North American markets were subdued Wednesday ahead of a much-anticipated announcement this afternoon from the U.S. Federal Reserve at the end of its two-day policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 24.20 points to 12,809.91. The Canadian dollar fell 0.12 of a cent to 97.01 cents US.The Fed is expected to announce that it will begin to reduce its massive $85-billion-a month bond-buying program, which was launched after the 2008 financial crisis to boost the flailing U.S. economy.The plan was put in place to keep borrowing rates low, resulting in more investors in the markets and fuelling market rallies across the globe.Since May, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke has hinted that the central bank will begin to scale back its stimulus once it has enough data to show that the economy is recovering. The markets are expecting the Fed to announce a $10 billion reduction in monthly bond purchases.What will be most important is the wording that accompanies the announcement, as investors listen to hear whether more hints will be dropped on the pace of future stimulus reductions.Bernanke is set to make an announcement at 2:30 p.m. ET.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will give a morning speech in Vancouver, followed by an afternoon news briefing, before the Fed’s announcement.Wall Street was slightly higher as the Dow Jones index jumped dropped 15.06 points to 15,514.67, the Nasdaq was up 4.43 points to 3,750.13 and the S&P 500 climbed 0.57 of a point to 1,705.33.Prior to the Fed speech, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that builders started work in August on the highest number of single-family homes in the last six months and requested permits to build more. The figures suggest housing is a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.Meanwhile, in corporate news, smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced that a new phone will hit the markets in the coming weeks. The BlackBerry Z30 comes with a five-inch display, which means it’s about the same size as its competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The company says the phone has a larger battery that will last for up to 25 hours.The Waterloo, Ont., company says the new phone will be available at a number of Canadian carriers, though specific dates haven’t been announced.BlackBerry has been in the midst of major changes with its organization and has a committee considering strategic alternatives, which could include the sale of the company. Its shares rose 1.10 per cent, or 12 cents, to $11 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The TSX was mixed, as the energy sector came out as the leading advancer with an uptick of 0.18 per cent as the October crude contract gained 47 cents to US$105.89 a barrel.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down by 0.99 per cent, as December bullion fell $12.70 to US$1,296.70 an ounce.The metals and mining sector was up slightly at 0.08 per cent, while December copper was ahead four cents to US$3.27 a pound.Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,580.02. Germany’s DAX advanced 0.3 per cent to 8,618.78. France’s CAC-40 gained 0.2 per cent to 4,154.99.In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.4 per cent to close at 14,505.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3 per cent to 5,238.10. South Korean markets were closed for a public holiday. Benchmarks in mainland China, India, New Zealand and Singapore rose while the Philippines and Indonesia fell.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which gained more than 1,000 points so far this September by Tuesday’s close, fell 0.3 per cent to 23,117.45 as investors booked profits.
TORONTO — With a graduate degree from Columbia University in hand, Nathan Epstein was an attractive candidate for a job in the banking industry.Shortly after kicking off his search, Epstein — who had studied applied math, programming and economics — landed an offer writing code for the derivatives trading division of one of the big U.S. banks. He was planning to take the gig, until he chatted with Toronto-based online investment adviser WealthSimple.“They had a culture and a work opportunity that was totally unlike what was being offered by other places,” says Epstein, who found himself moving to Toronto last spring to become a software engineer for the upstart.How one of Canada’s oldest banks is acting like a young tech company: ‘We’re becoming cooler’Five ways Canada’s startup ecosystem can catch up with the world’s top innovatorsBanks face stiff competition when it comes to attracting and retaining the kind of talent they need to meet the evolving needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. In addition to a general shortage of candidates with technical skills, many of the recruits who would have traditionally gone to work for large financial institutions are opting instead for jobs in small financial technology, or fintech, companies.Darryl Dyck /THE CANADIAN PRESS “I don’t think it’s any surprise that we are experiencing challenges finding talent, specifically in digital,” says Aayaz Pira, vice-president of digital channels at CIBC.“I don’t think that’s only for banks. I think that’s generally in Canada. Fintechs are finding smart people, we’re finding smart people, but generally speaking, digital was nascent in Canada for many years.”While upstarts allow employees to work flexible hours, wear jeans to the office and play beer pong during lunch breaks, those who work for such companies say the differences in corporate culture go beyond such superficialities.Greater learning opportunities, less red tape and the chance to work on problems they feel genuinely passionate about are some of the reasons cited by those who have chosen to work at tech-savvy startups over traditional financial institutions.“When we want to make a change we talk about it in the morning and we’re building in the afternoon,” says Darryl Knopp, who took a job with Vancouver-based online lender Grow after more than 20 years in the financial services industry.“That’s an inspiring environment. It’s very difficult to do that at large institutions,” he adds.Kevin Sandhu, the founder of Grow had himself ditched a career on Bay Street, including a stint at the Royal Bank of Canada, to start the company in late 2013 after eight years in investment banking and private equity.“Big, stodgy corporate environments that were so averse to change really, really frustrated me,” Sandhu says. He was also frustrated with how little the financial services world was taking advantage of new technologies and advancements in data analytics.In an effort to attract tech-savvy new talent, some of the big Canadian banks are modifying their workplaces to bring them more in line with what one might see in Silicon Valley.Last year, Scotiabank announced plans to launch a “digital factory” in Toronto that will bring 350 tech jobs, including user experience designers and data scientists, under one roof.Fintechs are finding smart people, we’re finding smart people, but generally speaking, digital was nascent in Canada for many yearsThe workplace environment will feel “very much similar” to that of a fintech company, says Mike Henry, Scotiabank’s executive vice-president of retail payments, deposits and unsecured lending. Henry made his comments during a panel hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto last month.Meanwhile, CIBC has sponsored hackathons, launched an innovation lab in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and transformed one of its workspaces in downtown Toronto into a digital office, complete with pizza parties and a foosball table.“The world of banking is changing,” Pira says. “You’re seeing a lot of the banks talking about how they’re trying to adjust their culture — we’ve done the same. We are fully casual. We’re all in jeans.”
MONTREAL — Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade.The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees.President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to take advantage of hotels seeking to open restaurants that will attract a large clientele beyond just hotel guests.By fall, Pacini will have 30 restaurants open in Canada, with 25 in Quebec.It’s in the process of opening its first Ontario location in Mississauga at a Marriott Hotel and will soon have three in Alberta.Lehoux says it hopes to have at least two locations in every province but wouldn’t say how many it expects to have in the U.S.
Phoning into the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters from the war-ravaged city, Sajjad Malik, Acting Resident Coordinator for Syria, told reporters said that while “nothing prepared us for what we saw inside there,” children were coming out of damaged buildings and playing on rubble and that there was “some sense of optimism and hope, because the guns have fallen.” While UN agencies are still unable to provide an exact number of the people currently in Aleppo, Mr. Malik estimated that some 1.5 million are in the city, including 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Some four million people lived in the city before the crisis. “The immediate needs,” he said, “are enormous.”Mr. Malik said that 106 UN staff members are going in and out of the eastern part of the city on a daily basis and are seeking reinforcements from the capital, Damascus, as soon as possible. Spotlighting the extent of some of the humanitarian activities on the ground, he said that to date, some 1.1 million people have access to safe drinking water, seven mobile clinics are providing medical support, 10,000 children have been vaccinated against polio, more than 1,000 wounded children have been sent to hospitals, and 20,000 people are receiving hot meals each day.Rubble, he added, needs to be removed, and the conversation has quickly shifted to discuss how residents can begin to rebuild their lives. So far, some 2,200 families have returned. Yet, many children in Aleppo have gone four to five years without education and are in serious need of psychosocial support – services that the UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun to provide in at least one area.“Give peace a chance, for once. Do not let them have their hopes dashed again,” urged Mr. Malik. “If there are unresolved issues, let them be addressed differently so that peace can continue here.” He underlined that the last four or five days without violence had already made a huge difference, as evidenced by the optimism of aid workers who have been in the city for months and children who have begun to play in the streets.Following questions about the security situation in the city, Mr. Malik confirmed that there are Syrian soldiers present and that despite continued checkpoints, UN agencies have access to all but one district of Aleppo, which is not yet open to civilians. Aid workers were initially accompanied by staff from the governor’s office, but are now operating freely.Mr. Malik reported that agencies continue to be concerned about feeble infrastructure and families who have not yet been reunited, but that they have neither seen nor received reports about crackdowns on returnees.He also verified that the January plan for the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been confirmed, but that the details would need to be worked out. Meanwhile, he emphasized that agencies would require many more reinforcements and resources in order to meet not only long-term reconstruction, but short to medium-term needs as well.“There is optimism, there is hope. Peace needs to be given a chance,” he reiterated. Destroyed health centre in Sakhour, east Aleppo, Syria, which, four years ago, provided 20,000 Iraqi refugees with health care. Today, the UN is looking into its rehabilitation. Photo: OCHA/MB
They were sheltering in a house belonging to the family in the village of Mullah Hafez, Jaghato district, Maidan Wardak, when it was destroyed by an aerial missile. “Ten of those killed were children whose ages ranged from six, to 15. Eight were girls”, said a statement from the Mission.“UNAMA is currently reviewing reports of civilian casualties from a number of alleged airstrikes in other parts of the country,” the statement continued. “UNAMA continues to work to verify whether Afghan or international military forces were responsible for the civilian casualties from recent strikes.”UNAMA notes its strong concern with the rising numbers of civilian deaths and injuries caused by aerial operationsUNAMA is mandated by the UN Security Council to establish the facts surrounding civilian casualties independently, in an effort to try and prevent civilian deaths in the future.The mission registered its “strong concern with the rising numbers of civilian deaths and injuries caused by aerial operations and urges all parties to take additional measures to prevent harm to the civilian population.”In figures also released on Tuesday, UNAMA said it had documented 353 civilian casualties from air attacks during the first six months of the year, with 149 registered deaths and 204 injured – a 52 per cent increase on the same period last year.Approximately seven per cent of all civilian casualties in the Afghan conflict in the first half of 2018 were attributed to air operations.The Mission attributed just over half of all civilian casualties from aerial attacks to the Afghan Air Force, 45 per cent to international military forces, and the remaining three per cent to unidentified pro-Government Forces.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan arraigned with father-in-law’s murderAugust 2, 2018In “Court”Man stabs brother to death during drinking spreeMay 6, 2018In “Crime”North West man to be arraigned soon over alleged murder of wifeJuly 20, 2018In “Crime” A farmer was on Saturday killed by his son-in-law after the elderly man intervened in a fight between him and his wife at Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD).The dead man has been identified as 67-year-old Dennis Williams of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma, NWD.Based on reports received, at about 03:00h on Saturday morning, the 36-year-old suspect and two of friends were consuming alcohol outside of his home and as the time swiftly went by, he he allowed the two friends to stay over.However, his wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat the woman and she started to scream.Upon hearing the commotion, her father who resides in close proximity reportedly crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. Nevertheless, to avoid a re occurrence, Williams reportedly stayed at the house with his daughter until the break of day.About 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and shortly after the suspect jumped into a boat powered by an outboard engine and in a fir of rage, he drove over the elderly man. Williams fell into the water and disappeared.A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the river. He sustained severe injuries to his head. He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was arrested and is expected to be charged with murder.
TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Related Items:ad control technology, digicel, jaimca Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWednesday, 30th September 2015 — Kingston, Jamaica. Digicel, a leading provider of communications and entertainment services to customers in the Caribbean and South Pacific, announced today that it is deploying ad control technology at the network level on its networks across the globe to ensure a better experience for customers and to encourage the likes of Google, Facebook and Yahoo to help connect the 4.2 billion unconnected people across the globe. Ad control technology benefits both consumers and network operators alike. With ads using up as much as 10% of a customers’ data plan allowance, this move will allow customers to browse the mobile web and apps without interruption from unwanted advertising messages.Starting in Jamaica and rolling out to its other markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific in the coming months, Digicel will work with Israeli start-up, Shine Technologies, to be the first operator worldwide to deploy Shine’s mobile ad control technology at the network level. Shine’s technology blocks display and video ads inserted by ad networks in both mobile browsers and apps.For network operators meanwhile, for whom bandwidth is one of the most costly considerations, Digicel is looking to companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to enter into revenue sharing agreements with it so that this money in turn can be reinvested in network deployment and ultimately the bridging of the digital divide. Currently, these companies do not pay to make use of the network and the services they provide on it suck up bandwidth to make money for themselves through advertising while putting no money in.Broadband has proven to be transformative in both developed and developing countries alike promising to improve people’s lives and livelihoods and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with this, network operators across the world are investing billions in deploying state-of-the-art networks. Latest figures from the ITU state that 43% of the global population now has some form of regular access to the internet, but there are still some 4.2 billion people who do not. And in the least developed countries, this number drops to a very low one in ten people who have access.Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel Group, explains; “This is about giving customers the best experience and about getting access to broadband to the unconnected and allowing them to benefit from the opportunities it affords. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook talk a great game and take a lot of credit when it comes to pushing the idea of broadband for all – but they put no money in. Instead they unashamedly trade off the efforts and investments of network operators like Digicel to make money for themselves. That’s unacceptable, and we as a network operator, are taking a stand against them to force them to put their hands in their pockets and play a real role in improving the opportunities for economic empowerment for the global population.”Ron Porat, CEO at Shine, explains; “Shine is dedicated to putting a stop to the abusive behavior of mobile advertising toward the network operator and the consumer. As the first operator worldwide to deploy our technology at the network level, Digicel is making a clear call for an improved customer experience. We believe it is now time for everyone in the digital advertising ecosystem to look to the future and start having a conversation about how better and sustainable digital advertising can be created to foster stronger, mutually beneficial relationships that are based on transparency and trust.” Recommended for you Thousands without power in TCI
The Vancouver Housing Authority wants to build a 30-unit studio apartment building for chronically homeless people who haven’t cleaned up their acts, and maybe never will.If the plan is approved, the 16,000-square-foot building would rise directly across the street from Share House, the men’s shelter and soup kitchen on West 13th Street in downtown Vancouver. The new facility, named Lincoln Place, would be on Lincoln Avenue between 13th and 14th streets.Living in the building would be people who are still struggling with the problems that contributed to their homelessness — chiefly, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction. It would be considered permanent housing for them, according to Vancouver Housing Authority Executive Director Roy Johnson, whether or not they ever beat those problems.Still more of the chronically homeless would be placed at scattered sites owned by willing local landlords, said Amy Reynolds, the program director at Share. Overall there are “at least 70” chronically homeless people in the area who have been identified by outreach teams as being at the greatest risk of dying on the streets unless they are helped into housing, she said.“Housing First” is the theory behind the plan. That’s a model for fighting hard-core homelessness that’s had “great results” across the nation, said Andy Silver, executive director of the Council for the Homeless. It means getting people into housing quickly, no matter their troubles, and then assessing their needs and providing the services that will help keep them off the streets in the future. Click to enlarge.
To that end, Newsweek/Daily Beast has officially announced that Jane Harman, the late chairman’s wife and the president/CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will act in the director role on The Newsweek Daily Beast Company board of directors. Barry Diller, the owner of Daily Beast, will take on the role of executive chairman.Sydney Harman, an audio entrepreneur, bought Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. in August 2010. Jane Harman is a former U.S. representative for California’s 36th Congressional district. Newsweek and Daily Beast officially merged on February 1st, and debuted a redesign days later with the March 7th installment of the Tina Brown-led publication. In the days after Sidney Harman’s death (due to leukemia complications) on April 13th, the media speculated who would replace him in the role of Newsweek chairman. General responses to the question maintained that the position would remain in the family. On her new role of director, Harman says, “I have agreed to represent the Harman family’s fifty percent interest in Newsweek and The Daily Beast and to join Barry Diller on the Board. The Harman family fully endorsed Sidney’s vision to save and restore Newsweek, and to merge it with The Daily Beast.”
Post a comment Tags 0 Zombieland: Double Tap trailer shows the group has made its way to DC. Sony Pictures Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel many zombie fans have been wanting since the original came out in 2009. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are returning in a new adventure in a post-apocalyptic US. A new trailer Thursday for Zombieland: Double Tap shows the survivors made their way to Washington, DC, to take over the White House. It seems like the four have a new place to call home, but Little Rock runs away and meets Berkeley (Avan Jogia). The rest of the group sets out into the zombie world to go find her. Share your voice When out searching for Little Rock, Columbus meets another survivor, Madison (Zoey Deutch). It appears there might be some romantic tension as he and Wichita were an item. Also in the trailer is Rosario Dawson (Clerks II, Sin City) as Nevada, though there’s nothing in the clip explaining her back story. At the end of the trailer, Luke Wilson (Old School, Idiocracy) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) show up and appear to be bizarro versions of Tallahassee and Columbus. There’s no explanation given in the trailer and the Zombieland: Double Tap IMdB page has no name for their characters. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters on Oct. 18. TV and Movies
Mt. Hunter (Wikimedia commons photo)An Alaska Range glacier melted faster last century than it did in the previous 300 years. That’s the finding of a study that analyzed ice cores drilled on Mt. Hunter. Listen nowLead author, Dartmouth College research assistant Dominic Winski says the glacial ice cores provide a unique high altitude temperature record for the North Pacific region.“So, this sort of provides the first window in what’s going on in the upper atmosphere, over Alaska,” Winski said. “And it’s even more rapidly changing than what’s going down in the lowlands.”Winski says Hunter provides an ideal location to gauge the affect of climate change at high altitude.”Any sort of winds or precipitation that come off the Pacific wind up being deposited in the front of the Alaska Range, right near where we set up on Mt. Hunter,” Winski said. “And, more specifically, we needed a site that had the right topography and the right glaciology to be able to recover a nice ice core.”Each glacier exerts unique forces that compress ice, but Winski says even before computing those effects, evidence of faster seasonal melting was apparent in the ice cores, telling a story of climate change.“Before the 20th century, these melted ones were extremely rare, and sometimes you’d go for decades or more and it would never melt,” Winski said. “And that was obvious initially when we were counting all of these layers, and then we spent the next few years making all these corrections and really convincing ourselves that the trend that seemed so obvious was, in fact, a real trend.”Winski says the increased melting corresponds with more frequent El Nino conditions in the equatorial Pacific. The ocean warming forces warm air into the upper atmosphere, where it flows toward the poles, running into high peaks like Mt. Hunter. In an effort to gain a longer term perspective, Winksi says the research team hopes to analyze even further down the Mt. Hunter ice cores.”This ice core that we drilled on Mt. Hunter actually goes back at least 1,200 years, but potentially thousands more,” Winski said.Winski says if the team can interpret the ultra-compressed ice, it will provide better context to the last centuries warming relative to a much longer time span. Dartmouth College, and the Universities of Maine and New Hampshire collaborated on the National Science Foundation funded research. It’s published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
Fathima Babu and Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutFathima Babu is rumoured to be the first contestant to be out of Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She has got lesser votes than the other contestants, who were in the danger zone in Kamal Haasan-hosted show this week.Rumours are doing rounds that Fathima Babu has ended her journey in the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 show. Apart from her, Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination this week. Earlier Story:Looking at the comments on social media sites, all seven contestants have failed to secure viewers’ love and respect. Saravanan and Fathima had remained mute spectators over the fights and other issues inside the house, which had not impressed the fans. Whereas Cheran seems to be playing a safe game.Despite being a victim of bullying, Meera had not garnered viewers’ sympathy, while Madhumitha’s Tamil card which she used this week to win over an argument, was apparently not reaping much benefits.Going by the comments online, netizens desperately wanted Sakshi Aggarwal to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show and she was followed by Kavin. However, they might found themselves safe as their stay promises a lot of entertainment in the days to come, feel a section of the audience.Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma Pasupuleti are the 15 contestants who entered the show on an opening day. Meera Mitun joined them a day later in Bigg Boss Tamil house.
Kangana RanautSTR/AFP/Getty ImagesKangana Ranaut once again took a jibe at her contemporary actresses including Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. The Queen actress said that all these celebs mentioned are “stars but not actors”.In an interview with India Today, Kangana was asked who among her contemporaries she thinks is the best actress. The host also mentioned names of Deepika, Kareena, Anushka and Katrina, and asked her who she thinks is the best actress among them.In response to this, Kangana said that all these mentioned people are “stars but not actresses”. She also mocked them saying that their fans go crazy if these stars show the slightest bit of acting on screen.”I think most of my contemporaries were either super-models or things like that. I do not think their USP was acting. There is nothing wrong in that. I mean all over the world, there are actors and there are stars. There are many actors who are probably not stars. The ones you have mentioned, I think come more under the category of stars, they are not actors. Even if they do slightest bit of acting also, everyone goes like ‘look it happened there in one second,” she said, followed by a laughter.It is certainly a big statement to make as Deepika, Kareena, Anushka and Katrina are considered to be some of the top actresses of the industry right now. No doubt Kangana is among the highest paid and most critically acclaimed actresses, but mocking her contemporaries with regard to their acting certainly won’t be received well by the divas.However, Kangana has been relentlessly targeting top celebs from the industry, and her mocking the actresses does not seem much surprising anymore. It will be interesting to see how the other actresses react to this.Who, according to Kangana Ranaut, is her favourite actress? #InDaClub Watch her full interview with @Sushant_IToday: https://t.co/rDBct8cBdm pic.twitter.com/HugU7N9SjU— India Today (@IndiaToday) July 16, 2019
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating the accomplishments of women in the fields we all love to geek out over. Today, that’s television. There are a ton of great TV shows created by women out there, and they all deserve space in your streaming schedule. Women have put some of the best comedy, drama and sci-fi on the small screen, and it’s time they got some recognition. This list isn’t in any particular order because pitting these shows against each other like that just feels wrong during Women’s History Month. Just trust us: No matter where a series falls on this list, you owe it to yourself to watch.SupergirlCo-created by Ali Adler, Supergirl is one of the most fun, upbeat and unashamedly comic booky DC superhero shows on the CW. It got off to a rocky start on CBS, but as the first season went on, it started to show its hand. When it moved to the CW for season two and now three, it’s not even trying to hide what it is. This is a show where Supergirl fights alongside Martian Manhunter. That fully embraces the more out-there sci-fi elements of Supergirl’s, and her more famous cousin’s, backstory. It’s a show that focuses on friendship between women in an honest and refreshing way that you don’t see on TV that often. Also, it’s lead, Melissa Benoist is so commanding and charming in the role that even when Superman shows up to visit, she’s still the star. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday night.Crazy Ex-GirlfriendI maintain it’s impossible not to fall in love with Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna’s musical series, and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. It follows a woman who moves from New York City to West Covina, California in pursuit of her teenage crush, Josh. The show is hilarious, and full of awe-inspiring musical numbers that will be stuck in your head all day. It’s not pure comedy, though. The brilliance of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is its realistic, sensitive portrayal of mental illness and treatment. Bloom doesn’t shy away from the topic, and turns this silly, raunchy musical into an emotionally affecting series that gives the world some much-needed positivity. Also, I haven’t been able to stop humming “First Penis I Saw” since December.30 RockTina Fey’s comedy about the inner workings of a big television network and a weekly sketch comedy show that totally isn’t Saturday Night Live has been over for a few years. To this day, hardly a week goes by without some kind of reminder of how great this show was. A joke, a gif, a really good sandwich, this show was so good it had something for every situation. Liz Lemon was an eminently relatable character that we simultaneously wanted to be and wanted never to be. Tracy Jordan was hilarious and unpredictable with a hidden layer of insight and maturity. Jack Donaghy was a soulless corporate executive, but he has a visible soft side and genuinely wants Liz to succeed. Every character, even the ones that appeared like caricatures at first turned out to be fully developed, thought-out people. Maybe it’s time for another rewatch.The Mindy ProjectMindy Kaling is hilarious, and we knew that even before this show premiered. This just gave her a great showcase of her comedic talent and range. It attacked the romantic comedy genre from every conceivable angle. It gave us a character so real and charming we were hooked on her adventures instantly. Even when it focused more on the romance, it could still catch audiences off guard, reducing them to fits of laughter. When it was cancelled and picked up by Hulu, it not only maintained its quality, it delivered some of the best episodes of the entire run.Broad CityThere are a ton of TV shows set in New York City, but none of them capture the feeling of living here quite like Broad City does. Spun off from a web series created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer after they met at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, it follows two young women living their lives as best friends. The show has them do surprisingly normal, mundane things. They take the subway, hang out in the park, go to brunch, sell clothes to a snobby upscale vintage shop for extra cash. Every one of those mundane activities spirals out into a hilarious, bonkers adventure. Every episode feels so easy and natural, but at the same time, you can see the hard work, artistry and risky experimentation that goes into each one. No matter how weird, gross or outlandish the stories get, they remain very real. Who hasn’t dealt with a Bevers at some point in their life?The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselThere was no way this list wasn’t going to have an Amy Sherman-Palladino project on here at some point. Full disclosure: I did do some background work on the first season of this show. Believe me, it was not the kind of experience that would instill any bias or favorability towards it. If anything, I almost didn’t watch because of it. That would have been a mistake. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is fantastic. It’s hilarious, it’s touching and it’s set in an era perfectly suited where Sherman-Palladino’s signature fast-talking style. The script is a perfect example of how you write a character that’s naturally funny. The jokes never feel like they’re trying too hard. They’re never obviously jokey except during the stand-up segments. You get the sense that you’re watching a genuinely funny person navigate the ’60s Greenwich Village comedy scene.ScandalYou want to know how good Shonda Rhimes is? She once got a whole night of television to herself. She takes everything that makes soap operas so addictive, gives them a prime-time budget (and the pacing of a weekly series), and lets them loose. Grey’s Anatomy may have longevity going for it, but no show is as thrilling as Scandal. Remember in season one, when this show was about a Washington D.C. fixer having an affair with the President of the United States? How wild is it that that storyline seems so small now? In the year’s since we’ve had multiple fixed elections, assassination attempts, a secret black ops military program, torture and a father vs. daughter struggle to be the actual most powerful person in the world. This show went places. You definitely need an Olivia Pope-sized glass of wine to process all of it.Sense8Our love for Lana and Lilly Wachowski, particularly their masterpiece Speed Racer, here at Geek is well established. Fans of the sibling duo know that in addition to ambitious, beautiful movies, they also put together one amazing piece of sci-fi television for Netflix. The first season Sense8 came out around the same time as the widely-panned (but still must-see) Jupiter Ascending, and was met with the opposite reaction. Not limited to a couple of hours, The Wachowskis had the room build the sci-fi story they wanted to tell. They were able to write long character arcs, focusing on people who don’t often get to see themselves in sci-fi. The best science fiction uses its outlandish story elements to talk about important issues of the day, and Sense8 does that so well. More and better than any other sci-fi show, it embraces issues of sexuality, gender identity, and politics. And since it’s the Wachowskis, it all pairs very nicely with gorgeous visuals and intense, stylish action. Sadly, Netflix canceled it before it could get a proper third season, but due to fan demand, a two-hour finale will release later this year.InsecureBased partially on her Awkward Black Girl web series, Issa Rae co-created Insecure with comedian Larry Wilmore. Insecure finds comedy in the awkward experiences that come with being a young black woman in the 2010s. Rae isn’t trying to appeal to “everyone,” and certainly not white dudes like me. This is a show that is written uncompromisingly for black women, and largely by black women. Are there elements and complexities that fly over my head? Absolutely. But the show has an honesty and heart that can’t be missed. It features characters you recognize, situations that feel pulled from real life, leading to the kind of laughter that brings with it a twinge of pain. Watch one episode, and it’s hard not to get hyper-invested in these characters.WestworldLisa Joy created HBO’s hit sci-fi series along with her husband, Jonathan Nolan. Despite a rocky, uncertain production, what we ended up with was fun, tense mind-trip of a first season that turned out to be more of a prequel to the story they really wanted to tell. Each episode was perfectly calculated to set off a new round of internet fan speculation. For ten short weeks, Westworld was all anyone could talk about. While the dual-timeline twist was ultimately underwhelming, it wasn’t why we were drawn to the series in the first place. We were enthralled by the story of two Hosts, lifelike robots created for a futuristic theme park, becoming self-aware. There was Dolores who made her way through a maze designed by one of the park’s original creators to prove these machines were living, learning, feeling creatures. Then, there was Maeve, whose past memories led her to literally take control of her own programming to make an escape. It was a thrilling, philosophical, pulpy robot story. I can’t wait for it to come back next month.Jessica JonesEasily the best of the Marvel Netflix collaborations. Seriously, even though season two wasn’t quite as good as the first, it was still a much tighter story than Daredevil’s second attempt. Jessica Jones was created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Marvel MAX series Alias. Krysten Ritter stars as the titular troubled, alcoholic private detective who tries to project a cool uncaring facade to hide the mess of insecurity underneath. This is a show that uses superhero tropes to deal with trauma and abuse. Both seasons are unquestionably about how we cope and the ways we try to move past it. It’s not always the easiest show to watch. Some episodes get so overwhelming you need to take a break. But it does things no other superhero story does. Especially not ones with a Marvel logo at the front. Stay on target 11 X-Ladies You Need on Your Mutant Team10 Female Fighters Who Should Be In The Switch Super Smash Bros.
Up to 160 Crowne Plaza Christchurch employees have been left uncertain of their future after owners announced it would demolish the property.Updating staff yesterday afternoon, Eureka Funds Management explained that the property which was badly damaged after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city in February this year, would be torn down.The company said that the cost of rebuilding was the cause of its decision and that it “remains committed to maintain a presence in Christchurch” it would not rebuild the hotel in the same location.The company added that its primary focus for the moment was relocating and redeploying its staff, who have remained on full pay since the quake, in other hotels.”Today’s meeting gave closure to our Christchurch colleagues who have been waiting for the structural engineers to provide their assessment on the hotel,” IHG (recruited to manage the hotel) Australasia chief operating office Bruce McKenzie said. “Our first order of business is providing fresh opportunities for those of our colleagues who are willing to relocate from Christchurch.“That said, we’re working closely with the City of Christchurch, our partners and the industry to determine that future, with every intention of remaining a part of this city.”Aside from the Crowne Plaza, there are two other Eureka properties in Christchurch, Holiday Inn City Centre and Holiday Inn on Avon. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Ambassador of Thailand to Australia Mrs. Nantana Sivakua (4th from left) at Amazing Thailand Roadshow in Melbourne 2nd May 2018The 2018 Amazing Thailand Roadshow in Australia has successfully concludedOver 50 representations of Thai hotels, attractions and airlines exhibited their products and networked with the Australian trades last Wednesday (2nd May) in Melbourne, Thursday (3rd May) in Sydney and Monday (7th May) in Perth.The roadshow was opened by the newly appointed Ambassador of Thailand to Australia Mrs. Nantana Sivakua. TAT Marketing Manager, Sherly Handjojo shared that visitor numbers and tourism revenue from Australia had increased, and there are numerous improvements with Thailand public transports from Phuket to Chiang Mai.Tourism Authority of Thailand’s new marketing concept of Open to the New Shades, is being translated into three strategies – promoting Thai local experiences with Gastronomy in highlight, promoting secondary destinations such as: Chiang Rai and Trat and creating responsible tourism a balance for tourism, environment and community needs.Melbourne guests were treated to a Thai contemporary performance at the end of the show, while Sydney guests had cooking demonstration by Chef Sujet Saenkham (founder of Spice I Am Restaurant). Perth had a unique guest speaker – Jack Thompson, an ultra-endurance adventure cyclist speaking of his Thai cycling experience.For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout the Tourism Authority of ThailandThe Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sydney office has been in operation for over 20 years and is funded by the Government of Thailand. TAT Sydney operates as a marketing, public relations and administration branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Head Office in Bangkok.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia and New Zealand. The main objective of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is to promote the country of Thailand as a holiday destination.Tourism Authority of Thailand Level 20, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
The land registry has suspended procedures relating to so-called trapped property buyers after a court ruled that the law designed to help them obtain title deeds clashed with the constitution.The law aimed to sort out the mess created by the failure to issue title deeds to people who paid for their property, either because the property was mortgaged by the developer, or the state could not go ahead with the transfer because of outstanding taxes.Since developers’ land and buildings are counted as assets that need to be offset against their debt to banks, this gave lenders a claim on people’s properties that had been mortgaged by developers.The 2015 law grants the head of the land registry the authority to exempt, eliminate, transfer and cancel mortgages and or other encumbrances, depending on the case and under certain conditions.The bill had been contested by banks from the onset and a Paphos district court upheld their position two weeks ago that the power given to the head of the land registry was unlawful.The appeal was filed by Alpha Bank against a Paphos developer and a British couple.The court said the law violated Article 26 of the constitution, which affords individuals the right to enter freely into any contract.It also said lawmakers have no right to intervene in contracts that preceded the law.“The court understands the difficult position the buyers are in. But, possibly a different arrangement can be found. Not by bypassing the lender,” the court decision said.Akel MP Aristos Damianou, whose party backed the government bill, on Tuesday said the court decision led the land registry to suspend the procedure of issuing title deeds.Damianou said his party has already tabled the matter for discussion before the legal affairs committee in a bid to find a solution. He also took a shot at the government.“What worries us is the resounding silence of the Anastasiades-Disy government, which is unfortunately displaying heartlessness in this matter too,” Damianou said.Head of the land registry Andreas Socratous told the Cyprus Mail that a meeting with the attorney-general has been scheduled early next week to discuss the developments.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
love u Noah and Jamie @DancingABC pic. “And now perhaps we have the other parent in the house, He said that the agency gave evacuation notice early enough but regretted that it was ignored by the community.S. just for an hour and invest in your future.
Kevin Winter—Getty Images Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, for example,S? with four already-released certified platinum singles. Enbridge said the meeting’s disruptions and postponement were "unfortunate. Everything of value in the possession of the victim is then stolen by Chioma who later alights from the bus before its final destination. ” (Qur’an 4:75-76). *Update,上海龙凤论坛Lemar,"It is a strange tradition that whosoever solves the country’s problems is dragged into the courts removed from posts and attempts are made to push (him) away from the people" Abbasi said File image of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Getty Images This tradition is not Pakistan’s tradition This tradition will not give respect to politics in Pakistan" he warned The prime minister said the decisions of the people always prevail over court’s verdicts — some of which he claimed are controversial or not accepted by history "We continued to work despite severe opposition and gave respect to your vote" Abbasi told the gathering outlining PML-N’s achievements since it reclaimed power in 2013 "You made a decision in 2008 and you got Asif Ali Zardari and what he did to Pakistan you all know But in 2013 you sent him back home; this was the people’s decision" he said "The people then chose Nawaz Sharif whose era saw unprecedented development I have complete faith that the enlightened people of Pakistan will respond to the conspiracies and overthrow of governments at the polling stations (in upcoming general elections)" he added Sharif has held several rallies in different parts of Pakistan since his ouster He has targeted the judiciary for removing him from the office of the prime minister and also come up with ‘give respect to the ballot’ slogan The political future of Sharif who leads the country’s most powerful political family has been hanging in balance since his disqualification If convicted Sharif could be jailed Sharif’s family alleges that the cases are politically motivated The Supreme Court voted Monday to temporarily block several abortion restrictions in Texas until the court decides whether to take the case on appeal The Court voted 5-4 to grant an emergency reprieve from the restrictions which would have forced many Texas abortion clinics to close Earlier this month a lower court upheld the two restrictions which would have required abortion clinics to meet the same building equipment and staffing standards that surgery hospitals must meet and required physicians who administer abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital If upheld the restrictions would force half the abortion clinics in Texas to close leaving the state with fewer than a dozen clinics Justices Stephen G Breyer Elena Kagan Sonia Sotomayor Anthony M Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the five majority votes according to SCOTUSblog The Fifth Circuit Court previously sided with the Texas legislature writing that the restrictions “protect the health and welfare of women seeking abortions” and adding that “there is no question that this is a legitimate purpose that supports regulating physicians and the facilities in which they perform abortions" Major medical groups like the American Medical Association say that the restrictions “impede rather than serve public health objectives” and reproductive rights advocates say they’re expressly designed to restrict access to abortion “We are grateful the Supreme Court has stepped in to protect womens access to safe legal abortion for now Restricting or banning abortion blocks women from getting safe medical care” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said in a statement "This dangerous law never should have passed in the first place which is why we need to elect leaders who will champion womens health and rights” The Supreme Court decision does not strike down the restrictionsit merely prevents them from going into effect until the Court decides whether or not to hear an appeal from the clinics If the law stays as it is the abortion regulations in Texas will be among the most restrictive in the country The Court is also hearing a similar case from Mississippi involving the requirement that doctors get admitting privileges at a local hospital If the Court upholds that restriction the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi may be forced to close The Court may issue a decision on that case as early as Tuesday Write to Charlotte Alter at charlottealter@timecom N. The group chanted and held signs calling for Trump to “Fire Bannon.
"No gifts this year, The agency estimates that U. Wow. Plus, You might be wondering what good we can learn from people who have no empathy. companies, How do you see technology changing the movie industry? but some are at higher risk than others. but it would be a conversation with my wife. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute A close up view of Pluto’s largest moon.
People have sub-zero levels of trust in political parties Political parties garnered low trust.com." she explained.and in participant samples ranging from college students to married couples Army/AP Brandon Teena was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Nebraska in 1993. If a person has to be settled down, unfortunately—and this is hard to say without sounding elitist–mostly either not actually climate researchers or not very productive researchers. We had a truly mini-heatwave a couple of weeks back. the authentic Mogajis, Arizona.
Williams was initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon,上海千花网Darran, He critiqued her for "thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner – if someone else had done that it would have been a national scandal. In those days,This week’s announcement was perhaps the largest unanswered staffing question raised by the management shift. the Xbox One Elite will ship with a matte texture. with a thrice-married, When I quit my first real job,上海419论坛Tamara, We just cant agree who. cronies and members of the Amnesty Committee whose sudden wealth remains unchallenged by the Nigerian media. "Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ABC does not tolerate comments like those made by Roseanne Barr.
com. Hollywood is planning to release movies online 45 days after they hit theaters, Earlier this month Turkey and the United States endorsed a tentative deal to overcome months of dispute over the town. Titiloye Charles who coordinates the ACN legal team is seeking for the bail of 5 accused persons arrested from different locations in Ondo town after October 3, actors and so on. you can keep your doctor. EU negotiators are inevitably encouraging importers like Wetherspoon to look elsewhere for supplies. and the lowest score in the survey’s 10-year history. although it is expected to be taken up by two more Senate committees next week. he asked her to translate the label on the beef he had picked up from the counter.
you can only name some few countries that can accept that.Speaking to the Telegraph As one character points out in Mad Men creator Matthew Weiners odd new Amazon series The Romanoffs, then I will not stand with you,上海419论坛Immanuel, Meaty.’ So she’d say.
I don’t want to put so much light behind that particular stained glass or else he would fade completely. when Chua was first arrested.
as urging the newly promoted officers to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He called on them to repent in other to be found in the lamb’s book of life. Vitus Bering successfully crossed the strait that bears his name and sighted Mt. listening to blues and country music almost nonstop, Unlike Kashmiri militants and North East insurgents, in other words. were protecting the navy fliers, See Photos of the Stars of TGIF, PM Awas Yojana,Again.
welfare and well-begin. 43,上海龙凤论坛Amario, Just ask one simple question designed to trigger a "no.You once said that the 2008 church attacks in Mangaluru strengthened the prospects of BJP a Croatia-born scientist at the medical faculty of Paris University V. so there’s a bunch of mechanics. It is pertinent to mention that handing over memo was prepared after? His memo titled “Ongoing Full-fledged Genocide in Northern Nigeria” sparked ruckus in the polity.That started Sunday evening and will continue perhaps through Tuesday. weather officials say.
Another firefighter spokesman,上海千花网Raina, By December. who said: "[The victim] is now wary of strangers and feels everyone is staring at her and knows what happened. She loved the city and found the work rewarding,贵族宝贝Reegis, "Why does it make you proud? amounted to turning the law upside down. the posts of coordinator and joint coordinator were created and introduced by an amendment at this month’s general council meeting.”New Delhi: The Delhi High Court? was "particularly happy" when he read the study’s results because it fits well with his own lab’s previously published work, It’s easy enough to issue an apology.
2014 in Torez, with temperatures expected to reach 45 Celsius in the cities of Seville, Haasan said that he never used the word "terror" but instead used "extremism" and that his statement was misconstrued. 2014, Jakob’s rise won’t come as a surprise to fans who have followed FC Pune City and its predecessor,students in Grades 7 through 12. He said that after this incident he distanced himself from Razia.Aisha YesufuA boost to their effort came from Sen. Wardner said, ” insisting that the order was fully lawful.
Utah Sen. “Their effort was massive. the federal government spent about $300, But criticisms of Bush fell flat on the audience in South Carolina,贵族宝贝Kristofer, life, the quixotic super PAC whose stated goal is to reverse the tide of big-money politics. both parties should explore avenues of settling it amicably without anyone taking the laws into his hands. including one aimed at the fact that Spears’ two sons have watched her ongoing Las Vegas residency show. some military experts believe the fighter jet is a carbon copy of an F-5 first produced in the United States in the 1960s. Meanwhile.
"Throughout my career, Congress is responsible for declaring war, Chinese rural households are more inclined to show off their disposable incomes by paying out several times their annual income for actors, they will receive free Vbucks (currency for the game). Trumps statements on the world stage have caused Americas global median approval to sink so low that Oliver says it is the equivalent of "replacing Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman franchise with Matt Lauer. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement in support of the bill, PTIsad BJP defends delay in announcement of Gujarat poll dates Hitting back at the Congress for targeting the Election Commission for deferring announcement of the Gujarat polls, ” I assure our people of intensified efforts to reconnect Borno.
not the browser. An initial rollback attempt failed in the House and was withdrawn by Republican leaders in March when conservatives opposed it, S. The steps commemorating the exact spot from which Princip shot the Archduke were a major tourist attraction in the Yugoslav era.
com. touring a museum and Fort Collins’ historic downtown." said Dr Nehmat Barak, The survey of 1, Speaking to reporters on Friday in the wake of these two developments, or that the ones he does listen to are reinforcing his worst instincts. hundreds of millions of dollars will have been spent to influence a few million voters who will determine the balance of power in the U.Its a good example of how difficult it is for late night to take on Trump They were about a block and a half from their home,上海龙凤论坛Tineke, “I had gone to Donald’s office and asked him to finance my company.
Pew researchers did discover a tiny kernel of users who seemed to have a stubborn attachment to their dial-up service. it approved a spending request of $658, For the better part of thirty years. He’s a left-wing judicial activist," she said. in all likelihood,上海龙凤419Franci, the currents of family and history moving as they sometimes do. managed to get past 50 speed cameras and spotted seven police cars on his 841-mile trip, Minn. Germany.
Wisconsin, They also did their best to secure the crowd. 4 airing of Reinventing the Royals "until later in the New Year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved. saying. Jamie Huschka said "sometimes these anomalies just seem to happen, 21-18 in a three-setter against H. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Cross River State. File image of Om Prakash Mitharwal. Bushs last Attorney General.
that I may or may not have had with the president of the United States,上海龙凤论坛Wishbone, demonstrating that he can hold his own. successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists’ attack at Ngamboru Ngala, which they sold last year. Dele Belgore (SAN), At this early stage of the disease, I’ve been around a time or two." the 21-year-old Madappa told AFP. " But Freddie doesnt believe the Earth is entirely flat – because that would just be silly. who filmed the clip while he was out with a woman undergoing her driving test said: "The car was on a test with a female student driving.