Nadal rallies to beat Fognini in Montreal

first_imgMontreal: Rafael Nadal needed a set to get adjusted before unloading on Fabio Fognini for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory and a place in the ATP Montreal Masters semi-finals. Nadal, who won his fourth title in Canada a year ago, needed almost two hours on Friday to overcome the Italian veteran who shocked him on clay at Monte Carlo in April. “It was an up-and-down match, but a positive match for me because I played better and better as it went on,” Nadal said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I lost the first set feeling that I was not playing badly. Things were just going too fast. “Things happen quickly here because the court is fast. Sometimes in the first set, the player who is taking advantage has the adrenaline very high. “It’s difficult to quickly stop that momentum.” World number two Nadal was the only major seed to survive a quarter-final cull after defeats for Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. He won’t know who he’ll play for a place in the final until Saturday, when Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut return to complete a rain delayed match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Steady rain began as Monfils and Bautista took the court and they were unable to complete a game before play was suspended for the night. Austrian second seed Thiem, coming off an emotional home victory in Kitzbuehel last week, hit the wall in a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Russia’s eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev. Number three Zverev was unable to make an impression on Russian sixth seed Karen Khachanov, losing 6-3, 6-3 in 74 minutes. Zverev suffered the first blemish on what had been a perfect 7-0 record in Montreal after winning the 2017 edition in his maiden visit to the city, which alternates with Toronto as host venue each year. – Tired Thiem – =============== Khachanov and Medvedev are 1-1 in their rivalry, having played each other in Moscow last season and in 2017 at the NextGen final in Milan. “It’s never easy to play a good friend, especially from the same country,” Khachanov said. “Daniil is having a great season. The match will be difficult. “He’s a dangerous opponent. He has been destroying everyone this week. It should be a great match.” Two-time Roland Garros finalist Thiem, who had never won a match in Canada over five years of trying before this week, said he did not have a chance against Medvedev as a hectic travel schedule caught up with him in his 56-minute loss. “With all the traveling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today. I was not on my 100 percent,” he said. “This is just not enough in the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000, especially against a guy like Daniil, who is in a great shape, who is playing amazing tennis.” Medvedev admitted he was expecting Thiem to be tougher. “I was happy that I was able to play so well, to beat him so easily,” Medvedev said. “It saved me a lot of energy. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I’m very happy.”last_img read more

Delhi pollution has gone down by 25 in last three years CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Friday sought suggestions from people on steps to reduce pollution in the city during winters, when stubble burning takes place in neighbouring states like Punjab and Haryana.Addressing a Press conference, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said people can send their suggestions at cm4cleanair@gmail.com. During the peak season from October 20 to November 20, a large number of stubble burning incidents are reported in neighbouring states, which adds to the pollution level in the national capital, he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKejriwal claimed that pollution in Delhi has gone down by 25 per cent in the last three years, opposite to the trend in the rest of the cities in the country and the world. “Today, I want to give good news to the people that instead of increasing, pollution has begun to reduce in Delhi. In the last three years, the pollution in the city has reduced significantly. From 2012 to 2014, PM 2.5 was 154. From 2016 to 2018, it has reduced to 115. The pollution has reduced by 25 per cent,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsKejriwal said that while the pollution in the entire world and other cities of the countries is increasing, it is on a decline in Delhi. While asserting that much more needs to be done in order to combat pollution in the city, the Chief Minister said, “From 2012-14, that is for three years, the pollution level in Delhi was in the safe zone only for 12 days. From 2016-18, it has increased to 205 days. I am not saying it is sufficient. We have to do much more. But the good thing is that the steps taken are in the right direction.” The Chief Minister also thanked the various institutions and agencies including the MCD and the Central government for the efforts to combat pollution. The Chief Minister, in particular, pointed out the construction of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway saying that it has led to a decline in trucks coming inside Delhi, consequently leading to a reduction in pollution levels. “This (reduction in pollution levels) has not been only due to the efforts of the Delhi government. I want to thank all the agencies involved in the efforts. This has been due to efforts of the Delhi government. We want to thank the Central government, MCDs for their efforts. The Supreme Court passed so many orders which we followed religiously,” the Chief Minister. He also thanked the people of Delhi for supporting the efforts to combat pollution. “The construction of Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressway is one of the reasons for the decline in pollution. Apart from this, environmental compensation charges were levied. So, trucks began to use roads outside Delhi. The number of trucks entering Delhi reduced by 30 per cent due to Eastern Peripheral Expressway,” he said. Terming it a “big number”, the Chief Minister said, “This is a big number. I think the numbers would be even higher for Western Peripheral. Both of these have been constructed by the Central government and we would like to thank them on behalf of people of Delhi for this.”last_img read more

Children of migrants living in US pushing up American asylumseeker numbers

first_imgOTTAWA — As Canada continues grappling with an influx of irregular asylum seekers, statistics show a growing number of people seeking refugee protection in Canada are Americans.In 2017, people whose country of origin was identified as the United States made up the third-largest cohort of asylum seekers in Canada.Statistics for 2018, up to the end of August, show that trend continues at border and inland entry points.The Immigration Department says most of these people are children born in the United States whose parents are citizens of other countries.Canadian immigration lawyers say they have seen an increase in the number of migrants who have lived in the U.S. for years, with U.S.-born children, who are now trying to seek asylum in Canada.They say President Donald Trump’s decision to end temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of migrants living in the U.S., together with the president’s anti-immigration rhetoric, has sparked fears in many migrants they could face persecution or be deported.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Health officials and police meet in Calgary to talk about killer drug

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsIt’s a prescription painkiller that suddenly arrived on the streets of Canada and into the hands of addicts.Fentanyl has been acutely felt in British Columbia where officials announced a health emergency over the drug.Now health officials and police are meeting in Calgary, Alta., to talk about what to do about it.cstewart@aptn.caFollow @aptnchrislast_img

Haddish and Hart lead Night School to No 1 with 28M

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – For the first time in more than two years, a straight-up comedy is No. 1 at the box office. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish’s “Night School” debuted with $28 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday.The race for the weekend top spot was, in the end, a laugher. Warner Bros.’ animated release “Smallfoot,” which cost about $80 million to make, trailed in second with $23 million.Not since Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss” topped the box office in April 2016 has a comedy that didn’t mix other genre elements been No. 1. The romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” was a huge success, leading the box office for four straight weeks, and Tyler Perry’s two horror-comedies — “Boo! A Madea Halloween” and its sequel — both opened at the top.But big-screen comedy has been in a tailspin for years. It took two of comedy’s biggest names teaming up to push Universal’s “Night School” to the year’s best comedy opening.“We’ve been very consistent in this genre,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal. “When you get in business with people like Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish who are just on fire, and then really extraordinary filmmakers like (producer) Will Packer, that’s how you get good results.”More than most studios, Universal has stuck by comedy. This year, it also released the prom-night farce “Blockers” ($60.1 million worldwide on a $21 million budget) and the comic musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” ($390.1 million worldwide on a $75 million budget).It’s the second straight No. 1 for Universal, which last week led ticket sales with the Amblin Entertainment-produced fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.” It earned $12.5 million in its second weekend.“We have a very diverse approach to our slate,” Orr said. “We’re not just superhero movies or anything else like that. When you see these kinds of results, you know that that’s the right thing to do, that it pays off.”Frights not laughs have become the hotter attraction at the movies, but for one weekend at least, horror and comedy switched roles. Lionsgate’s Halloween-themed “Hell Fest” debuted meekly with $5.1 million.“Over the last few years, comedy has just taken a real roller coaster ride with audiences either not locking into the premise or not vibing with the stars,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst or comScore. “The quality, or at least the perceived quality of many of the movies, especially the R-rated comedies, has been so bad that time after time people got disenchanted by the genre.”“Night School,” in which Hart plays a man who returns to his high school to get his GED certificate (Haddish plays his teacher), fared poorly with critics, earning a 30 per cent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the draw of Hart and Haddish was enough to supersede bad reviews. This is Hart’s 11th No. 1 film.It also helped that “Night School” reteamed Haddish with director Malcolm D. Lee. Their “Girls’ Trip” was 2017’s biggest comedy hit, making $140.4 million globally. “Night School” drew a diverse audience: 37 per cent white, 30 per cent African-American and 24 per cent Hispanic.David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun,” which Robert Redford has said will be his final film as an actor (though he’s wavered on that), opened in five theatres, scoring a strong per-screen average of $30,000. Redford plays an aged bank robber in the heist film co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck.And “Free Solo,” National Geographic’s documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold’s ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, grossed $300,804 in four theatres. The per-screen average of $75,201, the company said, is the best screen-average opening ever for a documentary.National Geographic debuted E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s film not just in the usual limited-release cities of New York and Los Angeles, but in climbing capitals Denver and Boulder, Colorado.The “Night School”-led weekend — up 15.5 per cent compared with last year — helped Hollywood score the second-best September at the box office. It follows September 2017, when “It” set records. Warner Bros.’ horror spinoff “The Nun” ($330 million worldwide) was this month’s top film.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Night School,” $28 million ($5.5 million international).2. “Smallfoot,” $23 million ($14 million international).3. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” $12.5 million ($9.4 million international).4. “A Simple Favor,” $6.6 million ($7.1 million international).5. “The Nun,” $5.4 million ($16.2 million international).6. “Hell Fest,” $5.1 million.7. “Crazy Rich Asians,” $4.2 million ($3.2 million international).8. “The Predator,” $3.7 million ($7 million international).9. “White Boy Rick,” $2.4 million.10. “Peppermint,” $1.8 million ($1.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “The Nun,” $16.2 million.2. “Johnny English Strikes Again,” $14.2 million.3. “Smallfoot,” $14 million.4. “Incredibles 2,” $11.9 million.5. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” $9.4 million.6. “Cry Me a Sad River,” $7.9 million7. “The Great Battle,” $7.3 million.8. “A Simple Favor,” $7.1 million.9. “Golden Job,” $7.1 million.10. “The Predator,” $7 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

Agri dept conducts survey to assess damages caused by Fani

first_imgKolkata: State Agriculture department is conducting a survey to ascertain the quantum of damage to paddy cultivation in various districts caused by the cyclone ‘Fani’ that hit the state late Friday night.State Agriculture department has instructed its officials to carry out a detailed survey, to ascertain the loss which paddy farmers faced in the districts immediately the incident happened. Following the instruction from the department, the officials started visiting various villages and examining the paddy fields. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe officials will also examine to ascertain whether the farmers producing other food grains had suffered any such loss. The department may extend financial assistance to the farmers who have incurred loss due to the severe cyclone. The effect of the cyclone in the state was less as it lost the intensity while entering Bengal. The department officials have already started the survey works. They have been visiting all the districts which were hit by the cyclone. After assessing the situation the department officials will submit to the state agriculture minister. The final decision on the financial assistance will be taken after examining the survey report in detail. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The paddy farmers in various districts have lost their crops due to the cyclone. The farmers who are among the worst-hit are from the districts of East Midnapore, East Midnapore, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Nadia. We are considering how they can be compensated after going through the report,” a senior official of the department said. The department is also chalking out an elaborate plan on how to extend financial assistance to the farmers in the cyclone affected districts. The district and the block level officers are carrying out the survey not only to ascertain the loss and also identify the beneficiaries who are entitled to get the compensation. State government introduced various schemes to protect the farmers from incurring any loss caused by such incidents. It may be mentioned that Bengal is the first state in the country to introduce crop insurance scheme, where the beneficiaries will not have to pay any amount as insurance premium in case of any natural disaster.last_img read more

Bell Aliant says double cable cut that led to cell outages was

HALIFAX — Bell Aliant says a widespread outage of its East Coast telecommunications network this month was the result of a “perfect storm” involving construction crews not checking where to dig.The Aug. 4 breakdown affected emergency services in many parts of the region, caused widespread cellular outages on Bell, Telus, Virgin and Koodo, and also interrupted internet and some land line services for about four hours.Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson says the first cut was by a highway construction crew near Drummondville, Que.He says service wasn’t impacted in any significant way because of redundancy in the network until a second major cut near Richibucto, N.B., by a logging company in a densely forested location.He says the second cut was difficult to access and took some time to locate precisely, and the site’s inaccessibility slowed the arrival of heavy equipment and repair crews.“I’d note again the unique and perfect storm nature of this situation: cuts to two major fibre routes one after the other, and one in a location (New Brunswick) that was exceptionally difficult to locate and repair,” he said.The spokesman says in an email the armoured cables are deeply buried but cuts can occur when third parties using backhoes don’t properly follow Bell’s location guides “or simply go ahead with their work without asking” for locations.“We manage literally hundreds of thousands of construction requests for fibre locates across Canada each year, yet construction cuts continue to rival severe weather as the primary reason for service outages,” he wrote.Some telecommunications consultants have argued that the outage raised questions about the security of a network the region relies on heavily after several major outages in a six-year period.In 2011, a cut in the Bell fibre optic line in northern New Brunswick led to service outages through many parts of that province for about three hours.Eamon Hoey, a veteran industry observer, has said the latest incident shows that the CRTC must consider the need for more backup methods to keep networks from fading when backhoe cuts occur.Other experts on fibre optic systems have argued there’s a need for an additional network in the region being operated by a competitor, or a backup system using satellite.A spokeswoman for the CRTC said in an email that the federal regulator has requested a detailed explanation for the outage from Bell, including a summary of citizens’ ability to reach emergency services.However, Celine Legault said it was uncertain the report would be made public.“The information that Bell will provide may be sensitive in nature with respect to safeguarding telecommunications networks in Canada, so it may not be appropriate to disclose it publicly,” she wrote in an email.“The CRTC will assess this information when it is received to determine if next steps are required. The CRTC is committed to the safety and health of Canadians by supporting the reliability and resiliency of our telecommunications networks.”Hoey has said the CRTC should be requiring detailed reports on the outages across Canada and keeping careful track of trends, as occurs in the United States.Legault said so far the agency has received eight “contacts from the public,” which may be questions, comments or complaints, on this issue.Gibson said in his email that Bell has “significant redundancy throughout our networks … as Canada’s largest communications company, our overall infrastructure and redundant systems specifically are far more extensive than any other provider’s.”“Redundancy and rerouting did not mean immediate restoral in this unique situation, but was a significant factor in the full restoration of services within a few hours. We continuously monitor and test our systems thoroughly and add additional resources as required.”Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter. read more

UN withdraws staff from Burundi capital continues relief work through partners

But according to a UN spokesman in New York, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in and around Bujumbura will continue to receive food and other assistance provided by the UN through its implementing partners.After careful consideration of the security situation, the UN yesterday allowed for the relocation outside Burundi of all international staff not directly concerned with emergency or humanitarian relief operations or security matters.Sunil Saigal, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi, said that while the decision reflects the very serious events of last week, an improved security situation would bode well for future revisions.The Palipehutu-Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL-Rwasa) rebel faction launched an offensive on Bujumbura on 7 July, when clashes with the Armed Forces of Burundi (FAB) erupted in the city’s southern neighbourhoods. Within days, amid mortar fire and fierce shelling, the bloody fighting had moved into densely populated areas within the city, leaving scores of people dead.While the fighting is believed to have killed over 100 civilians, injured as many as 1,000 and displaced some 15,000 people from their homes, Mr. Saigal said last week that no accurate figure existed for the total number of injuries or deaths. read more

Ohio State earns first Big Ten win tops Purdue 7869

Junior guard Shannon Scott (right) drives to the hoop during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe beat rolls on for the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team.OSU (14-0, 1-0) earned its first Big Ten win Tuesday, topping Purdue (10-4, 0-1), 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind.A back-and-forth affair in the opening 20 minutes, OSU took a 34-33 lead into halftime after senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. hit a lay up just before the buzzer. Fellow senior guard Aaron Craft fired a pass to Smith Jr. from under the hoop on the play, one of Craft’s six assists in the half.After the break, the Buckeyes turned to junior forward LaQuinton Ross to carry them to victory.The Boilermakers center, sophomore A.J. Hammons, was a force inside, finishing the game with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but couldn’t match Ross, who poured in a career-high 25 points. He also collected 12 rebounds in the game.OSU’s big men, junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, combined for 21 minutes played and both picked up their third fouls in the first six minutes of the second half. That caused OSU coach Thad Matta to play Ross down low and guard Hammons.Ross played in the post for a majority of the second half, as Matta chose to play with the smaller lineup while OSU added to its lead.Williams and McDonald combined for only six points and four rebounds in the win.A tip-in by Hammons with just 1:38 left cut OSU’s lead to 69-64, but free throws by Craft, Ross, Smith Jr. and junior guard Shannon Scott helped put the game away.Craft finished with seven points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Scott and Smith Jr. finished with 18 and 14 points, respectively.Up next, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center to take on Nebraska (8-4, 0-0) Jan. 4, 2014. Tipoff is set for noon. read more

MCU News The Other SpiderMan Movie Looks Better Than Homecoming More

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News The Marvel Cinematic Universe, like the comics its based on, is pretty weird. What started as a semi-grounded superhero story about a rich man building himself a rocket suit turned into a galaxy-sprawling sci-fi franchise with a talking raccoon and a guy who wipes out half the universe with a snap. Even these movies have not yet begun to plumb the depths of weirdness Marvel is truly capable of. For now. Sony Pictures released a trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Wednesday that begins to dive into all the multi-verse stuff Marvel Comics likes to play with. So far to great effect.Oh holy crap, it looks so good. Damn, maybe it’s a good thing Disney didn’t get the full rights to Spider-Man back from Sony. I enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming more than some around here, but this looks so much better than that. It’s basically everything I’ve ever wanted out of a Spider-Man movie. The action is fluid and fast. I could watch this Spider-Man zip around New York forever. It also looks like it has plenty of humor throughout. I especially love Miles’ relationship with his dad. And that art style. 3D computer animation painted like 2D makes it look like a comic panel came to life. This is going to look absolutely gorgeous on the big screen.In addition to the awesome trailer, Sony also announced the full voice cast of the movie, and there are some great actors in this thing. We already knew Shameik Moore would play Miles Morales/Spider-Man, but now we know Jake Johnson will play Peter Parker, who acts as Miles’ mentor in this movie. That’s super exciting to me, as I really loved the arc in the comics where Peter went into parent mode teaching Miles how to Spider-Man (“Did you finish your homework? Did you eat a snack?”). Also joining the cast is Liev Schreiber will play the Kingpin, meaning he’ll finally be in a good comic book movie. Mahershala Ali plays Miles’ uncle Aaron, and you almost couldn’t ask for a better actor to be in your movie.Just as exciting though, Hailee Steinfeld is playing Spider-Gwen. That’s how deep into the Marvel canon this one is going. Not that Spider-Gwen is super obscure or anything, but that’s further into the Marvel multiverse than the MCU is willing to go at this point. Steinfeld is also a pretty big get. She’s starring in the upcoming Bumblebee Transformers spinoff. As good as that movie looks (really), she’s probably about to become a huge star. Also, Lily Tomlin plays Aunt May. Yes. Yes. A million times yes. Can this just come out now?Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse arrives theaters later this year on December 14.That movie, however does not take place in the MCU. But that doesn’t mean Miles doesn’t exist in the MCU. In fact, Spider-Man: Homecoming went out if its way to include Miles’ uncle in the movie. He’s there, and many fans, us in particular, really hope he makes an official debut before too long. One artist imagined what that might look like. Stephen Byrne posted a couple of fan comics to Twitter detailing exactly what happened to the rest of the Marvel universe after Thanos murdered half of it. Most of it’s really sad, but this one, part two if Byrne’s “After the Snap” series, ends on a hopeful note. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After the Snap 2. SPOILERS. pic.twitter.com/ATfWJjDQzm— Stephen Byrne (@StephenByrne86) June 3, 2018God the image of Aunt May watching the news, knowing the worst has happened as Peter failed to come home. I don’t know what’s sadder, her or Ned staring at an empty lunch chair without his best friend. And then there’s Miles. Forced into action after watching his uncle disintegrate right in front of him. Nothing creates a superhero faster than trauma. These comics are so well done, I wish they were canon. You couldn’t ask for a better MCU origin for Miles’ Spider-Man. If he does ever join the MCU, this probably won’t be how. We can dream, though.There is some possibly big Avengers 4 news out today, though. A graphic purporting to be some leaked concept art from the film has surfaced, and if it’s legit, it could hint at some major plot points from the upcoming movie. It comes from ScreenRant, which has not confirmed whether it’s real or not, so you know, grain of salt and all that. If it is real though, the movie is already shaping up to be really cool.Via ScreenRant, Hero XIf that isn’t actual concept art from Avengers 4, it’s a real good fake. If we assume it is though, it gives us some fascinating insight into the plot of the next movie. Let’s take a look at who’s there. All the surviving Avengers are charging into battle, presumably against Thanos. That means this happens before they bring back everyone the Mad Titan erased. (Which, let’s be honest, they will. Most of the disappeared heroes have sequels to make.) Ant-Man and Captain Marvel are there, but we knew they would be. Hawkeye is in the picture, which is what’s really making me hope this is real. Where was he in Infinity War? Did it really take half the universe dusting out of existence for him to come out of family-induced retirement?Most fascinating though, is Hulk. Not only is he wearing clothes, he looks oddly different. If this art is indeed real, that could be a new form of the Hulk. Infinity War certainly hinted at a transformation of some kind. As Banner tried to get angry to force the green guy into a fight, all that happened was a loud “no.” It’s possible the movie was setting up Professor Hulk, a kind of merging of Banner and Hulk’s personalities in the comics. That certainly seemed to be how the Hulk would have preferred things in the last movie. Plus, it explains the sudden ability to wear clothes. Unless those are just an excuse for Marvel to continue not having to animate the giant green dong only hinted at in Thor: Ragnarok. Show us the Hulk Hog, Marvel!Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth in Thor (Photo via Marvel)Finally, a fan theory started making the rounds on the internet that sounds pretty plausible. One of the early signs that the MCU would eventually build up to something like Infinity War was the presence of the Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s hall in the first Thor. Then, in Thor: The Dark World, it was revealed that the Tesseract and the Aether were both Infinity Stones. Much later, in Thor: Ragnarok, we learned that the Infinity Gauntlet in the hall was a fake. So why did Odin have a fake Infinity Gauntlet? And how did he know so much of the Reality Stone? Redditor DraftDraw posted a very convincing theory.Odin, the theory goes, originally had similar goals in mind to Thanos. We know he used to be a bloodthirsty conquerer before something turned him into the kindly ruler we meet in Thor. Odin used to crave power, and what better way to get it than to collect all six Infinity Stones. According to the theory, Odin learned about the stones from his father, and when he became king, he set out with Hela to collect all six. He’s the one that commissioned Nidavellir to make a control for the stones, the Infinity Gauntlet. While the real one was being made, Nidavellir made a prototype, which is the “fake” on display in Odin’s hall.What stopped him from collecting all the stones and becoming even more of a god? The Soul Stone. Acquiring it requires sacrificing someone you love. And unlike Thanos, Odin couldn’t pay that price. Realizing the true cost of absolute power caused Odin to rethink everything. He became a peaceful king, fought with Hela and banished her to Hell. The theory states he may have used the Space Stone to do it, thereby violating the natural order by sending a living being to Hell, and ensuring Asgard’s destruction in Ragnarok. I love fan theories like this, where all the little pieces fit together. It makes a ton of sense, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least 90 percent right. Now I just want to see how well it all lines up. Man, I just finished my MCU marathon before Infinity War came out. Now I have to start it all over again. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Spurs nearly signed Benzema – Houllier

first_imgFormer Lyon manager Gerard Houllier has revealed that Karim Benzema had nearly joined Tottenham before eventually signing for Real MadridThe French forward had established himself as one of Europe’s most promising young talents during his time at Lyon with Benzema having found the back of the net 55 times in 99 appearances under Houllier.In the summer of 2009, Benzema completed a €35m transfer to Real despite rival bids from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.However, Houllier has now revealed that it had in fact been Spurs who were actually the closest Premier League side to signing the now-30-year-old.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Yes,” Houllier told Le Parisien.“Look at Benzema. At one point, Tottenham wanted to take him. He was tempted. But he and his entourage listened to me and Karim stayed in Lyon. Two years later, he signed for Real Madrid. Today, young people want money right away and to play every game.”Since joining Real, Benzema has won three Champions League titles, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys.last_img read more

Simon Mignolet Cup exit could hurt my Liverpool chances

first_imgGoalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits that he is uncertain whether he will get any more opportunities this season after Liverpool’s Carabao Cup exit to ChelseaThe Belgium international was given a rare start by manager Jurgen Klopp for Wednesday’s cup game at Anfield in place of regular number one Allison Becker.Mignolet had wanted to follow in Loris Karius footsteps in leaving Liverpool in the summer, but his request was denied after the German sealed a two-year loan move to Turkish giants Besiktas.“I was pleased to be on the pitch,” said Mignolet on the club website after the game.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It was a while since I’ve played, but I felt good in the game. To be on the pitch again was really nice and I think I did my job the best I could.“I keep trying to work hard in training, like I always do, and help the team when needed. That’s all I can do, really.”He added: “With the squad we have, we have so many good players. We made eight changes, but you saw what kind of line-up we can put out against Chelsea – and that’s a credit to the squad we’ve got.“There’s a lot of competition for places and cup competitions like this are chances for us to play, but we have to accept it and move forward. The only thing we can do is try to push the 11 who are starting on Saturday to make sure they do their jobs.”last_img read more

Heartland Fire Training animal protection demonstration

first_imgHeartland Fire Training animal protection demonstration February 26, 2018 Posted: February 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAfter many horses died in the Lilac Fire, an equestrian facility owner may have a solution to wild fires and the safety of horses.Heartland Fire Training facility will demonstrate a new tool to help save horses and other animals during wildfires. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez  was live at the Heartland Fire Training facility with a closer look at the new product that may help save the lives of countless animals in the future. Elizabeth Alvarez, center_img Elizabeth Alvarez Updated: 3:10 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police search for man who assaulted Palm Beach deputy

first_imgLAKE WORTH, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are looking for a man who assaulted a Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Deputy, early Sunday morning.The deputy was conducting a business check in the alleyway of 1011 Seventh Avenue South in Lake Worth, officials said.The deputy was flagged down by a man in the alleyway, then ambushed and struck on the right side of his face with a blunt object later determined to be a shank/nail.The deputy was transported to the hospital, treated and released.The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running eastbound from the scene of the assault.Police are looking for a black male, possibly in his late 20s to early 30s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim build, scruffy beard/facial hair, black shirt with white letters/logo on front and unknown-color denim shorts.Anyone with any information is asked to call the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Division at (561)688-3000 or Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Truck crash in Boca Raton shuts down I95 at Glades Rd for

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – A crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV caused heavy traffic delays on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton.For several hours, Wednesday evening, lanes were closed at the Glades Road exit.Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of the SUV involved sustained minor injuries, and the tractor-trailer’s driver escaped without injury.Officials said the tractor-trailer was transporting produce at the time of the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

4 arrested in connection to string of South Florida home burglaries

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested four men in connection to a string of home burglaries across South Florida.The multi-agency effort, launched by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Deerfield Beach Criminal Investigations Unit, resulted in the arrests of three of the suspects in Miami-Dade and one in Broward, Wednesday.Investigators said the burglars targeted residences in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with more than 13 of them located in Deerfield Beach.The thieves are facing a long list of charges, including armed burglary and grand theft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NASA scientists just flew through a fire cloud

first_imgEnlarge ImageNASA’s DC-8 explored this eastern Washington fire cloud in August. David Peterson, US Naval Research Laboratory In these days of extreme wildfires across the globe, you may have witnessed the fire cloud phenomenon for yourself. These clouds occur when heat and moisture head upward from the fire and feed thunderstorms. NASA had the rare opportunity to fly a DC-8 right through one on Aug. 8.NASA’s plane is a flying laboratory stocked with data-collecting sensors. It carried a group of atmospheric scientists through a fire cloud, also known as a cumulonimbus flammagenitus or pyrocumulonimbus, in Washington state. The visuals were wild. One image shows the sun glowing orange thanks to particles in the air. Another shows the puffy white cloud sitting on top of the gray smoke from the lightning-caused Williams Flats fire.williamsflats2-pho-peterson2019220-lrgEnlarge ImageThe pyrocumulonimbus cloud is white while the smoke from the fire below is gray. David Peterson/US Naval Research Laboratory The flight was part of a joint NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project called Firex-AQ (Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality). “Scientists are studying the composition and chemistry of smoke to better understand its impact on air quality and climate,” NASA’s Earth Observatory said on Tuesday.landsat8fireEnlarge ImageThe Landsat 8 satellite got a look at the Williams Flats fire in Washington. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the USGS The researchers are interested in how clouds like this push smoke into the upper stratosphere, where it can spread and linger for long periods of time.David Peterson, lead forecaster for Firex-AQ, described the flight as the most detailed sampling of a pyrocumulonimbus in history.  NASA and the United States Geological Survey’s Landsat 8 satellite also witnessed the fire from orbit.The Williams Flats fire is still burning and has consumed an estimated 45,000 acres. “Steep slopes, limited access and primitive roads conditions are hampering containment efforts,” the National Wildfire Coordinating Group reported in an incident overview.Extreme wildfire seasons are happening more often. “The total area burned by wildfires in the United States in a single year has exceeded 8 million acres only eight times since 1960 — all have occurred since 2004,” NASA and NOAA said. We need all the data we can get as we deal with the air-quality impacts from these fiery disasters. Tags Post a comment Share your voice Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space 15 Photos 0 Sci-Tech NASAlast_img read more

LA Noire raw gameplay footage leaks

first_imgWhenever Rockstar Games launches a new title, the gaming world usually responds by buying it in the millions. There’s no greater example of that than Grand Theft Auto. So when L.A. Noire sees a release next month carrying the Rockstar name, will the same thing happen? Will we all rush out and buy it? Probably. I have it on pre-order.So far we’ve seen a number of official videos appearing for the game which is being developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar. But these are planned to show off the game at its best. What we haven’t seen until now is raw footage of the game being played.That changed the moment Rockstar loaded up the game at the Tribeca Film Festival and someone in the audience had a camera at the ready. The video above is that footage and it does nothing to put the game in a bad light. The graphics look as good as the official trailers, there’s seamless transitions from cutscene to gameplay, and more importantly no indoor to outdoor loading. It’s a shame we couldn’t see more of the game in action, but someone spotted the camera and demanded it be turned off.There’s a lot to look forward to from this game. The engine looks stunning, the MotionScan facial animation sets a new bar for detail and emotion, and the gameplay is certainly different from the more typical third-person run-and-gun we are used to. At the same time we still get the large environments, open cities, use of vehicles, and hopefully an engrossing storyline too.L.A. Noire is released on May 17 in the U.S., and May 20 across Europe for both PS3 and Xbox 360. Rockstar has been promoting this game heavily, and we are sure it will sell well on release. What we don’t know is how much gamers will take to this investigation-style gameplay that’s a far cry from GTA.Read more at CVG and The Daily Blamlast_img read more

Scientists grow highquality graphene from tea tree extract

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters Explore further Is graphene hydrophobic or hydrophilic? (Phys.org)—Graphene has been grown from materials as diverse as plastic, cockroaches, Girl Scout cookies, and dog feces, and can theoretically be grown from any carbon source. However, scientists are still looking for a graphene precursor and growth method that is sustainable, scalable, and economically feasible, since these are all requirements for realizing widespread commercialization of graphene-based devices. Citation: Scientists grow high-quality graphene from tea tree extract (2015, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-scientists-high-quality-graphene-tea-tree.html More information: Mohan V. Jacob, et al. “Catalyst-Free Plasma Enhanced Growth of Graphene from Sustainable Sources.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01363center_img In a new study, researchers have grown graphene from the tea tree plant Melaleuca alternifolia, the same plant used to make essential oils in traditional medicine. The researchers demonstrated that they could fabricate large-area, nearly defect-free graphene films from tea tree oil in as little as a few seconds to a few minutes, whereas current growth methods usually take several hours. Unlike current methods, the new method also works at relatively low temperatures, does not require catalysts, and does not rely on methane or other nonrenewable, toxic, or explosive precursors.The scientists, Prof. Mohan V. Jacob at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, and collaborators from institutions in Australia, Singapore, Japan, and the US, have published a paper on the new technique for growing graphene from tea tree extract in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”This research realizes fabrication of good-quality, few-layer graphene from an environmentally friendly precursor,” Jacob told Phys.org. “Overall, large-area graphene fabrication using a fast, environmentally friendly precursor and process at a relatively low fabrication temperature is the major significance of this work.”For growing graphene, the researchers used a technique called plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The researchers fed the vaporized tea tree extract into a heated tube, much in the same way as done with methane gas in previous versions. As soon as they switched the plasma on using electrodes, the vapor was almost instantly transformed into graphene film. In every graphene growth method, the final graphene product turns out a little differently. The graphene grown here has a particularly large surface area and long edges, with the scientists estimating the total length of the edges in one square centimeter to be 2.6 km (1.6 miles). Graphene edges have a strong influence on the material’s overall properties, with long edges offering advantages for many applications, including battery electrodes and chemical sensors. Another unique characteristic of the graphene grown here is that it is one of the most hydrophobic graphene samples to date. In general, hydrophobicity increases as 2D graphene attains more layers, becoming more 3D. In support of this relation, microscope images here revealed 3D nanoscale features on the graphene’s surface, which are likely responsible for the strong hydrophobicity. These results suggest that this graphene may have applications for creating various superhydrophobic coatings and surfaces, such as for medical devices and textiles that repel water.The researchers also expect that the graphene films produced from the tea tree extract have potential applications in next-generation nonvolatile memory devices called memristors, which store memory in their levels of electrical resistance. They demonstrated this possibility by sandwiching a semiconductor between graphene and aluminum, creating a device that exhibits memristive properties.The researchers plan to further explore these applications and others in the future.”We will be focusing on optimizing the material properties and implementing the material in various electronics applications,” Jacob said. © 2015 Phys.org (Left) Tea tree leaf. (Right) Microscope images of graphene grown from tea tree oil for (a) 1 second, (b) 1 minute, (c) 2 minutes, and (d) 4 minutes. Credit: Jacob, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Singer Silajits son arrested later released on bail

first_imgKolkata: Dhi Majumder, son of singer Silajit, was arrested near Tollygunge Club under Regent Park police station late on Friday night. Around 400 grams of ganja was found from the car he was travelling in. He was, however, granted bail after being produced at a city court on Saturday.Two of his companions who were also travelling in the vehicle have been arrested. A routine search was going on near Tollygunge Club on Deshapran Sasmal Road a little after midnight when the police intercepted the car. All the accused were allegedly in an inebriated state when the police stopped the car. They carried out a search inside the vehicle and seized the ganja which was kept under the rear seats. It was also learnt during police interrogation that the singer’s son and others spoke incoherently and eventually got arrested. The investigating officers are also probing what was the intention behind transporting ganja in the middle of the night. The city police have intensified search in various parts of Kolkata, following the assault on model Ushashi Sengupta. Many, including bikers, have been arrested for various reasons. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly instructed the police top brass to take prompt action against errant drivers.last_img read more