Ive never been better says Archer ahead of Ashes debut

first_imgLONDON: England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday. Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week. The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Archer told reporters. “(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn’t get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days. “Don’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can’t work miracles but I will try to.” Australia coach Justin Langer had said the key to dealing with Archer, England’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 victims, was to “keep wearing him down” and make him bowl more spells. “I think Justin Langer has another think coming,” Barbados-born Archer added.last_img read more

Mikmaq author says Halifax on the right road to reconciliation

first_imgAnna Cormier APTN National NewsA respected Mi’kmaq author says Halifax is on the right road to reconciliation after the council voted to form a committee to review how it honours a controversial figure around the city.Edward Cornwallis is the former governor of the city – but maybe best known for putting a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.last_img

16yearold drowns in Yamuna river

first_imgNew Delhi: A 16-year-old boy drowned in Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in South East Delhi while he was taking a bath, police said on Sunday.The law enforcement agency found that two other boys were safely rescued by locals. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that an information from PCR was received at 2.27 PM hrs in Shaheen Bagh police station that one of two boys has drowned in Yamuna river near Thokar no 8 in Kalindi Kunj while taking bath. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe city police reached the spot and found that one boy aged around 16 resident of Shaheen Bagh drowned and his body has been fished out with the help of NDRF rescue team called on the spot. The body has been kept in the hospital. “Inquest proceedings u/s 174 CrPC have been initiated and two other boys namely Sameer age 17 yrs and Usman age 16 yrs, who also drown, were rescued by locals,” said DCP South East. This incident was not the first case, in 2018 two youths died after they were drowned in Yamuna river in North Delhi’s Timarpur. In another case, three teenagers drowned in the Yamuna river in Wazirabad area. In another incident, two brothers aged 14 and 16 died due to drowning in outer Delhi’s Alipur area. They had gone there for a picnic with their family members when one of the boys slipped in the river.last_img read more

French Brand Tati Expected to Open at Morocco Mall in September

Rabat – French textile and bazaar brand, Tati, renowned for its affordable prices, will open its doors next month at Morocco Mall in Casablanca.The brand will welcome Moroccan customers to its new store in September, announced the Aksal group in a statement to carried by Yabiladi.The store will be occupying an area of 1500 m2 on the first floor of the mall. The brand’s mini-boutiques offer clothes and accessories for women, men, and children, lingerie, decorative items, and small furniture. The opening comes after the departure of Galleries Lafayette in March earlier this year.

Morocco Spains Largest NonEU Fruit and Vegetables Supplier

Rabat – Morocco represents 36 percent of the total fresh vegetables and fruit Spain purchases from non EU countries and 25 percent of the total Spanish imports, the Spanish federation of fruit and vegetable exporters (Fepex) reported on December 4.Morocco’s fruit and vegetables exports to Spain amounted to a total of €507 million in terms of financial revenues. The North African country is followed by Peru, with €196 million, and Argentina, with  108 million.Up to September this year, Spain’s fresh fruits and vegetables imports from Morocco totaled 321,189 tons, an increase of 7 percent from January to September compared to the same period last year.  The Imports were worth a value of €507 million, up from 15 percent from January to September compared to the same period last year. Read also: Morocco World’s 4th Largest Tomato ExporterOver the past five years, Morocco’s fresh fruit and vegetables exports to Spain, in the January-September period of each year, have grown from 153,530 tons to 321,188 tons, an increase of  109 percent. Meanwhile, the imports value increased from €185 million to €507 million, up 174 percent over the same period.Morocco exports of vegetables amounted to 173,564 tons at a value of €209 million. The vegetables exported included green beans (63,856 tons, pepper (40,562 tonnes), tomatoes (37,375 tons), and zucchini (11,927 tons). Spain’s fruit imports totaled 147,625 tons worth €297 million. The imported products included 74,529 tons of watermelons,17,735 tons of oranges, 14,575 tons of raspberries, 12,420 tons of blueberries, and 9,025 tons of avocados. The Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables from third countries accounted for 70 percent of the total Spanish purchases from January to September, at total value of €2,09 million.Read also: Moroccan Eggplant Exports to EU Maintain 2016’s Bumper Crop Level read more

Ban calls Sri Lankas president as humanitarian crisis worsens in conflict zone

6 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to the president of Sri Lanka by telephone yesterday about the worsening humanitarian crisis in the northern area of the country where some 250,000 civilians are trapped by fighting between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In his conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mr. Ban also conveyed his strong concern about the heavy casualties being inflicted on civilians, including children.“The Secretary-General reiterates the responsibility of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to allow people to move to wherever they feel safe and the obligation of the Government to conduct its military operations with due regard to the need to safeguard civilian lives,” his spokesperson Michele Montas said.The UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said today that children had been utterly traumatized during the conflict, as families hid in underground shelters with very few resources.According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the entire population of the Vanni region where fighting is taking place is facing a food crisis due to displacement of the population as well as crop failure and recent floods.Livelihoods have been almost completely lost, coping mechanisms have been exhausted and people are dependent on humanitarian food aid for survival, WFP reports.The agency said that it has sent 11 convoys into the region since September 2008, to keep some 230,000 people alive. The last UN convoy was sent in on 16 January, carrying only enough food for about one week, and WFP has not, to date, been able to get clearance to send in others despite promises from authorities. read more

UNICEF backs measles vaccination campaign in Bangladesh

An estimated 50,000 health-care workers and 600,000 volunteers and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff have been recruited for the immunization project, which began yesterday and is slated to run until 28 February.All Bangladeshi children aged between nine months and five years will be given the measles vaccine while all children under the age of five will also be given two drops of the polio vaccine, UNICEF said in a press release issued on Saturday.This will be the first major nationwide campaign against measles in Bangladesh since 2005-06, when about 35 million children were vaccinated.The number of measles outbreaks in the South Asian nation has fallen sharply since then, with only one occurring in each of the last two years, compared with 27 in the first two months of 2006.But UNICEF officials said that about 25 per cent to a third of young children remain at risk, especially those born since the last immunization campaign. Children who already received a vaccine will receive a second dose, which is recommended to ensure full immunization.Carol de Rooy, the agency’s representative in Bangladesh, said these kinds of mass vaccination campaigns can produce significant reductions in death and disease rates.“It is unfortunate that measles continues to kill children when such avoidable deaths can easily be prevented through immunization,” she said. “I call on all the parents to bring their children to the immunization sites so they will be protected against this child-killer disease.”Duangvadee Sungkhobol, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Bangladesh, said measles remains the leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood death and disability.“Maintaining good immunization coverage and conducting periodic follow-up campaigns reduces measles cases and deaths considerably,” Dr. Sungkhobol said.UNICEF and WHO adopted a joint global plan in 2001 for reducing the number of deaths from measles and the objective for Bangladesh is to cut measles mortality by 90 per cent by this year in comparison with 2000.Caused by a virus, measles is highly contagious and produces high fever and a rash among sufferers, who are most likely to be young children. People who recover from measles are immune for the rest of their lives, but in 2008 an estimated 164,000 people – nearly all children under the age of five – died from the disease. 15 February 2010More than 20 million Bangladeshi children will be vaccinated against measles over the next two weeks as part of a campaign backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to try to eradicate the deadly disease in the South Asian nation. read more

Mainda supported giving Sirisena SLFP leadership

The Minister says there is an attempt to split the SLFP and so SLFP members have a responsibility to protect the party and ensure it wins at the next election.Nimal Siripala de Silva said that if President Sirisena steps down as party leader he will support the new party leader. (Colombo Gazette) “After it was handed over to President Sirisena we cannot join any other group and try to remove him,” he said. Nimal Siripala de Silva says after handing over the party leadership to Sirisena it is not right for any SLFP member to work against him now. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa supported handing over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to President Maithripala Sirisena, SLFP member and Minister, Nimal Siripala de Silva said.He said that Rajapaksa had urged the SLFP to back and work with Sirisena after the last Presidential election. read more

California boy 13 builds Braille printer with Lego kit starts company with

Shubham Banerjee works on a Braigo 2.0 braille printer prototype at home Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. Banerjee launched a company to develop a low-cost machine to print Braille materials for the blind. It’s based on a prototype he built with his Lego robotics kit for a school science fair project. Last month, tech giant Intel Corp. invested in his startup, Braigo Labs, making the 8th grader the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) by Terence Chea, The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2015 9:49 am MDT SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year after he asked his parents a simple question: How do blind people read? “Google it,” they told him.Shubham then did some online research and was shocked to learn that Braille printers, also called embossers, cost at least $2,000 — too expensive for most blind readers, especially in developing countries.“I just thought that price should not be there. I know that there is a simpler way to do this,” said Shubham, who demonstrated how his printer works at the kitchen table where he spent many late nights building it with a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit.Shubham wants to develop a desktop Braille printer that costs around $350 and weighs just a few pounds, compared with current models that can weigh more than 20 pounds. The machine could be used to print Braille reading materials on paper, using raised dots instead of ink, from a personal computer or electronic device.“My end goal would probably be having most of the blind people … using my Braille printer,” said Shubham, who lives in the Silicon Valley suburb of Santa Clara, just minutes away from Intel headquarters.After the “Braigo” — a name that combines Braille and Lego — won numerous awards and enthusiastic support from the blind community, Banerjee started Braigo Labs last summer with an initial $35,000 investment from his dad.“We as parents started to get involved more, thinking that he’s on to something and this innovation process has to continue,” said his father, Niloy Banerjee, an engineer who works for Intel.Shubham used the money to build a more sophisticated version of his Lego-based printer using an off-the-shelf desktop printer and a newly released Intel computer chip. The new model, Braigo 2.0, can translate electronic text into Braille before printing.Intel executives were so impressed with Shubham’s printer that in November they invested an undisclosed sum in his startup. Intel officials believe he’s the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital, money invested in exchange for a financial stake in the company.“He’s solving a real problem, and he wants to go off and disrupt an existing industry. And that’s really what it’s all about,” said Edward Ross, director of Inventor Platforms at Intel.Braigo Labs is using the money to hire professional engineers and advisers to help design and build Braille printers based on Shubham’s ideas.The company aims to have a prototype ready for blind organizations to test this summer and have a Braigo printer on the market later this year, Niloy Banerjee said.“This Braille printer is a great way for people around the world who really don’t have many resources at all to learn Braille and to use it practically,” said Henry Wedler, who is blind and working on a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Davis. Wedler has become an adviser to Braigo Labs.An affordable printer would allow the visually impaired readers to print out letters, household labels, shopping lists and short reading materials on paper in Braille, said Lisamaria Martinez, community services director at the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profitcentre that serves the visually impaired and prints Braille materials for public agencies.“I love the fact that a young person is thinking about a community that is often not thought about,” said Martinez, who is visually impaired.Shubham is too young to be CEO of his own company, so his mother has taken the job, though she admits she wasn’t too supportive when he started the project.“I’m really proud of Shubham. What he has thought, I think most adults should have thought about it,” Malini Banerjee said. “And coming out of my 13-year-old, I do feel very proud.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Lego kit, starts company with Intel funding read more

Record crowd pours in for Cuvée Grand Tasting

It was another packed event this year as the 31st annual Cuvée Grand Tasting brought almost 900 guests together to celebrate excellence in the thriving Ontario wine industry.Organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the record crowd came to Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Saturday, March 23 to sample from the largest selection of Ontario wines under one roof and taste unique culinary dishes from local chefs.“This is the largest event of its kind and the strong turnout of guests year after year truly showcases the importance of our grape and wine industry and the strong level of support it garners from our community,” said Cuvée manager Barb Tatarnic.Tony Aspler presents Doug Whitty, of 13th Street Winery, the Tony Aspler Cuvée Award for Excellence Saturday, March 23 in Niagara Falls.The Grand Tasting also honours the talented people who work in the $4.4-billion Ontario grape and wine industry.The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence, presented to the individual or institution that best furthers the aims and aspirations of Ontario’s wine industry, was awarded to Doug Whitty and 13th Street Winery. Whitty is a third-generation Niagara grape grower and was the 2017 Grape King. As he called Whitty to the stage to receive the award, Tony Aspler credited him and 13th Street Winery with “enhancing the winery experience with art and sculpture and, of course, butter tarts.”Whitty called Aspler a “pioneer in this industry.”“He was there right from the beginning supporting us,” he said. “It is really a great honour for me to win this award, I am very humbled and thankful.”The Winemaker of Excellence Award winner was Bruce Nicholson from Inniskillin, who was selected for his contributions to the industry, his commitment to excellence and his mentorship to winemakers across Canada.This year’s Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award went to Martin Schuele, a grape grower in Beamsville. Sponsored by BASF Canada Inc., the award recognizes a grape grower who promotes excellence in vineyard practices.“The Cuvée Grand Tasting is a great opportunity for BASF to not only celebrate Ontario wines with our grape customers, but to also introduce those customers to some of the future industry leaders from Brock University and Niagara College,” said Scott Hodgins, Crop Manager, Horticulture for BASF Canada Inc.Schuele and his family, who grow for Arterra Wines Canada, have about 120 acres of vineyards and it’s been a family-owned operation since they arrived from Germany in the early 1980s. “Schuele vineyards have long been associated with vineyard excellence,” said CCOVI Senior Scientist Jim Willwerth. “Martin’s Chardonnay block was pristine with high quality fruit even in the tough 2018 vintage.”Cuvée also celebrates the next generation of winemakers and grape growers by providing scholarships to Brock University Oenology and Viticulture undergraduate and graduate students through the Cuvée Legacy Fund.The Cuvée Scholarship winners are:Cuvée Hosting Award for Academic Excellence: Marnie CrombleholmeCuvée Award for Academic Excellence: Jessica OppenlaenderCuvée Award for Academic Excellence in OEVC: Jeffrey MooteCuvée Graduate Scholarship: Jennifer Kelly“We are so pleased to provide these scholarship opportunities and industry recognition for the very deserving students of Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture programs,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “The Cuvée Grand Tasting is a full-circle celebration of excellence in our industry, honouring the best and brightest in the business today, and looking forward to those who will shape the industry in the future.” read more

Ohio States Kelsey Mitchell named 1st team USBWA AllAmerican 2nd team AP

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past James Madison junior guard Angela Mickens (32) during a NCAA Tournament first-round game on March 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C.. OSU won, 90-80.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell become just the fourth freshman to be named a first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers of America on Tuesday after leading the nation with 24.9 points per game.Mitchell, the Big Ten co-Player of the Year, was also named an Associated Press second team All-American.Her 873 total points this season set a new program and conference record, helping her become one of just five Buckeyes to make the AP first or second team. Mitchell’s debut collegiate campaign also saw her set an NCAA record with 127 3-pointers.The Cincinnati native led OSU in both points and assists this season.According to an OSU release, the USBWA All-American team consists of 10 players regardless of position. Being named among those 10 players makes you a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, given by the USBWA to the nation’s best player. That award is set to be handed out on Sunday.Mitchell led the Buckeyes to a 24-11 record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. OSU won its first two Big Ten Tournament games before earning a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament.The Buckeyes knocked James Madison out of the tournament in the first round with a 90-80 victory before losing to North Carolina on a last-second shot on March 23. Mitchell scored 25 points in the season-ending loss and tied the game at the free throw line with five seconds to play, completing a 21-point OSU comeback. The Tar Heels went on to score with less than a second on the clock to win the game.Along with leading the team in points and helpers, Mitchell averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 83.5 percent from the free throw line.Mitchell’s honor comes a day after Ohio State men’s basketball freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named a first team AP All-American after leading the Buckeyes in scoring in his first collegiate season as well. read more

Police give green light to antiroyal wedding protesters

That led the pressure group Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with an elected head of state, to seek reassurances from Thames Valley police that they would allow peaceful protests to take place. It said it did not want to see a repeat of what the arrests of people seeking to protest against the monarchy during the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, in April 2011.At one stage activists who were planning a mock execution of Prince Andrew to mark the wedding were detained. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive for a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, Graham Smith, of Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy Republic are not planning to organise protests themselves, as the event coincides with an international republican conference in central London, but Mr Smith this week wrote to Francis Habgood, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, asking for police not to disrupt those that do take place. “Everyone has a right to express their views peacefully, however anyone looking to disrupt the event will be dealt with in a robust yet proportionate manner.”There were calls earlier this year for protests outside the wedding after it emerged that Simon Dudley, the Tory council leader in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, had urged police to clear the area of rough sleepers and beggars before the event. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive for a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London,Credit:Reuters/Pool That could include anti-Monarchist chanting, but only if it was seen as leading to friction and confrontations with sections of the huge pro-Monarchist crowd attending the event.The prospect of demonstrations has prompted condemnation, with royalists describing would-be protestors as “killjoys”.Tricia Wright, from Godalming, Surrey, wrote on Twitter: “Why would you want to protest at a couple’s wedding? Spiteful and totally unnecessary.” Graham Smith, of Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchyCredit:Christopher Pledger/The Telegraph Graham Smith, the chief executive of Republic, told the Daily Telegraph: “Senior officers implied at the time that royal events such as weddings should be kept special, but it’s not for the police to say one day should be out of bounds to protests.“In a democracy people should be able to protest against the head of state and its institutions or issues such as the treatment of the homeless.”He added: “The Monarchy cannot be off limits, especially if it is going to turn the wedding of one of its members into a huge PR stunt.” When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in Windsor’s St George’s Chapel next month they can be sure of a warm reception from the thousands of people expected to line the streets outside.But they may also have to contend with less-than friendly chanting and placard waving after police yesterday gave the green light for protesters to stage demonstrations against the monarchy.Senior officers have indicated they will not arrest or attempt to remove anyone mounting protests in Windsor on May 19, unless their behaviour threatens to disrupt the event itself.It is anticipated that anti-monarchists groups could use the wedding – which will see the royal couple take a two mile carriage ride past the crowds outside Windsor Castle – as a high-profile opportunity to highlight their cause.In a statement Thames Valley Police, who are mounting a huge security operation to safeguard the event, said: “We will be working closely with our partners to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for all. He wrote: “Any attempt by the police to disrupt protest in order to serve the interests of the royal household would be wholly inappropriate. Comments from police forces in the past have suggested that there is a real danger this will happen in Windsor.  “Your assurance that a royal wedding is no grounds for banning peaceful protest will be welcomed, not just by protesters or republicans, but by millions of people who believe the right to protest is a fundamental part of British life.”Mr Habgood has yet to reply to Mr Smith, but Thames Valley Police have said it would be for senior commanders on the ground to decide what would constitute a threat to the wedding or an attempt to disrupt proceedings and intervene accordingly. read more

11 Movies We Want To See On The Next Season Of MST3K

first_imgStay on target Geeks everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return was actually good. The new season, streaming on Netflix, had the blessing of the show’s creators but featured all-new talent and a bigger writing room. Thankfully, they got things pretty much right. Although the new show lacks some of the funky cable aesthetic of the original, it’s witty, dense and clever.The new season seems to be doing pretty well so far critically, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Netflix, it’s that they like to double down on stuff that works. So if they’re interested in doing another season of MST3K, we’d like to offer our skills as bad movie experts. These eleven flicks have never been riffed and are sorely deserving of the honor.Spider BabyIt’s astonishing that this legendary black & white horror movie never got beamed to the Satellite of Love. This 1967 black comedy tells the tale of a reclusive family of mutated cretins that suffer from a genetic malady that causes them to regress mentally after puberty. When a pair of distant relatives shows up to claim their share of inheritance, it’s everything the caretaker can do to prevent absolute mayhem from breaking out. With incredible performances by Sid Haig as the hulking Ralph and Jill Banner as Virginia, the titular “spider baby” with a thirst for murder, this is one that would drive Jonah into a fit of perplexity.The AppleMusical bits have often been some of the most memorable segments in MST3K history – who can forget “Idiot Control” from the Pod People episode, for instance – so why not go big and do a full musical episode, Buffy-style? Our choice of a movie for this has to be The Apple, a legendarily obtuse 1980 sci-fi disco musical about a duo of folk singers from Moose Jaw, Canada who come to the big city for an American Idol-esque competition and end up getting split up by Satan in the form of “Mr. Boogalow.” It’s deliriously tacky and has an ending that needs to be seen to be believed. When it premiered in theaters people threw the free soundtrack albums the producers gave out at the screens!Garbage Pail Kids: The MovieOne of the worst tie-in movies of all time, this cinematic atrocity was made to cash in on the success of a line of trading cards that were hot stuff in elementary schools thanks to their gross jokes and worse puns. Adapting trading cards into a movie can be done – look at Mars Attacks! – but it takes more talent than director Rod Amateau had to offer. The titular Kids are horrifying, portrayed by little people in repugnant puppet heads, and even though they’re supposed to be gross, it still goes too far. The plot of the movie is even worse, involving a garbage can from outer space, a fashion show, an absurd biker bar brawl and some rowdy teens.Magic Of SpellThe series hasn’t really dabbled in Chinese cheese all that much, which is a shame. There are tons of legendarily bad and bizarre movies made for the overseas market. This is one of our favorites, a 1988 Taiwanese cheapie that adapts the classic folktale of Momotaro the Peach Boy with luridly saturated color, embarrassingly cheap visual effects and plenty of puppets. It’s got that classic feel of movies like Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, where you just can’t believe that nobody involved with the production took a second to think about what they were doing.Tales From The Quadead ZoneFor a long time, this direct-to-video oddity was almost impossible to find, but the bizarre 1987 blaxploitation take on horror anthologies like Creepshow has been preserved and restored. After the most demented credits sequence ever, featuring crayon drawings by writer/director/producer Chester Novell Turner and music by the same, we get three ridiculous horror shorts, each of which is weird in its own way. Pitchfork murders? Hillbilly struggles? A lady telling these stories to her dead son? It’s all here, and none of it makes a lick of sense. This is a deeply bizarre and demented movie that deserves more exposure. Turner’s other feature, Black Devil Doll From Hell, would also be a good pick.PiecesTrashy slasher films in the early 80s were a dime a dozen, but none scraped the bottom of the barrel quite like Pieces. This 1982 exploitation flick directed by Juan Piquer Simon features a maniac killer trying to assemble a puzzle out of human body parts, a ridiculous whodunit plotline, and plenty of gratuitous nudity. But hell, Netflix doesn’t have to worry about FCC requirements, so let those titties swing. Although it’s gory, Pieces is great because of its ludicrous fealty to its own absurd logic. Scenes come and go with no rhyme or reason, and the ending comes out of nowhere with the speed of a freight train. It’d push the show in a little more of an adult direction, but I think that’s probably doable in 2017 as the apocalypse draws nearer.Ninja TerminatorShoddy ninja movies are a dime a dozen, but none have so many MST3K-able moments as Ninja Terminator. This Godfrey Ho joint swipes about 2/3 of its footage from a Korean martial arts film and intersperses some of the most inept, bizarre dialogue scenes ever. Lead Ninja Harry (played by Richard Harrison) is on a quest to retrieve the three parts of the Golden Ninja Warrior, but he must contend with a number of obstacles including a smoke-spewing toy robot, escaped crabs and angry calls to his Garfield phone. Oh, and the word “Ninja” is always pronounced “Ninjer” because of reasons. It’s a truly spectacular train wreck of a movie that’s still very entertaining.I Know Who Killed MeThe eighteen intervening years between the last season of MST3K and the return spawned more than their share of awful movies. While we don’t want them to waste time on Asylum direct-to-DVD mockbusters or SyFy shlock, there are certainly some theatrical offerings that could be improved with snarky commentary. One that we’d love to see is the 2007 Lindsay Lohan vehicle I Know Who Killed Me, which was a critical and commercial bomb. Li-Lo is an easy target, but the best thing about this movie is that you can snark all over it without touching on her real life at all. Missing legs, awful symbolism and one of the least arousing love scenes ever makes this an excellent choice.Battlefield EarthIt’s practically a given right now that the worst film of the 2000s, a bloated science fiction mess produced with millions of dollars of Scientology money, would be a gold mine for MST3K. Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s novel this John Travolta vehicle is wildly ridiculous. The alien Psychlos have ruled Earth for a thousand years, but when our hero Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (and is that ever a mockable name) rises up against the yoke of their rule, it kicks off one of the most absurd conflicts ever filmed. The Psychlos are ridiculously weird, with an obsession with gold which makes no sense in a post-apocalypse economy, and the final strike back against their planet is both overwhelming and anticlimactic.Miami ConnectionOne of the best things about the modern world is the rediscovery of classic cult films that vanished after release, like Y.K. Kim’s brilliantly goofy Miami Connection. The 1988 feature combines everything MST3K loves – inept martial arts, horrible pop bands, and ninjas. Kim, a first-time director, mortgaged his tae kwon do school and spent all of his savings to produce this movie. It shows – it’s a labor of love in the weirdest way, full of amateur mistakes and bizarre dialogue. But at the heart of Miami Connection is a real sense of sweetness and family. It’d be great to see Jonah and the bots try and contend with it.Fateful FindingsThe movies of Neil Breen seem like they were made specifically for the act of MSTing. Bizarre, confusing, packed with circular dialogue, unconvincing effects and even less convincing love scenes. The leathery, liver-spotted Breen plays “vigilante hacker” Dylan, who stumbles upon “the most secret government and corporate secrets.” What those secrets are never really explained, because we’re too busy watching Dylan get seduced by his neighbor’s teenage stepdaughter and throw laptops around out of frustration. Oh, and did we mention he has unbelievable psychic powers and his therapist is a ghost? This is a legendarily bad movie by any standards, so get it up to the Satellite of Love. GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs last_img read more

Hypertension Week events come to Provo today

first_img Related Items:hypertension week, smart grocery store TCIG Recognizes World Hypertension Day With Scheduled Events Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – Providenciales will today see the Ministry of Health and Human Services set up at Smart Grocery Store down town as it continues activities in commemoration of Hypertension Week. Free testings and advice on lifestyle choices and changes will be available from 10am to 2pm at no charge to the general public. Hypertension Week activities begin in North & Middle Caicos Tuesdaylast_img

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first_imgFor new and beginning farmers – who may have not filled out a Census before – this is your first opportunity to be counted and make your voices heard.Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through June 30 here. The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.For more information about the census, please click here, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540.last_img read more

Cellphone video catches man hanging from upright bridge in Downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man who had been sleeping on a drawbridge in Downtown Miami found himself clinging for his life after it opened for a passing boat.Cellphone video captured the man as he held onto the side of the South Miami Avenue bridge as it went up over the Miami River, early Tuesday morning.Witness Khadijah Andrews said the man had fallen asleep on the bridge, and that’s when it started to rise up for the boat underneath.“By the time I hit Brickell City Centre, I could start hearing the bells, so I turned around and something made me think of the guy,” said Andrews. “I was like, ‘Did he get off? Where is he?’ And I realized I never saw him get up and walk away.”Andrews said the man had woken up after sliding down and grabbed the side of the bridge, holding on for dear life.She said she started to yell at the bridge tender, who apparently did not see the man.“We were screaming. We were saying a few choice words,” said Andrews. “We were just trying to do everything to get his attention. Our hands were up in the air, but he just did not see us.” For Andrews, this wasn’t her first close call on the downtown bridges.“So, I was running, and I guess the guy didn’t see me,” said Andrews. “I got stuck on the bridge and I ended up having to sprint and run over the arm guard.”Fortunately for Andrews, she was able to walk away safely, as did the man in this case.The subject eventually ended up riding the bridge back down to safety and walked away.The man did not appear to have any injuries.“It is completely terrifying. You think you are about to watch a man lose his life,” said Andrews. “You have no way to help. It’s just terrifying. I never want to see that again.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office’s Housing Coordinator Laurie Stanton will be holding office hours on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 2pm to 4:30pm, in Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Stanton will assist residents with their affordable housing questions.The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus.If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced. Laurie can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On October 2In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On April 25In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents On December 5 & December 19 At Town HallIn “Government”last_img read more

UAF highlights success of Sikuliaq research vessel

first_imgSikuliaq floats in the Menominee River just after launch. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)The University of Alaska Fairbanks operated research vessel Sikuliaq is proving to be a good investment. That was a key message from UAF college of fisheries and ocean sciences dean Bradly Moran during a Sikuliaq update for UA regents last week.Listen now“The state of Alaska provide a half-million dollars a year as an investment that turns back roughly $12 million in revenue,” Moran said.UAF operates the Sikuliaq for the National Science Foundation, which funds research projects, and Moran says much of the NSF-funded work is conducted by UA researchers.“And in FY18, believe it or not, 74 percent of the time at sea doing science, it was someone from the university on that vessel,” Moran said. “That’s an amazing statistic. We were shooting for 20 percent in our strategic plan.”Moran says that will help the university when it has to compete to retain the NSF operation contract in 2023. Moran also highlighted the recent purchase of a large trawl net that will enable the Sikuliaq to conduct fisheries research.“It’s a very large contraption, takes a lot of people to use,” Moran said. So we’ll see how this goes, but I do believe that this investment of $250,000 will open up some new finding opportunities that we don’t actually have on the ship right now.”Moran says the trawl which has under ice fishing capability was purchased with funds left over from the sale of the NSF previous research vessel, the Alpha Helix. Moran says the university is also investing in up to 5 new faculty, who will work aboard the Sikuliaq.”This is important because we want to ensure faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and across the state use this vessel,” Moran said.Noting challenges facing the Sikuliaq program, Moran listed the need for a new 10 to 12 million dollar pier facility at Seward, but said he does not believe that re-securing the NSF operating contract in 2023 is contingent on building a new pier.last_img read more

White House again hit with staff upheavals

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after an event with reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US on 10 October. Photo: ReutersAnother round of upheaval engulfed president Donald Trump’s White House on Tuesday, with the future of several senior aides in doubt just a week after U.S. congressional elections.Three Trump cabinet members – chief of staff John Kelly, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and interior secretary Ryan Zinke – could soon be gone, said sources familiar with internal discussions in the Republican administration.Turnover among White House personnel paused during the run-up to last week’s elections after senior Republicans asked Trump to refrain from firing staff, hoping to minimize perceptions of disorder.Attorney general Jeff Sessions was forced out by Trump last week just hours after the results came in from the 6 November elections, which handed majority control of the House of Representatives to Democrats.Trump’s first 22 months in office have seen frequent shakeups. A study this year by the Brookings Institution, a think tank, found Trump’s White House has had the highest turnover of senior-level staff of the past five presidents.In an unusual move, sources said, Trump was also ready to dismiss Mira Ricardel, deputy national security advisor, at the request of his wife, Melania Trump, after a clash between the two over the first lady’s recent trip to Africa.Melania Trump’s office acknowledged the acrimony.Trump was expected to remove Nielsen, a source close to the White House said. Nielsen took the job after Trump made Kelly his chief of staff. But now the president is considering getting rid of both them, the source said.Zinke has been under investigation for several ethics controversies including travel and a business deal in his home state of Montana, casting doubt on how long he would remain at the helm of the agency.A final decision on his future could be postponed beyond this week. He is scheduled to travel to California on Wednesday and Thursday to visit communities hit by deadly wildfires, the Interior Department said on Tuesday.Trump last week said Zinke was doing an “excellent job” but left open the possibility of replacing him. “We’re looking at that, and I do want to study whatever is being said,” Trump told reporters last week.Adding to the sense of upheaval at the White House, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was planning to file more indictments in his 18-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, sources said.last_img read more