Suzuki Forced Out of China as Buyers Continue to Favor SUVs

first_imgSuzuki Motor, the Japanese manufacturer known for its minicars, exited China as consumers in the world’s biggest auto market shifted purchases to larger sedans and sport utility vehicles.Suzuki agreed to transfer its 50 percent stake in Changan Suzuki — its last remaining Chinese venture — to Chongqing Changan Automobile as soon as legal proceedings are completed, according to a statement Tuesday. Changan will continue to make and sell Suzuki-branded cars in China under a license.The retreat from China after a quarter of a century follows an exit from the U.S. car market in 2012 after three decades there. The maker of the Swift and Wagon R continues to be a dominant force in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing major car markets, with its local entity Maruti Suzuki selling about one of every two cars in the country of 1.2 billion people.“Approximately 25 years ago, we launched the Alto in China, and since then we have made efforts in cultivating the Chinese market,” Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki said in the statement. “However, due partly to shifting of Chinese market to larger vehicles, we have decided to transfer all equity to Changan Automobile.”The market share of economic small cars in China plunged to 6.7 percent in 2017 from 35 percent in 2003, with Suzuki falling along with the trend, said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association. A rapid increase in Chinese families’ purchasing power in the past decade has shifted demand toward larger and more spacious vehicles.Sales at the Suzuki Changan joint venture declined 27 percent last year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence data. Even the introduction of the Vitara and S-Cross sport utility vehicles have done little to help. By contrast, Honda Motor Co.’s sales in China climbed 16 percent last year.For India, its biggest market, Suzuki has ambitious plans. It aims to boost sales to 5 million vehicles annually by 2030, almost doubling its lineup to 30 models in the process, President Toshihiro Suzuki said in June.Changan said in a statement that it will fully support Changan Suzuki’s continuing operation, and that will keep selling Suzuki-branded cars and providing related services. Suzuki dissolved its other Chinese venture, a 23-year-long partnership with Jiangxi Changhe Automobile Co., in June.–With assistance from Bloomberg’s Tian Ying.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Plus pick: Tripura

first_imgStayForest Lodge, SepahijalaLiving amidst the tranquil surrounds of Sepahijala, which is a sort of large natural park (though don’t confuse it with a wildlife park) will make up for the humble abode that is the forest lodge. This is no luxury resort, yes, but what this lodge will offer you, instead, is a window to a world far removed from daily life, a world of scenic vistas and lush greenery that will heal the most jaded soul. There aren’t many animals to spot at Sepahijala but you can see the state animal, Phary’s leaf monkey, or chasma bandor, as it’s locally called, because of the rings it sports around the eyes (resembling a pair of spectacles). This 18,532 sq km stretch of serene, uninterrupted green, is home to many more endangered and endemic plant and animal species–keep a look out for agar (the state tree), nageshwar (state flower), and dukul (or the green imperial pigeon, the state bird). With more than 150 species of residential and migratory birds, such as whistling teal, white ibis, and open billed stork, this is a perfect excursion from Agartala for nature lovers.30 km from Agartala; contact Chief Wildlife WardenTel: (0381) 232 6874EatMatri Bhandar, MelgharFor meat of the sweet variety head to this outlet, something of an institution with locals. Specialise in milk desserts–try Channar payesh, langcha and the local rasmalai. Melaghar is about 55 km from AgartalaPicklesFrom bamboo shoot to chilli, you can get pickles of all types in the local bazaars of Agartala. Little colourful bottles of these pickles will make for ideal gifts for friends and family back home. Shankar, Agartala For those interested in Bengali food over the local tribal fare, this is perhaps the best option. Here you will get Bengali fare with a Tripuri twist. It would be criminal to return without trying kala paturi, a fish delicacy prepared by marinating fresh fish in mustard and wrapping it in banana leaves before it is steamed to perfection. Located on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose RoadShopTribal ArtefactsIf your soul is truly into shopping then the best option for you is to try and visit some tribal villages where not only can you pick up table mats, lamp shades, fruit baskets and trays made of fine cane and bamboo, you can also watch local people turn strips of raw material into beautiful products that will light up your living space. Request Tripura Tourism for a visit; contact Tourist Information Office, Agartala.Tel: (0381) 222 5930/3893Akhaura Road, AgartalaLining this road located in the centre of Agartala town are rows and rows of shops where, if you browse leisurely and patiently, you will get some great locally made handicrafts. Pick up a side table or an intricately carved wooden screen; or roll up a colourful silk table mat or two. Arm yourself with patience and a shopaholic’s spirit!SeeNeermahal PalaceRomance takes on a new meaning at Neermahal, as your boat progresses slowly towards the twinkling lights of the palace at night. This floating castle, Raja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur’s dream, on the Rudrasagar lake is eastern India’s only lake palace. Built in 1930, the summer resort of the Maharaja presents a mix of Hindu and Mughal architecture, and showcases royal grandeur. 55 km from AgartalaKunjaban GardensA pleasant distraction in otherwise urban Agartala, Kunjaban Gardens is on the grounds of Pushbanta Palace, which Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya built as a personal retreat in the early 1900s. It is believed that upon his invitation, Rabindranath Tagore stayed in the eastern wing of this palace during his visit to Tripura in 1926. The palace is the Governor’s residence now, but the southern wing is open for visitors.advertisementlast_img read more

8 officials in Rajouri suspended for being absent from duty

first_imgJammu, Aug 23 (PTI) Eight government officials, including a Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), were today suspended after they were found absent from duty during an inspection in Jammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district, an official spokesman said.The officials were found absent from their offices during a surprise inspection of zonal education office and district office of youth services and sports in Rajouri, he said.The inspection was conducted by a team headed by Additional District Development Commissioner Rajouri A S Chib.”Taking serious note of unauthorized absence of the officials from their duties, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ordered the suspension of the employees and also ordered an inquiry,” the spokesman said.The salaries of the absentees have also been withheld. PTI TAS AB CHT CHTlast_img read more

Mushfiqur Rahim stars as Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2018 opener

first_imgBangladesh put on a dominating show against Sri Lanka to beat them by 137 runs in the opening match of Asia Cup 2018 on Saturday in Dubai.Electing to bat first, Bangladesh were off to a shaky start but Mushfiqur Rahim’s career-best score of 144 runs helped them post 261 from 49.3 overs.In their reply, Sri Lanka were never in the game as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually dismissed for 124 in the 36th over.Sri Lanka’s start to the chase was disastrous and that is what cost them. Kusal Mendis misread the pace of a Mustafizur Rahman delivery in the second over and played across the line, only to be hit on the pads and get adjudged lbw.Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: HighlightsIn the following over Mashrafe Mortaza got rid of the other opener in Upul Tharanga with a peach of a deliver that pitched on off-stump and moved in to knock Tharanga’s stumps over. Bangladesh will next play Afghanistan in their second Group B fixture (AP Photo)Mortaza then got rid of Dhananjaya de Silva in his next over to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 32/3 in the fifth over.The Lankans continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. When Mehidy Hasan got rid of Thisara Perera to reduce the former World Cup champions to 69/7 in the 19th over, the match was as good as over.Earlier, veteran pacer Lasith Malinga enjoyed a wonderful return to international action with figures of 4/23.Bangladesh end their innings on 261!@mushfiqur15 finishes a remarkable knock on a career-best 144, Malinga leading the way for @OfficialSLC taking 4/23 from his 10 overs.Follow #BANvSL live (@ICC) September 15, 2018The 35-year-old, who was missing in action for around a year due to fitness issues, started with a bang when he sent back Liton Das and the experienced Shakib Al Hasan off consecutive balls in the opening over.But Mushfiqur and Mithun put on a partnership of 133 runs in 24.3 overs to give a solid foundation to the Bangladesh innings.Mithun scored 63 runs off 68 balls before becoming Malinga’s third victim in the 26th over.Mushfiqur continued to battle on before Thisara Perera dismissed him in the 50th over to bring the Bangladesh innings to an end.Brief scores:Bangladesh: 261 in 49.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 144, Mohammad Mithun 63; Lasith Malinga 4/23) vs Sri Lanka: 124 in 35.2 over (Mustafizur Rahman 2/20, Mehidy Hasan 2/21, Mashrafe Mortaza 2/25).(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Wisdom Marine in Ship Acquisition Mode

first_imgzoom Taipei-based shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines informed that its board of directors has approved the purchase of one 63,700 dwt bulk carrier. As informed, the ship will be bought from Chijing Shipping.Wisdom Marine said it will pay USD 26.5 million in installments until the delivery of the bulker.The purpose of the acquisition for Wisdom Marine is to better manage its fleet portfolio.Separately, the company said that its board of directors has also approved a capital injection into Wisdom Marine. The capital injection is subject to the issuance of new shares.A total of 25,828 common shares are to be issued at a price of USD 1,000.The company added that the proceeds from the offering, totaling USD 25.8 million, will be used for cash capital increase. The reason for the offering is the acquisition of new vessels, as explained by the company.What is more, Wisdom Marine announced the extension of Adixi Wisdom’s monetary loans intended for purchasing newbuilding vessels. Namely, the company has increased the loan amount of USD 5.5 million and extended the period of the original amount of USD 12 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Vikramaditya Motwane recounts his throwback fanboy moment

first_imgMumbai: Vikramaditya Motwane had a fanboy moment at actor Abhishek Bachchan’s eighth birthday party, when he met megastar Amitabh Bachchan. He said it made his life. A user on social media on Twitter had asked about the most memorable celebrity encounter. To which, Motwane replied: “I was 8, briefly in the same school as Abhishek Bachchan, and was lucky enough to get invited to his birthday party. “Spent the whole evening looking for HIM. HE came to the party late, straight from shoot, probably ‘Mard’. I remember his boots. He nodded at me. Made my life.” Motwane made directorial debut in 2010 with “Udaan”, which was selected to compete in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. His second film was “Lootera”. He then worked in films like “Trapped” and “Bhavesh Joshi”. He currently awaits the premier of “Sacred Games 2” which will premiere on August 15.last_img read more


first_imgKelleth wore the iconic blue gown that she sported on the red carpet on Sunday and offered up bottles of H20 for BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington and musician Alec Benjamin in their dressing rooms.Honestly, give this legend an award. READ MOREFIJI WATER GIRL HELPS EARN COMPANY OVER $12 MILLION IN AD IMPRESSIONS AT THE GOLDEN GLOBESThe biggest winner of the night at the Golden Globe Awards may have been Fiji Water.Thanks to the unexpected virality of a model hired to hold bottles of Fiji Water on the red carpet, the water company notched a Golden Globes record for earned impressions, according to marketing analytics firm Apex Marketing Group. To create the same level of buzz through traditional advertising, Apex says Fiji would have had to spend more than $12 million on advertising.“Since this went viral it took the [brand] exposure to a new level not seen in prior Golden Globes,” Apex Marketing Group President Eric Smallwood told Yahoo Finance. “Every table had Fiji, Lindt chocolates and Moët strategically placed during the broadcast, but this was done in prior years as well.” READ MOREFIJI WATER GIRL — TORONTO’S KELLETH CUTHBERT — MARVELS AT GOING VIRAL AND ENJOYS THE RIDEAfter being caught in the background of several celebrity photos on the Golden Globes red carpet, Fiji Water Girl — alias Toronto’s own Kelleth Cuthbert — says she’s stunned to be the first viral sensation of 2019.People watching the pre-awards coverage exploded on Twitter at her knowing looks and what looked like expert photo-bombing. It wasn’t long before the internet exposed #FijiWaterGirl as Cuthbert, a Canadian model/actress who moved to L.A. three years ago with her photographer husband. In her early 30s, Cuthbert says this wasn’t planned in any way — she has worked as a Fiji Water ambassador before and didn’t expect anything like this to happen. READ MORETHANKS TO A CAMERA SAVVY MODEL, FIJI WATER BECAME THE BRAND STAR OF THE GOLDEN GLOBES#FijiWaterGirl gained tens of millions of social media impressionsA star was born at the Golden Globes—but it wasn’t Lady Gaga. Instead, it was Kelleth Cuthbert, a model who spent the Golden Globes red carpet portion of the evening holding a tray of Fiji Water bottles.Given Cuthbert’s prime position on the carpet, just behind the parade of stars posing for photos, she was able to appear in the background of said photos. But it wasn’t just her carpet placement that led to Cuthbert becoming the unexpected star of the show: She also appeared to be posing for photos herself, staring directly into the camera while situated behind stars like Richard Madden and Jamie Lee Curtis. READ MOREFIJI WATER GIRL BECOMES A VIRAL SENSATION AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES: ‘I DO LOVE A GOOD MEME’The PR stunt of the night goes to…We’re so glad everyone is talking about our water! *senses ominous presence* She’s right behind us, isn’t she? #FIJIwatergirl— FIJI Water (@FIJIWater) January 7, 2019The stars were out for Sunday night’s Golden Globes but the person who made the biggest splash was an unknown woman holding a tray of bottled water.Dubbed the “Fiji Water Girl” by fans online, the young model, wearing a dazzling blue gown, kept popping up in the background of red carpet photos, often staring directly into the camera.The woman, later identified as model Kelleth Cuthbert, could be seen holding bottles of Fiji-branded water and giving sultry looks over the shoulders of stars, including Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. READ MORE GOLDEN GLOBES FIJI WATER GIRL KELLETH CUTHBERT PHOTOBOMBS THE HELL OUT OF LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN GUESTSGolden Globes’ Fiji Water girl Kelleth Cuthbert hasn’t put an end to her photobombing just yet.The Los Angeles based model, who revealed that she’s ‘ready for fame,’ made a hilarious appearance the Late Late Show with James Corden’s last night and did what she does best – stand with a tray of water and steal all the limelight. Twitter #FijiWaterGirl It’s a shame they had some awards ceremony interrupting the Fiji Water Girl show!— Seán MacDonnchadha (@sean3377) January 7, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: FIJI WATER GIRL WOULD BE A GREAT MEME IF BOTTLED WATER WERE SOMETHING TO CELEBRATEWe should probably let this meme die and drink more tap water.For many social media users, the highlight of the 2019 Golden Globes was the woman dubbed “Fiji Girl” on Twitter, for drawing attention while handing out Fiji brand bottled water on the red carpet.At Sunday’s Golden Globes, Fiji Water seems to have hired model Kelleth Cuthbert — identified later through Instagram sleuthing — to distribute its product on the red carpet. When asked by a friend if she knew the photos of her were going viral, she replied, “It’s calculated.” Indeed, the viral photos of her were taken by a professional working for Fiji Water. Wearing a glamorous blue dress, Cuthbert stood directly behind celebrities, bearing a tray of bottled water and often staring cannily into the camera. Fiji Water has not responded to a request from Vox for comment. READ MOREAND THE GOLDEN GLOBE FOR MOST OBVIOUS PR STUNT GOES TO FIJI WATER GIRLGlenn Close may have snagged the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama movie and Christian Bale won for best actor in a comedy.But when it came to stealing the show, it was all about a mysterious brunette who you have almost certainly never heard of.Wearing a deep blue evening dress, the initially unidentified woman managed to make herself known to the paparazzi at Sunday’s award ceremony by photobombing almost every red carpet shot — appearing behind just about everyone from Nicole Kidman and Jamie Lee Curtis to Idris Elba and Richard Madden. READ MORE‘FIJI WATER GIRL’ KELLETH CUTHBERT TELLS US: ‘THIS IS SOMETHING I WOULD GO VIRAL FOR’At this year’s Golden Globes, the biggest story wasn’t who was snubbed or which celebrities were dressed the best. (Although we do have thoughts on that.) No, the night was all about Kelleth Cuthbert, the 30-something woman caught photobombing several celebrities on the red carpet while holding a tray of Fiji Water. If you’ve looked at any red-carpet photos from the 2019 Golden Globes, you’ve definitely seen her:Dubbed “Fiji Water Girl,” the memes quickly came flooding in about the mysterious woman with the excellent photobombing skills. “If Bradley Cooper doesn’t bring the Fiji girl out onstage to perform ‘Shallow’ with him, I’m turning this show off,” one new fan wrote on Twitter. “FYI: I have already written 200 pages of the Fiji Water girl’s inner monologue tonight,” said another. A star truly was born. READ MOREGOLDEN GLOBES ‘FIJI WATER GIRL’ REVEALED: MEET THE MODEL WHO STOLE THE SPOTLIGHTKelleth Cuthbert was identified as the brunette in the blue dress who sent Twitter into a frenzy as she photobombed every celebrity on the red carpetWhile a purple-haired Lady Gaga wowed in a huge Valentino gown and Richard Madden led the British talent with a best actor gong, it was an unsuspecting extra who stole the spotlight at the Golden Globes.‘Fiji Water Girl’ became a social media sensation with her expert photobombing at the glittering Hollywood bash.The brunette model in a royal blue dress sent Twitter into a frenzy as she strategically positioned herself in every red carpet photograph.Viewers couldn’t get enough of her wry smile or sultry stare for the cameraman. READ MORE‘FIJI WATER GIRL’ PLAYS BEST SUPPORTING ROLE IN GOLDEN GLOBESWorker armed with a tray of refreshment and unerring sense of where the camera is steals the showThe Golden Globes red carpet featured its share of scene-stealers: Lady Gaga in a dress with a train several metres long , Timothee Chalamet in a sequin holster, Melissa McCarthy dressed like a gorgeous, purple wizard, and Billy Porter in an embellished silk cape with a hot pink lining.But all of them were arguably outshone by the consistent appearance of a woman in a violet dress handing out bottles of Fiji water.The “Fiji Water Girl” meme quickly caught the eye of viewers following the awards ceremony, as she appeared in the background of a variety of celebrity shots, photobombing Nicole Kidman, Dakota Fanning, Jim Carrey, Richard Madden, Emmy Rossum, Idris Elba and Judy Greer, among others.She was immediately noticed on Twitter, where some people called for her to be given the award for best supporting role. READ MOREFIJI WATER GIRL STEALS THE SHOW AT THE 2019 GOLDEN GLOBESWhile everyone was waiting to see who wore what on the red carpet and which stars won at the 2019 Golden Globes, Fiji Water Girl, Kelleth Cuthbert, stole the show with her photobombing skills. READ MOREKELLETH CUTHBERT ON SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM: #FIJIWATERGIRL  Advertisementlast_img read more

Ministry of Crab among Asias 50 Best Restaurants

Curated by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 and takes in six voting regions: India & Subcontinent; South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China & Korea; Japan. The list is voted on by the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. Speaking a few words on this momentous occasion, renowned chef-restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa said, “We are honoured to be listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the 5th consecutive year. This is only possible because of the dedication and perseverance of my team. This is not only a win for Ministry of Crab but also for our country!” The ‘Ministry of Crab’ has been included among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants at an awards ceremony held in Macau today.Taking Sri Lanka to international heights, Ministry of Crab has once again made its way to ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List for the 5th consecutive year. Sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the award ceremony took place on 26th of March 2019 at the Wynn Palace in Macau, where Ministry of Crab ranked No.35. Alongside the main countdown, several individual award categories were recognized, including individual country awards for which Ministry of Crab received the S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka.Co-owner Mahela Jayawardena stated, “We are proud to be recognized by this prestigious list and we are excited to be able to share the Ministry of Crab experience across the world.” The most anticipated award ceremony in the culinary world is attended by the region’s celebrated chefs, renowned restaurateurs, industry VIPs and international media for a series of events including the #50BestTalks leading up to the gala awards.Sharing his thoughts on the win, co-owner Kumar Sangakkara said, “We are extremely happy that Ministry of Crab has been able to surpass some of the best restaurants in Asia to rank on this reputed list and place Sri Lanka on the global culinary map.” read more

World Health Organization warns that excess sun exposure could imperil children

According to a new WHO fact sheet, there is growing concern that UV radiation can hamper the immune system, raising the risk of infection and possibly limiting the efficacy of immunization against disease. “Both of these act against the health of poor and vulnerable groups, especially children of the developing world, as many developing countries are located close to the equator and hence exposed to very high levels of UV radiation,” WHO said. Pointing to the special vulnerability of children, WHO noted that their skin is thinner, more sensitive and more likely to burn. Frequent sun exposure and sunburn in childhood sets the stage for high rates of melanoma later in life. In response, the agency recommended a number of measures to protect young people from harmful UV rays, including keeping infants in the shade and making sure children use sunscreen. “Shade, clothing and hats provide the best protection for children – applying sunscreen becomes necessary on those parts of the body that remain exposed like the face and hands,” WHO said. The agency has promoted global sun protection for children through a number of projects, including INTERSUN, a project which encourages research, assesses risks, and produces guidelines and recommendations on the issue. Working with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), WHO has also developed the “UV Index” as part of an international push to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure. A measure of the intensity of UV rays, the Index is presented as part of the weather forecast in many countries. read more

NCAA Ohio State compliance launch separate investigation of Terrelle Pryor

Following the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, The Columbus Dispatch reported that quarterback Terrelle Pryor — already facing a five-game suspension — is being investigated by the NCAA for receiving discounts on cars and other improper benefits. The report said the NCAA and OSU’s compliance department are conducting a separate investigation of Pryor involving allegations that he received discounts on cars and questioning his relationship with Ted Sarniak, a 67-year-old business man from Pryor’s hometown of Jeanette, Pa., who has been described as Pryor’s mentor. Pryor has been connected with more than six vehicles since he arrived at OSU in 2008, according to the report. Pryor has been stopped three times while driving cars owned by car salesman Aaron Kniffin or a Columbus used-car dealership where Kniffin worked. Kniffin told The Dispatch that he allowed Pryor to drive a car to Jeanette to show his mother. He said Pryor did not purchase the vehicle. OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said he could not comment on the investigation of Pryor. “The university continues to work with the NCAA as they investigate matters involving our football program, and we will continue to do so until the conclusion of the investigation,” Lynch said. “We are unable to comment on specific players’ situations because of federal law.” Pryor, along with teammates Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams, was suspended for the first five games of the 2011–12 regular season for receiving improper benefits, but was allowed to participate in OSU’s 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. It later was revealed that Tressel knew about the infractions and failed to report them. Tressel resigned Monday. A Sports Illustrated report published Monday night said Pryor personally brought in more than 20 items, including helmets, Nike cleats and game pants, to Fine Line Ink, a Columbus tattoo parlor. In 2008, Pryor was investigated for the ownership of a vehicle before he arrived on campus for his freshman year. He later won the starting quarterback job from senior quarterback Todd Boeckman, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start at OSU since Art Schlichter in 1978. In 2009, Pryor raised eyebrows for his defense of Michael Vick after the NFL quarterback was accused of participating in illegal dog fighting rings. “I mean, everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever,” Pryor said. “I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick, and I always will.” Pryor won the Rose Bowl MVP in 2010 and passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes defeated Oregon, 26-17. read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes end season with road win at No

The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after the NCAA championships on April 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team ended their last meet of the season with a victory at No. 4 Illinois on Friday, 417.350-415.250. The Buckeyes now turn to the postseason for Big Ten and NCAA championships.“I’m very proud of how our team fought (Friday),” coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Now that the regular season is over, it’s time to get ready for a successful postseason run.”Illinois freshman Sebastian Quiana set the stage for his team on the floor and posted a career-best score of 14.950, his second title this year. Sophomore Alex Diab added a 14.800, leading the Illini to a 70.700 on floor.The Buckeyes received event titles from redshirt junior Sean Melton (parallel bars and rings), sophomore Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and redshirt senior Jake Martin (all-around). Melton’s title on rings, with a tally of 15.200, was the best of his season and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA this season. Melton closed out with gold on the parallel bars with a readout of 14.600.For the second meet in a row and third time this season, Yoder registered a pommel horse routine of greater than 15 points. He received the event title with tally of 15.100 points and now has four pommel horse titles this season.OSU earned a season-high score of 71.700 on the vault with performances from Seth Delbridge (14.600), Yoder (14.550), Melton (14.500), Martin (14.300) and sophomore Joey Bonanno (13.750). Martin received an event title in the all-around with an overall score of 80.900.Additionally, on Friday, team captain Martin was named a finalist for the 2017 Nissen-Emery Award — an award presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast by the College Gymnastics Association.“It’s a really big honor to be named one of the finalist,” Martin said. “The list has included some of the all-time NCAA greats, including the ones from Ohio State such as Blaine Wilson, Kip Simons and Jamie Natalie, so to be put on this list is a really big honor.”Martin has had a successful career in the gym and classroom. He is set to graduate with dual degrees in international studies and political science in May. He is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2014 CGA All-America Scholar Athlete.Despite suffering two injuries, Martin has excelled throughout his career. As a sophomore in 2014, Martin was the Big Ten champion on the vault and was selected to the first-team All-Big Ten. He also achieved two All-American performances in the all-around and vault at the NCAA championships.“It’s been pretty difficult to return from my injuries, but in the long run I feel like it’s made me stronger,” Martin added. “I feel like I’m in a good spot and I’m a lot further along than some people expected, and that makes me excited for the rest of the season.”The winner will be announced on April 20 in West Point, New York, before the NCAA championships begin.Up next, Ohio State will travel back to Champaign, Illinois, for the Big Ten championships from April 7 to 8. read more

Allparty talks could see Stormont up and running by midJuly says Coveney

first_imgAll-party talks could see Stormont up and running by mid-July, says Coveney The talks are to begin following the Northern Ireland local elections. 72 Comments Image: Niall Carson By Conor McCrave Speaking to reporters in Belfast this afternoon, Coveney said the talks would include all of the parties in the north and not just the DUP and Sinn Féin.He said previous talks, dominated by the two biggest parties was a “frustrating process the last time” and that the Ulster Unionionist party, the SDLP and the Alliance would be central to the new round of talks.Coveney did not speculate on a specific time frame for a deal to be made, but suggested Stormont could be back up and running “well in advance of mid-July”.Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley reiterated the Tánaiste’s comments.“I think this will be much more inclusive, it will include all parties in the discussion and I think that’s important if we want all parties to be part of an executive,” she said.“Today is the day we want to get started – there is an urgency about this.“An Tánaiste said earlier there is always an excuse, always not the right time… We need to get on with it.“The people of Northern Ireland have been absolutely clear they want the politicians to come together.“If there is any message that the politicians have heard this week it has to be that.”A joint-statement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “In coming together with other political leaders in St Anne’s Cathedral to pay tribute to Lyra McKee, we gave expression to the clear will and determination of all of the people of these islands to reject violence and to support peace and a better future for everyone in Northern Ireland.“We also heard the unmistakable message to all political leaders that people across Northern Ireland want to see a new momentum for political progress.  We agree that what is now needed is actions and not just words from all of us who are in positions of leadership.”On Wednesday, leaders from across the political divide, including DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin leader MaryLou McDonald, sat side-by-side at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, at the funeral of Lyra McKee.The 29-year-old journalist was killed during riots involving dissident republicans in Creggan, Co Derry the week before. “We have agreed to establish a new process of political talks, involving all the main political parties in Northern Ireland, together with the UK and Irish Governments, in accordance with the three stranded process,” the statement said. “In addition, we have agreed that there should be a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference during the same period. The Conference will consider East/West relations, security cooperation, and political stability in Northern Ireland.”Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald repeated previous comments that “credible and sustainable institutions based on equality, respect and genuine partnership government” were central to the talks. “These talks will be a test of whether the British government and the DUP are finally willing to resolve the issues of equality, rights and integrity in government, which caused the collapse of the power-sharing institutions two years ago,” she said. DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party “would not be found wanting in any talks process” but that the assembly should be restored first of all, and talks to run “parallel” to this. “Our preference would be for the Assembly to be restored and have the talks process in parallel,” she said. “Talks should respect the three stranded approach and be focused on delivering a fair and balanced deal that both unionists and nationalists can support.“Anyone who thinks agreement can be reached through a one-sided wish-list being implemented is not routed in reality,” she added.  Share Tweet Email1 POLITICAL LEADERS IN Northern Ireland have agreed to commence fresh talks in a bid to restore power-sharing in Stormont. Karen Bradley, Northern Ireland’s secretary of state, and Tánaiste Simon Coveney met in Belfast this afternoon to set out an approach. Talks are set to commence following the local elections in Northern Ireland next week.  Apr 26th 2019, 2:46 PM center_img Friday 26 Apr 2019, 4:40 PM Image: Niall Carson Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,664 Views Short URLlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THE POWER OF GLOVE 2018

first_img Is The Power of Glove g- hold on, what is this?A film review done in snappy Q&A format with an imaginary second party to accompany the more straightforward essay-format version presented in the video, same as the last several dozen of these.No, I mean this movie. What is it? I don’t think I’d heard about it.An independently-produced documentary about the history of The Power Glove, a notoriously mega-hyped, difficult-to-actually-use third-party peripheral controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was briefly popular in the late-1980s and attained a surprising longevity as a staple of ironic nerd-culture pop-ephemera in the decades since. Currently touring the North American indie film-fest circuit, viewed by me last week at IFFBoston 2018.Slow week?Nobody wants to release major “competitive” features in the immediate blast-radius of an Avengers movie.What happens to the ecosystem of your business when they stop making those?We went through this bit last week.Right, okay. So how is The Power of Glove?Entertaining and informative!Hmm… how “hardcore” are we talking here, in terms of appeal to 80s gamer/nerd nostalgia targeting?There’s an entire segment dedicated to the director of The Wizard, “Johnny Arcade” is onscreen in a Video Power clip within the first few minutes. And Jon Mikl Thor’s “We Accept The Challenge” (aka the theme song from Rock N’ Roll Nightmare) features in no less than two montages.Uh… huh. So, assuming one is NOT given to getting all choked up by the Super Mario Bros. 3 being unveiled at “Video Armageddon;” is there a reason to see this?In all honesty? Yeah, quite a few. Smuggled inside what might look ostensibly like an easy appeal to the sense-memory of Generation NES is a basic yet still fairly vital work of niche cultural-archaeology for the late-20th Century tech world, which uses the generational pop-infamy of The Power Glove as a jumping off point to explore not only it’s post-release second life. It’s also a much more interesting story of how hundreds of thousands of dollars in top-secret NASA research into gesture controls morphs into a wealthy hobbyist tool for electronic-music pioneers and high-minded early-adopter V.R. visionaries and eventually into something a Mattel executive thought could be turned into a consumer toy to interface with Nintendo games.How is all that accomplished?Interviews and sparse archival footage, for the most part. We’re talking about the people working behind the people behind the scenes of what were still niche hobbies and thoroughly non-mainstream tech at the time, which is part of what makes digging these kinds of stories up so vital. It may not be the most dynamic looking doc ever produced, but there’s a constant sense that you’re seeing people for whom maybe 6-12 months of work at their day job 20 years ago may have been a tiny by pivotal piece of the modern virtual/augmented reality. They were apart of the tech boom puzzle, and this might have been the only chance to share that story – and it get’s pretty exciting!Define “exciting.”The thing is, what everyone knows about The Power Glove is that it was a giant hit because it sounded like a great idea but then it “didn’t really work” and disappeared right away – another one-Christmas-wonder toy fad. The doc posits the reason for this was Mattel (the toy company) getting greedy about their own hype machine and rushing it to stores before they software developers had finished making the special Power Glove exclusive games that would’ve been optimized for it.Sad fate, yes. But it makes for entertaining stories like the barely-trained traveling sales crew (what we’d call a “street team” now) of pitchmen and pinup models being drafted on the fly to convince ultra-skeptical Nintendo that the not-at-all ready product really did deserve the cherished “Seal of Quality.” Mattel execs falling in love with the demo-version because they managed an instant-knockout on Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! by freak accident and the poor guy assigned to play every single NES game and figure out how to (sort of) control each one with the Power Glove.Okay, but what is this all building to when the end of the story is basically just “It failed and was a punchline for a decade but now lots of people at PAX have a kitschy cosplay accessory?Well, on the one hand it’s almost heartbreaking to see a prototype video for a PC-enabled “Power Glove 2.0” that looked like it might’ve really reshaped PC gaming and early web-browsing if it hadn’t been canceled; that’s true. But there’s a whole subsequent section about how the glove’s “failure” ends up inadvertently helping kickstart the nascent independent V.R. Homebrew scene by flooding the secondary electronics market with affordable, easily-hacked gestures-gloves that I had never seen really delved into that was fascinating. And seeing the technological-descendants of that using retooled Power Gloves as animation-control rigs, musical instruments (and, yes, fashion accessories) is… “uplifting,” maybe?You don’t think that’s pushing it?I mean… it is what it is, but it’s probably the best version thereof? I did find myself wishing that the story was told more sequentially. The doc itself jumps around a lot in time depending on who’s telling the story at the time. Though I imagine that’s unavoidable given that the Power Glove itself needs to remain at the center of things but the Power Glove “moment” was maybe a six month period in the middle of what turns out to be a story spanning several decades.Look, I’m as sick as anybody of unexamined, uncritical “Hey, remember _____? Wasn’t that the best??” nostalgia-appeal getting undue extra-attention because my generation turned out to be (somehow!) even more wistful about our childhoods than our parents were. But Power of Glove does the opposite of that, using the “lure” of the Power Glove’s Nintendostalgia association to tell dozens of interesting, unique, compelling, human stories. It’s about as good as this kind of documentary gets. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Apple Potentially Opening Pilot Program For Vintage Product Repairs

first_img If you’ve hoarded your older iPhone devices and Apple products due to some sort of tech issue you couldn’t have repaired, you might want to dust them off and clean them up. They may not be as “useless” as you may have erroneously labeled them before.It looks like Apple could potentially be kicking off a “Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot” program meant to offer coverage for items that were previously considered too old for repair. This is great news if it does indeed come to fruition, especially for individuals looking to return to their favorite, trusty devices in need of fixes – Apple devices are pricey as it is, and not everyone can afford to purchase a replacement every time one fails.9to5Mac reports that the pilot program would include a selection of Apple products that are nearly obsolete in the eyes of the manufacturer, including the following:iPhone 5 (GSM/CDMA)MacBook Air (11 inch, Mid 2012)MacBook Air (13 inch, Mid 2012)iMac (21.5 inch, Mid 2011) – US and Turkey onlyiMac (27 inch, Mid 2011) – US and Turkey onlyAs of November 30, the program will expand to include these devices:iPhone 4SMacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)Then, on December 30, these devices will reportedly be added to the list:MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)Mac Pro (Mid 2012)iPhone 5 (GSM)Apple hasn’t always been the most accommodating when it comes to allowing unauthorized individuals to repair its products, and has intact rallied against right to repair laws in the U.S. But consumers have been pushing back against these practices, and perhaps Apple has realized it’s time to start expanding its repair programs to older devices, since there are still so many people left out there who haven’t upgraded or flat-out refuse to – they still want their products to work, after all.Apple hasn’t made an official announcement regarding the program yet, but here’s hoping that this program does come to fruition in the coming days, as it would certainly be a boon for budget-conscious buyers looking to use or repurpose their old tech.More on Donating 1,000 Watches to Study Eating DisordersApple’s Sexy New iPhone LineupEmojis Coming to iOS 12.1 Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

Raul de Tomas a target for Getafe

first_imgReal Madrid’s Raul de Tomas has become a reported target for Getafe as a potential replacement for Angel Rodriguez this summer, reports MarcaGetafe are braced for Rodriguez’s departure, who has been linked with moves to both Sevilla and Valencia due to a having a release clause of €6m in his current contract at the club.De Tomas have now identified by Getafe as an ideal replacement after his stunning season in the Spanish second division.The forward scored 24 goals in his season-loan spell with Rayo Vallecano and is now a reported target for clubs in La Liga following his breakthrough campaign.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Following Zinedine Zidane’s departure last week, the future of De Tomas will likely remain in doubt until a new head coach is confirmed at Real.Getafe owner Angel Torres has already informed Florentino Perez that he intends to pursue a deal for De Tomas this summer and is prepared to pay a big fee for the highly-rated 23-year-old.last_img read more

Benitez still has faith in Newcastle United

first_imgThe Spanish manager believes his team can still be saved this season, despite losing 2-1 against Chelsea and slipping into the bottom three of the Premier.After losing 2-1 against Chelsea in yesterday’s fixture of the English Premier League, Newcastle United fell into the 18th position.The Magpies have now only 4 wins, six draws, and 12 defeats so far in the 2018-2019 season.And are just 7 points ahead of the EPL’s last club Huddersfield Town.But Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still hopeful his team can be saved.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What I can see is that we have to stay calm,” he said to The Chronicle.“Next week will be massive against Cardiff but we still have to win more games than that.”“We have to do well in the rest of the season,” he explained.“I have confidence in the team and if we continue working like today we will have chances to get points against teams that will be closer to us.”last_img read more

Manchester City De Bryune cant stand losing games

first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he can’t stand losing, either on the football pitch or playing a board game at home with his family.The Citizens host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, hoping to close in on Liverpool’s seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.De Bruyne is expected to start the game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after an injury-blighted season which has seen him restricted him to just six league appearances.Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to become the first Premier League side to successfully defend the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team in 2009.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…City defeated Liverpool 2-1 in their last Premier League outing and will be hoping for another win when Wolves come visiting.De Bruyne was asked what motivates him, the Belgium international, replied, as quoted by the Independent:“Winning. I can’t stand to lose.”“Even at home, playing boards game with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them. It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”last_img read more

Christie admits to not wanting to pay Police Overtime

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nottage, #PerryChristie, #PoliceOvertime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 4th 2017 – Nassau – Former Prime Minister Perry Christie has revealed that he was at odds with the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, former Minister of National Security over the issue of overpay owed to police officers.According to Christie, Nottage believed that police officers chose to not support the PLP during the elections, because the government lacked to pay them their overtime owed. Christie also admitted that when the Supreme Court Justice Milton Evan ruled the government either pay the outstanding overtime or give officers the equivalent in time off back in 2015, Nottage had to fight him to have the officers paid. Christie was leaning towards the idea of time off for the officers but Nottage fought back saying no.Christie also revealed that Dr. Nottage had planned to announce the overtime to finally be paid to officers at the PLP rally at R.M Baily Park in April, however he fell sick while on stage.Christie also said that Nottage was always very supportive of the force and fought hard for the compensation they have now received. Dr. Nottage passed away at Cleveland Clinic in Florida last week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Police Officers finally receive Overtime.last_img read more

Old Globe brings community voices to stage

first_img Posted: June 19, 2018 Updated: 11:56 AM June 19, 2018 Old Globe brings community voices to stage Sasha Foo center_img Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Have you ever wondered what it might be like to write a play and have it produced? San Diego’s Old Globe is giving community members the change to become playwrights.On Tuesday, we joined the audience at a Skyline Hills senior center for the debut of a work by first time playwright Claudia Thompson. As a participant in the Old Globe’s Community Voices program, Thompson began writing about the life of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.Keckley was a former Virginia slave who bought her freedom from her owners, and became a dressmaker and close confidante to First Lady Mary Lincoln. The setting for the inaugural performance of the play was the George Stevens Resource Center where members were celebrating Juneteenth, a holiday that originated in Texas to mark freedom from slavery and is now observed in African-American communities around the nation.Thompson’s play about the 19th century White House dressmaker, businesswoman and philanthropist is a product of the Old Globe’s playwriting and arts engagement programs. At age 74, Thompson said she never imagined that her writing would ever make it to the stage. “It’s just extraordinary that that path was there, and I was able to walk on that path, at this time of my life,” Thompson said.Katie Harroff who teaches the community writing classes said there are many other voices waiting to be heard. “I mean Claudia is a very special woman. It takes a very special person to be passionate enough to get to this place with your writing, but the wonderful thing about these programs is we’re finding people like that all over San Diego.”Thompson’s play, “Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley” will be performed again on Sunday, June 24 at Hattox Hall at The Old Globe. Seats must be reserved for the 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. performances. Tickets are free! Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Public asked to stay away from Washington landslide

first_imgSEATTLE — Authorities on a scenic Washington state island are asking the public to stay away from a massive landslide that damaged 20 properties.Island County authorities said Friday that the area around the slide will be restricted through Easter weekend. Only official personnel and local residents with a badge will have access.Thirty-five homes were initially evacuated after Wednesday’s slide on Whidbey Island, 50 miles north of Seattle. One home was destroyed, and four homes remained under evacuation orders Thursday night.Crews have begun laying down a foot path for residents to access the homes blocked by debris that washed out a road. Authorities eventually hope to build a temporary access road, but that may take weeks.last_img read more