Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods comeback ‘greatest I have ever seen’

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.“Mentally, you always think you can. But you can’t answer to what your body has to deal with,” former NBA superstar Jordan said of Woods.“I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit.“Dealing with his emotions, obviously he believed in himself. But until you put that into action, sometimes it’s a struggle.” Jordan added that Woods’ confidence will be soaring and that should translate into more victories.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I never thought he’d get back physically. He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods ended an 11-year major drought with a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.Aged 43, Woods trails only Jack Nicklaus who won at age 46 in 1986. Woods has 15 major championships, second to Nicklaus’ 18. US golfer Tiger Woods (back) walks during as US former basketball player Michael Jordan (L) poses with a spectator on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods’ Masters comeback as the “greatest ever” and added he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him.“To me it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen,” Jordan told The Athletic. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img “I think he’s gotten over the hump. I think he’s going to win more. It’s tough mentally. It’s absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I’m elated.“You don’t know what Tiger is capable of doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Terence Crawford seeks win first and respect after vs Amir Khan View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

All eyes on Lodha committee meet as BCCI continues to remain defiant

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) defiance over the last couple of months hasn’t gone down well with the Lodha Committee, which has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court order.The Lodha committee will meet in New Delhi on Monday and will discuss a range of issues and where all has the BCCI faltered as far as implementation of the reforms are concerned. The BCCI was to submit a compliance report to the Lodha committee by September 10 but the Board has missed the deadline. To make matters worse, the Board went ahead with its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week and took some decisions which seem to be in violation of the Supreme Court order. (Also read: Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar feel some Lodha panel recommendations are harsh)The Lodha panel, which came up with the recommendations before the Supreme Court to bring reforms in the BCCI, has not revealed its plans on whether they will report the reported violations to the Supreme Court.The BCCI, after the AGM, issued a statement that all the decisions taken at the AGM are subject to the orders of the Supreme Court.However, there is still uncertainty  prevailing in the power corridors of the BCCI. The Supreme Court, in its order, had made it clear that the national selection committee should have three members. But the BCCI went ahead with its tradition of five selectors and appointed a new committee headed by former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad. (Also read: Ravi Shastri blasts Lodha panel recommendations)advertisementThe next one week could well be a crucial one for the BCCI with the Lodha committee meeting on Monday and the Board has convened a Special General Body meeting on Friday.Lodha panel is expected to take some tough calls on Monday and could well report the progress or failure in implementing the reforms to the Supreme Court. Depending on what Lodha committee decides to do on Monday, the BCCI’s SGM will become equally important.Failure in implementing the reforms will draw contempt of court for the BCCI and a number of top office-bearers could well be in the dock. (Also read: BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)For now, all eyes will be on the meeting among the Lodha Committee members on Monday and decisions it comes up with.last_img read more

AAEON presents AI applications at China International Industry Fair

first_imgAAEON will take part in the 20th China International Industry Fair at the Shanghai National Exhibition Center showcasing a wide range of AI and IoT solutions for applications in fields including manufacturing, medicine, retail, and smart cities.AAEON’s Smart Factory Artificial Intelligence Edge Computing display, which includes new products such as the BOXER-6405 and UP AI Vision Kit, echoes the Fair’s themes of “innovation, artificial intelligence, smart manufacturing and green economy.” AAEON will conduct onsite demonstrations of various AI applications including edge computing devices based on Intel Movidius VPU and nVIDIA Jetson TX2 architectures. The object, brand, and facial recognition applications not only help businesses achieve greater levels of efficiency, but also make our lives more convenient and improve the safety of public spaces.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous RIGOL: new entry level arbitrary waveform generators deliver advanced capabilitiesNext AbsInt announces Phaedrus Systems as UK distributorlast_img read more

Jio Institute to earn Rs 100 crore from tuition and hostel fee of 1,000 students in its first year

first_img10 days ago, the Jio Institute was born according to Google and was included in the list of Institutes of Eminence. Now, it has come up with its business plan to take students’ fee and earn from their tuition and hostel fee.The fee will be paid by roughly 1,000 students in the first year of operation of the institute. It has projected to earn Rs 100 crore according to this plan.Reliance Foundation for scholarshipsThe Reliance Foundation is also planning to waive off Rs 38 crore as scholarships for meritorious students in the first year.This will increase to Rs 76 crore in the second year, as per their application to the government — reported by Indian Express.What does the Reliance Foundation’s proposal say about the courses?In its first year, Jio Institute, as per its proposal, will be offering the following seats for these courses — offering the largest number of seats in the discipline of natural sciences.Natural Sciences: 300Engineering and Computer Science: 250Humanities: 200Management and Entrepreneurship:125Law: 90Media and Journalism: 60Performing Arts: 50Sports Sciences: 80Urban Planning and Architecture: 50Estimated expenditure for Jio Institute Operating expenditure for the first year: Rs 154 croreSalaries and benefits meant for faculty and staff: Rs 93 croreAccording to the Reliance Foundation’s claim, it will hire teachers from the top 500 global universities.Non-existence of Jio InstituteOn July 9, the news of Jio Institute was announced by Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister, in a series of tweets on Twitter.The non-existing institute by Reliance Foundation had already found a place in the list of ‘Institute of Eminence’ along with many other renowned institutes of India.advertisementThis list included IIT Bombay, IISc, Bits Pilani etc.Controversy behind Jio InstituteJavadekar’s announcement rose Twitterrati to react over how a proposed university can be qualified for the Institute of Eminence tag.Many Twitter users had deeply criticized the move and questioned MHRD for Jio Institute being awarded the statusFew cartoonists shared their cartoons on Jio Institute in a satirical manner on platforms like Facebook and TwitterLater, MHRD had released a document claiming the parameters under which Jio Institute became the ‘Institute of Eminence’However, Twitterati wasn’t convinced with the clarification provided on Jio InstituteRead: Comedy of Errors! Jio Institute was counted among Institutes of Eminence: Here’s why it’s amusingList of colleges in ‘Institutes of Eminence’ listIndian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, KarnatakaIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, MaharashtraIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), DelhiJio Institute (Reliance Foundation), PuneBirla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) Pilani, RajasthanManipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, KarnatakaRead: NEET 2018: Supreme Court stays Madras HC order to grant 196 marks for Tamil candidateslast_img read more

Mayweather to face baby-faced Japan kickboxer Nasukawa

first_imgTokyo, Nov 5 (AFP) Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr said Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kickboxer half his age, Tenshin Nasukawa, on New Year’s Eve in Saitama.The 41-year-old unbeaten American, who won world titles in five different weight divisions and was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, out-boxed Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in his last fight in August 2017.That victory improved his boxing record to a perfect 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.Mayweather posted a teaser photo on his Instagram feed at the weekend, showing him wearing kickboxing gloves.”I want to give the people what they want — blood, sweat and tears,” Mayweather told a news conference in Tokyo after reportedly flying into Japan on his private jet.”It’s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan),” he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.”I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo. We’ve been making some huge fights happen in the US, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide.” Nasukawa, who is described in the press release as “perhaps the best combat sports prospect (Japan) has ever seen”, boasts a 27-0 record but has never competed as a professional boxer.advertisement- ‘Gym rat’ -=============The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an “easy decision” to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo.”It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation,” said Nasukawa.”I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch — just watch.” Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.”He’s young and he’s undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,” he said.”This kid right here is an unbelievable talent, he looks like a gym rat,” added Mayweather.”He’s very special, he’s fast, he’s strong. I’m older now and when it comes to experience, I have it on my side. He has youth on his side and he’s going to bring a lot of excitement.”Mayweather, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round last year after coming out of retirement for a $275 million pay day, had been flirting with the idea of a rematch with the Irishman or facing McGregor’s recent MMA conqueror, the fearsome Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.”I’ve been blessed to be in the sport a long time and to make over a billion dollars in the sport,” added Mayweather.”But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they’ve never seen before.”I’m not really worried about the weight class or rules — it’s about me displaying my skills against another skilful fighter. I just want to entertain.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

CARB MSC Pays USD 630K for Air Quality Violations in 2014

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Swiss container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) paid USD 630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Regulation.As informed, the violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.The investigation by CARB revealed more than 2,500 violations for both the Oakland and LA/LB fleets for failing to reduce auxiliary engine power generation by at least 50 percent and for exceeding limits for auxiliary engine run time as required by the At-Berth Regulation.According to CARB, MSC cooperated with the investigation and subsequently converted its California fleets to include 100 percent shore power-equipped vessels, and has had no further violations of the regulation.“As the California Air Resources Board has announced, MSC cooperated with an enquiry into the implementation in 2014 of the state’s At-Berth Regulation and paid a fine. MSC made the necessary investments in its fleet to ensure vessels are shore power-equipped and fully compliant with CARB’s requirements. Since 2014, MSC has not incurred any violations of the regulation,” MSC told World Maritime News.The fine was paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air pollution research, and the company agreed to comply with all requirements of the regulation.“Ocean-going vessels are significant contributors to air pollution,” Todd Sax, CARB Enforcement Division Chief, said.“Even in port, their auxiliary engines generate toxic diesel particulate pollution that impacts not only port-adjacent communities, but also entire inland regions. This regulation helps to protect all Californians and is necessary to ensure we meet our clean air goals,” he added.Adopted in 2007, the At-Berth Regulation was designed to reduce emissions from diesel auxiliary engines on containerships, passenger ships and refrigerated-cargo ships while berthing at a California port. Vessel operators can either turn off auxiliary engines and connect to grid-based shore power or use alternative technologies to achieve equivalent emission reductions while in port.The regulation ultimately requires a fleet operator to reduce at-berth oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from its vessels’ auxiliary engines in port by at least 80 percent by 2020.last_img read more

Should be enforced Paralyzed Broncos player parents want seatbelts on buses

first_imgAIRDRIE – Michelle Straschnitzki had a moment of panic when her 16-year-old son Jett was preparing to board a team bus for a recent hockey game.“I didn’t watch him go get on the bus, but the part that choked me up was when I gave him a hug and said, ‘Good luck. Have a great game.’ Then I had a moment of panic,” she said in a recent interview in the family’s hometown of Airdrie, Alta.“My heart stopped. He was actually leaving and going on the bus.”It was six months after her older son Ryan was seriously injured in a crash involving the Humboldt Broncos.Ryan Straschnitzki, 19, was paralyzed from the chest down in the collision between his Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer in April at a highway crossing in rural Saskatchewan.Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.Straschnitzki and her husband have added their voices to those of other Broncos parents who want buses equipped with seat and shoulder belts.Tom Straschnitzki contacted the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association when he discovered buses carrying players, including his younger son, didn’t have seatbelts because it isn’t yet mandatory. He said the association immediately made changes to ensure buses with seatbelts are used.He said watching another of his children head off to a hockey game was harder on him and his wife than it was on their son. Jett turned down a request to be driven to his games, he said.“Jett goes, ‘Well the accident was six months ago, Dad,” said Straschnitzki.“As soon as he got on there, he took a picture of his seatbelt and sent it to us. He said he wasn’t taking it off until the bus stopped.”Ryan Straschnitzki has continued his rehabilitation at a full-out pace. After a two-hour workout at a rehabilitation centre in Calgary, he said having his younger brother board a team bus for hockey brought back memories of the crash.“I think it should be enforced that you wear your seatbelts,” he said. “If a bus doesn’t have one, then I’m not sure it should be on the road.”The injured player said he isn’t sure seatbelts on the Humboldt bus would have made a difference, but it’s worth having them, just in case.“If there’s a one-in-a-million chance of this ever happening, just to be safe, I’d wear it,” he said.“If a tragedy like this doesn’t sink in, then we’re not doing anything good.”Transport Canada announced in June that the department will require all newly built highway buses to have seatbelts by September 2020. Some charter bus companies say many new buses already have seatbelts, although there is no way to ensure passengers are wearing them.The Straschnitzkis are hoping that bus companies and sports teams will do the right thing by providing transportation with seatbelts.“It’s a movement we’re trying to start with the Buckle Up For the Broncos (campaign.) I think it’s something that’s going to resonate with people,” said Michelle Straschnitzki.“Don’t wait two years,” added her husband.“The bus companies that are thinking ahead and getting this done, those are the ones you should use.”last_img read more

The Epicure Café is a hub for the theatre crowd

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The Epicure Café sits at 502 Queen St. W., a long, thin restaurant painted deep red with framed prints of French paintings on the walls and an upstairs floor some may not even know about.It’s still something of a go-to place for the theatre community given its prime location near several major venues and more-than-serviceable food at decent prices.But back in the day — from the late 1970s into the 1990s — “the Ep” was the place to be for Toronto’s theatre folk, the “clubhouse,” as many interviewed for this story called it, for those at the centre of the city’s burgeoning alternative theatre scene, in the red heat of establishing venues and companies that have since become mainstays. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

André Leon Talleys Documentary Will Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is quickly approaching and we have another must-see film to add to our watch list: André Leon Talley’s documentary.Called The Gospel According to André, the 94-minute film will make its official premiere at TIFF 2017 on Sept. 8, with Magnolia Pictures planning a spring 2018 North American theatrical release. Directed by Kate Novack, the “funny and poignant portrait” will chronicle the life of the 67-year-old former Vogue editor-at-large, and will include archival footage of André’s illustrious career, starting with his involvement in Andy Warhol’s Factory during the ’70s, according to WWD.“André has been an unmissable fixture in the front row of fashion for as long as I can remember, but the story of how he got there has never really been told in an intimate way,” Novack explained to WWD. Advertisementlast_img read more

Lampert blames Sears Canada management for exacerbating the retailers woes

first_imgTORONTO – Eddie Lampert, the chairman and chief executive of Sears Holding Corp., is blaming Sears Canada for exacerbating its problems before it filed for creditor protection.Lampert’s ESL Investments is the largest shareholder in Sears Canada, which is in the process of liquidating and closing its remaining stores.In a post on his blog, Lampert says the retailer’s reinvention strategy was risky and untested.“In particular, ESL noted that it would be risky and unwise for the company to pursue additional borrowings on onerous terms to fund a new, untested strategy,” he wrote.“Despite this advice, management decided to proceed with these actions and the company’s operating losses and cash drain rapidly worsened.”Lampert posted the comments in response to a report by the Globe and Mail that chronicled Sears Canada’s troubles.Sears Canada has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act since June, but had been struggling for years.It had hoped to restructure and keep many of its stores open, but the retailer received court approval earlier this month to begin its liquidation sales after failing to find a buyer for its operations.A group led by Brandon Stranzl, who stepped down as the company’s executive chairman following approval of the liquidation sales, had been in talks to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it, but no deal was reached.last_img read more

German factory production slips, raising new economic fears

BERLIN — German factory production declined unexpectedly in December, increasing concerns about the weakening of Europe’s largest economy.The Federal Statistical Office said Thursday industrial production dropped 0.4 per cent in December over the month before, when adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors.On Wednesday, the office reported factory orders also slipped. In both cases, economists had been predicting increases, and the developments raised speculation Germany might have contracted in the fourth quarter of 2018 for the second quarter in a row, meaning it entered a technical recession.Last week, the government slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast from 1.8 per cent to 1 per cent. Germany’s economy grew 1.5 per cent last year and 2.2 per cent in 2017.In January, officials said it appeared Germany had avoided recession, but fourth-quarter numbers haven’t yet been finalized.The Associated Press read more

UN rushes aid to thousands in floodstricken northern Sudan

Government efforts to respond to the floods have been bolstered by the Common Pipeline system, which is an operation managed by the UN Joint Logistics Centre with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE.Approximately 1,000 families in Kosti in White Nile state have received relief aid, while supplies have been delivered to 85 households in Geissan in Blue Nile state with assistance from local authorities and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).In Kassala state, UNICEF has provided plastic sheeting for 1,000 families in immediate need through the NGO GOAL, while the Common Pipeline has supplied 3,000 jerry cans.“In times of emergency, the ability of different agencies to work together quickly and effectively is critical,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Operations in northern Sudan, speaking on behalf of the Common Pipeline’s partners.The partnership, established in 2004, “demonstrates that we can get essential supplies to the most vulnerable families with the minimum of delay, lightening the burden on those already experiencing great hardship and loss,” he added.To respond to additional requests for assistance, the Common Pipeline has prepared emergency supplies for up to 500 families in Kosti, 1,000 households in Kassala and 4,000 families in high-risk areas in Khartoum.“This joint effort in support of the Government of Sudan will ultimately ease the plight of those affected by the floods and ensure that those living in high-risk areas can be provided with timely assistance should they need it,” noted Mr. Veitch.In addition to this joint assistance, UNICEF has delivered much-needed medicines to health centres in flood-impacted areas to meet the needs of 80,000 people for one month. The agency has also provided chlorine powder and tablets to treat water supplies for roughly 50,000 people. 10 July 2007The United Nations is rushing vital emergency supplies – including plastic sheeting, blankets, cooking sets, jerry cans, sleeping mats and mosquito nets – to thousands of people affected by flooding in northern Sudan. read more

SecretaryGeneral calls for treaty banning cluster munitions

7 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged States to tackle the terrible humanitarian, human rights and developmental effects of cluster munitions by concluding a legally binding instrument banning this particular type of weapon. “The atrocious, inhumane impact of cluster munitions requires urgent action,” Mr. Ban told those gathered in Geneva for this year’s meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. In a message delivered by High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte, Mr. Ban drew attention to the fact that “the characteristics of these munitions, with their inherent inaccuracy and their frequent malfunctioning, make them particularly indiscriminate both at the time of use and long after conflicts have ended.” He urged States to address the horrendous effects of these weapons by concluding a legally binding instrument prohibiting the “use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians.” Mr. Ban emphasized that such a legal instrument should require the destruction of current stockpiles of these munitions, and provide for clearance and risk mitigation activities, victim assistance, cooperation, and compliance and transparency measures. Until such a treaty becomes a reality, he urged States to take domestic measures to immediately freeze the use and transfer of all cluster munitions. Noting that the Conventional Weapons Convention is still short of universal membership, Mr. Ban expressed appreciation for the practical steps being taken to achieve wider adherence, especially among developing countries and States affected by mines and explosive remnants of war. read more

Does Enda Kenny have confidence in James Reilly

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH HAS said that he has rejected assertions that the HSE is in disarray.Speaking during Leaders’ Questions, Enda Kenny said that the 250 consultant vacancies in the health system were in the process of being filled.Kenny accused Micheal Martin of “never going near” issues of budget management in his time as Health Minister.He added that the situation is being managed and that a long process of overhauling the health sector in the country.Kenny was also asked if he has confidence in Health Minister James Reilly to see out the job of fixing the health sector.His initial response fell short of fully backing Reilly.“On the issue of taking charge of matters that spent years lying around, the matter of confidence speaks for itself.”When it was put to him by Martin that that response was not a wholesale vote of confidence, the Taoiseach said, off mic, that he does support Reilly.Read: The HSE was €158 million over budget at the end of Maylast_img read more

Everybody Gets Played in the Once Upon a Time Midseason Finale

first_imgStay on target The seventh season of Once Upon a Time has been so much better than anyone could have expected. As far as most of us were concerned, the story ended in season six. Jennifer Morrison didn’t renew her contract, and Emma got her happy ending. When we heard this season would be half-reboot, half-continuation with an older Henry, we were skeptical. We didn’t need to be. Not only is Once Upon a Time the same show it’s always been, it’s a real good version of it. Its new spins on fairy tales kept things interesting, and it was able to play with our expectations. It used our memories of the first season against us, changing things up when we least expected it to. And yes, some cameos and lines were pure manipulative fan-service, but seven seasons in, that’s a lot of why we still watch this show. This midseason finale did all that and brought all its story threads together in a pretty spectacular package.With Lucy in magic-induced critical condition, we immediately flash back to just after Lucy is born. Henry is the proud father, showing off his baby girl to the crowd (minus Regina for no real reason), when Drizella appears. She starts to relate a prophecy of doom like a dollar-store version of Maleficent, when she gets turned to stone by blood magic. It turns out Lady Tremaine decided to make herself useful. So the resistance is just cool with her now? Just because her daughter is super evil doesn’t make the things she did any less terrible. But hey, blood magic help is hard to come by, I guess. The flashbacks then take us forward to Lucy’s eighth birthday, which is interrupted by Gothel and some hooded figures. It turns out that blood magic can be brute forced with enough witches. Also, they just happen to be having a party right next to the Drizella statue. Why did they keep that around?Lana Parrilla, Rebecca Mader (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)In the modern world, Jacinda and Sabine are trying to figure out what’s wrong with Lucy, not knowing that the only one who can help her is a few rooms down. Anastasia is recovering and getting up to speed with the modern world. Weaver shows up and the two come to a begrudging agreement. Weaver will guard Anastasia from Drizella and Gothel, and in exchange, he gets to figure out whether or not she’s the Guardian he’s been looking for. Meanwhile, we finally catch up with Henry and Regina/Roni. It turns out they’ve come to San Francisco to find Zelena. She’s teaching an off-brand Soul Cycle class! The build-up to her reveal was just so well-executed. Of course that’s what she’s doing in this new world. She even commands the people exercising by calling them “her little monkeys.” It’s the kind of fun fan-service this season is very good at pulling off.Unfortunately, Zelena isn’t so happy to see them. Apparently in this reality, Roni was the cool aunt to Zelena’s daughter Robin. Yes, Zelena and Robin Hood named their daughter after the father. It’s cute. At her suggestion, Robin apparently went off to Amsterdam to travel and party instead of going to college. Oops. Fortunately, all it takes is a potion and a strongly worded recap to remind Zelena who she really is. She’s all ready to run back to Hyperion Heights and fight evil, but there’s just one problem. The curse gave her a whole life in San Francisco. She’s getting married tomorrow. She quickly puts that aside to help her real family, but it’s a nice little moment. It means that the stuff that happens under the curse matters. It’s real. Once Upon a Time is best when it explores the messy details of both fairy tales and its own premise. These characters are in a world without magic, but they don’t live in a bubble. They still interact with the real world and breaking the curse won’t undo any of that.Robert Carlyle, Yael Yurman (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)With Zelena back for this episode, we know this can’t be the first time Regina called for her help. In the past, she called on her sister to help her fight off whatever Drizella had planned. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get to do all that much. She gets a dramatic entrance, but that’s about it. Because this is the midseason finale and that means we finally get to see how the curse was cast. It doesn’t leave much room for any Zelena badassery, but it means she’ll stick around for at least a few episodes once the show comes back. When the day of the curse finally comes, and witches chase Henry through the woods, we see that father-daughter scene from last season’s finale once again. Only now we know what’s going on. Henry runs to fight them off while Regina and Zelena go to stop whatever Drizella’s planning. Only it turns out that’s what she wanted them to do. See, just like she hides her curse under a layer of obscurity, making her mother think she was in charge, she does the same thing to Regina. It turns out the witches caught Henry, and poisoned him. And the only way to keep him alive is to take him to a world without magic. See, Drizella still needs Regina to cast the curse, and this is how she’s making her do it. It also explains exactly why Drizella was suddenly able to get Regina to keep Henry and Jacinda apart. We knew it had to be something like this, but it was still pretty harrowing to see it play out. That’s a real cold move, Drizella. Also, the special effects in this episode are great. Watching the curse take over the realm is a spellbinding moment. They really went all out for this one.People in the past aren’t the only ones getting played. This episode saw yet another villain rise up. This kind of twist-after-twist-after-twist would get tiring, but to be honest, Gothel is a much better villain than either Drizella or Tremaine. Tremaine felt too much like a Diet version of season one Regina, and Drizella… was anyone ever intimidated by her? Looking back on it, she always did have to be led around by someone else, which doesn’t make for a great villain. Alright Once Upon a Time, we’ll give you this one. As soon as Rumplestiltskin and Tremaine figure out that Anastasia is the Guardian, and have her work on a spell to save Lucy, Drizella shows up and captures her. Pretending to be a concerned sister, she lures Anastasia to a room with Gothel and tries to steal her magic. I say tries to because this whole time, Gothel was manipulating Drizella. The cuffs she gave her actually transfer Drizella’s power to Anastasia. Gothel wants to form The Coven of Eight, the group of witches who helped cast this curse to begin with. We don’t know anything about them or what they plan to do in this new world, but that’s just how this show rolls.Gabrielle Anwar, Robert Carlyle, Yael Yurman (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)This midseason finale was Once Upon a Time doing what it does best. It spun out its fairy tales into the twistiest soap opera, and actually pulled off some shocking twists. I know a lot of fans were ready to dismiss this seventh season as an unnecessary extension but once again, it proved that it can still be the same show it’s always been. It’s even capable of surprising us after all these years. It just has to work more to pull it off. As convoluted as Gothel’s plan was, I have to admit it worked. It was set up well so that when the twist happened, it came as a shock, but still made sense. And since this is the midseason finale, that means the show is leaving us at a serious low point for the characters. Henry, in reading his book to the unconscious Lucy finally believes that he was her father in another world. He kisses her forehead just like Emma did his and nothing happens. Tramaine has destroyed her belief. The only way for Regina and Zelena to save her life now is to break the curse. Which we now know will kill Henry. That’s one hell of a cliffhanger to leave us on. Especially since the next episode isn’t coming until March. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time last_img read more

NJ Gov Christie to be in Vancouver on Friday

first_imgRepublican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will visit Vancouver on Friday to serve as a special guest during a breakfast fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. Attending the breakfast costs $250 per guest. For those who want better access to Christie, fundraiser participants can pay $5,000 to attend a private roundtable discussion at 8 a.m., and then participate in a photo-op and reception with Christie at 8:30 a.m. The photography and reception portions of the fundraiser, excluding the roundtable, cost $1,800 a person. The fundraiser is scheduled to take place at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Those who want to attend are encouraged to RSVP by today. To RSVP, call Jessica McDowell at 425-202-5150 or email her at Jessica@McKenna-WSRPVictory.com.last_img read more

Janelle Monáe Drops Two New Singles Announces New Album

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 28, 2018 – 10:52 pm Janelle Monaé’s “Time’s Up” Speech News Janelle Monáe Drops Two New Singles, Announces New Album Email Twitter Janelle Monáe Drops Singles From ‘Dirty Computer’ janelle-mon%C3%A1e-drops-two-new-singles-announces-new-albumcenter_img While Monáe has stayed busy over the past five years with music and acting, Dirty Computer is her first full-length album since 2013’s The Electric Lady. If these first two singles are any indication, Monáe will continue to make her statement loud and proud well into 2018 and beyond.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Continuing her year of compelling statements, in “Django Jane” Monáe takes on issues of sexism and racism head-on, reading a rap-heavy riot act at power symbols while situated on a royal throne and at the head of the table. Just as visually striking, “Make Me Feel” presents a more sultry, seductive vibe, showing off Monáe’s acting chops overtop a funky, melodic dance club banger. Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated artist returns with not one, but two bold new songs and striking videos, plus a release date for her new full-length LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2018 – 3:34 pm Less than one month after her unforgettable and empowering “Time’s Up” speech at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Janelle Monáe released two new songs on Feb. 22, complete with accompanying videos, and announced the release date for her upcoming fourth album, Dirty Computer, out April 27.last_img read more

Amazon granted patent for surveillance drones service

first_imgA new patent shows how drones can keep an eye out on a home while making deliveries.  CNET For years, Amazon has shown off how it’ll use drones to deliver items to customers, and it’s even developed a super-quiet drone for neighborhood deliveries. The company has a new patent that’ll give these flying robots a second use: surveillance. Amazon received a patent for what it calls “Image creation using geo-fence data” from the US Patent and Trademark Office in early June. The application explains that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, could be used to provide a secondary service of checking on an individual’s property while the robots are out doing deliveries.Surveillance drones patent figureAn image from the Amazon patent shows how drones will deliver and provide surveillance. US Patent and Trademark Office/Amazon As part of this service, customers can receive images or videos from the drones overlooking the property. UAVs would only be allowed to record the property of the individuals who consented and not those of their neighbors. “We take customer privacy very seriously,” John Tagle, senior PR manager for Amazon, said in an email Friday. “Some reports have suggested that this technology would spy or gather data on homes without authorization — to be clear, that’s not what the patent says. The patent clearly states that it would be an opt-in service available to customers who authorize monitoring of their home.”One company you might think would be worried about this is Sunflower Labs, a startup developing home security drones. But Chief Executive Alex Pachikov says he’s happy with Amazon’s patent.”I am actually very excited to see this,” Pachikov said. “We’ve long believed that drones are ideally suited for security, and while Amazon’s approach is different from ours, we are happy to see this market validated.”Like many patents granted to tech companies, there’s no telling if this drone security service will actually see the light of day. So far, Amazon’s plans for drones and autonomous vehicles are for deliveries sometime in the future. CNET reporter Stephen Shankland contributed to this report.Originally published June 21, 7:50 a.m. PT.Update, 9:16 a.m. PT: Adds Amazon comment. Update, June 23: Adds comment from Sunflower Labs. Share your voice Tags Comments 5 Patents Amazon Drones Smart Home Security Security Cameraslast_img read more