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Gurudas College prof jumps in front of train with 4yrold son

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first_imgKolkata: A woman reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train along with her four-year-old son on Thursday. The woman was rushed to Barasat District Hospital, while the child was sent to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared them both brought dead.According to police, on Thursday at around 8:30 am, the woman identified as Barsha Biswas, along with her four-year-old son, went to Bisharpara railway station. There she waited for a few minutes and started walking along the railway track. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAfter walking a few meters she saw a local train coming her way and reportedly jumped on the track on which the train was coming, with her son. Both of them were run over by the train. After reaching the Bisharpara station, the locomotive pilot submitted a knockdown memo. Upon getting informed about the incident, Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel recovered Biswas and rushed her to Barasat District Hospital. In the meantime, some locals had taken the child to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared both Biswas and her son brought dead. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLater, sleuths came to know that Biswas was a professor of mathematics at Gurudas College and was living away from her husband Pinaki Roy, who is a general surgeon of a state-run medical college and hospital. Sources informed that there were several problems between the couple and Biswas eventually got separated from Roy a few years ago. She subsequently bought a flat near Roy’s home in Bisharpara, where she used to live with her son. It is suspected that Biswas committed suicide due to depression. Till Friday night, no complaint was lodged at the airport police station. However, two Unnatural Death (UD) cases have been lodged in this connection. As Biswas was taken to Barasat District Hospital, one UD case has been lodged at the Barasat police station, while another UD case has been lodged at the Tala police station as the child was declared brought dead at R G Kar Hospital. Sleuths are probing to know whether there is any sign of abetment behind the suicide.last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried Wants To Save Them All

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first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most captivating young actresses, Amanda Seyfried, is so enamored with her canine sidekick, Finn, that she frequently posts photos of his escapades across her social media channels and has him accompany her on talk shows.Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them AllFinn’s presence on social media and appearances on shows including The Late Show with David Letterman have resulted in the dog becoming a celebrity in his own right with his own Twitter account and more than 13,000 followers. Finn’s new-found fame is just fine by Seyfried who wants to remind people that amazing dogs and cats are available for adoption at their local animal shelter.Seyfried is the latest celebrity to join Best Friends Animal Society’s Save Them All campaign. She joins Danny Trejo, Carrie Ann Inaba, Denise Richards, Nils Lofgren, Josef Newgarden and otherluminaries participating in Best Friends’ photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.“My dog, Finn, is my best friend. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before he came into mine,” Seyfried said. “I can’t bear to imagine the thousands of incredible dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every single day simply because they don’t have homes. When you adopt, you not only save a life, but you end up with an amazing friend. Please adopt your next pet from a shelter or a rescue group. By working together we can Save Them All.”From her upcoming movies “Ted 2” and “Pan” set for release in 2015, to her memorable roles in “Mama Mia!”, “Les Miserables,” “Mean Girls,” and the HBO series “Big Love” as well as her beauty and luxury product endorsement deals, Seyfried is a recognizable face across television, film, entertainment news and talk shows, and beauty and lifestyle publications. But the many faces of Finn and his ability to balance everything from broccoli to a burger and even a baby duck on his head has earned him accolades such as the “joy of Instagram” and “America’s hidden treasure.”According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.Find out how you can Save Them All here.last_img read more

Bangladesh Working to Ban Islamic TV Station after Dhaka Attack

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By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The government of Bangladesh orders a ban on the Islamic TV station “Peace TV” after reports that it may have inspired the attack on the cafe in Dhaka. The shooting was conducted by six gunmen who may have been influenced by the Indian Islamic preacher of Peace TV, Zakir Naik.The station is based in Dubai and is broadcast in several different languages. Naik is a controversial televangelist, whose speeches are already banned in the US and Canada. He was banned from the UK in 2011 based on statements he made against Christians and Jews. He denies the allegations that he supports violent jihad. “I’m totally against terrorism,” Naik said in a video posted on Monday. “I condemn all acts of terrorism, including killing innocent human beings. Killing innocent human beings is the second major sin in Islam.”The attack occurred at Holey Artisan Bakery, and 20 people – mostly foreigners – were killed. At least one of the gunmen followed Naik on social media.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, though Bangladeshi officials believe that the gunmen were not affiliated with the terrorist group. read more

Baghdad bombings violate all humanitarian principles – Annan

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“He strongly condemns these attacks, which appear to have been coordinated to hurt as many innocent civilians as possible, including by obstructing medical access, in violation of all humanitarian principles,” a statement issued by his spokesman said.“The Secretary-General conveys his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.”

Eddie George to serve as Ohio States assistant vice president for business

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Former Ohio State running back Eddie George is coming back to campus. George, who won the 1995 Heisman before playing professionally for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, will serve as assistant vice president for business advancement, according to a Tuesday university news release. In such a capacity, according to the release, George will “work with multiple internal and external university constituencies to increase awareness of health and wellness initiatives, support the efforts to engage alumni and friends in the life of the university, assist with fundraising, alumni relations and communications for Ohio State, and work with student-athletes as determined by the athletics director.” Additionally, George, who was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Titans, will “support personalized medicine initiatives, sports business education and work with student-athletes on personal and professional development.” George will report to Jeff Kaplan, OSU’s senior vice president and executive officer to university President E. Gordon Gee. George, who’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, said working with OSU is a “privilege.” “I am grateful to have the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned from my academic and football journey while at the university, along with the work I’ve been doing in the world of business, to support the transformative initiatives happening at my alma mater,” George said in a released statement. In 2001, George graduated from OSU with a degree in landscape architecture before earning his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in 2009. read more

Mildly eccentric men needed to keep Morris dancing alive

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first_imgMorris dancing started as a rural pursuit but its exact origins are unknown.Some claim it derives from pre-Christian fertility rites, others that it is from the French Moresque or the Spanish Morisca dances of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.The pastime has been in decline for decades, although in 2014 the Joint  Morris organisation said numbers had begun to stabilise.Like many clubs, Chelmsford Morris runs a men’s Morris dancing group and a women’s clog dancing group, which is going from strength to strength.The female activity is thought to derive its name from the dancing that took place in 19th century Lancashire cotton mills, where wooden-soled clogs were preferred to leather shoes because the floors were kept deliberately wet to prompt humidity, which helps cotton spinning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Club spokeswoman Celia Kemp said it was pointless trying to present Morris dancing as “cool”, and is instead appealing directly to confirmed eccentrics.“Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in public,” she said.“They think they will make a fool of themselves. It is probably where the eccentricity comes into it.”Dances usually involve six or eight men, but to put on a “good show” they require at least 10.Mrs Kemp said she was hoping to attract younger men who were “fed up” with going to the gym and wanted to try something new. Men as a whole aren’t that keen on dressing up and dancing out in publicCelia Kemp, Chelmsford Morris Morris dancing faces extinction unless it can inspire a new generation of “mildly eccentric” young men who are anxious to keep fit, a troupe has warned.A group in Essex is hoping to keep the ancient tradition alive by recruiting people keen to be physically active but who are bored with going to the gym.Chelmsford Morris boasts a membership roster of 30, but in reality it can only rely on the regular dancing services of seven men, some of whom are in their sixties and will soon be hanging up their handkerchiefs for good.last_img read more

A breakthrough technology for heavy metal detection in soil

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first_imgXOS, a leading provider of materials-analysis solutions for industries and regulators, has released its latest HDXRF innovation, the HD Rocksand™. The HD Rocksand, the company explains, “is a lightweight, portable, and easy-to-use solution for heavy metal detection in soil, saving users time and money. By using patented Doubly Curved Crystal (DCC) optics, the HD Rocksand is able to deliver best-in-class limits of detection that enable users to conserve time and money by reducing the number of inconclusive samples that require validation by off-site laboratory methods.”“We’re excited about the significant time and cost savings that the HD Rocksand provides users,” XOS Product Manager, Kyle Kuwitzky said. “The ultra-low levels of detection coupled with the ease of use make the HD Rocksand a total solution for heavy metal soil analysis.”Brownfield sites are often very large and users often need to move around the entire site to collect measurements. With that in mind, XOS engineered the HD Rocksand to be highly portable, integrating a comfortable handle with a lightweight design that is conducive to easy movement and efficient soil analysis.Additionally, HD Rocksand provides flexible measurement for simple soil analysis. The analyser allows for the measurement of bagged and core samples using a hands-free, push-button feature.For samples that require the highest precision on par with results from laboratory methods, a sample cup rotation feature is included to make accurate measurements of heterogeneous samples. Additionally, pit walls and large samples that do not fit in the portable test stand can be tested using the handheld measurement option without the need to prepare a smaller portion of the sample.XOS is a leading manufacturer of application-specific X-ray analysers, offering elemental analysis solutions that improve public safety and customer efficiency in industries like petroleum, consumer products, and environmental compliance. XOS offers High Definition XRF (HDXRF©) analysers for the detection of toxic elements in areas of environmental regulation, like soil and water. XOS’s advanced optics and OEM sub-systems can increase precision, speed, and spatial resolution, while decreasing the size, complexity, and cost of the instrument.last_img read more

Well leave it there so Rory leads at the Open European win

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first_imgAway Alexander Kristoff crosses the finish line. Source: Laurent Cipriani Norway’s Alexander Kristoff pipped Peter Sagan to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France. Louis van Gaal held his first press conference as Manchester United manager at Old Trafford — and revealed that Michael Carrick has suffered ankle ligament damage.There were a number of transfer deals completed today — including Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal, Toni Kroos to Real Madrid and Enner Valencia to West Ham.The best thing we sharedTiger Woods wasn’t best pleased with the photographers snapping away while he attempted a shot at the Open.https://vine.co/v/MQrXgQK2zrxOn the record To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in, and will never be accepted, please know this: great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself” –  Michael Sam, the first openly gay professional American football player, delivered a moving speech at the annual ESPYs.The fixture list There are two SSE Airtricity League Premier Division games tomorrow night — Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers (7.45pm) and Cork City v UCD (8.05pm) as well as two in the First Division — Waterford v Wexford Youths (7.45pm) and Finn Harps v Galway (8pm). It’s Day 2 of the Open Championship at Hoylake.The Girls in Green face England in the U19 European Championships in Norway (6pm).Showbiz, Baby!Bohemians FC are doing their bit for fans disappointed by Garth Brooks’ cancelled gigs by hosting ‘The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience’ tribute gig at Dalymount Park on 26 July. (L-R) JP Gilbourne, co-presenter, The Ray Foley Breakfast Show; Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC; Trevor Smith; Ray Foley. Source: Patrick O’LearyYou’ll always have people finding sticks to beat others with.” NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… McIlroy chips out of a bunker on the 16th hole. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHome Rory McIlroy leads the Open Championship on Day 1 at Royal Liverpool after a bogey-free 66. center_img FAI chief executive John Delaney has signed a new five-year contract worth a reported €360,000 per year.Simon Easterby has been confirmed as Ireland’s new forward coach by the IRFU.GAA president Liam O’Neill accepts that a rethink is needed for the GAA qualifier system.Here’s what was said at the UFC Dublin pre-fight press conference, where Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao were questioned ahead of Saturday’s headline fight.Ireland remain in 70th place in the latest FIFA world rankings released today.Sligo Rovers recorded a remarkable 2-1 away win over Rosenborg in the Europa League second qualifying round.last_img read more

Teen gets 3 years in assault at Columbia River High School

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first_imgA Columbia River High School student who struck a fellow student in the head with an extendable baton was sentenced Wednesday to three years imprisonment.As part of a plea agreement, Christopher G. Philbrook, 17, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. He initially faced a charge of first-degree assault. In exchange, Philbrook will serve a longer-than-normal sentence — the standard range is 15 to 24 months.The Vancouver teen attacked another male student at the Hazel Dell-area school Feb. 11. He was charged as an adult based on his age and the nature of the crime; first-degree assault carries an automatic remand to adult court. However, because Philbrook pleaded to the less serious charge, the attorneys worked out a deal to keep his case in adult court, on the condition that he serve his sentence in a juvenile facility.According to a probable cause affidavit, Philbrook and another 17-year-old boy got into an altercation at the school. A 16-year-old girl who witnessed the attack told the school resource officer that she and Philbrook used to date.The girl said they broke up in January, and she started dating the victim. She and the victim were standing in the hall during lunch, she said, when Philbrook confronted them about dating. He reportedly said, “I’m gonna come back and kill you!” the affidavit states.last_img read more

Protesters march through San Diego calling for workers rights during Labor Day

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First Annual Root Beer Fun Run To Benefit Hospice Of The Central

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first_imgThere will be short .5k dash, and then a longer 1.6K race: “We are going to have a dash for the little ones  (Age groups: 3-5 years; 6-9 years; 10-12 years) and then the final is for anyone and everyone who doesn’t want to do the longer run can also participate in a dash.”  Lee Coray-Ludden, Bereavement Coordinator: “It’s really a celebration of life, which is really what hospice is about. So, let the families come together, let’s have some fun together, let’s celebrate each other, and in the process celebrate hospice.”  The event will be sponsored by Kenai River Brewing Company, and take place at Soldotna Creek Park, with registration at 10am. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hospice of the Central Peninsula will be hosting the first annual ‘Root Beer Fun Run’ on September 8. All finishing participants will receive a race mug and token for Root Beer at the Kenai River Brewing Company.last_img read more

Digital Storms latest custom gaming desktops are a sight to see

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Heres why Salman Khan gave a Rs 2 crore Range Rover to

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first_imgSalman Khan and Katrina KaifTwitterBollywood celebs and their fascination for expensive and luxurious four-wheelers have always made news. From Rolls Royce to Ferrari, our Bollywood celebs are the proud owners of some of the most exquisite collection of cars there can ever be.Recently, there were reports of Katrina Kaif bidding adieu to her Audi and purchasing a Range Rover which apparently cost her somewhere around Rs 2.33 crore. The Range Rover is a top end model and counted among one of the swankiest four-wheelers.However, a report in India Today says that the Range Rover was gifted to Katrina Kaif by close friend Salman Khan. The report suggests that Salman brought four Range Rovers – one for himself, one for his mother Salma, one for Arbaaz and one for Katrina Kaif. Speculations are rife that Salman apparently bought it to gift it to Katrina Kaif who came to his rescue when Priyanka Chopra backed out of the project at the last minute.Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan recently finished shooting for Bharat which also stars Jackie Shroff, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. According to Bollywood Hungama, Salman and Katrina, who will be playing crossed lovers in Bharat, will be destroying their “Rs 10 crore set erected for the shoot in Mumbai Film City.” Moreover, Salman was also seen sweating it out in the gym to look best for his part for the climax sequence.Earlier, Priyanka had been roped in to play the female lead but owing to her sudden engagement and marriage plans with beau Nick Jonas, the diva had to back out. There were reports of Salman Khan being upset with Priyanka over her decision to leave his project after committing the dates, but, once Salman attended Priyanka’s wedding reception, all such rumours were brought to rest.last_img read more

Sony Sells Over 50 million PlayStation3 Consoles

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first_imgIt wasn’t too long ago that the popular consensus around the PlayStation3 was that it was a great Blu-Ray player, and it would make a great console too if there were any must-have games available for it. All of that has changed over the past few years, and today Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they’ve shipped over 50 million PlayStation3 consoles and over 8 million PlayStation Move motion controllers to customers worldwide. They also noted that the PlayStation Network has well over 75 million registered users, and tens of thousands of downloads available in the PlayStation Store. While they’re still behind the Nintendo Wii and the XBox 360 when it comes to market share, Sony wants to prove that the console has the staying power required to keep a foothold in the console market.last_img read more

What Castle Rock Gets Right and Not As Right About Adapting Stephen

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first_img What to Stream on Hulu This WeekendDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle Stay on target The first three episodes of Hulu’s Castle Rock hit the streaming service on Wednesday. Rather than adapt one or even a few Stephen King novels, it’s an original story set in the world of King’s work. There aren’t a ton of authors you can do this with. Though, aside from The Dark Tower series, his novels all stand alone, they all feel connected. For the most part, they take place across a few fictional small towns in Maine, the most famous being Castle Rock. Read enough of his books, and it quickly becomes clear that something is very wrong with these towns. It’d be one thing if it was just a rabid dog or a creepy curio shop. But terrifying things keep happening in this tiny village that’s barely a dot on the map. You start wondering if the town itself is evil.That’s entirely the point. King’s novels are so successful, largely because they explore the evil lurking beneath the idyllic facade. The terrors nobody wants to talk about, the traumas that most people would rather ignore. Hulu’s Castle Rock gets that. It’s not trying to retell a Stephen King story. It’s showing you Stephen King’s world. It realizes that there are two versions of everything and everyone. One character even outright asks another if he wants the real story or the cover story. Because every small town has a cover story. In media, in politics and in popular fiction, nothing is more idealized than a small town, save perhaps a small business in said small town. And it’s bullshit. There’s usually a real story that’s much seedier than any of the small town’s residents want to admit. In Episode Two, Nan’s Luncheonette (also mentioned in It, and The Dead Zone) comes up. It used to make the best burgers in town. That was the cover. In reality, Nan was running a sex club in the back room to pay for her nephew’s prosthetic leg. In Castle Rock, as in King’s novels and as in small towns everywhere, there’s the official version of what happened, and the real one.André Holland, Jane Levy (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)It’s hard to watch Castle Rock and not think of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Despite the completely different tones, there are similarities. They’re both stories that wear their King inspirations proudly. And Hulu might not be making such a high-profile push into King-flavored genre television if Stranger Things hadn’t been such a hit. But Stranger Things and Castle Rock are two fundamentally different takes on this style of story. Stranger Things, as it also takes inspiration from Steven Spielberg movies, is about the joyous part of childhood. It’s the fun nostalgia, where you remember riding bikes everywhere, hanging out at the arcade and watching Ghostbusters. That’s not how Stephen King or Castle Rock view nostalgia.Lots of King’s work explores the nature of childhood. Specifically, as most of his stories involving kids take place in the 1950s, the world surrounding his own childhood. As adults, we tend to look back on childhood as a simple, innocent time. (Much like the way the ’50s were portrayed in the movies and TV of the era.) For a lot of kids though, it’s not. Kids absorb all the horrors of the world around them. They face trauma, loss and abuse, both physical and emotional. King knows this, and mines so much horror from the friction between how adults think kids should experience childhood and how they actually do. He knows nostalgia isn’t entirely fun and joyful. It’s pain. It’s realizing there’s something you lost, or maybe even something you never had, but were always told you should.Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, André Holland (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)Castle Rock gets its mystery from that painful side of nostalgia. Everyone is looking back into the past. At least, at their version of it. The main conflict concerns a young man (played by It’s Bill Skarsgard) kept in prison, alone, for nearly 30 years. The show begins with the warden of Shawshank Prison killing himself via self-decapitation. The new warden takes over and finds that an entire section of the prison has been kept empty for years. The guards investigate, and find this young man locked in a custom jail cell. Instead of releasing him, the new warden is insistent upon keeping him in jail. As she puts it, the old warden was a good man, so he must have had a good reason for locking this kid up. Like many of the residents of Castle Rock, she’s already decided on a version of history, and won’t hear any contradicting evidence.That’s another thing Castle Rock nails in its first three episodes. What makes King’s books scary isn’t necessarily the monsters. And, creepy though they are, it’s not the town. Towns are inanimate structures grouped together. It’s the people in them, that either commit or ignore horrible acts. The evils King writes about existed long before anything supernatural happened. The monsters bring all that up. That’s why King’s writing is so terrifying. It’s all an amplification of what’s already there. It is about the terror and indifference the community inflicts on these kids in their daily lives. Cujo is about a family falling apart. Dreamcatcher’s poop weasel is about prostate cancer—a routine bodily function you take for granted suddenly becomes the harbinger of your death. It doesn’t always work, but that’s the foundation of King’s horror.Bill Skarsgård (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)Castle Rock is still too early on to let us know what it’s really about, but we’re well-aware there’s a cover story. Remember, this is a J.J. Abrams show, so it’s going to be a few episodes before it tells us what’s actually going on. Even so, it’s clear the evil in this town isn’t as supernatural as it appears. The warden was convinced that the boy he locked up is the Devil. That letting him out would unleash Hell on Castle Rock. Why is he so sure? God told him. Only time he ever spoke to him. Everyone in town who knew about it believed him too. If that doesn’t strike you as suspicious, you’re not paying attention. The town is filled with people who ignore or rationalize the horrors perpetrated upon its own citizens. They’re just so ready to go along with the cover story. That’s what’s really scary.Stephen King is incredibly difficult to adapt. Think back to all the movies and TV miniseries that have been made from his work. You can probably count the good ones on one hand. The best movies deviated significantly from the source material, like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining or last year’s It. The best TV adaptations were the ones that extrapolated the novels into full series, like Syfy’s Haven or USA’s The Dead Zone. King’s horror doesn’t often translate from print to screen. The scares in his book are infectious. He doesn’t deal in jump scares because it’s pretty much impossible to pull one off with words on a page. BOO! See? The horror in King’s books relies on your imagination, on the feelings he’s able to evoke. He makes you feel like something is horribly, irreparably off. But movies and TV are a visual medium. Suggestion is powerful, but eventually you have to show us something. That’s why the Langoliers are so unsettling in the novella, but are goofy blobs of CGI in the miniseries.Melanie Lynskey (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)That’s where J.J. Abrams’ influence on Castle Rock really helps it in these early episodes. It doesn’t have to show anything because that’s not how Abrams tells stories. He’s perfectly happy giving us an unfamiliar world with its own inscrutable logic so we can puzzle it out until the big reveal. And when you’re making a Stephen King pastiche like Castle Rock, that mystery can be really valuable. It instills in us a sense that something is wrong, but we don’t know what yet. And the unknown is always scary.It even allows the show to sidestep some of what doesn’t work in King’s novels. Sometimes he gets a little too descriptive for his own good, and something that should be scary turns ridiculous when we picture it in our heads. (The poop monster in Dreamcatcher never really worked in practice.) Because Castle Rock isn’t an adaptation of anything specific, it doesn’t have to follow any blueprint but its own. It can reveal its monster (if there even is one) at its own pace. Instead of trying to translate a 1000-plus page novel to the screen, it can use King’s world to create its own story. The result is a TV show that feels like we’re living in a King novel for an hour at a time.Noel Fisher (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)That’s not to say it gets everything right. While Abrams’ style of storytelling has its advantages here, it’s not a perfect marriage. There’s a giant glaring issue that brings down the first two episodes. As long as his books can be, King got to the point. He spends pages and pages building his world, but he never kept you in the dark for too long about what was going on. He makes sure you know everything about Derry or Castle Rock before things really start popping off, but you’re always aware of the town’s underlying horrors and secrets. Castle Rock takes just a bit too long to get there.It’s hard to tell what exactly is going on in the first two episodes, and it’s not because it’s crafting a great mystery. It’s because there really isn’t much of anything going on. The show is so concerned with showing you the town of Castle Rock and all its little Easter eggs that it puts its own story on hold. The first two episodes are about asking vague questions and promising they’ll get answered eventually. It feels less like worldbuilding and more like reminding you that yes, the people behind this show have also read Stephen King novels. The second one even begins with direct call-outs to Cujo and The Dead Zone. Even in the later, more self-congratulatory books of the Dark Tower series, King has never been that guy. He always made sure you knew exactly what you should be scared of.André Holland (Photo by Patrick Harbron – © 2018 Hulu)Push through though, because Episode Three is your reward for getting through One and Two. That’s where the show remembers that it is an original story in Stephen King’s world and not merely a collection of references. It even starts to give us answers to some of its mysteries. That’s uncharacteristically early for an Abrams project. We learn exactly who killed to Henry Deaver’s adoptive father, and why they did it. The show starts to grow into its own weirdness when the town’s resident psychic/empath, Molly Strand, runs across a group of masked kids who are a little too committed to their mock murder trial. It even ends with a legitimately terrifying scene, one that made it difficult to sleep after watching it. It’s the first real scary moment of the series. Episode Three is where Castle Rock shows you what its capable of, and why an original Stephen King pastiche is better than straight adaptation.King is extremely hard to adapt, and Castle Rock sidesteps that by creating its own original story. Of all the movies and TV shows the author has had his name attached to though, it feels the most King-like. The world is haunting and the actors, especially the charming, soft-spoken Andre Holland as Henry Deaver, all play their parts so well. They’re outwardly moral, but you know there’s something they’re not saying. Even the stunt casting is phenomenal. Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek sure know how to creep you out. There’s no doubt after Episode Three that Castle Rock understands Stephen King’s world. I just hope future episodes continue that trend, rather than referencing books I’ve already read.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.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

Today represents another historic milestone in the

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first_imgToday represents another historic milestone in the development of the Virgin Islands, as an Order in Council in the United Kingdom (U.K.) Parliament promoting the Territory to a Category One ship registry becomes effective.Speaking via the Department of Information and Public Relations, Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) Captain Baboucar Sallah said the newly implemented Order in Council was signed by London’s Privy Council on Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. The Director of Shipping also revealed that after the Privy Council’s approval the Order had to be laid in the U.K. Parliament for 21 days before being passed into law today June 4.“When we calculated the days we were able to determine that today would be the day when the Order in Council will become effective, and the Territory will be lawfully able to operate as a Category One Red Ensign group register,” the Director of Shipping said.This means that the Virgin Islands (U.K.) will lawfully join Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, and the United Kingdom among Red Ensign Group countries with a Category I ship registry status.“As Category I the Territory will be able to register all types of yachts, including mega yachts and super yachts up to 3000 gross tons (GT) and general cargo ships of unlimited tonnage,” the Director of Shipping said. Captain Sallah also noted that over 95% of yachts presently in operation around the world are less than 3000 GT.Captain Sallah said the only vessels that the Territory will, for the time being, not be able to register are specialist vessels such as oil tankers, ore carriers and cruise-liners; since specialised professionals would have to be recruited at the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry to ensure that the relevant expertise is available within the Territory.The Red Ensign Group is comprised of the United Kingdom, UK Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and UK Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands.Generally, Category One administrations may register ships of unlimited tonnage, type and size. Category Two administrations may register commercial ships of up to 150 GT and pleasure vessels of up to 400 GT. Pleasure vessels, by definition, refer to ships used for sport or leisure, which are not operated commercially.The maintenance of Category One standards and status is controlled through a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between Her Majesty’s Government, represented by the Secretary of State for Transport, and the Government of the Virgin Islands, represented by Premier Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.last_img read more

by Kelli Kennedy The Associated Press Posted

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first_img by Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2018 1:55 pm PDT In this, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 photo, tennis players Serena Williams, left, and Caroline Wozniacki, center, chat as Wozniacki’s fiance David Lee during the launch of Williams’ first pop-up shop at the Faena Bazaar in Miami Beach, Fla. The 23-time Grand Slam champion not only designed all the clothing in the shop, but also painted all the art on walls, calling painting her outlet. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Strong. Sophisticated. Sexy. Like the tennis champ herself, Serena Williams’ fashion line is all about power moves and she’s hoping it will also inspire woman to find their own voice.“I want everyone to be able to do that and to step into their power,” she said Wednesday night at the launch of her first pop-up shop.Williams launched her shop at the luxe Faena hotel during Miami’s Art Basel where guests, including fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, drank cocktails draped with fluffy pink cotton candy and snapped selfies from a life-size swing covered with botanicals.Everything in the line, from a black sequined top with the word “Unbothered” to a crisp, white button-down that says “Slay” in red letters, is under $200.The 23-time Grand Slam champion not only designed all the clothing in the shop, but also painted all the art on the walls, saying many of the paintings took a month to complete because of their intricate textures.“I’ve painted for years, probably like ten years now. It’s my outlet,” she said. “I jokingly said I’m going to be at Art Basel one day.”It’s been an awe-inspiring year for Williams, who said she was “pinching myself, like what the heck am I doing here,” at the Wimbledon final in July after a difficult pregnancy and childbirth.She said her recent accomplishments on the court helped her persevere through the challenges of being a first-time mom.“If I can be in the final less than a year (after giving birth), I’m OK to handle my little baby who’s starting to have tantrums. I’m OK to handle this tantrum baby. I can do it. I can do it,” she joked, speaking of her 15-month old daughter.Last month, GQ magazine named her its 2018 Woman of the Year, featuring an image of Williams wearing a black bodysuit and Chanel belt. The headline crossed out “Men” and some fans took offence.But Williams, who has been criticized for being too muscular, too strong and too outspoken throughout her career, said it was “really cool” and just another example of women breaking down barriers.“This is a strictly men’s thing but they broke and said, ‘Let’s also put a woman on (the cover) because this is a strong woman. She’s just as strong as our men.’”Art Basel Miami Beach, the prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, has spawned dozens of other art shows around Miami over the years, along with star-studded parties days in advance.Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and rapper Cardi B, fresh from a split with rapper Offset, were all spotted making the rounds Wednesday night.Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Serena Williams launches pop-up shop during Art Basel Miamilast_img read more

Charity trek across Cyprus is underway

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first_imgA local resident has set off with boots and backpack on a 210 kilometre coast-to-coast trek to raise funds for animal welfare.Graham Shackleton is currently making his way along the south coast to raise money for improvements at the Limassol Municipal pound.He left Cape Greco at 6.30 on Friday morning and hopes to be at Paphos Harbour by sunset on Saturday evening.Talking about his motivation for the challenge, the 43-year-old told the Cyprus Mail: “I’ve been helping rescue stray dogs in Cyprus for ten years, and we want to make the shelter in Limassol a little bit better.”Shackelton has been drumming up support online, where well-wishers have been spurring him on. His group, Rescue and Re-home Cyprus says there are currently 170,000 dogs living in shelters and on the streets.“We process adoption forms, conduct home checks and if all is passed we arrange vet preparation and flights to the relevant adoptive families all over Europe.”Although the trek has been planned over many months, Shackelton says he has not been in the gym. “I’ve not done enough training, but I like to keep fit, so we will see how it goes.“It’s more the distance than anything, with approximately 210 kilometers of walking, which will take us along some back roads and coastal roads.”Beyond fundraising, during the walk Shackelton will also be handing out leaflets about re-homing dogs.If you would like to help you can donate at PayPal – RnRCyprus@hotmail.comYou May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Yet another report highlights high level of Caesareans

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first_imgYet another report has highlighted that Cyprus carried out the most Caesarean sections in Europe, reaching 56.9 per cent of all births. The country also has the lowest maternal mortality rate.According to the third European Perinatal Health report, the average in Europe was 27 per cent, and one quarter of countries had rates below 21 per cent.Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands had the lowest rates of the 31 countries surveyed, below 18 per cent.At the other end of the scale, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus had more than 35 per cent.In 2015, the percentage of caesarean deliveries in Cyprus due to the mother’s choice or because the birth did not happen on the planned date was 40.5 per cent, while another 16.4 per cent of surgeries were carried out because of medical emergencies.This means Cyprus has the highest rate of planned surgical procedures, while Romania has the lowest with 3.6 per cent.The total births in this report were all births with a gestational age of 22 weeks and over.In 2015, the total number of births in Cyprus was 9,425 (9,394 live births and 31 deaths).The mortality rate at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy for Cyprus in 2015 was 1.8 per 1,000 total births, the lowest among the countries. Bulgaria has the highest rate.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more