November 16

David Beckham handed 6-month driving ban for using phone at wheel

first_imgFormer England soccer captain David Beckham was banned from driving for six months on Thursday after admitting using his mobile phone while driving, the BBC reported.Beckham, who played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, admitted using his mobile phone as he drove his Bentley through central London in November last year, the BBC said.The 44-year-old was sentenced in Bromley Magistrates Court, it added.AFP news agency: UK court gives David Beckham six-month driving ban for using phone at the wheel. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/BbXymxS4kTANI (@ANI) May 9, 2019Famous for his devastating free-kicks, he captained England 59 times and scored in three World Cups before retiring from international duty in 2009.He also played for LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain before he stopped playing club football in 2013 and is currently setting up a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Miami.He is married to Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl turned luxury fashion designer.Also Read | Igor Stimac set to be appointed as the next Indian football team coachAlso Read | Tottenham players are superheroes now: Manager Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

November 14

Klopp: Liverpool nearly perfect

first_imgLiverpool Klopp hails ‘nearly perfect’ Liverpool as Salah and Firmino shine Ryan Benson 15:18 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Liverpool Premier League Southampton v Liverpool Southampton Jürgen Klopp Goals from two in-form forwards secured victory for the Reds over Southampton, with their manager left saluting an impressive Premier League triumph Liverpool’s routine 2-0 win over struggling Southampton left Jurgen Klopp beaming, praising what he felt was a “nearly perfect” day at St Mary’s.Klopp’s men had little difficulty cruising past Southampton, with Roberto Firmino opening the scoring early on to set the Reds on their way after Mohamed Salah had pounced on a Wesley Hoedt error.Firmino then turned provider just before the break, returning the favour to Salah, who finished with aplomb to effectively end the chances of a home side who got progressively worse after the break. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We knew the strengths of Southampton and how they want to play football, so we wanted to defend and change the game to counter,” Klopp told Sky Sports.”In footballing moments we would’ve loved to do it [play] a bit better. The rhythm wasn’t good either, too fast or really slow and not normal passing speed.”We scored wonderful goals and we could’ve scored more in the second half when we had big chances, but Southampton did well to be honest, with their style of play.”That’s how they want to solve their situation and their problems. I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries – [it was] nearly perfect.”The match saw Virgil van Dijk make his first return to St Mary’s and he received a hostile reception, with Saints fans jeering him whenever he touched the ball.But it did not appear to get under his skin, as the Netherlands international just did his “thing”.”I enjoyed it a lot,” Van Dijk said. “I just focused on the game and I enjoyed being back here because I’ve a lot of good memories here.”Unfortunately they’re not in a good position right now, but as a Liverpool player I am happy with the win. You can’t do anything about the reception. I just did my thing.”last_img read more

November 14

Lacazette in fight to save his Arsenal career

first_imgTransfers Lacazette in fight to prove he’s worth €60m following Aubameyang arrival Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Opinion After losing his place in the team an injury was the last thing Lacazette needed – and now he faces an uphill task to prove his worth Six months is a long time in football and nobody knows that better than Alexandre Lacazette.In August, he was being lauded as the answer to Arsenal’s search for a prolific No.9 after marking his Premier League debut with a goal. Now, he faces a fight to prolong his Emirates career.In the past month alone, the striker has lost his starting spot to club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, blown two excellent chances to salvage a draw for his side in the north London derby against Tottenham and been ruled out for up to six weeks after undergoing minor surgery on his knee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By the time he returns, he will have just two months to salvage a campaign that had started so well.Lacazette had hit the ground running after arriving in north London from Lyon last summer for an initial €53 million with a potential €7m in add-ons, scoring four times in his opening six league games for the Gunners.However, at the turn of the year, the goals began to dry up. He had struck just twice in his previous 14 appearances before injury intervened and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that the knee problem could have been responsible for his poor form.“I think he recently must have felt something in his knee,” the French manager told beIN Sports. “Maybe that’s an explanation as to why he wasn’t scoring as many goals as he’s used to.”Wenger admitted, though, that Lacazette’s confidence is “maybe not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him”. Certainly, the arrival of a more experienced player for an even bigger fee would have done more harm than good to the Frenchman’s already fragile confidence.Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with the nickname ‘Penazette’ due to a large number of his goals coming from the spot last season. He’s proven that he’s more than just a 12-yard kick specialist with technically excellent runs, astute positioning and finishing worthy of a top striker but, as the months have gone on, the early signs of promise have been replaced by worrying evidence of regression.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ArsenalWhether the slump is psychological or fitness related, there can be no getting away from the fact that Lacazette has played with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders this season, which some would suggest should have been lifted by Aubameyang displacing him as the club’s most expensive player ever.Instead, it is likely to turn up the heat even more as Lacazette fights for his future at a club whose only realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season is through winning the Europa League.“It’s down to Lacazette to say ‘I’m here to fight – I think you’ve got to play me and Aubameyang or I’m going to be in there somehow. I don’t care about Aubameyang, I’m going to be here because I’m worth my weight in gold’,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport.”He’s scored goals in France, he is a good finisher, but I don’t care who you are, what level you’re at, confidence comes out of your game and you aren’t the same player.”LacaAn injury blow at such a crucial point in the season has now paved the way for Danny Welbeck to shine up front in Arsenal’s two-legged, Europa League round-of-32 clash against Swedish side Ostersunds FK.Coincidentally, Welbeck has suffered injury issues of his own over the past few seasons, severely hindering his hopes of regular game time since joining from Manchester United.The England man will be targeting a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer and the upcoming Europa games present a genuine opportunity for Welbeck to showcase his attacking attributes to the Three Lions boss.As one door opens for Welbeck, another appears to be closing for Lacazette. He will undoubtedly return above his team-mate in the pecking order when he’s back from injury, but he then faces a mammoth task to usurp Aubameyang from the starting line-up.It could all be solved if Wenger opts to play the two alongside each other, although that would mean having to do without one of his attacking midfielders.Upon his return to the team it’s up to Lacazette to show the strength of character to prove he is worth every penny of the €60m package Arsenal agreed for him. ​He still has time, of course. There is still the Europa League and World Cup to fight for. By the end of the summer, everything could have changed again. After all, six months is a long time in football.last_img read more

October 24

What to Wear: White Water Rafting

first_img How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke Editors’ Recommendations Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raft 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know The feeling from the adrenaline rush that comes with white water rafting is the best — as long as your clothes aren’t completely soaked. Whether you’re working your way down the Arkansas River, Alaska’s Alskek River, the Colorado River, or the Chattooga River, make sure that you put on clothes that won’t leave you feeling wet and gross.Here’s what to wear while wight water rafting: Ideally, we suggest river sandals, but they’re so hideous. A pair of weather-resistant or old sneakers is the next best thing. We don’t recommend wearing any undies either. Find a pair of board shorts, swim trunks or something else that sufficiently fends off water. For your top, go for a synthetic moisture-wicking t-shirt, and bring a windbreaker in case it gets chilly. Then, throw on a helmet to protect your noggin and sun block you don’t get burned. Now you’re all set to hit those roaring rapids!Clockwise, L-R: Société Anonyme Hooded Windbreaker, $120.36 at farfetch.com; Liquid Force Core Watersports Helmet, $35.93 at sunandski.com; Travex® Lookout Short-Sleeve T-Shirt, $24.95 at eddiebauer.com; Menscience TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30, $31 at menscience.com; Chrome Stork Truk Sneakers, $105 at zappos.com; Quicksilver Monsoon Amphibians, $49.50 at quicksilver.com.   How to Remove Scratches from Glasses in One Easy Fixlast_img read more

October 24

Cotopaxi’s Libre Sweater Can Go from Manhattan to The Matterhorn

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The winter sweater is a constant source of debate. There are crew necks, turtleneck and the whole ironic “ugly” category.For the holidays, high-quality manufacturers like Cotopaxi are creating their own iterations and forging a new arena of functional, go anywhere knits to keep you warm and dry.While the Salt Lake City-based company is known for jackets and outdoor gear, they’re launching a Kickstarter for their first office-to-trail sweater – the Libre.The Libre sweater takes all the best parts of modern clothing design and wraps it into a nice, neat and cozy wool pullover. Raglan sleeves and a mesh back panel make it desirably versatile, while the seams are double-reinforced for longevity. Its modern cut is well-tailored and won’t bunch up as you leave the desk for the dirt.Cotopaxi built its reputation on socially conscious production and continues to do so with the Libre. The sweater is sewn from start to finish in Bolivia with 100% llama fiber from the country’s farmers. It’s an effort to help these craftsmen and women in one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere find steady employment and dignity in work. (The company’s logo also happens to draw inspiration from CEO Davis Smith’s time in the South American country).This same hypoallergenic llama fiber happens to be an excellent insulator – wet or dry. And since the fabric dries quickly, it won’t develop that smell that similar materials do when losing moisture.The Kickstarter has already funded more than double its goal, but there’s still time to get your piece of the first production pie.Cotopaxi guarantees a 61-year lifespan for the sweater, because that’s the average lifespan of someone living in a developing nation. That means the Libre is ready for decades of adventures to come.last_img read more

October 14

MMIWG Inquiry hires third executive director

first_imgAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has hired its third executive director and new head of research.The announcement comes amid money troubles and only eight months remaining in the commission’s mandate.Chief Commissioner Marion Buller told APTN News earlier this month she needed a cash injection of “10 per cent” of her $53.9 million budget to complete the work.Buller has also asked the government for a two-year extension of time and another $50 million to complete the work “properly.”The minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, has not yet made a decision on an extension, her office says.The new hires are Jennifer Moore Rattray, who is leaving the Manitoba government, and Karine Duhamel, who was at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Buller said in a release the Indigenous professionals will begin their duties April 30 and remain in Winnipeg.Rattray, who worked briefly as broadcaster at CBC Winnipeg before assuming a senior role at the University of Winnipeg, replaces Debbie Reid who left in January 2018 after a stormy tenure. She replaced Michèle Moreau who resigned last summer.The inquiry has seen at least 20 people leave due to resignations and firings since January 2017.Rattray takes over from Calvin Wong, who was acting as executive director in the interim.The inquiry is also searching for a new director of communications. It posted the want ad on its website to replace Bernee Bolton, who has been on leave.last_img read more

October 12

African Football Federation Elects Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa 3rd Vice President

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football elected Fouzi Lekjaa as its third vice president during CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, held on Friday in Skhirat, near Rabat.During the meeting, CAF also elected the members of its Emergency Committee for the 2017-2021 period: Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) , Omari Constant (Congo), Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) , Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria), Hassan Waberi (Djibouti), and Musa Bility (Liberia). The committee will be chaired by Ahmad Ahmad, president of the CAF.Lekjaa, who is the president of Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the president of the CAF Finance Committee, will become one of the three CAF’s president deputies, alongside Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Omari Constant Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Morocco has recently hosted two prominent football events: namely the African Football Symposium and CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, during which the future of African football was discussed in the attendance of national and international football figures. read more

October 12

Hirak: General Amnesty Proposed Law Poses Dilemma for Parliament

Rabat – After MPs Omar Balafrej and Mustapha Chennaoui of the Federation of the Democratic Left (FGD) party introduced a law relating to a general amnesty for Hirak Al Hoceima activists to Parliament, the proposed law posed a dilemma for President of House of Representatives Habib El Malki, according to the weekly newspaper Al Ousbouea. Since the proposed law was tabled in Parliament, El Malki has been faced with its refusal by some Parliamentary party teams such as Popular Movement and Democratic Constitutional Rally, the legislative institution’s interference in the judiciary, and the silence of other Parliamentary party teams regarding the law.Although the Parliament can request a general amnesty according to Article 71 of the Moroccan Constitution, the weekly newspaper noted, there is a fear of interfering in powers, which has remained, according to customs and traditions, in the hands of the king since the time of Morocco’s independence. On the other hand, El Malki sought the help of other Parliamentary party teams, especially PJD, PAM and Istiqlal (Independence), and requested them to take responsibility and make a decision about the proposal in a meeting inside the House of Representative’s office, said the same news outlet. The Parliamentary representatives and presidents of Parliamentary party teams wanted, through this meeting, to put an end to the proposal before it reached a competent committee, to avoid any possible anger from the nation, the newspaper wrote.Al Ousbouea noted that the debate over the proposed law was not resolved yet, and the decision of approval or refusal has been delayed to another future meeting.The head of the Independence Party team, Noureddine Madiane, called for giving the floor to the nation deputies to talk about Hirak Rif’s sentence. It seems inconceivable that the Parliament remains outside the nation’s debate, especially that many Moroccan human right, political and cultural activists have condemned the “harsh” sentences against Hirak Rif activists. Head of Government Saâd Eddine El Othmani and El Malki responded favorably to Madiane’s call, the article concluded.Last month, Balafrej published a general amnesty draft law on his Facebook account relating to all social movements of the past two years. This came shortly after the Hirak Rif activists were given ‘heavy’ prison sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for their involvement in the demonstrations that shook the Al Hoceima province from 2016-2017. read more

October 7

Indigos latest earnings were severely hurt by the Canada Post strike CEO

TORONTO — Indigo Books and Music Inc. said the one-month Canada Post strike last fall “severely hurt” third-quarter earnings, contributing to a roughly 50 per cent drop in net earnings.The Toronto-based retailer revealed Tuesday that in the period ending Dec. 29 it earned $21.5 million, down from the $42.6 million it reported for the same period the year before.Indigo’s diluted earnings per share amounted to 79 cents per share, down from $1.56 per share from the year before. How adding candles and baby toys to its lineup of books helped Indigo survive Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay says, as massive backlog of shipments piles up As retail rivals retreat, Indigo Books plans five U.S. stores in next two years The company’s revenue also tumbled by 1.7 per cent to $426 million from $433.3 million the year before.Indigo founder and chief executive officer Heather Reisman told industry analysts that the company had seen double-digit growth until the postal strike began Oct. 23, bringing double-digit declines with it.“Indigo is hugely dependent on Canada Post. The strike severely hurt our ability to serve our customers in a manner that today’s retail environment demands,” Reisman said.“As a result, to some extent, customers chose not to shop online or when they did shop online and we sent them to our stores to pick up the product, our cost to transfer the product was often quite high as we had to use a number of alternative carriers.”Predicting the quarter would be strong, Indigo had also purchased plenty of inventory, which Reisman admitted was a struggle to clear out and often had to be sold for less than the company would have hoped.She called the conditions a “triple whammy” that were made even worse by increases to minimum wages in some provinces, ongoing renovations at seven locations and the closure of two stores.Some stores, she said, had remained closed for longer than expected and it is taking some customers longer to “re-acclimate” to new locations.Reisman said the company would hold off on further “big” renovations, so the company can “absorb some of what has happened.”“Do we think it is going to immediately pick up? No, but we can see the trend already trying to come back,” she said. “It will take a little bit of time, but we remain optimistic about our position in the market.”She was also positive about the company’s first U.S. location, which it opened at a New Jersey mall in October.Reisman was short on details about the store, but said the location set a reasonable target for its first holiday open and “slightly improved upon it.”“So far we feel happy with our response from the customer.” read more

October 4

Prentice says austerity will start at top in bid to balance budget

Prentice says austerity will start at top in bid to balance budget amid low oil EDMONTON – Premier Jim Prentice says with low oil prices knocking the legs out from under the Alberta economy, austerity will start at the top.Prentice says his office and his MLAs can’t ask for sacrifices from Albertans without making similar sacrifices first.He didn’t elaborate and wouldn’t say if he will push for cuts to MLA salaries.Prentice and members of his team are currently canvassing Albertans on ways to dig the province out of the multibillion-dollar budget hole caused by plummeting oil revenues.Prentice says he is re-examining the current 10 per cent flat tax on income, saying he wants to make sure it won’t unfairly penalize working families during hard times.He also reiterates that public sector wages have to be reviewed, adding that wage increases alone will cost the treasury more than $2 billion over the next three years. by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2015 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

September 24

Tailings monitoring could go autonomous Mining3 says

first_imgMining3 says it and The University of Queensland, in conjunction with the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), are currently in the process of building prototype autonomous sensors for the constant monitoring of tailings and spoil storage facilities.The Australia-based company said: “Tailings impoundments are one of the largest man-made structures on earth and ensuring their integrity for the safety of human life, the environment and property are critical in today’s mining operations. Past and recent catastrophic tailings dam failures have placed an urgent need for improved waste disposal, storage processes and monitoring capabilities.”Currently, the integrity of the tailings dam infrastructure is monitored by mining staff walking along the, potentially unstable, perimeter and visually inspecting the exterior. Piezometer-like devices are also placed throughout dams to measure changes in liquid pressure. “Combined, these methods provide subjective data that cannot deliver an ongoing and accurate assessment of the integrity of these waste storage facilities,” Mining3 said. “Without a reasonable assessment of these large structures, there is no way to identify if or when one might fail.”With a web of small, interconnected sensors spread across a tailings dam or spoil dump, Mining3 says accurate measurements in the change of water pressure or movement in the soil can be delivered to the surface in real-time. “This provides up to date readings of environmental factors that can affect overall wall stability, limiting the need for staff on the ground,” the company added.Mining 3 and the university’s research will also delve into identifying indicators and precursors to failures, in relation to data collected from these sensors. “This could revolutionise the understanding of these storage facilities. By understanding the causation, steps can then be taken to minimise risk in the future,” Mining3 said.“The current project addresses key industry outcomes surrounding safety and the removal of personnel from hazardous situations such as those involved in ground stability, the investigation of material properties and their implications in the design and functionality of a dump site, and the investigation into aspects of effective mine closure and the long term impacts associated with tailings dams and spoil dumps.”last_img read more

September 19

Agency closes fishing on Chehalis River due to low flows

first_imgLONGVIEW — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed all fishing on the Chehalis River until further notice due to lower than normal stream flows.The Daily News reports that the agency also closed fishing on South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.The agency says streams and rivers where spring Chinook hold and stage through the summer are experiencing lower-than-normal stream flows.Low stream flows decrease holding and staging refuges and elevate vulnerability and pressure on the Chinook.Any encounters of spring Chinook could subject these fish to stress, injury, or death, the agency says.last_img read more

September 18

Rosenior Having Fergie around at Man United makes sense

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson’s presence at Manchester United makes sense as it will serve as a motivational boost for the squad, says Liam RoseniorInterim manager Ole Gunnar Soleskjaer has reportedly invited his old boss back to United’s Aon Training Complex to meet the players.And Rosenior, who played for the likes of Fulham and Brighton as a full-back, believes Soleskjaer has made a good call as United attempt to recapture the glory days of the Ferguson era.“It is a unique situation but it is also a unique football club and an extraordinary man in Ferguson,” Rosenior told Sky Sports Debate.“I think one of the problems for Manchester United over the last few years is that they’ve gone away from his ethos so much and I think the fact that Solskjaer has taken the job and Mike Phelan has gone back, who is not only an outstanding coach, he’s an outstanding man too and he stands for all the right values that Man Utd are built on over the last few decades.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think it makes complete sense. If I was in Solskjaer’s shoes, why wouldn’t you use probably the greatest manager of all time?“It’s going to be interesting at the end of the season if the results do continue the way that they do, if they stick with him [Solskjaer] and try to get that Man Utd DNA and ethos back into the football club.“For me, if you play for Manchester United and you step into that football club, you have to be aware of the history. You have to put on that shirt and be proud to wear that shirt and know what it represents. I think it is the biggest football club in the world because of the history and tradition and a huge part of that is Ferguson.“Why not use that as a motivational tool to say ‘this is what you’re representing’. Every football club has its own personality and I think they’re just getting that back. It’s going to be fantastic to see on Sunday how they do away at Tottenham.”last_img read more

September 16

Galaxy Entertainment Group to compete in Japan on quality not price

first_img RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team “With strong regional competition, high taxation and entry fees for locals, operating under such a strong regulatory framework means it will be essential for us to focus on quality not price,” Chan said.“That’s good for Japan because it is something Galaxy and our partners, Monaco SBM, do very well.“The Japan opportunity is not solely mass market but affluent middle class who are higher spending and more sophisticated in their tastes.“We call them premium mass travellers – the same tourists that are driving the success of Galaxy Entertainment Group, and of Macau and Singapore.”While Galaxy has yet to narrow down its Japanese IR hopes to a single location, Chan did say that the company would be “actively participating in Osaka’s RFC (Request for Concept) process in the coming weeks” after the city and prefecture launched the RFC process on 25 April.Operators have until 24 May to confirm their participation in the RFC (Request for Concept) process, whose submission deadline is expected to be in August.“We look forward to the announcement of the full regulatory framework that will precede the full RFP process in the next year,” Chan said. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Japan must compete on quality, rather than price, if it is to become a destination of choice in the increasingly competitive Asian gaming and leisure market, according to leading regional IR operator Galaxy Entertainment Group.Providing some insight into Galaxy’s Japan strategy during a presentation at the 1st Japan IR Expo 2019 in Osaka on Wednesday, Galaxy’s Chief Operating Officer for Japan Development Ted Chan said any Japanese IR the company develops would primarily target a higher class of customer, which he described as essential to overcome Japan’s particularly tight regulations.last_img read more

September 12

Aretha Franklin Plans To Open Nightclub In Downtown Detroit

first_imgNews Aretha Franklin’s Retirement Plans aretha-franklin-plans-open-nightclub-downtown-detroit NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 10:00 am Aretha Franklin Wins Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female Facebook Email Aretha Franklin Plans To Open Nightclub In Downtown Detroit The legendary soul singer announces her plans to spend her retirement as proprietor of a small club in DetroitNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 6:02 pm Back in February, 75-year-old GRAMMY-winning icon and 2008 MusiCares Person Of The Year Aretha Franklin announced her retirement from touring and that she is at work on a “final” studio album. Now the singer reveals part of her retirement plans include opening a small club in downtown Detroit. Twitter The proposed name of the venue? Aretha’s, of course.”I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and … have been talking about this for a couple of years now,” Franklin told Rolling Stone, “From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like – Detroit favorites.”Franklin first moved to Detroit as a child, and she now currently lives near the Bloomfield Hills area. Although she has announced her plans to cease touring, she is reportedly still hard at work on her album, due out in the fall and featuring a collaboration with Stevie Wonder.More News: Queen Latifah To Receive Revolt Icon Awardlast_img read more

September 12

Machine Gun Kelly Reveals Forthcoming Album Name Hotel Diablo Plots Tour

first_imgNews Email Machine Gun Kelly Reveals Forthcoming Album Name, ‘Hotel Diablo,’ Plots Tour Machine Gun Kelly Announces Hotel Diablo Tour machine-gun-kelly-reveals-forthcoming-album-name-hotel-diablo-plots-tour Twitter The rapper said that more dates would be announced soon. Kelly has not yet announced when the follow-up to 2017’s Bloom will be released. For now, fans can watch Kelly portray Tommy Lee on Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt. Tickets for Hotel Diablo go on sale Friday. For more information, visit Kelly’s website. Nipsey Hussle, Beloved L.A. Rapper And Activist, Lived As A Patron To His Community Facebook https://twitter.com/machinegunkelly/status/1113446856535662592 The rapper said that more tour dates would be announced soonJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2019 – 11:43 am Machine Gun Kelly has announced that his forthcoming fourth studio album will be titled Hotel Diablo. In addition, the rapper plans to embark on a tour of the same name.MGK released his Hotel Diablo tour dates via Twitter in a series of tweets following grieving tributes to the recently deceased rapper Nipsey Hussle. Kelly revealed he will tour U.S. cities including Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, and Portland, Ore., before flying to Japan, the U.K. and other parts of Europe in the summer. last_img read more

September 6

Floods recede in Vamsadhara Nagavali rivers

first_imgSrikakulam: The flood water in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers in the district, which were in spate, are started receding. The inflow and outflow at Gotta barrage in Vamsadhara river is 82,183 cusecs and at Thotapalli reservoir in Nagavali river, the inflow is 18,037 cusecs and outflow is 16,648 cusecs on Thursday evening. Inflows reached to 1,11, 210 cusecs at Gotta barrage and 50,122 cusecs at Thotapalli reservoir on Wednesday night. The flood situation improved a little bit with flood water levels receding in Nagavali river as against Vamsadhara river. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us No village affected by flood due to Nagavali river as it did not cross 60,000 cusecs. If the river crossed 60,000 cusecs of flood water, nearly 43 villages are expected to affect. With this the residents heaved a sigh of relief. The situation is worst at Vamsadhara adjacent areas in Bhamini, Kotturu, Hiramandal, L N Peta, Jalumuru, Amudalavalasa, Narasannapeta, Srikakulam rural and Gara mandals in the district. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Moderate rainfall recorded in catchment areas of Nagavali and Vamsadhara rivers in Odisha from Wednesday to Thursday evening. In Srikakulam also, the total rainfall recorded till Thursday evening from Wednesday evening is 1,129 mm and average rainfall is 29.7mm. Vamsadhara floodwaters submerged Singidi, Kosali, Kesara, Penugotivada, Mathala, Nivagam, Anguru, Somarajapuram, Vasapa, Sirusuvada, Kuntibhadhra, Bhamini and Kotturu villages. Residents of these villages are unhappy over poor relief measures as they are yet to receive safe water, food and medicines from the government. Advertise With Us “We did not receive any essential goods, no leader from ruling YSRCP visited our areas and officials also neglected us to provide essentials,” P Subba Rao of Penugotivada, A Papa Rao of Vasapa villages toldThe Hans India. Although the four relief camps arranged in Kotturu mandal, no one shifted here and no food arrangements were made here. One person, Dantha Amma Rao of Gara mandal centre was reportedly missing in Vamsadhara floodwaters and search operations are going on to trace him, stated YSRCP Srikakulam MLA Dharmana Prasada Rao, who visited Gara and consoled family members of Amma Rao. District Collector J Nivas said that as flood waters started receding, the officials would take relief operations. “Paddy nurseries are inundated in 78 villages in ten mandals in an extent of 7,620 hectares due to Vamsadhara floods,” joint director for agriculture K Ch Appala Swamy told this newspaper. The sea water level rises 30 feet into land at Kalingapatnam beach due to low-pressure and following seashore erosion. Two elephants, two giraffes and a Buddha idol were washed away in floods. Tourism department arranged these idols here to attract tourists.last_img read more

September 5

Itll take some time for Sharwanand to recover from shoulder injury Guruva

first_imgSharwanand on Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu 2YouTube videoGuruva Reddy, the Managing Director of Sunshine Hospitals, says that it will take a lot of time for actor Sharwanand to recover from his shoulder injury, but he will definitely come back to acting soon.Young Telugu actor Sharwanand injured his shoulder on Monday while performing a skydiving stunt in Bangkok. He was rushed back to Hyderabad for treatment in Sunshine Hospitals, where he successfully underwent surgery. He was shifted to the ICU at 5.00 pm and he will remain under the observation of the doctors for the next 4 days.A team of four orthopaedic surgeons performed the surgery which lasted for nearly 11 hours. The surgery took four hours, another five hours were spent on plastic surgery and three and a half hours for observation.The news about this accident came as a rude shock to Sharwanand’s fans, who were concerned about his acting career. Dr Guruva Reddy has released a video message to talk about his medical condition and surgery. In this clip, the Managing Director of Sunshine Hospitals assured that he would soon come back to acting. Here is completely message shared on video.I know Sharwanand from several years. He is now playing the hero in producer Gunnam Gangaraju’s upcoming movie. So he is a family member for me. Unfortunately, his shoulder bone was fractured during the shooting of this film in Thailand. This bone was broken in four to five places.Yesterday, my medical team consisting of Dr Kamalakar Dr Subramanyam, dr Chandrasekhar, plastic surgeon Dr Bhavani Prasad and anesthetist Dr Giridhar have set his bone right in surgery that went on for four hours in Sunshine Hospitals yesterday.Since the bone was fractured in several places, it took a lot of time. The glad news is that the bone has been to join and heal soon. We trying to make his should work as it used to before.Since it is right shoulder, there is a stiffness to recover fast. Sharwanand would soon comeback to entertain you through his acting. It takes some time. He will come back to acting through physiotherapy and he will entertain you with his dream roles.He is healthy and there is nothing to worry about him. He has been shifted to ICU and he would be discharged in a couple of days. Later, he will undergo physiotherapy treatment and we will make efforts to bring back his shoulder to normal activity.Sunshine Hospitals Managing Director Dr. Guruva Reddy speaks on #Sharwanand’s shoulder surgery.The surgery took four hours, another five hours for plastic surgery and three and half hours for observation.Part -01 @Rajkamal0069 @UrsVamsiShekar pic.twitter.com/muclc8wZti— Team Sharwa (@TeamSharwa) June 18, 2019last_img read more

September 1

Future VR Might Have More in Common with Immersive Theatre Than Video

first_img Gaming seems like the most natural fit for virtual reality. After all, it was probably most people’s first experience with the technology, especially if their local mall in the early ’90s had a Dactyl Nightmare machine. And since modern VR systems are so expensive, (and require a decently powerful gaming PC to work), it makes sense to market them to gamers. After all, they’ll most likely already own hardware that can run VR, and they’re used to spending entire paychecks on cool electronics. Now, the machines have been out for more than a year, and there have been some great gaming experiences. But after seeing some of the displays at the Art of VR showcase last week, I’m less convinced than ever that games are the best use of this technology.There was a healthy selection of diverse VR demos on display at the convention. I saw new painting and modeling tools, interactive music videos, strange story-less art pieces and narrative shorts. There were a couple of games there, but they were not the focus of this show. By far, the most impressive pieces I saw were the directed narrative experiences that combined VR with other technology to enhance the immersion. That was especially true for the first piece I saw: a cute animated short about two kids and a dog called Raising a Ruckus. Produced by The Virtual Reality company, the short followed two bickering twins who get a dog named Ruckus for their birthday. When they can’t stop fighting over the dog, a hole opens up in their backyard, taking them to an underground world of living skeletal dinosaurs. As an experience, it feels like a combination of a cartoon and a theme park ride. You sit in a D-Box seat, which is a movie theater chair that moves, tilts, vibrates and makes the Fast and Furious movies even better. As you follow the kids through the prehistoric underground fantasy world, the seat moves with the camera, so you feel like you’re riding on a pterodactyl with the kids. The seat is more than a cool gimmick. In an animated short like this, with lots of fast-paced action and quick camera movement, it helps prevent motion sickness. (At least that was my experience.) When your seat moves the way your eyes expect your body to move, it makes the whole thing feel more natural.The Virtual Reality Company was started by a group of veteran Hollywood filmmakers, and it shows in the quality of the animation. It’s still very much a proof-of-concept right now, but it’s the first VR short I could see as a full-length film someday. It’s available on the Gear VR store right now, but for the full experience, you’ll have to go to one of the IMAX VR centers in either New York or L.A. I talked to VRC CEO Guy Primus about where he’d like to see this technology go. Even though most of the VR I saw had nothing to do with games, Primus says they have a place in the future of VR.“With Raising a Ruckus, we’re just kind of taking baby steps. We’re actually helping people understand what virtual reality is. There’s a point in the story where you come to a fork in the road, and depending on which character you’ve shown more interest in up to that point, you’ll follow them on an independent journey,” Primus said.It’s a subtle, clever way to let people know that interactivity is possible with VR, but without handing them a complicated (to the uninitiated) controller. You’re never even told there is a choice coming up, it’s purely based on whoever you looked at more during the short. Even if you don’t focus on a certain kid, there’s plenty to draw your attention one way or the other. Right as the short starts, you’re in the twins’ bedroom. It’s divided in half with a line of paint down the floor. The boy’s side is very clean, organized and tidy. The girl’s is a mess. Her floor is covered in sports gear, clothes, pretty much everything she owns. The placement of their computers is a nice touch. The boy’s laptop is neatly on his desk, while the girl’s is open on the floor from whenever she used it last. Right away, it tells you everything you need to know about these characters, but it also gets you looking around the room, allowing it to figure out which path to send you down later.Still from Raising a Ruckus (Via VRC)I asked where he wants this technology to go, what these “baby steps” are working towards and he told me he says it will evolve, but won’t change too much. “The blending of video games and cinematic narratives is going to be a real thing, and it’ll be told by master storytellers,” Primus said. “The holy grail is what I call a ‘five sense experience.’ So you have sight, sense, and motion right now, but you’re still missing the element of touch. So touch will be a big part, taste and smell will be a big part of the experience.” He went on to describe a hypothetical situation where the viewer/player could eat something and have it taste like they’d been poisoned. “Obviously you wouldn’t die in real life, but that type of experience… you’ll be able to realize it.” He also played with the idea of audiences eating something hallucinogenic. Can’t wait for that one to come out.Another VR demo tried to add smell. “Le Musk,” an upcoming Indian VR movie had a short teaser available. The chair swiveled with the movements of the camera, though it didn’t have the full range of motion that a D-Box seat does. It did have a little box that emitted different scents. While it wasn’t as immersive as some of the other demos (though that’s mostly because it was a trailer and quick cuts are awkward in VR), the smells were a cool gimmick. Depending on what the full movie turns out to be, I can definitely see it using smell to draw your attention to certain characters, objects or themes. In any case, it’s a tool that would at least be interesting if it were explored more. I’m just not convinced it’s as vital to the VR experience as movement or touch at this point.Lincoln in the Bardo (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Sensorium)Honestly, as nice as the movement during Ruckus was, a well-produced VR movie doesn’t need D-Box to be immersive. If you can have the camera remain in one place, great actors and good writing can do most of the work. That’s when it starts to feel more like an immersive theater piece than a fun gimmick. One of my favorite pieces at the show was called “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Based on the recent George Saunders novel of the same name, this was a simple, short film about the ghosts in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln mourns his son. As you stand in the cemetery, the ghosts slowly fill in and tell you who they were, their voices overlapping one another. They stand in awe as Lincoln arrives to hold his son one last time. It’s a surprisingly affecting short that wouldn’t work in any other medium. It’s the closest VR has felt to watching an immersive play, but the medium allowed them to do things that would be impossible in live theater.Director Graham Sack told me the actors were filmed in small groups on a green screen, and he had to composite them into the graveyard environment so that their positioning would make sense to the viewer. It wasn’t an easy task, but it paid off. The piece slowly builds to an overwhelming moment where you’re surrounded by ghosts who appeared while you were focused on something else. The direction effectively guides your focus, so even though you have complete control over where to look, the production team could be relatively sure most audience members would focus on a specific part of the action. It was easily the most emotional piece at the exhibition. Sack said that Saunders started crying after he saw it. “Lincoln in the Bardo” didn’t have quite that effect on me, but I get it.Invisible (Screenshot via 30 Ninjas)Another impressively immersive piece was 30 Ninjas’ Invisible, which released last year. It’s a five-episode scripted series about a murderous family, some of whom can turn invisible. I wasn’t able to watch too much of it, but in the scene I saw, standing up was all I needed to become immersed in the world. The static, eye-level camera shots tricked my brain enough that I felt like I was actually somewhere else. Few other VR demos accomplished that. Once the headset was on, I was standing in a hospital, listening to two people talk until one of them was killed by an invisible man. It was the only horror demo at the event that scared me in any way. Mostly because when you feel like you’re standing in the hospital corridor with these characters, watching one of them die suddenly seems more real.The Art of VR showcased the different ways the technology could be used to tell a story. The best uses of VR combine light interactivity with immersive theater techniques, cool movement-simulation technology, and exquisite set design to put the viewer in a new place. I left thinking that this was the ideal use of VR technology. The reason I’m less convinced about its future as a gaming platform? Well, aside from the high barrier to entry for gaming VR, the gaming experiences that were there weren’t all that impressive. I saw a Spider-Man: Homecoming tie-in that was little more than a shooting gallery with webs. And I saw another that was a shooting gallery with dragons. I realize there are a ton of game designers who are doing cool things with the tech, but there are also an awful lot of plain shooting galleries out there. If developers and audiences want VR games to stick around longer than Dactyl Nightmare did, they need to figure out more types of games to make. And again, some of them absolutely are. Right now though, it’s hard not to feel like VR games are rapidly being outpaced by more directed, narrative experiences.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality last_img read more

August 31

Promoter shot at from close range in Sonarpur

first_imgKolkata: A promoter was shot at from close quarters in Sonarpur on Saturday night. Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the attack. They suspect monetary gain was the main motive behind the crime.Police said the victim, Narayan Biswas, a local businessman from Raipur area in Sonarpur was returning home on his motorcycle when three miscreants suddenly started following him on another motorcycle. When the victim was near Raipur area, the miscreants stopped him and shot him. Biswas suffered bullet injuries on his hands. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter hearing the gun shots, locals rushed to the spot and rescued the victim who had been lying in a pool of blood. The miscreants had their faces covered when they forced the victim to stop his bike. The victim was initially taken to a nearby hospital and later shifted to NRS Medical College and Hospital in the city as his condition deteriorated. After the preliminary investigation, police suspect the miscreants might have shot him during an attempt to Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedloot money. They knew that the businessman might have been carrying a bag containing money. The investigating officers are also probing if it was a result of any past business rivalry. They are looking into all possible angles which might have led to the incident. His family members told police he left home in the morning and the incident took place when he was returning home on late Saturday evening. After being informed, policemen from the local police station reached the spot and started a probe. According to police, the miscreants had been keeping a watch on the victim for the past few days and they were well aware of the route he used to take to reach home. The investigating officer also interrogated some of the locals. They also spoke to the victim’s family members to know if he had received any threat call in the past few days.last_img read more