For India batsman Virender Sehwag, who is the recent king of birthday greetings on social media, turned 38 today.It was Viru’s turn today to be wished by his fans, ex colleagues and other famous personalities, who he never forgot to wish during their birthdays. He not only remembers them on their special days but makes sure they do not forget his ‘hatke’ wishes too.Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Harbhajan Singh were among the many who came forward on Twitter to wish Viru on his birthday. Here are a few of the wishes -Happy birthday Viru @virendersehwag Enjoy the day and the year ahead. God bless! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 20, 2016 .@virendersehwag Happy birthday my friend, the game of cricket misses your exciting batting and all round entertainment ! ?????? Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 20, 2016 Wish you a very happy borthday @virendersehwag bhaiya!! Have a grt one!! Love your sense of humour all the time!! Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 20, 2016 Wishing big brother @virendersehwag the very best birthday…2011 world cup(. Ur song )mujhe Khushi milly inti .love and respect alwys Bhai pic.twitter.com/zlcjezj6ij Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 20, 2016 Warm birthday wishes to bratha @virendersehwag ??????Have a great year ahead Viru??? VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 20, 2016 Seedha saadha bhola jaat,jiski chavvi par na koi daag,Iska bat barsaye hamesha aag. Happy birthday to my brother @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/WHhl3jYuG7 Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 20, 2016Tendulkar wished Sehwag by posting a picture of them together with the caption, “He’s the sweetest man who has caused so much destruction! Happy Birthday Lala!” Sehwag decided to reply to Tendulkar by telling his fans why according to him the Cricket God calls him Lala.advertisementHe’s the sweetest man who has caused so much destruction! Happy Birthday Lala! @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/BfcT2oYbWn sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 20, 2016He said, “Thank you God ji! You guys must be thinking why he calls me Lala. One is because I look like a Lala. And the other because I can keep a good record of the number of fours, sixes, losses, wins and the times Sachin Tendulkar would have broken records. This is probably why he calls me Lala. But this is my version. God ji will tell you his.”Have a look at the video here:.@sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/yp0XCHINVB Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 20, 2016 The Nawab of Najafgarh is the only Indian batsman to score 300 in a Test innings, a feat he has managed to achieve twice. The Delhi cricketer has made a mark in cricket, setting the standards high for the current players and inspiring a generation of youngsters altogether.
New Delhi, July 13 (PTI) Young Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan today claimed the women’s air rifle gold medal in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. The 18-year-old shot 250.8 in the final to get the better of Italy’s Nicole Gabrielli (249.7) by 1.1 point. She had also topped the qualification with 628.0. Aleksandra Szutko of Poland won the bronze with 228.2. The other Indian shooter in the final, Shreya Agrawal finished fourth with 206.6. Also, the Indian junior men swept the three medals in the 25-metre sports pistol, with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu winning the gold with 586, one point ahead of Vijayveer Sidhu. Udhayveer Sidhu bagged the bronze medal with 582. “It feels great but more importantly it was important to maintain the consistency of points. I am happy, that I could score as planned. These are important exposure tournaments for Asian Games and my goal is to do well there,” Elavenil said after her win. Among other notable results for India on the day, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar reached the final of the junior men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event and finished fourth with a score of 433. Yesterday, extending her golden run, teenager Manu Bhaker won her ninth international gold medal in the last one year and talented Anish Bhanwala also emerged champion in their respective pistol events. PTI AH PDSPDS
East Bengal vs Patha Chakra CFL Preview: Team News, Timing, TV Details Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 6/9/2017 After a week’s gap Calcutta Football League leaders East Bengal are back in action against Patha Chakra on Wednesday… On the back of a five-match winning streak defending Calcutta Football League (CFL) champions East Bengal take the field on Wednesday against minnows Patha Chakra in a sixth round clash. Full three points against Patha Chakra will push East Bengal to the summit with a 2 points lead over rivals Mohun Bagan who are second in the league table.Patha Chakra who qualified to the Premier Division this season as champions have not performed as per expectation. With quite a few quality names like Lalkamal Bhowmick and Eric Brown in their ranks, the Men in Purple were expected to play better football. They had started their campaign on a high with a 4-2 win over giants Mohammedan Sporting, but slowly faded away as the league progressed. They currently have four points from as many matches and are placed at the sixth position.The picture of the East Bengal camp is extremly flowery on the other hand. They are yet to taste defeat in the league and have already scored 17 goals in the tournament. Without two foreign players, the team had outclassed Railway FC 3-0 in their last match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Another very good news from the Red and Gold camp is that the Indian players have performed brilliantly. The team has two hat-trick heroes this time VP Suhair and Surabuddin Mullick which depicts how well the Indian brigade has fired.Once again against Patha Chakra, the Kolkata giants will be without Trinidad and Tobago duo Willis Plaza and Carlyle Mitchell who will not be back until Friday from international duty. VP Suhair, Khalid Jamil’s trusted lieutenant has unfortunately suffered an injury and will be out action tomorrow. Gabriel Fernandes likely to partner Joby Justin upfront replacing Suhair.Another change which was noticed during the team’s practice session was young defender Tanmoy Ghosh playing as a left-back in place of in-form Lalramchullova. Jamil may experiment with starting XI and have a look at how his reserve players are performing.Kick off: 2:45 PM (IST)Venue: East Bengal groundTelecast: Kolkata TVEast Bengal Team NewsInjury: VP SuhairSuspended: NoneDoubtful: NoneKey Player: Mahmoud Al Amna read more
Bayern München Ancelotti: James needs to improve physical condition Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:53 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Schalke 04 v Bayern München Schalke 04 Bundesliga The Bayern Munich boss was pleased with what he saw from the Colombian in his first Bundesliga start, but admitted he’s still not 100 per cent fit Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with James Rodriguez’s display in his team’s 3-0 win at Schalke, but said the attacker was not yet at full fitness.James, 26, marked his first Bundesliga start with a goal and an assist as Bayern moved top of the table.Bayern 6/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ancelotti praised the Colombia international, who is on loan from Real Madrid, for his display, but added the attacker was still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury.”He did well, he had a good performance. He played with the team, for the team, together with the others, with a good combination,” Ancelotti said.”I think he has to improve his physical condition because he is not 100 per cent, but what he did today was really good.”Contento por marcar mi primer gol con la camiseta del @FCBayern pic.twitter.com/Iq5QlfayR1— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) September 19, 2017Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot before goals from James and Arturo Vidal.Ancelotti was satisfied with his side’s display, saying: “The performance was good from the beginning until the end.”We played with intensity, with good attacking play, compact when we defended. I think everything was OK.”Bayern are in action again on Friday when they host Wolfsburg.
I have been loving a man since many years but he never reciprocated and loved me. I’m very upset. Please help.R. Guha, West Bengal It is time to recognize all the doubled-sided loves in your life. One-sided love can leave you feeling pretty bad. It also makes us forget that love comes in so many forms, and we’ve got a lot of things and people in our lives who love us just as much back. It’s easy to let yourself feel alone when romantic love isn’t reciprocated, but friend-love and family-love are constant and powerful. Whether it’s music, cooking, religion, the arts – find those things and spend time with them. You’ll begin to feel like yourself again and realize just how loveable you truly are. Also Read – Feel what you fear After 8 years of marriage, my wife is in a relationship and has left me. Can you help me identify the reason why she did this? Ashmit, New Delhi We marry because we are in love, and we fall in love with those who meet our most important requirement – emotional need. When the one we marry stops meeting those emotional need, we tend to become vulnerable to others who are willing and able to meet them. If we let someone else meet our needs, we fall in love with that person, and an affair. Once an affair begins, it is like an addiction. The same emotional attachment that drew you and your spouse into marriage is now directed to someone else. So, time shall say the future. Don’t worry, all will happen for the best. Also Read – HomecomingMy partner has been a compulsive flirt. Though he has improved yet I don’t know what I should do. Please guide. Name Withheld Any kind of compulsive behavior including flirting is exceedingly difficult to change. Your partner’s heart may be in the right place but they may from time to time lapse into their earlier behavior. On the other hand, even though they may not be able to completely let go of their gregarious nature, they may be eager to show their love and commitment to you in many more ways than before. Living with a flirtatious partner can either be extremely stressful or a matter of minor adjustments, depending ultimately on your own personality and how you can handle it. I’m 39, I think I feel angry all the time. However much I try, I know that I’m not feeling good. Can you help? D. Kriplani, Noida If you are always angry, it’s important to try and figure out the cause, so that it doesn’t stay a problem. We’re hardly ever ‘just’ angry – it’s usually a reaction to feeling hurt, upset, disappointed, confused, afraid etc. Try and work out if any of these causes apply to your own anger – it may help to talk it through with a good friend or family member. Then you can work on strategies to solve the problem, or cope with what is happening. If your anger is impacting your day to day life, or the reasons that you are angry are particularly complicated, it could be really useful to talk to an expert, like a counsellor. They can help you process all your feelings about what’s going on. Good luck and be happy, less angry. (Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
India is witnessing a sharp decline in population growth, according to Economic Survey 2018-19, which was tabled in the Parliament on July 4, 2019. A week later, a parliamentarian pushed a private bill for punitive action against those who have more than two children. Clearly unaware of the facts highlighted by the Economic Survey, BJP MP Rakesh Sinha stoked a controversy with the introduction of Population Regulation Bill, 2019. It was introduced on July 12, 2019, and the suggested punitive actions it called for included disqualification from being an elected representative, denial of financial benefits and also reducing benefits under Public Distribution System (PDS). According to the Bill, government employees would have been asked to give an undertaking that they would not procreate more than twice. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut the fact is something entirely different. India is moving towards replacement growth rate rapidly and very soon the population is going to stabilise. The annual population growth rate reduced to around 1.3 per cent in 2011-16 from 2.5 per cent during 1971-81. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Assam and many other states have already managed to bring their growth to replacement rate. And states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana, which were lagging behind, will rapidly move towards achieving the replacement level, which is 2.1. Also Read – Insider threat management”India is set to witness a sharp slowdown in population growth in the next two decades. Population in the 0-19 age bracket has already peaked due to sharp decline in total fertility rates (TFR) across the country,” according to the survey. Replacement rate can be defined as the amount of fertility needed to keep the population the same from generation to generation. It refers to the total fertility rate that will result in a stable population without it increasing or decreasing. Moreover, 24 states including Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab and southern states have achieved fertility rates well below the replacement rate. Other states are also moving in the same direction and, as a result, the national TFR is expected to be below replacement level by 2021, the survey highlighted. But, not a single state out of all 24 that have achieved the replacement level TFR of 2.1 has used any coercive methods. It has been achieved by empowering women and providing better education and health care facilities, said Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of Population Foundation of India (PFI). So instead of demanding coercive methods, Sinha should ask the government to take positive steps that are more inclusive and fulfil the unmet need for contraceptives and services. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-IV), around 13 per cent of currently married women under the age bracket of 15 to 49 years don’t get support for family planning. This translates to around 30 million women, added Muttreja. The crisis gets compounded when the government’s approach is considered. The family planning component receives merely four per cent of the total budget allocated for National Health Mission’s Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) flexi pool. Around 40 per cent of the total funds made available for family planning in 2016-17 were not even spent. This shows that the government is not keen to move in the right direction when it comes to family planning or population control, or the Rajya Sabha MP is just not aware of the available facts. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has declared a ‘sectional holiday’ on September 9, on the occasion of Karam Puja, an agricultural festival of tribals. The government employees of tribal communities would enjoy a paid holiday on this day so that they can participate in the festival. “The Governor is pleased to declare September 9 as a sectional holiday on occasion of ‘Karam Puja’ for the employees belonging to tribal communities employed in state government offices, local bodies, statutory bodies, boards, corporations and undertakings controlled or owned by the state government and in educational institutions and other offices/institutions under the control of the state government, as well as for the employees in tea gardens all over the state,” read a notification issued by the state government.
Goodwill Industries International and Beyoncé continue a partnership this holiday season for Beyoncé’s second North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour which includes 15 concert stops.Video: Text BEYONCE to 85944 to Help Someone Find a JobWith the exception of the November 30th date in Vancouver, Canada, the remaining fourteen stops will impact Goodwill headquarters in 13 communities, where Goodwill will encourage fans and concert attendees to #BeyGOOD this holiday season and support Goodwill’s job training and community-based services that reduce unemployment and help people care for themselves and their families. Goodwill collected 27,500 pounds (or 14 tons) of donated clothes and goods through its partnership with Beyoncé this past summer, equating to more than 800 hours of free on-the-job training at Goodwill career centers.During the month of December, there are two ways to participate in Goodwill’s #BeyGOOD initiative. Ticket holders are asked to bring donations to Goodwill and then bring their donation receipts to the concerts or bring clothes to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation bins to deposit their items. The first 100 ticketholders with their donor receipts or donations, who arrive between 7 and 8 PM, receive stickers qualifying for a chance to be upgraded to the BeyStage or BeyHive VIP areas. Number of available upgrades in each market will be determined the day of the show.“I am excited to team up once again with Goodwill in supporting their efforts in finding and creating jobs for families in need,” said Beyoncé.The donated goods collected during the partnership will be sold in the communities where they were collected, and the revenue will benefit Goodwill’s employment programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages and other challenges to finding employment. Goodwill provides a variety of training opportunities, including résumé reviews, mock interviews, and sessions on dressing for success, and it provides access to computers, fax machines and phones to meet with potential employers. In addition, Goodwill provides support services so that people have stability both at home and in the workplace. These services include child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and more.“The people who come through our doors are a diverse group, from single mothers and recent immigrants to people with criminal backgrounds and adults who never finished high school. But everyone is looking for the same thing: a better life,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We’re proud that Beyoncé is using her platform to share the positive impact Goodwill has on local communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people Goodwill assists each year. We are incredibly grateful for Beyoncé’s support of Goodwill’s mission.”To learn how Goodwill and Beyoncé are transforming lives for good, visit www.goodwill.org and www.beyonce.com/charity.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as the market claws back some of the ground it lost in a big slide a day earlier.Technology and health care companies made up many of the winners in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday.Analog Devices rose 1.7% and Thermo Fisher Scientific rose 1.5%Communications companies were also higher. Disney rose 1% after announcing a deal with Comcast to take full control of the video streaming service Hulu.The S&P 500 rose 13 points, or 0.5%, to 2,825. The index fell 2.4% the day before.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 114 points, or 0.4%, to 25,442. The Nasdaq rose 49 points, or 0.6%, to 7,696.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10 year Treasury edged up to 2.41%The Associated Press
About 40% of survey respondents reported “upgrading legacy systems/processes” as one of their top three challenges to digital transformation. This is no surprise. Digital transformation projects amplify these issues when executing pivots such as intelligent workflows and unified customer experience.Tags:News & ViewsagileDeloittedatatalentintelligent workflowsDigital TransformationAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsCustomer ExperienceDigital WorkplaceOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like The ecosystem engagement pivot is defined as working with external partners. This can include startups, R&D organizations, and other groups that are technology incubators. This is important to gain access to resources such as people to help obtain talent and intellectual property, as well as new technologies. However, to get all these benefits, don’t expect to approach a digital transformation project as an IT-only effort. Although IT and the network are integral to digital transformation success, they are not the only pieces of the puzzle. The Other Four PivotsAlthough these remaining four digital pivots that Deloitte identified are not as foundational, they cannot be diminished or ignored: The report covers a survey from November 2018 consisting of 1,200 U.S.-based senior executives who are knowledgeable about their organization’s digital transformation efforts. The organizations surveyed employed at least 500 people and had global revenue of $250 million. Business model adaptability means that an organization has more than one business model and has an optimized revenue stream that can positively respond business and market changes. IT should be the leader of this pivot and pursue it with an evangelical spirit with the goal of wide organization adoption. The Deloitte report found that more than 60% of higher-maturity organizations had implemented this pivot in at least five functions, while about 15% of lower-maturity organizations adopted this pivot. Flexible and secure infrastructure — The infrastructure design needs to balance security and privacy with the ability to respond to business changes as well as agilely support new capabilities. Considerations include evaluating a cloud infrastructure, having agile/DevOps methodologies implementing technology platforms instead of ad hoc applications, and deploying a cybersecurity strategy. Digital MaturityA recent Deloitte Insights report, “Pivoting to digital maturity,” identifies seven “digital pivots” — defined as capabilities that, when developed, contribute toward a business successfully bringing about positive growth through digital transformation. Other factors to limited success are a lack of leadership support, budget, or focus. There are also the problems associated with acquiring and developing talent. Optimizing Business Communications Through Information Marty Parker April 23, 2019 It’s a great time to embrace change and take a leadership role in defining what emerging trends mean for your business. Lower-maturity organizations usually take a narrow view of digital transformation, Deloitte found. They may decide that supporting omnichannel customer interactions or adding robotic process automation for call centers is enough. Higher-maturity organizations take a broader view across the whole organization and do not limit their horizons. Is It Time for the Other ‘I’ in ROI? Tom Nolle April 01, 2019 Our lives are almost run by ‘return on infrastructure,’ whether we know it or not. Talent — Many consider the most important operational and cultural challenge organizations face is finding, training, and retaining the right talent. This reminds me of the current skills gap in cybersecurity experts; there are more jobs than people to fill them. Intelligent workflows consist of balancing people processes and technology capabilities that can produce positive results. Done properly, intelligent workflows can release talent and resources for higher value projects. Data mastery — This involves data usage and analytics to discover insights that help improve efficiency and pursue new business opportunities. Data mastery is not just constructing data lakes. It’s also about structured and unstructured data. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) surfaces in organizational processes that enable decisions at the enterprise edge. Digital transformation can lead to more revenue, higher profits, increased market share, and improved efficiency for your organization. And because such transformation initiatives involve digitizing processes and workflows, staff will be outfitted with modern tools that can help them more rapidly resolve problems, leading to improved customer satisfaction, and loyalty. Best Practices for Digital Transformation Gary Audin March 29, 2019 Don’t look for a cookie-cutter plan for digital transformation; craft a strategy that fits your unique enterprise goals. Unified customer experience deals with delivering a 360-degree customer view that is available to the entire organization. This includes digital and human interactions that produce an enjoyable and satisfying experience. transformation-774.png To reduce the talent gap, organizations have to retool training programs to focus on digital competencies. Higher-maturity organizations are about five times more likely to strongly agree that their organization excels at assisting employees develop digital skills. Human resources departments are the key in architecting this pivot, using incentives and rewards to guide talent to behave more like staff at digital-native organizations. You need to look at digital transformation as a totality, not as set applications. A platform is a reusable collection of assets and capabilities working together to make it easier to produce a product or deliver a service. Data mastery allows the organization to make micro insights widely available. The chief data officer should identify and evaluate data assets and build or acquire (with IT support) the necessary platforms and competencies. Eighty-eight percent of higher-maturity companies reported that they attained a positive impact from their use of data, compared to lower-maturity organizations, at just 24%. IT is the driver of this pivot as well. Log in or register to post comments Digital maturity is attained when organizations systematically and broadly execute the digital pivots, the Deloitte authors found. Digital maturity comes when the assets and capabilities are implemented and adopted, which creates a condition where the organization will experience significant, positive business impact. See All in Digital Transformation » Holoportation! Next Best Thing to Being There? Marty Parker July 23, 2019 This visionary technology stimulates the imagination as to the future of business communications. Digital Transformation Challenges Exposed Gary Audin March 08, 2019 Challenges will vary based on the industry, organization size, what the organization already has installed, resources available, and budget. Get the Pivots RightThere will be many challenges. One barrier could potentially be the existing business model, even if it has been successful. Properly executing the pivots requires cross-functional coordination and shared asset use that may not be supported. The Deloitte report found that a poorly suited operating model/structure was the most common challenge to digital transformation success. Top 3 Digital PivotsWhile there are seven pivots for digital transformation success, three are foundational:
“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the attack yesterday in the Israeli town of Beit She’an, in which Palestinian gunmen killed six Israelis and wounded many others,” Mr. Annan’s spokesperson said in a press statement. The statement also repeated the Secretary-General’s “utter condemnation of such terrorist acts against civilians, which are extremely harmful to the Palestinian cause.”
A particularly nasty new bit of drive-by malware has been discovered trying to extort money from users in Germany by accusing them of viewing child pornography. It’s a horrendous scare tactic to employ, but it’s also one that seems like it could be incredibly effective in deceiving innocent surfers. When confronted with such a horrific accusation, there’s no doubt that some would move quickly to comply in whatever way they were told was necessary.After all, who are they going to go to for help? The warning has been designed to look official and totally legitimate. And it’s not as though being anonymously accused of viewing underage porn on the web is a topic most are going to be comfortable discussing with… well, anyone. The lowlifes who foist malware upon unsuspecting Internet users aren’t stupid. They know scare tactics work — and this is about as scary as it can get.This isn’t a new approach to online extortion. Ransomware has been around for a long time, and it’s taken various forms. Another recently-reported piece of malware is taking things to a whole new level by encrypting victimized users’ files and holding them until ransom demands are met.And sadly, this isn’t even the first time that child porn accusations have been used as a threat. Last year a similar campaign was also spotted in Germany. The warning page was slightly different, but the messages would have been every bit as terrifying to those who didn’t understand what was going on. This new round of attacks goes so far as to display a partial image of a child as “proof,” which some security researchers are saying is a first.
Okay, first thing: Why are people mad at the director?Short version: Shane Black (writer/director of Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and some highly-regarded action-comedy screenplays in the 80s and 90s) cast a “down on his luck” actor friend of his in a bit role for one scene opposite Olivia Munn. And he didn’t disclose to the actress (or anyone else in the production) that his friend was “down on his luck” because he was on the sex offender registry for attempted inappropriate contact with a minor. Munn found this out after the film was completed and informed the studio, which cut the scene from the movie. It led to a public scandal with others in the production accused of ostracizing and/or “failing to support” Munn during the press tour when it was coming to light.That’s pretty bad. What does the director have to say for himself?Black has stated that his friend misrepresented the seriousness of the circumstances under which he was originally convicted, and how much it was exacerbated by a struggle with alcoholism. The same actor has previously been in minor roles in some of Black’s other films.So still pretty unpleasant, then. That’s a sour note to start on.You’re telling me.Apart from that, how is The Predator?Kind of a mess.Ouch.Yeah, and I was looking forward to this one, too. Whatever else you can say about him, Black (who actually appeared in the original Predator as “Hawkins” back in 1987) is a heck of a talent. It feels like he may have bitten off more than he could chew, and that the production got away from him. The Predator has all the hallmarks of an ambitious, stuffed-to-the-gills “big idea” reboot that spooked the studio (Fox, in this case), and got chopped down to a 95 minute bare-bones September dump. It’s still hard to imagine that there was much movie to begin with even when Black had control of it, though.What’s the main issue?As released, it feels hacked down to near-incomprehensibility. At the foundation, though, it’s probably that Black went too weird and self-aware with it. Even in this mangled form, The Predator is far and away the “silliest” Predator-related movie ever assembled, and it’s clear that it was actively trying to be even weirder and more comical at one point.Ironically, if not for his irresponsible decisions about the bit player casting stealing the spotlight, the big news story surrounding this film would likely have been fanboys crucifying Shane Black as an “SJW shill” for turning The Predator into a post-modern self-satire that relentlessly mocks the franchise’s prior attempts at being remotely seriousness. All while “virtue signaling” about autism acceptance and endangered species.I’m sorry, what?To get into the weeds on it would involve actual spoilers, but suffice to say Black (who, as in Iron Man 3, seems to take perverse delight in attempting to pull off the “good version” of bad-idea producer-note tropes like cute little kids, animal sidekicks, and socially conscious moral lessons) seems to have decided to take a stab at making the Predator franchise “about something.”It sounds pretty similar to Iron Man 3, tone-wise.I’m not exactly sure what makes less sense, hiring the director of Iron Man 3 for a franchise sci-fi sequel and being surprised when he hands in a snarky-confrontational-dialogue-based action-comedy that deconstructs parts of it, or not wanting it after he does when Iron Man 3 made $1.2 Billion worldwide? If they didn’t want a Shane Black movie, why hire him in the first place?So what is this actually about?Like most modern blockbusters, way too much. There are dozens of characters, multiple side-plots, various converging teams and agendas, three separate cover-up/conspiracy narratives, and a sequel setup. That’s all crammed into an hour and a half by editing it with the subtlety of a weed-wacker.As for the plot, Boyd Holbrook is a sniper who encounters a Predator. Both of them get grabbed by a government agency that’s been covering up Predator activity since the first movie; but not before Holbrook hides some Predator armor “evidence” with his estranged wife and bullied autistic son. His autistic son who, of course, can decipher the Predator language and turn the equipment on while trying to use it as a Halloween costume. This draws the attention of a second Predator, a Hulk-sized mutant brute (seemingly an evolution of the Super-Predators from 2010’s underrated Predators) that is apparently the nemesis of the other one and looking to kill it for some reason.Holbrook assembles a ragtag group of fellow veterans suffering various forms of mental-illness from the institution where he’s being held. This band must save his family from being caught in the fight between the Predators and the government cover-up, while also helping Munn’s Predator-studying scientist figure out why the first Predator showed up on Earth in the first place.Wow, that’s a lot.Right? It feels like they had five or six fully-formed ideas for a new Predator, and decided to use all of them. “Predator versus suburban family on Halloween.” “Remake the first one, but with present-day mentally-ill and vets instead of black-ops guys.” “Lady scientist versus government cover-up.” “Let’s go back to the ‘Super-Predator’ idea.” “What if some Predators have different opinions about hunting humans?”Those could all each be their own movie, but instead they’re all THIS movie. And I didn’t even mention the Predator Dogs and the gratuitous sequel setup.Does any of it work?A lot of it works! I’m just not sure it works together. There are good action beats, both Predators (and even the silly “Predator Dogs”) look fantastic, and the retro-flavored score is nice. And Shane Black is undeniably one of the best in the business at taking a hodgepodge cast and shaggy sequences of hanging out exchanging schoolyard insults into something entertaining.But not enough of it works.Sadly, no. “Well-intentioned” and “so ridiculous and overstuffed it’s fun” aren’t exactly the same thing as good. I genuinely do want to see what the movie looked like before it got chopped up. For now, what’s available is more the idea of a movie than a movie.** (out of 4)If you enjoyed Moviebob’s review of The Predator, check out last week’s review of Peppermint. And if you’re looking for other things to watch, our lists of the best human-hunting movies and the best sci-fi you can stream on Netflix have plenty of options.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target
NEW YORK — Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead.But this is not an excuse to clean out your closet. Money is the quickest, most effective contribution most people can make during times of disaster, charities and philanthropy experts say. And donating directly through a website gets money to a charity faster than a text donation, even though the text might seem easier.Here’s how to make sure you are giving in a way that matters the most.• GIVE TO ESTABLISHED RELIEF AGENCIESGuideStar’s website has a database that lets you vet charities. You can find information on a charity’s expenses, assets and revenue, as well as its programs.Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, also suggests looking at a charity’s website for information on how it will use donations. And look through local news reports for information on a charity’s work, or contact the local United Way and the local Community Foundation — in this case Houston’s.It’s up to you whether to go with a local charity that might know the area better, or a national charity that has wider reach. Palmer says “both kinds of organizations have their place right now.”
By Yankuba JallowThe Gambia Court of Appeal has on November 2nd 2017, quashed Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 18 others’ appeal. Lawyer Ousainou A.N.M. Darboe is the current party leader of UDP and is also currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was arrested, prosecuted and found guilty by the Banjul High Court on seven counts. Whilst serving his sentences, the former President was ousted and President Barrow took over. Before President Barrow took over, Lawyer Darboe was already bailed out from Prison upon negotiations. He appealed to the Gambia Court of Appeal for his conviction and sentence to be wiped out but the Court of Appeal Judges in unanimity dismissed the application.The Appellants (Darboe and others) who were convicted by the Lower Court on seven count charges and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment filed an appeal before Justices Awa Bah, E.F. M’Bai and N. Salla-Wadda. The Appellants who were aggrieved by the said conviction and sentence filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal which is still pending.Darboe and others upon conviction were displeased with the conviction and sentences of the High Court and made an appeal at the Gambia Court of Appeal. This appeal is ongoing but made another application in court to wipe out records of conviction and sentences of the High Court but the Court of Appeal dismissed the application.Counsel for Darboe and the 18 others was Lawyer Yassin Senghore whilst the State was represented by M.B. Abubakarr.The lead Judge of the Gambia Court of Appeal Justice Awa Bah in her ruling said it is during the pendency of the appeal at the Court of Appeal that the President on 30th January 2017 in pursuance of his powers vested under Section 82(1) of the 1997 Constitution granted pardon to the Appellants by way of Gazette contained in General Notice No. 4/2017 vol. 134.“Subsequent to the said Presidential Pardon, the Appellants indicated their intention to proceed with their appeal despite the pardon” she said.In her ruling, she held that the President in the exercise of his Constitutional power pursuant to Section 82(1) of the Constitution could not have reversed the decision of the High Court convicting the Appellants of the offences stated therein.“That power to reverse their conviction is a judicial power and it lies only with the court” she said.“I want to believe that the drafters of our Constitution did have at the back of their minds the doctrine of separation of power when the provisions of Section 82(1) were being drafted” she said.She said looking at the wordings of Section 82(1), the President could only invoke his power of prerogative of mercy after a person has been convicted and sentenced and not at any time earlier.She held that the President could only by grant of pardon to the Appellants; relieve them of all pains of penalties and punishments whatsoever that from the conviction may ensue.“The grant of the pardon could not wipe out the fact of the conviction of the Appellants, which conviction could not be denied” she said.Justice E.F. M’bai also submitted himself to Justice Bah’s ruling and allowing the Appellants to proceed with their appeal before this court despite the grant of Presidential Pardon pursuant to Section 82(1)(a) of the 1997 Constitution.“An appeal is a constitutional right” he said.“Despite the grant of a presidential pardon, the Appellants remain convicts rightly or wrongly” he said.Justice N. Salla-Wadda in her ruling also associated herself to Justice Bah’s ruling.“The effect of that Power by his Excellency the President, in my considered view was to relieve and release the Appellants herein of the remainder of their sentences as imposed on them by the lower court and any other pain or hardship that the appellants herein were to suffer” she said.“To my mind, that pardon did not have the effect of wiping away the convictions passed on the Appellants by the court below. That power in my considered view is vested in the Courts on a due appellate process” she said.“The Presidential pardon therefore to my mind does not have the effect of rendering nugatory the appeal filed to this Court by the Appellants” she said.The trio held that the appeal before the Court is tenable and ought to proceed if the Appellants wish to proceed with same. They added that the Appellants are therefore at liberty to proceed with the ongoing appeal and may seek the orders of the Court to do so.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House’s fiscal 2016 defense spending bill would undermine a new round of base closures and prevent DOD from aligning its infrastructure with the needs of its evolving force, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said this week in explaining the White House’s threat to veto the legislation.The appropriations bill, which the House began debating Wednesday, does not includes $10.5 million that President Obama requested for planning and analyses to support a BRAC round in 2017, according to OMB’s response to the measure, H.R. 2685.“This impairs the ability of the executive branch to plan for contingencies or make other needed adjustments that would improve military effectiveness and efficiency. The administration strongly urges the Congress to provide the BRAC authorization as requested, which would allow DOD to right-size its infrastructure while providing important assistance to affected communities, freeing resources currently consumed by maintaining unneeded facilities,” according to the “Statement of Administration Policy.”In the House Appropriations Committee’s report accompanying the legislation, H.Rpt. 114-139, top Democrat appropriators also criticized Congress for failing to authorize a new BRAC round. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, and Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), the defense subcommittee’s ranking member, praised the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for addressing the service chiefs’ concerns for readiness before pointing out that less funding would be required to sustain military facilities if DOD was permitted to shed unneeded capacity.“The concern for readiness is also addressed in the $1.4 billion added across the services for facility sustainment, restoration and modernization although, this figure could be much lower if Congress allowed the Department of Defense to divest itself of unusable infrastructure through a Base Realignment and Closure round,” the two lawmakers stated.OMB also singled out the bill’s reliance on the department’s overseas contingency operations account to sidestep the statutory spending caps as a key factor in prompting the veto threat.
Dharwad building collapsetwitterAt least five people died after an under-construction building collapsed at Kumareshwara Nagar in Karnataka’s Dharwad district on Tuesday evening.The incident took place at around 4.30 pm when the building near the central bus stand caved in on the people and vehicles. So far, 58 people have been rescued from the debris and have been shifted to Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences at Hubballi and SDM Hospital at Sattur.The rescue operations are still underway as more people are feared to be trapped. Dharwad building collapsetwitterA National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Bengaluru is in Dharwad and involved in rescue operations since Tuesday evening. Officials claim that the rescue operations will be complete by Wednesday evening.The administration has sought more help from the Centre and 76 NDRF team from Ghaziabad will join the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). They are arriving on a special flight to Belagavi, reported Deccan Herald.Gangadhar Shintre, the owner of the building, and the father-in-law of former Congress minister Vijay Kulkarni has assured that he will pay for the expenses of the injured.
The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States has caused anxiety among many Blacks. On Dec. 10, at the Faith Leaders Breakfast, key religious leader told a group of faith leaders in the D.C. that there is nothing to fear.The Rev. Dr. Barry S. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, delivered a keynote address during the monthly breakfast at Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast. Barry spoke to 80 people in the audience, many of them pastors of churches, saying, “This is a momentous time in which we are living.The Rev. Dr. Barry S. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, delivered the keynote address at a meeting with faith leaders in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“After the election I got a call from Christianity Today, from a reporter who asked me how I felt about Donald Trump being the president. I surprised her when I told her I felt positive.”Black said he quoted Biblical verses regarding gratitude from Thessalonians, optimism (Romans 8:20) and satisfaction (Philippians 4:11-12). “I have learned that whatever state I am in to experience contentment,” he said.The Rev. Willie Wilson, senior pastor at Union Temple, told the AFRO his parishioners are uneasy about a Trump presidency. “People have come up to me seeking counsel quite a lot since the election,” Wilson said. “They are anxious about what is going to happen considering the rhetoric and ideas that Trump articulated during the campaign. There is no pluralism in his message. He was using code words to inspire racist groups and people want to know what is going to happen next.”Black, a rear admiral in the Navy before becoming the Senate’s first military, Seventh Day Adventist, and Black chaplain, told the breakfast meeting that people should look at the brighter side of things. “We need to refrain from the negative,” he said, “and infuse a spirit of believing the impossible.”While Black’s message wasn’t specifically on Trump, it may have ended up that way because of the informal discussions taking place in the room. Many people were lamenting the state of America’s race relations. They are also anticipating potential suffering once Trump takes office on Jan. 20, 2017. People expect budget cuts to social services and education, and a U.S. Department of Justice that will be indifferent to police brutality, racial profiling, job and housing discrimination, and voter suppression.Black said it is time for faith leaders to “wake up.”“This should be a reality check for people of faith,” he said. “For eight years, during the Obama administration, people have been parading around like they were dressed in Joseph’s [fine] cloth.”Black encouraged the faith leaders saying, “We need leaders not seeking the neon lights. Faith leaders need to take judicious risks and not just be satisfied to be part of a social club. Jesus was saying in Luke 5:1-11 to go out to deeper waters and faith leaders need to step out on faith.”The Rev. Donald Isaac Sr., pastor of Southeast Tabernacle Baptist Church and chair of the faith committee of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, an organization that partially sponsors the breakfast meetings, said his church focuses on serving the community and not on politics.Nevertheless, he agrees with Black that faith leaders must push forward in spite of the political climate. “This is a prayer breakfast but also a call to action,” he said. “The faith community needs to mobilize.”
Dell Adds New Touch to Tablet PCs (Phys.org) — Headline after headline talks about vendors’ tablets in the wings as likely number-one contenders for the iPad. Such claims have justifiably been taken with a grain of salt, considering iPad’s continued market success. This week, though, leaked specs on the Dell latitude 10.are convincing many to claims that this may be the one to shake things up in the tablet space. The Dell Latitude 10 will have a 10.1-inch display, HD capacitive and multi-touch screen at 1366 x 768 resolution. As per Neowin, this will be a Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet. Microsoft is expected to launch its Windows 8 operating system late 2012, and some reports bet on October. Explore further Dell’s decision makers have gone with Intel for the tablet’s processors. The Dell Latitude 10 will have Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor and Intel integrated graphics,Further spec leaks show a list of 2GB RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, and dual cameras. The front facing camera is a 2-megapixel camera; an 8 megapixel camera is around the back. Optional features include a fingerprint reader and smart card reader for enhanced security, and a stylus.Other news about the Dell Latitude 10 focuses on the battery, which will be removable, with two choices. A smaller battery provides six to seven hours of life. A larger battery will provide ten to 12 hours. The Latitude 10 is to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the option for mobile broadband, integrated speakers, a micro USB charging port, and a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack. Dell is typically ready to siphon off corporate customers with new products and in an interview last month, CEO Michael Dell commented on a growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows. That was interpreted as a sign that he was thinking along the lines of taking some business users away from the iPad.The Latitude specs, however impressive as they read according to leaks, will not cushion the Dell entry from serious competition, though, from other tablet vendors later this year. The Consumer Electronics Show tablet draw this year was the Lenovo Yoga flip-and-fold, laptop-tablet hybrid, a tablet than can convert to a laptop. The form factor on its own attracts computer users who may like the option of a two-products-in-one device. Media consumption could take place in tablet mode and real tasks in laptop mode. More information: via Neowin © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Dell tablet leak: 10.1-inch display, two-battery choice (2012, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-dell-tablet-leak-inch-two-battery.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 12, 2015 This story appears in the December 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read When photographer Benjamin Edwards wants to update his website, all he has to do is load a new picture onto his phone; drag it into his web host, The Grid; and voilà, the program loads it onto his home-page and rearranges and recolors the entire site to work with the new image. For his work on behalf of charities such as World Relief that takes him around the globe, the technology is a godsend.“Since I’m out in the field so often, I don’t have a ton of time to work on my website,” says Edwards, who is based in Bend, Ore. “I can be in Bolivia, shoot a photo and, if I have cell service, it can be on my website right now.”While building and maintaining a web presence has become easier than ever, it can be a laborious and expensive process. That’s where The Grid comes in. The San Francisco startup, currently in beta, provides a URL, hosting services and a dead-simple app — not a complicated content management system — on which to build a website. All users do is move text, video and photos into The Grid’s program. Once the content is loaded, The Grid’s artificial intelligence arranges it into a sleek layout based on best practices for user-interface architecture and SEO. It knows, for instance, if it’s building an e-commerce page and will create boxes beneath the images for descriptive copy. Prices are automatically turned into click-through buttons that lead to the checkout page. More impressive, The Grid’s AI makes thematic suggestions to improve the overall vibe of the site and its effectiveness, analyzing colors, photographs and text so it understands the subject matter.Founder and CEO Dan Tocchini IV says his goal is to enable business owners to wrest control from web designers and template-driven website services. “You’re not sending ideas back and forth with a designer, waiting weeks to approve the latest backend,” Tocchini says. “All that latency is gone.”More than 60,000 “founding members” paid $96 over the summer to beta-test The Grid and help its AI to grow smarter. At press time, the company was aiming for a year-end launch. New users, who will pay $300 per year for the service, will reap the benefits learned in beta. Today, for example, the software knows that when an image is dominated by blue sky, text can go into that negative space; meanwhile, if it detects a face, copy cannot run over it.Andy Chou, who last year sold his software quality and security analysis firm, Coverity, for $375 million, says he turned to The Grid “because I wanted to create a website for myself, and I have no interest in being a web designer.” The more Chou investigated The Grid, the more he wanted to invest, eventually taking a stake in the company’s Series B round for an undisclosed amount. The $3.1 million Series A round, which closed in November 2014, included Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang; Greg Badros, former vice president of engineering and products at Facebook; and John Pleasants, former president of Disney Interactive. Tocchini says he has since declined an offer from Facebook to buy The Grid for an unspecified amount.Chou was attracted to the simplicity of the business model. “There are so many web startups that are trying to figure out how to monetize after the fact,” he says. “The Grid is monetized at the start. You use the product, you pay for it.” Enroll Now for Free