Akshay Ramesh EdgbastonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 09:03 IST World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson’s unbeaten hundred helped New Zealand clinch a thriller vs South Africa on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa slumped to their 4th loss of World Cup 2019 on WednesdayKane Williamson’s unbeaten hundred helped New Zealand gun down a 242-run targetSouth Africa captain spoke about the feeling in the dressing room after yet another heartbreaking loss South Africa captain Faf du Plessis opened up about the game-changing over of Imran Tahir wherein Kane Williamson was handed a reprieve in New Zealand’s tense chase of 242 in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.Both teams were sloppy in the field in New Zealand’s thrilling win but South Africa’s errors cost them more as they did not put a lot on the board on a sluggish track at Edgbaston in Birmingham.New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportImran Tahir’s 38th over just summed up South Africa’s campaign as they handed well-set New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme a reprieve each, letting their much-win match slip away.While David Miller missed a couple of tough chances — one each against Williamson and Grandhomme in Tahir’s over, South Africa failed to notice a faint edge off Williamson’s bat in the final ball of the over. Tahir was excited but neither was wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock who took the catch or captain du Plessis. Williamson was batting on 76 when South Africa shied away from taking the review.Replays confirmed the edge but Williamson carried on and scored a fine hundred to all but knock South Africa out of the World Cup.”We weren’t aware of it. I think I was at long on at the time, and Quinny is the closest to the action. He’s always my go to man,” Faf du Plessis said.”I just thought it was a plain miss. I just heard about it now at the post match that he said he had a nick on it. But even Kane [Williamson] said he didn’t know he had to fine tune it. He would have referred it. But that’s not where the game was won and lost.”advertisementFeeling 5 years older: Faf du PlessisWhen 8 runs were needed off the last over, Williamson smashed Andile Phehlukwayo for six to bring up his hundred in the final over showcasing his ice-cool temperament in a tense chase.On the other hand, there was disappointment for South Africa who have had a woeful campaign in World Cup 2019. Having lost 4 out of their 6 matches, South Africa’s chances of making the semi-finals are all but over after their recent 4-wicket loss to New Zealand.Shedding light on the emotions in the dressing room, Faf du Plessis said: “You know, it’s tough now. Like you can feel in the dressing room, the guys are hurting. I’m feeling five years older. My body is really sore after that.”So we left everything out there, and that’s all I can ask for as a captain, that the guys fought. They showed that.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacementAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019, Weather Update: Will rain play spoilsport in Southampton?Also See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Faf Du PlessisFollow Imran TahirFollow New Zealand vs South AfricaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Next New Zealand vs South Africa: Kane Williamson non-review wasn’t the turning point, says Faf du PlessisICC World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa: Kane Williamson was handed a reprieve when he was batting on 76 as South Africa failed to notice an edge off his behind in a caught-behind appeal. Williamson went on to make a hundred and handed South Africa their 4th loss in 6 matches in the tournament. advertisement
Founded four years ago, Musika Frère is a New York-based menswear brand that is best known for its luxurious bespoke suits and the youth of its two founders: Aleks Musika is in his early thirties while his business partner Davidson Petit-Frère is in his late twenties. Both fans of traditional, well-made suiting, the two met on Instagram, realized they shared a passion for dapper dressing and decided to collaborate and start their brand. Their pricey suits are now worn by high-level names such as A-Rod and Kevin Hart and they’ve recently branched out with a ready-to-wear collection from blazers and outerwear to shirts, ties, and leather goods that they sell directly to consumers. They are well on the way to becoming a full-on luxury lifestyle brand.The pair recently met me at their atelier in the Garment District and explained why they consider their clothes to be the Ferrari of fashion.How did Musika Frère come about?Musika: We met on social media. We saw each other’s style and we felt that we sort of rose above other people and that’s how we ended up talking. Suits are our passion, but the goal is the lifestyle brand. We wanted to make sure that we made an amazing product to start out with and put our footprint down and really get our name known for luxury and quality so we started with suits, shirts, and ties and now we are expanding into all kind of different categories and looking to launch into direct to consumer and online for lifestyle products.Davidson Petit-Frère (left) and Aleks MusikaWhen will that be?Musika: We already have some testers online and we’ve already done a capsule that we tested for New Year’s that did really well with dinner jackets. That was our first direct to consumer product that we did.Petit-Frère: I think next year… We’re actually going to Italy in September to do some R&D on eye-wear and we pretty much have our R&D done for the fragrance.Musika: We’ll probably do another capsule this fall/winter. And then we really hope to get a spring/summer full collection together including swimwear and the eye-wear.How have you built your client base?Petit-Frère: It has been all word-of-mouth and organic. We haven’t done any marketing.Musika: People are amazed that we get all of our clients on social media. We started the company at a good time when social media was really starting to kick off and because of the online visual blogs Davidson and I both had on Instagram before we even started the company, some of our clients already followed us. As soon as they saw we were launching a brand and we started the propaganda that we were launching, we kind of already had some clients lined up. We started like that. Our first client was an NBA guy who was 7 feet. We stood on a stool to measure him. How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Editors’ Recommendations Your clothes are not inexpensive. What sets them apart? Petit-Frère: We’re like the Ferrari of cars: elite, premier.Musika: If you open up our garment you’ll see the “engine” inside. You’ll see the raw materials we use and the natural materials that we use like our canvas.Petit-Frère: Some guys are only ready now for Hondas, so we will refer them to that Honda and then you slowly work your way up as the years go by. And eventually you’ll come here and you’ll stay here. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Are bespoke suits still your bread and butter?Musika: That would be what we started with and that’s what we are known for. We’ll never not have that experience where a guy can come here, get measured and catered to and pick out his stuff. That’s always going to be a part of our brand. But there’s no mistake that the reason we started this brand is that we love fashion from A to Z. From leisurewear to swimwear to everything. So the goal is to expand and be the next lifestyle brand there is in the luxury space.What’s your aesthetic?Petit-Frère: We like to call ourselves neo-classic. We like to reference the past, but also give our own twist and flair to how we look at things today.Musika: There’s a little bit of a New York swagger to it. The classic part of it is that we don’t skimp on any details in constructing the garment whether it comes down to hand buttonholes or how we construct a shoulder to the way we tailor certain things. We always have that classic hand-done aesthetic to it but then we put our twist on it which is a little bit younger because we’re a lot younger than a lot of the guys in the game.How does the measuring experience work?Musika: The best part is to come here especially for a first-time client. The best way to get an experience is to come here and see what the brand is about, what our aesthetic is, and to see the mannequins and the hundreds of samples that we have in the back. Plus we have thousands of swatches that we have carried for these clients. They get measured and then they come back in four weeks to try their first suit. A lot of clients already know what they want. But once we get someone’s measurements and we fit them for one or two pieces they are locked in and can pick pictures off the internet.You’ve thrown around the terms bespoke and made to measure. What is the difference between them?Musika: The company I work with has a made to measure program and they will try to fit a garment on you. Say you fit into a 36R. They are going to go to that 36 pattern and match the measurements to it but that does not fix the problem of how you stand and whether you stand erect or hunched over or have one shoulder higher than the other. Everybody has a different shoulder height or one arm longer or shorter than the other. And one bicep is usually bigger than the other so these tweaks, especially structure tweaks, they can’t make to the pattern. So for our bespoke program, we make a pattern just for that client, it takes three days to cut and it is based off of every single measurement of their body and how they stand. That’s difference between made to measure and what we do.But we do have ready-to-wear pieces and we can do fittings for people if they send their measurements and pictures of themselves. With all the experience that we’ve had, we are able to pick those differences in shoulders and almost get it to where it should be.What has been the best part of having the brand?Petit-Frère: We’re doing what we love. We’re passionate about making clothing and the best part about making clothing is making someone feel something about themselves. Guys come here and feel a certain way when they leave with a suit or a shirt or a tie. The fact that they are giving us their time and allowing us to give them our experience is fulfilling.Musika: You always remember the first suit you get. It doesn’t matter what suit it is. Whether you’re six and going to church or you have your uncle’s suit on for graduation. You never forget putting on your first suit, but then again, you never forget putting on a suit that’s made for you and fits you perfectly. Those are two experiences you never forget and a lot of guys never experience that second one, but it’s amazing to see that experience happen to people and to be there in person and see them put it on. A lot of guys never get that if they don’t go to the right person. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa
A consortium of business partners, led by The Armour GroupLimited of Halifax, has been awarded the contract to complete afeasibility study on a proposed Halifax waterfront development. Waterfront Development Corp. issued a request for proposals lastNovember seeking proposals for development of Queen’s Landing, aparcel of land owned by the corporation between Prince and Georgestreets. The feasibility study will also examine a possible expansion ofthe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic that could include increasingits scope and exhibits relating to maritime history. The development project will be managed by Waterfront DevelopmentCorp. in association with the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism,Culture and Heritage and the Office of Economic Development. The project is planned in three stages, beginning with thefeasibility assessment to determine the viability of the overalldevelopment. If a decision is made to proceed, a separatecontract will be negotiated with The Armour Group Limited toproceed to design and construction. The feasibility assessment is expected to be complete by earlyfall. The Armour Group Limited is recognized as one of the leading realestate development companies in Atlantic Canada. Its projectsinclude Founders Square, Historic Properties and Park PlaceCorporate Campus as well as a large residential portfolio. WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Armour Group Awarded DevelopmentContract
A proposed change to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act will lead to a more timely and efficient approval process for Nova Scotia fishermen requesting loans or loan guarantees for new boats. An amendment to the legislation was introduced today, Oct. 20, by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont that will allow limits for loans or loan guarantees to be set by regulation. Those limits are currently set by the legislation, which makes it more difficult to adapt to changing economic circumstances and markets. “By setting the approval limit in the regulations, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board will have flexibility to respond more quickly to changes in the fishing industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Costs for building new boats tend to be higher than the current $500,000 approval limit, which causes delays and creates financial hardships for the applicants and the industry.” Construction costs for boats have increased about 40 per cent since 2000 as a result of escalating costs for materials, transportation costs, overhead costs for builders, and wage increases due to a labour shortage. “The amendment proposed today will allow us to improve service to our clients,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We will look at changes to the approval limit under the regulations at a later date.”
Les Acadiens et les francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent renouveler leur permis de véhicule en ligne en français, parler à des opérateurs francophones au centre d’appels du gouvernement provincial et participer à un plus grand nombre de consultations publiques en français. Ce ne sont là que quelques-unes des nombreuses améliorations apportées aux services en français offerts par la province, décrites dans un rapport d’étape qui sera présenté à l’assemblée législative aujourd’hui 13 avril par le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Chris d’Entremont. « Ce rapport d’étape illustre l’engagement que nous avons pris d’offrir des services de qualité aux citoyens francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse », déclare Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. « Je suis fier de ce qui a été accompli jusqu’à présent et me réjouis de voir ces améliorations se poursuivre, avec le soutien de nos partenaires communautaires. » Ce rapport d’étape de 2007 sur les services en français offerts par le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse mentionne également un certain nombre de nouvelles publications et ressources en ligne disponibles en français, ainsi que les programmes qui ont fait l’objet d’adaptations afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des Néo-Écossais et des Néo-Écossaises de langue française, comme, par exemple, la traduction du programme sur la sécurité en hiver « Sammy le Chasse-neige », qui sera offert dans les écoles acadiennes. Vous trouverez une version électronique du rapport sur le site Web de l’Office des affaires acadiennes à http://www.gov.ns.ca/acadian/f/publications.asp. Le rapport d’étape de l’an prochain comprendra des initiatives émanant de toutes les institutions publiques désignées dans les règlements sur les services en français.
Fez – The 3rd international gathering of the followers of Tariqa Tijania opened, on Wednesday in Fez, to discuss the future of this Sufi brotherhood and means to spread tolerant Islam.The official opening was marked by a message by King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, to disciples and followers of this Tariqa, as well as religious figures from 50 countries, mainly African and Arab-Islamic states, present in Fez which hosts the mausoleum of the founding father of the Tariqa Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Tijani.This forum follows those held in 2007 and 2009 on the occasion of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Tijani. The meeting is attended by nearly 1000 representatives of Tijania from 47 countries who will be brought together during 3 days in the Fez Zawiya Tijania to read Quran, pray and take part in conferences on the spiritual aspect and the current situation of the brotherhood.
The United National Party (UNP) has told Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to maintain the status quo on the security of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Former Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara, visited the Police Headquarters with former Minister Daya Gamage and former Deputy Minister Palitha Thewaraperuma and submitted a letter to the IGP. Nalin Bandara said that the IGP was not in office at the time, nor was any senior Police officer. He said the letter was handed over to a policeman and the IGP was informed over the telephone. Bandara said that the UNP is still in the Government as the Speaker has recognised Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.As a result, the IGP has been told to maintain the security of Wickremesinghe and other UNP MPs who were Ministers prior to October 26th, Nalin Bandara said. (Colombo Gazette)
Twelve Brock alumni are among this year’s winners of the Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards.The awards, to be handed out by Business Link Media Group in May, recognize professionals under the age of 40 who have consistently made their mark in business and in Niagara.Brock University and the Brock University Alumni Association extend sincere congratulations to the alumni who made the prestigious list of winners. They are:Bram Cotton (BSM ’03)Niagara Sport CommissionBrandon Currie (BBA ’05)Wirtz Beverages CanadaYaroslav Orest Diduch (BA ’04, MA ’06)Lancaster Brooks and WelchGerry Fonzo (BSM ’06)Hamilton Tiger CatsJordan Gadula (BBA ’06)Gadula Financial PlanningSara Holmes (BBA ’01)Meridian Credit UnionDavid Janzen (BSc ’99)David Janzen DentistryDawn Lagesten (BAcc ’09)KPMGMelissa McArthur (BA ’06)Pen Financial Credit UnionStephen Phelan (BBA ’05)RBC Royal BankZijad Saskin (BA ’04)Broderick and Partners LLPMeaghan Sharp (BA ’09)Brand BlvdThe 40 Under Forty awards reception happens May 21 at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines. For ticket information, please call Ashley Smith at 905-646-9366 or download the ticket order form.
“I am withdrawing the charges against Mr. Kenyatta because I do not believe that it is possible at this time, for me to fully investigate and prosecute the crimes charged in this case,” said Ms. Fatou Bensouda in a statement released in the Hague today. “The withdrawal of the charges does not mean that the case has been permanently terminated. Mr. Kenyatta has not been acquitted, and the case can be re-opened, or brought in a different form, if new evidence establishing the crimes and his responsibility for them is discovered,” she added. “This is a painful moment for the men, women and children who have suffered tremendously from the horrors of the post-election violence, and who have waited, patiently, for almost seven years to see justice done,” Ms. Bensouda said.She added that she based her decision on the specific facts of this case, not on any other consideration and stressed that as Prosecutor, her actions and decisions have “always been guided by the law and the evidence.” There were, however, “severe challenges” to the Prosecutor’s Office and her investigation.“Several people who may have provided important evidence regarding Mr. Kenyatta’s actions have died, while others were too terrified to testify,” Ms. Bensouda said.On Wednesday, a Trial Chamber of the ICC rejected the request of the Prosecutor to adjourn the case. The Chamber ordered the Prosecution to file, within one week, a notice to withdrawn charges until at least the level of evidence had improved to a degree that would warrant a trial.Mr. Kenyatta faced five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts) for allegations that he helped incite violence following Kenya’s December 2007 presidential election. The charges against him had been confirmed January 23, 2012 and the case was referred to trial before the Trial Chamber.Ms. Bensouda said that Mr. Kenyatta’s Government had failed to fully cooperate with the investigation and in providing the most relevant documentary evidence regarding the post-election violence. “Ultimately, the hurdles we have encountered in attempting to secure the cooperation required for this investigation have in large part, collectively and cumulatively, delayed and frustrated the course of justice for the victims in this case,” said the Prosecutor.“Today is a dark day for international criminal justice. Be that as it may, it is my firm belief that today’s decision is not the last word on justice and accountability for the crimes that were inflicted on the people of Kenya in 2007 and 2008; crimes that are still crying out for justice,” she said.
Then-Penn State interim football coach Larry Johnson sits courtside at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., Jan. 8. The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 68-65.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOhio State lost defensive line coach Mike Vrabel to the Houston Texans of the NFL last week, but it looks as if coach Urban Meyer hardly wasted any time finding his replacement.The Buckeyes are on the verge of hiring former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to replace Vrabel, according to a report by SI.com late Monday.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern Tuesday, however, that the move may not be official.“I don’t have any information that I can share at this time,” the spokesman said in an email.Johnson spent 19 seasons with the Nittany Lions, and the last 15 as the team’s defensive line coach. He helped develop seven first-team All-Americans in State College, Pa., including the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft in Courtney Brown.Johnson was offered the defensive line coaching job by new Penn State coach James Franklin, but declined, according to PennLive.Vrabel announced his departure from OSU via Twitter Thursday, and the former Buckeye great is set to coach the linebackers with the Texans. Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien to head coach Jan. 3.
I don’t know (823) No (10580) Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 9:15 AM http://jrnl.ie/3252087 Share399 Tweet Email2 FINE GAEL IS proposing a bill that would mean drivers could be fined and receive penalty points for driving too close to cyclists.The Irish Independent reports that the proposal could see drivers face a minimum fine of €80 and three penalty points if they’re caught moving into the cycle lane where cyclists are.According to the article, the minimum passing distance would be 1.5 metres on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or higher, and 1 metre for roads with a speed limit below that.So we’re asking: Should people be penalised for driving too close to cyclists? By Gráinne Ní Aodha Poll: Should drivers be fined for driving too close to cyclists? A Fine Gael proposal could mean that drivers are fined for encroaching on cyclists. The bill will aim to limit the number of cyclists killed and injured on our roads. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Feb 22nd 2017, 9:15 AM 36,524 Views YesNoI don’t knowVote Poll Results: Short URL Yes (7685) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The bill will aim to limit the number of cyclists killed and injured on our roads. 303 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New choices for power plans that will save Victorians money has been announced by the state government this week through the introduction of flexible pricing plans. Available from mid-September this year, the flexible pricing plans will give consumers new choices when looking for power plans that can save them money, said Nicholas Kotsiras, Energy and Resources Minister this week. The introduction of these plans as a voluntary new option had been made possible by the rollout of smart meters and would open up new ways of pricing electricity that could save money for many consumers.Mr Kotsiras said it was crucial that consumers have all the facts and tools they needed to make the right decisions about flexible pricing.“Households that already use a lot of power outside peak times may be able to make immediate savings by switching to flexible pricing and there may be even bigger savings for those who have the ability to shift power outside of peak times,” Mr Kotsiras said.“For example, by running your dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer at off-peak instead of at the current flat rate, you could save up to $160 a year.”Moving to flexible pricing will be voluntary and no one will need to move off their current tariff unless they choose to do so. For those who do take up flexible pricing, the Coalition Government has ensured that customers can move back to their previous tariff with the same retailer without incurring an administrative fee, until March 2015.
Stay on target Leave it to Legends of Tomorrow to keep horror fun the week after Halloween. Their E.T. storyline last week was great and had plenty of pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but you know what it was missing? Monsters. That’s why this episode took our heroes back in time to Victorian England, with time-traveling vampires and Jack the Ripper. It would be nothing more than a fun farewell to the Halloween season if not for the fact that it actually drove the plot forward. We’ve now met, or at least heard the voice of, our big bad for the season. Rip is on the outs with just about everybody, and the Legends have even solved their Time Bureau troubles for now. Man, this episode had a lot going on.It all starts when Nate stays up all night studying the cause-and-effect pattern of each anachronism. He notices a couple of outliers that don’t fit the pattern. One, they’ve already been to (the day they saved Zari from being murdered) and one involving a vampire in old London. Right away, the connection between the two tells us this isn’t going to be a standard anachronism-of-the-week episode. That’s only further confirmed when Rip Hunter shows up, enlisting the Legends to figure out what’s going on. Right away, you know this one is going to be important.Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Franz Drameh as Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)That doesn’t mean there’s no time for fun. Mick Rory really carries the early parts of the episode with the reveal that he’s always fancied himself a vampire hunter. He is currently deep into reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and he carries a stake around with him. Just in case. The stake comes in really handy when they question a Victorian coroner and suddenly hear a modern ringtone. Victorian mysticism being interrupted by a tinny “Return of the Mack” is probably the funniest gag of the episode. After Rory threatens the coroner with a stake, he reveals a Palmer Industries smartwatch. Apparently, a corpse that fell from they sky was wearing it. One short trip to the graveyard later, the body is gone.If this episode had one big flaw, it’s that it almost had too much going on in it. Everything that happened mattered, and it’s about time the show starts pushing its season arc forward, but it gets really muddled in the middle. There are so many subplots it was hard to follow everything that was going on. There was Zari’s guilt over taking her brothers amulet, and the fact that she can’t use the Waverider to bring him back. There was a medium, who turned out to be manipulating Zari’s emotions to get her amulet. Then there’s Nate getting captured and nearly drained of his blood (turns out the vampire is just a guy with a two-pronged syringe) so a mysterious man in a box can be resurrected. They try to do way too much, leaving us asking, “wait, what am I watching?”Tala Ashe as Zari and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya, Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)What saves it is that it all leads somewhere good. The episode finds a focus again once the man in the box is revealed to be Damien Darhk. This is the third year in a row Dahrk has been an Arrowverse villain, and the second in a row he’s been on Legends of Tomorrow. I don’t mind. Neal McDonough is so likable in the role, and he’s a way better fit for this show than he ever was on Arrow. Now, he’s more powerful than ever, which leads to a fantastic superhero battle. He’s already proving himself to be a much more formidable foe, and he’s only a henchmen. He and his daughter are working in service of Mallus. We still don’t know all that much about Mallus, but we did get to hear his voice. John Noble can still send chills down your spine when he wants to. Legends of Tomorrow has now set up three minor villains and one big bad for the season. All of them are complex, compelling characters and it’s going to be so much fun to watch the Legends figure out how to defeat them. Even if a good chunk of the episode was a mess, it focused at the end, and gave the rest of the season a great jumping off point.I also love what they did with Rip. Every time he’s brought back, he threatens to take control of the Legends away from Sara. She is the captain now, and established herself as a very good one last season. By the season two finale, it was clear to everyone that the Legends weren’t Rip’s team anymore. What’s really interesting in this episode is that neither is the Time Bureau. It was hinted at in the season premiere when he took the Waverider away from the Legends 15 minutes after giving it to them, but he really doesn’t trust anyone. When the Bureau he started wasn’t investigating Mallus to his liking, he turned to the Legends. While Rip attempting to leave the team was a fun throwback to season one, it was also a case for why the show can never go back there. Rip tries to seize control of the Legends at every opportunity when that’s not how the team works anymore, and the show is better for it. His distrust of everyone comes back to bite him in the end too. Unable to forgive his mutiny, Sara turns him over to the Time Bureau, where he is court marshaled. It gives the rest of the season a chance to really explore Rip’s personality. If they pull it off, we could see some real growth from him. It also gets the Time Bureau off the Legends’ back for a while. With Mallus and Darhk out there, the Bureau has much bigger problems to worry about than a time machine full of lovable idiots. The Bureau interfering when things went off the rails was fun for a couple episodes, but it got old fast.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)The subplot between Jax and Martin was also incredibly sweet. It only serves to remind us how much we’re going to miss Victor Garber when he leaves the show later this year. Jax is working with Ray to sever the psychic connection he shares with Martin. As a side effect, he loses his short-term memory, leading to some funny antics the show doesn’t have time to explore fully. Stein finds out about what they’re doing and admits that being on the Waverider is much harder now that he’s missing time with his grandson. He agrees to help Ray and Jax figure out a way to break up Firestorm, making sure that Jax can become the hero alone. In an episode packed with high-stakes action and just a bit of horror, these slower scenes are a welcome change of pace. Plus, one of them featured Victor Garber singing a lullaby. If there’s a more wondrous sound in existence, I haven’t heard it. DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target During his first interview since stepping down as leader of the free world, former President Barack Obama warned against the misuse of the Internet and social media.In discussion with Prince Harry, a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, Obama spoke about a desire to harness technology “in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views,” without dividing the country and the world.“I’m not sure government can legislate that,” he said during the interview, recorded in September. “But what I do believe is that all of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet.”Without naming names (*cough* Donald Trump *cough*), Obama emphasized the impact fake news can have on people’s perceptions.His successor (and prolific Twitter user), Trump, has been accused of abusing the microblogging platform. CNN today reported that the President’s tweets are “central” to a number of legal cases, including the handling of the Russia dossier, immigration policy, and First Amendment rights.Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump (via CNN)Recalling the good old days—when there were only three television stations and Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t even a glint in his mother’s eye—Obama reminded listeners that “everybody had a common set of facts,” reported by Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley “or whoever the chief anchor was.”“There might be conservatives and liberals,” he said, “but people could generally agree on a baseline for reality.” Now, with a smartphone in every hand, Wi-Fi in every coffee shop, and more than 1 billion websites to choose from, it’s easy for people to generate their own reality—in which current biases are reinforced, not challenged.The so-called “social media president,” Obama’s usage of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube during two campaigns and eight years in the White House proved popular among young voters and international fans.And they are a powerful tools, the politician said, for people with common interests to connect.“But then it’s important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighborhood, and get to know each other,” he continued. “The truth is that, on the Internet, everything is simplified. And when you meet people face-to-face, it turns out they’re complicated.”“It’s also, by the way, harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet,” Obama added with a chuckle.Barack Obama and Joe Biden no doubt laughing at memes about their bromance (via janeb13/Pixabay)His Royal Highness Prince Harry agrees.Speaking at September’s We Day event in Canada, he encouraged millennials to “look up from your phones,” “get out into your communities,” and “stand up for what you believe in.”“Liking something and sharing something [on social media] isn’t making change,” he told the crowd at We Day, a global celebration encouraging future generations to get involved in social activism.Hashtags—”a powerful way to raise awareness,” Obama said—dominated the Web in 2017. Perhaps most prominent was the #MeToo movement of women and men sharing stories of sexual abuse and harassment.Tapping out a few characters on your mobile keyboard isn’t enough, though.“You have to get on the ground and you actually have to do something,” Obama added.BBC Radio 4 “Today” show guest editor Prince Harry (via BBC)Not one for New Year’s resolutions, the former Commander in Chief offered some pretty sage advice for Americans, Brits, and anyone feeling overwhelmed by the world right now.“If we take responsibility for being involved in our own fate, if we participate, if we engage, if we speak out, if we work in our communities, if we volunteer, if we see the joy that comes from service to others, then all the problems that we face are solvable,” he said.“You think about how much has changed and how much has gotten better, well, that has to make you optimistic, as long as you don’t start thinking that any of us can sit back passively and assume it continues. History doesn’t just run forward, it runs backwards and sideways and it requires us to continually push.” 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.The latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department Wednesday show that February’s rate dropped from January’s rate of 5.1 percent. February’s rate is the lowest the state has seen since March 2008. The state also added 6,100 jobs last month.“Washington’s economy is moving forward with sustained momentum despite cutbacks in aerospace,” Paul Turek, economist for the department, said in a statement. “The tech market is propelling western Washington, real estate is strong across the state and other economic segments are maintaining.”The report shows that the highest job growth was in construction and government, followed by professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. Manufacturing saw the biggest reductions last month.The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month. The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area was 3.5 percent.“Washington’s labor market is at or near full employment,” said Turek. “It’s creating pressure to increase wages for some businesses.”Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn’t include those who have stopped looking for work.
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has squashed rumors of crowd violence and intimidation when they face Millwall in what may be a hostile atmosphere on Saturday.Bielsa revealed he believes the police and the stadium security will prevent any potential problems and deal with any issues – should they occur.“I have been doing this job for the last 30 years. I have never been affected by the lack of civility by the fans,” explained former Argentina boss Bielsa.“I have been insulted in my career, spat upon, they have thrown bottles to me – never nothing serious happen to me.“We have to admire how much the (Millwall) fans love their club and England has been the country who try to eliminate violence in football.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“Hooligans do not exist anymore in English football and all the countries who suffer from this thing take England as an example to solve the problem.Bielsa said: “You don’t have this kind of thing in football. It doesn’t exist because the authorities don’t allow it. So I wouldn’t share an analysis that makes you think that violence is possible.”“I can’t think of any public, any fans, that could have more influence than ours,” Bielsa said.“It is very important to us to receive support and we have to get prepared to assimilate the support the other team receives from their fans.”
Valerie Davidson at the APU 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Davidson was appointed as Lt. Gov. of Alaska following Byron Mallott’s resignation. (Photo courtesy of the office of Gov. Bill Walker)The state’s new Lt. Gov. gave her first public speech today. Valerie Davidson is the first Alaska Native Woman to hold statewide office in Alaska. She spoke at the annual tribal conference, held today at the Egan Center to kick of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which starts tomorrow.Davidson began by acknowledging the troubling circumstances that led to her being sworn in as Lt. Gov. yesterday, when Byron Mallott abruptly resigned after admitting he made inappropriate comments.Listen nowThis speech has been cut down and transcribed for length. DAVIDSON: Quyana for allowing me to be here today and I just want to acknowledge that, while I’m really honored to step into the role of lieutenant governor, this is not really a situation that any of us could have predicted. And I’ll just be honest, yesterday was a really tough day for all of us.But today is a new day, and today is our opportunity to move forward, to work together, to continue to heal the past so that we can move forward in strength and together and that’s what we do as Native people, and we will continue to do that today. I know actually a lot of you in the room today, but there are some of you who I don’t know.So let me do a proper introduction. My Yup’ik names are Nurr’araaluk Amillamarnan. My English name is Valerie Davidson. If you forget my Yup’ik names, we Yup’iks have this wonderful word which basically means hey you. So do take care to practice it carefully though because if you say something else it’s something else entirely and we don’t want to go there.I’m originally from Bethel. I grew up in Bethel and also upriver in Aniak. My mother’s family is Yup’ik from [a village that] literally means “Village With no River” because it’s located on the ocean. If you’re ever in Bethel and you head downriver, once you hit the ocean hang a right, and you will run into my mother’s home village. Her English name is Tilly Davidson. She’s a Mount Edgecumbe graduate.My father’s family is kass’aq, which basically means “not Yup’ik” and they’re from Port Orchard, Washington. And in the fine Yup’ik tradition, my mother made my dad move completely from his home community and move to the Bethel area.I was also recently adopted by the Jackson family in Kake and they are both Tlingit and Haida and I was given the Haida [a] Haida name which I’m told means “noisy lady.” And I was named after my late aunt, and I like to think that I was given that name because I have a really loud authentic Native laugh.So the other things that you should know about me; probably the most important thing, I’m a mother of four children. I also have a godson. They are my greatest accomplishments in my entire life. They make me better than I really am and I love them dearly.You should also know that I’m a village girl. And I’m proud to be a village girl because when you grow up in a village you learn from a really early age, it doesn’t matter whether it’s 40 above or 40 below. If it’s tough weather outside, it doesn’t matter. We get up, we put on our clothes, we pack water, we chop wood and we do what needs to get done to face the day and that’s where we are today.Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson, speaking at the annual tribal conference organized by Alaska Federation of Natives and the National Congress of American Indians. The speech was recorded in a Facebook Live video from the Anchorage Daily News.
Texas Tribune Hurricane Harvey certainly isn’t something to commemorate. Its powerful winds — a Category 4 upon impact near Rockport, the strongest Texas hurricane in half a century — demolished beachfront communities, wrecked vacation homes and trailer parks alike, and tossed boats and cars around like confetti. And its unprecedented rainfall, a mind-boggling 51 inches, drowned Houston, an already flood-prone city of more than 2 million, as well as communities up and down Texas’ Gulf Coast. But when the publishing company Triumph Books contacted us about pulling our stories and photographs documenting the devastating storm together into a Hurricane Harvey book — and offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to relief efforts — we were quick to sign on. The result is “Harvey: Devastation, Courage and Recovery in the Eye of the Storm,” which you can preorder starting today.The book, a compilation of stories and images from The Texas Tribune and our partners at ProPublica and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, is a chronological account of the storm, from early warnings that Houston was at serious risk to the heartbreaking aftermath. Charlie Riedel/APHomes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)It documents how locals, many of whom heeded officials’ calls to shelter in place, were forced to make daring escapes as the floodwaters rose or await brave first responders, many of them good Samaritans who hurtled into the storm in airboats, canoes or monster trucks. And it raises serious questions: about warnings that went unheeded, about Houston’s lax development policies, about flooded neighborhoods that had rebuilt time and again, about the paving over of wetlands that would’ve provided more of an environmental buffer.Hurricane Harvey amplified the strength, resilience and heart of the state’s coastal region. It showcased the unbelievable generosity of fellow Texans, who opened up their homes and wallets to countless evacuees. And it highlighted just how well the state’s leaders could work together when they put deep partisan divisions aside. This natural disaster also underscored The Texas Tribune’s role as a trusted and reliable source of information at home and around the globe, giving our newsroom a sense of responsibility like never before. This book represents the best of our Harvey coverage — but there’s still much more to come. Share
AP/Charlie RiedelIn this Oct. 30, 2018, file photo, crews dismantle the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan. The waterslide, which was billed as the world’s tallest, has not been used since a 10-year-old boy was decapitated more than two years ago on the ride. In an email Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, operators of the park aren’t saying whether the attraction will open for the upcoming season.A judge dismissed criminal charges Friday against a Kansas water park owner and the designer of a 17-story slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016.Wyandotte County Judge Robert Burns cited improper evidence in dropping second-degree murder charges against Schlitterbahn owner Jeff Henry, designer John Schooley, and general contractor Henry and Sons Construction Co. The judge also dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against operations manager Tyler Miles, The Kansas City Star reported .They were charged after Caleb Schwab died while riding the waterslide, which was marketed as the world’s tallest slide.“The court has grave doubts as to whether the irregularities and improprieties improperly influenced the grand jury and ultimately bolstered its decision to indict these defendants,” Judge Robert Burns said. “Quite simply, these defendants were not afforded the due process protections and fundamental fairness Kansas law requires.”A spokesman for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, didn’t immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press.Caleb was killed on the Verruckt — German for “crazy” — in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit a metal pole. Two women who were with him in the raft were seriously injured. The slide never operated again and has been torn down .While making his ruling, Burns noted the tragedy of Caleb’s death.“I obviously recognize that the circumstances and events giving rise to these indictments are indisputably tragic,” Burns said. “A young child’s life was lost and his troubling death was mourned by family, friends and the entire Kansas City community and beyond.”Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement, “We welcome today’s decision which dismissed the charges against all defendants. We are thankful for all the support and encouragement we’ve received.”The evidence included video from a Travel Channel show documenting construction of the Verruckt, in which Henry and others emphasized the risks to riders on a raft dropping 17 stories before climbing a second, 50-foot (15.24-meter) hump. Defense attorneys argued the show was scripted for entertainment, showing flying boats. Defense attorneys argued the video didn’t show how the ride actually worked, but the attorney general’s office never told the jury it was a dramatization, though it showed boats flying up in a similar manner to how Caleb died.The state argued that it was up to the jury to determine what was true and said the Travel Channel video should be presented at trial.Defendants also claimed jurors repeatedly were told that the waterslide was not built to standards established by ASTM International, which might have led jurors to conclude the water park was breaking the law. But Kansas law didn’t require the Verruckt meet those standards at the time of Caleb’s death. The legislature toughened state law involving inspections and requirements after the boy died.Lawyers also argued the grand jury shouldn’t have heard testimony about another death at a Schlitterbahn park in Texas because it’s not relevant to what happened here.Caleb and his father, Scott Schwab, were at the park for a special day for state lawmakers. Schwab was elected Kansas secretary of state in November.Caleb’s family received nearly $20 million in settlements . The two women with Caleb on the raft settled for an undisclosed amount.Schwab’s office on Friday directed a request for comment to his family’s attorney, Mike Rader, who did not immediately return a telephone message. Share