Teacher held for sending ‘religiously sensitive’ post

first_imgA government school teacher was arrested here for allegedly forwarding a ‘religiously sensitive’ post on a WhatsApp group, the police said on Sunday.Tilak Raj Singh was arrested on Saturday following a complaint lodged by a district official, who was part of the WhatsApp group, the police said.Assistant Returning Officer and tehsildar Ramesh Parmar said: “Mr. Singh, who also worked as a block level officer for election duty, forwarded a religiously sensitive post to our WhatsApp group. We immediately lodged a complaint against him on Saturday.”The teacher was posted at Bansa village under the Manpur police station, he said.Superintendent of Police R.D. Prajapati said Mr. Singh was arrested following a complaint lodged by the tehsildar.“The complaint said that the teacher forwarded an outrageous message in their WhatsApp group. After a probe, Mr. Singh was arrested under relevant IPC sections,” he said.last_img read more

Sreesanth’s strong message to BCCI: You are not above God, want my livelihood back

first_imgAn irate S Sreesanth on Friday vowed to make a competitive comeback despite BCCI’s decision to appeal against the lifting of the life-ban on the tainted pacer.On Thursday, BCCI decided to appeal to the Division Bench of Kerala High Court against lifting of life ban on the 34-year-old.@bcci I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..?????????????- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″@bcci I’m not begging ,I’m asking to give my livelihood back .its my right. U guys are not above God. I will play again..???????????,” an angry Sreesanth wrote on his twitter page.C mon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017″Cmon @bcci this is worst u can do to anyone that too who is proven innocent not just once but again and again..don’t know why u doing this?,” he lamented further.@bcci pic.twitter.com/xl53bPD2an- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 11, 2017Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013. Last Monday, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court had passed an order that the bowler’s life-ban be lifted.However, the BCCI is firm on its stand that they will not allow the speedster to make an immediate comeback.Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for India with his last international appearance being in August 2011.advertisementlast_img read more

Arpinder ends 48-year wait for Asiad gold in triple jump

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes of Arpinder) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) A dehydrated Arpinder Singh today ended India’s 48-year long wait for a gold in triple jump at the Asian Games with an effort of 16.77m even as he had aimed at shattering the national record here. India’s last Asian Games gold medal in men’s triple jump had come in 1970 from Mohinder Singh Gill. Arpinder, who has been without a medal in multi-sporting events since winning a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, produced his best jump of 16.77m in his third attempt. The 25-year old said that his performance dipped because of a training in UK, where he could not adjust to new training methods. Ruslan Kurbanov of Uzbekistan took the silver with a best jump of 16.62m while Shuo Cao of China was third with an effort of 16.56m. Today’s mark of Arpinder was, however, well below his season best of 17.09m which he did during the National Inter-State Championships in June, which had put him at number three in the Asian rankings. He has a personal best of 17.17m. He had finished fifth in the 2014 Asian Games. Arpinder said he had come into the Asian Games looking to break the national record which is in the name of Renjith Maheshwary (17.30m). “It’s gold, so it’s okay but I wanted to go better than the national record. I was dehydrated after three jumps, that’s why there were fouls after that. The performance was going up and down. My calves were hurting,” Arpinder said.advertisement He said he endured a tough time after winning the bronze at the 2014 Glasgow CWG. “I left for UK for training under John Herbert. However, it led to a dip in form. My coaching style, food, everything changed. Even the weather was different so my performance went down. I had to cook myself and ride a bicycle seven kilometer one side. “That was really tough time. It’s not that the coach was not good but the methods were different. I could neither jump with the technique I had learnt from beginning nor could I adapt the new one. So I came back in 2016 and started from scratch and joined the national camp. Now I have won the biggest medal of my career,” he said. Arpinder said he was initiated to athletics by his father. “My dad was a kabaddi player in the army. He wanted me to continue playing sports. He kept pushing me to become sportsman. I started with 100 metres but I failed, I tried 200m and 400m but I could not do much there also. Then I took long jump and I failed there again. “But my father remained persistent. SAI coach D S Bahl then asked me to take up triple jump in 2005-06. To be honest, I was not interested as I did not know anything about triple jump. But then I won a medal at the 2007 School Nationals in Kolkata,” he said explaining how it all started. Arpinder will next compete in the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, representing Asia-Pacific team. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades name their baby boy Arik Rampal. New post wins the Internet

first_imgArjun Rampal took to Instagram and announced the name of his baby boy, who was born on July 18. He shared a photo of him holding the baby’s hand.Arjun captioned the photo, “That gracious thing made of tears, of happiness, gratitude and light. A rainbow appeared into our lives. So blessed we feel, gratitude and abundance of joy. Welcome junior Rampal, into our lives. Thank you all for your graciousness, love and beautiful wishes. Say hello to baby Arik Rampal.”Arjun Rampal and his girlfriend Gabriella Demtriades have been sharing few tantalising glimpses of their baby from time to time. Gabriella shared this photo on her Instagram account. It was in April this year that Arjun Rampal made the big announcement that he is going to be a father soon. The Roy actor wrote, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”Arjun was earlier married to Mehr Jessia, with whom he has two daughters Mahikaa and Myra. Arjun and Mehr called it quits last year. A few months later, Arjun made his relationship with Gabriella public. Reportedly, when Arjun announced Gabriella was pregnant, Mehr Jessia was said to be fine with it and had taken the news sportingly.advertisementMehr’s friends said that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told Mumbai Mirror. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.In an earlier interview to Mumbai Mirror, Arjun opened up on how he met Gabriella, “We met through common friends. So, what can I say? That she stalked me? Wishful thinking that, buddy! It’s only been a year since we started dating and here we are. For keeps. And I must add that it was of prime importance that my daughters should accept her as a part of the family. I’m blessed that they have, no questions asked.”On the work front, Arjun Rampal was last seen in web series – The Final Call.ALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades on naming their baby boy: Still thinkingALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades share sweet glimpse of baby boy. See picALSO WATCH | Arjun Rampal is Bollywood’s dark horselast_img read more

Coutinho and Mane start for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Coutinho and Mane start against Southampton Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 2017 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Southampton Southampton Jurgen Klopp has made four changes to his XI, with two of his stars returning but Adam Lallana has to wait for his first appearance of the season Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are included in Liverpool’s starting line-up against Southampton at Anfield after shaking off an adductor and hamstring issue respectively.The Brazilian overcame his injury during the international break, while the Senegal speedster felt a recurrence of the problem after helping secure his country’s World Cup spot at the expense of South Africa.Liverpool -1 EVS v Saints Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mane returned to Melwood during the FIFA interval to continue his recovery and runs out from the off against his former club.Jordan Henderson is also part of the XI having recovered from a thigh complaint, but the encounter comes too soon for ex-Saints star Adam Lallana.The England international, who had a more serious version of the captain’s injury, is waiting to make his first appearance of the season having resumed full training on Wednesday.Joel Matip – also nursing a thigh issue – misses out with Dejan Lovren starting for Liverpool for the first time since his torrid showing in last month’s defeat at Tottenham.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino.Liverpool subs: Karius, Gomez, Milner, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.Southampton starting XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Tadic, Boufal, Redmond; Long. Southampton subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Hojberg, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Gabbiadini, Austin. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

a month agoEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to do

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to doby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Pedja Mijatovic has questioned whether Zinedine Zidane is capable of leading the club out of it’s slump.Mijatovic was reacting to their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG.He said, “I did not expect such a game. I expected to see another game, I was very confident and I hope that Madrid will present itself in a better way in a competition in which it has made history. “PSG has been better in every way. It is a worry. The season looks like last year.”From minute one, Madrid was not involved in the game. When a team lets you play they all seem like phenomena to you. Madrid has to improve a lot. They have to worry and look for solutions. I don’t see Zidane finding solutions or helping the team to improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bopanna Shapovalov advance to Montreal Masters semifinal

first_imgMontreal: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov progressed to the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the ATP Montreal Masters here after receiving walkover from their opponents. The Indo-Canadian got a walkover in their quarterfinal clash against France’s Benoit Paire and Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Bopanna and Shapovalov will now face the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof in the semifinal. The unseeded duo of Bopanna and Shapovalov had knocked out the fourth seed French pair of Nichola Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin before defeating Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the round of 16.last_img read more

More Celebrities Announced For WE Day California

first_imgMore artists have been announced for next week’s WE Day California.Announced today, Paula Abdul, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Laverne Cox, Evan Goldberg, Jessie J, Xzibit and more will be joining Alessia Cara, Lily Collins, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Miss Piggy along with other Muppets, Lilly Singh and other previously announced presenters, speakers and performers for WE Day California on April 27, 2017 at The “Fabulous” Forum.WE Day, an international series of inspiring stadium-sized educational events, supported by National Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever, will bring together 16,000 students, inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers to celebrate the students commitment to taking action on local and global societal issues such as bullying, clean water and poverty.“I am so thrilled to join We Day again. It is always such an honor to appear in solidarity with teens, and to be able to share a stage with so many incredible voices united,” said actress and activist, Rowan Blanchard.The full list of speakers, performers and presenters announced to date is available on the WE Day California event page.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools, providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns. The program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning, develop life skills for success beyond the classroom and become change-makers in their communities.In the 2015/2016 school year, students and teachers from across California participated in remarkable social change. Over 875,000 youth were inspired to take steps to improve the world through WE Schools, raising more than $825,500 in support of local and global organizations.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and teachers, thanks to the generous support of National Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever. The Allstate Foundation believes good starts young, and is committed to empowering America’s youth with the strength, confidence and leadership skills to step us as leaders and achieve success in their lives. Unilever is committed to creating a bright future for tomorrow’s leaders by encouraging everyone to take small steps toward making sustainable living commonplace.WE Day is supported by Co-Chairs Stephanie Argyros, President and CEO, Argyros Group; Stephanie Swedlove and Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Participant Media and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation; Mike Cahill, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, City National Bank; and Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers.Anyone can find their place with WE and commit to making a change in the world. The first step is to take the WE Pledge at WE.org. By taking the pledge, participants are joining the WE Community and making a commitment to live WE every day. For every pledge taken on WE.org, $10 will be donated to local and global programs.last_img read more

Casablanca Airport French national arrested in possession of tear gas bombs

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- According to the Moroccan daily Almassae, the police of Casablanca Mohammed V international airport arrested on Thursday a French national in possession of tear gas bombs and electric shock weapons.The same source added that the French national, resident of Marrakech, managed to bypass security measures successfully before he was arrested by the national customs during a routine luggage screening.The bag of the suspects contained handcuffs, tear gas bombs, electric shock weapons, a cell phone equipped with electric shock and a shooting target carrying traces of bullets. The French national has been handed over to the police criminal division for further investigations.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

How AP collected parsed data on Chinas investor immigrants

by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 9:43 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How AP collected, parsed data on China’s investor immigrants BEIJING, China – At least two dozen countries offer a new home to people willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business, real estate or government bonds. And there’s no bigger market for many of them than China.By The Associated Press’ count, more than 100,000 Chinese have spent at least $24 billion in the last decade to buy residency through investment visa programs.The AP obtained the numbers of Chinese visa recipients from programs in 13 countries. To estimate total investments, the AP multiplied the yearly number of Chinese investors, excluding family members, by the minimum investment required by each country. Most of the countries in AP’s survey did not provide an official estimate of Chinese investment.The annual investment totals were converted into dollars based on the average exchange rate for that calendar year. They are not adjusted for inflation, and they don’t include investments that may have exceeded the minimum requirements or fees paid to agents and lawyers.Not all countries gave the same figures. In some cases, the AP estimated how many Chinese visa recipients were investors rather than family members with the help of government data or experts on investment migration. ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-In this May 7, 2017 photo, a man talks with representatives at an exhibitor booth at the Invest in America Summit held at a hotel in Beijing. The number of Chinese using investment migration programs worldwide tripled between 2010 and 2015, the AP found among the countries in its survey. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) read more

L Arbre de vie du Bahreïn mystère de la nature

first_imgL’ “Arbre de vie” du Bahreïn, mystère de la natureIl est l’un des phénomènes les plus remarquables au monde : “l’Arbre de vie” du Bahrein s’élève fièrement au milieu du désert, à des kilomètres des sources d’eau et des zones de végétations. Comment fait-il pour survivre ? La question se pose depuis plusieurs années déjà.Pour les habitants du Bahreïn, pays situé sur un archipel du golfe Persique au Moyen-Orient, ce n’est pas juste “un arbre”. Vieux de 400 ans et mesurant près de 10 mètres de haut, “l’Arbre de vie” se dresse seul au milieu du désert, à environ deux kilomètres de Jebel Dukhan, le point le plus élevé du pays. Sa survie miraculeuse au milieu de nulle-part et dans des conditions aussi difficiles pousse la population du Bahreïn à penser qu’il s’agit-là de l’unique vestige du mythique jardin d’Eden. Et pour cause ? Sa source d’eau demeure toujours un mystère. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Les biologistes et scientifiques qui sont venus examiner l’arbre sont restés perplexes. Et malgré plusieurs théories, son existence et sa survie dans le désert sont toujours une énigme. Ainsi, certains pensent que les racines de cet arbre, baptisé Sharajat-al-Hayat, s’étendent très loin mais surtout dans les profondeurs, où des sources d’eau encore inconnues viendraient l’alimenter. Mais jusqu’ici personne n’a pu prouver cette hypothèse.Alors que les habitants du Bahreïn pensent avoir trouvé l’endroit où se situait le jardin d’Eden, les bédouins – nomades de culture arabe vivant dans des régions désertiques du Moyen-Orient – sont convaincus que cet arbre légendaire a été béni par Enki, un dieu de la mythologie sumérienne, associé avant tout à l’eau.Le Sharajat-al-Hayat est l’une des “attractions” les plus célèbres du Bahreïn. Les touristes se bousculent pour admirer ce mystère de la nature. Mais ces dernières années, ces visites, non surveillées, manquent parfois de respect. Arrivés au pied de l’arbre, plusieurs reporters ont été déçus en découvrant que certains visiteurs gravaient leur nom sur le tronc. Pire, des bombes de peinture sont utilisées pour taguer l’arbre. Autre constat : certaines branches, abaissées, laissent penser que plusieurs personnes ont grimpé sur l’arbre… Triste spectacle pour un phénomène de la nature aussi remarquable, qui devrait, au contraire, être préservé.Le 17 février 2011 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Press Talk And the best of stupid stuff is …

first_imgLou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. Wow! Where the heck did that year go?One minute you’re writing about stupid stuff in January, and the next minute it’s December … and you’re still writing about stupid stuff.What the …And because this is not only the season to be jolly but also the season to create lists, I shall continue with my tradition of a list of “top stupid stuff.”Now a real list of top stories from 2016 will appear Sunday in The Columbian. And I should add none of the stories on my list made that Top 10 list. Hey, don’t blame me!My list of stupid stuff is more, ah, surreal. No kidding! So here’s the Top 5.#5 The Moeller run. The only thing more secure than state Rep. Jim Moeller’s seat was his unflinching optimism and the glowing smile he always wore.The ultra-liberal Democrat had found a home in an ultra-liberal district. What’s not to smile about, right? But then he went and spoiled it all by saying something stupid like … “I’m going to run against U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.”last_img read more

Weather Eye February temperatures below normal rainfall above average

first_img Thank goodness we had a break in the weather action Saturday. The storm that brought snow to the coast Friday and left Vancouver unscathed is well into California.Another low pressure system was forecast to bring us chilly rain today and snow in the foothills and above. As the new week progresses, the snow level gradually climbs up to above the mountain passes. The ski areas will have lots of fresh powder though the week.It appears that March will come in as a lamb this Wednesday with no weather events. How about that? Spring officially arrives on March 1 for us weather and climate folks. Doesn’t that have a nice sound to it, spring? Especially after snow, potholes, ice, rain and more potholes?February has followed suit after December and January with temperatures averaging below normal. The average mean temperature so far is 41 degrees, 2.4 degrees below average. Rainfall is incredible at 10.02 inches, 6.61 inches above average. February will go in the record books as a cold, wet month.It looks like highs this week will run below the average of 53 degrees. Realize the average high and low this week is 53 and 36. No problem getting the 36 or colder but that 53 degrees will be a challenge. Usually we get a few days in February in the 60s. Not so this year. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Napoli confirms interest in Krunic

first_imgEmpoli president Fabrizio Corsi has talked about how the Italian Lega Serie A squad wants to buy Rade Krunic and Hamed TraoreThere have been many rumors about Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli wanting to acquire the services of Rade Krunic and Hamed Traore from Empoli.And today Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss, as quoted by Football Italia, to confirm the interest for those two players.“[Napoli director of sports Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Krunic and we have talked about him, exchanging opinions,” Corsi said.Transfer: Africa Cup of Nations winner joins Milan George Patchias – August 5, 2019 AC Milan has signed Algerian star Ismael Bennacer.The African Cup of Nations winner and a key member of the Algerian national team has completed…“He knows how to value individual players.”“We also talked about Traore, who was born in 2000 and already has so much character on the field,” he added.“I think Ismael Bennacer can do great things, as he is like Lucas Torreira, but with more quality.”last_img read more

Man hospitalized after being run over during argument

first_img August 4, 2018 Posted: August 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:33 AM Man hospitalized after being run over during argumentcenter_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was hospitalized in San Diego Saturday morning after being seriously injured when he laid down in front of his friend’s car during an argument and was run over, authorities said Saturday.The incident occurred at 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 5800 block of Market Street in the Emerald Hills neighborhood, according to Officer John Buttle with the San Diego Police Department.The victim argued with his friend and in an attempt to get his friend’s attention, he laid down in the street in front of a car the suspect was driving and was run over, Buttle said.A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident and the suspect got out of the car and took the friend’s cell phone and told the 911 operator the victim had laid down intentionally in front of his car, then the suspect drove away from the scene, said Buttle.The victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but not life- threatening injuries, he said.The suspect’s vehicle is a 2001 burgundy Mazda 4-door with California license plate number 7XNW211. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry

first_imgThe Senate Labor and Commerce Committee fields calls from constituents regarding Marijuana Control Board nominee Vivian Stiver, Feb. 12, 2019. From left to right: Sens. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, and Chris Birch, R-Fairbanks. (Gavel Alaska cropped video still)Alaska’s marijuana industry flooded the phone lines during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday to oppose Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s appointment of Vivian Stiver to a state board that regulates marijuana. Stiver is a a former Fairbanks city councilwoman who was a vocal critic of marijuana businesses in Fairbanks. She would replace Fairbanks cannabis business owner Brandon Emmett on the state’s Marijuana Control Board. Dunleavy recently declined to reappoint Emmett to another term.Critical testimony — mostly from cannabis industry business owners and workers — was intense, with more than 50 callers and more than 20 emails warning the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee that appointing someone hostile to the industry would take the state backward.“Gov. Dunleavy, when he was a senator, was one of our strongest opponents,” Fairbanks marijuana business owner Cole Hollister said. “I believe that in removing one of our biggest voices in Brandon Emmett from the board and appointing Vivian Stiver, he’s spoken loud and clear of his intentions toward the industry.”Others warned that efforts to turn back the clock on marijuana would bolster the state’s black market.Joshua Tobin described himself as a “20-year veteran” of the marijuana industry. But he said when cannabis was legalized in 2016, he got on board.“When legalization came around, I wasn’t for it, but it happened,” Tobin said. “And I felt like I made a deal with the state: You give me a license, I pay taxes and we follow the rules. Appointing a prohibitionist to the board that dictates the rules wasn’t part of the deal.”Stiver’s supporters included Anchorage Republican activist Judy Eledge. She told the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee that Stiver would be a skeptical counterweight on the five-person board that regulates commercial marijuana in the state.“Alaskans may have voted to legalize marijuana, but many Alaskans did not,” Eledge said. “We have grave concerns about the laws and its effects on Alaskans. It is gravely important to us that the board controlling marijuana has at least a balance of people on the board from both sides.”In her remarks to the committee, Stiver distanced herself from her past as a marijuana critic.“I am not a prohibitionist.” she said. “I absolutely did have a position. I expected our (Fairbanks) city and borough to be ready for the industry, and they were not.”Stiver said she learned a lot about the industry since 2017, when she launched an unsuccessful voter initiative to ban commercial cannabis activity in Fairbanks.“I also respect the fact that people who do this trust me because they had financial interests,” she added. “They had money laid out, and I do understand that.”Public testimony will continue for Dunleavy’s second nominee: Alaska Wildlife Trooper Christopher Jaime. The Soldotna-based lieutenant’s nomination has been less controversial. Both nominations will require a confirmation by lawmakers.Their appointments replace two of the three members that recently supported onsite consumption by a 3-2 vote.The Marijuana Control Board is slated to convene a three-day meeting on Feb. 20-22 in Juneau.last_img read more

Dish Network Battle Gizmodo Losses Take Toll on Univision Q4 Earnings

first_img Popular on Variety Impacted by its ongoing dispute with Dish Network, increased expenses and impairment losses, U.S. Hispanic media giant Univision reported an 8.9% decline in fourth-quarter total revenue to $688.5 million from $755.5 million in the year prior.In comparing the full year of 2018 with the previous year, total revenue fell 7.6% to $2,713.8 million from $2,937.3 million. Total core revenue dipped 5.4% to $2,674.2 million from $2,827.3 million.Last year, the Company began the process of selling its discontinued English-language digital businesses, including the Gizmodo Media Group, The Onion and Fusion Digital. According to Univision, the loss from the Gizmodo group in the quarter was $32.5 million compared to $3.0 million for the year-ago period. The Wall Street Journal reported that Univision has written down the value of those digital assets to $15 million, down from $135 million. “Univision serves a unique audience,” said Vince Sadusky, CEO of Univision. “Hispanic America is driving population and GDP growth and will continue to do so for decades,” he said, adding: “Our strategic focus on serving this core audience has recently resulted in viewership growth, as from the third to fourth quarter, we saw increases in our primetime ratings in all key demographics at a time when all other major networks experienced declines.”Sadusky, in his second earnings call since taking over the helm from Randy Falco, cited the “gangbuster ratings” of its “Dancing with the Stars” adaptation, “Mira Quien Baila” which scored highest among the 18-24 demo.Sadusky stressed that Univision was focusing on reinforcing its core business, and hailed its long-time programming supplier, Mexico’s Televisa, for reinvigorating its programming. Company has also turned to more acquisitions of canned shows and formats, more soccer content, live shows and local news to bolster its programming.Operating expenses rose due to its newly acquired UEFA soccer rights, more Mexican soccer league matches and a higher Televisa licensing fee. Direct operating expenses jumped 11% to $287.6 million, with selling, general and administrative expenses increasing 11 percent to $176.5 million.Sadusky concurred with Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson’s comments a day earlier that the contract dispute talks between the two companies remained at a stalemate.“We continue to have discussions with Dish. It’s clear that not doing a deal for both companies is harmful to both companies. It’s just down to a matter of value,” said Sadusky who observed that subscribers have been migrating to Dish’s rival companies.“Our other partners that are paying us a fair amount, we have a good relationship with and believe continue to benefit from the migration of Dish viewers,” he said. Dish’s satellite service subs fell below the 10 million mark for the first time in 15 years, which it partly attributed to its Univision and HBO blackouts.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Square Enix sells Chocobo and Bahamut flavor burgers at Paris Games Week

first_imgThe one thing you can always rely on at a games convention (other than catching con flu) is that the food available on the show floor is terrible. Greasy, expensive, terrible. However, at Paris Games Week, which runs until Sunday, Square Enix has done the delicious unthinkable: they’ve been selling Final Fantasy XV burgers in either Chocobo or Bahamut flavor.The Chocobo’rger is just the Final Fantasy way of saying chicken, while the Bahamut Burger is the more common beef burger. And attendees who tried the burgers are reporting they are not terrible, which makes a nice change.The burgers are served with a side of potato wedges and the game promotion was added at every opportunity. The food came in a Final Fantasy XV branded brown paper bag, the included towels were branded, and a couple of Final Fantasy postcards were also thrown in showing off the new game’s art. If you needed something to drink then the Japanese soft drink called Ramune lemonade (complete with marble) was also being sold alongside the more common soft drinks (Coca-Cola) and iced tea. For dessert there’s cookies or donuts (branding not confirmed).If the food was good and the promotion worthwhile, I can see Square Enix repeating this at other conventions. Whether the food will be up to the same standard depends on who they partner with in the location the next convention is held. Clearly this time they chose a good burger partner in Paris.If you’re at Paris Games Week and have tasted one of these burgers, write us a quick review in the comments below. Are they better than your typical fast food burgers? Is Chocobo really as succulent a meat as I imagine it to be?last_img read more

The Best Marvel Mobile Games for Hours of Heroic Fun

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target It feels like all the Marvel mobile games are heading to space with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 storming its way through theaters this season. I’m not saying that most of these games were not already fun when they first released, but when the like of Rocket, Groot and Mantis show up; you know it’s going to be a party.Here is a look at some of the most fun to play Marvel games to hit your favorite mobile devices.Photo courtesy of ComicgamersassembleMARVEL: Puzzle QuestA few of you may remember the original Puzzle Quest that released on the PSP back in 2007. It blended your run of the mill Bejeweled bar game with RPG elements. This was a pretty cool concept at the time. Marvel was smart enough to use these elements to their advantage and combined their classic stories and characters with the match-three game type. The game is simple enough to follow: collect classic comic covers and characters. It’s a real treat! It’s not all Iron Mans and Storms either. For instance, I just unlocked Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur then added them to my roster. Adding these types of characters makes the experience much more rewarding and encourages players to learn more about the Marvel universe while playing a simple bar game. There are two main modes, story and multiplayer, where you fight against other players teams controlled by AI. Beating your friends as never been this rewarding! (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of ApkdlmodMARVEL: Future FightThis is the ultimate Marvel beat em up game fans have been asking for. Move around many different levels and tap enemies to pummel. Your character has a list of special abilities and moves he can use that recharge over time. But you are not alone in this fight. Up to three heroes can go on a mission at a time, and the more you use each character, the more you can level up their star rating. Attaching gear and claiming gifts will give your heroes major advantages for leveling. Skill sets and attacks are fun to perform, and there is a mediocre story to tie it all together. Luckily, Marvel has been supporting this one a bit more and has been giving Future Fight updates with each release of the studio’s films, supplying many more adventures. I don’t see this one going anywhere for a while. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of AndroidcentralSpider-Man UnlimitedGameloft presents Marvel’s answer to killing off Temple Run. Join Spider-Man as he swings through the cell shaded streets of New York batting off the members of the Sinister Six. This is your typical Temple Run-style game with a few more punches. That’s right. In the middle of all your running and dodging, you can punch, kick and web up enemies to keep your combo going. As simplistic as this game is, it’s still a lot of mindless fun, and the cell shading is a nice touch. You’ll meet some fellow heroes along the way that will aid Spider-Man in his journey. Of course, Peter finds time to crack wise with each member he finds and is actually pretty humorous. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of VulcanpostMARVEL: Tsum TsumDon’t count out the adorably cute and fuzzy Tsum-Tsum brand just yet! There awkward looking bodies stack up well in puzzle type games such as this one. Marvel Tsum Tsum is almost a connect the dots type game of sorts. Many different Marvel characters fall into a pod of sorts, and it is up to you to drag your finger over the ones creating in a row. It sounds simple enough, but when there is a single War Machine in the way of your Hulk streak, it can drive one to Hulk smash! This is the perfect mobile Marvel game for players who don’t want all the weight that comes with games like Puzzle Quest and just want to jump in toss fuzzy characters around for a bit. (iTunes – Google Play) Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Zen PinballPinball games are some of my absolute favorites. Especially when your balls represent different Marvel characters! Play on animated boards such as the S.H.I.E.L.D. carrier, Avengers Tower and so much more. This was the one game that did cost actual currency. That is because each board you collect will run you a buck. Not bad if all you like to do is beat high scores in pinball all day. The purchasable boards range from Ghost Rider to Moon Knight. There are special challenges throughout each board and the animations included with them are a lot of fun to see activated. If only we could get real pinball machines based on these concepts! (iTunes – Google Play)Photo courtesy of Marvel Entertainment LLC.MARVEL: Contest of ChampionsThe Collector is on another mission to add the galaxies mightiest heroes to his ultimate collection. This time around it’s to have them battle it out in a contest of champions. You the player have been chosen to represent earth during this mighty battle. The concept behind Champions is pretty simple. Win and you shall be granted unlimited power. Loose and you’ll become part of the Collectors…well you know. This game is Marvels answer to Injustice’s mobile game. A tap away “beat em up” for the ages. With every fight you come closer and closer to unlocking more crystals that contain characters. Pulling off moves is a cinch. Tap for light attacks, hold and wait for the right moment to pull off heavy attacks. The game flows nicely on current mobile devices and has been getting updates regularly with new Marvel characters. Time to head to the Battlerealm to catch ’em all! 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