Rio Games countdown starts with Olympia torch lighting

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organisers hoping it will shift attention away from Brazil’s political and financial turmoil.On a glorious spring day with the sun burning hot above the ancient stadium in Olympia, an actress playing a high priestess lit a torch from the rays of the sun at the temple of Hera, using a parabolic mirror, to kick off a domestic relay.Brazilian organisers will receive the flame in a handover at the Panathenian stadium on April 27 in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics, and will start their relay on May 3 in the capital Brasilia, ending in Rio on the day of the opening ceremony.Preparations for the first Games in South America, which run from Aug. 5-21, have been plagued by problems and a shortage of cash for organisers as the country is experiencing its worst recession in decades.“(The torch lighting) brings a message that can and will unite our dear Brazil, a country that is suffering much more than it deserves in its quest for a brighter future,” Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman said in his speech.Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled her trip to ancient Olympia, is facing impeachment.The crisis has paralysed the country’s ability to revive its economy from recession in the midst of a huge corruption scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras. “Despite the difficulties that Brazil is facing today, the flame is a timeless reminder that we are all part of the same humanity,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said.“Rio de Janeiro… will provide a spectacular to showcase the best of the human spirit. In just a few weeks the Brazilian people will enthusiastically welcome the world and amaze us with their joy of life and their passion for sport,” Bach said.Thursday’s ceremony marks the 80-year anniversary since the relay, which did not exist in the ancient Greek Olympics, was introduced by the Nazi organisers of the 1936 Berlin Games. COMMENTS SHARE April 21, 2016 Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece.   –  Reuters sportcenter_img Brazilian organisers will receive the flame in a handover at the Panathenian stadium on April 27 in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics × Published on COMMENT Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece.   –  Reuterslast_img read more

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Bilateral approach is effective in handling complicated

first_imgissues: Liu ZhenminNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Bilateral approach is becoming an effective way in handling complicated and sensitive issues like border disputes including the South China Sea, Liu Zhenmin, Chinas Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs today said.He said China has been able to sort boundary issues with its 12 out of 14 neighbours and “active negotiations” are on with India and Bhutan to seek early resolution to the issue.The minister said in 2002, China and ASEAN countries signed Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and according to Article 4 of the Declaration, the parties concerned undertake to resolve their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means through “friendly consultations” and “negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned”.”This is a common undertaking by China and ASEAN countries. In accordance, to international law, Asian experiences and Chinas practice, we believe that bilateral approach is becoming an effective approach to handling complicated and sensitive issues as this fully respects the will of the countries concerned and sovereign equality between them.”Moreover, the outcome of the negotiations are more acceptable to the people of those countries, can be implemented smoothly and therefore more lasting,” Liu said.He was speaking at the launch of the Exhibition of China-AALCO (Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation) Exchange and Research Programme.The minister said through negotiations, China was able to sort land and delimited over 20,000 km of its boundary, accounting for 90 per cent of its land border.”China maintains active negotiations with Bhutan and India to seek resolution to the boundary issue.advertisement”Through negotiations, China and Vietnam have delimited their maritime boundary. China and Republic of Korea launched their negotiations on maritime delimitation in December 2015,” Liu said. PTI PR RGlast_img read more

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first_imgVatican City : A tapestry picturing Mother Teresa hangs from the central balcony (A+B) Tamra : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a school (A) Los Angeles: Statue of presidential hopeful Donald Trump is placed outside a shop (A) Rimini: Brazilian mechanical engineer Marcilio Andrino attends a press conference (A) Erfurt: Preparations of the autumn pumpkins exhibition Sports (A) Potsdam: Informal OSCE Foreign Ministers Meeting (A) SPORTS Jammu: International chess championship at Jammu (A) Italy: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends a press conference (B) PTI PHOTO HS/GSV GSVlast_img read more

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Video: UNC’s Kennedy Meeks Nails Ridiculous Trick Shot At Shoot-Around

first_imgKennedy Meeks Trick Shot.Meeks Trick ShotUNC junior big man Kennedy Meeks takes most of his shots close to the rim during games, but apparently he can extend his range during shoot-around. As the Heels got a feel for NRG Stadium during a quick workout today before tonight’s national semifinal, Meeks stepped beyond the court and drilled a shot from beyond the scorer’s table.In this video, you can’t see Meeks until he steps back inbounds, but you can see the shot as it gets launched and as it goes in. You then hear the reaction of his teammates.Range! @kennedymeeks3 bucket from behind the scorer’s table. #HeelsLockIn #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/cFHcrGDeLV— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 2, 2016North Carolina and Syracuse play for the right to reach the national championship game at 8:49 p.m. ET on TBS.last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Shares What He Likes About Donald Trump

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh isn’t on a campaign trail, but the Michigan head coach manages to put himself in the news almost every day, not unlike a certain Republican presidential candidate. After Harbaugh blasted the NCAA, SEC, ACC, and others over the recent vote to ban satellite camps, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum compared him to Donald Trump, and he didn’t mean it in a flattering way. We don’t know Harbaugh’s political leanings, but he is spinning the comparison into a compliment.Harbaugh on being called Trump of college football: “The thing I like about Donald Trump is he’s not afraid to fight the establishment.”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) April 14, 2016You can definitely draw that line from Trump to Harbaugh. We doubt you’d see Trump dancing on stage with Migos, though like Harbaugh and recruits, he may if he thought it’d give him a leg up with voters.last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Service of Thanksgiving for Political historian, Troy Caine

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, pays tribute to Political historian, Troy Caine, at the Service of Thanksgiving, today (February 2), at the Holy Cross Church, Half-Way Tree, in Kingston. Mr. Caine died on January 10 at age 72. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange (right), comforts Mrs. Denise Caine, widow of Political historian, Troy Caine, at the Service of Thanksgiving, today (February 2), at the Holy Cross Church, Half-Way Tree, in Kingston. Mr. Caine died on January 10 at age 72.last_img read more

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Woodlot Owners of Year to Host Field Days

first_img setting and meeting sustainable goals for their land; improving their knowledge or understanding of the forest land or the forest in general; improving the condition of, access to, and health of their woodland; using integrated resource management, with an emphasis on wood production; and considering values such as wildlife habitat protection and recreation. Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to take interpretive walks in the woods, learn about Nova Scotia’s organic Christmas tree industry, view informative displays or simply enjoy the great outdoors when regional and provincial Woodlot Owners of the Year open their properties to the public during the month of September. “One of the exciting things about the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program, is that it includes field day events on the properties of regional and provincial winners,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “This is a sort of open house that gives Nova Scotians a rare opportunity to learn how hard some woodlot owners work to keep our woods and wildlife habitat healthy while making a significant contribution to our economy.” The Woodlot Owner of the Year Award was developed by the Department of Natural Resources in 1990 to recognize and reward landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodlots. To be eligible for the awards, individuals must own between 20 and 800 hectares (50 to 2,000 acres) of property and practice sustainable woodlot management. The September field days begin on Saturday, Sept. 15, when Bob Bancroft and Alice Reed, winners of the title for the eastern region of the province, host visitors in Pomquet, Antigonish Co. The day’s events will include informative displays and interpretative walks. To reach the Bancroft-Reed woodlot, follow Highway 104 past Antigonish about two kilometres east of Exit 35 to Taylor Road. Turn left. Travel five kilometres to Monks Head Road and turn left again. Travel for another two kilometres and look for house number 15 on the left. Brian Brown will host a tour of his Windham Hill, Cumberland Co., winning property in the central region on Saturday, Sept. 22. Mr. Brown will discuss management of sugar woods, there will be demonstrations of vegetation management methods and visitors will have a spectacular view of a Christmas tree lot. To reach the Brown woodlot take Highway 104 west from Truro to Exit 6 (about 73 kilometres). Turn left onto Route 301 (River Philip Road). Travel 11 kilometres, turn right on Windham Hill Road. Travel seven kilometres. Turn left onto woodlot road and proceed to Brian Brown’s woodlot gate. The 2007 field days conclude on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Northfield, Lunenburg Co., property of Kevin and Susan Veinotte. The Veinottes won the western region competition and were later selected the provincial award winners. Their 170-hectare property includes uneven-aged forests and 12 hectares of organic Christmas trees. Special events will include demonstrations of horse and oxen logging. To get to the Veinottes’ take exit 12 from Highway 103. Turn right onto Highway 10. Travel 6.5 kilometres. Turn right on Mossman Road. Travel about seven-tenths of a kilometer and take the road on the right. Watch for signs. All field days will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This is a unique opportunity for families to spend some time together out in the woods,” Mr. Morse said. “I think in today’s hustle and bustle we sometimes lose sight of how much we can teach our children, just by going out for a walk and letting Mother Nature guide our discussions.” To further encourage the educational benefits of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award program, elementary schools in the local areas have been invited to visit the winning woodlands in the days leading up to each field day. Landowners who compete for the woodlot owner awards are evaluated on their effort and commitment to: The regional and provincial winners were named in July. For more information on the awards, the field days, or to learn how to apply for the 2008 competition, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/extension/woya or call the local Department of Natural Resources regional office.last_img read more

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9th Annual United Way of Northern BC Fire Truck Pull this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The United Way of Northern British Columbia will be hosting its 9th Annual Fire Truck Pull this Saturday, September 14.The Fire Truck Pull is described as the ultimate tug-of-war challenge and a great team-building event.Teams of 10 will play tug-of-war with a 22,000 lb. fire truck to compete for awards and bragging rights. Awards will be given out to teams in the following categories:• Fastest time- Heavy Weight and Not so Heavy Weight• Most money raised• Most spirited/best-dressed teamRegistration is a minimum pledge of $250.00 per team, with all proceeds going to support the United Way of Northern B.C.A pledge form, money and acknowledgment of risk waiver must be submitted to the United Way by Friday, September 13.The 9th Annual Fire Truck Pull is taking place Saturday, September 14, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre parking lot.For team registration, and for more information, you can call Mahvish Parvez at 250-561-1040. Registration can also be completed online.last_img read more

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Burundi UN envoy denounces killings torture rape by all sides to conflict

“Fighting continues almost on a daily bases,” Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Carolyn McAskie said in a news release in Bujumbura, the capital. “During these clashes, international humanitarian law is being violated, even though Burundi has signed up to it.”She noted that military and human rights observers had obtained conclusive evidence of the abuses which “are committed with total impunity” and denounced the “exploitation of people committed by all sides to the conflict for political and military gain.”Bujumbura Rural, the area around the capital, is a major focus of fighting between the rebel Forces Nationales de Liberation (FNL), the government army and the Conseil National pour la Defense et la Democratie-Forces de Defense de la Democratie (CNDD-FDD), the biggest armed rebel group which last year reached a ceasefire with the government.Ms. McAskie called on all parties “to end the violence, to respect human and international humanitarian law and to observe a truce in order to create the necessary conditions for a total cessation of hostilities and for the protection of civilians” in the small country of some 6 million inhabitants.The press release came just a day after the envoy made her first visit outside the capital to the country’s second city of Gitega, where the first of four regional offices of the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) has just opened. ONUB is seeking to cement a multi-party, power-sharing government and pave the way to peace after more than a decade of civil war, culminating in free, transparent and peaceful elections.Last week Ms. McAskie attended a meeting in South Africa of 31 Burundian political parties on forming such a government. The FNL has not joined in recent peace talks. read more

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Scandalous Princess Diana tapes are ratings hit for Channel 4

first_imgBut he says that “despite its faults and opportunism”, the programme has as much right to be shown as Diana’s BBC interview with Martin Bashir or her sons’ recently aired ITV documentary.Andrew Billen gave the programme two stars out of five in The Times, and wrote in his review: “Diana: In Her Own Words was pretentious and trashy. Kensington Palace, the royal household of Diana’s sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has declined to comment on the documentary.The Telegraph’s Allison Pearson called the show “muck-raking spite posing as history”. Writing in the Daily Mail, Jan Moir said she thinks Diana would have approved of the tapes being aired and that they show her in a “golden light”.In the Guardian, Mark Lawson said: “The film is also manipulative, scored with a gloomy flute constantly telling the audience how moved to be. The editing is slick, but also often sly.” A controversial documentary airing tell-all tapes of Diana, Princess of Wales, has secured 3.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched Channel 4 show this year.The channel, which has been heavily criticised for broadcasting the tapes, enjoyed its best-rated overnight hit since Gogglebox in April 2016, and its most successful documentary since Benefit Street in February 2014. It won 16.4 per cent of the audience share at 8pm on Sunday, going up against the athletics on BBC One and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on ITV. Poldark, airing at 9pm on the BBC, won 4.9m viewers.  Diana: In Her Own Words peaked at 4.1m, with a Channel 4 spokesman confirming it was more than double the usual viewing figure for the Sunday night slot. The programme, which was given two stars by the Telegraph, saw tapes made by Diana’s voice coach Peter Settele broadcast for the first time in the UK. The tapes were never intended to be seen in public and since the princess’s death have been the subject of lengthy legal battles and accusations of huge betrayal. Diana interviewed for BBC Panorama The late Diana, Princess of Wales, practising her speech The programme already been strongly criticised by royal biographers, and Rosa Monckton, one of Diana’s closest friends, said it was a “betrayal of her privacy”. The programme laid bare the marriage of Charles and Diana The programme laid bare the marriage of Charles and Diana Diana interviewed for BBC Panoramacenter_img Bet the Royal Family have had better Sunday nights #dianainherownwords— Liam Wilson (@LiammWilsonnn) August 6, 2017 There were a lot of people not wanting this broadcasted, bet they’re glued to it #dianainherownwords— Zaf Aslam (@ZafAslam2) August 6, 2017 I was at first opposed to #DianaInHerOwnWords but it was actually bittersweet – a pillar of strength in public, lonely&vulnerable in private— Ant C (@AntCorrigan) August 7, 2017 “But within it wronged Diana, in her sweetness and confusion, lived again.”If you could forgive the attendant ickiness, that apparition was worth gazing upon.” Didn’t watch #dianainherownwords not bothered. Also thinking of her 2 sons. Leaves a nasty taste in my mouth #GMB— naughtyfortydiaries (@naughty_forties) August 7, 2017 The late Diana, Princess of Wales, practising her speech But Channel 4 said it gave the Princess a voice and placed it “front and centre” in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in Paris on August 31 1997.The documentary featured Diana speaking candidly and informally about her upbringing, her courtship with the Prince of Wales, her troubled marriage and her public life. 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.last_img read more

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UK weather Heatwave could send temperatures soaring higher than 35C as Britons urged

The Met Office said the UK hotspot was Cavendish, Suffolk, with the temperature there 23C (42.1F) higher than the lowest temperature on Tuesday: Drumnadrochit,…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Monday was the hottest day so far of 2018 with a high of 33.3C recorded at Santon Downham in Suffolk. But it is set to get even hotter, with temperatures expected to peak on Thursday and Friday thanks to a plume of air dubbed the Mediterranean Melt. 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. Parts of Britain have been warned temperatures could rise above 35C (95F) this week, as holidaymakers are urged to stay out of the sun amid extreme hot weather that is gripping northern Europe. Temperatures reached a high of 31.4C (88.5F) on Tuesday as the heatwave continued across vast parts of the UK. read more

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Maptek MinLog partnership strengthens MineSuite capability

first_imgMaptek has entered into a strategic partnership with fleet management and management information systems specialist MinLog. This, it says, “will provide a greater global marketing, delivery and support capability as well as deliver enhanced product functionality to global customers in the short and long term.” Maptek has a longstanding and successful relationship with MinLog in its capacity as distributor of Maptek’s MineSuite product in Africa. The success of Minlog in this region is reflected in its technical and service abilities, and the outcomes delivered through the MineSuite product. This is in combination with MinLog’s dedicated PPMIS software which is well respected and highly valued by the clients.“It is a logical partnership, with the potential outcome for our customers globally being greater than the sum of its parts,” said Peter Johnson, Maptek General Manager, Australia. “Integrating MinLog’s already successful Production Performance Management Information System Modules (PPMIS) with existing MineSuite functionality will form the basis for development of an industry leading Mining Execution System (MES). The MES will significantly enhance the functionality and benefits available to the mining industry at the production execution level,” he added.Managing Director of MinLog, Karel Gilliland, agreed that a mining execution approach at the operational level is essential for optimising productivity across the executional value chain. “This new partnership allows us to leverage our combined expertise to successfully deploy and support the existing fleet management and MIS solutions. More importantly, it allows us to meet the challenge facing industry with regards to managing across process boundaries. Striving for a single MES to be used by all disciplines will result in an offering that will bridge the gap between process and enterprise levels, and ultimately provide for optimisation across the mining value chain.”Effectively linking and integrating production execution data and reporting with the computerised planning and design functions, which Maptek has pioneered through its modelling and mine planning software, VulcanTM, is a core component in providing innovative solutions which deliver ever improving outcomes at the mine.“Maptek is now uniquely positioned to deliver resource modelling and mine planning through Vulcan; production execution, management and reporting solutions with the MineSuite MES, and volume reconciliation and material tracking using I-Site scanning systems,” Johnson concluded.Maptek has been developing 3D software and hardware for more than 25 years. Vulcan is one of the world’s longest standing 3D mine planning and modelling packages. Maptek MineSuite delivers mine production monitoring software and hardware systems for all types of mining operations and processing plants. Maptek I-SiteTM provides easy-to-use high technology surveying solutions for mining and forensic markets. Maptek products are in use at over 800 sites worldwide, supported by a network of 12 offices.MinLog is a fleet management and management information systems specialist operating in sub-Saharan Africa. Maptek MineSuite systems have been successfully implemented by MinLog at Kumba Resources, African Rainbow Minerals and BHP Billiton sites in South Africa.last_img read more

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Ah would you look at the new baby whitefaced saki at Dublin

first_imgDUBLIN ZOO HAS a new resident – a cute newborn white-faced saki that will live in the South American House.The little guy, who has yet to be named, was born to mum and first-time dad on 30 April and weighs only 150 grams.Over time, the new addition will develop a distinctive face of white hair, for now his little baby face is pretty bald.For the next four months, his mother will carry him around close to her chest but as he grows stronger and gains more independence, he will start exploring the habitat on his own.Here is the little ball of cuteness cuddling his mother:(Images: Patrick Bolger Photography/Dublin Zoo)Related: 13 baby animals who don’t get enough cute credit>More: Kafi the orphaned gorilla finds a home at Dublin Zoo>last_img read more

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Christofias points finger at Turks for slow progress in Cyprus talks

first_imgPresident of the Republic of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias has expressed hope that Turkey will change its stance on the Cyprus problem so that a settlement could be achieved.President Christofias, accompanied by his spouse, Elsie, arrived in New York on Monday to participate in the works of the UN General Assembly.“Yet another UN General Assembly and we are obliged to present our problem once again, which unfortunately has not been solved,’’ President Christofias said in statements to the press.President Christofias said “we will note the relative progress that has been made but we will clearly stress that so far progress in the talks does not give us the potential to be especially optimistic for a solution soon.’’“The differences existing in core issues, such as the issues of property, security, restoration of human rights, and I mean the rights of the refugees and the fundamental freedoms, are great,’’ he pointed out. He expressed hope that “the Turkish side will change its stance, will change its philosophy, so that we can move quickly to a solution of the various aspects of the Cyprus problem.’’“I will raise with the General Assembly the question of the paradox that a country, which is now a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, is violating dozens of UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, is maintaining occupation troops in a UN member state. The same applies to Turkey’s obligations concerning its European course,’’ he added.To questions regarding the issue of the fenced off town of Famagusta, President Christofias said efforts were being made to rebuild the town so that its lawful residents could return to their homes.He added that there were UN resolutions calling on Turkey to hand over the town to the UN and that efforts were continuing, in cooperation with the town’s Mayor.Replying to other questions, President Christofias said “Turkey is following a communication policy, which is unfortunately imbued with arrogance.’’He pointed out that, instead of implementing Security Council resolutions, Turkey has created a pseudo-state in the occupied areas of Cyprus, which only Turkey recognises, and is struggling to gain recognition from other countries.Furthermore, he said, Turkey is trying to lift the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and has never spoken of a federation solution to the Cyprus problem but refers to a confederation.“The answer is simple. The strong party wants to impose its will. The weaker party is refusing to accept the force of power from the strong party and is turning to the international community for support, for justice,’’ he added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Legions Second Season Premiere Blurs the Line Between Secret and Delusion

first_img Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness The second season of Legion aired its premiere last night, and it’s still the same surreal mind trip of a show it was last year. At the same time, it’s entirely different. David Haller is in a new place this season, both physically and mentally. He knows his strong telepathic abilities aren’t schizophrenia. After last season, he’s better able to control them. He’s not quite as consumed by sensory overload as he once was. As a result, the filming techniques had to change. Noah Hawley isn’t relying on the same tricks he was last season. Not only would that get boring, it wouldn’t make sense anymore. That’s not how David experiences the world.That’s not to say he’s entirely on solid ground. Right away in season two, there’s just as much disorienting him and us as there ever was. The Shadow King has escaped in the mind of Oliver Bird, and the pair have run off. Melanie Bird hasn’t taken that so well. She only just got her husband back before he was stolen away again. During her one brief scene of the episode, she seems out of it. She’s smoking Vapor, and rants at Syd about the men in their lives. About how they disappear with no notice. Absence, she says, is a form of control. She may have a point. While David was gone, we learn, Syd started holding her breath while boiling water for tea. If she could do it, she told herself, David was still alive. That’s what his absence forced him to do. And she can’t even be mad at him about it because he didn’t have a choice. He was taken.(Photo via FX)As the episode goes on, we start to feel like David is steering this ship much more than he’s letting on. When the episode begins, he’s unconscious, having just been found by his old Summerland friends. David thinks he’s only been gone for a day, when in reality, an entire year has passed. In that time, Summerland and Division 3 realized they have a common enemy in The Shadow King. They’ve since joined forces. Division 3 has realized that mutants are not the bad guys. Rather, this specific mutant is. Amahl Farouq, we learn, is searching for his own body that’s been hidden away ever since his battle with Professor Xavier. If he finds it, he’ll be unstoppable. Division three wants this to happen.Having been out of it for a year, David is immediately thrust in to an unfamiliar situation. That’s where Legion’s signature storytelling comes to the forefront. Much as it did in season one, the show constructs every scene to disorient you. But David isn’t so easily overwhelmed anymore. Instead, we’re introduced to confusing, nonsensical things that pass by without comment. We, like David, are forced to take it in, acknowledge the strangeness and move along. The head of Division 3 has some beehive-looking device permanently installed over his head. He speaks through mustachioed female (I think?) robots who speak in vocoded tones. Clark is a good guy now, and is largely presented in profile, with only the briefest shots of the burned half of his face. There’s a man in a pig mask that goes unremarked upon in Melanie’s room. Division 3 is a stranger place than Summerland ever was, and we, like David, are forced to just take it all in.Rachel Keller (Photo via FX)Division 3 is looking for Farouq, and they’ve linked him to something genuinely unsettling. There’s a virus going around called the Catalyst. It causes its victims to stand completely still, unmoving except for a constant chatter of teeth. I’ve been watching a ton of horror TV lately, and nothing has creeped me out quite like that image. Every time an outbreak strikes, it turns out Oliver and Farouq had been there moments before. I wish the episode had focused on it a little more. I want to know more about Division 3’s investigation, and how this virus works. Why is the Shadow King causing people to do this? I imagine we’ll get more of that as the season goes on. If the Catalyst virus turns out to be a slow burn mystery that unfolds over the entire season, that could be real fun and creepy. If that’s the case, I just wanted a little more set-up now. But hey, the episode is long as it is and it’s not a bad thing that the show left me wanting more.As we and David try to make sense of the world in season two, the show presents a couple of narrative breaks to remind us how futile that effort is. One tells a classic story of a young man dreaming of being a butterfly. When he wakes up, it occurs to him that he has no way of knowing whether or not he’s actually a butterfly dreaming of being a man. We tell ourselves whatever we need to to decide what reality is the real one. So what then, the second break asks, is a delusion? A delusion, it says, begins with an idea like any other. It uses eggs as a visual metaphor. One egg hatches a chick. That’s a normal idea. The other egg hatches a gooey black creature that Aubrey Plaza’s still-terrifying Shadow King picks up. A delusion, the narration says, is an idea that hangs around and takes hold of you. Later, when David and Syd lie in bed together, we see that creature crawl under David’s side.Aubrey Plaza (Photo: Screenshot via FX)So the question the episode raises becomes, what is the difference between a secret and a delusion? There may not be one. To keep a secret, you have to lie convincingly. To do that, on some level, you have to believe in the lie. You have to treat the lie as if it were true. And isn’t that the exact definition of a delusion? Division 3 spends the whole episode both catching David up and trying to figure out where he’s been for the past year. He insists he doesn’t remember, but when Ptonomy looks into his mind, we see that may not be entirely true. Though Ptonomy can’t find any evidence that David is lying, we do see images of David trapped in the sphere, among some trees on a city skyscraper’s rooftop, and in a club. He has some memory of where he’s been. Later, Carry puts David into a machine to try and see his memories. We get a scene of David in a club, running into Oliver and Lenny/Farouq. A wondrous, surreal interpretive dance scene breaks out. Even Carry starts doing it. It doesn’t tell us a whole lot, but like all of Legion’s dance scenes, that’s the point. It’s obscuring the truth. Making us question what is real and what isn’t.In the first season, we learned that David has remarkable control over his own mind. When he was being tormented by the Shadow King, he builds walls and barriers to escape. He created fake memories to hide things he wasn’t proud of from the people of Summerland. By the end of last night’s premiere, I got the feeling he could be doing it again. He has more memories of the past year than he’s letting on. After he got sucked into that strange orb, we learn, he met a version of Syd from the future. She tells him that The Shadow King is looking for his body. And for some reason, David must help him find it. It’s very important to future Syd that he do before time runs out. So David is working against Division 3 on some level. And it’s looking like he created a delusion for himself to keep that secret.Jemaine Clement (Photo: Screenshot via FX)It’s entirely possible that he’s being played too. As we saw from their reunion, David loves Syd and will do anything for her. Could the Shadow King be using that against him? Was that image of future Syd really just the Farouq trying to enlist David in the search for his body? Expect that question to be wrestled with for the next couple months as the season progresses. Right now though, I’m so happy Legion is back. No other superhero show is experimenting with the genre quite the way this one is. If last night’s episode is any indication, we have nine weeks of beautiful, terrifying, trippy, artistic stories ahead of us. And by changing how David reacts to disorienting stimuli, the show has given itself even more tools with which to tell, or hide, its story. I can’t wait to see what delusions it has in store for us. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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AirNoise button instantly files airplane noise complaints

first_imgAirNoise button instantly files airplane noise complaints 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Point Loma residents deal with rattled windows and shaking homes everyday because of the noise in the sky.AirNoise creator Chris McCann is arming the community with a new tool in the fight against noisy flights over their homes.McCann invented a system that will file a detailed noise complaint with a click of a button.McCann says, “It gets detailed information about the flight, the airline, the tail number, where the airplane is going to an from, how high it was, how close it was to the person who clicked the button. It puts all that information to a noise complaints that sends directly to the airport authority.”McCann says its going to take the community standing together to make a change with the FAA.Some Point Loma community members say the noisy skies come with the land. “Just kinda came with the territory, just like the marine layer in the morning and the traffic and anything else”, says Nick Muscolino.McCann says the San Diego Airport authority is proactive, creating committees to suggest changes to the FAA.The San Diego International Airport take every complaint seriously, but prefer people use their noise complaint tools because their system is directly tied to the FAA radar. January 8, 2019 , center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 8, 2019last_img read more

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Principal who lost both legs in crash to begin rehab

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A beloved South Miami-Dade principal is making progress on his road to recovery.Principal Javi Perez will soon begin rehabilitation, according to his wife, after spending more than two months hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical Center.In a post on Perez’s GoFundMe page, Perez’s wife, Maytee Perez, wrote that her husband may soon be discharged. “As we get ready to leave what has become our home for the last 70 days, I am overcome with a plethora of emotions- gratitude, appreciation, excitement, and believe it or not — a little sadness. Kendall Regional Medical Center has become our home,” she stated.South Dade principal missed at 2016 graduation, continues to recoverPerez underwent 19 surgeries and lost both of his legs after a woman driving while intoxicated ran him over at Tamiami Park in April.The woman responsible, Marilyn Aguilera, has been charged with DUI and has pleaded not guilty.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Alaska Serial Killer Robert Hansen Dies at 75

first_imgConvicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.Download Audio:Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said Hansen died at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year.Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. He was convicted of four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go to trial 17 times.The Anchorage baker also confessed to raping another 30 women in that time.Hansen was the subject of a 2013 film titled, “The Frozen Ground,” which starred Nicolas Cage as an Alaska State Trooper investigating the slayings. Actor John Cusack portrayed Hansen.Hansen was serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska.last_img read more

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More than 100000 raised for injured Anchorage firefighter

first_imgAnchorage Fire Department Fire Engine (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)An Anchorage firefighter badly hurt during training is making progress in a Colorado hospital amid an outpouring of support from Alaska.Listen now29-year-old firefighter Ben Schultz fell from a ladder in June and was in critical condition for a time.Fire Captain Jason Dolph. said Schultz had been in an unconscious or semi-unconscious state ever since.That is… until a week ago.“He said a few words,” Dolph said. “He said, ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ and ‘Hi.’ Over the last week, it’s just been leaps and bounds every day.”Dolph said it was heartening news to Schultz’s supporters, many of whom were on hand for an Anchorage fundraiser Friday at Elite Sports Performance that raised more than $100,000 for Schultz’s long-term medical care.“You know, typically people are calling 911 when they’re in crisis and we’re coming to help them,” Dolph said. “And in this particular instance, we put the 911 call out to the community, and said we need your help, it’s one of our own.”Ben Schultz’s father, Jeff Schultz, said the community answered that call, not just with raising money that will help his son’s recovery, but also by sending photos and well wishes.The Schultzes have been with Ben for weeks in Colorado.“Alaska and Alaskans, special place and special people. Makes me proud to live there for sure,” Jeff Schultz said. “Ben’s lived there his whole life; he’s one of Anchorage’s finest. They do good work, and people appreciate that.”Jeff Schultz said his son continues to fight and improve but still has a tough road ahead of him.last_img read more

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Zensar Srei SKF India MOIL MMTC gain despite Sensex Nifty ending with

first_imgBenchmark stock market indices may have lost heavily on Wednesday tracking global cues, but select stocks bucked the trend and ended with gains in the range of 4 to  12 percent. The top gainer was Zensar Technologies, which ended 12.57 percent higher at Rs 1,048.40 on the BSE on acquiring UK-based design agency Foolproof for an undisclosed sum.”Foolproof’s market leadership in experience design and the strong management team at its helm, are strategic to Zensar’s plan to increase market share in this increasingly pertinent space. The integrated proposition of the two companies will augment the value Zensar delivers to clients,”  Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises and Zensar said in a statement.The addition of Foolproof’s 100 consultants, with knowledge and understanding in Strategy and Planning, Design Research, Design and Development and Creative Technologies will strengthen Zensar’s Digital capabilities, the company said in the statement.MOIL rallied 4.75 percent to end at Rs 377.90 after the company said that it has raised manganese ore prices in various categories from 25 to 30 percent, barring electrolytic manganese dioxide. SKF India closed with gains of 5.56 percent at Rs 1,491.15 after reporting upbeat September quarter (Q2) numbers. Revenues rose to Rs 712.5 crore in Q2 from Rs 649.3 crore YoY, while net profit grew 20 percent to Rs 60 crore from Rs 50 crore in the corresponding period last year.”The continued conducive development in economic environment coupled with a few challenges kept the momentum on an even keel. Positive momentum and expected GST rollout are likely to create momentum in near to mid-term,” Shishir Joshipuria, MD and Country Head, SKF India said.The BSE Sensex closed 349 points lower at 27,527, while the NSE Nifty lost 112 points to end at 8,514.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 667 crore according to provisional data given by the NSE.last_img read more

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