HERES YOUR CHANCE TO WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgTo RSVP, please e-mail launchaudience@insighttv.com with subject line “THE LAUNCH Tickets” with your full name, number of guests, and full names of guests. To authorize your request, a confirmation email will be sent to you with all necessary information and instructions.   Please note entry will only be permitted if you have been sent a confirmation.Note: All audience members must be at least 11 years of age and those under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.Space is limited so please email as soon as possible!   We hope to see you there!Your Launch Audience Team. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Would YOU like to join us for a live taping of CTV’s new six-part original music series THE LAUNCH? The first live studio date is Sunday, August 27th at 11 a.m. with more dates to be announced. The location of the shoot is north east Toronto, accessible by TTC with parking available within a 5 minute walk from the studio.Each week features world-renowned record executive Scott Borchetta (whose roster features international superstars like Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett, among others), a surprise Celebrity Mentor and an Award-Winning Music Producer. Already confirmed appearances this season include Fergie and Ryan Tedder with additional big music superstars to be announced in the weeks ahead! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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CEOS for Royal Bank Enbridge call for better balance in energy policies

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – The CEOs of Canada’s largest bank and its largest pipeline company say the country needs an energy strategy that will better balance environmental and Indigenous goals with the need to develop its abundant oil and gas resources.But Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay and Al Monaco, CEO of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., had little in the way of specific advice for government during a Canadian Club event in Toronto.Over a 45-minute discussion, the two agreed the world has a growing thirst for Canada’s energy production and the sector contributes mightily to the country’s gross domestic product. But they also noted it’s suffering from what they say is an undeserved negative environmental image and that international investors have lost interest in funding Canadian projects.Monaco says Canada has among the best resources, capital markets, regulatory systems and technologies in the world but it needs an energy strategy to “put the pieces together.”He says the government shouldn’t mix social policy issues with its project regulatory reviews, a point made by critics of Ottawa’s proposed Bill C-69 to replace the National Energy Board, although he didn’t mention the bill specifically.“We need to a have a strong energy policy in this country. We need to have a strong climate policy and we need to have Indigenous reconciliation. Those need to be at the policy or umbrella level,” Monaco said.“Once those are set and we know the rules as investors, then we can say, ‘All right, I got the game plan, now here’s how I can build a project within that context.”’last_img read more

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Were a herodriven society

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Shweta Tripathi, who finds showbiz “hero-driven”, says writing good roles for women is the first step towards gender equality. “Gender equality will happen when the roles are also equal. There is no point fighting for things when you don’t have a standing as your co-actor,” Shweta said. “And we are very hero-driven society… Once that changes, we can expect gender equality and other changes. Pay should be decided based on the role in the project… It is getting better now,” she added. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerFrom Masaan, Haraamkhor, Zoo, ‘Mirzapur’ to Gone Kesh that dealt with alopecia – Shweta has stepped into a different zone with each project. She is getting lauded for essaying Dr Shreya in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2’ with conviction. The show exposes the dark underbelly of the medical world – be it black marketing of medicines or the inefficiency of the system as a whole. Talking about her role in the series, she said: “I did a lot of workshops with doctors before we started shooting the project, and even during the shoot.” One thing I did on my own was to speak to a girl who was Shreya’s age. I tracked her day-to-day life – what she wore to the food she would eat because that helped me understand the world better.”last_img read more

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Austerity measures in Greece undermining human rights says UN independent expert

“More than 10 per cent of the population in Greece now lives in extreme poverty, and unemployment amongst youth has reached an unprecedented rate of 59.3 per cent,” the UN independent expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina, said in a news release issues at the end of his week-long mission to the country.In order to avoid default, Greece agreed in 2010 with the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund to implement radical cuts in Government expenditure in return for a bailout loan, he said. Greece also adopted a structural reform programme aimed at reducing the country’s fiscal deficit and returning the economy to growth. Yet, despite the stringent austerity measures, the Greek economy has shrunk by about 25 per cent and continues in recession. The austerity programme, he said in the news release, was being implemented in the context of a social protection system ill-equipped to absorb the shock of unemployment, salary cuts and tax increases.Access to essential public services is likely to become even more challenging as the Government moves forward with plans to raise its coffers by privatizing State-owned assets, including water and energy. Mr. Lumina urged that “privatization should be undertaken cautiously and with sensitivity to the rights of the population.” Prolonged unemployment is also impacting people’s access to health care, particularly among the poor and marginalized groups. “Nearly one third of the Greek population is without public health insurance,” he noted, adding that an increasing number of Greek citizens rely on free of charge volunteer clinics.Among the negative impacts of the economic crisis is the significant increase in attacks on foreigners by extremist groups. The Government has said it took significant measures to stop hate crimes, including appointing a related Special Prosecutor in Athens, as well as some 70 anti-racist police units.While welcoming these developments, Mr. Lumina urged authorities needed “to send a strong message that such criminal acts would not be tolerated,” by strengthening the legal and institutional framework.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Lumina will present his report to the Geneva-based Council in March 2014. read more

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Security Council condemns deadly attack near hospital in Benghazi

In a press statement released late yesterday, the Security Council expressed its condolences to the families of those killed in the 13 May attack and to the Government and people of Libya.According to reports, the car bomb killed a number of people, including children, and injured others. The 15-member Council urged authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of “these reprehensible acts of terrorism” and urged the international community to cooperate with Libyan authorities.In the statement, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that “any acts of terrorism are criminal unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The Council reiterated the need to combat terrorism by all means, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.Earlier, the UN Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the attack and reiterated its commitment to support the efforts of the Libyan Government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago.The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime. read more

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Motor industry comes together to attract new female talent

The UK motor industry is on the search for the most influential British women in the sector this summer, after research by the Automotive Council found that women working in automotive manufacturing are outnumbered by men three to one.1In the UK as a whole, just 9% of UK engineering employees are female,2 the lowest proportion in Europe, while fewer than 16% of British engineering and technology undergraduates are women. A shortage of skilled workers is one of the most significant barriers to continuing the record growth in UK Automotive, with thousands of jobs currently vacant and women considerably under-represented in the workforce.To help raise awareness of successful women in the sector and to encourage more to join it, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has partnered with motoring publication Autocar in an initiative to identify the 100 most influential British women working in the car industry. The panel will announce the winners in a series of categories, and one individual will be named Britain’s most influential woman in the automotive industry.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The automotive sector supports around 800,000 jobs in Britain and, with record exports and productivity levels, it is an exciting industry to join. There are, right now, at least 5,000 skilled vacancies in automotive manufacturing, underlining a critical need to attract more talent. That’s why we’re delighted to support this new initiative by Autocar, to help inspire young women considering their career prospects.”Jim Holder, Autocar Editorial Director, said, “We have started this event to stimulate debate about the attractiveness of the industry we love as a place to work for everyone. At present, women are under-represented, but it is our belief that a positive focus on the numerous opportunities that a career in the industry can offer can have a real impact in reversing that trend.”The panel – Jim Holder, Steve Cropley, Rachel Burgess, Mel Falconer and Vicky Parrott from Autocar’s editorial department, plus SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson – will select one overall winner, as well as individuals representing a series of categories.3 The initiative is also backed by Direct Line Group, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, with additional support from Gaia Innovation.The winners will be announced at the inaugural Great British Women in the Car Industry event on 8 July 2016.1 Automotive Council report: Employers’ Views of the Jobs and Skills Required for the UK Automotive Industry, February 20162 Skills & Demands from Industry – 2015 Survey, IET3 Award categories:ExecutiveDesignProduct DevelopmentManufacturing/PurchasingCommunicationsSalesMarketingMotorsportHRRising StarClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio State mens soccer shocks No 9 Penn State 10

Junior midfielder Max Moller (29) attempts to beat his defender during a match against Penn State Nov. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Sally Xia / Lantern photographerThe men’s soccer team is no longer winless in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes handed No. 9 Penn State its first conference loss of 2013 Saturday, topping them, 1-0, in double overtime.Despite it being senior day for OSU, it was an underclassman who stole the show. Freshman forward Danny Jensen netted the winning goal for the Buckeyes (5-6-5, 1-2-2) in the 108th minute after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Max Moller.OSU Coach John Bluem said Jensen has continued to step up and is vital to the team’s success.“The last four or five games, Danny Jensen has been playing sort of the way we expected he would,” Bluem said after the win. “It took him awhile to adjust and get settled in, but using him up top is the best way to use him. The team is really finding a way to find him and use his pace.”Jensen said the team had “one of the best performances of the year” against the Nittany Lions (11-4-1, 5-1-0). He said the team was confident going in and knew it had the potential to keep up with the top Big Ten team.“We knew we could (beat them), after the first half especially,” Jensen said. “I don’t think we out played them exactly, but we had confidence that knew we could beat them. Then when it went into overtime, I wanted to win for the seniors, so it was a good goal and I’m happy.”Even though this season has been a tough one, senior defender Sage Gardner said a win like the one against Penn State shows what kind of team OSU truly is.“It’s just a testament to our character,” Gardner said. “We could have easily given up halfway through the season just based off our record and not scoring goals … we just beat the number five team Ratings Percentage Index in the nation and Big Ten Champions … we don’t have anything to lose now. We’re playing for joy and to get in the NCAA tournament and everything is building up to that.”Bluem said he has not seen his team give up either. He has been asking his players to give everything they have when they step onto the field and he has seen that these last few games.“It’s a fantastic result for us and for the seniors,” Bluem said. “We’ve been asking these guys for four or five games now to just give us everything they’ve got and just lay it out there.”A big win like the one against the Nittany Lions is something the Buckeyes can build on looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament, Bluem said.“We still don’t have a winning record but you’d think we were national champions tonight,” Bluem said after the match. “It was a good win, and it’s a win that hopefully we can build from knowing we have to do well in the Big Ten Tournament in order to have any postseason hopes. It was a very even game. Obviously it could have easily ended at 0-0, but a great finish by Danny gives us a well-deserved and exciting win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude their regular season Friday against Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State releases 201819 nonconference schedule

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann speaks to the media following former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop’s decision to enter the 2018 NBA draft. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State announced its non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season Tuesday, including an intra-state matchup with Cincinnati on Nov. 7 and its first game at St. John Arena since the 2010-11 season in which the Buckeyes will take on Cleveland State on Nov. 23. In their 20-game non-conference schedule, the Buckeyes will take on four teams, Cincinnati, Creighton, Syracuse and UCLA, that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. After home games against Purdue University Fort Wayne and South Carolina State, the matchup with Cleveland State at St. John Arena will be the sixth time the Buckeyes have played in that venue since playing their last full season there in 1997-98. Ohio State will face Syracuse on Nov. 28 as a part of the Big Ten/ACC challenge. The last time the Buckeyes faced the Orange was in a 77-70 win in the East Regional Final of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. 2018-19 Ohio State non-conference schedule Nov. 1 vs. UNC Pembroke (Exhibition)Nov. 7 at CincinnatiNov. 11 vs. Purdue University Fort WayneNov. 15 at CreightonNov. 18 vs. South Carolina StateNov. 20 vs. SamfordNov. 23 vs. Cleveland State (St. John Arena)Nov. 28 vs. SyracuseDec. 15 vs. BucknellDec. 18 vs. Youngstown StateDec. 22 vs. UCLA (United Center in Chicago)Dec. 29 vs. High Point read more

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NEW GENERATION Lasse Andersson to FC Barcelona Lassa

← Previous Story NEW YEAR GIFTS: Wolff to THW Kiel, Burić to HSG Wetzlar Next Story → RK Gorenje with new coach – Marko Šibila FC Barcelona LassaLasse Andersson One of the most talented young players, twice in Handball-Planet.com Contest for the world’s best youngstars, Danish left back – playmaker Lasse Andersson will join FC Barcelona Lassa next summer, according to our sources. The 21 year-old KIF Kolding Kobenhavn shooter playing his third EHF Champions League season with 52 goals in 10 matches, which keeping him high on TOP scorers list.He netted 114 goals for two and half years in European elite competition and established himself as the good investment for the future.HANSEN’S ROADThe Danish most powerful player in this decade Mikkel Hansen had the same “destiny” – contract with FC Barcelona in age 21. Hansen stayed in Barcelona only two years, but afterwards exploded as one of the best world handball players. read more

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Fifteenyearold UK student is now the Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion

first_imgSome kids dream of being a gold-medal-winning Olympic athlete, some dream of winning a Grammy, and then there are some who dream of winning the Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office. Fifteen-year-old UK student Rebecca Rickwood can hold her head high as she’s now the World Champion of Microsoft Excel 2007.Rickwood competed against 228,000 other students from 57 countries. The Worldwide Completion on Microsoft Office is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To get an invite to the World Championships, students must achieve the highest exam scores and the lowest exam-taking time. Once students get to the big league, each student competes for the World Champion in his or her category, which includes Word 2007, Word 2010, Excel 2007, and Excel 2010, as well as PowerPoint 2007.Though just 15 years old, Rickwood is a student at Sawtry Community College, a college that specializes in math and computing and runs extracurricular classes for students to learn Microsoft software. Rickwood’s teacher, Pam Kitchen, told the BBC that her student received a perfect score during her initial test and got 100 percent in the World Championship, too.Anyone’s allowed to participate in the initial round of testing, but if you want to go to the World Championships, you have to be a student enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution. Students also have to be between the ages of 13 to 22.Rickwood, the new Excel prodigy, perfected her Excel skills by studying at lunchtime and at night at school. And her extracurricular studying paid off. Not only is she a world champion, but she also get a $5,000 scholarship.This young Excel wiz is just another reason why being a geek is so awesome.via BBC. Image via Certiport’s Flickrlast_img read more

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Lukaku hits out against lies over a Man United exit

first_imgAn angry Romelu Lukaku seemingly hit out at speculation over a possible departure from Manchester UnitedThe Belgian striker arrived at United in the summer of 2017 for £75m from fellow Premier League side Everton and capped off his debut campaign with 27 goals and nine assists in 51 appearances across all competitions.Lukaku then delivered on the big stage for Belgium at the World Cup by finding the net four times as the national side reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.However, Lukaku has endured a slow start to this season at United and has found himself benched in favour of the in-form Marcus Rashford by interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Despite having not even handed the 25-year-old a single start in the Premier League yet, however, Solskjaer has assured him of his place in the team amid talk of a possible switch to Juventus.“When the hate don’t work they start telling lies,” Lukaku wrote in an Instagram story, via Metro.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Having played as a striker himself for United, Solskjaer knows all about the demands placed on Lukaku at Old Trafford and recently suggested his form in training could lead to more regular opportunities.“I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three,” said Solskjaer.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”The Red Devils, who defeated Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, will be gearing themselves up now for a fourth-round FA Cup clash with old rivals Arsenal this Friday.Since Solskjaer’s appointment in December, United have won all seven games under the Norwegian and will be hoping to make it eight in a row this week.last_img read more

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2 chimpanzees at Zoo Miami receive medical checkups

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two chimpanzees at Zoo Miami had a special visit from a veterinarian.Doctors checked out 48-year-old Samantha and 51-year-old Bubbles, Thursday.While Samantha was given a clean bill of health, Bubbles had to have a tooth pulled and was treated for an ulcer in her eye.Both chimpanzees are now recovering in their exhibit.The two primates are expected to be reunited with their troop later this weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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At AMC Digital Focus Is Accompanied By Print Growth

first_imgNEW YORK – At MPA’s American Magazine Conference today, magazine moguls, techies and media enthusiasts are present to discuss the future of the magazine industry. A year into the digital push, magazine heads find themselves both welcoming and challenging the new order.After an introduction from Hearst Magazines president of marketing and publishing director/MPA chairman Michael Clinton, MPA president/CEO Nina Link and Time Inc.’s EVP/CMO and AMC 2011 chair Stephanie George, Ava Seave of Quantum Media sat down with some of the biggest names in consumer publishing to discuss what’s next. Marketing Service MeldingThe panel began with a discussion of marketing service integration into publishers’ business models. Tom Harty, president of the National Media Group with Meredith, says, “We go into areas where we’re not experts, and finds businesses that are built on an entrepreneur’s ideas. They’re interested in the capital, and interested in our relationship with clients. They see they can grow, and there’s an agreement they will exit down the road.” David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, also shares new business awareness as a result of partnerships outside the traditional publishing realm, “While marketing services may seem to be in conflict with our main business, we want to have exposure to all those ships. We didn’t used to account for every dollar; it’s new for us to be accountable for every dollar like our friends in advertising.”Harty says his integrated marketing service channel also provides challenges, “Geographic divide is a big issue [staffers are located from Texas to New Zealand], as well as culture. We don’t want to ruin the entrepreneurial spirit. We don’t want clients to not know what’s going on, so there’s a lot of coordination required.”Digital Content Equates to Premium ContentCarey says Hearst’s print mag revenue model is split 75/25 between consumer and advertising; the publisher’s tablet goal is 50/50. Of Hearst’s recent announcement of 300,000 paid circ, Carey says, “I think the number is going to double in short order. We finally found a way to monetize our content digitally.”Bob Sauerberg, president of Conde Nast, reiterated the need for paid content on the tablet platform, “The reality is that packaged and beautiful content is going to be paid content. I encourage all of us to think about that. We all know how hard it is to lift prices, but my goal is to find a way to transition from selling access to selling a branded experience.”Harty says of Meredith’s digital experience, “We’re trying build a long-term business model. We launched three of our brands on the iPad, and launched on the NOOK as a whim. It has our highest results so far.” New Challenges in a New EraSocial media responsibilities, along with web content and additional content apps, often create an overwhelming workload for editors; this fact does not escape publishers’ attentions. Sauerberg says, “Editors are such an asset and drivers of our business; we have to get workflow and technology to help them. We have to focus on the right things at the right times.”This includes editors maintaining the focus on quality content, regardless of new platforms. Sauerberg says, “We have to encourage content, not fill the gap with tech.” To that end, Sauerberg is focused on the Conde Nast’s core for 2012, “Everyone is looking at digital; I’m very bullish on our magazine business, as most of our growth will come from that. Social strategy begins with the magazine, and extrapolates through social activity.”Looking forward, Carey shares the positives of the digital workload, “The paid content model is coming to the iPhone, and the other is hanging in some garage in Palo Alto. We have to look forward to technology as a disruption.”last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi accepts Governor Satya Pal Maliks invitation to

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi today had responded to an invitation sent to him by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik visit Jammu and Kashmir and “observe” before speaking about the violence in the state. The Congress leader had tweeted that he would take him up on the “gracious invitation”, along with a delegation of opposition leaders. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The Governor had offered to send Rahul Gandhi a plane to take him to the Kashmir Valley. “We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there,” replied the former Congress president. “I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Satya Pal Malik said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “The scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A was for everyone. There is no communal angle (for scrapping it) in Leh, Kargil, Jammu, Rajouri-Poonch and not here either (Kashmir valley). There is no communal angle to it,” he added. Replying to a question about allegations that Kashmir valley has been turned into a “concentration camp”, the Governor said people don’t know the meaning of a concentration camp. “I know what it is. I have gone to jail 30 times. Even then, I will not term it as a concentration camp. They (Congress) imprisoned people for one-and-half-years during Emergency, but nobody termed them concentration camps. Is preventative arrest (equal to) a concentration camp?” he said.last_img read more

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BNP calls BCL school committees superstructure of terrorism

first_imgRuhul Kabir Rizvi AhmedThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday alleged that ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student body Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is forming its committee at the school level to build the ‘superstructure of terrorism’ across the country, reports UNB.”It’s a plan to cripple the whole nation by destroying the education system,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed told a media briefing at the party’s Naya paltan headquarters.He said they were condemning such ‘disgusting’ move and urging the government to stop such ‘destructive game’.The BNP leader also urged all to be united against what he said establishing BCL’s countrywide terrorism network in the name of formation of school-level committee.Mentioning that two students, Shahab and Mahi, were killed due to BCL’s factional feud in Moulvibazar two days ago, Rizvi claimed that violence spread among innocent students after the announcement of formation of BCL’s school-level committee.Terming the recently issued service rule for lower court judges unconstitutional, he said the judiciary has lost its independence due to such rules. The rules violated Article 22 of the constitution, which says that the state shall ensure the separation of the judiciary from the executive organs of the State.The BNP leader said the independence of judiciary was hampered for keeping the president’s authority in the rules to appoint lower court judges.He also criticised the remark of prime minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy that his survey points to a clean sweep for Awami League in the next parliamentary elections.Rizvi said, “The prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser said he conducted a survey through machine that Awami League will win the election with bagging greater number of votes. The machine he mentioned is ‘Awami machine’ and ‘Bakshali machine’.”last_img read more

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Our Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target If you’re a comic book fan, now is a really great time to be watching TV. There are more superheroes on the airwaves (and the cable wires, and the streaming services) than at any time in history. Back in the day, we were lucky to get the corny-ass Lou Ferrigno Hulk or Swamp Thing: The Series, and the idea of having more than one superhero show to choose from was absurd. But with the success of Marvel’s movies, comic books are now big business, easily exploitable in multiple media. Today’s TV lineup features literally dozens of shows about superheroes.What follows is our 100% objective and accurate ranking of all the heroes on television right now. We stuck to shows that are currently on the airwaves, because going all the way back to 1952’s Adventures of Superman would make this feature way too ungainly to read. Some of our placements might rankle you, but feel free to argue it out in the comments. That’s what they’re there for.16. Iron FistDanny Rand is certainly a character who you could wrap a solid series around – a scion of wealth raised in a hidden city and gifted with incredible martial arts prowess and the ability to focus his chi and punch through solid metal. Unfortunately, Netflix’s take on him was flawed from the start. Poor pacing, an unconvincing lead in Finn Jones, and most damning of all fight scenes that just didn’t look good or deliver any impact made this the worst of Netflix’s pre-Defenders quartet. An 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes bears this hypothesis out. The network ordered a second season, so hopefully they’ll be able to course correct a little bit.15. InhumansThe biggest problem in translating comics to live action is capturing the wild and crazy ideas that work so well on the page. Case in point: the Inhumans are one of Jack Kirby’s most visually fascinating creations, a race of genetically modified beings who are all different. ABC’s series follows the Royal Family in exile as they flee to Hawaii after a coup in Attilan, but the lack of a special effects budget coupled with a dull storyline and even worse soap operatics made this one dead on arrival. It’s just not fun to watch, and the ratings bore that out as viewers fled in droves. Shame, because there are certainly interesting stories to be told with these characters.14. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.This show got a lot of ballyhoo when it debuted as a TV tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s never really found its footing, and even at best it’s disposable. The biggest complaint about the first season is that it didn’t seem like a superhero show at all, but rather a mediocre X-Files knockoff with a bunch of new characters viewers had no connection to. The introduction of the Inhumans and more elements from the comics helped matters, but the show is often uneven. The fifth season just wrapped up, and ABC still hasn’t committed to a sixth.13. Legends Of TomorrowThe CW’s goofiest superhero program is sometimes also its most fun, dipping deep into the snuff that is DC’s eternally complicated multiversal timeline. Time Master Rip Hunter recruits a motley crew of heroes and villains to protect the future from catastrophe, which leads to a lot of one-and-done episodes where the team travels to a famous historical event. It’s sort of like Quantum Leap with spandex. That means that on a show-by-show basis it can be frustratingly uneven. The highs are fun and impressive, but the lows will make you wonder why you even bother watching it.12. The FlashCW’s second superhero show hit the ground running as a backdoor pilot on Arrow, and The Flash is the perfect superhero junk food: it’s entertaining while you’re watching it but leaves you unsatisfied at the end of the episode. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the show has plenty to recommend it – the rapport between the lead actors is fun, the dedication the showrunners have to digging through the DC universe and the Flash’s legendary rogues’ gallery is solid, and episodes are properly brisk. On the downside, multiple time travel and alternate universe shenanigans kind of suck any dramatic weight out of Barry’s heroics, but if you don’t think about it a lot you’ll have a good time.11. Black LightningYou may have noticed that all of the CW’s DC universe shows are sort of clumped together in the middle of this list. That’s because they belong there. None of them have done anything truly exceptional with the format, but at least Black Lightning is trying. Not a part of the overarching Arrowverse, it follows Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his superheroic identity years ago to settle down and raise a family. When his kids get pulled into gang violence, he has to go back on the promise he made and take up the cowl once more. Black Lightning works because it’s not caught up in the crossover madness of the other CW shows, instead of slowing down and taking the time to really explore its characters and relationships.10. ArrowThe show that started it all for the CW, Arrow seemed like a longshot at best when it premiered. Taking one of DC’s most dependable C-listers in Green Arrow and reinventing him for the 21st century, Oliver Queen is a spoiled Starling City scion who is shipwrecked on a deserted island and returns five years later hardened by the experience and pledges to clean up his hometown. The show pushed the “super” part of superheroics to the backburner, portraying Oliver as deeply human and very flawed. Over the course of six seasons, it’s lost the plot a little bit, but the first two are still solid and the fifth one was a return to form. Now that Oliver is mayor (spoilers), it remains to be seen how much more juice they can squeeze out of the concept.9. The GiftedAttempts to bring the X-universe to television haven’t fared too well in the past, but The Gifted, which airs on Fox, has carved out a comfortable niche for itself. Created by Burn Notice‘s Matt Nix, it follows the Strucker family as they go on the lam after discovering that their two children are mutants. They link up with an underground community of other mutants, including some recognizable comics B-listers like Blink and Thunderbird. What makes The Gifted work as well as it does is its willingness to stay away from massive world-threatening epics and explore the intricacies of being different in a world that hates and fears you. Solid ratings indicate this one will probably be around for a while.8. The PunisherAfter making his debut in the second season of Daredevil, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher was swiftly spun off into his own show. The Punisher has always been one of the most morally questionable figures in the Marvel universe, with his merciless credo of death to criminals standing in stark contrast to the other heroes. The show leans in heavily to the trauma behind the character, with Frank Castle unable to rest despite murdering the crooks who killed his family. It’d be higher on this list, but it’s almost unrelentingly bleak at times. We’ll see where the upcoming second season takes the skull-shirted vigilante.7. The TickAmazon bringing back this cult favorite as part of their original streaming lineup came as a surprise, but the Tick of the 21st century is a little different than the ones fans were expecting. While the original live-action series and cartoon trafficked in gleeful surrealism, the reboot grounds things a little bit, treating its supporting cast more like real people. The titular Tick is as oblivious as ever, but the world he fights crime in is more like the real one. The first episode is a little uneven, but stick with it – by the first season finale it’s developed into something very watchable, and hopes are high for the forthcoming second season.6. RunawaysIt’s kind of hilarious that Netflix and Hulu both have their own self-contained Marvel universes. The first season of Runaways adapts one of Marvel’s most successful new creations of the 2000s, the team of teens who discover that their parents are members of a criminal group called the Pride. The show is solid and entertaining, with an expanded structure that spends more time on the parents as well. Special kudos need to be given to the FX behind the show’s resident dinosaur Old Lace – instead of CGI, the team built a huge puppet operated by six people, and practical effects are always nice. Hopefully, a second season will be forthcoming.5. Luke CageProbably the most uneven of Netflix’s Marvel series, the highs of Luke Cage – the setting, the exceptional lead performance by Mike Colter – are enough to balance out the lows, which include a pretty weak plot that spends a lot of time dithering around. The villains of the piece never quite come together – the brilliant Mahershala Ali is wasted as Copperhead simply because his schemes never really make a lot of sense. The upcoming second season will hopefully polish up some of those flaws, because we certainly want to see more of the beautifully-depicted Harlem from the first.4. SupergirlBringing DC’s Kryptonian heroes to the small screen is a tough proposition – when you have a protagonist who can do nearly anything, it stretches both the effects budget and the audience’s credulity. But Supergirl, which debuted on CBS before moving to the CW to join its Arrowverse brethren, skirts this issue with aplomb. Kara Zor-El is the Man of Steel’s cousin, sent to Earth to protect Kal as a teenager but accidentally trapped in the Phantom Zone for a quarter-century. Now she’s out and using her abilities as a superheroine. Supergirl works as well as it does because it walks the tightrope between “villain of the week” stories and an overarching narrative with confidence, folding in the greater DC universe without being dependent on continuity.3. DaredevilNobody really knew what to expect before the first of Netflix’s Marvel universe shows premiered in 2015. The success of the films had made us hopeful, but this was before the streaming service really kicked their original content initiative into high gear. But starting from the show’s striking opening credits, Daredevil delivered. Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance as the Kingpin in the first season set a highwater mark for TV villainy, as he stole nearly every scene he was in. Charlie Cox does a solid job as the blind hero, but what really made this and the other Netflix Marvel shows work is the attention to the New York City that surrounded them – it’s a character in itself.2. Jessica JonesIt came as a surprise to basically everyone, but Jessica Jones is far and away the best of Netflix’s Marvel shows. There are many reasons why, but first and foremost is Krysten Ritter’s performance as the former superheroine turned private detective. Jessica’s world is so well crafted, and the show does such a potent job giving her the space she needs to work through her trauma, that it perfects the tightrope walk where the other shows fail. Both seasons of Jessica Jones capture that essential Marvel magic of a world just like our own, where heroes and villains deal with problems beyond punch-outs.1. LegionFar and away the most inventive superhero show on the airwaves, Noah Hawley’s FX drama – wrapping up its second season – takes an obscure X-Men supporting character and creates a psychedelic headspace around him unlike anything else. David Haller is the son of the world’s most powerful psychic, but his myriad mental powers are too much for one mind to handle. Afflicted with schizophrenia, David has to put the pieces of his life together while contending with the efforts of the malevolent Amahl Farouk, a psychic parasite who wants to use him for his own ends. Any description of this show in mere words fails to capture what makes it so potent – it’s a vibrant visual stew that uses its source material both respectfully and with great innovation.center_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

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SIFMA Encourages Alignment of GSE Operations

first_img In a letter filed Wednesday to FHFA, the “”Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association””:http://www.sifma.org/ (SIFMA) expressed its view that “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ should seek to align their operations as much as possible. [IMAGE]The alignment would help set the stage and ease transition into the future for the GSEs, SIFMA suggests.””The alignment of the operations of the GSEs will set the state for the future of both the Enterprises and for mortgage finance more broadly,”” said Richard Dorfman, managing director of head of the SIFMA Securitization Group. “”SIFMA is focused on the preservation and maximization of the liquidity of the TBA markets and the maximization of the benefit of forward sales of MBS that they provide to consumers. “”These include liquidity, ability to lock rates, national mortgage markets, broad availability of fixed-rate products, and the attraction of massive amounts of capital to the U.S. mortgage markets,”” he added.Market performance shows a gap between the perceived and actual performance and liquidity [COLUMN_BREAK]of mortgage-backed securities issued by the GSEs. The liquidity differential impacts the cost and efficiency of the GSE securitization process and the ability of the enterprises to fund mortgage lending. In its letter, SIFMA suggests that alignment will help lay the groundwork for future efforts to close that gap and fix any causes. The FHFA will have to view the GSEs together in order to fully address this issue, SIFMA says.SIFMA also submitted a list of steps and goals of FHFA’s Strategic Plan to coordinate the GSEs and says they will require communication, careful planning, and a focus on the enterprises’ core activities from the industry at every stage.””This plan will require collaboration between the regulators, the GSEs, and the industry,”” said Chris Killian, managing director in the SIFMA Securitization Group. “”The industry cannot be presented a plan which it did not help create.””Also expressed in the letter is SIFMA’s belief that opportunities are currently available to begin addressing the performance differential between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The association calls for focus on improving the existing “”cheapest-to-deliver”” securities in each market, a step which can be done independently of the Strategic Plan and which should see immediate returns.The letter specifically suggests alignment in the following areas: Modernization of the Enterprises’ aged infrastructures, operations from underwriting to servicing, implementation of new programs (including deadlines, work plans, and final implementation), and payment of security holders. In addition, SIFMA says the Enterprises should work together to homogenize credit quality and to address how to best structure securities exchange programs. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Sustainability 2012-06-13 Tory Barringer SIFMA Encourages Alignment of GSE Operations June 13, 2012 481 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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The Week Ahead A Very Important Employment Situation

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News February 1, 2016 608 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Jobs 2016-02-01 Staff Writer The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release the first employment summary of 2016 on Friday, February 5 (technically, it’s the second employment summary released this year, but the first one that covers part of 2016 since the last one covered December). Employment growth for October through December was solid, averaging job gains of 284,000 per month for the three months.The recent job growth was the final piece of the economic puzzle the Fed needed in order to raise the short-term interest rates in December. In early January, the BLS reported that 292,000 jobs were added in December 2015.“The bright spot in recent economic reports has been the labor market,” Freddie Mac stated in its January 2016 Insights & Outlook report released on Friday. “Job growth in December beat expectations, with the economy adding 292,000 jobs. Total job gains for 2015 were 2.65 million (+1.9 percent), the second-best year since 1999.”Will the job growth continue its momentum into 2016? Economic headwinds are persisting, as evidenced by the paltry GDP growth of 0.7 percent in the “advance” estimate for the fourth quarter of 2015 released on Friday.Not only that, but the recent jobs reports have still showed signs of weakness, namely the labor force participation rate and wage growth, the latter of which has been repeatedly cited by economists as the key to raising the homeownership rate (which fell to a 48-year low in the summer of 2015) .“The labor force participation rate ticked up to 62.6 percent in December, but is still down 0.1 percent for the year, and well below pre-recession levels,” Freddie Mac stated in its report. “Some of the decline in the labor force participation rate is due to the aging population, but the participation rate for the prime working age population was flat for the year and remains down over two percentage points from December 2007. Wage growth remains anemic, with average hourly earnings flat for the month and up only 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis.”Also this week. . .On Tuesday, February 2, the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled “Unsustainable Federal Spending and the Debt Limit.” Last week, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the $18 trillion national debt will be pushed even higher over the next 10 years; the CBO says the budget deficit is set to rise every year during that period.center_img Share The Week Ahead: A Very Important Employment Situationlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Hollywood Proper Resid

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHollywood Proper Residences, a collection of stunning suites operated by Proper Hospitality and designed by Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, will begin leasing this month in the most talked-about location in Los Angeles – Columbia Square, the buzzing modern media village on the site of the historic CBS broadcast facilities developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation.Perfectly matched to its rarefied surroundings at the storied intersection of Sunset and Gower, Hollywood Proper Residences quite literally elevates Hollywood living with 200 luxury residences. Each features all-around views of icons like the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, and amenities that enhance the comforts of home with the convenience of a five-star guest experience.“We’re all in awe that so much Hollywood history happened at Columbia Square, but there’s real excitement that the best is yet to come,” said Brad Korzen, Founder and Chief Executive of Proper Hospitality. “That’s what Hollywood Proper Residences is about. We’re creating a haven for today’s creative elite – inspired by the grandeur and dreams of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but completely modern, service-oriented, ultra-comfortable, tech-forward, and beautifully designed.”Hollywood Proper Residences is a brilliant new option for long-term stays of a month, year or more, with furnished units available for stays of over thirty days to 11 months, and unfurnished units for stays of 12 months or more. Fully furnished residences offer a luxuriously turnkey experience, designed with professional kitchens and hand-selected appointments, including custom furniture, original works from local artists and artisans, and premium technology products including Sonos speakers and Keypr tablets running the Hollywood Proper App. Unfurnished residences present raw, refined and beautifully sculpted rooms that residents can make their own.Both furnished and unfurnished one-bedroom residences feature floor plans ranging from 7o to 98 square metres. Two-bedroom versions range from 112 to 130 square metres, with walk-in wardrobes, private balconies and large private terraces. The four uniquely designed and sprawling penthouses, which range from 201 to 240 square metres, feature singularly exquisite design elements personally selected by Kelly Wearstler.Every guest at Hollywood Proper Residences will have access to amenities that start at the top: a rooftop pool with cabanas, irresistible outdoor dining, an exclusive bar, and an ongoing roster of A-list entertainment and events. A state-of-the-art fitness centre with a breezy open-air yoga patio. An all-day European-style neighbourhood coffee and wine bar serving casual California fare, indoors and out. A discreet resident’s entrance with valet parking and an exquisitely designed lobby. And, with a few taps on the new Proper App powered by Keypr, a suitably top-class set of personal services from the Proper Concierge.“Hollywood Proper Residences will quite literally become a beacon of Columbia Square, the once and future heart of LA’s creative industries,” said Kilroy Realty Corporation Executive Vice President David Simon. “We have been fortunate to assemble a roster of forward-looking, fast-moving companies like Viacom, Neuehouse, and Fender Musical Instruments, that are bringing a smart, sophisticated, culture-driven community of workers to our modern interpretation of a studio lot. Hollywood Proper completes the picture by welcoming short and long term residents to the neighbourhood with their fresh take on a distinctive style of California living—what I can only call proper living.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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SHREVEPORT La – A musician who played steel guit

first_img SHREVEPORT, La. – A musician who played steel guitar with country legend Hank Williams on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, and broke his nose wrestling with Williams, has died. Felton Pruett was 89 years old.He died Wednesday. He had played steel guitar for more than 70 years.His funeral was scheduled Saturday morning in Shreveport, with a graveside service and burial at Bayou Scie Cemetery about 70 miles away in Zwolle, according to the Rose-Neath Funeral Home .When Williams moved to Nashville, he asked Pruett to move there, too — but Pruett was settled in Shreveport with a family, and didn’t want to move so far, his wife, Rita Pruett, told The Times of Shreveport.“We stayed here, and he worked and picked, and he told me later, ‘I’m glad we didn’t go to Nashville,’” she recalled. “He said, ‘I can still pick any time I want and work at the railroad.’ He was happy like that.”Pruett worked 40 years for the Union Pacific Railroad. He also played for KWKH-AM’s Louisiana Hayride throughout its entire run, from 1948 to 1960, Rita Pruett said.“Felton played the first Hayride and the last one,” she said.He backed up musicians including Buck Owens, Slim Whitman, Faron Young, Merle Kilgore and Minnie Pearl, the newspaper reported.Felton, originally of Many, and Rita, of Pleasant Hill, were married in 1949.“We got married in Pleasant Hill, and he had a show to play at Many Auditorium that night with Hank Williams,” Rita Pruett said.Williams left another sort of mark on Pruett — he told the newspaper in 1991 that he had a bump on his nose because Williams accidentally broke it while they were wrestling around in a car.Williams died in 1953, and Pruett broke a lifelong distrust of airplanes to attend his funeral.“He hated to fly, and the only time in his life he ever flew was for Hank Williams’ funeral,” said daughter-in-law Jessica Pruett. Her husband, Reagan Pruett, is the youngest of Pruett’s four sons and the only one still alive.Pruett is also survived by another daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Felton Pruett dies; played steel guitar with Hank Williams by The Associated Press Posted Sep 21, 2018 10:53 am PDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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