Some provincial plans to crack down on distracted driving go too far

first_imgWINNIPEG – A group that represents defence lawyers says some proposed laws aimed at cracking down on drivers distracted by hand-held electronic devices go too far.Manitoba and Ontario are two provinces planning to let police temporarily suspend the licences of drivers caught using hand-held cellphones and other equipment. The suspension would last three days for a first offence and seven days for a second one.There is no penalty for using hands-free equipment.The Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba says giving that much discretion to police at the scene, with no court hearing, is wrong.“We’re concerned about a lack of judicial oversight and due process for roadside suspensions,” spokesman Scott Newman said Monday.“Police officers can make mistakes and when you’re making decisions that are as impactful as a suspension, they should be done in a courtroom, not at the roadside.”Police already can suspend licences on the spot if drivers have alcohol in their systems.Newman said that’s more easily justifiable because it’s based on evidence from a breathalyzer test. But there’s no test for distracted driving and police need simply say they saw a motorist using a device.“It’s very dangerous to start imposing suspensions … based on what an officer claims to observe. We know people are fallible.”Licence suspensions would be in addition to fines and demerit points already in place.Manitoba’s infrastructure minister, Ron Schuler, said courts have already upheld the idea of immediate roadside suspensions for other infractions to get drivers off the road if they’re posing a threat to safety.“It’s a very small suspension and the courts have up until now always upheld the right of a police officer to remove somebody’s licence if they deem them to be in contravention of a law,” Schuler said.Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth said a crackdown is needed because many people still use cellphones while behind the wheel.“I drive in rush hour every day and every day I see somebody using their device.”The proposed Manitoba law, now being debated in the legislature, offers some leeway to motorists. Officers would seize licences, but also give drivers a temporary one-day licence so they could get home. The suspension would start after the temporary licence expired.last_img read more

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Markets Right Now: Earnings gains send stocks higher

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after several big U.S. companies reported earnings that were better than analysts were expecting.Apple jumped 5.1% early Wednesday after the iPhone maker reported results that beat estimates and announced a 5% increase in its dividend.CVS Health rose 4.2% and Estee Lauder climbed 2.6%. Both companies also reported earnings that came in above forecasts.Safe-play sectors like utilities fell.The S&P 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,951.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 31 points, or 0.1%, to 26,624. The Nasdaq rose 38 points, or 0.5%, to 8,133.Bond prices didn’t move much. The yield on the 10 year Treasury held steady at 2.50%.The Associated Press

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First hybrid 4×4 goes on sale

The RX 400h can run on electric motors alone at start-up and at low to mid-range speeds, cutting exhaust emissions to zero. In normal driving conditions, a power-split device divides output from the engine between driving the wheels and powering the generator, which in turn charges the high-voltage battery. This means that the vehicle never has to be taken off the road to be charged. The RX 400h is also packed full of safety features. Nine airbags come as standard, including driver’s knee bags. Active safety systems, such as Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System help prevent an accident occurring in the first place. The system coordinates Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Lexus RX 400h, the first petrol-electric hybrid 4×4, reaches UK showrooms this week. The long awaited SUV combines a 3.3 litre V6 petrol engine with front and rear electric motors, merging strong performance with low fuel consumption and similar carbon dioxide emissions to a Toyota Corolla. read more

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Will The Sixers Big Deal Be Enough

Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Philadelphia 76ers made another seismic deal — their second trade of the regular season — on Wednesday when they acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers. The day-before-deadline swap adds another All-Star-caliber talent to the Sixers’ starting five, which already included Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. In exchange, Los Angeles receives a bounty of future draft picks over the next several years, including ones Philadelphia got from Detroit and Miami.If the Sixers weren’t all in after the Butler trade, they certainly are now. But did the move1This was just one of two moves the Sixers completed Wednesday. They also acquired wing player Malachi Richardson, a second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic in a deal with the Toronto Raptors. put Philly over the top in the East? There’s some uncertainty around that answer — or at least more uncertainty than a team that just cashed in many future assets would like.Yes, depending on the metric you look at, Philadelphia can be viewed as the strongest team in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections have the Sixers’ current roster ranked as the best in the conference and second-best in the league, with a rating of 1704.2The Warriors, at 1806, are ranked first. The team’s probability of reaching the NBA Finals and winning the title increased as a result of the trade, to 16 percent (from 13 percent last week) and 4 percent (from 3 percent), respectively.Interestingly, though, Philly’s likelihood of reaching the promised land — despite having perhaps the conference’s best starting five now — still ranks behind three contenders out East, in Toronto, Milwaukee and even Boston. Each of those teams has a deeper bench than the Sixers, something this trade didn’t necessarily help.Coach Brett Brown will be able to stagger his lineups more easily with Harris in the mix. But because of how top-heavy the Sixers are, it’s imperative that Harris — who averages almost 21 points per game — jells with his other teammates. Even before this deal, Butler and Embiid had both made comments about their occasional frustrations with the team’s offensive fit — a sign of the dominant personalities that already exist and their desire to be fed on offense.Unlike someone like Butler, who at his best has been merely average as a perimeter shooter, Harris is comfortable coming off screens and has shot better than 40 percent from deep for the better part of two years now (43 percent so far this season). His ability to preoccupy the defense without the ball in his hands is important since he’ll be playing alongside Simmons, who can’t space the floor and hasn’t shown a willingness to take jumpers to keep defenses honest.Harris isn’t Kawhi Leonard on defense — or even Butler. But his size alone gives the Sixers an enormous defensive lineup. J.J. Redick, the team’s 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will be looking way up at each of his fellow starters. Butler is 6-foot-8. Harris is 6-foot-9. Simmons is 6-foot-10. Embiid is 7 feet.Yet while no one would complain about the things Harris is good at, his best skills on offense could overlap with the skills of his teammates. In particular, he’s very good as a pick-and-roll ball-handler,3He ranks 15th in the NBA among ball-handlers who have had 500 direct screens or more set for them, according to Second Spectrum. just like Butler and Simmons. So there are some redundancies in their games, and those kinks — which even great players run up against in the early stages of a superteam — may need to be worked out.One key thing in all this: The Sixers have made a couple of big, rare gambles in picking up Harris and Butler, both of whom are unrestricted free agents this summer. Though Philadelphia seems likely to pay what’s necessary to keep both given the investment it had to make, that reality could leave the Sixers vulnerable in case something unexpected happens a few months from now.For the Clippers, they got a nice return for Harris, whom they received in the Blake Griffin trade this time last year. The Sixers had to part with talented rookie Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, two first-rounders (in 2020 and 2021) and a pair of a second-rounders. (Los Angeles also had to part with scoring machine Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in addition to Harris.) The trade will likely hinder Los Angeles’s bid for a playoff spot out West, but it’s been clear for a while now that the Clippers’ top goal is to land a big fish or two in free agency this offseason.In Philadelphia, the goal is far more immediate: This team wants to make a trip to the finals, and the once-too-young Sixers believe that time is now. read more

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Fixed interest

first_imgThe events of the past month have showered us with important financial issues: sovereign debt, government default, downgraded credit ratings, market panic and credit market liquidity. For most readers, these really come down to interest rates. However, I’d like to argue a broader point that affects everyone, and that is the issue of what is happening to superannuation and its reliance on equities markets. We should be looking at this because the superannuation industry is as large as the mortgage lending market, with around $1.2 trillion loaned/invested. Respected economist Chris Joye has been writing about this lately and the thing that leaped out at me was the OECD figures for pension/super funds which showed that Australian super funds had the highest reliance on equities of any developed country. Aussie super funds, according to OECD, have more than 50 per cent of funds under management in global and domestic shares. The USA is slightly over 40 per cent and Canada is a little more than 30 per cent exposed to equities markets. One of the most important aspects of any good investment portfolio is diversification. That is, you don’t put all your money in property, shares, cash or art. You allocate your portfolio so that when one asset class is having a rough time, another will be on a growth cycle. So why are Australians not as educated about the fixed interest markets as they are about equities? Fixed interest is the obvious foil to the volatility of equities. Fixed interest basically covers corporate and government bonds: the bond issuer pays you either a fixed interest rate for a set amount of time (2, 3, 5, 10 years) or they are paying a floating charge, not unlike a variable rate mortgage. Either way, you receive the interest payment as income. Fixed interest investments are low on volatility, they offer certainty of returns and they are a ‘first ranked’ debt. If the borrower gets into trouble, bond holders are the first to be paid. How well do they perform? One of Chris Joye’s graphs shows asset class ‘risk and return’ from 1982 to 2010. Aussie equities accumulated annual returns of 13.3 per cent over this time but they had volatility of 19.7 per cent. Australian 10-year bonds’ return was 11.7 per cent, with volatility of just 8.7 per cent. And global equities returned 10.4 per cent and had volatility of 14.7 per cent. This risk-return profile not only suits many Australians when it comes to their nest egg, but it could also act as a balance against equities in a portfolio. So think about diversification and have a look at fixed interest for your super allocations. But don’t take my word for it – getting expert advice is probably the best investment of all. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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The Best in SciFi Books This Week 9718

first_imgStay on target Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Holy cats, what a busy week in the world of science-fiction literature. There are a plethora of books dropping this week, as well as an award ceremony and several entertainment announcements to get to, so let’s dive in.Reading RecommendationsWorlds Seen In PassingA genre-blending anthology, Worlds covers everything from sci-fi/fantasy to horror. The 576-page tome collects Hugo and Nebula Award winners from the last ten years into a single collection. Forty shot stories and novelette — some published here for the first time – guarantee something for everyone, regardless of taste. Authors include Yoon Ha Lee (A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel), Jeff VanderMeer (The World is Full of Monsters), and Alyssa Wong (A Fist of Permutation in Lightning and Wildflowers). AutonomousPenned by Annalee Newitz, the founder of the famous sci-fi blog io9, this debut novel is set in the year 2144 and examines the question of what happens when technology and culture intersect to make everything and everyone into produce. The story follows Jack; a former scientist turned submarine-living drug dealer. In a world where only the rich can afford prescriptions, Jack spends her days concocting medication for the world’s poorest citizens. But when one of her drugs turns its users insane, it’s up to a military agent and his robotic partner to stop her.What The Hell Did I Just ReadThe third book in the John Dies at the End series from David Wong, What The Hell continues the saga’s track record of blending cosmic horror with biting wit. Hot on the trail of an interdimensional child predator that can just also happen to shapeshift, the three protagonists get caught up in a web that may lead them to answers they most certainly don’t want.Prism Stalker Vol 1Space is vast and capable of producing things humanity can’t even comprehend. On the edge of the civilized galaxy, a brand-new planet tantalizes with strange flora and fauna that have evolved using telekinesis and psychic connections. When a refugee named Vep finds herself indentured on the strange planet in a force colonization by the military, she finds herself fighting with the planet itself as it exerts power over her.NEWSOver the weekend, geeks of all stripes gathered in downtown Atlanta for DragonCon. Among the multitude of panels and ceremonies, authors gathered on September 1 to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Dragon Awards. Among the science-fiction wins were Andy Weir’s Artemis for Best Science Fiction Novel and Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 for Best Graphic Novel. ENTERTAINMENT BUZZIf you’re a fan of the canceled Freeform show Shadowhunters, beware! An auction of Shadowhunters props and memorabilia has accidentally spoiled major plot point for the two-hour series finale that isn’t scheduled to air until next spring.Eight more actors have been cast in Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Another Life. While not based on a novel, the series is one to watch for any fan of the genre. Another Life follows a team of astronauts, scientists, and their crew as they examine a strange alien artifact and search for intelligence beyond Earth. FURTHER READINGOver at Tor.com this week, James Davis Nicoll’s explores how the stories of author John Varley’s Eight Worlds managed to make a near-utopian society interesting and compelling. The series spanned thirteen short stories and one novel about humanity living beyond the Earth. Written during the 1970s and 1980s, Varley found unique angles in his world where the core drives of other sci-fi conflicts — survival and finding safety — have been solved.  Taking some poetic license as to what is traditionally considered “science-fiction” for a moment because it’s my column and I make the rules, to point out this fantastic essay by my former co-worker Alyssa Fikse. Talking about The Magicians for Syfy, “High King Margo And The Rejection Of The Virginal Queen Trope” lovingly takes the classic Narnia to task for punishing women for growing up and applauds The Magicians for succinctly cutting said trop off at the knees. center_img Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from a niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. Try some of the 11 Sci-Fi Recipes you can make right now. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. We also have a list of the Best Sci-Fi On Netflix. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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GEEK PICK Dragon Ball FighterZ For Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target Holding off on a game you want to play on the off chance it may come to your system of choice is a risky strategy. There’s no guarantee that a third-party PlayStation 4 exclusive will come to Xbox One or that a PC game can be dumbed down for consoles. And with the Nintendo Switch, there’s the real possibility that not every modern game can run on what’s essentially a very powerful handheld.When it works out though, when that game you want does make the leap, it feels like the biggest reward for your smart patience. And I’m feeling pretty great right now for finally really diving into Dragon Ball FighterZ now that it’s on Nintendo Switch. I kind of resent how Dragon Ball has made this weird recent resurgence. Yeah it’s an important and popular anime. But anime was a mistake. These days it seems like people are loving that Goku even more now than they were in the late 90s.But damn if Dragon Ball FighterZ isn’t just a fantastic fighting game. Arc System Works’ cel-shading engine for turning 3D models into living 2D animated characters is pure magic. And aside from some barely noticeable drops in what seems to be a dynamic resolution, that beauty and speed is maintained on Nintendo Switch. Also maintained on Nintendo Switch is the killer, high-flying, chaotic yet accessible tag-team fighting system that absolutely puts Marvel vs. Capcom to shame.If you played Dragon Ball FighterZ on other platforms you’ll find the experience here to be pretty familiar. There’s the same confusing menu for choosing different modes or crowded online multiplayer lobbies. There’s the same story mode with its absurd plot conceit of possessing characters’ bodies to explain how the fights against endless clones work. And there’s the same cast of characters including recent DLC additions like Broly, Cooler, and regular-ass Goku. Make your team of nothing but a holy trinity of Goku.The Switch version does have some special perks though. You can play with a sideways Joy-Con for easy portable battles. There are new 1v1 or 2v2 fight modes, even if they end too fast due to the game’s 3v3 balance. And certain versions even come with throwback SNES Dragon Ball fighting game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, which is maybe more of a nifty relic than a fun fighting game to play today.Dragon Ball FighterZ on Nintendo Switch brings one of my favorite games of the year to the platform I play the most. Anime earns a pass. For more on Dragon Ball check out these awful Dragon Ball x Adidas sneakers as well as when you can finally see Dragon Ball Super: Broly in theaters.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

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Dronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest

first_img From a pool of thousands of entries submitted from around the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts, three images emerged as winners of Dronestagram’s 5th Annual International Drone Photography Contest.Dronestagram, a worldwide community dedicated to drone photography, announced the three winners today. “Despite the regulations and constraints that increasingly weigh on recreational drones, creativity has not been curtailed and the unique worldview allowed by drones continues to make us dream,” said Dronestagram founder Eric Dupin.First Place: ‘Hungry Hippos’ by zekedroneDrone photographer zekedrone captured the winning image of hippos in Tanzania.Second Place: ‘Fishing Net in Vietnam’ by Trung PhamPham captured the image of a fishing boat in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam.Third Place: ‘Two People, Two Dogs, and Four Shadows’ by qliebinPhotographer qliebin captured this image in Black Sea beach in Odessa, Ukraine.Launched in 2013, Dronestagram is the largest social network dedicated to drone photography. From the beaches of Australia and Greece to the rice fields of Bali and the surreal landscapes of Iceland, the Dronestagram community has captured unique perspectives of the some of the world’s most stunning destinations.See some of the images captured by Dronestagram members: Stay on target More on Geek.com:Year in Photos: Best Science, Tech, and News Images of 201863 Incredible Images of Earth from SpacePhotos: Car Cemetery Is World’s Eeriest Traffic Jamcenter_img Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle last_img read more

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327 WWE Results Washington DC Tag team main event

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins 3/27 WWE Results: Washington, DC1. Goldust def. Adam Rose2. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch def. Team BAD with Natalya as special referee3. WWE US Champion Kalisto def. Rusev w/Lana4. Ryback def. Sin Cara5. WWE Tag Champions New Day def. The Usos & The Dudley Boyz6. The Big Show & Kane def. The Wyatt Family7. The Miz def. Jack Swagger8. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles & Sami Zayn9. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose def. The League of NationsSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Videos Articles Seth Rollins Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rousey Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Shawn Michaels Pinterest Facebook Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19last_img read more

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Wylie appointed to vacant House seat

first_imgSharon Wylie, a 61-year-old former legislative lobbyist for Clark County and former Oregon legislator, is the newest member of the Washington Legislature.Clark County commissioners appointed Wylie, a Democrat, shortly after noon Wednesday to succeed Jim Jacks as a state representative from Vancouver’s 49th Legislative District. Jacks, who was serving his second term, resigned March 25.Superior Court Presiding Judge Barbara Johnson administered the oath of office.“I’m particularly honored to be selected from such excellent company,” Wylie said afterward. “I’ll do my very best.”She planned to drive to Olympia later in the day, and will take her seat in the House chambers when the House of Representatives convenes at 10 a.m. today, as the Legislature enters the final stretch of a grueling budget process. She will be recognized on the House floor by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, her fellow 49th District representative, who is speaker pro tem this session. She will also receive her committee assignments, though most of the work of legislative policy committees has been completed for the session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn April 24. The vote for Wylie was unanimous, though Commissioner Marc Boldt disclosed that in the first round of balloting, he had voted for candidate Temple Lentz, who ran Tim Leavitt’s successful 2009 campaign for mayor of Vancouver. The third finalist for the appointment was Jeremy Zegas, a legislative aide to state Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver. The three finalists were chosen by 49th District Democratic precinct committee officers Monday night from a field of seven. The commissioners discussed the candidates in executive session Wednesday morning before announcing their choice.last_img read more

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RMC Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai calls for plantation on large

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai has said that the corporation has decided to make Rajamahendravaram as clean and green city and planting saplings on a massive scale. She planted saplings in 45th division inaugurating Vanam Manam programme for the year 2019-2020 here on Wednesday. She said greenery is very important to conserve environment and the corporation took up the task on a massive scale. Environment protection is very important and it is the duty of everyone in society. She urged the people to plant saplings in all vacant places in the city and the corporation will extend necessary assistance in this regard. Awareness programmes are needed for environment protection, she added.last_img

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Batman star Robert Pattinson to become James Bond after Daniel Craig

first_imgMeanwhile, the upcoming James Bond movie has no title whatsoever. Even the production studio and the crew members are using #Bond25 as their medium to promote the movie. In the upcoming Bond movie, Rory Kinnear will return as Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner. While Naomie Harris will be seen playing the role of Eve Moneypenny.There have been several rumours that Bond 25 is going to be the last film that will feature Daniel Craig as James Bond. More information about it will be made public after the upcoming spy-thriller movie gets released on the big screen. Robert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Twilight alum Robert Pattinson is having a blast this year — Kristen Stewart’s former boyfriend was recently cast to star in the next Christopher Nolan’s movie and then he made several eyes turned after he was selected to portray Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the next DCEU movie. Now, acclaimed director Daniel Boyle thinks that Pattinson should become James Bond.In a recent interview with The Guardian, 27 Hours movie director Danny Boyle talked about his stint with the James Bond movie franchise. The British moviemaker noted that he had seen Robert Pattinson’s sci-fi movie High Life and was impressed with his performance.”It was so bizarre because I was sitting there thinking: ‘Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond,'” Boyle noted.Danny Boyle further stated that he thinks that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire star is ready to portray such an iconic character of James Bond.As previously stated, Danny Boyle was hired to direct the next James Bond movie but due to some creative differences, the director reportedly decided to leave the project. While talking about the action movie, he stated that he was working with his previous collaborator John Hodge but “they didn’t really like what we were doing and so it’s far better to part company. What we were doing was good. But it was obviously not what they wanted.”Does it mean that we might get to see Robert Pattinson playing the role of James Bond after Daniel Craig? Well, it is too soon to comment on. There have been several big names from Hollywood that are being speculated by fans who should replace Craig in future 007 movies. If Pattinson gets a chance to play this role then it would seriously be amazing to see him playing such a different character.last_img read more

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Trump refers to nonexistent Sweden terror incident

first_imgUS President Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. Photo: AFPBowling Green, Atlanta and now… Sweden?US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident—the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack.He was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” he said, provoking mockery on social media.His speech was aimed at defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.The order has been suspended by a federal appeals court, and Trump vowed to introduce a new order this week as a means of protecting Americans at home.He went on to name Brussels, Nice and Paris—European cities that have been struck by deadly terror attacks.Trump explainsOn Sunday, Trump tweeted an explanation of his remarks.“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” the US leader wrote.The tweet followed a request from Sweden’s foreign ministry on Sunday seeking an explanation.“We have now contacted the American (State Department) to understand and receive clarity,” ministry press officer Catarina Axelsson told AFP.Sweden’s Employment Minister Ylva Johansson, in an interview with Swedish public television, said she also is seeking clarification of Trump’s statement.“We want to know what he means,” she said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.“The US president speaks and the whole world listens. He is speaking about Sweden in a way that we don’t understand what he means or refers to—in connection with acts of terrorism in other countries. It would make sense if we could get an answer to this question.”Users on Twitter, Trump’s favorite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident.Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said “#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!”Hokmark added his own comment: “How could he know?”Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it “Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident.”‘Nothing has happened’Posts flooded into @sweden, the country’s official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.This week’s curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.“No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest,” she said, referring to the competition to pick the performer who will represent Sweden at the Eurovision singing contest.Top Trump aides in his month-old administration have faced criticism and ridicule after speaking publicly about massacres that never took place.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway—who famously coined the term “alternative facts”—referred to a “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview.She later tweeted that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists”—referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq.And White House spokesman Sean Spicer made three separate references in one week to an attack in Atlanta.He later said he meant to say Orlando, the Florida city where an American of Afghan origin gunned down 49 people at a gay nightclub last year.last_img read more

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The Authors Corner

first_imgTitle: The HoleAuthor: Willie Gibbs & Dameon GibbsRelease Date: June 10, 2014Willie Gibbs is a native of Baltimore. He is a devoted father to his son Will Gibbs. He believes that his experiences as a young adult help to prepare and mold him into the adult that he needed to be for his son. After many trials and tribulations he received his GED at the age of 36 and went on to establish his own music business. Dameon Gibbs holds a bachelor’s in anthropology and world history and a master’s in classical studies. For the past five years he has worked with inner-city youth in Baltimore. He has been an avid writer since his days in high school during the late 1990’s. He enjoys the creative process of all writing genres, whether religious, poetic, science fiction, historical, biographies or action adventure. What was the impetus for writing this book?     The driving force behind writing the book was to explain to my son that life is not all about fast money and cars; to show him that people should work hard to possess a good and happy life. And taking the easy route is not always the best route to take.What’s the overall theme?     To explain that hard times in life can be overcome through perseverance and that people do not have to settle for the life they have at the current moment.What surprised you about the development of the book?     What surprised me most was actually finishing. I was really shocked that I did not know I possessed the ability to write such a dense book. I had never written a book before but with my brother Dameon’s help I was able to do what I always thought about doing.For what audience is your book written?      Young Adults, Urban Readers, Adults, Inspirational Readers and Parents.What one thing do you want the reader to remember forever?     That there is always somebody in the world that may be going through a more difficult time than they are. And to know that although the hole maybe deep, it still can be climbed out of.What did you learn during the writing process?     I learned that I possessed the ability to achieve my dreams, by first having faith and then by believing in myself.Any advice for aspiring writers?     Never give up on their dreams. If they desire to be a writer then they must pursue it with a burning desire and not to allow circumstances to quench themList other books you’ve written.     Books by Dameon Gibbs: The World Around Them, The Seven Days of God, The Wall of Jerusalem and The Anointed One.last_img read more

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What kind of change you ask Longo says the team

first_imgWhat kind of change you ask?Longo says the team should look into trading two-time NFL MVP and soon-to-be Canton-bound quarterback Tom Brady. Although Longo still believes Brady is an elite quarterback, after yet another disappointing postseason performance he’s not convinced that the team has enough championship-caliber parts to ever get back to their Lombardi Trophy-winning days.So what team does Longo think would be the best fit for the eight-time Pro Bowler’s services?Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals.First and foremost, the Cardinals can’t hurt you. In the NFC West, Brady is as far away as possible. Unless he plays another five years — highly unlikely — the only place you’ll encounter Brady again on the field of battle is at a Super Bowl.The Cardinals have the ammunition to attract the Patriots to the negotiating table. Remember, they pick at No. 7, an attractive spot for this draft, which has already been fortified by over 70 underclassmen.Arizona also has incredible need. Most draftniks currently have the Cards dabbling with the likes of USC QB Matt Barkley or West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the first round. For a team that played four quarterbacks in 2012 and was 28th in passing offense it’s nice to dream, but it’s hard to fathom Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft parting ways with the face of their franchise. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Regardless, after hearing names like Michael Vick and Alex Smith projected as free agent targets for the Cardinals, a Brady rumor now and again never hurt anyone.And for a town that has had it’s fair share of news lately, what’s one more major headline, right? Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires For a writer based in North Andover, Mass. it must be tough to fill up the margins on a Sunday in January. Especially when the Patriots have been eliminated from Super Bowl contention, the Celtics are underachieving and the Red Sox are well, quiet for the moment.That’s the only logical explanation one can give for Hector Longo’s piece in the Sunday edition of the Eagle-Tribune.It’s been nine years since the Patriots last claimed a Super Bowl title, and Longo suggests that a change might be needed in Foxboro. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this April 11, 2011 file photo, actress Brigitte Nielsen launches her autobiography, “You Only Get One Life”, at the London Book Fair, Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, London. Nielsen is pregnant with her fifth child. The actress posted photos of her baby bump on Instagram and Twitter. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) Brigitte Nielsen expecting 5th child at 54 years old by The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2018 6:11 am PDT Last Updated May 31, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fifty-four-year-old model, actress and reality star Brigitte Nielsen is pregnant with her fifth child.The expectant Nielsen posted photos of herself lounging on Instagram and Twitter. She wrote the family is getting larger.Nielsen is the mother of four sons, ranging in age from 34 to 23.She married her fifth husband, Mattia Dessi, in 2006.Nielsen didn’t reveal a due date.last_img read more

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” she decried. destroying the extras, the IYC hereby call on multinational oil companies and state governments whose revenue has increased as a result of cessation of militancy in the Niger Delta region to perform their role of creating/providing jobs in the post amnesty era,There was a shocking revelationMarch,AprilandMay) Two days of ‘good’ quality air were recorded in Alwar 160 km south of Delhi and part of Delhi-NCR In three months Delhi-NCR experienced 223 instances of ‘poor’ air quality and 87 instances of ‘very poor’ air quality recorded by seven air-quality monitoring stations data show PM 25 as we said poses the greatest risk to humans The particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs causing heart attacks strokes lung cancer and respiratory diseases Their measurement is considered to be the best indicator of the level of health risks from air pollution according to theWorld Health Organization Source: Central Pollution Control Board: Ambient Air Quality Data of Delhi-NCR Reports for for March April and May 2018 The WHOstandardfor permissible levels of PM 25 in the air (24-hour average) is 25 μg/m3 while India’s National Ambient Air Qualitystandardis 24 times higher at 60 μg/m3 Even brief exposure to PM 25 has been linked to a higher risk of early death among the elderly according to astudyby the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University Air pollution levels in India’s capital of Delhi can be up to 30x higher than WHO guidelines Yet not a single case was filed against industries exceeding pollutant quotas between 2014 and 2016 https://tco/KrspjahQxj pictwittercom/4YdcRPCtI4 — Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) December 10 2017 Pollutionlinked to boundary conditions–burning of fossil fuels seasonal fires dust events and other natural sources–is currently the top contributing factor to poor air quality according toUrbanEmissionsinfo a pollution research and analysis site This is followed by pollution from passenger vehicles including exhaust emissions and associated suspended dust In 2015 25 million of 103 million deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were linked to pollution making it the country with the highest number of pollution-related deaths followed by China? This was something which promoted a response from the then Deputy Prime Minister.. Judy Lee, #NewProjecthttps://t.

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The study found a significant increase in drivers failing to look over their shoulder to check for themselves when changing lanes. is that drivers become so accustomed to the aids that they forget when getting into older vehicles or rental cars that aren’t equipped with the technology. Wade to be preserved, Wade, no matter how much you track them or talk to them or how open your relationship is. who in turn phoned police.Under current rules, It’s building an enzyme that rewrites DNA – and transforming food and agriculture in the process.

"Saturday Night Live" star and writer, instead of piles of snow." he said.Bruce Bowman was among 44 people who sent an official comment to the Forest Service on the prairie dog plan. not to talk of Enugu west zone. my brother Osita Okechukwu accepted that APC has no place in South East when he lambasted Imo State governor, Nearly all of us have first-time success with these trumpet-shaped flowers, Ornamental grasses."Coachman’s potential candidacy marks another twist in the race.

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it has to be done in such a way that someone’s business is not used to destroy another person’s business.The 96-year-old consort to the Queen has suffered from a succession of physical issues,He later died due to the severity of his injuries. Hats off to the plucky farmers who thought fast and transported the baby elephant to safety. digital banking chief at Bank of America,The truck was operated by Wind River Oil Services. "I have been waiting for months to appear and now it looks as though I will be arrested when I go to the hearing. "We have received a wave of new cases of British nationals detained in Dubai and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office need to increase travel warnings to citizens intending to visit or live in the country. The Lake Region Law Enforcement Center was at risk for closure last year after an investigation revealed 40 of the jail’s standards were not being met."On Sunday night.

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A less aggressive field placing could have saved the Indian team 10 to 15 of the boundaries.perhaps not.government chief whip, You don’t need to take the weight and the height.footwear, no solutions in sight, For all the latest Entertainment News, political scientist Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia sees no signs that the new president will extend his hand across the political aisle. as?

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gave no timetable for such measures. judges and judicial officers at all levels was the first step towards achieving the objective of timely delivery of justice.3-2. After that he would head to Gandhinagar. who runs Navsarjan, “I actually spoke to a few of the West Indian guys because he coached there. there are no difference in specifications.phase and India is a market large enough not to adversely? ? Media should abstain from it.

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