Foreign player shows interest in buying Air India stake

first_imgA foreign player has expressed interest in acquiring a 49 per cent stake in Air India’s airline arm. “The government has received an expression of interest from a foreign player, but we cannot reveal its identity now. We don’t know whether, at this stage, the foreign player wants to make any information public,”a civil aviation ministry official said.Notably, Singapore Airlines has showed interest in AI’s disinvestment process. There are reports about Qatar Airways showing interest in Air India. For long it has wanted to pick up a stake in IndiGo to launch a domestic airline in India. Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The No. 9-seeded Williams overcame a mid-match lapse to pick up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th.It was the first tour-level, main-draw match of Kuzmova’s career, and the 967th for Williams, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, in addition to her five Wimbledon championships. Williams is in her 19th U.S. Open; she reached the final in her 1997 debut, about eight months before Kuzmova was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I had no idea what she looked like, who she was, anything. But she played amazing. She played well, served well, competed well. Definitely a match I had to earn,” said Williams, who at 37 is the oldest woman in the field. “I definitely wasn’t expecting or planning on dropping sets today. But things happen. That’s why we play the match, because you have to win the match. So it’s just all about regrouping. It’s the first round. You figure out what’s going on.”She was up a set, plus a break in the second at 2-0, when she faltered. Kuzmova broke for 2-1, then pulled at even at 3-all before taking three games in a row to force a third set. But Williams righted herself there, breaking for a 2-0 lead, then digging out of a love-40 hole with five consecutive points for 3-0 and was on her way. 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(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Venus Williams stayed in the crowded hunt for the No. 1 ranking — even though she had no idea that she has a shot at that spot.Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, dropped out of that chase with a first-round exit as the U.S. Open got started Monday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament’s end.Not that it was foremost on her mind. Indeed, she said she was unaware of that possibility.“I just want to win, and if you get the win, you get the ranking,” said Williams, who was already at No. 1 in 2002.Before the American’s match was over, that number of ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.“I don’t take anything for granted,” said Konta, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon just last month. “I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Konta, who lost to Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals, figured to be Britain’s best chance for a deep run these two weeks, because the country’s top male player, Andy Murray, withdrew on Saturday with an injured hip.Instead, she was among a crop of seeded players on the way out the door at a tournament already missing several top names, including the biggest in women’s tennis: Williams’ older sister Serena, who is expecting a baby.“We always coach each other, pretty much,” Williams said.While the most anticipated matchup of Day 1 was scheduled for Monday night — five-time major champion Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam action since her doping suspension, against No. 2 seed Simona Halep — the afternoon was filled with quite a few seeded players joining Konta on the way out.For every victory by someone such as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza or 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, there was a surprise or two.The men’s seeded losers included No. 21 David Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2013 French Open, No. 25 Karen Khachanov and No. 32 Robin Hasse. On the women’s side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for youlast_img read more

Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 sports including Yoga removed from sports quota

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 13:01 IST Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 sports excluded, Yoga no longer part of sports quota, apply now at @du.ac.inDelhi University admissions 2019: Delhi University has released the DU Admissions form 2019 for the Delhi for different courses. The online link for the Delhi University Admission 2019 UG Courses application form has been released on the official website. The candidates can apply through – du.ac.in.Read: DU Admissions 2019: 14 new changes in Delhi University admissionsDelhi University admissions 2019: Yoga removed from the sports quotaYoga, which was part of the sports quota list in the Delhi University till last year, has been categorised under the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) from this year.”Yoga has been excluded from the sports list and added as an activity, while 27 sports under the sports quota that are part of the Olympics, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championship and Paralympics have been included.”– said the vasrsity.Other than the yoga there are 12 others sports that Delhi University has excluded from the sports quota. The officials said there were some sports like fencing, where only two entries were received last year.Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 excluded sportsThe 12 others sports that Delhi University has excluded from the sports quota are:1. Archery (Indian round)2. Ball badminton3. Baseball (women)4. Softball (men)5. Korfball (male)6. 4x100m Relay race7. Cross-country running8. Cycling, fencing9. Power-lifting10. Best physique11. Yoga.Officials said the varsity was always questioned about yoga being included in the sports quota.”We had received guidelines about inclusion of games for sports quota in June 2018 from the HRD Ministry and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. After deliberations in various committees, it was decided that 24 sports that are part of various high-profile competitions and three popular sports will make it to the list of games for the sports quota,” the officials said.advertisementDelhi University admissions 2019: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) TrophyThe varsity said that they were not a part of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy, under which top performing universities in sports are awarded, since they were not following the guidelines and hence were not getting any support.Delhi University admissions 2019: 2 entries in fencingDU admission on sports category: – Direct admission or on the basis of trialThere are 27 sports listed for admission under two categories – direct admission category and admission on the basis of sports trial.Direct admission: The sportspersons, who have represented India in competitions, recognised and funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will be given direct admission without sports trial. These include Olympic Games, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, etc.Sports trial: In the second category, aspirants will be awarded maximum 40 marks on the basis of sports certificates and 60 marks for sports trials. They can upload best of three certificates, the officials said.Read: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no moreRead: DU admissions likely to start May 30, admission portal to reopen for foreign nationals from June 16Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow delhii university addmission 2019Follow DU Admission 2019Follow YogaFollow ECA Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 sports including Yoga removed from sports quotaDelhi University admissions 2019: Yoga removed from the sports quota. Still there are 27 sports listed for admission under two categories. Students can get direct admission on the University or on the basis of sports trial.advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams poised for multiple record-breaking US Open final

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 20:37 IST Serena Williams in US Open (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAt 17 I thought for sure I’d be retired at 28, 29, living my life, said Serena WilliamsIf Serena wins on Saturday, it would also mean breaking Chris Evert’s record of 101 U.S. Open winsNow, like, there’s no easy match. Everyone’s playing great. Everyone’s just doing a lot better, said SerenaTwenty years after an improbable run at the age of 17 to her maiden US Open victory, Serena Williams is running out of records to break.Tantalizingly close to tying Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles, Williams is already tennis’ undisputed GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in the eyes of her legions of adoring fans, with an ever-growing, odds-defying career and trophy case.Of course, winning on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday would also mean breaking Chris Evert’s record of 101 U.S. Open wins, and her record of six U.S. Open title championships.”At 17 I thought for sure I’d be retired at 28, 29, living my life,” said Williams after defeating fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in straight sets under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium in the semi-final.”The game has just changed, I think there’s so much more depth,” said Williams. “I think when I first started, you could win a lot of easy matches, then you’re in the quarterfinals, that’s when it starts to get a little more tough.”Now, like, there’s no easy match. Everyone’s playing great. Everyone’s just doing a lot better.”Her return also holds significance in light of Williams’ controversy-fueled final last year against upstart Naomi Osaka, which prompted vociferous debate and promises of introspection from tournament organisers.Asked by reporters about the 2018 bout, however, a laser-focused Williams responded that it “hasn’t really crossed my mind”.The mindset is reflective of her renewed concentration, with the six-times U.S. Open champion reiterating throughout the tournament the Spartan-like preparations she underwent to prepare for the stout talent at Flushing Meadows.advertisementAfter losing in straight sets at the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep, Williams said she knew I need to work harder, just do better.”I put a lot of time in the gym after Wimbledon, like I said, getting ready for Canada. Yeah, I put a ton of time in. Worked a lot on my fitness, said Williams. It always feels good to train without pain.”After dismantling erstwhile rival Maria Sharapova in their highly anticipated first round, Williams has romped through the competition, save for a brief scare in her fourth-round match against Petra Martic, when she tweaked her right ankle.Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Serena WilliamsFollow US Open final Serena Williams poised for multiple record-breaking US Open finalSerena Williams, who is just one win away from her record 24 Grand Slam titles, is on the cusp of breaking Chris Evert’s record of 101 U.S. Open wins.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Algeria Confirms 41 Cases of Cholera

Rabat – Algeria has confirmed that 41 cholera cases have been reported in Algiers and nearby areas since mid-August.Health authorities announced the number on Thursday, August 23.According to France 24, one of the infected patients has died, while dozens of other patients are waiting for test results. Algeria’s Ministry of Health said that the cholera cases are results of bad food and improper hygiene.Health authorities’ delay in announcing the outbreak of the disease sparked outrage among Algerian citizens.A correspondent for France 24’s sister station RFI in Algeria, Leila Beratto, told France24 that the Ministry of Health has been “accused of negligence” as the minister of health linked the cases with food poisoning.“In a press conference on August 20, authorities confirmed that these were cases of gastroenteritis,” said Berrato.The journalist said that when a man died on August 23, the official story on the outbreak was “still food poisoning.”Doctors working in Algerian hospitals, according to France24, confirmed that cholera cases were detected a week ago.Quoting a tweet by a doctor of infectious illnesses, France 24 wrote: “The infectious diseases department at Boufarik [30km southwest of Algiers] received confirmation of cholera cases six days ago.… The alert was given but the ministry didn’t move. It’s very serious.” The same health expert added that “doctors who suspected two cases at Ain Bessem [in southeast Algiers] treated the patients as if they had cholera, and took the samples and sent them to the Pasteur Institute in Algeria. But it’s not up to the doctors to make the declaration, it’s up to the [health] ministry.”Cholera is an infectious illness that results when the cholera bacteria gets into the intestine. The disease causes severe diarrhea, which can cause dehydration and death if untreated.Morocco on alertAlgeria’s neighbor, Morocco, will take measures to raise awareness of the risk of cholera emerging in the kingdom.An anonymous source told Le360 that the Moroccan minister of health, Anas Doukkali, has instructed his ministry on health monitoring systems to detect possible cases of cholera. The source added that no case of cholera has been recorded in Morocco since 1997.The source also said, “No sign of unusual health with gastroenteritis has been detected in the regions of Morocco.”The risk of a cholera outbreak in Morocco is low, added the source. read more

New artistic director chosen for Shaw Festival

A new artistic director has been appointed for Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival. Tim Carroll will officially take over on December 1st, after Jackie Maxwell’s departure. Carroll has 25 years of experience in theatre, beginning his career with the English Shakespeare Company in 1990. He has also directed a number of acclaimed productions including the “Prodigical Son” and “Twelfth Night.”He is best known in Ontario for his productions of “Peter Pan” and “Romeo and Juliet” at the Stratford Festival.

Education is the key to development opportunities Paraguayan President tells Assembly

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today, the President of Paraguay highlighted the importance of education and stressed that opportunities, not hand-outs, helped countries achieve progress in a dignified manner.“Education is the key,” President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara said. He is one of a host of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. The debate runs in New York through 1 October.“The central issue is the quality of learning as a means of overcoming the geopolitical constraint of backwardness and a lack of opportunity, he added referring to Paraguay’s geographic location as a land-locked country.He noted that improving the quantity and quality of education is a fundamental premise of his new Government, which would lead to a longer-term goal of development and opportunity for Paraguayans and internationals alike.“The new rules that govern the world therefore represent an access to the ocean of development for my country,” Mr. Cartes concluded.On behalf of Paraguay, he asked the international community for “opportunities to achieve progress in a dignified manner, not for hand-outs.” He added that his country wanted to “work and study and truly become a land of opportunity, of investment and prosperity, with security, formality, reliability and foreseeability.”Today’s speech is the first time that Mr. Cartes, who was elected last month, participated in the high-level General Assembly debate.He said the 21 April election process represents a “new direction,” where Paraguayans freely altered from one political party to another for only the second consecutive time in more than 200 years. Among his other priorities, he said, is poverty alleviation: “It is incomprehensible that a nation so rich in resources has so many poor.” He pledged that “no quarter will be given” in the fight to reduce the country’s poverty indicators as much as possible in the shortest time possible. “Things are going to improve, and not merely through assistance, but also by ensuring human dignity,” Mr. Cartes said. Poverty alleviation is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due to top tomorrow’s discussion at the Debate, along with plans for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. read more

Ohio State baseball looks to bounce back from first two losses of

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27 in Conway, South Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State baseball team, coming off a 2-2 split in the Coastal Carolina Tournament, is set to head south again, this time to Port Charlotte, Florida, for the Snowbird Classic. A trio of games preside on the docket for the Buckeyes against Seton Hall, Illinois State and Boston College. OSU coach Greg Beals said he is impressed by his team defeating a Top 25 opponent, then-No. 19 Coastal Carolina, but the sixth-year coach said he sees plenty of room for improvement from his players. “It lets us know that we’re right there, where we can play against anybody in the country,” Beals said. “It also gives us an idea that in order to be there and get over that hump, we’ve got to win that one-run game, that extra-inning game, and find a way to get that done. It just makes us even (hungrier) to keep working and keep getting better.” Sizing up the competitionNone of the Buckeyes’ scheduled opponents are ranked this weekend, but Beals said each team will present a true test to OSU. Seton Hall enters the series at 2-5, having lost three of four games to Florida International by a combined score of 24-6. Illinois State also enters the weekend with a 2-5 record, off the heels of dropping three of four games against No. 9 Oregon. Boston College likely poses the biggest threat to OSU, as it enters its second leg of the Snowbird Classic at a perfect 7-0.  Beals said despite each team’s record, he expects all three opponents to come out and give the Buckeyes their best shots. “(Seton Hall and Illinois State have) played good competition,” Beals said. “I’m not reading a whole lot into their win-losses at this point right now. On the flip side with Boston College, their schedule hasn’t been as strong, but they’re winning ball games, so you’ve got to respect the fact that they’re winning.”Beals said he plans to attack the weekend with his normal pitching rotation of junior Tanner Tully on Friday versus Seton Hall, redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer on Saturday against Illinois State and senior John Havird on Sunday versus Boston College. Pitching staff showing flashesOSU’s pitching staff leads the Big Ten in strikeouts with 95. A chunk of that can be attributed to the hot start of Tully. The lefty from Elkhart, Indiana, has a 2-0 record, including a 1.59 ERA and 12 strikeouts. OSU redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos has also excelled in his role as OSU’s closer, earning two saves while allowing no earned runs and striking out nine. The man behind the plate, senior Jalen Washington, said the pitching staff is still developing, but he is encouraged by the team’s ability to show flashes early on. “I believe coming in, we thought pitching was going to be one of our struggles, but especially this (past) weekend they’ve shown that they’re ready for the challenge,” Washington said. “Especially the latter part of our bullpen came through and showed that they can manage with some of the best teams in the country.”Buckeye bats top the Big TenOver the first two weekends of the season, the Scarlet and Gray have shown why they are being considered as one of the best offensive teams in the Big Ten. OSU leads the conference with 11 home runs. A large portion of that offensive explosion has come from two players: senior third baseman Nick Sergakis and redshirt junior outfielder Jacob Bosiokovic. Sergakis, a team captain, leads the Buckeyes with a .455 batting average, while Bosiokovic leads the team with four homers and 10 RBIs. However, Sergakis said he finds the term “hot start” amusing because the team isn’t living up to its own expectations when it comes to production at the plate. “It’s pretty cool to see when you’re leading the Big Ten in certain categories, but you’re like, ‘Man, how are we doing that when we’re not playing near where we should be,’” he said. “It’s an exciting feeling being a part of that, and hopefully we continue to do what we do, but a lot better.”The already-powerful Buckeye offense should get a boost when its leadoff hitter, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery, returns to action this weekend. Montgomery missed OSU’s last three games due to a head injury, but Beals said the Fortville, Indiana, native has been cleared and is good to go this weekend. Bouncing backHaving lost their first two games of the season this past weekend, the Buckeyes will look to turn the page on the losses with a fresh start this weekend. Sergakis said the walk-off 3-2 loss to now-No. 18 Coastal Carolina in 10 innings served as a learning experience for the team. “It really just leaves a salty taste in our mouths, really,” Sergakis said. “Those types of (losses) always suck, but it’s something you have to learn from, you have to mature. We had a lot of those last year, and really it’s about coming back and rebounding as soon as possible.” Washington said coming off the tough loss to end the series will provide motivation for the Buckeyes heading into the Snowbird Classic.“We have three big opponents coming up this weekend,” Washington said. “We see them as playing No. 18 Coastal Carolina. Every game is big and every game is important.”The first pitch of the three-game series is set to be thrown at 11 a.m. on Friday versus Seton Hall. Saturday’s matchup with Illinois State is slated for 2:30 p.m., while Sunday’s contest against Boston College is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Do Irish radio stations play enough homegrown music

first_imgYou have to find the right place for your specific music to fit.Find out who the head of music at the station is, and get in touch with them.Look at the playlists for the shows, and see where you fit inDigital is better; sending someone an mp3 is better. It’s much easier to click on the link listening to the song.If you get an mp3, you are judging just based on the music.If you send me music, I am happy to receive it happy to listen to it and happy to give feedback – louise@rte.ieThere’s no harm in dropping someone an email asking for advice.John Barker’s advice:There are a lot ways to get your music out there – get on to music blogs, plug your songs on Twitter. If every artist relied on radio we’d be screwed. If your music is good enough, a big label is going to pick you up and you are going to be played on radio.A number of shows around the country are dedicated to Irish music – generally they are on in the evening or at weekends, and can be on community, local, or college radio stations as well as commercial stations.Totally Irish is a dedicated weekly Irish music show on 98FM, a commercial station in the capital. Its presenter, John Barker, said that on the station, 23% of its Irish music output is played between 7pm and 7am, with 30% across total broadcast day.The station “regularly exceeds those percentages”, he said. Its most recent daytime playlist has five Irish acts on it: Hozier, Riptide Movement, Original Rudeboys, The Coronas and Kodaline.“I think it depends on the station and the style of music – certain stations have a licence and have to play a certain style of music,” he said of choosing Irish music for 98FM.“A lot of the music I play on the show wouldn’t get onto mainstream radio,” continued Barker.“I don’t think the bands involved would always expect that. But for the likes of Daithí or Le Galaxie, it would be really important for them to get daytime airplay on commercial stations.”He said that some artists can make a career without radio – such as BriBry, an Irish singer-songwriter whose videos receive upwards of 500k views on YouTube. He has been able to tour abroad based on this success.Barker would play a huge amount of independent artists on his show, and says 98FM hasn’t placed any restrictions on what he can play.“The overall thing is the Irish music scene is growing – it is getting bigger and bigger and more popular,” said Barker. “I think the Irish public and media have more confidence in it these days.”The digital station“All people will think about is they will think about the number, whether there’s anything creative they can do with it,” said Maher of quotas. “Rather than the radio station sitting down and deciding ‘we have problems with sourcing Irish music’.”Simon Maher has a long history in radio, having worked in Phantom when it was a pirate, and right up to its latter years as a commercial station. He runs 8Radio these days, as well as lecturing.In the late 1990s, Phantom FM played a lot of Irish bands. “They were purely on the basis of we were all going to the gigs anyway, and these were the bands you would see regularly. From our perspective, it just made sense,” said Maher.They never worked in terms of percentages, and Maher doesn’t feel that having to play a certain percentage of Irish music is a good idea anyway.“I don’t think that having a commitment based on quantity works at all,” said Maher.In a “particularly bad week” in the late 2000s, Phantom FM played a song by Neon Neon in its ‘Irish’ selection, as it referenced Delorean cars, which were built in Belfast.He believes it changes your way of thinking, so that playing Irish music becomes a “contractual obligation”.At Phantom, they looked at all the new music – Irish or otherwise – on a weekly basis to build the playlist from. “We always worked on the basis that if something was good enough, it was good enough to be played as an international song,” he said.When they moved to a commercial licence, they undertook a commitment to play a certain amount of Irish music. By default, you would hear more of the Irish music at night.But while “75% of time it was easy”, the other 25% of time it could be a struggle. Then it became a situation where “rather than give acts a chance we’re putting a song on because we need to fill a quota”. “That wasn’t always right,” said Maher.If they played Irish bands that weren’t up to scratch, it wasn’t doing the station or the band any favours.As the station became more commercial, the music had to become more accessible, which must have had a knock-on effect for the type of Irish bands they could play.Maher believes that if bands have a live presence, this can help radio listeners have a better connection if they hear them online.At 8Radio, “we’ve made a decision at the very start that if an Irish song was good enough, it would get absolutely the same amount of airplay as big international tracks on the A list on a given week”, said Maher. He said they have had no trouble with this, mainly because they are less constricted by musical style and can choose from more ‘leftfield’ options. Irish bands like Spies, Carriages and David Turpin have all been on the station.What’s the Play Irish initiative? Make sure you’re gigging regularly.Make sure you’re on Bandcamp, where people can buy/listen to your music.Make a music video – people share videos a lot online.You don’t need a huge amount of money to send out your music.“I don’t mind physical but digital is preferable – an email with an mp3/WAV or other download is perfect.”Make sure you have your stuff online so the presenter can give out the link on air.What’s your opinion on this topic? Tell us in the comments.Read: This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?>Read: Why aren’t all musicians getting paid for playing at Irish festivals this summer?> Musician Niall Jackson said:The whole question of Irish radio play for Irish acts outside of the watershed (that is, before 9pm) is a sham. A rigged game. A complete and utter one.He said that “most of these stations are reaching their ‘Irish’ quota with complete and utter contempt for anything new, exciting or more importantly unpaid for”.It has been said that even recording a song in Ireland qualifies it as Irish to meet quota standards, meaning bands like REM, Muse, Rihanna, Madonna get to fly the Irish flag when it comes to ‘Irish’ radio play.He believes that “you don’t get play-listed unless you play the game”, which is “paying a PR company a lot of money to get your act on daytime radio”.“If not you may just accept that, unless some freak song comes along like Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ with an accompanying groundbreaking video, then you are going to be ignored. Even then, Hozier was a while in development,” said Jackson.“All of the Irish bands you hear on daytime radio are lauded for their brilliance not because they are better than what is happening in Whelan’s or smaller venues on any given night of the week but because they are paying or being paid huge sums of money to get there,” he asserted.“I believe if the bands you and I go to see week in- week out, were given half the chance of being play-listed, Irish people would willingly lap it up,” said Jackson. “It would in turn lead to gigs being better attended, albums being better sold and artists being better paid.”He also pointed out that IMRO ensure that Irish bands are paid when their songs are played, which is a further benefit of radio play. “Until such a day exists when radio station managers stop thinking about the bottom line and start thinking about breaking the mould this won’t change,” said Jackson.Noel Gallagher said it best (and I hate Oasis) when he said that the Sex Pistols or The Clash would never get played on the radio today as there are now to many meetings and focus groups for them to be accepted, but back in the heyday of radio you didn’t ask your demographic what they wanted to hear, you showed them the way and in the process we got our John Peels and Dave Fannings. Somewhere along the line listeners became customers.He singled out night time DJs for flying the flag for Irish acts, such as Dan Hegarty, Paul McLoone, John Kelly, Cathal Funge and until recently Donal Dineen.Better still we have some amazing acts such as Villagers, We Cut Corners, James Vincent McMorrow who transcend being kept out of the limelight with sheer talent, but what of Girl Band, Girls Names, September Girls, Cian Nugent and the countless other acts, successfully touring around the world, blissfully ignored outside the witching hour of our vague bland alternative/playlisted radio.Advice for bandsWith all this in mind, we asked some of the radio experts what advice they would give bands who want to get played on radio.The main takeaway from this? You don’t need to print out a fancy press release or send a CD to get your music listened to by DJs.Louise McSharry’s advice:In the same way that a director might say to an actor – ‘you’re very good but you’re not right for the part’, sometimes you might have a great song and it might not be right for the show or station.center_img WHEN YOU TURN on the radio, do you keep an ear out for Irish music – or does it not matter?Some believe that there simply aren’t enough Irish bands played on radio here. Others think that if Irish tracks are good enough, they will get played.Then there are playlists.And licence commitments.And quotas.We talked to some of the players in the radio game, and some musicians themselves, to find out if Irish radio stations do play enough homegrown music – and if not, what can be done about it?What are the most-played songs on Irish radio?According to the PPI, of the 50 most-played songs on Irish radio in 2013, six were by Irish bands. The six tracks were by two Irish bands: Kodaline and The Script.This was the sixth most popular track in Ireland, and the top one by an Irish band: Source: KodalineVEVO/YouTubeAnd this was number 40, and the fourth most popular Irish track (the other two in between were also by Kodaline). Source: TheScriptVEVO/YouTubeThe commercial radio station presenterI think every person who has control over the music they play on the radio wants to break a new band and support them on way up… that’s the dream, that I could help someone who is really talented get out there.Louise McSharry (formerly of this parish) presents the Louise McSharry show on RTÉ 2FM from Sunday to Thursday, 8-10pm.Unlike some of the daytime shows, she doesn’t have a purely playlisted two hours, and chooses the music herself.She listens to everything she gets sent, and considers everything equally, “whether you’re an Irish band or Ariana Grande”.“I don’t really hear from that many Irish bands,” she pointed out. ”If I hear something online, I will seek the band out”.She was one of the first people to play Kodaline on the radio, in a previous job, and would like to see more Irish bands sending in their music for consideration.Naturally, she can’t play every track that’s sent in. “My show it has to be accessible,” she pointed out.I can’t sound completely alien to the 2FM playlist. So I can’t play anything that’s hardcore or opera, no matter how good it is unfortunately. If it doesn’t fit in with the show, it doesn’t fit in with it.Within that remit, she’s still able to cross different genres, and bands that recently featured include Faune and Tvvins.One issue is playlisting, where the songs for shows are all chosen in advance. “I think a lot of people don’t know that about radio,” said McSharry.Because of playlists, “you can send your CD to every radio person in the place, but probably 80% of people don’t have say”.“We’re definitely encouraged to play Irish music where possible,” she said of 2FM.At the same time, we have to consider our listeners first and foremost and what they want to hear. As much as I like to play Irish music, I can’t just play Irish music for the sake of it. It has to be something the listener is going to enjoy;  something they want to hear.For McSharry, “the best thing you can do ever is make someone say ‘oh, they’re really good’ and go off and find out more”.She said there “some really good quality stuff coming out of Ireland at the moment”, but what about the idea of having a specific quota for Irish music?“I think that there are positive factors and there are negative factors,” said McSharry. “I don’t actually know how well it works in terms of what songs get played.”“You don’t want to wind up in a situation where it is tokenistic,” she cautioned. “People see right through that. Listeners want to hear good music.”The show that only plays Irish music When are we going to take pride in our own music by really supporting it, by playlisting it?Could the secret to getting more Irish tunes on the radio be a targeted initiative?IASCA is the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, set up in 2010. It is run by Sinead Troy, and among its work is the Play Irish project.Part of Troy’s work with Play Irish is finding out “what the problem is” with getting Irish bands on radio.France is the only country in Europe with a specific quota for national music. In Ireland, there are voluntary commitments under the Broadcasting Association of Ireland (BAI) licences.Troy has met with the powers-that-be in various stations. “What I’ve discovered is what defines Irish music is different in every station,” she said.In some stations, it can be if you have an Irish member in the band – One Direction can be construed as Irish – or if you record a single in an Irish studio.Another issue is that if bands are not on Radio Monitor, airplay monitoring for the music industry, they won’t be logged.Irish stations that have come on board for Play Irish so far include:Ocean FMGalway FMBeat FMDublin City FMThey have agreed to choose Irish artists, and promote them across platforms, while the band promotes the radio station, and IASCA promotes the station and the band.Talking to DJs showed Troy that many of them want to do more than they are allowed to do. “Very rarely on daytime radio can people go outside of the playlist,” she said.But for Troy, it is “all about the daytime airplay”:It’s multiple plays that sell music and create the environment that creates jobs. Once an Irish band gets on the radio – everything starts to change.“I feel radio don’t take a lot of risks and I don’t think they’re very proud of Irish music. I don’t think they own it,” said Troy. “And I don’t think Irish people get a lot of access to Irish music.”Looking to the Canadian model for inspiration, IASCA has come up with one definition of what constitutes Irish music for radio stations.The system allows for bands not originally based in Ireland to gain points in order to allow them to be considered ‘Irish music’, based on certain connections to the country, such as an Irish publisher.“If stations take on the definition, it will automatically increase the Irish music they are playing,” said Troy. “They can no longer fall back on One Direction.”She has found “a lot of negativity out there about Irish music – coming from station owners, or the board, but not the DJs”.Her next project is a digital platform for releasing albums to radio stations, which could be used by independent bands.The focus is on getting people to ‘buy Irish’ with music, just as they would with Irish food.I know we’re going uphill but I also know we’re moving.Troy has also worked at teaming up Irish music DJs with those making playlisting decisions.“I’d love to just think radio stations would take this on as a bigger thing than Irish music – as an employment thing and a pride thing.”What the bands thinkMark Geary is a longtime musician who described his experiences with getting radio air play:That feeling that your local talent is no match for cool bands from the UK or further.That feeling that you’re not cool enough, not now enough. Of course when we all go abroad and tour, you’re amazed at the level of goodwill and a feeling your appreciated because you’re Irish.He said that another angle on this is “the type of choices, musically you’re forced to make”.“Why do most bands you hear on the radio sound the same, interchangeable heads and fingers? Well, because they’re faced with a decision – will this song be played on the radio, does it have ‘ hooky ‘ chorus? If it sounded a little more like… Maybe we have a chance.”“I’ve seen labels and my own management sweat over what I’m going to give them, because radio still means so much,” he concluded.last_img read more

BMWs PHEV X5 xDrive45e and X3 xDrive30e will get their batteries built

first_img Hybrids Car Industry SUVs More From Roadshow 2019 BMW X5 is a great return to form Share your voice 0 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5:36 Enlarge ImageBMW’s forthcoming 2020 X5 xDrive45e will have its battery pack built in South Carolina by BMW. BMW BMW is gearing up to release hybrid versions of two extremely popular models — the X3 and X5 — the latter of which is slated to start production Aug. 1. Rather than having some other company assemble the battery packs for these vehicles, which is a relatively common practice in the industry, BMW prefers to do it itself.Of course, that requires some smart logistics. Thankfully BMW is pretty good at that, which is why it’s been able to double its battery pack production capacity in its Spartanburg, South Carolina factory, which the company announced on Wednesday. This means it’s invested $10 million in the battery facility and increased its size to over 86,000 square-feet.Beyond that, BMW has invested a further $10 million in its PHEV production line in Spartanburg. Clearly, it’s planning on selling a lot of X5 xDrive45e and X3 xDrive30e models, the latter of which will go into production in December.We drove the xDrive45e earlier this year alongside three other BMW PHEVs, and it was far and away our favorite thanks to the nearly 400 horsepower provided by its hybrid drivetrain. Its 24 kilowatt-hour battery is more than double the size of the previous X5 PHEV, and that makes it much more practical to use in EV mode.BMW’s Spartanburg factory has been in operation for 24 years, with its battery pack production line having been in full-swing for the last four. 11 Photos Post a comment BMW The 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e has a big battery pack for improved efficiency BMWlast_img read more

TMobile Rebrands Layer3 Service as TVision Home Inks Deal to Add Amazon

first_imgT-Mobile touted TVision Home’s “AI-driven” personalized user interface that learns your preferences based on viewing patterns, as well as an individual profile, home screen, and DVR section for multiple members of the household. The service’s DVR provides 1 terabyte of storage, enough for over 400 hours of content.Other features of TVision Home: Users can access Facebook videos and picture; check Twitter; voice controls via integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; and compatibility with home-security systems’ security cameras.Also, while TVision Home requires a set-top box today, T-Mobile says it will eventually be available as an app on connected-TV devices. Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) T-Mobile unveiled a new name for its Layer3 TV internet television service — TVision Home — with enhanced features, and announced a deal with Amazon to add Prime Video to the service later in 2019.TVision Home will be available starting April 14 in eight markets (the same areas Layer3 TV has already been available): Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Longmont, Colo.It’s not a skinny bundle: TVision Home starts at $90 per month, which includes more than 150 channels, local broadcast stations and regional sports networks, as well as 15,000 VOD titles. Premium TV packages like HBO and Showtime are extra. In addition, TVision Home users must pay a $10 monthly set-top fee per connected TV. (Actually, the regular price of TVision Home for non-T-Mobile wireless customers is $99.99 per month, but the carrier is including a $9.99-per-month discount to all new subs for a limited time.) Overall, it’s not really a better deal than traditional cable or satellite TV, despite T-Mobile’s rhetoric about bringing competition to incumbent pay-TV providers.In a special promo targeting satellite TV providers, T-Mobile is offering to pay contract-termination fees for Dish Network and DirecTV customers with up to $500 via prepaid card, when they switch to TVision Home.Channels available in TVision Home’s base package include ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as cable networks including ESPN, AMC, A&E, CNN, CNBC, TBS, TNT, Food Network, MTV, Comedy Central, E!, Bravo, Freeform, Disney Channel, History, BET, HGTV, FX, Fox Sports, Nickelodeon, TLC, Syfy and USA.Out of the gate, the revamped TVision Home will include apps for internet services Pandora, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles and HSN. Other apps to be available later in 2019 — in addition to Amazon Prime Video — include Netflix, YouTube, and YouTube Kids. T-Mobile also said it plans to release a companion app for iOS and Android, to let TVision Home customers to stream all their TV to a mobile device but only inside their home, because of rights restrictions.Subscription services like Netflix and Prime Video aren’t included in the TVision Home monthly price: Users must pay for those separately.TVision Home is a rebuild of the over-the-top TV service from startup Layer3 TV, which T-Mobile acquired in late 2017 for about $325 million. With the Layer3 team and technology, the carrier has been building what it has touted as “its first wave of home and mobile TV offerings” — which T-Mobile previously had planned to debut by the end of 2018.Separately, T-Mobile also is prepping a separate suite of wireless nationwide streaming services, slated to debut later in 2019, after announcing Viacom as its first programming partner last week.Like other OTT services, TVision Home requires an existing wired broadband connection today. According to T-Mobile, TVision Home is “designed for a 5G future where wireless broadband can replace your home internet.” The carrier’s 5G buildout plans — if its pending acquisition of Sprint is gets regulatory approvall — will deliver high-speed wireless service to more than half of U.S. households by 2024. Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Serviceslast_img read more

4yearold boy falls from pool car remains unhurt

first_imgKolkata: Two traffic sergeants rescued a 4-year-old boy who fell from a pool car while travelling home from school on Darga Road on Friday.Police said traffic sergeants — Raj Vijay Banerjee and Suman Mukherjee — were on duty in the area. They went to the spot as soon as the matter came to their notice and rescued the boy. The incident took place on Darga Road at Beniapukur. The boy, who is a nursery student, was travelling in a Maruti Omni car. Its sliding door somehow opened when the driver applied a sudden brake and the boy fell down from the car. The boy, however, remained unhurt. He was later handed over to his parents, who didn’t lodge any complaint against the pool car. The car has been intercepted by the police.last_img

Nuevo León region rebounds from drugcartel barbarism to thriving foreign investment hub

first_imgMONTERREY, Mexico — Theattack that burned 52 people to death at a casino in an upscale neighborhood was bad. But what really scared Idalia Villafana’s customers away were the body parts once strewn across the plaza near her restaurant.Villafana, 41, says she still can’t believe that the barbarism wrought by the Zetas drug cartel has largely subsided here near Monterrey, Mexico’s third-biggest metropolis, just a few years after she’d almost given up hope for peace.For that, she can thank local business leaders who got fed up with the penetration of the legal system by criminal syndicates and helped create and fund a unique program to take back the streets. The result: Murders in this industrial hub on the steps of the Sierra Madre are at a five-year low and commerce is once again thriving.A bustling symbol of the turnaround is the factory South Korea’s Kia Motors is building for more than $1 billion not far from where the Zetas once operated a paramilitary base. That’s helped push the wider Nuevo León region, which touches Texas, past Mexico City as the national leader in pledged foreign direct investment, with another $6 billion expected this year, state officials say. The vice president of global strategy at Kia Motors, Hyung-Kun Lee, delivers a speech during an announcement in Mexico City, of the installation of a vehicle assembly plant in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, on Aug. 27, 2014. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPThe money is trickling down the way it should for small-business owners like Villafana, who has a contract to feed 190 of the workers from the Kia project at her modest, white-washed eatery. Villafana says she struggled to pay a single employee at the height of the violence in 2011, when the casino attack occurred. Now she has six and is struggling to keep up with demand.“We thought this would become a ghost town if things stayed the same,” Villafana says as she dips a ladle into a steaming pot of zucchini, her fingernails painted light blue. “Instead, there’s lots of work. The plant has really helped.”Mexico has been wracked by drug-related violence that’s left more than 22,000 people missing and 70,000 dead in the past eight years, including 49 headless corpses dumped en masse on the highway linking Monterrey to the United States. While the murder rate has begun to fall, President Enrique Peña Nieto has faced criticism for surges of violence in some regions, such as the abduction of 43 students in western Mexico last year by corrupt cops who allegedly handed them over to a drug gang to be killed.Monterrey, the hub of a metropolitan region of 4.2 million people, is a linchpin of Mexico’s economy, with output per capita of about $20,000 a year almost double the national average.The city’s transformation would never have been possible without wholesale changes to the law-enforcement system, which was widely seen as infested with drug money, according to Guillermo Dillón, who runs the state’s industrial chamber, a lobby group whose members include cement maker Cemex SAB and the Alfa SAB conglomerate.The tipping point came in 2008, when kidnappings reached epidemic proportions, prompting the chamber to organize a media event to urge officials to act, Dillón said in an interview.“We said we were receiving very troubling complaints from many members who were threatened by kidnappers,” Dillón said.That event helped galvanize the public and embolden other business leaders to join the charge for change, including the late Lorenzo Zambrano of Cemex and Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB’s José Antonio Fernández. As popular support for a thorough cleansing of the state police department swelled, a group of politicians, businessmen, educators and non-governmental organizations was assembled and tasked with an overriding objective: build a brand new force. Members of the Civil Police Force watch screens at the Integral Coordination Center of Control, Command, Communications and State Count (C-5) in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, on Dec. 18, 2014. Julio César Aguilar/AFPBusinesses contributed about 50 specialists in public relations and human resources to create recruitment campaigns to attract the ideal officer — anyone who’s never been a cop. They set pay and benefits that far outstrip those in other states, such as private health insurance and scholarships for kids. Professors were brought in to help write the training manuals for the new police academy. They ran market studies to design a name and uniforms that inspire trust.Thus, Fuerza Civil, or Civil Force, was born.“It was important to have this collaboration between the private and public sectors,” Javier Trevino, a deputy education minister who was lieutenant governor of Nuevo León from 2009 to 2012, said by phone from Mexico City. “It was a good way to earn the trust of the community.”Four years on, the state’s Fuerza Civil is more than 4,000 members strong and 70 percent of Monterrey’s municipal cops have been purged. An alliance of cartels that teamed up to repel the Zetas in the state may also have helped reduce violence, according to political scientist Javier Oliva at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.The drop in crime — homicides have plunged 76 percent and car thefts 86 percent — has been so steep that violence is no longer the public’s single greatest concern, according to Pedro Torres, a security and law analyst at the Tecnologico de Monterrey university’s school of government. Spanish singer Joaquín Sabina performs during a concert in Monterrey, on May 8, 2015. Julio César Aguilar/AFPThe success of Nuevo León’s security revamp may serve as a blueprint for other states such as Jalisco, home of the country’s second-largest metropolis, Guadalajara. There, cartel gunmen recently shot down a military helicopter and erected roadblocks from burning buses and debris amid clashes with police that left at least seven people dead.As voters in Nuevo León prepare to elect a new governor next month, a rare independent candidate in a region with an entrenched two-party system, Jaime Rodríguez, is polling second. “El Bronco,” as he is known, survived two assassination attempts during the height of the violence, when he was mayor of a Monterrey suburb, and is now pledging to root out old- fashioned cronyism and graft.“Security isn’t my priority anymore,” said Osmar Dávila, a 19-year-old criminology student with a vivid memory of the shootout between cops and gang members that erupted outside his house three years ago. “It’s cleaning up the government.”With assistance from Thomas Black in Dallas.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco Military helicopter shot down as drug violence surges in western Mexicolast_img read more

A ComicCon without Marvel HBO gives others a cha

first_imgA Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop Paul Nestor, of San Diego, poses next to cut-out figures of President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka at a booth for the satirical comic book series “Trump’s Titans” during Preview Night of the 2018 Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2018 12:07 am PDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img SAN DIEGO – Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there’s usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor to buy merchandise at the stroke of 6 p.m., to have the life scared out of them at the DC Universe Swamp Thing “experience,” to gaze at pretty Laika characters, to get into a Hall H panel Thursday morning and even to take a photo with an Andrew Lincoln lookalike.Over 130,000 pop culture devotees will come to San Diego’s Gaslamp District for the annual four-day comic book convention Comic-Con, the big, bright and very heavily branded confab of costumed superfans and the corporate sponsors vying for their attention — and dollars.Interested in dining at a working replica of the “Demolition Man” Taco Bell for the movie’s 25th anniversary? Or witness a mock court-martial of Star Wars’ Poe Dameron for leading a mutiny in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”? How about a wine and beer tasting with Neil deGrasse Tyson? Or a “Ready Player One” experience with retro gaming stations and recreation of Room 237 from “The Shining”? If you like pop culture, it’s highly likely there is something tailor-made for you at Comic-Con 2018.“I’m blown away by everyone, everything,” said first-time attendee Jeffrey Potts, of Los Angeles. “It’s like an amusement park in the middle of town.”Right outside the convention centre, across the train tracks, DC Universe has set up a massive space with props and costumes from various movies and tv shows in DC history, like the giant rubber ducky cart from “Batman Begins,” and some elaborately-staged “experiences” like a menacing Harley Quinn-themed escape room in a paint-splattered asylum.What started as a 300-person event in 1970 has evolved into a massive operation with events year-round. But San Diego Comic-Con is the marquee occasion. Tickets for four-day access plus preview night can set attendees back $276, before hotel, travel costs, food and any souvenirs.Loicia Ware, a San Diego resident who has been coming to Comic-Con for at least 10 years, likes to venture onto the convention centre floor right when it opens Wednesday evening for preview night, heading straight for Artists Alley and Small Collections on the 460,000 square foot space. It allows her to focus on panels for the rest of the week.As it has grown, attendees have come to expect a lot from Comic-Con, like exclusive merchandise on the convention centre floor, newsy announcements from some of Hollywood’s biggest studios, and screenings of anticipated films and television shows.This year Warner Bros. is coming armed with stars and footage from “Aquaman,” ”Shazam!,” ”Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The LEGO Movie 2”; Sony is hyping its Spider-Man spinoff “Venom”; and Universal Pictures will be teasing “Halloween” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass.” On the television side, fans will get a glimpse of new “Doctor Who” star Jodie Whittaker and have a chance to check out “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Riverdale.” And streaming services like Netflix and Hulu will be back with properties like Marvel’s “Iron Fist” and the new J.J. Abrams-produced “Castle Rock,” based on Stephen King stories.But a few of the major players are conspicuously absent from Hall H, the 6,500-seat room in the San Diego Convention Center that boasts the highest-profile presentations and attracts an enthusiastic fan base willing to camp out overnight in line to secure a coveted seat — as of mid-day Wednesday there were at least 300 people already in line for panels that don’t begin until Thursday morning. Those skipping this year include Marvel Studios, HBO (“Game of Thrones”) and Star Wars.“It’s a huge deal when major properties like Marvel, Star Wars or HBO don’t show up,” says Germain Lussier, an entertainment reporter for io9/Gizmodo who has been attending the convention for 15 years. “For the past decade, Marvel Studios panels have consistently been the No. 1 most anticipated thing for movie fans at Comic-Con. Their panels never failed to disappoint with exclusive footage, huge news and big surprises.”Production schedules are more to blame than anything else, however. Lussier notes that each of the absent brands has a big (and intensely secretive) installment coming in 2019, including “Avengers 4,” ”Star Wars: Episode IX” and the final season of “Game of Thrones.”“Instead of showing up and disappointing fans, they’re simply bowing out to not bolster expectations,” he says.Also, other brands and properties could benefit from an unusually open runway.“Every year, there’s always one or two things everyone is talking about. And if it’s not ‘Avengers 4’or ‘Star Wars,’ what’s it going to be?” says Lussier. “I think this is a huge opportunity for Warner Bros. to steal every headline with major news and exciting footage.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

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"Its something that is quite easy to forget about. with the goal of being able to shoot, went to Minot for some shopping He put money in the meter but still received a ticket because the device malfunctionedJacobs quoting a former state senator who was Henry’s granddaughter wrote that Henry didn’t feel he should have to pay to do business in another city Henry the Democrats’ candidate for governor at the time started a petition drive that ultimately resulted in voters instituting the ban Jacobs wroteThe bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday Jan 26Oil spill bill amendedA bill that would change the threshold for reporting oil-related spills got a do-pass recommendation from committee but after significant amendments were introducedHouse Bill 1151 from Rep Roscoe Streyle R-Minot would no longer require oil companies to report spills of crude oil produced water or natural gas that remain on the facility or site and are less than 10 barrels or 420 gallonsThe reporting exemption only applies to oil and gas wells and saltwater disposal wells constructed with containment berms and impermeable base material Older sites without those safeguards would either have to be upgraded or continue to report all spillsIf a company has small spills within 15 days that cumulatively are 10 barrels or more those would still need to be reportedThe bill supported by the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee would still require all quantities of other chemicals such as those used in hydraulic fracturing to be reportedThe bill does not change requirements for companies to clean up all spillsAny written violation issued by the North Dakota Industrial Commission must be available for the landowner to review Stiffer penalties for giving alcohol to minors proposedCiting a consistent problem of underage drinking a North Dakota lawmaker is seeking tougher penalties on adults who supply alcohol to minorsRep Chuck Damschen R-Hampden is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1422 which increases the penalty for those over the age of 21 who "knowingly" deliver alcoholic beverages to somebody under the age of 21 from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony"Underage drinking is such an issue in North Dakota" Damschen said "A good way to address the problem is the supplier"Damschen said the bill has been introduced in previously but has been defeated"I hope it will be a different this time" he saidDamschen’s bill hasn’t been scheduled for a hearingProposal to eliminate treasurer gets hearingLawmakers will hold a hearing Thursday Jan 26 on a resolution that if approved by North Dakota voters in 2018 would eliminate the Office of the State TreasurerThe bipartisan proposal would amend the state Constitution to remove the treasurer as an elected constitutional officer effective Jan 1 2021 Another resolution involves studying the statutory changes needed to transfer duties to other state agenciesProponents have cited tough fiscal times and a need for a more efficient government while Treasurer Kelly Schmidt a Republican said her office doesn’t duplicate services but rather provides transparency in government spendingThe House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee will hear the bill ThursdayConceal carry bill to be debatedA bill allowing North Dakota gun owners to carry a concealed firearm without a permit will be brought up in a committee hearing Thursday Jan 26The bill introduced by Rep Rick Becker R-Bismarck would keep the current permitting process in place North Dakota offers Class 1 and Class 2 licenses for carrying a concealed weaponBut House Bill 1169 would allow legal US residents who are at least 21 years old to carry "any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless otherwise prohibited by law"The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear Becker’s bill ThursdayClifford in this story was stranded after all four legs had broken through the thin ice of a lakeAdams turned the book around and displayed the pictureAfter reading the passage she provided a piece of advice: "Never go out on the ice alone because it isn’t safe"A couple of the students giggled briefly at Clifford’s predicament before turning their attention back to the morning readerAs the bell rang Adams wished the children a Merry Christmas and then offered a suggestion:"When you get up on Christmas morning give Mom and Dad a big hug and a smooch" she said her twinkling eyes matching the smile on her face "Don’t tell them Keep it a secret That would be the best present"Adams who reads twice a month to young students at Lake Agassiz is one of several volunteers to participate in the program according to Linda Rohloff a paraprofessional for grades K-2Helping the needyBut reading to children is just one of many volunteer activities for Adams a Grand Forks real estate agent Rotary International member and grandmotherShe also is a leader in the Rotary’s Dictionary Project which this year is providing dictionaries for nearly 800 third-graders in Grand Forks East Grand Forks and Grand Forks CountyShe’s a coordinator for the Feed My Starving Children program organized locally through Sharon Lutheran ChurchShe’s also involved with Rotary’s WRAPS program which provides warm clothes or new shoes to needy childrenFor those efforts Adams was nominated as one of the most inspiring people an annual Herald series"I can’t figure how she has enough hours in the day to do all the things she does A lot of her focus is on kids" said Haley Wamstad who nominated her Wamstad is a Grand Forks County assistant state’s attorney and a fellow Rotary memberFor Adams volunteering is just a way of life Because she doesn’t have set office hours she can arrange her schedule to allow time for volunteer projectsFeed My Starving Children for example holds an annual event in April gathering and packing more than 300000 meals over a three-day period The goal for the next event is 400000 meals which are sent to feed children 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"They’ve done a very good job in characterizing the virus and it’s convincing that it is distinct from the other four" says Thomas Scott a dengue expert at the University of California Davis What it may mean for controlling dengue is unclear So far dengue 5 has been linked to only one outbreak in humans Vasilakis suspects that it is circulating possibly among macaques in the forests of Sarawak If it spreads it could make human vaccine development more challenging "We don’t need another complication in controlling dengue" Scott says Current efforts to rein in the disease are falling short In talks here today researchers from Malaysia the Philippines and Thailand said that despite control programs launched in the 2000s dengue cases are increasing though the death toll is down thanks to better management of severe cases "Dengue is spreading from urban to rural areas and to countries such as Nepal where it has not been seen before" said Samlee Plianbangchang the World Health Organization Southeast Asia regional director The annual global incidence close to 390 million cases is about three times the burden previously estimated researchers reported in April in Nature Despite a recent setback in vaccine development Plianbangchang said that projects in the pipeline have researchers "looking forward to a vaccine in the near future" But he adds that a vaccine will complement not replace efforts to contain dengue through mosquito control and public awareness "Dengue will be with us for many years and could get worse" he saidRita’s Ice will no longer serve custard one of their most popular items because of the avian flu crisis that has caused severe egg shortages in the US The Philadelphia-based company will replace custard with soft-serve ice cream for the time being in all of its more than 600 locations Rita’s did not provide a date by which custard will be back on the menu but wrote that it will be brought back “as soon as we know that we have access to a sustainable supply of eggs” Rita’s admitted that there is a “slight difference in taste and texture” between new soft-serve ice cream and the original custard but promised that the soft-serve “comes pretty darn close” As of June the avian flu had killed up to 47 million egg-laying hens making it the worst avian flu pandemic in American history The crisis has sent egg prices skyrocketing; American consumers will spend roughly $8 billion more on eggs this year a 75% increase from last year’s spending Contact us at editors@timecomJJ Abrams has heard the criticism that Star Wars: The Force Awakens cribs too heavily from George Lucas original trilogy But the director of what is now the highest-grossing domestic release of all time doesnt seem to find the lack of faith disturbing In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter Abrams acknowledged that some viewers may find his film overly familiar but he also maintained that it was important to acknowledge the franchises past while paving the way for its future "I can understand that someone might say Oh its a complete rip-off" Abrams said adding "What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new to go backwards to go forwards" Abrams who co-wrote The Force Awakens with Lawrence Kasdan (after Michael Arndt worked on earlier drafts) also said he knew going into the project that he wouldnt be able to please everyone "I knew that whatever we did there would be a group of people and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not that would take issue with any number of things" he said "But I knew we werent making the movie for any other reason than we believed that it could be something meaningful and special and entertaining and worthy of peoples time" This article originally appeared on EWcom Contact us at editors@timecomOne of the most significant partnerships in Hollywood began with casual neighborly chats between two dads Steven Spielberg didnt direct Tom Hanks until 1998s Saving Private Ryan but the pair had spent years as friends discussing their shared affinity for American stories Since then the pair have made the comedies Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal and co-produced HBO historical spectaculars like Band of Brothers and The Pacific Now they’re back together In conversation hours before the New York City premiere of their new film Bridge of Spies the pair has an easy camaraderie and a shared familiarity with American history Spies which opens Oct 16 amid a healthy dose of Oscar speculation sees Hanks playing James Donovan a real-life insurance lawyer tasked to defend Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) Though his defense is only intended to make it appear like justice is being served Donovan ends up not merely providing full-throated advocacy but getting involved in prisoner-exchange negotiations after an American U-2 pilot is downed over the USSR and an American student is taken prisoner in Berlin Its a complicated situation that Spielberg and Hanks approach in a manner both unfashionably devoid of irony and refreshingly suffused with moral clarity And in an interview with TIME for the issue on newsstands Oct 9 they addressed their partnership how Hollywood has changed from technology to racial representation and whether it’s possible for filmmakers to make a real social impact Your last collaboration onscreen was The Terminal more than a decade ago What accounts for the gaps between collaborations and what about a given Spielberg movie makes it seem like one that needs Hanks in it Hanks: [laughs] What is that Spielberg: Its funny because a couple of times its been my idea once its been Toms idea and once it was that we decided independent of each other Once Tom read the first draft of a script and I read the first draft of a script and we called each other on the phone at the same moment and decided to do it togetherthat was Saving Private Ryan That was the one time that he cast me and I cast him Hanks: Youre giving me a little too much credit I wasnt quite that prescient I think I did some ground work to find out if you were open to the phone call What have you learned about each other’s processes since Saving Private Ryan Hanks: When we got to know each other as guys who live in the same part of town and had kids all about the same age operating in the same nonprofessional circles we developed a language that was all about how we read history for pleasure We were constantly reading biographies or histories searching out the documentaries wed never seen From that came this dialogue based in "Did you hear about this Did you read this Did you see this Are you reading that now" Its no surprise that the first thing we did was based on the vision of history we never cease reading about and it just goes on and on; cant quite get enough of it We really had this shorthand His version of cinema is all his and instinctive my version of acting is completely [mine] so we never really talked about the specifics of it Steven Jurassic World recently became one of the biggest movies of all time Hanks: Isn’t it the biggest film of all time Spielberg: Its number three behind Avatar and Titanic and its about to become number four when Star Wars comes out Were three now until December 18 my birthday Then I give it about three weeks before we are number four Hanks: Star Wars will come out and the world is going to tilt on its axis and stop revolving and everything after that will be different How did Jurassic World exceed or fall short of your expectations Spielberg: It exceeded not only my expectations but the people whose job it is to prognosticate; it exceeded the studios expectations and [director] Colin Trevorrow’s expectations Who could have expected this mega-success on his first non-Sundance film Hanks: [laughs] Now that guys got problems as far as his next job goes Hes gotta accept the fact that he aint gonna top it All he has to do is turn in a good movie and hell win man Talk about a sophomore jinx man his next gig Do you want to be a part of the franchise world anymore Bridge of Spies seems to be as far from an “expanded cinematic universe” as possible Spielberg: Thank goodness I cant live on an alien planet my entire career Ive got to find things that are earthbound that make me glad to be on this planet and experiences when Im making films that have relevance and have kinship to actual events in history That fills me up; that makes me actually happier in this stage of my life than even a success like Jurassic World When do you know a film is working Hanks: Never I wish we could The only thing we know is Hey that was fun Spielberg: I run a movie for myself the first time and if I can forget I had anything to do with the picture and Im halfway through the movie and Im just the audience then that is my litmus test for a film working It doesnt mean its going to work for anybody outside of myself but when I lose the aesthetic distance between the screen and where Im sitting the first time I run a picture that Ive directed for myself if Im aware to the very end that Im the director and all I can do is find things to fault then I know I have my work cut out for me And I have to roll up my sleeves and fix everything But when I can watch a movie and I can forget that I made the movie thats the first sign that Im going to be pretty happy with it that Im going to be able to live with it Your kids are involved in varying capacities in the entertainment industry one that looks wildly different from the one in which you came up What do you make of it all Hanks: I wish that it would have been so easy to make my own content when I was in high school and college You had to buy film and cameras and Moviolas and stuff like that It wasnt something you could just do And now when anyone says to me "How do you get started in Hollywood" I say "If youre not already creating get out" Because all the tools are at your disposal to put together any idea you want And that can be for a great 20 seconds or it can be for a great 20 minutes Spielberg: There are stories to be told in every format There are stories to be told if youve only got five minutes between classes You can look at your watch; you can pick up your phone You can look at a five-minute story There is something to make you smile or laugh to share with your friend that maybe is only seven seconds long There is something today for everybody which gives voice to so many people who would never have a voice and who would have to go into the professional world with this iron ceiling to try to be heard Today anyone can be heard at any time Do Hollywood’s changes the degree to which traditional movies and TV are being encroached upon by a million other forms of entertainment concern you Hanks: My oldest son Colinhes working in television now and the structure of its completely different than when I was working in it The money is different the pull they have is different The wake is so much wider now in terms of all the creativity thats out there As an artist who needs to have the money in order to do what he wants to do there is pressure involved in there and its tough Because the chances are the measure for success is either you are an ultra absolute mega-hit or youre an also-ran I think theres many more also-rans than there are mega-utra-super hits Thats just the reality of it Now if you can do it without having too much worries about money involved in it then you can do any damn thing you want to and all you have to do is put in the hard work Does this make you optimistic about greater representation at the highest levels of Hollywood It still seems like most top actors and directors tend to be white and in the case of directors male Hanks: What that is isfor lack of a better wordthe military-industrial complex makes the decision of what gets the attention Theres all sorts of influence and marketing that goes around in order to get those sort of movies as much influence and eyeballs as possible You do not have to go far down the food chain in order to see the opposite of that: You name the minority you name the diversity and its happening in spades You cant find it and its not thrust forward because they dont have the marketing behind them but if you want to and youve got Netflix or Apple TV you can see almost anybody of any color or any gender doing any story they want to Its not going to be for a lot of money and maybe only 17000 other people have seen it But its there and all you have to do is separate yourself Ive got to come up with some other name than “military-industrial complex” The “entertainment complex” Spielberg: Two of the biggest hits of the year are Empire on Fox and Straight Outta Compton Hanks: And what does that prove That proves there is an audience with a vociferous appetite for it So the entertainment complex will catch up with it Itll just be at a snails pace What periods of history feel under-covered by film Hanks: I dont think you can just choose the era or the genre Because that takes the inspiration out of it It has to be something that someone discovers as the avenue into it The best example I can give right now is what theyre doing with Hamilton If you say “Oh its a play about Alexander Hamilton in colonial times” I say "Well give me a gun so I can shoot myself in the head because thats just going to be homework and medicine" If you say “No no its a hip hop version” "Okay its a hip-hop version Well tell you what give me a gun so I can shoot myself in the head because that just sounds downright silly" And then you go and see it and it actually is so prescient because say what you want about the thing but I saw it twice when it was down at the Public [Theater] and when I realized I was watching a huge African-American man playing George Washington talking about throwing off the yoke of oppression and the need for human beings to thrive under liberty I thought OK this is brand-new territory that is so salient to our lives today that I never would have been able to imagine it And thats whats requiredthe new avenue into it Is there a common thread in US historysomething that connects the stories of Lincoln and the Invasion of Normandy and the story of James Donovan Spielberg: I dont think theres an easy answer to that question because if there was a common thread Jim Crow wouldnt even have existed and Lincolns intentions for his method of rebuilding or reconstructing the company would have been facile and would have been resolved before the end of the 19th century I think the dogma of racism if theres anything that has stunted our growth as a nation and continues to echo is exactly that Can Hollywood make inroads against that Spielberg: When they made 12 Years a Slave that opened a lot of eyes I know it was ancient history to some people but when you see a movie that can transport you back to a time thats almost hard to watch its no longer ancient history Its relevant to the young person who sees that movie and it might reshape their values Is there one of each other’s movies you wish you had worked on Hanks: Dear Godwell youre fishing for something specific I was just back from working my first season at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and I was back in my college town of Sacramento and I was working as a stage manager at a local theater company which also meant that I was assistant technical director and built sets and all that kind of stuff I had a rare morning off and I was sleeping on the floor of a friend of mine because I didnt have an apartment at the time This other buddy calls me up and we jumped in my Volkswagen drove to the Century Inn Cinemas for the 10:20 showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind It was the first showing it was a weekday so there were maybe 40 people in the theater but this was a movie we had studied the making of without having seen a single frame of the movie What was great about it too both me and my friends commented on it: It had no iconographic casting to it Richard Dreyfuss was a guy who worked for the power company We had never really seen a movie where a guy who worked for the power company met the aliens Spielberg: I have to say Philadelphia Because I knew Tom really well when he was making Philadelphia Really well And I was making Schindlers List at the same time So before we all took off for our movies Tom cut all his hair off so he brought his family over on the weekends to our beach house And Ive got videos of Tom with no hair with a baseball cap on I knew the story but hadnt read the script I knew what audiences were about to see For me the proof in knowing someone very very well and not knowing someone at all but knowing his character very well is when I went to see Philadelphia and forgot that I even knew this man And saw one of the most noble statements I had seen in film It was a ground-breaking achievement in the social context and the context of tolerance And opening peoples minds to something they were very closed to in those days; an issue that was a clear and present danger to everyone And it was really–that was one of the most shattering experiences Ive had seeing a movie when I knew the actor and then discovered that I didnt know the character The knowing of the actor didnt knock down the fourth wall The role of James Donovan is self-consciously tamped down; he’s a relatively anonymous lawyer whose special qualities only become clear over time Why cast one of the most recognizable men in the world Spielberg: This part was crying out for one of the greatest living actors… Hanks: Im going to get a banana [leaves] Spielberg: …I was able to snag one of the greatest living actors to represent the virtues and the principles that this character showed all of us in real life Hanks: Theres no escaping the countenance that goes along with the whole thing; cant help it Ive been babysitting kids on video since Bosom Buddies But if youre only giving the audience stuff theyre familiar with theyre going to hate you There has to be something new up there And its beyond my pay grade to figure out what it is Everybodys burdened by that There are a handful of actors that are truly mysterious Daniel Day[-Lewis] is one of them Johnny Depp is one of them to a degree and other people that you might not necessarily know their names Spielberg: Robert Downey Jr Hanks: Yeah he can do stuff But if you know their name then they are somehow defined There are a lot of brilliant actors out therethat guys great that guys great I dont know their names If you know their name your job is to surprise them If you dont youre screwed Contact us at editors@timecom

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