Arsenal down Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup final

first_imgArsenal 2 Chelsea 1 (2-1 agg): Xhaka completes turnaround to book EFL Cup final spot Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 1/25/18 arsenal-cropped Getty Images Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the EFL Cup final are over after they lost 2-1 at Arsenal, despite taking the lead through Eden Hazard. Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 and set up an EFL Cup final clash with Manchester City thanks to Granit Xhaka’s second-half winner at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge set the second leg up nicely and, although neither side was at their best, Arsenal showed the greater character in their first outing since Alexis Sanchez’s departure as they battled back from an early deficit to book their passage to Wembley.The opening exchanges were particularly eventful as Pedro saw a goal chalked off just before setting up Eden Hazard for the opener after only seven minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An Arsenal equaliser followed soon after, though, as Antonio Rudiger scored an own goal that he knew little about, with Nacho Monreal’s header hitting Marcos Alonso and then going in off the German.The second period was rather less open as the contest became more bogged down in midfield, but Arsenal – who were without the cup-tied Henrikh Mkhitaryan – took full advantage when a chance presented itself on the hour as Xhaka prodded Arsene Wenger’s men into the lead.Chelsea poured men forward towards the end in a desperate attempt to force an extra 30 minutes and that almost allowed Arsenal to get a third through Alex Iwobi, though the Gunners were not made to rue his miss as they successfully held on to set up a finale with City on February 25.Antonio Conte’s side made a purposeful start and appeared to catch Arsenal off guard with their early intent.Pedro saw a goal correctly disallowed for offside five minutes in, but that was a warning Arsenal failed to heed and Chelsea were not to be denied soon afterwards.The Spaniard was at the heart of things again, turning provider as he fed Hazard between Laurent Koscielny and Monreal for the Belgian to coolly find the bottom-left corner.3 – Eden Hazard has netted three goals in his last two Chelsea games in all competitions, as many as in his previous 14. Striking.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2018Their lead was short-lived thanks to a fortuitous equaliser in the 12th minute, however, Monreal’s header deflecting off Alonso and the unfortunate Rudiger before beating Willy Caballero.Chelsea suffered the blow of losing Willian to injury after half an hour, allowing Ross Barkley to enter for his debut following a £15million move from Everton.But one of his first involvements saw him concede a free-kick from which Xhaka went close.And Chelsea survived again just before the break as Mesut Ozil’s deflected effort went agonisingly wide of the left-hand post.Things were tighter at both ends upon the restart, with the next opportunity not arriving until the 57th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta cleared Iwobi’s cut-back narrowly over his own goal.Boom…— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2018But Arsenal’s second did arrive promptly as Alexandre Lacazette saw his low cross deflect off the hapless Rudiger into the danger zone and Xhaka was there to stab home from close range.Iwobi should have put the contest beyond Chelsea 14 minutes from time, but he shot straight at Caballero with just the goalkeeper to beat.Chelsea enjoyed some late pressure and Rudiger could have levelled eight minutes from the end when he met Hazard’s corner, but he headed over and Arsenal ultimately held on without undue cause for concern. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal will play in their eighth League Cup final; only Liverpool (12) and Manchester United (nine) have played in more (Aston Villa and Spurs also on eight).- The Gunners scored just six goals on their way to the final, the lowest goal-tally of any side to reach a League Cup final.- All five of Chelsea’s defeats in domestic competitions this season have come in London, courtesy of two losses at Stamford Bridge and one each at Selhurst Park, London Stadium and the Emirates.- Ross Barkley made his first competitive club appearance in 248 days, since playing against Arsenal at the Emirates with Everton on May 21, 2017. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man City

first_imgVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City ­defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto ­Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was ­incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Survey Shows Drivers Are Responding to Cell Phone Legislation

first_imgA survey of drivers shows that more than three quarters of those who used to talk on their hand-held cellphones while driving have stopped. The information is contained in the most recent Nova Scotia Road Safety Survey. Starting next month, drivers across the province will be contacted to participate in the second annual survey. The Road Safety Survey was developed to provide baseline information and help identify road safety issues of importance to Nova Scotians. “The survey helps us make the right decisions in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the province’s initiatives that support the safety of all Nova Scotians,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We want Nova Scotia to be a leader in reducing deaths and injuries on the road.” Seventy-eight per cent of drivers who previously used their cell-phone have either switched to a hands-free device or no longer talk on their phone as a result of legislation banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Results from the survey suggest that speed and impaired driving are considered the most serious problems by drivers. Distracted driving was also identified as a serious problem. Nearly seven in ten drivers rated all three as serious problems. While drivers view speeding to be a serious problem, the vast majority, 81 per cent, admitted to having at least occasionally driven between one to 15 km/h over the speed limit in the month prior to the survey. The province has introduced several initiatives to improve road safety, including a targeted impaired driving unit, banning hand-held cellphones, stronger and expanded penalties for street racing, and legislation and funding to improve crosswalk safety. The 2009 Road Safety Survey was conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. A total of 1,445 telephone interviews were conducted with drivers last June. The report is available on the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at .last_img read more

Stop work on Kartarpur corridor have no talks with Pakistan at all

first_imgChandigarh: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said the work on the Kartarpur corridor project should be stopped in the interest of the nation and there should be no talks with Pakistan on any issue. In my view, in the interest of the nation, the work (on Kartarpur corridor) should not move ahead. Whatever work has taken place (on the project), let it stop there, said Swamy, talking to reporters on the sidelines a seminar here. Asserting that there should be no talks with Pakistan on any issue, Swamy said the neighbouring country should not be given any excuse, including the Kartarpur corridor project, for for any talk. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ We should not give any excuse to Pakistan for dialogue on any issue and show it to the world. They have not stopped terrorism and have not handed over to us those who have been hiding there after committing crimes here. We should not have any relation with Pakistan, he added. Asked if Sikhs’ sentiment would not be hurt on stopping the Kartarpur corridor project, Swamy said, I understand Sikhs sentiments very well and I have always supported Sikhs. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Sikhs should understand that Pakistan’s intentions are bad and they have to be set right first, he said. In a major initiative last November, both India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the Kartarpur corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border is being built by India. The corridor will be opened in November in connection with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had, on November 26 last year, laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, around 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

Parties to Western Sahara dispute conclude another round of UNconvened talks

“The proposals of the two parties were again presented,” said a communiqué read by Mr. Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara at the end of the two-day meeting, held in Malta. “By the end of the meeting, each party continued to reject the proposal of the other as a sole basis for future negotiations,” it added.Delegations from the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania, also attended the sixth round of informal meeting on Western Sahara at the invitation of Mr. Ross.The two sides confirmed their willingness to explore innovative approaches for negotiation and topics for discussion in order to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution of the Western Sahara conflict, giving the people of the territory the right to self-determination, according to the communiqué.The next round of the informal meeting could take place in May, as the both parties continue to deepen discussion on the two proposals, the communiqué added.“The two parties decided to tackle, on the one hand, a number of innovative approaches, including measures of conciliation and the avoidance of any sort of provocation that could have a negative impact on the negotiating process, and, on the other hand, additional topics for discussion, including natural resources, and demining,” according to the communiqué.On confidence-building measures, both parties and the neighbouring States also discussed the results of their meeting with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last month.They also reiterated their support for the proper implementation of the 2004 Plan of Action on confidence-building measures, as well as for UNHCR’s technical mission to be deployed next month to create favourable conditions for the implementation of family visits by land.The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. 9 March 2011Representatives of the parties to the Western Sahara dispute, Morocco and the Frente Polisario, today wrapped up another round of talks, during which both sides continued to reject each other’s proposal as a sole basis for future negotiations, United Nations envoy Christopher Ross said. read more

Tim Hortons to hike dividend buy back stock while Q4 growth slowed

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) says its fourth-quarter revenue growth was held back as it passed along lower commodity prices to restaurant owners and its profit took a $9-million hit from restructuring charges.Total revenue for Tim Hortons for the three months ended Dec. 31 was up 4.1% at $811.6 million, with the final three months of the year producing less than half the growth rate as the year as a whole.Net income attributable to shareholders also fell, dropping 2.5% from a year earlier to $100.3 million or 65 cents per share.The company said the profit was five cents per share lower than it would have been without $9 million of reorganization expenses recorded in the quarter.Adjusted operating income, which excludes the reorganization costs, was $157.4 million, up 4.4% from $150.8 million a year earlier.For the full year, Tim Hortons net income was up 5.2% to $402.9 million or $2.59 per share — below the company’s 2012 guidance.“Our 2012 earnings outlook communicated in February 2012 of $2.65 to $2.75 per share did not contemplate the 10 cents per share corporate reorganization charge taken during the fiscal year,” the company said.The company said it planned to increase its quarterly dividend by 23.8%. Starting with the March payout, the quarterly dividend will rise to 26 cents per share.The Canadian restaurant company also announced it will buy back up to $250 million of its shares, a move that tends to push up per share earnings over time. read more

UN predicts rise in global cereal output but says increase will not

According to the FAO Food Outlook, global cereal production could increase by almost 2 per cent in 2001 from the previous year’s below average output. World cereal output this year is forecast at 1,889 million tonnes — 35 million tonnes up from 2000 and close to the average of the past five years.The report warns, however, that “as growth in cereal usage is anticipated to continue in the coming 2001/2002 season, output at this level would be insufficient to meet global utilization for the second year in succession, leading to a further reduction in world cereal stocks.”In the current season, world cereal reserves are forecast to fall by 48 million tonnes, or 4 per cent, to 645 million tonnes, according to FAO. This dip in stocks is not, however, expected to result in a rise in prices, because countries which export cereal still have plenty in store. “International cereal prices remain generally depressed, largely as a result of ample exportable supplies and slack demand,” the report notes.Global feed usage of cereals is now forecast at 686 million tonnes in the current season — a slight increase from the 682 million tonnes used in the previous year. The report does not raise alarm about reports concerning livestock diseases and contamination. “In spite of the concerns about the contamination of animal feed with BSE infected meat and bone meal and, more recently, the foot-and-mouth disease, global feed usage is not likely to be significantly affected in the short-run from these animal diseases.”At the same time, FAO paints a complex picture of the possible impact of these illnesses. If consumers eat less beef, the demand for feed could actually increase, as farmers would have to keep larger cattle inventories than normal. If consumers shift preferences to other meats — chicken and pork — that would also increase the demand for livestock feed.In the long term, however, feed demand could go down, according to the report. “While emergency slaughtering to-date accounts for less than one percent of total inventories in the United Kingdom, it is unclear how long the problem will persist or how many animals will be involved. A large reduction in total animal numbers to control the disease will ultimately result in reduced feed demand.” read more

Sun Life Financial improves fourthquarter results helps by premiums deposits

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sun Life Financial improves fourth-quarter results helps by premiums, deposits by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2014 4:32 pm MDT TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) improved its results in the fourth quarter, helped by an increase in premiums and deposits.The Toronto-based insurer reported Wednesday that quarterly net income from continuing operations grew to $571 million or 93 cents per share, compared with $284 million or 47 cents per share in the same period a year ago.Operating income nearly doubled to $642 million or $1.05 per share, which came in above analyst of estimates of 68 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.A year ago, operating income was $333 million or 56 cents per share.“Strong sales drove a 15 per cent increase in premiums and deposits in 2013 and, along with rising markets, lifted assets under management by $107 billion to $640 billion,” president and CEO Dean Connor said in a release.“Our results in the fourth quarter also benefited from management action to reduce financing costs for our closed block of life insurance in the U.S., which includes a $290-million gain from the restructuring of an internal reinsurance arrangement.”In Canada, Sun Life earned $154 million for the quarter compared with $143 million a year ago.Sun Life U.S. earned US$301 million for the quarter compared with a profit of $202 million a year ago.MFS Investment Management, Sun Life’s wealth management business, earned US$76 million, up from $47 million a year ago. The division also hit a record for assets under management of $413 billion, help by sales and market improvement.Sun Life Asia earned $42 million, falling from $50 million in the third quarter of 2012. read more

Burundi UN refugee agency warns surge in people fleeing preelection violence

Briefing reporters in Geneva, Adrian Edwards warned that more than 8,000 Burundians had sought refuge in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past 14 days amid intensifying harassment and reported disappearances of people associated with the political opposition. Earlier this week, during his visit to Burundi, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein confirmed that recent events in the country were of great concern, with tensions rising sharply over the past few months as the elections approach, reportedly stoked by an increase in politically motivated harassment, intimidation and acts of violence, as well as a reported rise in hate speech.In addition, he urged politicians and activists to ensure that the country’s political debate did not transform into incitement or violence, and urged those competing in the election to do so fairly and graciously. With political tension rising throughout the country and more acts of violence being reported, the UNHCR official continued, concerns are increasing regarding the possibility of more people fleeing in the lead up to the elections, which are slated to take place from May to July. Mr. Edwards noted that the bulk of those fleeing in the past two weeks – some 7,000 people – had sought refuge in Rwanda with more than 60 per cent of them being children. Meanwhile, in the DRC, over 1,000 Burundian asylum-seekers had arrived in South Kivu so far this month. As a result, UNHCR and its partners on the ground are working to provide basic assistance at refuge centres in both countries, distributing essential items such as plastic sheets, mosquito nets, blankets, mattresses, jerry cans and soap to help families cope. read more

Selling Chromebooks in Walmart is a win but retail remains a major

first_imgSoon, Chromebooks will be everywhere. Google has secure deals with a slew of new retail partners around the globe — including Walmart and Staples. In total, more than 6600 new stores will soon have Chromebooks on display and priced as low as $199.That alone will be enough to move a good number of units. But there’s one annoying little hurdle that Google’s going to have to overcome if it wants to help Acer, Samsung, HP, and its other Chrome OS pals generate some really big sales figures: Google has to make sure that salespeople stop tearing apart Chrome OS.IT World’s Dave Webb went Chromebook shopping with a co-worker in California. When one Best Buy staffer handed over a still-boxed Chromebook to Webb’s friend, another salesperson quickly grabbed it away and offered a “helpful” warning.“This isn’t what you think it is,” he said — presumably meaning that a Chromebook is not a real notebook. Strictly speaking, he’s right. Chromebooks and Chrometops don’t run apps like iTunes or Skype and they can’t install Steam and download all its lovely games. To the average shopper, that means it’s a step or two below a Windows laptop or MacBook.Savvy users — folks who read — understand what the browser-centric Chromebooks are all about. They’re cloud first devices, built to be fast, resilient, and capable without being bloated and cumbersome. They’re designed to run all day and handle 90% of computer used for 90% of users — all the things you do in your browser on a daily basis in 2013.But in a big box store, sales staff know all too well how fickle their customers can be. If someone buys a $199 Chromebook, there’s a decent chance that person is going to come back angry and complain about being sold something that wasn’t a real laptop. They’ll feel cheated, and they’ll want to speak to a manager.The answer: the pre-emptive strike. Tell shoppers up front that Chromebooks are different.Google’s problem is to get these front line soldiers to put a positive spin on things. No, this isn’t a regular laptop. Chromebooks are different — not better or worse — and they might ultimately be a better fit for some shoppers than a “regular” laptop.Whether or not that’s an achievable goal at 6,600 new locations remains to be seen. It’s going to be an uphill battle.last_img read more

The grieving is absolutely unreal Travelling community devastated after Clondalkin fire

first_img A woman (27) and two girls, 2 and 3, lost their lives after a fire in this Clondalkin apartment early this morning— Cliódhna Russell (@CliodhnaRussell) March 8, 2017 ‘The grieving is absolutely unreal’: Travelling community devastated after Clondalkin fire The fire claimed the lives of four people when it broke out early yesterday morning. Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 5:20 PM 45,045 Views 14 Comments Source: Cliódhna Russell/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald Mar 9th 2017, 5:20 PM Speaking this morning to, Fiona Ryan, CEO of Sonas, said the charity had been “lucky” and had managed to find suitable alternative accommodation for the three families.“We were able to get the families into our refuge and other step-down facilities,” said Ryan. Short URL We were very lucky as we had vacancies in some of our facilities.Ryan said that Sonas was working to support the emotional needs of the families, who had been through a traumatic experience. Source: today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, local Sinn Féin TD John Brady expressed his condolences for the victims’ families.“Can I just express my condolences to both families and their friends who are really deeply stricken by this dreadful, terrible event that unfolded before our eyes,” he said.Brady said that the O’Brien family were related to the victims of the Carrickmines fire.“It has reopened very, very painful memories of recent tragedies that have taken members of the travelling community in Carrickmines to which the O’Brien families are related,” he said.With reporting by Órla RyanRead: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire >Read: Victims of Clondalkin fire named as death toll reaches four Annemarie O’Brien (bottom left), her daughter Paris (top left) and her niece and nephew Holly and Jordan all died in the fire in March 2017. Source: FacebookUpdated 5.20pmMEMBERS OF THE Travelling community have said they are devastated by the deaths of a young mother and three children in a fire in Clondalkin yesterday.Jim O’Brien of the Bray Travellers Community Development Group told RTÉ News the “grieving is absolutely unreal”.Annmarie O’Brien (27) and her daughter Paris O’Brien (2) both died following the fire. Annmarie was also seven months pregnant.Three year-old Holly also died in the blaze. Her brother Jordan (4) was taken to hospital with critical injuries and died yesterday evening.Their mother Biddy O’Brien remains in hospital following the fire, her condition is described as critical. All four who died are originally from the Bray area in Co Wicklow.A garda investigation into what caused the fire is continuing.Jim O’Brien told RTÉ the tragedy had reopened the wounds of the Travelling community, who were still coming to terms with the deaths of 10 people in a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines in October 2015. The victims of both tragedies were related.He said words cannot describe the devastation and hurt the families are going through, adding that a mass was held yesterday for Travellers to pray for those who died and for Biddy’s recovery.Cluainin CronanEarlier, it was confirmed that three families who had been staying at the complex where the fire broke out have been rehoused.Families staying at the Cluainin Cronan facility on Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin, were successfully re-housed yesterday following the blaze, which broke out in one apartment unit.Cluainin Cronan is a step-down supported social housing complex operated by domestic abuse support charity Sonas.The facility is for women and families that have moved on from a crisis refuge centre. The purpose of the facility is for families to prepare to move back to normal life.The entire development is made up of six two-storey houses and an apartment complex with four apartments (so 10 units in total). Share74 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

MCU News Black Widow Has a Director AntMan Hints at the Future

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target The Black Widow movie looks like it’s actually happening. And after only, what, eight years of asking for it? The movie just took a big step forward with the news that a director has signed onto the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Australian director Cate Shortland has signed on to helm the long-awaited film. Shortland is most famous for Lore. No, not the podcast-based Amazon show. The 2012 drama about five German siblings in the aftermath of World War II.That’s a very different movie than the spy-superhero-action flick Marvel’s Black Widow will be. Shortland reportedly has a huge fan in star Scarlett Johansson. Marvel interviewed over 70 directors, and narrowed the field to a final three of Shortland, Amma Asante and Maggie Betts. Johansson reportedly pushed for Shortland to land the job, admiring how she directed the female lead in Lore. So there’s a script and now a fantastic director attached to the project. It’s looking like Black Widow movie is actually happening, you guys!Don’t take this news as a spoiler for Avengers 4, though. Though it will come out sometime after that movie, it will be set before the first Avengers. This movie’s existence is still no guarantee that Black Widow (or Hawkeye) will make it out of the next fight with Thanos in one piece. There are no concrete details about what the exact plot of the movie will be, but I’m already on board for a comic book spy movie. Maybe we’ll finally find out what happened in Budapest.Abby Ryder Fortson, Paul Rudd (Via Marvel)By now, you’ve had a chance to see Ant-Man and the Wasp, and you know why Scott Lang was absent during Avengers: Infinity War. Turns out he was under house arrest, and the choice was either break his parole again to fight Thanos (and probably get killed/erased from existence), losing all contact with his daughter, or obey the law and stay with her. Given what we know about Scott’s character, the choice was obvious. But that’s not the only hint at the goings on in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp could contain a hint as to what Marvel plans to do next.As Nerdist points out, there’s a scene where Scott’s daughter Cassie tells her dad he needs a partner. That’s implied to be The Wasp, but she really means herself. She wants to go out and fight crime alongside her dad. That isn’t just a cute line given to a precocious kid. She really wants to join her dad in the fight against evil, and there looks to be every reason she might. You know, one day. Eventually.There’s certainly comics precedent for it. Cassie was one of the founding members of the Young Avengers, a group of teen heroes who assembled after the main Avengers broke up. She stole some Pym particles from her dad to gain his shrinking power. Of course, Scott died in that storyline. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen here, but who knows what Avengers 4 will bring? No matter what, we’re not going to see much more of that original team after next year, as the actors move onto other things. The Young Avengers would be a logical next step for these movies to take. They’ve even already cast a teenage version of Cassie to appear in Avengers 4… somehow. Oh man, is there a time jump? It’d make sense, given the mid-credits scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Aaaand now I’m sad again.via MarvelEver since the Marvel Netflix shows began, fans have wanted to see them cross over. Just one appearance of an Avenger in Hell’s Kitchen, or Harlem or wherever it is Iron Fist lives. We know the shows take place in the MCU. They reference the events of the movies at least once per season, but the movies don’t acknowledge any of the TV shows. It’s unfortunate, but the production schedules of TV and movies make any team-ups pretty much impossible. We can dream, though. And we’re not the only ones.Daredevil star Charlie Cox spoke at  Las Vegas Comic Con, per Collider. The actor couldn’t give too many details away, mostly because he’s almost as in the dark as the rest of us. He has no idea when or if a second season of The Defenders will happen. He doesn’t know how or if a real movie-TV series crossover would ever be a thing, but he does know what he wants to see. First though, he made it very clear that this wasn’t meant to be any kind of hint.“I have to be really careful here. I mean, I’m sure I can say this. And I’ll just preface it by saying that I can’t see how this would happen. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But I have no information to suggest that this would ever happen. But it’d be really cool to see…” and then he dropped this on everyone: “I’d love to do something with Spider-Man.”Um, yes please. I don’t care what Marvel has to do, please make this happen. Not only are both Cox and Tom Holland fantastic in their roles, Spider-Man and Daredevil have a long history of partnerships (and occasional antagonism) in the comics. The issue that got me into Daredevil to begin with was their brief team-up after Daredevil’s identity was leaked to the press. (I still maintain that the Brian Michael Bendis/Alex Maleeve era was the best time to be reading Daredevil.) Who knows if this will ever really happen, but it’s comforting to know we’ve got someone behind the scenes on our side.Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba (Photo via 20th Century Fox)Cox isn’t the only one who wants to interact more with the MCU. If the deal goes through for Disney to buy 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios will have access to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. If Marvel’s First Family did make an appearance, it would most likely be an all new cast. None of the three Fox movies are remembered all that fondly. But one actor from the 2005 film wants to make a return. Ioan Gruffudd, who played Mr. Fantastic 13 years ago, wants to be in the MCU.In an interview with Digital Spy, Gruffudd said, “I would love that. I just don’t know, in that universe, the Marvel world, would they let me play something else? I’m so renowned for Fantastic Four. But a couple of actors have [made the leap].”He’s certainly right about that. If Marvel did cast him, Gruffudd would be the third actor from a Fox-produced Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU. He’d be the first who didn’t play The Human Torch, though. Chris Evans played Johnny Storm in the 2005 Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Then in 2015, Michael B. Jordan played the character in the reboot everyone tried to forget immediately. Both went on to have brilliant roles in the MCU. Evans as, of course, Captain America and Jordan as Killmonger in Black Panther. If he had a choice, Gruffudd wants to follow in Jordan’s footsteps.“Maybe [I could play] a baddie, this time? Now that I’ve established myself as somebody who can do that, that would be great.”I’d be down to see Gruffudd in the MCU, and not just because Welsh names are fun to type. I actually have a soft spot for those first two Fantastic Four movies. Sure, they were silly and corny, but they knew that. Especially the second one. It brought in the Fantasticar, for Thor’s sake! Those movies recognized that the Fantastic Four, by nature, is goofy and Silver Age, and if you take that stuff out, you remove a lot of the fun too. Plus, Ioan is great in them. I mean, how else do you play somebody who thought “Mr. Fantastic” was a really cool name?Photo via MarvelFinally, there’s some news about a Marvel movie that is officially not in the MCU. Sony’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy, is coming out later this year. (I know, right?) Hardy shared a few details in a feature in Entertainment Weekly that let us know exactly what kind of movie it’s going to be. Specifically, it’s going to be violent. Remember, this isn’t part of the MCU. Disney and Marvel Studios have no input on this thing. From the sounds of things, they’re going full horror movie with certain scenes here.Venom, Hardy promised, will not be a traditional superhero. Most Marvel heroes have rules. Venom, not so much. “There’s that biting-off-heads issue,” Hardy says. “which is not what you would expect from, say, Captain America taking down a crook.”No, but let’s just say I’ve seen some fan art… Anyway, Hardy also talks up Eddie Brock’s love-hate relationship with his symbiote. The movie version of Brock is a principled journalist, trying to find the truth. And he’s not all the way on board with the symbiote’s thinking. “There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some of the work that I like to do. There’s something funny about the circumstances of having a gift but it’s a tragic gift,” Hardy said. “It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”That could be an interesting story, and Hardy is certainly the actor to make it work. Now if only they’d pronounce “symbiote” correctly.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Changing your 2019 Ford Rangers oil You better be ready for a

first_img Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Trucks Car Culture News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts Ford Enlarge ImageThe new Ranger is a blast but doing maintenance on it probably won’t be. Ford Changing your own oil is one of the simplest and most approachable bits of maintenance that you can do for your vehicle — unless of course, the manufacturer for some reason decides to make the process more of a pain than it needs to be.According to a report published Thursday by The Truth About Cars, Ford was said to have made the new Ranger’s oil filter nearly impossible to get at without removing one of the car’s wheels. However, a Ford service training webinar made available to Roadshow states that removing the wheel isn’t necessary, though removing three trim clips and pulling back a rubber flap in the vehicle’s wheel well is.fordrangerwebinarEnlarge ImageThis screenshot from a Ford service training presentation shows clearly that the wheel does not need to be removed to access the Ranger’s oil filter. Luke Person via Twitter The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine found in the Ranger is slightly different from the one found in other applications. The Ranger’s enlarged oil cooler means that there isn’t room for the filter to live down by the oil pan, and instead, it was relocated up and into the side of the engine block, protruding at a right angle. This means that removing it is a little less simple than sliding underneath the truck with a pair of slip-joint pliers (please, don’t do this) and a can-do attitude.But things don’t stop there. To get to the oil drain plug, there is another panel in the vehicle’s underbody tray that has four fasteners that need to be removed. Granted, having to access a drain plug through an access panel in an underbody tray isn’t all that weird on a modern vehicle, but when added to the rest of the rigamarole, it’s just annoying.Clearly, this kind of inconvenience isn’t the end of the world. And thankfully, it’s not nearly as bad as we originally thought. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 34 Photos More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2019 Ford Ranger Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Update 1/7/2019 11:13 A.M.: A previous version of this story mistakenly stated that removing the Ranger’s wheel was necessary to access the oil filter. This was inaccurate and the text has been changed to reflect this. Comments 2019 Ford Ranger: A midsize king Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 31 Fordlast_img read more

Your smart gadgets need smarter security This group has a plan

first_img Smart tech to protect your home and save on insurance 0 The FIDO Alliance has created a working group to develop security standards for IoT devices. James Martin/CNET The average American owns about eight connected devices, and by 2022 that’s expected to rise to about 13 devices. None of these gadgets adheres to any kind of security standards, a problem that’s troubled lawmakers and security experts for years.The FIDO Alliance is hoping to solve that before internet of things devices boom in popularity — the market is expected to reach 20.4 billion gadgets by 2020. The group sets security standards for online authentication, and on Wednesday, announced that it’s expanding to develop security standards for IoT devices. This is the first time the FIDO Alliance has moved beyond setting standards for authentication online, choosing to tackle this growing cybersecurity problem.”The IoT space is particularly fragmented, and there’s a need to standardize that,” said Andrew Shikiar, the FIDO Alliance’s executive director. IoT devices are notorious for poor security, as they often come with hard-coded default passwords, or they fail to install important updates. Hackers have been able to take control of hordes of connected devices and use them for botnets in cyberattacks. Families have also suffered from IoT security weaknesses, like when hackers remotely hijacked Nest Cams to blare out false alarms. 3:36 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tagscenter_img Part of the issue is that the device makers don’t need to adhere to any standards for security. Energy Star certifies only products that meet energy efficiency standards. In the same vein, IoT devices could come with a similar label in the future.”We do intend that the FIDO mark will resonate and be of importance to consumers in the near future,” Shikiar said.The FIDO Alliance started in 2012 and helped establish standards for online verification and security without passwords. Its certification has become a mark of trust that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft rely on as a security measure. The goal of the FIDO Alliance’s new IoT Technical Working Group is to do the same for connected gadgets.Members of the group include Intel, Microsoft, Yubico, Qualcomm and Lenovo. They’ll be looking to take on IoT issues like default passwords and manual updates for devices. The challenge will be coming up with a strong security standard that doesn’t make the IoT devices too difficult to use for the average person, said Lorie Wigle, Intel’s vice president of Platform Security. It won’t work exactly like the Energy Star program, but Wigle said providing a standard would at least give customers peace of mind that the IoT products they’re buying have some semblance of security.”We struggle a lot with the idea of what could be good enough to earn a label,” Wigle said. “The beauty of this is, if we have a standard protocol, we could say the device at least conforms to that.” Smart Home Security Post a comment 12 smart thermostats to regulate your home’s temp Share your voicelast_img read more

EPA TCEQ Respond To Chemical Spill After Houston Warehouse Fire

first_img Share X Florian MartinFirefighters continue to extinguish on-going flare-ups and hotspots.Clean-up crews have contained a large part of the chemicals that spilled into Spring Branch Creek after a massive fire that destroyed a warehouse on Laverne Street.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leads the response to the chemical spill. The EPA and several state and local agencies are part of the Unified Command that was set up after the fire.It includes the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the city of Houston and Harris County.Chris Ruhl with the EPA’s emergency response team said they are now waiting for results from samples that were taken from the creek.  “We know that there was a red oil-type substance that was floating on the creek, and that is what EPA is focused on and TCEQ focusing on removing currently,” he said.He said according to the owner, that substance is a fuel additive. It was stopped by boom about a mile downstream from the warehouse site.Florian MartinOfficials say the warehouse stored pesticides and fuel additives.Also stored in the A-1 Custom Packaging warehouse were veterinary balms and bug repellent. And investigators are trying to find out what other chemicals are on site.“And when that investigation is done, the determination will be made in terms of what types of inventory may have needed to be shared and shared with whom,” Ruhl said.Clean-up crews are working on containing smaller pockets of chemical runoff in the water. Ruhl hopes they will finish by the end of this week.The EPA is also monitoring the air in surrounding neighborhoods and at Valley Oaks Elementary School. There’s still a smell in the air, but no elevated levels of hazardous chemicals have been found.Texas Parks and Wildlife is assessing the impact on animals, such as fish, turtles and snakes. They want residents to report affected wildlife, but ask residents not to handle any animals themselves.Editor’s Note: The name of the elementary school has been corrected.  00:00 /01:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Louisville Postgame Notes vs Miami

first_img Louisville is 140-22 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. The Cardinals have won 148 consecutive games when scoring 85 or more points. Through its first 14 games this season, Louisville has produced 25 runs of 8-0 or better, including runs of 11-0 in the first half and a pair of 8-0 runs in the second half. Louisville erased a 15-point deficit (30-15 in the first half) in Sunday’s win marking its largest deficit overcome in a victory since battling back from a 17-point difference (45-28) in the 73-69 win at Florida State on Jan. 10, 2018. Sunday’s performance marked the second time this season Louisville has scored 90 or points in a game and the first since the 104-54 win over Southern on Nov. 13, 2018. The Cardinals set season highs for field goals made (33) and three-pointers made (13) while also matching a season high with 69 field goal attempts. The 13 three-point baskets were the most for Louisville since they had 13 triples against Virginia Tech on Jan. 13, 2018. The Cardinals committed a season low seven turnovers – their lowest total since finishing with just seven against Wake Forest on Jan. 27, 2018. UofL had a season high five players score in double-figures in the win over the Hurricanes. The 19 assists for Louisville landed just one shy of a season high total (20) achieved against Central Arkansas. The Cardinals moved to 9-2 this season when outrebounding their opponent after finishing with a 39-35 edge on the glass. With 15 offensive rebounds on Sunday, Louisville has registered 10 or more rebounds on the offensive glass eight times this season, including each of the last five games. Louisville had one blocked shot on Sunday extending their streak to 283 consecutive games with a blocked shot.PLAYER NOTES McMahon dished out a career best nine assists, three more than his previous high total of six achieved against Southern earlier this season. McMahon’s assist total on Sunday was also two more than Miami had as a team. With his trio of three-pointers on Sunday, McMahon has connected on three or more triples three times this season. McMahon set a career high with his nine three-point attempts, while his 10 field goal attempts equaled a career high. Story Links The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 conference openers, including six of the last seven. Sunday’s performance marked the 22nd career double-figure scoring outing for Nwora, including the 13th this season. Nwora has scored 20 or more points in seven of his 14 games this season. Nwora equaled a season high with his eight field goals, the fourth time this season he has reached that total. In his last seven games, Nwora has averaged 19.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.0 percent (50-for-96) from the field and making 20-of-39 (51.2 percent) of his three-pointers. Dwayne Sutton scored 13 points for his eighth double-figure scoring outing in two seasons with the Cardinals, including the seventh this season. Christen Cunningham earned his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season and the 77th of his collegiate career after finishing with 11 points against the Hurricanes. SERIES NOTES Cunningham was 3-for-5 on three-pointers marking the second straight game he has made a trio of three-pointers. With his five assists on Sunday, Cunningham equaled a season-high achieving the total for the third time. Malik Williams came off the bench to register his second career double-double totaling 19 points and 11 rebounds. The 19 points were a career-high total for Williams, who had 17 points in a win over Southern earlier this season. Williams set a career high with his 11 rebounds, one more than his 10 rebounds against Lipscomb this season. Williams also established career highs with his eight field goals made and 14 field goals attempted. With Sunday’s outing, Williams achieved his seventh career double-figure scoring game, including the fourth this season. Ryan McMahon registered his 10th career double-figure scoring performance, including the third this season, after totaling 12 points against Miami. UofL has won six of its last seven conference openers at home. The Cardinals have won four of their five conference openers in the ACC. Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals in scoring for the eighth time this season as the sophomore had a game-high 20 points. Louisville holds an 11-4 lead in the all-time series with Miami, which dates back to 1951. The Cardinals are 6-0 at home against the Hurricanes, including a 3-0 record at the KFC Yum! Center.TEAM NOTES Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Study results suggest cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau

first_img More information: John M. McPartland et al. Cannabis in Asia: its center of origin and early cultivation, based on a synthesis of subfossil pollen and archaeobotanical studies, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (2019). DOI: 10.1007/s00334-019-00731-8 Switzerland mulls studies on legal sale of cannabis © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cannabis is likely one of the most well-known plants on Earth because it produces cannabinoids—chemicals that have a pronounced impact on the human brain. Prior studies have suggested the plant likely originated somewhere in central Asia approximately 28 million years ago—the point where it diverged from an ancestor, the common hop. In this new effort, the researchers sought to more precisely pin down the most likely place where the plant got its start.The approach used by the researchers was to pore through prior studies, whether archaeological or geological, looking for mention of the famed plant—most notations referenced pollen because it is the part of the plant that can survive the longest. The researchers point out that identifying cannabis pollen at dig sites was not a trivial task, because in most tests, it appears identical to hop pollen. To get around that problem, they took note of other types of pollen that were found with the cannabis candidates. If the other pollen came from woodland plants, the researchers assumed they were hops, whereas if they came from steppes, the pollen was assumed to be from a cannabis plant—modern cannabis plants prefer the type of climate found in steppes. When the researchers zeroed in on the studies that mentioned cannabis (found with other steppe pollen) the earliest, they found references to parts of southern Russia and northern China. Further analysis led them to believe that the most likely place of origin was the Tibetan Plateau, perhaps near Qinghai Lake, which, the trio notes, is approximately 3200 meters above sea level. Interestingly, the researchers also note that the site is also near the place where evidence of Denisovans has been found—along with cannabis pollen. A trio of researchers with the University of Vermont, Middlebury College and the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, has found evidence that suggests cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau. In their paper published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, John McPartland, William Hegman and Tengwen Long describe their analysis of prior studies of the plant and how they narrowed down the likely place where it first developed. Citation: Study results suggest cannabis originated in the Tibetan Plateau (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

A look at Waterfox 5620

first_imgA look at Waterfox 56.2.0 by Martin Brinkmann on May 20, 2018 in Internet – 54 commentsThe web browser Waterfox 56.2.0 was released by its developer Alex Kontos on May 16, 2018 to the public. The new version of the browser that is largely based on Firefox code includes security updates, performance improvements and a number of other changes.The new version of the Waterfox browser is available through the browser’s automatic update system and as a standalone download on the official website.You can run a check for updates in Waterfox by selecting Menu > ? > About Waterfox in the browser user interface. Waterfox runs a check for updates, will pick up the new version so that you can download and install it to the local system.Waterfox 56.2.0Waterfox 56.2.0 includes the latest security patches that Mozilla released for the Firefox web browser. It includes updates listed under MFSA 2018.-10 and MFSA 2018-11. You can check out Mozilla’s Security advisories website for individual patch information.The new version of Waterfox includes a large number of changes; users who have set  the preference privacy.resistFingerprinting to true will notice that Waterfox disguises itself as Firefox 60 when the preference is set. Waterfox with the preference set to false identifies as Firefox 56 to the Web.Similarly, users who noticed high CPU usage while using Waterfox should see improvement. Kontos notes that the “high CPU usage” issue should be a thing of the past.Several components of the browser were updated. The developer updated several media codecs, added support for ffmpeg-4.0, and built Rust components with optimizations.The Android version of Waterfox has had its Google Play Services integration removed; the removal paves the way for integration in the F-Droid store.Waterfox 56.2.0 includes Stylo as well but it is disabled by default.Closing WordsThere is still a lot that needs to be done; Kontos plans to add WebExtensions APIs of Firefox 57 in Waterfox, and integrate the classic add-ons catalog in about:addons.Check out this article on the plans that Alex Kontos has for Watefox.Now You: Have you tried Waterfox recently? What’s your take on the browser?SummaryArticle NameA look at Waterfox 56.2.0 DescriptionThe web browser Waterfox 56.2.0 was released by its developer Alex Kontos on May 16, 2018 to the public. The new version of the browser that is largely based on Firefox code includes security updates, performance improvements and a number of other changes.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

TPI named Top Host Agency in Canada at STAR Awards

first_imgTags: Sandals Resorts, TPI Thursday, February 1, 2018 Share Posted by TPI named Top Host Agency in Canada at STAR Awardscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TURKS & CAICOS — Travel Professionals International (TPI) took home a slew of awards at last week’s 16th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) Awards, which took place at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.Not only was TPI named ‘Best of the Best Agency’, thanks to high sales productivity from its independent agents between Aug. 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017, it was also once again named the Top Host Agency in Canada.And the awards kept on coming, with Travel Time TPI in St. John’s Newfoundland receiving the ‘Best of the Best Agency’ award for its outstanding sales performance, and Western Canada TPI taking home the Top Butler Travel Agency award for its high percentage of butler bookings.Moreover, Lois Barbour of Travel Time TPI was named once again to the exclusive Chairman’s Royal Club, an honour reserved for the world’s top performing agents and one that she has received each year since the program was implemented in 2011. Barbour is the only agent in Newfoundland to ever receive this honour, and one of only three in Canada for 2018.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“Congratulations to all our advisors across Canada for the outstanding job they do each and every day,” said TPI’s CEO Zeina Gedeon, who was on hand to receive the awards on behalf of TPI. “I am constantly amazed at all of the hard work our advisors do to grow their business. They are the backbone of our company and it is a great pleasure to see them succeed. Being recognized with awards such as these truly shows the strength of the TPI organization and the commitment our advisors have to supporting their clients and our preferred partners.”The STAR awards celebrate excellence in sales and recognize the agencies and individual advisors who utilize innovative selling techniques and employ outstanding marketing initiatives to sell the luxury Sandals and Beaches brand. Travelweek Group last_img read more