San Diego Center for Children Young Master Chef competition

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 25, 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 SettingsSome local young chefs gave a taste test of their talents Wednesday at the Young Master Chef Competition.The San Diego Center for Children hosted the event in Linda Vista for teens, ages 13 to 18.Participants teamed up with two other local chefs to create their dishes.Aside from being a friendly competition, it’s meant to teach lessons that carry over outside the kitchen.Food was judged by local executive chefs based on taste, execution, presentation and caloric value. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Center for Children Young Master Chef competitionlast_img read more

Soldotna Introduces Resolution Opposing Stand For Salmon

first_imgThe council will be introducing the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday, September 25, at 6pm. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will be looking at a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday opposing the ‘Stand for Salmon’ initiative. In a letter from City Manager Stephanie Queen: “The resolution aims to encourage a Legislative public process as a better approach to developing new regulations for salmon protection, as it would allow for more intense public input and review prior to adoption.” Soldotna City Attorney, Brooks Chandler, and the Director of the State of Department of Environmental Conservation Water Division, Andrew Sayers-Fay, advised the city that the initiative could require the city to obtain a fish habitat protection permit for continued operations of their waste water treatment plant.center_img Ballot Measure 1, the Stand for Salmon initiative, will be voted on at the November 6 general election. It will ask the voters to approve a new state law that would require a person undertaking ‘any activity’ that ‘may’ disturb or otherwise alter anadromous fish habitat to obtain a fish habitat permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. According to the resolution, introduced by councilwoman Parker, because the rules and regulations required to implement the Act have not been developed nor defined, the full and true impact to our community of the proposed law cannot bedetermined at this time.last_img read more

Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Firefighters As New Management Team Takes Over

first_imgHomer Electric Association joined firefighters Monday to inspect the transmission line corridor north of the highway, planning further fire risk mitigation this week before the line is turned back on. Crews have remained busy with mop-up and suppression repair along 18 miles of firebreak north of the Sterling Highway and along the East Fork Moose River, where they kept mopping-up hot spots and burning out green pockets of black spruce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 5th, 2019 at 06:33 amThe Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment, according to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team there was no fly over measurement taken on Tuesday. Firelines east of the Sterling community have remained strong as hot, dry weather tested firefighters’ work. Hot, dry weather combined with dry black spruce stands will challenge firefighters all week. The Alaska Black Team is approaching the end of their assignment.  Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest 13 shadowed the Alaska Team on Tuesday in preparation of assuming command of the fire Wednesday morning. Ashford: “There’s a lot that goes into that, but one that will remain in place is there has been a lot of communication over the last couple days. We have been discussing what has been happening, and what the goals are. The Refuge and other agencies involved have been a part of those discussions.”  Ashford: “You won’t see as much work along the highway while crews continue to work on that southwest corner as we try to complete containment line that heads up towards the East Fork Moose River.” Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula were moderate Monday.  Smoke remains a concern.  For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu. The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area partially re-opened Monday to public use at Lower and Upper Ohmer Lakes, Lower Ohmer Campground, Upper and Lower Skilak Lake Campgrounds, and Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open.  Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820last_img read more

People on the Move 010809

first_imgThe Woman of King—the reincarnation of shuttered King magazine—has named Sean A. Malcom editor-in-chief. Malcom previously served as King’s lifestyle editor.CurtCo Media appointed Gary DeSanctis associate publisher of Robb Report. Most recently, DeSanctis served as publisher of ShowBoats International, and formerly served as publisher of Yachting and Motor Boating magazines.Playboy magazine landed a new photo director. Matthew Doyle, who previously served as photo director and chief photographer at Complex, will oversee photo acquisition for the magazine as well as acquisition and quality judgment on still photography across Playboy Enterprises. He reports to founder Hugh Hefner and art director Rob Wilson. United Business Media’s Global Trade—formerly Commonwealth Business Media—appointed Gavin Carter executive vice president of PIERS Global Intelligence Solutions, replacing Lenny Corallo. Most recently, Carter served as CIO of UBM Global Trade. The company said Corallo will oversee the transformation of PIERS from a pure data provider to a software as a service (SaaS) business.D.W. Pine was named art director at Time magazine, replacing Arthur Hochstein, who retired. Previously, Pine served as the magazine’s deputy art director.Hearst announced that a pair of ex-Gourmet advertising-side staffers has joined Marie Claire: Diane DePaul was named associate publisher of advertising and Anne Yost Carroll was named account director.  DePaul replaces Tami Eagle and Carroll replaces Rachel Schauman—both of whom have left the company.San Diego-based Competitor Group said John Duke, senior vice president of print media, is leaving the company. Executive vice president of media Andrew Hersam will assume oversight of print, digital and sponsorship sales for all of the company’s media and event properties, as well as the responsibilities previously handled by Duke. Competitor Group also announced the promotion of TJ Murphy—editor-in-chief of Triathlon and former editor of Triathlete—to editorial director of the company’s multisport media publications.Ascend Integrated Media announced a pair of staffing additions to its business development team: former Penton Media senior vice president Eric Jacobson will focus on incoming business leads from non-profit and charitable foundations while Barry Gordon, who previously served as president and publisher of Monarch Publications International, will handle incoming business leads from federal and state organizations, the company said.last_img read more

November Issue is Biggest Revenue Generator in The Atlantics 153Year History

first_imgAtlantic Media may be pursuing an aggressive “digital-first” strategy but the print product has hit a historic highmark. While many magazines reporting ad page gains in 2010 are only comparing that to the nightmare of 2009, The Atlantic says its November 2010 issue is the single highest-revenue issue in the magazine’s 153-year history. The November issue-which features The Atlantic’s “Brave Thinkers” profiles-saw a 60 percent jump in ad pages and a 95 percent gain in ad revenue over November 2009 (also a “Brave Thinkers” issue). The current issue features customized and unconventional ad units, such as a multiple cover execution sponsored by Dow and a Buick gatefold opening the Brave Thinkers editorial package. The Atlantic isn’t the only publisher with a strong digital presence that has seen print perform. Financial Times predicted that content revenues would overtake print advertising in 2010, but has now moved that prediction to 2011, thanks to a jump in print advertising this year.last_img read more

New Bridge to Secure Future of West Virginia Air Guard Base

first_imgState and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for a $6.2 million bridge that provides a new access route to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va.The bridge over the Elk River will improve security for the 130th Airlift Wing by allowing the closure of the current public road serving the base. That route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local leaders believed could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round.The bridge also provides a new entrance for a county park, reported MetroNews. “It’s a win-win for the parks and we got the security that we needed as well,” said Lt. Col. Melissa Shade, public affairs officer for the West Virginia National Guard.The West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Fighter Squadron Memorial Bridge is dedicated to 21 National Guard members who died in an airplane crash in 1951. The bridge’s dedication comes 10 years after the Guard base staved off closure in the last BRAC round. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Story Time With Peaches The Mini Horse on October 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult ProgramsCemetery Walk *RRSaturday, October13, 10 amThis year’s Stroll will focus on newer (post 1900) parts of the cemetery.  In honor of Italian Heritage Month, we will also point out the graves of a few of the Town’s more well-known Italian residents.  There’s a lot of Wilmington history to be found at the cemetery and we will share information along the way. Wear your walking shoes and bring your curiosity!”Staying Positive in the Job Search *RRMonday, October 15, 10 am. Charlie applied to hundreds of positions online and not a single bite! Sidney got to the final interview stage for several career opportunities and consistently struck out. Clarke simply gave up because nothing worked. Does this sound like you? We can help you avoid job search pitfalls like depression, anxiety and negativity. Join other job seekers who are in the trenches with you. Immediately put into practice stay-calm strategies so you can focus. Together, we will learn and comprehend the steps to staying positive in the job search. Taught by MassHire staff.Fall Wreath Workshop *RRMonday, October 15, 1 pm-3pm, $20Registration begins Monday, September 16 at the main deskNew season, new wreath! Decorate and take home a festive fall wreath to brighten your door or wall.  Wilmington resident and experienced crafter Dianna DiGregorio will lend her expertise and experienced eye in helping all create a beautiful arrangement.  All supplies provided including base, ribbon, and flora.Welcome to Wilmington Open House *RRMonday, October 15, drop in anytime between 6 pm-8 pmAre you new to Wilmington or have you lived here for a while and wish to know more about the community? Then please come to the Welcome to Wilmington Reception. Representatives from Town Departments, community groups, and local businesses will be on hand to welcome you and answer questions. This program is in collaboration with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.Coffee with a Cop *RRWednesday, October 17, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Strictly Sinatra *RRThursday, October 18, 2:30 pmTake a walk down memory lane with Mel Simons as he presents an entertaining video show of ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra. Mel Simons has been a regular on WBZ Radio for decades with his trivia show “The Audio Clip Trivia Quiz”.English Conversation Group (third Thursday) *RRThursday, October 18, 7pm-8pmPractice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald.Italian Genealogy *RRSaturday, October 20, 2:30 pmLearn practical and proven strategies for researching your Italian family history. The focus of the workshop will be on Italian emigration to the U. S. Learn how to trace Italian town of origin, how to locate records, how to research them in the US, and how to get started writing to Italy (for those whose records aren’t in the US). Led by Jenny Tonks, who held an Accredited Genealogist ® credential for Italian research for two decades. She is fluent in Italian and holds a BA in Family History-Genealogy from Brigham Young.Kids & Teen EventsBaby Laptime *RRMonday, October 15, 9:30 amJoin us for a morning of songs, tickles, bounces, and rhymes perfect for little pre-walking babies and their caregivers.  Infants-15 monthsMinecraft Mondays *RRMonday, October 15, 3:45 pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5.Special Mini Horse StorytimeTuesday, October 16, 10 amJoin Peaches the therapy mini horse for a fun horse themed storytime! We’ll read some horse stories, make a fun craft, and get to know Peaches the therapy horse! Ages 3-6Trivia Tuesdays *RR Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes (and bragging rights!). Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, October 17, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.  KindergartenNot a Fright in SightWednesday, October 17, 6:30 pmJeannie Mack performs songs, rhymes, and stories about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches! Ages 3+First Look Book Group *RR Thursday, October 18, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting. Grades 6-123D Design and PrintFriday, October 19, 3:45pmJoin Technology Librarian Brad McKenna to design a file using TinkerCad that will be printed on our 3D printer. Grades 4-8Not-So-Scary Mini Movie Marathon *RRSaturday, October 20, 1-4:30 pmWatch two campy Halloween classics, conjure a spooky craft, and test your taste buds in an Oreo Identification Challenge! Grades 6-12Library NewsEnglish Conservation GroupA new English Conversation Group started this fall.  It meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is led by Wilmington Public School ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. All who want to practice their English speaking skills are welcome.Book Store Next Door VolunteersThe Book Store Next Door is looking for adult volunteers to work as cashiers. Shifts are scheduled for either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Two volunteers are assigned to work together during these shifts. For more information and a volunteer application go to wilmlibrary.org/bookstore-volunteer.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

The best lastminute Christmas gift is the Tile Mate for 16

first_img Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Read more: The best gifts for 2018Read more: The best gifts under $50CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! How to save money on nearly everything you buy online 6 Bonus deal: Amazon is still offering Black Friday prices on a ton of Amazon devices, including the 2nd-gen Echo Dot for $20 and the third-gen for $30.If you don’t mind shopping on Facebook, though, Daily Steals has the third-gen Echo Dot for just $20 in your choice of colors. That’s the lowest price to date on this all-new Dot.See it at FacebookAlthough Daily Steals states that it will “ship within two days,” there’s no guarantee it’ll arrive in time for Christmas.I thought the second-gen Dot was a killer deal at $20 (and it is), but the third-gen for the same price? The latter is, after all, the best Dot yet.Bonus deal No. 2: Do not miss the 2018 iPad (32GB) at its lowest price ever: Just $229. Now playing: Watch this: The new Tile locators have replaceable batteries, meaning there’s no longer any reason not to get one. Tile Need a last-minute stocking stuffer? Or a cool gift for the person who has (almost) everything? I’ve got you covered.Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon has the new Tile Mate locator for $15.99, with free shipping even if you’re not a Prime subscriber.See it at AmazonThat’s one option. Another is the new Tile Pro in a two-pack for $44.99. I’ll explain the differences below.For those unfamiliar with them, the Tiles are Bluetooth-tethered locators. Pair one with your phone, then attach it to a keychain or something else that routinely goes missing. When you want to find that thing, just tap the Tile app and the Tile rings.Even better, if you’ve misplaced your phone (and it’s in range), double-press the Tile button to make the phone ring — even if it’s set to mute. There’s also a crowd-sourcing option that can help you recover items lost in the out-of-range wider world.These are both the updated Tile models introduced just a couple months ago. That means they have user-replaceable batteries (yay!) and improved Bluetooth range. Youget up to 150 feet with the Mate and up to 300 feet with the Pro.As gadget gifts go, I can think of few better ones — especially the Mate at just $16. (It’s normally $25.)Your thoughts? center_img 2:10 Amazon Comments 54 Photos Mobile Smart Speakers & Displays The best tech Christmas gifts for 2018 Tagslast_img read more

Way before Avengers Endgame the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a huge risk

first_imgFrom Infinity War to Black Panther to Captain Marvel, Marvel movies keep smashing box office records. As Avengers: Endgame opens to widespread critical acclaim and monster ticket sales, it could become the biggest movie event of all time. Yup, we seriously can’t get enough of Marvel movies.But although superhero adventures now seem like the surest of sure things, it seems strange to remember the very different origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU has expanded to 22 films, reinvented serialized movies, and made more than $18.6 billion at the global box office — but when it began a decade ago it was actually quite a gamble.Cast your mind back years before Endgame, before Thanos and the Infinity War snap, before the Avengers assembled…  Now playing: Watch this: The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 18 Photos 4:23 Now playing: Watch this: Sphero Spider-Man 3 3:13 Inspired by the Marvel model, other studios have tried to create money-spinning cinematic universes of their own. Universal brought their classic monsters back from the grave with dubious success in The Mummy, while Marvel’s comic industry rival, DC, attempted to fast-track its own crossover with Justice League. But none has managed to capture the magic of the MCU.Marvel foreverAfter the success of the better-known names in the Avengers lineup, Marvel could have stuck to churning out Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk sequels. “A lot of studios would love to have four franchises they can keep doing sequels to,” as Feige puts it. “We specifically didn’t want to do that, because we wanted to keep bringing new characters to the forefront.” marvel-newsletter-signup-articlesClick here to sign-up for our new guide to all things Marvel.And so the Avengers paved the way for even riskier titles. Even among comic fans, who could name a single Guardian of the Galaxy before that movie came out? But by then, the Marvel brand was known as a mark of quality, even if you hadn’t heard of the heroes in question. As each new film dropped, left-field directing choices such as James Gunn, the Russo brothers and Taika Waititi turned out to be pretty smart gambles. When Black Panther exploded into theaters in 2018, it quickly rocketed past a billion dollars and become a genuine cultural phenomenon. Not the most obscure comic hero but not the best-known either, Black Panther was just the latest example of Marvel banking on a character that might have been considered a gamble 10 years ago.In March, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel became Marvel’s first female lead, and there are plenty more popular comic characters where she came from. Namor, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Moon Knight and many others have yet to appear on the big screen. And after Spider-Man’s entry to the MCU, other well-known characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four could be brought back into the fold following Disney’s deal with Fox.For now, Endgame brings the curtain down on the first decade of the MCU, causing us to bid fond farewell to some of the franchise’s founder members. Whatever happens next, let’s hope Marvel isn’t done taking risks.This article was first published in May 2018. 10 years ago today, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. #IronMan pic.twitter.com/yKgEnCiyST— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 2, 2018 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty TV and Movies Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order I am Iron Man2008’s Iron Man, the first MCU film, was far from a guaranteed hit. For starters, the Iron Man character had never appeared in a movie or live-action TV show, putting him behind the likes of Spider-Man and the Hulk in terms of general public awareness. And the big thing at the box office back then was the gritty and grounded Dark Knight series, which self-consciously played down Batman’s more comic book-y elements. Colorful and fantastic movies like Green Lantern and Ang Lee’s Hulk were just as likely to flop as they were to hit big.As if that wasn’t enough, Marvel brought in two guys to head up Iron Man who were definitely unknown quantities. “In the late 1990s Robert Downey Jr. was uninsurable,” says box office analyst Stephen Follows, “making him unemployable to any production which wanted to get a completion bond.” Despite being an Oscar-nominated actor, Downey had never fronted a blockbuster like this — and neither had director Jon Favreau, the guy from Swingers, whose main directing experience was Christmas comedy Elf and a largely overlooked Jumanji semi-sequel.Multiple writers worked on drafts of the screenplay, only for Favreau to encourage Downey and the cast to improvise. The lack of a definite script didn’t initially impress co-star Jeff Bridges, who only relaxed when he decided to view the chaotic production as a “$200 million student film.”Troubled star Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau teamed up for the first MCU movie, released in 2008. Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images Ah yes, the money. Marvel had spent decades farming its comic characters out to other companies for TV and film adaptations, with mixed results. Even when a character hit big at the movies, Marvel didn’t necessarily see big returns. Spider-Man was off making money for Sony hand-over-webshooter, while the X-Men were raking it in for Fox. So in the 2000s, the folks at Marvel’s movie arm clawed back the film rights to their characters and borrowed a chunk of money from Merrill Lynch to make their own movies.Iron Man was the first of this new series of Marvel-made movies. “I really don’t know how people are gonna react to this thing,” Favreau admitted shortly before the film’s release. “This could be anything from a flop to … something beyond people’s expectations. You never know.” Share your voice Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen As it turned out, Downey’s insouciant charm carried the movie. Premiering on April 18, 2008 in Australia and May 2 in the US, Iron Man delivered a combination of humor, spectacular visual effects and unapologetic comic book action that made it a sensation with fans and critics.More MarvelStill, Marvel movie boss Kevin Feige had an even bigger gamble in mind. In Iron Man’s final scene, Samuel L Jackson turned up as comic book superspy Nick Fury. Not only did this begin the trend for postcredits scenes, but it also set the stage for Marvel’s other superheroes to follow Iron Man onto the big screen.The Marvel Cinematic Universe was born.But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Just weeks later, in June 2008, the second MCU movie The Incredible Hulk, opened to a lukewarm reception. According to Box Office Mojo, it remains the MCU’s weakest performer — and this was a character that mainstream moviegoers might actually have heard of. avengers253d1a1bcebbe6.jpgSolo outings for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) paved the way for the Avengers to team up. Jay Maidment As Marvel’s disastrous 1986 Howard the Duck movie proved, Marvel’s comics are full of characters who could be just a little too out there for mainstream audiences. Even the most devoted superhero movie fan might have been puzzled to see familiar caped crusaders fighting alongside viking god Thor or mustachioed magician Dr Strange —  and that’s before you get to the real weirdos like Ant-Man, Groot and Rocket Raccoon.Hollywood often appears a bit embarrassed about the characters it brings from page to screen — look at all the black body armor replacing capes and tights in the X-Men and Dark Knight films, for example. But Marvel went all in on the colorful capers of its superheroes, from Captain America’s World War II origins to, well, just about everything in Guardians of the Galaxy.Marvel continued to perfect the MCU’s colorful, boisterous tone in 2011’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. “God forbid those films had [flopped],” Feige told Entertainment Weekly, because each solo outing primed audiences for the next big gamble: bringing the heroes together.Avengers assembleIn 2012, the various heroes of the MCU met in The Avengers, shepherded by writer and director Joss Whedon. Crossover stories uniting multiple characters are common in comics, but rare in the movies — at least in recent years. “In the last couple of decades, traditional Hollywood studios have increasingly relied on sequels, reboots and remakes in order to provide what they hope will be sure-fire hits,” explains Stephen Follows. “What we’re seeing with Marvel is something else. They’re similar to a model Hollywood loved 80 years ago: the film series’ of the 1930s and 1940s.”nullThe Avengers line-up expanded until Infinity War starred more than 30 major characters. Marvel Of course, the bubble could burst at any moment. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp all hit screens in 2018, followed by Captain Marvel, Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019. Plus, theatres are crowded by superhero shenanigans like DC’s Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam!No wonder critics like James Cameron warn of superhero fatigue. Marvel has a way to go to beat the most prolific film series of the past, however: There were 64 films featuring the Durango Kid between 1945 and 1952, an average of more than 9 a year.Even if superheroes do start to lose their luster, the general industry trend of growing global box office spreads the risk of each new super-outing. “The first crop of MCU movies relied heavily on the domestic market,” Follows says. “But as time has progressed, the international market has increased in importance.” While Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 made half their money in the US and Canada, by the time Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok hit screens two-thirds of their money came from overseas. Tags Comments Black Panther Marvel Thor Captain America Iron Man Filmmakerslast_img read more

Keanu Reeves superhero Marvel really really wants him to join the MCU

first_img 8 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 8:53 32 Photos How I survived the Marvel Studios 22 Movie Marathon Keanu Reeves owns 2019 — and it’s a very excellent adventure Keanu Reeves to star in Cyberpunk 2077, out in April 2020 Reeves’ slow-mo Always Be My Maybe walk works to any song I vote for Keanu Reeves as Johnny Blaze : Ghost Rider .. time to bring him into the MCU @Marvel pic.twitter.com/l8rfg4P6Ro— Grn.Rngr (@alexxcooleyy) June 20, 2019 More on Keanu Reeves Marvel Others suggest Reeves should be cast as everyone from Silver Surfer to Gambit to Moon Knight.Reeves has made headlines this year for everything from his starring action part in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to his role as a motorcycle daredevil toy in Toy Story 4 to his upcoming role in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game to a meme-worthy appearance in Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe.There’s also an online petition, with more than 34,000 signatures at press time, urging Time Magazine to make Reeves its person of the year. Keanu in the MCU? He does know kung fu from his Matrix days, after all.Pain heals, and chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever, Keanu Reeves once told us in The Replacements. Sounds like the perfect motto for a Marvel superhero.And Reeves, who’s having a most excellent and not at all bogus 2019, could join that super-powered universe. A reporter for CNET sister site ComicBook.com asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige if the company was planning anything involving Reeves, and indeed, strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige said. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”Which hero would he play? Due to Reeves’ love of motorcycles, some suggest Ghost Rider. Now playing: Watch this: Originally published June 19.  But many would like to see Reeves as Adam Warlock, who was created by researchers to be the pinnacle of future human evolution. “Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is,” wrote one Twitter user. Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is so marvel better cast him pic.twitter.com/iefkmh5z8d— ४ 𝐊𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐨𝐤𝐢 ४ (@reevesofloki) June 20, 2019 Comments Share your voice TV and Movies Tagslast_img read more

Stranger Things 4 Everything we know about the next season

first_img Tags 4 Stranger Things season 4 might start filming in October Watch the Stranger Things cast play their own video game Stranger Things season 3: Rad ’80s details you might have missed Fans can’t wait for Stranger Things to return. Netflix Warning: Spoilers for previous seasons of Stranger Things ahead.We’re ready when you are, Netflix. Stranger Things has to come back for a fourth season, right? Just because the streaming network hasn’t yet officially announced season four, we believe it’s coming. After all, the creators, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, have said they wanted four (or even five) seasons of the 1980s-set horror-sci-fi series.Netflix didn’t respond to a request for comment, but we fans have reason to hope. According to CNET sister site ComicBook.com, a listing from film trade publication Production Weekly indicates the sci-fi/horror series is going to begin shooting a fourth season in the fall of 2019. The basicsStranger Things took the streaming world by storm when it debuted in the summer of 2016. Set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the show begins with the disappearance of young Will Byers. It turns out that researchers at Hawkins National Laboratory have opened a gate to the creepy alternate dimension known as the Upside Down. And they’re apparently also experimenting on a group of special children, one of whom, known as Eleven, escapes and befriends Will’s group. See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos 59 Photos Commentscenter_img Since then, viewers have been introduced to hideous and deadly demogorgons and demodogs, met various other children with psychokinetic powers, and lost a variety of beloved and not-so-beloved characters. Part of the show’s charm is its varied young cast, who feel like real friends, and its nostalgic setting. (The third season took viewers back in time to Starcourt Mall circa 1985, from Orange Julius sipping to Glamour Shots-style photo snapping.)Season three earned stellar ratings from critics and fans alike. CNET’s own Jennifer Bisset offered high praise for season 3, dubbing it “a tighter, faster-paced… run of eight episodes that manages to tap every emotional vein of childhood (even for those who didn’t grow up in the ’80s).”How to watchGet yourself a Netflix subscription. Stranger Things is a jewel in the service’s crown of original series’, and it’s the best way to ensure you get all the new episodes plus access to the first three seasons.Not sure Netflix is worth it to you? The service offers a free one-month trial, so if you sign up close to the new season’s premiere, whenever that is, you can soak it up with previous years’ seasons and then cancel your membership without cost. But if you do this for season four and a fifth season is later added, you might have to sign up again later on and pay up (or find a Netflix-subscribing friend who’ll invite you over).Release date, production infoThis is the $64,000 question. That notice in Production Weekly that we mention above says filming could begin in October 2019, meaning the new series might be available in 2020. But that sounds a little optimistic. There were 15 months between seasons one and two, and about 20 months between seasons two and three. Season three came out on July 4, 2019, so unless the Duffers speed up their process, it might be late 2020, or even sometime in 2021, before we see a fourth season. The first season had eight episodes, the second nine, and the third eight again, so we assume a fourth season would have around eight episodes. They’ll presumably all be uploaded to Netflix at once, the better to suit your binge-watching needs.Filming for past seasons has taken place in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area. It would seem likely that will continue, but in May 2019, Netflix’s chief content officer gave a statement that threw that into question. Due to a new Georgia law that would prohibit abortions from being performed in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the streaming service might reconsider working in the state. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law in May 2019, but it faces legal challenges before it would go into effect in 2020.Cast: Who’s who?Obviously, we don’t know who’s returning and who’s not, but this show is such a wonderful ensemble piece that we assume most of the cast of the first three seasons will be back. The one big casting question: Is Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) still alive, possibly in a Russian prison? Better list him as a “maybe.”Likely to returnMillie Bobby Brown as ElevenFinn Wolfhard as Mike WheelerNoah Schnapp as Will ByersCaleb McLaughlin as Lucas SinclairGaten Matarazzo as Dustin HendersonWinona Ryder as Joyce ByersNatalia Dyer as Nancy WheelerCharlie Heaton as Jonathan ByersMaya Hawke as RobinJoe Keery as Steve HarringtonSadie Sink as Max MayfieldPriah Ferguson as Erica SinclairCara Buono as Karen WheelerMight return? Might not?David Harbour as Jim HopperPlot news, rumors and theoriesEleven as the Big BadNow here’s a juicy rumor. Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, has been one of the show’s main heroic characters since the beginning, escaping from the lab where she was experimented on to help the kids of Hawkins fight the evil around them. She’s even made bullies pee themselves. Such a heroine could never turn bad, right? A theory discussed on Reddit claims that El could have been infected by the Mind Flayer and could be used in the same way the creature manipulated creepy Billy in season three. Far-fetched? Maybe, but it would sure shake things up.Where’s Hop?Beloved characters have died before in Stranger Things. (Barb! Bob!) But there’s been no death — or, assumed death — as big as the possible loss of Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour). He seems to die a martyr in the final episode of season three. But in a perplexing and much-discussed scene, viewers discover that there’s an American being held in a Russian prison where other, unluckier inmates are fed to a demogorgon. Seems apparent we’re meant to wonder if that’s Hopper, still alive, and if he’ll somehow make his way back to Joyce, Eleven and crew in a fourth season.The directors speakMatt and Ross Duffer spoke to Entertainment Weekly and dropped some very vague hints about a fourth season’s plot. Ross Duffer addressed the importance of the American in the Russian prison cell, saying that plotline is “obviously going to play a huge role in a potential season four.” (WELL, DUH!) His brother Matt hints at a more national or even global aspect to a fourth season. There may be other towns like Hawkins with creepy labs and access to alternate dimensions. “I think the biggest thing that’s going to happen is it’s going to open up a little bit,” he said. “Not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plotlines into areas outside of Hawkins.” And speaking of moving outside of Hawkins…Movin’ on upIn that final season-three episode, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), her sons and Eleven, who seems to have been taken in by Joyce after Hopper’s possible demise, are moving. She looks through her old battered house one last time and then the family drives away. Where are they off to? Admittedly, we wouldn’t want to stay in a cursed place like Hawkins either, but for the plot’s sake, it would seem she can’t go too far. Joyce, Will, Jonathan and Eleven all need to stay close to the other kids, and it would be so sad if the friend group was split between two different school systems.Eighties eventsThe first season took place in 1983, the second in 1984, and the third in the summer of 1985. So we’d seem to be on track for a 1986 season next, although admittedly, the kids are growing up faster than time is moving onscreen, so things could jump even two years ahead. 1986 has some big pop culture and news events that could play well into a show like this, including the Chernobyl disaster. Considering the Russians were heavily involved in season three, could Chernobyl itself be worked into the show’s mythology? In lighter news, maybe El and Mike could go see Pretty in Pink or Top Gun, and Dustin could teach the kids how to Walk Like An Egyptian.This article was first published on Aug. 12, 2019, and will be updated as news is revealed. TV and Movies TV and Movies More on Stranger Things Share your voice Netflixlast_img read more

Superbikes bandwagon makes inroads as high top end bikemakers unveil madeforIndia bikes

first_imgGreater Noida, Feb 11 (ANI): International bikemakers such as Harley Davidson, Triumph Motorcycles Yamaha and Ducati showcased their trendiest models to awe-struck Indian bikers at the 12th Auto Expo held in Greater Noida recently. The top end bikemakers displayed some machismo cruiser style and chopper designs targeting the domestic market.last_img

Failed IAS aspirant enjoys VIP perks for 18 months security breach at

first_imgRepresentational imageCCO Public domainA woman left senior police officials scratching their heads after she posed as a civil servant for 18 months just to enjoy the perks which came with the position. She was also assigned a security detail.Zoya Khan and her husband were arrested for conning the police in and around Delhi, such as Noida, Gurugram, Meerut, Ghaziabad, and Moradabad. The duo has been married for six years. Zoya’s husband quit his job as a banker to study for the civil services exam. Zoya, on the other hand, had attempted the exam in 2007. However, she still wanted to enjoy the VIP perks that civil administrators enjoy.The police grew suspicious when Zoya called SSP Vaibhav Krishna of Gautam Buddh Nagar and demanded to know why there was a delay in sending police escort. India Today reports that the police’s suspicion grew with the phone call and ordered an enquiry and a raid of Zoya’s apartment.During the raid of the three-bedroom apartment, the police recovered fake IDs, two laptops, two walkie-talkies, four android mobile phones, one fake pistol and two luxury car –a black Mahindra XUV 500 with a blue beacon and grey Mercedes. Some of the fake IDs of Zoya showed her as a UNSC officer and also a US diplomat in Afghanistan.Zoya had information on important political rallies in Delhi-NCR region Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public meeting in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.Zoya’s planner showed information on political rallies in Delhi. The investigating officer said the planner had information on the dates of the political rallies in and around Delhi-NCR region.”A planner has been recovered from her residence that mentions the dates of a few political rallies in Delhi-NCR. Even on her laptop, these dates are marked,” an investigating official was quoted as saying by India Today. He added, “A few photographs of top politicians in a separate folder on her laptop also raised suspicion about her vested interests.”Due to the position and power of the political leaders whose information Zoya stored, a thorough probe was conducted to make sure that she is not a threat to the politicians and the country. The report further states that when the police went through her call logs, they discovered that she used to call SSPs and pretended to be the Personal Assistant to Joint Secretary (Foreign) to get her work done. She used an app which helped her convert her voice to a male one.The media reports also said that during Prime Minister Modi’s rally in Meerut last week, she was given a security detail. In fact, she was also part of PM Modi’s security team. This is seen as a major breach of security. However, SSP Krishna said that the reports were false. “No evidence of these two arrested accused going to the PM’s rally in Meerut. The so-called ‘Afghanistan’ connection has not been found. Please do not sensationalise things. This is a cheating/forgery case only,” Krishna wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

Glaxo Auro Pharma and Dr Reddys to report better topline in December

first_imgGlaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals (Glaxo), Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) and Aurobindo Pharma are expected to post a growth of 13 percent to 20 percent in their December quarter revenues, brokerage firm Angel Broking said in a note on Tuesday.Shares of the three companies were trading in the red at around 1:05 pm, while the S&P BSE Sensex was down 320 points, or 1.33 percent, at 23,967.86.GlaxoThe Indian arm of British drug company GlaxoSmithKline Plc is expected to post sales of Rs 730 crore for the December quarter, an increase of about 13 percent from Rs 646.2 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, led by price hike and volume growth, said Angel Broking. Operating margin is likely to be around 18 percent while adjusted net profit is pegged at Rs 102.70 crore, up 55 percent from Rs 66.1 crore in the year-ago period.The company will be declaring its December quarter results on 10 February.DRLDr Reddy’s Labs is likely to report a topline of Rs 4,420 crore for the third quarter ended December 2015, as against Rs 3,843 crore in the corresponding period last year, a growth of 15 percent, driven by both domestic and US sales. Operating margin is expected to be around 27 percent, up from 23 percent, year-over-year. The adjusted net profit is expected at Rs 746 crore, up 30 percent from Rs 574 crore, year-over-year.The Hyderabad-based company will be declaring its December quarter results on 9 February.Aurobindo PharmaThe company’s third quarter revenues are estimated at around Rs 3,800 crore, an increase of 20.9 percent over the year-ago period revenues. The operating margin is expected to come at 53.1 percent, up from 51 percent in the third quarter of FY2015, the Angel Broking report highlighted. Aurobindo Pharma’s adjusted net profit is likely to come at Rs 613.4 crore, as against Rs 399 crore in the third quarter of FY2015, an increase of 53.7 percent. The company will be declaring its third quarter results on 10 February.Glaxo was trading at Rs 3,260, down 0.94 percent, DRL  at Rs 3,010, down 1.96 percent and Aurobindo Pharma at Rs 729.35, with a loss of 2.30 percent.On 5 February, Lupin Pharma reported its quarterly net profit at Rs 530 crore, down 11.82 percent from Rs 601 crore in the year-ago period, while net sales inched 6 percent higher to Rs 3,358 crore, from Rs 3, 145 crore in the third quarter of last fiscal.last_img read more

WWDC 2019 keynote What to expect from Apple on its big day

first_img 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Apple’s annual developer conference, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, is being commenced from June 3 to June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple wants to steal the show the introduction of new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS like previous years.The opening keynote for the WWDC 2019 will be held at 10 PM IST (Monday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. PT), where Apple’s executive will glimpse the new advancement in terms of software and hardware. If you want to watch this event, Apple will host the livestream of the event on its website. Before the event, here is what we expect from Apple at WWDC 2019.Apple Mac ProThere is a lot of buzz about the introduction of a refreshed Mac Pro at WWDC 2019. It is said that it will be the most powerful Mac you could buy from the so-called “cheese grater” design of years past to the “trash can” design.Previously, the Mac Pro was launched in 2013. At WWDC, we are expecting a robust Mac Pro, but It is not immediately clear what kind of a design Apple has planned for new Mac Pro. There are various rumours about new Mac Pro, one of them hints that Apple could add support for NVIDIA GPUs with the launch of the new device. Apple WWDC 2019 expectationsAppleApple macOS 10.15The introduction of new macOS 10.15 could steal its thunder at WWDC tonight. Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President, Software Engineering at Apple is expected to introduce macOS 10.15 which allows iPad apps to run on macOS devices. The new cross-platform compatibility is named as “Marzipan,” but Apple hasn’t used that word publicly.This new compatibility mode leads that developers will have an easy way to take apps that they’ve developed for the iPad and “port” them to the Mac. It also hints that you might use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac. Also, Apple is expected to bring Siri shortcuts to the Mac.iOS 13Half of the revenue of Apple comes from sales of iPhone and iOS underpins that platform. So, Apple doesn’t want to disappoint its iOS users, and the Cupertino-based company will launch its new iOS which is named as iOS 13. in iOS 13, the headline feature for iPhone owners is probably going to be Dark Mode. According to 9to5Mac, there will be a Dark Mode running in a few apps. Apple WWDC 2019 expectations9to5MacIt is also rumoured about the revamped home screen and more capable Files app. Also, Apple might add a new way to multitask on the device. The current split screen/slide-over setup is useful but limiting.WatchOS 6 and tvOS 13Apple could launch new WatchOS, but there is little chance to get heavily revamped. It’s likely that Apple will continue the theme of focusing on health, and it will probably talk about updates to its Health app alongside updates to watchOS. The company could launch a new ‘Dose’ feature, which will help users to take your pills at the scheduled time.Similarly, we shouldn’t expect too much new stuff on tvOS 13 as Apple had already a huge TV-focused event this year. Apple could introduce TV Plus service, but its price remains to be seen.last_img read more

This is how Deepika Padukone reacts when security personnel asks for her

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramDeepika Padukone is currently one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood. She is well-known not just in India, but across the world. So, how do you think the actress would have reacted when a security personnel asked her to show her ID at an airport?A video has come up on social media that shows Deepika being asked by a security personnel to show her ID just when she was about to enter the airport. Showing no sign of tantrums or attitude, Deepika politely asked the officer, “Do you need it?”, and wasting no time she immediately showed it to him.This gesture from Deepika has won hearts of many on social media, who have been praising the actress for her humble nature. Deepika is currently one of the highest paid actresses in the world.On the work front, DP will next be seen in a new avatar playing the role of a real-life acid-attack survivor. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film has been titled Chhapaak. She will also be seen in Ranveer Singh’s 83 as his on-screen wife.Watch the video below:last_img read more

Will Gujarat results force Modi govt to shelve controversial FRDI Bill for

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi speaking to media persons at the start of Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 17, 2017.PIBThe central government is unlikely to table the controversial Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) bill in Parliament during the Budget session, as the house gives the joint committee an extension for submitting its report.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stated that the upper house has extended time granted to the joint panel “up to the last day of Budget Session, 2018,” news agency PTI reported.This development comes when many have been raising concerns about some of the clauses of the bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August this year.Why economists and Indian middle class feared the FRDI bill in the current? The clause 52 of the draft legislation. The proposed law puts a “bail-in” provision under clause 52 which would give legal powers to a specially mandated authority called the ‘Resolution Corporation’ to invoke the bail-in clause, which can modify the deposit if the bank in question is on the threshold of becoming commercially unviable.The joint committee has sought an extension to submit its report before the parliament as it thinks the report won’t be ready for presentation by December 15.”As the House was adjourned after making obituary references. Hence, I have on behalf of the House, granted extension of time,” the Lok Sabha Speaker said during the zero hour of Lok Sabha.The bill aims to place a framework for overseeing financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, non-banking financial services (NBFC) companies and stock exchanges in case of insolvency, reported the agency.Recently, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the bill “Draconian” and wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley requesting the immediate withdrawal of the FRDI Bill. In a letter, she said people will lose faith in the banking system if the Bill is not withdrawn.”I will like to sincerely appeal to the Centre to desist from enacting this Draconian law and withdraw the bill to ensure that the common people in the country are saved from financial ruin,” Mamata wrote in her letter.Market experts also believe that the “bail-in” clause in the draft legislation could bring in potential harm to deposits of common people.Currently, all deposits up to Rs 1 lakh are protected under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, which is sought to be repealed by the proposed bill.However, union finance minister Aurn Jaitley, lask week said that the government would fully protect public deposits in financial institutions.last_img read more

Govt sends proposal to SC for Barisal judges withdrawal

first_imgThe law ministry ministry has sent a proposal to the Supreme Court seeking withdrawal of Barisal Chief Judicial Magistrate Ali Hossain in connection with the “harassment” of Barguna Sadar UNO Tariq Salmon after the filing of a defamation case against him, according to UNB.”A proposal has been sent [to the SC] for withdrawal of the Barisal Chief Judicial Magistrate and giving him a new posting,” law minister Anisul Huq told UNB.On Monday, deputy commissioners of Barguna and Barisal M Bashirul Alam and Gazi M Saifuzzaman were withdrawn from their respective positions over UNO Tariq Salmon’s case.Obaidullah Saju filed the Tk 5-crore defamation case against the UNO on charge of publishing a ‘distorted’ photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the invitation card issued on the occasion of the Independence Day.Bangabandhu’s portrait, which was drawn by a child during a painting competition organised by then UNO in Agailjhara upazila Salman of Barisal district on the occasion of National Children’s Day marking the birthday of Bangabandhu on 17 March 17, was used in the invitation card.On 19 July, Barisal CMM court sent UNO Salmon to jail after he surrendered before it in compliance with its order and sought bail in the defamation case.Salmon was granted bail on a bond of Tk 10,000, hours after he landed in jail. Later, a Barisal court quashed the defamation case.Amid public criticisms, ruling Bangladesh Awami League suspended Obaidullah Saju on Friday for filing the defamation case.last_img read more

SSC equivalent exams to be deferred for DNCC bypolls

first_img.Authorities may defer secondary school certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations for the mayoral by-elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation expected to be held in late February 2018.The election commission’s acting secretary, Helal Uddin Ahmed, held a meeting with the representatives of the Dhaka Education Board and of Madrasa and Technical education boards at the commission secretariat on Tuesday to the end.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the representatives of the education boards said they have given their consent for deferment of the two papers of the SSC and equivalent exams scheduled to be held on 24 and 25 February to facilitate holding of the by-polls.SSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 were scheduled to begin on 2 February and continue until 26 February.The officials said the authorities will defer the exams once the commission announces the schedule for the civic polls.The EC’s acting secretary said the commission is mulling announcing the election schedule in the second week of January and holding the by-polls in the third week of February.The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November.Apart from holding by-polls to the mayoral post, the commission has also decided that elections will be held to the councillor posts and six special councillor posts reserved for woman for the 18 new DNCC wards and to the same number of councillor and special councillor posts for the 18 new Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) wards the same day.last_img read more

Ershad wants to win next elections

first_imgErshad accompanied his wife and official opposition leader in parliament Raushan Ershad takes oath at a rally in the capital on Saturday. Photo: Sajid HossainCelebrating 36 years of his takeover of power overthrowing an elected government, former military ruler HM Ershad on Saturday said his Jatiya Party will win the next general elections and form its own government.Now a special emissary of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, Ershad said they also want fair election.”We take fresh oath today, we will build a new Bangladesh,” said Ershad accompanied his wife and official opposition leader in parliament Raushan Ershad, at a ‘grand rally’ of his party in Suhrawardy Udyan. His oath is a song that he tried to promote during his nine-year rule.”We’ll form the government by winning the next general elections. My message is clear. We are ready, so is the country,” he said offering his JaPa as alternative to ruling Awami League and principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that ruled the country after his fall in 1990.The government gave permission to the JaPa for holding the rally on 24 March, the day Ershad as the chief of army staff overthrew the elected president Abdus Sattar in 1982. BNP was denied such permission.Both the AL and the BNP and their alliances then waged movement against Ershad demanding his resignation and formation of a caretaker government for holding parliamentary polls in a free and fair manner. The BNP still demands the same kind of administration for fair polls.Ershad, who faced a number of cases, however, gave his formula of election-time government and said a poll-time cabinet should be formed by the parties that are represented in the current parliament. “The election commission will remain neutral and they (EC officials) will conduct the elections,” he said.The JaPa leader felt that the Awami League government will be compelled to allow a fair election.The JaPa leader criticised both the AL and the BNP for failure to deliver good governance and development.Referring to celebration of the country’s graduation into a developing country with much enthusiasm, he said:”Go out of Dhaka and see the poor conditions of people. Then you will realise how much development you have brought about in the country.”Ershad mentioned that there are killings and rapes everyday and there is no security and peace in the country.He alleged that education was ruined. “Even the education minister advocates taking minimum amount of bribe.”Raushan Ershad said, “We’ll no more be used as stair for their ascending to power. People now want change. JaPa has to go to power.”JaPa secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader said, “We have given examinations for 27 years. Graft cases against many are dismissed when they go to power. But the graft case against Esrhad is continuing. He has to appear before the court.””The two parties have been in power and their rules are marked by killings, enforced disappearances and plundering of huge money from banks,” Hawlader added.last_img read more