped up on Thursday calling for people to help bring down the movie’s audience review score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s run by the same person who took credit for Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s audience score, in case you needed any indication of what kind of person would lead a campaign to trash a movie they haven’t even seen yet.As of Friday, the Facebook group has been banned after it was reported for harassment, according to Marvel Studios News. Facebook investigated the page and it was soon taken down. Sometimes good news happens on the internet. Now, the group will likely pop back up in some form or another. There will probably be some kind of effort to lower Black Panther’s audience score, no matter how good the movie is. Its impact will likely be somewhat lessened thanks to this ban though. So while there are still bitter bad fans out there who are angry that people enjoy a movie, we can all greet this news with a satisfying Nelson Muntz-style “Ha Ha!”Not that it matters much since they’re gone, but their stated reason for trying to tank Black Panther’s audience score was they thought Disney was pressuring critics to give DC movies bad reviews. Because that’s totally a thing that happens. It can’t possibly be that Justice League and Batman v. Superman were just… bad. I’m sure they have an explanation for why Wonder Woman got rave reviews, but I don’t care. It is funny that the target of their ire is Black Panther, though. If the critical response to Justice League is what got them so mad online in the first place, May’s Avengers: Infinity War would make much more sense as a target. As a big superhero team-up movie, it’s a much closer analog to Justice League. I wonder if there’s some other reason Black Panther is making them so angry. I wonder what it could be…On a surely unrelated note, Inverse spoke to the leader of the now-defunct Facebook group, who told them, “minorities… should stay that way.” So yeah, real stand up guys we’re dealing with here. Eh, whatever. They got banned. Ha Ha!Stan Lee in 2011 (Photo: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons)In other Marvel news, the world got a minor scare yesterday when Stan Lee was taken to the hospital last night with an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath, KABC reports. Fortunately, Lee is now back at home and reportedly feeling great. He said he’s glad he spent the night in the hospital. “It did me a lot of good,” Lee said. “It probably did my fans a lot of good. It kept me off their backs for the evening. But I’m feeling good now and I can’t wait to get in there and tangle with all the competition.” Now that’s a Stan Lee response to a health scare if we’ve ever heard one.Stan Lee, creator of almost all of your favorite Marvel characters, is 95 years old, and evidently still going strong. He’s appeared in every movie based on a Marvel property since the first X-Men. Fans have come to look forward to his cameos almost as much as the movies themselves. Health concerns have previously forced Lee to reduce his travel schedule and cancel appearances at comics conventions, but he hopes to resume traveling soon. “It’s nice to know that somewhere in the world there are still people who care about what I say or do,” he said.Feeling better though he is, last night’s health scare is a reminder that Lee isn’t going to be around forever. He’s been on this Earth for almost a century, and we will eventually have to face a world without him in it. For now, we’re glad he’s feeling better, and we’re grateful for the time (and Marvel movie cameos) we have left.Hugh Jackman in Logan (Photo Credit: James Mangold/ 20th Century Fox)Lee’s cameos aren’t the only staple of Marvel movies fans have come to look forward to. Ever since 2008’s Iron Man, the studio has largely built out its universe through its post-credits scenes. While the main stories of each film are largely standalone, these scenes are what connect the films together. Some of them tease the next movie in the franchise. Others, like Thanos’ introduction in the credits scene of The Avengers, set up a villain and arc that will carry through multiple Marvel movies to come. They’re absolutely a critical part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s success. Not everyone is a fan, though.James Mangold, who directed last year’s excellent Logan, spoke out against the practice during the Writers Guild of America Beyond Words Panel in Los Angeles, CinemaBlend reports. Not only is he not a fan of including post-credits scenes, he says they’re “embarrassing.”“The idea of making a movie that would fucking embarrass me, that’s part of the anesthetizing of this country or the world,” he said about the kinds of films he wouldn’t want to make. “That’s further confirming what they already know and tying in with other fucking products and selling them the next movie while you’re making this movie, and kind of all that shit that I find really fucking embarrassing.”Mangold went on to say that the fact that audiences are asking for these scenes is an indictment of the movies themselves. It’s a sign, he says, that the movie itself didn’t do its job. And that it’s ridiculous to try to sell people on the next movie before they’re even done with the current one. Which sounds a lot like Marvel’s entire business model.“Like, that audiences are actually asking for scenes in end credits when those scenes were first developed for movies that suck, so they put something extra at the end to pick up the scores when the movie couldn’t end right on its own fucking feet,” Mangold said. “Now we’ve actually gotten audiences addicted to a fucking bonus in the credits. It’s fucking embarrassing. It means you couldn’t land your fucking movie is what it means. Even if you got 100,000 Twitter addicts who are gambling on what fucking scene is going to happen after the fucking credits it’s still cheating.”So if Mangold directs any more X-Men movies, don’t expect any extras after the credits. His hatred for them is a little extreme, but nobody will deny the man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to making movies. Logan is the only superhero movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for writing. I disagree that Marvel (or any superhero franchise) should do away with post-credits scenes entirely, but maybe not every movie needs to end with one.But let’s end on a happier note, with Mark Ruffalo just being generally awesome. The Hulk actor posted a photo to Twitter from his last day on set of Avengers: Infinity War. Still, in full motion capture gear, he looks exactly like you’d expect someone to look when they’re leaving behind the highest-paying job they’ve ever had. The photo itself is… just perfection. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Promo for Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg Boogeyman Halloween scare prank Santino Marella

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Promo for Brock Lesnar vs. GoldbergWWE has posted the official promo for Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at Survivor Series.Boogeyman Halloween scare prankA new scare prank with The Boogeyman has been released by WWE.Santino Marella on his WWE runRyan Rider of Main Event Radio passed along an interview with former WWE star Santino Marella talking about his run with the company.“Near the end of my career I really dialed in my work and go out there and not have one wasted footstep. I was telling stories really well and truly having the audience engaged the entire match. Knowing that I became very good at being a professional wrestler meant a lot to me in my career. Having the monitor sellouts, with all the talents, agents, and producers in the back watching my segments and telling me it was sold out during my matches with all the boys watching enjoying and laughing. I would’ve liked to have been a badass at some point but whatever; it’s nice to be able to pay the bills.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhich Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 40.25%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bill Goldberg Twitter Now Playing Up Next boogyman should have been booked for a hell in a cell match. Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy?center_img TheCyberZon Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? SteelCity1981 WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career He’s the Boogeyman and he’s still coming to getcha!It would’ve been even better if Little Boogey was with him too. XD 2 COMMENTS October 30, 2016 at 10:06 am Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) October 30, 2016 at 1:54 am Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Teachers Continue To Stay Away From Work

first_imgBy Louise JobeTeachers who are part of the newly formed pressure group ‘Teachers for Change’ (TFC), have stayed away from work since Schools reopened on the 17th of September 2018. Uniting with their counterparts in Mission Schools and going by the name ‘Network of Mission Teachers’ (NMT), the teachers said they are engaged on an indefinite sit down strike, effective Monday 24th September 2018.Dominic Gomez, a senior teacher with the Catholic Mission, said the sit down strike is a reality; that the authorities need to handle it with urgency, as most Schools in the country are paralysed despite few teachers reporting, because there is no meaningful learning taking place.He said the reality of the situation is that a good percentage of those teachers staying away from work, are in their youthful ages; that these people have seen their parents, uncles and aunties work their lives as teachers and cannot change their lives, not to talk of their families; that they are unlike other civil servants who can build mansions or drive cars within months.He said Government needs to assess the attrition level of teachers to other sectors; that a good percentage of ‘run away teachers’, could be among the cream produced by the College or University; that one of their main reasons to leave could be to seek greener pastures; that the old cadre of teachers who can accept teaching as a noble job, are very few and that dialogue is the only way forward.Lamin E. B Bah, the Head Teacher of Abuko Lower Basic School, said the task force for teachers for change advocates for members to understand that the Gambia Teachers Union (GTU), is the main umbrella body for all teachers in the country; that the GTU should not look at them like small boys, but should welcome them with honour and listen to their views; that the Ministry of Education should not have acted the way they did by deploying PIU officers to disperse them at their meeting. He said this could have been done through dialogue and negotiations.Schools in Bwaim, Sangajor or St. Charles in Faji Kunda, have been affected by the strike. Many teachers in these Schools did not report. According to one of the teachers who was reached on telephone, said Senior teachers who reported to their Schools, are handling three to four classes.This reporter tried in vain to contact GTU President.Parents have expressed their disappointment with the new Government. One Haddy Gaye a parent, said Government does not care about them, because their children attend private Schools.last_img read more

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ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests Issue 4 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Log, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 8, 2019 and August 15, 2019.Thursday, August 8, 2019Gonzalo Gomez Jurado (27, North Andover) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License. (4:39pm)Friday, August 9, 2019NoneSaturday, August 10, 2019NoneSunday, August 11, 2019NoneMonday, August 12, 2019Allison Marie McLaughlin (27, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Failure To Yield At Intersection, and License Not In Possession. (3:24pm)David Temazacarias (36, Lynn) was issued a summons for Failure To Stop/Yield and Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (6:45pm)Tuesday, August 13, 2019Timaree C. Brown (Cambridge, 62) was arrested on a court warrant as a fugitive from justice. (2:11pm)Wednesday, August 14, 2019NoneThursday, August 15, 2019Ronald M. Pynn (44, Medford) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uncovered/Unsecured Load. (1:26pm)Ery Jordani Rosario (27, Worcester) was issued a summons for Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (6:24pm)Jason Trudelle (20, Wilmington) was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Failure To Stop/Yield. (7:47pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Chandrayaan mission will inspire youth says Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the two “greatest lessons” he learnt from the Chandrayaan-II mission are “faith and fearlessness” and also announced a quiz competition whose winners will get an opportunity to visit Sriharikota to witness the moment the spacecraft will land on moon in September. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, Modi said the way scientists rectified technical issues, which caused ISRO to defer its launch by a few days, is exemplary and unparalleled. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “If you ask me what the two greatest lessons I have received from Chandrayaan II, I shall say they are faith and fearlessness. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. “We should feel proud of the fact that despite hindrances, there is no change in the arrival time. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us Hailing the indigenous project, he said it is “thoroughly Indian in heart and spirit. It is completely a swadeshi, home grown mission.” He hoped that the Chandrayaan II mission will inspire youth towards science and innovation, saying that science is the path to progress. “This mission has proved beyond doubt, once again, that when it comes to attempting an endeavour in new age, cutting edge areas, with innovative zeal, our scientists are second to none. They are the best, they are world class,” the prime minister said. Advertise With Us Asking students to participate in the quiz, whose details will be out soon, he said space, and science and technology will be its key features. “And the most thrilling part is that students scoring the highest in their respective states will be invited to visit Sriharikota, with expenses borne by the government. There in September they will get an opportunity to witness the moment when Chandrayaan would be landing on the surface of the Moon. For these winners, it will be a historic event of their lives,” he said. The prime minister said 2019 has been a very fruitful year for India in the realm of space, noting that it had also launched A-Sat in March.last_img read more

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Sports Monday Rockets Keep Winning And Astros Prospect Suspended

first_img Share Michael HagertyThe Rockets have won 12 straight. With 23 games left to play, how can they best navigate them so that when the playoffs start they’re healthy and reasonably rested?And the Astros learned last week that their highly touted pitching prospect Forrest Whitley violated Major League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program. He’s been suspended 50 games.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.last_img read more

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Oil searchers discover and record deepsea graveyard off Angola coast

first_img © 2014 Phys.org A team of researchers looking for oil and gas deposits beneath the seafloor off the western coast of southern Africa has found four large “fish-falls” on the seabed: the carcasses of one whale shark and three mobulid rays. Finding vertebrate carcasses on the seafloor is quite rare, ocean scientists Nicholas Higgs, Andrew Gates and Daniel Jones report in their paper on the discovery published in PLoS ONE—the “graveyard” offers a unique opportunity to learn more about how the death of large sea creatures and the food they provide to other smaller creatures impacts marine life in general. Still images showing each of the observed carcasses. A Whale shark (Rhincodon typus); B Mobulid carcass 1; C Mobulid carcass 2; D Mobulid Carcass 3. Images have been enhanced. Credit: PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096016.g002 Citation: Oil searchers discover and record deep-sea graveyard off Angola coast (2014, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-oil-searchers-deep-sea-graveyard-angola.html Antarctica’s first whale skeleton found with nine new deep-sea species To date, just nine vertebrate carcasses have ever been found and studied on the deep ocean floor—this recent discovery pushes that number to thirteen. Such carcass remains are categorized by “fall” type. These four were all fish falls, other’s such as whale falls generally attract more attention.Recorded along with the carcasses were scavengers that had arrived at the scene to feast on the large creatures’ remains. The researchers note that quite often the first to arrive at a fall of any sort are sharks, though they rarely consume what has been found. Next to find the carcasses are usually crabs and amphipods and at some point osedax that feed on the bones. In the footage the researchers were able to see large numbers of fish surrounding the carcasses, the majority of which were eel pouts, which don’t eat carcass remains, but instead feed on other fish that do. The researchers noted that no evidence of osedax were present which suggested that the carcasses hadn’t been on the sea floor very long, perhaps just a month or two. Explore further Journal information: PLoS ONE More information: Higgs ND, Gates AR, Jones DOB (2014) Fish Food in the Deep Sea: Revisiting the Role of Large Food-Falls. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96016. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096016AbstractThe carcasses of large pelagic vertebrates that sink to the seafloor represent a bounty of food to the deep-sea benthos, but natural food-falls have been rarely observed. Here were report on the first observations of three large ‘fish-falls’ on the deep-sea floor: a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) and three mobulid rays (genus Mobula). These observations come from industrial remotely operated vehicle video surveys of the seafloor on the Angola continental margin. The carcasses supported moderate communities of scavenging fish (up to 50 individuals per carcass), mostly from the family Zoarcidae, which appeared to be resident on or around the remains. Based on a global dataset of scavenging rates, we estimate that the elasmobranch carcasses provided food for mobile scavengers over extended time periods from weeks to months. No evidence of whale-fall type communities was observed on or around the carcasses, with the exception of putative sulphide-oxidising bacterial mats that outlined one of the mobulid carcasses. Using best estimates of carcass mass, we calculate that the carcasses reported here represent an average supply of carbon to the local seafloor of 0.4 mg m−2d−1, equivalent to ~4% of the normal particulate organic carbon flux. Rapid flux of high-quality labile organic carbon in fish carcasses increases the transfer efficiency of the biological pump of carbon from the surface oceans to the deep sea. We postulate that these food-falls are the result of a local concentration of large marine vertebrates, linked to the high surface primary productivity in the study area. Because fall finds are so rare, researchers have resorted to dropping dead animals into the ocean and then studying what happens—finding four such natural carcasses is unprecedented, leading to questions as to why so many of the animals died seemingly at the same time. The researchers suggest the graveyard may not be as rare as the finding would suggest, as its possible many exist but have simply not been found—the ocean floor is a vast expanse after all, and the chances of happening upon a fall while studying any given section of sea floor would be slim. Despite that, many must exist as many sharks, rays, whales, exist in the sea and they all must die at some point. Scientists estimate that as much as 4 percent of food in the ocean comes from falls—the rest is in the form of marine snow. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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3 lives lost in horrific crash on N3 near Ladysmith

first_imgA horrific crash today (February 24) on the N3 at Windy Corner, Van Reenen, claimed three lives and saw two people being seriously injured.The accident involved a Ford Ranger and an Audi A3.Three of the occupants of the Audi A3 were sadly killed, while two people in the Ford Ranger sustained serious injuries.Read more: Bad crash near Van ReenenAlso read: Cold and wet weather for LadysmithAlso read: Spioenkop Dam flood warning: Officials have warned that the Tugela River may burst its banks It took about an hour for officials to clear the scene.Sharaj Rescue Services, Ladysmith Fire Department and EMRS freed the accident victims who were trapped in the wreckage.Other emergency personnel were also on scene.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! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Expedia Study shows Australians unwilling to pay for extras when flyin

first_imgExpedia Study shows Australians unwilling to pay for extras when flyingExpedia.com, one of the world’s largest full service online travel sites, has released the results of the Expedia passenger Preferences Index, a worldwide study that examined the preferences and behaviours of fliers on a country-by-country basis. The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia® by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm and surveyed 11,026 travellers across 22 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and South America.Looking at the habits of Australian travellers, the study reported a quarter (24%) of Australians have flown more than five times in the past two years. This was just below the global average of 27% and well behind New Zealand, where 31% of residents said they had flown more than five times in the past two years. The most frequently flyingnations were Norway (47%), Mexico (42%), India (38%) and Singapore (36%).Australians unwilling to pay for added extras Respondents were given a range of amenities to choose and asked to select the ones they would be willing to pay extra for on flights of different length, defined as 0-3 hours, 4-6, 7-12, and over 12 hours.On short-haul flights (three hours or less), Australians were the nationality least willing to pay for any added extras – two in five (43%) Australian travellers versus a global average of one in four (26%). This trend continued across different flight lengths with Australia and Canada consistently the top two nations most unwilling to pay for in-flightextras.The amenities Aussies were most willing to pay for on a short-haul flight included a seat with extra leg room (20%), a full meal (16%) and a wider seat (12%). Australians largely had the same preferences for paid-for extras across all flight durations though in-flight entertainment increased in importance as the duration of the flight increased.Eat, sleep and strike up a conversation – how Aussies pass the time on a flightComfort comes first for Aussies dressing for a flight. With no differences between men and women, 91% of respondents said they dressed for comfort and didn’t care how they looked, leaving only one in ten (9%) to choose chic planewear over comfort.When asked which strategies Aussies would employ to endure a long haul flight over 10 hours, close to eight in ten (77%) indicated they would sleep to pass the time, followed by eating (61%), utilising inflight entertainment (60%) and reading (58%). Almost one in five Australians (18%) would strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger to keep  themselves occupied. This tactic to pass time increased to 25% among those aged over 50.Expedia Passenger Preferences Index respondents were also offered a long list of items and asked to select five they felt they couldn’t live without on a flight. Worldwide, the top items were water, a meal, a phone/mobile device, headphones and magazines or newspapers. Expedia.comSource = Expedia.comlast_img read more

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