New Audi Q3: Getting reacquainted

first_imgThe day started out quite well. It was relatively dry and cool, especially given the fact that we were in Goa during the onset of the monsoon. We got into our car, the new Audi Q3, and we were barely 500m out of the hotel when the downpour began. Our elaborate plan of shooting the car at different ‘untouched’ locations went straight out of the window and drowned in a puddle of disappointment. But like every dark cloud our silver lining was that we will be able to enjoy the Q3’s Quattro system on the narrow and winding Goan roads.When we say the new Q3, it’s not exactly the ‘new’ Q3. It is still the old one with a cosmetic and a features upgrade. The Q3 gets a bolder grille with matte chrome surrounds. The DRLs have been redesigned and now look more complete and rounded than before. The headlamps too are redesigned and for the first time they are all LEDs, though, this feature will only be available in the top of the line variants.The headlamps have a good light throw and provide good visibility in low visibility conditions like heavy rainfall. This weather light function also reduces the risk of dazzling oncoming traffic in low visibility. The top-down philosophy that Audi is quite famous for also trickles down to the Q3, for it now also comes with dynamic turn indicators but only on the rear of the car. The Q3 we drove was running Pirelli rubber adorned on 17-inch wheels.advertisementInside though, the upgrades and changes are more prominent. The cabin sports a beige and dark grey trim on the dash and the centre console. The soft feel plastic exudes quality and richness, simply put, the car feels expensive.A fold down MMI system now sits right in the centre of the dash. The controls to it, however, are now mounted on the centre dash rather than the centre console. It also comes with 20GB of internal storage and satellite navigation. Unfortunately though, Audi still refuses to give USB slots in their cars which has become a necessity now.The car also comes with a rear parking camera and parking sensors both in the front and the rear – this makes parking a bit easier. The seats are as comfortable and plush as you would expect. The rear seats, however, are best occupied by two passengers only. But the kneeroom is aplenty. The headroom is on the lower side, mainly owing to the slightly sloping roofline design of the car. Taller passengers will especially feel the lack of it.Mechanically, the car remains the same – it has the same 2.0TDi motor as before and hasn’t undergone an increase or a decrease in the number of horses is packs. The gearbox too is the same 7-speed dual clutch automatic, but now it comes with paddle shifters on the steering which gives it a proper sporty feel and makes for faster shifts.The Q3 was always a fun car to drive and I didn’t mind having another go on the Goan roads. The Quattro system is the crown jewel of Audi and it is easy to see why. The system is always active and constantly working to provide the best grip possible.The Q3 handles like a joy in the corners especially the long sweeping ones. The suspension copes well with bumps and ruts. Though if you do put the car into dynamic mode, the ride does get harsh. Then, the already low body roll becomes almost nonexistent and you can push the car harder into the corners.The brakes too are very responsive even under tricky conditions. The steering though could have done with a bit more feel. But then, again, there are very few other cars I would rather have in place of this one.last_img read more

Ilayathalapathy Vijay backs jallikattu with this powerful video

first_imgJallikattu is one issue that has spawned heated debates across the country. Several Kollywood celebrities including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Simbu and Dhanush have supported the traditional sport.Interestingly, Ilayathalapathy Vijay, who is basking in the success of Bairavaa, took to Twitter and shared a powerful message on jallikattu.ALSO READ: Bairavaa ReviewALSO READ: Trisha deactivates Twitter over jallikattuALSO READ: Vetri Maaran supports jallikattuIn the video, Vijay said, “Law was not created to rob people off their tradition and rights but to protect it. Jallikattu is every Tamilian’s identity. Those who are protesting against the ban on Jallikattu are united by the feeling that they are Tamilians but not out of compulsion or political pressure. I bow down to each and everyone of them.”Actor Suriya, who is awaiting the release of Singam 3, took to Twitter and lashed out at PETA, which is aggressively campaigning against Jallikattu.#Alanganallur #JusticeforJallikattu Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) January 17, 2017In May 2014, the Supreme Court banned the conduct of jallikattu.On the work front, Vijay is teaming up with director Atlee for Vijay 61, which is tipped to be an action thriller. Reports also suggest that the project will feature actors Jyothika, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and SJ Suryah in pivotal roles.WATCH:#JusticeforJallikattu Vijay (@actorvijay) January 17, 2017last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Twitter Account Makes An Unfortunate Mistake

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is Michigan week. For Ohio State players and fans, that comes with a hard and fast rule on social media.Any letter ‘m’s’ in a word must be replaced by a Red ‘x.’Even the official football Twitter account follows this code.However, Urban Meyer–or whoever is actually running his Twitter account–forgot about this custom this afternoon. The account sent out a tweet with an untainted ‘m’ in it.“Careers are made, Legends are Born!!!” the tweet reads.Careers are made, Legends are Born!!!— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) November 19, 2018As you can see by the responses to the tweet, Ohio State fans are correcting Meyer. All in good fun, however.It is doubtful that Meyer ever actually uses “his” Twitter account, but if he’s focused on a letter this week, it probably isn’t ‘m.’ It’s ‘D’ as in defense.Ohio State’s stop unit has been woeful much of the season, and struggled mightily against Maryland on Saturday. It is a major concern.If the Buckeyes’ ‘D’ doesn’t play better, they can forget about a W against their archrivals.last_img read more

Teekay Welcomes Los Angeles Spirit to Its Fleet

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Corporation added another Suezmax tanker, the Los Angeles Spirit, to its fleet on July 6.After successful completion of the vetting process, the 159,200 dwt vessel is now on its first voyage under Teekay technical management, according to the company.The 2007-built Los Angeles Spirit features a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters.The vessel was purchased as part of a batch of 12 Suezmax trankers from US-base Principal Maritime Tankers in August 2015.The tankers were bought for a total of USD 662 million.Teekay Tankers earlier received commitments from four of its lenders to provide a debt facility of USD 400 million to finance the purchase, which will be secured by the acquired vessels.Teekay’s tanker business reported an adjusted net income of USD 46 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to USD 39 million for the same period a year earlier, mainly attributed to an increase in fleet size as a result of the acquisition of 19 modern, mid-size tankers during 2015 and the expansion of the company’s chartered-in tanker portfolio during 2015 and 2016, partially offset by lower spot tanker rates in the first quarter of 2016.Teekay Tankers owns a fleet of some 45 double-hull tankers, including Suezmax, Aframax, Long Range 2 (LR2) and Medium-Range (MR) product tankers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Never a hard deadline PCs Wildrose still working on unitetheright proposal

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says his team and the Wildrose party have made progress on a unity plan and an announcement is coming soon.Kenney said representatives from both sides have narrowed the gap on key points.“We should have news for you in the not-too-distant future,” Kenney said Friday.Friday was the deadline set six weeks ago for negotiating teams from each party to bring back a report. The delay is not a concern given how much has to be done, Kenney said.“This was never a hard deadline. We made it clear that it could go beyond that,” he said.“We were setting that as an aspirational goal for the unity discussion group.”Kenney declined to elaborate on sticking points in the closed-door discussions.“I’m not going to negotiate in public, but when you’re bringing together two political parties, there are dozens of different issues you have to deal with — legal issues, governance issues, (and) obviously a statement of principles,” he said.Wildrose Leader Brian Jean declined an interview request Friday. He posted a video statement saying he was optimistic about the unity talks but the direction of the party will ultimately be decided by the grassroots.“Unifying conservatives cannot be based on a principle of gaining power for power’s sake,” Jean said. “It must be more than that.”A unity agreement would be the next step toward getting both parties working as one, with an organizational structure and a full slate of candidates in time for the next general election.By law, Premier Rachel Notley must call the vote in the spring of 2019, however premiers always have the option of going early if they feel circumstances warrant.Former premier Jim Prentice called the election a year early in 2015 and his PCs were trounced by Notley’s NDP, losing power after more than four decades.Both the Wildrose and the PCs have expressed concern Notley may call an early vote to take advantage of both parties being in flux.On Thursday, Notley reiterated she will not.“I’m kind of a law-friendly person. I like law. Law is fun. And where stuff is there, you should follow it,” said Notley.“So it’s my intent to follow both the spirit as well as the letter of the (election) law.”Both Jean and Kenney have said they will run to be leader of any new merged party.If a deal is struck, the rank and file members in both parties would have to ratify it. Jean has said three quarters or more of Wildrose members would have to approve it.Kenney said the PC rules mandate a simple majority, but said, “I certainly hope we can do better than 50 per cent and I frankly expect that we will.”Kenney, a former cabinet minister under Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, won the PC party leadership on March 18 on a mandate to merge.The victory has left some critics worried Kenney will move the PCs further right on social issues and rights of minorities. Kenney has said he wants a big-tent party of Conservatives.In recent weeks, seven board members have left, some citing concern with the direction of the party under Kenney.One former board member, Lorna Wolodko, posted news of her resignation on social media.“The big tent is getting a tad claustrophobic,” she wrote on Twitter Thursday. “A little sad and a lot relieved.”Kenney said the departures need to be kept in context.“There’s 50 board positions on the PC board. It’s like the cast of Ben-Hur,” he said. “I know a few of the people who have resigned recently planned to do so anyway for personal reasons.“I think a couple have chosen to do so because they don’t agree with the direction that members have taken, and I respect that.”last_img read more

Zendaya Celebrates 20th Birthday By Raising Money For Convoy Of Hope

first_imgActress and Convoy of Hope Ambassador, Zendaya, celebrated her 20th birthday on September 1, with a campaign to raise $50,000 to support Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative.“I want to help raise money for women who are impoverished,” Zendaya says. “This program helps them take care of themselves and their families — breaking the cycle of poverty.”Starting September 1, fans can visit and donate to help women in Kenya, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Tanzania and the Philippines.Zendaya has been an ambassador for Convoy of Hope since 2012, when she raised money to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In 2014, she celebrated her 18th birthday by raising funds to feed hungry kids in three countries through Convoy of Hope’s feedONE Initiative.“We are so grateful for Zendaya’s heart to help women in need,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “She is enabling us to bring strength and dignity to people throughout the world.”last_img read more

Egypt UN officials urge Government restraint respect for human rights

28 January 2011Top United Nations officials today urged the Government of Egypt to protect the rights of its citizens amid the political protests taking place in the country, particularly freedoms of expression, information and assembly. “One of the ground principles of democracy is to protect and ensure the freedom of speech of the people,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Davos, Switzerland, when asked about the situation in Egypt. According to media reports, anti-government protests are intensifying across Egypt, as police clash with demonstrators in several cities demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Protests continued today despite reports of widespread disruptions to Internet and mobile phone service from early on Friday.The Secretary-General stressed that the situation in Egypt, and the wider region, must not lead to further violence. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Egyptian Government to exercise restraint, and to initiate investigations into reports of the use of excessive force, particularly the killing of at least five and possibly more civilians. “It has been brought to my attention that since the street protests erupted, police have confronted protestors with rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, water cannons and batons, and arrested more than 1,000 people, including political opponents,” she said. “While maintaining rule and order are important, the responsibility of the Government to protect the rights to life, liberty and security is paramount.” She called on the Government to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, including by restoring free use of mobile phones and social networks.“People must be entitled to express their grievances against violations of their civil and political rights as well as their frustrations at lack of realisation of their economic rights, the right to work and the right to an adequate standard of living,” Ms. Pillay stated. “And governments in the region and around the world must take heed. Suppressing citizens’ voices, silencing dissent and stifling criticism will not make the problems go away. Recent events in the region highlight the fact that tackling serious problems by resorting primarily to high-handed security measures only causes them to fester and eventually erupt on a large scale.”The protests in Egypt are taking place just weeks after anti-government demonstrations led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in neighbouring Tunisia earlier this month. read more

DR of Congo moves steadily towards elections in 2005 but challenges are

In his 16th report to the UN Security Council on the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), Mr. Annan adds that within the country human rights violations are deeply disturbing and reform of the security sector “remains daunting.””The Rwandan armed-group presence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is both a threat to the security of the Rwandan population in border areas and the local civilian Congolese population and a long-term irritant in relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. It also exacerbates the strained relations among various ethnic groups and armed elements in the Kivus,” he says.The eastern provinces are Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu.Rwanda could only benefit from the DRC Government’s extension of its authority throughout its territory, he says.”In the spirit of reconciliation, I urge full cooperation between these Governments to ensure that peace is restored to the eastern Democratic of the Congo. I also call on Uganda to play a positive role in assisting the Transitional Government in extending its authority throughout Ituri.”From September to mid-December, “the MONUC Ituri Brigade sustained 40 incidents of direct fire from armed militias in various locations,” it says.Mr. Annan welcomes the addition of 5,900 peacekeepers to MONUC, but notes that the number is less than half of what would be required to ensure free and fair elections in 2005.Meanwhile, installing transparent and legitimate local governments in many areas of the country “has been hindered by the lack of infrastructure, the irregular payment of salaries of civil servants and the illegal exploitation of natural resources,” he writes.The Transitional Government has not responded to a number of MONUC requests to conduct transparent and independent investigations into killings or human rights violations and, indeed, had failed even to condemn rights violations, Mr. Annan says.No action has been taken against Thomas Lubanga of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), even though the group kidnapped a MONUC soldier and regularly issues death threats against UN peacekeepers.The Government had not looked into the “indiscriminate killing” last October of more than 70 people by the national army, FARDC, as it took back the town of Kilwa, near the Zambian border, from the Revolutionary Movement for the Liberation of Katanga.Though the military trial of nearly two dozen soldiers accused of crimes against humanity for their activities in 2002 in Ankoro, south of Lubumbashi, had re-opened, the Ministry for Human Rights “had been frustrated in its attempts” to seek justice for 100 women and children raped by a FADRC battalion in two villages of Equateur Province in December 2003.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, mandated under the Global and All-Inclusive Agreement, has not been fully constituted and most prisoners are denied food and medical attention.In preparing for the elections, MONUC has organized seminars, workshops and training sessions on the human rights implications of sexual violence, justice administration and women’s participation in the elections.Despite the good work of thousands of UN employees in helping the Congolese restore peace to their country, eight out of 72 allegations of sexual exploitation by UN troops in Bunia last year have been corroborated. Most involve soliciting prostitutes, a violation of the UN peacekeepers’ code of conduct, the report notes.”I am afraid there is clear evidence that acts of gross misconduct have taken place. This is a shameful thing for the United Nations to have to say and I am outraged by it,” Mr Annan says. read more

Victims of Westminster attack remembered at inquest He was my best friend

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Cochran, an American citizen from Utah, was hit by Masood’s car and thrown off Westminster Bridge onto the embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene and pathologist later concluded he died from severe head injuries.Closing her account of her husband at the Old Bailey yesterday morning, Mrs Cochran said: “My husband, my friend, my love, my mentor, my admirer, my inspiration, my rockstar. I miss you with all my heart.”Aysha FadeMother of two Aysha Frade was walking home from work when she was  “cruelly and brutally taken away” from her family and young daughters, her husband told the inquest.Mrs Frade, 44, was an administrative assistant at a nearby Westminster college when she was killed in Masood’s attack.Holding back the tears as he spoke, John Frade said his wife “lived and breathed for her daughters” and that she would “always wanted to provide for her friends and family.” Kurt Cochran, one of the victims of the Westminster Bridge terror attack, was described as a “hero” for saving his wife’s life in the attack last MarchCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Kurt Cochran She said: “He loved a cup of tea with his customers, many of whom remained his friends over the years.”Everyone loved him. He would do anything to help anyone who needed it.”Mr Rhodes was struck by Masood’s car as he was leaving a hospital appointment at the nearby Thomas’s Hospital.He was later taken to King’s College Hospital where he was treated for very serious injuries. However, he never regained consciousness and died just over 24 hours after the attack.Pc Keith PalmerPC Keith Palmer was the “face of British policing” and “must be dotted all over the world” in pictures taken by thousands of tourists who flocked to the Palace of Westminster, his colleague said.Pc Palmer loved greeting visitors at the Palace gates and talking about the history of the building, Pc Nick Carlisle told the inquest.“He was popular with tourists looking to have their photo taken with a British bobby,” he said. Pc Palmer died from stab wounds after terrorist Khalid Masood attacked him inside the grounds of Parliament in March last year. He was pronounced dead at the scene.He joined the Metropolitan Police in 2001 and became a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament in 2016.Pc Carlise said: “Keith became a police officer protecting Westminster because he wanted a new experience and to spend more time with his family.“I am immensely proud to have called him my friend. But most of all I shall remember him as a family man. That is why he went to work – to provide for his wife and his daughter.”Andreea CristeaAndreea Christea, 31, had written of her hope that 2017 would be the best year of her life.She had planned to start a family with her partner Andrei Burnaz. But her “dreams were shattered” by Khalid Masood; his car striking her and she fell 40ft into the Thames. She was rescued after nine minutes in the water but never regained consciousness and died on April 6. Mrs Frade’s sister Michelle also spoke at the inquest and revealed that the mother of two had expressed concern at working in the Westminster area because of the terrorism threat.She said: “Her job relocated to Westminster where she was worried about terrorist attacks, but we put it down to her usual nervous self and that she was probably in the safest part of London.“But now she will never be able to smile again, see her daughters grow up or grow old with her husband.”Mrs Frade was killed “almost instantaneously” when she was hit by Masood’s car and thrown under a passing bus, the inquest heard.Leslie Rhodes“I remember him smiling and happy,” Leslie Rhodes’s niece told the Westminster Bridge inquest about her uncle, a retired window cleaner, who was the oldest victim of last year’s attack.Mr Rhodes, who was 73 at the time of his death, was born in Battersea, London in 1941 and was the youngest of three sons.An enthusiastic cricket fan who loved to fish, Mr Rhodes was “a very private man” who never had his own children Amanda Rhodes told the inquest, adding: “He acted like a father to us.” Aysha Frade ‘lived and breathed for her daughters’, her husband saidCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA In the opening day of the Westminster Bridge terror attack inquest, moving “pen portraits” were written and read aloud by the family members of the attack’s five victims.Kurt Cochran“Hero” Kurt Cochran pushed his wife out of the way of Khalid Masood’s oncoming vehicle and “took the full force” of the attack, the inquest heard.Mr Cochran, who was 54 at the time of his death, was visiting London with his wife, Melissa Cochran, when he was the first victim of the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March last year.Yesterday’s inquest opened with touching accounts from Mr Cochran’s family, including his sister Angela Stoll who spoke on behalf of Mrs Cochran because “she didn’t think she could get through it herself.”Mrs Cochran described the day her husband was killed as a “cowardly attack on humanity.” Leslie Rhodes was a retired window cleaner. His family described him as “a very private man.”Credit:Met Police/PA Her family, some of whom followed proceedings from the British Embassy in Bucharest, paid tribute to Ms Cristea on what would have been her 33rd birthday.She was described as a “lovely, enchanting and life-loving” woman, who had a thriving interior design business.“All her dreams were shattered when she went on her final trip to England, London, and she suddenly became the victim of the Westminster terror attacks,” their statement said. “It is awful and heartbreakingly painful. The pain we felt and feel now cannot be expressed in words.” She said that, despite his old age and retirement, Mr Rhodes still continued to clean windows for family and friends. Andreea Cristea  He said: “An outside babysitter was never an option. When [our daughter] was four-years-old we realised that we had not been to the cinema in four years. The even stranger part was that we had not even missed it. We loved being a family – all four of us.” Aysha Frade In a New Year’s Eve note, she wrote: “The year 2017 will be the best of my life… I will have a wonderful man by my side, who will love and cherish me and with this man I will start a wonderful family.” His sister Angela said: “He was always brave and took his role as a police officer seriously. He treated everyone with respect.”Keith died protecting strangers whilst doing his job and he will be remembered by many for his courage and bravery.” A-level students Tyler Chapperley-Russell and Will Robins met PC Keith Palmer while on a college trip to London last year. They were taking photos around the Palace of Westminster when they noticed PC Palmer was behind them and he joined inCredit:BBC PC Palmer She said: “He was my bestfriend, my husband and my hero. I was so lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams. He made me laugh every single day. I cherish every single memory we made.”I am forever grateful for the time we had together, allowing me to be the mother to his children, and especially his heroic actions on that day, saving my life.” Leslie Rhodes Andreea Cristea would have turned 33-years-old on the day the inquest into her death beganCredit:Met Police/PA read more

Nick Paspaley looks to buy Dartbrook coal mine with Nathan Tinkler

first_imgNick Paspaley, the pearl king of Australia, has moved a step closer to buying the Dartbrook coal mine with controversial former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler.John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, both Northern Territory businessmen, have loaned the ‘boganaire’s’ junior mining company Australian Pacific Coal $20 million to buy Dartbrook, in the NSW Hunter Valley, from mining giant Anglo American.Nathan Tinkler is a former billionaire whose mining empire collapsed in 2012 following the slide in coal prices, and who now plans to develop a five million tonnes per annum, open pit operation at the currently closed mine. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

FaceTime bientôt disponible en 3G

first_imgFaceTime, bientôt disponible en 3G ?Les opérateurs européens commencent à débloquer l’usage de l’appel vidéo sur leurs réseaux mobiles. En ligne de mire, FaceTime pourrait être accessible partout, là où il est aujourd’hui uniquement disponible en WiFi.Apple a lancé sa technologie d’appel vidéo appelée FaceTime en juin 2010, en même temps que la présentation de l’iPhone 4. Steve Jobs avait alors fait part de son intention de démocratiser la visioconférence sur mobile et d’imposer FaceTime comme un standard, avec la publication du code pour les développeurs. Deux ans plus tard, on est très loin du compte. FaceTime reste estampillé Apple et exclusif à ses produits. Les limitations de la technologie, dont l’utilisation en WiFi obligatoire, n’ont pas séduit les consommateurs, outre un ou deux appels test pour vérifier si l’appel fonctionne.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais cela pourrait changer très prochainement. Les opérateurs, à l’époque, hostiles à voir leurs infrastructures réseau surchargées par cette nouvelle manière de communiquer, ont changé d’avis. Selon le site Macworld, l’opérateur allemand Deutsche Telekom vient d’ajouter une option à son catalogue permettant les appels VoIP et Facetime sur le réseau 3G pour la modique somme de 9,95 euros par mois. Les choses bougent en France également, Bouygues Telecom a assoupli ses conditions d’accès à la data rendant possible l’appel vidéo. Free Mobile, quant à lui, permet cet usage sans option tarifaire supplémentaire.Désormais, la balle est dans le camp d’Apple. Pour l’heure, si l’un des deux appareils souhaitant faire un appel FaceTime n’est pas en WiFi, iOS bloque immédiatement la fonction. Il suffirait juste d’une mise à jour pour accéder à la visioconférence où que l’on se trouve, avec toutefois une gestion des débits pour obtenir des images correctes des deux côtés de la ligne. Mais désormais avec cet appui des opérateurs, la porte est ouverte pour enfin démocratiser cet usage, souvent réclamé par les clients, mais presque jamais utilisé. Le 22 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Victor Garbor Sings in Legends of Tomorrows Lighthearted Apollo 13 Mission

first_imgStay on target Legends of Tomorrow has really stepped up this season, becoming one of the CW’s best superhero shows, especially now that it’s moved to Tuesdays. Its goofy time-travelling fun is the perfect palate cleanser after a particularly dark episode of The Flash. This week’s episode took the Legends to NASA in 197o: The Apollo 13 mission. First, there’s a bit of fun with Rip leading them to New York in 1960s, where he dropped Commander Steel off. In the two seconds between old Rip dropping him off and current Rip returning, Commander Steel has managed to disappear completely.Rip has some trouble adjusting to the new team dynamic aboard the Waverider. Everyone has learned to function without him, and he can’t quite figure out how to fit back in. Sara certainly appears to be a much more effective leader anyway. They figure out that Commander Steel has gone to NASA, working in mission control. They infiltrate NASA as press, but Commander Steel isn’t too happy to see Rip. He punches him and locks him up for taking him away from his wife and son.Once the situation is explained, the Legends learn that Commander Steel came up with an ingenious hiding place for his fragment of the Spear of Destiny. It’s in Neil Armstrong’s flag on the moon. No way the Legion of Doom is getting it there, right? Well, there’s one problem. The Apollo 13 mission is happening, and everything’s OK. No exploding oxygen tank, no troubles at all. It’ll reach the moon in no time.Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter. (Photo via CW)Martin and Jax pose as British Space Agency officers there to observe NASA’s procedures. We get to hear Franz Drameh’s natural accent for a few scenes, which makes Victor Garber’s over-the-top fake one all the more hilarious. The rest of the crew follow Apollo 13 in the Waverider, and Atom shrinks down and infiltrates the shuttle to see what’s going on. He and Thawne end up in the detached lunar lander, and an awesome zero-gravity fight ensues. The lander separates and crashes toward the moon. Fortunately, Atom can subdue Thawne, tie him up and land safely. In doing so, he uses up most of the lander’s fuel. It’s not getting back into space.While all this going on, Jax and Martin are trying to stop Nasa from seeing it. Jax slips away to cut the Apollo’s feed, but Martin has to cause a distraction, so nobody will watch the feed. He belts out Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song (Day-O). It’s the happiest this show has ever made me. This scene, combined with Ray making footprints on the moon and jumping around in low gravity like an excited kid, is what makes Legends of Tomorrow such a great show.Ray retrieves the spear fragment, but the rest of the team had to save the two astronauts in the shuttle from being hit by meteors. The shuttle is saved, but the Waverider took some serious damage. With no landing gear, it won’t be able to pick Ray and Thawne up. Ray, who found time to watch The Martian at some point, records a video promising to science the (video static) out of this situation. His games are interrupted by Thawne, who offers to help. He is a scientist from the future after all, and he doesn’t want to die on the moon either. That’s enough for Ray to trust him, and the two work together to patch Ray’s Dwarf Star into the lander. With that, they’re off the moon and back on the Waverider. Thawne is surprisingly true to his word and lets the Legends lock him up in one of the ship’s cells.Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom. (Photo via CW)For all, it’s joy and silliness, this week’s episode competently delivered on some high emotional stakes too. Throughout the episode, Nate struggles with the idea that he can’t bring his grandfather back to the 1940s. That could cause an aberration that erases the Nate we know from existence. Amaya overhears the conversation and realizes she’ll eventually have to return to her own time. Then, once everyone is on board the ship, they realize they don’t have enough power to return to earth at the proper angle. The only way they can enter the atmosphere safely is by opening the airlock, which will orient the ship properly. The only way to open the airlock with so little power is for someone to do it manually.Rip and Sara, both volunteer, but Commander Steel has already left. Nate tries to convince him to switch places. Nate has Steel powers that will protect him. Commander Steel won’t let his grandson take that risk.  The Waverider is safe, but Commander Steel is gone. Back at NASA, Apollo 13 is safe, and Nate sees his father as a kid. It turns out Commander Steel had rigged an essay contest so he’d have a chance to meet his son. That didn’t end up happening, but Nate encourages his father to become a better man for his future son. That’s a weird thing to tell a 13-year-old, but he seems to take the advice pretty well.As the episode ends, Rip and Sara bond over a drink while Rip accepts Sara as the new captain. Amaya asks Gideon to show her what happens after she returns home. It’s not great. She sees the destruction of her hometown, her granddaughter ending up in foster care, and eventually becoming Vixen in Detroit.  That’s a pretty heavy note to end on. At least we got to see more of Martin singing over the end credits.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel. (Photo via CW)If there is an ideal episode of Legends of Tomorrow, this one is pretty close. The Legends got to play around in a new period, there was some decent action involving both superheroes and space travel, and it added an emotional depth that the show really needed. Even better, that raise of emotional stakes felt earned. Eobard Thawne became so much more interesting now that he’s willing to help out the Legends to get what he wants. He’s not necessarily looking to change history. He’s just looking to get Black Flash off his back. There are so many exciting directions the story can go now, and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked last_img read more

Turn These Super Mario Plots Into Movies

first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Stay on target Even though we’ve now had a few weeks to adjust, we honestly still can’t process the fact that Nintendo is letting its new theme park partner Universal make a Super Mario Bros. movie. Nintendo has finally gotten over its fear of films (and the money they bring in) following the hilariously nightmarish live-action Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993. No longer a Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper joint (RIP) this new Mario cinema comes from the Minions masterminds at Illumination. Mario hanging out with the Rabbids was just a warm up. Kudos to writer Nick Mangione for coining “It’s-A Despicable Me, Mario.”But just what will the Mario movie be about? What can it be about? The Mario series has a ton of beloved characters, but Nintendo purposefully strips out as much story as possible to make gameplay the star, sometimes to a fault. Is this going to be an adaptation of those old Mario cartoons? Who knows. We don’t even have a solid release date or creative team yet.However, we can suggest ideas. Despite Nintendo’s meddling, some Mario games have managed to sneak through with enough plot to make a great, acid trip of a kids movie. Here are some Super Mario super storylines we’d love to see on the big screen.Super Mario Bros. 2/USAThe original Super Mario Bros. may be the Citizen Kane of video games, but we think its American sequel/Doki Doki Panic reskin may have more potential to be a Citizen Kane-caliber film. The multiple playable characters flesh out the ensemble. Using Wart and his less-recognized henchmen lets you save Bowser for a sequel. And the fact that it all takes place in a dream could make this Inception for kids.Super Mario GalaxyEven if the recent Super Mario Odyssey may be a better game, the gentle and whimsical sci-fi vibe of Super Mario Galaxy makes it a better, more cohesive art object in my opinion. And the perfect counterbalance to light whimsy is a streak of melancholy, which the story has thanks to the tragic origin of new princess Rosalina. It’s almost Miyazaki-esque. Throw in some mind-bending space and gravity action and this could be something special.Yoshi’s IslandEveryone hates prequels but Baby Mario is just too lucrative a character for the Minions people to pass up. Plus this gives Yoshi a more starring role and the chance to do a movie from the perspective of a faithful, child-protecting animal. Audiences will eat that up. Toss in some fanboy details, too, like the Mario brothers originally being from Brooklyn, and slather the whole thing in the distinct “child’s pastel crayon drawings” aesthetic of the original game.Mario vs. Donkey KongBefore Bowser, Mario’s main nemesis was of course Donkey Kong. But now that the famous Nintendo ape has been made a hero in his own right, the story of their rivalry could be a lot more morally ambiguous. Captain America: Civil War but with a plumber and a gorilla. Given the importance of Pauline in this story, this would also be a great way to ride the wave of her excellent appearance as the mayor of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey.Paper MarioAs an RPG, the Paper Mario series can’t help but have more plot than your average Mario adventure. Super Paper Mario hinged on a Bowser-Peach wedding a decade before Super Mario Odyssey. Plus there tons of original characters in these games beloved by a small but passionate few. And the paper-cut art style would give the movie some artistic chops separating it from the generic CGI of Illumination’s other kids movies.DDR Mario MixForget a Fast and Furious-style Mario Kart movie or a Remember the Titans-style Mario sports or even an Animal House-style Mario Party movie. Give me a Mario dancing movie based on spin-off Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix. Imagine Mario in Step Up or Dirty Dancing or Footloose. Imagine giving Charles Martinet the chance to really explore his complicated feelings on voicing Waluigi and his long dancer’s legs. Most kids movies eventually devolve into dance parties anyway so just lean into it.Hotel MarioA Hotel Mario movie could go in exactly two directions. It could be a wacky family comedy like Hotel for Dogs. Or it could be a harrowing, awards-worthy stand against prejudice like Hotel Rwanda. In either case, it can’t be any worse than Hotel Mario the CDi game.Hopefully this will just be the beginning of a whole Mushroom Kingdom Cinematic Universe. We can’t wait for an Indiana Jones-esque take on Captain Toad, Ghostbusters Meet Luigi’s Mansion, Law & Order: Isle Delfino, and The Wario of Wall Street. Nintendo and Universal, give us a call!Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.Warships and military planes were dispatched with food, water and troops after the fearsome Category 5 storm smashed homes, schools and roads, laying waste to some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive tourist destinations.Hundreds of miles to the west, Florida braced for the onslaught, with forecasters warning Irma could slam headlong into the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people, punish the entire length of the state’s Atlantic coast and move into Georgia and South Carolina.More than a half-million people in Miami-Dade County were ordered to leave as Irma closed in with winds of 175 mph (281 kph).“Take it seriously,” said Maj. Jeremy DeHart, a U.S. Air Force Reserve weather officer who flew through the eye of Irma at 10,000 feet. “Because this is the real deal.”By Thursday afternoon, the hurricane was north of the Dominican Republic, where authorities reported some flooding and the evacuation of several thousand locals and tourists but no serious damage or casualties.last_img read more

Hammers Samir Nasri on impact of training with West Ham

first_imgWest Ham’s Samir Nasri insists training with the club’s first team throughout the month of December helped him cope with the speed of Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.The Frenchman made his Hammers’ debut in the FA Cup against the Midlands club and impressed after almost a year out of football.“I’ve trained with us for a few weeks and that has helped, obviously,” Nasri said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “The manager has said once you know how to play football you never forget it, the only thing we were a little concerned with was the match fitness and the rhythm.”What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“That’s what we tried to achieve today and my partners helped me a lot with everything. Every time I was on the ball I had one or two solutions and it’s always easier like that.”“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.”Meanwhile, Nasri also spoke about facing his former club Arsenal, who play West Ham on Saturday when the Premier League resumes.“I’m sure the atmosphere will be even crazier,” he said of the Arsenal match.last_img read more

Fourteen Being Awarded Now

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppScholarships at TCI Community College in celebration ceremony at Gansevoort Resort. Four in Education, three in business design, four in business, two in hospitality and one in law. Among donors are Islandcom, Gansevoort, Airport Inn and Scotiabank.TCICC Scholarsip Recipients are: Kazz Wilson, Building Design; Llodeka Handfield, Education; Latavia Williams, Building Design; Shantal Jasmin, Education; Aldrieko Harvey, Business; Jennifer Moore, Hospitality; Orinnica Stubbs, Business; Aaliyah Carmichael, Business; Daleovaun Hardware, Law and Jalayah Francis, Hospitality; Joneil Blair-Williams, Education; Keisha Forbes, Education; Bernadya Smith, Business and Angelique Garland, Education. SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WARNED TCI: ‘Big mistake’ says Deputy Premier after Gansevoort staff ‘change’ letter leaked Related Items:Airport inn, Gansevoort, Islandcom, Scholarships, Scotia bank, Tci community college Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New small business support organization establishedlast_img read more

Electricity restoration continues for Puerto Rico Fluor sends in 1800 workers

first_img Related Items:#FluorCorporation, #magneticmedianews, #PuertoRicogetsmorehelp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PuertoRico, January 17, 2018 – Fluor Corporation in an effort jointly supported by FEMA and the US Army Corp of Engineers has made a major stride this week in electricity restoration to more Puerto Ricans left powerless after September 2017s Hurricane Maria.   Fluor this week reports that it has more than 1,800 people on the island dedicated to the restoration of electricity.The expertise of Fluor will enable ongoing efforts to help sustain economic recovery on the island.  A media statement said:  The completion of two 115kv transmission lines allows the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to re-energize lines in a major urban center that will carry electricity to large neighborhoods, churches, pharmacies, a retirement home and The Outlet Mall 66.#MagneticMediaNews#FluorCorporation#PuertoRicogetsmorehelp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Update Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

first_imgWASHINGTON — Delaying what had loomed as an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.With Navy ships on standby in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch their cruise missiles, Obama said he had decided the United States should take military action and that he believes that as commander in chief, he has “the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization.”At the same time, he said, “I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective.” His remarks were televised live in the United States as well as on Syrian state television with translation.Congress is scheduled to return from a summer vacation on Sept. 9, and in anticipation of the coming debate, Obama challenged lawmakers to consider “what message will we sent if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price.”The president didn’t say so, but his strategy carries enormous risks to his and the nation’s credibility, which the administration has argued forcefully is on the line in Syria. Obama long ago said the use of chemical weapons was a “red line” that Syrian President Bashar Assad would not be allowed to cross with impunity.last_img read more

Inter Miami CF release proposed renderings for new Miami stadium

first_img👀 Sneak peek of our new stadium design for @MiaFreedomPark #bebold #freedomtodream— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) April 9, 2019The video showcased a new, bird-inspired design for the stadium’s roof.The stadium renderings reflect the soccer club’s colors — pink and black — and show huge screens on the outside of the proposed stadium.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Inter Miami CF has released new stadium sketches of its proposed Miami Freedom Park.The soccer club showed an exciting video for the new designs on Twitter, Tuesday morning.last_img

Is the Worlds Smallest Computer Really a Computer

first_imgStay on target Alan Turing Chosen as New Face of England’s £50 NoteKano’s DIY Two-in-One Laptop For Kids Runs Windows 10 Not to be outdone by IBM, the University of Michigan has created the “world’s smallest computer.”Though whether it should really be considered a computer is up for debate.Traditionally, when you unplug a desktop or laptop machine, its programming and data are still accessible once you turn the power back on. But these new microdevices—from IBM and Michigan—lose all prior input as soon as they lose energy.“We are not sure if they should be called computers or not,” David Blaauw, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, admitted. “It’s more of a matter of opinion whether they have the minimum functionality required.”Blaauw led the development of this new system—a follow up to 2015’s Michigan Micro Mote (M3)—alongside Dennis Sylvester and Jamie Phillips, als professors of ECE.At first glance, the wee device looks like an impressively tiny data processor: It boasts RAM, photovoltaics, processors, wireless transmitters, and receivers—all in a package smaller than a grain of rice.A package one-tenth the size of IBM’s microscopic machine, introduced in March. The computer, according to Mashable, costs less than 10 cents to manufacture, and packs “several hundred thousand transistors,” allowing it to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.”But beating IBM at its own game is not easy: The Michigan team had to figure out a way to run their Lilliputian mainframe at very low power.“We basically had to invent new ways of approaching circuit design that would be equally low power but could also tolerate light,” Blaauw said.Designed as a precision temperature sensor, U-M’s latest device converts temperatures into time intervals, defined with electronic pulses.The so-called computer—capable of reporting temps in miniscule regions (i.e. a cluster of cells) with an error rate of about 0.1℃—could also be reimagined for “a variety of purposes,” like oil reservoir monitoring, tiny snail studies, and surveillance.But for now, researchers are exploring its use in oncology, answering questions about temperature in tumors.“Since the temperature sensor is small and biocompatible, we can implant it into a mouse and cancer cells grow around it,” collaborator Gary Luker, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, said in a statement.“We are using this temperature sensor to investigate variations in temperature within a tumor versus normal tissue and if we can use changes in temperature to determine success or failure of therapy,” he added.last_img read more