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1st Test: Moeen Ali spins England to first Test victory under captain Joe Root1st Test: Moeen Ali spins England to first Test victory under captain Joe Root

first_imgJoe Root began his reign as England captain with an emphatic 211-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s after a roller-coaster fourth day on Sunday.Set an improbable target of 331 after England had lost their nine remaining second-innings wickets to be dismissed for 233, the touring side never came to terms with a spiteful pitch of uneven bounce and were bowled out for 119.The win was England’s first against South Africa at Lord’s since 1960.Root simply had to rotate his bowlers, although spinner Moeen Ali took the honours with figures of 6/53, giving him 10 wickets in a man-of-the-match performance that included an invaluable first-innings knock of 87.”It was definitely the best all-round performance of my career,” Moeen said. “The pitch allowed me to attack their batsmen as much as I could.”Moeen produced turn and bounce on a wicket that seldom favours fourth-innings run chases. Only three teams have won a test match by scoring more than 300 at the home of cricket, but the tourists must have felt they were in with a chance after dismissing England so cheaply by mid-afternoon.The size of their task, however, became clear when Heino Kuhn (9) and captain Dean Elgar (1) both fell with the score on 12 to fine catches from keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen off his own bowling.JP Duminy also departed cheaply and once Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Liam Dawson, it was only a matter of time.England had their share of luck when Quinton de Kock chopped the ball on to the stumps off his foot but they thoroughly deserved the win against a side who made too many mistakes in the field.advertisementThe final wicket fell when Morne Morkel heaved Dawson to Keaton Jennings on the boundary.Earlier, England’s total was boosted by combative batting by Bairstow, who was dropped off a simple chance to Vernon Philander on seven before making 51, and tailender Mark Wood.That pushed the lead past 300 as South Africa’s bowlers struggled to match their morning success when England, who resumed on 119-1, lost seven wickets.Morkel claimed three victims and Keshav Maharaj four as England failed to force the pace. Alastair Cook top-scored with 69.Root said he was delighted by his first victory in charge, which he owed much to the runs scored by England’s top three in difficult circumstances on Saturday night.”It is nice to stand here having made all the right choices,” he said with a smile. “But the whole team played a big part in this win. Moeen made it very difficult for the batsmen to take him on.”The second Test in the four-match series starts on Friday in Nottingham with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis set to return. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, however, is suspended.last_img read more

Real Madrid Defends Ronaldo from Tax Fraud AccusationsReal Madrid Defends Ronaldo from Tax Fraud Accusations

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it believes Cristiano Ronaldo is “innocent” after a Spanish state prosecutor accused him of defrauding the country’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).The club issued a statement saying “Real Madrid expresses its complete confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted within the law as far as complying with his fiscal obligations.”It adds it is convinced Ronaldo “will demonstrate his complete innocence.”A Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 on Tuesday. The prosecutor said Ronaldo had used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of taxes he paid.Ronaldo’s agent has denied any wrongdoing.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ZIM Reschedules USD 115 Mn of Debt PaymentsZIM Reschedules USD 115 Mn of Debt Payments

first_imgzoom Israel’s cargo shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has reached an agreement with its creditors to reschedule payments of USD 115 million, during a period of up to 12 months starting from September 30, 2016. With this deal, announced as part of ZIM’s financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016, the company said that it maintains its financial stability and will continue to develop its growth plan.During the second quarter of the year, ZIM reported a loss of USD 74 million and positive operating cash flow of USD 17.6 million, compared to positive operating cash flow of USD 86 million for the second quarter of 2015. The company carried 617,000 TEUs during the period, representing a 6.9% increase compared to the first quarter of the year.ZIM said that the first half of 2016 was characterized by historically low freight rates as the average freight rate per TEU carried was USD 903 in the first half of 2016, reflecting a 24.8% decrease compared to the respective period last year.As a result of significantly lower freight rates, total revenues in the quarter decreased by 19.8% to USD 611.8 million, compared with USD 762.9 million in the same period last year.“The very challenging market situation impacts the industry as a whole. Our strategic business plan, focusing on select markets where the company has a competitive advantage, is keeping ZIM in the top of the industry in terms of EBIT margins. The company keeps investing in customer service excellence and on-time delivery to our customers, as evident in a recent first place ranking awarded to ZIM in a schedule reliability performance report,” Rafi Danieli, ZIM’s President and CEO, said.last_img read more

Israeli Wild Fires Force Thousands to Flee HaifaIsraeli Wild Fires Force Thousands to Flee Haifa

By Christopher BrodskyRabat – Wildfires have forced tens of thousands of Israelis to flee from their homes in the northern city of Haifa, Al Jazeera reported early Friday morning.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned anyone found responsible for the fires would be treated as terrorists. “We are facing arsonist terror. In front of arsonist terror we are also facing incitement and also arson. For us they are the same. And we will bring our full legal force to get those responsible,” he was reporting as saying.The region has experienced an extended drought as well as strong winds, fueling the spread of the fires.Local authorities estimate over 80,000 people have been evacuated from the city thus far, with several houses destroyed beyond repair.The main highway between Haifa and Tel Aviv was also reportedly closed on Thursday as firefighters and responders tried to put out the blaze.Al Jazeera noted homes in the West Bank, and neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem, have also been affected by the fires.Four Israeli Palestinians were arrested as suspects involved in starting the fires, though they have since been released because of a lack of evidence.“At the moment we are investigating how the fires began. We strongly believe that the fires could have been started by individuals who fled the scenes,” mentioned Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld. read more

Wall welcomes Line 3 pipeline approval says it will have economic boostWall welcomes Line 3 pipeline approval says it will have economic boost

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 3:31 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Ottawa’s approval of a pipeline into the United States will be hugely beneficial for his province.The federal government on Tuesday approved Enbridge’s proposed replacement of Line 3, a half-century-old pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin that runs through Saskatchewan.Wall says the decision will benefit industry and workers, including pipe manufacturer Evraz which has a site in Regina.“This is an important project for the 1,000 people that work out there,” he said Wednesday.Evraz said in a release that the vast majority, if not all, of the pipe for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project will be made at the Regina facility.That could be good news for Saskatchewan where the economy is hurting because of a downturn in commodity prices.But there are concerns too.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 Saskatchewan bands, said protecting land and water, as well as consulting with aboriginal communities must be top priorities.“It is crucial that stringent protections for the environment be put in place to protect our communities, and that our First Nations concerns and recommendations are abided by based on our inherent and treaty rights to lands and resources,” federation Chief Bobby Cameron said.In April, the National Energy Board recommended approval of the Canadian part of the Line 3 project with 89 conditions. One condition is that Enbridge develop a plan for First Nations to participate in monitoring the project’s construction.The federation says vice-chief Edward Dutch Lerat will work to ensure that Enbridge is transparent and inclusive when working with First Nations on monitoring.Wall said companies should be held accountable in their duty to consult. But he added all parties should “hold each other accountable to the truth.”“Because I’ve seen in these debates where facts are not always at the forefront, sometimes on either side,” he said.“There are a lot of pipelines that are run through the province of Saskatchewan today … it’s how we pay a lot of bills. The oil and gas business helps build roads and build hospitals and schools and operate them, and those benefit everybody, including First Nations.“And so let’s be mindful of the environment, of the duty to consult, but let’s also make sure we’re not unnecessarily obstructionist with respect to a very important project.” Wall welcomes Line 3 pipeline approval, says it will have economic boost read more

CCOVI hosts worlds largest tasting of Canadian sparkling wineCCOVI hosts worlds largest tasting of Canadian sparkling wine

More than 130 bottles of sparkling wine from four provinces were popped at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Thursday, Nov. 29, in the world’s largest tasting of Canadian sparkling wine.Tom Stevenson, regarded as one of the world’s leading sparkling wine experts, travelled to Brock from the United Kingdom to taste sparkling wines from Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Nova Scotia.“I am really pleased because there are a lot of really good sparkling wines here,” said Stevenson. “After the first flight I found a few potential gold and silver wines.”More than 130 bottles of sparkling wines from across Canada were part of a tasting at Brock University’s CCOVI.Stevenson has been tasting top sparkling wines blind in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), which he founded and is the head judge for. He said Canada is a strong contender and hopes some of the producers he earmarked will be encouraged to participate in the global competition.“It would increase the profile of Canadian sparkling wine. We haven’t typically had many entries from Canada in the past to really see what these producers have available from a competition perspective,” Stevenson said.Over a number of hours, he tasted the wines alongside wine writer and judge Treve Ring, who said the top wines stood out in the tasting room when it came to balance, complexity and depth.“I think the top wineries in Canada are making sparkling wines that can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the top wineries around the world,” Ring said. “It was fantastic to see such diversity of wines and styles, everything from ancient method through to traditional method sparkling wine that has been aged for years.”The tasting was organized and hosted by CCOVI Senior Scientist Belinda Kemp. Her lab, dubbed ‘The Bubble Lab,’ is recognized for its leading sparkling wine research and outreach work, helping grape growers and winemakers produce quality sparkling wines through initiatives such as Fizz Club — a networking group for Canadian sparkling winemakers.“I’m so pleased we were able to showcase wines from so many wineries, especially with our annual Fizz Club taking place next week,” said Kemp. “It is quite incredible to watch the progress of Canadian sparkling wines as we raise awareness of production techniques and tackle challenges with CCOVI research. This is just the beginning for Canadian sparkling wine.” read more

Sandvik SanRemo precise monitoring of surface drilling operationsSandvik SanRemo precise monitoring of surface drilling operations

first_imgAs International Mining‘s June issue goes to print, with a surface drilling feature included, news comes from Sandvik, which is making available a new advanced version of its SanRemo productivity service for remote monitoring. The service, accessible on the web and currently available for the company’s surface top hammer drills, provides big savings in time, money and trouble, offering easy access to accurate real-time site data. This means a significant decrease in the number of required site visits and costly unexpected production stops.Based on the production, performance and maintenance status reports supplied by the system, users can quickly detect any changes in efficiency and machine utilisation, to accurately measure and forecast projects, and to make precise maintenance schedules without leaving the office. This, of course, translates into improvements in the excavation rate. Sandvik says “calculations show that SanRemo increases production time by half an hour per shift. This translates into 66,000 t more excavated rock annually.”The SanRemo service is available in three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum (to be released this autumn). The service supplies different types of production and performance reports based on the chosen level and parameters. The parameters available are, for example, drilled metres, number of holes, average hole depth, engine hours, rock drill percussion hours, level of usage, average penetration rate and fuel consumption. SanRemo also offers reports formaintenance management based on equipment usage: it shows the estimated date for the next maintenance event and the time left to it. Thus, maintenance can be scheduled precisely and the needed parts ordered well ahead. Furthermore, the service can offer full equipment service history.The SanRemo service includes a GPS-based tracking function, which shows the exact site location, greatly helping optimise transportation routes for the machine as well as the field service personnel. Its modern and simple user interface is designed for every day use. The views and reports can be easily customised to fit the needs of different users, or user groups with varying interests. SanRemo also offers the opportunity to export all the reports as PDF or Excel.The SanRemo hardware includes a data collection module and a GPS receiver installed on the rig. It is available as an option for the new rigs and as a retrofit kit for the older models. The system applies GSM and GPRS technologies in communication between the rig and the SanRemo server.last_img read more

PICTURES Helicopter wreck lifted from Glasgow crash sitePICTURES Helicopter wreck lifted from Glasgow crash site

first_imgUpdated at 11.30pmTHE WRECKAGE OF the police three-tonne Eurocopter was carefully removed from the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow this morning.The rotor blades and part of the tail were removed yesterday and the fuselage was secured and winched slowly through the roof of the building this morning.Police had been criticised over the weekend for the perceived slow pace of the rescue and recovery mission. However, fire officers explained the presence of the helicopter was hampering their work.It was in an unsafe and unstable position throughout the search and fire officers have had to dig around the craft as they looked for victims and injured parties. The task was described by workers as one of the most difficult operations the UK has seen.Specialist officers stood on either side of the aircraft as it was raised inch by inch by a crane. The craft was held together with various straps and covered in sheets.last_img read more

Customers who subscribe to LTE network triple their data consumptionCustomers who subscribe to LTE network triple their data consumption

first_imgWe have begun to see tiered data plans from some of the largest U.S. carriers including Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The consensus is that carriers are moving away from unlimited data plans as devices and users consume more and more data forcing carriers to make additional investments in their infrastructure to meet demand. Stoking the fire for this fear was a report by UK research firm Coda Research Consultancy back in April which predicted that mobile video would cause a 40x increase in data usage by 2015. Giving users the tool to meet this prediction are streaming video apps like the Netflix client now available for Windows Phone 7, iPhone and expected to be available for some Android devices next year.Now GigaOM has found that Brian Modoff from Deutsche Bank believes data consumption may also increase when users simply move from 3G to LTE. Modoff’s analysis is based on a presentation by Teliasonera, one of the first carriers to have an LTE network, whose presentation during the LTE Forum last week included insights as to what carriers can expect when they move to LTE.The story comes down to data usage. Teliasonera reported that the average smartphone user on its network consumes 375MB a month compared to the average broadband user, which is mostly 3G data cards, who consumes 5GB a month. When you throw LTE into the mix the number is sure to cause more than one wireless carrier to grab their chest. Teliasonera reported that their average LTE customer, which is mainly data cards, eats up a whopping 14GB-15GB of data a month.With predictions of ever increasing wireless bandwidth usage I think we can all expect that tiered data plans are here to stay, and if they haven’t come to your carrier yet they probably will soon, especially when that carrier moves to 4G technology.Read more at GigaOMlast_img read more

Dell to ship XPS 13 Ultrabook with UbuntuDell to ship XPS 13 Ultrabook with Ubuntu

first_imgMaybe you love the sleek, sexy lines of those Intel-powered Ultrabooks. And maybe you want the long-running battery and lightweight build that comes with that sexiness, but you just don’t like Windows that way. Well it’s your lucky day; Dell has announced that it will soon be selling a version of its XPS13 Ultrabook that runs Ubuntu Linux out of the box.The project to get Ubuntu on the XPS 13 is called Project Sputnik, and it is geared mostly toward developers that need to work with Linux, but want a more portable device. Perhaps the coolest part is that if you have a XPS 13 now, or you order the Windows version, the Ubuntu install image is available for download.The XPS 13 currently starts at $999.99 and comes with a Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and USB 3.0. It’s a fine little machine as long as you can get by with integrated video and a 13-inch screen. If you can buy the computer without a Windows license at some point in the future, the price might be more reasonable.The version of Ubuntu being built for the XPS 13 will have full support for the hardware, but will ship with very little installed. Developers will be encouraged to use a specially developed tool to reach out and get a “profile” from a github repository. Each profile would be designed to support a different development environment. Maybe you want to work with Android, or Ruby, or perhaps JavaScript. The idea is that you would get a bundle of tools that fits your needs.The announcement happened at the Ubuntu Developers Summit, in front of many, many Linux nerds. It’s going to be hard for Dell to slink away from its commitment to Linux like it did last time. Back in 2007 Dell started shipping PCs with Ubuntu installed, much to the delight of the hardcore nerd demographic. Then in 2010, Dell quietly pulled the Linux models from its website, and the grand experiment was over — until now.Dell hasn’t decided when the XPS 13 will start shipping with Ubuntu as an option. If you’re itching for an Ultrabook that is fully compatible with Linux, chances are that you’re comfortable installing from a disc image anyway. The folks behind Ubuntu are pleased as punch, and are going to be working with Dell to make Project Sputnik a success.via Devopsanglelast_img read more

Germany sees massive rise in politicallymotivated crimes by foreignersGermany sees massive rise in politicallymotivated crimes by foreigners

first_img Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images By AFP Apr 30th 2017, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355956 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 14,937 Views GERMANY RECORDED A sharp rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners includingjihadists and Kurdish militants last year, a trend branded “unacceptable” by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere this week.Some 3,372 such cases were recorded last year, up 66.5% from 2015, according to the latest crime statistics unveiled by deMaiziere.They include “criminal offences carried out in the name of foreign extremists of the so-called IS, or the (outlawed Kurdish militants) PKK”, said the interior minister.Germany was hit by a string of jihadist attacks last year, with the deadliest being last December’s assault on a Christmas market in Berlin.A Tunisian suspect had rammed a truck into the crowded market in the attack claimed by the Islamic State organisation that killed 12.But beyond jihadist attacks, Germany has also seen a rise in violence pitting its sizeable minority communities of Turks and Kurds, as Turkey was increasingly split over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.Overall, the number of politically driven crimes was also up in Germany, reaching 41,549 such offences in 2016, 6.6 percent more than a year ago.- © AFP 2017.Read: Leftist protesters clash with police as German anti-immigration party meets in Cologne> 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists. Short URLlast_img read more

La Défense aura son Apple StoreLa Défense aura son Apple Store

first_imgLa Défense aura son Apple StoreLe quartier des affaires parisien aura bientôt son Apple Store, comme le confirme son enregistrement administratif. Selon le site Defense-92, qui traite de l’actualité de ce fameux quartier en bordure de Paris, le prochain magasin d’Apple pourrait s’installer au premier niveau du centre commercial des Quatre Temps, non loin de l’Arche de la Défense. En effet, le bailleur du centre, Unibail-Rodamco, gère déjà une grande partie des boutiques de la marque à la pomme en France. L’Apple Store remplacerait donc le magasin Scooter, situé entre SmartBox et Go Sport pour les habitués du coin.L’ouverture serait donc prévu pour le courant du mois de juin 2012! En attendant cet évènement, commencez par jeter un œil au plan du centre, sur le site Defense-92. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Good Place Returns to Earth and Its Everything We All NeededThe Good Place Returns to Earth and Its Everything We All Needed

first_imgStay on target A New Addition Makes It The Bad Place on Earth on The Good PlaceSDCC: Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place Going into last night’s Season Three premiere of The Good Place, I knew how much I wanted to see the rest of this story, but I didn’t realize how much I needed this show. Honestly, this hour-long double episode came at just the right time. Yesterday, in particular, was a parade of politicians and pundits loudly trying to justify why credible accusations of sexual assault aren’t a dealbreaker for them. It was a rough one. So it was so nice, necessary even, to escape for an hour into a world where people are genuinely trying to be better. To show us the empathy that so many of the people on our screens can’t manage. It also helps that it’s funny as Hell… um, I mean The Bad Place.Our four heroes are back on Earth, a place where being a good person is really hard. When Eleanor ended up alive on Earth during last year’s season finale, it was a big surprise. One of those moments where The Good Place completely changes up its premise once again. It’s one of the things that makes this show so great. It’s completely unafraid to scrap its entire world and give us a new one. This season, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason have to prove they can change their lives if given a second chance and end up in The Good Place for real. The near-death experiences work at first. They reevaluate their lives and make some positive changes. But the harsh realities of the world get to them, and they slide back into old habits.Pictured: (l-r) William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)We saw it happen to Eleanor last season, and this hour-long premiere starts us off with Chidi’s story. After his near-death experience, he decides to actually get some help. He meets a neurologist who gives him the decisive answers he’d spent all his life searching for. He gets better. He becomes more decisive, allowing him to give that speech that inspired Eleanor to seek him out in the first place. But reality catches up with him. When he tells a friend to make a decision to get fit, it leads to a leg press bending his friend’s leg backwards. Then, he learns of the conditions under which the blueberries in his favorite blueberry muffins were picked. Just like that, he’s paralyzed at the thought of making a decision again. And just like with Eleanor, it takes a visit from Michael to get him back on track. As a bonus, we get to hear Ted Danson’s attempt at an Australian accent. It may not be flawless, but it is *perfect.*The plan to get Chidi and Eleanor together starts to work pretty well. She diligently comes to Chidi’s lessons, and sets him up on a date with the neurologist in return. But we don’t watch The Good Place to see things go according to plan. Remember, this is a series that began with giant flying shrimp. As promising as things seem for Eleanor and Chidi on Earth, there are forces working against them. Shawn from The Bad Place isn’t going to let four souls escape torture. He has his underlings hack into the Judge’s system, so they can get a peek at everything that goes on Earth. Well, Shawn can. He gets a little cocoon happy with his staff, and they won’t be peeking at anything anytime soon.Ted Danson (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Then there’s the fact that Michael keeps making illicit trips down to Earth to ensure all four of his friends reunite and help each other become better. It doesn’t lead to anything in this hour, but the show is strongly hinting that it could all go wrong fast if the Judge were to find out. It’s the kind of sitcom tension that can lead to some hilarious situations in the future. For now though, it gets us where we need to be for the rest of the season to happen. Chidi, Eleanor, Jason, and Tahani are back together working toward a common goal, and Michael makes it back just in time to avoid suspicion and make a few lighthearted jabs at CBS TV shows. NCIS jokes are always funny. That’s just science.I’m so happy new seasons of The Good Place start out with these double-length episodes. It’s been so long since we spent time with any of these characters and the added runtime gets us reacquainted with them in the funniest possible ways. Plus, the complete change in setting adds a fresh energy to the show. It’s fun watching these characters we’ve only known in their afterlife navigate life on Earth. Tahani’s near-death experience inspires her to stop seeking the spotlight. She gives up most of her worldly possessions and travels (commercial and in comfort plus!) to a Buddhist monastery. Like her friends from the afterlife, she sticks to her new life for a while. Then, temptation rears its head again. After an encounter with some exploitative reporters from a website just distinct enough from Vice to avoid legal trouble, Tahani starts craving the spotlight again. Suddenly, she’s standing in a spotlight selling a book about giving up the spotlight. Nice touch, The Good Place. The only difference between her current life and her pre-near-death one is that now she name drops the Dalai Lama.Jameela Jamil (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Her come-to… well, Michael moment might be my favorite of the four. It’s the one with the most pointed commentary, and Danson really gets to lay the sleazeball persona on thick. He poses as an agent looking to get in on her scam. Tahani insists there is no scam, but she can’t ignore that what she’s doing isn’t far off. She’s selling a commercialized version of enlightenment to suckers who will buy anything. From there, it’s not a big leap to selling painted golf balls as healing crystals. It’s not hard to see the show is making fun of people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah here. In fact, there’s a line about Tahani taking over for Oprah right before she falls into the spotlight-seeking semi-charlatan life. Yeah we see you, The Good Place. You’re not wrong. And right at that moment, she gets a call from Chidi asking her to join his study of morality in people who’ve had near-death experiences. Another helpful push from Michael, or “Professor Largebrain.” God, even this show’s stupidity is genius.Jason’s story, like him, is stupid, funny and surprisingly sincere. After Michael saves him from suffocating in a safe, Jason decides he’s going to change his life. He ignores a community college ad offering to do just that in favor of a dance competition. He may not be the brightest, but he knows what he’s good at. And like the others, he tries to make a legitimate go at it. No crimes, personal dance routines and real determination to do this right. But he keeps getting disqualified because his dance team is too big. The rigid structure of dance competitions doesn’t care about what he’s trying to do. Unable to continue paying rent, he turns back to crimes. To be fair though, he’s still sincere about it. He offers his arresting officer half of what he stole if she marries him and doesn’t arrest him. That’s… kinda sweet. Doesn’t work, but it’s sweet. The simplicity of Michael’s interference here is actually kind of beautiful. He comes in planning to act like a big shot dance team manager. But Jason’s not into that anymore. He just needs someone to talk to about his really tough year. (“It started… about a year ago.”) A sympathetic ear was all it took for Jason to change his life and join Chidi’s group.Manny Jacinto (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)That’s part of the beauty of this season’s premise so far. We’ve only really seen The Bad Place and The Medium Place, as far as worldbuilding goes. We don’t know much about the actual Good Place. Only that the requirements for getting in are hilariously strict. It’s a wonder anyone gets in at all, if anyone even does. And that’s the point I think this season’s building up to. If Michael and the Judge’s experiment is a success, it’ll cause a radical shift in how the afterlife works. It would force them to acknowledge that individual humans are constantly evolving and changing. That they have the ability to become better people, even after they die, if they really commit themselves to it. What the current system doesn’t recognize is that it’s almost impossible to do it alone. You need people around you who all support and keep each other on track. Michael knows this now, which is why he feels he has to break the rules to get them all together.The Judge is going to find out that Michael has been making trips to Earth. That’s just how sitcoms work. The question is what happens next. Because even if he is tipping the scales, humans need someone in their corner to stay on the right track. I think that’s what this experiment is going to force the afterlife to reckon with. You can’t judge humans on an arbitrary system of points without considering their circumstances. Even a torturously indecisive moral philosophy professor, a name-dropping socialite, a dancer/DJ/burglar from Jacksonville and an Arizona trashbag can lead good lives if they can find the right support system. All they need is a push in the right direction. However this all shakes out, the show will change entirely yet again. That ability is part of what makes The Good Place so special. Sure it’s laugh-until-it-hurts funny, but it’s also brave, smart and eternally empathetic.center_img Not all the characters will be on board with that change, of course. There’s a reason Shaun is spending so many resources trying to get four humans back. If they prove humans can change, that could put The Bad Place out of business. Or at least put a damper on all the torture. He wants things to stay as they are. So, they send down a saboteur. Just when Michael thinks he’s finished his trips to Earth, he finds an unexpected addition to the core group. Shaun sent Trevor to sabotage the whole experiment. On the bright side, nothing makes me happier than evil Adam Scott, and it looks like we’ll be getting plenty of him this season.See our feelings about season one of this brilliant show. Read up on the possible ongoings for season three. Looking for more great shows? Well, we’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production. Find all the latest TV news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Cleveland cites experience Gerhardt challenges her on I5 Bridge taxesCleveland cites experience Gerhardt challenges her on I5 Bridge taxes

first_imgA first-term state senator who was one of the region’s biggest champions of the Columbia River Crossing project is facing a challenger who was pleased the project was killed.Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, is seeking a second term. Republican Lewis Gerhardt, a former Yacolt town councilor who now lives in Vancouver, is vying to unseat her.Gerhardt, who works as a master technician for Restaurant Technology, a company that automates restaurant kitchens, said he was prompted to run because he doesn’t believe the incumbent is leading the state in the right direction.“I want to see taxes lowered, not raised … As far as education and some of the other issues, she’s a politician that feels like throwing money at the issue rather than solving it,” Gerhardt said.If elected, Gerhardt said, he would prioritize education funding and transportation issues. He believes in building a third bridge across the Columbia River.“I think it’s common sense to have more bridges across the river before we shut one down for reconstruction,” said Gerhardt, who said he is supporting Republican Donald Trump for president.last_img read more

Gelson completes Monaco loan moveGelson completes Monaco loan move

first_imgNewcastle United’s target Gelson Martins has completed a loan switch from Atletico Madrid to Monaco.And reports circulating in the media claims the former Sporting Lisbon winger rejected a move to the Magpies in favour of Monaco until the end of the season.The 23-year-old has made just eight LaLiga appearances for Diego Simeone’s side since his arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano on a free transfer from Sporting CP in July.Gelson’s managed to make one league start for Atletico came in November, which ended in a 1-1 draw with Leganes.His departure paves the way for Atletico to make a purported move for unsettled Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.With Monaco struggling for survival in Ligue 1, Gelson is confident the re-appointment of Leonardo Jardim will spark a revival in the club’s quest for survival.💬 @GelsonMartins_ : “Jusqu’à la fin de la saison, chaque match sera une finale.”—–⬇️ Les premiers mots de Gelson Martins sous ses nouvelles couleurs ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mmlzApo3kpGerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) January 27, 2019Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev told the club’s official website and cited on FourFourTwo: “Welcome to Gelson Martins.“Gelson is a fast attacking midfielder who has shown great things in the Sporting jersey and who will be able to bring to the squad all his speed and passing abilities.”“I am very happy to arrive at AS Monaco,” Gelson said.“I cannot wait to get back to the field with my new team-mates and do my best to help the team.”last_img read more

Obama to seek border aid Pelosi visits TexasObama to seek border aid Pelosi visits Texas

first_imgBROWNSVILLE, Texas — President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said Saturday.With Obama looking to Congress for help with what he has called an “urgent humanitarian situation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville that held unaccompanied children. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children, most from Central America, have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October.“The fact is these are children — children and families,” Pelosi said. “We have a moral responsibility to address this in a dignified way.”Obama plans to make the requests of Congress in a letter to be sent Monday, the White House official said. Details of the emergency appropriation, including the exact amount and how it will be spent, will come after lawmakers return from their holiday recess on July 7, said the official, who was not authorized to speak by name and discussed the requests on condition of anonymity.Obama will also ask that the Homeland Security Department be granted the authority to apply “fast track” procedures to the screening and deportation of all immigrant children traveling without their parents and that stiffer penalties be applied to those who smuggle children across the border, the official said. Obama’s requests were reported first by The New York Times.In Brownsville, Pelosi said she holds little hope that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year but that politics should be set aside.last_img read more

ExFrench PM Valls to run for Barcelona mayorExFrench PM Valls to run for Barcelona mayor

first_imgIn this file photo taken on April 4, 2014 in Evry, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) waves as he arrives to attend a city municipal council. The city of Evry says `Adios` and `good luck` to Manuel Valls, former Evry mayor and deputy and former French prime minister, as he is to announce on September 25 if he will run in Barcelona’s mayoral election. AFPFrance’s combative former prime minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for mayor of Barcelona, in what would be an unprecedented bid for political power in another European country.After weeks of suspense, the former Socialist premier is due to unveil “his decision” at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT) in the old centre of Barcelona, Spain’s second biggest city where he was born 56 years ago.People close to Valls, who grew up in Paris with his Catalan father and Swiss-Italian mother, say he is all-but certain to stand as a candidate for the mayorship of the Catalan capital in municipal elections on May 26, 2019.On Friday, Valls tweeted an enigmatic photo of his feet on paving stones with the word “Barcelona…”. The email sent to invite media to Tuesday’s briefing came from an address named “Valls 2019”.Since failing to become the Socialist candidate for the 2017 French presidential election — then failing to join forces with winner Emmanuel Macron — Valls has regularly campaigned in Spain against Catalan separatists who attempted to breakaway from Spain last October.If he decides to stand for mayor after a high-level political career in another country, it will be an unprecedented move in European history.- What are his chances? -Beating Ada Colau, a former housing activist who is the current mayor of the 1.6-million strong city, will be a tough challenge.Valls will have the support of centre-right party Ciudadanos, which is spearheading opposition to the independence drive in Catalonia.He has recruited a former communications director of FC Barcelona, the giant football club he supports, for his campaign.The former right-hand man of Barcelona’s ex-Socialist mayor Pasqual Maragall, still popular for his role in the city’s successful Olympics bid in 1992, will also join his team.But “his chances of becoming mayor are slim,” says Jordi Munoz, politics lecturer at the University of Barcelona.He says Valls has so far not managed to persuade the two other anti-independence parties — the Socialists and conservative Popular Party — to back his candidacy.And his firm stance on public order, as shown in France when he was interior minister, may not go down well in the traditionally leftwing city.- ‘Doesn’t know the city’ -Once a popular figure in France, Valls has been strongly criticised for ditching the Socialist Party and unsuccessfully trying to run for parliament for Macron’s centrist grouping.Valls’ potential arrival has some in Barcelona riled, particularly those in the separatist camp who like to point out how little he knows about the city.”I don’t know what he’s coming here for. I reckon that as no one wants him in France, he’s coming to Barcelona,” Laura Bozzo, a retiree, says in front of the city hall.”He was born here but doesn’t know the city,” she adds, wearing a yellow ribbon to show her support for jailed pro-independence politicians.Bank employee David Centellas doesn’t agree.”He’s a prestigious person, with international recognition and he can improve Barcelona’s image.”last_img

The fate of Uber Cancun left in the hands of…The fate of Uber Cancun left in the hands of…

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The fate of Uber Cancun could be left in the hands of the state, municipality or public depending on a new proposed law.The government of Quintana Roo has submitted a new Citizen Participation Law, that if approved, could allow citizens to participate in the approval or rejection of some topics of importance such as Uber Cancun.On March 23, state governor Carlos Joaquín González ordered the new Citizen Participation Law to be published in the Official State Newspaper. Public consultation is established in article 20 of the Law of Citizen Participation and states that the object is to recognize the expression of citizenship through the approval or rejection of some topics of importance.During the next week, the seven counselors of the Electoral Institute will meet to determine whether or not the entry of Uber is a matter of state, municipal or regional importance, as well as review the question posed regarding their request for approval.“The question that is proposed for the consultation, which should be prepared without tendentious content or judgments and formulated in such a way as to produce a categorical response in a positive or negative sense”, details the second fraction of article 23.Currently, local congress has its hands tied for the creation of the Mobility Law. Deputies are considering digital platforms such as Uber to be legalized, while the article only considers traditional modes of transport.In December 2017, the company suspended its services throughout the state and will be within the framework of the upcoming local elections.In the meantime, Uber Cancun remains uncertain since the government failed to approve a new mobility law within the first three months of 2018 as anticipated.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IAAPA announces Leadership Breakfast SpeakerIAAPA announces Leadership Breakfast Speaker

first_imgSource = International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions IAAPA International Association of Amusement Parks and AttractionsIAAPA announces Leadership Breakfast SpeakerThe International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announces Jim Seay as the Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016 Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker. Seay is a leading expert on amusement ride safety around the world. The breakfast is Wednesday, 15 June, during AAE 2016, which takes place 13 – 16 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. AAE is the premier international business event for attractions industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, and is owned and produced by IAAPA. Seay is chair of the IAAPA Global Safety Committee and is a member and immediate past chair of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The committee develops and refines ride safety standards that are used globally. He has promoted the use, application, harmonization, and adoption of ASTM amusement standards around the world, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about industry safety.Seay’s background gives him a unique perspective. A Cornell University graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and completed graduate studies at California State University Long Beach. He was an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft and then an engineering and maintenance executive at Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., before joining Premier Rides Inc. in 1995 as executive vice president of engineering. He was named president of the company the following year.Additionally, Seay serves on the IAAPA Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the AIMS International Board, the Themed Entertainment Association, the National Safety Council, and several regional attractions associations. He also serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.Information about event registration for Asian Attractions Expo and the Leadership Breakfast is available at www.IAAPA.org/AsianAttractionsExpo.Sponsors of the Leadership Breakfast are Brogent Technologies, JRA, and Wӓrtsila FUNA International. Information about additional sponsorship opportunities is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/asian-attractions-expo/exhibit-and-sponsor, or by contacting Jessica Gelsinon at jgelsinon@IAAPA.org.About Asian Attractions ExpoSince 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international event for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Asian Attractions Expo 2016 takes place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 13-16 June, and includes a 11,000-net-square-meter trade show floor, a comprehensive industry education program, networking events, and visits to some of the region’s premier attractions. More than 8,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 65 countries will participate in the 2016 event. @IAAPAHQ #AAE16About IAAPAFounded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts. IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando. IAAPAregister herelast_img read more

Home Prices Up 122 in February Smaller Gains PredictedHome Prices Up 122 in February Smaller Gains Predicted

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Home Prices Up 12.2% in February; Smaller Gains Predicted CoreLogic reported another double-digit year-over-year improvement in its Home Price Index (HPI) in February, marking two straight years of annual increases in home prices.According to the company, home prices nationwide rose 12.2 percent (including distressed sales) in February compared to the year prior. The change represents 24 months of consecutive yearly gains.On a monthly basis, home prices inched up 0.8 percent from January’s revised index.At the local level, 14 states experienced double-digit year-over-year growth, led by California (19.8 percent), Nevada (18.5 percent), Georgia (14.2 percent), Oregon (13.8 percent), and Michigan (13.5 percent). Meanwhile, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, and the District of Columbia all topped their previous home price highs, with another 22 states approaching their own peaks.“As the spring home-buying season kicks off, house price appreciation continues to be strong,” said Dr. Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Although prices should remain strong in the near term due to a short supply of homes on the market, price increases should moderate over the next year as home equity releases pent-up supply.”Moving forward, CoreLogic says indicators point to slower increases. For March, the company’s Pending HPI predicts prices will bump up another 0.5 percent month-over-month and 10.5 percent year-over-year.While consumer sentiment measures suggest Americans have grown skittish about the slowdown in home price improvements, CoreLogic’s president and CEO, Anand Nallathambi, says we’re still headed in the right direction: “The consistent upward movement in home prices should ultimately prove to be an important stimulant for higher levels of sustained market activity and growth in the housing economy.”center_img April 1, 2014 479 Views Confidence CoreLogic Distressed sales Home Prices 2014-04-01 Tory Barringerlast_img read more