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NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years. Incidentally, this time he is trying to forge a similar alliance in the State by joining hands with the Congress and the Shiv Sena. Mr. Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister on November 23, only to be snubbed by Mr. Sharad Pawar who said the decision to support the BJP was his nephew’s personal one. Mr. Sharad Pawar’s decision in 1978 to establish his own party and run it for a decade earned him the unofficial title of “strongman” in political circles. Mr. Pawar wrote in his book, On My Terms, that the poll reverses in the 1977 post-Emergency anti-Indira wave shocked many in the State and the country. V.N. Gadgil lost on a Congress ticket in Baramati, the home turf of the Pawars.In January 1978, Indira Gandhi split the Congress, forming Congress (Indira) to take on the parent organisation Congress (S), headed by Sardar Swarn Singh, in the State elections. Mr. Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress(S), and in the Assembly polls held a month later, the party won 69 seats against 65 of the Congress (I). The Janata Party won 99 seats. However, no party got a full majority.The two Congress factions got together to form a government headed by Vasantdada Patil from the Congress(S) and with Nashikrao Tirpude from Congress (I) as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, the bickering between them continued, and Mr. Sharad Pawar decided to quit. His relations with Janata Party president Chandrashekar helped him a great deal. “You will have to play a key role in this,” Mr. Chandrashekar told Mr. Pawar. He then started seeking support of the MLAs. Sushilkumar Shinde and others sent their resignations to the Chief Minister. Mr. Sharad Pawar walked out with 38 MLAs to form a new government and became the youngest Chief Minister of the State at the age of 38.The new government was a rainbow coalition of the Janta Party, Peasants Workers Party (PWP) and other smaller parties, senior journalist Anant Bagaitkar said.When Mr. Sharad Pawar resigned, the Assembly session was on. “Even while the House was discussing supplementary demands, the government was reduced to a minority, following which Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil submitted his resignation,” Mr. Sharad Pawar writes in his book. However, with the return of Gandhi to power in 1980, his government was dismissed.Political analyst Suhas Palshikar said, in a profile on the Maratha strongman titled A chapter named Pawar in a Marathi magazine, writes that Mr. Sharad Pawar led the party for over a decade and returned to the parent party under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi. “Because he decided to establish his own party and ran it a for decade, (it) helped him earn the image of a strongman.”
India’s five-match ODI series and one T20 International against Sri Lanka will be played from July 22 to August 7 across three venues.Sri Lanka tour marks the beginning of a fresh season for the senior national team after enjoying a two and half month break post Indian Premier League.The Indians, who arrive on July 19 will play their first of the five ODIs at the Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in the southern port town of Hambantota on July 22.The second ODI will also be played at the same venue on July 25 followed by the third and fourth ODIs at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 28 and 31st respectively.After a four day break, Indians will be playing the fifth and final ODI in Kandy on August 5 followed by the only T20 international at the same venue on August 7. The matches will be played at the Pallekele stadium.The team will depart for the two and half week tour on July 19 and will be back on August 8. The cash-strapped Sri Lankan cricket administration is eager to host India. India currently is Sri Lanka?s largest inbound travel market.ItineraryJuly 19: ArrivalJuly 21: 1st ODI (Hambantota)July 24: 2nd ODI (Hambantota)July 28: 3rd ODI (Colombo)July 31: 4th ODI (Colombo)Aug 4: 5th ODI (Kandy)Aug 7: 1st T20 International (Kandy).Aug 8: Departure
Swimwear can accentuate all your curves, but there are ways you can look slimmer and more confident, according to British-Iranian model Yasmin Le Bon, the new face of swimwear brand Speedo Sculpture 2014 collection.The model’s guide has been launched to help women tackle the anxieties they experience and the fear of the walk from the changing room to the pool, or the towel to the sea, reports femalefirst.co.uk.There is nothing worse then a top too small or bottoms that are cutting inLe Bon, who turns 50 this year, said: “After spending 33 years on the modelling circuit I have heard all of the tricks of the trade. The best advice I’ve received on looking your best in a swimsuit, is to wear it with confidence and a smile; it instantly changes your appearance.”In her handbook, she has suggested the following:Sitting downThe twist and point – Twisting the upper body around at the waist is a great way to make it appear smaller and instantly helps you to lose inches. Whilst sitting down, putting one leg stretched out in front of the other with toes pointed helps to elongate the leg.Get in front of the mirror and see what works best with your body!Lying downThe knee lift – When lying on your back, bringing your knees up to lift the thighs can help to avoid the effect of them feeling flattened against the poolside or lounger and gives a three-dimensional and flattering shape. Arching the back slightly can also help if you’re self-conscious about your stomach or bottom.advertisementThrow on some swimwear and you will find the angle that best suits your bodyWalkingA proud posture – When walking or standing adopting a strong posture is the key to radiating confidence. If you imagine you are trying to hold something between your shoulder blades, it will push your shoulders down and backwards slightly to give a naturally proud posture.The most flattering stance for photos is whatever feels most natural and comfortablePosingHead held high – If you’re posing for photos and not feeling the most confident, it can be tempting to look down and try to hide. Lifting the head away from the chest is the best way to achieve a long elegant neck and avoid creating a double chin.In the sun the most flattering makeup is really minimalThe ExitPause and prepare – Before getting out of the pool it’s a good idea to take a moment to pause and prepare for your exit. You can sweep your hair to one side if you need to, check your swimsuit is in place and ensure you’re feeling confident.A self bronzer or a little tan always helps to look and feel your best
T-20 matchShimla, Mar 12 (PTI) Peeved over shifting of venue of India-Pakistan T-20 World Cup tie from Dharamsala to Kolkata, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of playing politics in the name of martyrs and harming the interests of the state.He said that Himachal Pradesh would have got global publicity to the tune of Rs 3,000 crore from the match which would have helped in giving a boost to tourism.”The way Congress politicised it, they harmed sports and specially Himachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister of HP provided Pakistan an opportunity to raise fingers and question security arrangement in our country. It has harmed HPs image,” he said.The “changing” stand of the chief minister on giving assurance about the security arrangement for Pakistan team has created an impression that India was not “capable of providing security” to the visiting team and “tarnished the image” of the state and the country, he alleged.It was surprising that the chief minister, who was the chief guest at IPL matches played at Dharamsala in 2005, has taken a divergent stand this time, Thakur said.”The chief minister should explain the reasons for changing stance within 48 hours or else the HPCA would expose him,” he said.Thakur said that the adverse fall-out of shifting the match venue was inevitable and Himachal would not get any IPL match. PTI PCL IKA PAL IKA
Communication and Customer Services Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, says at least 25 per cent of the annual expenditure on mitigation activities could be otherwise utilised, if the country’s drains are not blocked with garbage and debris.Addressing the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Disaster Preparedness Month press conference in Kingston recently, Mr. Shaw said much work has been undertaken by the NWA to improve roadways and drainage systems under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), but this is being undermined by a lack of social responsibility among users of the roadways.“In some instances, our own actions have already compromised the performance of some of these brand-new drainage features. Recently, along the Mandela Highway, for example, a section of the eastbound carriageway was inundated following the heavy rainfall. While there are existing troughs which run for a couple of kilometres designed to drain the roadway, their capacity was greatly reduced due to impediments, including a large number of PET bottles deposited in the drains,” he said.“Our gutters, gullies, drains and culverts will only function as well as we keep them clean. I implore all Jamaicans to take the time to ensure that you assist in keeping our waterways clear of garbage and debris,” Mr. Shaw added. Story Highlights Communication and Customer Services Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, says at least 25 per cent of the annual expenditure on mitigation activities could be otherwise utilised, if the country’s drains are not blocked with garbage and debris. “In some instances, our own actions have already compromised the performance of some of these brand-new drainage features. Recently, along the Mandela Highway, for example, a section of the eastbound carriageway was inundated following the heavy rainfall. While there are existing troughs which run for a couple of kilometres designed to drain the roadway, their capacity was greatly reduced due to impediments, including a large number of PET bottles deposited in the drains,” he said. Addressing the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Disaster Preparedness Month press conference in Kingston recently, Mr. Shaw said much work has been undertaken by the NWA to improve roadways and drainage systems under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), but this is being undermined by a lack of social responsibility among users of the roadways.
Local area office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 Highway 101, between Exit 6 at Windsor and Exit 7 at Falmouth, isclosed until further notice due to downed power lines. Motoriststravelling west must detour at Exit 6. Motorists travelling eastmust detour at Exit 7. -30-
23 May 2008A surge since the start of the year in the number of attacks by armed bandits across the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) is forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and has brought economic activity to a standstill in large parts of the already impoverished and strife-torn country, the United Nations relief wing reports today. As many as a third of the estimated 300,000 people who have become displaced have done so because of banditry, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.Groups of between 10 and 30 armed men – known locally as “coupeurs de route” or “zaraguinas” – are roaming the northern CAR, killing or assaulting villagers and travellers, kidnapping both children and adults, looting property and burning homes.In a particularly disturbing recent trend, the bandits have burned down entire villages, often as punishment for resistance by village self-defence groups. The villagers have fled to the bush or to neighbouring towns.UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg spoke out against “the indiscriminate and predatory attacks” and the impact they are having.“They are driving tens of thousands of people to the edge of survival,” she said. “We need to make sure that victims have access to protection, shelter and health services.Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR, said many farmers and traders are now afraid to travel to sell their wares in towns and villages.“People rely on aid agencies to provide seeds and tools, which are no longer available in the market,” he said. “We also provide soap, basic household goods and clothes to victims who have lost everything in an attack.”OCHA estimates that one million people in the northern CAR have been affected by either civil conflict or the banditry, with nearly 200,000 internally displaced and another 108,000 fleeing as refugees to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Sudan. In March and April, more than 14,000 refugees entered Chad.Although the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have launched a $96.8 million aid programme to deal with the displacement and suffering, they have received just over a third of the necessary funding.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actress Mia Farrow, who has just completed a week-long visit to the CAR, said many of the people she met had no access to clean water or medicines, and yet were still trying to ensure their children attended “bush schools” and received an education.“The desire of parents to give their children education is inspiring,” she said, warning however that more and more Central Africans are living in fear because of the banditry. Ms. Farrow added that rape and other forms of sexual violence were also widespread.UNICEF’s Regional Director Esther Guluma called on both the Government and the international community to spend more to help those in need.
Airbus Helicopters Canada is celebrating 30 years in the country.On Saturday the company opened it’s Fort Erie facility to give family of employees an inside look at the plant and a chance to see some of the most advanced helicopters in the world.Helicopters have come a long way in the past 30 years.The airbus ride is smoother, more luxurious and thanks to new technology, a lot quieter.The airbus 350 B3 was also the first to land on Mount Everest.The company has garnered 190 customers operating over 680 aircraft.Approximately 600 employees and family members toured the plant Saturday and checked out the finished helicopters.At the plant they assemble all the inside components and paint the frame.The design can be customized and very detailed.The facility is recognized as a centre of excellence for component manufacturing.It makes components that are shipped all over the world.Sales at Airbus Helicopters Canada have reached over $100 million a year.
Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) blocks for senior linebacker Curtis Grant (14) after Grant made an interception during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternWhen a football team finds itself trying not to look past its current opponent and onto a more important date in the future, it usually doesn’t come during a prime-time home game with an 89-year-old trophy at stake.But that’s exactly what the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes had before them on Saturday evening, as the Big Ten cellar-dwelling Illinois Fighting Illini came to Columbus. Even with the prospect of a showdown with No. 7 Michigan State coming the following week, coach Urban Meyer’s team collected its focus to execute a dominant 55-14 victory. “I think we have a good bunch of players that care about each other and get ready for a big week,” Meyer said after the game. “I thought our defense came out and played well.”As has been the case so many times this season, his defensive unit has held its opponent to a small output as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye offense lit up the scoreboard. Meyer’s singling out of the defense was telling, however. The group that struggled mightily toward the end of last season produced another steady performance on Saturday. The Buckeyes held their opponents to less than 250 total yards for the second consecutive week, and set the tone for the game by forcing three Fighting Illini turnovers in the first half. It began on the visitors’ first drive. With a first-and-10 at the OSU 39-yard line, Illinois senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole put a pass right onto the fingertips of his senior tight end Matt LaCosse. LaCosse couldn’t corral it, however, and the ball instead fell into the arms of redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee. The pick was Lee’s second of the season, and he credited the mentality of the coaching staff for the interception. “What our coaches push us to do is not only execute, but execute and try to make a play. We try to force turnovers literally every play and every call that we get,” Lee said. “Even if it’s a simple run play that they’re running, we’re trying to knock the ball out. “That’s our mindset now, now that everybody’s starting to get really comfortable with what they’re doing. Now it’s time to go make plays when that comes to you and it’s our job to make those plays.”That mindset was evident on Illinois’ last drive of the first quarter. Redshirt-junior running back Josh Ferguson looked like he had burst through a hole in the OSU defense for a solid gain. But just as Lee was dragging him to the ground, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell arrived on the scene and dislodged ball from Ferguson’s grasp, allowing junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington to recover the fumble. Powell also had five total tackles, including one tackle for loss, to go along with his impact play. Sophomore Vonn Bell started at the other safety position, and he said the combination between him and Powell is built on familiarity. “It is trust. It’s like a brotherhood, that’s like my brother across the field,” Bell said. “We can’t let each other down. That’s at all costs.”Up front, the Buckeyes rode another standout performance by sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who had a team-leading two sacks. But it wasn’t just Bosa who was giving the Illini something to think about. Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller, who has kept his starting spot since sophomore Noah Spence reportedly failed a second drug test before the game against Kent State earlier in the season, chalked up his third-straight four-tackle game and forced a second-half fumble. For the veteran Miller, he knows the part he has to play, and he said he gives his maximum effort in order to help him teammates succeed.“I knew it was gonna be a big part for me when Noah went down. So I had to just step up real big because Noah played a big role last year and I know I had to fill his shoes,” Miller said. “The whole thing is, I just don’t want to let my brothers down, so I’m just trying to get better every week and just be consistent.”Just like he did against Penn State the week before, junior linebacker Joshua Perry led all OSU defenders in tackles with seven overall. There was also significant playing time given to players like freshman defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes and junior linebacker Cam Williams, both of whom recorded four total tackles. The depth the Buckeyes are beginning to show is something senior linebacker Curtis Grant — the other defender to intercept an Illinois pass — said helps to keep the entire unit at a high level. “With the rotation that coach has us going through, it keeps us fresh and keeps your body from being banged up so bad,” Grant said. Despite such a successful night, Bell said that immediately after the game, the team’s focus turned to next weekend’s duel with the Spartans, who boast the No. 5 scoring offense in the nation.“During this game, it started getting out of hand so we started thinking about it then. (Meyer) said something at the end of the game today,” Bell said. “This week is a big week for preparation so we’ll get it going.” Both the Buckeyes and Spartans sit atop the Big Ten East Division with identical records of 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference. The date many college football fans had circled on their calendar from the start of the season is almost here, and Bell said the Buckeyes will enter it with tremendous confidence. “Everybody’s got each other’s back, we’re holding each other accountable,” Bell said. “We’re on a mission.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to face off on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Katanga Mining, a copper and cobalt producer, and Glencore Finance, a subsidiary of Glencore International – the diversified natural resources company, have completed the previously announced mandatorily convertible loan facility of about $265.3 million underwritten by Glencore. This follows the approval by Katanga’s shareholders of the increase in the authorised share capital of the company. Funding from the facility is available immediately and is accessible to the company’s joint-venture subsidiaries – Kamoto Copper and DRC Copper and Cobalt Project as well as Katanga – to meet immediate financing requirements. Glencore has advanced the entire $100 million principal amount under the facility.Katanga, in consultation with Glencore, is seeking participations in the facility from existing eligible shareholders and new investors, up to an aggregate amount not exceeding 75% of the facility as of today’s date i.e. $198.975 million. To the extent that Katanga receives commitments from eligible shareholders and new investors to participate in the available facility amount, such shareholders and new investors will, on the second closing date receive a transfer of its proportional interest in the facility from Glencore. This date is expected to occur on February 9, 2009, but may occur on an earlier date if valid commitments have been received from investors in respect of the entire available facility amount or if otherwise agreed between the Katanga and Glencore.In addition to the facility, the company will require additional equity and/or debt finance in the amount of about $250 million during the first six months of 2009. Commenting on the completion of the facility, Hugh Stoyell, Non-Executive Chairman, Katanga Mining said: “Given such difficult and unprecedented conditions in the capital and commodities markets, we appreciate that Glencore has stepped in to provide a lifeline of financial support enabling Katanga to continue in the near-term. The management team and board will continue to actively seek the participation of eligible investors by the second closing on 9th February. These are challenging times for the company but we remain confident that existing shareholders and new investors will recognise the long-term value and prospects of our core asset base”.
Move over Retina, the 1080p smartphone army is preparing an all out charge. The newest recruit is the LG E940, an unannounced model that has popped up in benchmark databases ahead of its impending launch.The E940 is built around the Optimus G (pictured above) foundation, and that’s not a bad starting point for a new hero phone. The Optimus G has torn up the benchmark charts with its 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Adreno 320 GPU.The E940’s 1920×1080 resolution of will demand a bit more than the Optimus G’s toned-down 1280×768 display, and battery life will likely take a slight hit. The HTC Droid DNA — which sports very similar hardware to the E940 — lags about 25% behind the Optimus G in terms of endurance. LG could compensate by stuffing a few extra mAh into E940 perhaps even sacrificing a few millimeters of thinness. It’s an approach that worked well for Motorola with Droid Razr Maxx, which continues to dominate competitors when it comes to batter life.No official details have been released about the E940 yet, but it’s also thought that a Korea-only version (the LG F240K) will be launching before the end of 2012. The E940 notes from GLBenchmark show that it’s being tested on AT&T’s network, so it’s possible that it will make its debut in the U.S. some time early next year — once the folks in LG’s back yard have been given first crack.The E940 will join the Droid DNA and Oppo Find 5 in bringing 1080P displays to the U.S. smartphone market, and there’s no doubt other manufacturers will follow suit. Samsung certainly seems like a safe bet, especially since the Galaxy S4 should be surfacing in the next few months.via PhoneArena
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Australian health professional has created a new lifestyle program that aims to educate hospital patients of the benefits of a healthy diet to reduce stress and anxiety of patients during rehabilitation and speed up the recovery process. Qualified nutritionist Stratis Rozakeas MA, RD – who now lives in the US – noticed the health benefits of patients when they were making healthier food choices through programs he introduced around sustainability and green initiatives. Recycling compost programs, music therapy and horticultural therapy and therapeutic gardening are initiatives that Mr Rozakeas introduced to help patients in their rehabilitation. The rooftop garden, for example, allows the patients create their well-being, and the idea has been incorporated in other health care facilities that have shown to improve clinical outcomes. “We are looking at how we can look at and identify the standards of quality care in hospitals and how we can improve on in areas that may need improving so it’s a continual process,” Mr Rozakeas tells Neos Kosmos. “I introduced music therapy for patients. I also had therapeutic meals for our eating disorder patients. “The campus that I was at we had oncology patients, eating disorder psychiatrics, rehabilitation.” Through these therapies, Mr Rozakeas says that it reduces anxiety and stress in patients and helps in promoting healing and speeding the recuperation process. Mr Rozakeas says the patients with eating disorders can be challenging to normalise their eating and help them create and make smarter food choices and therapeutic meals. By introducing organic and sustainable food to the diets of the patients in the hospital, he is able to teach the patients how to combat chronic health diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease – diseases that are all linked to the food choices. “My whole educational component is to inform people to make healthy food choices from an early age – or any for that matter, so they can develop healthier food patterns and at least minimise preventable chronic disease such as obesity and heart disease which are huge in America and Australia as well. Mr Rozakeas said that two thirds of the population in the US are overweight and obese, and says that Australia is following suit. To combat this and improve food for patients, Mr Rozakeas is part of a health leadership team in the San Francisco Bay area in order to improve the quality of food for patients as part of the global initiative Health Care Without Harm. “It’s about empowering people and relating to people in an intelligent dignified way,” says Mr Rozakeas.
Chine : Foxconn réajuste les salaires de ses employésChine – L’entreprise Foxconn a décidé d’augmenter le salaire de ses employés chinois. En 2010, onze d’entre eux se sont suicidés.Foxconn a-t-il augmenté le salaire de ses employés par nécessité ? L’entreprise, qui fournit des géants comme Dell, Apple ou Hewlett-Packard, a affirmé qu’elle augmentait avec effet immédiat ses employés chinois à hauteur de 30%. Une mesure prise a priori pour contrer le mal-être qui règne dans la firme, puisque onze salariés se sont suicidés depuis le début de l’année : “Nous espérons que cette augmentation va contribuer à améliorer le niveau de vie des employés et leur permettre d’avoir plus de temps libre, ce qui est bon pour leur santé”, indique un responsable de l’entreprise, relayé par Europe1. Rappelons que certains employés de Foxconn touchent 900 yuans par mois, l’équivalent de seulement 130 dollars américains.Le 2 juin 2010 à 12:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter gère désormais les galeries photosLe site de micro-blogging Twitter propose désormais la gestion de galeries photos. Celles-ci regroupent toutes les photos envoyées dans les tweets et s’affichent sur les profils des utilisateurs. Si les nombreux utilisateurs de Twitter peuvent depuis peu joindre des images à leurs tweets, le site de micro-blogging avance vite et bien puisqu’il prend désormais en charge les galeries photos. À lire aussiEn Australie, les requins utilisent Twitter pour signaler leur approcheEn effet, le centre assistance de Twitter explique que cette nouvelle fonction vise “à rassembler les images envoyées dans vos tweets en une seule page” cite 20 minutes.fr. Ainsi, les 100 dernières images échangées par un utilisateur via le site (y compris à l’aide de liens vers TwitPic, yFrog, Flickr ou Instagram) prendront place dans une galerie prévue à cet effet qui s’affichera dans une colonne sur le profil même de l’utilisateur. Néanmoins, pour éviter les problèmes de surcharge, Twitter explique que les images de tweets antérieurs au 1er janvier 2010 ne seront pas incluses dans les galeries. Côté présentation, celle-ci peut se faire suivant deux modèles : la grille qui dévoile l’ensemble des images ou le détail qui montre seulement la dernière image partagée seulement. Pour supprimer une image, il faut ainsi nécessairement supprimer le tweet correspondant, note Clubic. Après le partage d’image, il s’agit donc d’une nouvelle avancée significative pour Twitter qui développe peu à peu une interface plus attractive.Le 23 août 2011 à 19:43 • Maxime Lambert
Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Stay on target Back when the announcement came that Sony and Marvel Studios would reboot the Spider-Man franchise, many hoped Miles Morales, and not Peter Parker, would be the film’s titular hero. Shortly after it was announced that Peter Parker would, in fact, be Spider-Man in the live-action Sony and Marvel Studios films, rumors began to circulate that Miles Morales would be the star of an animated movie by Sony. Today, those rumors became a reality.This news comes to us from a recent Sony animation presentation. The Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey-directed and Phil Lord/Chris Miller-executive animated feature is set to hit theaters over the Christmas weekend of 2018. The presentation had a 30-second sizzle reel that gave a small taste of what to expect. Unfortunately, we don’t have that footage for you all here, but according to Forbes, the film has an art style that “resembled a cross between an Alex Ross image and a psychedelic cover image.”For those who don’t know, Miles Morales first made his debut within Marvel Comics’ Ultimate line. Miles gained his spider-like abilities in a manner very reminiscent to how Peter Parker got his powers. After Parker had been killed, Morales took it upon himself to become the new Spider-Man and honor his fallen mentor. After the Ultimate Universe was rolled over into the mainstream Marvel Universe, Miles became one of that world’s various Spider-Men and even joined the Avengers. Unlike Parker who has taken his superheroics around the world, Miles remains a New York-based crime fighter (for the most part).Having Peter Parker in the live action movies and Miles Morales in the animated film is a great way for Sony and Marvel to please fans of both characters. With any luck, Miles will eventually make his way over to the live-action movies — especially if this animated film is a hit. We’ll hopefully see some footage from this movie sometime soon.
I sneaked into the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s annual luncheon this week, and what a neat time that was.They even handed a buck to everybody who attended — a Rutherford B. Hayes gold coin, no less. So it was one of those rare events where you came out with more money than you went in with.The buck was an incentive to begin planning your own legacy.The foundation honored a bunch of folks who have created their own legacy by generously giving to our community in many different ways. The Columbian had a big front-page story on it.Among those honored were Scott and Jody Campbell, owners of The Columbian. Foundation president Richard Melching made note that The Columbian — under the Campbells’ guidance — has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in free advertising to local nonprofit agencies.The Campbells have always believed in giving back.But what about news?As part of The Columbian’s commitment to the community, Melching also noted the number of stories we’ve done on nonprofits. And it was this point that raised a subtle but important question all newspapers and journalists deal with.Why do we do stories?oooThe other day I received an email from an Oregon resort. The woman who sent it sounded very nice. She told me about all the amenities at the resort and said she thought our readers should know about it. I emailed back, thanked her, and said I’d pass it along to our advertising department.
Twitter Email Listen: Kendrick Lamar, Classic Dr. Dre Mash-Up kendrick-lamar-raps-over-classic-dr-dre-beats-new-mash-mixtape News Kendrick Lamar Raps Over Classic Dr. Dre Beats On New Mash-Up Mixtape Facebook The new mash-up from DJ Critical Hype pairs the two GRAMMY-winning artists’ sounds into ‘The DAMN. Chronic’ mixtapeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 4, 2018 – 4:17 pm Fans of the full spectrum of West Coast hip-hop – from the early days of gangsta rap to the modern combined sounds of both conscious hip-hop and turn-up vibe emblematic of rap’s modern era – got a special gift on April 3, courtesy of mash-up artist DJ Critical Hype. It’s a classic case of something everyone desperately needed, but had no idea they wanted: Kendrick Lamar rapping over classic instrumental productions by the legendary Dr. Dre.The DAMN. Chronic mixtape’s author Critical Hype previously caught buzz back in 2016 when he dropped a similar project meshing the works of Chance The Rapper and Kanye West.Taking a similar approach to Chance The Dropout, Critical Hype selected two artists from the same city whose individual works share influential roots and whose creative output draws a line of progress across the development of their city’s signature sound.”The Chance and Kanye tape has a lot of parallels to the Kendrick and Dr. Dre one, so it made sense for my follow up,” Critical Hype explained to Pigeons & Planes. “Both pairs come from the same city and were big influences to their younger counterparts early in their careers.””Kendrick has so many flows, voices, and styles, plus Dre beats are really incredible, so I figured it would be dope,” Critical Hype adds of his approach to the project, which took a little over a year to compile. The search for the most appropriate mixes between Dre’s instrumentals – which tend to be more up-tempo – and Lamar’s double- and triple-timed versework, typically spit over slower beats, included digging through “60 to 70 Kendrick songs.” In most cases, Hype also had to construct his own acapella versions from Lamar’s studio work in order to test tracks against Dre’s instrumental catalogue.”I was determined to make it work, but the truth is it wasn’t easy,” he explains.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
It’s PFD announcement day in Alaska — but it’s a little less exciting than usual. That’s because this year, for the first time in the program’s history, it’s been cut.LISTEN NOWGovernor Bill Walker announced in a pre-recorded video on Friday exactly how much Alaskans would receive in this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend check: $1,022.This year’s dividend checks could have been about twice as much, but Walker vetoed half the money appropriated to dividends earlier this year while the state battles a $4 billion deficit.On Thursday, Alaska’s Energy Desk asked Alaskans how they felt about this year’s smaller dividends. Some people already knew to expect a change.MCCHESNEY: Do you know how much the PFD is this year?MAN: What is should be, tomorrow, should be about $1500.WOMAN: My guess is maybe about, $1200.MAN: I know it’s not what it should be.Back in July, Governor Bill Walker’s veto capped the dividend at about $1,000. Without the veto, there would have been about $1.4 billion available for dividends.“That number would equal a little bit over $2,000 per Alaskan,” said Ken Alper, director of the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division.Alper and Walker argue that with the current budget crunch, the state couldn’t afford that amount.As oil prices have crashed over the last two years, the state has covered billions in budget deficits by drawing from its savings accounts. If lawmakers continue on their current path, they’ll burn through the state’s primary savings account in about two years. Then they’ll have to use the account the dividends come out of.Right now that account has about $7 billion in it. At current spending levels it will be drained in a few years as well. Then there wouldn’t be money for the budget ordividends.“That could go away in another couple of years and when the governor talks about, in 2020, the dividend would go away unless there’s a fiscal plan, that’s just not an idle threat, it’s a mathematical fact,” said Alper.Alper and Walker want lawmakers to restructure the permanent fund and pass a combination of taxes and spending cuts to balance the budget. And in the meantime, they say we shouldn’t spend the nearly $700 million it would have taken to give everyone in the state $2,000 checks this year.For now, that money is just staying in the account.“It’s not going anywhere, it remains in the earnings reserve, it continues to be invested and it’s going to be producing income for future generations,” said Alper.A lot of people aren’t happy with the idea that Walker is messing with the Permanent Fund. One lawmaker sued. For a lot of Alaskans, that fund is inviolate.That includes Anchorage resident Daryl Shaw, who was born in Alaska. His daughter was born just in time for the first dividend check in 1982. He says when the fund was started, it was supposed to be untouchable.“I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed and I’m not a politician, but I’m an Alaskan and I just don’t think it’s right for Gov. Walker to actually reach into that fund and be able to even touch it in any way shape or form,” said Shaw.But the amount of this year’s dividend isn’t uncommon. In fact, if you take an average over the last 33 years, it’s just under $1,100.We talked to Alaskans in Anchorage, Juneau and Unalaska, and a surprising number said that $1,000 is good enough for them.MAN: That’s fine, you know. It’s better than taxing me.WOMAN: If you’re on a fixed income, it makes a difference. Yeah you count on it, you do. But I guess I’m thinking that $1,000 is a pretty fair cap.MAN: I always joke that people call it the permanent dividend funds thinking that the dividends are what’s permanent. The dividends are not permanent, they’re very temporary. They’re a way of getting the public to support the necessity of saving money for the future.It’s likely that one way or another, the future means smaller dividends.