Beth MacPherson named honourary fire chief for the day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department named Beth MacPherson as Honourary Fire Chief for the Day on Thursday.MacPherson, a grade three student at Alwin Holland Elementary, had the honour of being paraded around the city in the comfort of a fire truck.The day included an interactive tour of the fire hall, a special lunch, and a meeting with community officials. Fire Inspector, Alyn Stobbe, says the selection of Honourary Fire Chief of the Day is part of the Fire Prevention Week program.“Every year we go through the schools for Fire Prevention Week, and so through that process, we get to educate the grade threes, well the entire elementary school, but the grade threes, in particular, they’re kind of our target group. So as part of that target group, for the grade threes, there is draws for Fire Chief for the Day. We collect ballots from the grade threes, and we randomly select one and this year we have Beth MacPherson as our Honourary Fire Chief for the Day”.A presentation of a certificate was made by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Fire Chief Fred Burrows in honour of MacPherson’s appointment as Fire Chief for the Day.last_img read more

TransCanada name change de emphasizes Canada for leery investors analyst

first_img“To suggest one of the biggest corporations in Canada is changing its name to distance itself from Canadian policies? I don’t know that I agree with that when a good chunk of their customers are still Canadian and who they interact with are still Canadian,” he said.There’s good reason for the company to be proud of its Canadian roots, he added, given its place on stock market indexes of Canadian firms and Canada’s reputation versus the United States in Mexico.TransCanada says it has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.It said its new name reflects its diverse business interests in pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in the three countries. TransCanada vowed to keep headquarters in Calgary and said it plans to continue trading under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges if shareholders approve the name change at its next annual meeting.On its website, TransCanada says it was founded in 1951 to develop the TransCanada Pipeline to bring natural gas from Western Canada to eastern customers. The pipeline is now called the Canadian Mainline. “Whether they know us as TC Energy in English, TC Energie in French, or TC Energia in Spanish, the communities where we operate can continue to count on us to follow through on our commitments and live up to our values of safety, integrity, responsibility and collaboration in everything we do.”The name change was announced a day after rallies were staged in cities across Canada in support of northern B.C. Indigenous people who are trying to stop a TransCanada subsidiary from building the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project through disputed territory.“Some investors have grown leery of investing in Canada. I think this is a way to de-emphasize Canada, quite frankly,” said Jennifer Rowland, a St. Louis-based analyst for Edward Jones, noting delays in building new oil pipelines led to Alberta imposing crude production constraints on its producers.“Removing Canada from its name is a way to remind investors it’s not just a Canadian company, with some of the challenges we’re seeing in Canada.”She said the name change recalls the move by Calgary-based EnCana to rebrand itself with a lower-case “C” in 2010, thus de-emphasizing its Canadian roots.But Calgary-based analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., said he accepts the company’s explanation, adding the move has been talked about for some time.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A planned move by TransCanada Corp. to change its name to TC Energy will help it attract investors who are “leery” of putting money in anything Canadian given the country’s recent difficulty in building energy projects, a U.S.-based financial analyst said Wednesday.But the company and a Canadian financial analyst disagreed, saying the name change recognizes that TransCanada has grown outside the country, with moves including its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group and a growing list of projects in Mexico.“While our strategy and priorities remain the same, we believe the new name will help to further unite our employees and will enable us to better connect with our diverse stakeholders,” said chief executive Russ Girling in a news release on Wednesday.last_img read more

ONGC wins back Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.last_img read more

Nine Pakistanis killed in New Zealand terror attacks: Pak FO

first_imgIslamabad: Nine Pakistani nationals have been killed in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, authorities here said on Sunday. At least 50 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the number of dead rose to nine after three more persons were confirmed dead by the New Zealand authorities. “A total of 9 Pakistanis were killed in New Zealand terror attack,’ he said. Faisal said on Saturday that six Pakistanis were confirmed as dead while three were still missing. Prime Minister Imran Khan extended support to the families and also announced to award a Pakistani who tried to tackle the attacker but was killed. “Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was killed trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,’ he tweeted. Earlier, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to New Zealand’s Tehran-based ambassador who is also accredited to Pakistan ambassador Hamish McMaster. Faisal said that she “conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.” The 28-year-old gunman, identified Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques anywhere in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.last_img read more

What Steven Hauschka Thinks About Being A Clutch Kicker

After wrapping up my “Kickers Are Forever” article on Tuesday, I wandered to Media Day in Phoenix, site of a sporting event this Sunday, and found Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, who — unlike a certain beastly teammate — was willing to answer a few questions.Here’s how it went down, starting with what they were talking about just before I arrived:Another reporter: Can you imagine Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo kicking field goals in the Super Bowl? Do you think they would be good?Steven Hauschka: Yeah, I think Ronaldo would be really good at it. They both would. It’s a little different but I’m sure within a few minutes they could be kicking 50-yard field goals, no problem.Benjamin Morris: Do you know how to bend a soccer ball?SH: Yeah.BM: What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever made in practice?SH: 67 [yards].BM: How often do you think you convert a field goal of 60 yards?SH: In Arizona, I don’t know. Half the time or more.BM: Why do you think kickers are so good these days?SH: Because we grew up kicking. I started kicking at 3 years old. I think it’s just, we’re more athletic. I mean, not me in particular, but some of the guys out there in the league are just really good athletes who switched to kicking because they couldn’t make it as a quarterback or something.BM: Do you think soccer has improved it a lot?SH: Yeah, yeah I do. Most of the guys started playing soccer that ended up as kickers.BM: Do you think punters have gotten better as much as field goal kickers have gotten better?SH: I think some of the punters have gotten really good, but as a whole I don’t think they’re at the level of the field-goal kickers. I think there’s more put into the field goal at a younger age. I don’t think kids start learning to punt until a little later. Whereas field goal kicking, I think guys are starting pretty young.BM: What are the odds that an average NFL player, non-kicker, could make a 25 yard field goal?SH: Um, low. Twenty-five percent.BM: Do you think there’s such a thing as clutch?SH: I think if you’re a 90 percent kicker, the best you can do under the most important situation is be a 90 percent kicker. I think if you’re trying to stretch any more than that … that’s not realistic. Obviously the clutch guys make it when it matters, but there’s still that chance.BM: If you miss a kick, do you feel bad about it? Or do you feel like, if you’re 90 percent, you’re going to miss one in 10 kicks?SH: Yeah, that’s the goal: to understand that it’s going to happen every once in a while because no one is perfect. The goal is consistently to play at a high level.Some thoughts:That last one may read like a fairly bland answer, but his tone reminded me of how a lot of professional poker players ideally feel about losing: that losing is part of the process. But in reality that ideal is very hard to meet.He obviously has a very high opinion of soccer, saying an average NFL player (who has presumably been handling footballs his whole life) could make a short field goal only 25 percent of the time, but top soccer players could make 50-yarders with only minutes of practice. The introduction of the soccer-style kick and the influx of former soccer players into gridiron kicking ranks are both likely contributors to kickers’ otherworldly improvement.His answer about “clutchness” seemed to suggest that trying too hard to be clutch could be counter-productive relative to just trying to kick the ball. That fits with one of my pet theories of clutch, which is that, rather than being some kind of superhuman ability, clutch just means being completely normal in circumstances when others might crack.Here’s hoping that kicking plays a big role in Sunday’s game! read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchells Ohio State career wasnt supposed to end like

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus. read more

Special Report Managing sexually violent predators

first_img Posted: March 29, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Special Report: Managing sexually violent predatorscenter_img March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Next month, a judge in San Diego will consider the release of a convicted sex offender to the East County community of Jacumba Hot Springs.71-year-old Herman Smith was convicted in 1993 of rape and other crimes involving a minor.In the last U.S. census, the community of Jacumba Hot Springs had a population of fewer than 600 people, but County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said that hasn’t changed her opinion that sexually violent predators like Smith are too dangerous to be set free.“These are individuals at high risk of repeating their offense again. They should be put away for good,” Jacob said.Under the law, any offender who has served their time and has successfully completed treatment can be considered for release.Doctor Glenn Lipson, a forensic psychologist who has evaluated inmates who are petitioning for release said the risk of reoffending is tied to how the inmate is managed once they’re back in the community.“We try to tighten up contact with them, the measures that we feel are going to enable them to succeed because individuals do not want to go back to prison. So, very often they’re amenable to putting in the types of structures and requirements we feel are going to assist them in avoiding reoffending,” Lipson said.In a 2009 meta-analysis, that looked at 23 separate studies, the research found that nearly 11 percent of the treated offenders committed another sexual offense.The rate was significantly higher for those who were not treated, at more than 19 percent.Yet, unlike the County supervisor, the psychologist doesn’t believe that all sex offenders are a bad risk.With proper management and continuing treatment, Dr. Lipson thinks society can achieve a balance between justice and the safety of the community. Updated: 10:36 PMlast_img read more

San Diego selected by Trump administration for drone testing program

first_img May 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: May 10, 2018 San Diego selected by Trump administration for drone testing programcenter_img BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — San Diego was named as one of a select few cities named by the Trump Administration to participate in a national drone testing program.U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Wednesday announced 10 sites for a test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft for projects that range from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida and package deliveries in Tennessee.President Donald Trump signed a directive last year to establish the “innovation zones” that allow exemptions to some drone regulations, such as flying over people, nighttime flights and flights where the aircraft can’t be seen by the operator. States, communities and tribes selected to participate would devise their own trial programs in partnership with government and industry drone users.“Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” Chao said in a statement.Chao, who called the rapidly developing drone industry the biggest development since the jet age, said about 150 applications were received. Selected were the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the cities of San Diego, California, and Reno, Nevada; state transportation departments in North Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas; University of Alaska-Fairbanks; the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia; Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Fort Meyers, Florida.A statement by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is expected Thursday on details of San Diego’s involvement in the program.The Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota has an unmanned aircraft mission. North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said the program will spur more commercial investment and “allow us to explore new uses for unmanned aircraft.” He envisioned drones helping with oil field, flood and weather monitoring, and “finding missing persons.”The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas.Steven Bradbury, a lawyer for the federal Transportation Department, said drones have caused some “apprehension” with the public but one of the initiative’s biggest goals will be increased “community awareness and acceptance” of unmanned aircraft.Bradbury said there is no direct federal funding for the test program. KUSI Newsroom, AP, Updated: 9:25 PMlast_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Homes new trailer spoils Avengers Endgame explodes the MCU

first_img 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The three-minute trailer, released Monday, shows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) grieving the loss of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the latter having perished at the end of Endgame. Parker quickly reveals to police officers (in his Spidey costume, of course) that he’s going on vacation with his friends, all of whom appear to have been dusted and resurrected since it appears Ned (Jacob Batalon), Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya) and Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) are all the same age. Parker is seen avoiding a phone call from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), much to Hogan’s dismay. But as seen in the earlier trailer, Fury and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) recruit Parker from his European trip and introduce him to Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) — who is revealed to be from another Earth in a different dimension.The trailer confirms that there is now an MCU Multiverse, one in which Gyllenhaal’s Beck is from another Earth apparently caused by Thanos’ snap tearing a hole in the dimension (something we even hinted at coming after Endgame). New Marvel release dates may also provide some info on this front. “Are you going to step up or not?,” Fury asks in the trailer. Jay Maidment Parker is hoping to continue his trip, but Fury tells him that other heroes like Thor and Captain Marvel are not available right now. Also, if it wasn’t obvious enough that Spider-Man is the only available option to deal with threats to Earth, MJ tells him it’s obvious that Parker’s Spidey.We also get looks at Mysterio flying through the city, Spider-Man dealing with a fiery Molten Man and Hogan trying to rescue Parker’s friends by saying he works with Spider-Man.In the comics, Mysterio is typically an acclaimed “bad guy,” but it looks like we may be getting a European buddy-comedy in this film — which leaves many fans with a lot of questions. The newly updated official movie description gives little away: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.But previously, the synopsis from Sony seemed to insinuate that Spidey would team up with someone, but maybe the Beck buddy comedy is a misdirect: “Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”This multiverse was rumored previously, and only somewhat fueled by an interview the directors did with EW, wherein Joe Russo confirmed that Ned was also dusted during the Snap and his reunion with Peter in Endgame is just that: “That’s the two of them seeing each other for the first time after having disappeared.” 2:49 There’s also been much speculation about the film’s name; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself said he likes the multiple meanings behind it, telling sister site ComicBook.com: “It ties into Homecoming, not just keeping that word going, which we like and we liked it more than Homecoming 2, but that notion of ‘home’ is a word that has dual meanings we’d like to continue with this [MCU] version of Spider-Man. So, Far From Home has multiple meanings.”Far From Home arrives in theaters on July 2. Tags First published May 6, 2019 at 6:07 a.m. PT.Updated May 7, 10:27 a.m. PT: Adds new Sony shorter synopsis. Marvel Spiderman Sony Comments Share your voice 2 Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer reveals how Avengers:… How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order TV and Movies Now that we’re all getting over Avengers: Endgame, Sony has released a new trailer for this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel. Now that Endgame’s spoiler ban has lifted (according to the Russo brothers at least), the trailer also definitively reveals that Spider-Man’s new movie takes place after the Avengers film in the MCU.If you haven’t seen Endgame yet, stop now.last_img read more

Gold Demand in India to Rise to 4Year High in Second Half

first_imgDriven by robust demand for jewellery, gold demand in the country is estimated to touch a four-year high in the second half of 2015. The World Gold Council (WGC) forecasts India’s gold demand to reach 900-1,000 tonnes in the calendar year 2015, with the demand in the second half likely to be at least 554 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal was 481 tonnes during the July-December period in 2012, but since then, it has declined steadily. In the second half of 2014, demand was 439 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal stood at 346.2 tonnes during the first six months of 2015. “Jewellery demand has remained robust so far in the second half,” Mehul Choksi, managing director, Gitanjali Gems, told Business Standard.Gold prices have seen high volatility in the past two months, as the US dollar strengthened on expectations of US central bank rate hike in September.At one stage in early August, gold prices were trading at a five-and-a-half-year low of Rs 24,577 per 10 gm, but later rebounded sharply to hit a three-month of Rs 27,575 this week. The rise was mainly led by increased demand from jewellers and a falling rupee.”Stockists’ demand was high in July as jewellers were preparing for the India International Jewellery Show in the first week of August. But the demand tapered off. With the festive and wedding seasons, we see strong demand for gold in the second half,” said Rajan Venkatesh, managing director, India bullion, ScotiaMocatta.Consumer demand for gold in India, which declined by 25% to 154 tonnes in the April-June period, is expected to see a pick up ahead of the wedding and festival seasons in the second half of 2015. “Gold demand will be robust in the second half due to the upcoming wedding and festival seasons. The season started with consumers taking advantage of softening gold prices,” said Somasundaram PR, managing director (India), WGC.However, a poor monsoon rainfall is expected to dampen the prospects of gold demand in rural India, which account for a significant part of overall gold consumption in the country.”The worry is the weak monsoon, which may lower farm output. Rural demand could be affected, but the overall demand for gold is likely to remain reasonably strong during July-December,” Venkatesh said.last_img read more

Accept 7 points or face movement Front tells AL govt

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leaders at the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloOpposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front on Tuesday made a final call on the Awami League government to accept 7-point demand including poll-time administraion and release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia.Or else, the Front leader told a city rally, they would launch a movement to realise their demand for holding free, fair and credible elections in the country.“We will hold a road march toward Rajshahi (city) on 8 November unless our demands are met during the dialogue tomorrow. We will then hold a rally the next day,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at the Suhrawardy Udyan rally.The BNP leader, who chaired the Front’s rally, announced a set of programmes a day before the Front’s scheduled talks with Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Wednesday (7 November).Unless the Front’s demand for delaying announcement of the election schedule is accepted, the Front will also hold a road march towards the Election Bhaban in Dhaka, said Mirza Fakhrul.A section of the leaders and activists in the Oikya Front rally in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloThe commission has said it would announce the polls schedule on 8 November, rejecting the possibility of deferring the announcement.The BNP secretary general also said the Front leaders will also hold rallies in Khulna, Barishal and Mymensingh cities.Kamal Hossain, the leader of the Front, said the government would not be able to stop the people’s movement only by creating barriers to movement of transport.Criticising the present government for the attacks on and fictitious cases against the opposition leaders and workers, he pointed out that such activities cannot be done even by an elected regime.last_img read more

The Latest Lawmakers Say Flynn Sidestepped Disclosure Rules

first_img Share The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):1:20 p.m.An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network.Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn also talked with the Defense Intelligence Agency staff after he returned from the trip and answered any questions they asked.Kelner’s comments came the same day the two top congressmen on a House committee investigating Flynn said that the former lieutenant general may have violated federal law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in payments as part of the trip. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted because, as a former Army officer, he was barred from accepting the foreign payments._____11:20 a.m.The senior members of Congress on the House Oversight Committee say classified military documents show that the Trump administration’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, did not ask permission or inform the U.S. government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations in 2015 and for lobbying that helped Turkey’s government.Flynn’s failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments raises concern whether Flynn violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. That’s according to Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.The two leaders of the oversight committee said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law. They said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted, and they said Flynn should surrender the money he was paid.___10:55 a.m.The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia._____8:45 a.m.Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Yates is to appear May 8 along with James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.The hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was announced Tuesday morning.It will mark her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was fired in late January after refusing to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban.last_img read more

APNORC Poll Americans Open To Trumps Planned North Korea Talks

first_imgAhn Young-joon/APA man at the Seoul, South Korea, train station last August watches a news program featuring President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Americans appear open to President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to negotiate directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and at the same time are less concerned than in recent months by the threat posed by the pariah nation’s nuclear weapons.That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, taken after Trump agreed to what would be unprecedented meeting between a U.S. and a North Korean leader.North Korea has yet to publicly confirm plans for the summit, slated for May, but the poll results suggest its potential has eased fears of war that intensified last year as the North made rapid strides in its nuclear and missile capabilities.“If you sit down and talk over any matter, there can be a resolution to it without starting a war,” said Sarah Dobbs, a 64-year-old retiree from Norman, Oklahoma, who described herself as a Democrat and is among the 48 percent of Americans who favor Trump’s plan to talk with Kim.“No other president has ever done something this bold. That’s why I think: Why not let Trump have at it?” she said.The poll found that 29 percent oppose the plans for talks between the two nations, while 21 percent say they’re neither in favor nor opposed.The survey also found an uptick in approval of Trump’s handling of relations with North Korea as the focus has shifted from possible U.S. military action to diplomacy. That figure is now 42 percent, up from 34 percent last October amid a coarse back and forth between the two leaders.Last September, Trump dubbed Kim “Rocket Man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Kim responded with threats and insults of his own, calling Trump “deranged” and a “dotard.” North Korea’s foreign minister suggested that it might conduct an atmospheric nuclear test in the Pacific — a threat it hasn’t followed through on.Since then, the proportion of Americans who say they’re very or extremely concerned about the nuclear threat North Korea poses to the U.S. has dropped to 50 percent from 67 percent. It’s a decline that registered with both Republicans and Democrats. Americans also see the threat as having lessened for U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, as well as U.S. overseas territories such as Guam.Trump agreed to talk after Kim conveyed through South Korean intermediaries an offer to discuss “denuclearization” and halt nuclear and missile tests. South Korea’s leader is due to have his own summit with Kim in April.Americans are divided over the potential goals of U.S. discussions with North Korea. Forty-four percent say the North must completely give up its nukes, the long-standing goal of U.S. policy. Forty percent think the U.S. should consider a deal if the North agrees to make progress toward that goal.Only 13 percent think the country shouldn’t consider a deal with North Korea at all.“I would like to see a denuclearization of North Korea, but I don’t know how feasible that is,” said Aaron Saunders, a 26-year-old medical research associate from Three Rivers, Michigan, who was generally supportive of Trump’s handling of the issue — aside from his tweeting.Theresa Ferraro, 71, of Lowell, Massachusetts, said a summit might make the world safer, but she questioned the president’s temperament for negotiations.“He speaks out too much,” she said. “I’m outspoken myself, but you gotta know when to zip it and I don’t think he knows.”Despite the general openness toward negotiations with North Korea, Americans have mixed views about the direction of U.S. national security. One in three say that it will get better over the next year. Similar proportions say it will get worse and stay about the same.But there are clearer differences on partisan lines. Two-thirds of Republicans expect national security to improve, while a slightly smaller proportion of Democrats expect it to get worse in the year ahead.Americans have largely negative views about how the U.S. is viewed around the world. Some 53 percent think respect for American will decline in the next ahead, with just 26 percent expecting it to improve. And 48 percent think U.S. influence around the world will decline in the next year, compared with just 27 percent who believe it will get better.Pamela Williams, 69, of New York City, criticized Trump for boasting about U.S. military strength and having what she saw as flippant attitude to matters of war and peace.“I have not seen anything that he’s done since taking office that he’s taken seriously. Everything is a joke to him,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

The Villains Are Still the Best Part of Gotham

first_imgIt’s hard to say where exactly Gotham is going with the rest of this season, but it better get there soon. At the beginning of this season, the Court of Owls was mysterious and powerful. Now, we’ve seen so much of them; they’re no longer mysterious. They apparently control everything in Gotham. Everyone ultimately works for them whether they know it or not. Now, they want to destroy Gotham and start it over, which they’ve done a couple of times before. That’s… not nearly as interesting as the show thinks it is. Gotham City has been threatened by so much weirder and more concrete dangers than some mysterious weapon. We just came off a gang of anarchic clowns led by a guy with a stapled-on face. Old rich people in masks don’t really cut it after that.The Court is interesting in the comics because Batman exists. They provide a new challenge for him, forcing the caped crusader to change up his tactics to deal with them. Jim Gordon isn’t Batman. He doesn’t have the resources or fighting skills of adult Bruce Wayne. And though he is A detective, he might not be the world’s greatest one. So instead of investigation and comic book action, we get an episode about Jim’s uncle trying to convince him to join the court. These scenes aren’t great, and there are way too many of them. We don’t even really learn anything new, other than the whole destroying Gotham thing. At this point, someone trying to level and remake the city is more of a default state than a shocking revelation.GOTHAM: Ben Mckenzie in GOTHAM (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)We do get to see the Talon with the katana again though, and that was a cool scene. The court can’t know Jim is investigating them, so he asks Barbara to find out what kind of weapon is coming into the docks. Before they can get any answers, katana dude cuts down all the henchmen while Barbara and Tabitha escape. He then decapitates the security guard they were interrogating. So ultimately, the scene accomplished nothing, but at least it was cool. It’s not every day you see someone get their head cut off on network TV at 8 p.m. As grimdark as Gotham can sometimes get, at least it generally has a sense of fun about it.So Gordon’s story was kind of a dud this week. He found out his uncle was the one who put a hit out on his dad, confronted him about it, and learned that it was because he was trying to take down the court and now he’s finishing his father’s work. The court decides that if Jim won’t join them, they’ll kill him, so his uncle kills himself. Now Gordon has to join and continue his father’s work of bringing down the Court. Maybe that will go somewhere interesting next week. For now, there was too much of Gordon going back and forth, only to ultimately end up joining the Court of Owls. The suicide at the end felt like a cheap way to make that happen, but whatever gets Gordon out of these endless uncle conversations is OK by me.GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Raymond J. Barry and David Mazouz GOTHAM (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Bruce’s story was a little better, but it’s obvious that they’re going to drag this League of Assassins stuff out as long as possible. It was a great touch that, upon waking up in a mountain cell somewhere, Bruce’s first instinct is to ask to speak to the person in charge. It’s such a rich kid move; it’s perfect. He meets a monk played by Raymond J. Barry, who I hope isn’t actually Ra’s Al Guhl. Barry’s great, no offense to him, but he doesn’t feel like a future villain. John Barrowman on Arrow is a more threatening Ra’s than this guy. He forces Bruce to relive his parents’ murder over and over again while telling him he needs to become a symbol of fear to the criminals in Gotham. That’s as far as we get, but we all know where this is going. This is the point that will eventually convince Bruce to dress up like a bat and fight crime. The only question is, is he here until that happens, or will he somehow make it back to Gotham first? Also, what about Alfred and the clone. We didn’t see any of that situation this episode. Alfred knows, right? He has to know.Maggie Geha and Robin Lord Taylor in GOTHAM. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)The Penguin’s story is what saved this episode from mediocrity. He and Poison Ivy make a surprisingly great team, even better than he and Nygma did. Of course, it takes them a while to get there. Oswald is slow to trust this strange plant-obsessed woman who nursed him back to health. He is strangely trusting of the henchmen he calls to help him out. Of course, that all goes wrong and Penguin ends up tied to a chair with his life being auctioned off. He finally starts listening to Ivy when she uses her pheromone perfume to get one of the henchmen to kill the others.It was fun to see Ivy fully embrace her villain role. In her previous episodes, she didn’t do all that much. She robbed some rich guy, got in trouble and had to ask Bruce and Selina to help her out. That was it. Here, we got to see more of her plant abilities in action, and she started acting like the villain we know and love. She and Penguin bounce off each other in a fun way, and their story ended on an exciting note. The Penguin and Ivy are going to form a gang of former Indian Hill residents. The villains are coming back to take over Gotham.last_img read more

WiSpy 24x Spectrum Analyzer

first_img Citation: Wi-Spy 2.4x Spectrum Analyzer (2008, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-wi-spy-24x-spectrum.html Explore further Wi-Spy 2.4x Spectrum Analyzer This all new version has both its hardware and software upgraded. The Wi-Spy is the world’s smallest 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer that helps troubleshoot and analyze Wi-Fi networks for interference. A unique experiment to explore black holes The Wi-Spy 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer is a valuable tool that can be used in setting up a Wi-Fi wireless network in a congested office building or even in your home-office. It’s also a valuable tool in helping isolate and identify sources of interference.The Wi-Spy is about the size of a USB memory stick with an antenna at the end. There is also software component that gets installed on your laptop that displays all the graphs that help you isolate and identify the sources of interference. The software consists of Chanalyzer 3.0 analysis utility that can be installed on a Windows base machine. You can find third party software, on the web, for a Mac and Linux OS.The Chanalyzer 3.0 program provides you with three different views of your data. You have a spectral, planar, and topographic view, all of which can be resized or hidden on your display. Each view provides you with important data that will help you analyze your signal or interference sources.Chanalyzer’s planar view displays the current Wi-Fi signals across each frequency against a backdrop of the maximum and average signal levels. The spectral view shows you the same information plotted historically over time. Both of these views will give you an idea of which channels are the busiest and which ones have little activity. The topographic view is the one that will help you identify a source of interference by displaying signatures of the sources. Interfering sources can be from a W-Fi network, baby monitor, microwave, cordless phone, wireless USB devices and so forth. The Chanalyzer’s Signature Sidebar can help you identify these sources of interference.The Chanalyzer provides other helpful visual aids that can assist you in identifying sources of interference. There is even an inspector tool that will display data about any point on a graph just by moving your mouse over it.The Chanalyzer automatically collects and stores all data that is picked up by the Wi-Spy 2.4x device. You will also find an adjustable timeline that lets you view recorded data and center in on a narrow period of time. All data can be saved for future reference and you can even enter in your own notes. The Wi-Spy 2.4x is sold by MetaGeek for $399 and is a valuable tool for Wi-Fi installations and troubleshooting. MetaGeek also offers a library, on its website, of recordings created by other companies that can help you identify sources of interference. via: Thinkgeek and Practically Networked 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.last_img read more

Govt unable to protect environment SC judge

first_imgIt is the government’s duty to protect the environment but they are unable to do so and instead they accuse the judiciary of encroaching upon its territory, Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen on Tuesday said.“It is government which is supposed to protect the environment but increasingly, we find, for various reasons, that the government is unable to do this task. But that is primarily because politics is the main chase. You need an electorate to give votes. It is expensive exercise and therefore you have to increasingly depend on big businesses which exploit environment,” Justice Sen said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISpeaking at the release of Jindal Global Law Review’s special issue on Environmental Law, the judge said no government is interested in environment and is on the lowest priority list and taken as an obstacle to industrialisation.“Increasingly, we hear from the government and bureaucracy that we are going into areas which is not expected of judiciary. What does the judiciary do A and B have a dispute and we are expected to decide. But what about the constitutional vision. Are we supposed to look the other way when we see degradation at such a large-scale? Or is it our duty, as a member of higher judiciary, to take note of it,” he said.“Governments think that we are encroaching on their territory but the reality is that we are doing very little to protect the environment. Any judge who is mindful will put environment on his priority list,” Justice Sen said.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Hasina for landslide victory in Bangladesh

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on winning a new term with a landslide victory in the country’s general elections. “Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the victory in the Bangladesh general election,” Banerjee said in a tweet. Hasina’s ruling Awami League (AL) party won a landslide of 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats contested in the Sunday election, surpassing its previous election wins and making her the Prime Minister for an unprecedented fourth term. The Opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia took just seven seats and condemned the vote as “farcical” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims, bdnews24.com reported.last_img read more

Natures monochromatic palette

first_imgRecently concluded was an art exhibition by 75-year-old artist Pushpa Bagrodia, who for the first time exhibited her exploration with charcoals in aptly titled ‘Shwet-Syam’. The artist had been majorly known for her water-colours. The show, presented by Creativity Art Gallery and curated by Uma Nair was held at Lalit Kala Akademi.The chief guest of the inaugural evening was eminent singer-actor-musician and Padma Shri recipient Shekhar Sen, known for his mono-acts on Kabir and Vivekanand apart from other historical and mythological figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe artist smiles and says, “Everyone has been asking why I chose to draw with charcoal, but actually there isn’t any specific reason behind choosing charcoal. From the beginning I have loved the monochromatic combination, so this time I experimented with charcoal and created several works. There are a few works which I love a lot – there’s this 9X15 sketch of single feather. Once I saw it lying on the ground, and the sight was so beautiful that I couldn’t resist making a drawing.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMost of her sketches are inspired by nature, as one could see flowers and leaves in all the frames, but one sketch looked like a monochrome photograph rather than the usual floral wonders! Talking about that drawing she says, “I tried clicking a photo form a moving car to see how it appears to be. Since it looked quite interesting to me I made a drawing out of it.” This unusually beautiful sketch of her seems to be that of a moving picture, quite an unusual moment to capture on the canvas. Inspired by her love for nature, various plants, bonsais and chirps of birds and bees, the artist created some dream like charcoal works displaying a little paradise during the exhibition. Uma Nair writes, “These charcoals that brim on the dominions of both reality and imagination defines Pushpa as a silent sage, sitting and filling silent brisk strokes onto her white sheets of paper that mirror the open celled, ledges of nature’s moods and meanderings through the leaves shrubs and flowers perhaps presiding over twenty thousand intimations in the mind and hand of a lover of nature. This was my first attempt at charcoal.””It feels very good when a stranger comes up and says, if you can paint this well at this age, then why can’t we?” expressed Pushpa Bagrodia, when asked about her experience at the exhibition.last_img read more

Heading to the CHTAs Caribbean Travel Marketplace Heres what you can expect

first_img SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s recovery post-hurricane season is picking up pace with more than 5 billion impressions for the ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign, plus strong registration numbers for the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association reports that registration numbers for the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, taking place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, are just slightly off pace from registrations at this time last year for the 2017 event in The Bahamas. For the upcoming 2018 event, close to 600 delegates have confirmed their attendance including 170+ suppliers and more than 50 buyers.“With six weeks to go, we are on target to equal or surpass last year’s attendance,” says CHTA’s Director General Frank Comito. Next month’s event is shaping up to be “another incredible opportunity to kickstart the region’s marketing efforts for 2018 and beyond,” he adds.Following a meeting with the Host Committee in San Juan last week, Comito disclosed the overall year-over-year registration pace was encouraging, and assured that all systems were in order for the Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 event.Produced by CHTA, Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; online travel agents; tour operators; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.“We were very encouraged by what we saw in Puerto Rico,” said Comito, who observed the metro area busily preparing for the opening of the winter season. “The strong recovery from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, is a testament to the spirit of the Puerto Rican people as they get their lives back on track and get ready to welcome tourists to the island. They are ready for us and they are going to be even more ready on Jan. 30.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) reported last week that more than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up meals. Major tourism attractions island-wide have been cleaned up and restored.“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”Puerto Rico recently announced that Dec. 20 would be its “official reopening date”. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in this year’s wild Atlantic hurricane season.For more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace see chtamarketplace.com. Details about registration can be found at https://www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesMeanwhile billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America.The Association’s ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign generated awareness, along with more than 5 billion impressions, about the majority of Caribbean destinations operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Between Oct. 2 and Dec. 1, 2017, the campaign generated more than 4.26 billion impressions; 11,949 media placements; 22,432 promoted content clicks; promoted content reach of 14,060,068; and 18,269 total shares of news stories.That’s in addition to the 1.23 billion impressions and 9,041 placements through a satellite media tour.The campaign has also featured a landing site, CaribbeanIsOpen.com, with destination footage, a Q&A, traveller testimonials and a map of open destinations, as well as a media call with Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation, and Chairman, CLIA and Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Chairman, FCCA.In all, the focus has been targeting potential travellers to educate about the region’s more than 1 million square miles and 100 ports, the majority of which were unaffected by the hurricanes and ready to welcome visitors. The campaign also showcased the affected destinations’ resiliency and recovery efforts. Monday, December 18, 2017 Share Heading to the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace? Here’s what you can expect Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Caribbean << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs as Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Seemingly with every game he plays, Larry Fitzgerald finds himself climbing up the leaderboard for several all-time NFL records.In Sunday’s 31-23 Cardinals win over the Washington Redskins, a game in which Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, Fitzgerald extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 191, which is the longest active streak and third longest in league history.He also became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 1,100 career receptions, at 33 years and 95 days old, and moved past both Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third place on the all-time receptions leader list, at 1,106, and is 10th in receiving yards, with 14,246. “Like, stuff like that, I learn so much from Larry, just little small stuff all year, especially like last year when I was just watching and stuff, I learn so much stuff from a guy like Larry. It’s great to be around guys like him.”Fitzgerald’s place among the NFL’s best players was cemented after his historic playoff run that propelled the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII. But that Fitzgerald is still playing so well at this point in his career — through 12 games, he is tied with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for receptions and is on pace for his eighth career 1,000-yard season — is due in part to his evolution as a player.Whereas earlier in his career he was the X receiver, playing on the outside and going deep, since Arians arrived Fitzgerald has played more inside as the Z receiver, lining up in the slot and doing much of his work between the hashmarks.“We had that conversation three years ago; no one likes to hear that they’re not X anymore, he gets to play X, but he’s going to make his money in the slot at this time in his career, and he’s doing a fantastic job at it,” Arians said.In nine seasons before Arians took over, Fitzgerald averaged 5.5 catches and 74.4 yards per game; in nearly four seasons under the coach, he has averaged 5.9 catches and 66.1 yards per game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It is great, but the most important thing I am happy about is it came in a winning effort,” Fitzgerald said. “A tough, hard-fought game at home that we definitely needed.“It is always nice to be able to climb up a little higher, but it is humbling to know that I am still 400 catches behind Jerry Rice.Fitzgerald is actually 443 receptions behind Rice, and though he is still playing at an elite level, it’s difficult to imagine him ever catching arguably the greatest receiver ever.But as he continues to play and produce, it sure seems as though there isn’t much he can’t still accomplish, at least on a personal level.“It’s really hard to put in words, the names when he passes people,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, noting Fitzgerald will have to play a little while longer to catch Rice and Tony Gonzalez, who are both ahead of him in receptions. “But to put yourself in that category of passing Marvin (Harrison), who I was with, and Cris, is just, it really is mind boggling as I said [Sunday] what he has accomplished, especially in those four or five years when he didn’t have a quarterback.”Arians noted how when a team has quarterback issues it tends to have to throw the ball, which may have helped Fitzgerald’s stats a little bit.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Given that Fitzgerald has been running mostly shorter routes, it should not be a surprise that his catch percentage, according to ProFootballReference, has steadily risen in every year under Arians, to an incredibly efficient 80 percent this season.Essentially, when the ball is thrown Fitzgerald’s way, he catches it.On if it was funny to Fitzgerald that one of his milestone catches went for a three-yard gain, he smiled.“No, they keep getting shorter and shorter,” he said. “But hey, I am getting it thrown to me still, so that is all that I can ask for.”Fitzgerald’s perspective may have changed some over the years, as his career has gone on, and that he and the team have been successful under Arians probably helped him accept his changed role. He’s also become an effective blocker, which is something the coach said Fitzgerald had to buy into, adding it’s a rare combination of guys who are not only willing to do that, but be good at it, too.Arians said Fitzgerald’s ability to stay healthy has gone a long way toward him still producing, as the nine-time Pro Bowler and 2008 All-Pro has missed just two games since 2013 and has played in 198 of a possible 204 games since entering the NFL. Availability goes a long way.“When you get in there and block, and you’re going to get beat up playing over the middle, he’s so big and strong and he’s in great shape all the time,” he noted. “I was thinking 80 to 90 balls would be a great year for him, but last year obviously was 100-something, this year it should be over 100 again.”Fitzgerald is on pace to finish with 117 catches, 1,173 yards and seven touchdowns this season.No matter where Fitzgerald’s numbers finish, be it this season or even for his career, what he has done since being chosen third overall out of Pittsburgh in 2004 has been a sight to behold. He is under contract for the 2017 campaign, so he may not be done just yet.“He’s still going at a high level,” Humphries said. “Just, what’s he been in the league, what is he, year 13? What? How are you still running up and down the field like that?”Fitzgerald’s continued success may be surprising to some, simply because players his age are not supposed to be posting those kind of numbers. But Arians said it would not be fair to say his star’s play has shocked him.“Talent-wise, I had heard all the things,” he said. “Probably what’s surprised me more is how good a person he is, because I knew he was, but to be around him, he’s a hell of a guy.” “It’s rare, rare air that he is in,” the coach added.A future Hall of Famer, Fitzgerald’s impact on the organization over the course of his now 13 seasons with the team cannot be understated. It’s one thing to be a great Cardinal, however, and a completely different thing to be a great player.Everyone notices that.“Playing with a living legend,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “I’ve been blessed to witness him do his thing for nine years, so it’s been amazing to just sit here, front-row seat, and see him go out there and ball play after play, game after game. He’s my ultimate hero. I have a lot of love for him. I look up to him. He’s my role model.”“That dude is the GOAT, man,” tackle D.J. Humphries said. “I learn something from Larry, like every game.”Humphries pointed to a play near the end of the first half of the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, when Fitzgerald caught a 10-yard pass and quickly gave himself up before calling timeout with one second remaining, which allowed the Cardinals to attempt — and make — a 54-yard field goal.Humphries, in his second year, said at the time he wasn’t even thinking of how much time was on the clock. 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