Happy with both good and bad reactions to The Office Rohan Sippy

first_imgMumbai: Rohan Sippy the director of the Indian remake of popular American sitcom “The Office” says he is fine with the reception the Hotstar Special has got as it only means that the show has succeeded in starting conversations. An official adaptation of the international series of the same name, the show has been directed by Sippy and Debbie Rao. The Indian version, set in Faridabad, chronicles the nine-to-five lives of the employees at Wilkins Chawla as they navigate their mundane routine that invariably gives rise to comical situations. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 13-episode sitcom, which premiered on the streaming platform last month, has been mostly panned by the critics and the fans but Sippy has a different opinion on this. “A small number – the more anglicised crowd – is critical of the show, but many more people seem to be really enjoying it. I’m sure a lot of them haven’t seen the original, just like most Americans would not have seen the UK version. Overall, I’m very happy with both kind of reactions, as it means that people are engaging with the content,” Sippy told PTI. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The director said he is happy that the Indian show has been able to capture the feel and the mood of the original. “I am happy that they stuck closely to the screenplay of the original, as it is an extremely well-written show. The reason it (American show) is such a lasting success is that it contains so many universally recognisable elements, like the romance between Jim and Pam (played by actors John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer). So adapting them was reasonably organic. “Having said that, I think there have been nice touches, the way Dwight (actor Rainn Wilson’s character) has been Indianised as TP Mishra (portrayed by actor Gopal Datt). One of my favourite characters is actually original — the peon Bhadoria. I hope his character increases as the seasons proceed.” Sippy, however, admitted that remaking the show was a risk, which he believes, was worth taking. “In all parts of life, the risk goes along with the reward. Though in this case, I think it has been a pretty safe bet as there are hundreds of episodes to draw on to keep this show going,” he added. The show is backed by Applause Entertainment.last_img read more

PM Modi releases tiger census report their population doubled since 2006

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018 and said the country has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for tigers in the world.The tiger population in the country has grown from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 in 2019, according to the report. “With around 3,000 tigers, India has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for them in the world,” Modi said as he lauded all the stakeholders involved in the country’s tiger conservation exercise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg (Russia) that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years in advance. This is the finest example of Sankalp Se Siddhi (Attainment through Resolve),” he said. He invoked two Bollywood movie titles to emphasise the need to expand and strengthen tiger conservation efforts. The story of protecting tigers that started with “Ek Tha Tiger” (there was once a tiger) and reached “Tiger Zinda Hai” (the tiger is alive) should not end there, he said, efforts towards conservation should be expanded and sped up. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe PM said that the development versus environment conservation debate will continue with both sides suggesting as if these are mutually exclusive, but it was possible to strike a healthy balance between the two. He said that while in the last five years, the focus was on to build the next-generation infrastructure in the country, there has also been an increase in the forest cover and number of protected areas. “In 2014, the number of protected areas was 692, the number rose to more than 860 in 2019. Similarly, the number of community reserves were 43 in 2014 and rose to more than 100 in 2019,” he said. He said India will build more homes for its citizens and also create quality habitats for animals at the same time. “I just want to tell the people associated with this work that the story which started with Ek Tha Tiger and reached Tiger Zinda Hai should not stop there. This will not work. The work towards tiger conservation has to be expanded and sped up,” he said.last_img read more

Immigration detention system is legal though not always applied perfectly judge

first_imgA Federal Court judge says Canada’s rules for detaining some foreigners who can’t be deported quickly are constitutional though they may not always be applied perfectly.Judge Simon Fothergill says there are mechanisms built into the law to allow detainees to challenge their detention and the conditions in which they are held, which is enough to make the system constitutional.In a decision released Tuesday, Fothergill said that if those standards are sometimes not met, “this is a problem of maladministration, not an indication that the statutory scheme is itself unconstitutional.”The constitutional challenge was filed by Alvin Brown, a Jamaican man who was detained for five years before being deported last year.The father of six and his supporters argued that foreigners who cannot be deported for various reasons are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in that they may spend years behind bars never knowing when they might be released.Brown sought to have the court declare that holding someone for more than six months before deportation is presumptively unconstitutional, and asked it to impose a “hard cap” of 18 months of pre-removal detention.But Fothergill suggested a higher court should weigh in on whether the Charter of Rights and Freedoms requires a time limit on detention for immigration purposes after which release is mandatory, and certified the issue for appeal.Brown’s lawyer, Jared Will, said he was disappointed by the court’s decision.The End Immigration Detention Network, which was a party to the case, said it was prepared to continue its legal battle.“This is just another step, we were in it for the long haul,” said the group’s lawyer, Swathi Sekhar.“In the meantime people continue to be detained indefinitely so it’s important now more than ever, now that there’s been some kind of light into what’s happening, that the public open their eyes and really put pressure on the government to make changes.”Brown came to Canada as a child more than three decades ago and was eventually stripped of his permanent residency after a series of convictions, most of them drug and weapons related.He was released from criminal custody in early 2011 but border agents detained him months later for violating release conditions.However, Jamaica refused for some time to issue travel documents and Brown remained in maximum-security detention branded a flight risk and a danger to the public. He was deported in September.last_img read more

CRA wins appeal against BC couple who alleged malicious tax evasion probe

first_imgVANCOUVER — The British Columbia Court of Appeal has set aside a $1.7-million damage award to a Vancouver Island couple who a lower court had said were ruined through the “malicious” actions of the Canada Revenue Agency.Tony and Helen Samaroo were operating a restaurant, night club and motel in Nanaimo in 2008 when they were charged with 21 counts of tax evasion for allegedly skimming $1.7 million from their businesses.They were acquitted of all charges in provincial court in 2010 in what the judge hearing the case agreed amounted to the Crown using “voodoo accounting” to support its case, and the couple then sued for malicious prosecution.A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last year that the Samaroos were the victims of an “egregious” prosecution based on an unfounded theory and suspicion about the alleged tax evasion.But in a decision released Tuesday on behalf of the three-judge panel, Justice David Harris says the trial judge was wrong to base his analysis on the idea that tax evasion can’t be proven without also proving exactly how it was done.As a result, Harris says the judge dismissed some relevant evidence as “mere hypothesis,” instead of recognizing there was a reasonable and probable cause to launch a case.Because the analysis was faulty, Harris says it’s unnecessary to look at whether the trial judge erred in his conclusion that the Crown was motivated by malice or the investigator for the Canada Revenue Agency acted for an “improper purpose.”“When the correct legal test is applied properly to the elements of the offence, with a correct onus of proof in a claim of malicious prosecution, and viewing the issue objectively, the Samaroos cannot succeed in showing that there was an absence of reasonable and probable cause to initiate and continue the prosecution,” the decision says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PM most antinational dividing nation Rahul

first_imgKannur (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”. Reacting to Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation. “Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign here in Kerala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths loosing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser here. Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of Modi and the plight of the farmers. “We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Gandhi as he was about to leave, when a few questions were hurled at him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the Prime Minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?” From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls. He is also fighting from his traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more

Morocco Sentences American Pedophile to 4 Years in Prison

Rabat – Marrakech’s Court of First Instance has sentenced an American man to four years in prison for raping  minors and married women and filming the acts in Chichaoua, near Marrakech.The criminal used a house that belonged to his cousin, an American immigrant living in the city of Chichaoua in the Marrakech-Safi region, to rape and film his victims.The American cousin who owned the house filed a complaint against the rapist in March, accusing him of occupying it without his consent. When searching the house, police found a memory card with videos of rape, Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar reported Thursday. Read Also: Tariq Ramadan Admits to ‘Sex Games’ with 2 Rape ComplainantsThe American was on the run for 15 days before he handed himself in to the police after Moroccan police issued a national arrest warrant to find him.In another widely-publicized case of edophelia, a 60-year old man attempted to rape a child in October in a public hammam (sauna) in Fez.A group of men in the hammam caught him and confronted him for trying to rape the child, filming a video to expose his actions, which soon went viral.Fez’s Court of Appeals sentenced the man to five years in prison on October 9, although the boy’s father reportedly dropped the charges. read more

Two children drown in Wattala

The police said that a 13 year old child and a 11 year old child had gone for the swim and had been dragged down by strong currents. Two children who went for a swim at sea in Wattala last evening had drowned, the police media unit said today.The police said that the body of one child had been found floating near the shore. Both children are residents of Wattala. The Navy is assisting the police to locate the other child. (Colombo Gazette) The body of the 13 year old child was later found floating near the shore while the 11 year old remained missing. read more

UN envoy condemns outbreak of violence in Libyan capital amid ongoing political

According to a press release issued by UNSMIL this afternoon, the outburst of violence in the Tripoli neighbourhood of Fashloum has already caused “many casualties and endangered the lives of civilians” with initial reports suggesting that three civilians were killed, including a young girl, since the resumption of hostilities. There have also been reports of abductions of civilians and burning of houses in the context of the fighting, UNSMIL added. In the press release, Mr. León stressed that there could be “no justification whatsoever for the clashes taking place in Tripoli, nor for the continuing armed hostilities taking place in different parts of the country,” particularly at a time when national stakeholders were gathered to reach a mediated settlement. The latest round of political talks, in fact, are currently underway in Skhirat, Morocco with parties expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the Draft Agreement on the Political Transition in Libya. The UN official renewed his call on all Libyan parties “to exert all possible efforts to bring an immediate end to the fighting in Tripoli and elsewhere, and to undertake all necessary measures to create a more conducive environment for the ongoing dialogue talks.” In addition, Mr. León urged those fighting to ensure that civilians and civilian objects were not targets of violence and called for all abducted civilians to be released immediately. read more

In phone call Ban discusses challenges to regional peace and security with

“He expressed the hope that countries of the region will take concrete steps to de-escalate current tensions,” noted a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson. “The Secretary-General acknowledged steps taken by the Government of Bahrain to improve security and the human rights situation.” According to the statement, the UN chief encouraged the Foreign Minister and the Government to take further measures to foster peaceful political dialogue amongst all Bahrainis and to fully comply with the Kingdom’s international human rights obligations, including by upholding freedom of expression, assembly and other fundamental freedoms. “Such measures will not only promote peace, security, reconciliation and prosperity in Bahrain, but will also contribute to defusing tensions in the region,” the statement added. read more

Government criticised for poor turnout at burn the bondholders debate

first_imghttp://youtu.be/6Aka1ZsW16A(Youtube/TheJournal.ie)INDEPENDENT TDS have attacked the Government parties for not being adequately represented at a debate tonight on the promissory note repayments.Several members of the Dáil Technical Group and three independent TDs tonight tabled a Dáil motion calling on the Government to ‘burn the bondholders’ or ‘at least ask’ the ECB for a writedown on some of Ireland’s sovereign debt.The Government were represented at the debate by Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd and a further three backbench Fine Gael TDs.This was criticised by Independent TD Catherine Murphy who said that “this motion was supposed to be inclusive” and expressed disappointment that at the Government’s presence.Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan who was present at the debate but didn’t speak, tweeted his annoyance at the Government for ‘evacuating the Dáil’ as the private members motion began.O’Dowd defended the Government’s representation by saying that Finance Minister Michael Noonan was involved in the committee stage of the Finance Bill and could not be present. The Minister, he said, retained a genuine interest in the debate taking place.Tonight’s motion was commended to the Dáil by Joan Collins TD who had earlier lost her High Court challenge on the legality of the Anglo promissory note deal.Joan Collins TD speaking during tonight’s debate. (Pic: Oireachtas.ie/Screengrab)Collins said upon introducing the motion that the Government have failed in their role by not “exposing the role of the Central Bank” in the negotiations that saw the Irish state taking on the debts of Irish financial institutions.The tabling of the motion has come on the back of work undertaken by several Independent TDs with the Ballyhea Says No group which has been marching every week for the past two years in protest of the Government’s position on bond repayments.Deputy Collins praised the group for their work in asking questions of the Government.The Ballyhea Says No group were also referenced by Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit who says that the Cork based marchers they “cannot believe that you won’t even ask” for a writedown of Government debt.Read: ‘It’s odious debt’: Dáil to debate ‘burning the bondholders’ tonight and tomorrow >Read: High Court dismisses TD’s challenge to Anglo promissory note deal >last_img read more

Egyptian president willing to use pardon powers for Ibrahim Halawa

first_img 34,403 Views Share604 Tweet Email1 By Daragh Brophy Updated 6.20pmENDA KENNY HAS claimed the Egyptian president has made known his “willingness” to use powers of pardon in the case of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa.The 21-year-old Dubliner’s trial was adjourned for an 18th time today.It was confirmed this afternoon that the trial, due to begin today, has been postponed until 14 February. The trial has been consistently delayed since his arrest in 2013.However, the Taoiseach told the Dáil that a cross-party delegation to Cairo last week heard of President el-Sisi’s promise. He said:“I thank the Ceann Comhairle for leading a delegation to Cairo and going to see young Ibrahim and speaking to President el-Sisi and hear him say that as soon as a verdict is given he will use his presidential pardon powers.He said the very same thing to me on two occasions. Our problem is there are more than 400 defendants in the case.“The Minister, Deputy Flanagan, and his officials have had more engagement on this particular case and young Ibrahim Halawa than any other Irish citizen I can think of.”Egyptian authorities have persisted in putting Halawa on trial with hundreds of other defendants in an action that observers say has contributed to the repeated delays in the process.In a separate statement today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan reiterated the Taoiseach’s words. He noted that some progress had been made at today’s hearing with “a number of witnesses called and questioned”.“I sincerely hope that this indicates that the trial is finally now moving forward and that there will be an early conclusion.However, he was less definitive about the president’s intentions.“In the course of an all-Party Oireachtas delegation visit to Egypt last week, President el Sisi reiterated to the delegation the message he has given the Taoiseach in respect of this case and his willingness to exercise discretion when the case has concluded…We are all united in our determination to see this young man – who has spent almost three and a half years in prison without having been convicted of any wrongdoing – back home with his family and friends in Ireland at the earliest possible time.Ireland’s ambassador to Eygpt Damien Cole and his team were in court today to observe proceedings and to report back to Flanagan.‘Three and a half years later’Labour leader Brendan Howlin, one of a group of eight Dáil members who visited the Irish citizen in prison in Egypt last week, described the latest delay as “incredibly disappointing”.Amnesty International meanwhile accused the Egyptian government of continuing to ignore its obligations “under both Egyptian and international human rights law” in relation to the case.“This young Irish citizen has now been detained for almost three and a half years,” Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland said.In this time, he has experienced unfathomable suffering. He has endured eighteen delays in his mass trial and spent 41 long months living in horrendous conditions in an Egyptian prison cell.O’Gorman said it was “long past time that the Egyptian authorities respect international human rights law and allow this young Irish citizen to return home”. Ibrahim Halawa trial delayed for eighteenth time https://t.co/8GEMrhdbyl #FreeIbrahim— Amnesty Int’l NI (@AmnestyNI) January 17, 2017 23 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Jan 17th 2017, 6:30 PM Protest  Speaking at the weekend, the 21-year-old’s sister Fatima, who was also detained after attending a protest alongside Ibrahim in August 2013, said their attendance at the event was not political. She told told Saturday with Claire Byrne that they chose to attend the it “on the spur of the moment”.In January 2011, a civilian uprising across Egypt led to the overthrowing of President Hosni Mubarak with over 800 people dying in violent clashes. Mohamed Morsi was voted into power the following year in a democratic election – but in July of 2013 he was overthrown by the Egyptian military.The Halawas were in Egypt in August 2013 and Fatima said at the weekend that they decided to attend a peaceful protest to remember the people who had been killed by Egyptian security forces at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.Omaima, Fatima, Soumaya and Ibrahim Halawa were all arrested at the protest three days after the massacre on 17 August. The sisters were later released.She acknowledged that Ibrahim spoke at the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square but said their attendance was not political or pre-planned but was about remembering those who were killed.Related: ‘It wasn’t political’ – Fatima Halawa explains why their family attended the protest in Egypt > In a piece for TheJournal.ie last weekend another of the TDs who visited Ibrahim Halawa in prison, the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy, wrote that Halawa had told them about the harsh conditions he was being forced to endure each day.“It is a maximum security prison, with 10 people crowded into his cell, with their feet touching and no space to move while sleeping. They sleep centimetres off the hard ground, on tiny mattresses,” Murphy wrote.“There is one toilet per cell and no privacy. In a previous prison, he said he was beaten with an iron bar and cut with metal chains by prison guards. He was also punished for refusing visits previously, by being put in a tiny cell two metres long and 80cm wide.“While Ibrahim’s resilience is extremely impressive, it is also clear that over three years in prison inevitably takes its toll. He is desperate to be home and with each court appearance (which are mass trials with 493 other defendants), which comes and goes with no verdict, he loses hope that he will ever be free.This desperation has now resulted in him resorting to hunger strike on a number of occasions and when we visited he was refusing food, which resulted in him fainting the day before. He was encouraged by TDs to eat again, to regain his strength and to look after his own health.With reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: ‘We left Ibrahim with a promise we would do everything to bring him home’ >Read: Egyptian President refuses to release Ibrahim Halawa but says he can return to Ireland after his trial > Egyptian president ‘willing’ to use pardon powers for Ibrahim Halawa The Irishman’s trial was delayed for an 18th time today. http://jrnl.ie/3191224 Source: Amnesty Int’l NI/Twitter Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 6:30 PMlast_img read more

Archaeologists unearth 2200yearold coin depicting Greekborn king in Egypt

first_imgArchaeologists have unearthed a gold coin in Egypt dating back to the third century BCE that features the face of King Ptolemy III Euergetes.Born on the Greek island of Kos in 284 BCE, he was said to be an ancestor of Cleopatra.The 2,200-year-old coin was found at the San El-Hagar site in northern Egypt during an excavation of a building from the Greco-Roman period.One side features King Ptolemy III Euergetes from the neck up, wearing a crown, and the other has a symbol of prosperity surrounded by the King’s name.According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, it is likely the coin was made between 221 to 205 BCE, during the reign of King Ptolemy IV to honour the memory of his father. As yet the value of the coin has not been revealed.In addition to the coin, amongst the discoveries made by archaeologists were bronze tools, a stone fragment engraved with hieroglyphs, and pottery.Excavation works at the site are continuing.A building from the Greco-Roman period at the San El-Hagar site. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

State rules in firefighters favor

first_imgA state employment relations examiner ruled that the city of Vancouver violated state law by refusing to maintain grievance procedures with the Vancouver Firefighters Union.The ruling is the second having to do with a series of 40 to 50 grievances filed by the firefighters union all related to the same topic, and brings the issue to a close.Both union and city leaders said both rulings were inconsequential and just part of the labor process.Vancouver will not appeal either decision.In a ruling released May 14, state Public Employment Relations Commissioner Jessica Bradley found that Vancouver violated state laws when it denied a series of 40 to 50 grievances filed by the union, claiming it was not obligated to do so because the union’s contract had expired.The union filed a complaint with the state, and Bradley ruled that, just like pay and benefits, grievance procedures also remain valid when a contract has expired.There is no financial consequence to the city; but the decision must be read aloud at a city council meeting and posted in City Hall.last_img read more

Ariana Grandes Sweetener Earns Her Third No 1 Album

first_img Facebook Email Ariana Grande Earns Her Third No. 1 Album ariana-grandes-sweetener-earns-her-third-no-1-album News The popstar unseats Travis Scott’s top spot on the Billboard 200 with her fourth studio album, making this her third No. 1 debut Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2018 – 3:19 pm Ariana Grande’s  highly anticipated Sweetener is out and the numbers are in. The GRAMMY-nominated popstar’s fourth album, released on Aug. 17, has dethroned Travis Scott’s No. 1 album spot on the Billboard 200. Her latest chart-topper marks her third No. 1 album debut.center_img Twitter Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ Earns Her Third No. 1 Album Sweetener has sold 231,000 equivalent album units (which accounts for digital purchases, streams and traditional album sales) in its first week ending Aug. 23. This will place the album at the top of the latest Billboard 200 chart dated Sept. 1, replacing Scott’s Astroworld, which also debuted at No. 1. The songs on the new album collected a total of 126.7 million streams in this first week, making it the biggest streaming week ever for a pop album by a woman.Of the four studio albums the artist has released, this is her third time debuting at No. 1. Last year’s Dangerous Woman was the only one to miss the mark, yet it wasn’t far behind, debuting and peaking at No. 2 on the chart, behind Drake’s Views.We want to know what you’re listening to right now – is Grande’s “God Is A Woman” pumping you up as summer comes to a close?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Star Wars Resistance Episode 12 Little Bibo draws massive danger

first_imgSynara is trickyThe pirate sleeper agent has a well-established cover as a salvager on the Colossus, but her criminal boss Kragan Gorr (Gary Anthony Williams) reveals that the pilots who rescued her are with the Resistance. Since the pirates are working with the First Order, this could blow Kaz’s cover and get him killed. Synara tries to use her charms to get Kaz to reveal himself, but luckily her efforts are thwarted… for now. 2019 movies to geek out over Disney Star Wars The Fireball takes to the sky again as a sea monster attacks the Colossus. Lucasfilm We had a little break from CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance over the holidays, but it’s back on our screens and now we know it’ll return for a second season.The 12th episode brings us back to the Colossus refueling platform as naive mechanic Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) finds a new pet/friend in some wreckage salvaged by pirate sleeper agent Synara San (Nazneen Contractor).This tiny aquatic rokkna, whom Neeku names Bibo (a little different than the old Facebook competitor), attracts a massive sea monster to the platform and forces everyone to go on the offensive.spoilers-starwarsKaz is an amazing pilotWe haven’t seen much of mechanic/Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono (aka Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) doing a great job in the cockpit, but he really shines in this episode.Kaz hops in the finally repaired Fireball and flies to help the Aces — the Colossus’ elite pilots — as they battle the massive rokkna, and proves a vital ally. Hopefully we’ll see plenty more of him in the cockpit in upcoming episodes.KAZ, NEEKUNeeku adopts a strange sea creature — a new species called rokkna — that brings chaos to the platform. Lucasfilm Neeku’s antics can be a little annoyingIt’s a bit frustrating that Neeku is incapable of seeing the problems Bibo is causing, and the familial relationship between Bibo and the rokkna is painfully obvious to any viewer — why does it take the characters so long to figure it out?Regardless of this silliness, the episode’s final joke — showcasing Neeku’s double standard regarding cute creatures — is a good one. Star Wars isn’t built for a Marvel-style cinematic universe: Is Star Wars really ready for the Marvel treatment?Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Comment Star Wars told by a CNET intern who’s never seen it 77 Photos 5:29 We have a Force-sensitive on the ColossusEila (Nikki SooHoo), one of the young siblings forced to hide on the Colossus after the First Order razed their homeworld and hunted them, had several prophetic dreams about the rokkna’s attack on the platform before it happened.Visions of the future are a pretty common occurrence for Jedi and other beings sensitive to the Force — we see Anakin Skywalker having nightmares about his wife Padme’s death in Revenge of the Sith — but we didn’t get the sense that Eila had such abilities previously. Could this be connected to Kylo Ren slaughtering her people?Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and the Disney Channel VOD. Check out the episode guide for Bibo on the official site. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1 TV and Movies Culture Tagslast_img read more

Woven stories

first_imgHere’s an opportunity to get a first hand view of traditional techniques and hand skills passed down from generations. The third edition of Dastkar Summer Weaves that commenced on April 9 at Nature Bazaar displays a wide variety of regional handloom textile from across the country. Under the shade of vibrant canopies, cool fabrics fresh off the loom brought directly by weavers and artisans at the event. Bright and breezy fabrics innovate styled into sarees, dupattas, suit sets and yardages are a treat for the eyes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Special textile technique demonstrations  feature to showcase the processes that make handloom and hand-worked textiles such precious and distinctly unique fabrics. Weaving demonstrations on a handloom illustrates how a length of cloth evolves from fibers spun into yarns that then combine one thread at a time, to form the beautiful textile.Bandhani is an ancient tie-dye technique from Rajasthan. Visitors can see how fabrics are intricately knotted into fine dotted designs, resist-dyed and then untied to reveal the patterned designs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe twelve-day handloom textile extravaganza offers vibrant and invigorating cottons and silken chanderis with beautiful Dabu, Ajrakh, and Batik hand-block prints; Khadi and cotton weaves in exciting and intricate embroideries like Sujini, Ari, Kantha, Phulkari and Chikankari.Apart from this, there are also folk performances lined up to showcase the cultural potpourri that is India.!Where: The Nature BazaarWhen: ON till April 20 Timings: 11a.m. – 7p.m.Entry: Rs. 20last_img read more

Fourth haul of explosives seized within 2 weeks in Bankura

first_imgKolkata: A huge quantity of explosive materials was seized from Bankura again on Tuesday night. Two persons carrying the explosives fled the scene seeing police personnel.Later, police seized the explosive materials and started a probe. Earlier, within the last two weeks, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had seized huge hauls of explosive materials based on specific information. According to sources, on Tuesday night police personnel from Saltora police station were performing ‘naka’ checking near Murlu village. While checking vehicles, police personnel saw two persons carrying a sack full of something. Seeing the police checking, the duo suspiciously changed their route. This created curiosity among the sleuths. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey followed the duo through the forest area. After advancing a few meters, police personnel saw several sacks dumped at a place but could not locate any person there. After opening the sacks, they were stunned to see gelatin sticks (power gel) inside. Immediately, senior police officials were informed. The information was also passed on to CID as they had earlier made several raids and successfully seized huge quantities of explosive materials such as gelatin sticks, electric detonators and ammonium nitrate. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the search and seizure procedure, it was found that there were 1,127 gelatin sticks inside multiple sacks. Apart from this, sleuths have arrested a person identified as Ghanashyam Chakraborty during ‘naka’ checking at Kotulpur in Bankura and seized 10 crude bombs. During checking of vehicles, police noticed Chakraborty moving suspiciously inside a bus going to Bishnupur from Arambagh. When his bag was opened, the crude bombs were found. Earlier on Sunday, a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number was intercepted in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot had asked for documents from the driver. Later during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive materials. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, were arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives were headed for Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonators, 6,250 kg gelatin sticks and 11,450 kg ammonium nitrate from the truck. Before Sunday, a CID team had seized a huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora on March 13. The explosive materials were stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with an abandoned SUV and a bike from there. The explosive materials were procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand.last_img read more

Officers at Arizona Mortgage Firm Sentenced for Roles in 28M Fraud

first_img Share Officers at Arizona Mortgage Firm Sentenced for Roles in $28M Fraud A North Dakota judge sentenced two officers from an Arizona mortgage originator for their roles in a $28 million scheme to defraud North Dakota-based BNC National Bank.[IMAGE]According to a release from the Office of the “”Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program””:http://www.sigtarp.gov/Pages/home.aspx (SIGTARP), Scott N. Powers, former CEO of American Mortgage Specialists (AMS), and David McMaster, a former officer of the same company, were sentenced to serve 96 and 188 months in prison, respectively.Powers and McMaster were accused of falsely representing the financial and operational condition of AMS, including inflating the dollar amount of loans sold to banks and other lenders, in order to obtain funding from BNC and personal benefits for themselves. The alleged fraud resulted in a loss of more than $28 million to BNC, which had to sell some of its assets and could not make its required dividend payments to TARP as a result.””American taxpayers invested $20 million of TARP funds in BNC to stabilize the bank, not to provide an opportunity to fund crime,”” said Special Inspector General Christy Romero. “”SIGTARP and our law enforcement partners will bring to justice and hold accountable those who look at TARP as an opportunity to finance criminal activity.””The two men pleaded guilty on October 19, 2012, to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud affecting a financial institution. In addition to their prison terms, they were each ordered to pay a money judgment to the government of approximately $28.6 million and also to pay restitution to BNC in the same amount.Powers and McMaster were not the first officers from AMS to face punishment for the alleged fraud. Lauretta Horton, formerly the director of accounting for AMS, and David Kaufman, formerly the external auditor, were previously sentenced for their own related offenses. July 2, 2013 453 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers SIGTARP TARP 2013-07-02 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

DuVernay Witherspoon and others join for Times U

first_imgDuVernay, Witherspoon and others join for Time’s Up auction by The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2018 11:20 am PDT Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon, Geena Davis and Kerry Washington are among the Hollywood figures teaming up to mark the one-year anniversary of Time’s Up with a celebrity auction to benefit the group’s legal fund.The Time’s Up campaign kicked off at the Golden Globes in January. To date, the legal fund has raised more than $22 million.Among the items on auction will be an opportunity to attend a post-production session with director DuVernay on her Netflix miniseries “Central Park 5,” a coffee date with Davis and meet-and-greets with Witherspoon at the “Big Little Lies” season 2 premiere, or Washington at her Broadway show, “American Son.”The Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund says that to date it has connected more than 3,750 women and men to legal resources.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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