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HC grants prearrest bail to Maharashtra cop accused of raping colleague

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted a pre-arrest bail to a policeman accused of raping a woman colleague, noting it was a consensual act. A division bench of justices Indrajit Mahanty and A M Badar last week granted anticipatory bail to Navi Mumbai police’s crime branch Sub-Inspector Amit Shelar. Shelar had approached the HC in January this year after a sessions court rejected his anticipatory bail application. In November 2018, the woman, a constable attached with the Navi Mumbai police’s crime branch, lodged a complaint alleging Shelar had raped her in March last year after spiking her cold drink. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The high court, in its order, observed that the complainant is a serving police constable and an adult married woman. “If the facts stated in the FIR and the text messages exchanged between the complainant and the accused person are considered, prima facie we are of the opinion that the case in hand is a case of consent,” the court said. “Prima facie, we are of the opinion that the act was consensual in nature,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “This is a case of a 31-year-old married woman, indulging in sexual relations with her colleague on several occasions without disclosing the fact to her husband,” the court said. It said the FIR was lodged after the complainant’s husband found the text messages exchanged between the sub-inspector and the complainant. In her complaint, the woman said the man had claimed to have recorded the incident and used that to allegedly rape her on multiple occasions thereafter. In his anticipatory bail plea filed in the HC, through advocate Tanveer Nizam, Shelar claimed he has been implicated in a false case and that he has never committed any crime. “This is a false FIR and the investigation was clearly motivated. The high court has accepted our arguments on the malafide of the complainant and has also held that this was a consensual relationship,” Nizam said.last_img read more

In the news today August 7

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, August 7———RCMP FIND ITEMS LINKED TO MURDER SUSPECTSRCMP in Manitoba have found several items linked to two suspects wanted for killings in British Columbia. Mounties would not disclose what the items are but said they were discovered on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday. Cpl. Julie Courchaine said the items are directly linked to the suspects. The search for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, has focused on the remote area around the town of Gillam in northeastern Manitoba, since a burned-out Toyota RAV4 they were driving was found there July 22.———U.K. SHARES CONCERNS ON DETAINED CANADIANSForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her British counterpart say they’re both concerned about two Canadians detained in China. Freeland says Britain has taken a strong and public stand on what she called a difficult issue while U.K. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab says his country shares Canada’s concerns on the matter. Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been detained in China since last December. Freeland says Canada’s relationship with China continues to be challenging, and the cases of the two detained Canadians are a top priority.———FEDS DETAIL $22M TO COMBAT CHILD PORNPublic Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says provincial and municipal police forces will receive $15 million to combat the exploitation of children online. The Liberal government committed about $22 million over three years to the cause in this year’s federal budget, and are detailing how the majority of the spending will go to local police internet child exploitation units. The rest of the money will go towards raising awareness, strengthening the judicial system and engaging with online companies to make sure their platforms do not host child pornography and related content. The announcement follows a meeting last month that Goodale attended with his counterparts from Canada’s Five Eyes intelligence allies — the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.———DUCEPPE, PARIZEAU CLAN MEMBERS VYING FOR BLOC RUNMembers of two of Quebec’s best-known sovereigntist clans are battling it out for a chance to represent the Bloc Quebecois in a Montreal riding in the upcoming federal election. Anne Duceppe, the cousin of former Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, is facing the outgoing leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, Andre Parizeau, the nephew of former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau. They are seeking to represent the Bloc in north-end Ahuntsic-Cartierville, where a nomination meeting is set for Aug. 17. The successful candidate will face off against Liberal Melanie Joly, who won the federal riding for the Liberals in 2015 with more than 46 per cent of the vote.———TURTLE LAYS EGGS IN N.S. GOLF COURSE BUNKERFor the second year in a row, a central Nova Scotia golf course is home to an unusual hazard after a resident snapping turtle laid eggs in a bunker. Debert Golf Course manager Mark Webb says the sand trap next to the seventh hole has been declared off limits after the turtle laid the eggs. Webb says the turtle nicknamed Shelley was rescued from the side of a road last year by a friend and brought to the course, where it has apparently found a home. The nine-hole course has several ponds that provide an ideal turtle habitat. Webb says that after a hatching last September, he was able to help three of the baby turtles make it safely to a pond on the course.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen holds a media availability to discuss newcomer settlement services across Canada.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with members of the International Association of Fire Fighters at the biennial Canadian Policy Conference and will deliver brief remarks.— Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan and N.S. Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell make a joint announcement related to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.— Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Victoriaville Mayor Andre Bellavance take part in an infrastructure announcement to address the impact of drought.— Premier Jason Kenney will discuss the accomplishments of his government in its first 100 days in office and make an announcement regarding Indigenous people in Alberta.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Northern Development to host free webinars for small businesses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development will be hosting free web seminars geared towards small businesses.Northern Development is encouraging businesses that are associated with Love Northern B.C., Supply Chain Connector and Community Futures to register and access dozens of premier practical business education seminars for free.According to Northern Development, the Small Business B.C. webinars provide up-to-date information and tactics on current business trends and strategies designed to help small businesses improve, succeed and remain competitive, which can have an immediate impact on business operations. Some of the upcoming webinars will focus on sales strategies and blogging to promote your business.For more information on the upcoming Small Business B.C. webinars, you can visit Northern Development’s website.last_img read more

RBC to close consumer savings accounts at recently acquired Ally Financial

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada is shutting down the consumer accounts of Ally Financial, and integrating its operations, after acquiring the Canadian auto finance and deposit business earlier this month.The bank said Tuesday customers will no longer be able to open new accounts with Ally effective immediately. It also plans to close down the high-interest savings accounts operated by Ally on April 30.“As a result of the acquisition, Royal Bank has performed a comprehensive review of Ally’s product portfolio, and implemented some changes,” the bank said in a posting on its website.As part of the move, Royal Bank lowered the interest rates of existing Ally accounts to 1.2% from 1.8%, which puts it in line with its own high-interest savings accounts.Royal Bank completed the $1.4-billion acquisition of Ally after it received approval from the Competition Bureau earlier this month.Before the purchase, Ally Financial’s Canadian unit provided financing to nearly 600 auto dealerships across the country. The finance company’s consumer business had about 450,000 loans outstanding as of last October.Royal Bank said it will integrate the automotive financing operations of Ally, which covers relationships with dealers and floor-plan financing, into its own auto financing division.“The intent is to make sure that all of Ally’s operations are integrated into RBC,” said Royal Bank brand and communications spokesman Matt Gierasimczuk in an interview.He declined to say whether Royal Bank would lay off Ally employees or close offices as part of the acquisition.Royal is also offering Ally customers the option of a one-year, locked-in guaranteed investment certificate at a 1.8% rate, or a redeemable GIC at a 1.5% rate. If Ally customers don’t want the offer, their cash will be deposited into their external bank account on file.U.S. parent company Ally Financial Inc., has sold international assets in order to repay a US$17.2-billion government bailout loan. read more

Chinese national arrested at BIA

A Chinese national was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with a rare species of snails.The police said that he was arrested by customs officers at the airport last night when he had attempted to leave the country with the snails. Investigations found that he had nine snails in his possession.The 23 year old Chinese man was subsequently released after being warned. (Colombo Gazette)

National Trust chair accused of patronising and insensitive behaviour

first_imgTim Parker said the organisation had been repeatedly misconstruedCredit:Neil Holmes/Getty Images Mr Parker’s email also hailed the year as a success, pointing out how it had attracted a “historically high” number of members and 24.5 million visiting properties in 2017.A spokesman for the Trust said: “Tim used his new year message to personally thank all the Trust’s staff and volunteers for making 2017 an outstanding success after reaching our highest ever membership and visitor numbers.“As part of his look back, he also refers to some of the challenges we faced, including receiving some critical coverage over August, which is commonly known as the silly season. He does not say the Felbrigg issue in itself was silly or dismiss it in any way.” Volunteers had refused to wear a National Trust rainbow coloured lanyard “His comments show a complete lack of sensitivity and we are surprised that someone did not advise him against some of the language used.“The National Trust relies on its staff and considerable support of volunteers and this is certainly not the way to endear the organisation to them.” Eventually trust bosses climbed down allowing volunteers to choose whether or not to wear the lanyards after volunteers complained the organisation was straying beyond its role as protector of sites of historic interest and natural beauty. Volunteers had refused to wear a National Trust rainbow coloured lanyardcenter_img Tim Parker said the organisation had been repeatedly misconstrued Mr Parker wrote: “As I have said before, however, our actions were misconstrued. We believe we have done things with the best of intentions, even though this does not always please everyone. The Trust will always encompass a wide variety of views, and issues will crop up from time to time that involve quite intense debate.”However, “concerned” volunteers last night wrote to The Sunday Telegraph complaining that Mr Parker had misjudged the mood of many of its 60,000 volunteers contributing more than 3 million hours of their time each year.“Volunteers and many visitors certainly did not think it was a case of ‘silly season’ or ‘goofy stories’ or that the Trust’s actions were misconstrued,” the letter, signed ‘some National Trust volunteers’, says.“The chairman’s rather patronising comments belittle the very real concerns and objections that volunteers at Felbrigg had about the way the Trust had ‘outed’ the former owner of the property to further its LGBTQ agenda. Then it ‘punished’ volunteers by banning them from frontline volunteering in the property. The chairman of the National Trust has been accused of “patronising and insensitive” behaviour after writing to volunteers to condemn “goofy” claims the organisation was becoming painfully politically correct.Tim Parker, the 62-year-old trust chairman, said the organisation had been repeatedly “misconstrued” as part of a “silly season” in which it became embroiled in rows about how it treated sexuality, faith and the thousands of volunteers it relies upon.In an internal email to staff and volunteers he explained how a “string of stories” had been taken out of context. He criticised as “goofy” newspaper and television reports about how Dame Helen Ghosh, the former director general of the trust, was accused of “airbrushing faith” after removing the word ‘Easter’ from a traditional egg hunt amid fears it could alienate non-Christians.His end of year review email also listed other controversies the Trust triggered, including its decision to “out” as homosexual the late Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer who owned Felbrigg Hall, a move that upset many volunteers at the Norfolk property who were unconvinced he was in fact gay.Mr Parker also referred to how volunteers at that property who refused to wear a National Trust rainbow coloured lanyard to celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised would be banned from meeting and greeting the public. 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.last_img read more

Of 4500 repeat smear tests that expired 2500 have been retested

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Komsan Loonprom Of 4,500 repeat smear tests that expired, 2,500 have been retested Around half of the women who were offered the option of a retest have taken it up. 6,176 Views THE HSE HAS said that 2,572 smear tests have been rechecked, after 4,500 women were offered to be retested after their samples weren’t examined within the recommended time frame. The US laboratory examining the slides has assured that the results of the smears that have been rechecked will be reported back in the next two weeks. Over 200 results have been reported in the last week, the HSE said.On 31 January, CervicalCheck wrote to 4,459 women inviting them to have a repeat smear test. These were HPV smear tests, which is an additional process carried out on low-grade abnormality samples identified in the original cervical smear test.The rechecks were needed after the slides weren’t examined within the recommended timeframe by the US laboratory Quest Diagnostics CervicalCheck.The HSE said that “while CervicalCheck’s clinical team was and is assured that these HPV tests are likely to remain effective outside the manufacturer’s recommended timeframe and that the risk of incorrect results is low, in order to provide complete reassurance we invited these women to attend for a repeat smear test”. Short URL 11 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4564002 Mar 27th 2019, 5:46 PM center_img Image: Shutterstock/Komsan Loonprom Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 5:46 PM Since 8 February, 2,572 repeat smear test samples have been received incrementally by Quest Diagnostics.“While we are aware that the establishment of the ICT system for dealing with these tests took longer than anticipated, Quest are confident that remaining results will be reported to women within the next two weeks.”Separately, a backlog in CervicalCheck smear tests has led to the waiting time for results to be extended from 2-4 weeks to over 20 weeks.This article has been corrected to reflect that there aren’t ~2,000 smear tests waiting to be checked – instead just 2,572 women have accepted the offer of a retest, of the total of 4,459 to whom the offer was extended. Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

Alaska des Inuits participent à un trafic despèces protégées

first_imgAlaska : des Inuits participent à un trafic d’espèces protégéesUn trafic d’espèces menacées basé sur un système d’échange avec des Inuits a été mis au jour en Alaska, sur une île de la mer de Béring. Pour de l’argent, mais aussi des cigarettes, de la marijuana ou des munitions, des Inuits vendaient des défenses de morses et des peaux d’ours polaires.La police de l’Alaska a démantelé un trafic de produits issus d’espèces protégées auquel participaient des Inuits vivant sur une île en mer de Béring. Comme le rapporte le Huffington Post, des Inuits disposant de permis de chasse échangeaient des peaux d’ours polaire et des défenses de morse contre de l’argent, des armes, des cigarettes, et de la marijuana.Devant la Cour fédérale du district d’Alaska, les trois Inuits impliqués dans ce trafic ont plaidé coupable. Chez eux, des crânes, des dents, des os de mâchoire et d’autres morceaux de cadavres d’animaux ont été découverts. Au total, ils auraient échangé une quantité d’ivoire dont la valeur est estimée à plus de 15.000 euros, et près de 2.000 euros de fourrures. Cette affaire prouve qu’il existe une quantité importante de produits issus d’animaux sauvages illégalement échangé, en violation du droit fédéral”, a déploré Kevin Feldis, le chef de la division criminelle du bureau du Procureur des Etats-Unis à Anchorage. “Malheureusement, souligne-t-il, la question de la faune sauvage est un problème pour l’Alaska”. La loi fédérale de cet Etat permet aux populations locales vivant dans les régions côtières de l’Alaska de chasser et tuer des morses et des ours populaires à des fins de subsistance. Des permis sont alors délivrés, mais la loi interdit normalement à ceux qui en disposent de revendre les produits issus de cette chasse à des personnes non-autochtones. Le 30 juillet 2011 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Green Door prison moving ahead despite criticism

first_img Parliament Officially Says Goodbye to Portia Simpson Miller Recommended for you Providenciales, TCI July 20, 2017 — The TCI Government is moving ahead the controversial Green Door prison amidst numerous objections to the relocation. Today’s Cabinet note said an information paper was received from the Minister of Infrastructure and Planning which gave an update on the proposal to use Green Door on Grand Turk as temporary accommodation for low-risk prisoners. Cabinet had received notes from recent consultations and will issue a notice to address concerns. However, essentials works  will be carried out to begin the prison relocation.  Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, George Lightbourne called the proposed prisoner relocation a “grave mistake” in May saying that the facility could have negative effects on tourism and to students and staff of the TCI Community College, which is near the building.#MagneticMediaNews#GreenDoorPrison Related Items:Green Door Prison, Magnetic Media News Wealth Fund passed in House of Assemblycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Premier says Wealth Fund “historical & empowering”last_img read more

Twofifths used returntowork support for mental health conditions in 2018

first_imgIn 2018, almost two-fifths (39%) of employees made use of return-to-work support following time off for mental health conditions, such as stress and anxiety, according to research by employee benefits provider Unum.The Sickness absence and return to work trends report, which analysed access to Unum’s rehabilitation services in the UK in 2018, further found that return-to-work support was provided to 1,670 ill or injured individuals over the course of last year; 94% were able to agree an outcome with their employer and 75% were able to successfully return to work. In 2018, a total of 7,241 people used Unum’s rehabilitation services.Peter O’Donnell, chief executive officer at Unum, said: “We believe employers have an important role to play in building healthy and inclusive work environments, where those with mental health concerns are fully supported.”Other reasons employees took advantage of return-to-work support include musculoskeletal disorders (18%), cancer (7%), heart and circulation complaints (4%) and general injuries (3%).More than half (55%) of men sought return-to-work support compared to 45% of women in 2018; 57% of men specifically used return-to-work provisions to tackle mental health issues, rising to 68% of men under 30. Of the 646 individuals who used Unum’s rehabilitation services for mental health-related reasons in 2018, 476 were able to return to work.In 2018, Unum paid more than £42 million to group income protection claimants suffering with mental health conditions.Dr Syed Zakir Abbas, chief medical officer at Unum, added: “Decreasing stigma around mental health problems and better understanding of the benefits of early support could be contributing to more employees using our services, particularly younger men, which is a positive development.“Having access to early intervention resources for employees suffering mental ill-health can be key to supporting recovery.”last_img read more

Week In Review 3438

first_imgThursday 3/7Audio PlayerTHURSDAY-3719.mp3VmTHURSDAY-3719.mp300:00RPdCity Officials Deliver State Of Kenai Address, Kenai Elks Awards Grant To Central Peninsula Hospital, Monday 3/4Audio Player03-08-2019-THIS-WEEK-MONDAY.mp3Vm03-08-2019-THIS-WEEK-MONDAY.mp300:00RPdHEA Anticipates Base Rate Increase For 2nd Quarter 2019,  Disaster Preparedness Spotlighted At Community Resiliency Fair, Public Comment Period Open For Pebble Mine Wednesday 3/6Audio PlayerWEDNESDAY-3619.mp3VmWEDNESDAY-3619.mp300:00RPdKPEDD Updates Borough On Current Issues & Census 2020, Kenai Peninsula College Director Thanks The Borough For Support, KPB Mayor Cautions Communities to Prioritize Tuesday 3/5Audio PlayerTUESDAY-3519.mp3VmTUESDAY-3519.mp300:00RPdMan Arrested For Arson After House Fire In Nikolaevsk Village,  Free Legal Help Available For Those Affected By Cook Inlet Earthquake, Trailer Fire At Pacific Star Seafood, Field House Vote Too Close To Call: Outstanding Ballots To Determine Electioncenter_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 3/8Audio PlayerFRIDAY-3819.mp3VmFRIDAY-3819.mp300:00RPdCaring For The Kenai Selects Top 12 Students, Don’t Forget To Spring Forward For Daylight Savings, Soldotna Wildlife Trooper Gets Hearing On Marijuana Control Board Nomination, Founding Board Member For SeaLife Center In Seward Has Passed Awaylast_img read more

Avengers Endgame Who lives and who dies maybe

first_img Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… 26 Photos 2 Tags How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Endgame is here Loki makes more than a cameoThis is a confusing one. We see glimpses of the god of mischief in 2012, when he was keeping the Avengers busy for the first time. Then we see him snoozing in Asgard in 2013, during the events of The Dark World. Technically, Loki was killed by Thanos before the Snap so his death shouldn’t be remedied by the second snap. But his escape from Endgame’s 2012 timeline with the Tesseract gives us some hope. And provides a possible explanation as to how Disney Plus might pull off that Loki show with Tom Hiddleston. Look, being dead has never stopped him before.Mjölnir hammers homeI know this is technically an object. But for Thor, it has a lot of sentimental value. The hammer of the gods even has a name! Thor’s sister, Hela, destroyed Mjölnir in Thor: Ragnarok, but Thor takes the opportunity to reclaim it during his trip to 2013 Asgard. Arriving back in the present, Thor lends Mjölnir to someone worthy, but that’s another story.nullBlack Widow and Hawkeye/Ronin in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios Natasha’s sacrificeClose friends Ronin and Black Widow slug it out to be the one who self-sacrifices for the Soul Stone. In the end it’s Natasha who falls to her death. Which leaves us with a burning question: What’s happening with the solo Black Widow movie? I mean, it has a director and a cast but it’ll be a pretty short movie if the lead character is pushing up the daisies.Which brings us to the previous character who died so someone could claim the Soul Stone…Gamora’s not a gonerWhen Thanos jumps from the time of Guardians of the Galaxy to the present, his daughter Gamora comes along for the ride. Unlike Infinity War, Gamora winds up surviving this version of the timeline — but she’s actually 2014 Gamora so she hasn’t even met her lover Peter Quill yet. Luckily her sister Nebula explains how she fell for him because it was either that or a tree.Nebula takes care of herselfRedeemed and atoned 2023 Nebula kills still-faithful-to-Thanos 2014 Nebula. But since time travel in Avengers: Endgame has a tricky way of working, it’s all good. This ain’t Back to the Future — the past version of a person dying doesn’t mean the present one has to be dead.Hulk’s snapAs Hulk dons the new infinity gauntlet, Thanos’ snap is reversed. Ronin receives a call from his wife, indicating she’s back among the living… and half the universe along with her.2014 Thanos tries to spoil the reunion, but resurrected Doctor Strange manages to get the revived heroes where they’re needed. Survivors Okoye, Rocket, Potts, Valkyrie and M’Baku are joined by the Snapped who just came back to life: Black Panther, Shuri, Falcon, Drax, the chick with the antenna, Groot, Quill, Bucky, Peter Parker, Hope van Dyne and her parents, and a very pissed-off Wanda.Impaired VisionWanda may be furious about the death of her lover, the ardent android Vision, but at least she’s restored when the Snap is undone. Vision never made it back, as he was killed separately. But Disney Plus has confirmed a TV show about the couple called WandaVision, so it looks like the romantic robot will be rebuilt somehow. I am Iron ManWizardly Doctor Strange warns Tony Stark that if he told him what happened, it wouldn’t happen. So Tony employs some magic of his own to switch the Infinity Stones from Thanos’ gauntlet to Iron Man’s glove. Tony’s snap frees humanity from Thanos and his minions, but costs Tony his life.Cap takes a detourWhile on a time travel mission getting back the stones, Captain America decides to finally take a break and start living. It only takes five seconds in 2023, but judging by Steve’s face upon his return he’s had a lifetime of carpe diem with old flame Peggy Carter. 3:14 TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: So who have we lost?Bottom line: Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are gone for good. Natasha Romanoff and Vision are dead, but we suspect they’ll be back. And Loki is… well, he’s Loki. Endgame has no postcredits sequence, so we don’t know what’s next for those who survived the first decade of the MCU. Here’s to absent friends… Comments Hawkeye, War Machine, Iron Man, Captain America, Nebula, Rocket, Ant-Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios After the dust batch of Thanos’ big snap in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s impossible not to go into Avengers: Endgame believing at least a few of our favorite characters had to come back. And hoping Cap and friends would somehow find the only way — the 1-in-14-million way — to save the day and make things right again.If you haven’t watched Endgame and you’re still reading, I’m going to assume you don’t care about spoilers (which you can get plenty of here). Otherwise, consider yourself warned. I’m going to go through all the deaths, the deaths we hope may end up being something less definitive, and the actual resurrections in the latest MCU movie.Read the Spanish version of this story here. spoilers-mcuClint Barton’s family vanishesEndgame starts right where Infinity War left off. Instead of seeing countless people vanishing, we get a devastatingly intimate view of what the Snap does to loved ones as Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) heartbreakingly loses his wife and children.Cap’s beardThe next victim of the movie is Captain America’s beard. We knew this major spoiler from trailers and posters, but that doesn’t make it any easier to lose Chris Evans’ heroic hirsuteness. Hair is a major symbol of how characters change during the time jump, and Cap’s clean-shaven chin represents his optimism for a clean slate.The Psycho twistSurprise! Next to die is none other than Thanos himself (Josh Brolin). Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) cuts him down to size, and then a frustrated Thor (Chris Hemsworth) does what he wishes he’d done in Infinity War. This had me thinking Endgame might pay homage to Psycho with a bold plot twist that the movie’s main bad guy wasn’t actually the main bad guy after all. Alas, time travel came to the rescue and Endgame proved not to be a Hitchcock movie.The Infinity StonesBefore his head was separated from his body, Thanos destroyed all the Infinity Stones.nullScott Lang in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios A rat saves the dayCut to five years later, which puts us in 2023. A random rat flicks a switch and brings Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) back from the Quantum Realm. I know, he wasn’t dead, just stranded, but it’s good to have him back. Especially because he pitches the whole time heist idea to Cap and the Avengers, setting the plot in motion and ultimately saving the universe. All thanks to that rat!Valkyrie: Yasss queenWe already knew from posters showing the living in color and the dead in black and white that Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was probably OK. But it’s great to have it confirmed — and she even winds up taking Thor’s throne as leader of the Asgardians.Thanos didn’t get Korg or MiekThor’s pals from his days on Sakaar survived Thanos — although we don’t say that name. Both Korg (Taika Waititi) and Miek share the pizza, beer and video games that fill the Big Lebowski-inspired Thor’s days.Hawkeye/Ronin gets AkihikoNatasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is too stressed to cook herself a proper dinner as she searches the world for her old friend Clint Barton. Enraged by grief, he’s killing criminals who were lucky enough to survive the Snap. Natasha finds Clint just as he finishes off Akihiko (Hiroyuki Sanada), who in the comics is a member of the Yakuza’s science division the Shogun Reapers. Share your voice Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger Originally published April 25.  Thorlast_img read more

Talkeetna Airport sees busy tourist season but short of past projections

first_imgAfter a busy summer, the Talkeetna State Airport has returned to its quiet, off-season state. Local air services say they saw increases in traffic this summer.Talkeetna Air Taxi claims an 11% increase over last season for the busy months of May to September.K2 Aviation also had a busy summer, and owner Suzanne Rust attributes some of her company’s increase in business to the good flying weather. She says every day felt like the Fourth of July.Comparing total aviation numbers between 2014 and 2015 involves utilizing the Talkeetna Flight Service Airport Advisory Count, which is the number of radio calls made to flight service. Though the numbers were largely similar, May of 2015 showed an increase over last year, and July showed a decrease.Talkeetna Airport Manager Steve Hansen describes the Talkeetna State Airport as being at capacity for plane storage for the past few years. He says there are 13 lease lots, and around 43 general aviation airplanes in the summer months. There are 10 transient airplane spots that are also usually full in the summer.As part of its Regional Aviation System Plan, approved in the summer of 2008, the Mat-Su Borough did studies on airports in the Borough, including Talkeetna. The study says that Talkeetna and Willow are the two fastest growing airports in the area. At least some of the projections are much higher than the actual numbers, however. For example, the 2015 forecast for number of planes based in Talkeetna is 142. The actual number is approximately 70 aircraft.The 2001 Talkeetna Airport Master Plan projected total flights for 2015 at 44,600. This includes generation aviation, military, air taxi and transient aircraft. Based on the fact that the actual number of aircraft based in Talkeetna is less than half of the projection, the Talkeetna Airport Master Plan forecast is likely off by a large margin as well.While the numbers fall short of past projections, some evidence points to that being a consequence of capacity, and Talkeetna’s airport remains undeniably busy in the summer tourist season.last_img read more

Khalid killed RU teacher planned Gulshan attack RAB

first_imgGulshan attackMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite force, claimed on Saturday former Rajshahi University student Shariful Islam alias Khalid was involved in Rezaul Karim’s killing and was a key planner of Holey Artisan cafe attack, reports UNB. Khalid, according to RAB, is a member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and arrested from Chapainawabganj’s Nachol upazila on Friday.”The former English department student of 2010-11 session got involved in militancy through his friend Shovon. On 23 April 2016, Khalid and his cohorts killed Rezaul Karim,” RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan told a media conference in Dhaka.He went into hiding after the killing but was sentenced to death for his teacher’s murder.”He later played a key role in planning the Holey Artisan attack,” the RAB officer said.On 1 July 2016, five militants stormed the upscale café and killed 22 people, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers. It was the worst terror attack in Bangladesh’s history.Khalid went into hiding after the attack and reemerged in October 2017 to reorganise militants to destabilise the country.Quoting him, the RAB spokesperson said: “Militants affiliated with neo-JMB are trying to regroup to fill up the void left by the arrest of top militant leaders.””We are trying to arrest them quickly,” he added.last_img read more

Suspected robber lynched

first_imgA suspected robber was killed in a lynch-mob attack at Potirajpur village in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna early Saturday, reports UNB.Bahauddin Faruqi, officer-in-charge of Ishwardi police station, said that a gang of around 10 robbers looted valuables from a house at the village around 1:30am.When the robbers attempted to enter another house owned by Hafez Tajul Islam at the village, the house inmates started to scream.Following this, the locals rushed in and chased the robbers and caught one of them.The angry mob beat him to death on the spot.On information, police recovered the body, said the OC adding that the deceased could not be identified immediately.last_img read more

Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 2 Recap Making Superhero Tropes its Own

first_imgBlack Lightning Season 2 Premiere recapBlack Lightning Season 1 Finale recapBlack Lightning Season 1 Episode 12 recap Stay on target Black Lightning’s back to its usual gripping pace in its second episode. So much happens even before the opening credits. It opens with a tense-as-hell scene with Tobias and Khalil. They’re playing chess, but you know things are going to escalate. Soon, Tobias slaps Khalil across the floor for allowing Syonide to be killed. That’s not even the most shocking part of the opening. In the lab where Lynn’s researching the recovered kids the ASA experimented on, two of them suddenly come awake. The first, a young man, fires a blast of energy out of his mouth and ends up killing himself and a lab tech. The second, a young woman, escapes before Lynn can calm her down. When Jefferson hears what happened, he contacts Gambi. The young woman, it turns out, is named Wendy Hernandez. She can control the wind. If this is Black Lightning’s way of doing metahuman-of-the-week episodes, it’s potentially a unique, more empathetic take on the concept.This show always has more going on than one scared, desperate metahuman though. The human stories are where the show really shines. And things aren’t going great in the Pierce household. For one, Jefferson has to step down from his job to save the school. If that wasn’t bad enough, they’re bringing in some white dude from somewhere else to run things. As qualified as the guy probably is, Jefferson knows the families of his students aren’t going to be happy. More importantly, at a very basic level, this new guy isn’t going to know where these kids come from, or how best to help them. Jefferson was more than a good principal and mentor. He also knew the politics and allegiances of the community around him. He used that knowledge and the trust he’d built up among people from all walks of life to protect the students. The new principal won’t be able to do that. Still Jefferson has to throw his full support behind him. He will remain at the school as a teacher though. That should lead to some tense political stories down the line.Nafessa Williams as Anissa and China Anne McClain as Jennifer — Photo: Annette Brown/The CWIt’s not much better at home, where his two daughters are dealing with their powers in very different ways. Anissa is growing bolder and hungry for the fame and admiration that comes with being a superhero. As she and Black Lightning help people, she jumps on top of a car to bask in the cheers of a thankful crowd. Her father isn’t impressed. She sees it as the fun part of heroism. He sees it as a dangerous distraction. Meanwhile, Jennifer can’t control her powers and is actively resentful about having them. These tensions grow worse when Lynn brings one of her patients home. It’s Issa, the boy who took Green Light last week, died and seemingly came back from the dead. Now, he has a strange power. When he looks someone in the eye, his neck throbs and suddenly they start speaking uncomfortable truths. This show has had its share of awkward dinner conversations, but this one’s special. All the dirty laundry comes out.He does have a small, sweet scene with Jennifer where she helps him at least mitigate, if not control his power. She warns him that a power like his could be dangerous, especially if he happens to look at some gang members and cause them to start saying what they really think. With her reassurance though, he’s willing to take his chances. It’s a simple scene, but it might be the episode’s most meaningful. Jennifer’s big arc, both this season and last, is her rejecting and (hopefully) learning to accept her powers. She’s still not close to that last part. While Anissa is basking in the glory her powers bring her, Jennifer wishes they’d go away. Issa is in a similar situation. He didn’t ask for these powers, and they make his life much harder. He gives Jennifer someone to confide in, but she has to help him as well. He doesn’t have the stability she enjoys, at least for now. He doesn’t have a parent he can talk to about what’s happening. For right now, Jennifer is all he’s got.Cress Williams as Jefferson, Christine Adams as Lynn and Myles Truitt as Issa — Photo: Annette Brown/The CWShe rises the the occasion. With her help, he’s able to decide what he wants to do. He and Wendy, who Black Lightning brings in with a combination of superpowers and compassion, are given a choice. They can either go back into the pods and continue to live while the ASA (but probably mostly Lynn) searches for a cure, or they can live their lives knowing the Green Light could kill them at any moment. Issa chooses the latter option, preferring to take his chances over being locked up in a sleep pod. Wendy chooses the pod. She doesn’t want to die. Both choices are equally understandable and maddeningly unfair. Especially when you consider that the company offering this choice is the one who experimented on them in the first place. I do wish we’d gotten to see more of Wendy’s story. She was mentioned in two scenes before the one where Black Lightning brought her in. She felt like an afterthought, especially after choosing to remain in the pod where she won’t have any effect on future episodes. It’s like the writers felt there needed to be a climactic action scene, and created her just for that.This shift into the kind of episodic storytelling you see on other CW superhero shows is surprising, but Black Lightning pulled it off. It took the metahuman-of-the-week concept we’ve seen on The Flash, and took it to a personal place centered around the Pierce family. Neither escaped metahumans were villains. They were just scared kids trying to make sense of the world. Two might have been a mistake on this first go, though. Wendy’s story seriously got the short end of the stick, and that time may have been better spent on everything else going on in this episode. Issa’s story shows promise, though. As neatly packaged as his resolution felt, we know this show well enough to know that can’t be the case. Especially when, after Lynn tells Agent Odell he chose to remain free, Odell broke out into a real creepy smile. Issa will be back, and I’m guessing it’s going to be real rough for Jefferson, Lynn and especially Jennifer when he does.Jordan Calloway as Khalil/Painkiller and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias — Photo: Annette Brown/The CWI could have used more from Tobias and Khalil. Especially because we can tell it’s building up to something. That tense rooftop scene between Khalil and Jennifer wasn’t for nothing. They’re growing apart so rapidly, which is still heartbreaking after how close and cute they were back when the series first started. Now, they’re in two opposite situations, being pulled apart despite what affection might or might not remain. Jennifer’s powers are genetic. She didn’t choose them, and she resents the life they’re pushing her into. Khalil, in a moment of anger and desperation, got in with a monster to get all his strength back and more. Now, however reluctant he says he is, he’s still doing Tobias Whale’s dirty work without hesitation. That’s going to bring him up against the Pierce family eventually. And I’m real worried for Jennifer when that happens. It’ll likely take a while to get there, especially if Black Lightning maintains its thoughtful, considered approach to storytelling. (Which it probably will, especially after it was able to maintain that pace with a more episodic style story this time.) I just hope this story gets some more attention next week.Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Black Lightning:center_img ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: With Great Power last_img read more

Hans Blix calls on scientists to develop thorium nuclear fuel

first_img(Phys.org) —Call it the great thorium divide: Thorium supporters and thorium critics do not agree over claims that thorium is an alternative nuclear fuel that could ensure a better future for the planet. Nonetheless, interest continues in thorium as a safer and abundant alternative to uranium. On the side of thorium, the latest call for action has come from Hans Blix, the former UN weapons inspector and former Swedish foreign minister. Urging nuclear scientists to develop thorium as a new fuel, Blix also called on the nuclear industry to start powering reactors with thorium instead of uranium. Blix said that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium and it is also more difficult to use thorium for the production of nuclear weapons. UK stays cautious over thorium as nuclear fuel More information: www.world-nuclear-news.org/enf … _begins_2106131.html Thorium-232 crystal, prepared by the van Arkel (chemical vapour transport) process. Credit: The Actinide Group, Institute for Transuranium Elements (via Wikipedia) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Hans Blix calls on scientists to develop thorium nuclear fuel (2013, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-hans-blix-scientists-thorium-nuclear.html © 2013 Phys.org Explore further He believes efforts in turn should be made to develop thorium, as the world looks for future energy supplies. “I’m a lawyer not a scientist,” Blix told the BBC News. He acknowledged there are many obstacles ahead in turning to thorium, but development efforts should be made.Thorium is a radioactive element and there are thorium reserves in countries around the world. Scientists promoting thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel argue that is a safer, more economical way of generating nuclear power than uranium. It is also more difficult to use thorium for the production of nuclear weapons. To be sure, abundance has been a strong argument among supporters. Thorium is believed to be three times more plentiful than uranium. Oystein Asphjell, chief executive of Thor Energy, told BBC News: “There is lots of thorium in the world, very well distributed all over the globe.” As for nuclear waste, he said “we do not generate long lived waste.”As the BBC News report explained, when a uranium reactor overheats and the fuel rods can’t contain the chain reaction, as happened at Fukushima, the crisis continues. This bears contrast to the case of thorium where, if something happened to a thorium reactor, technicians could switch off the stimulus which comes from uranium or plutonium in a small feeder plant. The thorium reaction would shut itself off without any human intervention. A number of countries have explored thorium as an alternative fuel. Led by Norwegian company Thor Energy, thorium is being tested at a site in Halden, Norway. Nonetheless, critics warn that, if supporters say it is high time to turn to thorium, they say this is a poor time. Their concern is that developing new reactors could drain funds best applied elsewhere. Nils Bohmer, a nuclear physicist with Norwegian environmental NGO, Bellona, said thorium development was a distraction from the need to cut emissions immediately to stave off climate change. He called the advantages of thorium “purely theoretical,” according to the BBC.last_img read more

Whoa the worlds biggest pool is really REALLY big

first_img Travelweek Group Whoa, the world’s biggest pool is really, REALLY big Share Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Posted by ALGARROBO, CHILE — How big does a swimming pool have to be to break a Guinness world record? Over 3,300 square feet, which makes it the biggest pool in the world.You may not have heard of San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, but you’ll be sure to remember it forever after seeing these images of its record-breaking manmade lagoon. Located about 56 miles from Santiago, the resort debuted its 3,323-foot pool in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction.The result? An endless oasis that spans the length of 20 Olympic-size pools and holds 250 million litres of water.But that’s not the only incredible element about this pool. Thanks to advanced technology, its waters have the same transparency and turquoise colouring of the tropical seas located just beyond its reach. According to the Daily Mail, it uses a computer-controlled filtration system that sucks water in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out the other. Plus, the pool maintains a pleasant temperature in the summer that borders 26 degrees Celsius, about nine degrees warmer than the nearby sea temperature.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthJust to put its incredible size in perspective even further, the next largest pool in the world – the Orthlieb in Morocco – measures a mere 1,575 feet long, less than half the size of San Alfonso del Mar.But if you’re hoping to take a dip in this behemoth of a pool, you’re out of luck – it’s reserved strictly for water sports and activities like scuba diving, sailing and kayaking. For swimming, you’ll have to settle for the resort’s other numerous pools on site. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Solís seeks 1 million votes in runoff election to strengthen his mandate

first_imgCitizen Action Party (PAC) presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís announced an ambitious goal to capture 1 million votes in Costa Rica’s April 6 runoff election. Solís seeks a popular mandate to govern Costa Rica after National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Johnny Arayaannounced his exit from the race this week.Solís said his campaign is active despite Araya’s stepping down, and that he is still focused on winning over voters.“I want to think, instead of saying a percentage, that we can mobilize a million votes,” Solís said, according to the daily La Nación.Solís expressed concern Wednesday night that the apparently empty field would discourage voters from coming out to the polls. The former diplomat worried that low turnout could weaken his mandate and give his presidency a shaky start.Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, said that the lack of a challenger could give Solís the chance to focus on building broader support and consensus.“If Solís wins this would allow him to have a healing message and in some ways a more traditional Costa Rican message of unity and strength of institutions,” the think-tank expert told The Tico Times.Rotsay Rosales, professor of political science at the University of Costa Rica, was dubious about how the election’s changing circumstances would benefit Solís. “He’ll have the symbolic support that democracy and his party requires but it won’t be enough” to stave off criticisms about his legitimacy, Rosales said.If PAC wins the election, Solís will face a weakened but still formidable PLN in the Legislative Assembly. The PLN still owns the majority of the seats in the Assembly.“Liberation might call themselves the opposition, but they’re the biggest opposition,” Rosales added, noting that during Feb. 2 elections PLN won 18 seats in the 57-seat legislature. PAC won the next largest block with 13 seats.More than 3 million Costa Ricans are registered to vote. Voter abstention in the first round exceeded 30 percent, according to the Supreme Elections Tribunal, and observers expect it to increase in the second round. With his opponent choosing to stop campaigning, Solís estimated that abstention would likely increase by 10 or 15 percent for the runoff, according to La Nación.“If 40 percent stay home that’s a short-term concern. But at the end of the day he’s still going to be president,” Farnsworth said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslidelast_img read more

Costa Ricas Environment Ministry to hire 150 new park rangers

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s famed Manuel Antonio National Park will close on Mondays starting this month Costa Rica expands Braulio Carrillo National Park  Costa Rica sets higher park entrance fees in bid for more revenue for protected areas Prison sentence for Costa Rica park ranger raises questions about on-the-job protections Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez Espeleta said Monday he will hire 150 new park rangers to strengthen surveillance at Costa Rica’s national parks and protected areas.Gutiérrez made the announcement during the celebration of National Parks Day and added that ministry officials also are working to improve recruitment in order to expedite the replacement of rangers who resign or retire.President Luis Guillermo Solís said he fully supports the measure and added “much remains to be done, but we are making every effort to preserve Costa Rica’s most valuable resource, our national parks.”Protected areas account for more than 25 percent of Costa Rica’s territory and most of the country’s main ecosystems are found within them. There are 28 national parks and 11 conservation areas, according to the Environment Ministry.The country’s protected areas also encompass some of the biggest fresh water sources, and their natural attractions such as beaches, volcanoes and forests are some of the most visited by both domestic and foreign tourists.August 24 was declared National Parks Day in 1984 when President Luis Alberto Monge Álvarez signed into law all decrees that created the country’s national parks. Facebook Commentslast_img read more