28 Nov

Bishan Singh Bedi raises question on MS Dhoni role as captain

first_imgIndia’s recent string of poor performances has raised many eyebrows over MS Dhoni ‘s future as captain of the team, but Bishan Singh Bedi has gone a step further and questioned the skipper’s very place in the team.Former India captain Bedi feels irrespective of whether Dhoni is captain of the team or not, he should be in the side only if he deserves it.”If it (Midas touch) was there at all, then where has it gone now? A captain has to find a place in the side first before he leads. It is for the selectors to decide but I have made a very simple observation. A captain must find a place in the team whether he is a bowler, batsman or a wicketkeeper. He should be a good enough player,” Bedi told Headlines Today, while responding to a question on whether Dhoni deserves to lead the Indian team.Bedi was also critical on the Indian cricket Board’s decision to not extend Mohinder Amarnath’s contract as one of the selectors.Amarnath had served for just a year as a selector but was taken off board by the BCCI last month.The former India all-rounder insisted on many changes in the team which did not go down well with the BCCI bigwigs. This was seen as one of the reasons for his removal.Bedi was critical of the decision and said the BCCI shut the door on Amarnath only because the board could not accept the fact that somebody went against its wishes over selection. “It’s grossly unfair that he (Amarnath) was only there for a year. I felt rather annoyed as the BCCI felt its prerogative to decide who the selectors should be. Jimmy had a great chance of becoming the chief selector but the BCCI didn’t let it happen.”In the last selection committee, the only guy who was in disagreement with the BCCI was Jimmy Amarnath and they have shown him the door.”No matter what kind of money you pay them, you can’t have people towing your line all the time as professionally people can have differences,” asserted the former India left-arm spinner. Bedi also felt that India must look out for fresh talent with most of the bowlers, including paceman Zaheer Khan, past their prime.”Let’s be honest. Bhajji (Harbhajan), Sehwag or Zaheer Khan and L Balaji are all past their primes. The best is behind them, so if they have to survive now, they have to keep their acts together.”The humiliating defeats in England and Australia have drawn flak for the national team but Bedi feels India can return the favour when the two teams tour India.”Yes we can beat them, provided they play well and play to their potential. Now who is going to decide this potential? The players or the selectors… who is in the best of form or nick, you just can’t rest on your laurels indefinitely.”Spinners should play a big role but whether it will happen or not, remains to be seen. It’s the only chance India have if they want to enforce a series win against England and Australia. But importantly, the spinners have to be used in an attacking manner,” said Bedi.advertisementlast_img read more

18 Nov

1st Test: Colin De Grandhomme’s blazing century takes New Zealand to 313-run lead against West Indies

first_imgRoss Taylor fell for 93, seven runs short of his 17th Test century, then watched Colin de Grandhomme score a maiden century from 71 balls as New Zealand took control of the first Test against the West Indies by stumps on Saturday.Taylor carried New Zealand past the West Indies’ meager first innings of 134 in a 127-run fourth wicket partnership with Henry Nicholls (66), then de Grandhomme scored the second-fastest Test century by a New Zealander in a 148-run seventh wicket stand with Tom Blundell who became the third New Zealand wicketkeeper to make a half century on Test debut.At stumps New Zealand was 447-9, holding a first innings lead of 313 runs with Blundell 57 not out and Trent Boult 2.Colin de Grandhomme with the 2nd fastest Test century for NZ and equal 9th fastest ever – 71 balls! ?? #nzvwi pic.twitter.com/C2BAA8Zil0- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 2, 2017De Grandhomme rushed to a century faster than any New Zealand batsman other than Brendon McCullum who scored the fastest-ever century in Tests, from 54 balls, against Australia in Christchurch last year. His was the ninth-fast century of all time and comprised a half century from 44 balls and a second 50 from 27 deliveries with 11 fours and three sixes.New Zealand’s grip on the game was strong when he came to the crease and became almost unbreakable when de Grandhomme and Blundell combined to plunder a tiring West Indies attack, with Blundell reaching ahalf century on debut from 83 balls.”It was a good innings, set up by our top order, by Ross (Taylor) and Henry and Jeet (Raval),” de Grandhomme said. “They made the bowlers come back more and more and made it a bit easier for me at the end there.advertisement”I just batted according to what the situation was. I don’t mind coming in in that situation. It makes it a lot easier for me.The crowd goes wild at a sensational maiden test century for Colin de Grandhomme, off 71 balls. A great afternoons test cricket at @BasinReserve for the @BLACKCAPS. pic.twitter.com/5AYY8fDndf- Michael Appleton (@michelappleton) December 2, 2017″I just saw what I saw in front of me and my score just got higher and higher. Tom (Blundell) and I just tried to get to the end of the day and get them coming back tomorrow. That was the plan. Tom was awesome. He looked pretty confident and chilled and was just enjoying the time.”De Grandhomme’s innings helped make up for the disappointment that Taylor narrowly missed his own milestone.The 17-century mark is a particularly personal and emotional one for Taylor as it would allow him to draw level with Martin Crowe and captain Kane Williamson who share the New Zealand record of 17 Test hundreds. Crowe, who died last year of cancer aged 53, was Taylor’s close friend and adviser, credited with being a major influence on his career, and Taylor has frequently spoken of his desire to match Crowe’s record as a tribute to his mentorship.New Zealand lost only one wicket in each of the first two sessions on the second day as it increased its controlling position in the match. Opener Jeet Raval (42) was the only man out in the morning as New Zealand reached 181-3 after resuming at 85-2, and Taylor’s was the only wicket to fall between lunch and tea when he was lost in the third over of the second new ball.Taylor reached his 28th Test half century before lunch Saturday, from 87 balls with six fours, during the early stages of his partnership with Nicholls which guided New Zealand past the West Indies’ total shortly before the first drinks break.He was playing with increasing authority and had hit 10 boundaries when he fell lbw to Kemar Roach in the 84th over of the innings. The ball struck Taylor low, first on the front pad, then on the back and directly in front of middle stump but the umpire turned down the West Indies’ appeal having heard two noises and concluded the first was from the bat.Roach and the West Indies’ referred the decision to the video referee, Bruce Oxenford of Australia, who quickly determined the ball had missed the inside edge and with the ball clearly hitting the stumps he called on compatriot Rod Tucker to reverse his decision. With Nicholls, Taylor had steered New Zealand from 109-3 on Raval’s dismissal to 236, a lead of 102.It was only the third time that Taylor has been dismissed in the 90s in his 82-Test career and the first time since he fell for 97 against Pakistan in Welington in 2009. He made his 16th century, an unbeaten 102 against Pakistan, in Hamilton in November last year.advertisementNew Zealand then added 180 runs after tea, thanks to de Grandhomme who completed a century in a single session and took the first match of the two-Test series away from the West Indies.last_img read more

18 Nov

Panathinaikos clinches fourth place with second-half surge (video)

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens waited 20 minutes before putting a lock on fourth place and home-court advantage in the upcoming playoffs with a 61-81 road win over eliminated Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Thursday. The Greens finished the regular season at 19-11, while Maccabi dropped to 10-20 to close its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaign. Panathinaikos flirted with disaster as Maccabi vaulted in front 45-32 on the first basket of the second half. But after that, the Greens flipped a switch, using an 11-0 run to spark a 16-49 finish to the game. Mike James led the winners with 17 points, all in that second-half splurge. Chris Singleton had 13 points, 8 rebounds, a career-high 6 steals and 2 blocks, with Nick Calathes scored 12. Maccabi got 17 points from Victor Rudd and 14 from Joe Alexander, who hit 4 three-pointers each. Gal Mekel dished a career-high 9 assists but coughed up 7 of his team’s 16 turnovers. Panathinaikos went 1 for 15 on three-pointers in the first half and made 9 of 18 in the second.Singleton and Calathes made layups for the visitors while Alexander did so for Maccabi before a triple by Rudd made it 6-4. Calathes tied it but Rudd went long again and Diamon Simpson followed up a fastbreak miss at 11-6. Demetris Nichols and James Gist joined the scoring for the visitors, as did Mekel for Maccabi before Alexander dropped a corner triple at 16-10. Gist found Nichols for a sweet reverse and Singleton scored twice in close to make it 19-16. Dueling dunks by Rudd and James Feldeine were followed by Alexander landing another triple at 24-18. Feldeine’s fastbreak was answered by Colton Iverson downing his second basket off an offensive rebound for a 26-20 Maccabi advantage after 10 minutes. Ioannis Bourousis tipped a pass through the basket at one end and Mekel found Guy Pnini cutting at the other to start the second quarter. Bourousis kept it going and K.C. Rivers hit his team’s first three-pointer. A Bourousis dunk was met by Rudd’s third triple and a pull-up jumper at 36-31. Free throws by Mekel and Iverson gave Maccabi its biggest lead yet, 39-32. But the hosts weren’t done and found Nimrod Levi right before the first-half buzzer for a banked-in triple and the game’s first double-digit margin, 42-32. The threes kept dropping for Maccabi as Alexander’s third extended the difference, but only until Kenny Gabriel answered him from the arc and Calathes hit a two-point jumper at 45-37. Alexander was back with a shot from the corner, restoring the double-digit difference, but again that inspired a Panathinaikos shooter, James, who next gathered up a steal by Singleton and went the other way for a dunk. Calathes turned another turnover into a layup and then Singleton’s block led to Nikos Papaps drilling from deep. When Singleton himself joined the shooting party, suddenly the Panathinaikos run was 11-0 and the visitors led 48-51. Rudd answered with his fourth triple, but James busted out with 2 layups around another three-pointer as Panathinaikos zoomed ahead 51-58. Another Maccabi turnover sent Gabriel flying in for a dunk before Pnini and James finished the quarter from downtown as Panathinaikos took command of the scoreboard, 54-63, after 30 minutes. Singleton and Rivers kept the triples falling in the fourth quarter as the Panathinaikos scoring run reached 6-33 and the difference ballooned to 54-72. Pappas was the next three-point striker and Singleton kept blocking shots and making steals to demoralize Maccabi’s offense. There was little movement on the scoreboard after that as Panathinaikos held onto a 61-81 victory that looked impossible by that margin 20 minutes earlier, but assured the visitors would start the playoffs at home in less than two weeks!TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

25 Oct

Galaxy S10’s iPhone-beating features leak: 1TB storage, 12GB RAM, headphone jack and more

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 14:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe 5.8-inch S10 will be “just be the smallest Galaxy S10.”The standard S10 with a 6.1-inch display will only have a single selfie punch-hole camera.The 6.4-inch S10 Plus limited edition model will feature 12GB RAM and 1TB internal storage.After an almost forgettable year last year in terms of its flagship models, Samsung is pushing all boundaries to regain the lead in the smartphone space. The next generation Galaxy S10 models, scheduled to be unveiled on February 20, is already shaping up to be an exciting range of flagship Samsung smartphones. As of now, it’s known that Samsung will have three models under the Galaxy S10 moniker. A triple camera setup will be standard for the top-end models while the “entry-level” S10 will feature a dual camera setup for the rear. However, a new leak from GSMArena now gives us more exciting information about the next generation Galaxy S10 models.The headlining feature that the new leak brings is the presence of 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for the top-end model of the Galaxy S10. The 6.4-inch S10 Plus will have a limited edition model that will feature 12GB RAM and 1TB internal storage. Previously, the Galaxy Note 9 could only hold 1TB of data with an additional 512GB micro SD card. The S10 Plus limited edition will feature 1TB storage out-of-the-box, which indicates users could pack in more data with expandable storage. Maybe the S10 Plus could hold up to 1.5TB of data in total.The S10 Plus will also sport a dual selfie camera setup. The dual selfie camera will be present in the form of a punch hole design towards the corner of the display. The rear camera will sport a three-camera setup. The standard S10 with a 6.1-inch display will only have a single selfie punch-hole camera and a triple camera setup at the back. The 5.8-inch S10 will also have a single selfie camera but will be limited to a dual camera setup for the rear.advertisementAs for the 5.8-inch S10 Lite, the insiders have said Samsung won’t be giving the “Lite” moniker to the entry-level S10. The 5.8-inch S10 will be “just be the smallest S10” and feature the same specifications, including the same Exynos chipset and RAM options as the more expensive S10 models. However, what will remain uniform to all the S10 variants will be Samsung’s OneUI. All the Galaxy S10 models will come preloaded with Samsung’s OneUI with Android 9 Pie. The OneUI is Samsung’s latest custom skin for its premium smartphones and focuses on improving the single-handed usage on its bigger Galaxy smartphones.Another important feature that will make it to the S10 series is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.5mm headphone jack is now extremely rare in premium smartphones these days and Samsung seems to be the only manufacturer to retain the headphone jack on its flagship models. This will make the S10 a favourite with those who prefer the old-school headphone jack.Galaxy S10 launch dateThe Galaxy S10 will be unveiled on February 20, just before the MWC Barcelona begins. The device will go on sale from March 8, 2019 in international markets.Do note that these are still leaks and rumours. Therefore you should take this with a pinch of salt. Samsung will unveil the S10 at the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20 and is also expected to unveil the much-awaited Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone alongside the S10 series.ALSO READ | Galaxy S10 launch set for February 20 as Samsung sends invite for Unpacked eventALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10+: Punch hole display, smaller chin and all the rumours so far While Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and SamALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite case render shows Infinity-O display, wireless charging supportGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow SamsungFollow androidFollow smartphones Galaxy S10’s iPhone-beating features leak: 1TB storage, 12GB RAM, headphone jack and moreThe Galaxy S10 series will spawn three models. The 5.8-inch model won’t be called S10 Lite and all three models will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.advertisementlast_img read more

18 Oct

British navy to escort UKflagged ships in Gulf strait

first_imgLondon: Britain on Thursday ordered its navy to escort UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian soldiers seized a tanker in the flashpoint entrance to the Gulf. “The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” the defence ministry said in a statement to AFP. The week-long standoff over the British-flagged Stena Impero and its 23-member crew has inflamed tensions between the Islamic republic and the United Kingdom. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Britain responded on Monday by proposing a European-led mission that could secure the passage of vessels through the world’s busiest oil shipping lane. But France said Thursday it was not willing to send extra military assets to the Gulf, but would share information and coordinate its currently deployed assets. Iran had earlier warned Britain that it intended to retaliate for UK marines’ involvement of the seizure of its own supertanker near Gibraltar on July 4. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Britain currently has the HMS Montrose warship in the Gulf and a handful of smaller naval vessels. The Montrose had tried to rush in to rescue the Stena but arrived too late to the scene. Britain has already raised its security level in the region to the highest level and advised all boats in Iranian waters not to enter the strait. Its guidance before Thursday was for ships to notify the navy and receive instructions on “the safest way to transit” into the Gulf. “It is not possible for the Royal Navy to provide escorts for every single ship,” now-former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament on Monday. The UK department of transport had earlier advised British-registered ships not to sail through the area. Hunt told parliament that two to three UK-flagged ships pass through the strait daily. He added that the Montrose had escorted 30 merchant vessels through the strait in 17 separate transits as of Monday. The 33-kilometre wide passageway provides the eastern entrance and exit point into the Gulf and runs between the United Arab Emirates and Iran.last_img read more

12 Oct

AfDB Loans Morocco €176 Million For 2nd Phase of Ouarzazate Solar…

Abidjan – The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved, Wednesday in Abidjan, a funding, under two loans, for the second phase of the Ouarzazate solar complex project worth 176 million euros.According to a memo by the pan-African bank, the first loan, amounting to 100 million euros, was paid by the bank’s own funding, while the second, totaling 119 million US dollars, was granted by the Clean Technology Fund (which is part of the Climate Investment Funds) in its capacity as executive body.The second phase of the Ouarzazate solar complex project touches on the development of two new plants with a capacity of 350 MW and yearly production of an average of 1,100 GWh, said the memo. The project is part of Morocco’s solar program “Noor” which seeks to develop a capacity of 2,000 MW by the year 2020. It is aimed at securing energy supply for the population and productive sectors given the fact that Morocco imports 95% of its energy needs, it added.With MAP read more

8 Oct

Trudeau welcomed warmly by antipoverty activists on eve of tense G20 meeting

HAMBURG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways will be tested over the next few days amid tensions both inside and outside the gates of the G20 summit in Germany, where tens of thousands of protesters are already wreaking havoc.After protesters in Hamburg torched a Porsche dealership overnight, things appeared relatively calm through the day Thursday until a barrage of firecrackers and bottles aimed at riot police was answered with tear gas and water cannons.Not far away, the mood was less violent as more than 12,000 activists attending the Global Citizen Festival greeted Trudeau with raucous cheers during a rock concert at an arena in the northwest part of the city.Trudeau, along with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, introduced the band Coldplay and spoke of Canada’s feminist international development policy, which he said puts women and girls at the heart of Canada’s aid efforts.“That’s one of the messages I’ll be bringing with me to the G20 Leaders’ Summit this weekend, and I hope you’ll help to share that message too,” he said.He later returned to discuss the need to eradicate global diseases like polio.Earlier in the day, Trudeau arrived in the northern port city just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump, whose protectionist rhetoric and stance against climate change action pose a threat to much of the G20’s recent progress.But in the minutes after Trudeau touched down, all the focus was on his three-year-old son, Hadrien.After descending from the plane while swinging from his parents’ arms, Hadrien walked proudly down the red carpet clutching the bouquet of flowers German officials initially presented to his mother.It was a fun diversion to kick off Trudeau’s visit to Germany, a three-day stay where tensions between other world leaders are high and protesters are already clashing with police in the streets.At the concert, mere mentions of Trump or Russian President Vladimir Putin sent the crowd into fits of booing, the Canadian prime minister was given rock star status among the concert goers.That’s one of the other main events from this summit: Trump’s first in-person meeting with his controversial Russian counterpart.The G20 gets fully underway Friday, but leaders were already meeting each other in bilateral tete-a-tetes Thursday evening.Trump sat down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he shares a fractious relationship. Merkel has made no secret of her plan to isolate Trump and his anti-climate change stance during the meetings, and Trump has criticized Germany intensely over everything from its defence spending to its refugee policy.During the concert, Trudeau had meetings in a private suite in the arena with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Argentine President Mauricio Macri and the head of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim.Macri and Trudeau will host the G20 and G7 meetings in 2018, and that formed much of the substance of their conversation. Kim, who appears to be quite friendly with Trudeau, brought his sons along to meet Trudeau and then gushed effusively about him prior to their meeting.Canadians are “all so lucky” to have Trudeau, said Kim.“He has brought an incredible breath of fresh air, directness, commitment to the issues,” said Kim, who later noted that Trudeau’s style of leadership brings people together.Whether he can end up doing that at the G20 is yet to be seen.Inside the meetings, tensions will flare around everything from climate change to free trade deals, but much of the action is expected in one-on-one meetings between various leaders — to say nothing of the much-anticipated Friday head-to-head between Trump and Putin.What kind of impact the protests end up having on the meeting will depend on whether they succeed in their goal of blocking entry to the secure zone around the convention centre.Police have wrapped the area in fencing and razor wire, and 20,000 officers are on hand to try and keep the peace.The protesters have labelled their event “G20: Welcome to Hell” and while they know full well they won’t be able to keep the leaders out, officials and media crews aiming to cover the event might not be so lucky.— Follow @mrabson on Twitter read more

4 Oct

After penguins and cooking shows Turkish TV race to make up for

ISTANBUL – Dense clouds of acrid, choking tear gas may have been blanketing the central square of Turkey’s largest city, but it was penguins that dominated the evening on one of the country’s largest private television stations. Its nature documentary ran uninterrupted, while another channel opted for a cooking show and a documentary on Adolf Hitler.As Istanbul was convulsed by some of the most severe anti-government protests Turkey has seen in decades, the country’s broadcast media looked away. Regular newscasts briefly mentioned the protest, before moving on to other topics. There was no word of the violence, of the riot police clashing with protesters for hours, or of the many injured in what even Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan later said might have been unnecessarily heavy-handed tactics.Turks were outraged. They turned to social media in droves; Twitter and Facebook updates were virtually the only means of finding out what was going on in Istanbul, where tens of thousands of protesters were facing off against riot police.A furious Erdogan lashed out. “There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” he said Sunday, dismissing the protests as demonstrations organized by an extremist fringe. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.”But to many in Istanbul, it was a lifeline. As word spread through cyberspace, more and more people crowded onto Taksim Square, where protests began last Friday over government plans to rip up trees in neighbouring Gezi Park to make way for reconstructed Ottoman-era barracks and a shopping mall. Eventually, the outcry was too loud to ignore. Television stations gradually began showing snippets of the protests during the weekend, until many had near-blanket coverage by Monday night.But the damage had been done. In the days of protest that have ensued, demonstrators held up placards lambasting the media, criticizing them for keeping the public in this country of about 75 million uninformed and turning a blind eye to events that quickly spread from Istanbul to the capital, Ankara, and other cities.On Sunday and Monday, protesters converged outside the offices of the private NTV and HaberTurk television stations. Some held placards depicting the country’s three main private television stations as the three wise monkeys, who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil. In Taksim, protesters overturned an NTV satellite van, smashing its equipment and ripping the doors almost off their hinges. The battered, graffiti-covered shell still stood on the square on Tuesday morning.In a country where authorities have few qualms about jailing outspoken journalists, many have accused the media — particularly TV — of self-censorship, shying away from anything that could anger the establishment and Erdogan’s government.Some television personalities turned to more subtle ways of making their views known. A popular quiz show on the Bloomberg-HT channel, Word Game, made the protests the theme of Monday night’s competition. Host Ihsan Varol asked competitors what “must be done to decrease tension?” The correct answer was one of the protesters’ main demands of the heavy-handed police in Istanbul and other cities: “Withdrawal.”The Hurriyet newspaper ran a sly cartoon on its front page featuring penguins holding up a banner with a main protest theme, “Everywhere is Taksim, the Struggle is Everywhere.”The lack of coverage wasn’t lost abroad either. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a statement calling for the investigation of allegations of excessive force by the police, and urging “all media outlets to provide full and accurate coverage of the situation.”Turksih media and business executives got the message from the public. Dogus, one of Turkey’s most prominent business conglomerates, which owns NTV, as well as banking, insurance and marina construction interests, apologized for the lack of coverage on the first night of riots.“Our audience feels like they were betrayed,” NTV quoted Dogus CEO Cem Aydin as saying Tuesday after meeting with the channel’s staff, adding that the criticism against the station was “fair to a large extent.”“Our professional responsibility is to report everything as in the way it happens. The pursuit of balance within the imbalanced environment affected us as it did the other media outlets,” Aydin said, adding that was now “an opportunity to refresh our relationship with our audience.”Customers made their displeasure known in more concrete ways, too. Garanti Bank, which also belongs to Dogus, has seen some 1,500 debit and credit card holders closing their accounts in protest, the bank’s general director said.“They are saying ‘I am a Granati customer for 20 years, I don’t have any problem with the bank, yet I am closing my account due to these incidents’,” Ergun Ozen told the Associated Press.“In sum, there have been some 40 million (Turkish lira, about $16 million) cash outflow and some 1,500 credit cards have been cancelled due this. Yet, apart from these incidents, in general the bank’s deposit is increasing.”Ozen said that while he believed this reaction was unfair to Garanti Bank, “I met people’s reaction with understanding.”____Akin reported from Ankara. Suzan Fraser in Ankara also contributed to this report. After penguins and cooking shows, Turkish TV race to make up for anemic protest coverage AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elena Becatoros And Ezgi Akin, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2013 3:02 pm MDT read more

30 Sep

Steelers Extend Coach Mike Tomlins Contract For 3 Years

Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl  when he directed the Pittsburgh Steelers to the title in 2009 – and the second black coach to sit atop the league after Tony Dungy.He has exhibited beautiful leadership his entire tenure, balancing of discipline and freedom with his players, who respect and like him.At 40 and entering the final year of his contract, the Steelers showed they did not want Tomlin feeling any insecurity about his job status. And so, they signed him to a three-year extension Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released, but Forbes magazine had Tomilin listed as the sixth-highest paid coach in the NFL entering the season.“I am excited that I will continue to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Steelers organization for the opportunity I have been given over the past five years to work and live in this great city, and I am excited to continue to work to bring another championship to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”The extension displays the team’s total confidence in Tomlin’s leadership prowess. He skillfully managed the team when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went through rape allegations that could have infected the team.When injuries beset the team, they followed Tomlin’s poised leadership and held it together.He has led Pittsburgh to the playoffs four times in his first five seasons, including two trips to the Super Bowl.“We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.” read more

28 Sep

Mens Basketball B1G 100 No 13 Ohio State has a chance vs

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) works his way into the paint in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) has survived a few scares. On Jan. 17, it came within four points of losing to Northwestern in the final minute in an eventual 71-65 win and was trading leads with Nebraska Monday, until pulling away late to a 64-59 win.Now it welcomes a struggling Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of its past six games, to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, with eyes set on a 10-0 start to Big Ten play.Projected StartersPenn State:G — Jamari Wheeler — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 170 lbs., 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs., 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Shep Garner —Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs., 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs., 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateThe Nittany Lions have been involved in plenty of close games this season. Nine of their 21 games have been decided by single digits, and two have gone into overtime.Part of the reason they are in so many close games has been their defense. Penn State has the 43rd-best defensive efficiency in the country and has held opponents to just a 47 percent effective field goal percentage (37th-best), according to the advanced statistics website KenPom.com. It also ranks in the top 25 in blocking and steal percentages.However, this defense matches up poorly against Ohio State. It typically plays man-to-man, a type of defense Ohio State has flourished against this season. The best way to slow down Ohio State’s 31st-best offensive attack has been to run a zone defense. Penn State’s offense also will not match up well against Ohio State’s defense. Though the Nittany Lions have shot 37.4 percent from the 3, they generate 54.4 percent of their offense from inside the arc, the 57th-highest rate in the nation.Teams that have been able to beat Ohio State do so from long range, with 36.4 percent of opponents’ points coming from 3-point range, 36th-highest in the country. Opposing teams have mustered only the 257th-highest 2-point percentage in its point distribution at 46.9 percent.Monitoring Kaleb Wesson’s minutesOhio State has relied heavily on freshman center Kaleb Wesson this season. After sophomore center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the fourth game of the season, Wesson took over as the starter and has not let up.As a starter, Wesson has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. While the numbers don’t jump out, Wesson has become a better defender and has avoided foul trouble more. He has fouled out three times as a starter, but only once in his past 10 games.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that even though Wesson has shown improvements and has been a key cog in the team’s success this season, he still does not want to put much pressure on his young big man by playing him too much.“It’s a lot to expect a kid of his size as a freshman really even to play 20 minutes,” Holtmann said. “I think his minutes are probably where we’d like for them to be. I think sometimes he could play a little more, sometimes a little less depending on how he’s playing. He’s done a very good job with the minutes, but I wouldn’t want to put 30 minutes on him right now as a freshman.”Wesson’s conditioning has improved, but it is clear after five minutes on the court that he gets worn out. He starts to breathe heavily and is slower to post and seal, meaning the team needs to bring in a fresher defender to maintain solid interior play. As he continues to develop and adjust to the workload, Wesson will turn his raw tools into game skills and be able to keep using those tools later into games, Holtmann said.“He’s so gifted with his hands and I think his feet can get better,” Holtmann said. “They’re not bad right now, but they’ve got to get a lot better in the offseason. His explosiveness, his movement. But I think that you can tell pretty early on when he’s [tired].” read more

22 Sep

Pick Szeged has lost the leading position in Csurgo

7. FTC16718446–422+2415 4. Tatabánya Carbonex KC1712–5501–428+7324 2. Pick Szeged171511544–422+12231 11. Tatai HAC173–14421–581–1606 Next Story → Uros Zorman injured! 5. Balatonfüredi KSE171025451–436+1522 9. Kecskeméti KSE185112478–545–6711 6. Gyöngyösi KK18729504–510–616 3. Csurgói KK171124494–457+3724 8. TM-LINE PTE-Pécs VSE185211515–605–9012 ← Previous Story Bosna Sarajevo saved – BH Telecom new “last name” Hungarian championshipMKB VeszpremPick Szeged 12. Mezőkövesdi KC172–15428–537–1094 1. MKB Veszprém KC1817–1690–432+25834 10. Orosházi FKSE184113471–568–979 After 17 matches, MKB Veszprem obtain the leading position in Hungarian championship. The biggest rival at the national level, Pick Szeged lost a point on the away match in Csurgo 29:29. It is clear that the first position before Play Off will decide the clash of two biggest team in Veszprem Arena.Csurgó: PALLAG – Országh 1, KOS 3, Herbert, KATZIRZ 10, Borsos,  Nagy 3. Csere: Paul (kapus), Vadkerti G. 2, Oláh 2, Szöllösi 3, Pavlovics 2, SIMON 3, Trifkovics, Vancsics.Pick Szeged: MIKLER – Prodanovics 4/1, Ancsin 3, Buday 4/1, CZINA 1, ZUBAI 4, Vadkerti A. 3. Csere: Tatai (kapus), Beocsanin, SULC 7, Bajorhegyi, Pribanic 3. read more

22 Sep

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal shooting at Mayo petrol station

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for witnesses to come forward in a bid to trace the perpetrators of a shooting at a Mayo service station which left a 26-year-old man dead.The shooting happened on the Moneen Road in Castlebar in broad daylight on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 December.The victim was shot a number of times and was brought to Mayo General Hospital where he died around five hours after the shooting.A dark coloured estate car was seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting and gardaí are now trying to trace the vehicle. The car is described as a BMW 330 touring car which is graphite grey in colour.Castlebar gardaí have asked anyone who knows anything about the murder or who may have seen the BMW to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 9038200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Previously: Man dies after being shot at Mayo petrol station >last_img read more

19 Sep

1226 WWE Results Chicago Illinois Ambrose vs Wyatt

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Google+ Now Playing Up Next The Miz Xavier Woods Triple H Videos Articles 12/26 WWE Results: Chicago, Illinois* Sin Cara def. Justin Gabriel. After the match, Bray Wyatt attacked Sin Cara and then challenged Dean Ambrose to a Street Fight later in the night.* Los Matadores & El Torito def. Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze & Hornswoggle.* Bad News Barrett made his official return and announced he was returning. Barrett had some bad news – he would rather wrestle in a real city.* Adam Rose def. R-Truth.* Roman Reigns def. WWE U.S. Champion Rusev via DQ. Rusev used his title to cause the DQ finish. Reigns finished off Rusev with a spear.* Extreme Rules 2015 was announced for Chicago.* Natayla, Naomi & Charlotte def. Summer Rae, Cameron & Sasha.* New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) def. Goldust & Stardust and Cesaro & Tyson Kidd in a triple threat tag team match.* Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt in a Street Fight match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Pinterest Videos Articles Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitterlast_img read more

10 Sep

Aquaman director James Wan Stop harassing people who hate the movie

first_img $299 at Amazon Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Best streaming movies of 2018: The lazy moviegoer’s guide. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Amazon 2019 movies to geek out over $999 See it Share your voice Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET See It Read the Rylo camera preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 77 Photos Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comments Enlarge ImageActor Jason Momoa makes a splashy impression as Aquaman. Warner Bros. Pictures Part of fandom means dealing with fans who hate what you love. In some cases, that requires biting your tongue when you really want to tell off a hater online. Aquaman director James Wan took to Twitter on Sunday to remind fans there’s room for both fans who love and hate his vision for the DC Comics underwater superhero. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 4center_img Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See It Amazon TV and Movies An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $520 at HP Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right now Aquaman post-credits scene, explained Aquaman review: Splashy oceanic epic is movie catch of the day Rylo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. More Aquaman Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Best Buy DC Comics,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. “It has come to my attention that some folks are getting harassed by some fans for not liking Aquaman. Please don’t do that. Not the kind of support I want. Be respectful,” Wan tweeted.  Wan also reminded fans who didn’t like his version of Aquaman that he isn’t interested in being attacked as a result. “Vice versa, it’s OK to not like my film, but there’s no need to attack me personally, or tag me on hates,” Wan added. Aquaman, in theaters worldwide now, stars Jason Momoa as the trident-carrying superhero Arthur Curry/Aquaman who goes on a journey that will force him to decide if he’s worthy to be king of the ocean. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $6 at Tidal See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)last_img read more

6 Sep

Hyderabad City girl bags bronze in Thai Open Karate

first_imgHyderabad: A sixth class student of St Theresa School, Karunelli Salomi, bagged the bronze medal in Thailand Open Karate Championship-2019 organised on July 12-14.Australia World Karate Federation secretary Bharath Sharma presented the medal to her. Among those present were Telangana Karate president Mahesh Goud, coaches of Salomi Kante Satya Shankar and Abdul Bari, the school principal.last_img

3 Sep

Validity of speedy trial act extended by 5 more yrs

first_img.The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for extending its validity till 2024, reports UNB.The approval came at the cabinet meeting held here with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.”The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019.So, its validity has been extended by more five years,” said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the secretariat after the cabinet meeting.”Since the law still has the effectiveness (usefulness) as there’re many sensitive cases which are needed to be disposed of quickly,” he said replying to a question as to why the validity of the existing law is being extended.last_img read more

1 Sep

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 12 Jack and the Gangsters

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.Just last week, while covering one of my absolute favorite episodes of Samurai Jack, “Jack and the Scotsman,” we talked about the wide variety of homages that the show’s creators managed to fit into a single episode. But despite the presence of all those vast and varied influences, the episode remained, at its core, what the series has been thus far: An ongoing samurai drama. That, however, is not the case with Samurai Jack’s 12th episode, “Jack and the Gangsters.”From the very beginning, you can tell that “Jack and the Gangsters” is going to be something different. While previous episodes make a habit of starting with slow, beautiful, wordless, contemplative shots that linger across the landscape, here we begin with literal blackness. A blackness that is cut by a stereotypical gangster voice before giving way to a scene that is completely at odds with previous Jack openers. The episode begins not in silent musing, but in a loud, raucous club scene, replete with live music, glamorous women, and dapper criminals.AdChoices广告While most other episodes of Samurai Jack populate their scenes with robots, monsters, aliens, mutants, and anthropomorphic animals, “Jack and the Gangsters” takes care to show that this particular corner of the world is still inhabited by humans. From the start, it’s clear that this is going to be a very different type of Samurai Jack episode, even though it soon gives way to a familiar trope: Jack slicing his way through a gaggle of nefarious robots.None of this, however, is to say that “Jack and the Gangsters” is without its own homages. In fact, in the opening scenes alone, the episode is lousy with references and nods to other works of fiction. For starters, it’s impossible for anyone who was conscious in the 90s to hear the voice that opens the episode and see the opulent club scene without being reminded of Goodfellas. Similarly, once we start to look around the room, the shot is not dissimilar to those that opened the more celebrity cameo-laden Looney Tunes shorts. You know, the ones with all the caricatures that you didn’t get as a kid, but later found out were a dead ringer for Peter Lorre in Casablanca.Usually, when someone sets out to parody or homage the gangster genre, they tend to gravitate toward one incredibly notable and obvious place: The Godfather movies. That’s not the case here, however, as the show’s creators prefer to pull from the more-recent Goodfellas, a fellow cartoon in Looney Tunes, and a cut that’s deeper but no less influential: Dick Tracy.When Jack meets the squad of gangsters that he’ll be working with – including their Jimmy Durante-sounding leader – the influence of Chester Gould’s most famous creation is clear, as each criminal possesses a distinct, unrealistic, hyperbolic appearance and equally over-the-top nickname. It’s the Samurai Jack version of Pruneface, Little Face, Flattop, and the rest of Dick Tracy’s rogues gallery.But the abundance of homages isn’t what sets “Jack and the Gangsters” apart – you can find just as many, if not more, references in practically every episode of Samurai Jack. What makes this episode truly different is the fact that it goes beyond the aesthetic, beyond surface similarities, to adopt and imitate a crucial part of a large percentage of crime fiction: The con.Normally, Jack is a rather straight-forward individual. He sees a goal and he goes toward it, taking detours when necessary, but always keeping his eye on the prize and always dealing as honestly as he can with people. Even when confronted with enemies, or potential enemies, as in last week’s “Jack and the Scotsman,” Jack speaks plainly and gives people the benefit of the doubt. It’s a clear display of the utmost confidence that he has in his skills as a warrior – his talents make deception unnecessary.With “Jack and the Gangsters,” however, that changes, as Jack decides to become a kind of double agent, pretending to work with the gang of miniature gangsters as a way of coming face-to-face with the entity they wish to serve: Aku. Thus, even though the episode has its fair share of katana-swinging samurai action, the structure of the tale and the trappings it explores, come from a very different genre.The episode even features one of my favorite crime fiction tropes, one that, if you’re lucky, rears its head whenever a con gets established in the first act. I speak, of course, of the double-cross. Not only did Jack deceive his new “associates” in order to gain access to Aku, but at the moment of his victory, at the exact instant that he was ready to vanquish his nemesis… Jack was clobbered from behind and knocked unconscious.But not even the twist is what it at first appears, as we soon find out that, though they ruined Jack’s chance for revenge, the gangsters were actually acting out of concern for Jack’s well-being. What’s more, the twists keep coming, as we discover that Jack asked one of the gangsters to snag the water-controlling gem that they had planned to offer up to Aku. And then, after seeing the criminals promise to return to gem to where it belongs, we later see that they have gone back on their word, and they have used the gem to set up a new racket, selling water at grossly inflated rates.The switched-up structure, the embrace of different influences, the series of twists and reversals that the episode ends with all go to show how malleable and versatile Samurai Jack’s story engine is. While the show might default to a specific mode of storytelling, one that is particularly adept at bringing in varied influences, it’s capable of using its world and characters to explore any number of different tales.Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!last_img read more

1 Sep

Capcom is unleashing Resident Evils tVirus upon the world in real life

first_imgI think we’re in the same boat here as both writer and reader. Neither of us expected to be writing about or reading a story about a cologne based on Resident Evil‘s t-Virus, but here we are. For reasons unknown, Capcom has decided to release a fragrance based on a virus that turns people into zombies.Inside Games (with translation from Kotaku) is reporting that Capcom will release a limited edition cologne at its Capcom Cafe in Saitama, Japan starting on March 26 of this year. The cologne will cost 4,200 yen, or $37.63. As you can see from the featured image above, the cologne will come inside of a dark box that has the Umbrella Corporation logo on it. The cologne bottle has a label with a DNA strand in front of a green background with the words “T-Virus” written over it. A small “First-Aid” spray also comes with the package.This isn’t the first time Capcom has had a fragrance based on one of its franchises. Back in 2012, a fragrance company from Connecticut called Epic-Scents set out to create a cologne inspired by Mega Man. The aim wasn’t to create a fragrance that smelled like a blue robot, but to create a scent that made you feel nostalgia for the video game character.What does this Resident Evil cologne smell like? The report doesn’t say, though we have to assume it isn’t rotting human flesh. I’m sure the aim with this cologne is to attract others with an alluring scent, not drive them away or secretly disperse an aggressive virus into the world’s population. The Resident Evil franchise has enough problems these days without adding a repugnant or a real-life zombie takeover cologne into the mix.last_img read more

29 Aug

A BillionDollar Boom in Fuel Cards Market Motivates the Market Leaders

first_imgThe adoption of fuel cards is on a continuous rise, due to an increase in cashless payment transactions. Moreover, the need to ensure compliance with company fuel usage policies is anticipated to drive the fuel cards market among enterprises.The fuel refill application segment witnessed high demand in 2016, as fuel cards help to determine the gallons or liters of fuel filled along with the details on the mileage of vehicles. In addition, increase in usage of cashless payment methods, growth associated with prepaid cards, and rise in a number of fleet owners and small and medium enterprises are expected to fuel the fuel cards market growth in the near future. Moreover, the vehicle service segment witnessed increased adoption of fuel cards across various regions, owing to increase in a number of fleets globally that use cards to pay for vehicle maintenance and expenses at the discretion of the fleet owner.Global fuel cards market was valued at $595,720 million in 2016 and is projected to reach $842,410 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2017 to 2023.Increase in demand for mobile payments and rise in a number of large fleets are anticipated to augment the market penetration. The prominent markets, such as North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, provide growth opportunities to the global fuel cards market. Moreover, growth in adoption of cashless payments methods is expected to boost the fuel cards market growth in the near future.The Europe fuel cards market was the largest in terms of the market size in 2016, owing to growth in the automobile sector and developments in smart chip technology. Global players focus on offering value-added services such as payment of vehicle repairs and other expenses to strengthen their product offering. In addition, industry participants are focused on providing enhanced security to avoid any fraud or misuse of payment transactions. Major oil companies, merchants, and suppliers need to securely receive a huge range of payments instruments, including partner fuel and loyalty cards. In addition, with strict regulations, fleet cards providers need to adapt to varying legal frameworks, as well as numerous cybersecurity threats.The key players profiled in the study include Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, FleetCor, U.S. Bancorp, Wex, Inc., Oilibya, Puma Energy, Engen, and First National Bank. All these players are involved in competitive strategies, such as geographical expansion, mergers & acquisitions, product portfolio expansion, and partnership, to accelerate the fuel cards market.Download Sample Report:https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2969Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1?855?550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more