The Australian Men’s Open game against New Zealand was one of the highlights of the day, and lived up to all expectations. Australia got out to an early lead, and nothing separated the teams at half time, locked up at three-all.The second half was just as thrilling as the first, with New Zealand eventually taking the game by one touchdown, 5-4. In the Men’s Open’s earlier games, Australia defeated Scotland 23-2. The Mixed Open team continued its impressive form on day two, with three big wins. Australia were 20-0 winners over Switzerland in their first game, and defeated Catalonia 18-1 in game two. Game three saw the side up against South Africa, with Australia taking out the game 12-2. The touchdowns kept coming for the Australian Women’s Open team on day two when they met the England Women’s Open team. In their only game of the day, Australia were 16-1 winners. The Men’s 30’s continued on their winning ways on day two, despite a number of injuries in the side. They started their day with a 14-2 win over Japan and were11-4 winners over England on Thursday afternoon. After their win over New Zealand on the first day, the Australian Senior Mixed side continued their winning ways on Thursday, with two wins. The side were 9-4 winners over South Africa in their first game of the day, and defeated England 14-3 in their second game. The Men’s 35’s were also winners in their only game of the day, defeated South Africa 9-3 on Thursday afternoon. The Australian Men’s 40’s made it four wins from their five games so far, with two wins on day two. The Men’s 40’s were 13-0 winners over Ireland, and defeated Wales 18-1. Stay up to date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 World Cup in the following ways:Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Twitter:www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus YouTube:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
Brighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jose Gimenez hopes to be able to play alongside Diego Godin at Atletico Madrid for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with Inter.Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the Uruguay centre-back has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter in July.The 32-year-old, who turned down a move to Premier League giants Manchester United at the start of the campaign, has called Atletico home since arriving from LaLiga rivals Villarreal in 2010. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Gimenez wants international and club team-mate Godin to remain in the Spanish capital.”There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said following Atletico’s 1-1 draw at Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday.”But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”Gimenez is not alone in wanting to Godin to stay with Atleti either. | PRESS CONFERENCE @JoseMaGimenez13 analyses our 1-1 draw against @GironaFC https://t.co/fRtguQ9CnN #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/yEDzXZSNal — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 9, 2019 Ahead of Wednesday’s match midfielder Koke also backed the defender to stay on, saying he believes the club will be able to reach an agreement with the Uruguayan and that Godin would want to stay around. “Godin? I think he will want to stay on with us,” he told Marca . “He will have to talk with the club but I am sure they will find an agreement. “Many clubs are interested in Atletico Madrid players, it is also up to the player to choose.” Godin played a major part in Atletico’s La Liga triumph in 2013-14 and had been regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe as part of Diego Simeone’s side. Atletico, having earned 1-1 draws in each of their first two matches of 2019, return to the pitch Sunday to take on Levante in La Liga.
India Today Web Desk AucklandFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 15:37 IST India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket match (BCCI Photo)A strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 International at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India don’t have a lot of time to introspect with just 24 hours separating the two games.It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.What time does the 2nd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The second T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 8, Friday at the Eden Park in Auckland.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland from 12.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Kane Williamson India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket matchIndia vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 2nd T20I Live Streaming: India take on New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. New Zealand won the first T20 by 80 runs and lead the three-match series 1-0.advertisement
The province is awarding $772,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Central Region. Twenty-two grants were announced today, June 27, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Government believes in supporting organizations and recreations facilities because they help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives,” said MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The grants were announced at the Upper Sackville Recreation Facility, near Weir Field, which received $100,000 for turf resurfacing. “Recreational facilities provide support to many community-based soccer programs and organizations in our rural community,” said Ward Dicks, president of Springfield Lake Recreation Association. “We extend a sincere thank you to the province and the Department of Health and Wellness for recognizing the value of our contribution to the community, and for enabling us to keep the soccer programs housed in this facility going for many years to come.” The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
OTTAWA – Canadians are all too often getting a busy signal or a message to hang up and try back later when they try to contact the taxman by telephone, says the federal auditor general’s latest report to Parliament.And when they do get through to the Canada Revenue Agency call centre, the report says they are getting bad information more often than the agency has been willing to admit publicly.The agency has boasted that 90 per cent of callers are able to connect when they reach out for service either through a telephone self-service centre or by speaking to a call centre agent.But that doesn’t take into account the fact that, on average, a taxpayer has to call about four times in a week just to get through to the agency, or the fact that more than half of the calls are blocked outright due to volume, said auditor general Michael Ferguson.“We found that the agency’s numbers didn’t account for the 29 million calls it blocked in a year — more than half of its total call volume,” Ferguson said.“Those calls either get a busy signal, a message to visit the agency’s website, or a message to call back later.”Overall, only 36 per cent of calls to the tax agency were able to connect, said the report.“Based on our tests — and those done by others — we found that the Canada Revenue Agency gave taxpayers wrong answers to their questions almost 30 per cent of the time,” said Ferguson.“This rate is significantly higher than the roughly six and a half per cent error rate estimated by the agency.”In its written response to the report, the government said it agreed on the need to improve the accuracy of information provided to taxpayers.To that end, the CRA said it will launch a new system early next year for training its call centre agents.It also acknowledged that its current call centre technology is “outdated” and will be upgraded.
Then-sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith less than two weeks until Ohio State kicks off against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, The Lantern countdown of the most important Buckeyes enters its final stages.No. 2: Taylor Decker, junior offensive linemanOn an offensive line littered with competition and unknowns, one bastion of the block stands tall.When he first arrived on campus in 2012, the 6-foot 7-inch, 315-pound behemoth was described by coach Urban Meyer as glossy-eyed and unsure of his place in the OSU football program.Now, Meyer uses words like “captain” and “leader” in reference to No. 68.In what will be his first season as the premier pass-blocker on the offensive line at left tackle for the Buckeyes, Taylor Decker is going to need to live up to his coach’s hype if the Buckeyes are to succeed in 2014.Two days ago, I might have typed that last phrase with a grain of salt, but today, following the news of Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury, it might be understated.With Miller’s incredible ability to be an improvisational playmaker on the field, Decker might have gotten away with “decent” performances game in and game out.But instead, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, a much more pocket-friendly passer, will line up for the Buckeyes behind center, and the moment he does, Decker’s play will be increasingly magnified.That magnification follows the initial change that comes with Decker’s move from right to left tackle.Those who know the “x’s and o’s” of right tackle surely understand that right tackles, while definitely important to any football team, are certainly not in the same league as left tackles.Left tackles are most often the strongest offensive linemen in terms of their size, their footwork and their technique because they’re employed to protect the quarterback and — if he’s a right-handed passer — his “blindside.”When there comes a failure of a left tackle to protect a quarterback’s blindside, a domino-effect of issues gets set in motion.Unaware of the pressure coming from a defensive end as the result of a bad effort from the left tackle, the quarterback will often get sacked, starting that domino-effect. When a quarterback gets sacked too often, more bad things start to happen. He might fumble the ball, or he might get antsy and start making bad throws or interceptions — all as the result of failure from the left tackle.So, the pressure of the left tackle position is squarely on the shoulders of Decker. That pressure might have been alleviated a bit by a quarterback like Miller — who made a living off of avoiding pressure with uncanny speed and awareness — but instead, will be amplified by a quarterback like Barrett, who likes to stick in the pocket.Now, to add even more pressure onto the massive shoulders of Decker, the rest of the offensive line is unsettled, so he has the responsibility of leading the younger, more unexperienced players that will eventually make up the protective unit up front.If all of this doesn’t convince you that Decker could arguably be the absolute most important Buckeye heading into the 2014 season, I don’t know what will.Luckily for OSU fans, the once-mystified Decker seems to now be ready to shoulder the massive responsibility and pressure that surrounds him.
Remember when we told you that Facebook was racking up 1 trillion page views in just a single month? In addition to that enormous statistic, Google reported in June that Facebook saw 870 million unique page views. While both are impressive numbers, it still left us wondering how much time each of these unique visitors was spending on the social networking site? According to a Nielsen report, Facebook users in the U.S. spent 53.5 billion minutes during the month of May surfing the social network.Americans spend more time on Facebook than on any other website. If 53 billion minutes sounds like a lot, after breaking it down by the number of users, it’s really not that much. Although there are reportedly over 750 million Facebook users worldwide, May’s number accounts for the 150 million users in the U.S alone, which means that each user spends about 353 minutes per month on the site. Breaking it down even further, each user spends an average of nearly 12 minutes per day, or 5.8 hours a month, on Facebook.However, according to comScore’s Media Metrix report from April, the U.S. isn’t even the largest culprit in time spent on social networks. Israel spends about 10.7 hours a month, and Russia spends about 10.3 hours a month on such networks.Interestingly enough, the second website that saw the most time spent in the month of May was Yahoo! with 17.2 billion minutes. Google was in third place with 12.5 billion minutes. Does that mean that people are able to find what they’re looking for faster with Google search rather than Yahoo!, or does it just mean more people prefer Yahoo!?As for the other social media companies, Google’s Blogger platform saw 723 million minutes spent in May and Tumblr saw 623 million minutes of time spent in May. Tumblr actually nearly tripled its unique U.S. audience over the last year, which is pretty impressive.The report also showed that more women than men watched video on social networks and blogs, but men spent 9 percent more time watching the streams. Also, more time was spent on Facebook in May than watching YouTube videos in June. According to Nielsen, the average time spent per viewer on YouTube in June was 2 hours and 37 minutes. Sites with more full-length videos and movies, like Hulu and Netflix, saw more time streaming with 3 hours and 42 minutes, and 8 hours and 34 minutes, respectively.So, people are spending more time on Facebook than watching YouTube videos. However, this doesn’t take into account watching YouTube videos on Facebook, which is something we’re doing more and more these days as people are posting videos straight to their walls and to their friend’s walls.Nielsen, via Gizmodo
Back in February 2010 NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory–a 3-axis stabilized satellite and fully redundant spacecraft that will observe the Sun for five years. It has five years of additional fuel on board if NASA decides to extend the mission, though.The aim of the SDO is to monitor solar activity and see how that impacts space weather. On board it has the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) consisting of four telescopes, the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) that measures the Sun’s ultraviolet output, and the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) that maps solar magnetic fields and helps map the sun’s magnetic dynamo.As part of its observations, the SDO captures an image of the Sun every 12 seconds using the AIA, but varies those shots across 10 different wavelengths.NASA has now collected 3 year’s worth of image data from the SDO and has put together the video you see below. The images represent the wavelength of 171 Angstroms, which shows solar material at 600,000 Kelvin. To create the four minute video NASA used 2 images per day. You may notice that the Sun seems to get bigger and smaller during playback, but that’s simply due to the distance between the SDO and Sun varying as the satellite orbits the Earth at 6,876mph.The video also includes a number of key events, which are listed below along with their timestamp in the video:30 seconds: partial Sun eclipse by the Moon31 seconds: SDO performs a roll maneuver1m 11s: x6.9 solar flare, the largest of this solar cycle (August 9, 2011)1m 28s: Comet Lovejoy passes by (December 15, 2011)1m 49s: SDO performs a roll maneuver1m 51s: Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun (transit of Venus) (June 5, 2012)2m 28s: partial Sun eclipse by the MoonThe Sun has a regular 11-year cycle for its solar activity, of which SDO has captured the peak period conveyed in this video. It is hoped with continued monitoring we will be able to better predict the weather in space as well as getting some more very cool videos from NASA.
Acta : le traité secret qui effraie les internautesMardi, les représentants de trente-neuf États se sont réunis à Mexico pour débuter la septième phase de négociations visant à lutter contre différentes formes de contrefaçon en ligne. Les discussions tournent autour de l’industrie pharmaceutique mais traitent surtout de la protection des droits d’auteur sur Internet.Les défenseurs des libertés individuelles sur le Web traquent la moindre fuite émanant de cette réunion mondiale. Aucune information officielle n’est pour le moment diffusée, il est donc difficile de faire le tri parmi toutes les rumeurs qui circulent. À lire aussiCETA, un accord EU-Canada qui menace la liberté sur Internet ?L’heure est à la méfiance. Les internautes craignent pour leurs libertés individuelles. Selon certaines sources, le texte négocié permettrait aux fournisseurs d’accès de révéler l’identité des internautes suspectés de piratage grâce à leur adresse IP, sans passer par un juge. Les douaniers pourraient, quant à eux, fouiller le contenu des supports de stockage comme les disques durs ou les lecteurs MP3, puis les saisir en cas de besoin.Cette réunion secrète, souvent associée à un Hadopi mondial, réunit, entre autres, les États-Unis, le Canada et l’Union européenne. Le site Wikileaks était le premier à diffuser des documents abordant le futur traité. Cependant, la Commission européenne dément que ces documents soient en lien avec les discussions en cours.De son côté, Google, particulièrement réfractaire, a organisé un débat à Washington. Reporters Sans Frontière parle de “menace internationale pour la liberté d’expression sur Internet”.Le 30 janvier 2010 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
A bord de l’ISS, Paolo Nespoli fait de Twitter son notebook spatial L’astronaute Paolo Nespoli aime observer la Terre et l’espace puis la Station spatiale internationale. Passionné, il met un point d’honneur à rendre accessible au plus grand nombre ce que peu d’hommes ont la chance de voir de leurs propres yeux. Il prend plaisir à poster de nombreuses photos sur son compte Twitter pour illustrer ses récits de voyage spatial. Envoyé dans l’espace pour une mission de près de deux mois, Paolo Nespoli est ingénieur. Et malgré un emploi du temps bien chargé, l’astronaute a tout de même trouvé le temps de se laisser aller, chaque jour, à l’une de ses occupations favorites : “tweeter” afin de partager avec le plus grand nombre ce qu’il voit de l’espace. “Je souhaiterais que tout le monde puisse avoir la possibilité de regarder la Terre vue de l’espace. Mais cela n’est pas encore possible. Alors je suis heureux de fournir ces images”, a-t-il expliqué. Et il semblerait que ses nombreux messages, illustrés de photos uniques et étonnantes, remportent un franc succès puisqu’en tout juste deux mois, sur @astro_paolo, l’astronaute a été suivi par près de 20.000 internautes férus d’évasions spatiales. Sur le site Flickr, Paolo Nespoli fait également fureur en comptabilisant presque deux millions de pages vues ! Un engouement évident qui le propulse dans la sphère médiatique et lui vaudra, peut-être, le prix Shorty (les Oscars de Twitter) dans la catégorie Science.À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LuneDans une salle composée de sept fenêtres, baptisée la Coupole, Paolo Nespoli peut voir la Terre sur 180°. Et c’est de cette pièce unique qu’il tire ses précieuses photos. A chaque fois, il est émerveillé par le spectacle qu’y s’offre à lui, toujours changeant. En effet, comme la station spatiale se déplace très rapidement, la vue que l’on peut avoir depuis la Coupole change tout le temps, tout comme l’éclairage, en fonction de la saison et de la position du Soleil. Des conditions qui font de chaque cliché, des images uniques.Depuis qu’il a débuté ce photo-reportage, Paolo Nespoli a réussi à photogtaphier les pyramides d’Egypte ou encore la Grande Muraille de Chine. Aujourd’hui, il rêve d’offrir aux internautes qui le suivent une vue imprenable des lignes de Nazca au Pérou. Découvrez les images réalisées par l’astronaute sur Maxisciences.Le 14 février 2011 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Steven Gerrard was left satisfied with Rangers’ 2-0 win over FK Shkupi in a Europa League qualifier, but insisted that they have still got “a lot of work to do” ahead of the second legThe Ibrox side put in a controlled display in their first qualifying round tie with a Jamie Murphy first-half goal and James Tavernier’s penalty in the latter stages of the game securing Gerrard a 2-0 win in his first ever competitive game in charge at senior level.While pleased to have got a critical clean sheet, Gerrard was left to rue the missed opportunities Rangers had.“I think there are a lot of positives to take from the game,” he told Rangers TV, via Sky Sports.“We’ve won it, got a clean sheet, I thought we defended really well.“We got the second goal in the end but one concern would be that we didn’t win the game a lot more comfortably and put the whole tie to bed tonight. I thought we created enough to win more convincingly so we’re still in a tie, we’re still in a game and there is still a lot of work to do.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.The clean sheet is a big advantage heading into the return leg at Macedonia.“I think the clean sheet is very important and it was nice to get a bit of relief with the second goal,” added Gerrard.“I don’t think we can create any of the players’ effort or commitment or application tonight, I thought they gave it everything and the fans stayed with them all the way through so I’m very pleased about a lot of it. The only thing is we didn’t win the game more convincingly.“We controlled a lot of it, most of it, we were a bit careless at times in a few moments but it’s the first real game and people are trying to over-impress, people are a bit tense and are still searching for that full sharpness and full fitness. All in all though, yes, I’m satisfied.“We all have to look forward to Tuesday and realise that we’re still in a game, it’s not over and there is still a lot of work to do.”
More than half (55%) of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by flexibility and a greater work-life balance when considering a new job role, up from 37% in 2015, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Global Accounting Network.The CIMA 2016 salary insights report, which surveyed 3,460 student accountant CIMA members and 4,467 qualified CIMA members, also found that 52% of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by financial reward.The research also found:42% of qualified accountant respondents cite a good working environment as a main motivator.More than half (53%) of student accountant respondents are influenced by financial reward when considering a new role.36% of student accountant respondents are motivated by a good working environment when considering a new role.Adrian O’Connor (pictured), founding partner at the Global Accounting Network, said: “In the future, it is likely that both accounting professionals and employers will become increasingly open-minded about the benefits of working outside of non-traditional office hours. Good talent is in short supply and [organisations] need to be competitive to secure the best skills. Slow adopters in terms of flexibility risk missing out on the best people.“It is to be expected that motivators differ between the student accountant and the qualified accountant demographics. Flexible working is arguably more valuable for professionals later in their careers when they are more likely to have caring responsibilities or are just looking to slow the pace. Students, on the other hand, are right to seek out opportunities for development and challenging work to help build their skills and experience for the future.”
The Department of Law has let out a trickle of state documents concerning the National Guard, in response to a lawsuit filed by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. Their search turned up over 10,000 records that require legal review, but the first batch is made up of just a handful of personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Download AudioOn November 7, 2010, the governor’s sexual assault response coordinator, Katie TePas, sat down with a National Guard chaplain about trouble in the force. Two hours later, she e-mailed her meeting notes from her personal account to the personal account of Chief of Staff Mike Nizich.Much of the e-mail is redacted, because of executive privilege. But between the black boxes, TePas wrote that the chaplain, Lt. Col. Richard Koch, appeared to be “very credible.” Koch documented concerns with National Guard leadership, with specific complaints about then-Adjutant General Thomas Katkus, and wanted a guarantee that Katkus would not be informed of the complaints against him. Koch told TePas that he feared reprisal, and so did victims of sexual assault.“Koch has had several contacts with victims of sexual assault who have not come forward due to fear of reprisal and actual reprisal. One of those victims is an officer,” TePas wrote in the e-mail.The TePas e-mail was part of a set of five released by the Department of Law on Monday, one month after the Office of the Governor denied a request for state records sent to and from Chief of Staff Mike Nizich’s personal account. The other four e-mails have already been shared with the press outside of official channels.The thread is between Nizich and chaplain Koch, with Koch e-mailing Nizich with concerns about the Guard three times and with a two-week lag time before getting a brief response from Nizich acknowledging receipt of the e-mails. The correspondence discusses the sexual assault of young women, credit card fraud to the “tune of over $200,000,” and the trade of illegal drugs.The thread is identical in format to the leaked e-mails, with time and date stamps missing for half of the messages.The documents are accompanied by a certification that Nizich searched his non-State of Alaska e-mail account for responsive records, that all such documents have been turned over, and that no other e-mails were sent to or from his personal account “to the best of [his] knowledge and recollection.”Nizich’s personal e-mails are only one part of the records request submitted by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. The Department of Law also searched the state e-mail system for specific key words related to National Guard misconduct and turned up over 10,000 documents. The Department provided a 352-page log of those e-mails, including parties involved and subject line, and a team of attorneys is currently reviewing them to make sure they are germane to the request and do not fall under an exception to the public records law. Responsive e-mails are to be released on a rolling basis, according to a memorandum signed October 22.The records request lawsuit was filed October 8, after the Office of the Governor took four months to deny a records request from Alaska Public Media concerning their response to misconduct in the National Guard.
Muzaffarnagar: A 30-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his residence in Khalapar locality here, a year after his divorce, police said on Sunday. The man, Shehzad, was living at his relatives’ house and took the extreme step on Saturday, they said. When the relatives received no response after knocking at the door of Shehzad’s room, they informed the police. A police team broke open the door and found his body hanging from the ceiling, they said. He was divorced from his wife a year ago and was probably under stress due to which he committed suicide, police said.
parliamentThe sitting of the Jatiya Sangsad resumed at 11.02am Sunday with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.The day’s proceedings began with recitation from the Holy Quran.
Supreme CourtThe High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to form a 15-member independent national probe committee to survey the fitness of public transports in the country.The order came in the wake of recurring road crashes that claimed hundreds of lives in recent months.Secretary of road transport and bridges ministry, home ministry and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) chairman were asked to form the body within a short time, reports UNB.A bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after hearing on a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Tanvir Ahmed in the form of public interest litigation (PIL).The probe committee was directed to submit a report within three months.The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the failure of the authorities concerned in monitoring the fitness of public transports won’t be declared illegal.The authorities concerned were asked to respond the rule within four weeks.The HC rule came following Sunday’s road crash, which claimed lives of two students as a bus ploughed on them in front of Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital.Students, across the city have been demonstrating since then at different places demanding punishment of the drivers responsible for the accident and apology from the shipping minister for his comments.The minister was, reportedly, smiling while answering to questions of newsmen regarding the accident after one hour of the incident.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested, however, two drivers and two helpers of three buses on Monday.
Kubo and The Two Strings is a movie I was actually a little bit apprehensive about. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good – even if I wasn’t totally in love with Box Trolls, Laika Animation is pretty much batting a thousand at this point – and I’m the sort of movie fan who’d watch a documentary about elephant dung cleanup if you stuck the words “MAGICAL SAMURAI ARMOR” somewhere in there.But sometimes you can see the something straining to not just be good but to be applauded for the stature of those aspirations, and that can be a little off-putting. And let’s face it: Nothing sends Western animation producers into unintended cringe mode more reliably than tackling Eastern mythology. The spectacle of a studio that openly fancies itself to be the “artisanal Pixar” doing their best Studio Ghibli impression absolutely had the potential to bring out that innate inferiority complex that manifests as an overcompensating urge to prove that one WAS, in fact, “way into” anime before Dragon Ball Z launched stateside.What an immense joy to discover then that Kubo and The Two Strings is one of the sharpest little movies of 2016 and (easily) the best animated offering of the entire summer – And not just because the only competition was a talking-fish sequel and a movie about sexually adventurous groceries; because I liked both of those. But Kubo is absolutely something special, a combination of the sort of delicate character-driven art piece that Laika (the spiritual-successor to the legendary Will Vinton studios) has always thrived on and a deceptively simple hero’s journey with enough big action and sly humor to potentially gift the critically hailed studio its first out-and-out blockbuster.Is it as good as previous high water mark Paranorman? Well, no, but few things are. But it’s definitely the best Laika has pulled off otherwise since bursting onto the scene with Coraline, proving that these people know their stuff and can deliver even if you’re not 100% enthralled with their “Whole Foods to Disney’s 7/11” self-image (let’s face it, this is the one production house in Hollywood for whom setting a kid’s movie to a George Harrison song covered by Regina Spektor isn’t a surprising decision.) Quality is quality.An original story borrowed copiously from a grab bag of Japanese folklore influences, Kubo is about a kid with an eyepatch living in a remote feudal Japanese fishing village who uses his magical ability to bring origami creatures to life (there’s a fun joke about whether this actually “counts” as origami in the proper sense) with his guitar to support his similarly magical but injured and increasingly distant mother as a street performer. He entertains villagers with epic stories he’s unable to finish because his mother has forbidden him from staying out past sunset – a rule whose purpose becomes clear when he breaks it and finds himself set upon by demonic beings of godlike power who want to steal his remaining eye. Rescued by his mother’s intervention, Kubo is dispatched to find means of protecting himself by reuniting a set of magical armor bequeathed to him by his father, a legendary Samurai warrior said to have died defending him. Eventually joined by powerful allies in the form of Charlize Theron as Monkey and Matthew McConaughey’s half-insect warrior Beetle, he sets out to find the treasures and destroy his enemies.Not precisely the most original storyline on the planet, to be sure – in fact, from a certain perspective it’s basically an unofficial Legend of Zelda movie – but the story isn’t really the point. The point here is to savor the intricately animated action sequences and to drink in the potent mood of the piece, which brings a kinetic edge to Laika’s signature detail-heavy, slightly melancholy production design (in that respect, it’s probably the best Zelda movie anyone is going to make anytime soon). Where flaws exist is indeed on the narrative side, in as much as a pair of twists involving Monkey and Beetle are a bit too easy to guess and Act 3 relies a bit much on those fantasy quest scenarios where people suddenly grasp arbitrary rules of magic because the plot needs them to. Minor quibbles, though, and worth it to savor great vocal turns like Theron’s stoic badass Monkey, Rooney Mara as a pair of twin henchwomen who’ll be a big hit on the cosplay circuit, and Ralph Fiennes as a surprisingly sinister villain.Besides, the reason to watch Laika movies is to ogle the production design (which, as ever, is simply stunning here) and to marvel at the incredibly detailed stop-motion animation. As with previous features, the meticulously constructed models and astonishing 3D-printed facial expressions make little attempt to hide their handcrafted, artificial origins; which turns even the subtlest scene into a jaws dropping spectacle of sheer human effort – whether we’re staring slack-jawed at the superhuman effort that must have gone into making strands of hair and billowing robes move realistically or thrilling to fight scenes as intricately choreographed as anything in the live-action or anime canon. One showstopper in particular is said to involve the largest individual stop-motion puppet ever animated; and there’s a traditional Laika “how we pulled THAT off” mid-credits demonstration that made me gasp out loud – and will likely be the origin-story for an entire generation of future animators.Yes, fine; a stop-motion Miyazaki riff was going to be gushed over by animation snobs no matter what, but much like the (otherwise utterly different) Sausage Party you can believe the hype. Kubo and The Two Strings is one of the year’s best films – a miniature masterpiece you MUST experience in theaters.***1/2 (3.5 out of 4 stars)
You may have seen posters for “Nabucco,” the opera playing the next two weekends at the National Theater, produced by the National Lyric Company. Perhaps you saw the image of a golden lion and thought,That looks interesting. But what on earth is it about?The story concerns King Nebuchadnezzar II, the Babylonian king who scoffed at the Hebrew God and lost his mind for seven years. When you think of the Bible, he probably isn’t the first person to come to mind: Unlike more well-known figures, Nebuchadnezzar didn’t see burning bushes, he didn’t turn to salt, and he didn’t spend time inside a whale. His story of Bronze Age hubris is complicated, and even his name is hard to pronounce. So who would revisit this dusty episode in the Book of Daniel?Giuseppe Verdi, it turns out. The Italian composer was so taken with Nebuchadnezzar that he created a four-act opera in 1841, and the production basically sealed his reputation as one of the great masters of the 19th century. Indeed, “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” is among the most famous and beloved arias in operatic history.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6JN0l7A_mEIf you’re trying epic opera for the first time, there are some things you should know: The performance is long (four acts) and gigantic (130 musicians and singers). The libretto is in Italian – like most traditional opera – but the action should be clear enough to follow. The Bronze Age costumes and scenery promise to be spectacular, making full use of the refurbished National Theater stage. (The National Theater was originally constructed in 1897 with the intention of presenting opera and other genres, and the Lyric Company has continued the tradition to this day).It’s not every day you get to see the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This weekend, you’ll have that chance.“Nabucco” can be seen July 31–Aug. 10 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Thu. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,000-30,000 ($4-60). Info: National Theater website. Facebook Comments Related posts:A national festival, a grand old opera and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Nabucco’ brings Verdi’s epic to life The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica
THE BISHOP of Constantia Vasilios sent a letter to mayors of the Famagusta district informing them that his bishopric decided to ban photo-shoots of couples outside churches and chapels after civil weddings.The reason was a photo published in the British press recently and circulated on social media, showing a newly-wed couple from the UK simulating oral sex outside the Ayia Thekla chapel in Ayia Napa. The Constantia Bishopric said that it had reported the incident to the Attorney-general.This type of wedding photos were becoming a trend, said the bishopric, which fears that more of its churches could become the background of such “obscene scenes”.“The trend among foreign couples, having their civil marriage ceremonies in Cyprus, circulating on the internet ‘wedding’ photos with obscene scenes is alarming,” the letter said.The bishop said that he has already reported this case to the AG, as it was a violation of public decency, and demanded action.“To avoid similar incidents, we decided to forbid photo-shoots of civil marriages outside churches and chapels,” the letter said.The couple from the UK, Mark and Samantha Simons, married in a civil ceremony in May in Cyprus. They told The Sun newspaper last week they took the photo “for a laugh”.A similar photo of another couple, taken on the Greek island of Rhodes, caused the ire of the local bishop who banned all foreign weddings at the chapel of Ayios Pavlos. The couple could now be sued by others that had to cancel civil wedding ceremonies at the Rhodes chapel, The Sun said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola