Men who killed Tina Fontaines father appear in court for sentencing arguments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Tina Fontaine says she drifted away after her father was beaten to death in 2011.Two men accused of killing Eugene Fontaine were in a Winnipeg courtroom today for their sentencing.Nicolas Abraham and Jonathon Starr have already pleaded guilty to manslaughter‎.Eugene Fontaine died from blunt force trauma as a result of the beating he was given in 2011.He was then tied up to a shed outside where he later died of blunt force trauma. The Crown was asking for 10-year sentences for the two accused. The defense argued that was too long.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.last_img read more

Parrikar funeral procession begins thousands join cortege

first_imgPanaji: The last rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over a year, were held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach here on Monday evening. Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre, where the remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects to the nearby Miramar beach. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid a 21 gun salute at the beach and his elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames. Parrikar, 63, is survived by two sons, two daughter in-laws and a grandson. Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu and Ramdas Athawale offered floral tributes to Parrikar. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also paid his last respects. Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa on four separate occasions, but could not complete a single term in office. He served as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet from 2014-17 before returning to state politics. His death has triggered a political crisis in Goa, with the BJP being unable to come up with a alternative Chief Ministerial candidate, who is acceptable to coalition allies.last_img read more

Decision day dawns as intensive NAFTA effort nears USimposed deadline

WASHINGTON — The fall finale to Canada’s long-running NAFTA drama may — or may not — finally be at hand.Despite encouraging signs, it’s still far from clear whether the federal government will end the day as part of a trilateral free trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico on the eve of a key congressional deadline.In Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton have been taking part in an aggressive, long-distance, last-minute push to get a deal done over the weekend.Even Justin Trudeau has been reportedly pulled into the fray, on what’s usually a personal day for the prime minister, his itinerary says he’ll spend today in “private meetings.”And Hassan Yussuff, the head of the Canadian Labour Congress and a member of the government’s NAFTA advisory council, was summoned to Washington for a briefing this morning.Canada has been insisting on preserving the Chapter 19 dispute-resolution mechanism and securing protection from U.S. President Donald Trump’s penchant for punishing tariffs on imports like steel, aluminum and autos.The Canadian Press read more

UNcoordinated Vaccination Week to be launched in Haiti tomorrow

The first “Vaccination Week in the Americas,” targeting 40 million people from the highest point in Alaska to the lowest point in Argentina, will be launched tomorrow in a remote town on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.On the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which Haiti and the Dominican Republic share, the area around the Haitian border town of Ganthier is home to some of the poorest, most isolated children in the Americas.According to UNICEF, four children carrying the flags of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF will lead a parade of other children bearing the flags of 33 other countries in the Americas.Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), now the regional arm of WHO, the Ministers of Health of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and other dignitaries will launch the week at Ganthier’s orphanage by each immunizing two children.Most of the countries will vaccinate people against measles, polio, rubella, also known as German measles, and congenital rubella syndrome, while other countries will also tackle influenza. Women of childbearing age may also receive Vitamin A supplements and vaccinations against neonatal tetanus. read more

The debate continues Calgary association presents oilsands talks

The debate continues: Calgary association presents oilsands talks by News Staff Posted Jan 21, 2013 11:21 pm MDT It’s Oilsands 101.The Calgary Association of Life-Long Learners is presenting a free series of talks on the controversial and complex industry.Association president John Smith said it’s an unbiased look at Alberta’s most important resource:“Almost everyone in Alberta has an opinion and so we just want to, in an even-handed way, look at all the aspects of this very, very important project,” he said.“It’s just an easy access, sort of a way into this topic which is so, so important…the oilsands are undergoing rapid development, they contain enough oil to make Canada an energy superpower, but what’s the cost and to whose benefit?”The lunch-hour talks at the Glenbow Theatre begin Tuesday and continue every Tuesday until the end of the month.Petroleum journalist Peter McKenzie-Brown hosts the first presentation Tuesday, looking at the history of the oilsands and the visionaries who made the industry what it is today. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NFL Week 3 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

It’s been hard for me to escape the feeling that something’s off about NFL games this year. But that may be the league’s off-field problems coloring my perception of the on-field play — or the inevitable consequence of living in New York City and having the Jets and Giants force-fed into my living room. Statistically, everything has been pretty normal. Through the first two weeks of the season, the average margin of victory has been 12 points — exactly in line with the historical average. There have been a number of upsets, but not any more or fewer than usually occur early in the year.Week 3 is headlined by a marquee matchup: The Denver Broncos are traveling to Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch against the Seahawks. A less sexy but perhaps equally important game will take place in Glendale, Arizona: the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks and 49ers lost last week, and both play in the NFL’s toughest division, the NFC West. So another loss could be trouble.Let’s go to the magnetic data-storage tape, or rather, to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings. Elo ratings are a “vintage” statistical formula that we’ve brought to life for the NFL. They account for margin of victory, home-field advantage, strength of schedule, prior years’ performance and nothing else — for more on how they work, click here.Last week, we referred to the presence of a “Big Three” in the NFL: the Seahawks, 49ers and Broncos. Those teams remain on top of the Elo ratings, although by a narrower margin. The Niners shed 41 Elo points last week, more than any other team, and the New England Patriots nearly overtook them. Perhaps Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have a vintage year left in them?Any matchup involving the Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers and Patriots would be a good one for the NFL; they are among the more popular teams in the league. The NFL has been fairly lucky over the past several years to have high-profile or big-market teams involved late in the season. But it doesn’t always work out that way. I’m interested in the “Little Four” that lurk just behind the Big Three and rank No. 5 through No. 8 — in order: the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals. These are good football teams, at least in Elo’s estimation. If you’re rooting for the underdog (and/or bad Super Bowl ratings), perhaps a Large Feline Bowl between the Panthers and Bengals is what you’re after.Below are the projected standings and playoff odds for each NFL team, which are calculated by taking the Elo ratings and simulating the rest of the season thousands of times.Seattle is 71 percent to make the playoffs. That isn’t bad, but it’s a little lower than you might expect for the best team in the league (and down from 81 percent last week). The problem is its division, which also includes the 49ers and the Cardinals; Elo has the Seahawks winning it just 40 percent of the time.The 49ers have still less room for error. Last week’s loss against the Chicago Bears dropped San Francisco to 57 percent to make the postseason, down from 78 percent after Week 1. A loss to a division rival like the Cardinals would probably push the Niners below even money.Other putative playoff contenders have lost twice — most notably, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts’ probability of making the playoffs is just 40 percent, according to Elo, and they project to an 8-8 record.But the average 0-2 team makes the playoffs only 12 percent of the time. So Colts fans should be thankful. After facing good teams in Weeks 1 and 2, Indy has one of the league’s easiest remaining schedules. You could debate whether the Colts’ AFC South or the NFC East is the league’s worst division (Elo says it’s the AFC South). Indianapolis can be our randomized control trial — it gets to play both! Nine of the Colts’ remaining 14 games are against a team from one of these divisions.Furthermore, the Colts could win the AFC South with a middling record. In our simulations, they made the playoffs 60 percent of the time when they finished 9-7. And they did so a quarter of the time they ended the year at 8-8. Even a 7-9 record was good enough to get Indianapolis into the playoffs 7 percent of the time.For a down-on-its-luck team whose season is already over, look at the Oakland Raiders. They project to just a 3-13 record, according to Elo. And they have less than a 1 percent chance (0.8 percent, if you like decimal places) of making the playoffs.As bad as the Raiders are, those seem like aggressive calls so early in the year. But the Raiders have a tough schedule, with a game against the Patriots this week, two remaining games each against the Broncos and the Chargers, and games against all four NFC West teams. There’s even some chance of a winless season: the Raiders finished at 0-16 in about 6 percent of the Elo simulations. That’s not often, but it’s six times as often as they made the playoffs.Elo ratings can also be used to project point spreads, although we doubt you’d make a profit by betting on them. Last week, Elo had a 8-7 record against the betting lines as listed at, sitting out one game where its spread exactly matched the Vegas line. The Elo point spreads are 16-15 on the season so far against Vegas.This week, Elo has the Seahawks as three-and-a-half-point favorites against the Broncos, compared to four-and-a-half or five points in the Vegas line. That reflects a bigger difference of opinion than you might think; a four-point Broncos loss (as in Seattle 21, Denver 17) is a plausible enough outcome. But to reiterate, we’re not recommending any bets. Among the many factors that Vegas considers but Elo doesn’t is that the Seahawks have historically had a large home-field advantage.There’s a bigger discrepancy in the Cardinals-49ers matchup. Bookmakers have the 49ers favored by a field goal, whereas Elo sees the game as a pick ’em and would bet on the Cardinals if forced to lay down some action. Perhaps you could make a case for the Cardinals, who Elo likes because they finished at 10-6 last year despite a tough schedule and because they’ve beaten a playoff team and won a road game so far this year. But never mind the betting line. In terms of playoff implications, this might be the most important game of the young season. read more

Vintners want supermarket ads for cheap alcohol outlawed

first_imgVINTNERS HAVE WELCOMED the government’s new alcohol bill, but say they want the proposals to be implemented as soon as possible.The details of the Public Health (Alcohol) bill were announced earlier today and include plans for minimum pricing of alcohol and advertising restrictions.The aim of the bill is to increase the price of alcohol which is cheap relative to its strength.The moves were welcomed by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI), which also said it welcomes the fact that the government “has finally detailed a commitment to tackling the issues surrounding the availability and irresponsible marketing of cheap alcohol, especially in supermarkets”.In addition, it praised the government for beginning the process to address the harms associated with alcohol misuse “as a result of this irresponsible retailing approach”.It has asked for clarification on the new statutory code on alcohol advertising in print media, singling out supermarkets, which it said “have been using price based advertising to promote cheap and discounted alcohol products”.It has called for this to be outlawed.It was happy with proposed measures such as the Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol and what it called “the acceptance by government that supermarkets have been blatantly selling alcohol cheaply in order to drive footfall”.However, it said it is concerned by the timelines outlined and the lack of firm detail at this stage. According to the VFI, the proposals need to be fast tracked.The VFI also cautiously welcomed attempts to impose structural separation in mixed trading outlets. However, it is concerned at what it said was “the lack of political will” to enforce Section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008, which focuses on the sale of alcohol being confined to a specific part of a licensed premises.“The statutory code will only be as good as the level of enforcement,” said the organisation.The VFI concluded by calling on the government to ensure that the proposals become a reality as soon as possible.Read: Alcohol Bill: Government confirms plans for minimum pricing, advertising restrictions>Read: Details on minimum pricing of alcohol to be published today>last_img read more

Bill Gates Non il ne reviendra pas à la tête de Microsoft

first_imgBill Gates : Non, il ne reviendra pas à la tête de MicrosoftDepuis plusieurs jours, courrait la rumeur selon laquelle Bill Gates pourrait reprendre les rênes de Microsoft. Mais il n’en est rien. Le co-fondateur du géant de Redmond vient en effet d’affirmer qu’il n’en avait aucunement l’intention.En début de semaine, un proche de Bill Gates révélait que le co-fondateur de Microsoft envisageait de reprendre la tête de la firme actuellement dirigée par le controversé Steve Ballmer. Mais l’ancien PDG du géant de Redmond a démenti cette information. Celui qui a abandonné les rênes de Microsoft en juin 2008 pour se consacrer à sa fondation, n’entend pas les recupérer. À lire aussiPour Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, il y a 4 fois plus de Windows Phone vendus en 2012 qu’en 2011″Je suis engagé à temps partiel dans Microsoft,(en tant que président du Conseil d’administration, ndlr. Cela implique ainsi d’avoir été en contact cette semaine pour partager certains de mes conseils mais la fondation requiert toute mon énergie et c’est là que je veux avoir le plus grand impact”, a-t-il expliqué à Fairfax Media. Cette association caritative, Bill Gates l’a fondée en 2000 avec son épouse, Melinda. Dotée de quelque 102,8 milliards de dollars, elle vise à offrir à la population partout dans le monde, des innovations en matière de santé et d’acquisition de connaissances. Depuis sa création, la fondation a déjà utilisé 25,26 milliards de dollars. Une somme en partie dépensée dans une campagne de vaccination qui a profité à 55 millions d’enfants. Le 17 décembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

12-Foot Alligator Captured After ‘Chasing’ Swimmers in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida Another day, another alligator taken into “custody” in Florida. An alligator was captured on Saturday after officials said it chased a group of swimmers in Pasco County.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office posted photos to Facebook of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) trapper assisting in the capture of the alligator, estimated to be about 12- to 15-feet long. Stay on targetcenter_img “PSO, FWC, and an FWC nuisance wildlife trapper responded to reports of an alligator chasing swimmers off of Durney Key today,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote.“There were no injuries and the alligator was transported to a safe location by the trapper,” officials added.(Photo Credit: Pasco Sheriff’s Office)On the agency’s official website, the FWC reminds Floridians to never feed an alligator and to keep your distance if you see one.“Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours, and keep pets on a leash and away from the water,” the FWC said.More on Albino Alligator Dies After Battling Infection That Turned Him RedAlligator Seen ‘Dragging Body’ Into Florida Lake11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ in Floridalast_img read more

Wake up to better sleeping habits

first_imgMore than a third of American adults aren’t getting enough sleep. And while some may think spending less time snoozing is no big deal, sleep physicians say that’s not the case.Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Some may think they can train their bodies to get less sleep or counter sleepiness with caffeine, but that doesn’t mean their body doesn’t need the ZZZs, said Dr. Marlene Dietrich, medical director of the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center sleep lab.“It’s rare that people can feel good with less than six (hours),” she said. “Your body may adapt to it, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t need it.”Not getting enough sleep can not only affect wakefulness the next day, but it can mean you’re less alert and focused, putting you at a much higher risk for accidents, Dietrich said. Studies have also linked getting less than seven hours of sleep per night to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In a national survey, about 68 percent of Washington adults reported getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. That’s higher than the national median of 65 percent, according to the CDC.last_img read more

Cellphones ring up taxes in Washington

first_imgState rankings with combined federal, state and local tax rate:Nebraska – 24.49%Washington – 24.44%New York – 23.67%Florida – 22.41%Illinois – 21.76%Lowest cellphone tax rateOregon – 7.67%Information for July 2012.SOURCE: taxfoundation.orgThe next time you change the ring tone on your cellphone, consider choosing the sound of a cash register ringing. Or maybe The Beatles’ song “Taxman.”Washington cellphone users have the dubious distinction of paying the second-highest taxes in the country. Nebraska has the highest cellphone taxes.It’s something you may have suspected the last time you checked your cellphone bill — if you were able to decipher it.And if that’s not enough to make you swear at your iPhone, consider this insult added to injury: The two neighboring states have cellphone taxes among the nation’s lowest.A study by the Tax Foundation says the combination of federal, state and local taxes on mobile phone service for Washington customers adds about 25 percent to the bill’s bottom line. The exact amount varies a bit from one community to the next because of differences in the local sales tax. There are also business taxes, utility taxes and fees for emergency service.“A lot of overlapping jurisdictions have been given overlapping authority,” said Scott Drenkard, who co-authored the study for the foundation. The state and many local jurisdictions both charge a fee for 911 services. The federal government tacks on something called a USF.“It’s like alphabet soup. Who actually knows what the federal USF involves?” asked Drenkard, who explained it stands for a universal service fee that subsidizes service to rural areas.last_img read more

3 Benapole cops suspended over hundi money

first_imgPhoto: UNBThree constables, posted at Benapole immigration, have been withdrawn after they along with a local were reportedly detained by Border Security Force (BSF) of India with ‘hundi money’ at the no man’s land.Additional superintendent of police Salahuddin Shikder took the action against constables SK Azam, Ruma Bepary and Trisha Biswas.Officer-in-charge of Benapole Immigration Police Station Abul Bashar said the three policemen entered India without passports for purchasing fruits.While returning, Ruhul Amin, a native of Sharsha upazila in Jashore, stood by them at the no man’s land, he said.At that time, BSF men from Petrapole camp searched them and recovered Tk 1.2 million hundi money from Ruhul Amin’s bag, the OC said.The BSF members, however, handed over the three policemen to Bangladesh in the evening, he said, adding that Ruhul Amin was reportedly under their custody.Bashar said three policemen were withdrawn and attached to the Jashore Police Lines at the order of Salahuddin Shikder, also acting superintendent of police, for entering India without informing the office.END/UNB/Corr/AM/SAMlast_img read more

Full Show Federal Employees Brace For The Unknown And Dealing With Road

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Listen On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Federal employees in Houston are closely watching developments on Capitol Hill. Congress is expected to vote on a spending bill to avert another government shutdown before Friday’s looming deadline. We check back in with a NASA employee we spoke to a month ago to learn how he’s planning for the unknown.Plus, The pros and cons of property tax reform. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider reports local officials are split over Senate Bill 2.Also this hour: Advances in reproductive technology are creating opportunities for people who wouldn’t be able to be parents otherwise. But this modern pursuit of parenthood isn’t without its risks. We explore the for-profit fertility business and the ethically complicated pitfalls.Then, we talk about efforts to clean up debris on Houston roads and welcome you to share examples of the objects you’ve seen littering the highway.And we learn about the sport of axe throwing.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Judge Allows Racist FB Page As Evidence

first_imgBy Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press/AFRO StaffRacist memes on a cellphone and a racist Facebook page can be used as evidence in the trial of a White man charged with murder and a hate crime in a Black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus, a judge ruled June 5.Sean Urbanski’s attorneys argued it would deprive their client of a fair trial if jurors were to see evidence that the 24-year-old liked a Facebook page called “Alt-Reich: Nation” and had at least six photographs of racist memes on his phone.A judge ruled racist facebook and cellphone images as admissible documents in court to support that Sean Urbanski’s choice to fatally stab 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III was hate based. (U.S. Army, University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)Prince George’s County prosecutors said the racist content found on Urbanski’s cellphone point to a motive for the killing, indicating he stabbed Bowie State University student Richard Collins III because he was Black.“These photographs show that the defendant has a bias against Black people,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Jason Abbott. “These photos show violence against Black people.”Urbanski’s lawyers argued the material is inflammatory, irrelevant and inadmissible, with no connection between the content and the killing.“Possessing racially insensitive material is not against the law. It is protected by the First Amendment,” said defense attorney William Brennan, who cited a New York Times story that suggested the Facebook page was created as a parody.But Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. denied the defense’s request to exclude the evidence from a trial scheduled to start in late July.“There are some [memes], or a few, that do suggest some level of violence,” the judge said. “It will not be unfairly prejudicial for the state to use this evidence.”Urbanski is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the May 2017 killing of Collins, 23, who was visiting friends at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus when he was stabbed to death at a bus stop.Defense lawyers argued that the racist material extracted from Urbanski’s cellphone and the deleted Facebook page are constitutionally protected free speech, but Hill also refused Wednesday to throw out the hate crime charge on First Amendment grounds.“Every person has a right of freedom of speech,” Hill said. “The defendant is not here for a violation of freedom of speech.”Urbanski is a former University of Maryland student. Collins was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army shortly before his death.Authorities said Urbanski approached Collins and two of his friends near a bus stop on the university’s College Park campus about 3 a.m. Urbanski said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you,” and Collins replied, “No,” before Urbanski stabbed him once in the chest, according to charging documents.Brennan, the defense attorney, said witnesses told investigators that Urbanski was extremely drunk and screaming incoherently when he approached the three friends at the bus stop.“They could not understand what he was saying,” Brennan said.Police determined that Urbanski’s blood alcohol content was .10 approximately eight hours after the killing, according to Brennan. He said a defense expert estimates Urbanski’s blood alcohol content would have been nearly three times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the fatal stabbing.Prosecutors said Urbanski stabbed Collins because he was the only Black person at the bus stop that night. The friends who were with Collins that night were a White male and an Asian female. Assistant State’s Attorney Jonathan Church said Urbanski separately told the White friend and Asian friend to “step left.”“And then he goes straight for Lt. Collins and stabs him in the chest,” Church added.Brennan said there’s no evidence that Collins was “selected” because he was Black.Prosecutors showed surveillance video of the killing to the judge on a screen that wasn’t visible from the courtroom gallery. After stabbing Collins, Urbanski folded the knife, put it in his pocket and sat down on a bench until police arrived, according to Church.Prosecutors also showed the judge the racist memes found on Urbanski’s phone. One of them “advocates violence against Blacks,” while another has an image of a noose, a handgun and poison, Church said.Church said the racist images had been saved in a folder that also contained photos of Urbanski with friends and relatives — “the most intimate details of his life,” the prosecutor added.“They are about who he is and what he is about,” Church said.Urbanski’s lawyers also asked the judge to sever the hate crime charge from the first-degree murder charge and schedule separate trials for each count. Hill rejected that request, too.last_img read more

Florida Man Has Seen Avengers Endgame 116 Times And Counting

first_imgStay on target Round 25Are you crying?No…Yeeess… #AvengersEndgame @Russo_Brothers @Avengers— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 10, 2019Probably enjoying his 117th showing right now, Alanis doesn’t tire of the blockbuster film, telling CNET that he “can’t be sick of it.”“I do recite [the lines] in my mind, and sometimes out loud when there’s no one sitting next to me,” he admitted.Documenting his road to glory via Twitter, Alanis peppers theater-staff selfies with quotes from the movie; he also tags its stars and directors, as well as Marvel execs and the occasional late-night talk show host. Round 3Con mi Jersey de @TigresOficial bien puesto!!!#tigres #AvengersEndGame— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) April 27, 2019“I wasn’t planning to try and break [the world record] to begin with,” Alanis told CNET. “But I had watched it every day since it came out for two weeks, and just like the movie shattered records, I decided to do it as well.”He saw the film five times on its opening weekend. (That’s more than 15 hours of skin-tight supersuits, Easter eggs, and heart-wrenching emotions.) Round 17I Love You 3000#AvengersEndgame @RobertDowneyJr— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 6, 2019A long-time Marvel fan (and, judging by his Twitter feed, a die-hard supporter of Mexican football soccer club Tigres), Alanis usually visits the Riverview cinema twice on weekdays, and more often on weekends.“My friends and family have been very supportive,” he said. “My parents and younger sister came with me when I reached 100 views.” Everyone has dreams: Some people aspire to travel the world; others hope to write a best-selling book or complete a marathon.Agustin Alanis wants to break the Guinness World Record for most cinema productions attended of the same film.As reported by CNET, the Florida man on Thursday sat through viewing 116 (!!) of Avengers: Endgame, “with no end in sight.”His goal, the tech blog said, is 200 viewings—”or close to it.”center_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019‘Avengers: Endgame’ Returns to Theaters With Extra Post-Credits Scene Round 39 Scott, I get emails from a raccoon, nothing seems crazy anymore.#avengersendgame @Avengers @MarvelStudios @Kevfeige— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 16, 2019At 30, Alanis is still young enough to sit through a three-hour movie without bathroom breaks. (Luckily, he’s never needed one.)*SPOILER ALERT*As far as fan protests demanding a different fate for Tony Stark/Iron Man, Alanis is not interested.“To end the infinity saga, Iron Man had to die saving everyone,” he said. “That was his purpose and his fate, so no, I wouldn’t change it.”Not even if it meant a slightly different ending to the same movie he’s seen more than 100 times? Round/View 116Honey? Hey, babe! Babe? Babe? Boys? Boys? Laura?#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @Renner4Real @Russo_Brothers @louisde2— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 14, 2019Alanis has sent details of his attempt to the Guinness Book of World Records, but has not yet heard back.The current official record was set in February by Anthony “Nem” Mitchell, who watched Avengers: Infinity War a whopping 103 times—earning him an invite to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame.Wisconsin chiropractor Steve Ruppel outpaced Mitchell in April when he watched the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel an eye-watering 116 times in six weeks. His accomplishment has not yet been verified.Nor will it need to be, assuming Alanis is sitting in the Riverview cinema right now.More on and Square Enix’s Fake ‘Avengers’ Game Creeps Us Out at E3 2019Marvel Comics to Get Audiobook Treatment‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Recordslast_img read more

Municipal Service Commission Bill passed Will bring transparency in recruitments says Hakim

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Service Commission Bill 2018 was passed at the state Assembly on Wednesday, to empower the Municipal Service Commission for direct recruitment of personnel in all urban local bodies across the state, including municipal corporations, municipalities, notified area authorities, industrial township authorities, development authorities and different organisations that come under the aegis of the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”This would usher in professionalism and transparency in the recruitment process and ensure that there will be no allegations of political interference in the recruitment,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said, while placing the Bill at the state Assembly.An official in the state Municipal Affairs department said recruitment in all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities, three notified areas and three industrial authorities etc. will be done through this commission. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCurrently, the recruitment of employees of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is done through the commission and sometimes also for the municipal corporations, while the process of recruitment of the 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities and others are conducted by various agencies. According to the Bill, the Municipal Service Commission will be an autonomous body, pulling it out of the aegis of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, so that it may work on its own strength under the administrative control of the department. The commission shall consist of a chairman and not more than three other members. The chairman and the members shall be appointed or nominated by the state government and one of the three members shall be an officer of the state Backward Class Welfare department.There will be yardsticks in educational qualifications, age and other aspects by which the Commission members, including the chairman, will be constituted. “We have witnessed a number of litigations alleging lack of transparency in recruitment. This step will also curb such things,” Hakim said.Left Front MLA Ashok Bhattacharjee, who was also the former Urban Development department minister, suggested a special commission for such recruitment in the hills. Ruling out such suggestion, Hakim said that people from all communities live amicably in Bengal and reiterated that there is no need for any such separate commission.last_img read more

Diabetic Neuropathy Market Size Worth USD 58 billion by 2025

first_imgdiabetic neuropathy Market The global Diabetic Neuropathy market is predicted to reach 5.8 billion by 2025 and is projected to grow with a striking growth rate of 5.4% over the forecast period 2018-2025, divulges a latest research report presented by Big Market Research. Key trends in the market is advent of new therapeutics for treatment of neuropathy and favorable reimbursement scenario which is expected to foster the growth of the diabetic neuropathy market. For instance: In 2016 as per the University of Cambridge, researchers have led to the development of a new approach to treatment of neuropathic pain. Further, the project focuses on a novel way of indirectly modulating the effect of the TRPV1, a significant initiator of the sensation of pain. Additionally, the team worked to show the effectiveness of using certain peptides to interface with the function of TRPV1 with an aim to eliminate neuropathic pain. As a result, healthcare institutions would be capable to deliver new therapeutics for treatment of neuropathy.Request for a sample copy of this report @ driving factors for the diabetic neuropathy market are rising prevalence of diabetes coupled with the changing lifestyles that results in to unhealthy dietary habits and patterns. According the Health Metrics – American Heart Association, in 2010 the prevalence of diabetes for adults was recorded to be 6.4% globally. This is expected to increase and reach up to 7.7% by the end of 2030, across the globe. Similarly, as per the MRC United Kingdom 2015, the estimated diabetes prevalence for adults between age group of 20-79 worldwide was around 387 million in 2014 which is estimated to reach around 592 million people by 2023. As a result, people suffering from diabetes are prone to nerve damages which are expected to boost the growth of the diabetic neuropathy market during 2018-2025. Furthermore, rise in demand for better neuropathy drugs offer lucrative growth prospects for the diabetic neuropathy market across the globe.This report is a professional and comprehensive research of the global Diabetic Neuropathy industry based on the major regional market situations, key driving factors, major competitors, and size & scope of the market. Firstly, the report introduces the Diabetic Neuropathy market basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials, and so on. The report also presents Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis. Furthermore, the competitive scenario in different regions is outlined in the report to assist leading market players, new entrants, and stakeholders determine emerging economies.Global Diabetic Neuropathy Market: Regional Segment AnalysisNorth America– U.S., CanadaEurope– UK, Germany.Asia Pacific– China, India, JapanLatin America– Brazil, Mexico, Rest of the WorldThe report also presents detailed information about the major players as well as some minor players of the Diabetic Neuropathy sector.The Key Players mentioned in our report: Pfizer Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Cephalon, Inc., ACTAVIS, GlaxoSmithKline, MEDA Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, NeuroMetrix, Inc, Abbott Laboratories, Lupin Limited.Avail the Discount on this Report @ research reveals the performance of each player active in the industry. In addition, the report offers an overview of recent developments of each player in the market. All these insights provided in the report are valuable to anyone interested in investing in the Diabetic Neuropathy industry. These insights may help them in determining the strength of their competitors and take the required steps to gain a dominant position in the industry.Additionally, the research report delivers a complete analysis of the key segments of the Diabetic Neuropathy sector with the help of charts, graphs, and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. Investors, stakeholders, product managers, marketing officials, and other professionals in search of detailed data on supply, demand, and future predictions would find the report beneficial.This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by expert analysts. The insights provided in the report would help stakeholders determine investment suitability and market players to take hold of opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and agreements.Table of ContentsChapter 1. Global Diabetic Neuropathy Market Definition and Scope1.1. Research Objective1.2. Market Definition1.3. Scope of The Study1.4. Years Considered for The Study1.5. Currency Conversion Rates1.6. Report LimitationChapter 2. Research Methodology2.1. Research Process2.1.1. Data Mining2.1.2. Analysis2.1.3. Market Estimation2.1.4. Validation2.1.5. Publishing2.2. Research AssumptionBuy Now @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll-Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

General Cañas Highway to reopen Tuesday at 5 am

first_imgOutbound traffic lanes shut down last week due to a large sinkhole on the General Cañas Highway, which connects San José with the province of Alajuela, were temporarily reopened Monday from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., and will open again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.Over the weekend, workers installed two Bailey bridges over the sinkhole, and traffic is expected to return to normal when the bridges are officially opened Tuesday at 5 a.m., according to José Luis Salas, executive director of the National Roadway Council.Luis Vega, director of operations at the Traffic Police, said workers will finish installing the second bridge Monday afternoon.A giant sinkhole appeared last Tuesday on the highway, resulting in chaos for commuters and hours of delays. Local businesses were also affected, and many airline passengers missed flights out of the country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Pope Sinners against environment will answer to God

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Catholic Church to take more activist role on environment following Pope’s call to action Pope Francis brings a forceful new tone on sexual abuse cases Pope Francis to visit Cuba in latest move to support US-Cuba relations Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated VATICAN CITY,Holy See — Pope Francis on Tuesday warned “the powerful of the earth” they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.“The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone,” Francis said at a mass to mark the opening of the general assembly of the Catholic charitable organization Caritas.“We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat, but we must also remind the powerful of the earth that God will call them to judgement one day and there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide food for Him in every person and if they did what they could to preserve the environment so that it could produce this food.”The striking comments from the Argentinian pontiff came ahead of the upcoming publication of a papal encyclical on the ethical aspects of environmental issues that is eagerly awaited by campaigners for action to address global warming.An encyclical is a statement of fundamental principles designed to guide Catholic teaching on a subject. It is issued in the form of a letter from the pope to bishops around the world.Campaigners on climate change believe that a signal from Francis that the Church considers global warming a grave danger could influence the global discussion on the severity of the problem, what has caused it and what can be done.The pope is due to address the U.N. Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September and the international community will seek to sign a universal agreement on climate change at a summit in Paris in December.Climate change skeptics have warned Francis not to take sides in the debate. But all the signs so far indicate that he sees the problem as manmade and as one that can be alleviated by political action.Caritas is a confederation of 165 Catholic charity and aid groups operating in 200 countries worldwide.It holds a general assembly once every four years. This year’s meeting, the first under Francis’s papacy, runs to Saturday.Manila archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle is tipped to take over from Honduran cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga as the organization’s president, the latter cleric having served the maximum two terms. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Not too shabby

first_imgRelated posts:Dreaming of a weekend trip Recreating the last moments of a Costa Rican president All together, boys A helping hand in La Cruz, Guanacaste Time for this weekend’s round of #WhereInCostaRica. Where did a Tico Times reader and columnist take this sunset photo, and what’s that in the background?Several readers hit the nail on the head on our last guessing game, correctly identifying the photo below as an image of Playa Blanca, Punta Leona, on the Central Pacific coast: Ah… enough to get you dreaming of a dip in warm waters. Andrés Madrigal / The Tico TimesWould you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more