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Swashbuckling Black Sails makes a splash

first_imgBig-budget pirate series ‘Black Sails’ was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios. Photo: Starz 27 January 2014Black Sails, the new pirate adventure series from executive producer Michael Bay (Pearl Harbour, Armageddon), premiered on US television on 25 January.The big budget series was written by Jonathan Steinberg as a prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson children’s classic Treasure Island. Set in the Caribbean in 1715, Black Sails tells a gritty tale in a world that has the trappings of civilization but few of its rules.The eight-episode first season was shot at the Cape Town Film Studios – where filming of the second season is already under way.The set in Cape Town is, the Los Angeles Times says, a “massive backlot that contains a beach, a water tank with a life-size replica of an actual pirate ship and a fully functioning pirate town that stands in for the remote Bahamas outpost of New Providence Island”.last_img read more

London Olympics: Podobedova wins 4th gold for Kazakhstan in women’s 75kg weightlifting

first_imgSvetlana Podobedova won Olympic gold for Kazakhstan by the narrowest of margins on Friday, edging out Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya in the women’s 75kg weightlifting by virtue of lighter body weight. Podobedova and Zabolotnaya both broke the Olympic record with totals of 291 kg, with the Russian setting down a new Olympic best of 131 kg in the snatch and Podobedova setting a new Olympic record of 161 kg in the clean and jerk. Podobedova was born in Russia and represented that country until she was stripped of her 2006 world junior title for doping, after which she switched allegiance to Kazakhstan. “I am grateful I could compete. In 2008 Russia didn’t allow me to go to Beijing but Kazhakstan gave me a chance. I started training for this slowly, and this gold is for Kazhakstan,” she said. “I just wished for it so much. I have been working towards this all my life.” Official results show the total Olympic record awarded to Zabolotnaya, who only joined the Russian team last week after Oksana Slivenko withdrew with injury. Belarusian lifter Iryna Kulesha was a distant third with a total of 269 kg. Podobedova’s victory brings Kazakhstan its fourth gold of the games and third in women’s weightlifting, after Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the 53kg category and Maiya Maneza took victory in the 63kg event.last_img read more

Halle Open: Federer loses final vs Coric, Nadal back as No.1

first_imgBorna Coric ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final on Sunday while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world number one.Federer was denied a 10th title in the German grasscourt tournament as Croatian Coric handed the 36-year-old his first setback on an otherwise serene road towards defending his Wimbledon title.The defeat meant that Rafa Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday.World number 34 Coric, playing in his first grasscourt final, showed great mental toughness and determination to fend off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes.Federer responded by applying further pressure on Coric’s serve in the second set before converting a break point in the eighth game to force a decider. The 21-year-old then broke Federer in the sixth game of the final set when the Swiss sliced a backhand long, before claiming only his second ATP title.It was Federer’s first defeat on grass since a second-round loss to German Tommy Haas at Stuttgart in June last year.He also remains two matches away from matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 174 victories on the surface as he missed out on a 99th career title.”Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title,” Federer said in the post-match presentation. “You played a wonderful match and deserved to win at the end.”Coric is projected to rise to a new career-high 21st in the world rankings next week after collecting wins over the tournament’s top two seeds, Federer and Alexander Zverev.advertisementFederer, who lifted the Stuttgart title last week, will be bidding for a record-extending ninth men’s singles crown at Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.last_img read more

MP Says SLB Funds Should Be Directed To Critical Areas of Study

first_imgBy Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Dr. Dayton Campbell, is recommending that adjustments be made to the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) to focus on areas of study that are critical to nation development.“I believe the SLB should first concern itself with making loans available to persons pursuing tertiary studies in areas…such as Mathematics, Pharmacy, Engineering, the Sciences,” he stated.Dr. Campbell was opening the debate on a private members motion on funding for tertiary education, on June 11 in the House of Representatives.He stated that new programmes should be assessed for relevance, in terms of whether they “respond to labour market needs, foster innovation or serve community aspirations, before approval”.Dr. Campbell said that while he is not suggesting that persons pursuing degrees that are “oversubscribed” or those with “a low employment potential” should be denied tertiary education, the SLB’s limited resources should be directed to those areas which are of strategic importance to the country, and at lower interest rates.These rates, he noted further, “should be inversely proportionate to the need of the area for national development thus the higher the need the lower the interest rate”.According to Dr. Campbell, the country is in need of Mathematics and Science teachers and in order to increase enrolment in these areas, students should get incentives to pursue these subjects at the tertiary level.“I want to take it a step further and propose that no income tax be collected for the first three years of employment for Mathematics and Science teachers, who needed state financing to complete their studies. This portion would instead go straight to the Bureau as a part of their repayment,” Dr. Campbell said.He also proposed the establishment of an income-contingency repayment plan, which would base the monthly loan repayments on the salaries of borrowers. He noted that such a loansystem addresses risk and uncertainty faced by individuals by providing insurance against inability to repay and improves progressiveness by providing a lower public subsidy for graduates that obtain higher private returns.Demand for student loans has increased over the last six years, moving from 6,600 persons in 2007 to 16,600 in 2012, and is projected to swell to over 20,000 persons for the upcoming academic year.The growth in demand, coupled with the annual increase in tuition costs, has significantly increased the pressure on the limited resources of the SLB to provide loans, which is estimated to reach $20 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.For the 2013/14 academic year, approximately $4.9 billion is required to fully cover the projected demand, which will be financed by the Education Tax and loan inflows from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).On March 19, the House of Representatives approved a Government guarantee of a US$20 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the SLB.last_img read more

Short circuit caused blast near Stephen House Forensic experts

first_imgKolkata: The blast in the underground cable line on the footpath in front of Stephen House at BBD Bag took place due to a short circuit. On Monday, scientists from state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) visited the spot and determined the cause.According to FSL experts, apart from CESC and BSNL cables and there were cables of other firms under the footpath. At the particular point where the blast took place, cables of CESC and BSNL criss-crossed. During inspection, FSL team found that some gases leaked from that point. After examining in detail it was found that a portion cable was missing. It is suspected that the particular portion of cable was blown off. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFSL scientists claimed that due to discharge of high energy from the CESC cables, which is commonly known as spark, the cable insulation melted. As a result flammable gases such methane, carbon monoxide and hydrogen were produced from decomposition of insulation cable. Due to flammable gases produced in the chamber high-pressure led to explosion and cables were ignited. But it is assumed that the incident did not take place suddenly. According to the experts, such incidents take a long time to occur. CESC and other organisations are working to fix the cables. Due to the work, traffic movement on Hemanta Basu Sarani was partially obstructed. On Sunday evening, a part of the footpath in front of Stephen House was blown away in a blast. The impact was so severe that the top layer of the pavement was blown away resulting in caving in of the footpath. A police team led by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Murlidhar Sharma rushed to the spot and sniffer dog was also brought to the site. As it was a Sunday chances of loss of life was minimum.last_img read more