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Game of Thrones season 8 Surprising details you probably missed in episode

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first_imgThis closes the Hound and Arya circle that opened in season 3. But it was also a callback to season 2, where The Hound’s “I’m actually not such a bad guy” arc began.Sandor, you’ll recall, bailed on King Joffrey as it seemed Stannis Baratheon’s forces were overcoming King’s Landing’s defenses during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Before he left the city, he made a brief stop in Sansa’s room, where he offers to take Sansa to Winterfell. She passes it up, saying she’ll be safe and that Stannis won’t hurt her.”Look at me,” exhorts The Hound, in exactly the way he did in Sunday’s episode, “Stannis is a killer. The Lannisters are killers. Your father was a killer. Your brother is a killer. Your sons will be killers some day. The world is built by killers.”He was trying to shield her from the tragedies he knew would befall her in the years to come. Unlike his successful prevention of Arya’s suicide mission, this time it didn’t work. But as we saw in The Last of the Starks, Sansa says it was all worth it.Littlefinger and The DwarfLast episode Varys made it clear to Tyrion: Daenerys had to go. He wants to remove her from the equation and open the Iron Throne to Jon Snow, rightful heir. Tyrion, allegedly the smartest man in Westeros, decided it was best to stick with Daenerys. The Bells opens with Tyrion telling Daenerys of Varys’ treachery. Before long, Varys is extremely dead. Dragonfire will do that to a eunuch.But before he’s arrested by Grey Worm and the Unsullied, we see Varys writing letters revealing Jon’s true identity. Who he was writing to, and whether those letters were ever sent, we do not know. What we know, though, is that Varys’ proverbial circling of the drain was almost identical to Ned Stark’s.ned-starkEnlarge ImageOh, Ned. Sweet Ned. HBO Ned discovered the true identity of King Joffrey, that he was in fact a Lannister and not a Baratheon, and wrote a letter to Stannis, who as King Robert Baratheon’s brother was the true heir, telling him as much.Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish catches wind of this, and tries to council Ned against it. “[Stannis] cannot take the throne without your help, you would be wise to deny it to him and to make sure Joffrey succeeds,” Littlefinger says. Of course, Ned is disgusted. Littlefinger, just two episodes later, ends up betraying Ned, leading to Game of Thrones’ first shocking death. Seven seasons later, it’s Tyrion who warns Varys not to move against the queen, and it’s Tyrion who betrays Varys.And the wheel spins round and round.More you may have missedA eunuch’s weapon: One more note on Varys. At the very beginning of the episode, we see Varys talk to one of his little birds. She tells him the queen isn’t eating. Varys says to try again at supper, and also that “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” At the time it may have sounded like he was concerned about an increasingly delirious Daenerys, but the theory now goes that he was attempting to poison the queen before she could turn mad.This would also be a Ned Stark-related throwback to season 1. Ned’s first order of business once getting to King’s Landing is to hunt down whoever murdered Jon Arryn. He asks then-Grandmaester Pycell about Arryn’s death, and the possibility of poisoning.”I’ve heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned says.”Yes, women, cravens, and eunuchs,” Pycelle responds. “Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?” TV and Movies More Thrones Tags 187 Photos 15 ICYMI, Varys totally tried to poison Dany at the beginning of the episode. The callbacks to season 1 are amazing:Ned: Poison is a woman’s weapon.Pycelle: Yes. Women, cravens… and eunuchs.Grand Maester Pycelle then mentioned Lord Varys just seconds later! 🤯#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/TVbL2uVmdJ— iTREVOR (@iLEADFARMER) May 13, 2019 Second, and more poignantly, was his relationship with Arya Stark (and Sansa Stark). Before Cleganebowl, The Hound talked Arya out of ascending the Red Keep and killing Cersei. The structure was crumbling and the Mad Queen circling, making it a suicide mission. Arya says she wants revenge, but The Hound forcibly holds her back.”Look at me,” he grunts. He says he’s been after revenge all of his life, and Arya shouldn’t be like him. “You come with me, you die here.” The Hound is successful, Arya retreats. “Sandor,” she calls out as he approaches the stairway, “thank you.” (This was itself reminiscent of Bran thanking Theon Greyjoy during the Battle of Winterfell moments before the latter’s death.) Now playing: Watch this: See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts The Hound en route to Cleganebowl. HBO Warning: Spoilers aplenty below. Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode (ever!), The Bells, was controversial for sure. From a story perspective, it was arguably the series’ most important episode. It included the deaths of many key characters, most notably Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen completing her transition into Mad Queen. Some fans hated the episode, others loved it.It was undeniably epic, though, spanning around 90 minutes and featuring some incredible cinematography. The visuals of King’s Landing being razed by Drogon and Daenerys were haunting but fantastic. Amid the madness, you may have missed some of these details and callbacks to previous seasons.Bad omensEven more than Cersei and Jaime’s twin deaths, the key takeaway from The Bells was Daenerys’ official turn from hero to villain. King’s Landing had surrendered, but she couldn’t help herself. She burned it down, along with thousands of innocent men, women and children, just because.As far as Targaryens go, she’s more Aerys than Rhaegar.This all kind of came out of nowhere. She was disgruntled after learning, in episode 2, that Jon Snow’s true identity is Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne. But things escalated quickly from “hey, we need to talk about this” to “brb, going to murder every person in King’s Landing.” This, however, has been foreshadowed in the show at least twice.The first time came in season 2. Daenerys was in Qarth, a city in Essos, where her dragons were snatched by Pyat Pree, a local warlock. Pree chains the dragons up in a tower, which Daenerys enters alone. Before she reunites with her scaled children and incinerates the strange man, she sees a vision of herself in the Red Keep. The ol’ sword through the eye: Before Arya and The Hound were best buds, Arya had The Hound on her illustrious “to kill” list. “I’m going to put a sword through your eye and out the back of your skull,” she warns him in season 3. The Hound, on the verge of having his eyes popped out Oberyn Martell-style, saves himself by putting a dagger through Gregor’s eye and out the back of his skull.Opening easter egg: The Bells got a slightly tweaked intro. During the title sequence, the King’s Landing gates were adorned with scorpions, Qyburn’s anti-dragon artillery. As we saw in the episode, they made no difference whatsoever. Old stomping grounds: Jaime had a brief falling out with Cersei at the end of season 7 after she revealed to him that she lied about sending her forces to Winterfell, and that the good guys will have to fight the Night King themselves. She calls him “the stupidest Lannister” for believing she would actually help.Jaime says he made a promise and he’s going to keep it. After Cersei briefly threatens Jaime’s life via The Mountain, he exits and rides for King’s Landing.Their dialogue was referenced in The Bells, when Jaime says Cersei once called him the stupidest Lannister. And when Jaime reunites with Cersei, moments before their deaths, he does so in the Red Keep’s map room. That’s the room where their season 7 confrontation, the last time they saw each other, took place.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-varys-alone-endEnlarge ImageBeing right never looked so wrong. HBO Pentos paradise: When Tyrion busts into Jaime’s makeshift prisoner’s cell, he tries to convince him to flee with Cersei and sail to Pentos. In season 4, Tyrion tries to send his endangered and ultimately treacherous lover Shae there, but she stays and dies. Jaime attempts to get Cersei out of King’s Landing through a dungeon, presumably so they can get to a boat and escape to Pentos. They find their escape route blocked, so that dungeon becomes their grave.Go long: Aaron Rogers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made a brief cameo as an unnamed man in King’s Landing. Location, location, location: One of Game of Thrones’ most iconic scenes was in the beginning of season 6 episode 10, when Cersei watched from the Red Keep as her plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor went off without a hitch. Green wildfire engulfed the structure, and she sat back with a glass of red and looked on.In The Bells, she stands in the exact same spot, first confident and then despondent as she realizes the war is lost.”A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid,” Tyrion told her in season 2. Well, there sure was ash.Also, note that there were green conflagrations among Drogon’s fire. This could mean two things: Either Cersei had planted wildfire underneath King’s Landing and was going to use it to destroy soldiers approaching the Red Keep or it’s leftover wildfire from the Mad King, who ordered wildfire to be hidden throughout the city.Originally posted May 13.Update, May 15: Adds more details. center_img Look at him!The Bells’ greatest triumph has to be Cleganebowl. It may have been fan service, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane conspicuously reignited his desire to kill his brother just a season ago, but it was still a satisfying showdown.Not only did it end the life of The Hound, one of the show’s best side characters, it also ended three of his story arcs. Most obviously, he killed his brother. There was some nice symbolism to this, as the fratricide was accomplished by Sandor plunging his brother and himself into a pit of Drogon flames. Of course, Gregor deformed Sandor’s face by holding his face to fire, leading to a life-long fear of flames.As my mother once told me: if you’re gonna go out, it may as well be in a pit of fire. Hound Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? 38 Photos Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist George R.R. Martin goes full mad Targaryen over rumors Episode 5 recap: Daenerys Targaryen sets everything on fire Cleganebowl finally happened and it was the best Share your voice Comments Game of Thrones 6:20 The Keep’s ceiling is ripped off, and snow covers the ground. At the time it seemed to signify winter and The Long Night, but the White Walker threat would ultimately be dealt with before Daenerys takes King’s Landing. Now fans speculate that it’s ash, not snow, in the vision. (It absolutely was snow, as if you look closely you can see icicles, but hey, visions can’t be perfect.)Two years later, in season 4, Bran Stark, still Bran and not yet the Three-Eyed Raven, touches a Weirwood tree and sees one of his first visions. It features the same shot of a war-torn Red Keep as Daenerys saw in Qarth and, more ominously, the shadow of a dragon flying over King’s Landing.Jaime’s death was also hinted at in a previous episode. In season 5 he and Bronn, while in Dorne, discuss the way they’d like to die. Jaime’s? “In the arms of the woman I love.” Happy Mother’s DayThis is just a tidbit, but it’s a fun one. Cersei Lannister dies in this episode, which aired in the US on Mother’s Day.Meanwhile, her dad, Tywin Lannister, was killed by Tyrion Lannister in episode 10 of season 4, which aired on June 15, 2014, aka Father’s Day. 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theorieslast_img read more

Two brothers control Bogra crime world

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first_imgTufan Sarker and his elder brother Matin SarkerTwo brothers are allegedly in control of the crime world in Bogra, a district in northern Bangladesh.Tufan Sarker and his elder brother Matin Sarker allegedly indulge in various crimes, including drug peddling, murder, extortion, and land grabbing.Matin was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment, but the verdict was stayed by the High Court.Through various illegal means, he became a millionaire almost overnight.Matin Sarker is now general secretary of the District Truck Owners Association and also joint general secretary of Bogra town Jubo League, a front organisation of ruling Awami League.Local residents in Bogra said no one can talk openly about these two brothers. They control all illegal drug trade in the district.The Member of Parliament in Bogra constituency-1 (Sonatola-Sariakandi) and former organising secretary of central Awami League Abdul Mannan said the party will not take responsibility of those who carry out such heinous activities in the name of the party.According to law enforcment agencies, Matin Sarker is the second of eight sons of Mujibur Rahman from Chaksutrapur Kosaipara of Bogra town, while Tufan is the youngest. Their father used to sell meat.None of his sons completed school, but now all of them are involved in Awami League politics.TufanThe 25-year-old Tufan got involved in tannery business with a small amount of capital. He entered politics thanks to his brother Matin Sarker when Awami League came to power in 2009.The two brothers have now unleashed rampant crimes in Bogra.Three months ago a stationery shop in Talukdar market, near Bogra sadar police station, was forcefully taken over. A sign was erected in front of the shop, with the words, ‘contact in case of any problem’. Tufan Sarker’s name and phone number was given.The owner could not protest and later sold his shop for a very low price. Now the victim does not want to talk about it.A number of victims of various crimes said, Tufan and his accomplices collect Tk 50 from each CNG-run auto rickshaw, Tk 60 from battery-run Easybikes and Tk 20 from battery-run rickshaws and vans. Each owner of rickshaw and van has to deposit Tk 1800 to become a member of the owners’ association.He also collects Tk 200 as toll at night from every bus, truck and coach coming from different districts at Satmatha, Charmatha, Tinmatha and Matidhali intersections of Bogra town.His accomplices also collected toll in broad daylight at Charmatha outskirts of the town after forcefully halting various vehicles.There are allegations that a certain amount of the money goes to a section of the police, political leaders, labour leaders and middlemen.Sramik League Bogra unit president Rafiqul Islam said, “I am ashamed of his heinous crimes. I am helpless despite knowing his crimes as he has the blessings of several influential leaders.”Speaking to Prothom Alo, superintendent of police in Bogra Asaduzzaman said Tufan’s toll collection from auto rickshaws has been stopped. Tufan has been arrested after the allegations of raping a teenage girl.”We will take legal actions if we find any proof of other crimes,” he added.On 4 April 2012 police arrested Tufan in possession of the drugs yaba and phensidyl. Later, he was released on bail. On 20 July, Tufan and his three brothers, Jhumur, Omar and Shohagh were arrested in a case filed for an attempt to murder. They did not have to stay long in jail this time as well.Additional SP of Bogra Arifur Rahman Mandal said there are six cases against Tufan. The cases include raping of teenage girl, murder and drug peddling.In 2015, police arrested Tufan Sarker with several hundred phensidyl bottles from his house. He was also accused of killing Jubo Dal leader Imran in 2013. The victim’s mother then alleged that Tufan and his brothers were behind the killing. Now Imran’s mother does not want to talk.Tufan and his wife posses two cars. They have an under-construction five-storey building at Chaksutrapur tannery godown area of the town.They have two flats in the posh areas of Bogra and Dhaka.He launched a business ‘Turjo Sanitary Store’, investing about Tk 1 crore (Tk 10 million) at Chakjadu Lane of the town. District AL unit president Mamtaz Uddin inaugurated the store.Mamtaz said, “I was the president of the chamber. So I can inaugurate a business.”Organising secretary of Bogra district unit of AL AKM Asadur Rahman said those who gave party posts to men like Tufan, were equally responsible for raping and torturing the teenage girl.Matin SarkerOn 24 August 2012, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Jubo League leader Matin Sarker from his office at tannery godown lane and seized phensidyl, beer, heroin, knives, and Tk 10 lakh (Tk 1 million). Jubo League demonstrated in Bogra town the following day, demanding removal of the RAB commander.At that time, police said Matin was a top terror. There are six cases against him in Sadar police station. He was sentenced to 27 years’ jail in an arms case in 2001.Police officials said, Golam Rasul was murdered at Nurani intersection on 18 June in 1998. Munshi, who was close to Matin, was murdered over internal clashes at Chaksutrapur in 2001.Matin was the prime accused in the murder of Juba Dal leader Imran on 2 December 2012. Police ultimately did not indict him.Locals said district AL joint secretary general Manjurul Alam brought Matin into politics, but now the former does not back Matin.Matin is now close to district AL president Mamtaz Uddin.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Mamtaz Uddin said, “Investigate who brought Matin into politics.”Prothom Alo correspondent visited the residence of Matin at Chamrapatti on Monday.However, he was unwilling to talk to the media.*This report originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Rape Victims File Federal Lawsuit Against Howard University

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first_imgA federal lawsuit against Howard University alleges that the school’s failure to swiftly respond to reported rapes on campus led at least one suspect to rape another student.In addition, rape victims who said they were left suicidal from the sex assaults charge that the school did not help them and even let a resident advisor, who was an accused rapist, have access to a key to his purported victim’s dorm room.Two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were so dismayed at the way the school handled the cases that they left Howard for concerns over their safety and mental health. The plaintiffs are referred to as Jane Doe 1 through 5 in the lawsuit, which was filed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.The plaintiffs are five current and former students who reported sexual assaults at the hands of male students and employees of Howard University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the lawsuit states.Two of plaintiffs claim the same resident advisor raped them. Jane Doe 1 alleged that she reported the rape to the school and did not receive any response or support, prompting her to complain on Twitter about the school “mishandling” her complaint.Other rape victims came forward to complain about how the school managed their rape cases, including Jane Doe 2. She alleges the school did not investigate her case and that she ended up leaving the university because she no longer felt safe there.Buzzfeed News reported that the assailant allegedly transferred to Howard after being accused of sexual misconduct at UCLA.“Howard’s failure to investigate and effectively resolve Doe 2’s complaint meant the assailant remained on campus as an RA and raped Doe 1 over five months later,” the lawsuit states.Following public criticism and a campus protest as a result of Jane Doe 1’s tweets in 2016, Howard finally reached out to Doe 2 to investigate her 2015 report, the lawsuit stated. In response to Doe 1’s Tweet storm, the school’s dean of student affairs told her “You embarrassed your family by doing that.” To date, the school still has not investigated her case, the lawsuit claims.Doe 1 says she was fired as a resident assistant after reporting her rape, while Doe 2 alleges the school rescinded her financial aid and threatened to refer her debt to a collection agency, the lawsuit alleges.In November 2014, Doe 3 filed a report alleging sexual and physical abuse by a Howard campus police officer. She sought counseling services from the school, which she said did not provide them. Her grades slipped and she was fired from her job due to her untreated emotional distress, the lawsuit states.In March 2016, Doe 4 reported that a male student from the university raped her in a dorm on campus. Days passed before the school responded to her requests about counseling services and to change dorm rooms for her safety, according to the lawsuit. When she asked about academic accommodations to allow her to recover from the assault, university officials said that was up to the individual professors, not the school. In addition, she alleges that school assigned her assailant to her dorm in the new academic year and did not move him out until three weeks later.In April 2015, Doe 5 reported to the school that a male Howard student raped her on campus. Shortly after she reported the assault, the school sent her a letter telling her she wouldn’t be graduating that semester as planned. She tried to make arrangements to take her remaining classes at a community college because she did not feel safe at Howard, the lawsuit states. But she claims that Howard administrators passed her around, and she was unable to get help until an outside advocate intervened. When she finished her classes, she alleges that Howard officials again gave her the runaround, this time about whether the school would accept the credits so she could graduate.Meanwhile, it took the school seven and a half months to investigate her sex assault report—more than three times the period allowed by Howard policy for an investigation. Her assailant was eventually convicted of raping another woman in the District in October 2016, according to the lawsuit.“The University’s actions have exacerbated and extended, rather than corrected, the resulting interference with the educational opportunities of each women,” the lawsuit states.Per university policy, Howard does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

Researchers grow Lokiarchaea in special tank over 12year study

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first_img Citation: Researchers grow Lokiarchaea in special tank over 12-year study (2019, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-lokiarchaea-special-tank-year.html A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has succeeded in cultivating samples of Lokiarchaea in a special tank in their lab. They have published a paper describing their work on the bioRxiv preprint server as they await publication. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Fig. 1 Growth curves and photomicrographs of the cultured Lokiarchaeota strain MK-Dl.a, Growth curves of MK-DI in anaerobic media supplemented with Casamino acids (CA; 0.05%, w/v) alone; CA with 20 amino acids (20 AAs; 0.1 mM of each) and powdered milk (PM; 0.1 %, w/v); or peptone (0.1 %, w/v) with PM. Results are also shown for cultures fed with 10- and 100-fold dilution of CA, 20 AAs, and PM. b, c, Fluorescence images of cells from enrichment cultures after eight (b) and eleven (c) transfers stained with DAPI (violet) and hybridized with nucleotide probes targeting MK-DI (green) and Bacteria (red). Pie charts show relative abundance of microbial populations based on SSU rRNA gene tag-sequencing (iTAG) analysis. d, A fluorescence image of cells from enrichment cultures after eleven transfers hybridized with nucleotide probes targeting MK-DI (green) and Methanogenium (red). e, SEM image of a highly purified co-culture of MK-DI and Methanogenium. White arrows indicate Methanogenium cells. The detailed iTAG-based community compositions of cultures corresponding to each of the images are shown in Supplementary Table S2. biorxiv (2019). DOI: 10.1101/726976 Researchers discover ‘marvel microbes’ explaining how cells became complex More information: Hiroyuki Imachi et al. Isolation of an archaeon at the prokaryote-eukaryote interface, biorxiv (2019). DOI: 10.1101/726976 © 2019 Science X Network The tree that represents all known living things has three main branches: eukaryotes, bacteria and archaea. The first branch includes existing organisms, including humans; the second comprises familiar microbes—but archaea are less well-known. They, too, are microbes, and resemble bacteria, but are actually different. In recent years, some scientists have suggested that eukaryotes evolved through interactions between archaea and bacteria. Some have taken a further step and suggested that a certain kind of archaea, Asgard archaea, may have been that which interacted with bacteria, resulting in the first eukaryotes. Such theories emerged after researchers subjected samples of mud from the deep ocean to DNA analysis—the results showed evidence of both archaea and eukaryote-like genomes. The samples were given the name Lokiarchaea, because they were uncovered from an area close to Loki’s Castle, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. These theories were met with skepticism, however, due to the possibility of sediment contamination. In this new effort, the researchers have overcome that argument by growing and testing pure samples of Lokiarchaea in their lab.The work consisted of obtaining sand from the seafloor and putting it in a special chamber that mimicked the conditions under which the mud was found—deep pressure and exposure to a lot of methane. The researchers report that it took five years for the microbes to reproduce in detectable numbers. Once that happened, they separated the microbes into glass tubes, and once again waited for signs of a colony to develop. That took another year. At that point, the team collected samples and carried out a DNA study that confirmed the microbes were Lokiarchaea. More time passed as the researchers allowed the colony to grow. Twelve years into the project, the team finally had a large enough sample for more sophisticated testing. DNA analysis showed that the Lokiarchaea genome did have eukaryote-like genes, strongly bolstering the theory that eukaryotes evolved due to interactions between archaea and bacteria.last_img read more

Animal Resource dept asks district officials to bolster vigil at dump yards

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first_imgKolkata: The Animal Resource Development Department (ARD) directed its concerned officials in districts, to maintain a proper vigil at dump yards in their respective areas.The direction has been given to avoid incidents like the one that happened at Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas, in which two youths were arrested when found chopping off meat from carcasses of dead animals.According to the sources in the ARD department, directions have been given to the deputy directors posted in districts. They have been directed to maintain a strict vigil, so that such an incident doesn’t take place again.The officials in the district have also received direction to prepare a list, containing details of all the dump yards in their respective areas and to intensify the vigil. The officials would also ask local people to inform them, if they find anyone attempting to carry out any such activities.However, the top brass of the ARD department is also waiting for the report of the police, containing their findings in connection with the incident that took place at Budge Budge. The police are probing the incident, in which local people caught two youths chopping off meat from carcasses of dead animals and handed them over to the police after beating them up.The police are trying to ascertain the exact reason why they were chopping off meat from dead animals. They have questioned the duo in this connection.last_img read more

6 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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first_imgOctober 7, 2013 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Austin Startup Week kicks off with a battle of the bands, the Shutdown threatens to thwart D.C.-area businesses, great minds connect at the Inc. 500|5000 awards, students party hard at College Fest… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Austin Startup Week: Kick off the Austin Startup Week with a battle of the bands competition hosted by the Austin Technology Council on Oc. 7. For the rest of the time, discussions dubbed “Co-Founders Wanted” and “Intro to the Austin Startup Scene,” among others, offer to keep you in the know and networked up the wazoo. (Austin, Texas, Oct. 7 – 11)2. Shutdown continues: The U.S. federal government shutdown heads into its second week. Small businesses continue to feel the burn. (Oct. 1 – present) Surveys sink: And if last week was any indication, government surveys, upon which many business owners have come to rely for a gauge on the U.S. economy, will also be delayed. Last week, two surveys on construction spending and manufactured goods and the monthly jobs report were delayed. This week, four more surveys will get sidetracked. Private companies shelve workers too: Though not a federal agency, Lockheed Martin plans to furlough about 3,000 employees this week due to the government shutdown. Various other defense contractors including United Technologies also said they’d furlough workers if the shutdown continued.3. Create a power partnership: Join the Impact HUB for a free introductory workshop, the first in a four-part series, aimed at helping you build “a more effective and satisfying” business partnership. (San Francisco, Oct. 8)4. Get down to business at Inc. 500|5000: Check out the Inc. 500|5000 conference and awards ceremony where the “brightest, most successful” business minds come together to celebrate achievements in private enterprise. This three-day event also features high-level keynote speakers and networking opportunities. (Washington D.C., Oct. 10 – 12)5. Tap the college market: Join the party or the exhibition at College Fest, which claims to be the “most attended back-to-school even in New England.” With more than 17,000 students in attendance, brands are lining up to put their products in the hands of this sought after demographic. (Boston, Mass., Oct. 12-13)6. Meet up with tech treps in NYC: Meet, mingle and make lasting relationships with some of Silicon Alley’s leading entrepreneurs at the NY Tech Meetup, for a night of live demos and networking. Aimed at promoting the NY tech scene and innovative, sustainable businesses, this event is a bargain at $10 a head. (New York, Oct. 8) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more