Man Stabs Moroccan National in Sports Club in Riyadh

Rabat – A man in Saudi Arabia stabbed a Moroccan coach at a sports club in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, July 14.Saudi news outlets reported that police are launching an investigation after a man stormed the sports club and stabbed Moroccan coach, Youssef Abdellatif El Mouji.The murder took place after the sunset (maghrib) prayer. لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله .. #وقت_اللياقة pic.twitter.com/AVC9okgrfy— ‏‏﮼عٌ (@akoooas_1_wahed) July 15, 2019Videos of police surrounding the club have gone viral on social media. One of the members of the club filmed himself, saying that the murderer had stabbed the Moroccan coach in the chest.The suspect violently and repeatedly stabbed El Mouji, making it impossible for the coach to defend himself. The killer also threatened other members of the club, telling them  not approach him which allowed him to flee the scene. An eyewitness, quoted by Erem News, said that the suspect had been talking to the coach about some exercises, when he left the club to get a knife from his car.“The coach was helping him, but no one heard what he told him exactly. The  killer stopped his workout and went to his car. He came back a few minutes later with a knife and stabbed the coach,” the witness explained.Police identified the suspect through surveillance cameras in the club.Police in Saudi Arabia arrested the suspect on Monday, July 15; investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances and the motives of the murder. read more

New Deputy SecretaryGeneral takes oath of office vows to work for integrated

5 February 2007Former Tanzanian Foreign and Development Minister Asha-Rose Migiro was sworn in today as UN Deputy Secretary-General, pledging to support management and reform initiatives while advancing the work of the United Nations. “In all I do I will strive to bring about a more integrated United Nations, which delivers as one,” Ms. Migiro, 50, said after being introduced to the press at UN Headquarters by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following a brief swearing-in ceremony. At the time of Ms. Migiro’s appointment early last month, Mr. Ban stated that he would “delegate much of the management and administrative work” to his Deputy “under a clear line of authority to ensure that the Secretariat will function in a more effective and efficient manner.”The Secretary-General, who had met with Ms. Migiro several times in the past when they represented their respective governments, also voiced confidence in her and remarked that “with her extensive knowledge and experience… she will bring leadership qualities to this Organization.”In response to questions from the press, Ms. Migiro stressed that her background as head of two Tanzanian Government Ministries and her work in academia would help her in tackling the challenges of her new job, underscoring the importance of having “the experience, the skills, the dedication and the commitment to work as a team.”“I am also fully committed to supporting the priorities set by the Secretary-General,” she said, and these priorities include “strengthening the work of the United Nations, enhancing trust between Member States and the Secretariat [and] bolstering the working culture of the Organization to ensure it is equipped to meet the mandates our membership has given us.“I look forward to the task ahead with excitement and enthusiasm, but equally with profound humility, and above all I look forward to working with the Secretary-General to implement his vision,” she said. read more

NBA Free Agency Diary The Nets Got Their Stars But Will They

Joe Harris07180025+0.8-1.5-0.6 Dear NBA Diary, it’s been two days since the Brooklyn Nets hauled in three of the biggest free agents on the market (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan), and I’m still adjusting to the reality of those stars suiting up for the franchise that used to call the swamps of New Jersey home.But once we all get used to the idea of KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn black-and-white, their team will actually have to take the court (well, sans Durant for likely all of 2019-20). And how good will they be? According to our metrics, Brooklyn’s work has just begun. A preliminary version of our 2019-20 CARMELO depth chart projections thinks the Nets will have the NBA’s 10th-best offense but its sixth-worst defense, which adds up to a 1497 CARMELO rating (or roughly 40.2 wins of talent). Caris LeVert00210021+0.0-0.9-0.9 Dzanan Musa020507-1.3-0.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Team total Garrett Temple01360019-2.1+0.0-2.1 Kyrie Irving35000035+4.2-0.93.3 DeAndre Jordan00062228-1.0+2.01.0 Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Rodions Kurucs01211014-1.2-0.2-1.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Nicolas Claxton000011-3.0+0.8-2.2 CARMELO team rating:1497 Jarrett Allen00002525-0.9+1.40.5 Alan Williams000404-2.3+1.2-1.0 Taurean Prince00122023-0.4-0.9-1.3 Spencer Dinwiddie42500029+1.6-1.40.2 How good are the new-look Nets?Projected opening-night depth chart for the 2019-20 Brooklyn Nets, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings 240+1.2-1.5-0.2 Jaylen Hands900009-1.8-1.6-3.4 Expected wins:40.2 That’s … probably not the projection you might expect after the free-agent coups the Nets pulled off over the weekend. But truth be told, our model never liked Brooklyn much last season, either: Even as the Nets were making the playoffs (as the No. 6 seed!), we never once rated them as a league-average team. If Coach of the Year candidate Kenny Atkinson had them overachieving with less talent than they will have next season, then maybe he can squeeze more wins — and better defense — out of this roster than our numbers would predict.Plus, it’s important to remember that this is the version of the Nets without Durant. The version with him won’t take the court until the following season, most likely. If KD were to be on the Nets’ opening-day roster, though, our algorithm would give Brooklyn the NBA’s second-best offense and an improved (but still below-average) defense. That team would have a CARMELO rating of 1583 (49.1 wins of talent), which probably still sounds low given the Nets’ newfound star power.One note: Some of you noticed that my depth chart for the Sixers on Monday contained a player (Jonathon Simmons) who was, um, no longer on the Sixers. Sorry about that! As we rebuild our team depth charts over the summer, we’re trying to cobble things together across multiple sources of contracts and rosters, but it’s still a work in progress. Please let us know if you see a player who should be on a different team. read more

VA Dundee director New museum is not a London outstation

Philip Long, director of the V&A Dundee, who has spoken of the challenges Ð and the "thrill" Ð of setting up the design museum as it prepares to welcome the public Museum bosses anticipate high volumes of visitors, and entry over the opening weekend is reserved for those who have pre-booked tickets.Access is otherwise free and non-ticketed, with the exception of major touring exhibitions. The first, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, looks at the design and cultural impact of cruise ships and travel. Philip Long, director of the V&A Dundee, who has spoken of the challenges Ð and the “thrill” Ð of setting up the design museum as it prepares to welcome the publicCredit:PA The director of the new V&A Dundee has spoken of the challenges and the “thrill” of setting up the design museum as it prepares to welcome the public.The Kengo Kuma-designed building will open its doors on Saturday, the striking centrepiece of the ongoing £1 billion regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront.More than a decade after the idea of establishing a V&A in Scotland’s fourth city was first discussed, director Philip Long said everything is in place to make it a must-see destination for visitors from all over the world.Mr Long said: “There have been lots of challenges along the way, and I’m very pleased and proud that we’ve seen our way through those. The biggest challenge has been the magnitude of the project overall.”V&A Dundee is not an outstation of the V&A in London. As one of the founding partners V&A is a core part, but we here in Dundee are a new team that has come together to develop this project and lead it long into future.” The museum’s Scottish Design Galleries, meanwhile, celebrate the influence of Scottish design at home and abroad, from Beano artwork to Hunter wellies and the Fair Isle jumper.The jewel in the crown is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room – the conserved and painstakingly reconstructed interior of Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tearoom which has been unseen for 50 years.Mr Long, who came to V&A Dundee from National Galleries of Scotland, admits that laying his eyes on the exhibit for the first time was quite an emotional moment.He said: “It’s one of his great, but lost to view, interiors that is now compete and in the museum.”It brings back to public view after nearly 50 years – in fact it’s 70 years since it was used as a tearoom – one of this great architect and designer’s works.”I can tell you, it is a thrilling, quite emotional thing to walk in and see after all of these years.”The interior is on long-term loan following discussions with Glasgow Museums several years ago. “When we set about developing the Scottish Design Galleries, one of the things we needed to ensure was to represent Mackintosh as part of the work we were doing.”The question has been asked why V&A chose Dundee to set up home, but Mr Long suggests it was the city that chose V&A. Representatives from the University of Dundee got the ball rolling back in 2007, suggesting to the institution it might like to be part of the waterfront regeneration.Mr Long said: “Dundee really gets the importance of cultural facilities and activities as part of the life of its citizens – that’s been clear over the last 20 years through the investment in new organisations like Dundee Contemporary Arts, or whether it’s the ongoing success of places like Dundee Rep Theatre or the Science Centre or the redevelopment of the McManus.”All of these things demonstrated to the leadership here that investment in culture is the right thing to do. All of that helped set the scene and the understanding that a discussion about the V&A might be a very exciting thing to think about as a new presence on the waterfront.” Joanna Norman (left) Senior Curator, V&A and Alison Brown Curator, European Decorative Art from 1800 with a scaled model of the Oak Room. The piece which has been unseen for 50 years will be put on public display, in the 150th year of Mackintosh’s birthCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Long said: “The thing I’m especially proud of is the conservation and restoration of this original Mackintosh room.”Mackintosh is, after all, one of the world’s greatest architects and designers and happens to be part of Scotland’s design heritage. Joanna Norman (left) Senior Curator, V&A and Alison Brown Curator, European Decorative Art from 1800 with a scaled model of the Oak Room. The piece which has been unseen for 50 years will be put on public display, in the 150th year of Mackintosh's birth read more

Blood moon dazzles skygazers in centurys longest eclipse

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Super blood wolf moon’January 21, 2019In “World”Caribbean population warned ahead of solar eclipseAugust 21, 2017In “Regional”Qatari sprinter targets Bolt’s 100m world recordMay 17, 2017In “latest news” PARIS, France (AFP) — The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century dazzled skygazers across the globe Friday, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle.As Earth’s constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.Beside Lake Magadi, 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, young members of the Maasai community watched the eclipse through a high-powered telescope provided by a local couple.“Until today I thought Mars, Jupiter and the other planets were in the imagination of scientists,” Purity Sailepo, 16, told AFP.“But now I’ve seen it I can believe it and I want to be an astronomer to tell other people.”Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers did not need protective eye gear to observe the rare display.For about half the world, the moon was partly or fully in Earth’s shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT — six hours and 14 minutes in all.The period of complete eclipse — known as “totality”, when the moon appears darkest — lasted from 1930 to 2113 GMT.At the same time, Mars hovered near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye.Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere were best-placed to witness the rare sight, especially in southern Africa, Australia, and Madagascar, though it was also visible in Europe, South Asia and South America.More than 2,000 people including many children armed with binoculars gathered in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.“I hope this eclipse will bring us happiness and peace,” said Karima, 46, without taking her eyes off the sky.However, bad weather thwarted the cosmic display in several parts of the world.Widespread monsoon rainstorms and thick clouds hid the moon across much of India and its neighbours, which should have had a prime view.Similarly, eager observers who had assembled on cliffs and beaches in the English county of Dorset were left in the dark due to an overcast sky.“It’s disappointing,” Tish Adams, 67, told AFP. “I took a few photos but there was nothing but a streak of pink in the sky.”Those gathered in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro had more luck, snapping the red moon in the clear night sky with their phones and cameras.“I thought it was very pretty and I liked the planet Mars even more, which you could see right next to the moon,” said Talita Oliveira, 34.Mars appeared unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth’s shadow — so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.This is what gives the phenomenon the name “blood moon”, though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.It depends partly on “how cloudy or transparent those parts of the Earth’s atmosphere are which enable sunlight to reach the moon”, he told AFP.“During a very dark eclipse the moon may be almost invisible.”The long duration of this eclipse is partly due to the fact that the moon will make a near-central passage through Earth’s umbra — the darkest, most central part of the shadow.The moon was also at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.NASA, meanwhile, called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars would appear as big as the moon during the eclipse.“If that were true, we’d be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!” the NASA website stated.Mars instead appeared as a very bright star.“In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth — they are both eerie and beautiful,” said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. read more

DKB BUNDESLIGA THW Kiel win opener SC Magdeburg celebrate in derby of

14.Minden200255:600 11.Stuttgart210147:522 2.SC Magdeburg220056:434 10.Fuchse Berlin210147:482 7.MT Melsungen210156:522 ← Previous Story “SO BORING”: FC Barcelona Lassa win ASOBAL Super Cup 2018 Next Story → Chekhovskie Medvedi still unbeatable in Russia – “Bears” win Super Cup 2018! 6.Kiel110026:192 THW Kiel began season with success in Ludwigshafen 26:19 in the last cycle with Icelandic coach Alfred Gislason, who will leave team after decade on helm of “Zebras” in 2019.SC Magdeburg beat DHfK Leipzig 28:20 in derby of German East.RESULTS:Die Eulen Ludwigshafen – THW Kiel 19 : 26 (11:13) SC Magdeburg – DHfK Leipzig 28 : 20 (13:9) HC Erlangen – VfL Gummersbach 30 : 22 (15:10) TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – Bergischer HC 29 : 26 (12:12) SG BBM Bietigheim – MT Melsungen 24 : 33 (16:17) STANDINGS: 9.Bergischer210153:522 13.Goppingen210136:442 18.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern200245:570 5.Erlangen110030:222 dkb bundesligaSC MagdeburgTHW Kiel 8.HSG Wetzlar210148:462 1.Flensburg-H.220057:434 15.Gummersbach200247:560 16.Leipzig200246:550 4.Hannover-Burgdorf220055:514 12.Lemgo210146:522 3.Rhein-Neckar220054:414 17.Ludwigshafen200242:530 read more

Trinity students vote to keep Tom Lenihan as union president

first_imgSTUDENTS IN TRINITY College today voted against a motion to remove the late Finance Minsiter Brian Lenihan’s son from his position as Student Union President.The Student’s Union said today it welcomed students’ decision not to impeach Tom Lenihan with 62 per cent voting no and 38 per cent voting yes.In May this year, the 21-year-old admitted to cheating, having brought a note into one of his exams.Lenihan will now return immediately from his leave of absence and resume his post as the President of the Students’ Union. The son of the late finance minister has a history of depression which he has spoken openly about and said that at the time he had neglected his medical treatment.Commenting after the vote, he said he was “happy that students turned out to have their voice heard at the ballot box on this issue as the students of Trinity College Dublin have a right to question the presidency, or any other office, of the union”.While I am very happy with this result, I have a lot to catch up for to make sure that I am fulfilling my manifesto promises that the students have elected me for. I am eager to get back into my role aspresident and to continue with the hard work that my team and I have been doing so far.“I am still humbled by the amount of students that stuck by me,” Lenihan added.Related: TCD Students’ Union president faces impeachment as students go to the polls>Read: Tom Lenihan: Dad broke down in tears when I told him I was depressed>last_img read more

Stan Lee May Have New York City Street Named After Him

first_img Arnold Schwarzenegger Lends Voice to ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’Stan Lee, Legendary Marvel Comics Co-Creator, Dies at 95 Stay on target New York City Council this week approved a proposal to name a Bronx street after late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee.University Avenue—between Brandt Place and West 176th Street—may soon be co-named “Stan Lee Way.”A bill codifying the moniker (as well as 85 other honorary street names) is currently awaiting the mayor’s signature.Legendary editor, writer, and producer Lee passed away in November at the age of 95.Through his work and collaborations with Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and other artists, Lee turned Marvel from a small business into one of the world’s largest comic book and multimedia ventures.He was most famous for bringing to life fictional heroes like Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther, Peggy Carter, Thor, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, the X-Men, and countless others.“Stan Lee was a Bronx native who grew up in my district,” City Council member Fernando Cabrera, whose proposal aims to honor the comic book genius, told NBC 4 New York.As a teenager, Lee shared a bedroom with his brother at 1720 University Ave. and attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He later moved around Manhattan and Long Island, eventually buying a home in West Hollywood, Calif.“Mr. Lee’s amazing talent brought joy and entertainment to countless children and adults and he deserves to be permanently memorialized in his home borough, the Bronx,” Cabrera said.He would certainly be in good company: The entirety of Bartow Avenue is named after civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.And among the hundreds of honorary street names scattered across New York’s five boroughs, you can find famous folks like Muhammad Ali (West 33rd Street), James Baldwin (128th Street), Duke Ellington (Frawley Circle), George and Ira Gershwin (West 50th Street), Katherine Hepburn (East 49th Street), Willie Mays (St. Nicholas Place), Joey Ramone (Bowery), Norman Rockwell (103rd Street and Broadway), Jackie Robinson (MacDonough Street), and Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street; St. Nicholas Avenue).More on Geek.com:Arnold Schwarzenegger Lends Voice to ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’Sign This Petition to Name a Canadian Building After Nathan FillionStan Lee’s Best Characterslast_img read more

Police investigating possible homicide of 21yearold woman in Fairmont Village

first_img Updated: 9:40 PM June 16, 2018 , FAIRMONT VILLAGE (KUSI) — Police are investigating possible homicide in Fairmont Village after a body was found in a home Saturday evening.The body of a 21-year-old woman was just after 5:00 p.m. in the 3600 block of 45th Street in City Heights, San Diego Police said.The female had suffered apparent traumatic injuries.The initial investigation has revealed the victim returned home on June 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., after going out with friends.Her body was discovered by family members just after 5:00 p.m. that night. No suspects have been identified at this time.Homicide detectives are currently investigating the situation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.This is a developing story, check back for the latest updates. Police investigating possible homicide of 21-year-old woman in Fairmont Village Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018last_img read more

Virtusa to buy Polaris in deal worth 350 million Report

first_imgUS-based IT major Virtusa Corporation is reportedly planning to acquire Chennai-based Polaris Consulting and Services Ltd in a deal worth $350 million (Rs 2,310 crore).The Massachusetts-headquartered IT company’s M&A discussion with Polaris is regarded as a step towards cementing its “offerings” and gain access to new clients in banking and financial services, The Times of India reported.”Polaris has the potential to fill gaps in Virtusa’s portfolio and position itself as an end-to-end digital transformation partner,” said Hansa Iyengar, analyst in London-based IT research firm Ovum.Polaris is expected to finalise the acquirer shortly as “negotiations were fairly advanced,” said a source familiar with the development. Fiserv, Genpact, Tech Mahindra are among other “possible suitors”, according to the report.Arun Jain, chairman of Polaris Consulting and Services, holds 29% stake in the company, while Rohatyn Group (formerly Citi Venture Capital International) has 19% stake. Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala also acquired a 4.8% stake in the company.Citigroup is the largest client for Polaris accounting for nearly 35% of its revenue.”Polaris, which counts Citigroup as top client, could find a potential suitor in Virtusa with strong footprint in consumer banking, treasury and capital markets,” said analysts.With JP Morgan Chase, British Telecommunications and AIG Global Services as top clients, Virtusa earned $479 million in revenues last fiscal year and is sitting on a cash pile of $180 million.”Virtusa wants scale and access to a new client base,” Peter Bendor Samuel, CEO of US-based Everest Group said”They have a demonstrated ability to grow services, have a young aggressive talent base and should be able to revitalize a somewhat tired and dispirited business. It’s also good timing for Polaris as valua tions for this are high,” he said.last_img read more

Dril Tweet Bracket is The Internets Criterion Collection

first_img If you haven’t noticed by now, here on Geek.com we’re not just fans of the internet but specifically the weird internet. Why else do we keep writing about vaporwave and Smash Mouth and the various goings on in the Internet Gutter? And if you know anything about the Weird Internet you’re familiar with everyone’s favorite anonymous blurry Jack Nicholson picture “wint,” @dril on Twitter.Since his humble beginnings simply tweeting the word “no” back in September 2008, Dril has amassed over a million followers spreading his divine gospel in the Hell that is Twitter dot com. You could seriously write a Bible reboot that replaces Psalms with profound truths like these.im stupider then dog shit, i dont give a shit, and i dont give a fuck, and i will never shut the fuck up, and i’ll always Respect my enemys.— wint (@dril) September 5, 2017 my main issue with “master chief fucks cortana” is if you read the halo novels youd know the space suit automatically jacks master chief off— wint (@dril) May 11, 2017 Stay on target Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsInternet Gutter: Mukbang #GroundhogDay is the one day a year where the nation can put asaide the partisan politics and sacrifice a large rodent to God— wint (@dril) February 2, 2018Every Dril tweet is a precious child, but with March Madness upon us, folks are in a competitive mood. So instead of betting on something as boring as college basketball, thanks to Twitter user/Jeopardy champion/philanthropic online hero @VT_Ben you can now vote on a Dril Tweet bracket.i have the day off work for this snowstorm so i made somethingpresenting the DRIL BRACKET pic.twitter.com/lJqzZM79f7— ben (@VT_Ben) March 13, 201864 tweets spread across the Candles, Betsy Ross, Corncob, and Logging Off regions represents a huge swath of what Dril has to offer. Even in the first match-ups there are impossible decisions like “Don’t gotta hand it to ISIL” vs “jail isn’t real” or “Girls proposing/knee in protest” vs “Wario’s woods.” If these summaries don’t jog your memory, the bracket also provides links.Voting happens over the rest of the month on Twitter. My personal final four is Candles, Corncob, Boys are Back in Town, and (((Keebler Elves))). But the real joy in this is just remembering the sheer amount of hilarious, inexplicable, devastatingly accurate #content Dril has gifted us over the years. As ephemeral as the internet is, especially tweets, it’s also great to see this library get preserved just for historical reasons.As we’ve taken this trip down online memory lane, destroying our productivity in the process, we’ve actually gotten upset about the seeding of certain tweets as well as startling omissions like “victory wine” and “digimon otis.” But the Criterion Collection doesn’t have every great film either. Let’s do an Everyone is Dril bracket next.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

American Horror Story Needs to Get to Its Twist Faster

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Every season of American Horror Story has some kind of twist. A moment where the plot changes, and the season reveals its true nature. In the past, I’ve been curious about the twist, but there’s been enough going on to make the episodes preceding it fun and scary. This season isn’t doing that for me. Even though it only focuses on one family, with no time jumps or detours, it feels like the most unfocused, sloppily-written season of AHS yet.It’s not hard to see how it could be scary. Ally is seeing scary clowns, but there is also a gang of clowns committing murders. Ideally, we don’t know what’s real and what’s in her mind. Except the show has already settled into an easily-recognizable pattern. When a clown shows up, we can be reasonably sure whether its real or one of Ally’s panic attacks. If it’s the latter, the stakes are gone. This is probably intentional. Making us think we know what’s going on so the show can subvert our expectations later for a big scare. That doesn’t excuse the complete lack of tension it’s giving us now.The funny thing is this episode was actually better than the previous two. Kai’s influence became a little clearer, it started out strong with a decently scary scene, and everyone finally turned on Ally. There were still too few scares, or even moments of tension, to save it. The biggest shock of the episode was a guinea pig exploding in a microwave. After which, there was no concern that someone might be in the house, it’s all about blaming the neighbors for nuking the rodent. It’s like they mapped out every opportunity to create a sense of dread and did the opposite. I’m not even mad about using animal cruelty for a cheap shock. I’m more mad that they went about it in such an easy, cliche way. There are plenty of ways to make the poor guinea pig’s demise shocking and disturbing. This idea is so old it was used as a gag in a 1980s LucasArts adventure game.Cooper Dodson (via FX)The episode did feature one of the more effective uses of the clowns. They only appeared in the opening scene, and they actually did something pretty horrific. Moments after we learn that a woman has just gotten over a phobia of being trapped in a coffin, the clowns show up at her house, and bolt her and her husband into a pair of coffins. Now, that’s how you start an episode of American Horror Story. It’s too bad that nothing that follows lives up to it. We barely hear anything more about the murder, except for a news report that mentions the murderers left the same smiley-face symbol found at the scene of the Changs’ murder-suicide.That symbol shows up a couple more times in the episode. First, on the Mayfair-Richards’ door just before they discover their new pet about to pop. After Ally accuses the Wilton’s, Harrison tells her she’s been marked by the killer. Oh is that what that is? Maybe that reveal would have been scarier if the symbol had been given any attention before this. Ivy and Ally then find the symbol painted outside the Wiltons’ house, and Ally decides to be spiteful and not tell them. Meadow is then killed offscreen at the end of the episode. Because telling is way scarier than showing. The symbol shows up in much more effective fashion when Ally investigates the mysterious truck spraying her neighborhood with chemicals each night. We don’t know what the chemicals do, but it kills a ton of birds in this episode. Ally sees someone spraying her yard and pulls off his gas mask. Underneath is another mask, with the same clown face symbol on it. It’s not scary, but it’s unsettling enough that I’ll give it a pass. This season, I’ll take what I can get.Leslie Grossman (via FX)American Horror Story is showing signs of getting to whatever point it’s trying to make. I just need it to get there soon, because I can’t care about Ally anymore. At least in this episode, everyone is starting to get as fed up with her as I am. After accidentally shooting Pedro, Ally is let off. Michigan is a Stand Your Ground state, and Ally is being called the “Lesbian George Zimmerman.” It’s that kind of nuanced writing that makes me think Ryan Murphy turns in scripts in crayon. The cop stands by her. Ivy stands by her, going so far to blame herself for sending Pedro over. So now Ally’s stupidity is emanating from her, lowering the intelligence of everyone around her. Horror movie characters are always a little stupid, but Ally’s bad even for that. Ideally, she’d have some redeeming quality that makes us want her to survive. That’s where the dread in a good horror movie comes from. Ally doesn’t have that. She’s selfish, obnoxious, and painful to watch for as long as the show forces us to. It reads like Ryan Murphy overheard parts of someone explaining the plot of Get Out and created a character based on that. Ally is here because Murphy didn’t want to make the Trump supporter the only bad guy. As a result, this season has all the hot centrist takes of an episode of South Park with none of the jokes. The only consolation is the other characters are getting fed up with her as well. As the episode goes on Ivy slowly begins to realize that Ally is acting like a lunatic, and stops trying to defend her all the time. By the end, she leaves her to possibly die in a house targeted by a serial killer because she saw a video of Ally getting fingered by the babysitter. Of course, she doesn’t think to ask who was filming. Or why her son was on a deep web porn site. Priorities, Ivy. Maybe a few days away from Ally will get her brain working right again.The only assurance that all this is going somewhere interesting is that Kai’s plan seems to be coming together. We see him building up whatever cult he’s presumably starting, doing the fear ritual with Harrison and Meadow. In a somewhat creepy moment, he forces Harrison to admit that he wishes Meadow were dead… which is exactly what happens at the end of the episode. Kai appears to have a spooky amount of control in this town. When protesters stand in front of Ally’s car, he calmly parts them and says “enough.” They immediately disperse, and Kai looks to Ally like a blue-haired conservative Jesus. Were the protesters all paid by him? How much power does this guy have? There are elements of something scary in this mess. I just wish we didn’t have to dig through so much crap to find them.Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman (via FX)At least Billy Eichner was a highlight of the episode. Only one of his scenes was at all creepy, but he’s funny enough that anything involving him is enjoyable. The scene where he and Meadow angrily pelt Ally with Taco Bell coupons and call her a racist was actually really funny. If whatever twist is coming doesn’t make this season any scarier, can it at least involve his character more? As whatever Kai’s plan appears to come together, there’s a sense that the season is building toward something big. But since we’re given no clue as to what that is, and the story we are given isn’t interesting or scary enough to sustain multiple episodes, it’s getting harder to care each week. Right now, it feels like they’re throwing together every political conspiracy theory and hoping it turns into something interesting. It’s not working. Whatever AHS: Cult has planned, I really hope it gets there soon. I don’t know how much more of Ally’s story I can take.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Summer Sipping

first_imgWith this scorching heat comes the urge to drink a lot of cool drinks, which are not only refreshing but also delicious. Chefs and mixologists from across the city have shared recipes of few ‘easy to make summer drinks’. Make sure you try each one from the below mentioned list.The basic ingredient of the recipes given by Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef, The Imperial is a ‘sweetener’ – which could be a grain sugar, honey or jaggery syrup, next is the body of the drink which consists of main ingredients like rose syrup, pineapple syrup, sandal wood syrup .The third and the most important is the flavour cutter and a cooling ingredient which one can enjoy as a bite in between. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGulab aur tulsi sharbat Fresh rose petals (hand crushed) – 50gms Dry rose petals – 30gms Rose water – 40ml Saffron soaked in 5 ml warm water – 2gms Honey – 250ml Hand crushed basil – 50gms Crushed ice – 500gms Chilled water – 2000ml Combine all the ingredients and leave it to soak. Blend the flavour for about 20 minutes, strain and serve chilled with basil leaf Annannas aur pudina Fresh pineapple juice with pulp-1000ml Honey-100ml Cinnamon Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive powder – 2 gms Cardamom powder–2 gms Hand crushed mint – 50 gms Mint julienne –10gms Combine all the ingredients, leave it to soak, strain and serve chilledSummer drinks should have lots of citrus and seasonal fruits like watermelon, musk melon along with herbs such as mint, basil and cucumber. The ace mixologists at Grappa Bar, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi whip up some of the finest Italian inspired refreshing, fruity and inventive drinks that are simply whimsical. Jamun and Bergamot Slush Jamun puree – 60 ml Bergamot oil – Spray Lime juice – 20 ml Orange juice – 20 ml Blend it with ice and serve in Gin and Tonic glass Watermelon and Mint Cooler Fresh watermelon juice – 60 ml Fresh watermelon chunks – 8-10 chunks Lime juice – 10 ml Peach syrup – 10 ml Fresh mint – 5-6 sprigs Shake and serve in Coupe glassIt is believed that consuming spice promote cooling, and therefore it is suggested have it during summer months. Spices are said to be infused with antioxidants that help you stay cool throughout the day. Here’s a drink by Dipender Tiwari, Head Chef Dipender Tiwari, QLA, European casual dining, to make you feel cooler this season. Concocted with freshly plucked herbs and spices from our kitchen garden, and made with vodka, herbs, spices and oakwood smoked pineapple, this cocktail drink is perfect for summers. Vulgare John Fennel seeds – one tablespoon Sweet and sour mix – 15 ml Vodka – 60 ml Smoked pineapple chunks (as desired) Mix the ingredients well and top it with fennel seeds and smoked pineapplelast_img read more

Visit ASEAN50 Golden Celebration campaign promoted at ITB Berlin 2017

first_imgThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand by the founding fathers of the original ASEAN countries; namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The nations of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam have since joined this regional grouping.This year in 2017, ASEAN will reach its 50th Anniversary since formation. In celebration of this remarkable milestone, the ten ASEAN national tourism organisations have jointly developed a tourism programme under the campaign theme ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ with the objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embracing ASEAN as a single and united tourism destination.‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ will highlight ASEAN’s best 50 festivals and 50 most unforgettable travel experiences, whereby visitors will enjoy a wide range of ASEAN tourism products through diverse destinations, culinary, events and engagements with local communities. Special offers and travel promotions in affiliated with partners will be rolled out for travellers to enjoy the richness of cultural, heritage, nature and to feel the warmth of ASEAN hospitality, at the value deal.Targeting major regional and long-haul source markets such as China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, UK, Germany, Russia, the UAE, USA and Canada, ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ hopes to achieve 121 million international visitor arrivals to the region by the end of 2017; increase tourism receipts to USD 83 billion; and extend tourist visitations’ average length of stay to 6-7 days and to more than two ASEAN countries.‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration’ promotion campaign was presided over by ASEAN Tourism Ministers and leaders at ITB Berlin 2017 on March 9, 2017 at the Philippines pavilion. As part of the promotion campaign activity, ASEAN has organised cultural shows on March 11-12, 2017 in rotation at Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand pavilions.last_img read more

NAHB Improving Markets Index Grows to 274

first_imgNAHB Improving Markets Index Grows to 274 March 22, 2013 437 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2013-03-22 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img The “”National Association of Home Builders'””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) Improving Markets Index (IMI) showed no signs of slowing down in March, rising for its seventh consecutive month.[IMAGE]The index, the product of a partnership between NAHB and “”First American””:http://www.firstam.com/, recognizes markets that have shown long-term improvement from their respective troughs in the areas of housing permits, home prices, and employment.According to NAHB, 274 metros are now on the mend, a net gain of 15 since February. While 19 markets were dropped, 34 new areas were added, including Birmingham, Alabama; Santa Barbara, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Bloomington, Indiana.For the second straight month, metros in all 50 states–as well as the District of Columbia–are represented on the list of improving markets. NAHB chairman Rick Judson said the index’s growth and diversity proves “”[t]he expanding housing recovery is energizing communities nationwide by generating jobs and local tax revenues,”” though he noted the housing market could serve as a greater catalyst for growth “”if credit for building and buying homes was more readily available.””NAHB chief economist David Crowe agreed that while the trend is positive, there are still obstacles in the way.””With just over 75 percent of the 361 metros covered by the IMI now seen as improving, the housing market is on considerably more solid footing than it was at this time last year,”” Crowe said. “”While we expect this positive momentum to continue, it’s important to understand that many markets are just beginning the recovery process, and that numerous issues–from credit availability to the rising cost of building materials and emerging lot shortages–are slowing the pact of that advancement.”” Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A non-exclusive rights tagged player will essentially receive the same kind of contract as the exclusive rights player, but retains the ability to negotiate and sign with another team. At that point, the previous team would have the opportunity to match the contract or, if not, receive a pair of first-round draft picks as compensation.Many players have been tagged since 1993, with a good portion of them not being happy about it. Sure, the money is nice for a one-year deal, but there is a lack of security in such contracts and they understand more could be made if they were free to sign anywhere they wanted.The Cardinals have not used their franchise tag since 2012, but this offseason they have a good many key free agents and will likely have to turn to it once again.The most likely (and obvious) candidate is linebacker Chandler Jones, whom head coach Bruce Arians came out and said the team would tag if a long-term deal could not be reached, which is a sentiment team president Michael Bidwill echoed. According to CBSSports’ Joel Corry, the one-year contract would pay Jones around $16.96 million as a defensive end or $14.75 million as a linebacker.Beginning Feb. 15 and running through March 1, the Cardinals (and every other team) are eligible to designate franchise players, with free agency beginning in earnest on March 7. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) recovers the fumble by New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   center_img In 1993, the Franchise Tag was introduced into the NFL lexicon.The designation, which carries two categories (exclusive rights and non-exclusive rights) is designed to ensure teams are able to keep their best players, regardless of what might be offered in the free agent market.If you are an exclusive rights franchise tagee, you will receive a one-year contract for whatever is greater between the average of the top five salaries in the NFL at your position or 120 percent of your previous year’s salary. The downside to this designation is that you cannot negotiate with any other team but the one that tagged you. Assuming Jones gets tagged, he will be the ninth player in the franchise’s history to earn the designation, with his being the 10th instance overall.Here’s a look at some of the other players who the team has tagged in the past.– / 8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Amazing Escapes is prep

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAmazing Escapes is preparing to open the first-of-its-kind luxury lodge on the Bolivian Altiplano at the end of February 2019. Kachi Lodge will sit atop the breathtaking natural landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, which sit at an altitude of 3,600 metres at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano.The Dome camp looks like a space station creation, and is comprised of a series of metallic structures featuring transparent panels on the front and on top. There are six luxury bedroom domes. The Lodge domes offer the creature comforts of a hotel room, with a private bathroom, comfortable bedding, interior decoration and heating. Inside, a wooden screen has been mounted to protect the shower area, the ceramic washbasins and the restrooms.A central dome contains a communal dining table, surrounded by dozens of oversized hemp cushions arranged around copper floor-lanterns.Offering original experiences linked to the local culture and environment, Kachi Lodge will also deliver top culinary experience thanks to its partnership with multi-award-winning restaurant Gustu in La Paz. Gustu restaurant was established in early 2013, aiming to become a showcase of the great potential of Bolivia’s production, culture and biodiversity. Elected best restaurant in La Paz in 2016, the team works uniquely and exclusively with Bolivian products. Gustu has a strong relationship with each of its suppliers, seeking to consolidate the Bolivian productive chain, beginning with the boost of fair business activities.An experience not to be missed is a hike in the morning to a nearby “island” covered with giant cacti and offering amazing views on the Salar. Another option is a visit to the charming village of Coquesa and its mummies in a cave.The interesting archeological site of Alcaya, an old pre-Colombian city near Salinas, is located just over an hour away, while the adventurous traveller may wish to climb the lower lip of Tunupa volcano crater. Full board rates at Kachi Lodge are US$1,980 per person on a double tent basis, for a two-night minimum stay. Extra nights areUS$990 per person.​It has a maximum capacity of six units for 12 adult guests.For enquiries, email reservations@kachilodge.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Rizon the expanding Middle East executive charter

first_imgRizon, the expanding Middle East executive charter company, is investing for the long term with confirmation today it has placed a firm order for four all new Bombardier Learjet 85 aircraft.“The Learjet 85 is ideally sized for us to support our growing charter activity in the Middle East and to expand our activity into Europe,” said Rizon Chief Executive Will Curtis. “It has all the benefits of the excellent Learjet 45 which has been such a popular charter aircraft, only with more space. It is certainly going to be a winner in the charter market, both in Europe and in the GCC.”The Learjet 85s will be an aircraft for all seasons for Rizon – serving the Middle East in the winter and Europe in the summer – mirroring the travel trends of Rizon’s regular clients.“Ultimately, we expect to base two of the Learjet 85s permanently in the UK, which will be an important base for us,” he added.“We are very encouraged by Rizon’s confidence in the Learjet 85 aircraft, as well as our Challenger and Global products,” said Khader Mattar, regional vice-president, sales, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “As their business continues to expand from the Middle-East and Europe we will continue to provide the optimal aircraft to suit their clients’ travel needs.”The new Learjet 85s, which can fly up to eight passengers over a 3,000 nm range, will join three Challenger 605 aircraft in the Rizon fleet. The first of two coming from Bombardier is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2009. A third is coming from another source. Rizon also has an order for one Global 5000 – due to arrive in 2011- and a second Hawker 900XP, scheduled for delivery in April 2009.In September 2009 Rizon will open a brand new $20 million MRO and FBO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.Editor’s notesRizon will be two years old in April 2009. With offices in U.A.E, Qatar and Bahrain Rizon is focused on providing VIP travel solutions in the Middle East, Asia, India, Russia, Africa and Europe. Its mission is to meet increasing demand for corporate aircraft charter in the Gulf Cooperation Council states and expand its services with aircraft maintenance services, an aircraft trading and management arm and aviation training college which will be specifically aimed at growing the skills base of GCC nationals. In both Bahrain and London, Rizon is advancing plans to become an authorised service centre for various OEM’s, serving operators in the Gulf, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent markets.www.rizonjet.netlast_img read more

Inquiry into coop collapse starts updt

first_imgAn independent committee tasked with investigating the collapse of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) started its hearings in Nicosia on Friday.Testifying before the panel on the first day will be former CCB board member Giorgos Strovolides, followed by the bank’s former CEO Marios Clerides.The proceedings are held at the Filoxenia conference centre (‘Kyrenia’ hall) and are open to the public.Hearings have been scheduled for August 3, 6, 7 and 8.The three-member committee of inquiry is chaired by former Supreme Court judge Georgios Aresti.The committee was established by the attorney-general.The panel will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Giorgos Arestis, who also served as a judge at the EU court in Luxemburg.He will be assisted by economist Giorgos Charalambous, a former Bank of Cyprus executive, former board member of the development bank and former head of the securities and exchange commission, and Giorgos Georgiou, a former executive at Alpha Bank and former chairman of the bank association.The investigation will look into how the lender’s non-performing loans had reached €7.5bn as well as why the co-op required €1.5bn in recapitalisation from the state in 2014.It also aims to provide insights into the way the lender was managed as well and the decisions that led to its eventual sale to Hellenic Bank.You May LikeDreamSofaThe Los Angeles Startup Disrupting the Furniture IndustryDreamSofaUndoNewsDCouple Takes A Chance On Sad Shelter Cat Who Couldn’t Find Home, An Hour Later..NewsDUndoHealth & Human Research9 Foods That Cleanse the KidneysHealth & Human ResearchUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Akinci hosts dinner for Disy leader

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, said on Monday he discussed the Cyprus problem with Disy leader, Averof Neophytou, during dinner in Kyrenia.Akinci said in a Facebook post on Monday evening that he had just hosted Neophytou in Kyrenia for dinner. Attending were also former chairman of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Phidias Pilides, and former chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Fikri Toros.“We exchanged useful opinions on the future of Cyprus before the meeting with Mr Anastasiades on February 26,” Akinci posted.The two leaders are set to have an informal meeting, hosted by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, at the Chief of Mission’s residence in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more