Meet Makaranda Muduli, the ‘people’s candidate’

first_imgMakaranda Muduli, 46, withstood both the ‘Naveen’ and ‘Modi’ waves to end up becoming the lone Independent to enter the Odisha Assembly.The grassroots-level tribal social worker defeated fancied opponents to win the Rayagada Assembly seat. He was pitted against former State Minister Lal Bihari Himirika of the Biju Janata Dal, Basant Ulaka of the BJP and Apalswami Kadraka of the Congress. Securing 52,752 votes, Mr. Muduli defeated his nearest BJD rival by a margin of 4,839 votes.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had campaigned for the BJD candidate, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had sought votes for the BJP, but Mr. Muduli’s deep personal connections forged over years of social work helped him overcome the odds.The new Rayagada MLA, according to the affidavit filed by him during nomination, has assets worth only ₹15,000. He owns no agricultural land or a two-wheeler. He claims even the clothes he wears have been bought by friends and well-wishers.A postgraduate and law degree holder, Mr. Muduli says his electoral campaign was financed by former classmates and supporters and paled in comparison to the resources deployed by candidates of the major political parties. Even his borrowed motorcycle’s fuel expenses were borne by his supporters, he says, and villagers themselves put up posters and banners for him.No political noviceMr. Muduli, however, is no political novice. He had unsuccessfully contested the Laxmipur Assembly seat on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket in 2004. In 2008 he joined the Congress and contested the 2014 Assembly election from Rayagada, but lost by a narrow margin. This time, when he was denied the Congress ticket, his supporters urged him to contest as an Independent and promised to take charge of his campaign. Not for nothing does Mr. Muduli call himself the “people’s candidate”.Mr. Muduli’s priority as MLA is to push for Scheduled Tribe status for the Jhodia community of Rayagada district.last_img read more

All weather country

first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Himachal pradesh Himachal Tourism Directorate. Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla; tel: (0177) 262 5924; 1800 180 8077 (toll free); e-mail:; Spring for adventure sports: From mountain cycling, trekking, rafting, paragliding, heli skiing to angling Himachal offers all the active sports you could ask for. Rafting is excellent on the Spiti and Pin rivers, while In Manali there is the option of heli skiing and Billing is perfect for paragliding. for Dussehra: When everyone in the country is wrapping up Dussehra celebrations, Kullu comes alive with the festive spirit. They begin their celebration on Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley are brought down to Kullu town. The processions are accompanied by trumpeteers, drummers and dancers. This year, the celebrations begin on October 6.Winter aboard the Kalka Shimla Railway: One of the best ways to reach Shimla is to take the Kalka-Shimla toy train which takes six hours to cover a distance of 93 km. It chugs through breathtaking valleys, 103 tunnels and countless bridges. During the winter season it is that much more beautiful.KarnatakaDepartment of Tourism, #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2235 2828; e-mail:; www.karnatakatourism.orgMonsoon at Hampi: A broken city amidst giant boulders, the ruins of the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire show that it was designed as a showpiece of imperial splendour. The temples are replete with elaborate ornamentation, stately pillars, carved stone wheels and panels that portray stories from Hindu epics. About 365 km from Bangalore.Autumn at Nagarhole and Bandipur: Nagarhole is one of the best managed wildlife sanctuaries in India while Bandipur, home to both the tiger and the elephant, is much known for its scenic beauty. Nagarhole is 95 km from Mysore; Bandipur is 80 km from Mysore.Winter at Chikmagalur: The lush greenery of Chikmagalur district has more often than not prompted even the most unromantic to spew poetry. Rolling hills, jungles, coffee plantations and splendid views at every turn… This will be one unforgettable journey.250 km from BangaloreNagalandDirectorate of Tourism  Opposite Indoor Stadium, Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124; www.tourismnagaland.comSpring at Dzukou Valley: Also called the Celestial Valley of Charm, the scenic Dzukou Valley is a two-hour trek from Khonoma. The hills around are covered with a unique variety of bamboo shrub to give it a fairytale green carpeted look; the whole valley is coloured red, white, pink, yellow by wild flowers as the season progresses and is blanketed by frost in the winter. 30 km south of Kohima; hire a guide from the tourism department.Winter for Hornbill Festival: To see Nagaland at its most colourful and traditional best, make it to the Hornbill Festival, held every December. Morungs (Naga dormitories) are built in the varied architectural styles of the 16 tribes for the authentic feel of a village, and there’s much dancing and music along with traditional Naga food. 12 km from KohimaSikkimSikkim Tourist Information Centre; M.G. Marg, Gangtok; tel: (03592) 222 1634; http://sikkim.nic.inSpring at Yumthang Valley: The idyllic and peaceful valley of flowers in Sikkim, Yumthang will delight nature lovers. The best time to visit is in the months of April and May, when the whole place is a riot of colours. Just walking around the Yumthang Valley is a pleasure–an experience you will not forget easily. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for different levels of treks. About 140 km from Gangtok.Autumn for the lakes: Sikkim is famous for its high-altitude lakes. For a picture perfect break, visit the sacred Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, which lies high up in the mountains, 18 km from the Chinese border. Also not to be missed is West Sikkim’s Khecheopalri Lake whose jade waters are guarded by pine forests and colourful prayer flags. Changu is 40 km from Gangtok; Khecheopalri is 33 km from PellingWinter at Rumtek Monastery: Experience the sombre calm of Buddhist prayer ceremonies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Kagyu or Black Hat order. Soak in the atmosphere as the rhythmic chanting rises to a crescendo around you, while swirls of incense thicken the air. Afterwards, you may just be served some butter tea. About 45 km from Gangtok.UttarakhandUttarakhand Tourism Development Board, 3/3 Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Dehradun; tel: (0135) 272 2323Spring at Corbett National Park: India’s first national park is a wildlife experience that never loses its appeal. It is a great place to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, black bears and some 580 bird species and more than 20 reptile species. Spring is a great time to visit as the animals come out after the winter season. The park is open from November 15 to June 15. Visit for tea tours: The verdant tea gardens in the state have become an added attraction and tea tours take you through Gorakhal, Champawat, Nauti-Garisen in Chamoli district, and of course Kausani that ranks numero uno in terms of both its brew and its beautiful landscape. Organised on request by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Nainital; tel: (05942) 231 504; for snow walking: Yes, snow walking is simply walking over the mountain sides carpeted with snow, and it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the idea of trampling through soft, newly fallen snow. You set out with snow shoes attached to your regular boots and two balancing poles in hand, taking wider steps than usual–and the fun begins! Snow walking at Auli and Dhanaulti are great options. Call Himalayan Frontiers Adventure Tours, Manali; tel: (01902) 253 946, 250 384.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL has made cricket a career option for children: Kapil Dev

first_imgFormer captain Kapil Dev on Monday doffed his hat at the rise of cricket as a career option for youngsters, saying that parents now encourage their children to take up the game to earn a living.”Now a cricketer can earn Rs 10 crore for playing 40 days only (in the IPL). It is just fantastic. Cricket is a career option now,” Kapil said during his address at the 7th Global Sports Summit organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).”Times have changed and the thought process has changed. (Rahul Dravid likely to mentor Delhi Daredevils) “Now parents say to their children ‘if you do not want to study you can at least play cricket and become a Sachin Tendulkar or a Rahul Dravid’,” the 1983 cricket World Cup-winning captain said.Kapil asked the government to provide the required sports infrastructure, including playing fields, and reduce tax on sports goods and equipments. (Sachin Tendulkar offers to help drought-hit Maharashtra village) “The corporate has done their part by way of sponsorship and media have done their part by making sports, especially cricket, big. I think the government will have to do its part by giving sports infrastructure if India wants to produce champions,” he said.”The government will have to provide the sports infrastructure. Reduce the tax on sports goods and equipment.”I heard that shooters have issues importing their equipment and ammunition. The government will have to make it easy to bring in sports goods and equipment by reducing taxes on these,” he said in the presence of Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav.advertisementHe also said that every school in the country should have enough playing fields.”Schools are the places from where talent will come and if there are not enough fields, how will the country produce world champions. Forty per cent of the premises of all schools should be playing fields,” said Kapil.Responding to Kapil’s plea, Yadav said that because of the limited budgetary allocation for sports, it’s difficult for his ministry to provide all the facilities and it needs help from the corporate sector to build infrastructure.”The budget allocation for 2015-16 is just Rs 835 crore, whereas it should be at the range of Rs 6000 crore. With a limited sports budget we cannot give all the infrastructure and we need a bit of help from the corporate sector,” Yadav said.Yadav informed that the Finance Ministry has accepted that sports infrastructure building by corporates will get concessional finance from the government. He said it was a good beginning though short of the corporate sector’s demand to give sports the status of an industry.”We had a meeting with the Finance Ministry a few days back and the government has accepted that sports infrastructure building (by the corporate sector) will get concessional finance and this is a good news for the corporates,” he said.When queried by FICCI sports director Rajpal Singh whether the acceptance by the Finance Ministry would mean that sports will fully be given the status of an industry, Yadav said, “No, it’s not full acceptance. Sports infrastructure building, training academies will be included for concessions but not the competition structure and coaching etc. They are not included for concessions.”But it is a good beginning. We can start at least with something,” he added.He said he will take up the issue of provision of state-of-the-art sports facilities at the smart city project of the government.”You can’t have smart cities without state-of-the-art sports facilities. I will take up the matter with officials of the Urban Development Ministry.”But you will need at least Rs 500 crore to build a sports complex in such smart cities while at the district headquarter, the amount could be Rs 150 crore at least,” said the sports secretary.Yadav also said that the School Games will be promoted in a big way from the 2016-17 financial year.”We are looking at two tiers of talent grooming. First, from the 2016-17 onwards, we are going to promote School Games in a big way. Another is to revamp competition structure at the university level so as groom the talent identified at the school level.”last_img read more

Evening Newswrap June 4

first_imgModi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurate India-built damThe Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, is a landmark infrastructure project undertaken by the Indian government on river Chist-e-Sharif in Herat province of Afghanistan.Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United: Sources Manchester United are finalising a one-year deal with Ibrahimovic and the Sweden striker could join the club before Euro 2016, according to Sky Sports.Iraivi review: Karthik Subbaraj’s film is subtle yet hard hitting The story of Iraivi is about the victimisation of the females in the film by the malevolent arrogance of their respective not-so-better halves.Syrian army enters Raqqa in offensive against Islamic State The Syrian army has crossed the boundary of Raqqa province after advancing in a major Russian-backed offensive against Islamic State militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war, said on Saturday.last_img read more

Parliament approves amendment to UAPA Amendment bill

first_imgNew Delhi: The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties. While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on July 24, Rajya Sabha approved it after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to select committee. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The House passed the amendment to the law with 147 votes in favour and 42 against it. Rajya Sabha also rejected the opposition-sponsored motion to send the amendment to select committee with 104 votes against it as compared to 85 in favour. Replying to a debate on the amendment, Home Minister Amit Shah said a four-level scrutiny has been provided in the amendment and no human rights will be violated. He said declaring individuals as terrorists is required as they float different organisations once an institution is banned. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Individuals can be declared terrorists if they commit or participate in acts of terrorism, prepare or promote terror, he said. The amendment will expedite prosecution in terror cases, he said. Terrorism has no religion, terrorists are against humanity, he said seeking support of all parties to support stringent laws against terrorism. Responding to opposition concerns of the law being misused, he said no one’s human rights will be violated as a four-stage scrutiny with provision for appeal has been prescribed when individuals are declared terrorists. Elaborating on the track record of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said out of 278 terror cases registered by the agency, charge sheet has been filed in 204 cases. Of the 54 cases where judgements have come, conviction has been there in 48. Track record of NIA in conviction in terror cases is outstanding, he said.last_img read more

Duchess of Cornwall Named Royal Patron of Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity

first_imgEarlier this month, The Duchess of Cornwall invited children and young people from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.The Duchess of Cornwall at the decorating of the Christmas tree at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: Royal Highness is patron of Helen & Douglas House, which helps families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby, child or young adult. The Duchess took up her role in 2007 and this will be the eighth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded more than 25 years ago by Felicity Dahl in memory of the determination of her husband Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, to improve the lives of those around him.The charity provides specialist nurses for a range of conditions to ensure all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve.Working in tandem with the NHS, the charity has now funded 58 specialist nursing posts around the UK, helping more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families each year.During the festivities, it was announced that The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new Royal Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.Jane Miles, chief executive of the organisation, said: “This is absolutely marvellous, The Duchess becoming our patron.”She added: “Anybody who knew Roald Dahl knew he was all about innovation and imagination so we’re trying to look at innovative ways to help these children.“We’re very aware there are so many groups in this country who are underfunded, so if you think about the Roald Dahl stories, they were all about the underdog emerging victorious so that is what this charity wishes to focus on.“With The Duchess of Cornwall highlighting these groups – like sickle cell and rare diseases – it will be great for her to raise awareness so people get to understand more about the adversity suffered by these children.”After the Christmas tree was decorated, the children and young adults were invited to share lunch with Her Royal Highness, which featured Christmas tree-shaped biscuits and mince pies (of course!)Source:PrinceOfWales.Govt.UKlast_img read more

Ottawa poised to offer financial assistance to newspapers in upcoming budget

OTTAWA — All signs point to print media getting a much-needed financial assist from the federal government in the next budget.The financing is expected to be doled out through the Canada Periodical Fund, which currently assists print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly reportedly discussed the matter during a meeting Thursday with representatives of the Federation nationale des communications, which represents 7,000 people who work in culture and communications.Postmedia records $5.8 million profit for fiscal first quarterPostmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says newspapers will survive but with reduced numbersJoly’s spokesman, Simon Ross, didn’t deny the report and says there will be an announcement in the coming weeks or months concerning the $75-million annual fund, which is currently under review.Ross said the government wants to correct some of the problems with the fund “to adapt it to the digital age” because it was created before the advent of the internet.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Quebec Le Soleil last week he was preoccupied with the financial crisis facing media in Canada and that the decision on federal funding would come in the next budget. read more

Government says no JF17 deal with Pakistan

Terming the reports as “incorrect,” Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded, saying that “if there arises a requirement for Sri Lanka to procure aircraft of this nature, in keeping with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to maintain transparency, expressions of interest will be called for, from all concerned.” The Government has denied reports that it has struck a deal with Pakistan for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, The Hindu newspaper reported.“The matter did not even come up for discussion during the talks [with the Pakistani government],” Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Defence Secretary, told The Hindu , adding that his government was still considering the purchase of fighter jets. According to the reports, Sri Lanka has been under pressure from the Indian government not to go ahead. Sections of the press, in the last few months, also carried reports that India had offered to Sri Lanka “Tejas,” a variant of Light Combat Aircraft, to counter Pakistan’s bid to sell JF-17 fighters, which were developed in collaboration with China. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Africas Lake Chad Basin Over 21 billion pledged to provide comprehensive crisis

Achim Steiner, the Administrator for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that the promised funds amounted to a “strong endorsement” of the Organization’s work, to address both urgent humanitarian needs and the root causes of the crisis.“In this way, our response to a crisis is also an opportunity to invest in a future where crises are less likely and nations are more resilient,” he said.The two day High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region, was organized in Berlin, by UNDP and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), together with the governments of Germany, Norway and Nigeria.It brought together more than 70 countries, regional organizations, international financial institutions and humanitarian organizations to discuss immediate relief needs, crisis prevention and stabilization, as well as development, to chart a way forward for a comprehensive and inclusive response.In this way, our response to a crisis is also an opportunity to invest in a future where crises are less likely and nations are more resilient – Achim Steiner, UNDP AdministratorAccording to OCHA, the conference also provided an “excellent opportunity” for in-depth deliberations on issues emerging from last February’s Oslo humanitarian conference on the region, that raised some $650 million in pledges for humanitarian programmes in 2017 and beyond.“Participants agreed that a coherent, multi-year approach is needed, that integrates all available instruments to tackle the protection crisis and the root causes of the conflict,” said the organizers in a news release.“This is needed to pave the way for sustainable and resilient development of the region, and thus contribute to a better future for the affected people.”The conference also highlighted the regional dimension of the Lake Chad crisis, and the crucial role of local actors, cross-border cooperation and ownership at all levels.More than 17 million people across the four Lake Chad Basin countries – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger – remain mired in a complex crisis driven by extreme poverty, climate change and violent conflict.As a result, more than 2.4 million are displaced and over 10 million people need more assistance to meet their basic protection and humanitarian needs. read more

49 Voices Carol Waldo of Haines

first_imgCarol Waldo of Haines (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KHNS – Haines)This week we’re hearing from Carol Waldo in Haines. Waldo owns Glacier Bay Farms, which is set to become one of the first pot businesses in the city. 70 years ago she left Iowa with her family, and drove up the Alaska Highway.Listen nowWALDO: I never really asked my parents, for sure, why they came to Alaska because it was a long ways from home. My dad was in the Navy, and when he came back from the war in November of 1945, I think he had seen some of the world and I think after the war, there just wasn’t any jobs and he heard there were jobs in Alaska. My mom worked all during the war and my grandmother took care of us, and my mom saved her salary. So we had enough money to live for over a year without my dad doing anything.There were three of us when we came to Alaska: my older brother and my younger brother and myself. In the years to follow there were three more children born. And, you have to remember, that was the time of polio — and there was no polio vaccine. A lot of kids were coming down with polio. And I think they thought living in a smaller community, kind of isolated like Haines, there was a healthier environment for the kids.But the road was terrible, and there were very few places to stay. And most of them weren’t very clean. So they bought a tent and sleeping bags and we camped out. They cooked their own food because a lot of those roadhouse were… they had bed bugs and fleas and you name it.Arriving in Haines was kind of a cultural shock because the town… there was only about 300 people.I never heard my parents complain about it. I never heard them say it was a tough trip. They just, I don’t know. They survived the Depression and the war. I guess they thought we were on vacation. I don’t know.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to not execute teenager arrested for taking part in antigovt

first_imgMurtaja Qureiris was 13-years-old when he was arrested for participating in anti-government protests.CNNA young man from Saudi Arabia who was arrested when he was 13-years-old for participating in an anti-government protest will not be executed and could be released by 2022, officials have confirmed.The man, identified as Murtaja Quereris, was arrested by the Saudi officials back in September 2014. He was granted an initial 12 year jail term, which includes time served in prison since his arrest. After four years of probation, he is currently left with three years of prison term left to serve, sources revealed to Reuters.As a child, Quereris was sent to the detention centre for participating in bike protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011. He was later moved to al-Mabaheth prison in May 2017, an adult facility, even though he was still only 16 years old.The charges held against him include participating in anti-government protests, attending the funeral of his brother, Ali Qureiris (killed in a protest in 2011), joining a “terrorist organisation,” throwing Molotov cocktails at a police station and firing at security forces.Qureiris case caught international attention after CNN did an investigative piece the teenager boy who was facing death penalty by the Saudi government. The report and later human rights group, Amnesty International highlighted the issue of state-sponsored anti-dissent executions of those who participated in anti-government rallies in Saudi Arabia.It is argued that Qureiris’ case is part of the government’s crackdown of Shi’a minorities and political dissenters since the Crown prince Muhammad bin Salman took over the throne in 2015.In April, officials had carried out the execution of two minors including Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, a Shi’a boy who was arrested when he was 16-years old based on offences related to involvement in anti-government protests. He was among 37 men put to death in one day as part of an execution spree. Most of the executed men belonged to the Shi’a community.According to the Interior Ministry, Saudi Arabia executed 139 people in 2018.last_img read more

Whats Next For Houstons Ambitious Bike Trail Project

first_imgListen – / 3The Bayou Greenways project will create a continuous bike trail system along nine Houston waterways.Beth White with the Houston Parks Board says it’s currently one of the biggest recreation projects in the country. “When we’re finished in 2020, we’ll have over 150 miles of trail system in the fourth-largest city in the United States,” says White.The newest trail to open is a two-mile section along White Oak Bayou in the Heights.  As for what happens next, White says they’re focusing on segments that connect existing trails, so cyclists can travel farther without having to mingle with cars.“You’ll see ribbon-cuttings over the next six months where we’re ready to put shovels in the ground,” adds White.The Bayou Greenways project is costing about $220 million. About $100 million comes from a bond issue voters approved in 2012. There’s also been an extensive fundraising campaign. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /00:55last_img read more

Group Nine Media to Sit Out NewFronts in 2019 Will Stage MultiCity

first_img Popular on Variety Group Nine Media, the Discovery-back digital media publisher, says it has a slate of over 50 original shows premiering in 2019. But it won’t be showcasing them at the Digital Content NewFronts marketing confabs this year.Instead, Group Nine will take the show on the road with a series of presentations across the U.S. showcasing its four brands: Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. The “Nine-Fronts” roadshow will kick off in April. The initial phase of the series will hit New York, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and Boston. The company hasn’t set a schedule of dates or venues yet.Group Nine participated in the New York run of NewFronts in 2018 and 2017. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which manages the NewFronts, has not officially announced dates for the 2019 session. Unlike the TV industry’s upfronts — aimed at selling ad inventory ahead of the fall television season — digital-media players don’t have a finite bucket of advertising avails or a specific time of year when they launch new content.The advertising opportunities developed by Group Nine “aren’t limited to a season or a cultural event,” Christa Carone, president of Group Nine, said in a statement. “With a social-first, mobile-first mindset, we’re always connecting with our audiences in the moment and providing partners with the contextual relevance to do the same.”Given the cost of holding NewFronts presentations — which deliver promotional value, but don’t necessarily result in hard-revenue deals — IAB has faced a simmering pushback from companies over the last few years. In 2018, the trade group truncated the original New York series to one week (instead of two) and added a two-day L.A. event in October, in part to cater to companies that wanted to reach West Coast marketers.According to Group Nine, the company’s brands collectively reach 75% of U.S. consumers 18-34. The company claims to be the No. 1 content publisher on mobile in the U.S. and that its brands generate over 5 billion monthly video views.Privately held Group Nine was formed in 2016 with a $100 million investment from Discovery, combining three startups backed by Lerer Hippeau Ventures — Thrillist, NowThis Media and the Dodo — with Seeker (formerly Discovery Digital Networks). It subsequently raised a $40 million follow-on round from Discovery, Axel Springer and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.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

MovieBob Reviews ASSASSINS CREED 2016

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Assassin’s Creed is a series of popular video games (or rather, a series of video games that were popular for a couple of years – a couple of years ago) set in various meticulously recreated historical periods and chronicling the centuries long battle between the world-domination scheming Templars and their nemesis The Assassins. The “gimmick” of the games, however, is that despite this, they’re technically set in the present: The historical periods we’re seeing are actually the visions of various protagonists who are hooked up to a machine called The Animus that lets one relive the genetic memories of their ancestors… who without fail tend to have been Assassins, because nobody was going to play Accounts Receivable Manager’s Creed.Ostensibly, this gimmick is meant to be Assassin’s Creed’s in-game explanation for why time-jumps, invisible boundaries, pop-ins and other “video-gamey stuff” is happening in Rennaissance Italy (or The Crusades, or Colonial New England, or wherever,) but in practice it’s also an interesting example of a narrative conceit that really only works in the context of a game: Unlike in a passive viewing scenario, it doesn’t really matter that what we’re seeing is “just a simulation” of something that already happened – and thus doesn’t really possess any real tension – because we’re playing it and still have to trigger the proper sequence of events. Clever and functional!But in a movie? Yeah, that was always going to be the problem: The actual plot is telling us that all the Assassin stuff doesn’t actually matter because it’s just a video feed of a wonky sci-fi flashback device, but the Assassins are all anyone really cares about – that’s why they get the fancy hoodies and the parkour and the elaborate martial arts business. So instead, the Assassin’s Creed movie decides to relegate the Assassins themselves to the B-story and focus on the present-day… which anyone who’s played an Assassin’s Creed game can tell you is always the most tedious fucking part. What could go wrong?Well, everything – but yet also nothing. We’ve pretty much known for over a year that the Assassin’s Creed movie was going to be a pile of ass because otherwise why would they dump something fairly expensive (and full of fairly well-regarded movie stars) to die at the holiday box office against all the family-friendly blockbusters, after all. But what’s shocking is just how empty it is. The action is barely passable, the look of everything is hopelessly generic, the story is stripped bare and totally uninvolving, there isn’t a single memorable or remotely interesting thing going on in it.The only noteworthy thing I was able to take away is that it’s ugly as all hell – every scene looks like it’s been processed through a different hideously-unpleasant Instagram filter. The present-day “laboratory” scenes are bathed in a blue-gray sheen that evokes nothing so much as pretentious cologne commercials. The Assassin flashbacks are a muddy brown mess where a constant haze of smoke and grit works to obscure shockingly weak CGI and a paucity of things actually going on. A drawn-out finale involving the modern-day Templars looks like a direct rip from the same basic faux-Illuminati nonsense from the last James Bond movie, only somehow more boring.In case you were wondering, we aren’t following any of the known protagonists from any of the various games – after all, that might have been interesting. Instead, we’ve got Michael Fassbender trying to chomp his way through the scenery in a nothing role as a death row inmate. He gets grabbed up by the Templars because he’s the last known descendant of an Assassin from Inquisition-era Spain who was the last person known to possess the magic McGuffin (“The Apple of Eden” – no, really) the bad guys are looking for. Jeremy Irons is the Templar running the program at Abstergo Inc.; Marion Cotillard is the scientist running the Animus, Michael K. Williams, Brendan Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling are… also in this, for some reason (well, okay, Gleeson is playing Fassbender’s estranged father, but I couldn’t explain who Williams and a handful of fellow Animus lab-rats are or what they’re meant to be doing.)It’s pretty obvious that the studio knew they had a bomb on their hands for awhile because it shows every sign of having been cut to shreds in the vain hope that it’ll at least be fast-paced enough to function as a disposable second choice for action fans. There are dozens of characters in both time periods, but we barely learn their names and their motivations remains murky outside of who’s a Templar, who’s an Assassin and… that’s kind of it, I guess. The Inquisition-era scenes feature a female Assassin played by newcomer Ariane Labed who has the most screen presence of anybody (and looks more dynamic in her action beats than Fassbender) but I’d be at a loss to tell you her character’s name or the nature of her eventually plot-necessary connection to the hero. The sheer level of apathy the film inspires is really something to behold.I mean, let’s be clear: This might have at least been mildly enjoyable. The plot is a bunch of nonsense, but it has all the same basic components as those DaVinci Code movies and those are usually entertaining on their own dopey merits. So taking that and adding a bunch of parkour ninja stuff with a dash of National Treasure should be a slam dunk for at least some dumb fun at least if they aren’t going to bother to try and be good. But what puts the final nail in Assassin’s Creed is that it’s so incredibly self-serious: It doesn’t just fail to see the inherent humor in its ridiculous premise, nobody in the cast ever seems to be fully awake. They’re as bored by this as we are, blandly mouthing expositional dialogue without a sign of life. All except Fassbender, who for some reason digs into this bullshit like he thinks he’s about to morph into Daniel Day-Lewis any second now (a particularly contrived sequence lets him get dragged around-mid breakdown while belting out a manic cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” so yeah – one of those.)I wish I could even muster some righteous anger here, but the plain fact is Assassin’s Creed is a nothing movie that isn’t even good at being disposable… which maybe makes it the perfect piece of shit to close out a genuinely miserable year on this planet. Don’t take the leap.last_img read more

Tyre tips that everyone can use

first_imgDuncan and Petunia’s wedding day is finally a mere week away, and what a ride it’s been.Just a few weeks ago, between searching for the right wedding venue and drawing up a budget, their journey has not been without a few bumps on the road.As the couple enter a new chapter in their lives, they fondly remember the many experiences they’ve shared, particularly while on the road.“Remember that time you got a flat tyre on your way to our engagement party?” Petunia asks Duncan, as they cosy up to an evening glass of wine.“Of course! How could I forget?” Duncan chuckles. “The funny thing is that my flat tyre was just the start of other hiccups with my car. If it weren’t for Dunlop, I don’t know what we would have done.”Luckily, Duncan knew how to change his car tyre, and managed to drive safely to his nearest Dunlop Zone from Ladysmith to ensure that everything checked out. Not many know how to change their tyres, and this puts them at risk.“Let’s not forget the time my car suddenly started skidding off the road,” Petunia added. “I knew my wheels were worn, but not to that extent. My tread depth was below one millimetre. ”Skidding is a tell-tale [sign of worn tyres.] In some cases, if one continues to drive with tyres in such a state, it can be risky for both driver and car. Always ensure that you have tread depth of one millimetre, as per the legal recommendation. You’ll be a safe, and so will your car.Use the following quick tips to avoid a tyre failure: Inspect – Check all your tyres frequently for any signs of irregularities or damage like sidewall damage, cuts, scuffs and bulges. Be aware of punctures – If you find you often have to top up your tyres with air, there is a possibility that you have a small puncture, which should be repaired as soon as possible. Watch out for potholes – The scourge of our roads are often difficult to avoid and invariably crop up when we least expect it. Tread carefully – Tyre treads that are worn or smooth on the roads are dangerous, especially in the wet because smooth tyres lack the grip needed for your car to stay firmly on the road. Remember the spare – It’s vital to remember your spare tyre when checking the condition of your other tyres.Because of their frequent visits to the Dunlop Zone, and actively monitoring any changes to their car, they can rest easy that come wedding day, their cars will be in top form.For more tyre care tips and advice, follow Dunlop on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to download your free Dunlop Zone Tyre Tips booklet.Why not join us in our conversation! Share your tips and advice by tweeting and including the following hashtag:#RedHotRubber Tweets//last_img read more

Costa Rica lawmaker gets blasted on social media for unfortunate tweet

first_imgMe siento entumido de frío, con dolor de huesos y un poco de calentura. ¿Cómo se cura esto?— Lic. Óscar López (@lic_oscarlopez) December 1, 2015 @olopezmotivador— Mario E. (@MarioDieX) December 1, 2015 cuando llegas a tu primera clase del gym y todas son avanzadas— Jurassic Juan (@juanelpeor) December 1, 2015 You used to call me on la Asamblea cc @franjacubillo— Edux (@eduxmonge) December 1, 2015 Dengue? Gripe quiebra huesos? Today’s cautionary tale of social media comes to you courtesy of Costa Rican politician Óscar López. If you’re thinking about posting a picture of yourself laying on a couch in the fetal position and you happen to hold political office, or really if you just have a Twitter account, you should think again before clicking that big, blue “Tweet” button.When López, who is a lawmaker from the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party, posted a strange tweet Tuesday morning, it’s safe to say he didn’t expect the downpour of backlash he received on the social media site. A chorus of Costa Rican Twitter users responded to López’s post, advising him to get to work and asking if he was hungover, while also posting a plethora of hilarious memes.In the Tweet, López writes, “I feel numb with cold, with aching bones and a little bit of a fever. How do you cure this?”If he was expecting serious medical advice, he would have been better off consulting WebMD than Costa Rica Twitter, which lambasted the lawmaker who ran for president in the 2014 elections.Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter users Tuesday:“When you get to your first gym class and everybody is at an advanced level.”— Edux (@eduxmonge) December 1, 2015 Nueva ficha de @BomberosCR— carl Ox (@crlsmrt) December 1, 2015— Edux (@eduxmonge) December 1, 2015 “If I stay still maybe they won’t see me.” “After seeing what I have to pay for my marchamo.” #TWD #OscarLopez— Politcr (@Politcr) December 1, 2015center_img “A new Costa Rican fireman.”— Edux (@eduxmonge) December 1, 2015 “Ideas for Christmas decoration.” #oscarlopez #ConfusedTravolta— Noé Arias (@jnoearias) December 1, 2015 Facebook Comments @olopezmotivador— Fabio Castro (@fabiocs10) December 1, 2015 listo el pasito.— Peralta (@HechoPicha_CR) December 1, 2015 Related posts:Twitter removes fake President Luis Guillermo Solís account Obama finally gets a Twitter account President Laura Chinchilla expresses dismay with low voter turnout in presidential runoff Bolivian president asks to see child born to ex-girlfriend #oscarlopez #sadkeanu #coldoscar— Pablo Castillo (@pablo_castillo) December 1, 2015last_img read more

LISTEN Darren Urban AZCardinalscom

first_imgLISTEN: Darren Urban, Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Darnell Dockett’s 11-year tenure with the Arizona Cardinals appears to be over.The 33-year-old defensive tackle, who was set to enter the final year of his contract, has been cut by the team, general manager Steve Keim announced Friday.“We have been very clear about our feelings for Darnell and our desire to have him back,” Keim said in a press release. “After speaking with him and his representatives, we decided that this move today makes the most sense for both the team and the player and allows each to keep all of its options open.” “I think it’s good that this door apparently remains open. I think that makes everybody a little bit more comfortable if he is able to come back here because Darnell will know exactly what the possibility (of a better contract) could have been on the market because he’s going to be able to see it now.”The Cardinals drafted Dockett in the third round (64th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He recorded 40.5 sacks, including a career-high nine in 2007. He missed the entire 2014 season after suffering an ACL tear in preseason play. Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. With Dockett’s release, the Cardinals will gain $6.8 million in salary cap room for the upcoming season, according to’s Darren Urban.ESPN Stats and Info reports Dockett’s release, combined with the restructured contract of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, will result in a savings of $19.6 million against the cap in 2015.On Tuesday, Keim said the Cards were looking to re-work Dockett’s contract in order to lower his projected cap hit in 2015.Urban noted a return to the Cardinals following a release “is not unprecedented,” as the team cut offensive tackle Levi Brown in 2012 before re-signing him two days later.“If you just kind of read the comments from Steve Keim in the release, it feels like there’s still that door being open,” Urban told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. Urban said Dockett will have plenty of time to gauge the market before the NFL’s free agency period begins March 10. He said Dockett and the Cardinals should know “sooner rather than later” whether he will re-sign with the team.“I think that he would be able to get fairly quickly an idea of what he’ll be valued at around the league and know how to measure that against whatever the Cardinals might be offering,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more