New Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that they have arrested a person believed to be a conspirator in the recent gang war case in Dwarka Mor area.The accused provided information to the shooters, who carried out shootout and provided live tracking information. Police identified the accused as Gopal Krishan. He was arrested from Najafgarh Uttam Nagar Road. On May 19, the gunfight was reported from Dwarka Mod metro station area. Two gangsters named Praveen Gahlot and Vikas Dalal died during the three-way gunfight between gangsters and police. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDuring the exercise, it was ascertained that jailed gangster Pradeep Solanki had given the task of eliminating the deceased Praveen Gahlot to his associates outside the jail, as there was some dispute over a piece of land, worth Crores of rupees, in Uttam Nagar. Solanki, sitting inside the jail, coordinated the plan and task his most trusted men to work with Vikas Dalal. On the day of the incident the accused reached near Nawada Metro Station on a motorcycle to track the movements of Praveen while Vikas Dalal, along with his two aids waited in a swift car for the exact information from accused. DCP (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said after waiting for long, Gopal Krishan spotted Praveen in his Ritz car going towards Dwarka Mod Metro Station. He passed this information to Vikas Dalal, who immediately started trailing the Ritz car and committed the crime.
NEW DELHI: By end of this month, the Delhi government would be able to formulate the proposal for the free ride for women in Delhi, sources in the government said. The transport department, DTC and DMRC senior officials are also holding a daily briefing on the matter.According to the sources, the suggestions sent by the people would play a major role in making this plan. The Delhi Transport Department and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are preparing a detailed report on the proposal. It was directed by Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to prepare a Cabinet note on the proposal by June 11. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe government has extended the last date for receiving feedback on the proposal from stakeholders to June 30. Earlier, the feedback was to be collected till June 15. Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah said around 3,700 suggestions and opinions of the people were received through email till Monday. Sources said that the report of DMRC was awaited. There was no major issue as far as implementing the fare exemption in public transport buses was concerned, he said. Electronic ticketing machines being used by conductors in DTC and Cluster buses will have to be slightly modified so that a woman passenger could be counted while showing no fare charged for her commute, he said. The Delhi government plans to provide subsidy to the public transporters, including DMRC, for fare exemption to be given to women passengers.
Manchester: England and their captain Eoin Morgan re-wrote record books in a scintillating batting display to flatten Afghanistan by 150 runs in a World Cup clash here on Tuesday and to zoom to the top of the points table. Morgan hit 17 sixes in his knock of 148 off 71 balls, the most in an ODI, as pre-tournament favourites England racked up the highest total of 397/6 in this World Cup so far, batting first. Afghanistan gave a good account of themselves but were never really in the chase, ending up at 247/8 in 50 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scored for the bottom-placed team, who are yet to win a game, with a gritty 76 off 100 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes as Asghar Afghan, who was dropped by Jonny Bairstow on 28, made 44 off 48 balls (3×4, 2×6) while Rahmat Shah also scored 46 off 74 balls (3×4, 1×6). Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHashmatullah and Afghan shared a 94-run fourth wicket partnership. For the rampaging hosts, who are now on eight points from five games, Jofra Archer (3/52) and Adil Rashid (3/66) returned the best figures. But it was Morgan’s show as he smashed an eye-watering amount of maximums to surpass the record of 16 jointly-held by India’s Rohit Sharma, South Africa’s A.B. de Villiers and the West Indies’ Chris Gayle. Seven of those came off Rashid Khan, who had never given up more than two sixes in an ODI before, and Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsMorgan brought up the record with a trademark straight drive that just reached the boundary rope. Rashid ended with figures of 0/110 in 9 overs, making it the most expensive spell in World Cup history and the joint second most expensive figures in ODIs overall. Morgan also notched up the fourth fastest hundred ever in a World Cup match. He went past 200 sixes in ODIs and raced away to his 13th ODI hundred and his first in a World Cup. The team also finished with 25 sixes, the most by a team in an ODI innings, breaking the record registered by them in the game against West Indies in February this year. Afghanistan bowlers were smashed to all corners of Old Trafford as Morgan hit four fours in his breathtaking knock. The 32-year-old’s century came off just 57 balls, thus making it the fastest in this edition of the tournament. The total may have fallen three runs short of the fifth 400-plus total accrued at a World Cup but 397 was still England’s highest score in the history the tournament. An embattled Afghanistan came into the game at the bottom of the table, having lost all four matches they have played thus far and their net run rate standing at -1.638. Brief Scores: England: 397/6 in 50 overs (E Morgan 148, J Bairstow 90) vs Afghanistan 247/8 in 50 overs (H Shahidi 76, R Shah 46, A Afghan 44; J Archer 3/52, A Rashid 3/66).
“If Karni remains closed, we are, once again, counting down to a food crisis,” said John Ging, Director of Gaza Operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on which 765,000 refugees depend for flour, oil, sugar and other basic items.“The clock is now ticking and distribution will have to be shut down entirely for the second time in less than a month if the crossing does not open immediately,” he added.UNRWA said that the impending shortages add to the mounting woes facing Palestine refugees living in Gaza, citing the killing of 14 Palestinians over the weekend, protests by refugee farmers who have yet to receive any compensation for their actions against bird flu and widespread public demonstrations protesting the cutting of donor funding.“From a humanitarian perspective the outlook here in Gaza is bleak at the moment,” Mr. Ging said, warning that UNRWA does not yet have the money to meet today’s needs and is facing a bill of almost $900,000 in penalties for port and other charges arising from the Karni closure.In Geneva, UNRWA’s Matthias Burchard said that the agency had only received firm pledges of $17.7 million out of $95.5 million requested in an emergency appeal for the West Bank and Gaza this year.Urgently appealing for donors to provide the needed funding, he said that this shortfall is coming at a time when the international community is looking at UNRWA as a source of stability in the region.The funding issue was addressed by the diplomatic Quartet dealing with the Middle East situation – the UN, United States, Russia and the EU – in a statement issued on 30 January. The Quartet said it was “inevitable that future assistance to any new government would be reviewed by donors against that government’s commitment to the principles of nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap” outline peace plan.Working contacts for programmes of assistance such as UNRWA will continue, while political contacts would be dealt with as they arise, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s spokesman clarified today.
Mining tax ratios are now at or above the longer term average as Australia embarks on a new tax reform process. This is one of the key findings by Chris Richardson, one of Australia’s best known economists, in a new publication released by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) at the start of its 2015 Tax Conference.In Mining tax ratios revisited, Richardson unpacks a decade of mining tax date data and challenges some misconceptions about Australia’s recent tax experience.He shows that the industry’s tax and royalty burden didn’t fall far during the mining boom and hasn’t been falling over recent years. Indeed, the burden has risen as commodity prices and profits have fallen and states have increased royalty rates. As a result, drawing on official data and the latest MCA tax survey, Richardson calculates a mining tax ratio of 53 per cent in 2012-13 (above the average of 51% since the turn of the century) – see Chart 12 (p. 37). And further falls in commodity prices since then mean this ratio will have risen even higher.Richardson also revisits the official figures that received most coverage in the tax dispute of 2010. He writes that while Deloitte Access Economics can almost exactly match the Treasury figuring in earlier years, the falls in tax ratios estimated for 2007-08 and 2008-09 in particular “seem over the top”. Specifically, the official estimate for mining profits in 2008-09 is hard to replicate. “It looks as is mining profits never came close to hitting the $91 billion that Treasury estimated for 2008-09” (p. 34).Richardson provides a corrective to those who still view the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) – the original mining tax – as some form of tax ‘holy grail’ and a boon to the Commonwealth Budget and the taxpayer. Largely because it refunded state royalties to companies, in good times and in bad, the original super profits tax “would have been super expensive it had been implemented as proposed in May 2010 … the RSPT would have cost Commonwealth revenue billions of dollars” (p. 39).Richardson makes a point of highlighting why royalties should be considered part of the tax contribution from miners. The economic impact is the same. The purpose – to allow the community a return on the use of its raw materials – is the same (pp. 26-27).He also explains why tax ratios that rely on concepts other than “taxable income” to compare industry tax payments (measures such as Gross Operating Surplus that do not allow for depreciation costs) result in wrong-headed conclusions for a capital-intensive sector like mining (p, 8 and section 5).He writes: “So how can some commentators claim miners pay less than their share of national profits? Because they aren’t comparing apples-with-apples. Miners have just invested a trillion dollars in new mines and associated infrastructure. The benefits of that to Australians will last for generations. But that also means measures of profits, which don’t allow for depreciation costs are more skewed than they have ever been. Accordingly, comparing tax paid against measures other than taxable income (and especially against measures that don’t allow for depreciation costs in Australia’s most capital-intensive sector) will mislead – badly.”Looking ahead to the tax reform debate of 2015, Richardson (pp. 8-9) observes: “Just as an army marches on its stomach, good policy is reliant on good data. … And, in turn, good data – along with good process and appropriate consultation – will help ensure Australia has a meaningful and much needed debate on tax reform in 2015.”Mining tax ratios revisited is available at: http://bit.ly/1BqjcWT
The youngest member of the French “Experts”, one of the most talented playmaker in Europe, Kentin Mahe (21) is close from signing contract with German TOP team, HSV Handball. French NT future, Mahe is playing in VfL Gummersbach, where he moved from Bayer Dormagen, where his Bundesliga’s career started in 2010. German Bild.de writes that HSV is ready to “pick up” him from 2014, where his contract will come to the end. HSV HandballKentin Mahe ← Previous Story Damir Doborac leaves SC Magdeburg Next Story → Bunch of countries want to organise Women’s EHF EURO 2012!
Flickr/BodsSeen here in its traditional habitat.*Also: hang.9. Garlic Cheese Chips Flickr/stevendamronHumble, yet magnificent. Five stars.3. Breakfast CerealFlickr/tmray02Seems normal, right? But here’s the thing: WE EAT IT AT NIGHT-TIME. How do you like that, Mr Kellogg? Huh?4. Breakfast roll Pic SupermacsAgain with the absence of plates. What we’re seeing here is: Ireland doesn’t like plates.8. Ham* sandwich 1. The JambonFacebook/The Jambon Appreciation GroupKing of the hot deli counter, sitting in state among the wrinkly potato wedges. And the way it might look at you.2. The Chicken Fillet Roll Flickr/paul-fordPart of our time-honoured custom of taking other nations’ culinary specialities, rendering them bland, and putting them on chips. (See also: curry chips.)Essential.6. Jam sandwichFlickr/kyzCrusts on or off? In ancient times, clans fought and died over this question.7. Snack Box Flickr/seamus_walshA flavour explosion.We hear rumours of something called a ‘Supernova’, which involves garlic, cheese AND curry on chips. But that may be just a glorious fantasy.10. Ice cream and wafersFlickr/jonathansinAs carefully constructed by your mammy.11. Crisp sandwich Flickr/LWYDid you know that in some countries they eat their breakfast off plates? No, us neither.5. Taco Fries Facebook/Crisp sandwichesFamously invented by St Patrick himself, when he was up the Hill of Tara with just a batch loaf and a packet of Tayto.*crunch*Open thread: What Irish food or drink do you most miss when abroad?>13 reasons why the potato should DEFINITELY be Ireland’s National Vegetable>
EDUCATION MINISTER HAS asked one of Ireland’s Catholic school patrons if 150 minutes of religious teaching is required in primary school classes each week.During a broad-ranging interview, Ruairí Quinn told TheJournal.ie that he asked the managers of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association if the two-and-half-hours a week was needed when science and physical education were afforded just 60 minutes per week in the same schools.“This is not a political debate,” he added. “This is a debate that parents should have, that schools should have. And parents should have the choice.”Hear more from the Minister about school patronage (plus, more from the interview after the video): (YouTube: Thejournalvideo)Margaret ThatcherOn 17 April this year, Ruairí Quinn attended the funeral service for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. TheJournal.ie asked if this was something he could have envisaged himself doing as he started his political career in the Labour party:(YouTube: Thejournalvideo)Student feesThe Minister says he has no regrets about abolishing third-level fees in 1997 or signing USI’s student contribution pledge ahead of the last election:(YouTube: Thejournalvideo)Fee-paying schools and grindsQuinn explains his decision to reduce teacher allocations in fee-paying schools, and talks about the money parents spend on their children’s education:(YouTube: Thejournalvideo)TeachersThe Minister talks about teacher supply and demand, noting that many Irish teachers can travel to Britain and other parts of the world in search of work:(YouTube: Thejournalvideo)Own futureWill he run in the next election?(YouTube: Thejournalvideo)-Camera and editing by Michelle HennesseyMore from TheJournal.ie‘s interview with Ruairí Quinn: ‘Nothing on the table’ to provoke teachers’ strike, says MinisterTraditional, conservative groups recognise homophobic bullying
Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Twitter WWE will be holding a live press conference today in Tampa Bay, Florida to officially announce that Raymond James Stadium will host the event on April 5, 2020.The announcement will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Central.Read WWE’s official press release announcement.The company also revealed the official logo for WrestleMania 36 on Twitter.Logo revealed for #WrestleMania 36 ahead of official announcement today pic.twitter.com/7UGzNnB4Tt— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) March 7, 2019 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 XFL reveals the team names and logos for the inaugural season beginning in February 2020 Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Now Playing Up Next WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20
University professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on 25 January, 2019. Photo: AFPBangladesh must not “rush to relocate refugees” from the Rohingya Muslim minority, a top UN rights official said Friday, amid plans to move the community to an island vulnerable to extreme monsoon weather.Some 750,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar escaped a bloody military crackdown in northern Rakhine state since August 2017 and joined some 300,000 refugees living in the already overcrowded Bangladesh camps.Dhaka has spent some $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the Bay of Bengal nearly two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees.But the island, in a coastal region where extreme weather has killed hundreds of thousands of people in recent decades, is one hour by boat from the nearest land and over a stretch of sea prone to violent storms.Yanghee Lee, a UN Special Rapporteur of human rights, visited the island on Thursday and urged Bangladesh to observe “caution and patience” before proceeding with any relocation plan.”There should be no rush to relocate refugees, such as before the monsoon season which is one of the possibilities that has been outlined to me,” she told reporters on Friday.”It is imperative that any measures to relocate the refugees enhance their enjoyment of rights and do not create a new crisis,” she added.Lee also advised Dhaka to share feasibility studies and allow the UN to carry out a “full technical and humanitarian assessment, including a security assessment, before making any further plans for the housing of people on the island”.”The island’s isolation does particularly trouble me, especially in the event of cyclones or other natural disasters,” she added.Lee did not provide further details about the island, which is still strictly off limits to the public and the media.Plans for the island camp were first floated in 2015 and Bangladesh had previously wanted to start relocating refugees to the island last June before the monsoon season began.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina was then slated to open the new settlement, built to house 100,000 refugees, last October, but the inauguration was postponed.A senior disaster management official told AFP in September that nearly three-quarters of the project was complete, with the navy fast-tracking construction of shelters and evacuation centres.Local officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre (nine-feet) embankment around the island that they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a cyclone.Lee, who also visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, said the refugees “cannot return to Myanmar in the near future”.”I encourage the government to begin to engage in longer-term planning and prepare the local population for this reality,” she said.
This photograph released by the Iranian news agency Fars News on 23 March 2019, shows flooded streets in the northern Iranian village of Agh Ghaleh. Photo: AFPIran battled torrential rain and floods across most of the country on Tuesday, warning citizens to stay vigilant after unprecedented flash flooding killed 23 people.The authorities also announced for the first time that seven people were killed a week ago in separate floods that swept the northeastern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran.The latest deluge claimed the lives of 19 people and injured 98 in the worst-hit southern city of Shiraz, the rescue services said.There was also one death in each of the western provinces of Kermanshah, Lorestan and Kogiluyeh-Va-Boyerahmad, and another in the southwestern province of Khuzestand.The disaster, which the energy minister blamed on climate change, struck in the middle of Iranian New Year holidays, with many relief workers on vacation and millions of Iranians on the roads.On Tuesday the authorities sent out emergency warnings to the public on mobile phones as state television aired safety tips, including on how to leave cars stuck in floods.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a message of condolence and urged officials to speed up relief efforts and compensation for victims of the floods, which the authorities described as unprecedented.Overall, at least 110 people were injured in this week’s flooding, the health ministry said.More than 25,000 had to be put up in emergency accommodation, according to the Iranian Red Crescent Society.With at least 20 of Iran’s 31 provinces experiencing floods or facing an imminent threat and more than 250 cities and villages needing emergency assistance, the country’s National Crisis Management Committee was put on its highest alert level.Iran’s meteorological service has warned of more heavy showers through to Wednesday, and flood warnings have gone out for central provinces including Isfahan and Tehran.Sandbagging in TehranIn the capital sandbags were laid at the entrances to underground stations as police made emergency plans to divert traffic from freeways already impeded by runoff from the downpour.In top tourist attraction Isfahan, residents and travellers were evacuated from the banks of the Zayandeh Rood river over fears they would burst.The river had been completely dry until recently due low rainfall.As the weather front moves to the east of Iran, more and more regions of the country that had been facing chronic water shortages a few months ago have been inundated with water.The downpour has triggered scores of landslides that have blocked roads, especially in mountainous regions.One buried an entire village in Kogiluyeh-Va-Boyerahmad province shortly after residents were evacuated, the semi-official Fars News agency quoted its governor as saying.Hundreds of villages in western Iran have been cut off with many also losing electricity and normal water supplies, forcing authorities to deploy military helicopters to try to save and supply those left stranded.Overnight the crisis management committee sent out multiple text messages to all mobile telephones in Iran urging people to be cautious and await instructions from official sources.”Remain calm when facing possible dangers… do not honk your car horns in mountainous regions as it might cause avalanches,” one of the messages read.”Do not set up tents near rivers or mountainous areas… and most importantly do not cross bridges when floods are running underneath,” read another one.The floods followed extreme rainfall which at times was equivalent to half of the average annual levels within 24 hours.Such a widespread flood threat is unprecedented in arid Iran, which until 2018 was dealing with decades of drought.”Climate change is forcing itself on our country,” said energy minister Reza Ardekanian, who is in charge of dams and water supply.”These unprecedented floods in our country are because of climate change worldwide,” he said on Monday, quoted by the Tasnim news agency.
11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History If there’s one thing I can say about Preacher it’s that it knows how to deliver its big moments. It’s getting to those big moments that it has trouble with. The second season concluded last night with an extended hour-and-15-minute episode. The extra length worked in its favor. It needed the extra time to finish all the storytelling the rest of this season forgot to include. The good news is there was absolutely nothing predictable. This show is best when it reminds us just how crazy it’s willing to be. When it’s able to keep surprising us with the places it’s willing to go. Last night’s finale certainly delivered that. As a matter of fact, the entire season did it much more consistently than the first. The other areas are where it dropped the ball.As finales go, this was about as strong as we could expect, given the episodes leading up to it. As we expected, the show was saving the biggest developments for this final episode. Thankfully, those developments played out in a way we didn’t see coming at all. Jesse’s story remains the strongest of the three, though only because that’s what the show spent the most time on. The finale opened with an extended flashback that served to set up the cliffhanger at the end as well as the story for next season. As a teenager, after being locked in an airtight container and held underwater, Jesse worked as a parking attendant for his grandmother, Marie L’Angelle. When two guys in a pickup truck come to collect the money, they nearly break Jesse’s arm. (Those two are T.C. and Jody, by the way. They’re going to be important next season.) Jesse gets so mad he kills a chicken, but feels bad about it. He takes the chicken to his grandmother, who… apparently can resurrect the dead in this version? Ok, sure.Jesse’s modern day arc was a lot of fun. In an update to the comic, Starr is trying to get Jesse to go viral so people might start worshiping him. He has Jesse speak to a Catholic school class that’s interrupted by vague Armenian terrorists. He tries to use The Word, but it isn’t working at all anymore. This all leads to a fun, stylish fight scene that reminds us why we keep watching this show. It may bungle its story sometimes, but the directors sure know how to shoot an action scene. Of course, it was all a set up by Starr, who just happened to capture the whole thing on his product placement smartphone. Jesse’s initially angry about that, but Starr gives him a reasonable explanation. Despite the horrific inbreeding, the Christ Child has name recognition. If Jesse’s going to compete for the title of Messiah, he needs to get famous fast. To that end, they have an appearance on Kimmel to get to. The show goes out of its way to name-drop Kimmel a few times, and yes, it’s funny every time.Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Pip Torrens as Herr Starr (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)The show does some good character work with Jesse in this episode. He was never all that comfortable with the idea of becoming the messiah, and you can see him grow even less comfortable as the episode goes on. Especially when he sees a baggage handler at the airport spontaneously start bowing down to him. You also have to love how clearly terrible Starr is. First, he makes Jesse read a speech about murder, rape, and incest to a bunch of grade school kids, which he’s clearly not happy about. Then, he includes “lesbianism” in that list of crimes. Starr never fails to be the absolute worst human on this show. It makes for a great villain, and he’s going to be around for a while. When Jesse hears Tulip’s been shot and leaves, Starr reveals he has part of Jesse’s soul. Could that be why The Word isn’t working anymore?Cassidy’s story also had a great ending, but the way it was handled in previous episodes lessened its impact a bit. For the last few episodes, Denis has been a vaguely menacing figure in the background. We knew he was up to something, but the show barely even hinted at what. Like it had more important things to focus on. Now, we find out that he’s going to blood play parties and killing people. He makes it harder for Cassidy to resist his vampiric urges, giving Cassidy nightmares about killing Tulip. In the end, Cassidy decides he has to destroy the monster he created. He shoves his son out the window in full daylight, and we see Denis burn to death. It was a shocking, gruesome end to the arc, but more build-up would have made it more effective. The finale had to do so much work to catch up to this point; it felt like it had to cram most of a full story arc into a single episode. By this point we should have been scared of Denis, or at least worried about the effect he had on Cassidy. Instead, we got one scene establishing that he’s bad and bad for Cassidy, then he dies.More build-up would have also made the fight between Jesse and Cassidy a bigger deal. When Tulip goes to say goodbye to her friend next door, she finally figures out that Featherstone and Hoover have been spying on them. Before she can do anything about it though, Featherstone shoots her. Jesse and Cassidy try to save her, but they don’t have any glue to close the wound, nor can Jesse use The Word to command her to breathe. Cassidy tries to turn her into a vampire to save her and Jesse kicks him off. The fight that follows feels like its there because it had to be. The show hasn’t done the necessary work of bringing the tension between these two characters to a breaking point. It’s a quick, in the moment fight that isn’t even all that fun to watch. Afterwards, Cassidy tells Jesse he hates him. That sure would mean more if the show spent any time getting him there.Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Tulip got the worst of it this season, and that continued all the way to the end. Remember all the great fight scenes she used to have? Where she would murder a dude with whatever object was lying around? Where was that Tulip all season? She spent most of her scenes staring into space or being the damsel in distress. It sucks to see the show do that to such a cool character and I really hope they got it out of their system for next season. She’s dead now, which is how the show is getting Jesse to go back to Angelville. He’s going to ask his grandmother to resurrect her. Because again, I guess that’s something she can do on this show. It works. It’s a little contrived, but it gets him there. Hopefully Zombie Tulip remembers how capable she used to be.Preacher’s second season started out incredibly strong. It was fast, funny, bloody, scary and truly messed up. It was everything you wanted from Preacher. Then, they got rid of the Saint of Killers and everything ground to a halt. There were individual episodes that rose above the rest. Starr’s intro was great, as was the gleefully blasphemous Humperdoo episode. For the most part, it felt like Preacher had no idea where it wanted to go or which story it wanted to tell. It did pull things out in the end, because that’s what it’s good at. Even Eugene’s meandering season-long Hell escape arc had a fantastic conclusion. Casual Charon was hilarious, almost as funny as “chill” Jesus. Hell feeling like it can do whatever it wants in God’s absence is interesting enough that I’d like to see more of the idea in season three. And of course, after going all the way in giving Hitler a happy Hollywood redemption arc, he turns out to be just as big an asshole as you’d assume. He abandons Eugene the first chance he gets. Never. Trust. Hitler. Next season, he’ll be running (well, limping, he did get hit by a car) around the modern world. Though, reading Twitter the last couple days, would anyone even be able to tell?Will Kindrachuk as Young Jesse (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Preacher always pulls off its big moments well. It’s the small threads that connect those big moments that it has trouble with. I’m not worried about the show pulling off anything it set up in the finale. Next season’s premiere will have almost certainly have Marie L’Angelle, T.C. and Jody, and Herr Starr holding Jesse’s soul hostage. It’ll be exciting, funny, disgusting, everything we want out of Preacher. 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Go back to the e-newsletter >Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has once again been awarded the highest honour in the Northern Territory winning a Brolga Award for Indigenous Tourism at a gala event in Alice Springs on Saturday night.“To be awarded the highest accolade in the Northern Territory in such an important category for the third year in a row is a fantastic endorsement of the success of the entire team,” said Voyages Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Williams.“Excellence in Indigenous Tourism is core to our vision at Ayers Rock Resort and to receive recognition for the achievement of this once again is very gratifying,” said Andrew.“Following last year’s Brolga win Voyages went on to be awarded a Gold Award for Indigenous Tourism at the Australian Tourism Awards and it will be great to compete at the highest level in the country again this year,” said Andrew.The Brolga for Indigenous Tourism was awarded not only for the creation and delivery of a daily suite of free Indigenous guest activities that include cultural dance performances and garden walks but also the significant achievements made in Indigenous employment training and development.In a further endorsement of the destination, an additional 7 Brolgas were awarded to local operators. Uluru Camel Tours scored a hat trick with Brolgas for Tourist Attraction, Tour and Transport Operator and Adventure and Adventure Tourism; AAT Kings for Major Tour and Transport Operator, Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services for the Uluru BBQ dinner as well as the Chairman’s Choice Award and Maruku Arts were awarded for Business Growth.“We work together with our business partners to ensure an overall excellent guest experience at the destination, and we would like to extend our congratulations to them for being recognised as the best in the Northern Territory in so many categories,” said Andrew.Go back to the e-newsletter >
TELLURIDE, COLO. – Jenny Farrand has been appointed spa director of the soon-to-open luxury mountain resort, Capella Telluride. Farrand will launch The Spa at Capella, developing the spa’s concept, creating authentic treatments and selecting luxury skincare products for the spa’s boutique. “We warmly welcome Jenny to the Capella team,” commented Capella Telluride’s general manager, John Volponi. “She has an extensive background in creating innovative treatments that utilize local, natural ingredients. This experience makes her well-poised to establish the calming, alpine-inspired ambience at The Spa at Capella.”Farrand has more than 10 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry, most recently serving as spa director for Linden Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin, an Orient-Express Hotel, in St. Michaels, Md. At Linden Spa, Farrand led the launch of the resort’s spa and created unique treatments which integrated raw materials native to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Farrand has also served as the director of spa services at the Marble West Inn’s ApothicA Spa in Dorset, Vt. A specialist in massage, Farrand developed her skill through spa therapist positions at several luxury resorts in upstate New York and Vermont, including The Sagamore on Lake George, N.Y., and the Avanyu Spa at The Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vt. Additionally, Farrand has developed and managed her own spa in Dorset, Vt., Jenny Farrand Skin & Bodywww.capellatelluride.com
GANGNEUNG, South Korea – AJ Mleczko understands there is not a lot of women’s hockey on television outside the Olympics.Mleczko took home Olympic gold with the U.S. in 1998 and silver in 2002. She took on a broadcaster’s role for the 2006 Games. And now she will make the transition to men’s hockey at the NHL level for at least one day when she does colour analysis on NBC’s national broadcast March 6 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins.The 42-year-old Mleczko follows the footsteps of former U.S. national teammate and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato, who did rinkside reporting for NBC in 2006-07 and Cassie Campbell-Pascall, who works NHL games for Sportsnet in Canada and was the first woman to do colour commentary on “Hockey Night In Canada.”“I’m excited because it’s a big opportunity for me and I love being involved in hockey,” Mleczko said. “This opens up doors for me to be able to do this.”Hockey has been a bit slower than some other sports in getting women into the broadcast booth for play-by-play or colour analyst roles. ESPN has used Jessica Mendoza full-time on “Sunday Night Baseball” since 2016 and has had Doris Burke doing college and pro basketball colour work since 2000.Mleczko impressed executives so much with her work in South Korea that NBC Sports executive producer and president of production Sam Flood asked her what she was doing March 6 and if she’d be interested in being in the booth with play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and work with between-the-benches analyst Brian Boucher for the Detroit-Boston game.Of course Mleczko was interested, so it’s her gig.“AJ has done a wonderful job as an analyst at the Olympics, both in Pyeongchang and dating back to her work at the Torino Games more than a decade ago,” Flood said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the booth, and we’re excited to have her team up with Chris and Brian in Boston.”Mleczko certainly earned her chance with her work on the Olympic women’s tournament that ended with the United States beating Canada for its first gold medal since 1998. She was on the broadcast with Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire for the instant classic women’s final that went to a shootout .That’s a more important game than a meeting between the Bruins and Red Wings on a Tuesday night in March, but it’s a reward for Mleczko and perhaps an audition for more NHL games down the road.“I feel like I’ve learned a lot through the years that I’ve worked with them,” she said. “And the fact that NBC has enough to faith to give me this opportunity, it means a lot to me. It does mean a lot to me and I feel the pressure partly because I want to make them proud and make myself proud of work that hopefully will be able to do.”___Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP Olympics: https://wintergames.ap.org by Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2018 5:36 am PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Untied States hockey team pose after beating Canada in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Ex-women’s player Mleczko to do colour analysis for NHL game
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By Annette Chrysostomou With the plastic bag charge now two weeks old, it may seem surprising that some of those cashiers and kiosks owners who seemed to give away the bags with such gay abandon just last month were often angry over the waste.“Why do you need two plastic bags for two small things?” I heard a cashier chidingly quiz a customer this week.“It is far too late,” another cashier told the Sunday Mail. “We made sure that our children will have a sea of plastic to swim in, and now they introduce this small charge? The people still buy the plastic bags, what sort of law is that?”A kiosk owner also thinks the six-cent plastic bag charge is a half measure. “If they really want to help the environment, why don’t they sell only paper or canvas bags?” said a man who runs a kiosk in Nicosia’s busy Ledra street.“If they want to do this right, the way to go is in the footsteps of Lidl, replace all plastics as soon as possible.”Lidl Cyprus announced earlier this month it will stop selling single-use plastic items such as drinking straws and cups, plates, cutlery and ear swabs in all of its 17 shops in Cyprus by the end of 2019. It will also stop selling disposable bags from January next year.A supervisor at Metro supermarket said the shop had been preparing for change for some time, selling canvas bags and carrying out campaigns; and she thinks that is why there have been no major problems. “The young and foreigners have no issue with the concept, but some of the older people will need some time,” she said.“We have waited for a long time to do this,” she said, reiterating what other employees and a number of customers said. “Our oceans are filling with plastic, and we think of the Cypriot mentality?”Supermarket employees said that very few people are now buying the plastic bags, opting instead for the reusable bags. Others do without altogether.“When they have few items, they just carry them, and when they have many, they put them back in the trolley and take the trolley to their car,” a cashier of the Metro supermarket explained.The cashiers in supermarkets have no qualms about charging the money. The difference with the kiosks is that it is either plastic bags or nothing, as reusable bags are – so far – not for sale in them.At least some kiosk employees and owners feel this causes problems. When customers buy only a couple of items, they say it makes sense not to offer them a bag, as this is a waste.However, when more items are bought, they argue it is not good service to charge people for a plastic bag as well as for their goods.The kiosks have different ways of dealing with this. One man said he simply hides the plastic bags and pretends he doesn’t have any. A woman told the Sunday Mail she charges only five cents instead of six, as this sounds better. Yet another said he pays for the bags himself when people buy a lot from him.There is still a way to go, and most would agree we should keep moving. While Lidl Cyprus has announced it will stop selling plastic straws, Ammos Beach bar in Larnaca is making the straws from pasta.And changes around the world are happening. On Tuesday, Starbucks pledged to phase out the use of plastic straws in its coffee shops around the world by 2020, opting for a new strawless lid and straws made out of non-plastic material. The company anticipates the change will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws each year from Starbucks locations. Options are to make them with a variety of different materials, including stainless steel, bamboo, paper and even seaweed.Critiques say this is not going to happen any time soon in Cyprus.“Before the charge for the plastic bags, people came in and took one Coke, one straw and one or even two plastic bags,” said a young woman at a till in a mini market in the centre of Nicosia, “Starbucks is an American company and they follow the rules. It will happen after 10 years in Cyprus.”You May LikeOnline classes | Sponored linksEasiest Online College Degree – The Price Might Surprise YouOnline classes | Sponored linksUndoinvesting.comEddie Murphy Has a House in One of America’s Richest Zip Codesinvesting.comUndowww.travelden.co.uk20 Amazing Hotels In Striking Locations You Must Visit!www.travelden.co.ukUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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