Man Acquitted After 14 Years on Run in UK

first_imgSamir Vinu Patel, an accused in the 2002 Ode massacre case who fled to the UK and absconded from the trial for 14 years, has been acquitted by a special court in Anand.The SIT judge R M Sarin granted Patel the benefit of doubt, because the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) could not furnish substantial evidence to prove his involvement in the communal violence in Malav Bhagol area of Ode town on March 1, 2002, in which three persons were killed.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Olympic Association rejects merger agreement between IHF, Hockey India

first_imgV. K. Malhotra, said the IOA would never accept two federations for one discipline in the country.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday rejected the agreement between Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI), worked out at the behest of Union sports ministry calling it a “monumental exercise in confusion and futility”.The acting president of IOA, Vijay Kumar Malhotra , said the whole agreement between IHF and HI was a bizarre “live-in relationship”. He said the IOA would never accept two federations for one discipline in the country.”We don’t want to open a Pandora box which will lead to a total chaos in Indian sports,” Malhotra said issuing a press release, a day after the two warring bodies announced that their differences had been resolved.”The IOA will only recognise one federation for one game and unless a unified body is formed to run hockey, it will not be acceptable,” Malhotra said adding, the IOA would never accept two co-chairpersons for one federation as it was “not feasible”.Malhotra said the sports ministry should have given it a thought on how could two separate entities run a single sport “before hailing it as a ‘significant way forward'”. “As per the agreement, IHF and HI will continue fighting the court cases and will have their own executives. Then how the game will be administered in case of a dispute between the two factions,” Malhotra asked, calling the agreement a “blatant act enforced by the sports minister who wants to earn some brownie points”.-With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Buying guide: Best smartphones you can buy in September 2014

first_imgBuying a smartphone that meets all your needs can be a difficult task. There are so many devices in the market, packed with a gazillion features. What is it that works best? Which one of these smartphones is the best value for money? Do you need a phone with a quad-core processor or an octa-core chip?After going through tens of smartphones available in the market, we can answer these questions. In simple and easy terms we can tell you the best smartphone in a particular price range. As part of our monthly guide, we list the best smartphone you can buy in the first week of September. Best smartphone under Rs 5,000It’s not easy to choose a smartphone under the Rs 5,000. Equipped with the basic hardware, phones in this price range offer barebones experience. But there are a few devices that stand out. And among these devices, we feel that the Spice Stellar Glamor Mi-436 is the best buy. It has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4-inch screen and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and has dual-SIM functionality with 3G connectivity. More importantly, it looks quite nice, which is a great thing for a phone that costs so less.Price: Rs 4,999Best smartphone under Rs 10,000The newly-launched Xiaomi Redmi 1S is the best phone under Rs 10,000. It actually costs Rs 5,999 and comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz. There is 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, which can be expanded via a microSD card. For the price, the Redmi 1S offers a great screen that measures 4.7 inches and has 720P resolution. While, the Asus ZenFone 5 has a slightly better screen, the Redmi is cheaper by Rs 3,000. Additionally, it has a good 8-megapixel camera, which has the ability to outclass cameras found in some phones costing more than Rs 25,000. There’s also a 2,000mAh battery, which lasts through a day. What more can one ask in a phone that costs less than Rs 10,000?Price: Rs 5,999Best smartphone under Rs 15,000advertisementIf this guide was for August, then we would have listed the Xiaomi Mi 3 here. But as things are, Xiaomi has decided to suspend sales of the Mi 3, so the mantle of the best smartphone under Rs 15,000 falls to the Asus ZenFone 5 (16GB). It’s fast, built well, has a great screen and a 8-megapixel camera that performs well. It’s also a dual-SIM phone running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It may not have the highest resolution screen, but its colour fidelity is great and its legibility under direct sunlight is surprisingly good. Price: Rs 12,999Best smartphone under Rs 20,000Phones like the Asus ZenFone 5 offer a great experience so it does not make sense to spend more. But if you must get a more expensive phone, then the Asus ZenFone 6 (16GB) is a good option. It uses a faster processor compared to the ZenFone 5 and packs in 2GB RAM. There’s also a higher resolution 13-megapixel rear camera, which is better than the one on the ZenFone 5. The ZenFone 6 also has a larger battery, which helps improve upon the biggest weakness of the ZenFone 5. Its 6-inch display is massive but it retains the 720P resolution found in the ZenFone 5, which means it is not as sharp as the smaller screen but in terms of performance it is pretty good and unmatched in its price segment.Price: Rs 16,999Best smartphone under Rs 25,000For under Rs 25,000, Moto X is the best that consumers can get in India. On paper it looks light on specifications. But don’t go by the numbers. Moto X packs in high-end components and is fully capable handling demanding tasks like running Death Trigger 2, a game that requires good hardware. The device has a bright and vibrant 4.7-inch screen with 720P resolution, a speedy dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a well-sculpted body. But what really makes it standout is the user experience it provides with the help of a few unique tricks. Features like the touch-less control, and custom speech engine make it a delight to use. There’s also a decent 10.7-megapixel rear camera and it offers a stock Android interface, which is similar to the found on Google’s Nexus smartphones making the phone very responsive. The recent price drop means you can buy the Moto X with wooden back cover for less than Rs 25,000. Price : Rs 23,999 Best smartphone under Rs 30,000Nexus 5 is good. But the LG G2 (16GB) is better. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM, the G2 is a fast phone. It also features an almost bezel-less 5.2-inch screen, which has top notch colour fidelity and extra brightness to deal with the outdoor use. The rear placement of the volume and power buttons is awkward, but after a while you will get used to it. Its 13-megapixel rear camera is among the best found in an Android smartphone and it is a road runner in terms of battery life. The G2 is a jack of all trades, a versatile phone that has no major shortcoming.Price: Rs 29,800advertisement Best smartphone under Rs 35,000Under Rs 35,000 one either finds aging flagships or flagships that are just not selling well. But the new HTC One (E8) is an exception. It is essentially the HTC One (M8) in a polycarbonate body. The other big change is that E8 features a standard camera while the HTC One (M8) has a shooter with PurePixel technology. In actual use, there is not much difference between images shot with the E8 and the M8 in good light. In low light, the M8 wins. The E8 is an attractive phone. It’s fast, fluid and beautiful. It even takes great selfies, and has great audio hardware though the rear camera does not take great images in low-light. Did we say, it is very fast? We did, but it is a fact worth repeating because this phone IS fast.  Price: Rs 34,990Best smartphone around Rs 40,000The Samsung Galaxy S5 has every feature one can hope for in a smartphone including a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint scanner and a water resistant body. It even has a pin sharp Super AMOLED screen that shows eye popping colours, a great 16-megapixel rear camera, a fast octa-core processor and a long battery life. All this comes for less than Rs 40,000, which is great.  That being true it is not without flaws as its build quality is a little cheap. Also, its software is ungainly to look at and a little convoluted to use. Still, there is no denying that overall the Galaxy S5 represents incredible value, especially after the recent price drop. Price: Rs 37,500Best smartphone around Rs 50,000The iPhone 5S is the best smartphone in the world if money is not a criteria. It’s as simple as that. It has a great general purpose camera, a great screen, an incredible library of apps, all packaged in a slick body running a beautiful and easy-to-use operating system. If there is a problem with the iPhone, then it has to be its battery life and a slightly smaller screen. But the overall phone experience that the device offers is unmatched by any other phone. There is no other phone that blends sexy industrial design, a beautiful OS, and great core functionality in one neat package. Price: Rs 45,200Best camera phone When it comes to shooting great pictures, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is so good that in decent light it can go head-to-head against an entry-level camera. Its 41-megapixel rear camera uses Nokia’s PureView technology which captures pixels that incredible amount of detail. With the Lumia 1020, you can get high resolution images that can be cropped without much loss in quality or 5-megapixel photos that are clean and without any noise. It also offers great manual control via the Pro camera app. The one downside to the Lumia 1020 is that you need to be passionate about photography to capture great images with it.If you want ease of use, then the Lumia 1020 loses out to the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S may not produce brilliant images like the 1020, but it is shockingly consistent, very fast and simple to use. For most people, the iPhone 5S can replace their point-and-shoot cameras. The 8-megapixel camera may not be as good as the one in Lumia 1020, but it is close enough and vastly easier to use.advertisementPrice: Rs 25,882 for the Nokia Lumia 1020Price: Rs 45,200 for the Apple iPhone 5SSmartphone with best battery lifeBattery life is often a big pain point for a smartphone user. Some of the new Android smartphones come with massive internal batteries and they deliver great battery life, but the one that’s head and shoulders above the competition is the Lenovo S860. It has a gargantuan 4,000mAh battery, which handily lasts for two days on a single charge. Simply put, if you are coming from a Nokia Symbian phone or a BlackBerry and require great battery life, go for Lenovo S860.Price: Rs 18,199Best phablet Phablet aka the extra large-screen phone is a category created by Samsung’s Galaxy Note in 2011. Three years later, the latest Note continues to be the best in its class. If you are looking for the best phablet, you can’t go wrong with the Galaxy Note 3. Powered by a fast octa-core processor and 3GB RAM, and sporting an utterly gorgeous 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, the Note 3 is basically a device that represents the best of Samsung. The hardware inside it, including a very capable 13-megapixel rear camera, is potent. But then equally good is the software, which includes a few useful apps and tweaks that allow a user to take full advantage of the stylus bundled with the device.Price: Rs 37,900last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls Live Telecast

first_imgDabang Delhi, who are leading PKL 2019 standing for quite some time, will face defending champions Bengaluru Bulls on Monday, September 23. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Dabang Delhi, who have qualified for the playoffs, will look to continue their dominance on the turf. Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, will hope to register a win to boost their chances of a playoff. The PKL 219 Season 7 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm.Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium will see two high-octane battles. The first match will be played between three-time champions Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers, which will start at 7:30 pm. In the second match of the day, we will see league leaders Dabang Delhi fight against reigning champions Bengaluru Bulls at 8:30 pm. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls start?The 105th match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm. The match between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 23, 2019, 3:56 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

‘We don’t give a s**t about your titles, Jose!’

first_imgJose Mourinho has “wrecked” Manchester United, says Christophe Dugarry, with the Portuguese accused of being egotistical and “so far up his own a**e”.The Red Devils boss has faced plenty of criticism this season after struggling to deliver the expected level of consistency at Old Trafford.Wars of words with players and press have been a regular occurrence, with Mourinho of the opinion that his past achievements make him deserving of greater respect. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Dugarry says that is not the case, with the former Inter and Chelsea boss urged to stop living in the past.He has been told that nobody cares about his title triumphs in years gone by, with it up to him to replicate that success with United and remove himself from the spotlight.World Cup winner Dugarry told Le10 Sport of goings on in Manchester: “It’s unbearable. He’s wrecked the club.“When you see them play on Tuesday [against Young Boys], it’s catastrophic, it’s awful, when we all remember Manchester with Roy Keane, [David] Beckham – all the great players, they played offensive football.“It was beautiful and passionate. Old Trafford was the Theatre of Dreams, now it’s the Theatre of Nightmares with this guy. It’s crazy.“What he doesn’t understand is that we don’t give a s**t about his titles, we just want emotion and to watch good football, which he’s incapable of giving us, but he won’t realise that because he’s so far up his own a**e.“We don’t care at all about what you’ve won, mate.”Mourinho did deliver three trophies in his debut campaign with United, but has been left empty-handed since then.He has guided the Red Devils into the last 16 of the Champions League this term, but they are already out of the Carabao Cup and are battling to force their way back into contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Red alert in 3 districts in Kerala flood toll climbs to 88

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A red alert has been issued for three districts on Tuesday as extremely heavy rains are expected in central Kerala as the flood-hit northern parts were slowly limping back to normalcy and the toll climbed to 88. The red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki on Tuesday and in northern districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode on Wednesday, IMD sources said adding over 20 cms of rains are expected in these districts. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Due to the strengthening of low pressure in Bay of Bengal, extremely heavy rains are expected to lash the several parts of the state, Director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Thiruvananthapuram, K Santosh said. According to the government update at 9 AM Tuesday, 88 people have lost their lives in the state since August 8 and the toll is likely to go up further as 40 were still missing. Over 2.52 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,332 relief camps across the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday ‘Orange alert’ has been issued in 6 districts-Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram- on Tuesday. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan toured the affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad from where 41 deaths have been reported in a series of landslides on August 8. Addressing the flood-affected at a relief camp in Meppadi in Wayanad, Vijayan said, “the government is with you.. we need to overcome all difficulties and hardships together.” The government is now giving priority to the rescue measures, he said adding after which it would focus on the rehabilitation initiatives. “There are several people who have completely lost their houses and properties and suffered crop loss. Some more people, who have gone missing, are yet to be traced and efforts are on to find them,” he said. Accompanied by Revenue Minister, E Chandrasekharan and Chief Secretary, Tom Jose, the Chief Minister would also be visiting relief centres in Malappuram and hold discussions with people’s representatives and officials. In Malappuram, which was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by downpour at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu, the toll has climbed to 29, with 32 people still missing. Search operations are continuing in the area to retrieve the remains of the dead. In 185 camps in Malappuram, 45,377 people have been sheltered, the update stated. Twelve people have so far lost their lives and 7 are missing in neighbouring Wayanad district, which also witnessed a landslide at Puthumala in Meppadi. Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had toured the affected areas and relief camps promising all help to the people. “It is a tragedy not only for Wayanad, but for Kerala and also some southern states. This is not only a Wayanad issue, this is a Kerala issue, this is a Karnataka issue.The Central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states,” he had told reporters at Kalpetta after attending a review meeting with government officials on the flood situation on Monday. Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district. Seventeen deaths have been reported from Kozhikode where over 43,000 people have shifted to 177 relief camps. At least 808 houses have been fully damaged and 8,459 partially in rain-related incidents. Holiday has been declared for educational institutions in five districts– Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram– on Tuesday and various university examinations have been postponed, authorities said. Meanwhile, the Railways on Tuesday said Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Express, scheduled to leave Hazrat Nizamuddin, was cancelled and Nagercoil-Mangaluru Parasuram Express was rescheduled.last_img read more

Structure fire at Autographics Fabrication shop

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at Autographic’s Trims and Signs on Hemlock Avenue at 6:46 pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019.When the Fire Department arrived on scene the building was venting heavy smoke. The fire was difficult to fight because the fire had spread into the attic area and walls.There were 26 firefighters on scene and the fire was extinguished from the exterior.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The Department returned to the fire hall at 1:00 amlast_img read more

Countries pledge to realize rights of every child at General Assembly gathering

13 December 2007Recognizing the many challenges that remain to improve the lives of the world’s children, participants in the General Assembly’s special meeting on children today renewed their commitments to promote and protect the rights and well-being of every child. “We will pursue our common vision of ensuring the well-being of all children in all societies, with a collective sense of urgency,” States pledged in a declaration adopted at the end of the three-day gathering at United Nations Headquarters, reaffirming their commitment to realizing the goals set in 2002 to improve the well-being of children. In “A World Fit for Children” – the plan of action agreed five years ago – governments committed to a set of time-bound and specific goals in four priority areas concerning children: promoting healthy lives; providing quality education; protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence; and combating HIV/AIDS.States participating in the Assembly’s high-level meeting, known as “A World Fit for Children+5,” were encouraged by the progress achieved since 2002 but highlighted many persisting challenges, including “unacceptably high” number of children under five who continue to die every year and the toll that malnutrition and diseases continue to take on their lives.Over 140 speakers participated in the event, including 20 children selected from around the world. In addition, more than 55 Member States included a child in their official delegation. “The best advocates for children are children themselves,” General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim stated, expressing his appreciation to all the children that were involved in the preparations for the event and the event itself.Calling for scaled-up efforts to improve the lives of young people, he added, “we must assure the children that the future they truly deserve and will inherit can be realized through our actions now.” read more

UN atomic agencys Nobel Prize funds cancer care nutrition in developing world

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this year’s Nobel peace Prize co-laureate, announced today that its €525,000 share of the award will be used to create a fund for fellowships and training to improve cancer management and childhood nutrition in the developing world. The IAEA Board of Governors decided at its meeting in Vienna to set up a special fund known as the IAEA Nobel Cancer and Nutrition Fund.IAEA Director General ElBaradei, co-laureate with the Agency has already said he will direct his share of the prize money to charitable purposes. The Board of Governors said that in the area of cancer management, the money will be spent on training in radiation oncology to improve treatment and care, as part of the IAEA’s Programme of Action on Cancer Therapy (PACT).In the area of nutrition, the focus of the training is on the role of nutrition to help ensure healthy development of children using nuclear techniques to identify problems and evaluate the effectiveness of preventive measures taken.Fellowship awards target young professionals, particularly women, from developing Member States, through the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme. The Agency proposed to organize training courses in regional centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America.At today’s Board meeting, Mr. ElBaradei encouraged Member States and donors to contribute to the Special Fund by giving additional resources both in cash and in kind. “It will be used to maximize the Agency’s ability to build capacity and transfer the needed know-how to developing countries,” he said.The IAEA and its Director General won the 2005 Peace Prize “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.” read more

Critics see probusiness bias in budget measures that chip away at labour

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 5:43 pm MDT Critics see pro-business bias in budget measures that chip away at labour power OTTAWA – Is the Harper government fundamentally anti-labour?The question arises anew after Labour Minister Lisa Raitt announced yet again Wednesday her intention to table back-to-work legislation hours after employees at CP Rail went on strike, as she did previously with the Air Canada and postal disputes.But critics say the government’s true colours are coming through more clearly and with a more systemic impact in a controversial budget bill they argue fundamentally changes the power balance between employers and employees — all to the detriment of workers.One of the measures is so sneaky, says NDP MP Pat Martin, nobody seemed to notice the line buried deep in the 452-page Bill C-38 that simply states, “The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act is repealed,” giving no explanation.With those 10 words, Ottawa intends to wipe out a 1985 law compelling contractors bidding on federal contracts to pay “fair wages” and overtime.“I would have missed it and I’m from that industry. It was number 68 of 70 bills that they changed,” said Martin, a former journeyman carpenter and construction worker.Martin notes that unlike most measures in the budget bill, there was no prior discussion of the measure or even a signal such a change was contemplated.“It’s a solution without a problem. The only conclusion I can come up with is that it’s a war on labour and the left. It’s what the Americans did with the right-to-work states and the end result is $8 or $9 an hour is now the average wage in places like North Carolina.”Along with the little-noticed provision, Bill C-38 calls for changes to immigration rules, the temporary foreign workers program and the employment insurance system — all with an eye to make it easier for firms to bring in workers with the skills they require and to reduce disincentives to work in Canada’s domestic labour market. As well, the government intends to effectively raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 years through changes to Old Age Security starting in 2023.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is expected to announce details of the changes to the EI program on Thursday, establishing the types of jobs workers receiving benefits will no longer be allowed to refuse and possibly trimming benefits for repeat claimants.In recent statements, government ministers have defended the proposed measures by citing “unprecedented” labour shortages in some sectors and regions of Canada, particularly Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the approaching demographic train wreck of retiring baby boomers.Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty believes labour shortages are already a big problem for employers. While he applauds the government’s actions, he adds more still needs to be done.“That’s the number one issue for us this year,” Beatty said from Vancouver, where he was continuing a series of round table talks on skills shortages.“We have pockets of persistently high unemployment in this country at the same time as in other areas there’s a desperate need for skills. In some cases it’s a specific skill that is needed, in others, like Alberta and Saskatchewan, they are saying, ‘We will take anybody who’s willing to work.’ “That is hard to square with a national unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent, and new figures showing there are 5.8 unemployed workers for every vacancy. Officially, there were 1.37 million Canadians actively looking for work in April, and that doesn’t count the hundreds of thousands of discouraged workers, involuntarily self-employed or part-timers wishing to be employed full-time.Labour economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers says he has never bought the labour shortage argument, noting that in a market economy if that were the case wages would be increasing. Instead, they are barely keeping up with inflation.It might be fair to point to a skills shortage in certain hot sports, he agrees, but the solution to that issue is training, not macro-economic measures designed to increase the labour pool generally.To Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti, the measures add up to a decidedly pro-business agenda. And that’s a shame, he said, because what the Canadian economy needs most is a strong middle class that can afford to pay down debt and start consuming.“They seem to think that low wages and maximizing profits are more important than a good solid middle class in Canada,” he said.The government, of course, doesn’t see it that way. In response to questions about EI changes recently, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty outlined what he sees as the major challenge of workers facing the country, maybe not this year but in the next decade and beyond.“We are going to have significant labour shortages in this country,” he said. “That means we are going to have to encourage more persons with disabilities to work, more seniors to work, more aboriginal people to work, including young people. We need to get rid of disincentives in the employment insurance system to people joining the work force.”The statement could well apply to all the measures dealing with workers in the budget bill, not just EI.TD Bank economist Craig Alexander says the approach is typical of how the Harper government likes to operate — incremental changes that collectively carry a big wallop.“They often tackle things not by announcing a bold new national strategy but by identifying a priority and then they pick away at it,” he said.If that’s the case, the government may be just starting the process of altering the labour market landscape in Canada. The changes announced so far are too modest to make a big splash, Alexander said.“I’m really not worried about modest changes in the labour supply acting as a major constraint on wages, because over the next 10, 20 years demographics will win out,” he explained. “Businesses are still going to be faced with shortages and they will have to find ways of keeping workers in the labour force longer.” read more

Thomas Markle reveals he cried as he watched Duchess of Sussex marry

“But as long as they’re happy and have a great life and have some beautiful children and do good things in the world, I’m can’t ask for more.” On the subject of Brexit, he said: “It was just a loose conversation about something we have to try. There was no real commitment for it. I think he was open to the experiment.”On grandchildren: ‘There’s got to be a child in the making there soon’Mr Markle said that he expects his daughter will want to try for children soon.Asked whether a “stork” had paid a visit to the palace yet, Mr Markle said: “She’s wanted children for a long time.“When she met Harry and she spoke about how much she loves him… there’s got to be a child in the making there soon.”’Meghan cried’: Moment he told couple he would not make weddingSaying he had “absolutely” wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle, he disclosed he had spoken with Prince Harry, Ms Markle and one of their security staff about his trip to the UK shortly before being admitted to hospital with heart problems for a second time.After learning how severe they were, he said, he had to tell his daughter he would not make her wedding, leaving her concerned and in tears. Thomas Markle with his daughter Meghan Asked whether he believed the newlywed Duke was still a fan, he added: “I would hope not now, but at the time he might have been.” Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gives his first ever interview on Good Morning Britain Saying his new son-in-law was “great” and an “interesting guy”, Mr Markle said he “made a great pick” in his daughter, who has been a “princess since the day she was born”.Revealing that he watched the ceremony from a television in a room rented for him by friends in California, Mr Markle said he had been “jealous” that he was left as a “footnote in history”, but said “thank God” that the Prince of Wales, whom he has never spoken to, was there to step in.Mr Markle is understood to have been paid several thousand pounds for the interview, and was persuaded to take part after being promised “ample time” to get his side of the story across.Prince Harry’s private views on Trump and BrexitIn an interview unlikely to have been sanctioned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex or Kensington Palace, Mr Markle said he had come to know the “smart” Prince Harry over the phone in a series of “interesting conversations” in which they allegedly discussed his private political views.“I was complaining I didn’t like Donald Trump,” said Mr Markle. “He said give Donald Trump a chance. I sort of disagreed with that but I still like Harry. That was his politics, I have my politics.” Saying he had not yet met the Duke or his family in person, he said: “I look forward to coming to London and seeing them soon, I would love to.” ‘I feel bad about it’: Apology for paparazzi stuntAsked about his own actions before the wedding, which included a series of photography shoots set up with the paparazzi, Mr Markle said “I accept full responsibility. I can say I’m sorry for those things for the rest of my life, but I’m paying for those things for the rest of my life. Thomas Markle with his daughter Meghan, whom he ‘absolutely wanted to walk’ down the aisleCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Talking about the moment he told his daughter and her husband-to-be that he would not make the wedding, Mr Markle said: “They were disappointed. Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you’.” “But I just want people to know I’m a normal guy, I’m a retired man and I was living a quiet little life and this happened, and lots of things happened around it, and I’ve tried to survive through that, but more than anything I don’t want my daughter or new son-in-law to be hurt by any of this. I want to have a nice, normal relationship with my royal family as well now.” Asked about the much-publicised episode, which saw him exposed for colluding with the paparazzi days before the royal wedding, Mr Markle said he had not done it for the money but to improve his image.“Obviously that all went to hell,” he said. “I feel bad about it, I apologise for it and that’s all I can do. That was a mistake.”’I look forward to coming to London’: Hopes for visitMr Markle said dozens of members of his daughter’s family had come out of the woodwork demanding wedding invitations, saying he thought it “very smart” of her not to have them in Windsor.Saying he had spoken to the happy couple the day after their wedding, telling his daughter “it was fabulous, she looked beautiful”.As they discussed visiting him in Mexico, Mr Markle claimed he told the newlyweds it was a “bad idea”, due to the Press around his house, and that “I wished they would go on a honeymoon”. Saying he had prepared a speech for the big day, Mr Markle told GMB he had hoped to regale wedding guests with the story of how he had told her about “this nice British guy” before thanking the Royal family for welcoming her.”I couldn’t be more proud of those two, I think they’ll do a fabulous job,” he said. “They’re great and I love then dearly. I’m very happy to have a new son-in-law.” Adding that he knows the couple are  “very busy”, he spoke of his admiration for the Queen he described as “one of the most incredible women in the world”.Father hopes he has not offended couple with interviewMr Markle said he hopes he has not offended his daughter and Prince Harry by appearing on GMB for the interview.He said: “I hope I haven’t offended them, I don’t think I have, they know I love them and I hope the royals – the Royal family – will understand my feelings as well.”He also told the programme about how he “mixed up” a set of white dolls and black dolls when Meghan was a child because “that was normal to me and that’s the way I wanted my daughter to feel.”Mr Markle said that he opted to take part in the interview because he wanted people to know he is a “normal guy” and because he wants to have a good relationship with Meghan and Harry.He said: “Over the last few weeks, everybody has had different opinions, some people said I was faking my heart attack, some people said I was skipping out, all kinds of stories were coming out about me, negative ones. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ‘I feel bad about it. I apologise for it’ – Mr Markle addresses the staged paparazzi photos leading up to the royal wedding #GMB— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018 “I said you’re a gentleman, promise me you’ll never raise a hand against my daughter and of course I give you my permission.” WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Markle talks about his heart surgery and the moment he told Meghan he couldn’t attend the royal wedding #GMB— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018 Thomas Markle gives his first interview on Good Morning BritainCredit:GOOD MORNING BRITAIN Thomas Markle has told how he cried as he watched his daughter’s wedding on television in a small rented hide-out, in a tell-all interview in which he claims Prince Harry was “open” to Brexit.Mr Markle, who said he was “jealous” as the Prince of Wales walked his daughter down the aisle as he was receiving treatment for a heart attack, has spoken to Good Morning Britain in an extraordinary interview detailing private political conversations.Claiming Prince Harry had once told him to “give Donald Trump a chance”, the 73-year-old alleged the sixth-in-line to the throne had seemed “open” to the idea of Brexit.Mr Markle told how his daughter, then actress Meghan Markle, had confided in him that she had a new boyfriend, before eventually revealing he was British, then that he was a Prince they should call him “H” for security reasons.He spoke to the Prince straight afterwards, he said, getting to know him over the telephone before giving his blessing to their marriage following their engagement in November.“Meghan told me first and then a few times after that Harry got on the phone with her and asked for her hand over the phone,” he said. He added: “I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle.”The father-of-the-bride speech he never got to makeThe retired TV lighting director disclosed he had cried as he watched the royal ceremony on television, describing his daughter as “beautiful”.”It was incredible watching her,” he said. “I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn’t me (walking her down the aisle) but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that.”The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. That upsets me somewhat.” read more

Sajid Javid urges police to use full force of the law against

Protesters exercise on Waterloo Bridge as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations Footage appeared to show police officers dancing among climate change activists Heathrow Airport is “working with authorities” to address any threat of protestsCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Scotland Yard said it was working to identify the officers One officer could be seen applauding as the crowd began cheering while another raised his hand aloft in acknowledgement of their support.Subsequent statements on Twitter by the user who posted the video backed the officers, who were said to be in solidarity with the protesters. “However, the Met’s ability to police protests without impacting on core policing priorities – such as tackling knife crime – has been made significantly harder by the huge cuts to Government police funding.”He said he would be working with Scotland Yard to consider whether a claim for a special grant from the Home Office would be justified “to compensate for the costs of policing the current protests”.Mr Khan was criticised by policing and business leaders after Extinction Rebellion disrupted major transport routes for a third consecutive day. Disruption on the streets of London is taking place on the fourth day in a row Police chief criticises ‘unacceptable’ officersMr Javid’s intervention comes as footage shared on social media appeared to show a small handful of Metropolitan Police officers in high-visibility jackets dancing to music and responding to chants of “we love you” from supporters of the Extinction Rebellion action at Oxford Circus. Scotland Yard said it was working to identify the officersCredit:Twitter/@WildlifeCafe Sajid Javid has urged police to take a "firm" stance with climate protesters Heathrow Airport is "working with authorities" to address any threat of protests Scotland Yard said enquiries were being made to identify those involved.Ms Connors said: “I’m disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behaviour of the officers in it.”We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.”We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment.” It comes after apparent leaked WhatsApp messages suggested activists were planning to “shut down” the airport tomorrow. In a statement confirming action, Extinction Rebellion said: “We are facing a manmade disaster on a global scale.” Protesters retained a strong presence in Oxford Circus today Footage appeared to show police officers dancing among climate change activistsCredit:Twitter/@WildlifeCafe Extinction Rebellion co-founder urges workers to join causeEarlier, Dr Bradbrook urged workers affected by the disruption to take time off to join them as activists prepared for a fourth day of action in the capital.Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “I think our protest has been awesome, we are making history at the minute…people are having a fantastic time on the streets.”When challenged by presenter Nick Robinson that some people were having a “miserable” time as a result of the disruption, Dr Bradbrook responded: “Come and join us…they should take some time off work and come and join us.” Sajid Javid has urged police to take a “firm” stance with climate protestersCredit:Vudi Xhymshiti/AP The activist later added she thought it was “important people have fun when they are rebelling.” Protesters retained a strong presence in Oxford Circus todayCredit:Facundo Arrizabalaga/rex Longs queues of traffic build over Westminster Bridge caused by climate protests Longs queues of traffic build over Westminster Bridge caused by climate protestsCredit:Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures “Thousands more rebels” to join protestsScotland Yard today said 428 arrests had been carried out since Monday, as activists plan a fourth straight day of demonstrations on London streets.Organisers behind the protest warned “thousands more rebels” expected to join in the coming days unless demands set out by Extinction Rebellion “are not met”.Speaking from Waterloo Bridge, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, said: “More people are joining us all the time. We’re having a fantastic time here. “It’s how life is meant to be lived with people coming together and actually exerting their political power.” Mayor Khan blames police struggles on Government funding The video came during a third day of protests in the capital, which saw scores of people arrested as roads and bridges were blocked.London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested cuts to police funding were restricting the Met’s ability to cope with the demonstrations.In a letter to the home secretary he said: “I support the right to peaceful and lawful protest – which is a cornerstone of our democracy. Protesters exercise on Waterloo Bridge as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrationsCredit:STEVE FINN A Heathrow spokesman said: “We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.”While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted.”Passengers should contact their airlines for up-to-date information on their journeys.” Campaigners deny obstructing railwayEarlier today, three climate activists accused of gluing themselves to a train in London denied committing a criminal offence.Cathy Eastburn, 51, and Luke Watson, 29, are alleged to have climbed on to the roof of a Docklands Light Railway carriage at Canary Wharf yesterday morning, while Mark Ovland, 35, glued his hand to the doors, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.They were remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 16.The alleged incident came after a third day of disruption brought to the capital by Extinction Rebellion campaigners, who are trying to force action from the Government on climate change. “I expect the police to take a firm stance and use the full force of the law. They have my full backing in doing so. “I have spoken to the Met Commissioner today to offer her whatever support she may need and pass on my appreciation to the thousands of officers patrolling the streets of the capital over the Bank Holiday.“We are a proud democracy – and no one should be allowed to break the law without consequence.”Extinction Rebellion said it will be targeting protests on Heathrow tomorrow, just as around 500,000 people are expected to fly out of Heathrow for Easter breaks over the bank holiday weekend.The Met has called on other forces for extra officers to support its operation and keep Heathrow open. It warned it would take “robust” and “firm” action against anyone breaking the law by obstructing routes to the airport or flights.A Met spokesman said: “We will not allow the illegal activities of protesters to cause further disruption and misery to thousands of travellers, many of them families, over Easter. We would urge any protester planning to attend Heathrow to strongly reconsider.” “But people do not have the right to break the law and significantly disrupt the lives of others.“Let me be clear – I totally condemn any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law. They have no right to cause misery for the millions of people who are trying to lead their daily lives. Unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated. Heathrow on alert for activistsHeathrow Airport has said it is “working with the authorities” to address any  threat of protests from climate change activists in London which could disrupt  the airport.  Sajid Javid has told police that they must take a “firm line” with climate change protesters and warned that “no one should be allowed to break the law without consequence”.The Home Secretary said that he “totally condemns” Extinction Rebellion protesters who are breaking the law by disrupting central London.It came as a senior police chief has criticised officers who were filmed dancing with climate change protesters at Oxford Circus, as she described their behaviour as “unacceptable”.Metropolitan Police commander Jane Connors said officers deployed to the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations would be reminded of their “responsibilities and expectations” in the wake of the incident.Speaking after meeting Cressida Dick, the head of the Metopolitan Police, Mr Javid said: “Everyone has the right to protest peacefully – it’s a cherished, long-standing British tradition and a fundamental cornerstone of the democracy we live in. “But this right must be balanced against the need to ensure the safety and security of all Londoners, as well as the continued running of our city. The Met take a consistent approach to protests regardless of the cause that motivates the protesters. Disruption on the streets of London is taking place on the fourth day in a rowCredit:Yui Mok/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Windies in a good place says pleased Holder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHolder urges Windies to ‘lift game’ against EnglandJanuary 12, 2019In “Sports”Black Caps bracing for Windies backlash — HessonDecember 6, 2017In “Sports”West Windies must learn from series loss — BrathwaiteDecember 14, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his side’s outing in the lone tour match against New Zealand A last weekend, has left them in a good place for tomorrow’s opening Test at the Basin Reserve.The Caribbean side drew the three-day match in Lincoln but flexed their muscle with the bat in piling up 451 for nine in their first innings, before dismissing the hosts for 237 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.“I thought it was a good game. Batsmen got some time in the middle and bowlers got the chance to run in and bowl a few overs,” Holder told reporters.“Luckily for us, we had some really good weather. It wasn’t as windy as it probably will be in Wellington but I think we had enough wind to get a good feel of what’s going to happen in Wellington so hopefully the guys are ready for it.“We’ve got two days in Wellington to prepare before the first Test match and we’ll make use of those and go into the first Test match with all confidence.”The tour game saw Sunil Ambris called up for this tour at the expense of Kyle Hope, blasting 153 and Shai Hope — Kyle’s younger brother — fashioning a composed 110.After a first innings failure, key opener Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with 88 in the second innings.All the Windies bowlers — especially the seamers — then turned in decent shifts as they familiarised themselves with the conditions.While question marks remain over opener Kieran Powell and Jermaine Blackwood, both of whom failed to impress, Holder said there would be chances during the actual Test to make amends.“I’m pleased with where we’re at at the moment. Guys got time to spend in the middle, bowlers got a run out,” the all-rounder explained.“We were able to bowl out this New Zealand A side in the first innings and it was a good effort, and I think going into this [Test] we should be full of confidence.”He added: “For the guys who missed out, [the Test] is another opportunity for them hopefully if they get a chance to get some scores so there’s plenty to look forward to ahead, and I’m looking forward to really good things from this group.”West Indies are without a win at the Basin Reserve in 22 years — the last time they won a series on New Zealand soil. In fact, their last three outings at the ground ended in heavy defeats, with the last coming in 2013 when they went down by an innings and 73 runs.From all early appearances, the track looks favourable to seamers, but Holder said it was imperative the team performed regardless of the nature of the pitch.“From what I’ve seen before, it tends to have a bit of grass on it and probably does a little bit early on. It can be a good wicket when you’re batting as well,” said Holder, yet to play a Test in New Zealand.“We probably need to assess as early as possible when we first get there. I guess the first session of any Test match is very, very crucial along with the first day. Whether we bat or bowl, we just need to make whatever we do count.” (CMC) read more


Here are the complete results of voting Contest for the WORLD BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014:“BEST 7”Goalkeeper: Peter Johannesson (substitute – Filip Ivic)Left wing: Dejan Manaskov (Raul Santos)Left back: Lassen Andersson (Stipe Mandalinic)Playmaker: Jim Gottfridsson (Sander Sagosen)Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Harald Reinkind)Right wing: Bogdan Radivojevic (Mario Sostaric)Line-player: Teo Coric (Ignacio Plaza)Goalkeepers: Filip Ivic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 10, Nikola Portner (Bern Muri – Switzerland) 7,Peter  Johannesson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 11Left wings: Raul Santos (VfL Gummersbach – Austria) 10, Dejan Manaskov (RK Metalurg – Macedonia) 11, Andreas Berg (Önnereds HK – Sweden) 5Left backs: Lasse Andersson (KIF Kolding – Denmark) 16, Stipe Mandalinic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 8, Quentin Minel (US Creteil – France) 5Playmakers: Jim Gotfridsson (SG Flensburg – Sweden) 15, Pablo Cacheda (BM Valladolid – Spain) 6, Sander Sagosen (Haslum HK – Norway) 14Right backs: Alex Dujshebaev (RK Vardar – Spain) 20, Harald Reinkind (Fyllingen – Norway) 8, Sime Ivic (RK Nexe – Croatia) 3Right wings: Mario Sostaric (RK Gorenje – Slovenia) 14, Bogdan Radivojevic (SG Flensburg – Germany) 15, Teophille Causse (Dunkerque – France) 3Line-players: Ignacio Plaza (BM Puerto Sagunto – Spain) 8, Teo Coric (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 9, Simon Hald Jensen (Aalborg – Denmark) 6 ← Previous Story HUGE INTEREST: 26.191 votes for the World Best Young Player 2013/2014 Next Story → TOP 5: Dujshebaev, Andersson, Gottfridsson, Radivojevic… read more

Obama pushes immigration reform with Republicans reeling after shutdown

first_imgUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama today sought to capitalise on a moment of sharp Republican unpopularity by pressing his foes in Congress to pass a stalled immigration bill this year.Obama demanded action in the knowledge that the Republican Party is under pressure to improve its standing among Hispanic voters for whom immigration reform is a cherished political goal.He spoke at the White House as polls show House of Representatives Republicans, who have declined to act on a Senate immigration reform bill, are paying the heaviest price for a stalemate over a just avoided debt default and a government shutdown.“Let’s see if we can get it done this year,” Obama said in a White House speech on a plan to bring millions of illegal immigrants out of the shadows.Let’s not wait. It doesn’t get easier to just put it off. Let’s do it now. Let’s not delay.Despite Obama’s calls, most Washington experts believe there is little chance of prompt action on comprehensive immigration reform, since the proposal is viewed as tantamount to an amnesty for illegal immigrants by many conservative Republicans.(Standing next to Vice President Joe Biden, Obama urges Congress to take back up comprehensive immigration reform. Pic: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Time is fast running out to pass the bill, which would bolster Obama’s political legacy, before the return of hyper partisan campaign politics in the run-up to mid-term elections next year.Republican Party leaders are acutely conscious though that if they don’t improve their standing among Hispanics — an increasingly influential voting demographic, they will suffer in future presidential elections — a vulnerability Obama is trying to exploit.“They should take a closer look at the polls,” Obama said. “The American people support this. It’s not something they reject.”Political winnerTalking repeatedly about immigration is a political winner for Obama: if the bill is passed he will get credit and a legacy achievement. If it is not, Democrats can continue to exploit Republican weakness on the issue in elections.Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said that he will not move the Senate bill in its entirety, but is open to smaller individual reform efforts.“The speaker agrees that America has a broken immigration system and we need reform that would boost our economy,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.He’s also been clear that the House will not consider any massive, Obamacare-style legislation that no one understands.We hope that the president will work with us — not against us — as we pursue this deliberate approach.Obama also indulged his own frustration at the realities of divided government in Washington, which has stalled most of his second term agenda.“Just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labour, the evangelical community and many Democrats and many Republicans, that does not mean that it will actually get done,” he said.“This is Washington, after all. So, everything tends to be viewed through a political prism.”The Senate bill passed in June would create a pathway to legal status and eventual citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.The plan, crafted and approved with Senate Republican support, would strengthen the border with Mexico and reorganize the visa system to give priority to high-demand fields, including engineers and farm workers.© – AFPRead: US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill >Read: Blow to hopes of illegal Irish as immigration officers slam bill >last_img read more

Geeksplainer The M Night ShyamalanVerse

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target Few directors have seen highs and lows like M. Night Shyamalan. His 1999 supernatural drama The Sixth Sense was a surprise box office blockbuster that established him as a name to watch, capable of clever visual tricks and unusual twist endings. But that tendency also became a trap, as his middle-period films were haunted by viewers waiting for them. After the dismal nadir of his live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, M. Night has returned to his roots with audience-pleasing, low-budget horror flicks and the upcoming Glass, a sequel to his 2000 quasi-superhero movie Unbreakable. How do they link up? How did this new universe come to be? Read on, friends, and let us geeksplain it all.What Was Unbreakable?Before we begin, it’s important to remember that superhero films were in a very different place in 2000. It would be eight more years before Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the genre was in a pretty severe slump. That’s one reason why Unbreakable seemed so revolutionary.Bruce Willis stars as security guard David Dunn, who is the sole survivor of a train crash that kills 181 people. David comes out from his experience changed — his strength is increased and he has some kind of ESP that lets him see evil deeds people have perpetrated. He’s aided in his embrace of these abilities by art gallery owner Elijah Price, who suffers from a disease that makes his bones as brittle as glass.Here’s the twist: Price caused the train crash to draw out Dunn’s new abilities, as part of a lifelong quest to prove that such extra-normal humans existed. As swerves go, it was a pretty damn good one. The film did fine in theaters but really took off on DVD, becoming a cult hit.What About Split?Now here’s where it gets interesting. Rumors of an Unbreakable sequel started circulating immediately after the movie’s release, with Bruce Willis telling the press he was hoping for a trilogy. But Touchstone Pictures didn’t think it was worthwhile and didn’t put up the funds, so the idea died on the vine.But one of the original drafts for Unbreakable had an additional antagonist for David Dunn – a man named Kevin Crumb who was host to 24 different personalities, and when they take over they change his body as well. One of those personalities, “the Beast,” had access to extra-normal powers like David’s along with an insatiable desire for human meat, and they would have come into conflict. Split pulled that character out and gave him his own movie, a sort of supervillain origin story that followed Kevin’s kidnapping of three teenage girls. It’s a very different-feeling movie than Unbreakable, much leaner, but it has a twist, as well.At the end of the film, we cut to a diner where patrons are watching a news report about Kevin… and one of those patrons is David Dunn. And all of a sudden, people were back on board. Split pulled in $278 million on a $9 million budget and M. Night was marketable again. Lo, Glass.What’s the Story of Glass?The first two films in the SCU (if we may be so bold) were both essentially origin stories, introducing us to characters and their abilities. These are, in our opinion, almost always the weakest type of superhero movies. Think about how many times the Spider-Man franchise had to do the whole Uncle Ben with great power comes with great responsibility thing? But Spider-Verse can get away with skipping it because at this point Peter Parker’s origins are ingrained in the American monomyth. Shyamalan doesn’t have that luxury. He’s building this from whole cloth, so naturally he had to take some time to set it up.Glass (see it here), though, as the third film of a trilogy, is all about finally bringing the pieces together. David pursues Kevin as Elijah Price — Mr. Glass — pulls the strings behind the scenes. Taking place a few years after the events of Split, the plot finagles a way to get our three main characters in the same mental institution, being treated by a doctor who specializes in people with delusions of superhumanity. He’s described it as the “first truly grounded comic book movie” which, uh, doesn’t seem terribly accurate to me (ever seen Ghost World?)We’re not going to spoil everything for you, but critical reception has been pretty poor — as I write this, it’s at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s all about the thing he’s had the most trouble with: sticking the ending.Why Don’t Twists Work?We talked a little bit about M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as “the guy who does the twists.” Spoilers ahead: Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense. Mr. Glass orchestrated everything in Unbreakable. The Village is set in the present day. But a twist isn’t all it takes to make a good ending — and, in fact, the superhero genre is almost entirely predicated on the absence of twists. We want to see the heroes save the day so they can move on to new adventures. Even Thanos’s finger snap at the end of Infinity War is only there to set up Endgame.The twist in Split was rewarding because it didn’t negate anything you’d enjoyed about the movie. Instead, it enhanced it — knowing that Kevin existed in this fictional space where other superhumans also were provided context beyond “hey, I know that guy.” It made what you just watched seem bigger and more interesting. Same with his more successful movies. But Glass‘s big second-act twist (sorry, there is one) doesn’t do that. Instead, it serves as a lazy way to explain away the movie’s mysteries without deepening our experience.What’s Next?That’s an interesting question. In interviews, M. Night Shyamalan has talked about Glass not being the end of the story, and some of the movie’s events certainly leave the door open for another sequel. Spoilers follow for parts of Glass, so if you don’t want to have it ruined scroll away now.One of the theories raised in Glass is that the presence of a few super-powered individuals like Dunn and Crumb is actually stopping the rest of humanity from embracing their own inner potential. And the people in power know that, so it’s in their best interest to make sure that more superhumans don’t emerge to upset the status quo. Without giving too much away, that happens. There are other superhumans out there. But will there be movies about them?The issue here is that “superheroes in the real world” isn’t nearly as interesting and clever a spin as it was in 2000. We’re up to our elbows in comic book movies from many different angles, from all-out comedy to grim and gritty vigilantes and cosmic consequences. What can the Shyamalan-verse offer that DC, Marvel, Dark Horse et al can’t? That’s one question that even your trusty Geeksplainer can’t answer.More on The Spider-Verse‘Nightflyers’ and the History of Sci-Fi Horror11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movielast_img read more

Ruben LoftusCheek I need to be patient at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits that patience is required for first-team chances under coach Maurizio SarriThe England international was denied another loan move from Stamford Bridge this summer by Sarri and has made just two substitute appearances in Chelsea’s four Premier League games.Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic are all ahead of Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order at Chelsea.However, despite the continued struggles with the Blues, Loftus-Cheek has managed to retain his place in the England squad.But more first-team football is essential if the 22-year-old is to continue his development.“Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it,” he told Sky Sports.“I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”He added: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players. When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players.“I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League.”Here’s some of @rubey_lcheek​ best bits for August Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 8, 2017Loftus-Cheek managed two goals and four assists in 24 league appearances on loan at Crystal Palace last season.“That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier,” he continued.“I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits.“The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday.“That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”Loftus-Cheek has a contract at Chelsea until June 2021.Although he’s only made 13 starts at Chelsea since making his first-team debut in 2014.last_img read more

Search underway for missing homeless man in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a homeless man who went missing in Davie under suspicious circumstances last month.According to Davie Police, 59-year-old Larry Walter Smith was last seen by his employer on April 20 at 13223 SW 16th St.Smith was living in the area of Southwest 26th Street and Southwest 136th Avenue at the time of his disappearance. All of his property, including his two dogs, was still present in the area.Officials said Smith stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an olive green T-shirt and camo-colored shorts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more