TORONTO ONTARIO, – Sears Canada is facing a social media campaign calling for a boycott after the company said it planned on paying millions in bonuses to keep executives on board during restructuring, despite not offering severance to laid-off workers.The retailer’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments from people vowing not to shop at Sears, and the hashtag #BoycottSearsCanada has been gaining traction on Twitter.Sears Canada, which is operating under court protection from creditors, began liquidation sales on Friday at 59 department and Sears Home stores slated for closure.The company has said it plans to cut approximately 2,900 jobs, without severance, while paying $9.2 million in retention bonuses to key staff.Several people participating in the boycott say they’re not spending their hard-earned dollars at a store they say rewards mismanagement at the expense of front-line retail workers.A retail analyst says that the boycott could impact people still working at the stores, but it may not make a difference if the retailer goes out of business.Sears Canada declined to comment on the matter.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – The defence is not calling any witnesses in the trial of a camp cook accused of killing two people at a northern Alberta work site.Daniel Goodridge has pleaded not guilty due to a mental disorder to charges of first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and interfering with human remains.Final arguments from the Crown and defence are to be heard on Tuesday in Grande Prairie Court of Queen’s Bench.In an agreed statement of facts entered in court, Goodridge admits to the slayings as well as to terrorizing others who woke in the middle of the night to screams at the Canada North oilfield camp near Fox Creek in June 2015.Police officers found the bodies of David Derksen, who was 37, from La Crete, Alta., and 50-year-old Hally Dubois of Red Deer, Alta.Psychiatrist Lenka Zedkova testified that Goodridge’s mental state led him to believe his co-workers wanted to assault him.She said he had been hearing voices and thought he needed to kill everyone to make them stop.Court heard that Goodridge, 31, stabbed Derksen more than 70 times, cut off parts of his body and set him on fire.Some workers hid in their rooms while others fled into the bush as Goodridge ran around the remote property with a large knife.He also threw rocks at vehicles and set fires in some buildings.When RCMP arrived, Goodridge refused to drop the knife and lunged at an officer. Mounties fired 12 shots, wounding him.(CJXX, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Derksen was running around the property.
EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – We could learn more on Tuesday about the Alberta government’s plan to purchase rail tanker cars aimed at getting more crude to market.Premier Rachel Notley is scheduled to release an update at 1:00 pm MDT.In November, Notley announced her government was eyeing up to 7,000 rail cars and locomotives.READ MORE: Alberta to purchase rail cars to ship oilNow, some analysts are questioning the move.Mike Walls at Genscape said crude oil production cuts announced by the Alberta government had the unintended consequence of making rail shipments of crude less economical.“It’s possible government didn’t consider (crude oil shipments) dropping off as materially as it has in the past few weeks.”Some producers, like Imperial Oil, are eliminating almost all rail shipments in February.“If it’s going to be uneconomic for them, they’re going to take down rail,” said Walls.Walls said the lack of pipeline capacity for Alberta crude won’t eliminate the need for rail in the future.“In the near term, rail is uneconomic. Longer term, some amount of rail is going to be needed.”READ MORE: Suncor cites crude-by-rail woes as it calls for early end to Alberta oil cuts
Telling President Rajapaksa that she feels “privileged to be placed in Sri Lanka,” Clottes said that the World Bank remains fully-aligned with the government’s vision for the country.“The country is unique. The country has assets,” Clottes said, describing how, unlike many other countries, Sri Lanka does not have to struggle to establish an identity. Clottes also said that the government has put in place some ambitious goals, but what “is more remarkable is that (work on those objectives) is well under way,” and the World Bank’s role in the country now is “more about how we can help more.” The World Bank’s new country director assigned to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Françoise Clottes, said she sees “high potential” in Sri Lanka.Clottes made this observation when she met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees, the President’s office said today. President Rajapaksa advised Clottes to visit the rural parts of the country to get a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of Sri Lanka. The President also said that speaking directly with the people will be the best way to understand the actual ground situation.
“By the Government of Sri Lanka dealing with the manufacture, they are assured of not only the best price, but the most suitable vehicle for the conditions of the country of operation. Further, the vehicles are supported by manufacturers warranty,” the Ceylon Motor Traders Association said.The Association said it was confident that the Government of Sri Lanka will continue to adopt internationally accepted practices and not deviate from their present procurement procedures for motor vehicles. The Ceylon Motor Traders Association says the procurement process is internationally accepted. “We write to clarify that Government Tenders are effectively sales agreements between the manufactures of motor vehicles and the Government of Sri Lanka. The local agent is often not a party to this contract. The manufacture, nominates their local agent to act on their behalf and carry out pre delivery inspections and give warranty support etc,” the Ceylon Motor Traders Association said. The Government has been urged not to deviate from the present procurement procedures for motor vehicles.The Ceylon Motor Traders Association noted numerous press articles lobbying for Government tenders to be opened to importers of used cars or non brand new vehicle importers. The Ceylon Motor Traders Association, which was established in 1920, is affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and represents the agents of all major automotive manufactures in the world. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke buying Outdoor Network after InterMedia deal terminated by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 1:22 pm MDT DENVER – Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is adding the Outdoor Network to his sports empire.Temecula, Calif.-based Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc. accepted an offer Wednesday from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC to acquire all its outstanding stock for $8.75 per share.Kroenke submitted a takeover bid for the hunting, fishing and shooting channel after the Outdoor Network already had agreed to a merger agreement with New York-based InterMedia Outdoors Holdings LLC. It controls the Sportsman Channel and publishes more than a dozen outdoor magazines.Outdoor Channel says it terminated its InterMedia agreement before accepting Kroenke’s offer.Denver-based Kroenke also owns the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, Colorado Rapids soccer team, the Pepsi Center and a majority of the Arsenal, the English soccer club.The deal’s expected to close in the second quarter.
by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2014 5:21 pm MDT Prentice kills flagship investment bill passed by former premier Redford EDMONTON – Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives have erased yet another reminder of disgraced former premier Alison Redford.The legislature voted Wednesday to kill a flagship investment bill passed by the Tories in the spring when Redford was still in charge.The Savings Management Act would have redirected more than $2 billion from the Heritage Savings Trust Fund to pay for endowments to spur innovation in social programs, the economy, and agriculture.“This bill keeps the commitment that we made to the people of Alberta to build a stronger, more innovative and prosperous Alberta,” Redford told the legislature when she introduced the bill on March 3.Less than two weeks later, she quit the top job as she faced a caucus and party revolt over lavish spending on herself and members of her inner circle.The Tories under new Premier Jim Prentice brought in Bill 11 last week to cancel all but a small portion of Bill 1.Finance Minister Robin Campbell said Redford’s bill is no longer a good idea given the Tories’ commitment under Prentice to conservative financing and the fact Alberta now faces free-falling oil prices.Opposition politicians supported killing the bill, but said it was ironic that almost all the Tories who said in the spring that the bill was vitally important now say it has to go.“(It’s) a question of trust that’s being raised when a government within the space of 12 months can unanimously support a bill and then unanimously will now be seen to repeal the bill,” Liberal member David Swann told the house on Tuesday.NDP member Brian Mason agreed it was a bizarre about-face by the Tories, but said it was the right decision.Mason said his party worried Redford’s bill opened the door to worsening societal ills by having the government partner with the private sector in so-called social impact bonds.“We will be supporting (Bill 11) because this bill falls under the category of repealing stupid legislation,” Mason told the house this week.Bill 1 joins a growing list of Redford initiatives reversed under Prentice, including family-care clinics and the closure of the Michener Centre, a Red Deer care home for developmentally disabled adults.Redford resigned her seat in Calgary-Elbow in the summer around the same time auditor general Merwan Saher reported she had abused the government air fleet to fly herself, her daughter, and her daughter’s friends around for personal use on the public dime.Prentice has already announced he is selling the government’s four-plane fleet. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh winds up a pitch during a game against Michigan State March 22 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Kim Dailey / Lantern photographerBefore its series against Michigan State, coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said the softball team’s return to Buckeye Field for its first Big Ten matchup was “a whole new season” for it.Her players responded to the fresh slate, with Columbus’ first glimpse of Ohio State in 2014 looking a lot more like a fresh team on opening day than a “battle-tested” team 26 games into its season when the series began.The Buckeyes (15-14, 3-0) completed their sweep of MSU (7-18, 0-3) underneath gray skies and brisk winds to bring their record above .500 for the first time all season.OSU smacked 15 extra base hits (nine doubles, one triple and five home runs) while recording a .432 batting average. Senior first-baseman Evelyn Carrillo had a .700 batting average including six RBIs and two home runs. Carrillo was hitting so well that Schoenly said she was surprised MSU was pitching to her by the end of the weekend.“She is a senior and she really wants it. She loves playing here, she always does well at home, so I wish I could schedule all our games here for her,” Schoenly said of Carrillo. “She really was just tuned in and she hit the center of the ball every time.”Junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly was a major contributor to OSU’s success against the Spartans, starting the first and third games and pitching in relief in the second game. She won both starts to bring her record to 5-2 on the season with a 2.58 ERA. Schoenly said O’Reilly is quickly emerging as the team’s No. 1 pitcher.“She’s doing great. The fact that she can still have it after I put her in the first game and then she pitched seven innings this last game — she’s making the ball move enough that they can’t hit the middle of the ball which is great,” Schoenly said.O’Reilly pitched a complete game in the last game Saturday, a 4-3 Buckeye victory, giving up six hits, three runs and five strikeouts. O’Reilly said although she pitched well, she wouldn’t have had her outstanding weekend without the support of her team.“I think that the team overall played so well and honestly I would not have the wins without the defense behind me,” O’Reilly said. “They saved my butt so many times and as a pitcher, you want to make every pitch but sometimes when you don’t, it is good to have your defense behind you and they were behind me 100 percent.”The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader began with some defensive struggles for the Buckeyes, as two errors in the third inning contributed to a six-run third inning for MSU. Down 7-1 in the fourth inning, OSU began to mount a comeback with a two-RBI single off of Carrillo’s bat and added another run to bring the score to a 7-4 Spartan lead.OSU kept chipping away at the Spartans, eventually taking the lead in the sixth and never giving it up, winning the game 11-7. Schoenly said the comeback showed the team’s resiliency this year.“The game was such an amazing team effort to get back into the game and then take it. It was just really fun to see them fight like that and defend their home turf,” Schoenly said. “You could hear them in the dugout saying ‘They’re not going to beat us at home, we’re not going to let that happen,’ so the fact that they have so much pride in being on our field in front of our fans was so fun to hear and watch.”In its first game on Friday, OSU jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with four runs on five hits. The Buckeyes did not let up, scoring four more runs in the second inning to give OSU an early 8-0 against the Spartans.MSU tried to come back with a six-run fifth inning, but that would be it for the Spartans offensively, giving the Buckeyes an eventual 13-6 victory.O’Reilly won the game pitching 5.1 innings with two hits, four runs, one earned run and one strikeout. Carrillo started the weekend 4-4 with two home runs and three RBIs in the game. Holding its longest winning streak of the season, Carrillo said the team is just focused on improving in any way it can.“We’re going to keep focusing on the fundamentals and the basics. We’re going to go back to practice on Monday and work on little things that we can get better on and then once we play Pitt, we’ll see what we can do against them,” Carrillo said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for a doubleheader against Pittsburgh Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match with Wisconsin on Nov. 2 at St. John Arena. She had 45 assists and 11 kills on Friday. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe No. 21 Ohio State women’s volleyball team kicked off its season on a high note, claiming 3-0 and 3-1 victories against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Saint Louis, respectively, Friday. However, the Buckeyes were unable to carry that momentum into their Saturday matchup against No. 10 BYU as they lost 3-1 to the Cougars.University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ohio State came out of the gate red-hot and dominated Valley in the first two sets, winning 25-17 and 25-11.The third set started off as a nail-biter with UTRGV surging early to take a 9-5 lead. The Buckeyes began to gain back their momentum when middle blocker Madison Smeathers tied the game 10-10 with a kill. The Buckeyes followed with a 15-5 run to claim the third set and their first win of the season.Setter Taylor Hughes was the star of the match as she picked up 42 kills and 33 assists. Outside hitter Ashley Wenz tallied 13 kills and 3 service aces with a .667 hitting percentage. Ohio State’s .451 hitting percentage diminished UTRGV’s (.191). The Buckeyes held a 47-29 advantage in kills.Saint Louis Ohio State fell behind to start the first set. But after an ace by outside hitter Luisa Schirmer gave Ohio State gave a 9-8 advantage, the Buckeyes led the rest of the set to a 25-16 victory. Despite taking the early lead in the match, the Billikens won the second set 25-23 to tie the contest at one set apiece.However, Ohio State regained the lead in the third set and utilized 10 kills to earn a 25-17 victory.The Buckeyes blazed through the final set with three aces from outside hitter Bia Franklin and another from defensive specialist Kalisha Goree to take the set 25-13, and win their second match of the day.Although Ohio State held a narrow 46-44 edge in kills, the Buckeyes .302 hitting percentage greatly exceeded that of the Billikens (.068).BYU The Buckeyes were still riding their victory high from their last two matches, but were not as successful against BYU. The first set featured five lead changes and 10 ties as Ohio State fought hard against BYU. With 13 kills and one ace, Ohio State won the set, 25-19. However, that would be the highlight in the match against the Cougars as BYU took the next three sets, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17.Although the night did not end in victory for the Buckeyes, defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder racked up 27 digs, Smeathers recorded 13 kills and six blocks, and Hughes had 36 assists, seven blocks and five kills in the match. The Buckeyes will be playing their home opener at St. John Arena on Friday when they host Missouri State.
The inquest heard from the coroner’s officer who said: “He (Mr Deacon) was called to a meeting with the chief executive of Cowdray as he had lied on his CV when applying for the job and they were going to terminate his employment and seek to repossess the property he was living in.”Coroner David Skipp said: “In view of the evidence and the fact he intended to take his life, I will record a verdict that James Deacon took his own life. My condolences to the family, particularly his son. I think there’s nothing else to say.” The SMC has run Championship side Hull City’s KCOC Stadium since it was opened in 2002. He was found dead at his home beside a shotgun on Saturday, November 18 last year. A coroner was told that police had been alerted by Mr Deacon’s ex-wife after his teenage son discovered an email sent the night before from his father saying he was going to kill himself.He had been given the gun by his current girlfriend along with a bag of ammunition after she thought he had a licence, although it later transpired he did not. James Deacon had lost his former role as managing director of a company that ran Hull City FC’s stadiumCredit:INS The estate manager of Cowdray Park, which hosts Royal polo tournaments, killed himself after he was sacked when his boss discovered he lied on his CV, an inquest heard.James Deacon had been given the job after losing his former role as managing director of a company that ran Hull City FC’s stadium.The 54-year-old was found dead just hours after he was marched back to his house by a security officer. He had been sacked by chief executive Jonathan Russell for lying on his CV, an inquest heard.The West Sussex coroner heard that the firm’s boss had also told him his company-owned house in Easebourne, Midhurst, was going to be re-possessed.Mr Deacon had joined the company in June that year after previously spending 18 months as a director of the Superstadium Management Company (SMC) before resigning in January 2017. A post-mortem examination found Mr Deacon died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.A handwritten note was discovered by officers after they forced their way into the locked property in Easebourne the next morning. He had lied on his CV when applying for the job and they were going to terminate his employmentWest Sussex coroner’s officer 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.
Two of the great ongoing franchises that bear the first name “Star” have memorable robot companions that serve various story functions. In a galaxy far, far away, robots are separate entities but not imbued with person-hood as much as the illusion of a personality. Boldly going where no one has gone before had a single android (and his asshole relatives, but that aside) that was struggling to become more human as he was treated as a peer. Both were used at various times as comic relief, but only one can be the absolute worst.It’s time to ask yourself: Who’s the worst character: Data (Brent Spiner) or C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)?Category: FunctionData:Data was built to be an android that lived amongst humans and strived to be more like them. His primary function wasn’t to serve, that’s something he came to do through joining Starfleet (Lore, Data’s “brother,” is not nearly as helpful). Data can process information faster than a human and can interface with computers at several times the speed of other Starfleet officers. He’s also saved the crew countless times by being the only crew member not affected by the trap or weapon the enemy has turned against the Enterprise crew.C-3PO:C-3PO is a protocol droid who describes his primary function as “human-cyborg relations.” unlike most other protocol droids, C-3PO was not manufactured, he was custom built by a small boy who was strong with the Force. It’s unclear where Anakin got his starter software for C-3PO’s databanks, from the “facts” Anakin “knows” about “Angels” in The Phantom Menace it appears like Anakin didn’t have access to anything better than a Tattooine Wikipedia to install in C-3PO. That means he learned a lot on top of some shoddy information.Winner: DataData has saved the lives of the Enterprise crew, C-3PO just sat in a levitating chair while Luke did all the work with the Force to “help” his friends in Return of the Jedi. Data is useful while C-3PO doesn’t get to be in a rollicking space adventure.Category: Usefulness After DecapitationData:Who can forget the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter “Time’s Arrow” where Data is sent back in time to San Francisco in the 19th Century. He meets Mark Twain, who becomes suspicious of him and he has to find a way to get back to his own time. This all starts because they find Data’s head buried in San Francisco and start a fixed time loop. Eventually, they attach the five-thousand-year-old head onto Data and it still works, which is amazing (and beyond belief).C-3PO:C-3PO gets his head removed once in each trilogy so far. In The Empire Strikes Back, he’s almost scrapped for parts by Ugnughts before Chewbacca saves him and attaches his head backward. In Attack of the Clones, C-3PO’s head is put on a Battle Droid’s body and eventually separated and retrieved by R2-D2. The whole time he is nattering on about nothing. What is supposed to be some levity during the final battle is grating and forgettable.Winner: DataData met Mark Twain while C-3PO was mere feet away from Mace Windu and didn’t as for an autograph or anything.Category: CompanionshipData:Data’s best friend is Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, played by Levar Burton. The two share each other’s interests (except women, which Geordi doesn’t bother Data with) and participate in leisure activities together. Data is also friendly with Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard – Picard is tried to teach Data to perform Shakespeare, for instance. Everyone loves hanging out on the holodeck with Data, even if they must occasionally sleep through one of his poetry recitals.C-3PO:C-3PO is a horrible companion. His best friend is an astromech droid, yet this is a robot who also claims to hate space travel. Not to mention that best friend might be the most dickish of all Star Wars characters. Also, getting C-3PO to shut up by shutting him down, putting a hand over his mouth or shooting him in a Cloud City back alley is a running gag – that’s how annoying C-3PO is.Winner: DataI would undoubtedly spend free time with Lt. Commander Data if I had the chance. I’d even listen to some poetry if that’s what it took. The only thing I’d want to do with C-3PO is kick him down a flight of stairs.Category: The Moral Quandary of Ownership Data:I can leave this up to the excellent Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Measure of a Man” where Picard has to defend Data’s personhood to the Federation. It’s best broken down by Guinan and Picard before the Captains moving speech at Data’s court hearing:Guinan: “Consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do, because it’s too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, all disposable? You don’t have to think about their welfare; you don’t think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people.”Picard: “You’re talking about slavery.”Guinan: “I think that’s a little harsh.”Picard: “I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think that’s the truth. But that’s a truth that we have obscured behind a… comfortable, easy euphemism. ‘Property’. But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”C-3POAlthough it seems like the Rebellion and the Empire both have need of protocol droids (so many planets, so many protocols), but no one stops to question if C-3PO should be owned or should have any say in what he does. As opposed to Data, who poses the questions of property and slavery, C-3PO is unquestionably property, built by Anakin Skywalker and – through happenstance – he passed down to his maker’s daughter like a family heirloom.Winner: C-3POConsidering I want to be selfish, I’ll take the robot that doesn’t make me feel like I’m enslaving a person, thank you.Conclusions: C-3PO is the WorstUntil you get into the consequences of owning something that might be sentient, Lt. Commander Data has C-3PO beat on every level. Maybe you don’t want to hang out with either of these uptight Star robots, but if you had to suffer the presence of one of them, put up with the white skinned Brent Spiner and leave Mr. “Oh dear, Artoo” behind with the Jawas.
WhatsApp Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Google+ Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Pinterest The following are video highlights from Smackdown Live in Birmingham, Alabama:Rey Mysterio vs. AndradeAJ Styles sends Daniel Bryan through concessions tableSamoa Joe brutalizes Mustafa AliTo view the rest of the video highlights from Smackdown Live, head over to WWE’s Youtube channel. Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Twitter
Gadwal: The Gadwal police going a step further in providing services to people have decided to use social media applications like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to take complaints from common public.Announcing this on Wednesday, Gadwal In-charge Superintendent of Police Apoorva Rao said that the district police was also trying to become more available to people and monitor the incidents happening in the district through the social media. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us As part of this, the SP inaugurated a special cell for receiving complaints through social media from the people of Gadwal district. “We have now decided to take complaints from public through social media. Accordingly, we have set up special cells for receiving complaints through WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. The main objective of this initiative is to become closer to public and know their problems and issues by making use of the advanced communication technologies. This will help the police to act fast and take necessary measures swiftly and provide effective security measures to public,” said the SP. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Earlier, taking part in a programme in Kadukuntal village of Wanaparthy district, the SP inaugurated 18 newly-installed CCTV cameras along the major junctions and crossroads in the village. The SP also inspected the arrangements for the Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday and oversaw the police parade reharsals in Wanaparthy district headquarters.
The sentiment around Bitcoin has also propelled other digital currencies.Creative CommonsThe bulls have overtaken cryptocurrency market as the price of Bitcoin has jumped to its highest level in almost a year and a half. An exponential rally in the crypto-market has propelled Bitcoin over and above $12,935.58 in the early hours of the Asian trade.However, the prices later fell to less than $12,600 as European markets opened. Notably, this is the biggest one-day jump Bitcoin has witnessed in the last one month.Surprising all the analysts and traders, the value of Bitcoins has soared for the past eight trading sessions in a row as the overall return for this year in Bitcoin stands more than 250 percent. Financial Times reported that this rate of return is more than 12 times the return of the next best-performing currency or commodity, palladium. Last eight weeks have registered the much of gains in Bitcoin as it rose more than three times since the beginning of May.As per some crypto-bulls, Bitcoin is expected to rise to an unimaginable level and may reach as high as $50,000. As per a report in the Wall Street Journal, one of the buyers has bought 30 call options at New York-based crypto marketplace, LedgerX. The Traders has invested $4,500 on the options, which will expire in June 2020, allowing him to buy Bitcoin at an astonishing level at $50,000. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin on October 23, 2017 in London, England. Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Lightcoin have seen unprecedented growth in 2017, despite remaining extremely volatile. While digital currencies across the board have divided opinion between financial institutions, and now have a market cap of around 175 Billion USD, the crypto sector coninues to grow, as it sees wider mainstreem adoption.Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe sentiment around Bitcoin has also propelled other digital currencies. As per Coindesk, a cryptocurrency information provider, Ethereum, the second-biggest cryptocurrency jumped more than 5.5 percent on Wednesday which has taken the return to 150 percent in 2019. Experts have attributed multiple reasons for a sudden jump in the prices of Bitcoin.Facebook’s move to enter into the world of crypto has been one of the major reasons why bulls have overtaken Bitcoin. Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook has launched its own currency called Libra. Experts are positive that the step would be optimistic for the people to accept cryptos both as a means of payment and as a store of wealth.Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda said, “Adoption is obviously key for this space so the Facebook news is being viewed positively.” He further added that Bitcoin has been struggling for legitimacy by many traders since 2017 which witnessed a free fall in the prices of cryptocurrencies. Now with Facebook entering into cryptocurrency business, more people will get to know about it.”
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizParticipants in Project Safe Start, which include local law enforcement agencies, school districts and civic organizations, held a press conference to announce the launch of the 18th edition of the initiative.The end of school and the beginning of the summer vacation sometimes coincides with violence, which can involve students looking to settle simmering feuds.Project Safe Start aims to eliminate those incidents through the collaboration of local law enforcement, school districts and civic groups.This year marks almost two decades of the program, which includes increased patrols around schools and neighborhoods and especially near the so-called hot spots where trouble may arise.The Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Spring Branch ISD Police are some of the law enforcement agencies that participate in the program.“We’re in communication, we can talk to each other over the radios and we can get help where we need help if, where there is a problem but, I tell you, the increased visibility of law enforcement around our campuses has made a tremendous impact,” underscores Chuck Brawner, Chief of Police for Spring Branch ISD.A handful of local school districts participate, including Houston ISD. Also civic groups like Houston Ministers Against Crime and Police and Clergy Alliance participate in Project Safe Start. X 00:00 /01:26 Share
The ‘Powerless’ Pilot Begs the Question: Where Do We Go From Here?Alan Tudyk is the nerd-of-all-trades The room is large and bright, and not just because lights were plastered around. The walls are a steely brand of off white. The desks are crisp and clean, dotted with photos, computers, and random knick-knacks, including one desk with a Joker card displayed prominently. Off to one side is a small lab filled with 3D printers and other equipment. Next to that is a large black office with its own private bathroom. On the wall is a large picture of Alan Tudyk in a suit, and it’s probably the place’s most amusing feature.The set of Powerless looks like every early stage start-up, minus the crew with headsets bustling about and the elevator that goes nowhere. As Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) argue with Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) and Jackie (Christina Kirk) about whether somebody named Tony the Hot Dog guy is funny or creepy, a guy on a hoverboard floats by dropping off mail. There are multiple inspirational messages sketched out on the floor in electric tape, musings to make employees work harder (“teamwork makes the dream work”). On the wall, it says “change the world” but according to Tudyk, who plays Bruce Wayne’s less interesting cousin Van Wayne, it came with the office, so who cares really.The intricately styled stage sets the scene for Emily’s introduction to the world of Wayne Security and of Charm City, which is filled with people trying to live their daily lives without getting interrupted by a supervillain attack. The company is staffed with jaded employees with little creativity to invent preventive gadgets in a world filled with superheroes. The company has the potential to be something great. It has all the pieces. However, there’s something only half done about it. It looks like a start-up because it’s basically a failing one. By the time we enter Wayne Security in the pilot, it’s about to shut down.But that’s not a problem for Emily.“Emily’s very positive and very optimistic,” Hudgens said during a roundtable interview on the set. “She truly believes she can change the world and she wants to, and she wants to motivate people to do the same. But obviously, being around superheroes and supervillains and getting used to the damage they cause… and getting used to having the worst boss ever… it definitely is taxing on Emily, but she stays chipper.Powerless takes place in Charm City, which showrunner Patrick Schumaker says is like the DC universe’s Cleveland, although writer Sabrina Jalees says it also has a New Jersey vibe. Basically, it’s a nothing city–not large enough to be Metropolis or Gotham, and not boasting any big superhero names, but big enough that a girl from a small town (which the show calls a “flyover state” because of all the superheroes that never stop there) could strive to. They have Crimson Fox and, according to Schumaker, others that are “a little pissy” that they’re the B-team. When we meet the main cast, they also feel that way.Van specifically wants to get out as soon as possible. What we learn is that he looks up to his cousin Bruce, but a little too much, and without looking to put in any of the efforts.“He wants to go to Gotham, that’s where he wants to climb the ladder…he doesn’t want to do anything,” said Tudyk about Van. “He just wants to be asked to be there. He’s a Wayne. But he doesn’t work.”The people behind the show are a different story. The actors differ in how they relate to the DC universe (some are comic book fans, and some only know it from films), but all are excited to see what becomes of their characters.Evans Vestal Ward/Warner Bros/NBCPudi and Funches specifically, who are long time nerds, smiled when they talked about certain geeky topics. A batarang plays a role in one of the later episodes, for example, and both talked about getting to hold it. In another, Tudyk puts on a Robin costume.Even just rattling off names of things from the DC universe is amusing.“Flash was one of my favorites as a kid,” Pudi said, “Just being able to say ‘The Flash’ on television is exciting.”Don’t expect to see the Flash, or any of the other Justice League members for that matter, in any of the episodes. The point of Powerless is that Charm City is B-tier. There will be some Justice League Europe references and some visits from Atlantean businessmen. Schumaker said that the show has been a part of long discussions with DC about which characters to use, so the Justice League is a no-go, but the Global Guardians are fair game.“We want to make sure that we’re not trying to promise or over deliver characters here,” Pudi said. “Because I think then it becomes about the superheroes and that world more than it does about the office here.”What the viewers will get: Wayne Security, the mention of Bruce Wayne, vague glimpses of Batman’s stuff. The Wayne name is “brand recognition,” according to Schumaker. “It would be a touchstone for people who weren’t so hardcore in DC mythology,” he explained. This is why the plot was dramatically changed from its original incarnation, where everybody worked at an insurance agency.“We kind of hit a wall,” Schumaker explained. “Nobody on the staff understood the world of insurance. When the turnover happened, and we were asked to take over, we decided to do something that would more organically bring in the genre elements.”Evans Vestal Ward/NBCOnly the pilot episode was available to press before the premiere, but Jalees says that the showrunners are letting the writers tell their own human stories. One episode shows how an increase in villainy can make women feel uncomfortable without even phasing men and it draws on Jalees’ experiences in a post-Trump society.“Now more than ever, with the title being Powerless and the idea that we can all relate to having zero say or influence in these huge overarching things that have huge consequences to our lives and the best, and only thing we can do, is to lean on each other…and try to make the day-to-day better,” she said.Superheroes in this universe are the equivalent of athletes, politicians, or celebrities. They’re out of reach and doing their own things that can have an effect on the everyday people that occupy the same space. So viewers won’t be seeing a lot of them when watching Powerless. However, they’ll be seeing excited and knowledgeable actors, writers, and producers playing around in the DC world, along with the casualties that go along with that (including maybe dating henchmen)“It’s not about who’s the supervillain they have to kill this week,” Hudgens said. “It’s like, what paperwork do we need to finish, and who’s trying to mess everything up?”Powerless premieres Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Stay on target
At the IIC, you can be rooted or you can transport into a magical realm of novel stories by the talented designer turned artist Bakula Nayak, who has her solo exhibition until August 28.Old paper, decadent sepia-toned stunners become backdrops for a series of stories with birds an animals and mushrooms and shrubs and bushes and plants and flamingoes. Bubbling with wit and romance and conversations that wind in and out here is a show that can wrap you in its narrative. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn an interview, Bakula said: “I realised that it’s my imagination about what I could do with it, that excites me – rather than the paper itself. To me, old sheets of paper are my canvas and I can visualise all kinds of stories that others can’t. It’s a glimpse into somebody’s world.””I’m not an illustrator who knows how to tell a story, I’m a storyteller who knows how to draw,” he further added.’Draw’ is just an understatement, here are meticulous moorings, minimal and maximal, full of a contoured dexterity rarely seen in today’s world where art students do not want to draw. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBakula’s tensile and intricate pen and ink drawings and illustrations, jam-packed with witty, delightful and queerly curious characters just tumble out – there are birds with hats, penguins that dive, fish that wear pirate eye-patches, friendly cats who dine with fish, and snails that pile on top of one another in gay abandon.Bakula’s works are both full of vintage vitality sometimes traditional sometimes contemporary. But absolutely out of the ordinary and at the same time ageless and unique for their treatment and tale bearing affinities. At the heart of Bakula’s work are her – romantic inclinations and her love affair with all things antique.You can sense that she has hung around hrift shops, antique stores and lived in the West. She knows how to sniff out old magic stifled in everyday elements and with a few leaves and flowers and shrubs and a few creatures threw in elevates the mundane into delightful, dreamy and illusion incantations through her art.Her collection of 3,000-odd papers include legal documents from pre-independence princely kingdoms in India, music sheets from across the world dating to the 1920s, old maps of India and America and unusual notes like a love letter written on the letterhead of the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).Her love for old paper and old things belonging to yesteryear come to fore – some objects belong to personal history, when she says: “An example is when my father worked with Dr Abdul Kalam and they were at the Thumba Rocket Launching Station. He wrote a letter to my mother on one of the documents saying how bad the food is there and how he learned to make the custard, which is all he was making for dinner. The rocket painting was my first.”Bakula’s friends hand over old forgotten worn out things to her. “I bring out hidden stories that have been alive for over a 100 years now. I feel like I am the keeper of memories,” she says.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A 22-year-old man tragically drowned yesterday evening (April 21) in Woodstock Dam near Bergville.The drowning took place at around 6.30pm.A friend of the deceased evidently saw the man going into the water and he did not come back out again.Warrant Officer Jacques Meyer from the Ladysmith K9 Search & Rescue Unit went out this morning (April 22) to recover the body.W/O Meyer and his dog Emma went in search of the man.Emma indicated to her handler where the body was and W/O Meyer “free dived” for about three metres until he recovered the man’s body.Also read: Update: Search for drowned dentist continues Also read: Social media alive with condolence messages for drowned dentistThe search was over in a matter of minutes.Police are currently investigating.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!