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first_imgAs New Jersey awaits to host what should be a cold weather Super Bowl 48 amid a lot of speculation about the weather, fans are talking too about the matchups of the toughest defense in the game, the Seattle Seahawk’s NFC champions, trying to stop the gun of the Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning’s record-breaking season of 55 TD passes.The National Herald’s Executive Editor Constantinos Scaros and Online Editor Andy Dabilis took a look at how the teams sized up and both picked the Broncos to come out on top.SCAROS:Super Bowl 48, between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, basically can go four different ways: Denver winning big, Denver winning close, Seattle winning close, or Seattle winning big.First, what I’d like to see happen: I want the Broncos to win because I want Peyton Manning’s comeback to be complete. Besides, it always irritated me that his brother, Eli – who although is probably more clutch than his big brother, doesn’t even come close to possessing Peyton’s gifts as a field general – has won two Super Bowls to Peyton’s one.Then again, Eli had an absolutely dismal year while Peyton broke the all-time single season touchdown passing record, throwing an unbelievable 55 touchdowns, so I think the “who’s the better Manning” debate has been settled once and for all.Druthers aside, what does my head tell me? Denver has the league’s top offense and Seattle the top defense, which makes this a battle for the ages indeed. But a closer look reveals that Denver’s forte, its passing offense, might be overinflated because the Broncos have played against only a couple of the top-rated defensive teams all year.Similarly, Seattle held teams to an average of 14 points per game but did not exactly play the NFL’s most explosive offenses. Essentially, then, both teams’ identical and superb 13-3 regular season records were boosted by rather easy schedules.That said, Seattle had impressive scoring bursts even against some good defenses, whereas Denver, which scored an average of 37.9 points per game in the regular season, had games of only 29 and 12 against some of the better defenses.Seattle scored about 26 points per game, Denver allowed about 24, and so if Seattle musters 25 for the Super Bowl, that is to be expected. The real disparity is with how many points Denver is accustomed to scoring per game (nearly 38) and how many Seattle gives up (just 14).The scenario seems tailor-made for Manning – known to blow big games – to fall apart, as Seattle laughs all the way to the Lombardi Trophy. A 37-19 final score, with the Seahawks on top, seems very likely. But I’m sayin’ otherwise: Broncos 28-21.Theirs is not your run-of-the-mill high-octane offense. This is Peyton Manning’s career year – 55 touchdowns – and he just seems to be getting better and better. He has taken adlib play-calling to new levels of greatness, and even the Seahawks’ ferocious defense won’t be able to stop him. Manning has had an outstanding season, and has shown real mettle in the playoffs this year, spreading the ball to numerous targets. This is no Manning to Marvin Harrison or to Reggie Wayne-type offense like in Indianapolis.Given all those factors, not to mention experience (by contrast, Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson, a fine player in his own right, is in the Super Bowl for the very first time), I pick the Broncos. Of course, given my opening remarks, it could just be wishful thinking.A very good friend of mine, who played high school football and is a lifelong student of the game, likes to say: “Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.” This year’s Broncos are going to do both.ANDY D:Being old enough to remember the FIRST Super Bowl, when it seemed the Kansas City Chiefs might actually hang tough against the indomitable Green Bay Packers before Bart Starr found Max McGee, and old enough to remember when the New Jersey Giants were the New York Giants and the New England Patriots were the Boston Patriots (and still should be) I can add some perspective to this one 47 years later.First, the Seahawks braggadocio defense back Richard Sherman may be a Stanford grad but he apparently didn’t study football history or he would know what happened when Chiefs DB Fred “The Hammer” Williamson promised to knock cold Green Bay receivers: it was Williamson who found himself prone on the field with his lights out and while no one wishes injury on anyone, we could settle for Sherman being so embarrassed by Peyton Manning that he hangs his head in the shame he deserves for being a big-mouthed bad winner in the game against the San Francisco 49’ers.Sherman may have tipped the end zone pass but he didn’t intercept it and a word of praise for his teammate who did, Malcolm Smith, and the rest of the Seattle players – plus just a touch of humility and recognition that but for a tipped pass his team would have lost – would have made him American’s football darling instead of its loathed loudmouth.This game will disprove the much-loved football axiom that a good defense beats a good offense because there’s a more apt boxing term: a good big man will beat a good little man every time, and Manning is the big man in this one, even if he’s not the best QB in Denver history: John Elway is.When the Super Bowl annals are written, no one will remember who Russell Wilson was because he’s just a poseur compared to Manning, even though this game shapes up to be one that is not a big draw compared to many of the others in its history.And while everyone’s talking about Seattle’s Big D you have to remember that if Denver took care of Tom Brady that it can handle a guy named Wilson, who’s not even in the same league. This game will be won on the arm – of Manning – not on the legs of Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch or Wilson’s passing. Lynch is a strong, tough runner but he’s not Jim Brown, still the greatest football player ever.Manning had a Joe Namath kind of year, except that he had four more games to do set the record of 55 TD’s passing, and what’s even more important is that he didn’t throw an interception against the Patriots.The two strengths – Seattle’s defense and Denver’s offense – are even. But Denver’s defense is better than Seattle’s offense, an overlooked factor in all the building hype, and it will come down to who’s cooler under pressure, Manning or Wilson, and Manning has just too much experience to be rattled in such a big game. Plus, as he said: “I’m an AFC guy.”Me too, so this one’s for the Boston Patriots and the AFL and if there’s any justice it will end with Manning throwing a fadeaway winner over Sherman and then having enough class – like Jim Brown – not to boast but to walk away a winner and like someone, who, as Brown said, acts like he’s been there before because he has. Denver 24-21.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLogic-X launches the new brand for COTS sensor processing products comprising Adaptable Compute Acceleration Platforms and Sensor interface products. The first products released to the market are the LXF90000 compact standalone adaptable compute acceleration platform based on the ZYNQ Ultascale+ Multiprocessor system on chip (MPSOC) and the LXD30000, an FMC that can perform low latency data acquisition and playback of analog signals at 5.4 Gsps with a resolution of 12 bits.The emergence of new artificial intelligence applications on the edge is seen by Logic-X as an opportunity to design Commercial of the shelve products, incorporating the often complex FPGA, MPSOC, ACAP and sensor interface elements. The products that we offer are designed to provide easy insertion of modern FPGA, MPSOC, ACAP and sensor technology into our customer systems. This allows our customers to focus on their end application and the customer does not have to spend time to develop custom processing platforms. As a result, Logic-X products will improve time to market and reduce overal risk.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADI: new impedance & potentiostat AFE for biological & chemical sensingNext Microchip: integrate eSPI standard in existing equipment with eSPI to LPC bridgelast_img read more

first_img“I am the first person in my entire family to have traveled outside my hometown, and the first girl from my village to get into an IIT,” says Neha Kataria, a first-year Mechanical Engineering student who hails from Haryana.Expressing her gratitude to her family, she confides that if it were not for them, her fate would have been similar to that of other girls in her village who are often not allowed to have ambitions and are likely to be married off after school.”When I told my father that I dream of going to space, he advised me to aim for IIT, and that was the beginning of my journey,” reveals Neha. Induction programme at IIT Mandi prepares students for a productive timeNeha is only one of the many students from small towns across the country who have chosen IIT Mandi to begin their life in engineering and are undergoing an intensive five-week induction programme (5WIP) on campus.From dramatics, dance, a cleaning drive in Mandi and trekking, to designing real-life solutions using Lego models and attending guest lectures by alumni and industry experts, the new batch of students is getting a unique opportunity for holistic personality development. This induction programme ensures that the students, coming from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, are exposed to activities that will allow them to shed their inhibitions and familiarise themselves with the campus, faculty, seniors and more importantly, with each other even before the classes commence.”We are a group of 196 friends,” quips a student alluding to the total number of students who have joined IIT Mandi this year.advertisement”After coming here, in these few weeks I can see positive changes in my personality and have also taken a keen interest in sports that I had never played in life. The exposure here is far more profound than in the other IITs,” says Mohib Qureshi from Madhya Pradesh who proudly claims he never took a coaching class and took it as a challenge to get into an IIT.Ankit Karan from Bihar, the first person from his village to have gotten into an IIT, believes the extracurricular activities being organised during the 5WIP are helping him imbibe discipline, yet a welcome change from having worked tirelessly focusing solely on academics while preparing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Inclusive and liberal environment brings out the best in studentsIIT Mandi has come to be known for its inclusive and liberal environment, driving sustained emphasis on academic excellence, practical application of technical knowledge, and imbibition of human values.”IIT Mandi was the only institute that I felt confident of and would offer me a safe environment, away from politics where I could focus on my studies; apart from, of course, being climatically similar to my hometown Kupwara, Kashmir,” says Zaidan Mohammad Bhat, a first-year student in the Civil Engineering department.Zaidan hails from a district rife with conflict due to which he missed almost one year of schooling during 12th grade. IIT Mandi has come to be known for its inclusive and liberal environment.6 ways IIT Mandi is transforming engineering education1The institute encourages students to contribute towards the socio-environmental landscape of the region through both academic as well as extra-curricular activities. 2While the thrust on region-specific research has helped develop solutions to environmental issues, other initiatives have sought to empower local women through the creation of employment opportunities. 3In addition, student volunteers have introduced several initiatives in association with local schools, helping the school children with their homework, catch up in mathematics and science curriculum, and engage in interactive lessons through demonstrations of science experiments. 4″We also read to the school children and share books with them to help them develop an interest in reading,” says Yashika Arora, a PhD student at IIT Mandi. 5Another initiative is the Bridge School, through which student volunteers teach basic lessons to the children of the migrant labour working in construction on campus, such that they can continue from where they left off wherever they go next. 6Several students also reveal that they feel motivated by the existence of the institute’s Technology Business Incubator Catalyst that is open to offering multilateral support to outstanding startup ideas from them. Through this incubator, IIT Mandi recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, and seeks to offer mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurial ideas that are driven by the objective of creating socio-economic impacts.  Absence of anxiety in studentsAnyone visiting the serene campus is likely to be overcome with a sense of calm, perhaps also a result of the complete absence of any sign of anxiety exuded by the young fresh-out-of-school students.It is not an easy feat for an adolescent to call a new place their home, a place that is so far away from the chaos of the city, from all things ‘happening’. Yet, the students in the new batch appear as if they have lived here for years and their new batchmates were their childhood friends.”The spirit of camaraderie is much higher than any feeling of competition amongst us,” is a sentiment shared by every student at the institute.- Article by Madhulika Narasimhan, a freelance writer who often writes on higher education, public health and matters.last_img read more

first_imgSmriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year on MondayMandhana played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, scoring 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35.She is currently ranked fourth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters and 10th in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for T20I batters.India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women’s ODI Player of Year 2018!READ https://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYGICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said: “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.”The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself.”That was something which really made me better as a player. And then, of course, the first four matches of the ICC Women’s World T20 were quite memorable,” she added.Feels special to win two awards: @mandhana_smritiThe first Indian woman to win two @ICC awards in a calendar year talks about her special achievement and shares her long-time ambition.Full interview here – https://t.co/wPuQvSWGbR pic.twitter.com/58notBvrQTadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2018India’s Harmanpreet Kaur was Monday named captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, which also includes two of her compatriots Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.Opening batswoman Mandhana and leg-spinner Yadav were also included in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, which has New Zealander Suzie Bates as captain.The ODI and T20 sides were selected by a voting academy, which has former players like Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards, Anjum Chopra and members of the media, and took into consideration performances in the 2018 calendar year.Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.Meet the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@ahealy77@SuzieWBates@ImHarmanpreet(c)@natsciver@EllysePerry@akgardner97Leigh Kasperek@megan_schuttRumana Ahmed@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/R37impUn79 pic.twitter.com/n96VV7aaNcICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018″In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Batters,” the ICC said in a statement.The 29-year-old Harmanpreet said she was surprised to have been named captain of the World T20 XI.”To be honest, it was really surprising for me. The last two years we did not get enough T20I matches to play and it was really tough for me to build that confidence in the team and show that self-belief that we can do well in T20Is. Credit goes to all team members, the way they worked hard and show that self-belief,” Kaur said.”This award means a lot to me to build my confidence, BCCI is showing confidence on me – that I can do well in the format and I am looking forward to do well in the future.”The T20I team has players from five countries, including four from the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 champions Australia. Two players are from New Zealand and one player each from Bangladesh and England, besides the three from India.Rumana Ahmed is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC squad. The right-arm leg-spinner has been the second most successful T20I bowler in the 2018 calendar year with 30 wickets in 24 matches, including four wickets in four matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.The ODI team, on the other hand, has players from seven countries, with two each from England, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Australia, Pakistan and West Indies has one player each.Bates’ appointment as the ODI captain was a recognition of her contribution in inspiring her side to second position in the ICC Women’s Championship after three rounds.advertisementCongratulations to the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@Tammy_Beaumont@SuzieWBates (c)@danevn81@sophdevine77@ahealy77@kappie777@Dottin_5@mir_sana05@Sophecc19@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/V6qREy5SAD pic.twitter.com/WZbsbRliXEICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018In the seven ODIs this calendar year, Bates has scored 438 runs with two centuries and a half-century. Bates is presently ranked seventh in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters.Besides India’s Mandhana and Yadav, Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Suzie Bates of New Zealand are the other players who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand; captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India).ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India; captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India).(With inputs from IANS and PTI)last_img read more

first_imgPakistan take on New Zealand in the must-win match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Pakistan are heading into the match on the back of a 49-run morale-boosting win against South Africa on Sunday.Pakistan faced severe criticism after their loss to arch-rivals India but their 49-run win over South Africa breathed life into their campaign but the road ahead is a tough one.With just two wins and three losses, Pakistan are at the seventh spot with five points in six games.New Zealand, on the other hand, have been undefeated so far and currently hold the top position in the points table. But no team is unbeatable and New Zealand looked vulnerable against South Africa and the West Indies but it was skipper Williamson’s twin hundreds which helped them seal the wins.Williamson, who also anchored the side against Afghanistan, is their highest scorer in the tournament so far. Ross Taylor too has been among the runs but openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are yet to click.Pacers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, have been in good form, while New Zealand also have two destructive all-rounders in Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme in their ranks.LIVE UPDATES15:00: The toss will happen at 3.30PM IST and the match will start at 4PM IST. No overs will be deducted from this game if it doesn’t rain again.14:20: We will have a delayed start. The outfield is still wet and the umpires will have an inspection at 3:30 PM IST.advertisementA delayed start in the World Cup 2019 match between New Zealand and Pakistan may be on the cards as there is rain predicted early in the morning in Birmingham.However, we can expect a full game as the weather will remain cloudy but without any interruptions by rain, according to AccuWeather.A mixture of sunny, cloudy and overcast with very little chance of rain is forecasted for most of Wednesday in Birmingham. Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | New Zealand vs Pakistan: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The biggest game left on the 2018 college football schedule has to be Ohio State vs. Michigan. Both teams have only one loss on their records, and assuming it remains that way come kickoff, the game will be a Big Ten title play-in game.Ahead of the November 24th showdown, Vegas oddsmakers have starting setting their lines for the game.SuperBookUSA has the Wolverines as a 3.5-point favorite on the road at Ohio Stadium.Michigan has not won at Ohio Stadium since 2000..@SuperBookUSA at the Westgate in Las Vegas has opened the Michigan Wolverines as 3.5-point road favorites over the Ohio State Buckeyes for their upcoming Big Ten showdown on November 24th. pic.twitter.com/VSltr8xHqq— Covers (@Covers) November 4, 2018Jim Harbaugh is trying to secure a Big Ten title berth for the Wolverines but has yet to beat Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. The game not only has Big Ten Championship Game implications, but a stake in the College Football Playoff as well.But the Ohio State Buckeyes have held a decisive edge in the rivalry for the better part of the last 20 years. They are currently on a six-game winning streak against the Wolverines.Ohio State’s only loss of the season came against Purdue. Michigan’s came against College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame in the first week of the season.last_img read more

first_imgWashington: The Indian-American community in the US has urged the Trump administration to “fully support” India’s decision to revoke the constitutional provision that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and to continue to exert pressure on Pakistan to end its support to cross-border terrorism. The Indian government abolished Article 370 and moved a separate bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Article 370 granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to have its own flag and constitution, among other rights. We urge the US to fully support India’s internal sovereign decisions on Kashmir and to continue to exert pressure on Pakistan to end its support of cross-border terrorism, so the Kashmir conflict can be resolved once and for all, Samir Kalra, managing director of Hindu-American Foundation (HAF), said. Kalra said that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, which were only intended as temporary provisions, is an important step in bringing about a solution to the Kashmir issue. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “It will help better integrate the residents of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh into the rest of India and apply one set of equal laws across the country, Kalra said. Moreover, it will help create conditions for the full rehabilitation and resettlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, he added. Krishna Reddy, President of Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), said that this is Narendra Modi government’s best gift to the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day of India. It is a historic day as Modi government could deliver a long-awaited decision of scrapping article 370 and corrected the historic blunder made by the Nehru government, Reddy said. According to him, OFBJP and other Indian diaspora organisations are organising celebratory events in the coming next two weeks. Welcoming the decision, the World Hindu Council of America said that with the removal of this special status, the regions of Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh will finally be fully integrated with the rest of India, allowing effective and sustainable development in these regions. We hope that people from all over India, will join the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in celebrating this momentous occasion, it said. New York-based attorney Ravi Batra said that this action must deliver enhanced peace and security to Jammu and Kashmir, as well as between India and Pakistan. It’s time for the Sub-Continent to celebrate freedom – not only from colonialism – but terror too. The United States, as a friend of the Sub-Continent, wants peace and prosperity to reign, not fear and terror, Batra said. Indian-American Puneet Ahluwalia said that it should not come as a surprise, as revocation of 35A and 370 has always been part of BJP’s manifesto. There are forces in Kashmir and neighbouring Pakistani establishment who would likely want this bold internal initiative to fail. This is a sensitive action which can either turn into a nightmare or paradise for the Kashmiri community, he said. The community of Kashmiri Pandits in the US too rejoiced the Indian government’s move, saying that this paves the way for their return to the homeland in the near future. The move by the Indian government will also improve the security situation with respect to cross border terrorism and bring peace, harmony and stability in Jammu-Kashmir, now a new Union Territory of India, said Vijay Sazawal from the Indo-American Kashmir Forum. Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF) based in London and Geneva, and the Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) based in Ottawa, also came out in support of the government’s decision, saying that finally Kashmiri minorities, particularly the Kashmiri Pandits, will receive justice and be able to reclaim their ancestral lands from where they were driven out in 1989-1990, he said. Jeevan Zutshi from Kashmir Task Force said, “not only the Kashmir problem has been solved with this historic abrogation of article 370 but it also vindicates all Kashmiris, of all faiths, some of whom lost their lives due to turbulence and some, like Kashmiri Pandits, who had lost their roots completely.” The community members hoped that these constitutional amendments will enable them to get justice, reverse ethnic cleansing and reclaim their ancestral homeland. These moves by the Indian government will also improve the security situation with respect to cross-border terrorism and bring peace, harmony and stability in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsChiefs from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba continued their meetings Wednesday.They’re in Onion Lake trying to figure out a way to get Canada to honour treaties.APTN’s Jorge Barrera reports while chiefs are driving discussions, grassroots people are there hoping for change.last_img

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is grossly overstating the extent of U.S. economic and job gains.In a tweet Monday, he declares that the economy has “never been better” and jobs are at the “best point in history.”In fact, the economy and jobs are nowhere close to historic bests based on several measures. Economists have also warned that U.S. growth is largely fueled by government borrowing, as the federal deficit rises because of his tax cuts, and is thus unlikely to be sustainable after a few quarters.A look at the claims:TRUMP: “Great financial numbers being announced on an almost daily basis. Economy has never been better, jobs at best point in history.”THE FACTS: He’s exaggerating. The economy is healthy now, but it has been in better shape at many times in the past.Growth reached 4 per cent at an annual rate in the second quarter, which Trump highlighted late last month with remarks at the White House. But it’s only the best in the past four years. So far, the economy is expanding at a modest rate compared with previous economic expansions. In the late 1990s, growth topped 4 per cent for four straight years, from 1997 through 2000. And in the 1980s expansion, growth even reached 7.2 per cent in 1984.It’s not clear what Trump specifically means when he declares that jobs are at the “best point in history,” but based on several indicators, he’s off the mark.The unemployment rate of 3.9 per cent is not at the best point ever — it is actually near the lowest in 18 years. The all-time low came in 1953, when unemployment fell to 2.5 per cent during the Korean War. And while economists have been surprised to see employers add 215,000 jobs a month this year, a healthy increase, employers in fact added jobs at a faster pace in 2014 and 2015. A greater percentage of Americans held jobs in 2000 than now.Trump didn’t mention probably the most important measure of economic health for Americans — wages. While paychecks are slowly grinding higher, inflation is now cancelling out the gains. Lifted by higher gasoline prices, consumer prices increased 2.9 per cent in June from a year earlier, the most in six years.Adjusting for inflation, hourly pay for non-managers — about 80 per cent of the workforce — fell 0.2 per cent over the same period. Yet in 1998, for example, inflation-adjusted hourly pay growth topped 2.5 per cent.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheckEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figureslast_img read more

“Our highest priority is to re-establish access to eastern Aleppo city, through both cross-line convoys and cross-border operations from Turkey, so that we can replenish critical life-saving assistance like food, medical supplies and fuel, and assure the continuation of basic services,” said Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a statement released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Noting that an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people are at risk of besiegement, Mr. O’Brien said that humanitarians have not been able to reach eastern Aleppo since clashes started on 7 July between the Government of Syria forces and non-state armed groups, which rendered Castello Road impassable. Hundreds of mortars, missiles and projectiles were launched on both eastern and western Aleppo in the past weeks, resulting in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, including several children. Hospitals and other civilian infrastructure have also been affected by the fighting. On 16 July, for example, a hospital in eastern Aleppo city was reportedly hit, and a number of medical staff injured. It was the third time the facility was hit in the past two months. Mr. O’Brien – who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator – reiterated that the humanitarian community has repeatedly stressed that medical staff and facilities must not be targeted, as international humanitarian law clearly states. “I call on all parties to the conflict to immediately enable unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to the millions of people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas across Syria,” he said, urging them to lift all sieges, respect the safety of medical and humanitarian workers, and ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Under-Secretary-General added that while the UN and its partners still have some stocks to respond to humanitarian needs, food in east Aleppo is expected to run out by the middle of next month. In other news today, UN Senior Adviser Jan Egeland told reporters in Geneva that while July was the best month ever in terms of permissions granted by the Government of Syria for access to besieged areas, it has been far from what was hoped. “The fighting is the main reason for why we are not going to all of these places,” he said, emphasizing the need to “regain momentum,” such as by a humanitarian truce. “A humanitarian truce could work in the following manner: We get 72-hour notice to go and we get a pause in the fighting for 48 hours. That’s what we need, that is what it takes to have a lifeline to places where people are at the brink of starvation,” he added. Emphasizing that the “clock is ticking,” Mr. Egeland concurred that there are only a few weeks of supplies remaining. “The homework we have given as humanitarians to the co-chairs, which are the United States and Russia, and to other members of the ISSG [International Syria Support Group] is the following: give us 48 hours every week to be able to go to eastern Aleppo where there is a quarter of a million civilians and they have no other lifeline than this Castello Road, and that we can get in cross-border, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and UN and cross-line, UN, Red Cross and Red Crescent,” he said. read more

first_imgTiomin Resources has been notified by ATW Venture Corp  that ATW will not execute the formal agreement to acquire an option to purchase up to a 50% interest in Tiomin’s Kenyan mineral sand projects. Nevertheless, Tiomin says it believes “in the unrecognized value of the Kwale project and will continue to review its strategic options regarding the potential future development of the project.As reported in International Mining Project News (February 4) Tiomin had signed a letter of intent (LoI) with ATW providing for the grant to ATW of an option to acquire up to a 50% interest in Tiomin’s Kenyan mineral sands projects, including the Kwale project, for $35 million. Cost escalation for the development of the Kwale project was then projected at $16 million, which includes $12 million in capital expenditures and $4 million in foreign exchange. The Kwale mineral sands project is located some 40 km south of the city of Mombasa, the largest port in East Africa, and 10 km inland from the Kenyan coastline. On December 12, 2006, Tiomin announced a delay in project construction as a result of the Government of Kenya not providing full access to the project site to initiate construction activities. Certain farmers had refused to be relocated. The EPCM contract has been awarded to Ausenco International. Kwale project economics indicate production of some 330,000 t/y of ilmenite, 75,000 t/y of rutile and 40,000 t/y of zircon per year for the first six years of its projected 12-year mine life, generating an estimated annual pretax operating cash flow of approximately $40-50 million per year for the first six years. www.tiomin.comlast_img read more

first_imgCaterpillar and Cat® dealers now offer Cat Certified Rebuild Upgrade (CCRU) services for older 785 and 789 large mining trucks. The rebuild program for the original series and the B Series models of these trucks incorporates the technological advancements introduced with the C Series to improve operation and performance and reduce engine emissions. The CCRU provides a full rebuild and certified rebuild warranty along with a Cat upgrade retrofit cab and chassis updates.The results are improved fuel economy, performance and productivity as well as a modernised cab for operator comfort and improved engine emissions equivalent to US EPA Tier 1 standards for sustainable operation.The Cat 3512B EUI engine for the 785 and the 3516B EUI engine for the 789 deliver about 5% more power and provide the potential for fuel savings of 3 to 4%. Also, recommended service intervals are extended from 250 to 500 hours.The upgrade cab includes VIMS™ 4.0 for monitoring machine health and optimising production cycles to reduce cost per tonne. The full size trainer seat facilitates on-site training to help the operator perform safely and efficiently.The CCRU program for 785 and 789 trucks is available now in the USA, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile and Russia.last_img read more

first_img During San Diego Comic Con, we expect news to come out at a furious pace. Typically, we have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be. We watch for new trailers, casting news, movie announcements and if we’re lucky, the occasional accidental overshare from a star. What we don’t expect to hear about is a studio reportedly considering cutting one of their biggest stars. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ben Affleck’s future in the DC Extended Universe isn’t as sure a thing as we all assumed.A source tells the magazine that Warner Bros. is working on a way to gracefully usher Affleck out of the role. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, so it’s still just a rumor right now. Warner Bros. Film Studio Chief told The Hollywood Reporter that Affleck is their Batman, and they aim to keep him in the cowl as long as they possibly can. Even so, they say a source close to the situation told them the studio is working on a way for Affleck to exit the role, possibly even before Matt Reeves’ The Batman begins filming. Clearly, they consider the source reliable enough to publish the story.It wouldn’t be unheard of to swap out a superhero actor mid-series. Marvel famously swapped out Edward Norton for Mark Ruffalo after The Incredible Hulk. Even the ’80s and ’90s series of Batman movies had three different actors take on the role. The difference is that Affleck has had such a significant role in the DCEU that replacing him without an explanation would be weird. He’s appeared in two movies so far, with a third coming out later this year. Granted, his first two DCEU movies have been widely panned, which might explain why Warner Bros. would consider going a different direction. It’s also entirely possible that Affleck himself has soured on the character. Originally, he was going to write and direct The Batman, but he’s since stepped away from those roles. It wouldn’t be too far a leap for him to back out of the project entirely.There are plenty of ways Warner Bros. could orchestrate a graceful exit for Affleck. DC Comics history is full of instances where multiple universes collide with and overwrite aspects of one another. A Crisis-like event wouldn’t be out of the question. Another possibility would be a Flashpoint-style situation, where Barry changes history in a way that somehow causes Bruce Wayne’s appearance to change. I’m just saying there are a few ways they could do it that wouldn’t feel at all out of place in the DC Universe. We’ll just have to see what, if any, announcements come out of Warner Bros. in the near future.But let’s get back to the fun part of Comic Con. Whether or not Affleck remains in the DCEU, his presence in this year’s Justice League is guaranteed. He’s promoting the movie at the show this weekend; he’s in the trailer, that’s done. Also appearing in the movie will be a new Batmobile. Attendees at SDCC got the chance to see the Batmobile up close. Now, we can all get a good look at Batman’s new ride.Well, it certainly looks cool, even if it’s not the classic Batmobile design. It appears to be taking inspiration from the Nolan trilogy, in that it’s just a tank painted black. That’s a lot of guns for Batman, though. Does he still have that rule against killing people? Because this thing looks like it could kill a lot of people. Who knows? Maybe whatever they’re chasing in Justice League is only slowed down by bullets. We’ll have to see exactly what causes Batman to pull the trigger when the movie hits theaters this November.Beyond Justice League, Warner Bros. has big plans for the DCEU. Not just movies, either. Though their cinematic universe finally earned some much-needed goodwill with Wonder Woman, DC superheroes have been excelling on TV for years now. Next, they’re hoping to continue that trend on Syfy with Krypton. As the title suggests, the show will take place on Krypton, Superman’s home planet, years before the Man of Steel was born. It will focus on Superman’s grandfather, giving us a look at what life on Krypton was like before it was destroyed. At their SDCC panel, Syfy released a trailer for the new series.In Krypton, the House of El finds itself shamed and ostracized from society, according to the teaser’s description. Superman’s grandfather will fight to redeem his family and attempt to stop Krypton from falling into chaos. Given what we know about Superman’s origin, I think we can safely say he accomplishes one of those things, but not the other. We can’t see much in the trailer, but the visuals already look great. I love the way the Kryptonian city looks and can’t wait to see more of it.Syfy has also been on a roll with their original series lately. With shows like The Magicians, Dark Matter, and The Expanse, the once-maligned network has turned itself back into a great home for original science fiction. Since Krypton looks much more like a pure science fiction drama than a superhero show, Syfy seems like the perfect place for it. In any case, we’ll learn much more in the months ahead, leading up to the show’s premiere in 2018.(Via DC Comics)Looking even further into the future, Warner Bros. is making plans for the future of the DC Universe far beyond the next couple years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the next DCEU movie to start filming will be Shazam!. For those unfamiliar with the comic, Shazam was originally known as Captain Marvel, before Marvel Comics gave their own superhero the same name. When DC wanted to revive the character in the Silver Age, they renamed him Shazam, and gave the comic the subtitle, Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. Shazam! follows a young boy who can turn himself into an adult superhero by yelling the word, “Shazam!”The film will be directed by David F. Sandberg, who was behind the horror sequel Annabelle: Creation. He got his start making horror films on his iPhone, which impressed studios enough that they started giving him larger and larger projects. Superheroes will be a new genre for Sandberg, and it’ll be interesting to see what the horror director can bring to it.Warner Bros. also has plans for a Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson. Though Black Adam is one of Shazam’s main adversaries in the comics, he will not appear in this first Shazam! movie. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told Yahoo! Movies that they are developing both movies simultaneously, intending to have the characters battle in a future sequel.Shazam! is expected to begin filming in January or February of 2018 for a release sometime in 2019.Warner Bros. also secured two dates in 2020 for unnamed DC movies, The Wrap reports. These films, whatever they are, are scheduled for February 14 and June 5. There’s tons of speculation as to what these movies could be, but a Wonder Woman sequel seems to be a pretty safe bet for the June 5 date. Given the success of the first one, Warner Bros. would be wise to get Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot working on a sequel as fast as they can. 2020 is about when we’d expect to see one, too. Given how quickly these announcements tend to come out, we can expect both films to become named sooner rather than later.Finally, over on the animated side, we have our first look at the new costumes we’ll see on Young Justice’s third season. The Young Justice According to the panel at SDCC was crowded with fans eager to see their favorite animated heroes for the first time since the series’s unjust cancellation in 2013. io9, the panel revealed that the new series will be 26 episodes long, and add three new members to the team. The newcomers are Arrowette, Thirteen and Spoiler. Thirteen is described as a completely new character to the series, while Arrowette and Spoiler have made brief appearances in the first two seasons. Arrowette is the little girl who saw Green Arrow and Artemis save her father’s life. That apparently inspired her to take up the bow. Here’s what the team will look like in season three. Stay on target (Via DC)Of course, you might notice a few of your favorite characters missing from that lineup. Don’t worry; they’re in the show too. A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life One last slide #SDCC #YoungJustice #YoungJusticeOutsiders pic.twitter.com/nubWbcMLNX— Phil Martinez @ SDCC (@Phill_Martinez) July 21, 2017It looks like Artemis, Nightwing, Aqualad, and Superboy are up to their own sneaky stuff in the upcoming third season. Young Justice: Outsiders will premiere on DC’s digital service when it launches in 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rangers boss laughs off suggestions of foul play

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Steve McLaren has laughed at suggestions that accused his team of using foul play to stop Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish, when both sides met on Friday night.QPR defeated Villa 1-0 at Loftus Road thanks to a first-half strike from Poland international, Pawel Wszolek, and despite comments from Villa boss Dean Smith that the London club’s players took turns to kick at Grealish, McLaren has come to the defence of his players.“I’ve got to say I wish we were that clever to rotate around to kick him,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Jack Grealish is a player we had to stop and I thought we did that to a certain degree.”“I don’t think they took turns, I just think we had to stop him. He’s just that good a player – you think you’ve won the ball and you just nick him.”Les Ferdinand: QPR dreaming of Premier League promotion Obinna Echi – November 27, 2018 QPR director of football Les Ferdinand reveals the London club has their sights set on returning to the top tier of English football next season.QPR…“They were all small fouls, not big ones. That really upset his rhythm, which we needed to do.”“I thought the officials were very good and handled the game well, with not too many yellows despite all the fouls.”“I’m proud of the players and the performance they produced tonight. This was a big win for us.”“Villa are a good team. Wow – the attacking options they’ve got are formidable and we had to be at our best defensively.”“I’m proud of my team for what they showed and for fighting for each other.”last_img read more

Big Sports meeting announced

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry throws Sports a big night in Turks and Caicos Related Items:judith robinson, sports awards, sports meeting Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Sporting bodies around the country are being called to convene this Friday October 16 at 11am at the Gus Lightbourne gym. The meeting comes ahead of an anticipated Sports Awards program which is set for October 24th. Sports Hall of Fame gets first inductees; all womenlast_img read more

Pepe Reina I want to coach Barcelona or Real Madrid

first_imgSpanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina dreams of coaching great teams like Barcelona or Real Madrid in the futureThe 36-year-old was born in Madrid, but came through Barcelona’s famous “La Masia” youth academy and is the son of club legend Miguel Reina.After making 30 appearances for Barcelona, Reina moved on in 2002 to Villarreal where his performances earned him a switch to Liverpool.It was at Anfield where Reina established himself as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers.The Spaniard won the Premier League Golden Glove award for three straight seasons and went on to impress again at Napoli.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Currently, Reina plays for AC Milan as a backup option to the club’s young keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after signing a three-year deal in the summer.But it appears that Reina is already planning for the next stage of his career.“In the future, I would like to train teams like Barcelona or Real Madrid, it’s every coach’s dream, Reina told Onda Cero.“I want to enjoy football in these three years, but I want to prepare very well to become a winning coach in the future”.Reina has made 4 appearances for Milan this season in the Europa League.last_img read more

first_imgCook Inlet Razor Clams (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)A decline in the number of mature razor clams the past several years has prompted the state Fish and Game department to curtail clamming on East Cook Inlet beaches for the foreseeable future.Listen NowIn an emergency order released Dec. 28, state biologists closed beaches from the tip of the Homer Split to the mouth of the Kenai River to razor clam harvests throughout the entire year of 2017.Both sport and personal use clamming are affected by the order. A continued low abundance of mature razor clams in the area has worried biologists. According to Fish and Game, the closure prohibits the taking of any clam species from East Cook Inlet beaches from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.Surveys show mature razor clam abundance at historic low levels at Ninilchik and Clam Gulch, although juvenile clams seem to be above average numbers. Biologists said the numbers may be on the rebound, and a survey planned for next year will determine whether that is the case. The decline in mature razor clam numbers is not known at this time, although biologist Tim Vanya said that it could be due to natural mortality or to poor settlement of clam eggs. Over-harvesting has been ruled out as a cause.The razor clam harvest closure does not affect beaches on the West side of Cook Inlet.last_img read more

Crisis talks as Merkels coalition suffers new blow

first_imgAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Germany`s conservative CDU party, German chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany`s conservative CDU party, CDU`s deputy leader Volker Bouffier and state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet are pictured ahead of a CDU board meeting in Berlin on 2 June. Photo: AFPGerman chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Sunday that Germany’s government will push on with its work, even after her junior coalition partner SPD plunged into crisis following the resignation of its party chief.In a shock announcement earlier Sunday, Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles said she would resign from her party’s top job, raising the possibility that Germany’s embattled government could collapse.With the SPD in disarray, Merkel sought to quash speculation over the survival of the uneasy partnership between her centre-right CSU-CDU alliance and the centre-left SPD.”What I want to say for the government is that we will continue with our work with all seriousness and with great responsibility,” Merkel said in a statement to the press.Nahles had thrown in the towel after coming under severe criticism over a vote debacle a week ago at European elections, when voters handed her party its worst score in history.The SPD had initially planned to re-examine its partnership with Merkel’s centre-right CDU-CSU alliance in the autumn, half-way through their four-year deal.But ahead of a planned leadership vote on Tuesday, Nahles, 48, said she would step down, even though no challenger has so far emerged for her job.”The discussions in the parliamentary group and the broad feedback from the party showed me that the support necessary for the exercise of my offices is no longer there,” said Nahles in a statement.Harald Christ, deputy chief of the SPD’s economy forum, said Nahles’s decision had put the future of the coalition in serious doubt.”To all those who are happy today: it is a great loss for German politics. Nahles stands for the existence of the GroKo — whose stability is now in question,” he told Bild daily, using the German short-form for grand coalition.Walking undeadNahles’ bombshell came as more bad news for Merkel’s CDU, which was itself scrambling to retain voters, after it too scored a record low in the European elections.CDU party chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has struggled to put down an online youth revolt against the party, raising questions as to whether she is the best person for Germany’s top job when Merkel leaves the political stage in 2021.The far-right AfD said the government was already disintegrating.”Not only is the SPD dissolving, the GroKo too is walking the political stage only as one of the undead,” wrote the co-leader of the AfD’s group in parliament, Alice Weidel, on Twitter.Some newspapers reached similar conclusions.Bild daily noted that “the SPD is bleeding to death. The GroKo too”. And the Sueddeutsche daily predicted that “the coalition has come to an end.”The Social Democrats have just defeated the woman who with great effort brought the alliance together. What’s the point now then of continuing to torment themselves with this?”Uneasy partnersThe alliance between Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the SPD was fragile from the start.Stung by a election beating in 2017, the SPD had initially sought to go into opposition.But it was reluctantly coaxed into renewing a partnership with Merkel, even as many within the party remained wary of continuing to govern in her shadow.After former EU parliament chief Martin Schulz’s failed attempt at reversing the fortunes of the party, the SPD in April 2018 turned to Nahles, picking her as its first female leader.But the free-fall in the SPD’s ratings could not be halted.After last Sunday’s European election drubbing, the party has been staring at the prospect of another rout in three upcoming state polls in Saxony, Brandenburg and Thueringia, where the far-right AfD is poised to make significant gains.With its anti-immigration campaign, the AfD in 2017 drew voters angry with Merkel’s decision to let in more than a million asylum seekers into Germany.But it is now the Greens which may have become the biggest headache for the SPD.While sharing the centre-left position on the political spectrum, the Greens are proving more attractive to young voters because of their environmental platform.In a national survey released Saturday, the Greens came in top for the first time — enjoying more support than Merkel’s CDU-CSU alliance. They had a lead over the SPD of around 15 percentage points.last_img
Rohingya repatriation likely to begin amid China intervention

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoMyanmar and Bangladesh are all set to give Rohingya repatriation another try, nearly a year after a major attempt failed. This time the move has been initiated by China and if everything works out the process might start on 22 August, say diplomatic sources.The Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state amid army atrocities, however, are unwilling to return to Myanmar before their citizenship issue is resolved.Foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque did not say anything when asked whether it is possible to send back the first team of Rohingyas.Diplomatic sources say the foreign ministry handed over a list of about 3500 Rohingyas to UNHCR on 8 August, as part of the repatriation process.According to a clause of an agreement with the United Nations (UN), UNHCR is responsible to talk with Rohingyas about their willingness to return home.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to go back on 15 November last year, following an announcement from both the countries, but the process was stalled amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to return for lack of a congenial environment in the Rakhine state.According to information gotten from different Myanmar sources, the conflict between the separatists Arakan Army and the Myanmar army continue in 11 districts among the 17 Rakhine districts.Meanwhile, Australian media have reported different satellite images prove there was no sign of rebuilding the area from where the Rohingyas were displaced.Speaking on whether the repatriation is possible or not in such a situation, especially before marking the two years of Rohingya flow, Bangladeshi diplomats said both the countries are taking preparation for Rohingya repatriation because of China.They said China is in consultation with both the countries as security and different other issues need to be addressed in the region. Myanmar is also under international pressure.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar district and most of them have entered Bangladesh since 25 August 2017 amid military crackdown against them in the Rakhine state.Foreign ministry officials said Bangladesh has so far handed over names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities.A total of 3,540 refugees have been cleared for return by Myanmar from the latest list of more than 22,000 names recently sent by Bangladesh.A part of the government is eagerly trying to start the Rohingya repatriation since Bangladesh prime minister’s China visit last July. The Chinese officials during the visit also said that Myanmar will not take them back if Bangladesh starts talking about the citizenship of Rohingyas. China sees it as an internal matter of Myanmar.A three-member Chinese delegation led by Chinese foreign ministry’s Asia division director U Zinghau visited Bangladesh on 24-25 July following PM Sheikh Hasina’s China visit.The Chinese officials stressed starting the repatriation procedure indicating that 2,000 houses have been constructed in Rakhine for the Rohingyas.During a meeting with the Bangladesh foreign ministry officials, U Zinhuau said China has asked Myanmar to make the atmosphere of Rakhine favorable for the Rohingyas to return. The Chinese officials at that time suggested starting the repatriation process from mid-August.“Rohingya repatriation should start. It will be better to understand Myanmar’s plan of action”, said former Ambassador to China and chairman of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Munshi Faiz Ahmad on Saturday.The repatriation will not last if the Rohingyas face the same atrocity on their return and international quarters should be vigilant to ensure things go smooth, he added.last_img read more

Disney Channel Enlists Duplass Brothers for YouTube HipHop Dance Series Starring Sofia

first_imgThe Duplass Brothers (“Paddleton,” “Wild Wild Country,” “Room 104”) are executive producing through their DBP Donut banner. The series was written by Jonathan Hurwitz (“Andi Mack”) and directed by Hannah Peterson (“East of the River”), with choreography by Alexis Beauregard (“Love & Hip Hop Hollywood”). “Shook” is being filmed in and around Los Angeles. Related “It’s not every day that Disney asks you to partner on a diverse, fun, avant-garde dance series,” Mark Duplass said in a statement. “Actually, this may never happen again, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts.”Disney Channel’s YouTube channel has 3 million subscribers and has generated over 1.4 billion views to date. “Adding ‘Shook’ as our foray into original scripted content [on YouTube] is a great step in continuing to connect with our viewers on a platform they already use,” said Vincent Aricco, VP of multiplatform content development at Disney Channels Worldwide. “Sofia’s extraordinary talents and already huge fan base enables us to reach and engage with our core kid and tween audience through visual storytelling for an increasingly digital audience.”Wylie has a following of 1.6 million on Instagram. The actress-singer-dancer recently made her musical debut with “Side by Side,” part of the “Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts” special. She is also the voice of Riri Williams in the “Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron” animated series and made her big-screen debut in MarVista’s “Back of the Net.”In addition to Wylie, the cast of “Shook” includes Somali Rose (“Raven’s Home”), LeShay Tomlinson (“Insecure”), Sydney Sepulveda (“Hard Knocks”), Wayne Mackins (“The Prom”), Jenna Z. Alvarez (“Kidding”) and Caroline Harris (“Megalodon”). TV News Roundup: ‘South Side’ Renewed for Season 2 at Comedy Central Laurence Fishburne to Produce ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Series for Disney Channel Disney Channel’s first original scripted series made exclusively for release on YouTube is “Shook,” a hip-hop dance short-form series starring Sofia Wylie, produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass.“Shook” will debut Saturday, Sept. 28, on Disney Channel’s YouTube channel. The scripted single-camera show centers on 15-year-old Mia (Wylie), who yearns to dance professionally but is hindered by daily obligations to her little sister and their single mom, a registered nurse. Mia begins to express her true and best self through dance with the support of her extroverted best friend, Fredgy, and a new mentor, Ritz, who introduces her to the world of street dance.Wylie, best known for her role as Buffy Driscoll in the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack,” stars in the upcoming “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” for the Disney Plus subscription-streaming service. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more